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:// Tom Has a New Friend
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Tom @ 107.5Tom @ 107.5 is pleased to welcome a new friend, Meg, who joins the station beginning Monday morning, December 17, 2007. “Meg in the Morning” will be heard on Tom @ 107.5 each weekday from 6:00am-10:00am. “This is yet another piece of the puzzle for both Tom @ 107.5 and Monticello Media,” said Vinnie Kice who serves as Program Director for Tom @ 107.5 as well as Operations Manager for Monticello Media. “There have been a lot of pieces added in the last couple of months,” Kice added.

Meg was most recently doing Metro Airborne Traffic in Washington, DC and was on the air on WFLS in Fredericksburg, Virginia. “I’m happy to leave the skies over the beltway to join Tom @ 107.5. I’ve been listening to the station on the internet since we first started talking a number of weeks ago and I can honestly say I am among the many people in the area who have fallen in love with Tom and I can’t wait to get started,” said Meg.

Tom @ 107.5 is one of the six Charlottesville stations purchased from Clear Channel by Monticello Media in October. Monticello Media began investing in the market and properties when the sale was announced in July and has continued to do so since with the investments covering everything from market research to new formats, additional personnel, marketing and more. Monticello Media is a locally-based private company whose only holdings are the Charlottesville stations.

In addition to Tom @ 107.5 (WWTJ) The Monticello Media stations include NewsTalk 1260 AM WCHV, Country 99.7 WCYK, Hot 101.9 (WHTE), SportsTalk 1400 WKAV and the new generations 102.3 & 94.1 (WZGN).

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:// Richmond’s #1 Country Music Station Announces Signal Upgrade
K95/WKHK Upgrades Tower Signal from 17,500 Watts to 47,000 Watts

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RICHMOND, VA – December 12, 2007– K95/WKHK morning show co-hosts Catfish and Lori announced at 8:20 a.m. this morning exciting news about the station’s signal. The FCC has approved a power increase of 29,500 watts in addition to an antenna height increase. The new tower is 640 feet tall and has a transmit power of 47,000 watts. This increase will expand the listening area K95/WKHK reaches as well as improving office and residential listening.

“We are very pleased that the FCC has granted WKHK-FM this significant upgrade,” said Bob Willoughby, Vice President and Market Manager. “This improvement will greatly enhance our service to the Richmond metro and expand our coverage throughout the Central Virginia region.”

About Cox Radio, Inc.
Cox Radio is one of the largest radio companies in the United States based on revenues. Cox Radio owns, operates, provides sales or marketing services for 80 stations (67 FM and 13 AM) clustered in 18 markets, including major markets such as Atlanta, Houston, Miami, Orlando, San Antonio and Tampa. Cox Radio shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol: CXR.

About Cox Radio-Richmond:
Cox Radio-Richmond is one of the largest radio companies serving the Richmond area. Located on Richmond’s Southside, Cox Radio-Richmond owns and operates country station WKHK-FM (K95), adult contemporary station WMXB-FM (The New Mix 103-7), classic rock station WKLR-FM (96.5 The Planet), and alternative rock station WDYL-FM (Y101).

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:// Cinema Cafe announces first time in the Hampton Roads market that a major Hollywood blockbuster film will be released in the Spanish language.
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HAMPTON, VA (December 5, 2007) - Riverdale Cinema Café, in conjunction with Selecta AM 1050 WVXX, is proud to announce a special print release of Disney’s National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets. In addition to the English language print of the film, we will also be offering a special print dubbed in Spanish. This will be the first time in the Hampton Roads market that a major Hollywood blockbuster film will be released in the Spanish language. National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets will be opening nation wide on December 21. New York City is only other East Coast location for this special showing.

National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets (PG) Starring Nicholas Cage, Diane Kruger, Ed Harris, and Helen Mirren. Directed by Jon Turtletub. Treasure Hunter Benjamin Franklin Gates looks to discover the truth behind the assassination of Abraham Lincoln by uncovering the mystery of the 18 missing pages from assassin John Wilkes Booth’s diary.

Spanish teachers may find this a very exciting and educational way of having students see a movie that they would be very interested in and yet have to decipher the plot in the Spanish language. The Spanish dubbed National Treasure will be playing exclusively at the Riverdale Cinema Café 1044 Von Schilling Drive, Hampton, VA 23666 from December, 21 through January 3rd. It may also stay one extra week if there is additional demand. Teachers can book a field trip with our events office or offer extra credit for students who attend the movie on their own.

For field trip package information, you can visit us online at cinema-cafe.com or call our events coordinator at (757) 747–1397 to book your trip.

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:// WAVY NEWS 10 AND FOX 43 DOMINATE RATINGS IN NOVEMBER 2007
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Portsmouth, VA – December 6, 2007 – WAVY News 10 continues to dominate the late news race in Hampton Roads and was once again number one in November 2007. In fact, WAVY News 10 at 11PM has won 89 of the past 92 rating periods. In morning news, WAVY News 10 Today at 6AM maintained its number one position and added to its lead with 14% growth over the same period last year. WAVY’s Saturday and Sunday newscasts were also number one and delivered similar year-to-year growth.

Contributing to this increase in ratings were the groundbreaking “10 On Your Side” investigations uncovering a financing scam, exploring the safety of local bridges, and citing the dangerous accessibility of medications to children online. “Hampton Roads viewers have come to expect meaningful and relevant reports from us, and I am proud of the caliber and depth of content delivered by our newsroom,” said Kathy Hostetter WAVY-TV News Director. In addition, FOX 43 News at 10PM saw a 28% increase over November of 2006 and the station’s nightly FOX 43 SportsWrap increased another 32% with its extensive coverage of local high school and college sports.

WAVY-TV enjoyed primetime success as well, as the blockbuster hit Heroes and the perennial favorite Law and Order:SVU delivered a whopping 10 household rating. In addition, medical drama House MD remains one of the hottest shows on television and grew over 20% year-to-year on FOX 43. Football fans also enjoyed some of the most exciting and highest rated games of the season on Sunday afternoons on FOX 43, and Sunday evenings on WAVY on NBC’s Football Night in America.

