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93.7 The Zone is no more.

That sound you don’t hear is the sound of nobody at all falling over in shock over this news development.

The rumor is that B94 is coming back.

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Now THAT is shocking.

Shut up, you guys, I love B94.

B94 was my favorite station as a pre-teen and teenager, and it sucked when they changed it in 2003.

I particularly was in love with Quinn and Banana and I still remember that little girl singing the theme song.

“Quinn and Banana.  Quinn and Banana.  In the morning.  In the morning.  B-FM-Ninety-fourrrrrrr!”

Does this mean John, Dave, Bubba and Shelley are coming back too?  Or is it Dave, Brian, Bubba and Shelley?  John, Brian, Dave and Shelley?  Bubba? Zober?

(h/t Arika)





42 Comments

  1. joey
    October 1, 2007 3:22 pm

    FWIW, Shelly is not on KDKA anymore…hmm…..



  2. Tinare
    October 1, 2007 3:36 pm

    Damn! Does this mean Scott Paulson is off the air again? I liked listening to his show on the drive home from work.



  3. coach99
    October 1, 2007 3:36 pm

    Well, the real good news about B94 returning is that the “MAN STATION” is dead. What a bunch of crappola that was.



  4. Aeran
    October 1, 2007 3:58 pm

    B94 got me through middle school, even when all my friends were seduced by 105.9 The X.

    now it’s either WAMO or NPR.



  5. R
    October 1, 2007 4:03 pm

    I’m with Tinare. It’s a shame to that see Scott Paulsen is going off the air. That must suck to be in an industry where you are gone within a moment’s notice…



  6. Woy
    October 1, 2007 4:10 pm

    “now it’s either WAMO or NPR”

    That’s awesome Aeran! Not something you hear everyday.



  7. Joseph
    October 1, 2007 4:12 pm

    I agree the The Zone was terrible, but as always, Scott Paulsen brought in a very solid showing. He brought me back from Satellite Radio for my commutes home. Hopefully someone will be able to keep us abreast as to where Scott ends up. I’ve followed him to all ends of the dial on both bands.



  8. spoon
    October 1, 2007 4:22 pm

    PG, I was wondering the same when I saw the site today. For the love of God I hope that Intern Amy and Giant Brian (or whatever the hell their names were)don’t come back. I have a story about Brian being drunk and trying to pull the “DONT YOU KNOW WHO I AM” card at a concert.

    Oh oh oh does this mean the return of Date Night so we can all watch drunken whores running around the Strip too!

    Paulsen needs to get on XM. The media was created for him :) Not having him on the air should be a mortal sin



  9. Mike
    October 1, 2007 4:24 pm

    B-94 is definitely back: http://www.b94fm.net/

    I was the 928th visitor to the site…

    Site looks like it is from 1998, but I would guess it’s temporary until the station is back on air



  10. chrys
    October 1, 2007 4:28 pm

    I really hope B94 comes back.. even better! The radio stations in this city are borderline crap! It’s the same songs every hour! I love top 40 too, but please.. please mix it up. And I too loved Jim Quinn and Banana Don !!!(Anybody else remember when they played the song Fishheads every morning?) I, too listened to them until I was pulled away by WXXP!! I am an “alternative” 80s girl at heart..lol



  11. Zsa
    October 1, 2007 4:34 pm

    spoon – I have so missed Date Night TV. Watching it made you feel so much better about spending Saturday night alone on your couch. Because, well, this was your alternative.

    I think they should make this an all-Prince station. (Kidding, but kind of not.) Just so it isn’t a Kiss-FM clone.



  12. Lokay
    October 1, 2007 4:34 pm

    Shelley’s still at KD Radio. John Cline, I THINK, is still in town. Dave Cook was last on K-Rock before it went belly up. Bubba’s on Star. Adam Bomb (whom I knew as Adam Hapeman when we worked at Cal U’s campus radio station) is in Atlanta.

