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 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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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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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 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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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 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, 01 November 2018 10:22

Ray Horner Podcast - 11/1/2018

:17 - Bill Considine has been the head of Akron Children’s Hospital for 40 years, and though he’ll keep an emeritus title, he is stepping down. He talked to Ray about his time as CEO and the legacy he’ll leave behind, keeping it in good hands for Grace Wakulchik (who’ll join us tomorrow).

12:02 - A week before the election, the topic of birthright citizenship has been a divisive one, especially with the caravan headed towards the US border. Immigration attorney Farhad Sethna calls in to talk about the executive branch’s role here and how the laws could or could not be changed.

23:07 - Remember to “fall back” this weekend, as we turn our clocks back and get an extra hour of sleep. For many, the time change doesn’t affect us, but others have a real problem adjusting. Dr. Rajesh Tampi from Akron General talks about seasonal depression and how to properly cope.

30:31 - This podcast was recorded on November 1st. If you live in Akron, there are not only still leaves on the trees, but many are still green! Our master gardener Jeanne Poremski gave us a little insight and even took some phone questions.

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 10:14

Ray Horner Podcast - 10/30/2018

:17 - We’re now a week away from the midterm elections, which, in Ohio, include the governor race. Current attorney general Mike DeWine called into the show to discuss his campaign and his platforms leading up to election day.

11:27 - Not long after we got off the air yesterday, the Cleveland Browns said goodbye to head coach Hue Jackson and, eventually, OC Todd Haley. DC Gregg Williams is the interim head coach with the understanding that the Browns will be on the search for a head coach soon.

17:45 - It started as an interim position, but it was made permanent on Monday, as Dr. Cliff Deveny is now the president and CEO of Summa Health Systems. The Akron native talked to Ray about his tenure so far and what he foresees down the road.

24:01 - The Wadsworth football team is undefeated on the season, but have a big game against Wooster on the horizon. Justin Todd, the head coach, talked about his Grizzlies.

29:36 - Speaking of undefeated teams, Barberton has been trudging through their opponents this season. Head coach Tony Gotto talked about his Magics and their upcoming games against Tri-Valley.

34:09 - Back to the Browns. Fred Greetham from the Orange & Brown Report was in Berea for the bloodbath at Browns camp and he shared what he knows and has heard.

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Monday, 29 October 2018 10:42

Ray Horner Podcast - 10/29/2018

:17 - Over the weekend, a Cleveland sports team fired their head coach. Spoiler alert: it wasn’t the football team. The Cavaliers said goodbye to Tyronn Lue. So what’s the plan next for the Cavs? Is there a plan at all?

8:10 - Each month, Dr. Tim Brown from Akron General comes by the studio to take your questions on various medical issues. Today’s topic revolved around psoriasis and its warning signs and prevention.

17:39 - Today is National Cat Day! What luck, because our veterinarian Dr. Gary Riggs stopped by to talk all things feline.

29:04 - Dana Addis is the superintendent of Norton schools, and he called in to discuss a ballot issue leading up to the election. Addis made no bones about it with his plea: Norton schools are running out of money.

37:56 - Over the weekend in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, a shooting took place in a synagogue leaving several Jewish members dead. It’s been a difficult couple of days, and David Cook, CEO of the Jewish Community Board of Akron, touched on the sentiments inside the Jewish community.

43:40 - Now time for our Business of the Week, which is the law firm of Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs. This segment is brought to you by HEARINC. and TLC Catering.

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Friday, 26 October 2018 09:30

Ray Horner Podcast - 10/26/2018

17 - The Cleveland Cavaliers, who are 0-5 on the young season, are trending in the wrong direction. Is it too soon to push the panic button? Is Kevin Love a keeper for the future? What about Collin Sexton? If there’s a silver lining here, it’s that tickets will be dirt cheap for the fans.

12:56 - Comedian Chad Zumock is back at the Funny Stop in Cuyahoga Falls this weekend. The comic from Kent is also a big Cleveland sports fan, so he shared his thoughts on the Cavs and Browns.

16:26 - It seems the Megyn Kelly experiment at NBC has come to an end due to the controversy over her comments on blackface Halloween costumes. Ray, Tony, and Jeanne touched on the situation.

19:33 - It’s Friday, and it’s time for our Final Exam! Play along with the panel and see how you did!