“In this, our 50th Anniversary year, we celebrate our half century of broadcasting in Hampton Roads and it is rewarding to see our loyal viewers continue to seek out WAVY for local news, entertainment and sports”, said Doug Davis, President & General Manager of WAVY and FOX 43. “We are equally proud that FOX 43 News at 10pm has continued its steady growth as viewers get their late news an hour earlier.”

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:// Tom Schaad Prepares for Main Anchor Role at WAVY TV
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Tom Schaad
December 7, 2007 — Portsmouth, VA: Monday, December 10th marks the debut of WAVY’s new anchor, Tom Schaad. Schaad will anchor the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts for the #1 station, alongside Alveta Ewell and Nicole Livas. “I’m excited to join such a prestigious news operation,” said Schaad. Schaad started with WAVY-TV 10 this week and has been familiarizing himself with the Hampton Roads community. “Hampton Roads is an inviting area, and I am looking forward to being a part of it,” said Schaad.

Tom joins 10 On Your Side from Orlando, Florida, where he was a news anchor at WESH-TV. Tom spent more than 11 years at the NBC affiliate and was the front man on WESH's morning newscasts. Most notably, Tom was part of the team that received a DuPont award for the station’s coverage of the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy.

“I am thrilled with the energy, experience and enthusiasm Tom brings to the anchor desk,” said Kathy Hostetter WAVY-TV 10 News Director. “He will complement the anchor team nicely, and we are happy he can now call Hampton Roads home.”

Tom was born in Pittsburgh and received his Bachelor’s degree in communications and journalism from Duquesne University. He has won awards from the Associated Press & Society of Professional Journalists and was nominated for an Emmy award in 1995. Tom’s first job in broadcast television was at a station in Clarksburg, West Virginia. He then moved on to WPXI in Pittsburgh as a freelance reporter. After that, Tom worked at WTEN in Albany, NY prior to joining the news team at WESH.

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:// WBBT/107.3 and Toys For Tots
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE... Some of the area's top sports stars and entertainers will be on hand to meet and greet area supporters for 1073 BBT’s and the U.S. Marine Reserves “Toys for Tots” campaign Thursday, December 13 at Big Al’s Bar and Grill across from Innsbrook.

1073 BBT afternoon personality, Tony Booth, will broadcast his entire show on location from Big Al’s beginning at 3pm. Bring a toy or financial donation to Big Al’s, located at 3641 Cox Road, and talk sports or entertainment with folks like NFL Hall of Famer Willie Linear, Johnny Newman-former NBA star who graduated from the University of Richmond, Eddie Kasko-former manager of the Boston Red Sox, Gene Alley-ex Pittsburgh Pirate who played on the 1967 World Series team, and many others.

For more details on this great event, go to 1073BBT.com.

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:// Western Union and Cox Richmond announce Santa's helper promotion in support of The Salvation Army
WKHK, WMXB and WKLR to present $100 prizes from Western Union to listeners who call in or enter online...

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (December 3, 2007) – Western Union and Cox Radio Richmond have teamed up to spread holiday cheer in support of The Salvation Army’s Silver Bells initiative. Beginning today and running through December 14, Cox Richmond stations, WKHK, WMXB and WKLR will run an on-air contest with a $100 prize from Western Union as part of the Santa’s Helper radio promotion. For each winning listener, Western Union will make a matching donation to The Salvation Army.

“The holidays represent a time when many Western Union® consumers provide support and gifts to their loved ones,” said Paul Jost, product marketing manager, Western Union. “We are proud to team up with the Cox Radio Stations to offer this promotion as a way of saying thank you to our consumers for the many Western Union Money Transfer® transactions sent each day during the holiday season.”

Each radio station will reward 15 lucky listeners – 10 call-in winners and five online entries – with $100 prizes from Western Union. During the two-week program, 45 lucky listeners in Richmond will win $100 and The Salvation Army will receive $4,500 to benefit local families in need.

For more than 135 years, Western Union has provided a trusted, reliable service to consumers where they live and work around the U.S., with Agent locations in the heart of many diverse neighborhoods throughout the country. Whether it is to assist with an emergency, every day expenses or send a gift to loved ones across the street, across the state and across the country, Western Union consumers can visit one of the approximately 48,000 Agent locations in the U.S., choose the service option that best fits their need, and enjoy the reliability of the Western Union brand.

“The Santa’s Helper promotion allows us, in conjunction with Western Union, to thank the music fans in Richmond for listening to our stations while supporting a great cause,” said Fisher, Program Director of WMXB, The New Mix 103-7. “The holiday season is all about giving to others and we’re happy to do what we can to benefit our listeners and The Salvation Army alike.”

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:// WHRO LAUNCHES ONLINE CONNOISSEUR CLASSICS
On Demand Service Offers Serious and Less Oft-Heard Classical Music

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Norfolk: WHRO will launch Connoisseur Classics, a new on-line on demand radio service for serious classical music lovers, on December 1, 2008. Programmed by WHRO veteran announcer Dr. Raymond Jones, Connoisseur Classics will offer programming not readily available from other classical outlets, exploring the music from the Middle Ages to the 21st Century – works rarely performed on mainstream radio and online media outlets. These works will include full-length, obscure operas; out-of-print recordings; and works by lesser-known composers. “Connoisseur Classics will present alternative classical music, designed for the more sophisticated and adventurous listener,” says 90.3 WHRO-FM Program Director Dwight Davis, “It promises to be an exciting adventure, and through online technology, we’re looking forward to attracting listeners from all over the world.”

The stream is available to online listeners by going to WHRO’s website, www.whro.org, and clicking on the Connoisseur Classics link. Connoisseur Classics joins WHRO’s growing family of online radio programs, which includes The 1920s Radio Network, radioNtenna and the WHRO Radio Reading Service.

Connoisseur Classics will present the music of the Yuletide season during the month of December, and begin programming classical music on January 1, 2008, to start the New Year.

