Audio Specials


Rosanne Cash playlist curated by Rosemary Welsch

In honor of Rosanne Cash's performance in Pittsburgh, Rosemary Welsch shares some of her favorites on The Morning Mix with Cindy Howes. 

Local 913, Episode 1 - Morgan Erina

Morgan ErinaBorn and raised in the Bronx, indie-singer/songwriter, Morgan Erina, relocated to Pittsburgh in 2010 after releasing her debut solo album. The goal was to start a new music project with family friend and collaborator Justin Sane of Anti-Flag. Instead, Erina paved her own way musically with her duo Broken  Fences, who released one full length album and an EP over the course of the group’s existence. Since  the dissolution of Broken Fences, Morgan Erina has  maintained a strong local following with her solo  material. Erina’s haunting, sensitive lyrics and finger-picking acoustic guitar, bring to mind names like  Elliott Smith, Kurt Cobain and Sinead O’Connor. Last fall, she released a new single titled “October” with  the hope of finishing a new solo EP in the near future. Check out more information about Morgan Erina at her website:

Debbie Harry's 70th Birthday Tribute

A one-hour special paying tribute to Debbie Harry, including her work with Blondie, her solo career, collaborations (with R.E.M., Moby, The Jazz Passengers, Iggy Pop and more) and cover songs. Hosted by Brian Siewiorek. Originally aired July 1, 2015.

Coffeehouse Conversations: Freedy Johnston

Coffeehouse Conversations: Freedy JohnstonStart: Freedy Johnston - "In the New Sunshine" - Can You Fly2:26 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Freedy Johnston & Adam Kukic5:39 - Van Morrison - "Flamingoes Fly" - The Philosopher's Stone11:39 - Freedy Johnston - "Baby, Baby Come Home" - Neon Repairman15:51 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Freedy Johnston & Adam Kukic19:02 - Neil Young - "Wonderin'" - Everybody's Rockin'22:00 - Led Zeppelin - "Boogie with Stu" - Physical Graffiti25:26 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Freedy Johnston & Adam Kukic28:42 - Tom Waits - "Hang Down Your Head" - Rain Dogs30:49 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Freedy Johnston & Adam Kukic33:27 - Freedy Johnston - "TV in My Arms" - Neon RepairmanPROMOS:#1 - Freedy talks about his love of the Bee Gee's "How Deep Is Your Love"#2 - Freedy discusses the importance of Johnny Cash.The Coffeehouse airs Sundays from 8am - 11am (EST).

Rolling Stones Pittsburgh Concerts

Scott Mervis from The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette joined Joey Spehar on The Morning Mix to talk about The Rolling Stones' concert history in Pittsburgh - and, of course, to play a few songs.Scott Mervis' Rolling Stones Set:That's How Strong My Love IsShine A LightSway

FUSE Creative Director Steve Hackman talks Brahms v. Radiohead on the Morning Mix

The "mash-up" rose to popularity in the late 1990s as a way to combine two unrelated songs into something new.  Next Wednesday, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will make new musical connections by performing a live mash-up of Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 1 with Radiohead's OK Computer.  FUSE's Creative Director Steve Hackman discusses the project with WYEP's Brian Siewiorek.  He plays a couple Radiohead tunes ("No Surprises" and "Street Spirit") and explains how they can mesh well with Brahms' material.FUSE, a new series at the PSO geared towards younger audiences, aims to bridge the gap between popular music and classical arrangements.  As a fan of both of these genres, Hackman says that it's always been his mission to "bridge this gap across the distance between these genres."  Discussing how these two pieces with over 100 years separating them can have a dialogue with each other, Hackman comments, "The balance between light and dark, and really the balance of tension and release, I feel like these two composers really share."More information on next week's Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performance can be found here.

Coffeehouse Conversations: Bebel Gilberto

Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Bebel Gilberto & Adam Kukic Start: Bebel Gilberto - "Somewhere Else" - TudoCoffeehouse Conversations w/ Bebel Gilberto & Adam Kukic End: Bebel Gilberto - "Harvest Moon" - TudoThe Coffeehouse airs Sundays from 8am - 11am (EST) - streaming at: 

An interview with Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz

WYEP's Brian Siewiorek talks with Talking Heads drummer, Chris Frantz, about his days growing up in Pittsburgh, how the Talking Heads first got together, and their first concert in 1975 opening for The Ramones at CBGB'sBONUS MATERIAL: Also included below is Frantz talking about 4 of his favorite Talking Heads songs:"Take Me to the River", "Psycho Killer", "Life During Wartime" & "Once in a Lifetime"

