Word has been received of the death of bandleader, Pittsburgh TV pioneer, and former WJAS (1320) personality Bill Brant.

According to Jerry Vondas of the Tribune-Review, Brant died Feb. 5 after a long illness. He was 84.

A native of Washington County, Brant joined WWSW (970) during World War II, at age 19. He later became one of the early personalities at the city’s first TV station, WDTV (3).

More recently, Brant had hosted the morning show at WJAS after that station adopted the “Music of Your Life” adult standards format in the early 1980s. Brant, a trumpet player, also led his own jazz band.