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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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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
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.
- 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
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,156,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Having grown up in Cleveland as WMMS grew into the great station it was in the 70s and early 80s, this book provides some great remembrances and inside stories of Cleveland, Rock-n-Roll, and WMMS. I moved away, not to return, just as the station peaked and fell from its greatness, and it was good to understand what happened.
It is not a particularly well written, or at least well-edited book: spelling errors, grammatical errors, missing or extra words.
But overall, I enjoyed the read.
Very fascinating look into the inner workings of the station (and the eventual corporate breakdown). John Gorman did a great job bringing the excitement across in the pages that you felt on air from the radio. The whole cast of characters are there; Denny Saunders, Kid Leo, Matt the Cat, Betty "Crash" Korvan, Jeff and Flash, Murry Saul, BLF Bash, Len "Boom" Golberg, and many more.
And of course the music. Bowie, Roxy Music, Stones, Led Zep, Fleetwood Mac, and on and on. But one single dude in particular, Bruce. If you were there, 'nuff said. Great fun.
If you want to know about Rock & Roll before during and after MTV this is the book for you.