25:42 - The Browns have a divisional game against the Pittsburgh Steelers this weekend, a team they tied with in Week 1. Ben Thomas, host of WAKR’s Full Throttle Football, broke down matchup.

30:29 - Halloween continues to be a big draw at the box office. WQMX morning man Scott Wynn is also our movie guy, and he mentioned what’s opening, what he’s seen, and what’s coming to DVD and streaming services.

33:05 - Looking to hit the links one more time before the winter weather arrives? Our morning show golf pro Dan Dauk discussed the differences in playing in the fall as opposed to the spring and summer.

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Thursday, 25 October 2018 10:34

Ray Horner Podcast - 10/25/2018

:17 - Depending on which poll you see, the race for governor in Ohio is very close between Mike DeWine and Richard Cordray. The latter called into the program.

9:58 - The stock market took a plunge on Wednesday, which calls to question just how stable the markets are in general. Richard Peterson from Capital Financial talked about the markets, the state of the economy, and a little on credit scores.

24:23 - Also on Wednesday, suspicious devices were found at the residences of several prominent Democrat politicians. Tim Dimoff, president and CEO of SACS Security and Consulting, joined the show to offer some insight.

30:31 - Akron Public Schools has been creative in recent years for helping students get into the trades. Over at East CLC, Bridgestone Americas is sponsoring their Automotive Technology program with a full service station. Superintendent David James explains.

38:34 - Speaking of Akron Public Schools, how are they doing overall? Treasurer Ryan Pendleton unveiled his five-year plan.

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Wednesday, 24 October 2018 10:14

Ray Horner Podcast - 10/24/2018

:17 - Last week, candidate for Lt. governor, Betty Sutton, joined us. This week, Jon Husted called into the program. He is the running mate alongside AG Mike DeWine. Husted talked to Ray about the campaign in general and how he sees Ohio in the present and future.

10:14 - Dr. Joe Congeni, whose speciality is sports medicine at Akron Children’s Hospital, stopped by the studio to talk about injuries and prevention. One topic was on the mistake of NFL officials picking up their flags after Baker Mayfield was conked in the head on Sunday. Another is confusion over the Nick Bosa injury, which has caused him to forego the rest of his Ohio State career.

17:21 - Madi and Josh are two students from Coventry High School, and they competed in our Academic Exam! How’d they do? How’d YOU do? Powered by the Akron-Summit County Public Library.

29:14 - The Barberton football team keeps rolling along, and they take on Highland this Friday. Head coach Tony Gotto is back this week after being suspended for a game, and he joined Ray to talk about his Magics.

32:36 - The 2018 World Series has begun, and the Red Sox took a 1-0 lead in the contest. Do you care? Will Middle America be watching?

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Tuesday, 23 October 2018 11:08

Ray Horner Podcast - 10/23/2018

:17 - October 23, 2001 was the day the iPod was first announced, so today is iPod Day. Does anyone still use one of them? And what are some other technological devices that have either been phased out over time, like the pager or the PalmPilot? Remember LaserDisc? Ray and Tony talked about all of these.

17:08 - The Browns, whether they pretend otherwise, have problems within the coaching staff. On Monday, Hue Jackson says he won’t take over the playcalling from OC Todd Haley, but that’s a different tone than what he had after Sunday’s game. Fred Greetham from the Orange & Brown Report came on to interpret and break down what’s happening.

26:17 - Remember the Pacer? The Pinto? The original Honda Civic? We mentioned some old ugly cars from yesteryear on the program.

39:25 - The 8-1 East Dragons have a big game against Buchtel this Friday. Dragons head coach Marques Hayes joined Ray to preview the matchup and look back on their season so far.

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Monday, 22 October 2018 10:47

Ray Horner Podcast - 10/22/2018

:17 - The Cleveland Browns dropped to 2-4-1 on the season after a 26-23 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Both the coaching and the officiating looked suspect, and Ray and Tony broke down what exactly happened. Also, will Hue Jackson be out the door soon? That update on the Browns is brought to you by Klaban.

9:28 - Barberton mayor Bill Judge joined the program to talk about retaining and attracting businesses in his city. Just recently, B&W moved from Barberton to Akron, which, Judge admits, hurts, but is better than having them head to the Carolinas.

