University of Virginia’s 91.1 WTJU Charlottesville VA has opted out of its LMA with Fifth Estate Broadcasting’s 1430 WHAN/102.9 W275BQ Ashland VA. The LMA, which began in February 2015, was set to run until February 2018 and included an option for UVA to purchase the station. The station has now flipped to a locally programmed Community based AAA branded as “The Mator“. WTJU programmed WHAN/W275BQ in an attempt to reach nearby Richmond, but the station was 20 miles north of the city and barely reached its intended market. The station also carried programming from the Richmond based Virginia Commonwealth University’s WVCW.org at night. In a memo to WTJU staffers, General Manager Nathan Moore stated: I’m writing today to let you know that WTJU’s broa...[Read More]
The University of Virginia’s 91.1 WTJU Charlottesville, VA will begin operating Fifth Estate Broadcasting’s Full Service Talk 1430 WHAN/102.9 W275BQ Ashland, VA via LMA on Sunday, February 1. The start of the LMA will commence with a flip of WHAN/W275BQ to a simulcast of WTJU’s programming. WTJU airs a diverse format consisting of blocks of Classical, Jazz, Blues, Rock, and some PRX programming. StyleWeekly.com reports that WTJU is in negotiations to allow Virginia Commonwealth University’s student-run webcaster WVCW.org to broadcast on WHAN/W275BQ from 6pm-1am daily. The University of Virginia also has signed an option to buy the stations if it desires at a later date.
Welcome to the Translator Report. With all the move-ins and upgrades of translators to bring AM and HD2 formats to the FM dial, the impact of the translator has become more important for broadcasters. We’ll be bringing this report on a regular basis with a rundown of upgrades, sales, and programming changes coming to translators. Liberty University has sold 102.5 W273BU Ashland, VA to Fifth Estate Broadcasting to simulcast News/Talk 1430 WHAN Ashland. W273BU has also been granted a Construction Permit to jump to the translator maximum of 250 watts. World Radio Link has sold 104.3 W282AU Lewes, DE to Delmarva Broadcasting. W282AU has an application pending to upgrade from 18 watts to 145 watts. Following on the launch of its two new translators in Detroit, Radio Power Inc. is inching ...[Read More]