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Dedicated in memory of Jim Collins


Jack Alix shortly before
his passing in 2006.

Jack Alix:

What a thrill to log on to this web site and see my air check and some background being published. These truly were the "good old days" in the 60's. We were teenagers and filled with excitement as we hit the air on WPGC-FM in its infancy. Read more.



Polyester prone in 1977!

Shelby Austin:

My most vivid memory has to be the strike. Truckers trying to run the Lincoln off the road while I was driving it, watching the picketers out of my apartment window, picking up non-union jocks at the airport...and yes I was on the air doing the Sunday morning was AWFUL! Read more.



Harry Boomer today.

Harry Boomer:

I just happened to do a google search on my name and up popped the WPGC references...WOW...what a surprise. It was good to see faces of friends I haven't seen in more than 3-decades.

I'm now an Anchor / Reporter for WOIO (CBS) and WUAB (UPN) / Cleveland. More info can be found about me by going to 19 Read more.


(L-R) Sue Gardiner, Anita Miller,
Bev Burch & Bobbie Sweitzer in '72.

Beverley Burch:

I worked for WPGC from 1962 to 1975....during all of the good times. I was 21 when I went to work there. It was my most "fun" job ever. I started working there part time in 1962...I had 3 small babies and was just getting back to work. Quickly, Bob Howard realized I had more potential and I became his secretary. To sum it up, we had a lot of fun and were very close. I really missed it at first when I left, but I knew it would never be the same. We were #1.....and that was the best time of "Rock and Roll". Read more.



Professional portrait from 1974


What a great website...the "blowtorch" line alone makes you feel proud to have been a part of know for years I never thought much about WPGC then I saw the Cameron Crowe film, Almost Famous... I'm sure the other guys from the' 72 to' '75 years had similar many ways we were like the band on the bus rolling through the heartland, just headed somewhere with our music ... and dreams of things not as they were but as we longed for them to was a pretty special time... Read more.


With 'Money Car' winner (L) in March of '73.

Chris Curtis:

I just stumbled across the WPGC tribute website and found myself from 1973! Great looking website. It brings back many memories. Read more.


All smiles in 1973

Dino Del Gallo:

I totally enjoyed my time at WPGC and wish to hell that I were still there. I was fortunate in that I started working there during the summer of my sophomore/junior year in high school. I was a news editor by day and jock wannabe by night. Alexander Goodfellow helped me with my first production room aircheck which really sucked. Others like Joel Denver (Jim Madison) would let me run the board out of stopsets. Talk about taking a chance! Read more.


Warren Duffy is now retired from KKLA, LA


Cousin Warren Duffy:

In 1959, we put a "Good Guys" Top 40 format together at a little station in York, PA owned by Susquehanna Broadcasting.  The company purchased a station in Ohio (Akron to be exact) and in 1961 they named me as their first program director at WHLO and of course, the "Good Guys" format trailed along with us.

By 1966, the station came to the attention of Bob Howard, the GM of WPGC, whose family lived in Cleveland.  He would monitor the station when he visited his relatives, and about 1966 he and I got in touch and next thing you know, I was living in Silver Spring, MD and I was the afternoon jock and the PD of WPGC. Read more.



1977 Publicity shot

Jim Elliott:

I occasionally take some time and go to this site and sooooo many memories come flooding back. Many people don't appreciate what they've got in living day to day...whether it be a great soul mate or a great radio station. WPGC was a GREAT station and so far ahead of its time in that we were one of the first successful FM stations (due to the heavy penetration of FM in DC).

WPGC was part of people's lives...they came to us to be with friends , to hear new music, to be entertained and to win great prizes (and a lot of cash)....and the loyalty of the listener was reciprocated by on air personalities that really cared about the station, the community and each other. Read more.


Famous Amos:

I started at WPGC when the station went 24 hours on FM in the Fall of 1968. Bob Howard’s bizarre marketing idea to promote WPGC going all-night on FM was “The return of Amos and Andy” to radio, thus the “Famous Amos” and “Handy Andy” monikers. The actual, cost-savings reason, of course, for having two part-time people on overnight was you didn't have to pay full-time AFTRA wages. Read More.



The 'Beachcomber' in 1971

Alexander Goodfellow:

I am truly stunned at all the stuff you have on what will always be my favorite station. Really, it's quite an achievement and as an official former Good Guy, I am very grateful. I was especially impressed with your stuff on Jim Collins, and was touched to see the dedication to him. Read more.



Kevin James today at
The Beat, KKBT in Los Angeles.

Kevin James:

My greatest experience was meeting Ted Davita.  Ted was a young boy at NIH with a rare blood disease.  He became one of my best friends. I visited him every week and he called me every night. His father was Director of the Cancer Institute.  Do you remember the TV movie "Boy In A Plastic Bubble"? Most of that story was based on Ted including going to  concerts at the Cap Centre in my van and him wearing his NASA designed space suit. He died at the age of 17. Read more.



Good Guy DJ
Davy Jones today

Davy Jones:

What can one say, being part of a legend is totally nuts. Deep in my heart I truly believe there will never be a time in the industry where so much was put into the presentation of a radio station, as was put together by the great staff of WPGC. I'm extremely proud to have been apart of the best moments of radio that ever existed. Read more.



From 1962.

