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THE KQV WEBSITE IS A TRIBUTE TO ONE OF THE GREAT
TOP 40 STATIONS OF THE 60's


Former KQV Fun Lovin' Five member Dex Allen has passed away athe age of 75 in San Diego, California. Dex (born Claude Turner) had a heart attack in January and passed away May 5, 2018 as a result of complications. Dex was the all-night host at KQV from February 1964 until September 1965. Born Claude Turner, Dex had a career that included radio onwership for many years. The name Dex Allen was given to him by former pd. the late John Rook. Rook wanted to create this concept of an all-night guy who was a rich California playboy who had moved to Pittsburgh. I was supposed to be that guy.  He said, "I want you to be Dexter Kilbride' - swear to God. I said, 'Where did you come up with that? He said it just sounded like a real rich name. We split the difference. We went from Chip Allen to Dexter Kilbride to Dex Allen". 

Claude "Dex Allen" Turner 1943 - 2018 Rancho Santa Fe Claude Turner, known professionally as Dex Allen, passed away surrounded by his family on May 5, 2018. Born in a WWII blackout in Ventura, CA in 1943, Claude's family subsequently moved to Burbank, CA where he spent his childhood. His interest in broadcasting began with his father, a radio engineer who was in charge of the Armed Forces radio and television in Hollywood after returning from WWII.At the age of 15, at John Burroughs High School in Burbank, Claude or "Butch" as he was nicknamed, was chosen to be DJ of the week after winning a contest at KLAC radio in Los Angeles. Butch went on at 19 to work as a page at NBC Studios Burbank, where he met his wife, Karen; a tourist waiting in line for a TV show called "First Impression." They married in 1963, and the all night DJ newly christened Dex Allen, began his career in Indio, CA. From there he went to work for KQV radio in Pittsburgh, part of the "Fun Lovin Five" in 1964. The highlight of his career there was his opportunity to tour with the Beatles, broadcasting from their concert in Baltimore in September of 1964. He traveled with the Beatles again during their west coast tour in 1966 while working for KOL radio in Seattle. Determined to come back to Southern California, Dex became a morning DJ at KCBQ radio in San Diego. He soon realized his entrepreneurial personality was better served in sales. FM radio was a new format in San Diego, and Dex was hired as general manager of KPRI radio in 1976. The station was then in the sparsely populated Sorrento Valley. His wife Karen recalls driving him out there on his first day and realizing he had no idea where his new office was.The next stage of Dex's broadcasting career meant ownership, and he went after it. Together with his partners from the law firm Thorsnes, Bartolotta, McGuire and Padilla, he formed Commonwealth Broadcasting, with stations in the Western US.Dex's next venture was with CapStar radio in the 1990's, responsible for 42 stations in the West. In 1998, he relaunched Commonwealth with the purchase of 21 stations. Always looking for a new challenge, he decided to go into the newspaper business with the purchase of the Rancho Santa Fe Review.At the time of his death, he was still involved with a group of radio stations called Mapleton Broadcasting. His passion for the business never stopped. Dex and his wife Karen traveled the world with their children and grandchildren, Maui being his destination of choice. He cherished his role as a grandfather. Shortly before his death, he said to his wife, "We did it all." And they did!He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Karen; children, Kimberlee Turner Andrews, Kori Turner Bick and Todd Turner; as well as grandchildren, Collin, Michael, Claire, Matthew and Cole. He is also survived by his sister, Sheila; and nephew and niece, Heath and Holly.
Former KQV personality Chuck Dougherty has passed away.

Chuck was at KQV from 1958 - 1960. Chuck came to KQV from WQAM in Miami. Former KQV General Manager John Gibbs said, "Chuckie from Kentucky", who trained the other jocks into what emerged as the KQV format. Chuck Dougherty was one of the most exciting wake-up entertainer Pittsburgh radio had ever heard. He was great."

This was reported by Jim LaBarbara.

