Pittsburgh is known as one of the truly competitive TV markets in the nation, and a new battleground has emerged in the 4 p.m. hour. KDKA (above) has run 4 p.m. news since 2002, while WTAE debuted an hour-long program in July and WPXI did so in mid-September.
KDKA-AM in Pittsburgh had its inaugural broadcast 100 years ago today, catalyzing radio’s shift from hobby to mass medium and ushering in the other electronic media that followed. Driving the evolution forward were inventors, engineers, investors, entrepreneurs and business executives who’ve deservedly carved out a place in history.
Broadcasting emerged on the AM band in the years immediately following World War I. Among the pioneers was Westinghouse Electric, whose KDKA Pittsburgh broadcast the results of the presidential election on Nov. 2, 1920, spurring radio into the commercial realm and establishing broadcasting’s interest in public affairs programming.
He is succeeding Jay Howell as head of KDKA (CBS), WPCW (CW), CBSPittsburgh.com and CBSN Pittsburgh.
The long-time TV station exec is moving from CBS-owned KDKA-WPCW in Pittsburgh to succeed the retiring Steve Mauldin as head of the group’s Los Angeles duopoly.
To be sure, all three Pittsburgh affiliates — KDKA, WTAE and WPXI — scrambled from the first alerts when a shooter entered the Tree of Life synagogue last Saturday. We look here at KDKA, however, for a glimpse of what one station did right on a dark day.
She moves from the ND slot at WTHR Indianapolis to lead the news efforts at CBS’s Pittsburgh O&O.
Anne Linaberger is out as news director at the CBS O&O in Pittsburgh. She is the second staff member to leave the station since the July arrival of Jay Howell, who replaced Chris Pike as vice president and general manager.