90.5 WESA Station News

WESA is experiencing multiple problems with our radio transmission that are causing some audio distortion and have required us to temporarily shut down our HD service.  We are working to resolve these issues as quickly as possible and will let you know when they are fixed.

PCBC Seeks Underwriting Executive

May 9, 2018

Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation Job Posting

POSITION: Corporate Underwriting Account Executive

STATUS: Full-time, exempt

REPORTS TO: Director of Corporate Support

AVAILABLE: Immediately

Download position description (pdf)

The Opportunity

90.5 WESA Reporters Win Vann Awards

May 4, 2018

The Pittsburgh Black Media Federation’s 30th annual Robert L. Vann Media Awards, held May 3 at the University of Pittsburgh, highlighted the power of diverse storytelling and exceptional journalism. Three 90.5 WESA reporters were among the winners.

RADIO PUBLIC AFFAIRS

● An-Li Herring 90.5 WESA

Black Girls, Who Often Have History of Trauma, Are 11 Times More Likely to Encounter Justice System

RADIO NEWS FEATURE

RTDNA Regional Award

May 1, 2018

90.5 WESA reporter Margaret J. Krauss's report, Snagging Amazon HQ2 was recently recognized with an Edward R. Murrow Regional Award in the hard news category by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). 

Finalists have been named in the Press Club of Western PA’s 54th Golden Quill Awards, recognizing professional excellence in journalism. More than 15 journalists and producers from WESA, WYEP, and Allegheny Front are finalists in the Radio/Podcast category for spot/breaking news, features,  science, education, arts and entertainment, sports, environment, documentary, public service and more. The complete list of finalists is available here.

90.5 WESA Wins 11 AP Media Editors Awards

Apr 11, 2018

Pittsburgh’s NPR News Station Leads Statewide Radio In First Place Awards

Become A Member Today

Apr 9, 2018
NPR

Make a membership donation before 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, 2018 and you’ll automatically qualify to win a VIP experience at NPR Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

One lucky WESA listener and their guest will get an insider’s look into how the news comes together…The day will start bright and early with a taping of Morning Edition, followed by a personal tour of NPR headquarters during business hours, then wrap up as they deliver the day’s news on All Things Considered.

Position Overview

This reporter will cover government in the Pittsburgh region as part of a four-person team, producing features and newscast stories for WESA’s broadcast and website. The reporter will focus on policy, campaigns, and issues surrounding the accountability of city, state, and federal officials. This individual will also strive to tell the human stories of people impacted by government and legal decisions. This full-time exempt position reports to the News Director.

Major Responsibilities

Science Friday Live

Mar 13, 2018

Join 90.5 WESA, Ira Flatow and the SciFri crew as they report on the amazing science news and stories happening right here in Pittsburgh, Saturday May 19, 2018 at Carnegie Library Music Hall in Homestead.  The event will be recorded for future broadcast on Science Friday. Tickets are $29-$49, available now!
CLICK TO PURCHASE TICKETS  OR CALL 877.987.6487

A Message from Terry O'Reilly

Feb 15, 2018
Photo by Jeff Swenson

Feb. 15, 2018 

Dear Friends of Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting,

90.5 WESA offers newsroom internship positions in the spring, summer, and fall. Our interns learn how to produce broadcast and digital journalism in a professional public radio environment.

 

Primary duties include story research, field reporting, multimedia projects (including photography and video), and writing and producing stories for broadcast and web. We also offer opportunities to help work on the production of on-air shows, including The Confluence.

 

January 10, 2018—Pittsburgh, PA 90.5 WESA News Director Patrick Doyle today announced that the company has hired  veteran arts journalist Bill O’Driscoll as its Arts and Culture Reporter.

“We're excited that Bill O'Driscoll is joining our newsroom to cover arts and culture," Doyle said. "He's been reporting on the arts community in Pittsburgh for two decades, and his depth of knowledge about local organizations, both large and small, is unsurpassed."

PITTSBURGH, PA, JAN. 9, 2018— Effective January 15, 2018, Larkin Page-Jacobs will step away from her position as local host of NPR’s All Things Considered on WESA, and will become the station’s full-time Managing Editor. Christopher Ayers will assume host duties for All Things Considered, and Kiley Koscinski becomes Morning Edition Producer.

 

PITTSBURGH, PA, JAN. 9, 2018—Christopher Capato has been named Director of Finance for Pittsburgh Community Broadcast Corporation (PCBC), owner and operator of public radio stations 90.5 WESA and 91.3 WYEP.

Molly Wood of Marketplace Tech
Christopher Michel / Marketplace

Change happens fast in the world of tech. The newest smart phones make those released a decade ago look as out-of-fashion as a fax machine. Here in Pittsburgh, you can't walk a couple blocks without seeing a self-driving car. It often feels we're ahead of the technological curve. 

90.5 WESA takes a daily look at the ins and outs of the tech industry with the Marketplace Tech Report. You can hear it twice each day, every morning at 9:23 AM and every afternoon at 12:30 PM.

