5 Classic Pittsburghers Still Popular on YouTube

From Fred Rogers to Pittsburgh traffic cop Vic Cianca to weatherman Joe DeNardo, these 'Burghers are fun to watch and remember.

Vic Cianca


No one directed Pittsburgh traffic like Vic Cianca.

For 38 years, Cianca stood in the middle of traffic directing drivers with a combination of dance moves, genuflections and exaggerated facial expressions that made gridlock a spectator sport. 

Cianca got national attention when his graceful traffic ballet was featured in an episode of "Candid Camera."


Joe DeNardo


Who doesn't remember the "Joe Said it Would" campaigns. 

For 36 years, Joe DeNardo predicted rain, sleet, snow, sunshine and everything in between on WTAE-TV. A series of promotional spots in 1994 cemented his place among the city's broadcasting icons.


Fred Rogers


Fred Rogers was, quite simply, America's Favorite Neighbor. 

He produced 895 episodes of "Mister Rogers Neighborhood." This clip was from the final episode, which was taped in December 2000.  


John Cigna


John Cigna had a hard act to follow when he took over the morning-drive slot on KDKA Radio in 1983 following legendary broadcaster Jack Bogut's departure.

For that reason, the station created a series of memorable promotional spots featuring Cigna and former K-Team members Fred Honsberger, Dave James and Nellie King. Cigna retired in 2001.


Chilly Billy Cardille


Long before "SNL," Pittsburghers spent their Saturday nights watching "Chiller Theater," hosted by "Chilly" Billy Cardille.  The venerable and campy program featured classic (and not-so-classic) horror and science fiction films. 

"Chiller Theater" was so popular it kept "Saturday Night Live" off of the air in Pittsburgh for four years. 



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