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April 2006

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Hi Eric, With all the news of Opie & Anthony taking over for David Lee Roth, Do you think K ROCK will keep the same music format with the very low ratings they have had? Thanks, Todd (April 24, 2006)

Eric’s Response: I’m not certain, but I don’t see them fitting in with any other format.

If you happen to pick up Stern’s show low on the FM dial, you are likely hearing the Sirius receiver of somebody nearby in traffic. Most people are using the receivers that use FM to send the satellite signal from the receiver to the car stereo, usually in the 88.X range. David Snyder (April 21, 2006)

Eric’s Response: A factor I never thought of! Duh… Many of the portable satellite radios are built with an FM transmitter inside so that you can listen in the car or have a “wireless hookup” at home. These puppies can put out quite a signal and can be picked up in the next car…assuming you are stopped at a light!

WOW! Barney Hoople! There’s a name that’ll go down in Cambria County Radio History ! Throughout the mid to late 80’s Barney (aka WFBG personality Sean McKay) filled in from time to time on WNCC in Barnesboro (now Northern Cambria) bringing with him his cutting- edge on – air style that left no – one safe from his antics. He would often make comments about labor unions in ths area that was often called “Coal Country”…and would offer his opinion on “all the fat women” he would see on the streets of the town. Needless to say, the phone lines went crazy as most of the listeners, who were used to a mix of music, news, Dial n’ Deal, Broadcast Bingo, and a more serious Open Mike talk show, did not know just how to take Mr. Hoople’s commentary! Even on the station’s final broadcast day in November 1990, under the management of Bland Group, before it went dark, Barney had a special guest in the studio, Dr. Jeff Goldblum, (aka WFBG newsman Jeff Speck) who reported that due to environmental violations from the EPA, the building would be imploded and would be a parking lot the next day. For those of you who might be interested, Barney, has been back in his home state of Montana, doing afternoon drive on KSEN-AM in Shelby. Anyway, thanks to the inquiring person who jogged my memory quite well. Denny Pompa, WHPA-FM (April 21, 2006)

What happened to Scotty over on 96.1 FM? He was the afternoon guy and seemed to be the centerpiece of their marketing, since he was the guy who the station sent to almost every promotional thing they did. Thanks, Sam Dawes (April 21, 2006)

Eric, Returning home to Youngstown on Sunday evening , I hit the scan button on the radio and picked up a Howard Stern show on the dial at the very low end of the FM spectrum. I was near the 79/279 split in the North Hills and it lasted about 5 minutes. I believe it was a show from the new Sirrus channel as some of the words were not something I would believe CBS Radio would want broadcast on their airwaves. Just wondered if anyone has ever heard of that happening anywhere? (April 20, 2006)

Eric’s Response: I understand that there have been quite a few “pirate” broadcasts of Stern’s show from the satellite radio signal all over the country.

this is for the mailbag. I’m not sure how to get it in but here goes…I was delighted to see Denny Pompa’s name mentioned in conjunction with WNCC. Does anyone remember when Barney Hoople attempted to do the afternoon shift at WNCC including the Open Mike program? It was shortly after this that the station went dark. (April 20, 2006)

Here is a web site with every WXXP DJ.. I thought you might like for your where are they now. Keep up the good work. http://www.ear.fm/wxxp_dj.htm. (April 18, 2006)

Pittsburgh net radio update. Pittsburgh gains a 24-hour 50’s music station on the net – ” Retro 50’s Music Radio (WRTFM) “. MetroCities Communications are owners of 2 net radio stations here in Pittsburgh for the past 5 years, (WRTRO) Retro 60’s & 70’s http://www.wrtro.com and sister station (WROCK) Planet Rock 70’s Radio. MetroCities management made the decision on Sunday April 9th to drop (WROCKs) Planet 70’s Rock format for a new original all 50’s sound. (WRTFM) – Retro 50’s Music Radio at http://www.wrtfm.com. The format will consist of up beat 1950’s Rock, Rock a Billy, Top 40,Doo-Wop,Pop, Early 50’s Rhythm and Blues ,and popular local Pittsburgh 50’s sounds. Dave Anthony President of operations and programming of MetroCities stations explained that the format change was made due to, “ the hole in the local and national 50’s music radio scene, the fact that most of the 50’s music played on the air today consist of specialty or time brokered programs, branded as nostalgia and merely played on AM stations to specialty audiences or on the weekends. As the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s formats erode due to changing age demographics, the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s music is slowly being heard less and less on the air. Retro 60’s & 70’s radio has been on the air via the net for the past 5 years, and the new Retro 50’s radio will be ran and programmed the same way, preserving the timeless sounds of the 50’s music scene 24/7. And will also remain firmly committed the Retro formats in preserving the original sound of 50’s, 60’s & 70’s radio 24/7 “. (April 12, 2006)

Eric, Someone gave me a heads up that you were looking for the whereabouts of the old MixJamz gang. I was the PD there from beginning to end. Here’s a quick rundown of my journey. After WMXP…I programmed at WFOG and WPTE in Norfolk. 92-96 KYXY and KPLN 96-98 in San Diego. Served as Western Regional VP/Programming for Capstar Broadcasting 99, Senior VP Programming for AM/FM Broadcasting 99-2001. Senior VP/Programming for Clear Channel 2001-2003 all based in San Diego. Since 2003 I’ve been VP/Market Manager and now Regional VP for Clear Channel based in San Luis Obispo CA. Bill Webster is in San Francisco at Alice. Jay Silvers is still in PGH(I think) at WAMO. Toni Q. Foxx was in Florida doing country in West Palm the last I heard. I’ve lost track of everyone else. Rich Hawkins Regional VP/Market Manager San Luis Obispo/Santa Maria (April 11, 2006)

Hello, I’m trying to do some research on Paul Shannon’s show, but in particular am interested in any description or details about “Nosmo King.” Many thanks—Bill (April 6, 2006)