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April 2004

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From the VARTV Editor regarding WQEX/16… Does anyone plan on recording the switch tomorrow (4/30) at 2PM? I’d like to see it… Bob Corbin editor@VARTV.com http://www.VARTV.com/ (April 29, 2004)

Eric’s Response: If anyone can help Bob out…it would be great!


What ever happened to local DJ Terry Lee? He was an institution and it’s now he’s GONE without a trace. Jack Polaritz (April 24, 2004)

Eric’s Response: It’s one of our Frequently Asked Questions(and it was about due again)…and the answer is we have no real answer to give! One suggestion that I remember in the mailbag archive is that he’s in Ohio living on a farm. WILL THE REAL TERRY LEE PLEASE TELL US WHERE YOU ARE!


HELLO, I GREW UP IN PITTSBURGH, AND LEFT IN 1977, I GRE UP WATCHING WIIC TV, MY FAVORITE WAS CHILLER THEATER WITH “CHILLY BILLY”. I WAS WONDERING IF BILL CARDILLE IS STILL AROUND, IF NOT CAN YOU GIVE ME ANY INFO ON HIM? IM 47 NOW AND THE REMAKE OF DAWN OF THE DEAD BROUGHT BACK SOME VERY FOND TV MEMORIES. THANKS SO MUCH, I MISS PITTSBURGH AND WOULD COME BACK IN A MINUTE IF POSSIBLE, I NOW LIVE IN BUNNELL, FLORIDA, THANKS, STEPHEN MCGOVERN (April 24, 2004)

Eric’s Response: Chilly Billy does the 10 A – 3 P shift at 1320 WJAS now.


Eric, I checked today and 107.1 is still simulcasting WAMO. Also, 107.1 was downgraded to make it possible for 106.7 to move to Wexford. It is very unlikely that the signal can be upgraded to better serve Pittsburgh. Clarke (April 21, 2004)


Hello, Eric … Let me return the compliment to Mr. Pompa. Dennis has made his mark not just as a programmer for three stations in rural Cambria County, but his pipes often grace promos and IDs on Kittanning’s WTYM-AM 1380, an oldies station that I believe is owned by the same company as WNCC and its Cambria siblings, and a favorite station of at least one of my nieces in Armstrong County. Also, AM 950 sometimes does reach west of the Alleghenies. I have picked up WNCC as far away (when weather permits) as Irwin and even West Mifflin, though there it would just be a DX curiosity. In a business where there are far too many group owners and far too few mom-and-pop stations, I can hail what WTYM and WNCC do (and, in WNCC’s case, still does, a couple owners since I was there) and, by extension, what Dennis has done as a programmer. Pat Cloonan. (April 21, 2004)


Eric, I read on Radio-info.com that WJJJ is back, this time on 107.1 in Greensburg. Looks like that WAMO broke the simulcast. (April 19, 2004)


Hi, I listen to Pittsburgh radio station WPGB while I am at work during the day. I work at a public high school. I enjoy the shows that are on from 7 a.m. through my day until 3 p.m. I do not, however, appreciate your commercials that play repeatedly for Max-tral, sexual enhancement medicine. This commercial when it happens to come on when a student is in my office, feels very inappropriate. I’m guessing this pharmaceutical company is a good sponsor to your station, but I don’t believe it is worth having since society has put so much emphasis on trying to reduce exposure of sexual topics. Thank you for your time. Paula V. (April 19, 2004)

Eric’s Response: I think Clear Channel owes PBRTV a few bucks for all of the complaints received since WJJJ became WPGB. My other piece of advice would be that right-wing conservative talk shouldn’t be played in schools…this is why we NEED easy listening.


Vic, I suspect there’s some truth in what you say. But I know that I’ve ben contacting anyone and everyone I could at ‘QED about “The Place” for some sort of remembrance of it for years now. They wouldn’t entertain the idea of something as cheap and simple as bringing in a bunch of us former volunteers to man the phones on Pledge Night. As for Newsroom, that show had a lot of great people on it in addition to Herb Stein. It hd John Roberts, Vince Leonard, and was directed by Al Abady. And Ron Chavis, aka “Ron Sterling” was one of the original floor crew! (April 19, 2004)


Hello, I caught 660 AM on the air for the first time Saturday 4/17/04 between 3:30 and 4:00 PM. Sounded like network programming. At the top of the hour the station identified itself as 660 AM WCIX Wilkinsburg. I tried receiving on both a boom box and pocket radio inside my South Hills home. Both radios demonstrated excellent reception of this station regardless of which direction they were facing. Bob Black (April 18, 2004)


