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Steele discusses what it means to be a “real” Republican in America

Posted on 17 July 2020 by WNST Audio

Nestor is pretty succinct in this one, calling former Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele his “favorite Republican.”

We still greatly miss all of our live visits and long-form chats with our Baltimore Positive guests at State Fare and Faidley’s from earlier in our Season One of intelligent conversations with community leaders but we’re forging ahead with some of the coolest conversations during a hot, pandemic summer here in the Charm City.

As Don Mohler always points out: it’s never a straight line with our guests or platform. Just two curious people seeking deeper knowledge and wisdom from wise people. We’re about to bring forward a wide variety of guests and topics as we navigate all of the aspects of life during a pandemic.

Michael Steele is no stranger to any of us who follow politics and media in Maryland. We had a wide-ranging chat with him about his party, the future of Donald Trump in America and how the country can navigate its way out of this pandemic and economic disaster.

And, yes, we talked about the credentials of leadership and Dr. Anthony Fauci and a potential vaccine as well.

Because we haven’t been able to sit down and eat a proper crab cake at Faidley’s at Lexington Market or have some chicken and waffles at State Fare in Catonsville with our guests, we have been doing one longish episode rather than our customary three shorter blocks of conversation.

Given the current state of America in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and protests on our streets and throughout the world, we will be focusing on race and the future moving forward in many of our upcoming July episodes.

Clearly, we voted last month. And we hope you voted, too, and are ready to vote again in November!

We are all in this together and this is a time to educate, unite and keep each other safe. But we also have some extra time to read and learn and educate ourselves in many ways.

We will continue to produce high-quality, intelligent conversations with thought leaders as our citizens try to readjust to this pandemic during the summer at Baltimore Positive.

Please subscribe to Baltimore Positive and stay with us.

We’ll try to keep you cool.

 

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My public life as a “cause” guy in Baltimore

Posted on 13 June 2020 by Nestor Aparicio

Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti once called me a “cause guy” – and as an evolved sports radio talk show host, media pundit and civic leader – I still take it as the highest compliment ever offered my way.

Despite being a serial entrepreneur, FCC license owner of an AM radio station for more than two decades and a storied career as a Baltimore (and one-time nationally syndicated) sports broadcaster, local marketer and champion of small local business, I always describe myself as “a writer” when people ask my vocation.

I still read and write books – two of them with a parade full of purple reign happy endings if you are a Ravens fan like me. I began my career as a newspaper journalist, sportswriter and rock music critic before I was a radio host.

(So, I suppose this bio better be a “good read” or else, huh?)

I am a dreamer, a worker and a follow through guy. I start with an idea, give it a deadline and give it all I have to make it happen.

My love and interest in Baltimore sports came naturally – my cousin was a Hall of Fame shortstop on the 1966 World Series champion Orioles, which is how my family immigrated to the USA from Venezuela. This passion for sports begat a radio show that became a business pursuit that led to my vision for WNST-AM 1570, which I founded in July 1998 and purchased the following year. My “Free The Birds” book from the summer of 2006 tells the family story of my life and childhood adoption in East Baltimore and my Pop who worked at Martin’s during World War II and at Bethlehem Steel until his retirement.

I’ve been in the radio and media business for 29 years, and I am proud of my career. I am proud that I created the first all-sports AM station in Baltimore.

Those 20th century tales of legendary road trips with the Orioles, Ravens and Terps and the “GET NASTY” van are the vivid memories that have powered my lifer career as a local advocate of all things Baltimore sports and marketing and bringing our citizens together for worthy causes.

But as the owner of the Baltimore Ravens said: I am a cause guy…

And the cause has always involved something that said “Baltimore” on the wrapper.

I have made local charities and uplifting my hometown the centerpiece of everything I’ve ever done since I dreamed of a sports media career growing up in Dundalk.

I once ran through the streets of downtown to celebrate the Ravens coming to Baltimore to benefit the Ed Block Courage Awards. Maybe you attended a “Nasty Nice Guy” Awards event? Or my “Free The Birds” passion campaign of Orioles fan advocacy in 2006? Or perhaps you participated in our 2013 Super Bowl march through the streets of New Orleans with 10,000 Ravens fans storming Poydras Street en route to the Superdome or the legendary Whiskey Joe’s Tampa Super Bowl event in 2001 when the bar ran out of beer and my future business partner Brian Billick would lift the Lombardi Trophy to the sky.

I like bringing people together. It has been the story of my life – collecting good people and trying to bring them closer even when it can be a little awkward or unique.

