Tuesday, 11 December 2018 10:34

Ray Horner Podcast - 12/11/2018

:17 - It’s indeed the holiday season! The morning show panel chatted about the lack of Christmas lights on houses this year, as well as their favorite holiday traditions.

14:54 - Speaking of holiday traditions, the new pastime seems to be banning or censoring things that some don’t like. A radio station up the road recently banned “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” from their Christmas playlist due to its perceived suggestive lyrics. Ray and Tony think it’s a bunch of bunk.

20:08 - Mark Welfley from Welfley Technologies in Fairlawn is our tech guy who comes in every holiday season to break down the newest gadgets. Welfley talked about everything from Alexa to tablets to smartwatches.

42:13 - Could this really be the end in Cleveland for Corey Kluber? Sure seems that way, as the Los Angeles Dodgers are willing to part with a member or two from their crowded outfield for the two-time Cy Young winner.

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Monday, 10 December 2018 17:24

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 12.10.18

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

Sam and Brad spoke with Tom Withers of the AP to talk Browns and Cavs as they traded for fan favorite Matthew Dellavedova.(22 seconds in) 

Also Sam and Brad discussed the new-look Browns and how they're playing for interim coach Gregg Williams (16:45)

And they spoke with the Voice of the Browns, Jim Donovan. (20:35)

 

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Monday, 10 December 2018 15:24

Jasen Sokol Show Podcast 12.10.18

Filling in for the vacationing Jasen Sokol, Dr. Toni Bisconti spoke with Jeff Schudel to talk Browns and Cavaliers, at 14;38 she spoke with Dr. David Cohen, and at 25:10 she spoke with the fine folks from the Ohio Shakespeare Festival. 

  

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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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This week our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Zach Miller, a senior hockey player from CVCA.

Hockey’s been a big part of his life from his early years when his parents had him taking skating lessons.

“Ever since I was seven years old, I started playing hockey and have played it ever since,” Zach said.

He says being around the guys is one of the best aspects of being on the team.

“Being around the guys is so much fun, because of the atmosphere that’s provided,” Miller said.

  

  His coach Doug Fairchild says that Zach is a true leader both on and off the ice.

“Zach is an outstanding student, one of the top students in our engineering program at CVCA,” Fairchild explains.

“Zach was a unanimous selection as a team captain this season due to his hard work and dedication. He is an excellent example for our younger players to follow.”

When he’s not playing hockey, Zach’s a part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the National Honor Society. He’s also done some volunteer work for the Akron–Canton Regional Foodbank.

Upon graduation in the spring, Zach plans to major in Areospace Engineering.

Our next Student Athlete is Lauren Davis, a senior basketball player from CVCA.

She says working with her coaches and teammates is something she truly enjoys whenever she steps on the basketball court.

“We all just care about each other so much and it makes for a good atmosphere during games and practices,” she explained.

She is a two year captain, and a three-year varsity letter winner for the Royals.

Her coach Andy O’Keefe says that leadership translates to all facets of Lauren’s life.

“She exemplifies what it means to be a servant leader. Lauren's toughness, skillset, and determination make her a force to be reckoned with on the basketball court,” O’Keefe.

“At the same time, her selfless and humble character makes everyone on the team better.”

Upon graduation in the spring, Lauren plans to attend Kent State University to study nursing.

We wish Zach and Lauren the best in all of their future endeavors.

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Tuesday, 04 December 2018 17:37

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 12.4.18

Sam and Brad spoke with Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch to talk about the retirment of Urban Meyer today and they spoke with former OSU linebacker Joshua Perry (14:25) to talk about playing for Coach Meyer. 

 

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Tuesday, 04 December 2018 15:35

Jasen Sokol Show Podcast 12.4.18

On the Tuesday edition of the Jasen Sokol Show podcast,  Ben Axlerod spoke with Jasen and Bobbi about the retirement of Urban Meyer after 7 seasons at the helm of the Ohio State football program.

Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro joined the program at 8:40 to talk about medical marijuana for Summit County employees.

Fimmaker Ariella Altchouler joined the progam at 26:54 

Christopher Wilkins from the Akron Symphony Orchestra joined the program to talk about Akron Symphony's Home for the Holidays at EJ Thomas. 

 

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Monday, 03 December 2018 17:29

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 12.3.18

Sam and Brad talked to George Thomas from the Akron Beacon Journal to talk about the firing of Terry Bowden right off the jump, At 12:51 they talked to Brian Bidlingmyer about this weekend's Greynolds Classic, and at 20 minutes they spoke with Rob Oller of the Columbus Dispatch.

