90.5 WESA Station News

Know some good Christmas songs? Share your favorite holiday tunes with 90.5 WESA's Kevin Gavin via Twitter @wesakevin for the 37th annual Christmas All Request show, airing Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on both 90.5 WESA and our sister station 91.3 WYEP. 

You can also call in holiday song requests at (412) 697-2955, or feel free to join us for an open house at our studios (67 Bedford Square on Pittsburgh's South Side). Happy holidays!

Debbi Casini Klein

Listen to Matthew's story as part of a new series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

Matthew Jacko was your typical 7-year-old, going to school, playing baseball, living life, until one day about a year and half ago, he and his family received the devastating news: Matthew had an inoperable brain tumor.

Meet Randy Gilson, The Neighborhood Renovator

Dec 13, 2013
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If you’re strolling down Arch Avenue on the North Side, you’d be hard-pressed to miss it: a whimsical building with a 40-ft high mural of brilliant butterflies, ladybugs, dinosaurs and more.

It’s Randyland, and it all started a little more than 30 years ago when Randy Gilson moved into the neighborhood.

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

2013 Holiday Programming on 90.5 WESA

Dec 10, 2013

90.5 is happy to offer you the best in public radio programming this holiday season.

Essential Pittsburgh brings you year-end Pittsburgh specials on December 23rd,  26th,  27th,  30th, and 31st.  Tune in for the best of 2013 sports, music, public radio personalities and more.

Tuesday, December 24th

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Barbara Sappie has been making blankets and coordinating volunteers with Project Linus, distributing thousands of blankets all over Western Pennsylvania. They call her The Blanket Lady, and she is responsible for bringing joy and comfort to traumatized children in hospitals and shelters.

Thanksgiving and Hanukkah Listening on 90.5 WESA

Nov 27, 2013

Thanksgiving Day
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Third Coast International Audio Fest
An annual celebration of the best documentary and feature work being made worldwide for radio and the Internet.

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Splendid Table Turkey Confidential
Help is on the way for Thanksgiving cooks, kitchen helpers and dinner guests on this, the biggest cooking day of the year! Turkey Confidential is quickly becoming a Thanksgiving tradition.

Remembering JFK, 50 Years Later

Nov 22, 2013

We Knew JFK: Unheard Stories from the Kennedy Archives

Friday at 7 p.m., listen to never-before-broadcast memories from President John F. Kennedy's confidantes recorded just after his assassination. The special is hosted by legendary journalist Robert MacNeil. Listeners will hear from JFK colleagues who were with him during his first political race in 1946, until his last days in office. Famous names and voices wrestle with grief and memory; they provide intimate details on JFK the man, the president and father.

An Evening with Diane Rehm

Nov 18, 2013

Each weekday, listeners across the country tune in for the Diane Rehm Show, which has grown from a local morning call-in show to one of public broadcasting's most popular programs. Diane came to Pittsburgh's Hillman Center for Performing Arts recently to talk about her career in public radio.

Special Veterans Day Programming

Nov 11, 2013

Essential Pittsburgh: Gold Star Children and America's Longest War
Noon and 8 p.m.

An estimated 5,000 American children lost a parent to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001. Children who have lost a parent to war are the subject of the documentary Gold Star Children: Two Generations Sharing Loss and Healing, premiering Monday on the Pentagon channel. This Veterans Day, Essential Pittsburgh will talk with the film’s writer, producer and director Mitty Griffis Mirrer.


Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act begins soon. The overhaul of the health care system is confusing and raises a lot of questions. On Thursday, 90.5 WESA’s daily magazine program Essential Pittsburgh will host a public forum to answer your questions on the Affordable Care Act.

'No Shows' and Special Programming

Aug 26, 2013

Essential Pittsburgh Special: 7M Students are Chronic "No Shows"

Program Updates for August

Jul 26, 2013

Starting Friday, August 2, late night listening just got hipper.  

We are excited to bring The Retro Cocktail Hour here from Kansas Public Radio airing 12 a.m. - 2 a.m.  Space-age jazz and groovy '50s cocktail music perfect to keep your dinner guests entertained until the wee hours. This is part of our After Hours Friday line up. 

Stop your podcasting! The Ted Radio Hour will be on 90.5 WESA!