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

“Nobody else really knows and understands what this kind of thing means to the veterans that come to it.”

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

It’s called The Miracle Field of Murrysville: a special baseball field constructed for anyone age 10 and older with any physical or mental challenges.

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 Comes To Pittsburgh

Sep 5, 2014

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.”

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

Erika, a singer/actress and graduate from CMU drama school, has used her talent to comfort the children at Children’s Hospital, where she volunteers every week to go room to room dressed as a princess.

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

Since she came out almost 20 years ago, Lyndsey Sickler has become a tireless advocate for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals.

Carolyn Hare, Advocating For Those With Autism

Aug 22, 2014
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Read and listen to a story about Carolyn Hare as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

Carolyn Hare has been an advocate for those with autism for more than 20 years, but she never realized how providing a creative outlet could have such an impact on their lives.   

Mike Williams, Laboring Out Of Love

Aug 15, 2014
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Read and listen to a story about Mike Williams as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

Thirty-year old landscaper Mike Williams had been helping Sally, an elderly woman, with the landscaping of her house and noticed the inside was in shambles.  

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

Vanessa Thompson had dreams of going to college but thought it was financially impossible, until she heard Saleem speak at Westinghouse High School about the Pittsburgh Promise.

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Read and listen to a story about Howard Aikens 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 few years ago, Howard Aikens decided he had to do something about the huge, dilapidated garden surrounding Sterret School that was such an eyesore in his Point Breeze neighborhood.

Dr. Bill Neches, Hosting Heart Camp for Kids

Jul 25, 2014
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Read and listen to a story about Dr. Bill Neches and the Heart Camp for Kids 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 one special week, Camp Kon-o-Kwee is taken over by a group of very excited campers.  

Judy Bannon, Providing Cribs For Kids

Jul 18, 2014
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Read and listen to a story about Judy Bannon as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

In 1992, research revealed that sleeping babies should be put on their backs instead of their stomachs. That discovery lead to a 50 percent drop in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS.

Special Programming: Week of July 14

Jul 14, 2014

Essential Pittsburgh is taking a summer break this week.

While the show's away, enjoy the daily arts and culture program Q with Jian Ghomeshi at noon, and at 8 p.m. find out what drives human behavior on the program TRBQ with host Dean Olsher.

You can listen to past episodes of EP online or check out the podcast in iTunes.

About Q:

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

Karissa Kunco was a cheerful, optimistic 21-year old with many friends, a close family and dreams of someday being a pharmacist.

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

While many look to retirement as a time to relax, golf or travel, Joe had other plans.

90.5 WESA is excited to announce the following upcoming programming changes and special broadcasts for the Fourth of July and beyond!

Saturdays in Summer

2:00 PM: Saturday airing of "Q" to be replaced with Re:Sound for the summer season. 

Friday, July 4th 

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

It’s called Jeremiah’s Place, a crisis nursery where children from birth up to age six can go for a few days while their family is dealing with a crisis of any kind.  

Jamie Holmes, Making Dreams Come True

Jun 20, 2014
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Read and listen to a story about Jamie Holmes as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

Can you imagine spending your entire life in and out of hospitals, having to go through 45 major operations by the time you’re only 26 years old?   

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

They may all be 80-something, but Miss Bertie, Miss Mary and Miss Dee certainly are not resting on their laurels.  

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

It was an idea Kathleen and two friends had more than 25 years ago: to gather perfectly viable medical supplies that were no longer needed or used, and get them to hospitals that were in dire need of them, here in Pittsburgh and internationally.  

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.

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Ruth Ann Dailey, Beautifying Her Neighborhood

May 30, 2014
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Read and listen to a story about Ruth Ann Dailey as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

Up until about five years ago, East Deuschtown was peppered with vacant lots, dilapidated houses and was a haven for drug dealers.

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.

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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"

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Read and listen to a story about Alan and Diana Williams 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 almost 40 years, Alan and his wife Diana have been opening their hearts and their loving home to almost 40 foster children.

Enter Today to Win the Experience Chautauqua Package

May 16, 2014
Chautauqua Institution

Beginning today at 8am through Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 1 pm everyone who donates at wesa.fm/donate will automatically be entered to win the Experience Chautauqua package.

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

Back when he was six years old, when most kids his age could not comprehend the meaning of food insecurity, Noah understood exactly what that meant.

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