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Comment Archives: stories: Music: Music Features

Posted by Human Roomba on 10/20/2016 at 1:18 PM

Re: “On the record with Jillian Medford of IAN SWEET

Posted by Nathan Barham on 10/03/2016 at 10:54 PM

Re: “Wu-Tang's RZA found his second chance in Steubenville

I went to school with his mom at Jefferson Community College. We talked almost everyday and she couldn't stop talking about her son. One day we got on the conversation about music. This was back in 1998 or 1999. She had mentioned her son was a musician and she could get me a autograph. I declined. "Most people don't amount to anything from Steubenville". She told me to look them up. The next day she asked me again if I wanted a autograph and I respectfully declined. She was a little mad but she understood. We still talked everyday in the computer room till I left in 1999. She wouldn't talk about anything except her son and how well he did. I'm glad the hard work paid off.

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Posted by Robert Gardner on 09/26/2016 at 12:31 AM

Re: “WYEP marks 40 years as "the station that refused to die"

Another interesting anecdote about WDUQ, back when they were at Duq U.

I was called by a guy named Humphries to work on one of their Scully reel to reels. We had three at Y97 (ask Sean McDowell - he used them a lot) and I was pretty good at troubleshooting them. He had known me from my stay at Opus One working in the shop for Tasso...

Had some issue with the capstan drive. So I find that the power xtor for the servo is bad, find some old flyback xtor in an old TV they had in pieces in the shop area and get it going.

So I'm in the lobby with the chancellor and on the air monitor I hear they are interviewing some old jazz/blues dude about his recordings. The host, in the typical hoddy-toddy voice asks what his motivations were for using what seemed to be a technique for modulation

"Where you thinking of a diatonic pivot chord for the modulation?"

In a husky, bourbon-laced voice:

"I was thinkin' 'bout nekked wimmen..."

I thought the chancellor was gonna pass out....

Posted by ajawamnet on 09/09/2016 at 10:27 AM

Re: “WYEP marks 40 years as "the station that refused to die"

Interesting... you mention getting the new equipment working at Bedford. Should been there with Doug, Peter, Mikel, Michael, Mary Pam, and I back in the late 80's during the move to Chatham...

I recall Doug Bostrom - then GM and also Chief Engineer - climbing Andy Pato's tower to tighten ground straps on the Shively 4 bay.

Andy was a local ham radio guy whose tower was also at Hazelwood so we moved the transmitter/antennas to his hamshack (much cheaper rent) and were running under a temporary CP from FCC for being only 85 feet AG. We were so close tot he ground that during wet weather you could hear the AM noise in the chain link fence (sorry Mythbusters - it's true).

When you shut the fluorescent lights off in the hamshack where the transmitter was the ends of the tubes would still glow and you could put your finger on the glow and drag it across the bulb - cool! (NOT)

I recall the Flamethrower (that's what they call the "new" RCA BTF10 Doug rebuilt on his kitchen table ) going down about 2 weeks after getting back on the air at Chatham. This link to a pdf can explain why it was called that (Peter - the pic may freak you out a bit):

It would do what we called "bipping" - you'd raise the power and poof off the air it'd go. Doug had a collapsed lung and put me in charge - I called up Amil at WQED (I believe that was his name) and he came up to Hazelwood. "Ya gotta bad load..." We mentioned it was a new 4 bay antenna... "I don't care ya gotta bad load..."

Ended up he was right. Andy climbed the tower - ya hadda stay away from the base, Andy had a penchant for dropping large wrenches - and sure enough, about 20 ft of the new Andrew 1-7/8 transmission line was fried....

There's a jpg of a 3D model of the transmitter site on my website I did of the tower farm and the new tower that we wanted to put up:

The ACAD drawing if you have autocad or similar - - done in 1992, on a DOS version of ACAD 10 with a monochrome 14" monitor and no mouse; all command line. This was for a court case that was filed by one of the tenants of the tower site, claiming we would be in the fresnel zone of his towers lessees. Turn out he was just bulling WYEP to get back on the 250' tower WYEP was originally on (back when the shut Cable Place). I recall Mary Pam getting the new Continental transmitter and eventually moving back.

I recall the Chatham "broadcast furniture" in the production room was actually kitchen cabinets (turns out 19" rack gear/rails fit quite well). I remember crawling thru the tunnelss under the quad running the STL cables to the library.

Spent many a long night at Chatham and Hazelwood. Learned a lot - for instance that packing tape, when layered up about 4 times, is about 11pF - how we fixed the plate blocker for the final tube after a lightning hit - pic of a similar tube on my marketturd site:

BYW - those are Continental transmitters. I had those at Y97 (also at Hazelwood - how I met Doug)...

I do recall working at Hazelwood when the fire station at the bottom of the hill was robbed. A Pgh police LT saw me there at dusk. He rolled the window of his cruiser down and said, " You come up here much?"

I'm standing there holding a large blower for the final cavity... "Yea..."

"You come here at night?"


"You gotta gun?"

"" I stammered.

"You an f'ing asshole...." as rolled the window up and drove away...

Posted by ajawamnet on 09/08/2016 at 10:17 PM

Re: “Singer-songwriter and one-time Pittsburgh resident Jeremiah Clark wants audiences to relate to him as a real person

Hear "Understood" in a live, acoustic format HERE

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Posted by Mariposa941 on 08/31/2016 at 3:15 PM

Re: “Pittsburgh rapper Hardo’s long walk to redemption

Great inspiration for others! I will definitely share this! Keep doing your thing Hardo! Thanks Charlie and CP!

