Towson’s WTMD Goes IBOC

Comm-Struction Services handles project management.
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WTMD(FM), Towson, Md., outside Baltimore, is putting the final touches on an HD-R conversion.

GM Steve Yasko tells me the 10,000 watt Towson University station has wanted to go IBOC a long time. “Public radio music stations can provide compelling service,” especially through HD Radio and multicasting, he said. The triple A-formatted station plans to offer at least one multicast in the fall, after consulting with listeners and members about their preferences, Yasko said.

The station continues to provide content for one of the multicast channels for another station, WAMU(FM), Washington.

Ed Bukont of Comm-Struction Services in Bel Air, Md., was project manager. His systems integrations firm is a Harris Channel Partner; Bukont served as the point person between the station and the subcontractors such as electrical and HVAC, as well as selecting and installing the equipment.

Ed tells me the project was unusual in that he was able to run fiber for the STL over the university’s existing E1 lines, saving WTMD some $30,000. The Harris Intraplex E1 connection passes the signal from the studio, located in the basement of one building, to the ZCD12 transmitter on the 13th floor of a nearby dorm.

The entire conversion cost some $175,000, according to Yasko.

Read more in an upcoming issue of Radio World.


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Towson’s WTMD Goes IBOC

WTMD has been on the campus for more than 26 years, beginning as a facility run by the student government and later providing a training ground for the electronic media and film department.