The great sports journalist, commentator, and novelist Frank DeFord died yesterday May 28, 2017. Frank was one of a kind – thoughtful, insightful, and witty. His musings were philosophical and he always wrote about individuals, not just about sports. I was honored to host Frank a number of times over the years.
To remember him and his legacy we hosted an interview from 2011 on Exploitation in College Sports, with Frank and Taylor Branch. Branch is a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and author of The Cartel: Inside the Rise and Imminent Fall of the NCAA. Frank DeFord wrote a number of books, including Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter, in 2013.
We hosted our regular segment City Paper This Week. Editor at Large Baynard Woods and Steiner Show Senior Producer Mark Gunnery talked about this week’s issue.
I had a moving interview with two individuals who are the actual people behind the inspirational story depicted in the book and movie “Queen of Katwe.” I talked with Phiona Mutesi and Robert Katende, who inspired this story of a young chess prodigy from the slums of Uganda and her visionary coach. They will be joined by Jackie Copeland, Interim Director of Education at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore.
We hosted a special feature on Poly Basketball in Baltimore with City Paper This Week! City Paper photographer and reporter Reginald Thomas II joins us to talk about his special photo essay and coverage of the team.
Baltimore’s own Polytechnic Institute’s boys basketball team won the Class 3A state championship on Saturday March 11, an honor that was a first for the school.
We hosted a special feature on the victorious Poly team, in conjunction with the Baltimore City Paper.
With: Sam Brand, Head Coach of the Poly boys basketball team; and Anthony Fitzgerald, Associate Head Coach of the team.
We hosted our regular feature City Paper This Week. Steiner Show Senior Producer Mark Gunnery talked with freelance journalist and City Paper contributor Annalies Winny.
We hosted a very special archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show, Marc’s 1996 interview with boxing legend Joe Frazier!
We host a roundtable discussion on the NFL Playoffs, the NBA Season Halfway Point, and Baltimore boxing champion Gervonta Davis. With: Andre Melton, co-host of The Flex Zone and board operator at WEAA; Ali Danois, sports and entertainment writer whose work has been published by the New York Times, Baltimore Sun, Associated Press, and the Los Angeles Times, and author of The Boys of Dunbar, A Story of Love, Hope and Basketball; and Milton Kent, freelance journalist and Lecturer in the Department of Multimedia Journalism in the School of Global Journalism and Communication at Morgan State University.
Our regular feature City Paper This Week. With: Reginald Thomas II, photographer and reporter for City Paper; and Brandon Soderberg, Deputy Editor and Arts Editor for City Paper.
We turn to Native American issues, including the name of the Cleveland team and current events at Standing Rock Reservation. With: independent print and media journalist Mark Trahant of Trahantreports.com; and Brian Ward, indigenous rights and climate justice activist and contributor to The Nation, who recently traveled to Standing Rock for the protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline.
A discussion on sports, diversity, and patriotism, based on the New York Times article last week about the regular singing of “This Land is Your Land” instead of “God Bless America” in the 7th innings of Friday night Orioles’ home games. With: Demarcus Dye, Sports Analyst for The Flex Zone who covered the Orioles for Fox Sports 1340-AM; and Milton Kent freelance journalist and Lecturer in the Department of Multimedia Journalism in the School of Global Journalism and Communication at Morgan state University.
Our panel of guests looks at the spread of protests across the country following in the footsteps of San Francisco 49ers player Colin Kaepernick, who has refused to stand for the playing of the National Anthem. With: Bill Ayers, activist, educator, retired professor in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and author of a number of books including Demand the Impossible! A Radical Manifesto; veteran journalist Sunni Khalid; and filmmaker and 2016 Morgan State University graduate Duane Saunders, who created a mini documentary about the National Anthem and is Creative Director of IV G Productions and an Associate of the Legacy Media Institute.
