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Scott Carpenter - 05/15/78

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Scott Carpenter's resume reads like a who's who in Top 40 radio with stops at major blowtorches around North America, not the least of which was CKLW / Detroit and later, CHUM / Toronto. He joined WPGC in early 1978 as Program Director, Dan Mason hired him for afternoon drive when Brandt Miller left for WLS / Chicago.

Scott left WPGC early in 1980 for mornings at the then new CHR in Baltimore, B104 (launched by former WPGC Good Guy DJ, Jim Madison #4 (Joel Denver). He would later head to the west coast for a stay at KLAC / LA before returning to Washington at WMZQ. Today he works on the WorldSpace's 'Up Country' satellite format and also works with the U.S. Dept. of Energy, where he is a Systems Administrator.

During the time of this aircheck, WPGC's ratings dominance reached new levels. While Teens continued to drive the station at night, the station had evolved very nicely in catering to 20-something Adults who had grown up with the station a decade earlier.

It's Adult numbers were so powerful that within a year, WPGC would surpass WMAL as the most listened to station in the Nation's Capitol of any age! (Which was the driving force in ABC's decision in early 1979 to blow up Album Rock WRQX for CHR formatted Q107).

The station's Adult lean is heard in Image Artist stopset entry liners featuring, the Eagles, George Benson, Rod Stewart, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Wonder and Simon & Garfunkel, voiced by midday man (and future WPGC morning man), Dave Foxx.

WPGC was a Sales person's dream. Strikingly, all but two of the spots heard on this tape are for National or regional outfits, a local to national percentage rivaled only by New York (listen for WABC's Dan Ingram on the spot for Maybelline). And don't miss Dick & Bert on a classic commercial for The Gap.

Promotionally, WPGC was on top of what was hot at any given time. The film, Thank God It's Friday had just come out. Notice how the film is billed as 'Thank Goodness It's Friday, at the insistence of WPGC's Marriott / Mormon ownership. Prize packs consisted of the standard movie tickets, soundtrack LPs & t-shirts.

Primary station positioners in use were 'Musicradio' & '95 FM Stereo & 1580 AM'. Jingles are JAM's 'Positron' although cuts from earlier packages, 'Logoset' & 'Priority One' were also still in use.


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