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WPGC Good Guy, Jack Alix


'JA the DJ', Jack Alix came from WEAM via WYRE to WPGC in 1966 and did nights until 1968. He passed away of complications from pneumonia on Nov. 15, 2006. Read his obit in the Washington Post. If you would like to add your memories of Jack, please email the webmaster.



Good Guy 'JA the DJ' Jack Alix wrote: 

What 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.

After WPGC, I hosted a daily live local dance party, 'Wing Ding' on Channel 20 WDCA, then moved to Richmond for a great 10 year career there at WRVQ-FM and WLEE-AM not only involved in air and programming but also in sales and sales promotion. I Developed a nationally syndicated radio show called 'Rock 'N Roll Roots' in Richmond from Q94 with great support from John Valentine and the late Norman Freedlander ("Bob-a-loo") who helped sell the show to over 140 stations worldwide including Australia and Japan. It aired from 1977-1982.

In the '80's I turned to general management and programming in markets like Daytona Beach, Lansing, Charleston WV, Kansas City and Roanoke, VA. In 1996, I was brought back to Washington at Oldies station, WXTR as co-host of the morning drive show with legendary soul jock, Bobby Bennett, later becoming Operations well as serving as Director of a broadcasting school in D.C.

The Fredericksburg Oldies station was next for nearly 2 1/2 years as General Sales Manager and talent for live shows and early 2001, I joined the locally owned and operated Smooth Jazz and 80's / 90's hits stations in Richmond where I was Operations and Sales Manager...and had a great time. Thanks for the mentions and interest!!



'Cousin' Warren Duffy writes: 

Jack and I were young kids getting started in the radio biz back in DC. As I remember, he was at WEAM when I first heard of him. For a very long time General Manager, Bob Howard and I were very aware of Jack's presence in the marketplace and his great work and secretly we always hoped he would someday be part of our Good Guy team.

Then he arrived and quite honestly we didn't know what to do with him so we gave him the evening show. But as you know, with 'PGC being a daytimer back then, I didn't even get to do my entire drivetime show during the winter (we signed off at 4:45PM for a
few weeks). So it took a little convincing but Jack came onboard and he was simply wonderful to work with.

He was very professional -- far beyond his years (or mine). He never
argued, never disagreed, always made things work for the good of the station and that was always his first thought. He also had a terrific promo mind and was constantly bringing famous recording artists to town for live shows. We teamed up on a few of them over at the old Arlington Roller Rink - remember?

He always had a smile. That's what I remember most about Jack. He was never down or depressed. He always had something to smile about. It -- and he -- were infectious. He not only smiled, he laughed out loud long before the internet. It was a combination giggle / laugh and many times he laughed so hard he broke into a cough. He was simply a joy to be around.

He went on a vacation to Mexico one year and brought me a beautiful silver gift back from his trip. In all of my years in broadcasting, nobody before and nobody since has ever been so thoughtful. He was a real pioneer. He was a good friend back in the '60's. I send my condolences to his family and my thanks to God for knowing - and have the chance to work with - such a great, great man.



Steve Kingston writes:

I believe Jack also worked for a time at W"LEE” in Richmond.

Wanting to pursue a career in radio, I attended a seminar at the Columbia School of Broadcasting in the mid 70’s, located in the Air Rights Building in Bethesda. Jack Alix was running the school at the time, and the guest speaker was Harv Moore. I learned more in the one hour I spent with the two of them than I can remember.



Mike Cohen writes:

Jack and I go back to his days at WEEL. He followed me after I retired "Johnny Sharpe" at WEAM just before Harry Averill started the Red Coats and I went over the "Big PG".

Later in our careers when I was working with Eliot Paul ('Paul in the Music Hall') in the advertising business, we started a subsidiary company called 'Action Attractions'. We hired Jack to help us run our show promotions business. Our biggest night was when we booked Neil Diamond right after he released 'Cherry, Cherry'. By the time he came to play his date for us, the song was a monster. Jack looked like a genius!

Jack was unique. He was a wonderful promoter. He had a magnificent grasp of the radio business and he will be missed.



Bill Kaffenberger writes: 


I am truly sorry to hear of the passing of Jack Alix. I have so very many fond memories of him, from both WEAM and WPGC. And also great memories of Cousin Warren Duffy. Those days of Top 40 Radio were unique and sad to say, we probably will never see their like again.

I wrote the song "Jingle Jangle Morning" (written and performed by Bill Kaffenberger, (c) 2006 by Loving Kindness Music BMI, used by permission of the author) as an autobiographical song about my teen years during the late sixties growing up in Northern Virginia.

