Radio Memories…


I was watching a SCIFI documentary on the Kecksberg PA event/crash and they had a clip from KDKA radio personality Mike Levin announcing the possible crash of a missile there.

Here’s where it starts,

As I recall everything got quiet and  radios were turned up all along the street. I was like four and all the adults got real strange. December 9, 1965, My brother was 1 and and my little sis was about to turn 1. Folks where going outside to look up in the sky and conversing in low tones. I knew something important was on, but I had no clue. After the Levin show, Coverage was taken over by Edd and Wendy King on their show party line. Both shows would use materials from the Kecksburg event on many an autumn night show for years, Especially the Kings on their Halloween night broadcast.

Radio was an integral part of life in the 1960’s. “It was all we listened to growing up in the ’50s and ’60s, because they carried the Buccos; hard to imagine today, but the Steelers were an afterthought in the Burgh back in the ’60s. On nights when the Bucs weren’t playing, they had Ed & Wendy King’s “Party Line”, where people called in and talked about life, shared recipes, played games and competed in mind contests. It was a simple time, for sure. The Steelers switched to 1250 some time in the late ’60s. “Party Line” was the first radio station talk show, another “first” for the Burgh.”(

“Ed & Wendy on Party Line they would tell what the callers were saying but you never heard the callers – Prince and Joe Tucker did the Steelers games when I first started following them – agreed KD owned Pittsburgh radio (Rege Cordic/Jack Bogut/Mike Levine/Art Pallan/Clark Race) …”(

Ed Shaughnessy Brought your news every night with 60 to 6…..(Dragon) Klondikes. chipped ham, and skyscraper cones were western Pa staples. The modern Klondike bar is a pale imitation to the real thing. In later years Jack Bogut and Ed S would be the morning team on KDKA and bring me the all important winter school closing reports.

I always had a leg up on my mom when the schools were closed. I would be dressed for sledding before she got the word of the closing, I was getting my reports via a crystal radio with speaker that was to soft to be heard downstairs. Funny, School was a 1-1/4 mile walk away and I would be sledding behind the school house when it was closed.

KDKA  was a “blow torch” station for much of my youth and well known for the one station you could tune in one even the crappiest crystal set with a rusty razor blade for a diode. I could get 5 stations out of a razor blade, if it were a good one.

One thing that I never tired of after all these years was playing with the crystal radio. I had made my first through 5th radios before kindergarten. (STAR THIS)*** When I was showed “how to build” one (Not) in school, I Damned near got expelled for correcting my teacher. They show you one of those simple radios and then the used a potato battery to bias and make louder….Well, I got in trouble for showing the teacher how to do it  and as loud, mind you. With 2 diodes. I was sent to the office and kept after school till my Dad arrived after work….That was after 5 pm. Remember, paddling was still allowed and a parent could still beat their kids…. Death row inmates might understand how I felt at that moment.

Well, my dad showed up in his work clothes, He had been repairing a broken sewer line, and Lo and behold, I was reprieved. They showed him what I did and he looked at the principle and the teacher and said “the kid is smart” and “If you were smart, you would realize that”. I was sent from the room while they discussed it some more and it was time to leave. The Old Man had a smile on his face and turned, not to go home, but took me to Isaly’s for an ice cream.

Other radio memories:

Chicken on the hill as the “Gunner” Bob prince would announce after a Willy Stargell Home Run.

Penguins Hockey, enuff said right there….

“The voice of Mike Levine was a familiar one to several generations of local radio listeners. From the tumultuous 1960s to the late 1980s, he was one of the market’s most popular and listened-to talk hosts” “1963, he started hosting the news-oriented talk show “Contact” on KDKA. In 1966, he left town for all-news WINS in New York, returning here in 1969 to host a 6 to 9 p.m. evening talk show at KDKA, which he did through 1975. He left KDKA for a job offer in Florida, and hosted talk shows at stations in Miami and West Palm Beach. KDKA hired him back in 1986, and he retired from radio when his contract ended in 1989.”

(Dragon) I still think as Mike as the first conspiracy show… Back in the mid “60’s” He was talking about Camp Hero and Montauk( It was going on) way before others had a clue about it. The shows where he did UFO’s were epic. Though I never cared for his political shows

In Conclusion:

It was December 9,1965, that an event occurred about 40 miles from Pittsburgh in a rural area of western Pennsylvania, that even now remains controversial for some, and mysterious to others. At the time many people saw a brilliant object moving across the sky. The news media focused on a young boy, who while playing outside, said he saw an object fall from the sky into some nearby woods. The media pursued his story since there were numerous accounts from others, that an aerial object was seen over a large area including many reports from the greater Pittsburgh area. Besides the police authorities, various newspapers, and radio and tv stations around Pittsburgh, had their phone lines jammed with calls about the object in the sky. Coincidentally, author Frank Edwards, who had written some popular books on UFO’s, was a guest on a KDKA radio talk show in Pittsburgh that evening, hosted by the late Mike Levine.

I’m gonna piss off some folks down this way….But those few souls who state nothing was found, Well, They are lying through their teeth….That’s a fact. The stories of Kecksburg will be with us for a log time to come. The Army and later the FBI  couldn’t bury completely such public an event.

What do I believe happened? I firmly believe it was the nazi bell…. Truth they say is weirder than fiction.


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5 Responses to Radio Memories…

  1. Craig Cavanaugh says:

    Sadly, radio of that kind was about done for by the time I came to be. I think it would be great to listen to some good radio programs while tinkering with some project. Nothing on the radio around here but CONNEDservative talking heads and sports…

  2. Jane Kirsch says:

    I’m about 10 years older than you and grew up lying in bed listening to Ed and Wendy every night. I found your post while researching them for a post I’m working on. I know this is an old post but if you still see comments thanks for your memories – the Burgh was a great place back then! Still a Pirates fan….

  3. A. Burke says:

    i think youve got Ed Shaunessy in the wrong time slot. It was the equally great Bill Steinbach who anchored 60 To 6 – “Pittsbiurgh’s Hour Long Newscast” (later 90 to 6). Ed anchored in morning drive at that time.

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  5. I was born and raised in the ‘burgh and well remember the radio and T-V personalities I grew up listening to in the 1950’s and 1960’s. His lottery conviction not withstanding, the late Nick Perry was one of my mentors while still a teenager. I bowled four times on channel 4’s Junior Championship Bowling in the 1960’s, and, living in Wilkinsburg, I could walk to WTAE studios and visit with Mr. Perry. He actually took me under his wing and taught me a lot. Radio, as it turned out, became such a passion in my youth that I pursued such a career in West Virginia in 1974. I found my niche in news and sports and it lasted 36 years at WVOW AM-FM in Logan, WV. Sadly, radio in 2010 seemed to be more about profit and loss and tenured broadcasters were being replaced by younger ones at less cost. Not having job protection, I became expendable. It was a wonderful career and being raised in Pittsburgh put me on the right track.

    Rob Weisner
    424 Circle Drive
    Logan, WV 25601

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