Friday, 04 January 2019 09:08

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/4/2019

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:17 - Friday's s show began talking about the purpose of live mascots at sporting events, which comes off the heels of the Texas Longhorns' steer prying loose and trying to gore UGA, the University of Georgia's Bulldog mascot. Maybe PETA is finally on the right side of something?

6:41 - It's day three of our local mayor roundup, and today, we went down to Green. Mayor Gerard Neugebauer stopped by to recap 2018 in Green, which culminated in their fight against and settlement with Nexus on the pipeline.

20:18 - Capital Financial's Richard Peterson called into the program to talk about Ohio raising the minimum wage up a few cents, and the affect it may have on small and larger businesses.

28:00 - Have you ever lost something like a wedding ring, jewelry, wallet, phone, etc., and you yourself have felt lost? Ray and the panel shared their experiences.

39:12 - With it being Friday, it's time to sit down with our movie guy Scott Wynn. Scott and Ray chatted about Escape Room, as well as the new Mary Poppins.

This week our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Romello Pacely, a junior basketball player from North High School.

Romello says he got into basketball at an early age and stuck with the game when he got to high school.
“I got into it from my brother," he said. "I always looked up to him, so I liked the game of basketball."
The junior letterman says he, his teammates and coaches are determined to work hard, hold themselves accountable, and change the culture at North. 
“He (Coach Marc Smith) motivates us every day, always pushes us to be better," Romello explained.
In addition to being a basketball player, Pacely maintains a 3.3 GPA and works hard in the classroom as well as the court.
His coach Marc Smith talked about his work ethic and how he’s developing as a player and a person. 
“Romello is a young man who has worked very hard in the classroom and on the court, “ Smith said. “He hasn't allowed his limitations to dictate who he is as a person. “
We are proud of what he has accomplished in the classroom and look forward to watching his development over the next couple of years.”
Our next Female Student Athlete of the Week is Akilah Primm, a senior basketball player from North High School. 
She says she got the competition bug from her sister, Amani who plays college basketball at Tri-C.
Primm  says that by her sister earning that college scholarship, it pushes her to do the same.
“She was playing when we were younger and it became fun to me," Akilah said. "It makes me want to go (to college) and be with her."
As a captain and one of the key cogs for North, she knows that getting the best out of her teammates is one of the most important things she can do for her team.
Her coach Shermaine Meadows talked about her leadership on and off the court. 
“Akilah Primm has been a quality leader to our program in which we have grown to depend on day in and day out,” he explained.
She is by far the best defender on the team and her blazing speed makes it almost impossible to stay in front off.”
Off the court, she has the same drive and determination.
“Akilah has helped change the culture here at North high school with a high level of excellence and competitive spirit that transcends the court,” Meadows said. 
“Akilah volunteers at the haven of rest and churches around the city. She carries a Gpa of 3.5  One of the most coachable kids I’ve experienced.”
We wish Romello and Akilah the best in all of their future endeavors. 
Thursday, 03 January 2019 09:29

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/3/2019

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:17 - January 2nd, 2019 was a brutal day if you were a celebrity born in 1942. “Mean Gene” Okerlund, Bob “Super Dave” Einstein, and Daryl “The Captain” Dragon all passed away on Wednesday, and all had huge careers in the 1970s and ‘80s. Ray and Tony chatted about their lives and brought up some fun facts.

6:32 - It’s day two of Ray’s meetings with the local mayors. Today, Barberton mayor Bill Judge called into the show to recap 2018 and look ahead to 2019, specifically how the Magic City can rebound after losing their largest employer.

16:36 - While it seems like people never eat at home anymore, the numbers for chain restaurants have gone way down in 2018. Eaters seem to be abandoning the chains and the sports bars and heading toward the ethnic-themed restaurants.

28:50 - During our Question of the Day, which was about former Cleveland Browns quarterbacks who threw the most touchdowns, Ray and Tony got into yet another discussion about who the team should hire as head coach.

Wednesday, 02 January 2019 12:29

This Week in Tech with Jeanne Destro-12-28-18 Featured

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This week we're taking a look back at an interview we did last March with tech author and entrepreneur, Andrew Keen. 

I first became acquainted with the author, who's been called "The Antichrist of Silicon Valley", when I reviewed his book "Digital Vertigo" for USA Today a few years ago. Now, his latest book, "How to Fix the Future", explores how people all over the world are trying to come up with ways we can both survive and thrive in a future where livelihoods are threatened by automation, privacy is a relic of the past, social media has been subverted, and surveillance is omnipresent.

