WYPR is a public radio station that services the Baltimore,
Maryland metropolitan area.
The station broadcasts on
on the FM band
station is simulcast in the Frederick and Hagerstown area on WYPF (88.1 FM) and in the
City area on WYPO (106.9 FM).
Surprisingly, the two stations on 88.1 are not synchronized. WYPF's
sound is about 1/2 second behind WYPR, making listening nearly
impossible in the area between the two cities.
WYPR is Baltimore's National
member station, carrying content from NPR,
Minnesota Public Radio
and the BBC World
. In addition, WYPR produces several of its own
programs, many of which focus on local affairs.
Serving the metropolitan Baltimore area and the
state of Maryland, the mission of Your Public Radio is to broadcast
programs of intellectual integrity and cultural merit which enrich
the minds and spirits of our listeners and ultimately strengthen
the communities we serve.
-- WYPR Mission Statement 
Starting operations in 1979 as WJHU
, owned by
Johns Hopkins University
the station had a classical format. Over the years it progressively
added more content from NPR and its partners, shifting to the
format of news/talk in the daytime and overnight weekday hours, and
music (mainly jazz) programming during evenings and nights. In the
fall of 1998, then-WJHU added overnight coverage of World Radio Network
provides English-language news programs from broadcasters around
the world; today the station simulcasts the BBC World Service
during the overnight.
The station was sold by the university in early 2002 to Your Public
Radio Corp., a locally based group of station talk hosts and
listeners, and became WYPR. In 2004 Your Public Radio Corp. bought
religious broadcaster WJTM in Frederick, which became a relay of
WYPR with the call letters of WYPF. WYPF's signal also covers
Hagersown. On July 30, 2007, Your Public Radio Corp.
bought Ocean City,
Maryland alternative rock station 106.9 WRXS, which began
simulcasting WYPR starting September 10, 2007.
was renamed WYPO on October 3, 2007.
For many years, it operated at only 10,000 watts. While this provided a
decent signal to Baltimore itself and most of its close-in suburbs,
many of Baltimore's outer suburbs, including Annapolis, only got a grade B signal.
2008, it increased its power to 15,500 watts, giving it a coverage
area roughly comparable to the other major Baltimore
Midday with Dan Rodricks
Midday is WYPR's daily public affairs program heard from noon -
2PM, Monday through Thursday. Hosted by longtime Baltimore Sun
columnist Dan Rodricks, the program covers a wide range of topics
selected to engage, inform, and entertain the listening
audience.Since its debut, Midday has covered a mix of the serious
(politics, the economy, education) and the not-so-serious (National
Grammar Day, crab cakes, film noir) with, as one listener describes
it, "A certain politeness, good manners, and gentle laughter.
Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast
mix of interviews about news, the arts, politics, science, history.
all the topics and people that make Maryland such an interesting
place to live and work. From 9 to 10 a.m. every Monday, Tuesday,
Wednesday and Friday, they reach from the Chesapeake Bay to the
mountains for compelling conversations with people who make the
news, and with people who cover it - including WYPR's own
reporters. Maryland Morning is produced by Bruce Wallace, Katherine
Gorman and Lawrence Lanahan.