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Mark Holmberg Retires - 2/15 - Mark Holmberg is retiring after 30-plus years of Richmond area journalism. Over the years, he's worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Channel 6/WTVR. More at wtvr.com.....

Commonwealth Expands Richmond Public Radio With NOVA TV Money - 2/15 - Last year, Richmond-based Commonwealth Public Broadcasting scored $182 million by turning in the licenses of two Northern Virginia TV outlets its owns - WNVC and WNVT (which carry the MHZ relays of foreign channels) - in the FCC's so-called spectrum auction to free up more space for other uses, like cell phones. And starting today, Commonwealth will take over a two Richmond commercial radio stations it recently bought with $1.95 million of that cash. Initially, NPR affiliated news/talk/classical/jazz WCVE, 89.9, will be heard on two signals just purchased from Alpha - country WWLB 99.3 and classic hits WBBT 107.3. Coming in June, Commonwealth will make WCVE purely news/talk and put the classical/jazz programming on the two other signals. More at radioinsight.com.....

WSLS Tops Roanoke - 1/22 - From Tom Taylor Now: Roanoke-Lynchburg marks a decade of country “Star” WSLS as its #1 station (11.4-10.3-12.7). That’s 20 straight books, per Chris Huff. Local Mel Wheeler Inc. also has #2 CHR WXLK (7.1-7.2-10.0) and urban AC “Vibe” WVBE/WVBB (6.3-7.8-7.8). The 10.0-share for “K92” WXLK tops everything since way back in Fall 1993. Up to fourth is rocker WROV (8.1-6.6-6.8). It’s owned by iHeart, Nielsen’s other subscribing owner. Here’s the balance of the top ten – AC “Q99” WSLQ (Wheeler, 7.7-7.6-6.6). “New Country 107.9” WYYD (iHeart, 4.9-4.0-5.2). Rhythmic WJJS/WJJX (3.3-4.6-4.2) tied with iHeart sister variety hits “Steve FM” WSFF (4.1-4.2-4.2). Then talk WLNI (2.6-2.2-3.0) and Wheeler sibling news/talk WFIR (2.9-3.8-2.6). A bit further down, iHeart does alternative rock on “The Alt Project” (WROV HD2/translator combo (1.4-1.6, 1.0). In this mountainous two-city market, you’ll notice plenty of simulcasts, to trying covering it all.....

WKJS Tops Richmond - 1/9 - The latest batch of Richmond radio ratings from Tom Taylor Now: This is 11 consecutive #1 books for Radio One’s urban AC “Kiss” WKJS/WKJM – and it’s a walkover (9.9-8.6-11.0). Here’s ratings-tracker Chris Huff - “The 11.0 topline share is the largest for Kiss in seven years, since Fall 2010.” Three months ago we said things were getting tight between Kiss and Richmond’s #2 station, but that’s no longer true. New #2 is SummitMedia’s country “K95” WKHK (5.6-7.0-6.7). Third now is Entercom’s hip-hop “Beat” WBTJ (6.4-8.1-6.4). Remember that Richmond is one of the “swap markets” between iHeart and Entercom, which is how Entercom entered Richmond. It also has fourth-place AC “Mix” WTVR (4.5-4.2-6.2). Fifth is Radio One’s urban WCDX (5.5-5.3 and another 5.3). The “second five” – Radio One’s gospel “Praise” WPZZ (5.4-5.8-4.9). Entercom’s top 40 “Q94” WRVQ (4.2-3.9-4.4). News/talk WRVA (Entercom, 4.5-4.4-3.8). Hot AC “Play” WURV (Summit, 3.0-3.9-3.7). And Summit’s classic rock WKLR (4.0-3.5-3.1). At year-end, Alpha announced the sale of its last two Richmond FMs to Commonwealth Public Broadcasting – this is the farewell book for classic country “Hank” WWLB (2.1-2.7-2.1) and classic hits WBBT (1.5-1.6-1.2). Educational Media Foundation bought Alpha’s former country simulcast of WLFV/WARV-FM, and its not-for-profit CCM “K-Love” posts a 1.1 share on those signals.....

