Alan Freed Overview:

Actor, Alan Freed, was born on Dec 15, 1921 in Johnstown, PA. Freed died at the age of 43 on Jan 20, 1965 in Palm Springs, CA .

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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Radio. In addition, Freed was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame .

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After being fired from WABC radio and WNEW TV in 1959 for refusing to sign a statement that he didn't accept gratuities for the playing of records, Freed worked for KDAY radio in Los Angeles (1960). At first all went well. Ratings were good but he left when the station would not allow him to promote live rock shows.

Broke down barriers by playing music of black artists for primarily white audiences long before most anyone else in the business.

Worked as a DJ at WJW in Cleveland from 1951-54 and hosted the late-night "Moondog Rock N Roll Party". In 1952 he promoted the "Moondog Coronation Ball" widely regarded as the first ever rock concert.

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