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Moore's little boy Harv here, the boy next door...'
Moore 'The Boy Next Door' is a native of Pelham, New York
but came to WPGC from Frankfort, Kentucky in March of 1963. Initially,
he did nights till sign-off but within a few months was moved
when Jerry G
left for KYW in Cleveland, starting just days before the tragic
was also Program
Director when Dean
Griffith (Dean Anthony) left in 1964 for WMCA
in NY until the arrival of Cousin
Warren Duffy in 1966. He also served as Music Director from
1971 when Davy
Jones left for WMAL-FM but was promoted to Program
Director again in 1972 when big
Wilson vacated the position.
continued in mornings
until early in 1975 when he accepted an offer from former WPGC
Howard to do mornings in Buffalo at WYSL. Today, Harv is retired
on this aircheck
recorded off the Program channel (not off the air itself) just
months after joining the station, Harv fills in for the vacationing
Griffith (Dean Anthony) in afternoon drive. Even at
this young age, hallmark characteristics of his developing sound
are present such as the use of character voices in comedy bits.
Included on this tape are two bits from 'Gramps' and one
from an unnamed character that we would come to know as 'Orville'
in the ensuing years.
vast majority of the commercials
heard on WPGC during this time (coinciding with the Kennedy 'Camelot'
era) are of (very) local origin. Not a single spot is heard for
any place in Virginia. Most establishments are in Princes Georges
County or the District, reflecting the station's then-colloquial
nature. It's rise to being a Metro DC powerhouse was yet a year
away with the arrival of the Beatles
if you grew up in Greater Washington then commercials for Eddie
Leonard's Sandwich Shops & Glen Echo Amusement Park
were an integral part of your childhood. Examples of each are
heard herein. Many local spots
(such as the Springlake Restaurant which opens this tape) are
voiced by then-morning man, Jerry
G. That's his voice on the top of the hour stager
('As modern as tomorrow...'). His departure for KYW in
Cleveland 90 days after this tape paved the way for Harv's move
were very much in vogue at the time. You'll hear Harv do ones
for Curtis Brothers Furniture and Smitty's Steakhouse.
The lone agency produced one on this tape comes from the 'who
cares what the Surgeon General says' period for Newport
Cigarettes. And typical of the Cold War era, listen for a
Harv recorded for the Ranch Drive In Theater featuring
the latest Rock Hudson flick' 'Gathering of Eagles', a
salute to the U.S. Air Force's Strategic Air Command.
the time of this tape the station was referring to itself as 'The
Big PG'. The first instance of 'Good Guys Radio' is
heard in a jingle
from PAMS Series
22, 'Sono-Magic'. Also by this time the station had instituted
wall to wall (((((((reverb))))) on the audio chain.
of an Aircheck!
a rarity; an aircheck of an aircheck! On December 31st,
1971, Harv played the above aircheck on the air as part of the
& Roll Generation, featuring 1963. He proceeded to
comment on the tape as it was playing. Though most of his remarks
are self deprecating in nature, he also mentions Jerry
G (the 'Morning
Mayor' before Harv) and several other facets of the station.
It begins playing immediately after the above aircheck concludes.
See the WPGC Playlist from the same week as this aircheck.
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