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WDVE
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City of license Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Broadcast area Pittsburgh metropolitan area
Branding "102.5 DVE"
"102.5 WDVE"
Slogan "DVE Rocks"
Frequency 102.5 (MHz)
102.5 (MHz) HD2-Blues
(also on HD Radio)
First air date 1962
Format Classic rock
ERP 55,000 watts
HAAT 250 meters
Class B
Facility ID 59588
Callsign meaning W DoVE
Former callsigns KQV-FM
Owner Clear Channel Communications
Sister stations WBGG, WKST-FM, WPGB, WWSW, WXDX
Webcast WDVE Webstream
Website http://www.dve.com
WDVE's studios sit next to Interstate 376 in western Pittsburgh.

WDVE (102.5 FM) is a Classic rock music formatted radio station in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA at 102.5 MHz. It is often referred to by Pittsburghers as simply "DVE" WDVE's transmitter is located on Pittsburgh's North Side. Since 2006, the station has been the highest-rated radio station in the Pittsburgh market, surpassing longtime market leader KDKA.

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History

The station has aired rock music since 1969, when it was owned by ABC. Previously, it was known as KQV-FM and simulcasted sister station KQV. The new programming was a tape service of album rock entitled "Love" created by ABC official Allen Shaw designed specifically for airing on the 7 FM stations owned by ABC. Shaw changed the format from automated "Love" format to live "free form" album rock in 1970. The station's current call letters were chosen in 1971 at the height of the "hippie" era. "DVE" was derived from "dove", the bird of peace. In the fall of 1971, Shaw, along with ABC Radio programming executive Bob Henaberry, replaced the "free form" rock programming with the very first album rock "format", playing only the best cuts from the best selling rock albums with minimal disc jockey talk. WDVE was the most successful FM radio station in Pittsburgh throughout the 1970s. In early print marketing the phrase "Rock'n Stereo WDVE 102.5" was set in white text against a black oval background surrounded by vivid rainbow-like colors. Later the logo was rendered in white and yellow with red accents against a black background, generally using the slogan "DVE Rocks."

Starting in the 1980s, the station started playing the Beat Farmers song Happy Boy every Friday around 3PM to signal the end of the work week and the start of the weekend, making WDVE one of the few stations to play a song from the nearly-forgotten cowpunk band on a regular basis. Also on Fridays, the station airs a slogan; "Hey yinz guys! It's FRIDAY!!" numerous times throughout the day. The station also parodies The Beatles song Birthday at times, often incorporating Confucius into the song.

The station is currently owned by Clear Channel Communications, and (along with WBGG) serves as the flagship radio station of the Pittsburgh Steelers radio network. For years it was the home for Pittsburgh Penguins hockey (currently WXDX is the flagship), promoting itself with such oddities as a young Jaromir Jagr reading the morning weather forecast in heavily accented English during his suspension from the NHL.

Because of the station having a largely male audience, the station refers to fellow Clear Channel stations WXDX-FM and WPGB as "brother" stations as opposed to the more commonly-used term sister station, since WXDX also has a predominantly male audience and all three having younger listeners. In recent years, the station's format has gradually drifted towards "classic rock" with current releases rarely incorporated into the playlist, though some recent songs such as Ozzy Osbourne's 2007 hit I Don't Wanna Stop are played on the station.

Morning Show

The DVE Morning Show is hosted by local comedians Jim Krenn and Randy Bauman and airs on weekdays from 6 AM to 10 AM. Additionally, the "News and Celebrity Sleaze" is read by Val Porter at the top of every hour, and the sports news is read by Mike Prisuta at the middle of every hour. The show is a fairly standard morning show, with a few songs and comedy skits played between the news sections. Before Randy Bauman joined the show in early 2000, the morning show was hosted by Krenn and Scott Paulsen, who replaced "Little Jimmy" Roach and "Big Steve" Hansen of "The DVE Morning Alternative" morning show.

