Date registered: June 16, 2012
Jul 04 2013
As the nation celebrated Independence Day, AM Guys, LLC flipped the “on” switch to WZUM-AM (1550 Braddock). The format is R&B Oldies ranging from 1965 to 1979. It features jingles from the old WZUM located at 1590 and licensed to Carnegie. The station will be jockless for now as minor adjustments are made with the new music software.
May 29 2013
It’s been nearly a year since PBRTV was converted to this new blog format from the old blog format which was, well, OLD. But we were able to convert the posts from the old blog to the new blog. It wasn’t too tedious, but it wasn’t easy either. Since June 12, 2012, you’ve been able to see these stories just the same, but if the story was accompanied by a picture, you just saw a little “broken link” icon in its place. Likewise, if you left a comment about a story back then, those comments did not convert and are therefore lost in the ether. (If you really want to find them again, try your luck with the Wayback Machine from Archive.org (http://archive.org/web/web.php). And good luck because it may or may not be there! Oh and if you want to go back to 1998, remember we were a part of DCRTV and then in late 1999 we became pbrtv.tripod.com!!)
Anyhow, after converting to this blog format, it took me some time before I realized that all of the pictures from those old stories had been downloaded to my computer desktop into a folder of their own. Nobody told me, and I just happened to find it one day. I was thrilled and knew that in time I could begin the task of rejoining those photos with their stories. (Incidentally, most of those stories and photos were supplied by Jason Togyer who did a lot of writing — and many other things — for PBRTV back in dem dere days.)
Well, some months ago, after discovering the photos were there, I decided that I needed to back up some files on the computer and began doing so. Good thing I did because the first part of April, that computer hard drive hit the big fan and hasn’t booted since. I did lose some things, but couldn’t remember if I had gotten around to saving that folder of photos. Crushed at first, I simply moved on and thought, “well, that’s one less thing I have to worry about!” Until yesterday.
I discovered that I, in fact, had saved that folder to a flash drive and I have begun the process of restoring those pictures with their rightful stories. This will be a tedious task because while most of the pictures have some sort of indication as to when they were published, not everyone of them does. So through a process of elimination (and perhaps use of the Wayback Machine) I should be able to get the majority of photos restored. Don’t expect it to be a fast process though. I have no intention of making it a priority.
Now I’m sure you’re asking two very important questions:
1. What is a “legacy post” on PBRTV? A legacy post is just about every post after a while. Some of the stories we’ve covered or posted since the 2007 conversion to the blog format can no longer be considered accurate information.
2. Why do I care? Unbeknownst to you, dear reader, I can see what you’re looking at on my site! I can even see what search phrases have been used to bring you here. (In fact, I have seen many people inquire of Google and other such sites if a certain local news anchor is pregnant. And when they click enter they are taken to a story from a few years back when she gave birth to twins.) So I know that those stories, despite being past their due date, are still being read. (Disclaimer: No, we cannot see each individual reader’s searches… just what is “trending”. Your privacy has not been nor will be revealed.)
Anyone interested in designing a new logo for PBRTV? You won’t receive any compensation, which probably means you won’t read any further. But if you are interested, drop me a line – info (at) pbrtv (dot) com for more details!
And speaking of typing e-mail addresses that way, if you’re e-mailing (AKA SPAMMING) me with messages about being from an SEO company or whatever the heck it is, please give up! I’m not going to buy into that crap!
May 09 2013
“AM Guys LLC” – made up of Ed DeHart and Stephen Zelenko – has purchased WLFP-AM (1550 Braddock) from receiver Mike Craven for $14,515. This according to this morning’s Tom Taylor NOW Newsletter. DeHart managed the station prior to the sale. Business TalkRadio bought the facility in 2007 for $225,000 and operated it as a 4-station syndication operation. The company now owns one station in Greenwich, Connecticut.
UPDATE: Pat Cloonan has more information, including how DeHart and Zelenko were able to get the station so inexpensively.
