Friday, 28 September 2018 10:03

This Week in Tech with Jeanne Destro-9-28-18 Featured

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This week: EBAY launches a big new national customer service program in Akron, Amazon expands its chain of cashier-less convenience stores, a possible cure for baldness, and an out-of-this world clean energy supply.



Friday, 28 September 2018 09:25

Ray Horner Podcast - 9/28/2018

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0:29 - Dr. Cliff Deveny is the interim president of Summa Health Systems, and he joined the show to talk about new business partners, which includes two new campuses. Summa is the largest employer in Akron.

6:31 - The Ryder Cup is underway across the pond in Paris. Dan Dauk, our morning show golf pro, broke down the United States’ chances (even if tee times are at the crack of dawn in America).

11:19 - Columbus Day is no more, at least in Akron and choice other communities. October 1st will be the inaugural North American First People’s Day, and Sam Chestnut, Matt Russ, and Burt Medicine Bull from the Lippman School joined the show to discuss the activities surrounding it.

18:53 - We’re some weeks away from Veterans Day, but it’s never too soon to talk about the mental and physical health of our veterans. Dr. Keita Franklin specializes in suicide prevention for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and she joined Ray to talk about what the VA is doing to help.

Thursday, 27 September 2018 11:19

Student Athletes of the Week Tyler Lenke & Emily Dente

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This week our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Emily Dente, a junior soccer player from Copley High School.

As a team captain, Dente says her leadership on the pitch is both vocal and by example.

“I’m very vocal on the field,” she says. I play center back, so I can see everything.”


 Her head soccer coach Wally Senk echoed that sentiment.

"Emily is a bonafide competitor with an innate ability to lead. She doesn't have an off-switch, embracing the grind and paying attention to the little things that make her and her teammates better,” he said.

Dente is a multi-sport athlete playing soccer, basketball, and track for the Indians.

Away from the field, Senk said she maintains that focus and intensity in the classroom as well.

“Emmy's determination, perseverance, and self-motivation are contagious and evident on the field as well as in the classroom, where she keeps her GPA above 4.0."

Emily comes from an athletic family as her dad Mark, is the boys and girls basketball coach at Copley High, and also has two brothers in sports.

“I really like it (being in an athletic family)because we all support each other,” she said.

Upon graduation in the spring of 2020, Emily plans on studying pediatric nursing.

We wish Emily the best in all of her future endeavors.

This week our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is senior football player Tyler Lenke of Copley High School.

Lenke said he got into football at an early age, and says it’s a lot of fun getting to work with his coaches and teammates day in and day out.

“There’s times, but there’s a lot of good times, and you just make the best of it,” he said. Tyler’s head coach Scott Chouinard, talked about his work ethic on the field. “Tyler Lenke is a three year starter and captain of our 2018 football team,” Chouinard explained. “He has played Offensive Line and Defensive Line and has been one of our most consistent players for the past three years.”

Away from the gridiron, Lenke also exhibits leadership, according to Coach Chouinard. “Off the field he is a kind and thoughtful individual who is always willing to help teachers and fellow students and he represents the best of Copley High School in his actions and his performance on the football field and in the hallways.”


 Tyler has played every position along the offensive line during his time at Copley, and as a captain, that versatility gives him insight and credibility with his teammates, especially his mates along the line. “When you’ve played every position along the line, you get to know what everyone’s supposed to do, and if someone needs help, you know exactly what to do, and you help them.”

Upon graduation in the spring, Tyler plans on attending college and mechanical engineering could be a possible course of study. We wish Tyler the best in all of his future endeavors.

Thursday, 27 September 2018 11:06

Ray Horner Podcast - 9/27/2018

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:29 - Ray’s first podcast began with a light conversation about reality TV shows, with Survivor entering its 37th season. Ray, Tony, Jeanne, and Steffany all talked about which reality shows they could and could not be a part of.

13:45 - Don Padgett III talked about next year’s Senior Players Championship as well as the Ryder Cup.

21:10 - Tim Tyrrell’s Hoban Knights football team is 5-0 and among the best in the state. Coach Tyrrell talked about his big matchup vs. Benedictine.

26:02 - Ray began his conversation with Senator Sherrod Brown on the Indians propelling towards next week’s playoffs, as well as his meeting with the United Mine Workers of America.

31:20 - Madhu Sharma is the acting executive director at the International Institute of Akron, and she joined Ray in studio to talk about their move to Summa St. Thomas in North Hill.

