‘World Cafe’ Radio Show Spotlights Pittsburgh Tonight

Catch ‘Sense of Place: Pittsburgh’ on WYEP Wednesday at 6 p.m.

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The Philadelphia-based public radio show “World Cafe” has traveled to all corners of the globe during its 22-year-run — and this week, host David Dye and company are making the short trip across the Turnpike.

“Sense of Place: Pittsburgh” will air tonight on “World Cafe,” broadcast to syndicated affiliates nationwide, including 91.3-FM WYEP in South Side. The “Sense of Place” series has aired episodes on the likes of New Orleans, Nashville and Portland, aiming to spotlight the history and current state of a regional music scene.

Among the segments in today’s two-hour show:

  • An interview with (and performance from) local standouts Donora

  • Billy Price’s top-five older Pittsburgh tunes

  • An archived “World Cafe” performance from Rusted Root

  • A special interview with Jerry Weber, the iconic owner of Jerry’s Records

Fans of the local scene know that a national spotlight like this is a must-listen; the uninitiated may never have a better chance to get caught up on the music around these parts.

WYEP will air “Sense of Place: Pittsburgh” from 6-8 p.m.; if you want to catch it early (or twice), you can tune in to the “World Cafe” home station, WXPN-FM, online.


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What’s happening tonight?


  • Allow the Pittsburgh Banjo Club to add a little twang to your night; the group reunites weekly at its home, The Elks Lodge No. 339 in the North Side. — 8-11 p.m.


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