We LOST CHUCK DOUGHERTY FORMER WLW RADIO PERSONALITY Debbie told me her father died on Jan. 20 at the age of 93 in Naples, Fla..We called him Chucky from Kentucky--he was from Falmouth. I just talked with Chuck a few weeks ago. He still had that great voice & he still drove his Cadillac. He replaced Joe Kelly on mid days on WLW in the 70's, retired in 1980 & open a Tuxedo Store in N Ky. We kept in touch --he loved sports,especially Ky Basketball, the Reds, music & talking about his family.He made a couple of records on Roulette but his biggest hit was a song he wrote "Transistor Sister" for Freddy Cannon. Paul McCartney bought the publishing house & he got a royalty check from Paul.I told him "Don't cash it--it's a collectors item" I remember Chuck --Growing up in Pgh in 1958 he was the morning man Program Director who put Top 40 on KQV--the cities 1st Rock station. He spent most of his career in Philadelphia on WIP & a year in New York on WNEW. Chuck was a pilot in the Pacific & flew 26 missions during WW2. He'd look at our control board in the studio & joke at times, this is more complicated than flying a plane.

On February 1, 2016, Lance Vento of Radio Insight reported that KQV has been sold to Broadcast Communications Inc. for $55,000. The sale includes the license and some of the assets of the station but not the long time tower site in Ross Township. An application is expected to be filed to diplex 1410 on the WEDO tower in North Versailles. No further details are available at this time.
Bob DeCarlo first came to KQV on March 15, 1971. He was on middays before moving to mornings. Here is an aircheck of Bob DeCarlo from June 26, 1971.  (courtesy Tim Davisson and PhilaVideo)

He moved to mornings in July 1972.  This aircheck is from July 17, 1972
Jeff Christie (Rush Limbaugh) first came to KQV in October 1972. This aircheck is from late October or early November 1972.
Jim Quinn left KQV November 5, 1972. This aircheck was from March 18, 1972. Mark Schafer was in the KQV Newsroom. Jim Carnegie is also here.

January 1, 1968 KQV joined the new American Contemporary Radio Network for News. Music Power came to KQV.  KQV's Fun-Lovin Five includes: Bob Wilson, Wendy Williams, Chuck Brinkman, Dave Scott, Jim Quinn, and Tom Lee.
Power Play, Power Play, More Music Power Play.
Power Play, Power Play, More Music Power Play.
Power Play, Power Play, More Music Power Play on 14 KQV.
Power Play, Power Play, More Music Power Play on 14 KQV.
Let's Hear It For Pow-Pow-Pow - Music Power on 14 KQV.
  Have Ya Heard, The KQVIP's Are Playin' Around -
  Around The Clock. You Hear Music Power Plays And
  Hit After Hit After Hit. If Music Is Your Thing - Do It With KQV
  Because We Do More Of It - And We're Doing It Better Than Anyone Else. 
Power Play, Power Play, More Music Power Play on 14 KQV.
  If It's Music You Want, It's Music You'll Get From K-Q-V.
Let's Hear It For Pow-Pow-Pow - Music Power on 14 KQV.
Power Play, Power Play, More Music Power Play. Power Play, Power Play (fade)
   (1970 KQV Power Play Promo)
    (Pams Jingle Singers, Bob Wilson Narrating)
KQV Music Power Promo

The last few years I have had the opportunity to meet some of my favorite KQVIPs

Former KQV Personality
Franklin B Forbes - July 25, 2017

Former KQV Production Director
Don Kobiela - January 11, 2016

Former KQV Program Director
Mike McCormick - January 13, 2016

Former KQV Personality
Bob Wood - January 13, 2016

Former KQV Personality
Chuck Brinkman  -January 16, 2016

Former KQV Personality
Todd Chase - March 29, 2015

Former KQV Personality
Bob DeCarlo - March 29, 2015

Former KQV Personality
Timothy G Adams - March 27, 2015


Former KQV Personality the late Bob Wilson
During the more than 17 years that KQV was a Top 40 Station, Many men led the morning show. Starting with Chuck Dougherty in 1958, and all the way through Bob DeCarlo in 1975, a dozen men were KQV morning hosts. 
Here is a complete list of KQV morning shows from 1958 - 1975



Hal Murray Pittsburgh Press article by Vince Leonard from March 5, 1964

Click here for Blog about Hal Murray.

Gary Gears with winner outside KQV offices.
courtesy Vasily's Gary Gears Website http:www.garygears.com
Here is a Gary Gears Aircheck from August 2, 1970
Congratulations to former KQV-IP Jon Summers, Jon, who recently retired
as co-host of AM Buffalo, has joined WECK-AM for 9 am - 12 noon.

