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Bleacher Report’s Kerry Miller Breaks Down NCAA Tournament Bracket

It’s that time of year where things go mad.

The NCAA Round of 64 begins on Thursday, and some of us still might be struggling to figure out who’s Cinderella and who’s a pumpkin. Kerry Miller (seen holding his 10-month old daughter, Jordyn) of Bleacher Report shared his insights on the top dogs and bracket busters in a segment on A.M. Beaver County on Wednesday.

So if you’re stuck in the Midwest region without a map, take a listen.

Cats, Fitness, & Chili: Just Another Normal Edition Of “People Purpose Planet”

So how do those three subjects go together?

Well for starters, Dr. Pete Birchler from the Chiropractic Health Center in Chippewa hosted another edition of “People Purpose Planet”, a look at the non-profit organizations that are making a difference in Beaver County and surrounding areas. Like in February, Dr. Pete brought along Mike Romigh, the social media/fundraising coordinator for the Beaver County Humane Society. This time Mike brought in a few guests: three recently acquired cats that are looking for a new home. Mike also updated the status of the headquarters on Brodhead Road following a pipe burst in February.

Also joining Dr. Pete and Mike was David Pavkovich of SouLift Fitness in Beaver, whose gym provides a goal-based alternative to the typical gym setting. Now while SouLift IS a for-profit organization, their upcoming partnership with the Humane Society is not: that being the upcoming chili cook-off being held at the Midland American Legion on March 16 from 4-7pm. This open-for-public event is $5 for general admission, and voters can donate $1 to the favorite chili; all proceeds benefit the Humane Society.

To view the latest segment of “People Purpose Planet”, take a look at the Facebook live feed below!

And for more photos from the interview, feast your eyes on these:

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Beaver County Radio to celebrate International Women’s Day by honoring trailblazing Beaver County women

Tomorrow marks International Women’s Day, an occasion to celebrate accomplishments made by women across the globe. Beaver County Radio will launch its first Annual International Women’s Day Celebration by honoring Beaver County women that have made history.

Gertrude Trobe with husband Max Trobe

From 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow, March 8, the on-air staff will honor one trailblazing Beaver County woman per hour. A short biography will be read about each woman, outlining their career successes.

The 2019 honorees are Broadcasting Icon Gertrude Trobe (pictured above), Judge Debbie Kunselman, Olympian Lauryn Williams, Renowned Artist Elizabeth “Betty” Douglas, Treasurer Connie Javens, Beaver County Radio Legend Diane Brown, Former Politician/Entrepreneur Kimberly Villella, and Award-winning Musical Artist Vanessa Campagna.

Tune in to 1230 WBVP or 1460 WMBA and join the celebration!

This special celebration is brought to you by Cohill Fashions, Bonnie August Florals, Beth Hazen Agency – Nationwide Insurance, Merrick Art Gallery, Una Bella Beauty and Wellness Studio, Design Inspirations LTD, McGee Heating and Air Conditioning, Friendly Federal Credit Union, and Marbull’s Restaurant & Tavern!








AUDIO: New CCBC President Roger Davis Talks About His Plans On A.M. Beaver County

This week heralded the announcement of Roger W. Davis, previously the Vice President & Provost of the Community College of Beaver County, as the college’s 9th and current President, replacing the already-vacated Dr. Chris Reber.

In his first-ever radio interview on A.M. Beaver County, Dr. Davis talked about his career path to get to this point of becoming CCBC’s president; a journey that has taken him all across the United States. He also spoke about the future of the college; including the groundbreaking of a new Process Technology facility on campus, the continued partnership with Shell and the new cracker plant, and the hopes to internationalize the Aviation wing of CCBC.

If you missed the interview with Dr. Roger Davis and Matt Drzik, click on the player below to listen back to it!

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VIDEO: Humane Society Is February’s Subject For “People Purpose Planet”

Once a month, Dr. Pete Birchler & The Chiropractic Health Center in Chippewa join Beaver County Radio for a segment of “People Purpose Planet”, a show that focuses on the non-profit organizations that provide exemplary service to Beaver County.

For February, Dr. Birchler chose the Beaver County Humane Society, and joining him and Matt Drzik on A.M. Beaver County was their Sponsorship/Social Media Director (and former Teleforum host) Mike Romigh. The conversation centered around the service that the Humane Society has been doing from holding various fundraisers to rescuing abused animals.

If you missed the interview from this morning or want to listen/view it again, check out the Facebook video below!

John Putzier Talks About The 2019 Pittsburgh International Auto Show

For some, February means time for romance and chocolates. For others, it means a month of cars…whether it’s the start of the NASCAR season or the annual Pittsburgh International Auto Show.

The 2019 edition of the Auto Show is the 75th Anniversary edition, and John Putzier (CEO of Greater Pittsburgh Auto Dealers) called into A.M. Beaver County to talk about it with Matt Drzik. He spoke about how this year’s “Dancing With The Cars” falls on Valentine’s Day, the different kinds of exotic sports cars that will be on display, and how those looking to go could get in (including an announcement about a potential fee waiving for government workers; listen below for details).

For more information about the 2019 Pittsburgh International Auto Show, check out pittautoshow.com. Stay tuned to Beaver County Radio and our Facebook page for YOUR chance to snag tickets to this year’s show!

