Tammy Terwelp

Director of Content & Programming

Tammy is the Director of Content & Programming for 90.5 WESA. She came to WESA in June of 2011 after a long career at WBEZ Chicago. She has also worked in public television programming at Wisconsin Public Broadcasting (Madison, WI), Lehigh Valley PBS (Bethlehem, PA), and WTTW Chicago.

She has a Bachelor's Degree in Communications - Radio/TV/Film from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and resides in the Mount Washington neighborhood of Pittsburgh.


Happy Holidays!
4:06 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

90.5 WESA Holiday Program Schedule

For Friday 12/19  8pm to 9:20pm 

LIVE BROADCAST from The Bricolage Theatre “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Bedford Falls.  1946. "Every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings!” Bricolage brings the spirit of the season to life right before your eyes (and ears) in our signature Midnight Radio style. George, a good-hearted man, is overwhelmed by the struggles of life and thinks ending his will be better for everyone. When a guardian angel intercedes and shows him how different the world would be without his contributions, George realizes that it doesn’t take money to be the richest man in town. 

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Streaming Audio
4:28 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Having Problems With Our Stream?

We have launched a new player for our 90.5 WESA and JazzWorks streams, and some people are having problems with old links and certain players or streaming platforms such as TuneIn.

Update 12/14: TuneIn is now working. We have contacted NPR to work with us on iTunes Radio and have notified them about the NPR App. 

Update 12/15: The NPR App will work if you delete it and install it again.  The reason for that is that the app stores the stream address in its cache - you basically need to reset that by reinstalling it.

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3:26 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Programming

Join us Thursday, November 27th and Friday, November 28th for special programs.

Thursday 9am to 11am and 8pm to 10pm: Third Coast International Audio Festival Best of the Best 2014 It is a Thanksgiving tradition here at 90.5 WESA to start your day cooking listening to this year's most amazing stories from around the world. Best of the Best presents the winners of their 14th annual TC / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. Innovative and insightful, the stories will engage, provoke, entertain, and transport listeners, proving that all you need to discover new worlds is . . . a little box and an antenna. 

From 11am to 1pm, it’s The Splendid Table’s Turkey Confidential, their annual live call-in show helping you get ready for the big meal. We'll be playing bingo in the control room. Play along with us!

At 1pm sample our new Sunday evenings at 7pm program, Snap Judgment.
Tis the season to consider those things that we are most thankful for. We're taking a look back on some of the stories we've done that touch on this theme of gratitude, because we are so thankful.

Friday at noon & 8pm we bring you Innovation Hub “Unwrapping the Future”. Innovation Hub looks at how innovations are reshaping our holidays — altering approaches to travel, family gatherings, food, and more.


NEW series!
3:42 pm
Sun November 9, 2014

What Do You Want to Know About Pittsburgh's Past?

An early map of Pittsburgh.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

We are starting a new series called 90.5 WESA Celebrates Inventing Pittsburgh and we need your help!

What about the city and Southwestern PA are you curious about? Do you know someone who has lived through important Pittsburgh events? Are you doing amazing, awesome things with historical data of Pittsburgh or the surrounding area? Do you have a shoebox full of old Pittsburgh photos and don't know what they are?

We want to help answer your questions about Pittsburgh history.

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In remembrance
7:54 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

We Honor Tom Magliozzi of Car Talk

Car Talk host, Tom Magliozzi
Credit Richard Howard

This Monday we lost a part of the public radio family when Tom Magliozzi, half of the brother team "Click and Clack", passed away from complications of Alzheimer's.

Car Talk has been a public radio program for 37 years and it continues to be one of the most popular programs on the air.  Many of you have asked what will happen to the show and how to send condolences to Tom's family. 

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Behind the Scenes
7:31 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

NPR Clock Changes Explained

The new Morning Edition clock.

Earlier today I posted a brief paragraph about some changes that will be happening to Morning Edition and All Things Considered.  I've gotten a few emails asking deeper questions, so I thought I'd explain the NPR changes in greater detail.

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Programming Update
11:36 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Exciting Changes Coming to 90.5 WESA

Exciting changes are coming to 90.5 WESA this fall.

Starting Monday, Nov. 17, there will be small changes to the newsmagazines Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Segments will be shorter, and headlines will be repeated more frequently throughout the hour. It's a little bit "inside baseball," but we wanted to share the info for those of you who time your mornings by when certain segments air ("It's Marketplace ... I'm late!"). We would also peel back the curtain a bit.  

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Election Coverage 2014
4:51 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Listen Live: 90.5 WESA Election Coverage 2014

Credit AP Photo/Matt Rourke

90.5 WESA will have live election night returns and analysis starting at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

From 8-10 p.m., Essential Pittsburgh will be live in studio with guests outgoing state Rep. Erin Molchany of the South Hills, Republican At-Large County Council Member Heather Heidelbaugh, and former county commissioner and state legislator Mike Dawida will join host Paul Guggenheimer in breaking down the numbers.

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Streaming Help
1:33 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

How to Use the 90.5 WESA Player

Step #1
Select or Switch Stream Channel
The dropdown selector allows you to choose between 90.5 WESA (News, Talk, NPR) and JazzWorks - our 24/7 Jazz channel.

Step #2 (if needed)

The player is set to auto-play, but if that does not happen after a few seconds and the player is not still buffering, press the Play button (triangle at bottom left) to start the stream you’ve selected.

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Pledge now!
10:38 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Spend an Evening with NPR's David Greene at Google

NPR's Morning Edition host, David Greene
Credit David Gilkey / NPR

Join 90.5 WESA and The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh at the Pittsburgh Google offices at Bakery Square for a talk with NPR's Morning Edition host, David Greene, on Tuesday, November 18th from 6pm-8pm.

