No foolin’ around here today. (Sorry!)
- WZUM (1550 Braddock) is now in the hands of Pittsburgh Public Media. AM Guys LLC and PPM closed the deal on Wednesday, March 30. PPM’s jazz programming will begin on 1550 at Noon on Saturday, April 2. Soon to follow is an FM Translator at 101.1 for which PPM got approval a few weeks ago. CLICK HERE to learn how you can make a donation to help the non-profit maintain their stations.
- Our favorite cub reporter happened to hear audio on WMNY (1150 New Kensington) late Thursday morning (3/31). No word on sister station WGBN (1360 McKeesport). Both stations are owned by The Rev. Loran Mann’s Pentecostal Temple Development Corporation and have been silent under an STA due to unknown… or uncertain shall we say… reasons. Meanwhile, WMNY is up for sale through CMS Station Brokerage.
- Wendy Bell’s gaffe last week that led to her release from WTAE this week has certainly sparked up a fecal storm. Many on both sides of the issue have taken to social media to express their disapproval – some calling Bell racist while others feel her “freedom of speech” has been stifled. The situation has been the topic of talk radio, and, with thanks to (we think) the Associated Press, has gone national and even international. AJM Broadcast Educator has written several articles on the topic this week and THIS ONE gives the reasons why people calling Bell a racist should stop and why people calling it a violation of her Freedom of Speech should stop. Today, the Post-Gazette’s Tony Norman shares his take in the paper.
- Finally, after KGO in San Francisco tossed the remaining news staffers out on their ear yesterday, former staffer Claudia Lamb wrote a piece on how the business has declined over the years… and that’s putting it nicely!