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Richmond Country Stations Swap Morning Hosts

A pair of morning shows have swapped stations in Richmond. Former “K95” 95.3 WKHK Colonial Heights morning co-host Bill Drake debuted last monday on Entercom’s “Big 98.5” W253BI/WRXL-HD2 to replace the Bobby Bones Show. In return, the Bobby Bones Show debuted this morning on SummitMedia’s WKHK replacing Drake and Lori Kelly. Kelly remains with the station in middays, while Jason Paige returns to the station for nights. Paige most recently hosted mornings at former Alpha Media 1980s Hits 107.3 WBBT. Program Director Garret Doll remains in afternoons. New Line-up on K95 goes like this:6a-10a Bobby Bones Show10a-3p Lori Kelly3p-7p Garret Doll7p-12a Jason Paige You all are like family to us. We know change is sometimes hard, but appreciate you listening!!! &...[Read More]

Zac Davis Moves To Richmond As iHeart SVP/Programming

iHeartMedia has promoted Zac Davis to SVP/Programming for its Richmond VA stations. Davis comes to Richmond from iHeartMedia’s Hartford/New Haven CT cluster where he programmed CHR’s “95.7 Kiss-FM” WKSS and “KC 101” 101.3 WKCI. He has also worked as SVP/Programming for the company’s Myrtle Beach SC cluster where he also programmed Country “Gator 107.9” WGTR-FM. In Richmond, Davis will oversee CHR “Q94” 94.5 WRVQ, Classic Rock “96.1 The Planet” W241AP, AC “Mix 98.1” WTVR-FM, Country “Big 98.5” W253BI, Alternative “XL 102” 102.1 WRXL, Urban “106.5 The Beat” WBTJ, Sports “Fox Sports 910” WRNL, and News/Talk 1140 WRVA. He fills the spot vacated by AJ’s...[Read More]

Big 98.5 Brings Fourth Country Signal To Richmond

As we first reported in Friday’s Daily Domains, iHeartMedia has brought a fourth Country outlet to Richmond. “Big 98.5” W253BI/102.1 WRXL-HD2 launched at 9am this morning kicking off with the usual 10,000 songs-in-a-row commercial free. Positioned as “Richmond’s New Country”, W253BI joins a crowded Country field in the market that already includes SummitMedia’s “K95” WKHK and Alpha Media’s “98.9/100.3 The Wolf” WLFV/WARV-FM and Classic Country “93.1 Hank-FM” WWLB. With WLFV/WARV-FM already carrying The Bobby Bones Show in mornings it will be interesting to see if iHeart makes a move to transfer their show to W253BI. Original Report 7/24: iHeartMedia has dropped the simulcast of News/Talk 1140 WRVA Richmond on 98.5 W253BI Glen Allen, VA. W253BI is current...[Read More]

WRVA Adds FM Signal

Clear Channel News/Talk 1140 WRVA Richmond is pairing its 50kW AM signal with a FM translator. 98.5 W253BI Glen Allen has signed-on rebroadcasting WRVA via 98.1 WTVR-HD2. The translator will cover Richmond and its northern and western suburbs with its 250 watt at 220 meters signal (Coverage Map). WRVA ranked seventh in the Richmond market in the Winter 2014 Nielsen Audio ratings with a 4.8 share.