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Johnny Jones - 09/19/72

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Johnny Jones came from WAMS in Wilmington, Delaware in 1972 and went on to become one of the original staff of Buzz Bennett's 13Q in Pittsburgh after leaving WPGC the following year. He then went on to program WRVR-FM in New York for quite a few years when it was a jazz station owned by Sonderling.

This brief aircheck from the Fall of '72 captures the mood of the moment. The massacre of the Israeli Olympic athletes was fresh on everyone's mind. Listen for a news story read by midday guy (and future WPGC morning man) Columbus on a mail bomb exploding at the Israeli Embassy in London.

News stories were deliberately placed in the middle of commercial sets so as to bury them, lessen potential tune out with its teen audience yet still meet its FCC obligations. The reason for this was a new competitor for the Top 40 crown in DC with the debut of WRC as a bona-fide rocker.

Said mentioned story is heard directly between spots for Beta Petites and Lowes Chevrolet, both voiced by Production Director (and ironically, morning news guy, Bob Raleigh [Bill Miller]) who had been with the station since his arrival from KOIL in Omaha in 1966 to do nights at WPGC.

Jingles of the time were from PAMS, Series 42a.


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