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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Friday, 04 March 2016 15:03

Scheiner Exits As Browns President

Cleveland Browns president Alec Scheiner is leaving that position at the end of this month.

A team release says Scheiner is "stepping away" as president, and will continue to serve as a team consultant through the end of 2016.

Scheiner has been team president since 2013.

(Cleveland Browns, news release) Alec Scheiner is stepping away from his position as President of the Cleveland Browns as of March 31, 2016 and will continue to serve as a consultant to the team through the end of 2016.

"We greatly appreciate Alec's commitment and work as President of the Cleveland Browns," said Browns Owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam. "Alec is extremely capable and has helped us establish some very positive inroads with a significant focus on our fan experience, FirstEnergy Stadium and our business partners. He was integral to the rebuild of our organization, the renovations of our stadium and training facility, and many of our strategies on the football side of our business. His guidance has helped us accelerate our learning curve as NFL owners and that is something we will always appreciate. Alec is ready for the next challenge in his career, as our new structure would limit the opportunity for his leadership. He is one of the most talented executives in the industry, and we are fully confident that Alec will be successful in whatever permanent role he takes next. We wish him and his family only the best."

Scheiner served as President of the Browns since January 2013. During his tenure, Scheiner oversaw the transformation of FirstEnergy Stadium as well as the renovation of the team's practice facility in Berea. Under his stewardship, the Browns business made unprecedented strides. Scheiner overhauled the fan experience on game day as well as the team's digital, audio and broadcast media.

"I have had an incredible experience with the Browns," said Scheiner. "Cleveland is amazing and the fans are uniquely passionate. I want to thank Dee and Jimmy Haslam for the opportunity to do what I truly love: rebuilding an organization with a group of people who have shown unparalleled hard work, commitment to their team and city. I look forward to helping the Browns over the next several months as I determine my next challenge."

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Monday, 04 January 2016 19:06

AUDIO: Trying To Make Sense Of Browns Moves

What is Jimmy Haslam thinking?

That's the question on the minds of Browns fans today in the wake of the expected firings of Browns head coach Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer and the unexpected promotion of general counsel Sashi Brown to Executive Vice President of Football Operations with final say over the 53-man roster.

Jeff Schudel of The News-Herald and The Morning Journal and Ty Schalter of Bleacher Report both joined The Jasen Sokol Show to try to explain the promotion and the decision to hire a head coach before a general manager.

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Monday, 04 January 2016 05:02

Adios Ray & Jimmy, But Where's Johnny?

The hunt is on for a new head coach and general manager for the Cleveland Browns -- and owner Jimmy Haslam says he'll use a search firm to find the right people.
Coach first, then general manager.
Sashi Brown -- a name you haven't heard much of before, the general counsel to the Browns -- will oversee football operations for the time being. 
Haslam noted the Browns have "not been good in talent aquisition" but it's critical with the number two overall pick in upcoming NFL draft.
Maybe what adds to the tired -- the frustrated -- the disappointed -- is where's Johnny Manziel?
The Browns quarterback wasn't allowed on the sidelines during concussion protocol but was he even in Cleveland? USA Today had specifics of dinner and gambling at the Planet Hollywood Saturday, but Johnny posted a photo of him and his dog on Instagram -- adding "Avon, Ohio" after he posted the photo.

He was supposed to be in Berea Sunday for concussion treatment, but was a no-show.

WATCH Haslam's news conference following Sunday's game HERE. 

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(Cleveland Browns) The Cleveland Browns on Sunday night relieved General Manager Ray Farmer and Head Coach Mike Pettine of their duties.


Farmer joined the organization in March of 2013 as the Assistant General Manager and was promoted to General Manager in February of 2014.


Pettine was named the 15th full-time head coach of the Browns on January 23, 2013. In two full seasons with the team, he compiled at 10-22 record.  


Owner Jimmy Haslam released the following statement:

"We greatly appreciate Ray’s and Mike’s dedication and hard work while with the Cleveland Browns. We’ve made this decision because we don’t believe our football team was positioned well for the future. We are all disappointed with where we are and we take full responsibility. We will approach the search for our next football coach and executives to lead our football operations with a clear vision regarding what we need to do to build a successful organization. We will be methodical in looking for strong, smart leaders with high character who are relentlessly driven to improve our football team, willing to look at every resource possible to improve, and who embrace collaboration to ultimately make the best decisions for the Cleveland Browns. We are fully committed to bringing our fans the winning organization they so clearly deserve.”


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