 

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Monday, 03 December 2018 16:47

Jasen Sokol Show Podcast 12.3.18

Jasen spoke with Dan Coughlin about his book "Just One More Story"  Dr Toni Bisconti joined in (17:43)  Jeff Schudel talked weekend sports (29:29), and Tom Sutton talked politics (41:58) on the Monday edition of the Podcast.

 

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Friday, 30 November 2018 17:44

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 11.30.18

The Friday edition of the Sam and Brad Show Podcast featured Tim Tyrrell, Doug Lesmerises talking Buckeyes (around the 15 minute mark) and Scott Petrak to talk Browns (around 22 minutes in).

 

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Friday, 30 November 2018 16:10

Jasen Sokol Show Podcast 11.30.18

On the Friday edition of the Jasen Sokol Show Podcast, Jasen and Bobbi talked to Shammas Malik, Council Candidate for Ward 8 in the City of Akron right off the bat..

Nick Shook from NFL,com on the weekend and the Cleveland Browns around 9 minutes in

and Austin Ward from Lettermen Row on the Big 10 Championship Game between Ohio State and Northwestern around the 19 minute mark.

 

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This week our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is junior basketball player Josh Fleming from Woodridge High School.

 He says he got into basketball at an early age and has enjoyed it ever since.
 
“I’ve been playing it my whole life, one of my friends was playing when I was younger and I just wanted to play with them,” he said. “From then I grew to love the sport.”
 
A two-sport letterman in both soccer and basketball, Fleming says competition and being around his teammates are a couple of the most important and enjoyable things about being a Woodridge Bulldog. 
 
 
 
“I enjoy playing with my teammates and coaches, they’re always super supportive,” he said. 
 
His coach Richard Blevins had some high praise for the junior.
 

“Josh epitomizes what we want Woodridge Basketball to represent,” Blevins said.

 “He is a tireless worker and a great teammate as well as an excellent student and we always know Josh will give 100% in any situation.”

 One unique thing about Josh is his volunteer work during the Polar Express in Peninsula during the holiday season. 

 Our next 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Isabella (Bella) Chriakos, a junior basketball player from Woodridge High School. 
 
She enjoys playing basketball at Woodridge because of the great relationships she built with her teammates over the years.
 
“I love my team so much, every day with them is a blessing,” she said. 
 

A three-sport athlete participating in golf, basketball, and track, Bella says that the atmosphere at Woodridge is a positive one for her and her teammates.
 
“It makes it great because I see the girls every day and we do a lot of team bonding activities.”
 
Her basketball coach Chris Nauer talked about her leadership on and off the court.
 
 “She works extremely hard throughout the season as well as the off season,” Nauer said. “She is very dedicated to the game and is a great teammate.”
 
 That dedication crosses over from the court to the classroom. 
 
“She encompasses everything that represents a student-athlete excelling in the classroom and on the basketball court.” 
 
In addition to being a starter on the basketball team, Bella is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Club among other activities.
 
When she’s not playing sports or studying, she’s volunteering at One of A Kind Pet Rescue and doing other philanthropic endeavors such as organizing the school blood drive at the high school. 
 
We wish Josh and Bella the best in all of their future endeavors. 
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Thursday, 29 November 2018 10:35

Ray Horner Podcast - 11/29/2018

:17 - The news of General Motors closing down regional plants has been tough, especially for folks near Lordstown, Ohio. Senator Sherrod Brown has made his feelings known on this subject, and has appealed to President Donald Trump to get

7:34 - The holidays are stressful enough. It’s worse when scammers are out to rip off consumers on the open market. Tim Dimoff from SACS Security and Consulting shared some tips on how to prevent these scams from occurring.

17:31 - Five burger patties, five hot dogs, five kielbasa, eight chicken strips, eight strips of bacon, cheese, lettuce, and tomato make up the seven-pound, $75 Gridiron Burger at Arizona Cardinals games. Tony thinks he can tackle.

31:42 - About 125,000 children under 18 in Ohio are uninsured. Why is that? Joan Alker from the Center for Children & Families explains.

36:16 - The holidays aren’t just stressful with the wallet or the big box store. It’s also a time when people reminisce over lost loves or family members, and the corresponding grief adds to the stress. Pat Reese from the House of the Lord is here to help.

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018 10:22

Ray Horner Podcast - 11/28/2018

:17 - The Ohio State Buckeyes sit at six in the AP Top 25, which makes them on the outside looking in for the college football playoff. Ray thinks the Bucks have a case for the playoff, while Tony believes their loss to Purdue and narrow win over Maryland may have cost them

10:49 - We’re a year and a half from the 50th anniversary of the Kent State shootings, and the folks there want to preserve the memory. Dr. Mindy Farmer from Kent State talked about the Ohio History Connection award the school won in commemoration of the event.

