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Farajii Muhammad leaving WEAA. Station debuts new show with former City Hall spokesman Anthony McCarthy | COMMENTARY

Baltimore, MD-3/29/17 - Anthony McCarthy, drector of communications, answers questions following a press conference with Mayor Catherine Pugh about the FY18 budget. Amy Davis / The Baltimore Sun (Amy Davis / Baltimore Sun)

One of the key time periods at WEAA-FM, Morgan State University’s public radio station, underwent a change in hosts today with Anthony McCarthy and Cara Williams taking over the 5 to 7 p.m. weekday time period previously held by Farajii Muhammad, who left the station.

Robert Shahid, interim general manager at WEEA, confirmed the change in an interview saying that the station wanted Muhammad to stay, but that the longtime station employee told him he felt “it was his time to move on.”

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Muhammad announced his departure on social media.

“For 16 years as a host, WEAA has been my home. It was the first place to give me a platform to talk about my work of developing youth and cultivating the next generation of leaders,” he wrote on Instagram and Facebook.

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“It was the first place to give me a show where I learned how to speak. It was the first place that taught me how to listen with the intent to understand. So I decided to leave WEAA, as I have been blessed to grow my voice and deepen my impact to work on a more dynamic, platform. We are in preparation now, but God willing, very soon, I will announce the latest step of this amazing journey.”

McCarthy has served as spokesman for three Baltimore City mayors and two members of Congress. Williams is a former Baltimore City police officer who is now in her senior year at Morgan State’s School for Global Journalism and Communications, according to a university news release.

Titled “Two Way Talk, the program will “showcase analysis and commentaries by former mayors Sheila Dixon and Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, former police commissioners Darryl De Sousa and Anthony Barksdale and a variety of other officials,” according to the release.

Dixon was a guest on Tuesday night’s first show talking about how she brought the crime rate down during her tenure as mayor. McCarthy promised she would be a recurring guest.

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McCarthy had been a frequent guest and previously hosted shows on WEAA and WYPR-FM, also a Baltimore public radio station.

David Zurawik is The Baltimore Sun’s media critic. Email: david.zurawik@baltsun.com; Twitter:@davidzurawik.

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