Tuesday, 21 April 2020 09:17

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/21/2020 Part 2

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:17 - School’s out for summer….school’s out forever? Not quite, but students in Ohio will not physically go to their respective buildings for the rest of the year, and will continue their virtual learning from home.

7:46 - With Ohio schools being closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 scholastic year, how are the students adjusting to the virtual and distance learning? Akron Public Schools superintendent David James joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about the rest of this current school year, the process to keep social distancing, and the accommodation of seniors who won’t have a traditional commencement.

15:45 - Each Tuesday morning, Dr. Debbie Plate from Cleveland Clinic-Akron General joins the program to answer the questions many have had during this COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, many have wondered about emergency room visits and having to judge what injury or ailment is worth putting off and what is ER-worthy. Dr. Plate also talked about coronavirus testing at the hospital.

Monday, 20 April 2020 08:26

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/20/2020

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:17 - May 1st is the day Ohio and parts of the country are targeting as far as a soft reopening of the economy. Richard Peterson from Capital Financial discussed the Paycheck Protection Program, the stimulus money and how it will help, and the near and distant future of the economic shutdown.

4:59 - Like cockroaches, scammers are out and sniffing that stimulus money. Tim Dimoff from SACS Consulting tries to educate the listeners on the latest scams, from phone and online to door-to-door. He also talked about China’s role in the COVID-19 outbreak and the continued border security.

11:02 - Mayor Gerard Neugebauer is trying to help small businesses through the pandemic lockdown, and through a loan program, they look to strengthen them on the other side.

13:50 - Folks on social media have shared video and photos on bears, big cats, and other wildlife roaming around with fewer humans on the roads. Ray talked to veterinarian Dr. Gary Riggs about that, as well as the roadside zoos across America, as shown in the Netflix series Tiger King.

18:58 - While the movie houses are closed, the drive-ins are increasing in popularity. The morning show panel talked about the days at the drive-in, as well as what they watched over the weekend.

Friday, 17 April 2020 09:10

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/17/2020 Part 1

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17 - Remember all that money used for small businesses? By Thursday, it all dried up. So what’s the next plan? Steve MIllard is the president of the Greater Akron Chamber, and he touched on what’s next for small businesses and the local economy.

7:19 - A lot of questions are surrounding the fate and future of the sports world, from the pros to local rec leagues. What about at the collegiate level? University of Akron athletic director Larry Williams joined the Ray Horner Morning Show

13:35 - Major League Baseball was underway before spring training was cut short in mid-March. When will major league teams be able to take the field, and will there be fans in the stands? ESPN baseball analyst Tim Kurkjian joined the show, and he doesn’t believe the MLB will start before Memorial Day.

18:45 - In recent years, rideshare services like Uber and Lyft have really taken off, but since bars, restaurants, and other services are shut down, the drivers have question marks. One of those drivers is Ryan Isley, and he talked about the adjustments he has had to make, from social distancing attempts inside the vehicle to doing more food delivery (Uber Eats, GrubHub, DoorDash, etc.)

Friday, 17 April 2020 09:03

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Fighting COVID-19 with Big brother-like surveillance, illness detection rings, germ-zapping face shields, and even smart toilets! 

Friday, 17 April 2020 08:34

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/17/2020 Part 2

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:17 - President Trump unveiled a three-phase plan to start reopening the economy, and is doing so by coordinating with the states. There is a possibility that May 1 could see places such as restaurants, gyms, and places of worship open up, but Mike DeWine and his staff are trying to be careful about this, from social distancing to continued disinfection. Essentially, this will be considered “the new normal” going forward.

6:51 - It can be a struggle to get off the couch and into a workout routine, especially in these days of quarantines and isolation, but it’s the best for one’s health. John MacDonald is the director of student recreation and wellness services at the University of Akron, and he shared some tips on calisthenics and resistance training.

13:50 - The actor Brian Dennehy passed away at the age of 81, who appeared in films such as Rambo: First Blood and Tommy Boy. This brought the morning show panel down the road of comfort movies to put on as either background noise or as a way to put a smile on your face.

18:37 - Speaking of movies, are you stuck in the house for another weekend? Scott Wynn is here for some streaming options, which include Sonic The Hedgehog, Bosch, and the Michael Jordan docu-series on ESPN.

