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:// Dish/Fox reach retrans deal Agreement restores cable nets dark since Oct. 1 | Saturday, October 30, 2010
Roughly two days before its retransmission consent agreement for more than two dozen Fox Networks owned and operated stations were set to expire, Dish Network has reached a carriage deal that not only avoids a blackout of the broadcast networks, but restores more than 20 cable channels that have been dark on the satellite giant for nearly one month. (read more - Broadcasting & Cable)
:// Special message for DISH Network subscribers (from WVEC) | Friday, October 29, 2010
Dear valued WVEC viewer,
I want you to know that we are in the process of negotiating a program carriage agreement with DISH Network. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts to move forward with DISH, little progress has been made to this point. (read more - WVEC.com)
:// MySpace overhauls to focus on entertainment | Wednesday, October 27, 2010
MySpace, the online social hub that's been fighting to stay relevant in the age of Facebook and Twitter, is overhauling its image and its website into an entertainment destination for its mostly younger audience. (read more - Associated Press)
:// WAVY TV10 is On Your Side in Decision 2010 with the launch of onPolitix | Monday, October 25, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE... WAVY TV10 is On Your Side in Decision 2010 with the launch of a new online resource called onPolitix. Hampton Roads can now get all the facts about all the candidates in one easy and convenient place before going to the polls. (read more - WAVY-TV10)
:// George Allen to co-host show on ESPN Radio 94.1on Monday, October 25 | Sunday, October 24, 2010
Former Governor and Senator George Allen will co-host the Tony Mercurio Show this Monday, October 25, from 3-6, on Max Media's ESPN Radio 94.1. "This will mark the third year that George Allen has co-hosted my show," noted ESPN Radio 94.1 program director Tony Mercurio.
"He always comes up with great guests and we have always gotten great remarks from his shows," added Mercurio. Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, JMU football coach Mickey Matthews, Bill Thomas of Hampton University, Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim, NFL star Michael Vick and former Redskins great Brigg Owens are on the slate for Monday's show.
:// Tuned In: (Pittsburgh) Channel 4 has rough weatherman transition Not everyone is happy with a former WTKR meteorologist in Pittsburgh | Friday, October 22, 2010
When Channel 4 executives decided on their latest weather center shake-up, new-to-the-market (the former WTKR Chief Meteorologist) Mike Harvey was placed in the unenviable position of replacing the well-liked Stephen Cropper as chief meteorologist at 5, 6 and 11 weeknights. (read more - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
:// Michael Vick to do weekly show on ESPN Radio 94.1 | Wednesday, October 13, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE... ESPN Radio 94.1 (Max Media in Virginia Beach) continues to add to its football lineup on the Tony Mercurio Show weekdays at 3 p.m.
"I am proud to announce that Michael Vick has become a member of the ESPN Radio 94.1 regular lineup," noted Mercurio, also Program Director of ESPN Radio 94.1 (WVSP-FM). (read more - ESPN Radio 94.1, WVSP)
New September PPM Arbitron numbers are out for Hampton Roads and there are some eye poppers (from the final book) especially for Sinclair's Adult Hits "93-7 BOB FM" WNOB and Country "US106" WUSH/106.1, and Max Media CHR "Hot 100.5" WVHT. All are way up. All the details at Radio-Info.com... (10/11/2010)
:// WJCD 107.7 is gone! | Monday, October 11, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE... With WJCD switching KISS to 92.1 & 107.7, Hampton University’s 88.1 WHOV is now the only official Smooth Jazz & Contemporary Jazz voice in Hampton Roads!
Jay Lang, WHOV Station Manager (and former PD of WJCD at 105.3 from 1998 to 2001), says “This is great news for us on the heals of the completion of our new on air studios, website, internet streamimg, fiber optic and digital upgrades. For the last year we’ve been transforming WHOV internally & externally into a force to be reckoned with in the World of Jazz and in the Hampton Roads community. We will continue to provide our morning Gospel Programming and an expanded variety of Jazz Programming throughout the remainder of the day with an added emphasis on Smooth Jazz to satisfy the many loyal listeners of the format in the Hampton Roads Area.”
