Friday, 10 May 2019 09:04

Ray Horner Podcast - 5/10/2019

:17 - We began Friday’s program talking about classic game shows and some of our favorites. Outside the staples such as Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune, the panel mentioned some close to their heart, as well as others many have forgotten about.

6:35 - Speaking of game shows, Tony had the pleasure of speaking with a long-time kids and teen game show host Marc Summers, who is bringing his Double Dare Live through Akron on May 16th. Marc, who has hosted shows on the Food Network the last two decade, talked about the Double Dare nostalgia, and well as his battle with OCD.

19:46 - According to our movie guy, Scott Wynn, the girls are taking charge at the movie houses this weekend, from What Men Want to The Hustle.

23:06 - Since every day is a holiday these days, today is National Clean Your Room day.

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Children and preteens with cable television in the 1980s and ‘90s had their eyes glued to the fledgling kids network Nickelodeon. Those kids are now well into their thirties, but have the opportunity to feel young again when Double Dare Live visits the Akron Civic Theatre on May 16th.

The long-time host of Double Dare, Marc Summers, was interviewed by WAKR’s Tony Mazur, who happens to fall into the category of nostalgia-loving thirty-somethings. Marc talked about his itch to enter the game show hosting business in the 1970s, as well as his other programs (What Would You Do?, Unwrapped), and his bouts with OCD that once crippled his career.

Coming off the heels of a successful 2018 tour, Double Dare Live has toured throughout the United States in 2019, and will wrap up in Morristown, Pennsylvania on May 19th.

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Tuesday, 30 April 2019 08:28

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/30/2019

:17 - We’re up to over 700 cases of measles across 22 states. Due to “anti-vaxxers,” a disease that was thought to be eradicated by 2000 is back with a vengeance. The morning show panel talked about this outbreak, which continues to make news.

7:45 - Spring has indeed sprung, and so have the orange barrels throughout the Akron area. Justin Chesnic, who manages the public information desk at ODOT, joined the show to discuss the construction happening on I-76 in Norton, U.S. 224, and I-77 near Canton.

13:37 - Kris Drew is a massive Game of Thrones fan, yet Ray and Tony feel like they’re in the minority. Kris attempts to educate everyone on the show, which is in its final couple of episodes.

20:22 - Normally on Tuesdays, Ray has his “Hey Bobby!” segment with Bob DiBiasio from the Cleveland Indians. But Bobby is out of town, so the show improvised and came up with a "Hey Tony!” segment with producer Tony Mazur.

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Friday, 05 April 2019 09:54

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/5/2019

In the ever-growing race for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020, congressman Tim Ryan from Ohio has announced his bid. Fill-in host Tony Mazur and Jeanne Destro talked about the possibility of a Rust Belt candidate getting the nod in a very split field of Democrats.

April 5th is a sad day in the world of grunge music. In 2002, Alice in Chains frontman Layne Staley passed away (was found weeks later), and in 1994, Kurt Cobain died of a gunshot wound to the head. Tony talked about the 25th anniversary of Kurt’s death and the conspiracies surrounding it, and the impact Nirvana had on Generation X.

Our movie guy, Scott Wynn, stopped by to talk about another weekend of superhero movies.

Tony was a little tired this morning, as he came back from the Temptations and Four Tops show at the Akron Civic Theatre last night. He told a story about meeting a local one-time member of the Temptations.

We’re a week away from another Rubber City Beer Fest. Brian Bostaph from the beer fest, along with Ron Shea of R. Shea Brewery in the valley, dropped by to promote the sudsy event at Lock 3.

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Thursday, 04 April 2019 10:05

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/4/2019

Remember the scandals with the governor and lieutenant governor in Virginia? Not many do, and it was just two months ago! Fill-in host Tony Mazur and Jeanne Destro discussed how quick our news cycle goes.

Believe it or not, Cleveland sports did celebrate championships between 1964 and 2016, and that was the Cleveland Crunch. Goalie Otto Orf stopped by to promote their 25th anniversary event from when they won the title in 1994, which is happening on April 26th at Goodyear Hall.

