Audio Specials


Record Stories: The Attic

Record Stories is a series highlighting local record stores in honor of Record Store Day.  This episode highlights The Attic in Millvale.  Fred Bohn Jr. is the enthusiastic owner of The Attic - a store with millions of records - literally!  The Attic was affected by Hurricane Ivan in 2004 and lost a good deal of their stock.  The store has, however, since bounced back.

Record Stories: Dave's Music Mine

Record Stories is a series highlighting local record stores in honor of Record Store Day.  This episode highlights Dave's Music Mine in Pittsburgh's South Side.  Dave Panasiuk - owner of Dave's Music Mine - talks about the importance of vinyl records and confirms the thought that the movie High Fidelity is entirely true.

Record Stories: Sound Cat Records

Record Stories is a series highlighting local record stores in honor of Record Store Day.  This episode focuses on Sound Cat Records in Pittsburgh's Bloomfield neighborhood.  Karl Hendricks has owned Sound Cat Records for almost one year.  He took over the Liberty Avenue storefront that used to house Paul's CDs and Jim's Records after having worked there for over 20 years.  

Record Stories: Eide's Entertainment

Record Stories is a series highlighting local record stores in honor of Record Store Day.  This episode focuses on Eide's Entertainment in Downtown Pittsburgh.  Jim Semonik has been working at Eide's Entertainment since 1998 and is currently the store's music buyer.  A luminary in Pittsburgh's industrial music scene, Semonik is a music lover in every sense of the word.

50th Anniversary of Bob Dylan's First Major Concert

On April 12, 1963, Bob Dylan gave his first major concert performance at Town Hall in New York City.  Cindy Howes and Joey Spehar spoke with local concert promoter Ed Traversari about some significant eras of Bob Dylan's performing career.

Galactic's Ben Ellman Guest DJ Set

Galactic are a funk and jazz band from New Orleans.  They have been great champions of other NOLA musicians throughout their career.  Ben Ellman - saxman and harmonica-ist - talked to Joey Spehar recently about some of his favorite musicians from New Orleans.  This is Ben's Guest DJ set.

WYEP's 25 Women Who Have Influenced Music

In celebration of Women’s History Month, WYEP profiles 25 women who influenced music.  This 2 hour program covers eras and genres and offers insight into each woman’s work and features one of her classic recordings. Join Host Rosemary Welsch, local musicians Joy Ike and Liz Berlin, and local music writers Scott Mervis and Scott Tady as they share their thoughts on some of their favorite female artists. 

Muddy Waters 100th

Joey Spehar ventured out to Jerry's Records in Squirrel Hill to talk about the life and impact of Muddy Waters with Jerry Weber.  Muddy Waters is considered the Father of Modern Chicago Blues.  

Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear Guest DJ

The talented and charming Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear was kind enough to play guest DJ on The Morning Mix on March 28, 2013. Ed shared a few of his favorite songs with Morning Mix host, Cindy Howes. Here are Ed's picks:1. Unknown Mortal Orchestra, "Swim and Sleep" from II2. Ghost Town DJ's, "My Boo" from So So Def Bass All-Stars3. Stevie Nicks, "Wild Heart" from a YouTube clip of Nicks singing at a Rolling Stone photo shoot

55th Anniversary of Stereophonic Sound

Cindy Howes intereviewed Don Maue - a record producer, radio host, and professor - about the advent of Stereophonic Sound.  Listen to hear the history of Stereophonic Sound and some great examples of the differences between mono and stereo.

Mr. McFeely on the Morning Mix

On the occasion of Fred Rogers’ 85th birthday, actor David Newell spoke with Joey Spehar and Cindy Howes about his time working on Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood as the beloved Speedy Deliveryman, Mr. McFeely. Specifically, Newell reflects on some of the Neighborhood’s best known songs like “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” and “It’s Such a Good Feeling”. He also shares some of his favorite musical memories of Rogers, such as the Erroll Garner jazz standard “Misty” that Fred would play on-set whenever he needed a break. You can learn more about the ongoing effort to preserve the message and legacy of Fred Rogers at 

WYEP's Alternative Souper Bowl - The Billy Price Band

The Billy Price Band perform at WYEP's Alternative Souper Bowl at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Main in Oakland. Broadcast date February 3, 2013

WYEP's Alternative Souper Bowl - Broken Fences

Broken Fences perform at WYEP's Alternative Souper Bowl at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Main in Oakland. Broadcast date February 3, 2013

WYEP's Alternative Souper Bowl - The Deceptions

The Deceptions perform at WYEP's Alternative Souper Bowl at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Main in Oakland. Broadcast Date: Sunday, February 3, 2013.

