Saturday, 23 March 2019 09:16

Buster Olney Talks MLB, Indians

ESPN MLB Senior Writer Buster Olney joined the Sam and Brad to talk about the MLB and the Cleveland Indians ahead of the 2019 season.

 

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Friday, 22 March 2019 17:54

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 3.22.19

Brad Russell and Ben Thomas got into the Feel Good Friday edition of the Sam and Brad Show:

 

ESPN's Buster Olney talked MLB and Indians (20 seconds in) 

Brad and Ben talked about the morale amongst fans and players for the Cleveland Indians if they were to make a trade with one of their ace pitchers (14:47) 

Ben Braun former NCAA College basketball coach chimed in on the NCAA Basketball Tournament. (17:18)

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This week our 1590 WAKR G&G Fitness Coach of the Week is Dru Joyce II  the longtime  boy's basketball coach at STVM. 

The STVM Fighting Irish will be playing in the state semifinals tonight.

Coach Dru said that he wasn't worried about the naysayers who said that they couldn't make it to Columbus again in Division I 

"People in the basketball community, you hear it," Joyce said, "It's not about me, it's about the kids and they understand it's not about getting there ,it's about winning and that's the mindset."

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

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Friday, 22 March 2019 15:32

Jasen Sokol Show Podcast 3.22.19

 For the Bonzai Friday edition of the Jasen Sokol Show Podcast:
 
Show Open: and Tom Hamilton's Biscuit call (17 seconds) 
 Steve Millard:in studio from the Greater Akron Chamber talking business (15:02) 
 Callers weighed in on gerrymandering, Larry Doby,  Akron Metro service (25:01) 
Tim Carroll joined Jasen and Bobbi in studio to talk World War II Akron book (37:05) 

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Friday, 22 March 2019 09:35

Ray Horner Podcast - 3/22/2019

:17 - We have some fun on Fridays, and we began Friday’s program talking about the once-proposed sequel to Forrest Gump 2, which was shelved in the wake of September 11th.

7:24 - Our movie guy, Scott Wynn, dropped by to update us on what’s happening at the theaters. With Captain Marvel dying down, Jordan Peele’s Us looks to make waves at the box office.

11:46 - Ray and Tony chatted about the city of Columbus and how it has become quite the destination in the Midwest.

19:56 - To wrap up the podcast this Friday, Ray and Tony talked some Tribe as the regular season approaches.

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This week our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Katherine Davis, a senior track and field athlete from Copley High School.

Davis said she got into track and field from her family.

"What really got me into track and field was that my dad was a decathlete in college and I had three other siblings that ran track," she said.

 

 

She is a two-sport athlete in both volleyball and track and field and in addition to those two sports, she is also a member of DECA, a part of the marketing program at Copley.

Her head coach John Legrair said that she is a great student athlete who leads by example.

"She's willing to focus on quality, not quantity of athletic preparation , during the pre season and that attitude has paid multiple dividends," he said.

One of the other things she is passionate about is the community service she does at her church.

"At my church we have Wednesday night activities for the youth, all the way up through high school, we all go and do service for people, whether it's at a retirement home or at a homeless shelter, I've always had fun helping others,' she explained.

Upon graduation in the spring, Katherine plans on attending Utah Valley University to study marketing.

Our next 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Kyler Farkas, a senior baseball player for Copley High School.

He says that the team concept and the dynamic of playing with guys he's grew up playing with is the enjoyable part of playing baseball at Copley.

"It's just a good atmosphere to be able to play at," he said.

 

 A team captain and letterman this year, Farkas takes that responsibility seriously and says his leadership style is a combination of both vocal leadership and leadership by example.

"It's more by example, on the field I like to lead vocally as well though and push my teammates," he explained.

Baseball Coach Ray Fantozzi said that Farkas is a solid competitor on the diamond and a solid young man away from the field.

"Kyler is a third year varsity infielder, who has a great outlook on baseball," he said.

"He is a tough competitor on the field, and has a great work ethic. Always diligent in his preparation, and focused. He puts his team results first, and is looked up to by his teammates."

In addition to playing baseball, Kyler is a member of DECA and volunteers at Grace Church and serves as a volunteer basketball coach.

Upon graduation in the spring, Kyler plans on attending the University of Akron and majoring in Business Management.

We wish Katherine and Kyler the best in all of their future endeavors. 

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Thursday, 21 March 2019 08:31

Ray Horner Podcast - 3/21/2019

:17 - We began Thursday’s show hot on a gun debate. Basically, the debate boiled down to “why do we need military-style weaponry?” Ray and Jeanne asked that question, while Tony and Steffany took the other side.

