DCRTV reported today that Bill Rehkopf is leaving CBS news station WNEW-FM (99.1) to head back to Pittsburgh to attend to family matters. The Pittsburgh native left his position as the morning news anchor at KDKA-AM (1020) in late 2011 to help launch the all-new news outlet designed to go up against established newser WTOP-FM. Speaking of WTOP, Rehkopf’s replacement on WNEW will be Nathan Hager who is a 12 year WTOP veteran.
Meanwhile, KDKA has announced that Rehkopf will return to the station beginning September 24 to the station’s afternoon news program as host with Rose Ryan-Douglas anchoring the news portion of the program. According to a press release, the program will be reformatted and it appears that it will add an additional hour. Rehkopf is looking forward to returning to Pittsburgh. “Working in the nation’s capital was extremely exciting and rewarding. However, my family and I have deep roots in Pittsburgh, and this is a terrific opportunity at KDKA,” he said.
According to program director Jim Graci, the mix of news, traffic, weather, business and lifestyle reports will be the cornerstone of the retooled program. “Listeners can expect Bill to tie it all together and present a great informative and entertaining product.”