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:// Hampton Roads radio news
We're hearing that Delmarva Educational Association's (Salem Communications) "K-Love" WAZP/90.7 Cape Charles is now full-power and dropped its directional antenna. WAZP was a Class B1 doing 7.5kW at 512ft. They will now be a full Class B doing 13kW at the same antenna height. The station had to protect the signal on 90.7 from William & Mary's campus station WCWM/90.7. This greatly increases WAZP's Peninsula coverage to the west and further SE into Hampton Roads (Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk)...
And speaking of WCWM, they have moved to 90.9. This greatly increases their coverage area but mostly over sparsely populated areas though WCWM is now listenable in Petersburg and SE Richmond. Since their new antenna location is significantly to the west of Williamsburg, WCWM is using the old facilities that were used for the 90.7 signal for a new booster station on 90.9. Licensed to Williamsburg, the new booster station is doing just 25 watts to cover the immediate area. The new calls are WCWM-FM1...
Delmarva Educational Association's new sister station WWIP/89.1 Cheriton is on the air again with the same looped music it was playing when they first came on the air last month testing their signal. No jingles, no ID's have yet to be heard..... (10/31/04)
:// News anchor Randles will step down indefinitely
WTKR news anchor Tom Randles will be off the air indefinitely following his arrest last weekend in Virginia Beach on charges of domestic assault during an incident involving his wife.
Randles will miss the station’s election night coverage and will be gone for at least part of the November sweeps, a critical ratings period for local television stations. Larry Bonko of The Virginian-Pilot had the complete story..... (10/31/04)
:// K95 pushes aside Lite 98 for top spot
Arbitron released the "summer" radio ratings for Richmond earlier today. Cox Radio's Country "K95" WKHK/95.3 jumps ahead of CC Soft AC "Lite 98" WTVR/98.1 to become the new #1 radio station (12+) in Richmond. Further back was CC Urban "106-5 The Beat" WBTJ at third. Fourth was CC "NewsRadio 1140" WRVA and fifth was Radio One Urban "Power 92" WCDX...
Other market notables: Radio One's Urban AC "104.7 Kiss FM" WKJS sinks to a 3.8 from a 5.2 in the Spring Book though sister Urban Oldies "Magic 105.7" WJMO continues to rise to place sixth overall (12+). CC's CHR "Q94" WRVQ continues its slow recovery from the dismal Fall '03 and Winter '04 Books. Did Cox Radio's AC "Mix 103-7" WMXB decent showing have any effect knocking Lite 98 off of the top perch?
The Alternative "wars" continue to be close though the gap did widen slightly with Cox Radio "Y101" WDYL/101.1 slipping three-tenths of a point. CC's "102-1 The X" WRXL remained the same from Spring..... (10/27/04)
:// Z104 tumbles, Kiss new #1
Arbitron released the "summer" radio ratings for Hampton Roads earlier today. Clear Channel's Urban AC "105-3 Kiss FM" WKUS is Hampton Roads' new #1 radio station (12+ demo). A very close second was Barnstable Contemporary Inspirational "Star 94.1" WXEZ, third was a tie between Entercom AC "2WD" WWDE/101.3 and Barnstable Country "97-3 The Eagle" WGH and fifth was CC Urban "103Jamz" WOWI/102.9...
Other market notables: Entercom Rhythmic "Z104" WNVZ/104.5 plunges from a 7.0 (12+) to a 4.8. Saga's Rocker "FM99" WNOR/98.7 bested and Classic Hits (now Classic Rock) "106.9 The Fox" WAFX tied Barnstable's rocker "100.5 MAX FM" WXMM but The Fox did lose a full rating's point from the Spring Book. Sinclair's "We Play Anything" format on WPYA (now on the much stronger signal -- 93.7) dipped to a 1.9 (from a 2.6). The stronger signal will help BUT by how much?
And now to CC's "Lite FM Norfolk" WCDG/92.1, WJCD 107.7. The best Lite could do on TWO frequencies was a 2.0 (12+). 92.1 received an anemic 0.8. And finally, Communications Systems' Gospel "Rejoice 100.9" WFMI Southern Shores cracks the chart at a 0.4. Rejoice is trying to target Hampton Roads, or at least the Southside. The station carries Metro Traffic reports and advertises heavily on HRT (Hampton Roads Transit) buses. WFMI's transmitter is over 55 miles away from Downtown Norfolk..... (10/27/04)
Cliff "Cuervo" Curtis, Program Director for East Carolina Radio's Active Rock "98X" WOBX/98.1 Manteo, is featured this week in AllAccess.com's "Rock, 10 Questions with..." (10/27/04)
:// General Sales Manager announced
The Hampton Roads Radio Group (WFOG, WXEZ, WXMM, WGH-F/A, WCMS) is welcoming Robert Van Riper as GSM (General Sales Manager) for 70s-60s Oldies "92.9 WFOG" Suffolk/Norfolk.
Van Riper brings with him nearly 19 years of radio experience. His career started in Boston and most recently he was GSM with Clear Channel Charlottesville. He will begin his new duties with the Hampton Roads Radio Group on Monday, November 1.
Van Riper said, "I'm looking forward to this new opportunity with the Hampton Roads Radio Group and WFOG-FM, one of the best sounding radio stations in America that play hits of the 70's and 60's." (10/27/04)
:// TV news anchor Tom Randles charged with assaulting wife
"Your NewsChannel 3" WTKR Norfolk anchorman Tom Randles was arrested over the weekend and accused of assaulting his wife.
The incident happened at about 9:30AM Saturday at a home in the 5600 block of Magnolia Run Cir, said police spokeswoman Rene Ball.
Randles' wife then drove away from the home and flagged down a police officer, Ball said. Randles, 45, was later charged with domestic assault, a misdemeanor, and released on bond, Ball said. Police did not release details on the nature of the assault.
Kurt Williams has been filling in since Monday. Randles had been scheduled to go on vacation this week before the incident. As a result of it, he went on leave a couple of days early. Complete details on PilotOnline.com..... (10/26/04)
:// FCC poop
Sinclair Communications' Alternative "96X" WROX/96.1 is officially licensed to Exmore VA. The group successfully changed the COL (community of license) of WROX from Cape Charles to make room for the new 106.1 signal. 106.1 was originally licensed to Exmore as WEXM. That signal moved to Poquoson as WPYA (now WKCK)...
A new translator was granted to Educational Media Foundation (Salem Communications) on 96.9 in Newport News. If built, the 80 watt repeater (W245BB) will relay sister station "K-Love" WAZP/90.7 Cape Charles. The antenna is to be located near I-64, on the Newport News/Hampton line..... (10/26/04)
:// and with this ring...
From Style Weekly.... Dick Hungate of COX Radio Classic Rock "96.5 The Planet" tells of how his wedding came to be... styleweekly.com. There are more wedding stories...from WTVR-TV's (6/CBS) Stephanie Rochon... and Clear Channel Soft AC "Lite 98" WTVR/98.1's Bill Bevins..... (10/26/04)
:// Eagle fills night slot, again
Night-time fill-in jock Kimi Stevens on Barnstable's Country "97-3 The Eagle" WGH just got the slot on a permanent basis Tuesday. Stevens started filling-in for Carol Lewis who abruptly exited Eagle after just three months on the air. Not only did Lewis hold down nights but was also the cluster's technical assistant. No word if Stevens will pick up those duties..... (10/22/04)
:// New LPFM to be on air soon
Roanoke College's LPFM Station - WRKE-LP 100.3 is undergoing program testing and should be on the air permanently by mid November says station member Dave Harrison. "If you want to drop us an e-mail to let us know how we sound (once we're on-air) you can visit wrke.org and e-mail us. We hope to update our site soon.... It is completely student run, so the programming should be interesting!" Dave passes on some station technical details:
LPFM 100 wattAntenna is 35 feet below average terrain - "so we won't carry too far!" The name - WRKE "The Wreck." (10/21/04)
Location - campus of Roanoke College
100.3 FM WRKE-LPFM running OMT iMediaTouch automation, Wheatstone A-300 console, CRL Amigo audio processing, Crown Broadcast FM250 transmitter, SWR FMEC 2-bay antenna.
My wife Brenda and I were touring the homes in the 2004 Home-a-rama this year held at East Beach in Norfolk this past Saturday. The Tidewater Builders Association displays 16-18 homes from different builders and designers, fully furnished.
We end up running into apprentice wanna-be Maria Boran from Donald Trump's "The Apprentice" on NBC. She resides in Virginia Beach. Boran was touring the homes, priced from slightly below $1M to over $1.25M, just like the rest of us. Was she eyeing for a new purchase? No one knows who won this year's "The Apprentice." The show has finished taping except for the LIVE finale to air in February 2005..... (10/21/04)
:// WFLS tops in the Summer
Arbitron released Fredericksburg's radio ratings earlier today. Free Lance-Star Country WFLS/93.3 was on top with a 14.0 (12+ demo). Second, was Mid Atlantic Network Hot AC "B101.5" WBQB with an 8.5, 3rd was a tie between Telemedia Country "Thunder 104.5" WGRX and Bonneville News WTOP-F/A at a 5.2, fifth was Free Lance-Star "Class Rock 96.9" WWUZ with sister Alternative WYSK/99.3 at number six... Other market notables: Mid Atlantic's "NewsTalk 1230" WFVA sours to 8th (3.0), Telemedia's "Oldies 95.9" WGRQ was tied at 12th (2.4) and Piedmont's Country WJMA/103.1 rises to a tie at 16th place..... (10/20/04)
Mark McKay, Music Director and afternoon jock on Barnstable Broadcasting Country "97-3 The Eagle" WGH Newport News/Norfolk, is featured this week in AllAccess.com's "Country, 10 Questions with..." (10/20/04)
Two brand new classified ads have come into VARTV. Clear Channel Harrisonburg is looking for a morning co-host/News Person for Country "KCY" WKCY and the other stations in the cluster. Cox Radio Richmond is looking for a new Morning Show for AC "Mix 103-7" WMXB.
