"We had a cozy little store and sold records, sheet music, needles for phonographs and related items," Galiffa recalled. The (Coca-Cola) bottling plant was there, as were a flower shop, a restaurant and tavern (Ivan's), a jeweler and some other businesses.
Bell Telephone had an office across the street and the Wellington hotel and restaurant was on the other side of Mc Kean.
He transferred to California after studying at Geneva College in Beaver Falls and the University of Pittsburgh.
"I loved eating at Alfano's restaurant in California," Galiffa said. I heard they closed several years ago and I was sorry to hear that." He also remembers going to dances at such places as The Jumpin' Jive Bee Hive in Charleroi and the Italian Hall in Monessen.
Most recently, he interviewed The Diamonds of "Little Darling" and "The Stroll" fame.He also produced and hosted golf tournaments at the Soboba Casino and Resort PGA facilities in San Jacinto.As a young disc jockey, Galiffa worked some of the biggest dances in the Mon Valley for a number of years.Carl Stewart was the station manager, I believe, and he was an excellent teacher and mentor.We did a little bit of everything including the news, weather and sports, as well as playing music.It features some 10,000 of Galiffa's signature oldies as well as tapes of other radio shows he has hosted over the years."We have all new equipment, it's truly sophisticated technology," Galiffa said.and Dorothy Wallace Galiffa of Monongahela, hasn't limited his expertise as an interviewer to radio shows.He has produced and hosted television shows on such topics as equestrian events, legal matters, fashions, entertainment, gardening, food and recipes, travel, sports, household tips, antiques, karate, automobiles, art, pets, swing dance competitions and health, medicine and nutrition.He befriended and performed with many of the bands and singers who appeared at his shows.Among his favorites were the Stereos, a group from the Youngstown-Steubenville area in Ohio that gained regional acclaim with such hits as "The Big Knock" and "Sweet Pea's In Love." "Because they (stereos) didn't want to travel back to Ohio late at night, they would often stay overnight at my home in Monongahela," Galiffa, who plays piano and guitar, said.