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Tom Hall

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Host, Midday  (M-F 12:00-1:00)

In the Bromo (3rd Friday of the month at 4:44)

What are You Reading? (4th Friday of the month, at 4:44) 

Tom Hall joined the WYPR staff as the Host of Choral Arts Classics in 2003.  After 10 years as the Culture Editor and then host of Maryland Morning, in September, 2016, Tom became the host of Midday, the highly rated news and public policy program that features interviews with elected officials, community leaders, and thought provoking authors, artists, researchers, journalists, and scholars from around the world.

Tom is also the Host of In the Bromo and What Are You Reading? on WYPR.  In addition, he has served as the host of the Maryland Morning Screen Test, and the WYPR/MD Film Festival Spotlight Series.  In 2006, as the Music Director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Tom received an Emmy Award for Christmas with Choral Arts, a special that aired on WMAR television, the ABC affiliate in Maryland, for 21 years.  He has been a guest co-host of Maryland Public Television’s Art Works, and in 2007, he was named “Best New Broadcast Journalist” by the Maryland Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.  In 2009, the Baltimore City Paper named him “Best Local Radio Personality,” an award he was also given in the 2016 Baltimore Magazine Reader’s Poll. 

Tom is invited frequently to speak to professional and community organizations, including the Oregon Bach Festival, the American Choral Directors Association, Chorus America, the College Endowment Association, the Baltimore Broadcaster’s Coalition, The Johns Hopkins Brain Science Institute, the Johns Hopkins Community Conversations Series, and the Creative Alliance.  He has moderated panels and given presentations at the Baltimore City Lit Festival, the Baltimore Book Festival, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Walters Art Museum, the University of Maryland, the Enoch Pratt Library, and MICA. He has also moderated Mayoral Debates, panels at Light City in Baltimore, and at the Stevenson University Speakers Series.

He appears each year as the moderator of the Rosenberg-Blaustein Distinguished Artist Recital Series at Goucher College.  His publications include articles in the Baltimore SunStyle Magazine, and Baltimore Magazine, as well as many scholarly music journals, and he is the co-author of The Bach Passions in Our Time:  Contending with the Legacy of Antisemitism, published on-line by the Institute for Islamic Christian and Jewish Studies.  Tom was appointed the Music Director Emeritus of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society in 2017. 

Tom Hall lives in Baltimore, with his wife, Linell Smith.  Their daughter, Miranda, is a playwright, based in Washington, DC.

Jamyla Kay

For more than 25 years, Jean Thompson has been collecting artifacts of the African-American experience. Many of them are now on display at The Enoch Pratt Free Library in an exhibit called "Keeping It Real: One Collector's Quest for Artifacts of African-American Culture and History."  

Remembering Legendary Pianist, Ellis Larkins

Feb 21, 2014

Ella Fitzgerald cut a classic record, Ella Sings Gershwin, in 1950. She was accompanied by a lone pianist who had an elegant touch: Baltimore’s own Ellis Larkins.  A graduate of Frederick Douglass High School in Northwest Baltimore, Larkins was the first African-American to attend the Peabody Conservatory.  After training at Juilliard, he became one of the most distinguished and accomplished jazz pianists of his generation.   

Sojourne

Feb 21, 2014

Sojourne is a Baltimore based band whose style is informed by the classical training of the woman who fronts it, Trina Coleman. Trina and her husband Zachary teamed-up with drummer Steve McGrath and bassist Tim Long to form Sojourne in 2013.  

Broadway.com

Tom takes a look ahead to the 2014-15 season at the Hippodrome Theater with Jeff Daniel, the President of the Hippodrome at the France Merrick Performing Arts Center.

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Leap, Pirouette, Repeat

Feb 19, 2014
Courtesy of the Baltimore County Dance Celebration.

  The Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences is inviting people to “take a leap” this month in a first-ever dance festival that features performances, and related events in Towson, Dundalk, Owings Mills and elsewhere.  It's called the Baltimore County Dance Celebration.

Etiquette in the 21st Century Workplace

Feb 19, 2014
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There can be many pitfalls in the 21st century workplace, such as replying to emails you didn't mean to, having a relationship with a colleague. Baltimore County author Richie Frieman addresses many of them in his book Reply All and Other Ways to Tank Your Career

Jamyla Kay

Chef Sascha Wolhandler gives us her picks for the best recipes to warm you and your partners' bellies and hearts-whether you are celebrating Valentine's Day a few days late--or it's just a normal night of the week!

Ericka Blount Danois is a Baltimore-based journalist and author who's written for Spin, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, ESPN The Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and many other publications.

MICA

The Maryland Institute College of Art announced yesterday that Samuel Hoi will become the new president of the acclaimed art school in July.  Mr. Hoi has been the President of the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles since 2000. 

Hoi will succeed Fred Lazarus, IV, who has held the reins at MICA for the past 36 years.  Samuel Hoi joins Tom Hall on the phone from Los Angeles. 

What The Iditarod Can Teach You About Math

Feb 10, 2014
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Bob Wick, BLM California / Creative Commons

Jen Reiter, a third grade teacher at the Gilman School in North Baltimore, will be heading to Anchorage, Alaska, on Friday to participate in the 2014 Iditarod, the nearly 1,000-mile race through the Alaskan wilderness from Anchorage to Nome. She won’t be one of the mushers, but rather, she has been chosen to be this year’s “Teacher on the Trail.”  Jen Reiter joins Tom Hall in the studio to tell us what that will entail.

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