Here’s some scoop from Pat Cloonan of the McKeesport Daily News (portion not offered online):
- Renda’s WGSM Greensburg (107.1) is morphing from “Sam-FM” into “G-107”. The Sam format, launched in January 2006, has been an “anything we want” style format a la “Jack” and/or “Bob-FM.” The station is slowly going to a classic hits of the 60s, 70s and 80s. Station manager Tony Michaels told Cloonan, “Renda Broadcasting is solidly committed to Westmoreland County,” adding that the new afternoon news by Hank Baughman has been positive and complimentary to Brent Whigham’s morning news. Baughman adds these new duties to his role at Renda Broadcasting. A Westmoreland resident, he has been the morning news anchor on sister station WSHH-FM (99.7) for over 20 years recently adding similar duties on AM sister WJAS (1320).
- Over the air TV viewers will have noticed WBGN’s presence at “virtual” 59.1 while airing from 16. WBGN has three subchannels in addition to its main channel. PBRTV has been particularly intrigued with the 3rd channel called “Stuff” which carries local ads and public service.
- Country-wide top-40 expert Casey Kasem is giving up his host duties for American Top-20 and AT-10. This weekend will be his final program which will allow him the opportunity to do voiceover jobs he’s had to turn down more recently. No one carries AT20 or 10 in this market that we are aware, but older programs can be found on Satellite Radio.