The Press Club of Cleveland and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum are pleased to present: A Panel Discussion about WMMS FM in the Rock Hall's Foster Theater.
What was WMMS' winning formula 40 years ago and could it be repeated in today's digital age?
After debuting in 1968, WMMS dominated the ratings within a decade. The station played a key role in breaking many rock icons and posted market record-high figures never duplicated by any other station. WMMS was home to many legendary DJs and won the Rolling Stone Radio station of the year award a record number of years. In this age of digital radio, IPods and shrinking record labels can a radio station emerge again that can capture the nation's attention like WMMS? Hear from a renowned panel headed by Jim Henke, vice president of exhibitions and curatorial affairs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
John Gorman - former WMMS Music , Program, and Operations Director as well as current Media Consultant, Talent Coach and Author of “The Buzzard” book
Billy Bass - one of the original pioneers of Alternative Radio on the FM dial at WHK, WNCR and WMMS, owns and operates Billy Bass Photography in downtown Cleveland.
Gaye Ramstrom- former high school teacher, David Lee Model, 25-year career in sales and sales management at WMMS ( with eight owners in six years ) realtor, and currently in local sales at WCLV (Classical FM) at ideastream in Playhouse Square.
Denny Sanders- was a fixture on the Cleveland airwaves for 30 years, from 1971 to 2001, first at WMMS and later at WMJI. He also held the positions of Program Director, Music Director and Creative Services Director at WMMS, and later became head of Program Operations at WMJI. He joined Telos Systems in 2001 as Managing Director and in 2010 became Director Of Marketing for the Omnia Division of the new parent company The Telos Alliance, an international broadcast equipment and software development organization.
Walt Tiburski-45 year radio station management executive and owner. Formerly; WMMS/Malrite Broadcasting, Vice President and General Manager. President, Co-owner/Co-Founder, Cleveland based, 15 radio station national group ,Win Communications, Inc. Vice President and General Manager, Clear Channel Communications’ and later, CBS Radio’s ,WNCX.Vice President and General Manager, Renda Broadcasting stations, Naples, Florida.Currently; Operator and General Manager of radio station, WAVV-FM, Naples, Florida.
This program is part of the Press Club of Cleveland's 125th anniversary celebration.
Be a part of history! This program will be recorded for inclusion in the Rock Hall Archives.
Thursday August 23
Price $10 at the Rock Hall box office; $10 online at rockhall.com + $2.50 service charge.