Monday, 28 October 2019 10:05

Ray Horner Podcast - 10/28/2019

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:19 - It’s been a while since we had Dr. John Green on as a political analyst, as he heads up the Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, and he joined the show to touch on his brief tenure as interim president of the University of Akron. Dr. Green also talked about politics in the age of Donald Trump and mentioned the slate of candidates on the Democratic ticket.

11:11 - The Browns looked bad in many ways during Sunday’s contest against the New England Patriots in a 27-10 loss. From fumbles to penalties to questionable coaching decisions, Ray and Tony agree that Freddie Kitchens is just not head coaching material.

18:24 - What type of dog food is best for your pooch? Dry food from the bag or wet food from the can? Our veterinarian Dr. Gary Riggs answered those questions.

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Friday, 25 October 2019 10:54

Former UA Basketball Player Suing School, Coach

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A former University of Akron basketball player is suing the school and head coach John Groce, claiming that the University "failed to remedy the discriminatory, hostile environment" on the team.

Mark Kostelac claims that he was the victim of discrimination because he's white and Catholic on a primarily African American basketball team. That, Kostelac says, led to a fight that led to him needing surgery.

The University has released a statement stating that UA "is committed to fostering an environment of inclusion for all students."

Read more from the Akron Beacon Journal here

Friday, 25 October 2019 10:07

This Week in Tech with Jeanne Destro-10-25-19 Featured

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Humans may be at the top of the food chain when it comes to other living and breathing creatures on earth; but when it comes to sheer smarts, we're being way out-classed by Artificial Intelligence. Find out why that's a good thing---at least according to David Weinberger, in his new book, "Everyday Chaos: Technology, Complexity, and How We're Thriving in a New World of Possibility." 

Listen here, for my interview with the author.

Also, if you have any questions or comments; I'll do my best address them in future shows. Scroll down this page to find the comments section.


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This week our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Gabriela Heideman, a senior tennis player from Wadsworth High School.

She says she got into the love of tennis from an early age and hasn't stopped since.

"I started when I was 9,  my dad got us a couple of rackets, we started playing in the driveway and I started getting lessons soon thereafter, and it just grew," she explained. 

Among her accomplishments her senior year, Heideman finished 23-9, breaking her own school record in addition to finihing 3rd in the Suburban Leauge, finishing as a runner up in the sectional tournament and qualifying for the district tournament.

Her head coach Kristy Nichol also discussed how Heideman excels not only on the tennis court, but in the classroom and in the community as well.

"She is extremely dedicated to the game and loves to play tennis,” she said.

“Every day, Gabriela set the example, and girls on the team looked up to her for motivation and I am excited to watch her continue her tennis career in college.”

Outside of school, she spreads her love of the game through volunteering at tennis camps in Wadsworth.

"It's a great chance for me to grow as a teacher, and help kids love the game just like I did," Gabriela said. 

While she is undecided on where she will attend college after graduation in the spring of 2020, she plans on majoring in education.


 Our next 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the week is senior football player Trey Shaffer from Wadsworth High School.

He says that being a Grizzly student-athlete has been a fantastic experience for him.

"We have a ton of pride, and it's really awesome playing here because everybody supports everybody," he says. 

Justin Todd, the head coach of the Grizzlies had this to say about his senior quarterback.

"Trey continues to be a great leader for our program and is playing his best football now, when it’s needed the most,” Todd explains. 

“His maturity and demeanor is exactly what you look for in the QB position, never too high or too low, he’s a calming voice in the huddle and on the sideline.”

Shaffer says that being the quarterback, there comes with a lot of expectations and knowledge of all the variables on the field, but having that familiarity with his seniors has been special.

"We've pretty much all been playing together since we were eight years old," Trey said. I really think that our best football is ahead of us, and it's great to go to work with not only the seniors but the rest of our guys, it's been fun to see."

Away from the field, Trey is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, and the Recycling Club among other activities.

He is currently undecided on where he will continue his education, but he plans on majoring in either Political Science or History. 

We wish Gabriela and Trey all the best in all of their future endeavors.

Thursday, 24 October 2019 09:02

Ray Horner Podcast - 10/25/2019

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:19 - Progressive Field is getting some accolades as being the best ballpark in baseball. While other ballparks may have nicer or more updated facilities (PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Petco Park in San Diego, etc.), the criteria is that Progressive Field offers more in-game entertainment and food options for the new sports fan.

9:08 - The panel got into a discussion on alternative Democrat candidates for president, if the current slate does not appeal to many. Those candidates are Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, and US Senator Sherrod Brown. Conversely, is President Trump an outlier for the Republican Party or will he be the standard post-2020 and maybe 2024?

