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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.....

KCY Tops Harrisonburg - 1/30 - Clear Channel's country WKCY-FM keeps the top spot in the latest radio ratings for Harrisonburg VA. Barely beating VerStandig's contemporary hit WQPO and Gamma's country WSIG, which are tied for second place. VerStandig news talker WSVA places fourth with VerStandig rocker WTGD in fifth.....

Red Zebra Lands Richmond Area FMer - 1/28 - DC area-based Red Zebra, which owns DC sports talkers WTEM and WSPZ, does a lease agreement in Richmond to put its AM sports talker, WXGI, ESPN 950, also on a Richmond area FMer - 100.5, WZEZ, which is licensed to Goochland VA. WZEZ is owned by the not-for-profit Delmarva Educational Association and has been airing religious programming.....

WTAR Drops Comedy - 1/21 - Sinclair Communications will flip "Comedy 850" WTAR Norfolk to a mix of news, talk, and sports on January 27. More at radioinsight.com.....

Norfolk Anchor Gets Caught In Tax Fraud Scheme - 1/15 - Juliet Bickford, a former news anchor at Norfolk's Channel 3/WTKR, gets caught up in international fraud after she used her bank account to launder money for her boyfriend, a "suave Canadian with Greek roots" who bilked people out of millions. He's reportedly in hiding in Greece. Bickford will plead guilty to a tax crime. More at hamptonroads.com.....

Norfolk's Hot 100.5 Relaunches - 1/13 - From radioinsight.com: After spending an hour this morning playing construction sounds, Max Media contemporary hit Hot 100.5 WVHT Norfolk has relaunched with a more-music presentation. In the December ratings, WVHT registered a 2.9 share in a crowded contemporary hit market. Hot trailed Entercom rhythmic contemporary Z104 104.5 WNVZ's 4.3 share, but led Clear Channel mainstream contemporary hit Now 105.3 WNOH's 2.0. However over the past three months, WNOH has risen from a 1.3, while WVHT has dropped from a 3.2.....

WKHK Tops Richmond Radio - 1/3 - Tom Taylor Now on the latest Richmond radio ratings: Country WKHK rings up back-to-back #1 finishes for the first time since the Winter and Spring of 1998. “K95,” now owned by SummitMedia, goes 7.7-9.6-9.6. But this time, K95 has to share, because Radio One’s urban AC “Kiss” WKJS/WKJM (9.4-9.0-9.6) also claims a place on the winner’s stand. Third place goes to Clear Channel’s urban “Beat” WBTJ, 8.6-6.3-9.0 – the largest share on the 106.5 frequency since it became a commercial operation in 1988.....

WWBT Veteran Doug Hill Dies - 12/5 - From TVSpy: Douglas Hill, a former news and public affairs director for Richmond NBC affiliate Channel 12/WWBT, died Sunday at his home in Midlothian VA. He was 91. During his tenure as news director of the station, which was then WRVA, Hill hosted "The Doug Hill Show" and the station's "Tell Doug" segments about viewer concerns. Hill started his career in print journalism before moving into radio and television.....

Gray Ends TV3 Winchester - 12/5 - DCRTV hears that Gray Television is shutting its TV3 Winchester operation. It provided Northern Shenandoah Valley newscasts via Harrisonburg's Channel 3/WHSV, an ABC affiliate. TV3 Winchester was available on cable systems in Virginia's Frederick, Clarke, Warren, and Shenandoah counties, and via a digital subchannel on WHSV's broadcast signal. It had about a dozen on-air staffers. Says TV3 Winchester Vice President/General Manager Teri Lloyd: "We are grateful for the professionalism and dedication that our wonderful staff exhibited here in Winchester. They used their best efforts to cover local news, sports and weather in the Northern Shenandoah Valley as well as serve the local business and civic communities. We regret that all their efforts and all of our investments were simply insufficient to make this hyper-local station a viable long-term operation. To our loyal viewers and local advertisers we say thank you for your support".....