The Block Party's Top 50 Songs of 2012 Countdown

WYEP's Local Year in Review show - 2012

WYEP's 2012 Year in Review Countdown Show

Live & Direct from the WYEP Studios - 2012

This two-hour program features performances by: Glenn Tilbrook, The Wallflowers, Josh Ritter, Jennifer O'Connor, Nada Surf, Ryan Bingham, Band of Horses, World Party, Blitzen Trapper, Maia Sharp, moe., Dr. Dog, Fanfarlo, The Kooks, Simone Felice, Laura Marling, Charlie Mars, Husky, The Punch Brothers, Joe Louis Walker, Whitehorse, The Head & The Heart, Rufus Wainwright, Andrew Bird, The Honeydogs, Sara Watkins and Graffiti6.

2012's Departures

There were many significant losses in 2012, from Dick Clark and Don Cornelius to Earl Scruggs and Levon Helm. "Departures" offers remembrances of these and many others from all around the musical dimension. Hosted by Brian Siewiorek, with contributions from WYEP's Mike Sauter, Bruce Mountjoy, Jesse Novak, Mike Canton, Kate Borger, Kyle Smith, Rosemary Welsch, Ken Batista, Rob O'Friel; WESA's Paul Guggenheimer, Mike Plaskett, Dale Abraham, Tammy Terwelp and Bob Studebaker. Plus Pittsburgh City Paper's Andy Mulkerin.

WYEP's Holiday Hootenanny Broadcast 2012

WYEP's Holiday Hootenanny Broadcast - recorded at the New Hazlett Theater on December 13, 2012. Featuring Chet Vincent & The Big Bend, Neighbours and Mark Dignam & The House of Sound. Plus Guest Vocals from: Billy Price, Molly Alphabet, Emily Pinkerton, Mike McCormick, Midge Crickett, Sarah Siplak, Scott Peterson, Morgan Erina, Guy Russo, Brooke Annibale, Judith Avers, Ben Shannon, Joy Ike, Ben Hardt, Josh Verbanets and Dave Bubbenheim. Hosted by Cindy Howes.

Author Neil Gaiman Guest DJs at WYEP

Fantasy writer Neil Gaiman has worked in a variety of media including print, television, film, theater, and audio. His Sandman comics are hugely influential within the genre. His novel “Neverwhere” became a television series and “Coraline" a film. He won both the Carnegie and Newbury Medals for his children’s novel “The Graveyard Book”. Neil is closely associated with rock music and is married to singer Amanda Plummer of Dresden Dolls. Check out Neil’s playlist which ranges from David Bowie to The Magnetic Fields, and hear his views on the art of reading and writing.

Erin McKeown Guest DJs at WYEP

Erin McKeown has been a longtime friend of WYEP, having played our Summer Music Festival several times as well as visiting to play live on the air on multiple occasions. Recently, we welcomed Erin back to play guest DJ, playing songs from her laptop and discussing her forthcoming album Manifestra and her recent efforts as an activist. We were lucky enough to get from Erin a world-premiere sneak peek at one of the songs from Manifestra (due out early 2013), the song "Baghdad to the Bayou." Erin reveals the song's startling backstory, which involved text messages from MSNBC's Rachel Maddow and an inspiration by This American Life's Ira Glass. Erin's selections:Ryan Montbleau, "Yeah Man" (For Higher) Ben Sollee, "Unfinished" (Half Made Man) Tune-Yards, "Gangsta" (Whokill) Erin McKeown & Susan Werner, "Islands in the Stream" (live from the Cabin Fever series) Mel & Tim, "Backfield in Motion" (Beg Scream & Shout: The Big Ol' Box of '60s Soul) Erin McKeown, "Baghdad to the Bayou" (Manifestra) Labelle, "Who's Watching the Watcher?" (Chameleon)

Pittsburgh Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle Guest DJs at WYEP

Pittsburgh Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle Guest DJs WYEP's Afternoon Mix with Rosemary Welsch on October 30, 2012. The Pittsburgh Pirates Manager is an avid music fan. He had plenty to say about the music, baseball, and what musicians and ballplayers share in common. He selected tracks by Bruce Springsteen, Emmylou Harris, Van Morrison, The Doors and more.

Nick Lowe Guest DJs at WYEP

Guest DJ Nick Lowe surprised us with many of his picks, including Eleni Mandell, Joe South, JD McPherson and Los Straitjackets. He also talked about his storied career as a singer, songwriter and producer.

Tift Merritt Guest DJs at WYEP

Tift Merritt guest DJs The Afternoon Mix with Rosemary Welsch on July 18, 2012