90.5 WESA Station News

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). 

 

Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

Mar 20, 2015

Beginning Friday, March 20, 2015 at 7 a.m. through Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Noon, everyone who donates to 90.5 WESA at wesa.fm/donate will be entered to win a pair of tickets for an evening with New Yorker cartoonist and author Roz Chast, presented by Family Hospice and Palliative Care on April 23, 2015 at Rodef Shalom in Oakland. Three winners will be chosen and notified early next week.

Renowned New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast is now a New York Times best-selling author; her book, "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?", has been on the best-seller list for more than 40 weeks and is a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award, the inaugural winner of the Kirkus Prize for non-fiction, and winner of the National Book Critics Circle award for Best Autobiography. Making a rare Pittsburgh appearance, Ms. Chast will discuss her graphic memoir, which recounts her experiences with her aging parents through a multi-media presentation colored with cartoons, sketches, photos and sharp wit.

To be entered to win tickets, make your donation by Noon on Saturday, March 21. Already a donor, or not ready to donate? You can still enter to win by using this form.

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Feb 17, 2015
Heather McClain / 90.5 WESA

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. 

In order to live stream 90.5 WESA, click on the play button (which is labeled "1" in the above photo). If you'd like to listen to JazzWorks, click on the arrow labeled "2."

You'll get a dropdown menu that looks like the below photo; select JazzWorks (which is labeled "3"):

Streaming link for 90.5 WESA
https://playerservices.streamtheworld.com/api/livestream-redirect/WESAFM.mp3

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.

 

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.  

Debbi Casini Klein / 90.5 WESA

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

Three years ago, when Annie and Griffin  were in second grade, they decided they wanted to do something to help the homeless stay warm in the winter.

Listen Live: 90.5 WESA Election Coverage 2014

Oct 30, 2014
Matt Rourke / AP

90.5 WESA will have live election night returns and analysis starting at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

From 8-10 p.m., Essential Pittsburgh will be live in studio with guests outgoing state Rep. Erin Molchany of the South Hills, Republican At-Large County Council Member Heather Heidelbaugh, and former county commissioner and state legislator Mike Dawida will join host Paul Guggenheimer in breaking down the numbers.

How to Use the 90.5 WESA Player

Oct 30, 2014

Step #1
Select or Switch Stream Channel
The dropdown selector allows you to choose between 90.5 WESA (News, Talk, NPR) and JazzWorks - our 24/7 Jazz channel.

Step #2 (if needed)
Play

The player is set to auto-play, but if that does not happen after a few seconds and the player is not still buffering, press the Play button (triangle at bottom left) to start the stream you’ve selected.

Ending The School-To-Prison Pipeline - A Community Forum

Oct 28, 2014

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.

Support 90.5 WESA now during our Fall Membership Drive and you’ll automatically be entered in a Festival of Lights Weekend at Oglebay Resort & Conference Center special giveaway.

One grand prize winner will receive a $575 gift certificate to Oglebay for a Festival of Lights Weekend. This package includes:

Debbi Casini Klein / 90.5 WESA

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

What looks like an ordinary thrift shop on Centre Avenue in the Hill District is so much more. It’s called FOCUS, the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United to Serve.

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.

Debbi Casini Klein / 90.5 WESA

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

Debbi Casini Klein / 90.5 WESA

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

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.

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

Deirdre Kane lived in Galway, where big grocery stores were scarce.

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.

Essential Pittsburgh will present a Community Forum on Wednesday, October 8, called Mayor's Night On-Air: a forum on Community/Police Relations In Pittsburgh. Mayor Bill Peduto and the new Chief of Police, Cameron McLay,former Pittsburgh Police Officer Sheldon Williams, and Brandi Fisher, President of the Alliance for Police Accountability, will join Essential Pittsburgh Host Paul Guggenheimer

Ella Horvat, Collecting Shoes For Orphans

Sep 26, 2014
Debbi Casini Klein / 90.5 WESA

Read and listen to a story about Ella Horvat 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 Ella Horvat is a sixth grader at Dorseyville Middle School. She was born in Guatemala and was adopted by her American parents, Jill and Michael, at the age of two.

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