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December 2002

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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 the Asian Indian, Haitian, Chinese, Greek and Polish SCA operators in the USA. Thank you. (December 31, 2002)

Eric’s Response: You’re Welcome…

Hope you can help, we have been racking our brains (to no avail). Knish had a cousin on the old show that visited from time to time, we think it may have been female and also had a larger “nose”. This is driving us nuts, can you help. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Al (December 25, 2002)

Eric’s Response: Well, having JUST turned 26, I guess I, myself wouldn’t know the answer! However, I know it was Hank Stohl’s show “Knish and Rodney.” Keep an eye on the mailbag…SOMEONE will have the answer!

Merry Christmas…….I am writing as to inquire of the signals, emiting from FOX8 and WKDS 47. Where specifically are they located? I reside 8 miles NE of Romney, WV. I receive a snowy signal from WKDS, and am concern about receiving the signal of FOX8. Perhaps an E-Mail address, pertaining to both, would be appreciated. I do receive the signals of NBC6 and CBS 10, and sometimes NBC 11, from Pittsburgh, depending on the signal from WBAL-TV 11, in Baltimore. Many thanks for your help! –FJC– (December 25, 2002)

Eric’s Response: WWCP – Fox 8, is transmitted from the farthest eastern part of Westmoreland County, PA which is the county immediately east of Allegheny County where Pittsburgh is. WKBS is an indi coming from Altoona. I don’t seem to have it on my transmitter map however.

Don Imus does the morning show on WURP. It also is carrying Sporting News Radio, local weather during Imus, and ski reports that I believe also air on KQV. Signal is fair in eastern Allegheny and western Westmoreland counties during 1,000-watt hours. After sunset it battles Windsor’s CBC station in downtown McKeesport. I did get a WURP ID as far east as Circleville (in North Huntingdon Twp.) in early evening (after sunset), but it was hardly “clear as a bell” … Pat Cloonan. (December 25, 2002)

I was one of the teenagers on “The Place” on WQED-TV back in the late 60’s. Back then, the reels of 2″ video tape were so expensive that the station could only afford to own two reels for that program. Every other week we’d tape two half-hour episodes on one reel, right over top of the previous episodes on those reels. I would imagine that the commercial stations that did shows like Clark Race’s Dance Party also didn’t bother spending more than they had to for extra reels of tape. George Erdner (December 24, 2002)

After several weeks of stunting with alternative music, WURP 1550 Braddock (which serves the Pittsburgh area) was on the air today with G Gordon Liddy in middays and Don & Mike in afternoons. Didn’t catch the morning show, and their powerful 4-watt nighttime signal isn’t coming in here (if they’re using it), so I don’t know who’s on from 7 PM to midnight. More updates as they happen. (December 23, 2002)

Hi , My name is Duke Carleton. Don Hoaks brother and I are trying to find movies of the show called “Tiger By The Tail.” It was Don Hoak, Bob Prince and John Reed King. I hope you can help us. (December 19, 2002)

Eric’s Response: Can anyone help out here?

The man, John Longo, was known as “Jumpin’ Johnny Long” back in the day in Wheeling. John was my boss at WCNS in Latrobe. I had no idea that Tony Renda’s organization is to take over WLCY (Lucky 106, under Longo), located just off 22 in Blairsville–WCQO, when I started with them in ’82. That, in fact, was the very first radio station I ever worked for..thanks to the late Jimmy Stewart, from nearby Indiana, PA. But that’s a story for another day. Ed Weigle – The radio voice of World Wrestling Entertainment (December 19, 2002)

Actually, I haven’t been at that station in quite some time. Nowadays I’m a freelance voice talent in Toronto. My clients include ESPN Classic Canada and The Hockey Network. I’m also a techno DJ of some note under the name “Dr. Trance.” I play at clubs and parties all over Canada and in selected cities in the U.S. including Pittsburgh, where I played a few parties over the years. Regards- Don Berns (aka Dr Trance) (December 19, 2002)

Does anybody out there remember watching WKJF-TV, Pittsburgh’s original channel 53 in the 1950’s ? What kind of programming did they offer? What do you remember? Bob Kristof (December 18, 2002)

Thank you Larry and John for bringing back some very pleasant memories of morning drive time radio from the 80s and early 90s. You guys were a pleasure to listen to then and your CD containing some of the skits that made it a pleasure, brings those memories back. What is really great in listenting to O’Brien and Garry, the Cd is realizing how funny these guys were without having to resort to inuendo, crude behavior and the off-color language which is being used by some of today’s on-air talent to try and be funny. thanks again Dennis Sims (December 16, 2002)

Eric’s Response: We’ll hope that O’Brien and Garry they see this. I am no relation to Larry!

