Special Collections continues our archival project Archives Gold: 50 Objects for UMBC's 50th, a special series showcasing 50 different objects that tell the story of UMBC. This week we present a photograph from the WUMD radio station (currently known as WMBC) showing a man standing by radio equipment with a list of DJs on the poster behind him.
WUMD Radio Station Photograph, 1970s. UARC Photos-08-0816, University Archives, Special Collections, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Baltimore, MD)
UMBC's own student run freeform radio station first began broadcasting in 1972, under the name WUMD, working to provide UMBC students with the best programming in music, news, and sports. In 1998, the station went through a major transformation, renaming itself WMBC. This was partly due to the confusion of another college radio station already named WUMD (University of Michigan Dearborn) and partly in efforts to revamp the radio station with new talent, a new broadcasting antenna (for better reception), and a new name. WMBC continues to broadcast to UMBC students today,with live student DJs, musical programming, talk shows, sports broadcasts, and public service announcements.