Issue: October 2000
Chesapeake Radio: Hearing Voices

A new weekly, one-hour radio show highlights the people, places and things of the Chesapeake.


    If track records count for anything, you have to bet that Michael Buckley’s latest project will succeed. The award-winning producer of “The Sunday Brunch” and “The Morning Ride”-both longtime listening staples on 103.1 WRNR-FM in Annapolis-introduced a new element to his already eclectic mix of radio content. The premier of “Voices of the Chesapeake Bay” aired during the Sept. 3 broadcast of “The Sunday Brunch.” The one-hour segment featured profiles, oral history and music, all about the Bay. Similar segments will continue to be broadcast between 10 and 11 a.m., every Sunday through Nov. 5.


    “The idea for ‘Voices of the Chesapeake Bay’ was born about a year ago,” says Buckley. “We wanted to produce a snapshot oral history of the Bay, and to offer listeners an opportunity to get to know some of the people whose lives are intimately and profoundly intertwined with the Bay.”


    And Buckley has come up with quite a list of lives. During the course of the 10 broadcasts, listeners (who can also catch the show via the station’s website, will be introduced to all kinds of folks, including CBM contributing writers John Page Williams and Tom Horton, Tangier Sound watermen Dallas Bradshaw and Davy Crockett, Blacks on the Chesapeake Foundation President Vincent Leggett, and Earl White, who serves as first mate aboard the skipjack Stanley Norman. The series will also feature live, in-studio guests each week, from politicians and boaters, to watermen, poets and musicians.