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WCLV 50th Anniversary

Thursday, November 1, 2012

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In November, 1962, Cleveland radio history was made as our sister station WCLV began broadcasting classical music. 50 years later, WCLV at 104.9 FM remains the voice of classical music in northeast Ohio. To commemorate this important anniversary, WCLV ideastream is spending this November 1st broadcasting a series of live performances from our home, Idea Center at Playhouse Square as part of a day long open house.  On this episode of Applause we asked a very familiar voice to WCLV listeners, co-founder and President Robert Conrad to take us back to the beginning.

In November, Euclid Avenue turns into “the great white way” as PlayhouseSquare once again host the Broadway-KeyBank Series. Gina Vernaci, the Vice President of Theatre Operations previews what’s in store.

People often like to attribute a particular meaning to a work of art, but La Wilson resists the temptation to reduce her constructions to a single idea. The 1993 Cleveland Arts Prize winner for Visual Arts sees her assortment of everyday objects carefully arranged in wooden boxes as something that just feels right, without adding too many extra layers of meaning to it.

Many people think they have a great idea for a play or a novel. The hard part is getting those thoughts on paper in a form that other people find compelling enough to come see or read. Learning to write is a long difficult process that usually takes years of training and education to master. For novelist David Giffels, it was a skill he began practicing at age two. The 2010 Cleveland Arts Prize Winner for Emerging Artist in Literature shares his story of an early passion for writing.


Robert Conrad, WCLV 104.9 FM
Gina Vernaci, PlayhouseSquare
La Wilson, Cleveland Arts Prize Winner
David Giffels, Cleveland Arts Prize Winner

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WCLV 104.9 FM
Cleveland Arts Prize


Arts and Culture, Dance, History, Literature, Music, Theatre

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Special Thanks

Special thanks to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College for the use of their Steinway Piano.

ideastream Arts Funding

Production of arts and culture programming on ideastream is made possible by grants from:


By residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

The Cleveland Foundation; The Dominion Foundation; Eaton; The George Gund Foundation; The George W. Codrington Charitable Foundation; The Kulas Foundation; The John P. Murphy Foundation; Stroud Family Exempt Trust; The Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation; and The Nord Family Foundation.


The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

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Applause is an Emmy award-winning locally produced TV show that celebrates artists and cultural groups around Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.

The Sound of Applause, ideastream’s weekday radio magazine, celebrates the visual and performing arts, explores cultural trends, and examines current events through an artistic lens.

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Friday 11:00 PM
Saturday 4:00 PM

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Tuesday 12:30 AM / 4:30 AM / 8:30 AM / 4:00 PM
Wednesday 12:00 AM / 8:00 AM

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Sunday 12:30 PM

The Sound of Applause

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Dee Perry image courtesy Chris Stephens, The Plain Dealer