92.9 The Wave Norfolk Moves To AC

A musical shift has taken place at Max Media Classic Hits “92.9 The Wave” WVBW Suffolk/Norfolk VA as the station has moved to Adult Contemporary. Now positioning as “The 80s To Now”, the move comes with the dropping of the bulk of its 1970s music and addition of 2000s and recurrents. It also returns the station to its former musical identity as WVBW launched as an AC in 2005 before shifting to Classic Hits in 2011. The move pits the station directly against Entercom’s “2WD” 101.3 WWDE.

Station Sales Week Of 7/20

Radio Sharon transfers its option to acquire 1220 WSTL and 93.7 W229AN Providence RI to Diaz Holdings. New England Christian Media will sell the stations to to Diaz for $240,000. WSTL is the originating station for Radio Sharon’s Spanish CHR “Mega 94.9” W235CN Providence. After applying earlier this month to donate Silent 1450 WBVA Bayside and 1550 WVAB Virginia Beach VA to the Multicultural Media, Telecom, and Internet Council’s MMTC Broadcasting, Birach Broadcasting will instead donate the two stations to Dr. Katrina Chase’s Believe & Achieve Family & Education Center. Jose Carlos Maron’s Radio La Patrona Inc. will purchase Silent 760 KMTL/97.7 K249FE Sherwood/Little Rock AR from the estate of George Domerese for $100,000. James Utley’s CLI R...[Read More]

Station Sales Week Of 7/6

Mark Porter’s Globecom Media acquires Classic Hits “Happy Radio 92.5” KKHA Markham TX from Tomlinson-Leis Communications for $150,000. KKHA will create a duopoly with “96 Country” 96.1 KIOX-FM Edna along the Gulf Coast northeast of Victoria TX. Dan Dockstander’s Star Valley Media is purchasing a pair of stations in southwestern Wyoming. Country “105.3 The Diamond” KDWY Diamondville comes from the SLC Divestiture Trust I for $15,000, while Broadway Media sells Classic Hits “940 The Fossil” KMER Kemmerer and the CP for 92.5 K233DD Kemmerer for $47,000. Dockstander began operating both stations via LMA on June 1. Birach Broadcasting is donating Silent 1450 WBVA Bayside and 1550 WVAB Virginia Beach VA to the Multicultural Media, Telec...[Read More]

Rusty James Joins Max Media Norfolk As VP/Operations & Programming

Max Media has announced the appointment of Rusty James as Vice President of Operations and Programming for its Norfolk VA cluster starting July 9. James has been programming at Midwest Communications Evansville IN since 2005 and rose to Operations Manager in 2014. At Max Media he will oversee Classic Hits “92.9 The Wave” WVBW, Sports “94.1 ESPN Radio” WVSP, Country “97.3 The Eagle” WGH-FM, CHR “Hot 100.5” WVHT, and Oldies 1310 WGH. James fills the position that has been vacant since John Shomby departed in February 2016 to become Director of Nash Programming for Cumulus Media. Max Media of Hampton Roads proudly announces the addition of Rusty James as the new Vice President of Operations and Programming. Rusty got his start in radio in 1983 a...[Read More]

People Moves 5/21: Nick Cattles Returns To ESPN 94.1 Norfolk

Max Media Sports “ESPN Radio 94.1” WVSP Yorktown/Norfolk has announced the return of Nick Cattles to the station to host afternoons from 3-6pm. Cattles previously held that daypart from 2012-2016 before joining “98.5 The Sports Hub” WBZ-FM Boston. He replaces Jeff ‘Pants’ Pantridge who was let go by WVSP last week. ESPN Radio 94.1 (WVSP-FM) Max Media announces the return of Nick Cattles, to ESPN Radio 94.1. Cattles previously hosted afternoons from 2012-16 and will return as host of “The Nick Cattles Show” from 3-6pm weekdays starting on Monday, June 4th. Listeners can expect a strongly opinionated, interactive show covering the local Hampton Roads sports scene, as well as a unique, local voice on the biggest national sports stories and topics of the day...[Read More]

People Moves 2/9: Max Media Makes Management Change In Norfolk

Max Media has promoted Director of Sales Keith Barton to Vice President/General Manager for its five station cluster in Norfolk/Virginia Beach replacing the exiting Dave Paulus. Barton has been with the company since 1998 and Director of Sales since 2011. Paulus had overseen the cluster since 2011 and previously spent a decade as Market Manager at Saga Communications’ Norfolk cluster. Keith has worked at these stations for 20 years,” says Max Media President/COO John Trinder. “His contributions as Director of Sales for the last seven years are an indicator of the great things that we can expect from him as General Manager.” Max Media owns Classic Hits “92.9 The Wave” WVBW, Sports “ESPN Radio 94.1” WVSP, Country “97.3 The Eagle” WG...[Read More]

