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100 of 1980
thanks to Walt Bailey for the audio above).
Elliott started at WPGC in 1975 as midday man and Music Director.
Previously, he had worked in the market doing late nights at crosstown
When NBC pulled the plug on that station with the debut of the
ill-fated NIS, News & Information Service, Jim became Program
Director at WEAM
in Northern Virginia. When long time WPGC morning
man, Harv Moore
left the station to go to WYSL in Buffalo with former WPGC General
Howard, midday man, Columbus
moved to mornings, creating an opening for middays.
Jim was one of the WPGC air
personalities who faced being permanently replaced by station
management in May of 1977 due to the Great
Strike That Struck Out over rebroadcasting the jocks voices
on the AM while they were heard live on the FM (seems trivial
in the voice-tracked world we live in today). He elected to stay
with the station after being offered mornings
and was initially teamed up with News
Guy, Don O'Day.
When Don left to return to First
Media's sister station in Provo, Utah in 1978, the company
brought in News
Woodside from their property in Atlanta, Z-93 (which WPGC
Mason had programmed before leaving to go to Washington after
enjoyed significant success from 1978 through early 1982, so much
so that ABC made them a then staggering offer to jump ship and
do mornings for its O&O, Q107.
Remarkably, neither Elliott
had been under contract at WPGC!
Personal differences between the two eventually led to the split
up of the pair. Jim
Elliott went on to do mornings by himself at B106,
then did middays at WAVA.
Until recently he was a VP of Pop Promotion at Arista Records
in New York. He is now involved in independent record promotion.
returned to Atlanta for mornings on Z-93
but has since left the business. Today he is President & CEO
of the Platinum Pen Company in Atlanta.
As they had done the previous two New Year's Eves, this show was
recorded ahead of time, this year counting down the Top 50 LP
cuts of '80.
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