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Pittsburgh musicians celebrate opening day at PNC Park

Katie Blackley
90.5 WESA

Anything can happen on Opening Day. The return to the ballpark by fans and players alike is a sign of summer that’s truly hard to resist. We talked to some Pittsburgh musicians and WYEP staff about baseball songs and their choices for walk-up songs.


Pittsburgh alt-rocker and R.E.M. super-fan Chad Sipes on R.E.M.’s “Harborcoat”


Pittsburgh R&B artist, dancer, and eternal optimist Chandra Rhyme on Queen’s “We Wil Rock You”


Lead singer of The Commonheart and Opening Day veteran Clinton Clegg on The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy”


Hardware heir and Honky-Tonk Jukebox hero Jon Bindley on Ludacris’ “Roll Out”


WYEP Midday Mix Host and star centerfielder Kyle Smith on Beastie Boys’ “Sure Shot”


Pittsburgh Hip-Hop artist and crab fries aficianado Livefromthecity on Jay-Z’s “Public Service Announcement”


Pittsburgh Country singer and spring weather supporter Molly Alphabet on Gillian Welch’s “Acony Bell”


WYEP Afternoon Mix Host and human statistic book Rosemary Welsch on The Baseball Project’s “Harvey Haddix”


Longtime WYEP underwriting rep and longer-time Pirates season ticket holder Tony Pirollo on Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m A Rocker”

Joey Spehar is a Pittsburgh native who started as a volunteer D.J. at WYEP, fresh out of college in 2006. He took on any job they’d let him do like editing audio, engineering remote broadcasts, and shoveling snow.