Echoes of Erin airs every Sunday from 12:30PM to 2:00PM eastern time. The program is Produced and Presented by Diane V. Byrnes and has become a focal point within the Pittsburgh Irish Community. The mission of Echoes of Erin is to promote all genres of Irish / Celtic music; raise issues of concern to Irish and Irish Americans; introduce topics of interest; and teach Irish history through special programming.

The format consists of:

  • Variety of Irish / Celtic music
  • An Inspirational Moment – inspirational, motivational, historical, and cultural content
  • The Ireland Report - a live news segment from Ireland
  • Dateline Irish - a calendar of events
  • Guests and Interviews on topics of interest to the broader Irish community.

Through the medium of radio, Echoes of Erin is the nucleus by which information is provided to the public.

We are heard in eastern Ohio, northern West Virginia, north east Maryland and sixteen counties in south western Pennsylvania. The potential listening audience of WEDO is over one million people within these four states; with 677,400 from 25 to 49 years of age, and 425,000 from 50 to 64 years of age. Plus over the past five years several new listeners have found the program on the internet both as a ‘live stream' and through our archives. Listeners from across the United States, Canada, Europe, Ireland and Australia have tuned in and have become steady listeners.

An Inspirational Moment began January 2008. This segment, at the top of the hour, encompasses an inspirational, motivational, spiritual, historical, or cultural content which is sponsored by a company, organization or individual. The Ireland Report is a live news segment direct from Ireland. Each week, a different ‘news correspondent' is called and gives a report on what is happening on the island of Ireland at that time.

  • 1 st Sunday – Cloghercor, County Donegal with Patricia Sharkey, Editor of the Donegal Newsletter. www.dun-na-ngall.com . Patricia has been with the program since May 2002.
  • 2 nd Sunday – County Galway, with Brian Nolan who joined the program in June 2010, www.galwaywalks.com
  • 3 rd Sunday – Dublin, County Dublin with Davy Kettyles, has been with the program since February 2001.
  • 4 th Sunday - Belfast, County Antrim with Maírtin O'Muilleoir, the Lord Mayor of Belfast June 2013 to June 2014, www.newbelfast.com . He has resumed his previous roles; Sinn Fein Councilor on Belfast City Council, Managing Director, Belfast Media Group, www.belfastmedia.com , and Publisher of The Irish Echo out of New York, www.irishecho.com . Maírtin has been with the program since June 2001.
  • 5 th Sunday – Pittsburgh, County Allegheny with Diane Byrnes. On the occasional fifth Sunday with a round-up of news around Ireland.

A ‘Live' news segment has continuously been provided since 1994. Interviews conducted over the past two years include a broad scope of interesting people and topics:

  • Entertainers including: Frances Black , Cathie Ryan, Joanie Madden of Cherish The Ladies , Fr. Ray Kelly , Phil Coulter , Ryan Kelly, George Donaldson, RIP (3/12/14), and Keith Harkin of Celtic Thunder, James Gourlay, Music Director River City Brass Band; Orla Fallon, previously with Celtic Woman now solo; Finbar Clancy & Martin Furey of The High Kings out of Ireland, and many more.
  • Authors including: Patricia Hopper, Kilpara, Gerry O'Neil , Pittsburgh Irish – Erin on the Three Rivers , Larry Kirwan , The History of Irish Music, Angus M. Maquarrie, Publisher, Celtic Life, Anne Cadwallader, Lethal Allies, Patricia McElligott, Irish Pittsburgh published by Arcadia Press. Cindy Thompson, Professor Steve Farrell, Liverpool Roared and Farrell's Irish Papers; Patricia Falvey, The Yellow House, The Linen Queen; John Cassidy, Buses, Trains and Gaelic Games; Michael Patrick MacDonald, All Souls & The Easter Rising; Kevin Byrne, Clonard; Brenna Briggs, the Liffey River Series, Sligo; and M ichael McKernon, Shanway Press, Irish Book Publishers , Belfast.
  • Film Writer: Kevin McCann on the Documentary “The Rising” scheduled for release 2016; Screen Writer: Keir Pierson on the movie “Hotel Rwanda”.
  • Actor John O'Creagh, Mr. Burgess in Candida , Tom Atkins, Stephanie Riso with Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre and MTAP .
  • Judge Kevin Dougherty, candidate for Pa. Supreme Court, Former Maryland Governor, Martin O'Malley
  • Mark J. Finlay, Director, Belfast-based President's Club, LTD & Ireland-US Council, Anne Burnham on Bloomsday, Matt Morrison, and Pól Harkin, with Thar Saile; Michael Bartley with OnQ on WQED PBS, Jim Lamb, President of The Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh, Robert Murdoch , National Chairman of Tartan Day.
  • A variety of heads of local Irish organizations.

