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Jim Elliot & Scott Woodside, WPGC AM & FM Morningside MD (Washington) | January, 1980

“Love playin’ all that music for ya Curator’s Notes: Recorded the day *after* primary election day, the big story of the day is the results of that election. Do you realize that back on this particular day, news outlets were reporting that George H. W. Bush actually beat Ronald Reagan for the GOP nomination in some states? I had forgotten about that. Originally sent in as ‘Washington DC Composite, 1979-1980′, this is split up into separate sections for clarity. This is a great aircheck of WPGC back when they were a REAL Top 40 station. WPGC simulcast much of its broadcast day with its AM sister station. PGC was very personality oriented back in a time when the jocks could pretty much say what they wanted. You’ll hear all the full-service elements that go...

Vinnie Brown, 1450 WOL Washington DC | 1980

Well, if you’ve been waiting around to hear something from the new Jacksons album, Triumph, well tonight, you’re in luck! Please scroll down to read an important message Curator’s Notes: When Ellis B. Feaster mentioned WOL, I was actually stumped, not knowing much about the station. Few outside of Washington probably did. At two minutes long, you really get the feel for this R&B station. Vinnie Brown is the morning jock this particular broadcast day, and there’s really not enough recording to give us a hint as to the actual date, but we know it was in 1980. I really enjoyed listening to this as I edited for posting. I like Vinnie Brown! He sounds upbeat and happy. The music is all uptempo and most will note that the songs are big hits in the world of R&B a...

Scott Brady & Randy Martin, “WASH at Work” – 97.1 WASH-FM Washington DC | July 19, 1999

  Description by Steve West: A mainstay of Washington area radio, WASH-FM has been Adult Contemporary for as long as anyone can remember – 1975, I think (someone out there knows). I’m sure there are people who remember the beginnings of WASH-FM as a Classical station, but there’s no better branding than longevity! Aside from a couple of years in the early 80s when the station tried to do a CHR format (which didn’t work at all – WASH-FM couldn’t compete with WPGC), the station has aired some form of Soft Rock since breaking away from Classical music. Featured here, first, is Scott Brady. You hear a couple of breaks, then Randy Martin comes in at 2pm to start the Afternoon Drive. Lots of jingles, very melodic (and we LOVE the Top of Hour ID Jingle), a...

The WPGC Files – Part 3. Lee Logan. January, 1979

Station: 95.5 WPGC Morningside Md (Washington DC) //1580 WPGC Washington (Wikipedia) (WPGC Tribute Site) Format: Top 40 Branded: “Music Radio” Featured Air Personality: Lee Logan Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks Total Time: 5:09 Aircheck #1,592 You’re dealing with a sick man here… Curator’s Notes: This aircheck could serve as a clinic on how to do nighttime Top 40 radio!  Really, I wish there was more of this but it runs only 5 mintues scoped.  Lots of disco music was played here, but showing that this was a TRUE Top 40 station, Boston and the Rolling Stones make their appearances in this short clip.  And… it wouldn’t be 1979 if the Bee Gees weren’t all over the radio!

The WPGC Files – Part 2. Dan Mason, December 23, 1978

Station: 95.5 WPGC Morningside Md (Washington DC) //1580 WPGC Washington (Wikipedia) (WPGC Tribute Site) Format: Top 40 Branded: “Music Radio” Featured Air Personality: Dan Mason Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks Total Time: 5:27 Aircheck #1,590   WPGC FM and AM Morningside. Hello! Just after 12 noon with Dan Mason and a Blues Brothers album on the way, hang on. (Bee Gees music) This has, actually, posted elsewhere, but as part of our WPGC series, it’s important that we hit ALL the highlights of this radio station which employed so many talented individuals. Dan Mason, of course, would become Program Director of WPGC shortly after his 1978 arrival, and moved right up the executive ladder from there. His entire career is on public display at many places on the web, including the N...

The WPGC Files – Part 1. Steve Michaels, Autumn 1978

Station: 95.5 WPGC Morningside Md (Washington DC) //1580 WPGC Washington (Wkikipedia) (WPGC Tribute Site) Format: Top 40 Branded: “Music Radio” Featured Air Personality: Steve Michaels Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks Total Time: :52 Aircheck #1,589 …Just tell me WPGC is your FAVORITE radio station! Curator’s Notes: The first of a long series of WPGC airchecks is also the SHORTEST aircheck posted in a long while. At just under a minute long, this shouldn’t take up too much of your time. Steve Michaels was, according to the WPGC Tribute Site, the late evening jock. He sounds better than most prime time jocks today do!

