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

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

by Mike Olszewski
     
 

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Cleveland has long enjoyed its reputation as one of the hottest music centers in the country and as the Rock 'n' Roll Capital of the World. Trends started or gained major recognition in Cleveland and were fueled by local radio stations and their disc jockeys, who connected with their audience and its lifestyle. In fact, WMMS deejays helped the careers of many in the… See more details below

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Cleveland has long enjoyed its reputation as one of the hottest music centers in the country and as the Rock 'n' Roll Capital of the World. Trends started or gained major recognition in Cleveland and were fueled by local radio stations and their disc jockeys, who connected with their audience and its lifestyle. In fact, WMMS deejays helped the careers of many in the music industry take off, including David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, and Southside Johnny. Essentially the story of WMMS, Radio Daze captures the radio scene during the '70s and '80s, chronicling how this small FM rocker became the top-rated station in Northeast Ohio and made Cleveland one of the most important radio markets in the world. Author Mike Olszewski obtained exclusive interviews with many radio legends, revealing how insidious and destructive the battle for radio dominance became. Among other things, he divulges the infamous story behind the ballot-box stuffing by WMMS to win the prestigious Rolling Stone magazine Readers' Poll for best radio station in the country and exposes some of the dirty tricks played by radio stations to get the edge on their competitors. Radio Daze is an honest and comprehensive look at the birth of Cleveland's FM radio scene and the sometimes-vicious ratings wars. It will be welcomed by pop-culture enthusiasts and those interested in local music as well as music history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780873387736
Publisher:
Kent State University Press
Publication date:
10/01/2003
Pages:
468
Sales rank:
1,479,384
Product dimensions:
6.24(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.14(d)

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