#7 WDVE

We all have a soundrack of our lives. Some songs might represent defining moments, others might inspire, or still others might just make us smile as we go about our day-to-day routine. Yinzers also have a soundtrack of their lives, and that soundtrack is played every day on WDVE.

For non-Yinzers, WDVE (or just DVE for those mullet-clad Yinzers in the know) is the Rosetta Stone of their culture. It features:

  • Two morning show hosts who smoke cigars, talk about breasts, do bad voices to invented characters such as “Ralph the Cat,” talk about Pittsburgh sports teams, and make fun of/revel in yinzer culture by producing annual CDs with such local favorites as Go Steelers and The Meaning of Penguins Hockey;
  • Contests such as “Hottest Moms” and the man-boob-featuring “Twisted Wet T-Shirt Contest;”
  • Artists that define Yinzer culture, including as ZZ Top, Rush, Ozzy Osbourne, Lynard Skynyrd, AC/DC, Pink Floyd, Aerosmith and The Doors;
  • Parody songs of Pittsburgh;
  • Frequent tracks by The Clarks, a local band that every Yinzer insists should have been as big, if not bigger, than Donnie Iris;
  • A midday female DJ who does a request show called “The Electric Lunch,” on whom nearly every Yinzer has a crush;
  • A Black-and-Gold web site that includes”Steelers” and “Girls” as its first two menu items, as well as a plethora of stimulating Yinzer activities, such as voting for the hottest mom and checking out the babe of the day; and
  • An hourly playing of Ozzy Osbourne’s Crazy Train. (Note: see screen shot below)

If preparing for an interaction where you need to make small talk with Yinzers, be sure to spend some time listenening to DVE. In addition to making the conversation more palatable, you’re likely to find yourself thinking about the people from whom you could have learned had you not been Born Too Late.