Don Padgett called in to talk about the Bridgestone Senior Players tournament and all the events that surround it.

Tonight is the night of the Akron RubberDucks home opener. GM Jim Pfander joined the show to talk about the Ducks team and 30 years of baseball in Akron (and Canton).

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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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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 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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Monday, 31 December 2018 09:01

Ray Horner Podcast - 2018 in Pop Culture

On the Ray Horner Morning Show, we cover hard-hitting news, but we also discuss some lighter elements of our popular culture.

Join guest host Tony Mazur as he talked pop culture with Bob Ethington from the Akron-Summit County Public Library, as well as the top grossing movies with WQMX morning show host Scott Wynn.

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Friday, 09 November 2018 11:33

Ray Horner Podcast - 11/9/2018

:17 - It’s been almost thirty years since Amy Mihaljevic went missing and was later found dead in Ashland County, and the murderer has yet to be found. However, due to some breakthroughs in DNA testing, the killer could be traded, and according to James Renner, we may have an answer within the next year. He joined fill-in host Tony Mazur to discuss it.

16:00 - On November 10th, 1975, the SS Edmund Fitzgerald was traveling on Lake Superior “fully loaded for Cleveland.” However, gale force winds in the blustery November night caused the ship to lose radio contact, and “The Fitz” sunk before Whitefish Bay, losing all 29 crew members. We’ve all heard the Gordon Lightfoot song, so Tony shared some facts on the most infamous shipwreck in the history of the Great Lakes.

27:40 - November is the month where we become more aware of all types of diabetes. Dr. Desmond Bell, president of the Save a Leg, Save a Life foundation, joined the show to talk about prevention and treatment with diabetes.

36:29 - The climate may be weeks behind, but it’s time for the ol’ fall cleanup. Our master gardener Jeanne Poremski took questions on proper grass maintenance, cutting peonies, and how to treat blooming hibiscus plants.

51:06 - And finally, we wrap up the week with our movie guy and WQMX morning man Scott Wynn. Opening this weekend is yet another Grinch movie, and he urges Tony to go see Bohemian Rhapsody and A Star is Born.

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Friday, 12 October 2018 10:24

Ray Horner Podcast - 10/12/2018

:17 - Ray was off today, so producer Tony Mazur filled in the hosting shoes. Comedian Jim Florentine is at the Funny Stop Comedy Club this weekend. Being a sports and music fan, he called into the show to talk about the state of the NFL today (including the 2-2-1 Browns) and the nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

10:38 - Tony chats about famous serial killers, mainly because he thinks of odd things when he’s on very little sleep.

19:39 - It all started in 1996, a small Halloween festival in the backyard of Claude DeBord. It has since expanded every year from his yard to Hardesty Park, and now it’s grown to Derby Downs. DeBord went over the history of his festival and what to expect on October 13th from noon-9 PM.

25:16 - It’ll be chilly this weekend, so why not cozy up in a movie theater seat? WQMX morning man Scott Wynn talks about what’s in theaters this weekend, including A Star is Born and Venom.

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Bob Hope was one of America’s most celebrated and honored entertainers of the twentieth century, and his life spanned that entire century. A native of Cleveland, Ohio who ventured to the West Coast, Hope accomplished almost everything in the entertainment business, from vaudeville to radio, to film to television, as well as entertaining troops from World War II till the Persian Gulf War.

So why is Hope’s legacy forgotten among today’s youth? Bob Ethington from the Akron-Summit County Public Library’s pop culture division joined the Ray Horner Morning Show, guest-hosted by Tony Mazur, to talk about the life of “Ski Snoot.” Ethington believes Baby Boomers began resenting Hope for his war-hawkish commentary during the Vietnam War, as well as his refusal to fade into the sunset.

On the flip side, Ethington talked of Groucho Marx and the Marx Brothers and how they were embraced by the Boomers of the 1960s and ‘70s.

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A staple in the world of is making his jump from classic rock radio to reality television. And he is taking his family with him.

Eddie Money called into the Ray Horner Morning Show, guest-hosted by Tony Mazur, to promote his new reality show, Real Money, which debuts April 8th on AXS-TV. Real Money follows the Money family around, which includes his wife, Laurie, five kids, and eight animals. Click this link to view a two-minute trailer for the new show.

