Tuesday, 15 January 2019 17:18

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 1.15.19

Sam and Brad got into the Tuesday edition of the Sam and Brad Show podcast 

Here is the interview with Joe Vassalotti, APS AD to talk about the fight that occured last weekend at Firestone and what measures are being taken to prevent those incidents from happening in the future.

 

Anthony Castrovince from MLB.com talked Indians (21 seconds in) 

Jeff Twiddy of the Louisville Leopards, new head coach joined in (13:19)

Paul Keels talked Ohio State Buckeyes and the basketball team's struggles. (23:24)

Athletic Director Joe Vassalotti of the Akron Public Schools joined to talk about the fight that happened during last week's Buchtel/Firestone basketball game. (34:13)

 

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Tuesday, 15 January 2019 13:34

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/15/2019

:17 - Ohio has a new governor, though he’s a familiar face, in Mike DeWine. Dr. David Beer, professor of political science at Malone University, called into talk about November’s gubernatorial race, and looks ahead to the next four years in Columbus.

6:04 - Proper nutrition is a must if one wants to shed weight and calories in the new year. Kelly Reed from Cleveland Clinic-Akron General joined the show to touch on all things nutrition, especially on what to eat and certainly what not to eat.

15:05 - Still using your ex’s Netflix account? Is your kid using your Hulu password at college? If so, that’ll cost you a new subscription. Ray and Tony talked about the changing times in cable and streaming views and a little on what the future may look like.

23:07 - What’s happening up at the auto show in Detroit? Mike Caudill from Our Auto Expert has us covered. He even shared some intel about a company rumored to take over the Lordstown space.

30:46 - And finally, Fred Greetham from the Orange & Brown Report came on to talk about the introductory press conference on new head coach Freddie Kitchens.

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Monday, 14 January 2019 14:15

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/14/2019

:17 - Each month, Dr. Tim Brown from Cleveland Clinic-Akron General stops by to answer a gaggle of medical questions. This visit, Dr. Brown discusses sleep drugs, from melatonin to harder drugs like Ambien.

8:02 - We stay in the medical world, however, this has to do with animals. Dr. Gary Riggs joined the show in studio, and he talked about various topics, specifically why dogs will roll around on the carpet or on other dead animals, and the importance of scheduling optical and dental appointments.

18:25 - It’s no secret that President Donald Trump has been a controversial figure, but are his accomplishments not being discussed enough, like his relationship with China and trade? And how about the wall? The panel shared their thoughts.

33:38 - Time now for our Business of the Week! We head over to the Cuyahoga Falls offices of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, brought to you by HEARINC. and TLC Catering.

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Friday, 11 January 2019 17:31

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 1.11.19

Sam and Brad spoke with former Brown Kamerion Wimbley to talk Browns and the hiring of Freddie Kitchens (21 seconds in) 

Also they spoke with Ken Rector, the former Barberton HS basketball coach to talk boys' high school basketball in the area.(12:25) 

Dave Tuley out in Vegas spoke about the future (and present) of sports gambling. (28:43) 

 

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Friday, 11 January 2019 16:59

Jasen Sokol Show Podcast 1.11.19

On the Friday edition of the Jasen Sokol Show Podcast,  Jasen and Bobbi spoke with Frank LaRose, incoming Secretary of State , Tina Boyes, who talked culinary training, and Zac Kohl to talk home maintenance classes.

 

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Friday, 11 January 2019 09:00

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/11/2019

:17 - Today’s Bride will be at the John S. Knight Center in Akron this weekend for a bridal show. Producer Tony is in the early stages of planning a wedding, and while he and his fiancee Leah are still looking for venues, it certainly won’t be a destination wedding.

8:20 - Former NFL player and local high school coach Jay Brophy came on the show to talk about a few football items. First, Ray and Jay talked about the hiring of Freddie Kitchens, then they mentioned the Rooney Rule and lack of minority coaches, and finally on this weekend’s games.

25:29 - Speaking of this weekend, Saturday is the annual TribeFest, held at the Cleveland Convention Center. Indians director of communications Curtis Danburg joined the program to preview the event.

