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Ron O'Brien - 10/09/76

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Big Ron O'Brien had a stellar career behind the microphones of some of the most legendary stations in radio history. He did nights at WPGC in 1976 through the Great Strike That Struck Out in May, 1977. He later worked at such blowtorches as WNBC / New York and KIIS-FM / LA. The Big One went to that great transmitter in the sky on April 27th, 2008 at age 56 from complications due to pneumonia.

This aircheck from not long after he joined the station is from a typical Saturday night, full of Ron's high energy, wit & warmth (as evidenced by the Public Service Announcement he does for the Rockville Volunteer Clinic) that defined his on air performances.

On air giveaways included the latest album from Earth, Wind & Fire.

Ron's voice can be heard on the local commercial for Caravan Surf, Skate & Cycle. With Ron's arrival at the station, Dino Del Gallo moved to 10p-2a. He can be heard on the spot for Variety Records touting the release of Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis' first solo album apart from the Fifth Dimension. Other agency spots are heard for DiGeorgio Wine, Neutrogena Soap and Stri-Dex Pads (featuring none other than Barry Manilow himself!).

Morning news guy, Bob Raleigh was the voice of Soundoffs at the time. A listener gripe about the District of Columbia not withholding taxes for Maryland residents is heard towards the end of this aircheck.

Jingles in use were from a compilation of 'Logoset / Priority One' ordered by Program Director, Jim Collins in April of 1976 by JAM Creative Productions of Dallas.


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