Kid Leo aircheck 12/31/85


This aircheck features Kid Leo’s final “afternoon session” for the year 1985.  WMMS listener Phillip LeAnza recorded it from his car stereo on a cassette tape recorder, while sitting in his car at Parmatown Mall on Ridge Road.

As Charles Dickens wrote in A Tale of Two Cities: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity; it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness; it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair; we had everything before us, we had nothing before us; we were all going directly to Heaven, we were all going the other way.”

1985 was a defining year for the future of WMMS.  We were breaking all ratings and revenue records in Cleveland radio.  We parlayed our legitimate Rolling Stone “Station of the Year Award” to a series of free WMMS Appreciation Day concerts.   We presented two to three weekly Nights Out at the Agora and Coffee Break Concerts, which were also carried on-air as live broadcasts.  If an act was touring, they’d play Cleveland and we’d co-sponsor their show with Belkin Productions or Blossom Music Center.  Our efforts to bring the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to Cleveland had complete backing from the city, state, the regional private sector, and much of the music industry.

There were many people responsible for the success of WMMS.  First was Carl Hirsch, the President of Malrite Communications, who afforded us the wide berth and encouraged us to be innovative and cutting-edge.    His split with Milton Maltz, Malrite’s CEO was the first in a series of occurrences that would make 1986 a tumultuous year at WMMS.

Phillip, thank you for sharing this aircheck.

Part 1……4 minutes, 30 seconds……..Download here

Part 2……2 minutes, 31 seconds……..Download here

Part 3……4 minutes, 43 seconds……..Download here

buzzard-book-cover-smallThe story continues in Chapter 28Departures and Divisions – in The Buzzard.

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