Aug 21 2016

Radio/TV Notes

We’ve been busy the last week or so, and when that happens we take a moment to acknowledge tidbits of events that happened during our time of busy-ness.

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Aug 13 2016

In Memory: Ralph R. Conde

PBRTV has heard that Westmoreland County radio man Ralph R. Conde has died. Conde, who retired in 2008, was best known for calling sporting events on WHJB (620 Greensburg) and later at 107.1 which today is WHJB. Along with his late wife, Donna, Conde also operated Ralph R.’s Spaghetti House and Sports Lounge for 15 …

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Aug 08 2016

In Memory: B. E. Taylor

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Although not directly involved in broadcasting, B. E. Taylor’s music was heard across the spectrum of radio and TV in Pittsburgh. The Aliquippa native died Sunday of an inoperable brain tumor that was diagnosed in 2007. He was 65. Taylor’s Christmas shows were crowd-pleasers year after year. His group, The B. E. Taylor Group was …

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Aug 07 2016

S.N.O.D. cancelled

We’ve heard that WWSW (94.5) has cancelled the long-running Sunday Night Oldies Diner effective immediately. Next Sunday, those tuning in will hear 80s editions of American Top 40. The most memorable host of the program was R.D. Summers (Thomas Renkenberger) who passed away suddenly in 2009. More as we hear it.

Aug 07 2016

In Memory: Ray Walker

We were surprised to learn from a Post-Gazette report that Ray Walker has died. The cause is unknown, but it was said that Walker suffered from several illnesses including Crohn’s Disease. Once known for his work at WWSW (94.5), Walker (whose real last name is Weitzel) had most recently been the executive producer for Pittsburgh …

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Aug 03 2016

July Ratings

The July Book (measured from June 16 – July 13) has been released from Nielsen and shows very little change. Classic hits WWSW (94.5) comes in first followed by sister WDVE (102.5). Then comes a three-way tie between CBS’ WDSY (107.9), iHeart-owned WKST (96.1) and Steel City Media’s WRRK (96.9). KDKA-FM (93.7) is holding steady despite …

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Aug 02 2016

More translator news

WPGP isn’t the only one applying for a translator at 103.9. but so is Pittsburgh Radio Partners’ WJAS (1320). at 145 watts. WPGP’s version (60 watts) will go on the Hays tower where 1250 is co-located with its old sister 96.1 FM (WKST). WJAS’ idea of a 103.9 translator would go on the tower across Barone …

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Aug 02 2016

WPGP will soon have a translator

Salem’s WPGP (1250) will soon have a translator in town. The company paid $75,000 to Family Ministries for W279BK (103.7) in Carbondale. According to the FCC query, the application has it being licensed to Pittsburgh and moved to 103.9 FM at 60 watts. One might question the move in frequency given that 103.7 is clear …

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Jul 29 2016

Radio notes

Here are a few items from the last few days (we’ve been without reliable net connection). We remember: Jim Carnegie (66). Carnegie had once worked at KQV (1410) and later created and operated Radio Business Report/TV Business Report. He sold those off to Radio Ink a few years ago. Jerry Doyle (60). Doyle passed suddenly and …

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Jul 29 2016

Rush… still on the air in Pittsburgh

Darryl Parks questions the ratings of Rush Limbaugh in Pittsburgh. As WJAS is not a ratings subscriber, he surmises that the ratings are: “1. …somewhere between a 0.9 and a 1.1 share. 2.…(or) an average of a 2 and a zero.  Do the math. 3. …low, ranking somewhere between a 20 and 22.” Still though, …

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