A FORTY YEAR WCLV TIME LINE (1993 - 2002)
January 1, 1993: WCLV presents its 10th annual New Year's Day concert by the Vienna Philharmonic from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein.
January 2, 1993: Klassical Kids, a program series designed to introduce classical music to elementary aged children, debuts with the award-winning production Beethoven Lives Upstairs.
January 23, 1993: WCLV presents a live broadcast of the CIM Opera Theatre's production of Humperdinck's "Hansel and Gretel". At intermission, a Cleveland version of the Texaco Opera Quiz is broadcast.
February 14, 1993: WCLV broadcasts The Mighty Wurlitzer Radio Hour from the imaginary WCLV Theatre of the Air featuring the Wurlitzer played by Larry Kass performing before a live audience. The announcer is Wayne Mack. An Easter special was also broadcast on April 11th.
March 1, 1993: WCLV presents a weeklong celebration of the Ohio Chamber Orchestra and raises $7665.
April 21, 1993: The 24th WCLV/Cleveland Orchestra Marathon originates from Tower City and features live broadcasts by The Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony. Some 10,000 crowd into the Fountain area of The Avenue for the Orchestra concert conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy. $175,000 is raised for the Orchestra.
June 11, 1993: A two-day salute to the Casadesus Piano Competition broadcast live from Pavilion Mall in Beachwood raises $16,300.
May 13, 1993: Broadway Melody with Bill Rudman celebrates 10 years on WCLV.
July 4, 1993: Nationwide broadcasts by The Cleveland Orchestra produced by WCLV resume after a 26-week hiatus, with sponsorship by a consortium of Cleveland area sponsors including the New Cleveland Campaign, The Plain Dealer, TRW, the Council of Smaller Enterprises and BP America, each making a three-year commitment.
August 6, 1993: WCLV presents live broadcasts from the 10th Robert Casadesus International Piano Competition.
August 9, 1993: WCLV releases The Romantic Piano, the first of three compact discs featuring Karl Haas, host of Adventures in Good Music, carried by 175 stations in the U.S. and on the ABC-FM Network in Australia. The subsequent CDs were The Story of the Bells and Song and Dance.
October 6, 1993: WCLV President and co-founder Robert Conrad is named to Broadcaster's Hall of Fame in Akron. Conrad is the fourth member of the WCLV staff to be inducted. In 1982, the late Harry Dennis, WCLV's sales manager fin the 70's and 80's was a member of the first Hall of Fame class. In 1990, WCLV's news director Hugh Danaceau was inducted; in 1992, co-founder C. K. Patrick.
October 16, 1993: WCLV raises $11,197 for Young Audiences.
October 19, 1993: WCLV's Klassical Kids (spelled with a K) appoints 11 year old Jorden Seletrick as Kids Korrespondent to review and report on classical music events of interest to children.
November 11, 1993: WCLV News Director Hugh Danaceau inducted into Cleveland?s Press Hall of Fame.
December 12, 1993: WCLV broadcasts Cleveland Orchestra's 75th Anniversary concert live from Public Auditorium.
January 3, 1994: WCLV begins carrying BBC World Service News, the first commercial station in the country to do so.
January 11, 1994: Karl Haas compact discs become best sellers after three months. Over 10,500 copies of The Romantic Piano and The Story of the Bells are sold.
August 1, 1994: WCLV presents two live broadcasts by the Pittsburgh Symphony and Lorin Maazel from Tanglewood.
August 5, 1994: WCLV kicks off Classical Music Month with a Classical Top 40 Classical Weekend.
September 9, 1994: WCLV joins WVIZ-TV for simulcast of The Cleveland Orchestra's 1992 appearance at the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts in London. The next night, WCLV broadcast the 1994 Last Night of the Proms direct from Royal Albert Hall.
September 23, 1994: WCLV announcer Tony Bianchi celebrates 30 years in front of the WCLV microphones, the longest tenure of any announcer at a single Cleveland station.
October 10, 1994: Symphony at Seven celebrates 30 years on the air. Program, sponsored by Key Bank, is the longest running commercial sponsorship in Cleveland radio.
