In this week’s issue… KDKA starts centennial celebration – New lineups in NYC sports – Country spreads in Hudson Valley – AM’er seeks new home – HD move for Bell – “Abandoned studios” razed
By SCOTT FYBUSH
Welcome to 2020!
This is, remarkably, our 27th year here, week in and week out bringing you the stories of broadcasting and broadcasters all over the northeastern U.S. and Canada. We have no corporate masters or overlords – it’s just me at the editor’s desk, Lisa handling your subscriptions and calendar purchases (you do have your 2020 Tower Site Calendar by now, right?), and Lance Venta as our content partner and web host at RadioInsight.com – and no ulterior motives other than keeping you informed and updated, hopefully with some nice bits of history and a little humor along the way.
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*The start of the new year and new decade means the centennial year has begun for Pittsburgh’s KDKA (1020), complete with a new logo for the anniversary that’s coming up in November. And while we’ll continue to quibble with anyone who tries to make the ahistorical claim that KDKA was “the first radio station,” we’re certainly enjoying some of the ways in which the Entercom-owned talker is celebrating its history.
On Tuesday morning, for instance, Jack Bogut will return to KDKA as morning co-host for a day at the invitation of current host Larry Richert. Bogut was KDKA’s morning man from 1968 until 1983, later working at WTAE, WSHH and WJAS before his retirement in 2014. More recently, Bogut has been contributing short features to KDKA.
“Larry and I go way back to when he was running the radio station at Clarion State College (University now),” Bogut posted on Facebook, “and we did a Children’s Hospital Broadcast from a Savings and Loan Association window in downtown Clarion, PA. Should be fun,” he said of his return to the morning shift.
We have a great lineup of podcasts here on our site. While you’re catching up with your summer reading, don’t forget about your summer listening. Now is the time to make sure you’re up to date with Top of the Tower.
Our latest one features Donna Halper discussing her life in radio, from her time at WMMS when she helped Rush get US airplay, to what she learned from Arnie “Woo Woo” Ginsburg.
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