90.5 WESA Station News

We review our program schedule twice each year with an ear towards improving our overall service. We are excited to announce several new additions to our weekday evening and weekend lineup. We are adding two new programs on weekday evenings: On Point from NPR and WBUR at 8 p.m. and Think with Kris Boyd at 10 p.m. You can still catch 1A Plus with Joshua Johnson, it will move to 9 p.m. And the full two hours of 1A will still air from 10 a.m.

Renee Rosensteel

WESA is about to go into its new fiscal year and several generous WESA Leadership Circle members are encouraging you to invest in local reporting that is meaningful to you. They will do that by matching your contribution dollar-for-dollar.

WESA Wins Awards for Journalistic Excellence

May 30, 2019

90.5 WESA reporters, hosts, editors and producers have garnered awards in several competitions recently, including the RTDNA Edward R. Murrow awards, Pennsylvania Associated Press Media Editors Awards, Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Awards , Western PA Press Club Association Golden Quill Awards, and the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation Robert L. Vann Awards. The categories run the gamut from breaking news to public affairs to technology, and showcase the station's hard news and enterprise reporting. Here is a listing of this season's awards:

NPR's Melissa Block to Speak in Pittsburgh

Mar 3, 2019

NPR host and special correspondent Melissa Block, one of NPR's most familiar and beloved voices, comes to Pittsburgh on March 19 for a conversation about the past, present and future of journalism—part of the Media Innovators Speaker Series at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. 

WHAT: A public forum on the future of energy, presented by StateImpact Pennsylvania, The Allegheny Front and 90.5 WESA

WHEN: January 29, 2019, 6:15 p.m.

WHERE: Energy Innovation Center, 1435 Bedford Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15219

REGISTER: This event is free to attend, but space is limited. Please register here.

WESA’s Ha Ha Hold Message

Dec 13, 2018

A WESA listener challenged us to improve the message you hear when on hold to make a contribution to the station.  Take a listen.  We hope you enjoy! 

PITTSBURGH Season ticket packages are now on sale for the Media Innovators Speaker Series, featuring journalists from National Public Radio and The New York Times Magazine.

WESA.fm is undergoing maintenance during the evening of Friday, Oct. 12, and through mid-afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 13. In the case of any breaking news, you can find updates on our Facebook and Twitter pages. You can also tune in to 90.5 FM to catch us on the airwaves and find our live stream online here.

Thank you for your patience!

-90.5 WESA Digital Team

90.5 WESA Seeks Production Intern

Aug 7, 2018

The Confluence production team is looking for a currently-enrolled undergraduate or graduate student  intern interested in learning to produce its new hour-long daily news program.

On July 19, 2018, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) and its Board of Trustees announced  the election of a new Chairman and Officers to the organization.  Elected at the Spring Trustees Meeting in New York City on June 29, 2018, Terry O’Reilly, President, CEO, Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting, was named Chairman.  

WESA General Manager John Sutton announced today that The Confluence, which airs Fridays at noon, is going on hiatus for the remainder of the summer. The program will return Monday, August 27th at 9 a.m. as a daily one-hour news and discussion show. WESA’s Kevin Gavin will continue to host The Confluence. WESA’s Megan Harris and Kiley Koscinski will produce the program.

WESA, Allegheny Front Win Golden Quills

May 25, 2018

The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania announced the winners of the 54th Golden Quills Awards on May 24th, 2018 at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh. The competition recognizes professional excellence in print, broadcast, and digital journalism, including photography and videography in Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio. Below is a list of winners and finalists from Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting, including 90.5 WESA, The Allegheny Front, and 91.3 WYEP. 

WESA is experiencing multiple problems with our radio transmission that are causing some audio distortion and have required us to temporarily shut down our HD service.  We are working to resolve these issues as quickly as possible and will let you know when they are fixed.

90.5 WESA Reporters Win Vann Awards

May 4, 2018

The Pittsburgh Black Media Federation’s 30th annual Robert L. Vann Media Awards, held May 3 at the University of Pittsburgh, highlighted the power of diverse storytelling and exceptional journalism. Three 90.5 WESA reporters were among the winners.


● An-Li Herring 90.5 WESA

Black Girls, Who Often Have History of Trauma, Are 11 Times More Likely to Encounter Justice System



May 1, 2018

90.5 WESA reporter Margaret J. Krauss's report, Snagging Amazon HQ2 was recently recognized with an Edward R. Murrow Regional Award in the hard news category by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). 

