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Tuesday, 19 November 2019 09:47

The Geek Critique - Black Friday Buying Guide

Holiday shopping season is upon us and I'm here to make sure you don't miss a deal! I've handpicked my favorite deals from all the major local Black Friday sales going on and listed them below. Whether your shopping for a video game fanatic or looking to make your home smarter, I've got you covered. 

 Video Games | Consoles | Televisions | Laptops | Tablets | Smart Home | Flyers

See my complete sortable spreadsheet here

Video Games

Prices on hottest video games this year are all over the map. It seems nowhere has them at the same price. Rather than listing the best deal on a game I've listed the prices at 4 major video game retailers in the area.  You may notice that GameStop is not listed as their Black Friday ad has not been posted yet (11/20). I will update soon as it's available. Some highlights below include Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey both at $30 at Walmart and Target. Both games are must-own games for Nintendo Switch owners. For PS4 owners Shenmue 3 for $35 is a steal that just came out on 11/19. For Xbox One owners The Witcher 3: Complete Edition for $19.99 is a great price for one of the greatest games of this generation.


For the second year in a row, the Nintendo Switch is the system on everyone's list. Sadly, there is not much in the way of deals on the system due to the high demand. If Mario Kart 8 is already on your list $299.99 is a good price as you are essentially getting the game for free with the system. The problem is this model has been replaced by a new model with better battery life. It is unclear what version of the switch you will get with the Kohl's deal, but if you plan on doing shopping at Kohl's this holiday season getting $90 back in Kohl's cash is enticing.  The $199 Playstation 4 deal at Best Buy and Walmart is one of the better deals this holiday season. You get 3 amazing games included, though none of them very young child-friendly. Not to be outdone the Xbox One S deal at Best Buy and Walmart is also a great entry to the system if you want to stay digital-only on games (It does not have a disc drive). The Kohls Xbox One X price of $350 + $105 back in Kohls cash is by far the best value I've seen on the beefed-up Xbox One.


I've decided to only list the 4K TV's as the price on them has come down so much I would not recommend anyone getting 1080p TV.  There far too many TV deals to list them all, so I've decided to just highlight some really good deals in different price ranges. In the possible deal of all Black Friday deals both Walmart & Best Buys have 58" TV's for only $199.00. You can not go wrong with either TV at that price. If you wanted something a little more named brand there are several Samsung TV deals that are as cheap as I've ever seen them.


With the number of laptops advertised on Black Friday increasing each and every year, there is simply no other piece of electronics that has this level of competition. From $100 Chromebooks to fully loaded gaming laptops there is a little something for everyone. The clear winner in terms of value is the Dell Inspiron for $349.99 at Best Buy. With an SSD, 8GB of RAM, and a touchscreen, it has the specs usually reserved for high end and high priced laptops. 


If you are in a market for a tablet it's hard to beat the value you get in the $30 Amazon Fire 7. In terms of value, nothing even comes close. The Fire 7 Kids Edition is a decent price also for peace of mind. If your child breaks this tablet at all in 2 years after purchase Amazon will replace it for free, no questions asked. If you wanted an iPad Walmart and Best Buy's $250 for the 10.2" iPad is a great value. 

Smart Home

This category really comes down to what ecosystem you want your smart devices to live on, Google's or Amazon's. There are great prices all around on both sets of devices and just comes down to personal preference. 


Best Buy


Wednesday, 23 October 2019 07:57

Valor Home

97.5 WONE is proud to give back to those who have served our country. You may have heard us mention Valor Home and wondered, "What is Valor Home?

The Harry Donovan Jr. Valor Home of Summit County is a transitional housing program for homeless veterans. They help residents through structured and engaging therapies such as art, music and life skills. Each resident is assigned a support worker to offer advocacy and encouragement. Valor Home provides support services to residents both on-site and in the community. The program mission of Valor Home is, "To support homeless veterans in our community in their efforts to achieve greater self-sufficiency, including the ability to secure and maintain permanent housing." Each year, 100,000 people are served through their programs. Read more about Valor Home here

How are we helping?

Funds raised at WONE's booths at both Rock The Lock, and Blossom are donated to Valor Home. 

We've also just introduced the WONE Charity Classic at Stonehedge Family Entertainment. Every Sunday you have a chance to bowl for cash prizes in the Tournament Of Champions. A portion of the $25 bowling fee goes to support Valor Home. Find more details about the WONE Charity Classic here

In addition, 97.5 WONE will be broadcasting live from the lobby of our studios at 1795 West Market Street on December 13th and 14th with Operation Heroes. Stay tuned for details! 



Wednesday, 03 April 2019 15:25

Brackets Of Rock

Monday, 04 March 2019 14:20

Rock Talk with Kinzbach

Join us as 97.5 WONE's Jeff Kinzbach shares his stories with a behind the scenes look at the rockers and music from his long storied career in Northeast Ohio Rock and Roll!

