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Ray Strickland

Ray is an Akron native, born and raised, who is a junior broadcast journalist at Kent State University with a minor in Political Science. While studying at KSU, he has been a associate producer, reporter and anchor for their award winning student-led TV2 news station. He has mainly covered sports, which includes baseball, basketball, football and Men’s & Women’s track field. He also has a passion in politics and community relations. Ray is also a driving force in establishing a student chapter of NABJ (National Association of Black Journalists) at Kent State, a great sign of his vision and leadership in the industry. One day he hopes to become a reporter for WKYC then at ABC News.

Dave Koz

Dave Koz is a renaissance man for the 21st century. He continues to excel and grow as a performer while finding further  fulfillment as a radio host. 

A native of Southern California, Dave graduated UCLA with a mass communications degree, but decided to pursue a career  in music. The talented saxophonist got his ‘big break’ in the touring band of singer Bobby Caldwell, high-profile sideman  gigs with Jeff Lorber and Richard Marx followed, and soon Dave was signed to Capitol Records. 

 In a career spanning two decades, Dave has established himself as a platinum-selling artist, humanitarian, entrepreneur,  radio host, and instrumental music advocate. With multiple Grammy® nominations, he’s being honored by the Hollywood  Chamber of Commerce with a star on Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame. Dave has played with such musical luminaries  as Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Barry Manilow, Celine Dion, Kenny Loggins, U2, Luther Vandross and Rod Stewart to name a  few. 

Dave’s radio career began in 1994 as the host of “Personal Notes” and later, “The Dave Koz Radio Show”, which is heard  nationwide. He was co-host of the “Dave Koz and Pat Prescott Morning Show” on smooth jazz station KTWV- Los Angeles,  and has even been heard on J-Wave in Tokyo, Japan. After more than a decade, Dave’s as comfortable in front of a radio  microphone as he is on stage!

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