Stacie Seifrit-Griffin To WINC - 11/22 - DCRTV hears that Stacie Seifrit-Griffin is now driving weekend shifts at Winchester's hot adult contemporary WINC-FM, 92.5. She's a veteran of Annapolis eclectic rocker WRNR-FMm, 103.1, as well as top stations in Los Angeles and New York City.....

Zier To Oversee Entercom's Richmond Cluster - 11/7 - Bennett Zier, the longtime DC radio management veteran who was responsible for creating Redskins owner Dan Snyder's not-so-hot radio "empire," has recently been managing Entercom's radio cluster in Norfolk. Now, with Entercom merging with CBS Radio and acquiring iHeart's Richmond radio cluster, Zier will now be in charge of Entercom's combined Old Dominion operations.....

Entercom To Get Richmond's iHeart Stations - 11/1 - Entercom, which is merging with CBS Radio, will be taking over iHeart Radio's stations in Richmond, and, in exchange, Entercom will turn over its Boston stations to iHeart. The Richmond stations include WBTJ, WRNL, WRVA, WRVQ, WRXL, and WTVR-FM. The merger settlement with the Department Of Justice requires that Entercom divest five stations in Boston, four in San Francisco, and four in Sacramento. More at variety.com.....

Virginia-Pilot Makes Cuts - 10/24 - AP reports that the Virginian-Pilot newspaper in Norfolk is offering buyouts to workers that could result in a nearly 10%reduction in the paper's workforce. Publisher Pat Richardson said 70 people qualify for the buyout, and the paper expects a reduction of less than 10% from its current workforce of 543.....

WKJS Tops Richmond Radio Ratings - 10/12 - Radio One's urban contemporary WKJS/WKJM again tops the Richmond radio ratings. More from Tom Taylor Now.....

John Fredericks Joins DC's Answer - 10/10 - Virginia-based conservative talker John Fredericks adds DC's WWRC, 1260, The Answer, to his line-up of regional stations. The show airs from 8 AM to 10 AM on the Salem station. Fredericks' show runs live 6 AM to 10 AM on weekdays on his other affiliate network radio stations and streaming outlets. Including WHKT, 1650 and 92.5 in the Norfolk area, WNTW, 820 and 97.7, in Richmond, and WBRG, 1050 and 105.1, in Lynchburg, Danville, and Franklin. Stream the show at johnfredericksradio.com.....

Norfolk's 96.5 Similcasts WTAR - 9/15 - Sinclair Communications has pulled the plug on low-power soft oldies Vintage 96.5 in he Norfolk suburb of Poquoson after just two and a half months. The signal, which dropped its active rock 96.5 Rocks identity on June 26, has now flipped to a simulcast of sports talker WTAR, 850. More at radioinsight.com.....

New Sked For WTAR - 9/13 - Sinclair Communications sports talker WTAR, 850, in Norfolk is resetting its lineup on September 18. Nick Bailey, who currently hosts mornings will move to afternoons from 3-5pm. Bailey will be joined by Jason Dick and Tim Murray. Clay Travis will now air in mornings, while Rich Eisen moves from 6 PM to a 5 PM start. More at radioinsight.com.....

Alpha To Sell Fredericksburg Cluster? - 9/13 - Tony Bennett is out as the morning host at Alpha Media's contemporary 99.3 The Vibe, WVBE, in Fredericksburg. He's being replaced with an unspecified syndicated show, Tom Taylor Now reports. "Some other cost-cutting at the Fredericksburg cluster may warm up speculation that Alpha would sell Fredericksburg... With Greenville-New Bern, Myrtle Beach, and Savannah-Hilton Head sold to Dick Broadcasting. Portland, Oregon-based Alpha doesn't have much left in the Southeast," speculates TTN.....

WVKL Tops Norfolk - 9/11 - Urban contemporary WVKL once again tops the Nofrolk area radio ratings. Details at Tom Taylor Now.....

