That gig and Hoerth’s Monday through Friday afternoon talk show on sister station WPTT (1360) ended when station owner Renda Broadcasting failed to renew his contract.
WJAS afternoon host Mike McGann was let go not long after for what were apparently budgetary reasons. (Renda officials have declined comment on the moves.)
Hoerth continues to work on a semi-autobiographical (but fictionalized) book and is seeking other outlets, but tells PBRTV that not having a regular outlet during what he calls “the hottest presidential election in my lifetime” is killing him.
But he admits that the likelihood of finding another steady radio gig in Pittsburgh is slim. “I’m 512 years old — who’s going to hire me?” Hoerth says.
Besides WWSW and WPTT, in nearly 30 years in the Pittsburgh market, the New Jersey native and Florida transplant has also done tours of duty at KDKA (1020), KQV (1410), and the former WTAE (1250).
In case you haven’t noticed that ad hanging out on the right-hand side of PBRTV, Doug Hoerth is coming out of enforced retirement this Memorial Day weekend to host a special Internet-only program of music and talk.
“Songs and snappy patter,” says Hoerth, who calls it a music and talk “variety show.”
Hoerth will be live until 12 midnight; the program will then repeat on pgholdies.com through the end of the week.
He’s also accepting emails at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The originator of the current “Sunday Night Oldies Diner” on WWSW-FM (94.5), Hoerth until earlier December hosted a competing oldies show on WJAS (1320).