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

Monday, 05 January 2015 09:15

AUDIO DiBiasio Reflects On Hank Peters

The legacy of Former Cleveland Indians President Hank Peters could be measured in not only his ability to lead baseball franchises, but for his kind nature and positive outlook.

Peters died at the age of 90 due to complications from a stroke. Bobby DiBiasio, VP Public Affairs Cleveland Indians spoke about Mr. Peters and what he brought to the Tribe's front office.

"At his retirement dinner, (former owner Dick Jacobs) invited each of us to say a few words, and I focused on what a gentleman he was," DiBiasio said.

Peters, along with many others, was credited for the renaissance of Cleveland baseball in the mid-to-late 1990's, which included two World Series appearances.

Akron's business leaders are continuing to look at the economic climate and various ways to create vibrancy downtown.and the Greater Akron Chamber believes a multipurpose arena is one of the vehicles for that growth .

President And CEO of the Greater Akron Chamber Dan Colantone to talk about the urban core of Akron and what an downtown arena would mean for the city, the region and further economic development.

"The arena, or the core of downtown, building that type of an asset still hasn't gone away from high priority," Colantone said.

The arena was originally part of the Summit County sales tax issue (Issue 12)before the arena portion of the legislation was taken off.

The University of Akron has said they will renovate the James A. Rhodes Arena on campus, which houses the men's and women's basketball teams, along with the volleyball team.

Colantone says if there is a downtown arena added in the future, it can really boost Akron's downtown as well as attract new businesses to the area.

Wednesday, 31 December 2014 09:38

AUDIO Sugar Bowl Showdown Set For Jan 1

All eyes will be on New Orleans January 1 as the Ohio State Buckeyes will tangle with the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl this Thursday.

The "Voice of the Buckeyes" Paul Keels joined the morning show to break down the big matchup between two of college football's best teams.

Paul discussed how the OSU defense can contain Alabama quarterback Blake Sims throughout the game. "The biggest thing is to get pressure on him," Keels explained.

Eli Gold, the play-by-play voice of the University of Alabama discussed what the Tide needs to do in terms of stopping the Buckeyes offense and third-year sophomore Cardale Jones.

"They're going to throw some exotic blitzes at him, try to confuse him, simply because he hasn't played extensively," Gold said.

 

Tuesday, 30 December 2014 15:59

AUDIO APS Looking Ahead To 2015

The Akron Public Schools wrapped up a good year in 2014, and Superintendent David James spoke about the ways the district improved and the work that lies ahead in 2015.

James pointed to the progress made in 3rd grade reading, and with the changing metrics and the new report card, the majority of Akron's third-graders met that metric and were able to go on to the 4th grade.

He (James) also reflected positively on the great partnership between the APS and the LeBron James Family Foundation, which is committed to education and the enrichment of Akron's youth all the way up until graduation from high school.

One of the key issues facing not just the Akron schools, but schools all over the nation is safety, and Superintendent James says one of the initiatives he wants to start is a mentoring program to help keep kids out of trouble.

Many changes are coming to the Summit County Jail in 2015 and some of that includes the release of some inmates. Summit County Sheriff Steve Barry spoke about the 149 beds that will be eliminated at the E. Crosier Street facility to better coincide with the staffing of deputies there.

Barry said that the Sheriff's Department plans on working with the Oriana House in the weeks and months ahead to see about moving some of the inmates there if they meet the criteria.

"We have to look at their previous record, their current charge, and any history of violence," Sheriff Barry explained.

Monday, 29 December 2014 11:53

AUDIO Pry: Developing Jobs Key In 2015

With any community, keeping and retaining jobs is at the top of the to-do list and for those in Summit County, it's no different.

Summit County Executive Russ Pry says job growth and development continues to be a point of emphasis, and that there's still more work that needs to be done.

"We've got a lot of people working right now, but when you still have over 87,000 people getting some kind of food stamp relief in this county, that number's way too high, and it's still way above what it was when we went into the Great Recession."

Pry did point to some business development that happened in the county over the past year including the hotel in East Akron, as well as the redevelopment of Goodyear Hall , among other ribbon cuttings and openings, saying those successes have the county moving in the right direction.

Christmas spirit takes many different forms and one young man experienced that spirit first hand from the Doylestown community and their police department.