:// "Greatest Hits of All Time” coming to Hampton Roads on Magic 105.3 New sound joins Clear Channel’s market leading urban format 103 Jamz as Kiss-FM gets new home | Monday, October 11, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE... Clear Channel Radio announced the launch of a new format in the Norfolk market – WKUS Magic 105.3 – “The Greatest Hits of All Time.” Starting (October 11th), artists whose music will be heard on Magic 105.3 range from the Beach Boys to KC and the Sunshine Band, Billy Joel to Rod Stewart, Elton John to Motown – with some of Norfolk’s own local “Beach Music” in the mix. (read more - Magic 105.3, WKUS)
:// Radio format shuffle in Hampton Roads | Monday, October 11, 2010
At noon today, Clear Channel Norfolk did some major format adjusting in Hampton Roads. The Urban AC format that was heard on WKUS/105.3 Windsor has moved to WCDG/92.1 Moyock and WJCD/107.7 Windsor as "Kiss FM." 70s-60s Hits "Cool 92.1" has moved to WCDG-HD2.
"The Greatest Hits of All Time" is now heard on WKUS as "Magic 105.3" Another market loses the Smooth Jazz format. Discuss on Facebook).
:// 103.7 The River "Boobie Bowl" to strike out breast cancer! | Monday, October 11, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE... The New 103.7 The River is proud to support Richmond in the fight against breast cancer. Haley-GMC and King Pin Lanes have joined with Cox Media Group-Richmond for Boobie Bowl, an inaugural bowling event to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure-Central Virginia. (read more - 103-7 The River, WURV)
:// Richmond met vet doing HR weather | Saturday, October 9, 2010
Former "CBS6" WTVR Richmond Chief Meteorologist Mike Goldberg was seen this morning doing weather for LIN Media's WAVY (10/NBC). Brian Hill is/was filling-in on the weekends for the station.
According to his Facebook and LinkedIn pages, Goldberg is still heard in Richmond on Clear Channel's Soft AC "Lite 98" WTVR/98.1 and Main Line's 70-60s Hits "Big Oldies 107-3" WBBT, doing freelance weather for Allbritton's "ABC13" WSET Roanoke and music instruction at two Richmond-area high schools.
:// News at 4 o'clock on WVEC next fall?? | Friday, October 8, 2010
Belo, the station group in multiple major markets, prefers to replace the "Oprah Winfrey Show" with less-expensive local programming. A slew of its 20 stations will lose Winfrey next year (including WVEC/13 ABC Hampton/Norfolk), and while analyzing whether to acquire another syndicated show or keep the time themselves, they're leaning local. (read more - MediaPost)
:// theCoolTV finally on the air in Hampton Roads | Thursday, October 7, 2010
theCoolTV has launched on Sinclair Broadcast Group's "myTVZ" WTVZ/33 Norfolk on 33-2. It's also being carried by Cox Communications. The original carriage announcement was made back in February.
A listing on Wikipedia describes theCoolTV as "(the) network's current program schedule consists of an all-music video lineup that can be customized to meet an affiliate's preference, along with the three hours per week of E/I programming as required by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC); musically-oriented films and full-length concerts are possible future additions to the schedule."
The addition of theCoolTV on WTVZ is being discussed on Facebook...