20:50 - Speaking of age limits and bans, Cuyahoga Falls could be the next city to raise the age of buying tobacco products to 21. Mayor Don Walters called in to talk about the initiative coming from the Summit County Health Department to raise the ages, not just for cigarettes but for vaping.

25:54 - How much of a problem is vaping with young people? A sizable one, apparently, if high schoolers are partaking in this activity.

33:03 - Executive director of the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship, Don Padgett, came on for his weekly visit with Ray. The tournament will be held July 11-14th.

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Wednesday, 20 March 2019 10:16

Ray Horner Podcast - 3/20/2019

:17 - As soon as we signed off yesterday morning, the Los Angeles Angels and Mike Trout agreed to a historic 12-year, $430 million to keep him in Anaheim. As with each one of these signings, what will this mean for the future of Francisco Lindor in a Tribe uniform?

10:37 - Like the Buchtel Griffins, the St. Vincent-St. Mary Fighting Irish boys basketball is also headed to Columbus for the state tournament. Head coach Dru Joyce brought his players in studio for an interview ahead of their matchup against Olentangy Liberty.

23:32 - Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez was one of the many free agents available for the taking, and the Indians took him. Ray and Tony briefly discussed the signing.

27:21 - Governor Mike DeWine announced a new budget for student wellness in the state of Ohio, which amounts to $550 million in 2020 and 2021 for schools. Akron Public Schools superintendent David James talked about how this affects his school district.

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Tuesday, 19 March 2019 17:57

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 3.19 19

On the Sam and Brad Show Podcast:

 

The guys got into the NCAA Tournament and some of the locations and seedings with the callers 20 seconds in 

Paul Keels the voice of the Buckeyes spoke about their upcoming game against Iowa State (15:05)

Kyle Boone of CBS Sports broke down the brackets and the NCAA Tournament. (26:46)

 

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Tuesday, 19 March 2019 16:35

Jasen Sokol Show Podcast 3.19.19

 
On the Tuesday edition of the Jasen Sokol Show Podcast:
 
Jasen's Show Open and him speaking with a caller on UA Leadership (17.2 seconds) 
Callers weigh in on UA, Bob Feller and the Voting age (18:59) 
Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan takes calls (29:47) 
Callers weighed in on the Supreme Court, Voting Age, and Electoral College (47:24) 

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Tuesday, 19 March 2019 10:34

Ray Horner Podcast - 3/19/2019

:17 - Since every day is apparently a holiday, today is Let’s Laugh Day! The panel discussed their favorite sitcom characters and how their humor can transcend generations.

10:12 - Author Tim Carroll stopped by the studio to discuss his new book (out today) World War II Akron.

18:30 - Would you be able to function better at work if your employer allowed you to take a one-hour nap? The gang discussed this, along with an ASMR drop-in by Tony.

27:03 - We’re under a month until Tax Day, and BDO’s Doug Klein dropped by to touch once again on the tax refunds.

35:53 - Since Ray last talked the Fred Greetham, the Cleveland Browns bolstered their receiving corps with Odell Beckham Jr. Fred and Ray chatted about how this offense immediately got upgraded toward near-elite levels.

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Monday, 18 March 2019 17:43

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 3.18.19

For Monday on the Sam and Brad Show:

Dru Joyce II on the STVM Fighting Irish heading back to Columbus for a chance at another state title. (19 seconds) 

Paul Hoynes Cleveland Plain Dealer and Cleveland.com on the Tribe (11:05) 
 
Tom in Salem weighs in on the NCAA Tournament and Ohio State (20:19) 
 
 Michael DeCourcy Sporting News College Basketball Writer and Studio Analyst Big 10 Network on the State Tournament.(26:18) 
 

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Monday, 18 March 2019 10:06

Ray Horner Podcast - 3/18/2019

:17 - For the first time since 1997, the Buchtel Griffins boys basketball team is heading to states. Head coach Matt Futch brought some of his players in studio to preview their Thursday matchup in Columbus.

13:16 - Tony the producer is back from his week in California, and he talked about his trip from the suburbs of San Diego to hiking in the Hollywood Hills. He even got to hang out at the famed Comedy Store and ran into Kevin Spacey.

18:46 - As always on Mondays, Dr. Gary Riggs stops by to answer questions on your pets. Specifically today, Ray and Dr. Riggs mentioned the coughing and runny nose from dogs this time of year.

30:18 - Could yoga be banned in certain religious circles due to its history? The panel discussed it.

