A Classic Alternative Rock Station

Cris Winter

What a long strange trip it has been ...I was on a family vacation when Double X went off the air.  I remember going to the INXS show at the Civic Arena as soon as I got back into town and seeing the banners saying "Bring Double X Back" and the bummed out faces on our many listeners.  It was then that I realized that we were all a part of something very special and unique.  The last 30 years have been very good to me as far as a radio career. I have truly been blessed.  The day I was fired from Double X, I got a call from WDVE.  I was out of a job for all of 6 hours.  Low and behold, I called DVE home for 15 years!  While at DVE I did a part-time fill in.  I was also DVE's Music Director for 12 years.   

In 1995, I was asked to be the Program Director of a new alternative station "The X".  It was a blast to be instrumental in the beginnings of a station that I am proud to say is still on the air.  In 1996, I was asked to join the "Paulsen & Krenn Morning Show", one of the most successful rock radio morning shows in the country.  I handled the news duties.  I would be on that show for nearly 6 years.

In 2002, I was asked to join the oldies station's morning show ("3WS - Greatest Hits of the 60's and 70's"), once again handling the news duties.  I became the co-host of the morning show (The Merkel & Cris Morning Show).  Who would have thunk it?!  I was also the NASCAR correspondent for Clear Channel - Pittsburgh.  It is nice to have a hobby that I have loved for 18 years turn into a radio gig.  Animals have always been my passion and I do a lot of volunteer work with various animal organizations and I am proud to say that I sit on the advisory board for Animal Friends, a no-kill animal shelter in Pittsburgh. 

Cris moved on from 3WS and is now the morning show host at 
WISH 99.7 in Pittsburgh.  Cris also was the voice of Thundergirl on the Nick Toons show "Action League NOW!"