May 23 2016

Wendy King Tribute planned

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The family of Wendy King, who died last December, has a memorial tribute planned for Sunday, June 26 at 1:30 p.m. The event will be held in the Special Events Hall of Phipps Conservatory. Rick Sebak will serve as Master of Ceremonies of the event which will include remembrances from local radio and TV personalities …

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May 10 2016

The WZUM calls stay

On Thursday, May 12, WYZR 88.1 in Bethany, West Virginia becomes WZUM-FM to accompany it’s 1550 counterpart. Soon both 1550 and 88.1 will carry the same stream of jazz programming and operate from a studio location in South Park. The new FM translator in Pittsburgh will be in place soon at 101.1 FM. More at …

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May 08 2016

2016 “Pledge Drive”

It’s time once again for the PBRTV Pledge Drive for 2016. Our goal again is $500.00 which would cover webhosting for at least 1 year plus a little bit more. To put this in perspective, last year we managed to raise $285.00 of the $500.00 goal. With the fees associated with GoFundMe PBRTV was able to cover …

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May 04 2016

Renda & Martz in a frequency tussle

Scott Fybush (subscription required) and Tom Taylor report that Tim Martz’s Radio Power has applied to position an additional translator at 107.3 to carry WAMO (660 Wilkinsburg) to bring the urban format to the eastern part of the market. Where things get sticky is that 107.3 is first adjacent to Greensburg’s WHJB at 107.1 owned by …

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May 02 2016

Simpson sells all but one station

Tom Taylor reports that Cary Simpson has reduced his station load down to one – WTRN (1340 Tyrone). Meanwhile he’s selling off WNBT-AM/FM, (1490/104.5 Wellsboro) and translator W225AT (92.9), and WNBQ (92.3 Mansfield). The licenses and call letters will go to Southern Belle LLC – owned by Kristen Cantrell, Kirby Confer’s daughter. The other assets …

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Apr 30 2016

Dow Carnahan dies

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“It is with tremendous sadness that we announce to you the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Dow Carnahan.” So begins a web post today by station WCNS (1480 Latrobe). Carnahan spent over 30 years with the station in several capacities including morning news anchor, talk host, and Operations manager. A friend, Ed Weigle, …

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Apr 27 2016

Harold Hayes to retire Friday

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36-year KDKA-TV veteran Harold Hayes is set to retire this Friday. KD-TV’s vice president and general manager, Christopher Pike tells the Post-Gazette about Hayes, “Harold is a consummate professional defined by his integrity, fairness and accuracy. It will be impossible to replace his institutional knowledge, historic perspective and community relationships, not to mention his great sense …

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Apr 27 2016

Pallan & Trow: Two for the show

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For about three years between Rege Cordic’s departure and Jack Bogut’s arrival at KDKA Radio, the morning show was hosted by Art Pallan and Bob Trow. They were Pallan and Trow: Two for the Show… a show which was undoubtedly filled with plenty of punny humor. The pair had an interesting promotion with the Pallan …

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Apr 25 2016

In Memory: Audrey Roth

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Those of a certain generation will remember Audrey Roth as the face of “Audrey Cleans Everything” and Miss Paulificate – the Neighborhood of Make-Believe phone operator on Mister Rogers Neighborhood. Roth died Sunday at the age of 93. In addition to her work on the children’s program, her obituary cites that she was a graduate of …

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Apr 23 2016

Kline new midday voice on WSHH

WSHH (99.7) has a new midday personality in Jordan Kline. She takes over for Sara Lockard who left the station at the end of March. Kline comes to Wish from WSNY in Columbus, Ohio where she worked evenings.

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