Pittsburgh talk radio host Wendy Bell will not be a part of Pitt’s pregame show on 93.7 The Fan, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told Pittsburgh Sports Now.
Bell, the afternoon host on The Fan’s sister station, KDKA-AM, was a part of The Fan’s pregame show in 2019, which aired before the Pitt Radio Network broadcast began.
Bell’s choice was controversial, both because she replaced popular former Pitt and West Allegheny star Dorin Dickerson on the the broadcast, and because of the controversial nature of her right-wing radio broadcast.
Bell was fired from WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh in 2016 after a racially insensitive Facebook post and has touted a partisan agenda on her show since becoming a full-time host at KDKA-AM in 2018.
KDKA-TV formerly shared ownership with the pair of similarly branded radio stations, but no longer does, after the radio stations were sold to Entercom. KDKA-TV has twice had to remind its viewers that the controversial Bell is not employed by the station, most recently on Tuesday.
KDKA-TV would like to remind our viewers and readers that Wendy Bell does not work for KDKA-TV, a ViacomCBS owned station. https://t.co/BpCWOhWjBn
— KDKA (@KDKA) September 1, 2020
According to one source, Dickerson is expected to return to the pregame show, along with 93.7 evening host and Post-Gazette columnist Paul Zeise and 93.7 weekend host and KDKA-TV sports anchor Bob Pompeani.