Edward L. Esposito

Edward L. Esposito

Edward "Ed" Esposito is vice-president, information media for the Rubber City Radio Group. He oversees news and public affairs programs for www.AkronNewsNow.com, 1590 WAKR, 97.5 WONE and 94.9 WQMX. He is Secretary-Treasurer of the Radio Television Digital News Foundation; a former chair of the Radio Television Digital News Association and Foundation and a former president of the Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters Association. He's also served as a member of the Akron Press Club , Kent State University Student Media Advisory Board, Ohio Open Government Coalition, Northeast Ohio AMBER Task Force. He's lectured on broadcasting and journalism for the University of Missouri in China, as well as across the country for RTDNA and RTDNF. You can reach Ed through the newsroom at 330-864-6397 or by email eesposito@rcrg.net

Wednesday, 01 January 2014 17:14

First Night Tops 14,000

First Night set a top mark with last night's ringing in of 2014. Organizers of the annual family-friendly New Year's Eve celebration say preliminary numbers peg attendance at "approximately" 14,000 people. Final numbers are expected later in the week. Attendance is tracked based on button sales for admittance to the artists, musicians, performance artists and fireworks programs.

Despite the cold felt by those viewing First Night's two fireworks shows, the majority of events were held at indoor venues through Akron. For the first time, the Akron Art Museum opened all of it's galleries.

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(First Night Akron) The 18th annual First Night® Akron brought approximately 14,000 people to Downtown Akron to enjoy New Year's Eve in a safe, clean and family-friendly environment. Initial attendance figures are estimated based on the clicker totals of the venues. Complete attendance figures will be available Jan. 3 after collection of sales information is complete.

Ten downtown sites were filled with more than 80 artists and groups showcasing music, dance, theater, and interactive and visual arts.
 
Several new and engaging artists and activities made their debut, such as Shivering Timbers, Smokin' Fez Monkeys and Ohio Mobile Gaming video game trailer. Annual favorites like Hard Days Night and O'Hare School of Irish Dance returned to entertain revelers of all ages.
 
For the first time in a decade the Akron Art Museum opened all galleries to First Night attendees. For the second year a collaboration of community voices participated with the crowd as part of the countdown finale show at midnight. Long-time supporter METRO RTA provided bus shuttles keeping crowds warm while moving from venue to venue  and uses the suggestions for planning future events.
 
The survey is available on www.downtownakron.com and www.firstnightakron.org. Those who complete the survey, and provide contact information, by Jan. 2 are entered into a drawing to win a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3. The winner will be randomly selected and announced at 9 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 3 via First Night and Downtown Akron Partnership Facebook pages and websites.   
 
The First Night Akron annual survey can be found here
Wednesday, 01 January 2014 07:08

Winter Storm Downgraded To Advisory

The National Weather Service downgraded the Winter Storm Watch to a Winter Storm Advisory for much of the greater Akron area but still forecasts heavy snowfall starting New Year's night and extending into Thursday with up to six inches of snow by the time Friday morning rolls around. As of this morning highways in the Akron area were, for the most part, slushy and wet.

Snow totals were higher toward the lakefront.

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URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CLEVELAND OH 421 AM EST WED JAN 1 2014

LOW PRESSURE DEVELOPING OVER THE CENTRAL PLAINS WILL MOVE ACROSS THE OHIO VALLEY TODAY AND THURSDAY. LIGHT SNOW WILL SPREAD ACROSS NORTHERN OHIO TODAY AND BECOME HEAVIER TONIGHT INTO THURSDAY. THE SNOW WILL TAPER OFF FROM THE WEST THURSDAY AFTERNOON. IN ADDITION...WINDS WILL SHIFT TO THE NORTH/NORTHEAST AND INCREASE IN INTENSITY ON THURSDAY. THIS WILL CAUSE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW...ALONG WITH DECREASED VISIBILITY.

