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WPGC - Dan Steele

Dan Steele did nights at WPGC in 1973-75.



Dan Steele writes:

Before WPGC, I was doing all nights at WKBO in Harrisburg, PA and a guy who was working 8-12 at our competition got a job doing swing shift at CKLW. I thought if he could land a big job maybe I could too so I sent tapes to every big station I could think of and Harv Moore hired me at WPGC.

I was fortunate to work at a great station with a talented staff but after 2 1/2 years in the Nations Capital I knew that there were better places to raise a family. About the same time WKBO had an opening for a Program Director and I thought it would be a good oportunity to learn management so I returned to the market that I was already familiar with and for the most part have been here ever since.

Dan Mason hired me to be his Program Director at KTSA / San Antonio in 1979 but I only stayed for about 3 months because it was right after the Three Mile Island nuke plant accident and I was unable to sell my house here. My wife was pregnant, and we decided not to move her half way across the country, so I moved back to Harrisburg and have been in the market ever since.

WHBO BIG 92.7 switched from Oldies to WSJW Smooth Jazz 92.7. Most of the on air people were let go then, I stayed on till 3/31/04 helping in the transition and was let go in a cost cutting move. It's radio!

I came out of retirement to accept the position of Station Manager of Holy Family Radio 720 WHYF / Shiremanstown, PA, a non-profit daytimer that features the EWTN Global Catholic Network, but have since retired again after suffering a stroke.



Dan Steele did mornings & was Program Director
at WHBO / Harrisburg, PA until a format change.




WPGC's Dan Steele

Dan was the long time the morning
show producer at WHP Harrisburg.

On the Diplomat Tickets:

It's been over 30 years so the details of the "Ticket" story are a little blurry in my mind. I do remember ripping up tickets and leaving them at Potter's door but I think it was 5 tickets for Glenn and a few of his friends. Had it been 50 for a station promotion I would not have destroyed them, and I did not resign because of the money issue. It was just a timing thing. I had an opportunity to learn management and do mornings in a decent market and took it.

This site documents what a great station WPGC was back then and I was fortunate to be a small part of it, but WKBO became a damn good station too. In fact many will tell you sounded like a major market station that happened to be in a medium market.

Keith MacDonald writes:

It seems the General Manager, Glenn Potter (who's main claim to fame was being the college room mate of one of the owners) wanted a block of 50 tickets for an upcoming Diplomats (Washington's original Soccer team) game. Dan Steele was the booth announcer for the Dips games, so Glenn asked Dan to get him the tickets, for free of course. Well Dan did it. But before he had a chance to deliver them, the ratings came out and Dan was #1 again, beating his chief rival Brother Love at WRC.

So Dan took the opportunity to ask for a raise. Mr. Potter's response was to tell Dan if he wanted more money, go find another job. That night Dan tore up the Dips tickets into little pieces and put them in a pile in front of Potter's door.





Your man, Dan in 1973



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