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1310 WGH / Norfolk/Virginia Beach

Dan O’Brien, 1310 WGH Norfolk | 1977

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It’s been said that the call letters WGH stood for “World’s Greatest Harbor”. Perhaps, in the early days of broadcasting. And it’s true in the sense that Hampton Roads, in general, has perhaps the best harbor in the U.S., with a quarter of the U.S. Navy stationed there. But, in the world of radio, WGH holds a special place in the greater Norfolk area. It really WAS Hampton Roads’ first Top 40 radio station (a slogan that WGH-FM would later use in 1987-89).

As evidenced here in this 45 minute example recorded in 1977, WGH in true Top 40 fashion played it all. Rock, Disco, slow ballads… and some great personalities. Here, we listen to Dan O’Brien.

Your webmaster knows very little about this era of Hampton Roads radio, so we’re asking listeners to comment below on this exhibition.

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  1. Where was George Crawford, on vacation?


  2. I grew up in Virginia Beach – spent the first 27 years of my life there. I was a “local”, as we called ourselves (to differentiate between ourselves and the Navy and tourists – lol). This brings back such great memories! We (young folks) had two main radio stations that we listened to… WGH or WNOR. We flipped back and forth between them, using the preset radio buttons (back in the day of those big manual buttons!) – depending on who was playing the best song at the moment – lol. This particular recording was in August of 1977, and I had just turned 20 that spring – the world was my oyster! And just a few weeks after this clip, in September of that year I met the love of my life, who I’ve now been married to for almost 40 years. Ahhh – great times…. thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this!!!


  3. I worked for WNOR during this time is was the greatest radio ever


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