Listen to WDVE’s Sean McDowell sign off for the last time |

Listen to WDVE’s Sean McDowell sign off for the last time

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop | Tribune-Review
WDVE DJ Sean McDowell broadcasts his last show Wednesday from the Marriott Pittsburgh City Center.

Longtime radio DJ Sean McDowell retired Wednesday after 41 years on the air around Pittsburgh.

He broadcast his final show from the Marriott Pittsburgh City Center, across from PPG Paints Arena prior to the Queen and Adam Lambert concert.

“This is my last break ever in radio in after 41 years,” McDowell said at the beginning of his sign off. “I typed it out so I wouldn’t screw it up.”

What followed was about four-and-half minutes of thanks, a few stories about his start in radio — “There’s no integrity in broadcasting,” McDowell said, recalling his father’s reaction to him calling to say he was going into broadcasting — a nod to his replacement on the air, and heartfelt appreciation to everyone who he met, who helped make his show possible and who tuned in.

“This radio station will always be a part of the fabric of Pittsburgh,” he said in closing. “WDVE. I grew up listening to it. The calls always mean so much in here each afternoon, guys, whatever we’re talking about. Thank you. 102.5. WDVE.”

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