Cox also frequently takes calls from listeners, and often interviews guests in studio and over the phone. [85] WMMS scheduled a second Green Day performance just two months later – this time at Blossom Music Center – and at a near-record-low cost of $5 per ticket, the station gave fans a "second chance" to see the band live. [10] Regarding the change, WMMS program director Bo Matthews (Alex Gutierrez) said, "… nobody's killing anything... Chief Wahoo is not on every piece of Indians promotional material... Ronald McDonald is not in every McDonald's commercial... We're not losing the letters. [18] WMMS also lured popular morning personalities Brian Fowler and Joe Cronauer away from rival WENZ – then an alternative rock station known as 107.9 The END – as the successors to Jeff and Flash (Jeff Kinzbach, Ed Ferenc) on The Buzzard Morning Zoo. Wonder what happened behind the scenes in Jeff’s radio days. Rick Gilmore took his spot on the schedule at the last minute. On-site, play-by-play announcer Tim Alcorn calls games alongside color analyst Jim Chones, a former Cavaliers center. By 1984, the WMMS format moved to an CHR/AOR hybrid, playing a great deal of Top 40 rock singles in hot rotation mixed with album cuts; this new blended rock/Top 40 format was soon known by those at the station as Rock Forty. [45] Rather, WMMS adopted a buzzard as its mascot in April 1974 because of the then tenuous economic state of Cleveland – less than five years away from becoming the first major American city to enter into default since the Great Depression[46] – and the winged-creature's classification as a scavenger. The show was simulcast from Albany, marking the first time that a morning show on WMMS did not originate in Cleveland. [139][140][141], WMMS has also served as the FM flagship station for the Cleveland Indians Radio Network since 2013, again sharing network flagship status with AM sister station WTAM. [121][122][123][124][125], Described by The Plain Dealer as "testosterone-fueled", the show dominates younger demographics, particularly male listeners ages 18–34. The show also drew national attention after holding a book burning party for Fifty Shades of Grey on July 8, 2012. [24][66] Stern continued on with the program over a phone line as engineers worked to quickly patch together the severed broadcast wire. The people who put it together aren't even smart enough to know where our city boundaries are." Maxwell was known for having feuds with other radio personalities during the show's time at WMMS, including fellow WMMS personality Rover of Rover's Morning Glory and fellow Clear Channel host Mike Trivisonno, airing directly opposite The Maxwell Show on WTAM.,,,,,,, Copyright 2020 Jeff Kinzbach - All Rights Reserved. Created in April 1974 as "an ironic twist on Cleveland's down-and-out reputation as a decaying Rust Belt city," the station's longtime promotional mascot has been The Buzzard'. [112][113][121][126], Radio personality Alan Cox, formerly host of The Morning Fix at WKQX/Chicago and The Alan Cox Radio Show at WXDX-FM/Pittsburgh, took over weekday afternoons as host of The Alan Cox Show on December 16, 2009. "[57] Negative reaction was swift and widespread;[21][22] some called the scheme a mere "lack of judgement,"[21] while a reporter for the Akron Beacon Journal compared the station's response to that of discredited former Vice-President Spiro Agnew.[58]. [26] In order to firmly establish a separate identity, and to reflect the station's ownership,[30] the WHK-FM callsign was changed to WMMS on September 28, 1968. In July 1973, John Gorman joined WMMS as music director and was promoted to program director and operations manager two months later where he remained for thirteen years. Jeff set records as one of the highest-rated morning In addition, play-by-play is again limited to over-the-air FM; due to league restrictions, the WMMS webcast on iHeartRadio does not stream play-by-play coverage online. Described by Talkers magazine as "a bold anomaly worthy of industry attention", the show itself has successfully continued the format established by its predecessor The Maxwell Show – all talk during afternoon drive on an FM rock station. Jeff Kinzbach grew up on the west side of Cleveland and is a life-long resident of Northeast Ohio. [92] The station's ownership would change yet again, as Nationwide Communications was bought out by Jacor Communications in 1998. After learning the manufacturer was eager to sell his business, he bought the recipe and started making Fritos corn chips in his mother’s kitchen. Ross Brittain