Friends of the Zeiss
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2005 September 13
Mr. David Yadgaroff, Vice President and General Manager
KYW 1060 Newsradio
Dear Mr. Yadgaroff:
I want to congratulate KYW Newsradio for your pioneering efforts in the field of all-news radio and for maintaining an all-news, all the time format for 40 years. This is quite an accomplishment. All-news radio is a very important public service—almost a utility. However, this is one public service that cannot be operated by the government. I am so happy that certain commercial radio stations, such as KYW, have taken-on such a labor-intensive, and hence expensive, format, to serve the public.
And, I have been listening to KYW for the entire 40 years that you have been broadcasting all-news, all the time!
you can say that I have been a “news junkie” for my entire life, influenced by
my father who was very interested in news, public affairs, and history. Early
in my youth, in the 1960s, I would listen to the hourly news on your sister
station, KDKA [the world’s first commercial radio station] each morning before
going to school. I can remember the legendary
Then one day, my father showed me an advertisement in Time magazine, indicating that WINS and KYW were starting a new type of radio format: all-news, all the time. I recently checked the bound copies of Time magazine from 1965, at the library. Enclosed is a copy of the Time magazine advertisement I believe that he showed me 40 years ago.
I find the headline of this advertisement a little odd: “This war isn’t being fought just every hour on the half hour.” Although there were a few stations and maybe one network (Mutual) broadcasting news on the half-hour, most broadcast news on the hour. I wonder why they did not simply say “every hour on the hour”?
As KDKA was Westinghouse’s flagship station, my father and I hoped that
eventually KDKA would also become an all-news radio station. However, that was
not to be. At that time, the ratings of KDKA Radio were among the highest in
the entire country; hence, they had no need to change format. It would be
another ten years before
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In fact, I find the similarities of KYW and KQV fascinating. One might even think that Pennsylvania passed a state law mandating the all-news radio stations in the Commonwealth must begin with the letter “K” [despite the fact that Pennsylvania is far east of the Mississippi Valley!], have only three call letters, and use a news ticker !!!
And, Bob Dickey, who started all-news radio at WINS and KQV, also coined the slogan still used by WINS, KQV, and KYW: “You give us 22 minutes, we will give you the world.”
With interference from KDKA and CFRB, it was, and is, very difficult to
receive WINS in
I did later on receive a B.A. in Journalism [
In my junior year of high school, I acquired my Third Class “ticket” from
the FCC. And, I used it to become general manager of a small carrier-current
radio station operated at a Summer camp for boys and
Today, I am Project Director of a small non-profit organization called Friends of the Zeiss. We are lobbying for the preservation and restoration of historic equipment and artifacts that were used at Pittsburgh’s original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science [I was a Planetarium Lecturer and Astronomical Observatory Coordinator at this institution during the 1980s and early 1990s], including the Zeiss II Planetarium Projector [prior to its 2002 dismantling, it was the oldest operable major planetarium projector in the world !].
Just last month, we succeeded in having the City of
Again, congratulations on the milestone of 40 years of all-news radio at KYW. And, hopefully, I will be listening to all-news radio on KYW for another 40 years!
Glenn A. Walsh
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