CUYAHOGA-LAKE-GEAUGA-ASHTABULA INLAND-MEDINA-SUMMIT-PORTAGE-TRUMBULL-ASHTABULA LAKESHORE-NORTHERN ERIE-SOUTHERN ERIE-CRAWFORD PA-INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...CLEVELAND...MENTOR...CHARDON...JEFFERSON...MEDINA...AKRON...RAVENNA...WARREN...ASHTABULA...ERIE...EDINBORO...MEADVILLE 421 AM EST WED JAN 1 2014

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 AM EST FRIDAY...WINTER STORM WATCH IS CANCELLED...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CLEVELAND HAS CANCELLED THE WINTER STORM WATCH.

* ACCUMULATIONS...2 TO 4 INCHES OF SNOW IS POSSIBLE TODAY. SNOWFALL WILL BECOME HEAVIER TONIGHT WITH ANOTHER 6 TO 8 INCHES POSSIBLE BY THURSDAY NIGHT. HIGHER AMOUNTS OF 8 TO 10 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE IN EXTREME NORTHEAST OHIO AND NORTHWEST PENNSYLVANIA BY THURSDAY NIGHT.

* TIMING...LIGHT SNOW WILL OCCUR TODAY BECOMING HEAVIER TONIGHT INTO THURSDAY.

* WINDS...NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS WILL INCREASE TO 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 35 MPH.

* VISIBILITIES...REDUCED VISIBILITY THROUGH THURSDAY. HEAVIER SNOW COULD REDUCE VISIBILITIES TO NEAR ZERO AT TIMES IN THE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW...ESPECIALLY NEAR LAKE ERIE.

* TEMPERATURES...WIND CHILLS WILL DROP INTO THE SINGLE DIGITS AT TIMES MAINLY DURING THE OVERNIGHT HOURS.

* IMPACTS...TRAVEL WILL REMAIN HAZARDOUS THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT. BLOWING SNOW WILL SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE VISIBILITY. PROLONGED COLD TEMPERATURES WILL ALLOW SNOW TO EASILY STICK TO THE ROADWAYS. MOTORISTS SHOULD USE CAUTION.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NORMALLY ISSUED FOR A VARIETY OF WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS SUCH AS LIGHT SNOW... BLOWING SNOW...SLEET... FREEZING RAIN AND WIND CHILLS. WHILE THE WEATHER WILL BE SIGNIFICANT... THE WORD ADVISORY IMPLIES THAT SEVERE WINTER WEATHER IS NOT ANTICIPATED. STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO FORFURTHER DETAILS OR UPDATES

Wednesday, 01 January 2014 06:58

UPDATE Two Dead ID'd, Two Wounded In Barberton

UPDATED 2:43 p.m. Barberton police have identified the two people killed in what appears to be a home invasion at a home on 7th Street NE just before seven o'clock New Year's Eve -- a brother and sister are dead, their father and his girlfriend wounded.

In a news release, BPD identified the victims as Ashley Carpenter, 18 and David Kohler-Carpenter, 14, both dead at the scene after "unknown assailants" targeted the residence at 329 7th Street NE for a robbery. Police responding to a call for help found John Kohler, 42, and his girlfriend, Ronda Blankenship, 38, suffering from gunshot wounds. Both were taken to Akron area hospitals where their conditions are unknown.

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UPDATED 12:15 p.m. Some details are starting to trickle in following what turned out to be a bloody New Year's Eve in Barberton at a house on 7th Street NE. Police confirm two people are dead -- including a juvenile -- out of the four people reportedly wounded. The dead are one man and one woman but the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office isn't providing any other details. The victims have not been publicly identified.

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Conflicting reports out of Barberton after what police say was either a shooting or stabbing of multiple victims at a home in the 300 block of 7th Street NE New Year's Eve night.NewsChannel 5 reports police earlier received a report of at least four shooting victims inside the home just before seven o'clock. Victims were transported to area hospitals but conditions are unknown at this time and further information was not available.The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is assisting. 

Tuesday, 31 December 2013 14:04

Portage Father Charged In Daughter's Death

It took an investigation that started in the summer but on the final day of the calendar year police in Portage County filed murder charges against a 25-year old Windham Village father. Sheriff David Doak says Timothy Sullivan of Maplegrove Drive faces seven counts, including Involuntary Manslaughter and Reckless Homicide, in the death of his two and a half month old daughter. Sullivan called for help on August 22, telling police he woke up and found his daughter unresponsive. She was pronounced dead at Robinson Memorial. Sullivan is being held in the Portage County Jail without bond.

