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Positive Alternative Picks Up Luray Pair - 4/24 - Shenandoah Valley news. WRAA, 1330, and WMXH, 105.7, Luray have been sold to Positive Alternative Radio for $165,000. Former owner L. Carrington Thompson of Suffolk, who purchased the stations for $325,000 in 2014, died in January. We're told that it's likely that the two signals will join PAR's contemporary Christian "Spirit FM" network originating at WPAR in Salem, which, unlike PAR's "Your 'PER" network headed by WPIR Culpeper/WPER Fredericksburg, lacks any signals in the northern valley.....

Gray To Buy Charlottesville's 29 - 3/4 - Charlottesville TV news. After starting local CBS affiliate CBS 19 some 15 years ago, Gray Television is selling the station to buy its competitor. Gray has announced that it is buying NBC 29, also known as WVIR-TV, and selling CBS 19, formerly known as the Newsplex, to Virginia-based Lockwood Broadcasting. More at dailyprogress.com.....

Lou Dean Dies - 1/14 - Richmond radio legend Lou Dean, who worked more than four decades at news talker WRVA, has died of cancer at age 83. Dean hosted the overnight "Music 'Till Morning" show on then full-service WRVA from 1957 to 1977. He was the station's program director from 1982 to 1986. He then held the positions of community services manager and evening news host. Dean retired from radio in 2000.....

Richmond Gets Spanish FMer - 12/3 - From Tom Taylor Now: In Richmond, owner Michael Mazursky says “I’m so proud to bring the Hispanic community its first FM,” referring to recent translator sign-on W231DP. It and its AM companion WUTL Sandstone/1540 are now Spanish contemporary “Ultra 94.1.” Until recently, they’d been part of Mobile Radio Partners’ “Boomtown Radio” regional oldies simulcast (September 24 NOW). Boomtown stays on 1450 (Highland Springs WUWN) and its translator at 92.9, W225CU. While 1540 (previously WBTL, WONA, WLEE and WREJ) and its co-owned translator are under the guidance of PD Demetrio Flores and ops manager Selvin Paredes. There’s a little extra pizzazz - Mazursky says “Ultra is the first station in Richmond to give clients a 30-second video with their radio commercial.” They’re broadcasting the morning show on Facebook Live.....

Changes At Richmond's 100.9 - 10/24 - Richmond radio personalities Bill Bevins and Shelly Perkins, the duo behind the popular former Star 100.9 morning show, are no longer on the air. Additionally, their former station, owned by SummitMedia, has been changed to "100.9 Jack FM - Playing What We Want" on WJSR. More at richmond.com.....

WINC Takes Top Spot In Winchester - 8/20 - Centennial's hot adult contemporary WINC-FM, 92.7, is the new leader in Wichester VA's radio ratings. Displacing longtime top-ranked WUSQ, Q102, iHeart's country outlet, to second place. Contemporary hit WKSI takes third, classic rock WFQX forth, with DC's alt rock DC101 in fifth place. Rounding out the Winchester top 10: talker WINC-AM in sixth, DC talker WMAL and DC country outlet WMZQ tied for seventh, with Christian contempoarry WPIM and DC's urban contemporary WKYS tied for ninth.....

Curtis Monk Leaves Commonwealth Public Broadcasting - 8/15 - The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Curtis Monk, who has led the Commonwealth Public Broadcasting for more than 12 years, is leaving the company that owns WCVE public television in Richmond, several public radio stations in Richmond, and public TV outlets in Charlottesville and Staunton. His departure is said to be part of a corporate reorganization.....

Brady Gone From Richmond Classic Rocker - 8/3 - Gene DeAngelo, who went by the name of "Brady" and Richmond classic rocker WKLR, 96.5, gets canned after making an "inappropriate" sexualll-related joke on Twitter. More at wtvr.com.....

Richmond Radio Great Jeff Beck Dies - 6/7 - Jeff Beck, well-known for the "Jeff & Jeff" show in the 1990s at Richmond rocker WRXL, XL102, died of brain cancer on June 4. He was 66. Before coming to Richmond, Beck worked at several stations in the NYC area, including legendary "New Wave" rocker WLIR. Beck finished his career as operations director with Alpha Media in Fredericksburg. More at richmond.com.....

Sabrina Squire To Leave 12 - 4/24 - Sabrina Squire will retire from the Richmond media scene after 40 years. The Channel 12/WWBT reporter started her career as a receptionist and then became the first female announcer for WEZS. That was followed by a stint as a reporter for WSSV and the voice of news for Magic 99. She's spent the past 37 years at Richmond's NBC affiliate, WWBT. More at nbc12.com.....