MUSEUM READY TO GO ON LINE - Cleveland Plain Dealer 10/05/2002
We all know stars like Jack Paar, Alan Freed, and Don Imus got big
breaks in Cleveland. But did you know that McLean Stevenson and Morton
Downey Jr. both worked at WERE? So did Charlie Steiner... and Casey
Kasem worked at WJW! What about the early days of FM rock radio? It
started on ethnic stations WXEN and WZAK with brokered shows (like "Doc
Nemo's Nook") and on classical station WCLV, with Martin Perlich's
after hours "Perlich Project". That's the kind of history the CLEVELAND
BROADCAST ARCHIVE is hard at work
compiling for its on-line radio museum. It's the brain child of some
dedicated broadcast professionals here in Northeast Ohio, who not only
know about that history, but in many cases, were there when it happened.
"A lot of good people are involved", according to radio historian Mike
Olszewski (who's also part of the "Mornings with Bruce Drennan" show on
WKNR). "Bill Barrow at Cleveland State's Special Collections library
hosted the first meetings, and folks like Jim Mehrling (WCLV), Matt
Lapczynski (WMMS), Ted Alexander (WELW), and Frank Foti (Telos Systems)
have all offered their input, but we were getting ahead of ourselves.
First we had to get a site designed to make that information available.
That's when we heard about WebMasters. They're one of the best web
hosting, e-commerce, and design companies in the Midwest, and they
shared our vision for an on-line broadcast museum."
The CSU collection houses the old Cleveland Press archives of photos
and clippings, which are an invaluable source of media history.
WebMasters, and the folks at SofTrends, designed a way to get that
information out on the web, and there are hundreds of hours of
memorable radio moments from Northeast Ohio in the archives as well.
For example, WABQ staying on the air trying to calm the audience during
the 1968 riots that tore apart Cleveland neighborhoods, Alan Freed's
tearful apology the day after the infamous "Moondog Coronation Ball",
WGAR's Bob Kozlowski breaking the story worldwide that Kruschev had
been replaced, and the ambitious cooperative effort by college stations
across Northeast Ohio joining to air coverage following the Kent State
shootings. The audio footage goes back to the early 40's, and photos to
the very start of Cleveland radio in the 1920s. The Archive is also
looking for additional audio, and radio memorabilia and artifacts. But
the museum needs the public's help for a giant leap forward.
Broadcast Archive is looking for
volunteers to help scan and sort the hundreds of articles and photos
about the personalities, stations, and events it's trying to preserve.
The Archive can supply the information, but needs the manpower to get
it in the proper form to be put on the world wide web. It's a
non-profit venture, and every volunteer will be recognized on the site.
Computer classes, or individual folks at home with their scanners, are
encouraged to give the Archive a ring to get the history of Cleveland
radio on line to the world.
Call WebMasters at (216) 289
- 2323 for more information.
Press Contact Only:
MIKE OLSZEWSKI at WKNR (440) 838 - 8585
289 - 2323
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information. Thank you for interest.