Friday, 10 January 2020 08:51

This Week in Tech with Jeanne Destro-1-10-20 Featured

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This week: Iranian cyberthreats, new car trends, using coffee waste to make headlights, and how bees can help us make better robots.

This week our 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is Amicia Powers, a senior indoor track athlete from North High School.

Powers is a three sport athlete competing in volleyball, indoor track , and track and field (outdoor)

She says that the balance between academics and athletics is a tough one, but very doable once you get a hold of time management.

"I balance it by getting my schoolwork done first before practice and our coaches let us get our work done so we can focus during practice," she said. 

Coach Demonte Powell says Amicia has been the vocal and physical leader since her first day of practice.

“She understands without self discipline success is impossible and she carries one of the highest gpa's on the team yearly,” he said.

“She's an athlete that keeps me going and constantly makes me work hard. When she finally leaves it will be a big loss losing such a leader and a team player we in the staff love Amicia dearly and wish her nothing but success .”

In addition to being a three sport athlete, Powers is also a member of Skills USA, the Senior Advisory Board, Viking Voices, and the cheerleading squad.

She says that being a student athlete at North is an honor and a privilege, especially with the international students, many of whom she has grown to be friends with. 

"I think it's good to know where they come from in certain situations," she said. 

Also in the community, she volunteers at the Haven of Rest in Akron, something that she takes pride in as well.

Upon graduation in the spring of 2020, she plans on attending either the University of Akron or Kent State University to study Biology/Pre-Med.


 Our next Male Student Athlete of the Week is Elijah Humphrey, a junior basketball player from North High School.

He says he got into basketball at an early age.

“ I always played since I was little, I started in rec league in third grade, and I just came up from there," he said.

Humphrey is a two sport athlete competing in both basketball and track and field and both are beneficial to his conditioning. 

“It's just easier for me to get up an down the court," 

In addition to being playing two sports for the Vikings, Elijah also is a member of DECA and Viking Voices.

Coach Marc Smith had some good things to say about Humphrey.

"He has some good leadership qualities that has helped us improve as a program.  He is a member of DECA and has already earned scholarship   through that organization," he said.
 "He has been playing all year with injuries but is still our 2nd leading scorer, best FT shooter, and arguably our best rebounder.  There is no doubt that if he stays focused, he will be a dynamic individual that will have a major impact on his family, community, and profession."

For community service, Humphrey also volunteers at the Haven of Rest in Akron. He says giving back to community is something he enjoys and realizes the importance of.

We wish Amicia and Elijah the best in all of their future endeavors.

Thursday, 09 January 2020 11:28

Akron Police Investigating Deadly Drive-By Shooting

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Akron Police are investigating a shooting that left one man dead and another injured Wednesday night along Noah Avenue. 

About 11:30 p.m. Wednesday police responded to the 700 block of Noah on multiple calls about shots fired. There, they found two men inside a car that had crashed into the front porch of a home, both of whom had been shot.

According to the report, the 20-year-old victim was outside of a nearby home when another car drove by and several people from inside the car opened fire. The 20-year-old man was hit several times before he got in his car and tried to drive away, only crashing that car into a neighbor's home. He was pronounced dead on the scene while another man, a 24-year-old, was shot, suffering non-life-threatening injuries. 

Witnesses described the shooters as black males wearing black clothing, but it's unclear how many there were inside the suspect vehicle. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Akron Police. 

Thursday, 09 January 2020 10:35

AUDIO: WAKR Speaker Series with Tom Hamilton

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In the heart of January, where the snow and wind nip the noses of everyone young and old, it was nice to talk baseball and the boys of summer. And for a good cause, to boot.

The WAKR Speaker Series brought the long-time voice of the Cleveland Indians, Tom Hamilton, to St. George Fellowship Center in Fairlawn for an hour-long sit-down on all things Tribe. Hosted by Sr. Vice President of Public Affairs, Bob DiBiasio, the conversation touched on the team itself to the hot stories going on around baseball. Hamilton, a Wisconsin native, talked about his rise to calling major league games, to recapping the last decade of Indians baseball, the hiring and impact of Terry Francona, to how the Tribe will look in the 2020 season.

