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January 2005

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Hi Eric, just wanted to let you know WVLY 1370AM is running promos that Howard Monroe will be interveiwing the station manager of WVTX ch-28 on Monday Jan. 31. They are also running a promo that they are broadcasting on Comcast Ch-3 on Moundsville’s cable. The Promo is also saying they will begin over the air broadcasting in three weeks. That should put them on the air about Valetines Day. Regards, Will Nelson Moundsville WV. (January 30, 2005)

Eric, the P-G got it wrong, unless there’s been a recent programming change. Ron Chavis has been doing his show on WLSW from 9 PM to 2 AM, while the 7 to 9 PM slot has been filled with a variety of hosts, including Little Walter’s syndicated oldies program. Clarke (January 30, 2005)

I was wondering if Chilly Billy is still alive or if I heard that he had passed away? (January 27, 2005)

Eric’s Response: Whoever told you that lied…he’s alive and well from 10 AM – 3 PM on 1320 WJAS.

Eric: I just saw a 10:00 pm news broadcast for WVTX-TV on Channel 3 Comcast cable in the Weirton-Steubenville area, replacing Pittsburgh 22. Does anyone know anything more about the company that owns WVTX? Mike Toothman (January 27, 2005)

Eric’s Response: Well WVTX was much discussed in the December 2004 mailbag, but not too much info can be brought up about it…even on its website.

Does anyone remember Dr. Jive from WIXZ 1360 in the late 80’s or early 90’s? I really like the music and the promo’s of the show. (January 27, 2005)

Eric, I am watching CNBC and saw a commercial for their morning show called “Squak Box” it had KDKA’s Pittsburgh Today Live’s themesong. KDKA most likely got the OK to use it or MSNBC. I was just thinking to myself I thought it was weird to hear the same music on national tv then you do in local. I also know TV News recycles news music. When WPXI changed their look I guess WTOV 9 took their old stuff… Sincerely, Ryan Kennedy Township, PA (January 26, 2005)

Eric’s Response: No actually it’s more of a case that WTOV hasn’t followed suit with the change. When Cox bought TOV and WJAC, they made the same packages for them as they had for WPXI. My thought is that they changed the PXI package since the signal overlaps with both TOV and JAC. But then again..what do I know…and who knows how long it might be before THEY change to follow suit?

Hi Eric, I really enjoy your site! I check it out about once a week. I was hoping to see the “where are they now” page updated. Looks like it’s been over a year since this has been done! Thanks and keep up the good work! Joe, Belle Vernon, PA (January 22, 2005)

Eric’s Response: While it may say that I last updated it in December of ’03, don’t believe everything you read! I’m sure I have made a few additions since yet don’t always remember to update the date. Thanks for the nice comments

Here’s an old photo of Terry Lee during his years at WIXZ 1360…and an explanation that nobody knows where he is! http://www.angelfire.com/pa3/wixz/page15.html. (January 22, 2005)

Eric: I was just down in Fort Myers Florida…heard Jack Wheeler doing a morning show on WKII, AM 1070. Sounded like he just joined them recently. Same old Wheeler in the Morning shtick. Warren A (January 20, 2005)

Hey Eric, do you know if anyone has heard any updates about WVTX/UPN 28? Just wondering, as no one has said anything about it lately. Also, once WRKZ loses Howard Stern to Sirius, I think they should move Dave Cook back to mornings, but let him just have his own show. He fits K-Rock so much better than when it was B94. Plus, he has that DVE mentality, so a morning show by himself without all of the deadwood would probably give Jim & Randy a run for their money. What do you think? (January 19, 2005)

Eric’s Response: I have heard a little bit of Dave since the switch and I agree that he fits the format very well. I’m still wondering if K-Rock will continue as is once Stern goes terrestrial or not. Otherwise, yes, he might be a good challenger in the morning.

