Submit Birthday Information

Posted by slbradio September - 7 - 2012 - Friday Comments Off on Submit Birthday Information

We celebrate birthdays live on the air at 8:50am every week on the Saturday before (or on which) the birthday falls.  Fill out the contact form below and we’ll take care of the rest.

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Underwrite Programming

Posted by slbradio April - 2 - 2010 - Friday Comments Off on Underwrite Programming

On-Air Underwriting on The Saturday Light Brigade — A Great Value and Investment
The Saturday Light Brigade
is an educational public radio program for children and adults, broadcast from 6 to noon each Saturday.

The Saturday Light Brigade has long been recognized for its innovative approach in delivering high-quality content.  Originating from studios in the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and hosted by public radio veteran Larry Berger, the program features a blend of high-quality folk and acoustic music, live performances and interactive puzzles designed to elicit on-air phone calls from people of all ages.  Children listen with adults, adults listen with children, and everyone has fun together.

Coverage Area and Audience
The Saturday Light Brigade
airs across a 16-county network covering Allegheny, Armstrong, Butler, Clarion, Clearfield, Forest, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, Mercer, Muskingum (Ohio), Venango, Washington and portions of Beaver, Crawford and Westmoreland counties with webcasts at

SLB has a loyal following that includes children, parents, and people who value arts, education and community.  While SLB serves a broad community, SLB affiliate stations are aligned with colleges and universities and, as such, have deep ties to their respective communities, including those of Carnegie Mellon University, Washington & Jefferson College, Grove City College, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Clarion University of Pennsylvania and Muskingum College.

Sample Packages — Other Options Available


*      Reads air across network of all stations (currently eight) at times chosen by SLB at approximately 0:07, 0:27, 0:37 and 0:57.  Specific times are available upon request.

Become a broadcast affiliate

Posted by slbradio February - 2 - 2010 - Tuesday Comments Off on Become a broadcast affiliate

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.

Perform on the air

Posted by slbradio January - 7 - 2010 - Thursday Comments Off on Perform on the air

SLB has been featuring live performance for over 30 years and currently has three weekly opportunities for your involvement:

  • Youth Expression Showcase (10:05 and 10:35 a.m. Eastern), during which soloists, ensembles, instrumentalists, singers, poets, writers, artists, actors and other youth in Grades K – 12 perform and discuss their work in virtually any genre, including those beyond our typical featured music.  This segment is not limited to the “best of the best” but is rather a celebration of individual achievement and devotion to craft.  Segments typically are 15 minutes long (including interview) and may be scheduled by teachers, parents or youth.
  • Live at Eleven (11:05 a.m. Eastern), during which professional touring musicians and regional musicians play live in our studios in a mix of performance and interview.

These segments are typically booked 8 to 10 weeks in advance.  Additional information is available from Jon Bindley at  jon at slbradio dot org.

Submit music

Posted by slbradio January - 7 - 2010 - Thursday ADD COMMENTS

We primarily play acoustic music with minimal studio production in acoustic genres including traditional and contemporary:

  • Folk
  • Bluegrass
  • Jazz
  • Swing
  • Blues
  • Singer/songwriter
  • Vocal
  • Novelty
  • Children’s

We welcome music from record labels as well as independent artists.  CDs should be sent by mail to SLB, P.O. Box 100092, Pittsburgh, PA 15233.  Digital music may be submitted by emailing slb at slbradio dot org with a link to a site where the files are located.  Please do not send the actual digital files.

We review everything we receive but cannot return recordings sent to us.  Due to the volume of music submitted, we cannot always respond to every inquiry personally.

    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