Sketches and characters

The morning show has many unique characters and sketches, mostly dealing with Pittsburgh. These include:

  • 69 year-old Seal, a Jewish woman from Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood who has a very raspy voice.
  • 72 year-old Otis, a poor black man who often talks about Thunderbird (a cheap wine) and prostitutes.
  • Baghdad Bob, an Iraqi man named after the original Baghdad Bob (Iraqi Minister of Information Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf) who insults Krenn and frequently tells him that he is "not dealing in reality."
  • Ben Klingston, an overzealous Barney Fife-styled security guard at various malls in Pittsburgh, including Ross Park Mall and South Hills Village Mall.
  • Bobby Subgum, "the world's only ninja entertainer" who tells humorous quotes attributed to Confucius. His catchphrase: "Don't mock me, Round Eye!"
  • Booger Smoot, the fictional "reserve windy-day placekick holder" of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who has "all the monies, all the womens, and all the cars."
  • Bradley's Cosmetic Corner, hosted by the openly gay Bradley (Jim Krenn) and Wendell (Randy Bauman).
  • Evgeni Malkin's Diary, a fictional audio diary home by the Pittsburgh Penguins player.
  • Georgie, a fanatical Pittsburgh Steelers fan who uses the phrase "Go Steelers" like a mantra.
  • Gladiators/Gunslingers, a segment that splices press conference clips of the current head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers to make it seem they are having a conversation with other characters. Originally began as "Gladiators" with Bill Cowher as the emperor, but was switched to the wild west-themed "Gunslingers" when Mike Tomlin took over as head coach. Tomlin is portrayed as the sheriff.
  • Judge Jimbo Browntown, a judge who deals with ridiculous court cases.
  • J.T., an angry poet with an African American voice (voiced by former co-host Scott Paulsen) who demands airtime to read "a poetry by J.T." and always threatens: "You gon' say my name on da radio? I'mo kill you."
  • Mullet Talk, hosted by Tino Martino.
  • Pants 'n At, a fictional clothing store where the customers talk in a heavy Pittsburgh accent.
  • Pittsburgh Prom Kings, Tim and Charles, who sell prom packages and speak with a heavy Pittsburgh accent. In a recent skit, the brothers were forced to shut down their prom services and instead became the "Pittsburgh Shovel Kings," offering snow plowing and salting services. The skits always end by the two brothers saying "Yinz guys will love it!"
  • Ralph the Cat, Jim Krenn's cat who is constantly high on catnip. His catchphrase is "Wanna burn one?"
  • Rollo, who sounds somewhat like Chris Rock.
  • Sam Lowenberg, the fictional agent of Jim Krenn who speaks in a Jewish accent and tries to get Jim Krenn to take part in ludicrous gigs.
  • Scorekeeper, a man who calls in to what he thinks is the real-life FSN call-in show Savran on Sportsbeat, and begins each call with "First off, Stan, love the show." and often adds "first time caller, long time listener."
  • Stanley P. Kachowski, the fictional station manager of WDVE who is a stereotypical yinzer. In early episodes, always mentioned his "pea green Chevy Vega."
  • Steely McBeam, the mascot of the Pittsburgh Steelers who talks in a very deep voice and is ambiguously gay.
  • Tad Bifferson, fictional Pittsburgh elitist from the wealthy suburb of Fox Chapel. He boasts to have graduated "magna cum laude from Shady Side Academy", and has a young son, Connor, who is a prodigy.
  • Tucker and Clem, hillbillies.
  • N'At Man and Robert, a pair of Pittsburgh superheroes—N'At Man is supposed to be Kevin McClatchy, then-owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates), whose lair was "somewhere under the 9th Street Bridge", who were sworn to fight silly crime under the direction of Mayor Thomas Smurphy. Bit is no longer used since the departure of Thomas Murphy as mayor, but recordings appear occasionally on KWKAT, Planetfurry Radio, on Saturday nights.
  • Willie Westshoe, a fictional wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Impersonations

Some of the recurring impersonations on the show include:

Other Media

WDVE HD2

On April 25, 2006, Clear Channel announced that WDVE's HD2 subchannel will carry a format focusing on Blues.

References

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