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 November Akron Matters panel of Jody Miller, Larry States, and Bob Dyer discussed the top stories of 2014 and the impact each of them had on the community.

One of those stories was the tragic shooting death of Officer Justin Winebrenner this past weekend.

"This is a young man whose whole life was ahead of him, who was so recognized not only by his peers, but by the people he served in his community," said Miller.

Larry States and Bob Dyer talked about the violent nature of today's society, saying one of the issues plaguing our neighborhoods is the availability of weapons, and how they can get into the wrong hands.

The Akron Matters Panel also discussed the return of LeBron James to Northeast Ohio to play once again in Cleveland.

Beacon Journal columnist Bob Dyer was outside James' home in Bath Township when James made the announcement he was coming back home. "

It's stunning to me in one sense that sports can have that big of an influence on who we are and how we feel about ourselves," he said.

All three talked about how not only James' return not only would impact the team's fortunes this season,  but his impact in the community, the Akron Public Schools, and other civic organizations.

Rev. Bob Denton spoke with WAKR's Ray Horner about the grieving process for the community and the family of fallen Akron Police officer Justin Winebrenner, who was killed early Sunday morning.

He says that that both Winebrenner and his partner on the force Officer Justin Morris, who was on the show earlier in the week, were very professional in their work as patrolmen, and projected the Akron Police Department in a positive manner.

Rev. Denton said that while the APD is stunned and saddened at the loss of their fellow officer, they behaved in a professional way, and they controlled their anger towards the situation.

Friday, 21 November 2014 08:45

AUDIO: Museum March: Akron Art Museum

Akron Art Museum Associate Educator Gina Thomas McGee spoke with WAKR Ray Horner during this week's Museum March.

There are some new exhibitions in addition to the permanent collection, including work from artists such as Butch Anthony and John Pearson.

More information including new and existing exhibitions, as well as hours and tours can be found on the Akron Art Museum's website, akronartmuseum.org.

Award winning columnist Terry Pluto and award-winning broadcaster "The Voice of the Indians" Tom Hamilton spoke about their book Glory Days In Tribe Town with WAKR's Ray Horner.

The book talks about the great Cleveland Indians teams of the mid 1990's and early 2000's and also discusses Jacobs Field, which ushered in a new era of Tribe baseball.

Terry Pluto said to Ray and our audience that with all the excitement surrounding the Indians during that time, the signature play of that era was when outfielder Kenny Lofton scored from second base on a passed ball to punch the Tribe's ticket into the World Series in 1995.

Look out for book siginings in your area by visiting Terry's website.

Thursday, 20 November 2014 12:15

AUDIO: Officer Winebrenner Remembered By APD

Officer Justin Morris spoke with WAKR's Ray Horner this morning on the death of his friend and partner on the force Justin Winebrenner.

A 12-year veteran of the Akron Police Department, Morris said his partner was a great person to be around, brave, strong, showed empathy for others, and had a good sense of humor.

Morris and Winebrenner were partners for 6 months when Winebrenner first started with the APD, and then they were partners again for 3 years.

"He was brave," Morris said. "He would do anything for anyone, and he never showed any fear."

Calling hours for Officer Winebrenner are Friday at the James A. Rhodes  from 1 to 7 p.m. on the campus of the University of Akron. The funeral for the fallen officer is set for Saturday at 10 a.m.

FOP Lodge #7 President Paul Hlynsky spoke with Ray as well Thursday morning to offer his take on the legacy of Justin Winebrenner.

"We're all going to miss him" Hlynsky explained.


Wednesday, 19 November 2014 11:50

AUDIO: ABJ's Thomas Talks Zips Football

Akron Zips beat writer George Thomas of the Akron Beacon Journal spoke with WAKR's Ray Horner about the state of the football team, head coach Terry Bowden, and their expectations moving forward.

Akron snapped a four-game losing streak by beating Massachusetts 30-6 at Infocision Stadium-Summa Field.

The Zips were picked to finish 2nd in the MAC East and are currently 5-6 on the season. George says that while there was some slight disappointment surrounding the team, they will turn the corner in Year 4 of the Bowden regime.

The Zips can still make a bowl game if they defeat rival Kent State Tuesday in the Wagon Wheel game to go to 6-6 this season.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 16:43

AUDIO: Hilton Garden Inn Ready For Business

Akron City Council President Garry Moneypenny spoke with WAKR's Ray Horner about the ribbon cutting and grand opening of the Hilton Garden Inn on Akron's east side Tuesday.

Moneypenny says this new hotel will not only add to East Akron and the Goodyear property, but the whole city and downtown.

"We're very excited about this, the hotel will be the anchor of the East End project," Moneypenny said.

The hotel will feature an indoor pool,banquet facilities, a restaurant/bar, and more.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 13:45

AUDIO: Rates Adjusted For Falls Facilities

Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Walters spoke with WAKR's Ray Horner Tuesday morning to discuss the city setting a new household rate  for both the Natatorium and Water Works Family Aquatic Center.

There was a controversy a couple of years ago when two Akron men who were legally married in Washington D.C. were denied a rate at the Natatorium offered to heterosexual married couples.

He said the city's parks and recreation board had to look at this issue very closely.

"It just makes sense for us to have the family rate," Walters explained.

"We have to be able to compete in today's market obviously, and with the way our rate structure was before, we just were not keeping up with the times with the new type of families."

The new rate structure allows all people who live at the same address to be included in the same membership package.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 13:09

AUDIO: Malone Named Summa's New Leader

Dr. Thomas Malone, spoke with WAKR's Ray Horner Tuesday morning. He was named as the New President and CEO of Summa Health System effective Jan 1st, 2015.

He will succeed Thomas Strauss, who will be retiring  December 31st after leading Summa Health System for 15 years.

Dr. Malone told Ray Tuesday he's humbled by the distinction and ready to get started.

"It's a great opportunity to guide the system through really some difficult times, so I'm really looking forward to the challenge," Malone says.

He (Dr. Malone) says the health system needs to look at advancing the care of the community outside of the hospital and making use of their resources.

Monday, 17 November 2014 14:12

AUDIO: More Than Just Winter Blues

Psychologist Dr. Sarah Reimer with Summa Health System spoke with WAKR's Ray Horner about Seasonal Affective Disorder.

With the cold and snow already here, and with the holidays coming around the corner, some people are feeling the affects of this form of clinical depression.

She says people who experience seasonal affective disorder struggle getting through the day with moderate to severe symptoms, such as oversleeping, overeating, withdrawing from fun activities with family, and simlar feelings.

Reimer says those affected with seasonal affective disorder can have these feelings present for weeks at a time, which is different from the occasional "winter blues" some people can experience from time to time.