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.”
Click an honoree’s name below to read more about the individual and their contribution to local broadcasting.
- Mike Olszewski
- Michael Stanley
- Les Levine
- Jimmy Malone
- Betty Cope
- Doug Dieken
- Mark Biviano
- A. Grace Lee Mims
- Bob Friend
- Don Imus
- Paul Orlousky
- Bill Martin
- Big Chuck and Lil’ John
- Fred McLeod
- Woodstock – 50 Years Later
- Fred Griffith
- Tom Meyer
- Tim Conway
- Bill Randle
- Lawrence James Travagliante – Kid Leo
- Carl Monday
- Don Webster
- Jack Graney
- Ramona Robinson
- Ron Sweed – The Ghoul
- Dick Feagler
- Blossom Music Center
- Xenophon Zapis
- World Series of Rock
- Norman Wain & Robert Weiss
- Don Perris
- Dick Russ
- Austin Carr
- Ken Coleman
- Marty Sullivan – Super Host
- Rex Humbard
- Dancin’ Danny Wright
- Lee Jordan
- Leon Bibb
- Jimmy Dudley
- Betty Cope
- Milton Maltz
- Dorothy Fuldheim
- Joe Finan
- Bill Hawkins
- Jack Armstrong
- BARNABY – Linn Richard Sheldon
- Dick Goddard
- Clay Conroy
- Jack Riley
- Joe Tait
- Jim Mehrling
- Doug Adair
- John Fitzgerald
- Frantz the Toymaker
- Ernie Anderson
- Jim Graner
- Jerry G. Bishop
- Herb Score
- Alan Freed
- Lynn Tolliver Jr.
- Mike Douglas
- Mr. Jingeling
- Charlie Day
- Jack Perkins
- Ken Hawkins
- Sam Sague
- Tommy Edwards
- Waldberg Brown
- Henry Pilder
- Gene Carroll
- Wayne Mack
- Soupy Sales
- Larry Harmon
- Tom Field
- Fred Wolf
- Eddie O’Jay
- Gary Dee
- Bob Dale
- Carl Reese
- Lawson Deming
- Ted Lux
- Jungle Larry
- John Hambrick
A Grace Lee Mims
A Grace Lee Mims
A Grace Lee Mims had been listening to WCLV for years when she decided to contact its president, Robert Conrad. She...
After moving to Ohio at the age of 12, Alan developed his life-long love affair with music. He was a trombone player and...
Austin Carr is in his 20th season as color analyst for the Cavaliers and 35th year of service with the team. Austin grew up...
Barnaby – Linn Richard Sheldon
Barnaby - Linn Richard 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...
Cope, 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...
Big Chuck and Lil’ John
Big Chuck and Lil' John
Chuck 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...
Bill 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...
William McKinley Randle Jr. was born in Detroit, Michigan. In Detroit, he hosted a popular show on WJLB-AM radio (now WDTK) called The...
Blossom Music Center
BLOSSOM MUSIC CENTER-50 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE IN ENTERTAINMENT
Blossom Music Center, the premier outdoor amphitheater in Northeast Ohio, is celebrating 50 years of music and entertainment for the people...
One of the pioneers of Cleveland television, Robert Dale Bergmayr came into the world in Canton Ohio on March 26, 1925. After serving...
Bob Friend is best known for an evening program on Akron’s WAKR in which he analyzed the dreams of callers—The Dream Machine. But...
The Dean of Cleveland Investigative Reporters, Carl Monday, who set the standard for investigative journalism in Northeast Ohio, shuts it down after career that...
Carl 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...
(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...
J. Clayton Conroy, better known to baby boomers as TV’s Woodrow the Woodsman, was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on April 3,...
Dancin’ Danny Wright
Dancin Danny Wright
Dancin 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...
Dick 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...
Dick, a Cleveland Broadcast legend and Award for Excellence in Broadcasting honoree (1994) is a true Buckeye, born in Akron and a graduate...
Dick Russ has been serving the people of Northeast Ohio for some 40 years, both as a professional journalist and as a leader in...
In 1966, Imus enrolled at the Don Martin School of Radio and Television Arts and Sciences, in Hollywood, after seeing a newspaper advertisement;...
Don 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...
Donald George Webster was born in the city of Chatham, Ontario, Canada in 1939. His father died when he was eleven years old. After...
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,...
Born in Xenia, Ohio, Adair got his start in journalism in television in Dayton in the early 1950s. In 1958 he moved to Cleveland...
Doug has been with the Browns organization since the Browns make him their sixth round pick in the 1971 NFL draft. His career...
Eddie O'Jay is one of the pioneering R & B disc jockeys who started his long career at WOKY / Milwaukee. It wasn't long...
Born in Lynn, Massachusetts, Ernie wanted to go to law school, but World War II ended that dream when drafted into the Army. After...
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...
CAB Legacy Honoree: Fred Griffith
EXCELLENCE IN BROADCASTING-CLASS OF 2000
Fred was a Cleveland Broadcast...
CAB Legacy Honoree: Fred McLeod
McLeod was born and grew up in Strongsville. During...
Fred Wolf was known as "Cleveland's pioneer of good music". As general manager of WDOK radio he stressed...
