Alpha Media will pay $8.1 million for the Free-Lance Star stations in Fredericksburg. Original Report 1/24: Alpha Media continues its rapid expansion with the acquisition of the former Free-Lance Star group in Fredericksburg, VA. The sale adds four more stations to Alpha’s holdings: Country 93.3 WFLS Fredericksburg, Classic Rock “96.9 The Rock” WWUZ Bowling Green, Rhythmic CHR “99.3 The Vibe” WVBX Spotsylvania, and News/Talk 1350 WNTX/96.5 W243BS Fredericksburg. Sandton Partners, which purchased the Free-Lance Star newspaper and radio holdings out of bankruptcy was ordered by the FCC late last year to sell either the print or broadcast holdings as the bankruptcy sale ended the station’s grandfathered cross-ownership waiver. No purchase price has been rev...Read More
Translator Changes Radio-One is proposing to move Classic Hip-Hop “Boom 102.9” W275BK Decatur, GA out of Atlanta to Fayetteville, GA with 250 watts at 168 meters rebroadcasting 97.5 WUMJ Fayetteville (Coverage Map). Is this the precursor to further moves or just an attempt to block out someone else’s move for three years? Family Radio’s 100.3 W262AE West Palm Beach has filed a displacement application to 104.7 with no change to its 250 watt at 31 meter signal (Coverage Map). W262AE has been off the air since the sign-on of 100.3 WLML-FM Lake Park. As it completes its upgrade from 13 to 27 watts, Rahul Walia’s 104.7 W284BW Franklin Township, NJ seeks another upgrade to 64 watts at 138 meters (Coverage Map). The translator will continue to rebroadcast Indian ...Read More
When Sandton Capital acquired the assets of the Free-Lance Star Publishing Company out of bankruptcy in May, the group lost its grandfathered ability to hold both newspaper and broadcast properties in the same market. The company owns the epnomynous Free-Lance Star newspaper in Fredericksburg along with a radio group including Country 93.3 WFLS, Classic Rock “96.9 The Rock” WWUZ, Rhythmic CHR “99.3 The Vibe” WVBX, and Talk/Sports 1350 WNTX/96.5 W243BS. Sandton applied for a waiver to continue the cross-ownership until the FCC acts on a proposal in the pending 2014 Quadrennial Review to eliminate the newspaper/radio cross-ownership ban permanently. The FCC rejected the waiver request’s three primary arguments on preceding grounds. Instead the FCC has given Sandton a one-year extension...Read More
Translator Moves Steve Hedgwood’s Core Communicators recently launched Urban Oldies “Old School 99.3” on Edgewater Broadcasting’s W257DF Dallas, GA rebroadcasting 1010 WTZA Atlanta. Now the translator applies to move to downtown Atlanta with 99 watts at 263 meters (Coverage Map). Radio-One may be adding an additional FM signal in Baltimore. Hope Christian Church of Marlton is seeking to move 102.3 W272BJ Fairlee, MD across Chesapeake Bay where it would operate with 99 watts ant 335 meters rebroadcasting Radio-One’s 1010 WOLB Baltimore (Coverage Map). The translator won’t have to worry about interference complaints from co-channel 102.3 WWMJ Bethesda as it is owned by Radio-One. Community Education Foundation is inching 94.7 K234CL Dolan Springs, AZ towar...Read More
American University’s Public News/Talk 88.5 WAMU Washington, DC is expanding southward into the adjacent Fredericksburg, VA market. The school is purchasing 89.5 WWED Spotsylvania, VA and its booster in Fredericksburg from Educational Media Corporation for $375,000. American University also owns 88.3 WRAU Ocean City, MD and translators in Frederick and Hagerstown that rebroadcast WAMU. WWED and its sister 91.7 WWEM Rustburg/Lynchburg most recently aired a Classical format billed as “Classics Radio“. The stations went dark last July when the format transitioned to an online operation. WWEM is being sold to Pathway Christian Academy for $136,000. Pathway operates the Christian “GoMix Radio Network” on eight stations in North Carolina. If approved, WWEM will beco...Read More
Update 5/22: Sandton Capital Partners has acquired the holdings of the Free-Lance Star Publishing Company out of bankruptcy court for $30.2 million. Sandton had purchased a loan last summer that made them the primary creditor of the company, owed $38 million. Free-Lance Star owns Country 93.3 WFLS, Classic Rock “96.9 The Rock” WWUZ, Rhythmic CHR “99.3 The Vibe” WVBX, and Talk/Sports 1350 WNTX/96.5 W243BS in addition to the Free-Lance Star newspaper, Fredericksburg.com, a printing company, and real estate in the Fredericksburg market. Fredericksburg.com reports that Sandton hopes to close on the assets of the company by June 20. No word if the investment firm intends to retain all of the assets or spin any off. Original Report 3/7: The assets of the Free-Lance Star P...Read More
89.5 WWED Spotsylvania/Fredericksburg and 91.7 WWEM Rustburg/Lynchburg, VA will cease broadcasting by the end of the month. The two stations, which simulcast a Classical music format as “Classics Radio“, will keep their programming running online only. General manager Pete Stover of Educational Media Corporation told the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star that the stations did not have enough financial support. The two stations have run through many formats in their short lives. Since first signing-on in 2005, WWED has gone through phases as Christian Preaching, Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, Christian AC, and since February 2012 Classical. WWEM launched as a full simulcast of WWED in 2007.
