Joe Gearing passed away Monday just days before his 81st birthday. Gearing was a talk show host at several stations in the area including 1130 WASP in Brownsville, WJAS (1320) before the station had it’s “13Q” years. and twice at KDKA (1020) – first from 1974-1980 and again from 1987-1990. More recently Gearing facilitated paid programs on WEDO (810 McKeesport) and WKHB (620 Irwin). In addition to his radio career, he once served as a magistrate in Westmoreland County. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.