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Call Letters WERE - Lake Erie 1949 - Bill Randle starts a long run at WERE 1/51 - Carle Reese takes over the all night shift. 10/20/55 - Elvis Presley performs at Brooklyn High School, at a show hosted by Bill Randle. Pat Boone headlines that  bill, and a film about Randle, entitled "The Pied Piper of Cleveland" has Presley singing five songs from that high  school appearance. The film remains lost for 37 years until it's found in a warehouse at Universal Studios. 3/23/57 - Carl Reese does double duty on Friday nights, hosting WERE's all night show on Fridays, and WJW-TV's  "Universal Theater" at the same time. He does both shows from the TV studio until the movie ends, and then finishes  up at WERE' s studios in the Bulkley Building. (CP) 10/30/69 - The FCC approves the station's sale to Atlantic States Industries of New York City. The new owners  downplay talk of a possible format change from talk/news/inormation to country and western or rock music. The station  is sold to Atlantic by Cleveland Broadcasting, Inc. 12/1/69 - Richard P. McCauley replaces Ed Paul as general manager. Paul Neuhoff becomes sales manager. (CPD) 1/30/72 - Long time voice Bill Randle leaves the station. (CPD) 2/14/72 - WERE scraps starts the controversial "People Power" shock talk format. At first, it draws a huge negative  response from the listening audience. (CPD) 11/6/86 - Three news staffers...afternoon anchors Mike Olszewski and Cliff Baechle, and reporter Vince Robinson,  leave the station after the takeover by Metropolis Broadcasting. 7/20/92 - Talk Show hosts Merle Pollis and Joel Rose leave the station to continue at WHK-FM 8/12/93 - Stations dumps its news staff to air more syndicated talk shows. Jim McIntyre, Cindy Lin, Bob Fuller and Tom  Moore are all let go. (CPD) 6/3/95 - Bill Gordon returns to host back-to-back shows on Saturday night..."Success over 50" from 7 to 8 p.m., and  "Night Life" from 8 to 9 p.m. (CPD) 8/29/95 - Former Congresswoman Mary Rose Oakar debuts an evening talk show which airs nightly from 7 to 9 p.m. (CPD)