Thanks for visiting AkronNewsNow, a service of the Rubber City Radio Group (RCRG).
We are a privately-held, locally-owned and full-service media company based in Akron, Ohio. In addition to our digital services such as AkronNewsNow, RCRG also own 1590 WAKR-AM, 97.5 WONE-FM and 94.9 WQMX-FM. In addition to our broadcast properties, we also produce audio streams for www.WAKR.net, www.WONE.net, www.WQMX.com and the news stream found on www.AkronNewsNow.com.
Our websites also include www.PetPalsNow.com and www.AkronScreams.com, in addition to targeted media on behalf of Akron-area community service and business organizations.
The Rubber City Radio Group newsroom is one of Ohio's most honored, with awards and recognition from the Radio Television Digital News Association, Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters, Cleveland Press Club and Society of Professional Journalists. We are proud of our partnerships with scores of partnerships with local public and community service agencies, such as the United Way of Summit County; the American Red Cross; Goodwill Industries; the American Cancer Society and Haven of Rest.
Email correspondence for the newsroom can be forwarded to
. Sales inquiries should be directed to Art Greenberg, Sales Manager Digital/NTR,
330-869-9800, Monday-Friday during regular business hours. Our mailing address is the Akron Radio Center, 1795 W. Market Street, Akron, OH 44313.
Employment Listings can be found here.
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 email@example.com
Amani Abraham is the morning web editor and also tracks morning drive traffic for 1590 WAKR, 97.5 WONE and 94.9 WQMX during weekday mornings and is a reporter/anchor. She's no stranger to AkronNewsNow.com, having worked as an intern with Rubber City Radio Group as a producer for the Daily Vodcast and other video projects.. Amani is a 2011 graduate with a Communications degree from the University of Akron, where she excelled in her work on the student radio station WZIP-FM and Z-TV, the University's television program. You can reach Amani through the newsroom 330-864-6397 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris is the regular news anchor on WQMX's Wynn and Wilson in the Morning and WONE's Tim and Christi in the Morning programs. He first opened a microphone at WZIP-FM at The University of Akron in 1990 but got his first paid radio job delivering weekend news on WZKL-FM & WDPN-AM in Alliance. Chris then moved to WJER AM & FM in Dover where he reported on Tuscarawas County, including stories that made national headlines. Chris has been honored by his peers with first place awards from the Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters including Best Reporter, Best Feature Story, and Best Broadcast Writing among others. In addition to his work as a broadcast journalist Chris has also worked in public relations and as an instructor at the University of Akron teaching Broadcast News Writing. Chris enjoys volunteer work, and has served on the boards of the Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters, Public Relations Society of America (Akron Area Chapter), American Cancer Society Hope Gala Committee and currently serves on the Green Baseball/Softball Federation Board. Contact Chris through the newsroom 330-864-6397 or email at email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jasen is a lifelong resident of Northeast Ohio. He found his passion for radio while at WBWC at Baldwin Wallace University. He then went on to Kent State University, where he earned a Master's Degree in broadcast journalism and served as Morning Edition Producer at WKSU. Jasen currently serves as the morning news editor for AkronNewsNow.com and the radio newsroom for RCRG. He also anchors morning drive traffic reports on 1590 WAKR, 97.5 WONE, 94.9 WQMX in Akron and 107.3 WNWV The WAVE in Cleveland. You can reach Jasen through the newsroom at 330-864-6397 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Larry States has been a news anchor and reporter for 36 years at radio stations in Akron and Canton, including the last 26 at 1590 WAKR. States served as News Director of WAKR for 14 years. Larry also served as news director of the former WAKR TV 23 in Akron. Larry was inducted into the Broadcasters Hall of Fame in Akron in 2004. He is currently a member of the Summit County Emergency Management Committee. An Akron native, Larry is a 1970 graduate of Hower High School and a 1975 graduate of the University of Akron. Contact Larry through the newsroom at 330-864-6397 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Matt Hartong graduated from The University of Akron in 2012. He is proud of his family history as farmers and operators of one of Summit County's last-remaining dairy farms, with a deep history in the region. Contact Matt at email@example.com with tips and comments.
Mike Ward has been a radio news reporter and anchor for over 20 years, for a variety of stations in Ohio, Virginia, and California. For seven years, he was a news reporter and anchor for Sacramento's top-rated news/talk station, KFBK, and was also news director for WFIR in Roanoke, Virginia. He's also been heard on Cleveland stations. Mike has a special interest in technology, and was a regular on the nationally syndicated radio show "On Computers with Gina Smith". Despite his out-of-area experience, Mike is an Akron native. He was born at Akron City Hospital, and grew up in Cuyahoga Falls. He's been with AkronNewsNow since 2009. You can reach Mike through the newsroom at 330-864-6397, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ray has spent more than the past ten years as the morning show host on 1590 WAKR; he's also a strong voice for community discourse and programming in Akron. Ray is a two-time Pennsylvania Sportscaster of the Year and came to Akron from a long career on 1490 WMGW-AM in Meadville, Pennsylvania. The University of Dayton alum is no stranger to morning radio, and exercises a love of sports into his broadcast career that includes play-by-play, analysis and sportscasting on a wide range of sports. Ray was also an athlete in high school. He is active in local scholastic sports and civic organizations. Ray and his family live in Wadsworth, Ohio. You can reach Ray at email@example.com or by calling the Rubber City Radio Group 330-869-9800.
Scott Wynn is the "Wynn" part of the Wynn and Wilson morning show on WQMX. Scott is a Northeast Ohio native, a 28- year radio veteran and has hosted many great morning shows in markets all over the country. Scott's stops have included Columbus, Ohio; Richmond, Virginia; Jefferson City, Missouri; and Lakeland, Florida. In 1997 Scott, while at WPCV in Lakeland was recognized with then-partner Tom O'Brien as the CMA Broadcast Personality of the Year. Scott is lifetime member of the CMA, and has worked in country radio exclusively for the past 26 years. Scott is also a contributor or AkronNewsNow.com as a blogger and as a movie reviewer. Contact Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tony McGinty was born in the West Park area of Cleveland. A graduate from Olmsted Falls High School in 2001, he was on the bowling team for 2 years. Tony is married to his high school sweetheart, Angela. They currently live in Elyria with our two dogs, Sophie & Kali, and two cats, Peanut and Zeus but life with pets is about to change in a big way as Angela and Tony are expecting their first child November 2nd. It's a girl, no name yet. Tony's been in the business for ten years, notably as the morning show producer for the Mantel in the Morning show on WGAR (where he rose to the rank of "Captain Tony"), a year working in Portland, Maine as the morning show producer/co-host on WTHT and as the evening guy on WHXR. He's a self-confessed "geek, sports obsessed, TV watcher, mountain dew drinker, sarcastic and cynical" guy.
Contact Tony at email@example.com or through the newsroom 330-864-6397.
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