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

Friday, 04 January 2019 14:57

Jasen Sokol Show Podcast 1.4.18

On the Friday edition of the Jasen Sokol Show Podcast,

Jasen and Bobbi spoke with Sage Lewis to talk about clearing out the tent city in Akron. (28 seconds in)

Also they spoke with Dawn Distler the new head of METRO RTA in the studio ( 7:41)


Thursday, 03 January 2019 17:29

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 1.3.19

Sam and Brad's Thursday podcast:

Eli Gold, Alabama radio play-by-play voice on the National Championship (21.4 seconds)

Sam and Brad talked about the discord in Pittsburgh (11:08)

Aditi Kinkhabala from the NFL Network talked about the National Football League and the Wild Card Weekend. (21;46)

Ross Benjamin picked against the spread in college and pro football (35:11)

Chris Spielman talked NFL and the Browns coaching search. (46:17)

Thursday, 03 January 2019 16:38

Jasen Sokol Show Podcast 1.3.19

Jasen and Bobbi's Thursday edition of the Jasen Sokol Show Podcast!
They spoke with Akron police chief Ken Ball
 Jeff Lynn on the death of Gene Okurlund 
Akron NCAAP President Judi Hill on new discipline rules for schools 
Joel Leenheer, PGA Pro on the Sentry Tournament of Champions.

This week our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Romello Pacely, a junior basketball player from North High School.

Romello says he got into basketball at an early age and stuck with the game when he got to high school.
“I got into it from my brother," he said. "I always looked up to him, so I liked the game of basketball."
The junior letterman says he, his teammates and coaches are determined to work hard, hold themselves accountable, and change the culture at North. 
“He (Coach Marc Smith) motivates us every day, always pushes us to be better," Romello explained.
In addition to being a basketball player, Pacely maintains a 3.3 GPA and works hard in the classroom as well as the court.
His coach Marc Smith talked about his work ethic and how he’s developing as a player and a person. 
“Romello is a young man who has worked very hard in the classroom and on the court, “ Smith said. “He hasn't allowed his limitations to dictate who he is as a person. “
We are proud of what he has accomplished in the classroom and look forward to watching his development over the next couple of years.”
Our next Female Student Athlete of the Week is Akilah Primm, a senior basketball player from North High School. 
She says she got the competition bug from her sister, Amani who plays college basketball at Tri-C.
Primm  says that by her sister earning that college scholarship, it pushes her to do the same.
“She was playing when we were younger and it became fun to me," Akilah said. "It makes me want to go (to college) and be with her."
As a captain and one of the key cogs for North, she knows that getting the best out of her teammates is one of the most important things she can do for her team.
Her coach Shermaine Meadows talked about her leadership on and off the court. 
“Akilah Primm has been a quality leader to our program in which we have grown to depend on day in and day out,” he explained.
She is by far the best defender on the team and her blazing speed makes it almost impossible to stay in front off.”
Off the court, she has the same drive and determination.
“Akilah has helped change the culture here at North high school with a high level of excellence and competitive spirit that transcends the court,” Meadows said. 
“Akilah volunteers at the haven of rest and churches around the city. She carries a Gpa of 3.5  One of the most coachable kids I’ve experienced.”
We wish Romello and Akilah the best in all of their future endeavors. 
Wednesday, 02 January 2019 17:47

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 1.2.18

To start things off with the Sam and Brad Show Podcast, the fellas talked about the coaching search for the Browns and what candidates John Dorsey should speak with, 

at 11:15 we spoke with the Voice of the Browns Jim Donovan to talk Browns

at 26:55 we spoke with Ari Wasserman of The Athletic to talk Ohio State and the Rose Bowl. 

Wednesday, 02 January 2019 15:37

Jasen Sokol Show Podcast 1.2.19

On the Wednesday edition of the Jasen Sokol Show Podcast, Jasen and Bobbi spoke with  

WKYC'S  Ben Axelrod to talk Buckeyes football and the end of the Urban Meyer era (15.9 seconds) 

Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro to talk about all things Summit County (10:27)

Dr. Tom Sutton of Baldwin Wallace to talk about the government shutdown (25:48)

Nick Shook from NFL.com discussed the Browns to wrap up their season and talk about the coaching search. (36:16)

This week our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Andreana Gotto, a senior basketball player from Tallmadge 

She says that working with her coaches and teammates is something that she truly enjoys.
“We always have a good time, always having fun, but some moments we have to take things seriously to get ready for the games,” she says. 
Her head coach Collin Epstein says she is driven and focused both on and off the court.

