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CAB Legacy

About CAB Legacy

The Cleveland Association of Broadcasters (CAB) Legacy section is dedicated to honoring individuals who have made tremendous contributions to broadcasting in the Cleveland area.  By providing profiles and pictures we hope to preserve the legacies of those featured in this section, while at once providing examples of excellence for others to follow.

“The Ohio Broadcast Archive and Museum at the University of Akron is partnering with the Cleveland Association of Broadcasters to highlight notable radio and TV personalities and distinguished station management on the CAB website.  The monthly profiles include rare photos and biographical material and are compiled by the project’s archivist and curator Mike Olszewski, the veteran radio and TV reporter who has co-authored several books on media along with his award winning documentary work.  The archive has access to thousands of photos and related material and plans to make as much of it available as possible to the public both online and at its permanent home.

Olszewski says, “The project has assembled a group of dedicated historians, academic personnel and media professionals to document the ongoing history of radio and TV across the state.   The opportunity to showcase some of the current collection on the CAB website will not only spotlight influential people who helped make broadcast history but will publicize our efforts to preserve their stories and accomplishments for future research.”


Legacy Honorees

Click an honoree’s name below to read more about the individual and their contribution to local broadcasting.

 


A Grace Lee Mims

A Grace Lee MimsA Grace Lee Mims had been listening to WCLV for years when she decided to contact its president, Robert Conrad. She told Robert WCLV needed a program spotlighting contributions that blacks have made to classical music. After their meeting, Conrad said, “You must promise me to do it for 6 months.” Mims...

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Alan Freed

Alan Freed After moving to Ohio at the age of 12, Alan developed his life-long love affair with music. He was a trombone player and formed a band, called the Sultans of Swing, however an ear infection ended his dream of being a big time band leader.  At THE Ohio State University he discovered radio...

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Austin Carr

Austin CarrAustin Carr is in his 20th season as color analyst for the Cavaliers and 35th year of service with the team. Austin grew up in the Washington DC area and was a Parade High School All-American before attending Notre Dame, where he was named a 2 time All-American. During his final season at ND,...

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Barnaby – Linn Richard Sheldon

Barnaby - Linn Richard SheldonBorn 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...

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Betty Cope

Betty CopeCope, a Cleveland native who grew up in Shaker Heights, was a Hathaway Brown graduate and attended Marjorie Webster Junior College because it had a broadcast program. Her broadcast career started as a receptionist at Cleveland's first commercial television station, WEWS Channel 5, when it began broadcasting in December 1947. Although the infant medium was...

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Big Chuck and Lil’ John

Big Chuck and Lil' JohnChuck Schodowski started as a producer/engineer at WJW-TV (and before that at KYW) and became a close friend of Ernie Anderson. When Anderson's previous sidekick, eventual Hollywood actor Tim Conway, was fired for a fabrication on his résumé, Schodowski was hired as Conway's replacement. Schodowski worked closely with Anderson (as Ghoulardi)...

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Bill Martin

Bill MartinBill Martin came to WJW in 1994 as co-anchor of the then hour-long early morning newscast. He later became field anchor for the 5 p.m. news before joining Fox 8 News in the Morning team in 1996.After leading the morning show to number one in the ratings for more than three years, Bill was...

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Bill Randle

Bill RandleWilliam McKinley Randle Jr. was born in Detroit, Michigan. In Detroit, he hosted a popular show on WJLB-AM radio (now WDTK) called The Interracial Goodwill Hour, featuring rhythm and blues music and hot jazz. After a move to Cleveland, as a pioneering disc jockey at WERE, he helped change the face of American music....

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Blossom Music Center

BLOSSOM MUSIC CENTER-50 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE IN ENTERTAINMENTBlossom Music Center, the premier outdoor amphitheater in Northeast Ohio, is celebrating 50 years of music and entertainment for the people of North Coast. The pavilion seats 5,700 people, with space for about 13,500 more on the lawn. It is the summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra, which...

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Bob Dale

Bob Dale One of the pioneers of Cleveland television, Robert Dale Bergmayr came into the world in Canton Ohio on March 26, 1925. After serving in World War II, he attended Case Western Reserve University on the GI Bill. Adopting the stage name Bob Dale, he began at WEWS-TV 5 around May, 1948. He jokes...

