Contemporary crossover WPGC-AM/FM (1580/95.5) has given morning man Scott Woodside his exit visa after a year at the Greenbelt station. His last day will be Nov. 16.

"They {WPGC management} don't think I can do the morning show," said Woodside. "They think they can't sell the morning show."

Woodside got the word earlier this month from Dan Mason, currently executive vice president of the Marriott family-owned First Media Inc., owner of the station. Mason will become president of the new radio division when Cook Inlet Region-Whitcom Partners takes possession of the 11-station chain in January. Coincidentally, it was Mason who, while program director of Atlanta's WZGZ-FM nearly 15 years ago, fired Woodside from that station following an office prank, only to hire him back the following week.

"It's hard working at a place where you're not wanted," Woodside said. "It's like going to a party that you weren't invited to."

Woodside has been doing the show by himself since mid-August, when partner Howard Dudley (Jeff) Baker was sent packing after an on-air stunt that belittled their show.

WPGC General Manager Ben Hill said yesterday: "I don't want to talk about the morning show. Scott is still on the air. It won't be fair to Scott {to discuss Woodside's replacement}." Hill, however, did say "a lot of people have talked to me" about the morning job. When you're hot, recruiting is pretty easy."

Woodside, who put his Wild Tops T-shirt shop -- unrelated to the radio business, he says -- up for sale last month, isn't sure what he'll do.

"For the first time in my life, I don't know what I'm going to do. Maybe we'll sit down as a family and discuss our options." Woodside, who has had several minor roles in movies, said he would like to do television features in this market. A Pat on the Back If local television can give itself Emmy Awards, there's no reason local radio can't pass out Achievement in Radio, or AIR, Awards. And so it did for the first time last Thursday before a luncheon crowd of nearly 300 at the Grand Hyatt. The event netted about $15,000 for the March of Dimes Foundation.

WMAL-AM's (630) Karen Leggett was named best news announcer for her hour-long daily "Noon Report," beating out WTOP-AM's (1500) Wendy Rieger and Richard Day, and WWRC-AM's (980) Rita Foley. Foley, however, did get the nod in the overall local reporting category. WTOP's team coverage of last summer's Centreville gasoline pipeline rupture won for spot news coverage. The award for best new talent in the market was shared by WHUR-FM's (96.3) Gerry Bledsoe and WCXR-FM's (105.9) Paul Harris.

WMAL's Larry Mathews was a double winner, taking an AIR for his coverage of the Marine Corps Marathon and another for his profile on the '60s generation.

WAVA-FM's (105.1) Mike Sorce, better known as Don Geronimo, and his "Morning Zoo" partner Mike O'Meara were named best team. They beat out WMAL's Trumbull and Core and WXTR-FM's (104.1) strongly rated "Breakfast Bunch," Rob McLean and Paul Wagner. Sorce and O'Meara, however, have yet to beat WMAL's Harden and Weaver, who continue to lead the way in the only race that counts -- the Arbitron ratings.

Name tags that made guests giggle were worn by Scott Woodside, whose tag identified him with radio station "W---," and former WMAL midday jock Tom Gauger, who advertised that he is "available." Gauger, who's been out of radio since Nov. 12, when WMAL fired him after 19 years, went to arbitration two weeks ago and says he and the union "feel good about it, but we are still waiting for the results." A decision is expected before Dec. 13.

Weinhaus Says He's Here to Stay Fred Weinhaus, WMAL/WRQX vice president and general manager, yesterday denied rumors that he is leaving the Capital Cities-owned stations to rescue the company's troubled talk-format flagship station, WABC-AM in New York.

"I'm a New Yorker, but I'm here now and I'm not going anywhere," Weinhaus said. "{It's} absolutely untrue that I am going back to New York at this point. I'm at WMAL and WRQX. Period." WMMJ Firm on Soft Format The owners of soul-oriented WOL-AM (1450), who are buying WMMJ-FM (102.3), say they will not change the station's soft rock format when they take over from Outlet Communications on Monday.

"We are not changing the format," said Alfred Liggins, a partner in Almic Broadcasting, which is paying $7.5 million for the 1,300-watt station. "We will play the same play list."

Dyana Williams, who has worked at WHUR and WRQX, leaves Philadelphia's WDAS-FM to become the station's morning host and program director. Liggins will be general sales manager for both WOL and WMMJ. Liggins, whose mother is WOL majority owner and morning host Cathy Hughes, said advertising will be sold in combination for broadcast on both stations, a sales method popular at WWRC-AM/WGAY-FM and WCPT-AM/WCXR-FM.