2001 – 2003

Mailbag posts from 2001-2003.

January 2001

[important]To read in chronological order, start at the bottom and work your way up.[/important] hi there, ok guys and gals what are the departures at clear channel pittsburgh? (January 30, 2001) Eric’s Musings: As I said, “Stay tuned…” We’ll find out more as we know more. Eric I just wanted to let you know. some …

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February 2001

[important]To read in chronological order, start at the bottom and work your way up.[/important] How nice to hear and think about Ed Price again! He was a wonderful talent and a very nice person who died much too early. He lived in the neighborhood I grew up in and was kind enough to give me …

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March 2001

[important]To read in chronological order, start at the bottom and work your way up.[/important] WDIG (WLIT from 1972-1982) is owned by a local Pentacostal church for the past 10 or so years. Before that it was owned by the late Fred Staffillino jr. who owned the Chairman Of The Boards billboard company located on rt …

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April 2001

[important]To read in chronological order, start at the bottom and work your way up.[/important] eric, jim snyder hired my father, al, at kdka in 1955…and my father missed his first day of work at kd becoz of MY birth! he was supposed to start 10/17/55, but i screwed things up by being born! my mother …

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May 2001

[important]To read in chronological order, start at the bottom and work your way up.[/important] Dear Eric, I have finally stumbled onto your site. What a fantastic find!. I, like you, love radio broadcasting. In Britain, you & I would be called an “anarak” by the broadcasters here. An anarak, is a type of “parka” coat …

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June 2001

[important]To read in chronological order, start at the bottom and work your way up.[/important] Would you please tell me what ever happen to Channel 19 UBN television station that used to be on. I believe it was Channel 22 WPTT. When it was on TCI, it was listed as Channel 22. Thank You. (June 29, …

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July 2001

While we’re on the subject of TV picture quality, does anybody notice how bland the color is on Channel 4? It just doesn’t seem to have the depth (for lack of a better word) that the other stations do. It seems to have been that way for as long as I have watched color television. …

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August 2001

[important]To read in chronological order, start at the bottom and work your way up.[/important] By the way, here’s an important announcement for the mailbag — this Saturday on Jet-Prop Electra (possibly the last time in the current slot) … at 8:20 a.m., we’ll have an interview with a certain famous children’s television host who’s retiring …

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September 2001

[important]To read in chronological order, start at the bottom and work your way up.[/important] re: the Steel City rumor…It turns out that there will be only 1 alternative newspaper in Pittsburgh. Steel City Media has acquired the assets of In Pittsburgh Newsweekly from Review Publishing. Steel City will very likely close the paper up. They …

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October 2001

[important]To read in chronological order, start at the bottom and work your way up.[/important] Eric, KDKA-TV is reporting that Patti Burns has lost her battle with cancer at age 49. She passed away at her home earlier today. “Patti & Daddy” are now together again, and may God rest them both. Sincerely, Clarke Ingram. (October …

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November 2001

[important]To read in chronological order, start at the bottom and work your way up.[/important] NPR just did a five-minute feature on KDKA and the Conrad Garage project, including an interview with Rick Harris. Info is at: http://www.npr.org/programs/atc/features/2001/nov/garage/011130.garage.html. 73, jason (November 30, 2001) Hi, Eric: Just a note of assurance to all that IF Cumulus is the …

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December 2001

[important]To read in chronological order, start at the bottom and work your way up.[/important] Hi Eric, I would like to know what is going on at WZUM, AM 1590. It seems like they are cutting down on playing the oldies. What they do have is constantly being repeated. I really enjoy the oldies they play. …

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January 2002

[important]To read in chronological order, start at the bottom and work your way up.[/important] The Westinghouse/CBS transaction was more complicated than it may have seemed at the time. Technically, Westinghouse bought CBS, and Westinghouse was the surviving corporation (tax entity). Westinghouse then immediately renamed itself CBS for reasons that only a marketing genius could understand! …

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February 2002

[important]To read in chronological order, start at the bottom and work your way up.[/important] Eric, I assume your poster from Florida who listed the names was asking whatever happened to? Tony Graham passed away several years ago. Sir Walter is retired and living in Pittsburgh. After WAMO, he had a second career as a reporter …

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March 2002

[important]To read in chronological order, start at the bottom and work your way up.[/important] Eric, Any idea on what ever happened to Lani Daniels? She was on 3WS in the early to mid 1990’s and I have never seen or heard a trace of her since she left. Phil, Pittsburgh (March 31, 2002) Hi Eric; …

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April 2002

[important]To read in chronological order, start at the bottom and work your way up.[/important] I had heard many moons ago that Dick McGraw (the one mentioned in the Dick and Dick article at http://pbrtv.tripod.com/pbrtvfeb00.html was the first pd/gm or something like that, of WDVE when it first signed on the air under ABC. Do you …

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May 2002

[important]To read in chronological order, start at the bottom and work your way up.[/important] Eric, I remember hearing Pat Cloonan on WNCC. He worked there when I consulted WBXQ/Cresson in 1981-82. Both WNCC and WAMQ in Loretto did a remarkable job of covering the local news in those days. I also remember when WESA-AM/FM was …

