Special Friends of WOWI


Thanks to:

Gabbo” Galbreath, Concert Promoter extraordinaire and a solid friend of the station. Through his Webb Productions, Gabbo was responsible for producing more than 300 concerts from Norfolk to DC and everywhere in between. More likely than not, whatever one you still remember from that time, it was probably Gabbo’s professional effort that made it happen. In 2011, Gabbo said that Progressive WOWI was ‘a real powerhouse and well respected by advertisers and other stations in the market’ and that the djs “not only could pick the right cuts to play, they could speak to the background and history of the artists and band members. WOWI stayed on the bleeding/leading edge of the vast offerings emerging from America and the UK while maintaining very high industry ratings.”

Mike Rau is responsible for getting this website up and running. He was a teenager during Progressive WOWI-FM 103's glory years, and simply says: "WOWI changed my life..."

David J. Brown started the Progressive WOWI research project in 2010 after going online and finding two sentences on the station and he knew one of them was wrong. "I just couldn't allow that to continue so I started slowly piecing whatever tidbits about the station I could find". It was crumbs at first. He spent countless hours making net inquires, peering through radio publications, trying to find out who was involved in the station, and where they were. One contact was Mike Rau, who after admitting that although he was an avid listener, he really didn't know shit about the history of the station, managed to get him in touch with Bob Conwell (BC), who introduced David to some of the original and influential on-air staff. Brown conducted oral histories with BC, George, Dave, Bruce, Art, Larry, and many others who were instrumental opening some of the doors to this unique history about a station that helped informed many of our lives and set us on a path towards creative anarchy! Brown's massive effort, in turn led to the creation of the Facebook page, Wiki, and eventually the content for this website. As Larry Dinger wrote, "Thanks Dave for resurrecting the station!"

Gary Steinberg, a friend of BC, for his countless hours of invaluable sound editing and digitizing of many of the original shows, bringing them back to life and for making them available to us.

Keith Nuttall, a friend of George Kello, for hoarding more than 18 hours of original cassettes all this time and offering them to us, full of original tape-stretching flutter, wow, and hiss.