37:46 - And finally, we have our Business of the Week, which is brought to you by HEARINC. and TLC Catering. Today, we honored Matt Minarik from Restora Health in Broadview Heights.

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This week our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Jess Vari a senior basketball player from Revere High School. 

She says basketball is something that runs in her family with her older siblings and father all playing. 
 
“It was just a family thing,” she said 
 
She says that the relationship between her coaches and teammates is is a special one, and getting to know first year coach Dan Brown was a great experience for her as well.
 
“The first day we met him he had full confidence in us and he was really supportive and engaging,” she said. 
 
 
 
  
Coach Brown said that Vari exhibits leadership both on and off the court.
 
“Jess meant so much to our team this  season," he said.
 
“ She was our on-the-court leader, not only vocally, but in the way she conducted herself with outstanding footwork in the post, is a skilled defender and is one of the hardest workers I've ever coached. We're going to miss her."
 
This year she was a co-captain and was 2nd team all conference during her senior year. 
 
In addition to being a basketball player for Revere, she’s also a member of the National Honor Society and the Athletic Leadership Council among other groups.
 
Upon graduation in the spring, Jess plans on studying nursing in college.
 
Our next Student Athlete of the Week is Bradley Garrison a senior lacrosse player from Revere High School. 
 
He got into lacrosse at an early age and he truly enjoys the game and the physicality it brings.
 
“I always like the agressiveness of it and I like the fast pace," he says.
 
Garrison is a two-sport athlete in football and lacrosse and is a 3 year letterman in lacrosse. 
 
His coach Patrick Quinn has this to say about his senior.
 
“Our team motto is strength and honor and Bradley exemplifies these traits on a daily basis,” he said. 
 
  
 
 
 He runs straight towards and through the obstacles and challenges in his life and is always looking for opportunities for his teammates, he is a leader and a great lacrosse player.”
 
In addition to those sports, Bradley is a member of Ski and Snowboard Club. 
 
Upon graduation in the spring, Garrison plans on studying Criminal Justice. 
 
“I enjoy the action and I like police officers and what they do for the community," he explained. 
 
We wish Jess and Bradley the best in all of their future endeavors. 
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Tuesday, 12 March 2019 17:46

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 3.12.19

Sam and Brad discussed the Browns offseason and some of the rumors floating around with Browns beat writer Steve Doerschuk (30-40 seconds in) 

They also talked about the signing of Breshad Perriman and took a call from Chris in Copley about their remaining needs. (around 13:13) 

They also caught up with Jim Rosenhaus of the Cleveland Indians Radio Network to talk about the Tribe out in Goodyear, Arizona. (around 25 minutes in).

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Tuesday, 12 March 2019 15:29

Jasen Sokol Show Podcast 3.12.19

The Tuesday edition of the Jasen Sokol Show Podcast!

 Show open with WAKR's Ryan Lang  (15.7 seconds) 

Leslie Rarick:joined from Akron Noir Alley to talk true crime and unsolved cases in studio (15:00) 

Judge Jack Durkin joined in to talk about  Governor DeWine providing resources to drug courts (30:35) 

Christopher Wilkins, from the Akron Symphony performs music associated with Space. (40:35) 

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This week our G&G Fitness Coach of the Week is none other than Fred Thomas, the former coach at Malone University. He is now a volunteer assistant at the University of Mount Union, helping with the offensive line.

 Coach Thomas said it's been an interesting road to get to Alliance and coach alongside Vince Kehres, but he says he's been fortunate to land with such a prestigious program.

 "It's been a blessing," Coach Thomas said. "The players have been great to me, the coaches have been great to me."

 The Purple Raiders start spring football in a week and a half. 

 For the video of Coach Thomas in the studio, click here. https://www.facebook.com/1590WAKRAkron/videos/1007896886086642/

 

 

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Friday, 08 March 2019 15:45

Jasen Sokol Show Podcast 3.8.19

 For the Jasen Sokol Show on Friday from Quicken Loans Arena
 
Show open, Jasen with Voice of the Monsters Tony Brown
Margo Sommerville and Jeff Fusco spoke about Snow and Ice Removal Task Force Recommendations
Anoo Vyas and Yoly Miller spoke about  Pechakucha Tonight at The Well
Colin and Jess of Akron Life Magazine with the Weekend Preview

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Friday, 08 March 2019 09:39

Ray Horner Podcast - 3/8/2019

:17 - Unlike most prominent Democrats, US Senator Sherrod Brown is not focused on a White House run. However, Ray and Tony feel he can still be a viable vice presidential candidate, but for which faction of the Democrat party?

