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Guy DJ 'Alexander Goodfellow' writes:
grew up in Cheverly, where WPGC was the neighborhood station
(I lived just a few blocks from 5801 Annapolis Rd. and passed
it on the way to and from school every day; my girlfriend even
baby sat for Cousin Warren
Duffy, who lived across the street from her at the Mattapony
Apartments). I loved WPGC growing up (I remember hearing The
Beatles on WPGC for the first time), with my next favorite
stations being WEAM
and WCAO in Baltimore.
being hired at WPGC:
Wilson, what a hoot. He was the PD
who hired me, but it was a setup. Joel Denver (then Good Guy
told me I was going to get the job before I interviewed: he
knew because Biggie had asked him to find a new part-time jock
he could hire! (Joel and I had met at WINX/Rockville where we
became pals.) Biggie was a unique PD, and let his dj's pretty
much hire the new dj's. Twice, Biggie gave me and Todd
Reynolds (aka Ed Kowalski / Ed McNeil) piles of airchecks
and we selected jocks for him to hire. 'Columbus'
was from WCOJ / Coatesville, PA and later Johnny
Jones came from WAMS / Wilmington, DE.
was Harv Moore, after becoming
PD, who brought
Jim Collins back when Jim
got out of the Army. Jim's hiring bumped me down the ladder
shift-wise but I ended up liking him (and I had to admit he
really was a better jock) so it didn't bother me.
was especially impressed with your stuff on Jim
Collins, and was touched to see the dedication to him. Jimbo
was probably my best friend. I introduced him to his first wife
and he introduced me to mine. We saw each other or spoke almost
daily for over 20 years; I spoke to him the day he killed himself
(he was in Kansas, I was in NYC; he gave no indication anything
was wrong) and have been to the Collinson family plot in Kansas
to visit his grave (his ashes were buried with a copy of The
Eagles' Greatest Hits, his favorite album) with his Mother.
I still think of Jim and am still angry at him for not toughing
it out against his inner demons. But then, maybe if I had been
him I wouldn't have either. There's no way to know such a thing.
was unusually talented and unusually sensitive to those around
him, although he was never really comfortable with people. He
was more comfortable with things, and a website (like a radio
station) is a thing. He would have loved your site and would
no doubt have been a vigorous contributor.
who were around at the time know what an amazing job Jim did
as PGC's PD;
he really made "The Pig" sing and it wasn't just us
radio people who thought so. Now, thanks to this great website,
Jim and his achievements live on!
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