Thursday, 23 May 2019 17:18

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 5.23.19

On the Three Question Thursday edition of the Sam and Brad Show Podcast:

Sandy Alomar Jr joined the show to talk about being an All Star Game ambassador for 2019 in Cleveland (20.9 seconds) 

Brian Anderson, former Tribe pitcher and current Tampa Bay Rays television broadcaster spoke about the series between the Tribe and the Rays.(10:36) 

WKYC's Jimmy Donovan, the radio voice of the Cleveland Browns spoke about emceeing the announcement at Public Square regarding the 2021 NFL Draft coming to Cleveland. He also talked about being a part of the WAKR Speaker Series June 19 at St. George's in Fairlawn. (25:38)

 

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Former Tribe and Oakland A's catcher and current A's broadcaster Ray Fosse joined Sam and Brad in Booth 6 at Progressive Field ahead of tonight's game. 

Fosse talked about the Indians and the revitalization of downtown when the Indians hit their peak in the 1990's 

"The beautiful thing about now that you see people come to a game and stay downtown," Fosse said. 

"It's a beautiful city and a growing city and I enjoyed my time here." 

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Tuesday, 21 May 2019 09:25

Ray Horner Podcast - 5/21/2019

:17 - Fans of Game of Thrones are still crowing over the series finale, which wasn’t up to many of their standards. That got the show talking about the best and worst series finales in TV history. The best, which include M*A*S*H, Cheers, and Tony’s favorite in Newhart, and the worst with Seinfeld and How I Met Your Mother.

8:57 - On the topic of TV shows, Ray began his Tuesday segment with the Indians’ Bob DiBiasio on his favorite shows. Bobby was also asked if he ever thought he would be the PR guy for his hometown team for over four decades.

16:23 - SACS Security and Consulting president and CEO Tim Dimoff joined the show to share his thoughts on what some deem today a “trigger-happy society."

21:03 - Continuing the discussion on violence, Summit County prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh stopped by the studio to talk about the increased bloodshed in our community. She is also holding free self defense classes for women.

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Friday, 17 May 2019 08:46

Ray Horner Podcast - 5/17/2019

:17 - Odell Beckham Jr. may be the most talented wide receiver in football, but does that give him the luxury of skipping out on voluntary mini camp? And what about the Kareem Hunt situation? Ray and Tony shared their thoughts.

6:50 - What’s the latest update on the GM plant in Lordstown? WFMJ-TV’s Lindsay McCoy, who also used to be in the WAKR newsroom, has the latest update.

14:11 - The Indians have their longest homestand of the season right now, and with that comes a slew of fun promotions such as jersey giveaways, fireworks nights, and dollar hot dogs. Curtis Danburg from the Tribe joined the show to talk about all those, as well as the economic impact the all-star game in July will have.

21:08 - Who’s excited for John Wick 3? Scott Wynn, our movie guy, is!

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Wednesday, 15 May 2019 16:50

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 5.15.19

On the Wednesday edition of the Sam and Brad Show Podcast:

Seth Greenberg, college basketball analyst for ESPN discussed last night's NBA Draft lottery (20 seconds in) 

Jim Bowden of The Athletic and Sirius XM joined the program to talk a little Indians and MLB (17;28)

Sam and Brad discussed "basketball purgatory" and what it means for the Wine and Gold (23:59) 

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Friday, 10 May 2019 17:29

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 5.10.19

On the Feel Good Friday edition of the Sam and Brad Show Podcast:

 Dallas Braden Oakland A's Broadcaster from NBC Sports California spoke with Sam about the upcoming A's and Indians series.(20.3 seconds) 

Lake High School graduate and North Carolina State graduate Jake McBride spoke with Sam about  advancing in the US Open Local Qualifer earlier this week. (16:27) 

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Tuesday, 07 May 2019 09:11

Ray Horner Podcast - 5/7/2019

:17 - For no reason in particular, the morning show reminisced over one of television’s most iconic sitcoms, The Andy Griffith Show. Ray brought up some fun facts on the show’s classic characters.

5:20 - Today is election day for the primaries in Ohio. Secretary of State Frank LaRose called into the show to discuss what’s to come for the primaries and how the voter turnout may look by the time the polls close.

10:42 - Tuesdays during the baseball season means Tribe VP Bob DiBiasio arrives on the program to answer some questions. Those questions included the outfield woes, the struggles of Carlos Gonzalez, and the offseason trade of Yandy Diaz.

19:08 - President Trump has made improving trade with China a sticking point during his presidency, but now he’s drawing a line in the sand by threatening tariffs, which caused markets to decrease.

