Broadway In Akron

        The lights start to dim, the pit starts playing the opening number, and you start getting butterflies in your stomach as the curtain rises and the stage is brought to life. You would think I’m talking about New York and the famous Broadway. But what if I told you I was talking about Akron’s own E.J. Thomas Hall?

The University of Akron and Playhouse Square in Cleveland, Ohio have partnered to continue the series known as Broadway in Akron. Broadway in Akron is kicking off its third year here at E.J. Thomas Hall, with the first show of the season being six time TONY award-winning show, Kinky Boots. With music written by Cyndi Lauper and book written by Harvey Fierstein, this musical is sure to have you dancing along in your seat,  in awe of the performers doing back flips in six inch stiletto heels, and even shed a few tears.

Nathan Mortimer, the chief financial officer here at Akron, said that he wanted to prove that Akron is a lover of art by having this series come back to Akron.

Gina Vernaci, Playhouse Square’s Executive Producer, announced on October 11, 2017 that there were 2,109 season ticket holders for this year’s Broadway in Akron series of shows.

“It continues to grow every year!” she stated while looking out into the crowd as applause echoed through the hall.

Looking around, one can see people of all ages in attendance. Kelly Unger, a student here at the University and avid musical lover, spoke about what having this program means to her, “I think it’s a great partnership between the Cleveland Playhouse and Akron. The prices for tickets are amazing and it makes these award-winning shows more accessible to students and the Akron community.”

The shows scheduled for the rest of the year are Dirty Dancing, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, and Jersey Boys. Show times and prices can be found at or, go to, and type in the show that you are looking for to purchase tickets.


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The Ducks get an “Obi-Win” in Canal on Star Wars Night

The force was with the Rubber Ducks on Star Wars night at Canal Park on a cold rainy Thursday in Akron. The Ducks opened their four game home series against the Altoona Curve, an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Altoona’s starting pitcher Brandon Waddell had the Ducks off balance early and often piling up six strikeouts in only three innings of work. Akron didn’t register a hit until the fourth inning when Bobby Bradley banged a triple off of the left field wall. It was a bullpen night for the Curve, and kept the Ducks at bay for the majority of the middle innings until the seventh when Akron’s catcher Eric Haase ripped a two RBI triple to give Akron the lead. Cameron Hill relieved Luis Lugo and pitched 2 and 2/3’s of scoreless ball to maintain the lead for the Ducks. Akron gave up the lead in the top of the ninth via sacrifice fly to even the nights proceedings at two a piece, and there was a collective groan from the fans that stuck around as the precipitation picked up in Canal. Rubber Duck’s designated hitter Joe Sever played the role of Luke Skywalker and saved the day for Akron, sending the fans home happy when he blasted a ball into the right center field gap for a walk off win. The Rubber Ducks improve to 11-14 on the season and play the Curve (15-10) again tomorrow night in Canal Park at 6:35pm.

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Member of the Week: Allyson Smith

Our Member of the Week is Ally Smith. Ally joined WZIP in the Spring of 2016 and is a member of the News and Special Projects Department. She loves being a part of WZIP because she gets to know a lot of great people. 

She was nominated for Member of the Week because her news packages have continued to get better and better. The packages are always fully completed and always turned in on time. She has additionally filled in as the news director when help was needed. With her leadership, and dedication, she was able to produce an entire half hour show. She has gone above and beyond with all the work she does. 

Ally’s favorite animals are sloths, her favorite color is red, and her favorite food is paella. When asked what she liked to do in her free time, she responded, “what is free time? I spend all of my time in the station.” Her favorite band is Blink 182 and if she could meet any celebrity, she would meet Mark Hoppus.

She is a Media Production major at the University of Akron. Her dream job is to travel around the world to make documentaries. Her advice to new members is, “the work will be hard at first, but as long as you keep working and persevere, it will get easier and in the end, it will be very rewarding.”

Member of the Week: Leslie Flores


Leslie is a member of both WZIP and ZTV. At WZIP, she works as a member within the news department. Leslie loves being a member of WZIP for many reasons. Especially because it gives you the opportunity to try out a little bit of everything and gain new life skills.

Leslie was nominated as Member of the Week because of her passion for what she does in the station. Her willingness to help others is inspiring. She serves as an excellent example of what hard work and dedication does in order to help transform a team. Her strong leadership qualities make her an asset to the station and we are truly lucky to have her. 

When Leslie isn’t busy participating in WZIP and ZTV, she has a variety of different hobbies and interests. Her favorite animal is a  whale, her favorite holiday is Thanksgiving, and she loves any food that involves cheese! Leslie loves to try out different local foods from surrounding restaurants in the area.

Leslie’s dream job is to write for a television show. Writing is one of her favorite pastimes along with reading. When it comes to starting out at WZIP and ZTV, Leslie has some advice for new members. She says, “do not hesitate when it comes to starting something new. Being apart of WZIP opens doors for many learning opportunities and it is helpful if you are willing to take advantage of them all”.