Driven by The Klaben Auto Stores, it's Rock Talk With Kinzbach weekday afternoons at 4:45pm!




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Monday, 18 February 2019 11:37

Meal Deals

Tuesday, 29 January 2019 11:45

Cold Weather Resources

School Closings Here

As the National Weather Service warns that Wednesday, January 30, 2019 could be one of the coldest days on record, Akron area organizations charged with aiding the homeless are working to ensure that everyone will have access to shelter.  

Community Support Services, Inc. operates the Homeless Outreach and Intake Center at 111 E. Voris Street, Akron; bringing supportive services for persons experiencing homelessness under one roof. Individuals who are homeless or at risk for homelessness, have symptoms suggestive of severe and persistent mental illness and/or substance abuse disorder, and who is not already active in mental health and/or addiction treatment is eligible to utilize all the services at the Center. If a homeless individual does not meet program criteria, outreach workers will attempt to connect the individual with other community agencies and services. The Homeless Outreach office can be reached at 330-762-4663.

Haven of Rest Ministries, 175 E. Market Street, Akron, is accepting admissions at all hours in preparation for the cold.

The City of Akron has opened warming centers at the following locations:

  • Mason Park Community Center, 700 E. Exchange Street
  • Patterson Park Community Center, 800 Patterson Ave (North Hill)
  • Summit Lake Community Center, 380 W. Crosier Street
  • Lawton Street Community Center, 1225 Lawton Street (near West Side)

All these warming centers will be open from 8:30 am to 10:00 pm. 
According to Bob Stokes, President and CEO of Community Support Services, “Recent studies have shown that approximately 700 homeless individuals die each year due to hypothermia. With this dangerous polar vortex forecast this week, we are reaching out to the homeless men and women throughout our community in as many ways as we can to give them this potentially life-saving information.”

Community Support Services, Inc. is a leader in behavioral healthcare for Summit County and the surrounding region. The agency provides comprehensive, high quality, cost-effective treatment, rehabilitation, advocacy, and support for recovery, primarily to persons most in need, to enhance the quality of their lives.

Meanwhile, the Salvation Army of Summit County is responding as well: 

(Salvation Army) Local offices of The Salvation Army in Akron and Barberton will be open as warming centers as temperatures are expected to drop to what could be record lows in the area this week.

· Both Summit County Salvation Army locations will serve as drop in center/warming sites Tuesday through Thursday, January 29 through January 31, 2019.  
· Hours for the downtown Akron location, 190 S. Maple Street, south of St. Vincent de Paul Church on West Market Street, will be from 9:00AM to 4:00PM.
· The Barberton location, 560 Wooster Road West, will be open from 9:30AM to 4:00PM.
· Donations of new or clean, gently used winter hats, scarves and gloves in all sizes will be appreciated and accepted at both locations.

Monday, 28 January 2019 09:32

Akron Home & Garden Show

Don’t miss The 25th Akron Home and Garden Show at the John S. Knight Center February 15th thru 17th. The Akron Home and Garden Show features the latest products and ideas that local homeowners can use for their next home and garden project.  There will be over 170 vendors, demonstrations, food, and much more!  Homeowners can look towards experts to help create their dream homes! Visit for more information and to purchase tickets!

Velvet Sessions, brought to you by 97.5 WONE, will feature 4 special shows this year in Club Velvet at Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park. It's an opportunity for our Great Rock Fans to get up close and personal within the intimate confines of this finely appointed lounge. There will also be VIP Treat Me Like A Rock Star opportunities to enjoy a show from the comfy couches close to stage and chill with a super casual meet & greet with the artists.

Al Stewart
Saturday, November 17th
Club Velvet

Tickets: $59 / $49

Presale: Thursday, August 9th from 10am - 10pm
Use Offer Code: MUSIC

Tickets On Sale: Friday, August 10th at 10am

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE HERE or at the Rocksino Box Office located next to Hard Rock Live. Closest entrance to Hard Rock Live is the South Entrance.

NOTE: This is a 21 & over event. Proper dress required. Large purses and backpacks are not permitted. All seats are reserved. No cameras permitted. The box office opens at 1:00 PM on the day of the event. For more information call 1-855-660-7625. Parking is free, valet is also available for a fee. The closest entrance to Club Velvet is the Main Entrance. All ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.



Monday, 13 November 2017 12:34

COSI Entry Form

Thursday, 28 September 2017 12:26


Your ticket order has been successfully purchased!


  • 6am departure from Rubber City Radio Group, 1795 West Market Street, Akron. Please bring your ID's with you.
  • Tailgate party courtesy of TLC Catering upon arrival in Cincinnati at the Bengals Stadium.
  • 1pm game kickoff.
  • Return to Akron on Sunday evening after the game.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the event!



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