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The Little Cloud that Cried…Or How to Chill in July

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University of Baltimore MFA grad Sue Loweree remembers her ice-skating contest/identity crisis. It’s such a cathartic read, especially in the Baltimore summertime, you’ll likely shiver.

The Omaha Convention Center is a big, cold building with ceilings as high as our new two-story house. I follow Mom and Miss Darby, the skating coach down the hall listening to them talk about Thursday night lessons.

Gov. Hogan During Radio Show: Focused on Maryland, Not Trump

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan took the high road while discussing President Donald Trump this morning during a radio appearance on Baltimore’s own 98 Rock.

Sharing Stories of Place and Memory in Baltimore

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baltimore512pxIf you tuned in to WEAA last week, you might have heard something different — and exciting — come over the airwaves. Baltimore journalist Stacia L. Brownstatic1.squarespace

just launched a new audio documentary series, The Rise of Charm City, which debuted on the station last week. The series aims to tell intergenerational stories about place and memory in Baltimore City — the kinds of stories you don’t really hear anywhere else. Baltimore Fishbowl chatted with Stacia about this new program:

Your new documentary series, The Rise of Charm City, recently launched. Tell us a little bit about how the project came to be, and where you hope to go with it.

I applied for a grant with AIR’s Localore: Finding America project. It’s an initiative that aims to bring innovative storytelling projects to public radio in cities across the country, in an effort to attract underrepresented and marginalized voices to public radio and/or to introduce the uninitiated to public radio-listening. I applied on behalf of myself, as an independent producer. WEAA 88.9 FM also applied, separately, as a station. Both the station and I were selected as finalists for Baltimore. We were then paired and we developed our project from there. We want to celebrate locations and neighborhoods that haven’t gotten enough shine. 

WYPR’s Out of the Blocks Returns October 27 and 28

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Update 10/28: Don’t miss tonight’s airing at 8pm on 88.1 WYPR.  Check out the updated video clip below.

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catch of the day fish (2)What if you could zoom in so closely on Baltimore that you could hear every person’s story? Well, you’d probably need a pretty good system to make sure you got everyone. You’d need to start with small, manageable chunks and slowly work your way through the city. There are a lot of stories here. And that means a whole lot of listening. Luckily, one of Baltimore’s best listeners is behind the cutting edge project that aims to capture and share every Baltimorean’s story. WYPR’s own Aaron Henkin produces Out of the Blocks— a totally unique documentary series that is telling everybody’s story– one block at a time.

Digging Deeper Into an Old Baltimore Murder

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If you listened to this week’s episode of This American Life, you heard the story — or part of the story — of Adnan and Hae, two students at Woodlawn High School back in 1999. In January of that year, though, Hae went missing; a few months later, her body was found in Leakin Park, and Adnan went on trial for her murder. (Here’s the original Baltimore Sun story about the case.) But as with all TAL stories, the story turned out to be more complicated than it seemed at first.

WTMD Makes A Move and a Few Changes

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Towson University’s public radio station WTMD 89.7 relocated its transmission facility to the top of Towson City Center where the station’s new studios are located.   The new facility, including a new tower and antenna, will improve the station’s coverage area, particularly to the west and south of Baltimore.  Listeners should notice a significant increase in the sound quality in current coverage area.

General Manager Stephen Yasko said,  “This new signal pattern will make WTMD available to more people. We expect to reach new listeners in Western Howard County and Montgomery County. The new transmission structure is significantly higher than our previous facility and is a directional antenna, able to push more power in different directions…We’ve even heard from some folks in Northwest DC who can now hear us in their cars.”

In addition, WTMD adopted a new logo as the station begins the next decade of serving the Baltimore/ Washington metro area with music, community driven events and programming.   The logo is installed on the top of the station at Towson City Center. The new logo signage is visible from Dulaney Valley Road and Olympic Place, on two sides of the building.  The logo features two distinct parts- the large orange circle with 89.7 inside and the WTMD letters in dark blue next to it. An orange lightning bolt separates the W from the TMD.  The new logo is designed to represent how WTMD sparks interest in new music, the community and arts and culture in the Baltimore area. The “retro” look symbolizes WTMD’s passion about the station’s musical past and the future.  The separating of the W from the TMD helps to accentuate WTMD’s relationship with Towson University and the Towson Community. While WTMD serves the entire central Maryland region, the station’s physical home is in Towson.  The logo was designed by Planit.

Ever Wanted to Listen in on the Baltimore Police Radio Scanner Feed? Thanks to the Internet, You Can

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If Chicago is “drug busts and chasing murderers” and Portland is “somewhat sleepier than Los Angeles,” then what might Baltimore sound like? Eric Eberhardt’s online project, youarelistening.to, offers a glimpse into the personality of certain cities from a very particular angle:  the crackle and chatter of their police scanners. (As of right now, I can report that Baltimore sounds like traffic control and blocked roads. “I’m still stuck in traffic,” one officer just said. Parades make for slow crime-fighting days, it turns out.)

College Radio Round-Up

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When I first came to Baltimore, I remember sitting in my car, scanning the low spectrum of the FM dial, trying to find college radio. I was a college radio enthusiast – so much that I actually had my first college radio show when I was in high school. (What can I say? I was a prodigy.) I loved — and was occasionally frustrated by — college radio’s zany mix of the avant-garde, the absurd, and the awkward.

But I couldn’t find any of that in Baltimore, no matter how long I kept forlornly scanning. No surprise that I couldn’t find the college radio station of my dreams, it turns out:  According to the Chronicle, college radio is becoming increasingly endangered. As universities try to tighten their budgets, many have considered selling their FM license and switching to online-only operations — or phasing out college radio entirely.

That’s just what happened to the Johns Hopkins radio station over the past few decades. After an initial run on the AM band, the station gained popularity with students and the community in the 1970s, and switched to 88.1FM. In 2002, however, that frequency was sold to WYPR, and the university’s station switched to an online-only format. That means student DJs don’t have to bleep out profanity — and that fewer people listen.

Loyola’s WLOY (1620 AM) is one of the few that’s bucking the trend; at the same time that WJHU was selling its terrestrial radio presence, WLOY was expanding. Its operations manager, John Devecka, doesn’t see HD or online radio as a viable alternative. As he told the Chronicle, “instead of a potential listening audience of 50,000, they’ll have a potential listening audience of the eight people in town who have an HD radio.”

So what does college radio in Baltimore look like these days?

  • Johns Hopkins’ WJHU is online only, streaming here.
  • Loyola’s WLOY operates at 1620 AM. It’s probably the most active student-run station in the area.

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