Warren Duffy came to WPGC in 1966 as Program
Director and afternoon man, positions he held down until 1968
when he left for sister station, WMEX
in Boston. He later programmed KMET in Los Angeles. From 1994
- 2004 he did afternoons in LA at Salem's KKLA but has recently
was recorded off the FM as our good Cousin spent his first Christmas
season at WPGC. In addition to his Monday through Friday show,
he also pulled a weekend airshift on Saturdays in which he counted
down the biggest songs of the week. This tape
chronicles the Tunedex Survey Countdown Show on Christmas
Eve Day (the #1 song incidentally was the Royal Guardsmen's,
'Snoopy vs. the Red Baron').
of countdowns, Duffy mentions the Top
100 of 1966 Countdown which aired on January 1, 1967 along
with the Cousin Duffy 1966 Popularity Poll results (the
Monkees trailed the Beatles
as most popular group with a week left to go in voting for the
of the striking characteristics of this tape is the predominance
of local commercials.
Though a few national ones are heard including one for Pepsi
('taste that beats the others cold, Pepsi pours it on!),
virtually all other spots
are for local outfits in and around Greater DC. Cousin
Duffy himself is heard on many of these such as Downtown
Park & Shop (suburban malls hadn't been enclosed yet but
were already siphoning off significant traffic from downtown DC
merchants) and Nichol's Furniture which he did jointly
man, Harv Moore.
Harv on other spots for Allentown Drug & Liquor and
Coke while night guy Jack
Alix is found on commercials for the Hecht Company
('for groovy gifts you love to give'), Giant Music
(not the Giant Music Stores later run by the supermarket
firm), Big Ed's Speed Shop and the Sound Center.
Bill Miller, who had joined the station earlier in the year from
in Omaha and was now doing middays at WPGC as one of the many
Raleighs' can be heard on (ironically) Miller High Life,
Foley Ford and Sammy's Liquor Store. Not to be forgotten,
Brooks is on the Burger Chef commercial. The colloquial
nature of these commercials
is in direct contrast to the sound of the station a decade later
in which national spots
far outweighed those of local origin.
are primarily from a package ordered that year by Cousin
Duffy called, 'Funtastic', produced by Spot Productions
of Dallas. Capitalizing on the Bat-craze then sweeping the nation,
they also created Bat-jingles for all the WPGC personalities including
Duffy's heard here which emanated from another package thinly
disguised as 'That-man'. A few cuts from earlier PAMS
packages ('Best Bet of the Week' for example) are also
weaved into the jingle
heavy presentation typical of Top 40 radio circa mid '60's on
More-Music battles with WEAM
and other stations is very evident as Duffy goes to great lengths
touting WPGC being the first to play new releases from the Spencer
Davis Group ('Give Me Some Lovin') and another from
Herman's Hermits that 'Herman' (one surmises 'Peter
Noone' had yet to become a holdhold name) allegedly sent to
Duffy from the UK before it was released in the U.S.
at the time consisted of 'Money Street', in which street
names were read on the air. Listeners who lived on those streets
and called in at the correct time won untold fame & fortune.
takes on a serious tone however with the news. As 'Warren'
Duffy, he reads two newscasts,
heavy with Vietnam related stories. Opposition to the War had
yet to reach critical mass, explaining the 'Serviceman Salute'
feature heard at the end of the cast.
Howard had been with the station since 1959 and had voiced
the role of the anonymous 'Mr. Soundoff' for nearly as
long. As part of this aircheck,
he did on a listener's gripe about people banging their car doors
into your own (protective rubber molding was still in the distant
future) is heard.
identifiers of the era included 'The Big PG' as well as
the venerable, 'Good Guys Radio'. Positioning statements
in use at the time included ,'Home of the Washington Music