NPR http://wesa.fm en WQED Celebrates 60 Years of Educational and Experimental Programming http://wesa.fm/post/wqed-celebrates-60-years-educational-and-experimental-programming <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It was sixty years ago this month that </span><a href="http://wqed.org/60/" style="line-height: 1.5;">WQED</a><a href="http://wqed.org/60/" style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;went on the air</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> as one of the nation’s first public television stations. The idea that a station did not run commercials, but instead relied on public donations, was revolutionary. Today, it’s hard to imagine life without public television. </span>WQED<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> gave viewers programs such as&nbsp;</span><a href="http://pbskids.org/rogers/" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Mr. Rogers Neighborhood</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Previn and the Pittsburgh,</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span><a href="http://www.wqed.org/tv/specials/the-war-that-made-america/" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>The War That Made America</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p>WQED President and CEO <a href="http://www.wqed.org/about/management.php">Deborah Acklin</a>&nbsp;said t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he start of </span>WQED<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was made possible by non-commercial educational licenses, also known as </span>NCE’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, being offered for the first time for television.</span></p><p>“For the first time, it was going to be a license that was owned by the community as opposed to owned by a school board or owned by a University or the other kind of models that were out there. There were only four, WQED was the fourth, there were only four stations on air when WQED went on the air. So everything was an experiment.”&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 22:41:12 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 28322 at http://wesa.fm WQED Celebrates 60 Years of Educational and Experimental Programming State of the Reunion: Sharing Small Community Stories with the Nation http://wesa.fm/post/state-reunion-sharing-small-community-stories-nation <p>Saturday’s in February, 90.5 WESA is airing <a href="http://stateofthereunion.com/"><em>State of the Reunion</em></a>. The host, Al Letson describes the program as "telling the stories of America, one community at a time."</p><p>The <em>State of the Reunion</em> began after Letson watched a popular television show. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 23:16:26 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 24188 at http://wesa.fm State of the Reunion: Sharing Small Community Stories with the Nation A Conversation with the Iconic Diane Rehm http://wesa.fm/post/conversation-iconic-diane-rehm <p>Celebrated NPR host, Diane Rehm conducts her daily interview show with a distinct curiosity and a distinctive voice.</p><p>As host of <em>The Diane Rehm Show</em> for more than 30 years she was the first radio talk show host to interview a sitting president in the Oval Office.</p><p>With no formal radio training, Rehm says she has always felt at home on the air. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 21:04:01 +0000 Katie Blackley 19763 at http://wesa.fm A Conversation with the Iconic Diane Rehm The Voices of Public Radio: Conversations With Your Favorite Hosts & Contributors http://wesa.fm/post/voices-public-radio-conversations-your-favorite-hosts-contributors <p>Ask any public radio listener and chances are they have a favorite program they listen to on a daily or weekly basis.</p><p>Essential Pittsburgh has been fortunate to talk with hosts of, and contributors to, some of your favorite public radio programs. Fri, 11 Oct 2013 02:16:06 +0000 Katie Blackley 17975 at http://wesa.fm The Voices of Public Radio: Conversations With Your Favorite Hosts & Contributors Who's Paying Attention to Alonzo Bodden? http://wesa.fm/post/whos-paying-attention-alonzo-bodden-0 <p></p><p></p><p>Public radio listeners may know <a href="http://www.alonzolive.com/‎">Alonzo Bodden</a> best from his stints as a panelist on NPR's <a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/wait-wait-dont-tell-me">Wait.. Wait,..Don't Tell Me</a>. Described as a comedian who combines intimidation and intelligence, he is also a past winner of NBC's <a href="http://www.nbc.com/last-comic-standing">Last Comic Standing</a>. Thu, 20 Jun 2013 23:43:19 +0000 John Lavanga 11811 at http://wesa.fm Who's Paying Attention to Alonzo Bodden? A Conversation with NPR President Gary Knell http://wesa.fm/post/conversation-npr-president-gary-knell <p></p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/people/140995003/gary-knell">Gary Knell</a> is the President and CEO of <a href="http://www.npr.org/">NPR</a> which remains unique among news organizations. While a number of large media outfits have shuttered their foreign bureaus NPR has reporters throughout the world. However, public radio is also at a crossroads as some of its long time shows like <em>Talk of the Nation</em> comes to an end and <a href="http://www.cartalk.com/"><em>Car Talk </em></a>no longer produces new shows.</p><p>What will the future of NPR look like and can it stay relevant in the changing media landscape? Also, how is NPR cultivating new talent to reflect and appeal to a new generation of public radio listeners? Mr. Knell is in Pittsburgh to speak at the <a href="http://www.pittsburghartscouncil.org/2013-americans-for-the-arts-convention">Americans for the Arts</a> convention.</p><p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 23:01:30 +0000 Marcus Charleston 11403 at http://wesa.fm A Conversation with NPR President Gary Knell Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me Hits the Big Screen http://wesa.fm/post/wait-waitdont-tell-me-hits-big-screen <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">NPR's weekly news quiz show </span><a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/wait-wait-dont-tell-me/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has been entertaining public radio listeners for more than 15 years. Now the show hits the big screen with a nationwide </span><a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/07/16/110997820/see-the-show-live" style="line-height: 1.5;">cinecast</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. We'll talk with host </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Peter Sagal</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> about the radio show, it's failed TV pilot and his experience at the recent Boston Marathon.</span></p><p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 23:56:29 +0000 Heather McClain 8775 at http://wesa.fm Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me Hits the Big Screen Wait, Wait...it's Paula Poundstone! http://wesa.fm/post/wait-waitits-paula-poundstone <p></p><p><a href="http://www.paulapoundstone.com/"><strong>Paula Poundstone</strong></a> talks about her career as a stand up comedian, being a part of <a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/wait-wait-dont-tell-me/">Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me</a>…, life on the road, and her 16&nbsp;cats.</p><p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 16:02:34 +0000 Heather McClain 1751 at http://wesa.fm Wait, Wait...it's Paula Poundstone!