The “hacking” of the former “105.1 Bob Rocks” WTGD Bridgewater/Harrisonburg, VA came to an end at 7:00am as Saga Communications launched Classic Hits “Rewind 105.1” WWRE. Concurrently sister AC “Fresh 96.1” WJDV Broadway rebranded as “More 96.1” WMQR to bring it inline with the brand utilized by the company’s recently rebranded AC stations elsewhere in the country. Update 8/1: As Saga began operating the stations it acquired from Verstandig Broadcasting today, the Rock format of “105.1 Bob Rocks” WTGD Bridgewater, VA gave way to the same “We Hacked Your Radio” stunt utilized by Saga’s 92.5 WREE Champaign, IL earlier this year. The station stunt is requesting “compliance” with their d...[Read More]
Saga Communications has agreed to purchase VerStandig Broadcasting’s five stations and one translator in Harrisonburg, VA market for an undisclosed amount. The five stations are AC “Fresh 96.1” WJDV Broadway, CHR “Q101” 100.7 WQPO Harrisonburg, Rock “105.1 Bob” WTGD Bridgewater, News/Talk 550 WSVA/92.1 W221CF Harrisonburg, and Sports “ESPN 1360” WHBG Harrisonburg. VerStandig retains its four station in the Hagerstown, MD market. For Saga the Harrisonburg cluster becomes its third in Virginia joining Norfolk and adjacent Charlottesville holdings. Saga Communications, Inc. (NYSE MKT: SGA) announced today that it has entered into an agreement to purchase the assets of WSVA-AM, WHBG-AM, WQPO-FM, WJDV-FM, and WTGD-FM from the VerStandig fami...[Read More]
Verstandig Broadcasting’s 96.1 WJDV Broadway, VA has taken on its third identity over the course of this month. Previously “96.1 Lite-FM“, the Harrisonburg market station shifted from Soft AC to a hotter mix as “Mix 96.1” on November 16. However, the station forgot to take into account that Clear Channel was already using the name at its “Mix 93.1” WSVO in nearby Staunton, VA (and also serving the Harrisonburg market) has been using the “Mix” name since 2005. This has led to a second rebranding to “Fresh 96.1” on Wednesday. The Fresh moniker came along with a switch to Christmas music.