12:15 - The documentary Leaving Neverland has been a big talking point this week after its release, and former child actor and friend of Michael Jackson’s, Corey Feldman, has spoken out. Ray and Tony talked about what’s known as “The Halo Effect,” where some parents either buy in or are bought off due to the celebrity contact.

19:41 - Captain Marvel will top the box office charts this weekend, according to our movie guy, Scott Wynn.

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Thursday, 07 March 2019 16:47

Jasen Sokol Show Podcast 3.7.19

 The Jasen Sokol Show Podcast for Thursday!

Show Open: The Firestone Estate is for sale! (20.2 seconds in) 

 Rep Scott Oelslager of North Canton,on the gas tax (14:37) 

Jan Leach of KSU comments on Government  program screening journalists (26:19) 

Jason Klein on the :Maple Sugar Festival at Hale Farm (36:51) 

PGA Pro Joe Leenheer on golf news (44:41) 

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This week our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Savannah McGraw, a senior bowler from Coventry High School. 

She says she got into bowling to have another challenge for herself and to compete alongside her friends. 
 
“I just thought it would be cool and something to do with my friends, and over time it just became something that I love to do," she says.
 
She says working with her coaches and teammates is something she truly enjoys.
 
“It is just a lot of fun and being with your friends," she explained. 
 
McGraw is a three sport athlete competing in volleyball, bowling, and track. In addition, she was part of the all-district team in bowling in 2018-19.
 
 
 
  
In addition to being a three sport athlete, Savannah is a member of the National Honor Society and the Key Club. 
 
Her coach Aaron Rose talked about her leadership and competitive nature.
 
“Savannah is a competitor that does not like to lose,” he said. “She is hard working and is always trying to get better and it has been a pleasure to coach and teach such an outstanding student and athlete.”
 
Upon graduation in the spring, McGraw plans on studying Criminal Justice at Gannon University. 
 
Our next Student Athlete is Nolland Almestica a senior track and field athlete from Coventry High School. 
 
He says competing in track has been a passion of his since his middle school days.
 
“I started track in eighth grade and it was difficult to get it started  because of athsma," he said.  "But when I started I had this rush of adrenaline and it felt like I was meant to be on the track."

 
Nolland is a three year letter heading into his senior year, competing in the middle distance events such as the 800 meter dash and the 4x800 and 4X400 relay. 
 
He says working with his teammates and communication is essential to success on the track.
 
Track Coach Danny Savage had this to say about his star senior.
 
“Nolland is an amazing young man who is every coach's dream,” Savage explains.
 
“He is one of the hardest working athletes I've ever seen but still finds the time to succeed in the classroom and community. “ 
 
In addition to being a track athlete, Almestica also participates in Marching Band, Symphonic Band and is a member of the National Honor Society. 
 
Upon graduation in the spring, he plans on attending the University of Akron and majoring in Political Science.
 
We wish Savannah and Nolland the best in all of their future endeavors. 
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Thursday, 07 March 2019 10:14

Ray Horner Podcast - 3/7/2019

:17 - It was announced last night that Alex Trebek is suffering from stage 4 pancreatic cancer, but plans on fighting through it. The panel discussed Trebek’s legacy a bit, as well as some of their favorite breakfast cereals to begin the show.

9:08 - It’s been a week since Ray was out in Goodyear, Arizona, so how about an update on the Tribe in spring training? Broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus joined the program.

19:36 - Malone University is adding cybersecurity as a major at their school. Dr. James Glasgow promoted the new major on the air.

23:15 - High school basketball playoffs keep moving right along. The Green Bulldogs are squaring off against Boardman tonight, and Green head coach Mark Kinsley previewed the contest and talked up his team.

28:26 - Can automated cars be racist? There's a little bit more to it than what's being reported...

32:22 - The weather is warming up in the forecast, which means it’s almost time to hit the links! And speaking of the links, Don Padgett III joined the show to promote the Bridgestone Champions Tour coming to Firestone Country Club on July 8-14.

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Wednesday, 06 March 2019 09:55

Ray Horner Podcast - 3/6/2019

:17 - A new documentary is out about two now-adult men recalling their childhoods being manipulated by Michael Jackson. The morning show panel chatted about Finding Neverland, the downfall of Jackson, and why a parent would allow their children to be involved with an adult, albeit a world famous one.

11:59 - The University of Akron is holding a lecture on national security Thursday night with James Clapper and Michael Morell. Morell, a Cuyahoga Falls native, promoted the event on the air with Ray.

