Cle Rocks Presents . . . The Life and Times of Radio Legend Johnny Holliday

Thursday
14
Jul

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  • Venue:Supper Club
  • Showtime:7:00 pm
  • Doors open:5:00 pm
  • All Ages, Free Admission, Table Reservations Required
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Why you should see this show…

Often imitated but never duplicated, the original Johnny Holliday is a true radio legend who got his first big break at Cleveland’s powerhouse station WHK in 1959.

WHK was Cleveland’s first radio station and with Holliday at the forefront, WHK would become a juggernaut on the airwaves. Holliday’s impact would earn him a featured spot in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s first radio exhibit celebrating the most influential disc jockeys from around the country.

For the first time in nearly two decades, Holliday returns to Cleveland for “CLE Rocks presents…The life and times of radio legend Johnny Holliday” to talk about his amazing 60-plus year career. The event will be hosted by cleveland.com reporter Troy L. Smith and feature special guest, radio historian Mike Olszewski. It will be recorded as an episode of cleveland.com’s popular CLE Rocks podcast.

Find out how Holliday earned his way inside the doors of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, became the public announcer for the Cleveland Browns, shared stages with The Beatles and covered events from the Major League Baseball playoffs to the Olympics.

Cle Rocks Presents . . . The Life and Times of Radio Legend Johnny Holliday will be recorded as an episode of cleveland.com’s popular CLE Rocks podcast.

 

The star of the show

Johnny Holliday

Johnny Holliday

(Radio Legend)
A Miami, Florida native, Holliday began his radio career as a disc jockey just after graduating high school in 1956. It was there the owner of a local radio station convinced him that his given name, Johnny Bobbitt, wasn’t catchy enough. So, Johnny went with his middle name (and mother’s maiden name), and a radio star was born. Upon moving to Cleveland, Holliday became a media star on WHK, one of the most successful radio stations in the country. During his time in Cleveland, Holliday became the host of College Scoreboard, a TV show that reviewed football scores each Saturday. One of Holliday’s most loyal listeners was Browns owner Art Modell, who gave Holliday the break that would launch the next chapter of his career — serving as the public address announcer for the first doubleheader in NFL history in 1962. Holliday’s success as the Cleveland Browns’ official public announcer pushed him into an amazing career as a sportscaster in markets like New York, San Francisco (where he hosted The Beatles’ final concert on their last tour at then Candlestick Park), and Washington, D.C.

During his career, Holliday has covered the Olympics in 1984, 1988, 1994, 1996 and 2000, the Masters Tournament, championship boxing, USFL football and countless other sporting events, as well as hosting charity events that have raised millions in various markets.

He has served as the radio voice of the Maryland Terrapins for the past three decades. His amazing list of accomplishments includes induction into the Washington, D.C. Sports Hall of Fame, the Radio Television Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the Chris Schenkel award from the National Football Foundation & College Football Hall of Fame.
 

 

Host

TroySmith

Troy L. Smith

(Life & Culture Reporter, Cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer)
Troy L. Smith has spent the past 15 years covering local, regional and national music for publications throughout the Northeast and Midwest. Currently, Troy serves as the lead music critic cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer, covering the local concert scene and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Troy launched CLE Rocks in 2020 as a way to reflect on Cleveland’s rich musical history. Episodes so far have looked back at legendary concerts in Northeast Ohio featuring The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Pearl Jam, KISS, Prince and Bruce Springsteen.
 

Panelist

MikeOlszewski

Mike Olszewski

(Veteran Cleveland TV/Radio Reporter/Author)
Mike Olszewski is a veteran Cleveland TV and radio reporter who has won many local and national journalism awards. He is best known for his time on the legendary Cleveland radio station WMMS. Mike has authored several books on Cleveland radio history, including Cleveland Radio Tales: Stories from the Local Radio Scene of the 1960s, ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s co-written with his wife Janice.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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If you are attending a concert in the Supper Club with a party of two or more, please have one person make a reservation for the whole group to ensure you are seated together. If you are attending with a party of eight or more, you must call the Box Office to make your reservation at (216) 242-1250.

To better serve all our customers, we require that you arrive on time for your dining reservation. Arriving more than 15 minutes after your reserved time will result in the cancellation of your reservation. You will be seated for the concert, but you may be put on a waiting list for dining.
 
 
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