November 11, 1994: WCLV's Jewish Scene receives a Gabriel Award as the best religious program in the top 25 markets.
April 9, 1995: WCLV presents first Bach and Baseball Weekend to celebrate the opening of the Indian's baseball season.
May 7, 1995: WCLV broadcasts Cleveland Orchestra concert conducted by Bobby McFerrin live from Severance Hall as part of Marathon 26.
June 9, 1995: WCLV raises $51,026 for the Cleveland International Piano Competition.
June 15, 1995: WCLV honored with a GoldWorld Medal as "Best Classical Music Station in the World" by the New York International Radio Festival.
August 1, 1995: WCLV home page at www.wclv.com on the world wide web makes its debut.
August 11, 1995: WCLV in presenting wall-to-wall coverage of the Cleveland International Piano Competition makes use of the ISDN digital technology for the first time.
September 9, 1995: WCLV receives Marconi Award as Classical Station of the Year from the National Association of Broadcasters.
September 28, 1995: A "classical" Cleveland Indians fight song is commissioned by WCLV to celebrate the baseball team's triumphal season. Ross Duffin of Case Western Reserve University creates "Come All Ye Baseball Fans".
October 12, 1995: The Cleveland City Club honors WCLV for 25 years of anchoring the weekly Friday Forums.
October 20, 1995: WCLV bets Peach State Public Radio over outcome of the World Series between the Cleveland Indians and the Atlanta Braves. The losing station will host two listeners from the winning station's audience to a getaway weekend. (WCLV loses the bet.)
October 29, 1995: WCLV receives its third Gabriel Award for Radio Station of the Year from the National Catholic Broadcasters Association.
November 3, 1995: In honor of the 75th Anniversary of radio broadcasting, WCLV presents a two-hour special.
November 10, 1995: The Plain Dealer takes note of WCLV's wry comments on the move of the Cleveland Browns to Baltimore, "WCLV 95.5 FM, the radio home of the team that wins every time it plays and will not move to Baltimore - The Cleveland Orchestra."
January, 1960: The Cleveland Orchestra national and local broadcasts resume with a 26-week series featuring concert from the current season, archival concerts and recent commercial recordings.
January 14, 1996: WCLV broadcasts the Cleveland Orchestra's Martin Luther King, Jr. Concert live for the first time from Corey United Methodist Church.
February 19, 1996 The Cleveland Institute of Music's 75th Anniversary Celebration is broadcast live from Tower City by WCLV.
March 24, 1996: WCLV broadcasts a Cleveland Opera production live for the first time - Rossini's "A Turk in Italy" - from the State Theatre.
April 16, 1996: Telos Systems and WCLV demonstrate high fidelity broadcasting over the Internet at the National Association of Broadcasters' convention in Las Vegas.
May 2, 1996: The WCLV/Cleveland Orchestra Marathon sells over $30,000 in subscriptions to the 1996 Blossom Music Festival.
May 3, 1996: C. K. Patrick, WCLV's Chairman of the Board, receives the Walter Neiman Award for significant contributions to the advancement of classical music broadcasting from the Classical Music Broadcasters Association at the group's conference in New York.
June 11, 1996: WCLV is chosen to produce and distribute the broadcasts of the 1997 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
June 29, 1996: All three operas of the Lyric Opera of Cleveland 1996 season are broadcast live by WCLV: Offenbach's "La Belle Helene", Donizetti's "Don Pasquale" and Hiram Titus's "Rosina".
June 29, 1996: WCLV, Western Reserve Historical Society and Watermark Restaurant team up to present monthly Cleveland Bicentennial Lecture series. The series proves so popular that it continues for five years.
June, 1996: Internet World Magazine names WCLV web site on the fifty top radio home pages in the nation.
June, 1996: WCLV establishes the WCLV Choice CD of the Day.
July 20, 1996: WCLV broadcasts live from Cleveland's Flats area during Celebration 2000, the city's bicentennial anniversary festival.
September 23, 1996: WCLV is chosen to distribute the concerts of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.
