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Hear Tim Kelly count down songs #100 - #91 of the WPGC Top 100 of 1976:

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Hear Big Ron O'Brien count down songs #90 - #15 of the WPGC Top 100 of 1976:

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Hear Dino Del Gallo count down songs #14 - #1 of the WPGC Top 100 of 1976:

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(Special thanks to Walt Bailey for the audio above)


Heard here the morning after New Year's Eve on 1/1/77, Tim Kelly joined the station from WCFL in Chicago in 1976 several months after Columbus left for the Production Director gig at WLS Chicago. His tenure at WPGC lasted until May of 1977 when all striking air personnel on the station were replaced with non-unionized talent. Tim would go onto to do mornings in LA on 'The Beat', host a show on KFI with his wife Evelyn (who was a Money Girl at WPGC when Tim worked there), and became one of the founders of Premiere Radio.

'Big' Ron O'Brien ruled the night time air waves at WPGC during 1976-77, a period after the demise of cross town competitor WRC the year before. Broadcasting in fine tradition every evening from the 'Bladensburg Space Needle' (the studios were located at the time in Bladensburg, Maryland), he stayed until the aforementioned strike in '77. He later would go on to WNBC, New York, KIIS-FM in LA and many other legends in radioland. Big Ron passed away in

Dino Del Gallo was back at the station again, once more doing late nights. He can be heard wrapping up the countdown. Another casualty of the strike just five months after this broadcast, Dino went on to do mornings at WMZQ in Washington during the mid '80's.

Other things to listen for:

- Several listener 'Sound Offs' by News Guy, Bob Raleigh (Bill Miller, also deposed by the strike) on the Redskins season, Christmas season gripes and people opening car doors into traffic.

- A 1976 promotions recap promo by Tim Kelly & a Top Ten LPs giveaway promo by afternoon guy & Program Director, Jim Collins (for whom this site is dedicated).

- An agency spot for a new movie at the time, 'A Star Is Born'.


WPGC Top 100 of 1976


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WPGC Top 100 of 1976



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