:// Shenandoah Telecommunications Company continues to expand cable holdings | Thursday, October 7, 2010
Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (Shentel) announced today the signing of an asset purchase agreement to purchase the cable systems serving the communities of Salem, West Virginia and Oakland, Maryland from Suddenlink Communications. The systems have approximately 7,000 homes passed. (read more - Shentel Communications)
:// Cable prices too high, Consumers threaten to switch providers | Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Satisfaction among cable TV program retailers when it comes to pricing continues to drop. But telco providers AT&T's U-Verse and Verizon's FiOS still earn the best overall results. (read more - MediaPost)
:// Verizon launches 4G LTE in 38 major metropolitan areas by the end of the year | Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Verizon underscored its rapid deployment of the world’s first large-scale 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network today from the CTIA Enterprise & Applications™ 2010 conference. Lowell McAdam, president and chief operating officer of Verizon, detailed the company’s major network launch in 38 major metropolitan areas, covering more than 110 million Americans, by the end of the year. (read more - Verizon)
:// Studio Center welcomes Vice President of New Media and Marketing | Tuesday, October 5, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE... Studio Center Total Production welcomes Del Scheitler as Vice President of New Media and Marketing. In a newly created role, Del will serve as the leader for Studio Center’s National New Media division. The New Media division will offer an array of digital marketing services... (read more - Studio Center)
:// Jon Cash ready to talk about leaving WAVY-TV | Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Former WAVY-TV meteorologist Jon Cash plans to talk on Wednesday morning about the reasons he was fired from the station in late August. (read more - The Virginian-Pilot) (read more - Daily Press) (read more - WTKR)
:// WLW-AM hires new late-night Talk host (from WRVA) | Friday, October 1, 2010
Another Doc will be taking calls on WLW-AM at night after Doc Rodgers’ “Extra Innings” stint ends whenever the Reds stop playing. Cleveland-area native Doc Thompson from Clear Channel’s WRVA-AM in Richmond VA will host nights later this month. (read more - Cincinnati The Enquirer)
:// Fox pulls nets from Dish Impasse over rates, retrans deal looms | Friday, October 1, 2010
Fox pulled a number of cable channels and regional sports networks from Dish Network Oct. 1 as the midnight (Pacific Time) deadline passed without a carriage agreement, possibly setting the tone for a much nastier retransmission consent fight for Fox broadcasting stations next month. (read more - Multichannel News)
:// “The Bruce Smith Radio Show” on The Game | Friday, October 1, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE... Red Zebra Broadcasting and WXTG Radio (102.1FM/1490AM) The Game is the home of “The Bruce Smith Radio Show” .The hour long radio show is broadcast live from Guadalajara Restaurant in Town Center Virginia Beach every Monday night prior to Monday Night Football starting at 6:00pm. (read more - 102.1 The Game, WXTG)
:// Belo (WVEC/13) adds ABC’s Live Well Network | Wednesday, September 29, 2010
The first non-ABC owned stations are on board with Live Well Network, as five major-market Belo outlets will launch the digital channel Nov. 8. WFAA Dallas, KMOV St. Louis, WWL New Orleans, WVEC Hampton-Norfolk and WCNC Charlotte represent the Live Well debutants. (read more - Broadcasting & Cable)
The PD/morning host slot is now open at Max Media Country WCMS/94.5 in NE NC along with nearly dozen new classified ads being placed on VARTV this month! Click "Classified Ads" on the left navigation panel for complete details.
If your station/organization has any positions available (media oriented), get them on VARTV! You would be surprised who's reading..... (9/27/2010)
:// Time Warner Cable, Belo (WVEC/13 Norfolk) reach retrans accord | Monday, September 27, 2010
Time Warner Cable and Belo Corp. reached an agreement in principle on retransmission-consent, averting a potential disruption in service.
The parties came to an accord on Sept. 24 for Belo's 12 stations around the country, as well as local news networks, ahead of the expiration of their pact at midnight on Sept. 26. (read more - Multichannel News)
:// Radio's (Fredericksburg) 'Game' fills void for fans | Friday, September 24, 2010
JUST WHEN YOU thought summer was over, here comes another blast of hot air.
