WESA 90.5FM - FY13 LOCAL CONTENT and SERVICES REPORT
1. Describe your overall goals and approach to address identified community
issues, needs, and interests through your station’s vital local
services, such as multiplatform long and short-form content, digital and in-person engagement, education services, community information, partnership support, and other activities, and audiences you reached or new audiences you engaged.
The overall goal of 90.5 WESA is to be recognized as a leading source of news and information for the southwestern Pennsylvania region. 90.5 WESA has proven it is a regional community resource through the kind of stories reported, programs produced and community engagement activities. On a daily basis WESA offers coverage of local news activities from reporting on City Hall to the state legislature and education. WESA provides spot news as well as enterprise stories reported by Pittsburgh based reporters. National and global news is provided through NPR news programs in addition to other public affairs/talk and entertainment shows distributed by APM, PRI and PRX. In 2011 the license to 90.5 WDUQ was purchased by WYEP/Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation from Duquesne University. The format changed from a jazz/news format to an all-news and talk format. The acquisition of the license was supported by local community based foundations because of the need of a station in the top 25 media markets to provide news and informational programs. Our mission is to work for the public to inform people in ways that engage and inspire them to create dialogue about community issues and stories. To that end, 90.5 WESA provides locally produced and acquired content that is broadcast on the radio, online at wesa.fm and through community engagement opportunities like public forums assembled to address specific topics and issues of concern to the community. In the past two years WESA has built a listenership and membership that is different from WDUQ.
2. Describe key initiatives and the variety of partners with whom you collaborated, including other public media outlets, community nonprofits, government agencies, educational institutions, the business community,
teachers and parents, etc. This will illustrate the many ways you’re
connected across the community and engaged with other important organizations in the area.
90.5 WESA partners with five dozen different community organizations to help publicize upcoming events through media sponsorships. These partnerships exist with both well-known