Click "Classified Ads" on the left navigation panel for the complete details. If your station/organization has any positions available (media orientated), get them on VARTV! You would be surprised who reading..... (10/20/04)
:// Local GM/owner has passed away
It is with great regret to report that Jim Campana, owner/GM of Real Oldies "Surf 92.3" WSRV Deltaville and WWBR/107.9 West Point, passed away on Saturday. He was 56 years young. Never meeting Jim personally, we did correspond with each other via email on multiple occasions. He was both kind and very helpful to me with parts of the VARTV website. He will be missed. Our prayers go out to his family and friends. Family and friends can sign Jim's guestbook on the Richmond Times-Dispatch website..... (10/19/04)
:// Cox Cable news
First, Cox Cable Hampton Roads has begun offering HBO On Demand and Cinemax On Demand. The service offers a limited amount of programming anytime a customer wants it. It's free to subscribers to those premium channels. Go to channel 499 for details...
Last, Cox Cable Hampton Roads just announced a $10/mo price reduction for its Internet-only customers. For the "Preferred" service, the price drops to $39.95/mo and for the "Premier" service the rate drops to $54.95/mo. This is good news to VARTV. We just dropped Cox's cable TV service for DirecTV two weeks..... (10/19/04)
:// Bob & Tom in the Star City
From the Virginia Radio Board at our partners Radio-Info.com, the Bob & Tom Show syndicated by Premiere Networks (Clear Channel) has picked up a new affiliate -- Cumulus' Active Rock "105.3 The Bear" WBRW Blacksburg (simulcast on WBWR/106.9 Bedford). The market's Rock leader Clear Channel's WROV/96.3 ironically carries John Boy & Billy..... (10/19/04)
:// Former WAVY anchor to guest host
Lisa Joyner who was an anchor/reporter at LIN TV's WAVY (10/NBC) is scheduled to guest host the "Late Late Show" tonight (10/19) after "The Late Show with David Letterman" on CBS. Her guests tonight are Sandra Bernhard and "Drive By Truckers." Joyner left Hampton Roads in 1996 to sky-rocket to Fox O&O "FOX11" KTTV Los Angeles. She's currently the on-air entertainment anchor for the morning show on CBS O&O "CBS2" KCBS Los Angeles..... (10/19/04)
:// This is an interesting rumor
We've heard from several sources that Mike Lewis was in town taping some stuff with Barbara Ciara on the WTKR (3/CBS) news set. If you remember, Lewis was a very popular anchor on Belo's WVEC (13/ABC) for thirteen years before leaving Hampton Roads for a smaller market -- Scranton/Wilkes-Barre PA. Lewis currently anchors the 6 and 11PM newscasts on "Newswatch 16" WNEP (ABC). Who owns WNEP? The same folks who own WTKR (3/CBS) -- The New York Times.
Of course, this has stirred up all kinds of speculation that Lewis will come back to Hampton Roads and anchor on Channel 3. One scenario has Lewis taking over as the main anchor, with Tom Randles being bumped down. Another says Mike will be the #2 guy. A third says Lewis will be #2 until Randles' contract is up - then Tom is out the door.
Larry Bonko of The Virginian-Pilot made this statement in the newspaper on December 12, 2001... " A rumor that refuses to die has Lewis returning to Hampton Roads to work for WTKR." Could it be true? If so, this isn't the first time Lewis and Ciara have anchored together. Together, they helped launch LNC4 (now LNC5) and "Pilot 13 News at 10" in mid-February 1998. LNC (Local News on Cable) is a joint effort of The Virginian-Pilot, Cox Communications and WVEC. (10/19/04)
:// Shake-up at The Sound, Convergent Broadcasting
Convergent Broadcasting Outer Banks (WVOD/99.1, WZPR/92.3, WYND/97.1, WFMZ/104.9) recently axed longtime morning host Shelley Mills and afternoon drive guy Roland, both from AAA "99.1 The Sound" WVOD Manteo. Some Convergent air talent and sales people have been seen interviewing at both Max Radio of the Carolinas (WCXL/104.1, WWOC/94.5, WGAI/560, WQDK/99.3) and East Carolina Radio (WRSF/105.7, WERX/102.5, WKJX/96.7, WOBR/95.3, WOBX/98.1, WOBX/1580, WCNC/1240, WZBO/1260). For now, John Matthews will be on 6AM-noon, Matt Cooper noon-6PM and Tad 6PM-midnight on The Sound.
We hear that Mills was already heard this past Saturday on Max Media Hot AC "Beach 104" WCXL/104.1 Kill Devil Hills doing the midday shift. Right after Mills was Roland holding down the afternoon shift on Beach. We're hearing that both jocks will stay around the Max building -- to be heard on Beach 104 and "Water Country 94.5" WWOC Hatteras..... (10/19/04)
:// Small changes on 13NEWS
Recently, "13NEWS" WVEC (ABC) Hampton/Norfolk recently overhauled some of its graphical elements. Namely, the news opens have been redone, as have the "re-opens" where the anchors are introduced. They feature snazzy new animations, new shots of the news team, revamped music, and stronger emphasis on the "Spirit of Hampton Roads" campaign. It looks sharp.
A more subtle change is the new announcer being used for voiceovers. Local musician Doc Christian now handles the news announcing duties, and he's been handling them ever since the reintroduction of the Spirit campaign at the start of the year. He's being phased in slowly as WVEC progressively phases out announcer Greg O'Neill. O'Neill, a nationally-known name in voice-overs, has been serving as the voice of the Fox News Channel for some time now. Channel 13 looked to Christian to add a new flair to the news elements, and moreover to avoid any cases of "mistaken identity" between Fox News and Belo Broadcasting's WVEC... (10/19/04)
:// Ted Alexander gets more air time
When Dave Wingert decided to end his nationally syndicated show "Dave 'Til Dawn" two weeks ago, it left a hole in Entercom AC "2WD" WWDE/101.3 Hampton/Norfolk overnight schedule. The hole's been plugged by Ted Alexander. His new shift is in addition to being heard on 2WD on Saturday middays and Sunday afternoons. And yes, Alexander still is the "Your NewsChannel 3" WTKR's Sports Director..... (10/19/04)
:// The NBA on WXGI
This season, "ESPN Radio 950" WXGI Richmond will be Richmond's home for the NBA from ESPN Radio. The season tips-off November 2nd when the Houston Rockets visit the NBA Champion Detroit Pistons. Select games can be heard weekly throughout the regular season and post season. Games will air mainly on Thursday nights thru the end of January 2005 when they will be moved to Sunday afternoons. ESPN Radio 950's coverage will also include the NBA All-Star game from Denver on February 20th. "Catch the action of the 2004-05 NBA season on ESPN Radio 950." (10/19/04)
:// TV news wars heating up in Shenandoah Valley?
That's what we're hearing... "NBC29" WVIR Charlottesville is fighting back against Gray Television, and not just in Charlottesville. The station is going after WHSV (3/ABC) Harrisonburg, Gray's long established property in Harrisonburg, by stepping up their Shenandoah Valley newsroom. "NBC29" has added a third reporter to its Augusta County bureau. That reporter is County native Tamara Hinton, who has worked as a reporter for TV3 for the past few months. The move has staffers at WHSV furious since Hinton was essentially trained by WHSV to work at their competition.
As of this week, WHSV has one full time reporter working in Augusta. Channel 29 will now have three reporters, a full time photographer, and a remote live truck in addition to more than 40 anchors, reporters and producers, and a fleet of live trucks waiting to take on Grays two new stations ("CBS19" WCAV and "ABC16" WVAW) on the other side of the mountain..... (10/19/04)
PD and afternoon jock on MainQuad Richmond "Oldies 107-3" WBBT//WARV/100.3 and cluster Operations Manager Joey Butler is featured in the Players' Corner inside Flair of the Richmond Times-Dispatch..... (10/17/04)
:// Sinclair Communications mistaken for Sinclair Broadcast Group airing TV show on Kerry
Right name. Wrong company. Since early last week, Norfolk-based Sinclair Communications (WROX, WPYA, WKCK, WNIS-A, WTAR-A) has been barraged with telephone calls and e-mails over plans to air a program critical of Sen. John F. Kerry before the Nov. 2 election.
The only problem: That's another Sinclair. "We don't want to be associated with them. It's just not our company," said Lisa Sinclair, general manager of the family-owned chain of radio stations. "We’re a small, locally owned business." The whole story by Michael Davis of The Virginian-Pilot..... (10/17/04)
:// CBS19 nabs anchor
WCAV, CBS 19 in Charlottesville, announces the hiring of Jeremy Settle as Weekend Anchor and Capitol Hill reporter for the station. Jeremy is currently the Assignment Manager for WUSA-TV, the CBS affiliate in Washington DC.
"Jeremy is a great addition to the team" says Ric Barrick, News Director for WCAV. "His experience and enthusiasm is a welcome find... We expect great contributions from him as we gear up to launch our weekend news."
Jeremy will continue his duties at WUSA. Barrick notes that "...it is a natural fit. We expect to have a good news gathering relationship with our CBS affiliate in Washington. We often will cover counties that reach into their market which are quite a distance from WUSA. We hope to be an asset for them during breaking news."
WCAV is one of the first newsrooms in the country that will operate in a tapeless environment making newsgathering more efficient than the traditional set up.