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 – 89.5 WHRV-FM and 90.3 WHRO-FM, and multiple online audio and video channels. 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 286,000 students and 25,000 educators per month as well.

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:// WVEC-TV13 remains the most watched station in Hampton Roads for local news
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WVECMore Hampton Roads’ viewers turned to WVEC-TV13 making WVEC-TV13 the most watched station sign on to sign off for the 13th consecutive rating period, plus WVEC-TV13 grew it’s total news viewership over last year, out-delivering the combined audience of our competitors during 13NEWS AT 5:00 and 13NEWS AT 5:30.

13NEWS continues to dominate the local news, weather and information front by being the only station in the Hampton Roads market to increase ratings over last year during 13NEWS AT NOON, and evening newscasts at 5:00, 5:30, 6:00 and 11:00.

“This is a fantastic accomplishment for the 13NEWS team,” said Executive News Director Rich Lebenson, 13NEWS. “It’s an on-going reflection of our dedicated workforce in front of the camera and behind the scenes, on-air and on-line at WVEC.COM,” Lebenson added.

Viewers continued to make WVEC-TV13 the number one destination for quality programming. The Oprah Winfrey Show, Rachel Ray, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy each remain number one in their time periods.

The ABC shows elevated WVEC-TV13 to a primetime win. The nightly battles, headlined by hits like Dancing with the Stars and Grey’s Anatomy beat NBC and CBS.

“I'm really proud of our team,” said President and General Manager Nick Nicholson, WVEC-TV13. “We work hard everyday to provide the best news coverage in Hampton Roads. The fact that WVEC-TV13 was the only station in the market to grow its news audience over last year during the noon, 5pm, 5:30pm, 6pm and 11pm newscasts is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team,” Nicholson added.

13NEWS wins based on NSI Live Only Arianna Final Overnights for November 2007 sweep period (Excluding 11/21, 11/22 and 11/23). M-F 5a, 6a, 12p, 5p, 5:30p, 6p and 11p newscasts.

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:// High school sports on WLQM/101.7
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WLQM101.7 FM WLQM Franklin will begin their 18th season of “play by play” high school basketball on Friday November 30th. While most of the Hampton Roads radio stations focus on college and pro sports broadcasts, WLQM Radio Sports continues to be the voice for live local high school basketball in Western Tidewater.

Tim Parsons and Neal Steele will make the call during 22 regular season games featuring two to three highly contested match-ups weekly from late November through mid February. Coverage includes schools in the Bay Rivers District, Tri Rivers District and Virginia Commonwealth Conference. Coverage also continues into post-season play with the advancement of any local schools in the Western Tidewater area.

WLQM-FM’s commitment to “play by play” of high school sports was further strengthened over the summer with a substantial capital investment into new state of the art Codec broadcast equipment. Sports Director and Assistant P.D. Tim Parsons says, “This new equipment will dramatically improve the sound of our game broadcasts and rival any college or pro level radio network broadcasts”. We’ll take our sports broadcast sound from the usual so-so phone lines to near studio quality”. “Our listeners will be blown away by the new quality this season.”

WLQM-FM begins it’s new season this Friday night with coverage of the Windsor-Mathews Group A game at 6:30PM.

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:// Local Richmond Radio Station Flips Format
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Mix 103-7FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE... WMXB Richmond, The New Mix 103-7 flipped its format today - to all Christmas, all the time!

Starting at Midnight on Thursday, November 22, WMXB Mix 103-7 will play all of Richmond’s favorite holiday tunes to get Richmond in the holiday spirit.

Program Director Fisher says, “We’re excited here at Mix 103-7 to be Richmond’s Official Christmas Radio Station! The holidays are here and we’re happy to start celebrating it! We’re Richmond’s NEW place for a fresher mix of Christmas music…..all your old favorites….but with some of the newer artists, too, doing their versions of your favorites. All day every day thru Christmas.”

All on air shifts will remain the same:
Weekday Schedule:
5:30a – 10a – Jack and Jen in the Morning
10a – 2p – Madison James
2p – 6p – Fisher
6p – 11p – Keri Sumers
About Cox Radio:
Cox Radio is one of the largest radio companies in the United States based on revenues. Cox Radio owns, operates, provides sales or marketing services for 80 stations (67 FM and 13 AM) clustered in 18 markets, including major markets such as Atlanta, Houston, Miami, Orlando, San Antonio and Tampa. Cox Radio shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol: CXR.

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:// Monticello Media Adds Local Air Staff
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generations 102.3 & 94.1Monticello Media has announced the addition of on-air hosts to its newest radio stations.

Market veteran Vinnie Kice returns to the 102.3 and 94.1 FM frequencies on Monday, November 26 where he most recently spent over three years as the morning host. Now Kice returns as afternoon host of the new generations 102.3 & 94.1. Kice, who was instrumental in the launch of both the new generations 102.3 & 94.1 and the new Tom @ 107.5 has been working behind the scenes in his capacity of Operations Manager for Monticello Media. Mark Milleson, another Charlottesville radio veteran returns to 102.3 & 94.1 as mid-day host on generations 102.3 & 94.1.

Tom @ 107.5The new Tom @ 107.5 also gets its first air person on Monday, November 26, with the addition of Kerry James who will be hosting weekday afternoon from 3:00pm-7:00pm. James is a Virginia native who most recently worked in Culpepper radio. James also has extensive experience in theater, film and television. “I’m excited and honored to be the first air person on Tom and to become part of the Monticello Media team. This is a great radio station that’s part of a company that is committed to local radio. I’ve got lots to be thankful for this Thanksgiving season,” said James.

“Monticello Media’s commitment to providing the Charlottesville market with great local radio is very invigorating,” said Kice. “There is a new level of energy in the operation that I’ve never seen here, or maybe anywhere else. It’s hard to keep track of all the positive activity that’s taken place in the short period of time Monticello has been here, and I can tell you we’re not done yet!”

Monticello Media also announced that they have applied with the Federal Communications Commission for new call letters for Generations 102.3 & 94.1. They expect to have authorization to change the call letters to WZGN within the next week or so.

