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

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.
Wednesday, 25 December 2013 20:43

Mike Hegan Passes Away

Indians fans, former and current players and folks who enjoyed the storytellers of America's Pastime have reason to mourn this Christmas evening. Indians broadcaster Mike Hegan passed away this morning at the age of 71.

Hegan left the broadcast booth in 2012; he'd been in ill health and never fully recovered from the after-effects of a golf cart mishap that restricted his movement and left him in pain.

Hegan came into the booth with play-by-play mate Tom Hamilton following in the footsteps of Indians pitching legend Herb Score. It was hard to find a better choice to relay the game through the eyes and ears of such a seasoned pro. Hegan's pedigree started at birth with his father, Jim, who caught for the Indians. A graduate of St. Ignatius High School, Mike would go on to play first base and the outfield for the New York Yankees, become an All-Star with the Seattle Pilots, earn a World Championship ring with the Oakland A's and make the move from the field as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers to calling their games in the broadcast booth.

Coming home to host televison and radio broadcasts, and later joining Hamilton and Jim Rosenhaus in the booth in a three-man rotation, seemed a natural to this good-natured baseball veteran full of humor, offbeat stories and a fine appreciation for the ironies of men playing a boy's game. An avid golfer, Hegan truly enjoyed his home in South Carolina's coastal islands always close to a course.

Cleveland Indians - from Curtis Danburg, Senior Director/Communications: "On this special day of spending time and appreciating our families, the Cleveland Indians organization is deeply saddened to lose a member of our family with the loss of Mike Hegan this morning down in Hilton Head, SC with family by his side.  Mike spent 50 years of his life in the game of baseball with almost half of that covering Cleveland Indians baseball (23 years total) in the TV and Radio booths.  He was the son of Indians great catcher Jim Hegan.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Nancy and the entire Hegan family.  No plans have been set at this time."

 

Saturday, 21 December 2013 07:56

LeBron Tops -- Kyrie Makes Top 10

For a long time 23 ruled; now it's six. But the Cavs number two is number nine on the NBA's hottest jersey listing. Akron's King retains his title as biggest-selling jersey, leading such NBA stalwarts as Kobe Bryant of the Lakers and New York Knick Carmelo Anthony. It's a five-time placement atop the jersey sales list.

Cavalier Kyrie Irving ranked ninth on the list.

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(NBA. oom) The National Basketball Association's (NBA) reigning Kia NBA MVP, LeBron James of the Miami Heat, retains the No.1 spot on the league's top-selling jerseys list.

The list is based on overall sales from adidas and NBAStore.com from October 2013 through December 2013 and reflects record-breaking holiday season jersey sales. NBAStore.com had its largest Black Friday (Nov. 29) and Cyber Monday (Dec. 2) in history, with sales up double digits from 2012.

Rounding out the top five are the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant (No. 2), the Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose (No. 3), the Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant (No. 4) and the New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (No. 5).
 
James, who had the most popular jersey worldwide this year, has held the No. 1 position five times on the league's lists of domestic jersey sales.
Additional highlights:
 
• The Philadelphia 76ers' Michael Carter-Williams makes his debut as the only rookie on the list.
• The Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (No. 6), the Houston Rockets' James Harden (No. 12) and the Indiana Pacers' Paul George (No. 14) rank for the first time.
• Bryant moves up one spot from the latest list (Oct.) to No. 2.
• Anthony retains his spot at No. 5.
This year marks the seventh season that adidas has served as the official on-court uniform and apparel provider of the NBA.
 
Top 15 Most Popular NBA Jerseys
 
1. LeBron James, Miami Heat
2. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
3. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
4. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
5. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks
6. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
7. Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
8. Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
9. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
10. Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
11. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
12. James Harden, Houston Rockets
13. Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics
14. Paul George, Indiana Pacers
15. Michael Carter-Williams, Philadelphia 76ers

UPDATE 9:59 a.m. Stark County authorities report Demarrio Williams was found safe and returned home.

UPDATE 4:58 a.m. Wayne County authorities have cancelled the Missing Child Advisory for Reann Marie Murphy; she has been recovered.

This has been a tough night for at least two families in the region as separate AMBER Alerts were issued in Stark and Wayne Counties. With winter storm conditions bringing snow and cold, there's concern by police both young people missing are in danger. This is NOT an AMBER Alert, which is issued by police in cases where imminent danger is indicated through abduction. The Stark County Missing Child Advisory covers Demarrio Williams, a special needs teenager last seen wandering from his Canton home Saturday evening. The Wayne County Missing Child Advisory asks for help finding Reann Marie Murphy, a nine-year old girl last seen when she left her home in Smithville with a friend Saturday evening.

Demarrio WilliamsAN ENDANGERED MISSING CHILD ADVISORY HAS BEEN ISSUED BY CANTON POLICE DEPARTMENT FOR THE FOLLOWING REGIONS: STARK, CARROLL, COLUMBIANA, HOLMES, MAHONING, PORTAGE, SUMMIT, TUSCARAWAS, AND WAYNE COUNTIES. WHILE THIS IS NOT AN AMBER ALERT, THE CHILD IS BELIEVED TO BE IN DANGER.

Demarrio Williams, biracial male, wandered from his residence on foot at 12:00 p.m. on December 14, 2013.  Demarrio suffers from Autism with sensory deprivation.  He is deaf in his left ear, partially deaf in his right ear and his right foot drags when he walks.  He was last seen wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, black and red tennis shoes and black eyeglasses.BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR A MISSING OR ABDUCTED CHILD FROM STARK COUNTY, OH. LAST SEEN ON 1628 QUIMBY AVE. SW IN THE CITY OF CANTON AT 12/14/2013 6:52:00 PM. INFORMATION AS OF 12/14/2013 08:46 PM.

