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July 2002

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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 like to listen to Art Bell on WKBN but it seems like in the last month or two, I have trouble getting WKBN at night, it seems like they are a lot weaker. Did they change their night time power and/or antenna pattern? Most nights, I barely can hear them above the noise and/or “Radio Reloj” in Cuba. I live in Moon Township. What gives? BTW, I’ve written before and I think this is a great site. Thank you for putting it up, it is a wealth of information. I’m also an amateur radio operator as well. Chuck DE KA3WRW (July 30, 2002)

Eric, the Beatles parody song that one of your readers remembers was called “Alan Jennings’ Talk With Paul”, and it aired on 96KX in 1980 after Paul McCartney was busted at an airport in Japan taking marijuana into the country. To give credit where it’s due, the piece was based on a similar (but not as well done) version that aired on WRQX (Q-107) in Washington, DC around the same time. Hard to believe it’s been 22 years since we put that one together! Regards, Clarke Ingram. (July 25, 2002)

Can anyone please tell me what happened to Thor Tolo. Has he left Pittsburgh, this is the worlds best kept secret. Where did he go? I would appreciate anything you can tell me. Thank you, Shirley (July 24, 2002)

Eric’s Response: Thor was not to have his contract renewed with the station.

how about WIXZ 1360 solid rock and gold? it then became beautiful music about 1975 competing with WLOA am & FM the warm wonderful sound of braddock and 93.7 WKJF, WKOI, WJOI. (July 23, 2002)

Eric’s Response: Well our reader with the trivia question (right below this message) responded with, “THANKS man, I searched & found 13Q fan websites, I was pretty blown away! Someone, I think it was 13Q, did a Beatles medley ‘honoring’ one of the Beatles getting caught smuggling dope in an aiport or something, it was hilarious, I still remember it after almost 30 years.” So it COULD have been WIXZ, but I’m still kind of betting it was 13Q.

Famous Pittsburgh AM rock station in 1970’s…Anyone remember it’s call sign? (July 23, 2002)

Eric’s Response: Well to this bunch that’s easy…none other than 13Q – WKTQ originally WKPQ. (I came up with this seeing as how KQV and WZUM are in existence today.)

Hello. Does anybody know what Eddie Crow (hope I spelled that right) is up to? I miss his wit. Ali….Greensburg, PA (July 23, 2002)

Eric’s Response: Off the top of my head I believe he picked up a position at WRRK.

I’m curious about the history of WCVI. I read the articles in the “Daily Courier” about the condition of the former WCVI building. I enjoy war stories, and thought I’d heard or worked in some real dumps. But a tree growing through the roof of the building? Just curious, E. in Louisville, Ky. (July 20, 2002)

just wondering if you knew the current whereabouts of lani daniels who worked at WWSW in the late 80’s? thanks, eric (July 19, 2002)

Paul Long, that scar-marked face from whom we ingested a wealth of information, delivered in such a mature manner over so many years.. The weight of the world rested on his voice in those newscasts and the manner in which he delivered the news stopped us in our tracks. He had the special ability to just catch our attention and to keep it in those newscasts. And he did it so very well. A respected voice in Pittsburgh and one which will be remembered for his ability to make us listen, no matter what the subject, no matter what the issue. That ruddy face and the deep voice and the visual conviction from his television news presence always suggested we ought to take heed of the story. And watch and listen. And we did. He will be missed so much. (July 18, 2002)

Eric, I’m glad to have stumbled across your website! What a trip down memory lane…I was searching for the old radio jingles from WWSW to send to my family members who are scattered all over the country. Do you know if they are available? I have been in the ‘burgh from my day 1 in 1953, and remember listening to the stations my parents had on. As for WGAY in D.C., was that the station that used to say “if you see Eric O’Brien today, tell Eric to have a happy day”? I spent allot of time in D.C. in the 70’s. As far as I’m concerned, WZUM was THE rock station here in the late 60’s and early 70’s. Buzzy Beck, Mad Mike, and another DJ who’s name escapes me, but I think he is in Hawaii now, played the best “underground” rock in area. WYDD had a great rock format too, and Jim Decesare (sp?), with a great set of pipes, was the man there. He’s now on 106.3, and still does Jazz Impressions Sunday mornings. Oh I could ramble for hours…but thanks again Eric for the nice job! Kevin (July 16, 2002)

Eric’s Response: I am assuming that you mean the jingles that went something like, “This is W W S W 24, hours a day. We’re on the air to greet you from Pitts-burgh P A.” In which case, I’m not sure if they are available. They were actually used on the air up until about a year ago. I am not sure if that was WGAY or not, but I’m betting that it would probably be it. You might want to check out the “WQMR/WGAY” memories site at http://members.bellatlantic.net/~vze2wdtc/.

