worked for WPGC in 1972-1973. I took most of the photos in that
time period. Most of the winners you saw on those newspaper
ads were taken by me. When I left WPGC, I went to WINX in
Rockville and then "got out" of radio.
main duties were, running the control board (2-6 AM) for Bryan
Lawrence when he was at the Black Ulysses, then I did whatever
needed doing from 6- 10AM. Harv
Moore was a good friend (met him when I was 12) and we always
time in 72-73 there was a reported fire in the building and General
Manager, Bob Howard ordered
everyone out of the structure until things were safe. The transmitter
engineer threw on an emergency
tape that Harv Moore had me
put together months earlier, in case they were ever needed. About
1/2 hour later we were allowed back in and Jim
Collins continued his program.
that I made some more emergency stand-by tapes but I talked on
them! About 5 years later I was driving down the road, long after
I left WPGC, and heard my tapes playing and could not believe
it! Probably nobody else did either. I'm sure they corrected the
situation when they had some time!
1963 & 1964, WPGC did live remotes from the Hampshire-Langley
Shopping Center in Langley Park. They did the 10AM - 2 PM
(Rolle Ferreria) show the 1st two weeks in June-July-August. The
1st year, they used their trailer (looked like a 15 foot house
trailer) which had a small control board, two turntables, spotmaster
tape playback machines and a mic, along with a mic pot control
for Bob, who usually walked up and down the sidewalk and into
just had a mic and had to be near a radio to monitor the show.
Harv Moore ran the controls
in the trailer. It was so much fun watching them work. Harv was
so friendly and I was always a go-fer when they needed something.
I lived near New Hampshire Avenue at the Beltway and showed up
2nd year, 1964, they operated the controls at the studio and each
day a table and sign had to be set up in front of the Kress
store, along with a single pot mic mixer (with a big VU meter
on the front) and a pot control. The Chief
Engineer, Wayne Hetrich,
allowed me and another boy named Bob Medve to set up the table,
sign, mixer, mic and cord each day. Wayne promised to pay us (something)
at the end of the summer.
day we showed up and set up everything and took it back down at
2PM. At 13 years old, we felt very important! Wayne sometimes
left to go back to the transmitter for repairs and trusted us
to put everything away. It was all stored in the basement of the
Kress store. It was really a lot of fun! To make a long
story short, we were never paid. So in September, I began calling
him and he eventually sent us each a large box full of records,
WPGC writing pens and several WPGC sweatshirts. It wasn't money
but I didn't care ... I would do it all again for free!
day, Bob Howard showed up
unexpectedly to do the show. While a record was playing, the person
running the control board at the station would get his instructions
and "cue word" from the announcer
on the air. At one point I heard Bob saying something like, "OK
if you keep missing my cues I'll come back there and clean house
today". His on-air name was, "The Mystery Voice."
When I saw this spectacle, I just started laughing
and couldn't stop for a long time, but I wouldn't let him see
remember the 19 minute Blackie's commercial he did when I went
to use the bathroom and locked myself out of the studio (Parkway
Bldg), ran to the phone booth to let him know (he thought
I was joking) and I had to nab a Bladensburg cop who was driving
by at 3:30 in the morning -- and talk him into jumping down the
window well and break the window out with his nightstick! They
had just installed a spring in the station door that closed by
itself ... and I forgot my keys.
Bob Raleigh (Bill Miller):
(Bill Miller) was filling in for Harv
Moore a few weeks later and locked himself out and as his
record was ending in AM drive, he jumped up into the ceiling (drop
ceiling) and pushed himself over and fell down into the lobby
and broke many fingers! Then he called Dino
Del Gallo at home (lived close) and begged him to "bring
a vacuum cleaner quickly" to the station. Then they robbed
some drop ceiling tiles from other parts of the building and replaced
the broken ones. When Dino told me about this I couldn't stop
laughing ... every time I saw Bill Miller with splints on most
of his fingers!