Steiner to return to radio, at Morgan

Ex-host for WYPR to start next week

June 06, 2008|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,Sun reporter

Talk-show host Marc Steiner, whose forced exit from WYPR-FM set off a firestorm of protest and left his fans calling for the removal of station management, will resurface next week with a weekly morning show on WEAA-FM.

The new hourlong Marc Steiner Show will air at 9 a.m. Wednesdays on WEAA (88.9), which broadcasts from the campus of Morgan State University. Plans call for the show to air daily beginning in the fall, possibly as early as September, Steiner said.

"We're very excited," said the radio host, whose show will be produced by his own Center for Emerging Media.

Reflecting the move from a station with a predominantly white audience to one where most listeners are African-American, Steiner promised a show that will be "a little different.

"I think America is ready for a show that crosses racial and generational lines," Steiner said, "both in terms of staff and appeal."

Local peace activist Max Obuszewski, one of many fans who have made no secret in recent months of their disapproval with Steiner's removal from WYPR, welcomed the talk-show host's return to the airwaves on a regular basis. "It was just a matter of time," he said.

Steiner, who had been a mainstay on WYPR (and its predecessor, WJHU) for 15 years, was fired by station General Manager Anthony Brandon in February. Station officials have offered several explanations for the move, including low ratings, too narrow a focus on Baltimore issues, differences in philosophy and unspecified personnel issues.

"People can do whatever they want with WYPR," Steiner said yesterday. "I don't spend a lot of time thinking about that."

Guests for next week's inaugural show on WEAA were still being lined up yesterday, Steiner said, although they will include author Ta-Nehisi Coates and his father, Paul. The elder Coates was one of the founding members of the Black Panther Party in Baltimore, and their relationship is discussed in Ta-Nehisi Coates' latest book, The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons and an Unlikely Road to Manhood.

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