Disc Jockey Norm N. Nite, Joe Tait and Fraternity & Sorority "Stepping," a form of linedancing
Dee Jay Norm N. Nite stepped up to the microphone 50 years ago during the era of Rock and Roll. Some of you might remember his "oldies" format show in the 70's on WGAR in Cleveland dubbed the "Night Train." Others might know his name from his weekend show on Sirius Radio featuring "early" Rock and Roll. But what most people don't know about Norm N. Nite is the important role he played in bringing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum to Cleveland.
Joe Tait, the voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers joined the organization in 1970 and broadcast over three-thousand games. But basketball isn't Joe's only forte. From 1973 to 1979 Tait called games for the Cleveland Indian's, and even did games for the Chicago Bulls, New Jersey Nets and the Women's National Basketball Association. In March, Tait decided to retire after a bout with pneumonia caused him to miss the 2011 season. But it did give him time to write a book, called - "Joe Tait: It's Been a Real Ball," (co-authored by Plain Dealer sports columnist Terry Pluto) and covering Tait's many years in broadcasting.
Most people have heard of dance styles like ballet, tap, and ballroom. But have you ever heard of a dance called "stepping?" Students in African-American fraternities and sororities have been doing it for years. It's a combination of dance and something called "body percussion" all done in precise synchronization. Stepping is becoming more popular…crossing age and ethnic boundaries…and the history behind "Stepping" is just as fascinating as the dance itself!