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Top 100 of 1980

(Special thanks to Walt Bailey for the audio above).

Jim Elliott started at WPGC in 1975 as midday man and Music Director. Previously, he had worked in the market doing late nights at crosstown competitor WRC. 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 Manager, Bob 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 Guy, Scott Woodside from their property in Atlanta, Z-93 (which WPGC Program Director, Dan Mason had programmed before leaving to go to Washington after the strike).

Elliott & Woodside 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 or Woodside 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. Scott Woodside 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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