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SLB Radio Productions, Inc.

SLB Radio Productions, Inc.
CROWDRISE : Sep 05, 2014
Tax ID: 25-1859072
BASED: Pittsburgh, PA, United States


Radio & Audio Education

SLB Radio Productions, Inc. uses radio and audio to encourage, amplify, share and archive the ideas, stories, and feelings of children, youth and families.

SLB's mission and radio- and audio-based educational programs and projects provide an innovative, effective and accessible method to promote increased:

• verbal literacy
• media literacy
• reading, listening and communication skills
• self-esteem and confidence
• critical and creative thinking
• respect and tolerance for others
• community and civic engagement
• cooperation
• interaction among children, youth and adults
• informal out-of-school learning
• familiarity with new technologies
• exposure to arts and culture

We believe in radio and audio because these technologies enable a sense of intimacy, engagement and self-directed imagination that is often lacking in other media, while also promoting opportunities for privacy (given that children need not be photographed), equal access (audio has fewer barriers for participation than other media), and sharpening of important life skills (i.e., speaking and listening, imagination, creative expression, and critical thinking, respect for others, confidence and cooperation, and technical curiosity).


An independent 501(c)(3) with offices and studios in space leased from the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, SLB began pursuing its mission in 1978 with The Saturday Light Brigade, a Saturday morning public radio program that blends music, live performances by youth and adults, participatory puzzles, on-air telephone calls, and interviews with other community-based nonprofits serving children, youth and families.
Programming grew substantially between 1990 and 2000, as SLB built a strong and loyal audience, winning 10 local, state and national awards. SLB launched a website in 1993 and, in 1996, created a printed newsletter of puzzles and games for families with a circulation of 10,000. During this period, SLB began deepening its commitment to technical and self-expression workshops for children and youth from 8 to 18 years of age.

In 2004, with support from the broadcast industry, foundations, corporations, and individual donors, SLB opened its current $250,000 broadcast studio and training complex in the expanded Children's Museum. Since opening its state-of-the-art studios, SLB has emerged as a hub of community and educational activity. The Saturday Light Brigade radio program expanded from four to six hours to provide museum visitors with the opportunity to observe and take part in live broadcasts, new affiliates were added and educational programming was expanded.


Every year, SLB typically features over 50 professional performers, 150-plus youth musicians and actors, and interviews with more than 100 family and youth oriented nonprofits during 52 weekly six-hour radio programs. Today, with listenership at approximately 60,000 families per week reaching 15 counties and portions of Ohio— and worldwide listeners at and—The Saturday Light Brigade is one of the longest-running public radio programs in the country.


SLB’s network of radio affiliates now includes:

•    88.3 WRCT Pittsburgh/Carnegie Mellon University
•    91.1 WSAJ Grove City/Grove City College
•    91.7 WNJR Washington/Washington & Jefferson College
•    90.1 WIUP Indiana/Indiana University of Pennsylvania
•    91.7 WCUC Clarion/Clarion University of Pennsylvania
•    90.7 WMCO New Concord/Muskingum College (Ohio)
•    PCTV Comcast 21 Pittsburgh and Verizon 47 Greater Pittsburgh
•    91.5 WGLZ West Liberty University (West Virginia, starting in 2013)
•    KVIT 90.7FM & 92.7FM Radio Phoenix


As a core part of its mission, SLB also develops and conducts off-air workshops for schools, scout and youth groups and after-school programs. Working with numerous Pittsburgh Public Schools, Propel Schools, and others, SLB has demonstrated its commitment to providing effective and engaging radio- and audio-based programming for children and youth ages 6 to 18. Our innovative educational work includes: K-12 classroom and after-school programs; workshops; field trips; open studios; oral histories; recording projects; youth media advocacy; summer camps; and partnerships with higher education.

Activities range from weekly afterschool workshops to daily in-school classes. Workshops, classroom activities and special projects focus on (1) technical and self-expression; (2) reflective essay writing and recording; (3) youth broadcast, podcast and CD projects; (4) career exploration; (5) oral history; and (6) youth philanthropy. Today, with its expanded facilities, field equipment, and new technologies, SLB serves more than 8,000 children and youth annually.

Tax ID: 25-1859072 •


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