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Radio Sputnik Adds Second Washington DC Signal

Radio Sputnik, the international broadcasting arm of the Russian Federation government, is expanding its programming in Washington DC to a second signal. Way Broadcasting’s 1390 WZHF Capitol Heights MD has dropped its brokered Regional Mexican “Fiesta 1390” programming to carry the mix of Russian news and Washington based talk shows that began broadcasting on Reston Translator LLC’s 105.5 W288BS Reston VA/Washington DC in July via an HD subchannel of Urban One’s 93.9 WKYS. In a filing with the Justice Department upon which it needed to register as a “Foreign Agent”, Reston Translator, owned by renowned broadcasting and communications attorney John Garzliglia, disclosed that Sputnik is paying $900,000 to lease W288BS through the end of 2019. In their announceme...[Read More]

Bluegrass Country To Lose 105.5 Washington Signal

Bluegrass Country Foundation’s “Bluegrass Country” 88.5 WAMU-HD2 Washington DC will lose its analog signal in June as it has been unable to come to terms with Reston Translator LLC’s 105.5 W288BS Reston VA/Washington DC to continue rebroadcasting its programming. The Bluegrass programming will continue to be heard on W288BS until June 21. Communications attorney John Garziglia, who owns the translator, told Tom Taylor Now, “We were unable to reach an agreement. We will assist Bluegrass Country however we can, in moving its audience to its broadcast on the greater-coverage WAMU HD2. HD Radio penetration in the D.C. area has dramatically expanded in the last decade, and loyal Bluegrass Country listeners are an ideal demographic to demonstrate the reach and quality of ...[Read More]

Bluegrass Country Foundation To Acquire WAMU’s Bluegrass Country

After announcing plans last summer to sell or shutter their “Bluegrass Country” service, American University’s 88.5 WAMU Washington DC has announced it has reached agreement to sell it to the Bluegrass Country Foundation. The station will continue to be heard on WAMU-HD2 and 105.5 W288BS Reston VA, which is owned by by communications attorney John Garziglia’s Reston Translator LLC. The new foundation led by president Jeff Ludin will assume operations on February 6. Hosts Katy Daley, Rosemarie Nielsen, Jay Bruder and Bill Foster will exit with the transfer, while Dick Spottswood, Lee Michael Demsey, Al Steiner, Lisa K. Howard will remain. The foundation, which was created to acquire the Bluegrass Country service, intends to increase the amount of Americana and roots ...[Read More]

WAMU Seeks To Sell Bluegrass Country

American University’s Public News/Talk 88.5 WAMU Washington DC has announced it plans to sell or shutdown its “Bluegrass Country” digital and HD/translator fed service. WAMU’s Benae Mosby told Washingtonian that the brand has been running in the red since it was moved from a specialty show on the primary station to a full-time digital platform in 2007. The station’s deficit was $142,000 in the 2016 fiscal year. Should I buyer not be found by the end of the year WAMU will shut the service down. Bluegrass Country currently airs on WAMU-HD2 as well as 105.5 W288BS Reston VA which serves Washington proper, 93.5 W228AM Frederick MD and 93.5 W228AB Paramount/Hagerstown MD. WAMU’s Bluegrass Country History and Origins From 1967 through today, WAMU has been a proud su...[Read More]