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SLB Radio Productions, Inc.

Rating: 4.96 stars   89 reviews 5,628


PO Box 100092 Pittsburgh PA 15233 USA


The mission of SLB Radio Productions, Inc. (SLB) is to use radio and audio programs and technologies to encourage, amplify, share and archive the ideas, stories, feelings and ideas of children and youth.

These activities provide an innovative method to promote increased:

  • verbal literacy
  • media literacy
  • listening and communication skills
  • self-esteem and confidence
  • critical and creative thinking
  • respect, tolerance and understanding of others
  • community engagement
  • cooperation
  • interaction among children and adults
  • informal out-of-school learning
  • familiarity with new technologies


Weekly broadcasts of our Saturday morning radio program since 1978.  We currently air from 6 to noon on 88.3 WRCT Pittsburgh, 91.1 WSAJ Grove City, 90.1 WIUP Indiana, 90.7 WMCO New Concord, 91.7 WNJR Washington, 91.7 WCUC Clarion, PCTV via Channel 21 on Comcast Pittsburgh, and Channel 47 on Verizon FIOS.  In a typical year, we feature over 70 professional musicians performing on air, over 100 interviews with area non-profits, over 50 youth musicians and 20 youth theater previews.  Off-air activities include radio dramas, workshops and audio projects involving over 2,000 children per year.

Target demographics:

People of all ages and across all generations.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

40,000 to 75,000 and Internet radio listeners

Geographic areas served:

Western Pennsylvania


Founded in 1978, The Saturday Light Brigade is a Saturday morning public radio program that blends acoustic music, live performances by youth and adults, participatory puzzles, on-air telephone calls and interviews with other community-based nonprofits serving youth and families.

The unique six-hour program allows museum visitors to observe live broadcasts in SLB's state-of-the-art studios located within the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh.

Through SLB's radio affiliates, the show is simulcast to listeners in 15 counties of western Pennsylvania and in portions of Ohio. The Saturday Light Brigade can be heard every Saturday, 6 to noon, on WRCT 88.3 FM Pittsburgh, WSAJ 91.1 FM Grove City, WCUC 91.7 FM Clarion, WIUP 90.1 FM Indiana, WNJR 91.7 Washington, and on WMCO 90.7 FM Muskingum University (New Concord, Ohio).

SLB's Weekly Youth Expression Showcase, featuring young musicians, writers and artists and adult performance segments, is a core component to the show.

Today, The Saturday Light Brigade is one of the longest-running public radio programs in the country. Radio listenership is approximately 60,000 families. 

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

SLB Radio Productions, Inc. does amazing work in the Pittsburgh region. Its radio show, the Saturday Light Brigade has been on the air since the 1970s. I moved to Pittsburgh in 1996, and started listening to SLB that year. Since that time, I married and had children. My wife was also a fan of SLB, and our two children have enjoyed SLB since birth. Both of my children have been able to participate in the on-air show, in different ways. Mr. Berger has graciously allowed my kids, and many others, to get a behind-the-scenes view of how a radio show works. I'm also aware that SLB Radio Productions has projects in addition to the SLB radio show that provide valuable learning experiences to people from all parts of the community - I would be excited for my children to get involved in these opportunities.

Regardless of how I'm doing on any particular Saturday, SLB is always a beacon of hope, peace, and joy, both to and from our community. SLB Radio Productions is one of the best parts of our community.

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SLB provides a real world performance opportunity for our learning Music students to experience and see the inside of a live studio. David's Music House is so fortunate to be invited to have our students perform there. Thanks for everything you all do for the community SLB !

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We have been "Brigadeers" since the very beginning, in fact my body awakes every Saturday morning at 6AM no matter how late my Friday night was. If we're home we're listening, and in our own quiet way participating.

I used to listen to Ed & Wendy King's radio show Party Line as a kid, it was a great show, but this is even better. The discussions, the music, the guests, the information, everything about this show exhibits all the Goodness that our great land is capable of. I truly believe that this world is a better place because of this show and those it has affected. So very intelligent, gentle, accepting, educational, well-rounded, eclectic, it truly does have something for everyone and we encourage all of our friends to listen at every chance.

It's perfect for kids, even the youngest, it encourages them to participate and accepts and enjoys all of their participation... and it also is interesting, educational and encouraging for adults, in ways that even kids can appreciate.

I really truly believe it sets the best example for how good radio, and in extension, human communication, can be. Long Live The Saturday Light Brigade!

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I am particularly impressed with the number of children and youth who are featured by SLB Radio as skillful and talented individuals in our community. It reminds me that "making art" has no age limitations!

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"Saturday Light Brigade" has broadened my horizons by introducing me to music I otherwise would not have heard and community groups and events I otherwise would not have known existed.

The radio show is a wonderful community resource that Pittsburgh is lucky to have, and SLB Radio Productions Inc. also has several programs to help youths learn how to communicate better, which gives them important skills.

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Saturday Light Brigade brings high quality to children and families. It always treats children with respect and highlights talents.

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Larry Berger and The Saturday Light Brigade are Pittsburgh treasures. Larry's engagement of young people and all that is healthy for heart and soul are the center of his passion for bringing great radio to the Pittsburgh airwaves. His show is both classic and contemporary, and he retains relevancy in the community by his commitment to his audience.

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I have been listening to SLB for the last 34 years. I live in the pgh area. With Mr. Roger's gone there is precious little left that uplifts children and their self-worth the way SLB does.

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There are few places that take such a personal and professional interest in what you can offer them to keep their programming at its highest levels. I've never had an an uncomfortable moment with this folks and have watched them interview many performers with dignity and respect...they are outstanding.

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I have been working with SLB for 4 or 5 years as an art gallery/music venue owner and musician. I have had many personal experiences with the staff and hosts there. Often I arrive early and have the opportunity to see and hear Larry interact with the children and offer them an expanded opportunity to showcase their knowledge and their talents. The whole staff is very encouraging of the children and their families giving them voice to much wider audience than many children ever get to experience. I have watched the staff work with the children after shows offering creative and expressive ways to engage in art and entertainment projects. Each time I am amazed at the expanded programs SLB provides. Usually when I am there it is to introduce them to a touring act that has come to play at Harmony in the House. These are generally small market Americana and Roots musicians dedicated to their art and craft. The staff is highly accommodating to the artists (and me) and they are offered a long interview, a live showcase of their music, and Larry Berger always knows enough about them to engage in a thoughtful discussion with them. This is all made possible by the timely and considerate rapport the staff offers in booking these shows. I am a big fan and donor to SLB- a gift to us all.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Saturday Light Brigade (SLB) is part of the warp and weft of the music, education and family scenes in Pittsburgh and surrounding areas. Part silly puzzle show, part interview show, part showcase for music and the arts from the live to the obscure, SLB helps to create and enhance healthy & intelligent family community. I can't think of another show like it, except maybe Garrison Kiellor's local radio show that I used to listen to years ago in Minnesota, before A Prarie Home Companion became a national phenomenon. PHC retains some of that flavor, but due to its sheer size it can't match SLB in being a part of a living person-to-person community. SLB is truly a treasure.

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