[110] An experienced on-air personality,[111] Maxwell was joined by WMMS music director Dan Stansbury and Chunk (Tiffany Peck), a young phone screener whose role grew significantly during the course of the show's run. The station was known as "The Home of the Buzzard" at first. The station claimed it was simply "a marketing strategy" and "much in line with what many stations did. In 1932, C.E. The Maxwell Show began as a mostly a kind-of rock/talk hybrid, but gradually became all talk. Howard debuted on WNCX in Cleveland in August 1992, and rivaled with Ed "Flash" Ferenc and Jeff Kinzbach from WMMS and John Lanigan from WMJI, who Howard nicknamed the "One-Eyed Cyclops". WMMS' decline culminated on April 14, 1994 with the high-profile departure of Jeff Kinzbach effectively ending "Jeff & Flash" on WMMS (Ferenc would leave the station several weeks later; both would pair up again at WWWE). Wonder what happened behind the scenes in Jeff’s radio days. [44], From the onset, Helton's streamlined artwork resulted in an aggressive, yet family-friendly symbol for the station, one that continues to endure more than 40 years later. [37] The WMMS-sponsored concert was a "phenomenal success"[33][38] and prompted the station to sponsor a second show that year. [31], MetroMedia found major success with progressive rock at KMET/Los Angeles, KSAN/San Francisco, WMMR/Philadelphia and WNEW-FM/New York, but low ratings and revenue in Cleveland led the company to drop the format at WMMS by May 1969. He and his brother rehabilitate and resell single-family homes; their own construction company does much of the work. In time, the station adopted new slogans reflecting the callsign: "We're your Modern Music Station" and "your Music Marathon Station. Right up until his departure in 1988, Kid Leo played "Born to Run" as his signature sign-off song every Friday night at 5:55 to kick off the weekend for area listeners. [32], WMMS reverted to progressive rock on September 11, 1970. [103], Radio & Records twice named WMMS "Rock Station of the Year: Markets 1-25" (2005–06) as part of the now defunct publication's annual Industry Achievement Awards. In July 1973, John Gorman joined WMMS as music director and was promoted to program director and operations manager two months later where he remained for thirteen years. By utilizing innovative comedy, interviewing some of the biggest names in music, and helping launch the careers of many of the classic rock bands, [26], Among the most notorious broadcasts of The Howard Stern Show occurred on June 10, 1994. From 1978 on, Belkin Productions conditioned its funding of the Free Clinic on the nondisclosure of the number of Clinic staff on duty at the concerts, the nature of conditions treated and the number of patients treated.[53][54]. On February 1, 2018, former Lex and Terry producer Jason Carr was named the new WMMS assistant program director. WHK-FM became one of a handful of commercial stations in the country to try that format, many of which were owned by MetroMedia. In 1958, both WHK and WHK-FM were sold to Metropolitan Broadcasting, itself renamed MetroMedia two years later. typify the show's irreverent style. This second show sold out immediately, and was held at the city's largest venue: Cleveland Public Hall.[38]. Contrary to what many believe, the choice of the second Malrite logo had nothing to do with Buzzard Day, the annual "folksy event" held in Hinckley Township, Ohio. For twenty of those years he was the morning personality at WMMS in Cleveland, Ohio that earned record high ratings. [112][113], WMMS airs regular traffic and weather updates via the Total Traffic and Weather Network and former sister station WOIO (TV channel 19), and the station satisfies U.S. Federal Communications Commission-mandated public affairs programming on Sunday mornings with the City Club of Cleveland's Friday Forum. American author, retired lawyer, former businessman, sports entrepreneur and former sports franchise owner who was, during the 1970s, the owner of the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Crusaders, the Cleveland Arena, the Coliseum at Richfield … [96] In the wake of the month-long stunt, a new airstaff was assembled. WMMS also airs The Week in Cox, a weekly recap show on Sunday mornings. Ratings steadily increased during the time of the First Gulf War, but The Howard Stern Show was soon picked up by a then struggling WNCX. Jeff tells some amazing, some unbelievable stories that are all true. Other shows, like The Buzzard Morning Show with Rick and Megalis (Rick Eberhart, Tom Megalis) and WMMS Mornings with Sean, Cristi, and Hunter (Sean