We thought this might be the case, but today it was confirmed. Pat Cloonan of the McKeesport Daily News (online by subscription only) reports that Hank Baughman has moved his offices to Renda’s Greensburg studios housing WGSM-FM (107.1). The Greensburg resident recently added afternoon drive news duties at WGSM but continued to serve WSHH-FM (99.7) and WJAS-AM (1320) in Pittsburgh where he had been for over 20 years. Now Baughman is doing morning news on WGSM in addition to the Pittsburgh stations. WSHH, WJAS and WMNY-AM (1360) program director Ron Antill told Cloonan that Baughman is doing two entirely different newscasts. “We’re not looking to shortchange that marketplace whatsoever,” he said.
With Baughman in Greensburg, it means “Westmoreland County Roundup” anchor Brent Whigham is out. Mark Bertig, general manager for Renda’s St. Pier Group – operating stations including WGSM and four Indiana, PA stations, called the ouster a “tough decision” saying that, in his opinion, Whigham, “did just a great job for us.” WGSM has not made any other personnel changes.
An overnight producer at Renda’s Pittsburgh cluster helps Baughman produce the news for WJAS and WSHH.