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growing influence of FM is evident in this year's countdown, as
WPGC began touting its Stereo broadcast (an aspect market competitor
WRC on AM couldn't)
with positioners like 'The Stereo Rock' and 'W - Stereo
Raleigh' heard on this tape is Bill Miller who had inherited
the house name from several other jocks using it on the station
before him. He had been at the station since arriving from KOIL
in Omaha 1966 when he began as the night guy as 'Tiger Bob'. His
act is far less teen oriented here, a period in which he served
as the station News
Director and Production Director but still pulled one weekend
airshift. He would stay with the station until the 'Great
Strike That Struck Out' in 1977.
As in previous year's countdowns, contesting
played a role. This year the WPGC 'Musical Mystery Tour'
had listeners guess by title & artist, three mystery songs
which had been locked in the WPGC Gold
Money Car (no doubt it would have been even more compelling
if the WPGC Money
Girls had been locked in there too!). During this run of the
countdown however, no listener guessed all three songs correctly
to win the $3,000.
joined WPGC in 1973 for nights, replacing the departing Johnny
Jones, and stayed until 1975. Dan mentions the WPGC Money
Plane flying over various locations in Maryland that night
several times during the course of the countdown.
- At 5:15PM, the AM sign-off and the 'tune over now to WPGC-FM
95.5' transition. For years, WPGC combated its daytimer status
on AM by actively training its impressionable, youthful audience
to move over to FM. Within a year of this countdown, WPGC-FM would
surpass the ratings of the AM (which was 100% simulcast) for the
first time. By 1976, FM listening as a whole would surpass AM
in the market, making DC the first FM dominant market in the country,
thanks in large part to WPGC.
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