Kelly, Cristi Cantle, Hunter Scott), came and went in quick succession. Both the WONE-FM studios and transmitter are located in Akron. Other weekend content arrives via Premium Choice. Matt Harris served in the interim until WMMS hired Dick Dale (Bert Morris) from WPLA/Jacksonville. There's proof! WMMS itself also airs The Rover Rewind, a weekly recap show on Saturday mornings. Most notably, Slats (Tim Guinane) was hired for afternoon-drive replacing Brian & Joe, who took the morning slot on sister station WMVX, and music director Mark Pennington replaced "BLF Bash" (Bill Freeman) during overnights. All we can do is hope to create something cool so that in 20 years people will say, 'Man, remember what WMMS used to be like? Content for the weekday midday and overnight shifts and weekends, including music and on-air talent, comes from the iHeartMedia active rock national format via the Premium Choice network. All other regular content, including music and on-air talent, either comes from the iHeartMedia alternative rock national format via the Premium Choice network, or is voice-tracked out-of-market specifically for WMMS-HD3. Bo Matthews (Alex Gutierrez), who became program director for WMMS in early 2004, hired Maxwell (Benjamin Bornstein) that April for a more "personality-driven" afternoon show: The Maxwell Show gradually evolved from airing mostly music to all talk, and by 2009 had become the number one afternoon program in several key demographics. [47] Of all the personalities that worked at WMMS, Len "Boom" Goldberg remained the longest. That will never be done again. By the late 1980s, most of the original staff members had departed: John Gorman and Denny Sanders left in 1986 to launch upstart station WNCX, and Columbia Records hired Kid Leo in 1988. [10][11], Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, WMMS had a stable of personalities that remained fundamentally unchanged,[1][4] attained a dominant market share in the local ratings[4][12][13][14] and posted market record-high figures "never duplicated by any other station. https://jeffkinzbach.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Vid-pic.jpg, http://jeffkinzbach.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/JK-Web-Logo-500w.png, https://jeffkinzbach.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/DSC_0223.jpg, https://jeffkinzbach.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/DSC_0221.jpg, https://jeffkinzbach.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/zoo.jpg, https://jeffkinzbach.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Springsteen-April-1976.jpg, https://jeffkinzbach.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/bw-guitar.jpg, Copyright 2020 Jeff Kinzbach - All Rights Reserved. [135][136][137], Alternative rock accounts for nearly all regular programming on the HD3 digital subchannel. Following the prank announcement, station management placed Maxwell on probation for 90 days. Heavily bootlegged, the concert further cemented the relationship between the two in fans' minds, and well into the 2000s Cleveland remains one of Springsteen's strongest bases. Matt the Cat was permanently let go in December 1992 due to "budget problems. [121][122][123][124][125], Described by The Plain Dealer as "testosterone-fueled", the show dominates younger demographics, particularly male listeners ages 18–34. WMMS does not air additional network programming, and the station only airs select games during spring training. Rosenhaus hosts Indians Warm-Up, the network pregame show; and Hamilton hosts Indians Wrap-Up, the network postgame show. Less than a year later, Jacor was absorbed by media giant Clear Channel Communications (now current owner iHeartMedia): the May 1999 sale continued the buying frenzy brought on by federal deregulation. Play-by-play itself is also limited to over-the-air FM; due to league restrictions, the WMMS webcast on iHeartRadio does not stream play-by-play coverage online. See more ideas about Vaulting, Video, Cleveland rocks. We all have such respect for what this station did back in the day. [128][132][133][134], Active rock accounts for nearly all other regular programming. [1][20], Rolling Stone named WMMS "Best Radio Station" (Large Market) nine straight years (1979–87) as part of the magazine's annual Readers' Poll,[1] but the station admitted to stuffing the 1987 ballot following a February 1988 front-page story in The Plain Dealer exposing manipulation. However, WMMS continues to air rock music during regular middays, nights, overnights, and weekends; on the HD3 digital subchannel; and online during Cavaliers and