30:42 - January 11th is the anniversary of the death of Paul Lynde, a favorite of Tony’s. As a tribute, they touched on the life and times of the hilarious star of Hollywood Squares.

35:19 - And finally, it’s Friday, so our movie guy Scott Wynn stopped by. Aquaman still tops the charts, and a new buddy comedy with Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston is out in theaters.

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Thursday, 10 January 2019 17:43

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 1.10.19

Sam and Brad caught up with CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora to talk about the hiring of Freddie Kitchens (21 seconds)  and also Ross Benjamin to talk about the NFL Playoffs against the spread for entertainment purposes only (14:53).

  

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Thursday, 10 January 2019 17:14

Jasen Sokol Show Podcast 1.10.19

On the Thursday edition of the Jasen Sokol Show Podcast, 

Senator Rob Portmant talked government shutdown (17 seconds in) 

Kat Schuessler talked about the Worst Cooks in America show, a show she is a contestant on (10:17) 

Joe Leenheer discussed his golf tip of the week. (16:30) 

 

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Thursday, 10 January 2019 15:02

1590 WAKR Student Athletes of the Week

This week our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is junior basketball player Lukas Swartz of Mogadore High School. 

Lukas says the love of basketball came from his family growing up.
 
“My dad and my uncle played in college and I always grew up with a ball in my hands, and I've played ever since I was little," he said.
 
He says playing for his dad, Russ Swartz is a interesting and fun dynamic.
 
“I enjoy it a lot because he'll help me a lot, and at home, we talk basketball a lot."
   

 
The head coach had this to say about Lukas as a player and a person.
 
“Lukas is a hard worker both in the classroom and on the court,” Swartz said. “He wants to be the one best player and more importantly be the best person he can possibly be, and with that he is very team oriented and always puts the success of the team first.” 
 
In addition to being a member of the basketball team, Lukas plays baseball, and is a member of the National Honor Society.
 
Our next 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Hope Murphy, a junior basketball player from Mogadore High School. 
 
She says that working with her coaches and teammates is a true joy as they get ready to compete on the hardwood.
 
“We have come a long way from where we started this year," Murphy said. "We're a young team."
 
 
 
   
Her head coach Jennifer Ritch said she is a true leader on and off the court.
 
“Hope is a fantastic student athlete that always gives 100% whether on the basketball court, cross country course or track,” she explains.
 
“She is a great leader and she brings tenacity and toughness to our team, always putting her teammates first and is a perfect representative of what a Mogadore Wildcat is all about.”
 
In addition to being a three sport athlete, Murphy is a member of the National Honor Society and Junior Akron Leadership.
 
“It's opened me up to a lot of different professions and situations that have been very eye-opening to me."
 
We wish Lukas and Hope the best in all of their future endeavors. 
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Thursday, 10 January 2019 09:30

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/10/2019

:17 - With this being the first full work week of the new year, some may have issues getting back into the rhythm of sleep. Is the goal eight hours a night? And can one make up sleep with naps? Those questions were answered by Valerie Linzey, a certified nurse practitioner with Cleveland Clinic-Akron General.

7:22 - Staying on the topic of sleep, the panel discussed their own sleeping habits, which may differ from others due to the early schedule. Tony mentions a serious of videos in the ASMR genre, which include a straight edge razor shaving a scruffy face, which makes Jeanne cringe.

12:34 - The smoke turned white in Berea yesterday, as the Browns finally have their head coach. Freddie Kitchens takes over due to his relationship with Baker Mayfield, but he now has to assemble a staff. Who’s on the short list?

23:38 - This particular segment began about McDonald’s adding more bacon to their menu, and that segued into oddball items one puts on food from family traditions. A few callers chimed in with their own funky sandwiches, many of which included peanut butter as a main ingredient.

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Wednesday, 09 January 2019 10:50

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/9/2019

:17 - President Donald Trump addressed the nation in primetime last night on the dangers of illegal immigration along the southern border. Dr. David Beer is a professor of political science at Malone University, and he joined Ray to recap both Trump’s speech and the counter address from Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.

