iHeartMedia continues its roll-out of the “Alt” moniker on many of its Alternative stations across the country as “96.7/96.9 Alt Project” W244AV Blacksburg/W245BG Roanoke/WROV-HD2 has relaunched as “Alt 96“. As with most of iHeart’s recent Alternative rebrandings, the move comes with the addition of The Woody Show for mornings. W244AV/W245BG registered a 1.0 share in the Fall 2017 Nielsen Audio ratings, down from a 1.6 in the Spring.
William and Susan Amos’ Community Media Group is selling AAA “101.5 The Mountain” WVMP Vinton/Roanoke VA to Todd Robinson’s Lynchburg Radio Group for $250,000. Robinson’s WVJT Inc. previously filed to purchase the station in August 2016 for $600,000 but that deal was later withdrawn. WVMP began simulcasting on 102.5 WBZS Shawsville in January. Michael ‘Buzz Corona’ Hernandez’s Western Radio Ltd. purchases 690 KWRP/93.9 K230BZ Pueblo and 100.3 K262BB Boone CO from United States CP for $80,000. Hernandez had been programming the stations and 94.7 KFVR-FM Beulah as Classic Hip-Hop “The Buzz” for previous LMA operator SoCo Radio. Three months after acquiring 102.3 KHKF Island City OR for $50,000, Xana Oregon sells it and 101.3 K267CE ...[Read More]
Over the past couple weeks a round of staff downsizing and transfers out of the region took place in iHeartMedia’s Virginia-Carolina Region. While normally layoffs being made at iHeartMedia are considered to be “business as usual” for many in the industry, multiple sources have indicated to us that there may be something else at play here. iHeart’s Virginia-Carolina Region was created in 2016 and includes eleven markets in three states: Harrisonburg, Lynchburg, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, and Winchester VA, Asheville, Charlotte, Greensboro, and Raleigh NC, and Greenville SC. Layoffs have been reported in many of those markets the past couple of weeks including “103 Jamz” WOWI Norfolk APD/Afternoon Host DJ Fountz, CHR 104.9 WJJS Roanoke/102.7 WJJX Appomat...[Read More]
Virginia Tech Foundation is planning a revamp of its two public radio services on Monday, July 10. Its primary WVTF service will be relaunched as “WVTF Music” as it hands all News programming to “Radio IQ“. Concurrently, the Radio IQ service will be upgraded to the full-powered 89.1 WVTF Roanoke, while the music service moves to WVTF-HD2 and 89.5 W208BX Roanoke. The networks will also swap frequencies in other markets across Virginia. 1260 WWVT Christiansburg/95.5 W238BN Blacksburg will switch from Radio IQ to WVTF Music. 91.9 WVTR Marion VA will switch to Radio IQ. The networks will not change locations in Charlottesville, Fredericksburg, Lexington, and Richmond. WVTF Music’s new lineup will feature Classical Music from 12am to 8pm weekdays with Jazz programm...[Read More]
In addition to adding its simulcast on 102.5 WBZS Shawsville in December, Community Media Group AAA “101.5 The Valley’s Music Place” WVMP Vinton/Roanoke VA has rebranded as “101.5/102.5 The Mountain“. Original Report 12/14/16: After its failed sale to WVTJ Inc., Community Media Group AAA “101.5 The Valley’s Music Place” WVMP Vinton/Roanoke VA has added a second signal. The AAA format has replaced Three Daughters Media’s Talk programming on 102.5 WBZS Shawsville expanding the station’s programming to the Blacksburg/Christiansburg area southwest of Roanoke including Virginia Tech University. The change took place at some point in November.
iHeartMedia Rhythmic AC “Movin 107.7” WMOV-FM Norfolk VA has named Danny Meyers as its new Program Director/Morning Host. Meyers exited Mel Wheeler Inc. CHR “K92” 92.3 WXLK Roanoke as APD/Morning host after fourteen years at the end of 2016 in preparation of joining WMOV-FM. He has also worked at 95.5 WPLJ New York, “Star 93.7” WQSX Boston, and “Mix 95.7” WMWX Philadelphia in his career. Meyers supplants Chuck Doud in mornings at WMOV after Doud left in November to join WHRO Public Media as Director of Radio and Audience Strategy. Tricia remains in place as co-host. WHAT: iHeartMedia Norfolk’s Movin 107.7, Hampton Roads Feel Good Music, announced today that Danny Meyers has been named the new Program Director and morning personality. Meyers w...[Read More]
Danny Meyers is leaving Mel Wheeler Inc. CHR “K92” 92.3 WXLK Roanoke VA after 14 years as Assistant Program Director and co-host of the station’s “Mornin’ Thang”. Meyers final day will be a farewell show with co-hosts Zack Jackson and Monica Brooks on Wednesday, December 21. Jackson and Brooks will remain with the station’s morning show. Meyers and Jackson joined WXLK in 2002 from Greater Media Hot AC “Mix 95.7” WMWX Philadelphia. He also spent four years in nights at 95.5 WPLJ New York and as MD/night host at Entercom Rhythmic AC “Star 93.7” WQSX Boston.
