Tony Mazur

Tony Mazur

A lifelong resident of Northeast Ohio, Tony Mazur has been with 1590 WAKR since 2015. He is the producer and fill-in host of the Ray Horner Morning Show, as well as a contributor on various programs on the station.
 
Prior to joining Akron media, Tony's first few years in radio were in the Cleveland area. He began his broadcasting career fresh out of high school at 18, and has been active in the field ever since. Tony already has an alphabet soup of call letters, working for and contributing to WKNR, WHK, WFUN, WWMK, WKRK, WNCX, and WWGK, all in Northeast Ohio. He has also covered professional, collegiate, and high school sports across Ohio.
 
When he is not behind the microphone in a radio studio, Tony has been seen performing stand-up comedy in the area. He can either be found at a ballpark, comedy club, concert hall, or in his thriving neighborhood of Highland Square.
Wednesday, 28 November 2018 10:22

Ray Horner Podcast - 11/28/2018

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, 27 November 2018 10:30

Ray Horner Podcast - 11/27/2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, 26 November 2018 10:58

Ray Horner Podcast - 11/26/2018

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, 21 November 2018 10:31

Ray Horner Podcast - 11/21/2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 10:46

Ray Horner Podcast - 11/14/2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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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