15:31 - My, how things have changed in high school athletics. An offseason once meant an off season, but there are no off days in this world. Dr. Joe Congeni from Akron Children’s Hospital discussed the weight training schools are doing throughout the winter to prepare for sports like track, baseball, and even football.

21:07 - Could the Indians part ways with Trevor Bauer? How about Corey Kluber or Carlos Carrasco? While the window is still open, they may need to, as mentioned here by Ray and Tony.

28:05 - At 10 AM on Saturday, the Joe Siegferth Basketball Classic is happening over at Firestone CLC. Ron Linger, Akron Public Schools’ assistant athletic director, went over the bulk of the games.

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018 17:49

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 11.27.18

Sam and Brad caught up with Doug Dieken to start the Tuesday Podcast.

At 13:05, they caught up with Ryan McGee to talk college football and where Ohio State might end up prior to the Big 10 title game.

 

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018 16:53

Jasen Sokol Show Podcast 11.27.18

Jasen and Bobbi spoke with Terry Pluto about his new book on the Cleveland Browns (right off the bat) 

State Senator Joe Schiavoni spoke about the closing of the GM Plant in Lordstown at 15:47 

City Councilman Jeff Fusco also spoke about improvements to the Mayflower at 24:52.

 

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018 10:30

Ray Horner Podcast - 11/27/2018

:17 - The counties of Summit and Stark will collide Thursday night at Tom Benson Stadium in Canton, as the Archbishop Hoban Knights take on the vaunted Massillon Tigers. Hoban head coach Tim Tyrrell previewed that matchup for the title.

5:50 - Speaking of championship weekend, Tim Stried from the OHSAA called in to go over the games and pass along information for folks heading to Canton, including why it’s being played on a Thursday.

18:16 - The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is called Giving Tuesday. Bishop Nelson Perez from the Diocese of Cleveland promoted We Give Catholic, a 24-hour crowdfunding program to help benefit 195 parishes, schools, and other areas.

22:23 - The biggest regional story of the week is the closing of the Lordstown General Motors plant. How will this affect the economy and jobs as a whole? Richard Peterson from Capital Financial explains.

32:58 - The Ohio State Buckeyes came off a convincing victory over Michigan last weekend, and are set to travel to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship. Paul Keels, the voice of the Buckeyes, went over their upcoming game against Northwestern, as well as the chances of them sneaking into the college football playoff.

41:16 - Another team that is surging is the Browns, with their 35-20 win over the Bengals on Sunday. Fred Greetham from the Orange & Brown Report discussed that contest, as well as the quarreling between camp Hue Jackson and camp Baker Mayfield.

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Monday, 26 November 2018 17:38

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 11.26.18

Sam and Brad caught up with Ari Wasserman of the Athletic right off the bat to talk about the OSU beatdown of the University of Michigan over the weekend and they also caught up with Tim Stried of the OHSAA at 13:12 to talk about the state championships this week in high school football, including Thursday's game between Hoban and Massillon. At 25:11 they talked Browns with beat writer Steve Doerschuk to talk about their win over the Bengals in Cincy. 

 

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Monday, 26 November 2018 16:45

Jasen Sokol Show Podcast 11.26.18

On the Monday edition of the Jasen Sokol Show Podcast, 

Austin Ward talked about the Buckeyes' big win over Michigan last Saturday right off the bat,  Jeff Schudel talked about the weekend in sports (9:33), Larry Magid from CBS News talked about Cyber Monday (20:04), and Steven Portnoy also joined in the coversation to talk about what happened at the Southern border over the weekend (24:48). 

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Monday, 26 November 2018 10:58

Ray Horner Podcast - 11/26/2018

:17 - Could you say the Bengals’ 35-20 loss to the Browns was “Hue-militating”? Ray and Tony kicked off Monday’s show talking about Baker Mayfield and the Browns taking it to former coach Hue Jackson.

9:57 - Who didn’t know the singers at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade lip-synced their performances? Apparently many didn’t, so Ray and Tony chatted about that and the parade in general, which seems to be lost on the younger generation.

17:40 - Dr. Gary Riggs is our veterinarian, and he stopped by to discuss anything from wolves to puppies and kittens at the holidays, seizures, and the use of squirt bottles as discipline.

30:56 - The world of driverless vehicles is rapidly becoming a reality. Will the negatives (job losses, salacious behavior inside the cars) outweigh the positives?

37:59 - Time now for our Business of the Week! Ray sat down with Cuyahoga Falls resident David Pelligra, owner of David Pelligra & Architects.

