Tony Mazur

Tony Mazur

Hurricane Florence continues to inflict devastation on the Carolinas, with both water levels and death tolls rising. What can residents in Northeast Ohio do and how can they be of assistance? The Ray Horner Morning Show caught up with some folks with local ties to give the listeners a look into what is happening first-hand in that region. Jim McIntyre - American Red Cross

Mark Durbin - FirstEnergy

Steve Bosso - Retired Twinsburg fire inspector

Jim Mantel - Retired radio personality living in North Carolina

Monday, 17 September 2018 20:01

Business of the Week: Bober Markey Fedorovich

Each week, the Ray Horner Morning Show spotlights a local business that assures their dedication to the community.

For the inaugural edition, Ray sat down with Dale Ruther, partner with Bober Markey Fedorovich in Fairlawn. Ruther has been with BMF for over 35 years, and the company has been in business since 1959. Bober Markey Fedorovich is an independent CPA and business advisory firm that serves the Greater Akron area and beyond.

Downtown Akron continues to receive its share of facelifts, from road repair to other cosmetic changes. Basically, if one can stomach the orange barrels and detours for a bit, downtown will look much different.

Dan Horrigan, the mayor of Akron, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to give an overview on the projects. Horrigan points to the major project, which is Main Street in downtown, where, as of this post, much of it is closed off. He believes this redevelopment will have a big impact on attracting more residents and businesses to the city in the future.

The mayor also touched on the added bike lanes and the Innerbelt area, as well as the sewer project, Rolling Acres land, and the early voting topic.

17 years have passed since the terror attacks on American soil, which claimed over 3,000 lives. In the nearly two decades since September 11th, 2001, what additional precautions have been made to ensure our continued safety?

According to SACS Security president Tim Dimoff, a lot has gone into further security. Dimoff joined the Ray Horner Morning Show on the 9/11 anniversary to discuss how Homeland Security and other intelligence agencies have snuffed out potential attacks throughout the years and will continue to do so. He points to taking the fight overseas to the Middle East has really helped snuff out terrorist groups, especially due to the use of drones.

Though a controversial topic today, Dimoff also says increased immigration screening has helped prevent attacks, mainly from countries on the “watch” list.

Wednesday, 29 August 2018 08:42

AUDIO: CAK President on Airport Expansion

Akron-Canton Airport will get a new facelift. A $34 million facelift, to be precise.

Rick McQueen, the soon-to-be-outgoing president and CEO of the Akron-Canton Airport, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the changes happening at the facility. McQueen says the plans are to expand and update the airport for the modern-day traveler, complete with charging stations for cell phones and new restaurants and other amenities.

McQueen, who will be retiring at the end of 2018, believes the upgrades will help meet the needs of today for the regional airport, which opened its first terminal in 1955 and expanded seven years later. The project looks to be done in late 2019 or into early 2020.

Last month, Brian Thomas, who has been with Akron AAA for nearly forty years, said farewell to the company he helped build. Now, his brother, Kevin, takes over the post.

Kevin Thomas joined the Ray Horner Morning Show about taking over as president of Akron AAA. He has been with the company for 35 years and worked various jobs inside the company, yet did not foresee he would take on the role of president.

As far as travel goes for the Labor Day weekend, Thomas says Friday is still this big launch day on the roads. He urges commuters to put down the electronic devices inside the vehicle and to focus on the roads. Thomas also shared many other travel tips for drivers both young and old, and he promoted the AAA app, which can be downloaded onto any smartphone.

The first day of school has descended upon Akron Public Schools. A clean slate, a fresh start for many, whether they are a student, educator, administrator, or even a facility itself.

David James, the superintendent of Akron Public Schools, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show in studio to discuss the scholastic year ahead. James and Horner talked about the new academies that have popped up recently, as well as the I Promise School and Case CLC.

James also touched on the athletics and the arts in Akron Public Schools across the board, as well as the steady enrollment.

A slew of changes are happening at the University of Akron. A total of 80 degree programs will be phased out due to declining enrollment and the changing college environment.

What will this mean for the students and faculty? Dr. John Green, interim president of the University of Akron, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to touch on the changes. One of the big questions surrounding the cuts are if jobs will be lost, but that is not the case. Green says the faculty members will only shift their job titles and will remain employed.

The majority of the cuts are master’s and bachelor’s programs. Students in the programs on the outs will be able to complete their degree.

It is a new week, and a variety of topics have come across the desk of Akron mayor Dan Horrigan.

First, the discussion on the present and future of Akron-Fulton Airport, which took place on the Ray Horner Morning Show. Horrigan announced that not only will the airport stay, but it plans to expand with a partnership with Stark State College.

Another topic has been the moving up of the primaries to May from September, which was shot down by city council, but Horrigan presses on. The mayor also talked about the final Bridgestone Invitational and how the new tournament will affect the area in 2019.

Bob Hope was one of America’s most celebrated and honored entertainers of the twentieth century, and his life spanned that entire century. A native of Cleveland, Ohio who ventured to the West Coast, Hope accomplished almost everything in the entertainment business, from vaudeville to radio, to film to television, as well as entertaining troops from World War II till the Persian Gulf War.

So why is Hope’s legacy forgotten among today’s youth? Bob Ethington from the Akron-Summit County Public Library’s pop culture division joined the Ray Horner Morning Show, guest-hosted by Tony Mazur, to talk about the life of “Ski Snoot.” Ethington believes Baby Boomers began resenting Hope for his war-hawkish commentary during the Vietnam War, as well as his refusal to fade into the sunset.

On the flip side, Ethington talked of Groucho Marx and the Marx Brothers and how they were embraced by the Boomers of the 1960s and ‘70s.

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