PITTSBURGH, PA – National Disc Jockey Day occurs every January 20 to commemorate the death date of Alan Freed, one of the nation’s early influential DJs. Freed is credited with popularizing the term “rock and roll” while working at radio stations in Akron, Cleveland and New York in the 1950s.
Pittsburgh has had numerous talented DJs since Freed coined that term. Given that today is meant to honor them, it’s an appropriate time to ask: Who is your all-time favorite DJ and why?
- Randy Baumann (WDVE)
- Big Bob (96.1 KISS)
- Jack Bogut (KDKA, WTAE, WSHH, WJAS)
- Bubba (B-94, Star 100.7)
- Chuck Brinkman (KQV, WTAE, WFFM-WMYG)
- Bill Cardille (WJAS)
- Porky Chedwick (WAMO, WEDO)
- Jeff Christie a.k.a.Rush Limbaugh (KQV)
- Rege Cordic (KDKA)
- Chris DeCarlo (WYDD, WDVE, Y108)
- John Garry (WTAE, WHTX)
- Steve Hanson (WDVE, WMYG, 3WS)
- George Hart (KQV, WXKX, 3WS, WPNT)
- Jim Krenn (WDVE)
- Terry Lee (WMCK, WIXZ)
- Sean McDowell (WYDD, WYTK, WRRK, WDVE)
- Jim Merkel (WPEZ, 3WS)
- Michele Michaels (WDVE)
- Mikey (96.1 KISS)
- Larry O’Brien (WTAE, WHTX)
- Scott Paulsen (WHTX, WDVE, WRKZ)
- Clark Race (KDKA)
- Jimmy Roach (WDVE, WMYG, Y108)
- Cris Winter (WXXP, WDVE, WISH)
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Police are investigating after a man walked into a Pittsburgh hospital with a gunshot wound in his back.
Pittsburgh Police responded to reports of a male with a gunshot wound who had walked into a hospital around 1 a.m. Thursday morning.
When they arrived to talk with the victim, police say he told them he was leaving a bar on the 2600 block of California Avenue when he heard gunfire.
He told police that’s when he realized he’d been shot in the back.
The victim was last listed in stable condition.
Police say they are investigating.
Giant Eagle is eyeing a future without plastic bags, and for several stores, it begins Wednesday.
Some Giant Eagle stores are part of a six-month pilot program that eliminates single-use plastic bags.As an alternative, reusable bags will be sold for 99 cents. Paper bags will cost a dime.
For a limited time, a “one perk per reusable bag used” promotion will be available to customers who bring their own bags.
The program is being tested at Giant Eagle’s Waterworks Market District store in the Pittsburgh area, as well as at stores in Cuyahoga County and Bexley, Ohio.
According to a press release, Giant Eagle is committed to phasing out the blue-colored plastic bags in all city of Pittsburgh stores “in the coming months.”
Giant Eagle aims to eliminate single-use plastics by 2025.
For more information about Giant Eagle’s sustainability efforts, go to GiantEagle.com/AllOfUs.
The residential fire was reported around 4 a.m. on the 200 block of Robinson Street.
When firefighters arrived, they found the roof on fire and downed power lines on the roof, according to Chris Togneri, public safety spokesman.
Togneri said the blaze went to two alarms about an hour after it was reported, but crews were able to put it out after Duquesne Light shut off power to the lines.
The Fire Investigation Unit, which made up of police detectives and fire investigators, will determine the cause of the fire.
BALDWIN (KDKA) — Allegheny County Police say the man shot and killed last night in Baldwin was armed and allegedly trying to break into a family’s apartment.
The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office has now identified the alleged intruder as 22-year-old Joshua Brandon Long of West Mifflin.
According to police, Long was shot and killed just after 7 p.m. Sunday while attempting an alleged armed robbery at an apartment on Rosewood Court.
Police say the 25-year-old man living in the apartment retrieved his own gun during the incident and shot the suspect. The man was at home with his 24-year-old fiancée and their 10-month-old child.
Officers took a 19-year-old man into custody nearby shortly after arriving at the scene. He is facing drug charges.
Allegheny County Police detectives continue to investigate the incident.
They will be working with the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office to determine whether any charges will be filed in the incident.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the Allegheny County Police tip line at 1-833-ALL-TIPS (1-833-255-8477).
A man took a cash register from a market during a robbery Saturday night, according to Pittsburgh police.
Officers were called to the Brighton Road store around 8:15 p.m. in the city’s Brighton Heights neighborhood. Police said the suspect went inside the store, grabbed the cash register and fled on foot.
No one was hurt. Neither the suspect nor the cash register were found by police who searched the area.
A new record high temperature in Pittsburgh was set for the date Saturday, breaking a 130-year-old record.
The high temperature recorded at Pittsburgh International Airport was 70 degrees which beats the record high of 68 set in 1890.A normal high for this time of year is 36 degrees, with a normal low around 21 degrees.
