Sample Broadcast & Digital Content for Essential Pittsburgh

Award Winning Broadcasts

Popular Call-in Conversations

Sister Helen Prejean

Sister Helen Prejean

1st place in the broadcast/radio/public affairs category PAPBA -- Since 1984, Sister Prejean has advocated for the abolishment of the death penalty & counseled death row prisoners.

Aging Out of Foster Care

Aging Out of Foster Care

3rd place in the broadcast/radio/public affairs category PAPBA - The support of a steady home is something most 18 year olds take for granted, the sort of security a steady home provides is missing from the lives of kids in foster care.

The Black Middle Class in Pittsburgh

The Black Middle Class in Pittsburgh

1st place in the broadcast/radio/public affairs category for the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation Robert L. Vann Awards - A forum devoted to the history & current experiences of the Black middle class in Pittsburgh

On Topic with Mayor Peduto

On Topic with Mayor Peduto

Mayor Bill Peduto has been a monthly guest on Essential Pittsburgh since he was sworn in at the beginning of 2014.

Pittsburgh's Nonsensical Roads

Pittsburgh's Nonsensical Roads

A lively convesation about the history of Pittsburgh's bizarre traffic behaviors and road layouts.

Heroin Addiction: A Complex Epidemic

Heroin Addiction: A Complex Epidemic

How heroin addiction & overdoses touch all communities. And the statewide efforts of journalists to cover the complexities of this epidemic.

The Future of Restaurant Tipping

The Future of Restaurant Tipping

When Bar Marco announced plans for a no-tipping policy we talked with servers, the owner and discussed the pros & cons of doing away with the tipping wage.

Features & Interviews in the Field 
Summertime in the Steel City

Summertime in the Steel City

From yoga in Market Square, to giant rubber duckies and furries, hear an ode to summer in Pittsburgh from Betsy Benson, publisher of Pittsburgh Magazine. Then, explore 80 years of the Gershwins' frequently covered tune, "Summertime," narrated by 91.3 WYEP host Brian Siewiorek.

A Flock of Seagulls in the Burgh

A Flock of Seagulls in the Burgh

Thousands of seagulls roost at the Great Lakes this time of year, but because of the polar vortex, the lakes are totally frozen. in 2014 they made a rare migration to the North Shore.

Like Black Friday For Vinyl

Like Black Friday For Vinyl

What started eight years ago as a gathering of store owners and employees celebrating the culture of independent record stores has evolved to include major industry events, limited edition albums and people camped out in front of record stores.

To Market! 

An Essential Pittsburgh Series Voiced by Heather

Environmental Justice Organizing & Storytelling

Part of a One PA and Mothers Out Front storytelling project featuring mothers in Southwest PA and the day to day impact of fracking and the petrochemical buildout.

Megan McDonough, the PA State Director of Food & Water Watch lives in Elizabeth, PA. She fights local oil and gas companies who try to buy mineral rights from rural land owners with the promise of big yearly payoffs. When I worked with Megan in East Pittsburgh she used municipal zoning laws to stop Merrion Oil and Gas from building a fracking well pad at the Edgar Thomson Steel Mill in Braddock, PA. 

Jona Reyes is an herbalist, a Sunday school teacher and the mother of 5 kids. In 2019 her husband ran for borough council in East Pittsburgh primarily because the two of them wanted to stop Merrion and other oil and gas companies from encroaching on their town. As someone who grew up in Washington County, one of the most heavily fracked counties in PA, Jona had seen what fracking can do to the water, the air, and the overall morale of a town.

Lois Bower-Bjornson is a dance teacher and mother of 4 whose rural home is surrounded by fracking wells. There is no zoning in her area to limit where oil and gas companies operate in the community. Lois leads guided tours of fracking wells in her community in order to help people from all over the world see and understand the realities of fracking for themselves. 

 
 
 

 

Heather McClain

 

Digital media producer, focused on local stories and sustainability

 

Tel: 610-763-0067