Archive for February, 2010

Recently Played

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Currently Playing

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Past Shows

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Become a broadcast affiliate

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The Saturday Light Brigade airs live from 6 am to noon Eastern on Saturday mornings.  SLB is available to non-commercial radio stations in weekly free-standing increments of one to six hours for live or time-delayed broadcast.  A variety of program distribution technologies are available.

SLB wants The Saturday Light Brigade to engage your local audience.  A toll-free number enables local listeners to reach us live and participate within our larger community of listeners.  We regularly talk about community events and activities within each affiliate’s region so that we may bring their work to a broader community, thus bringing people together from different areas and backgrounds.

If you would like to carry SLB, please Contact Us.

Schedule remote broadcast/appearance

Posted by slbradio February - 2 - 2010 - Tuesday Comments Off on Schedule remote broadcast/appearance

SLB makes over thirty visits a year to fairs, festivals and other special events.  These include:

  • Remote broadcasts, during which SLB will create a studio space within a facility and broadcast live from the event.  Remote broadcasts can only be done from events that are sponsored by non-profit organizations, free, and and open to the public.  Technical requirements include (1) a 15-amp, 120V grounded electrical outlet, (2) indoor or tent-covered location, (3) access to an analog (fax) telephone line and (4) access to Internet via WiFi or direct connection.  Because remote broadcasts require significant labor and expenses, a minimum fee of $2,500 applies.  This fee can often be paid by a corporate underwriter of the event or broadcast.  Remote broadcasts must be scheduled at least 16 weeks in advance.
  • SLB Appearances, during which we will entertain kids and adults at your event via (1) a stage show of interactive puzzles and word games or (2) an interactive digital audio booth (featuring special effects, recording opportunities and other activities).  Fees for these appearances are $375 for the first hour and $100 for each additional hour.  Discounts are available for nonprofit organizations.  Appearances should be booked at least 4 weeks in advance.

Additional information is available by contacting Larry Berger at 412.586.6300 x 1 or larry at slbradio dot org.

Arrange for school/afterschool programs

Posted by slbradio February - 2 - 2010 - Tuesday Comments Off on Arrange for school/afterschool programs

SLB offers a variety of educational programs for school and after school environments.  Programs are customized from existing SLB curricula and can be offered as one-time, daily, or weekly sessions depending upon school needs. Available topics include self-expression, digital audio recording and editing, interviewing, community engagement and oral history.  In most cases, multiple SLB staff will be involved and will bring equipment for students to use as part of hands-on exercises in these subject areas.  Many student work products are broadcast on The Saturday Light Brigade and featured at Neighborhood Voices. Our experienced educational staff has worked with children in Grades PreK through 12 in schools including:

  • Avalon Elementary School
  • Hampton High School
  • Manchester Academic Charter School
  • Pittsburgh Allegheny
  • Pittsburgh Greenfield
  • Pittsburgh Lincoln
  • Pittsburgh Miller
  • Pittsburgh Manchester
  • Pittsburgh Sunnyside
  • Pittsburgh Stevens
  • Pittsburgh Vann
  • Neighborhood Academy
  • Propel Homestead
  • University Prep at Pittsburgh Milliones

For additional information on SLB school and after school programs, contact Chanessa Schuler at chanessa at slbradio dot  org or 412.586.6300 x 8.

Tour our studios

Posted by slbradio February - 2 - 2010 - Tuesday Comments Off on Tour our studios

SLB has offered studio tours to children and adults for over 25 years.   There are several options.


For individuals and families

We are open to the public virtually every Saturday morning during the 10 am to noon portion of our live broadcasts.  You can watch, listen and observe without making a prior reservation.

We also are open to the public for free, regularly-scheduled walk-up tours made possible by a grant from the A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation with additional support from PNC Foundation and Dominion Foundation.  Hours are announced on the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh daily schedule and no reservation is required.


For scout and school groups

We offer a hands-on workshop (60 to 90 minutes) where the students  learn about mixers, microphones, digital editing and other broadcast technologies as well as record a take-home CD for the group.  This program also includes a cloth patch for each student.  Workshops are typically scheduled Saturdays (12:30 p.m. or later) with weekdays also available.  Fees are $15/student and reservations may be made through Robert Gray via robert at slbradio dot org or 412.586.6300 x7.

We offer a simple, brief visit while we are live on the air followed by a short Q-and-A session after our broadcast.  These run from 11:30 am  to 12:15 pm on  Saturdays with advanced registration required by contacting Robert Gray at robert at slbradio dot org or 412.586.8300 x7.


SLB also can come to you for a school/after school program or remote broadcast/appearance. Please note that our studios are located in the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh on the North Side.  Our studio tours do not include admission to the museum itself (nor is admission needed for our tours), but if you wish to combine the studio tour with a visit to the full museum, discounts and meal packages are available.  Parking is available in the museum lots at $4 for members and $6 for non-members.


Posted by slbradio February - 2 - 2010 - Tuesday Comments Off on Staff

Larry Berger (Founder and Executive Director) manages day-to-day operations and serves as host of The Saturday Light Brigade.  Larry has been involved in public broadcasting since 1975 and holds degrees in engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University and has 20 years of experience as a project engineer and manager for local industry.  He currently serves as the President of the Board of Trustees at Manchester Academic Charter School, on the Board of Directors of Manchester Youth Development Corporation, and on the Advisory Board at Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater. He also has served on the board of three other nonprofit organizations.



