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:// WFLS News online Inauguration coverage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE... Tuesday, January 20, the nation will witness history in the Inauguration of Barack Obama as President. brings you this historic day with six hours of continuous live Inauguration coverage, including the Inaugural parade, the swearing in, and Obama’s Inaugural address.

Reporters Jason Bronis and Sagar Meghani will anchor the coverage, with additional reporting from the parade route and from the National Mall. Coverage will begin approximately 10:30 AM January 20th and will continue through the afternoon, concluding with President-elect Obama’s Inauguration Speech.

In addition to the coverage from our reporters, there will be pictures from 40-cameras strategically positioned, including one at the top of the Washington Monument.

Join us Inauguration Day, January 20 for this unprecedented online video coverage on

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100.5 MAX FMMax Media announced that 100.5 MAX-FM will carry NFL playoff games on Saturday, January 3rd and Saturday, January 10. This is the second straight year that the Saturday games will be heard in Hampton Roads on 100.5 MAX-FM. Tony Mercurio, Program Director of ESPN Radio 1310, made the announcement.

"We have Admirals hockey on ESPN Radio 1310 this Saturday and ODU men's basketball on Star 94.1 FM" Mercurio added, "MAX MEDIA is happy to move these important NFL playoff games to 100.5 MAX-FM. I do want to point out that the remaining NFL playoff games and the Super Bowl will be on ESPN Radio 1310. We had tremendous positive feedback last year having these Saturday NFL games on 100.5 MAX-FM... We have a couple of great games this Saturday on MAX-FM."

The games this Saturday on 100.5 MAX-FM are: Atlanta at Arizona at 4:30 pm, followed by Indianapolis at San Diego at 8 pm.

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Tony Mercurio, of ESPN Radio 1310, has won the Sportscaster of the Year Award for the 14th time. Mercurio, who is in his 23rd year as host of the “Tony Mercurio Show”, was named Sportscaster of the Year by the prestigious Chesapeake Athletic Club for 2008.

The Award will be presented to Mercurio in the early part of 2009, by the Chesapeake Athletic Club. Mercurio stated, “It is an honor to win the Sportscaster of the Year Award…This Award not only belongs to me but also the entire staff of ESPN Radio 1310…We have a great product and my show is not only me but also the entire staff.” Mercurio added, “It is a tremendous honor to win this award from the Chesapeake Athletic Club. They have promoted sports, on all levels, in our area since the 1940’s.”

Mercurio started his show on September 15, 1986, as the first successful weekday sports talk program in Virginia. He is also responsible for ESPN Radio 1310 becoming the first all-sports radio station in Virginia, back on May 30, 1992. ESPN Radio 1310 is owned and operated by Max Media.

Tony Mercurio not only has hosted his own sports talk show for 23 years but has also been the “Voice of the ODU Lady Monarchs basketball team” for 18 years.

Max Media owns and/or operates or has under contract 37 radio stations in 7 markets, including: Norfolk-Virginia Beach, VA. The Outer Banks of NC, Russellville/Morrilton AR, Selinsgrove PA, Marion-Carbondale IL, Cape Girardeau MO and Poplar Bluff MO. Max Media also owns and/or operates 7 television stations in: Traverse City MI (ABC), Bowling Green KY (NBC), Portland ME (FOX), Missoula MT (ABC), Great Falls MT (NBC), Butte/Bozeman MT (ABC) and Tyler TX (CBS).

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:// "Home for the Holidays"
EZ100.5 FM & AMEN820-AM bring communities and troops together for the holidays via radio and Internet


WZEZ, WGGMEZ100.5-FM & AMEN 820-AM launch their Richmond area & world wide promotion bringing families and troops together for the holidays.

Beginning Veterans' Day, EZ100.5-FM and AMEN820 AM invite loved ones in Richmond area communities to send a little bit of "Home for the Holidays" to troops and those serving around the world. EZ100.5 and AMEN 820 offer families and the community the opportunity to record a personalized message to soldiers which will air on the radio but most importantly a message that can be heard by troops anywhere in the world on the Internet at or

Anyone wishing to have their message included in this promotion can call 804-717-2007. The "Home For the Holidays" greetings will begin airing 24 hours a day on both stations and Internet sites, Thanksgiving day through New Years Day.

This promotion offers a unique twist to the traditional "Hi Mom" greetings from the troops, by allowing local families to send their greetings and for troops to actually HEAR messages of love and support from their local communities via the Internet.

Any organizations wishing to help get the word to troops and families of this service, or for further information call Yvonne Hagen, General Sales Manager at 804-717-2000 ext 113 or

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:// On Air With Ryan Seacrest gets The Point

94.9 The Point94.9, The Point is proud to announce the addition of Ryan Seacrest to the station’s weekday talent line-up. “On Air with Ryan Seacrest”, the nationally syndicated radio show, will be heard exclusively in Hampton Roads on WPTE, Mondays through Fridays from 12 noon-3p, starting tomorrow, Thursday, October 23, 2008.

“On Air with Ryan Seacrest” features the ubiquitous “American Idol” co-host in a fast paced program that will combine the hottest of “Today’s Music” with rare access into the world of entertainment. A recipient of a star on the prestigious Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work in radio, Seacrest was recently included, for the third consecutive year, in FORBES Magazine’s annual “Celebrity 100 Power List.”

Commenting on the new show, Entercom Norfolk Vice President and Market Manager, Jeff Brown, said, “We are excited to bring Ryan Seacrest to our listeners. Ryan boasts an incredible resume of broadcast achievements and he will allow our audience unprecedented entrance into the world of Hollywood and behind the curtain.” Brown went on to say, “’On-Air with Ryan Seacrest’ is another illustration of just how committed our four radio brands are to satisfying the entertainment and information appetite of our listeners.”

"It’s incredible to think that we have one of America’s most popular celebrities hosting one of our prime time slots each week day on The Point," Entercom Norfolk VP/Operations Don London added. "Ryan Seacrest’s contacts, connections, and his personality driven content are second to none on Pop radio, TV and in print. Not only is Ryan influential and entertaining, he’s very relatable. This show is heard on over 500 radio stations around the world and the ratings stories are building very quickly... Ryan will be playing The Point’s amazing mix of music that over 150,000 people a week in Hampton Roads know and love. Tune in tomorrow at noon to hear On Air with Ryan Seacrest exclusively on 94.9, The Point."

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:// Jack Gravely Former WRVA Talker and Award Winning Talk Show Host Joins WLEE News Talk 990

News Talk 990October 15, 2008 -- Richmond VA — WLEE News Talk 990 is pleased to add to their schedule former WRVA talker and award winning talk show host Jack Gravely. The Jack Gravely Show will air Monday-Friday, 10-12N on WLEE News Talk 990. Jack has had a full career that included being president of the NAACP. Today he is one of a very few black talk show hosts in the country.

Jim Jacobs, General Manger of WLEE said “We are all very excited to have a talent of Jack’s caliber on our air. He will be a great addition to Richmond’s talk radio scene offering a unique perspective on politics, finance and social issues.”

Joining Jack will be Dr. Robert (Dr. Bob) Holsworth, nationally know political analyst, providing timely commentary. Also, J.B. Bryan of J. B. Financial Group, Inc. will offer financial advice. The Jack Gravely Show will originate from the Downtown Richmond studio’s of WLEE. The show will stream live on the Internet at daily.

Contact numbers for Jack and the show are: (804) 788.0990 (studio) or 643.0990 (receptionist).

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:// Tony Mercurio anniversary show on ESPN Radio 1310

ESPN Radio 1310FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE... The Tony Mercurio Show starts it's 23rd year on Max Media's ESPN RADIO 1310 WGH this Monday, September 15, 2008.

Tony Mercurio will be broadcasting his anniversary show live Monday, September 15 from 3-6 p.m. at McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon, on Power Plant Parkway in Hampton. The public is invited to come celebrate the first successful weekday sportstalk show ever in the history of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

"Nobody thought a weekday sportstalk show in Virginia would last as long as ours," noted Mercurio. "This party is to not only celebrate the completion of 22 great years, but also to thank the thousands of listeners and advertisers who believed that this show was needed in Hampton Roads. I can't thank the fans and advertisers enough for their fantastic support over these 22 years." Mercurio added, " It is ironic that we are having this party at McFadden's in Hampton, just off of Mercury Boulevard..We started sportstalk at our old studios right across the street from McFadden's in Hampton, on September 15, 1986."

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:// The Morning Sludge Hosts Annual Sludge-A-Thon
Sludge-A-Thon Celebrates 2 Years in Richmond to Benefit Local Soldiers


Y101RICHMOND, VA – August 14, 2008: To celebrate two years in Richmond, Sludge, Abe, and Dash of The Morning Sludge will stay on the air for 28 hours straight!

They hit the air today at 6 AM and will remain on the mic until tomorrow at 10 AM. During this time they will encourage listeners and local business to head to and donate anywhere from $1 to $101. Proceeds will be donated to local soldiers and their families.

“The least I can do is spend 28 hours on the air to help the real warriors risking their lives for us,” said Sludge.

Guests from the past two years will be featured on the show including actors, comedians, and musicians. The Sludge-A-Thon is sure to be a mayhem filled celebration benefiting wounded soldiers serving overseas.

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:// 92.9 The Wave Reeling In The Years

92-9 The WaveVIRGINIA BEACH, VA – 92.9 The Wave (WVBW-FM) shines the spotlight on the best decades of music with “20 Years in 20 Days”. Starting Tuesday, August 12th, 92.9 The Wave will feature a different year of Top 40 hits starting with 1970. This special feature will conclude on Sunday, August 31st with non-stop hits from 1989.

“It’s a chance for our listeners to hear part of Hampton Roads biggest music library and relive the memories of yesterday while still enjoying the hottest hits of today!” says Mike Allen, Program Director of 92.9 The Wave. “As parents get the kids get ready to head back to school, we’re providing stress relief and taking them back to their school days.”

On Monday, September 1st, 92.9 The Wave will recap the previous twenty days with “20 Years in 20 Hours.”

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:// American Idol Host Ryan Seacrest Joins 92.9 The Wave
Ryan Seacrest
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA * 92.9 The Wave (WVBW-FM) is proud to announce that American Idol host Ryan Seacrest has joined their family of legendary broadcasters. Seacrest's "American Top 40" makes it's debut on Sunday, August 3, 2008 at 7:00 AM.

American Top 40, Ryan Seacrest's original syndicated radio show, features the hottest Top 40 current adult hits of today. The show will also consist of "92.9 The Wave Retro Flashbacks" to some of the biggest hits of yesterday. "We couldn't be happier to have a personality like Ryan on The Wave," says Mike Allen, 92.9 The Wave Program Director. "He is the Dick Clark of today*or the Dick Lamb of Los Angeles!"

Ryan Seacrest has a thriving career in broadcasting and multiple ventures in media. He is best known for hosting American Idol on FOX and boasts a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work in radio.

American Top 40, originating from the E! Studios in Hollywood, sheds light on everything happening in the entertainment industry including interviews with to talent in music, television and film. American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest will be heard locally every Sunday morning from 7:00 AM to 12 Noon on 92.9 The Wave.

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:// Radio Disney AM 1290 broadcasting in HD

Radio Disney AM 1290WDZY, Radio Disney AM 1290, owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company, is now broadcasting in HD.

Radio Disney AM 1290 Richmond is a 24/7 radio network devoted to kids, tweens and families. Kids help pick the music that is played and are encouraged to interact via a toll-free line to the Radio Disney studio.

The network's current playlist, driven by listener requests and representing major record labels, includes recording artists Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana, Jonas Brothers, Corbin Bleu, Taylor Swift, Jordin Sparks, Chris Brown, Aly & AJ, The Cheetah Girls, Colbie Caillat and Carrie Underwood.

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:// Dick Lamb Celebrates 30 Years of Waking Up Hampton Roads

92-9 The WaveVIRGINIA BEACH, VA – 92.9 The Wave (WVBW-FM) is honored to announce that Dick Lamb, host of Dick Lamb and The Morning Wave, will celebrate 30 years of morning radio in Hampton Roads on Thursday, July 31, 2008.

Dick Lamb, who founded and co-owned the first Adult Contemporary FM radio station in Hampton Roads with Larry Saunders and Gene Loving, has been one of the most popular morning radio personalities since the day he stepped behind the mike. For over 26 years, Lamb was host of Dick Lamb and The Breakfast Bunch. In 2005, Dick Lamb formed a new morning show, along with former co-host Paul Richardson and new member Jennifer Roberts, know as Dick Lamb and The Morning Wave. To this day, Dick Lamb and The Morning Wave continue to wake up and entertain Hampton Roads radio listeners on 92.9 The Wave.

In celebration, Mayor Meyera Oberndorf of the City of Virginia Beach has declared July 31st as “Dick Lamb Day” in Virginia Beach.

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ESPN Radio 1310JMU football and men's basketball will remain on Max Media's ESPN Radio 1310. Tony Mercurio, Program Director and afternoon host on ESPN Radio 1310, made the announcement...."This contract will keep popular JMU football and JMU men's basketball on ESPN Radio 1310 thru the 2011 JMU football season, and thru the 2011-2012 JMU men's basketball season...."We have had a great relationship with JMU and this extends our continued relationship with the JMU nation." Mercurio added, "JMU has a huge alumni base here in Hampton Roads...As a matter of fact about 1/3 of the JMU football team is from our area....Personally, I look forward to another Division I-AA football championship for the Dukes, just like back in 2004."

James Madison University"This gives ESPN Radio 1310 the Tides thru 2012, ODU football plus men and women's basketball thru 2012, the Admirals thru 2012 and now JMU....Put all of those with us carrying the Super Bowl, the World Series, the NBA finals, the BCS football championships, the Major golf reports and the Olympic reports and it is easy to see why we have been the sport's station in the Commonwealth of Virginia."

Curt Dudley, Director of Multimedia Communications, JMU athletics is pleased to have ESPN Radio 1310 as part of the James Madison University network. "The continuous partnership between James Madison University athletics and ESPN Radio 310 dates back to the 1999-2000 school year. Both organizations emphasize the benefits of this relationship by extending the contract for at least three more years and I trust eventually beyond."

Dudley added, "The ability to deliver our broadcasts to loyal listeners in Hampton Roads helps to rank the JMU/nTelos Sports Network among the strongest collegiate networks in Virginia and the biggest among those in the Colonial Athletic Association.

A large percentage of the JMU Nation resides in the Hampton Roads area, and many of our current students and student-athletes come from this part of the state. Simply being a part of such a great sports radio station like ESPN Radio 1310 is of tremendous value to the Dukes of James Madison University."

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:// Redskins Radio Returns!

SportsRadio 1400SportsRadio 1400 WKAV, Charlottesville’s only fulltime sports radio station, has signed an affiliation agreement to carry the 2008 Washington Redskins radio broadcasts beginning with this Sunday’s Hall of Fame Game against the Indianapolis Colts (air time 5:00pm).

“We’re very pleased area Redskins fans will be able to hear Larry Michael, Sonny Jurgensen, Sam Huff and the entire broadcast crew beginning with the pre-game coverage through the game and to the end of the post-game coverage,” said Program Director Joe Thomas, “and they’ll be able to hear every pre-season, regular season and hopefully play-off game on SportsRadio 1400 WKAV.”

“Charlottesville is full of rabid Redskins fans and we’re extremely grateful to have SportsRadio 1400 WKAV as one of our valued Redskins radio stations,” said Bruce Gilbert CEO, Red Zebra Broadcasting.

Radio coverage of the Redskins will begin three-hours prior to each game for the five game pre-game and 16 game regular season schedules. SportsRadio 1400 WKAV will also carry any post-season wild-card and divisional play-off games.

Monticello Media is a private, Charlottesville-based company operating six radio stations in the Charlottesville market. In addition to Charlottesville’s only fulltime sports station, SportsRadio 1400 WKAV, the company owns NewsTalk 1260 AM WCHV, Country 99.7 WCYK, Hot 101.9 WHTE, Tom @ 107.5 WWJT and generations 102.3 & 94.1 WZGN.

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NBC12Another first for WWBT NBC12 when this week we mark the beginning of NBC12 News in High Definition, leading the way in the era of HD local news and weather for Central Virginia viewers. With an extensive upgrade to the NBC12 Master Control and Studio operation, NBC12 is now airing all of its local newscasts in High Definition. The most noticeable improvement for the viewer will be First Warning Weather in HD. The NBC12 First Warning Doppler Radar, Hour by Hour forecast and Severe Weather tracking maps will all be clearer and easier to read. “This is the most advanced weather technology on TV today” explains Andrew Freiden NBC12 meteorologist.

“We were proud to be the first broadcaster in Central Virginia to sign on with an HD signal in late 2001 and along with the NBC line up we are now delivering Richmond’s number one news and weather with the technical quality and picture our viewers expect ,” says Don Richards, General Manager. “This launch is timed with the upcoming Olympics Games from Bejing. The biggest HD broadcast event on television.”

The Olympics on NBC12 will begin with Opening ceremonies on Friday night August 8 at 8pm and conclude 17 days later –broadcast 100% in High Definition. Viewers can access full schedules of events and times at

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:// McGeorge Toyota Announces Prius Give-a-way
Contestants Can Now Register to Win a Prius in the McGeorge Prius Give-a-way


Cox Radio RichmondRICHMOND, VA – July 23, 2008: Cox Radio (K95, 96.5 KLR, Y101, Mix 103.7) and NBC 12 will begin accepting applications today for the “M.P.G., McGeorge Prius Give-a-way!” This 4 week contest will result in one lucky Richmonder driving away in a 2007 Prius!

Contestants can enter to win six different ways. Starting at 8:30 a.m. this morning individuals can log on to,,,, or to complete the entry form. Entry forms are also available at McGeorge Toyota at 9319 West Broad St., Richmond, VA 23294. Entries must be received by 12:00p.m. Monday, August 25, 2008 in order to qualify.

Cox Radio stations will be on site at McGeorge Toyota for “McGeorge Mondays,” where individuals can sign up to win the Prius and additional prizes on site during July 28th-August 18th.

K95, 96.5 KLR, Y101, Mix103.7 and NBC12 will each randomly draw 20 entries. These contestants and a guest will be invited to attend a party at McGeorge Toyota on August 28, 2008. A reverse drawing will be conducted to narrow the contestants down to five finalists (one per station). Each finalist will receive a car key, one of which will start the Toyota Prius!

Visit any station website for complete contest rules and restrictions.