Coffeehouse Conversations: Johanna Samuels

Johanna Samuels : Coffeehouse Conversations Start: Johanna Samuels - "Real Tragedies" - Double Bind3:57 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Johanna Samuels & Adam Kukic6:57 - Emitt Rhodes - "Promises I've Made" - The Emitt Rhodes Recordings (1969 - 1973)10:20 - The Weather Station - "Shy Women" - Loyalty13:00- Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Johanna Samuels & Adam Kukic15:46 - Bob Dylan - "Abandoned Love" - Biograph20:12- Jimmy Ruffin - "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted" - Jimmy Ruffin Sings Top Ten23:02- Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Johanna Samuels & Adam Kukic25:46- Johanna Samuels - "Give It Up" - Double BindEXTRAS:Promo 1: Coffeehouse Conversations with Johanna Samuels & Adam Kukic on Elliott Smith + Johanna Samuels "Give It Up" - Double BindPromo 2:Coffeehouse Conversations with Johanna Samuels & Adam Kukic on Jon Brion + Johanna Samuels "Real Tragedies" - Double BindThe Coffeehouse airs Sundays, 8am - 11am (EST). 

Bjork's Post Turns 20

Bjork's Post turns 20 years old on June 13, 2015. Tamar Kamin and Scott Taylor of The Van Allen Belt discuss the landmark album with Cindy Howes on The Morning Mix. 

Coffeehouse Conversations: Conor O'Brien of Villagers

Conor O'Brien of Vlilagers Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Adam KukicStart: Villagers - "The Soul Serene" - Darling Arithmetic3:32 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Conor O'Brien & Adam Kukic7:22- OP8 - "It's a Rainbow" - Slush11:26 - Wilco - "You Are My Face" - Sky Blue Sky15:08 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Conor O'Brien & Adam Kukic18:34 - Mark Kozelek & Jimmy LaVelle - "What Happened to My Brother" - Perils from the Sea27:09 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Conor O'Brien & Adam Kukic30:36 - Bob Lind - "Cool Summer" - The Elusive Bob Lind36:08 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Conor O'Brien & Adam Kukic38:12 - Villagers - "Courage" - Darling ArithmeticBonus Material:Promo 1:Start: Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Conor O'Brien (of Villagers) & Adam Kukic1:11 - Pavement - "Shady Lane" - Brighten the CornersPromo 2:Start: Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Conor O'Brien (of Villagers) & Adam Kukic1:31- Portishead - "It Could Be Sweet" - DummyPromo 3:Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Conor O'Brien (of Villagers) & Adam Kukic discussing the new album Darling ArithmeticThe Coffeehouse airs every Sunday from 8am - 11am (EST) with Coffeehouse Conversations at 10am. 

Jenny Lewis interview

Jenny Lewis talks with Rosemary Welsch at the Three Rivers Arts Festival on June 5, 2015.

Guest DJ: Matthew Spangler of ReImagination

Matthew Spangler from WYEP's Education Department played songs from the 2015 ReImagination CD with Joey Spehar on The Morning Mix.  ReImagination is a variety compilation CD highlighting the great musical talents right here in southwestern Pennsylvania.  The education program for teens is designed to give participants an opportunity to explore what it would be like to have a career as a professional working musician.  Teens are brought into a professional recording studio to record their own original music while paired with local producers.The first song Matthew played - which is also the first song on this year's ReImagination CD - was "Throwing Shapes" by Vitamin TV.  The piece was produced by Jake Hanner from Donora.  "One thing I love about this is the soulful vocals and the lush rythyms of the acoustic guitar," Matthew says.Up next, Matthew played "Hideaway" by Grace Tandon.  "I love it," he says, "and I think it's a great example of how ReImagination was kind of a starting point and she took that and went way above and beyond on her own, and it's awesome to see that."Matthew closed the set with a song from Bridget McCrum called "Broken Glass".  The song was produced with Nathan Zoob from Wreckloose.  Matthew says that he loves the song because "she pours her message out with this sweet and full tone, pulling you into her song and story". Matthew Spangler's ReImagination 2015 Guest DJ Picks:"Throwing Shapes" - Vitamin TV"Hideaway" - Grace Tandon"Broken Glass" - Bridget McCrumFind out more about ReImagination here. 

