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

Saturday, 09 August 2014 08:48

Stark Crash Kills Man One Mile From Home

The Canton post of the State Highway Patrol reporting a one car crash that left 26-year old Kasey Cavalier of Navarre dead. Police say he lost control of his 2013 Ford Focus on Haut Road in Bethlehem Township and hit a tree. He was dead at the scene just before three this morning -- just a mile from home.

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(Ohio State Highway Patrol) The Ohio State Highway Patrol, Canton Post is currently investigating a one car crash that occurred on August 9, 2014 at approximately 2:47 a.m.

The crash occurred on Haut Street east of Beth Avenue in Bethlehem Township, Stark County.

Kasey M. Cavalier, age 26 of Navarre was driving a 2013 Ford Focus west on Haut St. when he lost control of the vehicle and went off the right side of the roadway, striking a tree. Mr. Cavaliers was trapped in the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash occurred less than one mile from his home address. This crash remains under investigation.

Friday, 08 August 2014 12:33

Cavs Open Preseason October 4

Hometown fans will be the first on the planet to see the new-look LeBron-led Cleveland Cavaliers. Brazil will be the second.

The Cavaliers releasing their preseason game schedule; the opener set for Quicken Loans Arena on Sunday, October 5th with a 6p matchup against new coach David Blatt's former team, Maccabi Tel Aviv. On Saturday, October 11th the Cavs will be in Brazil to play LeBron's former team, the Miami Heat, as part of the NBA Global Games series.

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(Cleveland Cavaliers) The Cleveland Cavaliers today released their 2014 preseason schedule, which is highlighted by the NBA’s second game ever in South America. The Cavs will take on 2014 Eastern Conference Champion Miami Heat on Oct. 11 at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao will play an NBA game in front of his countrymen for the first time as part of this year’s NBA Global Games.

The Cavs will compete in two regional home contests in Ohio against a pair of Central Division opponents. The Indiana Pacers will arrive in Cincinnati for a matchup with the Cavs at the Cintas Center on Oct. 15. Cleveland will square off with the Chicago Bulls at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus on Oct. 20.

The seven-game slate also includes three games at Quicken Loans Arena where the team will host Head Coach David Blatt’s former club and Israeli-league power Maccabi Tel Aviv on Oct. 5, the Milwaukee Bucks on Oct. 14 and the Dallas Mavericks on Oct. 17. In their preseason finale, the Cavaliers will travel to Memphis to face the Grizzlies on Oct. 22.

Ticket sales information, as well as game broadcast details, will be released at a later date.2014 PRESEASON SCHEDULE

Sunday, Oct. 5
vs. Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel)
Quicken Loans Arena
(Cleveland, OH)
6:00 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 11
vs. Miami Heat
HSBC Arena
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)^

Tuesday, Oct. 14
vs. Milwaukee Bucks
Quicken Loans Arena
(Cleveland, OH)
7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 15
vs. Indiana Pacers
Cintas Center, Xavier University (Cincinnati, OH)*
7:00 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 17
vs. Dallas Mavericks
Quicken Loans Arena
(Cleveland, OH)
7:30 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 20
vs. Chicago Bulls
Schottenstein Center, Ohio State (Columbus, OH)*
7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 22
at Memphis Grizzlies
(Memphis, TN)
8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, 05 August 2014 09:23

Rock Hall CEO Backs Freed Memorial

Now that the family of Alan Freed has had to remove his cremated remains from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, the next steps will determine just what kind of final resting place and memorial northeast Ohio thinks is appropriate for the man who first coined "Rock and Roll" and helped found the revolution that spread from Akron and Cleveland around the world.

Freed's ashes were on display as part of the exhibits at the Rock Hall for a dozen years, but Museum President and CEO Greg Harris tells WONE-FM's Jeff Kinzbach it wasn't right to have human remains on display. He admits there are museums that feature oddities and even archeological remains, such as an Egyptian mummy, but didn't favor the Rock Hall as one of them. 


Harris says they've been in contact with the family for a year and even reached out to Cleveland city officials as far back as 2002, when the remains were first presented and put on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, about a more suitable public memorial. That included a spot at the Hall's expansive Key Plaza in the front of the museum. Harris say the City responded there was a prohibition from interring remains in such a public memorial. 

