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Jobless Hit the Wireless, Then Wait by the Phone

March 16, 1992

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ The jobless and the underemployed got help from the wireless Monday when a radio host surrendered his talk show to people reading their resumes.

One billed his skills in rhyme.

″I’m creative and bold. I look good in a suit. I’m intelligent and wise. I’m handsome to boot,″ Joe Kosanovic said in a 32-line poem about his qualifications.

Forty people called Doug Hoerth’s afternoon show on WTAE-AM and by late afternoon the station had gotten about 40 calls from interested employers.

Hoerth said job seekers who didn’t get on the air would get another chance next week.

Listening in was like reading the children’s book ″What Do People Do All Day?″ Hoerth heard from an insurance salesman, computer programmer, radio news anchor, geologist and machinist. There was an artist, a married couple who both needed jobs and a man who could fix computer disk drives ″both floppy and hard.″

″I’ve never done anything as public as this,″ said Regina Sanford of Penn Hills, who has degrees in management and has been searching for jobs since her family business went under in 1984.

″I had my associate degree, and they told me I was underqualified and I should get my bachelor’s,″ she said in an interview. ″Then I got my bachelor’s, and suddenly I was overqualified.″

Other callers had master’s and graduate degrees, including an English major driving a bus and a marketing major working in a department store.

Most calls came from people with business, engineering or communications backgrounds. Chet Shuty, a substitute art teacher in Pittsburgh’s public schools, wants to teach full time.

″I was very nervous at first,″ Shuty said of his participation in the radio show. ″It was like being in an intense job interview. But once I looked down and saw my resume in front of me, it went pretty well.″

Hoerth compared the idea to a matchmaking service he ran recently on the air.

″Looking for a job is just another form of dating,″ Hoerth said in a telephone interview. ″It’s not nearly as romantic, but I suppose it would be if you ended up with money in your pocket.″

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