“Andreana has a 3.896 GPA, outside of school she has volunteered at the science convention, haven of rest, youth basketball camps, and red cross,” he said.
“On the basketball court she is a two time captain for our team and was honorable mention suburban league last year.”
As a captain, she says she leads both vocally and by example.
“I get the girls going, I talk (on the court), even if we’re just messing around, I say something,” she said with a smile. 
Our next Male Student Athlete of the Week is Nick Hussing, a senior basketball player from Tallmadge High School. 
Nick says he got the love of basketball from his older brother growing up.
“He would always beat me, never took it easy on me, but he made me better,” Hussing said. 

His head coach Bill Johnson said Nick is a quality young man on and off the court.

“Nick volunteers at his church and helps with youth basketball, Johnson explains. “He is a great worker and an even better leader.”

“On the court, Nick is a senior captain for us,” he continued. “He is the kind of kid that will run through a wall for you and never ask questions,” he said.

“Since I’m a senior captain, I’ve always led by example, but this year I try to lead with my voice,”Nick explained. 

Hussing is a 3.8 student, a member of NHS, the Tallmadge High School Pep Club and the French Club. 

We wish Andreana and Nick the best in all of their future endeavors. 

Wednesday, 26 December 2018 18:36

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 12.26.18

On the Wednesday edition of The Sam and Brad Show, the guys (Brad Russell and Ben Thomas) discuss the Browns with Jim Donovan (00:21) and weigh the pros and cons of keeping Gregg Williams as the Browns head coach (15:46).

Thursday, 20 December 2018 19:14

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 12.20.18

On this Three Question Thursday edition of The Sam and Brad Show, the guys break down the Browns season with Nate Ulrich (00:22). take their game picks with Ross Benjamin (10:10), and lay the groundwork for the highly anticipated Sam and Brad Three Point Shootout with Ben Thomas (23:16)

his week our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Emily Andrassy, a senior basketball player from Stow-Munroe Falls High School.

Emily says she started playing basketball from an early age, and has enjoyed the game ever since.

“My parents are very athletic, but I’ve always been athletic and I enjoyed playing outside with my neighbors,” she said.

As a four-year letterwinner and two-time captain both junior and senior year, Emily said that even though she can motivate her teammates vocally, she mostly leads by example on the practice floor, and on game day.

"I probably lead more by example, but I try to be more vocal, but it’s all about coming to practice and working hard.”


 Her head coach Bob Podges had some great words for Andrassy and what she brings to the court.

"Emily is the heart and soul of our team," he said. "She's our best defender with an oustanding competive spirt."

The leadership qualities that she displays on the court also are on display off the court as Andrassy participates in the Freshman Mentorship program, something she takes a great deal of pride in.

Upon graduation in the spring, Emily plans on attending Kent State University.

Our next Male Student Athlete is Jackson Carlson, a senior basketball player from Stow High School.

He said he too fell in love with the game of basketball from an early age.

"My dad put a basketball in my hand since I before I can remember, and I’ve always been around the sport and loved it,” he said. 

As a two-sport athlete for Stow (basketball and baseball), Carlson says he enjoys being with his teammates and working with them towards a common goal.

Coach Dave Close, the longtime coach of the Bulldogs, said that Jackson has grown as a player and as a person.

"He is a young man who has worked very hard to improve as a player and as a junior, he did not receive a lot of playing time. But he rolled up his sleeves and worked hard 
the entire off-season to become a better and more well-rounded player," he said. 

He also works hard off the court as well to become a more well-rounded person as well.

"He too has volunteered at Open M and has volunteered in the summer helping to teach youngsters 
the game of basketball," Close said.


 Carlson plans on majoring in education when he attends college in the spring, He says helping youngsters is something he's really interested in.

"I always liked being around students and want to coach as well,” he explained.

We wish Emily and Jackson the best in all of their future endeavors. 

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