Since closing on the purchase of what was previously the Clear Channel stations on October 4, 2007 Monticello Media has launched two new FM stations; Tom@107.5, Generations 102.3 & 94.1, added the a live, local morning show featuring Joe Thomas to NewsTalk 1260 AM WCHV, hired news director, Melissa Neeley, and now added additional air staff.

The Monticello Media stations are NewsTalk 1260 WCHV, Country 99.7 WCYK, Hot 101.9 WHTE, SportsRadio 1400 WKAV, generations 102.3 & 94.1, and Tom @ 107.5 WWTJ. Monticello Media is a locally-based private company with no other holdings outside Charlottesville.

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:// Monticello Media Hires News Director
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Monticello MediaMonticello Media has announced the hiring of Melissa Neeley as News Director of their Charlottesville radio operation. Neeley is a native of Dayton, Ohio where she was recently a news anchor and reporter for WHIO-AM/FM. She also held the additional position of producer for WHKO-FM and WZLR-FM. Neeley earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.

In addition to her other duties, Neeley will serve as the morning news anchor during the Joe Thomas morning show on NewsTalk 1260 AM WCHV.

“I am exceptionally pleased and proud of the investment Monticello Media has been making and continues to make to serve the Charlottesville market. It was sad to witness the discontinuation of the live local morning show on WCHV and the local news department under previous ownership,” said Operations Manager Vinnie Kice. “Now, when we combine our own news operation with the partnership we have with NBC29, central Virginia’s leading news operation, area listeners are going to benefit from top-notch local news coverage.”

In addition to being anxious to be a part of the all that Monticello Media is doing in Charlottesville Neeley says she's excited to live here because her Irish ancestors settled in this area during the colonial period. "I can't wait to get to know Charlottesville and make it my home" said Neeley. "I want to lead the best radio news team that will keep Charlottesville informed with the latest, breaking news."

When the agreement to purchase the six Charlottesville Clear Channel stations was announced in July, Monticello Media vowed that they are committed to investing in the Charlottesville market and to providing the best possible service. Since closing on the purchase of the stations less than six weeks ago Monticello Media has launched two new FM stations; Tom@107.5, Generations 102.3 & 94.1, added the a live, local morning show featuring Joe Thomas to NewsTalk 1260 AM WCHV and hired a news director. “Those are just the noticeable investments,” said Monticello Media Vice President/General Manager Dennis Mockler.

In addition to the three stations listed above, Monticello Media stations include Country 99.7 WCYK, Hot 101.9 WHTE, and SportsRadio 1400 WKAV. Monticello Media is a locally-based private company with no other holdings outside Charlottesville.

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:// Largest Food Drive in Southeast Begins Friday Nov. 16th
106.9 The Fox conducts 11th Annual Mayflower Marathon, Fox Personalities broadcast over 56 hours to benefit area Foodbanks

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(Chesapeake, VA) Hunger and food security are impacting the lives of more Hampton Roads residents. The number of people served by local food banks increased 30% this past year. More than one-third of those recipients were children.

Changes in the economy force many families to make difficult choices. This winter home heating prices are expected to jump 10%. Oil prices have surpassed $90 a barrel. Food prices have increased by a half a percentage point in September alone.

The Foodbanks depend on community support to fulfill their mission. In 1997, radio station 106.9 The Fox, WAFX, created a Thanksgiving food drive that has become the largest food drive in the Southeast.

The 11th Annual Fox Mayflower Marathon begins at 5am Friday, November 16th and continues until 3pm Sunday, November 18th. Fox personalities will broadcast on location and volunteers will collect donations of food and money on both sides of the water:
• Pembroke Mall on Virginia Beach Boulevard in Virginia Beach
• Original Mattress Factory in the Oyster Point Shopping Center in Newport News
The Fox Mayflower Marathon benefits the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula.

“I don’t know what we’d do without their food drive every year,” says Marianne Smith, Development Director with the Southeastern Virginia Foodbank, “We served more than 200,000 on the Southside alone, and the need this year is greater than ever.”

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:// CHRIS WOLF NAMED REGIONAL DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING AND CREATIVE SERVICES FOR CBS-OWNED CW STATIONS IN ATLANTA , TAMPA AND NORFOLK
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Norfolk, VA – Chris Wolf has been named Regional Director of Programming and Creative Services for WGNT-TV in Norfolk , Virginia , WTOG-TV in Tampa , Florida and WUPA-TV in Atlanta , Georgia . All three stations are affiliates of The CW Network and are owned by CBS Television Stations. The announcement was made by Steven Soldinger, Vice President and General Manager of the stations, to whom Wolf reports.

Wolf, who has served as Creative Services and Program Director at WGNT-TV since January 2006, will maintain his current responsibilities in Norfolk and will also support both functions at the stations in Tampa and Atlanta.

He joined WGNT-TV from Philadelphia , where he served as Creative Services Director for CBS-owned KYW-TV. He also spent 8 years as Vice President of Programming and Creative Services for WTXF-TV, the Fox-owned station in Philadelphia . His career also includes stops in Dallas and Orlando, where achievements include managing top-rated stations for both the Fox and WB networks, and working on national promotion and marketing campaigns for television shows including “Seinfeld,” “Frasier” and “Married with Children.”

Soldinger stated: “We are very pleased to recognize the contributions that Chris has made since joining us in Norfolk and look forward to having him utilize his extensive experience in program production, acquisition, scheduling and marketing in his new, expanded role.”

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:// ODU BASKETBALL BEGINS NEW RADIO ERA ON STAR 94.1 FM
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WXEZThe 2007-2008 Old Dominion University basketball games commence a new radio era in Hampton Roads... For the first time ever, all of the ODU basketball games can be heard on Star 94.1 FM. The first regular season broadcast will be this Saturday with the ODU Lady Monarchs hosting Middle Tennessee State at the Ted, with airtime at 6:45 pm.

