Jasen is a lifelong resident of Northeast Ohio. He found his passion for radio while at WBWC at Baldwin Wallace University. He then went on to Kent State University, where he earned a Master's Degree in broadcast journalism and served as Morning Edition Producer at WKSU. Before becoming the host of The Jasen Sokol Show, he served as morning news editor for AkronNewsNow.com and traffic reporter for 1590 WAKR, 97.5 WONE, 94.9 WQMX, and 107.3 The WAVE. Off the air, Jasen is an avid sports fan (he lists NASCAR, football, and horse racing among his favorites), a news junkie, and a member of the Young Professionals of Akron. You can reach Jasen by phone at 330-869-9800 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Indians are just two wins away from the World Series, but they face three straight games at the Rogers Centre in Toronto against the Blue Jays. Al Pawlowski of SportsTime Ohio joined Jasen to preview the Game 3 matchup.
The cover of this month's Summit County Sheriff's Office newsletter has the leader of Akron's NAACP chapter concerned.
Judi Hill told The Beacon Journal she feels the cover photo of Sheriff Steve Barry and SWAT team members posing with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani at a campaign event in August is an inappropriate use of public funds this close to an election and undermines the relationship between law enforcement and the African American community. Barry says the picture is not an endorsement for Trump, but rather was a rare opportunity for the SWAT team to get a picture with someone they were protecting.
Both Hill and Barry joined The Jasen Sokol Show on Monday.
For the first time in nine years, Cleveland will have Division Series Baseball. Jensen Lewis of SportsTime Ohio and Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe joined Jasen to preview the American League Division Series matchup between the Indians and the Boston Red Sox.
A candidate for President was in Akron Monday, but the King of the Rubber City was in the spotlight.
At an event at the newly-renovated Goodyear Hall, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton touted the endorsement he received from LeBron James in Monday's Akron Beacon Journal.
"I'm obviously delighted to be endorsed by someone who has demonstrated such leadership and such extraordinary ability," Clinton said. "He is someone who uses the platform he has earned, because he has worked so hard over so many years, to speak up and speak out for those who do not have a voice."
Clinton also blasted Republican candidate Donald Trump over The New York Times' reporting that he wrote off $916 million of losses on his tax returns in 1995. She responded to the assertion made by some Trump supporters, including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Fox News Sunday, that Trump is a genius for working the tax system to his advantage.
"What kind of genius loses a billion dollars in the first place?" Clinton quipped.
While Clinton benefitted from a bump in the national polls in the days after last week's presidential debate, the first post-debate Ohio poll tells a different story. The Quinnipiac University poll shows Trump leading by three points in head-to-head polling against Clinton, and five points when Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein are included.
The event was billed as a voter registration event with just over a week until the registration deadline, but it was every bit a traditional campaign rally. The more than 2,500 people in attendance cheered loudly, waved signs, and applauded when asked if they were registered to vote.
Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan and Reps. Marcia Fudge and Tim Ryan spoke ahead of Clinton. A handful of protesters held pro-Trump signs outside.
What schools will be closing? What schools will merge?
Those questions have been on the minds of Akronites for months as the Akron Public Schools decide how to proceed with the plan to build new buildings in the face of reduced funding from the state. A new option, the sixth option presented to the public, would lead to the mergers of Kenmore and Garfield High Schools along with the consolidation of Kent and Innes CLCs at Innes and the consolidation of Bettes and Harris CLCs at Harris. Superintendent David James joined Jasen to talk about the new option and when a final decision could be made.
Donald Trump did something Wednesday that he hasn't been able to do much since the end of the Republican primaries – tout his poll numbers.
Speaking to a crowd of several thousand at the Canton Civic Center, Trump began his remarks with a mention of polls from Bloomberg and CNN/ORC that show Trump leading Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton by five points in Ohio. Those numbers are the best Trump has had in Ohio against Clinton in the entire cycle, according to RealClearPolitics.
"There's a movement," Trump said of his chances of winning. "States are in play that no Republican has ever come close to winning."
Discussion of poll numbers has been conspicuously absent from Trump's recent Ohio stops after they were a centerpiece of his rally speeches across the country throughout the primary season.
Trump also blasted Ford, which announced Wednesday that it would be moving small car production to Mexico.
"If you think you're going to make cars and you're going to sell them tax free... Not going to happen that way," Trump said. "We're going to charge you a 35 percent tax on every car that is made outside of the United States."
Trump said car manufacturers and other companies moving from one state to another would be okay, quipping of states like Ohio and Michigan that there's "only so much I can do for you."
Referencing Clinton's battle with pneumonia that has forced to cancel campaign appearances this week, Trump said he wants her better and back on the campaign trail. But he criticized Clinton for the now-infamous "basket of deplorables" line, saying he doesn't see people who support Clinton as deplorable.
"I call people who aren't supporting me American citizens who are entitled to the same respect as everyone else," Trump said. "And I will not stop campaigning for every vote in every American city until November 8."
There was barely any reference made to the child care and family leave plans Trump rolled out Tuesday, but Trump made many mentions of his trip to Flint, Mich. earlier in the day.
Several speakers, including State Rep. Christian Hagan (R-Alliance), Summit County Republican Party Chairman Jeff Matthews, and The Apprentice star Omarosa, preceded Trump on the stage. Outside, a small group of protesters gathered across the Civic Center driveway to demonstrate against Trump.
The Jasen Sokol Show traveled to Summit County Public Health Wednesday for a forum on the heroin and opioid addiction problem in Greater Akron. The discussion ranged from treatment and recovery options to the new drug disposal pouches available at Acme Fresh Market locations to the stories of family members who lost loved ones to heroin. If you missed any of the interviews, hear them in the player below.
Kim DeMassimo knows what it's like to be the family member of an addict. Her cocaine-addicted husband left her with next to nothing and a bank account with a negative balance. Now, she's trying to help other people dealing with the same struggle.
DeMassimo is involved with SOLACE Summit County, a group geared toward the families of addicts that meets in an informal setting to heal and learn. She says many family members don't know what to do when a member of their family is addicted.
Among the long-term goals for DeMassimo is the creation of a one-stop hotline that could provide a wide range of information to the families of addicts. She formed a nonprofit, Spiritual Saturation, with the goal of becoming a clearinghouse for resources from help paying bills to treatment options to purchasing simples
SOLACE meets twice a month on Saturdays at The Grand Exchange, 933 W. Exchange St., Akron. For more information, visit their Facebook page.
Treating heroin addiction is difficult enough. But a condition such as depression makes treatment even more challenging. Dr. Dustin Blakeslee of Cleveland Clinic Akron General says a heroin treatment patient also suffering from depression usually can't be treated with the traditional course of medicines because they are rendered ineffective. Blakeslee talked to Jasen about the links between heroin abuse and depression and the challenges of treating someone suffering from both.
One of the most pressing issues affecting the heroin crisis is the lack of beds available for treatment. CommQuest Services is working to change that, adding 16 new beds for men to the existing 38 at its Wilson Hall facility in Massillon. While CommQuest President and CEO Keith Hochadel says Stark County's heroin problem isn't as severe as in Summit County, his organization still has a waiting list for beds. Hochadel talked to Jasen about the scope of the heroin problem in Stark County, the expanded treatment facility, and how CommQuest applies the 12-step program to heroin addiction.