WPSU's original programs focus on northern and central Pennsylvania communities

September 09, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The return of President Barron’s monthly show, a new radio program that promotes local musicians from northern and central Pennsylvania, and a cooking show that introduces viewers to recipes from around the world are some of the original programs from WPSU Penn State this fall.

WPSU — central Pennsylvania’s public media station and a Penn State Outreach service — produces original, local programming for WPSU-TV, WPSU-FM and online.

WPSU-FM also will air special 9/11 programming from Sept. 10-12. “Sacred Ground,” the story of a central Pennsylvania man who realized Flight 93 had crashed on his family's land, will air at noon on Friday, Sept. 10, and 7 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 12. On Sept. 11, the station will air special coverage from NPR News during “Weekend Edition” from 8 to 11 a.m. and “All Things Considered” from 5 to 6 p.m.

The local offerings include:


  • “Digging Deeper” — Penn State President Eric Barron’s monthly show that explores how work being done at the University impacts the broader community.
  • “Conversations Live” — Guest experts discuss local and national issues as they take viewers’ questions during the monthly program.
  • “Our Town” — Profiles of northern and central Pennsylvania communities that are told by community volunteers.


  • “Health Minute” — A weekly, one-minute radio program airing Tuesdays that features information and strategies for living a healthy life.
  • “Take Note” — WPSU’s weekly community affairs radio program on Fridays and Sundays that features in-depth interviews with central Pennsylvania newsmakers.
  • “The Local Groove” — A local music show on Saturday nights that features music written and recorded by musicians from central and northern Pennsylvania.
  • “Poetry Moment” — Each Monday, Penn State Laureate Shara McCallum selects, introduces and reads poems by a sampling of living Pennsylvania poets from different regions of the state.


  • “World Kitchen” — Viewers can learn to make dishes from around the world while hearing from guest chefs about the cultures, history and traditions each dish represents.
  • “Adventures in Privy Digging” — A limited series that looks at Houtzdale resident Frank Harchak’s passion for privy digging, including items he has unearthed, tricks of the trade and history he has learned along the way.
  • Additional short online features that share stories of local people, places and culture.

WPSU-TV serves 24 counties in central Pennsylvania and reaches 515,000 households, and WPSU-FM is accessible to more than 450,000 listeners in 13 counties. The online features are available on the WPSU Digital webpage, YouTube, and through the station’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Visit the WPSU website for more information on each program.

(Media Contacts)

Last Updated September 09, 2021