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90.3 WCPN Turns 30; Singer Vanessa Rubin; Downtown Cleveland Documentary

Thursday, October 30, 2014

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This year, 90.3 WCPN ideastream turns 30! A few weeks ago we received an unexpected gift that now hangs in the hallway of the Idea Center. It was produced by an artist working for the WPA, the Depression-era job agency created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The gift is a colorful, mural-sized painting that also serves as a history lesson. The panels of this work by artist Louis Grebenak reveal the story of educational radio station WBOE, which later became northeast Ohio’s NPR station 90.3 WCPN.

Ever since 90.3 WCPN took to the airwaves in 1984, music has been a regular part of our programming. Today, that commitment continues with shows like Jazz with Bob Parloccha, and on The Sound of Applause, heard Monday through Thursday at 2 p.m. Recently, Cleveland native Vanessa Rubin, a well-respected jazz vocalist who was back home for a concert at Nighttown and she visited our KeyBank Studio with pianist Helen Sung and showed off her skills with music.

The City of Cleveland has been given the green light for a multi-million dollar renovation of Public Square, with a completion deadline of 2016 in time for the Republican National Convention. In the upcoming WVIZ/PBS documentary, Downtown Cleveland - which airs Friday, November 7th at 10:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 9th at 3:00 p.m., we explore some of the private stories behind many of the public spaces in downtown Cleveland - including Public Square.


Albert Albano, Intermuseum Conservation Association
Vanessa Rubin, Jazz Vocalist
Helen Sung, Pianist

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Intermuseum Conservation Association
Vanessa Rubin, Jazz Vocalist
“Downtown Cleveland” documentary


Arts and Culture, History, Motion Pictures (Film, Video), Music, Painting

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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 Corporation Charitable Foundation; The George Gund Foundation; The George W. Codrington Charitable Foundation; The Kulas Foundation; The John P. Murphy Foundation; 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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Air Dates


Thursday 7:30 PM
Saturday 4:00 PM
Sunday 12:30 PM

The Ohio Channel
Monday 12:30 AM / 4:30 AM / 8:30 PM
Tuesday 12:30 AM / 4:30 AM / 8:30 AM / 4:00 PM
Wednesday 12:00 AM / 8:00 AM

The Sound of Applause

90.3 WCPN
Monday-Thursday 2:00 PM / 10:00 PM

Dee Perry image courtesy Chris Stephens, The Plain Dealer