ShareThis Page

New general manager, assistant news director named at WAMO

| Monday, April 8, 2013, 12:02 a.m.

It is Gary Gunter's first day as general manager of Martz's Wilkinsburg-based hip-hop/R&B WAMO-660 and FM 100.1.

Gunter, Radio One Baltimore sales manager, replaced Laura Varner-Norman, who also worked with Sheridan and Sinclair stations.

The city-grade signal of FM 100.1, 99-watt W261AX, covers the three Mon-Yough cities.

• At Hearst's WTAE-4, Peabody Award winning investigative reporter Jim Parsons was promoted to assistant news director. Also, Matt Belanger was hired as weekend anchor from Hearst's WGAL-8 in Lancaster.

• It is a time of transition for the Federal Communications Commission.

U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Forest Hills, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said he hopes replacements for chairman Julius Genachowski and commissioner Robert McDowell will be strong advocates for a free and open Internet.

Doyle wants the FCC to promote “competitive markets, local voices in the media, new technologies, new entrants (and) faster broadband speeds” and continue “policies that drive innovation and competition” in wired and wireless markets.

He calls for wireless spectrum auctions “crafted to create real opportunities for new entrants,” not just to make more spectrum available.

Doyle, who co-sponsored legislation opening the door to this fall's round of low-power FM licensing, hopes community broadcasters get licenses in a “simple and straightforward” application process.

• National Association of Broadcasters CEO Gordon Smith said Genachowski “consistently performed with dedication and focus” since he was named chairman in 2009.

“We may have disagreed on occasion, but America's broadcasters wish him well,” Smith said. He hailed McDowell for “ardent support for fair media ownership rules and full-throated support for a vibrant First Amendment” in seven years on the FCC.

• The FCC is reviewing its policy on broadcast expletives and indecency. The American Family Association urged the FCC to uphold high standards.

• The FCC fined Cornerstone TeleVision $15,000 for not fixing tower lights at its Brookville low-power station for eight months.

• An April 1 hoax backfired on morning co-hosts Val St. John and Scott Fish on Renda's “Gator Country” WWGR-101.9 in Bonita Springs, Fla.

They were suspended for two days for saying “dihydrogen monoxide” was coming out of taps. A local utility felt compelled to reassure customers about water safety.

“They just went too far” with the H2O joke, WWGR manager Tony Renda Jr. told the Fort Myers News-Press.

• In Pittsburgh Renda's WSHH-99.7 promoted TLC “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro's giveaway of 10,000 free cakes.

Some couldn't wait. Police said William Davenport, 52, of Sheraden stole four cakes valued at $26.99 each.

• The third annual WSHH Purse Party for the American Heart Association is May 31 at the Sheraton Station Square. See “Wish 99.7” on Facebook.

• West Mifflin Area Middle School, seven other schools and two after-school programs took part in the fourth annual WQED/Engineers Society of Western Pennsylvania “Design Lives Here” event on Friday at Inventionland.

• TNA Entertainment has a Spike TV “Impact Wrestling” show set for April 25 at 8 p.m. at Indiana's Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex. For tickets see or call 800-298-4200.

• Salem's WORD-101.5 presents Juli Slattery of Authentic Intimacy at a May 9 “Women in Ministry” luncheon at Hilton Garden Inn Southpointe. More at

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.