UVA Ends WHAN Lease - 8/18 - Radio Insight tells us that University of Virginia's 91.1 WTJU in Charlottesville has opted out of its lease deal with Fifth Estate Broadcasting's 1430 WHAN/102.9 in Ashland. The lease, which began in February 2015, was set to run until February 2018 and included an option for UVA to purchase the station. The station has now flipped to a locally programmed community-based alt rock branded as "The Mator." Radio Insight adds that WTJU programmed WHAN/W275BQ in an attempt to reach nearby Richmond, but the station was 20 miles north of the city and barely reached its intended market. The station also carried programming from the Richmond based Virginia Commonwealth University's WVCW.org at night.....

WUSQ Rules Winchester - 8/18 - Country WUSQ, 102.5, tops the Winchester radio ratings as usual with a massive 17.6 share. Second place goes to hot adult contemporary WINC-FM, 92.5, with a 16.2 share. Contemporary hit WKSI, Kiss 98.3, takes third, followed by talker WINC-AM, 1400 and classic rocker WFQX, 99.3. Rouding out the top 10: classic hits WZRV, news talker WMAL, all-news WTOP, alt rocker DC101, WWDC, and public radio news talker WAMU.....

New GM For WSLS - 8/10 - Channel 10/WSLS, the NBC affiliate in Roanoke has named a new vice president and general manager. Jaimie León began working with Graham Media Group, WSLS's parent company, in 2006 as a business manager for WPLG-TV in Miami.....

Medical Leave For WVEC Weatherman - 8/8 - Channel 13/WVEC chief meteorologist Jeff Lawson says a medical issue will pull him off the air in the Virginia Beach-Norfolk market for a significant amount of time. "To make a long story short: I will be having part of my tongue removed. The recovery time is significant, and correcting speech issues may take even longer depending on how much is removed," he said in a Facebook post. More from TVSpy.....

WGH Picks Up Oldies - 7/31 - Oldies from the 1950s and 1960s replace gospel on Max Media’s WGH, 1310, in Norfolk. Along with vintage content from the station's heyday as a "top 40" station from the mid-1950s through the 1970s.....

WKJS/WKJM Tops Richmond - 7/20 - From Tom Taylor Now: Richmond makes it nine straight quarterly wins for Urban One’s urban AC “Kiss” combo of WKJS/WKJM (8.5-8.3-9.9). That’s a 3-1/2 share lead over iHeart’s second-place hip-hop “Beat” WBTJ (7.3-7.2-6.4). Then the pack gets compressed, with SummitMedia’s country “K95” WKHK (5.5-5.7-5.6), Urban One’s hip-hop “Power” WCDX (5.5-5.8-5.5) and Urban One’s gospel “Praise” WPZZ (5.4-5.0-5.4). Then come three iHeart stations with disappointing books – talk WRVA (5.7-4.7-4.5), tied with AC “Mix 98.1” WTVR (6.0-4.7-4.5) and then top 40 “Q94” WRVQ (5.1-5.3-4.2). Summit views good news for “Classic rock 96.5” WKLR (3.8-2.9-4.0) and classic hits “Star” WJSR (2.1-2.2-3.2). Summit’s also probably smiling about the number for “G104.3,” the classic hip-hop format it does on the HD2 signal of WKHK (1.9-1.6-2.5).....

WVKL Tops Norfolk - 7/18 - From Tom Taylor Now: Norfolk still sees only 13 subscribing stations, with operators such as Sinclair Telecable and Max Media not buying the book. #1 with double digits across all dayparts is Entercom urban AC WVKL (12.5-11.8-12.0). #2 again with a third straight 7.3-share is iHeart’s urban WOWI. Third again is Saga’s rock WNOR (6.2-7.0-6.8). “Rumble in the Morning” is second and “FM 99” ties for second in middays. Fifth place is Saga’s classic rock “Fox” WAFX (5.3-5.5-5.9). The Fox is fourth from 10am to 7pm, and tied in fourth place after 7pm. Ninth is Entercom’s AC “2WD” WWDE (5.3-5.1-4.3). It’s the cume leader in Tidewater at 396,900.....

Sports Coming To Richmond's 106.1 - 6/27 - Richmond's contemporary Hot 106.1 is stunting for a new format - sports. The low-power signal will soon be similcasting Urban One's new AM sports talker WXGI, 950.....

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.....





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