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Feb 21 2017

People

Here are some things I’ve read or heard about people while away from the computer over the weekend…

Jon Grayson – I recently learned that “Overnight America” that was heard on KDKA-AM (1020) had vanished from the airwaves. Excuse me if I’m not up all night most nights… and the last time I heard “OA” was in December (on my way to a rare early shift at the mighty KHB Radio Metroplex in the east…) not long before the show was pulled from the Westwood One syndicate. Well now, the host of the program, Jon Grayson, has left KMOX in St. Louis where the show originated. Tom Taylor confirmed that Grayson did, in fact, leave the station and is headed to KTRS for a daylight shift beginning in a few weeks. Meanwhile, if you’re not a night owl, you probably don’t know that Jim Bohannon goes from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. on KDKA. The last local show on in that time slot was “The Undercover Club” hosted by Bob Logue for 16 years until his 2005 retirement. Gary Dickson carried it after Logue retired until it was taken over by a syndicated program. Logue still produces the subscription-based Undercover Club Newsletter.

Wendy Bell – Speaking of subscriptions, 11 months after her much ballyhooed firing from WTAE-TV 4, Wendy Bell is about ready to announce her new website, a spin off of her Facebook page Positively Wendy Bell. The new site’s URL has yet to be announced but we do know that Bell i charging a nominal monthly fee for the Positive news she intends to publish on the site. The Post-Gazette did a story about it last week and even though there were a lot of naysayers who commented on the PG’s Facebook post linking to the story, one might safely bet that many of the over 90,000 followers Bell herself has on Facebook, will subscribe.

John Sutton – Several years ago, as a WQED-FM volunteer, I met Pittsburgh native John Sutton who was in town and at the station as a consultant through the firm he founded. John, a regular reader of this site even then… 2003? 04? is now stepping away from his consulting firm and returning to town to be GM of WESA (90.5). Sutton began his Maryland-based consultancy in 1997 and was later joined by Sonja Lee who will continue with the firm. Although the firm consulted with the pubcasters, Sutton was a part of the commercial band for a while (DC’s WTOP and Pittsburgh’s WDVE and KQV) before he became Research Director for NPR. He was the consultant that led WESA through it’s 2011 transition from WDUQ after Duquesne University sold the license. WESA has been without a full-time GM since DeAnne Hamilton left in 2005. Meanwhile the station has also hired Craig Weber as director of finance for both WESA and WYEP (91.3).

3 comments

  1. msg

    Unfortunately the Jim Bohannon show no longer runs “live” even from 11pm-1am. KDKA has seen fit to run what must be the live 10-12 broadcast from 11-1. And you can tell, especially on Friday nights, when you used to hear a short segment from a oldies record guy that came on approximately 12:40 AM. Now you never hear it. And on Sunday nights/Monday morning you hear a repeat of the Twlight Zone from Friday night starting at midnight. Friday night you get the Twilight Zone @ 1am so you never hear the last hour of the Friday night program.
    Why the PD @ KDKA couldn’t think to run the 11pm-1am segment LIVE and then start the 9pm-11pm segment at 1am and run the entire 4 hours intact until 5am is beyond me.
    You never hear anyone call in from Pittsburgh anymore as the show isn’t live. I guess some people are live-streaming it on their computer and they might be able to call in.
    Same thing happens on Hollywood 360 which runs Saturday night. KDKA tapes the ENTIRE show and runs it one week later (because when they talk about events or tv shows–they’re always 1 week out of wack). Why can’t they run the local programming until 11 pm (as they do now) and start the replay at 11pm and run it for the 4 hours it is broadcast? At least things would be timely!!!

  2. jerry puffer

    Grayson going OFF the air was a GOOD thing in my opinion. How this guy made it to the major market is beyond me. Too many “good broadcasters” out of a job these days. Makes no sense whatsoever.

  3. jerry puffer

    “Jim-Bo” as he refers to himself every other minute is another one with an ego so big, I would imagine they had to have some carpenters enlarge the control room door for him to enter!

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