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Friday, 23 November 2018 17:11

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 11.23.18

On the Friday edition of the Sam and Brad Show,  Brad and Ben Thomas caught up with Tim Tyrrell of Hoban (23 seconds in), Nate Moore of Massillon (3:47), and Ryan Isley(8:10) to talk about the remaining teams active in the OHSAA State football tournament with a chance to compete for a state championship on the line.

Also, the guys spoke with former OSU LB Bobby Carpenter to talk about "The Game" against Michigan at high noon Saturday at 23:23.

 

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This week our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Samuel Lord, a junior wrestler from Ellet High School. 

 He started wrestling at an early age, but now as a junior in high school, the grind and the discipline of the sport drives him and his teammates.

“The coaches push us to be our best and the athletes in there all really push each other to be better every day,” he said.

His coach Brian Biel said that the junior captain knows the meaning of working hard and staying focused.

"He leads by example and has earned the respect of his teammates and coaches through his hard work, positive attitude, and pursuit of personal and team growth," he said,

Lord said that school always comes first and the coaches and his fellow teammates are always cognizant of that.

“Sometimes practices have to be short so we can get our work done, but it’s all about balance,” he said.

As always, the goal is States, but last year in just his sophomore season, Samuel was 6th in sectionals and 7th in the North Coast Classic. 

 As a team leader, he says leadership by example is more his style, but he’s not afraid to motivate a teammate when he knows they can do better.

Our next 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Sarah Mason, a senior basketball player from Ellet High School.

 She learned the sport of basketball growing up with 6 brothers and grew to appreciate the game that way. 

“I just grew up around basketball,” she said.

She also appreciates her head coach Tina Wallace, who is a tough coach, but looks out for her team day in and day out. 

“She’s always there for us and always there to support us and teach us what we need to know,” she explained. 

 

 

Coach Wallace talked about Mason’s hard work on and off the court 

“She’s a relentless defender, first one in the gym, last one to leave, I call her the rock in your shoe” Wallace said.  

“But the most impressive quality is her character, Sarah has Great Parents and she truly exemplifies Student-Athlete.”

 Sarah is a four year starter and letter winner for Ellet and says it’s great playing basketball with people she’s grown up with and enjoys being around.

“It’s just a great feeling,” Mason said with a smile. 

Upon graduation in the spring, Sarah says she plans on attending the University of Akron to study art. 

We wish Samuel and Sarah the best in all of their future endeavors. 

 
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Wednesday, 21 November 2018 10:31

Ray Horner Podcast - 11/21/2018

:17 - Is Black Friday shopping not what it used to be? Are you shopping for yourself or others? Are you looking forward to Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday? WEWS News 5 consumer reporter Jonathan Walsh has you covered, from the big box stores to online shopping to gift cards.

11:55 - Rick McQueen will be stepping down as president and CEO of the Akron-Canton Airport at the end of the year, but he’ll have a busy final month. He took a few minutes of his time to talk with Ray about egress in and out of the airport.

16:02 - If you are doing some shopping and are an Indians fan, the team has some new threads for the 2019 season. Bob DiBiasio from the Tribe talked about the slight change in their uniforms.

24:09 - Having a few too many adult beverages Thanksgiving Eve? Arrive Alive has you covered. Summit County prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh called in to promote Arrive Alive, which is a program that sends a cab and takes one home for free (up to $65) around Summit County beginning at 6 PM.

30:14 - In her final in-studio appearance until April, our master gardener Jeanne Poremski stopped by to chat about indoor plants, especially ones used as gifts like the Christmas cacti.

38:13 - Dr. Joe Congeni from Akron Children’s Hospital checks in to discuss some gruesome injuries in sports. Redskins QB Alex Smith went down with a brutal injury 33 years to the day Joe Theismann had a very similar break.

43:17 - And finally, our movie guy and WQMX morning man Scott Wynn talked with Tony about what’s at the theaters this weekend. The big movies that will top the box office are Creed II and the animated Ralph Breaks the Internet.

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Sam and Brad caught up with Cavs' beat writer Joe Vardon to talk about his article in The Athletic chronicling the Cavaliers' demise.

 

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Tuesday, 20 November 2018 15:19

Jasen Sokol Show Podcast 11.20.18

Jasen and Bobbi spoke with CBS tech expert Larry Magid to talk about robocalls right off the bat,

Perry Clark of TRY ministries joined in around 5:02.

Summit County Sheriff Steve Barry also joined the program at 18:33  to talk DUI Checkpoints

The folks from Weathervane Playhouse also joined the show to talk about Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at 22:04.

