Scott Muni & Norm Nite
Ahmet Ertegun Award
Hall of Fame Essay
Alan Freed was the most effective proselytizer rock and roll has ever known. Spreading the word from a radio pulpit that kicked off nightly to the strains of Freddie Mitchell’s “Moondog Boogie,” Freed kept time to the music by smashing his hand on a telephone book. He first conquered Cleveland over WJW, and then moved his show to New York’s flagship WINS.
Alan not only spun the music; he wrote it, promoted it, starred in its early movies and became one of its first scapegoats. He discovered the Moonglows and helped bring countless other performers to prominence.
'Rock & roll' seemed to suggest the rolling, surging beat of the music
Cleveland, Ohio 44114