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.

 

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President Obama will make a statement from the Rose Garden on the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act at 11:30 AM EDT.  NPR News magazines Morning Edition, Here & Now and All things Considered will have more on today's SCOTUS decision.

90.5 WESA offers you two specials to kick off the summer!

Friday, May 22 at noon and 8 p.m.: State of the Re:Union: Travelogue: Volume 2

For the last six years, State of the Re:Union has been collecting stories from the road. This show is a look back at the communities, characters, and conflicts covered over the years, including Superman, medical migrants, a letter to Appalachia and more.

Thank you for listening to NPR on 90.5 WESA. The raw audio of this live event was provided directly from the source. It was not produced or edited, and may have begun or ended outside of the scheduled time.

    

Fish fries abound in Pittsburgh this time of year, and this week's Social Club is dripping with tasty fried batter. (What's the plural for "fish fry" anyway?  "Frys" or "fries"? We'll defer to The Pittsburgh Catholic newspaper and go with "fries.") 

Church basements are the place to be on a Friday night for the next six weeks, but the Pub Chip Shop of Pipers Pub serves up the good stuff all year long.

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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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.

 

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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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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. 

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.

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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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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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.

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.  

Writing on the Floor

May 30, 2014
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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.

Social Club

May 30, 2014

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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

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.

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

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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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.

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.