Aaron Coleman

Aaron Coleman

Aaron has been working with RCRG since August of 2008 covering various news and sporting events. He graduated in 2003 from St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron. He then went onto the University of Akron in May of 2008 with a degree in Radio/TV & Media Productions and a minor in Psychology. It was at WZIP & ZTV where Aaron developed a passion for radio especially Sports Radio. While attending the University of Akron you could hear Aaron on Sundays doing the "Sports Power Talk" program. Aaron covers City Hall, County Council and Akron School Board beats and handles traffic updates weekday afternoons on 1590 WAKR, 97.5 WONE and 94.9 WQMX. You can contact Aaron through the newsroom 330-864-6397 or email acoleman@rcrg.net

Wednesday, 20 January 2016 17:08

AUDIO Ellet Ready For Big Games Coming Up

The Dunk for Diabetes Tournament will be going on Sunday, complete with six games and three local teams participating. 

One of the teams is the Ellet Orangemen and coach Mark Fisher joined the Sam Bourquin Show Wednesday to talk about their game against Warren Harding, as well as their crucial City Series Matchup with Buchtel.

Coach Fisher says that their matchup with Harding should be an exciting one for the fans and his team.

"We're going to try and put our best foot forward and be prepared for a good Warren Harding team," Fisher says. "We don't know too much about them, but we know they have some good athletes."

The Orangemen are paced by 6 foot 8 forward A.J. Gerari, and have a few more solid players who have had experience playing in big games.


Tuesday, 19 January 2016 18:39

AUDIO Vardon: Cavs Back To Drawing Board

The main question many Cavaliers fans are asking themselves after last night's lopsided loss to the Golden State Warriors is simple: What went wrong?

Joe Vardon covers the Wine and Gold for Cleveland.com. He joined the Sam Bourquin Show Tuesday and discussed how they need to look themselves in the mirror and get tougher against the league's top teams.

"I think there has to be some kind of pause and reflection here," Vardon said. "You can't have the payroll the Cavaliers has and turn in stinkers like that."

Golden State defeated the Cavs 132-98 last night at the Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland.

  The Warriors shot over 50 percent from beyond the arc and over 50 percent from the floor. J.R. Smith had a solid floor game with 14 points before getting ejected.  "These guys need to hold themselves accountable," Vardon says.

The Cavs will take on the Brooklyn  Nets tomorrow at 7:30pm. You can hear the game on 1590 WAKR.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016 18:08

AUDIO Barberton Lady Magics On Winning Track

After their defeat of Streetsboro Monday night, the Barberton Lady Magics basketball team is looking to do even bigger things on the hardwood the rest of the season.

Head coach of the Lady Magics Greg Whitmer joined the Sam Bourquin Show Tuesday to talk about that win and the young ladies that make the team go.

"It was a good night, our kids played hard, and after they made some adjustments we went out there and came out with a victory," Whitmer said.

The team is now 8-8 on the season with 6 more games to go.

Some young players have contributed for the Magics this season, sophomores Macy Ries and Jenna Kelley.


  Barberton will have 9 days off before their next game and coach Whitmer says on the practice floor, they will get back to basics and work on some fundamentals and teaching moments.

"Hopefully it's going to be a blessing in disguise and we'll come out of here healthy and energized," he says.

A Canton man who has devoted his life to teaching youth has fallen ill in South Korea and his family and close friends have stepped up to help bring him back.

Jerry "Snaps" Lipkins has been living in Jeonju, South Korea and teaching the children of the last four years and now must be brought back home in order to receive some urgent medical care.

Randy Sistrunk, a close friend of Jerry's joined the Sam Bourquin Show on a Friday to alert him of his condition.

"He's been teaching English in South Korea, and spent time in South Korea, and Thailand," Sistrunk explained.  "He became sick in Thailand and was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension and interstitial lung disease."

Lipkins graduated from Canton McKinley and Ohio State University.  He would need to be brought back due to the fact that there are no genetic matches in South Korea.

Sistrunk along with family and many others immediately took actionwith a GoFundMe account so they can get him back to the United States to get his lung transplant. The procedure costs around $200,000, and over the last five days, over $14,000 has been raised to help bring Jerry home.

More information can be found by clicking the GoFundMe link in the story. All Huntington Bank locations are also accepting donations for the Jerry Lipkins Emergency Fund.

The NFL Playoffs have moved to the divisional round and looking to get one step closer to the championship game.

Sean Tomlinson, an NFL writer for the Bleacher Report joined the Sam Bourquin Show on a "Feel Good Friday" to break down the games as well as discuss other headlines in the National Football League, including the Rams' move from St. Louis to Los Angeles.

