Friday, 09 October 2020 08:39

Bob Ethington on the Life, Legacy of John Lennon

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As Howard Cosell once said, John Lennon was “the most famous, perhaps, of all the Beatles.” On October 9th, if he were still alive, he would be celebrating his 80th birthday.

Bob Ethington recently retired from the Akron-Summit County Public Library after three decades, but he remains the pop culture consultant on the Ray Horner Morning Show. Bob talked about the life and career of Lennon, and the influence the Beatles had on the music industry and pop culture as a whole. Ethington also talked about legacy of Lennon, which really took off after his assassination in 1980, and how his personal life was rather complicated.

93.5/1590 WAKR is home to many Beatles and John Lennon songs, which one can hear throughout the day.

Friday, 09 October 2020 07:13

This Week in Tech with Jeanne Destro-10-9-20 Featured

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How the Ohio Supreme Court just let Amazon off the hook for allegedly causing the death of a Northeast Ohio teenager, and how technology is being used to connect senior citizens with much needed care and social contact during the pandemic.

Featured guests include Akron attorney and former University of Akron Law Professor, Dean Carro, and Direction Home Chief Operating Officer, Abigail Morgan.

We travel east this morning and head to Tallmadge High School, where we are introduced to two Blue Devils. Darin Hudak is a monster on the links. As a senior, he is a four-time All-Suburban League first-teamer, and recently took home the 2020 Suburban League American Conference Player of the Year honors. He holds the school record for lowest nine-hole score (32) as well as season average (36.1), and carried a 72.9 league average in 2020. In the classroom, Darin is a member of the National Honors Society and maintains an astounding 4.4 GPA, and he’ll head to Bowling Green State University next fall. Kelsie Horner is also a senior and a three-year letter winner on the Blue Devil volleyball team. She is a co-captain on the squad, and this year she surpassed 1,000 career digs for Tallmadge. Academically, Kelsie carries a 4.12 GPA and will head down the street to Kent State University in 2021 to study sports medicine. The Student Athlete of the Week report is powered by NECA-IBEW and Akron Children’s Hospital.

Mayor Dan Horrigan and Akron city council have mulled over ways to mitigate the crime rates that have spiked in the city in 2020. One of those possible solutions could be the way of the doorbell camera.

Margo Sommerville is the president of Akron city council, and she joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss how the use of doorbell cameras could lessen the activity in higher crime neighborhoods. There are questions as to the cost of not only the cameras, but the software in order to monitor the activity, but Sommerville believes the Ring camera, or a similar device, could force individuals to think twice about committing an act such as breaking-and-entering.

The threat of COVID-19 is ongoing, anywhere from small towns in the middle of America all the way to the White House.

Dr. Thomas FIle is with Summa Health, and he also heads up the Infectious Disease Society, and he spoke in depth of these threats on the Ray Horner Morning Show during his bi-monthly visit. Though some across the globe have speculated this being the second wave of this coronavirus, Dr. File maintains this is still the first wave, a continuation of what the United States experienced in the first half of 2020. He also touched on the possibility and timeline of an effective vaccine.

The fall may bring football and the changing colors of the trees, it also brings respiratory illness, and Dr. File stresses the listeners to get their flu shots and continue to mask up and socially distance.

Wednesday, 07 October 2020 05:41

Indians' VP Previews 'Interesting' Offseason

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The Cleveland Indians’ abbreviated season came to an end with an abbreviated postseason run of just two games, both losses to the New York Yankees. But unlike most offseasons during the Tribe’s run of success since 2013, this one in particular brings plenty of questions.

Bob DiBiasio, VP from the Indians, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show for his final Tuesday hit of the calendar year, and he talked about what’s on the team’s plate heading into the offseason. Questions are swirling as to the future of Francisco Lindor playing for the Tribe, as he is a free agent after 2021 and may command a top-dollar contract. There are also questions as to the future and health of manager Terry Francona, who was out much of the 2020 season.

In addition to the Indians, Bobby D also shared his thoughts on the recent passing of Baseball Hall of Famer Bob Gibson, as well as the MLB rule changes in 2020 and what should and shouldn’t stay.

A deadly wrong-way crash that left State Route 8 South closed near Glenwood Avenue for hours Tuesday morning started with a police chase. 

Akron Police are reporting that officers first responded to a domestic call in the 200 block of Cole Avenue just after 3:30 a.m. The female caller told police that a male acquaintance stole her minivan and two guns. After checking on the suspect, it was found that he had an active warrant for a robbery in Cleveland. 

Not long after responding to Cole Avenue, officers on patrol noticed the suspect in the stolen van along Bellows Avenue and tried to pull him over near Thornton Street and Amherst Street just after 4 a.m. The suspect did not stop and lead officers on a chase through the city, eventually heading eastbound in the westbound lanes of 224 from Manchester Road and then northbound onto the southbound lanes of Route 8. 

Officers called off the chase at this point for safety reasons just about 4:19 a.m. Minutes later, at 4:22 a.m., the suspect hit a semi truck near Glenwood Avenue on Route 8 South. When Akron Police, Ohio State Highway Patrol, and Akron Fire and EMS arrived on the scene, the suspect was pronounced dead. 

The investigation into the crash is ongoing and the name of the suspect has not yet been released. 

Tuesday, 06 October 2020 04:37

Fugitive of the Week: Akron Woman Wanted for Murder

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The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force is looking for 22-year-old Arianna Richardson, this week's Fugitive of the Week, from Akron.
Richardson is wanted for the murder of 23-year-old Willguian Jews, who was shot and killed back on September 16th at a home near Fernwood Drive and Hoye Avenue.
Akron Police say the shooting stemmed from an ongoing dispute over a man.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Akron Police or the U.S. Marshals Service 1-866-4WANTED. You can also text the word WANTED to tip411 (847411). Tipsters can remain anonymous.  
It was announced overnight on Twitter by President Trump himself that he and his wife, Melania, have tested positive for COVID-19. Though many across the political spectrum have disagreements with the president as far as rhetoric and policy, he is receiving well wishes

One of those well-wishers is Akron mayor Dan Horrigan, who is a Democrat, and he joined the Ray Horner Morning Show on Friday. In order to cut down on the chances of attracting this virus, Horrigan says he and his staff have eliminated nearly all public events, opting instead for virtual meetings and gatherings. The few events he does conduct are outside where he is masked up and socially distanced.

The mayor also looked at how the pandemic has affected downtown Akron businesses and the need for additional stimulus dollars. Horrigan also encouraged the listeners to patronize the downtown businesses on Main Street that are back up and running, such as the Peanut Shoppe.

Thursday, 01 October 2020 20:16

This Week in Tech with Jeanne Destro-10-2-20 Featured

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Deepfake videos, and why you need to be on guard against them before the election.

Our featured guest is University of Akron Computer Science Professor, and Cybersecurity expert, Dr. John Nicholas. 

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