Sykesville History: FCC To Consider Application For Radio Station In This Area

May 26, 1960

The Patapsco Broadcasting Corporation recently announced completion of a major step toward establishing radio broadcasting facilities in the Sykesville-Eldersburg area. On May 20, notice was received that the Federal Communications Commission had accepted for filing, the application by the Patapsco group for a new daytime A.M. radio station. In other words, FCC has found all parts of the local application complete and in order has accepted it for future consideration.

This project, which has been underway for the past five months has the backing of a number of prominent local citizens. These include John C. Cotton, Howard Crist, Jr., Roy Emery, Jr., Luther Haight, Dr. Howard Hall, DeVries R. Hering, Dr. Bernard McDouglall, James Mulligan, James O Ridgely, Jr., Robert Shaffer and Douglas Woodward.

According to the application filed with the FCC, the proposed station will serve Carroll, Howard and parts of Baltimore Counties. It has been estimated that approximately 50,000 people live within the station’s listening range. Not only is there a large number of people already in the community, but it represents one of the fastest growing areas within the entire state of Maryland.

The programming for the proposed station has been especially selected to appeal to the local listener. Various members of the state and local extension services are being contacted to serve on a farm program to give talks and answer questions which farmers might ask. A woman’s program is being included to give the ladies the latest news on fashions, community events, civic affairs, and the culinary arts. Religion will be emphasized through programs of church services, inspirational music, and children’s Bible stories.

The station plans to broadcast athletic events from the various schools located in the community. News programs will give comprehensive coverage to local, state and national events through a five-minute summary every hour and a half hour round-up in the evening.

Backers of the station, recognizing the importance of the various church and civic groups to the community, are planning to give these organizations free air time to publicize their various activities.

Final action on the application is up to the Federal Communications Commission. If the commission feels that the granting of a license for this community is in the best interest of the public, Sykesville should have a radio station within two years.

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