Saturday Light Brigade truly places the community and the people before all else - never failing to bring a diversity of fun, exciting, and challenging material, and staying true to it's core purpose. It provides avenues for people of all backgrounds, ages, and callings, and is a shining example of the honest spark of creativity that drives us all, and the neighborly kindness and acceptance that makes our world a better place. They do their work and they do it well. Please explore, educate yourselves and support them.
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.
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.
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.
Fantastic radio show with folk music, interviews and local performers as well as segments that promote wholesome community events.
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.
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.
My four year old wakes up looking for the show and asked when Saturday is coming. He loves going to the live feeds.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
The Saturday Light Brigade is truly a shining star!! The work that Larry and Rikki and their folks do in Western Pennsylvania and beyond reminds us that there is so much good going on in the world, so much of it being contributed by young people! Inspiring to see and hear!!
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.