Tuesday, 28 April 2020 09:11

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/28/2020 Part 1

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:17 - Beginning May 1st, a gradual reopening of Ohio will occur, according to Governor Mike DeWine. The rollout will begin with selective medical procedures such as dentistry and veterinarians, then leading to retail reopenings by May 12th.

9:25 - We’ve spoke to various individuals and organizations who’ve been doing their part in helping families through COVID-19 and its lockdown. Major Stephen Stoops from the Salvation Army of Summit County talked about how they are assisting, the organization’s budget, and how he is proud of his staff.

15:45 - With a reopening comes possible safety risks, and not just due to the virus. SACS Consulting president and CEO Tim Dimoff joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the lockdowns in general, security while working from home and inside the office, and urges listeners to not get exercise alone.


Tuesday, 28 April 2020 09:06

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/28/2020 Part 2

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:17 - Dr. Debbie Plate from Cleveland Clinic-Akron General joined the show for her weekly Tuesday hit, and she touched on the first phase of reopening Ohio, starting with non-essential surgeries. She also talked about asthma patients being impacted, and how the hospital facilities have adjusted.

5:02 - So far, Ray has spoken with the mayors of Akron and Green about how their towns are coping during the Coronavirus and the lockdown, so now he heads southwest to Barberton. Mayor Bill Judge called into talk about how his city is managing, from the hit the local economy has and will have to the small businesses and restaurants. He also talked about the community events that normally occur near Lake Anna, which are up in the air as of now.

12:07 - Pamela Falk is a foreign affairs analyst for CBS News, and she gave a look at COVID-19 across the pond on how Europe is slowly reopening their respective economies. She also talked about the health of Kim Jong Un and the future in North Korea.

18:33 - Don Ursetti is calling it a career over at the Summit County Juvenile Court. Both Don and Stephanie Warsmith from the Akron Beacon Journal joined the program to talk a look at Don’s career, as also mentioned in Tuesday’s ABJ.


Monday, 27 April 2020 08:44

2020 Law Day with the Akron Bar Association

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It is Law Week in the United States, and to kick off the week, the Akron Bar Association celebrates Law Day with WAKR. Various attorneys throughout the region shared their expertise in all areas.

Dean Carro - President, Akron Bar Association


Jeff Laybourne - Criminal Law


Linda Ulinski - Estate Law


Nancy Holland - Employment Law


Friday, 24 April 2020 08:43

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/24/2020

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:17 - Today, we salute the nurses and medical professionals who’ve been on the front lines during this fight against COVID-19. First up is Kyle Anderson, RN from Summa Health. Later, Rat was joined by Beth Srock, who is a part of the ICU area at Cleveland Clinic-Akron General.

8:04 - Another $480 billion stimulus package has been passed to help with PPP and small businesses. US Senator Rob Portman joined the show to discuss the impact this will have in Ohio, and how local businesses have helped outside the state, most notably Gojo. Portman also touched on the question of when to reopen the state, as he has been in agreement with Governor Mike DeWine, and also discussed the increasing need for testing.

15:07 - Whether you’re from Ohio and taking a drive or from out of state passing through, the Ohio Turnpike is more or less the crossroads of America. Tony Yacobucci is the chief engineer of the Ohio Turnpike, which serves the northern portion of Summit County, and he talked about what they are doing to cut back on the spread of germs, from the EZ-Pass toll booths to carry-out only inside the service plazas.

19:52 - For the sports fan, there’s finally some options for you, according to Scott Wynn. Besides the NFL Draft, the Michael Jordan docu-series continues on ESPN, and a golf foursome with Tiger Woods, Peyton Manning, Phil Mickelson, and Tom Brady is in the works.


Friday, 24 April 2020 08:42

Bob Ethington's Book Recommendations

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Stuck inside? Feel like you’ve watched everything on Netflix? There were these things called books we used to read to educate ourselves and pass the time.

Our good friend Bob Ethington from the Akron-Summit County Public Library joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to give his weekly book recommendations.


