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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-03-06 05:32 PM
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John McIntire(liberal) on KDKA-AM weeknight for now 9PM - Midnight
Edited on Tue Jan-03-06 05:39 PM by RamboLiberal
Former PCNC "NightTalk" host John McIntire began "filling in for no one" last night, 9 to midnight, on KDKA-AM (1020).

It's believed McIntire will eventually take over that spot, held by Mike Romigh until a rash of firings at the radio station last week, but McIntire said no final decisions have been made, and for now he's just doing fill-in work.

Give him a shot - and if you like him don't hesitate to let KDKA management know. A lot of us have fond rememberances of John on Nighttalk. I'm hoping KDKA gives him this slot permanently and gives Chris Moore back his Saturday night show.

Also rumor has it that KDKA will be dropping sports and may lose baseball after the upcoming season. KDKA was a bastion of mostly conservative talk. Now would be a good time to see if we can get this 50,000 watt blowhard station to amend it's ways. You can also listen via the internet at /

Six days after its well-orchestrated Wednesday Night Massacre, KDKA Radio is moving slowly and cautiously toward reshaping itself, and that appears to be particularly true in sports where not only has Paul Alexander not been replaced but where he also might never be replaced.

Alexander, who ran the station's 6 to 9 p.m. sport-talk show, was fired Wednesday along with news-talk hosts Mike Pintek, 9 a.m. to noon, and Mike Romigh, 9 p.m. to midnight, and reporter Kyle Anthony. Pintek has been replaced but interim hosts are filling in for Alexander and Romigh.

The station has not come out and stated it was revamping its sports focus, but it seems clear by events and comments that three hours of sports talk at night could be a memory. This philosophical change also could result in the station ending a more than 50-year relationship as the flagship station for the Pirates radio network.

KDKA's contract with the Pirates expires after the upcoming season, and there's little doubt that rival Clear Channel, which has the rights to the Steelers, Penguins and Pitt football and basketball, will come hard after the product.

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bleedingheart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-04-06 06:03 PM
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1. He is one of my favorites!
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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-05-06 06:24 PM
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2. Mine too - but PG may have been a bit premature with
Edited on Thu Jan-05-06 06:25 PM by RamboLiberal
the announcement since Chris Moore has been in for the last 2 nights. Chris is great too. Only quibble I have with Chris is his frequent "not a dime's worth of difference" observation on Repubs and Dems.

But Chris gets some great guests that no other host would touch.
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westernpenndem Donating Member (107 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 01:41 AM
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3. I agree, Chris is not afraid to book the heaviest of hitters
You are right, RamboLiberal. We've listened to Chris for years on Sunday evenings while on the way back from visiting family and I believe he is a beacon of common sense and a real heavyweight himself on morality. I love the way he puts rude young Republicans in their place: "Alright young man, I've let you speak without interrupting, now it's time to return the courtesy and let me speak." He's a gem and he's got some excellent regular callers, like a wise old man who reads aloud his own rhyming poems, absolute classics, very timely. Chris really silences the chickenhawks who phone in. But the guests--great authors and scholars, especially on national security and economic stuff. Chris's service in Viet Nam carries lots of weight and credibility when he discusses issues of war and defense. And his brother is a retired admiral, who he is very proud of, but rarely mentions since Chris is not a showboat.

But I love John McIntyre, too. He's a wit and a hoot, though a little chummier with his adversaries than Chris Moore would be. But he's been booking some good guests, too.

Mike Romigh also had many authors and experts you don't hear on mainstream talk and news radio. But my favorite of his was The Bullpen on Friday nights, when he gathered a group of his buddies in the studio to spend a couple of hours tossing out and fielding sports trivia questions. It was great radio. Mike was a regular guy from Beaver County, and a very bright one, and I miss him as I often return home late from work via my car and radio. I hope he gets back on somewhere on the local dial.

We need to keep the Romighs, Moores, Birdmans,Cullens, McIntires, Hartmans ALL on the air to add a little balance to mainstream radio. More of all of them, not less.

Bummer on Pirates leaving KDKA. There's something sacrilegious about that! Just too many nights listening to the Bucs on the radio since I was a pipsqueak.
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