WEAA 88.9 Diversity Statement
WEAA 88.9 FM’s primary listening area is the City of Baltimore and the surrounding counties of Baltimore County, Harford County, Anne Arundel County, and Howard County, and secondarily, Prince Georges County and parts of Washington DC.
WEAA is licensed to Morgan State University, an Historically Black University (HBCU).
Inherent to the license of WEAA 88.9 is targeted and majority participation of minority leadership and station personnel.
The Board of Regents of Morgan State University, which oversees WEAA 88.9 as a University performance center, is richly diverse with 14 members, including eight men, six women. The tenets of diversity, not just ethnicity, but to include gender and age, are important considerations in making selections for new board members. Other considerations include business experience, board experience, community relations, and capacity for contributing or getting others to contribute. As an HBCU, the majority of the Board of Regents is certainly reflective of the charter of the university itself.
The members of the Board of Regents are as follows:
Kweisi Mfume, Chairman
U.S. Congressman, 7th District of Maryland
General Larry R. Ellis, Vice-Chairman
U.S. Army (Ret.)
Tracey Parker-Warren, Secretary
Administrative Law Judge, Office of Administrative Hearings
Harold Carter, Jr.
Pastor, New Shiloh Baptist Church
Linda J. Gilliam, D.M.D.
Burney J. Hollis
Retired Professor of English & Dean Emeritus of the College of Liberal Arts
Emily M. Hunter
Principal, Arlington Elementary School-Baltimore City Public Schools
Owner-Nothing Bundt Cakes, Owings Mills, Maryland
Shirley M. Malcom, Ph.D.
Senior Advisor and Director of SEA Change
Executive Vice President, Martin's Caterers
William A. Sherman, II, Esq.
Equity Partner, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
President, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore
Carl W. Turnipseed
Retired Executive Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Chief of Staff, Maryland Governor's Office of Community Initiatives
WEAA 88.9 is head by an African-American male and the five departmental managers are also African American.
- Robert Shahid – Station Manager
- Shawn Simpson - Business Manager
- Desmond Barlow - Underwriting Director
- Michael Middleton – Operations Director
- Justina Pollard - Director of Public Service and Community Engagement
- Micarie Kemp- Web Manager
WEAA 88.9 provides internships to students from Morgan State University. During the fall and Spring semesters, we hire, nurture and train students from the School of Global Journalism & Communication in all facets of radio broadcasting. Students participate in promotional and community events as well as our semi-annual, nine-day membership drives. We proudly produce public affairs programming that is targeted to diverse audiences to provide news, information and cultural entertainment to the community. Some of WEAA’s public affairs weekly content includes the following shows: We proudly produce public affairs programming that is targeted to diverse audiences to provide news, information and cultural entertainment to the community. Some of WEAA’s public affairs weekly content includes the following shows:
- Democracy Now
- 1A with Jenn White
- Today with Dr. Kaye
- Two Way Talk
- Caribbean Affairs
- Latino USA
- Real Questions with David Brown
WEAA 88.9 FM develops and airs locally produced newscasts that showcase local, regional and community news as well as national headlines. Newscasts air during prime hours 6a-6p at the top of every hour, balanced by traffic and MTA reports, keeping listeners fully informed. We also provide listeners with student feature reporters producing a culture series called “WEAA on Assignment”.
WEAA 88.9 FM is an equal opportunity employer and follows the protocol as established by the University and administered by the Human Resources department for the university. Interested parties seeking to obtain reports may contact WEAA 88.9 FM at 443-885-3564 .