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June 2004

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I think that allowing Howard Stern back on to Pittsburgh Radio is a good thing. People over react to him and my feelings are if you do not want to listen to him THEN DON’T but everyone has the freedom of speech. The FCC needs to change it policies, they started to over react way too much after the Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson Super Bowl half time show. My reply to all the people complaining about B94 and the Top 40 and how they will miss it is simple this, “Get over it and learn to live with change. Make a CD of the song that you want to listen to” Dave (June 30, 2004)


You may miss WBZZ and WPEZ, but being an old fool, I still miss Fun-Lovin’ KQV, “Weeple are people who listen to WEEP”, Clark Race , WMCK, and Porky Chadwick. Boy am I old Ricki retired in Florida.(June 30, 2004)

Eric’s Response: Ah…don’t be mean to yourself..!


your new station absolutely sucks!!! I’ve been a loyal listener for over 10 years, but today was my last day. Your station was replaced as #1 by kiss fm. If the listeners want Howard Stern fine, give him a show, but don’t change the whole station. Please give us back our top 40 B94. publish if you wish, Kelly from Butler (June 30, 2004)


I was very saddened by the departure of b94…although I love classic rock but where do I go on my dial for top 40 in Pittsburgh? It took me till 8:35 this morning to take 93.7 off my presets….tommorrow morning wont be the same without John ,Dave ,Bubba and Shelly…best to them and the others who found themselves unfairly out of work….Sher (June 30, 2004)


Good Day, I am writing to express my total dismay at Infinity and Clear Channel for the demise of two of Pittsburgh’s better music stations in less than one year. I am a thirty-something metro commuter, each morning was enjoying Infinity Broadcasting’s WBZZ, (B94) fm top 40 play lists and in the evenings enjoying Clear Channel Communication’s 104.7 (WPGB) fm and a great deal of “old school” and romantic R&B music. The loss of “Brother Matt” and the sudden disruption of our R&B/Hip Hop music came as quite a shock. We (myself and friends) are still seeking a replacement for such a fine show and it’s host. Pittsburgh is falling apart at the seams! I am truly in my prime as a target of these stations and their advertisers. I have removed the link to 104.7 in my car, and tomorrow, it is time to re-program again, removing 93.7! Unfortunately, I am not impressed, more annoyed by the hosts of the 96.1 morning show, so they do not get any of my time in the morning. What’s next, WDVE 102.5 playing Elvis impressionists talk radio shows? It’s time to WAKE UP Pittsburgh and start asking for what WE the listeners want to hear, not some board room full of executives seeking the ultimate advertiser! I can assure you, not one penny of my hard earned, above average income will be spent on their sponsors! I can speak with all honesty when I say, XM and Sirrus satellite based radio is the only real option. I begin my research tonight, right after I get this off of my chest!! Anne (June 30, 2004)


A Pittsburgh icon has bit the dust, and it really does feel like the death of a friend. Even though I felt that B-94 needed some rejuvenating.. hate to see it gone for good. Everyone’s speaking of the morning show, but I thought Melanie Taylor was one of the most enthusiasticly real radio personalities…female-wise…to hold her own in ages. Now…we’ll just have to hope we don’t have to hear them telling us how bad traffic is. What a travesty!! (June 30, 2004)


Sad to hear B-94 (or whatever name they were using recently) has gone. I used to listen to it a lot growing up in the 80s. Last time I was in “da Burgh” it was all rap all the time. Sad that the CHR genre has pretty much gone all rap all the time. Also sad that 96.1 KISS (WKST?) was the final blow to WBZZ (I’ve heard that B-94 was on life support for quite a while). But the real sad part is that Infinity thinks that Pittsburgh needs another rock station. Lets see – 96.9 is classic rock, 102.5 is the infamous DVE, and 105.9 is The X. Now you guys are gonna get a fourth rock station? I assume that Infinity wants to make 93.7 an active rocker like DC 101 (WWDC) is. But why?? It makes no sense, but when has radio made sense since the corporate suits started to ruin radio starting in the late 90s. Dave in Fredericksburg, VA (former resident of da Burgh) (June 30, 2004)


