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Date Posted: 14:00:41 02/01/12 Wed
Subject: Twenty Years Ago This Week
FYI. The following radio/tv related articles were culled from the Pittsburgh newspaper archives twenty years ago this week:
1/30/1992: Pittsburgh Press - Adrian McCoy reports that Chris Winter, formerly of WXXP-FM, has been named music director of WDVE effective immediaitely. She was responsible for putting together the station's "Pittsburgh Rocks" CD, featuring local bands. Anthony Alfonsi, who had been handling most of the music director's responsibilities, moves to promotional full time.
WLTJ plans to appeal a summary judgement in favor of Arbitron, from a suit filed by the station claiming that it wasn't credited for listener diary entries for its former call letters WPNT, and lite FM.
WAMO-FM is launching a campaign to quell violence and unrest stemming from shootings in some neighborhoods the station serves.
2/1/1992: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Mike Kalina, who was a restaurant critic for the P-G, and had a cooking segment on KDKA-TV is eulogized in an article. Kalina had committed suicide the previous Monday amid allegations that he had accepted money for favorable reviews. He previously was on KDKA's Evening Magazine's "Phantom Diner" segement in 1979 and PBS's "The Traveling Gourmet" in 1986.
2/4/1992: P-G - Ron Weiskink reports that WTAE-TV hired a new 11 PM sports anchor, Tony Zarrella from WSVN-TV in Miami. He replaces Stan Savran, whose ontract was not renewed. He beat out former Steeler Lynn Swann, among many others, for the job.
The sale of WDVE from Great American Broadcasting Co. to Broadcasting Alchemy was concluded Jan. 31. No major changes are expected. WDVE recently toppled KDKA-AM from its long held top position in the ratings.
2/6/1992: Press - Adrian McCoy reports that public stations WQED and WDUQ are offering several specials to commemorate Black History Month; WIXZ is resuming live coverage of auto racing; WYEP PD Mike Elcessor was appointed to the board of the North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance; and Joe Fenn is back on the air weekends on WWSW-AM/FM. He was previously PD at WEZE-FM until it became WORD with a religious format.
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