Feb 02 2016

February 1, 2016… a busy day

As I was updating some (and I do mean some; not all the ones that need to be updated) of the station addresses, I got distracted by one of my favorite sites – fccdata,org. Lots of AM owners have taken advantage of the FCC’s Translator filing window that opened today. WEDO (810 McKeesport), newly acquired …

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Jan 27 2016

5 Years Ago

We lost “Uncle Dougie” Doug Hoerth 5 years ago. Here is one of his more memorable moments with thanks to Phil Lenz…  

Jan 27 2016

10 years ago

Sheila Hyland remarks that today marks 10 years since she was last regularly on the air. Sinclair-owned WPGH-TV (53) gave up on trying to do their own 10:00 p.m. newscast and entered into an agreement with WPXI to provide a newscast. Alby Oxenreiter joined the staff at Channel 11 at that time. Both moved over …

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Jan 27 2016

WAVL sale to take place soon

Local media broker Ray Rosenblum checked in with us over the weekend to announce that Evangel Heights Assembly of God will file with the FCC to sell WAVL (910 in the palindrome town of Apollo, PA) to Colonial Media. Mr. Rosenblum arranged the sale of the station. Supposedly the letter will be filed this week, but …

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Jan 24 2016

In memory: Wayne Van Dine

VanDyne

PBRTV has seen two reliable mentions that former KDKA-TV (2) investigative reporter Wayne Van Dine passed away at his Weirton, West Virginia home on Friday after a long cancer battle. He was 77 years old at the time of his death. Van Dine worked at WIIC-TV (11, now WPXI) from 1969 to 1978 when he joined …

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Jan 23 2016

Things that passed us by

A couple of notes from this week… Stan Savran celebrated 40 years on the air in the Pittsburgh market. Right now he works for iHeart’s WBGG (970) but has had many stops around town over the years including Ardmore Boulevard where he worked at both WTAE-AM (1250) and TV (4). Lloyd Kaiser, former WQED president …

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Jan 22 2016

3-W-S tops the Holiday Book

After our last ratings report in December that we found out didn’t amount to a hill of beans where Christmas formats are concerned, we find that the “Holiday Book 2015” (released 1/21) was, in fact, very good to WWSW (94.5). 14.2 is the top rating for 3-W-S in the book that ended December 30. Tom Taylor reported this …

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Jan 18 2016

Former WAMO jock found dead

Former WAMO (when it was on 106.7) jock and music director Kris Kelly was found dead in her Philadelphia apartment last week. the 45-year-old got her start at WAMO after going to the University of Pittsburgh. Later Kelley moved on to Detroit and spent several years in Chicago. The cause of death is under investigation. (Trib) …

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Jan 14 2016

In Memory: Jim Horne

Jim Horne in the days when he was on KDKA Radio.

PBRTV has learned that former KDKA-AM (1020) afternoon drive personality Jim Horne has died following complications from surgery last week. Horne was on the air at KD from 1967-72.  He later moved to New York to follow an acting career where he went by the name J.R. Horne. He had roles in the 2000 hit O …

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Jan 14 2016

WZUM to be sold to Pgh. Public Media

Pittsburgh Public Media today announced the acquisition of WZUM -AM (1550 Braddock) from AM Guys LLC for $75,000, with the signing of Letter of Intent and Asset Purchase Agreement. “This is the next step in our growth” says Charles H Leavens, President of Pittsburgh Public Media. “It feels good to begin to bring the spirit of community …

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