Station Sales Quicksilver Broadcasting sells Classic Rock “Z104” 104.1 WMZK and Classic Country “730 The Patriot” WJMT Merrill/Wausau WI to WRVM Inc. for $260,000. WRVM will convert both stations to non-commercial simulcasts of Christian 102.7 WRVM Suring WI. Broadway Media sells Silent 107.9 KAOX Shelley/Idaho Falls ID to Frandsen Media for $25,000. As part of the deal Frandsen will also assume Broadway’s obligations for the frequency changes required at 99.1 KNYN Fort Bridger WY (to 103.9), 103.9 KGNT Smithfield UT (to 99.1), and 95.9 KLZX Tremonton UT (to 99.9 Weston ID) as part of previous upgrades to allow Broadway’s predecesors to upgrade their signals in the Salt Lake City market. KAOX previously completed its move from 107.3 in Kemmerer WY. Deser...[Read More]
Todd Robinson’s WVJT Inc. has agreed to acquire AAA “101.5 The Valley’s Music Place” WVMP Vinton/Roanoke VA from Dr. William Amos’ Community Media Group for $600,000. Robinson began operating WVMP via LMA on August 1. The station joins a Roanoke/Lynchburg cluster that includes Hot AC 93.7 WKHF Lynchburg, Classic Rock “97.9 The Planet” WZZU Lynchburg, “Oldies 103.9/106.9” WHTU Big Island/106.9 WZZI Bedford. WVJT LLC has agreed to purchase 1.2kW AAA WVMP-FM (101.5) in Roanoke, VA, from Community Media Group LLC for $600,000. The buyer is headed by Todd Robinson, who owns radio stations in Lynchburg, Bedford, Covington, Clifton Forge and Lewisburg, WV. The seller is headed by Dr. William E. Amos, who holds no other broadcast interests, but...[Read More]
Station Sales Steven Silverberg’s Casper Radio Group is selling their three stations to Breck Media Group for $963,000. The three stations serve the Casper WY market and are Country “New Country 92.5” KDAD Bar Nunn, Active Rock 100.5 KTED Evansville, and Classic Hits “Kool 105.5” KZQL Mills. Perception Media Group sells Conservative Talk “Fox Radio 910” WFJX Roanoke VA to Dr. David Points’ Mahon Communications for $289,865. Ted Austin’s Snake River Radio acquires Christian Preaching 1490 KRTK Chubbuck/Pocatello ID from Inspirational Family Radio for $80,000. Faith Broadcasting Company sells 1380 WMTA Central City KY to Richard Benham’s Giving Hope 2U LLC for $160,000. Alaska Multimedia LLC acquires Talk/Oldies “Hometown Radi...[Read More]
Mel Wheeler Inc. launched a new Sports station in Roanoke and Lynchburg VA this morning on three signals. The new “Sports Radio” will be heard on 610 WPLY Roanoke, 97.3 W247AD Roanoke and 98.5 W253BT Madison Heights/Lynchburg. The station’s programming will come from Fox Sports Radio with the exception of afternoon drive where they will air Colin Cowherd on three-hour delay from 3-6pm rather than Jay Mohr. 610 WPLY had been WVBE simulcasting Urban AC “The Vibe 97.7/100.1” WVBB-FM Elliston-Lafayette/WVBE-FM Lynchburg.
WSNV has completed its stunting and flips to Hot AC “Mix 93.5“. Positioned as “Roanoke’s Best Variety”, the new format flanks sister Rhythmic CHR 104.9 WJJS against Mel Wheeler Inc. CHR “K92” WXLK. Original Report 12/28: iHeartMedia is prepping a new format for Classic Hits “Sunny 93.5” WSNV Salem/Roanoke VA. The new format will debut on Tuesday, January 3 at 10:00am. Until then the station is running hour-long format blocks and asking listeners to vote for a new format on the website of sister Rhythmic CHR 104.9 WJJS. WSNV registered a 3.3 share in the Spring 2016 Nielsen Audio ratings. Its format included some overlap with sister Variety Hits “106.1 Steve-FM” Vinton. Lynchburg Radio Group’s “Oldies 103.9/106.9&...[Read More]