“I just want to say ‘Thank you’ to all the reporters and photographers who have been such great colleagues, the officials and spokespeople who always responded — whether on weekends or at the crack of dawn — and especially the listeners, who have allowed me into their lives for so many years,” Boylan told the Post-Gazette.
“It was a rare gift, and I am so very thankful.”
“It was something we had talked about recently. After a lot of reflection and stellar service, after 36 years of getting up in the middle of the night, she sent the staff a note last week,” said Michael Young, senior vice president and Pittsburgh market manager for CBS Radio Pittsburgh.
Boylan arrived in Pittsburgh in 1978 after working in television and radio in her native Ohio, as well as western New York. She joined KDKA in July 1981 and has been a reporter and anchor.
Her position will be covered from within the KDKA department, Mr. Young said, who stopped short of saying there will be a new job opening.
“Barbara was part of the fabric of KDKA. I thought she had a great work ethic, she always wanted to get it right, and was someone who is very, very dedicated and got a great deal of enjoyment covering stories,” he added.