Who Are the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees?

Who Are the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees?

Posted Dec 15, 2017

The list of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees for 2018 was released last montth, revealing a lineup that includes an impressive list of rock radio favorites, as well as representatives from the worlds of gospel and soul.

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17 Things to Do in Cleveland in 2017

17 Things to Do in Cleveland in 2017

Posted Dec 22, 2016

1. See What’s New at the Cleveland Metroparks: Happy 100th anniversary to the Cleveland Metroparks, the “emerald necklace” park system that gorgeously encircles the city of Cleveland. In 2017, check out some of the park system’s new assets, explore a reservation, head over to one of their Lake Erie beach parties or enjoy the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

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You Know You're A Cleveland Expat When...

You Know You're A Cleveland Expat When...

Posted Oct 14, 2016

You’re desperately searching for good pierogi.

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It's HOT in Cleveland!

It's HOT in Cleveland!

Posted Aug 21, 2016

Cleveland continues to be a hot spot for both travelers and locals. The city has undergone many changes recently and the future holds great promise for C-Town!

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Shiny Hoppy People: Navigating Cleveland's Beer Explosion

Shiny Hoppy People: Navigating Cleveland's Beer Explosion

Posted Aug 21, 2016

by Justin Glanville

Something seriously hoppy is going on in Cleveland. Suddenly, it seems like there are  brewpubs everywhere.You could stand on a random street corner, lift a stein in the air, and someone would probably fill it with suds.

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Cleveland Gladiators & Cleveland Monsters

Cleveland Gladiators & Cleveland Monsters

Posted Aug 21, 2016

Cleveland Gladiators

Proud members of the Arena Football League (AFL), The Cleveland Gladiators play their home games at Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland, OH. Having relocated to Cleveland prior to the 2008 season, the Gladiators are members of the East Division of the AFL’s American Conference.

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The Flats and Flats East Bank in Cleveland

The Flats and Flats East Bank in Cleveland

Posted Aug 17, 2016

The area near downtown better known as “The Flats” has been an integral part of the city’s history since its very beginning and continues to be a nerve center of activity and development today.In 1796, the city’s founder, Moses Cleaveland and his survey party landed on this area that borders both sides of the Cuyahoga River at the Lake Erie shore front on the north side of downtown. The Flats was home to Cleveland’s industrial district and steel mills that located there to capitalize on the Great Lakes shipping routes until the 1970’s.

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Historic Warehouse District

Historic Warehouse District

Posted Nov 10, 2013

The streets of W. 6th, W. 9th and W. St. Clair Streets are lined with restaurants and entertainment venues, making the Warehouse District one of downtown Cleveland’s must-do experiences.  

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C-Town IQ:Fun Facts About Forest City

C-Town IQ:Fun Facts About Forest City

Posted Nov 9, 2013

Famous Firsts

Alan Freed’s Moondog Coronation Ball, held at the Cleveland Arena on March 21, 1952 is regarded as the first ever rock concert.

Cleveland was the world’s first city to be fully lighted by electricity in 1879. 

Cleveland was home to the first traffic light which began operating on August 5, 1914. 

East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland was the site of the first pedestrian button for the control of a traffic light in 1948.

John Lambert of Ohio City made the first automobile in the US in 1891.

Cleveland hosted the first Monday Night Football game between the Browns and New York Jets on September 21, 1970.

The first newspaper for African Americans, The Aliened American was published here in 1853.

The world’s first electric streetcar, invented by Charles Brush, was operated here in 1884.

Cleveland’s 225 kW Vestas machine is the first utility-scale wind turbine to generate electricity in the heart of an American city. It was installed by the Great Lakes Science Center in June 2006.

The first successful blood transfusion was performed in Cleveland, by Dr. George Crile who later founded the Cleveland Clinic.

Euclid Avenue used to be called “Millionaire’s Row” and was home to John D. Rockefeller.

Cleveland was originally spelled “Cleaveland,” named after General Moses Cleaveland. The “a” was dropped so that the name could fit into a newspaper’s masthead.

