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Peyton' was a house DJ name at WPGC. Below
is a chronology of who used the name and when.
Allen (aka Russ Wheeler)
first to use the name briefly was Bob Allen (aka Russ Wheeler)
for only 30 days in March of 1967. He came to WPGC from KDKA /
Pittsburgh where he was the Production Director but had previously
worked in Washington at WEAM, where he returned after leaving
WPGC. He later worked in Philadelphia and had an extensive career
April 3, 1967 to March 31, 1969 Bob Burian next used the name. He
came to WPGC from WILS / Lansing and was hired for middays by
Warren Duffy. He returned
to Michigan late in 1969.
Dave McKay used the
name as a part time jock but used his real name when he was promoted
to full time. See the
'House DJ Names'
for more information. If anyone knows of the whereabouts
Warren Duffy writes:
the upper Michigan peninsula, I hired a DJ (Bob Burian) and since
Peyton Place was such a big hit TV show at the time, we
changed the guy's name to Bob Peyton - he did our mid-days.
believe that there was actually 3 different Bob Peytons.
The first one was only on for a few shifts, perhaps Bob Burian
did not arrive on time as they were heavily promoting the new
show, but the first Bob Peyton show was done by a jock
who had recently been on WEAM
using the name of Russ Wheeler.
of the 'Bob Peytons' was Bob Allen. His real name, I was told
back then, was Bob Alianiello.
left WPGC for WEAM and after working in Philadelphia, eventually
became morning man at WCAO in Baltimore, using the name Robert
C. Allen III. I guess he lost his job at WCAO at some point because
he turned up as the morning man on WLPL, Baltimore's first FM
top-40 station, owned by United Broadcasting (Richard Eaton).
then hit it big and did middays at WBAL-AM in Baltimore. After
that, he kind of disappeared (although I had moved away so I'm
not sure where he was). The next time I heard him was around 1992
(I was back in town), when he replaced Johnny Dark on a Saturday
night '70's show on Mix 106.5 in Baltimore. That lasted for a
week or 2 because the station decided to go with a syndicated
show in that slot.
then appeared on the very short-lived 1360-AM's classified jobs
"format." He read job listings like the rest of the
staff. (I like innovation.)
I was visiting Baltimore a year ago, he was doing weekends at
WWLG-Legends 1370 (they moved from 1360), which plays standards
of the Sinatra ilk. He was calling himself RCA (Robert C. Allen).
another 'Bob Peyton', also left WPGC to go to WCAO. I never knew
his real name, but he went by Dave
McKay on WCAO and did 10PM - 2AM
left WCAO in the mid-seventies on the day that both he and afternoon
drive jock Brother Jack Sheridan were convicted of statutory rape.
The case was well-publicized, but the station didn't fire them
until they were convicted.
so 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.
is some info about the station and the market from my days at
WPGC from April 3, 1967 to March 31, 1969:
was hired by Program
Director, Warren Duffy
and (General Manager),
Bob Howard to do the 10 AM
- 2 PM shift. They said my name was now "Bob Peyton"
and they even had a jingle
with my new name to prove it. I said "man, these people
work fast" . . . a personalized jingle
on the first day I get into town!
then I found out that my predecessor (Bob Allen) was actually
a Bob Peyton too, as was my successor (Dave
McKay) 2 years later. The jingles never went out of style.
After several months at the station, Cousin
Duffy named me Music Director in addition to my mid-day airshift.
By the way, when I arrived Duffy and Howard thought the way to
mid-day ratings riches would be to do an "every-other-record-gold"
format. They were right! After a few months the 10 AM - 2PM slot
was #1 (of ALL stations in the market) in the Pulse. That led
to the entire station going to the same format and producing huge
came to DC from Lansing, Michigan station WILS. I later learned
that Marv "Marvelous Marv"
Brooks had also spent time in Lansing while a student at Michigan
State. (I am saddened to hear of Marv's passing.) Let me tell
you, as a kid from the midwest, I thought I really had hit the
big time at 'PGC. It truly was one of the GREAT SOUNDING stations
of the '60's.
Moore was the Morning
Mayor and was sensational, I came next on mid-days, and then
one of the greatest high energy radio talents, programmers and
promoters of top-40 radio history followed me . . . Cousin
Warren Duffy. Nobody, but nobody had the on-air energy and
presence he had. He "owned" the top 40 market in DC.
"JA the DJ" (Jack Alix)
had his own inimitable show, and when we went 24 hours, Bob
Howard's jock naming skills surfaced again with Handy
Andy and Famous Amos.
Cousin Duffy took a quick
exit bound for the Virgin Islands, Charlie
Schue replaced him as Program
Director and afternoon drive jock. Things weren't the same,
and I resigned at the end of March 1969 to do freelance voiceovers
before moving back to northern Michigan in November of '69.
continued in radio until 1984 when my entreprenuerial juices made
me try to become a mogul in publishing, printing, marketing and
advertising. A bout with cancer changed a lot of things in my
life, and in 1998 I joined the fight against cancer by joining
the staff of the American Cancer Society.
website really brings back some great memories from the days of
Captain Good Guy, Go Magazine,
Picnic, Cousin Duffy
at the Ambassador Theater and Casino Royale.
thanks for the memories. Good Guys Radio was really something
special. I often have wondered whatever happended to Warren
Duffy, Harv Moore, Bill
Miller and Jack Alix. I
hope they are all doing well and are happy.
Allen publicity headshot.
Burian from about 1968.
thanks to Jonathon Wolfert for the above).
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