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Bob Friend

Bob FriendBob Friend is best known for an evening program on Akron’s WAKR in which he analyzed the dreams of callers—The Dream Machine. But Bob was also known as the man who introduced the Beatles at their first NEO appearance.in 1964.  An Air Force veteran, Friend was working for WHK when the Beatles rolled into town...

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Carl Monday

CARL MONDAYThe Dean of Cleveland Investigative Reporters, Carl Monday, who set the standard for investigative journalism in Northeast Ohio, shuts it down after career that has spanned over 45 years, Monday has been a trailblazer in the field, from the voice on all-news radio, to heading up investigative units at three Cleveland television stations.  Monday has...

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Carl Reese

Carl ReeseCarl Reese has one of those voices that makes you want to listen to what he has to say. He is at the same time authoritative, reassuring and friendly. Carl knew from early on that he wanted to be in radio and you had to be the best - there was no "close enough"...

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Charlie Day

Charlie Day (written by Charlie’s daughter, Mary Jane Skala) As news director of WGAR, he was the dean of Cleveland newscasters in the '50s and the '60s, before TV bloodied radio in the early '70s. Cleveland was a tough old bird back then. She was one of the country's 10 biggest cities, a gritty, ornery,...

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Clay Conroy

Clay Conroy J. Clayton Conroy, better known to baby boomers as TV’s Woodrow the Woodsman, was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on April 3, 1918. Conroy studied at the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts and attended the New England Conservatory of Music. Before becoming a children’s television performer he tried a variety...

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Dancin’ Danny Wright

Dancin Danny WrightDancin Danny spent 17 years of his broadcast career in the Cleveland/Akron market. During his career, he was nominated by Billboard as the CHR Major Market Personality of the year and after 3 nominations, won the award. And while at WGAR, Danny was named by the Country Music Association as the Major Market...

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Dick Feagler

DICK FEAGLERDick Feagler viewed life with a bemused scowl as Cleveland's curmudgeonly columnist and commentator for 50 years.In Feagler's world he was always the little kid of 1948 -- listening to his trusty Philco radio as the Indians battled in the World Series, shopping the downtown department and five-and-dime stores, or tossing a battered baseball...

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Dick Goddard

Dick Goddard Dick, a Cleveland Broadcast legend and Award for Excellence in Broadcasting honoree (1994) is a true Buckeye, born in Akron and a graduate of Green High School. Dick Goddard received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Kent State University in 1960 after having served four years with the U.S. Air Force during...

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Dick Russ

Dick RussDick Russ has been serving the people of Northeast Ohio for some 40 years, both as a professional journalist and as a leader in the community’s civic life. He is currently Vice President of North Coast Community Homes, a non-profit organization which develops and maintains housing for people who have disabilities.Dick also serves as...

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Don Imus

Don ImusIn 1966, Imus enrolled at the Don Martin School of Radio and Television Arts and Sciences, in Hollywood, after seeing a newspaper advertisement; he was thrown out for being "uncooperative", but studied enough to obtain a broadcasting license from the FCC. Upon winning a talent contest at Johnny Otis’s night club, he worked as...

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Don Perris

Don PerrisDon Perris was a consummate pro who loved nothing more than to mentor colleagues who demonstrated great promise. Perris served as President and CEO of Scripps Howard Broadcasting for 14 years before retiring in 1988.Perris began his career at Scripps in 1943 as a copy boy at the Cleveland Press. In 1948 he became...

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Don Webster

DON WEBSTERDonald George Webster was born in the city of Chatham, Ontario, Canada in 1939. His father died when he was eleven years old. After graduating high school, he went to work in the radio business, working in stations in Hamilton, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec.In the early 1960s, Webster had become host of an American...

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Dorothy Fuldheim

Dorothy Fuldheim-Award for Excellence In Broadcasting /Class of 1991 Fuldheim-a member of the inaugural class of the CAB Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting, was born in Passaic, New Jersey and spent her childhood in Milwaukee. Prior to her working in broadcasting, she was an elementary school teacher. It was during the 20’s, after her first...

