90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference

90.5 WESA Celebrates
3:30 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Fred Massey, Changing Lives Of Troubled Youths

Fred Massey
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Read and listen to a story about Fred Massey as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

Fred Massey created a mentoring program that not only changed the lives of so many troubled youths, but also changed his life.

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3:30 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Joyce Rothermel, Following a Calling to Feed the Hungry

Joyce Rothermel
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Read and listen to a story about Joyce Rothermel as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

A study that was done in 1977 at the University of Pittsburgh on the instances of hunger in Allegheny County documented 48,000 people experiencing hunger — that is, going without food for a 24-hour period.

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90.5 WESA Celebrates
3:30 am
Fri March 28, 2014

How Jim and Susan Wagner Are Training Dogs For The ‘Perfect Fit’

The Wagners have placed 15 dogs in the past two years and have many in training. The puppy raisers who take on these dogs gather once a month for a training class.
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Read and watch a story about Jim and Susan Wagner as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

Jim and Susan have turned their love for dogs into helping children with autism.

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3:30 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Al Mercer, Helping Vets Bridge The Gap To Civilian Life

Al Mercer
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Read and listen to a story about Al Mercer as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

As a veteran, the transition back to civilian life is wrought with challenges. Al understands that all too well and has made it his mission to help.

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3:30 am
Fri March 14, 2014

No Stranger to Tragedy, Lueana Coward Helps Others Cope With Grief

Lueana Coward
Credit Debbi Casini Klein

Read and listen to a story about Lueana Coward as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

Lueana has faced tragedies unfathomable to any parent, but she has channeled her pain into helping others in the same situation.

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3:30 am
Fri March 7, 2014

How Dr. Jim Withers Takes Medical Care to Pittsburgh's Homeless

Dr. Jim Withers makes his rounds.
Credit Photo courtesy of Operation Safety Net, Pittsburgh Mercy Health System

Read and listen to a story about Dr. Jim Withers as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

For more than 20 years, Withers has been making his rounds in a most unusual way as “The Pittsburgh Street Doctor.”

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3:30 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Bob and Marilee Tudi, The ‘One Day Miracle’ Makers

Bob and Marilee Tudi
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Read and listen to a story about Bob and Marilee Tudi as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

Imagine living without heat this winter. Sadly, many people do. But thanks to Bob and Marilee of McKees Rocks, the winter is much warmer for many in need.

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7:36 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Ray Leonard, Showing Compassion When Cancer Strikes

Ray Leonard
Credit Debbi Casini Klein

Read and listen to a story about Ray Leonard as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

For women going through chemotherapy, many may think that hair loss must be the least of their concerns.

Quite the contrary, it can be one of the most traumatic aspects of chemotherapy: a loss of their identity and a clear reality of their disease.

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90.5 WESA Celebrates
3:30 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Josh and Gab, Confronting Bullying Through Song

Josh Verbanets and Gab Bonesso
Credit Debbi Casini Klein

Read and listen to a story about Josh Verbanets and Gab Bonesso as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

Sometimes there’s no better way to get kids excited about something than through music. Add some laughter, and you’ve got the perfect combination.

That’s the Josh and Gab show.

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7:47 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Sophie Levitt, Making a Difference Through Technology

Sophie Levitt

Read and listen to a story about Sophie Levitt as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

Eleven-year old Sophie knew she wanted to do a bat-mitzvah project that would make an impact on children’s lives. Thoughts of her cousin Marla, who is also 11 years old and has autism, sparked an idea.

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7:21 am
Fri January 24, 2014

How Emmai Alaquiva Is Giving Back Through Music

Emmai Alaquiva
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Read and listen to a story about Emmai Alaquiva as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

Emmai is an award-winning  music producer and entrepreneur and has parlayed his accomplishments into mentoring kids, through hip hop music.

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3:30 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Do Something: How Ethan Woodfill Found a Way to Help His Community

Ethan Woodfill
Credit Debbi Casini Klein

Read and listen to a story about Ethan Woodfill as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

Fourteen-year-old Ethan Woodfill recruited friends and classmates to form the Do-Something Club to help better his community.

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3:30 am
Fri January 10, 2014

How Al Condeluci Became an Advocate for the Disabled

Al Condeluci
Credit Debbi Casini Klein

Read and listen to a story about Al Condeluci as part of a new series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

Al has been instrumental in changing the lives of thousands of disabled people in the Pittsburgh area. His awareness and dedication started first hand, with his cousin Carrie, who had Down syndrome.

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11:49 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

How Vanessa German Is Creating a Safe Haven Through Art

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Read and watch a video story about Vanessa German as part of a new series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

Vanessa is an artist and performer, determined to make her neighborhood of Homewood a safer place, especially for the children.

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3:30 am
Fri December 27, 2013

At the Allegheny County Jail, Caitlin Werth Provides HOPE

Caitlin Werth

Read and listen to a story about Caitlin Werth as part of a new series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

Caitlin is the chaplain and program director of the rehabilitative program HOPE at the Allegheny County Jail. The program helps inmates stay out of jail once they’ve done their time.

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8:35 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Small Child, Big Heart: How Matthew Jacko Found Comfort and Shared It

Matthew Jacko with his sister Jocelyn
Credit Debbi Casini Klein

Listen to Matthew's story as part of a new series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

Matthew Jacko was your typical 7-year-old, going to school, playing baseball, living life, until one day about a year and half ago, he and his family received the devastating news: Matthew had an inoperable brain tumor.

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11:58 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Meet Randy Gilson, The Neighborhood Renovator

Randy Gilson
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If you’re strolling down Arch Avenue on the North Side, you’d be hard-pressed to miss it: a whimsical building with a 40-ft high mural of brilliant butterflies, ladybugs, dinosaurs and more.

It’s Randyland, and it all started a little more than 30 years ago when Randy Gilson moved into the neighborhood.

Read more and watch a video about Randy as part of a new series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

Special Series
1:28 am
Fri December 6, 2013

90.5 WESA Celebrates: Barbara Sappie, The Blanket Lady

Barbara Sappie
Credit Louis D’Aria

Barbara Sappie has been making blankets and coordinating volunteers with Project Linus, distributing thousands of blankets all over Western Pennsylvania. They call her The Blanket Lady, and she is responsible for bringing joy and comfort to traumatized children in hospitals and shelters.

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