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McNeil did weekends on WPGC from December of 1977 - August
of 1978. But his voice had been heard on the station long before
that, originally as 'Todd Reynolds' doing overnights 3-6AM
from November 1970 - March of 1972 and then again as 'Ed Kowalski'
once more doing weekends in early 1976.
the time of this aircheck,
Ed was gainfully employed (if one can ever be in radio) in Baltimore
at WCBM. Called in to relieve the vacationing Jim
Elliott, he managed admirably in morning drive with newsguy,
Don O'Day who
had joined the station in that capacity following the Great
Strike That Struck Out in May of 1977 from sister station,
KYAK in Provo,
the same station he would return to as Program Director in the
Summer of 1978.
is heard on three newscasts
during this tape
from a Friday morning. The 'Happy News' concept in vogue
at the time is evident with a story about 'Bubbles the Hippo'
but is balanced with the hard news of the day including features
on the Recording Industry Association of America's (RIAA) concerns
over lost sales due to vinyl album counterfeiting as well as President
Carter invoking the Taft-Hartley Act to temporarily put
a stop to a nationwide coal strike.
reference to Taft-Hartley is indeed ironic. Less than a
year before, the on-air staff at WPGC had walked out in a labor
dispute involving management's desire to have DJs record their
voices for use on the AM (though all would still be heard live
on the FM). The union representing the on-air performers, AFTRA
made a tragic mistake by threatening advertising agencies in town,
warning them that commercials with WPGC talent on them could not
air on other stations in Washington. According to the National
Labor Relations Board, that constituted a 'secondary boycott'
and thus violated Taft-Hartley. Ultimately, all on-air
performers were let go (though one did cross the picket line and
return). WPGC owner First
Media then replaced the strikers with staff from other stations
in the chain.
the late '70's commercials
heard on the station were predominantly agency produced. One local
one for Sears' record department was voiced by midday guy,
(& future WPGC morning
man) Dave Foxx
for Barry Manilow's Greatest Hits (available on LP &
8 Track tapes!). Afternoon guy, Scott
Carpenter is heard on Laurel Auto Park and night guy,
is on the AMTRAK spot. All other commercials
originated from agencies. Significantly, stopsets never exceeded
two minutes in morning
gal, Liz Kiley
appears on a Soundoff
on Police response codes, which itself was in response to an earlier
one from a listener complaining about Police overreacting to non-emergencies.
For years Soundoffs
had been voiced by the anonymous 'Mr. Soundoff' (in reality,
Howard). With his departure in 1974, former newsguy,
Raleigh (Bill Miller) inherited the duty. When he vacated
the station as part of the Strike,
the task off doing Soundoffs
was then delegated to the air
were from JAM
and featured perhaps their most memorable package of the '70's,
'Positron', originally created the previous year for WABC
in New York. Station identifiers in use at the time included '95
FM Stereo' as well as the venerable, 'Musicradio'.
on this tape
is a tease for upcoming contesting,
For It' in which listeners had to identify the last
three songs played to win cash, then go for even more cash by
identifying other song hooks.
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