good like a great radio station should...'
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.
good Cousin's frenetic pace was perfectly suited for the high
energy style of Good Guys radio. Duffy took a backseat
to no one when it came to double barrel excitement. Heard on this
as the station took a break from its 'Weekend Spectacular'
(every other record a 'Good Guys Goldie') for his 'Saturday
Survey Show', Duffy counts down the hits to #1 (a double play
of Monkees' album cuts) from the WPGC 'Tunedex'.
the way he features the 'Best Bet of the Week', the new
Beatles song, 'Strawberry Fields Forever' and makes sure
his listeners know the song isn't over when the false ending fades
out not once but twice during his show. The psychedelic sound
of the record and his favorable reaction to it are ironic; believe
it or not, Duffy would later go on to become one of the pioneers
in 'underground' radio!
however was still the era of in-your-face Top 40 and as was the
Duffy did countless teen age dances. The weekend of this tape
alone, he appeared at St. Patrick's Church in Falls Church
on Friday plus the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter
for his 'Saturday Shindig' where local bands were featured
including an all-girl band, 'The Her'.
connection with churches is amusing; Duffy would ultimately abandon
the Rock & Roll lifestyle in his later years and become
a born-again Christian. For a decade he hosted a show on a religious
station in Los Angeles and was a much in demand public speaker!
man of many talents, Duffy also does several newscasts
as 'Warren (sans Cousin) Duffy' throughout the show, covering
stories such as a Navy plane that crashed on the Beltway and Maryland
abolishing the law prohibiting mixed marriages. Opposition to
the Vietnam War had yet to reach a fevered pitch; the 'Serviceman
Salute' at the end of the news seems all the more poignant
radio station General
Managers had been known to voice editorials on their stations.
But few had the long lasting impact of Bob
Howard who had joined the station in 1959 and been the anonymous
voice of 'Mr. Soundoff' for nearly as long. A Soundoff
on boys shooting birds with BB guns is heard on this aircheck.
tied in with the rapidly rising star of the Monkees. The Monkees
Contest in which listeners would write in and profess their
undying love for the quartet was to begin in a matter of days.
In the meantime, WPGC prepared to celebrate Chinese New Year by
giving away fortune cookies containing prizes such as Chinese
dinners and wristwatches with the numbers in Chinese.
on this tape
were primarily from a package created in 1966 by Spot Productions
of Dallas known as 'Funtastic', though several cuts from
previous packages by PAMS
are also heard before each song on the countdown.
plethora of commercials
on this aircheck
is overwhelming. Though a few are agency produced (notably for
Pepsi and the Supremes for Coke), most were of local origin. Significantly,
many of the establishments advertised were on the Virginia side
of the Potomac, as by then WPGC had outgrown its Maryland only
orientation of a few years earlier and had developed into a major
Metro area radio force to be reckoned with.
two person ones with numerous combinations of the airstaff, the
most frequent pairing being morning
man, Harv Moore
Duffy. The practical explanation for this is both performers
had to be off the air at the same time. Hence many of these were
recorded in the middle of the day when they both were! This may
also explain why midday guy Bob
Raleigh (Bill Miller, the fifth of six different jocks to
use the name at the station over the years) is heard solo on all
of those that he does.
news guy, Marv
Brooks is the voice of Burger Chef and Gateway Square Apartments.
Elvis' latest flick, 'Spinout' was playing at the Ranch
Drive-in Theatre voiced by Harv
Moore, who is also heard on Dave Pyles Linclon-Mercury ad.
And 'JA the DJ', Jack
Alix speaks for the Carnaby Street Shop ('in tune with
teens') at the Hecht Company.
Pepper' and the psychedelic era it ushered in was just a few
months away.......the times indeed were 'a-changin'.
Sadly, our good 'Cousin' passed away on 06/13/18 at age 80.