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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2013
Danial "Danny" Reese, a former Baltimore broadcaster who was known as "Old Blue Eyes" and whose radio career spanned two decades, died April 28 from a heart attack at his Naples, Fla., home. He was 61. "I got to know Danny when we worked together at WCAO. We did mornings together and just clicked," said Ron Matz, a veteran Baltimore radio personality who is now a WJZ-TV reporter. "We were both friends on and off the air and remained so," said Mr. Matz. ""Danny was a very popular on-air personality who got Baltimore.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 24, 2013
CBS radio will launch a country music station in Baltimore at noon Friday, management announced today. The station, called New Country, will air at 106.1 FM on the dial. This is the second station in the market that CBS is now programming through an arrangement with Hope Christian, a religious programmer that holds the broadcasting license. In August 2011, CBS started programming 97.5 FM under the same kind of arrangement. WPOC (93.1 FM), with Laurie DeYoung, is the Baltimore station that has enjoyed much success with country music for a long time.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 24, 2013
CBS radio will launch a country music station in Baltimore at noon Friday, management announced today. The station, called New Country, will air at 106.1 FM on the dial. This is the second station in the market that CBS is now programming through an arrangement with Hope Christian, a religious programmer that holds the broadcasting license. In August 2011, CBS started programming 97.5 FM under the same kind of arrangement. WPOC (93.1 FM), with Laurie DeYoung, is the Baltimore station that has enjoyed much success with country music for a long time.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2013
Danial "Danny" Reese, a former Baltimore broadcaster who was known as "Old Blue Eyes" and whose radio career spanned two decades, died April 28 from a heart attack at his Naples, Fla., home. He was 61. "I got to know Danny when we worked together at WCAO. We did mornings together and just clicked," said Ron Matz, a veteran Baltimore radio personality who is now a WJZ-TV reporter. "We were both friends on and off the air and remained so," said Mr. Matz. ""Danny was a very popular on-air personality who got Baltimore.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2011
WBAL radio Monday named Merrie Street as news director replacing Mark Miller, who resigned last month. Street, whose resume includes news director and anchor duties at WLIF and WPOC, starts Monday, according to an email from Ed Kiernan, station general manager. "I have to say I was really impressed with her," Kiernan said in a follow-up telephone interview. "WBAL is one of the premier news organizations in the country," Street said in a telephone interview Monday. "This is just a great opportunity and I look so forward to it. " In addition to her career in radio, Street has also been involved in politics running for such offices as Harford County register of wills.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2011
It's safe to say that the Baltimore region is not country-western territory. The Irish-style pub rules here. PBR is easily the biggest, flashiest country bar/club in the city. For others, you'd have to go into the suburbs and as far as Annapolis. But country fans shouldn't fear — there are a few places where 93.1-FM WPOC is the default radio station and where you're free to wear your cowboy hat without getting mocked. In Sparrows Point, you'll find Pop's Tavern (4343 North Point Blvd.)
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sarah Kickler Kelber | September 21, 2006
Country star Dierks Bentley headlines the WPOC Big Country BBQ Sunday at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia. Pat Green and Heartland are also on the bill. Merriweather is at 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway. Tickets are $30-$40 and are available through Ticketmaster at 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.
FEATURES
By Eric Siegel | January 8, 1991
Light adult contemporary station WLIF-FM (101.9) and country music station WPOC-FM (93.1) both scored impressive gains in the Arbitron ratings for the fall released yesterday.Lite 102, which switched from an easy listening instrumental format to soft vocal music a little over a year ago, jumped from a 6.4 share of listeners 12 and over in the summer to an 8.0, good for second place among area stations. WPOC leapt from a 5.4 to a 7.4, good for third place.Urban contemporary station WXYV-FM (V-103)
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Reporter | March 7, 2008
A morning drive-time fixture for more than 22 years, Laurie DeYoung has signed a five-year contract renewal with country station WPOC-FM (93.1). "In a business where people come and go all the time - to think that I could be here and have people care about that, that's amazing to me," said DeYoung, noting this is her first five-year contract after a series of two- and three-year deals. For the last quarter of 2007, WPOC's The Laurie DeYoung Morning Show had the highest-rated of all morning shows in the local market, according to figures from the Arbitron radio ratings service.
