Abby Goldstein.
Abby Goldstein.

General Manager of WYEP, Abby lives in Churchill with her cat Minkey and her husband/partner in crime Jason, who works in administration at The University of Pittsburgh. Abby, who moved to Pittsburgh in 2012, has this to say about “really enjoying exploring this delightful city:”

Since I arrived to take the reins at WYEP, this community has welcomed me with open arms and I’ve been fortunate to meet many of the smart, talented and visionary people who make this city great. I just graduated from Leadership Pittsburgh (class XXXI, the best class ever) and I know the connections I’ve made here in Pittsburgh will endure for a long time to come. With my wonderful staff and board, we finalized a strategic plan in January and we’re so excited to see where we can take WYEP in the next few years.

Monday, July 27

Getting back into the swing of work after a beautiful weekend at the Pittsburgh Blues Festival and the farmers market in Bloomfield. I will do a whole bunch of writing in the morning and eat lunch at my desk, which allows me to justify a trip down to Page’s Dairy Mart for an afternoon treat of frozen custard with butterscotch sauce. It’s one of my very favorite places in Pittsburgh. On Monday evening, I have a deep tissue massage at Mookshi Wellness Center in Regent Square. Regular massage is a really important part of my life and I was so thrilled when I learned that my new neighbor Cara was a massage therapist. I see Cara for massage about once a month.

Tuesday, July 28

More writing and meetings. July is a busy time. We begin our fiscal year on July 1 and we’re setting goals and getting ramped up for what will be a very challenging and productive FY16. We’re thick in the middle of our summer festival season right now but all of the planning for those events was done months ago. Right now, we’re teeing up the projects coming up in the fall. We’re experimenting with a new kind of fundraiser this fall and we have a number of events between now and the end of the year. We’re also planning to expand our Reimagination program for teen musicians. There’s just a ton of great of work we’re doing right now and I’m so invigorated by the creative energy of the people I work with at WYEP.

After work, I‘ll stop in at what I consider the best grocery story in Pittsburgh, McGinnis Sisters in Monroeville. They specialize in locally raised produce, meats and baked goods and they have a mind-blowing selection of German and Eastern European specialty foods. I just  harvested the first batch of the tomatoes that are going crazy in my garden, so I‘ll  pick up some beautiful bacon, a head of romaine and a loaf of soft Italian bread and we’ll have BLTs for dinner, which are an excellent tomato-delivery device.

Wednesday, July 29

BUSY day! I have lunch with a Leadership Pittsburgh classmate at McCormick & Schmick’s on the South Side and will swing by Bartram House Bakery on the way back to the office to pick up a lemon macaron (three, actually, who could eat just one) for my afternoon snack. I sit on the board of directors for Public Radio Program Directors, Inc., a national membership organization that represents the interests and needs of the public radio programming community. Our annual conference will be in Pittsburgh this September and I am giddy with excitement about having 500 of my favorite colleagues, public radio managers, programming professionals and program producers, here in my adopted hometown. We have our quarterly board meeting by phone in the afternoon. I also sit on the South Side Chamber of Commerce board.

Thursday, July 30

On my way to work, I will stop at my very favorite local bakery, Allegra Hearth Bakery in Squirrel Hill, and pick up a loaf of Russian corn rye for the weekend . . . and a croissant for breakfast. But at 9 a.m.,  I ‘m already thinking about dinner. I’ve only eaten at Salt of the Earth once and my husband has yet to enjoy that particular dining experience. I just learned that they are closing on August 1, so I made a reservation for tonight. Their menu is amazing — I’m hoping for some of their spicy Korean fried chicken . . . It’s such a shame we have to lose Salt of the Earth. It’s a true gem.

Friday, July 31

A morning of meetings and phone calls, capped off by lunch with a board member at Sonoma Grille. Then I’ll be off to Schenley Plaza in Oakland to get ready for one of my favorite summertime activities: WYEP’s Final Friday concert. With the support of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, WYEP brings free concerts to Schenley Plaza throughout the summer on the last Friday of July, August and September. This Friday’s concert is one I’m super excited about: in celebration of the 20th anniversary of The Soul Show, we’re presenting the Poogie Bell Band and a New Orleans-based band, Water Seed, starting at 7 p.m. The Soul Show’s Mike Canton will host and it promises to be a blast — so come on out and dance under the stars with us!

Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...