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October 2003

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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 in Pittsburgh…and most likely will remain the only one!


What about Bob Prince the voice of the Pittsburgh Pirates? He was the only broadcaster that comes to mind when I think of my childhood and young adult hood until I went to Vietnam and now reside in Georgetown Delaware. Remember when they left Forbes Field and went to three rivers, he came up with the saying for a ground ball theres a “bug on the rug” and good old Miron Cope pain in the butt with his voice and comments but still one of the best broadcasters in Steeler football. Chauncey Evans Former McKees Rocks Now Georgetown, Delaware Ps: need to get rid of sports pass and let me hear WTAE radio without cost. (October 26, 2003)


Okay, I am very well aware that this may be a futile attempt…BUT…nonetheless, this is something I have yearned for all my life. I am wondering if there is any way to obtain footage from the Clark Race Dance Party on KDKA in the 1960s…I have heard many a story of the weekends my father spent dancing and winking on this show years ago. There is one story that has been most prevalent in all the recollections I have listened to, and that is when Neil Sedaka performed on the show.On that day, my father, gathered around a piano with his fellow fortunate participants on Dance Party, found himself overcome by the emotion of the moment…or shall we attribute it to stage lights…and swooned, very possibly near-fainting on television, and I would give anything to see this moment in my father’s life. It is the stuff of legends…and plenty of harrassment around the holiday table…and if there is any way to purchase or somehow retrieve this moment from the KDKA archives, I cannot express what it would mean to me. However…I know many have tried before, and have found that these shows are simply gone forever…but, I would also be intersted to hear other stories of this brief phenomenon in Pittsburgh’s TV history…I have been removed from my hometown for many years now, and crave the joy of solid memories. So…if anyone has any information or advice for me in my search, I am all ears…Nicole Yasinsky, Memphis, TN (October 25, 2003)


i was watching a tape of the girard high school boys basketball team when they won the state championship. there were a few news people that were on there that i wanted to see if they were still working. do you know of any site that is good for searching for that kind of stuff. jason (October 25, 2003)

Eric’s Response: Who are these reporters? If you send the names, we can probably find out!


Hello: I have been listening to your radio station since it started here. I have heard about the cowboy comeing to the place of work. I have heard also to sign in on the internet, Where in the world do you do this at. I have looked at everything you have on here. And I can not find anything where it says to do so. Would you please let me know where. You guys are the only ones that I listen to. At work and at home. Keep up the good work and may you be around for a long time to come. Joyce (October 24, 2003)

Eric’s Response: I have my own radio station? There’s a cowboy dropping by? I usually do things BEFORE the “at.” I hope to be around for a long time. Who is the cowboy though?


Dear Eric, Is it me or are any other Pittsburgh TV viewers getting sick and tired of: “All News All the Time?” For example, KDKA-TV news from 5 to 7am, 9 to 10am, Noon news, 4 to 7pm news, Dan Rather and then the 11pm news. It’s starting to become overkill in my opinion. I realize this will allow KDKA’s parent company Viacom to make more money than paying for syndicated programming. However, I for one wish they would just make do with “Less is More!” Why not just bring back Pittsburgh 2Day? Thanks for letting an oversaturated news viewer vent. Tim Reed (October 15, 2003)


Until a couple of years ago Terry Lee was running a radio station in central Ohio. According to the station’s current owner, when the station was sold TL left and is running a trucking business in that area. I haven’t talked to him myself since the mid 90s, when he was running a station in Naples, Florida, which broadcast one of our Unistar 24 hour formats. Other great sources for his original lps are Record Rama, D&J Records (Carnegie) and The Attic (Millvale). I’ve seen some CD versions of these albums offered on eBay, which I believe to be CDRs. Ed Salamon (October 10, 2003)


I accidently came across Jim Cunningham’s post Symphony show. For Pittsburgh I found it really lacking. It needs some callers…you know, “Jim, Mariss, love the show!” Maybe some callers like Aria Man from Bloomfield or Zipco Pendereciki from Sahside…. Oh well everyones a ctitic. (October 7, 2003)

Eric’s Response: I don’t see why not…


Do you know what became of Terry Lee? Are his albums “Music for young lovers” available anywhere? Please let me know. I am anxious to hear them again. Chuck (October 6, 2003)

Eric’s Response: Terry Lee. Everyone seems to want to find him and I think we have located him but which section of the mailbag archive that’s in is unknown to me right now. However, his albums might be easier to find. Check out Jerry’s Records in Squirrel Hill. I understand there are lots of used selections and you just never know what might be there. Hmmm…sounds like a place I should visit!


I noticed the report of Don Cox’s passing on the pbrtv.com web site. On last Wednesday’s Don & Mike show, Don Geronimo spoke about Don Cox and their last days at 13Q. If you missed the show I have taken the 17 minute segment and saved it as an MP3 file. You can retrieve the file from: http://www.edge1550.com/DM-13Q.mp3. The clip is both interesting and funny. If you enjoy stories about radio in Pittsburgh, this clip is worth the download time. Thanks, Ed DeHart (October 6, 2003)


Eric, Just wanted to let you know you may want to note that Don Cox has passed away in your “Where are they now” section. Tom Lacko (October 6, 2003)

Eric’s Response: Good point!


Eric, in answer to Tom Lacko’s “where are they now” questions….John Haidar died suddenly of a heart attack about 10 years ago. Harry O’Toole is retired from KDKA but still lives in Pittsburgh and is involved in theatrical work and commercials. You can view his profile at www.thetalentguide.com. There is an author named Judie Fertig Panneton who has written a couple of books. According to her profile, she has over 25 years of experience in media, including radio and TV, so this may be the woman who worked at both KDKA and WPXI. I am not sure of this, though. She currently lives in Sacramento and could be contacted through her publisher. VS (October 4, 2003)


Eric, I was looking through some old videotape the other day and came across one of WPXI-TV’s amusing promos from the early 1980’s. This commercial had Rodney Dangerfield (Blue suit, white shirt, red tie and all) looking into the camera. As he fusses with the knot on his tie he deadpans, “I dont get NO respect…and neither does WPXI!” I must have laughed for a good 5 minutes. I miss the days when the Pittsburgh stations (especially WIIC then WPXI) used to poke fun at themselves. Ahhh, the good old days! Tim Reed (October 4, 2003)


Eric, Anyone out there know what ever happened to these folks I used to work with at KDKA Radio? John Haydar, Judy Fertig and Harry O’Toole. Many thanks. Tom Lacko (October 3, 2003)


A great big THANX to VS for turning me on to that Rege Cordic & Co. Tribute website….I put it right on my “favorites”….I’d almost forgot about the “Bridge To Nowhere”…Thanx to you, too Eric, for this PBRTV site as well — KGH (San Francisco) (October 1, 2003)