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Pop Culture Podcast
5:09 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour

We all love NPR, and they have a great podcast that is distinctly non-newsy called The Pop Culture Happy Hour. It's hosted by Linda Holmes, NPR's Pop Culture Editor and writer of the blog, Monkey See.  

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PGH Podcast
4:50 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Writing on the Floor

Credit WTOF

The inaugural non-90.5 WESA cool podcast comes from Pittsburgher, Zach Simons. Zach produces Writing on the Floor, self-described as "... a show dedicated exploring anyone who is doing anything interesting or creative in life. We want to showcase people who are worth talking to… people who are trying to make the world better on some way."

Zach has a regular-person job but he truly has a public radio soul. He works late at night in a closet for free and strikes me as a Cheetos guy. He scores interviews with creative and influential people in our city and gets them talking.

Recent guests include the Mayor, WQED's Deb Acklin, Tedx Grandview supernova, Kacey Wherley and Dr. Matt Lamanna, Paleontologist and Assistant Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at The Carnegie Museum.  See?  I told you Zach was pub radio. 

He also does a lot of amazing things with Arcade Comedy Theatre - recording their shows, doing his podcast from the stage. Check it out here.

This podcast was recommended by Twitter user @dantregembo.  Have a suggestion? Hit me up @wesatammy.

90.5 WESA PGH Podcast
4:30 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Social Club

The first suggested cool podcast is our newest, Social Club.  Well, not exactly new - Rachel and Josh have done this before but only on-air.  Josh is our own Morning Edition host, Josh Raulerson and Rachel Carlson is the muscle behind the Pittsburgh Yelp arm. They do a great job of culling through events and trends so you don't have to.

Now you can automatically get the skinny on what to do each weekend in and around Pittsburgh by subscribing to this podcast here. 

Sample it here.

mmmm... Mac-n-Cheese
12:12 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Social Club for the Weekend of May 30th

They're back! 90.5 WESA's Josh and Yelp's Rachel are back to give you the weekly skinny of happenings in Pittsburgh. This week learn how to swap clothing with strangers and friends and gorge on gourmet Mac-N-Cheese.

6:26 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Enter Today to Win the Experience Chautauqua Package

A lecture at the Chautauqua Institution
Credit Chautauqua Institution

Beginning today at 8am through Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 1 pm everyone who donates at wesa.fm/donate will automatically be entered to win the Experience Chautauqua package.

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Public Forum
1:55 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Life of Learning Public Forum: What Should Pittsburgh's Future Education System Look Like?

A member of the public asks a previous panel a question.

Join us for a 90.5 WESA Life of Learning community forum on the evolution of learning in Pittsburgh. Come and ask questions and help us help the community grow.

It will be held on Tuesday, March 18th at the Community Broadcast Center on the South Side at 67 Bedford Square.  Doors open at 6:30 and the forum begins at 7. Among the topics posed, we'll explore:

•   What are the roles of teachers, parents, support organizations in helping to build that system?

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Enter now!
7:08 am
Thu February 6, 2014

90.5 WESA Giveaway-Experience Pittsburgh

When you give now you will be automatically entered to win our Experience Pittsburgh Package - a night for two on the town including a $50 gift certificate for dinner at Braddock’s American Brasserie, a weekend night’s stay at The Renaissance Hotel, and a $150 gift certificate for the tickets purchased through Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Become a member today and get entered by calling 412-697-2955 or give here.

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Holiday Specials
12:40 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

2013 Holiday Programming on 90.5 WESA

90.5 is happy to offer you the best in public radio programming this holiday season.

Essential Pittsburgh brings you year-end Pittsburgh specials on December 23rd,  26th,  27th,  30th, and 31st.  Tune in for the best of 2013 sports, music, public radio personalities and more.

Tuesday, December 24th

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Nelson Mandella
7:05 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Nelson Mandela: 1918-2013

Nelson Mandela, who was born in a country that viewed him as a second-class citizen, died Thursday as one of the most respected statesmen in the world.  

We bring you an hour-long NPR Special Thursday night at 8pm.

Read more about his life and death from NPR here and from the BBC here.

Special Programming
12:30 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

'No Shows' and Special Programming

Essential Pittsburgh Special: 7M Students are Chronic "No Shows"

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NEW programs and schedule update
11:37 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Program Updates for August

Starting Friday, August 2, late night listening just got hipper.  

We are excited to bring The Retro Cocktail Hour here from Kansas Public Radio airing 12 a.m. - 2 a.m.  Space-age jazz and groovy '50s cocktail music perfect to keep your dinner guests entertained until the wee hours. This is part of our After Hours Friday line up. 

Stop your podcasting! The Ted Radio Hour will be on 90.5 WESA! 

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Fountain on!
10:23 am
Sat June 8, 2013

Photos: Point State Park Fountain Flow Back in the Pittsburgh Skyline

The Point State Park fountain on at last on Friday, June 7th.
Reid Carter/90.5 WESA

90.5 WESA Programming intern Reid Carter ventured down to Point State Park Friday evening to catch some photos of the official re-launch of the iconic fountain.

90.5 WESA Spring Member Campaign
6:41 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Donate Now and Grow With Us!

It's our Spring Member Campaign and we are inviting you to grow with us!

Everyone who donates today will receive our custom seed packet - a blend of basil, parsley, oregano and chives - in addition to any thank you gifts you choose.

It's your support that keeps 90.5 WESA strong.  Thanks for your membership.

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