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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.....

WWFG Tops Salisbury - 7/29 - Country WWFG tops the latest batch of radio ratings for Salisbury-Ocean City but it's slipped from a 10.6 share last year to its current 6.6. Urban adult contemporary WSBY ranks second, rocker WZBH is third, rhythmic contemporary WOCQ is fourth, and classic hits WAVD is fifth, tied with adult contemporary WQHQ.....

WSTW Tops Wilmington - 7/21 - The latest Wilmington DE radio ratings, not including any outside numbers from places like nearby Philadelphia, show contemporary hits WSTW in 1st place. Adult contemporary WJBR is 2nd, country WXCY 3rd, country WDSD 4th, talker WDEL 5th, and talker WILM 6th.....

Tom Returns To Dover - 7/5 - Eastern Shore news. WRDX, Mix 92.9, in Smyrna DE, near Dover, drops hot adult contemporary tunes for "Tom FM" classic hits, a format the iHeart station used to have. "Glenn And Bob," who do mornings on Harrisburg PA classic rock WRVV, 97.3 The River, will also be heard on WRDX.....

WKJS Tops Richmond - 6/14 - Radio One's adult urban contemporary WKJS again tops the Richmond radio ratings. Details from Tom Taylor Now.....

WVKL Tops Norfolk - 6/13 - Entercom's urban adult contempoary WVKL stays at the top of the radio heap in Norfolk. The May monthly numbers at available from Tom Taylor Now......

Hughes Named ND At DBJ - 6/8 - David Hughes, the executive producer at WFLA-TV in Tampa, has been named news director at Gray Television's Channel 7/WDBJ in Roanoke. He starts in July and replaces Kelly Zuber, who exited in April after 34 years with the station.....

WNRN Buys 1590 In Richmond - 6/3 - Adult alternative rocker WNRN 91.9 in Charlottesville buys WFTH, 1590, in Richmond for $300,000. It will drop the gospel format and use the signal as a WNRN similcast. WNRN is also heard in the Richmond area on low-power 103.1.....

Alpha Might Sell Richmond Cluster - 6/3 - Tom Taylor Now reports a rumor that Alpha Media's list of potential selloff markets could include Hagerstown and Richmond. The company is said to be shopping some "smaller" markets to shave off some debt after its $264 million acquisition of Digity Media. But Richmond is considered a medium-sized market, not small. Taylor points out that Alpha's Richmond stations are struggling in ratings, with a combined 5.5 share, compared with iHeart's 30, Radio One's 20.1, and Summit's 17 shares in the Virginia capital. Besides the Hagerstown area and Richmond, Alpha also owns a batch of radio stations in Fredericksburg.....

OC Radioer Picks Up O'Meara's Show - 5/25 - "The Mike O'Meara Show" will return to the Ocean City radio dial on Friday, May 27. The show will air five days a week from 7 PM to 9 PM on 97.1 The Wave, WAVD. O'Meara was partnered with Don Geronimo via "The Don And Mike Show" on WJFK-FM through the 1990s until 2008. He currently does a podcast that's available at mikeomearashow.com.....

Delmarva Promotes Brad Austin - 5/17 - Brad Austin has been named corporate program director for Delmarva Broadcasting. He had been operations manager for Delmarva's country WXCY, 103.7, Havre de Grace MD, between Baltimore and Wilmington, a position he'll continue to hold. Austin will now oversee programming for all of the company's nine radio stations throughout Delaware and Eastern Maryland.....







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