WTMD Creates Community Clubhouse In New Broadcast Center
March 27, 2012 at 4:09 PM (PT)
TOWSON UNIVERSITY Triple A WTMD/BALTIMORE will move to an 8,000-square-foot state-of-the-art broadcast and community center in early fall. To be located in the new TOWSON CITY CENTER, WTMD’s facility will boast a live-music performance space, a community meeting room and classroom, as well as studios and offices for the station’s employees.
GM STEPHEN YASKO said, "We’ve designed this space to be a combination: a music lovers’ clubhouse, community meeting space and education center. Our listeners and the public will be invited into WTMD every day to experience the best in national and BALTIMORE bands."
In addition to station events, WTMD’s facility will also host movie screenings from BALTIMORE filmmakers and students enrolled in TOWSON’s Electronic Media and Film department. Private social and corporate events may also be scheduled to use the facilities.
The station’s current 1,800-square foot facility in the center of the TOWSON UNIVERSITY campus has limited the station’s ability to produce the amount and kinds of programming needed in the BALTIMORE region.
"We’re really excited about the new programming opportunities the additional space will create," said SCOTT MULLINS, WTMD’s PD. "We’ll be able to broadcast live concerts and to create music documentaries and other specials; but the biggest boon will be the four studios we’re building. The setting will include an on-air studio overlooking the roundabout and downtown TOWSON, two production studios and a performance studio."
The station also plans to move its transmitter and antenna, pending FCC approval, to the top of TOWSON CITY CENTER, which will provide a better quality signal to the station’s current coverage area and could extend the station’s reach slightly farther to west.