Chuck Brinkman - 2017 Music Broadcaster Legend Nominee
• Dormont-born Chuck Brinkman was one of Pittsburgh’s most popular
radio DJs, and an influential music/program director from the 1960s to
the 1980s on Pittsburgh radio stations KQV, WTAE, and WFFM/WMYG.
• He was the big teen disc jockey on KQV, Pittsburgh’s leading Top 40
radio station (1960-1972), holding the prime evening shift during the
heart of the rock ‘n’ roll era, and remaining with the station the longest
of any of its air personalities - 12 of its 16 years as a Top 40 station.
• He also served as the station’s music director, which gave him a
substantial voice in the music played. He was presented with gold
records for breaking hits including, “In the Summertime” by
Mungo Jerry and “Gimme Gimme Good Lovin’” by Crazy Elephant.
• Brinkman introduced the Beatles at their only Pittsburgh stop in 1964
at the Civic Arena, as well as countless other acts at KQV's “Shower of
Stars” shows, Appreciation Days and his many area record hops.
• In 1966, Brinkman was the initial host for Come Alive, a weekly TV
show produced at WIIC-TV (now WPXI) which featured teen dancing
and live performances by both local and national acts. Brinkman joined
WTAE Radio in 1972 and was named music director. After a short stint
in San Diego in 1979, he returned to Pittsburgh in 1980 to WFFM, which
became WHYW and then WMYG. He remained at WMYG until leaving
for Dallas oldies station KLUV in 1988, where he stayed for 17 years.
He’s still on the air and part-owner of rock oldies station KGVL-FM
in Greenville, TX.
NOTE: We’ve made every effort to provide accurate information about each nominee, but apologize if there are any inaccuracies or inconsistencies. Biography information provided courtesy of the artists, Pittsburgh Music History website, Wikipedia and the artists’ websites.