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Beaver County anchorman was regarded as voice of KQV

| Saturday, June 21, 2008

After 34 years as anchorman and reporter at KQV Radio, Steve Lohle was regarded by his colleagues as the voice of the local station.

"Steve's deep, resonant presentation of the news almost demanded that the listener stay tuned .....or else," said Robert W. Dickey, president and general manager of KQV.

Stephen E. Lohle of New Brighton, Beaver County, died of an apparent heart attack on Friday, June 20, 2008, in the Medical Center, Beaver. He was 58.

KQV News director Frank Gottlieb recalled Mr. Lohle as a one-of-a-kind reporter, to whom you could hand a cold script seconds before he went on the air, and he could handle it like the professional he was.

"And it's rare when an applicant walks into your office with the credentials that Steve brought to the station," Gottlieb added.

Mr. Lohle, the son of Edward H. Lohle of Hampton and the late Catherine McCarron Lohle, was raised in Ross, graduated from North Hills High School, and graduated from Curry College in Boston, where he received his degree in speech communications.

He became interested in broadcasting at North Hills High School when he did the public address announcements.

Mr. Lohle's first job in broadcasting was with WQRC-FM in Hyannis, Mass., where he covered the fatal accident at Chappaquiddick involving Sen. Ted Kennedy and his landslide re-election after it. He was program director at WHVY-FM and WMAS-AM in Springfield, Mass.

Mr. Lohle enjoyed golf and was a motorcycle enthusiast. He was a baseball umpire for the PIAA and the legion league.

Mr. Lohle is survived by his wife, Barbara Smolar Lohle and 10-year-old son, Collin Matthew Lohle at home; stepsons, Douglas V. Pletz of Northeast, Erie County and Jason F. Pletz of Pittsburgh; a stepdaughter, Jamie L. Pletz of Pittsburgh; his brother, Timothy J. Lohle of Hampton and his sister, Dolores M. Simon of Chicago.

He was preceded in death by his mother, who died on May 9, 2009, and a brother, Matthew T. Lohle.

Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, at the J&J Spratt Funeral Home, 1612 Third Ave., New Brighton, Beaver County.

Visitation at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul Cathedral, Oakland, followed by a Mass at 10:30 a.m. at the cathedral.

Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Hazelwood.

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