WESA Curiosity Cruise

Aug 4, 2017

Part history lesson, part party on the water, the WESA Curiosity Cruise is not to be missed! Guests will mix and mingle with other public radio fans and WESA staff members while enjoying food, drink, games and more! 

May 26, 2017; PITTSBURGH, PA— Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting (including 90.5 WESA and 91.3 WYEP, as well as The Allegheny Front) has had an award-winning season, with recognition from the Pennsylvania Associated Press, Pittsburgh Black Media Federation Robert L. Vann Awards and culminating last evening with awards at the Pennsylvania Press Club Golden Quills Awards.

Update: CPB Funding

May 12, 2017
Jeff Swenson

I promised to keep you informed on the status of Federal funding for Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting, and there is some good news to share.

 On May 5, the President signed the $1-trillion-dollar compromise appropriations bill that averted a government shutdown through September... and secures our Federal funding--and that of the entire CPB-funded public media system--at current levels until September 30, 2019.  

The Many Ways To Find 90.5 WESA Journalism

May 4, 2017
Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

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.

Mayoral Forum, May 9 at 7PM

Apr 24, 2017

 

90.5 WESA and The Incline will present a Mayoral forum at 7pm on May 9, 2017, featuring Mayor Bill Peduto and primary challengers, Rev. John Welch and City Council member Darlene Harris. It will be moderated by WESA's Mark Nootbaar and The Incline's Sarah Anne Hughes, and will be broadcast live on 90.5 WESA and wesa.fm.

A Message From Terry O'Reilly

Mar 20, 2017

 On Friday, March 17, 2017 the White House released details of a proposed Federal Budget for 2018 that would, among other things, eliminate all federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. I'm writing to share with you what we know, and what it potentially means for WESA and WYEP.

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.

Sarah Kovash

Feb. 15, 2017, PITTSBURGH, PA—Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corp. CEO Terry O’Reilly today announced a pair of key leadership appointments, naming John Sutton as General Manager for 90.5 WESA, and Craig Weber as the company’s Director of Finance and Administration.

 

Nov. 1, 2016: Pittsburgh, PA—The Allegheny Front presents Headwaters, a new multi-part series on the future of our region's water resources. The series, which launched on October 22 on The Allegheny Front will be broadcast each week through mid-December, and segments will be included in 90.5 WESA newscasts each week as well.

This Week On The Confluence

Nov 3, 2016

90.5 WESA’s weekly news roundup program, The Confluence, will be taking the show on the road in the lead-up to the election.

WESA Scheduled Outage 10/12/16 8PM

Oct 10, 2016

On Wednesday October 12th at 8pm, WESA will be upgrading its Mt. Washington transmitter facility, and will be temporarily suspending our broadcasts. We will resume broadcasts as soon as the technical upgrades are completed. During the outage our regular news and information service will be available through our live stream at WESA.fm . Thank you for your patience and for listening to WESA.

Community Listening Session: Sto-Rox

Oct 3, 2016

90.5 WESA will host a Community Listening Session on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 5:30 at the Father Ryan Arts Center, 420 Chartiers Ave, McKees Rocks, PA 15136.

WESA will facilitate a conversation aimed at understanding what the residents of the Sto-Rox community are concerned about, what they celebrate as a community, and what others should know about life in their community.

All members of the community are welcome; those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Light refreshments will be available.

90.5 WESA Brings StoryCorps To Pittsburgh

Sep 15, 2016

Local Residents Invited to Participate Oct. 13 - Nov. 11

Sept. 15, 2016 – 90.5 WESA today announced that it is bringing StoryCorps, the organization that celebrates the stories of everyday Americans, to Pittsburgh from October 13 to November 11, 2016 and that local listeners with a story to share are invited to take part in this groundbreaking Oral History Project. In the course of its nationwide tour, StoryCorps has collected more than 65,000 interviews from Americans in all 50 states, and has created one of the largest collections of human voices ever recorded.

Listening Session Scheduled In Allentown

Sep 12, 2016

90.5 WESA will host a Community Listening Session on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 5:30 at the 
Allentown Learning and Engagement Center, 827 E Warrington, Pittsburgh 15210.

WESA will facilitate a conversation aimed at understanding what the residents of Allentown and Beltzhoover are concerned about, what they celebrate as a community, and what others should know about life in their community.

All members of the community are welcome; those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Light refreshments will be available.

Good News For Our Listeners In Johnstown

Aug 24, 2016
Jeff Swenson

To our listeners and members in Johnstown, PA:

Over the last several months, you may have experienced difficulties with WESA's signal in Johnstown, due to technical issues with our equipment there.

We have been working throughout the summer to address this, and I am happy to report that yesterday, our Engineering team restored a clear and stable WESA signal to Johnstown. The solution required an investment in new technology and some time to install it, but if you tune to 100.5 fm now, I think you'll find a dramatic improvement in our service to you. 

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