At one time I had masters of most of the WGH jingles, salvaged one night from the trash dumpster behind the studios. I lost my masters and dubs of most of the WGH jingle packages in the mid-1990s. Fortunately, I had made dubs for WGH while I was at WNBC in the mid-1980s. Former station engineer Dave Desler had a copy of those tapes and others he had saved over the years. Much of what you will hear on this page is courtesy of Dave...who still has a huge collection of station memorabilia; my brother Tim Parsons...who is a pack rat and keeps everything; Tracy Carman and the Media Preservation Foundation...his collection of jingles is unbelievable; collector John Pizzi, and former WGH performer Phil Alley (Dan O'Brien). Most of the material was originally produced by PAMS and we remind you that all PAMS jingles are the copyrighted property of PAMS of Dallas.
Series 27, "Jet Set", was produced in 1963. It soon proved to be one of PAMS most popular packages and featured all male vocals with a high soprano female singing above the trumpet parts. The singer who recorded the distinctive high parts was Glenni Rutherford Tai, a Native American (check out the caricature on the jingle box) who, after singing jingles at PAMS for several years, performed opera in Germany. WGH aired this series in 1964 and John Garry brought back a number of these cuts for air play in the Summer of 1968.
Series 35 was titled "The All Sound" and was produced by PAMS in 1968. WGH added it into its jingle rotation mixed with cuts from Series 34-C in the Fall of 1968. The late Fred Hardy sent me the reference copy of this WGH package in 1986. Fred was one of the greats in the jingle industry and an all-around good guy.
Series 37, "Power Play" was produced by PAMS in 1969. WGH purchased and aired the package that same year.
Series 38, "New Generation", was PAMS' response to requests for a different, younger vocal sound. The 1969 package relied heavily on the Moog synthesizer. There was also a 38-B version which featured a more traditional vocal sound. WGH utilized cuts from both versions in 1969 and 1970.
Series 40, "The Changes" was produced by PAMS in 1970. The package featured brief jingles and acappellas. A big, beefy 7-voice group was used on the jingles. There was also a 40-B version and 40-C, which contained additional cuts. Series 41, "Music Radio" was produced by PAMS in 1971. Part of the package was sung with the 7-voice "A" group, the other featured the younger "C" group. Each was named for the studio in which they recorded most often. (This information comes from the PAMS.com website.) WGH purchased cuts from both packages and began airing them in 1971. Series 41 could also be heard at the same time on WLEE-AM in Richmond. "1480 WLEE" was sung with the "I'll Take Manhattan" logo used by WABC.
"Solid Rock" was produced by PAMS for WLS - Chicago in 1971. Program Director Lee Fowler purchased the package for WGH in 1972. It marked the end of the line for the "WGH in Old Virginia" jingle melody (changing to the WLS musical logo). It was also the last PAMS package purchased by WGH.
"Image I" was purchased from Joseph P. Cuff, Inc. and aired on WGH in 1973. This package continued use of the WLS musical logo. Jingle guru Tracy Carman writes, "There was also an "Image II" that was more widely purchased by stations." "Image I" was pulled from the air in 1974 after the licensing term expired. Consequently, WGH used no jingles for almost a year.
In 1960, WGH purchased Futursonic's "KWIK IDEEs". About 200 radio stations around the country eventually aired this jingle package, which contained shortened versions of the company's "Days of the Week" package.
The last jingle package used on WGH during its Top-40 years was "Synergy", produced by TM Productions. Program Director Jim Stewart had tried to convince General Manager Ambert Dail that the station needed to add reverb to its sound and that new jingles were needed. Ambert gave Jim a choice. He could have jingles or he could have reverb...but he couldn't have both. In 1975 Jim chose jingles and "Synergy", and continued to use the WLS musical logo.
(Synergy is copyrighted by TM Century, Inc.)