Friday, 24 April 2020 08:02

This Week in Tech with Jeanne Destro-4-24-20 Featured

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Building tomorrow’s cars, today—from home, Google supporting local news, and E-Sports shine, as contact sports are sidelined.

Thursday, 23 April 2020 10:23

HandsOnSoccer Helping Move Medical Supplies

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The inagural season for the Akron Vulcans was forced to close, but that doesn't mean their head coach is sitting by idly.

Former Cleveland Crunch goalie and head coach of the Vulcans' futsal team, Otto Orf, is helping out in any way he can with his HandsOnSoccer Foundation.

His organization has partnered with free clinics to provide medical supplies for hospitals, VA clinics, and various shelters.


Thursday, 23 April 2020 09:53

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/23/2020 Part 1

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:17 - It was announced on Wednesday that all summer events in downtown Akron, from the Lock 3 concerts to festivals, have been canceled. Akron mayor Dan Horrigan joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about the thought process behind this decision and the economic hit the city may take.

9:41 - Price-gouging continues to be an issue across the country, including Ohio. Attorney general Dave Yost discussed how they plan to combat this issue, as well as how they’re managing the prison system.

14:52 - Senator Sherrod Brown called in to talk about the Coronavirus bill.

18:57 - It was a long process, but the University of Akron baseball team was to return in 2020. Though they played in a couple of out-of-town tournaments, the future of the program is up in the air. Head coach and former MLB third baseman Chris Sabo says he’s uncertain of the direction of Zips baseball.


Thursday, 23 April 2020 09:52

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/23/2020 Part 2

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:17 - Like a flu virus, COVID-19 continues to mutate into different directions that have baffled microbiologists and epidemiologists. Dr. Hazel Barton from the University of Akron says so on the Ray Horner Morning Show, and how blood clots have popped up among Millennials and Gen-Xers.

12:39 - Former goalie for the Cleveland Crunch, Otto Orf, is helping out with medical supplies for the nurses and first responders.

17:23 - The production studios have closed, so in the future, there may be a lull in movies and TV shows to stream. The morning show panel talked about binge-worthy shows like The Wire and Bosch, and how we probably need to pace ourselves with Netflix viewing.


(Akron Marathon) Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and consistent with the City of Akron’s restriction of City-sponsored events of more than 250 people through Sept. 7, the first two races of the Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series, the National Interstate 8k & 1 Mile on June 27, 2020, and the Goodyear Half Marathon & 10k on Aug. 8, 2020, are canceled. The FirstEnergy Akron Marathon, Half Marathon & Team Relay on Sept. 26, 2020, remains as scheduled at this time.

Runners that have already registered for the June or Aug. races will have the option to donate their registration fee or defer their entry to a future race. Race organizers will be reaching out to registered runners to communicate available options. Details on those options are available at AkronMarathon.org/covid-19.

The Akron Marathon, in collaboration with National Interstate Insurance and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, will donate funds that were allocated to t-shirts and medals to the Akron Community Foundation’s Community Response Fund for Nonprofits, a fund that supports local nonprofits assisting those who are most impacted by COVID-19. The minimum donation by the Akron Marathon will be $20,000. Runners who choose to donate their race entry will join the marathon in making an even bigger impact.

“When faced with the reality of canceling the National Interstate 8k & 1 Mile and the Goodyear Half Marathon & 10k, we were compelled to make a deeper impact,” states Anne Bitong, president & CEO of the Akron Marathon. “This community is always proving itself, time and time again, as one that stays together—even when apart, and we are proud to show our Blue Line support to those on the front lines.”

The Akron Marathon and its medical team from Summa Health will continue to monitor government and CDC guidelines for mass gatherings and will provide updates on future races as information becomes available.

“We are looking forward to coming together on the Blue Line, and we will do so only when we can provide a safe, well-organized race for our runners,” said Bitong.

For more information on the Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series please visit AkronMarathon.org.

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