Even after this late-September warm stretch passes, there will be plenty of heated debate and discussion on The Game, Fredericksburg's new all-sports radio station (WYSK-AM 1350). (read more - The Free Lance-Star)
:// DJ Law memorial broadcast | Thursday, September 23, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE... WOWI-FM will be broadcasting the memorial services for Lawrence “DJ Law” Brown III on 102.9 and online at www.103jamz.com and iHeartRadio smart phone applications. (read more - 103JAMZ, WOWI)
:// Vonneva Carter named General Sales Manager for Entercom Norfolk | Thursday, September 23, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE... Vonneva Carter has been named General Sales Manager at Entercom Norfolk effective September 27, 2010. Vonneva will lead and direct Entercom’s sales initiatives for stations WWDE and WPTE. She will report to Jeff Brown, VP/General Manager of the Norfolk Cluster. (read more - Entercom Norfolk)
:// Cox Media Group hosts the Richmond Employment & Education Fair | Wednesday, September 22, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE... Cox Media Group – Richmond (WKHK K95, WKLR 96.5, WHTI Hot 100.9, WURV 103.7 The River) and over 30 area employers and educational development outlets have joined forces for the Richmond Employment & Education Fair taking place Tuesday, September 28. The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Science Museum of Virginia located at 2500 West Broad Street. (read more - Cox Media Richmond)
:// Cumulus cuts jobs at NRV radio stations | Wednesday, September 22, 2010
The "Big Dog" won't be barking as much as he used to.
Rick Watson, who hosted the "Big Dog Sports Talk" show weekdays on WWBU-FM 101.7, was one of 10 people at six New River Valley radio stations laid off last week by Atlanta-based Cumulus Media. (read more - The Roanoke Times)
:// Main Line and Children’s Hospital team up for 2010 Children’s Miracle Network Radiothon | Tuesday, September 21, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE... Main Line Broadcasting (98.9 Liberty and Big Oldies 107.3) will partner up with the Children’s Hospital of Richmond for the 2010 Children’s Miracle Network Radiothon on Thursday, September 23-Saturday, September 25th.
The 3-day, 32 hour event will broadcast live from the Children’s Hospital of Richmond on Brook Road... (read more - Main Line Richmond)
:// Senator Jim Webb to speak at the Virginia Crime Stoppers Association Conference | Tuesday, September 21, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE... The Virginia Crime Stoppers Association is pleased to welcome Senator Jim Webb as the keynote speaker of its annual training conference in Smithfield. VA. (read more - Virginia Crime Stoppers Association)
:// WVEC to go dark on Time Warner Cable systems in NE NC? | Tuesday, September 21, 2010
The deadline for reaching a new deal for carriage rights of 12 Belo broadcast television stations (includes WVEC/13 ABC) on Time Warner Cable is Saturday 9/25/10 – and TWC is once again trying to turn subscribers against the broadcaster. But Belo, like Disney and others before it, is firing back. (read more - RBR.com)
:// (NE NC) Local radio stations WCNC & WZBO now “The Home of Classic Country” | Tuesday, September 21, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE... East Carolina Radio's WCNC AM 1240 and WZBO AM 1260 is now northeastern North Carolina's Home of Classic Country. Featuring the sounds of country music from more than four decades, WCNC and WZBO is awakening memories of country fans of all ages, and bringing this classic sound to a whole new generation. (read more - Classic Country WCNC/WZBO)
(Chris) Kash, with Clear Channel CHR "Q94" WRVQ/94.5 Richmond, was upped to Music Director late last week. Kash has been with the station just over a year. He originally was hired to be a sidekick/foil for Mellisa Chase (who has since moved to cross-town Cox Radio's "103-7 The River" WURV). A station source says, "Kash held down the fort and for the last six months really made an impact."
Kash started his radio career at Clear Channel Rhythmic "JAMN 94.5" WJMN Boston.
