WMMS St. Patrick’s Day Parade float, 1986

Here’s our Buzzard float in the 1986 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Cleveland.

Other radio stations protested that there was “nothing Irish” about our Buzzard van, which appeared in previous year’s parades.

The parade organizers responded with a new rule – that all participants in the 1986 parade had to carry the theme of “Irish education.”

So David Helton designed a scholarly Irish Buzzard holding a shamrock in one wing and a diploma in the other for “The Rock & Roll History of Cleveland.”

As we explained to the organizers WMMS listeners were provided a continual educational experience into the history of rock & roll in Cleveland, which included Irish artists like U2 and Van Morrison.

We passed the test.

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7 Responses to “WMMS St. Patrick’s Day Parade float, 1986”

  1. Dan Hirschfeld Says:

    A very interesting PBS documentary running 24 years later proves you guys did indeed pass the test.

    I happened to view a good deal of a program WVIZ, the Cleveland PBS television station, aired on March 15th documenting the evolution of Irish music. Toward the end of the program much was said about the influence of contemporary Irish musical artists on rock & roll and visa-versa.

  2. Dan Hirschfeld Says:

    Re my previous comment: Visa-versa? How about vice versa instead? Oh man…

    Also, the documentary I mentioned in that comment was “The Music of Ireland” produced by Denny Young.

    Thought I’d best clean things up a bit on that one.

  3. kent Fenwick Says:

    Anybody seen/heard John? Long time no post.

  4. Hi John, Hope you’re doing well. It seems that many of the links in the blog aren’t working anymore. Are the audio files at a new location? I’d love to hear the radio ID’s.

  5. John Gorman Says:

    I am trying to get replacements. The person who put the audio on did not return the original copies.

    • Thanks! I have a partial cassette recording of the Weekend Kickoff and always wished I could get the entire set.

  6. Laurene Kupper Medaglia Says:

    Hello John!
    This was so much fun to see. My most cherished memory of MMS is the role you played in Gino’s life. The long storied history is priceless.I have such great memories of the times we shared, at the salon or just together. Good to see you here, all best

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