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More On Eastern Shore Sale - 3/20 - From Tom Taylor Now: Price for two Chincoteague, Virginia FMs is $335,000, in the deal where communications attorney/station owner Wray sells a couple of FMs on the Delmarva Peninsula and leases out a Channel 6 low power TV station, all to Twin Island Media Group. The LPTV is WDCO-LP Salisbury. The Class A radio facilities being sold are variety hits WCTG at 96.5, and country “Wow 101.5” WOWZ. The FCC filing adds the prices - $225,000 cash for WCTG, and a $110,000 cash-and-seller note deal for “Wow 101.5.” Twin Island Media (Chris Roth, Josh Bohn, Dana Ryan Bohn) will put down $25,000 cash for WOW and pay the rest in a ten-year note with a balloon payment in 2027. Josh Bohn has a 20% interest through Focus Radio Communications in several Alabama stations, such as Huntsville’s “Talk radio for real life” WKTI/1450 and a translator at 92.9.....

WGMD To Carry Weekend Orioles Games - 3/3 - Down Eastern Shore way. Rehoboth Beach news-talk outlet WGMD, 92.7, will now be carrying Baltimore Orioles baseball on both Saturdays and Sundays. Last year, the station only carried Sunday afternoon games. In addition, WGMD will once again be the Delmarva FM affiliate of Baltimore Ravens football this year.....

WKTT Drops Country For Urban - 2/27 - From Radio Insight: Following its announced acquisition of Cat Country 97.5, WKTT, Salisbury from Rothschild Broadcasting earlier this month, RoJo Broadcasting will flip the station to urban contemporary on March 1. The new Live 97.5 will feature the syndicated "Breakfast Club" in mornings and co-owner Ron Banks hosting nights. Banks most recently served as music director and night personalit on urban contemporary Power 101.7, WZEB, Ocean View DE that also serves the Salisbury/Ocean City market.....

WVKL Tops Norfolk - 2/27 - Entercom's urban conetmporary WVKL tops the latest batch of radio ratings for Norfolk. Tom Taylor Now has more.....

Roth Buys Eastern Shore Stations - 2/24 - DC radio veteran Chris Roth is part of a group, Twin Islands Media, that has purchased a batch of radio stations in Chincoteague VA, on the Eastern Shore. They are classic hits WCTG, 96.5, and country WOWZ, 101.5. The group will also take control of WDCO, 87.7, which relays WOWZ, as of April 1. Currently, Roth is program director at Salem's WAVA-FM, 105.1, in Arlington. More at radioinsight.com.....

Roth Buys Eastern Shore Stations - 2/23 - DC radio veteran Chris Roth is part of a group, Twin Islands Media, that has purchased a batch of radio stations in Chincoteague VA, on the Eastern Shore. They are classic hits WCTG, 96.5, and country WOWZ, 101.5. The group will also take control of WDCO, 87.7, which relays WOWZ, as of April 1. Currently, Roth is program director at Salem's WAVA-FM, 105.1, in Arlington. More at radioinsight.com.....

Roanoke Anchor To Run For VA Seat - 2/13 - Chris Hurst, the Roanoke TV news anchor whose girlfriend and another co-worker were gunned down during a live broadcast in August 2015, has left WDBJ-TV to launch a campaign for the Virginia House Of Delegates. Hurst's final broadcast was February 9 and he resigned the next day. He said he plans to run as a Democrat for the 12th District seat held by Republican Joseph Yost. More at washingtonpost.com.....

WINC Edges Out WUSQ In Winchester - 2/9 - The latest Eastlan radio ratings for Winchester show hot adult contemporary WINC-FM with a 14.6 share, just a tad above usual market leader, country WUSQ at a 14.5. Contemporary hits WKSI takes 3rd, talker WINC-AM is 4th, and rocker WFQX 5th. Rounding out the top 10: classic hits WZRV 6th, DC alt rocker WWDC 7th, DC public news talker WAMU 8th, DC's country WMZQ 9th, and DC all-newser WTOP. One more: classic country WXBN/WZFC at 11th.....

OC's 1590 Gets Sold - 2/7 - Adams Radio sells Ocean City's WGBG, 1590, to Michael Powell, who has been leasing the signal as a relay for his country WBEY, 97.9. Price $20,000.....

Paul Burton Joins Adams Radio - 2/7 - Adams Radio Group has named Paul Burton as vice president and general manager for its Salisbury-Ocean City radio cluster. He started his radio career in 1987 in Baltimore with WCBM. Later, he worked for WBAL-AM and Radio One. Most recently, Burton has been working for iHeart where he was vice president of ad sales for its Salisbury radio cluster through October 2016.....

