"CODA" PROGRAM Our belief that contemporary music serves the well-being of a community underlies our design of this primary source archive of Pittsburgh's established and legacy artists' personal narratives. Through personal interviews, we relate the history of regional contemporary music to southwestern Pennsylvania's modern history, demonstrating music's ties to the economic and social fiber of our region from the 1950’s to the current day. With a wide and numerous array of our community’s musicians, who reflect the cultural diversity of our region, the interviews promise to be sometimes humorous, sometimes revealing and reflective, but always conversational and entertaining. To publish these interviews, we are partnering with iHeartRadio and Pittsburgh 3WS 94.5 (WWSW-FM) Radio personality Jonny Hartwell, who conducts and manages the interviews and airs them on the iHeartRadio app under the title “The Coda Podcast.” To date, these are the interviews: Annie Pugar and sons Ben Tryc/Jon Tryc with SeanMcDowell, John Sarkis, Kenny Blake, Stevee Wellons, Matt Barranti, Hermie Granati, Jack 'Johnny Angel' Hunt, Ron Soltis, Shari Richards, Billy Price, Etta Cox, Bob Banerjee, Joe Wodarek,Sean McDowell, Kay Bey, Pete Hewlett, Jim 'Sputzy' Sparacino, Donna Groom/Kim Alexander, Tony Janflone, Jr., Stoney Richards.
"Coda" has been funded in part with a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, made possible by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council.
Over time, we will be continually adding interviews to this Pittsburgh Music Scene chronicle!