The Free Lance-Star Publishing Company has launched a new Eclectic music station in Fredericksburg, VA. 96.5 W243BS has dropped its simulcast of News/Talk 1350 WNTX for the new format branded as “Fred-FM” being fed by the HD subchannel of 93.3 WFLS. The Free Lance-Star describes the new format as “an eclectic blend of music geared to in-office listening during the day, and highlighting a different type of music each evening. Programming will include the blues on Mondays, honky-tonk on Tuesdays and jazz on Saturdays.” The station will be branded as an extension of the newspaper’s Fredericksburg.com with programming featuring local musicians, news, and events. The translator operates with 250 watts at 86 meters. Fred-FM joins a Free Lance-Star radio cluster than...Read More
Centennial Broadcasting is flipping Standards 1230 WFVA Fredericksburg, VA back to Conservative Talk on Monday, January 28. The station had dropped its previous Talk format in April 2011 for the current Adult Standards programming distributed by Dial Global. The new talk lineup will include America In The Morning, Don Imus, Glenn Beck, Mike Huckabee, Dennis Miller, Mark Levin, Michael Savage, and George Noory. Station News Director Ted Schubel will host a local program daily from 8 to 9am. In addition to WFVA, Centennial owns Hot AC “B101.5” WBQB in the Fredericksburg market.
This past week has seen a lot of moves for translators with Clear Channel making moves to add new programming options in two major markets. In Minneapolis/St. Paul, Clear Channel is teaming with EMF Broadcasting to bring two translators to the top of the IDS Center in Minneapolis. Northpine.com reports 93.3 W227BF Shoreview, MN will upgrade from 10 to 99 watts and rebroadcast 97.1 KTCZ-HD2, while 102.5 K273BH Fridley, MN will jump from 41 to 250 watts rebroadcasting 101.3 KDWB-HD2. Clear Channel purchased 103.5 K278BP Cottage Grove, MN from EMF last year. It is used to rebroadcast Sports 1130 KFAN via 100.3 KTLK-HD2. Clear Channel and EMF are also working in tandem in Detroit. As part of the deal that gave Clear Channel access to 103.5 in Minneapolis last year, EMF gained programming contr...Read More
Free Lance Star’s 99.3 WYSK-FM Spotsylvania/Fredericksburg, VA dropped its Modern Rock format at noon today for Rhythmic CHR as “99.3 The Vibe”. OM Paul Johnson described The Vibe as â€œA blend of contemporary Urban, Rythmic, and Top 40. Our tag line is Fredericksburgâ€™s New #1 Hit Music Station.â€ The station will be a blend of current format heavyweights like Alicia Keys, Chris Brown, Kanye West, and Sean Kingston, along with liberal doses of 80â€™s and 90â€™s dance, and even some 70â€™s Old School. The station has applied for the call letters WWVB. â€œFredericksburg has no real CHR station, and no stations for the Urban audience,â€ Johnson explained. â€œWeâ€™re excited about tapping into an audience that is grossly underserved.â€ More at VARTV.com