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Friday, 16 November 2018 16:45

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 11.16.18

On the Friday Prep Rally edition of the Sam and Brad Show,  the guys spoke with Tim Tyrrell of Hoban, Justin Todd of Wadsworth, Jim France of Manchester, and Nate Moore of Massillon (in that order) 

 

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Friday, 16 November 2018 16:36

Jasen Sokol Show Podcast 11.16.18

On the Friday edition of the Jasen Sokol Show Podcast,

Val Renner and Howard Parr discussed the new happenings at the Akron Civic Theatre, Next up, broadcaster Tony Brown of the Cleveland Monsters discussed what's going on with the hockey team, and Colin and Jess rounded out the podcast with the Weekend Preview presented by Jilly's Music Room.

 

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Friday, 16 November 2018 09:34

Ray Horner Podcast - 11/16/2018

:17 - We lost a great talent from yesteryear at the age of 85. Roy Clark could play the strings of a guitar and a fiddle better than anyone before and after him, and he even acted and told jokes. Ray and Tony talked about the glory days of Hee Haw and how Roy’s musical talents seemed to be ignored by country music and guitar enthusiasts.

6:23 - We’ve all seen the Goodyear blimp flying high above Akron and elsewhere. How about seeing it up close? With a money donation or an unwrapped toy for Toys For Tots, folks can drive through the blimp hangar at Wingfoot Lake, which is happening December 7th through the 9th. Ed Ogden and Jerry Hissem from Goodyear talked about the event as well as the new ships.

17:22 - November 16th is Fast Food Day (since every day is a holiday these days). Are you a frequent fast food buyer, or do you try to stay away from it? And which fast food restaurants keep soaring with popularity? The panel shared their thoughts.

25:52 - 3412 West Market Street will be quite busy this afternoon near the offices of Kisling, Nestico & Redick. They are giving out a thousand free turkeys between noon and 4 PM on a first-come, first-serve basis. Rob Nestico stopped by to promote KNR’s Coats & Cans For Kids.

30:40 - Each and every Friday, we talked to our movie guy, Scott Wynn, about what’s opening this weekend. A new Mark Wahlberg movie is out, The Grinch tops the charts, and The Meg is out on DVD and Blu-Ray.

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 18:23

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 11.15.18

Ron Stokes, color analyst for the Ohio State men's basketball team on the Ohio State-IMG Sports Network joined the Show to talk about the Buckeyes' matchup with Creighton tonight 11 minutes in.

Also Ross Benjamin joined to talk college and pro football against the spread for entertainment purposes only right off the bat.

 

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This week our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Logan Johnson a senior wrestler from Firestone. 

Logan says that he got into the sport of wrestling at an early age and has loved it ever since.
 
A team captain and a letterman for the Falcons, Johnson says working with his coaches and teammates is something he enjoys.
 
“You make good friends when you wrestle, you meet a lot of people in tournaments, it's fun but it's hard work."
 
His coach Dan Sandy had some great words for Logan and the work he puts in on the mat and in other aspects of his life.
 
“Logan was the 2018 Akron City Series Heavyweight Champion and was also a member of the Academic All-City Series Team,” Sandy explained. “He is the rock of our team.”
 
 
 
  
In addition, he also helps with other activities when he has time. 
 
“He (Logan) helps volunteer at our community youth league events with concessions and doing score tables at times. He is also a member of our school's prestigious Akron School of the Arts Visual Arts Program. “
 
Logan says the Firestone community is like one big family and one he’s glad to be a part of.
 
“No matter where you go, you're always saying hi to people, no matter what."
 
Upon graduation in the spring, Johnson plans to attend The Ohio State University to study Agriculture.
 
Our next 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete is Madeline Dyer, a junior swimmer from Firestone.
 
She says swimming has always been a part of what she’s done, and she wanted to follow her older brother, who swam as well.
 
“I kind of wanted to do what he was doing, so my parents put me in swim lessons and it grew from there,"
 
She says being a part of the Firestone swimming tradition is an honor and a privilege. 
 
“It's such an incredible thing to have that kind of tradition," she says. 
 
Her coach Cindy Dial says she is a hard worker in and out of the pool. 
 
"Madeline is a great role model and she has a passion for her academics as well as her athletics and it is very contagious," she explained.
 
A returning letterman, All-Ohio Award Winner and All American, Madeline says she sets high goals for not only herself, but her team as well.
 
 
 
 When she’s not in the pool or studying, she’s volunteering at One of a Kind Pet Shelter and hanging with friends. 
 
We wish Logan and Madeline the best in all of their future endeavors. 
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Thursday, 15 November 2018 08:59

Ray Horner Podcast - 11/15/2018

:17 - We’re a week away from Thanksgiving, if you can believe that. Some families deep-fry their turkeys, others cook theirs the tradition way. Tony’s family, however, has picked up a turkey from…..Popeyes Chicken.

