Monday, 18 February 2019 10:23

Ray Horner Podcast - 2/18/2019

:17 - Today is Presidents Day, and Ray and Tony brought up some factoids about presidents from years gone by, as well as their most and least favorites. Ray is a fan of Teddy Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, and Barack Obama, while Tony enjoyed Calvin Coolidge and had less-than-favorable things to say about Woodrow Wilson.

7:59 - It was announced Friday than Akron Public Schools superintendent David James has been appointed to the Board of Trustees at the University of Akron. James mentioned how proud he is to have a solid working partnership between Akron Public Schools and the university.

18:30 - Also announced Friday is the contract extension for soccer coach Jared Embick at Akron. Embick spoke to Ray about his time so far with the Zips, and how he helped make them one of the best soccer programs in the country.

24:02 - Dr. Gary Riggs usually talks about your pets, but what about your veterinarians? How does the care differ?

35:02 - And finally, it’s Monday, and it’s time for our Business of the Week! Ray talked with James Eckman from Inman Productions LLC about his photography studio.

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Friday, 15 February 2019 16:37

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 2.15.19

On the Sam and Brad Show Podcast "Feel Good Friday Edition:" 

 Head basketball coach  Mark Kinsley of Green (20.1 seconds) 
Dean Rahas Revere Minutemen Head Coach (6:17)
Tim Debevec Jackson Polar Bears Boys Basketball Coach (11:26)
Mark Dente Copley Boys Basketball Coach (16:49)
Joe Vardon The Athletic on the Cavs and the NBA at the All Star Game (22:39) 

 

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Friday, 15 February 2019 15:53

G&G Fitness Coach of the Week Yontami Jones

This week our 1590 WAKR G&G Fitness Coach of the Week is Yontami Jones, the girls' basketball coach of Kenmore Garfield Golden Rams.

 The Lady Rams won the 2018-19 City Series title.

She says that her team fought through some adversity earlier in the season, but perservered and came through. 

Stay tuned for next week's Coach of the Week! 

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Friday, 15 February 2019 14:48

Jasen Sokol Show Podcast 2.15.19

On the Bonzai Friday edition of the Jasen Sokol Show Podcast:

 Show open, welcoming the listeners into Bonzai Friday (16.8 seconds) 
 Jasen and callers respond to President Trump's announcement (4:34) 
Adam Liberman on OHSAA coming to Canal Park (20:05)
 Dope of the Day (31:06)

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Friday, 15 February 2019 10:25

Ray Horner Podcast - 2/15/2019

:17 - We began Friday’s show quite light, talking about our favorite TV show spinoffs. Frasier, The Jeffersons, Maude, and the many Law & Orders and CSI’s were all mentioned.

8:46 - Summa Health System has a new campaign to support patient care, which is called “Caring For You...Then, Now, Always.” President and CEO of Summa, Dr. Cliff Deveny, called into the show to talk about the company’s mission.

15:33 - Indians all-star hurler Trevor Bauer won another arbitration case and will make $13 million in 2019. But according to reports, Bauer believed the arbitrators used “character assassination” in their case against him. Ray and Tony broke down what happened and how the Tribe will look in the upcoming season.

28:08 - It’s that time of year where we get our houses and living spaces in order for the spring season, and the Home & Garden Show at the John S. Knight Center is the perfect place for inspiration. John Goch, the CEO of PROPS Consulting and host of our Saturday show Remodelers Roundtable, stopped by to answer some questions.

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Thursday, 14 February 2019 18:07

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 2.14.18

The Thursday edition of the Sam and Brad Show Podcast:

OHSAA Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass (20.6 seconds) 

FOX MLB Analyst AJ Pierzynski on the start of the spring (18:09)

Former Indians great Kenny Lofton on baseball and his new movie "Chokehold" (33:26) 

 

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OHSAA Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass joined the Sam and Brad Show to talk about the state championships in High School football are staying in Canton in 2019.

Also, the state baseball championships are coming to Akron's Canal Park in 2019 as well.

 Snodgrass said that the folks with Canal Park and the City were very gracious and blew them away with their presentation.

"We were blown away about how they wanted to make the experience good for the players coming to Akron," he said. 

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This week our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Tommy Cummings, a senior basketball player from Walsh Jesuit High School.

Tommy says he got into basketball in kindergarten and stuck with it ever since then growing up in the Macedonia area. He said that working with his coaches and teammates is special because of the grind of the season and the bond he developed with them over the years.
 
"It's really fun because you bond every day, you go through hardships together, and winning makes it just that much better when you're with your teammates and you become brothers," he explained. 
 
 
 
 
 His head coach Kevin Byrne talked about the leadership Cummings brings both on and off the floor. 
 
"Tommy exemplifies everything we look for in our student athletes at Walsh Jesuit," he said.
 
