Picture of Jason Prufer (right), picture of book cover (left).

Jason Prufer is the author of Small Town, Big Music - The Outsized Influence of Kent, Ohio, on the History of Rock and Roll.  The book features first-hand stories of big-name musicians traveling through Kent, as well as the local music scene where Joe Walsh, Patrick Carney, Chrissie Hynde, and DEVO refined their crafts. The book is published by the Kent State University Press. 

Prufer also works as a Senior library associate in Kent State University's library.

Picture of Elizabeth Smith-Pryor
Kent State University

Elizabeth Smith-Pryor, Ph.D. is an associate professor and the Undergraduate Program Coordinator for the Kent State University History Department. Smith-Pryor specializes in the subject of African-American history. 

In 2016, she won the Ford Foundation Senior Fellowship, including an $80,000 stipend, for her ongoing research on the history of the Cleveland Urban League's efforts in the 1960s and 1970s to redefine equality in an era of racialized inequality.



Akron is the former rubber capital of the world, and has staked its claim as the polymer capital, but the Summit County Historical Society is suggesting another claim to fame.

Photo of famed DJ Alan Freed

On Saturday, the ashes of legendary disc jockey Alan Freed are due to come to their final resting place.

Freed blended a love of music with a dynamic radio personality to make an indelible mark on American popular culture.

For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN's David C. Barnett has this remembrance of the man who gave Rock and Roll its name.