October 19, 2021

3 thoughts on “Composite: 95.5 WPGC-FM Washington DC | 1980-1981

  1. WPGC was always my ‘Base’ radio station, shall I say. From the dreadful microphone dub of the top 100 of 1964 until the Top 40 format disappeared. Somewhere around here I have dubs of the Top 100’s WPGC offered up until the bitter end of Top 40. The real treat is my copy of the top 100 of 1970. from I think #35 down to #1, it is a complete recording. The DJ, Harve Moore(The morning Mayer), all the adds, all the comedy, it is all there! It makes me kind of sad I would sit up for hours cutting all the adds out. I have several of the 80’s years in the same way, uncut. I have no reel to reel machine, and want one, but it would be an expensive studio model. Money is the block. My goal is to digitize the tapes. and yes, they still play even after all these years. Everything was recorded on Mylar based tape.. You awakened a dream!!

  2. This is a mish-mash of four unrelated tapes. First is Don Bishop, the second time he was at WPGC from the Summer of 1980. Over a year later is Max Wolf, the day of the Ramblin’ Raft Race in August, 1981. Followed by Don Geronimo from Fall, 1980. Then a different tape of Geronimo from August, 1981 which aired immediately after the Max Wolf tape.

    Considering how atypically large WPGC’s Adult audience was, two Oldies in a row wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. At the time, many of them had listened to the station for well over a decade!

    1. I’d have to agree about two oldies back to back. WPGC indeed had that kind of audience. PGC was certainly not the only station known for doing that, however. In researching many of the remaining AM (only) Top 40 stations at that time, I found that MOST played a generous dose of ‘gold’ records in-format.

      It is indeed four different recordings, all of which arrived on one Washington DC-region tape from Big Apple Airchecks. How it works is, BAA is an aircheck trader (such people do still exist). The site owner, Matt, got those recordings from Lee Chambers, who runs the WPGC Tribute Page… and most of the recordings Mr. Chambers has were recorded by him. So… yeah, these are originals but put on the source tape out of order. I’ll guarantee the authenticity of the recordings. And you are correct about the dates.

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