Chief Brian Dressler of the Doylestown Police Department joined the morning show Friday morning to share the extraordinary story of kindness this Christmas season, as a young man was given $100 from the police chief and other members of the department after he realized his car caught on fire Christmas Eve .The young man also requested a ride  to see the people who asked him to pull over and get out of the burning car, and when he saw them, they gave him money as well to help with his car troubles.

This overwhelming display of kindness comes as no surprise to Chief Dressler.

"This is Doylestown, this is our community, this it what they do," Chief Dressler said. "That story really sums up what this community is all about not just during Christmas, but all year round."

Friday, 26 December 2014 10:32

AUDIO Jim Donovan Talking Browns, Shaw

WKYC-TV's Jim Donovan, The Voice Of The Browns spoke with WAKR's Jasen Sokol about the season finale between the Browns and the Ravens this Sunday.

Donovan spoke about the possibility of undrafted rookie free agent Connor Shaw starting at quarterback for the Browns on Sunday. He spent time this year on the team's practice squad.

Donovan said he was impressed with Shaw in the preseason and he said his approach to the game was key in keeping him on the squad as the year went along.

"He never looked out of place, he never looked in awe of anything, and most importantly, he moved the football team," Donovan said.

Shaw will be the 22nd quarterback to start for the Browns since 1999 if he gets the nod on Sunday.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014 13:56

AUDIO Hill Ready To Lead Akron NAACP

After many years of exemplary leadership Ophelia Averitt will be stepping down as president of the Akron NAACP, and starting in January, Judi Hill will fill that role.

Both women spoke with WAKR's Jasen Sokol to talk about the transition and about what the organization is looking to do moving forward,

Averitt says the NAACP has been grooming Hill for the president's role for quite sometime now, and that she is ready to take the next the step as as leader.

"We will be following her lead," Averitt said. "I look forward to working with her ,she's been a terrific person."

Despite stepping down from the presidency, Ophelia will be continuing to support the organization and keep a great dialogue going in order to spark ideas and make sure the playing field is level for all people.

Hill was humbled and honored to be elected President, having this to say about what she will be doing to enhance that rich legacy of the NAACP.

"One of the things we were going to look at is re-energizing the youth to get involved with the NAACP," Hill explained.

"I think for some young people they feel there's only one way to share their voice or concern, so we want to use social media to engage them a bit."

Hill takes over in January. Averitt says she will still be involved as well, helping people of all colors and creeds in coming together.

With the news coming out of Ferguson, New York City, and Cleveland regarding police, the African-American community, gun control, and other issues, many people have opened up the need for education and communication to see if we can resolve our differences.

WAKR's Jasen Sokol spoke with President and CEO of the Akron Urban League Fred Wright, along with Darrita Davis from Stop The Violence about race relations, and how for police and community members to come together.

When asked about the rapport between the police and the community, Davis said that things need to improve.

"The relationships (between the police and the public) aren't as bad as they are in other places, but they do need to get better, and we need to figure out a way to make that better," she explained.

Wright echoed that statement, saying that there is a spirit of working together in Akron, especially in the business world,  both in the public sector, and in the private sector, which he believes is a measuring stick for how people of all races and creeds work side by side each day.

"Folks know each other (here in Akron), from the various governmental entities, to the corporate entities, to the community entities," Wright explained.  "I do think that lends a lot to the way relations are here."

Also joining us was Damareo Cooper, Director for The Ohio Organizing Collaborative.  He said one of the major issue facing the black community is the perception of African American men in today's society.

"It's part of a larger issue, when we talk about the criminalization of communities of color, I think that's something our entire community needs to focus on,"Cooper said.

Akron Police Chief James Nice also joined the program to talk about law enforcement's role as it relates to improving the relationship between his department and the people of Akron.

Nice was one of many police chiefs who attended a recent meeting in Washington D.C. with other chiefs and officials from various urban leagues and the ACLU to discuss those very topics.

"Some of the things that police officers are doing now, things they have been criticized for doing, are things they've been trained to do over the years, such as neighborhood sweeps and things of that sort,"

Nice explained that with these sweeps, many are conducted where there are a high concentration of African-Americans and other diverse groups, so he has to examine how the Akron police handle these activities and how to best communicate with those groups to get guns and drugs off our streets.

"We have to look back and see if some of these techniques the sweeps, the car stops, etc, and see if they're the right thing to do."