Aaron Coleman

Aaron Coleman

Aaron has been working with RCRG since August of 2008 covering various news and sporting events. He graduated in 2003 from St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron. He then went onto the University of Akron in May of 2008 with a degree in Radio/TV & Media Productions and a minor in Psychology. It was at WZIP & ZTV where Aaron developed a passion for radio especially Sports Radio. While attending the University of Akron you could hear Aaron on Sundays doing the "Sports Power Talk" program. Aaron covers City Hall, County Council and Akron School Board beats and handles traffic updates weekday afternoons on 1590 WAKR, 97.5 WONE and 94.9 WQMX. You can contact Aaron through the newsroom 330-864-6397 or email acoleman@rcrg.net

Friday, 17 October 2014 07:54

AUDIO: Akron Continuing To Address Ebola

Dr. Margo Erme, Medical Director for Summit County Public Health addressed Ebola victim Amber Vinson's time in Akron, including her visit to the bridal shop. Dr. Erme says that the CDC and Summit County Public Health are still looking into new information into Vinson's whereabouts when she was in Ohio, including talking to family and friends, along with Vinson herself down the line.


Mark Williamson, the Spokesperson for the Akron Public Schools spoke with WAKR's Jasen Sokol Friday morning about the closing of Resnick CLC in Akron.

Superintendent David James said Thursday in a news conference the school will be closed Friday and throughout the weekend. The APS learned through the Akron Summit County Health Department that the mother of a Resnick student had spent time with Ebola victim Amber Vinson during her time in Ohio. Both the parent and the child are in quarantine at this time.

Dr. Terry O' Sullivan University Of Akron spoke about the overall response to the Ebola situation from health authorities in Summit County.

He says they've been doing a good job of attempting to calm people's fears about the disease and taking necessary precautions to ensure the public's safety.

Dr. O' Sullivan, like others, have emphasized there has been no diagnosed cases in Ohio at this time.


 Dr. Shanu Agarwal, Infectious Disease Physician from Summa Health Systems spoke about if Akron hospitals including Summa, have an Ebola protocol in place in case of a diagnosis in Akron, Summit County, and the surrounding area.



Kent State University Spokesperson Eric Mansfield spoke with WAKR's Jasen Sokol about Amber Vinson, the nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for a patient in Texas.

Vinson was in town visiting family before going back to Dallas. Some of her family members work for Kent State. Mansfield says the risk of students, faculty, or any others contracting the disease is "very low."

Kent State University's Dr. Tara Smith tells WAKR's Jasen Sokol there is not much to worry about in terms of contracting Ebola after former student Amber Vinson traveled through Ohio before experiencing symptoms after she left the state.

Dr. Smith says this health issue has been new for many public health organizations, including local agencies. She says there are still questions and concerns amongst many people, and that the CDC and others are doing their collective best to answer those questions.

Host Jasen Sokol was taking calls on the morning show Thursday addressing the public's concerns and questions on the Ebola virus.

 Dr. Hazel Barton, associate professor of biology at The University Of Akron spoke with Jasen Sokol this morning. She says the important message is for people to be concerned, but not scared when it comes to Ebola.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 12:25

AUDIO: Cavs, Love Looking Good

Sam Amico the Cavaliers Beat Writer for Fox Sports Ohio spoke with Jasen Wednesday morning.

He said the addition of F Kevin Love is a welcome one, and that LeBron James and the whole team will benefit from having him on the floor.

Amico also discussed how head coach David Blatt is implementing his offensive system for the team and how they seem to be responding well to his coaching style.

The Cavaliers open up the regular season October 30 against Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks. Tonight they play the Indiana Pacers at 7 p.m. on the campus of Xavier University in Cincinnati

Incumbent 36th District State Representative Anthony DeVitis (R-Ohio) joined Jasen Sokol Wednesday morning for the Know Your Candidate interviews leading up to the election in November.

DeVitis spoke about some of the issues at the forefront of his focus, including education, improving education across all grade levels, maintaining high standards in the classroom, and keeping college affordable for Ohio students.


