Akron Beacon Journal

The Akron Beacon Journal is a morning newspaper in Akron, Ohio, United States. Owned by GateHouse Media, it is the sole daily newspaper in Akron and is distributed throughout Northeast Ohio. The paper's coverage focuses on local news and business, particularly rubber and tire production. The Beacon-Journal has won three Pulitzer Prizes: in 1968, 1971, and 1987.[2]

Akron Beacon Journal
Akron Beacon Journal front page
The March 2, 2007 front page of the
Akron Beacon Journal
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)GateHouse Media
PublisherBill Albrecht
EditorMichael Shearer
Founded1839 (as the Summit Beacon)
Headquarters44 East Exchange Street
Akron, Ohio 44309-0640
Circulation60,000 weekdays
72,000 Saturdays
85,000 Sundays in 2017[1]


The paper was founded with the 1897 merger of the Summit Beacon, first published in 1839, and the Akron Evening Journal, founded in 1896.[2] In 1903, the Beacon Journal was purchased by Charles Landon Knight. His son John S. Knight inherited the paper, in 1933, on Charles' death. The Beacon Journal under Knight was the original and flagship newspaper of Knight Newspaper Company, later called Knight Ridder.

The McClatchy Company bought Knight Ridder in June 2006 with intentions of selling 12 Knight Ridder newspapers. On August 2, 2006, McClatchy sold the Beacon Journal to Black Press. In 2018, GateHouse Media bought the newspaper.

On November 11, 2013, the Akron Beacon Journal printed its last paper in-house. It subsequently used the presses at The Repository in Canton, Ohio, also owned by GateHouse. As of March 2019 it was using the presses at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio.[3]


Sheldon Ocker, who covered the Cleveland Indians for the Beacon Journal, received the 2018 J. G. Taylor Spink Award.[4][5]


  1. ^ Audit Bureau of Circulations e-Circ data for the six months ending September 30, 2011. Retrieved March 10, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Timeline of Beacon Journal history". Akron Beacon Journal. Retrieved 2018-10-29.
  3. ^ Winges, Bruce (March 2, 2019). "Beacon Journal Editor Bids Farewell". Akron Beacon Journal. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  4. ^ "Sheldon Ocker wins Hall of Fame's Spink Award". USA TODAY.
  5. ^ "Ocker to receive Hall of Fame's Spink Award". ESPN.com. 12 December 2017.

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1947 Bowling Green Falcons football team

The 1947 Bowling Green Falcons football team was an American football team that represented Bowling Green State University as an independent during the 1947 college football season. In its seventh season under head coach Robert Whittaker, the team compiled a 5–5 record and was outscored by a total of 149 to 134. Wayne Bloker and James Knierim were the team captains.

1947 Kent State Golden Flashes football team

The 1947 Kent State Golden Flashes football team was an American football team that represented Kent State University during the 1947 college football season. In their second season under head coach Trevor J. Rees, the team compiled a 4–4 record (2–1 against OAC opponents), finished in a tie for fifth place in the conference, and was outscored by a total of 95 to 89. The team played its home games at Memorial Stadium in Kent, Ohio.

1947 Toledo Rockets football team

The 1947 Toledo Rockets football team was an American football team that represented Toledo University (renamed the University of Toledo in 1967) in the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) during the 1947 college football season. In their second season under head coach Bill Orwig, the Rockets compiled a 9–2 record (2–1 against OAC opponents), outscored all opponents by a combined total of 255 to 115, and defeated New Hampshire, 20–14, in the 1947 Glass Bowl game. The 1947 season was the first nine-win season in program history, a feat that no Toledo team repeated until 1967.

Emerson Cole, who later played four years in the NFL, twice rushed for at least 200 yards in a game during the 1947 season. Cole also set a school record (later broken) with 31 rushing touchdowns in 1947. Lee Pete established a school record with a 65.2% pass completion percentage, a record that stood until 2001. Peete also established a school record (later broken) with an 86-yard touchdown pass to Dave Hamlar. Tony Wolodzko was the team captain. Tackles Ted Zuchowski and Frank Pizza were selected in the 1948 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions, respectively.

1951 Kent State Golden Flashes football team

The 1951 Kent State Golden Flashes football team was an American football team that represented Kent State University in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) during the 1951 college football season. In their sixth season under head coach Trevor J. Rees, the Golden Flashes compiled a 4–3–2 record (2–1 against MAC opponents), finished in third place in the MAC, and outscored all opponents by a combined total of 241 to 162.The team averaged 292.8 rushing yards per game, which remains one of the highest totals in Kent State football history.The team's statistical leaders included Jack Mancos with 778 rushing yards, Nick Dellerba with 991 yards of total offense, and Bob Scott with 154 receiving yards. Three Kent State players received first-team honors on the All-Mid-American Conference football team: halfback Jack Mancos, defensive tackle Dick Raidel, and defensive guard Williard Divincenzo.