Saga Buys WUVA - 1/26 - Saga Communications will begin operating Charlottesville's 92.7, WUVA on February 1. Saga, which is paying $1.65 million the station, has applied to move it from the current tower it shares with University Of Virginia's 91.1, WTJU to the adjacent tower used by Saga's adult alternative 106.1 The Corner, WCNR. More at radioinsight.com.....

WQHQ Tops Salisbury-Ocean City - 1/23 - The latest radio ratings for the Eastern Shore. Salisbury-Ocean City makes iHeart's adult contemporary Q105, WQHQ, number one for the first time since the fall of 2011. iHeart's also number two and number three with country Froggy WWFG and urban adult contemporary WSBY. Adams Radio is in fourth and fifth places with its rock 93.5 The Beach, WZBH, and rhythmic WOCQ. Delmarva's classic hits Wave, WAVD, is off. The only two talk-based stations are Delmarva's news/talk WXDE and sister talker WICO, a no-show a year ago, a 1.0 in last spring, and a 1.5 now. According to Tom Taylor Now.....

WXTG Drops "Outlaw" Format - 1/16 - Davis Media's WXTG, 1490, in Hampton VA, drops the "Outlaw" talk/classic country format. It picks up a simulcast of sister alternative rocker WXTG-FM, "The Tide." WXTG-AM had featured "Imus In The Morning" and motor racing programming to promote a racetrack that suspended races in 2016.....

Khiree Stewart Leaves Roanoke For Philly - 1/3 - Khiree Stewart, a reporter and fill-in anchor for the past year at Channel 7/WDBJ in Roanoke, has been hired as a reporter at WPHL-TV in Philadelphia. Stewart used to work for Channel 3/WHSV in Harrisonburg VA.....

K-Love Buys WLTK - 12/21 - K-Love parent EMF pays $600,000 to buy a long-time affiliate serving Harrisonburg VA. Since February 2010, WLTK, New Market VA, 102.9, has cleared the non-commercial contemporary Christian K-Love network feed of Educational Media Foundation. The sale is all-cash to seller David Eshleman of Massanutten Broadcasting. Eshleman still owns another Christian-themed radio station - WBTX at 1470 in Broadway-Timberville VA.....

Norfolk Gospel AMer Gets FM Signal - 12/19 - Chesapeake-Portsmouth Broadcasting's gospel Joy 1270, WTJZ, Newport News/Norfolk, will relaunch January 3 as Praise 104.9 as the station debuts its new FM translator and a new line-up. According to radioinsight.com, the FM from Hampton will operate with 240-watts.....

WGMD Does New Deal For Orioles - 12/17 - On the Eastern Shore: Rehoboth Beach news talker WGMD, 92.7, has inked a deal to air 26 Orioles Sunday games in 2017. The first game will air April 9th as the Orioles host AL East foe the New York Yankees. WGMD also broadcasts Baltimore Ravens football as well.....

Relay For WVMP - 12/15 - Roanoke's adult alternative WVMP gets a relay via WBZS in Shawsville VA, 102.5, which covers the Virginia Tech area. This comes following the collapsed sale of WVMP last summer.....

WZAP Gets Sold - 12/15 - Bristol VA religious WZAP, 690, sells for $350,000 cash, not long after the death of longtime RAM Communications owner Rufie Alva Morris. It's bought by Charles Lawson, who is based in Bristol TV.....

WBOC Buys LPTVer - 12/15 - Eastern Shore-Maryland TV owner Draper Communications last year returned to the radio business when it bought then-religious WOLC, 102.5, licensed to Princess Anne MD. Draper converted it to adult contemporary WBOC-FM. Now Draper, owner of Channel 16/WBOC and its multicast "Fox 21" service, buys low-power TVer W42EI, channel 42, licensed to Georgetown DE. The seller is NJ-based Engle Broadcasting. Price - $35,000.....

Salinas Charges Dropped - 11/8 - A Virginia judge dismissed rape and sodomy charges against Orlando Salinas, a former Fox News correspondent and a reporter at Roanoke's Channel 7/WDBJ, the day a trial was set to begin. Salinas was arrested in July, accused of raping a 64-year-old woman. Prosecutors conceded they could not prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt, citing issues with the victim's memory. More at adweek.com.....

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. And, the watch as a visit from the fire department interupts our interview.....


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.....







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