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The Creative Alliance: Ru-Jac Records & The Legacy of Baltimore Soul

November 6, 2017 – The Legacy of Baltimore Soul

Baltimore boasts a rich musical history, from Billie Holliday to Tupac Shakur to today’s thriving music scene. Now, thanks to musician and producer Brooks Long, Charm City’s soul/R&B and hip hop generations are about to converge at the storied Arch Social Club on Pennsylvania Avenue, at a Creative Alliance event this Saturday, November 11, called “Ru-Jac Records & the Legacy of Baltimore Soul.”  Ru-Jac was the Doo-Wop, soul music and  R&B powerhouse located right here in Baltimore.

Long, who is the  Deutsch Fellow at the Creative Alliance, stopped by our studio along with  Kevin Coombe (, who wrote the liner notes for all the re-issued Ru-Jac recordings. It took this younger generation to bring back the wonder of Baltimore’s great musical legacy.


Downtown Stories: UMBC Students Explore Forgotten Baltimore History

UMBC Downtown StoriesJanuary 5, 2015 – Segment 2

We have a special treat today. We’re going to hear Downtown Stories, radio pieces produced by UMBC students taking a course called “Place and Public History in Baltimore” led by UMBC’s Dr. Nicole King and Dr. Kate Drabinski. The course explores the people, places, and social movements that have contributed to the rich history and culture of Baltimore City, delving below the surface of historical narratives of rich, white, male developers and uncovering the social history of the city. The question they sought to answer was: What should the public remember about Baltimore history and why?

We wanted to thank the UMBC Humanities students who contributed to the research and reporting of this history: Emma Barnes, Morgan Chadderton, Kate Giitter, Meg Gomyo, Zoe Russo, Morgan Zepp, Natalie Cook, Mary Davis, Mary Farrell, Flora Kirk, Julian Tash, Kelly Wan, Anthony Alberti, Kelley Bennett, Carrie Cook, Emily Grace, Rebecca Haddaway and Kaitlyn Moretz.

Citizens Stand: Battle for Baltimore 1814

flagApril 17, 2014 – Segment 2

We learn about a dramatization of an important part of Baltimore’s history. Citizens Stand: Battle for Baltimore 1814, a collaborative effort between the Baltimore School for the Arts, Maryland Historical Society, and National Park Service, is a production of three short plays about the battle that led to the writing of the Star Spangled Banner. The plays are: “Woman of All Work” by Nora Worthington; “Loyalties Tested” by Natalie Pilcher; and “The Common Defense” by Paul Christensen. Our guests are: Nora Worthington, Instructor ofCostume Design at the Baltimore School for the Arts; and Kristin Schenning, Education Director of the Maryland Historical Society who has been involved in the project partnership for the past five years and also works at Fort McHenry.

Citizens Stand: Battle for Baltimore 1814 is free of charge as part of National Parks Week. It plays at Fort McHenry on Friday, April 25 at 10am; Saturday, April 26 at 2pm; and Wednesday, April 30 at 10am. It plays at the Maryland Historical Society Friday, May 2, at 6pm.


Richard Caton Woodville

WoodvilleApril 24, 2013 – Segment 4

We go behind-the-scenes tour of a fascinating exhibit currently on display at the Walters Art Gallery: New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville. Walters’ Deputy Director for Development Joy P. Heyrman, who curated the exhibit, fills us in on the brief but productive life of 19th Century Baltimore-born painter Richard Caton Woodville. We learn about Woodville’s work, subjects, and the times, including scenes of 19th Century life that touch on politics and race in unique ways.