Sandi Mallory is WEAA’s Director of Public Affairs and Community Engagement and host of Cool Vibes for Your Midday. A veteran broadcast professional and educator, Sandi has taught speech at Baltimore City Community College, where she also taught African-American Literature and Fundamentals of Speech Communication. At Morgan State University she taught Voice for Radio. For two years she hosted Café Baltimore on TV 21, the Mayor’s Office of Cable and Communications. Working in radio formats from jazz to urban contemporary, adult contemporary and back to jazz, her voice has been heard across mid-Atlantic airwaves including WMUC, WHUR, WXYV (V-103), and WLIF, before returning to WEAA, the origin of her radio career in Baltimore.
Sandi graduated from the University of Maryland College Park with a degree in Radio, Television and Film. An active member of the community, Sandi has been honored as an outstanding Black Alumni of UMCP, is the national honoree for both the state of Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic region as a TRIO Achiever, and was honored by the Harambee Youth Group of African Americans involved in the Catholic Church. She has served as chairman of the Board of Directors for New Era Education, Inc., and has served on the boards of the American Lung Association, the Epilepsy Association, the Black Mental Health Alliance, and The American Stroke Association.
Sandi has been honored by the Baltimore City Council, the Mayor, and the Governor, and has been honored as a living legend for her contributions to radio. She has been named “Best Radio Personality for Baltimore” in the City Paper’s Best of Baltimore edition, and Baltimore Magazine honored her with the “Best Music for Morning Radio Award.” Sandi was named Woman of the Year by the Zonta International Group, received the Torchbearers Award for Excellence in Broadcast Leadership from 100 Black Women of Maryland, and has been awarded the Outstanding Black Marylander Award in Communications from the Office of Diversity at Towson State University. In 2006 Sandi received the Wiley Daniels Award for her lifetime achievement in the media from the Association of Black Media Workers, and she has received several certificates of appreciation from Maryland Senator Verna Jones and the Alzheimer’s Association for her continued support of the Pythias A. and the Virginia I. Jones African American Community Forum on Memory Loss. In 2009 she received the Lifetime Legacy Award for her work in Communications from Bethel AME Church, and was awarded “Woman of the Year in Communications” by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority-Alpha Zeta Chapter in 2011.
With her husband, musician Joe Cooper, and through their company, Sandjoe Productions, Inc., Sandi produces and creates industrial voiceovers, commercials, soundtracks, and jingles. Her poetry is featured on The Joe Cooper Project’s albums “Journey,” “Cool Vibes,” ”Children of the Sun,” and “Keeping It Real: The Future is Now.” Sandi is currently working on a book and an album of poetry.