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WAVYWAVYPortsmouth, VA – July 21, 2008 – WAVY-TV continues its legacy of market leadership today with the launch of the area's first and only High Definition (HD) newscasts. WAVY-TV has maintained a history of “firsts” in Hampton Roads. That history includes being the first area television station to broadcast in color and the first to bring LIVE news from the skies with Chopper 10. “WAVY TV 10 is pleased to be the first station to offer High Definition newscasts to Hampton Roads viewers,” said President and General Manager Doug Davis. “In addition, Super Doppler 10 HD will offer superior graphics and on-air tools for a weather forecast that is detailed and easy to understand.”

WAVY-TV worked with the Emmy award-winning scenic and lighting design firm FX Group to design visually creative and flexible news set that will be used for both WAVY News and FOX43 News broadcasts. The set covers more than 2,100 square feet of studio space, and had a complete floor renovation during the month it took to construct. The sleek new set features a new main anchor desk, Super Doppler 10 Weather Center, 10 Timesaver Traffic area, an elaborate interview set, and 30 displays including two 71-inch DLP television sets. “We are excited to deliver our viewers excellent news and weather content in dynamic color and clarity,” said Kathy Hostetter, News Director for WAVY TV and FOX 43. “Our advancement into HD is just one more way we are On Your Side in the community.”

Viewers will see the new HD broadcasts beginning today on WAVY News 10 and can also look forward to seeing it on FOX43 News at 10 tonight. “I am most grateful for the skilled and persistent teamwork of our management team and our entire staff in bringing this memorable milestone to fruition,” said Davis. “All of us at WAVY and FOX43 are proud to bring the High Definition experience to Hampton Roads.”

For more information on High Definition and an online tour of the new WAVY and FOX43 news set, log on to

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AM 990 WLEE airs “It’s Your Job!” Starting Friday, August 1, featuring Dr. David Schein as host, presented by Claremont Management Group.

“It’s Your Job!” will focus on matters involving employees and employers. Subjects will include workplace disputes, pay and benefits, equal employment opportunities, safety and contract issues. Primary emphasis will be on call-ins by employees and employers.

Dr. Schein has an impressive background that includes 30 years in Human Resources. He has been a featured speaker in over a dozen states covering more than 50 major conferences. “It’s Your Job!” represents a return to radio for Dr. Schein, who was Producer and Host of “The Arts Menagerie” on public radio in Philadelphia in the 1970’s.

The program will feature contests for “Boss of the Week” and “Butthead Boss of the Week.” A prize will also be awarded for best question of the week. There will be a daily segment regarding a current employment topic.

Veteran radio Producer Kevin Ferrell will insure that the program has a professional sound from day one. “It’s Your Job!” is a pilot for a nationally syndicated radio program.

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:// Imus In The Morning is Back on Richmond’s WLEE, News Talk, 990

News Talk 990WLEE, News Talk, 990, today announced the signing of Don Imus as the station’s new morning host beginning Monday, July 21st. Imus is bringing his team back to Richmond radio, including newsman Charles McCord. The show will air 6am to 9am.

“We are ecstatic to bring Don Imus back to Richmond morning radio,” said WLEE, News Talk, 990 General Manager Jim Jacobs. “Don’s unique brand of humor, knowledge of the issues and ability to attract big-name guests is unparalleled. He is rested, fired up and ready to do great radio.”

Imus has been a morning radio icon for over 30 years. Throughout that span, Don developed a reputation as a hard-hitting interviewer, able to ask tough questions and still have his guests come back for more. An extensive roster of celebrities, politicians and media stars have appeared on his program during that time, establishing Imus in the Morning as the nation’s radio show of record.

WLEE, News Talk, 990 is the Richmond home for the Baltimore Orioles, JMU & VMI football, CNN News and locally and nationally produced programs that uniquely reflect the Richmond lifestyle.

WLEE, News Talk, 990 is part of the Davidson Media Groups Richmond quad that includes Urban Gospel (Rejoice) WREJ 1540, Richmond’s Gospel Gold Standard, 1320 WVNZ (La Selecta) and 1480 WTOX (La Equis) Richmond’s most powerful Hispanic voices.

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:// Studio Center Announces the Hiring of Heather Garrett And Brian Bartusiak for Their Film & Video Division

Studio CenterVirginia Beach, VA – Studio Center Total Production, the Nation’s largest production company, announces the hiring of Heather Garrett and Brian Bartusiak as Coordinating Producers. They will be overseeing all aspects of pre-production for the company's Film and Video Division.

Heather Garrett is a native of Virginia and graduated from James Madison University and Queensland College of Art at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia with a Master of Arts with honors in Media Production. She has produced award-winning short films under her own company, Hey Song Productions. Additionally she took home the "Best Arts Program" at the 2004 National Community Television Awards and has completed a year long “producing workshop” at QPIX, a film resource center. She has produced a series for Australian television and while with a Richmond, VA production house she coordinated the production of “American Skinheads” a documentary which premiered on the National Geographic Channel.

Brian Bartusiak also a native of Virginia attended the Center for Arts and Communication in Newport News and graduated from William and Mary University with a concentration in Film Studies. He interned with Colonial Williamsburg Productions and while employed by a local production facility Brian moved up from a production assistant’s role to Producer / Director. Brian has produced everything from commercials, marketing and trade show videos, web products to interactive DVDs.

"Heather and Brian bring tremendous talent and experience to Studio Center. We are incredibly fortunate to have landed two such talented production professionals at the same time." said William "Woody" Prettyman, Studio Center's CEO.

Studio Center produces over 14,000 Radio and TV commercials each year, documentaries, corporate training videos, infomercials, computer games, and audio for toys and original music -- for clients in all 50 states and provides foreign voice-overs for 23 countries around the world. Studio Center Total Production has an exclusive roster of hundreds of non-union and union talent, and offers full signatory services.

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:// Belo names Jim Berman President and General Manager of WVEC-TV13

WVECDallas, TX. Belo Corp. (NYSE: BLC) announced today that James R. (Jim) Berman has been named president and general manager of WVEC-TV13, Belo’s ABC affiliate in Hampton/Norfolk, beginning August 4, 2008. He will join WVEC-TV13 from WHP-TV and WLYH-TV in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where he served as vice president and general manager since November 2006. Berman previously served as vice president and general manager at WSAV-TV in Savannah, Georgia from 2003 to 2006 and at WETM-TV in Elmira, New York from 2001 to 2003. He will report to Kathy Clements, Belo’s senior vice president/Television Operations.
Jim Berman
“Jim has delivered remarkable results throughout his career, most recently at WHP and WLYH,” said Clements. “We are confident that Jim will continue WVEC-TV13’s longstanding success in the Hampton/Norfolk market.”

“I am absolutely thrilled to join Belo. The Company has outstanding stations, and it is an honor to be selected to lead WVEC-TV13, a station with a tremendous reputation and track record of success,” said Berman. “I look forward to working with the management and staff as we continue to build on that legacy for our viewers, Web site users and advertisers.”

Berman has more than 25 years of television industry experience. Before becoming a general manager, he held various positions including director of programming and research at WBBM-TV in Chicago, research director at WGAL-TV in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and sales and research positions with Group Television Sales in New York, Katz Sports in New York and Katz American Television, also in New York. Berman earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Rutgers University where he also served as general manager of WRSU-FM.

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:// Dave Adler gets "Best Morning Show" award

(Fredericksburg, VA) His listeners have known it for years but now The Virginia Association of Broadcasters has made it official; “Dave’s Morning Show” is the best Morning show in Virginia. The award was presented at the 71st Annual Virginia Broadcasting Awards, held June 27th at the Hilton Virginia Beach.

Hosted by Dave Adler on 95.9 WGRQ-FM, “Dave’s Morning Show” brings the SuperHits of the 60’s and 70’s to life each morning. Dave’s vast knowledge of the music and the artists that made it great gives this format a fresh and exciting sound. This local, full-service morning show features news with Sheila Quinn, traffic updates with Julie Wright and “Dave’s Impossible Trivia”. This highly interactive show also features the listeners as a key ingredient to its success.

Dave Adler is a radio veteran of more than 30 years. “Dave is a tremendous asset to our company. He is a compelling host with a professional attitude. I learn from his experiences everyday, and in turn, he gives me the Best Morning Show in Virginia!” said WGRQ Program Director Jerome Hruska.

95.9 WGRQ-FM is locally owned by Telemedia Broadcasting, Inc.

A full list of winners can be found online at

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:// Medical Editor Kathryn Barrett retires from WVEC-TV13
Kathyrn Barrett
Norfolk, VA. WVEC-TV13. Medical Editor Kathryn Barrett retires her broadcast post after 25 years of industry excellence. “This was a difficult decision, but in the end, I wanted to spend the remaining time at home as my son enters his senior year in high school,” said 13NEWS Medical Editor Kathryn Barrett. “In addition, I will be able to dedicate more time as a long-distance caregiver for an elderly relative with Alzheimer’s Disease.” Barrett added.

Kathryn joined WVEC-TV13 in 1982 as co-host of "Tidewater Evening". Later, her reporting duties expanded to cover local stories all across the Hampton Roads market. Ultimately, her focus on medical reports began in 1990. Her assignments have taken her to Iraq, Germany, the Southeast, China and Spain. Various stories found her imbedded with the military, starting with her 1995 assignment with the US Navy in Zagreb, Croatia leading her to a 2006 Emmy nominated series with the US Air Force at a combat hospital north of Baghdad, producing ‘Healing the Heroes: America's War Wounded’ and her Emmy award for Operation Smile ‘Helping Honduras’.

"I've been privileged to see first hand, some of the biggest stories to hit Hampton Roads in the past 25 years. As those stories unfolded, it's been a pleasure to be part of the 13NEWS team in covering them.” said Barrett. "They've been my second family for many years of my life. I only wish them the best.” Barrett added.

"Kathryn's dedication to the station and our viewers has been immeasurable, but we understand her decision and fully respect and support it,” said Rich Lebenson, Executive News Director, “I'm sure I speak for the newsroom and say that we will miss her and look forward to the day she returns for occasional breaking medical stories and special reports.” Lebenson added.

"If the 13NEWS team needs me in the future, I'll be there” Barrett added. “There are many things on the horizon, I'm planning to emcee ‘Physicians for Peace’, a 20th anniversary Gala this fall, and continue my association with the Alzheimer’s Association."

Barrett's last day will be Wednesday, July 9th.

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WAVYJuly 1, 2008—Portsmouth, VA: WAVY TV 10 claimed three first place honors and one runner up recognition from the Virginia Association of Broadcasters 71st Annual Awards, held at the Hilton at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront on Friday, June 27, 2008.

WAVY garnered top recognition with the “Best Morning Show” award for the morning newscast, WAVY News 10 Today. “Best Station Promotion/Contest” was awarded for the WAVY 50th Anniversary promo, and “Outstanding Feature Reporting” for WWII Canteen Cup Returned. Runners up accolades were given for “Outstanding News Series” for WAVY News 10’s continuous coverage of the Michael Vick Investigation.

“It is fantastic to see our #1 newscast in Hampton Roads receive statewide recognition for its excellence,” said Kathy Hostetter, News Director. “We are grateful to the judges who recognize that, along with our excellence in reporting and promotion.”

The Virginia Association of Broadcasters has been working to advance broadcasting since 1937. The Association provides legal advice, holds sales, news and production educational seminars, and provides government relation services for its members. The VAB sponsors scholarship and internship programs to help educate and train future broadcasters, and the annual awards program recognizes excellence in broadcasting among its member stations.

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:// Red Zebra Broadcasting enters Roanoke/Lynchburg market

Red Zebra BroadcastingRed Zebra Broadcasting, a media company based in Washington, D.C. and known for its primary investor Daniel Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins football franchise has entered an agreement to purchase radio stations in Roanoke and Lynchburg, VA from Centennial Broadcasting, LLC. Red Zebra will take over operations from Centennial Broadcasting, effective today (7/1/2008). The stations are WLNI-FM Lynchburg’s News/Talk 105.9, Roanoke/Lynchburg’s WLEQ-FM BOB-FM (Oldies) 106.9 and Roanoke/Lynchburg’s Everything That Rocks WZZI-FM 101.5 & WZZU-FM 97.9.

Bruce Gilbert, CEO of Red Zebra said it is an exciting day for Red Zebra in adding these stations to our growing company. Red Zebra owns and operates WTEM Sports Talk 980, WTNT AM 570, WWRC Progressive Talk 1260, WXTR 730 AM, WWXT 92.7 FM, and WWXX 94.3 FM in Washington, D.C. which serves collectively as the flagship stations for the Redskins Radio Network. Red Zebra also owns the ESPN Radio all-sports station in Richmond, VA, WXGI 950 AM, and the Fox Sports Radio affiliate in Norfolk/Virginia Beach, VA, heard on WXTG 102.1 FM in Virginia Beach and on WXTG 1490 AM in Hampton, VA which are also part of the Redskins Radio Network.

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FOX43Portsmouth, VA – July 1, 2008 – The search heats up as online voting begins on for the first FACE OF FOX43. In the first two days of voting, contestant videos have been watched more than 48,000 times – logging over 40,000 votes! First round voting gives online viewers a chance to vote until midnight Sunday, July 13 for their favorite FACE OF FOX43!

On July 15th, the top online vote-getter will join four other finalists chosen by a panel of judges and they will be named the Top 5 Finalists who will then move on to round two. The Top 5 Finalists will be announced on July 15th on and live on FOX43 News at 10.

The spokesperson search is sponsored by Bayport Credit Union and the selected winner will be the face, the voice and the personality of FOX43 and for a period of one year. To facilitate the search, participants posted auditions online and onsite auditions were held at the FOX43 studios as well as at the Langley Air Show in Hampton, Virginia. All video auditions are posted for voting on FOX43’s website

To vote, log on to Click on a video and watch it in it’s’ entirety. When the player times out, your vote has been counted. In order for a vote to count the audition must be watched in its entirety! Voters can watch videos as many times as they like and each time a video is watched, the contestant receives a vote.

The Top 5 Finalists will be contacted and interviewed, and must produce new videos and e-campaigns to win even more votes! Finalists must be prepared to accept a position with WVBT-FOX43 beginning August 8th, and must present I.D. and proof of age requirement (21) at interview. Second Round voting begins July 21st. The winning Face of FOX43 will be announced August 7th.

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Television and Radio Documentaries Receive Top Awards


Norfolk: WHRO was honored by the Virginia Association of Broadcasters at its 71st Annual Summer Conference, held on June 27th in Virginia Beach.

WHRO TV received the Best Television Documentary award for Kingdom by the Sea: Fortress Monroe, a production of WHRO’s Center for Regional Citizenship. Kingdom by the Sea explored the history, reviews the debate and considered the future of Fort Monroe as the U.S. Army plans to vacate by 2011. A state appointed Fort Monroe Federal Area Development Authority or FADA has been authorized to decide, but a passionate community debate has continued. WHRO’s film considered whether the site should become Hampton Roads’ hottest new urban village, a green business park, a retreat for veterans, or a National Park. Kelly Jackson, Director of the Center for Regional Citizenship served as Executive Producer, with Amy Broad of Rock Eagle Communications producing.

WHRV 89.5FM received the honor for Best Radio Documentary for WWII: Hampton Roads Heroes, produced and created by Michelle Gabriele-Harrell with Al Sykes as chief audio engineer/sound design. Hampton Roads Heroes captured the experiences of local veterans, including Colonel Edward Shames whose unit was featured in the HBO mini-series, Band of Brothers. Also interviewed was Sam Ring of Newport News, who enlisted in WWII because his father was a POW. He ended up helping his father, who had endured the Bataan Death March in the Philippines. The program wrapped with 17 year old Jason Hickman talking about his Grandfather, a WWII.

“These programs illustrate the ongoing strength of the military presence in Hampton Roads,” said Bert Schmidt, WHRO Chief Executive Officer. “We’re especially proud to have received recognition for work that reflects that strength.”

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:// The Christmas that You Missed

97-3 The EagleVirginia Beach, VA – 97.3 the Eagle (WGH-FM) has teamed up with Alion Science and Technology, USO of Hampton Roads and Ocean Breeze Waterpark to present The Christmas that You Missed Wednesday, June 25, 2008.

The event is for military families who were separated at the Holidays due to deployment. The event is free for military personnel and their family. To date over 450 people have registered for this free event.

The Christmas that You Missed will include photos with Santa, Christmas music, prizes and more. 97.3 the Eagle’s Jimmy Ray and Jen will broadcast live from 6pm-9pm at Ocean Breeze Waterpark. Military families who are registered will enjoy 4 hours at Ocean Breeze Waterpark for free.

Midas Records recording artist Adam Gregory will perform free for the families and sign autographs and take photos after his show. Gregory has hit the country charts with his debut single “Crazy Days.”

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99.3 The VibeFredericksburg, VA, 99.3 The Vibe announces the hiring of ‘The Entertainer John Blaze’ as host of “The Morning Vibe,” debuting the week of June 16th.

John Blaze, a radio vet, most recently from WCKX (Power) 107.5 in Columbus, OH, from the highly rated Blaze & City Night Show. Blaze says he is “…looking forward to the opportunity to come to Fredericksburg to do it BIG and make it HOT!”

John Blaze started a school tour in Columbus to bridge the gap between radio and the community. The program, which was free to local schools, was John’s personal way to give back to the community and to demonstrate to students that they can succeed in life with hard work and determination, just as he has.

“We are thrilled to have such a great addition to The Vibe. John brings a history of an ongoing commitment to the community which is vital to the current and future success of The Vibe. He will be a great compliment to Tony B and the entire staff of The Vibe,” says General Manager, John Moen.

Vibe Program Director, Jim Spector, says…”we’re excited to bring in the Entertainer John Blaze as host of The Morning Vibe. John’s energy and dedication to the community will set a pace for the entire Vibe community!”

For further information, please contact Sean Quinn with the 99.3 The Vibe Promotions Department at 540-374-5502 or at

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:// 100.5 Max-FM is Rockin* the World

100.5 MAX-FMKUWAIT * Brian Farley, a Virginia Beach based soldier in the United States Navy serving in Kuwait, gets a taste of home every day by listening to 100.5 Max-FM via internet stream. Recently, Farley submitted a play list to MAXFM.FM and had his hour of Rock N' Roll broadcast around the world. He and his fellow service men and women listened intently to the stream as Farley's hour of rock reached Kuwait. His friends and family at home listened too.

100.5 Max-FM is the worlds first station totally programmed by it's listeners around the world. Even in a war zone.

"I listen to Max at home; I listen to Max while I'm deployed. It gives me a taste of home from so far away! Nobody rocks like Max," says Farley, IT1 (sw/aw). "It's nice to be able to keep in touch with the men and women serving our country no matter where they are," says Cindy Crawford who handles the midday on-air shift on Hampton Roads rocker 100.5. Max-FM. "We have thousands of listeners who reside in Hampton Roads and are serving overseas right now. The fact that they can pick their own hours of Rock N' Roll makes us feel like we're giving back in some small way for everything they're doing or us."

