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  

SLB provides unique opportunities for youth to learn the art of audio. It provides an outlet for writers, musicians, and actors to share their talents. It gives a voice to organizations that might not otherwise be heard. I am not aware of anything that operates quite like SLB.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a listener, participant, and donor to the Saturday Light Brigade for over 15 years. Larry and Rikki and the staff have created a fun and inclusive place to be every Saturday morning. Anyone is welcome to call in, be it a puzzle, a question, or to just talk, but it is not a talk show. It's a community. There really is nothing like it on the air, anywhere else, that I am aware of. Well beyond that, SLB goes out into the community to foster creative projects in schools and community centers, often but not always focusing on youth. At the studio, during the weekly six-hour show, local talent, both adults and children, get to show off on live radio in a welcoming environment. I don't know what else to say about SLB except that everything about it radiates positivity, and we need lots more of that.

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Rating: 5 stars  

SLB radio is a family program every Saturday morning for six wonderful hours! Our family started listening over 20 years ago, when the boys were young and we were in the car on our way to their soccer games. The program would engage everyone to put on their thinking caps with the different puzzles and games and the music was and always has been appropriate to the family and the season. Now this great show can be heard around the world via the internet. Thanks for all your hard work to Larry, Rikki and crew! Love YOU! Philomena, John and Sons

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11 people found this review helpful

When our children were young, we discovered SLB radio while on our way to visit their grandparents. We loved the games and we made it a family competion to come up with the correct answers. We soon were looking forward to the amusing tunes and games each weekend. Finally someone decided to join in and call in our answers. On one occasion, our correct answer gave us tickets to a viewing of a movie hosted by SLB, at the Oaks theatre in Oakmont Pa. Everyone there were SLB winners and we all got to meet the host, Larry! This event was an opportune to introduce friends to SLB. When SLB could be connected to through the internet, I informed out of state, family members to tune in on Saturday mornings. SLB is now listened to, shared and enjoyed around the globe. It's great to hear the up and coming young talent of school children, while they learn about radio.

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

helping to bring our family closer through sharing songs and on air requests and call ins.

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

ask SLB how it could improve on a such great thing!

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

that they are so in touch with keeping radio alive and viable for everyone!

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

open minded, caring and sharing.

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

expand into the future.

Ways to make it better...

everyone would tune in and listen.

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

funding.

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  

SLB is an invaluable community asset for the children and families of Pittsburgh! Their weekly radio show continues the tradition of quality family entertainment that is not only enjoyable by all members of the family, but also educational, information, and engaging. Not just that, SLB's community outreach programs help empower children, youth, teens, and adults by putting the power of media into their hands, letting them tell their own stories, the stories of their communities, and create connections to others. Pittsburgh wouldn't be the same without SLB.

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

Make everyday Saturday.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

SLB staff and leadership is really effective in working with youth, particularly teens. SLB empowers the youth it works with by providing them with the skills, training and equipment that they need to develop and create compelling audio narratives. SLB is great at amplifying the voice of youth in Pittsburgh.

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1 person found this review helpful

SLB radio is one of the best things about Pittsburgh. From their start playing great music and family-friendly trivia, they have added community interviews, live youth music segments, and tremendous work in local schools. Always positive, always uplifting of children, always growing in creative new directions. My daughters grew up on this show, and it strengthened us as a family.

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I have listened to this radio show since it started, and watch it grow from a small hobby to a well organized and effective educational organization, focused especially on the children of the Pittsburgh region. They go out of their way to help boost other Pittsburgh organizations, and their excellent work in the schools both empowers and educates children.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a faithful listener of SLB Radio's The Saturday Light Brigade since its inception. I don't call in very often (my cal-in name is "John in Lincoln Place"), usually only when one of the games has most of the listeners stumped and I think I know what the answer is. But I really enjoy just listening to the music, interviews, stories, and general chit-chat with other listeners. When SLB Radio moved from one radio station to another a few years back, I was afraid the quality of the programming would deteriorate. Thanks to the new station, however, the programming expanded from 2 hours to 6, allowing for more, and better, of everything. In an age when politically-oriented and hate-filled diatribes dominate the airwaves, it is important to have family-oriented shows such as The Saturday Light Brigade on the air and internet to bring a few calm, relaxing, fun-filled, and - yes, loving! - hours to the hectic week. This show is definitely worth keeping. Please donate to make sure it stays on the air.

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

Make the program last all weekend.

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Bergers have been supportive of many community endeavors throughout the years. Not only through their own show but also through promotion of worthwhile community events.

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2012

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8 people found this review helpful

Committed listener and occasional caller. I like personal, local approach and the interesting local music groups that are featured. Great music all around.

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

exposure to new music groups and community events.

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

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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