Mar 24 2017

Let the PBRTV Pledge begin!

While the question has never officially come up from a reader, I recently had a discussion with a friend about having a website versus just using social media. Specifically, the benefits of social media being “free” while operating a website of your own costs money. I don’t remember what the exact conversation was that led …

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Mar 23 2017

Ratings

iHeart takes the top 3 spots in February… WDVE (102.5), WWSW (94.5), and WKST (96.1) top the list. WRRK (96.9) is spot 4 and WSHH (99.7) is number 5. The country wars between WDSY (107.9) and WPGB (104.7) have reversed again with the previous up and the latter down. WBZZ (100.7) hits its highest rank …

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Mar 20 2017

Sheridan sued

Tom Taylor reports today that while Sheridan Broadcasting is winding down its dispute with AURN, the company is now being sued by two union retirement funds after missing monthly payments dating back to 2015. The suit is by the trustees of both the AFTRA Retirement Fund and the SAG-AFTRA Health Fund and is alleging that …

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Mar 18 2017

Call Sign Cavalcade returns; Our pledge starts soon

Remember when we had the Call Sign Cavalcade? I pulled it down when it seemed like it would never be accurate… especially when we were relying on people to remember and guess and well, it was a ball of confusion! Recently, the FCC began digitizing the pre-1980 station records and posting them online. “Aha!” I said, “I …

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Mar 14 2017

Things we missed

It’s not unusual for the PBRTV World HQ to experience some busy times and sometimes we miss a few things. Hearst, parent of WTAE-TV, is now arguing with Dish Network in regard to carriage costs. WTAE and its sisters across the country have been off the satellite provider for over a week now. These battles occur …

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Mar 13 2017

Dunlap featured

Photographer John Altdorfer and writer Kate Benz did a great piece on former WSHH airstaffer, Dan Dunlap. Since Dunlap was let go at Wish in 2014, he has been voicing promos, spots and features for various clientele. Not bad for a “short, skinny guy from Baden” who also has a love for guitars. The story appears …

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Mar 10 2017

Frye announces she has breast cancer

WTAE-TV morning anchor Kelly Frye announced this morning that she has breast cancer. She spoke at the end of the newscast about her plans and her treatment schedule which begins today with 16 Chemo treatments over 24 weeks. Despite the fact that she will lose her hair, she plans to be on the air as …

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Feb 28 2017

Maria Gabriel to WESA

Listeners of KDKA-AM (1020) know Maria Gabriel as a part-time reporter at the station. Now, she’s about to be the new host of WESA’s (90.5) Morning Edition. Christopher Ayers who has been hosting the show since November, will return to his role as producer. Gabriel grew up in West Mifflin, but worked in Harrisburg at …

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Feb 27 2017

Iorio sells Warren stations

Frank Iorio, under the Radio Partners, LLC umbrella, is selling WRRN (92.3 Warren PA) and WNAE (1310 Warren)  and WKNB (104.3 Clarendon, PA) to Laurel Media for $1 million. Iorio’s Pittsburgh Radio Partners owns WJAS (1320) and its new translator.which was recently moved from the Warren cluster. Laurel Media owns St. Mary’s stations WDDH (97.5), WKBI-AM/FM (1400/93.9). …

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Feb 25 2017

Ratings

The January book was released on Thursday, and the after-Christmas numbers have very few surprises. WWSW (94.5) has returned to its pre-Christmas number – second place behind WDVE (102.5). WRRK (96.9) is in 3rd with a large jump following a Christmas drop. WSHH (99.7) is in 5th after being second at Christmas time. Christmas was …

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