90.5 WESA Station News

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

With all the pressures that students have in college these days — hard course loads, maintaining good grades and even finding time for fun, you would think they would have little time for anything else.  

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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.

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May 7, 2014

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

Four decades ago, then 40-year-old Mary was working as the community relations director at the Carnegie Library in Homewood when she noticed a safety hazard across the street.

Denise Zellous, Helping Other People Excel

Apr 25, 2014
Debbi Casini Klein

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

Molested when she was 8 years old, Denise turned to drugs and promiscuity at a very young age.

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.

Presented by the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, the 49th annual Golden Quill Awards were awarded in recognition of professional excellence in written, photographic, broadcast, and online journalism. 90.5 WESA received three top prizes, as well as multiple finalist awards, for some of the station's most compelling broadcast features.

Presented by the Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcasters Association, the Pennsylvania Associated Press News Awards recognize outstanding broadcast journalism efforts by AP member radio and television stations, cable television and networks in Pennsylvania.

Several 90.5 staff members received recognition in the Radio A, Major Market Stations category.

How And Why To Support 90.5 WESA This May 6

Apr 20, 2014

This spring, the Pittsburgh Foundation’s annual Day of Giving is part of a national event called Give Local America.  

Replacing the traditional Day of Giving in October, this year’s May 6 event is part of a national day for community foundations across the country.

Be part of this national event when you donate to 90.5 WESA at pittsburghgives.org, and have your gift matched locally.

Megs Yunn, Spreading Birthday Cheer All Year

Apr 17, 2014
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Read and listen to a story about Megs Yunn as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

Megs is spreading birthday cheer 365 days a year to homeless kids who have never had a party.

It began in March  of 2011, when Megs was volunteering at a local after-school program, and she met a young girl named Beverly.

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

Fred Massey created a mentoring program that not only changed the lives of so many troubled youths, but also changed his life.

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Read and listen to a story about Joyce Rothermel 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 study that was done in 1977 at the University of Pittsburgh on the instances of hunger in Allegheny County documented 48,000 people experiencing hunger — that is, going without food for a 24-hour period.

Courtesy The Farmer's Table

The Farmer’s Table is a farm dinner event series. Chef and Owner Jacob Mains works with specifically chosen host farms based on their farming practices, quality of produce and scenery.

Reserve your seat today with a donation to 90.5 WESA.

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Read and watch a story about Jim and Susan Wagner as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

Jim and Susan have turned their love for dogs into helping children with autism.

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

As a veteran, the transition back to civilian life is wrought with challenges. Al understands that all too well and has made it his mission to help.

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