Finalists have been named in the Press Club of Western PA’s 54th Golden Quill Awards, recognizing professional excellence in journalism. More than 15 journalists and producers from WESA, WYEP, and Allegheny Front are finalists in the Radio/Podcast category for spot/breaking news, features,  science, education, arts and entertainment, sports, environment, documentary, public service and more. The complete list of finalists is available here.

90.5 WESA Wins 11 AP Media Editors Awards

Apr 11, 2018

Pittsburgh’s NPR News Station Leads Statewide Radio In First Place Awards

Science Friday Live

Mar 13, 2018

Join 90.5 WESA, Ira Flatow and the SciFri crew as they report on the amazing science news and stories happening right here in Pittsburgh, Saturday May 19, 2018 at Carnegie Library Music Hall in Homestead.  The event will be recorded for future broadcast on Science Friday. Tickets are $29-$49, available now!

A Message from Terry O'Reilly

Feb 15, 2018
Photo by Jeff Swenson

Feb. 15, 2018 

Dear Friends of Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting,

Please visit the website of Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting for more information on our internships:



January 10, 2018—Pittsburgh, PA 90.5 WESA News Director Patrick Doyle today announced that the company has hired  veteran arts journalist Bill O’Driscoll as its Arts and Culture Reporter.

“We're excited that Bill O'Driscoll is joining our newsroom to cover arts and culture," Doyle said. "He's been reporting on the arts community in Pittsburgh for two decades, and his depth of knowledge about local organizations, both large and small, is unsurpassed."

PITTSBURGH, PA, JAN. 9, 2018— Effective January 15, 2018, Larkin Page-Jacobs will step away from her position as local host of NPR’s All Things Considered on WESA, and will become the station’s full-time Managing Editor. Christopher Ayers will assume host duties for All Things Considered, and Kiley Koscinski becomes Morning Edition Producer.


PITTSBURGH, PA, JAN. 9, 2018—Christopher Capato has been named Director of Finance for Pittsburgh Community Broadcast Corporation (PCBC), owner and operator of public radio stations 90.5 WESA and 91.3 WYEP.

Molly Wood of Marketplace Tech
Christopher Michel / Marketplace

Change happens fast in the world of tech. The newest smart phones make those released a decade ago look as out-of-fashion as a fax machine. Here in Pittsburgh, you can't walk a couple blocks without seeing a self-driving car. It often feels we're ahead of the technological curve. 

90.5 WESA takes a daily look at the ins and outs of the tech industry with the Marketplace Tech Report. You can hear it twice each day, every morning at 9:23 AM and every afternoon at 12:30 PM.

May 26, 2017; PITTSBURGH, PA— Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting (including 90.5 WESA and 91.3 WYEP, as well as The Allegheny Front) has had an award-winning season, with recognition from the Pennsylvania Associated Press, Pittsburgh Black Media Federation Robert L. Vann Awards and culminating last evening with awards at the Pennsylvania Press Club Golden Quills Awards.

Update: CPB Funding

May 12, 2017
Jeff Swenson

I promised to keep you informed on the status of Federal funding for Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting, and there is some good news to share.

 On May 5, the President signed the $1-trillion-dollar compromise appropriations bill that averted a government shutdown through September... and secures our Federal funding--and that of the entire CPB-funded public media system--at current levels until September 30, 2019.  

The Many Ways To Find 90.5 WESA Journalism

May 4, 2017
Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

You know you can listen to WESA’s local reporting and NPR’s national coverage on the radio at 90.5 FM. But there are also many places to find our journalism in the digital world—you can livestream us when you’re away from the radio, follow our reporters on social media and dig into NPR’s smartphone apps.

Mayoral Forum, May 9 at 7PM

Apr 24, 2017


90.5 WESA and The Incline will present a Mayoral forum at 7pm on May 9, 2017, featuring Mayor Bill Peduto and primary challengers, Rev. John Welch and City Council member Darlene Harris. It will be moderated by WESA's Mark Nootbaar and The Incline's Sarah Anne Hughes, and will be broadcast live on 90.5 WESA and wesa.fm.

A Message From Terry O'Reilly

Mar 20, 2017

 On Friday, March 17, 2017 the White House released details of a proposed Federal Budget for 2018 that would, among other things, eliminate all federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. I'm writing to share with you what we know, and what it potentially means for WESA and WYEP.

Maria Gabriel Scapellato To Join 90.5 WESA

Feb 23, 2017

JAN. 23, 2017 - PITTSBURGH, PA:  John Sutton, newly-appointed General Manager of 90.5 WESA, Pittsburgh’s NPR News Station, today announced that veteran journalist and radio host Maria Gabriel Scapellato will join the staff as Morning Edition Host starting in late March.