WYEP Workshops

November 14, 2012

Education Seminar: Radio Daze

Return to an era before pictures and video dominated entertainment, when families gathered around their radios after dinner.
Explore the world of the 1930s radio dramas with Paul Guggenheimer, Essential Pittsburgh’s host. Learn about the history and development of the narrative-centric radio programs that brought drama, suspense, horror and comedy to the radio format. Find out how radio dramas paved the way for modern television programming, with soap operas during the day and prime-time dramas at night.
Delight in the first horror anthology, “A Witch’s Tale,” or learn about “The Shadow,” a crime drama that later became the model for comic book heroes. Find out more about the Mercury Theater on Air that brought classic literature to the radio waves, and Fred Allen’s radio comedy show, “Allen’s Alley.”
Radio dramas brought lively characters into family homes and listeners used their imaginations to recreate the story’s universe.
Come to “Radio Daze” on Wednesday, November 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the WYEP Community Broadcast Center. Tickets are $10 for members and $12 for non-members.

June 4, 2013

Art of Listening: Creating Oral Histories

Discover the craft of story-telling and use your skills to produce an oral history.

Brian Siewiorek, WYEP's Production Director, and Erika Beras, WESA's Behavioral Health Reporter, will offer an hour-long workshop on how to create an oral history. You'll learn about effectively interviewing a subject and how to draw out their stories.

As part of the class you'll get a chance to create an oral history in the WYEP studio in a one-on-one session with Brian or Erika. Come to "The Art of Listening: Creating Oral Histories" on Tuesday, June 4 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 for members and $60 for non-members.

July 16, 2013

InnerBeat Drum School at WYEP

Discover your rhythm with InnerBeat Drum School at the WYEP Community Broadcast Center. 

Children and adults of all ages are welcomed to come learn how to drum with a qualified local drum teacher, George Guest, the owner and drum teacher of InnerBeat. He offers his energetic classes to students of all ages--he'll work with anyone willing to learn.

Drum classes can be a good summer enrichment activity for kids and adults. They're also cheaper than you think, just pay for the lessons and the equipment package. 

George is offering two 3-week courses, one for kids ages 6 to 12 and one for teens and adults. Both 40-minute weekly classes start at 10 a.m. The young kids class starts on Tuesday, July 16. The teen and adult class starts on Wednesday, July 17. 

The 3-week course costs $60 for WYEP members and $70 for nonmembers. The equipment package costs $60 and includes a practice pad, lesson book and drumsticks. 

Payments for lessons and equipment should be made at the InnerBeat website, find the WYEP 2013 Summer Class webpage.

Class sizes will range from 5 to 15 students. Missed classes will not be refunded, there are no make-up lessons.


April 7, 2014 to April 8, 2014

The Beatles: Behind the Scenes

"The Beatles: Behind the Scenes" is back again in April! WYEP Midday Mix Host and Music Director Mike Sauter will guide you on a journey to a greater understanding of the creative process of this legendary band. Once again, we'll delve into the writing and recording of three Beatles songs, including "Strawberry Fields Forever," "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," and "Let it Be."

Whether you're a die-hard Beatles fan or a casual listener, join us either Monday, April 7 OR Tuesday, April 8 from 7:30-9pm at the WYEP Community Broadcast Center. Tickets are $10 for non-members and $8 for members.

All ages are allowed at all sessions, but due to the subject matter, please note that there will necessarily be occasional mature language and references to drug use.


Here are a few comments from past attendees:

•    "Having listened to the Beatles since before they appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, I've been a student of their music and their recording sessions since I was twelve years old.  I've read a number of books on the subject and your presentation was not only informative (and accurate) but very entertaining as well.  Thanks for all the research and time you put into these presentations.  Look forward to many more - keep up the great work!"

•    "My daughter Katie and I attended the final segment of "Beatles: Behind the Scenes" last Tuesday night. A sincere thanks to you for what was a truly enjoyable and informative evening for both of us.... I wasn’t sure how well the 90-minute session would go over with a 15-year-old, but for a few days after the fact, she talked about how much she enjoyed the evening and referred back to it several times."

•    "My middle-school son's assessment of your Beatles' session the other night? 'That was AWESOME.' He made me play Sgt Pepper's at full blast in the car all the way home as we sang at the tops of our lungs."

•    "I attended the workshop with three 9th grade students.  As I'm sure you know, teenagers are sometimes hard to entertain.  However, my students sat enrapt throughout the entire workshop and had nothing but good things to say about what they heard last night!  They continued to talk about it the whole way back to the school!  Additionally, I was very pleased with what I learned."