Classical music station WBJC host Mark Malinowski will be ‘out of service’ for several weeks for a bone marrow transplant


Mark Malinowski, morning host of classical music station WBJC-FM, will be off the air for several weeks this summer for a bone marrow transplant at Johns Hopkins, he announced this week.

The 91.5 FM host said in a post on the station’s website that after feeling unwell last November, he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer. He is now in remission, undergoing treatment and can get the transplant.

“It’s a long procedure,” Malinowski said, “and will put me out of commission for the whole of July and the first part of August. Believe me when I tell you that I would much rather be in the studio every mornings to share the greatest music in the world with you, but I have to do this so that I can continue to share this great music with you in the years to come.

He thanked listeners for the support they have shown over the years and said he would be back “as soon as possible”.

Malinowski’s website biography states that he is a Detroit native who was studying music until his draft number was called. In the US Navy, he said, he was a broadcast journalist for the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service. He has also worked as a newspaper editor, photographer and public affairs officer, he added.

He adds that he likes video games, especially “sword and sorcery games”, plays the piano “badly” and writes “bad poetry”. He’s a big Sherlock Holmes fan, he says, and loves chess.

Malinowski did not immediately return a request for comment sent by a Baltimore Sun reporter on Saturday afternoon.


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