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EXCELLENCE IN BROADCASTING DINNER POSTPONED

In keeping with the governor’s recommendations and anticipation of future orders regarding gatherings, we have decided to postpone our Excellence in Broadcasting Dinner on April 16th. The health and safety of our colleagues is the highest priority. We are currently working with Lago on a future date and will announce when we have more details.

 


 

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

FRED MCLEOD MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP INFO

Fred McLeod Memorial ScholarshipANNOUNCING THE FRED MCLEOD MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP WITH THE CLEVELAND ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS

FOX Sports Ohio is pleased to offer the Cleveland Association of Broadcasters a new annual scholarship - The Fred McLeod Memorial Scholarship.

In honor of the legendary Cleveland broadcaster Fred McLeod, the Cleveland Association of Broadcasters (CAB), on behalf of FOX Sports Ohio, will award one (1) scholarship in the amount of $2,016 for applicants of 4-year undergraduate or graduate institutions or applicants of 2-year and recognized certificate institutions. Emphasis on Sports Broadcasting and Sports Marketing is not required but will be heavily weighted for consideration by the CAB scholarship committee. This scholarship is non-renewable.

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CAB SCHOLARSHIP INFO

The Cleveland Association of Broadcasters (CAB) administers and awards the annual Cleveland Association of Broadcasters Scholarships to qualifying students (see Eligibility section below).

For 2020, the Cleveland Association of Broadcasters will award Two (2) Scholarships in the amount of $2,000 for applicants of 4-year undergraduate or graduate institutions and One (1) $1,000 Scholarship for applicants of 2-year and recognized certificate institutions. These Scholarships are non-renewable.

The 2020 Scholarship Application is now available. Scroll down to complete application online or click here to download a printable application for returning by regular mail along with letter of recommendation from a faculty member, typed essay and information release to: Cleveland Association of Broadcasters, PO Box 15294, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 or via e-mail to info@cabcleveland.com by Sunday, March 15th, 2020. Scholarship winners will be notified on or about April 15th, 2020 with scholarships being awarded at the Awards for Excellence Dinner.


CAB Legacy Honoree:  Marty Sullivan - Superhost

Marty was born in Detroit and his parents divorced before he graduated from high school. His aunt, who was very influential in his life, paid for him to go to boarding school in Canada. He went on to Assumption College (now College of Windsor) but after 2 years, knew he was about to get drafted, so he joined the Navy. He spent the next 4 years on a Guided Missile Test ship on the west coast and Guam.

After the Navy, Marty went back to school where it was suggested he take up public speaking to “get out of his shell and build self esteem”.  His low, crisp voice soon got him work as a staff announcer at WJR in Detroit, and wasn’t long before he got a call from WGAR. It was 1963 and they were looking for a newsman, and Marty was their guy. After about a year and a half, Marty left to work for an ad agency that didn’t work out for long. He was out of work for a while and heard of a new UHF station opening in a shopping mall in Parma. Sullivan went to the station and was hired to do anything that needed doing at WUAB.

Marty was an announcer and a newsman, a camera man and switchboard operator. During that time he crossed paths often with Fred Griffith and Lin Sheldon, both of whom became good friends.

It was during that time, that Superhost was born. Superhost was a two-level show. The humor was usually political and directed at adults, but the character himself, was developed for kids. The mix was worked so well, the show lasted for 20 years.

The show ran for 4 hours on Saturday afternoons from noon till 4p. It would start with The Three Stooges, followed by 2 horror movies. Superhost was also famous for his crazy parodies such as his take off on The Bionic Woman, The Moronic Women. Slim Whitman was also a favorite spoof (becoming Fat Whitman), but Sullivan may be most famous for his “Comway” skits.

Marty “tried not to be a gross out artist. I wouldn’t do anything for the shock value and I wouldn’t use foul language or do off color comedy”. “I loved Cleveland! I can’t say one bad thing about it. The people were wonderful.”

It’s a bird—it’s a plane—no, it’s Superhost. RIP Superhost.

 


 

CAB Mission Statement

As a nonprofit  501c6 we work collaboratively as an industry to continue to advance excellence in broadcasting in Cleveland through education, social interaction, recognition and philanthropy.
  1. Promote the quality of broadcasting in the Cleveland area
  2. Provide a forum for issues concerning all segments of the Cleveland broadcasting community
  3. Foster greater understanding between those in the broadcasting sales, advertising and business communities
  4. Increase the level of professionalism among those in the Cleveland broadcast community
 


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