Alan Freed, originally from Pennsylvania, graduated from Ohio State University in 1940 and formed the Sultans of Swing band. He served in the military and later became a disc jockey. After returning, he broadcasted on WAKR in Akron, Ohio, known as Moondog. His show became so popular that listeners could tune in for up to five hours daily.
Alan Freed, the father of rock and roll, popularized the genre in the 1950s on his mainstream radio show. He advocated for rhythm and blues (R&B) music by Black artists, despite Billboard's classification restrictions. Freed's film Rock Rock Rock emphasized the diverse contributions of various music genres to the big beat.
Alan Freed, a prominent figure in rock and roll, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. He received numerous prestigious awards, including the Radio Hall of Fame in 1988, the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in 1988, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame star in 1991. Freed's tragic fall from grace contributed to the development of the top 40 radio format.