Thursday, 03 October 2019 08:45

Ray Horner Podcast - 10/3/2019

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:19 - Akron mayor Dan Horrigan is up for reelection in about a month, and he will be challenged by Josh Sines (who will be joining the program next Wednesday). He stopped by the studio to talk about anything from Summa, the opioid crisis in Summit County, snow plows, and the continued development around town.

12:47 - A frequent topic on this show has been about baseball attendance and what it will take to put butts back in the seats. Are the ticket prices still too high, or do younger folks just find baseball boring overall?

18:16 - And finally, master gardner Jeanne Poremski joined the program to answer questions on perennials, the chillier weather afoot, and when to bring the outside plants in for the winter.

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Wednesday, 02 October 2019 12:10

Summa Announces New Facility at Akron Campus

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Summa Health announced Wednesday morning plans for a 60-bed, inpatient and outpatient behavioral health facility on its Akron campus.

The $60 Million investment is part of the Summa Health Master Facility Plan.

The state-of-the-art facility, that's planned to be open by 2022, will provide services for psychiatric patients, trauma patients, and addiction medicine, transitioning current services from Summa's St. Thomas Campus.

See the full press release from Summa Health below: 

AKRON, Ohio, Oct. 2, 2019 – Summa Health today announced plans for the construction of a 60-bed inpatient and outpatient behavioral health facility on its Akron Campus. The new building, part of Phase 2 of the Summa Health Master Facility Plan, represents an investment of approximately $60 million and will create an integrated, state-of-the-art space that allows for a partial hospitalization program and enhanced integration with intensive outpatient services, including psychiatry, addiction medicine and traumatic stress.

In addition to providing an integrated space for both inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services, the new facility will enable Summa to move the detox program to an acute medical setting, while also preserving and honoring the heritage of both Ignatia Hall and Alcoholics Anonymous. Groundbreaking on the new building is expected to take place in summer 2020, with completion scheduled for 2022.

“The beginning of Phase 2 of our facility plan not only represents an important next step in how we care for our community as a whole, but also underscores the importance we place on the treatment of those in need of behavioral health services,” said Dr. David Custodio, president of the Summa Health System – Akron and St. Thomas Campuses. “Coupled with the recent opening of our new patient tower and the many improvements we’ve made on the Barberton Campus and across the system, we are well positioned to care for our patients for many years to come.”

Other key components of Phase 2 of the facility plan include beginning the process of renovating units in the previous patient tower on the Akron Campus to achieve a higher private bed ratio, significant unit renovations to allow for the transition of all services currently provided at the St. Thomas Campus to the Akron Campus and demolition of the School of Nursing on the Akron Campus.

Additional details will be provided in the coming weeks and months, but it is anticipated that the transition of services from the St. Thomas Campus to the Akron Campus will take place over several months, with an anticipated completion date sometime in 2022. No decisions have been made about the future of the St. Thomas Campus; however, Summa Health will vacate the facility at the end of Phase 2 of the Master Facility Plan.

The Summa Health Master Facility Plan, announced in April 2016, represents an investment of approximately $360 million in the community. It includes:

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• Opening a new 343,000 square-foot patient tower on the Akron Campus housing new facilities for Summa’s Women’s Health program, modern inpatient rooms and nursing units and expanded surgical capacity.

• Increasing the number of private rooms to approximately 80 percent of beds on the Akron Campus.

• Providing increased outpatient capacity across the system, with the ability to design around patientcentered care.

• Modernizing various portions of the Summa Health System – Barberton Campus and aligning services there to improve access to efficient ambulatory care to better meet the overall needs of the community. These improvements include a new imaging and diagnostic center and enhancements to surgical services.




Wednesday, 02 October 2019 08:38

Ray Horner Podcast - 10/2/2019

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:19 - In the year and half since the Parkland shooting, Florida has adopted the Guardian Program in schools, where teachers, coaches, and administrators have the ability to carry guns, as long as they’ve passed background checks and other protocol. Is this a good idea? Is this the first step in helping to address school safety, or could this be disaster in the making? The panel discussed.

10:25 - Now that it’s October, will the fluctuating gas prices calm down and stay around the same rate? Patrick DeHaan from GasBuddy explains.

17:27 - Do you have your Real ID? By this time next year, you’d better. 57% of Americans polled had no idea these are required by October 1st, 2020.

20:50 - The Baltimore Ravens have seen the video with Odell Beckham Jr. on the ground, and their claim is Marlon Humphrey did not choke OBJ. The majority would agree to disagree.

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Tuesday, 01 October 2019 12:05

Cyclist Hit, Killed by Suspected Drunk Driver

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Akron Police are investigating a fatal traffic accident involving a bicyclist from early Tuesday morning. 

