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!

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