Wednesday, 24 April 2019 10:43

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/24/2019

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:17 - The Joe Biden phenomenon, or lack thereof, seems to have died down, even though if he ran for president, he’d be the frontrunner as of April 2019. The panel talked about how Biden’s allure may have faded, either due to his touchy-feely displays of affection or him being "too safe" a candidate for the Left.

8:09 - The Indians’ offensive struggles continues, and just how much solid ground is the pitching staff standing on? Tribe broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus joined the show to discuss the state of the team.

13:39 - The Dru Joyce Classic is happening on Saturday, featuring teams from all over the planet coming to Akron. The man behind the tournament, Dru Joyce himself, joined the program to promote the festivities.

19:50 - One of the most common injuries with younger athletes are stress fractures. Akron Children’s Hospital’s Dr. Joe Congeni has seen his share of them over the decades, and he stopped by to break down the breakdowns.

Tuesday, 23 April 2019 08:50

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/23/2019

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:17 - This is the final week as president of Acme Fresh Markets for Jim Trout, as he heads to a soft retirement (he’ll still be involved in the company as vice president of special projects). He joined Ray in studio to talk about his career, where he went from bagging groceries to actually overseeing the local grocery chain.

11:26 - Bob DiBiasio jumped on the show for his usual Tuesday segment and answered questions the listeners have on the Tribe. Specifically, the slumping of all-star Jose Ramirez and an update on the health of Mike Clevinger.

18:27 - Cuyahoga Falls mayor Don Walters called into the show to discuss what is happening around all things Howe Avenue. First, he touched on the Howe Ave. construction project that begins next week, and he shared his thoughts on how he sees the future of the Chapel Hill Mall area.

Tuesday, 23 April 2019 05:14

Database to Help Searches for Non-Verbal Residents

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In the wake of Monday's search for missing 2-year-old Kaven Fisher, Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh is reminding residents about their "Take Me Home" program.

It's a countywide initiative meant to support residents with difficulty communicating, such as Kaven who has autism and is non-verbal. The program consists of an easily seachable database that provides law enforcement defining characteristics of individuals who meet certain criteria.

See more from the Prosecutor's Office below: 

(Summit Co. Prosecutor) The Take Me Home program is a countywide initiative to support individuals with communication difficulties and their families. The integral component of the program is a database of individuals with disabilities that impact their ability to communicate. The database is only accessible to law enforcement personnel. 

Should an individual become lost or separated from caregivers, law enforcement personnel can search the database by inputting the individual’s name, phone number or physical characteristics in the hopes of learning their identity and thus reuniting them with their family or caregivers. 

Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh and Sheriff Drew Alexander announced the initiative in April 2007 at a park where a five-year-old child with autism had gotten lost a year before. The child was unable to communicate his name or address to law enforcement officers. 

That troubling incident, however, highlighted the challenge that law enforcement personnel and parents face when individuals with disabilities become lost. The Greater Akron Chapter of the Autism Society of America brought the Take Me Home program to the attention of Prosecutor Walsh. Bob Haren, the grandparent of a child with autism, brought it to the attention of the Sheriff's Office. A partnership was formed.

Tuesday, 23 April 2019 04:54

UPDATE: Missing Louisville Woman Found

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The Louisville Police Department has canceled the earlier Missing Adult Alert for 82-year-old Barbara Tschantz. She has reportedly been found safe. 


The Louisville Police Department has issued a statewide Missing Adult Alert for 82-year-old Barbara Tschantz.

According to the report, Ms. Tschantz was last seen leaving her sister's home in Youngstown 10 o'clock Monday morning, and hasn't been heard from since.

She's driving a 2010 Chevy Malibu with license plate HOPE25.

See more below: 

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Monday, 22 April 2019 12:08

Summit Lake Clean Up Nets TONS of Trash

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Rain or shine, Keep Akron Beautiful, along with more than 250 volunteers, was all in for the annual Earth Day Clean Up at Summit Lake! 

"It was awesome to have that many people come out, especially because it was cold and rainy," Community Outreach and Program Manager Johanna Barnowski told our 1590 WAKR newsroom of the event. 

On Saturday alone, Barnowski tells us that as a group they collected roughly 3.31 tons of trash, and pulled 18 tires from Summit Lake! 

"Old bikes that were rotted, some pipes, tires, and all kinds of things," Barnowski elaborated, giving us an idea as to just some of the items the group pulled from the lake. "This year, I'm actually happy to say that we didn't have anything that crazy pulled out of the lake, considering in the past we've had a loaded gun..." 

