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Jeanne Oates became General Manager in late 1982 when Charles Giddens left WPGC for station ownership. During her tenure, she replaced Program Director, Jerry Steele with veteran programmer, Al Casey who tried to reposition the station closer to its former, hipper self.

Management overruled him however and during her watch the station suffered its most humiliating days culminating in the pathetic change of the FM into 'Classy 95' (aka, 'Trashy 95'). If anyone knows of her whereabouts today, please email the webmaster.



Roddy Freeman writes:

When I was at my first advertising job in the media department of W.B. Doner & Company in Baltimore in the mid-seventies, Jeanne Oates was the agency's sales rep from WJZ-TV in Baltimore. In those days, she had a great reputation and was then hired by TeleRep in Philadelphia. As a matter of fact, she left Baltimore for Philly in 1979 around the same week I left for New York.

Several years later, she was lured back to DC by WDCA-TV, which apparently gave her the world. Then of course came her stint with WPGC and of course (excuse me while I vomit,) WCLY. She then went down to Florida to run a radio station.

I returned to Baltimore and to W.B. Doner in 1988. The last time I saw Jeanne, she was sales manager at WGMS. She came into the agency to give us a presentation along with Catherine Malloy, the General Manager. Shortly after that, she called my boss and told him that Malloy had fired her. (Malloy fired everybody.) If I recall, Jeanne had gotten a sales job with some hard-to-sell unconventional advertising vehicle. That's the last I ever heard of her. She was always very nice but a little on the loony side.



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