CHILD: DEMARRIO DAVONTAE WILLIAMS
NICKNAME/ALIAS:
DOB:  1/20/1996 17 Yrs old
SEX:  Male
RACE:  Black
HEIGHT:  5'6"   WEIGHT:  120 lbs
HAIR:  Black
EYES:  Brown AND WEARS BLACK EYEGLASSES
Grey hooded sweatshirt and black and red tennis shoes.
LAST SEEN DATE:  12/14/2013 12:00 AM

IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT CANTON POLICE DEPARTMENT AT (330) 438-4451

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Reann MurphyAN ENDANGERED MISSING CHILD ADVISORY HAS BEEN ISSUED BY WAYNE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE FOR THE FOLLOWING REGIONS: WAYNE, ASHLAND, HOLMES, MEDINA, STARK, AND SUMMIT COUNTIES.
WHILE THIS IS NOT AN AMBER ALERT, THE CHILD IS BELIEVED TO BE IN DANGER.

Reann Marie Murphy, 9 year old white female, went outside to play between 6 and 6:30 p.m. with a friend.  She failed to return home.  Reann was wearing a pink camo hat, a grey Ohio State University jacket under a Carhart coat, pink sweatpants and white tennis shoes. BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR A MISSING OR ABDUCTED CHILD FROM WAYNE COUNTY, OH. LAST SEEN ON 5912 AKRON ST. IN THE CITY OF SMITHVILLE AT 12/14/2013 6:30:00 PM.
INFORMATION AS OF 12/15/2013 12:42 AM.

CHILD: REANN MARIE MURPHY

NICKNAME/ALIAS:  

DOB:  10/30/2004 9 YRS OLD

SEX:  FEMALE

RACE:  WHITE

HEIGHT:  4'5"      

WEIGHT:  100 LBS

HAIR:  BROWN

EYES:  HAZEL

PINK CAMO HAT, CARHART JACKET WITH A GREY OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY COAT UNDER IT, PINK SWEATPANTS AND WHITE TENNIS SHOES.

LAST SEEN DATE:  12/14/2013 06:30 PM59123 AKRON ST. SMITHVILLE, OHIO

IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT WAYNE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE AT (330) 287-5700

Wednesday, 04 December 2013 14:21

Akron Coyotes Named

The newest den mates at the Akron Zoo now have names to call each other.

A pair of coyotes on display at the Grizzly Ridge exhibit will henceforth be known as Shilah and Kaliska after counting a thousand votes in a naming contest that ran over the Thanksgiving holiday. The names are Native American and mean "brother" (for Shilah, the male) and "coyote chasing deer" (for Kaliska, the female. Other names also drew on Native American heritage including Dasan, or chief, and Adany, for timber or woods.

The Akron Zoo coyotes are a brother and sister born in Logan, Utah. Coyotes are making a comeback across the United States, including her in northeast Ohio  - - - 

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(Akron Zoo) After a naming contest that generated over 1,000 votes, the coyotes at the Akron Zoo have been named. The male is named Shilah (shy-luh) and the female coyote will now go by Kaliska (kuh-lis-kuh). The coyotes, which have been on exhibit now since last month, are part of the zoo’s Mike & Mary Stark Grizzly Ridge exhibit.

The naming contest ran from Thursday, November 21 to Monday, December 2, 2013. The animal care department at the zoo narrowed the choices of names down to two for each coyote. The names are of Native American origin and Shilah, seen at left in an Akron Zoo photo, means “brother” while Kaliska means “coyote chasing deer.” The non-winning choices were Dasan (dug-sahn) for the male, which means “chief” and Adany (uh-dah-knee) for the female, which means “timber” or “woods.”

The coyotes, one male and one female, are siblings. They were born on April 13 at USDA facility in Logan, Utah. When they arrived at the zoo this summer they were in quarantine in the zoo’s Center for Animal Care. More recently they were moved to their exhibit to get used to their surroundings before they went on exhibit to the public. Being right next to the red wolf exhibit gives the zoo the opportunity to educate people about the differences and similarities in coyotes and wolves.

Coyotes are a species of canid that can be found anywhere in North and Central America. They are grayish brown to yellowish in color. Their belly and throat are mostly white. They are very adaptable to many different habitats as they live in deserts, prairies, savannas, tropical forests, tundra, grasslands and urban areas. Their diet consists primarily of rabbits, rodents, insects and other small prey. The average weight of a coyote is 25-40 lbs. Coyotes are one of the few animals that have increased their range in spite of human encroachment. 

Wednesday, 04 December 2013 09:10

Ninni's Bakery Closing

For four generations the Ninni family has been baking for Akron; Italian specialties like cassata cakes for weddings and celebrations, cookies for any holiday but not after this holiday. The long-time home for Italian sweets and pastries will be closing it's doors for the final time after the Christmas holiday.

Current owner-operator Tony Ninni, who says his father still comes to the bakery to oversee his work just as his grandfather and great-grandfather did in their day, tells WONE's Jeff Kinzbach it was the toughest of decisions but at age 62 the business is at the point where it won't be reopening and he'll be looking to bake for someone else to wind up his career before retirement.

The local bakery started out in 1926 at a North Hill location but soon moved around as various landlords and buildings went through the paces but the bakery always had a Ninni to prepare and bring out of the oven baked goods used by families and friends for generations, celebrating graduations, marriages, births and even funerals. 

Ninni's will be taking orders for holiday cakes, breads and cookies now through December 16th for the holidays; orders can be placed by calling 330-634-0060 -- and yeah, that's a plug.