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WTMD-FM 89.7 receives community service grant

$96,000 to be used for operational expenses, programming, outreach   

TOWSON, Md. (August 18, 2006)—Towson University’s public radio station WTMD-FM 89.7 has been awarded a Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) Radio Community Service Grant for fiscal year 2007. 

The estimated $96,000 grant may be used for operational expenses; the production or acquisition of local and national programming; and to strengthen local services such as outreach initiatives and educational workshops.

WTMD-FM 89.7 is one of 11 organizations, (and only Maryland station) each representing a single public radio station, who qualified for funding in fiscal year 2007 through CPB’s newly expanded Radio Community Service Grant program bringing the number of organizations that will be receiving Radio CSGs to 406. 

According to Steve Yasko, general manager of WTMD-FM “this annual grant will be used primarily for funding programming production and acquisition and will allow us to generate more programming and increase the quality of what we already produce.  We want to be the kind of radio station that  leads public radio with innovative programming and public service and this funding will help us speed up that process.”

WTMD-FM serves the greater Baltimore are with a mix of locally hosted and nationally distributed adult album alternative (AAA) music. The station is actively involved in the community, sponsoring concerts each week throughout the Baltimore area and airing several live broadcasts from remote locations each month.   

CPB, a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting.  It helps support the operations of more than 1000 locally owned and operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services.

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