WEAA

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WEAA
City of license Baltimore, Maryland
Broadcast area Baltimore, Maryland
Branding Morgan State University Radio
Slogan "Information, Culture, & All That Jazz"
Frequency 88.9 MHz
First air date January 10, 1977
Format public radio
ERP 12,500 watts
HAAT 67 meters
Class B1
Facility ID 43794
Callsign meaning "We Educate African Americans"[1]
Owner Morgan State University
Website www.weaa.org

WEAA (88.9 FM) is a non-profit, National Public Radio station that serves the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area. It is licensed and owned by Morgan State University. WEAA was named 1999 Jazz Station of the Year by Gavin Magazine.[2]

The station has been noted for its willingness to host intense discussions of issues like racism and sexuality.[3]

Although WEAA is based at Morgan State, it does not function like a (stereo)typical "college radio" station; most of its staff are adults and it serves a larger community within Baltimore. However, the station does take on many student interns and volunteers, who learn skills connected to radio broadcasting.[4]

History[edit]

WEAA went live on 10 January 1977.

White Baltimore activist Robert Kaufman accused WEAA of reverse racism in 1998 when they turned down his offer to host a show for free. Kaufman's complaint with the Maryland Commission on Human Rights was unsuccessful.[5]

In 2007, a coalition of WEAA listeners took to the streets in protest when "The Powers Report" with Tyrone Powers went off the air. Powers and his supporters alleged that newly elected governor Martin O'Malley had used his political clout to force Powers off the air in retaliation for critical remarks.[6] Powers filed a lawsuit alleging that O'Malley ordered him fired, with WEAA manager Donald Lockett and NAACP president Kweisi Mfume acting as intermediaries.[7][8] O'Malley and Mfume denied the allegations completely.[9]

In 2008, WEAA hired Marc Steiner (after Steiner's dismissal from WYPR)[10] and began running Democracy Now!. These changes increased the ratio of news to music and added white voices, prompting observers to ask, "Will whites listen to a majority black station?"[11] In the following months, WEAA gained 20,000 listeners for a total of 100,000.[10]

Current programs[edit]

  • "The Baltimore Blend" with Beverly Burke
  • "Wealthy Lifestyle" with Deborah Owens"
  • The Marc Steiner Show
  • "Fiesta Musical" with Guilermo Brown
  • "Reggae, Roots & Culture" with Papa Wabe
  • "In the Groove" and "Cool Jazz Countdown" with Marcellus "Bassman" Shepard

Past programs[edit]

  • The Anthony McCarthy Show
  • The Michael Eric Dyson Show (2010–2012)[12]
  • "The Powers Report" with Tyrone Powers (–2007)
  • "Underground Experience" with Oji Morris and Brian Pope (1989–2002)[13]
  • "Sisters Circle" with Nalonga Sayyed and Faraja Lewis
  • "Dialogue with the African-American Male" with Richard Rowe and Earl El-Amin

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ WEAA music director Narius Coleman, quoted in Organizational Change (2011).
  2. ^ WEAA. "About WEAA". WEAA.org. Baltimore, MD. Retrieved October 12, 2009. 
  3. ^ Rob Hiassen, "WEAA's companion talk shows don't mince words", Baltimore Sun, 23 February 1994, p. 1C.
  4. ^ Sandy Alexander, "Campus stations claim niche in radio market", Baltimore Sun, 21 April 2002.
  5. ^ Michael Olesker, "It's a sound argument for radio stations", Baltimore Sun, 11 May 1998.
  6. ^ Gregory Kane, "Defense of ousted radio host heats up". Baltimore Sun, 31 January 2007, p. 1B.
  7. ^ Gregory Kane, "Lawsuit airs story on loss of air time", Baltimore Sun, 23 January 2008.
  8. ^ Rev. Heber Brown, III, "Gubernatorial Pressure Pushes Powers Off The Air", Faith in Action, 27 January, 2007.
  9. ^ Gregory Kane, "A little light might clear the air over radio show", Baltimore Sun, 27 January 2007.
  10. ^ a b Evan Serpick, "Radio Static", Baltimore magazine, February 2009.
  11. ^ Chris Kaltenbach, "Hiring Steiner Dovetails With Overall WEAA Plan", Baltimore Sun, 18 May 2008.
  12. ^ Richard Prince, "Michael Eric Dyson Quits Radio Show", Urban Radio Nation, 13 March 2012.
  13. ^ Bret McCabe, "Clearing the Air: WEAA Moves Out of the Underground", CityPaper, 27 February, 2002.

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Coordinates: 39°20′31″N 76°35′13″W / 39.342°N 76.587°W / 39.342; -76.587