Program and Music Director, WEAA
Marcellus “The Bassman” Shepard, also known as the “The Man With the Voice”, has been an on-air radio personality in commercial and public radio for over twenty years. He’s well known for his distinctive deep voice, which he uses for his afternoon drive shift, “In the Groove”, on WEAA 88.9FM in Baltimore, MD and as co-host of the nationally syndicated “Cool Jazz Countdown”. The Countdown is currently heard on Sirius/ XM and distributed to 25 stations across the country via NPR Satellite Distribution including: Baltimore, MD (WEAA-88.9FM), Jackson, MS (WJSU 88.1FM), Miami, FL (WDNA 88.9FM), Juneau, Alaska (KRNN), San Juan, PR (WRTU), Denver, CO (KUVO) and more.. “The Bassman” was nominated for Jazz Presenter of the Year for the 2016 Jazzweek Awards. He’s a well known emcee for a wide variety of events from the Detroit International Jazz Festival, The Exit 0 Jazz Festival, the Army Science Conference to several pageants within the Miss America Organization, Miss High School & Collegiate America and Miss, Mrs. & Teen International systems.
Currently Marcellus is the Program and Music Director at WEAA- FM, Baltimore. It’s the 3rd largest African American Public Radio station in the country. Marcellus’ personality has stretched beyond radio as well. He had the pleasure of serving as hosts of “The Baltimore Buzz” which was a weekly news magazine TV program that aired on Comcast. It informed viewers of everything Baltimore by showcasing news and entertainment reports, highlighting organizations in the community making a difference, and spotlighting various neighborhoods. He also hosted a holiday music show for AARP TV. A talented actor, Marcellus had supporting roles in several independent films with national distribution such as “ Hip Hop Task Force” and “Lorenzo & Monica-L.A.F.S.”, with his latest film “Bachelorette’s Degree”, now on Amazon Prime and on DVD. The Bassman also has a pretty wide following on Social Media with his videos which range in subject matter. Just year, he did a mock weather report that has been viewed over 1.1 million times on Facebook.
Committed to serving his community, he and his wife of 20 years, DeShawn, Mrs. Maryland International 2006, founded Project Goodwill in 2003. Through Project Goodwill they provide lunches, toiletries and sleeping bags to men and women living on the streets and in shelters in both Washington, DC and Maryland. A proud graduate of Morgan State University and member of the distinguished Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and Phi Mu Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and is a board member of NFCB (National Federation of Community Broadcasters) and the Baltimore Jazz Alliance.