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Bryan Lawrence - 10/11/71

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Bryan Lawrence started at WPGC part time while still a student at the University of Maryland in August 1971. By the following year he was doing the overnight shift, albeit 'part time' (never exceeding 25 hours a week so the station wouldn't have to pay benefits).

During 1972 he began the live broadcasts at the Black Ulysses restaurant in DC. In 1973 he graduated college and left WPGC for nights and later middays at KBEQ in Kansas City.

WPGC-FM had been broadcasting 24 hours a day since 1968. Initially, Famous Amos Anthony & Handy Andy Andrews (billed as 'Amos & Andy') broke up the overnight show, midnight - 3AM and 3 - 6AM respectively. By the time of this tape however, the graveyard shift was split up by Alexander Goodfellow 12 - 3AM and Todd Reynolds 3 - 6AM.

Heard on this aircheck early one Monday morning (the aforementioned's day of the week off), Bryan spends seemingly most of his time doing live spots for the Esquire Shops, the sole sponsor of the overnight shift! Not to be outdone, a recorded commercial for said mentioned retailer is also heard, voiced by Program Director and afternoon man, 'big' Wilson.

A great way for stations to meet their news commitment with the FCC was by burying large portions of it in the overnight show. Such is the case here where Bryan is heard doing a much longer than normal newscast including a story about the Redskins having won their first four games of the season, the first time since 1943 that had happened.

The ever present voice of General Manager, Bob Howard is heard as it had been for years as 'Mr. Soundoff' reading a listener's gripe about being overworked as a waitress. The $20 awarded for the best Soundoff of the week would no doubt have been larger than her average tab back in 1971.

Upcoming contesting on the station included the 'Columbusmobile', a '55 Chevy that newly arrived midday guy (and future WPGC morning man) Columbus would give away in about a month's time.

At the time of this tape, the station billed itself appropriately, as 'WPGC #1'. Jingles are a mix of packages including some cuts from three years earlier in 1968 from the Pepper-Tanner collection, 'The Now Sound'.


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