90.5 WESA Station News

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. 

Update, Service in Johnstown

Jul 7, 2016

July 9, 2016:  We are experiencing technical issues with WESA's signal at 100.5 in Johnstown. We are working to repair the problem and will resume service again as soon as possible. Until service has been repaired/restored, please continue listening to WESA online at wesa.fm . Thank you for your patience! Your comments, questions, and concerns can be emailed to ebaisley@wesa.fm .

Effective July 1, 90.5 WESA's weekend and evening lineups are changing. Our updated schedule includes some time changes as well as additional broadcasts of listener favorites. View our schedule.

Here are some highlights of the changes:

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.  

WESA & Allegheny Front Win Golden Quills

Jun 6, 2016

At the Western Pennsylvania Press Club's 52nd annual Golden Quill Awards held on May 12, 90.5 WESA and The Allegheny Front reporters won in multiple categories.

Are We in Your Inbox?

Mar 28, 2016

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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.

Starting Friday February 12, 2016, 90.5 WESA will air The Pulse, a weekly program produced  by NewsWorks at WHYY in Philadelphia that focuses on stories at the heart of health, science, and innovation, in particular about the work to prevent disease, preserve energy, forestall death, develop treatments and build healthier cities. It will air on Fridays at 1 PM, with a rebroadcast at 9 PM. The Pulse is hosted by WHYY's Maiken Scott.   

Join the World Affairs Council and 90.5 WESA on Wednesday, February 10 at the Community Broadcast Center for a panel discussion on the beliefs and practices of Islam, which is practiced by 1.6 billion people around the world and is often misunderstood by non-Muslims. Hear from local Muslim community leaders as they share their unique perspectives and experiences about what it means to be Muslim, as well as challenges facing Muslims in America.

Michel Martin: Going There Comes to Pittsburgh

Jan 12, 2016

Dynamic Conversation about reinventing the American City to take place at the August Wilson Center March 8

90.5 WESA Holiday Programs

Nov 23, 2015

Tune in to 90.5 WESA for special programs throughout the holiday season.

Thursday 11/26

9 AM:  Giving Thanks: A Celebration of Fall, Food & Gratitude

Christopher Kimball, founder, editor, and publisher of Cook's Illustrated Magazine, and host of public television's most-watched cooking show, America's Test Kitchen. He'll take us to his Vermont farm for a New England Thanksgiving, and talk about the experiences for which he's most grateful. Also, Patrick Stewart reads autumn poems...

90.5 WESA, 91.3 WYEP Boards to Merge

Nov 16, 2015

PITTSBURGH, PA, Nov. 16, 2015—The boards of public radio stations 91.3 WYEP and 90.5 WESA announced today that they have voted to merge into a single nonprofit entity positioned to serve western Pennsylvania with quality news, information, and music programming.

WESA Public Forum: Equitable Education Funding

Oct 27, 2015

Governor Tom Wolf has proposed spending 6.1 billion dollars on basic education, yet Pennsylvania is one of just three states that does not use a formula to distribute funding to local school districts. What is the best and most equitable way to allocate state education funding? How can educators and lawmakers ensure a fair education for all students?

PITTSBURGH, PA., October 15, 2015— October 17 has been designated “Rhythm Sweet & Hot Day” in the state of Pennsylvania, honoring the show’s 34-plus years on the airwaves featuring the music of the 1920s, 30s and 40s. Representative Joseph Petrarca, D-Westmoreland, Armstrong, and Indiana Counties, introduced the legislation on September 18, and it was subsequently approved by the state House of Representatives.

90.5 WESA Community Listening Sessions

Oct 6, 2015

90.5 WESA will be conducting Community Listening Sessions in Homewood, Cranberry, and Hazelwood in January and February, 2016.   The events will focus on residents' stories about their communities, and their concerns, challenges, and celebrations.  The sessions will be recorded for archival purposes, but not for broadcast.  

Essential Pittsburgh: Focus on Johnstown

Sep 23, 2015

Essential Pittsburgh, 90.5 WESA's weekday magazine covering news and events in Western Pennsylvania, will air two specials focusing on the Johnstown region next week.

David Gilkey

Free Event at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland, November 5 at 7 p.m. to feature NPR's David Greene, Yuki Noguchi

New Podcast to Debut Sept. 24

Sep 11, 2015
Sarah Collins / Point Park University News Service

90.5 WESA, Pittsburgh’s NPR news station, will offer a new podcast, Nanograms: Brief Messages from the Very Near Future. Created by Josh Raulerson and produced at 90.5 WESA, the first season of the podcast, 'Borg in the USA, contains seven episodes; the first will launch on nanograms.org on September 24.