temporarily filled in prior to the arrival of Brian and Joe (Brian Fowler, Joe Cronauer). After 52 years in radio, I retired. Co-hosts Duji (Susan Catanese) and Dominic Dieter each worked on Rover's Morning Glory before the move to WMMS; since then, the show has expanded to include sound engineer Chocolate Charlie (Mike Toomey), phone screener Mattitude/Flatitude (Matt Novick), Video Anthony Snitzer, Producer Dumb (Shaun Street) and former intern Jeffrey LaRocque. [25] The Cleveland Funeral During this time, WMMS also began broadcasting a remarkable amount of live concerts, many of which originated in Cleveland and were produced by the station itself. Jeff Kinzbach does morning drive time at WONE in Akron. This second show sold out immediately, and was held at the city's largest venue: Cleveland Public Hall.[38]. Already strained by ongoing contract renewal negotiations, the incident further alienated the two parties, and by November of that year the show was cancelled. Most notably, Slats (Tim Guinane) was hired for afternoon-drive replacing Brian & Joe, who took the morning slot on sister station WMVX, and music director Mark Pennington replaced "BLF Bash" (Bill Freeman) during overnights. On October 26, 2010, Rover hired a witch doctor to curse LeBron James after the NBA star left the Cleveland Cavaliers. [63][65], During the now infamous broadcast, WMMS engineer William Alford snipped a broadcast wire used for the Stern show's satellite feed. Contrary to what many believe, the choice of the second Malrite logo had nothing to do with Buzzard Day, the annual "folksy event" held in Hinckley Township, Ohio. Danny Czekalinski and Darla Jaye teamed up in October 1997 with Liz Wilde holdover Cory Lingus (Cory Gallant) until August 1998. WONE-FM (97.5 FM) – branded 97.5 WONE – is a commercial classic rock (AOR) radio station licensed to Akron, Ohio.Owned by Rubber City Radio Group, Inc., the station primarily serves the Akron metro area.Besides a standard analog transmission, WONE-FM broadcasts over one HD Radio channel (as of April 2020) and is available online. [61] Unable to service its growing debt, Malrite chose to leave radio and sold off all its remaining properties in 1993:[14] WMMS went to Shamrock Broadcasting, the Roy Disney broadcasting firm. Alford was subsequently caught, arrested and later sentenced to ten days in jail and a $1,000 fine. WONE-FM (97.5 FM) – branded 97.5 WONE – is a commercial classic rock (AOR) radio station licensed to Akron, Ohio. Apr 17, 2012 - Explore News 5's board "Video Vault 5", followed by 281 people on Pinterest. WMMS does not air additional network programming, and the station only airs select games during spring training. He spent over 20 years at WMMS in Cleveland as the morning show host. Kinzbach and the rest of WMMS were major players in the drive to bring the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to Cleveland. [55], In the mid-1980s, WMMS was an important contributor in organizing a campaign (along with former Cleveland ad agency president Edward Spizel and author-deejay Norm N. Nite) which brought the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to Cleveland. typify the show's irreverent style. [102] However, on May 3, 2013, Cleveland Scene reported that Zumock had been acquitted of the charge. [44], From the onset, Helton's streamlined artwork resulted in an aggressive, yet family-friendly symbol for the station, one that continues to endure more than 40 years later. The WMMS studios are located at the former Centerior Energy building in the Cleveland suburb of Independence, while the station transmitter resides in neighboring Seven Hills. The former WMMS morning team of "Jeff 'n Flash" (Jeff Kinzbach and Ed "Flash" Ferenc) were reunited in afternoon-drive with "Rock 'n Roll Talk Radio," and former "Sportsline" caller Mike Trivisonno – dubbed "Mr. Know It All" derisively by Pete Franklin – took over as host of "Sportsline" in the 6 pm–11 p.m. slot. The company was incorporated in Florida, Texas, California, and New York sixty-nine years ago. [63] Stern had arrived on the Cleveland airwaves less than two years earlier, and in that time took his syndicated program on rival WNCX from an Arbitron ranking of thirteen to number one. The former WMMS morning team of Jeff Kinzbach and Ed "Flash" Ferenc were reunited in afternoon drive with Rock 'n Roll Talk Radio, while Mike Trivisonno took over as Sportsline host; Trivisonno was a regular caller to Pete Franklin's iteration of the show and was dubbed "Mr. Know It All" derisively by Franklin. Matt Harris