WYEP http://wesa.fm en Summertime in Pittsburgh, Sweet Simplicity and Spectacle http://wesa.fm/post/summertime-pittsburgh-sweet-simplicity-and-spectacle <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The July Fourth holiday weekend saw a number of activities in the city, from the Regatta to the annual visit of the </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Furries</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Betsy Benson, publisher of </span><a href="http://www.pittsburghmagazine.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Pittsburgh Magazine</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says big summer events, such as the reopening of the Point State Park fountain and the arrival of the large rubber duck of last summer, have been big in Pittsburgh because of the attention they receive. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">She says Pittsburghers really know how to enjoy the simplicity of these events, no matter how small.</span></p><p>“More people are swarming into the city, through tunnels and across rivers, for weekday and weekend activities. Yes, there are a couple of big events coming to town this summer, notably the USA gymnastics visit in August, but a lot of the activity is small stuff that just adds up. Like <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/fittsburgh-brings-health-and-fitness-market-square">hundreds of people showing up to do yoga in Market Square</a>. And the Furries, their <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/updated-furries-converge-downtown-pittsburgh-anthrocon-2014?nopop=1">presence makes any routine trip downtown a potentially odd and remarkable experience</a>.”</p><p><strong>Exploring 80 Years of a Summertime Classic with 91.3 WYEP Host Brian Siewiorek</strong></p><p>Part of what makes any summer truly great is a catchy summer tune. <a href="http://www.wyep.org/">91.3 </a><a href="http://www.wyep.org/">WYEP</a> production director and host Brian Siewiorek guides us through the historic popularity of a classic summer song composed 80 years ago, <em>Summertime </em>by George and Ira Gershwin. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:20:31 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 32250 at http://wesa.fm Summertime in Pittsburgh, Sweet Simplicity and Spectacle Looking Back at the Early Days of WYEP http://wesa.fm/post/looking-back-early-days-wyep <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tuesday, April 29, 2014 was proclaimed&nbsp;</span>“<a href="http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-city-council-honors-wyep-its-40th-anniversary">WYEP</a><a href="http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-city-council-honors-wyep-its-40th-anniversary" style="line-height: 1.5;"> 40th Anniversary Day</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">” by the Pittsburgh city council. On April 30, 1974, <a href="http://www.wyep.org">91.3&nbsp;</a></span><a href="http://www.wyep.org">WYEP</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> went on the air for the first time.</span></p><p>Jeff Smith one of the founding fathers of WYEP was recruited to participate in some of the <a href="http://www.wyep.org/anniversary">40th anniversary events</a> including a stint as a guest DJ. He said t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he idea to start&nbsp;</span>WYEP<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;came from a lack of diversity on the Pittsburgh airwaves at that time.</span></p><p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 21:44:53 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 28451 at http://wesa.fm Looking Back at the Early Days of WYEP Pittsburgh City Council Honors WYEP For Its 40th Anniversary http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-city-council-honors-wyep-its-40th-anniversary <p>Pittsburgh City Council has proclaimed Tuesday, April 29, 2014 to be “WYEP 40<sup>th</sup> Anniversary Day” in the city of Pittsburgh.</p><p>Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak and Council President Bruce Kraus jointly sponsored the resolution.</p><p>“Growing up here and growing up in a working class neighborhood … before the days of the Internet … part of the way I would find out about innovative music and bands and different cultural experiences was through WYEP,” Rudiak said.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:59:56 +0000 Liz Reid 28404 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh City Council Honors WYEP For Its 40th Anniversary Stream It! Music to Make You Move in 2014 http://wesa.fm/post/stream-it-music-make-you-move-2014 <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px none; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia,Times,serif; line-height: 22px;">The first month of 2014 is almost over, how's your fitness resolution going?</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px none; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia,Times,serif; line-height: 22px;">The New Years' season craziness at the gym should be thinning out, now's the time to really stick with that routine.