"He is a great student, a great teammate, and most importantly a great person.  He is reliable, one of the most important things any person can be."
 
On the court, coach Byrne says he is just as dynamic. 
 
Tommy has had an outstanding senior season for us and by  playing the point for a new coach, as a senior, is challenging for anyone" Byrne explains.
 
"Tommy has made it look effortless.  No one in the area plays harder.  It is contagious.  We remain a dangerous team to play largely because of Tom's ability to play both ends of the floor and be a threat on the offensive end, both with his scoring and his ability to make great decisions on when and where to throw his teammates the ball."
 
Upon graduation in the spring, he plans on studying engineering in college. 
 
Our next 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Kyra Dossa a gymnast and diver from Walsh Jesuit High School.
 
She says that balancing the two winter sports isn't easy but its a challenge she readily accepts.
 
"Gymnastics is definitely a priority because I've been doing it longer, but my two coaches communicate well and balance my schedule," she says.
 
 
 

 
  
Kyra says the community at Walsh is a welcoming one, and that makes going to school and going to practice a great experience.
 
This year has already been a great one for her as she placed 1st in the all-around at the Win The Day Invitational and 2nd in the all around at the McGee Invitational. 
 
Her gymnastics coach Megan Crysler said Kyra is a true team leader even as a young underclassman
 
"She’s a hard worker everyday and pushes herself to be a better gymnast," she said.
 
"Not only is she an amazing gymnast, but she’s a kind, sweet, and funny person and I can’t wait to work with her over the next few years!  "
 
In her community of Sagamore Hills, she volunteers to coach her neighborhood swim team. In her spare time, she enjoys shopping and being with her family and friends. She enjoys the volunteer aspect to help out the next generation of swimmers.
 
"You get to help out the little kids and it's a lot of fun, she says.
 
We wish Tommy and Kyra the best in all of their future endeavors. 
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Thursday, 14 February 2019 09:00

Ray Horner Podcast - 2/14/2019

:17 - It’s been one year since the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Unfortunately, we’ve seen several school shootings since then, but this one in particular has stood out in recent memory. SACS Consulting & Investigative Services president and CEO Tim Dimoff was actually in Parkland recently, and he joined the show to discuss what has changed security-wise since then.

7:23 - Green mayor Gerard Neugebauer and fire chief Brian Lloyd stopped by the studio to touch on Green’s new community paramedic program for seniors.

14:12 - It sounds like an agreement to keep funding the government will happen, even if both parties are not excited about what is in the bill. Dr. David Beer talked about the extension of government and the money towards building more wall on the border.

23:03 - Pitchers and catchers have reported to camp, and Indians broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus reports to the Ray Horner Morning Show. Rosenhaus talked about the Francisco Lindor injury and who will replace him, especially with numerous free agents on the couch waiting for a call.

32:03 - In these cold winter months, what are some classic TV shows to binge-watch on a snowy weekend? The panel brought up theirs, which included Columbo, Golden Girls, Cannon, and Taxi.

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Tuesday, 12 February 2019 17:13

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 2.12.19

On the Tuesday edition of the Sam and Brad Show

The guys weighed in on the Cleveland Cavaliers and the NBA. Is it okay to tank? (22 seconds in)

They also weighed in on the NBA All Star Game and the interest level in the game and surrounding events. (11:24) 

Kevin Mawae of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019 spoke about his induction into Canton. (22:42) 

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Akron native and IFBB Pro fitness competitor and fitness model Ashley Kaltwasser joined the Sam and Brad Show to talk about competiing in the Arnold in March.

 

Kaltwasser attended Coventry High School and the University of Akron, where she competed in the indoor pentathalon. 

She turned pro as a fitness and figure (bikini division) competitor in 2012. 

 

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Tuesday, 12 February 2019 15:43

Jasen Sokol Show Podcast 2.12.19

The Tuesday edition of the Jasen Sokol Show Podcast:

The Show Open for today's show, setting the scene for the day! (16.9 seconds in) 

Jeff Schudel from the Morning Journal and the News Herald spoke about the signing of Kareem Hunt (6:04) 

Callers talked with Jasen and Bobbi to talk about the Hunt signing (16:41) 

Roger Riddle talked about the Resale Trail  (22:27)

 David Pepper, chairman of the Democratic Party (Ohio)  also spoke with Jasen as well. (35:42) 

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Tuesday, 12 February 2019 09:47

Ray Horner Podcast - 2/12/2019

:17 - The Cleveland Browns have signed former Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt, who also went to Willoughby South High School and the University of Toledo. Why is he a former Chiefs running back? There was an incident of physical violence towards a female inside a Cleveland hotel room in 2018, and as soon as the video was released, the Chiefs cut him loose. The panel (which includes Jeanne and Steffany) sounded off on the signing and why the Browns would bring such a PR hit on themselves.

