Essential Pittsburgh
8:12 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Tuesday Rundown: The Big Media Merger, The Chair, and The Business of Winter

The future of media access in an era of media giants
The future of media access in an era of media giants
Credit James Stewart / Flickr

These topics air Tuesday February 18, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. To leave a question or comment before or after the show dial 412-256-8783. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard here.

Comcast Time-Warner Merger
What could a merger between media giants Comcast and Time Warner mean for cable television, the internet, and consumers? We’ll pose that question to Philadelphia Inquirer consumer and technology columnist Jeff Gelles and Jeff Ritter, La Roche College Associate Professor, and Chair of Communication, Media, and Technology.

The Chair
A new documentary series titled The Chair is being developed and filmed in Pittsburgh. The show follows two up and coming directors as they compete to make the best feature film using the same script and the same resources. Production begins this month with participation from a wide range of Pittsburgh groups, including Point Park University. The Chair is the brainchild of Chris Moore, producer of Good Will Hunting, Promised Land, and creator of Project Greenlight. He joins us along with Point Park University Cinema Chair Nelson Chipman.

WESA Celebrates - Josh Verbanets and Gab Bonessa
This week WESA Celebrates profiles Josh Verbanets and Gab Bonesso who have combined rock and roll and comedy to create and anti-bullying program for kids.

The Business of Winter
The Farmer’s Almanac said it would be a tough winter and they weren’t wrong. From road salt and other supplies, to clothing, contributor Rebecca Harris addresses the business of winter.

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