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Monday, 06 May 2019 10:57

Ray Horner Podcast - 5/6/2019

:17 - The weekend against the Mariners began well for the Indians with two late-inning wins, but a 10-0 drubbing on Sunday caused some to scratch their heads. Ray and Tony recapped the Indians’ offensive woes, specifically how Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez, and Jason Kipnis are all hitting under .215.

6:02 - Dr. Gary Riggs is our veterinarian who stops by weekly, and he talked to Ray about issues like teeth and gum disease, among others.

10:04 - If you are an Akron resident, did you receive a political robo call from either current mayor Dan Horrigan or former mayor Don Plusquellic? Many did and weren’t happy, and that includes Linda Omobien. The At Large council member talked about a tension between the former mayors, as well as the tensions inside the council chambers.

14:30 - Ray was joined by a couple of former NFL players on this Monday morning. First, Akron native and former Cleveland Brown Frank Stams came in studio, and Bears and Steelers QB Mike Tomczak called into the show. Both Frank and Mike our out to help NFL alumni through their retirement plans, especially in a sport where many careers are finished by age 30.

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Wednesday, 24 April 2019 10:43

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/24/2019

:17 - The Joe Biden phenomenon, or lack thereof, seems to have died down, even though if he ran for president, he’d be the frontrunner as of April 2019. The panel talked about how Biden’s allure may have faded, either due to his touchy-feely displays of affection or him being "too safe" a candidate for the Left.

8:09 - The Indians’ offensive struggles continues, and just how much solid ground is the pitching staff standing on? Tribe broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus joined the show to discuss the state of the team.

13:39 - The Dru Joyce Classic is happening on Saturday, featuring teams from all over the planet coming to Akron. The man behind the tournament, Dru Joyce himself, joined the program to promote the festivities.

19:50 - One of the most common injuries with younger athletes are stress fractures. Akron Children’s Hospital’s Dr. Joe Congeni has seen his share of them over the decades, and he stopped by to break down the breakdowns.

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Tuesday, 23 April 2019 08:50

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/23/2019

:17 - This is the final week as president of Acme Fresh Markets for Jim Trout, as he heads to a soft retirement (he’ll still be involved in the company as vice president of special projects). He joined Ray in studio to talk about his career, where he went from bagging groceries to actually overseeing the local grocery chain.

11:26 - Bob DiBiasio jumped on the show for his usual Tuesday segment and answered questions the listeners have on the Tribe. Specifically, the slumping of all-star Jose Ramirez and an update on the health of Mike Clevinger.

18:27 - Cuyahoga Falls mayor Don Walters called into the show to discuss what is happening around all things Howe Avenue. First, he touched on the Howe Ave. construction project that begins next week, and he shared his thoughts on how he sees the future of the Chapel Hill Mall area.

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Monday, 22 April 2019 17:31

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 4.22.19

The Sam and Brad Show's Monday edition of the Podcast!

Matt Loede talked about the rough weekend for the Indians. (20.8 seconds) 

Sam and Ben Thomas along with Dave in Akron talked about the transfer portal in college football (10:25) 

Bill Landis from The Athletic discussed the Ohio State football program and one of their quarterbacks leaving the program. (16:22) 

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Friday, 19 April 2019 17:19

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 4.19.19

On the Feel Good Friday edition of the Sam and Brad Show Podcast:

Draft prospect Andy Isabella joined the show to talk about the draft process (20.2 seconds) 

ESPN and MLB Network's Matt Vasgersian joined the show to talk about the Sunday night game that he will be calling in Cleveland between the Indians and the Atlanta Braves. (11:02) 

 

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Wednesday, 17 April 2019 19:22

The Sam and Brad Show Podcast 04/17/19

On this Wednesday edition of the Sam and Brad Show, the guys caught up with new Walsh Jesuit wrestling coach Dave Mariola (00:21) and Terry Pluto of The Cleveland Plain Dealer and Cleveland.com dropped by the studio to talk with the guys about all things Cleveland sports, including the:

Browns (9:16)
Indians (13:55)
Cavaliers (20:05)

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Tuesday, 16 April 2019 10:01

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/16/2019

:17 - Akron mayor Dan Horrigan stopped by the studio this morning to discuss a slew of topics at hand, specifically in the world of community safety and business. Horrigan addressed the gun violence issue that’s plaguing the city, as well as what Akron will do with the land near Chapel Hill.

16:29 - Actress Georgia Engel passed away over the weekend. She played Georgette, the wife of Ted Baxter, on the Mary Tyler Moore Show, so the panel looked back fondly at the popular ‘70s sitcom.