10:05 - Who will coach the Cleveland Browns next season? Bruce Arians? Lincoln Riley? Gregg Williams? John Dorsey spoke to the media about the coaching search, and Ray and Tony broke down the Browns at the bye week.

19:05 - Gordon King owns and operates A1 Baseball Glove Repair in Parma, and he has helped refurbish and restring countless old baseball gloves. Gordon also dedicates his time to fixing these gloves for veterans and those in active military duty so they have something to occupy themselves with overseas.

36:28 - The Cleveland Indians and Pittsburgh Pirates completed a five-player trade on Wednesday, which sent utility player Erik Gonzalez to the Steel City. So how will the Tribe look next year with Gonzalez, Michael Brantley, and possible others playing elsewhere?

45:03 - The Mogadore Wildcats are no strangers to the playoffs, and especially playing a team like Kirkland. Head coach Matt Adorni previewed his matchup against the Hornets.

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 10:46

Ray Horner Podcast - 11/14/2018

:17 - Before prom, a number of students in Wisconsin took a photo where it looked like they gave the camera a Nazi salute. Ray, Jeanne, Steffany, and Tony shared their thoughts on this matter and how parents should approach a situation if one were to come in contact with an individual with radical beliefs.

15:30 - Moving onto some high school football here. Justin Todd is the head football coach at Wadsworth, and his undefeated Grizzlies are set to take on Massillon.

21:47 - Another terrific football program is at Archbishop Hoban. Tim Tyrrell’s Knights keep moving right along, and they will play Shaq Washington's Maple Heights Mustangs this Friday.

26:05 - Long-time coach Jim France from Manchester has his Panthers on a roll, and he previewed his upcoming matchup against Orville.

30:52 - The fires in California rage on, and the devastation is leaving countless people without homes or even towns. Jim McIntyre from the American Red Cross

38:08 - Russ Brode is a lieutenant in the Akron Fire Department, and he talked to Ray and the listeners about the differences between putting out wildfires and regular house and office fires.

45:23 - Finally, Dan Horrigan, the mayor of Akron, called into discuss the continued development in downtown, as well as the uprising of the area’s booming neighborhoods and what will go into the old Rolling Acres land.

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Tuesday, 13 November 2018 17:18

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 11.13.18

Sam and Brad caught up with Northeast Ohio native and  WWE Superstar Mike "The Miz" Mizanin  to talk all things Cleveland Sports and about his new movie coming out. 

 

Sam and Brad also caught up with Steve Wyche of the NFL Network (17:50 into the podcast)  and Ryan Harris of the Notre Dame IMG Sports Network to talk Fighting Irish (9:02 mark). 

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Tuesday, 13 November 2018 16:26

Jasen Sokol Show Podcast 11.13.18

On the Tuesday edition of the Jasen Sokol Show podcast Jasen and Bobbi spoke with Jon Hartz of Valiant Comics  to talk about the death of Stan Lee.

City of Akron Chief of Staff James Hardy also stopped by at 10:36 to talk about the new CitiCenter project 

and Dawn Spriggs discussed record expungement and related topics in the studio around 25:35. 

 

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Tuesday, 13 November 2018 11:13

Ray Horner Podcast - 11/13/2018

:17 - A name that is no stranger to Ohio, as well as 1590 WAKR, is Senator Sherrod Brown. Could he be the next presidential candidate for the Democrats? Dr. David Cohen from the University of Akron’s Bliss Institute shared his thoughts on the long-time senator.

8:08 - Another person who isn’t a stranger to these parts is Jim Trout from Acme Fresh Markets. In addition to his duties at Acme, Trout is the honorary chairman of the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign, and he stopped by the studio to talk about it.

15:12 - Dr. Tim Brown normally joins us once a month on Mondays (he’ll be on next Monday the 19th), but he called in to talk about a heart medication recall.

21:16 - Open enrollment for the 2019 marketplace has begun, and will continue through December 15th. Anne Armao from Summa Health joined us for some more information.

29:18 - The Browns took care of the Falcons on Sunday, 28-16. Fred Greetham from the Orange & Brown Report recapped the contest and looks ahead as the Browns cruise into the bye week.

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Monday, 12 November 2018 11:04

Ray Horner Podcast - 11/12/2018

:17 - For years, Captain Ernie Stadveg flew over the skies of Akron with his traffic and weather reports, and even had his own fan club, Captain Ernie’s Flying Club. What people may not know is he was an 18-year veteran, serving in both World War II and Korea. Tony Mazur, who’s filling in for Ray, had the pleasure of interviewing him.