According to the report, police responded to the intersection of South Broadway and East Exchange Streets for an accident involving injuries. There, they found a bicyclist that was hit by a car that reportedly jumped the curb, hit the man on the bicycle, and continued off the road into a parked car. 

The cyclist was taken to Akron General Hospital where he died. His name has not been released yet. 

The driver, only identified as a 50-year-old male, was taken to Summa Akron City Hospital with minor injuries. 

The investigation into the crash is ongoing and no charges have been filed yet, but investigators do believe that alcohol was a factor. 

Tuesday, 01 October 2019 08:23

Ray Horner Podcast - 10/1/2019

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:19 - Ray Horner got to speak with former CIA deputy and Cuyahoga Falls native Michael Morell on this whistleblower saga. Morell discussed the security of the whistleblower, what’s to come as the impeachment inquiry is happening, and the Ukraine’s role in all of this.

9:34 - There will be no October baseball for the Cleveland Indians in 2019, though there is some optimism with prospects going forward. Tribe VP Bob DiBiasio joined the show for his final Tuesday hit of the year, and he recapped the season in general, and he touched on the contract situations for Jason Kipnis, Yasiel Puig, and Francisco Lindor.

16:52 - A bus driver in Washington was shown on video to be highly intoxicated and ranting while transporting children. Bill Andexler is with Akron Public Schools’ transportation division, and he talked about the vetting process when it comes to drivers.

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Tuesday, 01 October 2019 05:22

Fugitive of the Week: Alleged Akron Killer

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The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force is offering a reward for information which would lead to the capture of fugitive Coley Richardson.

Richardson is wanted by the United States Marshals Service, the Ohio Adult Parole Authority, and the Akron Police Department on charges of Aggravated Murder for the shooting death of Nickole Coleman on June 13, 2019. Richardson, 42, is a black male, standing approximately 5 feet 11 inches and weighing 165 pounds. Richardson’s last known address is near the 1000 block of Silvercrest Avenue, Akron, Ohio. He is believed to be hiding in the Akron area.

Richardson is to be considered armed and dangerous. If you have any information in reference to Coley Richardson, please contact the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED or Text keyword WANTED and tip to 847411 (tip411). Tipsters can remain anonymous and reward money is available.

Monday, 30 September 2019 10:57

Former Acting C.I.A. Director on Trump and Ukraine

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WAKR Morning Show host, Ray Horner talked to former Acting C-I-A Director Michael Morell, who is originally from Cuyahoga Falls, about President Trump's recent phone call with the President of Ukraine. 

Revelations about that call, which came from a whistleblower, are now the basis of an impeachment inquiry in Congress.

If you'd like to hear more from Michael Morell, who is a CBS News Intelligence expert, check out his "Intelligence Matters" podcast.

Monday, 30 September 2019 09:41

Akron Children's Museum's New Music Garden

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The Akron Children's Museum recently unveiled the brand new Music Garden during a ribbon-cutting ceremony earlier in September. 

While well-visited every year, one of Akron's hidden gems may go unnoticed by many who aren't that familiar with the wonderful things happening at the Akron Children's Museum, tucked away in the corner of Lock 3. 


The Museum's Music Garden features three, oversized percussion instrument sculptures that children are encouraged to clink, clank, knock, and clang to their heart's content. 

Click here to hear more from the Akron Children's Museum Executive Director Traci Buckner and Board Member Derek Glover about the Music Garden and more happening this year. 


Monday, 30 September 2019 09:34

Ray Horner Podcast - 9/30/2019

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:19 - In an afternoon that shocked the football world, the Cleveland Browns took care of the Baltimore Ravens, 40-25, on Sunday. Ray and Tony recapped this game, which they said was well coached by Freddie Kitchens and defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, and they praised the performances of Baker Mayfield, Jarvis Landry, and of course Nick Chubb.

5:34 - Who are some of the greatest TV stars to hit the small screen? Bob Newhart? Betty White? Dick Van Dyke? Johnny Carson? Lucille Ball?

14:28 - There’s growing up and there’s “growing up.” Studies show women fully grow up in body and mind by 32, while men are somewhere in their 40s.

19:05 - Dr. David Cohen is with the Bliss Institute at the University of Akron, and he discussed the fallout with the President Trump’s whistleblower case coming out of the weekend.

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Friday, 27 September 2019 10:36

This Week in Tech with Jeanne Destro-9-27-19 Featured

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This week: Online threats including one that sent a police SWAT team to a local family’s house in the middle of the night, and a woman who got cheated out of three quarters of a million dollars by a trio of fake online Romeos. 
Also: A new partnership between Kent State University’s e-sports team and the Cleveland Cavaliers, and a brand new, all-e-sports network launching next year.

Please note: You can subscribe to this podcast through the Apple and Andoid app stores, as well as through Stitcher and Spotify.
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