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KDKA radio names director of programming

Steve Hansen, who had been a morning co-host on several Pittsburgh radio stations, will be the new director of programming and news for KDKA (1020 AM) starting Monday, according to general manager Michael Young. Hansen recently has been a fill-in guest talk host at the news/talk station. He also has worked there behind the scenes, Young said.

“He knows Pittsburgh,” says Young, who also is senior vice president and Pittsburgh market manager for station owner Infinity Broadcasting. “He shares a vision with management of the station to evolve and contemporize KDKA, while respecting the station’s heritage. He has a great ear for the sizzle and sound of the station. And he is a self-proclaimed news junkie.”

P.J. Kumanchik, the former program director who became assistant program director and executive producer in May, will be supervising the talk show producers.

Hansen had been part of the morning teams on WWSW (94.5 FM), WDVE (102.5 FM) and WMGY (now known as WRRK 96.9 FM). Young declined to say whether Hansen would have any on-air presence.


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