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

Wednesday, 02 January 2019 10:53

Update: Wrong Way Drunk Driver Dies

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A Canton mother and her two young children were injured when they were hit by a wrong-way, drunk driver on New Year's Eve.

According to reports, the crash happened along US 62 Eastbound between Market and Cleveland Avenue in Canton about 11:35 Monday night.

The other driver, who was heading westbound in the eastbound lanes, was taken to Aultman and then transfered to an Summa Akron City Hospital where he reportedly died Tuesday night. 

He's been identified as Jose Lopez Chavez of Canton. 

Wednesday, 02 January 2019 10:44

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/2/2019

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:17 - In the NFL, the day after the regular season is called Black Monday, due to many coaches getting fired after scuffling seasons. The Browns are in a unique position where it’s a highly sought after job, but they also had some success with interim coach Gregg Williams. Where will they go? Who will they choose?

11:50 - In the first week (or so) of 2019, Ray will sit down with the mayors from the area to look back at 2018 and look ahead to the current year. Today, Cuyahoga Falls mayor Don Walters stopped by the studio to look back at 2018, from the continued growth of Portage Crossing to the opening of Front Street to automobile traffic.

28:28 - It’s day 11 of the government shutdown. Dr. David Beer, professor of political science at Malone University, mentioned what it’s all about and the repercussions that could come from it.

40:30 - With the new year beginning, many are looking to kick things off on a healthy path, from eating better to getting some exercise. Judi Christy from the Akron YMCA called in to talk about what The Y has to offer, whether you’re a newbie to a gym or a frequent visitor.

47:11 - Continuing the conversation of the Browns’ coaching search is the Orange & Brown Report’s Fred Greetham.

Wednesday, 02 January 2019 09:10

Massillon Gradually Powering Down Affinity Site

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Massillon city officials say they're looking to cut costs at the former Affinity Medical Center, that's currently not staffed, but still being powered and secured daily.

The average cost to manage the closed property, according to the Canton Rep, is roughly $6,800 per day, including utilities, maintenance, and building security.

Earlier in December, City Council gave the green light on a new deal with Aultman, that is assuming emergency and more services for Massillon residents.

Starting early 2019, Massillon will begin winding down most operations at the former Affinity site.

Read more on the story from the Akron Beacon Journal

Wednesday, 02 January 2019 09:05

ARRESTED: Fugitive of the Week Caught

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Update: Wednesday afternoon, members of the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested Randy Fitzgerald on a traffic stop on Route 8 in Macedonia.

The task force was assisted by officers from Boston Heights, the Summit Count Sheriff's Office and the Macedonia Police Department.

Although several tips were submitted on this case, the arrest was not a result of a tip.


The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force is looking for Randy Fitzgerald, of Akron, who is this week's Fugitive of the Week.

U.S. Marshals and Akron Police are reporting that Fitzgerald is wanted for Weapons Under Disability in connection to an incident that left a small child shot in the stomach.

Back on May 20th, three children, ages 8,9 and 12, were left alone in a home on Marcy Street, when one of those children found one a gun, believed to belong to Fitzgerald, and shot another child in the stomach. The child lived. In the home, responding officers found another gun, drugs, and body armor. A warrant was issued for Fitzgerald who has been on the run since.

Anyone with information regarding Randy Fitzgerald, please contact the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED or Text keyword WANTED and tip to 847-411 (tip411). Tipsters can remain anonymous and reward money is available.

Monday, 31 December 2018 09:01

Ray Horner Podcast - 2018 in Pop Culture

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On the Ray Horner Morning Show, we cover hard-hitting news, but we also discuss some lighter elements of our popular culture.

Join guest host Tony Mazur as he talked pop culture with Bob Ethington from the Akron-Summit County Public Library, as well as the top grossing movies with WQMX morning show host Scott Wynn.

Friday, 28 December 2018 11:28

Driver 4-Times Legal Limit, Hits Macedonia Officer

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The Summit County Sheriff's Office has released more information regarding the OVI crash into a Macedonia Police cruiser on Christmas Eve.
According to the report, James Marshall of Cuyahoga Falls had a blood alcohol level nearly four-times the legal limit.
Cleveland 19 says that responding deputies also found an open bottle of vodka in the car, and apple and orange juice bottles, both with vodka in them. Marshall is charged with OVI, expected to be arraigned Friday.
The officer involved, meanwhile, spent the night in the hospital but has since been released.
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