WBJC’s mission is to extend the educational and cultural outreach of its parent institution, Baltimore City Community College, using the radio medium to foster community awareness of the intrinsic values found in classical music and the performing arts. Making the arts accessible to a broad and diverse audience through radio and the internet, WBJC contributes to the quality of life of all those within its 6-state region, while also enhancing the student experience at BCCC and helping to promote the mission of the College.
Baltimore City Community College, a Maryland State Agency, presently holds the license of WBJC. The station began in 1951 on the campus of Baltimore Junior College at a modest power of 125 watts. In the 1970’s, power was increased to its current 50,000 watts and WBJC entered into the first of its national affiliations, with National Public Radio. In 1987, it acquired the American Public Radio affiliation, which today is known as Public Radio International.
WBJC is the oldest and largest of the public radio stations located throughout Maryland, reaching six states and the District of Columbia. Approximately 200,000 adult, upscale listeners in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan markets, plus thousands more in the surrounding areas tune in weekly, ranking WBJC higher than many of the commercial stations in its market and making it one of the top-60 most listened-to public stations in the country.
WBJC’s exclusive national programming includes, among others, the broadcast seasons of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Metropolitan Opera. WBJC’s news format includes 3-to-5 minute station readings of Associated Press Wire stories. WBJC’s local on-air hosts do live readings every half-hour from 6:25 am to 8:25 am … and again from 4:25 pm to 6:25 pm. Topics include national and local news, sports and weather. WBJC offers a number of locally produced shows, including “Music in Maryland”, “Vocalise”, “Toccata”, “Word on Wine”, “The WBJC Opera Preview”, “Face The Music”, and “Booknotes”. The overnight music is an automated national service, Classical-24, provided by PRI.
WBJC’s current on-air personalities are:
1) Mark Malinowski ( M-F: 5am – 10am )
2) Dyana Neal ( M-F: 10am – 3pm )
3) Judith Krummeck ( M-F: 3pm – 8pm )
4) John Scherch ( M-F: 8pm – 1am )
5) Kati Harrison ( Sa-Su: 7am – 1 PM)
6) Jonathan Palevsky ( Sa-Su: specialties)