16:25 - The Copley Indians are playing some playoff hoops, and head coach Mark Dente called in to chat about his team.

20:01 - How often do you hug? Do you hug everyone or just family members? And if so, for how long? We discussed hugging in great detail this morning.

29:38 - Also happening on Thursday is the American Red Cross’s Acts of Courage event, where members of the community are rewarded for helping their peers.

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Tuesday, 05 March 2019 10:04

Ray Horner Podcast - 3/5/2019

:17 - Major League Baseball continues to tinker with speeding up the game. Ray recalls a recent survey that said fans cannot stand the constant foul balls being hit. Other topics discussed during this segment were the drastic infield shifts and continuous mound visits.

11:58 - It’s the time of year for high school basketball playoffs. The Buchtel Griffins are squaring off at Barberton High School tonight against Poland Seminary. Buchtel head coach Brian Neugebauer previewed his matchup versus the Bulldogs.

18:08 - St. Vincent-St. Mary is taking on Ellet, and Dru Joyce joined the program to talk about his Wednesday game against the Orangemen.

22:31 - Our tax guy, Doug Klein, stopped by to talk about handling your taxes in retirement.

31:49 - A day late, but we have Glenn Leppo from Leppo Rents, as they are our Business of the Week! Brought to you by HEARINC. and TLC Catering.

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Monday, 04 March 2019 17:52

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 3.4.19

Sam and Brad's Monday edition of the Podcast:

They spoke with Bill Landis on the state of the OSU Basketball Buckeyes 

Zac Jackson spoke with the guys to talk about all of the news surrounding the Browns and the NFL Combine

They also discussed their NFL Dream Booth for Monday Night Football  after Jason Witten came out of retirement to rejoin the Dallas Cowboys. 

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Monday, 04 March 2019 15:47

Jasen Sokol Show Podcast 3.4.19

 On the Monday edtion of the Jasen Sokol Show Podcast:

 Jeff Schudel joined the show to talk Weekend Sports (19.3 seconds) 

 Dr Toni Bisconti discussed the MOMO hoax in studio  (11:57)
 Dr. Stacey Willet discussed the  Alabama Tornado (23:56) 
 Ashley Bettis spoke about Touchdowns and Tutus (35:59) 

 

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Monday, 04 March 2019 09:57

Ray Horner Podcast - 3/4/2019

:17 - As of the uploading of this podcast, there is snow blanketing the streets of Akron. But in just over two months, Cedar Point will open their gates for another season. Tony Clark called in to talk about what’s happening at Cedar Point for this summer, which includes several new restaurants and themed areas for those who aren’t into the thrill rides.

6:55 - President Trump had quite a week, from his summit in Hanoi to the Michael Cohen hearings. Dr. David Beer, professor of political science at Malone University, discussed the week that was, as well as who Trump’s opponent will be in 2020.

16:04 - Tony just moved to a new apartment in Copley, and many Millennials are ditching homeownership in favor of rental properties. What kind of impact will this have down the road?

25:24 - Kris Drew is one of our weekend sports guys, and he dropped by the studio to chat about some high school basketball playoffs.

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This week our G&G Fitness Coach of the Week is Gene Schindewolf of Manchester. 

He coaches the boys' team there and has amassed over 500 wins as a coach.

 Coach says that this is a hard working and fun group of young men to lead in 2018-19.

"This is a fun group, they bust their tail and work hard," he said.

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

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, 28 February 2019 17:58

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 2.28.19

Sam and Brad talked a little fishing ahead of tomorrow's Boat and Water Sports Show (that they will be broadcasting from tomorrow)

Also they caught up with Fred Couples, who is this year's Ambassador of Golf for the Senior Players Tour coming to Firestone CC in July. 

 

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Thursday, 28 February 2019 17:47

Jasen Sokol Show Podcast 2.28.19

On the Thursday edition of the Jasen Sokol Show Podcast:

Jasen spoke about Lowering School Standards
Tom Sutton of Baldwin Wallace spoke about  the Michael Cohen Hearing
Callers weighed in on politics and older drivers
WEWS Jonathan Walsh:  Documentary on domestic violence
PGA Pro Joe Leenheer spoke about the Honda Classic

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Thursday, 28 February 2019 09:54

Indians Radio Week, Day 4

Today is Indians Radio Week Day 4, the final full day, and Ray Horner is rubbing elbows with everyone at the Cleveland Indians spring training facility in Goodyear, Arizona. On the final day, Ray sat down with several members of the Tribe, both players and staff.

