Jim Merkel 1981

Jim Merkel 2009
Jim Merkel joined 3WS during it's WPEZ-FM days. He was part of the original 3WS line-up handling the 7 - midnight shift. After moving to middays, Jim answered the call and became part of the 3WS Morning Zoo, joining Gary Dickson on March 21, 1988. (Jim replaced Andrea Lively who left for WHLY in Orlando). At the time, Diane Sutter, 3WS Vice President and general manager would not say Merkel's appointment was permanent. "The morning show is still evolving ... There are still more pieces to be put in to the puzzle." More than 20 years later Jim has more thn survived the morning zoo. He is one the longest continuously tenured morning man in Pittsburgh radio history. From Merkel & Dickson to Merkel & Hansen, to Merkel & Cris. Merkel in the Morning is still waking up and entertaining Pittsburgh. Jim has been at WPEZ, then 3WS for 30 years.

Click on the picture above to see the official 3WS 30th Anniversary Page.
Jim came to 3WS after stops at WMBA-AM in Ambridge and the former WJOI-FM in Pittsburgh. In addition to his morning gig at 3WS, Jim Merkel has been one of the top voice over artists in America for over 25 years.
Gary Dickson & Jim Merkel
Jim Merkel & Steve Hansen
Jim Merkel & Cris Winter