22:22 - Colonel Lionel is with Akron Public Schools and helps students get some real-world military experience and education before graduation.

30:06 - Each Monday morning, our veterinarian Dr. Gary Riggs joins us to take your questions. Since the Browns beat the Falcons on Sunday, Tony asked Dr. Riggs about falcons and how they’re a success story in returning to their habitats. They also discussed seizures that can occur in pets and what to do.

40:00 - Also on Mondays, we present our Business of the Week! Today we put a spotlight on OGS Industries in Akron, and VP Tom Bader discussed the history of the company that his father started in 1959, and all that’s under the umbrella of OGS.

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Friday, 09 November 2018 16:58

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 11.9.18

Week 2 of the playoffs in High School  Football rolls on in Northeast Ohio.

Sam and Brad spoke with 

Tim Tyrell of Hoban (20-30 seconds in)

Marques Hayes of East (7:41) 

Justin Todd of Wadsworth (15:39)

Jim France of Manchester (25:23) 

and Nate Moore of Massillon. (30:59)

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Friday, 09 November 2018 15:33

Jasen Sokol Show Podcast 11.9.18

Dr. Toni Bisconti in for Jasen Sokol spoke with Dr. Sabine Gerhardt from the University of Akron to talk about the recent mass shooting in California off the bat.

Jan Leach from Kent State University talked about Freedom of the Press at 13:39

and Nick Shook from NFL.com previewed the Browns and the Falcons at 28:15.

 

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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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Thursday, 08 November 2018 17:52

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 11.8.18

Sam and Brad caught up with Wes Durham, play by play voice of the Atlanta Falcons to talk Falcons and Browns Sunday,

They also put "the mystery man" through the Three Question Thursday Poll Quiz

They picked against the spread for entertainment purposes only with Ross Benjamin.

and they spoke with McKinley coach Dan Reardon ahead of the Mentor game Friday night. 

 

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Thursday, 08 November 2018 16:27

Jasen Sokol Show Podcast 11.8.18

On the Thursday edition of the Jasen Sokol Show Podcast with Jeff Lynn guest hosting, 

Jeff and Bobbi spoke with  security expert Tim Dimoff of SACS Security to talk about the shooting in California (20 seconds in) . Denny Wilson on his book on recovering from addiction(15:05), and Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com food writer Katie Byard talking Akron Dish.(32:05) 

 

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This week our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Tyris Dickerson, junior football player from Archbishop Hoban High School.

Tyris said he’s been into football from a young age, and said playing for Hoban and coach Tim Tyrrell has been a great experience.
 
“He doesn't just make you grow as a person on the field, he makes you grow as a person in life, " Dickerson said.
 
 
 
  
"He really brings us all together and creates a family (atmosphere) at the school."
 
Coach Tyrrell says Dickerson’s play and leadership abilities are just a couple of the traits that make him a special athlete and person.
 
“He was our leading rusher on the team last year with over 1,800 yards and is over 1,300 already this year,” Tyrrell explains. 
 
“More than football Tyris is a leader more off the field, he is our lead mentor for all young players on the football team.”
 
Tyris was named 1st team all district in football and also participated in track and field during the spring. 
 
He says the Hoban community is a special one, and he truly appreciates the support from all sides.
 
A true jack of all trades, Tyris is the lead designer on the team, he designed the new home uniforms,7 on 7, and sweat suits for the team this year.
 
In the community, Dickerson volunteers at the Haven of Rest, and will attend Eastern Kentucky University upon graduation in the spring of 2019 to study Broadcasting Communications. 
 
This week our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Megan Hutson a senior basketball player from Archbishop Hoban High School. 
 
She says she enjoys the camaraderie with her coaches and teammates and it’s those relationships that make basketball fun at Hoban.
 
"Over the past four years, I've grown so close to my multitude of coaches," she said. "We (my teammates) know how to work with each other now and our chemistry has grown so much over the last four years."
 
Megan is a three year letterwinner going into her senior season and her head coach Scott Callaghan says her leadership and love of the game translates to the court in practice and in the game. 
 
“Athletically, Megan has excelled on the basketball court because of her size, speed, and heart,” he said.
 
“She is an elite rebounder and defender and most importantly, Megan is the captain of our basketball team because of her maturity, enthusiasm, and faith."
 
Off the court, she exhibited those same leadership traits that made her successful on the court.
 
 
 
  
"Megan Hutson perfectly fits the title of 'student-athlete.'  Academically, she challenges herself by taking the toughest courses avaiable, and she has earned all 'A's' throughout high school,” Callaghan explained. 
 
