1020 Pittsburgh KDKA

Jackson Armstrong on KDKA Pittsburgh | October 12, 1975


Listening to this you’ll NEVER believe that it’s your LEEEEEEEeeeeeeaaader! from KB and elsewhere! Jack Armstrong has to be one of the most versatile jaws in radio, and to be working for Westinghouse Broadcasting…. who woulda thunk?

You’ll never believe this until you hear it. This is the MOR KDKA which was more soft and old sounding than it’s Boston counterpart WBZ 1030 was in ’75. But, it’s a special aircheck for a number of reasons, a subdued Armstrong is one, and the fact that this is really the first real KDKA aircheck we have on the site.




Steve West is a 39 year veteran of broadcasting. His air work as a Jock and News Anchor includes six radio markets and over two-dozen radio stations. Steve currently works on-air for the Super Radio USA media group out of Minnesota. Steve is the founder of the Airchexx Media Group and manages Airchexx.com and Airchexx Live - the official station of Airchexx.


July 22, 2006 at 9:05 pm

What was amasing was that Jackson was there at all. He had worked at Cross town Rival WKTQ, can you imagine the culture shock?

Julius May
November 13, 2006 at 3:35 pm

Please post more KDKA-AM airchecks.

Don Beno
October 19, 2007 at 9:02 am

Wow! I’ve never heard this aircheck before. In fact this is the first time that I’ve ever heard that Jack worked at KDKA.

Does anyone know if Jack worked at any other AC type of radio stations?

January 3, 2009 at 9:30 pm

As the person who taped this originally, I should clarify something. To my knowledge, this was Armstrong’s ONLY appearance on KDKA. It was a Sunday morning shortly after he left 13Q, and I have always assumed it was an on-air audition. Unfortunately, I came across it only near the very end of his shift, which is why there is so little of it here. Ironically, on the basis of this aircheck, which was recorded entirely by chance, KDKA seems to turn up on a lot of Armstrong résumés and in a number of his obituaries.

September 19, 2010 at 11:35 pm

Having wanting to be Armstrong when I as a broadcasting student in SoCal in the ’70’s and listening to him on KTNQ that was just painful!

February 6, 2012 at 9:14 pm

More soft and old-sounding than WBZ in 1975? *I* thought they were **BOTH** pop/adult- (now called adult contemporary)rock stations that year! And this version of KDKA does sound softer than when both stations (sister stations, yet) were Top 40 in that it’s soft rock. And if it is old-sounding, it’s probably in that it’s full-service just like its traditional MOR (traditional pop music with or without occasional soft rock) counterparts.

Tom Lacko
May 22, 2013 at 10:38 am

Thanks for posting. And I might add that I was glad to hear the name John Hadar also on this air check. I worked w/John at KD in 1979 and he was by far one of the nicest men I’ve ever met in radio. A true gem! John also was in the countless Thorofare (spelling?!?) grocery store TV commercials as well.

Jay Rudko
May 22, 2013 at 10:17 pm

Love that Group W news boom!

Gary Russen
July 22, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Thanks that brought back memories for someone who now lives in Iowa and has a radio show on Spreaker. I pattern my newscast based on how John Haydar did the news on KDKA. I was a big KDKA fan Please find some airchecks of Jack Bogut, Art Pallen, and other memorable KDKA Jocks. They were an influence on a young impressionable kid wanting to be a DJ

November 18, 2015 at 10:31 am

wow! I would have never guessed it was the same person. he was a super-talented radio renaissance man. the 12 noon news intro “boom” is the same one that was used at sister station WBZ in Boston.

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