Listen to the South Side is a PublicArtPittsburgh, a project initiated by the City of Pittsburgh to link artists with neighborhood organizations to create community-based artworks. Working with the South Side Local Development Corporation, our intention was to celebrate the community at its entryways, exposing its rich history and residents. The question was, how to involve the residents? The solution was to literally give the residents a voice, broadcasting their voices on the airwaves.
A strategy evolved to interview a broad spectrum of people who live and work in the neighborhood, supplement their oral histories with factoids about South Side history, then broadcast it 24/7 from the Carnegie Library, South Side Branch with a small radio transmitter. Street signage invites listeners to tune into 102.9 FM and Listen to the South Side.
Selections from Listen to the South Side Radio Broadcast: