WTMD-FM, the public radio station based at Towson University, began airing newscasts from National Public Radio yesterday, when it became an NPR member station.
The station, heard at 89.7 FM, is not changing format and will continue to air a mix of rock, country and blues. But its hourly newscasts now will come from NPR rather than Associated Press Network News.
"WTMD is trying to grow as quickly as we can, and to be a part of the community in a valuable way, and we see NPR membership as another way to provide programming services and opportunities for our listeners," said WTMD general manager Stephen Yasko.
The station becomes the third NPR member station in Baltimore, joining 88.1 WYPR-FM and 88.9 WEAA-FM. WTMD will not air Morning Edition, All Things Considered and other NPR programs currently broadcast on WYPR.
Membership gives WTMD-produced features an opportunity to be heard around the country. The station also can pick up NPR music programs that fit with WTMD's format.