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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.....

WCEI & WINX Change Hands - 10/4 - Eastern Shore news. Easton's adult contemporary WCEI, 96.7, and country WINX, 94.3, sell for $6.5 million. The seller is Alex Kolobielski's First Media. The buyers are Donald Alt and Kerby Confer of Forever Media.....

Bill Phipps Dies - 8/30 - Harrisonburg VA radio personality Bill Phipps, better known to Shenandoah Valley radio listeners as "Coach Bill," died August 30 after a long battle with cancer. Since the early 1990s, he's worked at numerous radio stations, including WSVA, WQPO, and WSIG among others. He's been a sports reporter and play-by-play announcer, to DJ and morning show host. "Bill always brought a smile and a positive attitude to work with him and always had a smile for everyone he met," says Frank Wilt, operations and brand manager for WSVA. "Bill enjoyed life, loved music and movies, and was always ready to tell you his review of the latest movies he had seen".....

Dave Hovel To iHeart Salisbury - 8/23 - Area radio veteran Dave Hovel gets named senior vice president for programming at iHeart's Salisbury/Ocean City radio cluster. He comes from the Hagerstown area, where he was program director and morning host at West Virginia Radio's country WICL. Before that, Hovel hosted mornings at CBS's New Country 106.1 in Baltimore and did afternoons at iHeart's country WDSD in Dover. Previously, he spent 24 years at Delmarva Broadcasting's country WXCY in Havre de Grace. In his new Salisbury/Ocean City job, Hovel will oversee contemporary hits WKZP, urban adult contemporary WSBY, country WWFG, adult contemporary WQHQ, sports talker WTGM, and talker WJDY. He replaces Jimmy Steele, who moved to a Reading PA radio gig.....

Lofty Goals From New Owner Of Fauquier Paper - 8/23 - From fauquiernow.com: The Fauquier Times' new publisher has set a high bar for the 111-year-old community newspaper. "We're working very hard on delivering you a print newspaper, on a weekly basis, that is as good as any you've ever read," Bailey Dabney told the Leeds Ruritan Club last week. "We're going to make a really strong run at covering everything that goes on in the county." Piedmont Media, the new local ownership group assembled by Marshall residfent George Thompson, will publish its first edition of the Warrenton-based newspaper on Wednesday, August 24. Also: A redesigned fauquier.com.....

Dave TV: WGMD's Walt Palmer Interviewed - 8/20 - My August 18 interview with Walt Palmer, operations manager for Lewes-Rehoboth Beach area news talker WGMD, 92.7, at his offices/studios/transmitter facility in southern Delaware. We talk about his station's format, storm preparedness, his career in DC area radio and at ABC's "Nightline" program, and the radio biz in general.....


Dave TV: Bob Steele At WGMD - 8/18 - DCRTV Dave visits Delmarva news talker WGMD, 92.7. And chats with Bob Steele, the DC radio veteran who now does the late morning slot on WGMD. At Facebook. And, the watch as a visit from the fire department interupts our interview. Also at Facebook. More videos from my WGMD visit coming soon.....

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.....

WUSQ Tops Winchester - 8/11 - Country WUSQ takes its place as the traditional top player in the latest batch of Winchester radio ratings. Hot adult contemporary WINC-FM places second, contemporary hit WKSI is third, rocker WRQX fourth, with classic hits WZRV rounding out the top five. The rest: news talker WINC-AM sixth, public radio news talker WAMU seventh, alt rocker WWDC eighth, news talker WMAL-FM ninth, and all-newser WTOP tenth.....

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.....

Larry Weiss Takes Over Centennial Winchester - 8/4 - Centennial Broadcasting names Larry Weiss as market manager of its Winchester VA radio cluster, which includes hot adult contemporary WINC-FM, 92.5, a regular player in the DC market radio ratings. Weiss comes from Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville NC, where he was market manager for Alpha Media's radio cluster. Before that, he's worked for Connoisseur Media and Renda Broadcasting. In addition to WINC-FM, Centennial owns news talker WINC-AM, 1400, and country B105, WZFC/WXBN, 104.9/105.5.....

WWFG Tops Salisbury - 7/29 - Country WWFG tops the latest batch of radio ratings for Salisbury-Ocean City but it's slipped from a 10.6 share last year to its current 6.6. Urban adult contemporary WSBY ranks second, rocker WZBH is third, rhythmic contemporary WOCQ is fourth, and classic hits WAVD is fifth, tied with adult contemporary WQHQ.....