I even managed to once get John Harbaugh and Mike Tomlin together on a stage in Baltimore for our leukemia warriors at There Goes My Hero in 2016! And I even brought Brian Billick along and Larry Hogan to help me officiate!

At heart, I like to make people happy.

I also seek to collect intelligent people to have conversations with – and then ask questions and seek knowledge. And if they’re a willing subject and a great guest sharing quality information and (hopefully) deeper wisdom, I try to have them on again later in my journey and learn more.

What good is all of their wisdom if I am not employing and sharing it? It’s the only way to improve!

We also try to laugh along the way.

I collect people and ask questions. And challenge my own beliefs, truths, desires and initial observations.

My business card says: INTELLIGENT CONVERSATION.

It’s not just a goal. It’s a demand and where I set the bar for my listeners, followers and community. It’s also where I set the bar for myself – personally and professionally.

I ask a lot of questions. And I usually continue asking until such point when it all makes sense to me and I could explain it to someone else. Educators would call it learning and the growth of the human spirit.

I call it: fun.

And the more I learn, the more I am challenged to know more.

I want to deliver to my audience the result of my eternal obsession with asking questions to people who are smarter than me – and learning something along life’s journey. And then figuring out how that can be useful…

I do podcasts and videos and radio and social media and sell the story of local brands while keeping a lifelong audience informed, entertained and engaged.

Over 30 years and 20,000 hours of radio, there are now more than 100,000 people glued to my social media threads all over the world.

And if you are an old friend, you know that I am eternally and passionately involved in continuing to grow WNST.net and AM 1570 and all of the Baltimore sports news, local conversation and expertise we’ve delivered to fans and citizens over the years.

We have always kept it real and local and honest.

WNST was the first sports radio station in the Baltimore market with a fully integrated website in 2006. We were first adopters to social media in 2008. We have the largest text service and daily digital newspaper subscription in the market. We still cover the Ravens, Orioles and Terps better than anyone!

I’ve covered 27 Super Bowls, 14 All Star Games, a dozen World Series and seen virtually every sports event in the world that’s caught my interest from the World Cup to French Open, NBA Finals and Final Fours. I have even hoisted the Stanley Cup on the ice with my lifelong friend Barry Trotz, whom I covered as a reporter in the 1980s.

After running the legacy standalone AM station with a traditional host/producer live format and making large payrolls for 17 years – with a staff of 18 employees and a $1 million annual payroll at one point – I changed the radio format to a one-host, Howard Stern/Sirius inspired “podcast” format of intelligent conversations in August 2014.

After retiring from a daily show in 2005, my local sponsors clamored for nearly a decade for me to come back on the radio more frequently but I was passionately involved in running the business of WNST to grow the brand. In the spring of 2014, I finally made a decision to come back on the radio with better conversations than the angry phone callers and anonymous message boards and chat rooms that I left on my own accord a decade earlier.  I thought it was a dreadful, unlistenable radio format for listeners stuck in traffic – and still do.

The past decade of my journey has created real life challenges that have moved my work and cause beyond local sports.

In March 2014, my wife Jennifer was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia stemming from her post-911 WTC service on Wall Street in New York City – and has since had a pair of battles with cancer and a bone marrow transplant from a very special man and now-genetic twin in Germany. Much of this played out quite publicly in our lives and social media. We did a Major League Baseball tour of 30 ballparks in 30 days and swabbed more than 10,000 people for There Goes My Hero along the way to her survival between her battles in June 2015.

I can assure you that I learned more about hospitals, insurance companies, drug companies, lawyers, government and the inside of trying to keep my best friend alive than I ever wanted to know.

Yes, she’s alive and doing well after her second leukemia diagnosis in September 2015 – a tribute to science and doctors and nurses and so many people including her amazing German donor hero that it takes our breath away!

The daily miracle and gift of her life has further inspired me but finding the power and unity of our own community ­­– publicly and privately, and meeting and collecting new awesome people along the way – moved me to step up to further use my brand, platform and celebrity for a larger cause.

In the aftermath of my wife’s survival after 155 nights at Johns Hopkins in East Baltimore from 2014 through 2016, nothing has been more important in my world than the future of the city and my home. I have lived downtown for 17 years. I am fed up with the demise – real and perceived – and reputation of my community and I want to do something about it.

I want to make it better.

In the fall of 2018 when my lifer friend Don Mohler (who was my 10th grade guidance counselor at Dundalk High School in 1982) was serving as the Baltimore County Executive, I was inspired by his service and leadership in the aftermath of a civic and political trauma and asked him to partner with my vision for creating a radio and podcast conversation about positive change for Baltimore. I was feeling the trauma of trying to list and sell my home amidst the reputation of my city so we sought to create a platform to begin discussing these important civic issues about crime, education, employment, taxes, corruption, the decay of urban business and tourism that, quite frankly, I cowardly ignored in the ugly aftermath of the 2015 unrest.

