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WIXZ 1360

A Look Inside

Take a stroll down memory lane.

The Original DJs of WIXZ 1360 AM

George Brewer - WIXZ 1360

Born in Elmira, NY, George attended Ithaca State College and worked at WOLF as well as other stations in New York and Michigan before moving to WPOP in Hartford to replace Roy Cooper on the 3:00-7:00PM shift.
On July 7, 1966, George broke the world's record (at the time) for the longest roller coaster ride at Riverside Park by going round and round 310 times over 12 1/2 hours. By that time he was hosting WPOP's wakeup show from 5:30-9:00AM.
George left WPOP for WIXY Cleveland and later worked at WIXZ near Pittsburgh. He was working in the promotions department of CBS Records when he passed away in 1973.

George Brewer
LISTEN> | Aircheck recorded 7/5/1969
Jerry Butler - WIXZ 1360

The Butler did it! Jerry Butler was brought in from WIXZ/McKeesport, PA, just outside of Pittsburgh. He began entertaining New Englanders on June 21, 1969. His last show was in October, 1970, because they needed him at KHJ/Los Angeles.

Tragically, Jerry took his own life in the summer of 1976, in California, after a stint at KGIL, also in Los Angeles.

Jerry Butler
LISTEN> | Aircheck recorded 7/26/1969
Jeff Christie (Rush Limbaugh) - WIXZ 1360

A generation of McKeesporters (PA) who came of age in the late 1960s fondly remember McKeesport's WIXZ (1360) as the fun, free-wheeling, slightly scruffier pop-music alternative to Pittsburgh's KQV (1410). But around the country --- at least in radio circles --- WIXZ is remembered as the station that fired Rush Limbaugh from his first radio job! That's right. The voice of the conservative revolution of the 1990s and the man who helped save AM talk radio couldn't hold a gig in McKeesport.

Jeff Christie ("Rush Limbaugh")
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Al Collins - WIXZ 1360

He moved to WIXZ in Pittsburgh (1973) before heading back to the West Coast three years later. While in Pittsburgh, he briefly hosted a late night television show entitled "Jazzbeauxz (with a 'z') Rehearsal", an eclectic sampling of anything that caught Collins' interest at the time, including a long-running hard-boiled-egg spinning contest. He conducted the program from a barber chair, as he had on a previous TV show.

Al Collins ('Jazzbeaux' / 'Jazzbo' )
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Spent a brief stint at WIXZ in 1971. As of 2013 Bill was still at Sirius XM, on Channel 13, Elvis Radio, on Saturday Nights; in addition he's a prominent announcer on the NBC TV net; have been doing the commercial billboards for Saturday Night Live since 2001; Bill also does imaging for stations and his company (Bill Rock Productions, Bridgeport, CT) produces radio and TV shows plus radio and TV commercials and imaging.

Sean Grabowski  (Bill Rock)
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Interned at WIXZ in its first year.

Bobby Harper
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Brian Hartford - WIXZ 1360

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Brian Hartford ("Your Brother")
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Dick Kemp - WIXZ 1360

The Wilde Childe WAS wild...probably one of the loudest DJs ever on WIXY! Stayed at WIXY for 2 years, then went to WIXY's sister station WIXZ in McKeesport, PA. Dick is now retired and living in Alaska.

Dick Kemp ("The Wilde Childe")
LISTEN> | Aircheck recorded 3/1969
Terry Lee - WIXZ 1360

Terry Lee will always be remembered as one of the three disc jockeys whose record discoveries helped define what we now call the Pittsburgh sound, said former area broadcaster Ed Weigle.
To this day, oldies record collectors categorize songs as either Porky Records, 'Mad Mike Moldie Oldies' or The T.L. Sound,' said Weigle, who did voice overs for Trunzo's Magic webcasts. He was unique among the jocks (because of) his movie-star good looks, which brought him quite a bit of local success on television.

Terry Lee
LISTEN> | Aircheck recorded 1971
Jack Mindy - WIXZ 1360

While he's best known for his work in western New York, Mindy has jocked on the west coast at KCBS-FM San Francisco and KNEW Oakland, in the midwest at KXOK St. Louis, in Michigan at WJR Detroit and WTRX Flint and near the east coast in Connecticut at WTIC Hartford.

Mindy's first paid gig was at WGVA Geneva, N.Y., in 1962. He made his first Buffalo appearance in 1967 at WYSL, and would later jock in the Queen City at WBEN (1978-87) and at WWKB for a short time in 1987. Mindy's resume also includes WHEN and WFBL Syracuse, N.Y., WIXZ Pittsburgh and WHAM Rochester, N.Y. He finished his career in 2015 at WGMC Greece, N.Y., ending his longest-ever stay at one station, 13 years.

Jack Mindy
LISTEN> | Aircheck recorded 1969
Mark Roberts - WIXZ 1360

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Mark Roberts
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Mike McGann - WIXZ 1360

Mike McGann grew up in Pittsburgh. He joined WTAE in September 1973 after spending 13 months at WIXZ in McKeesport.   The Smiling Irishman stayed with WTAE until 1976 when he moved over to the FM side on 96 KX. After leaving Pittsburgh, Mike's stops included WRKZ in Hershey (VP/GM), WISR in Butler (VP/GM), and WPRR in Altoona (GM).
Mike returned to Pittsburgh where he was program director and handled afternoons at WJAS from 2002 until 2008.

Mike McGann
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