"I didn't saddle up to come in second!" Gary Dee Gilbert lived by that creed, pursuing a career and even private life that...
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"...
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. ...
Herb Score was born in Rosedale, New York, in 1933. At 3, he was run over by a truck and later had rheumatic...
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...
Born John Charles Larsh, in Durham, North Carolina, John, also known as Jack Armstrong, Jackson W. Armstrong and Big Jack Your Leader, was...
Legendary 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...
Dubbed "America's most literate correspondent" by the Associated Press, Perkins received a Bachelor of the Arts degree in political science from Case...
Best known as Elliot Carlin on The Bob Newhart Show, Jack was born in Cleveland in 1935. Jack attended St. Ignatius and John...
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....
Jim, a native of Akron, grew up in nearby Stow and graduated in 1937 from Stow High School. He attended Ohio Wesleyan, but...
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...
A native of Alexandria, Virginia, Dudley majored in chemistry at the University of Virginia He turned to broadcasting in the late 1930s, starting...
Excellence In Broadcasting/Class Of 2010
Jimmy was born in Cleveland as the youngest of 3 kids to his parents, Jonathon and Shirley and grew up in the Glenlvile area. He...
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...
Joe, the first voice of your World Champion Cleveland Cavaliers, was born in Evanston, Illinois. He attended Monmouth College where he began his radio...
Born in Cleveland, Fitzgerald graduated from Lakewood High School in 1944 and the University of Michigan in 1948. He was also a commissioned officer...
John Hambrick anchored the WEWS 6 and11 PM newscasts from 1967 to 1975. Along with Dave Patterson, Dorothy Fuldheim, Gib Shanley and Don...
Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Emmy-award winning newscaster and reporter grew up in Mount Pleasant, Texas. Hambrick started his career in radio in...
“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...
Ken Coleman, born in Quincy, Massachusetts, left his mark in Northeast Ohio. A graduate of Curry College, Coleman broke into broadcasting with the Cleveland...
The man who coined the phrase "if you don't like this, you got a hole in your soul", Ken Hawkins remains one...
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...
Lawrence James Travagliante – Kid Leo
Lawrence James Travagliante - Kid Leo
Kid Leo started at WMMS in February, 1973. He became the afternoon drive DJ in 1974, holding that time slot until he...
The man who created Sir Graves Ghastly, Deming was born and grew up near Cleveland. After college Lawson Deming worked...
Lee Jordan - Class of 2011
Lee was born In Minneapolis. Minnesota and first set foot in the Buckeye state as a student at Bowling Green State...
Leon Bibb - Class of 2006
Leon Bibb (born October 5, 1944, in Butler. Alabama) signs off August 1st, after over 40 years in broadcasting. A recipient of the Award...
Excellence In Broadcasting/Class Of 2019
Les Levine, Cleveland sportswriter and Broadcaster, whose career spanned 50 years, passed away after battling diabetes and Parkinsons...
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...
Mark was born in Niles, Ohio and attended JF Kennedy High School in Warren, Class of 75. He moved the party to Ohio University...
Marty Sullivan – Super Host
Marty Sullivan - Super Host
Marty was born in Detroit and his parents divorced before he graduated from high school. His aunt, who was very influential...
Excellence In Broadcasting/Class Of 2012
Michael Stanley Gee (March 25, 1948 – March 5, 2021) was an American singer-songwriter, musician,...
Born August 11, 1925 in Chicago Michael Dowd Jr. was destined to become one of America's favorite talk show hosts, singers and...
President's Award 2020
Mike Olszewski is a veteran radio / TV / print journalist who is best known for his time on the legendary...
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...
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...
Norman Wain & Robert Weiss
Norman Wain & Rober Weiss
Norman Wain and Robert Weiss launched their legacy in Cleveland broadcast history in 1964, when they quit their gigs as account executives at...
Paul is an inductee into the Cleveland Press Club Journalism Hall of Fame--only the third television "street" reporter ever inducted. For more than...
Robinson was born in 1959 in Wilson City, Missouri. She was one of 10 girls and one boy in her family. Her mother, Henrietta Robinson,...
Rex Humbard, the son of Pentecostal evangelists, built a ministry that evolved from church revivals across the country to a permanent home in Akron—and...
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...
One of the earliest proponents of FM programming was a jazz aficionado who named his station after its founder...himself....
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...
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...
Thomas Daniel Conway was born in Willoughby, Ohio. He attended Bowling Green State University, where he majored in speech and radio,...
Tom FieldBorn just south of Youngstown in Poland, Ohio, Field attended the University of Michigan and originally aimed for a...
Tom Meyer -- The Investigator -- is a 46 year Cleveland broadcast news veteran with a reputation as one of the best investigative...
Tommy Edwards was part of the powerhouse lineup at WERE Radio in the 1950s. His accomplishments were many, though often...
Waldberg Brown wore a lot of different hats. He was known as everything from an orchestra leader to a turkey farmer, but for many years Brown was general
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...
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...
Woodstock – 50 Years Later
Woodstock - 50 Years Later
Woodstock, 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...
World Series of Rock
World Series of Rock
For 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 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...