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Moore 'The Boy Next Door' is a native of Pelham, New
York but came to WPGC from Frankfort, Kentucky in March of 1963.
Initially, he did nights till sign-off but within a few months
was moved to mornings
when Jerry G
left for KYW in Cleveland, starting just days before the tragic
was also Program
Director when Dean
Griffith (Dean Anthony) left in 1964 for WMCA
in NY until the arrival of Cousin
Warren Duffy in 1966. He also served as Music Director from
1971 when Davy
Jones left for WMAL-FM but was promoted to Program
Director again in 1972 when 'big'
Wilson vacated the position.
continued in mornings
until early in 1975 when he accepted an offer from former WPGC
Howard to do mornings in Buffalo at WYSL.
on this aircheck
as 1965 began, young Harv had been doing mornings
for approximately 14 months and had been the Program
Director for less than 90 days. Much of the shtick that he
was known for during his long run as the Morning Mayor
was yet to come. An early appearance however by one of the characters
on his show, smart-aleck, Orville (Harv's voice simply sped up
on tape) was a harbinger of things to come. Listen as Harv sings
along with the new novelty tune by Shirley Ellis, 'The Name
Here!' was the familiar cry of larger than life news
guy, MacNamara. The tail end of one of his newscasts
is heard at the start of this aircheck.
That's him too on the station promo
for Pulsebeat News (including a nice swipe at newspapers
with 'Stay ahead of the headlines'). For traffic
reports, WPGC relied on Dave Durham of the AAA. It's hard to imagine
today, but there were only three reports aired in the entire
show, one of which is heard here!
had been hired by General
Howard who joined the station in 1959. For nearly as long
he had also anonymously been the voice of 'Mr. Soundoff'
on listeners' gripes on seemingly anything under the sun. A Soundoff
complaining about kids smoking is heard on this aircheck. The
best one of the week won a mere $10! Not even $15.80!
at the time were a mix of agency produced ones for the likes of
Lustine Chevrolet and Brown's Furniture to name a couple, along
with locally created ones, several of which are read live by Harv
including Suburban Trust (with new drive-thru banking!) and Kiddie
are heard between almost every element throughout the show and
are from PAMS
of Dallas, consisting primarily of Series 25 from 1963, 'The
Happy Difference' and Series 27 from 1964, 'The Jet Set'.
Many cuts echo the identifiers in use at the time, 'Good Guys
Radio' and 'The Big PG'.
the end of the tape
is a stager
for that week's #1 song (Petula Clark's, 'Downtown') featuring
WPGC's former Morning Mayor, Jerry
G who had gone on to become a traveling reporter with the
having left WPGC over a year earlier, the stager
he produced was still in use!
thanks to Ed Brouder from Man
From Mars Productions for this tape!
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