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Broadcast areaBaltimore metropolitan area
Frequency93.1 MHz (HD Radio)
Branding93.1 WPOC
AffiliationsPremiere Networks
First air date
February 4, 1960 (64 years ago) (1960-02-04)
Call sign meaning
"Pride of the Chesaspeake"
Technical information[1]
Licensing authority
Facility ID47747
  • 16,000 watts (analog)
  • 400 watts (digital)
HAAT264 meters (866 ft)
Public license information
WebcastListen Live

WPOC (93.1 FM) is a commercial radio station in Baltimore, Maryland. It airs a country music radio format and is owned by iHeartMedia, Inc. The studios and offices are at The Rotunda Shopping Center, on West 40th Street, in Baltimore.

The transmitter, with an effective radiated power (ERP) of 16,000 watts, is off North Rolling Road in Catonsville, Maryland.[2] It has a height above average terrain (HAAT) of 264 meters (886 feet), providing WPOC with a wide coverage area from Washington, D.C. to the Maryland-Pennsylvania state line, and from Annapolis to Frederick. It broadcasts using HD Radio technology. Its HD2 digital subchannel formerly carried "24/7 Comedy Legends", a comedy format.


On February 4, 1960, the station signed on as WFMM-FM.[3] It was owned by the Commercial Radio Institute (which eventually evolved into Sinclair Broadcast Group) with studios at 44 West Biddle Street.[3] It was a rare stand-alone FM station, not associated with an AM station or a newspaper.

In 1974, the station was acquired by Nationwide Communications, a division of Nationwide Insurance.[4] Nationwide decided to put a country music format on 93.1. The call sign was switched from WFMM-FM to WPOC, standing for "Pride of the Chesaspeake", because the station covers much of Chesapeake Bay. The station affiliated with the ABC Directions Network for national news.

In 1999, the station was acquired by Clear Channel Communications, which maintained the country music format.[5] Clear Channel later became iHeartMedia, the current owner.

Airstaff and honors

WPOC has been voted "Baltimore's Best Country Station" several times, along with other industry awards. The station is home to "The Laurie DeYoung Morning Show." Since 2008 she has been joined by newscaster and producer Jeff St. Pierre, and since 2023, Bethany Linderman.[6] DeYoung was inducted into the Country Music DJ Hall of Fame in 2010.

Midday is hosted by Bob Delmont, while Michael J. hosts the afternoon drive time. Premiere Networks' syndicated The Bobby Bones Show is carried in the evening and Granger Smith's syndicated show is heard overnight. Saturday evenings feature the "Country House Party".

WPOC-FM has one of the longest-tenured weekday lineups in the country. DeYoung, Delmont and Michael J. have hosted Morning Drive through Afternoon Drive since 2001.

Past personalities


  1. ^ "Facility Technical Data for WPOC". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
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  3. ^ a b "The Facilities of AM/FM Radio | U. S. stations directory, including am/fm profiles | MARYLAND | Baltimore" (PDF). Broadcasting. Vol. 30, no. 1961–62 Yearbook Issue. September 1962. p. B-78 [PDF p. 266]. Retrieved 2024-03-31 – via WFMM-FM (Feb. 4, 1960)… 44 W. Biddle St. … Julian Sinclair Smith, pres & gen mgr
  4. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1975 page C-85
  5. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 2000 page D-205
  6. ^ Ink, Radio (2023-11-27). "Bethany Linderman Joins Mornings On iHeart Baltimore's WPOC". Radio Ink. Retrieved 2024-01-06.

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