Inside WTMD

Inside WTMD2018-04-18T09:02:05+00:00
  1. Mission and Values Statement
  2. Governance Structure
  3. Organization
  4. Finances
  5. Towson University Public Media Board of Directors

 


Mission and Values Statement

WTMD’s mission is to be the most trusted radio  source for music and cultural programming in the Baltimore region. We believe that music has the power to change our moods, our minds, and our world.  This page contains a lot of information about the station and how we approach our daily tasks.  And we want you to know the staff is devoted to bringing you the best music and programming available on the radio dial.

Our Music:

WTMD plays music that matters; music that has the potential to make a difference and advance the craft of songwriting.  We bring new voices to the air that are often overlooked by the mainstream media and look for credibility and authenticity in the music we play.  We also believe that exceptional music can come from anywhere, including our own backyard, So WTMD is relentlessly local and provides air-play and opportunities to Baltimore’s musicians.

Listener Motivated:

We begin each task and project focused on how to best serve our listeners. We understand that to achieve our goals and mission, our decision making process must be driven to by a desire to serve our audience to the best of our ability. We involve our listener, directly or indirectly, in our planning processes and consult with our listeners regularly.

Community Focused:

WTMD develops partnerships and events that enhance the quality of life in the Baltimore region. We provide significant opportunities for Baltimore musicians to develop their fan bases.  Our guiding principles steer us to work with organizations providing services and support to peoples in need and those the inspire creativity.  We want to bring solutions to our challenges as individuals and as a community to the air. In short, we seek to enhance the quality of life in Baltimore. FAQ about WTMD’s Community Involvement

WTMD embraces the Public Media Code Of Integrity and seeks to bring extraordinary community service and transparency.  Click Here to read the code.

Towson University Public Media, inc., an Affiliated Foundation within the University of Maryland System, is an equal opportunity employer.  TUPM encourages interest in our position openings from all individuals and communities. FCC EEO Reports can be found here.

Our public file is available for inspection during regular business hours at our offices at Towson City Center, 1 Olympic Place, Towson, MD 21204.


Governance Structure

WTMD is licensed to and owned by Towson University, a state institution of higher learning and part of the University System of Maryland.  The Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland serves as WTMD’s ultimate governing board.  A list of USM Regents Members can be found here.   A list of the Board of Regents open meetings can be found here.  We link to these sites so you are able to access the most up to date information about our governance.

WTMD is operated by Towson University Public Media, Inc. (“TUPM”), a non-profit organization that assumed operation of the station from the Towson University Foundation on July 1, 2014. TUPM is an “affiliated foundation” of Towson University. The list of the Board of Directors of TUPM can be found below. The USM policy of Affiliated Foundations can be found here.  Towson University retains ownership of the station’s license and all assets associated with WTMD.

TUPM was formed to take over operation of WTMD from the Towson University Foundation and serve as a dedicated organization focused on the pursuit of WTMD’s mission. WTMD is now a trade name of TUPM. Donations and payments to WTMD go to TUPM for the success and operation of WTMD. The management agreement that governs the relationship between Towson University and Towson University Public Media, Inc. can be found here.


Organization

WTMD consists of four distinct divisions:

Programming:  Our programming department is headed by Scott Mullins, Program Director.  All On-Air and Production staff members report to Scott.

Membership:  Kristin Laporte is our Director of Membership and is responsible for all aspects of membership and fund raising including fund drives, gift processing, special fund raising events, volunteer management and member communications.

Philanthropy:  Amy Beth Hall, Director of Philanthropy, oversees members who contribute $500 or more the station annually. Amy hosts these members at special events.  Amy oversees charitable donations from WTMD to other non-profit organizations and also solicits, writes and documents WTMD’s grant applications and administers the grants that we receive.

Underwriting and Sponsorships: Andy Grimshaw leads our Underwriting Department which solicits corporate and business sponsorships for our programming.  He also ensures that the copy used in on air announcements meets FCC requirements.

Contact information for our senior staff can be found on our staff directory page.


 Finances

WTMD receives funding from our listeners, corporate sponsors, Towson University, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and other foundations  and grant making organizations.  Members of the public are encouraged to contact the General Manager to review these reports, have them explained and to provide time for members of the public to ask questions about our finances. As owners of WTMD, Towson University provides all occupancy and leaseholder costs to the station while Towson University Public Media, Inc. manages the day-to-day fundraising and operational expenses of the station under a management agreement and USM policy on affiliated foundations.

Each year, WTMD is audited by Stoy Malone, a Certified Public Accounting firm.  This audit tests our financial systems and provides reports to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting on which our annual Community Service Grant is calculated.  Our fiscal year ends on June 30th and latest audit is generally available the following January. Copies of our audits are available here.

WTMD has no employees whose compensation meet the IRS 990 definition of significant compensation.

Form 990

501(C)(3) Letter


Towson University Public Media Board of Directors

President: Alan Hoff

VP: Mike Hankey

Treasurer: Pete Waxter

Secretary: Rich Barnstein

Toby Blumenthal

James Piper Bond

Marina Cooper

Brian DeFilippis

Michelle Huggins

Robert Campbell

Michael Pizzitola

James Thomas, Jr.

Announcements of board meetings can be found here.