18:20 - It’s Monday, so it’s time for our Business of the Week! This week, we head over to Tallmadge Avenue and chat with our friends at DeVitis Italian Market! Brought to you by Hearinc.

27:28 - Also on Mondays, we talk to our veterinarian Dr. Gary Riggs about your pets. With October wrapping up next week, it is still Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and yes, pets can also get breast cancer. But just how prevalent is it? Dr. Riggs has offices in Barberton and Wadsworth.

36:20 - The Haven of Rest is celebrating 75 years in the Akron community, first opening its doors in 1943 off N. Howard St., and are now on E. Market. Rose Rose, Charlotte Hunt, and Rev. Jeff Kaiser joined Ray in studio to talk about their continued mission statement.

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Friday, 19 October 2018 09:31

Ray Horner Podcast - 10/19/2018

:17 - Dave Landau was on Last Comic Standing and Gotham Comedy Live, and has made quite a name for himself in the world of radio and podcasting. He’s currently co-hosting Compound Media’s The Anthony Cumia Show, and he’s performing stand-up at the Funny Stop in Cuyahoga Falls this weekend.

5:48 - Ohio State is in primetime against Purdue this weekend, which has been a trap game for the Buckeyes in past years. So how are the Buckeyes this year? Ray and WAKR’s Chris Drew talk about the injury of Nick Bosa and the play of QB Dwayne Haskins.

11:55 - Speaking of football, let’s go over to the Browns. WAKR’s Ben Thomas, host of Full Throttle Football, previewed the Browns’ contest against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

18:22 - Ray mentions a study where households with three kids endure the most stress. Why is that? Various reasons, such has needing a bigger car, going on roller coasters alone, etc.

26:04 - Time now for our Final Exam! Let’s see how you and the panel did.

33:22 - Let’s head to the Front Row with WQMX morning man Scott Wynn and see what’s happening at the movies. The big movie this weekend is the return of Halloween.

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Monday, 15 October 2018 10:42

Ray Horner Podcast - 10/15/2018

:17 - Ray and the morning gang kicked off Monday’s show with some pleasant news. Tony Mazur, the show’s producer, got engaged over the weekend!

10:00 - Green mayor Gerard Neugebauer stopped by the studio to provide an update on the Nexus pipeline. As of late last week, gas is now flowing through the pipe.

16:58 - We are now less than a month away before the midterms. Will the Republican Party maintain the governorship in Ohio with Mike DeWine, or will Richard Cordray swing the pendulum back to the Democrats? And how about the sizable lead Sherrod Brown has in the senate over Jim Renacci? Dr. David Beer from Malone University previews what may occur leading up to the election.

26:05 - It’s been a few days and the storm has settled a bit, but Hurricane/Tropical Storm Michael has devastated parts of the Florida Panhandle. Jim McIntyre from the American Red Cross provided an update.

33:05 - Time now for our Business of the Week! This week, we head over to Fairlawn and visit with Wells Trecaso Financial Group. Doug Wells and Ralph Trecaso talked about their business, which has been around since the early 1990s.

42:48 - The Cavs open their season on Wednesday, and the voice of the team, John Michael, previewed what to expect. Michael believes players like Jordan Clarkson and Rodney Hood will have significant expanded roles now that LeBron took his talents to Los Angeles.

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Wednesday, 10 October 2018 10:17

Ray Horner Podcast - 10/10/2018

:28 - Nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were released on Tuesday, and naturally, there will always be a debate on who’ll go in, who gets snubbed, and the criteria and qualifications overall. Ray, Jeanne, and Tony chatted about the list of candidates, as well as those who are on the outside looking in.

9:23 - Hurricane Michael, as of this post, has been upgraded to a Category 4 and is set to blast the Florida Panhandle as early as this afternoon. As is the case with hurricanes and tropical storms, the American Red Cross is there to help, as Jim McIntyre stated with Ray.

16:03 - Continuing the coverage from Florida is WFLA’s John Conrad, who came on to set the scene. Also joining us is Ed Esposito, former news director at WAKR.

25:50 - Time now for the Academic Exam, sponsored by the Akron-Summit County Public Library. This week, we have Parker and Mason, two brothers from Green High School competing.

