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:

Coffeehouse Conversations: Joan Shelley

Coffeehouse Conversations with Joan Shelley & Adam KukicStart: Joan Shelley (featuring Bonnie "Prince" Billy) - "Stay on My Shore" - Over and Even2:50 - Coffeehouse Conversations with Joan Shelley & Adam Kukic7:22 - The Weather Station - "Know It To See It" - All of It Was Mine9:04 - Bonnie "Prince" Billy - "Ain't You Wealthy, Ain't You Wise?" - Master and Everyone12:56 - Coffeehouse Conversations with Joan Shelley & Adam Kukic16:48 - Van Morrision - "Country Fair" - Veedon Fleece21:31 - Leonard Cohen - "Winter Lady" - Songs of Leonard Cohen23:40 - Coffeehouse Conversations with Joan Shelley & Adam Kukic27:49 - Joan Shelley - "Birghter Than the Blues" - Over and EvenBonus: Joan discusses a potential collaboration with The Weather Station 

Coffeehouse Conversations: The Accidentals (Katie Larson & Savannah Buist)

Coffeehouse Conversations: The Accidentals (Katie Larson & Savannah Buist)Start: The Accidentals - "The Silence" - Bittersweet3:38 - Coffeehouse Conversations: The Accidentals (Katie Larson & Savannah Buist)9:37- Sufjan Stevens - "Come On Feel The Illinoise!" - lllinois16:00 - Belle & Sebastian - "The State That I Am In" - Push Barman To Open Old Wounds20:54 - Coffeehouse Conversations: The Accidentals (Katie Larson & Savannah Buist)23:38 - Radiohead - "Paranoid Androrid" - OK Computer29:18 - Chris Thile - "Dead Leaves on the Dirty Groud" - How to Grow a Woman from the Ground 32:10 - Coffeehouse Conversations: The Accidentals (Katie Larson & Savannah Buist)35:39 - The Accidentals - "Bulletproof Glass" - BittersweetBONUS: Promo #1 - On collaborating with Son Lux:Son Lux - "Your Day Will Come" - BonesPromo #2 - Savannah Buist of The Accidentals talks about Ben Folds:Ben Folds & Nick Hornby - "From Above" - Lonely AvenuePromo #3 - Katie Larson of The Accidentals discuss Jack White / The White Stripes and a chance encounter at Third Man Records:The White Stripes - "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground" - White Blood CellsListen online at information on the band can be found on their website:

WYEP Celebrates 20 Years of "Britpop"

This one hour show looks at the rise and fall of Britpop, the mid-90's English rock movement that made bands like Blur, Oasis, Elastica, Pulp and Suede. Hosted by Brian Siewiorek. Originally aired: 8/20/15

Coffeehouse Conversations: Cruz Contreras of The Black Lillies

Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Cruz Contreras of The Black Lillies & Adam KukicStart: The Black Lillies - "The Fall" - Runaway Freeway BluesCoffeehouse Conversations w/ Cruz Contreras & Adam KukicScott Miller & The Commonwealth - "The Way" - Upside/DownsideKacey Musgraves - "Dime Store Cowgirl" - Pageant MaterialCoffeehouse Conversations w/ Cruz Contreras & Adam KukicJason Isbell - "How to Forget" - Something More Than FreeThe Turnpike Troubadours - 'Whole Damn Town" - Diamonds & GasolineCoffeehouse Conversations w/ Cruz Contreras & Adam KukicThe Black Lilllies - "Hard to Please" - Hard To PleaseBonus:From the special Morning Mix Edition of Coffeehouse Conversations, Cruz discusses Brandi Carlile - "Mainstream Kid" - The Firewatcher's DaughterIn a promo for Coffeehouse Conversations, Cruz talks about BR5-49 + the song "Devil in Me" - Dog Days (featuring the Jordanaires)Coffeehouse Conversations airs Sundays at 10am (EST) - listen live at

Guest DJ: Eric Lindell

Eric Lindell plays Guest DJ on The Morning Mix before his appearances at the Flood City Music Festival.Eric Lindell's Guest DJ Set:Peter Joseph Burtt - Take Me BackDelbert McClinton - "B" Movie Boxcar BluesJoe Tex - A Sweet Woman Like You

