am alive and well, living in Potomac, MD just outside of DC.
started at WPGC in 1966 and left in early 1974. It was kind of
an interesting story of how I got there.
worked at "The New WEAM"
from 1960 until 1964. The first 2.5 years as morning man Johnny
Sharpe. At the time WEAM
was number one all day long including AM drive but I was barely
making an affordable wage, even though I was also the traffic
mid day guy was Dashing Doug Vanderbilt a.ka. Bill
Prettyman. (You see General
Manager, Bob Howard was
not the only guy with the wacky names that belonged to the radio
station and not the talent policy). But I'm getting ahead of myself.
noticed that the Sales
Guys were driving the big cars and seemed to be leading a
better life. The infamous Harry Averill had just taken over the
GM chair from Ken Wood at WEAM
and he was very open to the idea of me joining the sales department.
did well in sales there and Doug (Bill
Prettyman) Vanderbilt decided he wanted in on this as well.
Our desks were across from each other and he used to watch me
work the phones to get appointments to sell advertising time.
after almost a year in sales, Harry started playing games with
the commissions, which did not sit well with a young, ambitious
Mike Cohen, so I left to become a partner in an ad agency.
left soon afterwards and joined WPGC. After 6 or 7 months, he
started hounding me to come to work there. I had always heard
that Bob Howard was impossible
to work for and I sure didn't need to jump into that frying pan
was very persistent and one day at lunch he pulled out three commission
checks he hadn't even bothered to cash yet. They were for more
money in one place than I had ever seen before, so I scheduled
a meeting with Bob Howard the
next week. I was a WPGC Good Guy shortly thereafter.
never regretted the move. I would probably still be there today
if Max Richmond's estate
hadn't sold the station. As soon as it became apparent that Bob
Howard was not going to get the station, I saw the handwriting
on the wall.
replaced Bob Cobbins and worked
with Nils Seibold but
I do not remember him being called Nils. Seems he was either called
Harvey or Herman but not Nils. I got to know Paul
Neal, Jeanne Oates, Don
Cavaleri, Charles Giddens,
Owen Weber and Mary
Egan after my 'PGC days. I worked with Charlie
Schue (as he used to say to everyone "like on your
foot") for four or five years.
was also an Air Personality
and Program Director
before he got into Sales.
Good guy. Last time I saw him was in Jacksonville, FL. in 1982.
He was up from Punta Gorda visiting friends and I ran into him
by sheer chance. He was living on a sailboat and loving life.
left the "Big PG" in 1974 to become the General Manager
I took the station live and ran it for three years before converting
it to WMZQ
in 1977. In 1981, I was recruited away to put some new stations
on the air in Jacksonville, FL. In 1988, I returned to Washington,
left the radio business for publishing and television.
2002, I semi-retired. Since then I have helped my wife with her
very successful real estate business. Being fully licensed in
DC, MD and VA, I help her with her clients when necessary but
mostly handle her marketing and promotion work. The rest of the
time you can find me on the golf course (weather permitting).
The Missing W Contest:
you may or may not know, I was sworn to never reveal the identity
of 'Dr. Strangeletter' under penalty of severe reprisal from Captain
Good Guy. But now that the good Captain has gone to that great
radio station in the sky, I can let the world know that 'Dr. Strangeletter'
was indeed me, a.k.a Mike Crawford (WDON), a.k.a Johnnie Sharpe
can tell you that Harv Moore
in my opinion was more than just a WPGC Good Guy. He was a Great
Guy. Harv was the consummate morning man who was entertaining
and funny. Consider... Harv aired one of Washington's highest
rated morning shows without a producer and without being raunchy.
(Harv occasionally got "spicey" but never crossed the
line. Besides, its a lot harder to be funny and clean.) Harv was
and I'm sure still is a "class" act. You can count me
as a big Harv Moore fan both professionally and personally.
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.