A Temple of Baboons episode, summer 1984

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As mentioned earlier, our summer of ’84 war with rival WGCL was taken to the streets and on our air..   Unlike our previous battles with M-105, WZZP, and 92 Rock from the mid-seventies through the early eighties, we not only acknowledged WGCL on-the-air, we even created a number of song parodies (“Baboonbusters,” “I Can Lip Sync for You,” “This is not Baboon Land”) based on popular songs of the time and a weekly radio play on the Buzzard Morning Zoo, which featured their program director Bobby (played by Spaceman Scott) and his assistant Phil (played by Denny Sanders), lamenting over their most recent defeat at the wings of the Buzzard.     They were based on real-life events – leaked to us by disgruntled WERE-WGCL staffers – and enhanced with a few inside jokes.

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We called the series The Temple of Baboons – our name for WGCL – along with WIMP Radio, and a play-on-words of the movie Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.  

Each episode featured frequent interruptions from an unidentified person (played by Kenny Clean) knocking on WGCL’s front door asking “Is this the bus station?”  WGCL’s studios were opposite the old Greyhound Bus Terminal on Chester Avenue near the East 13th intersection.

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The building that housed WGCL and WERE (and for a brief time, WNCX) was demolished in the early nineties and the Greyhound Bus Terminal has now been converted to the Flex Spa.

Though the masters of the song parodies and The Temple of Baboons were lost or destroyed in the WMMS Archives purge, a cassette dub of one episode was just found and is available here for your downloading pleasure.   As we find more, we’ll post them.

Download Temple of the Baboons here

Much more on the most vicious radio war in Cleveland can be found in Chapter 25 of The Buzzard

Special thanks to Jim Davison for successfully dubbing the cassette’s contents and Chuck Matthews for housing it.

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One Response to “A Temple of Baboons episode, summer 1984”

  1. John,
    Thank you for the “Buzzard” book and this blog. Growing up in Akron with WMMS as my constant companion, I never realized how absolutely special our rock environment was until I moved to California in 1982 after college. I followed my dream and became a rock journalist, inspired by the music I heard on WMMS, but the experience just wasn’t the same in Southern California. The book made me sad, too, because those days are gone. I felt like the girl in “Our Town” reliving special moments of my life that were all too fleeting. I’m just grateful I was in the right rock place at the right rock time. It’s so hard to explain to people who weren’t there.
    All the best,
    Karla.

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