Meet the Staff
Jim Morgan has been a familiar voice on WMBS. Jim is a veteran broadcaster with over 50 years in the business, and about 40 of those at WMBS.
Through the years, he brought to the public what he called, first and foremost, a news and information show, and backed that up by arriving in the wee hours of the morning to dig for the news, gather the sports scores, and assemble them all into a neat package ready to put onto the air.
After stepping down from hosting Morgan in the Morning in November 2016, Jim can now be heard doing news on Sunday mornings at six and nine o'clock and producing our Sunday morning church programming.
Jim knows Western Pennsylvania, because he is a native of this area. Born and raised in McKeesport, Jim has eaten at Isaly’s, flinches when someone says “Kennywood’s open,” gives a wistful grin at the mention of names such as Rosey Rowswell, Harvey Haddix, and “Knish,” doesn’t mind driving in the winter because he knows the snow fills all the potholes, and will fight to his last breath the right to refer to that cold carbonated beverage as “pop.”
Starting his working career dodging spiders and other critters while gathering pipe and fixtures from abandoned buildings for a South Side Pittsburgh scrap dealer, to carrying boxes and pushing hampers filled with clothes through the stockroom at the Joseph Horne store in Brentwood, Jim knew there must be something more satisfying, and he’s found it in radio.
Jim hopes you’ll join him Sundays on WMBS, whether it be on your radio or on the internet.
"The Matt Sapienza Show" is very "New York." Which figures. "Matt Sap", as his friends call him, is a native New Yorker who came to WMBS after stopovers in Long Island, and New York City. "Matt Sap" worked first as a DJ at the age of 17 at the campus radio station while attending Hofstra University. Playing records was not the only thing he did during college, he anchored the news, interviewed celebrities, served as weatherman and traffic reporter, and even served as a movie critic. At the same time, his entertainment career expanded with stand up comedy, performing in such venues as Governor’s Comedy Club and New York’s famous Gotham Comedy Club. However, radio being his first love, Matt headed to New York City in 2020 as a weekend news anchor on the legendary 77 WABC. He also served as the producer for their overnight talk show, “The Other Side of Midnight.” Perhaps the most important element in any Matt Sapienza show is his professionally conscientious study of what most people want to hear.
When he’s not on the air, he’s on video calls with his friends & family, exercising, cooking, or making memes on the internet. He will also destroy you in Mario Kart. That is not a wild claim, that is a promise.
Tune in to “The Matt Sapienza Show” on WMBS radio from 6 until 10 a.m. weekdays.
Bill Madden has been WMBS' Mid-Day Voice since July 2017. Bill is a true radio veteran of over 30 years.
He believes in radio being live and local, and to that end he plans to immerse himself into the community, both on- and off-air. Bill's had a long career doing just that, in markets of all sizes and numerous formats and is looking forward to getting started at WMBS. Stay tuned for more info on Bill in the coming weeks.
Nick began as an intern with WMBS December 2010 and was hired in 2011 as a producer and on air news and weather broadcaster.
He is a 2014 graduate of Uniontown Area High School and now attends Penn State Fayette, majoring in Broadcast Journalism. Nick attended the Sports Announcing Camp at Waynesburg University in 2012. He is an avid Steeler and Pirates fan.
Brian was hired in September 2001 as WMBS' Sports Director and promoted to General Manager in October of 2003. He is responsible for all the day-to-day operations at the station.
Brian also calls play-by-play for high school football and basketball games with broadcast partner Steve Superick.
Brian received a BA in Broadcast Journalism from The Ohio State University in June of 2001. While at OSU Brian served as the Station Manager and Sports Director at OSU's student radio station "The Underground" and also announced 3 years of Ohio State Football, Hockey and Baseball play-by-play on the student home of the Buckeyes. While in Columbus, Brian also interned for ESPN Game day host Kirk Herbstreit on WBNS Radio, Sports Radio 1460 the Fan.. Brian was also a Public Address Announcer at the University for OSU Soccer and Field Hockey.
A native Pittsburgher, Brian grew up in Forest Hills and graduated from Woodland Hills High School in 1997. It was at Woodland Hills where Brian got his start in the industry working for WHHS-TV.
Brian, in his spare time enjoys golf, tennis and snow skiing. He also enjoys the company of his wife Angela.
George Von Benko
George Von Benko has been hosting "The Sportsline" that airs on WMBS Saturday mornings between 10am and 12noon since 2005. A native of Fayette County, George has built an impressive broadcasting resume over the last 40 years.
George has done play-by-play for University of Cincinnati football and basketball; California University of Pennsylvania Football and Basketball; and The University of Pittsburgh's Women's Basketball Team. George also served as an analyst for Duquesne University Men's Basketball.
Along with hosting "The Sportsline" on WMBS, George has hosted talk shows on WTAE, WASP and WAJR along with serving as the host of "Talkin Bucs" on the Fox Sports Network.
George also works for Major League Baseball as a national contributor for MLB.com and has authored three books: "Memory Lane Volume 1", "Memory Lane Volume 2" and his latest book, "Sports Talk".
George also made it to the "Big Screen" in 1979 as the PA Announcer in the Film "The Fish that Saved Pittsburgh."
Steve Superick is a WMBS Color Analyst for Uniontown Red Raider Football & Basketball and Penn State Fayette Roaring Lions Basketball Games.