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Doug Adair

Doug Adair Born in Xenia, Ohio, Adair got his start in journalism in television in Dayton in the early 1950s. In 1958 he moved to Cleveland and joined then-CBS-affiliated WJW-TV as a reporter and anchor. Starting in 1964, Adair was paired with Joel Daly and the duo co-anchored City Camera News, the first two-man television...

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Doug Dieken

Doug DiekenDoug has been with the Browns organization since the Browns make him their sixth round pick in the 1971 NFL draft. His career with the Browns started with the team 49 years ago and has not stopped since.A native of Streator, Illinois, Dieken has identified with the city of Cleveland since first arriving as...

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Eddie O’Jay

Eddie O'Jay Eddie O'Jay is one of the pioneering R & B disc jockeys who started his long career at WOKY / Milwaukee. It wasn't long before he was heard at Cleveland's WABQ where he became one of the city most recognized and popular urban radio voices. While breaking a lot of major acts, it...

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Ernie Anderson

Ernie Anderson Born in Lynn, Massachusetts, Ernie wanted to go to law school, but World War II ended that dream when drafted into the Army. After the war, and several small market radio gigs in Vermont, New York and Rhode Island, Ernie landed at WHK. In 1958, he went to KYW-TV where he hosted the...

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Frantz the Toymaker

Frantz the Toymaker The man we all came to love as Frantz the Toymaker was born at the old St. Ann’s Hospital in Cleveland. Ray went to South High (Class of ’57) and spent a year at Kent State before entering the Army. While in the Army he was stationed in Alabama and Georgia where...

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Fred Griffith

Fred GriffithCAB Legacy Honoree: Fred GriffithEXCELLENCE IN BROADCASTING-CLASS OF 2000Fred was a Cleveland Broadcast legend, who graced the Cleveland airwaves for more than 50 years. He is best known as host of WEWS’ groundbreaking Morning Exchange program, a local staple on morning television for 27 years.A native of Charleston, West Virginia, Griffith served in the...

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Fred McLeod

Fred McLeodCAB Legacy Honoree: Fred McLeodMcLeod was born and grew up in Strongsville. During his sophomore year in high school, McLeod and his family moved to the Pittsburgh area, where he finished high school and attended college, graduating from Point Park College where he was a pitcher on the baseball team, reaching the NAIA College...

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Fred Wolf

Fred Wolf Fred Wolf was known as "Cleveland's pioneer of good music".  As general manager of WDOK radio he stressed music as an agent of calm in a world filled with tension.   Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, Wolf was a graduate of that city's Commercial Academy before taking work in the offices of Krupp Steel.   At...

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Gary Dee

Gary Dee "I didn't saddle up to come in second!"   Gary Dee Gilbert lived by that creed, pursuing a career and even private life that might best be described as "performance art".  He was the son of sharecroppers born in Hope, Arkansas, then known as "Home of the World's Largest Watermelons".  A few years later...

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Gene Carroll

Gene Carroll Few names are as closely associated with the early days of Cleveland TV as Gene Carroll.   His shows "Uncle Jake's House" and "The Giant Tiger Amateur Hour" (later "The Gene Carroll Show") were television staples from the forties past his death into the early 1970s.    But Gene Carroll's show business roots...

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Henry Pilder

Henry Pilder There's no question that hard work made Henry Pilder a success at WGAR, but a great deal of his success came from his wife's throwing arm.  Pilder was the son of a blacksmith who aggressively pushed his son to study piano.  The young Pilder also had a keen sense of comedy and became...

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Herb Score

Herb ScoreHerb Score was born in Rosedale, New York, in 1933. At 3, he was run over by a truck and later had rheumatic fever. As a teenager, he started playing basketball and baseball at Holy Name of Mary School until he moved with his family to Lake Worth, Florida. In 1952, he threw six...

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Howie Lund

Howie Lund As early as 1946, the Press Local Radio Poll named WJW’s Howie Lund the favorite announcer in Cleveland. Lund had just 2 years radio experience then, having started at WJW when it moved to Cleveland from Akron. By 1947, Lund had moved to WJWO and was “the Frank Sinatra of the city’s jocks”....

