Stephen Yasko

Public Radio Music Station General Manager

Location icon United States of America

Stephen Yasko is the Founding General Manager of WTMD 89.7 FM and Executive Director of Towson University Public Media. He is currently the Executive Director of the Bromo Arts and Entertainment District focusing on economic development.

Yasko produced WTMD's First Thursdays Concerts In The Park series and engineered it's exponential growth by moving it to Canton Waterfront Park in Baltimore. It's the largest free rock concert series on the east coast.

WTMD grew exponentially under Yasko's leadership, including moving the station to an 8,000 sq foot state of the art broadcast facility. Yasko lead the design team and chose architectural firms and worked with design-build firms to create the station. The budget for the new WTMD studio complex was $4 Million and he brought it in under budget and on time. Yasko also chose, with the th help of designers, all finishes to create the proper atmosphere for WTMD.

In addition to his radio management duties, Steve Yasko has also cohosted MPT's Concert for the Chesapeake Bay several times and also cohosted MPT's Arts work.

Yasko turned WTMD from a neglected university asset to a leading NPR Music AAA station in less than a decade. Steve Yasko nurtured dozens of emerging bands by providing them airplay and performance opportunities.

Stephen Yasko is a graduate of the American University and has spoken at the Clive Davis Institute for Recorded Music.

Portfolio
Self published
03/12/2012
WTMD's Strategic Plan

Steve Yasko lead and wrote the strategic plan for WTMD's three year growth cycle

YouTube
03/15/2017
Bromo TV Talks Artist Owned Spaces with Ric Royer

This is the Bromo TV pilot. Steve Yasko, host of Bromo TV, talks with Ric Royer about Artists owner their own spaces to create sustainable arts districts. Stephen Yasko is the Executive Director of the Bromo Arts and Entertainment District.

tribunedigital-baltimoresun
02/28/2011
Federal funding of public radio pays dividends

Federal funding for public broadcasting is a small investment that pays big dividends. More than 170 million Americans engage with public media every month for fact-based journalism, educational programming, arts and culture - and music they cannot hear anywhere else. The federal investment in public broadcasting creates jobs and programming that provide opportunities to our community.

tribunedigital-baltimoresun
01/21/2014
WTMD's First Thursdays likely moving to Canton

For more than a decade, First Thursdays, the popular free concert series organized by Towson University's public radio station WTMD, has regularly filled West Mount Vernon Park with thousands of music fans during the summer.

Technical.ly Baltimore
03/21/2014
If you want talent for economic growth, defend music culture: Newt Fowler - Technical.ly Baltimore

Like we've heard from others, the idea that a city's cultural offerings drive talent acquisition for a region, the conversation continues. [In a conversation with] with Steve Yasko, General Manager of the public radio station WTMD, I started by suggesting there was a talent gap in town and I wondered whether he thought Baltimore's cultural scene could help.

Towson, MD Patch
06/04/2012
WTMD Tours Future Home

If you've driven up Dulaney Valley Road past the Towson Roundabout, you've seen big-eared advertisement claiming "Something big is coming." Though the detailed plans aren't quite ready yet, the Towson public radio station posted this video on YouTube on Sunday in which general manager Steve Yasko leads a tour of the station's future home at .

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