CLEVELAND (August 25, 2008) - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibit that will commemorate the influence of one of the most significant radio stations in modern music. WMMS: A Cleveland Legend Turns 40, opens Friday, August 29 on the third floor of the Rock Hall.
Since it first went on the air nearly four decades ago on September 28, 1968, Cleveland’s 100.7 WMMS-FM has earned a coveted place in the history of radio. The station played a key role in breaking such rock icons as David Bowie, Roxy Music, Rush and Bruce Springsteen. Along with its impressive playlist, WMMS has been home to such legendary deejays as Billy Bass, “Kid Leo” Travagliante, “Matt the Cat” Lapczynski, Len “Boom Boom” Goldberg, Ed “Flash” Ferenc, Jeff Kinzbach, Betty Korvan, Murray Saul, Steve Lushbaugh and, more recently, Rover.
In celebration of its 10-year anniversary, the station hosted and broadcast a live Springsteen concert from the Agora theater in Cleveland, which was one of the most heavily bootlegged concerts of the rock era. WMMS was also famous for hosting the Coffee Break Concerts series on the air, presenting such artists as Warren Zevon, U2, John Mellencamp, Lou Reed, Marc Cohn and Peter Frampton.
“WMMS has a tremendous history,” said Jim Henke, the Rock Hall’s Vice President of Exhibitions and Curatorial Affairs. “We are proud to be able to share this history with our visitors. And it’s appropriate that the exhibit be here at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, since WMMS played a key role in bringing the Museum to Cleveland.”
The WMMS exhibit will feature a variety of artifacts, including the original artwork for the station’s Buzzard logo David Helton, airchecks from the deejays, original photos, gold and platinum records, interoffice memos, and video and listening stations. The impact of one of America’s most influential radio stations will be evident in this exhibit.
Readers of Rolling Stone magazine voted WMMS as “Radio Station of the Year” nine years in a row, and to this day the station remains a powerful influence. In 2005 and 2006, WMMS has won the Radio and Records Industry and Achievement Award for Rock Station of the Year Markets 1-25.
For more information on upcoming and current exhibits at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, visit http://www.rockhall.com/exhibits.
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