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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts, Culture & Humanities

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. 

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

SLB Radio Productions, Inc inspired me at the beginning my own journey toward capturing the voices of children and sharing their great stories. I discovered them during a visit to Pittsburgh. Their studio space at the Children's Museum and their partnerships with schools and others in the area was truly inspiring. Their radio station and sound projects, which includes stories and interviews recorded by children, are of the highest quality. When I discovered their mission, I knew my own passion for capturing children's stories was valued and important work. I can't thank you enough SLB Radio Productions, keep on sharing young voices!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Larry of SLB led a group of teachers and writers (of which I was part) in a writing and audio activity this summer. He really excited us about the possibilities for incorporating more audio into the work we do with children! Also, SLB's radio program offers teachers and other organizations a place to send youth who want to share their thoughts and stories with a wider audience. And, of course, I see SLB folks captivating children at just about all the youth-oriented festivals in Pittsburgh.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've worked with Larry Berger since the start of SLB at WYEP. Larry has developed community-based programming that empowers young people. There are very few other media-related groups that impact as many kids as Larry and his team. In addition to the live broadcasts, SLB has created an oral history archive of the Pittsburgh region.

Romey F.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The staff at SLB conduct insightful interviews with youth, community agency staff, and the people in the greater Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania neighborhoods. They are providing opportunities for children to display and develop their abilities in music and drama and for youth and young adults to learn and apply their radio arts skills as no one else in the area, state, and nation is doing. All of this is done with a keen awareness of the developmental needs of those with whom they interact and with a kindness that seems second nature to them. This program, with its numerous community outreach programs, is a fitting carrying on of the legacy of Pittsburgh favorite neighbor.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a community partner, I have seen SLB radio in schools, in community, in studio, and working with kids ranging from kindergarteners to high schoolers. This is a unique form of communication, and a unique way to giving children voice - with guidance. The fundamental respect and genuine interest that SLB takes and shows its audience and its participants are consistent no matter where they are and what they do. I have worked with 4 different members of the team over the last 5 years, and each and everyone is highly skilled and extremely collaborative.

10

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Saturday Light Brigade radio program and youth programming has built on the compassion and experience of it's founders and staff over three decades to meet the needs of children and families.

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It's always a great pleasure to be asked on the Saturday Light Brigade as musical guest. My name is Slim Forsythe and with my band, the Parklane Drifters, I have been performing in the Pittsburgh---Southwestern Pennsylvania area over the last five years. We do my original songs as well as an extensive body of classic/traditional Country and Folk music. The Saturday Light Brigade is the perfect forum for our work. I also commend Larry Berger and his staff for their outreach projects in the community, particularly the many ways they encourage creativity in young people.