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Clear Channel shuffles its on-air personnel

Wednesday, February 06, 2002

By Adrian McCoy

It's musical chairs at Clear Channel Communications: The company announced replacements of on-air talent after three people were released from their current jobs Friday.

Gone are Ed Crow of the WDVE-FM (102.5) morning show; Rose Ryan Douglas, newsperson on the WWSW-FM (94.5) morning show; and WXDX-FM (105.9) evening host Debbie Wilde.

The WDVE morning show's new sports anchor is Mike Prisuta, a sports writer and WDVE regular. Prisuta also will report on the Steelers and Penguins for WDVE, sports/talk WBGG-AM (970) and WWSW.

Cris Winter moves from WBGG and the Scott Paulsen talk show to replace Douglas on the WWSW morning news. A replacement for Winter on Paulsen's show will be announced later in the week.

And WXDX creative services director/weekend host Grimm is the new 7 to midnight host on WXDX.

The company is exploring other possibilities within the Pittsburgh cluster of stations or at other Clear Channel stations for the displaced on-air talent.

On the move

WKST-FM (96.1) program director Michael Hayes is leaving Pittsburgh for a job at KKRZ-FM, another Clear Channel-owned contemporary hits station in Portland, Ore.

"It's an opportunity for Michael to get closer to his family," said Gene Romano, Clear Channel senior vice president of programming. "He's done an outstanding job with KISS. Michael helped KISS create one of the biggest success stories of the format in 2001 by beating B94 in the 18-34 demo within one year of signing on."

A search for his replacement has started.

Changing stations

Caveman Ralph has moved to WZUM-AM (1590). His '50s and '60s oldies show, which previously aired on University of Pittsburgh station WPTS-FM (92.1), can now be heard on WZUM from 6 to 9 a.m. Saturdays and is rebroadcast from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays.

The business side

Judy Reich has been named director of sales development for Renda Broadcasting. The move brings the Pittsburgh native full circle: She started out at Renda station WIXZ-AM -- now WPTT-AM (1360) -- as an account executive. She went on to general manager at WSHH-FM (99.7) and WJAS-AM (1320).

After leaving Pittsburgh, she worked in St. Louis and at CBS/Westwood One as national director of marketing networks.

Reich is now working with 19 Renda stations in eight markets, including Pittsburgh. She's based on St. Louis.

Great Cake Auction

Religious station WORD-FM's (101.5) fifth annual Great Cake Auction gets under way today.

More than 130 cakes and prizes, including autographed sports memorabilia, are up for bid and will be sold during live radio auctions from 3 to 6 p.m. today through Friday. The event takes place at the Kaufmann's Stage in Monroeville Mall.

Proceeds benefit Young Life, an outreach ministry for high school students. Bids can be placed in person, on the Web site http://www.wordwpit.com or by calling toll-free 1-866-BUYCAKE (289-2253) during the broadcasts.

Couples wanted

A couple will be selected to renew their wedding vows on Valentine's Day live on the air on WLTJ-FM (92.9). The ceremony with District Justice Eileen Conroy will take place during Vicki Cohill's "Lite Rock, Girl Talk" show (7 p.m. to midnight weeknights) with 10 guests in attendance.

Listeners are asked to send in reasons why they should be the ones to renew their vows. The winners, who will be announced Monday, also get a five-day second honeymoon in Las Vegas.

Adrian McCoy covers radio for the Post-Gazette.

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