Brian Chalmers, WMMS 'Buzzard' Artist, Dead At 54
June 24, 2009 at 6:00 AM (PT)
Former SCENE MAGAZINE and WMMS/CLEVELAND artist BRIAN CHALMERS -- best known for drawing the rock radio station’s iconic "Buzzard" for much of its life -- died suddenly last weekend. He was 54.
Former ’MMS PD/MD wrote, "WMMS was owned by MALRITE COMMUNICATIONS. It was a company that encouraged creativity and originality. The success of WMMS in CLEVELAND influenced other stations in our chain to be innovative. As the company grew, it acquired more properties and our Buzzard artist DAVID HELTON took on additional responsibilities, which included redesigning or creating new logos for several MALRITE properties. To do so, DAVID had to find his day-to-day heir at WMMS. His first and only choice was BRIAN CHALMERS, whose work we were familiar with from SCENE MAGAZINE. BRIAN worked with WMMS for well over a decade -- through five ownership changes."