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City Baltimore, Maryland
Broadcast area Baltimore, Maryland
Branding Newstalk 1010 WOLB AM
Slogan Where Information Is Power
Frequency 1010 kHz
First air date 1947
Format Urban Talk
Power 250 watts daytime
30 watts nighttime
Class D
Facility ID 54711
Callsign meaning WOL Baltimore
Former callsigns WSID (1947–1982)
WYST (1982–1991)
WERQ (1991–1993)
Former frequencies 1570 kHz (1947–1950)[1]
Affiliations Syndicated One
Owner Urban One
Sister stations WERQ-FM, WWIN, WWIN-FM
Website www.wolbbaltimore.com

WOLB is an Urban Talk radio station in Baltimore, Maryland. Broadcasting on 1010 AM, it is owned by Radio One. The station's transmitter is located in the Orangewood section of east Baltimore, and its studios are located in Woodlawn (they were previously located at Cathy Hughes Plaza (named for station and network founder) at East Fayette and Saint Paul Streets in downtown Baltimore.


The station was founded by Sidney Tinsley as WSID. It began broadcasting in November 1947 on 1570 kHz with 1 KW power.[2] At first WSID specialized in programming for Baltimore's suburban areas, but the station was sold in 1949 and began targeting African-American listeners. In 1950 the station moved to its current frequency of 1010 kHz.


  1. ^ "FCC History Cards for WOLB". 
  2. ^ "WSID, New Baltimore Daytimer, Now on Air" (PDF). Broadcasting. November 24, 1947. p. 85. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 

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Coordinates: 39°18′06″N 76°34′09″W / 39.30167°N 76.56917°W / 39.30167; -76.56917