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Double O', Loo Katz
joined the station in 1980 as the utility fill in guy, often substituting
for Scott Woodside
in morning news. When Elliott
departed early in 1982 for Q107
he did morning news for an extended period of time.
later became the Promotions Director for WPGC before departing
in 1983 for a Program Director gig in New Haven. Returning a year
later he became the Asst. Program Director but left again in 1984
where he did middays for several years. Eventually he spent 10
years in PM drive at
MIX107. Today he does mornings at WASH-FM.
battle with Q107
had raged on for almost two years at the time of this aircheck.
With the addition of Don
Geronimo at night, WPGC righted itself and by the end of 1980
had regained the Top 40 crown, billing itself as 'Washington's
#1 Contemporary Music Station'. The statement was factual
but included the combined numbers for both the AM as well as the
of the most striking aspects of this period was the lingering
shock & disbelief in the tragic assassination of John Lennon
less than a month before. With 'Starting Over' a virtual
instant #1 record, other facets of his career emerged including
his last recorded concert appearance from Thanksgiving 1974 at
Madison Square Garden with Elton John. Their duet on 'I Saw
Her Standing There' is poignantly included herein.
pressures being what they were, contesting
at the time was at full speed with a Datsun 280ZX up for grabs
along with a seemingly endless supply of loot for listeners to
the More-Music battle with Q107
was evident with streamlined breaks in and out of commercial
sets. 30 Minute Music Sweeps, though commonplace today
were a new programming innovation in 1980.
for the commercials
themselves, virtually all were agency produced, including one
for Dr. Pepper sung by the Statler Brothers who
were riding the wave of the Urban Cowboy fad. Afternoon
guy, JJ Jackson
is heard on the spot
for Zippers while morning
man, Jim Elliott
is on the one for Sprite. A movie spot
for Neil Diamond's latest venture, The Jazz Singer
is also contained on this tape.
identifiers in use included, 'The Hot One' and 'Where
the Music Sounds Best'. Jingles
are from JAM
and include imaging stagers for music sweeps with 'Whisper
Drops' ordered that year by Program
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