As John Gorman recounts the glory days of “The Buzzard” in a new book, we talked to the former WMMS 100.7 head of operations about his monster rock station, the state of traditional radio and the changing face of how we consume music.
John Gorman insists he never participated in any of those legendary rock ’n’ roll parties you’ve heard about — those post-concert soirees featuring copious amounts of illegal substances and women covered in nothing but whipped cream.
“It wasn’t my style,” says the former WMMS head of operations and the man largely credited for the radio station’s reign as a rock powerhouse during the ’70s and early ’80s. “Maybe I had a bite out of the apple, but that’s it.”
Even as a mere witness, he has plenty to tell in “The Buzzard: Inside the Glory Days of WMMS and Cleveland Rock Radio” ($24.95, Gray & Co.), which hits stores this month. We recently sat down with the 57-year-old Bay Village resident, who now works as a media consultant, to get his thoughts on the state of rock radio.