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WAMO alters lineup; WWCS starts Disney format ahead of schedule

Monday, February 12, 2001

By Adrian McCoy, Post-Gazette Staff Writer

WAMO-FM (106.7, 107.1) has revamped its weekday programming.

WAMO-FM midday personality Tracey Lee has been promoted to program director for sister stations WAMO-AM (860) and WPGR-AM (1510). Lee has been with Sheridan for the past three years.

Afternoon drive host Toss Swaid is no longer with the station.

"The Breakfast Jam" with hosts Keith Richards and Sly Jock has been extended by an hour, and will start an hour earlier (5 to 10 a.m.)

The rest of the lineup:

Program director Jay Michaels replaces Lee in middays (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.).

"Show You Love in the Afternoon" with Ray Love (2 to 6 p.m.).

"The Hit Squad" with Boogie and Rane (6 to 10 p.m.).

"The Quiet Storm" with Bobby D. (10 p.m. to 3 a.m.).

DISNEY FORMAT: WWCS-AM (540) switched to its syndicated Radio Disney programming for kids sooner than expected. The new format started yesterday afternoon, instead of the March 1 target date the staff expected.

Over the weekend, the station's remaining ethnic music show hosts said goodbye to audiences. Many have been on local radio for decades.

The displaced oldies jocks didn't have that kind of closure with their listeners, and several expressed disappointment and frustration that the station's owners didn't want the oldies programming they had been producing on a daily basis.

Says Gary Larkin, who served as music director and put together the music: "It was working. People loved what we were doing."

"It was kind of a heartbreaker," said Jim Cancilla, owner of D&J Records in Carnegie, who both supplied records and did an air shift on the station. " This is what they [the listeners] grew up with. There's a lot of memories there."

"I feel bad for the loss of local radio," said Zeke Jackson, who worked at the station when it was WARO, and incorporated recordings of his original WARO show on his weekly show on WWCS. "But it's been fun. It made an old man feel real good to know that our show back in the '60s meant so much to people."

RADIO NOMINEES: The ballots have been counted and the nominees for the sixth annual Achievement in Radio (A.I.R.) awards have been announced.

The A.I.R. awards recognize talent in radio programming, news, advertising and promotion. The event benefits the March of Dimes.

The longtime former morning team of Larry O'Brien and John Garry will receive this year's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Winners will be announced at a luncheon/awards ceremony March 1 at the William Penn.

This year's nominees include:

Newscaster: Carol Finelli (Metro Networks), Bob Kopler (KDKA), P.J. Maloney (KQV), Michelle Maloney (WDSY) and Vicki Cohill (WZPT).

News coverage: Swearingen preliminary hearing (WJPA), Wilkinsburg shooting (KDKA), Pittsburgh Symphony Tour 2000 (WQED), Election 2000 (KQV), racially motivated shooting (KDKA).

Sports coverage play-by-play: Nauticom Sports Network, KDKA, WPIT, WPTT, KQV.

Sports coverage reporting: WEAE/ESPN, KDKA, KQV, WWSW.

Public affairs program or feature: Kevin Gavin (WDUQ), Symphony Weekend with Mariss Jansons (WQED), Pittsburgh Global Press Conference (KQV), Week in Review (KQV).

Morning show: KDKA Morning News with John Cigna (KDKA), Merkel and Dickson (WWSW), John-Dave-Bubba-Shelley (WBZZ), J.R. in the Morning (WZPT).

Afternoon drive show: John Trout (WKST), Scott Paulsen (WBGG), Alan Cox (WXDX), Sean McDowell (WDVE), Stoney Richards (WDSY).

Weekend show: Steelers Countdown to Kickoff (KDKA), Elizabeth Day (KDKA), Internet Insider (Insider Radio), Tom Grimm (WXDX).

Non-drive time show: Russell Rosendale/"Whipping Boy" (WXDX), Tom Grimm (WXDX), Kate Harris (WZPT), Melanie Taylor (WBZZ), Monty (WDSY).

Sports Reporter: Ron Balcerek (Metro Networks), Joe DeStio (WEAE), Thor Tolo (KDKA), Eric Hagman (KQV).

Traffic reporter: Jimi Miller (Metro Networks), Tim King (Metro Networks), Dave Jones (Metro Networks), Steve Maffei (Metro Networks), Jennifer Emert (Metro Networks), Trisha Pittman (KDKA).

New talent in the market: Elizabeth Day (KDKA), Spank (WBZZ).

Talk show host: Mark Madden (WEAE), Thor Tolo (KDKA), John Cigna (KDKA), Mike Pintek (KDKA), David Radin (Insider Radio), Scott Paulsen (WBGG).

Awards also are being given in advertising and promotion categories.

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