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Akron Children's Hospital Wins Subway Tray

The clinic staff at Akron Children’s Hospital in New Philadelphia is this week's winners of the Subway Hump Day Party Tray Giveaway! WJER's Valerie Slabaugh delivered the goodies to the staff.

Here's what they got: two Subway party trays each with 15 portions of mouthwatering sub sandwiches, a tray of Subway cookies, balloons, WJER T-shirts, sports schedules, and more all delivered just in time for a fabulous lunch!

If you'd like your office to win this awesome prize package, visit our Subway Hump Day Party Tray Giveaway page under "Contests" for details.

Pictured: Tianna, Jackie, Kris, and Kyle

Hot Job of the Week

Tune in to WJER every Monday during the afternoon show as we chat with a representative of OhioMeansJobs about the “Hot Job of the Week.” Not only will we give you details about a specific job each week, but we'll also discuss tips, strategies, and helpful hints for job seekers.

This week’s topic:
Networking- The most powerful tool for job search

Hot Job of the Week:
Employer seeking: Electrician

Job Code #
: T-683-5

: At least 18 years old; high school diploma/equivalent/technical/vocational degree with a minimum of 37 to 48 months industrial electrical training or experience; able to do medium lifting up to 50 pounds; able to do climbing; able to use a fairly high degree of manual skill in assembly and repair of all types of electrical equipment; pre-employment testing will include an employment test, drug testing, and a physical examination

Job Description
: Perform and make general repairs to equipment involving knowledge of electrical principles; able to interpret complex wiring diagram; understand and make repairs to all type of motor controls and other electrical equipment; responsible for ordinary attention required to prevent damage to electrical tools and other instruments (probable cost of damage light); perform and assign maintenance work on important production units; exercise considerable care in electrical repairs to prevent shock or other injury to others; will work a rotating shift; this is a 24/7 facility, so you must be available any day of the week, including weekends and holidays; mandatory overtime; company will provide on-the-job training; Greer Steel Company policy is to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law; Greer Steel Company will also provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

Worksite Location
: Dover, OH

Available Benefits
: Health and dental insurance, vacation, paid holidays, and 401K

How to apply
: *Submit your résumé and completed referral form to the Customer Service Desk at either location of OhioMeansJobs – OhioMeansJobs Tuscarawas County (1260 Monroe Street, New Philadelphia, OH 44663) or OhioMeansJobs Stark County (822 30th Street, Canton, OH 44709). Hours of operation: Monday-Friday 9:00am to 4:30pm OR email your résumé to: Please include the job title and number in the subject line.

For more information, visit OhioMeansJobs online at

Plant Talk LIVE with Fred Hower Coming to New Towne Mall March 9th

Join WJER Radio and your Dover and New Philadelphia ACE Hardware Stores for "Plant Talk LIVE with Fred Hower" on Saturday, March 9th from 8:00 to 10:00am at the New Towne Mall food court. The Ohio Nurseryman will make his return to Tuscarawas County for the 14th year in a row for this special two-hour live radio event. He'll take questions from the audience and use his 50+ years of experience as a horticultural consultant, certified arborist, and landscape designer to help you with your garden this spring. Those who attend will have the chance to win some great prizes, so mark your calendar!

FREE tickets will become available soon, so stay tuned for details on where you can pick them up so you don’t miss out on this special event!

WJER Radio Live Broadcast Schedule

Check out our live broadcast schedule below to see if our rolling radio will be rolling your way sometime soon!

Wednesday, February 13th, 10:00am to noon (and every Wednesday)
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Basketball Pocket Schedules Now Available

The 2018-2019 area basketball pocket schedules are in! This year's schedules feature:

Conotton Valley
* Fairless
Indian Valley
* Malvern
New Philadelphia

Sandy Valley
Tuscarawas Central Catholic
Tusky Valley
Ohio State

Click on the schools above to see their winter sports 

Pick up a FREE pocket schedule at any of the following local businesses to f
ollow your favorite local teams this season:

* Little Caesar's Pizza in New Philadelphia
* First Stop Signs & Apparel
* Dover Public Library
* Contini Financial Service
* Lightning Signs & Decals
* Next Level Sports & Spine
* Papa John's Pizza in New Philadelphia
* Commercial & Savings Bank
* Murphy & Company Insurance Professionals
* Athletic Department at Kent State University at Tuscarawas
* Signs To Go
* Benchmark Construction
* Unified Bank
* WJER Radio

Review: "Rent" at the Performing Arts Center at Kent State Tuscarawas

The mid 1990s brought significant change, in my life and in the world around me. I graduated high school and started college. The Internet became widely accessible, and suddenly we were connected to everyone. The music scene turned to grunge. And I met, then lost, the first person I knew who had AIDS.

When RENT became a Broadway sensation, it felt like Broadway was finally speaking directly to my generation. Sure, I loved the old classics from Rodgers and Hammerstein and the new classics from Andrew Lloyd Webber, but RENT was different. It was edgy and risky. It tackled themes of addiction, homelessness, sexuality, and the AIDS epidemic in a way that was raw and beautiful. Through the characters and music, I felt like I gained deeper understanding into the fears and struggles my friend and his friends faced in a time when AIDS was still an automatic death sentence. But it also showed me that life with HIV/AIDS wasn’t only about the fear…there was still hope, joy, and so much love.

It certainly wasn’t a show I ever expected to see on stage in Tuscarawas County. But last week, RENT came to the Performing Arts Center at Kent State Tuscarawas, and it was spectacular. I was nervous about how it would “land” in our small community. But when the audience leapt to its feet at the conclusion, I was reminded of just how far we’ve all come.

I’m sure there were some who bought tickets with little to no idea of what the show was about, and those people may have varied from offended to confused. But for those who knew what RENT should be, I think they walked away thrilled. The cast had fantastic chemistry, and there were some superb standouts, like Angel. Sunday night I watched the televised “live” production of RENT, and the Angel we saw at the PAC blew TV’s Angel out of the water.

RENT changed what a Broadway musical could be, and it paved the path for shows like Book of Mormon and Hamilton. It launched the career of standouts like Idina Menzel, who went on to star in Wicked and as the voice of Elsa in Disney’s Frozen. RENT grossed over $280 million dollars in its 12-year run, and it won four Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize. And tragically, the show’s creator, Jonathan Larson, died the very night before RENT premiered Off-Broadway in 1996. I pray that somehow he knows what a gift he left us with.

At the PAC, I saw parents with children that looked to be as young as 10, and I was seated next to a couple who were easily in their late 70’s. During some more risqué scenes I braced myself for negative reactions from my seat-neighbors, but they never flinched, save for opening some hard candies very slowly. I saw some teenagers literally running for the merch table after the show, eager to take home a memento of the show they had just fallen in love with for the first time. I love this community, and I love this theater. Thinking back to the 90’s, it’s hard to believe the advancements we’ve made in technology, the accomplishments in AIDS research and treatment, and I never would have imagined a theater like the PAC here in our community, where I could see an incredible, Broadway-caliber performance of RENT with over 1,000 other appreciative fans.

Amy Smith
General Manager
WJER Radio


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