WBAL names local radio veteran Merrie Street as news director

The Baltimore Sun

WBAL radio Monday named Merrie Street as news director replacing Mark Miller, who resigned last month.

Street, whose resume includes news director and anchor duties at WLIF and WPOC, starts Monday, according to an email from Ed Kiernan, station general manager.

"I have to say I was really impressed with her," Kiernan said in a follow-up telephone interview.

"WBAL is one of the premier news organizations in the country," Street said in a telephone interview Monday. "This is just a great opportunity and I look so forward to it."

In addition to her career in radio, Street has also been involved in politics running for such offices as Harford County register of wills. At the end of this post, you can find biographical information from her campaign website.

Street, who has been out of radio the last 10 years, has worked in communications during part of that time serving as director of government, county and media relations for Harford County.

In a related move, Dave Hill, the program director at 98 Rock, which is also owned by Hearst, will become program director for WBAL as well, Kiernan announced.

Here's the email from Kiernan:

It was a hard fought battle by some very qualified candidates.  I am very pleased to announce the News Director of 1090AM/WBAL Radio is Ms. Merrie Street (Yosua).  Her first day is next Monday, August 29th.
Merrie brings a wealth of experience.  Her resume includes:  Communications/Media Specialist, Communications Director, Congressional Press Secretary and Adjunct Professor.  Most importantly, she was Metro Network’s first Baltimore News Chief, News Director/Public Affairs Director/Anchor for WLIF and News Director/Reporter/Anchor for WPOC.  She was RTNDA’s “Outstanding News Operations” winner during her tenure at WPOC.
After careful review of 1090AM/WBAL Radio’s long-term objectives and goals, Dave Hill has accepted the opportunity to be the Program Director of 1090AM/WBAL, in addition to his duties at 98 Rock.  Hearst Radio has one Engineering Director, one Marketing/Promotions Director, one Traffic Director, one Sales Director, one Digital Czar and now we have one Program Director (oh…btw, we have one GM).
Dave has a nine year history of success with Hearst Radio.  It’s a well deserved promotion for an outstanding executive and a terrific guy.

And here's more biography on Street from her Harford County register of wills campaign website (she did not win that election):

She has been recognized multiple times by the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists, and Radio-Television News Director’s Association. ...

Merrie has also been honored to receive Certificates of Special Congressional Recognition from Members of Congress Helen Bentley and Bob Ehrlich, A Governor’s Citation from Gov. Schaefer in reference to her efforts at Bay Restoration and a personal letter of congratulations from Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke for her work on improving communications aimed at cancer prevention. ...

Merrie attended Forest Hill Elementary, and Bel Air Jr. and Sr. High before heading out to the University of Oklahoma, where she earned a BA in Journalism. After graduation she returned to Harford County and married Scott Yosua, another Bel Air High School graduate. In March 2010 the couple celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary.

How many of you remember WVOB (the voice of Bel Air)? That’s where Merrie began her career in broadcast news with Jim McMahan, now your County Council representative from Bel Air, and Bob Callahan. Merrie spent two years turning the station on at dawn and waiting to see what Bob brought in from “Jimmy the Baker” (Bel Air Bakery) each morning, doing the AM news and mid-day music.

From WVOB she moved to WPOC FM, a station just breaking into the Baltimore market. During more than 16 years at WPOC, Merrie was promoted from news anchor to News Director where she led this FM country station to its recognition as having an outstanding news operation in Maryland, D.C., Delaware, and Virginia. Merrie finished her career in broadcasting as the Morning Show co-anchor at WLIF, Baltimore, where her show was recognized by the Achievement in Radio Awards as the outstanding Morning Show.

In-between WPOC and WLIF, she spent time working with Congresswoman Helen Bentley on Capitol Hill. At the local government level, Merrie served as former County Executive Jim Harkins’ Director of Government, Community and Media Relations. It was a ‘hands-on’ opportunity where she worked side-by-side with Harford Countians from every part of the region. She spent time digging dirt and planting trees in the northern part of the county, then picking up trash along the Rt. 40 corridor. She worked to expand the County’s park system and honor its veterans. And Merrie sought to keep every person living in the County informed about what was happening within their community.

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