WCAV Channel 19 is the start up CBS affiliate in Charlottesville. The station is owned by Gray Communications which also runs WVAW Channel 16, the new ABC affiliate in the city. WCAV will launch CBS 19 News at 6 and 11 after the upcoming elections with weekend news soon to follow..... (10/16/04)
Two brand new classified ads have come into VARTV. The Hampton Roads Radio Group (WGH-F/A, WXEZ, WFOG, WXMM, WCMS) has an opening for a Production Assistant. Mid-Atlantic Network (Hot AC "B101.5" and "NewsTalk 1230" WFVA Fredericksburg) is looking for an experienced anchor for their news department on a temporary basis.
Click "Classified Ads" on the left navigation panel for the complete details. If your station/organization has any positions available (media orientated), get them on VARTV! You would be surprised who reading..... (10/15/04)
:// The Outlaw aligns with more municipalities
The City of Poquoson and the City of Newport News have both entered into an agreement with Hampton Radio II's NASCAR & Oldies "1490 The Outlaw" WLRT Hampton for emergency broadcasting whenever a state of emergency is declared. The station made a similiar agreement with the City of Hampton back in the middle of August.
"Emergencies" would include school closings, approaching storms, flooding, etc. The broadcast of the emergency message would be on the hour and half hour. Poquoson officials will also participate in the weekly 30-minute talk show with Hampton on Tuesdays from 12:30PM to 1:00PM..... (10/15/04)
:// New Richmond radio station wants change
MainQuad files an application with the FCC to increase its antenna height on move-in WCUL/98.9 Midlothian/Richmond. MQ requests an antenna height of 746 feet with an ERP (effective radiated power) of 4.8kW. The station was granted a CP (construction permit) for an antenna height of 601 feet with an ERP (effective radiated power) of 7.3kW. They still want to use the same tower..... (10/14/04)
:// WAVY moves Jane
When "The Jane Pauley Show" was picked up by LIN TV's WAVY (10/NBC), station officials were hoping the show would be a good lead-in to their 5PM news as Oprah is for WVEC (13/ABC). In a month and a half's time, this clearly isn't the case.
Not having any specific numbers in front of us, it's obvious Jane has lost audience share compared to The Montel Williams Show that it replaced at 4PM. Pauley's show is "averaging around a 2.5" where as Oprah is doing anywhere from an 8 to 11. WAVY's viewers are coming back for the 5:00 newscast, but they are still behind WVEC anywhere from 2-3 points at 5 o'clock. Montel is now shown in it's old time slot at 4 with Pauley's show moving to 3..... (10/14/04)
Brian Demay, Operations Manager for Mid-Atlantic Network's Hot AC "B101.5" and "NewsTalk 1230" WFVA Fredericksburg, is featured this week in AllAccess.com's "Hot/Modern/AC, 10 Questions with..." (10/13/04)
Two brand new classified ads have come into VARTV. The Free Lance-Star radio cluster in Fredericksburg (WFLS, WYSK, WWUZ) is looking for an On-Air Personality. And with Kenny P exiting Country "97-3 The Eagle," WGH is looking for a new morning show producer for the Jimmy Ray Show. Click "Classified Ads" on the left navigation panel for the complete details. If your station/organization has any positions available (media orientated), get them on VARTV! You would be surprised who reading..... (10/13/04)
:// Saga Communications enters into an agreement to acquire 2 FM and 1 AM radio stations in Charlottesville
Saga Communications (Active Rock "FM99" WNOR/98.7 Norfolk and Classic Rock "106.9 The Fox" WAFX Suffolk/Norfolk) announced today that it has entered into an agreement to purchase the assets of 3 radio stations in Charlottesville from Eure Communications. The stations are WWWV-FM, WINA-AM and WQMZ-FM. Saga expects to close the transaction, subject to the approval of the FCC, during the 1st quarter of 2005.
Edward K. Christian, President and CEO of Saga, said, "We are proud to have been chosen to continue the outstanding broadcast tradition established by the Eure family with these fine stations in Charlottesville. We look forward to working with the existing staff to continue the great work that these stations have been doing in Charlottesville."
Saga is a broadcasting company whose business is devoted to acquiring, developing and operating broadcast properties. The company owns or operates broadcast properties in 24 markets, including 53 FM and 26 AM radio stations, 3 state radio networks, 2 farm radio networks, 5 television stations and 3 LPTVs. Additionally, Saga has entered into agreements to acquire an AM and FM serving the Asheville NC radio market and an agreement to acquire 2 AM's and 2 FM's serving the Ithaca NY radio market..... (10/13/04)
:// ...and the winner is
The nominations are in for the upcoming Radio Music Awards, to be televised on October 25, from 9-11PM on NBC. The winners of the Radio Megablast Awards hosted by AllAccess.com will be presented at a special industry awards party. Nominated around VARTV:
Rock/Alternative: Station: "DC101" WWDC, PD: Joe Bevilacqua (DC101 WWDC), APD/MD: Donielle Flynn (DC101 WWDC), Personality: Elliot Segal (DC101 WWDC)
:// Sly as a Fox
Hot AC: PD Steve McKay (94.9 The Point WPTE), APD/MD: Sean Sellers (Z104 WWZZ/WWVZ) and Jason Goodman (94.9 The Point WPTE), Personality: Jason Goodman (94.9 The Point WPTE)
CHR Rhythmic: PD Don London (Z104 WNVZ), APD/MD: Mike Klein (Z104 WNVZ), Personality: Mike Klein (Z104 WNVZ), Promotions/Marketing: Nathan James (Entercom Norfolk)
Saga Communication's "106.9 The Fox" WAFX Suffolk/Norfolk has quietly segued to a Classic Rock format. The station now bills itself as "Hampton Roads' Classic Rock Station." The move was in response to Barnstable Broadcasting's new rocker "100.5 MAX FM" WXMM Norfolk. MAX plays both Rock and Classic Rock/Hits. Don't expect major changes to the playlist at The Fox.
Interestingly, WAFX was Classic Rock ten years ago when they were going head-to-head with "FM99" WNOR/98.7. When WNOR's owners acquired WAFX, is when the station shifted to Classic Hits..... (10/11/04)
Our get well wishes go out to Dave Parker, "Your NewsChannel 3" WTKR Norfolk's Chief Meteorologist. We hear Dave was rushed to the hospital on Wednesday to have his appendix removed..... (10/9/04)
:// Market vet gets PD stripes
Barnstable Broadcasting's 70s-60s Oldies "92-9 WFOG" Suffolk/Norfolk has promoted afternoon drive personality Mike Allen to Program Director. Allen will still hold down the 3-7PM air shift..... (10/8/04)
A brand new classified ad has come into VARTV. Scott Media Group is looking for an Account Executive. Click "Classified Ads" on the left navigation panel for the complete details. If your station/organization has any positions available (media orientated), get them on VARTV! You would be surprised who reading..... (10/8/04)
:// Star City TV news
WDBJ's (7/CBS) main female anchors are switching roles. Jean Jadhon and Shannon Young have switched their duties effective this week. Jadhon will now co-anchor the dominant "News 7 at Six" with Keith Humphrey and report during the day, while Young will now anchor "News 7 at 5" and "News 7 at 11."
Jadhon has anchored the 11PM news since coming to the Roanoke market in the fall of 1992. She helped debut "News 7 at Five" the next year, a newscast that was originally rated behind news on "NewsChannel 10" WSLS (NBC) and Oprah on "ABC13" WSET. Insiders say the move was a mutual decision brought to management by the two women...
Also, reporter Denise Eck has been anchoring the "NewsChannel 10 at 5:30" WSLS newscast with Jay Warren for the past few weeks. Insiders say she's set to take over the gig on a permanent basis..... (10/7/04)
:// WVCV finds new buddy
A couple of weeks ago, Piedmont Communications' WVCV/1340 Orange dropped its simulcast with "Oldies 105" WOJL/105.5 Louisa (formerly WLSA) to start a new simulcast with WCVA/1490 Culpeper. New liners say "AM 1340 and 1490 WCVA," "Where the Music Makes the Difference," "Music and Memories WCVA", and "Music and Memories on AM 1340 and 1490 WCVA." However, the legal ID on the hour says "WVCV Orange, WCVA Culpeper." Hourly news is from ABC..... (10/7/04)
:// Sears on national TV
Monday morning, "CBS6" WTVR Richmond Tracey Sears appeared on the CBS Early Show in New York. Sears was introduced by Early Show weatherman Dave Price. Price told viewers Sears was from WTVR in Richmond, and that she was in New York to receive an Edward R. Murrow award. Sears and WTVR photojournalist Andy Peterson were honored with the Murrow Award for their special series "Miracles," which aired in November 2003.
Also, WTVR has added a web newscast to it website at WTVR.com. The 3-minute news and weather update is called "CBS6 High Speed News." This is the first time WTVR has offered video content on its website. In addition to WTVR, "NBC12" WWBT Richmond offers video clips on its website. WWBT has had web video in several forms over the years, including at one time, live streaming of its evening newscasts. Now, Channel 12 offers previously aired clips on its site at nbc12.com...... (10/6/04)
The Winchester area media news website BTVonline has a new web address at btvonlinemedia.com. Please make a note of it..... (10/6/04)
:// Eagle morning show loses Producer
Yesterday, Barnstable Broadcasting Country "97-3 The Eagle" WGH Newport News/Norfolk morning show producer "Kenny the P" exited the station. No word on his replacement. However, The Eagle morning show hosted by Jimmy Ray will still have access to Kenny's comedy material. As a freelance producer for Premiere Radio's Hazardous Comedy Network, Kenny's bits will continue to be heard on WGH, as well as on stations in radio markets nationwide..... (10/6/04)
A brand new classified ad has come into VARTV. Mid Atlantic Network (Hot AC "B101.5" WBQB and "NewsTalk 1230" WFVA Fredericksburg) is looking for an experienced Anchor/Reporter. Click "Classified Ads" on the left navigation panel for the complete details. If your station/organization has any positions available (media orientated), get them on VARTV! You would be surprised who reading..... (10/5/04)
:// New Top 40 in Christiansburg; News/Talk moves
Cumulus owned Talk WFNR/100.7 Christiansburg breaks from the simulcast of WFNR/710 Blacksburg to go Top 40 as "Hot 100." VARTV reported back in the end of June, that this would happen. Three and a half months later, it's true. The station will soon have new call letters.