Of course the WPGC Good Guys were a huge part of that time. I really like that line "we had old Jack Alix and Cousin Duffy 'cause the classical station was way too stuffy." It really says it all about what those two guys meant to a lot of us teens, they were a big part of our day, every day !


Skip McCloskey of 98 writes:

Gee...way back when I sent in my self addressed stamp envelope to Jack Alix in the 60s for an Alix Allies card did I ever think it would pop up in so many places on this thing we now know as the Internet.

Jack was a good guy and will be missed. I can still remember driving from Hyattsville, MD to Fairfax, VA just to help him answer the request lines at WEEL. Led Zepplin had just come out with A 'Whole Lotta Love' and every request was for that song. I believe it was played once an hour at night.

A few years later, when I was in 10th grade and still living at home, my mother told me I had a phone was Jack. Holy Crap...Jack Alix was calling me at home! How and why could this be? He was just starting 'Wing Ding' and needed dancers. The following week a bunch of us from Northwestern High found ourselves on a hectic highway known as The Beltway looking for some small UHF station called WDCA. I was a regular for about the first year and Jack was always helpful and generous.

I last saw him at the Big Daddies reunion held by WXTR. RIP, Jack and "wo...wo...whip it on em" in radio heaven.



Roddy Freeman writes:

I just wanted to mention one thing about Jack Alix that few people remember or even know. Between leaving WEAM and joining WPGC, Jack did afternoon drive on WYRE in Annapolis. That was around 1965.

Jack was one of my favorite jocks of all time. He had a rich, great voice and exciting delivery that were perfect for top-40 radio. I actually purchased time from him when he was selling for WRVQ in Richmond. After we did business by phone, he came to my office at Doner Advertising in Baltimore one day.



Jack Brooks of the British Walkers writes:

I grew up in Alexandria, Va and listened to WEAM & WPGC when Marvelous Marv Brooks and later Cousin Duffy were on the air - this was also when Milt Grant had “The Milt Grant Show-Record Hop” on a local TV station.

I went on in my teens to become a musician-this was back in the late 50’s when few played electric guitar & Rock N’ Roll bands all looked like Fonzie (or worse). We played Jack Alix Teen Hops from time to time at the Fairfax Elks or VFW Hall (I think) where WEEL was located.

The gang of Northern VA. thugs, delinquents & other hooligans that comprised our following that today would so quaintly be called a “posse”, first trashed the Hall, ripping out sinks & demolishing the bathrooms, then climbed the WEEL towers hurling empty beer bottles at the locals and police. Needless to say, it was Jack who declared, “you scum will never play in Northern Virginia again!”

I did go on to “play in Northern Virginia” again when I played in the British Walkers, a DC band that in the 60’s were quite popular. We played many Cousin Duffy hops & promo appearances at his dances & concerts. In fact, one of our very brief (only for a couple months) members during that era, John Hall, pre-Orleans, went on to win the Congressional race for the 19th Congressional District..

Sometimes Memory Lane is the only road home.



Steve Vaughn writes:

Living in Manassas Virginia, from 1958 to 1975, I had the extreme pleasure of being able to enjoy Jack's show on WPGC. My first contest win on any radio station occurred with JA the DJ. I won a trivia question, and got an album. I am now 56, and last year I won my biggest radio prize... 50'' tv, stereo system, and party for 50 friends... was indeed great, but that first time was the most special.

Truly a legend in DC, with me, and I'm sure thousands upon thousand others. RIP - JA the DJ



Mark Lapidus writes:

My earliest memories of listening to the radio are of Jack Alix on WEEL, WEAM and WPGC!” When I would say that in front of him, Jack would smile proudly, raise his eyebrows, punch me on the arm and retort that he wasn’t that old!

Little did I know as a kid that years later I would have the thrill of bringing him back to Washington for a reunion at XTRA 104 of area DJs which we called “The Big Daddies of Washington Radio.” After that exceptional weekend, it was obvious that Jack deserved a place back on the air full-time in D.C. and thankfully, he accepted it.

We spoke fairly often over the years. I caught up with him a few weeks before his untimely passing and he still had an amazing passion for radio.

I never tired of hearing his stories about all the characters he worked with, the ratings he won and about his wide collection of friends.

Jack was one-of-a-kind. I feel that my life was enriched by having the good fortune of knowing him.



Matt Nicholls writes:

I first heard Jack Alix on WLEE in Richmond when he got here in 1972. I noticed the excitement and passion he had came right thru the radio speaker. I also saw him make Rock & Roll Roots on WRVQ a popular show as well in 1977 as well as a Dynamic Emcee for many shows in Richmond as well.

