Oct 08 2015

WMCK.FM offers a new option in the Mon Valley


Tube City Community Media, Inc. officially launched WMCK.FM on Tuesday as a new “radio” service in the area’s Mon Valley. The call letters recall the first set of letters used by 1360 AM (now WGBN) which is licensed to McKeesport. Seeing that 1360 and McKeesport’s other radio station, WEDO (810) have focused their efforts outside …

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Sep 24 2015

Bartley among layoffs at WQED


According to the Post-Gazette, 12 staffers were laid off at WQED Multimedia today. Nine of those laid off were full-time and one was part-time. Meanwhile two other full-timers were offered part-time positions or severance packages. Among those full-time staffers were on-air hosts Michael Bartley and Tonia Caruso. Mr. Bartley had just accepted the station’s Emmy for …

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Sep 18 2015

History Tidbit: WTAE’s Sign


Streetcars in the Early Pittsburgh Days on Facebook shows this picture of a trolley heading along what is now a grass median on Ardmore Boulevard sometime in the 1960s. Naturally I was more taken with WTAE-TV’s sign on the STL tower. The tower is still there, but the current sign (which needs new light bulbs) is …

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Sep 15 2015

In memory: Joe Gearing

Gearing in 2006 (Courtesy: Marshall Adams)

Joe Gearing passed away Monday just days before his 81st birthday. Gearing was a talk show host at several stations in the area including 1130 WASP in Brownsville, WJAS (1320) before the station had it’s “13Q” years. and twice at KDKA (1020) – first from 1974-1980 and again from 1987-1990. More recently Gearing facilitated paid …

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Sep 15 2015

WEDO to be sold to Broadcast Communications

Pending FCC approval, WEDO (810 McKeesport) will be sold to Robert Stevens’ Broadcast Communications for $175,000. Report from AllAccess.

Sep 09 2015

In Memory: Bobby Bennett


Pittsburgh native Bobby Bennett has died. The 72-year-old had spent the last month or so in a coma after suffering a stroke. Bennett started his career at WAMO-AM (then at 860 Homestead) before relocating to Washington, DC and WOL-AM in 1968. While in DC he also worked at WTOP and WHUR. He also worked in …

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Sep 09 2015

WBGG is now on 106.3 FM

According to RadioInsight.com, iHeartMedia has fired up W292DH (106.3 FM) from to translate WBGG (970). The translator is owned by Educational Media Foundation and has been operating a weak signal licensed to Uniontown. Due to the FCC site being down for maintenance, the facility’s info has not been updated as of yet. We do know …

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Sep 02 2015

Mister Rogers on Netflix


Fans of locally produced Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood will be pleased to know that episodes are available on Netflix. 20 Episodes have been released on the streaming service and are part of the 52 episodes that PBS has the rights to air. Some network stations – including WQED – air one episode per week. (PG)

Sep 02 2015

WPXI’s Tomazic shot by paintball gun


FTVLive reported Tuesday that WPXI’s Jennifer Tomazic was the victim of a paintball attack during preparation for a live report early on Monday morning. Videographer Moe Jetter intervened and informed Tomazic that she was the victim of a paintball gun. In the wake of this event and especially last week’s fatal shooting of a Roanoke …

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Aug 29 2015

Clark celebrates 20 years at WTAE

Clark/ WTAE Photo

It’s a big year for anniversaries in the Pittsburgh market, and adding his name to the 20-year club is WTAE-TV’s (4) Mike Clark. Prior to joining WTAE, he had worked for WLIG in Long Island, WEVU Fort Myers, WMTW Portland Maine, and WSYX in Columbus, Ohio. Clark has won numerous awards and recognitions for his work. He …

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