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The Many Ways To Find 90.5 WESA Journalism

May 4, 2017
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You know you can listen to WESA’s local reporting and NPR’s national coverage on the radio at 90.5 FM. But there are also many places to find our journalism in the digital world—you can livestream us when you’re away from the radio, follow our reporters on social media and dig into NPR’s smartphone apps.

Maria Gabriel Scapellato To Join 90.5 WESA

Feb 23, 2017

JAN. 23, 2017 - PITTSBURGH, PA:  John Sutton, newly-appointed General Manager of 90.5 WESA, Pittsburgh’s NPR News Station, today announced that veteran journalist and radio host Maria Gabriel Scapellato will join the staff as Morning Edition Host starting in late March.

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

Eight people waited expectantly in the basement of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Lawrenceville. They sat in pairs around a long table littered with construction paper and markers, Post-It notes and iPhones, waiting for Connor Sites-Bowen to start the speed dating clock.

“So go. Talk. You guys ask questions, you guys answer questions," Sites-Bowen said. 

Jeff Swenson / 90.5 WESA

 

Longtime media executive Terry O’Reilly has been named president and CEO of Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation, owner of the FM radio stations 91.3 WYEP and 90.5 WESA. A veteran of commercial, entrepreneurial and public media, he will join PCBC on August 1, 2016.  

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About 800 organizations are asking for donations Tuesday as part of Pittsburgh’s annual Day of Giving.

Now in its seventh year, the day-long call to altruism traditionally included as much as $750,000 in match money from the Pittsburgh Foundation.

But with so many organizations now involved, as the foundation told the Pittsburgh City Paper, that money is stretched too thin.

Criminal (In)Justice -- New Podcast

Mar 21, 2016

PITTSBURGH—University of Pittsburgh legal scholar David A. Harris—a preeminent authority on issues related to racial profiling and police procedure—has developed a new podcast series titled Criminal (In)Justice.

Your Favorite Holiday Tunes by Request

Dec 19, 2014
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For over thirty years WESA director of internships Kevin Gavin has hosted his All-Request Holiday Music Special. Kevin joins us for a preview of this year's special as well as a look back at Christmases past.

Gavin explains that he first got started airing holiday music in Pittsburgh 38 years ago, when WESA (then WDUQ) general manager Ken Duffy noticed a lack of Christmas music on the airwaves in Pittsburgh. Duffy asked Gavin to play whatever holiday music he could find, and Gavin dug up some holiday record albums and became an impromptu disc jockey.

Vote for the Best of Essential Pittsburgh 2014

Nov 29, 2014
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As the year comes to an end, we’re looking back on highlights of Essential Pittsburgh in 2014 and airing listener favorites. 

We've tapped into sounds and topics of the region, both in our studio and out in the community.

- Host Paul Guggenheimer got out on the ice for a curling lesson, just in time for the Winter Olympics.

Brett Keisel talked about playing for the NFL into his late 30s.

Dan Rather gave his take on journalism in the 21st century.

- Performance artist etta cetera married the city of Pittsburgh. 

- We talked with LeVar Burton about how his record-breaking Kickstarter campaign will help to encourage a new generation of readers.

- Our community forum with Mayor Bill Peduto and Acting Police Chief Cameron McLay bolstered a growing dialogue about community/police relations.

Tell us about your favorite Essential Pittsburgh guests and stories of the year. 

Thanksgiving Programming

Nov 24, 2014

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.

 

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

Nov 9, 2014
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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.

Created, Produced by Area Veterans, Series Spotlights Military Experience

A unique series of broadcast interviews created and produced by a group of Pittsburgh-area active-duty military personnel and veterans will air on 90.5 WESA every Tuesday starting October 7 through Veterans Day (November 11). Segments will air during Morning Edition and All Things Considered.