With Pittsburgh’s strong roots in the history of American jazz, WDUQ is proud to be the tri-state region’s premier jazz station.
In 1969, WDUQ aired its first jazz radio program. Twenty years later, daytime jazz was added to the program schedule and in 1998, jazz programming was expanded to seven days a week.
In 1997, WDUQ launched the live audio stream on this web site. The jazz audio stream was added in 1999. Today’s web audience reaches across the United States and the globe.
In 1998, WDUQ produced its first compact disc, Last Call at The Balcony. The CD featured 50 of Pittsburgh’s jazz artists performing at a final jam session at The Balcony, a nightclub in the Shadyside neighborhood. Proceeds from the sale of the CD supported WDUQ programming, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Jazz Society Scholarship Fund.
In June 2000, WDUQ received the first Mellon Jazz Festival Community Jazz Award recognizing the station’s significant contribution to jazz in southwestern Pennsylvania.
Taking Jazz Across the Country
At the national level, WDUQ launched JazzWorks in 1998, a national jazz network for public radio stations across the country. Through the use of technological innovations, the service provides a dramatically new method for the national distribution of jazz programming. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting awarded JazzWorks a $390,000 grant to expand operations. At this time, JazzWorks is heard on more than 40 public radio stations across the U.S.
WDUQ’s “Rhythm Sweet & Hot,” heard on Saturday evenings from 9 – 12 pm (ET), is also heard in Puerto Rico, Australia and across the United States.
WDUQ is a founding member of the Jazz Radio Consortium which encourages collaboration, research and advocacy, and information-sharing among public radio stations throughout the United States.