Jul 27 2015

Problems continue for McKeesport’s WGBN

Patrick Cloonan reported over the weekend that Pentecostal Temple Development Corp. has asked the FCC for a special temporary authority to allow WGBN (1360 McKeesport) to sign off at sundown – effectively making it a daytimer. Renda Broadcasting donated the station to PTDC in 2013 but maintains ownership of the station’s daytime transmitter site near …

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Jul 21 2015

Sakalik leaves KQV

Last Friday, July 17 was Bruce Sakalik’s last day at KQV-AM (1410) where he anchored the morning news. Sakalik left on his own taking a new job with Comcast.

Jul 21 2015

CBS Cuts DID affect Pittsburgh

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We understand that last Friday was the day for the blood-letting at CBS Pittsburgh which did not escape the national edict.. Gone from WDSY (107.9) is Jimmy Roach making Monty a solo act. Roach returned to Y108 three years ago after several years at Froggy. From sister station WBZZ (100.7) are long-timer Scott Alexander and evening …

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Jul 09 2015

3-W-S tops ratings for 4th consecutive book

WWSW (94.5) has again reached the top spot in the truncated Pittsburgh ratings for June. That makes the fourth consecutive month for the iHeart owned station, but the number has dropped gradually since April. It sits just above sister station WDVE (102.5). WKST (96.1) is in third this month and the third iHeart station in …

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Jul 06 2015

Shovlin out at WSHH

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Chris Shovlin’s photos and bios have been removed from the WSHH (99.7) website and his listing as Promotions Manager has also been removed. That usually means a staffer has left a station and one suspects it was not Shovlin’s choice. But we don’t have a firm report on who made the decision. Shovlin has spent 20+ …

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Jun 30 2015

Official Lottery Drawing goes to WPXI starting tomorrow

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If you’re a big Pennsylvania Lottery player, beginning tomorrow (July 1) WPXI will bring you the live drawings. For the last several years WTAE has carried the drawings after KDKA retained it for a few decades. The drawing takes place in Harrisburg.  

Jun 30 2015

Alan Jennings retires

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WPXI-TV (11) reporter Alan Jennings is retiring as mentioned on his Facebook page today. Jennings has had a long career in Pittsburgh, but started in television as a news writer at WKBW-TV in Buffalo, New York. There he was also a helicopter traffic reporter for the AM sister station. He also worked as a news director …

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Jun 29 2015

Broadcast Communications expands

In April, Broadcast Communications, Inc. closed on two stations owned by He’s Alive, Inc. – WRIJ (106.9 Masontown PA) and WKJL (88.1 Clarksburg, WV). Now owners Robert and Ashley Stevens are awaiting FCC approval to swap those stations for WDKL (95.9 Grafton WV) and its translator W237CX (95.3 Bridgeport WV) from Educational Media Foundation. In …

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Jun 16 2015

Krenn to WLTJ mornings

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Last week we reported that the Q92.9 morning show crew had been ousted. And now we know why. “The Jim Krenn Show on Q92.9 – Pittsburgh’s Morning Show” will begin July 6. Krenn’s team includes Terry Jones, Mike Wysocki, and Mike Sasson who have appeared on his “No Restrictions” podcast. WLTJ midday host Debbie Wilde …

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Jun 16 2015

Timyka Artist to leave for new start

WPXI reporter Timyka Artist will leave the station, and Pittsburgh, after June 26 as she expects to be named to a weekend anchor position at a station in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is also planning to have a role with the station’s web platform. The new position has not officially been announced. Artist has spent several years …

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