Star 94.1 FM (WXEZ) is owned by Max Media....ESPN Radio 1310 has carried the ODU women's games for the past 16 years and the ODU men games for the past 14 seasons...."ODU has wanted to be on a powerful FM station for sometime," noted Tony Mercurio, Program Director of ESPN Radio 1310, which still will produce the games on Star 94.1...However, ESPN Radio 1310 will still be involved in ODU basketball by carrying the ODU men and women coaches shows ...

"This is the first of a five-year deal to carry play-by-play of ODU basketball on Star 94.1," said Mercurio. "It will also be the first year of Ted Alexander calling the ODU Monarch games while I will be handling the ODU Lady Monarch games for the 17th straight season."

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:// ODU announces most extensive Television coverage in history
24 BASKETBALL GAMES TO BE TELEVISED

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Channel 4 Hampton RoadsNORFOLK - The audience for Old Dominion University Monarch and Lady Monarch basketball games will stretch from coast to coast, with a record 24 games televised this season.

The package is highlighted by five national broadcasts of Monarch games on the ESPN network, an 11-game schedule on Comcast Sportsnet and CN8 regional cable of conference and non-conference games, and the announcement of a local package with WSKY TV 4, which will produce seven men’s and women’s games.

“This television package provides tremendous exposure for our basketball programs, the University and our league,” says athletic director Jim Jarrett. “We are grateful for our partnership with Comcast and the local support from WSKY TV 4 this season, which is important in promoting our programs in Hampton Roads.”

In addition to the above schedule, the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) will televise the Monarchs home game with Georgetown on Nov. 28.

Seven Lady Monarch games will be aired, beginning on Nov.23 with a Comcast Sportsnet broadcast with nationally ranked Connecticut from the Virgin Islands.

The ESPN network games include the Monarchs contests from the Las Vegas tournament against North Carolina and either BYU or Louisville, home games with Drexel on Feb. 14 and the Bracketbuster contest on Feb. 23 and at VCU on Feb. 16.

The first WSKY broadcast will be Nov. 16 when the Monarchs entertain Toledo. The Channel 4 Hampton Roads package includes men’s games at Richmond on Dec. 19, at Delaware on Jan. 12 and at JMU on Feb. 20, and Lady Monarch games with Penn State on Nov. 29, James Madison on Jan. 13 and William and Mary on Feb. 10. John Castleberry will provide the play by play on all the WSKY games.

WSKY-TV is excited about the opportunity to produce and broadcast the upcoming series of ODU basketball games, and we look forward to building this relationship in the future. These games are a perfect fit for our plans to grow the station’s local programming presence in Hampton Roads,” says general manager Glenn Holterhaus.

All Old Dominion University home basketball games are video-streamed on the web at www.odusports.com, and available at a monthly subscription fee, which also includes post-game press conference coverage, practice footage and personal interviews with players and coaches.

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:// 103 JAMZ WENT BLACK THIS MORNING...
THAT IS… ANGUZ BLACK!

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Clear Channel Urban "103Jamz" WOWI/102.9 Norfolk and The Boodah Brothers Morning Show are happy to announce the newest member of the morning show, Comedian, ANGUZ BLACK. Performing stand up comedy since 2001, Anguz has worked with a long list of high profile comedians such as Sheryl Underwood, Rickey Smiley, Katt Williams, Mark Curry, Bruce Bruce and many more. Anguz performs live at the Funny Bone Comedy Club in Virginia Beach every Wednesday for the popular Apollo Night.

Please continue to join us every morning for the Boodah Brothers Morning Show featuring Brain Busters, the Inside Down Low, Name that Joint, Brain Busters-The Remix and Spill Your Guts, plus be prepared for more laughs during your morning commute!

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:// Introducing generations 102.3 & 94.1
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generations 102.3 & 94.1In today’s disposable world the great music still lives on…the music that transcends all generations and it’s that music that is generations 102.3 & 94.1.

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. The new generations 102.3 & 94.1 can be heard on 102.3 FM and 94.1 FM.

“Once again we didn’t allow ourselves to be confined by the rigid standard industry formats. We didn’t ask area listeners what existing radio formats they wanted, we asked them what music they wanted to hear and what music they wanted to hear together. Our focus continues to be on what the audience wants to hear, not what fits neatly into a pre-defined, pre-determined, pre-packaged industry defined format,” said Monticello Media Vice President/General Manager Dennis Mockler.

generations 102.3 & 94.1 listeners will hear 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.

“Although there have been, and probably still are, radio programmers saying you can’t play all those artists together, we disagree. We’d rather follow the direction of our listeners than people who have been doing the same things over and over for years,” said Operations Manager and Program Director Vinnie Kice. “Plus, we were playing these artists together when our listeners first heard them and when many of us began our radio careers. They sounded great then and they still sound great today!”

To celebrate the launch the new generations 102.3 & 94.1 will be giving away tickets to the Police concert at the John Paul Jones Arena hourly Monday, November 5 from 6:00am-6:00pm.

generations 102.3 & 94.1 is streaming on the internet at www.generations1023.com.

Recent market-specific research by Monticello Media and national research by the National Association of Broadcasters and Radio Advertising Bureau indicates that today’s audience wants more diversity in music formats and less “corporate” radio.

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. In the month since the closing, Monticello Media has introduced the new generations 102.3 & 94.1, the new Tom @ 107.5 and added a live, local morning show to NewsTalk 1260AM WCHV.

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

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:// MAX MEDIA MOVES "BATTLE OF UNBEATENS" TO WXEZ 94.1 FM
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Star 94.1Tony Mercurio, Program Director of ESPN Radio 1310, announced that the NFL "battle of the unbeatens" between the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts will be carried on WXEZ 94.1FM. ESPN Radio 1310 carries the NFL package, but due to a conflict, this Sunday's game will be moved.

"We have an Admirals hockey game this Sunday on ESPN Radio 1310," noted Mercurio. "Therefore, we at Max Media decided to move this very important regular season game to one of our sister stations Star 94.1FM at 4 p.m."

This won't be the first time that 94.1FM has carried sports. Last year an important ODU women's game at JMU was carried on 94.1 FM due to an ODU men's game at the same time on ESPN Radio 1310, plus a month ago a Major League Baseball Playoff was switched to 94.1FM because of an Admirals game on ESPN Radio 1310.

