Audio Specials


Guest DJ: Willie Nile

In his three and a half decades as a recording artist, Willie Nile has earned a reputation as both a fiercely committed rock ’n’ roller and a singularly insightful songwriter.  Willie Nile played Guest DJ with Joey Spehar on The Morning Mix before a recent concert in Pittsburgh.Willie Nile's Guest DJ Set:Lou Reed - I Love You, SuzanneThe Who - SubstituteThe Clash - Police On My Back 

Antibalas Guest DJ Set

Martin Perna, one of the founding members of the Brooklyn-based orchestral Afrobeat group Antibalas, dropped by The Morning Mix for a guest DJ set.  Perna shared with host Cindy Howes some examples of what he considers to be some “essential” world music tracks.The first song Perna played was “Mi Ni Non Kpo” from one of his favorite groups, Orchestra Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou.  Much like his own band, Poly-Rythmo – who were contemporaries of Fela Kuti – incorporated elements of jazz, funk, and salsa into their music.Up next was “El Divorcio”, an Afro-Cuban salsa piece by Arsenio Rodriguez.  Rodriguez was blinded in an accident as a young child, but came to become what Perna calls the “father or godfather of salsa music”.Perna wrapped up his set with “El Negro Bembon” by Ismael Rivera, a Puerto Rican artist.  About the track, Perna notes, “It’s a good example of how dance music can carry messages of social criticism. [Those songs] are more relevant today than they’ve ever been.”Antibalas released their last album, the self-titled Antibalas, in 2012 on Daptone records.  They will perform the night of Wednesday, February 4th at the Byham Theater with Afro-pop artist Zap Mama.

Field Report Guest DJ

Christopher Portfield of Field Report plays Guest DJ on The Morning Mix with Kyle Smith. 

Tom Brosseau Guest DJs

Tom Brosseau, a solo singer/songwriter and member of John C. Reilly & Friends, guest DJs on The Morning Mix with Cindy Howes. Tom picks some of his favorite tradional folk songs. His selections:1). "Sitting In The Window Of My Room" as done by Allison Krauss2). "Old Paint" as done by Loudon Wainwright III3). "Barushka" as done by Howard Armstrong and Ted Bogan

Bob Dylan's Blood On The Tracks Turns 40

Bob Dylan's Blood On The Tracks turned 40 on January 20. 2015, singer Mark Dignam talks to Cindy Howes about the record and its history. 

Guest DJ: Lohio & Meeting of Important People

Greg Dutton (Lohio) and Josh Verbanets (Meeting of Important People and formerly Lohio) talk to Cindy Howes about the Lohio reunion show. 

Guest DJ: Dan Funk

A new year can symbolize a new start for many people.  US Army veteran Dan Funk joined Joey Spehar on The Morning Mix to play some songs to workout to.Dan Funk's Guest DJ Set:The xx - IntroPink Floyd - Run Like HellThe Band - The Weight

How We Listen to Music in 2015 Pt 1

Cindy Howes asks local reocording engineer, Don Maue, to explore how we listen to music in 2015. 

Jesse Novak's Fitness Guest DJ Set

A new year is a  new start for many people.  If you've resolved to get in shape in 2015, Roots & Rhythm Mix host Jesse Novak has some songs to help you out.  Jesse's Guest DJ Set:T. Rex - Telegram SamPrince - When You Were MineA Tribe Called Quest - I Left My Wallet In El Segundo

Stephen Stills 70th Birthday Tribute

For Stephen Still's 70th birthday, Cindy Howes and Mike Sauter discuss Stills' career and play a couple of profound tracks from his illustrious career.  

WYEP's 2014 Year in Review Countdown

WYEP’S 2014 Year in Review Countdown showcases the best music of the past year. We highlight each of the station’s top 50 albums with a song and commentary, and hear from musicians who visited WYEP in 2014.  Hosted by Rosemary Welsch

WYEP's Local Music Year in Review Show

Cindy Howes guides you on a two-hour journey through the best of Pittsburgh music in 2014. Including WYEP's Top 5 Local artists.

2014's Departures

WYEP's Annual tribute show.  Remembering many from the music world who died in 2014.Including: Gerry Goffin, Pete Seeger, Phil Everly, Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith, Johnny Winter, Johnny Ray Allen, Joe Cocker, Jesse Winchester, Jack Bruce, Dick Wagner, Joe Sample, Idris Muhammad, Jimmy Scott, Charlie Haden, Manny Roth, Tom Skeeter, Cosimo Matassa, Larry Smith, Big Bank Hank, Bobby Womack, Dave Brockie, Scott Asheton, Tommy Ramone, Bobby Keys, Ian McLagan, Mark Bell, Frankie Knuckles, Frannie Beecher, Jerry Corbitt, Paul Revere, The Mighty Hannibal, Frances Nero, James Alan Shelton, George Shuffler, Jimmy Ruffin, Casey Kasem, Porky Chedwick and many more.Hosted by Brian Siewiorek

