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WYPR’s Out of the Blocks Returns October 27 and 28


Update 10/28: Don’t miss tonight’s airing at 8pm on 88.1 WYPR.  Check out the updated video clip below.

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catch of the day fish (2)What if you could zoom in so closely on Baltimore that you could hear every person’s story? Well, you’d probably need a pretty good system to make sure you got everyone. You’d need to start with small, manageable chunks and slowly work your way through the city. There are a lot of stories here. And that means a whole lot of listening. Luckily, one of Baltimore’s best listeners is behind the cutting edge project that aims to capture and share every Baltimorean’s story. WYPR’s own Aaron Henkin produces Out of the Blocks— a totally unique documentary series that is telling everybody’s story– one block at a time.

Dan Rodricks is Leaving WYPR’s Midday

Dan Rodricks
Dan Rodricks

Dan Rodricks is leaving as host of Midday on WYPR, the public radio station announced on Thursday. Rodricks’ tenure on the noon-2 p.m. show will end Oct. 2.

Amy Langrehr, the Charm City Cook, Talks with Dan Rodricks Today on Midday




Set your dials to 88.1FM  at 1pm today to hear Amy Langrehr, the Charm City Cook, as she talks shop with Dan and Baltimore Sun restaurant critic Richard Gorelick.  If you miss the show, make sure to listen online.

If you’re interested in hearing more about how Amy built her business through social media (and of course delicious brownies), you won’t want to miss her Instagram luncheon at the Mt. Washington Tavern. Click here for more info!

Great “Mysterian” Marc Steiner Celebrates 20 Years on Baltimore Air

Marc at age 12 with book about his hero Teddy Roosevelt.
Marc at age 12 with a book about his hero Teddy Roosevelt.

Back in ’93, the general manager of college radio station WJHU, Dennis Kita, turned to theatrically minded and politically outspoken Baltimorean Marc Steiner for advice on how to start a public interest radio show. Steiner’s recommendation: “Let me give it a shot.” If you live in Baltimore, you know he got that chance and made a career from it. The rest is history, though that sounds too simple — Steiner’s local fame is certainly not controversy-free.

Still on the airwaves, Steiner’s eponymous “The Marc Steiner Show” made him a local celeb nearly overnight; he helped found WYPR (88.1) and served as exec vice president of the station from 2002 to 2006, and meanwhile founded his own non-profit company, the Center for Emerging Media (CEM).

Then in February of 2008, Steiner was fired unexpectedly. In a similar flash, supporters launched a petition and several websites, collecting over 1,000 signatures demanding he be reinstated. Listeners picketed the station’s advisory board meeting. They vowed not to renew their WYPR memberships. Through it all, General Manager Tony Brandon stuck to his firing guns.

A Good, Short Life: Baltimore Remembers Writer Dudley Clendinen


Writer and journalist Dudley Clendinen, 67, died on Wednesday – he had suffered from ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, since 2010. Clendinen remained in his Baltimore home until Wednesday when he was relocated to the Joseph Richey House for hospice care. A reporter and editorial writer for The New York Times, Clendinen carved his name covering hot-potato topics about which he felt fiercely passionate or hugely curious — gay rights, crowded prisons, abortion, homelessness, elder care — challenging readers to think and to dialogue. A deep-voiced Southern storyteller never at a loss for words, he chronicled his own alcoholism, his difficult coming out and divorce, his friends lost to AIDS, as well as his degenerative illness, which he’d nicknamed “Lou,” all with strength and style.

Clendinen and reporter Adam Nagourney’s landmark book, Out for Good: The Struggle to Build a Gay Rights Movement in America, was published in 1987, A Place Called Canterbury: Tales of the New Old Age in America in 2008. For Canterbury, Dudley took up residence for 400 days in his mother’s retirement home in Tampa.

He also served stints as senior editor at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Baltimore Sun. In 2009 and 2010, he taught writing at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Baltimore. Recently, Clendinen conducted a series of radio interviews on “Maryland Morning” with Tom Hall called “Living with Lou: Dudley Clendinen on a Good, Short Life.” The man was also known as a world-class dinner party host.

I asked several Baltimore creatives who knew and loved Clendinen’s voice – and his spirit – to describe his presence in their lives.

Tom Hall met Clendinen 21 years ago when the journalist moved to Baltimore to take a job at The Sun.

“Linell, my wife, worked there at the time, and although Dudley’s tenure at The Sun was short, our friendship lasted until he passed away,” Hall said. “I’ll miss being at dinner parties with Dudley, who was one of the great raconteurs of all time. We always met wonderful people at his house, and the people we introduced Dudley to at our house were always charmed and engaged by [him]. We spent a lot of holidays together…and my daughter, who is now 23, grew up with Dudley’s fantastic presence, his support, and love. Our family will miss him dearly.”

You can listen to Hall’s remembrance of Clendinen at WYPR.org, and find related pieces.

Author and Baltimore Fishbowl columnist Marion Winik met Clendinen in 2008 at the University of Baltimore. She remembers his wit and great face, his scrambled eggs and salad.

WYPR "Out of the Blocks" Debuts


We’ve heard the promos and seen the trailer and now we are waiting with bated breath for the first installment of “On the Blocks”, WYPR’s new series on The Signal, produced by WYPR’s Aaron Henkin.  

The website describes the program as “One hour of radio. One city block. Everybody’s story.” First up? 3300 Greenmount Avenue. 

But don’t let us sway you. See for yourself. Check out the video on the homepage, or just listen tonight at 7 p.m., tomorrow at 1 p.m.



Shameless Plug: Baltimore Fishbowl on The Signal


Bohemian Rhapsody columnist Marion Winik and senior editor Betsy Boyd discussed the website, the local writing community, and the changing shape of journalism on WYPR’s “The Signal,” last week. (Note: They give a good interview; this doesn’t mean they have faces for radio!)

If you missed it, you can listen to the podcast.