PROHFILES | THE WRATH OF THE BUZZARD

PROHFILES | THE WRATH OF THE BUZZARD

100.7, WMMS. The Buzzard. How did this station become so iconic? How did a small group of young hippies, some from Ohio, some from Boston, against all odds and no budget, achieve such unprecedented success? And how did it all come crashing down? This is the story of the rise and fall of WMMS - one of the most influential FM rock stations of all time. SEASON 2 | THE WRATH OF THE BUZZARD “PROHFILES” explores the backstories behind the people you always wish you knew better, the places you've visited but never learned their secrets, and the ideas and events that together make Ohio a great place to call home. PROHFILES is a Wessler Media original podcast on the Evergreen Podcasts Network.

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July 29, 2022 58 min

On our final bonus episode, we learn about "the switch" - one of the "trademarks of WMMS." Denny's interview with Bob Seger and another one with The Ramones. John and Denny both discuss the one memory they wish they could relive. We wrap up the series with and chat and exclusive performance by Cleveland folk musician Alex Bevan.


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John and Denny join us again to reflect on the series and share stories not heard in the podcast. Their favorite "World Series of Rock" and the time John was in the "right place at the wrong time" during one of these shows. They also tell the story behind the two best April Fools Day ads.


Also, hear unearthed interviews with Paul McCartney (1976), as well as Bono and The Edge from U2 (1983).


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July 15, 2022 60 min

John Gorman and Denny Sanders join us to reflect on the series and tell extra stories.


We'll also get into the background Denny's interview with John Lennon, breakdown one of Murray Saul's "Get Downs," and hear stories incredible bonus stories from David Spero's interview.


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July 8, 2022 45 min

The radio station ignited the movement that provided the answer to the question: “Where should we put the Rock Hall?” It was (and is) an amazing feat, a crowning glory. While music fans were excitedly thinking about walking through the doors of the Rock Hall, discontent was beginning to stir among The Buzzard Nuclear Army. No bird of prey can fly forever.


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July 1, 2022 62 min

While 1976 could be defined with the words “get down,” the ratings and success of WMMS could be described with the words “going up.” But if the station gets to number 1, how do they stay there? And what can the city of Cleveland gain when a number 1 radio station decides put all of its weight behind a movement?


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June 24, 2022 60 min

How will the staff affectionately known as “The Buzzard Nuclear Army” keep their ratings, and what else can they do to become the number 1 station in Cleveland?


"PROHFILES - THE WRATH OF THE BUZZARD" is produced by Wessler Media and distributed on the Evergreen Podcasts Network.


Guests: Ed "Flash" Ferenc, Bill "BLF Bash" Freeman, Joel Frensdorf, John Gorman, Donna Halper, David Helton, Jeff Kinzbach, Mike Olsz...

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June 17, 2022 55 min

With the Buzzard as their mascot and a solid group of jocks in rotation, more pieces start to fall into place as the clock winds down to make the station owner some money with this format. But how can an FM station generate revenue when very few advertisers believe in the format? Better yet, how can a station succeed when their management provides little to no support?


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June 10, 2022 44 min

With only a year to make it, how exactly do Denny and the rest of the staff plan on proving to the boss that this format is worth keeping? When crucial on-air talent leaves WMMS, who will replace them?


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Guests: Billy Bass, Ed "Flash" Ferenc, John Gorman, David Helton, Jeff Kinzbach, Mike Olszewski, Den...

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June 10, 2022 47 min

100.7, WMMS. The Buzzard. How did this station become so iconic? How did a small group of young hippies, some from Ohio, some from Boston, against all odds and no budget, achieve such unprecedented success? And how did it all come crashing down? This is the story of the rise and fall of WMMS - one of the most influential FM rock stations of all time.


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100.7, WMMS. The Buzzard. How did this station become so iconic? How did a small group of young hippies, some from Ohio, some from Boston, against all odds and no budget, achieve such unprecedented success? And how did it all come crashing down? This is the story of the rise and fall of WMMS - one of the most influential FM rock stations of all time.


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November 1, 2021 39 min

One close brush with death follows another for Jeff Ruby. His second restaurant has people talking for all the wrong reasons. While he's kicked out some guests in the past, it's what he did in 2007 that made national headlines. 


Appearances by: Pete Rose, Cris Collinsworth and Bootsy Collins. 


Additional resources. 


Jeff Ruby's book, "Not Counting Tomorrow." 

Britney Ruby Miller's book, "5-Star Life." 


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November 1, 2021 57 min

This failing student had an absent father, alcoholic mother, brushes with Jersey mobsters and was homeless at 15. His college band opened and closed for Sly and The Family Stone.


Years later, he lost 20% of his brain, was in a coma and near death as his restaurant empire was expanding. While Jeff Ruby's story begins in New Jersey, his story ultimately belongs to Cincinnati. 


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October 28, 2021 59 min

From a very popular 19th century spiritualist medium, to the Athens Lunatic Asylum and the well-known block party, we explore Athens’ identity as a Halloween capital.


We’ll answer questions like: “Can you connect the dots with local cemeteries and really draw a pentagram over the city?” and “Is Room 428 of Wilson Hall or the Asylum really haunted?” To hear those answers, continue to listen - if you dare. 


Additional resources. 


Sharon...

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October 22, 2021 74 min

Columbus, Ohio is the birthplace of Major League Soccer. It is also home to the first MLS team in the Nation, The Columbus Crew. So, what happens when a largely absent owner threatens to move the team to Austin, Texas? The answer: Something that's never happened before. In another word, history. 


Additional resources. 


Save The Crew's official site. 

Pete McGinty's book, "Accidental Heroes." 

COPA90 Stories document...

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October 20, 2021 3 min

“PROHFILES” explores the backstories behind the people you always wish you knew better, the places you've visited but never learned their secrets, and the ideas and events that together make Ohio a great place to call home. 


PROHFILES is a Wessler Media original podcast on the Evergreen Podcasts Network.

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October 15, 2021 64 min

It all started with a bear and a lion and quickly "snowballed into Hell."


This is the story of how Zanesville, Ohio reacted when Terry Thompson let his exotic animals out - all of them. 


This story contains graphic content. 


Additional resources. 


John Moore's book, "Eighteen Days to the Massacre." 


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September 24, 2021 55 min

How did a peninsula in northern Ohio go from a lush cedar forest with sprawling beaches to the roller coaster capital of the world?


The story of Cedar Point's 150-year transformation is fun, thrilling and almost never happened. 


Additional resources. 


Cedar Point documentary, "A Summertime Tradition." 

John Hildebrandt's book, "Always Cedar Point." 

Ken Miller's book, "Rolling Through The Years."  


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