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Brooks joined WPGC in late 1964 from WPAC (also on 1580!) in Patchogue,
Long lsland, New York, initially as a jock, then later became
a Newsguy and Production Director
for the station. He continued to do a weekend airshift as well
until 1968. Years later, he was the long time public address announcer
for the Washington Bullets and Washington Capitals after his WPGC
passed away of a massive heart attack on February
was I believe the first PD when 98.7 became the first oldies station
in DC, WMOD in the late 60's. Maybe late '67 or early '68. I remember
Charlie Schue, who replaced
Cousin Duffy from 2-6, told
me he thought Marv made a mistake moving because "nobody
listens to FM." Famous last words. Marv was still there when
I returned from a tour in the Navy in 73. He left there, I believe,
to become the Bullets PA announcer at the Capital Centre.
McCloskey of the WRC tribute site
died around 1998. He was dismissed from the Washington Bullets
as their PA announcer
in 1992 and was dismissed as the Washington Capitols PA announcer
He came out against smoking in 1994...something he had done most
of his life.
Brooks, Marv's widow writes:
started at WPGC in August of 1964. The first record he ever played
on that station was Roy Orbison's "Pretty Woman."
Marv has actually been doing voice work from the time he was 6
years old, in Detroit, MI. He worked on local radio stations in
the Detroit area until college. He attended college at Ann Arbor
(I can NEVER remember if that is Michigan State or University
of Michigan!! -- It's the one with the Spartans!)
Marv finished his Freshman year at college he wanted to try his
hand at professional radio. He made his Mother a deal: Give me
a year to make it...if I don't, I'll come back and finish school.
got a job at WPAC - AM, Patchogue, Long Island, NY. That was in
1962 and 1963. One of the WPGC guys was driving through the area
and heard him on WPAC. They needed a guy in the DC area and he
was down here within 3 days!!
was 20 years old when he started at WPGC. I had just turned 14
years old and listened to him everyday on the radio!! Marv was
the biggest thing to happen to the DC area in a LONG, LONG time!!
did many different shifts at WPGC,along with the requisite Hops
stayed at WPGC until 1968. As I recall, there were some political
problems with the ownership / management and union. Marv was unceremoniously
when he went to WMOD. Marv actually built that radio station from
the ground up. It was the first Oldies station in the country
AND the first totally automated radio station in the county. He
was always very proud of that.
be honest...I don't really remember why he left WMOD...I think
they may have changed formats and he was unhappy.
then started making his living as a free-lance voice talent. That
is how he made his living for the rest of his life. Marv had his
studio in the house and recorded anything and everything that
needed a voice. Character voices were a specialty.
also was the voice for many well know politians all over the country.
His voice was heard in practically every state at election time!
word came out that Abe Pollin was building the Cap Centre in 1973...Marv
made an audition tape...complete with echo, crowd noises and cheers.
He sent it to Abe Pollin and got the job as House PA Announcer
for the Capitals. He had that job for over 23 years.
also did the announcing for the Bullets in Baltimore and then
when Abe brought them to the Cap Centre. He also
did ring announcing for Boxing and Wrestling (I'm not a big fan
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