As a captain, Hutson says she will have to lead both by example and vocally in the 2018-19 season.
 
“The past three years have been more by example, but I'm trying to be more vocal this year."
 
Upon graduation in the spring of 2019, Megan plans on studying mechanical engineering. 
 
We wish Tyris and Megan the best in all of their future endeavors. 
 
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Wednesday, 07 November 2018 10:38

Ray Horner Podcast - 11/7/2018

:17 - It’s the morning after election day, and Ray Horner and 1590 WAKR have you covered! Before we went state and nationwide, Ray caught up with Akron mayor Dan Horrigan about moving the primary to May, which ended up passing.

5:38 - Dr. David Beer is a political scientist at Malone University, and he shared his views on the senate and house races, as well as the gubernatorial election in Ohio. Specifically, Dr. Beer points to just how red Republican Ohio is getting.

12:19 - After a few tries, a school levy has passed in Norton. Superintendent of Norton schools, Dana Addis, discussed the victory.

16:09 -Another local victory in Summit County was Issue 8. Julie Barnes from Summit County Children Services called in to discuss what this means for the residents in the area.

20:54 - With another look at the Ohio senate and gubernatorial races, Dr. David Cohen, professor of political science at the Bliss Institute, broke down what occurred.

31:06 - To cleanse the political palette, it’s time for the Academic Exam! Two students from Copley-Fairlawn High School stopped by to compete, and this friendly competition is brought to you by the Akron-Summit County Public Library.

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Tuesday, 06 November 2018 17:53

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 11.6.18

Sam and Brad spoke with Steve Doerschuk to talk about his article on Bruce Arians and his possible interest in coaching the Browns right off the jump.

Kent State men's basketball coach Rob Senderoff also joined the program at 15:33 to talk about the opening up of the Flashes' season here soon.

 

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Tuesday, 06 November 2018 15:40

Jasen Sokol Show Podcast 11.6.18

On the Tuesday edition of the Jasen Sokol Show, Jasen and Bobbi spoke with Doug Brattebo, professor of Political Science at Hiram College right off the bat, 

Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro joined the show at 11:56 to talk about the pipeline emergency fund.

24:20 Jasen got into today's Dope of the Day!

 

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Tuesday, 06 November 2018 10:19

Ray Horner Podcast - 11/6/2018

:17 - It’s election day! We covered the most crucial and series topic of our time: is a hot dog a sandwich?

3:46 - We had the Browns covered for you, as well. Our Browns guy, Fred Greetham from the Orange & Brown Report, talked about Gregg Williams’s first game as interim head coach, and how the team looks as they take on the Atlanta Falcons before the bye week.

12:42 - In this sports-heavy show, Ray talked Tribe with broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus. The GM meetings are going on in Major League Baseball, and Rosey discussed the state of the Indians, including the reports of possible trades of core players.

31:52 - The East Dragons are 9-2 on the season, and they’re set to take on Canfield this week. Head coach Marques Hayes talked about his strong football team.

35:14 - We head to Mogodore to talk to head coach Matt Adorni. The Wildcats are 10-1 on the season and they are set to take on McDonald.

39:15 - Speaking of “futbol,” Ray heads north to Richfield as he chats with boys soccer coach Nick DePompei and his Minutemen.

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Monday, 05 November 2018 17:41

Sam and Brad Show 11.5.18

Doug Dieken of the Cleveland Browns Radio Network and Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch joined the Sam and Brad Show to talk Browns and Buckeyes.

Tim joined in around 13 minutes and we spoke with Doug right off the jump.

 

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Monday, 05 November 2018 11:00

Ray Horner Podcast - 11/5/2018

:17 - After a whirlwind week, the Cleveland Browns were back on the field and surprised no one with a 37-21 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Ray and Tony broke down how they viewed the contest, which had a slightly better offensive scheme.

7:07 - Our veterinarian Dr. Gary Riggs stopped by, as he typically does on Mondays, to answer questions on your pets. Some of those questions revolved around flea medication, annual shots, and what happens if and when your pet gets into some candy.

20:27 - During our Question of the Day segment, the topic of what are the busiest airports during the holiday season was broached. The panel discussed some of their favorite airports to fly into, and some of the places to avoid if possible.

32:05 - Time now for our Business of the Week! Scheeser Buckley & Mayfield in Green is an engineering firm, and Jim Eckman, the president, talked about the company.

41:54 - Coming up on November 12th at the Funny Stop Comedy Club is the 7th annual Suicide Prevention Benefit. Shawn Boyd started this event back in 2011 following the suicide of a friend, and he’s been raising money and awareness ever since. Shawn is performing that night, as well as our own Tony Mazur.

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