36:40 - Patrick Bravo is the president of the school board in Akron, and he joined Ray to talk about the foundation’s continued support of LeBron James’s I Promise school and what to do with the older school facilities.

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Tuesday, 09 October 2018 11:03

Ray Horner Podcast - 10/9/2018

:28 - Stick a fork in the 2018 Cleveland Indians. From questionable coaching decisions to lackluster pitching to very little offense, Ray and Tony dug into the Tribe’s loss to the Houston Astros in the ALDS.

13:25 - Mayor Dan Horrigan dropped by the studio to touch on a slew of topics ranging from the sewer project, the early primary voting, and the future of the Rolling Acres Mall site.

33:25 - For many years, Joe Hlas was Ray’s bowling correspondent on the morning show. Today, he talked about another type of game. Specifically, a game show. Joe and the Hlas family from Norton appeared on Family Feud back in April, and their showing will be televised next week.

41:28 - Back to the Tribe, Bob DiBiasio from the team joined the show for some Indians post mortem.

48:30 - Perhaps the Indians had to die for the Browns to be resurrected? Fred Greetham from the Orange & Brown Report came on the show to recap the Browns’ 12-9 victory over the Ravens, improving their record to 2-2-1.

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Monday, 08 October 2018 10:16

Ray Horner Podcast - 10/8/2018

:27 - Ray begins Monday’s show about the struggling Indians, who dropped the first two games of the ALDS to the Houston Astros. Do they still have a shot? Is their window closing?

11:11 - Dr. Gary Riggs, our morning show veterinarian, stopped by, as he does each Monday around 7:30. They talk about allergies with pets, if dogs get sunburn, and dispelling the rumor about dogs being colorblind. Dr. Riggs has offices in Norton and Barberton.

23:20 - The Rialto Theatre has been rejuvenated, and the rest of Kenmore is going through the same process. The Rialto is the 1590 WAKR Business of the Week!

35:11 - The 1974 Cleveland Indians only won 77 games. So why is there a book out about them? Because if it weren’t for 1974, Jacobs/Progressive Field isn’t built. No Belle or Lofton or Baerga or Thome or Sizemore or Sabathia or Lindor or Kluber or three Ramirez players (Manny, Alex, Jose) don’t happen. Jim Clark has a book out about that season, from Ten Cent Beer Night to possibly moving the team to New Orleans or Seattle.

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Friday, 05 October 2018 09:45

Ray Horner Podcast - 10/5/2018

:30 - Ray starts Friday’s show talking about all things revolving around weddings, including the proposal, the ceremony, and the reception. My, how things have changed over the years. Tony brings up the point of how weddings are much different with Millennials, in that the ceremonies and receptions aren’t always at churches and party centers, respectively.

10:54 - Our morning show golf pro Dan Dauk joined the show to go over what the heck happened last weekend with the United States in the Ryder Cup. They also talked about the Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson televised matchup happening around Thanksgiving.

16:42- Each Friday morning, we play a game with the panel called the Final Exam. If you can’t play along live, play along on the podcast! Just don’t skip ahead and cheat!

23:53 - And to wrap up the week, our movie guy Scott Wynn dropped in. Big releases this weekend are A Star is Born with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, and the new villainous film Venom.

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Thursday, 04 October 2018 09:49

Ray Horner Podcast - 10/4/2018

Ray began Thursday’s show talking about James A. Garfield, the 20th president of the United States. Specifically, the mysterious and preventable death surrounding President Garfield, and how “Ignorance is Bliss."

Each Thursday morning during the non-winter months, our master gardener Jeanne Poremski drops by to answer your gardening questions.

It should be an interesting season for the Cleveland Cavaliers for a variety of reasons. John Michael, the voice of the Cavs, stopped by and discussed a few of those reasons.

In a sports-heavy show today, Brian Dulik from the Medina Gazette joined the show to preview the Indians in the ALDS, the Cavs season ahead, and the Browns a quarter of the way through the season.

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Wednesday, 03 October 2018 10:22

Ray Horner Podcast - 10/3/2018

:30 - If there’s an open storefront in a shopping plaza, it’ll probably be a Halloween store come October. Ray kicks off the show talking about Halloween costumes and what the panel’s favorites were over the years. Tony brings up the point about how Halloween has become the New Year’s for Millennials as far as parties go.

