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February 2004

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Eric, to answer your reader Nick’s question, 770 WKFB is 750 watts non-directional and operates from local sunrise to sunset. Regards, Clarke Ingram. (February 23, 2004)

In response to a gentlemen that posted about a song he heard on AM 770 that was similar to Santo and Johnny’s Sleepwalk was actually called Terry Lee’s Sleepwalk and is not to hard to find.If he has any questions on it feel free to contact me via e-mail.Thanks!! Jared Panek (February 22, 2004)

Dear Eric, I haven’t written in a long time and enjoy the site very much. I had a question that I hope someone can answer. It’s about the station at 770 in Pa. I think I picked it up this morning here in Baltimore.The station was getting mixed with WABC in NYC which we get all day down here. Just a couple of questions. What is the power of the station?Is the station directional and when do they sign off? I imagine they have to protect WABC even during the day because I remember as last time I was in Canonsburg hearing the hum of WABC during the day over there. The frequency of 770 is a great dial position for WKFB.I hope they do well. Thanks in advance.Keep up the great work! My best to everybody in Pittsburgh! Nick L. (February 22, 2004)

Dear Trefdawg: I don’t think I’d have the audacity to talk up “Car Wash,” although I do remember, on a dare, talking up “Year Of The Cat” in college (and that’s not even an exciting intro). As for my hours on 620/770, they are going to vary, since as I said, I am just filling in for fun. Nothing scheduled at the moment. Regards, Clarke Ingram. (February 19, 2004)

Eric: Came across your great website. Very nicely done. Remember me to the WSHH EZ fans. Phil Stout, Music Consultant, Music Choice. (February 19, 2004)

Eric’s Response: Thanks Phil! For those of you who may be wondering, Phil was a Beautiful Music Programmer for Schulke Radio Programming when it existed way back when. Schulke was where the music WSHH played came from the the easy listening era. Phil now programs the Easy Listening Channel and a couple of others for Music Choice which can be found on Comcast’s Digital Service and DirecTv.

danced several times on the Terry Lee Show back in the 1970’s. I would love to get the tapes of the shows. Do you know where Terry is and are these tapes available? I would greatly appreciate any help you can give me. I was also wondering if there is a website of Terry Lee. Thank You and hope to hear from you. Jim Clemente (February 19, 2004)

To Clarke Ingram: How does one tastefully talk up the intro of Car Wash by Roce Royce without doing the predictable. ( No weather, community calendar or ball scores or 60-second news capsule) as I recall from my old dj days at WEIR the intro is 62 seconds …Yikes…By the way what time is Clarke on the air ? “Trefdawg” (February 18, 2004)

Eric, Do you or anyone else know what happened to Channel 35? They used to have the auction every weekend but lately I haven’t see it on. I was wondering if they had gone bankrupt or something. Thanks for putting out such a great web page! Eugene (February 18, 2004)

Eric’s Response: Honestly I have never seen it because it isn’t carried where I live. But it kind of faded from the spotlight and must have faded with the sunset!

Sheesh, word travels fast on the Internet! I’m filling in on 620 and 770 for fun, and for no other reason, except maybe to scrape off some rust. Bob Stevens and I go back over 20 years, and he offered me the chance to go on the air and enjoy myself with absolutely no pressure, so I took it. And by the way, talking up the intro of “Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo” by Rick Derringer on an AM radio station on a Friday night is a blast! Try it sometime! Regards, Clarke Ingram. (February 17, 2004)

Hello, Does anyone have any old tapes from WBCW 1530 out of Jeanette? How I miss Clair and Al even after all these years. Remember TRADIO? (“no items over 100 dollars of individual value….”) I know that Al passed away,but where is Clair? Rick Valencia (February 17, 2004)

Regarding previous message: I want to hear tape of Clarke playing Santo & Johnny. I’ll pay good money. 😀 Actually, it was Big Ray Edwards, who was on until 4. (February 17, 2004)

Eric, I traveled from Frederick, MD., up to the Irwin/North Huntingdon area and spent the weekend with relatives. Heard a bit of AM 770 on Saturday afternoon. At the time they were playing oldies. One of the oldies played was, I believe, the Santo and Johnny song “Sleepwalk” with someone talking sadly about lost love over the song who sounded a lot like Terry Lee. Anyone else hear this? And, if so, do you agree with me? This was about 4:00 p.m. on Saturday 2/14. Tom Lacko (February 17, 2004)

Eric’s Response: As we reported on the Hotline…that would be Clarke Ingram.