In addition to the new show, Money also talked about his love of the Dodgers, whom he has followed since his days of living in Brooklyn. The 69-year-old singer also chatted about the comeback of vinyl records, his adoration for performing in Northeast Ohio, and a look back at his hit songs, which are still in heavy rotation on rock radio.

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Thursday, 05 April 2018 19:10

AUDIO: Bob Vila Shares Tips On Pest Control

Spring has arrived, and for some, so have the household pests. How does one get rid of them, or prevent them from showing up at all? The home improvement expert has the answers.

Bob Vila joined the Ray Horner Morning Show, which was hosted by Tony Mazur, to discuss pest control around the home. During this time of year, vermin such as termites begin to make their way into homes, and Bob shares some tips on how to get them out and keep them out.

For more information on termite and pest control, go to BobVila.com and PestWorld.org.

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A staple on morning radio and in nighttime comedy clubs, Jackie “The Joke Man" has a new book available for those who enjoyed his work in both scenes.

Jackie Martling joined 1590 WAKR to promote his new book, The Joke Man: Bow to Stern. For over fifteen years, Martling was a writer and performer on the popular Howard Stern Show, and in the book he writes about his experiences. He talked to Tony Mazur about being a part of the show, balancing out morning radio and doing comedy, and even told some classic jokes.

The Joke Man: Bow to Stern is available on Amazon and on his website, JackieTheJokeman.com. He also maintains a Twitter account and has a joke phone line, which has been in existence since 1979.

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Thursday, 05 October 2017 09:20

AUDIO: Ed Asner on Autism Advocacy, Awareness

He’s a familiar name from television, movies, and voice-acting. That familiar name will be appearing at the Akron Civic Theater on October 12.

Part of the Autism Society of Greater Akron’s Autism Summit, Ed Asner and his son, Matt, will be a part of a panel with Bruce Winges. He recently spoke with WAKR’s Tony Mazur about his advocacy for autism awareness, especially in a time when the affliction was not as well known. Asner also discussed the portrayal of autism in the media, and how far it has come in recent years.

The 3rd Annual Autism Summit will continue on October 13th, as well, at the Hilton Akron-Fairlawn. For more information on the festivities, visit AutismAkron.org/conference.

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This week, Northeast Ohio will say goodbye to two familiar faces and voices.

Leon Bibb has been a fixture in Cleveland news for 38 years. A native of the Glenville area, Bibb first joined WKYC-TV after a stint in Columbus. In 1995, he moved down the street to WEWS and has been there ever since. Bibb talked spoke to Tony Mazur about his life and career and the emotions going into his retirement.

In a business where moving from town to town, station to station is par for the course, Lee Jordan has been with News 5 for thirty years. Jordan talked about working on the groundbreaking Morning Exchange program, as well as covering fascinating stories about members of the community.

Both Bibb and Jordan plan to stay active after their final newscasts. Bibb says he's currently putting together a book, and Jordan plans to relax and truly enjoy the seasons in Northeast Ohio.

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The second phase of repealing and replacing Obamacare was rolled out last week, and this time around, the new bill helped unite more Republicans.

Congressman Jim Renacci joined the Ray Horner Morning Show, guest-hosted by Tony Mazur, to talk about his support of the bill. Renacci spoke of the importance of the new bill, and attempted to clear up any confusion over pre-existing conditions.

In addition to healthcare, Rep. Renacci also touched on President Trump’s first 100 days in office, the election in France, and the race for Ohio governor, which he is a part of.

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Only a handful of states have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Could more follow suit? Could marijuana be legal in all fifty states in our lifetimes? Jesse Ventura hopes so.

A familiar face in both government and the wrestling ring, Ventura has released a new book, Jesse Ventura’s Marijuana Manifesto. In the book, the former Minnesota governor breaks down the history of marijuana and why it is still taboo today. He spoke with WAKR’s Tony Mazur on the propaganda put forth by William Randolph Hearst in the 1930s to protect the timber industry, as marijuana was not just used recreationally.
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Each year, hundreds flock to the southwestern part of Cleveland, Ohio to celebrate the life of Ernie Anderson. Before he was the long-time voice of ABC-TV throughout the 1970s and '80s, he was a cult figure and icon in Northeast Ohio known as Ghoulardi.

