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Windber, Somerset County, Pennsylvania, United States (1921 – 1965)

Alan Freed was a groundbreaking, influential and opportunistic DJ, first in Cleveland Ohio and later New York who is credited for bringing rock n roll to a wider, multi-racial audience in the segregated 1950's. Beginning in 1951 on WJW he hosted the nocturnal 'Moondog' show, & began promoting big multi act showcases that brought as many as 25,000 teens to venues to see the hot acts of the day. His influence was immense, and he helped launch the act… read more

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