Goodyear is a blossoming suburb of Phoenix, and the ballpark is just part of the burgeoning infrastructure. Bob DiBiasio, VP from the Tribe, stopped by the radio booth to discuss the economic impact the Indians have had on the town on their tenth anniversary of being there. Bobby D also chatted about winning the division again and our Indians Insanity promotion (Addie Joss vs. Joe Carter).

Curtis Danburg, senior director of communications, previewed the promotions and key matchups for the 2019 season.

One of the key starters in the rotation is Mike Clevinger, and he sat down with Ray.

Catcher Roberto Perez talked about re-earning the starting job now that Yan Gomes is in the National League.

Journeyman reliever Tyler Clippard is looking forward to bringing his experience to the three-time reigning AL Central champs.

Kevin Plawecki is another catcher in the mix for the Tribe, as he came to the team in the offseason from the Mets.

The Indians claimed A.J. Cole off waivers, and he’s looking to prove himself in the American League after a short stint in 2018 with the Yankees.

Max Moroff came to the team from the Pirates in the Erik Gonzalez trade.

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Wednesday, 27 February 2019 10:37

Indians Radio Week, Day 3

Today is Indians Radio Week Day 3, and Ray Horner is rubbing elbows with everyone at the Cleveland Indians spring training facility in Goodyear, Arizona. On the third, Ray sat down with several members of the Tribe, both players and staff.

:30 - Tribe broadcaster Tom Hamilton shared his thoughts on the team and the new(ish) rules coming out of Major League Baseball.

10:56 - Outfielder Leonys Martin had a life-threatening illness that ended his 2018 season prematurely. But he is working hard to be back to his old self in 2019.

15:09 - Pitching coach Carl Willis stopped by to talk about the continued success in the starting rotation.

23:11 - New RubberDucks manager Rouglas Odor is no stranger to Akron (and even Canton-Akron), and he spoke of his 32 years in the organization and how he’ll help guide the young Eastern League players.

31:56 - Carter Hawkins is the director of player development, and he discusses the evaluation of players both young and old.

40:32 - Assistant GM Matt Foreman made some sense on cases such as arbitration and contract extensions.

46:30 - Daniel Johnson came over in the offseason Yan Gomes trade, and he’s already turning some heads.

50:08 - Outfielder Matt Joyce tries to make the big league club after a back injury in 2018.

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Tuesday, 26 February 2019 10:29

Indians Radio Week, Day 2

Today is Indians Radio Week Day 2, and Ray Horner is rubbing elbows with everyone at the Cleveland Indians spring training facility in Goodyear, Arizona. On day two, Ray sat down with several members of the Tribe, both players and staff.

:30 - Manager Terry Francona spoke about managing without his father, dealing with the Michael Jordan baseball circus in Birmingham, and his favorite Pittsburgh Pirates players from back in the day.

6:54 - Team president Chris Antonetti touched on the crazy offseason, both on the Indians’ front and in Major League Baseball overall.

13:19 - General manager Mike Chernoff mentioned how analytics and the eye test go into judging personnel.

20:20 - Ryan Flaherty is trying to make the ball club, and he plans to prove himself by playing multiple positions.

25:19 - Second year player Shane Bieber is back with Ray to discuss his first spring training as a big leaguer and meshing with his fellow hurlers.

30:34 - Outfielder Greg Allen talks about how and where he can contribute to the lineup.

33:41 - Newcomer Jake Bauers came from Tampa Bay in the Yandy Diaz trade, and he talked about his rookie season in St. Pete and what he’s learned for year two.

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Monday, 25 February 2019 17:42

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 2.25.19

On the Monday edition of the Sam and Brad Show Podcast:

Sam spoke with Kurt Helin, national NBA Writer from NBC.Sports.com on the One and Done rule in the NBA and if that could change in the next couple of years. (19 seconds in) 

Jeff from Akron weighed in on the television aspect of high school sports and why the NBA ratings are down. (15:52) 

Dr. Cash also called in to chop it up with Sammy B  (20:43) 

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Monday, 25 February 2019 16:44

Jasen Sokol Show Podcast 2.25.19

On the Monday edtion of the Jasen Sokol Show Podcast:

Jeff Schudel talked about the weekend in sports (17 seconds) 

Ray Horner talked about our Cleveland Indians in Goodyear, Arizona as they get ready for the season (12:10) 

Dr. Toni Bisconti talked about the Oscars from last night. (23:45) 

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Monday, 25 February 2019 11:06