9:16 - So how safe is the border? Tim Dimoff from SACS Consulting came on to discuss national security measures.

15:50 - And what about immigration in general? Farhad Sethna is a local immigration attorney, and he shared his thoughts on Trump’s rhetoric, which he’s been critical about these last two years.

22:00 - Changing things up a little bit, while still touching on security, Akron police chief Ken Ball stopped by the studio today. Among many topics, Chief Ball discussed the crime and overdose numbers in 2018, and what the communities can do in the new year.

40:40 - And finally, Dr. Joe Congeni, a sports medicine doctor at Akron Children’s Hospital, called in to talk some Browns. Not necessarily the X’s and O’s, but what the Browns have to do to ensure the health of rookie Denzel Ward, who suffered two concussions to end his season early.

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Tuesday, 08 January 2019 17:45

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 1.8.19

On the Tuesday edition of the Sam and Brad Show, the guys talked about the pros and cons of Freddie Kitchens possibly being the head coach of the Cleveland Browns ( 21 seconds in)

12:43 Bill Landis of the Athletic spoke about former OSU QB Dwayne Haskins Jr. declaring for the NFL Draft on Monday. 

24:01 Adam Kramer of Bleacher Report discussed the National Championship and the 2018 college football season with an early look at the 2019 season. 

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Tuesday, 08 January 2019 16:25

Jasen Sokol Show Podcast 1.8.19

The Tuesday edition of the Jasen Sokol Show Podcast. featured Ellen Lander Nischt to talk about the Issue 4 budget  (15.5 seconds)

Dr. David Cohen discussed the address to the nation from President Trump as it relates to the government shutdown. (8:38) 

Marty Schladen of the Columbus Dispatch discussed CVS and local pharmacies possibly going by the wayside. (20:39) 

 

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Tuesday, 08 January 2019 11:02

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/8/2019

:17 - We kicked off Tuesday’s show with Senator Sherrod Brown and his help with TSA and workers during the government shutdown.

9:06 - A familiar name in the Akron area (and to our show) is Laura Lyn. She is a psychic and she is taking some folks in the bowels of the old B.F. Goodrich stacks to check on paranormal activity.

20:32 - So far, Ray has chatted with the mayors of Cuyahoga Falls, Barberton, Green, and Akron, and now we “circle” around and talk to Tallmadge mayor David Kline.

26:32 - Smartphone sales waned a bit during Christmastime, at least compared to previous years. Does Apple need a shot in the arm? Is Samsung really cleaning up at the marketplace?

36:35 - And finally, we’re at this coaching search once again for the Browns. Now that Bruce Arians is off the board, could it be Mike McCarthy? How about Freddie Kitchens as both OC and head coach?

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Friday, 04 January 2019 17:39

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 1.4.19

Sam and Brad caught up with Mike Fuline head coach of the Mt. Union Purple Raiders (7:52), Scott Petrak to talk Browns coaching search(17:56), and weighed in in the Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists (19.2 seconds in). 

 

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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)

 

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Friday, 04 January 2019 09:08

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/4/2019

:17 - Friday's s show began talking about the purpose of live mascots at sporting events, which comes off the heels of the Texas Longhorns' steer prying loose and trying to gore UGA, the University of Georgia's Bulldog mascot. Maybe PETA is finally on the right side of something?

6:41 - It's day three of our local mayor roundup, and today, we went down to Green. Mayor Gerard Neugebauer stopped by to recap 2018 in Green, which culminated in their fight against and settlement with Nexus on the pipeline.

20:18 - Capital Financial's Richard Peterson called into the program to talk about Ohio raising the minimum wage up a few cents, and the affect it may have on small and larger businesses.

28:00 - Have you ever lost something like a wedding ring, jewelry, wallet, phone, etc., and you yourself have felt lost? Ray and the panel shared their experiences.

39:12 - With it being Friday, it's time to sit down with our movie guy Scott Wynn. Scott and Ray chatted about Escape Room, as well as the new Mary Poppins.