He added Lake View Cemetery, where such figures as President James A. Garfield, John D. Rockefeller and even Eliot Ness are buried, might pose a suitable resting place. Freed's son Lance told WONE earlier this week the remains are being stored temporarily at Lake View but he favored more input from the public and music fans on something more fitting for his father.


Monday, 04 August 2014 09:41

AUDIO Freed: Help Find Peace For Alan

The son of Alan Freed says he's "disappointed" the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is evicting the cremated remains of his father from the display honoring his legacy -- where they've been the past 12 years -- and isn't interested in trying to get the Museum to reconsider.

He says why be in a place where they don't want you?

Instead, Freed - a northeast Ohio native born in Akron who lived here and in Cleveland then New York as his father's career skyrocketed -- is hoping rock and roll fans will help find a suitable place, in northeast Ohio, for the father of the term "Rock and Roll" to lie in peace.


Freed is in town to collect his father's ashes today. He was a guest on 97.5 WONE's Jeff Kinzbach show this morning.

Previous coverage:  UPDATED Keep Alan Freed In The Rock Hall

For those of you following at home -- there's $9,000,000 in the purse, the winner gets more than $1.5 million and even the last golfer on the list earns at least $42,000. Then again, they ARE the best golfers in the world. With Australia's Marc Leishman alone atop the leaderboard after Round 1 and a three-player tie for second it's still anyone to take over when the field takes to Firestone South with 9:10 tee times starting Round 2 of the World Golf Championship Bridgestone Invitational.

(World Golf Championship Bridgestone Invitational) First-Round Notes – Thursday, July 31, 2014

Weather: Mix of sun and clouds. High temperature 78 degrees with WSW winds 10-15 mph.

First-Round Leaderboard
Marc Leishman 64 (6-under)
Ryan Moore 65 (5-under)
Charl Schwartzel 65 (5-under)
Justin Rose 65 (5-under)

Marc Leishman: In his second career start at the Bridgestone Invitational, Leishman shot an opening 64, his first sub-par round at Firestone CC. His 64 is two shots off the first-round tournament record held by Adam Scott (2011). This is the second time in Leishman's career that he has held the lead after the first round. The last time he held the first-round lead was the 2013 Masters Tournament, where he went on to finish T4. Leishman led the field in birdies in the first round with eight. Leishman is making his first start since The Open Championship (T5), where he notched his fifth top 10 of the season. The Australian is seeking his first PGA TOUR win since the 2012 Travelers Championship. In five WGC starts, Leishman's best finish is a T18 at the 2012 HSBC Champions. The first-round leader has not gone on to win since Adam Scott at the 2011 Bridgestone Invitational. Scott is one of just four first-round leaders that went on to win in the event's 15-year history.

Ryan Moore: In his fourth start at the Bridgestone Invitational, three-time PGA TOUR winner Ryan Moore posted his lowest round with a bogey-free 65. Moore ranks second on TOUR with a first round scoring average of 68.72. Moore's previous best finish at the Bridgestone Invitational is a T16 in 2010. His best finish at a World Golf Championships event is a solo third at the 2009 HSBC Champions. Moore chipped in for birdie twice on the front nine, the first a 34 ft 7 inch chip on the par-3 5th hole and again on the par-4 8th hole from 15 ft 10 inches. He finished his round with five birdies. On the season, Moore ranks 18th in the FedExCup standings with six top-10 finishes, including a victory at the CIMB Classic. Round in review: Fairways: 12 of 14 (85.7 percent), 14 of 18 greens (77.8 percent).

Charl Schwartzel: In his sixth start at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, South Africa's Charl Schwartzel posted six birdies on his way to 5-under 65. Schwartzel started his round on No. 10 and made the turn by bogeying No. 1, then reeled off four consecutive birdies from Nos. 4-7 and finished out his round bogey-free. Schwazrtzel is seeking his first victory at a World Golf Championships event, and to become the first South African to win the Bridgestone Invitational. The last South African to win a WGC event is Ernie Els at the 2010 WGC-Cadillac Championship. Schwartzel is coming off of a T7 finish at The Open Championship, his first top-10 finish at a major since the 2011 U.S. Open. Schwartzel's year also includes a win at the European Tour's Alfred Dunhill Championship and five additional top-10 finishes across both the PGA TOUR and European Tour. 

