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McElroy Replaces Czaban On WRNL - 10/20 - DC-based Steve Czaban's nationally syndicated morning show is no longer heard on Richmond sports talker WRNL, 910 AM, where locally-based Wes McElroy takes the AM drive slot. More at sportsradio910.com.....

Country Coming To Richmond's 98.9 & 100.3 - 10/17 - From Tom Taylor Now: In Richmond, Alpha bets big on country, backing away from variety hits on the collection of less-than-blaster-size signals it acquired earlier this year along with Main Line Broadcasting. Alpha Media will migrate its “Wolf” country format up to two new frequencies. So the Wolf is leaving its signal at 93.1 licensed to Ettrick, southwest of Richmond. The new Wolf #1 will be at 98.9, licensed to Midlothian, closer to Richmond’s core. That bumps off a home-made variety hits format Main Line had been doing under the name of “Liberty,” with call letters of WWLB. The new Wolf signal #2 will be at 100.3. That’s south-of-Richmond WARV, licensed to Petersburg. As the song goes, breaking up may not be so hard to do, with Alpha breaking up a simulcast of 100.3 with classic hits “Big Oldies 107.3” WBBT-FM Powhatan, west of Richmond. So how about the current Wolf’s lair of 93.1, that carries calls of WLFV? That could be the other part of a pincer move by Alpha – a classic country station branded as “Hank.” The target is SummitMedia’s country “K95”.....

WKJS/WKJM Tops Richmond - 10/8 - A glittering 10.5 share is the largest since the Spring 2011 book for Radio One’s urban AC “Kiss” WKJS/WKJM, and it’s enough to propel Kiss into the #1 spot in Richmond. So reports Tom Taylor Now.....

WVKL Tops Norfolk - 10/3 - WVKL tops the latest batch of radio ratings for Norfolk. More from Tom Taylor Now.....

Adams Picks Up Great Scott Stations - 9/19 - Great Scott Broadcasting has agreed to sell the majority of its radio cluster in the Salisbury area to Adams Radio. The acquisition includes WGBG-FM and WJWK-AM, both licensed to Seaford, WJWL-AM and WZBH-FM, both licensed to Georgetown, WKHI-FM licensed to Fruitland, and WOCQ-FM licensed to Berlin. More at delmarvanow.com.....

WOWI Tops Norfolk - 9/8 - Urban contemporary WOWI again tops the Norfolk area radio ratings. More from Tom Taylor Now.....

WSVA To Get FM Relay - 9/5 - VerStandig news talker WSVA, AM 550 in Harrisonburg VA, pays $62,500 to Virginia Tech for a 250-watt FM signal on 92.1 for a WSVA simulcast in the Shenandoah Valley town.....

WWDE Restores "2WD" Branding - 8/26 - Norfolk's WWDE restores its "2WD" branding, after a year and a half of calling itself “The New 101.3.” Entercom's adult contemporary station did it quietly, says VARTV - and "you can't tell from their FB/Twitter pages".....

WKCY Tops Harrisonburg - 8/13 - Clear Channel's country WKCY tops the latest batch of radio ratings in Harrisonburg VA, which manages to increase its overall share from 12.5 to 14.4. In a distant second place, at 9.9, is Gamma's classic country WSIG. VerStandig's contemporary hit WQPO places third with a 9.0 share. And, VerStandig news talker WSVA takes fourth with a 7.2 share.....

WKVL Tops Norfolk - 8/8 - Tom Taylor Now has the latest radio ratings for Norfolk, where urban contemporary WKVL tops the heap.....

Stevens Named ND At 13 - 8/4 - Len Stevens, the primary news anchor at Sinclair's just-acquired Channel 13/WSET in Lynchburg, has been promoted to news director. He replaces Bob Cashen, who was hired last October but left after four months.....

Eastern Shore: CC Drops Comedy For Sports On 960 - 8/4 - Tom Taylor Now tells us that, in the Salisbury-Ocean City market, Clear Channel is moving sports talk from WJDY, 1470 AM, to the former "Comedy 960" WTGM. The new 960 AM will be built around Fox Sports Radio, plus University Of Maryland sports and NBA Washington Wizards baseball. And at WJDY? It's less clear what's happening there, although it's adding Bloomberg Business News in mornings, as of today.....