37th Scripps National Spelling Bee

The 37th Scripps National Spelling Bee was held in Washington, D.C. at the Mayflower Hotel, on June 3–4, 1964, sponsored by the E.W. Scripps Company.

12-year-old 7th grader William Kerek, from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, sponsored by the Akron Beacon Journal, won the competition by correctly spelling the word "sycophant". 13-year-old 8th grader Robert Mathews of Columbus, Ohio took second place, and David Labell of Greensboro, North Carolina was third.70 contestants participated in the competition, 43 of whom survived into the final day.

9th Scripps National Spelling Bee

The 9th National Spelling Bee was held in Washington, D.C. on May 30, 1933, organized by the Louisville Courier-Journal. Scripps-Howard would not sponsor the Bee until 1941.

The winner was 12-year-old Alma Roach of Twinsburg, Ohio, sponsored by the Akron Beacon Journal, correctly spelling the word torsion. George Meltzer (age 14) of New Jersey placed second (missing propitiatory), followed by 13-year-old Virginia Wood in third (missing holocaust).Roach won $500 for first place (a drop from the usual $1000), followed by $300 for second, and $100 for third.The event was broadcast on radio.Roach (married name Mercer) became a teacher, retiring from Solon Middle School in her hometown of Twinsburg in 1983. She died at Akron General Hospital on July 31, 2003.

Area codes 234 and 330

Area codes 234 and 330 are North American telephone area codes for part of northeast Ohio, United States. Area code 330 was established on March 9, 1996, and was Ohio's first new area code since the North American Numbering Plan started in 1947.

Chapel Hill Mall

Chapel Hill Mall is a one-story, 860,000 sq ft (80,000 m2) enclosed mall located at 2000 Brittain Road in Akron, Ohio. Built by Richard (R.B.) Buchholzer and Forest City Enterprises, it opened on October 12, 1967. They continued to own the mall until 2004, when it was sold to the Chattanooga, Tennessee company CBL & Associates Properties, Inc., who owned it until 2014. The mall features more than 100 stores, with JCPenney as the sole anchor store. Macy's and Sears were former anchors until they closed in spring 2016 and spring 2017, respectively.

Don Plusquellic

Donald L. Plusquellic (born July 3, 1949) is the former mayor of Akron, Ohio. First elected in 1987, he became the 59th Mayor of Akron after previously serving 13 years on Akron City Council. Plusquellic has served his seventh term, making him the longest-serving mayor of the city. Plusquellic announced his resignation effective May 31, 2015, citing unfriendly coverage from the Akron Beacon Journal as his primary motivation.

Frank Fowler Loomis

Frank Fowler Loomis (April 2, 1854 – September 19, 1936) was an American electrical-mechanical engineer in the Akron, Ohio, fire department. He developed police and fire alarm systems for the city. His claim to fame is that he designed and built the world's first motorized police patrol wagon ("paddy wagon").

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is an American non-profit foundation dedicated to fostering "informed and engaged communities" which the foundation believes are "essential for a healthy democracy." The foundation "supports ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts."The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation began as the Knight Memorial Education Fund in 1940. For its first decade, most contributions came from the Akron Beacon Journal and Miami Herald. It was incorporated as Knight Foundation in 1950 in Ohio, and reincorporated as the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in Florida in 1993. Its first grant in the area of journalism was to the Inter American Press Association in Miami.

After Creed Black assumed the presidency in 1988, the foundation's national presence grew. In 1990 the board of trustees voted to relocate the foundation's headquarters from Akron, Ohio, to Miami, Florida.

Ohio State Route 8

State Route 8 (SR 8) is a road in the U.S. state of Ohio. SR 8 stretches from the eastern junction of I-76 and I-77 in Akron to Public Square in Cleveland. It is one of 9 other routes to enter downtown Cleveland at Public Square. The route's first few miles are as a limited-access freeway from I-76 and I-77, heading north. The freeway section of the highway has 16 interchanges, and is cosigned with SR 59 for a short distance from Perkins Street in Akron to Front Street in Cuyahoga Falls. The freeway portion ends at I-271 in Macedonia.

Ricky Powers

Richard "Ricky" Powers (born November 30, 1970) is a former running back in the National Football League (NFL) for the Cleveland Browns and a former University of Michigan Wolverines football co-captain. In the NFL, he had a brief career with the Browns during their final season before they relocated to become the Baltimore Ravens. His career ended due to being lost in the shuffle when the Browns moved to Baltimore and changed coaching staffs. In college, he set the Michigan football freshman rushing record that stood for fourteen seasons, and as a sophomore was the leading rusher for the team during Desmond Howard's Heisman Trophy-winning season. With the Wolverines, he was a member of three consecutive Big Ten Conference football championship teams. In high school, he was the Parade All-American star running back of the two-time Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) football championship team at Buchtel High School, where he has returned to coach baseball and football.