23:44 - The Indians are out in Seattle and beat the best team (record-wise so far) in the American League, the Mariners, 6-4. Bob DiBiasio, VP from the Tribe, called in to go over team coming off a bad weekend, and he answered some listener questions from the text line.

32:06 - Some great news about higher test scores have come out of Akron’s and LeBron James’s I Promise school. Keith Leichty from Akron Public Schools shared the positive news.

37:43 - Our friends from the Western Reserve Playhouse dropped by to promote their new production, Emma, kicking off this weekend.

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Friday, 12 April 2019 08:40

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/12/2019

:17 - Trying to traverse through downtown Akron? Good luck and have fun. Main Street is shut down from Route 59 past Canal Park, and parts of Market, State, Exchange, and Bowery are a mess.

10:42 - Some bad news for the Cleveland Indians and pitcher Mike Clevinger. A possibility is he’ll need surgery and could be out well past the all-star break. Dr. Joe Congeni, sports medicine doctor at Akron Children’s Hospital, joined the show in studio to discuss the affects of an injury to a pitcher’s upper back.

18:24 - Once again, the panel had another discussion about the Millennial populace. This time, it had to do with dating and who picks up the check on a first date.

31:04 - WQMX’s Scott Wynn is our movie guy, and he stopped by to preview what’s new in theaters. Pet Sematary, Hellboy, and Shazam! are among the hot new flicks.

33:48 - The college scam with actress Lori Loughlin gets stranger and stranger. The panel asked why a celebrity, who isn’t hurting for money, would scheme colleges for her daughter who doesn’t even want to go to college.

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Wednesday, 10 April 2019 09:43

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/10/2019

:17 - Donald Trump broke the mold when it came to a non-traditional candidate becoming president, but will that be commonplace or just an anomaly? Which other non-political candidates can make a splash? The panel discussed.

10:23 - Capital Financial’s Richard Peterson called into the show to give a breakdown of the recent economy, higher oil prices, tax laws, and post-secondary education.

22:18 - Heading out of town this spring or summer? Maybe leaving the country? SACS security president Tim Dimoff shared some safety tips and what to watch for when vacationing in a foreign area.

28:51 - The Indians have had a stellar week against the Blue Jays and Tigers, but they’ve also received bad news on the back injury to Mike Clevinger. Broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus talked all things Tribe, both good and bad.

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Tuesday, 09 April 2019 09:52

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/9/2019

:17 - What are Millennials spending their money on? For many, it’s a rent payment instead of a mortgage. Ray pulls up some Millennial stats and defers to the Millennials in the room in Tony and Steffany.

20:12 - For the final time this fiscal year, BDO’s Doug Klein stopped by to discuss extensions and other tax-related tips, as we’re six days before April 15th.

27:50 - Each and every Tuesday during the baseball season, VP from the Tribe, Bob DiBiasio, calls in and answers Ray’s and listeners’ questions. Today’s questions involve Carlos Gonzalez’s health and statues outside the ballpark.

36:03 - April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, and Ray was joined by John Lehr of the Parkinson’s Foundation, as well as Christina Korines, who shared her personal story of the disease.

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Tuesday, 02 April 2019 17:51

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 4.2.19

Sam and Brad's Monday edtion of the podcast! 

The fellas talked about the AAF suspending operations: (19.4 seconds) 

They also offered their thoughts on the Indians and the home opener (6:05) 

Scott Petrak from Browns Zone.com and the Elyria Chronicle Telegram joined in to talk about the Odell Beckham Jr. press conference from Monday and Browns offseason workouts. (19:21)

Al Pawlowski joined in to talk about the Tribe as they won their home opener and continue on with their season (33:52) 

 

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Tuesday, 02 April 2019 09:56

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/2/2019

:17 - In a whirlwind day in Cleveland sports on Monday, the Cleveland Browns officially introduced their flashy new wide receiver, Odell Beckham Jr. Guest host Tony Mazur and WAKR weekend host Kris Drew talked about OBJ’s immediate impact on the team and how they’ll look with him on one side and Jarvis Landry on the other.

9:01 - Indians took care of the White Sox in their home opener by the score of 5-3. VP from the Tribe, Bob DiBiasio, joined the show to recap the game and talk about key figures such as Carlos Santana and Brad Hand.

20:15 - West Coast rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot dead on Sunday at the age of 33. Tony and Kris mentioned who Nipsey is and his cultural impact, and the conspiracies surrounding the shooting.

30:00 - Our tax guy, Doug Klein from BDO, stopped by the studios to discuss IRS audits and notices.