We turn to sports and politics, reflecting upon the actions of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has refused to stand for the playing of the national anthem during games in protest of wrongdoings against African Americans in the United States. With: Kalima Young, instructor at Towson University and University of Maryland College Park; Duane Saunders, 2016 Morgan State University graduate, Creative Director of IV G Productions, Production Associate of Legacy Media Institute and creator of a mini documentary about the National Anthem; and Dave Zirin, Host of The Edge of Sports Radio, sports editor for The Nation, and author of many books including Brazil’s Dance with the Devil: The World Cup and the Fight for Democracy.
We begin the show with our regular weekly feature Tengella’s Take with Center for Emerging Media Satirical Commentator Koli Tengella. Tengella is President of Tengella Edutainment, an instructor and creator of the Positive Social Change Performing Arts Program at Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts High School, and he was a 2010 Open Society Institute Fellow. His “take” this week is on Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte.
We begin the show with a commentary by poet and activist E. Ethelbert Miller on Ryan Lochte, the American Olympic swimmer who lied about being held-up while in Rio to cover-up the fact that he vandalized a gas station bathroom. Miller is Board Chairperson of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC.
We discuss the discourse around race and racism at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and the media narrative around the athletes and the game, with: Jerry Bembry, Senior writer at ESPN’s The Undefeated; Stacia Brown, freelance writer; and The Rev. Merrick Moise, ordained minister, writer, community activist, teacher, and one of the first African Americans ordained within the Old Catholic Movement in Baltimore.
The Olympics begin this week, so we check in with Dave Zirin for a sports commentary on the Olympics in Rio and Basketball Players in the Movement for Black Lives. Zirin is Host of The Edge of Sports Radio, sports editor for The Nation, and author of many books including Brazil’s Dance with the Devil: The World Cup and the Fight for Democracy.
Last night was game 7 of the NBA finals, and we check in with Alejandro “Ali” Danois for his input and analysis. Danois is the Editor-in-Chief of The Shadow League and a freelance sports and entertainment writer whose work has been published by the New York Times, Baltimore Sun, and Los Angeles Times, among many others. His first book, The Boys of Dunbar, A Story of Love, Hope and Basketball, will be published in September of 2016.
We are also joined by: writer, poet, and activist Tariq Touré and Andre Melton, co-Host of The Flex Zone and board operator at WEAA.
My co-host Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, Associate Professor of American Studies at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and co-editor of Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities, and I begin the show with a tribute to and remembrance of the life of the great Muhammad Ali, who died this weekend at the age of 74. With: Imam Earl El-Amin, resident Imam of the Muslim Community Cultural Center of Baltimore; veteran journalist Sunni Khalid; and Robert Shahid, co-Host of the Baltimore Blend and longtime musician and drummer.
We host our weekly feature Tengella’s Take with Koli Tengella. Koli is President of Tengella Edutainment, an instructor and creator of the Positive Social Change Performing Arts Program at Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts High School, and he was a 2010 Open Society Institute Fellow.
With Super Bowl 50 happening this Sunday, we convene a sports roundtable on the big game, Florida Panthers Quarterback Cam Newton, and more.
With: Dave Zirin, Host of The Edge of Sports Radio, sports editor for The Nation, and author of many books including Brazil’s Dance with the Devil: The World Cup and the Fight for Democracy; and Andre Melton, co-Host of The Flex Zone and board operator at WEAA.
We begin the show with a look at the story behind the resignation of University of Missouri’s president amid campus protests over the school’s handling of a number of racist incidents. We are joined by Dave Zirin, Host of The Edge of Sports Radio, Sports Editor for The Nation, and author of many books including Brazil’s Dance with the Devil: The World Cup and the Fight for Democracy.
We begin the show with our weekly feature Tengella’s Take with Koli Tengella. Koli is President of Tengella Edutainment, an instructor and creator of the Positive Social Change Performing Arts Program at Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts High School, and he was a 2010 Open Society Institute Fellow.