Silence wasn’t working.

So in April 2019, Mohler and I birthed the Baltimore Positive platform, which is a video podcast and radio format that now features hundreds of thought leaders and civic achievers in a longer conversation discussing tough issues facing our community.

I’m proud of the body of my life’s work and the causes that I have stood up for over the years. There are literally thousands of hours of videos with evidence on YouTube and the WNST Audio Vault of intelligent conversations with hundreds of people you have heard of and some you haven’t but need to. There are also 15 years of blogs and books available at WNST.net.

In 1984, I was a 15-year old boy with a pregnant girlfriend who got my big break as an inglorious intern in the sports department of the long-defunct but fondly remembered The News American. That was when Baltimore was a two-newspaper town. All I ever wanted then was to retire with a gold watch like John Steadman or Oscar Madison. That led to six years and a few thousand more sports and music bylines at The Baltimore Sun and a buyout at age 23. At the invitation of Kenny Albert, who was calling Skipjacks games and doing a sports talk show when I was the beat reporter for the minor-league hockey team, I began a sports radio career in 1991 that has led me on a journey around the world with sports, media, music, politics – attempting to serve the world with a unique passion, energy and love of life, science, progress and happiness.

Beginning in 1999, I turned a fun monthly “Nasty Newsletter” marketing fanzine into a daily nationally syndicated radio gig in Chicago with One On One Sports and then Sporting News Radio for three years. “Nasty Nationwide” was heard on more than 300 affiliates around the country.

Since entering the Skipjacks locker room in 1984 with a reporter’s notebook as a 15-year old, I have interviewed virtually every legend I ever grew up chasing a ball or a puck. My business partner, Brian Billick, is a Super Bowl-winning head coach and one of the finest people and mentors I could dream of having in my life. He joined us on behalf of the Living Classrooms Foundation in 2008 because of his commitment to wanting to improve education and safety on our streets. We still share that passion and partnership.

I feel that resiliency has been the story of my life. With the help of others, I find a way to overcome challenges.

Hence, #TogetherNes…

Wherever we’ve met, or however you’ve come to find me or my work or our story, I’m happy that you’re here and hope you stay awhile.

I hope to be here a long time. I hope we can make Baltimore and our community better in the aftermath of the pandemic and protests.

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Mike Harmon dishes on NFL in LA

Posted on 17 August 2016 by WNST Staff

Mike Harmon of Fox Sports caught up with Nestor this week to discuss all things NFL, including the preseason debut of the Los Angeles Rams.

Who will start for the LA Rams? Which golden rule was broken by a Rams WR during the first Hard Knocks episode?

To hear Nestor’s full conversation with Mike Harmon, listen here:

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Don Banks: Sense of Urgency for Ravens in 2016

Posted on 17 August 2016 by WNST Staff

Don Banks of Sports Illustrated caught up with Nestor Aparicio this week as the NFL regular season continues to get closer.

Don was out in Owings Mills recently and he had some positive observations to share about Joe Flacco.

“I was using the words locked in, because the day I was there, I barely saw the ball touch the ground,” Banks said. “He told me that the knee is not really on his mental radar screen. He feels like he can trust it, and hasn’t really had to clear much of a hurdle on that front. He’s excited. I feel like he’s poised for a big bounce back year. The question is, how many others on Baltimore after that injury plagued year are ready to bounce back as well.”

Don sees 2016 as a key season for the Ravens, and he sees them being in a position that they haven’t found themselves in for quite some time.d

“They are a very interesting team this year Nestor,” Banks said. “I think we’e always kind of known what to expect from Baltimore, but last year altered the perception a little bit. I think a lot of us are wondering ‘Does this team pick up where they left off, always a playoff perennial contender, 10-11 wins? Or was last year in any way the first sign of a team on the decline, and getting a little older in some key spots?’ That’s what this year is about. I think there’s a little bit of a sense of urgency in Baltimore that there hasn’t been in a number of years, to kind of continue the program the way it has been under John Harbaugh and Ozzie Newsome.”

To hear Nestor’s full chat with Don Banks, listen here:

 

 

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Ira Kaufman: Bucs will go defense with ninth overall pick

Posted on 25 April 2016 by WNST Staff

Ira Kaufman covers the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the Tampa Tribune, and the Bucs have undergone some major changes this offseason as they promoted Dirk Koetter to offensive coordinator, and hired former Ravens coach and Falcons head coach Mike Smith to be their defensive coordinator.

