Carpenter had previously worked at a host of blowtorch stations
CKLW / Detroit
Toronto. He joined WPGC for afternoons early in 1978 after Brant
Miller left for WLS,
and left himself in early 1980 to do mornings in Baltimore at
He later made stops at KLAC
in LA as well as back in Washington at WMZQ.
After a stint at the WorldSpace's satellite network's 'UpCountry' Channel, Scott went to work at the U.S. Department of Energy as a Systems Administrator. Today, he is retired in Fredericksburg, VA.
face it; Scott was just a damn good Top 40 jock and it really
shows here. Sharp, witty and full of Rock & Roll energy, he
handled afternoons with style, class and grace. A veteran performer
at the peak of his career. And his ratings proved it.
of ratings, WPGC had been the center of a controversy since the
year before by calling attention on the air to when Arbitron
ratings periods were in effect. At the time of this aircheck
on the Memorial Day Weekend of 1979, Arbitron still only
surveyed households of their listening preferences for one month
at a time, four times a year, unlike the continuous measurement
method used today.
their eyes, on air announcements of this type were sacrilege and
purportedly tainted the results in the ratings. Because of running
ratings period announcements on the air, WPGC was listed 'below
the line' in the ratings book. Then an unheard of phenomena occured;
other market competitors did the same thing. At one point, virtually
all major stations wound up being listed below the line, thus
negating any unfair advantage for any single station. You'll hear
morning news guy,
do a typical announcement of this type on this tape.
were also a consideration with respect to WPGC's new format competitor,
WPGC was way ahead in the ratings at this point, it was clear
a war was in the offing. And it wasn't just with Q107.
When the Spring 1979 ratings came out just a few weeks after this
WPGC beat WMAL
in Total Persons 12+ for the first time ever.
this did not please ABC management at all, whose primary mission
in blowing up album rock formatted WRQX
and launching Top 40, Q107
was really to protect its AM mainstay, WMAL
from further attacks from WPGC by siphoning off as many teens
as possible from 'PGC, thus lowering the 12+ figures. It was a
strategy that worked - for a while, until WPGC righted itself
and regained the Top 40 crown.
tactic in the psychological war was the #1 Weekend that
Shannon ran over the holiday weekend. The concept was simple
but effective; #1 hits on the #1 station all weekend long, a quick
and easy way to remind listeners of the station they grew up with
and first heard these songs on. Touche. Various staging
elements before the #1 songs were voiced by both Shannon &
midday guy (and future WPGC morning
guy), Dave Foxx.
Shannon too on the Soundoff
about speeding. Since the Great
Strike That Struck Out in May of 1977, listeners' gripes
about seemingly anything had been read on the air by the DJs as
well as Public Service Director, Sherry
Soundoff', former General
Howard had left the station when it was sold in 1974 and proceeded
to take long time morning man, Harv
Moore with him to Buffalo.
took the form of Rod Stewart concert T-shirts, tickets
to the show and copies of his 'Blondes Have More Fun' album.
Since the station was playing a higher than normal percentage
of Oldies with the #1 Weekend, souvenir Oldies albums were also
activity at the time included the 'Washington's
in which the station searched for DC's best looking guy &
gal who were each awarded $1,000 in conjunction with the Capital
Centre's 'Summer Fun Celebration'. Scott
does a live promo
to this end on this tape.
the station had introduced cold segues between two songs without
any identifying element in between them the year before. The 'Positron'
from the year before were noticeably absent by Summer 1979 outside
of the morning
show. Speaking of which, Jim
Elliott & Scott
Woodside had been together for not quite a year at this stage
and were now billed jointly as 'Elliott
thanks to Matt
Craig of Big
Apple Airchecks.com for the