By 1980, I'd been in radio for about two years with less than spectacular results when I accepted a partime position with WGOE, Richmond, which had changed formats to Oldies as "GO-16" under New Manager, Jack Alix. I had told Jack I had been thinking of leaving radio, and he said "No, don't do it, you belong in radio." That comment from someone I looked on at that time as a God convinced me to stay in radio, where I had later had success.

By 1996 I was working at WMXB in Richmond where Jack came in as Program Director, and I noticed he had that same youthful passion fire for radio that he did when I first heard and saw him in the '70s and saw him demonstrate in 1980.

In 2004, I was hired at WBBT-FM in Richmond where Jack by that time was a senior account executive, and he hadn't lost any of his absolute love for the business (by the way, Jack had the biggest account list at the station . When Jack died in 2006, I was saddened, because I felt that that you would NEVER see someone ever again who never lost that original passion for radio he had from the beginning. To Jack, radio was not just a job, it was an adventure. I know that Jack enjoyed every minute of it. Rest In Peace, Jack.



Andy Wineman writes:

I, with three members of my band, The Country Store, was interviewed by "JA the DJ" on WEEL in 1968. I still have the tape of him Interviewing us. He even aired one of our songs! We got to man the phones, and many listeners called in after he played our recorded song we brought along (Back In The USSR by The Beatles). A thrill for us. We were just late High school kids. He was a true early Professional, and our 'spot'on his show furthered or burgeoning 'careers'as a hot local dance band.

I was sorry to hear of his passing. His memory lives for all of us who enjoyed the great music and DJs! He was a great guy, and we shall always remember him.



? writes:

I got to meet the famous Jack Alix, who was a local DJ in Fredericksburg several years back. I had remembered Jack from his days as a regular on the Milt Grant Show when he & Lorraine made such a wonderful dance couple, although I understand he married Tincy, another regular, not Lorraine. When I was 14 back in 1959, several of us who lived out in the hinterlands of Spotsylvania & Orange Counties drove into Fredericksburg to a National Guard Armory dance where Milt was appearing. Jack & Lorraine were there in all their uptown glory...the perfect teenagers. We thought we were pretty special, too, but I was pretty much in awe of them.

Right before the Milt Grant Show went off the air, Jack made a comment to Milt that was obviously a cut to the effect that Milt was 'run out of town.' It was broadcast since this was a live show. Milt just smoothed it over & went on. Why I remembered this is anyone's guess but it used to cross my mind.

One day JA, the DJ, was at a local dealership show, complete with hot dogs. I was thrilled to meet him & he filled me in on his life a little bit. I asked him about the comment to Milt & he said it was just a blip in their friendship at the time & he was still in touch with Milt, who was at that time living in Florida. Now, of course, they are both gone, but when I ran across this website noting his obit, I had to share my thoughts about him. He was really a spectacular looking kid & I hope his children got his looks.




From GO Magazine,
in September 1967

From Membership Card below

JA the DJ at a record hop, sometime in 1967

With Cousin Duffy in '67




Sound Files


01/01/67 - 10:23 - Top 100 of 1966
01/01/68 - 39:46 (with Bob Peyton - Bob Burian) - Top 100 of 1967



12/24/66 © 1966, Spot Productions - 'Thatman' - :18


01/01/67 Happy New Year - :15
01/01/67 New Years Dance - :58
August 1967

Missing 'W' (with Bob Raleigh [Bill Miller]) - :50



August 1967   Smash-Back - :03

In House Spots

 12/24/66 Big Ed's Speed Shop - 1:03
12/24/66 The Hecht Company - Carnaby Street Shop - :50
12/24/66 Jack Schaeffer's Giant Music - 1:03
12/24/66 The Sound Center - 1:10
02/04/67 The Hecht Company Carnaby Street Shop - 1:02

The Sound Center (with Cousin Warren Duffy) - 1:17

02/04/67 Subway Kawanis Teen Club - :52

Miscellaneous Audio

 1967 Go Over To The FM Now - :04

Jack Alix from WXTR on:
Bob Howard, 'Capt. Good Guy' & 'Mr. Soundoff' - :27

Summer 2006 "Jingle Jangle Morning" (written and performed by Bill Kaffenberger, (c) 2006 by Loving Kindness Music BMI, used by permission of the author)
Cousin Duffy on: Jack Alix & FM Radio - 1:26
Cousin Duffy on: Appearances With Jack Alix - 1:15



Good Guy DJ Membership Card

(Thanks to Skip McCloskey of the WRC tribute site for the above).


Jack's Nationally Syndicated Radio Show

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