Indians play-by-play. Matt the … [18] WMMS also lured popular morning personalities Brian Fowler and Joe Cronauer away from rival WENZ – then an alternative rock station known as 107.9 The END – as the successors to Jeff and Flash (Jeff Kinzbach, Ed Ferenc) on The Buzzard Morning Zoo. Among the more significant moves taken by WMMS was the formatting of the morning zoo concept created by Z100's Scott Shannon onto the show Jeff & Flash (Jeff Kinzbach and Ed Ferenc) were already hosting. Domain ID : 3202584_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN Created : 11th-Aug-1994. Regular segments include "The Shizzy", a daily news update; "Tech Tuesday", where listeners pose consumer electronics questions to an industry expert; and "The Thursday Hook-Up", a call-in dating game. [1][15][16][48][49][50][51], The World Series of Rock was a recurring, day-long and usually multi-act summer rock concert held outdoors at Cleveland Municipal Stadium from 1974 through 1980. Jeffrey G Kinzbach, age 26, Montgomery, TX 77356 View Full Report. Past affiliates at WMMS include WAMX/Huntington, WMFS-FM/Memphis, WNDE/Indianapolis, WXEG/Dayton, WRXS/Columbus, and the now defunct Extreme Talk. Maxwell was known for having feuds with other radio personalities during the show's time at WMMS, including fellow WMMS personality Rover of Rover's Morning Glory and fellow Clear Channel host Mike Trivisonno, airing directly opposite The Maxwell Show on WTAM. WJTO. WMMS was the first radio station to employ full-time promotion and marketing directors: Dan Garfinkel and his successor, Jim Marchyshyn. "[60] From 1991 to 1993, WMMS served as the FM flagship for the Cleveland Browns, sharing coverage with then-sister WHK; the late Nev Chandler served as play-by-play announcer. [104][105], On January 29, 2014, "Chris Tyler" Merluzzo was named the WMMS program director, succeeding Bo Matthews. Based on considerably high record sales in the Cleveland market, Bowie (in his Ziggy Stardust persona alongside The Spiders from Mars) kicked off his first U.S. tour in "The Rock Capital" (a term coined by Bass). Already strained by ongoing contract renewal negotiations, the incident further alienated the two parties, and by November of that year the show was cancelled. [98], Hot talk accounts for all programming during weekday drive times, and the station serves as the FM flagship for both the Cleveland Cavaliers and Cleveland Indians radio networks. Cleveland Police briefly detained Ky-Mani Marley after the singer threatened Rover for comments made during an April 20, 2010 in-studio interview. The two decided to break with tradition and work up a wilder show together, founded on their own playful, irreverent and provocative interaction, with spontaneous bits of parody and comedy leavened with straight news. [119][138], WMMS has served as the FM flagship station for the Cleveland Cavaliers Radio Network since 2014, sharing network flagship status with AM sister station WTAM. The show itself rapidly covers a range of topics in a comedic format, from major current events to obscure pop culture; regular segments like "Sperm News", "Why Florida Sucks", and "Are You Smarter Than a Dumbass?" Under Malrite ownership, WMMS would become an album-oriented rock (AOR) powerhouse, much in the same vein as its former MetroMedia progressive rock siblings. [71][74] Gorman brought back the original Buzzard design, now drawn by David Helton's successor Brian Chalmers. WMMS personality Jason Carr hosts the weeknight music shift (on nights where there are no Indians or Cavaliers games). [87] BuzzardFest II was held the very next fall (September 1995) – again at Blossom – and featured performances from the Goo Goo Dolls, Alanis Morissette, Jewel, as well as the Dance Hall Crashers, Eleven, Green Apple Quick Step, Prick and Sons of Elvis. "[57] Negative reaction was swift and widespread;[21][22] some called the scheme a mere "lack of judgement,"[21] while a reporter for the Akron Beacon Journal compared the station's response to that of discredited former Vice-President Spiro Agnew.