Hey, My father, *Don Rodgers* worked at WVSC in Somerset, PA until his death in 1986. I am trying to find anyone that may have known, or worked with him and has pictures that they would be willing to make copies of for me. He also did stringer work for WTAJ and KDKA during the mid 80’s as well. Thanks for any help! Please contact me at: jschmalz618@comcast.net. (January 15, 2005)

Has anyone ever heard of where Jack Wheeler went to after leaving a short term at (I think) KHB? I used to listen to him on WJAS before he left for personal reasons. Supposedly he was moving to Costa Rica, but, knowing his ways, I didn’t know if that was true, if he actually decided to retire, or maybe, once again turned up in Florida or some other market. No cut on Mr. Bogut, but I really liked Wheeler’s drive time format on JAS, especially with the way he used to pick on Carol Finnelli, who carried herself very well in giving it right back. Bogut’s is still the best drive time out there. Not rude, crude or obnoxious!!! (January 15, 2005)

Eric’s Response: Wheeler has been back and forth between Florida and Pittsburgh as you well know. Unfortunately I have lost track as to which location he is in now.

Wondering why WLSW is no longer listed in the radio ratings? Are ratings too low or has there been a change in the method of rating stations? Also want to add that although I ‘m not a big fan of ‘Quiet Storm’ style of music, the addition of Ron Chavis to WLSW weekdays at 9PM is an improvement to the station. He’s very professional, smooth & knowledgeable. (January 13, 2005)

Hi, C.I., Q-94 was certainly a “step up” from Bill Henderson’s WRML, in both broadcast power and facilities. Q-94 was located in a real house along a true residential area, on old business Rt. 22. I interviewed there circa 1985 for a sales position, but I decided to go to college instead. One of our part-timers, Kathy (Murphy?) later went to Q-94. For awhile, was our B94 in West Central PA. I have followed the tower movement, I prefer the local stuff, too. Tom Leturgey. (January 13, 2005)

Tom Leturgey – you must have started at WRML at the same time we were putting Q-94 on the air in nearby Cresson (it debuted on November 2, 1981). I have fond memories of those days. If you trace the history of WRML, it eventually turns into the 660 Wilkinsburg station we now have. Re: WLSW, there was an agreement to sell the station to Cumulus, but that was contingent on a tower move that never happened. I enjoy their local programming, and am just as happy that the sale didn’t go through. Regards, C.I. (January 12, 2005)

Saw that my old pal, Drew Gordon, stopped by for a quick update. WLSW’s “see it and play it” is one of the last bastions of small market radio. That and the Johnny Fever clone Charlie Apple make the station unique. Thankfully the station wasn’t bought up by one of the nameless, faceless, characterless corps that were flopping their way along the small market landscape through the past few years. (I started at a 500-watt daytimer then known as Portage’s WRML in 1982, so I have a weak spot in my heart for stations broadcasting from renovated trailers) While, on the other side, small markets can rarely pay to keep truly talented and dedicated talents such as Mr. Gordon. That written, let’s hope that the screwy small markets stay around forever. Tom Leturgey, Pittsburgh. (January 12, 2005)

Hey Eric, I think that Keymarket’s Pickle stations need a CD player with antiskip when playing music. I was driving home from work tonight, and at about 9:15, WKPL played Otis Redding’s “Sitting On the Dock of the Bay.” The song skipped several times, like if it was on a CD. Hey, I like the Pickle, but they need to make sure that their songs play properly before playing them on the air. (January 11, 2005)

Darnell Foster is no longer with WTRF. And word is Michelle Kettler, WTRF’s evening weather anchor is out. The owners of WTRF ( West Virginia Media holdings) have been running Statewide Newscasts on the weekends and have been running forcasts delivered from the Huntington station on WTRF. Darnell is doing some on air work on 1600-WKKX. radio in Wheeling. (WKKX is now streaming on the web atwww.wkkx.com) Best Regards Trefdawg (January 11, 2005)

Eric, On www.dennisbowman.net, Dennis’ website, he makes mention that he will be on weekends occasionally with KDKA doing the weather. Steve, South Hills (January 11, 2005)

Eric: Just looked through the mailbag, and saw the rumblings of format changes. Being that I’m up here in the hills of Central PA, I don’t get much on Pittsburgh-area stuff. Read about the computer stuff at ‘LSW, and it doesn’t surprise me. And…format change….’LSW had a format? Back when I was doing mornings there, you see it, you play it. What’s the latest with Uncle Stan’s double-wide wonder? When I saw him at Steeler Camp a few years ago, he said there was a possibility of a buy-out with one of the Big Boys. Thanks for keeping us informed! Any of my old radio buds from days gone by, can drop me a line at q102news@hotmail.com. Thanks, Drew Gordon Q-Morning Crew First Media/DuBois Q-102 (January 11, 2005)

