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The Buzzard Theater of the Air presents Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”

December 20, 2008

We closed out 1975 with a project that became one of our crowning achievements, a contemporary version of A Christmas Carol. Denny Sanders and promotion and marketing director Dan Garfinkel scripted the adaptation from Charles Dickens.  Murray Saul was Iggy Scrooge, and he played it to the hilt.  David Spero was his ghostly partner, steel […]

The WMMS Christmas Carol – 34th Anniversary!

December 23, 2009

We closed out 1975 with a project that became one of our crowning achievements, a contemporary version of A Christmas Carol. Denny Sanders and promotion and marketing director Dan Garfinkel scripted the adaptation from Charles Dickens. Murray Saul was Iggy Scrooge, and he played it to the hilt.  David Spero was his ghostly partner, steel […]

Murray Saul’s weekend-before-Christmas Get Down from December 19, 1975

December 20, 2008

Thirty-three years before our economic meltdown and Bernie Madoff’s $50 billion Ponzi scheme – there was the Slave Driver’s Christmas. Here’s some Cleveland Christmas Cheer.  Murray Saul’s weekend-before-Christmas Get Down from Friday, December 19, 1975.    How did we get away with this stuff? Click here (QuickTime) Chapter 9 tells the implausible story of Murray Saul and the […]

The Buzzard’s first Christmas

December 11, 2008

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 […]

WMMS Christmas Carol (1975)

December 18, 2007

  In December, 1975, we did one the first special programming features to show the true versatility of the emergent WMMS staff. We produced our own contemporary version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, starring the WMMS airstaff, our receptionist Verdelle Warren and special guests, Michael Stanley and Alex Bevan. Denny Sanders and Dan Garfinkel […]

The Buzzard Theater of the Air’s “War of the Worlds” from 1976

January 19, 2009

Our next Buzzard Theater of the Air production in 1976 was an obvious one – a new version of H.G. Welles’ War of the Worlds.  The original Mercury Theater of the Air production, which was broadcast on October 30, 1938 on the CBS Radio Network, was presented as news bulletins interrupting regular programming. It caused scores […]

Robert Gordon sings for his Buzzard

November 10, 2009

Being associated with up-and-coming acts was a tremendous asset for WMMS. We listened to virtually every album release, and we didn’t limit our listening to what the promo guys were hyping. We strived to to get artists to cut personalized IDs for WMMS – and tried to make them distinctive to stand out from the […]

24 years ago – The C.A.R.E. Sessions – the story and video

July 27, 2009

One of our most ambitious projects was inspired by the all-star cast of Band Aid, which was organized by Bob Geldorf, performing the song “Do They Know it’s Christmas” to raise money for charities to feed starving Ethiopians. The performers included Bono and Adam Clayton from U2, Phil Collins, Bananarama, members of Duran Duran, Spandau […]

Denny Sanders/Classic Rock Weekend aircheck – 1/4/85

January 28, 2009

      A few days after Thanksgiving 1984, I was at a Christmas party at Akron auto dealer Dale Haggarty’s home.   I overheard WAKR-AM and WAEZ-FM/Akron General Manager Fred Anthony mention that he was dropping the beautiful music format on WAEZ on New Year’s Day, 1985, for a classic-leaning album rock format, with new call […]

More WMMS IDs from Peter Wolf, David Lee Roth, and Ted Nugent

March 24, 2008

In our earlier days, most acts were willing to do endorsements using some variation of “whenever I’m in Cleveland, I listen to WMMS.”  That changed when M-105, G98, and other stations threatened not to play certain artists that endorsed us.    The labels swiftly created a politically correct way for their artists to do what amounted […]