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In keeping with the governor’s recommendations and anticipation of future orders regarding gatherings, we have decided to postpone our Excellence in Broadcasting Dinner on April 16th. The health and safety of our colleagues is the highest priority. We are currently working with Lago on a future date and will announce when we have more details.




FOX Sports Ohio is pleased to offer the Cleveland Association of Broadcasters a new annual scholarship - The Fred McLeod Memorial Scholarship.

In honor of the legendary Cleveland broadcaster Fred McLeod, the Cleveland Association of Broadcasters (CAB), on behalf of FOX Sports Ohio, will award one (1) scholarship in the amount of $2,016 for applicants of 4-year undergraduate or graduate institutions or applicants of 2-year and recognized certificate institutions. Emphasis on Sports Broadcasting and Sports Marketing is not required but will be heavily weighted for consideration by the CAB scholarship committee. This scholarship is non-renewable.

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CAB Legacy June Honoree:  Barnaby - Linn Sheldon

Born Linn Richard Sheldon in Norwalk, Ohio, Sheldon had spent the majority of his childhood either homeless or in foster care. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, returning to his home town and working as a nightclub act and started on Cleveland television in 1948. He became a well-known local radio and television personality, especially as the host of the children’s show Barnaby.

 The character “Barnaby” was originally an elf with pointy ears and a straw hat who lived in the “Enchanted Forest” and showed cartoons (mostly ‘Popeye’) to his audience of adults and children alike. He eventually became popular enough that his show was aired seven days a week (his supporting character “Woodrow the Woodsman” became popular in his own right and was spun off into his own series).

“Barnaby” aired on NBC affiliate KYC (now WKYC) channel 3 from 1957-1967. Sheldon would then reprise the character on the upstart indie WUAB channel 43. Barnaby aired on 43 from 1968-1990. The character was modified a bit in this new incarnation. He went from being an elf to more of a kindly older gentleman, who wore his trademark straw hat, an ascot, a blue blazer and khaki slacks. The program also switched from taking place in the “Enchanted Forest” to Barnaby’s cottage and towards the end “Barnaby Park”, which resembled a typical suburban park complete with park benches.

“Casper, the Friendly Ghost” cartoons were a fixture on the show as well a puppet characters. Those characters included: “Long John”, the world’s only invisible parrot, “Clyde”, a little fellow who idolized Barnaby and wore a straw hat and sunglasses, “O.T. the Other Terrestrial, and “Ranger Rupert”, a dog puppet who was the park ranger at Barnaby Park.

Sheldon would famously end the show with: “If anybody calls, tell them Barnaby said hello. And tell them that I think you are the nicest person in the whole world…Just you.” During his entire time as “Barnaby”, Sheldon would frequently make personal appearances , especially in hospitals to entertain and cheer up sick children.

A 1997 honoree for Excellence in Broadcasting, Sheldon ended his run as “Barnaby” in 1990 and went into retirement and died in 2006.

“Tell them Barnaby said Hello” 



CAB Mission Statement

As a nonprofit  501c6 we work collaboratively as an industry to continue to advance excellence in broadcasting in Cleveland through education, social interaction, recognition and philanthropy.
  1. Promote the quality of broadcasting in the Cleveland area
  2. Provide a forum for issues concerning all segments of the Cleveland broadcasting community
  3. Foster greater understanding between those in the broadcasting sales, advertising and business communities
  4. Increase the level of professionalism among those in the Cleveland broadcast community

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