public radio en WQED Celebrates 60 Years of Educational and Experimental Programming <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It was sixty years ago this month that </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">WQED</a><a href="" 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="" 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="" 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="">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 WQED Celebrates 60 Years of Educational and Experimental Programming For Celeste Headlee, the Middle Ground is Not Flyover Country <p>Celeste Headlee is a public radio veteran. She co-hosted the daily news show <a href="">The Takeaway</a>, has guest-hosted Weekend All Things Considered &amp; Tell Me More and covered the Midwest for NPR. Her experience reporting on the Midwest is an important part of her latest project,&nbsp; <a href="">Middle Ground</a>.</p><p>She says the goal of the show is to bring “voices, stories, songs, and news from Middle America” to listeners of public radio.</p><p>Coverage will include news, politics and culture in the states between California and the eastern seaboard, including Pittsburgh. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 20:09:20 +0000 Nick Frost 20439 at For Celeste Headlee, the Middle Ground is Not Flyover Country A Conversation with the 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 A Conversation with the Iconic Diane Rehm