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joined WPGC on August 16, 1971 for nights from WCOJ in Coatesville,
PA. His name was given to him upon his arrival by General
Manager, Bob Howard (who
was from Columbus, Ohio). He moved to middays in 1972 when Tom
Allen left to program WMEX
in Boston. In early 1975, Harv
Moore left for WYSL in Buffalo and he inherited the morning
show where he remained until late in the year when he left for
the Production Director gig at WLS
Coatesville job was a short stay...I was raised in PG County...went
to Suitland High...then the Univ. of Maryland...graduated in
' 70......Today I'm still a voice actor in Chicago...my main
gig now is as staff announcer for the Judge Mathis show...
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
things seem so much more magical in the distance than when you
get there...I heard Harv Moore
on WPGC when I was in high school...the time when your favorite
songs have this once in a lifetime significance...its hard to
live up to that...but he did....Harv was a genuinely funny guy...didn't
have to prepare stuff...just talking with him the humor was
so natural...and he knew how to live in a big picture kind of
way... on the edge but in control... always with a feeling for
the people around him...we all have regrets ...and I mean this
in the best way...I don't think Harv has too many... he's really
a huge talent and a humble great guy...
Inheriting the Morning Show:
I'm not sure of a timeline, I do remember Harv asking me to
consider going to Buffalo and that seemed to be months before
he left. Then suddenly boom, Jim
Collins was the new Program
Director and Jim's giving me a pep talk about how I'd be
great doing mornings in the style of a Charlie Tuna or Robert
I'm sure someone knows more about this than I do, but
in the production room, right next to the door in magic marker
it said, "Don't hit here, steel stud". It seems Columbus took
karate lessons, and when he was really mad one day (bad show
I guess) he put his fist thru the wall.
In case you wondered, at the request of John Gehron (then
WLS PD, my college PD, and now GM of Clear Channel Chicago)
I taped him 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.
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