In light of Serena Williams’ fourth consecutive Grand Slam win at Wimbledon on Saturday, we turn to the topic of women in sports. With: Kavitha Davidson, Bloomberg View sports columnist; and Dave Zirin, host of The Edge of Sports Radio, sports editor for The Nation, and author of many books includingBrazil’s Dance with the Devil: The World Cup and the Fight for Democracy.
Kavitha Davidson, Bloomberg View Sports Columnist joins us for a commentary on the controversy over FIFA, the world soccer governing body, and the Olympics.
It’s a new edition of our weekly feature, Tengella’s Take, when actor, educator, and activist Koli Tengella offers his thoughts on our world today. Koli is President of Tengella Edutainment, where he uses theater, Film & New Media for Positive Social Change. He is an instructor & creator of the positive social change theater/performing arts program at Augusta Fells Savage Institute of visual arts high school, and was a 2010 Open Society Institute Fellow.
We discuss the Orioles and some of the signs held by the team’s fans that mocked the Black Lives Matter movement and protests for justice for Freddie Gray with Milton Kent, Host of Sports At Large with Milton Kent on WYPR and Lecturer in the Department of Multimedia Journalism in the School of Global Journalism and Communication at Morgan State University.
We check in with spokespersons from the Ujima People’s Progress Party, Maryland’s first Black worker-led electoral party, who have been part of the protests and will be holding a Black Lives Matter State Conference in collaboration with Coppin State University’s Urban Studies Program this Saturday (May 2) from 8:30-5:00. With: Nnamdi Lumumba, State Chairperson at Ujima People’s Progress Party; and Dr. Kenneth O. Morgan, Assistant Professor/Coordinator of the Urban Studies Program in the Department of Criminal Justice and Applied Social and Political Sciences at Coppin State University.
The Black Lives Matter State Conference will be held Saturday May 2, at the Coppin State University Health and Human Services Building, Room 103, from 8:30am – 5:00pm.
Then, we continue our conversations and analysis of the ongoing protests in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray. You will hear from: Dr. Lawrence Brown, public health consultant and Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University; Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland; Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes; and journalist Shawn Carrie, who was arrested during Monday’s protests and released from jail last night.
We close out the show with a special report from The Nation magazine’s Sports Editor Dave Zirin, who joins us to talk about the protests and the strange Orioles game last night: the first Major League Baseball game in history to be closed to the public and played in an empty stadium.
Marc speaks with writer and director Sheldon Candis, who will talks about his upcoming ESPN 30 for 30 piece on what may have been the greatest high school basketball team ever, Baltimore’s own ’81-’83 Dunbar Poets. Candis is currently developing the Mo’ne Davis Disney biopic Throw Like Mo.
We close out the show with our regular feature City Paper This Week with Anna Walsh, Eats and Drinks Editor for the Baltimore City Paper.
We speak with The Nation‘s Sports Editor Dave Zirin about his article The Conspiracy Theory Surrounding The Seahawks’ Last Play. Zirin is also host of The Edge of Sports Radio and author of a number of books, most recently Brazil’s Dance with the Devil: The World Cup and the Fight for Democracy.
On today’s Sports Roundtable we sit down with Milton Kent, freelance journalist and Lecturer in the Department of Multimedia Journalism in the School of Global Journalism and Communication at Morgan State University; Syreeta Hubbard, publisher of the blogs GridIronGals.com and TheNFLChick.com; and Dean Bartoli Smith, author of Never Easy, Never Pretty: A Fan, A City, A Championship Season who writes about sports for The Baltimore Brew, among other publications; to discuss recent notable events in the world of sports including a review of the Ravens’ post season, the Mueller Report on the Ray Rice and the loss of trailblazing sportscaster and journalist Stuart Scott.
We will also preview the upcoming discussion at CenterStage – Sunday January 18 – on athletes and social justice, centered around the current production One Night in Miami. WEAA’s 2015 lecture series will begin at CenterStage with a panel discussion broadcast live during WEAA’s Blacktop Xchange radio show from 6:30 to 7:30 pm Sunday, Jan. 18.