Feb 05 2013
Well folks, we all make mistakes.
On Monday, we reported that Jack Wheeler was back on the air at WHIE-AM in Atlanta, Georgia. Turns out the webpage that our buddy, Bill stumbled on was a “remnant” of Jack’s show… (therefore the station may want to remove it from the Internet…) We received the following comment to the post…
Jack Wheeler is retired and not on the air. He left WHIE-AM in mid-2012. Jack is in good health at 86 and has no plans to return to radio.
He lives in Georgia, and says he still has many friends in Pittsburgh and returns from time-to-time..
Former Producer, KDKA
We have pulled our original post to eschew obfuscation. WHIE may wish to do the same.
Jan 25 2013
Tom Taylor reported this morning that the sale of WRBP in Hubbard, Ohio is finalized. The class A station at 101.9 will now go non-commercial under the ownership of Educational Media Foundation and will likely air the K-Love format. The sale was announced nearly a year ago and was met with opposition from Percy Squire who once owned the station. Sale price: $500,000. Broker: John Pierce.
Dec 06 2012
All Access reports this afternoon that Clear Channel is at it again – layoffs. Most of the cuts seem to be in major markets but as of now, Pittsburgh cluster employees seem to be safe.
“Like every successful business, our strategy continues to evolve as we move forward as a company; this creates some new jobs, and unfortunately eliminates others. These are never easy decisions to make,” said a statement released by the company.
One long-timer let go from WEBN in Cincinnati is afternoon host Jay Gilbert. Folks may know him better as “Uncle Jay” – the man who “explains the news”. No word on whether or not he will return to posting the news editorials which he stopped producing regularly in 2011.
UPDATE: PBRTV has received a hint that WKST-FM (96.1) APD/PM Drive host, Flick, was part of the latest round of cuts. A check to the KISS-FM website shows that Flick’s page has been removed.
Oct 23 2012
WGBN-AM (1150 New Kensington) is seeking to increase daytime power now that WASP-AM (1130 Brownsville) has gone permanently silent. The Rev. Loran Mann confirmed the plan to Patrick Cloonan in the Valley News Dispatch. Mann is the Senior Pastor of the Pentecostal Temple Church of God in Christ which has operated the New Kensington station since 1992 when Salem Communications essentially donated the station to the church. WGBN currently broadcasts with a 1000 watt directional daytime signal with 70 watts at night.
Oct 22 2012
Public station WYEP-FM (91.3) announced an addition to its Morning Mix program. Joey Spehar, a long-time volunteer host at the station, will join Cindy Howes as co-host after an extensive national search. Spehar began as an intern at the station in 2006 while he attended Robert Morris University. He continued on to become a volunteer host of the “Friday Night Block Party”. Additionally he has been a producer for “The Allegheny Front” which airs on sister station WESA-FM (90.5).
Spehar will create on-air content as well as developing digital programming over several media platforms. Howes says she is looking forward to working with Spehar. “I think our listeners are going to really enjoy what we have planned,” she said.
Oct 20 2012
WPXI-TV (11) news director Mike Goldrick is leaving the station to become Vice-President of News at WRC-TV (4) in Washington, D.C. He has been in Pittsburgh since 2009. Goldrick says the opportunity was too good to pass up and he will begin his new position on November 26.
Oct 19 2012
Birach Broadcasting’s WKGE-AM (850 Johnstown) is silent. Radio-Info reports Ray Rosenblum, a Pittsburgh broker, says there is a $250,000 asking price for the station. WKGE has been owned by Birach (who also owns WWCS-AM (540 Canonsburg) since 2007. It has been a simulcast of Pennsylvania Radiowerks’ WWGE in Loretto.
The Johnstown Tribune-Democrat says that Birach purchased the station with the hopes of formatting it to appeal to the ethnic community in Johnstown. But the station known as “The Edge” has been struggling with a political talk/sports format. WKGE is 10,000 watts with nine towers.