Candidate For The 36th District Seat Paula Prentice spoke with WAKR's Jasen Sokol as well. She is running against incumbent Anthony DeVitis in the November election.
Prentice discussed her priorities as far as education of our students in Ohio. She says that Columbus needs to take a hard look at funding for Common Core as well as explore methods to make sure our schools have an equal amount of funding.


Tuesday, 14 October 2014 15:21

AUDIO: ABJ's Dyer Dissects Angley Series

Akron Beacon Journal columnist Bob Dyer spoke with WAKR's Jasen Sokol Tuesday to talk about his 6-part series entitled "Falling From Grace" which takes a look at Rev. Ernest Angley and his Grace Cathedral in Cuyahoga Falls.

He (Dyer) says the people who came forward to speak out against Angley and the church came forward and use their names to tell their stories of alleged sexual abuse, church-urged vasectomies and abortions, among other accusations.

The 93-year-old Angley has been ministering in the greater Akron area for 60 years.

 Part II of Jasen's interview with Akron Beacon Journal columnist Bob Dyer takes a look at his series on Grace Cathedral, and their pastor, Rev. Ernest Angley.

Dyer says it is very hard for him to believe that former church-goers fabricated any of the stories they told him.  He also gives Jasen and the audience a look-ahead to the next three parts of the series. You can read the column on Ohio.com.


Tuesday, 14 October 2014 09:57

AUDIO: Know Your Candidate: Bill Roemer

Bill Roemer, a Candidate For Summit County Council At Large, spoke with WAKR's Jasen Sokol Tuesday morning.

Roemer told Jasen that one of the major issues facing Summit County was the potential sales tax increase for the residents of the county among other issues related to storm water and sewers.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 07:42

AUDIO: Know Your Candidate: Sandra Kurt

Sandra Kurt, a Candidate For Summit County Council, spoke with WAKR's Jasen Sokol Tuesday morning to discuss her candidacy for Summit County Council At-Large.

Kurt says the main goal for the county is creating more jobs. One of the big proponents of Kurt and Council is to work with companies and municipalities within the county to make it easier for companies to move to Summit County.

Kurt also touched on the sales tax issue, speaking about the improvements that need to be made to the Summit County Jail, as well as the emergency communications system. She points out that while the county has been fiscally responsible, both of those items have to be taken care of for safety.


Springfield Local Schools will have three new renewal levies on the ballot for the November election.

Springfield Superintendent Bill Stauffer, Treasurer Cliff Adams, and Assistant Superintendent Chuck Sincere spoke with WAKR's Jasen Sokol Monday morning about the importance of these levies for the financial health of the district as well as the families and students of Springfield Local Schools.

The levies are issues 5,6, and 7 on the ballot. These renewal levies cover the day-to-day expenses of the district, such as supplies, salaries, and other expenses.  If the levy does not pass in November, there is a chance Springfield could go into fiscal emergency once more.

Monday, 13 October 2014 07:52

AUDIO: Know Your Candidate: Frank LaRose

U.S. State Senator Frank LaRose (R-Ohio) spoke with WAKR's Jasen Sokol Monday morning during the WAKR Morning News with Ray Horner.

Senator LaRose touched on improving job growth and keeping jobs in Ohio. He also spoke about education and that funding education is a statewide responsibility that the state of Ohio needs to do a better job of moving forward.

If elected to another term, Senator LaRose said he was looking to improve job growth and economic development, increase bipartisan relations across the Senate, and across all government entities, and increase opportunities for people to vote.

Rock musician and Cleveland native Michael Stanley spoke with WAKR's Ray Horner Friday morning to talk about his performance this Saturday at the Sapphire Ball.

The event will take place at the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron. This black-tie gala will benefit Summa's hospice and pallative care services.

Stanley says he still perfoms 30-50 shows a year at various locations throught Cleveland and beyond. He and his band  will be performing an acoustic set at the benefit Saturday.