Person of interest: Charles Reichblum (Dr. Knowledge)


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Dr. Knowledge is no stranger to insomniac radio listeners: He's the weekend overnight host on KDKA-AM (1020).

Every Friday and Saturday at midnight (until 4 a.m. Saturday, until 3 a.m. Sunday) Dr. Knowledge -- a.k.a. Charles Reichblum -- poses questions on a wide range of subjects and invites listeners to call in with the answers. His sidekick on the show is "Miss Information" -- in real life, she's his wife, Audrey Reichblum. The program has a nearly national reach, because KDKA's signal covers much of the United States at night.

Mr. Reichblum grew up in Pittsburgh and is a graduate of Syracuse University. He worked in radio, including stints as a baseball play-by-play announcer and newscaster.

A syndicated newspaper column he wrote called "Interesting Facts" led to the next phase of his career. He's the author of the "Knowledge in a Nutshell" and "Dr. Knowledge Presents" series of books. His encyclopedic knowledge of trivia and the books' popularity led to the radio talk show circuit, where radio hosts in Houston and Kansas City dubbed him "Dr. Knowledge."

In 2004, he joined KDKA as weekend overnight host. His syndicated "Knowledge in a Nutshell Minute" launched nationally on CBS Radio News in 2010.

Charles Reichblum/Dr. Knowledge

Resides: Downtown.

Mac or PC?: PC.

My favorite spot in the 'Burgh ... Digging out interesting facts at my desk.

Pittsburgh's best-kept secret is ... So many varied beautiful unique views around the city.

Best piece of advice you've ever received ... Exercise your brain as well as your body.

You have $20 and four hours to spend in Pittsburgh. What do you do? ... Get DVDs and watch great old movies.

Can't live without ... My wife and radio partner, "Miss Information."

Best book ever ... "The Power of Positive Thinking" by Norman Vincent Peale.

On my last vacation I ... enjoyed spring training games in Florida.

Someday I'd like to ... bat against a big league pitcher.

People are fascinated by trivia and information because ... There are so many surprising and intriguing facts and stories to discover.

Most interesting on-air call ... A man called one night and said I saved his life. He had been driving for nine hours and was close to falling asleep as he was driving. While fiddling around with his radio dial, he picked us up and said our stories and callers fascinated him and kept him awake.

The best thing about hosting live call-in radio is ... Hearing from so many interesting people.


First Published January 15, 2012 5:00 AM


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