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September 2, 1992
Baltimore's Jennifer Grimm, the general manager of country music station WPOC-FM 93.1, is bound for Nashville later this month to attend the "Country Music Association Awards Show."Her station has been named Station of the Year in the large-market category in the annual awards show, which is airing Sept. 30 on CBS-TV (Channel 11). This is the second such CMA award for the outlet in three years. WPOC deejay Laurie DeYoung was also among five finalists for the CMA's Broadcast Personality of the Year.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2011
WBAL radio Monday named Merrie Street as news director replacing Mark Miller, who resigned last month. Street, whose resume includes news director and anchor duties at WLIF and WPOC, starts Monday, according to an email from Ed Kiernan, station general manager. "I have to say I was really impressed with her," Kiernan said in a follow-up telephone interview. "WBAL is one of the premier news organizations in the country," Street said in a telephone interview Monday. "This is just a great opportunity and I look so forward to it. " In addition to her career in radio, Street has also been involved in politics running for such offices as Harford County register of wills.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2011
It's safe to say that the Baltimore region is not country-western territory. The Irish-style pub rules here. PBR is easily the biggest, flashiest country bar/club in the city. For others, you'd have to go into the suburbs and as far as Annapolis. But country fans shouldn't fear — there are a few places where 93.1-FM WPOC is the default radio station and where you're free to wear your cowboy hat without getting mocked. In Sparrows Point, you'll find Pop's Tavern (4343 North Point Blvd.)
ENTERTAINMENT
By Chris Kaltenbach | chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | February 28, 2010
L aurie DeYoung doesn't hesitate when asked for a defining moment from her 24-plus years as the morning voice of WPOC-FM. The moment was not heard on air, has nothing to do with the country music the station plays and happened well out of the public eye. But it goes a long way toward explaining why she has remained a dominant force on Baltimore's airwaves for more than two decades, and why she was honored in Nashville on Tuesday with her induction to...
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Reporter | March 7, 2008
A morning drive-time fixture for more than 22 years, Laurie DeYoung has signed a five-year contract renewal with country station WPOC-FM (93.1). "In a business where people come and go all the time - to think that I could be here and have people care about that, that's amazing to me," said DeYoung, noting this is her first five-year contract after a series of two- and three-year deals. For the last quarter of 2007, WPOC's The Laurie DeYoung Morning Show had the highest-rated of all morning shows in the local market, according to figures from the Arbitron radio ratings service.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sarah Kickler Kelber | September 21, 2006
Country star Dierks Bentley headlines the WPOC Big Country BBQ Sunday at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia. Pat Green and Heartland are also on the bill. Merriweather is at 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway. Tickets are $30-$40 and are available through Ticketmaster at 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.
BUSINESS
By J. Leffall and J. Leffall,SUN STAFF | August 11, 1998
Jacor Communications Inc. will end up with three Baltimore radio stations as part of a $620 million merger deal approved by federal regulators yesterday, giving the Covington, Ky., company its first foothold in the Baltimore market.Jacor will assume control of Baltimore's WOCT-104.3 FM and WCAO-600 AM. In exchange, Jacor will relinquish stations in Minneapolis and Columbus, Ohio, to CBS Radio.The trade is part of an agreement to sell or swap eight of its stations to settle antitrust concerns raised by its acquisition of Columbus, Ohio-based Nationwide Communication Inc.Jacor also is acquiring WPOC-93.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | January 14, 1995
Country music continued to rule Baltimore radio last fall, as WPOC-FM (93.1) earned its highest ratings ever in the quarterly Arbitron audience measurements.The station marked an overall 10.9 share among listeners 12 and older from October to December, up from an 8.3 figure. That was well ahead of second-place WBAL-AM (1090). The news/talk station suffered from the lack of postseason major-league baseball, slipping from an 8.0 share to 7.4. (Each share represents about 3,600 listeners in an average quarter hour.
FEATURES
By Eric Siegel and Eric Siegel,Staff Writer | April 24, 1992
Tip your Stetson and pop the top on a can of Lone Star beer. For the first time in its 18-year history, country station WPOC-FM (93.1) is the No. 1-ranked radio outlet in the Baltimore market.WPOC got an 8.9 share of listeners aged 12 and over in the Arbitron ratings for the winter, which were released yesterday, putting it comfortably ahead of second-place news/talk WBAL-AM (1090), which finished with a 7.2 share.WPOC's winter audience showed a significant increase over last fall, when it finished in third place with a 6.9 share and an even greater increase over the winter 1991 ratings, when it registered a 5.8 share.
NEWS
By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | April 14, 1996
Baltimore has pretty much become a one-horse town, at least where radio news is concerned.Wednesday, WPOC-FM (93.1) announced that it was eliminating afternoon news broadcasts to concentrate solely on morning drive-time news. That leaves WBAL-AM (1090) as pretty much the only game in town when it comes to afternoon news. Other stations may read the news off a wire, get it from a news network or pick up national broadcasts, but WBAL is the only station with a staff still gathering and reporting the news during the day and night.
FEATURES
By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | July 22, 1995
The country music of WPOC-FM (93.1) edged out the news, talk and Orioles baseball of WBAL-AM (1090) in the spring quarter radio ratings, and officials at both stations say the long baseball players' strike may have been a factor.The Arbitron audience figures for all listeners 12 and older gave WPOC the narrowest of victories, 0.1 "share" for the months of April through June. (One share represents about 3,600 listeners in an average quarter-hour.)The ranking reverses the pattern of recent years in which WBAL reigned strongly in first place during the baseball season because of its Orioles games.
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