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Date Posted: 06:06:20 04/16/12 Mon
Author: Chuck Y
Subject: Newswatch 11 WIIC Early 70's Photo

Two weeks in a row, another great pic celebrating Pittsburgh TV in the 70ís!!

Iím so glad youíve found this pic from Channel 11ís news in the early 70ís. I believe this on is from their newscast than ran from 6 to 7, followed by NBC News.

Itís no secret that 11ís news was so long, suffering in quality, credibility, ratings, etc.

The fact that they let Ray Tannehill and Adam Lynch go to the competition sums up everything. However, keeping Sam Nover around was the most logical thing they did.

With Don Riggs and Russ Montgomery both pictured here, I believe Riggs started doing the weather forecasts in 1972. At first, Riggs was the stationís Action Line reporter, eventually succeeded by Wayne Van Dine (who was a general assignment reporter at 11 about this time).

Pittsburgh was Montgomeryís first big stop (heíd eventually go to Cleveland, New Orleans and Atlanta). In spite of having some of the best weather forecasting tools in the market (11 was the only station with a live, weather radar in the 70ís), he could not overcome the double-whammy of competing against the likes of Joe Denardo (at the time, just recently hired away at Channel 4 from Channel 2) or his successor, Bob Kudzma. The likes of Riggs and Ron Jaye would replace Montgomery about 1972-73.

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