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Date Posted: 22:16:24 12/24/11 Sat
Author: Jeff Roteman
Subject: Robert W DIckey R.I.P.
KQV President and General Manager passed away on December 24th. He would have been 85 on December 29th. This is Frank Gottlieb's posting from Facebook...
"The man responsible for bringing all-news radio to Pittsburgh has died.
Robert W. Dickey Sr. is the man hired from All-News 1010 "WINS" in New York 36-years ago to turn KQV into Pittsburgh's first and only All News radio station.
In 1975 when then-owner Taft Broadcasting decided to change the All-News format... a format which was Dickey's passion... he approached newspaper publisher Richard Mellon Scaife for help financing the purchase of the station. The company they formed... Calvary Incorporated... has owned and operated All News KQV ever since.
Bob Dickey was 85 when he died after a short illness.
Except for a short stint when he sold Dictaphone machines to support his young family... he spent virtually his entire career in broadcasting. He worked on-air at WJAS and KDKA. At KDKA Dickey was 'Mac Ryder,' the on-the-street reporter on Bob Tracy's overnight program.
Dickey went from air talent to sales at KDKA... and rose through the ranks at then-owner Westinghouse Broadcasting, which moved him to New York City where he helped create the All-News format at 1010 WINS before moving back to Pittsburgh.
After 36 years, the KQV he created is unusual in today’s broadcast world... maintaining the same ownership, with a format virtually unchanged through the years. Many of the people who work at KQV have been here for 25 or more years... a testament to Bob Dickey's loyalty to his staff - and the staff's loyalty to him.
He never considered retirement. At 85, Dickey continued as KQV President and General Manager... coming to work virtually every day, working with the sales department, coming up with listener poll ideas, and writing editorials.
The winner of numerous awards for his editorials, the Bob Dickey you heard was a reflection of the man, and the love he had for his hometown.
Bob Dickey was also very much a family man. He and his late wife Pat had 12 children, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
They are mourning the loss of a father and grandfather.
The staff of KQV mourns the loss of their boss.
Pittsburgh mourns the loss of the man who brought them All News Radio."
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