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on-air re-creation for the "Cruisin" series of albums.
a scoped version of the album
'Cruisin' '69' tape was an actual aircheck music and
all. It's a pretty amazing story of how that all came about.
The only part that I had to "recreate" was the very beginning
and the very end. A friend of mine in D.C. had a music
tip sheet, and he told me a guy named Howard Silvers was trying
to locate me to do a Cruisin' LP. He was very persistent,
so I finally called him. He said he wanted to do a 'Cruisin'
'68' for Baltimore, and wondered if I had any tapes of myself.
I told him I never worked in Baltimore...I
worked in D.C. He said, "Well, Baltimore / Washington are considered
one market". I told him I would look. I really never wanted
to go into my basement archives, and start searching for airchecks.
I didn't really save airchecks. Again, he was persistent, so
I acquiesced. The only tape I found from circa '68 was a complete
aircheck from (July 8th), 1969. I sent it to Howard, and he
loved it. The only thing I did was cut an intro and an outro
here in Buffalo. The rest of it was "pristine".
notes by Robert Scheri)
morning, Washington". No, it's not Adrian Cronauer
(or alter ego, Robin Williams). Back in 1969 Harv
Moore gave listeners in Baltimore-Washington their morning
wake up call just this way. Bright and upbeat, Moore's "Boy
Next Door" approach kept him, and WPGC, the number
one rated AM station throughout the Top 40 era. (Apparently
the author had not heard of WPGC-FM!).
Moore began his tenure at WPGC in 1963, initially as
the all-night jock. (Actually,
Harv did the evening shift until the AM signed off at dusk).
Before the year was over, General
Manager, Bob Howard
recognized that Harv's style was a winner for the key morning
slot, and in November he made the switch. (Just
days before the tragic JFK assassination).
was an perfect example of the newer, slicker Top 40 approach
of the era. In the face of burgeoning competition from the
new FM rock outlets, AM rockers were tightening their format
- less talk, less jingles - more music - a seamless (albeit
less personal) approach. Harv, however, was one of the first
announcers to develop a regular cast of comedic characters
(Kay Sera, The
Pronto, et al), and listeners
loved them as well as Harv. This apparent conflict did not
stymie Moore in the least, and it is a testament to his
canny instincts that he was able to integrate his approach
with the new approach and remain the city's top radio personality.
was Moore who was requested to introduce the Beatles at
their Washington Coliseum appearance, (Harv
undoubtedly was there but it was Jack
Alix who was the actual MC) as well as host
the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds, Herman's Hermit's and
many more. Always a recipient of awards for his innovative
and appealing approach, this was capped when his peers from
all over the country voted him "Radio Personality of
rest of the text goes on to describe current events of 1969
and details the history of the songs included in the album).
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