This page will showcase WIXY's incredible involvement in Cleveland and the vicinity. Newspaper clippings and promotional items will be displayed here. A tip of the hat to all who helped! If you have anything to add, please contact us!
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A real treasure...the
first newspaper article about the coming of WIXY 1260, from 1965!
Press Release on the Coming of WIXY...
Our thanks to former WIXY DJ Johnny Canton for providing this, and the 4 articles that follow!
A Press Release showing
the first WIXY Line-up. Note that the News occurs
Here's a blurb about a WIXY/Manners Restaurant contest from early 1966.
A WIXY "What's
Happening" Release from early 1966
Another news release
about the WIXY/Beatles concert in 1966
The WIXY basketball
team, circa 1967.
From the Cleveland
Plain Dealer, Sunday, August 1, 1971...
The following three
pages are from an advertising brochure that WIXY published in late 1971.
WIXY PROMOTIONAL ITEMS
following article appeared in the Cleveland Press Showtime Magazine,
describing Gary Drake's radio history.
following items come from former WIXY jock Terry Stevens, currently
residing in Tennessee. Thanks, Terry!
1973 issue of Billboard, check out the photo and caption on the bottom
Here's a PD article
about the first WIXY/WMJI reunion, from 1987.
this article was published in 1981, it's a great article about Jack
some info about a new book at the Rock & Roll Days....your humble
webmaster was interviewed for this book!
- A new book collects stories about Cleveland’s rock and roll heyday,
from the late 1950s through the early 1980s, as told by local veterans
of the music scene.
Rock and Roll Memories, author Carlo Wolff interviewed dozens of
musicians, radio DJs, concert promoters, record store owners, nightclub
employees, and ordinary fans. He asked them to recall their favorite
moments from the era when rock and roll culture was most vibrant in
revisit some of the biggest concerts held in Cleveland, including the
two Beatles concerts, the colossal World Series of Rock concerts, and
the free Coffee Break Concerts at the Agora. They recall hit-making
radio stations like WIXY 1260 and the early WMMS, and trendsetting
retailers like Music Grotto and Melody Lane. And they talk about
favorite local acts, from the James Gang and the Raspberries to Devo and
the Dead Boys.
include history that many fans might not know. While it's no mystery
that the original Agora nightclub on East 24th Street helped break big
acts like Springsteen and Meat Loaf, a lesser known club, La Cave (on
Euclid Avenue in a spot now occupied by the Cleveland Clinic), hosted
some of the most exciting shows of the sixties, from folk musicians like
Tim Buckley to rockers like Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground (who
eventually recorded live material in the club).
the big names in Cleveland rock and roll contributed stories for the
book, including musicians Michael Stanley, Eric Carmen, and Jim Fox (of
the James Gang), promoters Mike and Jules Belkin, and Agora owner Hank
LoConti. But ordinary fans had their say, too. Some recall their days of
rowdy behavior during concerts at the old Municipal Stadium. Others
reminisce about taking the Rapid downtown to ogle Beatle boots at
Higbee’s or pick up the latest 45 at Record Rendezvous on Prospect
addition to the stories, Cleveland
Rock and Roll Memories includes lists of local rock and roll facts
and gathers old photos, concert tickets, show posters, patches and
stickers, and vintage newspaper ads.
114 people contributed stories and memorabilia for the book.
writes for numerous publications including Goldmine,
Billboard.com, the Boston Globe,
the Chicago Sun Times, the San
Francisco Chronicle, Sun Newspapers and Scene.
He specializes in music criticism, book reviews, and feature articles
about popular culture, travel, and business. He is also Features Editor
of LH-Lodging Hospitality
magazine. He lives in South Euclid, Ohio.
Jane Lassar, 800-708-2819; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The text of this release is available online at: www.grayco.com/media