Gateway Clipper Fleet’s 55th Anniversary

Back in May, we were proud to help kick-off a summer long celebration of the 55th Anniversary Celebration of the Gateway Clipper Fleet.

The highlight of the celebration was the christening of the Fleet’s newest member – The Three Rivers Queen!  Here’s a recent interview of CEO Terry Wirginis on Bill Flanagan’s ‘Our Region’s Business‘ television show.

Enjoy the story of one of Pittsburgh’s most popular, treasured and visionary brands.


We Need More White Knights

Photo by: Dr. Roy Winkelman

We’re jacked after reading today’s Wall Street Journal’s front page story which referenced our client/friend John Graf of Pittsburgh’s Priory Hospitality Group and his goal of buying the famous Westinghouse Castle!

It’s great to know that there are still pioneering maverick people in America today who still MAKE THINGS HAPPEN and/or have the courage to TAKE A SHOT!

When’s the last time you took one!


Pittsburgh’s Most Memorable TV Commercials

For a fun upcoming story, Managing Editor Jen Curry of  the Pittsburgh Business Times is asking for people’s most memorable Pittsburgh commercial.

So, we decided to take a few nostalgic minutes and come up with our own list.

Madison Avenue has got nothing on the Mad Men and Women of Pittsburgh.

Here’s our take – #1 – no question:

  1. Kennywood Park‘s new Raging Rapids with Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Famer Jack Lambert and broadcaster Myron Cope
  2. Mr Yuk PSA Commercial by Pittsburgh’s Children’s Hospital in 1971-  scared the heck out of kids.  Here’s a backgrounder.
  3. Eat N Park Christmas Tree – sweet
  4. Joe Said it Would – WTAE-TV Weatherman Joe DiNardo – early 90s – lots of news stations would compete hard with these kinds of commercials featuring broadcast teams and especially weathermen – DiNardo was a Pittsburgh Institution – retired in 1994 – 35 year tenure
  5. KDKA-AM Radio’s K-TEAM John Cigna Commercials here and here
  6. Winky’s – two famous lines – “There’s no Winky’s in Wilmerding’ and ‘Winky’s Makes You Happy to Be Hungry’ – my old boss created these – competed with McDonald’s and others – Big Wink was their ‘Big Mac’
  7. Pittsburgh Pirates Commercial
  8. Iron City Beer – Olympics –  – long version – personal bias – friends Jon Kasunic and Tom Megalis perform and produce
  9. Iron City Beer – Pump an Iron
  10. Iron City Beer – You Can’t Keep an Iron Man Down
  11. IC Light Beer – Gimme the Night Gimme an IC Light – The World’s First Light Beer Ever

Note – Two area hospital commercials I could not find on YouTube were:

  • Children’s Hospital –’Be Glad You Have Children’s’ Campaign and,
  • UPMC’s, ‘Choose a Hospital as if Your Life Depended on it’

Two great campaigns.

And, here are a few ad campaigns that were not locally produced in Pittsburgh, but have significant Pittsburgh ties:

Finally, we tip our hat to home grown Joe Pytka of Braddock, PA who is without a doubt the best television commercial producer EVER!

Among his many award-winning achievements, Joe produced: Bo Knows, Larry and Michael, Michael Jackson Pepsi, This is Your Brain on Drugs and more!