Wednesday, November 5, 2014


The Buzzard: Inside the Glory Days of WMMS & Cleveland Rock Radio
John Gorman

WMMS, Cleveland, was known as The Buzzard in the 70s and 80s. John Gorman, the programmer who created the station, tells behind-the-scenes stories and strategy that made The Buzzard one of the most influential stations in America. It never had a typical format – the sound organically evolved with the music.  This NSFW memoir is a fast fun read. 

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Up All Night: My Life and

 Times in Rock Radio

Carol Miller

Carol Miller was known as the legendary “Nightbird” – one of the best female rock DJs ever.  She graced the airwaves of WNEW & WPLJ in New York and WMMR & WXPN in Philly.  Nick Spitzer (American Routes) gave Carol her start in the biz. She tells how she rose to success in a male-dominated music industry, battled cancer and survived a relationship with Steven Tyler of Aerosmith.

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Radio Waves
Jim Ladd

Anyone who grew up in LA in the late 60s and 70s probably has a story about Jim Ladd on-the-air at KPPC, KMET or KLOS. Jim broke the format whenever possible to introduce artists like Jackson Browne and the Eagles. Great songs and events jump off the pages in clouds of purple haze. Highly recommended for radio geeks and stoners.

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