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The board also announced its plans to transition all of Tube City’s online content to the trademarked “Tube City Online” name during 2021.
At its annual meeting, the board re-elected for one-year terms current directors Alycia Bencloski, Andrea Luketic Cartwright, Dan Dougherty, Daniel C. Malesky, William C. Phillips, Dianne Ribecca, Judy Rosenfeld, Rev. Chris Stillwell, Thomas Schroll Jr., Jennifer Sopko and Jason Togyer.
The board also elected William Phillips as chair, Alycia Bencloski as treasurer and Jennifer Sopko as secretary.
Phillips is a life-long resident of McKeesport and a graduate of McKeesport Area High School and Penn Technical Institute who recently retired as director of technical services for CCI Wireless, Monroeville.
New directors are Wayne Washowich of North Huntingdon Twp. and Mary Beth Wyko of Brentwood, said Togyer, who serves as volunteer executive director of the board.
Doug Goffus of White Oak, who had served as a member of the board since 2014 and as chair since 2017, has retired.
Goffus helped sign on WMCK Internet Radio in September 2015 and hosts “Goffus Golden Oldies,” heard at 6 a.m. Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Thursdays and 3 p.m. Saturdays.
He will continue to produce the show, which is also heard on Pittsburgh’s WRCT-FM (88.3).
“It's been my pleasure to serve you for all of these years,” Goffus told other board members. “I have stated many times thank you for everything that you have done and everything that you continue to do.”
Tube City Online, founded in 1996, was the first website devoted to McKeesport. It added local news coverage beginning in 2009 and obituaries in 2016. It now focuses on McKeesport, Duquesne, North Versailles Twp., West Newton and White Oak.
Funding for Tube City Community Media Inc. comes in part from the G.C. Murphy Co. Foundation, the E.R. Crawford Estate Trust Fund, the McKeesport Community Fund, Finney Funeral Homes, Strifflers Family Funeral Homes, and donations from the general public, as well as from advertising income.
The organization maintains a radio studio on the second floor of the former McKeesport Daily News Building, now called the Tube City Center for Business & Innovation.
Chartered in 2009 in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tube City Community Media was recognized as a tax-exempt charitable corporation by the IRS in 2014.
Originally published October 21, 2020.