WSLC Tops Roanoke - 7/29 - The latest Roanoke-Lynchburg radio ratings courtesy of Tom Taylor Now: Thirteen #1 finishes in a row for the Mel Wheeler group’s “Star Country” WSLC, 11.8-11.4-13.5. With its second-largest share in 14 years doing country, it nearly doubles the share of urban AC sister WVBE-AM/FM, 9.3-6.9-7.7. Then comes another Wheeler property, AC “Q99” WSLQ, 8.0-8.4-7.1. Clear Channel’s rock WROV roams in its range, 7.3-6.7-7.0. The two talk-based stations showing in the book are Wheeler’s talk WFIR (plus FM translator), 3.8.2.4-3.0. Centennial is the third subscribing entity here, with talk WLNI, 3.2-1.8-1.2. You think they’re ready for University of Virginia football at WLNI? On the WLINI website, there’s a second-by-second countdown clock to kickoff of the first game.....

WKHK Tops Richmond - 7/17 - Analysis of the Richmond summer 2014 radio ratings from Tom Taylor Now: Country “K95” racks up its fourth straight quarterly win, though this time, it’s does so by virtue of a tie. SummitMedia’s WKHK pulled a 9.6 share last Fall, a 9.3 in this year’s Winter book, and now an 8.9 share, with age 12+ AQH. Radio One’s urban AC “Kiss” WKJS/WKJM is right there with K95, 9.6-8.6-8.9. There’s also a tie at the #3 spot, between Clear Channel’s urban “Beat” WBTJ (9.0-6.4-7.1) and sister AC “Lite 98” WTVR, 7.6-6.3-7.1. And an unusual sight around Alpha Media’s WURV and its HD2 signal, which feeds a translator. Rhythmic “Hot 106.1,” which is WURV HD2 plus the translator, finishes a tenth of a share better than its full-power sister. “Hot” rises 2.0-2.5-3.0, while hot AC WURV is steady, 2.3-3.0-2.9. Among the stations we can see – Nielsen’s “subscriber only” policy only lets us see the shares of stations that subscribe – Clear Channel’s talk WRVA and its translator at 98.5 are seventh, 5.3-4.8-4.6. Nielsen’s Spring book survey period ran March 27 through June 18, and all shares in this section are age 12+.....

WVKL Tops Norfolk - 6/13 - Analysis of the Norfolk May radio ratings from Tom Taylor Now: Entercom’s urban WVKL holds sway with its largest PPM share yet, 12.0-11.4-12.2. Though here’s a reminder about the “subscriber only” policy, which prohibits us from seeing Saga stations such as rock WNOR. Clear Channel’s urban WOWI holds in its range, 7.5-6.8-7.2. Then there’s Max Media’s classic hits “Wave” WVBW, 5.4-5.2-5.9. Country sister “Eagle” WGH-FM gains altitude, 4.4-4.6-5.4. In talk, Sinclair Telecable’s talk WNIS is off 3.2-2.9-2.5. Sister WTAR, the former “Comedy 850” and now a mixture of talk and sports, chalks up another 0.4 share. The cume crown is held by Entercom’s rhythmic “WNVZ at 404,400. “Z104” ranks fifth in AQH.....

Ralph Wimmer To Retire - 6/9 - Ralph Wimmer says he's hanging up the headphones. The radio vet, who is a 1975 graduate of Harrisonburg's James Madison University, exited Atlanta's WKHX and WYAY in 2009, where he was doing swing work while also doing voice work. "After over 40 years working in and around radio, I have decided the time has come for me to retire," he tells allacess.com. His career stops, over the years have included Harrisonburg's WHBG, Norfolk's WGH and WQRK, and Baltimore's WMAR-FM.....

2 Luray Stations Sold - 6/5 - Radio Insight tells us that Easy Radio sells adult standards WMXH, Stardust 105.7, and classic country/bluegrass WRAA, 1330 AM, both Luray VA, to Hayden Hamilton Media Strategies for $325,000.....

FCC Reverses WEMC Ruling - 6/5 - From Tom Taylor Now: Timing is everything, says the FCC – reversing a decision it made in the Harrisonburg, Virginia market three years ago. You don’t see this often, but the agency says “we find that Stu-Comm has shown a material error” in the original grant to let Eastern Mennonite University upgrade WEMC (91.7) from Class A to Class B. The problem is that Eastern Mennonite failed to finish building before the construction permit expired, then “re-filed” a minor change application at 3am the morning of the expiration. You’d think that would be the logical thing to do, right? Stu-Comm argued that the Commission usually doesn’t let you re-file until the day after a CP expires. Its WNRN Charlottesville (91.9) seized the fleeting opportunity and filed to upgrade, the very next day. Initially, the FCC granted the re-filed app by WEMC – but Stu-Comm’s argument finally pays off and Eastern Mennonite’s grant is rescinded and returned to “pending status”.....

