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May 2006

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I have searching the net for days and can’t find an answer for Pittsburgh radio. Would you please advise me. I’m looking for the name of a weekly radio show back in the fifties. It started off by saying “Welcome to the ——– hour in downtown Pittsburgh in the —– hotel Ballroom. It featured big bands. I know this isn’t much to go on, but can you help? Thank you, Robert (May 26, 2006)

Eric, I just watched the story on the demolition that they tried again for the second time on the KDKA – TV News This Morning and I saw Ross Guidotti with a WPXI microphone. Whats up with that? Ryan Thomas Kennedy Township (May 15, 2005)

Eric, Once again it’s my sad duty to respond to a post with bad news. Sterling Yates passed away in July of 1991 at age 66. Dr. Hesse might be interested in checking the Rege Cordic Tribute website: www.cordic-and-co.com for more about the very talented Mr. Yates. JM (May 15, 2006)

I was Sterling Yates producer when he came to New York at WNBC Radio. Had a blast doing Fortune Fone with him and we played golf once in a while. Unfortunately, I was also around when he had his stroke and lost his ability to speak for quite some time. After regaining a semblance of his natural voice, I know he and his lovely wife went back to Pittsburgh, but I lost touch. Anyone know of news of this very talented guy? Dr. Cliff Hesse, Director, Broadcast Technology & Management Program, Department of Communications & Performing Arts, Kingsborough Community College, of The City University of New York (May 12, 2006)

As I was checking my web site tonight, I noticed that I had over 1,600 views today on my Pittsburgh TV & Radio Personalities section. Usually I have about 100 there. After searching I found out that Howard Stern has a link to my picture with Pittsburgh TV reporter Darieth Chisolm on his web site. Click here & look in the right column titled “Today’s Show Companion” & click on the word “newwoman” there. It goes to my picture with her. Ron Newcomer (May 12, 2006)

Eric, Sorry to report that Ken Reeth, who was Brother Love on WAMO, died just about a year ago (5/19/05) from leukemia. JM (May 11, 2006)

Hi, I haven’t been to Pittsburgh for decades, but I remember great radio from way back when. I was wondering if Brother Love from WAMO in the late 60s ? early 70s ? is still around. For that matter where are any of the cool “underground” DJs from Pittsburgh stations now? Can’t say Pittsburgh without remembering Porky Chedwick. I am planning a get together of people interested in the 60s 70s music, and it would be great to have any of those guy come. Larry McClurg The Mind Garage RCA Psychedelic Rock band (May 10, 2006)

I recently moved back into an area where I can pick up Hot 101 (Youngstown), and I remember there used to be a morning show DJ named DC (along with AC and Kelly). Whatever happened to him? He used to be pretty funny – did he get let go, or move on? Thanks, Michelle (May 10, 2006)