From Songwriters to Soundmen: The People Behind the Hits






 CLEVELAND – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is proud to present an evening with John Gorman, the former program director at WMMS FM. Gorman will discuss his new book, The Buzzard: Inside the Glory Days of WMMS and Cleveland Rock Radio. Immediately following the event, Gorman will sign copies of his book, which are available in the Museum Store.


John Gorman began his broadcasting career in Boston. In 1973 he 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 U.S. 


He will be interviewed in front of a live audience by Jim Henke, vice president of exhibitions and curatorial affairs for the Rock Hall. The John Gorman interview, slated for April 16 at 7 p.m., is free with a reservation. The program will take place in the Museum’s 4th Floor Theater. Please email or call 216.515.8426 to RSVP. This event is part of From Songwriters to Soundmen, a groundbreaking Rock Hall program that shines the spotlight on the people whose contributions to the rock and roll art form are often as powerful as those of the artists themselves.


In keeping with its mission, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has FREE educational offerings year round. Additional free adult education programs include Teachers Rock, which shows educators how to bring rock and roll music into their classrooms the second Wednesday of every month, and Rock and Roll Night School, which gives interested adults the opportunity to expand their rock and roll-related knowledge, the fourth Wednesday of every month.


Past Participants include songwriters Dan Penn and Buzz Cason; songwriter, producer, and performer Richard Gottehrer;  music journalist David Fricke; manager and label owner/operator Miles Copeland; producer, writer and musician Chips Moman; former the Who manager Chris Stamp; Cleveland – International founder Steve Popovich;  Alternative Press journalists Mike Shea and Jason Pettigrew; Nile Rodgers of Chic; promoter Sid Bernstein; drummer and inductee Hal Blaine; Del-Fi label founder Bob Keane; writer and producer PF Sloan;  Shangri-Las lead singer Mary Weiss; Producer Lou Adler; Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman. For more information about these and other Rock Hall educational programs, visit


About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum


The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission both through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.


The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays, the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland. Children under 8 and Museum members are free. The Museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. When you become a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the world of rock and roll becomes yours to explore. Call 216.515.1939 for information on becoming a member. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK or visit

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