The B is now history, while driving home from work, B-94 played their last song, B-94 went dark and became K-Rock. I remember the day when ” Beautiful Music 93.7 Stereo WJOI-FM flipped formats to become top 40 “Buzz 94” – B-94 WBZZ . I have the station format change on tape. The last song that played on WJOI was the beautiful music version of “Feelings” and the 1st song that was played on B-94 was an intro with glass breaking and the song Billy Joel’s, You Maybe Wrong. Later that summer the station dumped automation for high energy DJ’s, like Shot Gun Mark Rivers from Z-104 and Jeff McCay just to name a couple of the on air staff that put the B into motion. Unfortunately B-94 went the way of Top 40 – 94.5 WPEZ . As history has it top 40 WXKX 96 KIXS “96 KX” caused 40 WPEZ to change formats , later top 40 B-94 caused 96KX to charge formats and now 96.1Kiss FM has caused B-94 to change formats. A warm thanks to all the staff that were involved with B-94 form it’s beginnings, till it’s end. You gave us many years of a great station the will be fondly remembered. To the current staff, good luck and best wishes,and hope to hear you on the air at a station again here in the Burgh soon. (June 30, 2004)


Re: 93.7…So it’s K-Rock now. “Krock” about sums up the frequency for the past two years. Too bad they didn’t go to an all-rap format: They could have called it K-Rap. (June 30, 2004)


I just found out b94, as it always has been to me…is gone!!!! Do we need another rock station in this city???? We have the X, and ‘DVE….what is going on!?? UGH!!!!! (June 30, 2004)


When I awoke this morning to find that B-94 was dead, I must say I was rather disappointed. I hadn’t heard any of the Stern rumors, so it took me by suprise. I’m not much of a Stern fan, but I can’t see him being the savior of 93.7. KROCK will never compete against WDVE here in Pittsburgh, the WDVE jockies are a part of Pittsburgh. I’ve listened to B-94 since I was a kid, and its sad to see it gone. What I hate even more is the fact that the dime a dozen Kiss FM has apparently “won” the war with B-94. It seems that every single city has a Kiss FM with the same format with no real hometown flavor. I dont really listen to B-94 music anymore, instead I listen to WDVE or The X, but its still sad to see B-94 gone. As I said, I think that going with a format somewhere in between WDVE and The X is not a good idea. Why would Infinity want to change 93.7 when it was still consistantly one of the highest rated stations in pittsburgh and was beating KISS FM. Now Infinity has a station to combat CC’s WDVE and The X, but Kiss FM now runs unopposed for hit music. Seems to me that Kiss will be the one who comes out of this whole ordeal like a bandit. (June 30, 2004)


Greetings from the South Side of Pittsburgh: I am writing to find out why Howard Stern is now on B93/7. In my opinion, the reason for the switch should have been more clear this morning before 8:30 came. I am confident the reason deals with money, but why him? It is a shame that Pittsburgh listeners will no longer be tuning into this station, and will not be able to listen to the unforgettable AND unmeasurable B93/7 morning show. Taking B93/7 off my car radio, Meredith (June 30, 2004)


Here’s my issue with all this Howard Stern nonsense. All we’ve heard from his mouth since he got axed was how it was unfair. I want him to tell us why it’s okay for 4 other people to lose their jobs just so he can be back on the radio? Let’s face it, Pittsburgh has ENOUGH rock stations out there. LIke we need another one. I guess all of us 93.7 BZZ listeners are also wondering, what happens to the poor kid who was promised a summer intern job. These kids who have been doing all these crazy things for how long now…oh we’re sorry. Mr. Howard Stern is far more important. After all, he considers himself God so, we must accomodate him. Put him and his crew back on the radio. He needs to just realize that in getting his revenge and getting himself back on the air, he’s in turn, disappointed a lot of people. Go to Philadelphia or New York. I’m sure they’d welcome Howard Stern. (June 30, 2004)

Eric’s Reponse: They already DO have Howard Stern… and they feed him to the entire country! (Editor continues: We did edit this email for taste and fairness…the writer of this message did not have kind things to say about Mr. Stern…we tried to keep it mild while still getting the point across!)


I would just like to say that I’m really upset that B93.7 is now some stupid rock station!!! WHY did this happen??? I know that BZZ had a very large audience. It was my favorite radio station, and I especially loved the morning show! That was the highlight of my day while driving to class. Now I’m forced to tune into 96.1 to hear some of the same kinds of music. The problem is that KISS plays mostly rap and r and b and very little pop. BZZ gave a great mix of both!!!! I’m just so mad right now! I mean, to get in the car this morning and turn on my favorite radio station, expecting to hear a few funny jokes to make my day a little better (cuz it was actually going quite badly), and then to hear the Howard Stern show…….it just made my day even worse!!! SO PLEASE!!! I don’t know who is in charge of any of this, but put BZZ back on the air!!!! It will make sooo many more people happy!!!! – Ashleigh, 19, Connellsville, PA (June 30, 2004)


What is 93.7 going to do till July 19th? Will Howard be on in the morning tomorrow or is it going to be all music and promo’s only until they hire an airstaff? Randy from Monroeville. (June 30, 2004)

Eric’s Response: Sounds to me like Howard is on for good!


