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Alan Freed Featured at Salem Museum

The Salem Historical Society Museum will feature Alan Freed, the originator of Rock & Roll during Sunday's 'The Beat Goes On' from 1 to 4 p.m.

Freed, a 1940 graduate of  Salem High School, became a well-known radio disk jockey and was credited by many in the music field with inventing the phrase “rock ‘n roll” and was on the list of the first inductees into the Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
Salem historian, Dale Shaffer, has written:
'His story begins in Johnstown , Pa. , where he was born on December 15, 1922 , the son of Charles S. and Maude M. Freed.  In Salem the family lived at 550 E. 7th Street , 930 S. Lincoln Avenue and 370 N. Lindy Avenue when Alan was growing up.  His first training in radio was at a radio school in Youngstown while he was a student at Salem High School .  After graduation, he attended Ohio State University for two years.'
'He then worked as a disk jockey at radio stations in Akron , Youngstown and Cleveland .  At WJW in Cleveland he was called “King of the Moondogs” in his nighttime recordings broadcast.  This program was essentially one of broadcasting black music to white kids'
'Freed dressed in flashy clothes, and sometimes had one had sheathed in a golf glove.  Working live before an open studio microphone, and pounding a phone book with his gloved palm to keep the beat, he exhorted his listeners to “Go!…Go!...Go!.”  It was wild.  It was a first.  It was Cleveland in 1952, and Alan Freed had found his calling.'

Classmates of Alan and those interested in the Rock & Roll era are welcome to attend.  There will be items of interest including viewing movies inwhich he appeared and material from his school days in Salem.


For further information, contact the museum, 330=332


(caption: First cousin and fellow 1940 classmate, Billie Sproat Hoffman, views the Alan Freed exhibit at the Salem Museum.)
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submitted by Salem Historical Society, 330-337-8514 or 330-332-0129
Posted By: Administrator - 10-24-2010
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