Coffeehouse Conversations: Catherine Popper

Catherine Popper (of Puss N Boots) Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Adam KukicStart: Puss N Boots - "Twilight" - No Fools, No Fun3:06 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Catherine Popper & Adam Kukic8:07 - Stuffy Shmitt - "Crazy Mama" - Other People's Stuff 11:19 - Willie Nelson- "Back to Earth" - Songbird14:07 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Catherine Popper & Adam Kukic18:21 - Molly and the Zombies - "Long Drives" - Red Bull Studios21:40 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Catherine Popper & Adam Kukic23:50 - Puss N Boots - "Pines" - No Fools, No FunBonus Material:Bonus 1 - Extended Segment on Levon Helm:Start:3:15- The Levon Helm Band - "The Same Thing" - The Midnight Ramble Sessions, Vol. 3Bonus 2: Catherine Popper talks Jack WhiteBonus 3: Catherine Popper talks The Police/StingThe Coffeehouse airs every Sunday from 8am - 11am (EST) - streaming online at

WYEP's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame "snubs" show.

Rosemary Welsch & Brian Siewiorek discuss some of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's biggest snubs.  Including: Joan Baez, Kate Bush, The Smiths, Roxy Music, Chaka Khan, Carole King, Kraftwerk, Harry Nilsson, Gram Parsons, The Monkees and many, many more!Originally arired: 5/29/15 

John Fogerty's 70th Birthday

To celebrate John Fogerty's 70th birthday, James Hart of The Harlan Twins talks to Cindy Howes about a couple of his favorite Creedence Clearwater Revival songs on The Morning Mix. James first talks for a bit about the influence Fogerty had on his own career.  He says, "He was really one of the first voices in classic rock as a writer and as a voice that I can remember identifying with as a kid...a lot of it's just really catchy songs about working and relaxing - and he just writes really good riffs, and the songs are catchy, and the hooks are always right there, and they always stick with you."The first song James shared was "Lookin' Out My Backdoor" from Creedence Clearwater Revival's 1970 album, Cosmo's Factory.  "I think this song is such a good representation of what he and they do so well," he claims, "It's really fun.  It's really tight.  There are a lot of turns in it that are not super unexpected, but it's not dissatisfying.""Effigy", a jammy 6-minute tune from CCR's Willy and the Poor Boys, was the second song James picked, and it was certainly from the other end of Fogerty's songwriting spectrum.  Despite its length, James says that the song never gets plodding:  "That's a long tune that doesn't necessarily feel that long. All the guitar solos are tight, really expressive, and don't lose you.  I think the lyrics are really indicative of I think what a lot of what Fogerty was trying to do at the time."

Grand Piano Release "Sea" EP

Joey Spehar spoke with Thomas Cipollone and Wes Conroy from Grand Piano about their underwater-themed "Sea" EP.Thomas and Wes discuss the latest release, which has a runtime of less that ten minutes but is packed with great material.  Discussing their approach to recording, they note, "Writing longer songs would just be totally inappropriate. We're just doing this experimental idea of jumping around to different genres very quickly.  It calls for an aggressive attitude, and I think we just stuff a lot of content into songs that are just barely over a minute."Inspirations on the record range from sea creatures to Viewmaster slides, but the band claims that musical experimentation and imagination really fueled the creative fires during recording:  "I don't wanna say that it's jamming at all, because everything that happens is specifically orchestrated.  However, we get there through experimentation...Things happen by accident all the time, but we learn from our accidents and apply them directly."They officially release Sea this Saturday at a release party in Lawrenceville, but there's more on the way from Grand Piano.  The guys announce that they are already hard at work on their next EP, titled Space.

Coffeehouse Conversations: Jolie Holland

Jolie Holland Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Adam KukicRecorded: April 17th, 2015 - Airdate: May 31st, 2015Start: Jolie Holland "The Love You Save" - Wine Dark Sea5:08 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Jolie Holland & Adam Kukic8:10 - Charlotte Dada - "Don't Let Me Down" - Ghana 197112:08 - Michael Hurley - "New Tea" - Parsnip Snips17:00 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Jolie Holland & Adam Kukic21:30 - Jolie Holland - "Route 30" - Wine Dark Sea26:11 - Daniel Johnston - "Sorry Entertainer" - The Late Great Daniel Johnston: Discovered Covered26:45 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Jolie Holland & Adam Kukic30:31 - Jolie Holland - "All the Love" - Wine Dark SeaBonus:Start: Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Jolie Holland & Adam Kukic3:04- M. Ward - "Story of an Artist" - The Late Great Daniel Johnston: Discovered CoveredThe Coffeehouse airs every Sunday from 8am - 11am (EST) with Coffeehouse Conversations at 10am (EST).

