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.






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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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 May Honoree:  Bob Friend WAKR

Bob Friend is best known for an evening program on Akron’s WAKR in which he analyzed the dreams of callers—The Dream Machine. But Bob was also known as the man who introduced the Beatles at their first NEO appearance.in 1964.  

An Air Force veteran, Friend was working for WHK when the Beatles rolled into town in 1964. ‘Beatlemania’ was in full swing and the concert had to be temporarily stopped at one point when adoring fans broke through the police line and climbed onto the stage.

Friend spent most of his career, 27 years, at WAKR, which he joined in 1967. He remained there when he and other were furloughed in a cost cutting move by the out-of-town ownership group.

After being sacked, Bob said: “I’ve learned over the years—31 years in broadcasting—that we have such a potential impact on the listenership. We can buoy their spirits, we can drag them down to the gutter, we can lift them to the throne of God by the way we present things. It’s a tremendous opportunity that I will miss if I don’t continue in radio.”

Friend did continue in radio but only after a 3 year stint selling insurance. After the station was sold to it’s current owner, Friend was called back and given an afternoon DJ slot. That run came to an end three years later when the station replaced him with syndicated programming. Bob’s final gig in radio was a part-time gig at WMJI. 



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