"Plus 94.1FM is the new home for ODU men and women's basketball play-by-play starting this season,"noted Mercurio..."This season is the first of five years of ODU basketball that will be carried on 94.1FM."

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:// Hello, Can You Hear Me Now?
The Talk of the Town Media Group Gets the Town Talking

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Norfolk , Va. – If a tree falls and no one hears it, does it make a sound? This age-old metaphor sums up the frustration most small businesses experience when trying to stand apart from its competitors. In today's fast paced and fickle economic climate creativity and out of the box thinking is the only way to go. Why suffer in silence? The Talk of the Town Media Group was created with you in mind!

Formed by long-time radio personality Dion ""Showtime"" Chavis AKA "Mr. Talk of the Town," (WNRJ and WWHV FM), The Talk of the Town Media Group was created to help small businesses get big results. Offering services in marketing, public relations, event planning and media placement, The Talk of the Town Media Group is a boutique marketing and public relations firm that specializes in the areas of fashion, arts and entertainment. Current clients include entertainers, pro athletes and clothing designers.

The Talk of the Town Media Group is dedicated to providing a hands-on approach to all of its clients and focuses on creating customized campaigns to help clients reach their target audience and thus build their brand.

With nearly ten years of experience in marketing and communications, Showtime is an expert in his field. His past campaigns include work with Big Easy Promotions, Soul Provider Management, DID Entertainment, Atlantic Records recording artist Governor, and the Norfolk chapter of The Coalition of Young Black Professionals. Showtime is a former radio personality and Promotions Director for Sinclair Communications and On Top Communications, respectively.

For tips on how to help your company to stand out in the crowd and other marketing solutions send an email to The Talk of the Town Media Group at Thetottmedia@gmail.com or contact Showtime directly at 757-927-2773.

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:// Congressman Eric Cantor to address "Does Voting Really Matter?"
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WRIHWAUQCongressman Eric Cantor (R-7th District) will be visiting the studios of American Family Radio's 89.7 WAUQ-FM and 88.1 The "Love" Station (WRIH-FM) to discuss the relevence of voting and how we can hold our candidates accountable. He will also discuss qualities to look for in a candidate and stress the importance of getting out the vote. The interview will be aired appropriately on Monday, November 5 at 5:30 PM. Election Day is Tuesday, November 6, 2007.

Congressman Cantor is a fourth-term congressman representing the 7th District of Virginia. He recently won re-election to Congress in November of 2006. He also serves as Chief Deputy Whip, the highest appointed position in the House Of Representatives.

American Family Radio has almost 200 radio stations throughout America and is an affiliate of The American Family Association. AFR was established to promote, enhance and inform Americans of issues that affect the family. 89.7 WAUQ-FM and 88.1 The "Love" Station (WRIH-FM) are located at 6000 Wilkinson Road in Richmond.

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:// Birach Broadcasting Wins Court Auction For WVAB/WBVA Radio With $345,000 Bid, Subject To FCC Approval
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Birach Broadcasting of Southfield, Michigan won the Tuesday bankruptcy auction for the licenses and assets of Virginia Beach, Virginia AM Radio Stations WVAB-1550 & WBVA-1450 with a competitive bid of $345,000 cash.

U. S. Bankruptcy Court Judge David Adams in Norfolk, Virginia approved the sale to Birach Broadcasting Corporation, subject to authorization of the Federal Communications Commission. The principal owner of Birach Broadcasting is Sima Birach. The company owns a number of radio stations across the country.

Bankruptcy Trustee R. Clinton Stackhouse, Jr. of Norfolk conducted the auction which began with a bid for $275,000 by TL Communications, Inc., represented by Terry Suggs, also known as Terry Love. The Media Broker for the sale is Ray H. Rosenblum of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. [Phone: 412-362-6311.]

Chesapeake-Portsmouth Broadcasting Corporation is currently operating WVAB/WBVA under a temporary Local Marketing Agreement with the Trustee. Chesapeake-Portsmouth owns WPMH(AM-670) Claremont, WLES(AM-580) Lawrenceville, and WTJZ(AM-1270) Newport News, Virginia.

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:// Monticello Media Launches New Morning Show on NewsTalk 1260 AM WCHV
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NewsTalk 1260Monday morning, October 15th, at 5:00 a.m. Monticello Media will launch a new live, local morning show on NewsTalk 1260 AM WCHV featuring Joe Thomas. The show will feature local news, sports, weather and traffic as well as interviews and conversations about the issues and events important to residents of the greater Charlottesville and Albemarle County area.

“We said from the very beginning that we are committed to serving the Charlottesville market. This is just another indication of that commitment,” said Monticello Media VP/GM Dennis Mockler.

Thomas’s twenty-year broadcasting career has taken him from his birthplace in New York City to Philadelphia, PA; Buffalo, NY; and Wilmington, DE. He has a track record of developing a large, loyal following as witnessed by consistently high audience ratings. “I’ve never set out to do anything more than present a show that has a positive, invigorating and informational effect on each listener’s day. Once I felt that we were successfully accomplishing that on a consistent basis, the ratings were just ‘sauce for the goose’ as it were,” said Thomas.

Thomas has long been an advocate for citizens’ activism, smaller, more responsive government, and more emphasis on local and regional authority. “I believe that ‘We the People’ is the greatest phrase man has penned in regard to governance,” Thomas says. “However, that puts a great burden on us, and that is going to be a core philosophy of the show. What can ‘We, the People,’ do to make things work?”

When asked if there was a particular political agenda or ideology that his show would promote, Thomas replied: “First, I’ve never seen the sense in telling half of a population not to listen for any reason. Second, the exchange of differing views makes for a more interesting conversation. And third, I feel that it is more important to discuss what is right and wrong, socially, rather than what is right and left, ideologically.” Thomas, a married father of three, summed up what Charlottesville will be waking up to weekday mornings: “This is a great place to live and work. That’s why our population is growing as fast as it has been. We will have a big table and everyone is welcome to it. And whether we agree or not, the goal will always be to keep the community great and growing.”

