WMMS 50th Anniversary

This year WMMS turns the big 5-0! We're showcasing all the memories that WMMS has made over the years starting back from 1968! Stay tuned for monthly updates with new pictures, videos, show segments from the past and more! See how the Buzzard and WMMS has changed over time and enjoy your trip down memory lane in the WMMS vault!  

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This month's featured talent is: Jeff and Flash

Jeff and Flash – Buzzard Morning Zoo Bio

1976 - 1994

Jeff and Flash ruled the airwaves for 18 years on 100.7 WMMS.   One of their biggest contributions to our fine city was spearheading a grass roots effort to get the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame here in Cleveland.   Jeff and Flash were accompanied by a list of other talent over the years which made up the Buzzard Morning Zoo.   The cast included Casey Coleman on sports, Pat Brady with traffic, Len “Boom” Goldberg as the voice of the morning show, Ruby Cheeks, Spaceman Scott, Captain Kenny Clean and Mr. Leonard.   They brought pleasure to the average Clevelander’s workday with segments like Token Jokes of the Morning, Spousal Arousal and Blow Something Up.

The Buzzard – 1975

Almost Famous

WMMS Art Director, Brian Chalmers was approached by Dreamworks to provide artwork and logos for their movie Almost Famous which came out in 2000.   The flick which takes place in the 70’s tells the story of a teenage boy who writes for Rolling Stone with the main focus being the rock band Stillwater.   The movie is loosely written about director, Cameron Crowe’s life who as a child did in fact write for Rolling Stone and spent time on tour with bands like Led Zeppelin, Eagles and Lynyrd Skynyrd.   The WMMS Mushroom Logo can be seen a few times throughout the movie - During a backstage scene at the Music Hall right before Stillwater takes the stage and when groupie Penny Lane played by Kate Hudson is dancing alone in the empty venue - you can see a banner with the Mushroom Logo and the slogan “Where The Music Means Something”

Buzzardfest May 18, 1996

Candlebox headlined the 2 stage show at Blossom Music Center on May 18, 1996.   Other artists that shared the main stage were No Doubt, Patti Rothberg, The Tragically Hip, 311, and the Holy Barbarians.   Goldfinger, The Refreshments, Triple Fast Action and others played the second stage at the top of the hill.

Mom’s to be participated in the bikini contest for a chance to win $1,000

Kent State Show – May 4, 1990

This feature ran at the exact moment of the KSU shootings twenty years later.  WMMS News anchor, Mike Olszewski paints a picture of the scene on that dreadful day.  On May 4, 1970 four students were killed by gunfire from the Ohio National Guard at Kent State University.  Students were protesting the bombing of Cambodia by the United States Armed Forces.

During the 20th anniversary broadcast, Mike Olszewski, along with Jeff & Flash, spoke with Wally Bryson of the Raspberries and one of the National Guardsmen.  WMMS did remote interviews at KSU all morning which included an interview from 1972 presidential candidate, Senator George McGovern, KSU student and gunshot survivor, Dean Kahler, other May 4th wounded who survived, Governor Dick Celeste, current students and others. 

Read more about WMMS history in:

Radio Daze: Stories from the Front in Cleveland’s FM Air Wars  by Mike Olszewski (Kent State University Press) 

Cleveland Radio Tales by Mike & Janice Olszewski (Gray & Co., Publishers)

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