There is still time to participate in Clean Up Akron Month! You have until Friday, April 26th, to sign up yourself or a group to clean up a piece of Akron. See more

Monday, 22 April 2019 09:37

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/22/2019

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:17 - In Polish traditions, the day after Easter is known as Dyngus Day. And while it’s a relatively new holiday in America, it dates back hundreds of years in Poland. Tony is Polish and all about Dyngus Day, which is typically celebrated in certain Cleveland area neighborhoods.

5:17 - Perhaps the most polarizing topic with parents these days has been vaccinations, and because of this, measles has made an unfortunate comeback. Dr. Tim Brown from Cleveland Clinic-Akron General stopped by to talk about the measles outbreak and the information surrounding vaccines.

15:26 - Our veterinarian Dr. Gary Riggs talked about issues involving older dogs and ailing hind legs.

21:04 - We lost Glen Campbell two years ago, but he was born on this date in 1936, and Ray spoke of the Rhinestone Cowboy’s impact on the entertainment world in the 1960s and ‘70s.

Monday, 22 April 2019 05:53

UPDATE: Missing Boy Found Safe

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Update: The Summit County Sheriff's Office is reporting that missing 2-year-old Kaven Fisher was found safe. 

According to Sheriff's Inspector Bill Holland, Kaven was asleep inside of a car parked in the neighbor's garage. 

As of a 9 a.m. briefing, Inspector Holland said that Kaven was being checked out, but appears to be OK. 


Summit County Sheriff's Inspector Bill Holland provided an update to the media early in the 8 a.m. hour Monday, saying that well over one hundred law enforcement and fire personnel are involved in the search for missing 2-year-old Kaven Fisher. 

In his briefing, Inspector Holland suggested that area residents assist law enforcement by searching their own properties, including inside their own homes, noting that there have been cases where a child has gotten into a home without the homeowner knowing. 

As of the 8 a.m. press briefing, Inspector Holland said that the search radius was about a mile, but will expand beyond that as the morning goes on. 


The Summit County Sheriff's Office is reporting a missing 2-year-old autistic boy from the City of Green, near Clinton, OH.

Reports from Channel 8 News are that Kaven Fisher went to bed at his home about 9:30 Sunday night.

His parents called 911 when they checked his room about 1:30 this morning and he was not in his room and that a door to the home was open. Kaven was reportedly last wearing a gray shirt and red shorts. Kaven is listed at 55 pounds, about 43 inches tall, black hair, and brown eyes.

According to the press release from the Sheriff's Office, in addition to having autism, Kaven is non-verbal. 

The search is ongoing, reportedly in the area of the Nimisila Reservoir near Killinger and Chistman Roads.  

Anyone with information is asked to call the Summit County Sheriff's Office at 330-643-2181. 

Friday, 19 April 2019 09:34

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

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This week, how Amazon Alexa may be spying on you, and how companies like Facebook and a big, well-known government contractor, are using artificial intelligence. (**Please note: You can subscribe to this program as a podcast on your Apple or Android device. In addition, you can find it through apps including Stitcher, Podbean, and Spotify.)

Friday, 19 April 2019 08:45

Man Killed in Thursday Morning Crash

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The Summit County Sheriff's Office is investigating a deadly crash along East Turkeyfoot Lake Road in the City of Green Thursday morning. 

According to the Sheriff's report, around 7:30 a.m., a 71-year-old man driving a yellow Corvette eastbound on East Turkeyfoot collided with a tractor trailer that was waiting to turn into a gas station, and then hit another car. 

The driver of the Corvette, a 71-year-old resident of Green, was transported to Summa Akron City Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Neither the driver of the truck nor the driver of the Civic were injured. 

East Turkeyfoot Lake Road was closed for roughly three hours after the accident Thursday morning. 

Investigators with the Sheriff's Office do not suspect that alcohol played a factor in the accident. 

Friday, 19 April 2019 08:48

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/19/2019

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:17 - The New York Yankees announced they will stop playing the Kate Smith version of “God Bless America” after news of her singing songs deemed racist by today’s standards were uncovered. Ray applauds the Yankees for taking this measure, while Tony feels this could lead to a slippery slope in “cancel culture."

10:05 - The un-redacted version of the Mueller Report was released yesterday, and while this cleared President Trump of Russian collusion, there is still talk of obstruction of justice. Dr. David Beer, professor of political science at Malone University,

19:00 - Movie theaters and box offices will be a tad light this holiday weekend, due to the new Avengers film getting released next week. Scott Wynn is our movie guy, and he mentioned what little is happening at the theaters.

21:40 - A favorite topic of the morning show is chain restaurants from yesteryear. Specifically, what the panel’s least favorite chain restaurant food is.

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