19:13 - We’re a couple of weeks removed from the cyber attack that hit the city of Akron, so what is the solution? A cloud-based service? According to councilman Russ Neal, that may be in the works.

25:20 - It’s Tuesday, and our tax guy, Doug Klein, joined the program to go over tax credits.

33:20 - The Buchtel boys basketball team keeps rolling this year. Head coach Matt Futch talked about his Griffins and the possibility of a shot clock in high school basketball.

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Monday, 11 February 2019 17:53

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 2.11.19

On the Monday edition of the Sam and Brad Show Podcast the guys spoke about the Browns' signing of Kareem Hunt.

The fellas themselves spoke about the signing (20.1 seconds) 

A couple of callers chimed in with their thoughts on the signing (12:55) 

Scott Petrak from the Elyria Chronicle Telegram and BrownsZone.com spoke about his thoughts of the signing and John Dorsey's decision to roll the dice with Kareem. (15:44) 

 

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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 17:05

Jasen Sokol Show Podcast 2.8.19

Jasen and Bobbi spoke on the Bonzai Friday edition of the Jasen Sokol Show Podcast: 

Show open. discussing all that went into Friday's show (17.1 seconds in )

Tribe broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus discussed the passing of former player/manager Frank Robinson at the age of 83. (2:20)

 Jasen talked to the listeners (12:17)

 Tony Brown of the Monsters joined in to talk a little hockey (19:14)

Weekend Preview with Collin Baker talked about what's going on this weekend. (24:14)

 

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Friday, 08 February 2019 16:38

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 2.8.19

On the Friday edition of the Sam and Brad Show Podcast the guys spoke with:

The fellas themselves got into their thoughts on the NBA and tampering

Michael Buffer, sports announcer who will be inducted into the Arnold Sports HOF later this month

Bill Polian, Pro Football Hall of Famer and co-founder of the Alliance of American Football joined in to talk about the new league starting tomorrow. 

and Matt Thomas from Parmalee, who will be playing at the Hard Rock Rocksino on Saturday

 

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Friday, 08 February 2019 15:56

G&G Fitness Coach of the Week Jake Parsons

Jake Parsons, the new head coach of the Copley Indians is this week's G&G Fitness Coach of the Week.

He says Copley is one of the premier jobs in Summit County.

"They have great facilities, and great kids, it's a great area,  and I'm just excited to be a part of it," he said. 

Stay tuned for next week's Coach of the Week during the Sam and Brad Show! 

 

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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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This week our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Kylee Beaty a senior basketball player from Wadsworth High School.

Kylee said she got into the sport of basketball at a young age and enjoys playing with her teammates.
 
“All the girls on the team are really close and we’re all best friends, so it’s great going to school with them and playing basketball with them,” Kylee said.
 
 
 
She says the coaching staff is supportive and pushes the girls to be the best athletes and people they can be.
 
“All the coaches on the team support us on a day to day basis, Batey explained. 
 
Her head coach Andy Booth says Kylee is one of the hardest working players he’s coached. 
 
“She moved from northwest Ohio as a freshman, she’s in her second year of varsity basketball, and she’s. earned everything,” Booth said.
 
“She’s a balanced player, can shoot the three and get into the paint and she’s quick and strong defensively,” 
 
In addition to being a basketball player on the Grizzlies team, Kylee is a member of Advancement to Nursing and the Big Brother/ Big Sister program.
 
Upon graduation in the spring, Kylee plans on attending Lawrence Tech University to study nursing. 
 
Our next Male Student Athlete of the Week is Eric Auffenberg, a senior bowler from Wadsworth.
 
He says bowling has been a part of his life since he was a youngster.
 
“I started bowling at a very young age, my parents got me into it when I was three or four years old and I’ve liked it ever since,” he said.
 
 
 
Eric’s a team captain and a four year letterman for the Grizzlies, and he says he leads both vocally and by example.
 
“I think it’s more vocal than anything else, because I can explain what to do with the teammates and help them out,” he said.
 
In addition to being a bowler for Wadsworth, Eric is a member of the National Honor Society, Band, and a statistician for the Grizzlies baseball team.
 
His coach George Steele says that Eric is one of the smartest bowlers he's ever been around.
 
"He comes from a bowling family, he understands the game so well, Steele said, "He's also a good kid and very coachable, what every coach looks for in an athlete," 
 
Upon graduation in the spring, he plans on attending the University of Cincinnati to study mechanical engineering.
 
We wish both Kylee and Eric all the best in all of their future endeavors. 
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Thursday, 07 February 2019 10:04

Ray Horner Podcast - 2/7/2019

:17 - US Senator Sherrod Brown has been in the news recently with his comments on Virginia Governor Ralph Northam. He joined the show to discuss that story and recap Tuesday’s State of the Union address.