18:22 - Speaking of Senator Brown, he joined Ray on the show to dispel any rumor that he wants to run for president. He also touched on jobs heading overseas and the situation in Syria and Turkey.

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Thursday, 24 October 2019 09:01

Ray Horner Podcast - 10/24/2019

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:19 - Longtime newscaster in the Cleveland market, Romona Robinson, has remained busy since her time at Cleveland 19 ended. She’s out with her second book, Your Voice is Your Power, and she talked to Ray about her writing process and reaching out to members of the community.

9:29 - Today is National Bologna Day (or is it Baloney? Is it ketchup or catsup? Anyway…) Ray mentioned how a bologna sandwich has helped him with stomach troubles in the past, which segued into Yoo-Hoo helping the dreaded hangover.

14:25 - From the chaos in Syria to Brexit to the impeachment proceedings, how are these affecting the markets? Robert Dodaro from Prism Wealth Management explains, specifically how the focus on impeachment may actually be a good thing for the markets.

18:42 - And finally, with the chillier weather among us, it’s about time for the fall cleanup. Master gardener Jeanne Poremski discussed that, as well as the warmer autumn and critters in the yard.

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Wednesday, 23 October 2019 09:06

Ray Horner Podcast - 10/23/2019

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:19 - We’ve been hearing about impeachment, but what exactly does that mean? What happens when a president is impeached but not removed from office? Attorney and president of the Akron Bar Association, Dean Carro, joined the show to share what happens during an impeachment process.

6:32 - Off the heels of the drug company settlement in both Cuyahoga and Summit Counties, where will this money end up? Tugg Massa is the executive director of Akron Say No to Dope, and he talked about how his organization is helping those through the opioid epidemic.

12:43 - This day in 1973, President Richard Nixon agreed to hand over the infamous tapes. The panel chatted about Nixon’s tumultuous time as president.

19:04 - Summer may be over, but this day in history, the game of horseshoes was created. The gang talked about playing horseshoes, as well as bocce ball, corn hole, and Kan Jam.

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Tuesday, 22 October 2019 12:07

Ohio Soldier Killed in GA Training Accident

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United States Army Corporal Thomas Cole Walker, of Conneaut, Ohio, was one of three soldiers killed during a training exercise at Fort Stewart in Georgia early Sunday morning.

The military members, identified as Cpl Walker, Sfc. Bryan Andrew Jenkins, of Florida, and Pfc. Antonio Gilbert Garcia, of Arizona, died when their vehicle rolled over into a stream around 3:20 a.m. All three were pronounced dead on the scene and three others were injured, one who is still hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation and U.S. Army officials have said they would release more information as it becomes available.

On Tuesday, Governor Mike DeWine ordered all U.S. and Ohio flags to half-staff on all public buildings in Asthabula County and at the Statehouse and other Columbus buildings until the funeral services for Corporal Walker are completed.


Tuesday, 22 October 2019 08:20

Ray Horner Podcast - 10/22/2019

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:19 - No Ray today, but no problem, as Tony Mazur and Jim Albright manned the ship this morning. They touched on the settlement that Summit and Cuyahoga County had with four drug companies over the opioid crisis. Four other states are looking to similar settlements, as well.

8:38 - Odell Beckham Jr. is back in the news, and again, it’s not what he’s doing on the field. Well, technically it is, as he was fined over $14,000 for having his pant legs hiked up too high above the knees. Really. The panel, which included Kris Drew, discussed it, and Kris mentioned how he believes Baker Mayfield and OBJ are a bad fit and why Freddie Kitchens isn’t the answer at head coach.

16:23 - ‘80s hair metal will grace the stage at the Akron Civic Theatre on Thursday, as Dokken and Lita Ford will blow the roof off the place (hopefully not literally). Lita Ford joined Tony for a nice conversation about nostalgia and hearing hard rock music at grocery stores.

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Monday, 21 October 2019 11:20

Ray Horner Podcast - 10/21/2019

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:19 - Ray is out till Wednesday, so guest hosts Tony Mazur and Jim Albright discussed the hard-hitting questions of our day: what exactly constitutes a sandwich? Is a hamburger a sandwich? What about a hotdog? Could a taco or burrito be under the sandwich umbrella? Then it went off the rails.

12:29 - Our veterinarian Dr. Gary Riggs stopped by to answer questions on cats relieving themselves outside their litter box, what types of litter to buy, and investing in pet insurance.

18:06 - The Akron Zips are winless on the season, and there’s a great possibility they will finish winless, as well. What will it take for the football program to turn around? Moving down a division? Getting rid of football altogether?

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