The Post-Gazette reports this morning that Jimmy Pol, who created and recorded “Pittsburgh Steelers Polka” in the 1970s, has died. Pol, whose real last name was Psihoulis, had been battling heart aiments and had undergone several surgeries. He was 84. Born in Athens, Greece, Mr. Psihoulis came to the United States in 1947 and opted to settle in McKeesport.
During the 1960s and early 70s, Mr. Psihoulis owned WZUM-AM (1590) in Carnegie where he hosted a morning polka program. Otherwise the station was a rock and roll station with hosts such as Mad Mike Metro who helped make the station a competitor with KDKA-AM and KQV-AM when they were still music stations. He also owned stations in Sharon, Pennsylvania and Niles, Ohio.