WYPR - Baltimore Banner

Two non-profit organizations in Baltimore are joining forces to share resources, expand their reach and deliver local news across the region.

Your Public Radio Corp. news/talk WYPR (88.1) enters into a joint operating agreement with The Baltimore Banner, a multi-platform news organization established by The Venetoulis Institute for Local Journalism.

The two groups say they will work together on stories and special reports and develop joint programming to serve the needs of communities in Baltimore and throughout Maryland. This includes sharing content across platforms accessible to Baltimore Banner subscribers and the WYPR audience and members. One of the first collaborations will be to cover the upcoming local elections.

"We are looking forward to the possibilities of this unique model of nonprofit news as we work to preserve and strengthen local journalism here in greater Baltimore," LaFontaine Oliver, President of Your Public Radio and GM of WYPR said in a release. "This partnership between Your Public Radio and The Baltimore Banner is an important step to bolster our local newsrooms in Maryland – with trusted, community reporting at the core of the agreement between the two organizations."

In November 2021, WYPR acquired adult alternative WTMD (88.7) from Townson University for $3 million. WTMD has continued with its adult alternative format, while WYPR programming is simulcast on WYPF Frederick, MD (88.1) and WYPR Ocean City-Salisbury, MD (106.9).

The partnership opens a door to expand the capacity and reach of each organization's newsroom and increases the ability to cover more community issues. Additionally, WYPR’s audio expertise will be called upon to create a series of joint podcasts and radio programs.

"Our goal is to strengthen Baltimore's local reporting, growing our coverage statewide,” Imtiaz Patel, CEO of The Venetoulis Institute for Local Journalism remarked. “This partnership is a force multiplier for both organizations to expand our coverage and bring the very best local news to the region and state.”

Public media outlets have been experimenting with new partnerships and alliances to expand their reach. In February, Chicago Public Media (CPM), the parent company of news/talk WBEZ (91.5), closed on its acquisition of the Chicago Sun-Times. Under terms of the deal, the newspaper is now a subsidiary of Chicago Public Media.