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Jones came to WPGC in 1968 by way of WBZ / Boston and held down
nights through 1972 when he left for WMAL-FM. He was also the
station's Music Director during this time and co-produced the
Rockumentary, 'The Rock & Roll Generation' with big
Guy DJ Davy Jones writes:
can one say, being part of a legend is totally nuts to begin
with. Any thoughts I might have are insignificant. This was
a time in the industry when being creative was part of the "job".
I was part of what is considered by many the beginnning and
end of "rock radio". The late 60's and early 70's
were a war of formatic radio versus "from the hip, creative
radio. Any airchecks from that time frame are really just exciting,
ad-lib, adrenaline pumping, off the cuff, have a good time radio,
all condoned by the management, and bringing massive ratings
to WPGC..thanks Charlie Scheu,
and Bob Howard.
the 'Rock & Roll Generation'
for the 'Rock
and Roll Generation', that was a highly researched in
depth chronological on air over-view of the music of the 50's
through the 70's. big Wilson
and I spent hours researching the music, the styles, the ethnic
aspects of the music, and came up with what we considered one
of the most in depth overviews of the music industry ever put
together for a radio station presention.
have no idea where "Big" is today, but it was a dynamic
and truly entertaining presentation, and should forever be a
part of really creative radio. 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.
the 'Magic Carpet Ride' Show
Carpet Ride' underground show
made it on to the airwaves in the Fall of '68 because Giant
Music BOUGHT the time for 13 weeks, and that's how long it lasted.
Thank God. It was Bob Howard's
idea..."cutting edge"??? It ran for one hour on Friday
nights at 11PM only. It was horrible.
'Roscoe P. Mutterbag'
It's still a firm memory. It seems all the daytime jocks flipped
shifts. Bob Howard didn't
consider the fact that maybe, just maybe I'd like a night off,
so he left me in the night slot...was I pissed? No, but I decided
to create a character and act like I had no idea how to operate
equipment, let alone do an air
Raleigh Jr. (Dewitt Robert Raleigh), he played right along
with me. The funny thing is the timing; for example, when he
shouted, "turn off the microphone, turn off the mic".......just
plain funny. I don't know how long I was on the air as Roscoe
P Mudderbag. But I do know the next April 1st, I didn't
do the night show, I did PM drive. Bob
Howard was soooooo pissed, Charlie
Scheu thought it was funny and so did the rest of the crew.
And that's the rest of the story!
the 'Together Gold' album
concept for the WPGC Together Gold album was born in an elevator
in NYC at the Billboard Convention in 1969. I was heading to
one of the suites for a bit of partying There was
a guy on the elevator, his name was Walt Davison, he was a small
time promoter with a record label out of Philly. The label was
DAVCO. At the time I was Music Director of WPGC. We got to the
party, started talking, drinking, drinking, talking..I mentioned
we (WPGC) needed a promotion and maybe, just maybe a collection
of hits would do the trick.
back in DC, Walt came to town, we sold Bob
Howard on the idea and we started putting together a list
of potential songs. Once we decided on the titles, Walt started
contacting the labels. That collection is what we scored on
at almost no cost to WPGC. One sidelight to this, I was pretty
good friends with Tommy James, so I called and asked for Crystal
Blue Persuasion or Crimson and Clover. Tommy
said sure take your pick. We did. Once the album
came out Walt got a call from NYC, Red Schwartz, the Promo guy
for Roulette wanted to see him. Walt went to New York
had two goons waiting for Walt, they beat the shit out of him.
He told me, I called a guy I knew from Philly and told him.
He visited Red, and kicked the shit out of him (paybacks are
hell.) Walt remained a good friend of mine up until his untimely
death due to a heart attack in the mid 90s!
album was not available in stores, we sold it on the air. We
gave away very few of them and it was a real MONEY MAKER. There
was a jock contest to see who could sell the most albums during
their shift. I THINK Jim
Madison (Joel Denver) won it. As for the logo, Davco owned
it, soooo, WPGCs was not used. The photos used at the
time were probably 2 or three years old; mine was fairly recent.
One other thing, Bob Howard
did not want to pay a graphic artist to design the cover, so
I did the art-work. There was not a Volume 2.
the 'Together Gold' album from 1970
remember Davy Jones as a nice guy who invited me into the control
room until my Dad (General
Manager, Bob Howard)
forbade it (none of the other jocks allowed me in but for a
moment or two). As I became a teenager, my taste grew more towards
what was at first called album rock and then progressive. WPGC
was a 'strictly commercial' station (get the Zappa reference?)
and my dad hated that I listened to WMAL-FM. When Davy Jones
moved to that station, I called him once or twice there to say
following are excerpts from an interview of Davy Jones recorded
studio 'S' at 95.5
KLOS, Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 28th, 2004.
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