BILL RUDMAN, HOST OF "FOOTLIGHT PARADE"
Bill Rudman is the area's expert on Broadway
and screen musicals, and Saturdays at 6:00 PM
on WCLV 104.9, Bill shares his love of this art
form with listeners on the nationally distributed
"Footlight Parade". In June of 2008, the program
celebrated its 25th anniversary on WCLV.
A commentator in the fields of American musical
theatre and classic American popular song, Bill
brings an engaging enthusiasm and credibility
to "Footlight Parade", which has made this program
one of WCLV's most popular shows. And it has
gained national recognition on over 100 stations coast to coast (including Alaska) and in
(yes) Lithuania. The picture is from the many live-before-an-audience presentations at
Cain Park given over the years.
Bill is a Grammy-nominated record and radio producer and host who has conceived and supervised projects spotlighting Tom Hanks, Peggy Lee, Hal Prince, George Abbott, Nancy Walker, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Garson Kanin, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Maxine Sullivan and many other artists. His recordings have been issued on such labels as Angel/EMI, Atlantic Stash, Mobile Fidelity and Painted Smiles. He is the executive director of The Musical Theatre Project, an organization that also produces Bill's "Song is You" series of live performances and a series of educational projects.
He has served as associate director of Great Lakes Theatre Festival and a New York theatrical publicist, and since 1979, has consulted for arts organizations throughout the country. He is a nine-time winner of Northern Ohio Live magazine's Awards of Achievement for his work....including that on WCLV. In addition, WCLV's "Salute to the 25th Anniversary of Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris", which Bill wrote, produced and co-hosted with Robert Conrad, was given NOL's 1998 Award of Achievement for Radio, Television and Film. He also received the first Robert Bergman Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts in Cleveland from the Cleveland Arts Prize.