The Country format heard on "Bubba 101.7" WWBU Radford VA is jettisoned for News/Talk. The new station is now known as "SuperTalk 101.7" (10/5/04)
:// 97.3 The Eagle launches "Chords For A Cause"
Barnstable Broadcasting Country "97.3 The Eagle" WGH Newport News/Norfolk has started a new campaign to benefit a different local charity on a monthly basis. The campaign is entitled "Chords For A Cause," an on-line auction where people can bid on a guitar signed by a top country artist.
The first "Chords For A Cause" guitar is signed exclusively by Toby Keith. All the proceeds from the on-line auction will benefit the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. The on-line bidding began on Saturday, October 2 and will continue through Sunday, October 31 at 5 p.m. The winner with the highest bid will be announced on Monday, November 1 during the Morning Show with Jimmy Ray.
For additional information or to place a bid go on the 97-3 The Eagle website at eagle97.com. Happy bidding! (10/5/04)
:// Bradley gets the stripes
"SportsPhone with Big Al" producer and Imaging Director Mitchell Bradley has been promoted to Program Director of Richmond's "ESPN Radio 950" WXGI. WXGI switched to its all-sports format February of this year. "ESPN Radio 950" features local call in shows "SportsPhone with Big Al," weekday mornings from 7 to 10 and "The Drive with Greg Burton," afternoons 4 to 7..... (10/5/04)
:// Rumor confirmed: Veteran Radio Personality leaves the business
The rumors began circulating in late September, and just confirmed last week: former Production Director and midday air personality David Lyons is leaving broadcasting behind. The new job? "I am starting my new duties as
a Deputy Sheriff with a large county sheriff's office in October," says David. "Given the highly capricious and often back-biting nature that corporate radio has, I'm thrilled to be pursuing my second biggest passion in life--police work. I loved being on the air very much, but there's just no privately owned stations anymore that put the listeners first." Life has been busy, as he attends college for a criminal justice degree and continues to work for Scott Media Group. "I will continue to manage the Jerry Lee Scott Band and my duties at Scott Media won't change. Our latest website is set to launch very soon." (10/5/04)
:// 103Jamz to drop Doug Banks
It has been confirmed that CC Urban "103Jamz" WOWI/102.9 Norfolk will drop the syndicated Doug Banks Show after just seven months, for the station's afternoon talent The Boodah Brothers. Big B and DJ Law, who make up the Boodah Brothers, will bring back a local show in the morning drive for WOWI. The popular and long running "Supreme Team," which last featured Herman Hurston and Chase Thomas, were let go by Clear Channel in early March of this year and were replaced with Banks. Banks' show was previously heard on Hip-Hop "92.1 The Beat" WBHH until CC chucked the format on that station for Soft AC "Lite FM."
As for the Supreme Team, they weren't "on the beach" for long. They were quickly snatched up by Steve Hegwood's On Top Communications Urban "Hot 102.1/107.9" WWHV//WWBR who replaced the syndicated Russ Parr Morning Show on Hot. RPMS was a loser in the mornings. In a few short months after the Supreme Team debuted on Hot, the morning ratings shot up while WOWI's started dropping. There's no word yet who will replace the Boodah Brothers in the afternoon on 103Jamz. Boodah Brothers vs Supreme Team starts Monday, October 11. (10/4/04)
:// Lisa Carr to exit The B
Lisa Carr, APD/middays at Mid-Atlantic Network's Hot AC "B101.5" WBQB Fredericksburg will be exiting the station soon. She'll be leaving the state to follow her husband, a pilot in the Marines, to North Carolina. She also did part-time/swing work at ABC's Hot AC "Mix107.3" as Liz Kelly. She's on the look out for her next opportunity! Interested parties should e-mail her at email@example.com. This also leaves a big opening at The B..... (10/4/04)
:// Another Country outlet in Richmond
MainQuad did indeed sign on a new Country format on the now defunct "Smooth Jazz 93.1" WJZV Ettrick. "93.1 The Wolf, Country That Rocks!" signed-on after a brief announcement at 9:31 this morning. We hear that Jeff Beck will program the new station and also hold down the afternoon shift. He's familiar with the format; he signed-on Fredericksburg's "Country That Rocks" - Thunder 104.5 WGRX. The Wolf is in the middle of 93 hours of commercial-free music.
Since MainQuad flipped WJZV to Country, we're thinking their new Richmond (Midlothian) signal at 98.9 will go Hot AC. Sign-on for that station has been pushed back to late 4th quarter of this year..... (10/4/04)
:// Adam Stubbs celebrates 10 years at Lite Richmond
On Monday October 4th (tomorrow), Soft AC "Lite 98" WTVR/98.1 Richmond's Adam Stubbs celebrates ten years as PM drive host, Promotions Director, and Assistant PD for the station. "Lite 98" OM Bill Cahill says, "Adam's deep community involvement and continued number one ratings have made him a Richmond institution. Adam was the first of the now legendary airstaff to join Lite 98, and the first to set Lite on a winning track. We're all thrilled to celebrate with him." (10/3/04)
:// Smooth Jazz put to rest in Richmond
MainQuad's "Smooth Jazz 93.1" WJZV Ettrick/Richmond is no more. The station dropped it's format around 4PM this afternoon for a loop of construction noises and statements like "We're building a new station, come back Monday morning." The station's ratings have been steadily declining, hovering in the low 1's (12+).
Doing some snooping around, we find that the domain name of 931thewolf.com was taken out on October 1. We're thinking some form of Country (i.e. "Thunder 104.5" WGRX up in Fredericksburg). If this holds true, Cox Radio will find itself with new competition against "K95" WKHK/95.3. Listen to 93.1 in the late morning..... (10/3/04)
:// Kat picks up more VT duties
Kathy Whiteside was let go at CC Oldies "Big 100.3" WBIG Washington last week. She was also voicetracking middays on "Sunny 93.5" WSNV Roanoke. Whiteside's exit left an opening, so CC Soft AC "Lite 98" WTVR Richmond's Kat Simons will once again be heard in the Roanoke Valley. Kat had previously been voicetracked middays on CC's Magic FM simulcast. This puts Kat middays on "Lite 98" Richmond, "Lite FM" Norfolk, and "Sunny FM" Roanoke. Simons is able to answer calls and do contesting with listeners in all markets, as listener lines are forwarded to Richmond. She started at Sunny on Friday, October 1..... (10/2/04)
Regular viewers of LIN TV WAVY (10/NBC) Portsmouth have noticed that the station unveiled its new news set on Thursday's noon newscast. All three local stations' weather departments now have a very similiar look. The WeatherLab at WVEC (13/ABC), IMO, is tops but Wavy's is now a close second..... (10/1/04)
Happy Anniversary to the VARTV Editor and his wife Brenda It's been nine GREAT years! (9/30/04)
:// Jory Rand is new sports anchor for FOX News at Ten
FOX Richmond (WRLH/35) is pleased to announce that Jory Rand has been hired as the Sports Anchor for FOX News at Ten. Rand comes to Richmond from NBC25 in Hagerstown MD, where he was a sports reporter and anchor since 2001. He previously worked as an intern for the University of Maryland, where he graduated with a B.A in Broadcast Journalism.
According to Station GM Bill Lane, "Jory brings to the station enthusiasm and an upbeat attitude. We are excited to have someone of his caliber to promote our large array of local and national sports - like the World Series and Super Bowl - to our viewers."
Rand spent time as an assistant in the Sports Departments of WJLA ABC7 in Washington D.C. and XTRA Sports 690 AM in San Diego CA and was also a television reporter and producer for several programs aired through the University of Maryland. He grew up in Columbia MD and has played and enjoyed sports his entire life. Rand found the most success in ice hockey as a part of the University of Maryland, where he led the Terps in scoring his last two seasons, and was named to the Second Team All-ACC team.
Rand replaces Megan O'Donnell, who is heading to North Carolina as Vice President of Communications for Special Olympics North Carolina, the largest Special Olympics organization in North America..... (9/30/04)
A brand new classified ad has come into VARTV. Mid Atlantic Network's Hot AC "B101.5" WBQB and "NewsTalk 1230" WFVA Fredericksburg are looking for Sales professionals. Click "Classified Ads" on the left navigation panel for the complete details. If your station/organization has any positions available (media orientated), get them on VARTV! You would be surprised who reading..... (9/30/04)
Congrats to "Kick 106" WKCK/106.1 Poquoson Midday/Music Director Kristen Croot on her engagement over the weekend to longtime beau Navy pilot Christopher Hill! Plans are for a February 2005 wedding..... (9/28/04)
:// Comcast, Time Warner mull joint bid
Comcast Corp. and Time Warner, which own the nation's two biggest cable TV companies, are exploring a possible joint bid for Adelphia Communications, the two suitors said yesterday.
Adelphia, which is in bankruptcy proceedings, is seeking to auction off its cable systems totaling 5.4-million subscribers... More on newsday.com..... (9/28/04)
:// Expanding brains
Central Virginia's academic quiz game, Battle of the Brains, is expanding to Southeastern VA. WAVY-TV (10/NBC) and "FOX43" WVBT will produce and air the Southeastern VA version of Battle of the Brains beginning this fall. WAVY will air the show Saturday mornings from 10:00 to 10:30am. FOX43 will rebroadcast the show from 6:00 to 6:30pm later Saturday evening. This is in addition to the Central VA version which will again be produced and aired on "CBS6" WTVR. The Central VA show will air Saturday mornings from 9:30 to 10:00am.
