It’s a little bit ironic when Scott Tady of the Beaver County Times writes that a “lack of buzz” is killing “The Zone” WTZN-FM (93.7). After all, the frequency’s best-known incarnation was as CHR/Top 40 rocker “B-94” in the 1980s and ’90s.
Tady says Pittsburgh’s self-proclaimed “Man Station” has “taken its best shot, trotting out a solid lineup featuring feisty and proven talents like John McIntire and John Steigerwald, along with the long-entrenched Scott Pauslen and nationally prominent Pittsburgh comedian Dennis Miller.” But KDKA (1020) and WPGB-FM (104.7) continue to dominate the talk market in Pittsburgh, he says, “with the former catering to seniors and the latter locking in the angry, middle-aged white guy demographic.”
If CBS pulls the plug on WTZN (it’s only been on the air for five months), Tady has some ideas for a new format that he calls a “fresher, much more adventurous version” of “Bob FM” WRRK-FM (96.9).
Meanwhile, Tady wasn’t impressed by KDKA-TV (2) when the station decided last week to air photos of anchorwoman Patrice King Brown’s wedding during an 11 p.m. newscast. “What’s more disturbing,” he asks, “KDKA’s arrogance, or the fact there are viewers who might consider an anchorwoman’s scrapbook photos to be newsworthy?”