Sunday, December 30, 2007

Glory Days

I just finished reading John Gorman's book The Buzzard which recounts the rise and fall of WMMS, the legendary Cleveland FM radio station. Gorman, along with Denny Sanders, was the architect of WMMS which provided the soundtrack for my teens and early twenties. My children and their contemporaries never had an opportunity to experience this almost communal form of radio that made you feel you were connected to all of the other hip and cool people in town - people to whom music meant something.

While Gorman does take the opportunity to grind a few axes, he also provides an inside glimpse of the unusual personalities, both on and off the air, and how against enormous odds they created something far greater than the whole of it's parts. WMMS carved a unique niche in radio history for itself and helped make Cleveland the Rock and Roll Capital of the World.

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