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

The four-game suspension for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been upheld for his role in the "Deflate-Gate" situation.

Tony Massarotti, sports talk show host for 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston joined the Average Sports Show to speak with Brad Russell about the whole story, Brady's legacy, and what it means for the Patriots moving forward.

Massarotti said the support for Brady was "lukewarm at best" once the details came out about the destruction of Brady's cell phone, so he would not incriminate himself.

"When you're talking about somebody destroying their cell phone,  it's hard to get past the reality of what the likelihood is there," Massarotti said.

The issue stems from the Wells Report, saying that Brady and the organization new about the deliberate deflation of game-footballs used in the AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts.


One of the broadcasting world's most recognizable football players and broadcasters was honored with the prestigious Pete Rozelle Radio and TV Award recently, and had the opportunity to talk about what that distinction meant to him.

ESPN football analyst Tom Jackson joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the award, his career in football as a player with John Adams HS in Cleveland, the Louisville Cardinals in college, and the Orange Crush in Denver with the Broncos.

Jackson said he was humbled by the honor, saying he realized his dream not once, but twice in his remarkable life.

 I always have to pinch myself," Jackson said. "As an adult I've only had two jobs, realizing my dream of playing in the NFL, and the dream  that came along afterwards talking about the NFL,  so I don't think there's been anyone more fortunate than me in terms of the way you make a living," he stated.


 Jackson started with ESPN in 1987 with longtime broadcast partner Chris Berman on NFL Primetime and NFL Countdown. Before that, he was a linebacker for the Orange Crush Defense of the Denver Broncos for 14 seasons.

Thursday, 30 July 2015 04:33

AUDIO Manchester Panthers Ready For 2015

As the high school football season begins to lift the curtain on another season, Manchester head coach Jim France is back at it again, looking to get the Panthers back in the playoffs.

France joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about his club and how each year is a different and unique situation.
"Every year it's exciting, every year is a new group of kids," France said.  "We had kids who didn't come out for football before join the team and become pretty good players."

The Panthers will field about 52 players this season, playing in Division V.  France said it wouldn't be a suprise if they eventually became a Division VI school.

 "Our numbers in our lower grades are smaller than they have been, so I wouldn't be surprised when they look at the enrollments in two years that that's where we'll be."

Manchester is known for their rushing attacks, tough hard-nosed defense, and ability to control the clock.
The Panthers will look to implement all of those things throughout the season, and in their non-conference schedule as well.

"We open up with Hillsdale down in Jeromesville, then we play Woodridge who has a strong program, then we play Norwayne the third game," France said. "Those are all three really good opponents."

Since Timken has closed operations, the Panthers will be playing Colonel Crawford in Week 7 to fill out the schedule in 2015.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 09:51

AUDIO HSFB: GlenOak Golden Eagles Preview

As the GlenOak Golden Eagles prepare to take the gridiron this season, they know it will be a tough task ahead of them, but head coach Scott Garcia feels like his team is up for the challenge.

Garcia joined the Sam Bourquin Show to discuss the Golden Eagles and his expectations for them in 2015.


 "We had a great offseason,  we had a great summer," Garcia explained. "We're excited to get it going,  we won a 7 on 7 tournament, we have our quarterback back, so we're in good shape."

Garcia also talked about the doubleheader being played between the Eagles and the Buchtel Griffins at 2 p.m. , as well as North and Cardinal Mooney squaring off in Game 1.

"We talked back and forth, Coach Ricky (Powers) and I got to know each other a little bit, and we (GlenOak) agreed to come up there and play the Griffins," he said. "We're looking forward to it."


Tuesday, 28 July 2015 23:04

AUDIO HSFB: City Series Football Preview

The High School Football season  is right around the corner, and the Akron City Series is going to be competitive yet again in 2015.

New Akron Public Schools Athletic Director Joe Vassalotti joined the Sam Bourquin Show in studio to talk about this year's  group of teams, their strengths, and the city series landscape.

Vassalotti, who served as the head football coach of Tallmadge for many years before stepping into this new role told Bourquin the transition has been an exciting one.

"The transition is going well," Vassalotti said. "I was looking for a change, I was looking to get in administration, and this has been a tremendous change for me."

Vassalotti credited many of the APS personnel for helping him ease into the transition of being an athletic director, including Ron Linger, Beth Johnson, and Dan Rambler.

"If you look at the city,  there's some traditional powers the last few years there with Buchtel and Ellet, and Garfield through the years," he said.

"You also have some other teams on the rise as well,  I know Kenmore's fired up with coach (Kemp) Boyd, and East is doing a lot of things with coach( Marques) Hayes, and North with coach (John Allen) Stewart, so this is a great time of year for everyone."


As we take a look at the wide receiver position for fantasy football, the Original Football Nerd Zack Zander and the Average Sports Show's Brad Russell break down the playmakers who can rack up some big points for you during this season.

"You have so many game-changers out there," Zander says. "The wide reciever position is probably the safest position to draft in fantasy football."


