to the unofficial tribute site of the Enormous
95 & the Equally Awesome 1580, Washington's
legendary WPGC - AM &
FM. These pages focus on the
station's glory years as a TOP 40 blowtorch, covering the
period from the late '50's through the early '80's.
years ago, this site was founded in tribute to Washington's
longest lasting and most influencial Top 40 station ever.
Beginning as souvenirs from a box in a garage, the site
grew by leaps and bounds over the years due to contributions
made by station alumni and long time listeners alike.
at over 2,000 pages long, it averages approximately 10,000
hits per month and is still growing with over 200 airchecks
and nearly 200 additional airchecks coming in the future.
If you would like to make a contribution, please email
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Beatles remain #1 on the WPGC
Top Ten with 'A Hard Day's Night' while the Boston Pops
hits #10 with their cover version of 'IWant
To Hold Your Hand'.
to contributor, Lee Whitney for the above)
WPGC-AM Transmitter& Tower
data collected from the FCC's Official Records at the
National Archives in College Park, the exact latitudinal
(38° 50' 29") and longitudinal (76° 53'
31") coordinates of the original WPGC transmitter
and tower site from 1954-56 has been located with the
use of GPS technology. The lo-resolution photo above
was taken with a cell phone at dusk in the rain.
exact spot is on the Morningside
/ District Heights border on Dottie Kelly Court off
Anton St., off Walters Lane. Respecting the privacy
of the residents, the actual street address is not given
here. With the aid of a U.S. Geological Survey map from
1950, the paved and dirt roads leading to the site still
exist (though all are now paved), directly in the heart
of a residential development that sits on the farm once
owned by Duval
B. Evans, whom WPGC founder, Harry
Hayman leased the land for the station.
150 feet diagonally behind the house are rusty metal
spikes in the ground that were used to support the original
150 foot tower's guy wires.
site was abandoned in 1956. In order to raise power
on the AM, a directional pattern necessitated erecting
multiple towers. Ground conductivity beneath the site
was poor due to sedimentation consisting primarily of
rock. Whatsmore, access to the site (where the studio
was also located) was particularly difficult in winter
months on a muddy road.
WPGC-AM was granted permission by the FCC to build its
new three tower array on the property where WBUZ-FM's
tower was located at 6369
Walker Mill Road while
the AM studios moved to the space previously occupied
above the Washington, Marlboro & Annapolis (WM&A)
bus repair facility at 4421
Southern Ave. in Coral Hills, directly across the
street from the District.
Dr. McBlade's 20
minute montage of all the WPGC station mentions
read by Casey
Kasem on American Top 40 during the '70's
(and a few from the '80's). Special thanks to Pete
Battistini and Shannon
Lynn for their assistance in assembling many of
the excerpts contained in it. Now, on with the countdown!
very special Good Guy salute to Jack Maier who has
tirelessly researched all the WPGC weekly playlist
surveys that were published in the (Washington)
Jack has copied every single list from the Arlington
from the first week WPGC was included on October
5th, 1958 until the last on May
11th, 1974, a collection covering over 800 lists!
an advertisement of Milt
Grant's early syndication efforts on WPGC and
other Washington area stations from 1961.
on your blacklight,
relax your mind and float downstream for a while
with the Magic
a short lived,
super laid-back underground psychedelic trip from
the Fall of 1968. Thanks to 'David' for 'weeding'
this out of the smoke for us!
Guy DJ Davy
Jones reminisces about his days at WPGC from
1968-71 in an exclusive interview.
to Ron Evry who correctly identified the above as
the late Dale
Tucker who worked at WPGC briefly
thanks to Bob Elliot for the photo above).
passed away in October, 2014.
Walker was one of the original WPGC Air
Personalities , starting just two weeks after the
AM signed on in 1954. He was gracious to grant us an
interview in which he details his remembrances of the
early days of the AM. Hear excerpts here.
WPGC Good Guys T-Shirt!
on a Japanese site selling Beatles memorabilia, the
artwork on this shirt was 'borrowed' from the legitimate
sweatshirt John is seen wearing below from 1964! Can
any other station claim such fame nearly 40 years after
the story and hear the saga as it actually aired on
6th, 1962 when
'Barefoot' Larry Justice took matters into his own
hands, locked himself in the control room and played
the same song over and over again until management agreed
to his demands for a raise.
thanks to contributor Lee Whitney
for the above audio.
thanks to contributor Steve Willet for the above.
the WPGC Musicradio
Montage featuring station jingles in context with
the songs of the time from 1960 - 1982 originally
produced by Tommy Edwards at WLS
and also used on WABC's
last day as a music station.
thanks to contributor Tommy Edwards for the above.
a thrill to log on to this web site and see my air check
and some background being published. These truly were the
"good old days" in the 60's. We were teenagers and filled
with excitement as we hit the air on WPGC-FM in its infancy.
most vivid memory has to be the strike.
