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




Thanks to KQV's Chuck Brinkman for this Civic Arena picture.

(bottom left Dave Scott, Chuck Brinkman and Steve Rizen)

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. 



Former KQV newsman and talk show host Lynn Hinds passed away at his home in Fredericksburg, Va. on April 4, 2014. Lynn worked at WTAE Radio and TV and later was a professor at Drury University in Springield, Mo. He was the author of Broadcasting the Local News: The Early Years of KDKA, and The Cold War As Rhetoric: The Beginnings, 1945-1950. Lynn Hinds was 79. His obituary can be seen here. Thanks to the Post Gazette's Adrian McCoy.
KQV Then and Now
Jolly Jim McLaughlin was KQV's overnight man from 1958 - 1963. He founded McLaughlin, Delvecchio and Casey advertising after leaving radio. He is pictured in 2007 as a First Selectman in Durham, Ct.


Former KQV PD John Rook and Thoroughly Modern Millie from 1967.

Thanks to former KQV Program Director 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 ?)
R.I.P. Porky Chedwick
February 4, 1918 - March 2, 2014
Pittsburgh Radio Legend and former KQV-IP Porky Chedwick has passed away. His death was reported on Sunday March 2, 2014 by PBRTV.com. Porky is best know for his years at WHOD and WAMO. Porky Chedwick worked at KQV for a short time in 1972. 
KQV Porky Chedwick aircheck from 1972 courtesy of Frank Gottleib
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.


Captain Bob Harvey in the KQV Trafficopter
(click above for the new KQV Trafficopter page)


Bob DeCarlo in 1974 / Bob DeCarlo in 2013
(Click above. It's part of a series on KQV Personalities Then And Now)


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.

Former KQV Personality Steve Rizen
Former KQV Personality Steve Rizen has passed away. As far I can determine, Steve Rizen passed away on March 22, 2011 near Houston Texas. Steve was born, Alfred W Risien on December 10, 1935. I am trying to find more details but at this point I am unable to find more. Steve was at KQV from May 29, 1964 thru July 31, 1967. 


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.


Outside the KQV Studios Overnight with Franklin B Forbes 1969


Thanks to 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
Charlie "Weird Beard" Peterson
February 13, 1933 - April 2, 2012
Former KQV personality and production director, Charlie Peterson passed away on April 2, 2012. Known as "Weird Beard", Charlie was at KQV from 1966 - 1969 and later was a salesman at KQV during the news era. He also spent time as program director at KDKA. His obituary appears on the Pittsburgh Radio Obituary Page New KQV Weird Beard airchecks appear on the KQV Weird Beard Page.

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 new Dennis Benson Collection David Cassidy joined KQV-IP Jon Summers on the air that afternoon.  Jon Summers Aircheck 2/19/72
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.
(Click on any of the images above for the KQV Concerts Page)
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
 
Shop for 14 KQV Website Merchandise On-Line

Click on any of the picture above for all the details
Former KQV Program Director John Rook is writing 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 has 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.


KQV Web Pages Updated April 15, 2014
THIS SITE IS NOT AFFILIATED WITH KQV, ABC, OR
KQV'S CURRENT OWNER CALVARY, INC.