Monday, 08 April 2024 09:49

Oh Solar Mio! Eclipse Weddings Today In Akron

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Two lucky couples will tie the knot during this afternoon's total solar eclipse, courtesy of Akron Municipal Court.

Court officials say even though they had originally planned to pick just one winning couple for their Eclipse Wedding essay contest, they wound up picking two; Toni Auvil and Ryan Arce, along with Timmy Bryan and Kylie Thanasiu.

Timmy and Kylie say they have been sweethearts since meeting at the age of 16 at Firestone High School, while Ryan and Toni have been together since they met while working together at Main Street Gourmet in Cuyahoga Falls, back in 2010.

Judge David Hamilton will officiate at the ceremony, which begins at 1 p.m. at the Mustill Store Museum. It will be followed by an eclipse party that will last through the moments of complete darkness known as the "totality", which starts at 3:15, and  the party will continue until 4 p.m.


Timmy Bryan and Kylie Thanasiu


Toni Auvil and Ryan Arce 

Monday, 08 April 2024 08:44

Business of the Week: Metro RTA

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Each week WAKR's Ray Horner profiles a local business. This week he talked with Dawn Distler. Dawn is the Chief Executive Officer of Metro RTA.

Monday, 08 April 2024 07:16

Paul Dolan Talks Renovations, Vogt, & More

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Guardians Owner, Paul Dolan, joined Ray on the Ray Horner Morning Show. They discussed the Renovations of Progressive Field, the transition from Tito to Vogt, and more. 

Friday, 05 April 2024 08:37

Film School: DUNE (1984)

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Film Study Professor Joe Fortunato joins the Ray Horner Morning Show every Friday to discuss classic films. This week, Jeanne Destro filled in for Ray. She and Joe went back to 1984 to discuss the film, DUNE.

Friday, 05 April 2024 08:31

Spring Golf

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Golf Pro, Dan Dauk, joins Ray every Friday with tips and info for golfers. Nick Hershey stepped in for Ray this week and talked with Dan about the difficulties Spring brings to the game.

Friday, 05 April 2024 08:30

Boulder Creek Golf Club

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Golf Pro, Dan Dauk, joins Ray every Friday to talk about local golf courses. This week Nick Hershey stepped in for Ray and Dan talked about Boulder Creek Golf Club. 


Dr. Roseann “Chic” Canfora was an eyewitness on May 4, 1970, and her late brother, Alan, was one of the students wounded when Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire on students demonstrating against the war in Vietnam.

Canfora is currently a Professional in Residence, and Assistant Professor of Journalism at Kent State, where she also chairs the May 4 Presidential Advisory Committee and the May 4 Commemoration Committee.

Listen now, as she talks with Jeanne Destro, about how the University is gearing up for their annual May 4 remembrance, and what she is doing to help today's students understand and relate to the tragic lessons learned when four students were shot, and nine were wounded, on May 4, 1970.


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Dr. Roseann "Chic" Canfora, Kent State University

*Story written by Steffany Murdock, and Jeanne Destro

The Student Athlete of the Week segment is powered by NECA-IBEW and Akron Children’s Hospital. 

This week's athletes are from Manchester High School. 

Sophomore Cassidy Perry is a three-sport athlete at Manchester High School. Cassidy plays tennis in the fall, basketball in the winter, and really excels at softball. Last season as a freshman, Cass broke the single season homerun record and was named First Team PAC-7. This year she is off to a hot start at the plate with a .625 batting average and scoring four runs in three games. She also excels in the classroom with all A's and B's this school year.
Junior Blaise Donatelli is a three-sport athlete at Manchester. He plays football, basketball, and is currently running track. Blaise works extremely hard in the weight room in his limited free time, and has gotten all A's and B's this school year. In their only track meet of the season, Blaise finished in first place in the 100 and 200 against a really talented Fairless team. He is an extremely tough Manchester athlete that leads by example and will play a big role in all three sports next year for his senior season.

Organizers of the upcoming Highland Square Film Festival on May 18th at the Highland Square Theater in Akron are hoping to "whip" up a little Akron rock nostalgia, with films created by the iconic 70's New Wave band.

Author, David Giffels, who will be a featured speaker at the event, will reflect on the band's early days in Akron and Kent, and on the films they made before hitting it big on the pop charts in 1980, with "Whip It". 

Giffels, along with co-author, Jade Dellinger, has written two books about the band; 2008's "We Are Devo! Are We Not Men?", and "The Beginning Was The End: DEVO in Ohio", which came out in 2023.

Listen now as Giffels talks about it, with WAKR's Jeanne Destro



David Giffels, Author

Thursday, 04 April 2024 08:16

Search for Akron Police Chief

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Akron Mayor Shammas Malik joined Jeanne Destro on the Ray Horner Morning Show. The search for a new Police Chief continues. There is some concern about the law requiring the city to hire from within. The Mayor discussed the situation, the importance of diversity, and more.

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