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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)

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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.

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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. 
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Thursday, 03 January 2019 09:29

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/3/2019

:17 - January 2nd, 2019 was a brutal day if you were a celebrity born in 1942. “Mean Gene” Okerlund, Bob “Super Dave” Einstein, and Daryl “The Captain” Dragon all passed away on Wednesday, and all had huge careers in the 1970s and ‘80s. Ray and Tony chatted about their lives and brought up some fun facts.

6:32 - It’s day two of Ray’s meetings with the local mayors. Today, Barberton mayor Bill Judge called into the show to recap 2018 and look ahead to 2019, specifically how the Magic City can rebound after losing their largest employer.

16:36 - While it seems like people never eat at home anymore, the numbers for chain restaurants have gone way down in 2018. Eaters seem to be abandoning the chains and the sports bars and heading toward the ethnic-themed restaurants.

28:50 - During our Question of the Day, which was about former Cleveland Browns quarterbacks who threw the most touchdowns, Ray and Tony got into yet another discussion about who the team should hire as head coach.

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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. 

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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)

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Wednesday, 02 January 2019 10:44

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/2/2019

:17 - In the NFL, the day after the regular season is called Black Monday, due to many coaches getting fired after scuffling seasons. The Browns are in a unique position where it’s a highly sought after job, but they also had some success with interim coach Gregg Williams. Where will they go? Who will they choose?

11:50 - In the first week (or so) of 2019, Ray will sit down with the mayors from the area to look back at 2018 and look ahead to the current year. Today, Cuyahoga Falls mayor Don Walters stopped by the studio to look back at 2018, from the continued growth of Portage Crossing to the opening of Front Street to automobile traffic.

28:28 - It’s day 11 of the government shutdown. Dr. David Beer, professor of political science at Malone University, mentioned what it’s all about and the repercussions that could come from it.

40:30 - With the new year beginning, many are looking to kick things off on a healthy path, from eating better to getting some exercise. Judi Christy from the Akron YMCA called in to talk about what The Y has to offer, whether you’re a newbie to a gym or a frequent visitor.

47:11 - Continuing the conversation of the Browns’ coaching search is the Orange & Brown Report’s Fred Greetham.

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Monday, 31 December 2018 09:01

Ray Horner Podcast - 2018 in Pop Culture

On the Ray Horner Morning Show, we cover hard-hitting news, but we also discuss some lighter elements of our popular culture.

Join guest host Tony Mazur as he talked pop culture with Bob Ethington from the Akron-Summit County Public Library, as well as the top grossing movies with WQMX morning show host Scott Wynn.

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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).

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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)

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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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Tuesday, 18 December 2018 15:17

The Jasen Sokol Show Podcast 12/18/18

 On the Tuesday edition of the Jasen Sokol Show, Jasen talks about the possibility of a government shutdown with Dr. Tom Sutton (00:15), The Cleveland Indians offseason moves with Zack Meisel (19:55), and the stock market with Richard Peterson (09:21). 

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Tuesday, 18 December 2018 14:41

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 12.18.18

On the Tuesday edition of the Sam and Brad Show Podcast, the fellas spoke with Ron Stokes, Zac Jackson, and new UA football coach Tom Arth. 

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Monday, 17 December 2018 17:29

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 12.17.18

Sam and Brad talked about the Browns coaching search, discussing who they would like to see coaching the Browns in 2019, and the possibility of them retaining Gregg Williams after their recent run of success.

At 13:20, the fellas spoke with Jim Donovan, the Play-by-play voice of the Browns as he talked about their win in Denver Saturday night.

 

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Monday, 17 December 2018 17:29

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 12.17.18

Sam and Brad talked about the Browns coaching search, discussing who they would like to see coaching the Browns in 2019, and the possibility of them retaining Gregg Williams after their recent run of success.

At 13:20, the fellas spoke with Jim Donovan, the Play-by-play voice of the Browns as he talked about their win in Denver Saturday night.

