Ninni's Bakery Closing
For four generations the Ninni family has been baking for Akron; Italian specialties like cassata cakes for weddings and celebrations, cookies for any holiday but not after this holiday. The long-time home for Italian sweets and pastries will be closing it's doors for the final time after the Christmas holiday.
Current owner-operator Tony Ninni, who says his father still comes to the bakery to oversee his work just as his grandfather and great-grandfather did in their day, tells WONE's Jeff Kinzbach it was the toughest of decisions but at age 62 the business is at the point where it won't be reopening and he'll be looking to bake for someone else to wind up his career before retirement.
The local bakery started out in 1926 at a North Hill location but soon moved around as various landlords and buildings went through the paces but the bakery always had a Ninni to prepare and bring out of the oven baked goods used by families and friends for generations, celebrating graduations, marriages, births and even funerals.
Ninni's will be taking orders for holiday cakes, breads and cookies now through December 16th for the holidays; orders can be placed by calling 330-634-0060 -- and yeah, that's a plug.
The Skunk Boss
Admit it. It's not everyday someone publicly admits to the fetish of enjoying the smell of skunk. And it's not everyday when it's a boss, who tells workers to get her that skunk carcass she smelled on the way in to work.
To help celebrate the story that finally had Jeff Kinzbach speechless...what else?
A joy of radio: they can't smell you.
AUDIO Tale Of Two Chiefs, Post-Boston
In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, so many questions remain. Who? Why? How?
The smoke of the twin blasts at the race finish line still lingering in the national psyche with plenty of speculation as broadcast, print and web outlets churn opinion without much substance to go on at this time. We know what -- bombs detonated, to lethal and injurious affect. We know where, we know who the victims were but motivation is still unknown.
We do know this comes with this as a week rich in anniversary dates; Waco, Oklahoma City, the establishment of the nation-state of Israel, the annual tax rites, Patriot Day in one of the 13 colonies.
We know the face of an eight-year old Dorchester, Massachusetts boy stares at us from computer screens as the face of terrorism's victims in 2013. Martin Richards, seen here in a photo going viral on Facebook, may very well be the enduring vision we prefer to have coming out of the Boston bombing rather than the streets streaked with the carnage of those blasts.
We know the tragedy has Martin's face; a little boy who went to the marathon to cheer on his father, to give Dad a hug as he crossed the finish line, to start returning to the sidewalk where his mother and little sister waited.
To return just as the force of the blast hit, killing his sister and leaving his mother with terrible injury. The Richards family ripped apart by hate and blind violence, a wound felt by a nation.
We know America is once again sharing what makes up the daily life for people in the Middle East, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sudan and Somalia. American flags are flying at half-staff today by order of President Obama; Ohio flags fly at half-staff by order of Governor Kasich.
What are we to make of the impact here at home, eleven and a half years beyond September 11th? WONE's Jeff Kinzbach spoke with local law enforcement with unique views. Akron Police Chief James Nice heads one of the biggest police departments in northeast Ohio, one charged with helping maintain peace and safety for another marathon. The Akron Marathon welcomes thousands to the streets of our city, just as the Boston Marathon does on a much larger scale. As in Boston, there's a large finish line area where runners, friends and family gather to celebrate the accomplishment of 26.2 miles. As in Boston, nearly everyone carries their gear in a bag or backpack.
Brimfield Chief of Police David Oliver is a steady hand for a suburban department, one with a strong following across the world thanks to his embrace of social media and, in particular, his "Chief's Rants" on Facebook. Today Oliver writes "We cannot be afraid. We must be resolved and we must look ahead. We are the United States of America. We are Americans. We have been getting punched in the face for over 200 years. We wipe away the blood, mourn our dead and then we have the reckoning."
Both men are veteran law enforcement officers; in the case of Nice, it's a career that includes the F.B.I., now charged with getting answers on the who and why of the Boston bombings. Both are confident the answers will come from the hard work being done now by dedicated federal, state and local investigators. Both also say we live in a world where we need to take more responsibility not only for our own personal safety but also the safety of our community.
It's a lesson we shouldn't have to repeat every 11 years.
Eagles Monday Montage
Everyone loves the Eagles, right? That should mean everyone loves Eagles tickets they can snag when they're beating the box office. This morning, it was like jumping through musical hoops; did you get the music hooks right, in order?
"Take it to the Limit"
"Take it Easy"
"Life in the Fast Lane"
The one that gave folks heartbreak? "Take it Easy."
Going old school, live from 1972 at Central Park.
E.J. Thomas Goes Black
Before you get your underwear all tied into a knot -- they'll still be lighting up, it's just Lewis Black making a return visit to Akron with tonight's gig at E.J. Thomas on the University of Akron campus.
