Stephen Yasko out as general manager at WTMD

Stephen Yasko, who gave WTMD a strong identity, is no longer at the station.

After more than decade of leading radio station WTMD (89.7 FM), General Manager Stephen Yasko is out, according to Steve Reeves, chairman of the board of Towson University Public Media, which operates WTMD under contract with the University.

"Steve is not the executive director of WTMD today," Reeves wrote Tuesday in answer to email inquiries from The Sun.  "We have a different individual, Scott Mullins, acting in that capacity." 

Mullins is program director at the station.

Reeves said he would "defer" to Towson University on Yasko's "employment status and why he is not in that position today."

(Even though Reeves called Yasko "executive director" in his email confirming Yasko's status, he said he thought general manager "was probably the more appropriate term" in an answer to a follow-up Sun question seeking clarification of the discrepancy in titles.) 

Yasko, who is still listed as general manager on the station website, declined to comment Tuesday when reached by phone.

"The University cannot respond to or discuss confidential personnel matters," Josianne W. Pennington, vice president of university marketing & communications, said in answer to a Sun email Monday night seeking confirmation that Yasko was no longer general manager.

In response to follow-up emails Tuesday asking if she was saying the school was somehow barred from saying whether Yasko was still employed, she wrote, "Steve Yasko is an employee of the University."

Since most university contracts include avenues of appeal, Yasko could still technically be an employee of the school.

Yasko, a longtime public radio executive and consultant, came to WTMD in 2002. He focused the station on Baltimore music and greatly enhanced its image and visibility in the Baltimore radio market - especially with young adult listeners.


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