Richmond Radio Vet "Mitch Malone" Dies - 12/2 - James David Mitchell, who had been known as Mitch Malone, host of "Quiet Storm," a weeknight show Richmond's Kiss 99.3/105, died November 25th in a Petersburg hospital. He was 57. Mitchell also was the voice of Trojan football and basketball at his alma mater, Virginia State University, where he once served as music and sports director of campus station WVST. Also, he had been a fill-in traffic reporter on the Channel 6/WTVR morning news. More at timesdispatch.com.....

Cameron & Rupcich Join 8 - 11/25 - Richmond's Channel 8/WRIC adds Sydney Cameron and Claudia Rupcich as reporters/videojournalists. Rupcich comes from Channel 13/WSET in Lynchburg where she was a weekend reporter. Cameron comes from WRBL in Columbus GA.....

Richmond Area's WDZY Sold - 11/20 - Radio Disney spinoff WDZY, 1290 AM in Colonial Heights VA, gets sold to Richmond Christian Radio Corporation for $250,000. More at radioinsight.com.....

Richmond TVers Back To Full Power - 11/13 - The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that three Richmond television stations are operating at full power after more than eight months of travail with the broken antenna they share. Two other stations still are running at reduced power but should be back to normal this week. Channel 8/WRIC, Channel 35/WRLH, and Channel 57/WCVW were back at full power Tuesday. While the TV stations were broadcasting for eight months using a temporary antenna, many viewers could not receive their over-the-air signals. The two other local stations, Channel 6/WTVR and Channel 23/WCVE, which also use the antenna tower in Chesterfield County, are still running at reduced power.....

DeAngelo To Richmond's WKLR - 11/13 - After six years, Brady DeAngelo leaves the morning slot at Fredericksburg classic rocker WWUZ, 96.9 FM, for afternoons at Richmond classic rocker WKLR, 96.5 FM.....

New Talker For Lynchburg Area - 11/11 - Three Daughters Media, which launched flipped 100.9 WIQO-FM Forest/Lynchburg VA to Talk in October has expanded the station’s programming to two additional stations. 3ThreeDaughters has begun a leased with an option to buy new sign-on 102.5 WBZS Shawsville with Flinn Broadcasting. WBZS, which operates with 150 watts at 591 meters, rimshots both Roanoke and Blacksburg. WIQO's programming is also now heard on 3 Daughters’ 106.3 WMNA-FM Gretna/Danville. The three stations are being branded as "Virginia Talk Radio Network." More at radioinsight.com.....

Bevins & Perkins Out At TVR-FM - 11/11 - Clear Channel says adios to morning hosts Bill Bevins and Shelly Perkins at Richmond adult contemporary outlet WTVR, 98.1 FM.....

Nexstar Buys Fox Affiliate In Roanoke - 11/1 - Nexstar Broadcasting will pay $87.5 million for seven stations in four markets now owned by Grant Company, including Channel 27/WFXR and Channel 21/WWCW, the Fox affiliate serving Roanoke and Lynchburg.....

2 Norfolk Stations Go XMAS - 11/1 - As the calendar changes to November, stations across the country have begun to make the move to Christmas music for the holiday season. Norfolk has already seen two stations make the move today as Entercom adult contemporary "The New 101.3" WWDE flipped at midnight and was joined by Clear Channel rhythmic adult contemporary "Movin' 107.7" WMOV at 6 AM. More at radioinsight.com.....

Paywall For Richmond Rag - 10/28 - The Richmond Times-Dispatch is launching a subscription paywall. People who don't have a full print subscription to the Times-Dispatch will be asked to pay about $21 a month to read more than 20 articles a month. There's an introductory rate of $10 for three months. A full-week monthly print subscription that includes unlimited online access will cost $19. More at styleweekly.com.....

AP Suspends Reporter For McAuliffe Error - 10/18 - Associated Press has temporarily suspended Bob Lewis, a Richmond-based political reporter who did an erroneous piece about Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe. Lewis will no longer cover the race between McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli, and may be suspended through the election. His last story on the race was published October 14. On October 9, Lewis reported that McAuliffe had lied to a federal official investigating a death benefits scam. The AP retracted the story one hour and 38 minutes later on the grounds that the initials referenced in the indictment did not identify McAuliffe. Lewis immediately took responsibility for the mistake. More at politico.com.....

