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A New Beginning

A New Beginning

Since it’s now official, I need to let all of you know a big change that’s occurred in my life.

For the first time in 23 years, I’m no longer associated with KDKA-TV. This afternoon, I turned in my resignation. While I have mixed emotions about that, it’s for the better and something I needed to do.

In order to prevent any rumors, I’ll let you know the reasoning for this life changing decision. For years, I’ve battled management regarding running my own website. Twice, I was forced to take my sites down because I was told it was a conflict of interest. Take it down or lose my job. It was also a reason at one time, I had an alias Twitter name while writing for another site. No association with the site or lose my job.

A year ago, KDKA management allowed me to start Pittsburgh Sports Now but I wasn’t permitted to profit from it, work on it while at the station and all major news had to go to the stations site first.

All those have come into question recently and when Pittsburgh Sports Now broke the Scott Barnes story, I found myself in trouble with management.

Within the last couple of weeks, I was called into a meeting and given the ultimatum of keeping my job and taking down the site or getting fired. That brings me to my decision today to resign.

While I’m going to miss a bunch of colleagues and friends at the station especially Bob Pompeani, someone that I’ve known since I was 18 years old, it was time to take a chance on something I believe in.

With a wife and 3 kids, this is definitely a risk but I wouldn’t be doing it if I didn’t believe in what we’ve started at Pittsburgh Sports Now. The growth of the site in the last year strengthened my belief that I can make this a successful full time venture. With colleagues like Harry, Alan, Rich, Francis, Dave and Joe Steigerwald, I’m very excited about 2017 and beyond.

Now it’s all about putting out good daily content, adding features to the site and selling advertising and taking in money. I’ll be on the phone looking for new advertisers here at PSN but if you know if anyone that might be interested, feel free to contact me through direct message.

As always, you’re welcome to make monthly donations to the site to help us out. We’ve also launched a site Patreon, which you can check out here. Basically it gives you, the readers, a chance to help support and expand the site. I hope you’ll give it a look and consider signing up for Patreon and  supporting our site. If you have any questions or suggestions, please let us know.

I wanted to finish by thanking you the reader for being loyal and making this dream of mine work. Let’s keep it going. Thank you.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker

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