John Gorman began his broadcasting career operating a pirate radio station from the attic of his family's South Boston home in 1962. (The station was eventually shut down by his father.) He started in commercial radio as a teenager and worked at several Boston stations as a programming assistant, music director, and talk show producer.
In 1973 he moved to Cleveland to join WMMS, a small, free-form FM station then under new ownership.
Over the next thirteen years Gorman would help turn WMMS into one of the most popular and influential rock stations in the country.
He served as music director and program director, and eventually became operations manager of WMMS and WHK.
In 1986 Gorman and twelve other staff members left WMMS to start 98.5 WNCX in Cleveland. Gorman also founded a radio consulting firm, Gorman Media, and has worked with stations in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Cleveland, and other markets.
Gorman won the Radio Consultant of the Year award at the 1985 annual Pop Music Convention and was awarded Operations Director of the Year in 1995 by Billboard magazine. He was inducted into the Ohio Radio-TV Hall of Fame in 2000. He lives in Bay Village, Ohio.
Books by John Gorman
Inside the Glory Days of WMMS and Cleveland Rock Radio--A Memoir
by John Gorman | Tom Feran
This rock and roll radio memoir takes you behind the scenes at the nation's hottest station during FM's heyday, from 1973 to 1986. Sex and drugs, music and merchandising— it was a wild time when the FM airwaves were wide open for creativity and innova . . . [Read More]