(BALTIMORE – September 22, 2016) – Marc Steiner, host of The Marc Steiner Show on WEAA 88.9 FM, will be honored with a Joe Manns Black Wall Street Award by Bmorenews.com and its partners on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 from 10 am to 12 noon at the Earl Graves School of Business. Since 2011, Bmorenews has recognized hundreds of black entrepreneurs and professionals as well as the people who support them regardless of race. These awards are given in memory of the 600 black businesses bombed and burned to the ground in Tulsa on May 31, 1921 during one of the most horrific massacres ever in America. The aim is to inspire entrepreneurship and black economic empowerment.
In 1993, when the General Manager of Johns Hopkins University’s radio station WJHU decided the station needed a public interest radio show, Marc Steiner asked if he could give it a shot. He was given a phone, a studio, one hour a week, and told to do the best he could. Thus was born The Marc Steiner Show. In the twenty years hence, Marc has become one of the most recognized voices in Maryland and has gained national acclaim for his insightful style of interviewing.
When WJHU came up for sale in 2001, Marc led the movement to maintain community ownership, and played an integral role in the founding of WYPR. He served as Executive Vice President of WYPR from 2002 to 2006, and in that time founded his own non-profit production company, the Center for Emerging Media (CEM). In 2007 Marc and CEM won a Peabody Award, the most distinguished award in broadcast media, for the series Just Words. In May of 2008 Marc brought his show to WEAA 88.9-FM at Morgan State University, which is still his broadcast home.
Creating something from nothing was not a new concept for Marc. He has always been on the cutting edge of bringing innovative programs to life. Earlier in his career he worked in therapeutic settings with at-risk youth. He founded a theater program in the Maryland State prison system, as well as the Family Circle Theater, a company of teenagers that wrote, produced, directed, and acted in original productions. Marc also served for a year as the principal of Baltimore’s Experimental High School, and he taught Theatre for ten years at the Baltimore School for the Arts.
Marc and his wife Valerie live in the country just outside of Baltimore. He has three beautiful daughters and four brilliant grandchildren.