Truckers trying to run the Lincoln
off the road while I was driving it, watching the picketers
out of my apartment window, picking up non-union jocks at
the airport...and yes I was on the air doing the Sunday morning
news...it was AWFUL! Read
just happened to do a google search on my name and up popped
the WPGC references...WOW...what a surprise. It was good
to see faces of friends I haven't seen in more than 3-decades.
now an Anchor/Reporter for WOIO (CBS) and WUAB (UPN) / Cleveland.
More info can be found about me by going to 19 Actionnews.com.Read
worked for WPGC from 1962 to 1975....during all of the
good times. I was 21 when I went to work there. It was
my most "fun" job ever. I started working there
part time in 1962...I had 3 small babies and was just
getting back to work. Quickly, Bob
realized I had more potential and I became his secretary.
To sum it up, we had a lot of fun and were very close.
I really missed it at first when I left, but I knew it
would never be the same. We were #1.....and that was the
best time of "Rock and Roll".Read
a great website...the "blowtorch" line alone makes
you feel proud to have been a part of it...you know for
years I never thought much about WPGC then I saw the Cameron
Crowe film, Almost Famous... I'm sure the other guys
from the' 72 to' '75 years had similar feelings...in many
ways we were like the band on the bus rolling through the
heartland, just headed somewhere with our music ... and
dreams of things not as they were but as we longed for them
to be...it was a pretty special time...Read more.
just stumbled across the WPGC tribute website and found
myself from 1973! Great looking website. It brings back
many memories. Read
totally enjoyed my time at WPGC and wish to hell that I
were still there. I was fortunate in that I started working
there during the summer of my sophomore/junior year in high
school. I was a news editor by day and jock wannabe by night.
Goodfellow helped me with my first production room aircheck
which really sucked. Others like Joel Denver (Jim
Madison) would let me run the board out of stopsets.
Talk about taking a chance!Read
started working at WPGC in 1976. I smile every time I think
about those days. The staff was as close as family members.
I am still in contact with some of them today. My office
was right behind the receptionist, the late Phyliss
Gammon and next to Music Director, Jim
Elliott. My office in Greenbelt
was a little isolated from the other offices and we all
still found a way to stay close. I moved to the sales department
in 1980 or 1981.Read
In 1959, we put a "Good Guys" Top 40 format together at
a little station in York, PA owned by Susquehanna Broadcasting.
The company purchased a station in Ohio (Akron to be exact)
and in 1961 they named me as their first program director
at WHLO and of course, the "Good Guys" format trailed along
1966, the station came to the attention of Bob
Howard, the GM of WPGC, whose family lived in Cleveland.
He would monitor the station when he visited his relatives,
and about 1966 he and I got in touch and next thing you
know, I was living in Silver Spring, MD and I was the afternoon
jock and the PD of WPGC. Read
occasionally take some time and go to this site and sooooo
many memories come flooding back. Many people don't appreciate
what they've got in living day to day...whether it be a
great soul mate or a great radio station. WPGC was a GREAT
station and so far ahead of its time in that we were one
of the first successful FM stations (due to the heavy penetration
of FM in DC).
was part of people's lives...they came to us to be with
friends , to hear new music, to be entertained and to win
great prizes (and a lot of cash)....and the loyalty of the
listener was reciprocated by on air personalities that really
cared about the station, the community and each other.Read
started at WPGC when the station went 24 hours on FM in
the Fall of 1968. Bob
Howards bizarre marketing idea to promote WPGC
going all-night on FM was The return of Amos and Andy
to radio, thus the Famous Amos and Handy
Andy monikers. The actual, cost-savings reason,
of course, for having two part-time people on overnight
was you didn't have to pay full-time AFTRA wages. Read
am truly stunned at all the stuff you have on what will
always be my favorite station. Really, it's quite an achievement
and as an official former Good Guy, I am very grateful.
I was especially impressed with your stuff on Jim
Collins, and was touched to see the dedication to him.
greatest experience was meeting Ted Davita. Ted was
a young boy at NIH with a rare blood disease. He became
one of my best friends. I visited him every week and he
called me every night. His father was Director of the Cancer
Institute. Do you remember the TV movie "Boy In A
Plastic Bubble"? Most of that story was based on Ted including
going to concerts at the Cap Centre in my van and
him wearing his NASA designed space suit. He died at the
age of 17. Read
can one say, being part of a legend is totally nuts. Deep
in my heart I truly believe there will never be a time in
the industry where so much was put into the presentation
of a radio station, as was put together by the great staff
of WPGC. I'm extremely proud to have been apart of the best
moments of radio that ever existed.Read
Howard tried to change my real name...Lawrence Kirk
Justice...to some stupid off the wall stage name ....we
compromised and settled on Larry Justice...however he insisted
on 'Barefoot' Larry Justice, friend of all the 'Barefoot'
housewives. How do you think that would have played in 1968
when they were burning their bras? I was never crazy about
the 'take over / lock in', a major mob of fans gathered
outside the station on Southern Ave. and the PG County police
had to be called to control the crowd. Wow! What a hoot.