 

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Monday, 17 December 2018 16:36

Jasen Sokol Show Podcast 12.17.18

On the Monday edition of the Jasen Sokol Show, Jasen spoke with Jeff Schudel to talk about the weekend in sports, Jim Renacci, and Ace Epps of Open M. 

 

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Friday, 14 December 2018 09:38

Ray Horner Podcast - 12/14/2018

:17 - We lost a local legend on Thursday at the age of 79. Don Webster worked at WEWS/Channel 5 for 35 years, hosting the famed shows Upbeat, The Morning Exchange, and Academic Challenge, and was a personable weatherman throughout his tenure. Ray and Tony reflected on Don’s life.

6:07 - So long, Edwin Encarnacion, and so long, parrotheads. Encarnacion and Yandy Diaz got packaged in a three-team trade that ended up bringing back longtime catcher and first baseman Carlos Santana. Is this a blockbuster move? The panel doesn’t think so.

11:29 - Scott Wynn stopped by to chat about the movies opening up, and what’s happening in the world of entertainment. Ralph Breaks the Internet still tops the charts, and there’s a new PG-13 Deadpool flick.

13:47 - We keep things a bit light on Fridays. And speaking of Fridays, let’s talk restaurants, specifically forgotten restaurants from yesteryear. Remember Rax? Bennigan’s? Bob’s Big Boy? Chi-Chi’s? Arthur Treacher’s? Damon’s? Blimpie? York Steak House? Tony Roma’s? All of these were discussed.

27:06 - Dan Flowers called into the program to talk about the Akron-Canton Foodbank and what’s happening around the holidays.

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Thursday, 13 December 2018 17:49

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 12.13.18

Sam and Brad spoke with STO's Jensen Lewis and Ross Benjamin from RBWins.com on the Thursday edition of the Sam and Brad Show Podcast! 

  

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Thursday, 13 December 2018 17:16

Jasen Sokol Show Podcast 12.13.18

Jeff Lynn was in today for the vacationing Jasen Sokol, and he spoke with Alice Christie (right off the bat), Bob Ethington (13:20), and Karen Walters and Jim Ballard (29:56)  on the Thursday editon of the podcast! 

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This week our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Imani Jackson, a senior basketball player from Buchtel High School.

Jackson says the team dynamics are strong, an aspect of playing at Buchtel she enjoys.
 
“We have fun when we're at practice," Jackson explains. "The girls are fun, we're laughing throughout practice, even though we're out of breath," she said with a laugh.
 
Her head coach Brian Neugebauer says Imani is an integral part of the team for the Lady Griffs.
 
“She is a leader that has become vocal and assertive over time,” he said. 

 
“She has a high work ethic and through that work has improved all aspects of her game.”
 
Neugebauer says that leadership and and overall drive to excel carries over
away from the court. 

“Imani is in the Nursing Program at Buchtel CLC, maintains an accumulative GPA of 3.8, scored a 24 on her ACT & is an overall outstanding individual.”

 
Our next Male Student Athlete of the Week is Addison Singletary, a junior basketball player from Buchtel.
 
He transferred from Kenmore-Garfield High School after spending two years there, and his new teammates at Buchtel embraced him from the start before the season even began.
 
“They were very welcoming and it's been a great experience," he said. 
 
His coach, Matt Futch, a 2002 Buchtel graduate said Singletarty is a great young man on and off the court.
 
“He is a tremendous kid who has an unbelievable work ethic in the classroom and on the court,” Futch explains.
 
  

  
 
“He is a very coachable young man and a joy to be around. “
 
 "Addy" holds a 3.5 GPA currently and says one of the highlights from his time at Buchtel was helping with the youth clinic earlier in the year.
 
We wish Imani and Addison the best in all of their future endeavors.
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Thursday, 13 December 2018 09:45

Ray Horner Podcast - 12/13/2018

:17 - Victoria Lorenzen isn’t much different from a normal high school junior, except one major difference: she’s an airplane pilot. Her parents are both pilots, and Akron Public Schools and Firestone CLC has allowed her fulfill her dreams. She spoke of her passion in the studio with Ray.

