Like a great cup of coffee, The Baltimore Blend is a great way to start the morning. Hosted by longtime Baltimore musician and drummer Robert Shahid, with co-host Carla Wills and news by Beverly Burke, The Blend highlights the best of Baltimore and the uniqueness of WEAA. Each morning features news; interviews with local community leaders, artists, and WEAA public affairs personalities; and a musical blend that includes jazz, blues, inspirational and even a little house music. Mondays offer a look at the weekend’s sports highlights in the “Monday Morning Quarterback” segment. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays feature interviews with everyone from local politicos to artists to business leaders. “Your Way Wednesday” gives listeners an opportunity to request their favorite tunes via the request line. The “Thursday Morning Jam Session” introduces listeners to a local jazz artist who spends the morning in studio. The week wraps up with the “Friday Morning House Party,” a house music mix put together by the hosts of WEAA’s Saturday night show, “Audio Infusion.” All week long, hosts of WEAA’s public affairs shows check in to offer an update on the evening’s programs, and listeners weigh in on the “Coffee House Question of the Day,” a topic that has everyone buzzing. Once a month The Baltimore Blend goes live with a “Community Coffee Talk,” an on-location broadcast where community members join in on a discussion about a critical issue.
"The Brew Crew":
Robert Shahid, Host Robert E. Shahid is a graduate of Florida A&M University and he grew up with a constant musical influence in the city of Philadelphia. His mother sang opera, his aunt composed and played piano, his grandfather sang in the famed Philadelphia Male Chorus, and his uncle was a legendary vibraphonist for Dave Brubeck, Lynn Hope and Red Prysock. With those musical influences, Robert studied drums in high school and later founded The New Philadelphia Jazz Quintet.
Robert has been privileged to perform with Nat Adderly, Rufus Harley, Red Prysock, The Fabulous Emotions, Bobby Timmons, Percy Mayfield, Melton Mustafa, and has been invited to sit in or “share the stage” with countless others. Robert has been a contributor to the famed Baltimore music scene and has been instrumental in performing for and encouraging youth to pursue their musical interest. “The language of music has been the most consistent common denominator for the sharing of appreciation for the gift of life.”
Robert performs regularly with a variety of local and national ensembles.
Carla Wills, Producer and Co-host Carla Wills is an award-winning veteran journalist with more than 16 years in print, broadcast and online media. She most recently served as senior producer of The Michael Eric Dyson Show, which was nationally syndicated and produced out of WEAA 88.9 FM in Baltimore. She produced segments with notables from Harry Belafonte to Jay-Z, and the show won Salute to Excellence awards from the National Association of Black Journalists for hour-long specials with Maya Angelou and Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon. Carla comes to radio after a career in print, where she held senior editorial positions at national magazines including Essence, Uptown and Savoy. She began her media career in her native Baltimore as the founding editor of Jubilee Magazine, a publication of The Baltimore Sun.
Carla has a life-long interest in music, beginning with instrumental performance in elementary through high school. An experienced choral singer, she currently performs with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society.
Beverly Burke, News Anchor/Director After TV news anchor stints in Los Angeles at KCBS and WUSA in Washington, D.C., and as a reporter and talk show host on Sirius and XM satellite radio, Beverly Burke landed at Baltimore’s WEAA Radio. In 1984 Beverly joined WJZ-TV in Baltimore as news anchor, reporter and co-host of “People are Talking” replacing Oprah Winfrey with Richard Sher. She moved on to WMAR TV to anchor the evening news with Stan Stovall and head Contact-2, an investigative consumer-help unit . As WEAA news director and on -air anchor, Beverly provides reports on the day’s news, special reports , breaking news and live coverage of special events.
Monty Alexander is an underrated pianist extraordinaire with a musical career spanning five decades as well as in multiple genres and styles.
Monty Alexander was born June 6, 1944 in Kingston Jamaica. He was mostly self taught, and took his first piano lesson at the age of six. As a teenager he was often invited to sit in with the bands of prominent musicians working in Jamaican night clubs and hotels like Louis Armstrong and Nat King Cole. The shows inspired him to start his own band. In the late 1950’s he formed his own band that played with Bob Marley’s first backing band. Monty and his family moved to the US in 1961 and in less than 2 years Frank Sinatra hired him to work at the NY club Jilly’s. There he met Milt Jackson, Charlie Parker, and Ray Brown. He went on to perform with Ray Brown and Milt Jackson on many occasions. He’s collaborated with many jazz greats such as Natalie Cole and Bobby McFerrin and he recorded the sound track of the film score of Clint Eastwood’s movie “Bird” the story of Charlie Parker. He continues to record and perform and in his homeland of Jamaica he received the highest honor bestowed upon an artist: “Commander In The Order of Distinction” for outstanding services to Jamaica as a worldwide music ambassador.
Arturo Sandoval, Cuban born trumpeter plays a heart- felt tribute to the legendary Dizzy Gillespie, considered by many to be the Godfather of the Afro Cuban/Latin Jazz tradition. The CD is compiled of eleven original takes on Gillespie compositions as well as a Chano Pozo tune, which Dizzy considered the greatest percussionist of the 20th century. The final song- “Every Day I Think Of You”- written by Sandoval where he plays his highest of high notes, “reaching the sky to touch Diz”, completes in his words, “a lullaby, a prayer, a thank you note to a man who lived a life filled with beautiful music and boundless love.”
Strictly Hip Hop with Florida, DropaJewel, and Miss J Nyce. Mon-Thur, 5pm- 7pm
Strictly Hip Hop is a program that has aired on WEAA’s 88.9 FM for 22 years. We exist to introduce, and preserve the urban hip hop culture to a vast demographic. The show contains various segments including: Question of the Week, The Test Bin, news, Changing the Game, One 2 Flow On, and mixes from local DJ’s. Our staff consists of Morgan State University Alum and current Morgan State University students in addition to freelance hip hop enthusiast throughout the Baltimore Hip Hop scene.
Strictly Hip Hop is held in high regard, as we are the longest running hip hop show in the state of Maryland. The efforts of the SHH team were recently recognized by the City Paper's 2010 Best of Baltimore Awards, the 2011 Baltimore Music Awards for "Radio host of the year," 2011 Baltimore Crown "Special Appreciation" and more! The show is constantly changing to stay relevant with the evolution of hip hop, while still accommodating our already colorful demographic.
As of today, the key players at Strictly Hip Hop are:
Miss JNyce- DJ/Engineer/ Co-Host
We have a staff of the most professional DJ’s including: DJ Mike Nyce, DJ Booman, DJ Trell Trell, and of course DJ Miss JNYce.