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Entercom Releases Programming Changes For News Radio 1020 KDKA in Pittsburgh

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, the #1 creator of live, original, local audio content in the United States, announced programming changes for News Radio 1020 KDKA (KDKA-AM) in , effective January 3, 2019.

Wendy Bell and Lynne Hayes-Freeland will be joining the station’s on-air team as afternoon drive host and midday host respectively. In addition, the station will expand its local weekday news coverage to 8:00 p.m. ET daily and will add local morning newscasts on the weekends.

“The new KDKA News Radio 1020 will serve our community in a way that reflects the energy and pulse of Pittsburgh in 2019 and beyond,” said Michael Spacciapolli, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Pittsburgh. “These programming additions will help elevate KDKA as the go-to destination in Pittsburgh for news, weather, traffic, business, sports and opinion.”

Wendy Bell will co-host the afternoon drive with station veteran Marty Griffin, weekdays from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Bell joins Entercom after spending 18 years as an anchor and reporter for WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh. Bell is a 21-time Emmy and five-time Edward R. Murrow Award winner.

“KDKA is a powerhouse radio station and Marty Griffin is a trusted friend who, like me, loves helping people,” said Bell. “Spending four hours a day with a team that truly cares about this city is a tremendous honor and I look forward to the opportunity to serve our listeners.”

The station also adds Lynne Hayes-Freeland to host the midday timeslot from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Hayes-Freeland had previously served as a reporter, producer and talk show host for KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh since 1977. The move marks Hayes-Freeland’s second stint with News Radio 1020 KDKA, having begun her broadcast career as a producer for the station in 1976.

“Radio is a perfect place to learn, explore and grow, and I look forward to the chance to do just that with listeners just as curious as me everyday,” said Hayes-Freeland. “It feels great to be back home on KDKA.”

Other programming changes include new timing for the station’s morning show. and John Shumway will air weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Current afternoon drive host Robert Mangino will transition to host 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. timeslot on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Mangino will also host shows on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

The new weekday lineup is as follows:

6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Larry Richert and John Shumway
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lynne Hayes-Freeland
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Marty Griffin and Wendy Bell
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Robert Mangino (Wednesday – Friday)
8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Rob Pratte (Monday – Tuesday)

For a complete weekend schedule, please visit https://kdkaradio.radio.com/shows/show-schedule.

Listeners can tune in to News Radio 1020 KDKA (KDKA-AM) in Pittsburgh on air, as well as nationwide on the RADIO.COM app and website. Fans can also connect with the station on social media via TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

News Radio 1020 KDKA is a RADIO.COM station. RADIO.COM is now the fastest growing digital audio app in the United States and the current leader in local sports coverage. The digital platform currently has over 300 stations and 1,100 podcasts with more added continuously.


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4 comments

Anonymous December 21, 2018 at 8:18 am

Do not
UClike most of these changes, will not listen any longer

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Anonymous February 5, 2019 at 11:22 pm

Agreed. Format is terrible. Heads should roll.

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Anonymous February 20, 2019 at 8:29 am

Count me in – I gave the new format a chance in January – hated it after a week or so. Highly repetitious and boring with no calls or talk shows at all. I have listened to KDKA my entire life, and it’s been over a month now without listening…KDKA sat atop Pittsburgh Radio at #1 until around a decade ago, last I checked was #7 and only AM in the top 10. Why institute a format that drives away your audience? AM radio isn’t gaining new listeners…

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Anonymous March 1, 2019 at 8:24 am

The format is terrible. Especially Lynne Hayes Freeland. She is boring and completely unprepared most days. Four hours of her rambling…

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