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(Portage County Sheriff) Portage County Sheriff David W. Doak announced today the arrest of Timothy T. Sullivan, age 25, of 9142 Maplegrove Drive, Apartment C, in the Village of Windham, County of Portage. This arrest is the result of an investigation started on August 22, 2013. On the morning of that date, Sullivan reported waking up and finding his 2 ½ month old daughter unresponsive. This infant was pronounced dead upon her arrival at Robinson Memorial Hospital. The Windham Village Police Department requested assistance in this investigation. During that investigation it was learned that Sullivan’s actions that morning did result in the death of the infant.This investigation was presented to the Portage County Grand Jury which issued the following indictments:Involuntary Manslaughter 1st degree felony 1 countFelonious Assault 2nd degree felony 1 countChild Endangering 2nd degree felony 2 countsChild Endangering 3rd degree felony 1 countReckless Homicide 3rd degree felony 1 countTampering with Evidence 3rd degree felony 1 countSullivan is currently being held at the Portage Jail without bond. This case has been assigned to Judge Enlow’s court. Sullivan’s initial court appearance has not yet been set.

Monday, 30 December 2013 08:21

Gas Prices End 2013 On An Up Note

Akron's ending 2013 on an up note -- but that's not a good thing for your wallet. Gasoline prices rising 15.4 cents in the past week according to the average tracked by GasBuddy.com, to $3.40 a gallon. Nationally, average prices went up 4.9 cents to an average of $3.29 a gallon.

Patrick DeHann, senior analyst with GasBuddy says were no states remaining with gasoline under $3.00 a gallon. He's forecasting price hikes to remain moderate in January and February with relatively steady demand.

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(GasBuddy.com) Average retail gasoline prices in Akron have risen 15.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.40/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 372 gas outlets in Akron. This compares with the national average that has increased 4.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.29/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.Including the change in gas prices in Akron during the past week, prices yesterday were 7.8 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 24.9 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 4.0 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 2.2 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago."The sub $3/gallon gas was great while it lasted, but unfortunately it has nearly completely dried up," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "As of late Sunday night, zero states were seeing their averages under $3/gallon. As the New Year rolls in, this is a type of trend that we're used to seeing. The bottom is behind us and prices generally begin the New Year on a higher note, like they will again this year. The trend won't last forever though, as January and February feature generally weak demand that should limit increases and keep prices relatively moderate for the next month or two," DeHaan said.

Monday, 30 December 2013 07:24

Funeral Set For Hegan

Funeral services will be held this Friday for Mike Hegan, the long-time Indians broadcaster who passed away last week at his home in South Carolina.  In addition to his time behind the mic and in front of the camera for Indians baseball, Hegan also learned his broadcast craft with the Milwaukee Brewers. He was an All-Star and played in two World Series during his career with the Yankees, Brewers, Oakland A's and Seattle Pilots.

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(The Island Funeral Home) James Michael (Mike) Hegan, 71, passed away peacefully on Christmas morning in Hilton Head, S.C., surrounded by his family. Mike was born July 21, 1942 in Cleveland, Ohio and grew up in Lynn, Mass., and Lakewood, Ohio. He was the son of Jim Hegan, former catcher for the Cleveland Indians. 

After graduating from St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Mike played baseball and football at Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., before signing in 1961 with the New York Yankees, for whom his father had recently become a coach. He made his big-league debut in September 1964. 

From 1964 to 1977, Mike played for the Yankees, the Milwaukee Brewers, the Seattle Pilots, and the Oakland A's. Best known for his defensive skill as a first baseman, Mike played 178 consecutive games without committing an error from Sept. 24, 1970 as a Brewer until June 3, 1973 when he was with the A's. This major league record for first basemen stood until 2008. He was the first Brewers' player to hit for the cycle¬—a single, double, triple and home run in the same game. Mike was an All-Star in 1969 and played in two World Series - with the Yankees in 1964 and with the A's, who defeated the Cincinnati Reds in 1972. 