3:38 - Ray went over to AMF Riviera Lanes in Fairlawn for the PBA Tournament, and he spoke with Tony Marvin from Riviera and PBA deputy commissioner Kirk Krueger.

12:02 - If you drive along the Kenmore Leg on I-76, you’re going to experience some delays and reroutes due to ramp closures. ODOT’s Justin Chesnic went over the process and how long it will take.

18:40 - Tony made the impulsive decision to go see Cher in concert last night, and he was quite entertained.

24:04 - In order to increase more camaraderie with students and help other students get interested in different sports, some schools are waiving ticket admissions for students.

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Wednesday, 06 February 2019 08:55

Ray Horner Podcast - 2/6/2019

:17 - Last week, a report floated out that Don Plusquellic, the long-time former mayor of Akron, may be interested in running again here in 2019. Well, today was the deadline to file is today and his decision is….he won’t be running…..in the democrat primary. However, this does not mean he won’t rule out running as an independent down the road.

21:14 - A school district in Massachusetts is looking to outlaw the game of tag during recess. The panel delved into the topic, with the consensus that outlawing games such as tag and musical chairs hurts more than it helps in the long-run.

31:28 - Big local matchup tonight in both girls and boys hoops, as Archbishop Hoban takes on St. Vincent-St. Mary. Hoban girls coach Scott Callahan previewed what’s to come in tonight’s rivalry games.

35:47 - Speaking of mayors and the city of Akron, the chief of staff, James Hardy, called in to update listeners on how they have responded to the cyber attack from last week.

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Tuesday, 05 February 2019 17:28

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 2.519

On the Tuesday edition of the Sam and Brad Show the fellas spoke with: 

Chris Holtmann OSU Basketball Coach (18.9 seconds) 
Terez Paylor Senior NFL Writer Yahoo Sports (11:55) 
Jeremy Birmingham Lettermen Row talking OSU signing class (25:29) 

Sam and Brad also spoke about the Alliance of American Football and who they are rooting for. (37:03)

 

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Tuesday, 05 February 2019 14:58

Jasen Sokol Show Podcast 2.5.19

Jasen's Tuesday edition of the Podcast:

APD Deputy Chief Michael Caprez on the Police Department looking to hire more staff (20.7 seconds)

University of Toledo Professor Dr, Jeff Broxmeyer on tonight's State of the Union (9:49) 

Nicole Mullet from ArtsNow and Bill Behrendt of Ohio Citizens for the Arts  on the Economic impact of arts (19:05)

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Tuesday, 05 February 2019 10:52

Ray Horner Podcast - 2/5/2019

:17 - Still smoking cigarettes? Well, you may want to avoid Hawaii as a vacation destination. The state is, for the lack of a better word, banning cigarettes for folks under 100. Ray and Tony talked about this topic, which Hawaii doesn’t mind taking the financial hit.

8:04 - 2019 is the 80th anniversary of one of, if not the greatest year in cinema history, 1939. Bob Ethington from the Akron-Summit County Public Library stopped by to talk about two iconic films from that year that are seeing re-releases: Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz.

23:28 - It’s Tuesday, and that means our tax guy, Doug Klein, dropped by the studio to discuss deductions here in tax season.

32:08 - Remember the Firestone Tournament of Champions at Riviera Lanes? The name may have changed and the decades have passed, but professional bowling is back in the area. Jerry Schneider does media relations with the PBA, and he previewed what’s to come this weekend with tournament play.

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Monday, 04 February 2019 17:26

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 2.4.19

On the Monday edition of the Sam and Brad Show Podcast, the fellas spoke with Steve Doerschuk of the Canton Repository who was at the Big Game down in Atlanta (around 20 seconds in) and former Kent State Athletic Director Laing Kennedy to talk about former KSU Golden Flash Julian Edelman winning MVP honors last night. (17:34).

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Monday, 04 February 2019 15:33

Jasen Sokol Show Podcast 2.4.19

Jasen spoke with a variety of individuals during the Monday edition of the Jasen Sokol Show Podcast:

Jeff Schudel spoke about the Big Game and the New England Patriots winning a 6th title. (20.7 seconds) 

Dr. Toni Bisconti spoke about the latest controversy involving  Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (13:10) 

Larry Magid of CBS talked about the 15 year anniversary of Facebook (around 25:47) 

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Monday, 04 February 2019 10:38

Ray Horner Podcast - 2/4/2019

:17 - In a real barn-burner of a Super Bowl, the Patriots defeated the Rams, 13-3, in the lowest scoring game in its 53 contests. Ray, Tony, and Jeanne talked about all aspects of the big game, including the contest itself, the commercials, and the halftime show.