New Righty Talker In Richmond Area - 6/4 - Gospel WGGM, 820 AM in Chester VA, flips to conservative talk as WNTW. The new line-up includes John Fredericks, Herman Cain, Dennis Prager, Michael Savage, and Mark Levin.....

Richmond's 100.9 Goes "Easy" Oldies - 5/27 - From Tom Taylor Now: Richmond’s vacant 100.9 goes “Easy,” playing easy oldies. SummitMedia already does the format in Birmingham on “Easy 97.3” WEZZ-FM and has surely watched its success in Miami, where Cox has thrived with “Easy 93.1” WFEZ. In Richmond, Summit previously offloaded the CHR “Hot” format from 100.9, a Class B1 licensed to Lakeside Virginia, up to 106.1, which is an HD Radio-fed translator. We didn’t have to wait long for the permanent new format at 100.9, which probably will shed the WHTI calls for something, well, easier. Ironically, Red Zebra operates a station in Richmond named “WZEZ” – but it’s an all-sports station licensed to Goochland.....

WVKL Tops Norfolk - 5/16 - The latest Norfolk area radio ratings from Tom Taylor Now: 21 #1’s in a row for Entercom’s urban AC WVKL, 11.9-12.0-11.4. Clear Channel’s urban WOWI appears to be next, 6.9-7.5-6.8 – but we can’t be sure, because this is another market where Saga owns stations, and doesn’t subscribe. Entercom’s rhythmic “Z104” WNVZ is steady-as-she-goes, 5.0-5.4-5.2. That ties it with AC sister WWDE (5.8-6.1-5.2) and Max Media’s classic hits “Wave” WVBW, 5.4-5.4-5.2. Nice month for Entercom’s hot AC “Point” WPTE, 3.9-4.0-4.5. In talk, Sinclair Telecable’s WNIS holds 3.0-3.2-2.9. Sister WTAR, the former “Comedy 850” and now a mix of talk and sports, is unchanged, 0.3-0.4-0.4. Hampton Roads’ cume leader is (no surprise) urban AC WVKL at 412,000.....

Hot 100.9 Moves To 106.1 - 5/8 - From radioinsight.com: The second new translator to sign-on in Richmond this week will soon become the new home for contemporary hits Hot 100.9, WHTI, Richmond. Radio Assist Ministry's 106.1 W291CL Richmond has launched rebroadcasting Summit Media’s 103.7 WURV-HD2 and the programming of what is currently Hot 100.9. Summit has registered Hot1061Radio.com, which is already redirecting to WHTI's website. W291CL is licensed to operate with 250-watts covering Richmond and its adjacent suburbs. WHTI currently ranks 13th in the Richmond market with a 2.5 share as of the winter ratings. No indications yet on what will replace the contemporary hits format on 100.9.....

Hirsbrunner Returns To WDBJ - 5/8 - Leo Hirsbrunner, a meteorologist at Roanoke's Channel 7/WDBJ, has returned to work after a six-month medical leave. He was forced off the air in October because of a serious case of vertigo.....

WRVA Adds FMer - 5/6 - Clear Channel's Richmond news talker WRVA, 1140 AM, adds an FM simulcast via 98.5. It's licensed to Glen Allen, Virginia and runs 250-watts.....

Media General Cuts Third Of Management - 4/28 - NewsBlues tells us that Media General is cutting 45 corporate jobs at its Richmond headquarters. That's roughly 35% of corporate management. Just a month after announcing a $2.6 billion merger with Lin Media. Affected employees were told late last week. Some people were let go immediately, while some jobs will not be eliminated until later in the year for various business reasons. More at timesdispatch.com.....

New NBC Affiliate For Delaware - 4/25 - Southern Delaware is getting its own NBC affiliate. Details at multichannel.com.....

WKHK Tops Richmond - 4/23 - The latest Richmond radio ratings from Tom Taylor Now: Country “K95,” SummitMedia’s WKHK, scores its third straight #1 finish, and it hasn’t accomplished that feat since Fall 1997 through Spring 1998. K95 pulled a 9.6 share in the last two books of 2013 (Summer and Fall) – and now a 9.3 share. (All shares in this section are for age 12+ AQH.) The #2 station is Radio One’s urban AC “Kiss” WKJS/WKJM, 9.0-9.6 (tying K95 last time) and now 8.6. #3 is Clear Channel’s urban “Beat” WBTJ, 6.3-9.0-6.4. Further down, it’s a fine book for Clear Channel’s alternative “XL102” WRXL, 3.2-2.8-3.9. That represents its best topline number since the Spring of 2012. The subscribing companies in Richmond are SummitMedia (which bought the Cox cluster), Radio One, Clear Channel and Main Line (just sold to Alpha Media). Under Nielsen’s “subscriber-only policy,” only the shares of stations owned by those companies are released to the public. The Winter 2014 book stretched from January 2 through March 26.....

