The Rust Belt Chronicles 2014 Year-End Review!

New Years Kelly

Art courtesy of: Kelly L. Francis.

During the last nine months of 2014, The Rust Belt Chronicles have covered a variety of artists, sports and events from Columbus to the North Coast. I’d like to share with you a summary of our articles and photographs from 2014! 

The Leaning Tower of Pizza in Mansfield, Ohio.

The Leaning Tower of Pizza in Mansfield, Ohio.

Photo courtesy of: Kelly L. Francis.

The most viewed story in 2014 was the restaurant review of “The Leaning Tower of Pizza” located  in Mansfield, Ohio, with the stunning by our very own Kelly Francis!


Photo used courtesy of: Erik Norlander.

Our interview with prog-rocker and keyboard wizard, Erik Norlander was our most viewed music article of 2014. The Rust Belt Chronicles was the first world-wide media organization to announce the upcoming tour of Uriah Heep and one of the first to preview the video of Bad Remedy.

The Rust Belt Chronicles has had the privilege of covering and interviewing several artists from many genres of music . We’ve enjoyed our time and the opportunity to bring our readers insight to new artists and established bands on a local and national level.

Rock journalist, Rachel Montgomery with Shawn Soho (left) and Alex Donaldson (right) of Crash Midnight.

Rock journalist, Rachel Montgomery with Shawn Soho (left) and Alex Donaldson (right) of Crash Midnight.

Our, Rachel Montgomery, helped break the Boston-based band Crash Midnight with her show review, interview and promotion of their debut recording. Our photographers, Joe Banker , Kelly Francis and Joe Kleon have provided exceptional photos, articles and assisted with their professional expertise. Bethany Brewer and Lori Demeretz covered several “Bands Of The Week” and provided some memorable moments during the year. 

Georgia of Georgia and The Georgia Preachers.

Georgia of Georgia and The Georgia Preachers.

Photos by Joe Kleon –

Throughout 2014, we’ve covered “Rising Stars“, special benefit shows for those in need and sadly, those who may have retired from the music business. We promoted local bands in club listings and national acts through weekly concert promotions and CD reviews

Browns vs. Steelers.

Browns vs. Steelers.

Photo: Billy Jelenic/The Rust Belt Chronicles

Our Sports is currently being handled by Raymond Bosak and he continues to keep us on top of all things Buckeyes, Cavaliers, Browns and High School Sports. Our Sports Photographer, Billy Jelenic and Austin Owens have provided us with some beautiful photographs. We also featured racing coverage at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with photos and interviews.


Mackenzie Bart-          Miss Ohio 2014

Mackenzie Bart- Miss Ohio 2014

Photos used courtesy of: Paris Bihari –

The Rust Belt Chronicles has covered countless events throughout our summer months and perhaps has had the most comprehensive coverage of Halloween events by any Ohio publication. Our staff of: Bianca Lee, Lori Demeretz, Debora Holcum, Rachel Montgomery and Helen Contrares have brought you articles and photos from some of the biggest events in Columbus, Cleveland, Akron and Sandusky, Ohio. Paris Bihari was kind enough to provide all of the stunning photos from  the Miss Ohio 2014. 

The Black Veil Brides at The HOB in Cleveland, Ohio.

My biggest surprise of 2014 happened at that Cleveland Agora during the “Black Veil Brides” show. The line of attendees stretched from the front door to the rear of the Agora. Security saw me outside the  main doors and asked me who I was? When I explained I was there to shoot the bands and who I was, they confirmed that I was- “on the list” without checking the press list. These guys were familiar with our work.

 I was allowed to enter before all of the crowd, once the doors opened. Later that night during the Black Veil Brides show the lead singer thanked several media organizations in Cleveland and lastly he thanked – The Rust Belt Chronicles for our promotion.

It was a breakthrough moment for me knowing we are making a difference.

Happy Days Indeed! 

As we close out- 2014 I must thank my staff for their tireless dedication and support!

And our readers, who without you- we wouldn’t exist as a publication!

I wish each and every one of you a Happy New Year with success beyond measure!


Jim Carver

President/ The Rust Belt Chronicles


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Jim Carver About Jim Carver

Jim Carver is the President of The Rust Belt Chronicles.

In 2004, Jim graduated from North Central State College with a degree in Business Information Technology. Jim developed "Rock Lines" news report online in 2010.After a trial-run of The Rust Belt Chronicles in April of 2013, Jim decided to make his dream a reality in 2014 by re-launching The Rust Belt Chronicles.

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