Media Notes: Walsh joins KDKA; Costanzo leaves WPXI

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KDKA-TV has hired Rich Walsh as a sports reporter and anchor, beginning immediately. Mr. Walsh is a Penn Hills native and a University of Pittsburgh graduate who has worked at WPXI-TV, WTRF-TV in Wheeling, W.Va., and with ROOT Sports Pittsburgh, as well as for the Penguins and KDKA-AM radio.

Mr. Walsh had been with WPXI for eight years when his job was eliminated in December. At the time he said his contract had a no-compete clause that was waived to clear the way for his work with ROOT Sports Pittsburgh.

Costanzo parts ways with WPXI

Former WPXI news reporter Jodine Costanzo left the station last month in order to pursue a full-time job in advertising sales. She had worked at the NBC affiliate since 1998.

“This was a nice opportunity,” she said of her new job. “but probably the toughest decision of my life.”

Ms. Costanzo had been part time with WPXI. She said another big factor was the flexibility of hours with her new job, allowing her to spend more time with her family. She and her husband have two sons.

Stoney Richards leaving

Stoney Richards has worn many hats in 46 years of radio. So replacing the Y108 WDSY-FM radio personality will be no simple task.

“While Stoney’s daily presence and afternoon shows will be missed on WDSY, we’re happy that his relationship with our CBS Radio Pittsburgh family won’t come to an end, as Stoney will continue hosting his ‘Live From the Centre’ weekend talk show on KDKA and will serve as a recurring guest host on WDSY,” according to Mark Anderson, CBS Radio operations manager and program director for FM stations WBZZ and WDSY.

Mr. Richards, who has acted on stage and screen, said he intends to pursue this passion more fully.

Mr. Richards’ last afternoon show will be Sept. 10. He has been involved with Y108 for almost 18 years, 21 years with CBS Radio. Mr. Anderson said applications are being accepted for the position of Y108 program and music director/afternoon on-air personality.

Candidates can apply at www.cbsradio.com/careers.


Maria Sciullo: msciullo@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1478 or @MariaSciulloPG.

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