OK, OK...I know this website is dedicated to WGH, but just recently, I found a copy of a PAMS Reference Master given to me in 1988 by Peter Kanze. It contains classic PAMS material recorded for WNOR-AM from Series 14, 16, 25 and some custom acapellas for WNOR-FM. It also contains a really bad city song for Tidewater. Now, in the 1960's it wasn't unusual for fights to break out between WGH and WNOR fans. Even today, I hear from old WNOR listeners who jump all over me for favoring WGH. Maybe if Paul Todd had hired me at WNOR, this would be a WNOR website. Instead, he hired Terry Steele (which in retrospect was a great move, because Terry was one of the best radio performers to ever come through Hampton Roads...as well as a really great guy). Anyway, I think that we can all agree that these jingles sound great, especially the Series 25 cuts with the WNOR musical logo patterned around the tune "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down". By the way, this is a pretty big file, so it might take a while to load. Enjoy...and thanks again to Peter Kanze, who helped me on a number of projects at WNBC and is one of broadcasting's great collectors.
PAMS Series 18 was originally produced by the company in 1961. This series introduced the famous sonovox sound to PAMS jingles. The Sonovox makes a musical instrument appear to talk or sing. The device is held up to the singers neck. A musical instrument is played thru the device while the singer mouths the lyrics. It was the first PAMS package produced for WGH and introduced the station's famous musical logo, based on the "Carry Me Back To Old Virginia" tune.
Around 1960, WGH purchased a jingle package produced by Anita Kerr of the famed “Anita Kerr Singers”. The group sang with top country artists such as Eddy Arnold, Burl Ives and Ernest Tubb, as well as mainstream artists like Brenda Lee, Perry Como, Pat Boone, Rosemary Clooney, Bobby Vinton, Roy Orbison, Willie Nelson, Jim Reeves, Floyd Cramer, and Al Hirt. A radio jingle package had been produced for WLS in Chicago and variations of the package can be heard in this one that Anita Kerr recorded for WGH. It contains a number of Disc Jockey themes, including one sung for an announcer named "Dick Lamb". As the story goes, Dick Lamb decided not to take the job at WGH and the position was filled by 18-year old Norman Beasley from Baltimore. Management didn't want to waste the money spent on the Dick Lamb jingle, so Norm was asked to change his name. Many of these jingles were heard well into the 1960's on Roger Clark's Sunday Night Hall of Hits, as well as his automated all night show. As for Anita Kerr, she moved to Hollywood in 1965 and, over the years, won Grammy awards and collaborated with Rod McKuen. Anita Kerr moved to Switzerland in 1970 where she still resides.
The next PAMS package heard on WGH was Series 22 "Sonomagic". This series was originally produced by PAMS in 1962 and was the second series to utilize the Sonovox. An alternate version of the package was released without the Sonovox and labeled Series 22-B
Series 26 was produced by PAMS in 1963. The theme of "Let's Go America" was developed for WABC in New York City. The station labeled its performers the "All Americans", a term coined by General Manager Hal Neal to signify its ownership by ABC, the American Broadcasting Company (this information comes from the late Rick Sklar's autobiography Rocking America). The WGH version included some Sonovox cuts. Series 26-D was "The Beatles Series" and included take-offs of Beatles hits.
PAMS Series 28 and Series 29 were purchased together by WGH in 1965. They were used on the air for about a year.
In 1966, WGH purchased a package of acapella cuts from PAMS. I hated them. Not because of their production (which was quite good), but because they abandoned the station's musical logo. I had become a jingle purist at the age of 15. I was so incensed that I wrote a letter to Roger Clark, who was Program Director at the time, and gave my "expert" opinion that changing the musical logo of the station was an act of heresy that must be corrected immediately. Roger sent a nice reply in which he agreed to play some of the old jingles on his "Sunday Night Hall of Hits" program and that he would consider my advice when the time came to purchase new jingles. I found the master tape of these jingles in the fallout shelter production studio (Calvert's studio) in the old Mercury Boulevard building in 1971. I didn't make a dub at the time. Just recently, John Pizzi sent a CD of WGH jingles that contained these cursed acapellas. I still don't like the logo, but I do think PAMS did a nice job on the sings. Thanks John.
PAMS produced Series 30 in 1965 and used “The In Crowd” as its theme. The jingles were sung by “The Gold Pussycats” and a number of the cuts utilize the Sonovox. You'll notice quite a few alternate sings for some of these jingles. The late Roger Clark told me that there was an irritating low-level "buzz" on some of the original cuts. PAMS agreed to recut the jingles at no charge and Roger took the opportunity to revise some of the lyrics. The resung cuts also have added singers and stronger harmonies than the originals. The "In Crowd Song" is a very good take off of the Ramsey Lewis instrumental hit.