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started at WPGC as a high school sophomore editing and writing
news in April 1971 and originally went on the air in 1972. In
the fall of 1974 he left with Alexander
for WJBQ / Portland but returned to DC in 1975 doing middays at
WYRE / Annapolis. He was offered a full-time gig back at WPGC
in the Fall of 1975 doing 6-10pm, then moved to 10pm-2am when
Big Ron O'Brien joined
the station in 1976 and continued in that position till the Great
Strike That Struck Out in May 1977.
he is with the Voice of America.
Del Gallo writes:
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!
Getting 'The Call':
went to WJBQ in Portland Maine, returned to the area via WYRE
/ Annapolis. I received a call on a Friday afternoon from Jim
Collins asking for a favor. He was in a bind and needed
someone to do a 6-midnight shift on Saturday. I really wasn't
interested but he insisted (can't find anybody else, "you
need the extra cash with a baby on the way"...). I did
the shift, had one hell of a good time. He and Bill
Prettyman (station manager) both called again on Monday
morning, indicated that Saturday night was an "ON-AIR AUDITION"
and offered me 6-10pm full-time.
The Great Strike & its aftermath:
Strike affected me in a number of ways. It took me about
six years to get back with a decent radio station again. I did
the gypsy thing going from market to market, never really satisfied.
After working at 'PGC, everything else sucked. I worked in a
variety of crap markets before being hired by Bob McNeill, another
really decent PD, at WMZQ. After doing 6-10pm he moved me to
morning drive. Things there were really good, we're were getting
lots of positive press. Then McNeill and management got into
an argument over programming. Bob left and that's when I went
great times. On the air for the first time in 1972 I think,
which would have made me 17 or 18. Back full time at 20. Man,
what a ride!
Collins was an amazing individual who was keenly aware of
the nuances of radio; the right sound, personalities, and music
selection. He was never the same after the breakup of his marriage.
We would converse at least twice a year. I always remember our
Christmas time phone calls and could detect a bit of sadness
in his voice.
all have to deal with our own demons. I cannot find fault in
how Jim chose to deal with his. Whenever I think about Washington
radio, I can't help but think of the greatness of this facility,
broadcasting from the Parkway Building in Bladensburg, and how
many lives it ultimately touched.
yes, Jim Collins was directly responsible for that success.
I remember the night Jim Collins came in to Dino Del
Gallo, holding a stack of albums. He asked Dino to check thru
'em and try to find a single for this group that just couldn't
seem to buy a top 40 hit, but was doing fine in concert. So
Dino went thru the albums, and went back to Jim with his pick
the next day. When Collins realized what the selection was he
told Dino, hey, they already released that and it died. Dino
came right back saying, no they didn't, they released the studio
version and it died... they need to release the live
version. So Collins took the recommendation back to the record
company. They released the live version... "Rock & Roll
All Night", and Kiss finally got their top 40 start.
(Bill Miller) was filling in for Harv
Moore one morning and locked himself out. As his record
was ending, he jumped up into the ceiling (drop ceiling) and
pushed himself over and fell down into the lobby and broke many
fingers! Then he called Dino
Del Gallo at home (lived close) and begged him to "bring
a vacuum cleaner quickly" to the station. Then they robbed
some drop ceiling tiles from other parts of the building and
replaced the broken ones. When Dino told me about this I couldn't
stop laughing ... every time I saw Bill Miller with splints
on most of his fingers!
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