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Pittsburgh Regional Report
The population of Southwestern Pennsylvania continues to increase. In addition, the economy improves on different levels. However, the area's diversity lags behind comparable metropolitan areas. Joining us to discuss the annual regional report is Pittsburgh Today director Douglas Heuck.
Daddio of the Raddio
Known as the "Daddio of the Raddio," legendary Pittsburgh DJ Porky Chedwick died Sunday at the age of 96. He is credited with being among the first white DJs to play music by black artists on the radio, starting at the former WAMO. Long time Pittsburgh record producer and retailer Travis Klein joins us for a remembrance.
WESA Celebrates - Bob & Marilee Tudi
It's been an especially tough winter. Now imagine not being able to heat your home. Bob & Marilee Tudi of McKees Rocks have come to the aid of people in need of heat this winter. Their story is featured in this week's edition of WESA Celebrates.
The Business of Mardi Gras
Today is Fat Tuesday, or as it’s known in New Orleans, Mardi Gras. This celebration prior to Ash Wednesday (first day of Lent) is celebrated in high style with beads, baked goods and more. This week contributor Rebecca Harris looks at the business of Mardi Gras.