Mike retired from the Brewers in 1977 and worked as a television color commentator for the team. He returned to Cleveland in 1989 and broadcast Indians games on TV and radio for 23 seasons before retiring in 2011.

Mike is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Nancy; sons Shawn (Betsy) and J.J. (Kathy); and his four grandchildren: Jack, Casey, Brigit and Connor.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held for Mike Hegan at 10:30 am, Friday, January 3rd at St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church. A reception will follow at the Country Club of Hilton Head. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice Care of the Lowcountry, PO Box 3827, Bluffton, SC, 843-706-2296.  The Island Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. www.theislandfuneralhome.com

Monday, 30 December 2013 06:28

The Big Chill Settles In

Some freezing rain overnight causing a slippery drive this morning. A Winter Weather Advisory in effect for much of Northeast Ohio until 8 a.m.

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URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CLEVELAND OH
1110 PM EST SUN DEC 29 2013...FREEZING RAIN TURNING OVER TO SNOW OVERNIGHT....COLD AIR MOVING INTO THE REGION IS RESULTING IN A TRANSITION OF
PRECIPITATION FROM RAIN...TO FREEZING RAIN...AND THEN TO SNOW
OVERNIGHT.OHZ009>014-019>023-029>033-037-038-047-089-PAZ001>003-301215-
/O.NEW.KCLE.WW.Y.0018.131230T0500Z-131230T1300Z/
ERIE OH-LORAIN-CUYAHOGA-LAKE-GEAUGA-ASHTABULA INLAND-HURON-MEDINA-SUMMIT-PORTAGE-TRUMBULL-RICHLAND-ASHLAND-WAYNE-STARK-MAHONING-MORROW-HOLMES-KNOX-ASHTABULA LAKESHORE-NORTHERN ERIE-SOUTHERN ERIE-CRAWFORD PA-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...SANDUSKY...LORAIN...CLEVELAND...MENTOR...CHARDON...JEFFERSON...NORWALK...MEDINA...AKRON...RAVENNA...WARREN...MANSFIELD...ASHLAND...WOOSTER...CANTON...YOUNGSTOWN...MOUNT GILEAD...MILLERSBURG...MOUNT VERNON...ASHTABULA...ERIE...EDINBORO...MEADVILLE

1110 PM EST SUN DEC 29 2013...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 AM EST MONDAY...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CLEVELAND HAS ISSUED A WINTER

WEATHER ADVISORY FOR FREEZING RAIN...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 AM EST MONDAY.* ACCUMULATIONS...MINOR GLAZING OF ICE ON EXPOSED SURFACES. SNOW ACCUMULATIONS UP TO AN INCH IN THE LAKE EFFECT REGION AND HIGHER TERRAIN.* TIMING...FREEZING RAIN BETWEEN 11 PM AND 4 AM BEFORE TRANSITIONING OVER TO SNOW.* WINDS...10 TO 20 MPH WITH WIND CHILL VALUES DROPPING INTO THE SINGLE DIGITS BY MORNING.* IMPACTS...ANY ICE ACCUMULATION CAN MAKE ROADS SLICK...REQUIRING LOWER SPEEDS AND GREATER DISTANCES BETWEEN VEHICLES WHILE DRIVING.* THE FREEZING RAIN WILL TRANSITION OVER TO SNOW DURING THE EARLY MORNING HOURS OF MONDAY. TEMPERATURES WILL FALL INTO THE TEENS
CAUSING ANY WET SURFACES TO FREEZE. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR PERIODS OF FREEZING RAIN OR FREEZING DRIZZLE WHICH WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE
PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS OVERNIGHT. SLOW DOWN AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

Saturday, 28 December 2013 08:54

UPDATE Niles PD Issue Missing Adult Alert

UPDATED 11:09 a.m. Police report Calhoun was recovered and is safe. He was found in Indianapolis.

Niles police issuing a Missing Adult Alert for a 81-year old man missing since yesterday afternoon. Police say Jack Calhoun was supposed to pick up a friend Friday but never showed up. He's described as 5' 8", 173 pounds with grey hair and blue eyes last seen drving a 1993 Pontiac Trans sport with Ohio plates FXQ 7068.

