The PG reports that effective immediately, Jim Graci is the new program director for KDKA-AM (1020). He returns to Pittsburgh after being at KLIF-AM, an all-news station in Dallas, Texas. Graci’s last job in Pittsburgh was for ESPN-programmed WEAE-AM (1250) from 2004-2010 when the station went with the all-national ESPN feed before flipping to Radio Disney (WDDZ) in early 2011.
Additionally, P.J. Kumanchick will now serve as news director for the station. He previously served as assistant PD and executive producer.
On a related-but-seperate note, just after Noon today, KDKA host Mike Pintek announced that Joe DeStio has been hired as a full-time news anchor at the station. DeStio had been doing some work for the station in recent weeks.