Wednesday, 01 May 2019 08:47

Ray Horner Podcast - 5/1/2019

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:17 - We’ve been talking about it on the show a lot recently, but the rise of measles has drastically increased of late. Dr. Tim Brown from Cleveland Clinic-Akron General touched on it last week, and he updated our listeners today about vaccines and booster shots for those born in the late-1950s and throughout the ‘60s.

7:01 - So will Woodstock 50 go on or not? The panel talked about the 50th anniversary of the music festival, as well as music fests in general.

15:50 - Fast food restaurants have to adapt to the needs of the consumer, and that’s what some are doing with the plant-based “impossible” burgers. Burger King has an Impossible Whopper, and White Castle has the Impossible Slider. Ray and Tony discussed the future of fast food joints.

Tuesday, 30 April 2019 08:28

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/30/2019

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:17 - We’re up to over 700 cases of measles across 22 states. Due to “anti-vaxxers,” a disease that was thought to be eradicated by 2000 is back with a vengeance. The morning show panel talked about this outbreak, which continues to make news.

7:45 - Spring has indeed sprung, and so have the orange barrels throughout the Akron area. Justin Chesnic, who manages the public information desk at ODOT, joined the show to discuss the construction happening on I-76 in Norton, U.S. 224, and I-77 near Canton.

13:37 - Kris Drew is a massive Game of Thrones fan, yet Ray and Tony feel like they’re in the minority. Kris attempts to educate everyone on the show, which is in its final couple of episodes.

20:22 - Normally on Tuesdays, Ray has his “Hey Bobby!” segment with Bob DiBiasio from the Cleveland Indians. But Bobby is out of town, so the show improvised and came up with a "Hey Tony!” segment with producer Tony Mazur.

Monday, 29 April 2019 10:32

Akron Bar Association Kicks of Law Week 2019

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April 29th kicks off Law Week with the Akron Bar Association. Their theme for the week is “Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society.” Members of the Akron Bar stopped by the WAKR studios and talked to Ray Horner about their expertise.

J. Dean Carro, attorney and president of the Akron Bar

Jeff Laybourne, criminal defense with Laybourne Law, LLC.

Farhad Sethna, immigration attorney

Nancy Holland, attorney focused on employment law

Deb Ruby, Ruby & Associates, focused on domestic law

Linda Ulinksi, Trust & Estate planning

Monday, 29 April 2019 10:20

KSU Names 13th University President

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(Kent State University) The Kent State University Board of Trustees has appointed Todd Diacon, Ph.D., Kent State’s executive vice president and provost, as its next university president at a special Board meeting held Monday, April 29. President-elect Diacon will begin his term as Kent State’s 13th president on July 1. He succeeds President Beverly J. Warren, who is stepping down as president after five years of exemplary service to the university.

The Kent State University Board of Trustees has appointed Todd Diacon, Ph.D., Kent State’s executive vice president and provost, as its next university president.The Kent State Board of Trustees appointed a 16-member search committee, chaired by Trustee Shawn Riley, and launched a national search for President Warren’s successor. To prepare for the search, the Board solicited input from virtually every constituency: faculty, staff, students, donors, alumni, elected officials, the Kent community and others. Input received from these groups indicated that Kent State needs a dynamic, experienced leader who could build on the institution’s vision and strategic direction, enhance academic excellence and research, strengthen organizational capacity and sustainability, and raise Kent State’s profile and prominence.

“After a rigorous national search, we have found that leader,” said Ralph Della Ratta, chair of the Kent State Board of Trustees. “Today, in a unanimous vote, the Kent State Board of Trustees has elected Todd Diacon, Ph.D., as Kent State’s 13th president.

“The Board is confident that Dr. Diacon’s substantial contributions to Kent State’s advancement over the past seven years demonstrate that he is the right person at the right time to continue our remarkable momentum and progress,” Chair Della Ratta continued.

President-elect Diacon has 30 years of higher education leadership experience. In his current position as executive vice president and provost of Kent State, he is the second highest-ranking position behind the president. He joined Kent State in April 2012 and is responsible for all academic functions of the university, leading the administration, faculty, and staff within more than 20 academic units, including colleges, schools, departments, and regional campuses of an eight-campus system that enrolls more than 38,000 students.

“Dr. Diacon knows Kent State well and has a deep understanding of the university’s strengths and potential,” Chair Della Ratta said. “We all agree that he has the leadership ability to accelerate our momentum in reaching our highest aspirations. Dr. Diacon is committed to advancing Kent State’s position as a top-tier public research university and our intense focus on strengthening student success, research and academic excellence.”

President-elect Diacon’s contributions and deep experience in these priorities have been evident during his time as Kent State’s provost. He has been instrumental in developing creative ways to boost the university’s international reach and reputation, including establishing our American Academy at the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná (PUCPR), a major university in Brazil.

He has helped the university attract world-class, talented deans, faculty and academic leaders, including most recently Christina Bloebaum, Ph.D., dean of the College of Aeronautics and Engineering; Michael Lehman, Ph.D., inaugural director of the Brain Health Research Institute; and Neil Cooper, Ph.D., inaugural director of the School of Peace and Conflict Studies. Dr. Diacon’s commitment to the recruitment of diverse faculty significantly increased the number of faculty hires from underrepresented groups, and contributed to Kent State earning the distinction as the No. 1 university nationwide in Forbes’ list of America’s Best Employers for Diversity 2019.

