Category Archives: Local media

To Catch a Texter

WTAE’s report on the new texting while driving ban that went into effect today is chuckle-worthy.

First, they’ve blocked this guy’s face out in the still image that goes with the online story:


Because “EEK! He’s texting! SHAME. What will his neighbors and his boss think?!”

However, if you watch the video, you will see he is texting while stopped at a red light, which is still legal:

The law states that offenders can only be pulled over while driving. The car must be in motion to break the law.

Not only that, if you watch the video, you can see his face:


Caught ya!

Doing something completely legal.

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Wormhole. What year is this again?

Well, I just wasted an hour in a YouTube wormhole that I found thanks to a link emailed to me by reader Jennifer for this video, a vintage WTAE song “Pittsburgh’s Number 1” after Pittsburgh was named the most livable city in America in 1985.

My breath caught a little at the sight of Three Rivers Stadium. I bet one day that will happen when I see a video of the Civic Arena.

That led me to these Hello Pittsburgh WTAE promos:

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(Pretty sure I saw Lynn Swann with an afro in one of those. Was that him?)

Which led me to this WTAE Holiday Promo from 1983:

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Which led me to this WTAE “Still the One” promo from 1977:

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And now I have to step away from my computer before I get sucked back even further in time.


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Wow. Joe DiNardo was very VA-VA-VA-VOOM! back in the day.

Okay, seriously, someone come save me from this wormhole before I find a video of Don Cannon being born.

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Purple people eater!

An Irish* Proverb

May the wind be at your back.

May the road rise to meet you.

And may your 15 minutes of fame never mean the local news station placing a descriptor below your name reading “FOUND PURPLE SQUIRREL.”

(photos from The Purple Squirrel’s facebook page. YES. FACEBOOK PAGE.)

1. Dramatic purple squirrel is dramatic!

2. Ravens fan? Kill it with fire?

3. This is what happens when The Care Bears and The Chipmunks don’t practice safe sex. [Care Bear whore stare]

4. Dramatic Purple Squirrels? BAND NAME.

5. David Highfield. Rockin’ the jeans. Get on with your bad self. [snap snap]

*Not really, doofus.

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Random n’at

1.  We’re going to be kicking off the next phase of Make Room for Kids fundraising in the next week or so, so if you get paid soon, could you maybe set aside five dollars to donate? More if you have it. I’ll give you all the details next week, but for now I can tell you that this is the most ambitious phase yet, helping more sick kids than ever and helping the sickest kids too.

I’m hopeful we can sort of circle the wagons around our city’s sick kids and together raise the needed funds to make this happen for them.

You will be rewarded. Don’t I always reward you?

2. Well, that’s ONE way to spell it, Root Sports captioner:

3.  If you’re on Facebook, and WHO ISN’T?!, then you can do your part to help the North Hills Community Outreach win $10,000 by getting the Generosity Footprints application and earning footprints, simply by checking in or by doing and logging your volunteer work! You can also win a prize yourself if you earn the most footprints! NCHO is one of three charities in the running to win, but the ONLY Pittsburgh charity. So let’s do what Pittsburgh does and help a neighbor out!

More here!

4.  Readers Jason and Paul both sent me this link and I must warn you that you might die and go to heaven just reading about NUTELLA-COATED BACON!


I pinned that shit, as we classy Pinterest bitches like to say.

5. Vacationers! Now you can get to Orlando from the Arnold Palmer Airport via Spirit Airlines! Now I just need them to offer a direct flight to Cancun and I am score.

6.  93.7’s John Phillips doesn’t think Sidney Crosby will ever play professional hockey again and doesn’t think the Pens will make it past the first round of playoffs IF they even make the playoffs.

That’s a whole lot of doom in one blog post.

7. If you haven’t followed KDKA’s Susan Koeppen’s story, you really must read about the circumstances surrounding her collapse from a heart condition, the people that saved her, and her complete recovery. Her heart was stopped and/or short circuiting for six minutes.

Six minutes!

And she’s back at work.

8. I tweeted this, but I wanted to make sure you saw it. BABY HEDGEHOG SAYS WEEEEEEEE!

Who knew you could die from Cute?

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Pay up, John Meyer!

I bet some of you don’t know who John Meyer is. He’s a sports reporter at WTAE and I met him over the summer, or wait, last summer? Woy? I can’t remember. Anyway, he and I were both presenters at Media Career Day at Kennywood. He talked about working in sports. I talked about blogging about self-united husbands. Reach for the stars!

John is awesome. Seriously. Charming. Easy to talk to. Sincere. We like him.

John and the rest of the morning team wagered with a Baltimore station to wear purple if the Steelers lost to the Ravens:

Those crazy folks over at WBAL laid on the smack talk with WTAE in Pittsburgh and forced their morning show to wear purple after the Ravens beat the Steelers in week nine.  Of the three reporters, news anchor Wendy Bell wore a purple blouse, Kelly Frey a black blouse and John Meyer, the sports guy not the whiny singer, wore a suit with what he called “purple pinstripes.”  I didn’t see them.

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Okay, first, that’s not Wendy Bell. That’s Michelle Wright.

Second, Kelly Frey is clearly wearing a purple blazer thingy over the black blouse.

Third, yeah, John Meyer, NOT WEARING PURPLE.

I love his explanation that the pinstripes in his suit are purple. Nice try, John. Like smacking a piece of red lint onto a yellow dress and calling it red.

Also, some gems from the comments:

I like to think our fanbase is classier than our opponents.

[falls down laughing]

You open mouth and accept the challenge, and refuse to step up and pay your dues. Pittsburgh is a proud town with very loyal fans. What a shame your station lack integrity, we respect the Steelers, by not your station. Woossie……

Is Woossie the Wookie Chewbacca’s wife?

Ravens fans are better than berating some local schmuck because he didn’t wear enough purple. Let him be the small-minded coward.

I sent a note to the station and suggested that the welcher, Meyer, make a donation to a Baltimore homeless shelter or other charity for the holiday season, if he’s not man enough to own up to his bets.

Stop saying “welcher”, it is “rascist” to the people of Wales.

I love the “Internet.”


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