Tony Mazur

Tony Mazur

Two years ago, the village of Garrettsville suffered a devastating fire that ruined an entire block of historic storefronts. Monica Potter, an actress from the Cleveland area, is doing her due diligence in helping to rebuild the town, both physically and emotionally.

Monica joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about the one-year anniversary of her store in downtown Garrettsville, Monica Potter Home. Though she lives in Los Angeles, the Parenthood star also has a residence in nearby Hiram, and she has really taken to the area.

Monica came from an innovative background, and she always wanted to open up her own business. Monica Potter Home has been dedicated to creating jobs and using resources from the area.

Stow-Munroe Falls High School senior basketball standout Nathan Bower-Malone is the WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week for February 12th-February 19th.

Nathan is a four-year member of the Bulldog team and currently leads the team in scoring at just over 18.0 points per game.

"I love to shoot, if you looked at me in the mirror as a player you would see a guy who is always ready to shoot," said Nathan.

He has been playing the game since he was young and realizes the end of his high school basketball is nearing the end.

"I certainly want to play in college but it is just part of the plan as my education and studies will take priority in college," Nathan says.

He plans on majoring in microbiology.

Nathan is also a member of the National Honor Society and band over at Stow. He loves to play the Saxophone in both marching and concert band.

"I really enjoy the school, the times, and friends here at school, I have always love to be busy," he says.

Nathan currently carries a 3.75 GPA.

This week, our 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is senior basketball player Abbe Esterak from Woodridge High School.

Abbe believes her team's had a successful season, and that she takes great pride in being a team captain.

"I always tell the team if they have any problems, or they just need a friend to talk to, I'm there for them," says Abbe. And that's a true meaning of a team captain."

She knows the importance of balancing academics and athletics, something that will serve her well in the long run.

Abbe will continue her academic and athletic career at Malone University in Canton next season, where she will play basketball.

She says hanging with friends and teammates is always a good thing to do outside of sports and studies, and that playing for her father (Coach Chris Esterak) is something she's enjoyed during her time at Woodridge.

Last week, we talked to a former local broadcaster who moved to Mount Airy, North Carolina to open up an Andy Griffith Show-theme restaurant. Now, Ray spoke to an Andy Griffith and Don Knotts biographer.

Daniel de Vice has a new book out called "Andy and Don: The Making of a Friendship and a Classic American TV Show." Daniel discussed the backgrounds of Andy and Don, how they met, how the show became so iconic, and why how their friendship fared over the years.

Daniel will be speaking at Hudson Library and Historical tonight at 7 PM to talk about the book in depth and sign autographs.

US Senator Sherrod Brown is a frequent guest on the Ray Horner Morning Show, and will answer a variety of questions. Today’s focus was on the continued outbreak of the opioid addictions across Ohio and the country.

Senator Brown believes the government is trying to head off the opioid addictions off at the pass, especially with more education in the field in recent years. Still, the senator thinks Ohio does not have enough treatment centers, and wishes to scale up treatment centers.

In addition to the topic at hand, Senator Brown shared his thoughts on the recent New Hampshire primaries and why the voters seem to be gravitating toward Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.

Also, the senator believes the Cleveland Indians, with the strength of their starting rotation, will be in the playoffs this season.

Donald Trump may have cleaned up at the polls in New Hampshire, but John Kasich proved he is not going away. Kasich finished second in the polls at the New Hampshire primary, in a state he campaigned heavily in.

Lindsay McCoy, reporter at WFMJ in Youngstown and former member of the WAKR newsroom, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show early as Kasich's flight was landing. McCoy was covering the Ohio governor during his New Hampshire campaign, and she painted the picture of the mood of his camp this morning.

This was quite an impressive turnaround for Kasich, who was way back in the Republican pack, especially last week in Iowa. Kasich decided to focus his attention on New Hampshire with over 100 townhall meetings.

John Quinones grew up watching and admiring Peter Jennings, and just a few years later, he ended up working with him.

John, who will be speaking at the University of Akron on Tuesday night, called into the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss his life and career. The event is called Rethinking Race 2016, and John mentioned how progressive the media has been in hiring people of different races, genders, and backgrounds since he began his television career.

In addition to his life, John also shared his thoughts on the wave of illegal immigration (or lack thereof), the discrimination, and the media perception around it.

This week's 1590 WAKR male student athlete of the week is Tyrice Pace from Buchtel.

A multi-sport athlete for the Buchtel Griffins, Tyrice is a senior that competes in Track, Football, and Basketball. Tyrice is a highly-motivated young man with aspirations of doing big things in his lifetime.

In his time at Buchtel, Tyrice has earned many honors on the playing field. Some of his titles include first-team all city, basketball letter winner, as well as an honorable mention for the all-state team.

Not only does Tyrice do well on the field of play, he excels in the classroom as well. His hard work in the classroom has afforded him the opportunity to take his education to the next level. Tyrice is currently deciding between Mount Union University, Baldwin Wallace University, and Bethany College.

Tyrice said that his mother is his motivating factor. "If it wasn't for my mom, I wouldn't be doing half of this," says Tyrice. "She keeps me on track."

Tyrice is a very intelligent and hard-working young man, and we here at 1590 WAKR wish him the best.

This week's 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is Sarah Pierce from Mogadore High School. Sarah participates in basketball and softball for the Wildcats. Despite being a two-sport athlete, Sarah maintains a 5.0 grade point average.

Sarah enjoys playing sports due to the team aspect, and especially getting the chance to be around her friends. She began playing hoops in the fourth grade, and while she loves the sport of basketball, she's rather fond of softball, as well.

Sarah is able to keep her 5.0 GPA by paying close attention in class, but admits she really doesn't study all that much. She also finds time to work part time during the school year, as well.

Sarah plans on attending college, looking at being an engineering major. The Ohio State University and Wright State are among the future possibilities.

Each month, Congressman Jim Renacci joins the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss a slew of topics. \

The first of those topics included this week’s Iowa Caucus and the corresponding results. Renacci says he “doesn’t rely on polls,” and hopes the voting public really checks the background and experience of the candidates.

Renacci also brought up the reconciliation bill, as well as the unsteady Chinese economy. The former Wadsworth mayor mentioned the country’s trade dealings and the global economy itself.

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