I’m from the Washington, D.C. area originally, and we had a radio show down there, The Don and Mike show, and when i was in washington recently, I overheard that they have a affliate in Pittsburgh. yet, i’ve never gotten aroudn to trying to find it. Do you know of a Don And Mike show airing in pittsburgh, on a pittsburgh station? Any and all help will be apprecaited, and i hope Stern gets back to making my mornings fun again. (June 30, 2004)

Eric’s Response: I believe Don & Mike’s affiliate is WURP 1550 AM.


ERIC, AS ALWAYS, I WAS LISTENING TO MY FAVORITE STATION ON THE WAY TO WORK LIKE I DO EVERY MORNING. LISTENING TO BZZ 93.7 HAS BEEN A DAILY ROUTINE IN MY LIFE SINCE I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL IN THE 80’S. WHILE DRIVING TO WORK I GET A BIG SLAP IN THE FACE WHEN I HERE PEOPLE SAYING GOOD BYE TO THE FUNNIEST, BEST SHOW EVER. I WAS ALMOST IN TEARS. I THINK THAT GET RID OF JOHN, DAVE, MR. BUBBY AND SHELLY IS GOING TO BE ONE OF THE BIGGEST LOSSES IN PITTSBURGH. THIS LOSS IS EVEN GREATER THAN THE THREAT OF THE PENGUINS LEAVING TOWN. BUT THE SLAP IN THE FACE THAT I RECEIVED WHEN THAT LOUD MOUTHED HOWARD STERN CAME ON WITH HIS SQUAKEY VOICE JUST ABOUT MADE ME WRECK MY VEHICLE INTO A DITCH. WHAT A WAY TO START A WHAT WAS BEGINNING TO BE A BEAUTIFUL MORNING. I JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT THROUGH ALL THE YEARS OF RADIO, THIS HAS TO BE THE MOST BIGGEST MISTAKE EVER IN PITTSBURGH HISTORY. TO WHAT WAS ONCE THE MORNING SHOW, I WILL MISS YOU FOREVER AND YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. AND BY THE WAY, “WOULD THE LAST PERSON TO LEAVE PITTSBURGH TONIGHT PLEASE TURN OFF THE LIGHTS.” ALSO, A LITTLE COMMENT FOR HOWARD STERN, “YOU ARE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE FOOD CHAIN, ACTUALLY YOU ARE CONSIDERED “THE BOTTOM FEEDER!” CHRISTY FROM RURAL VALLEY. (JUNE 30, 2004)


Hi Eric Just wanted to compliment you on being on top of things, I work downstairs from Infinity and was wondering why all the news vans were outside this morning I did a yahoo search and you were the only one that had anything posted. Congrats on beating the mainstream! Take care, Becca (June 30, 2004)

Eric’s Response: We try! Thanks for checking in…and sorry to hear about the media blitz!


i can remember listening to B-94 or 93.7 WBZZ when i was in high school back in the 80’s. i was very disappointed when i heard this morning that it was changing to the Howard Stern show. Not that i’m not interested in Howard, but this was part of Pittsburgh! Now when I get up in the morning and when I’m driving to work I will have to find another radio station to listen to. The morning show will be greatly missed. I also think that replacing it with Howard Stern will cause alot of listeners to find alternative stations as well… Thank You to all from the morning show at WBZZ…..Pittsburgh will miss you.. Angie from Etna (June 30, 2004)


Hi, Tommorrow at 8:30 AM on The Howard Stern Show Mr. Stern is having a press conference from his show with hand picked press corp (I have been following Howard since he left Pittsburgh on Pirate Radio). With all the talk about B94, WBZZ and with the statement that has been posted this weekend by Infinity Broadcasting stating their continued support of his show and the current announcement running on WBZZ stating a big announcment Wednesday June 29th, rumor has it The Howard Stern Show is coming back to Pittsburgh. Could this be possible, we can only hope and pray. J. George (June 29, 2004)

Eric’s Response: Well it would be June 30th. Who knows what the announcement will be though.


