Apr 07 2014

In Memory: Lynn Hinds

Hinds (Family Photo)

Lynn B. Hinds, former WTAE-TV (4) reporter and talk show host, died Saturday, April 5 at his home in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He was 79. He was born in Akron, Ohio in 1934 and was a 1953 graduate of Springfield High School. Hinds went on to receive a degree in Speech and English at the University …

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Apr 01 2014

WQED celebrates 60

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WQED-TV (13) signed on as the country’s first educational television station 60 years ago today – April 1, 1954. Today, Pittsburgh’s City Council commended and congratulated the some of the station’s management and staffers on its success.

Mar 26 2014

Cardille inducted into wrestling hall of fame

Cardille (WJAS Photo)

The Keystone State Wrestling Alliance Hall of Fame (KSWA) will hold thei annual Joe Abby Tournament and Hall of Fame ceremony this Saturday. Among this year’s inductees will be the “Voice of Studio Wrestling” Bill Cardille. Cardille spent many years interviewing and hosting Studio Wrestling on Channel 11 (then WIIC). Cardille remains on the air …

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Mar 25 2014

Pitt wants 16-watt signal treated as Class A

Tom Taylor, basing his report on one done last week by Patrick Cloonan, says the University of Pittsburgh feels that WPTS (92.1 Pittsburgh) should be treated as a Class A FM. The station – which operates at 16 watts from 463 feet – operates as a Class D. The arguement arises as Tri-Borough Communications holds …

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Mar 25 2014

Wood named PD of Houston station

Clear Channel Media + Entertainment announced the hiring of a Pittsburgh native as the program director of their Alternative KTBZ (94.5 Houston, TX). Effective April 1, Elliott Wood will take the reigns of the station. Wood has spent the last 15 years in research and consulting working for Strategic Radio Solutions and Broadcast Architechture. In …

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Mar 24 2014

Mailbag: Constant branding drives viewer (we suspect others, too) nuts

Today’s e-mail comes from Frances who asks: Eric,¬†Whose bright idea was it to have the WTAE anchors constantly saying “Pittsburgh’s Action News 4″ throughout each newscast? I know what city I’m in & what station I’m watching! The phrase is as annoying as KDKA Radio’s “84 Lumber Project Professional Newsline” said by each host before …

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Mar 19 2014

Gunter returns to Radio One

After a year as General Manager of WAMO (660 Wilkinsburg; 100.1 Pittsburgh), Gary Gunter has returned to Radio One, this time in St. Louis as the Vice President and General Manager. Prior to comiing to Pittsburgh in 2013, Gunter was the General Sales Manager for Radio One in the Baltimore market. No word on who …

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Mar 13 2014

Mailbag: Don’t shoot the messenger…

It has happened for years. PBRTV.com has received Facebook messages and e-mails from people who have the perception that this site has the ability to program local radio stations. Don’t believe that? Neither do I. But maybe some readers feel that there is hope that I can bring their gripes to light. All I can …

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Mar 03 2014

Remembering Porky

Visitations for Craig “Porky” Chedwick, who died Sunday at age 96, will be held on Wednesday, March 5 and Thursday, March 6 from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Dellor Funeral Home in Brookline. However, according to WTAE, the family is not able to afford a proper funeral sendoff. They are collecting donations for a proper …

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Mar 02 2014

In Memory: Porky Chedwick

PBRTV has confirmed reports that legendary announcer Porky Chedwick has passed away at age 96. Mr. Chedwick is remembered fondly among the Oldies Community and his many years of work at stations throughout the area. He started many years ago at Homestead’s WHOD which later became WAMO. Word is that Chedwick passed shortly before 10:00 …

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