Competition . . .
||Over the years there were
many Pittsburgh radio stations that tried to challenge KQV for the top
40 crown. Among those were KDKA, WEEP, WIXZ, 13Q, WZUM, and WPEZ.
WEEP was KQV's first Top
40 competition. In 1957 WILY became WEEP. The switch to top 40 began with
repeated airplay of Perry Como's "Round and Round". WEEP's early lineup
included Tony Graham, Sir Walter Raleigh, and Perry Marshall. Merle Pollis
and Ira Apple did news on this Pittsburgh daytimer. The WEEP SHEET was
the first Top 40 playlist to be found in Pittsburgh record stores.
to Sandie Cox of Butler for WEEP SHEET Graphics and Pictures of WEEP Airstaff
In 1961, WEEP became WYRE, Live
Wire Radio, Where the News was Instantaneous." 7 months later WEEP returned
to Top 40 using PAMS Series 22 jingles. "In Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, WEEP
for Joy". The airstaff this time around included Boom Boom (Don Evans),
Rockin Robin (Bob Connors), Sweet Daddy (Ron Thompson). Bill Clark joined
Merle Polis in the news department. By 1965, the battle was over and WEEP
switched to country.
to WT Koltek, Ken Wells and others for information used on this page.
page updated July 22, 2004
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