SLB Radio Productions, Inc.

Rating: 4.95 stars   81 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: PO Box 100092 Pittsburgh PA 15233 USA

Mission: 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


Results: 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
Programs: 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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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

My wife and I have been listening to the Saturday Light Brigade for more that 25 years. As host, Larry Berger brightens Saturday mornings with guests, jokes, games and anecdotes in a wonderfully entertaining mix of local color.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Expansion of the programming and increased public outreach to the children of Pittsburgh and the rest of the US.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Broadcast it on one of the major radio stations in Pittsburgh so that it could more easily reach a larger audience.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The wonderful shows and great attitude.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Cheerful, knowledgeable, creative and fun, and always had the best interests of children in mind.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Teach others how to establish such great children's programming.

Ways to make it better...

It didn't just broadcast on small, low-wattage radio stations. It is saved by it internet broadcasting.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

SLB Radio makes a difference in the lives of children, families and within their community. Mr. Larry Berger is easy to work with in arranging programs that educate and entertain. The children I brought to the station enjoyed their visit, enjoyed being on-air and appreciated to the opportunity to have some hands on training on the equipment. I am grateful that I have had the chance to work with SLB Radio. That they have freely given thirty years or so of their life to help children learn and to bring people and families together is a blessing for this community. Larry's warmth and skill at interacting with children is a gift that I hope he will able to share for years to come.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

devewloping community parterships with educational institutions and lother non profits. These partnerships benefit both organizations and keep costs down.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The care and concern the staff took in making our program successful. The opportunity to observe their ability to interact with children with patience and warmth that keeps them engaged in the learning and fun.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand its audience and offer additional educational, entertainment and community service programs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

SLB Radio has always been a great supporter of the efforts of the music community to get information out about what is going on around us. They continue to invite local artists to perform live in the studio and have always been easy to work with and very professional. We appreciate all that they have for us in the bluegrass community and for their listeners. They are truly an asset to not the bluegrass community but the entire listening community as well.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

promoting an annual event.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with the folks at the station.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

easy to work with and fun. Always professional and ahppy to help.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach more people with it's uplifting schedule of events and help even more charitable organizations.

Ways to make it better...

I didn't have to call them so early in the morning to be heard live on the radio!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

SLB is an outstanding community resource here in Pittsburgh. I've known Larry Berger, the show's producer and voice, for over 25 years, and have enjoyed listening to his varied, family-oriented show. Larry has hosted many open houses where he invites the community to come in to visit with him and the staaff as they produce on-air, live radio. I took our two young children in to see how radio is done about 15 years ago when SLB was originating from the campus of Chatham College (now University). Both kids enjoyed meeting Larry, and having breakfast goodies. I commend SLB and Larry and Rikki Berger for their commitment to excellence in family radio. Bob Kenneweg rdkenneweg@yahoo.com

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The consistent weekly fun and games, and great music that comes our way. I especially enjoy the 10:00 to 10:30 segement where young people get to perform live on the air. Many performers are virtuosos.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

SLB Radio Productions is a true community partner and community champion. They are a voice for big and small; a resource for people of all ages. Through their amazing strategic growth, they have been able to maintain the personal touch. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with them to serve young people in our community.....and grateful for their programming which I listen to and enjoy very much!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their responsiveness to the communities that make up Greater Pittsburgh.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their personal touch

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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10 people found this review helpful

What a true example of community and people-oriented radio! For more than 25 years, I've listened to this show grow and become more and more community-oriented and motivated in it's drive to explore the achievements of kids and teens in the arts, and to engage families the last few years at the Children's Museum as it's own "exhibit", where families can experience radio and media first hand. Also Larry is a real networker, motivated by his care for kids and families, instead of giving lip service to the term like other radio programs do. Plus the quizzes are great fun for all ages, and Larry has a wonderful, warm way with kids and adults.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

simply listening over the years when the show was on WYEP, then WRCT, and now through the Museum.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

can't think of any - their expansion and broadening of their audience through extended radio stations is amazing!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

calling in and talking, listening to Larry's way of engaging kids and young artists' on the radio, his and his wife's dedication to the show. Plus it's a very funny and mentally stimulating show!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

actually I've not met any. Only talked to em on the phone.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

become Michael Feldman! (just kidding) (actually, I think they have an audio feed on a local cable channel)

Ways to make it better...

can't think of a way that it could be better, actually. It just keeps getting better on it's own!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

probably finding more people and funds to continue to do the great job they do and to manage all the guest artists they have... not sure.

One thing I'd also say is that...

It's a show that has given great pleasure to so many people here in Pittsburgh over the years, and also to people around the world via the internet.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

SLB is open and giving. They listen and hear as well as broadcast content - it's truly a two-way street. People of all ages love the programming. I've been interviewed a couple of times for very different reasons, and it's always been a fun and gentle experience designed to make the community a better place. The host (Larry Berger) can be a little amateurish sometimes, but it's part of the charm. He is very earnest and innovative in a "folk radio" way, and I wouldn't change a thing about him. SLB is a treasure.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the gentleness with which the show proceeds. There is so much "noise" in the world, it is a pleasure to find a show appealing to an inter-generational audience that is fun and respectful at the same time.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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10 people found this review helpful

I have both listened-to and been involved with SLB for over ten years. It is, by all accounts, a remarkable organization. Larry and Rikki Berger have developed a very effective model that mixes entertainment with community action. It is, in my opinion, a very important part of this community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Listening, volunteering at events, seeing the collaborations with other organizations grow

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The music and interactivity of the programs

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Enthusiastic and smart

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the world! Again, the model for involvement is a ggd and workable one. Larry puts programs into action that can continue to affect communities long after his show, and direct involvement are over.

Ways to make it better...

I had more free time to get involved

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

His need for more people

One thing I'd also say is that...

All that being said, the weekly radio show is a gem ... very unique and entertaining listen yourself: www.slbradio.org

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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4 people found this review helpful

It was a great day for me as the Executive Director of a Pittsburgh area youth orchestra and for me personally when I met the wonderful and talented crew of the Saturday Light Brigade. They have provided the opportunity for many young musicians to have the exciting experience of playing live on a radio show. They even worked with me to put a full orchestra performance on the air live from their studios. It was a memorable and spectacular day!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the excitement, sense of accomplishment and joy experienced by the musicians I scheduled to perform on SLB.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

knowledgeable, professional, personable and pleasant.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach the world!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

The Saturday Light Brigade has truly enhanced the quality of life in Southwestern Pennsylvania through its weekly programming of music, guest speakers from area arts, literary, and other non profit groups, and audience participation, which involves all ages. I listened weekly when I lived in Butler and Pittsburgh, PA. Now I am in Wisconsin, and I still listen to SLB via the internet whenever I can. Its program appeal reaches beyond SWPa. I have encouraged them to think about going national.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

enjoying many hours of listening, attending special events for the community at which SLB did remote broadcasts, participating in SLB sponsored events to raise funds to feed the hungry.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

All the people who make the Saturday Light Brigade radio program a communal experience. This is especially true of its founders Larry and Ricky Berger, but also the program guests,the call-in participants, and the host-sites of off-site broadcasts.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

GO NATIONAL!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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