[58]. Jeff Kinzbach does morning drive time at WONE in Akron. The station also started to devote weekend programming to the classic rock format. Both the WONE-FM studios and transmitter are located in Akron. Previous Format: Classic Country New Format: Progressive Talk Date & Time Of Change: January 20, 2005 at 12:39am More Info: Wikipedia Buzzard-Palooza was the first of these: held in July 1994 at the Nautica Stage, the all-day concert included sets from Collective Soul, Junkhouse and Fury in the Slaughterhouse,[84] but was cut short after turning into a "rock-and-bottle-throwing melee." [100][101], Comedian Chad Zumock was co-host of The Alan Cox Show from early 2010 to late 2012; on December 3, 2012, it was announced that he was no longer with WMMS after being arrested for driving while intoxicated. At Bat only for streaming", "iHeart does not stream Indians games. The former WMMS morning team of "Jeff 'n Flash" (Jeff Kinzbach and Ed "Flash" Ferenc) were reunited in afternoon-drive with "Rock 'n Roll Talk Radio," and former "Sportsline" caller Mike Trivisonno – dubbed "Mr. Know It All" derisively by Pete Franklin – took over as host of "Sportsline" in the 6 pm–11 p.m. slot. [106], From the 1994 exit of Jeff & Flash (Jeff Kinzbach, Ed Ferenc) – themselves enjoying a run of nearly 20 years – until the arrival of Rover (Shane French) in 2008, WMMS was beset by a roster of 13 different morning shows in as many years. [21][22][23] Seven years later, members of the station's staff and management pleaded guilty to disrupting a national broadcast of The Howard Stern Show that originated via the local Stern affiliate, cross-town rival WNCX. The Alan Cox Show is rated #1 in several key demographics, and readers of Cleveland Scene named Alan Cox the best Cleveland radio personality four straight years (2010–13). After learning the manufacturer was eager to sell his business, he bought the recipe and started making Fritos corn chips in his mother’s kitchen. The Cleveland Free Clinic staffed aid stations in the stadium with physicians, nurses and other volunteers, and through 1977, made its treatment statistics public. Known Locations: Montgomery TX, 77356, Burlington MA 01803, Miami FL 33131 Possible Relatives: Jacob C Kinzbach, Jeffrey G Kinzbach, Jennifer L Kinzbach Play-by-play coverage did not stream online due to league restrictions. John Gorman and Denny Sanders left the station in fall of 1986, leading fourteen staff members with them to start rival station WNCX. Formerly program director for WHJY/Providence, Chris Tyler began in Cleveland on February 17, 2014. The current WMMS logo displays orange wings on the sides of a weathered black road sign similar to a U.S. Route shield, with white print reading "100.7 WMMS",[11] while the Buzzard is also again prominently featured - being used in recent years to help promote the station's sports coverage via WMMS' status as the FM flagship station for the Indians and Cavaliers. The music structure also was modified at this time as artists such as Michael Jackson, Madonna and Prince soon found airplay on WMMS. [35] Sounds described the station programming at this time as "totally off-the-wall in its choice of records, playing anything it liked. "[4][13] WMMS played a key role in breaking several major acts in the U.S., including David Bowie, Rush, and Bruce Springsteen. For the Bath, Maine, radio station which identified as WMMS from 1. For the station's tenth anniversary in 1978, WMMS hosted and broadcast a live Springsteen concert at the Agora Ballroom independent of his concert tour. The WMMS call letters first referred to an owner – "MetroMedia Stereo" – but have since taken on a variety of other meanings. It really was an awesome time.' show host. Cleveland Police wearing riot gear were called in just as headliner Green Day took the stage. On Sunday nights, Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider hosts The House of Hair with Dee Snider, a mix of heavy metal, glam metal, and hard rock via United Stations Radio Networks. Rover is under contract with WMMS through 2022. [76], Despite signs of success, the station was sold again in 1996. Rolling Stone named WMMS "Radio Station of the Year" nine straight years (1979–87) as part of its annual Readers' Poll, but a February 1988 front-page story in The Plain Dealer revealed station employees had stuffed the annual survey's ballot box for the 1987 poll to allow for the possibility of a tenth straight win the following year. [33][34] During this time, WMMS used slogans derived from its call sign: first as "Music Means Satisfaction", and later as the place "Where Music Means Something". In studio, WTAM sports director Mike Snyder hosts The Tip-Off Show, The Halftime Report, and The Nightcap Recap – the network pregame, halftime, and postgame shows, respectively. He spent over 20 years at WMMS in Cleveland as the morning show host. In addition, play-by-play is again limited to over-the-air FM; due to league restrictions, the WMMS webcast on iHeartRadio does not stream play-by-play coverage online. [68], Already program director at OmniAmerica station WMJI, station veteran John Gorman returned to WMMS as vice-president and