Meet legends and pioneers in broadcasting on Oct. 6

The Pittsburgh Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) will present its second “Pittsburgh Broadcasting Legends and Pioneers” program on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh.

The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania is co-sponsor.

The program will feature four veteran local broadcast journalists — Lynn Cullen, Andy Gastmeyer, Harold Hayes and Sally Wiggin — who will discuss their careers and share some “war stories” of their professional experiences.

Registration is $15. Pay online using the button below:

 

About the panelists:

Lynn Cullen currently hosts “Lynn Cullen Live,” a one-hour talk show heard weekdays from 10-11 a.m. on Pittsburgh City Paper’s website. Cullen came to Pittsburgh in 1981 from WSIC-TV in Madison, Wis., where she was an anchor and a reporter. She was a reporter with WTAE-TV from 1981-92 and hosted a talk show on WTAE Radio from 1987-97.

Cullen hosted a talk show on WPTT Radio from 1999-2008. She also appeared on WQED-TV as host of “The Pennsylvania Game,” co-host of the “Cullen/Devlin” public affairs show and a panelist on the “4802” discussion show.

Andy Gastmeyer was a reporter for WPXI-TV for over 24 years. He was a member of the station’s investigative team and regularly covered Pittsburgh city politics. Gastmeyer retired from WPXI-TV in 2008.

Harold Hayes retired from KDKA-TV in 2016 following a 40-year career in broadcast journalism. A McKeesport native, he is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. Hayes began his career in 1976 at WSIV AM & FM in Pekin, Ill. Hayes then moved to WRAU-TV in Peoria, Ill., before joining KDKA-TV, where he spent 37 years.

Sally Wiggin joined WTAE-TV in 1980 as a reporter and was named evening news co-anchor in 1982. She has also hosted Pittsburgh Steelers pregame shows, and in 2013 WTAE-TV announced that Wiggin would host its “Chronicle” program.

She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in East Asian history. She holds a master’s degree in Chinese history from the University of Michigan.