Friday, 18 January 2019 09:22

This Week in Tech with Jeanne Destro-1-18-19 Featured

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This week, we're focusing on cryptocurrency. What is it, who uses it, and how it is going to affect us in the future.

***Please note: This show is now available as a podcast on Apple and Android devices. To find out how, follow these links: Appleor Android

This week our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Billie Johnson, a junior basketball player from East.
He says that working with his teammates and coaches is something he enjoys and pushes him to be better day in and day out.
“Sometimes it's hard because some people don't like to listen, but we always come together and figure out what to do," he said.
He says head coach of the Dragons Brian Dawson gets the most out of him and his fellow basketball players and puts them in a position to succeed on the court and off.
“He always gets the best out of us," Billie explained.
Coach Dawson says Billie’s work ethic is contagious and that having him on the court makes a difference for East. 
“He’s one of our post players and we need him to get a double-double for us (points and rebounds) which he usually does,” Dawson said 
“Not only is he a great player, but a great kid as well, he goes to practice, he maintains a 3.0 GPA, he does the morning announcements in the morning, and on top of all that he goes to work, so he’s a well rounded young man.”
The three year letterman is not only a leader on the court, but also a leader in his school community, being a part of the Student Council. 
Our next Female Student Athlete of the Week is Alexis Buchanan, a senior  basketball player from East. 
She says she got into basketball from an early age and never looked back.
“ I used to look up to my male cousins when I was younger, I started playing when I was 8, and I wasn't too good, but I kept up with it and I'm on the varsity," she said.
 In addition to being a basketball player and a  three year letterwinner, she is also a co-captain on the cheerleading squad.
Her head coach on the basketball team Darryl Anderson says she is a leader on and off the court. 
“Alexis us a high energy; high quality young lady,” Anderson said.
“Alexis does our dirty work and she is one of the top rebounders and defenders on the team.”
Off the court, Buchanan exhibits a lot of good characteristics that make her a good basketball player.
“She is a leader at school and she is a positive role model to all of her teammates,” Anderson continued.  
“Alexis is a young lady that her coaches and teammates can rely on.”
Buchanan said that working with her coaches and teammates is something she truly enjoys.
“Every year I like coming across more people," she explained. 
Upon graduation in the spring, Alexis plans on attending Bowling Green State University to major in pre-nursing.
We wish Billie and Alexis the best in all of their future endeavors. 
Thursday, 17 January 2019 09:39

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/17/2019

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:17 - Later in the podcast here, Senator Sherrod Brown joined the show. How much appeal does Sherrod have nationwide and especially with Millennials? Is America finally ready to elect a female president like Kamala Harris? The future of both the Democrats and Republicans may be quite interesting.

12:24 - As mentioned, Sherrod Brown called into the program. He is visiting some key areas that have been affected by anything from the partial government shutdown to the exodus of the auto industry.

18:30 - Ray and Tony talked at length about Bob Costas, who is now leaving NBC after nearly four decades. Costas, according to the panel, seemed to make even the smallest games big and the biggest games enormous, and they put Bob on the pantheon of classic American broadcasters.

25:08 - Our friends from the Western Reserve Playhouse stopped by to talk about and act out a scene Tartuffe, which is happening this weekend.

Thursday, 17 January 2019 05:22

Beat the Chilly Weather... With Chili!

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The 13th Annual Firefighters’ Chili Challenge, sponsored by the City of Akron, will take place inside the Lock 3 dining area on Friday, January 18th from 11AM until 1PM (or earlier, if the chili runs out)!

Each year, Akron firefighters issue the challenge to see who can create the best chili, served to Downtown employees and visitors. Some chili variations are traditional, while other teams set themselves apart with distinct flavors and ingredients. Tickets for six samples of chili and a beverage are $10. Individual chili samples are available for $1.50.  Beverages are also available for $2. All proceeds benefit Akron Children’s Hospital Burn Institute.

“I look forward to the Chili Challenge every year and tasting the newest flavor combinations and tried and true traditional recipes cooked up by our various competitors,” Mayor Horrigan said. “I encourage everyone to come to Lock 3, enjoy some delicious home-cooked food, and join in the friendly competition in support of Akron Children’s Hospital. May the best chili win!”

The 2019 competitors include the Akron Fire Department, The Akron Police Department, the City of Akron Human Resources Department, ARCADIS, Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital and the City of Akron Office of Integrated Development.  Teams will be competing for Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice, and the Joe Smith Spirit Award. The Joe Smith Spirit Award was created in honor of Detective Joe Smith, an active supporter and participant in previous chili challenges, who passed away in 2014.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019 11:48

OHSAA to Parents: COOL IT!

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Are you an obnoxious sports parent?

It's OK to admit it, all parents have been, perhaps a little overzealous when little Timmy's at the foul line or Suzie's up to bat...

But if you find yourself habitually taking out your frustrations on referees at high school sporting events, the OHSAA has a message for you: COOL IT!

A recent survey by the National Association of Sports Officials shows 75 percent of high school referees have been subject to abuse from parents, and that's resulting in less young people signing up for the job. As older referees retire it's causing a shortage.

So, the OHSAA, in a joint letter from Jerry Snodgrass, Executive Director of the OHSAA, and Karissa Neihoff, Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations, the OHSAA addresses the drastic shortage of referees in the state. 

Read the full letter here

Wednesday, 16 January 2019 11:44

Man Shot, Killed in Akron

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Akron Police homicide detectives are investigating a deadly shooting Tuesday night near the intersection of Clark and Black Streets.