Each version will have teams square off in a single elimination tournament, ending with a regional champion next spring. Then the regional champions will face each other in a final match to crown a state winner. Cheryl Miller of WTVR will again host the central VA show, however the southeastern show host has not yet been announced. More at battleofthebrains.net..... (9/26/04)
Two brand new classified ads have come into VARTV. Independent "SKY4" WSKY-TV Manteo NC is looking for a full-time Master Control Operator. Also Barnstable Broadcasting is looking for a night slammer for Country "97-3 The Eagle."
Click "Classified Ads" on the left navigation panel for the complete details. If your station/organization has any positions available (media orientated), get them on VARTV! You would be surprised who reading..... (9/24/04)
:// Lewis abruptly exits
A little instability continues at Barnstable Country "97-3 The Eagle" WGH. Night jock Carol Lewis has exited The Eagle after just three months on the air. Not only did she hold down nights but was also the cluster's technical assistant. Lewis had replaced Zak Tyler, who moved to middays, to replace Nikki Landry who left for New York. Tyler replaced Dee Stevens at night in May 2003. Stevens had her slot for just eight months. For now, Kimi Stevens is filling-in..... (9/24/04)
Former "NBC12" WWBT Richmond Anchor Mychael Dickerson made his first on air appearance last night as Henrico County School's Media Relation Chief. Dickerson was interviewed regarding a school lockdown that occurred at JR Tucker High School Wednesday after a suspended student returned to school making threats..... (9/24/04)
:// Working through the bugs
RadioRichmond's new "TalkRadio 1480" WTOX recently signed with a new Talk line-up (most of it came from sister WLEE/990) that has some listeners irritated. One VARTV reader says "your constant 'dead air' gaps are enough to drive a person crazy. FIX this problem!" with another reader saying "It will loose the program and the carrier will stay hot. In approximately 3 minutes you will hear a modem dial up reestablish the program. It has almost no power. What is the future for such an irresponsible broadcast service?"
Well, remember the station is operating under a "Program Test Authority" from the FCC. A station official says "We know listeners expect it to be 100%, but there still is some tweaking and adjusting to do in the signal and equipment." The "dead air" is due to phone line problems with Verizon with the studio-transmitter link. There also have been issues with some of the equipment being used. The station official went on to say "... we understand the frustration. Believe me, it has been as frustrating for us as it has been for our listeners. The good news is that a new line and system that will cure the problem has been ordered and will be installed and operational within two weeks, and hopefully sooner. In the meantime, we ask our listeners to hang in there while we get this issue solved..... (9/24/04)
:// A new addition
Free Lance-Star's market leader Country WFLS/93.3 Fredericksburg has made an addition to the morning show. John Welch will join long time morning hosts Brian Strobel and Penny Wack sometime next week. Welch comes from Infinity's powerhouse Country "Y108" WDSY Pittsburgh where he also did mornings with the "Morning Crew." (9/24/04)
A brand new classified ad has come into VARTV. An experienced sports broadcaster is seeking a new position in Virginia. Click "Classified Ads" on the left navigation panel for the complete details. If your station/organization has any positions available (media orientated), get them on VARTV! You would be surprised who reading..... (9/23/04)
:// Adelphia to split systems into seven groups
Adelphia launched the formal sale of its assets Wednesday, auctioning off clusters of its cable systems to the highest bidder in an effort to increase value for shareholders and creditors. Both Time Warner Cable and Comcast have expressed interest in buying the company, or parts of it. The whole story here..... (9/23/04)
When Sinclair Communication's BOB FM moved from 106.1 Poquoson to 93.7 Chesapeake, the first track heard was ELO's "Fire On High" (an instrumental) as the first selection. Longtime market radio junkies will remember that the old "K94" WMYK use to use that song daily. The second song? M's "Pop Muzik" ..... (9/23/04)
:// New station on the air
Delmarva Educational Association (a subsidiary of the mega religious broadcaster Salem Communications) WWIP/89.1 Cheriton is on the air this morning. We believe the station is currently testing with Southern (not Black) Gospel music but more likely will pick up Salem's Word In Praise network. Word In Praise offers praise and worship with a limited amount of music targeting older adults. WWIP will have two studios -- one in a church in Kempsville (section of Virginia Beach) and one in Cheriton. The WWIP owners also run Bright AC "K-Love" WAZP/90.7 Cape Charles..... (9/23/04)
:// UPN to offer more HD programming
UPN will present its largest slate of HDTV programming in the history of the network for the 2004-2005 season, it was announced today by Dawn Ostroff, President, Entertainment, UPN.
Half of the network's primetime line-up - a record seven series -will be broadcast in high definition television, beginning with the premieres of all three of UPN's drama series "Veronica Mars," "Kevin Hill" and "Star Trek: Enterprise," and extending to UPN's Monday night comedies "One on One," "Half & Half," "Girlfriends" and "Second Time Around" by November.
This brings the Network's weekly HDTV offerings to five hours. Last season, UPN presented two hours of series programming in HDTV, including "Star Trek: Enterprise," as well as select Friday night movies.
UPN recently added a second hi-def editing suite to its Television City production center, which allows it to significantly increase its HDTV offerings. UPN-HD can be seen on its O&O "UPN27" WGNT Portsmouth..... (9/22/04)
:// The big "switch" to happen just after midnight
Sinclair Communications will switch frequencies between two of its properties just after midnight, tomorrow morning. Adult Hits "We Play Anything" BOB-FM will become "93-7 Bob FM" WPYA with the Country formatted WKCK getting booted, if you will, to 106.1 to become "106.1 Kick FM" WKCK. This move will greatly increase BOB's coverage by a farther signal reach but also a stronger signal within the Hampton Roads area. It also appears that BOB will not be streaming their audio over the Internet anymore but "106-1 KICK FM" will..... (9/22/04)
:// WNIS switches network affiliation, a fall-out from the CBS News scandal
WNIS 790 AM, Hampton Roads' leading news and talk radio station, is replacing its current network news provider, CBS News, with ABC News, effective Thursday, September 23rd, 2004. WNIS station management reached this decision after concluding that the credibility and reputation of CBS News had been seriously damaged by the ongoing scandal involving fraudulent memoranda.
"The outrage from our listeners has been deafening," said Dave Morgan, WNIS Operations Manager. "Unfortunately, CBS News has not acted sufficiently or swiftly with regard to repairing the damage. But we are pleased to join the hundreds of radio and television affiliates that already depend on ABC News for reliable, impartial news coverage."
"As a station with numerous opinion-based talk shows, WNIS relies on our news network to provide us with straight, fact-based reporting so that listeners can decide the issues for themselves," said Lisa Sinclair, WNIS GM. "Since Tony Macrini announced our decision this morning on his local talk show, (6-10am, weekdays on WNIS), the listener feedback has been overwhelmingly positive."
"We chose ABC because they have the most comprehensive radio news coverage among the competing networks," said Morgan..... (9/22/04)
:// Arbitron releases new population estimates for markets
Arbitron has released its annual update of population estimates for all 294 radio markets in the country. These estimates are based on all persons, 12 years and older in a particular market. The new rankings began with the Fall 2004 ratings period which begins tomorrow. Here's an update for markets around VARTV:
The entire list can be downloaded from Arbitron (.xls)..... (9/22/04)
- Washington stays at #8 with 4,114,900 12+ listeners (+1.8% increase from 2003)
- Hampton Roads stays at #40; 1,307,500 (+0.7%)
- Richmond stays at #56; 886,300 (+1.1%)
- Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville NC slips five slots to #89; 489,300 (-2.7%)
- Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol TN-VA up four slots to #99; 449,800 (+6.7%)
- Roanoke-Lynchburg drops four notches to #116; 402,500 (-1.3%)
- Fredericksburg soars seven places to #157; 270,800 (+11.5%)
- Winchester dips two to #227; 151,900 (+3.8%)
- New River Valley (previously known as Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford-Pulaski) plunges eight spots to #229; 147,200 (-2.2%)
- Charlottesville plunges seven places to #230; 146,400 (-2.1%)
- Elizabeth City-Nags Head NC is down two to #247 (+3.8%)
- Harrisonburg tumbles 10 places to #274; 98,200 (+0.1%)
A brand new classified ad has come into VARTV. Hampton Roads Radio Group (WFOG, WXEZ, WGH, WXMM, WCMS, WGH-A/F) is looking for a Promotions Coordinator for its 6-station cluster. Click "Classified Ads" on the left navigation panel for the complete details. If your station/organization has any positions available (media orientated), get them on VARTV! You would be surprised who reading..... (9/22/04)
Bob Patrick, the Music Director and afternoon jock at Mel Wheeler CHR "K92" WXLK Roanoke/92.3, is featured this week in AllAccess.com's "Top 40 Mainstream, 10 Questions with..." (9/22/04)
A brand new classified ad has come into VARTV. 4M Communications (RadioRichmond/WLEE, WHAP, WTOX, WREJ, WVNZ) is looking for Account Executives for its 5-station cluster. Click "Classified Ads" on the left navigation panel for the complete details. If your station/organization has any positions available (media orientated), get them on VARTV! You would be surprised who reading..... (9/21/04)
:// Cox Communications offers Hispanic cable TV package
Cox Communications Inc announced today the launch of its new digital cable package specifically tailored to meet the preferences and needs of Hispanic consumers. Paquete Latino with Cox Digital Cable combines Spanish and English-language programming.
For approximately $34.95/mo in select Cox markets, consumers can access up to 35 Spanish-language channels featuring news, sports, educational programming, movies, music, family programming and more. The package also includes multiple channels of HBO, with HBO Latino, and the English-language programming in Cox's limited basic tier consisting of local broadcast channels.