37:57- Ever take Uber? And if so, are you aware of the dangers that can happen with it? A woman did recently and paid the ultimate price. The morning show panel talked about some of those dangers, but also mentioned the benefits of taking these services.

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Jasen Sokol, Sam Bourquin &  Brad Russell got everyone excited for Opening Day as the Cleveland Indians lift the curtain on another season at Progressive Field!

The Tribe will be taking on the Chicago White Sox at 4:10pm.

The fellas spoke with various people from the Indians such as Curtis Danburg, Jim Rosenhaus, and more.

 

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Monday, 01 April 2019 15:01

Tom Hamilton Talks Tribe Home Opener

The "Voice of the Tribe" Tom Hamilton joined Sam Bourquin, Brad Russell, and Jasen Sokol in Booth 6 ahead of the Home Opener between the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox.

 He talked about his Opening Day memories and how the club looks thus far in the young season.

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Monday, 01 April 2019 10:09

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/1/2019

:17 - Tony Mazur is filling in for Ray Horner today and the rest of the week, and he’s in luck: it’s Indians home opener day! Tony chatted on the phone with Jim Rosenhaus, one of the radio voices of the Tribe, and they went over the weekend that was in Minnesota and look ahead to their matchup versus the White Sox.

9:16 - VP from the Tribe, Bob DiBiasio, called the hotline to reminisce over the opening of Jacobs Field, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this week.

20:33 - In other non-sports features, our veterinarian Dr. Gary Riggs stopped by to talk about proper pet food and nutrition.

33:23 - Ray may be out, but he still talked to Matt with the Grassmaster, as they are our Business of the Week!

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Friday, 29 March 2019 17:22

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 3.29.19

Sam and Brad Show Podcast from a "Feel Good Friday" edition of the show. 

 Keith Dambrot, head of Dusquene University men's  basketball joined the show to talk about the NCAA Tournament and what's been going on with him and his team (20 seconds in) 

Sam and Ben Thomas spoke about the Indians Opening Day and just how they are going to generate runs (15:12) 

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Friday, 29 March 2019 15:31

Jasen Sokol Show Podcast 3.29.19

On the Bonzai Friday edtion of the Jasen Sokol Show Podcast:
 
 Jasen's show open, thoughts on the Indians loss and the gas tax. (16.3 seconds) 
State Senator Kristina Roegner on the gas tax (13:05) 
Callers Banzai Friday: become informed, Vietnam Veterans Day, Civility (20:24)
Tony Brown, the play by play voice of  Cleveland Monsters Hockey (38:05)

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Friday, 29 March 2019 08:17

Ray Horner Podcast - 3/29/2019

:17 - Ray is on spring break with his family, so Tony Mazur will be here in the host chair today and all next week. Tony began Friday’s show talking about the Indians’ first game of the season, a 2-0 loss to the Minnesota Twins, and the first game without Chief Wahoo.

11:15 - Coming to the Akron Civic Theatre next Thursday is a great Motown bill of the Temptations and the Four Tops. Otis Williams is the last surviving member of the Temptations, and he joined Tony to talk about the historic vocal group and its legacy.

19:16 - Our movie guy, Scott Wynn, stopped by to talk about what’s happening in the theaters. Dumbo is out now, Jordan Peele’s Us is making waves, and Captain Marvel is still going strong.

23:20 - Speaking of Dumbo, this is one of four major Disney reboots/sequels happening this year alone. Steffany is our resident Disney expert, and the panel went over the new incarnations of these classic animated features.

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Thursday, 28 March 2019 08:54

Ray Horner Podcast - 3/28/2019

:17 - Today officially begins the nearly seven month journey that is the Major League Baseball season. The panel, made up of Ray, Tony, and weekend host Kris Drew, previewed the season for the Cleveland Indians, which has a large question mark with major players being injured.

11:23 - US senator Sherrod Brown called into the program, and not just because he is a massive Tribe fan. Senator Brown has been very vocal about Robert Mueller’s report, in that it should be released to the public in full.

16:18 - A cable company employee was fired from his job after he stole a pug from someone’s yard. This was similar to an incident that happened to Ray when he worked in Pennsylvania, where a group of kids stole his parents’ dog. This segued into some wonderful dog stories.

25:08 - How adventurous do you get with food offerings? Peanut butter and hot sauce on a hamburger? Hot dogs and yellow mustard on pizza?

34:33 - And finally, Don Padgett, executive director of the Bridgestone Senior Players, called in to talk about the goings on with the tournament months ahead of time.

