Community And Religious Leaders React To the Passing Of Mike Pintek

County Executive Fitzgerald, Bishop Zubik and more reflect on their time with the KDKA Radio host

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Early Wednesday morning longtime KDKA Radio host Mike Pintek passed away after a long battle with inoperable pancreatic cancer. He was 65.

After learning of Pintek’s passing, Allegheny County Rich Fitzgerald told the KDKA Radio Morning News, even while battling cancer, he didn’t change his approach.

“He wanted to have the same battles he would have over public policy or whatever it might be and I think it really says a lot about him and his character,” said Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald adds that Pintek never came unprepared for an argument even while going through aggressive chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

“You’d see him coming in with his stack of papers and his preparation for his work,” said Fitzgerald. “You’d kind of just forget about it. You’d see him and you know there were some physical changes but he just wanted to go to work and didn’t want people to really make a big deal of what he was going through.”

Fitzgerald and Pintek had many battles on the radio over the years but Fitzgerald says he was always treated fairly.

“When he would have a criticism of me or my administration he would certainly allow me to come on and defend myself . . . he certainly had a lot of fun with the bike lanes.”

Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik says he visited Pintek a couple weeks ago and spent over two hours with him.

“At the end of our visit, he was at total peace,” said Zubik. “It warmed my heart to know that he was at peace with what was happening in his own life and I think he was ready to cross over that bridge to be with God forever in heaven.”

Zubik admits that the he and Pintek agreed on very little but it didn’t affect their relationship.

“We differed strongly and even when I visited him we laughed about that but none the less, it was a strong friendship.”

Pennsylvania Speaker of the House Mike Turzai said in a statement:

“We are saddened to hear of the passing of Mike Pintek. Throughout his 30 years hosting the ‘Mike Pintek Show,’ Mike provided top-notch news coverage across the Pittsburgh region.  His intelligent coverage and desire to seek out the opinion of his listeners made him one of the best in the business.  His push to always ask the tough questions made it an honor to be invited onto his show."

U.S. Representative Mike Doyle said on Twitter. "Sorry to learn that Mike Pintek has passed away. Mike was on the air at KDKA Radio for more than 30 years, and I appreciated his in-your-face, no-holds-barred style. I want to extend my condolences to his family and friends."

U.S Senator Pat Toomey also released a statement on Twitter. "Mike Pintek was a terrific guy and I always enjoyed our lively conversations. (KDKA Radio) will not be the same without him. My deepest condolences to his family, friends, and loved ones."

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