Justin Rose: Justin Rose birdied three of his final four holes to close his first round at the Bridgestone Invitational with a 5-under 65. This marks Rose's lowest round at the Bridgestone Invitational in ten starts. Roes ranked fourth in the field with Strokes Gained – Putting (2.822) through the first round. He is T1 with Gonzalo Fdez-Castano with only 23 putts in round one. Rose's only victory at a World Golf Championships event was the 2012 Cadillac Championship. With six top-10 finishes, including a win at the Quicken Loans National, Rose ranks 20th in the FedExCup this season. 

Miscellaneous notes:

- The 22 countries represented in this year's World Golf Championship-Bridgestone Invitational are the most in tournament history. The previous best – 21 countries – occurred in 2004, 2005 and 2009.

- Defending champion Tiger Woods was plagued by bogeys on the front nine, but rallied for a bogey-free back nine to finish the day with a 68 and tied for ninth.

- The first–round leader has gone on to win nine times during the 2013-14 season, most recently Rory McIlroy at The Open Championship.

- Rory McIlroy will move to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking if he wins the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and Adam Scott finishes outside the top 5. Henrik Stenson will move to No. 1 in the OWGR if he wins this week and Adam Scott finishes outside the top 40.

FedExCup implications: Several players who are traditionally in the field for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola have work remaining on the road back to East Lake when the FedExCup Playoffs begin at The Barclays in three weeks.

Player Current FEC rank R1
Luke Donald 62 T55
Hunter Mahan 72 T35
Brandt Snedeker 83 T9
Phil Mickelson 89 T35
Ernie Els 105 T35
Steve Stricker 117 T61
Tiger Woods 215 T9

Bogey-free rounds: Ryan Moore (65), Graham DeLaet (67), Justin Rose (65)

Scoring average:
Front nine Back nine Cumulative
R1 35.671 35.303 70.974

Wednesday, 30 July 2014 09:48

Goodyear Posts Record Q2

A good quarter for Goodyear -- a record, actually. The company reporting second quarter sales hit $4.7 billion, down a bit from the previous yer but operating income hit $460 million for the period, a seven percent increase from the same period last year. First half income is up 14% from last year at a record $833 million.

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(Goodyear) The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company today reported record earnings for the second quarter of 2014.

"We delivered record second quarter results, driven by strong consumer replacement volumes in all of our regions where our new products are in demand," said Richard J. Kramer, chairman and chief executive officer. "Our performance in the first half, which was achieved through a balance of volume growth and cost reduction, gives us confidence that our strategy is working and we are on track to attain our 2014-2016 financial targets."

Goodyear's second quarter 2014 sales were $4.7 billion, compared to $4.9 billion a year ago. Tire unit volumes totaled 40.6 million for the second quarter of 2014, up 3 percent from 2013. Replacement tire shipments were up 6 percent with growth in all four regions. Original equipment unit volume was down 4 percent, primarily in Latin America. The company reported record segment operating income of $460 million in the second quarter of 2014. This was up 7 percent from the year-ago quarter driven by significant improvement in Europe, Middle East and Africa, which more than offset softness in emerging markets. The North American business continued to perform at record levels with segment operating margin of more than 10 percent.

Goodyear's record second quarter 2014 net income available to common shareholders was $213 million (76 cents per share). Excluding certain significant items, adjusted net income was $225 million (80 cents per share). Per share amounts are diluted.

For the second quarter of 2013, net income available to common shareholders was $181 million (67 cents per share). Excluding certain significant items, adjusted net income was $209 million (76 cents per share). Per share amounts are diluted. Year to date Goodyear's sales for the first six months of 2014 were $9.1 billion, down 6 percent from the 2013 period. Tire unit volumes totaled 80.6 million for the first half of 2014, up 2 percent from 2013. Replacement tire shipments were up 4 percent. Original equipment unit volume was down 3 percent.

The company's first half segment operating income of $833 million was up 14 percent from last year and a record. Compared to the prior year, year-to-date segment operating income reflects volume and earnings growth in North America and Europe, Middle East and Africa, which offset lower earnings in emerging markets. Goodyear's year-to-date net income available to common shareholders of $155 million (58 cents per share) is down from $206 million (79 cents per share) in 2013's first half. All per share amounts are diluted.

