About The Book

The BuzzardThis rock and roll radio memoir takes you behind the scenes at the nation’s hottest station during FM’s heyday, from 1973 to 1986. Sex and drugs, music and merchandising–it was a wild time when the FM airwaves were wide open for innovation.

John Gorman led a small band of true believers who built Cleveland’s WMMS from a neglected stepchild into an influential powerhouse. The station earned high praise from musicians and even higher ratings from listeners.

Gorman tells how WMMS remade rock radio while Cleveland staked its claim as the “Rock and Roll Capital” by breaking many major international music acts. The fun may have died when FM went corporate in the late 1980s, but it was a hell of a ride while it lasted.

Filled with juicy insider details, this fast-paced story will entertain anyone who listened in during those glory days when FM delivered excitement and the Buzzard ruled the airwaves.

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6 Responses to “About The Book”

  1. Picked up “The Buzzard” at John’s Dec. 21st Crocker Park book signing. Thanks, John, for being so personable and the very cool inscription… Rock ‘n Roll is indeed our fountain of youth! Only about one-third of the way through the book at the moment but hope to get back up and running with it soon. Man, there’s some real inside stuff in there. John does not seem to water down or take the grit away from anything. The book gives a person such as myself who was simply a listener of the old ‘MMS and not a radio professional some great insight — not only regarding WMMS itself but the radio business in general!

  2. Regarding my previous comment… John’s Crocker Park book signing was this past December 22nd, not the 21st as I wrote. Oops, sorry ’bout that! Also forgot to mention one point, that being it helped to get out of Cleveland during the golden days to know what we had here. I attended Ohio State from 1976 to 1980 and obviously had only Columbus radio available (at least in the FM world). Columbus’ “QFM96” was quite popular around the OSU campus at the time but, while being a decent station, was no ‘MMS. It made me appreciate what we had in Cleveland that much more.

  3. ElyriaBob Says:

    Un-BEEE-LEEE-VABLE memory jolt. Especially the audio samples. I first read the book and could not put it down, then went to the net for more. Thanks John! Best memory on Mr. Lenard was the corp. memo requiring him to go to Cock’s to get a Searsucker suit. When he came in with some bizar lime green outfit the morning crew asked him where he got that? he muttered “I thought they told me to go to Sears!”

    Posted by: ElyriaBob (Daytona Beach) on June 29, 2008 8:47AM

  4. January 13th was my birthday and to my surprise my greatest gift from my lady was Johns book. I read it almost non stop over a two day period because I could not put it down. What a great read and what a flood of memories. Theres a ton of sentiments and memories that I could relate here but it’d take a long time. So I’ll sum it up to a few: First off thanks to you John for being one of the driving forces that was the soundtrack to my life back in the day. A ton of good times for me came via the WMMS air staff and events. It was a time like no other or ever will be. After reading the book I drove to my parents house and went to the attic and found boxes of my station collectables and momentos that I saved back then. T-shirts, stickers, flyers, Scene magazines, buttons, ect. Just a whole bunch of stuff I’m glad my mother never discarded. In the bottom of one of the boxes, to my amazement were cassette tapes I made of various MMS shows back then. I just spent the day listening to a few of them. A big surprise came when on one of the tapes was a segment of Jeff and Flashes “Blow ups”. My brother made it on to the air and had his boss blown up for being such a “slavedriver” and I recorded it. I totally forgot about that. Good times. Thanks for the amazing read John and I hope to see you at a signing sometime in 09. Any chance of coming to Canton? Best to you John, best to all the airstaff, and best to all those who were the buzzard family.

  5. Thanks that was a fantastic post!

  6. Have you ever considered adding more videos to your blog posts to keep the readers more entertained? I mean I just read through the entire article of yours and it was quite good but since I’m more of a visual learner,I found that to be more helpful well let me know how it turns out. This is good…thanks for sharing

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