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KDKA Celebrates 100 Years, Adds FM Signal at 100.1

The station was born on November 2, 1920, and its first broadcast was election results between Warren G. Harding and James Cox.

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Pittsburgh talk radio station KDKA is adding an FM signal at 100.1, as they Entercom celebrate 100 years of service to the steel city. The signal goes live on November 2.

“KDKA Radio is part of the radio history books not just here in Pittsburgh, but on a national level,” said Michael Spacciapolli, Entercom Pittsburgh Senior Vice President and Market Manager. “What started back in 1920 as an opportunity to instantaneously provide news and information about the presidential election returns has blossomed into a key part of our listeners’ lives. After serving Pittsburghers on our AM dial for the last 100 years, we are thrilled to expand the reach of historic KDKA on FM. It’s an honor to be part of the team carrying the torch from those before us into the next 100 years.”

KDKA was awarded the first commercial radio station license by the Department of Commerce. The station was born on November 2, 1920, and its first broadcast was election results between Warren G. Harding and James Cox.

Wednesdays throughout the year are used to re-live memorable moments of the station’s 100 years, along with special weekly programming.

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Bruce St. James to Replace Mancow on WLS in Chicago

St. James had been in Phoenix hosting a midday show at KTAR-FM. The Washington D.C. native is joining a station that sits in 15th place in the mornings with a 2.4 percent audience share, according to the latest Nielsen Audio Survey.

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WLS-AM 890 has tapped Bruce St. James to replace Erich “Mancow” Muller who said that he’s tired of doing “radio without joy.” St. James will join Cumulus-owned WLS starting on December 14.

“Bruce St. James is here to have a conversation, not a lecture. He is not here to change formats,” WLS program director Stephanie Tichenor told staffers in an email today. “He is here to continue what 890 already does best – inform and entertain our listeners.”

St. James had been in Phoenix hosting a midday show at KTAR-FM. The Washington D.C. native is joining a station that sits in 15th place in the mornings with a 2.4 percent audience share, according to the latest Nielsen Audio Survey.

Mancow has been doing radio in the Chicago market since 1989. “Much of the enjoyment I had left doing radio has been sucked out of it,” he told Chicago media writer, Robert Feder. “For me, no interaction has been the radio kiss of death. Talking during this political season and hearing endless tales of woe from my listeners has been radio without joy.”

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Minneapolis Radio Station Raises $300,000 for Needy Families

The event has raised more than $3 million since it began back in 2003. This year’s effort will provide 169,000 meals for those in need.

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News Talk 830 WCCO is doing its part to help needy families in Minneapolis and beyond. On Wednesday, the station raised more than $300,000 during its 18th annual radiothon called the Union Gospel Mission Hunger Radiothon.

The event has raised more than $3 million since it began back in 2003. This year’s effort will provide 169,000 meals for those in need.

“During this pandemic, I’m incredibly proud of the selflessness and generosity of our listeners who stepped up to help us deliver another successful radiothon,” Senior VP/Market Manager Shannon Knoepke said in a release.

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Grace Curley Added to Lineup at WRKO

Curley’s show will replace The Vinny Penn Project in the WRKO lineup, according to TALKERS magazine. She will also continue work at the Boston Herald as a columnist.

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iHeartMedia’s news/talk WRKO announced the addition of The Grace Curley Show starting in January. Curley serves as the Executive Producer of the Howie Carr Show. “Grace Curley is a great talent and just the sort of host talk radio needs to take the industry to the next level,” Carr told Boston Herald.

Curley said that she was excited for the opportunity while thanking Carr for mentoring her into this role. “I’m excited to bring Grace’s show to my affiliates and clients and plan to implement many of the features we do with Howie’s show on Grace’s program,” said Kathy Carr, president of the Howie Carr Radio Network.

Curley’s show will replace The Vinny Penn Project in the WRKO lineup, according to TALKERS magazine. She will also continue work at the Boston Herald as a columnist. “She is part of the next generation of talk radio hosts and is ready to set the Boston airwaves on fire with her strong and authentic voice,” iHeartMedia Boston VP of news, talk and sports Rob Sanchez said. 

Curley also produces the Dirty Rats Podcast series. You can find her on Twitter @G_Curley. 

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