100.5 MAX-FM is the first station in the world to actually allow listeners total control to program the music. This concept will allow each listener to select from thousands of "Rock titles", and program the music. "We feel it's extremely important to be honest with our fans, when we say Hampton Roads Rock station, now we really are, programmed by our listeners," says Eric Mastel, President of Max Media Radio. "How can one Program Director and research based on less than 100 people, decide the tastes and musical preferences of an entire market of Rockers? They can't! We have hundreds of Program Directors, selecting from decades of great Rock!"

On Monday, June 9th, 100.5 Max-FM debuted a listener based on-line interface. The Max-FM listener will be in full control of the music. 100.5 Max-FM is utilizing the diverse musical taste of its listeners to continue to provide great rock and roll to Hampton Roads.

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Construction to Be Completed in September 2008


Country Music Hall of FameMade possible through private philanthropy, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will break ground this month for the construction of a new 2,657-square-foot walled garden terrace at Fourth Avenue South and Demonbreun. Construction is expected to be complete in September 2008.

The terrace will honor country radio pioneers Marj and the late George Aubrey Crump of Suffolk, Virginia. The Crumps were longtime owners of historic radio stations WCMS-AM and WCMS-FM in Norfolk, Virginia. WCMS-AM signed on as the nation’s first all-country radio station in July 1954.

Media are invited to join Museum executives, architect Seab Tuck and Crump family and friends for a picnic lunch, the unveiling of plans for the terrace, and music by guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel at Green Acres, the Suffolk home of Marj Crump, on Saturday, June 14, 2008, at noon.

The George Aubrey and Marj Crump Terrace has been designed by Tuck-Hinton Architects and Hodson & Douglas Landscape Architects and will be fabricated by American Constructors. Further details and architectural renderings will be serviced to media on June 14.

George and Marj Crump

The Crumps purchased WCMS-AM in 1961. Through vigorous, sustained and multi-pronged marketing and promotion, including live country music shows at the old Norfolk Arena and the Center Theater, and free concerts on flatbed trucks in shopping centers and at local auto dealerships, the Crumps demonstrated to ad agencies and their clientele that country music was far more popular than the ratings system of the time indicated, and proved that country music was commercially competitive. By 1962, a survey of country radio stations conducted by the Country Music Association found WCMS leading the nation in per capita audience. WCMS claimed the title as “America’s Number One Country Music Station.”

With their call letters on the lips of thousands, ratings climbing, sales soaring and an audience that wanted more, the Crumps added an FM signal in 1964 and began simulcasting on 100.5 FM 24 hours a day.

Creative marketing, promotion and a steady stream of great country music was the formula for success that sustained the Crumps through more than fifty years of active involvement in broadcasting. George Aubrey Crump chronicled the history of WCMS in his 1985 book, Write It Down: A History of Country Music in Hampton Roads.

As a member of the CMA board during the trade organization’s formative years, George Aubrey Crump was instrumental in the creation and development of the nationally televised annual CMA Awards show and helped to secure funding for the construction of the original Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Music Row.

As her husband became less involved in the day-to-day business of WCMS, Marjorie Crump’s role expanded. As president and general manager from 1983 until 2000, she kept the station on the lips and in the ears of Virginians. She was named CMA’s Large Market General Manager of the Year in 1987, one of Hampton Roads’ Outstanding Professional Women in 1989, and Business Woman of the Year in Hampton Roads.

The Crumps sold WCMS in 2000. George Crump passed away in 2005.

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:// Rally for the troops

88.1 The Love StationAmerican Family Radio(Richmond, VA) American Family Radio, Logos Bible Software and Hosanna Victory Church are proud to announce an upcoming rally to show our military men and women our support. The “Support Our Troops Rally” will be held on Friday, June 20th at 7 PM at Hosanna Victory Church of Richmond, 7903 Midlothian Turnpike.

The event features National Recording artist Eric Horner in concert, performing many of his patriotic songs he has performed at The White House and military bases throughout the world. The event will also feature a special guest speaker, Marvin Sanders, host of “Today’s Issues,” heard on nearly 200 radio stations throughout the country.

“American Family Radio is proud to stand behind all of our service men and women, both past and present,” says AFR General Manager Chris Kinzel. “This is just a small part of what we can do to show them how much we care.” The event is free and open to the public. Current and former military personel are encouraged to attend the festivities. More information may be obtained at 804-261-1237 or online at

American Family radio owns and operates both 89.7 WAUQ-FM and 88.1 WRIH-FM, The Love Station, in the Richmond, VA market.

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:// National morning show Rick and Bubba coming to Virginia!

93.1 The WolfNationally-syndicated morning Show Rick and Bubba, who can be heard weekday mornings on 93.1FM The Wolf in Richmond from 6am-10am, are coming to Chester, VA on Thursday, June 19 as part of their National Promotional tour for their new book, “Rick and Bubba for President-The 2 Sexiest Fat Men Alive Take on Washington.”

Rick and BubbaThey will be on site at the Kroger Food Stores, located at 12726 Jefferson Davis HWY from 5pm-7pm.

Known for the offbeat, outspoken and unabashed world that is the nationally-syndicated “Rick & Bubba Show®”, Burgess and Bussey tackle the sensitive issues of the day in their newest book, “Rick and Bubba For President” (May, 2008, Thomas Nelson). No issue is left untouched. No question is left unanswered. No cornbread is left uneaten.

“We're throwing our hats in the ring because, let's face it, based on the current choices, I think we could win,” said Bill (Bubba) Bussey. “In fact, this country needs Rick and Bubba more now than ever. We’re conservative, evangelical Christians and we aren't afraid to say so. And call us crazy, but we don’t have any interest in living in a socialist United States.”

After hitting the New York Times and Amazon bestseller lists with their first title, the dynamic twosome confronts healthcare, global warming, taxes, campaign finance reform, the national debt, foreign affairs, the Supreme Court and more.

“We believe we can help bring positive change to this country,” said Burgess. “So, we’re going after the write-in vote. If enough people want us to run, and can spell our names, we’re willing to move to Washington and run this country. If they don’t, we’re willing to go to Disney World and forget the whole thing. We’re easy.”

“We are excited that Rick and Bubba are coming to town and that their fans have an opportunity to meet them in person” 931 The Wolf Program Director K2 said recently.

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:// Studio Center Names Julie Rosmer General Sales Manager

Studio CenterVirginia Beach, VA – Studio Center Total Production announces the hiring of Julie Rosmer as General Sales Manager. She will be overseeing all aspects of new business development for the company’s multiple audio and video services.

Rosmer has over 12 years experience in film and television. Her varied background includes sales, new business development, client services, trade show partnerships, and sales promotions as well as building community alliances, implementing marketing programs and working with clients to provide online content. She comes to Studio Center from local CBS affiliate, WTKR.

William “Woody” Prettyman, CEO of Studio Center Total Production says, “We are thrilled to add Julie’s talents to Studio Center. We’ve been fortunate to grow like we have the last four or five years, so we are continually looking to add good people. Julie Rosmer fits that description perfectly.”

Julie is a native of South Carolina and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Advertising and Public Relations. She has been recognized as a first place Regional Winner for the American Advertising Federation Competition and has been honored as the Multiple Sclerosis Fundraiser of the Year.

Studio Center produces over 14,000 Radio and TV commercials each year, in addition to documentaries, corporate training videos, infomercials, computer games, and audio for toys-- for clients in all 50 states and provides foreign voice-overs for 23 countries around the world. Studio Center Total Production has an exclusive roster of hundreds of non union and union talent and offers full signatory services.

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:// 100.5 Max-FM Rocks Hampton Roads With an Innovative Programming Concept

100.5 MAX-FMVIRGINIA BEACH, VA – 100.5 Max-FM (WXMM-FM) is the first radio station in the world to actually allow listeners total control to program the music. This new and innovative concept will allow each listener to select from thousands of “rock titles”, and program the music on 100.5 Max-FM.

“We feel it’s extremely important to be honest with our fans, when we say we are Hampton Roads Rock Station, now we really are, programmed by our listeners.” says Eric Mastel, President of Max Media Radio. “How can one Program Director and research based on less then 100 people, decide the tastes and musical preferences of an entire market of Rockers? They can’t! We have hundreds of Program Directors, selecting from decades of great Rock!

On Monday, June 9, 2008, 100.5 Max-FM will rock Hampton Roads and debut a listener based on-line interface. The Max-FM listener will be in full control of the music. 100.5 Max-FM will utilize the diverse musical taste of its listeners to continue to provide great rock and roll to Hampton Roads.

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:// Ramsey moves from Gray Television's WHSV to Gray's Charlottesville station group

Bob Prather, president and COO of Gray Television, today announced that Brad Ramsey has been named vice president and general manager of Gray’s Charlottesville station group, including WCAV CBS19, WVAW ABC16, and WAHU FOX27. Ramsey will also oversee My C’Ville TV, Charlottesville’s My Network affiliate, and Weather Now, Gray’s 24-hour Charlottesville weather channel. Ramsey most recently served as general manager of TV3 Winchester, a digital ABC affiliate station that launched in March 2007. Ramsey had been with the station as its founding general manager since January 2006.

In making this announcement today, Prather said, “Brad brings incredible energy and passion for local news to the Charlottesville community. I know he will hit the ground running and continue our quest to be Charlottesville’s number one source for local news.”

“I am so impressed with our Charlottesville team,” Ramsey said. “I am coming from a station I helped build from the ground up, so I know first hand how much time and energy they have given to make it happen. I am very anxious to join the team, and the community, and help take it to the next level.”

Ramsey has been with Gray Television since May 2000, when he joined WHSVTV in Harrisonburg, VA as a sports anchor/reporter. In January 2003 he moved into advertising sales at WHSV, and in 2006 he launched the effort to develop and build Winchester’s first television station.

Ramsey’s promotion is effective immediately; however, the transition period may take up to a month.

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:// Burchett to Dothan

Bob Prather, president and COO of Gray Television, today announced that Roger Burchett has been named vice president and general manager of WTVYTV, the CBS affiliate in Dothan, Alabama.

Burchett most recently has served as vice president and general manager for Gray’s Charlottesville cluster which includes WCAV-TV, WVAW-LP, WAHU-CA and its associated digital sub channels. Burchett has been with the stations since just after their launch in the fall of 2004.

In making this announcement today, Gray President and COO Bob Prather said, “Roger’s hard work and community involvement in the Charlottesville area has a direct correlation to the success we have seen for our stations in that market. Roger has laid the foundation for long-term success in both news and new media ventures in Charlottesville and I am confident he will continue to grow the same business for us in Dothan.”

Burchett’s promotion is effective immediately; however, the transition period may take up to a month.

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State Senator to Guest on June 7th edition of Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!


WHRVNorfolk: Senator Jim Webb will be the special guest on Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, the NPR news quiz that airs every Saturday on WHRV 89.5FM at 11:00am.

Appearing in the Not My Job segment, Webb will be asked questions about an unfamiliar topic, and will be given three improbable answers from which to choose. He will play for a listener, and if he gets two out of three answers correct, he will win the ultimate prize: program co-host and NPR newsman Carl Kasell’s voice on the listener’s home answering machine.

Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! will be recorded live on Thursday, June 5th, at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts in Virginia Beach. The show is sold out, but can be heard on June 7th on WHRV 89.5FM.

Making its first Hampton Roads appearance, Wait Wait is a staple of WHRV’s Saturday morning programming. It is a recent Peabody Award winner. Wait Wait is also heard on SpeakEasy, one of the public broadcaster’s digital radio stations, on Saturdays at 3:00pm. SpeakEasy can be heard on a digital radio at 89.5-2, or streamed at WHRO’s website, or

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Rachel Galloway
Portsmouth, Virginia—CW 27, WGNT-TV is pleased to announce the arrival of Rachel Galloway, the station’s new interactive media manager. Rachel joins CW 27 from Norfolk, Virginia where she was an Internet Content Producer at She also worked as an Associate Producer at Christian Broadcast Network in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Rachel’s combined experience with internet and broadcast will bring an exceptional enhancement to CW 27’s internet presence.

“Rachel brings considerable web expertise to our stations” said CW 27 Vice President and General Manager Steven Soldinger. “We are fortunate to add her depth of experience to our company. With the assistance of our great staff, we intend to provide visitors to our website and our advertisers an even more rewarding experience.”

Rachel, a native of Wilmington, North Carolina received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication from Old Dominion University in Norfolk graduating Summa Cum Laude. At CW 27 she will be responsible for creating online communities, compelling web content and effective web ads for not only WGNT-TV, but also WUPA-TV in Atlanta, Georgia and WTOG-TV in Tampa, Florida. “I am so excited to be a part of The CW through three incredible stations. Each carries a strong presence in its community and I look forward to building upon that foundation,” said Rachel.

CW 27, WGNT-TV is a part of the CBS Corp. Television Stations Group and currently reigns as one of the highest rated CW affiliates in the country. CW 27 is a dominant television force in Hampton Roads, leading our market with top-rated entertainment like Dr. Phil, Judge Judy, Gossip Girl, America’s Next Top Model and Judge Joe Brown and can be seen in HD on channel 707 on Cox Digital Cable in Hampton Roads.

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:// 8th Annual K95 Pontiac GMC CountryFest
“K95 and Pontiac GMC Present Sugarland and Dierks Bentley”


K95RICHMOND, VA – June 1, 2008 - Sugarland and Dierks Bentley headlined the 8th Annual K95 Pontiac GMC Countryfest at the Richmond International Raceway Complex. Also performing to the estimated 10,000 attendees were rising Nashville stars the Zac Brown Band, and local Richmond acts, B2B and Alibi.

“It was a great day of music and fun, interrupted by, but not stopped by some rain,” said Program Director Buddy Van Arsdale. “I think Dierks Bentley and Sugarland appreciated the response they got from K95 listeners, especially Sugarland, because the fans waited through the rain to see them perform.”

Sugarland just recently won the Academy of Country Music Award for Best Single and Best Song of the Year with their hit “Stay.” Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland is the first female artist in ACM history to win both awards.

“K95 is so thankful to the local Pontiac GMC dealers who partner with us each year to bring the biggest names in country music to Richmond” said Cox Radio Richmond Market Manager Bob Willoughby. “The K95 audience really supports Countryfest.”

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ESPN Radio 1310Friday, May 30, mark(ed) the 16h anniversary of WGH-AM (now ESPN Radio 1310) being an all-sports radio station.

WGH-AM 1310 became the first all-sports radio station in the Commonwealth of Virginia, on May 30, 1992. Tony Mercurio, longtime program director and host of his own show for 22 years on WGH-AM, along with Dino, came "on the air" at 6 a.m. on Saturday, May 30, 1992, to mark the beginning of an all-sports radio station in Virginia.

ESPN Radio 1310 (celebrated) on Friday, May 30, with a party at the R BAR on Shore Drive in Virginia Beach from 3-6. Tony (broadcasted) his show "live" with FREE FOOD and prizes, including Orioles-Red Sox tickets given away during the 16th anniversary party of being all-sports.

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The Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame will induct its inaugural class of seven honorees at a banquet on Wednesday, Aug. 13, at the Hits at the Park restaurant at Harbor Park in Norfolk.

The inductees are former NFL stars Bruce Smith and Clarence “Ace” Parker; women’s basketball legend Nancy Lieberman; high school and college basketball coach Charles “Lefty” Driesell; longtime Norfolk Tides general manager Dave Rosenfield; influential AAU basketball coach Marcellus “Boo” Williams; and wrestling coach and innovator the late Billy Martin.

The Aug. 13 induction banquet will begin at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for a cocktail hour.

Admission to the banquet is $50, which includes dinner, open bar and the induction program. Everyone in attendance will receive a prize pack that includes four Norfolk Tides tickets, courtesy of ESPN Radio 1310.

Reservations can be made in person at Harbor Park in Norfolk or at Dominion Floor Covering (1911 George Washington Memorial Highway, Yorktown). Reservations can be made by phone at 622-2222, ext. 101. Payment can be by cash, check, Visa or MasterCard.

For more information, contact committee chairman Tony Mercurio at 671-1000, ext. 252, or by email at

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:// 100.5 Max-FM Brings Mixed Martial Arts Event to Norfolk

100.5 MAX-FMFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- May 29, 2008 -- VIRGINIA BEACH, VA * 100.5 Max-FM (WXMM-FM) presents Cagefest 4 * Rise Above at the Ted Constant Convocation Center on the campus of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia on Saturday, May 31, 2008.

Cagefest has proven to be the premiere Mixed Martial Arts event in Hampton Roads. The event, in its fourth round, features our area's top mixed martial artists. Cagefest 4 * Rise Above also will feature special gust Major Brian Stann, and active duty Marine and W.E.C light heavyweight title holder. In addition to Stann's appearance, local recording artists and active duty military members Chasing Corona will perform at the event. Chasing Corona just returned from multiple performances in New York City as part of New York's annual Fleet Week event.

Local men and women who will compete in Cagefest 4 * Rise Above will be on-hand for interviews and meet and greet opportunities at a press conference on Thursday, May 29th at 7:00 PM at BAR Norfolk, 333 Waterside Drive, in the Waterside Festival Marketplace.

Mixed Martial Arts is the fastest growing sporting event in the world. Mixed Martial Arts have a wide appeal from the young to the military and athletes from other sports.

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FOX43Portsmouth, VA – May 27,2008 – The search continues for Hampton Roads’ first Face of FOX43. The selected winner will be the face, the voice and the personality of FOX43 and To facilitate the search that is currently underway online, on Friday, June 13, 2008, FOX43 will tape audition videos for those who feel they are the Face of FOX43. Applicants will be given two-minutes on camera to explain why they think they are the FACE of FOX43. Applicants should come prepared with two-minutes of material to discuss during taping. FOX43 will videotape audition presentations on site and post them online for participation in the contest. Audition videos will also continue being accepted online at

The winner will receive a one-year contract with the local FOX Affiliate and represent the television station on-air, online and at local community events.

Top candidates for the Face of FOX43 should be energetic, fun-to-watch spokespersons, who are familiar with Hampton Roads, as well as FOX43 programming. Top candidates will also be efficient with web and mobile communications systems, including texting, blogging and operating simple video camera.

Audition tapings will be held at the FOX43 studio (also the WAVY studio) located at 300 WAVY Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704 on Friday, June 13, 2008 from 12 noon to 3pm. Tapings will end promptly at 3pm, regardless of the length of line. For complete information log onto and review eligibility requirements. Only one entry per person will be accepted; multiple entries will be disqualified. Entry form must be completely filled out to qualify an entrant and will be supplied at the audition. Future audition sites, dates and times may be announced. Deadline for all entries is Friday, June, 27, 2008. The Face of FOX43 winner will be announced August 7, 2008.