Lonnie Legend To WOCQ Afternoons - 4/22 - Night host Lonnie Legend moves to afternoons at rhythmic contemporary WOCQ in Salisbury-Ocean City, replacing Chubb Love.....

WVKL Leads Norfolk - 4/22 - The March radio ratings for Norfolk, according to Tom Taylor Now: This book makes 20 straight #1 finishes for Entercom’s urban AC “95-7 R&B” WVKL, 9.8-11.9-12.0. For the second straight month, that breaks its old record for biggest PPM share. Next is Clear Channel’s urban WOWI, 6.6-6.9-7.5, for its best ever number in PPM measurement. Entercom’s AC WWDE occupies third place, 5.7-5.8-6.1, ahead of rhythmic sister “Z104” WNVZ, 4.7-5.0-5.4. It’s tied with Max Media’s classic hits “Wave” WVBW, 6.0-5.4-5.4. The first talk station you run into is Sinclair Telecable’s WNIS, 3.8-3.0-3.2. Max Media’s all-sports “ESPN 94.1” WVSP holds 2.6-2.2-2.5. Sinclair’s talk-and-sports WTAR, the former “Comedy 850,” goes 0.8-0.3-0.4. Tidewater’s leader in cume is rhythmic “Z104” at just over 400,000 beach-loving folks.....

WVKL Leads Norfolk - 3/21 - Tom Taylor Now on the February radio ratings for Norfolk: 19 #1’s is the current length of the string for Entercom’s urban AC WVKL, 11.7-9.8-11.9. Next is Clear Channel’s urban WOWI, 6.3-6.6-6.9, notching a recent high. Entercom’s AC WWDE is third, 11.1 (all-Christmas) to 5.7 and now 5.8. Max Media’s classic hits “Wave” WVBW subsides just a bit, 3.9-6.0-5.4. First time at a 5-share or better in a while for Entercom CHR “Z104” WNVZ, 4.5-4.7-5.0. Then come the two country FMs – Sinclair Telecable’s “US 106” WUSH (5.1-6.9-4.9) and Max Media’s “Eagle” WGH-FM (4.0-3.0-4.7). Sinclair’s former “Comedy 850” WTAR was flipped to talk and sports, and it’s fallen 1.0-0.8-0.3. The pop-surge is visible in stations like Max Media’s CHR “Hot 100.5” WVHT (3.2-3.8-4.3) and Entercom’s hot AC “Point” WPTE (2.9-3.1-3.9). Urban AC “95-7 R&B” WVKL attracts the largest cume at 385,300.....

Shay Star To OC104 - 3/17 - Rhythmic contemporary WOCQ-FM, OC104 in Salisbury/Ocean City, welcomes Shay Star to the "Hip Hop Coffee Shop Morning Show" with Bill Baker. Shay is co-founder of entertainment website shaystar.com.....

WVKL Tops Norfolk Radio Heap - 2/21 - January radio ratings via Tom Taylor Now: Norfolk – All-Christmas is but a memory, and Entercom’s urban AC WVKL is back where it usually is, at #1. “95-7 R&B FM” is off, but still wins (11.8-11.7-9.8). #2 and roaring is Sinclair’s country "US106“ WUSH, 4.4-5.1-6.9. #3 is Clear Channel’s urban WOWI, 5.8-6.3-6.6. Max Media’s classic hits “Wave” WVBW is fourth, 5.1-3.9-6.0. but sister country “Eagle” WGH-FM experiences a PPM encoding problem, and falls 5.0-4.0-3.0. Sinclair has just smothered its “Comedy 850” WTAR to go news/talk (January 22), and we see it going 1.0-1.0 (doing comedy) and 0.8, with the last month being a mix of the comedy and then news/talk. Tidewater’s cume leader is Entercom AC WWDE at 359,100. In share, it stands at #5.....

Main Line Sells Richmond Stations - 2/12 - Tom Taylor, via his Wednesday radio biz newsletter, tells us there's a rumor that the Main Line radio group has been sold to Larry Wilson's L&L Broadcasting. Main Line owns stations a batch of radio stations in the Richmond area, including country WLFV, classic hits WWLB, and oldies WARV/WBBT, plus stations in Hagerstown, Louisville, and Dayton. No word on the potential price, but Taylor says it's six-times the group's annual cash flow.....

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