Abby Goldstein

General Manager

I’m a hard core radio person. My parents grew up during the depression when people gathered in front of their radios as the main form of entertainment and only form of mass media. As a kid growing up in northern New Jersey, my mother had us listening to Jean Shepherd and Bob & Ray and I eventually found WPLJ where I soaked up the music in the early days of free form album rock. We moved to Texas when I was 16 and I found the spirit of musical adventure on KLOL in Houston. In the meantime, my mother had become helplessly addicted to NPR and she began volunteering at the local public radio station. My radio career began in 1986 at KVLU in Beaumont, Texas, the local station where my mother Bonnie was a volunteer and eventually became Membership Director. I worked in television, advertising and commercial radio in Beaumont before moving to Dallas in 1989 and taking a job with KERA 90.1, first as a part time news host and eventually as a DJ. I ruled the midday airwaves as host of Afternoon music for six year and handled every task imaginable, from public affairs to promotions to Music Director. I left KERA 90.1 in 1995 and spent several years working in commercial radio and the music business as an independent record promoter, booking agent and festival producer. In 2000, I went back to my old stomping grounds and became Program Director of KERA 90.1, which by then had adopted a news and information format. Under my direction, KERA 90.1 saw six years of unprecedented audience and membership growth. In May of 2006, I moved to New England to become VP for Programming at New Hampshire Public Radio, a top notch statewide news and information service. When the opportunity presented itself to move back into music radio at one of the most highly respected public radio stations in the country – WYEP – I leapt at the chance. This is my dream job and I’m so excited to be here in Pittsburgh leading the charge at WYEP. Having spent several decades in Texas, I am an ardent fan of Texas music like Joe Ely, James McMurtry, Lucinda Williams, Old 97’s, Steve Earle, Robert Earl Keen, The Flatlanders (being such a Joe Ely fan) and the like….I have an extensive collection and have hosted several Texas music specialty shows in the past. I also love Matisyahu and Feist and Avette Brothers as well old jump blues like Louis Jordan, Texas swing, boogie woogie, New Orleans music, classic country like Marty Robbins and lots and lots of rock. I’m also a bit of a foodie. I love to cook, experiment in the kitchen and sample all kinds of ethnic cuisine. Pittsburgh is a great food town and I’m excited about tucking in to all the new and interesting culinary experiences that this beautiful city has to offer.