September 25, 1996: WCLV sells over 8000 LPs from its library for the benefit of the Broadway School of Music and the Arts. $18,230 is raised, the most successful fundraiser in the school's history.
October 25, 1996: WCLV presents live re-creation of the classic radio play "War of the Worlds" as a benefit for the Great Lakes Theatre Festival. Over $20,000 is raised.
November 4, 1996: WCLV becomes a pioneer by being the first station in the world to feed its air signal to the world wide web in full fidelity and stereo, using the AudioActive system developed by Cleveland's Telos Systems.
December 31, 1996: WCLV broadcasts The Cleveland Pops New Years Eve concert live from Cleveland State University's Convocation Center.
January 19, 1997: WCLV and Cleveland's urban formatted station, WZAK, join together for an unprecedented joint live broadcast of The Cleveland Orchestra's Martin Luther King Jr. Concert.
January 25, 1997: WCLV begins distribution of live broadcasts by The New York Philharmonic to 210 stations throughout the country.
February 26, 1997: WCLV broadcasts the Ohio State University Band and Men's Glee Club live from Severance Hall.
April 24, 1997: WCLV's Jewish Scene receives the national Gracie Allen Award as "best magazine program" from the American Women in Radio and Television.
May 4, 1997: WCLV and The Cleveland Orchestra resume local broadcasts of all Severance Hall concerts by the ensemble.
May 11, 1997: WCLV presents Peter Schickele in a benefit program for the Cleveland Music School Settlement. $21,000 is raised.
June, 1997: WCLV presents a series of special programs saluting the George Szell Centenary.
June 11, 1997: WCLV is nominated for Marconi Classical Station of the Year.
June 20, 1997: WCLV raises $50,239 for the Cleveland International Piano Competition.
August 8, 1997: WCLV presents wall-to-wall coverage of the Cleveland International Piano Competition, and for the first time, broadcasts the event to the world via the Internet.
August 20, 1997: WCLV and the Suburban Symphonic Winds honor WCLV's Dean of Radio Wayne Mack with special Home Town Band Concert.
September 14, 1997: WCLV and WUSF/WGCU, Tampa-Fort Myers, co-produce premier broadcast of new Florida Orchestra recording conducted by Jahja Ling.
October 19, 1997: Karl Haas, whose program Adventures in Good Music has been distributed by WCLV since 1970, is inducted in to the Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago. The induction ceremony, broadcast nationally, is carried by WCLV live.
October 20, 1997: WCLV makes bet with WTMI, Miami, over the outcome of the World Series between the Cleveland Indians and Florida Marlins. WCLV loses World Series bet again and hosts WTMI listeners to weekend in Cleveland.
November 1, 1997: WCLV celebrates 35th anniversary with open house for listeners. Listener Harvey Gittler wins trip to London in "What WCLV Means to Me" contest.
December 8, 1997: WCLV wins two AIR Awards in the first March of Dimes Achievement in Radio Awards: Best Radio Commercial and Best Public Service Announcement.
January 6, 1998: WCLV begins broadcasting and distributing to 350 stations nationwide the first American broadcast series by the Vienna Philharmonic. Famed actor and musician Werner Klemperer is the host.
January 13, 1998: OmniAmerica announces acquisition of transmission facilities and tower business of WCLV. Station continues as tenant in the building it constructed in 1986.
January 21, 1998: WCLV receives the Media Excellence award from the Arthritis Foundation in recognition of station's promotion of the Foundation's Sonoma Wine Tasting Benefit, which raised over $26,000.
January 27, 1998: First WCLV Red Cross Celebrate Life Blood Drive is held at Executive Caterers with 143 respondents.
February 1, 1998: WCLV begins Celebrations, weekly one-hour devoted to music by Jewish composers and musicians.
March 30, 1998: WCLV begins broadcast and national distribution of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.
April 8, 1998: WCLV names Bill O'Connell as new Program Manager, only second one in 35 year history of station.
April 15, 1998: WCLV appeal nets Cleveland School of the Arts an orchestra's worth of music instruments including a grand piano and an electric organ.
