The Buzzard

Inside the Glory Days of WMMS and Cleveland Rock Radio--A Memoir

John Gorman, Tom Feran


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“John Gorman describes in exclusive, behind-the-scenes detail the state of rock ‘n’ roll from the early ’70s to the late ’80s, when just about anything happened and everyone looked the other way . . . This is essential reading for musicians, entertainment industry leaders, and music fans alike.” — Mike Shea, CEO/Co-Founder, Alternative Press magazine

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 innovation.

John Gorman led a small band of true believers who built Cleveland’s WMMS from a neglected stepchild into an influential powerhouse. The station earned high praise from musicians and even higher ratings from listeners.

Gorman tells how WMMS remade rock radio while Cleveland staked its claim as the “Rock and Roll Capital” by breaking major international music acts.

Filled with juicy insider details, this fast-paced story will entertain anyone who listened in during those glory days when FM delivered excitement and the Buzzard ruled the airwaves.

Additional information

Weight.725 lbs
Dimensions8.5 × 5.5 × 0.532 in

Table of Contents


Find Me

Welcome to Cleveland

Radio Architect

A New Identity

“That’s MY Station!”

Number One

It’s Still a Business

Hatching the Buzzard

The World Series of Rock

Got-ta Got-ta Get Down!

“We Don’t Go to Work; We Go to War”

Continuous Party

The Switch

The Voice of Rock and Roll

Moving On Up

The Buzzard and The Boss

Coffee Break Concerts

Beatles Blitz

Chimps, Rats, and Buzzard Killers

Into the ’80s

Pride of Cleveland

Video Stars, Radio Stars

“Bring the Next One On”

Your Modern Music Station


Taking the Fight To the Airwaves

Choosing Sides

“WMMS Can Call Itself Anything It Wants”

Departures and Divisions

The Rock Stops Here

Know Your Close

End of an Era


Cast of Characters


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