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.
Over a decade in the making, this site is now over 2,000 pages
long with over 200 airchecks. As such, it is an on-going project
and is not finished yet!
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authorizes WPGC-FM to
move tower to WPGC-AM's array.
WPGC Tribute Site is launched. Today it is over 2,000
pages long and contains hundreds of audio files, many
of which were contributed by listeners and station alumni.
To make a contribution, please email
Top 40 debuts on WPGC, one of the
original seven stations to carry the show nationally.
Site Found in Morningside!
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.
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 by
WBUZ-FM, 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)
Evening Star. Jack has
copied every single list from the Arlington County library
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
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
to Ron Evry who correctly identified the above as Dale
Tucker who worked at WPGC briefly in 1964.
thanks to Bob Elliot for the photo above).
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 fact?!
the story and hear the saga as it actually aired on August
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
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. Read
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
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.
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
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
just stumbled across the WPGC tribute website and found myself
from 1973! Great looking website. It brings back many memories.
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. Alexander
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 in Bladensburg
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 with
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
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
at WPGC when the station went 24 hours on FM in the Fall of
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
I 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. Read
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
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 "Barefoot."
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! Read
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
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
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
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
As a native,
I started listening to WPGC as a kid. So my interest in the
station is much more that just working there. Just
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'):
hired in the summer of 1971 after I heard an announcement on
Harv 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 Collins,
Dino 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):
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
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. Read more.
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.
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 Davy
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 memories. Went
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
remember Cousin 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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