Metro Networks news anchor Brent Whigham is leaving the Pittsburgh market to take his talents to WIOD Newsradio 610 in Miami, Florida as a news and sports reporter. While at Metro, Brent’s reports could be heard on WEAE, WDUQ, WKHB, and WANB. (June 29, 2004)


Just wondering if anyone knows the whereabouts of Ron Stein, former Production Manager for Channel 53, circa 1971. Bob Kristof (formerly with WPGH-TV). (June 26, 2004)


OK, I’ll chime in with another inexpert opinion on what the folks who own the station on 93.7 should do with it. While it’s true that everyone knows “B-94”, I think most people think of it as something stuck in a time warp back in the 90’s. The people who used to listen to it outgrew it, and the people who grew into the right age for it perceive it as being about as modern and with it as the New Kids on the Block. So, they should forget about kicking a dead horse and re-start fresh with a clean sheet of paper. They need to look at all the major demographic (and psycograhic) blocks of listeners out there, and determine which one is being underserved. My guess would be people who want to hear semi-controversial, non-political talk radio. There’s nowhere on the dial in Pittsburgh to hear that kind of programming, except for the four square miles where you can actually hear WPTT, and even then only Doug Hoerth is non-political. So put Stern on in the morning, and fill the rest of the day with a mix of syndicated and live, interactive local talk. I don’t listen to the radio in other cities, unless I’m visiting there, and I don’t get out of town much. So I don’t know what the so-called “hot talk” formats sound like from other cities. But I’d bet a real small sum of money that interactive, semi-controversial, non-political talk radio on an FM station with good reception would be a winner. George Erdner (June 21, 2004)


Dear Eric, It seems that everyone has a plan for B-94. or b93 or b-93.7 or wbzz.. or hot talk like in dc. 1. b-94 has one of the best signals in the city. 2. that nick name is known by 80% of the radio listening audience. to throw it away would be dumb. When Tony Renda and Ron Antel upgraded 99.7 why did they not throw the call letters WSHH WISH which had been on the air (pretty much so since 1973) in the trash can> Because people remember them. The 80’s weekends on 100.7 are extermely popular. the whole station 100.7 is popular. Is it star or the point or what ever that is popular? no it’s the music. the music that was made popular on B-94. 3. Make B-94 number one again with the music of 100.7. You have the staff. put Clarke back on B-94.. with the rest of the former B people who are on 100.7. 4. put stern on 100.7 It does not have the signal But it will be fine. Making 93.7 go against WDVE or 100.7 is suicide. No one has any male oriented programming. No one will carry NASCAR. There is more than just Pens, Pitt, Steelers and Bucs in south western PA. just look at froggy 5. Forget the theory that if you have stern you have to have programming that compliments him. Block programming.. keep stern on 100.7 and build around him. KDKA Adults, WDSY good woman and Male Numbers, a reborn B-94 and Stern and possible male programming on 100.7. Infinity will be back on track again. head to head with WDVE NO Way!(two years tops) Peace, Vito (June 20, 2004)


About 96.1 (and “The Humpty Dance”), who knows? Maybe the board op was getting busy in a Burger King bathroom. This sounds like the same sort of glitch that occurred at a Clear Channel station in Chicago when the music disappeared and forty minutes of commercials played in a row. Nice work, guys. If Howard Stern does not end up on either 93.7 or 100.7 by the end of the year, I will be very surprised. Finally, let me add my voice to the recent chorus: Clark Ingram sounds fabulous on 94.5. (June 20, 2004)


I am trying to locate the station that aired a program hosted by Darryl Cook several years ago. Thank you for any information. Darrylean C. Johnson (June 18, 2004)


just to let you know that sergeant steve hamann from Amsterdam police listen to 106.3 the river at work and at home (June 18, 2004)

Eric’s Response: That’s nice!


Eric, the 104.7 Saturday night Soul/Funk lineup mentioned is unfamiliar to me. This must have been something the station did after the staff downsizing of 2001. I didn’t listen much after that. Of course, my “Boogie Nights” from 9 PM to Midnight Fridays on 94.5 3-W-S is now serving a similar purpose. Yes, Troy “The Bad Boy” Garrett’s last radio job was at 104.7, where he did evenings as part of a great Pittsburgh heritage air staff that included Mike Frazer, Kerri Griffith, Brother Matt, and me. I have always believed that our air staff was one of the big reasons 104.7 did so well while we were there, and it didn’t do nearly as well after we were gone. Regards, Clarke Ingram. (June 17, 2004)