Marsha Kniceley . Kasey Forbes was KQV's onle female Disk Jockey
Picture from 1977 in Providence Rhode Island






Thanks to WT Koltek for sending me a copy of the November 22nd edition of the Pittsburgh
Teen Scene newspaper. In addition to the article celebrating KQV's 49th Birthday,
this ad for the Thanksgiving Shower of Stars was also featured inside on page 6.


When Mike McCormick left KQV for WLS in April, 1970 he was presented with this caricature signed by the KQV staff. Unless you saw it then, it has not been seen in 45 years.

May 17, 1971 Jim Quinn. Courtesy of Airchexx.com contributor Robin Watts
The KQV website has been on-line since May 1996. Now 
in our 21st year, we thank everyone who has sent surveys,
pictures, airchecks and jingles and helped us grow. 


Former KQV Personality Lee Vogel passed away in Charlotte NC on August 28, 2016. He was 89. Lee was at KQV from March 1958 to November 1959. R.I.P.
His obit is here
Former KQV Personality and Program Director Jim Carnegie passed away on July 25, 2016 of natural causes. Jim came to KQV in 1972. He was a local boy, having graduated from Norwin High School. Jim went from radio to being a broadcast journalist, founding Radio Business Report and later Television Business Report. Former KQV Personality Bob DeCarlo said  " He started out at KQV as a part timer right after he got out of the Army, sitting in my show on a regular basis and monitoring what I did. Published the Radio Business Report for many years. When he lost his wife Kathy, a great portion of him died, too. He was a good pal. Peace, Jimbo." His obituary from Inside Radio.Com can be found here.

The late Jim Carnegie was program director at KQV when Rush Limbaugh was let go at the station. Jim Carnegie was kind enough to speak to the KQV Website in June 2014, regarding the circumstances of the firing.
Thanks to Jim Lewis for providing these 1966 Certificates to KQV

Congratulations to KQV's Bob DeCarlo
2016 Inductee to Rhode Island 
Radio Hall of Fame
Bob was inducted during a ceremony on May 12, 2016.
1975 KQV PAT Bus

Former KQV morning personality Jim Gearhart has retired from New Jersey 101.5 WKXW-FM Trenton. Jim suffered a head injury after a September fall at his home. He has been with New Jersey 101.5 for 25 years, joining in 1990. Good luck Jim. 

From theCollection
 
Bob Wood did some great work during his 2 years spent at KQV. This aircheck is from December 25, 1971.
Chuck Brinkman was at KQV longer than anyone during their top 40 era. This aircheck was from January 9, 1972.
Rick Shaw did afternoons during the 14K era of KQV. He was brought to KQV by program director Mel Phillips. He also worked with Mel at WOR-FM /WXLO in New York.
The Mel Phillips page is now on-line. 
Ed Sherlock was at KQV-FM in 1967 when the FCC forced AM radio stations to no longer simulcast on the FM side more than 50%. This was before KQV-FM was automated and before becoming LOVE-FM and WDVE. Ted Lutz and Wendy Williams were also heard on KQV-FM. Ed would be part of the Joey Reynolds era of KQV in 1975. Bob Kristof provided this 6:58 aircheck which is the first time KQV-FM appears on this website. Ed owns 1190 WSDE in Cobleskill, N.Y.
Thanks to Joe Evelius, here are very rare airchecks of Todd Chase. The first is available for the first time here from August 3, 1968. It includes American Contemprary News from ABC, Bill James with KQV News, the Truck O'Luck and more. (40:32)
The second is Todd Chase on August 16, 1968. It is scoped and runs 67 mnutes. The unscoped show is on Uncle Ricky's Reel Radio Top 40 Archives in the Joe Evelius Collection. (1:07:01)


Kris Stevens in KQV Studio in fall of 1968


The World Famous Wake-A-Thon
It was 40 years ago that World Famous (Jerry Kristafer) was at KQV. World Famous set a then world record for staying awake on the air while raising food for the Pittsburgh needy.  The record of 102 hours, 19 minutes and 9 seconds was set on February 27, 1975. He was taken to Allegheny General Hospital with exhaustion after it concluded.

Jerry Kristafer came to KQV with Joey Reynolds from 11-7 Radio in New Jersey
in early 1975. Pictured with Mr. Kristafer is Peggy the Talking Time Telling Pig.
(The picture above is from 1977 when Jerry was at WCDQ in Connecticut)



Dave & Gregg Scott
Very few fathers and sons worked on the air at same time on the same station on top 40 stations in the 60's. KQV had Dave Scott and Gregg Scott in 1967. Here's the story from Teen Life Magazine.