"Cox is excited to introduce this new, robust Hispanic video package - Paquete Latino - to consumers in our markets," said Cesar Cruz, Director of Multicultural Marketing for Cox. "Paquete Latino offers a great combination of diverse cable networks, HBO Latino and local broadcast channels - all in one cable television package for the best value to Hispanic consumers in our markets." Some of the networks offered in Cox's Paquete Latino include:
The new Spanish-language package is currently available in San Diego, Phoenix, Tucson and Omaha NE. Additional Cox cable systems will launch Paquete Latino this fall...... (9/21/04)
- Azteca America
- Discovery en Español
- CNN en Español
- History en Español
- Fox Sports en Español
- ESPN Deportes
- MTV Español
- De Película
- De Película Clásico
:// Dave to sleep in
Dave Wingert, who hosts the overnight syndie "Dave 'Til Dawn," has decided to call it quits. His show, heard midnight to 5:30AM weekdays and midnight to 6AM on the weekends, was picked up by Entercom AC "2WD" WWDE/101.3 at the end of March of this year. Wingert announced this morning on his show that his last show will be Wednesday, November 10.
VARTV reported back in March that the original reason for airing Wingert was to place a major market talent on air for an early morning lead in for 2WD AND to prevent the new CC Soft AC "92-1/107-7 Lite FM" WCDG//WJCD from using the program. This displaced Dan Reese but he continued to oversee the night-time operation of all four Entercom stations (WWDE, WPTE, WVKL, WNVZ) and help with the morning air talent prep for their daily shows.
Wingert has been doing his show for the past four years. Syndicated by Jones Radio Networks, there's no word yet if Jones will have a new syndie to place Wingert..... (9/21/04)
:// Kristen Bishop delivers...
... a baby, that is. Bishop gave birth over the past weekend. It was announced on WVEC's "13NEWS Daybreak" this morning that the Metro Traffic reporter and "13NEWS" personality gave birth to her second child, a happy, healthy baby girl named Nora on Saturday afternoon. Both mom and daughter are doing well.
Nora joins Nicholas, Kristen's first child who was born back in late 2002. Understandably, Kristen will be away on maternity leave for the next several weeks. Her duties on "13NEWS Daybreak" will be covered by fellow Metro Traffic reporter Talie Germain..... (9/20/04)
:// Williamsburg LPFM to launch next month
The Popular Assembly Of New Horizons 3000 And His Successors' low-powered FM WYOU-LP/100.9 Williamsburg will launch sometime in October. Owner/PD John McClung says the station will feature a Triple A format only with weather, sports and news in AM and PM drive, and 10PM-6AM. McClung told VARTV, "We at WYOU are trying something innovative in radio by combining the best Americana, Blues, Bluegrass music, along with informational, public type broadcasting programs in a commercial radio format imaging style to fit a non-commercial stations mandates, programs are both national and local. And yes, at nights, even some swing and early 50s rock along with the best nationally produced music shows. Our signal is all digital including the processing and up to the digital exciter. The call letters WYOU were used to memorialize Wolfman Jack, a.k.a Daddy Jules, at his first station WYOU-AM, Newport News." McClung went on to say "WYOU will also run plenty of national shows." Right now, the station is readying its music library, and would appreciate CD service at WYOU, 1056 Commodore Dr, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23454. Reach him at 757/481-9572 or firstname.lastname@example.org..... (9/20/04)
:// Quick thought on WAVY's new news set
VARTV is guessing for WAVY (10/NBC) to unveil its new set just in time for the November sweeps, whose start almost coincides with the big election in November. In fact, they could go with the election, since big events are great for big makeovers. WVEC (13/ABC) did something similiar in 2003 when it unveiled the new "13 News WeatherLab." That was with the Super Bowl, which was also the informal start of the February sweeps that year. The WeatherLab looks unbeatable. What does Channel 10 have in store for its "Super Doppler 10" weather department? The November 2004 sweeps officially start just after Election Day this year..... (9/19/04)
:// More translators granted
Stu-Comm, the licensee of non-comm Modern Rocker WNRN/91.9 Charlottesville, has recently been granted three new translators by the FCC. W234BA/94.7 was granted to Lovingston at 13 watts, W240BR/95.9 Lexington at 19 watts and W275AU/102.9 Midlothian at 15 watts. The station already has another translator in Afton, W201CN, at 10 watts and Sweet Briar College's full-power Class A 30 watter -- WNRS/89.9 (decent coverage in Lynchburg)...
Positive Alternative Radio, who runs Christian Contemporary WPER/89.9 Culpeper, gets TWO translators in Harrisonburg -- W236BG/95.1 at 38 watts and W268BD/101.5 at 13 watts...
Edgewater Broadcasting, based in Twin Falls ID which is also home to the religious broadcaster Calvary Chapel, is granted a translator at 102.7 (W274AV) Ashland. At 19 watts, the repeater will be relaying American Family Association's religious American Family Radio (AFR) WAUQ/89.7 Charles City..... (9/19/04)
:// The Triple Doppler dupe?
That's what one VARTV reader says. For weeks, WTKR (3/CBS) Norfolk has been promoting its three Dopplers that "protect" us in Hampton Roads, touting a new Doppler on the Peninsula. Channel 3's Chief Meteorologist Dave Parker says in his on-air promos "2 million watts covering over 600,000 square miles." This "new" Peninsula radar is in addition to the Southside and Buxton NC LIVE radars. The station even has added a billboard in Hampton to the campaign. But the reader says "the base for that third Doppler is not even in place... who knows when it actually will be up and running." (9/19/04)
A brand new classified ad has come into VARTV. A young professional is looking to get back into the radio biz. Click "Classified Ads" on the left navigation panel for the complete details. If your station/organization has any positions available (media orientated), get them on VARTV! You would be surprised who reading..... (9/19/04)
:// Kevin Gardner exits Radio One Richmond; Al Payne named as replacement
UrbanInsite.com is reporting that after 2 years, Kevin Gardner who served as OM/PD for Urban Oldies "Magic 105.7" WJMO Richmond and Urban AC "104-7 Kiss FM" WKJS Crewe exits. Gardner told UrbanInsite.com, "I wish the staff I left behind (that I love) nothing but best in the future...personally & professionally."
At the same time, Radio One Richmond announces that Al Payne (pictured), the former PD/afternoon driver at Cumulus Urban "Coast 97.3" WMNX Wilmington NC, will replace Gardner in the same capacity..... (9/18/04)
:// LeAnne Rains will make her return to local television
... at least for a morning. This Sunday morning, Rains resurfaces as the host of a special all-Obici Hospital edition of "Dialogue," WVEC's (13/ABC) public affairs discussion show, which airs Sunday morning (Sept 19) at 5:30 AM.
Most recently, Rains has been holding down the fort as part of the Breakfast Bunch with Dick Lamb and Paul Richardson on Entercom Mainstream AC"2WD" WWDE/101.3 Hampton, but many of us also remember LeAnne Rains the television personality, who's been working on and off with WHRO's various local projects over the past couple years, and who, many moons ago, also anchored for WTKR (3/CBS) and WAVY (10/NBC). By making this appearance on WVEC, Rains completes a sort of "hat trick" by having appeared on all of the "Big Three" stations.
Is this a one-time deal for Rains? Probably not. Rumor has it she'll be popping up a few more times on WVEC airwaves before too long. In what capacity, though, remains to be seen. She will, however, continue to do mornings on 2WD..... (9/18/04)
:// More power for Oldies 105
Piedmont Communications' new "Oldies 105" WOJL/105.5 Louisa license has been modified to allow for operation as a full Class A at 6kW non-directional. A station official says that Oldies 105 is now operating at this power with the addition of a brand new Harris transmitter and Dialectric Antenna..... (9/17/04)
Drive time sports talker Mike Maniscalco of "SportsRadio 910" WRNL Richmond is featured in the Richmond Times-Dispatch..... (9/17/04)
:// National show for E! Entertainment Television to film in Norfolk
Leon Quenneville, Executive Producer, announced today that ON-Q Productions has selected Norfolk as one of ten markets in which his production company will film Club-TV USA, a new dance TV show to air on E! Entertainment Television. Similar to MTV's The Grind, but updated for the 21st Century, Club-TV USA will feature a half hour of Norfolk's hottest dancers, interviews, contests, games, the country's most popular dance music and some special features unique to Club-TV USA.
"We've made numerous visits to at least 40 markets and decided that Norfolk is one of 10 that we saw as the most happening and 'up and coming' cities in the country. The people are great, the city is a lot of fun and the energy that we felt here convinced us that Norfolk was a place that we needed to be" commented Mr. Quenneville. The first night of filming will be Saturday, September 25th at Have A Nice Day Café. "We're actually going to be filming two shows. The first one will be a show that will be 100% Norfolk. It will air on the local FOX-TV affiliate WVBT-TV and will be called Club-TV Norfolk. The second will be a compilation of the footage we film in Norfolk as well as the footage that we film in the other 9 cities; it will be called Club-TV USA and will air on E! Entertainment Television each week” added Mr. Quenneville. Leon and his sidekick, DJ Greggy D will host the E! show, and an as yet to be named local personality will host the local show. "We're in talks with a local personality to host Club-TV Norfolk. We're very excited about this person and as soon as the deal is finalized we'll be making an announcement," said Mr. Quenneville.
On-Q will be holding casting calls for a regular cast of dancers, The Norfolk Hot 100, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights at Have A Nice Day Cafe beginning this week. There will also be another casting call held on Tuesday, September 21st beginning at 7pm. Check out www.ClubTVUSA.com for more information..... (9/16/04)
A brand new classified ad has come into VARTV. The Free Lance Star radio properties is looking for a Promotions Assistant. Click "Classified Ads" on the left navigation panel for the complete details. If your station/organization has any positions available (media orientated), get them on VARTV! You would be surprised who reading..... (9/16/04)
:// Jerry Lee Scott released from hospital; Scott Media prepares for another launch
Jerry Lee Scott was released from the hospital and is recuperating at home. "He says he is rather sore and is getting migraine headaches, but is eager to get back to his music!" says David Lyons, Scott Media Group's Vice
"In fact, the Band's next concert is Sept 18, and Jerry plans on making an appearance only eight days after surgery. That just shows how dedicated he is to his band, his music and his fans. Jerry is a source of inspiration for all of us."
