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Dedicated in memory
his radio career at 15 in Lawrence, Kansas. "It was a
small operation out in the middle of a cow pasture. I had to water
the cows before signing on the station each morning".
first came to the Washington area in 1969 while stationed at Walter
Reed Army Hospital. While an announcer with the Armed Forces
Network, he also did weekends & swing as "Mark
West" at WPGC, a name he shed by the time he joined the
station full time briefly for late nights then afternoons in late
1972. Early in 1975
he became Program Director,
a position he held until the 'Great
Strike That Struck Out' in May of 1977.
the strike, Jim became Vice President of Pop Promotion for Polydor
Records in New York. He returned to radio in the early
'80's as Asst. PD of 66
WNBC, which was then the most listened to station in the
nation. There he also produced the weekly 'Music Magazine'
feature and was the regular fill in host for the 'Imus in the
passed away in the early '90's. This site is dedicated in
on this aircheck
while still in the Service, Jim keeps the hits coming on a Million
Dollar Weekend. Listen for imaging elements to that effect
including the Legal ID & 'X Souvenir Years Ago today'
from Production Director & morning News
Raleigh (Bill Miller).
the '60's drew to a close, the drug culture was on the rise. Listen
for Jim doing a Pulsebeat newscast
including the story of an arrest for drug use at a concert at
Merriweather Post Pavilion the previous night (drugs and
Rock & Roll - who would have guessed!?).
Off' was long a station staple. That's General
Howard's voice as 'Mr. Sound Off' on a letter sent
by a tourist from Chicago. It is unknown whether the visitor won
the weekly prize of $10 for Best Sound Off of the week!
station's primary positioner in use at the time was the apt, 'WPGC
are from a PAMS
package known simply as 'Grid'. Modular in design, they
allowed rapid creation of packages for stations around the country
by effectively splicing the station's thematic logo ('Good
Guys Radio.....' in the case of WPGC) with generic work parts
that were used universally.
still present in the Fall of 1969. Jim does ones for Northeast
Ford & Hub Furniture. By this time, there had been a distinct
rise in the proportion of National versus Local commercials
heard on the station in favor of the former including one for
Instant Nutrament (featuring the vocal talents of WABC's
Dan Ingram). And don't miss the Coke spot sung by
Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart and one by (an uncredited)
Carly Simon belting out a jingle for Noxema just
a couple of years before her rise to fame as an artist in her
of future fame, the Best Bet of the Week was Austin
Robert's remake of 'Runaway'. The song failed to chart
Nationally but within three years he would barely miss the Top
Ten with 'Something's Wrong with Me'.
present on this tape
was of the 'Name It & Claim It' variety in which the
station would call numbers at random and asked whoever answered
what this hour's prize was. If they knew it, they won it. Alas,
this hour's contestestant did not know the prize was a 'Transistor
Walkie-Talkie' and missed out on the thrill of communicating
from 100 feet away!
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