KQV's Bob DeCarlo in 1960 at WILK


KQV pre-top 40 era

1940 logo from business envelope
(found on facebook)

Ad from 1947 Broadcasting yearbook
(courtesy Paul Bosak)
On Monday, January 13, 1958 KQV's new lineup featured ABN stars Don McNeil, Herb Oscar Anderson, Jim Reeves, Jim Backus, and Merv Griffin. Local KQV personalities were Chuck Dougherty, Henry DaBecco, Sam Holman and Dave Scott. 



Thanks to former KQV Program Director, the late John Rook for this picture inside the KQV lobby. (top left to right) John Rook, Hal Murray, Don Shafer, unknown, unknown and Chuck Brinkman. (bottom row) Dave Scott, Bobby Vee and Dex Allen. (May 1964 ?)
KQV-FM Love FM Jingles
In the early days of KQV-FM, during the Love FM period, Elton John sang a couple of the jingles heard on the air. These were probably from 1969 or 1970 They were produced at Marble Arch Studio. Thanks to Tim Brown. Also check out new pictures from Allen B Shaw on Love Staff and early WDVE poster.



Thanks to Ed Vance for providing this picture of  KQV from December, 1973. This was a couple of months before KQV became 14K Musicradio. It is the only picture we have with the WDVE logo on the Smithfield Street side. It is also the only shot with the KQV RADIO 14 ABC logo above the KQV window. Blue paint on the siding had been painted brown and the fenced planters had been removed.


The KQVehicle at the Allegheny County Fair in 1963

Congratulations to KQV Chief Engineer Steve Conti

KQV Chief Engineer Steve Conti retired at the end of November, 2013
Steve joined KQV in 1966. Thanks to Frank Gottleib for the picture.


More than 6.6 callers to Dial-A-Score in a little over 2 1/2 years.


1965 KQV QSL Card

KQV Hal Murray Aircheck from July 31, 1966 (scoped). Thanks to Allen Sniffen and John Troll from www.rewound radio for providing this rare audio from Audio 14. Click the speaker below to hear the mp3.


Dan Kelley, Chuck Brinkman, Nick Alborano (Janus Records) and Bob Harper.
The KQV Summer Turn On Poster is on the wall.



Did you see Elvis at the Civic Arena June 25 or 26, 1973? KQV gave away
tickets. The ad above was from the June 14, 1973 Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
Of all the members of the KQV airstaff, Chuck Brinkman was there the longest. Chuck worked in every time slot at KQV. Chuck has graciously agreed to answer your questions about  The Big 14. From time to time, we'll publish your questions and answers here.


Thanks to the late Frank Gottleib

Who is the KQV-IP on the right?  Jim "Your Leader" Quinn.
The picture was featured on a WING Super Hot Hits Survey from Dayton Ohio, July 25, 1966, 14 months before Jim came to KQV. Check out this brief Aircheck of Jim Quinn at WING Note the PAMS Series 31 Jingles and Jim's Dan Ingram imitation.
Thanks to Paul Bosak of Waynesboro, Va for the picture and aircheck,
The Live One KQV 1410
In January of 1958, KQV was preparing to switch to Top 40. KQV ran a series of ads in the three Pittsburgh daily newspapers from January 6 until the changeover on January 13th. These ads appeared 252 times. Here are a few samples.
KQV installed an answering service that said "Hello. This is 'The Live One'. I invite you to tune into the newest sound in Pittsburgh - American live radio - station KQV." Over 25, 000 were received and almost as many busy signals were recorded.
KQV Collectibles

Over the years, a number of KQV items
have shown up on EBay. Printers blocks, balloons, pencils, and pointers are among the items that I have purchased on EBay.

(click on the balloon on the left to see more)




Very rare KQV Music and More Coffee Mug
courtesy of former KQV pd Bob Harper.