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Wednesday, 27 March 2019 18:44

The Sam and Brad Show Podcast 03/27/19

On this Wednesday edition of the Sam and Brad Show, the guys give their takes on the NFL expanding replay to review and challenge pass interference calls (00:21). They asked Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal for his take on the change as well (12:44). The guys also talked college basketball with ESPN's Dan Dakich (14:32) and Indians baseball with Zack Meisel of The Athletic (34:29).

 

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Tuesday, 26 March 2019 08:18

Ray Horner Podcast - 3/26/2019

:17 - Ray opens the show asking the panel about first date icebreakers. That argued into a humorous conversation on horrible first dates.

12:24 - Today is our first visit of the year with VP from the Cleveland Indians, Bob DiBiasio. Bobby D discusses the team ahead of their opener, and he even answered some listener questions, specifically why they are opening In Minneapolis.

23:02 - From BDO, our tax guy Doug Klein stopped by to answer questions on deadlines and extensions.

33:01 - Last weekend was the Hunting, Fishing & Outdoors Show at the MAPS Air Museum, and that got us talking about camping and what’s known as “glamping.”

42:16 - Kathryn Makra joined us from the Embrace Clinic and Care Center in Barberton to promote their casino night. The event is happening this Saturday evening at Todaro’s Party Center in the valley.

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Monday, 25 March 2019 10:22

Ray Horner Podcast - 3/25/2019

:17 - Robert Mueller’s report on Russian collusion has been submitted, and it seems President Trump, in a way, has been exonerated. Dr. David Beer, professor of political science at Malone University, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the findings in the report, as well as the 2020 Democratic candidates for president.

9:00 - Ahead of their opening game on Thursday, the Indians will have an infield of household names: Eric Stamets, Brad Miller, and Max Moroff.

16:26 - Dr. Gary Riggs stopped by today, as he always does on Mondays, to talk about your pets. Specifically, it is spring break, and folks are taking pets with them on their travels.

29:34 - Time now for our Business of the Week! We trek on down to Green to Menches Bros. as we devour their mouth-watering burgers on the air.

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Friday, 22 March 2019 17:54

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 3.22.19

Brad Russell and Ben Thomas got into the Feel Good Friday edition of the Sam and Brad Show:

 

ESPN's Buster Olney talked MLB and Indians (20 seconds in) 

Brad and Ben talked about the morale amongst fans and players for the Cleveland Indians if they were to make a trade with one of their ace pitchers (14:47) 

Ben Braun former NCAA College basketball coach chimed in on the NCAA Basketball Tournament. (17:18)

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Friday, 22 March 2019 09:35

Ray Horner Podcast - 3/22/2019

:17 - We have some fun on Fridays, and we began Friday’s program talking about the once-proposed sequel to Forrest Gump 2, which was shelved in the wake of September 11th.

7:24 - Our movie guy, Scott Wynn, dropped by to update us on what’s happening at the theaters. With Captain Marvel dying down, Jordan Peele’s Us looks to make waves at the box office.

11:46 - Ray and Tony chatted about the city of Columbus and how it has become quite the destination in the Midwest.

19:56 - To wrap up the podcast this Friday, Ray and Tony talked some Tribe as the regular season approaches.

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Monday, 18 March 2019 17:43

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 3.18.19

For Monday on the Sam and Brad Show:

Dru Joyce II on the STVM Fighting Irish heading back to Columbus for a chance at another state title. (19 seconds) 

Paul Hoynes Cleveland Plain Dealer and Cleveland.com on the Tribe (11:05) 
 
Tom in Salem weighs in on the NCAA Tournament and Ohio State (20:19) 
 
 Michael DeCourcy Sporting News College Basketball Writer and Studio Analyst Big 10 Network on the State Tournament.(26:18) 
 

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Thursday, 07 March 2019 10:14

Ray Horner Podcast - 3/7/2019

:17 - It was announced last night that Alex Trebek is suffering from stage 4 pancreatic cancer, but plans on fighting through it. The panel discussed Trebek’s legacy a bit, as well as some of their favorite breakfast cereals to begin the show.

9:08 - It’s been a week since Ray was out in Goodyear, Arizona, so how about an update on the Tribe in spring training? Broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus joined the program.

19:36 - Malone University is adding cybersecurity as a major at their school. Dr. James Glasgow promoted the new major on the air.

23:15 - High school basketball playoffs keep moving right along. The Green Bulldogs are squaring off against Boardman tonight, and Green head coach Mark Kinsley previewed the contest and talked up his team.

28:26 - Can automated cars be racist? There's a little bit more to it than what's being reported...