15:15 - Last week, Barberton mayor Bill Judge came on to discuss some layoffs happening in his city. Well, things took a positive turn over the weekend, as the city was able to work on some figures and avoid those layoffs, and Mayor Judge talked about how this was accomplished and what’s to come.

22:11 - It’s Monday, and Miller’s Rental & Sales is our Business of the Week! Brought to you by HEARINC. and TLC Catering.

35:16 - And finally, Ray and Tony talked more about the Super Bowl Halftime Show, which has become quite the spectacle over the decades. Ray contends it was a good decision to have Maroon 5, a mainstream pop band, perform, but Tony thinks no one can be pleased and may as well just have marching bands take the stage.

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Friday, 01 February 2019 17:36

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 2.1.19

Sam and Brad spoke with Coach Fred Thomas, the head coach at Malone University about the school's decision to drop the sport of football. 

They also spoke with "Roger Dorn" aka Corbin Bernsen, who is tonight's keynote speaker at the Akron Rubberducks' annual "Hot Stove Banquet" at the Hilton Garden Inn 

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Friday, 01 February 2019 16:57

Jasen Sokol Show Podcast 2.1.19

Jasen and Bobbi spoke with a variety of folks on the Jasen Sokol Show Podcast

One was former mayor of Akron  Don Plusquellic, the longest serving mayor in the city's history, speaking about the current condition of the city and that there's no bad blood between him and Dan Horrigan, the city's current mayor. (19 seconds in) 

Next up was Pat Scherer, Scout Executive and CEO spoke about girls now being able to join the Boy Scouts. (9:12) 

Barberton Judge Todd McKenney discussed license amnesty with the show as well. (18:23)

  

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Our  G&G Fitness Coach of the Week this week is Scott Callaghan of the Hoban Girls Basketball team.

Scott's team is undefeated at 17-0 and they have a lot of goals ahead of them.

 

"There's a lot of season ahead, we're very pleased with where we are right now, but we're excited for the stretch run and certainly tournament basketball," he said. 

The team will play tonight against St. Joseph Academy. 

 

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Friday, 01 February 2019 09:48

Ray Horner Podcast - 2/1/2019

:17 - With Sunday being the Super Bowl, Friday’s show had plenty of football themes. Ray and Tony talked about the top ten football movies of all time, with some honorable mentions just off the list.

7:26 - But not everything about football was positive. Malone University is dropping intercollegiate football as a cost-cutting measure, as the college has a $2.5 million structural deficit to contend with. Charlie Grimes, athletic director at Malone, joined the show to discuss the decision to cease football operations.

13:37 - If you’re of a certain age, you may remember a nightclub in the Akron area called Red’s. It may have closed in 1988, but its legacy lives on through owner Arnie Shapiro, who turned 95 this week.

17:29 - Temperatures have been rather frigid this week, with the highs being in negative digits the middle of the week. Ren Camacho, the new president and CEO of the Akron-Canton Airport, called in to discuss how the airport deals with such bone-chilling conditions.

24:04 - As we wrap up this podcast and the week, the Akron Beacon Journal’s Bob Dyer and former NFL player Jay Brophy stopped by studio for some old Super Bowl memories from yesteryear. Brophy played in Super Bowl XIX, where his Miami Dolphins got trounced by the San Francisco 49ers.

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This week our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Nicole Lester, a senior basketball player from Norton High School.

 Nicole said she got into the game of basketball from her friends at a young age and stuck with it ever since.
 
She says that because of playing with a lot of her teammates earlier in life, it translates into the court now.
 
“It’s easy because you can read where everyone is going,” Lester said.
 
 

 
She said her head coach Brian Miller gets the most out of her teammates day in and day out, caring not only about them as players, but as students and people. 
 
“He’s really funny,” Nicole said with a smile. “He cares about us and our education first.”
 
Miller said Nicole’s leadership and positive attitude carries from the court to off the court.
 
“She is not interested in her stats only cares about winning and making sure the team is first,” he explained.
 
“She is a tremendous student. Her grades are excellent and she will have great success in her life.”
 
In addition to being a four year letter winner for the Lady Panthers, Nicole is a member of the National Honor Society and volunteering with the Youth basketball camp at Norton as well as father/daughter dances. 
 
Our next male Student Athlete of the Week is Nathan Dobben, a senior basketball player from Norton High School. 
 
Nate says he got into basketball at an early age and fell in love with the sport.
 
“In sixth grade I went out for the team and ever since then I’ve loved the sport and always wanted to play.”
 
Dobben is also a captain on the team this year and he takes his leadership role seriously.
 
“I feel like now as a senior I have to lead both vocally and by example,” he said. 
 