Over the years other interviews have been conducted with Irish politicians including Gerry Adams, President of Sinn Fein (three times), David Trimble, Seamus Mallon and others; Dr. Bill Harris, Director of Science Foundation Ireland; Pennsylvania politicians with Congressman Mike Doyle and Congressman Tim Murphy; Doug Shields, former Pittsburgh City Council member on Fanad, Co. Donegal, and heads of local and national organizations such as Seamus Boyle, Ancient Order of Hibernians National President; Thomas J. Burke, National President, Irish American Unity Conference.

Throughout the years a variety of ‘themed' programs have been produced on topics such as The 1916 Easter Rising; The Hunger Strikes; Michael Collins; The Great Hunger; Christmas in Ireland; Summer Roads, and a two week special on The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem and The Irish in the American Civil War.

Echoes of Erin has been acknowledged on the world stage with articles in various Irish Newspapers and Celtic magazines ( http://www.celticlifeintl.com/ ) along with interviews on East Radio in Wexford, City Beat in Belfast, BBC in Belfast with Stephen Nolan, Ulster BBC with Gerry Anderson (RIP) in Armagh, and Connemara Community Radio in Connemara with Eamon McLaughlin simulcasting two Christmas shows.

Echoes of Erin has a dedicated market of people interested in the island of Ireland - music, news, culture, people, history and travel. Many have listened to the program since the beginning in 1988 and new listeners are always tuning in. The program can also be heard online through our archives at www.wedo810.com ; since June 2010, WEDO is ‘streamed live' with many listeners around America and the world, they tune in because they thoroughly enjoy the content of the program. A few articles have been written about the program in local and statewide newspapers.

Diane Byrnes has been the driving force with the program from the onset in February 1988. Passionate in providing a forum for all things Irish, she has captivated the locals, garnered the respect and influence of many and continues to produce a quality product that has kept Pittsburgh as a focal point on the Irish Scene. She was honored as the 2004 Grand Marshal of Pittsburgh's St. Patrick's Day Parade and has been instrumental in the creation of ‘ The Year of Remembrance Committee ', a group dedicated to providing the community with programs based on Irish history. She creates and produces, along with her committees, a special fundraising event each year such as Samhain, and in the past, Beltaine. Over the years she and has been a Promoter of Irish Entertainment.

Echoes of Erin is a good place to spend your advertising dollars, especially if you have something Irish to sell or tell. Although you must remember my listeners are consumers, they need your services and products and are very inclined to purchase because you have advertised on the program. Don't be shy; give me a ring or send an email to check the benefits and features of advertising with me. Prices are very reasonable. Phone 412.781.6368 or Email: diane.byrnes@verizon.net .

Remember Echoes of Erin is the nucleus for the Irish scene in Pittsburgh; most events are listed on Dateline Irish. Topics of interest for Irish and American-Irish are discussed on the program; most likely you won't hear about some of these topics / issues on other main stream media.

February 7, 2016 begins the 29th year broadcasting Echoes of Erin on WEDO.

Links – if you would like to exchange links with me; send an email with your particulars and we will reciprocate. diane.byrnes@verizon.net