Layoffs At Virginian-Pilot - 10/18 - Norfolk's Virginian-Pilot will lay off 32 people, nearly 4% of its workforce, by the end of the year. Most of the cuts will be in the operations and circulation departments. Like many papers, the Pilot has suffered advertising declines this year, Publisher David Mele said. It has seen growth in digital revenue, he added, but not enough to make up the difference. More at hamptonroads.com.....

Richmond Rag Drops "Redskins" - 10/18 - The Richmond Free Press is dropping the "Redskins" nickname from its pages, calling it racist. In an editorial Thursday, the weekly primarily aimed at the city's African-American community called the name insulting to Native Americans and divisive. The team's owner, Daniel Snyder, has vowed to keep the nickname. He has called the nickname a "badge of honor." AP has more.....

WGMD Juggles Lineup, Colley To PM Drive - 10/10 - Rehoboth Beach talker WGMD, 92.7 FM, is juggling its lineup, come October 14th. Mike Bradley (aka Michael Popovec) is moving from his 9 AM to noon slot to co-host morning drive with Judy Mangini. Afternoon drive host Jim Rash is moving to Bradley's late morning slot. And, after 14 months as morning drive host, Bill Colley returns to afternoon drive. Also, Colley will be hosting a Friday night sports show at Irish Eyes in Lewes, beginning October 18th.....

Cashen 13's New ND - 10/1 - Lynchburg's Channel 13/WSET names Bob Cashen as news director. He had been news director at WALA-TV in Mobile AL since 2004. Cashen replaces Bill Foy who left the station in July.....

WURV Flips To Hot AC - 9/24 - Summit Media's adult alternative WURV, 103.7 The River in Richmond has shifted to hot adult contemporary 103.7 Play. It's now positioning itself as "90s, 2K, and Today." Melissa Chase remains as program director and morning host. More at radioinsight.com.....

Art Curley Dies - 9/24 - Art Curley, a former host at Rehoboth Beach's WGMD, died Saturday at the age of 90. He began broadcasting in Fayetteville NC, but over the years worked at DC's WTOP, Wilmington DE's WILM, Philadelphia's WPEN, and at WGMD, broadcasting his big band shows across Delmarva. Away from radio, played clarinet and sax for the Art Curley Trio. More at wgmd.com.....

Steele To WXDE - 9/17 - Delmarva news: Kelli Steele, news director at talker WGMD, 92.7 FM, resigns to take morning news position at rival talker WXDE, "Delaware 105.9".....

WSDL Adds AAA Programming - 9/17 - More Delmarva news: Salisbury University's WSDL, 90.7 FM, adds "World Cafe" and other "AAA" adult alternative music programming from 7 PM to 6 PM. NPR news and talk continues from 6 AM to 7 PM.....

Slayburgh Jumps From 13 To 8 - 9/12 - Parker Slaybaugh leaves his reporting gig at Lynchburg's Channel 13/WSET to be a reporter and fill-in anchor at Richmond's Channel 8/WRIC.....

Roanoke Times Makes Cuts - 9/12 - The Roanoke Times eliminated the jobs of 31 employees Wednesday, as the newspaper's new corporate owner announced a series of job reductions and restructuring aimed at improving the paper's profitability while maintaining a local news focus. The paper says it has "suffered repeated blows of diminished circulation, dwindling print advertising revenue, a bad economy, competition from online news sources and slow-growing digital revenues." The terminations of 11% of its work force leave the Times with a total of 253 employees. In 1986, the paper's work force was an all-time high of 633. The nearly 127-year-old newspaper was purchased in May by BH Media Group, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway. More at roanoke.com.....

WKLR Returns To Classic Rock - 9/10 - Summit Media has shifted Rock 96.5, WKLR Richmond, back to classic rock as Classic Rock 96.5. The station shifted to the Rock 96.5 brand when it added a larger amount of 1990s rock to its playlist. Since then the station was spun-off by Cox to Summit and Clear Channel launched a direct classic rock competitor on an adjacent translator using WKLR's old Planet branding. So reports Radio Insight.....