 

 
 
His coach BJ Sanderson had this to say about his senior leader.
 
“Nate is a phenomenal kid. Great grades, great manners, great family, and a great head on his shoulders,” Sanderson explained.
 
“He is a great example of the kind of student-athlete leading our program.”
 
Nathan is also a part of the National Honor Society , Key Club, and is the Senior Class Vice President.
 
Upon graduation in the spring, he plans on attending the University of Akron to study engineering. 
 
We wish Nicole and Nathan the best in all of their future endeavors. 
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Thursday, 31 January 2019 11:10

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/31/2019

:17 - Barberton mayor Bill Judge called into the program Thursday to discuss some of the layoffs coming to the city and how they tried consolidate services to make ends meet.

11:30 - Break out the orange golf balls and Whitey’s chili, it’s time for the 29th annual Chili Open! Jim Redmond from the Akron Rotary and George Murphy, president of Wayne Homes, stopped by to talk about Saturday’s event.

15:58 - There have been rumors about a new automaker looking to occupy the now-former GM plant in Lordstown, but who will come in and when? WFMJ (and former WAKR) news anchor Lindsay McCoy is plugged in to what is happening in the Mahoning Valley area, and she talked to Ray about what she has heard.

23:40 - Classical music and football rarely go hand in hand, but they will on Saturday night at the Canton Symphony! Assistant conductor Matthew Jaroszewicz stopped by the studio to preview their performance of the classic Harold Lloyd silent film The Freshman.

30:27 - The American Red Cross’ Acts of Courage is happening Thursday March 7th at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn on West Market Street. Mary Williams from the Red Cross came in studio to promote the event.

34:02 - Today, if he was still alive, would have been Jackie Robinson’s 100th birthday. Ray and Tony talked about Jackie’s life and legacy, and the impact his character and performance continues to have this day.

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Thursday, 31 January 2019 11:10

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/31/2019

:17 - Barberton mayor Bill Judge called into the program Thursday to discuss some of the layoffs coming to the city and how they tried consolidate services to make ends meet.

11:30 - Break out the orange golf balls and Whitey’s chili, it’s time for the 29th annual Chili Open! Jim Redmond from the Akron Rotary and George Murphy, president of Wayne Homes, stopped by to talk about Saturday’s event.

15:58 - There have been rumors about a new automaker looking to occupy the now-former GM plant in Lordstown, but who will come in and when? WFMJ (and former WAKR) news anchor Lindsay McCoy is plugged in to what is happening in the Mahoning Valley area, and she talked to Ray about what she has heard.

23:40 - Classical music and football rarely go hand in hand, but they will on Saturday night at the Canton Symphony! Assistant conductor Matthew Jaroszewicz stopped by the studio to preview their performance of the classic Harold Lloyd silent film The Freshman.

30:27 - The American Red Cross’ Acts of Courage is happening Thursday March 7th at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn on West Market Street. Mary Williams from the Red Cross came in studio to promote the event.

34:02 - Today, if he was still alive, would have been Jackie Robinson’s 100th birthday. Ray and Tony talked about Jackie’s life and legacy, and the impact his character and performance continues to have this day.

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Wednesday, 30 January 2019 10:27

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/30/2019

:17 - Late Tuesday morning, a rumor floated around the Akron area about Don Plusquellic throwing his hat in the ring for mayor. If you recall, Plusquellic was mayor of Akron from 1987 till May 2015. If the reports are true, would be be a real threat to current mayor Dan Horrigan?

10:19 - Today is the coldest day of the year (so far), with the high in negative digits. While schools and some offices in the area are closed, there is still some black ice on the roads, so Kevin Thomas from Akron AAA stopped by to give some travel tips for the icy conditions.

19:32 - Maroon 5 with Big Boi and Travis Scott will be entertaining folks at the Super Bowl Halftime Show. According to Ranker, Prince had the best halftime performance, which was Tony’s favorite. The panel went over some of their favorite performances and anything Super Bowl related.

30:02 - You know him from the silver and small screen. The star of such TV shows like LA Law and Psych and films Major League and 25 Hill, Corbin Bernsen, called into the show today. He’ll be appearing at the Akron RubberDucks Hot Stove Banquet this Friday.

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Tuesday, 29 January 2019 15:20

Jasen Sokol Show Podcast 1.29.19

Jasen and Bobbi's Tuesday edition of the Jasen Sokol Show Podcast. 
 
1. Doug Livingston from the Akron Beacon Journal spoke about former Akron mayor Don Plusquellic possibly running for office again
2 Jan Leach from Kent State University spoke about a tough week in journalism all across the board 
3. John Nicholas from the University of Akron spoke about the cyber attack on Akron.
 