Composite: WPGC FM & AM Morningside MD (Washington) | May, 1979

Here’s one sure to give you goosebumps! If ever there was a Top 40 station recording that epitomized the best of the AM top 40 era, it is THIS! Here’s a composite featuring all the elements that made radio great. It starts with Lee Logan on WPGC “Stereo 95” with tickets for listeners to see Pablo Cruise at Kings Dominion (amusement park). Lee is not only the night jock here, but just full of personality, sports scores and more. Of note, Logan plays a new album cut from Carly Simon, as the station apparently tests new music at night (who does THAT anymore?). There’s plenty of Disco music and lots of commercials from the music labels peddling new Albums. Included in the first segment is a great editorial piece called “Soundoff”, where listener letter...

Uncle Johnny, WRQX “Q107” Washington DC | December 26, 1983

Date of Recording: 12.26.1983 Station: 107.3 WRQX Washington DC, USA Format: Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR) Featured Air Personality: “Uncle Johnny” Walker (WWCO/WRBQ-FM/WRQX/WZOU/WXXL/WSHE/WQJQ/WMGF/WSIG) Contributor: Robyn Watts Comments: Back to the day after Christmas, 1983 for a great, original recording of Uncle Johnny (WZOU) at play on Q107. Listen for plenty of overplayed CHR stiffs, like Shannon’s “Let The Music Play”, Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl” and more… only the intros, gang, to keep us out of hot water with the copyright police. Unique, if not plastic sounding jingles, dead segues and the talent of Uncle Johnny… A real mix of music on a station that today blandly calls itself “Mix”. In so many ways, a breath ...

Beverly Fox, 94.7 WLTT Bethesda/Washington | 1984

Date of Recording: 1984 (Exact Date Unknown) Contributor: Tom Lacko Station: 94.7 WLTT Bethesda MD Featured Air Talent: Beverly Fox Aircheck Entry: 1,395 Comments: Another recording we received many years ago has waited this long to illustrate the longtime Soft AC format of the old W-Lite 94.7 WLTT. Beverly Fox is the soft voice you hear in between a few of the songs. Two decades ago when your webmaster was living in Annapolis MD, 94.7 flipped to one of the first “Classic Hits” formats, as “Arrow 94.7” under the call letters WARW.

Composite: 95.5 WPGC-FM Morningside | 1980-1981

Date(s) of Recording(s): Various Contributor(s):Matt Seinberg (Big Apple Airchecks); Lee Chambers (WPGC Tribute Site) Station: 95.5 WPGC-FM Morningside MD Featured Jock(s): Don Bishop, Max Wolf & Don Geronimo Aircheck Entry: #1,839 Comments: This Composite is actually four very short airchecks put together to form one decent composite representing the overall sound of WPGC in the early 80s before the station dropped Top 40 for Urban. Don Bishop is the first jock heard, his portion runs less than two minutes. Next, Max Wolf, who says two lines in about a minute, then two different recordings of Don Geronimo. The last two almost sound seamless, but you’ll figure it out when you hear Geronimo talking about getting up early, then playing two oldies! (and that’s how scary it go...

QuickChexx – Don Geronimo (First Show), WPGC AM & FM Morningside | Fall, 1979

Date of Recording (Approximately): Fall, 1979 Contributor(s):Lee Chambers (WPGC Tribute Site); Matt Seinberg (Big Apple Airchecks) Station(s): WPGC (AM) 1580 / WPGC-FM 95.5 Morningside, Maryland Format: Top 40 Featured Jock:Don Geronimo Aircheck Entry: #1,837 Comments: The file name reads “Don Geronimo’s First Show” – Well, we can only assume so, as this recording (which was mastered to a CD) came in short but at least made it intact and in high quality. Honestly, I’ve never heard an aircheck from Don Geronimo that I didn’t like. Funny, sometimes over-the-top and definitely a smart-ass, the Don Geronimo show, according to the write up on Lee Chambers’ WPGC Tribute Site (//amandfmmorningside.com), turned sagging ratings at WPGC around, and star...

QuickChexx: Waylon Richards, 95.5 WPGC-FM Morningside | February, 1979

Date of Recording (Approximately): February, 1979 Station: WPGC-FM 95.5 Morningside, Maryland Format: Top 40 Featured Jock: Waylon Richards Aircheck Entry: #1,836 Comments: Here is a very short recording of WPGC as heard during the night show when the AM was off the air. We’ve never heard of Waylon Richards before, but he sure does fit the format very well! This “QuickChexx” is part of a larger composite donated to airchexx by Big Apple Airchecks. Owner Matt Seinberg LOVES to trade tapes, and if you have something unique, by all means go to bigappleairchecks.com and see if there’s something you two could trade out.

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