Chuck Brinkman in KQV Studio

Dennis Benson with David Cassidy. There were more than 200 kids pushing against the window. He sent an engineer to get the police to save the teens pushed against the window. The police had to rescue the kids pressed by the huge crowd in the street against the plate glass window.. Dennis hosted Rap Around on Sundays for many years. He now lives in Michigan. He has written a number of books, and his show Passages is heard on over 700 stations. This is part of the Dennis Benson Collection David Cassidy joined KQV-IP Jon Summers on the air that afternoon. 
David Cassidy passed away on November 21, 2017.
Jon Summers Aircheck February 19, 1972 
PAMS Productions of Dallas provided KQV with most of the jingles heard on the air from 1962 until 1975. Check the KQV Jingles Page for links to pictures of the boxes and guide sheets to many of KQV's most memorable jingle packages. Now owned by Jam Creative Productions, Pams can produce custom resings of many of those great jingles used by KQV, WABC, WLS and so many others in the 1960's and 1970's.
On August 25, 2011... Jon Wolfert of PAMS Productions recreated the KQV version of Series 34 C, cut 6 for KQV for me. When this aired on KQV sound effects were added. They have been added to version 2, Also included here is the Bob Wood Version from a 1971 KQV aircheck. Notice the difference in the audio. The new versions are direct from the new recording while the Bob Wood version was processed for am radio in 1971.
Click here for details on that session and for details on Pams Personal Cuts.


On Thursday August 11, 2011, I had the pleasure to have lunch with Radio's Best Friend, Art Vuolo Jr. Art was kind enough to provide me with 3 KQV airchecks.

 Chuck Brinkman 1965 from early March 1965
 Tom Lee Aircheck from June 1966 filling in for Steve Rizen
 Hal Murray Aircheck from July 24, 1964


Listen to our PAMS KQV Website Jingle Click on the Player or Speaker below to hear it!
Thanks to Ken Justiss for the sonovox work and Ben Freedman for producing.
And of course PAMS of Dallas for the terrific Series 18 Jingle.
Flash Audio

THE KQV Power Play YouTube Video


THE KQV Jock Jingle Montage YouTube Video Part 1


THE KQV Jock Jingle Montage YouTube Video Part 2


The Death Of Paul McCartney - Fact or Fiction
In October of 1969, a rumor circulated that Paul McCartney of The Beatles was dead. On October 21, 1969 KQV's Chuck Brinkman and Jim Quinn and music analyst Dan Kelley hosted a program called The Death Of Paul McCartney - Fact or Fiction on KQV. KQV Newsman Bob Harvey and Jay Davis also participated. The show dealt with those rumors. A friend of a friend of mine, David Hoffman recorded the program. While the quality of the recording is less than perfect, it is great to be able to present this portion from that night.

The Death Of Paul McCartney - Fact Or Fiction Show

This portion of the show lasts 61 minutes with the music edited out.

Did You Know?
Jim Quinn and Fred Winston worked together in Dayton at WING before they joined KQV.
Between April and August 1967 they were both WING Lively Guys



This Bob DeCarlo ad from 1972 featured his son Norman. Click on the
picture above to hear Norman on the air with Bob DeCarlo from 1975.
Thanks to Bill Korch for this KQV Aircheck. It was recorded with a microphone up next to the speaker of his radio. Included on this composite are Todd Chase, Chuck Brinkman, Jim Quinn and Kris Stevens.
(included are portions of the KQV Top 114 of 1968 and Top 114 of 1969.)


In 1975, Mayor Pete Flaherty appeared on the Bob DeCarlo show on KQV.
This picture and article appeared in the Argus-Press in Owosso, Michigan.
In September of 1969 KQV gave away KQV-IP Bookcovers at Pittsburgh area WINKYS Restaurants. The KQV-IPs featured were Chuck Brinkman, Todd Chase, Gary Gears, Jim Quinn, Harry West and Fred Winston. Ironically, after KQV switched to the all news format, WINKYS moved into the former KQV studios in the Chamber of Commerce Building on 7th Avenue in Pittsburgh.
Members of the Point Park Tau Theta Phi fraternity raising money for St. Jude's Hospital. The guys,
seen outside the KQV Studio (circa 1970). Also outside Kaufmann's with their KQV canoe.
(note the faded lettering on the building from the former script logo from this picture.)
(photo courtesy: Lisa Patterson and Point Park Baby Boomer Alumni Facebook Page)
In 2010, Pittsburgh's Ed Salamon published a book titled
"Pittsburgh's Golden Age Of Radio"

A number of pictures featured KQV personalities as well as staff from many other Pittsburgh radio stations. The book is available at Borders.com Amazon.com, ArcadiaPublishing.com and many other locations as well.
If you love Pittsburgh Radio, get the book!

