Arts & Entertainment
With more than 350 attendees, 68 vendors, live music and cocktails, our spring Boomer Bash at LaCentre in Westlake was not only a rousing success, it was a lot of fun, too.
Turns out Westsiders know how to party. We combined entertainment with education and ended up with a terrific Boomer Bash West that was tailor-made for our enthusiastic readers. If you missed it, we’ve got you covered; we’re returning to the Eastside this fall for another Bash. Check out our website, newsletter and Facebook page for details later this summer.
We want to give a special shout-out to our Bash sponsors: The Normandy Senior Living, Greater Cleveland Volunteers, MaxStrength Fitness, LaCentre Conference and Banquet Facility and The WAVE Cleveland’s Smooth FM.
In the meantime, here’s a video and photo wrap up.
By the way, raffle ticket proceeds benefitted Greater Cleveland Fisher House, and we presented a check to the group shortly after the Bash. The foundation recently broke ground for the first of two Cleveland houses that will serve family members of veterans who are receiving treatment at the Louis Stokes VA Center.
See you in the fall.
Ever think we’d see the end of radio? Many of us remember when radio personalities were as important as the artists they played, and competition between stations raised the bar on creative programming.
Consolidation, cable TV and the internet all played a role in the diminished importance of over-the-air programming. There’s still great radio, much of it on satellite or online, but let’s not forget the folks who made radio great.
Why isn’t there a legitimate statewide broadcasters hall of fame? A lot of major names have worked here in radio and TV. Jack Paar, Soupy Sales, Casey Kasem, Nancy Dickerson and Alan Freed, to name just a few, went on from Cleveland media to national prominence. Even more stayed here. We should preserve their legacy and their important part of our media history. It’s time for that hall of fame.
There were a couple at one time in Northeast Ohio, but they didn’t last. Maybe it’s time for a respected institution like the Western Reserve Historical Society, the Ohio History Connection in Columbus, or an independent panel of historians, academic types and broadcast professionals to establish a real hall of fame that’s aimed at documenting these important accomplishments in a serious and, most importantly, impartial manner.
Let’s also preserve the artifacts, audiotape and videotape that still exist for future generations. The banner welcoming the Beatles to Cleveland in 1964 is sitting in a basement. Ernie “Ghoulardi” Anderson’s personal effects were auctioned off on eBay. Tapes and other memorabilia often find their way to the curbside when estates are left behind. Libraries could be great repositories. Like the idea? Let me know. The email is listed below.
Whatever happened to movie palaces?
I remember when the really big first-run films would open first downtown. I saw “The Sound of Music” at the Palace Theatre at a weekday matinee....