WABE People

John Lorinc

One week after his 21st birthday, John Lorinc entered the world of radio when he first cracked the mic at WBHV, then a Top 40 station in State College, PA.  

The summer after graduating from Penn State University’s College of Communications, Lorinc returned to his hometown of Pittsburgh.  That’s the city famous for its three rivers and the residents who put french fries in their salads.

While in the Steel City, John worked at WRRK, a classic rock station.  In addition to being the news and traffic reporter for the “Quinn in the Morning Show,” John also hosted a Saturday night music shift.  That’s why he never wants to hear “Hotel California” or “Stairway to Heaven” ever again.

Lorinc also contributed articles, interviews and record reviews for the now-defunct Rock N Roll Reporter, an independent magazine based in McKees Rocks, PA from 1996 through 2000.

In 2000, Lorinc moved to Atlanta where he was hired as an anchor/reporter for CNNRadio.  For eight years, he also produced and tracked a weekly music feature called “Measure to Measure.”  The artists profiled on the program included Willie Nelson, Big Boi of OutKast, Ray Manzarek of the Doors, Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, David Lee Roth, Yoko Ono, Miranda Lambert and Brad Paisley.

Other career highlights include providing a written piece for Larry Kane’s best-selling book “Lennon Revealed” and an award from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters for a long-form piece done for WUGA on Athens-based singer/songwriter John Keane.

Lorinc has been with WABE since 2012, as a producer/reporter.  Not bad for someone who originally planned on becoming an English teacher.