Jan 13 2017

Granato to Florida

We hear that Steve Granato is headed back to Renda Broadcasting but this time as the Program Director of the 4-station Ft. Myers/Naples cluster. Granato had been the PD of Renda’s WSHH (99.7) in Pittsburgh back in the early 90s. He was most recently PD at iHeart’s WMXY (98.9 Youngstown) and did some air shifts …

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Jan 13 2017

PBS Kids Subchannel starts 1/16

WQED Pittsburgh will launch the WQED PBS KIDS Channel on Monday, January 16 which will be available over the air on channel 13.5 and on *Comcast channel 200. It will be available on other cable systems throughout the region, but channel numbers have not been announced. Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is the premiere …

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Jan 13 2017

Berggren leaves traffic duties after 35 years

I have been so blessed in my life to do something as a career that I truly love. In 1982, AAA and KDKA took a chance on me as a traffic reporter. I was just a kid back then fresh out of broadcasting school when I applied for the job. And with that, a Facebook …

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Jan 11 2017

Tidbits

KDKA-FM (93.7) announced last Friday that Chris Mack will be hosting the pre- and post-game shows for Pirates baseball coverage beginning this season. Mac already serves as the host of “Bucco Talk”, a weekly program on the station. Jack Zduriencik will work alongside Mack. Laurel Highland Total Communications (LHTC) as long had business interests and …

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Jan 07 2017

Hearst and DirecTv reach deal

Local DirecTv viewers were able to watch WTAE-TV for the first time in 2017 this morning. WTAE’s parent, Hearst, reached a deal with DirecTv for carriage. DirecTv reached a similar deal with WPXI’s parent, Cox Media Group on New Year’s Day. Both stations were blocked at 12:00 a.m. on January 1.

Jan 03 2017

Burglars attempt break-in at WTYM site

The Kittanning Paper reports that burglars attempted to break in at the WTYM (1380 Kittanning) transmitter site early this morning. Family Life Media president David Croyle told the paper that there was minimal damage to a pad lock on the main door. A security system sounded and activated cameras around the site. Equipment was not …

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Jan 02 2017

In Memoriam: Cathy Milton

Known for her 27 year career at WTAE-TV (4), Cathy Milton has died. Milton started her broadcasting career at WLOA (1550 Braddock) in 1956 and WEDO (810 McKeesport) as host of “The Date with Cathy Show”. She was the first female DJ and eventually director of women’s programming at WMCK (1360 McKeesport) before moving onto …

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Jan 01 2017

Cox Media Group reaches deal with DirecTv

Cox Media Group (parent of WPXI) has reached a long-term agreement with DirecTv for carriage of WPXI and other Cox-owned TV stations. The stations were returned to the lineups earlier in the evening after a nearly 18-hour blackout. No word on DirecTv’s agreement with Hearst who owns WTAE. WTAE also went off the lineup at …

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Jan 01 2017

DirecTv: Impasse with Hearst & Cox

Pittsburgh DirecTv customers are without two of the “big three” networks as of the new year. The negotiations for renewing the carriage contracts for Hearst stations (parent of WTAE) and Cox stations (parent of WPXI). Cable/Satellite companies often spar with local channels over the fees associated with carrying the local affiliates. Viewers of both stations …

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Dec 30 2016

Tidbits

Cary Simpson was laid to rest today. A protege, Ken Hawk checked in with us the other day to offer some more information and memories of Mr. Simpson… According to Cary’s son Ted, he had been hospitalized in Altoona for dehydration and pneumonia a few days before he died. The doctors were able to stabilize …

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