Monday, 28 July 2014 09:38

Goodyear Blows Away Hiring Goal

Akron-based Goodyear says it's met it's goal of hiring a thousand veterans -- ahead of schedule. The tiremaker had a goal of hiring a thousand military vets over a three year period but made it in two, and is promising to add another thousand veterans to it's job rolls over the next year.

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(Goodyear) Two years ago, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company  made a commitment to hire 1,000 United States military veterans. Today, the company announced  that it surpassed its three-year goal more than a year early, and has pledged to hire an additional 1,000 veterans.

“The response to Goodyear’s military hiring initiative—both from veterans and the public — has been incredible,” said Gary VanderLind, vice president of human resources, Goodyear North  America. “Thanks to our military recruiting efforts and the talent exhibited by veteran candidates, we’ve surpassed our initial goal more than a year early and are making an aggressive new pledge to hire 1,000 more veterans over the next year.”

Goodyear’s original commitment was announced in cooperation with the United States Chamber of Commerce Hiring Our Heroes program—a nationwide initiative to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment opportunities—and the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

“It is simply amazing what Goodyear has been able to do in only two years,” said Eric Eversole, vice president at the U.S. Chamber and executive director of Hiring Our Heroes. “Thanks to industry leaders like Goodyear and the companies who have followed suit, we have seen real progress and momentum in the effort to get veterans back to work in America. There is still so much to be done on this issue, but Goodyear is setting a tremendous example by doubling down on their

According to VanderLind, veterans, guardsmen and reservists looking to build a civilian career will find the Goodyear culture supportive of traditional military values, with a focus on delivering results. Goodyear associates are committed to building the highest quality products in a supportive team-based culture.

The company has also formed an employee veterans association, which is devoted to supporting the transition to civilian life and enabling internal networking opportunities. “The make-up of our workforce is changing rapidly and we’re seeking high quality talent that will help us meet the evolving needs of our customers and our company,” VanderLind said. “We’ve found that veterans, guardsmen and reservists often demonstrate many of the skills we value: proven leadership, courageous decision making, effective problem solving and the technical skills that translate well to working in the tire industry.”

Saturday, 26 July 2014 07:00

OVI Checkpoint Turns Into Dash & Crash

Quite a haul for two OVI checkpoints last night, one on Lover's Lane and another on Brown Street. Eight arrests on Lover's Lane but the big action came on Brown Street when a motorists tried to drive away and rammed a cop car in the process.

That driver's facing assault charges on top of OVI, driving on suspension, fleeing, reckless operation and open container.

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(OVI Task Force) On Friday July 25th , 2014 the Summit County OVI Task Force conducted two simultaneous sobriety checkpoints; one at 594 Lover's Lane and one at 1044 Brown Street in the City of Akron.

The results of the Lover's Lane checkpoint are as follows:

34- Vehicles passed through the checkpoint in total
01- Vehicle was directed into the diversion area for further investigation or violations
01- Person was arrested for Driving under Suspension
The results of the Brown Street checkpoint are as follows:
151- Vehicles passed through the checkpoint in total
16- Vehicles were directed into the diversion area for further investigation or violations
08- People were arrested for Driving under Suspension
01- Person was cited for operating a motor vehicle without a driver's license
02- People were cited for Failure to Use Child Safety Restraints to secure their children
01- Vehicle was impounded

A motorist fled the Brown Street checkpoint leading officers on a pursuit that ended when the motorist rammed a police cruiser on Grant Street at Jewell. The driver was charged with felonious assault on a police officer, felony willful fleeing, reckless operation, driving under suspension, resisting arrest,
obstructing official business, assaulting a police officer and possessing an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle.

A second occupant in the vehicle was also charged with obstructing official business.

Saturation patrols adjacent to the checkpoints resulted in:

02- People were arrested for Driving under Suspension
02- People were arrested possessing an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle
01- Person was arrested for drug possession
01- Person was cited for Failure to Use Child Safety Restraints to secure their child
03- Three other motorists were cited for various other violations

The LeBron James Homecoming event is officially a sell out.

City officials say the free tickets to the August 8th event at InfoCision Stadium sold out "within hours". The tickets became available starting at 10 AM this (Monday) morning via Ticketmaster.

