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Jessell | Electronic Media At 100: Honoring The Architects

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.

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Marketing During Covid At Pittsburgh’s KDKA

KDKA Pittsburgh Adds 7:30 PM Newscast

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Pittsburgh Sports Stars Featured In KDKA PSA

Ex-Reporter Files Second Lawsuit Against KDKA

Reporter Sues KDKA For Age Discrimination

Pittsburgh Sweeps: KDKA Wins Most Firsts, WPXI Most Improved

KDKA Anchor Susan Koeppen Involved In Parking Garage Accident

99 Over-The-Air Years And Counting

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.

DMA 24: PITTSBURGH

CBS Names Chris Cotugno GM In Pittsburgh

He is succeeding Jay Howell as head of KDKA (CBS), WPCW (CW), CBSPittsburgh.com and CBSN Pittsburgh.

DMA 24: PITTSBURGH

KDKA Adds Meteorologist Mary Ours

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Sounds Of Morning Routine Make Music In KDKA Promo

DMA 2: LOS ANGELES

Jay Howell Named KCBS-KCAL President-GM

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.

DMA 24: PITTSBURGH

KDKA’s Jon Burnett Is Ready For Retirement

DMA 24: PITTSBURGH

Pittsburgh Sweeps: KDKA News Ratings Rise

DMA 24: PITTSBURGH

Bob Perkins, Former KDKA Newscaster, Dies

DMA 24: PITTSBURGH

Pittsburgh Sweep | KDKA, WPXI Tie In 11 p.m. Demo Ratings

DMA 24: PITTSBURGH

KDKA Fires Employee Over Tom Brady Graphic

DMA 24: PITTSBURGH

Julie Grant To Leave KDKA For Court TV

DMA 24: PITTSBURGH

KDKA Weatherman Jeff Verszyla Gone

NOVEMBER RATINGS | DMA 24: PITTSBURGH

WTAE, WPXI, KDKA Claim Nov. Wins

NEWS ANALYSIS

On A Very Dark Day, KDKA News Shined

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.

DMA 24: PITTSBURGH

KDKA Names Kathy Hostetter News Director

She moves from the ND slot at WTHR Indianapolis to lead the news efforts at CBS’s Pittsburgh O&O.

DMA 24: PITTSBURGH

KDKA News Director Anne Linaberger Exits

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.

DMA 24: PITTSBURGH

KDKA-TV Reporter Marty Griffin Out

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KDKA Exposes Extreme Case Of Bullying

DMA 24: PITTSBURGH

Attorney: KDKA’s Dave Crawley Injured Last Year

DMA 23

KDKA’s Sorensen Leaving ‘Pittsburgh Today Live’

DMA 23: PITTSBURGH

KDKA Weatherman Opens Up About Alcoholism

DMA 23

Pittsburgh Sweep: KDKA Wins HHs, WPXI Up In Demo

TVN TECH SPECIAL REPORT: NEWS SETS, PART 4

KDKA And WTXF Are All About Flexible Sets

At both of these Pennsylvania stations, large studios, big video arrays, easily changed graphics packages and quick-change studio lighting make it possible to produce much more than news from their new sets without placing an excessive burden on their production staffs. This is the final part of a four-part Special Report on news sets. You can read the other parts here.

DMA 23: PITTSBURGH

Morning Anchor Jennifer Antkowiak Leaving KDKA

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PromaxBDA Honors Devlin Design For KDKA Set

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Devlin Design’s Set For KDKA Wins Promax Gold

DMA 23: PITTSBURGH

Stations Getting Creative With Facebook Live

In newsrooms across the country, Facebook’s instant video option might be changing the way we consume social media. Reporters need only a smartphone camera and Facebook account to capture live, unedited video that can be viewed on their personal or station’s pages and websites. Consider it the visual equivalent of listening to the police scanner. Above, Kristine Sorensen, host of KDKA’s Pittsburgh Today Live, points out items for the upcoming show as she does a Facebook Live intro before broadcasting starts. (Darrell Sapp photo)

DMA 23: PITTSBURGH

Harold Hays Retiring From KDKA After 37 Years

DMA 23

Pittsburgh TV News Booms As Bridge Falls

Monday morning’s implosion of a Pittsburgh area 94-year-old bridge was the perfect TV news storm. The logistics of covering this blink-or-you’ll-miss-it event involved reporters and cameras from three stations in pretty much the same locations, but what viewers saw on TV and on the stations’ websites was surprisingly varied.

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KDKA Set Captures Feel Of Revitalized Downtown

DMA 23: PITTSBURGH

KDKA Debuts New Set For Local Quiz Show

DMA 23

Shiny New Sets At Two Steel City Stations

Just in time for the latest sweeps period, Pittsburgh’s WPXI (NBC) and KDKA (CBS) unveiled state-of-the-art sets on Monday. And what will the well-dressed newscasts be wearing this fall? In a word, screens. KDKA used Devlin Design for its new look, while WPXI turned to tech company Orad.