served in the interim until WMMS hired Dick Dale (Bert Morris) from WPLA/Jacksonville. In addition to the live broadcast, the show is available on demand through iHeartRadio; and can be downloaded as a podcast through iTunes. Kinzbach and Ferenc had already been a morning team – with sidekicks – since 1976, seven years prior to adopting the "morning zoo" label, so the basic structure was already in place. Most station imaging is produced out-of-market by national voice talents "David Lee" Olejniczak, Malcolm Ryker, Rena-Marie Villano, and former WMMS creative services director Miles Hlivko; additional voice-over audio is produced on-site by WMMS imaging director Billy Black. Matt the … [26] On July 31, 1947, W8XUB began broadcasting at 100.7 MHz. WOIO, virtual channel 19 (VHF digital channel 10), is a CBS - affiliated television station serving Cleveland, Ohio, United States that is licensed to Shaker Heights.The station is owned by Gray Television, as part of a duopoly with Lorain -licensed CW affiliate WUAB (channel 43). [37] The WMMS-sponsored concert was a "phenomenal success"[33][38] and prompted the station to sponsor a second show that year. For the German poem, see Der Busant. DJ additions included station engineer Ric Bennett as "Rocco the Rock Dog,"[60] Scooter (WMMS music director Brad Hanson), former WRQC nighttime Personality and later WNCX Afternoon Drive and Production Director, Tom "Jack" Daniels (who returned to the Cleveland airwaves after a successful stint as Program Director of WLEV, Allentown, PA), Lisa Dillon[60] and station veteran Matt the Cat,[60] (who returned to the midday slot in 1990 after a two-year absence.) Most station imaging and voice-over audio is produced out-of-market by former WMMS creative services director Miles Hlivko. WMMS also airs The Week in Cox, a weekly recap show on Sunday mornings. [80][81][82][83], During this time, WMMS held a series of sold-out rock festivals that featured many of the new up-and-coming artists receiving station airplay. During this time, with Denny Sanders as his creative services director and Rhonda Kiefer as programming assistant, WMMS broke all Cleveland ratings and revenue records. [94] Geared as a format change to Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR) as KISS 100.7,[7][95] the decision was reversed last-minute by management,[12] though the "KISS" brand and format did later end up on WMMS sister station WAKS. [16][17] Noted filmmakers, including Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous) and Paul Schrader (Light of Day), have called on both The Buzzard and its personnel while preparing for various rock-themed productions. Ratings steadily increased during the time of the First Gulf War, but The Howard Stern Show was soon picked up by a then struggling WNCX. Cleveland Magazine has called the show a "juggernaut", and readers of Cleveland Scene named Rover the best Cleveland radio personality in 2009, 2014, and 2015 (Scene had previously recognized either Rover or his show four straight years, from 2004 to 2007, all prior to the move to WMMS). [114][115][116][117][118][119], Radio personality Rover (Shane French), host of Rover's Morning Glory, took over weekday mornings at WMMS on April 1, 2008 following a contract dispute with cross-town rock rival WKRK-FM; former WMMS program director John Gorman compared signing the popular morning personality to a "coup". Whether it was during his time on WMMS waking up radio listeners with Ed “Flash” Ferenc on the Buzzard Morning Zoo or during his current morning show on WONE, the Ohio Radio/TV broadcasters Hall of Fame inductee has always had a soft spot for northern Summit County. In 1932, C.E. The station was known as "The Home of the Buzzard" at first. [128][132][133][134], Active rock accounts for nearly all other regular programming. The travels and adventures of Jeff & wife Patti as they take on the open road and travel around the country. Background Report for Jeffrey Kinzbach. Rolling Stone named WMMS "Radio Station of the Year" nine straight years (1979–87) as part of its annual Readers' Poll, but a February 1988 front-page story in The Plain Dealer revealed station employees had stuffed the annual survey's ballot box for the 1987 poll to allow for the possibility of a tenth straight win the following year. The show itself rapidly covers a range of topics in a comedic format, from major current events to obscure pop culture; regular segments like "Sperm News", "Why Florida Sucks", and "Are You Smarter Than a Dumbass?" [33][34] During this time, WMMS used slogans