Pittsburgh jazz station WZUM-FM, has been running a Spring Fundraiser since last Friday. It ends this Friday. While nearly all their on-air content is pre-recorded, during the drive, they are live on air three hours nightly, from 7-10 PM. Anchoring the live segments are key voices from WZUM, nearly all former staffers from the late news-jazz-NPR station WDUQ-FM.
On Saturday at 1:15 PM, WYZR-FM (88.1) went on the air, a day ahead of schedule. They went on with a temporary 300 watt transmitter until Wednesday, when they installed a newly purchased unit running at the full 1100 watts permitted by the FCC. Studios-offices are located on Route 19 at Donaldson's Crossroads, amid the bustling exurb known as Peters Township. The PG ran a story last Friday.
On June 30, 2011, KDKA's Paul Martino did a story on the final night of WDUQ-FM (90.5) as a news-jazz-NPR station before it switched to the news-NPR format of its new owners, Essential Public Media, a part of WYEP. The callsign subsequently changed to WESA-FM. The video is embedded in this story.
Tuesday, Pittsburgh Public Media announced FCC approval of their purchase of the license for WVBC-FM, licensed to Bethany College in the West Virginia Panhandle, just over the line from Washington County. Bethany is putting their TV and radio operations totally on the Web and will retain the WVBC callsign.