The Jerry Lee Scott Band will take the stage at the Warwick Moose Lodge at 8PM, and will have a stand-in member on keyboards to also help with vocals.
In other news, Scott Media Group prepares for the launch of another website under its umbrella. This site will bring to the internet a very popular Isle of Wight restaurant, and bring the total to 4, the number of sites operating under Scott Media's banner..... (9/16/04)
LIN TV's WAVY (10/NBC) Portsmouth has set up a "construction cam" on their website to view the building of the new news set. Check it out here..... (9/16/04)
A brand new classified ad has come into VARTV. Clear Channel Richmond is looking for a news anchor on the weekends for "NewsRadio 1140" WRVA. Click "Classified Ads" on the left navigation panel for the complete details. If your station/organization has any positions available (media orientated), get them on VARTV! You would be surprised who reading..... (9/15/04)
Afternooner Herkules on On Top Urban "Hot 102.1/107.9" WWHV//WWBR Virginia Beach has been heard doing weekends on Infinity's Rhythmic WPGC/95.5 Washington..... (9/15/04)
:// Greaseman loses an affiliate
The Greaseman is no longer heard on Hampton Radio II's NASCAR & Oldies "1490 The Outlaw" WLRT Hampton. Apparently, the last day for the show was Tuesday, August 31. His show debuted on The Outlaw just over four months ago. Grease is now down to six stations with the flagship "DC Radio 700" WDMV being the largest market. Hampton Roads was his second largest. You can still find him on WBOP/106.3 Harrisonburg, WWGE/1400 Altoona PA, WQZK/94.1 Keyser WV, WKMZ/95.9 Martinsburg WV and WGRX/104.5 Fredericksburg VA. Fans of Grease can hear him LIVE on the Internet at Live365.com.
Back at WLRT, GM Chuck Hall is now on weekday mornings from 6-9AM with Tony Snow from 9AM-noon. The station recently launched a new website at racetalklive.com. Usually this is a good thing but the new site is nowhere as nice as the previous..... (9/14/04)
Former Entercom Rhythmic "Z104" WNVZ/104.5 Norfolk weekender Jake Redman now with Clear Channel Miami, picks up nights at CC Hot AC "Mix 96.5" KHMX Houston TX via voicetracking..... (9/14/04)
:// New C'ville NBC ND
Today is the first day for the soon-to-be ND at Waterman's WVIR (29/NBC) Charlottesville. His name is Neal Bennet, and he'll serve as the Assistant ND through December 17; Dave Cupp's last day after 26 years. Bennet was previously ND at Raycom Media KTVO (3/ABC) Kirksville MO and KSFY (13/ABC) Sioux Falls SD. He has a B.S. in Telecommunications/Broadcast News and an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Florida in Gainesville. He started his career at "NBC2" WBBH Fort Meyers FL, NBC29's sister station. He also has worked at Conus Communications and WCJB-TV (ABC) Gainesville FL..... (9/13/04)
:// New set for Wavy
LIN TV's WAVY (10/NBC) Portsmouth made a brief announcement their 11PM newscast Saturday night that they're building a new news set. Perhaps this is one of the changes GM Ed Munson hinted to after the release of the last sweeps book. Their newscasts ratings are slowly slipping away into WVEC's (13/ABC, Hampton/Norfolk) lap. The last set they had was nice (my words) but over six years old and probably will head for another LIN property. There's been no mention of when the new set will debut. One VARTV reader said, "... guess they figure a new set with the same ole personalities will garner increased ratings. Go figure. LOL."..... (9/13/04)
:// Jerry Lee Scott hospitalized
Jerry Lee Scott was admitted to a Peninsula hospital September 10 in order to have dual surgeries performed, one of which was a follow up operation to last year's gastric bypass.
"To my knowledge he is recovering quite nicely and hopes to be out of the hospital very soon," said David Lyons, Vice President of Scott Media Group. "This will be a slow recuperation, however, which means that the Jerry Lee Scott Band will not be performing for the next 4 to 6 weeks. Once he is able to resume concert appearances, we already have an overflowing calendar of dates leading up to New Year's Eve, so of course we're hoping for a speedy recovery."
Updates on Jerry's progress will be provided on jerryleescottband.com on a near-daily basis, so everyone is asked to check there for the latest news, and also to visit his Message Board or send email to leave Get Well Wishes..... (9/13/04)
:// Jazz on the radio in Hampton Roads?
Sure... and lots of it. On the far left of your radio dial, sits Hampton University's WHOV/88.1. Playing a variety of formats and genres, their main focus is Jazz. We hear the station is expanding the "Workday Jazz" program from noon to 10PM. "Jazz Flight" heard sometimes in the evenings from 6-10PM slot will be moved to overnights. "Workday Jazz" is more mainstream with "Jazz Flight" more traditional Jazz. The Gospel Express Morning Show will continue to be heard weekdays 6-10AM.
WHOV has gotten their website back online with a brand new look at whovfm.com. The station is also working out the logistics of streaming LIVE on the Internet..... (9/10/04)
:// WHRO-TV news
Recently, the Public Television outlet for SE Virginia and NE North Carolina added a fourth channel to the Cox Cable channel line-up. Besides the legacy channel on channel 15, WHRO feeds the VTC/CPB-Annenburg, WHRO-DT and now PBS Kids channels to Cox's digital tier on channels 106, 715 and 108 respectively. We hear within 60 days a fifth signal will be added -- PBS You, a channel devoted to adults. That'll be seen on channel 109. WHRO will reach a total of six area-wide content feeds to Cox Cable in 2005, as a result of a strategic partnership with Cox at both the local and national PBS level. All these channels are free, over-the-air, on WHRO-DT.
In other station news, they are shooting two HD specials now, one on the Civil War in Virginia and one on Monticello. You can check out the Web piece at savingmonticellofilm.com. Also, WHRO will be doing the grand re-opening of the Attucks Theater live with a performance by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band..... (9/10/04)
:// New ND named at 3
UPDATED: FTVLive first reported that Jeff Parsons will be the new News Director at New York Times' "Your NewsChannel 3" WTKR (CBS). Parsons replaces John Wessling who left at the end of August. FTVLive says "...he's (Parsons) no stranger to managing last place newsrooms (as WTKR is). Parsons was most recently the ND at Meredith's WGCL in Atlanta, a troubled station that routinely finishes 4th. He got axed from GCL earlier this year..."
Frank Chebalo, President & GM at WTKR, told staffers "...the great news is... he will be on board here at the station by the end of September, and is already preparing an approach and strategy to share for November." (9/10/04)
Today on the "CBS6" WTVR Richmond news at noon, the entire news department surprised Cheryl Miller on air at the end of the newscast to celebrate her 20th anniversary at the station. The on-air celebration included balloons, cake, and the news crew surrounding her in the background. Miller said she was speechless when it happened..... (9/9/04)
:// New weather guy at ABC13
Allbritton Communications' "ABC13" WSET Lynchburg/Roanoke has added a new weekend meteorologist for the First Watch Weather Team - Matt Ferguson. According to his bio, Ferguson graduated from UNC-Asheville in 2002 with a BS, in Meteorology. His first job was at Jefferson-Pilot's WBTV (3/CBS) Charlotte, where he was weather producer, then later became an on-air Meteorologist for "News 14 Carolina," the 24-hour cable news station run by Time Warner Cable in Charlotte. In addition to weekend on-air weather duties, Ferguson will also serve as the station's environmental reporter and weather producer..... (9/9/04)
Angie Miles, former "CBS6" WTVR Richmond anchor, was recently seen reporting for "NBC12" WWBT Richmond..... (9/9/04)
Gray Television's new "CBS19" WCAV Charlottesville has now replaced WUSA/9 on the Adelphia cable systems in and around Charlottesville. CBS19 can now been seen on cable channel 18..... (9/9/04)
:// Radio Richmond announces high school football coverage
New Richmond station "TalkRadio 1480" WTOX Glen Allen will be become part of the Radio Richmond Sports Net coverage of Central Virginia High School Football.
This year's High School Game of the Week will be simulcast on both WTOX and WLEE (AM 990) beginning tomorrow (9/10) when Mills Godwin hosts Monacan (7:30pm). Radio Richmond will continue to follow the Hopewell Blue Devils on WHAP (AM 1340) in the Tri-Cities.
The games will be sandwiched with unique pregame and postgame shows that will air on all three stations. The coverage starts with the Weekend Kickoff Show at 6:00pm hosted by Mark "Top Dog" Smith and Gary Criswell who returns after an one year hiatus. "We are convinced that you can link an adult oriented sports talk show with High School sports, because the audience for High School sports are adults and local sports enthusiasts" said Smith, an unrepentant UVA fan and Alumnus. A major thrust of the show will be recruiting and previewing the weekend action from Division I to Division III, leading into the High School game. "I am prepared to return as Richmond's on-air Football Recruiting Guru," injects Criswell last heard on the airways on the defunct Richmond Speed Broadcasts. "No one as picked up the slack since I've been off the air."