9:21 - Everyone have their Christmas tree decorated? The panel talked about their trees, either their current ones or trees from their youth. Lots of tinsel, garland, and even bubble lights!

16:24 - Tim Dimoff is the president and CEO of SACS Security, and he talked about how firms like his would help find missing persons.

27:19 - Well, is Corey Kluber heading west or no? Will the Indians be active in free agency? Tribe broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus answered those questions to the best of his ability.

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018 10:14

Ray Horner Podcast - 12/12/2018

:17 - Are the days of the movie house over? Or what about the movie star, the blockbuster films that aren’t of the action variety? The morning show panel dug into this topic early this morning.

12:08 - Canal Park is home to not only the Akron RubberDucks, but the best turf in the state of Ohio. Head groundskeeper Chris Walsh joined the show to discuss their process of maintaining such fine grass.

19:58 - Reverend Jeff Kaiser called in to talk about the Haven of Rest during the holiday season.

25:52 - As always on Wednesdays, Dr. Joe Congeni comes on the program to discuss sports medicine. The Cavaliers are without Tristan Thompson for an extended period, and Dr. Joe talked about what thoracic outlet syndrome is.

33:25 - Chris Eck is from FirstEnergy, and he stopped by our studios to talk about energy usage this time of year, with all the Christmas lights and displays happening.

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018 10:34

Ray Horner Podcast - 12/11/2018

:17 - It’s indeed the holiday season! The morning show panel chatted about the lack of Christmas lights on houses this year, as well as their favorite holiday traditions.

14:54 - Speaking of holiday traditions, the new pastime seems to be banning or censoring things that some don’t like. A radio station up the road recently banned “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” from their Christmas playlist due to its perceived suggestive lyrics. Ray and Tony think it’s a bunch of bunk.

20:08 - Mark Welfley from Welfley Technologies in Fairlawn is our tech guy who comes in every holiday season to break down the newest gadgets. Welfley talked about everything from Alexa to tablets to smartwatches.

42:13 - Could this really be the end in Cleveland for Corey Kluber? Sure seems that way, as the Los Angeles Dodgers are willing to part with a member or two from their crowded outfield for the two-time Cy Young winner.

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Monday, 10 December 2018 17:24

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 12.10.18

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

Sam and Brad spoke with Tom Withers of the AP to talk Browns and Cavs as they traded for fan favorite Matthew Dellavedova.(22 seconds in) 

Also Sam and Brad discussed the new-look Browns and how they're playing for interim coach Gregg Williams (16:45)

And they spoke with the Voice of the Browns, Jim Donovan. (20:35)

 

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Monday, 10 December 2018 15:24

Jasen Sokol Show Podcast 12.10.18

Filling in for the vacationing Jasen Sokol, Dr. Toni Bisconti spoke with Jeff Schudel to talk Browns and Cavaliers, at 14;38 she spoke with Dr. David Cohen, and at 25:10 she spoke with the fine folks from the Ohio Shakespeare Festival. 

  

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Monday, 10 December 2018 10:46

Ray Horner Podcast - 12/10/2018

:17 - A familiar name and voice around the Akron area, and especially on 1590 WAKR, is Dr. Debbie Plate from Cleveland Clinic/Akron General. She stopped by the studio to chat about the flu and its symptoms.

11:04 - It’s really chilly outside, so let’s warm things up with some baseball talk? Ray and Tony discussed the rumors that the Indians may trade either Trevor Bauer or Corey Kluber, or both. Then they talked about the newest hall of famers in Harold Baines and Lee Smith, two players the panel believe shouldn’t have made the cut.

23:34 - As usual on Mondays, veterinarianDr. Gary Riggs drops by to answer questions on your pets. Among other topics, he talked about running with dogs in the cold, and what happens when your pets eat the household holiday plants.

34:18 - Our Business of the Week this year has been sponsored by Hear Inc. So why not the sponsor talk about his product this week? Jim Morris spoke about his company, Hear Inc., and how it’s helped revolutionize the way folks can hear.