    That being said, don’t expect an instant reunion IF these rumors are true. It could be B94 in name only — not the format (which Star has pretty much taken over.)

    I loved the old B, though. I used to fill in for Shelley on news and Joe Francisco for traffic (that was waaaay before it morphed into 93.7BZZ or B93.7.) It was kind of cool to end up on the station I grew up listening to.

    I can’t say much more (since I work for CBS), but I hope whatever becomes of 93.7 works. With more people going to satellite or popping their iPod in the car, the entire radio industry needs something…ANYTHING…to keep it going.



  13. Bram R
    October 1, 2007 5:22 pm

    I believe it was, “In the morning. In the morning. B-94 F-EEEEEEM”

    And what is the deal with that pitts-urgh.com site? That’s all screwy.



  14. RichW
    October 1, 2007 5:23 pm

    Twas a dumb name “Man Station” – one that implied all NASCAR, power tools, fart jokes and more NASCAR, but delivered a mixed-bag of libertarian smarm, left-leaning smarm, anti-yinzer smarm, sports scores, hair care info an actual show about cigars in addition to NASCAR on radio (wha?)… how was this supposed to succeed?

    At least Miller did something no pundit-host on 104.7 or any lib-leaning station has managed to do: be funny. He and Salman were terrific while being surprisingly civil for talk radio. Will also miss Paulson, who deserves to land on his feet someplace. McIntyre? Meh – his show was far too juvenile, his jokes telegraphed all the way from Altoona. The rest of the programming? Totally forgettable.

    However, the idea behind any musical format is suspect. In 2007, the only reason to listen to commercial radio is content. Music is much better heard and enjoyed on satellite and iPods than on FM – no commercials, better selectivity. There’s no reason to look back to the past – if anything, CBS should be trying to invent something totally new and actually try to market it.



  15. Joseph
    October 1, 2007 5:57 pm

    Spoon:

    It’s funny you mention XM. I was thinking about that myself on my way home, whilst reverting back to Satellite radio. Scott’s sports-genius wunderkind nephew Grant has a Saturday morning baseball show on XM.

    The “in” is there. I’ll like Paulsen anywhere, but if I had my druthers, I’d rather him still regional.



  16. pittgirl
    October 1, 2007 7:09 pm

    Bram, yes, that was their standard little song, but occasionally they had a little girl sing it and she would mix it up at the end.



  17. Carie
    October 1, 2007 7:51 pm

    We have a Dave on 97.9 the Morning Zoo out here in OH IO, he is from the Pittsburgh area, used to be on a Burgh station (I think B94), and his parents own a bar back there. I love listening to him in the morning so if it’s the same guy, only here he is Dave Kaelen or something like that, well, you can’t have him back. We’re keeping him.



  18. Pensgirl
    October 1, 2007 9:33 pm

    The thing that always struck me as stupid about the “MAN” station is that it could be the description of any music station.

    Yeah, stinks that Paulsen’s off the air. But he’s too good not to land somewhere. He’ll be back soon, I’m sure.

    It’d be great if they resurrected B94, not so much for the music as for the nostalgia! After reading that Ray Tannehill died a few weeks ago, I feel like my ‘Burgh childhood is completely gone…that would put a little of it back (our bus driver used to play it for the ride into school, which kept chaos to a minimum).



  19. Aeran
    October 1, 2007 10:14 pm

    haha thanks, Woy! I have very…binary tastes.

    Zsa – I don’t want it to go back to straight pop either, but to be fair, KISS FM was a B94 clone! :)



  20. Robert
    October 1, 2007 10:23 pm

    Mike, that B94 website you linked to is for a Top 40 station in St. Marys, PA… a small town 120 miles northeast of PA (I grew up hating that station).

    I’m actually pretty bummed about the loss of the Man Station. It was a pretty eclectic mix of non-music programming. When Dennis Miller isn’t talking about his insane political ideals… he’s quite engaging.



  21. PittCheMBA
    October 1, 2007 10:38 pm

    They have been playing Christmas music until they go back on the air. I guess it really is not too early to start thinking of Christmas.



