West Virginia Radio Corporation has flipped AC “Today’s 97.5” WLTF Martinsburg WV/Hagerstown MD to CHR 97.5 WKMZ. Positioned as “The Hit Music Channel”, the new format is placing advertising emphasis on the Martinsburg portion of the market. Marco, most recently in mornings at Midwest Family Broadcasting Rhythmic CHR “93.1 Jamz” WJQM Madison WI, will accompany previous WLTF morning host Rona Mensah for “Marco Nation” in mornings. Amy Ryan, Program Director/Midday Host at sister CHR 94.1 WQZK Keyser WV, will host middays for WKMZ as well. Alex Vic, who previously hosted nights at sister “102 WVAQ” Morgantown WV, moves to WKMZ for afternoons. The WKMZ call letters previously resided on 97.5 from 1981 through 2001 with incarnat...[Read More]
Manning Media has launched Classic Country “Max Country” on a pair of translators in Frederick and Hagerstown MD. Max Country is airing on 93.5 W228AM Frederick and 100.5 W263CR Halfway/Hagerstown, both fed by 106.9 WWEG-HD3 Myersville. 93.5 W228AM currently operates with 30w/151m, but has applied to increase to 150w/182m. 100.5 W263CR operates with 250w/70m. The station is focusing on Country hits from the 1980s through mid 2000s. It gives a direct format competitor to West Virginia Radio Corporation’s “95.9 The Big Dawg” WICL Williamsport in the Hagerstown market.
Verstanding Broadcasting relaunched CHR “Now 92.1” WNUZ Greencastle PA/Hagerstown MD as “92.1 Hits-FM” on Friday, November 18. Launching the new brand with 10,000 songs commercial-free, the new brand is currently running jockless. WNUZ registered a 2.4 share in the Spring 2016 Nielsen Audio ratings placing it behind the two Alpha Media stations it is competing against: Adult CHR “Mix 95.1” WIKZ, which is currently in Christmas music mode and Rhythmic CHR “Wild 96.7” WDLD.
After stunting all weekend with the sounds of a bull between every song and teasing a flip to Country, Alpha Media Rock 94.3 WQCM Greencastle PA/Hagerstown MD has flipped to Classic Rock. With the change WQCM has dropped all currents and post 2000 gold to focus mostly on music from the 1970s through 1990s. WQCM has dropped in its last three ratings books from a 5.3 share in the Fall of 2014 to 3.7 Spring 2015 to 3.9 Fall 2015 to 2.7 in Spring 2016. This change takes it out of direct format competition with Verstandig Broadcasting’s “101.5 Bob Rocks” WBHB and closer to Manning Broadcasting’s Rock leaning Classic Hits “106.9 The Eagle” WWEG.
The new “102.1 More-FM” W271BV Hagerstown/106.9 WWEG-HD2 Myersville, MD debuted on Thursday, April 9. The AC station is launching with a promise of 54 minutes of music per hour. Chris Elliott, Program Director of sister Hot AC “Key 103” WAFY Frederick adds those duties for W271BV as well. Original Report 2/17: Manning Broadcasting will soon launch AC “102.1 More-FM” W271BV Hagerstown, MD via 106.9 WWEG-HD2. The new translator will compete with West Virginia Radio Corporation’s 97.5 WLTF Martinsburg, WV and Alpha Media Hot AC “Mix 95.1” WIKZ Chambersburg, PA. Manning purchased W271BV in October for $25,000 from Airport Investors as the translator made a series of applications to move into Hagerstown proper. When launched it will operate ...[Read More]
West Virginia Radio Corporation is purchasing Prettyman Broadcasting’s three stations in the Hagerstown, MD/Martinsburg, WV market. The stations involved are Classic Country “95.9 The Big Dawg” WICL Williamsport MD, AC 97.5 WLTF Martinsburg, and Sports “ESPN 1340” WEPM Martinsburg. No purchase price has been announced but WVRC will assume control of the stations via LMA on November 1. The Morgantown based West Virginia Radio Corporation is owned by Greer Industries and owns clusters in Beckley, Charleston, Elkins, Morgantown, WV and Cumberland, MD. Andrew Powaski, Market Manager for the company’s Morgantown and Cumberland stations, will add the new acquisitions to his duties.
