WJTM evolves into WYPF

WYPR's purchase of Frederick station now complete

December 21, 2004|By Rob Hiaasen

The purchase is final - the license transferred - the FCC happy. Now, let's talk catchy call letters.

WYPR-FM's new station in Frederick broadcast new call letters yesterday, signaling the official transfer of the former religious station WJTM to the Baltimore public radio station known as Your Public Radio.

"The closest name we could come up with was `Your Public Radio in Frederick,'" said Anthony Brandon, WYPR president.

The new station is now known as WYPF. Both WYPR and WYPF can be found at 88.1 FM.

Since the purchase agreement in February, WYPR has been simulcasting its programming on the Frederick station in anticipation of the Federal Communication Commission's granting the license transfer, which it did last week. Along with programs such as Morning Edition and The Marc Steiner Show, the Frederick station plans to carry 4 hours to 6 hours of local programming each week.

The 4,000-watt Frederick station competes for listeners against Washington public radio stations that have stronger signals. "Why would a listener come to WYPF? Because we offer significant Maryland coverage," Brandon said yesterday.

The $1.2 million purchase of the Frederick station was designed to extend WYPR's reach into Maryland by reaching Montgomery and Howard counties, as well as improving the signal to Carroll and Frederick counties. In its effort to become a statewide network, the corporation hopes to acquire other stations.

- Rob Hiaasen

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