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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.....

SEC Sanctions WGMD Talker - 6/8 - From Tom Taylor Now: Newly-minted financial talker faces sanctions from the SEC. He’s Todd Schoenberger of Lewes, Delaware, who was “ordered by the SEC to stay away from the financial field after he admitted fraud,” says DelawareOnline. Bad timing – Todd started last Monday at Resort Broadcasting-owned “Talk of Delmarva 92.7” WGMD, licensed to Rehoboth Beach. The station’s press release about him was still online last night, and there was also a story about how “certain practices of LandColt Capital, owned by Todd Schoenberger, were found to be inconsistent with certain” SEC guidelines. WGMD said “no fines were levied” – which is true. Though he did agree to pay back $65,000 plus more than $4,300 in “prejudgment interest.” Schoenberger’s been seen on Fox Business and CNBC, and surely seemed like a good local hire for WGMD. What was the SEC focusing on? It said investment advisor Schoenberger “falsely told prospective investors that LandColt would repay the promissory notes [it issued to them] through fees earned from managing a private fund. Schoenberger never actually launched the fund, never had the commitments of capital to the fund that he claimed, and never paid investors the returns he promised.” He allegedly persuaded four investors to give him $130,000. Along with the $65,000 disgorgement, he must refrain from “associating with any broker, dealer or investment advisor, and from serving as an officer or director of a public company.” The Schoenberger settlement was one of two cases that inspired a press release titled “SEC Warns of Purported Financial Professionals Using False Credentials to Attract Investors".....

Stephanie Rochon Dies - 6/4 - Stephanie Rochon, a news anchor for the past 16 years at Channel 6/WTVR in Richmond, died June 3. She was 50. Rochon was diagnosed with bile duct cancer in August 2014 and has been off the air since.....

WVKL Tops Norfolk Radio Ratings - 5/15 - WVKL tops the Norfolk radio ratings for April. More from Tom Taylor Now.....

Ken Strayhorn Dies - 5/8 - Ken Strayhorn, a former sports anchor at Richmond's Channel 8/WRIC, back when it was WXEX in the 1980s, has died. He also did fill-in sports work at Baltimore's Channel 45/WBFF in the 1990s. More at wric.com.....

K-Love For Richmond Area's WAUQ - 5/7 - From Tom Taylor Now: A fresh helping of K-Love for Richmond? K-Love parent Educational Media Foundation already has network O&O WKYV Colonial Heights, Virginia, a Class A at 90.1. Now it’s paying $1,250,000 cash for a second FM around the state capital. That’s WAUQ, a Class B1 at 89.7 licensed to Charles City, southeast of Richmond. It’s long been owned by Tupelo-based American Family Association, founded by the Reverend Donald Wildmon and now overseen by his son Tim. Presumably WAUQ is due for a change from American Family’s Christian variety format to the contemporary Christian “K-Love” music format of EMF.....

Saga Buys 2 More In Harrisonburg - 5/6 - Tom Taylor Now tells us that Saga is buying two more Shenandoah Valley FMers for a rumored $1.3 million. Saga, which already owns a batch of stations in Charlottesville and, last month, bought VerStandig's Harrisonburg stations for 9.64 million, is buying two more Harrisonburg area stations from Gamma. Including country WSIG, 96.9, and adult contemporary WBOP, 95.5. And, in order to get FCC approval for the deal, Saga will spin off WBOP to Bible Broadcasting, so it's likely that station will see a flip to a religious format.....

WBTJ Tops Richmond - 4/22 - WBTJ tops the latest batch of Richmond radio ratings. At Tom Taylor Now.....

Albie Dee Joins OC104 - 4/17 - Adams Radio has named Washington-Baltimore radio veteran Albie Dee as program director and afternoon drive host for rhythmic contemporary WOCQ, OC104. Phil LoCascio, Salisbury-Ocean City market manager for Adams, says: "Albie's perfect for the job. He lives and breathes this format. His major market credentials will make a great station even more dominant. And we get the added bonus of a solid major market jock in afternoon drive." Albie adds, "I'm really pumped to join the Adams radio team at WOCQ. The company really believes in live and local radio and is going to give me the tools I need".....

VerStandig Unloads Harrisonburg Cluster - 4/8 - Michigan-based Saga Communications has agreed to purchase Virginia-based VerStandig's Harrisonburg radio cluster of WSVA-AM, WHBG-AM, WQPO-FM, WJDV-FM, and WTGD-FM. More at sagacom.com.....

WBTX Adds FMer - 4/8 - From Tom Taylor Now: Virginia’s “Shenandoah Sonshine” – note the spelling of Sonshine – adds an FM companion, thanks to WBTX (1470) buying the construction permit for a new translator at 102.1. WBTX, with a hyphenated city of license Broadway-Timberville, runs a mix of southern gospel and Christian teaching, and it’s owned by the local WBTX Radio Inc. It’s doing this $26,500 transaction with a very large broadcaster along the Shenandoah Valley – The Virginia Tech Foundation, based down in Roanoke. It operates a regional network of signals with four different program streams, flagshipped by non-com news/talk “Radio IQ” WVTF (89.1). In this translator sale, WBTX picks up W271CC at 102.1, which is licensed to Broadway and will be moved so its signal stays entirely within that of WBTX (5,000 watts day, 36 watts at night).....