Center Stage Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah joins us to talk about the upcoming production of playwright Kemp Powers historic dramatization, One Night in Miami. The play tells the story of the the events that unfolded on the evening of February 25th, 1964, as friends Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, Jim Brown and Cassius Clay celebrate Clay’s upset victory over Sonny Liston.
How ’bout dem O’s? The Orioles are in the American League playoffs! We talk about our home team with: Milton Kent, freelance journalist and Lecturer in the Department of Multimedia Journalism in the School of Global Journalism and Communication at Morgan State University; and Jerry Bembry, veteran sports journalist and co-host of WEAA’s Black Top Exchange Sports Report.
We examine the issue of domestic violence, in the wake of the events surrounding the video released of Ravens player Ray Rice assaulting his then-fiance Janay Palmer and Rice’s subsequent indefinite suspension from the team. We will talk about the NFL response, Keith Olbermann’s call for Ravens leadership to resign, Janay Palmer Rice’s statement, and other pieces of this complex story.
Our panel of guests includes: Jacqueline Robarge, Founder and Director of Power Inside; Dr. Lawrence Brown, activist, public health consultant, and Assistant Professor of Public Health at Morgan State University; Mothyna James-Brightful, Visionary Director for Heal A Woman To Heal A Nation; Joe Ehrmann, former defensive lineman for the Baltimore Colts and motivational speaker who runs Coach for America; and David Miller, Founder of the Dare To Be King Project LLC.
In light of recent news stories concerning NFL players, we turn to the topic of racial and gender issues in the NFL and sports generally. With: Dave Zirin, Sports Editor for The Nation magazine and author of a number of books including Brazil’s Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, the Olympics, and the Struggle for Democracy.
Click here to read the full email sent by Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson.
We look at some of the latest cultural news, including the incarceration of a Dorchester County teacher for his science fiction publications, the leak of nude photos of celebrities, and the cutting of Michael Sam, the first openly gay player in the NFL. We’ll talk about the wider social implications of these stories with Edward Wyckoff Williams, contributing editor at The Root and Political Contributor and Special Correspondent with AlJazeera America; and Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland.
In light of the Jackie Robinson West Little League team from Chicago making it to the Little League World Series – the first all African American team to become U.S. champions in over thirty years – we take a look at African Americans in baseball. With: Milton Kent, freelance journalist and Lecturer in the Department of Multimedia Journalism in the School of Global Journalism and Communication at Morgan State University; and Jerry Bembry, veteran sports journalist and co-host of WEAA’sBlack Top Exchange Sports Report.
We turn to the ongoing controversy over the name of the Washington NFL team, in light of last week’s cancellation of the team’s trademark registration by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. In a 99-page decision, the Board said the team’s name and logo are disparaging to Native Americans. Joining us are: Mark Trahant, an independent print and media journalist; Suzan Shown Harjo, (Cheyenne and Hodulgee) President of The Morning Star Institute, a national Native rights organization, columnist for Indian Country Today Media Network, and past Executive Director of the National Congress of American Indians; and Julie A. Hopkins, partner at Tydings and Rosenberg LLP where she practices Intellectual Property and Technology Law.
David Zirin, Sports Editor for The Nation magazine and host of the Edge of Sports Radio, joins us to talk about the World Cup in Brazil and accompanying protests. He is the author of the book Brazil’s Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, the Olympics, and the Struggle for Democracy.
We look at the career and life of Michael Sam, who last weekend became the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL. The airwaves have been buzzing with controversy over his reaction to the news: a televised kiss between him and his boyfriend. Our panel of guests include: Edward Wyckoff Williams, contributing editor at The Root and Political Contributor and Special Correspondent with AlJazeera America; and Syreeta Hubbard, publisher of the blogs GridIronGals.com andTheNFLChick.com.
