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Apr 25 2008

1360 goes home for a day


McKeesport-licensed WPTT (1360) is going back to its roots … at least for an hour or so.

Jack Etzel will host a live, remote broadcast of his handyman show this Saturday between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. from McKeesport’s Wilson Baum Agency at the corner of state routes 48 and 148.

The real estate company was the next-door neighbor of the former WIXZ (1360) during the station’s Top 40 days in the early 1970s, when Rush Limbaugh, Mike McGann and others were on-air personalities.

WIXZ moved to Route 30 in East McKeesport in 1976, and its former studio is now part of the offices of Wilson Baum’s insurance division. (WPTT is based at Renda Broadcasting’s headquarters in Green Tree.)

Bob Baum, president of Wilson Baum Agency, gave PBRTV correspondent Jason Togyer a tour this week, and the acoustic wall tiles and double-pane, soundproof windows are still in place.

Baum says Etzel probably won’t be broadcasting from the old WIXZ studio, which is now used as a conference room.