Dear, departed radio station lamented


A rather lengthy op-ed piece in Wednesday’s Baltimore Sun recalls the history of WAMD-AM Aberdeen, MD. Veteran Baltimore newscaster Chuck Jackson called it a “sad day” when the station shut down on Sunday (1/10).

Salem Communications bought the station for $3 million in conjunction with plans to boost the daytime power of what’s now WNYM-AM Hackensack, NJ in the giant New York metro market from 5kw to 50kw. Both were operating on 970 kHz, so WAMD is no more.

“It was a sad day for many of us who got our start in broadcasting thanks to the man who once owned WAMD, James V. McMahan Jr., whom everyone came to know on the air as ‘Cap’n Jim’,” Jackson wrote. He recalled how WAMD was an integral part of the community, with live phone calls to the local bakery and remotes from storefronts on Main Street. “It was about real people,” he wrote.

But it is no more. Click here to read the entire piece at the Baltimore Sun.