Indians Radio Week, Day 1

Today is Indians Radio Week Day 1, and Ray Horner is rubbing elbows with everyone at the Cleveland Indians spring training facility in Goodyear, Arizona. On the first day, Ray sat down with several members of the Tribe, both players and staff. :29 - Relief pitcher Dan Otero talked about the bullpen and changing faces. 8:06 - Infield coach Mike Sarbaugh chatted about Francisco Lindor and the infield. 13:02 - Broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus stopped by the radio table to touch on how the first weekend looked in Arizona. 22:43 - Southpaw reliever Tyler Olson tries to improve on his disappointing 2018 season. 26:51 - VP Bob DiBiaso mentioned his relationship with Bob Feller and previewed the 2019 season ahead. 35:02 - Outfielder Tyler Naquin on bulking up and wanting a spot as an everyday player. 37:04 - Starting pitcher Shane Bieber recaps his 2018 rookie campaign and looks ahead to 2019. 40:11 - Closer Brad Hand, who came over in a trade from San Diego, is ready for his first spring training with the Indians.

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Friday, 22 February 2019 09:45

Ray Horner Podcast - 2/22/2019

:17 - This Jussie Smollett situation has been the most interesting and polarizing story in 2019….at least since Covington Catholic from a few weeks back. Ray and Tony talked about the Empire actor getting fingerprinted over what has become a hate crime hoax, as well as how much time he may serve for this.

8:54 - College football is big business, but how big is it for the non-Ohio States and Alabamas of the world? Malone University has cut their football team to save money. What about D1 schools that aren’t top-tier, like the Akron Zips? Dr. John Green, interim president at the University of Akron, talked about the importance of a school’s football program, both on the field and off.

19:29 - February 22nd is National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day. Sue Peschin is the president and CEO for the Alliance of Aging Research joined the show to raise awareness for proper heart health.

23:47 - It’s a surprisingly slow weekend at the movie houses, especially with the Oscars happening this Sunday. Our movie guy Scott Wynn joined the show, as he usually does on Fridays.

26:36 -Big matchup in girls hoops on Monday. Andy Booth, head coach of the Wadsworth Lady Grizzlies basketball team, joined the show to preview.

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Thursday, 21 February 2019 18:09

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 2.21.19

On the show today,

The fellas spoke with Andre Knott of STO (20 seconds in)

Also they spoke with Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal to talk Browns as they get ready to evaluate players at the NFL Combine next week. (16:04)

 

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The 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week from Kenmore-Garfield High School is Brandon Evans, a senior basketball player.

Brandon says he fell in love with the game of basketball at an early age.

"I just instantly had an interest for it, and I've played from 5 years old and I just never stopped," he said.

Brandon's a three sport athlete at Kenmore-Garfield with football, basketball, and cross-country.

He says the balance between academics and athletics is a tough, but managable one.

"School is always the first priority of mine, he said.

His coach Murray Hooten says Brandon's a leader on and off the court. 

"Brandon Evans is a good student in the classroom and an amazing athlete on the court. He has an oustanding work-ethic that allows him to compete at a high level for us. Brandon leads by example and I wish we had him in our program for one more year. He will be a great asset to any college program he decides to play in."

Among some of the highlights for Brandon include being named  Player of the Month for December, an honor he was truly proud of.

"It felt good and it felt like my talents are being noticed and that my hard work and dedication has been noticed.

 

 Upon graduation in the spring, Brandon plans on studying sports medicine.

Our next Student Athlete of the Week is Alexis Radcliff a senior basketball player from Kenmore Garfield.

She said she got into basketball at an early age and stuck with it ever since,

"I didn't get serious until my junior year, and then my senior year has been a great one for me.

Among some of the honors for Alexis this year, Academic All City, Player of the Year, and First Team All City.

Coach Yontami Jones had this to say about Alexis.

 "We are truly going to miss our leader on and off the court!," she said.

"Alexis is like a daughter to me. I was truly blessed to have her as a player!!"

She says the best thing about being a student athlete at Kenmore-Garfield is the family atmosphere.

 

 "I love the school and I love how we all support each other through everything.

Upon graduation in the spring, Radcliff plans on studying business management.

We wish Brandon and Alexis the best in all of their future endeavors. 

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Thursday, 21 February 2019 15:19

Jasen Sokol Show Podcast 2.21.19

 
The Thursday Edition of the Jasen Sokol Show: 
 
Show open ( with caller) 16.9 seconds 
Governor Mike DeWine on the proposed gas tax 12:06 
Caller responds to Governor DeWine on the  gas tax 20:01 
Dr Karl Kaltenthaler from the University of Akron discussed the Alabama woman who joined ISIS 22:41 
Callers respond to gas tax and the woman who joined ISIS 33:20 
PGA Pro Joe Leenheer with his golf tip of the day  44:25 

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Thursday, 21 February 2019 08:58

Ray Horner Podcast - 2/21/2019

:17 - Wednesday afternoon was the State of the City address from Mayor Dan Horrigan, which was heard live on 1590 WAKR from the John S. Knight Center. He happened to stop by the WAKR studios to recap what he mentioned in the address.