We discuss the outrage surrounding Los Angeles Clipper’s owner Donald Sterling. Today, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling for life for making racist comments in a recorded conversation, and fined him $2.5 million. It is anticipated that Sterling will be removed from the league. Joining us for this conversation are: Dr. Tara Bynum, Assistant Professor of English at Towson University; Ali Danois, a senior writer and editor of The Shadow League and co-host of WEAA’s Blacktop Xchange Sports Report; and Dr. Jared Ball, Associate Professor of Media Studies in the School of Global Journalism and Communication at Morgan State University.
We discuss Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling’s racist statements about African Americans, released last Friday. We’re joined by Ali Danois, Senior Editor of Bounce Magazine and co-host of the Blacktop Xchange Sports Report on WEAA; and Dr. Lester Spence, Center for Emerging Media Scholar-in-Residence and Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University, who wrote this piece on Sterling.
The hosts of WEAA’s newest show, The Blacktop Xchange Sports Report, which airs every Sunday night at 7:00 PM, join us for a sports roundtable. We’re joined by Jerry Bembry, David Steele, and Ali Danois.
We talk with former Olympic athlete Samantha Retrosi about her recent article in The Nation, “Why the Olympics Are a Lot Like ‘The Hunger Games.'” Retrosi competed in women’s singles luge at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. Since her retirement in 2007, she has been active in the struggle for social justice and human rights, including the Occupy movement. She is currently a graduate student in George Mason University’s Department of Sociology.
Then, we continue with a panel of guests who examine the politics of the Olympics. The panel includes: Dr. Brian Glyn Williams, professor of Islamic History at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth; Carol J. Williams, Senior International Affairs Writer for the Los Angeles Times; and Charles “Sam” Faddis, retired CIA operations officer and author of many books, including, most recently, the novel Caffa.
Did you see the clip of Richard Sherman after the Seattle Seahawks defeated the San Francisco 49ers in last week’s NFC Championship game? He’s been called a “thug” by some, while others have come to his defense. What do you think, and why is this discussion important?
Joining us to talk about the Richard Sherman controversy and its implications for our larger society are: Ali Danois, Senior Editor of Bounce Magazine; and Dave Zirin, sports correspondent for The Nationand author of Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down.
We host a Sports Roundtable with: Syreeta Hubbard, publisher of the blogs GridIronGals.com and TheNFLChick.com; Dean Bartoli Smith, who writes about sports for The Baltimore Brew and author of Never Easy, Never Pretty: A Fan, A City, A Championship Season; and Ali Danois, Senior Editor of Bounce Magazine.
We return to our discussion on the controversial mascot of the Washington, DC, NFL team, as the Oneida Nation – a 900-member tribe in central New York – is pressuring the NFL and the team’s owner to change the name. Our guests are: Ray Halbritter, Oneida Indian Nation representative and leader of the Change the Mascot campaign; and Rev. Graylan Scott Hagler, Senior Minister of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington, DC.
We look back at the life of Art Donovan, the legendary Baltimore Colts defensive tackle who died this week at the age of 88. We are joined by Michael Olesker, former Baltimore Sun columnist and author of The Colt’s Baltimore: A City and its Love Affair in the 1950s.
We close out the show with a sports round table. Our panelists Syreeta Hubbard, publisher NFLchick.com, Milton Kent, professor at the School of Global Journalism & Communications at Morgan State University, and Dave Zirin, sports editor for The Nation magazine.
Then prepare to be swashbuckled, as we turn to the topic of African Americans in the sport of fencing! Fencing coach and internationally-ranked fencer Michael Douglas joins us along with Jamal Fenwick, whom he is training for international competition, to talk about this fascinating sport.
Freelance journalist Milton Kent and Ali Danois, Senior Editor of Bounce Magazine will discuss the murder charges filed against former NFL player Aaron Hernandez and an update on the Orioles.
We rebroadcast our interview with Olympian and human rights activist John Carlos and David Zirin, co-author of The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment that Changed the World.
They join us to talk about the pivotal moment at the 1968 Olympics when Carlos and fellow Olympic medalist Tommie Smith sparked an international controversy by raising their fists in the black power salute while receiving their medals.
