John Cigna, Longtime KDKA/Pittsburgh Host, Dead At 75
May 23, 2011 at 3:48 AM (PT)
Condolences to family and friends of former CBS RADIO Talk KDKA-A/PITTSBURGH host JOHN CIGNA, who died FRIDAY after battling emphysema and a stroke in MCCANDLESS, PA at 75, according to the PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW.
CIGNA joined KDKA in 1973 after stints at crosstown WJAS-A and at WOWO-A/FORT WAYNE, starting in evenings and moving to mornings in JULY 1983. He retired in 2001 after becoming known for his "spaghetti breakfasts" and APRIL FOOL'S DAY pranks and establishing himself as a fixture on the PITTSBURGH radio dial.
"What I remember most about JOHN is that he was full of life. He loved to be on the air, he loved to entertain, he loved to have fun and, as he put it, 'yank people's chains,'" CBS RADIO SVP/Market Manager MICHAEL YOUNG told the TRIB.. "For three decades on the air, people laughed at him, probably yelled at him, and appreciated the information he gave them."
KDKA host MIKE PINTEK added that CIGNA "was a legend. It's kinda like the end of an era of broadcasting in PITTSBURGH."