Corporate Support Representative
I was born in Pittsburgh and proud of it!
I graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Accounting. I don't know what I was thinking when I chose that major! After working 3 1/2 years as an accountant for a furniture manufacturer and 6 1/2 years as a sales rep. for a managed care company, I finally got the "coolest" job I probably will ever have: Underwriting Sales Representative for WYEP. I really believe in the station and the product that I sell. I started in August of 1997 and it's been a BLAST ever since. I have been a big fan of WYEP for a long time and this job lets me combine my love of music and interest in sales. The best part of my job is the chance to meet a lot of great people, (ie..clients, prospects, musicians) and becoming friends with them. Since starting at WYEP, I am no longer Tony Pirollo, I am "Tony from 'YEP". This job had taught me that Pittsburgh is very small and everyone knows everyone.
"I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well."
"I would rather look good than feel good."
You may be surprised to know:
I'm not from New Jersey, I just love the music from there.
Some of my favorite things to do when I'm not working:
Go to Pirate games at PNC Park
Go to concerts
Things that have happened to me since I started working here that I will never forget:
1) One of my all time heroes of rock-n-roll is Southside Johnny. He played the Pittsburgh Blues Festival and I got to pick him up at the airport. He came off the plane wearing those trademark sunglasses of his. I couldn't believe it. There I was walking through the airport with my hero and no one really knew who he was. While driving him to his hotel we talked about everything: music, baseball and the cost of living in New Jersey and Nashville. Later that afternoon I drove him to the station for his interview on Blues & Rhythm. During the interview he said, "My man Tony told me that I have to remind people about my website."
2) I got to tell John Hiatt that I think he is one of the greatest American Songwriters and that I was glad he included the song "Doll Hospital" on one of his greatest hits CDs. He thanked me.
3) I told Dave Alvin that one of my all-time favorite lyric is "She gives me her cheek, when I want her lips" from "Fourth of July". He laughed and said he liked it too.
4) I ran into the Honeydogs in the laundry mat across the street from my apartment in Dormont.