May 16, 1998: WCLV President Robert Conrad gives commencement address and receives honorary degree from Cleveland Institute of Music.
May 18, 1998: WCLV broadcasts live locally and nationally speech by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.
August 3, 1998: WCLV bucks trend of classical radio stations to play short light selections by establishing the Monday Music Marathons, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, featuring longer substantial classical pieces.
September 14, 1998: Northern Ohio Live gives WCLV an Award of Achievement for its two hour broadcast from the lobby of the State Theatre celebrating the 25th anniversary of the opening of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.
October 3, 1998: WCLV's long-running Broadway Melody, produced and hosted by Bill Rudman, gets revamping for national distribution as Footlight Parade. Playhouse Square Foundation is sponsor.
October 20, 1998: WCLV produces and distributes concerts from the Oregon Bach Festival.
January 3, 1999: Six other Cleveland radio stations join WCLV to broadcast live the annual Cleveland Orchestra Martin Luther King, Jr. concert - WCPN, WELW, WDLW, WJMO, WNWV, and WZAK.
January 19, 1999: Second annual WCLV/Executive Caterers Celebrate Life Blood Drive gathers 230 donors.
January 28, 1999: WCLV salutes Cleveland's seven Grammy Awards.
March 20, 1999: WCLV raises $10,000 from LP and CD sale to benefit Broadway School of Music and the Arts, making a total of $43,000 raised for the Broadway School from station sponsored LP sales.
April 16, 1999: WCLV broadcasts 67th Bach Festival from Baldwin-Wallace College.
May 9, 1999: WCLV's A. Grace Lee Mims receives honorary Doctorate of Music from Cleveland State University.
April 30, 1999: WCLV devotes three days to promoting volunteers for The Cleveland Orchestra and selling $22,000 in Blossom Festival subscriptions.
June 11, 1999: WCLV presents a three-day salute to the Cleveland International Piano Competition at Pavilion Mall, raising over $50,000.
June 8, 1999: WCLV broadcasts live press conference naming Franz Welser-Moest as seventh Music Director of The Cleveland Orchestra. The event was also made available to the world via WCLV's Internet feed.
July 26, 1999: The Cleveland Chapter of the Association for Women in Communications named WCLV's The Jewish Scene as the best public service program on radio in Cleveland.
July 27, 1999: WCLV begins its print and broadcast campaign pointing out that "When it's raining on the North Coast, ONLY ONE Cleveland FM radio station owner actually gets wet".
August 5, 1999: WCLV begins wall-to-wall coverage of the Cleveland International Piano Competition.
September 12, 1999: WCLV salutes the return of the Browns football team with a two hour special, including a special WCLV Browns song by Ross Duffin: "The Browns, They are from Cleveland."
November 9, 1999: WCLV wins three March of Dimes AIR Awards: for Best Station Sponsored Community Event, Best Public Service Campaign, and Best Weekly Program.
January 8, 2000: Cleveland Orchestra Gala Re-opening Concert is simulcast live with WVIZ-TV.
January 17, 2000: WCLV presents daylong broadcasts from Severance Hall's first Day of Music. Some 20,000 people attended.
February 13, 2002: WCLV/Seaway Productions produce and distribute by satellite a live broadcast of the Dallas Symphony from Meyerson Symphony Center. This was the first of two live broadcasts by the Dallas and the forerunner of a 13-week series of live-by-tape concerts.
March 3, 2000: Rebecca Fischer, host of WCLV's First Program, and one of Cleveland radio's longest running morning personalities, retires. She was a member of the WCLV announcing staff since 1979, and host of First Program since 1989. A national search for a replacement is begun.
April 2000: WCLV/Seaway Productions begin distribution of concerts by The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
May 12, 2000: 31st WCLV/Cleveland Orchestra Marathon sells $30,000 in season tickets to the 2000 Blossom Music Festival and the 2000/2001 Severance Hall season.
July 4, 2000: WCLV broadcasts the July 4th Blossom Band Concert live from Blossom Music Center, the station's first live broadcast from the summer home of The Cleveland Orchestra.
