2014 marks 50 years since 28-year-old Sal Patitucci brought to life an Italian-language radio program for Pittsburgh. In 1964, Sal had a vision to share the cultural and social life he left behind in Italy with his new friends here. Thus was born Radio Italia. The show began on WKPA New Kensington (1150) and has appeared on many other stations since including WHJB (620 Greensburg), WEEP (1080), WQED (89.3), WYEP (91.3), WMBA (1460 Ambridge), WBVP (1230 Beaver Falls), WKFB (770 Jeannette) and WEDO (810 McKeesport). Sal also hosted a weekly 30-minute program Italia Oggi on WPGH-TV (53) for four years in the mid-1970s.
Radio Itailia with Sal Patitucci currently airs Monday-Saturday from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m on WEDO. It is the only Italian radio program in the U.S. that airs six days a week.