Coffeehouse Conversations: David Bielanko of Marah

David Bielanko Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Adam KukicRecorded - November 30, 2014 / Airdate - December 14, 2014Start: Marah - "Ten Cents at the Gate" - Marah Presents Mountain Minstrelsy of Pennsylvania3:10 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ David Bielanko (Marah) & Adam Kukic9:04 - R.L. Burnside - "Rollin' & Tumblin'" - Mr. Wizard13:30 - Blue Mountain - "When You're Not Mine" - Tales of a Traveler16:20 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ David Bielanko (Marah) & Adam Kukic22:18 - Lou Reed - "Paranoia Key of E" - Ecstasy26:16 - Lee Perry The Upsetter - "Ghetto Sidewalk" - Roast Fish Collie Weed & Corn Bread 30:30 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ David Bielanko (Marah) & Adam Kukic37:03 - Marah - "The Old Riverman's Regret" - Marah Presents Mountain Minstrelsy of Pennsylvania

B.B.King Tribute

Legendary blues musician B.B. King passed away on May 14, 2015 at the age of 89.  Joey Spehar from The Morning Mix pays tribute to The King of The Blues. "While striving to move the music forward, the best blues musicians keep a foot held firmly in the past. That was B.B. King," Joey says.  King was born Riley B. King on September 16, 1925 on a plantation called Berclair, just outside of Itta Bena, Mississippi.  He passed away in his sleep on May 14th at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada due to complications stemming from his longtime battle with diabetes.  King didn't exactly grow up in the most financially stable household, but he kept a positive demeanor throughout his childhood.  "We had nothing, but I didn't feel poor," King says of his upbringing, "I felt good."The King of the Blues married twice in his life: to Martha Lee Denton from 1946-1952 and Sue Carol Hall for eight years from 1958-1966.  He fathered fifteen children with several different women, but he kept his one true love with him throughout his career - his guitar, Lucille.  In 2005, for King's 80th birthday, Gibson made a special run of 80 Gibson "Lucilles".  The first was presented to King at a birthday celebration, and he subsequently used the guitar until it was stolen in 2009.  The two were eventually reunited though, as the guitar was found after being bought at a Las Vegas pawn shop and returned to the musician.  Parts of it...they're happy.  The parts that I tried to do the best I could do, play the music as best as I could...I'm proud of that because there's no hold back.  It's never going out on the stage anytime and say, "I'm gonna do this, and then I'm gonna get out."  That's never been [my thing], I don't think it ever will be.But where I'm let down a bit is not being able to do a lot of things that I should have been able to do by practicing more and paying more attention to what I was doing.I hope that the young fans or the people that like me will appreciate what I have done.  I'm proud of that, is what I'm trying to say.B.B. King, looking back on his life.

Peter Mulvey Guest DJs on The Morning Mix

Peter Mulvey Guest DJs on The Morning Mix with Cindy Howes. Peter's song selections:1. Amy Correia - City Girl2. Emmylou Harris - Where Will I Be3. Anais Mitchell - Now You Now

Coffeehouse Conversations: William Fitzsimmons

William Fitzsimmons Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Adam KukicRecorded: April 8th, 2015 - Airdate: May 17th, 2015Start: William Fitzsimmons - "Pittsburgh" - Pittsburgh3:33 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ William Fitzsimmons & Adam Kukic8:21 - The National - "This Is The Last Time" - Trouble Will Find Me12:48 - Sufjan Stevens - "Should Have Known Better" - Carrie & Lowell 17:12 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ William Fitzsimmons & Adam Kukic21:18 - Sun Kil Moon - "Carissa" [Edit] - Benji24:35 - Michael Flynn - "The Arrow At Your Feet" - Head in the Cloud27:30 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ William Fitzsimmons & Adam Kukic33:35 - William Fitzsimmons - "Matter" - PittsburghBonus:Promo - William Fitzsimmons discusses his appreciation of Nick Drake's Pink Moon - Nick Drake - "Place To Be" - Pink MoonPromo - William Fitzsimmons discusses Elliott Smith (Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield) - Elliott Smith - "Somebody That I Used To Know - Figure 8The Coffeehouse airs Sundays 8am - 11am (EST), with Coffeehouse Conversations taking place at 10am. 