Starting with the Saturday games, Tomlinson says the Kansas City/New England matchup on Saturday is not a good matchup for the Patriots, considering their offensive line problems coupled with the Kansas City defense.

"Justin Houston (KC Defensive End) is a scary man coming off the edge," Sean explained. "It helps New England has some pieces back, but it'll be the proverbial nailbiter."

Sean says the Green Bay/Arizona game should work in favor of the Cardinals, who terrorized Aaron Rodgers in the regular season with multiple sacks.

For the Panthers and Seahawks Sunday, along with the Steelers and Broncos, Tomlinson said both matchups will be exciting.

"You can never underestimate (Steelers quarterback) Ben Roethlisberger's ability to come back from injuries and lead an injured team," he said.


 January has been a  crazy time in the NFL, with the Rams moving to L.A, and the possibility of the San Diego Chargers moving to La-La Land as well.

"I highly doubt San Diego will stay put, Tomlinson said.


Thursday, 14 January 2016 22:08

AUDIO Josh Liskiewitz Breaks Down Analytics

Some have questioned the use of analytics, especially when it comes to football and the Browns. One man has shed some light on the topic and said it can be used and used successfully.

Josh Liskiewitz from Pro Football Focus.com joined Brad Russell in the Average Sports Show Thursday evening to talk about the use of analytics in football, especially with the hires of Paul DePodesta and Sashi Brown.

"It can point to a lot of tendencies in a lot of different things, such as the quarterback for instance," he said.

"It can be used to break down where he's accurate, where he's less accurate, how he fares against pressure, so this is beneficial for individual teams and defensive coordinators as well in terms of game plan and preparation."


Thursday, 14 January 2016 21:53

AUDIO Zac Jackson Breaking Down Browns

The Browns have made headlines with the hiring of Hue Jackson from the Cincinnati Bengals and plan on making more headlines in the 2016-17 season with more competitive play on the field and more cohesion amongst front office, coaches, and players.

Zac Jackson from ProFootballTalk.com joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the hire and what it means for the organization.

"It's an A hire," Jackson said. "That said in the context of he hasn't hired an assistant yet or anything like that, but he understands the AFC North, he understands the importance of a quarterback, so his experience is a plus."

Jackson also said the former Bengals offensive coordinator has an unshakeable confidence that will permeate throughout the locker room.


Thursday, 14 January 2016 20:48

AUDIO Ulrich: Jackson On Board, What's Next?

Big news out of Berea as the Cleveland Browns have hired Hue Jackson as their head coach and a lot of people are applauding the move, saying the Browns are headed in the right direction.

Nate Ulrich from the Akron Beacon Journal joined the Average Sports Show Thursday just one day after the move was made.

Ulrich says he sees this as a big positive for the Browns moving forward.


 The next step according to Nate includes the hiring of a General Manager, one who isn't afraid of the Browns' new power structure and the analytics approach, and also putting a coaching staff together that will get the best results not only on the practice field, but on Sundays as well.

Thursday, 14 January 2016 18:45

AUDIO Brent Sobleski Talks Hue Hire

The Browns have hired Hue Jackson as head coach, and many people have a renewed sense of optimism surrounding the team and the direction that they are heading.

Brent Sobleski from the Bleacher Report joined Brad Russell to talk about the move and what it means for the Browns.

"This feels completely different," says Sobleski. "This isn't the same old Browns, this is going out there and selling your vision, and not settling."

Jackson is a proven commodityin the pro football world, having been the head coach at Oakland and was recently the offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals.

 He was named the coach after Mike Pettine posted a 3-13 record in his second season as the Browns head coach.

Thursday, 14 January 2016 18:23

AUDIO Polar Bears, Bulldogs Ready For Showdown

Friday night at the Canton Memorial Fieldhouse, the Canton McKinley Bulldogs and the Jackson Polar Bears will get together for part two of their basketball series.

Rick Hairston joined the Sam Bourquin Show Thursday to talk about the matchup, and the atmosphere surrounding the game.

"We didn't take care of the ball in the first game," Hairston said. "We remember Jackson is a good basketball team, and they have more than just Kyle Young and Logan Hill."

Jackson won the first matchup by ten points in the early part of the season. 

"You really have to play well to beat this team because they play with a certain amount of swagger and confidence."

 The Polar Bears on the other hand are looking forward to getting on the road and playing a solid team. Tim Debevec joined the Sam Bourquin Show as well.

"It should be an exciting night, and you'll see something good from both teams."

He says his team is going to have to play better than they did in their first meeting in order to beat the Bulldogs.

"They have a lot of talent, it's going to be a big game for us.


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