11:11 - Yesterday, Ray chatted with Tony Gotto, head coach of the Barberton Magics about their matchup versus Ellet. The Orangemen head coach Chuck Shuman gave his thoughts on Friday’s big game.

15:19 - Each Wednesday, Dr. Joe Congeni from Akron Children’s Hospital stops by to discuss sports medicine. A hot topic these days has been concussions in football, but what about soccer? How about the other sports?

26:39 - The Western Reserve Playhouse continues to thrive, and for the next few weekends, Little Women will be on stage. Dawn Yamokoski and her crew were in studio to give us a taste of the production.

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Tuesday, 02 October 2018 10:32

Ray Horner Podcast - 10/2/2018

:26 - A proposed ordinance in Akron City Council looks to crack down on barking dogs. Residents whose dogs won’t stop barking can receive a $100 and possible jail time. Some agree with this measure, and others, including Tara Samples who joined Ray, disagree.

7:36 - The council member who proposed the ordinance, Russ Neal, also came on with Ray.

16:52 - Tony Gotto is the head coach of the Barberton Magics, and he joined Ray to talk about his team. The Magics are 6-0 and they take on an improving 5-1 Ellet team this weekend.

21:02 - The MLB playoffs are all set, and the Cleveland Indians are set to take on the Houston Astros in the ALDS. Bob DiBiasio, VP for the Tribe, talked to Ray about how the Indians will fare against the defending world champs, as well as Bobby D meeting Wayne Newton out in Las Vegas.

31:55 - A quarter of the NFL season is in the books, and the Cleveland Browns have a record of 1-2-1 through four games. Fred Greetham from the Orange & Brown Report discussed the season so far, including the play of rookie starting quarterback Baker Mayfield.

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Monday, 01 October 2018 10:31

Ray Horner Podcast - 10/1/2018

:28 - Cavs guard JR Smith debuted a new tattoo on his right calf. Problem is, the ink is of a sponsor, and because it is against NBA guidelines, JR will be fined any time it is not concealed during a game. Ray thinks it’s nit-picky, while Jeanne agrees with the league.

7:46 - Each Monday, our veterinarian, Dr. Gary Riggs, comes in studio to answer questions on your pets. Today’s discussion revolved around Parvo and rabies vaccines for dogs, especially in puppies. Dr. Riggs has offices in Norton and Barberton.

18:50 - October begins Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Alex Vukoder from the American Cancer Society stopped by to talk about awareness and further prevention, as well as Tony being a part of the Real Men Wear Pink campaign.

25:50 - Our business of the week, Beach Boyz Entertainment in Cuyahoga Falls.

35:26 - Brian Polen, race director from the Akron Marathon, called in to recap the weekend’s events.

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Friday, 28 September 2018 09:25

Ray Horner Podcast - 9/28/2018

0:29 - Dr. Cliff Deveny is the interim president of Summa Health Systems, and he joined the show to talk about new business partners, which includes two new campuses. Summa is the largest employer in Akron.

6:31 - The Ryder Cup is underway across the pond in Paris. Dan Dauk, our morning show golf pro, broke down the United States’ chances (even if tee times are at the crack of dawn in America).

11:19 - Columbus Day is no more, at least in Akron and choice other communities. October 1st will be the inaugural North American First People’s Day, and Sam Chestnut, Matt Russ, and Burt Medicine Bull from the Lippman School joined the show to discuss the activities surrounding it.

18:53 - We’re some weeks away from Veterans Day, but it’s never too soon to talk about the mental and physical health of our veterans. Dr. Keita Franklin specializes in suicide prevention for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and she joined Ray to talk about what the VA is doing to help.

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Thursday, 27 September 2018 11:06

Ray Horner Podcast - 9/27/2018

:29 - Ray’s first podcast began with a light conversation about reality TV shows, with Survivor entering its 37th season. Ray, Tony, Jeanne, and Steffany all talked about which reality shows they could and could not be a part of.

13:45 - Don Padgett III talked about next year’s Senior Players Championship as well as the Ryder Cup.

21:10 - Tim Tyrrell’s Hoban Knights football team is 5-0 and among the best in the state. Coach Tyrrell talked about his big matchup vs. Benedictine.