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NBC12The May 2008 sweeps period just concluded and WWBT/NBC12 in Richmond is once again the clear News Leader. From early morning to late night, NBC12 News is number one in ratings for every local newscast they produce. The largest audiences, weekdays at 6am and 6pm are equal to or more than the other 2 stations combined. At 11pm, NBC12 News is the seven day winner by 50% over WTVR in second place.

“This May sweeps resoundingly solidifies the number one position of NBC12 News On your Side in the market. Its very gratifying to see the audience tune in for our strong line up of syndicated shows and voting with their remotes for our local news leadership,” says Don Richards, General Manager.

NBC12 regularly outperforms the NBC national numbers and is looking forward to a summer line up of original shows capped off by the Olympic Games starting 8-08-08.

                                NBC12                   WRIC                     WTVR

6am                       9.6                          5.0                          4.7

Noon                     4.4                          1.7                          4.1

4 /4:30pm            8.0/7.3                  1.4/1.8                  3.1 Ellen

 5pm                      9.3                          4.8 Oprah            3.4         

5:30pm                 9.5                                                          3.7

6pm                       12.0                        5.8                          4.8

11pm                     9.5                          4.7                          6.3                         

NSI Live only Household Ratings Final Overnights 28 days 4/24-5/21

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CW27 Storm Aid 2008On Saturday, May 3, 2008 from 8 – 10:30 p.m., CW 27, WGNT-TV interrupted its regularly scheduled programming to present STORM AID 2008. This live telethon aired solely to raise contributions for the families affected by the April 28 tornados that devastated the Hampton Roads community.

Because of the help of the Greater Hampton Roads area, CW 27’s STORM AID 2008 was able to raise $17,000! With donations of all sizes, including an anonymous donation for $5,000, the area’s residents became actively involved when they picked up their phones and called the CW 27 Studios to make their contributions. Joseph Scharl, Marketing Manager of Northern Star Credit Union and Chair of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce—Portsmouth Division came into the CW 27 Studios with a $2,500 check and a challenge to other businesses to do the same.

The donors were not alone in making STORM AID 2008 a great success. Hosted by CW 27’s own Kafi Rouse and Dick Lamb from 92.9 The Wave, the two brought forth compelling stories from ground zero in Driver and Suffolk. Community leaders were on hand to answer phones, greet our viewers and even provide their personal experiences during the storm. Suffolk Mayor Linda Johnson, Senator L. Louise Lucas and Suffolk City Manager Selena Cuffee-Glenn were among many others who gave their Saturday evening to encourage people to contribute.

“I am glad that we could have such a positive impact for the Suffolk community and assist them toward their recovery” said CW 27 Vice President and General Manager Steven Soldinger. “On short notice the community responded to our telethon effort and generously contributed a large amount of money over the two and a half-hour period for those affected by the storm.”

All funds go directly to the United Way of South Hampton Roads Tornado Recovery Fund which will provide long-term planning for the families affected by the tornados. United Way of South Hampton Roads is an experienced relief agency that is capable of meeting the storm victims’ needs efficiently and quickly. United Way of South Hampton Roads President and CEO Mike Hughes said, “The telethon conducted by CW 27 was successful beyond expectations. Their raising $17,000 is going a long way towards providing current and long range needs to help the families of Suffolk recover.” People may continue giving by contacting The United Way of South Hampton Roads Tornado Recovery Fund by calling (757) 853-8500 ext. 100 or visiting

CW 27, WGNT-TV is a part of the CBS Corp. Television Stations Group and currently reigns as one of the highest rated CW affiliates in the country. CW 27 is a dominant television force in Hampton Roads, leading our market with top-rated entertainment like Dr. Phil, Judge Judy, WWE Smackdown!, America’s Next Top Model and Judge Joe Brown and can be seen in HD on channel 707 on Cox Digital Cable in Hampton Roads.

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WAVYFOX43Portsmouth, VA – May 23, 2008 – WAVY-TV continues to dominate morning and late news in the May Nielsen ratings period. WAVY News 10 was the most watched news station combining all newscasts Monday through Sunday in Hampton Roads.

The Station ON YOUR SIDE was once again a strong #1 at 5am and 6am, featuring Hampton Roads favorite morning news team of Don Roberts, Kerri Furey, Jon Cash, Cheryl Tan and John Massey. Viewers continue to depend on 10 TimesaverTraffic and SuperDoppler 10 Weather to get them started each morning.

WAVY also dominates in late news with a strong first place standing for WAVY News 10 at 11pm. Alveta Ewell, Tom Schaad, Don Slater, and Bruce Rader continue to deliver the most compelling news, weather and sports to wrap up the night for the Hampton Roads news viewer. In addition, FOX 43 News at 10pm with Nicole Livas and Eric Harryman once again increased its ratings over last year, and national hits like American Idol and House continue to be enjoyed by thousands of viewers every night in primetime.

I’m extremely pleased with the WAVY newsroom’s performance in this ratings book,” said News Director Kathy Hostetter. “Our dominance in the morning and late news for so many years speaks to viewers’ loyalty and our commitment to them to produce relevant newscasts. I should point out we also had an unprecedented amount of severe weather coverage. The Super Doppler 10 weather team did an excellent job of informing viewers, and Chopper 10 Pilot John Massey and Photographer Tom Marks did an excellent job in conveying the scope of damage to our viewers.”

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:// WVEC-TV13 remains most watched station In Hampton Roads

WVECNorfolk, VA. WVEC-TV13 is the most watched station from sign-on to sign-off, building on its winning streak against all competition during the all important evening news periods of 5:00, 5:30 and 6:00. 13NEWS maintained its viewership with almost a 30% greater share of news viewers than the nearest competitor. 13NEWS, anchored by Regina Mobley, David Alan, Sandra Parker and Janet Roach, earns more viewership than our closest competitors combined.

“It’s been quite a month, full of quality stories, breaking news and severe weather days that impacted so many people in Hampton Roads,” said President and General Manager Nick Nicholson. “These ratings continue to solidify why more and more viewers choose 13NEWS than ever before.” Nicholson added.

Late news growth continued with 13NEWS AT 11:00. The evening newscast brought in more viewers with a 15% increase from February ‘08.

13NEWS DAYBREAK 6-7am built its showing over last February. More viewers welcomed anchors LaSalle Blanks, Vanessa Coria and Meteorologist Craig Moeller into their morning routine.

13NEWS MONEY WATCH reports provided compelling content that focused on economic issues. 13NEWS WEATHER LAB kept viewers safe and informed when inclement weather threatened the market. “This news organization is the best and viewers know we are there each day and when times are even tougher,” said Rich Lebenson, Executive News Director, “when tornadoes hit the Suffolk area, viewers turned to 13NEWS more than any other news station for updates and relative information.” Lebenson added.

Furthermore, WVEC-TV13’s programming continued to dominate the market, lead by The Oprah Winfrey Show, followed by the #1 access hour of Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy.

Source: NSI Live Only Arianna Final Overnights for May 08 Sweep Period. M-F, 5A-2A

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93.3 WFLSFredericksburg, VA, 93.3 WFLS Morning Show host, Jessica Cash, and “Team WFLS” have raised over $4,000 for Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). WFLS and United States Marine Corps partnered up to form “Team WFLS” for the 2008 Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon on Sunday, May 18.

“Team WFLS” consists of Morning Show Host, Jessica Cash, and 44 other members who are running on behalf of TAPS.

Jessica Cash, an avid runner, took the idea of “Team WFLS” to the Marine Corps Half Marathon organizers back in October, 2007. She wanted to be able to organize a group of runners to run in the marathon, but also raise money for a good military cause at the same time. When asked about the “Team WFLS”, Jessica said, “I find it hard to express how thrilled I am to be part of a group of people who are all dedicated to supporting such a wonderful cause!”

TAPS is a non-profit organization that helps the families of fallen military, after the official casualty case is closed. TAPS has experienced, empathetic caseworkers who act as liaisons, assisting the family members in finding solutions to problems. They work hand in hand with the appropriate federal, state and private agencies; they have been successful in helping to find solutions to problems that arise long after the official file has been closed.

Help cheer on Jessica Cash and “Team WFLS” this Sunday on the marathon route throughout Fredericksburg. The half marathon starts at 7AM at the Fredericksburg Expo Center.

For further information, please contact Sean Quinn with the WFLS Promotions Department at 540-374-5502 or at squinn///at///

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Former Governor/Senator George Allen, a weekly guest on the "Tony Mercurio Show", will co-host the show this Friday, May16th, from 3-6 on ESPN Radio 1310... "I am leaving everything up to George Allen," noted Mercurio. "He will be in the studio with me for all three hours and he has lined up a tremendous guest list that will join us." Mercurio added, "George Allen has been a regular guest on my "sportstalk" show for the past dozen years."

Allen has booked the following guests between 3-6 on ESPN Radio 1310 this Friday. Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim, US Congresswoman Thelma Drake, former football great Roger Brown, Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell, former UVA trainer Dr. Joe Gieck, Norfolk State football coach Pete Adrian and long-time Washington Redskin trainer Bubba Tyer.

The "Tony Mercurio Show" is the longest running weekday sportstalk show ever in the Commonwealth of Virginia, commencing on September 15, 1986...

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:// Hot 101.9 To Help Give Harry a Hand!

Hot 101.9While Hot 101.9 was pleased local police were able to find Earlysville’s All Good Groceries’ Harry the Hot Dog buried in a wooded area recently, we were saddened the dog nappers’ rough treatment of Harry resulted in missing parts. So a Hot 101.9 Give Harry a Hand Day will be held at All Good Groceries Saturday, May 17 from 11:00am-5:00pm to help raise funds to restore Harry to his original condition and to benefit the UVa Children’s Hospital.

The Hot 101.9 Give Harry a Hand Day will include (what else) hot dogs, Pepsi products, a slide from Bouncing Around Amusements, Kettle Corn picture opportunities with Harry, raffles and door prizes. In addition, Chestnut Grove Baptist Church will be providing musicians and a children’s scavenger hunt. Out of the Box, located across the street, will donate 10% from the day’s purchases of all children’s furniture and toys and All Good Groceries will donate 20% from the sale of homemade fudge on Saturday to restore Harry and to benefit the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital.

“We relish the opportunity to have a fun day for families and to have Hot 101.9 here to help Harry and more importantly the kids at the UVa Children’s Hospital,” said Josh Blanthorn, the owner of All Good Groceries. “When you think of hot dogs and radio, you certainly think of Hot 101.9,” he said.

“We’re determined to give Harry a hand. Well, actually we’re determined to give him two arms, two hands and whatever else he’s missing as a result of the crime that was committed against him and the fine folks of Earlysville,” said Hot 101.9 Program Director, P J Styles. “We know this has been a difficult time for Harry’s son Little Frank and the staff at All Good Groceries. We’re just honored to do what we can to help take a small bite out of the cost of Harry’s rehabilitation,” said Styles. For up to the minute details of the Hot 101.9 Give Harry a Hand Day visit the station’s website at

Harry, who stands six-feet tall when completely plumped, was taken against his will on April 9. His 27 day ordeal ended when Albemarle County Police discovered him buried in a wooded area near the Cedar Hill Mobile Home Park on Tuesday, May 6 thanks to a tip to Crimestoppers.

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:// Jim Jacobs returns to Richmond Radio as General Manager of Davidson Media Group's Richmond Radio Cluster

Davidson Media GroupMay 5, 2008-- Richmond VA Davidson Media Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Jim Jacobs as General Manager of its four station radio cluster in Richmond, Va. effective April 28, 2008.

"We are thrilled to have Jim join our growing Company. His local experience and his deep knowledge of the radio industry will help us continue our strong growth in Richmond." says Peter Davidson, President and Founder of Davidson Media Group, LLC

Felix Perez, Davidson Media Group Executive Vice President said, "Jim's 40 year broadcast background including On Air, Operations, Creative, and Sales make him the ideal person for this challenging position". Jim Jacobs, a 30 year Richmond resident, came to Richmond to do Morning Drive on WRNL, and has since held positions that include Afternoon Drive host on WRVA, member of the team that launched WRLH TV, Creative and Sales for Fouts and Son Advertising, and VP of Operations for 4M Media Group, the predecessor to DMG in Richmond.

Jim is an experienced "coach" and a great believer in building through teamwork, cooperation, creativity and open communication. DMG's Richmond Radio cluster is a market leader that takes seriously its commitment to the community. We have a very good, hard working team in Richmond that will only get better, commented Perez.

The Davidson Media Group includes Richmond's most successful Hispanic stations WVNZ 1320 and WTOX 1480, News Talk WLEE 990, and Urban Gospel WREJ 1540. The Davidson Media Group consists of 40 stations from North Carolina to Pennsylvania with Operations Offices in New York and Charlotte.

To contact the Davidson Media Groups Richmond cluster, call (804) 643-0990, or contact Felix Perez in New York at (212) 813-6771.

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FOX43Portsmouth, VA – May 5, 2008 – Are you the FACE of FOX43? The search has begun for the local FOX affiliate’s very first spokesperson. The selected winner will be the face, the voice and the personality that is FOX43. On Saturday, May 3rd, FOX43 will begin accepting video entries online at The winner will receive a one-year contract with the local FOX Affiliate and represent the television station at local community events, be featured on-air and on

Top candidates for the FACE of FOX43 should be energetic, fun-to-watch spokespeople, who are familiar with Hampton Roads as well as FOX43 programming. Top candidates will also be efficient with web and mobile communications systems, including texting, blogging and uploading video, as well as operating still cameras and simple video cameras.

“The search is on!” said Judy Triska, Creative Services Director for FOX43 and WAVY-TV. “We are looking for an outgoing, creative talent who can represent FOX43 and be a face that all of Hampton Roads will identify with.”

Those wanting to participate should log onto to review the eligibility requirements and submit a one to two minute video entry. Only one entry per person will be accepted; multiple entries will be disqualified. Entries must follow all guidelines and entry form must be completely filled out for an entrant to qualify. Additionally, FOX43 may hold audition tapings at future audition sites. Any audition sites will be announced on and on FOX43-TV. Deadline for entries is Friday, June 27, 2008. Soon after, the FACE of FOX43 will be announced!

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NORFOLK — The Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce its first seven inductees, an inaugural class that includes coaches, players and administrators who left a lasting impact on their sports and their community. The inductees were selected by a 19-person committee along with input from fans in online surveys.

The inaugural class consists of football legends Bruce Smith and Clarence “Ace” Parker, basketball coaches Charles “Lefty” Driesell and Marcellus “Boo” Williams, longtime women’s basketball star Nancy Lieberman, baseball executive Dave Rosenfield, and wrestling coach Billy Martin Sr.

Here is a brief synopsis of the accomplishments of the inductees, in alphabetical order:
  • Lefty Driesell was born in Norfolk and played basketball at Granby High School and Duke University. He coached at Granby and then at Newport News High School, where his team put together a 57-game winning streak, before moving to the college ranks. In a 41-year career at Davidson, Maryland, James Madison and Georgia State, he amassed a record of 786-394. He is a member of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

  • Nancy Lieberman played at Old Dominion University from 1976-80, leading the Lady Monarchs to two national championships. Her electrifying, fast-paced style of play at point guard made her one of the first stars in the women’s game, and she was the first two-time winner of the Wade Trophy, given annually to the top women’s collegiate basketball player. Before attending ODU, she played on the 1976 U.S. Olympic team, which won the silver medal. She is the youngest basketball player ever to win an Olympic medal. She played and coached in several professional leagues and is now a well known sportscaster. She is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

  • The late Billy Martin Sr. was the patriarch of the greatest wrestling family in Hampton Roads, and an innovator who changed the sport at every level. He began his high school coaching career in 1948 at Granby High School, where his teams won 22 state championships in 23 years. He coached 106 individual state champions, including four who went on to win NCAA titles and two who became Olympians. He is credited with developing “The Granby Roll,” a maneuver so effective that it has become a standard move at all levels of amateur wrestling. He is a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

  • Ace Parker grew up in Norfolk and was a five-sport star at Woodrow Wilson High School. He played football, basketball and baseball at Duke University, finishing sixth in the 1936 Heisman Trophy voting. He briefly played major-league baseball with the Philadelphia A’s (1937-38) but truly left his impact in pro football, starring at quarterback for the NFL’s Brooklyn Dodgers, Boston Yanks and New York Yankees from 1937-45. He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

  • Dave Rosenfield has been the face of baseball in Hampton Roads for almost a half-century. He came to Norfolk in 1962 to serve as general manager of the Double-A Tidewater Tides. When the team folded after one year, Rosenfield spearheaded the drive that kept the team in town as a Single-A team. In 1969, he helped move the team to the Triple-A level and joined the International League, where it has competed ever since. Rosenfield has also served as general manager in football (Norfolk Neptunes, 1968-70), hockey (Tidewater Sharks, 1975-76) and ABA basketball (Virginia Squires, interim GM, 1974). He is a member of the International League Hall of Fame.

  • Bruce Smith was born in Norfolk and played football at Booker T. Washington High School. After his collegiate career at Virginia Tech, in which he won the 1984 Outland Trophy as the nation’s top lineman, he chosen by the Buffalo Bills as the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft. Playing with the Bills and the Washington Redskins, setting an NFL record with 200 career sacks. He was a 12-time All-Pro selection and led the Bills to four consecutive Super Bowls. He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.

  • Boo Williams grew up in Hampton and starred in basketball at Phoebus High School and St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. In 1982, he founded the Hampton-based summer youth basketball league that bears his name. Since then, the league has grown into one of the top developmental programs in the nation. He has coached such NBA stars as Allen Iverson, Alonzo Mourning, Joe Smith and Bryant Stith, as well as top female players such as La’Keshia Frett and Tajama Abraham.
  • Tony Mercurio, of ESPN Radio 1310 and Chair of the Committee, said: “Many cities have their own Sports Halls of Fame. This should have been done a long time ago, a Sports Hall of Fame that represents Hampton Roads. This is a first-class list of people who made tremendous contributions in helping to build the Hampton Roads area into a special sports community. The committee did a marvelous job in naming our inaugural class."

    A banquet will be held this summer at the Hits at the Park restaurant at Harbor Park in Norfolk to formally induct the inaugural class. The date of the banquet and ticket information will be announced soon.