Larry Wilson is merging his two operating companies into one and acquiring another. Alpha Broadcasting and L&L Broadcasting will merge to become Alpha Media, while purchasing Main Line Broadcasting’s 19 stations in four markets for $57 million. Both Alpha and L&L were founded by Larry Wilson sharing the same management teams with L&L already operating Alpha’s stations. Following the completion of the two transactions the company will operate 68 radio stations in 12 markets. L&L’s deal to acquire Main Line was first reported in February by Tom Taylor Now. Alpha Broadcasting & L&L Broadcasting announced today that they have entered into an agreement to merge the companies and upon consummation of the merger, will become Alpha Media. The current...[Read More]
With Martin Luther King Day and the snowstorm on the east coast shutting down government offices for a couple days it was a little slower on the application front than usual. The continued attempt to get 107.7 on the air in the Omaha market takes another turn. With the FAA continually blocking the power level seeked by the applicants for the frequency, Kona Coast Radio has now applied to downgrade its application for KIMI Sydney, IA. Instead of operating as a Class C2 with 50kW at 124 meters, KIMI is looking to become a Class C3 running 13kW at 124 meters with a City of License change to Malvern, IA. Previous tests by KIMI and a previous CP by Connoisseur Media that was later returned to the FCC were halted by intermodulation interference to frequencies used by Offutt Air Force Base. The F...[Read More]
With Radio Assist Ministry and sister company Edgewater Broadcasting owing Educational Media Foundation $462,834.67 in promissory notes from deals in December 2007 and February 2008, EMF will acquire the rights to up to 14 translator Construction Permits for $1 to settle the debt. From Radio Assist Ministry EMF will acquire the following translators (with pending originating station): 93.7 W229BV New Baltimore, MI – 250 watts – // WMXD-HD2 Detroit 95.5 K238BM Des Moines, IA – 99 watts – // KLOV Winchester, OR 96.9 K245BN Salina, KS – 250 watts – // KTLI El Dorado 97.7 W249CT Williamsburg, VA – 90 watts – // WZLV Cape Charles 97.9 K250BC Ames, IA – 170 watts – // KLOV Winchester, OR 103.5 W278BO Savannah, GA – 250 watts ̵...[Read More]
Back in July, Prettyman Broadcasting’s Classic Hits “Oldies 95.9” WICL Williamsport/Hagerstown MD relaunched as “95.9 The Greatest Hits“. That revamp was short-lived as the station flipped to Classic Country on September 25 as “95.9 The Big Dawg“. The flip brought Classic Country back to FM in the market following Verstandig’s flip of “Country Legends 92.1” WPPT to CHR “Now 92.1” WNUZ-FM in May.
Update 6/14: Two of the stations that Jeff Shapiro’s Vertical Captial Partners acquired the rights to will be spun off to a third party to keep Shapiro under FCC ownership limits. “101.5 The Fox” WEXP Brandon and “Oldies 104.3” WWOD Hartford, VT will be sold William and Gail Goddard’s Electromagnetic Company. Both WEXP and WWOD have simulcasts that will be staying with Vertical Capital so we will need to wait to see what happens with the programming at the pair. Update 5/23: Bill Binnie’s Carlisle Capital has won the bidding for $12.5 Million. The stations will be spilt upon Binnie’s WBIN Media and Jeff Shapiro’s Vertical Capital Partners as follows: WBIN Media will receive 17 stations: Maine – Talk/Oldies 870 WLVP Gorham and 1470...[Read More]
Vertstanding Broadcasting’s “Country Legends 92.1” WPPT Mercersburg PA/Hagerstown MD has dropped its format for CHR as “Now 92.1“. The station will run Jelli’s listener controlled programming from 6pm to 6am daily. In the Fall 2011 ratings, WPPT was fifth in the market with a 5.8 share. The move to CHR places the station between Main Line Broadcasting’s Hot AC “Mix 95.1” WIKZ and Rhythmic CHR “Wild 96.7” WDLD both of which tied for third with a 6.7 behind Verstandig’s Country 104.7 WAYZ and Rock 101.5 WBHB. The new logo features the WNUZ-FM calls however no application has been made for the calls. WNUZ is in place by Birmingham Christian Radio’s station on 1230 in Talladega, AL.