The call came in around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday about a man shot. When officers and EMS arrived, they found the 37-year-old victim unresponsive with a gunshot wound to the thorax area.

He was transported to Akron City where he died shortly afterwords, around 10:20 p.m. No ID on the victim yet, but the Summit County Medical Examiner says once next-of-kin is notified they will be providing an update. 

Wednesday, 16 January 2019 09:44

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/16/2019

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:17 - The topic of Netflix was brought up on yesterday’s podcast, and since then, it was announced they’re increasing their prices a couple of bucks. Will this help their revenue stream and continue with these critically-acclaimed original series? And what about those who have basic cable? What will that look like in a few short years?

15:35 - Last night at Brush High School, Tony had the pleasure of being a part of the Ball family. LaVar Ball was present in South Euclid-Lyndhurst to watch his son, LaMelo, and the entire SPIRE Academy squad take on Brush. Tony painted the picture of the atmosphere, with bordered on chaotic.

23:54 - Using nicotine to treat memory loss? Not as crazy as you’d think. Dr. Paul Newhouse, spokesperson and director from the Center for Cognitive Medicine at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center joined the show to talk about his studies.

29:32 - The OHSAA sent out a letter to parents for them to knock it off with harassing referees in high school sports, as it has caused a shortage of officials. Will this help at all?

Tuesday, 15 January 2019 13:34

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/15/2019

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:17 - Ohio has a new governor, though he’s a familiar face, in Mike DeWine. Dr. David Beer, professor of political science at Malone University, called into talk about November’s gubernatorial race, and looks ahead to the next four years in Columbus.

6:04 - Proper nutrition is a must if one wants to shed weight and calories in the new year. Kelly Reed from Cleveland Clinic-Akron General joined the show to touch on all things nutrition, especially on what to eat and certainly what not to eat.

15:05 - Still using your ex’s Netflix account? Is your kid using your Hulu password at college? If so, that’ll cost you a new subscription. Ray and Tony talked about the changing times in cable and streaming views and a little on what the future may look like.

23:07 - What’s happening up at the auto show in Detroit? Mike Caudill from Our Auto Expert has us covered. He even shared some intel about a company rumored to take over the Lordstown space.

30:46 - And finally, Fred Greetham from the Orange & Brown Report came on to talk about the introductory press conference on new head coach Freddie Kitchens.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019 05:15

Residents Want More Community Events, Swimming

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(City of Akron)  On Monday, Mayor Horrigan has released the findings of the Community Needs Survey which collected community sentiment and preferences related to the Akron Recreation Bureau.  The survey was conducted between July 28 and September 19, 2018 and reached 1,500 households representing more than 3,100 people.  The survey will form the basis of strategic changes in the Recreation Bureau that will include an enhanced focus on aquatics, community events and effective communication. 

The survey is part of a comprehensive strategic planning process for the Recreation Bureau, announced by Mayor Horrigan during his 2018 State of the City address.  This is the first time the City of Akron has taken a comprehensive look at Recreation services since the 1969 report commissioned by then-Mayor John Ballard in response to civil unrest. 

“The 1969 report validated a universal truth, which remains true today: providing adequate public space and recreation is and will continue to be an essential service in the City of Akron,” Mayor Dan Horrigan said. “The results of this new community needs assessment revealed that our community centers and pools continue to be important drivers of connection, safety, and quality of life in our neighborhoods. We will be focusing our capital investments and programming on those services the community values most, including aquatics and community events.” 

A summary of the survey results is available here.  Key findings include:

  • The more aware residents were of programming and services, the more likely they were to view the Akron Recreation Bureau as highly valuable. 
  • The Bureau was generally perceived as affordable, fun, and safe. 
  • Aquatics (pools and splash pads) are important neighborhood anchors.
  • Different demographic groups and neighborhoods experience the Recreation Bureau differently.
  • More effective communication – including increased use of social media – could improve the use of facilities and programs and increase satisfaction among users. 

“This assessment reveals that we are doing very well serving the residents who already utilize our centers and programs,” Recreation Bureau Manager Brittany Schmoekel said.  “Our goal is to use this data to reach a wider segment of the community and better communicate with our existing users about programs, events, and ways to engage with our centers.”

The Bureau will launch a rebranding campaign, including a new mission and vision statements, later this year.  New or improved programming and offerings will begin this year based on the community feedback related to each of the individual community centers.

“I thank Mayor Horrigan and the Recreation staff for reaching out to our residents to assess what they need and want from their City Recreation Bureau,” Council President Margo Sommerville added. “I am thrilled to see that we will be making investments in our pools, new splash pads, and more community events that will improve quality of life and foster community pride.  As the ward representative for Perkins pool, I look forward to working with the City administration to create something truly special for the neighborhood.” 

Monday, 14 January 2019 14:15

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/14/2019

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:17 - Each month, Dr. Tim Brown from Cleveland Clinic-Akron General stops by to answer a gaggle of medical questions. This visit, Dr. Brown discusses sleep drugs, from melatonin to harder drugs like Ambien.

8:02 - We stay in the medical world, however, this has to do with animals. Dr. Gary Riggs joined the show in studio, and he talked about various topics, specifically why dogs will roll around on the carpet or on other dead animals, and the importance of scheduling optical and dental appointments.

18:25 - It’s no secret that President Donald Trump has been a controversial figure, but are his accomplishments not being discussed enough, like his relationship with China and trade? And how about the wall? The panel shared their thoughts.

33:38 - Time now for our Business of the Week! We head over to the Cuyahoga Falls offices of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, brought to you by HEARINC. and TLC Catering.

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