50+year broadcast veteran Ira Apple passed away Tuesday after suffering a brief illness. He was 74.
Apple began his career in Kittanning when he was in high school. He would sign the local station (I’m guessing 1380 AM) on the air each morning, go to school and then go back to work to sign the station off. He was a pioneer in the world of Talk radio and worked at KDKA-AM (1020) and KQV-AM (1410) locally among other well-known stations like WBZ in Boston and WBAL Baltimore. He also served as an adjunct professor at Emerson College in Boston.
He was honored with the Freedom Foundation Award by President Eisenhower at a ceremony at the White House.
Apple worked as a Regional Sales Manager for Custom Business Systems, Inc. from the mid-1980s until it was taken over by Wicks. Most recently he served as a liaison of the Traffic Directors Guild of America.
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