Wednesday, 26 September 2018 11:22

Suspects Wanted in Akron Break-In

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Akron Police are investigating a home invasion along Noah Avenue.

According to the report (see below), three black males broke into the home in the 500 block of Noah Avenue around 1 a.m. and entered the bedroom where the victim was sleeping.

The 20-year-old victim told police the three suspects trashed his bedroom, but fled without taking anything.

All three are between 20 and 25-years-old.

Anyone with info is asked to call police.


(APD) Shortly before 1:00am this morning, a resident in the 500 block of Noah Avenue was a victim of a home invasion robbery. The 20 year old resident reported he was in his bedroom sleeping when three black males entered his bedroom. The suspects ransacked the victim’s bedroom. The suspects fled without taking anything. No injuries were reported. The suspects are three black males, 20 – 25 years old, wearing black hooded sweatshirts, black sweatpants and black hats. Anyone with information is asked to contact our department.

Tuesday, 25 September 2018 10:54

B&W Moving Headquarters, Offices to Akron

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Babcock and Wilcox Enterprises announced on Monday that they will be moving their headquarters from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Akron, into the former Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company's East End Offices.

There's been no date set for the move, but the Akron Beacon Journal is reporting that it's expected to be finished no later than next summer. 

Employees were notified Monday, while the financial details of the move are expected to be released along with the public company filings. In addition to the move, hundreds of employees are relocating from the Barberton and Copley offices to Akron.

Mayor Bill Judge joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about the impact the move will have on his city. 


Monday, 24 September 2018 11:36

UPDATE: Police ID Woman Found in Barberton

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UDPATE: Barberton Police have identified the woman whose body was found under a burning mattress Sunday evening just before 8:30 along South Van Buren Street, south of Eastern Road, which is actually about 20 feet from the Barberton city limit.

Barberton Fire was the first on the scene after the call of the mattress fire first came in.


On Monday after an autopsy, the Summit County Coroner's report indicates that 43-year-old Kerri N. Blondheim, whose most recent address was in Massillon, died from "homicidal violence." 

The State Fire Marshal's Office, along with Barberton Police detectives and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, are all investigating the case. 

Friday, 21 September 2018 13:25

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week Tyler Scott

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This week our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Tyler Scott, a junior football player from Norton High School.

Tyler is a three-sport athlete in football, basketball, and track and field. He says the balance between academics and athletics is a challenge that he readily accepts. 
“Since I was little, father and mother have always taught me that grades come first," he said. 
"If you're going to participate in  school and want to play (sports) why not be the best at it? " 
On the football field, he says the camaraderie between his fellow players and coaches has led to success on the gridiron thus far.
“It's pretty fun and we have a lot more camaraderie this year, and we're winning so it's fun," Scott explained. 
His head coach, Kevin Pollock, who is in his first year with the Panthers says  that Scott is a natural with his skill set at both running back and defensive back.
"He’s an incredibly naturally gifted athlete who doesnt rely on his skill but works his butt off,” Pollock explained. 
Off the field, Scott is also a great young man to be around, says Pollock.
“Tyler is an outstanding playmaker, but also a great person. Always smiling, always doing the right things. Fun kid to be around and its special to watch him play."
We wish Tyler the best in all of his future endeavors. 
Friday, 21 September 2018 09:19

This Week in Tech with Jeanne Destro-9-21-18 Featured

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This week, a life-saving smart-watch, civilian cyber-warriors, scandal at Amazon, and a new invention for first responders dealing with the opiod epidemic. 

Thursday, 20 September 2018 12:18

eBay Further Investing in Akron

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Back in January Mayor Horrigan, along with other local officials and representatives from eBay, announced that Akron was part of the online retailers "Retail Revival" initiative, offering website maintanence and other services through the platform for local entrepreneurs. 

Fast forward 8 months later and eBay's back in town, announcing Thursday the eBay@Home initiative, which brings with it 40 new full-time, work-from-home, customer service positions to Akron, part of a global launch to add to the online marketer's workforce. Akron, along with Salt Lake City, Utah, and Austin, Texas, are the only three U.S. cities taking part. 

So far, eBay has filled half of the positions, after receiving more than 1,300 applications, according to a press release from Paul Gazeley (pictured), the head of eBay's North American customer service operations. 

"We need a talented market, outside of Silicon Valley and other tech hubs that we have, that offers the most opportunity to our customers; and we wanted to continue to revitalize local economies," Gazeley said. "Taking all of this into account, we chose Akron." 


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