November 2003

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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 it on 970. (November 30, 2003)

Interesting reading about WJJJ going hot talk in January…Makes me wonder what other programs this station will carry once the switch is made…if it is made. Anyone think CC will move Stern from WXDX to whatever WJJJ becomes…Any possibility they can pull Don &Mike away from WURP … They deserve a much better station, especially since I can’t get 1550-AM after 5pm now because of the early nightfall. Let the speculation begin, I say. (November 30, 2003)

Eric’s Response: Ok, I’ll go with Don and Mike. But they probably won’t move Stern since Quinn is moving over to WJJJ to do mornings! Anyone know when Rush’s contract is up with KDKA? It would make sense for CC to take their own onto their station.

PBRTv, Great site. We are looking to the Pittsburgh area for our first expansion of Beer Radio. We heard there are a couple of beer drinkers in your town. The initial response was overwhelming. Here’s the news: The U.S. Beer Drinking Team ( and “Big Don” O’Brien; host of Beer Radio ( have selected Infinity Broadcasting’s WXYV FM 105.7 as the headquarters & broadcast facility for Beer Radio. Beer Radio is the USBDT’s Official “All beer; all the time” radio program. Whether it’s beer, breweries, sports & beer, motorsports & beer, beer & fitness, cooking & beer, your best beer, beer can collecting, your favorite beer, imported beer or domestic; if it’s beer, then we’re talking about it here. There are 90,000,000 beer drinkers in the USA and for some reason there is no Beer Radio ~ until now! Big Don’s beer buddies always call in to “crack one open” for Beer Radio. The USBDT has thousands of members in the military and they can call in from around the world to talk about how much they miss their family, friends AND their beer. Everybody from Owners, Mangers, PD’s, sales teams and board ops loves beer and now they can opt to syndicate, sell and talk about Beer Radio! Beer Radio broadcasts in Baltimore on Saturdays from 11:00 – noon and should available for syndication soon. Cheers, Dennis – Producer, Beer Radio Note: We’ll webcast starting next Sunday. I’ll send you a link this week. – db (November 24, 2003)

Eric’s Response: Ok. Can anyone drink to that?

Eric: Just curious, in that WABC New York operates on 770 AM and booms in here(north hills)some days during the winter between 4-5PM, what is the WKTW situation going to be, interference or will it be strong enough to overcome WABC? Bill Bair (November 24, 2003)

Eric’s Response: My recollection tells me that when the signal airs locally that it will have a limited broadcast day. I think WABC is a protected signal much like KDKA is here.

Eric Does Bill Cardell still works for a Pittsburgh TV station? Bill was a announcer years back for WICU channel 12 here n Erie. I do know Bill left Erie to work for a TV station in Pittsburgh. I do not recall what station it was .I have not heard about Bill for few years. regards Paul (November 16, 2003)

Eric’s Response: Chilly Billy Cardille worked at WPXI from the time it went on the air as WIIC on September 1, 1957 to about 1999/2000. (In fact, he was the one to sign the station on.) Since that time he has been doing the mid-day shift at AM 1320 WJAS.

In a recent post, Clarke Ingram reports “No sign of 660 Wilkinsburg, yet.” The station is now scheduled to go on the air in January. (November 12, 2003)

Eric, I was just doing a little browsing and found your site. Cruising through some of the archive I ran accross a lot of familiar names and call letters. It brought back a lot of fond memories of Pittsburgh! For the last 9 years I’ve been the Operations Manager at KIIM-FM in Tucson, Arizona. I’m also the “Max” part of the morning show, “Max, Betsy & The Porkchop”. Things are great and if the Steelers could just get it going life would be perfect! I’ve bookmarked the site and look forward to keeping up with the dirt in the ‘Burgh! Herb (November 12, 2003)

Just where is WKTW’s tower located in North Huntingdon/Irwin? I’ll be visiting my mom in North Huntingdon over Thanksgiving and will keep my eye out for the “stick.” Tom (November 11, 2003)

Eric, For the past week or so, I have noticed goofy things showing up on the radio in my truck. 3 local stations (WDVE, WXDX, WWSW) have been scrolling the Title and Artist of the current song on my radio display. I did some checking and found out that Clear Channel rolled out this new technology to most major markets in the end of October ’03. This is the link to their press release: I have also noticed that WBZZ is scrolling just their frequency and alias “BZZ”, although they are not Clear Channel owned. This is only for those who have a receiver capable of receiving “RDS” technology. Just thought I’d let everyone know. (November 11, 2003)

WKTW had another test of 770 Friday. Interesting aspects to it — it appeared that 770 had a stronger signal than 1530 while the test went on. Then, after the test, 1530 returned to the sort of strength 770 was showing during the test — and WJR 760 in Detroit came in with a weak signal, possibly bouncing off the 770 tower, in the North Huntingdon/Irwin area. Pat Cloonan. (November 10, 2003)

I see some previous postings from April 2003 about WKTL. As a graduate of Struthers High School in Struthers, Ohio, I can offer some information. WKTL went on the air back in the 1960’s…around 1965. It’s call letters stand for “key to learning”. It went through various configuration changes–direction, power, arrive in its current configuration of a 15kW, yes, a 15kW ERP directional FM. I think it was the first licensed high school radio station in Ohio and the second in the US at its birth. I worked at WKTL through my junior and senior years in high school, and hung around helping out for two years following. I had the pleasure of being the driving force in moving the station to a Stereo FM signal in 1993-94 (It had been mono since ’65) . The station operates M-F 8am to 8pm with a staff of students. Programming on Saturday is from 7am to 11pm and consists of cultural and ethnic programming. Yes, polkas are a mainstay on the weekdays…I used to spin them from 4 to 6 pm on weekdays. The station is used in an integrated vocational-education program at the school. And yes, WDUQ is obliterated at 90.5 in the Youngstown area when WKTL is on the air at 90.7FM. Bob Bartholomew (November 9, 2003)

I also caught 770’s test on Halloween as I drove through Jeannette. I agree with Clarke about its strength. About 660… I had the pleasure of talking with Alexander Langer not long ago … don’t look for 660 until spring at the earliest. Pat Cloonan. (November 5, 2003)

After mouing from the Burgh, it is great to see where some of these tv / radio folks ended up. Jeff Hill is in Atlanta doing weather for Fox5. Ke was previously in Pittsburgh on WTAE 4. Deidra Duukes is with WSB TV news, previously on Pittsburgh 11. FYI Thanks Old Pittsburgher.. (November 4, 2003)

For those of you who may be interested, 770 in Jeannette PA was on the air for a few hours on 10/28, presumably testing, playing automated CCM parallel to 1530. First noted at 2:45, dumped abruptly at 4:30. Signal is not bad but not nearly as solid as 620, similar to WEDO on the signal strength scale. No sign of 660 Wilkinsburg, yet. Regards, Clarke Ingram (November 4, 2003)

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