“I started at WYDD in 1965, just out of high school and left at the end of 1969 to work at WPGH-TV. Those were wonderful years for me. It was a different world back then … priceless memories for me. WYDD went on the air in ’62 or ’63 at 100.7 New Kensington. In 1967 (?) we moved to 104.7 Pittsburgh. The original concept of WYDD was as a diverse fine arts station. We had as many ways of using WYDD (“wide”) as McDonald’s has names for its McSandwiches.”
(Unless otherwise noted all scans are from about 1967.)
An advertising sales folder for WPKA (1150 AM) New Kensington.
An advertising sales folder for WYDD 100.7 New Kensington.
A rate card (#1!) for WYDD New Kensington, January 1963
The back of the front cover of (Pittsburgh) Renaissance Magazine.
A programming schedule for WYDD 104.7 Pittsburgh.
“Ride with the WYDD Guys” promotion on the Gateway Clipper. In the picture from the left are:
4th from left: Ed Sullivan with WKPA and WYDD;
5th from left: Bill Martin, news;
7th from left: Phil Brooks, “Studio B”;
8th from left: Misty, “The Lounge”
9th from left: Bob Kristof, “Centerpiece” and “Tempo”
10th from left: Gil Barrington (the Brit) “Act 1” morning show host;
13th from left: Tony Mowod, “The Nite Side of WYDD”
Rate card from January 1963.
Pgh. FM Guide – This subscription publication was mailed to your home, like the TV Guide back then. Note: It was common for FM stations to sign on at noon and off at midnight at the time.
The WYDD Guys on the Gateway Clipper pose. Left to Right: Gil Barrington, “Act 1” morning show; Bob Kristof, “Centerpiece” and “Tempo”; Misty, “The Lounge”; Phil Brooks, “Studio B”; Tony Mowod, “The Nite Side”
Bob Kristof at the FM board (just across the glass from the AM board). Note my audio sources, reel to reel tape, two turntables to my right, 45 and 33 rpm records, cartridges behind me, and to my left the equipment rack with two RCA cart players. It sounded like loading a torpedo when you put those carts in.
From a newspaper or local magazine. When you are the first FM station in town you have to remind folks to try out their FM dial.
1233 Braddock Avenue in Braddock
The studio was in the back of the second floor and a couple of Matta family members also lived there … (The building has been torn down.)