26:02 - Ray began his conversation with Senator Sherrod Brown on the Indians propelling towards next week’s playoffs, as well as his meeting with the United Mine Workers of America.

31:20 - Madhu Sharma is the acting executive director at the International Institute of Akron, and she joined Ray in studio to talk about their move to Summa St. Thomas in North Hill.

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Downtown Akron continues to receive its share of facelifts, from road repair to other cosmetic changes. Basically, if one can stomach the orange barrels and detours for a bit, downtown will look much different.

Dan Horrigan, the mayor of Akron, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to give an overview on the projects. Horrigan points to the major project, which is Main Street in downtown, where, as of this post, much of it is closed off. He believes this redevelopment will have a big impact on attracting more residents and businesses to the city in the future.

The mayor also touched on the added bike lanes and the Innerbelt area, as well as the sewer project, Rolling Acres land, and the early voting topic.

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Three teenagers were gunned down in the 400 block of Noah Avenue over the weekend. Due to the rash of gun violence in the city of late, the mayor and chief of police addressed the bloodshed in the area on Monday afternoon.

Dan Horrigan, the mayor of Akron, called into the Ray Horner Morning Show to recap what was said during his Monday press conference, as well as a slew of other topics, such as the end of First Night Akron.

Horrigan also touched on the future of the now-vacant site at Rolling Acres, as well as the events surrounding the All-American Soap Box Derby.

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Thursday, 05 April 2018 19:10

AUDIO: Bob Vila Shares Tips On Pest Control

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

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

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

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Wednesday, 28 February 2018 06:25

Wahoo Week, Day 2

Two days in Goodyear, Arizona, and Ray Horner was not quite soaking up the sun by the pool. He was down at Goodyear Ballpark and the Indians' training complex snagging interviews with Tribe players and personnel.

Yonder Alonso - First Baseman Tyler Olson - Relief Pitcher Tom Hamilton - Tribe Broadcaster Terry Francona - Manager Rajai Davis - Outfielder Mike Clevinger - Starting Pitcher Mike Chernoff - General Manager Josh Tomlin - Starting Pitcher Dan Otero - Relief Pitcher

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Monday, 26 February 2018 07:41

Wahoo Week, Day 1

Coming off a great season but disappointing finish in 2017, the 2018 Cleveland Indians have unfinished business to tend to. The team lost a few familiar faces in the offseason, but many members of the squad are back, as well as some new blood.

Ray will have interviews with anyone and everyone around the baseball team, from the players to the front office executives, all the way down to the person who puts the bases on the field.

Andrew Miller - Relief Pitcher Brandon Guyer - Outfielder Cody Allen - Closer Greg Allen - Outfielder Randy Drone - Founder, Dinger Bat Company Tyler Olson - Relief Pitcher Yonder Alonso - First Baseman

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Thursday, 08 February 2018 09:37

AUDIO: Mayor Neugebauer on Nexus Settlement

For the last three years, the city of Green has been in a battle with Nexus over construction of a pipeline in the town. On Wednesday night, that fight came to an end after a 4-3 decision in city council. Gerard Neugebauer, the mayor of Green, called in to the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about the settlement with Nexus, which amounted to $7.8 million. Neugebauer said after three years, a decision had to be made, and he was advised by his legal team to settle. The pipeline will be eight miles long in Green city limits, and Nexus will have folks on site monitoring the pipeline 24/7. Nexus says the pipe will be inspected weekly, and will have training for first responders.

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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 10:17

AUDIO: Mayor Kline on Downtown Stow Developments

The city of Stow has its share of restaurants are retail complexes, whether it is in the Stow-Kent area off Route 59 or the area near Graham Road and Hudson Drive. But those areas are on the outskirts of town. What about actual downtown Stow?

Sara Kline, the mayor of Stow, says the city plans to change that. Kline joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the Darrow Road corridor, near the Graham Road intersection, where a plan will be to construct a community entertainment complex. City council will have to approve these plans before Stow can file them to the state of Ohio.

The first step before it reaches council is to draw out concept plans and proposals, and Kline says they look to emulate nearby towns with developed downtowns such as Kent, Hudson, and Cuyahoga Falls.

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2018 has been met with chilly weather all across the United States. In the Akron area, temperatures have frequently hovered in the single digits. With these temperatures, what are some tips for folks on how to beat manage during the cold?