Playhouse Square Center is the second largest performing arts center in the US. New York City’s Lincoln Center is the largest.

The very popular sitcom, “The Drew Carey Show” was set in Cleveland.

Nicknames for Cleveland include: “The Forest City”, “ “Metropolis of the Western Reserve”, “Sixth City”, “The Rock ‘n’ Roll Capital of the World”, and “C-Town”.

The first unassisted triple play in a Major League Baseball World Series was completed by second baseman Bill Wambsganss, of the Cleveland Indians, in 1920.

The Arcade, located downtown on Euclid Avenue, was the first large-scale indoor shopping mall in the United States. It first opened in 1890 and was financed in part by two of Cleveland’s most prominent citizens, John D. Rockefeller and Louis Severence among others.

Fun Facts

Life Savers Candy was invented in Cleveland by Clarence Crane in 1912.

The NFL’s Vince Lombardi trophy is awarded to the Super Bowl Champions each year and is handcrafted by Tiffany & Co. It was initially inscribed with the words “World Professional Football Championship” but was officially renamed in 1970 in memory of legendary Green Bay Packers head coach Vince Lombardi after his sudden death from cancer and to commemorate his victories in the first two Super Bowls. The Lombardi Trophy lives year round at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Historical Facts

Cleveland serves as a destination point for iron ore shipped from Minnesota, as well as coal transported by rail.

John D. Rockefeller founded Standard Oil in Cleveland in 1870.

Many prominent Clevelanders from the industrial era of the early 1900’s are buried in Lake View Cemetery, including President James A. Garfield and John D. Rockefeller.

The Women’s Christian Temperance Union was formed here in 1874 and soon spread throughout the nation.

Terminal Tower, finished in 1930, was the tallest building in the US, outside of New York City until 1964.

The Key Tower is the tallest building in Ohio.

The Olmstead-inspired Cleveland Metroparks System that runs throughout Cuyahoga County, are commonly referred to as the area’s “Emerald Necklace.”

One Playhouse Square was originally used as the broadcast studios of WJW. Alan Freed coined the term “Rock and Roll” while a DJ on this AM station.

The Cleveland Orchestra is one of the “Big Five” major orchestras in the US. The other four are: the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony and Philadelphia Symphony.

Paul Simon’s One Trick Pony movie was filmed at the Agora Theater on Euclid Avenue. Other movies filmed in Cleveland include: The Avengers, Stranger Than Paradise, Light Of Day, The Rainmaker, Almost Famous, Welcome To Collinwood, The Deer Hunter and A Christmas Story.

Fashion Week Cleveland, held the first week of May each year, is the third largest fashion week in the US behind New York and Los Angeles.

Cleveland’s sister cities include: Alexandria, Egypt; Bangalore, India; Cleveland, England; Lima, Peru, and Vincenza, Italy.

The high level Lorain-Carnegie Bridge spans across the Cuyahoga River and connects Lorain and Carnegie Avenues. It was renamed the Hope Memorial Bridge in the early 1980’s in honor of comedian Bob Hope’s family who were stone-masons in Cleveland.

Corporate HQs

Applied Industrial Technologies-Supports Maintenance Repair Operations (MRO) and select Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) markets throughout North America.

Eaton-A leading provider of electrical components and systems for power quality for industrial and mobile equipment as well as the aerospace industry.

Forest City Enterprises-A diversified real estate management and development company.

Sherwin Williams-Founded by Henry Sherwin and Edward Williams in 1866.

Key Corp-The 24th largest bank in the United States by total assets.

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Famous Clevelanders

Famous Clevelanders

Posted Nov 9, 2013

Media, Movies & Music

Steven Adler
Former drummer of Guns and Roses.

Catherine Bach
Known for her role as Daisy Duke in the television series The Dukes of Hazard.

Halle Berry
This Academy and Emmy Award winning actress has appeared in many blockbusters including Monster’s Ball. She is one of the highest paid in Hollywood and is also a spokeswoman for Revlon.

