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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.....

Alpha Promotes Salierno - 9/22 - Alpha Media names Ralph Salierno as market manager for its new Fredericksburg radio cluster, which includes country powerhouse WFLS, 93.3. He had been director of ad sales for the former Free Lance-Star stations that Alpha recently paid $8.1 million for from debt holder Sandton Capital.....

Charlottesville Loses UVA Urban Outlet - 9/18 - From Radio Insight: The Charlottesville market is about to lose its only commercial urban contemporary station as the University Of Virginia will flip 92.7 Kiss-FM, WUVA to country 92.7 Nash Icon. The station is owned by WUVA Incorporated, a non-profit organization composed of University Of Virginia students and alumni, but operated as a commercial outlet. While the current format features student personalities, the website for the new format features all of the national Nash Icon personalities from Westwood One. The station does have a form for students to join the station. While WUVA is currently the only urban-formatted station in the market, a new low-power FMer 101 Jamz, 101.3 WVAI-LP, is set to launch in the next few weeks. WUVA will become the third country station in the Charlottesville market.....

"Hank" Comes To Charlottesville - 9/15 - Charlottesville meets classic country “Hank,” thanks to Saga’s multi-signal changes at its Monticello Media group. Tom Taylor Now reports that WKAV/1400 dropping its all-sports format to do “Hank.” 1400 is now re-broadcast on a translator at 94.1, and employing the FM frequency as the new brand, “94.1 Hank FM.” Saga-owned translator W231AD runs 250 watts at 94.1 and had previously rebroadcast classic hits “Generations 102.3” WZGN Crozet, Virginia. There’s even more to the shuffling, because news/talk WCHV-FM will fill some of the sports programming niche by adding sports-talk at night and on weekends – thus partially dissolving the simulcast with WCHV/1260.....

Eastern Shore's 107.7 Goes Back To Country - 9/5 - Adams Radio Group on the Eastern Shore has ended the simulcast of classic rock WGBG, 98.5, on its 107.7 signal and flipped it back to country as it had been under Great Scott Broadcasting. WKHI, "Your Country K-107.7," will be part of the NASH country music network and feature "America's Morning Show" with Blair Garner.....

WVKL Tops Norfolk - 9/4 - WVKL again tops the radio ratings in Norfolk. More from Tom Taylor Now.....

2 Killed In Roanoke TV Shooting - 8/26 - During a live news interview at 6:45 AM Wednesday on Roanoke's Channel 7/WDBJ, shots were fired killing both the reporter, Alison Parker, and the cameraman, Adam Ward. There are reports that the alleged gumnan, Vester Lee Flanagan, a former WDBJ employee, shot himself in a confrontation with police on I-66 near Front Royal and has been taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where he died at 1:30 PM. Dean Lucy Dalglish, of the University Of Maryland's Philip Merrill College Of Journalism, issued the following statement: "We are horrified to learn about the murders of two young television journalists in Franklin County, Virginia, today. Our hearts go out to the family and colleagues of WDBJ7-TV reporter Alison Parker and videographer Adam Ward, who were killed while doing their jobs informing their community. We understand the woman being interviewed during the live broadcast in Franklin County, Virginia, is alive but in surgery, and we wish her and her family all the best. Our thoughts and best wishes go to their families, co-workers, and former classmates and teachers at James Madison University and Virginia Tech as they go through this difficult time." Ward, 27, was a graduate of JMU.

4 Eastern Shore Stations Sold - 8/25 - From Tom Taylor Now: On Maryland's Eastern Shore, a family sells its ownership of MTS Broadcasting for a total of $460,000. Including adult standards WCEM, 1240 AM, Cambridge, contemporary hit WCEM, 106.3 FM, Cambridge, country WAAI, 100.9 FM, Hurlock, and oldies WTDK, 107.1 FM, Federalsburg. Seller is the Isadore Morton Gudelsky Trust plus others in the family. Troy Hill is buying 70% of MTS with the remainder going to two partners.....

