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The Buzzard: Inside the Glory Days of WMMS and Cleveland Rock Radio--A Memoir Paperback – Illustrated, September 5, 2008

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John Gorman’s memories and behind-the-scenes accounts are the next best thing to having the WMMS of the late-1970s to mid-1980s still on the air. This entertaining and amusing read will be appreciated by avid listeners of “The Buzzard” during its heyday and anyone interested in Cleveland’s music history. ― Cleveland Magazine Published On: 2007-12-01

Written in an easy manner, parading zany, wonderful stories in a coherent, wildly entertaining style . . . If only radio today was as energized as this lot. -- Peter Lindblad ― Goldmine Magazine Published On: 2008-07-02

Gorman’s memoir isn’t just about a radio station in Cleveland; it’s about the precarious place of rock radio in American culture . . . His love for the station he helped to create is apparent on every page. In fact, Gorman’s tale is so engaging that it’s hard not to become a fan of WMMS even for those of us who never had the chance to tune in. -- Marc Shuster ― Small Press Reviews Published On: 2009-04-24

A nostalgic, narcotic ride through the history of a station that broke some of music’s top groups while leaving local competitors in the dust. -- Barry Goodrich ― Currents Published On: 2007-11-15

A time capsule of an era when FM rock stations were emerging from the underground and becoming big business. ― Northeast Radio Watch Published On: 2008-03-10

More than just the story of that neglected stepchild-of-a-radio station and its powerhouse rise, it is a period piece. It is a time capsule of a bygone era. It shows the disparate Cleveland of yesterday and its rise in rock prominence and the floundering beginnings of FM radio (which is a story all the more poignant as the format continues to decline with the advent of satellite radio) and tells how they both grew and worked together to change the face of rock ’n’ roll. -- Mark Toriski ― Great Lakes Life Published On: 2010-01-01

About the Author

John Gorman began his broadcasting career in Boston and in 1973 moved to Cleveland to join WMMS, a small, free-form FM station then under new ownership. Over the next thirteen years he helped turn WMMS into one of the most popular and influential rock stations in the country, serving as music director and program director, and eventually operations manager of WMMS and WHK. He helped start 98.5 WNCX in Cleveland and has worked with stations in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Cleveland, and other markets. Gorman received the Radio Consultant of the Year award at the 1985 annual Pop Music Convention and was named Operations Director of the Year in 1995 by Billboard magazine. He was inducted into the Ohio Radio-TV Hall of Fame in 2000 and received an Award for Excellence in Broadcasting from the Cleveland Association of Broadcasters in 2008. He lives in Bay Village, Ohio.

Tom Feran has been a writer and editor for The Plain Dealer since 1982. He was named Best Columnist in Ohio in 2007 by the Society of Professional Journalists, and is former president of the Television Critics Association of North America. His work has appeared in publications including Ohio Magazin, Cleveland Magazine, and DirecTV Magazine, and he has been a regular pseudonymous contributor to the tabloid Weekly World News. He is a graduate of Harvard College, where he was president and editor of the Lampoon, and of Cleveland St. Ignatius High School.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 1598510517
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Gray & Company, Publishers; 1st edition (September 5, 2008)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 280 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9781598510515
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1598510515
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 13.1 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.5 x 0.64 x 8.5 inches
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