Coffeehouse Conversations: Kat Edmonson

Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Kat Edmonson & Adam KukicStart: Kat Edmonson - "Lucky" - Way Down Low2:54- Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Kat Edmonson & Adam Kukic7:44 - The Chiffons - "One Fine Day"9:49 - The Cure - "Just Like Heaven" - Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me13:!2 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Kat Edmonson & Adam Kukic16:10 - Kat Edmonson - "Rainy Day Woman" - The Big PictureBonus:Kat talks:Ray Charles - "Hallelujah I Love Her So"Kat talks Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga - "The Lady Is a Tramp" - Duets II

Coffeehouse Conversations: Lindi Ortega

Coffeehouse Conversations: Lindi Ortega & Adam KukicStart: Lindi Ortega - "Tin Star" - Tin Star3:27 - Coffeehouse Conversations with Lindi Ortega & Adam Kukic7:41 - Johnny Cash - "Ain't No Grave" - American VI: Ain't No Grave10:22 - Screamin' Jay Hawkins - "I Put a Spell on You" - Vooddoo Jive: The Best of Screamin' Jay Hawkins12:46 - Coffeehouse Conversations with Lindi Ortega & Adam Kukic16:27 - Solomon Burke - "Cry to Me" - The Very Best of Solomon Burke18:49 - Simon & Garfunkel - "Homeward Bound" - Old Friends21:12 - Coffeehouse Conversations with Lindi Ortega & Adam Kukic27:01 - Lindi Ortega - "To Love Somebody" - Faded GloryvilleHear are two previews of our Coffeehouse Conversations with Lindi Ortega where she discuss Leonard Cohen and Paolo Nutini. Lindi discussses why she'd love to see Leonard Cohen perform live:Leonard Cohen - "So Long, Marianne" - Songs of Leonard CohenLindi discusses why she'd like to collaborate with Paolo Nutini:Paolo Nutini - "Pencil Full of Lead" - Sunny Side Up Coffeehouse Conversations air Sundays at 10am (EST) -

Feastival Preview

Feastival is a celebration of Food, Music, and Art in McKees Rocks. Joey Spehar welcomed Taris Vrcek and Caitlin Hazelton from The McKees Rocks C.D.C. to the Morning Mix to talk about the event and play Guest DJ.Taris & Caitlin's Guest DJ Set:Big Sam's Funky Nation - Funky DonkeyThe Commonheart - Can't Forget YouRobert Randolph & The Family Band - Amped UpFind more information about Feastival here. 

Melissa Ferrick on The Morning Mix

Melissa Ferrick talks to Cindy Howes about her new self-titled album on The Morning Mix. 

Brandi Carlile Guest DJ

Brandi Carlile joins Rosemary Welsch to play guest DJ on WYEP's Afternoon Mix.  Aired: July 27, 2015.Brandi's song selections include: Shovels & Rope "Birmingham", First Aid Kit "Emmylou", Indigo Girls "Spread the Pain Around"and Hozier "Work Song".

Guest DJ: Mike Lange's Blues Fest Picks

Mike Lange - legendary voice of The Pittsburgh Penguins - joins Joey Spehar on The Morning Mix on the opening night of the Pittsburgh Blues Festival.Mike Lange's Guest DJ Set:Buddy Guy - Damn Right I've Got The BluesDana Fuchs - Blues AvenueSelwyn Birchwood - Hoodoo Stew

WYEP's Soul Show 20th Anniversary program

WYEP celebrates 20 years of the Soul Show. On July 18, 2015, Mike Canton, the current host of the Soul Show, welcomed back Stephen Chatman and Don Patterson, the original hosts of the program. Over the three hours they look back, tell stories, and play Soul Show classics.

Inara George of The Bird and The Bee on The Morning Mix

Inara George of The Bird & The Bee talks about their new album Recreational Love on The Morning Mix with Cindy Howes. 

Matt Pond PA on The Morning Mix

Matt Pond, of Matt Pond PA, talks about the new album, The State of Gold, on The Morning Mix.  Matt also discusses the band's lineup, getting over writer's block, and drawing inspiration from different parts of life."I think moving to the west coast had something to do with it," Matt says about his songwriting struggles.  A move back east seemed to have set him on the right path, he says, "The second I got back to the east coast and put myself in a remote place, it just started flooding out - almost too fast.  It was amazing."Talking about the theme of the latest record, The State of Gold, Pond says, "It probably sounds more highfalutin than it's really just what we all keep trying to reach for but can't get to."  There are different points of influence all over the album, though.  On one of the release's standout tracks, "Take Me With You", Matt says that "a lot of it has to do with how we kill time when we were kids and we would get lost in doing the dumbest, simplest things".  "I don't want to be thoughtless," he says, "but I don't wanna be kind of wrapped up in the minutia and internet and everything that kind of consumes a lot of my day." 