These are just a couple of KQV pictures from "Pittsburgh's Golden Age Of Radio"
KQV 1963 Staff - Dave Scott, Chuck Brinkman,
Jim McLaughlin, Jim Gearhart and Henry DaBecco
Outside KQV studios on 7th and Smithfield
(courtesy Carl Eckles)
KQV's George Hart and music director Gary Waight (1974)
(courtesy Terry Caywood)
The Jaggerz visit KQV. Shown are members of
The Jaggerz, KQV pd Mike McCormick & Chuck Brinkman
(courtesy Jimmie Ross)

KQV advertised on the Port Authority trolleys in 1974 and 1975
14 KQV trolley
14K Musicradio trolley

The Godfather of Soul, James Brown visited Pittsburgh's Civic Arena 11 times between 1966 and 1973. His first appearance was April 11, 1966. Above KQV's Chuck Brinkman interviews James Brown back stage at the Civic Arena.

In the early 1970's you could find Yellow Cabs all over Pittsburgh with ads for KQV


In the August 1965 issue of Teen Life Magazine
KQV's Dex Allen was featured as DJ of the Month

(click above to see the full article)
KQV's Dick Drury

Dick Drury was at KQV in 1960 and 1961. He was KQV's production director during part of his tenure as well as KQV's program director. He was responsible for a lot of the contest and station promos you heard on KQV. Check out the new Dick Drury Page to hear some of his work and remember some of the interesting contests including the Missing K Contest.



That the Beatles Concert at the Civic Arena on September 14h, 1964 would never
have happened if promoter Pat DiCesare hadn't borrowed $5,000 from his parents.

Click on the picture above for the story from Pat DiCesare and the Post Gazette


The KQV pictures below and others are featured on the new KQV Billboard Articles Page
Click above to see larger pictures and full descriptions.
Steve Rizen & Nat King Cole
 (Billboard Magazine 8/15/1964)
Harry West, Sergio Mendez, Chuck Brinkman
(Billboard Magazine 4/26/1969)
Chuck Brinkman
(Billboard Magazine 12/12/1970)
Steve Rizen
(Billboard Magazine 6/26/1965)

KQV's VP & GM John Gibbs and Operations Manager John Rook
buried in mounds of ice by KQV dj's Dave Scott, Hal Murray,
Steve Rizen and Dex Allen and assisted by KQV Cuties outside
Gateway Center in Downtown Pittsburgh.
(Billboard Magazine September 5, 1964)

KQV Broadcasting Magazine Listings
Over the years Broadcasting Magazine published listings detailing official information about American radio station management. David Gleason's website features many of the listings for KQV. Click on the Broadcasting logo above to see KQV's listings from 1958 - 1976.

Thanks to former KQV engineer and long-time contributor, Paul Carlson
for providing us with more items from his personal collection.
1962 Tape Box Label
1963 KQV Folder (front cover)
1963 KQV Folder (rear cover)

1961 KQV return address from envelope

1964 KQV return address from envelope

1958 Hi-Fi Club Card (front)

1958 Hi-Fi Club Card (back)

Pre Top 40 Mailing Label (CBS Radio)

Mailing Label (ABC Radio)

In 1972 KQV ran a series of ads in local newspapers including the North Hills News Records
A number of these ads were to promote Bob DeCarlo after his move to mornings in July, 1972
July 19, 1972
May 17, 1972
August 2, 1972
October 18, 1972
September 13, 1972
This was also available as a poster!

From the archives of Billboard Magazine...

August 21, 1971


August 24, 1963

Thanks to KQV's Lee Vogel for sending up this mailer sent to listeners all over Pittsburgh
in January, 1959 showing KQV's new lineup of the Fabulous Five Plus One.

Click on the Picture above to see pictures of KQV's Fabulous Five Plus One
as well as the station schedule and pictures of the inside of the KQV Lobby.


KQV's Chuck Dougherty with singer Ward Darby of Ward Darby and the Raves,
who's single "Safari" made it to # 9 on KQV's Top 40 in May of 1959.
(courtesy of warddarby.com)
Thanks to Ed Vance for supplying this KQV George Hart Aircheck from
Saturday June 14, 1975. It's KQV The Un-Radio.

July 2, 1974 KQV dropped the 14K identity and returned to 14KQV, Where The Good Times Roll!
Series of Station ID's voiced by Bob DeCarlo, Rick Shaw & Jeff Christie. Jim Carnegie was Program Director.

