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was morning man in 1960. He later managed a small radio station
in Upstate New York for a year. Then went to The New Yorker Magazine
in Advertising Sales for 20+ years, followed by another 10 years
doing the same thing at Playbill Magazine, from which he retired
in 2003. He & his wife now live in Connecticut.
Bob Howard & Max Richmond
I update my own data, a couple of words about Bob
Howard. Bob was a difficult guy, but a smart and hard worker.
I am glad to see he profited mightily before he died. Before 'PGC
I worked for Bob in Baltimore (WAQE which later changed its call
letters to WTOW). After Bob left, the owner, Sam Booth, hired
two successive genuine lightweight managers. Neither of these
guys could sell and all of the other salesmen left shortly after
Bob did. Business fell off dramatically.
recall Bob as more relaxed there than at 'PGC. Good Lord, he could
not have been more tense. Max
Richmond was an even more difficult man to work for than Bob.
Max would come down from Boston and harass everyone, Bob the most,
of course. He had an office hidden away in the back of a bunch
of file cabinets and partitions. He loved to pick up his phone
and listen to everyone's phone calls, sometimes butting in, but
most often just listening.
Working at WPGC & Fame
his reminiscences, Bob's son commented about celebrity. I remember
my surprise the first time a listener asked for my autograph.
I thought he was kidding. The two incidents in which my celebrity
counted for anything both had to do with my wife. She was going
downtown on a bus, standing, chatting with another woman from
our apartment complex. The woman asked what her husband did. My
wife replied that he was Pat McCoy on WPGC. With that, a young
man sitting within earshot offered her his seat, saying he listened
to me every morning.
when my son was born, the daily WPGC Salute was to my wife for
giving birth at Georgetown Hospital. Many of the nurses were listeners.
They came into her room to say hello. She enjoyed the attention.
history of the station
was interesting reading. I did not know they went to 50 kW. When
I was there the only 50 in DC was WTOP. At 10,000 watts we were
the second most powerful station in the market. FM was just beginning
to have meaning. We simulcast Daytime and played Big
Band music until 10:00 PM. Bob tried to sell it in half-hour
blocks. That was just as I was leaving.
my schedule was 6:00 (Or Sunrise) until 10:00 Mon-Sat. News at
10:25. Lunch 10:30 till 11:00, news at 11:25, news headlines at
12:05, news at 12:25 and 1:25. Then home. Saturday I left at noon.
Friday and Saturday nights I did a remote (warmer months only)
from a Drive-In Movie theatre.
Others At The Station
remember some of the 'PGC people; Jerry
Kearns, whose grandmother ran Blair House; Tom
Shaeffer, a sales guy who got me talent fees on several of
the pieces of business he sold, thank you. Ray
Quinn, former NBC announcer, and Bill
Leonard, Legislative Assistant to a US Senator the rest of
the day. Both of these did the news
on my morning show
for a time. Both were great professionally and personally.
The Photos Below
pictures with Chubby Checker and
Guy Mitchell were both taken at remotes
we did at Foley Ford. I did four for Ken Foley, a great guy. The
one with Gene Barry (Bat Masterson)
was a remote at a shopping center. He was preceded that day by
Dion, who had recently split from the Belmonts. I picked up Dion
at his hotel in my VW Beetle, not knowing that his manager was
with him. The two were great sports about riding in cramped quarters.
We did lots of remotes in those days, often with recording artists
to the late Dean Griffith
for the photos below from his personal collection).
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