Jim' was a house name used by several different jocks over the
years. The first was 'Gentleman
Jim' Granger who did mornings in 1958-1959. He suceeded
Winters in mornings when Max
Richmond sent him to manage sister station, KBMI
in Las Vegas.
Major had followed him in the morning
shift when Jim left for Richmond radio
where he worked at stations such as WEET,
WLEE and WGOE before moving on to television in the early 70's.
He also hosted a very large golf tournament that he referred
to as Virginia's largest. Sadly, he passed away in April 1991,
but is not forgotten.
Jim' Hanlon arrived at WPGC in February, 1964 but spent
only a few months at the station. If
anyone knows of his whereabouts today please
the mid '60's at WEAM.
(aka Walt Robin)
first to be called 'Gentleman Jim Madison'. Walt had worked
at WMUC at the University of Maryland in College Park and began
doing weekend work at age 20 at WPGC in 1964. He later went
on to work at WEAM
then went to Dallas for many years. After radio he became a
writer, producer and director of over 500 TV commercials before
entering the world of film. Today he is a motion picture producer
based in Rome, Italy.
have just happened onto this site, and applaud the work that
it must have taken to compile the various information.
I can assist you in clarifying some information relevant to
my stint with WPGC as Gentleman Jim Madison. I
was 20 years old in 1964 and in my second year at The University
of Maryland putting time in at the campus radio station
as an on air personality and as Program Director for
a time. As I can recall the circumstances, I pulled together
some air checks and other material and went to see the inimitable
Bob Howard and was hired
on the spot to work part-time hours on the FM station
mostly at night and weekends maybe 20 to 30 hours a week.
recall that Harv Moore and
Marv Brooks were there at
the time, and I might have done some news reading at various
times also. Therefore, my time at WPGC was 1964 and part of
1965. Late in 1965, I went over to WEAM
in Arlington and became another house name
one of the Jones Boys. All on-air personalities
were Jones Boys and we each used our real first
names. In my case it was Walt, the Jones Boys
and I believe it was the little (as in Napoleon) General Manager,
Harry Avril who thought this one up. He was even a bigger personality
than Bob Howard.
when the Jones Boy thing started to wear, I was let go
and then rehired later and became a Mark Allen (another house
name) and, simultaneously, did a recorded / automated all night
show for Eddie Leonards Sandwich Shops as Rob
anything to save money in those days. There
were some great people at WEAM in those days including Buzz
Bennett and I believe earlier, Jack
Alix who moved over to WPGC eventually. The Program Director
was Bob Bruton who moved on to KXOL in Fort Worth, Texas and
asked me to join him as the Morning Drive man. On the condition
that I would no longer use a station house name.
He agreed and I moved to KXOL and used my real name Walt
Robin from then on. This was in early 1967.
KXOL brought in John Rook to do the programming
and he imported a few people and shortened the play list to
10 Records. Not much fun. I then got an offer from KFJZ
the competition and moved over to do mid-mornings, production,
music and assistant program directing. I forget the exact circumstances,
but I believe that they also brought in a so-called
programmer (maybe Johnny Dark) and this gig became like work
gave it up and started my own advertising agency in Fort Worth
and played in the world of Advertising for the next few years
eventually moving to Dallas, where I took a part-time job with
KVIL under Ron Chapmans regime and started doing some
acting in various local theatres, in commercials and in films.
In 1977, I got an offer to do a film in Hollywood and moved
to Los Angeles permanently. Once there I continued my acting
career, also doing commercials, and kept my hand in advertising
taking on free lance assignments.
accumulated experience ultimately led to moving into the Film
and Television Business as a Writer / Producer / Director. Having
made more than 500 Commercials while in Advertising, this was
a logical next step. Today, I have a Film and Television Production
Company and am involved in setting-up our next Feature Film
- based on a script that I have written and will produce - in
the US, Canada, the UK and Italy. I maintain an office in Miami
and in Italy (near Rome) in anticipation of the production of
was the next 'Gentleman Jim Madison' and began doing nights
at WPGC in 1966. He is remembered for using the 'It's him,
Gentleman Jim' slug line.
He previously had worked at WSMB in Waldorf, WHMC in Gaithersburg
in Rockville before joining WPGC. His airshifts were Mondays,
Tuesday, Saturdays 6-11PM & Sundays mornings. By
1972, he had become the Music Director at WMAL.
If anyone knows of his whereabouts today please e-mail
name resurfaced again in the late '60's when Dave
Moore (no relation to Harv
Moore) was the fourth 'Good Guy' to use the 'Gentleman
Jim' Madison name, working part time in 1969 at WPGC while
in the Air Force at Andrews AFB. His grandaughter, Cassie writes,
'I was looking up info on 'Gentleman Jim' Madison, as Dave
Moore was my grandfather. Unfortunately, Grandpa
passed away on 09/15/09.
Guy DJ, Davy Jones writes:
finishing his service he went back to his hometown, can't remember
where. He got into sales and marketing and actually came to
visit me a long time ago. Then he dropped out of sight.
last of the 'Gentleman Jim Madisons' was Joel Denver who worked
at the station from 1970-1971. He would later go on to other
notable acheivements including working on the air at WFIL
and later, launching B104
in Baltimore as its first Program Director in 1980. In the
'90's he was the CHR Editor for 'Radio
& Records'. In 1995 he struck out on his own, forming
the 'All Access Music
Group' where he remains today as President.