    Media members interested in setting up interviews with any of the inductees can contact Tony Mercurio by phone at 671-1000 (ext. 252) or by email at

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    CW27 PRESENTS “STORM AID 2008” ON SATURDAY, MAY 3, 2008 FROM 8 – 10 PM


    CW27 Storm Aid 2008CW 27, WGNT-TV is committed to the Greater Hampton Roads area. The tornados that touched down on Monday, April 28 ripped the houses but not the heart of our community. People and organizations have shown their support in so many ways and CW 27 is pleased to announce its contribution to the storm’s victims. Storm Aid 2008 will broadcast live on WGNT-TV from the CW 27 Studios on Saturday, May 3, 2008 from 8 – 10 p.m. This ground-breaking telecast will be hosted by CW 27’s own Kafi Rouse and Dick Lamb from 92.9 The Wave. All donations will benefit the United Way of South Hampton Roads Tornado Recovery Fund.

    United Way of South Hampton Roads is an experienced relief agency that is capable of meeting the storm victims’ needs efficiently and quickly. Furthermore, United Way provides a long-term plan to work with each family to help them return to normalcy as soon as possible.

    “Storm Aid 2008 encourages us to look beyond the devastation to the rebuilding of our community. We are honored to support United Way of South Hampton Roads which has a thorough, long-term plan for recovery” said CW 27 Vice President and General Manager Steven Soldinger. “During Storm Aid 2008, we would like to reach as many viewers as possible and raise as much as we can.”

    Storm Aid 2008 hosts Rouse and Lamb will bring the inspirational stories of survivors to the audience along with encouraging messages from our community’s leaders.

    The call-in phone number is (757) 454-0213 which will only be available during the live broadcast. Anyone interested in making a substantial contribution may call Kafi Rouse directly at (757) 398-3152 no later than Friday, May 2 at 5 p.m.

    CW 27, WGNT-TV is a part of the CBS Corp. Television Stations Group and currently reigns as one of the highest rated CW affiliates in the country. CW 27 is a dominant television force in Hampton Roads, leading our market with top-rated entertainment like Dr. Phil, Judge Judy, WWE Smackdown!, America’s Next Top Model and Judge Joe Brown and can be seen in HD on channel 707 on Cox Digital Cable in Hampton Roads.

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    TMG ProductionsRICHMOND, VA. APRIL 28, 2008: The McDaniel Group, LLC is has officially launched MYTRACKSHACK.COM, a collaborative effort with Route 5 Records, LLC. MYTRACKSHACK.COM is a royalty free music download site for commercial, film, podcast, and website production. Audio & Video producers and editors will find tracks ranging from country to hip-hop, jazz to gospel, and everywhere in between for easy royalty free download.

    Route 5 Records“When I started TMG, I never knew I’d be producing music for commercial and film use this soon!” said Paul McDaniel, TMG President and SVP of Route 5 Records. “Truth be told, Raye was sitting on a hard drive full of music from years of producing for various projects that were up for grabs! All I did was edit and loop!”

    MYTRACKSHACK.COM is now live with new tracks being produced and uploaded weekly. Royalty free advertising jingles will be included in the coming weeks.

    “It’s an incredible feeling to come in to work every day and do what you love.” Said Raye Smith, President of Route 5 Records and Music Director for TMG. “TMG has helped me think outside the box and increase revenue streams. You truly are only as good as the people you surround yourself with… and if I’m eating steak, so is Pauly!”

    TMG productions offers non-union Voice Over Talent, Advertising Jingles, Imaging for Radio & Television, and Custom music scoring for production and film scores as well as duplication, media placement, and recording studios.

    For further information, contact Paul “Pauly Madison” McDaniel at 804-677-5336, 804-612-1207, or

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    :// Award Winning Line-up to Perform at Star 94.1’s Picnic at the Pavilion

    WXEZVIRGINIA BEACH, VA * Star 94.1 (WXEZ-FM) launches their annual outdoor gospel music festival, Picnic at the Pavilion, on Saturday, May 3rd at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion in Portsmouth.

    This year's event includes some of gospel music's biggest and brightest musicians. Columbia recording star and emerging gospel superstar Tye Tribbett and G.A. will headline Picnic at the Pavilion. This is the second visit to Hampton Roads for Tye Tribbett. He recorded his soon to be released live album and DVD at the Rock Church on Kempsville Road in Virginia Beach.

    Also appearing at the 2nd Annual Picnic at the Pavilion is Seven-time Grammy Award winner CeCe Winans, multiple Grammy Award winner and Dove Award nominee Beverly Crawford and Stellar Award nominee Maurette Brown Clark. Other artist performing include: James Fortune and FIYA, Jimmy Hicks, Norman Hutchins, Isaiah D. Thomas and Elements of Praise, Nu Beginning featuring Damon Little and newcomer Spensha Baker.

    "Hampton Roads is becoming a Mecca for gospel artists", says Dale Murray, Star 94.1 Program Director and Afternoon Drive On-Air Personality. "In the past three years we've have several national gospel artists record their projects here including Stellar Award winner and Grammy Nominated Donnie McClurkin."

    A limited number of tickets are still available at Ticketmaster locations, at the Harbor Center Box Office, Charge-By-Phone at (757) 671-8100, or on-line at

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    :// The Virginia Association of Broadcasters and Charlottesville Broadcasters Oppose Burdensome New Federal Regulations

    Virginia Association of Broadcasters(Charlottesville, Va.) — As licensees of the public airwaves, broadcasters have an obligation to further “localism” by serving the needs and interests of the specific local communities that they are licensed to serve. The Virginia Association of Broadcasters and WCAV-TV CBS 19, WVAW-TV ABC 16, WAHU Fox 27, WVIR-TV NBC 29 and the radio stations of Monticello Media (NewsTalk 1260 AM WCHV, Country 99.7 WCYK, Hot 101.9 WHTE, SportsRadio 1400 WKAV, Tom @ 107.5 WWTJ and Generations 102.3 & 94.1 WZGN) believe that new localism rules being proposed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will hinder local stations. In addition, the proposed regulations would have the effect of increasing operating costs without any consequent public benefit.

    In the 1980s, the FCC relieved broadcasters of many one-size-fits-all localism rules; these included formal rules for “ascertaining” community needs and interests, requiring minimum levels of non-entertainment programming, and requiring stations to keep programming logs of all material broadcast every day. By relaxing these regulatory burdens, the FCC gave stations more flexibility and discretion to identify and serve the specific needs and interests of their local communities.

    Broadcasters are successfully serving their local communities in today’s more flexible regulatory environment through the broadcast of local news, sports, public affairs and emergency information. Stations are also active participants and sponsors of local community organizations, events, programs and charities.

    Sadly, the FCC is proposing to “turn back the clock” to the same 1970s-style regulatory regime that it repealed during the 1980s. Here are some examples:
  • Ascertainment of Community Needs and Interests. The FCC proposes to mandate permanent community advisory boards to ascertain the needs of local communities. This is a return to the same formal “ascertainment” rules that the FCC called a regulatory “straight-jacket” when it repealed them in 1981. Creating and maintaining these boards will be more than just a bureaucratic nightmare — broadcasters would have no legal authority to force members to participate.
  • Locally-Oriented Programming. The FCC also proposes to consider, as part of a station’s license renewal, whether the station has met certain “prescribed minimum percentages” of locally-oriented programming. Such guidelines hark back to the non-entertainment program guidelines that were repealed in the 1980s.
  • Main Studio Rule. The FCC is considering whether to reinstate a costly and unnecessary rule requiring that a station’s main studio be located in the actual community where it is licensed. The rule was repealed in 1987 in recognition of technological efficiencies that allowed a main studio to locate anywhere within the station’s service area.
  • Even before broadcasters faced serious competition from cable, satellite and the Internet, the FCC determined that localism mandates were an unnecessary regulatory burden. The current market pressures — both from within the broadcasting industry and from other media — assure that broadcasters simply cannot survive in today’s competitive environment without providing high-quality local programming to their viewers.

    Local broadcasters are among the cornerstones of the communities they serve. In order for these stations to survive and continue to offer localized public service, stations cannot be held to outdated standards that amount to government "make work." To find out more about how this FCC proposal could affect your community, please call:
  • Roger Burchett (WCAV CBS19, WVAW ABC16, WAHU FOX27) 434-242-1919
  • Harold Wright of WVIR-TV NBC 29 at (434) 220-2900
  • Dennis Mockler of Monticello Media at (434) 978-4408
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    :// WAVY News 10 Takes Home Two Regional Murrow Awards And Five Virginia AP Awards

    WAVYApril 22, 2008 — Portsmouth, VA: WAVY-TV is the proud recipient of two 2008 RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Awards. The stations won in the categories of Continuing Coverage for “The Michael Vick Investigation” and in the Feature: Hard News Category for “Growing Up Behind Bars.”

    “Both stories came to us through the power of 10 On Your Side,” said Kathy Hostetter, News Director. “We strive for excellence, and these two Murrow Awards validate that.” Hostetter added.

    The Radio-Television News Directors Association & Foundation has been honoring the best of the best in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. The award was created to initiate the pursuit of excellence in journalism that supersedes the standards set previously by Edward R. Murrow himself.

    Yet another honor was bestowed on WAVY News at an awards ceremony held last weekend at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Richmond West. The Station On Your Side also collected five additional awards from the Virginia Associated Press in the in the following categories: Best Weathercast Outstanding Effort by an Individual Producer, Year-Round Sports, Investigative Reporting and Feature/Human Interest.

    “We are honored to receive this prestigious recognition from the Associated Press, and it is a reflection of the hard work our team of reporters, photographers, producers and managers do every day.” said Kathy Hostetter, News Director.

    WAVY News 10 and FOX 43 News at 10pm continue to dominate the late news race in Hampton Roads and were ranked #1 and #2 in late news viewing in February 2008.

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    :// 2008 Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters Awards

    The complete list of the 2008 Virginia Associated Press Broadcaster Awards:

    Gallimore Award
    The Robert Gallimore Distinguished Service Award goes each year to a distinguished veteran in the broadcasting industry in Virginia. This year’s recipient is Sabrina Squire of WWBT-TV, Richmond.

    College Division
    Best Television Feature goes to Maureen Linke and Ameesha Felton of Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond for “VCU Insight.”

    Spot News
    Non-Metro Radio, Superior Award for Spot News goes to WFLS-FM, Fredericksburg for “Trucks Tangle I-95 Traffic”
    Meritorious Award goes to WBTM, Danville for “Fatal Plane Crash in Local Neighborhood.”
    Metro Radio Superior Award in Metro Radio for Spot News goes to WRVA, Richmond for “Fiery Crash.”
    Television Superior Award goes to WTKR-TV, Norfolk for “Air Show Plane Crash”
    Meritorious Awards go to WSLS, Roanoke for “Truck Fire” and WTKR, Norfolk for “Danger on the Waves”

    Continuing News
    Non-Metro Radio, Superior Award goes to WFLS-FM, Fredericksburg for “What’s Polluting Fairview Beach?”
    Metro Radio, the Superior Award goes to WRVA, Richmond for “Virginia Tech Massacre.”
    Television, the Superior Award Story goes to WSLS-TV, Roanoke for “Virginia Tech Shootings”
    Meritorious Awards go to WTVR-TV, Richmond for “Chaos at City Hall” and “Red Light Runners”

    Year Round Sports
    Non-Metro Radio, the Superior Award goes to WBTM, Danville.
    Television, the Superior Award for Year Round Sports goes to WAVY-TV, Portsmouth.
    Meritorious Awards go to WVEC-TV, Norfolk and WTVR-TV, Richmond.

    Best Sports Anchor
    Television, the Superior award goes to Ted Alexander of WTKR-TV.

    Documentary/In Depth
    Non-Metro Radio, the Superior Award goes to WFLS-FM, Fredericksburg for “Focus: Recovering from a Brain Injury.”
    Metro Radio, the Superior Award goes to WRVA, Richmond for “Michael Vick Saga.”
    Television, the Superior Award goes to WJHL-TV, Bristol, for “Santa Train.”
    Meritorious Awards go to WWBT-TV, Richmond for “Fire” and WTVR-TV, Richmond, for “Ghost Train.”

    Best Feature or Human Interest Story
    Non-Metro Radio, the Superior Award goes to WFLS-FM, Fredericksburg for “The Weiner Is…”
    Meritorious Award goes to WBTM, Danville for “Miracle Child.”
    Metro Radio the Superior award goes to WRVA, Richmond for “Happy 400th.”
    Television, the Superior Award goes to WTVR, “Ear Fetish.”
    Meritorious Awards go to WAVY-TV, Norfolk for “Racecar Lady” and WTVR-TV, Richmond for “Seal of Survival.”

    Outstanding Effort by an Individual Reporter
    Non-Metro Radio, the Superior Award goes to Deirdre Blake, WFLS-FM, Fredericksburg.
    The Meritorious Award goes to Kathryn Davis of WBTM, Danville.
    Metro Radio, the Superior Award goes to Matt Demlein of WRVA, Richmond.
    Television, the Superior Award goes to Courtney Robinson of WSET-TV, Lynchburg.

    Best Feature Photography
    The Superior Award goes to Bob Hogenson of WTVR-TV, Richmond for “Seal of Survival.”
    Meritorious Awards go to Dwight Nixon of WWBT-TV, Richmond for “Shoot/Don't Shoot” and Jemon Haskins of WSET-TV, Lynchburg for “Utility Rodeo.”

    Best Investigative Reporting
    Television the Superior Award for Best Investigative Reporting goes to WSLS-TV, Roanoke, for “Travel Agency.”
    Meritorious Awards go to WWBT-TV, Richmond for “Cockfighting Ring” and WAVY-TV, Norfolk for “Jumping Jeeps.”

    Individual Producer
    Television, the Superior Award goes to Virginia Rideout of WAVY-TV, Norfolk for “Air Show Tragedy.”
    The Meritorious Award goes to Robert Bennett of WVEC-TV, Norfolk for “Shooting.”

    Best Weathercast
    The Superior Award for Best Weathercast goes to Jon Cash, Cheryl Nelson, & Jeremy Wheeler of WAVY-TV, Norfolk.
    Meritorious Awards go to Brantley Ussery, Stacy Berman & Myles Henderson of WCAV, Charlottesville and Zach Daniel of WTVR-TV, Richmond.

    Best News Anchor
    Non-Metro Radio, the Superior Award goes to Deirdre Blake, WFLS-FM, Fredericksburg.
    The Meritorious Award goes to Chuck Vipperman of WBTM, Danville.
    Metro Radio, the Superior Award goes to Andy Doernan of WRVA, Richmond.
    Television, the Superior Award goes to Rob Cardwell of WTVR-TV, Richmond.
    The Meritorious Award goes to Gene Lepley of WWBT-TV, Richmond.

    Best Web Site
    Non-Metro Radio, the Superior Award goes to WFLS-FM, Fredericksburg for
    The Meritorious Award goes to WBTM, Danville for
    Television, the Superior Award goes to WVEC-TV, Norfolk for
    Meritorious Awards go to WCAV-TV, Charlottesville for and WWBT-TV, Richmond for

    Douglas Southall Freeman Awards for Public Service in Broadcasting
    Non-Metro Radio, the Superior Award goes to WBTM, Danville for “Health Beat.”
    The Meritorious Award goes to WFLS-FM, Fredericksburg for “What’s Polluting Fairview Beach?”
    Metro Radio, the Superior Award goes to WRVA Richmond for “Who’s In Charge of City Hall?”
    Television, the Superior Award goes to WSET-TV, Lynchburg for “The Lyme Controversy.”
    Meritorious Awards go to WVEC-TV, Norfolk for “School Bus Safety” and WWBT-TV, Richmond for “On Your Side.”

    Outstanding News Operation
    Non-Metro Radio, the Superior Award in Non-Metro Radio goes to Frank Hammon, News Director, WFLS-FM, Fredericksburg.
    Meritorious Awards go to Chuck Vipperman, News Director, WBTM, Danville and Phil Goodwin, News Director, WJMA, Orange.
    Metro Radio, the Superior Award goes to Deanna Malone, News Director, WRVA, Richmond.
    Television, the Superior Award goes to Amy Morris, News Director, WDBJ-TV, Roanoke.
    Meritorious Awards go to Chip Mahaney, News Director, WTVR-TV, Richmond and Nancy Kent, News Director, WWBT-TV, Richmond.

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    :// WVIR-TV NBC29 Launches High Definition Local News on April 19

    NBC29Charlottesville, VA – April 18, 2008 – WVIR-TV today announced that, effective Saturday, April 19, at 6 p.m., NBC29 News is available in high definition. This is the Charlottesville station’s first live, locally-produced, HD broadcast, and is the result of more than five years of planning and construction and an expenditure of more than 3 million dollars.

    In announcing NBC29 News in HD, General Manager Harold Wright said, “All of us at WVIR-TV are proud to be the first station in Central Virginia and the Central Shenandoah Valley to broadcast local news in high definition. We also believe WVIR-TV is the first station in the state to convert its entire broadcast plant to a state-of-the-art digital operation in anticipation of the end of analog broadcasting.”

    WVIR-TV employs more than 100 people who produce more than 30 hours of local news each week. For national news the station is an affiliate of both the NBC and CNN television networks. In addition to its main newsroom in Charlottesville, the station operates news bureaus in Waynesboro and at the state capitol in Richmond.

    WVIR-TV serves 11 counties in Central Virginia and the Central Shenandoah Valley. The station is owned by Virginia Broadcasting Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Waterman Broadcasting Company which operates two other television stations, WBBH and WZVN, in Fort Myers, Florida.

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    :// Jack and Jen in the Morning Help UVA Fundraiser
    “Richmond Radio Station Aids American Cancer Society”


    Mix 103-7RICHMOND, VA – April 18, 2008: WMXB/The New Mix 103.7’s Morning Show host’s Jack and Jen, with the help of their listeners, replaced fundraising money stolen from a group of UVA students. The money was being collected for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

    The UVA students were collecting money at The Mellow Mushroom in Charlottesville, Virginia, when they were assaulted. The robber shoved one of the students down and stole their envelope containing $425.

    Jack and Jen interviewed a representative from the local American Cancer Society during their morning show and discussed the tragic event. Thanks to the help of their listeners, Mix 103.7 collected more than $3600 for the American Cancer Society before 9am.

    “We were outraged. This is about as low as you can get. But our listeners are the best and they came to the rescue for us. The Mix 103.7 phone lines were lit solid for 2 hours,” said Jack Indigo, Morning Show personality. “At the end of the morning, we collected over $3600 in pledges for the American Cancer Society.”

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    :// TrafficLand Releases Live Traffic Camera Application on Facebook Platform
    Facebook users can interact with over 6,000 live traffic cameras worldwide and share live views of traffic, weather or event conditions with their friends


    TrafficLandFairfax, VA —TrafficLand®, the largest, authorized aggregator of live traffic video, announced today the release of the TrafficLand Facebook application. Users of the popular social networking Web site can use the application’s features to share live images from the TrafficLand camera network. The application allows Facebook users to attach camera images to their profile pages, messages sent to other users and to postings on a friend’s Wall.