WSTW Tops Wilmington - 7/21 - The latest Wilmington DE radio ratings, not including any outside numbers from places like nearby Philadelphia, show contemporary hits WSTW in 1st place. Adult contemporary WJBR is 2nd, country WXCY 3rd, country WDSD 4th, talker WDEL 5th, and talker WILM 6th.....

Tom Returns To Dover - 7/5 - Eastern Shore news. WRDX, Mix 92.9, in Smyrna DE, near Dover, drops hot adult contemporary tunes for "Tom FM" classic hits, a format the iHeart station used to have. "Glenn And Bob," who do mornings on Harrisburg PA classic rock WRVV, 97.3 The River, will also be heard on WRDX.....

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.....

OC Radioer Picks Up O'Meara's Show - 5/25 - "The Mike O'Meara Show" will return to the Ocean City radio dial on Friday, May 27. The show will air five days a week from 7 PM to 9 PM on 97.1 The Wave, WAVD. O'Meara was partnered with Don Geronimo via "The Don And Mike Show" on WJFK-FM through the 1990s until 2008. He currently does a podcast that's available at mikeomearashow.com.....

Delmarva Promotes Brad Austin - 5/17 - Brad Austin has been named corporate program director for Delmarva Broadcasting. He had been operations manager for Delmarva's country WXCY, 103.7, Havre de Grace MD, between Baltimore and Wilmington, a position he'll continue to hold. Austin will now oversee programming for all of the company's nine radio stations throughout Delaware and Eastern Maryland.....

Kelly Zuber Laves WDBJ - 4/27 - Kelly Zuber is retiring Roanoke's Channel 7/WDBJ, where she's been news director since 2013. She started working at WDBJ in 1982. Over the years, she's been a reporter, producer, assignment editor, and director of digital media at the station before being named news director in 2013.....

WKJS Tops Richmond - 4/20 - Urban adult contemporary WKJS topped the Richmond radio ratings for the fourth quarter in a row. Second is iHeart's urban contemporary WBTJ and third is iHeart's re-branded "Mix," hot adult contemporary WTVR. SummitMedia is fourth with country WKHK and iHeart's contemporary hit WRVQ finishes fifth. News talker WRVA places sixth.....

WHBT Adds Big Boy - 4/18 - Norfolk's urban oldies/R&B WHBT, 92.1 THE BEAT, adds the syndicated "Big Boy's Neighborhood" for mornings.....

WGMD To Airs Sunday Orioles - 4/16 - Beginning May 1, Rehoboth Beach talker WGMD, 92.7, will air Baltimore Orioles games every Sunday through the regular season. Veteran Orioles Radio Network broadcasters Joe Angel, Jim Hunter, and Fred Manfra call the action. More at wgmd.com.....

Roy Nester Dies - 4/15 - From Tom Taylor Now: Shenandoah Valley radio veteran Roy Nester (right) passed away earlier this month at age 91, and he had a flair for the business. His life story at Legacy.com says that over his 50-year career, Roy was a jock ("Platter Party" on WINC Winchester), general manager (WAYZ Waynesboro PA), voiceover artist (he did spots for the same local shoe retailer for five decades), and enthusiastic civic promoter. Nester "led many parades" dressed as the Town Crier. While at WAYZ, he dreamed up the character of "Wayzee The Clown," who appeared at birthday parties and various local events. Roy's body was cremated, and in the chamber with him were his Town Crier outfit and his clown shoes.....

Winchester's B105 Goes Classic Country - 4/12 - Centennial's Winchester "new country" outlet, WXBN, B105, which is broadcast on 104.9 and 105.5, is tweaking its format in more of a classic direction. "Serving our community and the Shenandoah Valley is our mission," says B105 General Manager and Market Manager Chris Martin. "After careful analysis it was determined that what's hot in Hollywood or Nashville or American Idol doesn't necessarily translate to the tastes and desires of Winchester or the Valley. Patsy Cline recorded in our building, in our studios, on our microphones and with our staff. That is a fact. And since when does fantastic go out of style?" Adds B105's Program Director Mike Herald, "Listeners can expect to hear a music intensive variety of traditional classics and the best of the best. We believe this is the true identity of the area, the heritage and the people." The new classic country format started at 5 PM Tuesday. Winchester's longtime top-rated station is iHeart's mainstream country WUSQ, 102.5.....

Pumo To Be GM Of WDBJ - 4/6 - Matt Pumo, who was the sports anchor at Roanoke's Channel 10/WSLS from 1987 to 1991 and who moved into TV station management a decade ago, has returned to the city as the new president and general manager of Channel 7/WDBJ.....