32:22 - The weather is warming up in the forecast, which means it’s almost time to hit the links! And speaking of the links, Don Padgett III joined the show to promote the Bridgestone Champions Tour coming to Firestone Country Club on July 8-14.

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Thursday, 28 February 2019 09:54

Indians Radio Week, Day 4

Today is Indians Radio Week Day 4, the final full day, and Ray Horner is rubbing elbows with everyone at the Cleveland Indians spring training facility in Goodyear, Arizona. On the final day, Ray sat down with several members of the Tribe, both players and staff.

Goodyear is a blossoming suburb of Phoenix, and the ballpark is just part of the burgeoning infrastructure. Bob DiBiasio, VP from the Tribe, stopped by the radio booth to discuss the economic impact the Indians have had on the town on their tenth anniversary of being there. Bobby D also chatted about winning the division again and our Indians Insanity promotion (Addie Joss vs. Joe Carter).

Curtis Danburg, senior director of communications, previewed the promotions and key matchups for the 2019 season.

One of the key starters in the rotation is Mike Clevinger, and he sat down with Ray.

Catcher Roberto Perez talked about re-earning the starting job now that Yan Gomes is in the National League.

Journeyman reliever Tyler Clippard is looking forward to bringing his experience to the three-time reigning AL Central champs.

Kevin Plawecki is another catcher in the mix for the Tribe, as he came to the team in the offseason from the Mets.

The Indians claimed A.J. Cole off waivers, and he’s looking to prove himself in the American League after a short stint in 2018 with the Yankees.

Max Moroff came to the team from the Pirates in the Erik Gonzalez trade.

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Wednesday, 27 February 2019 10:37

Indians Radio Week, Day 3

Today is Indians Radio Week Day 3, and Ray Horner is rubbing elbows with everyone at the Cleveland Indians spring training facility in Goodyear, Arizona. On the third, Ray sat down with several members of the Tribe, both players and staff.

:30 - Tribe broadcaster Tom Hamilton shared his thoughts on the team and the new(ish) rules coming out of Major League Baseball.

10:56 - Outfielder Leonys Martin had a life-threatening illness that ended his 2018 season prematurely. But he is working hard to be back to his old self in 2019.

15:09 - Pitching coach Carl Willis stopped by to talk about the continued success in the starting rotation.

23:11 - New RubberDucks manager Rouglas Odor is no stranger to Akron (and even Canton-Akron), and he spoke of his 32 years in the organization and how he’ll help guide the young Eastern League players.

31:56 - Carter Hawkins is the director of player development, and he discusses the evaluation of players both young and old.

40:32 - Assistant GM Matt Foreman made some sense on cases such as arbitration and contract extensions.

46:30 - Daniel Johnson came over in the offseason Yan Gomes trade, and he’s already turning some heads.

50:08 - Outfielder Matt Joyce tries to make the big league club after a back injury in 2018.

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Tuesday, 26 February 2019 10:29

Indians Radio Week, Day 2

Today is Indians Radio Week Day 2, and Ray Horner is rubbing elbows with everyone at the Cleveland Indians spring training facility in Goodyear, Arizona. On day two, Ray sat down with several members of the Tribe, both players and staff.

:30 - Manager Terry Francona spoke about managing without his father, dealing with the Michael Jordan baseball circus in Birmingham, and his favorite Pittsburgh Pirates players from back in the day.

6:54 - Team president Chris Antonetti touched on the crazy offseason, both on the Indians’ front and in Major League Baseball overall.

13:19 - General manager Mike Chernoff mentioned how analytics and the eye test go into judging personnel.

20:20 - Ryan Flaherty is trying to make the ball club, and he plans to prove himself by playing multiple positions.

25:19 - Second year player Shane Bieber is back with Ray to discuss his first spring training as a big leaguer and meshing with his fellow hurlers.

30:34 - Outfielder Greg Allen talks about how and where he can contribute to the lineup.

33:41 - Newcomer Jake Bauers came from Tampa Bay in the Yandy Diaz trade, and he talked about his rookie season in St. Pete and what he’s learned for year two.

