Stevan Smith: Bridging Connections as a Black Media Professional in Content Creation

Stevan Smith: Bridging Connections as a Black Media Professional in Content Creation

In this episode of The Truth in This Art, host Rob Lee engages in a conversation with Stevan Smith, a seasoned public media professional. They discuss Stevan's journey in the industry, his love for radio, and the importance of representation in podcasting. πŸŽ™οΈπŸ”Š

Episode Highlights:

  • Stevan's background in jazz radio and his journey in public media (00:00:21) πŸŽ·πŸ“»
  • Stevan's experience working in the radio industry and the impact of his mentors (00:01:17) πŸŽ™οΈπŸ€
  • Stevan's early influences in music and his love for soul, R&B, and hip hop (00:05:44) 🎡❀️
  • The connection between hip-hop and jazz music and Stevan's decision to pursue a career in radio broadcasting (00:06:08) πŸŽΆπŸ“»
  • Stevan's internship at WEAA and his experience hosting the Strictly Hip Hop show (00:09:46) 🎀🎧
  • Stevan's transition to WBGO and his role as traffic manager (00:19:30) πŸš—πŸŽ™οΈ
  • Stevan's move to WNYC and his role as assistant program director (00:23:05) πŸ™οΈπŸŽšοΈ
  • Stevan's decision to become the chief content officer at WBGO and his goals for the station (00:25:28) πŸ€”πŸ“ˆ
  • The challenges and opportunities in the podcasting industry and the importance of representation (00:28:41) 🎀🌍
  • Stevan's podcasting project, My Little Podcast, and his focus on highlighting diverse content creators (00:39:43) 🌈

Key Takeaways:
  • The journey of Stevan Smith, from interning at WEAA to becoming the Chief Content Officer at WBGO, showcases the importance of gaining hands-on experience and staying committed to one's passion. πŸš€
  • The podcasting industry is oversaturated, but creating meaningful and relatable content can still attract a loyal audience. 🌐
  • Stamina and consistency are key in podcasting, as well as understanding and catering to the needs of the target audience. ⏰

Check out Stevan Smith's podcast, My Little Podcast, to hear inspiring interviews with creative individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Social Media Links:
Facebook: Stevan Smith
Instagram: stevan_radiowav
Twitter: @Stevan_RadioWav
LinkedIn: Stevan Smith

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* this interview was conducted in December 2023.

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Original music by Daniel Alexis Music with additional music from Chipzard.

Episode illustration by Alley Kid Art.

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Rob Lee
Rob Lee
The Truth In This Art is an interview series featuring artists, entrepreneurs and tastemakers in & around Baltimore.
Stevan "Vegas" Smith
Broadcast and Digital Media Professional Formerly @WNYC @wbgo @WEAA889 - Morgan State University Grad/HBCU🀎 #SANKOFA