WSET's John Organ Dies - 3/28 - John Organ, the longtime weekend sports anchor at Sinclair's Channel 13/WSET in Lynchburg/Roanoke, died Saturday of cancer. He was 53. More at wset.com.....

WGMD Talker Suffers TIA On Air - 3/22 - Duke Brooks, who does weekday afternoons on Eastern Shore talker WGMD, 92.7, suffered a TIA "mini-stroke" incident while on the air during his additional Saturday morning shift. The event occurred during the 8 AM hour while Brooks was interviewing a veterinarian, says Program Director Walt Palmer. "Brooks was rushed to the local hospital within minutes of the attack to receive expert care," Palmer adds. He's been released and is expected to return to the Rehoboth Beach station today to do his 3 PM show.....

Delaware News Talker Merge - 3/9 - From Radio Insight: Delmarva Broadcasting is combining the resources of Wilmington news talker WDEL, 1150/101.7, and like-formatted Lewes's Delaware 105.9, WXDE. WXDE morning host and program director, Dan Gaffney, will add oversight of the talk hosts on both stations, while WDEL director of news and programming Chris Carl takes oversight of the news operations. The stations will now simulcast from 9 AM to 4 PM daily. Susan Monday moves to 9 AM to noon on both stations. Allan Loudell's noon newshour remains in place on both, while WDEL 1 PM to 4 PM host Rick Jensen will now be heard on WXDE. Both stations will retain their existing morning and afternoon shows as WDEL retains its morning and afternoon news blocks anchored by Peter MacArthur and Allan Loudell, respectively, while WXDE keeps Gaffney in mornings and Jared Morris in afternoons. Both stations carry the same syndicated programming in evenings: Dave Ramsey from 7 PM to 10 PM, Jim Bohannon from 10 PM to 1 AM, and "Overnight America" with Jon Grayson from 1 AM to 5 AM.....

VA's CTG Gets MD Signal - 3/8 - From Tom Taylor Now: "92.5 in Maryland and Delaware, 96.5 in Virginia: is the new byline for Gregory Bojko’s "Variety Station" on the Delmarva Peninsula. The variety hits format previously based at GSB Broadcasting's "96.5 CTG" (WCTG Chincoteague, VA) is now shared with recently-acquired WICO-FM Pocomoke City, Maryland (92.5). Bojko paid $190,000 for Class A WICO-FM, which previously simulcast with Delmarva Broadcasting's news/talk WICO Salisbury/1320.....

Saga Buys FMer For Charlottesville AMer - 2/11 - From Tom Taylor Now
Hirschmann Leaves 3 - 2/9 - George Hirschmann, the longtime meteorologist at Channel 3/WHSV in Harrisonburg VA, will retire at the end of February sweeps. More at
whsv.com.....

Delmarva Educational Makes Richmond Radio Moves - 2/2 - From Tom Taylor Now: The Epperson family’s Delmarva Educational Associaton accepts the donation of an AM in Richmond from Davidson Media Station WREJ Licensee, as part of the unwinding of the former Davidson group. The donated station is silent WREJ Richmond at 1540, which runs a sturdy 10,000 watts daytime, but a puny 7 watts at night. But we’re not done with WREJ. Delmarva Educational Association’s paying $65,000 for a move-in translator companion for it. That’s W258AK at 99.5, relocating about 70 miles from Farmville, Virginia in toward Richmond. Seller is Paul Passink – who’s also selling a second move-translator (for another $65,000) to Delmarva Educational to pair with another of its Richmond-market AMs. This translator’s moving from the Lynchburg area about 100 miles to Richmond, where it will rebroadcast Christian teaching “Truth Radio” WLES Bon Air at 590. Its new translator pal is currently on 106.7, but W294BO will likely find a new frequency after it moves from Concord, Virginia.....

WHTI Flips To Classic Hits - 1/28 - Richmond's adult contemporary Easy 100.9, WHTI, flips to classic hits. Now branded as Star 100.9, the station is positioning itself as the "Best Of The 70s, 80s And More." More at radioinsight.com.....

WKCY Tops Harrisonburg - 1/28 - Country WKCY tops the latest batch of radio ratings for Harrisonburg. More from Tom Taylor Now.....

WKJS Tops Richmond - 1/5 - WKJS tops the latest batch of Richmond radio ratings. Tom Taylor Now has more.....

Don Dale Dies - 1/4 - Don Dale, a former news director at Richmond's Channel 6/WTVR, died December 28 of an apparent heart attack. He was 73.....

WVKL Tops Norfolk - 1/4 - Norfolk's WVKL tops the December monthly radio ratings. More from Tom Taylor Now.....





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