    The application provides links that allow users to view live video from their selected camera as well as view any of the more than 6,000 traffic cameras in over 60 markets worldwide currently available on TrafficLand’s public Web site,

    The images update to show live views from the selected traffic cameras whenever Facebook users open a page containing the TrafficLand application. Users can view all of their friend’s cameras on the TrafficLand application page, as well as the top 10 most watched TrafficLand network cameras by selected city and worldwide.

    “TrafficLand video content is used by commuters, first responders and some of the biggest names in news and traffic reporting,” said TrafficLand Founder and CEO, Lawrence Nelson. “We also know many of our users just like to look at live camera views from interesting places like New York City, London’s Piccadilly Circus or New Zealand, purely for entertainment. By integrating TrafficLand into Facebook, we’re giving our users an important new way to interact with our content, whether it’s to stay on top of local road conditions or just have some fun with it.”

    About TrafficLand, Inc.
    TrafficLand has developed patent-pending technology to enable reliable distribution of thousands of CCTV (closed circuit television) video feeds from multiple Departments of Transportation camera networks. The company aggregates and broadcasts live traffic video via the Internet, and through its media partners. First responders and federal emergency management agencies can access an enhanced traffic video application through a single, secure interface called TrafficLand Video Distribution System™ (VDS), to aid emergency response and incident management. For more information about TrafficLand, please visit

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    :// The new HAMPTON ROADS SPORTS HALL OF FAME has announced their committee

    The Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame, presented by ESPN Radio 1310, has announced it's committee...There are 18 members comprising the Hall of Fame... Fans have been going to to vote... It started with 60 candidates, in which the fans could vote for up to 10... There are now 40 names on the ballot and the fans can vote for up to five.

    The fan voting, plus the vote of the committee will comprise the first induction class. "We plan to have our next meeting on April 30," noted Tony Mercurio, Program Director of ESPN Radio 1310. "We should name our class in early May, with the our banquet this summer." Mercurio added, "There are many cities that have their own sports Hall of Fame...It is about time that we started one for our great area of Hampton Roads." Here is the list of the HAMPTON ROADS SPORTS HALL OF FAME COMMITTEE:
    Jack Ankerson- Hampton Roads Sports Authority. Local sport’s legend
    Scott Cash- Sports Director, WVEC TV 13
    Ducky Davis- Scout, Los Angeles Dodgers, longtime local resident
    Vicki Friedman- Sportswriter for the Virginian Pilot
    Warner Hessler-NFL expert, ESPN Radio 1310
    Mike Holtzclaw- Daily Press writer
    Tony Mercurio – Sports Director of ESPN Radio 1310
    Chris Perry – Flagship newspaper. Boxing & wrestling historian
    Joanne Renn- Athletic Director of Virginia Wesleyan College
    John Rhamstine- City of Norfolk
    Dave Rosenfield – Tides and Admirals
    Debbie Taylor – Women’s basketball coach at William and Mary
    Jan Trombly- Jan’s Gym. Former ODU sport’s standout. Olympian
    Manny Upton – Referee, Former Norfolk State sports star
    Dominic Velardi – Local business leader, sports supporter
    Boo Williams – AAU basketball guru
    Jennifer Williams – Sportswriter for the Daily Press
    Ken Young – Owner Tides and Admirals

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    :// WRN expands its US rebroadcasting by partnering with WHRV FM

    WHRVHot on the heels of signing KBCS in Washington state, WRN, the international London-headquartered TV and radio transmission company has partnered with WHRV 89.5 FM, a public radio station in Norfolk, Virginia, USA, to re-broadcast its 24 hour news and current affairs channel overnight.

    WHRV 89.5FM is part of WHRO, a regional media company that promotes education, culture and citizenship to the citizens of Hampton Roads, Virginia through two television stations, two public service radio stations and four digital radio stations.

    Marina Lois, Product Development & Distribution Manager at WRN, says “It’s always a pleasure to team up with stations that promote world views. WHRV is a leading speech radio station in Virginia and WRN is very happy to be able to provide its listeners with news and current affairs programming from its North American network.”

    WHRV will now have access to programming from reputable international broadcasters like KBS (Korea), RCI (Canada), RNWI (Netherlands), Channel Africa, Radio Romania, Radio Poland and many others.

    WHRV has already had a great listener response to its new programming. Heather Mazzoni, Programme Director at the station, says “WRN brings our listeners world wide news and public affairs, something that was missing from our market. We have the largest concentration of military personnel in the United States so there’s a keen interest in world wide coverage in the Hampton Roads market.

    WRN has over 75 radio stations around the world that take programming from one of its nine news and current affairs networks broadcasting in English, French, German, Russian or Arabic.

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    :// 13NEWS promotes two anchors

    WVECNorfolk, VA. WVEC-TV13. Starting April 14th, the best evening news team in Hampton Roads is about to get better! 13NEWS anchor Janet Roach joins David Alan on 13NEWS at 5:30pm.

    “I’ve enjoyed every minute of being part of the hardest working morning news team in Hampton Roads for almost six years,“ said Janet Roach. “But I look forward to being able to make a bigger contribution to our 90 minutes of news and working with David Alan. This is a wonderful opportunity for me and I’m excited.”

    “I’m a big Janet Roach fan,” said David Alan of 13NEWS. “She is someone who commits herself to the news she reports each and everyday. I could not be more pleased that Janet will be joining me each night at 5:30.”

    “The addition of Janet Roach to the evening lineup strengthens our outstanding team of Regina Mobley, Sandra Parker and David Alan, a team of evening anchors our viewers know and trust.” Lebenson added. Janet will continue to co-anchor 13NEWS at Noon with LaSalle Blanks.

    Plus, on April 14th, 13NEWS Anchor Vanessa Coria moves to weekday mornings on 13NEWS DAYBREAK. She’ll join LaSalle Blanks and Craig Moeller from Studio B.

    “I’m really excited about expanding my role on 13NEWS DAYBREAK.” said Vanessa Coria. “I look forward to spending the mornings with our viewers and continuing to cover the news stories that help people make informed decisions about their families, finances and communities.”

    “This team knows the community,” said Rich Lebenson, Executive News Director, “…they’ll be on top of all the breaking news, from Hampton Roads to the world, getting our viewers ready for the start of the day.”

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    :// Birach Broadcasting Closes Purchase Of WVAB/WBVA Radio For $345,000

    On April 1, 2008, Birach Broadcasting Corporation of Southfield, Michigan closed on its Bankruptcy Court acquisition of the licenses and assets of Virginia Beach, Virginia AM Radio Stations WVAB-1550 & WBVA-1450 [Bayside] for $345,000 cash. The Seller of the stations was Chapter VII Trustee R. Clinton Stackhouse, Jr. of Norfolk, Virginia.

    The closing of the sale took place following FCC approval of an emergency petition for authorization, after Virginia Beach Police reported “a criminal act,” involving the clipping of the support wires and the destruction of the 2 stations’ tower on March 16th. The stations have been silent since the tower incident.

    The principal owner of Birach Broadcasting Corporation is Sima Birach. The company owns a number of radio stations across the country.

    The Media Broker, appointed by the court, for the sale is Ray H. Rosenblum of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mr. Rosenblum said that he worked on the bankruptcy sale for 4 years.

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    :// Virginia AP Broadcasters Awards Luncheon

    The Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters Luncheon is set for 1 p.m., Saturday, April 19 at the Crowne Plaza Richmond, West.

    Awards will be presented in a number of categories for television, large and small market radio news operations. Among the categories: Best Coverage of a Continuing News Story, Best Spot News Coverage, Best News Anchor and Outstanding News Operation of the Year. In addition, the AP annually presents its Robert Gallimore Award to a distinguished veteran in the broadcasting industry in Virginia.

    The awards presentation was moved from a dinner to a luncheon due to recent constraints placed on broadcast news operations due to budgets and allows those attending to return to their stations without requiring an overnight stay or late night drive.

    Those planning to attend should make their reservations now. The luncheon is open to broadcasters, their spouses and friends to professionals employed in associated fields and college students. Dinner is $35 for broadcasters, their spouse or date. Non-broadcast professionals are $40 and journalism students $25.

    Names of those attending should be sent to Stacey Carroll at the AP in Richmond

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    :// 5th Annual Shamrock the Block a Success
    “More than 15,000 people turn out for annual festival”


    COX RadioRICHMOND, VA – March 18, 2008 – On Saturday March 15th from 12p-6p, more than 15,000 people turned out to 18th Street in Shockoe Bottom for the 5th annual Shamrock the Block festival. A portion of proceeds from the event went to Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now.)

    The event was put on by Three One One Productions, together with Cox Radio Richmond’s 96.5 the Planet, Mix 103.7, and Y101 as media sponsors. Five bands, including headliners The Georgia Satellites, Stone Lucy, Speed8limit, 4play, and Conditions played on the Scion main stage.

    “I think we definitely had the perfect circumstances this year,” said Fisher, Program Director for Mix 103.7, 96.5 the Planet and Y101. “Great weather, great crowd and great music. Shamrock the Block was a win all-around.”

    This year’s festival had even more “green” featuring environmentally friendly products and information available about saving the planet.

    “Shamrock The Block has become the rite of spring in Richmond! Three One One Productions has used Cox Radio as our media partner for the past five years and the event just continues to grow,” said Micki Long, Event Director for Three One One Productions. “Cox worked with us to promote the event and the great programs that SCAN uses to fulfill its cause. It’s nice to know that Richmond still supports outdoor festivals and the work of this great charity.”

    Pictures from Saturday can be viewed at

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    :// 93.3 WFLS – NAB Crystal Radio Award Finalist

    NAB Crystal Radio AwardsFredericksburg, VA, 93.3 WFLS is one of 50 finalists from across the country for the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Crystal Radio Award. Since 1987, the NAB Crystal Radio Awards have recognized radio stations across the country for their outstanding year-round commitment to their community.

    The NAB Crystal Radio Award honors the public service that a radio station has performed over the past year. The public service must have been performed from the previous year, January 1, 2007 thru December 31, 2007.

    The WFLS entry included public service events, such as: Children's Miracle Network (CMN) Radio-thon, Salvation Army Shoe Fund, Toys for Tots Drive, American Red Cross Blood Drives, Hope House Festival of Trees, Mattress Discounters School Supply Drive, Fredericksburg's First Friday, Fredericksburg's Lunch at Hurkamp Park and many more events.

    Finalists were chosen by a panel of judges representing broadcasting, community service organizations and public relations firms. Finalists will be honored and winners announced at the Radio Luncheon, sponsored by ASCAP, on Tuesday, April 15, during the NAB Show in Las Vegas.

    Recently, WFLS was named the 2007 Country Radio Broadcasters Small Market Radio Station, Humanitarian of the Year, at the Country Radio Seminars in Nashville.

    For further information, please contact Sean Quinn with the WFLS Promotions Department at 540-374-5502 or at

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    :// Chris Karvellas Named Creative Director / Director of Photography for Studio Center Total Production's Film and Television Division
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    Virginia Beach, VA – Studio Center Total Production announces Chris Karvellas as the new Creative Director/Director of Photography for Studio Center Total Production. He will be overseeing all aspects of direction and photography for the film and video division.

    Karvellas has over 25 years in experience in Film and Television working as a Director and Director of Photography. Having been a part of award winning efforts for programming such as: HBO's Real Sports, New York Yankees feature work for their network, “Madison Square Garden Network” and the “YES Network” (Yankees Entertainment and Sports) as well as feature work for the New York Mets; he brings a wide scope of knowledge and talent to the Studio Center table.

    His work has been seen on Biography, History Channel, MTV, VH1, Discovery, Lifetime, Food Network, Speed Channel, Fox Sunday Night Hoops, Major League Baseball, NBC, ABC and he’s done feature work for CBS National News. He spent three years producing and directing national commercials and image features for the Ladies Professional Golf Association.

    He's directed and DP'd both film and video commercials nationally and regionally. Most recently he’s completed DP duties on the independent film, “House of Fallen”, shot in Hampton Roads—soon to be headed to a variety of film festivals and later released to the public.

    “We can’t tell you how pleased—and fortunate--we are to have Chris join us at this time in Studio Center’s growth. His creativity, talent and skill raise the game for our film/video division and will make us stronger in the marketplace. He brings so much to our Studio Center family and we’re excited to say the least”, says William “Woody” Prettyman, CEO of Studio Center Total Production.

    Chris is a native of Baltimore and attended University of Maryland. He played professional soccer for two years (Kansas City Comets and the Buffalo Stallions) and in between he worked as a dresser on Broadway for the Tony award-winning actor, Len Cariou.

    Studio Center Total Production produces radio, film & video TV commercials, documentaries, CD-ROMS, in addition to in-flight entertainment, computer games, toys, corporate training programs and in-store announcements for clients in all 50 states and provides foreign voice-overs for 23 countries around the world.

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    :// 93.3 WFLS - Humanitarian of the Year

    93.3 WFLSFredericksburg, VA, 93.3 WFLS received word on Wednesday, March 5, 2008 that the station was named the 2007 Country Radio Broadcasters (CRB) Small Market Humanitarian of the Year. The award was presented by Radio Ink Magazine during a luncheon at the 2008 Country Radio Seminars in Nashville.

    The CRB Humanitarian Award honors the public service that a country radio station has performed over the past year in their market. The public service must have been performed from November 1, 2006 thru December 31, 2007.

    The WFLS entry included public service events, such as: Children's Miracle Network (CMN) Radio-thon, Salvation Army Shoe Fund, Toys for Tots Drive, American Red Cross Blood Drives, Hope House Festival of Trees, Mattress Discounters School Supply Drive, Fredericksburg's First Friday, Fredericksburg's Lunch at Hurkamp Park and many more events. “We are deeply honored to receive this award and to be recognized by our industry for our ongoing commitment to our community. This award is the result of the numerous hours our staff contributes to public service” said WFLS General Manager, John Moen.

    WFLS Program Director, Paul Johnson said, “WFLS takes great pride in its involvement in the Fredericksburg community. We believe being a great radio station means making a difference in the lives of our listeners, and being a part of what’s important to them. Our staff is very excited that their efforts locally have been recognized on a national stage.”

    For further information, please contact the Sean Quinn with the WFLS Promotions Department at 540-374-5502 or at

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    SpeakEasy to Feature Programs from NPR, PRI and WHRV Local Programming


    Norfolk: WHRO has added to its family of digital radio stations with the launch today of SpeakEasy. The new station will feature 24-hour a day programming from National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media, and will include a daily repeat of WHRV 89.5FM’s popular call-in talk show, HearSay with Cathy Lewis.

    SpeakEasy will be heard on 89.5.2, one of the digital tiers of WHRV-FM, and is being programmed by WHRV Program Director Heather Mazzoni. “For listeners without digital radios, the station can be accessed through our website, or”

    SpeakEasy’s programming will be intelligent, entertaining and edgy. “It will provide voices and perspectives not previously heard in this market, such as Israel Radio, Channel Africa, China Radio, Radio Sweden, Radio Prague, KBS World Radio and Radio Canada International,” Mazzoni said. “In addition, listeners will hear the second hour of the Diane Rehm Show and Talk of the Nation, as well as the radio version of The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, National Geographic and Democracy Now.”

    SpeakEasy is the newest addition to WHRO’s family of digital stations, which include radioNtenna, The 1920s Radio Network and Connoisseur Classics.

    WHRO is a regional media company that promotes education, culture and citizenship to the citizens of Hampton Roads, Virginia through a variety of services. Every day, thousands of viewers and listeners tune in to broadcast programming on WHRO's public television and two public radio stations, WHRO 90.3FM and WHRV 89.5FM. Since its founding more than 45 years ago to support education, WHRO has employed creativity and technology to serve its mission to enrich audiences through content that educates, entertains and promotes understanding. Owned by 17 local school divisions, WHRO delivers educational and new media services to more than 286,000 students and 25,000 educators per month as well.

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    :// CapSan Media brings ESPN Radio to the Outer Banks
    92.3 FM set to begin carrying sports programming 24/7


    ESPN Radio 92.3Outer Banks, NC, 3/13/08: CapSan Media has launched the first full time sports radio outlet on the Outer Banks, on 92.3 FM. ESPN Radio began being broadcast on the frequency as of 7am, Thursday March 13th.

    Regarding the new format, Program Director Matt Cooper said “We looked very carefully at finding something that fills a void on the local airwaves. We think the Outer Banks is an area that will embrace the exciting and dynamic programming of ESPN Radio.” 92.3 formerly broadcasted country music as part of the Wilbur 92.3-Orville 97.1 simulcast. Country music will continue to be heard on the 97.1 frequency.

    Regarding the launch of ESPN Radio 92.3, CapSan Media CEO Bill Whitlow said “In today’s world of increasing media fragmentation, it is becoming more difficult for advertisers to spend their media budgets wisely. We believe this station will offer advertisers targeting active, affluent men a very direct path to their desired customers.” Local market mainstay Hunt Thomas will serve as the Local Sports Director and Assistant Program Director Jeff White will cover regional sports action.

    CapSan Media, lead by Bill Whitlow and Jason Baker, owns and operates 4 radio stations serving Northeastern North Carolina: 99.1 The Sound WVOD, Classic Hits 104.9 WFMZ, Country 97.1 WYND and ESPN Radio 92.3 WZPR.

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    :// Radio Richmond Holds World Kidney Day Radio-thon

    WLEE, WVNZ, WTOX, WREJIn recognition of World Kidney Day, Radio Richmond is partnering with the National Kidney Foundation of the Virginias on Thursday, March 13 to broadcast a day-long radio-thon. Tune in to WLEE 990 AM, WVNZ 1320 AM, WREJ 1540 AM, or WTOX 1480 AM between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. to learn all about kidney disease, hear personal testimonies from transplant recipients, and participate in an exciting fundraiser.

    Gift packages big and small will go to listeners who call in a pledge a donation while the Foundation is on the air. A Kidney Car, generously donated by Chesterfield Auto Parts, is the featured item up for bid.

    National Kidney Foundation of the Virginias staff members will be in the studio for the duration of the radio-thon to answer any questions callers have about kidney disease prevention and treatment, as the day’s ultimate goal is greater public awareness of this epidemic.

    Chronic kidney disease is on the rise in Virginia. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association estimates that, nationwide, the number of adults living with the disease has jumped by over 30 percent in less than a decade. The National Kidney Foundation of the Virginias advocates prevention education and regular testing as essential tools for stopping the spread of kidney disease. Listen to the radio-thon to learn more about the Foundation’s free kidney health evaluations.

    The National Kidney Foundation of the Virginias is dedicated to preventing kidney and urinary tract diseases, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases, and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation.