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px none; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia,Times,serif; line-height: 22px;">Cindy Howes, host of the <a href="http://www.wyep.org/morning-mix"><em>Morning Mix</em></a> at 91.3 WYEP and program director Kyle Smith have helped compile a playlist with some of their favorite songs from 2013 to keep you moving as the year progresses. Follow it and stream it anywhere. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 04:58:09 +0000 Heather McClain & Marnie Schleicher 23122 at http://wesa.fm Stream It! Music to Make You Move in 2014 The World Cafe Sense of Place Series Comes to Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/world-cafe-sense-place-series-comes-pittsburgh <p>David Dye, host of WXPN's <em>World Cafe Live</em> came to Pittsburgh back in November for the <a href="http://www.xpn.org/world-cafe/sense-of-place/pittsburgh">Sense of Place Series</a>. The collection of interviews and performances airs this week. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 18:54:39 +0000 Heather McClain 21135 at http://wesa.fm The World Cafe Sense of Place Series Comes to Pittsburgh Cool Kids: Rockin' Out With Your Child Can Be More Beneficial Than You Think http://wesa.fm/post/cool-kids-rockin-out-your-child-can-be-more-beneficial-you-think <p>As a father, WYEP <a href="http://www.wyep.org/morning-mix">Morning Mix</a> co-host Joey Spehar has a unique outlook on modern music. This led him to develop <em>Cool Kids</em>, a daily segment where listeners submit, “kid approved” songs and share stories about listening to quality music with their child.</p><p>“I’m a dad, my daughter’s almost two years old, and I found that she really enjoys music,” says Spehar. “I’m sure there are countless people out there who have had similar experiences.”</p><p><a href="http://www.duq.edu/academics/schools/music/early-childhood-music-initiative">Dr. Rachel Whitcomb</a>, assistant professor of music education at Duquesne University, says Spehar’s program touches on some important ideas in early childhood development. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 19:08:29 +0000 Reid Carter 14872 at http://wesa.fm Cool Kids: Rockin' Out With Your Child Can Be More Beneficial Than You Think Arts & Culture and Brian's "American Originals" http://wesa.fm/post/arts-culture-and-brians-american-originals <p></p><p>The <a href="http://www.warhol.org">Andy Warhol</a> museum's newest exhibits feature local and national artists with unique styles, perfect for the Warhol. Arts and Culture contributor <a href="http://www.wyep.org/about/who-we-are/brian-siewiorek">Brian Siewiorek </a>talks about what you can look forward to with this summer's artists.</p><p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Marcus Charleston 11660 at http://wesa.fm Arts & Culture and Brian's "American Originals" Previewing the Three Rivers Arts Festival With Rosemary Welsch http://wesa.fm/post/previewing-three-rivers-arts-festival-rosemary-welsch <p>The 54th annual <a href="http://www.3riversartsfest.org/">Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival</a> opens Downtown this Friday, at an exciting time. The Point State Park fountain will be up and running again for the first time in 4 years, serving as a backdrop for the bands, visual artists and vendors. Festival media sponsor, <a href="http://www.wyep.org/">91.3 WYEP</a> will be broadcasting live from the Point on Friday afternoon as the fountain starts up again and the first act starts to play the main stage.</p><p>WYEP Afternoon Mix Host, <strong>Rosemary Welsch </strong>will host the kickoff show and previews the <a href="http://www.wyep.org/three-rivers-arts-festival-lineup">most anticipated acts</a> coming to the Three Rivers Arts Festival, including <a href="http://edwardsharpeandthemagneticzeros.com/">Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros</a>, as well as local favorite, <a href="http://www.donoramusic.com/">Donora</a>.</p><p>http://youtu.be/4306i99LMXo Wed, 05 Jun 2013 21:55:13 +0000 Heather McClain 10846 at http://wesa.fm Previewing the Three Rivers Arts Festival With Rosemary Welsch Out There with Paul McCartney's Rare Performances http://wesa.fm/post/out-there-paul-mccartneys-rare-performances <p></p><p>Paul McCartney has just started a world tour called <a href="http://www.paulmccartney.com/live/27468-out-there">Out There!</a>, which features songs never performed live, including "All Together Now," "Lovely Rita," and "Your Mother Should Know." The songs came out years before the band broke up, but by 1966 the Beatles had already stopped touring.</p><p>In talking about Paul McCartney's current selection of unperformed songs, WYEP Midday host <strong>Mike Sauter </strong>says "There are certain live songs McCartney is expected to perform at every show, songs he can't not perform...this is a chance for him to add depth to his performances." Wed, 08 May 2013 20:42:11 +0000 Heather McClain 9207 at http://wesa.fm Out There with Paul McCartney's Rare Performances