Thursday, 16 April 2020 08:38

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/16/2020

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:17 - Was the virus we know as COVID-19 formed in a lab in Wuhan, or was it due to bats inside a wet market? These are the theories going around, with “did China purposely spread this virus” being another, as discussed by the morning show panel.

4:42 - If indeed Ohio slowly starts to reopen, how will this affect Akron? What needs to be done to ensure the safety of the businesses and citizens? These questions are on the desk of Mayor Dan Horrigan, as he is communicating daily with the governor’s office as to what the next step is. The mayor also talked about the sewer program, which was put to good use recently with the heavy spring rains and snow.

13:40 - Dr. Hazel Barton from the University of Akron has been studying and teaching coronaviruses for two decades, and she shared her expertise with the Ray Horner Morning Show. She cleared up a common tale about how long the virus can live on a surface, and she maintained the importance of social distancing.

Wednesday, 15 April 2020 08:51

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/15/2020 Part 1

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:17 - There’s a lot of uncertainty in the farming industry, but it depends on which sect of the industry. Ty Higgins is from the Ohio Farm Bureau, and he gave a look at where farmers in Ohio are as far as production goes.

10:08 - Also on the topic of farming, Dr. Matt Kleinhenz is with the Center for Applied Sciences at the Ohio State University. Dr. Kleinhenz discussed the state of crops in Ohio, and how farmers are working with local foodbanks to get the product out and into the hands (and mouths) of the consumers.

18:12 - If Google and Apple developed technology to test one’s blood for vaccines, would you participate? Or is this a George Orwell, 1984-like thought experiment?

Wednesday, 15 April 2020 08:45

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/15/2020 Part 2

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:17 - While many have thrown blame towards President Trump and his administration for a lackluster response to the COVID-19 outbreak at the beginning, Trump has thrown it back on the World Health Organization, even halting funding to the WHO. The morning show panel touched on that subject to kick off the show.

5:00 - Foodbanks all across the country have been slammed with folks in need, and the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank is no exception. Dan Flowers is the executive director, and he tells Ray Horner they have had a 100% increase in first-time visitors to the foodbank since the economic lockdown fell in place. He said they are not in need of volunteers, but gave the opportunity for folks to donate.

10:23 - Play ball? Kind of, for the Akron RubberDucks, as they will have their “opening night” on Friday. With the help of MLB The Show, the Ducks are able to have a virtual home opener, according to owner Ken Babby, who also touched on the business side of baseball these days.

18:06 - Finding yourself skipping the healthy foods these days for a box of cookies? Maybe a full carton of ice cream? Rella Rotondo from Summa Health is a nutritionist who shared her expertise in proper nutrition and portion control.

Tuesday, 14 April 2020 08:38

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/14/2020 Part 1

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:17 - With flu and cold season still going on, as well as an allergy season affecting the vulnerable, how do we know what is COVID-19 and what is just the spring sniffles? Dr. Debbie Plate from Cleveland Clinic-Akron General answered some of those questions, which dealt with a high fever and chest complications like no one typically experiences. She also touched on social distancing and the use (or lack thereof) of anti-inflammatory drugs.

9:20 - Dr. Richard Londraville is a microbiologist from the University of Akron, and he discussed some additional testing for COVID-19, which deals with testing the antibodies. He also talked about what he and the medical community have learned about the virus in the last couple of weeks, from the spreading to the social distancing measures.

18:54 - John Barker is the president and CEO of the Ohio Restaurant Association, and he joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss how his group is trying to help those in need of assistance. With such a large number of employees out of work in hospitality, the Ohio Employee Relief Fund is trying to assist those most affected.

Tuesday, 14 April 2020 07:23

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/14/2020 Part 2

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:17 - Would you be willing to get a vaccine or microchip of some sort to let others know you’ve been vaccinated, or does this go against your civil liberties? Topics like this were discussed as the Ray Horner Show began.

7:06 - How soon should the economy reopen, and if so, how will they go about it? And what about our reliance on trade and manufacturing from other countries such as China? Dr. George Dagnino from the Peter Dag Portfolio shared his expertise.

14:34 - Feeling lost spiritually this Lenten season? Have you lost your faith, or has it been tested during this time where places of worship have been barred? Joel Soza is a pastor and a Professor of Biblical Studies at Malone University, and he joined the Ray Horner Show to calm those of us feeling distressed.

21:58 - The Cleveland Browns will unveil their new uniforms this week, and 100% of their net profits from the jersey sales will go to the fight against COVID-19.

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