Dow Carnahan, operations manager for WCNS(AM) in Latrobe, Pa., passed away unexpectedly last Friday, a few days after his 56th birthday, according to the obituary released by the Hartman-Graziano Funeral Home.
Dow Carnahan (Photo credit: WCNS)
Carnahan worked for WCNS for 33 years, serving in many roles, including morning news anchor, talk show host and operations manager. He also provided his voice for broadcasts of the Latrobe Wildcats and St. Vincent Bearcats football and basketball games, and for auto-racing at the Motordome Speedway in Smithton, Pa., Pittsburgh Motor Speedway, and Lernerville Speedway, the obituary writes.
The Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters honored Carnahan as the Outstanding Local Radio Newscaster in 2013 and 2014, and for Outstanding Radio Coverage in 2015.
Ken Hawk, president and general manager of WSNQ(AM) 1620 in Saxonburg, Pa., was hired by Carnahan at WCNS in 1993, and the two remained friends. He said of Carnahan: “Dow always felt that radio was a business, and that a radio station had a responsibility to its licensed community to serve it to the best of its ability. He just felt he had a job to do, and he did it.”
Carnahan is survived by his parents Ronald and Anna Jean Carnahan, his sister Jill Carnahan Plafcan and her husband Dean, his brother Tim Carnahan and his wife Karen, and nieces and nephews.