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90.5 WESA Special Programming

May 21, 2015

90.5 WESA offers you two specials to kick off the summer!

Friday, May 22 at noon and 8 p.m.: State of the Re:Union: Travelogue: Volume 2

For the last six years, State of the Re:Union has been collecting stories from the road. This show is a look back at the communities, characters, and conflicts covered over the years, including Superman, medical migrants, a letter to Appalachia and more.

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For the 38th year, 90.5 WESA’s Kevin Gavin is hosting an all-request holiday music program on Christmas Eve.

Listeners are invited to call the station at (412) 697-2955 to make requests or year-end donations. You can also make a request via Twitter using #wesalive.

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For a seventh year, the New Pittsburgh Courier has honored “top caliber women in the Pittsburgh area” through its 50 Women of Excellence Awards. This year’s recipients include legacy winners Alma Speed Fox and Katie Everette Johnson as well as 90.5 WESA General Manager DeAnne Hamilton.

“The contributions of these women are what aids in making Pittsburgh ‘the most livable city,’ “ says Rod Doss, editor and publisher of the New Pittsburgh Courier. 

90.5 WESA Holiday Program Schedule

Dec 10, 2014

For Friday 12/19  8pm to 9:20pm 

LIVE BROADCAST from The Bricolage Theatre “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Bedford Falls.  1946. "Every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings!” Bricolage brings the spirit of the season to life right before your eyes (and ears) in our signature Midnight Radio style. George, a good-hearted man, is overwhelmed by the struggles of life and thinks ending his will be better for everyone. When a guardian angel intercedes and shows him how different the world would be without his contributions, George realizes that it doesn’t take money to be the richest man in town. 

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Dec 9, 2014

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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.

We Honor Tom Magliozzi of Car Talk

Nov 7, 2014
Richard Howard

This Monday we lost a part of the public radio family when Tom Magliozzi, half of the brother team "Click and Clack", passed away from complications of Alzheimer's.

Car Talk has been a public radio program for 37 years and it continues to be one of the most popular programs on the air.  Many of you have asked what will happen to the show and how to send condolences to Tom's family. 

NPR Clock Changes Explained

Nov 7, 2014

Earlier today I posted a brief paragraph about some changes that will be happening to Morning Edition and All Things Considered.  I've gotten a few emails asking deeper questions, so I thought I'd explain the NPR changes in greater detail.

Exciting Changes Coming to 90.5 WESA

Nov 7, 2014

Exciting changes are coming to 90.5 WESA this fall.

Starting Monday, Nov. 17, there will be small changes to the newsmagazines Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Segments will be shorter, and headlines will be repeated more frequently throughout the hour. It's a little bit "inside baseball," but we wanted to share the info for those of you who time your mornings by when certain segments air ("It's Marketplace ... I'm late!"). We would also peel back the curtain a bit.  

What: 90.5 WESA’s Life of Learning Forum: Ending the School to Prison Pipeline

When: Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, 7 p.m. (Doors open 6:30 p.m.)

Where: 90.5 WESA, Community Broadcast Center, 67 Bedford Square, Pittsburgh PA 15203

Registration for this event has closed. The forum will be recorded for future broadcast.

Spend an Evening with NPR's David Greene at Google

Oct 22, 2014
David Gilkey / NPR

Join 90.5 WESA and The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh at the Pittsburgh Google offices at Bakery Square for a talk with NPR's Morning Edition host, David Greene, on Tuesday, November 18th from 6pm-8pm.

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.

Mayor's Night On-Air: A Forum on Community/Police Relations

Mayor Bill Peduto, Acting Police Chief Cameron McLay, former police officer Sheldon Williams and Brandi Fisher, president of Alliance for Police Accountability, will be panelists for a special live broadcast community forum hosted by Essential Pittsburgh's Paul Guggenheimer.

When: Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Where: Community Broadcast Center, 67 Bedford Square, Pittsburgh, PA 15203 (South Side)

Support 90.5 WESA on the Arts Day of Giving

Oct 2, 2014
The Pittsburgh Foundation

Arts Day of Giving, affectionately called ArtsDOG, is an 18-hour opportunity for arts lovers to donate online to their favorite arts and culture nonprofits and have their contributions partially matched by The Pittsburgh Foundation, making their dollars go further.

Pennsylvania's cities and towns are full of promise, but plagued by problems. The appeal of urban living is on the rise. Many neighborhoods bustle with new residents and amenities. But issues such as crumbling infrastructure and high taxes linger. What can Pennsylvania's cities, large and small, do to address their problems and fulfill their promise? 

Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, National Public Radio's Peabody Award-winning quiz show, is coming to Pittsburgh's Benedum Center on Thursday, October 16 at 7:30 p.m. Unfortunately, tickets are now SOLD OUT.

90.5 WESA will have a special airing of this Pittsburgh edition in its entirety on Sunday, October 19th at 4pm.

Essential Pittsburgh won first place in the broadcast/radio/public affairs category at the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation’s Robert L. Vann Awards of Excellence for its program, “The Black Middle Class Experience in Pittsburgh.”

The judges commented: “What really made this piece work was hearing all of the different voices of how economics and social issues were at play in the lives of the black middle class in Pittsburgh.”

Presented by the Pennsylvania AP Broadcasters Association, the 2013 PAPBA News Awards are in recognition of outstanding broadcast journalism efforts by AP member radio and television stations, cable television and networks in Pennsylvania. Awards were presented on May 31 at the PAPBA banquet in State College. 

90.5 WESA claimed nine wins, including three top prizes, as well as the Sandy Starobin Award for Individual Reporting.

Enterprise/Individual Reporting

90.5 WESA Staff Wins Several Golden Quill Awards

May 23, 2014

Presented by the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, the 50th annual Golden Quill Awards were awarded in recognition of professional excellence in written, photographic, broadcast and online journalism. 90.5 WESA claimed 11 wins, including three top prizes and multiple finalist awards, for some of the station's most compelling broadcast features.

Feature, Radio
Winner: Deanna Garcia, "With Santa Costumes and Drag Queens, This Isn't Your Grandma's Bingo"

Finalist: Deanna Garcia, "Connecting the Dots Between Play and Learning in the Classroom"

Ryan Loew / 90.5 WESA

90.5 WESA has hired journalist Irina Zhorov as the station’s reporter for the Keystone Crossroads initiative, a two-year public media collaboration to focus on the challenges and opportunities facing Pennsylvanian cities.     

Zhorov joins 90.5 WESA after working as a reporter, multimedia producer and host at Wyoming Public Radio. Her professional interests focus on researching and reporting on environmental and energy-related issues, as well as homelessness and education.

The Radio Television Digital News Association

This week, 90.5 WESA was recognized with two regional Edward R. Murrow awards in the large market radio category. The Radio Television Digital News Association, or RTDNA, presents the awards in honor of outstanding achievements in electronic journalism.

Five public media stations spanning Pennsylvania have joined forces to form a collaborative reporting center called Keystone Crossroads.

Keystone Crossroads will explore urban decline and solutions in Pennsylvania and examine topics such as aging infrastructure, immigration, local government, neighborhood life, poverty and tax policy. The initiative aims to offer connected, statewide reporting on urban challenges in the Keystone State.