 
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Tuesday, 29 January 2019 10:30

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/29/2019

:17 - Quite an eventful way to begin a Tuesday. First, Ward 2 councilman Bruce Kilby sounded off in the Akron Beacon Journal on the mayor’s lack of awareness with city services during last week’s major snowfall. That prompted a response from….

8:30 - Mayor Dan Horrigan, who happened to be listening to Kilby’s commentary in the car, and presented a counterpoint.

13:26 - The city services are preparing for this week’s deep freeze, but what about the schools? Akron Public Schools superintendent David James joined the program to discuss how the district goes about the process of delaying or canceling school. He did break some news: Akron Public Schools are closed tomorrow.

20:22 - Every Tuesday during the tax season, Doug Klein will attempt to answer your tax questions.

28:40 - You may have heard about the cyber attack that happened over the weekend. SACS Security & Consulting president and CEO Tim Dimoff made some sense in how to prevent such attacks in the future.

34:42 - The Orange & Brown Report’s Fred Greetham stopped by to talk about the Browns’ offseason.

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Monday, 28 January 2019 18:20

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 1.28.19

The Sam and Brad Show Podcast featured a host of solid guests including Pro Football Hall of Famer from the Rams Jack Youngblood,(20 seconds in)  Sandy Alomar Jr, who will be honored at the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards in February,(8:14) and Steve Doerschuk who is covering the Big Game in Atlanta for the Canton Repository. (20:39)

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Monday, 28 January 2019 10:06

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/28/2019

:17 - It was announced Friday afternoon that the partial government shutdown will cease, at least temporarily. Dr. David Beer, professor of political science at Malone University, recapped what went down and the impact the shutdown has had on the political landscape.

6:50 - Another incident occurred Friday on the local front, as the city of Akron was hit with a cyber attack. Akron mayor Dan Horrigan joined the program to discuss the cyber event, with him believing this attack to be financially motivated.

14:36 - We may see negative digits for a high in the Akron area, so our veterinarian, Dr. Gary Riggs, urges owners to keep their pets inside as much as possible.

22:36 - For more on the government shutdown, Dr. David Cohen called in to talk about the stalemate that continues, even if building a wall may still be on the table.

Time now for our Business of the Week! Ray sat down with Paul Doerr, the owner of Quick Clean Car & Pet Wash in Akron.

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Our G&G Fitness Equipment Coach of the Week for this week is Buchtel boys' basketball coach Matt Futch. 

Futch, a 2002 Buchtel graduate says it's been an exciting challenge for him coaching this young and talented team.

"We've been preparing all year long, and they're looking more prepared on the big stage," he said.

 

Stay tuned for next Friday's Coach of the Week on the Sam and Brad Show! 

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Friday, 25 January 2019 17:56

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 1.25.19

On the Sam and Brad Show Friday Podcast, the guys spoke with comedian Rob Schneider (21 seconds in)  and Buchtel Head Coach Matt Futch who was this week's G&G Fitness Coach of the Week (13:57).

 

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Friday, 25 January 2019 17:47

Jasen Sokol Show Podcast 1.25.19

On the Friday edition of the Jasen Sokol Show Podcast, Emilia Sykes, House Minority Leader joined the conversation (30 seconds in) , as did musician Kofi Baokye whose documentary premeries at the Taniger on Jan 31 (9:18).

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Friday, 25 January 2019 09:12

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/25/2019

:17 - A middle schooler in Barberton brought two unloaded guns to class and was quickly apprehended. Tim Dimoff, president and CEO of SACS Security and Consulting, talked about the importance of “If You See Something, Say Something.”

6:35 - Outfielder AJ Pollock signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers, which could mean two things: LA may be out on Bryce Harper, and Corey Kluber trade talks may heat up. So how cold is the Indians’ hot stove?

12:33 - Our movie guy Scott Wynn stopped by and, well, there’s not much happening at the theaters.

15:04 - A new study shows that eating fried chicken too often could be harmful to one’s health. In other breaking news, water is wet.

21:00 - Earlier this week, Tony interviewed Tom Conti from Boston Mills/Brandywine Ski Areas to talk about the ski slopes, skiing conditions, and snow tubing.

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This week our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Cameron Fitzsimmons, a senior wrestler from Barberton High School. 

 
Cameron says he got into wrestling at a young age and grew to love the competition on the mat.
 
“I have been wrestling since I was 5 years old and the sport has taught me so much. Its taught me discipline, determination, leadership and it has made me a better person overall and I thank my teammates and coaches for that." 
 
He says that the grind of working with his coaches and teammates is something he enjoys.
 
“Barberton wrestling is one of a kind, every athlete is dedicated and willing to learn everyday, “ he said.
 
“We have the best coaches in the area that do everything in their power to make sure we meet our goals as a team."
 
