WEAA celebrates 45 years of being the voice of the community
WEAA is celebrating 45 years of being "the voice of the community"!
WEAA 88.9, an NPR affiliated public radio station of Morgan State University, first began broadcasting on January 10, 1977.
Its call letters stand for “We Educate African Americans”.
After beginning with 18 hours a day of programming, the station now broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week and features a range of news, talk, and music programs, including jazz, R&B, neo-soul, reggae, hip-hop, and gospel.
Congressman Kweisi Mfume, chair of Morgan State University’s Board of Regents, is a founding member of the station and was the program director and an on-air personality at the time of its launch.
In a celebratory tweet, Mfume says, “Establishing WEAA 88.9 FM radio 45 years ago gave ‘power to the people’ through educational programming, news, talk shows and of course music.”
WEAA also serves as a learning lab to educate and prepare students for careers in journalism and media.
The enlightening and entertaining station is considered a vital community institution by many listeners in Baltimore and beyond.
Happy 45th Anniversary to @MorganStateU's own WEAA-FM. Establishing WEAA 88.9 FM radio 45 years ago gave “power to the people” through educational programming, news, talk shows and of course music. Don’t forget to support our public radio station @WEAA889! #WEAA #Baltimore pic.twitter.com/D3SAVvSAyF— Kweisi Mfume (@Mfume4Congress) January 10, 2022
Congrats on 45 years @WEAA889!! My grandfather would be proud. He drove his Buick LeSabre and kept it locked on 88.9 listening to jazz back in the 80s. And later, I got the chance to guest host. What an honor. And mom is a graduate of the #NationalTreasure @MorganStateU! pic.twitter.com/TsnVi4IXtJ— T.J. Smith (@TJSmithSocial) January 11, 2022
Read the story of WEAA's first year, as told in a 1977 issue of Morgan Magazine.