:// City ‘Rich’ in amenities Famous art, Flying Squirrels define Richmond market | Monday, September 20, 2010
Richmond-Petersburg may not be a Top 50 market—yet—but the region offers big-town attractions. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts was the only U.S. stop for a Tiffany exhibit that wrapped in mid-August, and the market was one of only five nationwide to screen ballyhooed NBC drama The Event in advance of its Sept. 20 debut, following a vociferous vote-in campaign on the WWBT Website. (read more - Broadcasting & Cable)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE... September 20, 2010, it is with profound sadness that we share the passing of one of our own; Lawrence Brown III AKA “Kool DJ Law” died September 19th at the age of 40. (read more - 103JAMZ, WOWI)
:// New morning show for Richmond's Hot 100.9 | Monday, September 20, 2010
Cox Radio announced recently that "Murph Dawg & CJ" will be the new morning show heard on its Rhythmic "Hot 100.9" WHTI Lakeside/Richmond. The duo previously were on sister Rhythmic "95-5 The Beat" WBTS Atlanta before that format was dropped.
Besides WHTI, Murph Dawg & CJ Simpson will be aired on Cox Rhythmic "Hot 98.1" WHZT Greenville SC and CHR "Power 100.1" WPUP Athens GA. The show to be based from their old studios at The Beat, debuts Thursday morning.
:// Alice says goodbye to Kiss | Monday, September 20, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE... Beginning today, WAZR-FM in Harrisonburg, VA, becomes Alice 93.7. “This is something totally new for the Valley” said Alice 93.7 Program Director Steve Knupp. “We’re bringing Harrisonburg and the central Shenandoah Valley great music from the 90’s, 2K and today….music the 20 and 30 “something” listener has been craving... (read more - Alice 93.7, WAZR)
:// New morning host at WBBT | Monday, September 20, 2010
Main Line Broadcasting's 70s-60s Hits "Big Oldies 107.3" WBBT Powhatan/Richmond (and WARV/100.3 Petersburg) has a new morning host, long-time radio vet Jim Conlee.
Conlee was last at Steel City Media's AC "Q92.9" WLTJ, and spent time in San Antonio and Houston before that. His first day on air at WBBT was this morning. Oldies 107.3 hasn't had a morning host since Ozone was let go last December 2009.
:// Dave Desler of WFOS passed away | Monday, September 20, 2010
Dave Desler, who taught radio broadcasting at the Chesapeake Center for Science and Technology for 25 years and retired as chief engineer at student-run WFOS/88.7, passed away on Saturday. He was 68.
Desler spent over 40 years in the radio/TV business; having worked with various radio and television stations including WGH, WNIS, WPEX, WCMS, WVEC and WTAR before moving on to CCST.
The funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at Hickory United Methodist Church, 2708 S Battlefield Blvd, Chesapeake. The interment will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park, 2700 Parish Ave, Newport News. The viewing will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Great Bridge Chapel of Oman Funeral Home & Crematory, 653 Cedar Rd, Chesapeake.
:// WOBX-FM goes Talk | Saturday, September 18, 2010
Earlier this week, East Carolina Radio (ECRI) dropped the Classic Hits "Nick FM" stunt on WOBX-FM/98.1 Manteo for "NewsTalk 98." The station had been doing some flavor of current Rock for six years, the latest as Active Rock "98OBX," until August 30 when ECRI dropped the format.
The new weekeday line-up looks like this:
5-6 a.m = Bloomberg 6-9 a.m. = Bill Bennett 9 a.m.-noon = Glen Beck Noon-3 p.m. = Rush Limbaugh 3-6 p.m. = Sean Hannity 6-9 p.m. = Jason Lewis 9-10 p.m. = Dr. Dean Edell Overnights = Coast To Coast
NewsTalk 98 features CBS News at the top of the hour, Sam Walker with local news and weather at the bottom (6a-6p).
:// WRVA recognized | Saturday, September 18, 2010
WRVA/Richmond was recently honored with the Fisher House Foundation's Patriot Award in recognition of the station's May fundraising effort.
The Clear Channel news/talker raised nearly $120,000 for Fisher House, which provides housing and support for the families of wounded warriors receiving care at military hospitals.
Among those on hand for the presentation were (L to R) WRVA PD/Morning Host Jimmy Barrett, Fisher House VP/Operations Derek Donovan, Clear Channel/Richmond Market Manager Ruth Stoutermire and WRVA afternoon host Doc Thompson.
