Monday, 27 January 2020 08:42

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/27/2020

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:17 - A sad day on Sunday in basketball, the sports world, and popular culture as recently-retired Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant was one of nine killed in a helicopter accident in Calabasas. Ray Horner played some tributes to the Black Mamba, from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Jerry West, and even Tiger Woods. Ray and Tony agreed that Kobe’s assassin mentality on the court was unparalleled and a lost art.

7:00 - To give us an update on the spread of the Coronavirus is Dr. Erika Sobolewski from the Summit County Health Department.

12:28 - The impeachment trials in the Senate continue, but will these change the minds of folks on the other end of the political spectrum? Dr. David Beer from Malone University gave his thoughts on this, as well as the upcoming Iowa Caucus.

20:28 - Veterinarian Dr. Gary Riggs talked about viruses like Corona can affect, or come out of, the animal kingdom.

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Friday, 24 January 2020 09:27

This Week in Tech with Jeanne Destro-1-24-20 Featured

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This week, new trends in automotive technology, kids learning to code before they even start school, how ultra-high speed municipal broadband is helping to spur economic development in one local community, and high tech diapers that send a signal to something other than your nose, when they’re full!

This week our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Hope Murphy, a senior basketball player from Mogadore High School.

Hope says that these past four years have been great.

“I really enjoy it,” she said. “It’s great to be able to have great relationships with people in your classes.”

Her coach Jen Ritch says that she is what you want in a student athlete.

“She is a leader by example and always takes time to help others. I am extremely proud of the young woman she has become over the past four years of her high school career.”

As a three sport athlete, she plays basketball in addition to running track and cross country.

She is also the president of the National Honor Society among other activities and clubs.

As of now, she is undecided on where she will attend school in the fall of 2020, but she plans to major in education.


Our next Male Student Athlete from Mogadore High School is senior Lukas Swartz.

He says having grown up in a basketball family with his dad as the head coach and his uncle also coaching in the area, it helped him understand the game in a new way.

“They give me a lot of advice and they have a great way of guiding us.”

Coach Russ Swartz has this to say about the four year letterman who also happens to be his son:

“In addition to his many awards, records, and accomplishments on the basketball floor he has been involved with and successful in school related activities,” he said.

“He has consistently been on the honor and merit rolls carrying a grade point average of over a 3.5. He has also been a member of our Principal's Advisory Council (PAC) and also our Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) group. “

He is currently undecided on where he will attend college at this time.

We wish Hope and Lukas the best in all of their future endeavors.

Thursday, 23 January 2020 12:17

Goodyear Hts. Shooting Victim Identified

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The Summit County Medical Examiner has identified Wednesday's homicide victim who was shot at Eastland and Bethany Avenues Wednesday as 27-year-old Tiffany Rhea from Akron.

According to the Akron Police report, Rhea and an unidentified suspect got into a a verbal altercation near the intersection of Eastland Avenue and Bethany Avenue.

Rhea got out of the passenger's seat of her boyfriend's car, the argument escalated, and then the suspect pulled a gun, firing several shots before fleeing the scene. It is unclear whether the suspect was on foot or in another vehicle; it was only reported that they left in an "unknown direction." 

Police responded to the area of the shooting at about 4:15 p.m. Upon arrival, police noticed several shell casings and blood, but the victim was not there. They are reporting that the Rhea's boyfriend, who has not been named, took her to Akron City Hospital where she later died. 

The cause of death is listed as a gunshot wound the the torso.

Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the shooting to come forward.

Thursday, 23 January 2020 08:51

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/23/2020

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:19 - A sad day for all of you nuts out there, as Planters’ long-time mascot Mr. Peanut has apparently died. It’s evident this is a publicity stunt, the way IHOP did to promote their burgers and lunch specials, but we had some fun with it anyway.

2:40 - In a more serious discussion, Ray noticed more high school and college players are sitting or kneeling before the American Flag. Is this a trend because Colin Kaepernick did it, or are there actual concerns that cause these student-athletes to not be proud of the country? And what can we do to gain common ground?

