The Baltimore Blend
Weekdays 6 a.m.-8 a.m.
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.