There is an effort to make "a small amount" of additional tickets available, with details released later.


(City of Akron - news release) - Due to the overwhelming demand for tickets to the community event marking LeBron James' return to his hometown, all available tickets sold out within hours of their release.

The City, The LeBron James Family Foundation, and The University of Akron are working to make a small amount of additional tickets available. More details will be released when available.

The City of Akron wants to thank everyone for its enthusiastic support for what is sure to be a memorable event!

Want to give LeBron a proper Akron welcome home without aggravating his Bath Township neighbors? Thank you for your consideration; there's a time, place and now how to get tickets for the Welcome Home LeBron celebration at Infocision Stadium Friday, August 8th.

Tickets are free but only available through Ticketmaster starting Monday morning. The City's LeBronFest begins after 7:00 and includes recognition of James' charitable efforts in the region through the LeBron James Family Foundation.


(Previous ANN coverage) (City of Akron) The City of Akron will join with the LeBron James Family Foundation in welcoming LeBron James back to his hometown team at a free public event Friday, August 8, at 7:15pm at InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field on The University of Akron's campus.

Admission is free, but every person planning to attend must have a ticket, obtainable only through Ticketmaster, beginning at 10:00am, Monday, July 28. Go to Ticketmaster HERE  for tickets.

""LeBron has always remained dedicated to Akron and his Wheels for Education kids. Our entire community is happy to celebrate with him and welcome him back to his hometown, Akron, Ohio," said Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic. "We plan to do that in a big way by celebrating those aspects of our community that LeBron himself values most." Mayor Plusquellic also said that the event has received strong community support from Akron General, the City's lead sponsor for the event, as well as Bridgestone Americas, Inc., FirstEnergy Corp., Summa Health System, GoJo, Akron Children's Hospital, and FirstMerit Bank, all of whom have made contributions to support the August 8 event.

The August 8 event will focus on LeBron's positive impact on his hometown. For many children and families in Akron, LeBron has had a daily presence in their lives through his "Wheels for Education" program and the "I Promise" campaign, which has reached more than 800 Akron Public school children and their families.

The evening is being shared with LeBron's 3rd annual Family Reunion for nearly 2,500 of his WFE kids and families, who will occupy Summa Field. In addition to LeBron and a recitation of his "I Promise" pledge, there will be special performances by local community groups and remarks by notable individuals who have been a part of LeBron's journey. The event will celebrate LeBron's return to his hometown, and more importantly, the many kids and families in Akron that have been positively impacted by his philanthropic efforts.

Individuals who plan to attend must have a valid ticket to enter. Gates to InfoCision Stadium will open at 6:15pm. Parking is available in lots surrounding The University of Akron's campus.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014 20:22

UPDATE Missing North Canton Woman Found

Update 11:30 am: North Canton police say a missing 77-year-old woman was "alive and responsive" in the water along the West Branch of the Nimishillen Creek this morning. A firefighter found a shoe in the creek -- which led crews to Arlene Gimigliano about 125 feet downstream. The Plain Township Fire Department along with the Stark County Sheriff's office responded to assist at the scene of the rescue. Gimigliano was taken to Aultman Hospital for an evaluation regarding possible hypothermia and other health and safety concerns.

Update 8:50 am: North Canton police say Arlene Gimigliano was located this morning around 8:23 am and is being transported to a hospital for evaluation. Police say she "appears to be ok."


Previous Coverage: 

A Missing Adult Alert has been issued by the North Canton Police Department for Stark County.

(North Canton PD) Information as of: July 22, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Be on the lookout for a missing adult. On July 22, 2014 at 6:00 PM, Ms. Gimigliano left her residence and has not returned.

The incident took place in Stark County, OH on Irondale Circle Northeast in the city of North Canton.

The adult's name is Arlene Gimigliano and the individual is missing. The adult is a White female, age 77, is 5' 5" tall, weighs 125 lbs., has blonde hair, and has brown eyes. Ms. Gimigliano was last seen wearing a long sleeve sweater and dark blue shorts. Ms. Gimigliano suffers from Dementia and Sundowners Syndrome.

Call or dial 911 if you see the adult. You can also call 1-866-693-9171 to be transferred directly to the investigating law enforcement agency or to hear the alert information.