If you missed this morning’s interview or want to listen back to it, click on the player below!

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Beaver County Groups Plan Memorial Flower Garden In Flag Plaza

The loss of a loved one is a devastating moment in any person’s life, but the choice to turn such devastation into a positive moment for the community they live in is a bouquet of light to vanquish darkness.

Such is the case with Lisa Lathom, a Patterson Township resident and member of Leadership Beaver County who has teamed up with the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce and The Compassionate Friends to help put together a memorial flower garden and “butterfly wall” for lost loved ones to be located in Flag Plaza in Rochester. Lathom lost her to-be child in 2018, and is using this memorial as a place where parents who have lost their children can place a flower or butterfly in their honor.

Lathom spoke about this on A.M. Beaver County with Matt Drzik, and she was joined by Sharon Kovach (Chapter Leader of The Compassionate Friends) and Emily Konecheck (also from Leadership Beaver County & the BC Chamber of Commerce) who spoke about their organizations’ roles in helping put together the flower garden & butterfly wall. They also talked about their own organizations and how County residents can take part and be part of these groups.

As you will hear in the interview below, the memorial is NOT a done deal. The groups are still looking to raise $1,000 for the garden and wall (which have already been approved by the Rochester Borough), and they look to start the physical aspect of the project this spring. Contact information is below.

To hear back this morning’s interview, click on the players below:

(Part 1)


(Part 2)

From Left To Right: Matt Drzik, Emily Konecheck, Sharon Kovach, Lisa Lathom

Lisa Lathom: (724) 307-5472

Sharon Kovach/The Compassionate Friends: tcftristatepa@yahoo.com

Emily Konecheck/Leadership Beaver County: beavercountychamber.com/leadership-beaver-county

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BCTA Riders Show Their Displeasure Towards Proposed Changes

(Matt Drzik/Beaver County Radio)

When Commissioner Chairman Dan Camp spoke of the fervent backlash he received from Beaver County citizens about the proposed changes by the Beaver County Transit Authority, it turns out he wasn’t exaggerating.

Dozens of County residents arrived at the BCTA headquarters on West Washington Street in Rochester on Monday night to hear in detail about the changes that are being proposed, but have not yet been put into action, by the Transit Authority. General Manager Mary Jo Morandini was the head speaker for the meeting, and she described the new plans-to-be for the routes in current use.

One of these proposed changes is on Route 11, in which the Drug & Alcohol stop will be removed and replaced with a stop at the Beaver Valley Mall, as explained by GM Morandini:

BCTA General Manager Mary Jo Morandini came under intense scrutiny from riders in attendance.

Among other proposed changes include the removal of the 6:20 and 6:45 trips on Route 3 in lieu of one 6:30 trip, and having the last Route 1 bus out of Pittsburgh leaving at 7:00pm instead of 8:00 where it currently stands.

The backlash towards the new proposals, and even Morandini herself, came early and often throughout the rest of the evening. A variety of responses came out in regards to the issues it would cause, including one who was wondering how he could leave his job in Pittsburgh if the 8:00pm bus on Route 1 was cut…


…another who felt the Drug & Alcohol stop is a populous one that needed to stay…


…and one woman who felt that the BCTA was convenient enough as it was and that the changes would be potentially inconvenient:


Others chose to heave their backlash onto Morandini, whose lack of dependency on using the BCTA buses and business-first attitude were called out on the carpet:


Those with further complaints to the BCTA can submit them up until 3:00pm on February 19th. The changes, if passed will go into effect sometime during Spring of this year.

/ A.M. Beaver County, News, Teleforum

The 2019 McGuire Memorial Car Raffle & Auction Is Approaching!

For the 29th year this year, McGuire Memorial will be holding their annual car raffle for the McGuire Memorial Foundation. The event will be on March 2 at The Fairmont in downtown Pittsburgh at 5:00pm.

Foundation Executive Director Dawn Woodfill joined Matt Drzik in studio and McGuire CEO/President Sister Thaddeus called in to talk about this year’s Car Raffle on A.M. Beaver County. The two ladies talked about the reason behind going from one car to three this year (there is still only one winner and one car), and where the proceeds are going to (including the future McGuire facility in Ellwood City).

For more information on this year’s raffle, go to mcguirecarraffle.org.

If you missed this morning’s interview or would like to listen to it again, click on the Facebook Live feed from earlier down below!

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Cindy Baldrige Talks National Catholic Schools Week On AMBC

The week of January 27 to February 2 is National Catholic Schools Week in America, and Beaver County is home to several different educational institutions that follow the Catholic faith.

Cindy Baldrige has served in Catholic education for over four decades, including the last 8 as principal for Sts. Peter & Paul in Beaver. In a brief interview with Matt Drzik on A.M. Beaver County, Baldrige talked about the keys to sustaining success in Catholic education, as well as an update on Our Lady of Fatima (where she spent last year as their principal but has since been replaced).

Interviews during National Catholic Schools Week are brought to you by Fischer’s Beaver Falls Save-A-Lot, Fischer’s New Brighton Foodland, Fischer’s Beverage, the Beaver Valley Auto Mall, Rome Inspirations, and Beaver County Radio.

To hear the interview with Cindy & Matt, click on the player below.

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