Feb 14 2017

WQED benefits from spectrum auction; must change OTA signal

WQED-TV (13) will soon be able to completely retire its long-term debt after having participated in the FCC’s spectrum auction. The sale of its “channel 13” spectrum (which one might remember is a frequency of 210 to 216 MHz) will rake in $9.9 million – enough to retire its debt and have a couple million left …

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Feb 14 2017

Teleforum seeks new host as Romigh leaves

Mike Romigh left his radio show and the stations where he had spent 2 1/2 years – WBVP (1230 Beaver Falls) and WMBA (1460 Ambridge). Romigh has taken a job as the sponsorship events and social media manager for the Beaver County Humane Society. According to Beaver County Times reporter Scott Tady, the station is searching for …

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Feb 06 2017

Butler Media Group changes name

According to their new website at butlerradio.com: The Butler Media Group – which represents three locally-owned radio stations in Butler, Pennsylvania – has changed its corporate name. The group is now recognized as the Butler Radio Network. The group’s website has been renamed from insidebutlercounty.com to butlerradio.com. All three radio stations – WISR 680AM, WBUT …

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Feb 03 2017

For Entercom, it’s a return to Pittsburgh

Alert reader BJ reminded us that Entercom was in the Pittsburgh market before. In the early 90s Entercom owned WDSY-FM (107.9), its original AM counterpart WEEP/WDSY (1080) and WXRB/WNRQ 104.7. I could describe the whole living detail to you as to how the stations were sold off from Entercom, but I don’t have five hours …

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Feb 02 2017

CBS Radio to merge with Entercom

CBS Radio announced plans to merge with Entercom that would create a 244-station company across 47 markets. The move is a surprise to everyone as CBS Radio was planning to merely spinoff from its parent company. Entercom CEO, David J. Field, will be the CEO of the combined company. The deal is expected to close in the …

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Jan 28 2017

950 WDIG up for “sacrifice” sale

Area media broker Ray Rosenblum has announced that WDIG (950 Steubenville) is up for sale. It is an “urgent sacrifice” sale at $40,000 with $30,000 paid at closing and the remaining $10,000 paid over 10 months with no interest. The sale includes a 4-tower, 15-acre site near Weirton. ERP is 1000 watts by day; 35 …

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Jan 27 2017

Holiday Ratings out

While I was busy at work on Thursday, the Holiday Book was released by Nielsen Audio. As one might expect, WWSW (94.5) and WSHH (99.7) – the all-Christmas stations – were neck and neck and both were out way ahead of WDVE (102.5). 3-W-S had 13.7 (up from 9.3); Wish was at 12.4 (up from …

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Jan 25 2017

“Create” to return to Comcast

Express your voice and occasionally it gets heard. Comcast will return WQED’s “Create” channel to the lineup replacing the “World” channel. The new PBS Kids channel took over “Create” on January 16 but viewers were upset over the removal of the channel. Comcast has apparently run out of space to accommodate all of the subchannels. (PG)

Jan 24 2017

I thought you said…

A week or so ago we posted that Kathy Berggren was leaving er post as the AAA traffic reporter for KDKA-AM (1020). But you’ve likely heard her since. The Monday and Tuesday after her farewell, she was off the air but back on Wednesday. Larry Richert announced following the traffic report we heard that Berggren …

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Jan 24 2017

Bowman to fill in

PBRTV hears that Dennis Bowman will be filling in for Jeff Verzyla on KDKA-TV during the month of February while Verzyla is off for shoulder surgery. Do not adjust your sets! Bowman retired from KDKA in April 2015 after several years there. He was also the chief meteorologist at WPXI-TV until 2000 when he left for a …

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