WYPR “darn close” to blanketing Maryland

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Baltimore’s WYPR will extend its service to Maryland’s Eastern shore with the pending purchase of WRXS in Ocean City, a top-40 commercial station broadcasting on 106.9 FM. “The idea is for WYPR to be heard across the state of Maryland,” said Andrew Bienstock, WYPR p.d., in today’s Baltimore Sun. The expansion “brings us darn close.” FCC approval of the acquisition is expected next month. Later in the fall, the Baltimore station will boost its signal to 15,500 watts and begin broadcasting a separate program stream in high-definition.