DJ Fountz Rejoins iHeartMedia Norfolk As WOWI/WHBT Program Director

iHeartMedia announced that Michael ‘DJ Fountz’ Fournier is returning to the company as Program Director of Urban “103 Jamz” 102.9 WOWI Norfolk and Classic Hip-Hop “92.1 The Beat” WHBT-FM Moyock NC. Fournier had served as Assistant Program Director/Afternoon host until his exit last August as part of the company’s regional layoffs. He began his radio career at WOWI in 2001 as an intern and stayed there until October 2011. After a brief stint at Entercom Rhythmic CHR “Z104” WNVZ he returned as APD in November 2013 and was responsible for the launch of the Classic Hip-Hop format on WHBT-FM in January 2015. iHeartMedia announced today that Michael “DJ Fountz” Fournier has been named Program Director for 103 JAMZ, Norfolk’s No. 1 for H...[Read More]

FCC Report 1/28: Two Virginia Stations Heading To License Renewal Hearing

The FCC has designated Birach Broadcasting's 1450 WBVA Bayside and 1550 WVAB Virginia Beach for a license renewal hearing. Since Birach acquired WBVA and WVAB in 2008, both stations have been off the air most of the time as the stations lost their former facility due to vandalism in March 2008. From a term running from when Birach closed on its purchase on 4/1/08 through 11/30/17 WBVA operated for a total of 66 days from a temporary facility with 30 watts. WVAB has been on for 357 days during that same period with a 6 watt STA. The stations both applied for a new permanent facility in 2013 but their Construction Permits expired unbuilt. In hearings like this the burden of proof is on Birach to tell the commission why it should be granted renewals of its licenses. The licensee must p...[Read More]

Streetz Are Alive With Hip-Hop In Norfolk

A new LPTV/Franken-FM move-in to Norfolk VA has allowed Steve Hegwood’s Core Communicators to expand their Urban “Streetz” brand to a third market. Syncom Media Group’s WMTO-LP Moyock NC has completed its move to the tower utilized by WGNT-TV and iHeartMedia’s “Alt 105.3” WNOH and is now being operated by Core Communicators as “Streetz 87.7“. Launching with 10,000 “joints” in a row commercial-free, the new format is taking on iHeartMedia’s “103 Jamz” 102.9 WOWI. HIP HOP FOR THE 757 – NORFOLK, VA AND SURROUNDING AREAS — Streetz 87.7 (@Streetz877) December 24, 2017 Streetz 87.7 is Core’s third similarly branded station joining “Streetz 94.5” W233BF Atlanta and “Streetz 103....[Read More]

Brett Ballard Heads To Alt 105.3 Norfolk As PD/Afternoon Host

iHeartMedia has named Brett Ballard as Program Director and Afternoon Host for recently launched Alternative “Alt 105.3” WNOH Norfolk VA. Ballard joins WNOH from similar duties at sister Rock “TK 101” 101.5 WTKX Pensacola FL. He also programmed Classic Rock “96.1 The Rocket” WRKH Mobile AL and Rock “103.7 The Fox” WFFX Hattiesburg MS. He previously worked on-air at “98 Rock” 97.9 WXTB Tampa. iHeartMedia Norfolk announced today that Brett Ballard has been named Program Director and Afternoon Drive Host for ALT 105.3, Hampton Roads Alternative Rock, effective immediately. iHeartMedia Norfolk has a strong cross-platform presence and includes a number of iconic brands and franchises — both broadcast and digital — encompassing more tha...[Read More]

Now 105 Norfolk Flips To Alternative

An Alternative music battle has broken out in Norfolk VA as iHeartMedia flips CHR “Now 105” WNOH Windsor to Alternative “Alt 105.3” at 2pm today. The change comes after stunting with a loop of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” since midnight and gives a direct in-format competitor to Sinclair Communications’ “96X” 96.1 WROX-FM Exmore. “Alt 105.3” is debuting with 10,000 songs commercial-free. WNOH had a 1.4 share in the September 2017 Nielsen Audio ratings as part of a three-way CHR battle with Max Media’s “Hot 100” 100.5 WVHT and Entercom’s “Z104” 104.5 WNVZ. The change takes the syndicated Elvis Duran show out of the market. iHeartMedia Norfolk flips CHR WNOH-FM (Now 105.3) to Alternati...[Read More]

Vintage 96.5 Quickly Gives Way To WTAR Simulcast

At 3pm today, Sinclair Communications pulled the plug on Soft Oldies “Vintage 96.5” W243DJ Norfolk/106.1 WUSH-HD2 Poquoson VA after just two and a half months. The station, which dropped its Active Rock “96.5 Rocks” identity on June 26, has now flipped to a simulcast of “Sports Radio 850” WTAR. The move comes days after WTAR announced a new programming schedule set to debut this coming Monday. Owner Bob Sinclair released the following statement regarding the change: We feel that Sports Radio 850 now has one of the one best lineups of any sports talk radio station in the US, and we just felt it was time to reach an even larger audience by simulcasting the station on 96.5FM. I feel that while ESPN used to be a great brand, the fact is that their morning sh...[Read More]

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