The 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. 

PAMS Series 22B
WEEP for Joy Jingle

Thanks 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.
Thanks to WT Koltek, Ken Wells and others for information used on this page.
A short Rockin' Robin WEEP Aircheck from March 29, 1964
appears on Uncle Ricky's Reelradio website
This page updated July 22, 2004

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