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Nelson was a student at Suitland High School in the mid '60's.
Late in December 1965, he visited the station to interview several
of the DJs including Bob
Raleigh (Paul Carmen), Harv
Marv Brooks, Dean
Griffith (Larry James), Gentleman
Jim Madison (Bob Benson) and news
The interview was published in his school newspaper on January
12, 1966. You can read
the article here.
afterwards, he got his start on the air at the University of
(as at least half of Washington radio personnel did!) where he
was Music Director for three years. While in school he did weekends
then went to WSID (later WLPL) in Baltimore before returning to
where he later became Program Director, Music Director and morning
man. He later managed Variety Records in Wheaton Plaza.
1981 when Scott
Shannon left WPGC for Q105 in Tampa, Program
Kingston who had succeeded Shannon hired Skip to do the Sunday
Night Oldies Show (ironically, it had been Skip who had first
hired Kingston at WINX
the Fall of 1982 the asinine decision by station management to
change the format to Adult Contemporary was made. Steve
Kingston was out as Program
Director and along with his ouster, Skip soon left too.
Top 40' had been relegated to Sunday nights and the Oldies
Show moved to Saturday nights where it was hosted by Lee
this brief aircheck
the night of the Fourth of July, 1982, Skip mentions the WPGC
'Coke Is It' 4th of July Summer T-shirts. Over 10,000 of these
had been distributed on the Mall for the Beach Boys concert that
day, much to the chagrin of Q107.
for a station that had such a wealth of jingles
over the years, era appropriate ones were not being used on the
Oldies show as they later were. And dry segues between the songs
(highly atypical of the era) were heard. The one WPGC 'Whisper
Drop' played exiting a commercial
set was from a package created by JAM
Skip has closed his record store after 25 years in Rockville.
Yesterday & Today Records is now an internet / mail
order function only.
thanks to Matt
Craig of Big
Apple Airchecks.com for the
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