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New board chair, board member take seats
Tube City Community Media Inc. has announced the following changes and appointments, effective immediately.
Mary Beth Wyko has been elected chair and president of the board, to fill the term of the late Bill Phillips III, who died unexpectedly March 10. Mary Beth also has been named associate editor of Tube City Almanac. In that role, she will help mentor young writers, edit stories before they are published, and guide news coverage on the site.
Eric Wisniewski has been elected to the board of directors to fill the remaining term of Judy Rosenfeld, who has resigned for personal reasons. Along with Judy, Eric hosts The Electric Crush, which airs at 7 p.m. Wednesdays on Tube City Online Radio, formerly WMCK.FM.
Dianne Ribecca has been named program director of Tube City Online Radio. She will serve as a liaison between the Tube City Community Media board and the radio station's DJs and hosts.
Chris Stillwell has been named music director of Tube City Online Radio. In this role, Chris will help select and shape the music heard on Tube City Online Radio during those hours when no DJ or program host is available.
A graduate of Point Park University, Mary Beth earned her master's degree at Youngstown State University.
She is a former copy editor for the Meadville, Pa., Tribune and Tribune Chronicle of Warren, Ohio, where she also served as features editor.
Before taking on her current role as communications and outreach coordinator for Allies for Health + Wellbeing, Mary Beth was special events manager and government affairs coordinator for the regional chamber of commerce in Youngstown, Ohio.
Eric is a graduate of McKeesport Area High School and earned a journeyman’s degree in masonry. He has served for more than 20 years as maintenance director of one of southwestern Pennsylvania’s most successful country clubs. He previous worked as physical plant services director of a large community hospital and is certified in occupational health and safety compliance, life safety and fire safety.
The Electric Crush, the show he co-hosts with his wife, Judy, features new and classic rock, with an emphasis on local Pittsburgh artists. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the show was broadcasting live concerts and interviews from the Tube City Center for Business & Innovation. Eric and Judy are hopeful that those concerts will resume once the COVID-19 numbers make in-person concerts feasible.
Since its debut on Tube City Online Radio, The Electric Crush has become one of the station's most popular programs, with more than 1,800 followers on social media. Repeats of the program are heard at 3 p.m. Mondays and 8 a.m. Fridays.
A graduate of the University of Southern New Hampshire, Dianne is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. She began her broadcasting career in 1998 at WKXL in Concord, N.H.
Dianne is the host of the Consumer Review Report podcast, which also airs at 4 p.m. Sundays on Tube City Online Radio. In her role as program director, Dianne is screening content to make sure all hosts are producing quality shows that meet community standards.
She also is making recommendations to the Tube City Community Media board for improvements and changes to the radio station's content, and will talk to potential hosts about their ideas for new shows.
Chris began his broadcasting career at WVBC-FM Bethany, W.Va., and was a producer at WWVA, Wheeling, W.Va. A graduate of Bethany College, Chris earned a master's degree in divinity at Texas Christian University. He currently serves as senior pastor of Fairhill Manor Christian Church in Washington, Pa., and previously served as pastor of First Christian Church of Connellsville, Pa.
As music director, Chris also will help Tube City Online Radio hosts learn about new music and emerging artists. He has been helping to screen tracks from record labels and artists.
Dianne and Chris also serve as members of the board of directors of Tube City Community Media.
Founded in 2009, Tube City Community Media Inc. is the non-profit corporation that operates Tube City Almanac, McKeesport Obituaries and Tube City Online Radio, formerly WMCK.FM.
Funding for Tube City Community Media Inc. comes in part from grants from the G.C. Murphy Co. Foundation, the E.R. Crawford Estate Trust Fund and the McKeesport Community Fund, donations from Finney Funeral Homes and Strifflers Family Funeral Homes, and contributions from the public. In 2020, Tube City Community Media Inc. reached well over 100,000 Internet users, with more than 10 million page views.
Originally published May 17, 2021.