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Jack Armstrong

Jack Armstrong Born John Charles Larsh, in Durham, North Carolina, John, also known as Jack Armstrong, Jackson W. Armstrong and Big Jack Your Leader, was a popular disc jockey of the 1960’s at WIXY and WKYC. Larsh’s first break came in 1966, when he landed at WIXY. Norman Wain (1992 Honoree for Award for Excellence...

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Jack Graney

JACK GRANEYLegendary Cleveland Indians radio play-by-play man Jack Graney is among eight finalists for the Ford C. Frick Award given annually by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum to a broadcaster for meritorious service to the game.Graney, an outfielder who played his entire 14-year major league career with the Indians, was among the...

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Jack Perkins

Jack Perkins Dubbed "America's most literate correspondent" by the Associated Press, Perkins received a Bachelor of the Arts degree in political science from Case Western Reserve University in 1956. While at Case Western Reserve, Perkins joined the Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta, worked at WEWS and did groundbreaking work with Dorothy Fuldheim.  Jack Perkins has...

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Jack Riley

Jack Riley Best known as Elliot Carlin on The Bob Newhart Show, Jack was born in Cleveland in 1935. Jack attended St. Ignatius and John Carroll and he served in the United States Army. After being discharged, Riley became a popular Cleveland radio personality, along with his radio partner and “straight man” Jeff Baxter. The...

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Jerry G Bishop

Jerry G Bishop Jerry G Bishop, born Jarius Samuel Ghan in Chicago, was a graduate of Wright Junior College, the University of Illinois and Columbia College. He got his start in Evanston, Illinois in 1961 and in 1963 he became part of the golden age of Cleveland Top 40 radio when he was named the night...

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Jim Graner

Jim Graner Jim, a native of Akron, grew up in nearby Stow and graduated in 1937 from Stow High School. He attended Ohio Wesleyan, but left prior to graduation to serve in the US Army during World War II. After the war, Jim came back to Northeast Ohio and served as the ‘color’ guy for...

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Jim Mehrling

Jim Mehrling WCLV’s Production Manager is one of Cleveland’s great radio voices. His sound is well known through his many years at WERE prior to joining WCLV. Now he voices and produces many WCLV commercials and promos with the professionalism and creativity that continue to be his hallmark. Jim met his wife Connie while both...

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Jimmy Dudley

Jimmy DudleyA native of Alexandria, Virginia, Dudley majored in chemistry at the University of Virginia He turned to broadcasting in the late 1930s, starting out at a Charlottesville radio station. He moved up to calling Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox games from 1938-1941 before serving as a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Force...

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Jimmy Malone

Jimmy MaloneExcellence In Broadcasting/Class Of 2010Jimmy was born in Cleveland as the youngest of 3 kids to his parents, Jonathon and Shirley and grew up in the Glenlvile area. He attended Chesterfield Elementary and by his own admission, was known as the class clown and when he was a teen, his parents moved to Shaker...

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Joe Finan

Joe Finan Joe was born in 1927 in Butler, Pennsylvania. He served in the United States Navy 1944-45 and attended Carnegie Tech. Joe first signed on at WISR in Butler, PA in 1949 and for nearly 60 years, never stopped talking. He began his Northeast Ohio broadcast career as the first TV weatherman in Ohio. In...

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Joe Tait

Joe Tait Joe, the first voice of your World Champion Cleveland Cavaliers, was born in Evanston, Illinois. He attended Monmouth College where he began his radio career. Tait did various jobs, including play-by-play on a local radio station in Monmouth (WRAM), sports reports, and operations manager. Joe graduated in 1959 and after college spent 3...

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John Fitzgerald

John Fitzgerald Born in Cleveland, Fitzgerald graduated from Lakewood High School in 1944 and the University of Michigan in 1948. He was also a commissioned officer in the Navy. Fitzgerald started his broadcast career at WXEL, which later became WJW Channel 8, in 1950, just one year after the start of the station itself. He...

