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Building the Bay Bridge

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More people live in Baltimore than any other city in our state. But during the summer months, Ocean City is number 2. Year-round, only about 7,000 people live there, but between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Ocean City population explodes to 320,000 or more.

Ocean City has been a vacation destination since the 1800s. But its summer populations saw a massive upswing after the first span of the William Preston Lane, Jr. Memorial Bridge (also known as the Bay Bridge) opened, in 1952.

Before the Bay Bridge, Ocean City and the entire Eastern Shore were very separate from the rest of Maryland. Today, the Shore’s population is growing, incomes are going up, and its culture is changing. The Bay Bridge plays a big role in all of that.

The Bay Bridge was a long time coming, and the subject of many controversies along the way. Journalist David Guth has written a book about the history of the bridge. It's called "Bridging the Chesapeake: A 'Fool Idea' that United Maryland." 

Guth joins Nathan Sterner to discuss the political history behind the Bridge's construction. 

"If radio were a two-way visual medium," Nathan would see WYPR listeners every weekday between 5am and 3pm. Weekday mornings, Nathan serves up the latest Maryland news and weather (interspersed with the occasional snarky comment). Nathan also does continuity breaks through the midday, adds audio flaire to Sheilah Kast's "On The Record," infrequently fills in for Tom Hall on "Midday," does all sorts of fundraising stuff, AND "additional tasks where assigned". When not at WYPR, Nathan teaches a class on audio documentary at Towson University, and spends their spare time running around Baltimore's neighborhoods and hiking around Maryland's natural areas. Before coming to WYPR, Nathan spent 8 years at WAMU in Washington -- working every job from part-time receptionist to on-air host, gaining experience in promotions, fundraising, audience analysis, and program production. They've also served as a fundraising consultant, assisting dozens of public radio stations nationwide with on-air fundraisers. Originally from rural Pennsylvania, Nathan has called Charm City home since 2005.
Jamyla Krempel is WYPR's digital content director and the executive producer of Wavelength: Baltimore's Public Radio Journey. She collaborates with reporters, program and podcast hosts to create content for WYPR’s online platforms.