Great site! The news talk format on 104.7 is a great addition to Pgh radio, especially Ellis Cannon and Coast to Coast. Has anyone else noticed the production mistakes, usually around news time? Sometimes there will be 2 newscasts from 2 different sources on at the same time. Other times, you can hear local (Cleveland?) raw feed sports highlights during a national show. I initially wrote it off as a product of the format change but I heard it as recently as this weekend. A.G. Rossi (February 16, 2004)

I checked out AM 770 in Jeannette yesterday. They’re now using the call letters WKFB, rather than WKTW as they were when they used the “K-Talk” moniker. HUGE difference from the old 1530 days…Al Calisti would have been proud. Very clear signal from Greensburg as I drove from there to the top of my driveway in Bethel Township (Ford City area), Armstrong County. Then on my way back from work at WCCS today, not only did I get it crystal clear in downtown Indiana, but the signal maintained its integrity all the way home through the communities of Elderton, Shelocta, and Manor Township, among other places. As far as format goes, when they’re not airing a doctor’s talk show, they’re airing 70’s and 80’s hits. Barry Banker does local news during the drive periods. I’ve heard no commercials on there as of yet…but they’re sounding good. Loud and proud! Ken Hawk (February 11, 2004)

Enjoyed reading your site – I have fond memories of many folks listed. I’m Asa Aarons WPXI Consumer Troubleshooter from 1984 to 1990. Same position in Detroit at WDIV from 1990 to 1993. For the past decade I’ve had my own daily TV segment called Ask Asa on the 6:00 News at WNBC TV NYC. Also daily Consumer Columnist for the New York Daily News – again titled Ask Asa. Thanks for the website – I’ll encourage any former burghers I know to check it out. (February 10, 2004)

Eric’s Response: Nice to hear from you Asa! Thanks for checking in!

Dear Mr. O’Brien, A friend had e-mailed me your website, knowing I would find it interesting because I had worked at WXXP-FM, 100.7 (alternative 80’s music, 1986-1988) for the two years it was on the air. I was the Assistant Music Director, and did two overnight shifts on air on the weekends. I did enjoy reading about WXXP. It was a great group of people, and a wonderful first “real” job! I was just curious where you found the information you had, and if you have knowledge of any way of tracking down some of the staff from “Double X”? (I read through your “Where are they now?” section.) I also have some memorabilia from those days. If you were interested, I could scan and send them to you. (If I can track them down! I’m living temporarily in Pittsburgh, but moving back to Atlanta in the spring and my “life” is in boxes in a cold garage!) Thanks for your time. You have a very comprehensive website. Thank you, David Reedy (February 10, 2004)

Eric’s Response: The info on WXXP was probably given to me by someone who worked there…and I’ll be darned if I can remember who it was at this point in time. I would love to receive some scanned photos of your memorabilia. Don’t feel that you have to root through your boxes right away though. Don’t want you to go through that extra work! If you do find time however, make sure that it’s in jpeg format and not too huge. I have had to reduce some picture sizes and have lost a lot of quality in doing that it wasn’t worth posting!

Re: The KDKA and Kaufmann’s Announcer: checked with Larry Richert, (who should know, having been a semi-co worker w/ the gentleman in question) It was indeed George Eisenhauer. Pity he did not get into ‘syndicating’ his voice ala Charlie VanDyke. (February 10, 2004)

To: Eric O’Brien I just happened upon your great web site and spend about 45 minutes exploring its many areas. I took special note of your description of WYEP, as I have been involved as a board member (and former president) since the mid-1980s. I thought you would be interested in these updates for historical accuracy. – WYEP originally broadcast from studios in Oakland, at 4 Cable Place – the basement of a building that at one time housed horses for Pittsburgh Police. – WYEP’s mighty 840 watts beamed over Western PA from atop the Cathedral of Learning. The antenna was strapped to the flag pole. WPTS now broadcasts from this spot. WYEP swapped frequencies with a small college station in Indiana County and increased its power to 18,200 watts in the early 1980s. – WYEP moved to Chatham College (not Chatham Center) in 1987 and then to the South Side in 1994. I had a great time reading about radio and TV on your site. It’s obviously a labor of love. Thanks for the good work! Peter Rosenfeld WYEP (February 7, 2004)