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(spelled with a lower case 'b', perhaps
to avoid confusion with the long-time afternoon man at WNBC
in New York) came to WPGC from WZOO for afternoons & Program
Director in 1969 when Charlie
Scheu gave up programming duties to move into sales. His
tenure lasted until approximately 1973 when he left for WEAM.
He later programmed WNOK in Columbia, South Carolina.
If anyone knows of his whereabouts today, please email
Guy Todd Reynolds / Ed Kowolski / Ed McNeil writes:
"big" Wilson's handle came from, you guessed it,
Bob Howard. "big" was removed as PD when the shit
hit the fan as a result of the Chris
James phone call that got on the air during Harry Chapin's
"Taxi", shortly after 6PM one unforgettable Sunday.
He went on the air one Sunday in late-summer '72 to do 6p-Mid.
Second song into the show was "Taxi." He gets on a business
line and calls his girlfriend.
jock Brad Scott had left the
studio Ampex in record position WITH the pot on the board UP &
OPEN. Phone call goes on the air over "Taxi." James
doesn't know, has monitor potted down. Several profanities, but
never the F-bomb. Finally, a listener who was working at the Mobil
station over the hill calls the newsline to tell James that his
call is going on the air, adding "and so is this one!"
James quickly figures what has happened.
morning, shit hits the fan at the PIG. Bob
Howard learns of episode. James is fired. BoHo also discovers
several other shady deals Wilson has pulled. Howard
strips Wilson of PD stripes, gives 'em to Harv
Moore. Shortly thereafter, Wilson moved to overnight remotes,
including board op (!), and sales before taking remote idea to
WEAM a short time later.
I actually heard the phone call on the air. Since that day, I
have never been able to listen to "Taxi" without expecting
to hear a phone conversation in the background.
lost track of him after he left DC around '74-'75 (that saga would
take more words than I have time for now.) Then in '82, when I
was at the FCC, I read in one of the trades where he was PD at
WNOK in Columbia, SC, a market-leading CHR pulling double-digit
shares. This was just before I was taking a week off to visit
friends in Myrtle Beach. So I took one day of my vacation, and
drove to Columbia for lunch. It wasn't too much later that a competitor
came into the market, cut 'NOK's shares in half, and "big"
was outta there.
in '90 or '91, someone, don't remember who, called to say he would
be featured on Hard Copy or another of those tabloid TV shows.
The show aired at 3 in the morning, so I set the VCR. Turned out
that he was running his own chimney sweep biz. It still exists
in suburban Columbia. I called the number. The guy who answered
told me he bought the business from him a few years earlier. He
said he hears from him once a year of so. He also gave me a phone
number for him, but it had been reassigned.
was having an affair with some low level (Clerk of the Court or
Register of Wills) government official from one of the rural counties.
They had split up right before the election. Word
of the tryst got out just before Election Day. The girlfriend
was defeated. She was taking him to court for alienation of affection,
and also claiming that he leaked word of their affair as a vendetta
for the break-up. IT'S DAMNED SCANDALOUS, I TELL YOU! (I then
understood why Channel 4 buried the show in the middle of the
night.) That was the last I've heard of him. I will never forget,
however, the video of him on someone's roof, wearing a top hat,
preparing to stuff the brush down the chimney, all the while flashing
his sly grin.
Miller ("April May') writes:
Wilson gave me the name 'April-May'. He had a thing for initials
meaning something cosmic so Anita Miller became April-May so when
the guys bounced gags off me on the air I could be famous and
unknown to the listeners. Chris
Fisher made everyone play Elvis records if they wanted a paycheck.
It was a small price to pay to get paid. One time she gave Biggie
a check with all zeroes in the amount. We waited in bookkeeping
for a long time waiting for him to hit the roof and demand his
due. Nothing. Finally Chris broke down and went in search of Biggie
to see if he was dead on the control room floor -- nope! He said
he figured it would happen sooner or later - that Uncle Sam would
take out more than he earned!
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thanks to Jonathon Wolfert for the above).
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