Ron Jaye, a long-time fixture on Pittsburgh’s radio information, died on the age of 86

Ronald Jaye Krauth, a longtime Pittsburgh radio news streak known in the air as “Ron Jaye,” died last week at his Allegheny County home.

A spokesman for WPXI News, where Krauth spent most of three decades in the air, said news workers there mourn the death of the retired reporter, talk show host and newscaster.

Krauth, 86, died peacefully surrounded by his wife Mary Jane and his family.

The late news editor, who was born in Buffalo, New York on October 3, 1934, began his career as a disc jockey in Buffalo in 1958 and later moved to Cleveland as a newscaster before joining WIIC in Pittsburgh in 1965, precursor to WPXI.

According to an online obituary, he worked at WPXI-TV for almost 35 years from 1965 to 2000, with a break in the 1980s as a “man-on-the-move” at WTAE radio. During his time at WIIC, he hosted the region’s first TV talk show.

Krauth considered Pittsburgh his adopted home town and was a sports fan who loved the Steelers, Pirates, and Pitt football, family members said in his obituary.

In addition to his six decades old wife, two daughters, Amy Wingarden Laura Erskin, and two sons, Daniel and David Krauth, Krauth survive. nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

The family requested that memorial donations be made to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (412) 460-3663.

Deb Erdley is a contributor to Tribune Review. You can contact Deb at 724-850-1209,, or on Twitter.

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