It must seem like the never-ending story. After little more than a year back at WPGC-FM (95.5), longtime Washington deejay Scott Woodside is off the air. The move last week had been announced in October, and according to station manager Ben Hill the change has "completed our format evolution to a contemporary dance format."
Taking over Woodside's morning drive-time shift is Bill Bailey, most recently from KZBS-FM in Oklahoma City. Bailey, for those with long memories, is the former program director at WKYS-FM (93.9) who first hired superjock Donnie Simpson. Bailey will be working with reporter Jeff Young, a former AP network correspondent.
"Scott's contract was up," Hill said, "and we don't know his plans, but we parted friends."
Woodside, who aside from a 1982-86 stint with WRQX-FM (107.3) has been with WPGC since 1978, says he holds no animosity toward the station. "I think they wanted someone younger and cheaper," the 38-year-old said, "and they felt they could do better." As for his plans, Woodside promises to remain in the area, and intends to keep a hand in broadcasting.
"There's a lot out there," he said, "and I've always been interested in TV news. I don't think that would be a hard transition to make." But as yet, he has nothing definite lined up. "I have my Screen Actors Guild card, and I'd like to do some free-lancing -- TV commercials and such." Woodside is also involved with a real estate partnership in Prince George's County.
But the real question is: Will Woodside and former partner Jim Elliott (who together made one of the highest-rated morning teams on both WPGC and WRQX) get together on the air again? Woodside leaves open the possibility. "Elliott and I have talked, and there are possibilities." Stay tuned.
WPFW-FM (89.3) is now regularly airing the locally produced "New Voices" show every Tuesday at 3 p.m.
The half-hour show, which deals with community issues such as civil and economic rights, women's concerns and environmental problems, has been excerpted for special reports for several years by WPFW and WAMU-FM (88.5), but now the entire program can be heard in its own home town.
Recent shows have included reports on the children of El Salvador, the problems of black faculty members in colleges and universities, architects helping the homeless and prospects for pregnant teens.
WBMW's Listener Guide
To help you schedule your listening pleasure, WBMW-FM (106.7) has introduced a listener guide, now available at area record stores and from the station. The guide, published bimonthly, provides a complete listing of the music played on the station, as well as highlights by Cerphe, local radio legend and WBMW's music director. If you can't find it in record stores, call the station at 691-1900.
You also might want to get on the horn regarding WBMW's special benefit performance of "A Christmas Carol" at Ford's Theatre. Tickets for the Dec. 1 performance, available at Ford's, range from $18 to $24, with every second ticket you buy selling for only $1.06. The performance is to benefit Temporaries Food for All Seasons, which distributes food to needy families.
Oldies on Thanksgiving
If your turkey turns moldy, you may want to tune in some oldies to perk you up. On Thanksgiving, WXTR-FM (104.1) is airing 104 of your favorite oldies, selected from a survey of more than 2,000 listeners. "There are some surprises among the selections, too," said station manager Bob Duckman. The program will air from 5 p.m. till midnight, and will be repeated Sunday from noon till 7.
Like, get out the granola, man. This Saturday at 8 p.m., WETA-FM will air "An Evening of Singer/Songwriters," on Mary Cliff's weekly show "Traditions." The program is a special recorded live last August at the Kennedy Center. Performers include Jesse Winchester, Holly Near, Karla Bonoff, Claudia Schmidt, Jesse Colin Young and Jonathan Edwards.