Proceeds from this event benefitted the Salvation Army of Summit County. Major Stephen Stoops kicked off the broadcast with WAKR’s Ray Horner, and he discussed the outreach the local Salvation Army has in the Greater Akron community.

The entire broadcast has been made available below via SoundCloud.

Thursday, 09 January 2020 10:22

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/10/2020

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:19 - January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and it’s a much worse problem than most people realize. Tim Dimoff, president/CEO of SACS Consulting & Investigative Services, discussed the real threat of human trafficking, and Ohio being one of the worst states for this.

9:48 - US Senator Sherrod Brown joined the show to talk nationally about the War Powers Act and locally about fentanyl sanctions.

14:10 - Due to this conflict with Iran, will prices at the pump skyrocket? Not necessarily, says Patrick DeHaan of GasBuddy.

19:15 - Indians team president Chris Antonetti expects Francisco Lindor to be a part of the 2020 season in some way, shape, or form. Could that mean the Indians are looking at one more run before Lindor’s free agency, or is his asking price a bit too high at the moment?

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Thursday, 09 January 2020 08:57

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/9/2020

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:19 - Dr. John Green is now retired from every day activities at the University of Akron, though he’s still a part of the Bliss Institute of Applied Politics. He was gracious enough to join Ray to talk about Michael Bloomberg’s chances in the Democratic race, as well as the conflict with Iran and President Trump’s response.

8:01 - One of the more popular and polarizing comedians of the last three decades is Carlos Mencia, and he stopped by the studio to promote his weekend slew of shows at the Funny Stop Comedy Club in Cuyahoga Falls.

19:05 - News leaked that Cavs coach John Beilein called his team a bunch of “thugs,” a term that has racial connotations connected to it. Though the word is Beilein misspoke and meant to say “slugs,” the word thug has become a racial dogwhistle over the years.

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Wednesday, 08 January 2020 09:12

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/8/2020

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:19 - Akron’s eviction rates have been fairly high, so how can that be curbed? Akron municipal court Judge Jon Oldham has some ideas.

7:50 - The Houston Astros and now the Boston Red Sox have been popped for stealing signs, leading towards fines and possible suspensions. Tony contends that, while he’s not justifying it, sign stealing has been a part of the game since the beginning.

12:58 - Looking to get out of this Ohio weather and onto a nice, warm cruise? Kevin Thomas from Akron AAA has you covered. He says it’s not too late to plan a spring break trip.

19:09 - The Browns’ Jarvis Landry hasn’t missed a game since he entered the league, though that could be in jeopardy with a sacral fracture. So what is a sacral fracture? Dr. Joe Congeni from Akron Children’s Hospital explains.

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Tuesday, 07 January 2020 08:46

Officer-Involved Shooting In Akron Early Tuesday

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Update: Akron Police have identified the suspect as 19-year-old Elijah Cade of Akron. He is listed in critical condition at Akron General Hospital. 


Akron Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting early Tuesday morning at Manchester Road and Kenmore Boulevard. 

Just about 12:23 a.m., police officers tried to stop a car along Manchester Road near Russell Avenue. The driver didn't stop, leading police on a short chase before crashing his car just thirty seconds later, according to the report.

When officers approached the vechile, the suspect made what police described as "furtive movements," leading to officers open fire on the suspect who was later transported to a local hospital with unknown injuries.

Police have not released an identification on the man nor the officers involved, but reports are the suspect is a 19-year-old male. 

The investigation is ongoing. 

Tuesday, 07 January 2020 08:44

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/7/2020

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:19 - A long-time guest on our program and station is Dr. Debbie Plate from Cleveland Clinic-Akron General. Dr. Plate stopped by to stress the importance of the flu shot, saying that it is not too late to get one at this moment. She also discussed the disposal of expired medication.

9:57 - Tensions continue between the United States and Iran following last week’s strike that killed major general Qasem Soleimani. Dr. David Beer from Malone University talked about the possibility of President Trump remaining isolationist or looking to start conflict with Iran.

19:00 - U-Haul and other companies are starting to test for nicotine, and if one tests positive, they may not be hired or could get fired. Is this about preserving one’s health, or is this about keeping insurance rates down?

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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

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