The Rise of Charm City's Stacia Brown featured in the Baltimore Sun

Jul 11, 2016

Stacia Brown, host and producer of WEAA's Baltimore: The Rise of Charm City, tells the Baltimore Sun about her professional background and creative process.

From the Baltimore Sun: Stacia Brown's 'Rise of Charm City' podcast brings fresh eyes to old faves

"Stacia Brown's voice pours through speakers like velvet as she helps deliver a collection of narratives from some of the city's long-standing, nostalgia-inducing sites in her podcast 'Baltimore: The Rise of Charm City.'

"In half-hour episodes, she explores Baltimore history and interviews residents of all generations on themes as varied as nuns, the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum, City Hall and Hampden. She highlights institutions and topics with particular relevance to Baltimore's black community, such as black banking, the Afro-American Newspapers and the bittersweet memories that Mondawmin Mall evokes.

"The podcast is the 36-year-old Pikesville writer's first foray into radio. Launched in January, it's funded with a $70,000 grant from the Association of Independents in Radio and made in collaboration with WEAA 88.9, the FM station affiliated with Morgan State University.

"'[The opportunity] came at a really important time in our city's history in terms of what's going on right now,' said Brown, who was born in Michigan but spent her formative years in the Baltimore area. 'When we applied for our grant with AIR, we did it in a post-Freddie Gray Baltimore culture, so we wanted to produce stories that represented the city in a positive light, and being able to do that has been a real honor.'

"Now wrapping up her 10th episode (the last episode is slated to air in early August), the radio rookie is already planning for season two and a finale fundraising event. Here, Brown, an evolving storyteller, talks about her experience as the lead producer of the project and what's up next."

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