Posted by Terrence Dalton
Our invited speaker, Mr. Tommy Bruno, was unable to attend our Tuesday, August 24, Akron Rotary Club meeting because of technical challenges accessing our Zoom meeting, but not all was lost because Laura Smiley, Underwriting Sales Director of The Summit and a fellow Rotarian provided the Club with some general information on the radio station. 
WAPS-FM, The Summit (91.3 FM) has been in existence for 65 years.  The radio station is Akron-Canton’s home for true music diversity.  The radio station 90.7 FM also serves the Youngstown - Warren, Ohio and Western Pennsylvania area and worldwide via mobile at
The radio station is locally owned and operated by the Akron Public Schools, and is a member supported public radio.  The Summit plays a wide variety of music, including Rock, Pop, Folk, Acoustic, Local Reggae, and much more.
The radio station offers commercial-free music for Northeast Ohio and beyond through four channels.  These channels are:
  • The Summit – Their flagship station
  • The 330 – Features the past, present, and future of Northeast Ohio music – homegrown, hyper-local and powered by the Summit
  • KIDJAM! Radio – Is an exciting and fun online listening experience that everyone can enjoy. 
    • The KIDJAM! Radio mission is to entertain and empower children to build good health and lifestyle habits, self-esteem, and character.
    • The Summit believes that a child’s personal development is profoundly influenced and shaped by the increasingly sophisticated types of media and technology that are widely accessible to our youngest citizens.
    • KIDJAM embraces this technology by combining high-quality entertainment with a solid foundation for shaping character.
    • KIDJAM messages are delivered between songs by kids, for kids, sharing tips to motivate, educate and inspire.
  • Rock and Recovery – Is a community for people experiencing addiction, trauma, and mental health issues, supporting self-motivation, sharing information and resources, and offering personal serenity both on-air and online. 
    • The Rock and Recovery™ Mission: Provide entertaining and meaningful music and uplifting messages with individual testimonials for people experiencing recovery from substance use, alcohol, trauma and mental health disorders. This resource is open to loved ones, families, and friends as well. Rock and Recovery™ mobilizes and supports our recovery community to grow and heal together through the therapeutic power of music mixed with messages of hope and inspiration curated to serve as encouragement for each personal recovery journey.
To learn more about 91.3 The Summit and their other programs, check out their website at
Yours in Rotary Service - 
Terry Dalton
Akron Club Secretary & Scholarship Chair