Jul 22 2014

Kobe returns to Pittsburgh – but not for full-time radio

Kobe, (AKA – Anthony Fargo) returns home to Pittsburgh this weekend as he prepares to take on the position of Social Media Consultant for The Media Beast. He spent several years working at CBS Radio in Pittsburgh where he worked for both incarnations of B-94. All Access says Kobe will do some weekend work at …

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Jul 15 2014

WTOV adds Fox affiliation


Sinclair Broadcast Group announced last week that they would be adding a new subchannel to Steubenville-licensed WTOV (9) to carry to Fox Network. WTOV’s main channel has long been the NBC affiliate for the Ohio Valley. They also carry the MeTV network on their first subchannel. Beginning September 1, Fox programming and syndicated programming will …

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Jul 07 2014

Longo finds buyer; Confer starts school

Today, Tom Taylor reports: It seems that John Longo has found a buyer for the station he’s owned for the last 25 years. Back in February it was reported that Longo was searching for a buyer who would carry on the legacy of WCNS (1480 Latrobe). Laurel Highland Total Communications bought the station for $450,000 …

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Jul 04 2014

In memory: Richard M. Scaife


The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that owner Richard Mellon Scaife has died. He passed away early this morning, one day after his 82nd birthday. A noted conservative and philanthropist, Scaife owned a chain of newspapers starting with the Greensburg Tribune-Review in 1970. In 1992, he began the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review during after Scripps-Howard rejected his bid to …

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Jun 27 2014

Gratner retiring

Chuck Gratner, who has been the General Manager of Salem’s Pittsburgh cluster for 23 years, is retiring after 50 years in the broadcasting industry. Before coming to town where the company owns WORD (101.5) and WPIT (730), Gratner worked in Dallas and Sacramento and owned part of a station in Grass Valley, California. Tom Lemmon, the station’s general …

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Jun 27 2014

WWCS faces FCC additional fine

Birach Broadcasting faces its third fine against WWCS (540 Canonsburg) for lack of proper fencing around antennas. According to Tom Taylor, last summer a Philadelphia FCC agent found large sections of fencing around two of the towers which had fallen to the ground. Additionally there was no perimeter fencing which allowed just about anybody to …

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Jun 18 2014

Steel City Media expands to Kansas City


The Pittsburgh Business Times reports that Steel City Media has an agreement to buy a four FM cluster in Kansas City from Wilks Broadcast Group. The stations include KFKF-FM, KBEQ-FM, KMXV-FM, and KCKC-FM. Steel City’s vice president Gregg Frischling says the stations will maintain their formats, staffs and studio location.The Frischlings have been looking to …

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Jun 07 2014

Radio Notes

Run for McGuire 2014 committee 4-22-14

WYEP (91.3) will hold their 17th annual Summer Music Festival on Saturday, June 28 at Schenley Plaza in Oakland. This year’s festival will be an all-day affair with extended hours in celebration of the station’s 40th anniversary. The lineup includes local bands from WYEP’s Reimagination Project followed by performances starting at 6:00 p.m. from The …

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Jun 01 2014

It makes sense now

When the news was, for lack of a better term, LEAKED on Thursday that WJAS had been sold, I couldn’t get around why it was the only station of the two remaining Renda properties (WSHH 99.7 being the other) being sold. After all, the move leaves Renda with a stand alone FM in a major …

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May 29 2014



Radio Insight reports this morning that Renda Broadcasting announced the sale of WJAS (1320) to Frank Iorio’s Pittsburgh Radio Partners for $1 Million. The move leaves WSHH (99.7) as the only Pittsburgh property for Renda who maintains its headquarters here. Last year Renda donated WMNY (1360 McKeesport) to Pentecostal Temple Church. Meanwhile, Iorio sold WBVP (1230 …

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