Rolling Acres Mall

Rolling Acres Mall was a shopping mall located in the Rolling Acres area of Akron, Ohio, United States. Built in 1975, it originally included approximately 21 stores, with Sears as the main anchor store. Later expansions added J. C. Penney, Montgomery Ward, and O'Neil's, along with a movie theater and food court. Montgomery Ward was converted to Higbee's in 1986, and then to Dillard's in 1992, while O'Neil's became May Company Ohio, Kaufmann's, and then finally Macy's. The fifth anchor store was Target, added in 1995. The mall underwent a sharp decline in tenancy throughout the first decade of the 21st century, resulting in the relocation of Target and closure of Dillard's. Both the mall itself and Macy's were shuttered in 2008, although Sears remained operational until 2011, and J. C. Penney as an outlet store until 2013. Rolling Acres Mall was publicized after its closure as an example of a dead mall. It was demolished in 2017, except for non-retail ventures housed in the former locations of Target, Dillard's, and Sears.

Rubber Bowl

The Rubber Bowl was a stadium located in Akron, Ohio, primarily used for American football. From its opening in 1940 until 2008, it served as the home field of the Akron Zips football team of the University of Akron prior to the opening of InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field. Throughout its history, it has also hosted concerts, professional football, high school football, and other events. It is named after the predominance of the tire industry in Akron. The stadium had a seating capacity of 35,202 and was located in southeastern Akron next to Akron Fulton International Airport and Derby Downs, about 6 miles (9.7 km) southeast of downtown.

Since 2008, the stadium has been mostly vacant, hosting some high school football games. In 2013, the Rubber Bowl was acquired by Canton, Ohio-based Team1 Marketing Group Inc. with plans to renovate and update the structure as the home for a professional football team. Renovation work began later in 2013, but initial plans for a professional team in the revived United States Football League (USFL) fell through.

The stadium was condemned in 2017, and partial demolition of the stadium began on June 20, 2018.

Sheldon Ocker

Sheldon Ocker is an American sportswriter.

Ocker attended Buchtel High School in Akron, Ohio, graduating in 1960. He attended Ohio State University, and graduated with a degree in political science in 1964. He worked for one year at the Sandusky Register, and was hired by the Akron Beacon Journal in 1967. For the Beacon Journal, he covered high school sports for three years, the Cleveland Cavaliers for ten years, and covered the Cleveland Indians from 1981 through 2013. He was the President of the Baseball Writers' Association of America in 1985. Ocker was named the 2018 winner of the J. G. Taylor Spink Award.

Stow-Munroe Falls High School

Stow-Munroe Falls High School (SMFHS) is a public high school in Stow, Ohio, United States. In the 2014–15 school year, the school had an enrollment of approximately 1,650 students and a staff of more than 160. It is the only high school in the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District and serves students in grades nine through twelve, mostly from the cities of Stow and Munroe Falls, but also neighboring parts of Cuyahoga Falls, Franklin Township, Hudson, and Tallmadge. In recent years, academic recognition has come from the Ohio Department of Education, Newsweek, and U.S. News & World Report.

Established in 1907, Stow High School (SHS) graduated its first class in 1909. The school has operated at four different sites, all of which lie within roughly a three-mile (4.8 km) stretch along Graham Road in Stow. The first dedicated high school building opened in 1924, followed by a new facility in 1963. During most of the 1970s and 1980s, classes were held on two separate sites to relieve overcrowding. The current building was opened in 1987 and the school was officially renamed Stow-Munroe Falls High School in 1991.

Academically, SMFHS offers dozens of courses, including 16 Advanced Placement classes. Many vocational education programs are available through the Six District Educational Compact with neighboring high schools. In addition, clubs and activities are offered in a number of different areas, including the visual and performing arts, foreign languages, speech and debate, science and social causes. Athletic teams are known as the Bulldogs and the school colors are maroon and gold. SMFHS competes in the Ohio High School Athletic Association as a member of the Suburban League. Notable alumni include figures in the entertainment industry, broadcast media, and professional sports.


WARF (1350 AM) – branded Fox Sports 1350 – is a commercial sports/talk radio station serving the Akron, Ohio metro area. It is owned and operated by iHeartMedia. WARF is the Akron affiliate for Fox Sports Radio and NBC Sports Radio. AM 1350 also serves as the flagship station for the Akron RubberDucks minor league baseball team and the Akron Zips. It is also a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets Radio Network.

The station previously had a progressive talk format, and before that was sports-focused, having been affiliated with both ESPN Radio and Sporting News Radio. WARF is the oldest surviving station in the city otherwise; it was WADC for decades before becoming country music WSLR.


WCUE (1150 AM) – branded Family Radio – is a non-commercial Christian radio station licensed to Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Owned by Family Stations, Inc., the station serves the Akron metro area. WCUE doesn't broadcast any local programming, functioning as a repeater for the Family Radio network. Both the WCUE studios and station transmitter are located in Cuyahoga Falls.

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