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Monday, 25 February 2019 16:44

Jasen Sokol Show Podcast 2.25.19

On the Monday edtion of the Jasen Sokol Show Podcast:

Jeff Schudel talked about the weekend in sports (17 seconds) 

Ray Horner talked about our Cleveland Indians in Goodyear, Arizona as they get ready for the season (12:10) 

Dr. Toni Bisconti talked about the Oscars from last night. (23:45) 

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Monday, 25 February 2019 11:06

Indians Radio Week, Day 1

Today is Indians Radio Week Day 1, and Ray Horner is rubbing elbows with everyone at the Cleveland Indians spring training facility in Goodyear, Arizona. On the first day, Ray sat down with several members of the Tribe, both players and staff. :29 - Relief pitcher Dan Otero talked about the bullpen and changing faces. 8:06 - Infield coach Mike Sarbaugh chatted about Francisco Lindor and the infield. 13:02 - Broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus stopped by the radio table to touch on how the first weekend looked in Arizona. 22:43 - Southpaw reliever Tyler Olson tries to improve on his disappointing 2018 season. 26:51 - VP Bob DiBiaso mentioned his relationship with Bob Feller and previewed the 2019 season ahead. 35:02 - Outfielder Tyler Naquin on bulking up and wanting a spot as an everyday player. 37:04 - Starting pitcher Shane Bieber recaps his 2018 rookie campaign and looks ahead to 2019. 40:11 - Closer Brad Hand, who came over in a trade from San Diego, is ready for his first spring training with the Indians.

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019 17:55

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 2.19.19

Sam and Brad on the Tuesday edition of the podcast:

Spoke with Buchtel coach Matt Futch (19 seconds) and Hoban coach TK Griffith (9:20) on their matchup tonight 

They also spoke with MLB.com reporter Anthony Castrovince.(19:52) to talk Manny Machado signing with the Padres and the Indians as they continue Spring Training. 

 

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Monday, 18 February 2019 17:51

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 2.18.19

On the Monday Edition of the Sam and Brad Show Podcast:

Sam and Brad had some fun as one of the callers talked about wrestling a bear at a bar. (18 seconds) 

Mike Fuline head coach of the Mount Union Purple Raiders spoke about the win over the weekend as they get closer to the close of the season (6:24)

Sam and Brad asked the callers where they stand with the Cleveland Indians. (18:20)

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Monday, 11 February 2019 09:47

Ray Horner Podcast - 2/11/2019

:17 - It was announced late Friday that Francisco Lindor will be out close to two months, which would have him out through spring training and even a couple of weeks into the regular season. Ray and Tony mentioned how this will affect the Indians’ start.

8:28 - February is the month where we focus on heart health, and that’s what Cleveland Clinic-Akron General’s Dr. Tim Brown discussed with Ray this morning.

18:59 - As this podcast was uploading, it’s snowing outside. But that doesn’t mean we can’t talk RubberDucks baseball. Ducks’ GM Jim Pfander promoted the tickets being on sale, and even mentioned some of the promotions for the season. The RubberDucks also have a new orange jersey, which was first unveiled two weeks ago at the Corbin Bernsen hot stove dinner.

28:54 - Each Monday morning, Dr. Gary Riggs talks about anything animal related (he is, after all, a veterinarian), whether it’s about your pets or the wildlife. Today, Dr. Riggs touched on polar bears and tigers and how they are nearing extinction.

39:08 - Time now for our Business of the Week! We head down the street from our studios to the White Pond Paradise spa.

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Friday, 08 February 2019 09:24

Ray Horner Podcast - 2/8/2019

:17 - The PBA is back at AMF Riviera Lanes in Fairlawn, and the morning show took in the sights and sounds from the tournament. Tony Mazur had the pleasure of sitting down with a founding member of the PBA, Carmen Salvino. Carmen talked a little bit about his technique and how he approaches the game like a physics equation.

9:48 - Speaking of bowling, Mark Gerberich happens to be in the bowling hall of fame, and he stopped by the studio to talk about his days at the alleys. If Mark’s name sounds familiar, he’s also the president of the All-American Soap Box Derby.

19:00 - Scott Wynn is our movie guy, and he went over what’s opening this weekend in theaters.

21:10 - With every offseason, Major League Baseball seems to throw up some proposals to shorten games and tighten some loose ends. However, baseball purists have not been fans of these proposals, and the morning show panel happen to include a few of those said purists.

37:42 - Remember the Akron Racers? Well, with the money and community support, they may be back at Firestone Stadium quite soon, according to Joey Arrietta.

44:25 - It was announced Thursday afternoon that Frank Robinson passed away at age 83. Not only was he a hall of fame slugger for the Reds and Orioles, but also was the first black manager in baseball, at the helm of the Indians in 1975. Bob DiBiasio from Tribe came on to chat about Frank and the process of having his number retired and a statue in his honor in 2017.

