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LEO'S CASINO RADIO

MUSIC APPRECIATION

ENTERTAINMENT

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

THE HISTORY

THE LEGENDARY LEO'S CASINO

It started as a bar but expanded into a jazz room, featuring musicians like Dizzy Gillespie and Cannonball Adderley. That first building burned down in 1962. With his business partner Jules Berger, Leo Frank started Leo’s Casino in 1963 at the old Quad Hall Hotel at 7500 Euclid Avenue. The new Leo’s held about 700 people and served dinner. The club continued to feature jazz until R&B acts quickly took over.

An illustrious entourage of musical acts performed at Leo’s Casino, including Smokey Robinson, the Miracles, Jackie Wilson, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Dionne Warwick, The Supremes, The Temptations and the Four Tops. Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin gave some of their first performances at the club while Otis Redding made his last stage appearance at the club prior to his fatal plane crash in 1967.

LEO'S CASINO RADIO

THE SOUL OF THE CITY

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Our station is in honor of this renowned venue known for its racial diversity during the tumultuous 1960s riot in Cleveland Ohio’s Hough community. Leo’s Casino Radio was created to allow youths to learn the historical facts surrounding the events of the 60’s in the Hough community and Greater Cleveland as well as listen to interviews from individuals who experienced that time in Cleveland history and how music shaped their lives. Youths will also appreciate the music that mapped the way to the music they enjoy today. They can learn the music history, the songs writers and performers and tie the information directly to their favorite musical artist who are sampling these songs today. For older ones that attended a concert at Leo’s Casino or who heard about the events there or simply enjoy the Motown sound, blues, jazz and R&B of the 60s, 70s and 80s, they can appreciate and enjoy the station.

HOUSING SERVICES

Real estate in Ward 7 is ripe with promise. Affordable housing services in this area is one of our core missions.

COMMUNITY INCLUSION

We’re equally passionate about highlighting the artistic and creative opportunities throughout the areas we serve.

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