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December 2005

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Do you know where Dallas Don and Mike Lee of WPIT went? This was a long time ago. (December 30, 2005)


Happy New Year, Eric Just a quick note that longtime Pittsburgh Radio legend, Chuck Brinkman is out at KLUV in Dallas. Chuck had been with KLUV for 17 years since leaving Pittsburgh. His last day was Wednesday, December 28th. Jeff Roteman (December 30, 2005)


A copy of this music, on a 45 RPM record, is listed for sale at this URL. My curiosity got the better of me, and I just had to track it down. RJ Kanary (December 30, 2005)


Eric, “The Carillon” is by Compo Verde and was released on the Top Rank label in the late 1950s. KDKA played it regularly during the Christmas season through the early ’70s. A staffer told me their only copy disappeared from the music library around that time and they were unable to locate another one. Once Art Pallan retired, there was no one left who remembered the record and that was the end of it. JM (December 29, 2005)


Eric: A seasonal question among our family members that occurs around this time of year when family members gather for Christmas. Years ago, in the 60’s, when KDKA produced its own Christmas music programming, one of the selections was “The Carrillon” by Compo Verdi. This is what the name of the song and the artist as the family remembers. Calls to KDKA years ago and long after that 60’s staff was long gone, could not produce anyone who remembered this musical selection. I am hoping that someone in your vast readership remembers this selection and can clarify the song and the artist. Frank, Parkton, MD (December 27, 2005)


Do you know what station in Pittsburgh broadcasts old dramatic programs? I heard a program last week, Thursday night, but don’t know what station it was. Thank you for your interesting website. Nancy Small (December 21, 2005)

Eric’s Response: Check out KQV every night at 10:00.


Hi Eric, The following information was posted on radio-info: “b929.com has the same administrative / technical contact/address as wltj.com. The link is currently dead but is registered. ” Do you have any resources to check if this statement is true? Thanks, Dave (December 19, 2005)

Eric’s Response: I don’t believe this to be true. The Q&A in the Post-Gazette last Friday had a question about the WBZB calls. Apparently they were intended for Bob-FM, but nothing has happened there either.


Eric, I’ve been busy with all the High School Football games here at ESPN 1290/WOMP & 1340/WSTV, and I’ll explain when the change here took place. The 1st of November 2005, Keymarket dropped the talk format for ESPN Sports. I regret to inform you, and the viewers of this site, that as a result of the change in format…all the Sunday programming was dumped too. This included all the religious programs, “The Czech Show” & “The Party”. According to management, “They did not fit into the new format!” The only LIVE & LOCAL show to not get the ax was Jim Huggins’ Saturday Morning Sports Talk (11 A.M. to 1:00 P.M). Meanwhile, as of Saturday, January 7th, 2006, FROGGY 103.5 will no longer be LIVE, it will be networked from the FROGGY 98.3 site, as will be 104.3 and 94.9. In 2005, they eliminated Sunday’s being LIVE. This will only be for the weekends, weekday’s from 10 until 3 will still be LIVE. I, unfortunately, am now down to reduced hours, because, after 111 Saturday’s, the “Leap into the pond” has come to an end.I can be reached at JJCLP30157@YAHOO.COM I’ve seen on this site, that everyone knows about “JACK-FM” (former WOMP-FM). I wish I had better news, but that’s it for 2005, who knows where I’ll show up in 2006. Keep up the good work, and have a “MERRY CHRISTMAS” & A HAPPY 2006!! J.J.JUMPER FROGGY 103.5 (December 18, 2005)


Please try to find out about Tom Finn of either WIIC or WPXI, Channel 11. Thanks (December 9, 2005)


Good guess by Vic- however, the record was ” I’ ve got my love to keep me warm” by Les Brown and his Band of Renown. Thank you for the web site regarding Cordic and Co. I plan to spend plenty of time reminiscing. MG of Key West (December 8, 2005)


Eric, I’m reading on your website that WLTJ changed call letters to WBZB was this a mix up or are we going to have a new station in the ‘Burgh? It be nice if it was like the old B94 but named B93. Maybe the old DJ’s at the “B” will come back… Or is this suppost to be the new call letters for BOB FM 96.9? Thanks, Ryan (December 9, 2005)

Eric’s Response: It was a mix-up. Forget it ever happened. There were several theories as to why this happened…but you can forget about it for the time being.


Let me guess on last Cordic record — “Sentimental Journey?” Also, the person who posted may enjoy the Cordic and Company site: www.cordic-and-co.com. Vic (December 6, 2005)

Eric’s Response: Yes. It’s an awesome site with lots of historic Cordic clips. Certainly a joy for someone who may enjoy the humor but was born too late to have ever heard Cordic on the air.


Eric – So much for WBZB Busy Beaver Radio. I could have heard the liners “Bob Villa in the Morning, New & Classic Cuts All Day.” Shows like “Nailgunning with Ned” or “Plywood laying techniques with Tony” uhhhh I better leave things there…..lol. This could have been the next big format started in Pittsburgh, but NOOOOOO! They’d rather play music than circular saw cuts!! Tom L. (December 5, 2005)

Eric’s Response: You should be ashamed of yourself with all of the atrocious puns. But I wouldn’t behave any better…so why should you?

As if THAT wasn’t enough…Tom adds more… Eric – Let me level with you. I wouldn’t screw around with such a format until the details are hammered out by Bob Villa or Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor. So cut me a break until an audience can be measured. Eric, If I had a Hammer, I’d hammer in the morning…….Tom (December 6, 2005)


Dear Eric, Brandon Cunning who has been the Saturday Night Oldies DJ at WJPA in Washington for the past 6 years has been let go by the management. He was let go for playing Bobby Vinton’s Please Let Me Love You Forever. Brandon’s show was a mix of talk and oldies and was a throwback to they way radio used to sound in the 50’s. He often spotlighted many local artists who were from the Pittsburgh area. You may remember him as the creator of Radio One in Pittsburgh. He was the program director who came up with the Radio Format of Pre-Beatles in the Pittsburgh Market on 540 AM WWCS. He was the mid-day jock too on that station and also brought back local DJ Zeke Jackson. Radio One now spins the Disney Format. (December 5, 2005)


Trivia Question ? What was the last record Rege Cordic played on his final KDKA broadcast in November 1965 ? MG from Key West, Fl (December 2, 2005)