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Hetrich was the station's Chief
Engineer in the late '60s. He
left WPGC in 1971 and went to work for NPR, retiring around 1994.
Wayne passed away in 2007 at age 79 from a heart attack and is
survived by his son, Lee.
(Mezger) Carpenter remembers:
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. 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.
showed up and set up everything everyday 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!
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!
Wahl of National Public Radio writes:
worked with Wayne from 1971 until 1984, when I left NPR to operate
my own consulting business. I returned to NPR in 2003. There are
a few (but not many) people working here that knew Wayne. Once
he retired, I dont think he came back for anything.
his funeral, I learned that he had been teaching his grandchildren
to fly. He held his private pilots license right up until
he passed away. He is survived by a son, Lee Hetrich, who lives
in Waldorf, Maryland. In fact, Lee and his family moved into Waynes
house in Waldorf after he passed away.
used to share a Bob Howard directive with
those that worked with him, I want 100% modulation 100%
of the time! The station sounded like it too!
the obituary below as broadcast on NPR
NPR's, 'Weekend Edition Saturday', March 10, 2007
radio pioneer Wayne Hetrich known at NPR as "Mr. Wizard"
has died at 79. He was one of the original 30 employees
of NPR, Inc. in 1971.
was called Mr. Wizard because he used to walk around NPR performing
magic tricks. He even carried flash paper in his pocket. He was
also an accomplished keyboard musician and a pilot.
Hetrich received a patent for developing the Netcue system that
allows local stations to record network programming, it was put
into a trophy case with the altered caption, "NPR's First
Hetrich's most magical trick was helping to create the public
radio satellite system, which lead to the system over which all
programs are heard today.
was the first network in the United States to be beamed by satellite.
when NPR almost went out of business during a financial crisis
in the early 1980's, it was the satellite system that Hetrich
devised that allowed NPR to secure the loan that kept it on the
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