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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.....

iHeart Tweaks 98.1 WTVR - 12/21 - From Tom Taylor Now: No more “Lite” AC in Richmond, with iHeart announcing a new “Mix” handle to debut a week from today on WTVR. Also a revised talent lineup at the former “Lite,” and probably a somewhat hotter playlist. They’re promoting “a mix of music from artists like Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Adele, Bruno Mars and Pink.” When the current all-Christmas playlist ends, the talent will include Jeff Wicker in mornings (coming back to Richmond, where he’d worked at sister CHR “Q94” WRVQ). Jackie Cunningham for middays (she’d worked at iHeart’s Seattle-market top 40 “Kiss 106.1” KBKS). Kat Simons for noon-3pm (coming back to WTVR). And former Q94 jock Billy Surf for afternoons. “Lite” had been averaging around a fifth-place or sixth-place ranking in the quarterly Nielsen diary ratings, with age 6+ AQH share.....

Big Changes At RNR-AM - 12/10 - A real 'passing of the torch' today as ownership of TalkRadio WRNR [740 AM/106.5 FM], Martinsburg WV, is transferred from Rick Wachtel to local magazine publisher Mike Hornby. Wachtel and original partners Hugh Keatley and Legarde McBee put the station on the air in April of 1976. Fran Little, the station's only broadcast engineer of nearly 40 years, is also retiring today.....

WBOC TV Team To DC - 12/8 - Some Eastern Shore TV news from DCRTV's Tuesday Mailbag: Channel 16 "WBOC-TV power couple Scott Abraham (left), sports director, and Lacee Griffith, morning anchor (right), are leaving the Salisbury market. Scott announced today he's taking a sports reporter position at WJLA in Washington. Scott held down the sports desk for more than seven years and was very popular for his high school sports coverage. No word on whether Lacee will be staying with the news business when the couple relocates 'over the bridge,' as folks say on the Shore. They met at the station, and were married in 2013".....

New PD Gig For Albie - 12/8 - DC-Baltimore radio veteran Albie Dee gets named program director of WKHI, Your Country 107.7, in Salisbury. He will continue to program rhythmic contemporary WOCQ, OC 104, and do afternoon drive there. Both stations are owned by Adams Radio.....

LoCascio Leaves Adams - 12/2 - Tom Taylor Now tells us that Phil LoCascio departs his market manager gig at the Adams Radio cluster on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Last year, he came back into an operational role after being a consultant for five years with LoCascio-Raines Associates. LoCascio used to be program director for CBS Radio's now-defunct DC classic rocker, WARW, 94.7, The Arrow. He's also worked for radio groups in New Jersey and Atlanta.....

WVKL Tops Norfolk - 12/1 - Norfolk's WVKL tops the November monthly radio ratings. More from Tom Taylor Now.....

FM Relay For WINA - 11/30 - Saga's Charlottesville news talker WINA, 1070 AM, gets a 250-watt FM relay on 98.9.....

Angie Miles To WTVR - 11/23 - Angie Miles, a former anchor at Richmond's Channel 6/WTVR who left the TV news business in 1999, has returned to the as the new weekend news anchor at WTVR.....

Jay Gleason To Adams - 11/20 - Jay Gleason is the new operations manager for two rock stations owned by Adams Radio Group on the Eastern Shore - rocker 93.5 The Beach, WZBH, and classic rocker Big 98.5, WGBG. His career includes stints at Greater Media in Philadelphia, Cumulus in DC, and Cherry Hill NJ-based Friday Morning Quarterback.....

Culpeper AMer Buys FMer - 11/16 - Tom Taylor Now tells us that Lynchburg's Liberty University sells another translator, this time in Culpeper. Translator at 95.3 will switch from rebroadcasting Liberty's Christian contemporary Positive Hits to the adult standards format of its buyer, Piedmont Communications. The 99-watt translator will be hitched to Piedmont's WCVA, 1490, in Culpeper which simulcasts with sister WVCV, 1340, in Orange. Piedmont is paying $34,000 cash for the translator.....

Delmarva Sells Salisbury Stations - 11/14 - Delmarva Broadcasting sells most of its Salisbury radio cluster. Cat Country, WKTT, 97.5, and talker WICO-AM, 1320, go to Rothschild Broadcasting. Also, talker WICO-FM, 92.5, heads to GSB Broadcasting. "This is an important move for Delmarva as we look to focus our efforts and extensive radio and digital resources in the Milford, Wilmington, and Havre de Grace markets," according to a Friday staff memo from the Wilmington-based firm. "The team in Salisbury has done extraordinary work over the past several years. We are grateful for their dedication and ongoing service to listeners, advertisers and the community." Delmarva will hold on to oldies WAVD, The Wave, 97.1, which is licensed to Ocean Pines MD, but will relocate its studio facilities.....

Drew Cage Heads To Beach - 11/3 - Drew Cage is the new afternoon driver and assistant program director at Adams active rocker WZBH, 93.5 The Beach. He comes from a rocker in Fort Wayne, Indiana.....

Billy Madison To WZBH - 10/25 - The syndicated "Billy Madison Show" takes over mornings on Georgetown, Delaware active rocker 93.5 The Beach, WZBH, starting Monday, October 26.....

WXRK Call To Charlottesville - 10/23 - The WXRK call once graced Howard Stern's flagship radio station in NYC, K-Rock 92.3. Now, the four letters could return to the airwaves via a low power FMer in Charlottesville, also on 92.3. Tom Taylor Now tells us that Mike Friend and four colleagues at Blue Ridge Free Media won the license and are very close to signing on their new rock/alt-rock station as "WXRK-LP." It will feature 21-watts.....

Charlottesville AMer Gets Donated - 10/16 - Nearby news. The Baker Family donates Charlottesville area AMer WKTR, 840, to the not-for-profit Calvary Chapel of Twin Falls, Idaho, for an agreed-on value of $120,000. The country-formatted station is expected to flip to religion.....

WVKL Tops Norfolk - 10/30 - Norfolk's WVKL tops the October monthly radio ratings. More from Tom Taylor Now.....

WKJS Tops Richmond - 10/7 - WKJS tops the latest batch of Richmond radio ratings. Tom Taylor Now has more.....

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