:// WTVR-TV CBS 6 to broadcast Saturday morning news | Thursday, September 16, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE... CBS 6 News in Richmond, VA will begin production of a Saturday morning newscast later this month. The High Definition broadcast will run from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., starting September 18th, 2010. (read more - CBS6, WTVR-TV)
:// Your Country 99.7 WCYK re-launches as Hitkicker 99.7 | Thursday, September 16, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE... Beginning today, WCYK in Charlottesville, VA becomes Hitkicker 99.7. “This is WCYK 2.0,” said Hitkicker 99.7 Program Director Lisa Allen. “We’re bringing Central Virginia the same great mix of country hits by today’s biggest superstars, only with a whole new attitude.” (read more - Hitkicker 99.7, WCYK)
:// “The Graveyard Shift with Brian” gets first affiliates | Wednesday, September 15, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE... We are very excited to welcome our first two affiliates to the family here at The Graveyard Shift with Brian. As of this past Monday, 106.7 The Vibe FM in Ilion, NY, and Rock 95.7 FM in London, KY, have begun carrying the program. (read more - The Graveyard Shift with Brian)
:// ESPN Radio 94.1 adds football guests | Tuesday, September 14, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE... "We have added several regular guests talking football on ESPN RADIO 94.1" noted program director Tony Mercurio of Max Media in Virginia Beach......"Our lineup is outstanding featuring a former NFL great, former NFL major scout and a former NFL coach of the year." (read more - ESPN Radio 94.1, WVSP)
:// Jon Cash, former WAVY weatherman, says Friday he will begin forecasting duties at WESR next week | Monday, September 13, 2010
Meteorologist Jon Cash, who abruptly disappeared from WAVY-TV’s early morning newscast earlier this month after 21 years at the station, will take on a part-time gig as weatherman for WESR radio on the Eastern Shore starting Monday morning. (read more - Salisbury The Daily Times)
Editor's note: A WESR official says "Jon has done weather on our station for almost 9 years now. He’s simply continuing what he has done. He’s very popular with our listeners and we’re happy to have him continuing to bring a special forecast for the Eastern Shore."
:// WAVY TV10 / FOX43 bring style and justice to new fall line up | Monday, September 13, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE... WAVY TV10 and FOX43 roll out the red carpet for celebs with new Fall Shows! The Nate Berkus Show premieres Monday, September 13 at 9am on FOX43! Nate Berkus introduces you to exciting ways to redesign your life! Then, a new type of justice is served as Nancy Grace brings you Swift Justice at 2pm on WAVY TV10. (read more - WAVY-TV10, FOX43 WVBT)
:// ESPN Fredericksburg going on FM too | Friday, September 10, 2010
Yesterday, Star Radio Group dropped Spanish on WYSK/1350 Fredericksburg for Sports (The Game) using the ESPN Radio network. On Wednesday, papers were filed with the FCC for Star to acquire translator W243BS/96.5 Fredericksburg from Positive Alternative Radio (PAR) to rebroadcast WYSK on FM.
WYSK does 1,000 watts during the day but just 37 watts at night. The 96.5 signal right now is doing 27 watts.
Purchase price? PAR "agrees to forego the first three years rent valued at $30,000 per year for (Star Radio Group's) leasing of space on... tower... use by radio station ("Positve Hits") WJYJ-FM (90.5 Fredericksburg)."
