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WSVA's Charles Graves To Retire - 4/27 - After 44 years of service, well-known Shenandoah Valley radio announcer Charles Graves (right) has decided to retire from Harrisonburg VA news talker WSVA. Known by listeners for his deep, melodious voice, he has been familiar to fans of WSVA since he started at the station in 1973. Graves started his radio career while at Madison College, working for the college radio station WMRA. He also worked at WRAA in Luray VA before finally arriving at WSVA. In addition to his work producing commercials, Graves has been a disc jockey with several local stations in the WSVA family, including the contemporary hit WQPO, Q101. He has also spent time over the years as the engineer for hundreds of live sports broadcasts of James Madison University football and basketball as well as many local high school games. Staying active in retirement, Graves says he will continue to do voice work from his home studio in Mt. Clinton VA.....

Kiss Tops Richmond Again - 4/27 - Richmond makes it eight straight quarterly wins for Radio One's urban adult contemporary Kiss combo of WKJS/WKJM. The latest batch of radio ratings for Virginia's capital is available from Tom Taylor Now.....

WVKL Tops Norfolk - 4/24 - Entercom's urban conetmporary WVKL tops the latest batch of radio ratings for Norfolk. Tom Taylor Now has more.....

Red Zebra Buys Richmond's WXGI - 4/21 - Red Zebra sells Richmond aports talker WXGI, ESPN 950, to Radio One which will keep the format along with its FM translator at 102.7. Also, Radio One will be yanking the talk/classic R&B format from WTPS, 1240, in Petersburg in favor of a WXGI simulcast.....

Jim Minor Dies - 4/12 - Richmond radio legend Jim Minor, 73, died April 11 at Chippenham Hospital. He was a fixture on Central Virginia airwaves from the 1970s until early 2000, spending part of that time as the host of the "Return To Forever" program on Radio One. While at WENZ and WANT, Minor worked along side many Richmond radio greats, including Kirby Carmichael, Ben Miles, Chocolate Chip, and Tom Mitchell. More at wtvr.com.....

New Oldies Outlet In Salisbury - 4/6 - Adams Radio in Salisbury launches a "Kool" oldies station. Via two HD Radio-fed translator - W282AW in Salisbury on 104.3 and W268BB from Ocean Pines on 105.1. They're supplied by an HD Radio signal from WOCQ-HD2 from Berlin on 103.9.....

Glenn Presgraves Dies - 3/29 - Longtime Hagerstown television and radio personality Glenn Presgraves, 84, died March 28 in Jacksonville. At the time of his retirement in 1997, Presgraves was the last remaining original employee of Channel 25/WHAG. He joined the Hagerstown television station in January 1970 after eight years broadcasting sports on WHAG radio, as well as holding down a full-time job as a post-office clerk. "Glenn was totally involved in sports," longtime WHAG news anchor Lou Scally said. "He had an almost encyclopedic mind for details. His biggest passion was auto racing. He loved dirt track racing." More at heraldmailmedia.com.....

Winchester's WXVA Tweaks - 3/28 - Winchester's classic hits WXVA, 610/102.9, tweaks to "The New Valley 102.9" with "favorites from the '60s, '70s and '80s targeting adults 35-64." Mornings feature familiar local voice Joe Sanchez.....

Alpha Makes Richmond Changes - 3/22 - RadioInsight.com tells us that Richmond's classic hits 107.3, WBBT, has tightened its format to 1980s tunes, positioning itself as "The 80s Station." With the sale of Alpha's "Wolf Country" 98.9 WLFV and 100.3 WARV to Educational Media Foundation to become a Christian contemporary K-Love outlet.....

WVKL Tops Norfolk - 3/24 - Entercom's urban conetmporary WVKL tops the latest batch of radio ratings for Norfolk. Tom Taylor Now has more.....

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.....







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