Jul 26 2016

In Memory: Lori Jaye

Lori Jaye

A Saxonburg radio announcer lost her life in a tragic motorcycle crash over the weekend. Lori Jean LeBlanc, better known to listeners of Saxonburgradio.com and AM 1620 as Lori Jaye, was riding on a motorcycle with her boyfriend, John Jurosovich in California when their bike crashed. LeBlanc’s death was announced Sunday by her son, Cory …

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Jul 25 2016

Parsons named news director at WTAE

Today, WTAE-TV (4) announced that Jim Parsons has been named news director effective immediately. Parsons is promoted from the assistant news director position that he has held for a few years. Prior to that, he was an investigative reporter for the station for 15 years, helping the station to win several awards in the field …

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Jul 21 2016

In Memory: Bill Cardille

KDKA-AM reports that Bill “Chilly Billy” Cardille passed away early this morning after a brief battle with liver cancer. He was 87. Cardille was born and raised in Sharon, PA and started in radio in high school, likely at Sharon’s WPIC (790), and after college he went to Erie and WICU-TV. In 1957, he came to Pittsburgh and …

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Jul 18 2016

Time running out for WGBN

Time is running out on the STA for WGBN (1360 McKeesport). The station was granted special temporary authority to remain silent on February 1 and the permit expires on July 30 after which it is likely the licence will be deleted. Nobody seems to know why WGBN and it sister station WMNY (1150 New Kensington) have …

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Jul 16 2016

WESA changing models

WESA (90.5) has launched a new model to reporting – one focused on desks and beats as opposed to the general assignment model. The hope is that the change will provide a better coverage of the city and region. Meanwhile “Essential Pittsburgh” will receive a makeover as well. The daily noontime format will be retired …

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Jul 08 2016

Renda back on Nielsen reports

Pittsburgh-based Renda Broadcasting is showing up in the ratings for the first time in a little over four years. The company was embargoed as they did not subscribe to the ratings for the Pittsburgh market. WSHH (99.7) and Greensburg sister station WHJB (107.1) are both listed in the June book. WSHH came in 7th overall …

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Jul 05 2016

UPDATE: Krenn still under contract; WLTJ getting overhaul

PBRTV did a little investigating on the Jim Krenn Fan Page on Facebook to discover a press release regarding today’s activity. Most of the on-air staff will be retained including Jim Krenn who is still under contract. Krenn will be involved with the station and new morning show in some way as a regular contributor …

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Jul 05 2016

Krenn out; Further changes at WLTJ?

One day short of one year at the station, Jim Krenn is now out at WLTJ (92.9). The Post-Gazette reports that the slate of jocks on the station website is blank, but there is no further word on any further changes.

Jun 30 2016

Hillgrove to celebrate 5 years with Pgh. Jazz Channel

Bill Hillgrove’s love of Jazz started in high school when he and a buddy began to frequent Jazz concerts with Dave Brubeck and the Four Freshmen. It has continued throughout his life as an announcer on WDUQ-FM and Jazz Beat on WQED-TV and now with Pittsburgh’s Jazz station, WZUM, 1550 AM and 88.1 FM. Listen …

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Jun 30 2016

WZUM crowdsourcing campaign for translator

Through WZUM, Pittsburgh Public Media, a 501 (c) (3), has been working on bringing Jazz back to Pittsburgh on the regular FM radio airwaves with a clear, clean signal. On June 11, 2016, Pittsburgh Public Media began a crowd funding drive through Crowdrise.com or linking to the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pghjazz/ . “We have a …

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