Centennial Picks Chris Martin For Winchester - 8/20 - Chris Martin is the new Winchester market manager for Centennial's radio cluster which includes WINC-FM, the hot adult contemporary outlet on 92.5 that's a regular performer in the DC radio ratings. He replaces Steve Davis, who headed up the Shenandoah Valley to head Saga's newly-purchased Harrisonburg radio cluster. Martin used to be eastern regional director for 18 markets of Radio Disney, and was a senior account executive for a decade at the CBS radio cluster in Charlotte.....

Khiree Stewart To WDBJ - 8/14 - Khiree Stewart leaves Harrisonburg's Channel 3/WHSV to take his reporting skills to Roanoke's Channel 7/WDBJ.....

WBOC Buys WOLC - 8/13 - On the Eastern Shore, Salisbury's Channel 16/WBOC says it's getting back into the radio business - it used to own WBOC radio - with the acquisition of WOLC, 102.5 FM, from Maranatha. The purchase of the radio station, which is based in Princess Anne MD, was announced Thursday by WBOC-TV Vice President/General Manager Craig Jahelka. WBOC plans to drop the station's Christian religious format, but has not announced what the new format will be. More at wboc.com.....

WVKL Tops Norfolk - 8/7 - WVKL tops the Norfolk radio ratings for July. Tom Taylor Now has more.....

Kurtz Named ND At 10 - 8/6 - Mark Kurtz has been named news director for Norfolk's Channel 10/WAVY. He's been assistant news director at the Media General station since 2012. He replaces Jim Gilchriest, who had been nd at WAVY since 2011 and moved to Nashville’s WSVM in June.....

Froggie Tops Salisbury - 7/31 - Down the shore, Froggie country WWFG takes the top spot in the latest batch of Salisbury-Ocean City radio ratings. Hot adult contemporary WQHQ takes second place, with rhythmic contemporary WOCQ tied for third with urban adult contemporary WSBY. Classic hits WAVD places fifth.....

Saga Buys 99.1 In Charlottesville - 7/27 - Saga purchases low-power 99.1 FM in Charlottesville from Positive Alternative Radio for $150,000. While W256BY currently rebroadcasts aountry WKTR in Earlysville VA, Saga intends to rebroadcast WCNR-HD2 in Keswick VA, which features an adult alternative format.....

Richmond's 98.5 To Go Country - 7/27 - It looks like iHeart will put its "Big Country" format on Richmond's 98.5 FM, the low-powered Glen Allen signal that had been relaying news talker WRVA, 1140 AM.....

Bowden To Head Delmarva - 7/17 - From Tom Taylor Now: Jeff Boden is the new group head of the Steinman family-owned Delmarva Broadcasting, which holds a dozen stations from Wilmington, Delaware down into the Delmarva Peninsula. Jeff succeeds the retiring Pete Booker, and this is his return to radio after three years. From 1993 until he left the Cumulus cluster in Washington DC in 2012, Jeff was part of WMAL/630 and WRQX/107.3 and was market manager when he exited.....

2 Richmond AMers Sold - 7/17 - Mark Janbakhsh of TBLC picks up two Richmond area AMers from Davidson Media for $400,000. Including Spanish contemporary "Selecta 1320" WVNZ and regional Mexican "La Gran D" WTOX at 1480.....

WKJS Tops Richmond - 7/16 - WKJS tops the latest batch of Richmond radio ratings. More from Tom Taylor Now.....

Pete Booker Retires From Delmarva - 7/13 - President and CEO Pete Booker retires from Delmarva Broadcast after 22 years at the 12-station, Delaware and Maryland Eastern Shore radio operation.....

WVKL Tops Norfolk - 7/13 - WVKL tops the June radio ratings for Norfolk. More from Tom Taylor Now.....

Davis Jumps From Centennial To Saga - 7/10 - Market manager Steve Davis leaves Centennial's radio cluster in Winchester (WINC-FM/AM, WXBN, WZFC) to join Saga's radio cluster in Harrisonburg (WSVA, WHBG, WQPO, WJDV, WSIG). Saga recently acquited the Harrisonburg cluster from VerStandig. Davis was with Centennial four years and Clear Channel in Harrisonburg for nine years before that. He is a graduate of Harrisonburg's James Madison University.....

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