derived from its call sign: first as "Music Means Satisfaction", and later as the place "Where Music Means Something". [64] As promised, Stern held a party for his fans on the streets of Cleveland – a "Funeral" for his local rivals, much like similar events held in New York, Los Angeles and Philadelphia – and broadcast it nationwide. WMMSCity. [88][89], The next of these multi-act shows – simply titled BuzzardFest – was held in May 1996 at Blossom Music Center and featured performances from 311 and No Doubt, along with Candlebox, The Nixons, Goldfinger, Gods Child, Dash Rip Rock, Holy Barbarians, and Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip [90], BuzzardFest 2000 was held June 30, 2000 at the Nautica Stage. Best of the Token Jokes of the Morning As Submitted by Wmms Listeners by Jeff Kinzbach, June 1985, Certain Ethnic Pub edition, Paperback Belkin Productions staged these events, attracting popular hard rock bands and as many as 88,000 fans. On-site, WMMS assistant program director Jason Carr oversees HD3 programming, while Carr also hosts the weekday morning music shift. Owned by iHeartMedia, and broadcasting a mix of active rock and hot talk, WMMS serves as the flagship station for Rover's Morning Glory, the Cleveland affiliate for The House of Hair with Dee Snider, and the home of radio personality Alan Cox. Jeff & Flash were also credited as being major contributors in bringing the Rock Hall to Cleveland, by heavily promoting on-air a USA Today reader poll to decide which city should get it.[56]. The current WMMS logo displays orange wings on the sides of a weathered black road sign similar to a U.S. Route shield, with white print reading "100.7 WMMS",[11] while the Buzzard is also again prominently featured - being used in recent years to help promote the station's sports coverage via WMMS' status as the FM flagship station for the Indians and Cavaliers. [86], The Ramones headlined BuzzardFest '95 the following spring (May 1995) at Blossom;[87] other acts included Our Lady Peace, The Rugburns and Face to Face. [98], Hot talk accounts for all programming during weekday drive times, and the station serves as the FM flagship for both the Cleveland Cavaliers and Cleveland Indians radio networks. Other weekend content arrives via Premium Choice. The two decided to break with tradition and work up a wilder show together, founded on their own playful, irreverent and provocative interaction, with spontaneous bits of parody and comedy leavened with straight news. ", "Rock Hall to Celebrate 40 Years of WMMS with New Exhibit", "Radio & Records 1981 on the WMMS Buzzard and Other Station Mascots", "The Media Business; Malrite's Buyout Price Disturbs Wall Street Analysts", "R.I.P. Besides a standard analog transmission, WMMS broadcasts over three HD Radio channels, and is available online via iHeartRadio. [71][78][79] The sale came almost immediately after passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, a time when radio companies nationwide rushed "at a fever pitch" to acquire new properties. [59] Four different program directors, including Rich Piombino and Michael Luczak, came and went with varying levels of success. On Sunday nights, Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider hosts The House of Hair with Dee Snider, a mix of heavy metal, glam metal, and hard rock via United Stations Radio Networks. The station claimed it was simply "a marketing strategy" and "much in line with what many stations did. On February 9, 2010, the show aired "Parma State of Mind", both a parody of the Jay-Z/Alicia Keys hit "Empire State of Mind" and a way of continuing the Northeast Ohio tradition of poking fun at the Cleveland suburb. Gorman credits his decision to leave to changes in management, and the station's overall shift to a more "corporate" mentality. Previous Format: Classic Country New Format: Progressive Talk Date & Time Of Change: January 20, 2005 at 12:39am More Info: Wikipedia Widely regarded as one of the most influential rock stations in America throughout its history, the station has also drawn controversy for unusually aggressive tactics both on and off the air. Ohio native Maxwell (Benjamin Bornstein) was hired on for the WMMS afternoon drive in April 2004 following the departure of Slats (Tim Guinane) for rival station WXTM. It's most famous for heavily plugging the MC5, the Velvets and the Dolls on one hand and science-art groups like Soft Machine and King Crimson on the other. Jeffrey G Kinzbach, age 26, Montgomery, TX 77356 View Full Report. [69][71] Billboard and Airplay Monitor