In regards to Radio-Info.com – they’ve temporarily set up a new domain at http://www.radio-info.net . They have an explaination on their main page why the regular domain name is down (something to do with innacurate Whois information). All content including message boards remain the same. Dave in Fredericksburg, VA (former resident of da Burgh). (January 11, 2005)

Dear Eric, Just wanted to respond to a few people that were asking about me. I currently am on a rotation on Sunday evenings from 11PM-5AM,and also do fill-ins on various other times on WLSW.Glad to hear people’s coments about how much they enjoy the music.If anyone needs to get ahold of me anytime my e-mail is Nitetrain104@aol.com. Thanks again, Jared Panek (January 11, 2005)

can anyone tell me what happened to the morning weather guy on channel 7 in wheeling? love your site. it really keeps me up to date. i use to live in the ohio valley and watched pittsburgh tv growing up. thanks boyer cambridge, ohio (January 10, 2005)

Just a note to tell you that since discovering WHPA 93.5 two months ago, I have not touched my radio station selector. I enjoy the “oldies” and no one plays them better! No nonsense commercials, just radio as it was meant to be. Please do not change format. Turn up the power! Joe Colton Smithmill, PA (January 10, 2005)

Eric’s Response: Look Dan Dunlap, I’ve done something right…and like all the times I didn’t do something right, I’m not responsible!

Greetings. I heard from my parents that former WPXI weatherman Dennis Bowman was on KDKA Sunday night. I am a huge fan of Dennis Bowman and was excited hearing the news. Do you have any info on this? Thanks. – Bobby Cherry (January 10, 2005)

Eric’s Response: I hadn’t heard. But it would not surprise me if he’s back in the picture here and there. Dennis and his wife moved back to the area last year after being out in Kansas for 3 or 4 years.

In regard to radio-info.com: Apparently radio-info.com has finally gone down for good. It went down Thursday (1/6), and has been returning a “site not found” error all weekend. Today, Monday 1/10, there is a weird page there that says radio-info.com’s domain is under construction. It looks like the type you see when someone freshly purchases a domain, and seems to be from a domain-sales site. True to radio form, they gave us all of the notice radio stations often give DJ’s of impending format flips: none. (January 10, 2005)

Eric’s Response: I’m not too surprised. It seems to me that it lost its appeal when you were required to have a subscription or at log-in identity. Perhaps Dennard Summers could give us an update?

Eric…if you don’t stop the incessant meddling with local radio stations…changing formats and switching DJs around and the like…I, for one, will promptly leave the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and call for your ouster! Sincerely, Dan Dunlap (a concerned citizen of the world) (January 4, 2005)

Eric’s Response: Gosh, I know it. All these format/staff changes that I’ve supposedly made. Makes me wonder if the stations in the PBRTV jurisdiction have a secret button I cannot see on their websites that says, “Send Complaints Here.” Actually, it’s all temporary before I take over all of the stations and create the PBRTV Network. muahhahahahahahahaha! Nothing but full-service and beautiful music!

Dear Eric, It was announced today that “The NEW WRRK” will debut at 10am tomorrow (1/5/05). -Dave (January 4, 2005)

Looks like the Jarred Panek Fan Club, however big it is, has chimed in. The short answer to their question is that WLSW has installed a computer hard-drive system that plays the hits when no one is home. They also used it on New Year’s Eve for a Stan Wall show that sounded suspiciously voice-tracked. No idea if Jarred is out of a job, or just taking the day off. (January 3, 2005)

Eric..great site. I was a DJ on WWGO radio, Erie in the mid 60s, shortly after they changed from WLEU. Went to WICU radio/TV in 1966 and eventually worked into on-camera news anchor/reporter for WICU TV while doing a talk radio show on WWYN (“Contact” circa 1970-73). I would appreciate hearing from anyone in Erie radio during this time. Keep up the good work! Rich Baumann (January 2, 2005)

I had been a faithful listener to your station especially from midnight until approximately 5:00 in the morning until you changed your format. I must say—DON’T LIKE IT—where are the oldies, doo wop and most of all Jarred Panek? Don’t like the “juke box” music. Because of the changes you have lost some faithful listeners!!!! BRING BACK JARRED WITH THE MUSIC HE PLAYED………….. (January 1, 2005)

was just wondering why Jerrad Panek isn’t on more…he’s really good!…..Jerrad sits in for Charlie Apple when he’s off on WLSW. (January 1, 2005)