May 28 2015

“22-the-Point” to Have Sports Focus

Channel 22 – now WPNT – is set to become a sports and entertainment station with a particular focus on local sports. Sinclair Broadcast Group had a “soft launch” for the new format last week and will continue to roll out more as the summer continues. Much of the “MyTV” programming will remain. The station …

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May 23 2015

In Memory: Kathy Kerestes

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Kathy Kerestes passed away Saturday, May 23 at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. She had just celebrated her 61st birthday. She was a native of Monongahela and a graduate of Point Park College. Starting her career at WESA Radio in Charleroi, Kerestes was probably best known as the morning news anchor at WTAE-AM 1250. The majority of which was during …

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May 20 2015

Follow up to the Mailbag

Sometimes it doesn’t take long to get answers…! The FCC database has updated the listing for Channel 22 in Pittsburgh. It is officially WPNT – the callsign that graced 92.9 FM when it was beautiful music. The network is still “MY TV” for which WPMY stood. So perhaps there is something more than the eye …

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May 19 2015

Mailbag

Every now and again we get mail… and we love it! Here are some recent letters… Eric, On Thursday May 14th, while WTAE & WPXI’s evening newscasts were full of detailed reports, from on the scene reporters, about that afternoon’s destructive fire in Squirrel Hill, KDKA-TV chose instead to provide major coverage, on their evening news …

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May 18 2015

A word of thanks

Although I will keep the donation box to the left up through Wednesday night – May 20 (and you are still welcome to contribute), I must call an end to the drive to raise funds for the major expense PBRTV has – webhosting. We only reached 49% of our goal of $500 which means we will be …

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May 15 2015

Remembering Cordic

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Local freelance writer John Mehno reminds us that today would have been Rege Cordic’s 89th birthday. Cordic was a well-known mainstay in Pittsburgh radio with stints at WWSW-AM (970) from 1948 through 1954, and KDKA (1020) from 1954 to 1965. His morning show featured characters and written bits which made morning commuters laugh even in the …

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May 13 2015

The Answer, my friend, is on the air

Salem signed on their new station, “1250 The Answer” last night as scheduled. The format takes over for Radio Disney who announced that they were selling all but one of the company’s stations last fall. Disney subsidiary “Sports Radio Group” sold the former WDDZ to Salem for $1 Million earlier this year. The station has …

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May 11 2015

Former WPXI anchor Kelley Mitchell dies

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Kelley Mitchell anchored WPXI’s “First Edition” 5:30 p.m. news during the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. She also served the station as a general assignment reporter before leaving for Miami. Mitchell passed away on Sunday at the age of 58, the cause unknown. Mitchell worked at two Miami stations in her time there – WSVN-TV …

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May 07 2015

KDKA names new morning weather man

KDKA-TV (2) has named Ron Smiley as the new morning meteorologist beginning in late June. Smiley comes from WXIN-TV in Indianapolis where he served in the same capacity. He takes over for Dennis Bowman who retired in April. (PG)

May 03 2015

31% raised… drive extended to May 15

The PBRTV Pledge Drive has been extended to May 15 to give everyone who wants to help a chance to help. We are at 31% thanks to the 10 wonderful contributors who have gotten us there so far. Illness and other business has kept us from constantly hounding our readers to contribute. But we have …

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