Public radio station WYPR officially acquired independent music station WTMD – CBS Baltimore
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore-based NPR member station WYPR has officially acquired independent music station WTMD from Towson University, the stations announced Wednesday.
Purchase plans were originally announced in May 2021. Under the deal, the two stations will operate under the umbrella of Your Public Radio, the acronym contained in WYPR’s call letters.
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The finalization of the deal comes on Public Radio Music Day, an industry celebration of non-commercial stations that host live, online music events.
“It’s only fitting that we celebrate Public Radio Music Day by officially welcoming WTMD — its listeners and team — to the Your Public Radio family,” said LaFontaine E. Oliver, President and CEO. “As we prepare for our 20th anniversary in 2022, we are more committed to the community than ever, providing local news and expanded music, arts and cultural programming. Preserving WTMD’s license, format and music discovery service is at the heart of our commitment to the community. »
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WYPR was launched in 2002 to maintain local control of the non-commercial license held by WJHU at Johns Hopkins University.
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WTMD began in 1972 as WCVT at what was then known as Towson State University. In 1991, the station switched to WTMD call letters and adopted the Album Adult Alternative format.