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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
prone in 1977!
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!
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.
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".
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
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
Duffy is now retired from KKLA, LA
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 us.
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 more.
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
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
The 'Beachcomber' in 1971
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
Davy Jones today
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 "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
Kay in 1981
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.
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
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'):
site is a joy and shows lots of hard work. For years I thought
I was the only one who still felt the station was special. My
youth giving it more emphasis than it deserved. Perhaps not!
This site demonstrates what people can accomplish when they
care if only briefly. I
hope the next generation of DJ's will take the blow torch from
this site and be inspired to try to top us. Wouldn't that be
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
Burian, about 1968.
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
today in San Diego.
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
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 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
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