This is a quick note to let you know WCIX signed on at 1:55PM April 16, 2004. Signal reports are welcome. Thanks, Ed DeHart (April 16, 2004)


Hello Eric, A relative of mine recently saw a regular contributor to the PBRTV MAILBAG who was a former co-worker of mine at WNCC AM 950 in Barnesboro (now Northern Cambria). Of course, I’m speaking of the one and only Pat Cloonan. Pat was a panelist on a show aired ,I believe on , PCN. As Pat would probably say “How many people up there had heart attacks when they saw me ?” Pat was an award-winning news director at WNCC in the 70’s & early 80’s. Denny Pompa WHPA-FM, WNCC-FM & WRDD-AM (April 13, 2004)


I suspect WQED’s neglect of “The Place” is an oversight rather than deliberate. Most of the old-timers are gone from the station and WQED’s retrospectives tend to focus on the handful of programs that are well-remembered. They also ignore “Newsroom,” an ambitious daily news and commentary show from the late ’60s that was led by Herb Stein. They’ve basically done a very poor job of researching their own history. That’s not uncommon in broadcasting. Until the most recent anniversary celebration in 2000, KDKA radio had also done a bad job with their heritage. Vic (April 10, 2004)


With WQED’s 50th aniversary being celebrated, is there any reason why the ‘QED program “The Place” is so conspicuous by it’s absence? In every newspaper or magazine article or on-air piece I’ve seen about the history of WQED, there is never any mention of “The Place”. OK, so it didn’t have the longevity of Mister Rogers. But from 1965 to 1970, it was produced at ‘QED’s studios and broadcast on Channel 13. Alumni of “The Place” include Bill Hillgrove, Dennis Benson, Bob Mayo, Harold Hayes, and others. It was one of the first venues where folk singer Anne Feeney was heard. Many of the people who worked very very hard to put that show on the air (and who did so as unpaid volunteers!) are still living in the Greater Pittsburgh area. It’s quite a corporate insult to all those volunteers to simply ignore them during the 50th anniversary celebrations. George Erdner One of the ignored and forgotten volunteers (April 8, 2004)

Eric’s Response: A. According to the email, this was addressed to WQED. B. Anne Feeney has a great song in existence called “Have You Been To Jail For Justice?” recently covered by Peter, Paul and Mary.


Pittsburgh’s 24 hour Internet Music Stations. (WRTRO) Retro Radio 60’s & 70’s at http://www.wrtro.com/ which plays a mix of Classic Tunes And Eclectic Variety from the 60’s & 70’s.The station’s Retro format relives the free form music days of WTAE,13Q and KQV. And (WROCK) Ultra Rock Internet Radio at http://www.wrock.info/ Playing a wide range of free form 60’s 70’s 80’s and 90’s Rock,from Classic Rock to Metal. Both of the stations are programmed by DJ Dave Anthony. Back in the 1980’s he went by the air name of ” The Unknown DJ” at the old 100.7 WXXP-FM – “Double X”. (April 8, 2004)


Lo and behold, a friend asked about me, Tom Leturgey, formerly an editor and reporter for KQV, and before that a sports announcer for WANB, WASP, WVCS and WRML (in my hometown of Portage). While my byline appears less and less frequently in everyone’s favorite Pittsburgh conservative daily and a few other publications as a news-and-politics freelance writer, my Name Rider can be seen in the South Hills and throughout Allegheny County as a PA state licensed Century 21 Rise/McIlrath Realtor. I continue to remain active in community affairs in Pittsburgh’s southern city neighborhoods, help coach my son’s baseball team and drive my wife nuts with 20-year-old radio stories. Thanks for asking, Jenna! Now, about you.–Tom Leturgey (April 7, 2004)


I found you site while trying to find an old show on google. Do you recall a science show, I think it was on early in the morning, hosted by an older gentleman with wild hair and a loud high pitched voice? He had an easel with colored paper that he would draw the formulas of the experiments he was cooking up. it was a very simple set with only a table and his easel. Something clicked in my mind the other day when studying differential equations and I saw him in my mind’s eye and now I’m trying to find out who he was. :o) I grew up in Pgh and moved away in 1986. Thanks for any help. Best Regards, Mike Lang (April 5, 2004)

Eric’s Response: This almost sounds like Jack Horkeimer, the stars and planets guy who airs just before sign-off. However I think his hair might be too ordinary for the man you are looking for. You are challenging my brain and I am vaguely remembering something like what you are describing, but it’s not coming to me.


Were is Tom Leturgey now? Jenna, former KQV co-worker (April 5, 2004


Hi Eric….just wanted to drop you a line and tell you that I truly enjoy your website! (April 1, 2004)

Eric’s Response: Thank you very much!