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Wa'sup Wednesday: When Radio was real Readio ... WJAS

Posted on September 2, 2020 at 10:25 AM

Morning' Ginchers,

Sooo Wa'sup Wednesday?  When Radio was real Radio ... WJAS.  WJAS is now Talk Radio however it was one of the staple radio stations in Pittsburgh at one time, it was one of the original five AM stations in Pittsburgh and signed on the air in 1922.  Over the years the station went through many changes and even name changes like WAMP briefly in the 1950's, WKPQ and WKTQ (13Q) in the 1970's but eventually went back to WJAS.  I want to talk about WJAS during my stay at the station.  I had a show called Johnny Angel's Heavenly Soul Show, which is still going strong today on internet radio, jukinoldies.com, and still on Sunday nights.  The radio personality during my stay was two Pittsburgh greats and broadcasting legends, Jack Bogut and Chilly Billy Cardile.  Chris Shovlin did the sports, Carol Finelli did the traffic and weather, John Tesh had a show and I had a show.  It ran like a well oiled machine and played music for the contemporary adult listening audience.  I loved working at WJAS because it had personality, the stories and wizdom of Jack Bogut, the classic tongue in check approach of Bill Cardile and his fun back and forth with Carol.  Chris Shovlin did sports but also called the Pitt Panthers Women's Basketball and Duquesne Dukes sports.  When I came in on Sunday nights it was only me and one engineer for the evening.  It was a great Radio Console with superb accousics, it had that good old Radio feel.  I would get lost in my own little radio world and looked forward to my regular Sunday night callers ... my favorite was my weekly call from DJ LEGEND PORKY CHEDWICK.  Porky's wife Jeanie would call me and say, the bossman wants to talk with you.  Porky would get on and say ... "Hey Cool One, I'm wrapped up tight in my PJ's and Jeanie made me some hot chocolate so play me a good one!" It usually was "Mama Stole the Chicken" by Billy Bland, the Dadio of the radio loved that one.  The station had class, it had personality and had it's loyal listeners.  Unfotunately, all good things must end and the staion changed it's format to talk radio ... nuttin wrong with talk radio but I didn't want to see the classic old culture station change.  My sunday night show originally had Terry Lee as the Sunday night jock and then Doug Hoerth and then me ... Oldies, Rock n' Roll, DooWop and Soul ... all were staples of the Pittsburgh Music culture.  When I left the station I went to Internet radio on the Carolina Breeze and then to jukinoldies, which is a through back to the good old days of personality radio.  I truly believe that we need more personalities in radio and someone that talks with you as if you were in the same room, someone who paints a vivid picture in your mind without you seeing it ... when radio was real radio ... WJAS!  Till tomorrow, stay safe, stay healthy, help a neighbor when you can  ... and, GOD Bless!

Johnny


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