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Broadcasters bid farewell to old radio building in Hermitage

The brick building at the bottom of Pine Hollow Boulevard is a Sharon-area landmark

HERMITAGE, Pa. (WKBN) - Radio stations have been broadcasting out of an old brick building in Hermitage for 78 years, but that run is about to end as WPIC moves on to something newer.

Wednesday night, some former employees who once worked in the WPIC building went back to reminisce.

"We're just doing a send-off for the old building here," said Eric Bombeck with WPIC radio.

The building at the bottom of Pine Hollow Boulevard is a Sharon-area landmark. In its prime, it housed four radio stations.

Sometime in the next week or so, the lone station left, WPIC, will sign off and sign on again in a new place.

"It hasn't really been kept up great," Bombeck said. "It's just time to go. It's 78 years old. Time to go."

WKBN 27 First News reporter Gerry Ricciutti worked in the building in the mid-80s, covering news for WPIC and WYFM. He was among the station's former employees who were part of the Eric Bombeck show.

"Those were fun times. It was a great group of people, everybody was a family," Ricciutti said.

One of the few things still remaining in the building is a page from an old newspaper shortly after WPIC went on the air on October 25, 1938.

That isn't the only relic. There is also a transmitter from 1948. There are only five of them left in the country.

Pictures of former broadcasters, along with reminders of the station's commitment to Sharon-area sports and old radio station logos, still hang on the walls.

John Batcho, "Mr. Sports," came back to the building as well with his partner on the old Y103 morning crew, Lynn Davis.

The new studios will be located about a quarter mile away across from Kennedy Catholic High School. Eventually, the old building will be demolished, though the transmitter and tower will stay.

"I think it's time to move on and get some new digs," Bombeck said, although he admitted it's a little sad. "I love this old place. I'm going to miss it."

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