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A Capital Classic Since MCMXXIII

WRC booklet cover This booklet was probably released around 1962 or '63, perhaps in conjunction with WRC's 40th anniversary. It had a nice sketch of the Capitol on the cover (shown at right), plus a description of WRC's format and each of the six personality-oriented shows which aired on weekdays. (I especially like the part where it says "good music (not classical)... good taste... no rock and roll or country and western.")

In this feature, we've scanned the graphics and reproduced the information to give you the flavor of this vintage booklet. You can go directly to the WRC Personalities section to read about Al Ross, Mac McGarry, Betty Groebli, and the other WRC announcers who were on the air during this part of the Joy Boys' era... and sometimes caught a good bit of ribbing from Walker and Scott!

Station Data

Power - KC - Affilliate:
5000 watts, 980 kc, NBC
FM: 93.9 mc

Operating Schedule:
24 hours

WRC is the oldest radio station in the Nation's Capital, having been established in August of 1923. The station is noted for integrity in broadcasting and has wide acceptance and recognition in the unique market, center of government and major news center of the world.

Station Format: NBC News, music, information, and public service programming. NBC Network special programming plus local public service and daily interview program with noted personalities from government, arts, business et cetera. NBC Monitor on the weekends.

Music Policy: Good music (not classical) derived from standard recordings in the continually updated WRC library. Good taste in selection throughout day and night program parts. No rock and roll or country and western. One classical music program each Sunday evening from 10:30 to 1:00 AM, Symphony for a Sunday Evening.

Audience Appeal: Quality adult audience, middle and upper income brackets, age group of 25 and over.

To read more about the Joy Boys, Walker and Scott, or the other announcers who shared WRC's airwaves in the early 1960s, click on any of the links below.)

WRC Personalities
Al Ross Bob Kelly Mac McGarry Betty Groebli
Night Watch (Walker and Scott) Stan Karas back to booklet

Al Ross - 5:30-10:00 AM and 1:00-2:00 PM, Monday through Friday, 5:30-9:30 AM, Saturday

Bob Kelly - 10:00 AM-12:00 Noon and 2:00-4:00 PM, Monday through Friday

Betty Groebli - ("Capital By-Lines") - 12:15-1:00 PM, Monday through Friday

Mac McGarry - 4:00-6:00 PM, Monday through Friday

Ed Walker and Willard Scott - 8:00 PM-12:00 Midnight, Monday through Friday

Stan Karas - 12:00 Midnight-5:30 AM, Tuesday through Sunday

News: Local news operation is part of NBC News Washington Bureau. WRC has traditionally enjoyed a superiority in news coverage in the Nation's Capital. The WRC Newsroom is part of the NBC News team - broadcasting's leader in news. Located in a major news center of the world, WRC carries on the unique function of serving both Washington and the whole nation with the latest, most authoritative news reports. The Washington NBC News Bureau, which is combined with the WRC news facilities, maintains regular coverage of the White House, Capitol Hill, the Pentagon and other divisions of Government. Combined WRC-NBC Newsroom provides all information for WRC local news, weather, sports, and documentary programs. Network News programming carried by WRC: NBC News on the Hour, Hotline Bulletins, Emphasis, World News Roundup, News of the World, news specials all featuring noted NBC News correspondents.

Public Service: Local documentaries with emphasis on local events and problems; morning and afternoon traffic reports; Sunday classical music program presented on behalf of the National Symphony; "Capital By-Lines" from 12:15-1:00 PM, M-F, featuring interviews with noted personages; regularly incorporated public service announcements in daily programming. Religious programming from both NBC and local sources; daily inspirational message. NBC public service programs include Youth Forum, Family Living, Meet the Press, NBC Radio special programs, and the series, Toscanini: Man Behind the Legend.

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