Wednesday, December 16, 2009

KDKA Radio Host Fred Honsberger Passes Away

A thirty year career at KDKA CBS Radio in Pittsburgh has come to an end. Long time reporter, anchor and talk show host Fred Honsberger died at his home in Monroeville this morning. He was 58. Over the span of his career, he won a number of awards for his work reporting and anchoring the news, as well as his series work.

Honsberger, a conservative talk show host, had most recently worked afternoons at the station from noon to 3pm. Michael Young, Senior Vice President of CBS Radio Pittsburgh says one of his clearest memories is of Honsberger voluntarily stepping up to take the helm covering the events of September 11, 2001. He says Honsberger's passion and love for Pittsburgh, listeners and lively discussion rubbed off on the rest of the staff. Young says Honsberger had a very clear idea of what he considered "common sense" and enjoyed engaging callers who disagreed with his views.
He says Honsberger's passing is a loss not only for Pittsburgh, but for radio.

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