Zack ranked the top ten receivers from 10 to 5 in Part I of his fantasy breakdown, saying Randall Cobb of the Green Bay Packers, Alshon Jeffery of the Chicago Bears, Jordy Nelson of the Green Bay Packers,  Odell Beckham Jr of the New York Giants,  and AJ Green of the Cincinatti Bengals. Those are some of the top targets you should be looking at when you get in your draft.

Look out for part II of the wide receiver breakdown on Friday.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 10:54

AUDIO NFL Previews: AFC West

As we take a look at the NFL season with just 50 days left until the season kicks off, the AFC West looks to be strong yet again with many good coaches and players returning.

For the Kansas City Chiefs,  coach Andy Reid and offensive coordinator Doug Pedersen have built stability with the offense, namely with quarterback Alex Smith and running back Jamaal Charles.

"When you look at Andy Reid's history with his running backs, he doesn't always run them between the tackles, he'll get them out in space, catching passes out of the backfield, and that's what he'll do with Charles," said Herbie Teope, publisher of Chiefs Digest.


 When you look at the Denver Broncos, it all starts with one of the best quarterbacks in the league, Peyton Manning, and his bevy of weapons on offense.

Jon Heath from the Mile High Report says that Gary Kubiak, the new head coach of the Broncos will have to manage high expectations from the fans, the front office, and more importantly, himself.

"They're expected to run the ball well with CJ Anderson, and they're expected to have a good defense, so yes, expectations are high."


 For the Oakland Raiders,  last season was a struggle, but for second year signal caller Derek Carr and rookie wideout Amari Cooper, there's reason for hope according to veteran broadcaster Vern Glenn from KPIX-TV in the Bay Area.

"He (Carr) is easily in my top five of athletes who come in with a lot of confidence, and the players rallied around him," said Glenn. "Last year they didn't have the pieces to get that done."

Lastly, the San Diego Chargers are looking to turn the corner, and legendary sports talk host and play-by-play man Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton said that San Diego will put up some big offensive numbers to make up for some deficiencies defensively.

"Philip Rivers (quarterback of the Chargers) can put points on the board, but sadly I think they're going to have to put up a lot of points because the defense is going to be giving up a lot of points this year," Hamilton said.

"They (the Chargers) lost a lot defensively to free agency, retirement, and they have not addressed the defense in the draft."



The University of Akron men's soccer program is looking forward to the 2015 campaign, and head coach Jared Embick will be leading the Zips for many more years to come.

Embick recieved a three-year contract extension from the university earlier this week, which will keep him at the helm through the 2018 season.

Coach Embick joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about his 2015 squad and about the confidence the university has in him and his program.

"I'm very happy to be here, and I think  at the University of Akron, they've always supported our program," Embick explained.

"There's no better place to be  when you talk about college soccer than here."


 Embick's teams have won both postseason and regular season MAC titles in men's soccer in his first two seasons as head coach.  He took over for current Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter, who guided the Zips to the 2010 National Championship.

The Zips will open the 2015 season against VCU August 28.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015 10:14

AUDIO Mt. Union Ready To Crank It Up

The Mt. Union Purple Raiders will be ready to take the field this upcoming season, and as always, expectations are high.

Head Football Coach Vince Kehres joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the squad and what they're expected to do in the 2015 campaign.

"We did some good things in the offseason,  we had a good winter, and spring practice went well," Kehres said.
"It's always an exciting time of year, the bar has been set very high around here, and everyone is 0-0."

He said that he feels pretty good about his squad this year, and the quarterback battle is something to keep an eye on this season.

"The most important position in the sport of football is quarterback," Kehres said.  "We feel good about Taurice Scott,  he's got a good chance to be our starting quarterback,  and there's some guys that are going to make him earn it behind him."

Mount Union lost to Wisconsin-Whitewater in the Division III championship game the last two years, leaving coach Kehres and the Purple Raiders with unfinished business on their minds.

"It left a bad taste in our mouths, but we're excited for this year, and ready to get it started."

With the University of Akron's baseball program being discontinued, many former players and supporters are looking for unique ways to bring it back.

With over 3,000 "Likes" the "Save Akron Baseball Program since 1879" Facebook page has grabbed the attention of many over the last several days.

Randy Ecrement, former player at UA and founder of the page joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about what the program means to him and what it means to others.

"It started on a whim," Ecrement said. "I think it's a thing we needed to organize people to raise money for the program."

He said his orginal thoughts when he first heard the news were those of shock and disappointment.

"I never ever thought it would would happen," Ecrement said. "It's one of the oldest sporting programs they have in Ohio, not just the University of Akron, and the baseball complex was the only athletic field they did not upgrade."


Supporters of the program also started a Go Fund Me account to raise money to keep the program alive. Scott Foster, a former UA player started the account and offered his take on the situation.

"I think it's so much more than baseball," Foster said. "I'm here to inspire hope in the hearts of those who love Akron baseball and what it represents."

  For more information on the Save Akron Baseball program, click here