President-elect Diacon has contributed significantly to elevating Kent State’s academic excellence. During his time as provost, Kent State has enrolled five of its largest freshman classes, increased the number of undergraduate degrees awarded, raised the academic profile of the freshman class, improved graduation rates, and achieved record retention rates.

Before coming to Kent State, President-elect Diacon served as deputy chancellor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His duties included supervising the university’s strategic plan, leading special projects, co-directing university relations with state government, coordinating town-gown initiatives and directing the UMass Community College Connection to encourage community college students to enroll at UMass. In addition to his role of deputy chancellor at UMass, he was a professor of history.

Prior to UMass, President-elect Diacon worked at the University of Tennessee from 1989-2010, joining first as an assistant professor of history. During his career there, he held various positions, including director of the Latin American studies program, head of the history department, NCAA faculty athletics representative, professor of history with tenure, vice provost for academic operations and executive director for academic assessment and program support.

President-elect Diacon specializes in agrarian history and the history of central state power in Brazil. He has authored publications on student success and on the administration of higher education, and he has written several journal articles and two books. His book “Stringing Together a Nation” won the 2005 Warren Dean Prize for the most significant book on Brazilian history.

“The Board of Trustees would like to express our deep appreciation to the members of the Presidential Search Committee for their dedicated service,” Chair Della Ratta said. “The search process was very inclusive, and today we celebrate an outstanding outcome. We all owe a special debt of gratitude to Trustee Shawn Riley, who has given so generously of his time and counsel as chair of the Presidential Search Committee. We are especially grateful for his engagement with the Faculty Senate Executive Committee and the Committee on Administrative Officers.”

Monday, 29 April 2019 10:18

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/29/2019

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:17 - Monday’s show began with Dean Carro, the president of the Akron Bar Association, as today kicks of Law Week. Carro stopped by the studio to talk about their theme this week, which is about Free Speech, Free Press, and Free Society.

8:37 - It was the weekend of “No Spoilers, Please,” from Game of Thrones to the Avengers: Endgame. Ray and Steffany talked about the hype around the film, which broke records in its first weekend.

11:39 - Dr. Gary Riggs, our veterinarian, dropped by to answer questions on your pets and talk about the nail health of your fur babies.

18:31 - And finally, our Business of the Week is Pam’s Posies in Fairlawn. Co-owner Greg Ress talked about the company, which he bought in 2007, and his history in the flower business. Segment brought to you by HEARINC. and TLC Catering.

Friday, 26 April 2019 09:27

This Week in Tech with Jeanne Destro-4-26-19 Featured

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This week, we’re celebrating 420 Day a week late, but still rolling a weed-infused theme with stories about medical marijuana, CBD products, and a new high-tech testing device being developed here in Akron that police can use to see if drivers are under the influence of marijuana. (**Please note: This program is also available as a podcast for Apple and Android devices, and you can find it on Stitcher, Spotify, and Podbean as well.)

Friday, 26 April 2019 08:46

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/26/2019

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:17 - The great Carol Burnett turns 86 today, and it got everything thinking about classic (and not-so-classic) variety shows from yesteryear.

3:58 - Our movie guy Scott Wynn stopped by to talk about the only film anyone cares about this week: Avengers: Endgame.

5:55 - There is a lot of hoopla that goes into the NFL Draft, but it can be a boon for an economy such as Nashville. Ray and Tony reminisced over draft days in the past, and even promoted the picks happening on Saturday at Lock 3.

12:16 - Our weekend host, Kris Drew, is a massive Ohio State fan, and he and Ray chatted about some of the Buckeyes that have been and will be picked in the NFL Draft.

19:30 - It’s a wet weekend, so golf may not be in the cards for many. Our golf pro Dan Dauk came on to talk about playing in cold and damp climate of Akron.

Thursday, 25 April 2019 13:42

Wadsworth City Employees Light Up Navajo Nation

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Four City of Wadsworth Electric and Communications employees are out West this week, helping to bring electricitiy homes in the Navajo Nation. 

 Jeanne Destro talked to Wadsworth Public Service Director, Robert Patrick, who tells us why.


Thursday, 25 April 2019 13:16

Akron Civic Theater: A Whole New Look

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A big renovation project is underway at Akron's historic Civic Theater downtown, and the theater's Executive Director, Howard Parr,  talked to Ray Horner about it today.


Thursday, 25 April 2019 09:45

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/25/2019

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:17 - Could the way we stream TV shows be changed for good, once the original networks take back their programs for their own services. The panel talked about the near and distant future of steaming networks such as Netflix and Amazon Prime.

7:55 - Speaking of television, Norman Lear and Jimmy Kimmel plan to reboot the iconic All in the Family and The Jefferson’s shows during a live spectacular in May. Tony mentions how audiences today may not understand satire and context the way Baby Boomers did during the 1970s.

10:24 - Our master gardener Jeanne Poremski stopped by to take some questions for your spring gardens.

14:26 - Howard Parr is the executive director of the Akron Civic Theatre joined the program to talk about the next renovations and expansion that’s set to come to the historic downtown theater.

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