The Buccaneers also have a Top 10 pick in next week’s draft as they prepare to select ninth overall. Which side of the ball are the Bucs targeting, and who does Ira think they will ultimately select?

To hear Nestor’s full conversation with Ira Kaufman, listen here:

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Rick Ballou: Jags could take Tunsil if still on board at #5

Posted on 25 April 2016 by WNST Staff

Rick Ballou covers the Jaguars and joined Nestor on WNST to discuss their draft plans as they are due to pick one slot ahead of the Ravens as they hold the fifth overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Who does Rick think the Jaguars will select, and will they snag someone that the Ravens really would like to grab at number six?

To catch Rick Ballou’s full conversation with Nestor, click here:

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Charean Williams: Cowboys keep draft plans close to vest

Posted on 24 April 2016 by WNST Staff

Charean Williams covers the Dallas Cowboys and thus is always subjected to the media circus that constantly surrounds what many consider to be American’s Team.

That said, there is one time of the year that the Cowboys keep things unusually quiet…

“They have pulled some surprises, and really, this is the one thing they do that they keep their cards close to their sleeve,’ Williams said. “When it comes to the draft, you really don’t know what the Cowboys are going to do and this year is another example of that.”

“The obvious need is defensive end, there’s no question about that, “Williams said. “Everyone thinks they’re going Joey Bosa, but I don’t think anybody would be surprised if they come out of this draft with Jalen Ramsey if he’s there or Ezekiel Elliott if he’s there.”

To hear Nestor’s complete conversation with Charean Williams, click here:

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Mark Eckel: Lots of people affected by Eagles trade

Posted on 24 April 2016 by WNST Staff

Mark Eckel has been covering the Philadephia Eagles for a long time, and there are not many moments that have created as much buzz as the Eagles trading up to the #2 spot in the 2016 Draft in an effort to, by all indications, select quarterback Carson Wentz.

When a trade of such magnitude is made, the ramifications are sure to be felt well into the future. Eckel touched on some of those possibilities.

“The future of a lot of people were affected by that trade,” Eckel said. “Obviously quarterback Sam Bradford’s future is up in the air. He won’t be an Eagle for much longer, maybe this year. The head coach Doug Pederson and GM Howie Roseman, both of their careers are kind of on the line with this pick, if it is Carson Wentz as we all have kind of come to the conclusion that it is. If Wentz is not the answer, if he is another Ryan Leaf, then Doug Pederson is not going to be a head coach for very long, and Howie Roseman probably won’t be involved in personnel very long.”

Mark went on to share many more in-depth thoughts regarding this blockbuster trade. To hear his complete conversation with Nestor, listen here:

 

 

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Nestor Aparicio: Trades have created “dream scenario” for Ravens

Posted on 24 April 2016 by WNST Staff

Nestor Aparicio joined Howard Balzer’s radio show in St. Louis to discuss the Baltimore Ravens draft outlook as the 2016 NFL Draft is less than a week away.

With two quarterbacks expected to go with the first two picks, the Baltimore Ravens will have the opportunity to draft one of the best non-quarterback players in the draft. Will Jalen Ramsey, the top rated cornerback from Florida Sate, still be available, and if so, will the Ravens definitely take him? What are some other options for the Ravens at the sixth spot? Nestor dishes on some Ravens possibilities as the draft quickly approaches.

Also, who does Nestor believe was the biggest free agent signing for the Ravens this offseason?

To hear Nestor Aparicio’s full conversation with Howard Balzer, listen here:

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Join us on our WNST Purple Roadtrips in 2016!

Posted on 19 April 2016 by WNST Trips

We at WNST have been taking thousands upon thousands of passionate purple fans on roadtrips for nearly 20 years, and we expect 2016 to provide some of our best experiences yet as we head to “Jerryworld” in Dallas for the first time, Jacksonville, and Cleveland (with a stop over at the Pro Football Hall of Fame). We’ll also be visiting The Meadowlands twice in 2016 as the Ravens face both the New York Jets and New YorK Giants.

Join our WNST Purple Roadtrip to Cleveland and the Hall of Fame

Join our WNST Purple Roadtrip to the New York Giants

Join our WNST Purple Roadtrip to the New York Jets

Join our WNST Purple Roadtrip to Dallas

Join our WNST Purple Roadtrip to Jacksonville

As always, if you have any questions and/or special requests related to any of our WNST Purple Trips, please don’t hesitate to shoot an email to nasty@wnst.net anytime at all.

We hope to see you on the road with us as the Ravens get back to their winning ways in 2016!

 

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