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TV Notes: 1/10/04

Friday, January 10, 2003

'Evening of Stars' aids Negro College Fund

This evening, you can sit back in your favorite chair, a cold drink by your side, and enjoy a cavalcade of the hottest stars and some of Pittsburgh's most popular on-air personalities during the 25th anniversary of "An Evening of Stars," 7 to 11 p.m. on The WB.

The event, hosted annually by singer Lou Rawls, benefits the United Negro College Fund. This year's show honors Rawls, who came up with the concept for the fund-raiser 25 years ago.

Featured performers include Stevie Wonder, Beyonce, Yolanda Adams, Ashanti, Shirley Caesar, Vivian Green, Fred Hammond & Radical for Christ, Jaheim, Chaka Khan, Musiq, Gerald Levert, and The O'Jays.

There also will be clips of the more than 330 entertainers who've participated in the show over the past 25 years, including Patti LaBelle, Lauryn Hill, LL Cool J, India.Arie, Sammy Davis Jr., Ray Charles and Phil Collins.

The local portion of the show will include messages from Anji of the WAMO Wake-Up show; Chris Moore of WQED's "Black Horizons" and "On Q" and KDKA Radio; Sheila Hyland of WPGH's "Ten O'Clock News"; Pittsburgh City Councilman Sala Udin; KDKA-TV reporter and host of her own show, Lynn Hayes-Freeland; retired Pittsburgh Steeler Dwight White; and the Pittsburgh Pirates' Kevin McClatchy and Dave Littlefield.

The United Negro College Fund supports 1,000 students in Pennsylvania, including 100 from Pittsburgh. Founded in 1944, it is the nation's oldest and most successful minority higher education assistance organization.

(Monica Haynes, Post-Gazette Staff Writer)

PCNC goes to the dogs

PCNC will debut a new show called "Pets & Their People" at 8:30 this morning.

Susan Brozek and Burton Patrick, from Pet Supplies Plus, will co-host the half-hour program designed to educate viewers about the proper care, training and nutrition of their pets. The show, which will feature humans and animals in the studio, also invites questions from viewers at www.wpxi.com.

The Saturday morning program will repeat on PCNC, WPXI's cable arm, Sundays at 4 p.m.

(Barbara Vancheri, Post-Gazette Staff Writer)

WPXI hires anchor

WPXI-TV has hired Gordon Loesch, a Michigan native most recently working at the ABC affiliate in Detroit, to fill the weekend evening anchor spot left vacant by Keith Jones. He will start at Channel 11 on Jan. 20.

For the past three years, Loesch has been a fill-in anchor and reporter at WXYZ-TV in Detroit. Before that, he worked at WKBN-TV in Youngstown as a weekend anchor and weekday morning anchor. He started his career as a reporter in Cadillac, Mich., after graduating from Central Michigan University.

Jones left Channel 11 after the May sweeps to join a station serving the Charleston/Huntington,W.Va., market. That job enables him to spend more time with his family..

(B.V.)

Day signing off

KDKA-AM (1020) weekend overnight talk host Elizabeth Day is signing off from her on-air shift but will remain an employee of the station, involved in public appearances and other promotional work.

Her air shift had been trimmed on weekends to two hours last summer, when the station began running a series of infomercial programs in the overnight weekend hours.

KDKA program director Steve Hansen said the station is "refashioning" programming during those hours. For the short-term, he said, fill-in hosts will take over Day's midnight to 2 a.m. shift.

(Adrian McCoy, Post-Gazette Staff Writer)

WQED-FM changes

WQED-FM (89.3) is shuffling its station management.

Michelle Pagano Heck has been named executive director of radio and community relations. Heck was formerly director of community relations for parent company WQED Multimedia.

Her responsibilities will include radio programming, staffing and revenue generation support.

Jim Cunningham, formerly station manager, is now senior executive producer. He'll continue to host the morning drive "Sleepers Awake" program from 6 to 9 a.m. weekdays. He'll also continue production and hosting for the programs WQED does with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Opera and River City Brass Band, and will do pieces for "On Q" magazine and Pittsburgh magazine.

Tamra Booker has been named manager of community projects.

The changes came out of a strategic planning process launched last summer, says B.J. Leber, senior vice president and station manager of WQED Multimedia.

(A.M.)

Vatican preview concert

As a warmup for the Pittsburgh Symphony's upcoming performance at the Vatican, WQED-FM will air a live broadcast of the symphony's "A Celebration of Pope John Paul II: Mahler's Symphony No. 2, 'Resurrection.' " The Heinz Hall broadcast airs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

WQED host Jim Cunningham will be traveling with the symphony for the Vatican performance, and the station will air his daily reports. He'll also report from Rome for "On Q" segments on WQED-TV.

(A.M.)

Teen's radio moment

The syndicated radio show "From the Top" will feature a young local classical musician this week -- Joshua Greenberger, a 16-year-old violinist from Sewickley.

This week's program was recorded live at Interlochen Center for the Arts last November. Greenberger is part of a quartet of Interlochen students who will perform a Mozart oboe quartet.

"From the Top," which is hosted by Christopher O'Riley, airs at 1 p.m. tomorrow on WQED-FM.

(A.M.)

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