Former WTMD GM Stephen Yasko named executive director of Bromo Tower arts district

Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment District names former WTMD GM Stephen Yasko as its new executive director.

The Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment District has named Stephen Yasko, former general manager of Towson University radio station WTMD-FM, as its new executive director.

Yasko, a Locust Point resident, succeeds Priya Bhayana, the arts district's first director who stepped down in June after nearly three years. Jessica Solomon served as interim director while Bromo Tower board members searched for a permanent replacement for Bhayana.

“Stephen brings with him a wealth of experience in leadership, nurturing artists, marketing and fundraising for organizations. ... As the District approaches the end of our first strategic planning period, it’s a perfect time for Stephen to take the reins and lead the way,” said Bromo Arts District board President Vincent M. Lancisi in a statement released Monday.

Yasko left his previous position as general manager of WTMD in July 2015, after running the radio station for more than 10 years. He has worked in public media for 25 years, helping launch programs such as "Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me” while a marketer at NPR.

The American University graduate has also worked in the city art scene for more than a decade, helping showcase art and music through events and programming, according to a recent news release.

Lancisi and Yasko did not immediately respond to email requests for comment from The Baltimore Sun.

Established in 2012, the Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment District on Baltimore's west side is the newest of the city's three designated arts districts. The others are located in Station North and Highlandtown.

In a statement, Yasko said he regards the Bromo organization as a unique opportunity to support the arts.

"I can’t wait to get started on building relationships and projects that make the Bromo District a locally and nationally recognized neighborhood where all of the arts create experiences that can’t be duplicated anywhere else," he said.

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