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Friday, 07 December 2018 17:34

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 12.7.18

On the Friday edition of the Sam and Brad Show Podcast, 

Sam and Brad spoke with TK Griffith of Hoban (around 32 minutes),  Dean Rahas of Revere (43:20),  Joe Noga of Cleveland.com on the Indians and previewing the Winter Meetings (starting off) , and Steve Doerschuk of the Canton Repository to preview the Browns and Panthers (around 11 minutes). 

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Friday, 07 December 2018 17:20

Jasen Sokol Show Podcast 12.7.18

Jasen and Bobbi caught up with NFL.com's Nick Shook to talk Browns and Panthers and US Senator Sherrod Brown at 9:15 talked about Cleveland Indians great Larry Doby.

 

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This week our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Zach Miller, a senior hockey player from CVCA.

Hockey’s been a big part of his life from his early years when his parents had him taking skating lessons.

“Ever since I was seven years old, I started playing hockey and have played it ever since,” Zach said.

He says being around the guys is one of the best aspects of being on the team.

“Being around the guys is so much fun, because of the atmosphere that’s provided,” Miller said.

  

  His coach Doug Fairchild says that Zach is a true leader both on and off the ice.

“Zach is an outstanding student, one of the top students in our engineering program at CVCA,” Fairchild explains.

“Zach was a unanimous selection as a team captain this season due to his hard work and dedication. He is an excellent example for our younger players to follow.”

When he’s not playing hockey, Zach’s a part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the National Honor Society. He’s also done some volunteer work for the Akron–Canton Regional Foodbank.

Upon graduation in the spring, Zach plans to major in Areospace Engineering.

Our next Student Athlete is Lauren Davis, a senior basketball player from CVCA.

She says working with her coaches and teammates is something she truly enjoys whenever she steps on the basketball court.

“We all just care about each other so much and it makes for a good atmosphere during games and practices,” she explained.

She is a two year captain, and a three-year varsity letter winner for the Royals.

Her coach Andy O’Keefe says that leadership translates to all facets of Lauren’s life.

“She exemplifies what it means to be a servant leader. Lauren's toughness, skillset, and determination make her a force to be reckoned with on the basketball court,” O’Keefe.

“At the same time, her selfless and humble character makes everyone on the team better.”

Upon graduation in the spring, Lauren plans to attend Kent State University to study nursing.

We wish Zach and Lauren the best in all of their future endeavors.

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Tuesday, 04 December 2018 17:37

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 12.4.18

Sam and Brad spoke with Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch to talk about the retirment of Urban Meyer today and they spoke with former OSU linebacker Joshua Perry (14:25) to talk about playing for Coach Meyer. 

 

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Tuesday, 04 December 2018 15:35

Jasen Sokol Show Podcast 12.4.18

On the Tuesday edition of the Jasen Sokol Show podcast,  Ben Axlerod spoke with Jasen and Bobbi about the retirement of Urban Meyer after 7 seasons at the helm of the Ohio State football program.

Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro joined the program at 8:40 to talk about medical marijuana for Summit County employees.

Fimmaker Ariella Altchouler joined the progam at 26:54 

Christopher Wilkins from the Akron Symphony Orchestra joined the program to talk about Akron Symphony's Home for the Holidays at EJ Thomas. 

 

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Monday, 03 December 2018 17:29

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 12.3.18

Sam and Brad talked to George Thomas from the Akron Beacon Journal to talk about the firing of Terry Bowden right off the jump, At 12:51 they talked to Brian Bidlingmyer about this weekend's Greynolds Classic, and at 20 minutes they spoke with Rob Oller of the Columbus Dispatch.

 

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Monday, 03 December 2018 16:47

Jasen Sokol Show Podcast 12.3.18

Jasen spoke with Dan Coughlin about his book "Just One More Story"  Dr Toni Bisconti joined in (17:43)  Jeff Schudel talked weekend sports (29:29), and Tom Sutton talked politics (41:58) on the Monday edition of the Podcast.

 

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