Tony Pirollo

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.

Favorite Quotes:
"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
CD shopping
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.