He has a long history in media, but most notable is his 13 years at WMMS in Cleveland. In the 1970s, his innovative marketing of WMMS turned a nearly defunct station into one of the most popular in the United States. The station became legendary in promoting local and upcoming talent to the national spotlight.
lieutenant was his ability to recognize, develop, and motivate talent that made WMMS the legend it became.
He also had an uncanny ability, as did the rest of the WMMS staff, to stay in touch with the listening public and his programming reflected this. He knew good music when he heard it, trusted his staff when they made music add recommendations and found a way to make almost any flavor of music fit the wide open WMMS format calling it all Rock and Roll.
His efforts earned him various industry awards and acknowledgments. In 2007, Gorman published his first book, The Buzzard: Inside The Glory Days of WMMS and Cleveland Rock Radio.
John Gorman was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts.
At 12 years of age he began operating a private radio station out of his family"s attic. His father eventually pulled the plug on his broadcasts but that didn"t discourage Gorman. As a teenager he worked in the commercial radio industry as a programming assistant, music director, and talk show producer where he remained until his move to Cleveland in 1973.