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John Hambrick

John Hambrick John Hambrick anchored the WEWS 6 and11 PM newscasts from 1967 to 1975. Along with Dave Patterson, Dorothy Fuldheim, Gib Shanley and Don Webster, Hambrick took WEWS from a poor third place station to a dominant number one. “The years spent with John on the news were arguably the best years of my...

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Judd Hambrick

Judd Hambrick Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Emmy-award winning newscaster and reporter grew up in Mount Pleasant, Texas. Hambrick started his career in radio in 1961 while a sophomore in high school. After graduation, Hambrick attended the University of Texas where he obtained his degree in journalism and got his start in television at KTBC-TV...

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Jungle Larry

“Jungle Larry” Tetzlaff Before Jack Hanna, there was Lawrence "Jungle Larry" Tetzlaff. He and his wife, Nancy, called "Safari Jane," became household names in Northeast Ohio through frequent appearances on local TV, especially the "Captain Penny" kids show on WEWS Channel 5, from the 1950s to '70s. He lived a life as big as legend...

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Ken Coleman

Ken ColemanKen Coleman, born in Quincy, Massachusetts, left his mark in Northeast Ohio. A graduate of Curry College, Coleman broke into broadcasting with the Cleveland Browns (1952-1965), calling play-by-play of every touchdown that Hall of Fame running back Jimmy Brown ever scored. He also began his MLB broadcasting career on the North Coast, calling the...

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Ken Hawkins

Ken Hawkins The man who coined the phrase "if you don't like this, you got a hole in your soul", Ken Hawkins remains one of the most revered names in Cleveland's urban radio scene. His smooth voice and keen ear for music won him a large and loyal following at WJMO. With Hawkins at the...

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Larry Harmon

Larry Harmon  Larry Harmon was the class clown at Cleveland Heights High School....but it was his portrayal of Bozo the Clown that won him his greatest acclaim. Born in Toledo and later relocating to Northeast Ohio, Harmon had no thoughts of entering show business until he me the great Al Jolson. He was eventually introduced...

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Lawrence James Travagliante – Kid Leo

Lawrence James Travagliante - Kid LeoKid Leo started at WMMS in February, 1973. He became the afternoon drive DJ in 1974, holding that time slot until he left the station in December, 1988. In 1977 he was promoted to Music Director, and assumed the Operations Manager position in 1986. “To many, Kid Leo was WMMS....

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Lawson Deming

Lawson Deming The man who created Sir Graves Ghastly, Deming was born and grew up near Cleveland.  After college Lawson Deming worked a series of TV and radio jobs, and eventually became a regular on KYW-TV's Woodrow the Woodsman, starring fellow Cleveland actor Clay Conroy. Deming didn't appear on screen, but he was the puppeteer...

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Lee Jordan

Lee Jordan - Class of 2011Lee was born In Minneapolis. Minnesota and first set foot in the Buckeye state as a student at Bowling Green State University. While at BG, Lee majored in Journalism and was awarded the Frazier Reams Fellowship in Journalism. Following graduation, Lee went to Columbus, where was the host of PM Magazine...

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Leon Bibb

Leon Bibb - Class of 2006Leon Bibb (born October 5, 1944, in Butler. Alabama) signs off August 1st, after over 40 years in broadcasting. A recipient of the Award for Excellence in Broadcasting, Leon was the first Black primetime news anchor in Ohio.Raised in Cleveland's Glenville area, and a 1962 graduate of Glenville High School, Bibb’s...

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Les Levine

Les LevineExcellence In Broadcasting/Class Of 2019Les Levine, Cleveland sportswriter and Broadcaster, whose career spanned 50 years, passed away after battling diabetes and Parkinsons disease..Les grew up in Cleveland and attended The Ohio State University, and graduated with a Poly Science degree and was a certified elementary school teacher--but talking sports was his passion so he...

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Lynn Tolliver Jr.

Lynn Tolliver Jr. Lynn arrived at WZAK in May of 1982 shortly after the station had adopted a black-oriented urban contemporary format. Lynn landed in Cleveland after a successful track record at MCA Records in Detroit. While at MCA, Lynn was named Billboard Magazine’s urban contemporary program director for 5 years. Known for outrageous stunts,...