Dr. James Libecco, dermatologist at Allied Dermatology and Skincare in Fairlawn, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about how to take care of one’s skin in this climate. Dr. Libecco warns listeners of frostbite, which has the feel of a burn, so one should be aware.

As a dermatologist, Dr. Libecco also talks about the cracking and dry skin that comes in the winter. Some tips he gives to avoid dry skin are to cut down on the water temperature in the shower, use a gentler soap, and to lather up with lotion within minutes of drying off after a rinse.

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Friday, 22 December 2017 08:57

Local Mayor Wrap-Up 2017

As 2017 wraps up, the Ray Horner Morning Show caught up with a handful of local mayors to recap the year that was, as well as a preview for 2018.

Dan Horrigan - Akron

Bill Judge - Barberton

Don Walters - Cuyahoga Falls

Gerard Neugebauer - Green

Al Bollas - New Franklin

Sara Kline - Stow

David Kline - Tallmadge

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Thursday, 21 December 2017 09:43

AUDIO: Dr. John Green On Tax Cuts, Ray Bliss

The crowning achievement for year one of Donald Trump’s presidency has been the passing of the tax reform bill. The GOP has been joyous over its passage, but the opposition remains skeptical on how or if it will help the middle class.

Dr. John Green, president of the Bliss Institute at the University of Akron, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to touch on the tax bill. Dr. Green believes this is a big victory for the Republicans, but how it will play out in the long-term is a question.

Dr. Green is also the co-author of the book The Chairman: The Life and Times of Ray C. Bliss, cowritten with William Hershey. He promoted the book and the book signings on the air, and discussed the impact Dr. Bliss had on the region.

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Friday, 01 December 2017 09:36

AUDIO: Todd Bridges Stops Through Akron

Due to the personal troubles of its cast members, some believe there was a curse surrounding the show Diff’rent Strokes. But one of the remaining members of the popular program shrugs it off.

Todd Bridges, who played Willis on Diff'rent Strokes, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to promote his shows at the Funny Stop Comedy Club. Bridges talked about the family atmosphere of the show both on and off the air, with co-stars Gary Coleman, Dana Plato, and Conrad Bain. The three child stars had their share of personal issues, but Bridges overcame his and has been sober since 1991.

Bridges has a stage show that mixes stories about his life with drugs and child acting to commenting on points of human interest. Two shows Friday and Saturday at the Funny Stop, both at 7:15 and 9:30.

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Long gone are the days of the model cars and Lionel train sets. Today’s kids, and even adults, want what’s hot in the world of electronics. But which product is right for the consumer?

Mark Welfley of Welfley Technologies in Fairlawn joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss hot items for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Welfley says the market on laptop and desktop computers has decreased significantly due to the explosion of smartphones and tablets.

Mark also talked about the jargon that one can hear about computers. What is RAM? Apple products or Dell? iPhone or Android?

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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 09:52

AUDIO: 2017 Election Roundup

The local elections for 2017 have now come and gone. While it was not a loaded election as far as major issues, there were points of interest on the ballot that were important to the communities. These were discussed on the Ray Horner Morning Show.

In Cuyahoga Falls, incumbent Don Walters keeps his seat in the mayor’s office in a race over Susan Hale.

The Clerk of Courts race was tightly-contested and came down to the wire, but incumbent Jim Laria won by a whisker over Jeff Fusco.

A much-needed school levy was passed in Coventry, a community that has had their share of issues passing levies over the years. Lisa Blough, their superintendent, is excited about the next chapter.

An upbeat Jeff Ramnytz, the superintendent at Barberton schools, talked about their passage of their levy.

Not all the school levies passed. Woodridge schools did not pass theirs, and neither did Norton. Dana Addis, the superintendent at Norton, talked about how they will regroup.

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Thursday, 02 November 2017 09:52

AUDIO: Bernie Kosar Learns To Scramble

The current state of the Cleveland Browns will make a segment of fans to pine for the old days. The most recent glory days for the Browns came some thirty years ago, and that team had a quarterback from nearby Boardman, Ohio.

Bernie Kosar joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to promote his new book, Learning to Scramble. Kosar says the book is about some of the life lessons he learned in Northeast Ohio, from growing up in a blue-collar steel town to a blue-collar football town.