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    :// WSKY-TV 4 Announces Extensive Norfolk Tides Live Broadcast Schedule

    Channel 4 Hampton RoadsCHESAPEAKE, VA – CH4 Hampton Roads, WSKY-TV is pleased to announce an expanded television package with the Norfolk Tides in 2008. The first game of the season will be the Tides home opener on Thursday, April 3 against the Buffalo Bisons, with a broadcast time of 7:00 pm.

    Norfolk TidesAfter the success of the 2007 season, WSKY-TV and the Norfolk Tides are excited about the opportunity to grow a partnership, thereby increasing the 2008 broadcast package to include 20 games.

    “We are proud to be working with the Norfolk Tides once again and to have the opportunity to bring an expanded package of live home and road games to fans in Hampton Roads“ said Glenn Holterhaus WSKY-TV President / GM. The 2008 Broadcast Schedule is as follows:
    Thursday, April 3 7:00pm Norfolk Tides vs. Buffalo Bisons
    Tuesday, April 8 7:00pm Norfolk Tides vs. Rochester Red Wings
    Saturday, April 26 7:00pm Norfolk Tides @ Richmond Braves
    Sunday, April 27 2:00pm Norfolk Tides @ Richmond Braves
    Saturday, May 3 7:00pm Norfolk Tides vs. Indianapolis Indians
    Monday, May 5 7:00pm Norfolk Tides vs. Louisville Bats
    Thursday, May 15 7:00pm Norfolk Tides @ Lehigh Valley IronPigs
    Friday, May 16 7:00pm Norfolk Tides @ Lehigh Valley IronPigs
    Sunday, June 15 1:00pm Norfolk Tides vs. Scranton/WB Yankees
    Monday, June 16 7:00pm Norfolk Tides vs. Scranton/WB Yankees
    Saturday, June 21 5:00pm Norfolk Tides @ Durham Bulls
    Sunday, June 22 5:00pm Norfolk Tides @ Durham Bulls
    Sunday, July 6 7:00pm Norfolk Tides @ Durham Bulls
    Monday July 7 7:00pm Norfolk Tides @ Durham Bulls
    Saturday, July 12 7:00pm Norfolk Tides vs. Pawtucket Red Sox
    Sunday, July 13 6:00pm Norfolk Tides vs. Pawtucket Red Sox
    Wednesday, August 6 7:00pm Norfolk Tides @ Columbus Clippers
    Thursday, August 7 7:00pm Norfolk Tides @ Columbus Clippers
    Saturday, August 9 7:00pm Norfolk Tides @ Toledo Mud Hens
    Sunday, August 10 6:30pm Norfolk Tides @ Toledo Mud Hens
    “We are thrilled to expand our television package with WSKY-TV this season” said Tides President Ken Young. “This is a fantastic opportunity for our team, and we are excited for the 2008 season to begin.”

    The Tides are entering into their second season as the top affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. For more information on the Tides, log onto

    For further information please contact Ed Marlowe or Mary Stott at 757-382-0004.

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    :// A New Twist on St. Patrick’s Day!

    SportsRadio 1400SportsRadio 1400 WKAV, Charlottesville’s only fulltime sports radio station, will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in a new way this year with the introduction of the Dan Patrick program to the station’s line-up. The Dan Patrick Show will be heard week days from 9:00am-noon.

    To celebrate Patrick’s arrival on St. Patrick’s Day, WKAV’s Jerry Miller will be broadcasting his Sports Rap show live from Wild Wing Café on Main Street in Charlottesville on Monday, March 17 from 3:00pm-5:00pm.

    “Adding Dan Patrick to SportsRadio 1400 is another in an on-going and growing list of commitments Monticello Media has made to providing the strongest possible radio products to the people of the Charlottesville market,” said WKAV Program Director, Joe Thomas. “This is an exciting time. We come off wall-to-wall coverage of the ACC Men’s Basketball tournament to have Dan Patrick join us on Monday as we begin coverage of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. It is truly March Madness at SportsRadio 1400 WKAV,” added Thomas.

    Patrick recently left ESPN where, among other things, he hosted a radio program on their radio network since 1999. That show was heard on more than 325 stations. Patrick was the second cable commentator to receive the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association’s National Sportscaster of the year in 2000. In 1998 he received a Sports Emmy Award for his work as an ESPN studio host and he received a CableACE Award in 1997 for his work on SportsCenter.

    Patrick’s assignments have included the sporting world’s biggest events including the NFL’s Super Bowl, the NBA Finals, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four, MLB’s World Series and the Olympics.

    Monticello Media is a private, Charlottesville-based company operating six radio stations in the Charlottesville market which it purchased last October. In addition to Charlottesville’s only fulltime sports station, SportsRadio 1400 WKAV, the company owns NewsTalk 1260 AM WCHV, Country 99.7 WCYK, Hot 101.9 WHTE, Tom @ 107.5 WWJT and generations 102.3 & 94.1 WZGN.

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    :// 92.9 The Wave to “Wave Goodbye to Kids Cancer”

    “Wave Goodbye to Kids Cancer”VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – 92.9 The Wave (WVBW-FM) kicks off their first-ever radiothon to benefit the childhood cancer program at Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters on Thursday, March 6, 2008.

    The “Wave Goodbye to Kids Cancer” Radiothon will consist of a live broadcast to take place from the lobby of CHKD in Downtown Norfolk from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Thursday, March 6th and Friday, March 7th hosted by Dick Lamb, Jennifer Roberts, Paul Richardson, Paul McCoy, Mike Allen, Suzanne Snowden, and Ted Alexander. The live broadcast will consist of current and former cancer patient interviews who will tell their story of hope and healing.

    “This is our opportunity to give back to the children and their parents who have been dealing with the devastating effects of childhood cancer and provide hope for the future. CHKD is an excellent health care facility that we are fortunate enough to have right here in our own backyard” says Dick Lamb, host of The Morning Wave and Vice-President of Radio Operations for Max Media.

    Donations can be made to CHKD by calling 757-668-9000 between 6:00 AM and 6:00 PM and on-line at

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    :// Kirby Carmichael returns to the airwaves

    WCLMBeginning Monday, March 17, 2008 Richmond broadcaster, Kirby Carmichael, will mark another milestone in his extensive career when he becomes the newest member of the WCLM – Radio-1450AM air staff. “It was an offer I could not refuse,” said the legendary broadcaster, who admits that he is happiest when he is behind the microphone entertaining Richmond audiences.

    “The solid gold, soul music format of WCLM-Radio-1450AM will offer me and my audience the opportunity to enjoy the hits we love but are rarely played on most radio stations these days,” said Carmichael.

    Kirby Carmichael has more than 30 years of broadcasting experience which includes stints with Richmond’s former WANT-AM radio and most recently WRVQ-Q94FM. “The WCLM Radio-1450AM family is pleased to welcome Kirby and his fans,” said WCLM Radio-1450AM owner, Preston Brown. “Kirby’s knowledge of radio and what audiences want will add dimensions to our product.”

    Starting March 17, 2008 Kirby Carmichael’s fans will be able to hear him again from 2pm – 6pm Monday – Friday on The Heart and Soul of Richmond, WCLM-Radio 1450AM.

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    :// It’s Miller Time!

    NewsTalk 1260NewsTalk 1260 AM WCHV radio has announced the addition of the Dennis Miller Show to its line-up. The five-time Emmy award winner and four-time Writers' Guild award winner will offer his unique take on the day's topics with comedy and satire starting Monday, March 3, 2008. Miller’s 3-hour talk show will air weeknights at 10:00pm and will feature listener calls as well as interviews with high-profile guests.

    “We’re very pleased to add Dennis Miller to the NewsTalk 1260 AM WCHV line-up,” said WCHV program director and morning host, Joe Thomas. Thomas was added as morning host in October of last year, shortly after the station was purchased by Monticello Media. Thomas is followed by Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Lars Larson and now Dennis Miller. “If we were a baseball team this line-up would be equivalent to the 1927 Yankees’ Murderer’s Row,” said Thomas.

    After six seasons as the Weekend Update anchor on Saturday Night Live, Dennis Miller has become a household name through an eclectic mix of television, cable, film and sports broadcasting platforms. The Santa Barbara resident, who had a nine year run on the HBO live talk show "Dennis Miller Live," has also written and starred in six solo one-hour HBO comedy specials. He was the host and executive producer of CNBC's "Dennis Miller," a topical interview talk show, has starred in various feature films, written a series of bestselling 'Rant' books, and provided color commentary for ABC's "Monday Night Football." In addition to hosting The Dennis Miller Show, he continues to tour, perform at corporate dates and create and star in new TV/comedy specials.

    Monticello Media is a private, Charlottesville-based company that purchased and operates six radio stations in the Charlottesville market. Those stations are: NewsTalk 1260 AM WCHV, Country 99.7 WCYK, Hot 101.9 WHTE, SportsRadio 1400 WKAV, Tom @ 107.5 WWJT and generations 102.3 & 94.1 WZGN.

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    :// 92.9 The Wave to Debut Hampton Roads Only Local Request and Dedication Radio Show on February 14th

    92-9 The WaveVIRGINIA BEACH, VA – 92.9 The Wave (WVBW-FM) is proud to offer Hampton Roads it’s only local request and dedication show. “Night Waves” with market veteran Suzanne Snowden begins on Thursday, February 14th.

    “Night Waves with Suzanne Snowden” will be a show that celebrates life and the good in relationships, friendships, and family. The show will give the listeners of 92.9 The Wave the opportunity to get their request or dedication on the air in a timely manner. It will not be all dedications. Listeners’ requests will be the primary focus of the show. Songs that rarely get radio airplay from “yesterday” and newer songs from “today” that are just becoming popular.

    “This is an exciting time for 92.9 The Wave and I could not be happier to have Suzanne on our station at night. It will be great for Wave to finally give Hampton Roads, and especially military families, an outlet for making a musical connection with their loved ones. Many can hear the show overseas at” says 92.9 The Wave Program Director and afternoon host Mike Allen.

    Night Waves will originate from 92.9 The Wave’s studios in Virginia Beach and will be heard weeknights from 7:00 PM to Midnight.

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    :// 41 Couples to Say “I Do”

    VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – 97.3 The Eagle/WGH-FM presents the 17th Annual St. Valentine’s Day “Mass Wedding”, Thursday, February 14, 2008 at Grand Affairs in Virginia Beach. 97.3 The Eagle, morning show personalities Jimmy Ray Dunn and Jennifer Lewis, selected couples on the air that requested to get married on Valentine’s Day. All in all, forty-one couples have agreed to say “I Do” during the live broadcast on Valentine’s Day.

    The wedding will be broadcast live from Grand Affairs between 6am and 10am. Jimmy Ray and Jen will serve as the best man and matron of honor for the couples. After each couple has been introduced the ceremony will begin with the couples taking their vows simultaneously live on 97.3 The Eagle.

    97.3 The Eagle has married hundreds of listeners over the past sixteen years. Each year various national recording artists such as Martina McBride, Keith Urban, and Steve Holy have provided live entertainment for the “first dance”. This year 97.3 The Eagle is pleased to welcome Lonestar’s former front man, Richie McDonald.

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    :// 97.3 The Eagle St Jude Radiothon

    97-3 The EagleMax Media Country "97.3 The Eagle" WGH hosted it's 17th Annual Country Cares for St Jude Kids Radiothon. This year the Hampton Roads area pledged over $337,000 to St Jude Children's Research Hospital.

    "In the past three years thanks to the tremendous support of our listeners we've raised over 1 Million Dollars for St Jude" said WGH-FM Program Director, John Shomby.

    St Jude Children's Research Hospital was founded in 1962 by the late entertainer Danny Thomas. St. Jude is unlike any other pediatric treatment and research facility anywhere. Discoveries made there have completely changed how the world treats children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. For more information about St Jude Children's Research Hospital log on to

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    :// WKHK/K95 Raises $222,613 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
    Richmond’s Country Station Continues 18 Year Commitment to St. Jude


    K95 RICHMOND, VA – February 11, 2008 – WKHK/K95 held the 18th annual “K95 Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radiothon” February 7th and 8th. K95 raised $222,613 in donations during the two day event.

    “I am so proud of the K95 air staff for their heart and effort in supporting an organization that helps child victims of cancer everywhere,” said K95 Program Director Buddy Van Arsdale. “But, most importantly, I am proud and grateful for the K95 listeners and sponsors who came through with their contributions to St. Jude.”

    The donations were generated from listeners, corporate sponsors, online donations, and an online auction. K95 hosted a 2nd annual 5k run/walk called “The Run for Kids that Can’t” on Saturday, February 9th at Robious Sports and Fitness. The event raised about $3,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

    “We are absolutely thrilled with the response to the St. Jude’s Radiothon, said Cox Radio-Richmond Vice President/ Market Manager Bob Willoughby. “The K95 audience proved once again that they have tremendous generosity.”

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    102.1 The GameRed Zebra Broadcasting’s WXTG, THE NEW 102.1 FM and 1490 AM “THE GAME” is pleased to announce the addition of the Dan Patrick Show and the Jim Rome Show to its’ Monday through Friday line up. The Dan Patrick Show and the Jim Rome Show will debut on “THE GAME” Monday, February 18th. Patrick will air from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm. Jim Rome will follow from noon until 2:00 pm. Station manager John Castleberry thinks the two new shows will further enhance “THE GAME’s” position as the Major League Sports station in Hampton Roads. “To be able to add two of the biggest names in sports radio to our lineup is a huge plus. They offer two vastly different but entertaining styles and their ability to attract the top stars in sports as guests is unsurpassed.”

    Dan Patrick and Jim Rome join “THE GAME’s” sports talk line up which features Fox Sports Radio, The John Castleberry Show and the John Riggins Show. “THE GAME” is also the exclusive home of the Washington Redskins, the NCAA Basketball Tournament, the Washington Nationals and major college football and basketball on the Westwood One and ISP radio networks.

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    :// Ezell joins Revolutionary Radio

    Revolutionary Radio WilliamsburgOlive C. Ezell, a radio veteran, brings her unique talent to WRRW. Caribbean Diaspora is a new radio program focusing on Caribbean, African and Latin-Caribbean music, history and culture. This radio program airs on Sunday evenings on 100.9 FM at 6:00 p.m. in James City County, Williamsburg and surrounding vicinity. Streaming on Sunday’s at 6:00 p.m.

    Formerly an on-air personality with the following: WHOV-FM Hampton University “Personalities from the Communities” and WNSB-FM Norfolk State University-“High Profile.”

    Ms. Ezell has interviewed such personalities as, the late Mrs. Rosa Parks, Tim and Daphne Reid, television and movie producers. Olympic Gold Medalist, Nancy Hogshead among others.

    As a freelance writer, Olive has produced articles for the New Journal & Guide Newspaper and Hampton Roads Happenings.

    Olive C. Ezell can be reached at: or (757) 838-8713vm.

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    :// Dr. Phil Hits 1,000!

    CW27HDNo, he is not 1,000 years old. But CBS Television Distribution talker Dr. Phil McGraw, the last big first-run hit in syndication, will celebrate episode No. 1,000 on Monday, February 11 at 5 PM on CW 27, WGNT-TV. With guest stars Oprah Winfrey, Jay Leno, American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, the University of Southern California's drum line and the Laker Girls, this is a celebration you don’t wanna miss!

    Dr. Phil is America's most popular psychologist and lifestyle strategist. His success stems from his signature "get real" approach to helping his guests solve their problems, stripping through their emotional clutter, getting down to the bare bones of their issues and giving them the challenge they need to move ahead.

    Dr. Phil champions those who suffer from such silent epidemics as domestic violence, child abuse, depression, racism, substance abuse and other health issues that are prevalent in society, but go largely undiscussed by their victims. Covering a full range of topics from news headlines to coping with life's challenges, Dr. Phil offers viewers a positive, transformational and entertaining experience like nothing else on television.

    Dr. Phil airs Monday – Friday at 5 PM only on CW 27.

    CW 27, WGNT-TV is a part of the CBS Corp. Television Stations Group and currently reigns as one of the highest rated CW affiliates in the country. CW 27 is a dominant television force in Hampton Roads, leading our market with top-rated entertainment like Dr. Phil, Judge Judy, WWE Smackdown, America’s Next Top Model and Judge Joe Brown and can be seen in HD on channel 707 on Cox Digital Cable in Hampton Roads beginning Thursday, February 21.

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    :// COX 11 and The Eagle Team Up to Create New Country Music Television Show
    Hampton Roads 20 to Countdown Top Country Music Songs Every Sunday


    COX11Hampton Roads, VA – Cox customers in Hampton Roads can now watch as the top 20 country music songs are counted down on a new COX 11 show called Hampton Roads 20 that will air every Sunday night. The top 20 songs will be determined each week in a website vote by Eagle 97 listeners.

    97-3 The EagleHampton Roads 20 is the result of a partnership between COX 11 and 97.3 The Eagle. During the week, 97.3 The Eagle listeners can vote on their favorite country music songs at the Eagle website at Then, the top 20 songs chosen will be counted down on Hampton Roads 20 every Sunday at 9 pm on COX 11. Along with the top 20 countdown, the show will feature news and updates from the national and local country music scene, concert news, special guests and exclusive interviews. The hour-long show, hosted by Mark McKay, will originate from the Eagle 97 studios.

    Country music is very popular in Hampton Roads," says Dan Cawley, COX 11 station manager. "COX 11 is excited about teaming up with Eagle 97 to develop another avenue for local fans to pursue their passion for country music.”

    "With the strong bond that Mark McKay has with country artists from the Nashville music scene, we'll be able to give the viewer lots of inside information and news plus some of the best music and videos to come out of the city,” says John Shomby, Director of Programming and Operations for 97.3 The Eagle. “Country music fans in Hampton Roads are going to love this show.”

    Hampton Roads 20 will encore several times during the week on COX 11. For a complete schedule, visit

    COX 11 is the exclusive local channel of Cox Communications in Hampton Roads and can be seen by more than 415,000 subscriber households in the region. Eagle 97 radio is owned and operated by Max Media, based in Virginia Beach.

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    :// WAVY Sports Director Bruce Rader to partner with Tommy & Rumble!
    “Dean” Of Local TV Sportscasters To Do Daily 7:30 Report On Top-Rated FM99 Morning Show


    (Chesapeake) A major media partnership has been created between FM99’s Tommy & Rumble and local TV sports icon Bruce Rader.

    Rader, a fixture in Hampton Roads for three decades, will do a daily live sports report to air on 98.7 at 7:30am. The subject matter will go well beyond the scores and include candid commentary on both local and national stories.

    “We couldn’t be more excited about Bruce joining the show,” said FM99 morning co-host Rick Rumble. “Believe me, we tried to get more excited, but it just wasn’t happening.”