I’m saddened to hear of the passing of Paul Long. While those who knew him might better offer fitting rememberances, I can offer a personal message of gratitude. I grew up watching Mr. Long and Don Cannon anchor the best TV newscast in town from the late 60’s thru the 80’s. I was taken by Mr. Long’s authoritative presence, and appreciated the esprit de corps he shared with Cannon, Bill Hillgrove and Joe DeNardo. When I was considering a career in broadcasting while in high school, I was invited to watch a production of the 6:00 news one evening, and Mr. Long showed me great kindness and encouragement. Thanks, Paul, for the memories and the inspiration. You will be missed. Aaron “Bill” Rehkopf News Director, Clear Channel Baltimore (July 16, 2002)

Eric, I remember when WQEX, Channel 16, was airing its entire schedule in black and white back in the ’70s and early 80s. When did they start broadcasting in color? Also, WQEX was off the air for sometime in the mid-80’s. I believe its transmitter was destroyed in the 1985 Pittsburgh tornadoes. Also, when do you think Channel 16 will go commercial? I think Pittsburgh needs a Pax affiliate. Do you? Also, how do you think the Steelers will do this season? Martin Connolly Enjoys PBRTV and Tara Reid!! (July 15, 2002)

Eric’s Response: I think when the station went off the air in 1985, that was the end of the black and white signal. I forget exactly when the station re-emerged, but I think it was around 1988 or 89 and there was color to it then. We also have PAX on most cable systems now, so while having it on 16 may still be possible, it’s probably not as urgent now.

Radio-info.com seems to be back up in full operation after what was an apparent technical glitch over the weekend. PBRTV Eric (July 15, 2002)

(RE: KDKA adding 4pn newscast) You know, that seems odd. WJZ is getting a 4pm newscast also. Could this be some type of CBS O&O thing? Who knows—–WJZ13fan (July 15, 2002)

every day i check PBRTV and then radio info.com this morning radio info site is down and maybe out does any one know what’s going on? vito (July 13, 2002)

Eric’s Response: I think that radio-info.com suffered much abuse from having self-post message boards. Then you had people who seemed to attack each other or some such. That is my bet due to the fact that when you go to the site it says, “Due to unacceptable levels of abuse, this board is closed until further notice.”

We’ve lost another broadcast legend….He was a newscaster who didn’t need computers…or teleprompters….he could do it on the fly…..todays young broadcasters may think of him as a old timer who couldn’t adjust to todays era of broadcasting…..let’s those kids spend a day in his world!!!!! They would die in a flash!!!….Paul Long set the tempo before there was a tempo….Rest In Peace. (July 13, 2002)

Eric: I am trying to find out what happened to cause Eddie Edwards to discontinue his ‘Eddie’s Digest’ show on WCWB. Does he still own this studio? (July 8, 2002)

Eric’s Response: What happened was that he sold WCWB over to Sinclair. He now owns his own company…Edwards Broadcasting. I guess he owns everything from radio and TV stations to restaurants?! There is talk of bringing the show back in another format with the panel that was on the old Digest show.

I read this article about PCNC that was featured on the main page, and I have to tend to agree…it does has some seroius growing up to do….I used to live in Washington, D.C. and I remember when NewsChannel8 (D.C.’s counterpart to PCNC) first was on the air, and it had the same cheesy qualities as PCNC except they didn’t rely on reruns of Albritton owned WJLA newscasts to fill it’s schedule. Over the years, there was improvements as to how NC8 ran it’s station, and I think the reason why we don’t see improvement in PCNC is that being in a relatively small market such as Pittsburgh is, the money just isn’t there to make PCNC the station that it should be. We all know PCNC and Channel 11 are one in the same station most of the time, and WPXI just had a semi-major news set face lift for the first time that I can remember….Hell, Channel 11 was using almost the same set back in the 80’s when I used to come and visit relatives in the area during my summer vacations from school. I think the ONLY way we see major improvements to PCNC is that when Comcast finally takes over the AT&T Broadband system in the area, I see Comcast making an offer to buy PCNC and convert it to one of their CN8 channels. (July 6, 2002)

Eric’s Response: Actually, if you haven’t noticed, the WPXI set is essentially STILL the same, it’s just disguised!

Eric, does anyone know the name of the piece of music that served as the news logo for KDKA Radio for many years starting in the early 1970’s? I’ve heard tell that it was a Henry Mancini composition. Regards, Clarke Ingram. (July 2, 2002)

Hello, Eric, I thought you might like to know that The Peddlar Hour is due back on the air–most likely September. I hope it is the first Saturday…..we should be finalizing terms with WANB 103.1 FM in the next week or so. I am excited to return to the airwaves….in the meantime….could you put a link from your site to this very nice article that was written about me. Publicity in any form is a great bonus!http://www.etownsavings.com/b2bbulletin2.htm Thanks, Debra D. Braden (July 1, 2002)