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October 2005

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Hi I like KDKA’s new look and logo. I was a little surprised they dropped the “Hometown Advantage” moniker but I do like the “Local News First” slogan. Sorry to violate the no email on the logo policy. Just thought I’d drop a line and say hello. One other thing – How is the station coping in the aftermath of “The Great Flood?” Enjoy the site, keep up the good work. Tim (October 27, 2005)


HEY ERIC DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE DJ’S OF WOMP FM NOW THAT THE STATION HAS TURNED TO THE JACK FORMAT DO THEY DO ANYTHING LOCAL ANYMORE I WAS JUST CURIOS THANK YOU. Cliff (October 25, 2005)


Hi, just wanted to let you know that Keymarket CHR/Pop station WOMP-FM from Wheeling/Bellaire, OH flipped to the JACK FM format today. I live in Washington, PA but I remember getting the WOMP signal as far as Pittsburgh when I worked there. Linda (October 25, 2005)


Hi Erik, I noticed that WRKZ K Rock’s ratings are dropping even with Howard Stern there. Do you think there is any chance K Rock will survive past Jan 2006? I think this will be a perfect opportunity to bring JACK FM to Pittsburgh on 93.7. (October 22, 2005)

Eric’s (no “k” please) Response: I had the feeling that as soon as Howard made his satellite announcement that our K-Rock would probably be doomed.


FRANK CONRAD’S GARAGE IS IN THE HANDS OF PITTSBURGH ANTIQUE RADIO SOCIETY http://www.nb.net/~schaefer/pars.html OR YOU CAN CONTACT “THE CONRAD PROJECT” 407 WOODSIDE ROAD PGH.PA.15221 GOOD LUCK, PHIL ZMENKOWSKI (October 10, 2005)


I don’t know if this sheds any light on Tom Antal’s question about a 1960’s CP for a UHF in Erie…but I do recall a CP for Channel 66 as far back as the late 60’s. I don’t recall who was behind it, but I do remember hearing a good deal about it for a brief period. Jim Griffey (October 10, 2005)


It seems a WEDO staffer who maintained that Web site left the station and took the Web site with him. Pat Cloonan. (October 10, 2005)


On the question of Jerry Arthur: The channel 34 confusion stems, I think, from Arthur’s Binghamton operation, which was indeed on 34. (It was originally supposed to have been on 56, but then 34 became available when WILK-TV 34 Wilkes-Barre merged with WARM-TV 16 Scranton to create WNEP 16 in Scranton. 34 went to Binghamton, and many years later the 56 allotment ended up in Hazleton, where it’s now Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Fox affiliate, WOLF-TV.) Arthur put 34 in Binghamton on the air in 1962 as WBJA. His Erie station was WEPA-TV 66, and I think it was actually on the air briefly in the fifties. Clarke Ingram lists it as a DuMont affiliate on his DuMont website, which suggests that it was on during the brief early flourish of UHF’ers circa 1954. Scott Fybush (October 9, 2005)


Hi. On the pbrtv.org website…I cannot pop up WEDO am. I wanted to see their programming schedule. Thank you if you can remedy the situation that would be wonderful!!!! You take care and have a wonderful day!!! (October 8, 2005)

Eric’s Response: Well it seems to me that WEDO doesn’t have a website at present. I have done a Google search and have come up with several “nothings.” So I have remedied the situation with taking the link to the old website down! Thanks for your help!


The Philadelphia TV list sent me your e-mail address as a source for Erie PA television. Please let me know if this incorrect. I am trying to locate some information on either a CP or a license for an UHF station in Erie PA in the early 1960’s. I don’t know the corporation name but I believe the individuals name behind the application was Jerry Arthur. He later was responsible for starting a UHF TV station in Binghamton after the Erie application. Would anyone in your area have any info? Thanks. Tom Antal (October 4, 2005)

Tom Lavery’s Response: Eric – Very interesting letter from Tom. It’s hard to find the history on CPs & licenses. He said the station was allocated to channel 34. I found that interesting since WSEE 35 has been on years previous to the 60’s timeline. Two stations made their debut in the 1960’s, WJET 24 in ’66 & WQLN 54 in ’67. He asked me if any old timers were left who would know. It was ironic that he asked that because of Vance McBryde passing away. It’s weird to think back to TV’s glory days before news crawls & “turbo doppler radar.” It was just a weather map with various weather events stuck to it. It was more about the people who had long careers like Vance. Now, it’s more about looks than substance in the news. I like the old veterans like Cronkite, you knew then it was news & not pop culture news like it can be today. OK enough soapbox….lol


Hello I wanted to ask you a few weeks back I was in Columbus Ohio and I came across a really good radio station called TEDFM. I really enjoyed the toons they played 70, 80, &90’s music I kept the radio on that station all weekend long. What I was wondering was have you heard anything about a station like this coming to our area, and also is this like that Jack FM people talk about you can listen to it on line at tedfm.com. As I said it was really good music and it would be a welcomed change to the Clear channel froogy stuff (October 4, 2005)

Eric’s Response: I have not heard about anything like “JACK,” “TED” or “BOB” coming anytime soon. Although some have made the point that the slight change at WRRK earlier this year would qualify as a “Jack” style format.