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, following The
Great Strike That Struck Out,
he returned to the station to do mornings, initially teamed
with Don O'Dea.
In the Summer of 1978, Scott
Woodside joined him for morning news from
WQXI in Atlanta.
left the station in early 1982, 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, the Spin-Doctor while Scott
is in Atlanta.
let's dispense with the factual error that 10/20/80 was WPGC's
actual 26th Anniversary. In fact, a Construction Permit was issued
by the FCC to Washington electronics engineer and
former FCC employee,
12th, 1953. (The FM had been on the air since January 18, 1948
The tower for WPGC-AM was erected in April, 1954 and broadcasts
began on April 24, 1954 at 9AM of a PG County Council meeting in Upper Marlboro from a studio in Morningside on the farm of Duval
B. Evans on Walters Lane off Suitland Road.
said all that, the Fall ratings period made an excellent excuse
to celebrate the long standing heritage of the station. The highlights
of this aircheck
are in fact the old WPGC airchecks
that were played including one of former WPGC Morning
Moore from 10/10/72 which originated
with a vinyl album distributed by Cashbox Magazine / MCA Records
to radio stations across the country called, 'The Ultimate
Radio Bootleg'. It featured brief excerpts from leading morning
shows around the nation including DC. Why Harv wasn't called to
talk about the old days is unknown; his whereabouts in Buffalo
at the time (and to this very day) were widely known.
featured was a WPGC aircheck
from November 1975 of another former WPGC morning
on his last day before departing for WLS
as he signed off for the last time and handed over the reigns
comments as the tape
is playing are worth the price of admission alone!
26th Anniversary production pieces also spiced up the show, among
them the WPGC Disc Jockey Hall of Fame roll call, narrated
Shannon as midday guy (and future WPGC morning
man) Dave Foxx
reads off a list of some of the station's illustrious on air alumni.
particular interest is a recreation of WPGC-AM's sign-on in 1954.
Also narrated by Scott
Shannon, the anonymous announcer's voice with a slight hint
of a Southern accent heard at the beginning was none other than
IDs and stagers
added to the retro feel of the day. As for contemporary mechanics
in use at the time, morning teams were beginning to become in
vogue and the WPGC morning
show was now officially being billed as 'Elliott
instead of merely Jim
had several recurring comedy bits, notably the fictitious 'Armadillo
Country' theme park, an example of which is included herein.
Later they would also use the syndicated 'Hiney Winery'
bit. Although not planned, you'll hear them make reference to
studios. The station had moved just days before from the Parkway
Building in Bladensburg where it had been situated since 1965
to Beltway studios in Greenbelt
overlooking 495. This comes to light when someone in another studio
begins playing the previously mentioned 1954 AM sign-on recreation
not aware that the studio was live on the air.
with the new studios, the station also introduced the then novel
notion of an 800 number request line (800-492-0832). Unfortunately
it only worked in Maryland as multi-state lines were cost prohibitive,
a fact which led to its removal the following year.
of phones, Ma Bell was in the early stages of being broken
up. Listen for a commercial
for new competitor MCI which explains there were now two
long distance companies. Likewise, a spot
for C&P Telephone Bell Center stores now offers consumers
the revolutionary option of purchasing their phones for the first
on this tape
(and there are a lot of them!) are for the most part agency produced
and are National or Regional in origin. Predictably, an abundance
of them are for car dealers (who would have guessed?!). The pipes
heard on the tags at the end of the Red Rose Tea and Pan
is Assistant Program Director (and future WPGC Program
Kingston. A 7-Eleven spot
for coffee doesn't mention it, but Elliott
commuter coffee cups were available at the time throughout the
Metro DC area.
if you've ever seen the film, 'A Christmas Story', you'll
recognize the film's writer and narrator, Jean Shepherd's
voice (of WOR, New York fame) on the commercial
for Household Finance.
'WPGC Wants To Make You Rich' promo
by midday man (and future WPGC morning
man) Dave Foxx
illustrates the no holds barred skirmishes common between WPGC
at the time. The same thought is echoed with a live mention by
later in the tape. Dave also appears with Scott
Woodside on a promo
for a charity event for the Ronald McDonald House.
voice on the sweeper
for 'More Music, WPGC' is John
Young, who happened to be the Program Director at WPGC's sister
in Atlanta. The station's other primary identifier was 'WPGC-FM
95.5 and 1580 AM'.
with the alleged 26th Anniversary, contesting
included WPGC Birthday Suits and tickets to Frank Sinatra's
first film in ten years, 'First Deadly Sin'. Other benchmarks
of the morning show included Day Off With Pay and Chooz
of this tape
consists of Scott
Billed as the 'WPGC Newsmagazine', the approach was tabloid
in nature and often lighthearted, including stories about Channel
5 accidentally running its sign-off announcement at 8PM on
the previous Saturday night and Woodward & Lothrop
celebrating its 100th anniversary. Traffic
reports were done by overnight DJ, Shauna
while weather came from 'Accuweather' clone, 'Compuweather'
and meteorologist Joe Reo.
tenure lasted a little more than another year before they left
for big dollars and big disappointment at Q107,
a move that essentially began the painful demise of WPGC when
management made the ridiculous decision to change the format to
Adult Contemporary late in 1982.