Remember Troy Garrett from b-94? Last time I heard about him he had filed a race suit against b-94, before ending his radio career at 96.1, I believe. Anyways, you will never believe where he is now. He gave me a ticket for speeding in Edgewood Boro. He’s a cop now! Check it out, you can actually hear him on the police radio! The Edgewood PD share a frequency with Swissvale and Wilkinsburg, which is operated by 911 Eastern Regional out of Monroeville. Thought you might be interested. JAV (June 16, 2004)

Eric’s Response: Actually I was aware that Troy was a policeman. Ironically, some number of years ago I worked with him at Wish when I was an intern. Several weeks later he came up to me dressed as a security cop at a function I was attending. I wouldn’t have known him if it hadn’t been for his name badge! Fortunately it was a friendly greeting…no citations. Troy was on Wish after B94 and then his last radio gig that I know of was at WJJJ.


Just found your website. Think it is great. I have a question which I am not sure if you can answer. Before 104.7 went to all talk, they had a classic Soul/Funk lineup on Saturday nights. It was awesome! I forget the host’s name. Has this show been picked up? Thanks. – Scott PS – and i have no idea how Nielsen ratings, but I love AM-1550 with Don Imus and Don & Mike. . .(June 16, 2004)

Eric’s Response: Clarke can probably answer this for us.


Wondering if anyone knew whatever happened to Allen King last heard on WTAE radio news. He and I were both alums of the early WPGH-TV before it went dark in the early 70’s. – Jim Barnett (Jimmy Ryder – old WMBA). (June 16, 2004)


If there is any truth to the rumor that Infinity is considering bringing Stern to WBZZ, I think this could certainly spell the end of the current format, and music in general on 93.7 . Think about it, it may boost the stations morning drive ratings, but how many people who listen to Howard listen to the music that WBZZ plays now…most everyone I know who listened to Howard were into the rock ‘n’ roll, and either kept their tuners parked at WXDX or would switch to WDVE. Should Stern land at 93.7, I just don’t see them keeping music around…It could be the chance that Infinity has waited for to start a “Hot Talk” station and finally admit that they are no longer the “top pop” station of the region with WKST beating them in the ratings on a near consistant basis. (June 15, 2004)

Eric’s Response: I am inclined to agree because Stern certainly wouldn’t attract the B’s audience…it would be rather discomforting if he did! My guess though is that if they would start a Hot Talk station, I would imagine that it would be patterned after DC’s WJFK.


Anyone like me who was up at about 5am today (6/9/04) getting ready for work notice that 96.1 WKST was playing Digital Underground’s “The Humpty Dance” over and over and over again? Did anyone notice how long they did this and why? (June 9, 2004)


Clarke sounded great last night…more energy then I’ve heard locally coming out of the gold cube for some time. ( With the exception of TK on saturday night.) Sure would love to hear that kind of energy spead through out the other dayparts on 94.5! Best Regards, Trefdawg (June 5, 2004)


Hello Eric: I found your site by a typically crazy Web-related way. I’ll try to keep my story brief! I am a huge progressive rock fan and have fond memories from the late 70’s of listening to a syndicated radio show called Over the Blue Horizon on Sunday nights on the local (Minneapolis) rock station. I’ve never been able to find any mention of the show, though I have checked the Web periodically in case anyone else has! Well, I got the bug again today to investigate and found Mal Redding’s posting on your site’s archives in which he mentions having hosted the show. So my question is, do you have any way to contact him via e-mail? My aging prog rock fan’s dream is to track down copies of Over the Blue Horizon and relive the glory days (!) and I thought he might have copies or now of another source I could contact. Thanks for any help! Joe Rydholm (June 3, 2004)

Eric’s Response: Well delving back into the archives of yesteryear, I have discovered that the email from Mr. Redding was in 2000. Unfortunately I no longer have any other record of that email or email address. Sorry about that. However, if Mal is out there, he can get in touch with me and I can pass him along to you!


In response to Stan Messmer’s question (In May Mailbag), Clark Race DID use Billy Mure’s String of Trumpets as his Clark Race Dance Party TV show theme. I have some great memories of dancing on that show in the early 60’s. Ed Salamon (June 2, 2004)


Eric, As of 23:30 Tuesday, I am watching WQED over broadcast, and there is no audio, and no video, save for the Q stamp at the bottom of the screen. This has lasted at least a few minutes (since when I turned the TV on.) Oops, here we go, 23:31 and it’s back on. Anyone know what happened? Odd. -Andrew (June 1, 2004)

Eric’s Response: My guess is that it’s what we used to call “someone is asleep at the switch!”