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Sports Coming To Richmond's 106.1? - 6/27 - Richmond's contemporary Hot 106.1 is stunting for a new format -possible sports. Rumors are the low-power signal could soon be similcasting Urban One's new AM sports talker WXGI, 950. More as we hear it.....

Light Rock For Norfolk's 96.5 - 6/27 - Vintage 96.5 launches in the Norfolk area. With a light rock format that replaces an active rock format on the low-power signal.....

WSVA's Charles Graves To Retire - 4/27 - After 44 years of service, well-known Shenandoah Valley radio announcer Charles Graves (right) has decided to retire from Harrisonburg VA news talker WSVA. Known by listeners for his deep, melodious voice, he has been familiar to fans of WSVA since he started at the station in 1973. Graves started his radio career while at Madison College, working for the college radio station WMRA. He also worked at WRAA in Luray VA before finally arriving at WSVA. In addition to his work producing commercials, Graves has been a disc jockey with several local stations in the WSVA family, including the contemporary hit WQPO, Q101. He has also spent time over the years as the engineer for hundreds of live sports broadcasts of James Madison University football and basketball as well as many local high school games. Staying active in retirement, Graves says he will continue to do voice work from his home studio in Mt. Clinton VA.....

Kiss Tops Richmond Again - 4/27 - Richmond makes it eight straight quarterly wins for Radio One's urban adult contemporary Kiss combo of WKJS/WKJM. The latest batch of radio ratings for Virginia's capital is available from Tom Taylor Now.....

WVKL Tops Norfolk - 4/24 - Entercom's urban conetmporary WVKL tops the latest batch of radio ratings for Norfolk. Tom Taylor Now has more.....

Red Zebra Buys Richmond's WXGI - 4/21 - Red Zebra sells Richmond aports talker WXGI, ESPN 950, to Radio One which will keep the format along with its FM translator at 102.7. Also, Radio One will be yanking the talk/classic R&B format from WTPS, 1240, in Petersburg in favor of a WXGI simulcast.....

Jim Minor Dies - 4/12 - Richmond radio legend Jim Minor, 73, died April 11 at Chippenham Hospital. He was a fixture on Central Virginia airwaves from the 1970s until early 2000, spending part of that time as the host of the "Return To Forever" program on Radio One. While at WENZ and WANT, Minor worked along side many Richmond radio greats, including Kirby Carmichael, Ben Miles, Chocolate Chip, and Tom Mitchell. More at wtvr.com.....

Winchester's WXVA Tweaks - 3/28 - Winchester's classic hits WXVA, 610/102.9, tweaks to "The New Valley 102.9" with "favorites from the '60s, '70s and '80s targeting adults 35-64." Mornings feature familiar local voice Joe Sanchez.....

Alpha Makes Richmond Changes - 3/22 - RadioInsight.com tells us that Richmond's classic hits 107.3, WBBT, has tightened its format to 1980s tunes, positioning itself as "The 80s Station." With the sale of Alpha's "Wolf Country" 98.9 WLFV and 100.3 WARV to Educational Media Foundation to become a Christian contemporary K-Love outlet.....

WVKL Tops Norfolk - 3/24 - Entercom's urban conetmporary WVKL tops the latest batch of radio ratings for Norfolk. Tom Taylor Now has more.....

WVKL Tops Norfolk - 2/27 - Entercom's urban conetmporary WVKL tops the latest batch of radio ratings for Norfolk. Tom Taylor Now has more.....

Roanoke Anchor To Run For VA Seat - 2/13 - Chris Hurst, the Roanoke TV news anchor whose girlfriend and another co-worker were gunned down during a live broadcast in August 2015, has left WDBJ-TV to launch a campaign for the Virginia House Of Delegates. Hurst's final broadcast was February 9 and he resigned the next day. He said he plans to run as a Democrat for the 12th District seat held by Republican Joseph Yost. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Saga Buys WUVA - 1/26 - Saga Communications will begin operating Charlottesville's 92.7, WUVA on February 1. Saga, which is paying $1.65 million the station, has applied to move it from the current tower it shares with University Of Virginia's 91.1, WTJU to the adjacent tower used by Saga's adult alternative 106.1 The Corner, WCNR. More at radioinsight.com.....

WXTG Drops "Outlaw" Format - 1/16 - Davis Media's WXTG, 1490, in Hampton VA, drops the "Outlaw" talk/classic country format. It picks up a simulcast of sister alternative rocker WXTG-FM, "The Tide." WXTG-AM had featured "Imus In The Morning" and motor racing programming to promote a racetrack that suspended races in 2016.....

Khiree Stewart Leaves Roanoke For Philly - 1/3 - Khiree Stewart, a reporter and fill-in anchor for the past year at Channel 7/WDBJ in Roanoke, has been hired as a reporter at WPHL-TV in Philadelphia. Stewart used to work for Channel 3/WHSV in Harrisonburg VA.....

K-Love Buys WLTK - 12/21 - K-Love parent EMF pays $600,000 to buy a long-time affiliate serving Harrisonburg VA. Since February 2010, WLTK, New Market VA, 102.9, has cleared the non-commercial contemporary Christian K-Love network feed of Educational Media Foundation. The sale is all-cash to seller David Eshleman of Massanutten Broadcasting. Eshleman still owns another Christian-themed radio station - WBTX at 1470 in Broadway-Timberville VA.....

