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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Saturday Light Brigade has been part of our family for many years. It's a program that kids can listen to. Local musicians come on the show and perform and share stories. SLB radio is a Pittsburgh institution. Pictured are Cherylann Hawk and her daughter, Cheyenne, who performed 'Hey Dogs' on SLB radio show.
I am writing this on behalf of my husband who never misses this radio program. He gets up extra early every Saturday to listen and participate in the riddles and other challenging trivia. Even when we go out of town, he takes his laptop along, gets up early and tunes in! He has been a faithful follower for years. We both enjoy the unique music selections! Sometimes we solve puzzles together. He has even gotten our grandkids involved while visiting. Saturday Light Brigade is to Saturdays as church is to Sundays at our house! We are listeners and supporters. Thank you for this amazing production!
In an age where parents let devices do the parenting, it's nice to see long running endeavors like The Saturday Light Brigade out to capture kids' attention and challenge their minds. This is a fantastic and creative local resource that has truly become a regional treasure.
Through participating in two different SLB events, my teen daughter connected with students that she'd never have met in our conservative suburban area. SLB programming helps shrink our world and gives a comfortable, safe place for kids to explore exciting aspects of their lives and showcase their abilities.
When my husband and I published our local history book, we were invited to be on SLB and had a wonderful time and discussion! We were so grateful for that opportunity! SLB exceeds listener expectations with every show!!
SLB gives a precious opportunity to the young people of our community to be heard, to be applauded, to be inspired. Bravo to Larry, Rikki, and team!
Been listening to Saturday Light Brigade on and off since it started, back in the stone age. It is Pittsburgh's equivalent of Prairie Home Companion - not exactly the same type of show but an institution. Always delightful, an outlet for good live music, and on-air games & quizzes that are fun for children & adults alike. (My daughter, now living in another city, was a fan of SLB when young.)
Over the years I've also had the chance to get to know Larry Berger a bit in person. One extended visit came when he showed me around SLB's present quarters in the Children's Museum & explained some of the community programming that the org has undertaken, in addition to the Saturday morning show. I haven't had direct contact with that but it seems very worthwhile. Being a media person myself - and having worked with Fred Rogers when he was alive - I must say that Larry is one of the truly nice guys in the business. He reminds me of Fred in many ways ... and one could say that in many ways, he has carried on the Mister Rogers tradition.
This radio show is beloved by generations of my family! We love hearing new folk music, interviews, and fun games. They even broadcast a congratulations to me on my wedding day!
I've been listening to SLB for about 2 years and am so impressed by the variety and talent that each week is presented to the community. Although the programing is just a few short hours on Saturday, (at least I know of) I cannot imagine all the off air hours it takes to put together the program. THANK YOU, Larry, Ricki, (I hope I spelled it correctly.) and the rest of the staff.