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Wednesday, 06 February 2019 21:08

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 02.06.19

In this jam-packed Wednesday edition of the Sam and Brad Show, the guys caught up with ESPN's Hannah Storm, who is serving as the emcee of the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards (00:21). Indians General Manager MIke Chernoff talked about the Tribe's offseason with the guys (29:09), Coach Dru Joyce II spoke on the matchup between St. Vincent St. Mary and Hoban (45:02), and Jake Parsons talks becoming the new head football coach at Copley(1:00:39).

All this in addition to catching up with local football players who will be continuing their careers at the college level:
Tre Tucker (13:36), Gavin Krska (17:03), Zach Rankin (22:48), Tyris Dickerson (51:17), and Xavier Grey(1:07:45).

 

 

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Tuesday, 29 January 2019 17:49

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 1.29.19

The Tuesday edition of the Sam and Brad Show Podcast!

Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today talked NBA 

Matt Loede talked about the Cleveland Indians and their moves (or lack thereof) this offseason

Pete Fierle talked Big Game and the Pro Football HOF down in Atlanta. 

 

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Friday, 18 January 2019 10:33

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/18/2019

:17 - Remember almost two weeks ago when it was 60 degrees? Now the temperatures have consistently been below freezing, and this week we may see a blast of snow. Justin Chesnic from ODOT prepped the listeners on what to expect.

3:47 - So let’s say the snow blankets our yards with a foot and we’re snowed in. What is on the queue to watch while you’re stuck inside?

20:20 - Ray went up to Progressive Field for Cleveland Indians Affiliate Day, and he spoke with GM Mike Chernoff about how the offseason is going.

26:40 - One of the great events in the Akron area is being held next week at Quaker Station. Red & White on Thursday Night benefits the Arthritis Foundation, and Darby Schwartz and chef Jonathan Martin from the Galaxy Restaurant in Wadsworth stopped by to promote the event.

33:38 - And finally, Scott Wynn gave us a brief preview of what’s to come at the movie theaters.

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Tuesday, 15 January 2019 17:18

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 1.15.19

Sam and Brad got into the Tuesday edition of the Sam and Brad Show podcast 

Here is the interview with Joe Vassalotti, APS AD to talk about the fight that occured last weekend at Firestone and what measures are being taken to prevent those incidents from happening in the future.

 

Anthony Castrovince from MLB.com talked Indians (21 seconds in) 

Jeff Twiddy of the Louisville Leopards, new head coach joined in (13:19)

Paul Keels talked Ohio State Buckeyes and the basketball team's struggles. (23:24)

Athletic Director Joe Vassalotti of the Akron Public Schools joined to talk about the fight that happened during last week's Buchtel/Firestone basketball game. (34:13)

 

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Thursday, 13 December 2018 17:49

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 12.13.18

Sam and Brad spoke with STO's Jensen Lewis and Ross Benjamin from RBWins.com on the Thursday edition of the Sam and Brad Show Podcast! 

  

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Monday, 10 December 2018 10:46

Ray Horner Podcast - 12/10/2018

:17 - A familiar name and voice around the Akron area, and especially on 1590 WAKR, is Dr. Debbie Plate from Cleveland Clinic/Akron General. She stopped by the studio to chat about the flu and its symptoms.

11:04 - It’s really chilly outside, so let’s warm things up with some baseball talk? Ray and Tony discussed the rumors that the Indians may trade either Trevor Bauer or Corey Kluber, or both. Then they talked about the newest hall of famers in Harold Baines and Lee Smith, two players the panel believe shouldn’t have made the cut.

23:34 - As usual on Mondays, veterinarianDr. Gary Riggs drops by to answer questions on your pets. Among other topics, he talked about running with dogs in the cold, and what happens when your pets eat the household holiday plants.

34:18 - Our Business of the Week this year has been sponsored by Hear Inc. So why not the sponsor talk about his product this week? Jim Morris spoke about his company, Hear Inc., and how it’s helped revolutionize the way folks can hear.

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Friday, 07 December 2018 17:34

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 12.7.18

On the Friday edition of the Sam and Brad Show Podcast, 

Sam and Brad spoke with TK Griffith of Hoban (around 32 minutes),  Dean Rahas of Revere (43:20),  Joe Noga of Cleveland.com on the Indians and previewing the Winter Meetings (starting off) , and Steve Doerschuk of the Canton Repository to preview the Browns and Panthers (around 11 minutes). 

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Friday, 07 December 2018 17:20

Jasen Sokol Show Podcast 12.7.18

Jasen and Bobbi caught up with NFL.com's Nick Shook to talk Browns and Panthers and US Senator Sherrod Brown at 9:15 talked about Cleveland Indians great Larry Doby.

 

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