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.A look at Baltimore Media, A to Z
 
 After World War II, Baltimore had only 5 AM Stations operating, WBAL, WCAO, WFBR, WCBM, and WITH. Later other stations joined in, such as WAYE, WTOW, and WEBB. This listing is confusing at points, as stations change names and formats often.
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WAAM - TV     ( WJZ - TV )
   
Now known as WJZ - TV 13 ( See below )....
.WAAM
Photo  - Courtesy of the Baltimore Gas and Electric Collection at the Baltimore Museum of Industry

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  Station opened in November 1948, Baltimore's third television station to open. This was the first station to open up on "TV Hill ".

..WAAM
                Baltimore TV station

WAAM TV Baltimore  
WAAM TV Baltimore. ( later known as WJZ-TV ). Early pictures show the studios on TV Hill and a 1950's show being shown with Gilman School students in the late 1950's.
.WJZ ..........................................WJZ
.WAAM TV Baltimore

.WJZ TV Baltimore 1963

WBAL hasn't always been located on Television Hill, overlooking the JFX. For years, the WBAL Studios were located at 2610 North Charles Street.  The television station opened in March 1948, and the moved to TV Hill, the the early 1960's.The old building is still standing , and used as a storage building for a moving company. A check of a City Directory for 1940 shows the stations address as 652-65 Lexington Building.

..WBAL BAltimore

.Below are pictures of WBAL at Charles Street and studio shows from both Charles Street and TV Hill.
...WBAL 1927 Lexington Building
..WBAL Radio  - Lexington Building - 1927



.WBAL Baltimore 1927
.WBAL  Radio booth - 1927

.WBAL
.WBAL - Receprion Area - 1927

.WBAL 1927
....WBAL - Large Studio - 1927
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..Above, Broadcast studio for WBAL, 1947.    Below, the broadcast tower for the station in the 1920's.
..WBAL Broadcast Towers 1920s'
..WBAL 1974
WBAL TV camera at University of Baltimore in 1974.
..WBAL 1948
WBAL Television Studios 1948

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..NBC WBAL Broadcast 1950s


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.WBAL
.Photo  - Courtesy of the Baltimore Gas and Electric Collection at the Baltimore Museum of Industry



.WBAL Baltimore
.1960's circa drawing of WBAL on Baltimore's TV Hill.

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.WBAL
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WCAO
WCAO - AM 600 - back in the mid 1970's - " Top Forty "
8001 Park Heights Avenue

WCAO Radio basketball team, playing Dulaney High School, 1970's.

IIn 1940 - Address listed as 811 West Lanvale Street ( Upton Mansion )

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WCBM Radio
..WCBM ..........................WCBM

Listed in 1940 - Baltimore Broadcasting Corporation - Executive Offices
Hearst Building - 1601 Hearst Tower Building.
Studios - Harford and North Avenue

WCBM AM - 680
68 Radio Plaza , Owings Mills Plaza
circa 1976 - Pop music
1980's " news talk "


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.WEBB





WEBB Radio  1360 AM
Clifton and Denison
"Soul"

...WFBR
WFBR - 1300 AM
13 East 20th Street , Baltimore

 
In the 1940's, the address is shown as Baltimore Radio Show Inc.
Business address - 5801 Radio Avenue ( could be Transmitter )
Studio - 10 East North Avenue ( Centre Theatre Building )
In the 1970's , known as a Pop and Talk station


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..WFBR
WFBR Studio  - on the air 1940
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.WITH Radio ......................





WITH Radio AM 1230
7 East Lexington Street
1970's - "Pop"







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WLPL Radio - 92 FM
6623 Reisterstown Road
in the 1970's - " Top Forty "

92.3 FM is today known as "92-Q"


.WLPL Radio
                Baltimore

WLPL Radio at Milford Mill High School Dance , circa 1970's

WMAR
              TV BAltimore
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WMAR TV ( TV 2 )
TV Plaza - York Road
Started October 1947
Now  -" Just north of the Baltimore City Line "


WMAR was actually the first of Baltimore's TV stations. It started in the Sunpapers Building on Charles Street @ Baltimore Street, with the tower high atop the Maryland National Building a block away. WMAR was not as much as a " studio station" back then , as it was a mobile station, having the two big trucks seen on the left driving around the City and recording news and events. Recorded were horse racing ( Pimlico ) , events at the Coliseum on Monroe Street ( Boxing , etc ) , baseball at Memorial Stadium, and events at the Naval Academy in Annapolis. WMAR moved to the new studios in May 1963.
WMAR
              1963
The current studio of WMAR TV on York Road at the City/County Line.

.WMCP
The student radio station of the University of Maryland , College Park. I believe the station has since changed the name.






WMCP Radio

Candle Opera Tower Baltimore
..Baltimore's Television Hill tv tower...
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Metro Traffic Control is heard all over the Country doing traffic reports. It actually started here in Baltimore City, and quickly grew over the years. A service that now relies on video camera feeds and air units, back in the 1980's, much of the traffic reporting was done by mobile traffic reporters. In the photo above, a Metro Traffic unit takes a break on Dundalk Avenue in southeast Baltimore City.


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