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Showcasing a 'New America'
The Pittsburgh region has survived wrenching economic change and emerged with a balanced, innovation-driven economy renowned for health care and life sciences, technology and robotics, higher education and research, financial services, advanced manufacturing and renewable energy.
A City Full of Diversity
As a city full of diversity, you will love exploring the culture, food, and atmosphere of Pittsburgh’s 89 unique and ethnically distinctive neighborhoods. Pittsburgh’s downtown is full of the city hustle and bustle, and Squirrel Hill has the quaint charm of a main street-like community. Meanwhile, Oakland, with its many universities, supplies a uniquely intellectual atmosphere. Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods and the unique people in them are just waiting for you to come and visit!.
Contact: Lee Ferraro, +1 412.381.9131
WYEP is the first LEED certified green radio station in America.
WYEP is an independent and innovative, listener-supported public radio and interactive media organization. We give voice to quality music and provocative ideas, fostering an increasingly more vibrant, artistic, diverse and caring community.
WYEP began broadcasting on April 30, 1974. The non-commercial, community based organization was created to open the airwaves to citizen participation in the media; to be a voice for many voices broadcasting music, culture, viewpoints, news and public affairs ignored by the mainstream commercial media. From humble roots, the station has grown into an essential institution serving the entire region with high quality public service programming.
In a 1987 strategic plan WYEP's Board of Directors re-organized its governance to better reflect the entire community. The station grew significantly, the programming quality increased dramatically, and the weekly audience quadrupled. In 1994 WYEP moved to Pittsburgh's historic south side and became an important player in the south side's development as a burgeoning arts, cultural and entertainment center.
On January 1, 2006 WYEP opened the first ever LEED certified green radio station, the WYEP Community Broadcast. The Center was created through the implementation of a strategic plan created by Board and staff. WYEP raised $3.7 million to build the Center and create new public service opportunities including education, outreach, live performance production, and program offerings through new technologies - internet streaming, podcasting, E-newsletters and web site.
WYEP's internet service to the public promotes and provides in-depth information on local arts, culture and human service organizations and events. Our web service, WYEP.ORG has grown dramatically from 7,500 unique visitors a month in 2006 to nearly 50,000 unique visitors per month today.