When the agreement to purchase the six Charlottesville Clear Channel stations was announced in July, Monticello Media vowed that they are committed to investing in the Charlottesville market and to providing the best possible service. In the eleven days since the purchase closed, they have introduced a new station, Tom@107.5, and launched a new local morning show on NewsTalk 1260 AM WCHV.

The other Monticello Media stations are Country 99.7 WCYK, Hot 101.9 WHTE, SuperHits 102.3 WSUH, and SportsRadio 1400 WKAV. Monticello Media is a locally-based private company with no other holdings outside Charlottesville.

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:// JEFFERSON AWARD RECIPIENTS TO BE HONORED OCTOBER 26
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October 8, 2007 – Portsmouth, VA: WAVY-TV announces that the 2008 Jefferson Award recipients will be honored at a luncheon on October 26, 2007 at the Chesapeake Conference Center.

The Jefferson Awards give honor and recognition to the committed volunteers who serve the Hampton Roads’ community. The Jefferson Awards are given on two levels: national and local. National award recipients represent a "Who's Who" of outstanding Americans. On the local level, Jefferson Awards recipients are ordinary people who do extraordinary things without expectation of recognition or reward. These recipients go on to compete on the national level.

The 2008 Jefferson Awards recipients are:
Townes Alltop - volunteered over 600 hours at Operation Smile
Fredda Bryan - member of Sisters Network and ACS Speaker’s Bureau, volunteers for Minority Health Coalition of South Hampton Roads, Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation, Reach for Recovery, Portsmouth Cancer Task Force, and Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Leroy Crosby - volunteer-chairman and member of the Board of Directors for the Y.H. Thomas Community Center, and the Y.H. Thomas Athletic Association.
Julie Cunningham - volunteers for the Virginia Foodbank.
Lauren DiRenzo - active member and volunteers for Church of St. Therese, Suffolk Youth Athletic Association, and Girl Scouts.
Larry Grossman & Larry Sawyer - volunteers for the H.E.R. Shelter.
Carol Jarvis - volunteers for the Norfolk Department of Human Services S.T.O.P task force, and the Lake Taylor Transitional Care Hospital’s Foundation.
Daniel Key - volunteers for READ Adopt-a-Grandparent Program, Habitat for Humanity Restore, and Community Service Leaders.
Jordan Mellington - volunteers for the March of Dimes.
Jennifer Smith - volunteers for the American Heart Association, Girls, Inc, United Way of South Hampton Roads, and Bon Secours Maryview Foundation.

WAVY-TV has been the exclusive media partner for the Jefferson Awards since 1989. Farm Fresh, Jackson Hewitt, and Langley Federal Credit Union are glad to join WAVY-TV as Partners on Your Side for this annual initiative.

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:// Tom Moves into Charlottesville
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Tom @ 107.5Friday evening, October 12, 2007 at 5:00pm Tom@107.5 moved into Charlottesville. Tom is a new radio station at 107.5 FM that is unlike anything available in the Charlottesville market because Tom plays Anything. Anytime.

Traditionally music radio stations have limited themselves to playing one particular genre of music such as country, classic rock, oldies, etc. playing the same songs over, and over, and over… Tom is anything but traditional. Tom may play a U2 song followed by the Bee Gees then Matchbox 20, Lou Rawls, Def Leppard, Madonna, Nickleback then Earth, Wind and Fire.

“It’s find of funny that after receiving the results of our market research I attended the National Association of Broadcasters convention at the end of September where the NAB released the results of extensive research they did on the radio industry,” said Monticello Media VP/GM Dennis Mockler. “The research was very, very positive about the value and importance of radio in people’s lives but like everything, it showed that there are some things we need to work on as an industry. One of those key things is that people feel that the ‘corporatization’ of radio has resulted in a lack of variety and diversity in formats. They feel tight corporate playlists has had a negative impact on radio. I had to chuckle because we already knew that and because I knew there is no station around that is even close to playing the variety and diversity of music Tom does and because Monticello Media is as far as you can get from corporate radio.”

I’ve been in Charlottesville radio longer than I can remember and I know Charlottesville is going to love Tom,” said Monticello Media Operations Manager, Vinnie Kice. “Tom plays a lot of ‘oh, wow’ songs, you know, the ones that make you say, ‘oh, wow, that’s a great song that I haven’t heard in ages’,” Kice said.

Tom’s home on the internet can be found at www.1075Tom.com. Although the site is in the initial creative stages you also stream Tom @ 107.5 at the website. Tom @ 107.5 has applied to the FCC to have the station’s call letters changed to WWTJ.

Tom @ 107.5 is part of the Monticello Media family. The little private, locally-based guys who only have radio stations in the Charlottesville market. Tom wouldn’t get along well in a big corporate structure.

Monticello Media LLC finalized its purchase of the six stations in the Charlottesville market that had been owned by Clear Channel Communications on October 4, 2007. In addition to Tom @ 107.5 Monticello Media stations include Country 99.7 WCYK, Hot 101.9 WHTE, SuperHits 102.3 WSUH, NewsTalk 1260 AM WCHV and SportsRadio 1400 WKAV.

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:// TRIANGLE RADIO LISTENERS TO CHOOSE WHICH CHRISTMAS SONGS THEY HEAR THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
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Raleigh, NC (October 10, 2007) In what’s believed to be a first for the broadcasting industry, radio listeners across the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill metropolitan region will help decide which Christmas tunes they’ll hear on leading stations this holiday season. The Triangle’s first Carolina Christmas Music Survey takes place on Thursday, October 11th, at 10:00AM, live on Y-102.9 (WWMY-FM) and 102.3 (WWNF-FM). Short snippets of close to 250 Christmas songs will be played on the air. Listeners will simultaneously rank each song on a scale of 1 (Dislike a Lot) to 5 (Like a Lot) on-line at www.carolinachristmasmusic.com. Station programmers will then tabulate all scores and use the data to select which holiday titles play a lot, a little or not all on co-owned Curtis Media Stations.

