Marko Polka goes online only

Listeners to WQTW (1570 Latrobe) haven’t heard the last of “Marko Polka”. But if they want to hear him next week, they’ll have to go online. WQTW and its sister WLSW (103.9 Scottdale) have been sold to Broadcast Communications III, Inc. and the show won’t be making the move. Instead, listeners can pick up the show […]

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WTAE back on Dish

It was reported earlier this week that Hearst and Dish Network came to a carriage agreement after 54 days. Locally, that affected WTAE-TV which was still available to Dish viewers over the air. A similar dispute with DirecTv in January took about a week to resolve. (PG)

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Ratings

It seems that the March ratings are categorized by owner. The top 3 are the usual iHeart suspects of WDVE (102.5), WWSW (94.5) and WKST (96.1). Steel City Media’s WRRK (96.9) ties with the aforementioned WKST. Renda’s WSHH (99.7) follows as it levels out from its Holiday Book. Then come the CBS stations – all […]

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In Memoriam: Wes Minter

Occasional fill-in KDKA talk host Wes Minter passed away April 18 of an apparent heart attack. He was 63. Minter worked in two industries over the years. He was a corporate sales executive most recently working locally at Waste Management. Minter not only filled in at KDKA (1020) but has worked at WSB Atlanta, WCCO […]

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Spectrum auction explained

Rob Owen and Maria Sciullo perfectly explain the spectrum auction process and some of the results in today’s Post-Gazette. Stations have 39 months to change their frequencies, if required. Some will leave the airwaves altogether while others will share spectrum space and transmitters. Most over-the-air viewers won’t notice a difference as they will merely retune their […]

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Channel Repack

Remember when WQED announced the sale of its channel spectrum for $9.9 million? Now the complete list of channel changes have been released. This is the digital over the air signal which will never appear any different as, of course, channels identify themselves by their analog signals that went off the air in 2009. RabbitEars.info […]

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In memoriam: George Almasi

George Almasi, best known for his 50 years as “Polka King of the (Mon) Valley” passed away April 10 at the age of 82. It was in 1962 that he began pursuing an avocation as host of a Polka program on Charleroi’s WESA (940/98.3). He most recently hosted his show on various incarnations of McKeesport’s […]

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WOGH now Willie 103.5

A glance at Forever Pittsburgh’s website (and tuning to 103.5) shows that the Froggy “trimulcast” has been reduced by one station as WOGH Burgettstown now identifies itself as “Willie 103.5” playing Country hits from the 80s and 90s. 103.5 is licensed to Burgettstown, Washington County PA but still emanates from the WTOV tower in Steubenville, the community to […]

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In memoriam: David J. Kelly

The Post-Gazette reports that David J. Kelly has died at the age of 89. Kelly came to Pittsburgh in 1957 as a feature writer for The Pittsburgh Press with a focus on military affairs. He joined KDKA-TV (2) in 1961 as awriter for the morning program and later became news director at KDKA Radio. In […]

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WLSW and WQTW Sold

All Access reports that WLSW (103.9 Scottdale) and WQTW (1570 Latrobe) have been sold. Sharon Wall, widow of the late L. Stanley Wall and administrator for the stations, has announced the sale to Broadcast Communications III for $605,000. The listing was announced back in January and was handled by CMS Station Brokerage. Stan Wall passed away in […]

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