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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

107 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Advisor

Rating: 5

"DANCE FOR CANCER"
Hello! My name is Campey McKee. I'm putting together my first charity event and being that this is my first one, that makes me new to this. I'm writing this because I would love to have whatever help possible for the biggest outcome possible. All proceeds for this event will be donated to St Judes Children's Research Hospital. Please reach out to me as soon as possible if you would like to help. My email is CampeyMckee@gmail.com

1 Dorrie S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Larry Berger and the staff at SLB are just AWESOME. They not only care about community, they've been become intricate of it, involving our youth, let them have a voice, in the Neighborhood Voices series. SLB also provides a skill set for youth....their isn't enough accolades to describe this wonderful non-profit

1 Mark231

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is great to have a show in Pittsburgh that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Keep it up Larry!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SLB is a great community asset to the New Concord, Ohio WMCO listening community. I'm so glad it is syndicated live week-to-week! A wonderful program to educate, entertain, and inform.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This radio program, SLB, has down to earth content which is relevant to a broad spectrum of listeners. It also appeals to the younger listing audience as well, featuring local talent as well as national musical talent; all delivered in a very personal way be the staff.

I give it a 5 out of 5 or a 10 out of 10, depending on which scale you want to use.

Sincerely, J. Paul Basinger

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Saturday Light Brigade is a great radio station. As a listener it provides a variety of different styles. It also gives many young performers a chance to display their talents. As a family this station is very important to us in our children's development as future musicians.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Love listening to this show every week & they bring up lots of interesting things going on in Pittsburgh especially about education

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!

1 Zakariya B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Been listening since I was a kid with my uncle. Now listening in Minneapolis online every Saturday.

Rich22

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SLB radio is where I listen when I want to hear non commercial national and local singer-songwriters. It needs a wider audience so new listeners will know how wonderful their programs really are. Their live guests are great, especially the young artists. As if their radio shows aren't enough, SLB also provides opportunities for young people to learn about the radio business.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had a wonderful time being interviewed by the youth and getting to know them better when they visited my office to hear more about my business.The staff was awesome and very knowledgable.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SLB has been a terrific experience for my kids. They have had the honor and opportunity to play their music on air and enjoyed learning about the behind-the-scenes secrets and hard work that goes into it. My oldest also was given voice a few years ago for MLK Day to express his thoughts on civil rights and have a discussion with peers. I hope young people all over Pittsburgh know about this resource and enjoy and appreciate it.
Larry Berger and staff are welcoming, encouraging and really just warm and friendly in keeping with the best-of-Pittsburgh traditions.

Previous Stories

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Saturday Light Brigade is a true treasure to Pittsburgh. The opportunity it provides to children and the enlightenment and entertainment it gives to listeners of the show is invaluable.
My children were on the show almost 2 years ago and are still thrilled to talk about it. They came away from it with new confidence due mostly to Larry Berger's adept handling of the interview and their performance. We are most grateful.

John420

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Larry, Ricki and their staff have succeeded in taking a long-standing radio show and transforming it into a platform for the nurturing and development of the creative impulses resident in children, providing them an outlet and a path for individual and collective growth that has, and will, positively impact the youth and communities of Pittsburgh for generations to come.

Donor

Rating: 5

SLB Radio has done great work teaching children and youth how to share their stories through the medium of radio. SLB staff is highly skilled and knows how to work effectively with children and youth. I particularly enjoy the Green Compass and Crossing Fences projects. (Full disclosure - I work for a foundation that supported those projects.)

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One of the highlights to my week! This broadcast got me through one of the most difficult years of my life. Every week I knew at least one day would start with laughter. That was Saturday, when I could tune in to SLB and joke, smile, test myself, and sing! Thank you SLB!

Advisor

Rating: 5

We worked with the Teens to help them fully engage with the adults they were interviewing

Donor

Rating: 5

SLB Radio is an amazing non-profit that really understands what "grass roots" means. It encourages participation at every level, and diversity of viewpoints and content creators isn't just a line in their mission statement -- it's something they live. And along the way, they create great, entertaining local content.

Long may Larry, Rikki and their crew thrive!

Galadriel G.

Donor

Rating: 5

My parents first started listening to SLB around the time I was born in 1978 and though they didn't participate, we all had fun listening when we could get it tuned in. Since having a family of my own, and the advances of technology, we've been able to listen and participate more with the puzzles and games, even after moving a few states away. We love SLB because, not only do they have quality family programming and a positive impact on the community, but they take the time to give everyone special attention and allow artists, no matter their age, to show their skills and talents. SLB adds a richness to our lives through music that we may have not otherwise known about. They also enhance our children's education through learning about history and community. SLB always gets our weekend off to a great start!

Rob_60

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SLB Radio Productions, Inc. does amazing work in the Pittsburgh region. Its radio show, the Saturday Light Brigade has been on the air since the 1970s. I moved to Pittsburgh in 1996, and started listening to SLB that year. Since that time, I married and had children. My wife was also a fan of SLB, and our two children have enjoyed SLB since birth. Both of my children have been able to participate in the on-air show, in different ways. Mr. Berger has graciously allowed my kids, and many others, to get a behind-the-scenes view of how a radio show works. I'm also aware that SLB Radio Productions has projects in addition to the SLB radio show that provide valuable learning experiences to people from all parts of the community - I would be excited for my children to get involved in these opportunities.

Regardless of how I'm doing on any particular Saturday, SLB is always a beacon of hope, peace, and joy, both to and from our community. SLB Radio Productions is one of the best parts of our community.

David379

Client Served

Rating: 5

SLB provides a real world performance opportunity for our learning Music students to experience and see the inside of a live studio. David's Music House is so fortunate to be invited to have our students perform there. Thanks for everything you all do for the community SLB !