New AM Show For WOWI - 8/26 - Norfolk urban contemporary WOWI outlet adds "The Breatfast Club" morning show, which is from NYC urban contemporary outlet WWPR.....

Dennison Leaves WDBJ - 8/26 - After being replaced as news director at Roanoke's Channel 7/WDBJ last month and moving to the role of features reporter, Dan Dennison has called it quits at the CBS affiliate. TVSpy has more.....

Camera Drone Injures Several At VA Bull Run - 8/26 - A drone carrying a video camera crashed into the grandstand at the Great Bull Run in Dinwiddie VA Saturday. The event promised to bring "the Spanish tradition of the running of the bulls to the United States." Five people were treated for minor injuries. More at poynter.org. More: Earlier reports said that the drone was being operated by Richmond's Channel 6/WTVR, which the station denies.....

FCC Backs Wheeler's Acquisition In Roanoke - 8/23 - From Tom Taylor Now: Even though it will own the top five stations, Wheeler can buy another FM in Roanoke-Lynchburg. With yesterday’s decision, the FCC clearly signals that it’s going to stay out of analyzing market concentration on the basis of either ratings or revenue. In this southwestern Virginia market, the local Mel Wheeler group would not only own five FMs, it would bill more than 50% of the revenue. But the FCC says its “bright-line, geography-based rule for rated markets” is enough to “protect against excessive concentration levels” in “virtually all cases.” So Gary Burns, who competes with Wheeler, loses this round, as the Commission lets Wheeler add Centennial’s “Talk Radio 105.9” WLNI. Burns protested on several grounds (January 9 NOW). But the Commission says he faces a “high hurdle” in proving the deal’s against the public interest. It says “ad revenue share is ‘of decreasing relevance…as a barometer of competition.’” On Burns’ second big point, about whether the sprawling compound Arbitron market of Roanoke-Lynchburg has at least 45 signals, the FCC sides with its data supplier, BIA. Burns argued that three stations were improperly included in the count, stations that have frequently been silent. Read the FCC decision clearing Wheeler’s $1,025,000 pickup of “Line” WLNI at fcc.gov.....

3 Tie For Harrisonburg Radio Top Spot - 8/9 - Down Harrisonburg VA way, three stations tie for the top spot, each with a 12 share, in the latest batch of radio ratings - Clear Channel's country WKCY, VerStandig's contemporary hit WQPO, and Vox's classic country WSIG. Fourth place goes to VerStandig news talker WSVA with a 6.8.....

New Owner For 47 - 8/9 - Channel 47/WMDT, the ABC affiliate in Salisbury MD, has been sold to Maryland-based Marquee Broadcasting for $9 million. Marquee is owned by Brian and Patricia Lane. It's their only TV station. The seller is Berl Brechner, managing partner for Delmarva Broadcast Services, NewsBlues tells us.....

Tribune Does Lease Deal In Norfolk - 8/5 - From NewsBlues: Because of FCC ownership rules, Tribune Broadcasting won't be able to keep Channel 3/WTKR and Channel 27/WGNT in Norfolk, where Tribune already owns stations. So Tribune will sell those stations to Dreamcatcher Broadcasting for $27 million. Dreamcatcher is owned by Ed Wilson, who was president of Tribune Broadcasting until 2010. Tribune will operate the stations under a shared services agreement.....

Martin To Head CC Norfolk - 7/31 - Clear Channel names Derrick Martin has been named market manager of its Norfolk radio cluster, effective August 12. He's worked at Clear Channel's Memphis, Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, and St. Louis radio clusters.....

Zuber Becomes DBJ's ND - 7/31 - From NewsBlues: Kelly Zuber, a longtime news manager at top-rated Channel 7/WDBJ in Roanoke, has been promoted to news director, replacing Dan Dennison, who will remain with the station as a "roving feature reporter." Dennison was news director for two years. Zuber has worked at the station for 31 years as a reporter, photographer, assignment editor, director of public affairs, director of promotion and marketing, and, most recently, as director of digital services.....