'Barefoot' Larry Justice:

Bob Howard tried to change my real name...Lawrence Kirk some stupid off the wall stage name ....we compromised and settled on Larry Justice...however he insisted on 'Barefoot' Larry Justice, friend of all the 'Barefoot' housewives. How do you think that would have played in 1968 when they were burning their bras? I was never crazy about "Barefoot."

During the 'take over / lock in', a major mob of fans gathered outside the station on Southern Ave. and the PG County police had to be called to control the crowd. Wow! What a hoot. Bob was threatened for taking advantage of a country boy! Read more.



Lisa Kay in 1981

Lisa Kay:

I was the first female who was on the air before midnight (at age 23) and even filled in for Don Geronimo (6-10pm) when he was on vacation. The General Manager didn't care for this "girl" on the air, but Steve Kingston was very supportive until he left. Read more.


'Bryan' (Bob) Laurence today.

Bryan Lawrence:

A couple of things I remember most about the Black Ulysses overnight remote: Harv Moore didn't want to do it. It was good money in an unrated slot and guess who won? Bill Prettyman. I got a nice talent fee on top of my $4.72/hour. The restaurant provided an all-night cafeteria-style breakfast that was first class after all the clubs closed at 2AM...including the Ulysses which had show bands like "Octagon" and "And The Professionals". Read More.


From July 1976.

Keith MacDonald:

At the request of John Gehron (then WLS PD, my college PD, and now GM of Clear Channel Chicago) I taped Columbus without his knowledge. John used the tape to get him to Chicago as his production director. A year later, he resigned, saying that the production work was getting in the way of his free lance business, which was (and from what I hear is) quite successful. Read More.


With Scott Woodside
in 1978

Vicki Mallgrave:

I began there in 1978 in Bladensburg as the Accounts Receivable Clerk and worked in that little tiny room in the back with Chris Fisher and Sheila Chandler. Chris was always telling us stories about Elvis as she was such a fan of his and Sheila made me laugh 8 hours a day. Chris must have wondered about us because we were always giggling. Read more.



As a native, I started listening to WPGC as a kid. So my interest in the station is much more that just working there. Just for the record, I started at the "PIG" as a engineer at the transmitter site in 1970. I am a fountain of "useless" knowledge of the station from '70-74 as an employee, and as a fan prior to that. Read more.



With Harv Moore
in July 1971.

Anita Miller ('April May'):

This site is a joy and shows lots of hard work. For years I thought I was the only one who still felt the station was special. My youth giving it more emphasis than it deserved. Perhaps not! This site demonstrates what people can accomplish when they care if only briefly. I hope the next generation of DJ's will take the blow torch from this site and be inspired to try to top us. Wouldn't that be something!!! Read more.


Harv Moore today

Harv Moore:

Bob Howard had a "right of first refusal" on the sale of WPGC. When the Richmonds tried to sell it to the Marriotts, he exercised it. Got a bundle. He used the money to buy WYSL and WPHD here in Buffalo in Oct '74. He asked me to moved up here and work for him.  I left WPGC in 1975.  I had worked for him since 1963, so we had a good working relationship. Read more.


With Alexander Goodfellow (left) in 1971

Todd Reynolds / Ed Kowalski / Ed McNeil:

As far as working there as many times as I did, I can think of a few folks who stopped by twice (Jim Collins, Dino Del Gallo, Linda Kelly immediately come to mind) but never a third. QUICK! CALL GUINNESS, AND TELL 'EM TO STOP THE PRESSES. WE HAVE A NEW WORLD'S RECORD! Read more.


Bob Burian, about 1968.

Bob Peyton (Bob Burian):

OK, so here I am a 65 year old former disk jockey with nothing to do one evening, so I Google myself and what do I find? I find that I was at one time semi famous in DC. Actually I really got a kick out of remembering some WPGC times, people and, of course, music from the late 60's. Read more.


Waylon Richards
today in San Diego.

Waylon Richards:

Great website. It mustta took lotza work to put together and it looks great. I'm in San Diego and President of my own advertising agency, AdVIZOR. It's a start-up but going pretty good. Read more.


With 'Phono Phunnies'
winner (left) in 1973.

Charlie Scheu:

What a great website. How great to see and hear about the guys I worked with from '68 to '70 at the PIG. But talking about being out of it...I had no idea about Jim Collins. He was a great guy. Really sorry to hear that news. I'm semi retired in Punta Gorda Florida, doing a three hour morning gig at WCVU 104.9 FM and was thrilled to find this web page. Great Job. I put it on my favorites. Read more.


Brad Scott:

Great web site. Been looking at the site for an hour...WOW. Thanks for the hard work. I'm now Mike O'Brien at STAR 102 Kansas City. Been in KC since 1973, after leaving WPGC and WYRE. Read more.


Al Wallack today

Al Wallack:

I enjoyed cruising around the WPGC website a great deal. Spent some time there in '70-'71. Hired by big Wilson and worked with Harv Moore, several Bob Raleighs and my best buddy there at the time was Davy Jones. I was, mostly, a News Guy. Keep up the good work.


Wally Weaver:

Came across your website almost by accident while reading about the sad passing of Dean Griffith. Great site that brings back lots of fond memories. Went to the "News Guys" page to check on some old friends, and lo-and-behold - -found my name from my brief stint at 'PGC. While there, I was "Wally Weaver", a name concocted by then 'PGC PD Scott Shannon. I continued to perform news duties at Z-104 in Frederick under my real name, Wally Hindes. Read more.


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