  22. GetSirius
    October 1, 2007 11:52 pm

    Seriously. Pittsburgh radio has bean a dearth of options for years. The same lame personalities and rehashed music on a tight cycle. No real alternative, consistent blues or jazz, hard rock and so on. Been a Sirius satellite customer for nearly 2 years now. Get it, you’ll never go back. Chanel list and free 3 day streaming trial online at http://www.sirius.com/listenonline. Not affiliated in anyway other than a happy customer.



  23. Pinto Alegre
    October 2, 2007 12:44 am

    Hey Mike…that B94 is actually a radio station near Altoona, PA — not the web site for B94 here in town.



  24. Darwin Police
    October 2, 2007 9:38 am

    B94 was a fun station when I was a kid, but the morning show was never quite as funny as 96.1’s Freak Show. Yes, I’m immature. Bite me.

    Also, if Jim Quinn were to just spontaneously combust in front of me right this very second, I’d do the Dance of Joy, “Perfect Strangers”-style. I’d listen to anyone from The Zone over his loudmouth, redneck, homophobic ass any day.



  25. Haley
    October 2, 2007 9:44 am

    Here’s an idea:

    John, Dave, Bubba, Shelly… and Pitt Girl.



  26. BBM
    October 2, 2007 10:25 am

    Darwin Police–if it makes you feel any better, Quinn walks around with a Bichon Frise named Snowey. He claims his kids made him get her, but I personally think he just prefers chick dogs.



  27. efw_west
    October 2, 2007 10:26 am

    what form will the “new” B-94″ take….the most recent incarnation that tried to mimic 96.1, or the nineties version that was more top-40 oriented? 100.7 seems to have that covered, and trying to compete with 96.1 didn’t work the last time.

    Also, why all the love for Paulson? Come on, aren’t you sick of spit, choke & puke sports already?



  28. Zsa
    October 2, 2007 11:06 am

    I hate 100.7 with the white hot intensity of a thousand burning suns. No one needs to hear that much Hootie and the Blowfish ever. They need to turn into an all 80s station (and I don’t mean all lame overplayed 80s like they play on Fridays, I mean cool new wave stuff, the dance & rap stuff you never hear, etc) and B94 can be B94.

    Infinity/CBS Radio owns both 100.7 and 93.7, so I doubt they’re going to do anything to screw themselves…unless they’re stupid. Which they have kind of shown that they are.



  29. YinzerChick
    October 2, 2007 11:07 am

    Whatever happened to Liz Randolph?



  30. Rock girl
    October 2, 2007 12:15 pm

    I listened to B94 when I was a teen…loved it…but now I was kind of hoping Pgh would go with a true rock station–NOT classical and NOT pop-newer rock..Korn, seether, too many current rock bands to name…hard rock…but not death metal and not rap). Check out 98 Rock in tampa…their playlist…or a version of it anyway.
    Hopefully, whatever format, Paulsen will still be on…



  31. deebee
    October 2, 2007 12:29 pm

    I really only listened to the Zone to hear Paulson’s show. I think XM would be a good format for his show but I would love to hear him back on DVE because I am not sick of spit,choke and puke sports.

    Sorry never listened to B94 much.



  32. Jen
    October 2, 2007 2:36 pm

    Dawin Police- How can you actually like 96.1 Freak Show? It is beyond immature. It is truly just two guys hitting a gong and singing about “peanut butter jelly time”. My ears practically bleed every time I have listened to them. They are not even close to being funny! Get Sirius and you will see that there really are funny, quality shows around.



  33. Bill
    October 3, 2007 4:35 am

    The ONLY thing I liked about The Zone was the John & Jeff Show, I hated them at first, but they grew on me.

    I agree with efw_west…Paulsen is boring! He and Krenn were great, but yeah, I got tired of Spit, Choke & Puke jokes…He wasn’t anywhere close to funny…I was subjected to his and McIntyre’s skits as a commercial during the John & Jeff Show. Both were misterable.