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June 2002

[important]To read in chronological order, start at the bottom and work your way up.[/important] Eric, do you know of a place where I can find the history of the Steelers on radio? You know what years were they on what stations? Take care, Tom Kanhofer (June 30, 2002) Love the web site. It was my …

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July 2002

[important]To read in chronological order, start at the bottom and work your way up.[/important] Hi Eric! I’ve always checked with your site for the latest news in the Pittsburgh and surrounding area happenings in local radio and TV. One thing I need to ask is about WKBN out of Youngstown, Ohio on 570 kc. I …

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September 2002

[important]To read in chronological order, start at the bottom and work your way up.[/important] Can you tell me where Thor Tolo has found his new job? Also, any bets on how long Paul Alexander will last. I have stopped listening to the show because he puts me to sleep! Thanks, Sandra (September 29, 2002) Eric’s …

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October 2002

[important]To read in chronological order, start at the bottom and work your way up.[/important] I visited my old home town of Da Burg last month and I was really surprised to find that WJAS may be the most creative station in the area. I’d say the music has shifted from MOR to a genuine soft …

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November 2002

[important]To read in chronological order, start at the bottom and work your way up.[/important] jerald jeffery christopher not jeff christy(rush) was world famous. on kqv during the battle or 13Q and i believe 14K which is what kqv was for a while. this has to be 1973-1974. world famous set the record at kqv for …

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December 2002

[important]To read in chronological order, start at the bottom and work your way up.[/important] Re: SCA Car Radio After 3 years of development, RBC Radio came up with a very good SCA Car Radio Adaptor. Samples can be obtained at www.rbcradio.com Click on the SCA Radios icon. Within 3 months RBC sold more than 3000 units to …

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January 2003

[important]To read in chronological order, start at the bottom and work your way up.[/important] Just a reminder that Porky Chedwick, who influenced generations of radio broadcasters – including me, celebrates his birthday on February 4th. All yunz in Picksburgh can celebrate by listening to his weekly show on 860 WAMO Saturday from 11:00am until noon. …

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February 2003

[important]To read in chronological order, start at the bottom and work your way up.[/important] Eric: My sincerest compliments to you on a wonderful tribute to Mr. Rogers in your ‘Musings.’ As I was telling my co-workers here at Nick Sommers Productions, only moments ago, of all the broadcast legends I grew up watching and eventually …

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March 2003

[important]To read in chronological order, start at the bottom and work your way up.[/important] Eric, In your mailbag article from August of 2002, it was stated that WOPC-TV in Altoona took its ABC network programs right off the air of WTPA-TV(later WHTM-TV) in Harrisburg, PA. That kind of reminds me of another station I remember …

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April 2003

[important]To read in chronological order, start at the bottom and work your way up.[/important] Eric, I just wanted to let you know that former KDKAer Joel Zelle is alive and well! He tracked down my email address from your site and dropped me the following message, which he said was OK to share with others …

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May 2003

[important]To read in chronological order, start at the bottom and work your way up.[/important] Any news as to why WAMO AM isn’t carrying the Tom Joyner Morning Show anymore? My wife and I tuned in every morning. Thanks, John Knapik (May 18, 2003) What about this rumor that Guy Junker is fired? Is it really …

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June 2003

[important]To read in chronological order, start at the bottom and work your way up.[/important] Eric, Sad to hear Bob Kmetz is leaving KDKA radio. I had the pleasure of working with him back in 1979 when he and Judy Fertig handled the evening and weekend newscasts at KD radio. He’s a great newsguy! During my …

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July 2003

[important]To read in chronological order, start at the bottom and work your way up.[/important] What is the channel number for the Weather Channel in Pittsburgh? Thanks. (July 26, 2003) Eric’s Response: I believe on Comcast it is Cable Number 16. I have a dish now so I am not 100% sure on that anymore. Just …

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August 2003

[important]To read in chronological order, start at the bottom and work your way up.[/important] Hey Eric – I read about the PCNC news team playing “statues.” It reminded me of the old Police Squad where the actors would suddenly freeze in position. Even when one of the actors was pouring coffee & the coffee would …

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September 2003

[important]To read in chronological order, start at the bottom and work your way up.[/important] Eric, as I recall, KDKA donated a tower and transmitter to WQED-TV when it signed on in 1954. I suspect, and perhaps someone can verify, that the tower behind Pitt Stadium was the original KDKA-FM tower. On the subject of Chilly …

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October 2003

[important]To read in chronological order, start at the bottom and work your way up.[/important] hello i have a ? when is the breeze radio station coming back on the air the smooth jazz channel. (October 27, 2003) Eric’s Response: Not likely to happen here anytime soon. WJJJ was the only station to carry Smooth Jazz …

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November 2003

[important]To read in chronological order, start at the bottom and work your way up.[/important] Don’t be surprised if Scott Paulsen ends up at the new 104.7. He is the “golden boy” with a certain person in that building who I think will give his talk-show idea another chance, even though almost no one listened to …

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December 2003

[important]To read in chronological order, start at the bottom and work your way up.[/important] 770am comes through nice and clear in Steubenville on my car radio. The music mix is indeed a 1250 WTAE flash back however I’m still hearing some Quackery during the day. I hope they stick to the music format, however I …

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