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Radio station WLMD offers 1,000 watts of memories

Radio station WLMD offers 1,000 watts of memories

From 1965 to 1985, Laurel had its own radio station with the town’s abbreviation as its call letters—WLMD, 900 on the AM dial. The small daylight-only station, beloved by many locals, underwent numerous changes in ownership and formats, and was a breeding ground for numerous professionals who went on to distinguished (and sometimes famous) careers in radio and TV. WLMD remains a treasured memory for many in the Laurel area, especially teenagers in the 1970s who were thrilled to have their hometown radio station playing rock ‘n roll.

WLMD was not the first, however, to emanate a radio signal. In 1952, Stuart Hepburn, an account executive with WNAV in...

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