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(Ohio Missing Adult Alert) A Missing Adult Alert has been issued by the Niles PD statewide.Information as of: December 28, 2013 at 12:57 AMBe on the lookout for a missing adult. On December 28, 2013 at 12:35 AM, Jack Calhoun was last contacted by phone in the early afternoon on December 27, 2013. He was to pickup a friend and never showed up.The incident took place on Frederick Street in the city of Niles, OH.The adult's name is Jack W Calhoun and the individual is missing. The adult is a White male, age 81, is 5' 8" tall, weighs 173, has gray hair, and has blue eyes. The vehicle involved is a white 1993 Pontiac Trans sport with OH plate number FXQ 7068. Call or dial 911 if you see the adult or the vehicle. You can also call 1-866-693-9171 to be transferred directly to the investigating law enforcement agency or to hear the alert information.

Saturday, 28 December 2013 08:02

OVI Checkpoint Nabs Three

The holiday wishes to watch your P's & Q's on the highway may be sinking in; Summit County's OVI Task Force held one of it's sobriety checkpoints on East Turkeyfoot Lake Road in Green last night and only nine of 143 vehicles were pulled over, with one arrest for OVI after blowing a point-172 for drunk driving. Another arrested for driving under suspension and a third for misdemeanor drug possession.

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(OVI Task Force)

The Summit County OVI Task Force a conducted sobriety checkpoint at 700 East Turkeyfoot Lake Road in the City of Green on Friday, December 27th 2013. The results of the checkpoint are as follows:

143- Vehicles passed through the checkpoint in total

09- Vehicles were directed into the diversion areas for further investigation or violations

01- Person was arrested for “Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence”

01- Person was arrested for driving under suspension

01- Person was arrested for misdemeanor drug possession

01- Person was cited for expired registration.

02- Vehicles were impounded

The BAC of the individual arrested for OVI was .172

Tuesday, 31 December 2013 00:00

Turnpike Offering Free Java Stops

Some things are a sure thing: turnpike tolls and free coffee stops on New Year's Eve seem to be on that list.
 
The Turnpike figures more than 3.7 million people used the pay highway over the holiday season with another round of travel set for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. That's why they'll pass out free cofree -- one cup of hot java -- from 10:00 Tuesday night New Year's Eve through 7:00 New Year's morning. The offer is good for the APlus Convenience Store, Burger King, Hardees and McDonald's locations scattered throughout the 14 service plazas the Turnpike operates along the highway.
 
As always, coffee should NOT be considered a substitute for sleep or driving sober. The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be working that side of the driving equation.
 
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(Ohio Turnpike) The holidays are almost over and as this year comes to an end, the Ohio Turnpike wishes to thank our dedicated employees who have been working around-the-clock to make sure that the roadway is clear and safe for travelers and that personnel is available at the service plazas to answer questions or offer assistance when needed.
 
At the culmination of this holiday season, the Ohio Turnpike estimates it will have had more than 3.7 million people traveling on the roadway, with many stopping at one of the 14 service plazas to rest, grab a bite to eat or fuel up. Recently, the Portage Service Plaza in Mantua (at MP 197.0 WB) and the Vermilion Valley Service Plaza in Amherst (at MP 139.5 EB) received national recognition from The USA Today as two of the busiest service plazas in the United States.
 
The modern service plazas are spacious enough to accommodate a large volume of customers anytime of the day, including all major holidays. On New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, the Ohio Turnpike vendors have a long-standing tradition of offering complimentary coffee to holiday travelers. This offer is valid for one cup of hot coffee from 10PM New Year’s Eve until 7AM New Year’s Day, at the following service plaza locations: APlus Convenience Store, Burger King, Hardees and McDonald’s.
 
While motorists have been fortunate that Mother Nature cooperated for Christmas travel, more adverse weather is predicted around New Year’s Day. As always, we advise travelers to use caution and drive accordingly to the conditions. The Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) will be working closely with the Turnpike’s maintenance crews and toll collectors to observe for any hazardous or unsafe driving, especially on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Customers can always report dangerous behavior directly to OSHP by dialing *990.