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Dedicated in memory
and Harry Hayman, date unknown.
Hayman - Father of WPGC
Hayman was an electronics engineer and had worked at the FCC prior
to being granted a Construction Permit on November 12th, 1953
to build and operate a new Morningside, Maryland AM broadcasting
station at 1580 kHz. He also operated a local radio and television
repair business on the side.
FCC assigned 250 watt daytime only operation to the station. Estimated
construction cost $9,420; first year operating costs $28,140;
anticipated first year advertising revenue $31,200. The call letters
WPGC, representing Prince Georges County were issued late in the
tower for WPGC-AM was erected in April 1954 and broadcasts began
on April 24th, 1954 from a
garage in Morningside on a hill on the farm of Duval
B. Evans on Walters Lane off Suitland Road. Harry
Hayman was President & General
Manager of the new independent station which aired 'Hillbilly
Music' for 25% of its broadcast day. On September 15th, 1954,
WPGC - AM's power was increased to 1,000 watts (250 watts Critical
estimated advertising revenue was inaccurate to say the least;
WPGC was basically bleeding money. Thus, within
6 months of its on air debut, Maxwell
Evans Richmond, owner of an advertising firm in Philadelphia
went into partnership with Harry for the sum of $10,000 on November
9th, 1954, forming 'WPGC, Inc.'. Harry, an engineer with
no background in radio advertising agreed to sell one half of
his interest in WPGC, leaving Max
Richmond in charge of generating revenue for the station.
Richmond would subsequently buy the remaining interest in the
station outright on 06/13/55 for $19,000.
06/27/55, just over a year since WPGC's sign-on and little more
than two years since beginning the process of license application,
Harry's decision to cut his losses was finalized, filing an application
for Consent of Transfer of Control to Max
Richmond with the FCC, citing the Special Education needs
of one of his children and a posible move to New Jersey for that
reason. FCC approval arrived on 07/18/55.
rented the original land from Duval
B. Evans for the station and tower. He owned a convenient
piece of property and he was willing to rent it to me.
didn't have enough capital to run the station for the length of
time that it would have taken me to get profitable. Maxwell
Richmond contacted me to take him as a partner. Which I did.
But he wasn't a very pleasant person and my wife and I didn't
get along with him very well. He made an offer to me for full
ownership and I sold out to him.
then returned to work at the Census Bureau on Univac One. From
there I went to work at the Navy and then at NASA on the Apollo
project. When the Apollo Project was ending, I took early retirement
from Federal Civil Service. Then I took a position as Executive
Director of the IEEE Computer Society for thirteen years.
Miller, grandson of Harry Hayman writes:
is an unfortunate duty of mine to report to you that my grandfather,
Harry Hayman, passed away March 17th, 2008 in Boca Raton, Florida
just shy of his 91st birthday and just after his 63rd anniversary.
He had 4 children and 8 grandchildren (I am his second grandchild).
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