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Mark Biviano

Mark BivianoMark was born in Niles, Ohio and attended JF Kennedy High School  in Warren, Class of 75. He moved the party to Ohio University where he studied BSC/Radio TV Communication, Class of 75.Biv’ 50 year broadcast career began with stops at Storer Broadcasting in Toledo, ABC Radio in Detroit and WIN Communication in Cleveland....

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Marty Sullivan – Super Host

Marty Sullivan - Super HostMarty was born in Detroit and his parents divorced before he graduated from high school. His aunt, who was very influential in his life, paid for him to go to boarding school in Canada. He went on to Assumption College (now College of Windsor) but after 2 years, knew he was...

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Michael Stanley

Michael StanleyExcellence In Broadcasting/Class Of 2012Michael Stanley Gee (March 25, 1948 – March 5, 2021) was an American singer-songwriter, musician, and radio personality. Both as a solo artist and with the Michael Stanley Band in the Midwest in the 1970s and 1980s. Michael Stanley Gee graduated from Rocky River High School in 1966. He attended Hiram...

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Mike Douglas

Mike Douglas Born August 11, 1925 in Chicago Michael Dowd Jr. was destined to become one of America's favorite talk show hosts, singers and entertainers. He started out at age 15 singing on a Cruise ship that sailed between Cleveland, Buffalo and the Grand Hotel in Michigan.  He learned his trade by watching others who...

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Mike Olszewski

Mike OlszewskiPresident's Award 2020Mike Olszewski is a veteran radio / TV / print journalist who is best known for his time on the legendary WMMS-FM. Mike was born on the southeast side of Cleveland and moved to Bedford Heights at the age of 12. He went on to graduate from Bedford High and is a...

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Milton Maltz

Milton Maltz -Award for Excellence In Broadcasting /Class of 1991 Thanks to a grade school teacher who encouraged him to audition, Milton Maltz was cast in the title role of “Jack and the Beanstalk,” making his fateful start in the medium that would be a giant part of his life: radio. Maltz, the second member of...

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Mr. Jingeling

Mr. Jingeling (Earl Keyes) He wasn't the first Mr. Jingeling, but Earl Keyes was certainly one of the most memorable. Earl wore a lot of hats on and off the screen at WEWS. He was "Mr. Nicklesworth" on the Captain Penny show, and produced a lot of the programming aired on Channel 5 in its...

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Norman Wain & Robert Weiss

Norman Wain & Rober WeissNorman Wain and Robert Weiss launched their legacy in Cleveland broadcast history in 1964, when they quit their gigs as account executives at WHK, and along with Joe Zingale, formed the Westchester Corporation and purchased a radio station in White Plains, New York. They took control of their first station in...

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Paul Lorko

Paul Lorko Paul’s advertising and broadcast career spanned several decades with stops at Sherwin-Williams, Wyse Advertising, Stern Advertising, Carr-Liggett, GTE, WENZ/The End, WKNR, WQAL, Clear Channel Radio, Radio Disney, Pax TV, and WNVW/The Wave.  During his time at The End and WKNR, Paul became good friends with a number of front office people with the...

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Paul Orlousky

Paul OrlouskyPaul is an inductee into the Cleveland Press Club Journalism Hall of Fame--only the third television "street" reporter ever inducted. For more than 35 years, he has informed viewers in Northeast Ohio about the latest in breaking news, investigative, and feature reports. Nowhere was that more evident than in 2013 when he shocked Cleveland...

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Ramona Robinson

RAMONA ROBINSONRobinson was born in 1959 in Wilson City, Missouri. She was one of 10 girls and one boy in her family. Her mother, Henrietta Robinson, was a seamstress and maintained a small farm behind their house. Romona earned a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri.Robinson entered the broadcasting...

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Rex Humbard

Rex HumbardRex Humbard, the son of Pentecostal evangelists, built a ministry that evolved from church revivals across the country to a permanent home in Akron—and on television. Rex’s “Cathedral of Tomorrow” once reached more parts of the globe than any other broadcast ministry. In  1999, U.S. News & World Report named Humbard, who gave his...

