Monday, 06 January 2020 11:52

Red Cross Facing Nationwide Blood Shortage

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The American Red Cross is facing a nationwide blood shortage as blood drives and donations in general typically dwindle during the winter months, specifically the holiday season. 

The most urgent need is type O, which is the universal donor. According to a recent press release (below), the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of type O.

In an effort to encourage people to donate blood, the Red Cross and the NFL are teaming up to "tackle the critical need," offering a chance to win a trip to Super Bowl 54 in Miami this year. Find out more information below, or by visiting


The American Red Cross currently has a critical need for blood donors of all blood types – especially type O – and platelet donors to make an appointment now to give and help replenish the blood supply after the holiday weeks. Right now, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of type O blood. To help tackle the critical need, the Red Cross and NFL are working together to offer one lucky winner a trip to Super Bowl LIV in Miami.

During the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s, about 500 fewer blood drives were hosted by volunteer sponsor groups than required to meet patient needs. Many groups postpone blood drives during the winter holidays when travel and holiday activities may make it challenging for many donors to give. In fact, AAA estimated that a record 115.6 million Americans traveled during the holiday period of Dec. 21 through Jan. 1.

“Lifesaving medical treatments and emergencies never take a holiday,” said Paul Sullivan, senior vice president, Red Cross Biomedical Services. “Declines in donations can affect patient care. That’s why the Red Cross is encouraging eligible donors to make an appointment to give now and help those sidelined by illness and trauma.”

Donors are urged to make an appointment to give now using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

As a special thank-you, those who come to give blood or platelets Jan. 1-19, 2020, will automatically be entered for a chance to experience the Super Bowl live. The Red Cross and NFL have teamed up to offer one winner two tickets to Super Bowl LIV, entry to the official NFL Tailgate, tickets to Super Bowl Experience at the Miami Beach Convention Center, roundtrip airfare to Miami, three-night hotel accommodations at The Alexander® - All Suite Oceanfront Resort (Jan. 31 to Feb. 3), and a $500 gift card for expenses.* Additional details are available at

Monday, 06 January 2020 09:08

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/6/2020

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:19 - Akron mayor Dan Horrigan was sworn in for his second term over the weekend, and he joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to touch on what’s on his plate. First up, the conundrum at Chapel Hill Mall continues, as do other projects as the mayor kicks off another four years at the helm.

10:37 - How big of an issue is obesity with household pets? A major one, according to veterinarian Dr. Gary Riggs.

18:06 - For the first time in over three decades, vinyl records have outsold CDs. Pretty interesting statistic, considering how expensive vinyl has become.

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Friday, 03 January 2020 09:22

This Week in Tech with Jeanne Destro-1-3-20 Featured

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This week, as we start using all the cool new gadgets we got over the holidays, like computers, smart phones, and smart speakers; some information on how to keep them safe from hackers, spies, and criminals.

Friday, 03 January 2020 08:44

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/3/2020

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:19 - Cuyahoga Falls mayor Don Walters stopped by the studio to recap the year that was in 2019. Walters raved about the continued downtown development and the goings on at Portage Crossing, as well as the construction on Howe Avenue.

7:03 - Robert Dodaro is with Prism Wealth Management, and he’s also the host of Money Matters. He joined Ray’s show to discuss retirement plans and the economy as we enter 2020.

13:03 - Our movie guy Scott Wynn dropped by to gloss over the films currently in the theaters, as well as why a movie like Bombshell, well, bombed.

16:51 - The circus with the Cleveland Browns continues, with a revolving door at head coach and now general manager. Fred Greetham from the Orange & Brown Report attempted to sort out this dysfunction.

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This week our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Dream Cherry, a  senior girls basketball player from St. Vincent- St. Mary High School.

She says that she grew to appreciate the sport of basketball from her siblings growing up.

"I have five older brothers and they've all been playing basketball,  so I just grew up around it," she said.

In addition to playing basketball for the Irish, Dream is also a part of the Chinese Club at the school, where they learn about Chinese culture and how they go about their lives day in and day out. 

She says that the goals are to get as far as they can in the state tournament and to get better every day on the practice floor and on game day, pushing her teammates to be the best they can be.

She says the overall atmosphere at St. V is one of acceptance and support,  which is an important part of her experience there.

"There's never a day when someone isn't picking you up around here,  and you can always get help, so it's just really nice, all the support around the school."

