We’re thrilled to have a return performance by Mike and Janice Olszewski, authors of Cleveland TV Tales, Volumes 1 & 2 and Cleveland Radio Tales. The couple will visit the bookstore on Friday, December 7 to give a audio-visual presentation at 6pm. They will be available to sign their books, as well.
Volume 1: Remember when TV was just three channels and the biggest celebrities in Cleveland were a movie host named Ghoulardi, an elf named Barnaby, and a newscaster named Dorothy Fuldheim? Revisit the early days in these lively stories about the pioneering entertainers who invented television programming before our very eyes. Filled with fun details and photos.
Volume 2: More behind-the-screen stories from Cleveland TV history (1960s-’90s), including the rise of glamorous news anchors with big hair and perky noses, battling horror-movie hosts, investigative reporters stalking wrongdoers on both sides of the law, a daytime host’s bizarre scandal, a mayor who co-hosted with a ventriloquist’s dummy, and much more.
Radio: Meet some of the most eccentric personalities in Cleveland radio history! These tales, mostly from the 1960s to 1990s, share on-air and off-air antics of radio hosts who performed in the nude, battled station owners (and sometimes brawled with each other), broke news stories, discovered new musical acts, and tried any stunt to draw listeners.
Mike Olszewski is a veteran Cleveland radio and television personality and the curator and archivist for the Ohio Broadcast Archive and Museum. He also teaches media and communications classes at Cleveland State University, Kent State University, the University of Akron, and Notre Dame College.
Janice Olszewski has more than three decades’ experience in the travel and tourism industry. Her photography has been published in Filmfax, Outre, and other national magazines.