Education and career
PITTSBURGH -- Arthur Rooney Jr, President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Steeler football team announced that Larry Richert will be the public address announcer for all home games at Heinz Field starting in the upcoming 2012 season.
Richert, a 52-year-old Pittsburgh native, is a long-time radio personality for KDKA-AM (1020).
Richert replaces former Ambridge High School athletic director Randy Cosgrove, who resigned as the Steelers' P.A. announcer a few weeks ago.
He joined KDKA-TV in November 1988 when he was tapped to host "Wake Up with Larry Richert," a half-hour morning show that aired on KDKA-TV from 6:30 to 7 a.m.
In June 1990, the station reformatted its morning program to be more newscast-like. Richert offered forecasts, read sports stories and conducted interviews alongside John Shumway, who handled news stories at the anchor desk. Richert was on the morning show for four years before moving to KDKA's "Live at 5" program.
In July 1995, he moved another new position, providing weather forecasts for KDKA's 5, 6 and 11 p.m. news broadcasts, as Bob Kudzma scaled back his duties. He currently hosts the morning news on the sister radio station KDKA-AM, a position he accepted late in 2001.
The KDKA Morning News, hosted by Larry Richert and John Shumway, can be heard weekdays from 5-9 AM on NewsRadio 1020 KDKA. The show is produced by Nick Kratsas, and news is brovided by morning anchor Bill Rehkopf and news editor Kate Farrell.
He also co-wrote a movie screenplay with friend John Mowod, Amazing Racer, which completed production in 2012. The movie's cast includes the likes of Daryl Hannah, Julianne Michelle, Eric Roberts, Claire Forlani, Louis Gossett, Jr., Jason Gedrick, Michael Madsen, Stephen Colletti, and Charles Durning. The movie is set to release in 2011. Larry is not only a writer, but a co-producer along with John Mowod of the project as well. [IMDB.COM]
- "KDKA TO WAKE UP VIEWERS WITH NEWS SHOW". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. August 8, 1990. p. D6.
- Karlovits, Bob (September 7, 2001). "Larry Richert named as John Cigna's replacement on KDKA morning show". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 2009-04-11.
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