“Out and About” wasn’t the first song that caught my attention on WUWN/WBTL (Boomtown Radio) Richmond, Va. It was just the one that made me start writing songs down. Boyce & Hart’s “I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonight” is of those top 10 records that might as well have never existed — except in my firmament — based on its acknowledgment (or lack thereof) by Oldies radio. That was the case even when Oldies radio was Oldies radio, and even when Oldies radio was firmly centered in 1967. “Out and About” was the Boyce & Hart single before “I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonight.” It peaked at No. 39. Although it does have some ongoing pop-culture footprint for being featured in an episode of I Dream of Jeannie, you don’t hear it on the radio now either. So I did a First Listen to “Boomtown Ric...[Read More]
Mobile Radio Partners has flipped Rhythmic Oldies “U Win Radio” 1450 WUWN Highland Springs/1540 WBTL Richmond VA to Oldies “Boomtown Radio“. Jeff McKee, who co-hosted mornings on Rock “XL 102” WRXL from 1989-2001, is serving as Program Director and morning host alongside longtime Orlando personality Bill Cross. McKee and Cross co-hosted mornings on “Y106” WHLY Orlando from 1982-1986. Former 96.5 WKLR and 103.7 WURV host Sharon Wingfield joins for middays. Former 107.3 WBBT midday host Kay Thomas will host afternoons. WUWN has launched its translator on 92.9 W225CU Highland Springs serving the northwest side of Richmond, while WBTL will shorty launch 94.1 W231DP serving Richmond proper.
FCC Actions The FCC has rejected Roy Henderson's Petition For Reconsideration for the deletion of 99.7 KROY Palacios TX. Henderson had previously admitted to operating KROY from March 1 through 9, 2013 and December 23, 2013 through January 2, 2014 at sites without a license or STA while mostly being silent from the dismantling of its tower in November of 2007 and March 15, 2014 when it began Program Test Authority from its replacement site. Henderson argued that the agency overlooked the station's service to Palacios TX since 2000, his application in 2016 to sell KROY to New Wavo Communications for $550,000 and his efforts to restore broadcast operation, while claiming that the FCC ignored statements from local listeners that KROY did broadcast during the relevant time period although it ...[Read More]
Mobile Radio Partners has closed the acquisition of two Richmond VA area AMs and has flipped them to Rhythmic Oldies “U Win Radio“. 1450 WUWN (formerly WCLM) Highland Springs and 1540 WBTL (formerly WONA) Richmond are now playing what they call “Sweet Soul Music” with R&B and Dance hits from the 50s through 80s (although we caught an early 90s song in our listening). Core artists are listed as Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Four Tops, and Sam Cooke.
Townsquare Media sells Full Service AC 1490 WKNY Kingston NY to non-profit Radio Kingston Corp. for $500,000. The group is led Chairman Peter Buffett and Executive Director Jimmy Buff, who used to work on air in the market at Chet-5 Broadcasting AAA 100.1 WDST Woodstock. The buyers state WKNY’s new programming “will focus on community storytelling, artistic and musical expression, conversation and connection”. Pentecostal Temple Development Corporation sells Gospel 1150 WMNY New Kensington/Pittsburgh PA to Bhavna Gupta and Gagan Deep’s Radio 1150 LLC and Cambria Hill Realty for $180,000. The Gospel format will shift back to sister 1360 WGBN McKeesport. Delmarva Educational Association sells Silent 1540 WONA Richmond VA to Michael Mazursky led Mobile Radio Partners f...[Read More]
Station Sales Norsan Media is converting its LMA of Spanish Tropical “Latina 92.1” WJXR Macclenny/Jacksonville FL to a purchase paying $1.76 million. Norsan had announced its intent to purchase the station when it began operating it via LMA on 1/1/15. Gorge Country Media is purchasing Country “Gorge Country Y102” 102.3 KYYT Goldendale WA, Talk 1400 KLCK Goldendale and 103.1 K276EE The Dalles OR from Haystack Broadcasting for $725,000. Davidson Media is donating Silent 1540 WREJ Richmond VA to Delmarva Educational Association. One Media is purchasing Silent 1550 KLFJ Springfield MO from 127 Inc. for $5500. Translator Sales With the first 250 mile AM Revitalization Translator Waiver Period opening today, over 100 translators were sold this week in preparation. Radio-O...[Read More]
Station Sales Davidson Media continues its sell-off as 990 WLEE Richmond VA is sold to General Manager Jim Jacobs’ Richmond Radio LLC for $10,000. Concurrent with the sale, Jacobs replaced the Conservative Talk programming of WLEE with the Gospel format heard on 1540 WREJ as that station goes Silent. Following Leslie Rudd’s purchase of News/Talk 1360 WCHL/97.9 W250BP Chapel Hill NC out of bankruptcy, four partners are joining the newly renamed Chapel Hill Media Group as equal 20% owners. Chris Ehrenfeld, James Kitchen, Mark Vitali and Aaron Wright will each pay $150,000 for their stakes in the company. After divesting the license to Classic Hits “Sunny 102.1” WZUN Phoenix/Syracuse NY in 2013 in a corporate restructuring, Galaxy Communications is reacquiring the stat...[Read More]