Radio Waves

A Bit if the B lands at Q
WLTJ (Q92.9)/Pittsburgh has hired taps 21-year market vet John Cline for mornings, becoming Q92.9's first air personality. Previously, John was part of the B-9 morning show. After that he he handled mornings at crosstown WZPT-FM (Star 100.7) from 2003-06 before being a casualty of budget cuts.

WXDX Used As Part Of Contest Scam
CARTER MCDONALD pleaded guilty to pulling off a prize scam on 14 separate occasions around PITTSBURGH. MCDONALD would tell people he met on the street that he worked for CLEAR CHANNEL Alternative WXDX (105.9 THE X) and offer them concert tickets, flat-screen TVs and other prizes. All they needed to do to collect the purported freebies was pay cash up front to cover shipping costs.

ALLEGHENY COUNTY Judge DAVID R. CASHMAN sentenced him to consecutive terms of two years' probation on each of the theft counts and ordered him to submit to drug screening and pay $1,775 restitution.

Chicago Legend Wally Phillips Dies
WGN-AM/CHICAGO is reporting the passing of local radio legend WALLY PHILLIPS. The station, where PHILLIPS served as morning host from 1965 through 1986, and then moved to afternoons before his run at WGN ended on JANUARY 20, 1998, reports that PHILLIPS passed away after a five-year battle with Alzheimer's disease at 82. PHILLIPS, who worked at the old WCOP-A/CINCINNATI before moving to CHICAGO, served 42 years with WGN and hosted a weekly show on crosstown WAIT-AM after his retirement from WGN. He was inducted into the RADIO HALL OF FAME in 1993.