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Ed Kowalski - 02/08/76

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Few people if any ever worked at WPGC as many times (3) using as many names (3) as did Mr. Ed. Originally heard doing overnights in 1970-72 as 'Todd Reynolds', he returned to the station for part time work as 'Ed Kowalski' after leaving WYRE in Annapolis from late 1975-early 1976 before departing for WWSW in Pittsburgh. From late 1977-1978 he made yet another appearance as a part time jock, this time as 'Ed McNeil' while he was working full time in Baltimore at WCBM. Today, Ed Gursky is retired after having spent many years at the FCC and the Voice of America.

Heard on a Sunday night on this aircheck, Ed pipes virtually jump out of the radio thanks to the amazing audio processing designed by Chief Engineer, Smitty which included wall to wall (((reverb)))! Songs were also sped up noticeably as a matter of practice. This tape is playing at the correct speed; the songs actually aired that fast then!

Ed mentions Jim Elliott being on the air the following morning. Although Jim would eventually inherit the morning show for himself after returning from the Great Strike That Struck Out in May of 1977, this was the period between the time when former WPGC morning man, Columbus had left the station for WLS in Chicago and before the arrival of Tim Kelly from WCFL, also in Chicago.

The station's identifiers at the time were 'Stereo 95' and the venerable, 'Musicradio' which was very apt since it would be hard to play more than the 59 minutes of music this hour that Ed promotes during the course of this aircheck.

Contesting consisted of various LP giveaways by major acts of the time including the Bee Gees', 'Main Course' and Elton John's, 'Rock of the Westies' along with new releases by Bad Company & Carole King.

Commercials are comprised of a couple read live by Ed for VOB Datsun and the Rabbit's Foot Nightclub as well as agency produced ones for Private Hill Apartments and a concert spot for acts appearing at the Capital Centre including BTO, Kansas, Peter Frampton, Foghat, Gary Wright and others.

Bob Raleigh (Bill Miller, the fifth of six different jocks to use the name at the station over the years) is the voice on the Soundoff about lack of heat in Government offices. He had joined the station back in 1966 from KOIL in Omaha doing nights and later middays before landing the dual roles of morning news guy and Production Director. He had previously occasionally voiced Soundoffs as 'Lt. Tweety' when former WPGC General Manager, Bob Howard (the anonymous voice of 'Mr. Soundoff') was unavailable to do so and inherited the job when Howard left the station after its sale in 1974.

Jingles heard on this tape are from PAMS and were from one of the final packages they produced which were created the year before for WLS, appropriately enough called, 'LS auditions'.


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