Thursday, December 17, 2009

Fred Honsberger... A Pittsburgh Voice, Silenced

The calls poured in during KDKA-AM talk host Fred Honsberger's air shift yesterday. One after another, listeners paid their respects to a silenced Pittsburgh voice during a program that became a three-hour tribute -- to its host.

Mr. Honsberger died yesterday morning at his home in Monroeville, following a long battle with various health issues. He was 58.

One of the city's longest-running talk show hosts, he could be combative and opinionated, but colleagues, guests and callers recall qualities that set him apart from the typical image of the talk host who shouts down listeners when they disagree.

Mr. Honsberger hosted a popular afternoon drive talk show on KDKA since the George H.W. Bush administration. In January, he moved to the noon-to-3 p.m. shift -- opposite syndicated conservative talker Rush Limbaugh, but continued to hold court and engage listeners on both local and national issues. [more...] sends condolences to family, friends and the radio listeners... We booked our pundits and guests on Fred's show many times over the years and I'm sure he'll be sorely missed!

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