    There’s nothing for us 3rd Shifters…John & Jeff were great!



  34. Suzy
    October 3, 2007 9:37 am

    They should finally let Bubba have his own show.
    He is the most entertaining person on the radio, and is always stuck with a bunch of idiots.



  35. Adam Bomb
    October 4, 2007 1:57 am

    Damn, wonder what their thinkin over at the CC building? ;)



  36. kevin
    October 4, 2007 3:53 pm

    Ah, the B.

    Meet you for the Top 8 at 8. Wonder if Duran Duran will beat out Bon Jovi?



  37. Donna
    October 7, 2007 7:50 pm

    I had gotten in the habit of listening to Dennis Miller at lunchtime on The Zone and really enjoyed his show. I will especially miss Scott Paulsen on the drive home. His show was very fresh and entertaining. I hope that Scott resurfaces somewhere in the Pittsburgh market and soon. He is a very important part of Pittsburgh’s radio community. I wish “The Zone” would have taken a bit of time to try and rework the format if they felt it was not working instead of scrapping everything. I am waiting anxiously to see if Scott shows up somewhere else in town and hope that it will be somewhere while we are all on the drive home. I have a very long commute and Scott made it much more enjoyable. Good luck, Scott, wherever you land and I sure hope it’s in Pittsburgh.



  38. Steely Mcbeam
    October 7, 2007 8:26 pm

    Scott Paulsen is the man, his show reminded me of the way DVE’s morning show was when i was growing up. i never get tired of S.C.and P and you gotta admit kim jong il is very funny. (yes i know it is a reworked bobby subgum.). WDVE is the PITTSBURGH STATION and i was heartbroken to see him leave, Scott Paulsen is a part of Pittsburghs entertainment history no matter which station he is on… (sort of this Gen’s Porky Chedwick!). I have an Idea..get him back on DVE’s morning show!!! he AND randy with jim would be funny as hell!



  39. chris2fur14
    November 8, 2007 2:13 pm

    B-94 f@@king sucks!!! always has always will!!! only girls and queers listened to that crap in its prime and only girls and queers will listen to it now!!! where are you scott?…we miss you!!!



  40. John Jennings
    December 4, 2007 10:07 am

    Hello, I just wanted to say that B94 sucked when it was on before in the 80s, and consistantly sucks now. At least they are consistant. 80% of the “music” on there requires virtually no musical talent, actually many of the “songs” have almost no real singing. They are good at playing the same 10 repetitious songs, perfect for teenie boppers who have no clue what real music is. None of B94s replacement stations were great, but K Rock was the best out of the bunch. Hopefully Scott Paulsen will return to a Pittsburgh station, he was really good.



  41. Marc Baker
    November 12, 2008 9:31 am

    I use to like B-94 when ‘Quinn & Banana’ were on in the mornings. Sure, the station may have been designed for girls, and queers who listen to ‘teeny bopper’ radio, but Quinn & Banana were just as funny as Paulsen, and Krenn. I’ll never forgive Liz Randolph for dragging them to court for ‘telling a joke’ (HELLOOOOOO! THAT’S WHAT MORNING ZOO RADIO IS ALL ABOUT! JOKES! God forbid we tell jokes on the radio.) thanks to Liz, morning radio has been reduced to a girl, and a queer gossiping about how sexy Brad Pitt’s butt is! And don’t get me started on that ‘Freak Show’ crap on ‘PISS FM’! (Or as i like to call it The ‘Ryan Seacrest’ Rear View Network’.) These fat losers are way too low brow for me! Who want’s to hear that crap?! Where’s the humor, the jokes, the skits, the novelty songs? (When’s the last time you heard ‘Fish Heads’ on mainstream radio?) Oh that’s right. ‘Morning Zoo’ radio is ‘hate speech’, and with Obama as our next president, i’m sure Liz Randolph will make sure that the fairness doctrine gets passed so she can get Jim Quinn completely off the air.