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Bob Raleigh (Bill Miller) - 08/30/66

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'You're Lookin' Groovy Out There, Tiger Night People....'

At least six different guys used the 'Bob Raleigh' house DJ name at WPGC. But none used it longer than Bill Miller who joined the station in 1966 from KOIL in Omaha for nights in the Nation's Capitol. He would eventually move into morning news in 1968 and became the station's Production Director, roles he would play through the Great Strike That Struck Out in May of 1977.

Heard in this aircheck recorded off the AM as Summer '66 wound down, Tiger Bob shows his stripes when a piece of equipment malfunctions, but recovers nicely. Listen for his mention of breaking a machine while the Chief Engineer (Wayne Hedrick) watches on.

Station positioners in use included 'The Big PG' as well as the more recently adopted, 'Good Guys Radio'. Jingles on this tape from were a package called 'Funtastic' by Spot Productions of Dallas and had been ordered by newly installed Program Director, 'Cousin' Warren Duffy.

It was General Manager, Bob Howard who had brought in Duffy in 1966 from Columbus, Ohio. The two had worked together about a decade earlier in Baltimore. Howard was the anonymous voice of 'Mr. Soundoff'. Listen for him on a listener's gripe about lack of sidewalks.

Commercials contained on this tape are a mixture of local and national. Examples of the latter include spot for a new flick by the name of 'Lady L', starring Sophia Loren, Paul Newman & David Niven as well as a tasty soda jingle for Wink ('the Sassy One, from Canada Dry'). As to the former, you can almost hear the sighs of disappointment in the 1966 season-closing spot for Glen Echo Amusement Park.

Imaging elements heard here include Morning Man, Harv Moore on a 'Patriotic Reminder'. That's his voice too on what can only be considered a seminal promo for FM! Be sure to catch his 'Got An FM Radio' speil touting WPGC-FM on 95.5, remarkable in the sense that few cars even had FM radios in 1966.

But with the AM's daytimer status, any attempt to convert audience over to the FM after sunset was well worth the effort. Little could they have known at the time that exactly one decade later in 1976, FM listenership as a whole in Washington would surpass AM listenership as a whole for the first time, making DC the first FM dominant market in the country.

Special thanks to Ed Brouder of Man From Mars Productions for this tape.


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