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Ron Sweed

RON SWEED - "THE GHOUL"In 1963, a 13-year-old Sweed wore a gorilla suit to a live appearance by Ghoulardi. Ghoulardi took note of the costume and brought Sweed on stage, and over the next few weeks, Sweed became Anderson's production assistant. After Anderson left Cleveland for Los Angeles in 1966, Sweed left for Bowling Green,...

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Sam Sague

Sam Sague One of the earliest proponents of FM programming was a jazz aficionado who named his station after its founder...himself. Sam R. Sague put WSRS-AM 1490 on the air on December 12, 1947. It was followed a week later by WSRS-FM at 95.3 and both stations shared call signs, studios/facilities, and staffs. Sague licensed...

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Soupy Sales

Soupy Sales He was a nationally recognized slapstick comedian, but few remember Soupy Sales as a WJW disc jockey. The man who would be known as Soupy was born Milton Supman on January 28, 1926, in Franklinton, North Carolina. Legend has it the Supmans were the only Jews in town, and the dry goods store...

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Ted Lux

Ted Lux Ted, the recipient of the 2015 President’s Award, began his career on-air in 1967 in Pittsburgh. In 1969 he hit the Cleveland airwaves at WKYC with the legendary John O’Day as his newsman. A few years later, Ted moved to the powerhouse WJW 850, where he worked with market giants Ed Fischer and...

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Tim Conway

Tim ConwayThomas Daniel Conway was born in Willoughby, Ohio. He attended Bowling Green State University, where he majored in speech and radio, and served in the Army. He started his career in show business working for a radio station, eventually writing for the promotional department. There was already an actor named Tom Conway, so he became...

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Tom Field

Tom Field Born just south of Youngstown in Poland, Ohio, Field attended the University of Michigan and originally aimed for a career as a doctor...but realized he couldn't stand the sight of blood.  He then considered a legal career, later changing to musical theater.  After college he traveled to New York City to sell an...

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Tom Meyer

Tom MeyerTom Meyer -- The Investigator -- is a 46 year Cleveland broadcast news veteran with a reputation as one of the best investigative newsmen in the business. It's a reputation he earned by believing that it's not what you cover, but it's what you uncover that makes the difference. A number of Tom's investigations...

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Tommy Edwards

Tommy Edwards Tommy Edwards was part of the powerhouse lineup at WERE Radio in the 1950s. His accomplishments were many, though often overshadowed by the legendary Bill Randle on that same station. For example, it was actually Edwards who brought Elvis Presley to Cleveland in 1955 for his first performance north of the Mason-Dixon line...

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Waldberg Brown

Waldberg Brown

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Walkin’ Talkin’ Bill Hawkins

Walkin' Talkin' Bill Hawkins William B. (Bill) Hawkins was born in Birmingham, Alabama on April 26th, 1909. The son of a Baptist minister, he came north to Indiana with his family at an early age and attended public schools, Butler College and he also later attended Indiana University. He married Blanche Hall in 1931 and...

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Wayne Mack

Wayne Mack Few people could stir the imaginations of radio listeners like Wayne Mack.  Born Vainar Ilmar Mackey in Ashtabula, Mack started his radio career at WJAY radio in Cleveland in 1931.  He planned to attend drama school in New York and took the job to raise money for tuiition, but opportunities came fast.  Mack...

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Woodstock – 50 Years Later

Woodstock - 50 Years LaterWoodstock, arguably one of the most influential events in history was held August 15–18, 1969, and attracted an audience of more than 400,000. Billed as "an Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music", it was held at Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm in Bethel, New York, 43 miles southwest of...

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World Series of Rock

World Series of RockFor many years, the arrival of summer in the CLE meant another round of the legacy concert/entertainment event. The World Series of Rock was a recurring, day-long multi-act summer concert series held at Cleveland Stadium from 1974 through 1980. Belkin Productions staged these events, attracting popular bands and as many as 88,000...

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Xenophon Zapis

Xenophon ZapisA handsome lad of 15, blessed with a winning smile and a will to succeed." That's how Xenophon "Xen" Zapis was described in a newspaper article announcing the Cleveland Exchange Club's annual Gold Deeds Award in 1941. You'd be hard-pressed to find a more apt description of Xen. He was born in 1926 to...

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