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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

1

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.