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Jim Madison (Bob Benson)

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'Gentleman Jim' Madison was a house name used by several different jocks at the station over the years. This one was Bob Benson who began doing nights at WPGC in 1966. He is remembered for using the 'It's him, Gentleman Jim' slug line. He previously had worked at WSMB in Waldorf, WHMC in Gaithersburg and WINX in Rockville before joining WPGC. His airshifts were Mondays, Tuesday, Saturdays & Sundays, 6-11PM.

Heard on a Saturday afternoon on this aircheck, WPGC was already fortifying its adult numbers while catering to its teen age core with the 'Weekend Spectacular' which consisted of playing an Oldie (or 'Smashback' as the good Gentleman refers to them) every other song, alternating with the latest hits. Now, Mom & little Suzie could both listen for their favorite songs! Better yet, they could even request them with the WPGC 'Request-O-Matic' line. Morning man, Harv Moore is heard on the stager alerting listeners to phone in their suggestions.

Harv and Program Director / afternoon guy, 'Cousin' Warren Duffy appear on the promo for the station's Chinese New Year's contest in which listeners could pick a fortune cookie that would describe the prize they won inside. Typically, this included Chinese dinners and watches with the numbers in Chinese!

Jingles in use at the time were primarily from a package known as 'Funtastic' from Spot Productions of Dallas, ordered in 1966. Numerous cuts from previous PAMS packages however, particularly from Series 25, 'The Happy Difference' in 1963 are also on this tape.

Commercials are as thick as traffic on the Beltway in rush hour. Hear the triple play line-up now showing at the Ranch Drive-In Theater voiced by Harv Moore. Need a new car to go to the drive-in? Marv Brooks touts the new models for Colonial Dodge. Or drive one of the competitor's models from Cope Ford, done by Bob Raleigh (Bill Miller).

And don't miss the frenetic pace of night guy, Jack Alix who miraculously performs the neat trick of appearing at two places at once with dance-hops running simultaneously in both McLean and Manassas (accompanied by the London Luv Go-Go Girls)! No doubt he made appearances at each location wearing a tie ('in mod, mad prints') from the Carnaby Street Shop at the Hecht Company ('in tune with teens').


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