We discuss the new film, 12 O’Clock Boys, a documentary about dirt bike riders in Baltimore which will be screened at the Maryland Film Festival this weekend. We’re joined by filmmaker Lotfy Nathan as well as two of the subjects of the film, Pug and Coco.
Basketball player Jason Collins came out as gay this week. We speak with Ali Danois, Senior Editor of Bounce Magazine and Dave Zirin, writer for The Nation Magazine join us to talk about LGBT people in professional sports and what Collins’ coming out means for US culture.
This week is the WEAA Spring Fund Drive, so tune in for compelling topics and wonderful premiums! Now is your opportunity to support the station you have come to love: WEAA, THE Voice of the Community! Call 410-319-8888 to make your pledge of support during the show.
Joining us on the show for the second hour are: Meshelle, “The Indie-Mom of Comedy” and Founder of Goaldiggers The Sankofa Project; and Stacie Sanders-Evans, Executive Director of Young Audiences of Maryland.
We will be talking to Tom Dunkel, author of Color Blind: The Forgotten Team That Broke Baseball’s Color Line, a book about an integrated baseball team in Bismarck, North Dakota a decade before Jackie Robinson. Individuals who make donations to WEAA during this hour, at a specified level, will receive a copy of this book as our gift.
With news that Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin has been traded to the San Francisco 49ers, we move into a discussion of money in sports. Joining us are Ali Danois, contributor to Sporting News and Senior Editor of Bounce Magazine, and Dave Zirin, host of the Edge of Sports and sports columnist for The Nation.
Suzan Shown Harjo joins us to discuss anti-Native American racism in the names and mascots of professional sports teams. Harjo is the President of The Morning Star Institute, a nationalNative rights organization, a founder of the National Museum of the American Indian, and a columnist for Indian Country Today Media Network.
With their projections on how our home team Ravens will fare against the San Francisco 49ers, we will hear from:
It’s time for some football! The Ravens are back in the playoffs! We will check in with Ali Danois, Senior Editor of Bounce Magazine, and Syreeta Hubbard, publisher of the blogs TheNFLChick.com and GridIronGals.com, about the Ravens’ season, their chances of advancing to the Super Bowl, and the final games of the legendary Ray Lewis.
The Ravens fired their offensive coordinator Cam Cameron earlier this week. We’ll speak about that choice with
How ’bout them O’s! We’ll wrap up the show with a discussion on the Baltimore Orioles’ first foray into the postseason since 1997! Joining us to talk about this exciting development will be Jerry Bembry and Milton Kent, both of whom are sports journalists and lecturers at Morgan State University.
This weekend you won’t want to miss the Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival at the Creative Alliance. With food, workshops, and musical performances, the events celebrate the history and traditions of Maryland.
Today on the show we’ll catch up with two participants in the festival. Diz Russell is the only surviving member of Baltimore’s legendary Orioles – not the baseball team – but arguably R&B’s first vocal group. We also speak with arabber Felix Willis about the deeply rooted but endangered tradition of arabbing.
Dr. Cliff Murphy, the Program Director of Folk & Traditional Arts and the Co-Director of Maryland Traditions at the Maryland State Arts Council, joins us as well.
The Festival will take place Saturday, June 18th, from 10am – 7pm at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave.
Mike Gesker joins us. He’s the author of the beautiful and comprehensive new Oriole’s Enyclopedia, which includes features on almost 400 playes, game results, photographs, and more.
On today’s show Marc talks with Cal Ripken, baseball’s all-time Iron Man and a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He retired from baseball following the 2001 season, after 21 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles. His name appears in the record books repeatedly, most notably as one of only eight players in history to achieve 400 home runs and 3,000 hits. On July 29, 2007, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame after receiving the 3rd highest voting percentage in history and collecting the most votes ever.
After the break Marc talks with sportswriter, columnist, author, and jounrnalist John Feinstein. He is a guest commentator on NPR, and does color commentary for the United States Naval Academy football games. Today on the show he will discuss his book Good Walk Spoiled: Days and Nights on the PGA Tour.