    Bruce's work with various charitable organizations, as well as his own Bruce Rader Charities Foundation, has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in the Hampton Roads area.

    Bruce is one of the top Olympic reporters in the nation, working with NBC News covering three Summer Olympic Games: Atlanta, Georgia, in 1996, Sydney, Australia, in 2000, and most recently the 2004 games in Athens, Greece. In both 1996, and 2002 Bruce was selected to carry the Olympic Torch. In 1996, he carried the torch through Charlottesville, Virginia, during its worldwide trip to the Atlanta Games, and in 2002 he carried the torch in Arlington, Virginia in the shadow of the Pentagon.

    Bruce made his official FM99 debut on Wednesday, January 30th.

    The Tommy & Rumble show can be heard weekdays on from 5:30-10am on 98.7.

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    :// Eric Harryman Prepares for Main Anchor Role at FOX 43
    Station debuts new logo and look


    FOX43January 28, 2008 – Portsmouth, VA: Today marks the debut of FOX 43’s new anchor, Eric Harryman. Eric teams up with Nicole Livas Monday through Friday for FOX 43 News at 10pm. He will also be seen on WAVY News 10 in a reporting role.

    Eric’s debut mirrors bigger changes on the FOX 43 newsroom as the station debuts a new logo for the FOX affiliate and a new graphics and music package.

    Eric joins FOX 43 from KIVI-TV in Boise, ID where he was the weekday morning co-anchor for the past 3 years. Eric is originally from the Sonoma, California area. He got his start ripping scripts at KCAL in LA before landing a news assignment desk job at KCBS-TV. Eric also worked in a variety of capacities with the 2002 Winter Olympics Games in Salt Lake City, UT. Eric’s tour then took him to Grand Junction, Colorado as anchor/reporter for the CBS affiliate, KREX.

    In addition to his anchoring duties at KIVI in Boise, Eric also contributed with general assignment and investigative reporting. The Idaho Press Club has recognized his work.

    “We are excited to have Eric join the FOX 43 news team,” said Kathy Hostetter, WAVY/FOX 43 News Director. “Eric’s expertise on the anchor desk and his award-winning reporting are assets I think our Hampton Roads viewers will appreciate.”

    FOX 43 remains the exclusive 10 p.m. broadcast newscast in Hampton Roads, giving viewers news, sports and weather an hour earlier.

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    :// Syndicated morning host Rick Burgess (Rick & Bubba) loses son to drowning

    The following email was sent out by Bob Carey, the president of Syndicated Solutions, which syndicates The Rick & Bubba Show heard on Main Line's Country "93.1 The Wolf" WLFV Ettrick/Richmond...

    Rick and Sherri Burgess lost their three year old son Bronner last evening in an accidental drowning in the family pool. Rick was away in Tennessee speaking at a teen retreat/seminar when he received the news and immediately returned home. Bronner is the youngest of Rick’s five children.

    To ensure our 48 network affiliates continue to receive programming during Rick’s absence, Bill Bussey “Bubba” will be hosting the show solo tomorrow with assistance from show producers Calvin “Speedy” Wilburn and Demarco “Don Juan” Williams. They will be sharing this sad news with the listeners. On Tuesday, current plans call for a best-of show so that everyone associated with the program can attend funeral services for Bronner with the Burgess Family. I (Bob Carey) will be traveling to Birmingham tomorrow and may stay to assist in hosting the show with Bubba on Wednesday and Thursday AM. On Friday another best-of show will likely be broadcast with Rick’s possible return coming next Monday, 28 January 2008. As details are finalized, more info will be forthcoming.

    If you’d like to reach Rick and offer condolences, feel free to EMail him via and please do keep the Burgess family in your thoughts and prayers as they deal with this truly tragic loss.

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    :// WAVY-TV 10 On Your Side Hires New Reporter
    Esther Pierre
    January 17, 2008 — Portsmouth, VA: WAVY-TV announces that Esther Pierre has been named late news reporter and will serve as part of the “10 On Your Side” political team.

    Esther Pierre is new to WAVY-TV, but not new to Hampton Roads. She was morning feature reporter for WTKR-TV in 2001. Esther got her start in TV at WAND-TV in Decatur, IL. From there she headed back east to work for News 12 New Jersey and Fox 5's "Good Day New York" morning show.

    “Leaving family behind in the New York metropolitan area was hard, but, I have adjusted well to Hampton Roads’ milder weather and great people!” said Esther.

    Esther is a graduate of Howard University. She also has two master’s degrees: One in Education from the University of Bridgeport, and the other in Political Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois.

    “Esther brings a variety of skills to the WAVY and FOX 43 newsroom,” said Kathy Hostetter, News Director. “Her vast knowledge of politics, sources and the Hampton Roads area are key assets, and we’re happy to bring Esther on board the #1 team!”

    WAVY News 10 continues to dominate the late news race in Hampton Roads and was the most watched newscast in November 2007.

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    Barbara Hamm Assumes New Position; Bobbie Fisher to Head Communications


    WHRONorfolk: Barbara L. Hamm has assumed the position of WHRO’s Chief Community Affairs Officer, effective January 9th. She will produce programming for WHRO’s public television station, including a new public affairs program hosted by Cathy Lewis, and a magazine-style program geared toward the interests of the African American community in Hampton Roads. In addition, she will serve as back-up host for HearSay with Cathy Lewis, with her first program being aired on February 1st. Hamm has served as WHRO’s Chief Communications Officer since March 2006. She is a former Director of Station Relations and News Director for WTKR TV.

    Bobbie Fisher has assumed the position of Chief Communications Officer. Fisher came to WHRO in 1996, serving most recently as Director of Corporate Communications. She will have responsibility for the communications, public relations and marketing functions of WHRO’s family of services, which include public television (WHRO TV15/HD15.1), WHRO Kids and WHRO Create; two public radio stations (WHRO 90.3FM and WHRV 89.5FM); the WHRO Voice Radio Reading Service; four new digital radio services and WHRO’s vast educational services.

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    :// Star 94.1 Wins 2008 Stellar Award!

    Star 94.1Star 94.1 (WXEZ-FM) was named 2008 Stellar Awards Large Market Radio Station of the Year. This is the first year that the station has been nominated in the category.

    Stations across the country are nominated based on their market size and asked to submit a presentation about the station’s outreach and community effort. “We are so pleased to have been recognized by the Stellar Awards” said Dale Murray, Star 94.1 Program Director, “however we know this honor means nothing without the great support we receive from our listeners in the Hampton Roads area.”

    The 23rd Annual Stellar Gospel Awards were handed out January 12 at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. This year the Stellar Awards were hosted by CeCe Winans, Kirk Franklin and Byron Cage. The Award Ceremony honoring artists was taped and is scheduled to air in the area Sunday, January 27 at 2pm on WVBT-FOX.

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    :// Walker to Do Wake-up Duty at generations 102.3 & 94.1

    generations 102.3 & 94.1Charlottesville’s newest radio station, generations 102.3 & 94.1, has announced that Steve Walker will be joining the generations team as morning host. Walker’s 35-year radio career has spanned Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia with most of his career spent getting up early to welcome listeners to another new day.

    “If we had our druthers, we would have had someone hired for this position earlier but Monticello Media’s commitment to Charlottesville is to provide the best product possible and as much as we wanted to get our live morning show underway we just hadn’t found the right person,” said Vinnie Kice, Monticello Media Operations Manager and Generations 102.3 & 94.1 Program Director. “With Steve coming on board we’re really excited that we have the right person for Generations and the right person for the Charlottesville market.”

    “When you’ve been in radio as long as I have you’ve witnessed and experienced a lot of change, some of it good, some not so good. I’m really excited to be coming full circle, back to working for a small, private, locally-based company that cares about the community. That’s what good radio is all about and that’s what I’m all about,” said Walker. “I’m about to step into one of the greatest jobs in radio, in one of the greatest cities in the country. Generations 102.3 & 94.1 is going to be such a fun place to work. The management is great, the music is perfect and I promise you’ll wake up every morning with a song and a smile.”

    Walker is an avid motorcyclist, hunter and shooter. He’s donated over 16 gallons of blood and been recognized for his work with the Cancer Society, YMCA and Conservation District.

    Generations is a fresh look at “era based” programming incorporating the best music of the 70’s along with evergreen songs from the 60’s and compatible songs from the 80’s. It was launched on November 2, 2007. The new generations 102.3 & 94.1 can be heard on 102.3 FM and 94.1 FM and is streaming on the internet at

    generations 102.3 & 94.1 features music by the Eagles, Marvin Gaye, Elton John, Doobie Brothers, Stevie Wonder, Journey, Beatles, Chicago and the Rolling Stones along with some Carole King, 10cc, Raspberries, Spinners, and Moody Blues.

    Monticello Media is a private, Charlottesville-based company that closed on the purchase of the six Charlottesville Clear Channel radio stations on October 4, 2007. They do not own any other radio stations in any other markets. Since purchasing the stations, Monticello Media has introduced the new generations 102.3 & 94.1, the new Tom @ 107.5, added a live, local morning show to NewsTalk 1260AM WCHV and hired Melissa Neeley as news director.

    The other Monticello Media stations include Country 99.7/WCYK, Hot 101.9/WHTE and SportsRadio 1400 WKAV.

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    :// Kice to be Roasted

    Monticello MediaMonticello Media operations manager Vinnie Kice is will be roasted in honor of his 30-years in radio on January 26. The roast, to be held at the Hilton Garden Inn on Route 250 in Pantops, will feature a number of former co-workers and Charlottesville radio personalities, including Tom “Evans in the AM” and Larry “The Legend” Taylor, along with some additional “famous people”, “Well, they think they’re famous,” said Kice, “I think infamous is more accurate.”

    The event will serve as a fund raiser for the Charlottesville Police Department’s effort to purchase a new community vehicle. Tickets to the upcoming Van Halen and Bruce Springsteen concerts at the JPJ and an overnight stay with breakfast at the Double Tree will be among items auctioned to raise funds.

    Kice began playing Top 40 music during the overnight shift on WCHV in January of 1978 when the music was played on turntables with 45s. After moving up into afternoon drive and then morning drive he was hired by Jay Lopez in 1982 to do mornings and serve as program director of WWWV. “Don’t ask me too much about those days because the 80s were kind of hazy - it was all Lopez’s fault,” said Kice. His radio career in Charlottesville included doing mornings on country WCYK when it was at 102.3 FM and he also worked for WVAO, WUMX, WFFX and WSUH.

    Shortly after Monticello Media purchased the Clear Channel stations in October, Kice was named operations manager of the six station operation. He also serves as program director of Tom @ 107.5 and Generations 102.3 & 94.1 where he hosts the afternoon drive air shift.

    Tickets for the roast are not available for purchase. The only way to obtain tickets is to win them from Generations 102.3 & 94.1.

    “I really don’t know what to expect out of some of these guys, assuming their parole officers let them out for the evening, so we’re requiring a minimum age of 21 and trying to keep women and children a safe distance from the area,” said Kice.

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    Public Radio Host and Jazz Artist Jae Sinnett to Produce and Host


    WHRV 89.5Norfolk: The R&B Chronicles – a weekly 60-minute radio retrospective of classic African American R&B and Soul music – which debuted on WHRV 89.5FM on January 5, 2007, will begin its second year with a stellar lineup of artists whose music will be explored by popular jazz artist and WHRV producer/announcer/educator Jae Sinnett.

    During its first year of production, The R&B Chronicles doubled its listenership, attracting listeners new and old to its exploration of American rhythm & blues and soul music. This year, Sinnett will feature the music of legendary performers Graham Central Station, Lou Rawls, The Four Tops, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Parliament/Funkadelic, The Spinners and Otis Redding, and many more.

    In addition to his radio hosting duties, Sinnett tours with The Jae Sinnett Trio, giving concerts and workshops all over the country. He has nine recordings to his name, and has performed with some of the top names in jazz, such as Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Chuck Mangione, Branford Marsalis, Cyrus Chestnut and many, many more.

    “We’ve been very gratified by the response to The R&B Chronicles,” says Sinnett, “and will continue to expand our listenership with this classic soul music.”

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    :// WVEC-TV13 becomes the first In Hampton Roads to deliver all local newscasts in digital widescreen

    WVECNorfolk, VA. WVEC-TV13 is the first to deliver every newscast, presented in digital widescreen.

    “Studio and field cameras, graphic elements, etc. are now seen in a widescreen (16x9) aspect ratio which matches the screens on high definition television sets...,” said Director of Technology John Dolive, WVEC-TV13. “The widescreen picture is available to viewers who watch WVEC-TV13 directly off air on channel 13.1, on Cox Cable on channel 713, on Verizon FiOS on channel 813, and news video on WVEC.COM,” Dolive added.

    “As the penetration of HD sets continues to climb, this was a logical progression for 13NEWS.“ said President and General Manager Nick Nicholson, WVEC-TV13. “We have been broadcasting much of ABC prime time programming like Grey’s Anatomy and Lost in high definition (HD) which is in a 16 x 9 widescreen format, and last year we started broadcasting Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy in HD. While 13NEWS is being produced in standard definition, I believe those viewers watching on HD sets will appreciate the new widescreen presentation. WVEC-TV13 is proud to be the first in the market to take this step, delivering quality content in its enhanced look.” Nicholson added.

    “Each week, the 13NEWS team will be delivering 31 hours of content.” said Executive News Director Rich Lebenson, 13NEWS. “That doesn’t happen without a lot of hard work and planning behind the scenes. Our viewers watching us in standard (4X3) will continue to receive our best efforts, while viewers who are ready now with 16x9 sets can experience Hampton Roads news in a new way.” Lebenson added.

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    :// WWE® goes HD

    The CW Television NetworkBurbank, CA, January 14, 2008 – World Wrestling Entertainment® fans will soon be getting their weekly doses of high-energy entertainment delivered in stunning high definition. Beginning January 25 Friday Night SmackDown® on The CW will be delivered in HD.

    WWEWWE’s switch to high-def was made possible by a series of upgrades to the company’s television studios in Stamford, Conn. The $20 million HD renovations included refitting of equipment to broadcast WWE programming and global pay-per-view programming in high definition on cable and satellite systems around the world.

    “The move to high-definition programming is another step in WWE’s ongoing mission to provide fans with the most engaging, exciting product possible,” said Mike Grossman, Senior Vice President, Television Operations. “This upgrade will be the first of many technological advances for our brand in 2008.”

    WWE programming reaches nearly 16 million people per week in the U.S. “Monday Night RAW” on USA Network is the most watched regularly scheduled program on ad-supported cable television in the U.S. “Friday Night SmackDown” on CW is the No. 1 program on broadcast TV Friday nights among males 18-24.

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    :// Virginia Blood Services and Cox Radio-Richmond partner in record setting blood drive
    Blood drive raises more blood than any other in Richmond


    Cox RadioRICHMOND, VA – JANUARY 9, 2008 - Virginia Blood Services and Cox Radio-Richmond partnered together on Monday, January 7th for a record setting blood drive raising 322 qualified blood donations.

    January is an important time of year when the area’s blood supply is always at its lowest. The blood bank had a critically low state of O positive and B negative blood. After this one blood drive, Virginia Blood Services now has an acceptable level of both blood types.

    “It was the most successful blood drive in Virginia Blood Services history in Richmond,” said Nancy Conry, Director of Public Relations for Virginia Blood Services.

    All four of Cox Radio-Richmond’s stations supported the blood drive, including 96.5 the Planet, Y101.1, K95 and Mix 103-7.

    “This event really shows how all of our listeners are willing to help when the community needs it most,” said K95 program director Buddy Van Arsdale. “I was proud to see how our staff was able to work together to create such a flawless event.”

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    :// WYSK drops Alternative

    99-3 The VibeAt noon on Monday, January 7, 2008, the Free Lance Star’s WYSK-FM Fredericksburg pulled the plug on its Alternative Rock format. The station then launched into its new incarnation, 99.3, The Vibe, with Justin Timberlake’s “Sexyback.”

    OM Paul Johnson described The Vibe as “A blend of contemporary Urban, Rythmic, and Top 40. Our tag line is Fredericksburg’s New #1 Hit Music Station.” The station will be a blend of current format heavyweights like Alicia Keys, Chris Brown, Kanye West, and Sean Kingston, along with liberal doses of 80’s and 90’s dance, and even some 70’s Old School. The station has applied for the call letters WWVB.

    “Fredericksburg has no real CHR station, and no stations for the Urban audience,” Johnson explained. “We’re excited about tapping into an audience that is grossly underserved.” Jim Spector will take over PD duties for the station. WYSK MD Chris Manning will stay with the group, taking on a variety of roles. Morning Man Jay Kole, however, was a casualty of the change. No other personnel changes were announced.

    The Vibe will broadcast on 99.3, and also on 93.3 HD2.

    WYSK will still operate as an internet only station, streaming Alternative Rock at

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    Studio CenterVirginia Beach, Virginia (December 20, 2007) William “Woody” Prettyman, CEO of Virginia Beach, VA based Studio Center Total Production announced today the acquisition of Tonic Studios, New York City. “This is something that we have been working on for over a year so we are very happy to have it done. Picking up seven rooms in NY along with such a talented staff only makes it easier for our clients to get superior audio and video production,” Prettyman said. Tonic, located in mid-town Manhattan, at 50th East 42nd Street,, excels at long form mixing, feature film scores, promo mixing, advertising and sound design. Having already won numerous Emmy’s, ASCAP and Grand Mercury awards, Tonic brings award winning expertise to the Studio Center Total Production family. Tonic works extensively with a diverse group of high profile clients such as 48 hours, Dora the Explorer, All My Children, Mystery Diagnosis, and MTV’s Boiling Point.

    Studio Center Total Production, founded 41 years ago, is the nation’s top volume commercial production house. With a large and experienced union and exclusive non-union talent roster, Studio Center Total Production produces over 10,000 radio and TV commercials annually for clients like A&E, AOL, BMW, NASCAR, Blockbuster Video, Bud Light, Cartoon Network, Domino’s, GEICO, Heineken, The History Channel, Lowe’s, McDonald’s, NASA, Pepsi, Starbucks, Subway, Victoria’s Secret and The Washington Post. Studio Center Total Production has received over 5,000 awards over the last four decades, including local, regional and national Addys, Tellys, Clios, Silver Microphones and a Grammy Award for participation in recording George Carlin’s audiobook, “Napalm and Silly Putty.”

    Studio Center Total Production now has 24 studios in six cities including New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Memphis, Nashville and Virginia Beach. Studio Center Total Production produces Radio and TV commercial audio, audio for documentaries, computer games, toys, websites, corporate training programs, government training films--in all 50 states and 23 countries around the world.

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