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Date Posted: 22:42:10 08/30/14 Sat
Author: JM
Subject: Re: Jack Wheeler on KDKA
In reply to: Bill 's message, "Re: Jack Wheeler on KDKA" on 14:36:01 08/30/14 Sat

I don't know why I remember this, but her name was Janet Myers.

I agree with the original poster about the quality of Wheeler's KDKA show at the start. He also did a lot of celebrity interviews. I remember some fairly big names being on the phone with him -- Don Rickles, Milton Berle, Bob Newhart, Ernest Borgnine among them.

When his show debuted, it made KDKA's schedule almost 50% talk, and they programmed each of the three shows in a specific style. Mike Levine's 6 to 9 show was for issues, newsmakers and controversy. Party Line from 9 to midnight was uniquely Party Line. Wheeler's show was supposed to be everything BUT issues. The idea was to keep things light in the overnight hours.

The tipping point for his show came in 1973 during the daily Watergate hearings. Wheeler was a staunch Nixon supporter and he'd start every show doing 20 minutes about the hearings and how whatever witness (Haldeman, Erlichman, Mitchell) had put those Senators in their place. Then he would argue with people who disagreed with him. So instead of the original show, which was fun, it turned into another partisan political discussion. The magic was gone, and KDKA dumped Wheeler in 1974.

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