 
 
As of this writing, Fitzsimmons has a 24-8 record in the 2018-19 season and 8 losses. He’s also the recipient of the Dave Cline Award as well. 
 
He is also a member of the National Technical Honors Society and College Credit Plus.
 
Upon graduation in the spring, Cameron plans on studying Business Management in college. 
 
Our next female student athlete of the week is Madison Goodrich, a junior bowler from Barberton High School.
 
She says she got into bowling in the second grade and stuck with it ever since then.
 
“It was just a second-grade league just to get out of the house, and I stuck with it."
 
She says she leads by example and vocally and as a left handed bowler, she has a unique perspective.
 
“It's a little bit of both, I can show the other left handed bowlers what to do and actually show them some things, plus I can talk to them as well," she said. 
 
In addition to being a bowler she’s also a member of the color guard and Teens Against Cancer over at Barberton 
 

 
Her coach Ed Sitko said that her leadership carries both in competition and in life.
 
“As a bowler, Madison is a talented young lady, she was given the gift of being left handed. This year she has positioned herself as a team captain with her bowling ability and team attitude, “ he explained.
 
“As a person, she truly cares about her friends and teammates. I am thankful to have her on the team, and glad she has one more year left. “
 
Theres also a unique family aspect as well.
 
“It has to be hard for her to have me as her coach and step-dad, she has the normal pressures of the sport and a little more.”
 
We wish Cameron and Madison the best in all of their future endeavors. 
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Thursday, 24 January 2019 17:37

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 1.24.19

On the Thursday edition of the Sam and Brad Show Podcast, the guys spoke about the Seth Wickersham article on the Browns' dysfunction over the last 5 years (21 seconds in)

At 12:15, author Seth Wickersham of ESPN the Magazine spoke about his article and some elements of the team that weren't previously known, until today.

 

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Thursday, 24 January 2019 15:52

Jasen Sokol Show Podcast 1.24.19

Jasen and Bobbi's Thursday edition of the Jasen Sokol Show Podcast!

1. Tara Samples of Akron City Council Ward 5 called to talk about the clearing of the storm sewer inlets (20 seconds in) 
2. Colin Baker discussed Red and White on Thursday Night (13:53)
3. Joe Leenheer talked about the Farmer's Insurance Open.(18:19)

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Thursday, 24 January 2019 13:52

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 1.23.19

On the Wednesday edition of the Sam and Brad Show Podcast, the guys spoke with Joe Horrigan, who announced his retirement after 42 years with the Pro Football HOF (19 seconds),  Matt Futch of Buchtel, coach of the boys' basketball team (14:01), and CBS Sports College Basketball analyst Clark Kellogg (28:08).

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Thursday, 24 January 2019 10:14

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/24/2019

:17 - James Rollins is a best-selling author, and is out with a new book called The Crucible. Ray talked to James about his book, which deals with artificial intelligence and how human nature can respond to it. He also talked about his inspiration for writing his unique style of novels.

6:05 - ESPN dropped a damning piece about Jimmy Haslam’s tenue as owner of the Cleveland Browns. Ray and Tony broke down the piece, which covers Haslam’s first six years at the helm, and how it all turned around with John Dorsey and Baker Mayfield.

23:12 - Sharon Tate would have been 76 today, but it was 50 years ago that she was brutally murdered. Ray and Tony chatted about the Manson murders and the strange subplots that stemmed from it.

30:40 - Next week begins Catholic Schools Week. Ray had Diocese of Cleveland superintendent Dr. Frank O'Linn called into the show to preview the week ahead.

35:12 - Who was your favorite news anchor from yesteryear? Walter Cronkite? Peter Jennings? Dorothy Fuldheim? Ray asked the panel their favorites, and even opened up the phones for listeners.

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Wednesday, 23 January 2019 09:36

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/23/2019

:17 - Since the weekend’s massive snowfall, the side streets (and even some main streets) in Akron appear to be untouched by snow plows. Mayor Dan Horrigan joined the show to explain what is happening, and has said he wants the streets to be cleared before the temperatures drop again.

6:08 - The University of Notre Dame, the Catholic college in South Bend, Indiana, has decided to cover up some Christopher Columbus murals due to protests from social activists. The morning show panel understands the sensitivity of this measure, but stress not to erase history, which isn’t always kind.

16:28 - The Baseball Hall of Fame announced its newest inductees to Cooperstown: Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, Mike Mussina, and Edgar Martinez. Ray and Tony agree with Rivera and Halladay, but question Mussina and Martinez, who statistically never dominated their respective eras. What about Al Oliver? Tommy John? Jim Kaat?

24:56 - Have you tried online dating, either using a website or an app like Tinder or Bumble? Some single folks are finding out the online dating may not be all sunshine and roses, and the old fashioned way of meeting on the town or through friends can be more successful.

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