The former Browns QB also shared his thoughts on the current team, where he used be a preseason color commentator. Bernie is disappointed in how the team has been managed over the years, and it believes the losing is causing some apathy within the fanbase.

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Wednesday, 01 November 2017 10:10

AUDIO: Tim Dimoff On NYC Terror Attack

New York City suffered its worst terrorist attack since September 11th, 2001, and the suspect happens to have ties to Summit County. Sayfullo Saipov, the suspect who killed eight people and injured about a dozen with a truck, lived off Wyoga Lake Road until 2015, before moving his family to Florida.

Tim Dimoff, president of SACS Security, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss proper precautions and measures during such attacks. Dimoff says the vehicular attacks have now become a “trend,” due to how easily one can obtain a truck.

Dimoff also talked about the interrogation of the suspect, who is in the hospital but in custody. The questioning, according to Dimoff, will help track down where and when the radicalization set in by interviewing anyone Saipov had contact with.

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The downfall of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein continues to spiral as more actors and those around the industry have claimed some form of harassment. Not only have many already come forward, but others have mentioned they have known about Weinstein’s transgressions for years and even decades.

Sexual harassment has been a sticking point not just in Hollywood circles, but also our workplaces. Attorney and former mayor of Peninsula, Mike Kaplan, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the protocol and the reporting process of harassment in work environments.

Kaplan touched on possible grey areas in sexual harassment suits, as well as the blatant ones. In criminal cases, where it goes beyond workplace protocol, Kaplan mentions the difference between sexual conduct and sexual contact.

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Make that 21 wins in a row for the Cleveland Indians, an American League record for consecutive victories. This is a feat that has not happened in nearly a century, and it takes a team effort.

Tom Hamilton, the voice of the Tribe, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about what he has seen from the broadcast booth. Hamilton believes the Indians turned their season around in the month of August, when they had to face a number of above.-500 teams, which he says was a separator. He points to the two starts against Chris Sale where the offense “manhandled” the Cy Young hopeful.

Going forward, the Indians’ voice talked about what to expect when Jason Kipnis and Andrew Miller are healthy, as well as if fans will see Michael Brantley again this season.

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After six seasons, four all-star game appearances, three NBA Finals visits, and one championship, Kyrie Irving is now a member of the Boston Celtics.

John Michael, the play-by-play voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers, talked to the Ray Horner Morning Show about the Irving trade, with brought Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, and a future first round draft pick to town. Michael talked about the value the Cavs received from the pick, in that it addresses the need for another scoring point guard, a solid defender, and a pick for the future.

The voice of the Cavs also shared his thoughts on the falling out between Irving and LeBron James, how that relationship was beyond repair and needed a fix. Michael also addressed rumors on a potential buyout for Dwayne Wade with the Chicago Bulls, with many believing the aging shooting guard would head to Cleveland.

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On November 7th, a council-approved effort to raise city income tax will be on the ballot. If approved, the mayor and members of city council have been quite open about what that tax money will be going towards.

Dan Horrigan, the mayor of Akron, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show in studio to discuss the income tax measure. Horrigan says the money will go towards improving the roads, firehouses, and police cars, which are “core city services." If passed, the proposed tax hike will be a quarter-percent increase.

The mayor admits this is not a popular decision around town, and that he and council are sensitive to the needs of the civilians. But Horrigan stresses that improvements to police, fire, and roads are indeed “needs, not wants."

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

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

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

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

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Derby Downs is abuzz, and this week is all about the 2017 FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby.

Mark Gerberich was recently named president of the Soap Box Derby, and he spoke with the Ray Horner Morning Show about taking over that position, as well as what is on the docket for derby week.

Jeff Iula, a derby historian who wrote a book about his experiences, joined Ray’s show to discuss the fanfare surrounding the derby, both past and present.

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Voters across the country have long clamored for transparency among their politicians. At least in Akron city council, that method is being applied.

Ward 5 councilwoman Tara Mosley-Samples has been an advocate for streaming council meetings, and this vision is about to become a reality. She joined the Ray Horner Morning Show in studio to talk about the purpose for showing the goings on during these meetings.

Mosley-Samples shared her thoughts on the tax hike first proposed by Mayor Dan Horrigan, as well as the residential property tax abatement.

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