WBJC's monthly newsletter to keep you informed about programming highlights, upcoming local events and general station news. View as Webpage
We heard you.
After our Spring Fundraiser, we received hundreds of comments about how you liked the way we raised money to keep WBJC healthy. There was no interruption of regular programming, no shorter pieces of music, no 10+ minute pledge breaks. Instead, we brought you our normal great programming with a one minute or so reminder to pledge between pieces. This Virtual Drive was a grand success.

So we are going to try it again for our Fall Drive next month. It is a continuation of our experiment to raise money in a different way. You will receive announcements from us about the opening of the on-line pledge period, and the beginning of the quiet, on-air portion of the campaign.

As a donor from Annapolis wrote,

"A simple 'ask' is so much better than the usual pledge drive. Does the usual hoopla really appeal to classical music listeners? I'd happily give during every no-fanfare fundraising effort. Surely there's a way to expand the quiet effort you're currently pursuing, or else tone-down the usual 'beat-the-clock' approach."

We will repeat our Virtual Drive this October. Together, we can keep WBJC strong and the great classical music playing!

Jonathan Palevsky
Interim General Manager
WBJC welcomes our new Director of Development and Underwriting Sales, Jennifer LaFleur!

Jennifer comes to us with a rich background in both public and commercial radio marketing and sales and is a great addition to our team. If your business is looking to underwrite WBJC, please give her a call at 410-580-5800 or email her at jlafleur@bccc.edu
Programming Notes
Part of our ongoing commitment to keeping local arts alive and thriving during the pandemic is bringing local performances to you via the airwaves.

Music in Maryland is featuring IN Series this Sunday! Tune in at 6pm

And you can still hear the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra on WBJC! Sundays at 1pm in the special series BSO Encore, powered by PNC, we feature live performance recordings from the first two seasons of Marin Alsop's tenure.

The Met's Summer Encore series has come to an end. This week the final performance...and we thank the Met for generously offering up this series for us to broadcast!

September 5, 2020 – Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades @1pm (Final Met)

Beginning 9/12 at 1pm - Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • the full schedule will post to the website later in the week!

Your continued support for opera keeps the Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcasts and other live performances on the WBJC Operafest coming to you on Saturdays throughout the year. 

Join Judith Krummeck for an interview series on WBJC devoted to the world of books — from different genres, to book awards, to local and national authors — everything to do with books. Booknotes is made possible by YOU, our members.

This month:


Award-winning, internationally best-selling South African author, Lauren Beukes, is on her game.

John Scherch will be narrating IN Series's A Fairy Queen, an episodic podcast opera in the style of a classic radio drama, which will inaugurate their virtual season on INVision, the Logan Operahouse Without Walls, on September 12th for subscribers and September 19th for everyone. The opera is based on and uses the music from Henry Purcell's The Fairy-Queen, itself a retelling of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Music from the production will be on Music in Maryland on September 5th.

More information can be found at https://invision.inseries.org/
Listener's Choice

John Scherch plays your requests every Friday evening during our long-running request show, Listener's Choice. You can request your favorite music anytime by emailing listenerschoice@wbjc.com or by visiting us on Facebook. You can even call in during the week (410-580-5800) and we'll make sure John gets your request!
From the Blogs
By Dyana Neal 

Housing presents many concerns for Maryland residents – safety, affordability, and numerous other factors . Recently, I spoke with Carol Ott, Tenant Advocacy Director of the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition’s Fair Housing Action Center of Maryland about ongoing issues that her agency deals with and new dilemmas that the COVID-19 pandemic has created.

By Judith Krummeck 

Over 80% of all people who need civil legal help in Maryland cannot afford it. The Maryland Pro Bono Resource Center, in partnership with the Maryland State Bar Association, works to close that justice gap. I spoke with attorneys, Cate Scenna and John Warshawsky. Information for families about how to request services can be found here.  

Getting a new car? Don’t trade-in, donate!

Before you head to the dealer, plan to donate your older vehicle to WBJC. Usually the value you'll receive for your donation will meet or exceed what the dealer will offer you as a trade-in and is fully tax-deductible. We also take boats and RVs!

Call 855-WBJC-CAR or donate securely online.  Click here to see how easy it is!
By Kati Harrison

Joan Tower, a composer and pioneer for women composers graciously joined me to talk about her Concerto for Orchestra which was performed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in Marin Alsop’s first year as Music Director of the BSO. This performance is part of WBJC’s BSO Encore Powered by PNC broadcast series. Enjoy!

By Kati Harrison

Academy Award winning composer John Corigliano generously spoke with me about his early Piano Concerto and To Music. Both compositions were performed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in Marin Alsop’s first year as Music Director of the BSO. These performances are part of WBJC’s BSO Encore Powered by PNC broadcast series. Enjoy!
MyWBJC is the online Membership Portal that allows WBJC members secure access to their own membership account. Members can view several years of giving history, update contact info, edit/adjust Sustainer pledges, add/delete/update credit cards, and print on-demand tax receipts

If you have already signed up, click this link to log-in:

If you have not already signed up for MyWBJC:

  • Click this link: https://wbjc.secureallegiance.com/wbjc/OnlineDonor/AccountSignup.aspx?AFF=1
  • Fill in your information to request access to MyWBJC.
  • Affiliation: 01
  • Account ID:
  • Create a password that is AT LEAST 8 characters long, containing 1 number, 1 uppercase letter, and 1 special character
  • choose a security question for future password resets
  • Boom! You now have access to your membership
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