Her head coach Carley Whitney says Dream is a great person on and off the court.

"She's extremely mannerable, she does everything we ask her to do," Whitney said.

"On the court, she's in a bigger role this year, she's more of a scorer now than she was last year, and college basketball in her future for sure."


 Our next WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Malachi Branham, a junior boys basketball player from St. Vincent- St. Mary's High School.

He says being a small part of the tradition of Irish basketball is something he takes pride in. 

"Coach Dru (Joyce II) does a great job with the basketball team and I'm excited to be a part of this tradition," he said.

Malachi says that the family atmosphere is great at STVM during his time there.

"Everyone is willing to help you if you need help and that's what I like about this school."

Coach Dru Joyce II says that Branham has worked hard both on and off the court during his time at STVM and it has paid off well for him.

"He's a high character kid, no trouble off the court, on the court he's coachable and we've seen growth from him every year, he's getting better," Joyce said.

We wish Dream and Malachi the best in all of their future endeavors. 

Thursday, 02 January 2020 08:45

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/2/2020

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:19 - On the first official show of 2020, Ray Horner is back, and he sat down with Barberton mayor Bill Judge. The mayor recapped a tough 2019 for Barberton, which included the loss of Babcock & Wilcox and the rising flood waters which shut down the city for nearly a week. Judge also touched on what’s to come in 2020, which may include a tax increase.

12:52 - The days of meeting singles at bars and church are ending, as even Gen-Xers and Baby Boomers are flocking to the dating apps (including Sharon Stone). The panel talked about sites such as Bumble and if singles are actually meeting the loves of their lives on those platforms.

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Monday, 30 December 2019 11:30

2019 in Pop Culture

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As each year winds down, Americans tend to get reflective on the previous twelve months, and will even utter sentences like “Whoa, that happened this year? That feels like five years ago."

Ray Horner Show producer and fill-in host Tony Mazur sat down with Bob Ethington, who heads up the pop culture division at the Akron-Summit County Public Library. They recapped the year in popular culture, from the biggest (comic book) movies of 2019 to the celebrity deaths, to how we as a culture consume entertainment. They even talked about Bob Hope, their favorited shared subject.

Check out for the latest in books and digital media, as well as their events calendar.

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Friday, 27 December 2019 10:54

This Week in Tech with Jeanne Destro-12-27-19 Featured

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This week, as we look forward to the new year; we’re taking a look back at some highlights from the past year.


They include include a new Aviation technology center at Kent State University, new high tech tires for NASA’s Mars Rover, how the State of Ohio is encouraging workers statewide to learn new tech skills, and an accelerator program usually focused on on software developers, extending a helping hand to “hard tech” companies as well. 

Tuesday, 24 December 2019 09:14

Ray Horner Podcast - 12/25/2019

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:19 - With it being Christmas, Tony found some Christmas songs for Ray to guess the singer. These are all songs by popular actors and entertainers, though some may not necessarily be Christmas classics.

7:54 - For his birthday, Ray and his family headed to the movie theater and saw Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Ray gave it his OK without spoilers, and Tony talks about how he wasn’t as impressed with The Irishman.

14:56 - Could Freddie Kitchens be fired after Sunday’s game? Another Fred joined the show, as the Orange & Brown Report’s Fred Greetham shared his thoughts on Kitchens’s job security.

19:20 - Would you be willing to try CBD-infused activewear? Apparently that’s a thing these days.

21:47 - The Cavaliers sent Jordan Clarkson to the Utah Jazz for Dante Exum and two second-round picks. Ray and Kris Drew touched on what this trade will mean.

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Monday, 23 December 2019 11:09

Ray Horner Podcast - 12/24/2019

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:19 - As a part of the week of Christmas and Hanukkah, Ray dug up the top-selling toys from the 1960s to 1990, when all the members of the morning show were children. Also, there is a Christmas town in Indiana named Santa Claus, and the post office gets millions of letters each year that are addressed to “Santa Claus.”

8:46 - Where the heck did some of these old sayings like “Apple of My Eye,” “Make a bee line,” and “A bakers dozen” come from? Ray and Tony had a slew of these sayings and the meanings behind them.

14:46 - One of the treasures in Northeast Ohio is the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. Bobby Dinkins from the CVSR talked about all the special events coming to the railroad in 2020, as well as the general rides through the valley.

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