Eric: In response to your mailbag question, John Longo is the general manager and owner of WCNS (1480) Latrobe and WLCY-FM (106.3), Blairsville (recently LMA’ed to Tony Renda). Jason Togyer (December 16, 2002)

Eric’s Response: I KNEW the name sounded familiar. DOH!

I am trying to locate an old Army buddy of mine, and he was originally from Pittsburgh, and in 1961, was working for WKWK in Wheeling. If you know where I might be able to contact him, I would be very greatful for any information. His name is John Longo……….hope to hear from you soon, and thanks. Larry (December 15, 2002)

Eric’s Response: I will post it to the mailbag. I know that there is a Longo in the area, but it seems to me that it’s Bob! Seems to me that the name rings a bell, but I can’t think of why!

Hi I was wondering if you had any information on the Pittsburgh show, Scream In, which aired on WPGH TV 53 in 1974. The show was hosted by Tarantula and Hugo. If you are unable to help me, perhaps you would be able to direct me to someone who could. Thank you, Diana Silvio Kiss Of Death Productions Pittsburgh (December 15, 2002)

Eric’s Response: You might want to try calling WPGH-TV at 412-931-5300.

Eric: Good luck to the person looking for footage from the old Clark Race TV show. Most of my attempts to get vintage recordings have been unsuccessful. KDKA, at least, has perhaps the largest archive of any of the local TV stations. The problem was, in those days, many of the shows weren’t saved or the film, kinescopes, or early videos were stored improperly–even at the network level. In fact, I’m told the vast majority of the earliest episodes of Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show” are simply..gone. A few years ago, I asked Dick Clark about getting some footage of The Marcels on “American Bandstand” –Unfortunately, unless you saw it in ’61, you’ll NEVER see it. It was also “no dice” with an inquiry I made shortly before the death of singer/songwriter, Johnny Jack, who was a regular on the Jay Michaels TV program on WCAE-TV. Much of that local stuff simply wasn’t archived. Who knew anyone would be interested in 40 years? (It’s the same with radio, too: Just try to find a ’50s-era recording of Porky Chedwick on WHOD or WAMO! That’s why his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame “aircheck” recording is a re-creation). If this stuff exists, it usually shows up in a private collection somewhere, when you least expect it. I’ll be interested to see how this reader fares. Since we broadcasters are packrats, the best chance of actually finding old recordings may be to contact us or our estates, rather than the station we worked for (Of course, most of my earliest airchecks and/or TV appearances I’ve PERSONALLY thrown out, simply because they embarrass the hell out of me!) Take care! Ed Weigle (December 15, 2002)

Eric, There is at least SOME footage of the old Channel 2 Clark Race Dance Party. On T.J. Lubinsky’s PBS “Pittsburgh Sound” special, he closed with a clip of kids dancing on Clark’s show. He mentioned that Clark’s widow had given him the film. He also had a clip of Clark conducting an in-studio interview with Martha and the Vandellas on KD Radio. So apparently Clark saved some tape or film over the years. Maybe a call or e-mail to T.J. could get some more information and could encourage him to use more if he does another special. On another subject, it’s good to see that Lani Daniels is doing well. She did a great job at 3WS. Vic (December 12, 2002)

I was elated to see that Lani Daniels is doing well. I was an intern at WPNT-FM when she was there in the early 80’s, she is a great person and took the time out to hel those who were just trying to get started. best wishes and happy holidays!!!! Scott Baird (December 12, 2002)

Eric, Don, of the nationally syndicated Don &Mike show, reported on the air Wednesday, November 11, that WURP would be back on the air “next week.” He also reported that AM 1550 would have 50,000 watts full time (highly directional, I’m sure.) He also mentioned they’d be known as “The Edge.” Tom Lacko (December 12, 2002)

Eric’s Response: WURP is a Class “D” station….50kw? I don’t think so! They COULD have a Class “A” 50 kw daytime license, but no night-time power. Don & Mike could be spoofing!