October 6, 2000: WCLV President Robert Conrad is installed the City Club of Cleveland Hall of Fame.
October 14, 2000: WCLV presents the first of four broadcasts from the Oregon Bach Festival, a performance of Mendelssohn's Elijah. WCLV/Seaway Productions distributes the series to stations around the world including the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the European Broadcasting Union.
November 18, 2000: Scholastic Games featuring teams from area high schools debuts on WCLV.
January 6, 2001: The first of three Norton Memorial Organ recitals are broadcast by WCLV. Michael Barone, host of the national program Pipe Dreams, is the host.
January 23, 2001: The fourth WCLV/Executive Caterers Celebrate Life Red Cross Blood Drive collects a record-setting 461 pints.
March 22, 2001: Robert Conrad, WCLV's President, is given the Award of Excellence by the Cleveland Association of Broadcasters.
March 30, 2001: Tony Bianchi, a voice on WCLV since 1964, retires. His 37 years with the station is believed to a record for Cleveland radio.
April 23, 2001: Jacqueline Gerber joins WCLV as host of First Program.
May 2, 2001: The Black Arts, hosted by A. Grace Lee Mims, celebrates 25th anniversary on the air.
June 11, 2001: WCLV raises $51,000 for the Cleveland International Piano Competition.
June 29, 2001: WBKC 1460 AM begins broadcasting WCLV-FM's classical music programming to Lake and Ashtabula Counties.
July 3, 2001: WCLV-FM moves from 95.5 FM to 104.9 FM, and WCLV (AM) debuts Classic Pops at 1420 AM, part of a complicated three-way deal that affects seven radio stations.
July 13, 2001: Jenny Northern named Director of Syndication for WCLV/Seaway Productions.
August 2, 2001: WCLV-FM begins wall-to-wall coverage of the Cleveland International Piano Competition. The concerto round originates live from Severance Hall.
August 8, 2001: WCLV (AM) becomes an affiliate of CBS Radio.
October 12, 2001: At a reception at the Cleveland Museum of Art, the stockholders of WCLV-FM donate the station to the new non-profit WCLV Foundation. This gift, valued at $14.5 million is designed to preserve the classical format on the radio in Cleveland.
September 24, 2001: The donation of WCLV-FM to the non-profit WCLV Foundation is honored by a Special Award of Achievement from Northern Ohio Live Magazine.
January 22, 2002: WCLV-FM's Celebrate Life Blood Drive at Executive Caterers sets record of 590 pints.
May 22, 2002: 1420 AM Celebrate Life Blood Drive moves west to Five Seasons in Westlake and gathers 260 pints of blood.
May 27, 2002: WCLV President Robert Conrad receives honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Oberlin College.
June 24, 2002: 1420 AM's "Tall Ted" Hallaman celebrates his 50th year in broadcasting.
July 27, 2002: WCLV-FM broadcasts the finals of the Oberlin Piano Competition, featuring pianists ages 13 - 18.
July 20, 2002: Legendary Cleveland broadcaster Bill Randle returns to Cleveland airwaves on 1420 AM, Saturdays at 7:00 PM with his program Jukebox Saturday Night.
August 1, 2002: WCLV-FM presents first ever-live broadcast from the campus of Kent State University - a concert by the Miro Trio and pianist Inessa Zaretsky.
August 2, 2002: 1420 AM's Carl Reese celebrates 50 years on Cleveland radio.
September 12, 2002: First broadcast of Fanfare by Jeffery Mumford, commissioned by WCLV-FM in celebration of its 40th anniversary.
September 19, 2002: WCLV-FM broadcasts live the opening concert of the 2002-2003 Severance Hall season of The Cleveland Orchestra and the first under new Music Director Franz Welser-Moest.
September 25, 2002: 1420 AM's Celebrate Life Blood Drive collects 345 pints.
September 29, 2002: 1420 AM's Carl Reese receives first Living Legacy Award from the Radio/Television Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
November 1, 2002: WCLV-FM celebrates its 40th anniversary.
November 2, 2002: 40th Anniversary open house at "Radio Ranch."