Radio Daze: Stories from the Front in Cleveland's FM Air Wars

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Kent State University Press, 2003 - History - 468 pages
Essentially the story of WMMS, Radio Daze captures the radio scene during the '70s and '80s, chronicling how this small FM rock station became the top-rated station in Northeast Ohio and made Cleveland one of the most important radio markets in the world. Mike Olszewski obtained exclusive interviews with many radio legends, revealing how insidious and destructive the battle for radio dominance became. Among other things, he exposes the story behind the reports of ballot box stuffing by WMMS to win the prestigious Rolling Stone magazine Readers' Poll for best radio station in the country and some of the dirty tricks played by radio stations to get the edge on their competitors.
 

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Contents

The Electric Renaissance
25
The Times They Are aChangin
37
Bass Makes His Move
53
The New Beginning
58
RockandRoll Television
67
Coffees On
70
Expanding the Horizon
71
Ziggy Invades Cleveland
79
The Buzzard
233
How Did That Happen?
239
The Battle Rages
242
Beat It
244
The Line in the Sand
245
Stages
251
Live Wire
253
The Legend Grows
256

Sold
83
Shake RattleAnd Roll On
89
Where Do We Turn?
90
The Long Battle Ahead
101
Winds of Change Winds of War
108
Feeling Lucky Punk?
117
FM ROCK COMES OF AGE 19751983
121
The Pot Begins to Boil
123
Transitions
128
Bowie Goes Pop
134
Buzzards Penguins and All Kinds of Animals
135
The Start of a Dynasty
139
Happy BirthdayFrom the Boss
150
Television Togas Playboy and the Buzzards Enemies List
153
Gateway to the Eighties
159
Dominance and Decay
176
Baseball Buzzards
180
The Long March Continues
182
Another One Bites the Dust
187
BENCHMARKS 19831988
209
Drugs
211
Payola
216
News
217
Exclusives
219
Get Down
225
Mr Leonard
229
The New Face of the Enemy
266
The Fight for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
269
All Aboard the North Coast Express
278
Bar Blasters Browns and the Revenge of the Buzzard
293
The Buzzard Droppings Hit the Fan
313
THE CHANGING OF THE GUARD 19881999
333
Baby I Was Born to Run
335
The Numbers Game
339
Taylor Hall Beatle Paul and Paint Falls
350
The Buzzard Flies West
369
The Heart of Rock and Roll
377
The New Kid in Town
384
Transition
393
Enter the Inner Sanctum
401
Days of Uncertainty
405
The Long Goodbye
406
Howard Stern in Cleveland
421
Aftermath
429
The New Zoo
432
Buzzard Paloozas
434
Thirty Days in the Hole
435
Change Again
438
Epilogue
446
Bibliography
450
Index
457
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Mike Olszewski is a veteran radio personality best known for his work at the legendary WMMS-FM. He is an educator teaching a wide range of media, speech and communications classes at Kent State University, the University of Akron and Notre Dame College. Mike is also the curator and archivist for the Ohio Broadcast Archive and Museum, a statewide project at the University of Akron documenting the history of Ohio's radio and television.

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