I was wondering if there is any way to find out if there is any old footage from the old KDKA TV show, Clark Race’s Dance Party that aired in the 60’s, especially any footage of Lou Christie’s appearances on the show. I am originally from Pittsburgh (Pitcairn, actually) and spent many hours watching that show, Come Alive on WIIC and listening to the Clark Race radio show, as well as the Terry Lee show on WMCK/WIXZ. Thanks! Evelyn (December 11, 2002)

Hi. Every once in a while I get nostalgic for my days at 3WS in Pittsburgh, especially since recently it seems like the old gang has returned. Jim Merkel and Gary Dickson,etc. I’m not sure if they’re on the current airstaff or not (although I guess I could check the website). I left Pittsburgh to come to Philadelphia in the early 90s, doing some national tv work for Nutri/System Weight Loss Centers, and eventually finding my way back to radio. (It’s hard to get it out of one’s blood). I spent 8 years at a COUNTRY station here, WXTU, doing nights, afternoons, and middays. I left WXTU in 1999 after I got married here, and returned to radio for a brief stint at a Jammin Gold station that soon after changed call letters and dropped its entire airstaff. It was after that that I decided to totally change my direction, and in the last couple of months, I have just begun a new career. I’m now the Assistant Director at the American Jewish Committee, the premier civil rights and human relations organization in the country, operating for almost 100 years. I will say that it’s quite the leap from being a DJ, but so incredibly rewarding. I feel very blessed that I have had two careers that I can honestly say were and are the best of the best. I miss so many things about Pittsburgh. most of all, some of the places we used to go to eat. There is no place like MIneo’s Pizza here (yes, that was my choice in the Mineo’s/Aiello’s controversy), and the closest Eat ‘n Park is in Harrisburg. Smiley Face cookies don’t come any better than from Eat ‘n Park. I miss the dim sum at an asian restaurant behind dark glass in Squirrel Hill (I don’t remember the name), and I was stunned to hear that Bageland closed down. Where does one get good bagels anymore? I also miss the neighborhoods I used to “bum around” in Squirrel Hill, Monroeville, Shadyside, to name a few. I’ve read a couple of times a note asking “whatever happened to…..?” Just thought you might want something that you could write back, if anyone really cares. It’s hard to believe that anyone remembers although I’ll never forget the wonderful years in Pittsburgh. Warm regards, Lani Daniels (December 11, 2002)

Eric, KDKA dropped Paul Winters’ Saturday afternoon show to trim a salary. “Best of Limbaugh” fills the time and doesn’t cost them anything. Paul is still listed on the station website so I guess he may get called to do some fill-in work, although their roster is pretty deep. Vic (December 11, 2002)

Does anybody know what is happening on with KDKA on Saturday afternoons? They had Ed Schaffer with a talk show. Then Schaffer hosted programming that centered around automobile racing. That was cancelled abruptly, and the listening audience was introduced to Paul Winters. I do not think he was on the air for more than a couple months, and now KDKA is replaying Rush programs during that timeframe. What happened with Paul Winters? Was he let go or did he quit? What is going on with that Saturday afternoon timeslot.? (December 9, 2002)

In response to the statement: “Rumor Mill – (11/29) We hear that Radiowerks Broadcasting is the one holding WURP 1550 AM now. The station has been dark since its former owner couldn’t come up with the funds to keep the station on the air. Stay tuned….” I have evidence that it just isn’t a rumor. I was listening to the Don &Mike Radio Show on Monday, November 25, 2002. A few minutes into the show, Don said the following: “Also today, we want to welcome, to the network — umm — WURP — Pittsburgh. It used to be a famous radio station, then it changed hands, and as we say in the industry, went dark for a while. It has been resuscitated. WURP. It’s close to… If it was a B, it would be burp radio.” That’s the exact quote which has been transcribed from the mp3 that was recorded of their entire show on 11/25/02. Just a little information for you. Jason (December 5, 2002)

Eric’s Response: Right. I know it’s on the air. The speculation is to who owns it right now. My sources have told me that it’s Radiowerks Broadcasting. But we haven’t heard anything officially.

To paraphrase Winston Churchill, never have so many talked so much about so little (of a radio station). Anyway, I think WURP was back on the air this morning. It sure sounded like Don & Mike, anyway. I was listening between 8 and 8:15 a.m. as I drove from McKeesport through Glen-Hazel to Oakland. If it was WURP, they must have been at their 4-watt critical hours authorization, because the signal was fading faster than a Pitt Panthers quarterback. I was getting a stronger signal from 1560 WQEW in New York (an hour AFTER sunrise!) than from (what I think was) 1550 WURP. The 1550 signal was also getting battered by a country and western station, possibly WCTZ in Tennessee or WDLR in Ohio. Jason Togyer (December 2, 2002)

(Re: Message in the November Mailbag: TV anchorman Don Cannon NEVER set a record for most hours staying awake on the air. There was a well-known Philadelphia DJ named Don Cannon and that might have been him. In fact, when Pittsburgh anchorman Don Cannon moved to Philadelphia to work, he used his real name (Don Clark) to avoid confusion with the DJ Don Cannon, who was already very well established in Philly. (December 1, 2002)