The package is blessed with the availability of Richmond's busiest broadcasters; Robert Fish and John Emmett. Robert will handle the WTOX / WLEE games when the Braves finish their season, joined by Notre Dame graduate and Senior Producer Tim Hurley who will join Fish on site will fill in on play-by-play while Robert finishes the baseball season. John Emmett will team with Criswell in the studio to handle the halftime and post game Lifetouch Studios Scoreboard Shows. "If you have heard John & I on the air before you know that ANYTHING can happen. We are followed on the air at 11 on Fridays by a comedy show, I think we'll be a good lead-in." Bob "Spanky" McFarland returns for his 4th season at WHAP..... (9/9/04)
:// DirecTV channels $1,000,000,000 HD plan
In an early move to corner the high-definition television market in the United States, DirecTV said Wednesday that it will spend more than $1 billion to launch four satellites with the capacity to eventually offer every home in America more than 1,500 local and 150 national HD channels. Paul Bond of The Hollywood Reporter has the whole story..... (9/9/04)
A brand new classified ad has come into VARTV. Cox Radio Richmond is looking for a morning news anchor. Click "Classified Ads" on the left navigation panel for the complete details. If your station/organization has any positions available (media orientated), get them on VARTV! You would be surprised who reading..... (9/8/04)
:// 93-7 Bob FM, 106-1 Kick FM
Say what?! That's what we're hearing. Sinclair Communications just signed on the "We Play Anything" format on 106.1 just over six months ago to instant success. We hear that "BOB FM" will replace Country "Kick FM" WKCK Chesapeake on 93.7. When "Kick" first signed on, it did OK but since faltered and hasn't had any effect on Barnstable's Country "97-3 The Eagle" WGH Newport News/Norfolk.
The 93.7 signal is a monster at 100,000 watts beaming from Moyock NC compared to 106.1 at just 1,700 watts (with an antenna height of 502 feet) from Buckroe Beach in Hampton. We're hearing the "swap" will take place on Thursday, September 23 -- the first day of the Fall ratings period. This swap will help BOB achieve higher ratings but will this move eventually kill "Kick FM?" On-air promos start tomorrow..... (9/8/04)
:// Max Media to use Wicks System at its 32 stations
Wicks Broadcast Solutions has entered into an agreement with Virginia Beach-based Max Media to integrate Wicks' DeltaFlex 4 Broadcast Management system into its 32 radio stations.
In announcing the agreement, Wicks Broadcast Solutions CEO Pete D'Acosta said, "We are thrilled to join Eric and his outstanding group of stations as partners and look forward to a very long and rewarding relationship with Max Media for many years to come."
Eric Mastel, president of Max Media LLC, added, "We researched every major supplier for a traffic system flexible enough to accommodate our present needs…Wicks' Deltaflex 4 was an easy choice, the system coupled with outstanding support and service, made it the only choice for Max Media." (9/7/04)
Norfolk, Richmond Trends? Anyone? ..... (9/6/04)
:// Herk featured
Aaron Graves, better known as Herkules on On Top Urban "Hot 102.1/107.9" WWHV//WWBR Virginia Beach/West Point, is featured in today's Close-Up in The Virginian-Pilot's Beacon. If you haven't gotten a chance, check it out now, pick up a copy today. Herk can be heard weekdays on "Hot" from 2-6PM..... (9/5/04)
Douglas Durden of the Richmond Times-Dispatch has the low-down on Richmond's syndicated TV line-up beginning this fall..... (9/5/04)
:// NBC 12 anchor to take new job
Local news is losing one of its familiar faces. Mychael Dickerson, the NBC 12 weekend news anchor known for his deadpan delivery when covering the latest antics of City Hall, is slated to become Henrico County schools' director of media relations and safety. Nicole Johnson of the Richmond Times-Dispatch has the whole story..... (9/3/04)
:// More Magic in the stick
Hot AC "Magic FM" WMGR/104.9 Roanoke//WMJA/102.7 Lynchburg was granted it's license to increase power from 6,000 watts to 25,000 watts this week. Inside word says it will be powering up Tuesday. Market observers noticed the stronger signal at various times this week, the assumption is that they were testing..... (9/3/04)
A brand new classified ad has come into VARTV. 50s-70s Oldies "Surf 92.3" WSRV Deltaville is accepting applications for on-air positions. Click "Classified Ads" on the left navigation panel for the complete details. If your station/organization has any positions available (media orientated), get them on VARTV! You would be surprised who reading..... (9/3/04)
:// RiverDogs have new radio home
WTOX will be flagship station
The Richmond RiverDogs of the United Hockey League have a new radio partner. All 'Dogs regular season and playoff road games will be broadcast on 4M Communications' "Talk Radio 1480" WTOX. All games, home and away, will be streamed live on the internet. The 42 game package on WTOX begins October 23 and includes the two neutral site games at Baltimore.
"We are very pleased to be working with the 4M Communications group," said 'Dogs Director of Broadcasting John Emmett. "They have had a long-time commitment to local sports programming, and now with 1480 they have an outstanding signal as well," Emmett added.
Emmett will return for his second season as the radio Voice of the 'Dogs. He has nine seasons of hockey play by play experience, including six in Richmond. He also broadcasts Richmond Braves baseball. By the way, the 'Dogs open their second season Friday, October 15 vs. Port Huron at 7:35 in the Richmond Coliseum..... (9/2/04)
:// 4M Communications returns AM 1480 to the Richmond airwaves
Richmond based 4M Communications Inc (RadioRichmond) today launched a new radio station, WTOX "Talk Radio" 1480, featuring an all-star talk line-up of Imus in the Morning, The Laura Ingraham Show, The Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly and The Sean Hannity Show. WTOX-1480 is 4M's fifth radio station in Richmond and marks the return to the Richmond airwaves of the legendary 1480 frequency.
In addition to bringing Richmonders the biggest names in talk radio Monday through Friday, WTOX-1480's line-up includes news from NBC News and the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and business reports from CNBC. The station will air local talk shows evenings and weekends focusing on a variety of subjects including politics and civic issues, health and medicine, exercise, food, real estate investing and finances. WTOX-1480 also is the new home of William and Mary football and basketball, and a full slate of high school football and basketball games will begin September 10. Additional sports affiliations will be announced soon.
4M partner Mike Mazursky said, "After four years of planning, 1480 is finally a reality and we are excited to launch a 24-hour radio station in a vibrant market like Richmond." "Mike and I are local radio operators," added 4M partner Chuck Milkis, "and we are proud to bring back to Richmond a heritage station like 1480."
Much of WTOX-1480's talk line-up is being moved over from 4M sister station WLEE-990, which now becomes "Unforgettable" 990 with the Music of Your Life format and featuring Richmond legend Floyd Henderson 6-10 a.m. Monday-Friday.
4M Communications is Richmond's largest locally owned broadcast group. In addition to WTOX "Talk Radio" 1480 and WLEE "Unforgettable" 990, 4M's station group includes Richmond's only Spanish-language station, WVNZ "Selecta" AM1320, WREJ "Rejoice" AM1540 and WHAP "Unforgettable" AM1340 in the Tri-Cities...... (9/1/04)
:// Jeff Wicker lands in Greensboro, brings a friend
Jeff Wicker, formerly mornings at CC CHR "Q94" WRVQ/94.5 Richmond known as "Wicker In The Morning," gets the morning gig at Entercom Modern AC "98-7 The Zone" WOZN. The Zone dumps the syndicated Bob & Sheri show after seven years. Wicker also brings along a long time friend -- "Skip the Prize Guy." Skip (Sher) will exit Q94's Q Morning Zoo tomorrow and head for the "larger" market. Both start on Monday the 6th..... (9/1/04)
It's now "WKSI Stephens City/Winchester," so reports BTVOnline.net. Clear Channel's WKSI, better known as "98.3 Kiss-FM," has moved their transmitter from Charles Town to the "Q102" WUSQ tower, west of Winchester..... (9/1/04)
A brand new classified ad has come into VARTV. Gray Television's brand new CBS and ABC affiliates in Charlottesville is looking for an Account Executive. Click "Classified Ads" on the left navigation panel for the complete details. If your station/organization has any positions available (media orientated), get them on VARTV! You would be surprised who reading..... (9/1/04)
A little birdie, really really close to the source, tells me something will be coming out of the speakers on AM 1480 WTOX tomorrow. Stay tuned..... (9/1/04)
:// Mix in a good cause
WKJX/96.7 (The All New Mix 96) Elizabeth City NC is teaming up with the Foodbank of the Albemarle for the Walk For Hunger 2004. Last year the Foodbank raised 12,000 and this year they're aiming at 20,000. Mix 96's Morning Show Host Sean Gunn will not only walk the entire course, but... if the station reaches its goal of 9,600 he has vowed to wax his legs before the walk for all to see! The walk takes place Sunday, October 10th in Elizabeth City and donation can be made through email@example.com or 252-338-0196..... (9/1/04)
:// Think you were surprised? How about the weather guys?
We all knew it was going to rain (in Richmond). An inch or two. But an entire wall of water fell from the sky Monday. Tidal waves roared through the city. "The Day After Tomorrow" movie came to life - about 5 o'clock, I think I saw the Statue of Liberty drift by.
This was not the drenching rain that was forecast. It was more like a biblical one. What happened? Ray McAllister of the Richmond Times-Dispatch has his point-of-view..... (9/1/04)
:// Busy month at VARTV
VARTV had its second most busiest month ever including daily and monthly total traffic. Congrats to Dave Hughes who runs the very successful DCRTV.com on his eighth year in this biz. I also thank him for me getting sucked into this VARTV thing. A gut feeling tells me September will be the best ever. Thank you to EVERYONE who reads AND contributes to VARTV..... (9/1/04)
:// WCKO, er, WYRM news
Word Broadcasting's recently launched 50kW daytimer AM 1110 has taken the new call letters WYRM -- "Where You Really Matter." The previous calls were WCKO. Right now, the religious outlet is simulcasting Contemporary Christian WJIE/88.5 Louisville KY but has plans to start local programming this month. WYRM will host two separate weekday, one hour, talk shows featuring local media personalities: Pat Murphy (WAVY/10 political analyst) and Ben Kinchlow formerly with 700 Club..... (9/1/04)