The Rise & Fall of WMMS – John Gorman, Flash Ferenc & Denny Sanders


Cleveland Stories Dinner Parties

  • Venue:Supper Club
  • Showtime:07:00 pm
  • Doors open:05:00 pm
  • All Ages, Free Admission, Dining Reservations Required




Doors open at 5:00pm, with the storytelling beginning promptly at 7:00pm

  • Weekly series combining great food with great stories about Cleveland’s past
  • Pre Fixe 3-course dinner option just $20
  • This week’s menu:
    • Buzzard Stew
    • Roadkill Steak
    • Chocolate Cake


Story topic this week…

The Rise & Fall of WMMS Some of the biggest names in WMMS history return to the Supper Club stage and another edition of Cleveland Stories. John Gornman, Flash Ferenc, and Denny Sanders take audience members on a trip through station history, the rise and fall of Coffee Breaks, and how Cleveland was a mecca of the radio world for a time.

John Gorman Bio

John Gorman began his broadcasting career operating a pirate radio station from the attic of his family’s South Boston home in 1962. In 1973 he moved to Cleveland to join WMMS, a small, free-form FM station then under new ownership. Over the next thirteen years Gorman would help turn WMMS into one of the most popular and influential rock stations in the country.

Flash Ferenc Bio

A highly regarded, hall-of-fame career broadcaster and self-proclaimed radio junkie, Ed “Flash” Ferenc was part of one of the most popular radio programs in the nation, the “Jeff and Flash Show” on WMMS Radio in Cleveland from 1973 through 1994. Many current programs on the airways still use that show as a foundation for their own formats.

Denny Sanders Bio

Denny Sanders made his on air debut in 1968 while still in high school. He worked at WBCn and WNTN in Boston before moving to Cleveland to work at WMMS as an on air personality and program director. He went on to work for WNCX and WMJI. He was awarded an Armstrong Award for broadcast excellence in 1977.
The goal of the Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is to bring to life some of the fun, interesting stories about Cleveland’s past – from sports, to rock ‘n roll, to Millionaire’s Row, — the series will focus on tidbits from Cleveland’s past that will really thrill the audience. The Music Box is presenting this series in partnership with the Western Reserve Historical Society’s new Cleveland History Center. We think the Cleveland History Center is one of the most important museums in Cleveland. An unknown gem that Clevelanders should know more about, and support. It is the only museum in Cleveland dedicated to preserving and documenting the history of Cleveland. The Cleveland History Center includes two mansions, the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum, Chisholm Halle Costume Wing, Research Library, Kidzibits Hands-On Gallery, rotating exhibitions, and the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel.

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