30th Anniversary of Live Aid

In 1985, some of the world's biggest artists joined together for a concert to raise awareness of famine and benefit the children of Africa. This one-hour special produced by WYEP, looks back at the music and legacy of the event, including recollections by musicians Paul Weller and Thomas Dolby. Produced and hosted by WYEP's Mike Sauter.  Originally aired July 13, 2015.

Coffeehouse Conversations: The Weather Station

Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Tamara Lindeman of The Weather Station Start: Bahamas (featuring The Weather Station) - "Don't You Want Me" - The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (MPS)3:14 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Tamara Lindeman of The Weather Station & Adam Kukic10:11- Ryan Driver - "Dead End Streets" - Who's Breathing13:07 - Castle Music (Jennifer Castle) - "We Always Change" - You Can't Take Anyone16:07 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Tamara Lindeman of The Weather Station & Adam Kukic17:51 - The Stanley Brothers - "East Virginia Blues" (Live) - An Evening Long Ago (Live 1956)20:42 - The Weather Station - "Floodplain" - Loyalty23:26 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Tamara Lindeman of The Weather Station & Adam Kukic26:40 - The Weather Station - "Shy Women" - LoyaltyBonus:Tamara discuss The Impressions - "Keep On Pushing" 

WYEP's tribute to Ringo Starr

For Ringo Starr’s 75th birthday, WYEP’s Mike Sauter examines Ringo’s career as a drummer, featuring music from The Beatles, solo songs by John, Paul, and George, and session work performed with Bob Dylan, Stephen Stills, The Band, Tom Petty, and E.L.O. Originally aired: July 7, 2015

Local 913, Episode 14: Don Strange

Pittsburgh singer-songwriter Don Strange takes a typical indie rock song and turns it into something unique. Utilizing his background in creative writing, Strange pens clever lyrics, often layered with dark humor, taking cues from indie rock icons such as The Mountain Goats, Pavement, and Dead Milkmen. The music is guitar-driven but there's always room for big drums or a sweet groove. While he often performs with his full band, Don Strange and the Doosh Bears, this new album is a solo venture. "Are You Johnson?" is a very lyric-driven album, containing laugh-out-loud, stand-out lines like, “Cassanova didn’t really love you, neither did Morrissey or That guy from The Wire” in a song about love following you. For more on Don Strange, check out his website. 

Coffeehouse Conversations: Justin Ringle of Horse Feathers

Coffeehouse Conversations with Justin Ringle (of Horse Feathers):Start: Horse Feathers - "Dead End Thanks" - So It Is With Us3:53 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Justin Ringle & Adam Kukic6:51 - Paul Simon - "The Obvious Child" - Rhythm of the Saints10:35 - Van Morrison - "Sweet Thing" - Astral Weeks14:43 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Justin Ringle & Adam Kukic19:24- Pentangle - "Wedding Dress" - Light Flight - The Anthology21:49 - Bob Dylan - "As I Went Out One Morning" - John Wesley Harding24:32 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Justin Ringle & Adam Kukic28:34 - Horse Feathers - "Violently Wild" - So It Is With UsExtras:1st: Justin on Graham Nash's "Wounded Bird"2nd: Justin on NirvanaThe Coffeehouse airs Sundays from 8am - 11am (EST) with Coffeehouse Conversations airing at 10am.

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.

Local 913, Episode 13: Essential Machine

Greensburg-based Essential Machine, a jangly folk pop group of husband and wife, RJ and KarenDietrich, released their fourth EP this past May. The Ceiling and Floor is a great example of Essential Machine’s sound, a kind of R.E.M.-meets-Mumford-and-Sons-meets-The-Breeders mix they have been perfecting since about 2009. One song that introduces a new sound to Essential Machine is “It’s a Crime”. Find out more and listen to the song below. For more on Essential Machine, check out their website.

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).

Local 913, Episode 12: Billy Price

Billy Price has been a fixture on the Pittsburgh music scene since the mid-1970s. During those early years, he gained national attention for his three year collaboration with legendary blues guitarist Roy Buchanan. For his twelfth album, he’s teamed up with another legendary artist, R&B and soul singer Otis Clay. “This Time For Real” is produced by Duke Robbillard and features horn players from Roomful of Blues. If you’re in the market for a great soul album, this one’s for you. It’s the perfect antidote for the summertime heat. Listen to the piece below for more information on the album (right from Billy Price himself) and get more on Billy Price at his website.