The comedian best know for his rants on topical issues, including some legendary riffs on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." He comes by his erudite observations honestly with multiple college degrees and plenty of high-brow thinking behind what is, at times, low-brow humor that leaves fans in the aisles laughing.
In one of those rants Black even gave the Akron Aeros the ultimate on-screen credit, going after reports Taco Bell didn't have meat in it's tacos.
"Madness" is a word Black uses often when describing his acerbic commentary on political issues. It's a great show you shouldn't miss.
The Kinzbach Report: Concerts by Barry
My old pal Barry Gabel (never OLD, mind you...maybe "friends for a long, long time would be better?") touched base with us on 97.5 WONE this morning with a preview and tease of the upcoming northeast Ohio concert season.
Our big one coming up: April 19th - Bob Dylan tickets for his E.J. Thomas show go on sale starting today, and 97.5 WONE is proud to welcome this true legend of music back to Akron.
Also coming and confirmed with gigs in the Akron/Canton/Cleveland area: Kid Rock, Train, Maroon 5, Fleetwood Mac (Saturday 6/15 at the Q); Dave Matthews (6/1); OAR; The Warped Tour in July at Blossom; Great American Rib Cookoff (tease alert: Brett Michaels) and Seger? Two sold out shows for Seger/Walsh in Toledo and the tour goes through May 4th but there's a lot of talk about trying to get a gig at Blossom this summer. Not done yet -- just "conversation about it."
But no concert announcement is a real concert announcement without a serious tease: "Hall of Fame" band making the trek back to us, with the show scheduled for......
Yeah, that's a tease.
I'll have a MAJOR concert announcement for you on 97.5 WONE Monday morning at 7:20! Hope you'll join us then.
Is Beautiful Ohio So Beautiful?
So the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has a big decision to make: what should be the state song for the Bay State?
Aerosmith supporters call it a no-brainer; the boys are, after all, Boston personified. But there are also fans of Modern Lovers and their "Road Runner" as a better representation of all Massachusetts has to offer.
Here's what we've got in Ohio:
Me? I'm thinking we need to revisit Ohio's state song. "Beautiful Ohio" may be nice when the best damn band in the land performs it at Ohio Stadium when the Buckeyes play, but with so many other, fresher-than-1913 songs now available from home-grown talent in the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame maybe the General Assembly should start doing some thinking.
Chrissie Hynde, Michael Stanley, Mott the Hoople's "Cleveland Rocks" (OK, they aren't from Ohio) or anything Alex Bevan comes up with. "Skinny Little Boy From Cleveland, Ohio" sure fits the bill.
Chivalry is NOT Dead!
Just last week all of us at the Akron Radio Center were enjoying the glow coming off the on-air proposal (and a damn fine romantic one at that) from WONE's Tim Daugherty to WQMX's Sue Wilson.
Who knew we'd be reliving the love so soon after?
WQMX Morning Chief Scott Wynn never takes a day off, but the bug got him this morning; what's a girl to do? Why, call in the calvary, in this case Tim Daugherty, the Rock and Roll Authority, T-Dog, her program director counterpart under the snowy roof of the Akron Radio Center.
Will love conquer all? Did country and rock play nice? Hey, do peanut butter and chocolate go together in a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup?
We salute our pal Tim! He knows how to "man up" even when the call comes in before the sun rises!
Remembering The High-Flying Eagles
When Showtime broadcast it's two-night special on The Eagles, there was plenty still left on the cutting room floor -- not a surprise, given the longevity of the band and the sheer volume of stories of what life was like behind the scenes.
David Spero, though, has no trouble filling in the blanks. As the manager for Joe Walsh and an insider for the Eagle's landmark "Hell Freezes Over" tour, Spero talked with WONE's Jeff Kinzbach about some of the items that didn't quite make it to the special.
Chief among the items: the absolute lack of love between bandmates Glenn Frey and Don Henley, the bandmates who truly exemplify the band. Their contentious relationship got to the point, Spero says, where they actually rode in separate vans, stayed in separate hotels, and took great pains to live lives apart.
It even extended to when Henley wanted out, but went to court over the split. It was determined that, as a member of the corporation that was the Eagles, Henley was still entitled to share in the profits. Which he continues to do, even as a solo performer.
Train v Tornado: Who Wins?
Just. Amazing. Video.
This is from 2009 but always worth revisiting something you may not have seen before; in this case it's a Chicago-Northwestern Line in northern Illinois. The freight train usually moves without a problem through anything, but then an F2 Twister packing 100-mile an hour winds isn't the usual.
In this case, outside of Lawrence, IL, Mother Nature gives the Iron Beast a serious run for the money.