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Steve Kingston joined WPGC as Asst. PD in 1980 while still programming WYRE in Annapolis. He became Program Director in 1981 when General Manager, Charles Giddens hired him to replace Scott Shannon who had left for Q105 Tampa. Steve left WPGC comfortably ahead of Q107 in the ratings in July 1982 for B94 Pittsburgh. He next programmmed B104 / Baltimore to record ratings success before joining Scott Shannon at Z-100 / New York. From there he went to WXRK / NY for a long programming stint followed by the launch of 'Blink 102' at WNEW. He later programmed the 'Ethel' format at XM Satellite Radio in New York.

 

 

Steve writes:

I developed a real passion for radio growing up in Silver Spring, MD, making requests on WUST. I believe “Moonman”, the afternoon jock at the time was intrigued that a teenager living in a white middle class neighborhood in suburban Washington, DC would listen to a kilowatt AM programming to the inner city.

This led me to pursue a career in radio, and attend a seminar for 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.

It was after this that I found out that another “Jack”, Diamond, was then known as Bruce Diamond, a 17 year old radio “prodigy” was working nights at our local suburban radio station, WINX. He helped me get my first job in radio as the part time janitor at WINX as a way to pay for school.

The rest is history….

 

 

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