Ghoulardifest is put on by now-retired WJW-TV camera operator, Chuck Schodowski. Northeast Ohioans know him as Big Chuck, host of the campy late-night shows Hoolihan & Big Chuck and Big Chuck & Little John. Big Chuck talked to Tony Mazur on the Ray Horner Morning Show about Ghoulardifest, his friendship with comic actor Tim Conway, and what he is up to during his retirement.

Ghoulardifest is going on October 28th-30th and La Rosa Party Center in Cleveland, near Hopkins International Airport.

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He began his career as an actor, working with such greats as Steve Allen and Donald O'Connor. The second wave of his career brought him on the other side of the camera, writing for Seinfeld and Cheers.

So is Tom Leopold pleased with his life and career? Why wouldn't he be?

Tom joined the Ray Horner Morning Show, hosted by Tony Mazur, to discuss his five decade-long career, whether it was acting as Ted Knight’s son on The Ted Knight Show (not to be confused with his later sitcom, Too Close For Comfort) or writing Chevy Chase’s post-SNL comedy special. Both Tom and Tony are fans of old showbiz periphery, so Tom also talked about his crosswalk encounter with Groucho Marx and seeing George Jessel perform at the end of his life.

Aside from the acting and writing, Tom assists with the website ComedyWire, and has also hosted radio shows on his conversion to Catholicism.

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Tuesday, 09 August 2016 17:11

AUDIO Browns: How Much Should RGIII Play?

The Browns will open up the preseason with the Green Bay Packers on Friday, and with Robert Griffin III being named the starter earlier in the week, one of the main questions out there is: How much should the former Baylor quarterback play in the exhibition season?

Sam, Ben "Heavy D" Genet, and I all kicked this idea around during the Sam Bourquin Show Tuesday to talk about how much the first stringers, Griffin included, ought to play against the Packers, as well as the other three preseason games.

"I think you go a series," Ben said. "I feel if you go more than a series you're asking for trouble," he continued.  Ben pointed to Griffin's injury history as a reason for concern.  Sam and I looked at a 2-3 series sample of playing time for the first stringers given the fact that in order for an offense to jell, you have to have reps.

"You don't have to score, I don't care about that," Bourquin said. "You have to see what you have, and you can''t do that in three snaps."

 

Touchdown Tony Mazur, our Browns beat reporter, said that he has to at least get a few series in order for him to have a good sample size of film for the coaches to dissect and evaluate.

 As far as his observations from Browns camp, Mazur says he's seen coach Hue Jackson increase the intensity and hitting in practice.

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Thursday, 16 June 2016 10:59

AUDIO: Drew Friedman Draws His Obsessions

They say to write and draw what you love. Illustrator and cartoonist Drew Friedman has made a living out of that mantra.

After pouring over copies of MAD Magazine as a youth, Drew had the opportunity to join the MAD team some years later. He talked to Tony Mazur on the Ray Horner Morning Show about his obsession with sketching old Jewish comedians. Says Drew, his favorite things to draw are old comedians and Jewish people, so he combined the two and turned them into three critically-acclaimed books. His new book comes out in October 2016 called “More Heroes of the Comics.”

In addition to his artwork, Drew also discussed his love of Jerry Lewis, meeting Groucho Marx in 1975, the panned 1968 film “Skidoo,” and his distaste for George Jessel.

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Each month, Congressman Jim Renacci joins the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss a slew of topics.

First, there has been plenty of talk about a brokered Republican National Convention this July up in Cleveland. Rep. Renacci believes, no matter what, this convention will be beneficial to the region. As for the Republican Party, Renacci stressed that a brokered convention has happened before, and the Republican Party should survive no matter what.

In addition to the convention, tax day is also around the corner. Rep. Renacci urges folks to watch their identity and protect it from being stolen when filing taxes.

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