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Dyana Neal

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Dyana is WBJC's midday host. Her full bio can be read here.

Jul. 01 2020

Sing – It’s Good For You!

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs, Interviews | No Comments

Engaging with music, whether that means listening to it or performing it, has been shown to have numerous health benefits including stress reduction, improved cognition, reduced anxiety, and elevated moods. Artistic Director Jeanne Kelly founded Encore Creativity for Older Adults in 2007 to give singers age 55 and older a chance to perform music that’s […]

Jun. 30 2020

A (Virtual) Walk In The Park

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Access to green space is vital to mental and physical health for people of all ages. Recently, I spoke with Dr. Franklin Lance, President and CEO of the Parks and People Foundation, whose mission is to connect the citizens of Baltimore with nature, particularly younger residents. The COVID-19 crisis has created some unique challenges for […]

Jun. 23 2020

Tax time is coming – do you need CASH?

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs, Interviews, WBJC Programs | No Comments

CASH Campaign of Maryland, that is. In 2017, the CASH Campaigns of Baltimore and Maryland joined forces to become a single nonprofit organization that offers financial education and other services across that state. One of those services is free tax preparation for eligible Maryland residents, and with this year’s July 15 filing deadline approaching, I […]

Jun. 17 2020

Caring for Our Furry Friends During a Crisis

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The COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating to many people’s finances, and as a result, some Baltimore-area residents are struggling to afford food for their families. Recently, I spoke with Kate Pika, Marketing and PR Director at the Baltimore Humane Society, about the Bmore Kind Food Bank and its efforts to keep our four-legged family members […]

May. 14 2020

Feeding Baltimore In A Time Of Crisis

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The coronavirus pandemic has cost nearly 40 million Americans their jobs and many families are struggling to afford basic necessities, including food. I spoke with Nate Mook, CEO of World Central Kitchen, about his organization’s effort to help households across the country during this stressful time. World Central Kitchen is hosting “Meals for Baltimore” at […]

Apr. 09 2020

Mask maker, mask maker…

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs | 4 Comments

You’re probably seeing a lot of people wearing masks these days. Some are using paper ones, others are improvising with bandanas or ski masks, and those of us who sew are rejoicing because we finally have a legitimate use for all that scrap fabric that’s been driving our spouses crazy for years! Last week, Jonathan […]

Mar. 25 2020

Meet My New Colleagues!

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs | 2 Comments

Okay, OUR new colleagues. WBJC’s on-air personnel are the only humans coming to work at this point, but we have some exciting new staff members who have been working super hard to keep us all safe. Aren’t they photogenic? They get quite a workout several times a day disinfecting countertops, door handles, the sound board, […]

Jan. 27 2020

So two Norwegians walk into a radio station…

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs, Interviews, WBJC Programs | No Comments

Well, one of us (Yours Truly) was already here. When I set up my recent interview with Tim Holtan, Artistic Director of the Maryland Winds, I had no idea I’d be meeting someone who’d grown up just two hours from my childhood hometown. That may not sound like a big deal unless you consider that […]

Nov. 22 2019

A Musical Message of Peace

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The holiday season is almost upon us, so of course that means choral concerts, especially Handel’s Messiah. Recently, I spoke with Columbia Pro Cantare’s Executive Director, Elladean Brigham, about the group’s upcoming performance of the famous work as well as their Chamber Chorus seasonal offering, A Christmas Noel.

Oct. 25 2019

All About Monty (no, Not Python)

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs, Interviews, WBJC Programs | No Comments

However, that famous comedy troupe’s influence can definitely be felt in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Dundalk Community Theatre’s current production. The show won the Tony award for Best Musical in 2014 and also nods to Gilbert and Sullivan, Charles Dickens, and perhaps even Downton Abbey. Earlier this week, I spoke with director […]

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