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Radio: Moschitta moves up; DJ Monk moves on

Wednesday, November 29, 2000

By Adrian McCoy, Post-Gazette Staff Writer

There's a lot of radio activity in the market, with several personalities moving up, moving out, returning to or changing stations.

John Moschitta, program director for WXDX-FM (105.9), has been promoted to operations manager for WDVE-FM (102.5) and WXDX, and will oversee programming for both stations. He replaces former WDVE program director Garrett Hart, who left the station a month ago.

Moschitta joined modern rock WXDX in 1997, after working in programming at WQXA-FM in Harrisburg and in promotions and marketing at Z-100 in New York.

WJJJ-FM (104.7) midday host Kesha Monk is headed to New York to join urban contemporary station WRKS-FM. She signs off here Friday.

It's a good move on two levels, Monk says. Not only is it a major market -- it's also her hometown. She was born and raised in Queens, and her family is still there.

Monk comes from a musical family: Her parents were gospel singers and her great-uncle was jazz composer/pianist Thelonious Monk. She majored in music at college, but switched to mass communication after getting hooked on doing college radio.

Monk joined WJJJ in 1999, when it switched to its Jammin' Oldies format. She says she'll miss the listeners here. "Listeners are very instrumental to any disc jockey's success," she says.

In other shift changes, former morning host Lindsey Cipcic (of the former WPHH-FM, now WKST) is doing weekends at WJJJ.

Another former WPHH staffer -- Scott Alexander -- is on weekends at WWSW-FM.

WYEP-FM (91.3) blues host Bumblebee Slim will be back on the air, starting Saturday.

The "Blues and Rhythm" host was seriously injured this summer when he was hit by a truck while working at his day job with PennDOT, and has been off the air since.

"Blues and Rhythm" airs Saturdays from 5 to 8 p.m.

CHANGES: A format revamp is in the works at WWCS-AM (540). The station dropped its weekday World Radio Network programming and is currently running big band music throughout the day, oldies and specialty music shows in the evenings. It has retained its afternoon drive sports talk show and its weekend ethnic programming.

RADIO ON TV: A new TV game show featuring radio disc jockeys debuts Monday on cable TV's Game Show Network.

"DJ Games" takes viewers behind the scenes in the studios of radio stations across the country for a peek at people working on the air and interacting with listeners in those ubiquitous radio contests.

The show is touring the country, filming at selected stations in different radio markets. No Pittsburgh air dates have been announced yet, but the show's producers say a local radio station will be featured soon.

"DJ Games" will air weekdays at 10:30 a.m.

NEWS RULES: News/talk remains the nation's most-listened-to radio format, says the latest Billboard/Airplay Monitor survey of national Arbitron ratings. Maybe it was pre-Election Day fever, but the No. 1 news/talk climbed even higher during the most recent summer Arbitron book.

Other findings are age-related: Adult contemporary formats are drawing more younger listeners (the 18- to 24-year-old age group), possibly because of more uptempo playlists, while listeners at the older end are tuning out. And the big Top 40 resurgence slowed down a bit, while classic rock stations with an emphasis on '80s hits did very well.

BROADCASTING IN ERIE: Public radio's "Whad'Ya Know?" and host Michael Feldman are going to Erie. Public station WQLN-FM will host the live broadcast of "Whad'Ya Know?" at 11 a.m., Feb. 17 at Erie's Warner Theatre.

For those considering making the trip, there's information on overnight accommodations and other things to do at the station's Web site, www.wqln.org. The site also airs broadcasts of "Whad'Ya Know" Saturdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Tickets are available at the Erie Civic Center box office and Ticketmaster locations. Or charge by phone at 814-452-4857 (no service charge for this number) or 814-456-7070.

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