Snyder Sells Norfolk Outlets - 7/30 - DCRTV had tipped you that Redskins owner Dan Snyder had put some of his Red Zebra radio stations up for sale. And, we also tipped you that the two Red Zebra outlets in the Norfolk area were close to being sold. Now, Radio Insight tells us that Local Voice Media, formerly known as Davis Media, has agreed to acquire sports talker "102.1 The Game," WXTG, 102.1 FM/1490 AM, Virginia Beach/Hampton. The pair will flip to adult alternative tunes, simulcasting LVM's "92.3 The Tide," WTYD Deltaville/Williamsburg. WXTG will continue to carry Nationals and Redskins play-by-play through the current seasons. Snyder continues to own a sports talker in Richmond, along with two sports talkers in the DC area - WTEM and WSPZ.....

Hitman Returns To OC Airwaves - 7/28 - Eastern Shore radio veteran JJ "Hitman" McKay will do the 2 PM to 6 PM shift starting Monday on the Ocean City area's classic hits Jack FM, now on two FM frequencies - 101.1 and 105.1. More soon.....

New GM For DPR - 7/23 - Delmarva Public Radio names Dane Whitehair as general manager. During his career, he's overseen public radio stations in Austin TX, Rochester NY, Charleston SC, and Asheville NC. DPR operates news talk WSDL and classical WSCL in Salisbury.....

Guy Friddell Dies - 7/22 - Guy Friddell, a longtime newspaper columnist for the ­Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, died July 20 at a retirement community in Norfolk. He was 92 and was suffering from dementia. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Classical WWED/WWEM To Go Off Air - 7/20 - From Radio Insight: Classical formatted WWED, 89.5 FM, Spotsylvania/Fredericksburg and its sister station, WWEM, 91.7 FM in Lynchburg, will cease broadcasting by the end of July. The two stations simulcast "Classics Radio," which will remain online-only. Not enough financial support, according to General Manager Pete Stover of Educational Media Corporation. Since first signing-on in 2005, WWED has gone through phases as Christian preaching, Southern Gospel, bluegrass, Christian adult contemporary and, since February 2012, classical. WWEM launched as a full simulcast of WWED in 2007.....

Norfolk Rag For Sale After Tribune Deal? - 7/2 - Tom Taylor, via his radio biz newsletter, wonders if Tribune will spin off its Norfolk-area paper, to keep its new TV duopoly. That's probably a no-brainer, if the FCC offers even a hint of resistance about granting a temporary waiver of the broadcast/newspaper cross-ownership rule. The Newport News Daily Press already lives in the shadow of Landmark's Virginian-Pilot. And in a neat bit of foreshadowing, last month the Daily Press ran a story titled "Daily Press a good fit for Warren Buffett, analyst says".....

John Fredericks Off WTNT - 7/1 - It looks like locally-based righty talker John Fredericks is no longer on DC area talker WTNT, AM 730/FM 102.9. We're told that Fredericks, who had been doing his Virginia politics show from the Fairfax studios of WTNT, is also off his Richmond station, WLEE, but continues to be heard in the Norfolk and Roanoke areas. Fredericks was apparently paying for the 6 AM to 9 AM slot on on WTNT. "I've got a budget cutback," he tells DCRTV. More: "We could not get the contractual terms worked out to our mutual satisfaction with our affiliate, WTNT," Fredericks tells DCRTV. "We wish WTNT management all the best. Our show, available in Hampton Roads and throughout central Virginia can be accessed in Washington DC and Northern Virginia online streaming live at TheJohnFredericksShow.com" weekday mornings.....

Tribune Buys CBSers In Richmond & Norfolk - 7/1 - There have been rumblings that the Chicago-based Tribune Company would sell all or some of its TV stations after its recent exit from bankruptcy proceedings. But now, we hear that the media firm is buying 19 TV stations from Cincinnati's Local TV for $2.725 billion. Local TV owns two CBS affiliates in Virginia - Channel 3/WTKR in Norfolk and Channel 6/WTVR in Richmond. More at chicagotribune.com.....

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