Best of 2014: Cindy Howes

Cindy Howes shares her favorites in music for 2014. 1. Ben Howard - "I Forget Where We Were" from I Forget Where We WereI(Favorite album)2. Brandi Carlile - "Have You Ever" from The Story(Favorite show: The Pindrop Tour @ The Carnegie Lecture Hall, Oct 10.2014)3. Future Islands - "Seasons (Waiting On You)" from Singles(Favorite song)

Best of 2014: Joey Spehar

Joey Spehar from The Morning Mix shares some of his favorite musical moments of 2014 with Cindy Howes.Best Album: Strand of Oaks HEALBest Concert: David Bazan + Passenger String Quartet at Club Cafe on November 2, 2014Best WYEP Live & Direct Session:  The Hold Steady on February 4, 2014 

Best of 2014; Rosemary Welsch

Rosemary Welsch, WYEP's Afternoon Mix host, shares her favorites from 2014. 1. Rosanne Cash - "Etta's Tune"2. Sean Rowe - "Shine My Diamond Ring"3. Damon Albarn - "Everyday Robots"

Best of 2014: Kyle Smith

As 2014 comes to an end, we're taking some time to remember our favorites from this year.  Midday Mix host Kyle Smith joins Joey Spehar on The Morning Mix to discuss what inspired him in 2014.Kyle's Guest DJ Set:Alt-J - Every Other FreckleLucius - Turn It AroundHozier - Jackie & Wilson

Tom Waits: The “Lost” WYEP Interview

Originally recorded and broadcast in 1976, the interview was a project undertaken by WYEP co-founder Jeff Smith, together with then-DJs Mal Reding and Bill Askin. The original interview, recorded on a cassette, was sent to WYEP by Smith, noting that the interview had taken place in a Howard Johnson’s restaurant in York, PA, during a promo tour for Waits' third album, Nighthawks at the Diner, on the heels of a concert at the University of Pittsburgh.  The Pitt concerts took place March 12 & 13, 1976 with poet Charles Bukowski as the opening act.  Waits begins the WYEP interview talking about these concerts and the influence Bukowski has had on his career.  The interview continues on to topics like Waits' writing process, touring with Frank Zappa, performing live and Waits' own inspirations and influences. Tom Waits' love of wordplay and sense of humor are prominent in this interview. As are the sounds of a 24-hour restaurant; coffee is poured and sipped, cigarettes are lit and smoked and other late-night revelry can be heard in the background.This rebroadcast of this interview was part of WYEP's 40th anniversary audio archival project, and was restored, edited and hosted by Brian Siewiorek.

Pajama Program Guest DJ

Pajama Program founder Genevieve Piturro joins Joey Spehar on The Morning Mix to play Guest DJ.WYEP's Holiday Hootenanny benefits The Pajama Program in 2014.Genevieve Piturro's Guest DJ Set:Pharell Williams - HappyClem Snide - BeautifulPhillip Phillips - Home 

Remembering Leadbelly

On the 65th anniversary of his passing, Joey Spehar and Wrett Weatherspoon remember the folk and blues icon known as Leadbelly.

Streetcar Named Desire Guest DJ Set

Patrick Jordan gives us a Guest DJ set of "desire" songs based on Barebones Production's Streetcar Named Desire. Jordan had a tough time assembling songs about desire to just three choices realizing that desire just happens to be a popular theme in song writing, “there are more songs about desire than I could have possibly imagined so narrowing this down to 3 was almost impossible”. However Jordan was able to pick 3 amazing songs beginning with Etta James “I Just Want to Make Love to You”. “I always loved Etta James voice” says Jordan “I’ve heard a lot of people cover this song but the way she does it is just perfect it hits a perfect cord I think”. For his second choice Jordan picked “I’m On Fire” by Bruce Springsteen. I’m a huge Springsteen fan always have been that song hits a cord always has with me” Jordan explains, “I know it says desire in the song but you can kind of feel that throughout the whole thing”.Jordan and Cindy move on to discuss Streetcar Named Desire which Jordan says is reflected well in the songs he is choosing, as well describes the music involved in the production which will include live performances with Joe Grushecky and John Gresh playing with the scene transitions, “it’s very relevant to today we are not treating it like a fossil it’s very real and visceral” Jordan states, as he leads into his third pick as guest DJ, Aretha Franklin’s “I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You”.“I think the play is extraordinarily relevant and real if we do it right, and I think we have” says Jordan, Explaining that this is only the second time Barebones Productions has done a show that was not a local premiere, as well that this show has not been professional produced in almost twenty years. “I don’t want another generation of Pittsburgh theater goers to miss out on this story… the audiences so far has been surprised by how much depth the show actually has and how relevant is really is”.  Streetcar Named Desire Runs through December 6th at the New Hazlett Theater.

