Coinciding with Public Radio Music Day, public service broadcaster Your Public Radio (WYPR) 88.1 FM Wednesday announced that its acquisition of WTMD 89.7 FM from Towson University became official, bringing both stations under the Your Public Radio umbrella.
A new corporate website was also soft-launched Wednesday at www.yourpublic.org.
In May 2021, WYPR, an NPR member station serving Baltimore, central Maryland and beyond, announced plans of the acquisition of WTMD, which has been operated by Towson University Public Media Inc., a nonprofit, in affiliation with Towson University since 2014.
WYPR is an independent community licensee and news/talk station in the market airing local, national and international radio content. WYPR features local programming and journalism through shows such as “Midday,” “On the Record” and “Out of the Blocks.”
With signals in Baltimore (WYPR 88.1 FM), Frederick (WYPF 88.1 FM) and Ocean City (WYPO 106.9 FM), the station also produces and distributes local podcasts with Podcast Central including favorites such as “The Daily Dose,” “The Maryland Curiosity Bureau” and “Essential Tremors.”
WTMD began at then-Towson State University in 1972 as WCVT, adopted its current call letters in 1991 and changed to its current AAA format in 2002.
Over the past 10 years, WTMD has received numerous awards for Best Radio Station from both Baltimore magazine and the former City Paper. WTMD also produces the First Thursday Music Festivals.
WYPR was established when Johns Hopkins University sought a new home for WJHU in 2002. A group led by community members formed Your Public Radio with the sole purpose of maintaining local control of the non-commercial license.
Both wypr.org and wtmd.org will continue to operate while also being accessible from the corporate site that will grow to feature information about the organization’s combined efforts and impact. Financial support from the community will also be sought, inviting both major donors and grassroots supporters to participate and become members of this expanded public service opportunity while still being able to support the specific stations they love.
Public Radio Music Day is a nationwide celebration uniting public radio music stations, fans, artists and other members of the music industry to recognize and spread the word about the special role noncommercial stations play in the music world both locally and nationally.