By Tom Davidson
Pittsburgh police arrested 10 people in an undercover prostitution sting this week at a city hotel.
Among those charged were:
• Moriah Asefi, 29, of Jeannette, charged with prostitution and possessing instruments of crime.
• Heather Madhat, 49, of Akron, Ohio, was charged with promoting prostitution.
• Scott Porter, 40, of Pittsburgh’s Sheraden neighborhood. Porter is charged with prostitution. He worked under the name “Desire” and was billed as a female, according to a complaint.
• Clara Bass, 40, South Union Township, Fayette County. Bass is charged with prostitution and possessing instruments of crime.
• Patricia Scarlett, 43, of Farmington, was charged with promoting prostitution.
• Two passengers in a car, Brian Funk, 26, of Uniontown, and Joseph Chism, 22, also of South Union, were charged with prohibited acts after marijuana and a pipe allegedly were found by police.
• Cody Singletary, 24, of Mt. Oliver. Singletary is charged with prostitution and possessing instruments of crime.
• Two others, Russell Hogue, 39, of Petrolia, and Kalil Bryant, 26, of Emsworth, were charged with patronizing prostitutes and possessing instruments of crime.
.Tom Davidson is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tom at 724-226-4715, email@example.com or via Twitter .
Kids in the 1960s did see more snow.
That was the snowiest decade since 1900, with 541.1 inches of snowfall over that 10-year stretch.
One thing you will notice on this graph, though, is that 2010-19 was the second snowiest decade.
It lagged behind the snowiest decade by almost 50 inches, but that really isn’t much over the span of a decade.
If you were a kid in the 1960s, KDKA meteorologist Ray Petelin agrees with you that there was more snow “back then.”
Everyone else has seen more snow over the last 10 years.
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The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office identifies her as 57-year-old Barbara Ann McMillin of the South Side Flats.
No other passengers were inside the vehicle.
The Pittsburgh Police Collision Investigation Unit is looking into the crash.
Duquesne Light crews were also called in because an electrical box was damaged.
According to the McCandless Police Chief Ryan Hawk, the call came in just before 2:30 p.m.
He said a man and a woman got into an argument outside of the home and the man went back into the home.
That’s when Hawk said the woman heard a gunshot and immediately called 9-1-1. McCandless Police and the North Hills Special Response Team arrived at what they believed to be a domestic situation. They treated this as a barricaded situation, not knowing what was happening inside.
When they were able to get into the home, they found the man dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
“Deceased since that gunshot was heart,” said Chief Ryan Hawk. “At this time, we can say this was not a situation where anyone was barricaded.”
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — New details have emerged in the murder of Samuel Rende, including possible motives and bizarre details about the suspect himself.
90-year-old Samuel Rende succumbed to his injuries after being shot in the head by 27-year-old Anthony Miller yesterday. He died at 12:59 p.m. at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. Medics transported him there from his pickup truck after having been found in critical condition.
Samuel Rende was among those charged in 1981 in the murder-for-hire slaying of Norman McGregor. He pleaded no contest in 1985 to conspiracy.
In a bygone era when guys involved in questionable business dealings sported memorable monikers such as “Egghead,” “Codfish,” “Monster” and “Snooky,” Samuel Rende was just plain Sam.
The 90-year-old Mr. Rende — who was shot to death Saturday near the same Hazelwood streets where he grew up, in what police said was a targeted killing — never had a nickname. He was a man who had long stayed out of the public eye after doing time in the 1980s for his alleged involvement in a murder-for-hire scheme.
PITTSBURGH — A man wanted for a deadly double shooting that occurred during a blinding snow squall earlier this month was arrested at his mother’s house in Pitcairn, police said.
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Investigators said Maurice Demond King, 26, of Turtle Creek, was arrested on Dec. 26. He was charged with homicide, aggravated assault, carrying a firearm without a license, tampering with evidence and other charges in connection with the double shooting on Dec. 18.
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – An Uber driver fired a shot in self-defense when he said four of his passengers assaulted him.
Pittsburgh Police say they responded to a report of an assault on the 300 block of Crafton Avenue around 2 a.m. Tuesday morning.
When they arrived, they met an Uber driver who told police he was assaulted by four men who were passengers in the car.
BREAKING: Details just released from @PghPolice on a shooting in Oakland. They say a male Uber driver was assaulted by 4 male passengers. The driver shot in self defense. The bullet grazed a passenger. More on @PittsburghsCW @KDKA
— Lindsay Ward (@LindsayWardTV) December 24, 2019
Police say the driver claimed he shot in self-defense, with his shot grazing a suspect in the head. That suspect was taken to the hospital in stable condition.
The other passengers ran, but police say they were later arrested on robbery charges.
Uber says its firearms policy prohibits “riders and their guests, as well as driver and delivery partners, from carrying firearms of any kind while using our app.”
Police are investigating.