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Posted by Knowledge Hudson on 08/16/2016 at 2:54 PM

Re: “Pittsburgh rapper Hardo’s long walk to redemption

Great you're using this experience to help others! It should be more comments, especially for the Base you're trying to reach The Millions of followers and you tube audience!

Posted by Lamar Coaston Jr. on 08/11/2016 at 12:24 AM

Re: “Pittsburgh rapper Hardo’s long walk to redemption

Great story!

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Posted by Stefon L Heyward on 08/10/2016 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Muli-platinum-selling artist Josh Groban talks about bullying, the importance of arts education and how he developed his sense of humor

To help combat bullying: The rhythm and rhyme of songs can help teach kindness and tolerance.
“Be a Buddy, not a Bully,” is a popular song on YouTube with over 7700 hits so far.

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Posted by GloriaR on 07/27/2016 at 3:26 PM
Posted by marquawn hill on 07/26/2016 at 8:51 AM

Re: “At 78 and with myriad health issues, surf-rock legend Dick Dale plays through the pain

This story has been sited on Wickipedia, I came across it while looking up Dick, who I a going to see next week (July 23, 2016) I didn't know Dick was having so many medical problems. This will be my first time seeing him.
Hope he has been able to get the help he needs without having to tour to do it. But I will gladly pay the price of admission to help and see this legend live.

Posted by Rick Recco on 07/09/2016 at 6:59 AM

Re: “More highlights of the Pittsburgh JazzLive International… Pittsburgh leaving out those who helped build it.

Posted by sfoyle on 06/23/2016 at 8:35 AM

Re: “As guitarist of the Mavericks, Eddie Perez lives out his rock-god dreams in an unlikely forum

Fabulous group...PROBLEM was the speakers were way too strong for the venue and the sound bounced off the balcony ceiling making it sound harsh and impossible to stay in the audience to listen.. I had to leave mid way through..

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Posted by Nettie Glickman on 06/19/2016 at 9:06 AM

Re: “Pittsburgh’s The Gotobeds come out swinging on their Sub Pop debut

Good band, all their records are good. They seem to not understand how dumb the "wild as fuck" live show is and would be much better received if they focused on playing their songs well. Everybody who is friends with these guys knows how normal, responsible, and nice they are and there is nothing reckless about them at all. Standing on a chair with a guitar is not a good look bro

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Posted by Concerned fan on 06/18/2016 at 10:59 AM

Re: “As guitarist of the Mavericks, Eddie Perez lives out his rock-god dreams in an unlikely forum

Nice article on my cuzn’ Eddie Perez, the lead guitarist & back up vocalist for the Multi-Grammy Award winning band “The Mavericks”. I remember when Eddie first picked up the guitar; he couldn’t have been more than 9 or 10 yrs. old. I’m about 8 yrs. older than him and one summer (about 1979) I was playing the drums and learning how to play the guitar myself. We both loved The Beatles so I gave him a The Complete Beatles song book. I was amazed when by the following summer Eddie had learned every song in that book. I knew then that this kid was something special! We used to entertain our family at back yard BBQ’s, Jamming’ and singing, mostly Beatles songs of course! By the time Eddie was a teenager, he was forming his own bands, I mean really good bands and he was performing all over the place. I have to add Eddie’s dad, my uncle Eddie Perez Sr. was a very good guitarist himself and I’m sure he was a big influence. Eddie’s mom, Tassie had a great voice and his brother Steve was a pretty good drummer in his own right. So Eddie had a musically inclined family. As a matter of fact, there were many musicians in our family, our grandfather, my dad and other family members & family friends. We always had some sort of live music at our family gatherings when we were growing up. It was great! We’re all so Proud of what Eddie has accomplished! Truly Blessed!

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Posted by Ruben J. Acuña on 06/10/2016 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Layer Cake Festival showcases Pittsburgh’s ambitious, artistic energy

The Mixus Brothers are excited to play at this years Layer Cake Music Festival ... we will be in Spirit Hall (upstairs) on Saturday starting at 6:20 ... don't miss all the great bands playing that day!

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Posted by Jacob E Stempky on 06/01/2016 at 11:19 AM

Re: “After a long hiatus, and high-profile coming-out, Christian-music veteran Jennifer Knapp moves forward

Her music speaks volumes, both of her journey and mine. That is what makes her such a tremendous talent, her raw and haunting lyrics sink into our souls and if just by chance, help us grow, heal and see ourselves clearer. Jennifer Knapp is a talent unlike any other and I hope she never tires of making music.

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Posted by Michelle Marra on 05/29/2016 at 6:53 AM

Re: “After a long hiatus, and high-profile coming-out, Christian-music veteran Jennifer Knapp moves forward

As long as Knapp continues to make great music her personal life is irrelevant. GOD will be our final judge and HE will decide if Jennifer Knapp was a true follower NOT ME!

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Posted by Mike Hassett on 05/28/2016 at 9:59 PM

Re: “On its new record, Baltimore's Noisem tackles some weighty issues

Oscar Wilde's "The Ballad Of Reading Gaoul": "I only love what I cannot have/ I only kill the ones I love."

So filled with hate that he cannot tell the difference between hatred and honesty.


Posted by Alfredo on 05/05/2016 at 11:07 AM

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