Dex Allen

Beatles Press Conference

Paul McCartney & Steve Rizen
Former KQV Program Director John Rook was kind enough to send me this interview by Dex Allen with Paul McCartney from September 14, 1964. It was recorded earlier in the day before the Beatles show at the Civic Arena.

KQV's coverage of the Beatles included Bill Clark, Dex Allen and Steve Rizen.

"This was revolutionary coverage using the new portable equipment that was over nighted from ABC New York, giving KQV a big advantage over KDKA who had to rely on taped coverage of the day. Locating this on an old tape is the first time I've heard this in all these years."... John Rook.

(used by permission of John Rook. May not be re-used without the permission of John Rook)
KQV sales ad.

This KQV ad appeared on page 23 of the February 5, 1958
Pittsburgh Sun Telegraph. It was an promoting advertising sales
on KQV. Click on the ad to see full size. Note that ABC owned
stations in only 6 cities in 1958.

Former KQV personality Larry Clark has passed away in San Francisco.

Larry died on December 9th, 2006 at the age of 62. The complete details are available at this link. Larry was at KQV twice in the 70's. Larry originally came to KQV from WSAI in Cincinnati. He spent some time at WZYQ in Frederick. Larry went to WEEP in 1975 and was PD there for a time. He later spent time at WMZQ in Washington D.C. He later left radio and ran a dry cleaning business in San Francisco.

In 1973, KQV was growing up. It was more than just the music.
"Getting more out of life means putting more into it. At KQV we're doing that to radio. Our listeners like what they hear. The music. Lots of contemporary music. News and information. Weather reports and the conversation. Plus, special features. We're listening to you, Pittsburgh. And we've put more into KQV so you get more out of radio.?"

The KQVehicle
Bobby Vee and Dave Scott on KQV

On May 20, 1964, Singer Bobby Vee visited KQV's Dave Scott. They broadcast the show from the KQVehicle in front of McCrory's on East Ohio Street on the North Side. For the first time here is the "Bobby Vee Show on KQV"'.


Bobby Vee
Special thanks to Bob Celli of the Bobby Vee Collectors Club on Yahoo Clubs. Bobby Vee was kind enough to let
Bob Celli go through his collection. this was found on a ten inch disc simply marked "The Bobby Vee Show"
on KQV. Bob has restored and cleaned up this recording as much as possible. Now more than 15 minutes of
this historic recording has been made available for your listening.
This ad appeared in Broadcasting Magazine on July 10, 1961.
KQV was looking for a new disk jockey. Who got the job? Who did he replace?
We don't know for sure if this is what the ad referred to, but we can guess from the KQV timeline. On July 28, 1961 Dick Drury left for St. Louis and was replaced by Bill Western.
KQV purchased jingles from many companies over the years. Among those companies were PAMS, the Anita Kerr Singers, Ullman, Intermountain, William B Tanner, and CRC, Commercial Recording Company. The ad on the right features a list of stations that bought from CRC in 1961 including KQV and WABC. This ad appeared in Broadcasting magazine on February 6, 1961. Click on the ad to see full size. Listen to KQV jingles on the KQV Jingles Page.

Broadcasting magazine August 11, 1958

Broadcasting magazine September 1, 1958
Less than 1 year after the format switch to Top 40, KQV's ratings began to climb.
KQV's rep firm, Adam Young Inc. placed ads in Broadcasting magazine.
(Click on the pictures above for the full ads)
It was during the summer of 1966, that KQV gave away the KQV
Boatmobile, an amphibious car that also went in the water with
the KQV Safe Driving Quiz. Thanks to Ron Mocadlo of North
Huntingdon, Pa. for providing the survey with the pictures.
1961 KQV High Hoopers
February 18, 1961
KQV High Hoopers vs. National Recording Stars
Pitt Fieldhouse
Thanks to Dean Gerber for these pictures.

