My Best of the ‘Burgh: A Q&A With WDVE’s Bill Crawford
Bill Crawford has been making us laugh for decades. We wanted to know: What are his favorite things about Pittsburgh?
Bill Crawford is a fixture in the local radio scene, having co-hosted the morning show on WDVE for the last 10 years. He got his start in improv and stand-up comedy, performing at the Pittsburgh Improv and touring nationally, but says he’s grateful for the opportunity to work full-time in his hometown, which has allowed him to be closer to his daughters. His only complaint might be the hours — going from late nights at the improv to a morning show was brutal: “There’s no one that likes sleeping in more than me,” he says. We wanted to know: What is Bill Crawford’s Best of the ’Burgh?
What’s your Pittsburgh “hidden gem,” a place that you love that doesn’t get the attention it deserves?
“It would have to be Frick Park. I grew up in Regent Square, and Frick Park is a lot bigger than people realize. In between Blue Slide Park and lower Frick Park, there are incredible single-track mountain bike trails, walking trails, hiking trails … I just love Frick Park.”
If you could only eat one local meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
“It would have to be pizza, and I don’t know if I could do just one place, but just a local pizza. I would go to Mineo’s; I would go to Aiello’s; I would go to Fiori’s; I would go to Slice; I would go to Iron Born; I would go to Vito’s; I would go to Napoli’s. I could really mix it up and spend the rest of my days eating the different local pizza from different pizza joints around town. It’s my favorite. Badamo’s Pizza is another great one.”
If Pittsburgh had a theme song, what would it be?
“I believe we do have a theme song and that theme song is ‘Renegade.’ … I love it. I didn’t pick it; I don’t think I would have picked it, but I wouldn’t change it.”
What’s the annual tradition that you wait for every year?
“Probably Rib Fest, just because Rib Fest lets me know that football season is right around the corner.”
Favorite Pittsburgh appearance in a movie or on television?
“This is an easy one for me: The opening chase scene in ‘Striking Distance’ has it all. It has tunnels, bridges, tunnels on fire, Mount Washington, I think at one point a PAT bus wrecks into an Iron City Beer truck … It’s amazing. … It’s really our whole city in a chase scene.”
What’s your unpopular Pittsburgh opinion? What is something you think about the city (or a famous aspect of it) that won’t win you any friends?
“We have too many bridges. I don’t think we need a bridge every 20 feet Downtown. It seems like they’re always in disrepair and there’s either a huge parachute hanging off of a bridge where they’re painting it or they’ve got to close it down. If there’s a skateboard and a whiskey barrel holding up a bridge, I just think there’s a couple too many bridges.”