9:27 - We’re almost a full season removed from LeBron James, and Quicken Loans Arena is going through a massive facelift. Could this be the right time for Dan Gilbert to see the Cavaliers? Ray and Tony discussed not only that hypothetical, but whether or not pro teams should expand or contract.

23:45 - As mentioned on yesterday’s show, this week marks 30 years of what we know as the Internet. But for every positive that comes from the world wide web, there’s plenty of scary negatives. SACS Consulting president and CEO Tim Dimoff joined the program to talk about what’s called the dark web.

33:07 - Hoban girls basketball coach Scott Callahan joined the program to not only hype his Knights team that takes on Barberton, but went over the other matchups in the region.

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019 09:14

Ray Horner Podcast - 2/20/2019

:17 - This week marks 30 years of the thing we call the Internet. The panel talked about what radio, or life in general, was like without this device.

12:51 - Happening on Sunday at the Canton Palace Theatre is Love Letters, a play starring I Dream of Jeannie’s Barbara Eden and Barney Miller’s Hal Linden. Hal talked to Tony Mazur about the production, as well as his years starring on Barney Miller.

27:28 - Today is the Mayor Dan Horrigan’s State of the City Address, but another community to the west is having theirs tonight, as well. Wadsworth mayor Robin Laubaugh called into the show to go over her city in 2018 and looking ahead to the rest of 2019, which includes a lot of positive development both downtown and elsewhere.

39:47 - One of the baseball dominoes fell on Tuesday, as former Oriole and Dodger Manny Machado heads to San Diego on a 10-year, $300 million deal. How will this change the league? And does this mean the beginning of the end for someone like Francisco Lindor, who’ll garner as much or more cash from a team in two years?

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019 17:55

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 2.19.19

Sam and Brad on the Tuesday edition of the podcast:

Spoke with Buchtel coach Matt Futch (19 seconds) and Hoban coach TK Griffith (9:20) on their matchup tonight 

They also spoke with MLB.com reporter Anthony Castrovince.(19:52) to talk Manny Machado signing with the Padres and the Indians as they continue Spring Training. 

 

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019 15:25

Jasen Sokol Show Podcast 2.19.19

On the Tuesday on the Jasen Sokol Podcast:  
 
Dr. David Cohen from the UA Bliss Institute on Bernie Sanders declares candidacy for the presidency (17.3 seconds in) 
Sage Lewis The Homeless Charity on the State of the City (9:00)
Callers spoke with Jasen about the State of the City (16:01) 
Weathervane Playhouse Cast of Dreamgirls came in the studio to talk about their musical (22:52) 
Dope of the Day (33:58) 

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019 13:48

Ray Horner Podcast - 2/19/2019

:17 - The 2016 election doesn’t seem so long ago, and now we’re already looking at 2020. It was announced this morning that Bernie Sanders will join the seemingly countless supply of Democratic candidates, so Ray, Jeanne, and Tony chatted about the ever-changing progressive field.

15:52 - At the all-star break, the Cavaliers are a whopping 12-46 on the season. The voice of the Cavs, John Michael, joined the show to talk about the team overall, Coach Larry Drew, and the landscape of the NBA.

36:04 - Tuesday is tax day, at least for us on the Ray Horner Morning Show. Doug Klein stopped by to go over some small business tax tips.

45:45 - And finally, our Browns guy Fred Greetham gave us a taste of the offseason and what John Dorsey has on his plate.

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Monday, 18 February 2019 17:51

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 2.18.19

On the Monday Edition of the Sam and Brad Show Podcast:

Sam and Brad had some fun as one of the callers talked about wrestling a bear at a bar. (18 seconds) 

Mike Fuline head coach of the Mount Union Purple Raiders spoke about the win over the weekend as they get closer to the close of the season (6:24)

Sam and Brad asked the callers where they stand with the Cleveland Indians. (18:20)

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Monday, 18 February 2019 16:14

Jasen Sokol Show Podcast 2.18.19

On the Monday edition of the Jasen Sokol Show Podcast: 

Jeff Schudel talked about the weekend in sports: 20 seconds in

Dr. Toni Bisconti discussed the Jussie Smollett situation: 8:56 

 

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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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