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Marty was an Engineer at the station from 1976-1982. He would sometimes also pull a late night shift on Saturday nights as 'Marty with the Party'. Today he is the Vice President of Sales, Support & Marketing for Telos Alliance in Cleveland.



Marty writes:

The WPGC transmitter was manned all the way into the '80s. I believe it was the last DC radio station to have transmitter engineers doing regular shifts. You had to have a First Class Radio-Telephone license (so called "First Ticket") to work at that site. It was a huge goal for me in High School to work at one of the TV networks during my summer after high school.

Fortunately for me, I got passed over to be ready for the call from Smitty who hired me to do some fill in. I remember that I ultimately worked four shifts a week - the ones left over when everybody had worked their 40 hours. My job at the end of my shift Sunday night was to bring the time sheets to Bladensburg so they'd be ready for Chris Fisher to do payroll on Monday. She was a really nice lady.

On one Sunday, Jim Collins had finished his on-air shift (he worked six days) and was in the production studio listening to a record - yes vinyl! He had the speakers turned all the way up and they were blaring Kansas' "Carry on my Wayward Son". He played it over and over again and finally called me into the studio (I didn't even think he knew me - I was pretty new) and played it again - as loud as those JBLs would go! He yelled over the top of the record that he was sure it was going to be a hit. Sure enough it was a huge hit for them.

Jim knew his stuff and he was always nice to me. I'm sad that he's not with us anymore.


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