KQV Presents HAIR
KQV brought one of the most controversial Musical Performances to the Steel City. When KQV presented HAIR at the Nixon Theater, advertisers threatened to boycott. KQV invited Pittsburgh to enjoy a day of fun at Point State Park on May 19, 1971 for KQV Spring Free Day. More than 20,000 Pittsburghers enjoyed a day of fun and music.
(pictures courtesy of Carl Eckles, John Gibbs, and the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania)
KQV Concerts from Dion to The Beatles to Three Dog Night
KQV always brought the biggest and best concerts to Pittsburgh. From Dion and the Belmonts, Bobby Vee and the Fleetwoods in 1960, to Frankie Avalon, Bobby Vinton, and Gene Pitney in 1962, to The Beatles in 1964, to The Rolling Stones, The Byrds, and We Five in 1965. There were KQV Appreciation Days, Showers of Stars, as well as Festivals of Rock.
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How did KQV Get the nickname Groovy QV ?
KQV's John Rook provides the answer

Former KQV Program Director Mel Phillips has a blog, Mel Phillips Remembers. In addition to programming KQV, Mel also programmed some of the biggest radio stations in the country including WOR-FM, WXLO and WNBC in New York and WRKO AM & FM in Boston. Thanks to Mel for mentioning this site as well.
Former KQV Personality Bob Wood has a blog, Bob's Blog. After leaving KQV Bob spent many years at WBEN in Buffalo and programmed KOOL 108 in Minneapolis. For more information on Bob Wood today and a series of pictures from Bob's collection, check out the Bob Wood Page.

Bob 1970

Bob 2006
 
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Former KQV Program Director John Rook was working on a book called "Passing Thru". Check out John's Website at www.johnrook.com. Read excerpts about John's radio career. Also read John's take on the state of radio today. From the FCC to multiple ownership to indecency, John comments on radio's problems and future, plus he also features comments from some of the industry's biggest movers and shakers.
Check out the new segments of John Rook's Passing Thru
6. Music Excitement - How Beatles Exclusives made their way from KQV to WABC and WLS.
7. KQV Is Groovy QV - How John Rook was hired as KQV Program Director by John Gibbs.
8. The Beatles - A look at the Beatles hits and John's meeting with John Lennon.
Over the years, former KQV Program Director John Rook provided us with his insights and answers to many questions about his time at KQV.
Here for the first time are copies of KQV REP-LETTERS from 1964 and 1966.
From March 1964 - KQV REP-LETTER on HAL MURRAY
From August 1966 - KQV REP-LETTER on KQV Hooper ratings
KQV Tribute on XM Satellite Radio - Friday November 5, 2004
On Friday November 5th, XM Satellite Radio's Terry Young paid tribute to KQV on the 60's on 6 Channel. The show was complete with jingles and some portions of KQV airchecks as well. Terry included local current weekend events as well plenty of references to Pittsburgh from the 60's. Here are the first 2 parts of the aircheck of the show (scoped) thanks to radio's Best Friend, Art Vuolo ! If you would like to purchase the 4 cd set unscoped, Contact Art at ArtVuolo@AOL.com
Part 1 (31:31)  Part 2 (21:54)
1965 KQV Shower Of Stars Program
featuring Gene Pitney, Gary Lewis, Dobie Gray, The Hullabaloos,
Brian Hyland, Bobby Goldsboro, The Crystals, and The Reflections.

Many of The KQV Shower of Stars shows were part of a package
of concerts that was Dick Clark's "Caravan of Stars"

Thanks to Peter Simmons

KQV's Deejays did record hops all over the city. Often local bands would appear with some of KQV's Deejays. One of the local bands often linked to KQV was the Headliners. Ed Salamon who would eventually program at KDKA and WEEP in Pittsburgh was a guitar player in the band. The Headliners auditioned for KQV's Steve Rizen.For more on The Headliners click here.
Harry West was KQV's morning man in 1969 and 1970. Harry came to KQV from WARM in the Scranton - Wilkes Barre area. Today Harry is retired and living back in Wilkes Barre. One thing that people still remember is the Harry West Show Jingle. After more than 30 years, here it is for the first time on the internet.

Flash Audio


Click above to find out !
Have you ever wondered if there is a difference between what the printed copy of the KQV Hit Parade listed and what was actually played on the air.

Check out this list provided by Mike McCormick from September 2 - 8, 1968.
Then click on the link to compare it to the printed survey !


Thanks to Mike Bakin for this picture of the KQV High Hoopers. This picture came out of the 1962 North Braddock Scott High School Yearbook. Can anybody help fill in the names to go with faces ?

This picture was found on a Frisbee on Ebay featuring the KQV Rock People. If anyone has a KQV Rock People Poster please contact me.


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