TV Notes: KDKA-AM trims staff, newscasts

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News/talk KDKA-AM (1020) news reporter Adam Kirk's job was eliminated this week. Mr. Kirk was the only member of the news staff that was let go.

And the station is cutting back on its local news programming by three hours: the last local newscast of the day will air at 8 p.m. instead of 11 p.m. The station will replace the later nightly broadcasts with CBS national news.

The moves were made to revamp the station's news programming, said Michael Young, senior vice president and market manager of CBS Radio Pittsburgh. KDKA will continue to air live local talk in the evenings, he said.

Dr. Knowledge to end

Charles Reichblum, who kept people awake overnight pondering the answers to trivia questions on "The Dr. Knowledge Show," will end his weekend overnight show on KDKA-AM at the end of the month: Dec. 29 will be the last show.

He'll continue his daily "Dr. Knowledge in a Nutshell" -- a one-minute feature that airs during KDKA's 3 p.m. news hour. The feature is syndicated by CBS Radio.

Mr. Reichblum, who started at KDKA in 2004, said he decided to end the weekend show in order to devote more time to researching and writing a book he's working on, which will feature a best-of collection of facts from the daily "Dr Knowledge" features.

"Our listeners have just been so great," Mr. Reichblum said. "It's incredible how many people are up at 3 or 4 in the morning."


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