90.5 WESA will air the BBC Newshour Monday through Friday at 9am starting August 17th. With the world's unrelenting 24-hour news cycle, Newshour is the program that cuts through the background noise and provides definitive reports on the big stories of the day.  Newshour will present an all-encompassing explanation of the day's lead story, compelling reports from the BBC's team of correspondents and probing interviews with the newsmakers at the heart of eve

90.5 WESA Announces Newsroom Promotions

Jul 30, 2015

  

PITTSBURGH, PA., July 29 2015—90.5 WESA, Pittsburgh’s NPR news station, announced changes in its newsroom structure effective July 29, 2015. Marco Cardamone, Board Chair and Interim General Manager, made the announcements at a staff meeting.  

The public is invited to join 90.5 WESA and Essential Pittsburgh on July 15 for a community forum on our city and the Americans with Disabilities Act. How far have we come, and what remains to be done? As technology progresses, how should policy evolve?

The forum will be hosted by Paul Guggenheimer. Panelists include:

  • Paul O Hanlon – Disability rights attorney, member of the City-County Task Force on Disabilities. 
  • Mary Hartley – Lead Consultant, Policy and Advocacy for the United Way of Allegheny County’s ‘21 and Able’ effort to streamline service systems for young people with disabilities looking for employment.
  • Gabriel McMorland – co-organizer of the Pittsburgh Accessibility Meetup, a group hosting monthly events about creating an accessible world. 
  • Josie Badger – Youth Director for the Parent Education & Advocacy Leadership (PEAL) Center helping parents of children with disabilities to assist other parents of children with disabilities and special health care needs.

Registration is closed for this event. The forum will  be broadcast live on 90.5 WESA starting at 7 p.m. July 15. Thank you!

Live: President Obama on ACA Decision Today

Jun 25, 2015

President Obama will make a statement from the Rose Garden on the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act at 11:30 AM EDT.  NPR News magazines Morning Edition, Here & Now and All things Considered will have more on today's SCOTUS decision.

PITTSBURGH, PA., June 15, 2015—90.5 WESA, Pittsburgh’s NPR news station, announced today that DeAnne Hamilton will resign as general manager effective July 17, 2015, having firmly established the station’s leadership in quality news and public affairs programming in the region.

More Awards for 90.5 WESA

May 31, 2015

May 31, 2015:  90.5 WESA's Josh Raulerson and The Allegheny Front's Reid Frazier, along with Erika Beras, Deanna Garcia, Kevin Gavin, Larkin Page-Jacobs and Sarah Schneider won awards for their reporting at the 2015 Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcasters Awards, held May 30 in Gettysburg. 

A first-place award in the News Documentary category went to Raulerson and Frazier for their series, "Zone of Influence". Kevin Gavin and Sarah Schneider received second place in this category for their work on the "School to Prison Pipeline" broadcast.

Larkin Page-Jacobs won a second place award for her feature on a business incubator for felons. Erika Beras won a third-place award in the Public Affairs category for her report on veterans and traumatic brain injuries, while Deanna Garcia won a third place award in enterprise/individual reporting for her work on poverty in the LGBT community.

90.5 Reporters Win Awards

May 22, 2015

90.5 WESA reporters Deanna Garcia, Liz Reid, Larkin Page-Jacobs, and Erika BerasEssential Pittsburgh's Paul Guggenheimer, Marcus Charleston and Heather McClain, and The Allegheny Front's Kara Holsopple won awards at the Press Club of Western PA’s Annual “Golden Quill” Awards last night.

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.

90.5 WESA is partnering with Carnegie Mellon University’s Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, a university-wide research institute leveraging the expertise of more than 100 faculty working on energy, to launch “Energy Bite.” The co-production is a new 90-second weekly program debuting on Earth Day-- Wednesday, April 22, 2015. It will feature a series of interviews with CMU faculty members discussing energy topics of interest to the general public.

 

Support 90.5 WESA...It's SpecTECHular!

Apr 16, 2015

Join 90.5 WESA in membership!

When you donate today your name will be automatically entered to win $1,000 in Best Buy Gift Cards.

More information, including rules and regulations and contest entry form are available here.

90.5 WESA to Present Life of Learning Forum on April 28

Apr 8, 2015

What can schools do to engage students and keep them interested in learning? Join a panel of area high school students on April 28 as they discuss what has been successful and what hasn’t worked in their education, as well as their ideas for best practices.

How can teachers relay the real-world relevance of the material they are teaching? How can schools assess what students are learning? What is an ideal school climate and how do we get there? This forum will give students both on the panel and in the audience a chance to voice their ideas for future students.    

This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited, so please pre-register to reserve a spot.

Panelists include Senque Little-Poole (Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy Senior), Alleah Rose (Pittsburgh Obama Academy Junior), Alex Popichak (Carlynton High School Senior), Jordyn Adams (Penn Hills High School Junior) and Amma Ababio (Pittsburgh Allderdice High School Senior). 

 

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