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  

The folks at SLBRADIO never cease to amaze me. Not only do they provide a weekly, six hour trip to a transgenerational collage of music, art, and community activity, they often surprise with delightfully subservsive activities such as developing awareness of social, environmental, and education issues. They foster budding musicians, provide exposure to world class singer-songwriters, and simple entertain.

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Rating: 5 stars  

In addition to all the other great programming others have mentioned, the SLB gives many amazing opportunities to local musicians--reserving quite a few for youth. This year, the Pittsburgh Concert Society Young Artists were featured on the show, and I was lucky enough to have the honor of being one of them. The Saturday Light Brigade not only gave me and other young musicians a chance to get our voices (or instruments) heard, but also the amazing feeling of being on radio for the first time. The staff there was very encouraging and enthusiastic, and I truly felt like being on the show has been one of the highlights of my playing the piano. This was unforgettable!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

First, as a listener to this wonderful, family-friendly interactive program. Then, as the community relations person for a small non-profit cultural organization, who has always found in SLB a ready ear (and voice) for our programs and projects.

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

finding a welcome in the studio as a representative of the St. David's Society, a small cultural group promoting awareness and appreciation of Welsh history and culture. SLB is a great boon to small organizations like ours.

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

Larry has been generous with airtime for our programs, and projects, especially our sponsorship of the Welsh classroom in the Cathedral of Learning on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh.

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

Larry Berger (host) and Rikki Berger (producer)

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

Be much better known in the community, build its music library, and maybe have more support staff. Rikki is a multitasker par excellence!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

The Saturday Light Brigade connects the Pittsburgh community in countless ways. It provides a venue for fledgling performers and quality programming for families of young children who can "go there" physically or virtually via their radios, computers, or TV's. It also creates novel educational programs for children in the city of Pittsburgh, especially when kids need extra reasons to care about learning, or to revel in their heritage across generations.

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

visits to the Pittsburgh Chidren's Museum.

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

their regular communication.

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

caring people driven by creative thinking and a desire to make a difference.

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

expand its programs to even more students beyond the Pittsburgh region.

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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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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4 people found this review helpful

SLB is an outstanding supporter of community arts, and has a special mission to helping children of the community grow in the arts. There is no grater joy than hearing local children call into the show to encourage other children while the perform.

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

raising money for the local food bank. SLB generously donates time and a plug on their website to our annual fundraiser.

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

Everyone is so committed to the job, They LOVE what they do. It is so refreshing.

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

interns, students, founders and employees.

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

Change the world through the lives of all of the children adults they touch. If this radio program could be duplicated in other cities, it would be amazing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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10 people found this review helpful

SLB Radio was introduced to us by WIUP FM host Jim Rogers. Jim thought Julia and Alex would be a good fit for entertaining in the youth radio hour. Jeff Baron from SLB contacted us and set everything up. Jeff was extremely helpful with all the details of the performance, from the directions and where to park, to what pickup we would need to put on Julia's violin. Julia and Alex have played for two SLB radio shows, and also for last years Solar Summer Concert Series. The Solar concert was a really fun and a neat learning experience for us and also for the visitors of the Childrens Museum. Each time we had the privilidge of playing for SLB Radio, the staff was very professional and helpful during setup. The rain prevented our playing outside for the Solar Concert, but Jeff and the crew had a "plan B" and they set us up near a big window inside and the show went on. SLB Radio has a great variety of programing and is very family oriented. They give opportunities to all ages and I think that makes it interesting to the museum visitors who are watching the show being done. When Julia and Alex were playing, there were families with small kids watching them play and hopefully being inspired! We really appreciated everyone at SLB and hope to play there again.

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

helping young artists have the chance to perform on live radio.

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

the great people we met and got to work with. Also the chance to see the studio and all that goes into making a live radio show.

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

all knowledgable and helpful.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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5 people found this review helpful

I have performed on the Saturday Light Brigade many times, as have several of my students. I find this to be an appropriate and exciting outlet for their talent. I promote the Saturday Light Brigade in all of my K-4 music classrooms. I cannot say enough great things about the Saturday Light Brigade.

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

how it gives children the opportunity to listen to many different genres of music, including: classical, folk, blues, jazz, etc. and challenges them on a Saturday morning with puzzles and riddles.

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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3 people found this review helpful

I write and record children's music. Programs like SLB listen to, sample, and then play music like mine to children. SLB, through producer Larry Berger, give a broader audience to my material, that would otherwise be governed by commercial entities who have a financial agenda.

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

Airplay of my original material of Children's Music.

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

Reviews of my songs and albums/cds

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

Excellent

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

Be a major force in children's music.

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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