Artie Lange Guest DJ

Legendary comedian Artie Lange plays Guest DJ with Joey Spehar on The Morning Mix.Artie Lange, being a Jersey guy, is a huge fan of Bruce Springsteen.  Artie begins his Guest DJ set with his favorite song from Born To Run - "Backstreets". “I love the fact that it tells the story of a guy falling in love with a chick on a beach and that reminds me of when I was in high school on the Jersey shore” says Lange, “It’s just a real romantic song to me and in the end Springsteen starts howling because he has a broken heart. It’s a really cool rock and roll song”. “Im a big Ramones fan they kept it simple and they were the epitome of punk rock” says Lange about his second pick as Guest DJ, “I Wanna Be Sedated” by The Ramones. “I sat next to Joey Ramone at a Yankee game once that was a blast,” continues Lange, “All the original ones are gone so I thought I’d pay a little tribute to them”. Artie says that he relates to this song especially due to his life on the road. Lange is celebrating releasing a new book and his newest comedy special has just aired. “It’s a lot about the last few years of my life…it's honest stuff…it’s something that I think my fans will like”. Lange will also be performing this weekend in Pittsburgh, a city that he loves. Artie says of The Burgh, "It’s been one of my favorite markets. I love sports towns that are passionate and blue collar.”For his final pick as Guest DJ, Artie chooses one of his favorite songs to take the stage to - The Who’s “Baba O’Riley”.  “A classic classic” quips Lange, “Whenever there is some big benefit concert at The Garden, this band steals the show with one of their anthems”. 

Isabella Rossellini on the Afternoon Mix

Rosemary Welsch talks with Isabella Rossellini in this November 2014 interview.  Rossellini discusses the inspiration behing her "Green Porno" series, the challenges of bringing it to the stage and her love of animals.

Janis Ian Guest DJ Set

Janis Ian plays Guest DJ with Joey Spehar on The Morning Mix.Iconic folk singer Janis Ian kicked off her Guest DJ set with what she calls "a perfect record" - Bob Dylan's "Corrina Corrina".  Ian says of the song, “His phrasing is amazing on it…there’s certain singers and certain cuts that you go to when your own singing needs to be refreshed, I usually go to Billie Holiday and I go to this cut by Dylan”.  After hearing Ian’s second song as Guest DJ - Nina Simone’s “Pirate Jenny” - she describes Simone, who she knew personally as "a friend of mine and an acquaintance depending on her mood she was a difficult person…I can’t have an concept of what it was like to be what I would call a genius and an incredible pianist an incredible band leader and singer and be black growing up in the 50s in American I can’t begin to imagine that”. “An unbelievably great song” Ian describes “Pirate Jenny, “Nina’s was the first version I heard and it opened up a whole other world of arranging and songwriting for me, she stopped she started she slows down she speeds up, she doesn’t worry about anything but the song and staying true to the song…something I really struggle with and admire in others”. Ian's last selection is a song she herself had recently recorded on a tribute record to Jean Ritchie. “I just think it’s an amazing song” says Ian of “Morning Come, Maria's Gone”. “You don’t really know what happened this person wakes up one morning and Maria is gone and basically I can’t cope… there’s a sense of desolation that you only get from American music.Ian was recently nominated for a Voice Arts Award for her reading of the autobiography of Miriam Therese Winter. “She’s a fascinating writer and human being,” says Ian. “I think it’s a great role model to see someone in their late 70s still active…and I love the idea of a gay Jew reading the life of a Catholic nun”.  Janis Ian's Guest DJ Set:Bob Dylan - Corrina CorrinaNina Simone - Pirate JennyJean Ritchie - Morning Come, Maria's Gone

Robyn Hitchcock Guest DJ

Robyn Hitchcock joins Joey Spehar on The Morning Mix to play Guest DJ.Hitchcock performs this weekend at club Café and he is ready to go with his guest DJ selections starting out immediately with “Miss Ohio” by Gillian Welch. “This particular track I love, this record Soldier is one where they break that taboo and have other musicians on a Gillian Welch record. Hitchcock’s second guest DJ pick is “Slow Dog” from Belly. The song has a lot of imagery for Hitchcock and he explains why he loves the track so much, “I love that record…there’s a lot of sort of spooky stuff being channeled I think of the sort of older woman channeling pre-adolescent hormones you know the way that adolescent girls are supposed to cause poltergeist and make light bulbs explode or at least create moods where you think they’re going to but mostly it’s just the eerie over sensitized feeling you can get at certain stages in life... I don’t suppose they’re about any of that at all it’s just what I get out of it”With one song remaining to Pick as guest DJ Hitchcock selects one that is nearly 30 years old but has never lost any of its glimmer to him.  This like many songs that appeal to Hitchcock carry a certain feeling that is hard to describe and is even often not what might by lyrically written into the song. “Love My Way” by the Psychedelic Furs. “I think all three of these songs have kind of a mood…sometimes it takes a whole album to carry a mood and sometimes you just get one song off it and it will immediately plunge you into that…to me their instant little worlds”.Hitchcock’s latest album The Man upstairs released in the summer and his career is moving along quite literally, specifically by train. In an upcoming tour he will be riding a train from LA to Seattle and back playing concerts. “I have always wanted to play on a train and it never happened so I get to realize that ambition after 40 years”.