Featuring John Gorman, Flash Ferenc, & Mike Olszewski
Doors open at 5:00pm, with the storytelling beginning promptly at 7:00pm
Glory Days of WMMS – Do you know the Buzzard and the history of the station that helped bring the Rock Hall to Cleveland? This Cleveland Stories session features a panel of speakers who are considered some of Cleveland’s most well-known broadcasters. From their time on air these three gentlemen tell the stories of the glory days of the radio station that put Cleveland on the map and helped to revolutionize radio.
John Gorman began his broadcasting career operating a pirate radio station from the attic of his family’s South Boston home in 1962. In 1973 he moved to Cleveland to join WMMS, a small, free-form FM station then under new ownership. Over the next thirteen years Gorman would help turn WMMS into one of the most popular and influential rock stations in the country.
A highly regarded, hall-of-fame career broadcaster and self-proclaimed radio junkie, Flash was part of one of the most popular radio programs in the nation, the “Jeff and Flash Show” on WMMS Radio in Cleveland from 1973 through 1994. Many current programs on the airways still use that show as a foundation for their own formats.
Mike Olszewski is a veteran Cleveland TV and radio reporter who has won many local and national journalism awards. A local broadcast-history buff, he scored the famous last interview with Ernie Anderson, Ghoulardi himself.
The goal of the Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is to bring to life some of the fun, interesting stories about Cleveland’s past – from sports, to rock ‘n roll, to Millionaire’s Row, — the series will focus on tidbits from Cleveland’s past that will really thrill the audience. The Music Box is presenting this series in partnership with the Western Reserve Historical Society’s new Cleveland History Center. We think the Cleveland History Center is one of the most important museums in Cleveland. An unknown gem that Clevelanders should know more about, and support. It is the only museum in Cleveland dedicated to preserving and documenting the history of Cleveland. The Cleveland History Center includes two mansions, the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum, Chisholm Halle Costume Wing, Research Library, Kidzibits Hands-On Gallery, rotating exhibitions, and the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel.