Well, I hope there is a huge public outcry about this: the ousting of Marc Steiner from WYPR.
I listen to WYPR all the time, and have always considered Steiner the soul of the channel. His program, between 12 and 2 every day, focuses on education issues a great deal, making Steiner feel like a voice for the teachers of the city. I've always found his quirky style endearing and intelligent; he really listened to his guests, really prepared well for his shows. Most importantly, he cares a great deal about Baltimore. I feel like I got to know Baltimore through his show. (I was thrilled when, last week, I saw him for the first time, moderating the Coynes/Carcetti debate on Season 4 of The Wire.)
I hope he lands on his feet somewhere.
I wonder how much the emergence of the Ed Norris Show led to this departure. While the Norris show is much more erratic and probably more biased (Steiner was admittedly liberal, while Norris is pretty conservative), it also has a fine ear for Baltimore and its issues. They air at the same time, and often I had to choose between the two. I wonder if that had something to do with his listenership loss. Though, according to the article above, the ousting had more to do with personality conflicts than ratings. This wouldn't surprise me.
I wonder where he'll end up.
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