KQV Radio (AM-1410) is reporting the passing of Otto “Mark” Schaefer at the age of 84. Schaefer was a newsman at the station from 1966 until the early 1990’s. A New York native, he was once batting practice pitcher for the Giants before serving in the Army Air Corps in World War II. Schaefer began his news career at stations in Alabama and worked his way to Pittsburgh where he was one of the original anchors at WIIC-TV (now WPXI-TV 11). He left Channel 11 to work for KQV.

Schaefer is survived by 5 children and their families.

Hat tip to Jeff Roteman who has an aircheck of Schaefer here.