:// Star 1310 plugs into the Spirit with Smooth Jazz Guitarist Tim Bowman | Friday, September 10, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE... Star 1310 is changing the way people listen to and appreciate gospel music with their “Praise & Worship Unplugged” concert series. Saturday, August 28 Star welcomed smooth jazz guitarist Tim Bowman, brother of five time Grammy nominee, Vicki Winans, to Chesapeake Square Mall in Chesapeake. (read more - Star 1310, WGH)
:// Former WAVY weather anchor Jon Cash speaks to NewsChannel 3 | Thursday, September 9, 2010
Ex-WAVY meteorologist Jon Cash is breaking his silence. Today he was on two local radio stations and NewsChannel 3 was there as he addressed rumors. For the first time since his dismissal from WAVY, Jon is clearing the air. (read more and video - NewsChannel 3, WTKR)
:// Hampton Roads, How You Doin’? | Thursday, September 9, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE... From New York City to FOX43 Studios, Wendy Williams will be a guest star on The Hampton Roads Show at 8am on Friday, September 24. Fans will want to be part of the LIVE studio audience that day and some may even "do lunch" with Wendy! (read more - FOX43, WVBT)
:// Jon Cash on Channel 3 | Wednesday, September 8, 2010
The firing of LIN Media WAVY (10/NBC) meteorogist Jon Cash has made the news... on another TV station in Hampton Roads. Local TV LLC's "NewsChannel 3" WTKR (CBS) Norfolk had a brief story on Cash's departure at Channel 10... (see more - NewsChannel 3, WTKR)
Saga Communications' Classic Rock "106.9 The Fox" WAFX Suffolk shuffled their on-air line-up yesterday to make room for a new host. Troy Brimmer (formerly Troy Shannon at Entercom Rhythmic Z104 back 2002) is now station's new morning show host. Sonja moved to afternoons and continues as Marketing Director for the cluster (WNOR/98.7, WAFX/106.9, WJOI/1230).
Here's the new line-up:
6-10 - Troy Brimmer 10-3 - Mike Arlo 3-7 - Sonja 7-12 - Dave Taylor 12-6 - Jeff Schmidt
:// Update on weathercaster Jon Cash coming Tuesday | Thursday, September 2, 2010
Jon Cash says he'll provide additional details on Tuesday Sep. 7 about his firing from WAVY-TV, Channel 10's weather team. The information will be posted on his Web site, joncashministries.com, Cash said on Thursday. (read more - Daily Press)
:// WHRO radio continues to expand | Thursday, September 2, 2010
Hampton Roads Educational Telecommunications Association Inc (WHRO) will get a new signal on the Eastern Shore. Positive Alternative Radio (PAR) has agreed to sell Christian Comtemporary "Spirit FM" (WRXT/90.3 Roanoke) WJCN/90.1 Nassawadox and low-power translator W261CN/100.1 Williamsburg to WHRO for $237,000.
WJCN has filed an application to change the station from a Class A to Class B, essentially covering the entire Virginia portion of the Eastern Shore. It's our guess that WJCN will rebroacast News/Public Affairs/NPR WHRV/89.5 Norfolk and a new set of call letters have been requested.
WHRO will lease the low power station back to PAR for $1 for the next year and $250/mo the following five years. The translator has filed an application with the FCC to more than double its power from 80 watts to 190 watts.
In addition to WJCN, WHRO will soon sign on two brand new stations -- WHRX/89.9 Gloucester Courthouse (simulcast of WHRO/90.3) and WHRG/88.5 Gloucester Point (simulcast of WHRV/89.5).
Local TV LLC "NewsChannel 3" WTKR (CBS) Norfolk reporter Bob Matthews is out after 18+ years with the station. He has joined Sinclair Communictions Norfolk (WNOB/93.7, WROX/96.1, WUSH/106.1, WNIS/790, WTAR/850) as an account executive... (9/1/2010)
:// Station meteorologists upped | Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Local TV LLC's "NewsChannel 3" WTKR (CBS) Norfolk has named mornings/noon meteorologist Patrick Rockey as the station's new Chief Meteorologist. He started evenings/nights yesterday.
Rockey, who has been with Channel 3 for 8 years, replaces Chief Meteorologist Mike Harvey who will exit Fridayfor a similar position at Hearst Television's WTAE 4/ABC Pittsburgh.
Replacing Rockey, who was doing weather and co-anchoring, is the recent new hire (June 2010) Myles Henderson for weather and Blaine Stewart will be co-anchoring now with Laila Muhammad. Vanessa Murdock continues her part-time weather duties on the weekend.