Rikki Berger (Executive Producer) is responsible for managing the hundreds of incoming calls that come into The Saturday Light Brigade radio program as well as for maintenance of project files, accounting and financial records and the SLB music library. She also serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors of SLB Radio Productions, Inc. Rikki holds degrees in geology, hydrogeology and nursing.





Jon Bindley (Manager, Youth Express & Producer) graduated from Duquesne University in 2012 with a degree in English & Corporate Communication. One month later he moved to Nashville, Tennessee in pursuit of song-crafting and performance. In the fall of 2013, Jon began his teaching career as a K-12 substitute in the Metro Nashville Public School system. He returned to Pittsburgh in the summer of 2014 and joined SLB in the fall of that year. When he’s not engaging youth in the classroom or in the studio, Jon enjoys listening to records, reading, writing, and making new friends.



SusanSusan Blackman (Director of Development) is an accomplished non-profit management professional, informed by experience gained on both sides of the funding table—as both grant seeker and grantmaker. She is a mission-driven change agent and a curious, creative, and flexible problem-solver. Blackman worked as senior staff, board member, or consultant with the Mattress Factory, Chatham Baroque, Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Kente Arts Alliance, Dance Alloy, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh Children’s Museum, and with individual artists including James Simon, Curtis Reaves, and Kenneth Love. She has three adult children and a cat named Ira, and is an active member of Temple Sinai.


Robert Gray
(Director of Operations) has worked with cutting edge audio software and hardware for 10-plus years with deep experience in Cubase, Reason, Protools and Adobe Audition. With SLB since 2009, Rob has strong working knowledge in audio engineering, web design, graphic design and IT Tech along with the science of sound and an ability to enthusiastically convey his knowledge to youth in a variety workshops and classes. Rob also presents music in public settings, including special events, is a musician, photographer and a cartoonist.





Chad Green (Technical Associate) joined SLB in 2015. He holds a BA in Communication from Waynesburg University. He also studied music technology at the Contemporary Music Center in Nashville. Chad is an alumnus of the Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience (PULSE) where he spent a year serving non-profit organizations around Pittsburgh. A life-long learner, Chad continues to hone his skills in audio production, graphic design, photography and videography. Chad is a musician, outdoorsman, and can be found exploring Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods by bike.




Ben Rutkowski (Staff Educator) holds a degree in English from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and joined SLB full-time in 2012 after several years of part-time internships. Mr. Rutkowski has co-taught daily classes to hundreds of North Side students (Grades K to 5) and also frequently works with children at festivals and community events at which SLB appears. A gifted writer, Mr. Rutkowski demonstrates empathy and understanding with respect to the challenges students may face when struggling with the written word.




Chanessa Schuler (Director of Programs) has a degree in Mass Media (2012) and a great interest in  youth voices in our community. Chanessa was a mentor and facilitator to high school students in the Youth Media Advocacy Project (YMAP) which serves Pittsburgh Public Schools and other schools in the area and she shares her ideas for increasing youth voice with other media and education professionals in the YouthMap Task Group. She dedicates time to placing students, faculty and staff at various non-profit organizations for Carlow University’s annual community service day and Alternative Spring Break. She has produced videos for alumni events, churches, stage plays and contests. Excited to be at SLB.




 Tad Wissel (Staff Educator) graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Before joining the SLB team as a Staff Educator in the Spring of 2014, Tad worked as an on-site engineer and promotions coordinator at Clear Channel Pittsburgh’s 970 ESPN dating back to 2011. When he’s not working with young people in local classrooms or editing audio back at the studio, Tad enjoys disc-related sports, listening to the radio while driving, and generally being outdoors.


Posted by slbradio February - 2 - 2010 - Tuesday Comments Off on StoryBox

The Story Box is a 21” x 12” x 4” box that can be wall-mounted or placed on a table.  The face of the device contains pictures with “hot spots” that are pressed to hear audio associated with them.

For example, pictures of children can be pressed to hear an essay, poem, story, reflection or narrative created by the child. Audio is recorded in our studios or at school using field equipment.


StoryBoxes encourage technical curiosity as well as imaginative thinking, verbal expression, cooperative learning, sensory exploration and active listening.  Moreover, StoryBoxes show children that their voices are valued and help make certain that they are heard by a broader audience.

A Story Box For Your School
As funding allows, we can help your school create a StoryBox for installation in the school lobby or library. Extra StoryBoxes can be made for community libraries and businesses. StoryBox audio can also be broadcast on our radio program, placed online or provided on CD.

Other Applications
StoryBoxes are also available to showcase voices of adults in office or institutional environments (i.e., nursing homes, law firms,  etc.).

Corporate Sponsorship
StoryBoxes can be sponsored by companies and businesses who believe that the powerful voices of children should be heard by the greater community. For example, a bank may choose to have a Story Box in each branch that was created by children in the community served by the branch. Partnerships are rewarded with community good will as well as on-air underwriting and printed acknowledgements on the StoryBoxes, CDs and website.



Posted by slbradio February - 2 - 2010 - Tuesday Comments Off on History

    The Saturday Light Brigade

    Our programs are made possible with support from local and national foundations, corporations, government agencies, businesses and individuals who believe in the power of radio to build community, amplify marginalized voices and provide a platform for project-based learning. For information about supporting our work, please contact Dayna Sear, Manager of Development at