Max Media has announced the appointment of Rusty James as Vice President of Operations and Programming for its Norfolk VA cluster starting July 9. James has been programming at Midwest Communications Evansville IN since 2005 and rose to Operations Manager in 2014. At Max Media he will oversee Classic Hits “92.9 The Wave” WVBW, Sports “94.1 ESPN Radio” WVSP, Country “97.3 The Eagle” WGH-FM, CHR “Hot 100.5” WVHT, and Oldies 1310 WGH. James fills the position that has been vacant since John Shomby departed in February 2016 to become Director of Nash Programming for Cumulus Media. Max Media of Hampton Roads proudly announces the addition of Rusty James as the new Vice President of Operations and Programming. Rusty got his start in radio in 1983 a...[Read More]
Max Media has promoted Director of Sales Keith Barton to Vice President/General Manager for its five station cluster in Norfolk/Virginia Beach replacing the exiting Dave Paulus. Barton has been with the company since 1998 and Director of Sales since 2011. Paulus had overseen the cluster since 2011 and previously spent a decade as Market Manager at Saga Communications’ Norfolk cluster. Keith has worked at these stations for 20 years,” says Max Media President/COO John Trinder. “His contributions as Director of Sales for the last seven years are an indicator of the great things that we can expect from him as General Manager.” Max Media owns Classic Hits “92.9 The Wave” WVBW, Sports “ESPN Radio 94.1” WVSP, Country “97.3 The Eagle” WG...[Read More]
A playlist shift has taken place at Max Media CHR “Hot 100.5” WVHT Norfolk VA as the station has dropped most Rhythmic titles and moved in a decidedly Hot AC direction. The move comes with a rebranding to just “Hot 100” and a new “Virginia’s Hit Music Channel” positioner. The change comes just after Max Media’s decision to stop subscribing to Nielsen Audio’s ratings starting with the just released July PPM monthly. WVHT held a 3.8 share in the June monthly which had put it between Entercom Rhythmic “Z104” WNVZ’s 4.0 and iHeartMedia’s “Now 105” WNOH’s 2.1 in the three-way CHR battle in the market. The change now places WVHT directly against Entercom’s “94.9 The Point” WPTE, who ...[Read More]
While the days of the fake format change for the day are mostly behind us, radio still comes out swinging regularly with pranks every April 1. We’re still calling Kars4Kids switch to Kids4Kars as the best move of the day with their commercials airing on multiple stations across the country. Greater Media Classic Hits 105.7 WROR Boston is airing all their non-music elements in Spanish branded as “Samba 105.7“. The station cited the Spanish elements this morning as part of USWTF Regulations for necessary SAP guidelines for radio. In Montreal, Bell Media’s two English language stations traded frequencies for the 7:00am hour. CHR “Virgin Radio 96” aired on 97.7 CHOM with CHOM’s Rock format on 95.9 CJFM. Virgin shared some of the responses here. Down in...[Read More]
After spending an hour this morning playing construction sounds, Max Media CHR “Hot 100.5” WVHT Norfolk has relaunched with a more-music presentation. Hot 100.5 (WVHT) Hampton Roads, first true, CHR Top 40 station is getting a makeover. In an environment cluttered with imitators, your premiere Top 40 station is about to change the music environment, once again. “The Hampton Roads radio landscape is fiercely competitive. Hot 100.5 stands out as the only station that plays what our listeners want. Those listeners have asked for even MORE continuous music, and nothing but the hottest hits. So, Hot 100.5 is now Hampton Roads 25 In a Row Hit Music Station. All day, every day, 7 days a week, Hot 100.5 will play 25 songs in a row, without stopping the music. What could be hotter...[Read More]
Update 4/27/09: WXMM did become CHR “Hot 100.5” at 7:00am under OM John Shomby and PD Paul McCoy. The station has new WVHT calls pending.