May 02 2016

Simpson sells all but one station

Tom Taylor reports that Cary Simpson has reduced his station load down to one – WTRN (1340 Tyrone). Meanwhile he’s selling off WNBT-AM/FM, (1490/104.5 Wellsboro) and translator W225AT (92.9), and WNBQ (92.3 Mansfield). The licenses and call letters will go to Southern Belle LLC – owned by Kristen Cantrell, Kirby Confer’s daughter. The other assets …

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Apr 30 2016

Dow Carnahan dies

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“It is with tremendous sadness that we announce to you the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Dow Carnahan.” So begins a web post today by station WCNS (1480 Latrobe). Carnahan spent over 30 years with the station in several capacities including morning news anchor, talk host, and Operations manager. A friend, Ed Weigle, …

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Apr 27 2016

Harold Hayes to retire Friday

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36-year KDKA-TV veteran Harold Hayes is set to retire this Friday. KD-TV’s vice president and general manager, Christopher Pike tells the Post-Gazette about Hayes, “Harold is a consummate professional defined by his integrity, fairness and accuracy. It will be impossible to replace his institutional knowledge, historic perspective and community relationships, not to mention his great sense …

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Apr 27 2016

Pallan & Trow: Two for the show

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For about three years between Rege Cordic’s departure and Jack Bogut’s arrival at KDKA Radio, the morning show was hosted by Art Pallan and Bob Trow. They were Pallan and Trow: Two for the Show… a show which was undoubtedly filled with plenty of punny humor. The pair had an interesting promotion with the Pallan …

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Apr 25 2016

In Memory: Audrey Roth

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Those of a certain generation will remember Audrey Roth as the face of “Audrey Cleans Everything” and Miss Paulificate – the Neighborhood of Make-Believe phone operator on Mister Rogers Neighborhood. Roth died Sunday at the age of 93. In addition to her work on the children’s program, her obituary cites that she was a graduate of …

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Apr 23 2016

Kline new midday voice on WSHH

WSHH (99.7) has a new midday personality in Jordan Kline. She takes over for Sara Lockard who left the station at the end of March. Kline comes to Wish from WSNY in Columbus, Ohio where she worked evenings.

Apr 21 2016

Guidotti gaffe was not live

When I saw the re-posted YouTube video of KDKA-TV reporter Ross Guidotti’s gaffe the other day, I felt that I wasn’t watching something that aired live. Turns out, I was right. His gaffe was taped and aired as the result of poor editing according to the PG article that ran the other day. Guidotti issued …

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Apr 15 2016

PJ Maloney bikes to work

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PJ Maloney has worked at KQV (1410) for the past 40 years and most days he bikes to work. Check out this blog from the Trib published last month. On a related note, PBRTV has learned that Maloney received the Outstanding Achievement in Media Award last night from the Media Association of Pittsburgh.

Apr 15 2016

Barbara Vancheri leaves P-G

Rob Owen notes and offers his thanks to former PG movie reviewer Barbara Vancheri who took a buyout from the paper after working there for 32 years. Vancheri says,“I do not consider myself retired and plan to look for a part-time job. I think I’m young but know that — compared with some colleagues who …

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Apr 14 2016

Patitucci honored

Longtime radio host Sal Patitucci received the 2016 Joseph Natoli Community Service Award from the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. The award was presented at the organization’s 30th Scholarship and Awards Banquet this past weekend in Downtown Pittsburgh. Patitucci immigrated to the US in 1960 where he and his wife, …

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