WTMD and MPT unite to host Concert for the Chesapeake Bay
Inaugural simulcast aims to raise volunteer hours to benefit the nation's largest estuary
TOWSON, Md. (April 17, 2012)—In a unique collaboration with Maryland Public Television’s sixth annual Chesapeake Bay Week, Towson University’s WTMD-FM will simulcast a live Concert for the Chesapeake Bay.
The benefit performance will be broadcast Sunday, April 22 at 6 p.m., and features a lineup of regional acts that includes the Cris Jacobs Band, Old Man Brown, Rachael Yamagata, and Caleb and Saleem.
The concert is free, but listeners are encouraged to help restore the health of the bay through volunteerism—for example, planting grasses, removing litter, making phones calls and mailing information.
“The bay is the lifeblood of our region,” says Steve Yasko, general manager of WTMD. “We and MPT understand that our job is to bring the challenges the bay is facing to our listeners and viewers and provide them a way to make their own individual contributions, ensuring its health and beauty for all of us."
Stories of local volunteer efforts will be highlighted throughout the two-hour concert, co-hosted by Yasko and MPT’s Yolanda Vazquez.
“MPT is excited to collaborate with WTMD on this effort that benefits our bay,” says Larry Unger, president and chief executive officer of MPT. “For six years, our volunteer-a-thon broadcasts have enabled us to connect concerned residents with organizations right in their own backyards. The WTMD listening audience will breathe new life into these activities, and expand the impact of this broadcast.”