John Gorman, President of Gorman Media, met U2 on the band’s first tour of the U.S., and has followed them throughout his storied career in the radio industry, which included 13 years at Cleveland’s FM powerhouse WMMS. He’s seen how radio has handled U2 over the years, and how it handles U2 today.
Gorman was born and raised in Boston. 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.
His first book, The Buzzard: Inside the Glory Days of WMMS & Cleveland Rock Radio – A Memoir, which covers his 13 years at the Cleveland powerhouse station, is in its third printing. He has won numerous broadcasting and charitable awards, was inducted into the Ohio Radio-Television Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2000, and received a Cleveland Icon Perseverance award from the Cleveland Entertainment Coalition in 2006. Gorman was awarded “The Radio Consultant of The Year” (1985) at the Annual Pop Music Convention. He was also named “Operations Director of The Year” by Billboard in 1995. Gorman was inducted into the Cleveland Association of Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame in April, 2008. He is celebrating his 43rd year in the media and communications business.