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Thursday, May 8, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
 

McKeesport's WEDO-AM 810 is into its summer slate, filling 14½ hours of daily airtime.

Included on Saturdays are the new Rick J's Musicscape at 4 p.m. along with the return of Jeremy King at 7:05 p.m. and Mike G's “Mike on the Mic” from 11 a.m. to noon.

“It is predominantly a music show,” said Mike G., aka Mike Greisinger, who premiered last weekend. “My scope ranges from 1920s blues all the way to today's contemporary music.”

Mike G returns to WEDO after a brief interlude for an Internet-only show. As “Mike on the Mic” and other WEDO fare can be accessed live at the www.wedo810.com website, Mike G said he's heard from listeners in Florida and Colorado.

The Greisinger name, or, more accurately, the G name, has a long history on Mon-Yough radio. Mike, who will turn 30 in July, worked with his father, Gary G, during much of his quarter-century in radio, doing commercials and other background work.

“My dad has to have some part in it because he's had some experience,” Mike G said. “He does some spots for me, and he also is very beneficial when it comes to the advertising. My dad always has been a heck of a salesman.”

Father and son promote Cathy G Charities, named for Catherine Helen Greisinger, Gary's daughter and Mike's sister, who died in 2003 in a Pitcairn house fire.

“Our mission is simply to help others,” according to cathygcharities.com. Its help has ranged from gunlocks and animal welfare to disabled veterans and soldiers' families.

“Frania's Polka Celebration,” “Voice of the Croatian Fraternal Union” and “Radio Italia” are the bridge between Mike G and Rick J.

“That's basically like the '60s, '70s, club dance music, a semi-disco music show,” WEDO general manager Jeremy Bosse said of Rick Jankowski, another area disc jockey who premiered on WEDO on April 26.

He calls himself “The Dean of the Old School” and did shows for decades on a variety of stations, including WWCS-540, WYEP-91.3 and old WZUM-1590 , WRUA-1510 (now Catholic WPGR) and McKeesport's WIXZ-1360.

WIXZ just went through a change, as Pentecostal Temple Development Corp. flipped call signs on its two gospel stations, giving WGBN to its stronger McKeesport station and moving the old WMNY sign from AM 1360 to AM 1150 in New Kensington.

Back up the dial at WEDO's White Oak studios, the Jeremy King Show is back for the summer from 7:05 to 8 p.m.

“That's the big-band, dance swing music, 1930s through current artists,” Bosse said.

Weeknights during the summer there's a new syndicated “Let's Talk Nutrition” from 7:05 to 8 p.m.; Salem Radio Network news airs at 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

Elsewhere on WEDO is a pair of efforts of McKeesport public affairs provided by Tube City Community Media.

Tube City's Jason Togyer is executive producer of “Two Rivers, 30 Minutes,” airing Fridays from 9:30 to 10 a.m.

“Usually, it is a live show,” Bosse said. The show premiered earlier this spring with McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko as a guest.

In addition, Bosse said, “McKeesport History Minutes” are interspersed through the day, produced in cooperation with the McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center in Renziehausen Park.

Tube City offers podcasts of its programs at Stitcher Radio and iTunes.

History of another sort is being made with “Radio Italia.” Host Sal Patitucci is marking a half-century in radio, dating back to his first shows on old WKPA (now WMNY). He's on WEDO from 3 to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

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

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