Marc Steiner says he remembers exactly the moment he became a radio talk-show host.
In was 1992 and he was teaching drama at the Baltimore School for the Arts. He was also advising the general manager at WJHU, a Johns Hopkins-owned public radio station at the time, on its transition from classical music to public affairs.
“I don’t know where it came from, but at one point I just said, ‘You know what? You should let me be host of a public affairs show,’ ” Steiner said.
“And I stayed on him,” he continued. “Until, finally, he came in one day and said, ‘OK, Marc, here’s your desk. Here’s a phone. No money. No producer … Every Tuesday 7 to 8:30, that’s your time slot....