September 21, 2021

4 thoughts on “Dennis Elliot, 94.5 WPEZ Pittsburgh | 1976

  1. Hey Steve…

    This caught my eye (and ears). The logo you used was actually introduced when I re-launched the station in 1980. I’m not sure who the PD was in 1976 but I know that Big Jim Davis took over somewhere around that time. When I went to ‘Pez in late 79, Mark Fritzges (who stayed on as my MD) and GM Diane Sutter had been holding down the fort for almost a year. The AM (WWSW or “Double Double”) was a music/talk format with as much sports as they could muster (Penguins Hockey). It was programmed by Jim Durham and featured a great guy named Scott Cassidy (now running Global Alliance Marketing at Disney) doing middays.

    Diane hired me from 99x in New York and we re-launched as ‘PEZ FM 94 at the beginning of 1980. I have a composite somewhere and I will dig it out for you. It was a really fun station with John De Bella doing mornings, Herb Crowe doing production and 10a-noon, Chip Knight was noon to 4:00, Kelly Randall did 4:00 to 8:00. Jim Merkel (who went on to do mornings for years after the station switched he to oldies in 1981) did 8:00pm – 1:00am and Bill Jeffries did overnights. Dennis Elliott (heard in this ’76 aircheck) came back to do weekends and fill in.

    The initial imaging was voiced by Bobby Rich and, there was an infamous top of the hour ID sweeper voiced by the late, great Bumper Morgan.

  2. AM 970 was never WPEZ, only 94.5, though briefly WWSW 970 also went to a slower top 40 with WPEZ being the faster paced top 40. Then AM 970 became all talk as WTKN AM. Eventually 970 became sports talk and WPEZ became AC reclaiming the old call letters which have a great history in Pittsburgh, WWSW shortened to 3WS. Rather quickly 3WS 94.5 very successfully became an Oldies station. Tom Acklin

  3. Exciting. Thanks for posting. Some great tunes during that year. Sweet’s Fox on the Run. Never played on the radio anymore..

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