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  

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.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

Expand its programming to include more kids.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

Expand it to other areas of the country, such kindness is all to unseen these days.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

Helping them to reach a wider audience and more children.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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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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3 people found this review helpful

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.

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

were the founders and current technical staff. They present a perfect blend of compassion and experience.

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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5 people found this review helpful

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.

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

being not only a guest, but a frequent listener and learning how to meet Slim Bryant, who is over 100 years old now and the last living person to have played and recorded with Jimmy Rodgers, the father of CW Music!

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

Become the House Band and try and develope an entire programming component around live studio audience performances.

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

Meeting and conversing with Larry Berger whose passion for the beauty and legacy of what might be called, "Old Time Radio" is as big as my own.

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

Production and outreach folks, helping Larry actually produce the show and reaching out to the community via various projects.

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

Reach a larger audience and do even more good community work, helping young people.

Ways to make it better...

I would have spent more effort getting the word out to people to let them know they can be part of the live studio audience of the SLB.

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

As always, finding the money to continue the good work and getting the word out to as many people as they can about what they're doing.

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

They even gave us a CD of our performance and it's one of the best radio gigs I've ever done.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

The folks at SLB Radio are simply among the friendliest, sincerest, most competent media personnel I have worked with in the Pittsburgh area. Larry Berger is gentle, insightful, witty, knowledgable in many genres of music, and a well prepared expert at interviewing his guests. The quality of my performances on SLB have been unmatched in similar venues as a result of Jeff Baron's fine engineering. I really can't say enough about the respect I have for these folks and their family freindly program.

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

the feedback I get from my peers when discussing the great quality of SLB radio.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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