Guest DJ: Fritz Fekete

In celebration of National Teacher Appreciation Week, PSEA Advocacy Coordinator Fritz Fekete joins Joey Spehar on The Morning Mix to play some songs inspired by school.  As the region's PSEA Advocacy Coordinator, Fritz keeps PSEA teachers and education professionals informed about issues that are relevant to them.  As today's Guest DJ, Fritz came in and shared some songs thaat inspire him in his line of work.As his first song, Fritz played "Be True to Your School" by the Beach Boys. "There are so many songs about school, and so many of them are negative," Fritz says, "so we're going to start with a positive one."Fritz's second song was "School" by Nirvana, a rough rocker from the band's debut album, Bleach.  Fritz remarks, "It's important to remember that not just kids love recess, but our members and educators love recess too.  When he's talking about 'no recess', that's the crushing stone upon educators' backs."Fritz went out with "What a Wonderful World", a classic tune by Sam Cooke.  "This song really tells us what great things we can achieve by supporting our kids, by supporting our teachers and public schools," says Fekete. Fritz's Guest DJ Set:Beach Boys - Be True To Your SchoolNirvana - SchoolSam Cooke - Wonderful World

Pittsburgh Grateful Dead History

The Grateful Dead played their first concert on May 5th, 1965.  Joey Spehar details some of The Dead's history in the Steel City on The Morning Mix. The band actually made their Pittsburgh debuton February 7th, 1969 with a show at the Stanley Theater - which was opened by another legendary band, The Velvet Underground.  Rumor has it that after the show, members of the band departed to a commune in Shadyside to celebrate in true Dead fashion.The Grateful Dead came back to Pittsburgh in 1971 for their first show in the then still fairly new Civic Arena.  They played a packed 21-song performance, with band members Jerry Garcia and Bill Kreutzman also playing for the tour's opener, New Riders of the Purple Sage.\One of the more memorable Dead concerts came on April 3rd, 1989, when city police clashed with a drove of loyal fans attempting to work their way into the Civic Arena without concert tickets.  The event resulted in at least 25 arrests that evening.  Pittsburgh mayor at the time, Sophie Masloff made headlines when he called the band "The Dreadful Dead".  The Grateful Dead came back the next summer, though - they put together a whopping 7-hour concert at Three Rivers Stadium with fellow band Crosby, Stills, and Nash.The Grateful Dead played one of their final shows in the Steel City in 1995, packing thousands of fans into Three Rivers Stadium and backing up traffic in multiple directions for miles.  Local music legends Rusted Root played this concert with the band, who kept truckin' despite the rain that began to pour at the end of the event.  Jerry Garcia passed away just over a month later on August 9th.  Check out all of the Grateful Dead's area performances here. 

Coffeehouse Conversations: Emily Kinney

Emily Kinney Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Adam KukicStart: Emily Kinney - "Be Good" - Expired Love2:46 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Emily Kinney & Adam Kukic6:36 - Jaymay - "Gray or Blue" - Autumn Fallin'9:41 - Emily Kinney - "Expired Lover" - Expired Love13:03 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Emily Kinney & Adam Kukic15:20 - Lisa Loeb - "Stay (Acoustic Version)" - The Purple Tape18:13 - Hem - "Lazy Eye" - Rabbit Songs20:27 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Emily Kinney & Adam Kukic23:35 - Emily Kinney - "This Is War" - This Is War - Single26:48 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Emily Kinney & Adam KukicBonus Material:Extras #1:Emily Kinney on covering Tom Waits for The Walking Dead (Tom Waits - "Hold On" - Mule Variations)Extras #2:Emily Kinney on some early musical influences courtesy of her parents including Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Carole King & Creedence Clearwater Revival:Start - Joni Mitchell - "A Case of You" - Blue 4:16 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Emily Kinney & Adam Kukic4:53 - Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Bad Moon Rising" - Green RiverExtras #3:Start - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Emily Kinney & Adam Kukic1:00 - Flybys - "Get Into My Car" - Your Mother's Love - EP3:46 - Halsey - "Is There Somewhere" - Room 93 - EP 7:10 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Emily Kinney & Adam KukicThe Coffeehouse airs Sundays from 8am - 11am (EST) with Coffeehouse Conversations airing at 10am (EST).