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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

164 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My band Sean Howard Orchestra was a guest on SLB. What a pleasure. The Host Larry kept us focused, and the engineers made us sound fantastic! Hope to be back to follow up on the progress of the band!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Saturday Light Brigade make Saturday morning fun and informative for kids of all ages, including kids like me whose childhood is quite a bit in the rear view mirror.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was invited to speak on the radio at this station this past summer. It was a great experience. The members of the staff were all friendly and made sure I felt welcome.

Jim C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The best part of waking up is SLB in you ears (on Saturdays)!

Alexis B.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SLB does great work and are wonderful people to work with! I collaborated with them as part of the Heinz Endowments Youth Philanthropy Internship program, and it was one of the best things I've created in my life.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fantastic radio show with folk music, interviews and local performers as well as segments that promote wholesome community events.

Donald29

Donor

Rating: 5

Saturday Light Brigade has been a part of our Saturday morning for years. Although we don't have children of our own, as teachers we find a deep appreciation for what SLB represents to families throughout the area. This program treats children with great respect and showcases their many talents. It represents a wholesome and fun activity time that encourages everyone to think and share. We believe that SLB demonstrates what a powerful media radio can be.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Saturday Light Brigade brings high quality to children and families. It always treats children with respect and highlights talents.

Tom B.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SLB Radio host Larry Berger is the one Pittsburgher who I revere as much as Mr. Rogers. He interacts with young folks that well, but he is also very deep, insightful and knowledgeable of music ranging from classical to folk to rock-n-roll, which makes SLB one of my favorite radio programs, a must listen for all ages.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I’ve been listening to SLB for at least 20 years. It was fun on Sat mornings with my kids, and it’s still great now. And the educational programs teaching all kinds of skills (research, organization, interviewing, public speaking, etc etc etc) are invaluable in today’s society.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My four year old wakes up looking for the show and asked when Saturday is coming. He loves going to the live feeds.

Scott R.1

Donor

Rating: 5

SLB radio has been part of our lives for 30 years. We love the games, the family atmosphere, the interviews, the music, the community, everything about the show. I've lived all over the country and there is nothing else like this show.

Donor

Rating: 5

SLB Radio is an incredible community asset. Their work to help young people use their voice, tell their story, and learn from others is unparalleled. Thank you to the entire SLB team for their work throughout the region.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SLB Radio Productions is a true community partner and community champion. They are a voice for big and small; a resource for people of all ages. Through their amazing strategic growth, they have been able to maintain the personal touch. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with them to serve young people in our community.....and grateful for their programming which I listen to and enjoy very much!

Ben O.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Saturday Light Brigade is a community-oriented radio broadcast. It works on the principle of family programming. Often that sounds cloying, but not so with SLB. Larry Berger believes that it's possible to engage listeners of all ages. For example, he creates puzzles that can be equally enjoyed by young and old alike. SLB has been a consistent voice for community engagement for decades.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An outstanding, longtime show that promotes local musicians and youth and increases the listeners knowledge of many genres of music. Larry Berger is also an excellent interviewer.

Randy B O.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SLB has added so much to my family for many years. Saturday would not be Saturday without them

Jack K.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

SLB Radio is a gem - great respect for our children's developing minds!

Lynn B.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Continue to do the great work you all are doing. Many would not have a chance without our Non-profits that make lives much happier.

Alexandra.Sorce

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SLB has been a great experience in my young professional career. As a segment of The Heinz Endowments Summer Youth Philanthropy internship program, I had the fortune of working with Larry and the gang at SLB two summers in a row. At their studio, I learned the importance of creating unbiased, balanced radio pieces, and what exactly that process entails. I learned the skills of editing, interviewing, and critical thinking; skills that are often taken for granted as a millennial, but crucial to learn. I was able to experience just how cool radio is, something that I formerly saw as a dying art. I built a sense of awareness, and an urge to learn more about of the voices in Pittsburgh in the process of researching for each radio piece. My experiences at SLB have also indirectly better prepared me for college by strengthening my group work skills, ability to talk with strangers, and general media editing skills. I cannot speak more highly about this nonprofit, and truly recommend everyone, adults and children alike, to become involved with radio via SLB.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SLB has been a Saturday morning mainstay in our lives for more than 25 years. We listened with our two sons regularly. Last year our older adult son, a music professional, played guitar as a guest on SLB. A nice connecting of the dots in our lives.

April F.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks to SLB Radio Productions for having Lyra on to play 3 original songs!
We love the support SLB gives to young up and coming musicians!
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