defection for big dollars & big disappointment at Q107
early in January 1982 put a series of events into motion at WPGC.
Midday man, Dave
Foxx moved to mornings and was paired up with the Redskins'
who had been doing pre and post game reports on Mondays &
Fridays. Loo Katz
took over the morning news duties.
with this, late night guy, Max
Wolf moved to middays, Lisa
Kay shifted from overnights to late nights, weekender Scott
Tony Jenkins covered overnights and Lee
Chambers rejoined the station for weekends.
by the change in mornings at Q107,
joined WPGC in the Spring initially for afternoons but was quickly
teamed up by Program
Kingston with Dave
Foxx when Joe
Theismann left for training camp. Hence the birth of 'Dude
& Dave', a morning
show that represented the last real hope for WPGC as a Top
Media management however made the decision to change the format
that Fall in a vain effort to commandeer the Adult Contemporary
crown soon to be relinquished by WASH.
'Dude & Dave' which had shown so much promise in it's
brief existence was disbanded with Dave returning to middays and
Dude paired up with J.
Robert Howe, morning news
guy at WPGC's sister station KYAK
in Provo, Utah.
is not Washington, D.C. however, and that fact was painfully apparent
to anyone who heard him on the air. Not even a talent as strong
as Dude could save an obviously dying morning
show and equally decaying radio station. Early in 1983, Dude
left WPGC and ironically was replaced in mornings by none other
than Dave Foxx.
Even further irony ensued as Dude would soon resurface doing mornings
. Meanwhile, in the absence of a direct format competitor, Q107
shot straight to #1, justifying to ABC management the then unheard
of salaries commanded by Elliott
aircheck from less than 95 days before the change in format found
Dave Foxx on
vacation with Loo shifting roles and filling in for him (Loo's
presence on the morning show had been continuous as morning news
guy since Elliott
may have left but the features of their show remained, among them
'Day Off With Pay' and the award winning, 'Chooz Yer
Nooz'. An example of the latter is contained herein with Dude
doing a story of a chain reaction at a railroad crossing. Another
morning show feature was psychic Bill
O'Hara's nutty predictions on what was supposedly about to
happen in the future.
also took the role of news
guy while Dave was away. His newscasts are sprinkled throughout
the show. Of note were stories on the debut of the DC Lottery
and the possibility the Capitals might leave the Nation's
Capital. At the end of one of the newscasts is the weekly Soundoff
winner of a whopping $30. Why the winning Soundoff
was never played when the winner was announced is unknown.
also notice portions of network newscasts from ABC on this
tape. 1982 saw Watermark, the production company behind
40' acquired by the ABC Radio Network. As a condition
of carrying the show, the network forced affiliates to carry ABC
News. The ultimate slap in the face came the following year
when they stripped the program from WPGC (one of the original
seven stations to carry the show at its onset on July 4, 1970)
and gave it to Q107,
an ABC Owned & Operated station.
the highlight of this aircheck
in terms of entertainment value had to be Dude's character voice
of Miss Lilly, the little old lady with a sharp sense of
wit. Listen for various bits about real men, a Mafia man and E.T.,
The Extraterrestrial which had recently opened in theaters
The voice of E.T. was done by Howard Hoffman (of
who happened to be the morning man at WPGC sister station, KOPA
success of the film led to a topical contest
on the station in which listeners helped E.T. 'Phone
Home' by guessing his number (836-0211). The winner got to
fly home himself on Eastern Airlines along with $500 cash.
at the time included tickets to another film, 'The Best Little
Whorehouse In Texas' as well as to see new Country crossover
act, Alabama at Laurel Raceway.
couple of sales related promos
are also on this tape.
JJ McKay who
inherited afternoons after Dude moved to mornings voices the one
for the upcoming 5th Annual Ramblin'
Raft Race and a client tie-in for a Ford Ranger pickup
while Max Wolf
is heard on the 'why we're better than newspapers' one.
station positioning statements were in use at the time including
'Washingtons' Radio Station' (what else would it be, a
toaster?!), 'A Better Variety Of Washington's Favorite Songs'
and 'Famous For Washington's Best Music' (or, 'Favorite
were from a TM
package ordered in 1981. The equally famous (((reverb))) on the
station audio processing was still present but had already been
toned down to the point of almost being inaudible. That same plate
reverb unit would eventually resurface itself on WAVA's
audio chain in the mid '80's!
Dude is a successful commercial voice over actor while Loo went
on to work at WAVA,
MIX 107, and WASH where he did mornings for many years and presently operates Hound Radio.
thanks to Dude
Walker for providing this tape.