History of Charm City Radio


We are in the process of developing a detailed history of radio broadcasting in Baltimore since the dawn of broadcasting. This will include detailed histories of many of the earliest stations in the US and some amazing broadcasting ‘firsts’ which occurred here in Baltimore. Look for a lot of updates to this page and links to detailed histories by call letters. If you have info to share, please feel free to contact us! Special thanks to the wonderful Library of American Broadcasting at the University of Maryland for access to great documents!

We’re starting with the AM call signs since they are the oldest ones. We have also included the original stations, which predate the formation of the Federal Communications Commission and were original regulated by the Federal Regulatory Commission from 1926 until 1934. We will include as many of the short-lived early experimental radio stations from the Baltimore region as well. In the future we hope to add images and more links to vintage radio pages and information. Who knows… maybe there’s a book in this thing! The bulk of the research and information has been provided by Michael Mennis, ’10.

Frequency

Current Letters

Historic Call Letters

580

WHP
(1978)

N/A

600

WCAO
(1934)

WCAO
(1939,1946,1961, 1979)

630

WMAL
(1981)

N/A

640

WWJZ
(1985)

WMHN(1985), WMJZ(1985)

680

WCBM
(1979)

N/A

700

WDMV
(2004)

850411AD,
WWTL(1991), WGOP(2002)

730

WXTR
(2006)

WPRD(1987), WCPT(1987), WBZS(1995), WKDL(2000)

750

WBMD
(1988)

N/A

780

WAVA
(2005)

WABS

810

WYRE
(1978)

DWYRE(2009)

833

N/A

WCAO(1923, 1924), WNAY(1923), WEAR(1923), WKC(1923)

840

WKDI
(1989)

830121AI

860

WBGR
(1984)

WAYE(1955, 1963)

980

WTEM
(1998)

WRC,
WWRC(1984)

1010

WOLB
(1993)

WYST(1982, 1983), WERQ(1991), WSID(1960’s?)

1030

WWGB

840430AB,
WBZE (1984), WNTL (1989), WWGB (1997)

1050

WBQH
(2010)

WGAY,
WNTR (1984), WKDL (1993), WPLC (2000) , WFED (2004),
WZAA (2009), WTOP (2010)

1060

N/A

WBAL(1934)

1090

WBAL
(1968, 1984)

WCAO

1120

WUST
(1981)

N/A

1150

N/A

WEAR(1924)

1180

N/A

WFBR(1925)

1190

WBIS
(1978)

WANN,
WBIS

1230

WRBS
(2006)

WITH(1946,1970)

1270

N/A

WFBR(1932,1936)

1300

WJZ(2008)

WFBR(1942,1970), WLIF(1990), WJKF(1991)

1330

WJSS
(2000)

WASA,

1360

N/A

WEBB
(1962,1986)

1370

WVIE
(2006)

WEBB,
WHLP(1992),WWLG(1993), WCBM(1934)

1400

WWIN
(2007)

N/A

1430

WNAV
(1981)

N/A

1500

WFED
(2008)

WTOP,
WTWP (2006), WWWT (2007),

1530

WCTR
(1980)

N/A

1540

WACA
(1997)

WDON,
WMDO (1981),WACA

1570

WNST
(1999)

WTOW,
WFEL(1986),WKDB(1993), WAQE(1958), WSID(1948)

1590

WFBR
(2004)

WJRO

 

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