They say its darkest just before the dawn. Or, in this case, the station was hottest just before the end. WPGC would eventually become an Urban Contemporary station and shed it’s longtime Top 40/CHR format as the 80s unfolded. Here, in the first quarter of 1980, Don Geronimo proves that this station cooks just as hot as the best CHR stations of the day!
The station is playing the hottest music of the late 1970s, and it’s TRUE VARIETY (not diversity)! Of all things, this aircheck begins with the Captain & Tennile! Yes, its scoped, but you do hear the beginnings and endings. Just some of the titles WPGC has on the evening playlist include Fleetwood Mac, Styx, Bob Seger & the Commodores. We sure wish we could post the unscoped version (maybe someday).
WPGC-FM ran a Top 40 format until 1984, when it flipped, first to easy listening/soft AC (which flopped miserably), then to Urban Contemporary – which it remains today. WPGC-FM simulcast its programming with it’s AM sister station, WPGC 1580 until 1988, when the AM side broke away upon the sale of both stations to Cook Inlet Partners, Inc. The AM took on a Business Talk format. Succeeding formats included Hip Hop, Religion, a brief return to a simulcast of WPGC-FM (by then Urban Contemporary) and then it’s current Conservative Talk format. The AM side currently operates under the call letters WHFS, and is so successful it doesn’t even show up in the Arbitron ratings. 🙂
Don Geronimo, after a very successful career which included many years partnered with Mike O’Mara at WJFK AM/FM, is now retired.
(*) Source: WPGC-FM on Wikipedia.