director of operations in early 1994. [54] Lisa Dillon, Ric Bennett and Tom Renzy also would depart the station that same day. Described by Talkers magazine as "a bold anomaly worthy of industry attention", the show itself has successfully continued the format established by its predecessor The Maxwell Show – all talk during afternoon drive on an FM rock station. John Gorman, Denny Sanders and Kid Leo organized the original campaign with Tunc Erim, assistant to Atlantic Records president Ahmet Ertegun. Rover regularly takes calls throughout the show, and often interviews guests in studio and over the phone. [139][140][141], WMMS has also served as the FM flagship station for the Cleveland Indians Radio Network since 2013, again sharing network flagship status with AM sister station WTAM. [112][113][121][126], Radio personality Alan Cox, formerly host of The Morning Fix at WKQX/Chicago and The Alan Cox Radio Show at WXDX-FM/Pittsburgh, took over weekday afternoons as host of The Alan Cox Show on December 16, 2009. Most station imaging and voice-over audio is produced out-of-market by former WMMS creative services director Miles Hlivko. [93] Following Jacor's takeover, WMMS ran a "Death of the Buzzard" month-long stunt in October 1998. WMMS during this period would play a key role in breaking several major acts in the U.S., including: Rush, Roxy Music, Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny, Fleetwood Mac, Meat Loaf, the Pretenders, the New York Dolls, Lou Reed, Mott the Hoople, and Boston. MLB At Bat". [16][17] Noted filmmakers, including Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous) and Paul Schrader (Light of Day), have called on both The Buzzard and its personnel while preparing for various rock-themed productions. During this time, WMMS also began broadcasting a remarkable amount of live concerts, many of which originated in Cleveland and were produced by the station itself. The team did later relocate to Cleveland, but lasted only a few months until an acrimonious breakup forced the station to look elsewhere. [26] Seeing a small but significant groundswell of support for the medium in the market, WHK-FM adopted a new progressive rock format on August 15, 1968. Widely regarded as one of the most influential rock stations in America throughout its history,[1][2][3][4] the station has also drawn controversy for unusually aggressive tactics both on and off the air.[5][6][7]. Best of the Token Jokes of the Morning As Submitted by Wmms Listeners by Jeff Kinzbach, June 1985, Certain Ethnic Pub edition, Paperback Play-by-play announcers Tom Hamilton and Jim Rosenhaus call games on-site. He was best known as the voice for the station's hourly IDs, music segues, sweepers, and commercials, and was also a member of The Buzzard Morning Zoo in the mid-80s. Born in Chicago but raised in Las Vegas, Rover worked for rock stations KISW/Seattle and KXPK/Denver prior to arriving in the Cleveland radio market; the morning host also served as the Midwest replacement for Howard Stern following the latter's move to Sirius Satellite Radio in 2006. Known Locations: Reeds Spring MO, 65737, Batavia OH 45103, Fremont MI 49412 Possible Relatives: Nichole M Babinec, Michelle R Claassen, W Kinzbach A member of the original staff, he has been heard on every shift around the clock; morning, noon, and nights, even overnights! In November 1972, WMMS was sold to Malrite Communications, a Michigan-based firm that relocated to Cleveland upon purchase. Cleveland Magazine has also described the morning and afternoon drive programs as "talk shows with a rock-oriented sensibility". [28], On November 11, 1948,[29] the station adopted the callsign WHK-FM. The Buzzard became synonymous with WMMS, Cleveland radio and the city itself, spawning a series of T-shirts so numerous that they are now impossible to catalog, many with slogans like "Where Music Means Something" and "Ruler of the Airwaves.". [85] WMMS scheduled a second Green Day performance just two months later – this time at Blossom Music Center – and at a near-record-low cost of $5 per ticket, the station gave fans a "second chance" to see the band live. Ohio native Maxwell (Benjamin Bornstein) was hired on for the WMMS afternoon drive in April 2004 following the departure of Slats (Tim Guinane) for rival station WXTM. During this time, with Denny Sanders as his creative services director and Rhonda Kiefer as programming assistant, WMMS broke all Cleveland ratings and revenue records. Apr 17, 2012 - Explore News 5's board "Video Vault 5", followed by 281 people on Pinterest. 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