The Buzzard’s first Christmas
This was our first WMMS Buzzard Christmas ad. I’m almost certain that this the first time you’ve seen it since its circulation was limited.
It appeared only once – in a mid-December, 1974 issue of Exit, a struggling small-circulation Cleveland alternative weekly.
David Helton was developing the Buzzard character, which was gradually becoming more defined with each new print ad.
Given the time of this ad, the Buzzard was still in its early phase, sporting wild eyes, a longer neck, and a trace of facial hair.
Obviously, we left it up to our listeners’ imagination as to what Santa Claus was smoking in that pipe.
Take three guesses, the first two don’t count.
From the J.D. Kunes collection
More on the Buzzard in Chapter 7 of The Buzzard