Elliott came to WPGC from WEAM
(where he was Program Director), for middays & Music Director
duties in 1975. He had previously worked in Washington doing late
nights at WRC.
In 1977, he moved to mornings.
In the Summer of 1978, Scott
Woodside joined him for morning news.
left the station in late 1981, accepting a then staggering offer
Jim later did mornings at B106,
middays at WAVA
& eventually became VP of Pop Promotion at Arista Records
in NY. Today
he runs his own airplay consulting firm while Scott
resides in Atlanta.
makes this aircheck
so remarkable is the short amount of time Jim
Elliott & Scott
Woodside (they would not officially be
billed as 'Elliott
until 1980) had worked together. The pair had been assembled by
Mason when morning news
guy, Don O'Dea
left WPGC to return to sister station KYAK
as its Program Director in the Summer of 1978, roughly one year
after the 'Great
Strike That Struck Out' and his arrival at the station.
brought in morning news
Woodside from WQXI
had an immediate & natural chemistry which struck a chord
with many listeners. Scott's background in improvisational acting
lent itself well to spontaneous goofiness on the morning
show at any given moment and as any situation warranted.
talent is clearly heard in this theatre of the mind production
in many of the alleged, man on the street descriptions of the
floats in this fictitious parade. Topical references to key figures
in the news at the time created a comical premise that found infinite
variations including the improbable appearance of Ricky Ricardo
& Lucy on a float, All The President's Men on
another, Billy Carter (who also sings a song for Jim
Elliott) on one, Liz Ray belly dancing on another and
Tong Sung Park handing out money on his float like it was
going out of style.
this cornucopia of hilarity are cameo appearances by overnight
DJ, Liz Kiley
interviewing Turkey Mogul, 'Frank Purdull' on the White
House South Lawn, Scott
Carpenter's description of the Mummers participation
in the parade in front of the YMCA (they in fact hum if not mum
to 'Stayin' Alive'), Waylon
Richards' one man band float, and Dave
Foxx (who produced the pre-recorded elements) who has a run-in
with the law.
of those prerecorded elements contained inside humor only station
staffers or acquaintances would appreciate. Various station personnel's
names were attributed to several committees who had planned the
parade. Of note was the Clean Up Committee behind the horses
consisting of 'Dan', (Dan
Director), 'Bill', (Bill
Manager) and 'Glenn', (Glenn
Potter, President of WPGC owner, First
time listeners of the station knew immediately however the name
mentioned in the funniest bit on the tape in which Dave interviews
a confused old man on the parade sidelines who thinks that Harv
Moore & The
Redhead were still doing mornings
on WPGC (they had in fact left the station over three years earlier!).
everything together and running smoothly, ringmaster, Jim
Elliott also contributes several recurring Holiday themed
features including a Thanksgiving Day Quiz and Things
to be Thankful For comedy bits.
was the word of the day in this presentation. Wild claims such
as President Carter giving his okay for the parade to circle
the White House and Channel 7 Eyewitness News giving
WPGC all 15 of it's mini-cams to use in the parade (really necessary
for radio!) were the norm. The joke was perpetuated with numerous
disclaimers such as 'No need to go out to the parade; we're
bringing it to you on the radio'. (The station did in fact
receive calls as to the parade's route and viewing areas!).
made the picture all the more believable. Whenever generic marching
band music was heard between floats, mentions were made of various
high schools in the area supposedly appearing in the parade including
Bowie, Crofton, Suitland, Annandale, Walter Johnson, West Springfield,
Montgomery Blair & Gaithersburg High Schools. Even the
Army & Navy bands get in on the act plus a
purported appearance by the Redskinettes & the Redskins
Marching Band (the 'Skins faced Dallas that
on this tape
were not included but a few seconds entering & exiting stopsets
are heard. Jingles
in use were from JAM's
'Positron' package which had been ordered earlier in the
to the '2nd Annual' reference, if anyone remembers a parade
from the previous (or successive years), please contact
thanks to contributor, Steve Willet for this piece of radio
to the parade in its entirety or click on any of the links below to
hear the various bits used throughout it.