As most radio stations are cutting staff and programming, WJAS-AM (1320) will be adding a new afternoon music show using a familiar host beginning Monday, July 13. Chris Shovlin, a veteran fixture on the WJAS morning show from 1991 until 2008, returns to the air from 3 to 7 p.m. weekdays. Shovlin will provide a live and local voice to the afternoon drive. John Tesh’s program, currently in that time slot, will move to 7 p.m. to Midnight.
According to a company press release, Shovlin will continue his duties as Director of Marketing and Promotion at Renda Broadcasting – a position he has held since 1995. He originally came to the company as the morning sports anchor on WSHH-FM (99.7) in 1991 and was soon brought on as morning news anchor and sidekick to Jack Wheeler and later Jack Bogut on WJAS.
A native of Midland, Beaver County, Chris Shovlin is also the longtime voice of Robert Morris University’s Basketball and Football teams, the lead play-by-play voice on Comcast TV in Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds pro soccer team on radio and Pittsburgh Passion women’s pro football on FSN Pittsburgh. In 2008 he was the first radio announcer to win three Pittsburgh March of Dimes A.I.R. Awards in three different sports. He was inducted in to the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.