FCC To Slap VA TVer With $325K Fine - 3/24 - The Federal Communications Commission plans to issue what it says will be the highest fine ever against a TV station for a single incident of airing indecent content, slapping a $325,000 penalty against a Roanoke TV station for airing a sexually explicit video clip of an adult film website during a news broadcast. The planned fine against Channel 7/WDBJ comes in response to complaints over the station's July 12, 2012, newscast that featured a report on a former adult film star who had joined a local volunteer rescue squad. So reports Variety.....

WVKL Tops Norfolk Radio Ratings - 3/20 - WVKL tops the Norfolk radio ratings for February. More from Tom Taylor Now.....

3 Dumps Kay Norred - 3/17 - Kay Norred, the news director for the past seven years at Gray Television's Channel 3/WHSV in Harrisonburg, got pink slipped Monday. Before joining the Shenandoah Valley ABC affiliate in 2008, she worked at WTSP-TV in Tampa, WWSB-TV in Sarasota, WTXL-TV in Tallahassee, and WEAR-TV in Pensacola.....

LaCascio To Adams On Eastern Shore - 3/11 - Phil LaCascio, who once programmed CBS Radio's now-defunct DC area classic rocker, WARW, Arrow 94.7, will be the Eastern Shore market manager for Adams Radio, which is acquiring six stations and two translators from Great Scott Broadcasting in the Salisbury-Ocean City-Rehoboth Beach area. According to Radio Insight, Adams will also be heavily reshaping the formats at rocker WZBH, rhythmic contemporary WOCQ, classic rocker WGBG, and country WKHI, with several new stations to be debuted.....

WGMD Fires Host Over Muslim Remarks - 3/7 - Jake Smith, a host at Rehoboth Beach talker WGMD, 92.7, has been fired after saying on air that "as far as I'm concerned, not every Muslim is guilty, but every Muslim is suspect" of sympathizing with Islamic extremists. Smith's comments came during verbal sparring with a caller that aired during the live "Mike And Jake In The Morning" show February 20 on the Eastern Shore station. According to USA Today, the incident led to his dismissal from the station that same day, Smith said in an interview, although word of that dismissal is just now leaking out.....

Lorenzo Hall Leaves WTVR - 2/23 - Lorenzo Hall leaves Richmond's Channel 6/WTVR to join Hartford's Fox affiliate, WTIC. Hall will be an anchor and reporter on the Connecticut station's new 4 PM newscast, which starts in April.....

WVKL Tops Norfolk Radio Ratings - 2/23 - WVKL tops the Norfolk radio ratings for January. More from Tom Taylor Now.....

WTJU To Get Richmond Relay - 1/29 - The University Of Virginia does a lease deal with Ashland VA's talk/bluegrass WHAN, 1430 AM, and its FM translator at 102.9, to simulcast the programming of the school's WTJU, 91.1 from Charlottesville into the Richmond area. WTJU features classical, jazz, rock, and talk.....

WWFG Tops Salisbury - 1/26 - Country "Froggy 99.9" WWFG tops the Salisbury-Ocean City radio ratings. More from today's Tom Taylor Now.....

WVKL Tops Norfolk - 1/26 - WVKL tops the Holiday monthly radio ratings for Norfolk. More from Tom Taylor Now......

WSLC Tops Roanoke Radio Ratings - 1/16 - Country WSLC tops the latest batch of Roanoke radio ratings. More from Tom Taylor Now.....

Nash Icon To OC's 101.1 - 1/13 - Ocean City's WRYD, 101.1 FM, is now classic country "101 Nash Icon." More at radioinsight.com.....

WBOC's Website Hacked - 1/6 - Salisbury MD's Channel 16/WBOC says its wboc.com website has been "hacked" by a group "posting pro-extreme Islamic messages on the website," according to Delmarva news talker WGMD. "We have managed to take back control of WBOC.com," station manager Craig Jahelka told WGMD News. "We have contacted Twitter to let them know that our account has been hacked, but they haven't done anything yet." The postings to the site were from a group calling itself the CyberCaliphate, which it says has infiltrated other databases across the country. WBOC says they have the situation under control and they are evaluating how to proceed with site security, WGMD adds.....

WKHK Tops Richmond Radio Ratings - 1/6 - Country WKHK tops the latest batch of Richmond radio ratings. More from Tom Taylor Now.....

WKSA Goes Classic Hip Hop - 1/6 - WKSA, Moyock NC, which covers the Norfolk market, flips to classic hip hop as "92.1 The Beat." It had been stunting with Missy Elliott tunes. Tom Joyner gets added for mornings, plus local personalities DJ Bee and DJ Fountz.....

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