Bob was threatened for taking advantage of a country boy!
was the first female who was on the air before midnight
(at age 23) and even filled in for Don
Geronimo (6-10pm) when he was on vacation. The General
Manager didn't care for this "girl" on the
air, but Steve
Kingston was very supportive until he left. Read
couple of things I remember most about the Black Ulysses
overnight remote: Harv
Moore didn't want to do it. It was good money in an
unrated slot and guess who won? Bill
Prettyman. I got a nice talent fee on top of my $4.72/hour.
restaurant provided an all-night cafeteria-style breakfast
that was first class after all the clubs closed at 2AM...including
the Ulysses which had show bands like "Octagon"
and "And The Professionals". Read
the request of John Gehron (then WLS PD, my college PD,
and now GM of Clear Channel Chicago) I taped Columbus
without his knowledge. John used the tape to get him to
Chicago as his production director. A year later, he resigned,
saying that the production work was getting in the way
of his free lance business, which was (and from what I
hear is) quite successful.Read
began there in 1978 in Bladensburg
as the Accounts Receivable Clerk and worked in that little
tiny room in the back with Chris
Fisher and Sheila
Chandler. Chris was always telling us stories about
Elvis as she was such a fan of his and Sheila made me
laugh 8 hours a day. Chris must have wondered about us
because we were always giggling. Read
a native, I started listening to WPGC as a kid. So my
interest in the station is much more that just working
for the record, I started at the "PIG" as a
engineer at the transmitter site in 1970.I
am a fountain of "useless" knowledge of the
station from '70-74 as an employee, and as a fan prior
to that. Read
Miller ('April May'):
was hired in the summer of 1971 after I heard an announcement
Moore's show that the station was looking for a receptionist
and general office person. I called the station and got
an interview with Dee
Masano a few days later. I had worked briefly for
KVI radio in Seattle before moving to DC in 1970 so I
knew the phones and bookkeeping stuff but I had stayed
at home for a while and wasn't sure if Bob
Howard would give me the position. Read
Howard had a "right of first refusal" on the sale
of WPGC. When the Richmonds
tried to sell it to the Marriotts,
he exercised it. Got a bundle. He used the money to buy
WYSL and WPHD here in Buffalo in Oct '74. He asked me
to moved up here and work for him. I
left WPGC in 1975. I had worked for him since 1963,
so we had a good working relationship. Read
Reynolds / Ed Kowalski / Ed McNeil:
working there as many times as I did, I can think of a
few folks who stopped by twice (Jim
Del Gallo, Linda
Kelly immediately come to mind) but never a third.
QUICK! CALL GUINNESS, AND TELL 'EM TO STOP THE PRESSES.
WE HAVE A NEW WORLD'S RECORD! Read
Peyton (Bob Burian):
so here I am a 65 year old former disk jockey with nothing
to do one evening, so I Google myself and what do I find?
I find that I was at one time semi famous in DC. Actually
I really got a kick out of remembering some WPGC times,
people and, of course, music from the late 60's.Read
website. It mustta took lotza work to put together and
it looks great. I'm
in San Diego and President of my own advertising agency,
AdVIZOR. It's a start-up but going pretty good. Read
a great website. How great to see and hear about the
guys I worked with from '68 to '70 at the PIG. But talking
about being out of it...I had no idea about Jim Collins.
He was a great guy. Really sorry to hear that news.
I'm semi retired in Punta Gorda Florida, doing a three
hour morning gig at WCVU 104.9 FM and was thrilled to
find this web page. Great Job. I put it on my favorites.
web site. Been looking at the site for an hour...WOW.
Thanks for the hard work. I'm now Mike O'Brien at STAR
102 Kansas City. Been in KC since 1973, after leaving
WPGC and WYRE.
enjoyed cruising around the WPGC website a great deal.
Spent some time there in '70-'71. Hired by big
Wilson and worked with Harv
Moore, several Bob
Raleighs and my best buddy there at the time was
Jones. I was, mostly, a News
up the good work.
across your website almost by accident while reading
about the sad passing of Dean
Griffith. Great site that brings back lots of fond
to the "News
Guys" page to check on some old friends, and
lo-and-behold - -found my name from my brief stint at
'PGC. While there, I was "Wally Weaver", a
name concocted by then 'PGC PD Scott
Shannon. I continued to perform news duties at Z-104
in Frederick under my real name, Wally Hindes. Read
Duffy's debut of Harper Valley PTA one summer
afternoon; and the first time I ever heard A Day In
The Life by the Beatles----all on WPGC "Good
Guys" Radio. Was it legal to play a song as long
as McArthur Park? They proved it to be so.....
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