WKAV Goes From Classic Country To Christian AC While WCYK Rebrands

Monticello Media has flipped Classic Country “94.1 Hank-FM” 1400 WKAV/94.1 W231AD Charlottesville VA to Christian AC “94.1 The Oasis“. The new format will compete against Positive Alternative Radio’s “Spirit-FM” network which is heard locally on 90.1 WPVA Waynesboro and 106.7 W294BY Charlottesville. The change also leads to a tweak at sister Country “Hitkicker 99.7” WCYK-FM Staunton. The station has rebranded as “99.7 CYK” and added more gold tracks as it faces increased competition from Saga’s recently relaunched “92.7 C-Ville Country” WCVL-FM.

WHAN Drops WTJU Simulcast To Launch Local Community Format

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 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]

Saga Launches “92.7 C-Ville Country” Charlottesville

Saga Communications began operating “92.7 Nash Icon” WUVA Charlottesville VA ahead of its $1.65 million acquisition of the station from University of Virginia’s WUVA Inc. Saga has relaunched the station as “92.7 C-Ville Country” and new WCVL call letters will take effect when the sale closes. The station retains its 1990s through now Country format without the Cumulus “Nash Icon” programming attached to it. Lisa Allen, afternoon host at soon-to-be sister AC “Z95.1” WQMZ, adds Brand Manager duties for the new Country outlet.

FCC Report 1/29: WDNC Applies For Downgrade

Capitol Broadcasting Sports "620 The Buzz" WDNC Durham NC applies to downgrade from a Class B to Class D while relocating to the tower of 1490 WDUR Durham with 1.5kW day/41w nights.

Saga To Begin Operating WUVA On February 1

Saga Communications will begin operating 92.7 WUVA via Time Brokerage Agreement on Wednesday, February 1. As part of the FCC filings for the deal, Saga also applies to move the station from the current tower it shares with University of Virginia’s 91.1 WTJU to the adjacent tower used by Saga AAA “106.1 The Corner” WCNR Keswick with 610w/311m. Update 1/20: Saga will pay $1.65 million for WUVA. Additionally, WUVA General Manager David Mitchell told Cavalier Daily to expect a continuation of Country programming on the station. He told the paper, “In this case, a country product with a great signal completes Saga’s market portfolio. I would expect a country continuance.” Original Report 1/17: Saga Communications is acquiring WUVA Inc.’s Country “92.7 N...[Read More]

Charlottesville & Harrisonburg AMs Add Translators

Two Virginia AM stations launched FM translator signals this week. Saga Communications Sports “ESPN 1450” WVAX Charlottesville is now heard on 103.1 W276DA with its 100w/322m signal. iHeartMedia’s News/Talk 1300 WKCY Harrisonburg has completed its move of 99.3 W257DR Vineland NJ to 107.9 in Harrisonburg with 240w horizontal/472m. WKCY will continue to simulcast on 970 WKCI Waynesboro VA.

WINA Charlottesville Adds FM Signal

Saga Communications has closed on its acquisition of 99.1 W256BY Charlottesville VA and completed its upgrade. Now 98.9 W255CT operating with 250 watts vertical at 327 meters (Coverage Map), the translator is bringing Saga’s News/Talk 1070 WINA Charlottesville to the FM band. The addition of an FM signal places the station on equal footing with Monticello Media’s 1260 WCHV/107.5 WCHV-FM.

University of Virginia Flips WUVA To Nash Icon

WUVA made its flip to “Nash Icon” shortly after 12pm today. Rick Miller, formerly of WKSJ Mobile, WDTW Detroit and WDAF-FM Kansas City will Program and host mornings. Former “Generations 102.3” WZGN Promotions Director/afternoon host Helen Powers will take the same time slot at WUVA. The syndicated Nash Icon programming will fill other local timeslots. Original Report 9/17: The Charlottesville, VA market is about to lose its only Commercial Urban formatted station as The University of Virginia will flip Urban AC/Classic Hip-Hop “92.7 Kiss-FM” WUVA to Country “92.7 Nash Icon“. The station is owned by WUVA, Inc., a non-profit organization composed of University of Virginia students and alumni, but operated as a Commercial outlet. While the curr...[Read More]

Hank Comes To Charlottesville

Monticello Media has launched Classic Country “94.1 Hank-FM” on 1400 WKAV/94.1 Charlottesville, VA. The new format replaces “SportsRadio 1400” WKAV and the simulcast of Classic Hits “Generations 102.3” on 94.1 W231AD. With WKAV dropping Sports, sister News/Talk 107.5 WCHV-FM will break from its simulcast of 1260 WCHV to air Sports programming on weeknights and weekends.

Brad Savage Joins 91.3 The Summit

Akron Public Schools AAA “91.3 The Summit” WAPS Akron/90.7 WKTL Stuthers/Youngstown, OH will have a new Program Director for the first time in 30 years. Bill Gruber, who announced his retirement earlier this year, will be replaced by Brad Savage. Savage has been with Saga AAA “106.1 The Corner” WCNR Charlottesville, VA since its launch in 2006 and has previously programmed AAA 107.1 WQKL Ann Arbor, Alternative 96.3 WMAD Madison, and Active Rock 100.1 KBBM Columbia, MO. Brad Savage has been named PD of Akron Public Schools Noncomm AAA 91.3 The Summit, WAPS/Akron-Canton, OH and WKTL/Youngstown, OH. Savage has been with Saga AAA 106.1 The Corner WCNR/Charlottesville, VA since its inception in 2006. He succeeds PD Bill Gruber who retires after 30 years with WAPS. Savage...[Read More]

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