WESA (90.5) has launched a new model to reporting – one focused on desks and beats as opposed to the general assignment model. The hope is that the change will provide a better coverage of the city and region.

Meanwhile “Essential Pittsburgh” will receive a makeover as well. The daily noontime format will be retired effective July 22 and evolve into a multi-platform content program similar to “Planet Money”. This will allow the station to provide content for programs like “Morning Edition”, “All Things Considered” and more.

Replacing the noon broadcast of “Essential Pittsburgh” on July 25 is “The Takeaway”. Also coming soon is a once-weekly news roundup hosted by Kevin Gavin. The program will debut in late summer and is tentatively scheduled for Fridays at noon.

1 thought on “WESA changing models

  1. I’m not sure replacing what essentially (no pun intended) had been their flagship program with a WNYC/New York offering … http://www.wnyc.org/shows/takeaway
    … is a good way to kick off what supposedly is an effort to improve coverage of Pittsburgh and vicinity. It does sound like something WAMU in Washington, DC, is attempting … http://wamu.org/about/16/03/23/wamu_885_unveils_ambitious_new_vision_for_a_growing_multiplatform_newsroom
    But what do I know? (By the way, Eric, is this where I do the “in the interest of full disclosure” about my current employers?)

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