Anthony “Tony” Renda was born and raised in Indiana, a student at St. Bernard Catholic School, a
graduate of Indiana High School and, along with his brothers, a worker at his parents’
mom-and-pop grocery store in town.
He served in the Marine Corps, enrolled at Indiana State Teachers College then studied
broadcasting at the Syracuse University School of Dramatic Arts.
Renda’s first taste of broadcasting came as a part-time announcer at his hometown station WDAD
while he was still in school, and he dreamed early of becoming a broadcast owner, but his career
in the radio and TV business began in Pittsburgh as an advertising account rep at Channel 11,
WIIC-TV. Just out of Syracuse, he worked as a sales trainee, then rose through the ranks, served
as the general sales manager, and in the 1960s achieved his dream of station ownership.
Renda first bought radio station WIXZ in McKeesport, and took over others in Punxsutawney and
Brookville. Later he purchased “Wish-FM” in Pittsburgh, a handful of stations in Oklahoma City
and Tulsa, and more outlets in Jacksonville, Fort Myers and Naples, Florida.
Eventually, Renda Broadcasting took in the radio stations in Greensburg, Homer City, Blairsville
His company sold the Oklahoma stations in 2012, and today he owns 18 radio stations and has 125
employees in Pennsylvania and Florida.
Tony has won the Western Pennsylvania Business of the Year Award, the Western Pennsylvania
entrepreneur Award, and a Jimmy Stewart award among others, and has been named to the Syracuse
University wall of fame.
Today Tony and his wife, Cathy, live in Sewickley, as do their daughter Natalie, son-in-law Bill
and three grand kids, Jack, Alex and Catherine. And they have two sons: John, a Pittsburgh
attorney, and Anthony, “T.R.,” the general manager of the four Renda Broadcasting stations in