Drew Carey
Starred in his own TV sitcom, the Drew Carey Show, as well as the improv comedy show Who’s Line Is It Anyway? He is currently the host of the popular TV game show, The Price Is Right.

Tracy Chapman
Singer songwriter best known for her hits “Fast Car’ and “Give Me One Reason” She is a four time Grammy award winner.

Tim Conway
Starred as Charles Parker in the 1960’s comedy series McHale’s Navy and later went on to become a prominent part of the cast of the Carol Burnett Show.

Wes Craven
Director of some of the most memorable horror films of all time including Nightmare On Elm Street and the Scream series.

Phil Donahue
Creator and host of the groundbreaking Phil Donahue Show. He began his career at KYW radio and TV here in Cleveland.

Alan Freed
Famous disc jockey who coined the phrase “Rock n Roll” and one of the first radio hosts to include original songs by African American artists on his program. Freed called his show on Cleveland’s WJW “The Moondog House” and he organized the very first rock concerts and called it “The Moondog Coronation Ball.”

Arsenio Hall
He hosted his own Arsenio Hall Show from 1989 through 1994. In 2012, he won Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice.

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
Best known for his hit “I Put A Spell On You,” he was one of the earliest shock rock performers.

Hal Holbrook
His performances as Abraham Lincoln and Mark Twain are legendary. Also starred in many popular motion pictures including: The Firm, Into The Wild and All The President’s Men

Bob Hope
Vaudeville, Broadway, radio and motion picture star. He is fondly remembered for his series of USO shows that he organized for US soldiers beginning in 1941 and continuing through the Persian Gulf War in 1991.

Chrissie Hynde
Leader of the edgy and original rock band the Pretenders, Hynde redefined the female rocker with her unique style. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the Pretenders in 2005. She is also a vegan and animal rights activist

Henry Mancini
Composed the themes to the Pink Panther and the Peter Gunn theme as well as Moon River. He was also a seasoned orchestral conductor.

Paul Newman
An award winning actor, he also co-founded Newman’s Own a food manufacturing company that donates all post tax profits to charity. Newman was also a successful auto racing team owner.

Mehmet Oz
Known as Dr. Oz his rise to fame was a result of his many appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster
Created the comic book superhero, Superman, in 1933.

Michael Symon
A James Beard award winning chef and Iron Chef television personality. He can be seen regularly on the Food Network.

Joe Walsh
Member of the James Gang and the Eagles. He has also had a very successful solo career. He spent a considerable amount of time playing in various bands in the Cleveland area while attending Kent State University.

Bobby Womack
Lead singer of the Valentinos and Sam Cooke’s guitarist, Womack has also penned some major hits including It’s All Over Now, made famous by the Rolling Stones.


Bob Feller
One of the best right handed pitchers in baseball history. Entered the major leagues at the age of 17 and pitched 18 seasons with the Cleveland Indians.

Jesse Owens
Olympic sprinter and long jumper. He won four gold medals at the Munich Olympics in 1936.

Don Shula
Coached the Miami Dolphins to the NFL’s only perfect season in 1972. His career continued and he became one of the winningest coaches in NFL history.

George Steinbrenner III
Owned the New York Yankees for 37 years leading them to seven World Series titles and eleven pennants. Prior to owning the Yankees, he was a successful shipping magnate in Cleveland.

Cy Young
Compiled 511 wins as a Major League Baseball pitcher, which is a record that still holds. One year after his death in 1955, the Cy Young Award was created to honor the previous season’s best pitcher. He also pitched three no hitters.

Innovators and Historical Figures

James A. Garfield
20th President of the United States. His term only lasted 200 days as he was assassinated in July 1881.

John D. Rockefeller
America industrialist and philanthropist. He founded the Standard Oil Company in 1870 and became the first American worth more than a billion dollars. He is also the founder of the University of Chicago and Rockefeller University.

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