magazines together named WMMS Rock Station of the Year (Medium Market) in 1995,[76] and Modern Rock Station of the Year (Medium Market) in 1996. WMMS' decline culminated on April 14, 1994 with the high-profile departure of Jeff Kinzbach, effectively ending "Jeff & Flash" on WMMS (Ferenc would leave the station several weeks later; both would pair up again at WWWE). [8], A study conducted by MBA students at Case Western Reserve University in 1975 found that the new WMMS logo was more recognizable to those living in Greater Cleveland than both Chief Wahoo of the Cleveland Indians and even Coca-Cola. The show is now syndicated to WKGB-FM/Binghamton, WRKK/Williamsport, and WZNE/Rochester; replays continuously on a dedicated iHeartRadio channel; is available on demand through iHeartRadio; and broadcasts over the Livestream video platform. [91], WMMS would shift to active rock on February 17, 1997. MLB At Bat". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Right up until his departure in 1988, Kid Leo played "Born to Run" as his signature sign-off song every Friday night at 5:55 to kick off the weekend for area listeners. Both the WONE-FM studios and transmitter are located in Akron. [26] Seeing a small but significant groundswell of support for the medium in the market, WHK-FM adopted a new progressive rock format on August 15, 1968. Jeff Kinzbach Broadcast Media & Public Relations, Spokesperson and Voice-Over Talent, Multimedia. Jeff Kinzbach, 51, lives on a 150-acre ranch an hour's drive east of Dallas with wife Patti and 8-year-old daughter McKenzie. [71][74] Gorman brought back the original Buzzard design, now drawn by David Helton's successor Brian Chalmers. The station also started to devote weekend programming to the classic rock format. Please hit my "LIKE" button. The music structure also was modified at this time as artists such as Michael Jackson, Madonna and Prince soon found airplay on WMMS. The former WMMS morning team of "Jeff 'n Flash" (Jeff Kinzbach and Ed "Flash" Ferenc) were reunited in afternoon-drive with "Rock 'n Roll Talk Radio," and former "Sportsline" caller Mike Trivisonno – dubbed "Mr. Know It All" derisively by Pete Franklin – took over as host of "Sportsline" in the 6 pm–11 p.m. slot. The Buzzard was the co-creation of Gorman, Sanders and American Greetings artist David Helton. Ping response time 6ms Excellent ping News and Media Website Site Owner: Domain provide by Rosenhaus hosts Indians Warm-Up, the network pregame show; and Hamilton hosts Indians Wrap-Up, the network postgame show. Following a legal dispute with a competing station owner over non-compete clauses in their contracts, former WIXY personalities Dick "the Wilde Childe" Kemp and Lou "King" Kirby were signed by MetroMedia. WMMS also transmits text to compatible analog receivers, such as station IDs and artist and song information, via the Radio Data System (RDS); similarly, WMMS transmits text to HD Radio receivers known as Program Service Data (PSD). That will never be done again. The team did later relocate to Cleveland, but lasted only a few months until an acrimonious breakup forced the station to look elsewhere. Cleveland Police wearing riot gear were called in just as headliner Green Day took the stage. Rover regularly takes calls throughout the show, and often interviews guests in studio and over the phone. Jeff Kinzbach was a broadcaster and spent nearly thirty years in the radio business. [32], WMMS reverted to progressive rock on September 11, 1970. Jump to navigation Jump to search. [21][22][23] Seven years later, members of the station's staff and management pleaded guilty to disrupting a national broadcast of The Howard Stern Show that originated via the local Stern affiliate, cross-town rival WNCX. Jeff Kinzbach Retires From WONE-FM; 93.3 Austin Flips To CHR "New Music Now" Florida Politics: Fort Myers rock radio station goes ‘Trump Country.’ Is it legal? Heavily bootlegged, the concert further cemented the relationship between the two in fans' minds, and well into the 2000s Cleveland remains one of Springsteen's strongest bases. [53] Lisa Dillon, Ric Bennett and Tom Renzy also would depart the station that same day. No. Seth the Barbarian (Seth Williams) took the overnight shift when Pennington moved to evenings in 2001.[97]. WMMS does not air additional network programming. [18][19] WMMS was also a major driving force behind the successful campaign to bring the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to Cleveland. Take a listen to rocktalk. 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