8:51 - The Dolan family was given the Lifetime Achievement Award at last night’s Greater Cleveland Sports Awards. Are the Dolans unfairly criticized as an ownership group, or is the scrutiny justified?

18:30 - We wrapped up our podcast on favorite ‘80s rock groups we’d want to see again.

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Wednesday, 22 January 2020 09:34

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/22/2020

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:19 - Derek Jeter and Larry Walker are the newest members of the Baseball Hall of Fame, as Omar Vizquel still has a ways to go, even though he’s on his way up. Ray and Tony both believe Omar is a hall of famer, while they talked about the future of another Cleveland shortstop in Francisco Lindor.

4:12 - Dr. John Green gives us great insight from time to time on local and national political matters, and the focus has been on the senate impeachment trial this week. Dr. Green talked about what impeachment will mean to the Democrats, President Trump, and the country in general.

12:46 - We hear all this talk about impeachment, but what about the history of this process? Historian at the University of Akron, Dr. Kevin Kern, gave us a look.

18:15 - We’ve been talking about the present and future of Chapel Hill Mall and what it will do for the surrounding communities. According to Tallmadge mayor David Kline, he’s not too concerned with it. Kline also touched on how his town fared in 2019 and the continued development in 2020.

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Tuesday, 21 January 2020 09:55

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/24/2020

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:19 - The highest-grossing and most popular film of the 1990s was Titanic. To start today’s podcast, Ray has a few facts on both the boat and the film.

6:14 - Millennials are opting for “micro weddings,” rather than the grandiose ceremonies we’ve been so accustomed to. Producer Tony is getting married this year, and needless to say, his wedding is not so micro…

15:33 - Some students and parents have complained about the blandness of school lunches these days since the program was instituted a decade ago. Should students have more choice for food options at school? Do bland lunches create more unhealthy eating habits outside the cafeteria?

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Tuesday, 21 January 2020 08:28

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/21/2020

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:19 - Tuesday kicks off day one of the Senate impeachment trial, a month or so after the House impeached the president. So what does all this mean, and what should folks expect. Dean Carro from the Akron Bar Association shares his thoughts.

7:40 - A video surfaced of former Cavs guard Delonte West on the street, presumably homeless, after getting beat up. Should the NBA step in and do something, or is there anything they can do?

11:49 - Monday’s gun rally in Richmond, Virginia was met with scrutiny even before it started, with folks in the media immediately naming it a white supremacist gathering not unlike Charlottesville. SACS Consulting president and CEO Tim Dimoff touched on the gun laws and the second amendment.

18:50 - Mid-January, with the chilly weather and cabin fever, is unfortunately time for Seasonal Affective Disorder and depression. That topic was discussed with the panel this morning.

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Monday, 20 January 2020 10:39

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/20/2020

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:19 - The third Monday of every January is the day we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King. Rep. Emilia Sykes gave a speech on Dr. King, and she talked about his actions and race relations in the country with Ray.

6:32 - On the topic of race, is the Rooney Rule good for football and other sports, or are minorities being exploited and being interviewed solely on the color of their skin? Ray and Tony discussed.

14:12 - Last Friday, the Akron RubberDucks welcomed ESPN baseball writer and analyst Tim Kurkjian to speak, with the proceeds benefitting the United Way. Ray sat down with Tim to discuss the Houston Astros cheating scandal and the future of Francisco Lindor.

19:59 - What will the new trade deal with China do for our economy, both pro and con? Robert Dodaro of Prism Wealth Management has some thoughts.

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Friday, 17 January 2020 09:29

Man Steals Beer, Uses Motorized Getaway Cart

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Jackson Township Police are looking for a man who loaded up a motorized shopping cart full of beer and then, very slowly, rode right out the front door without paying for it.

Surveillance cameras caught images of the man leaving the Acme Fresh Market on Whipple Avenue around 9 a.m. Wednesday. 

Police are asking the public's help identifying the man. 

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