Norfolk Gospel AMer Gets FM Signal - 12/19 - Chesapeake-Portsmouth Broadcasting's gospel Joy 1270, WTJZ, Newport News/Norfolk, will relaunch January 3 as Praise 104.9 as the station debuts its new FM translator and a new line-up. According to radioinsight.com, the FM from Hampton will operate with 240-watts.....

Relay For WVMP - 12/15 - Roanoke's adult alternative WVMP gets a relay via WBZS in Shawsville VA, 102.5, which covers the Virginia Tech area. This comes following the collapsed sale of WVMP last summer.....

WZAP Gets Sold - 12/15 - Bristol VA religious WZAP, 690, sells for $350,000 cash, not long after the death of longtime RAM Communications owner Rufie Alva Morris. It's bought by Charles Lawson, who is based in Bristol TV.....

Salinas Charges Dropped - 11/8 - A Virginia judge dismissed rape and sodomy charges against Orlando Salinas, a former Fox News correspondent and a reporter at Roanoke's Channel 7/WDBJ, the day a trial was set to begin. Salinas was arrested in July, accused of raping a 64-year-old woman. Prosecutors conceded they could not prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt, citing issues with the victim's memory. More at adweek.com.....

EMF Buys WZEZ - 11/3 - Tom Taylor Now tells us that "K-Love" parent EMF fills in a gap in Virginia, between Richmond and Charlottesville, via the $125,000 cash purchase of an FM in Goochland VA. WZEZ, 100.5, is currently doing sports, in an leased simulcast with Red Zebra's WXGI Richmond/950. The translator owner is Nancy Epperson's Delmarva Educational Association, and it's selling WZEZ to not-for-profit Educational Media Foundation.....

WVKL Tops Norfolk Again - 10/28 - Urban adult contemporary WVKL again takes the top spot in the Norfolk area radio ratings. More from Tom Taylor Now.....

WKJS/WKJM Tops Richmond - 10/6 - Radio One's urban contrmporary WKJS/WKJM tops Richmond's radio ratings. More from Tom Taylor Now.....

Jack Gravely Dies - 8/16 - Jack Gravely, who served two stints as head of the Virginia State Conference NAACP and was a Richmond radio host, died August 15 of cardiac arrest at the VCU Medical Center. During his career, he worked at National Public Radio as assistant to its president for affirmative action, and as a special assistant to then-national NAACP leader Benjamin Hooks. Also, Gravely was appointed the first director of diversity at the Federal Communications Commission in 1995. Since 2008, Gravely hosted "The Jack Gravely Show" Richmond's WREJ. From 1996 to 2002, he hosted a talk show on that city's WRVA.....

Richmond's 10.3 Goes Classic Hip-Hop - 8/9 - SummitMedia flipped its new low-power 104.3 signal in Richmond to classic hip-hop on August 9. The station is utilizing Westwood One's nationally syndicated Classic Hip-Hop network.....

WVKL Tops Norfolk - 8/5 - Urban contemporary WVKL tops the latest batch of radio ratings fgor Norfolk. Tom Taylor Now has more.....

Roanoke's WMVP Changes Hands - 8/4 - Roanoke's adult alternative standalone WVMP, 101.5, sells for $600,000. William "Eddie" Amos bought the Vinton-licensed FMer for $175,000 in 2014. Amos will become a member of Todd Robinson's WVJT, which is buying the station.....

WKJS Tops Richmond - 6/14 - Radio One's adult urban contemporary WKJS again tops the Richmond radio ratings. Details from Tom Taylor Now.....

WVKL Tops Norfolk - 6/13 - Entercom's urban adult contempoary WVKL stays at the top of the radio heap in Norfolk. The May monthly numbers at available from Tom Taylor Now......

Hughes Named ND At DBJ - 6/8 - David Hughes, the executive producer at WFLA-TV in Tampa, has been named news director at Gray Television's Channel 7/WDBJ in Roanoke. He starts in July and replaces Kelly Zuber, who exited in April after 34 years with the station.....

WNRN Buys 1590 In Richmond - 6/3 - Adult alternative rocker WNRN 91.9 in Charlottesville buys WFTH, 1590, in Richmond for $300,000. It will drop the gospel format and use the signal as a WNRN similcast. WNRN is also heard in the Richmond area on low-power 103.1.....

Alpha Might Sell Richmond Cluster - 6/3 - Tom Taylor Now reports a rumor that Alpha Media's list of potential selloff markets could include Hagerstown and Richmond. The company is said to be shopping some "smaller" markets to shave off some debt after its $264 million acquisition of Digity Media. But Richmond is considered a medium-sized market, not small. Taylor points out that Alpha's Richmond stations are struggling in ratings, with a combined 5.5 share, compared with iHeart's 30, Radio One's 20.1, and Summit's 17 shares in the Virginia capital. Besides the Hagerstown area and Richmond, Alpha also owns a batch of radio stations in Fredericksburg.....