The WMMS Years

 First of all, a few words: We had a wonderful staff during the classic days of WMMS.. Jeff Kinzbach's professionalism and Flash Ferenc's nuttiness and news chops was perfect for the morning, Matt the Cat had a sincerity and likability that great for mid day, Kid Leo was second to none as an interviewer and music trend spotter -- just look at what he is doing with Underground Garage which is fantastic! Betty Korvan was tough and sassy and Bill "B.L.F." Freeman who was from another planet! It really was a hell of a lineup and there were very few changes for many years, unheard of today, so we all became part of the fabric of Cleveland, which was a great honor. Don't forget Dia [Stein] who was a real pro and props have to go to Ruby Cheeks, Shelly Stile, Charlie Kendall, Steve Lushbaugh, Debbie Ullman, Donna Halper, David Spero, TR, the one and only Murray Saul and of course the voice of God himself Len "Boom Boom" Goldberg. Also, you have to give major credit to behind the scenes folks like Dan Garfinkel and Jim Marchyshyn in the Marketing Department, Frank Foti and Steve Church in engineering, our wonderful staff artist, David Helton and John's executive assistant Rhonda Kiefer. And of course John Gorman, who was the Lorne Michaels of the operation..


We'll begin with "A Christmas Carol", produced in 1975, featuring the entire air staff and starring the the one and only Murray Saul as "Iggy Scrooge".  The tape was rescued from the trash bin in the late 1990s, when the owners of WMMS at the time started throwing out tapes from the station archives including Coffee Break Concerts and various live broadcasts and specials.. 

The John Lennon Interview

I had the good fortune to conduct a telephone interview with John Lennon in 1974.  The recording is a bit rough because the General Manager of the station at the time did not know who John Lennon was (!) and didn't let me have the main production studio because he didn't think the interview was important enough.  So we used an old, portable tape machine and alligator clipped a phone patch together with the cables running down the hall..

WMMS 30th Anniversary Special Part One

I put this special together for the station's 30th Anniversary in 1998.

WMMS 30th Anniversary Special Part Two

 I put this special together for the station's 30th Anniversary in 1998. .

WMMS 30th Anniversary Special Part Three

  I put this special together for the station's 30th Anniversary in 1998. . 

WMMS 30th Anniversary Special Part Four

I put this special together for the station's 30th Anniversary in 1998.  .

WMMS Coffee Break Concert: The Early Years

A special from 1978 featuring early performances when the show emanated from a tiny studio at the radio station.  Heard are:  John Bassette, Brewer & Shipley, Dan Hill, Tom Waits, Flatbush, Leo Kottke, Buzzy Linhart, Martin Mull, Pete Laughner and Walter Egan.  Part two is missing

"Rave On" by The Buzzard Band

Sometimes Betty Korvan, Matt The Cat and I would mess around in the WMMS production studio playing some music.  Matt on double-tracked guitar, me on "drums" (actually coffee cans and waste baskets) and Betty singing.  Doesn't Betty sound like Stevie Nicks?.  .

Denny on WMMS 1974

A real time capsule. A full length air check from 1974 with complete songs and commercials. The earliest tape that I found so far. Note that this is pre-Buzzard, as we still gave away mushroom stickers! Amazing moment in time. Get a load of the redneck set: Merle Haggard and The Fugs! 

Denny on WMMS 1978

A Buzzard blast from your past!  Note reference to the upcoming Bruce Springsteen New Years Eve show and the many other shows presented during this very active concert period in Cleveland.

Denny on WMMS 1980

Another Buzzard blast from your past!.

Denny on WMMS 1986

Aircheck from my final year on WMMS.  Note the reference to the USA Today Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame telephone poll where Cleveland callers flooded the lines to get the Rock Hall in our city.