A Tri-State PGA member since 1990, Steve came to the local area as the Head Golf Professional at Uniontown Country Club in 1996. Steve has been a consistent member of the TSPGA year-end point leaders highlighted by wins at the 96, 97, 98 Greater Parkersburg Open, the 04 Uniontown Country Club Fall Classic, and a finalist at the 1999 Remax World Long Drive Championship in Mesquite, NV.
Before turning to a career in golf, Steve had been a four year All-East punter for the West Virginia Mountaineers. Although he earned all-state honors in NJ as a quarterback and place kicker (without actually ever punting in a high school game), he found himself punting in the starting lineup as a true freshman. To this day he still holds many of the punting records at WVU. After trying the NFL on and off for 2 seasons (brief stays with Pittsburgh Steelers & Houston Oilers), he turned his career path towards the golf business.
Steve has now transitioned careers again and works in the Marketing Department at Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin. A true lover of all stick-and-ball sports, Steve also enjoys donating his time coaching local youth baseball, basketball, & football.
After completing his summer internships at WMBS, Jerome joined the team in 2006. He has a degree from Penn State in Information Sciences & Technology.
During his tenure at Penn State, Jerome was a producer and on-air talent at WKPS. At WMBS, Jerome produces the affiliate broadcasts of the Pittsburgh sports teams, NFL and NCAA games. Jerome runs the controls for the Sunday morning broadcast of the Leland Bible Class from Christ United Methodist Church. An avid sports fan, in his free time, Jerome co-hosts a podcast called Two Sports Nuts.
Doug Saltzman hosts the WMBS PM Drive "Nightsounds" Program Tuesday and Wednesday from 5 to 7pm on WMBS.
Doug was a former staffer for Senator Arlen Spector and a longtime political analyst. In his spare time, Doug enjoys Bowling. Along with working at WMBS, Doug is a Quality Assurance Manager at a local car dealership.
Arnie is the long-time host of "Oldies Unlimited" on WMBS. Most weeks, you can catch the program Saturday afternoons from 12 Noon until 3PM. Arnie is also a popular DJ at car cruises and other events.
Mark is the host of WMBS' daily talk show "What's On Your Mind?" Catch Mark Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 1-3PM, and Thursday 2-3PM.
Russ Rhodes is a frequent host to the WMBS "Whats on Your Mind?" daily program between 1p-3pm and Political Analyst contributing to WMBS Election Coverage.
Phil Michael is a Uniontown native and a graduate of Albert Gallatin School District. Phil graduated from California University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s in Education and from Waynesburg University with a Master’s in Business Administration. Phil served on the Uniontown City Council for 7 years, before moving to South Union township, where he lives with his wife and 2 children. Phil worked as a teacher at Mapletown, before changing careers to work as a constable.
Phil has always loved talk radio—it’s his dream! Previously a part of “Kendall and Phil,” he now works on “Phil and Bill” with Bill Madden, in addition to other appearances.
Kendall is the co-host of Hot Topics with Kendall & Bill on Friday’s at 1:15 PM. Born and raised in Uniontown, Kendall graduated from Uniontown Area High School and later, Penn State University. Along with being a full-time hairstylist and her radio show, Kendall is extremely active on various boards within the county. While she loves her career and involvement in the community, Kendall’s favorite part of every week is Hot Topics- “It gives me an opportunity to do the ultimate community outreach, discuss social and political matters on a national, state, and local level, and most of all, connecting with all of our amazing listeners and live Facebook chat viewers.”
David Dunaway, "The Voice of Reason", has been working with WMBS since February 2009. He hosts "The Sports Voice," heard every Thursday from 4-6PM.
Dave formerly co-owned Sports Collectors Universe from 2008 to 2013, the area's top sports card and memorabilia store, located in the Uniontown Mall. Dave is proud to share his knowledge and love of sports with the fans of WMBS.
A native of Uniontown, Dave graduated from Laurel Highlands High School and furthered his studies as an Education Major at Penn State University. Dave currently teaches psychology and social studies at Baldwin High School. If he ever has free time, you can find Dave attempting to relax at a local golf course, Franko's Golf Center, or Sports Collectors Universe.
WMBS would like to welcome their Summer Intern and Office Assistant, Sarah Camp.
Sarah is currently a Senior at California University of Pennsylvania, majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing and a minor in Marketing. Sarah is a member of the University Honors Program and is actively involved in a leadership position with the Vulcan Marching Band, where she acts as a Woodwind Captain. After hearing about the opportunities at WMBS, Sarah jumped at the chance to learn more about the radio and broadcast industry.
When she is not working or performing with the Marching Band, Sarah spends her time helping with her family’s small colony of honey bees or crocheting gifts for her friends and family. She’s incredibly fond of odd conversation starters, and loves sparking debates on the most unusual topics. Sarah hopes to pursue a master’s degree following her graduation in May 2023.
John & Lynn Richnafsky
John Richnafsky has been part of the "Polka Industry" in the area for over 50 years. He played accordion with various local polka bands. He has been on the air as a Polka Disc Jockey since 1986. In 2000, he joined the staff of WMBS. John, along with his wife, Lynn, bring you Polish Melodies on Sunday Evenings. John and Lynn are also available to take Polish Melodies "out and about" to your locations for various events.
Sandy Tracy is a stalwart at WMBS, serving for (a lot of) years in sales and has been the Sales Director for some time. Call or click here to contact Sandy to give your business a lift.
Janel has been part of the WMBS team since 2011, working in our Sales Department. Call or click here to contact Janel for attractive ad package deals. Did we mention that she likes coffee?