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Author Topic: KQV NewsRadio Pittsburgh going out of business December 31, 2017  (Read 227 times)
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« on: December 16, 2017, 08:36:05 AM »

I could of put this in the Pittsburgh Radio News thread, but this is so unprecedented I created a separate thread for it.

The legendary KQV NewsRadio (1410 AM in Pittsburgh) is going out of business completely on December 31, 2017. The station which has been on the air for almost 100 years is completely shutting down.

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2017/12/15/KQV-radio-going-off-the-air-Dec-31-all-news-format-Robert-W-Dickey-Jr/stories/201712150145
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« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2017, 01:57:12 PM »

Yes, an historic and sad day.  It is one of only a handful of stations east of the Mississippi with call letters beginning with K (KQV and KDKA predated the rule, KYW also predated the rule but moved to Philadelphia from Chicago, and KTGG in Michigan was the result of an FCC clerical error).

I am old enough (barely) to remember when KQV was THE Top 40 station in Pittsburgh.  It was the way most Pittsburghers consumed their music.  They have been all news for the past 42 years.  They used to have a street level studio in the Chamber of Commerce Building downtown that had a big window facing the street.  Gangs of kids would gather around to watch the DJ's work back in the Top 40 days.

Rush Limbaugh had worked at this station after starting his career across town at WIXZ.  My sister's late father-in-law had been a jock there in the early 60's.

It appears as if selling the land under the towers for housing development is a better business deal than selling the station outright.

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« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2017, 12:34:15 PM »

KQV radio has been officially listed for sale.

The sale will NOT include the site of the towers, so whomever buys it would quickly
have to come up with a new transmitter location. 

Here is a picture of the old street level studio in the Chamber of Commerce Building.
Christened by DJ's as "The corner of Walk and Don't Walk!"

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« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2018, 01:15:31 PM »

Word on the street here is that KQV has a new owner.
No idea who it might be at this point.

Whoever they are they'll have to find a new transmitter site as
the old one was not included in the sale.
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« Reply #4 on: Today at 07:51:40 AM »

Sad to say, a lot of these heritage AM stations are worth more as real estate than as a functioning station. The tower arrays take up a lot of developable land.
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