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Hours of Big Time Professional Radio packed into a 4 Hour Show...'
Geronimo's stellar career reads like a who's who in the annals
of radio history with stops at 13Q
/ Pittsburgh, 99X / New York, PRO-FM / Providence and WDRQ / Detroit
before coming home to Washington and WPGC in the Fall of 1979
where he was brought in by Program
Shannon for the first real skirmish with Q107's
impact was immediate and long felt; during his tenure WPGC righted
itself and regained the CHR crown in DC. In 1981 he left for KIIS-FM
in LA followed by stops at WLS
& B96 / Chicago.
made his return to the Nation's Capital in 1985 doing afternoons
then moved to mornings the following year replacing Charlie
& Harrigan. By then he had teamed up with Mike O'Meara
and the rest is radio history.
Shannon correctly identified the night show as the make it
or break it daypart on the station in the war with Q107.
Just playing records wouldn't cut it and Geronimo was unquestionably
the man to deliver. Listen as Don solicits audience reaction to
a couple of upcoming features on his show for the Boogie Check
(ala John 'Records' Landecker at WLS)
and the listener mailbag.
of the hallmarks of his shows was his use of the phones. Several
comedy bits are heard on this aircheck including one from a listener
confused about the Geronimo Astrology Report heard a few
minutes earlier. It was not uncommon for Shannon
to assist him on phone bits. That's his voice as the parent inquiring
about the B-52's 'Rock Lobster'. Likewise, midday guy (and
future WPGC morning man,) Dave
Foxx is the voice of a drunken caller.
also doubled as the station's primary promo
voice. With the Iran Hostage Crisis dragging on and on, WPGC began
playing the National Anthem at 12 noon every day and began
distributing American flag decals at Metro area 7-Eleven stores
(where WPGC bumperstickers
were also available).
imaging as we know it today was in its infancy in 1980. An early
touting 'More Continuous Music' is Dave's work and one
of the weapons in the station's arsenal in the More Music
battle with Q107.
at the time included a seemingly unlimited supply of $100 bills
and concert tickets to Linda Ronstadt and ZZ Top.
had been running on the station for so long they had truly become
an institution. Though for many years they had been voiced by
Howard as the anonymous 'Mr. Soundoff, by 1980 the
DJs now did them. Afternoon guy, Scott
Carpenter is the voice on the one about a Coach's bias. In
a radical departure, a cash prize was not awarded for 'the
best Soundoff of the week'. Instead, a $50 gift certificate
from Miss Harper was the prize up for grabs. The regular
$30 cash prize would return shortly however.
was no shortage of commercials
during nights, though stopsets never exceeded three minutes at
any break. Virtually all were agency produced but for a excellent
for Linda Ronstadt / ZZ Top by Dave
Foxx and one for Pizza Hut by Scott
Carpenter. Washington radio fixture Johnny Holiday was the
voice on the one for the Washington Star.
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