Y-102.9 Program Director Chris Roth says he’s eager for the input. “Each year we dust off the same Christmas songs and play the ones we think the market wants to hear,” he said. “The question then becomes how often do you play ‘Santa Got Run Over by a Reindeer’ between Thanksgiving and Christmas?” Roth hopes the scores gleaned from this survey will help him properly schedule the holiday music Triangle listeners most want to hear. “Music tastes differ from region to region,” he explained, “and it’s my job to create a music blend that’s uniquely about this area, regardless of the season.”

Curtis Media President Phil Zachary notes it’s standard practice to research music played on the company’s radio stations but that this survey is different. “Typically, we gather a core group of listeners at a central location and play songs for them in a private setting,” he said. “But with the Carolina Christmas Music Survey, we’ll actually test the songs live on the radio. It’s a little daring, but I think our audience will have fun with it.” Listeners who can’t participate Thursday morning should note the survey will be re-broadcast that night at 7:00PM.

Curtis Media Group (CMG) is North Carolina’s largest independent radio broadcaster with nineteen radio stations reaching more than one-million weekly listeners in The Triangle, The Triad and Eastern North Carolina. In addition, CMG operates the Triangle Traffic Network, Southern Farm Network, TriangleHelpWanted.com, TriangleTrader.com, Cupid.com and State Government Radio.

For More Information:
Chris Roth (919)790-9392 (x 340)
Phil Zachary (919)790-9392 (x 309)

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:// TL Communications Bids For WVAB/WBVA Radio Subject To Potential Court Auction & FCC Approval
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Bankruptcy Trustee R. Clinton Stackhouse, Jr. has applied to the U. S. Bankruptcy Court in Norfolk, Virginia for approval to sell the licenses and assets of Virginia Beach AM Radio Stations WVAB-1550 and WBVA-1450 to TL Communications, Inc. for $275,000. TL Communications is represented by Terry Suggs, also known as Terry Love.

Mr. Stackhouse’s petition to the court asks for a possible auction for any qualified parties which want to raise the selling price for the stations beyond the offer of $275,000 proposed by TL Communications. The sale is subject to the approval of both the court and the Federal Communications Commission.

The court hearing and possible auction will take place at 11 am, Tuesday, October 16th in the U. S. Bankruptcy Court in Norfolk, VA. The Media Broker for the sale is Ray H. Rosenblum of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Chesapeake-Portsmouth Broadcasting Corporation is currently operating WVAB/WBVA under a temporary Local Marketing Agreement with the Trustee.

Chesapeake-Portsmouth owns WPMH(AM-670) Claremont, WLES(AM-580) Lawrenceville, and WTJZ(AM-1270) Newport News. Earlier this year Chesapeake-Portsmouth withdrew its offer to buy WVAB/WBVA for $775,000. Bankruptcy Trustee Stackhouse stated that new potential buyers should contact Mr. Rosenblum, the court-authorized media broker, at 412-362-6311.

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:// Monticello Media LLC closes on purchase of six Charlottesville radio stations
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Monticello MediaMonticello Media closed today on the purchase of six Charlottesville radio stations from Clear Channel Communications.

The stations include: WCYK-FM, 99.7, Country, WCJZ-FM, 107.5, Adult Contemporary, WSUH-FM 94.1 and 102.3, Classic Hits, WHTE-FM,101.9, Contemporary Hit Radio/Top 40, WCHV-AM, 1260 News/Talk, and WKAV-AM, 1400, Sports.

"We are really excited about not only the great opportunity we have, but the reception we've received from the community," said Vice President/General Manager Dennis Mockler. "It is energizing to be operating as a private, independent company with no other interests beyond these six stations. All of our energies and attention are focused on serving the Charlottesville area in the best way possible. We're building a great team that is dedicated to doing just that."

New owner George Reed added, “We inherited a fabulous group of people. Dennis and our team have exciting plans for the stations, and we are thrilled to close this purchase and bring local radio back to Charlottesville.”

For More Information: Dennis Mockler, 434-978-4408
dmockler@cvillestations.com

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:// GideonTV to Change the way you watch Christian Television
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GideonTV Network is broadcasting Christian messages worldwide via the internet on users’ PC’s, mobile devices, and Internet-enabled Television sets. Based in Hampton, VA, GideonTV is committed to spreading the Gospel through the new media-incorporating web 2.0 structural design.

You can watch GideonTV anytime from anywhere in the world by logging onto the website at www.GideonTV.com. With non-stop programming 24 hours a day everyday along with a dedicated staff, viewers can submit prayer requests, chat with other members, sign up to receive updates via their mobile phones, and upload videos at any given time.

Founder of GideonTV Network, David Lomosi, states, “It is estimated that 422 million people will have access to broadband internet service worldwide by 2010; we are positioned to capture this audience as they emerge. GideonTV programming will inspire and empower viewers spiritually. In addition, it is the platform to represent and give voice to the unheard preacher without the costly fee paid to established TV networks.”

GideonTV will incorporate other web 2.0 methodologies as the digital media evolves. These tools will help both small and large ministries reach a wider audience and especially capture Generation Xer’s with the hope of winning souls to Christ. As IPTV develops, you will be able to watch GideonTV in the comfort of your own living room with the click of your remote.

GideonTV Network is based in Hampton, VA and was launched on July 24 2007. For more information about GideonTV, visit www.gideontv.com.

Press Contact: Danielle M. Lomosi Tel: 757-328-0636 Email: press@gideontv.com

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:// WCAV-TV Announces Official Launch of CBS19 News Weather Now
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CBS19 News Weather NowWCAV CBS19 in Charlottesville is pleased to announce the official launch of “CBS19 News Weather Now,” Charlottesville’s first 24-hour Digital Weather Channel. CBS19 News Weather Now has been on the air since the beginning of September on Digital Channel 19.2. Currently it is available over-the-air digitally, but will be made available to Comcast Digital Cable Customers in late October on Channel 209.

CBS19 News Weather Now is powered by CBS19’s Team of four Meteorologists who can be seen throughout the week on CBS19 News and Sister Stations ABC16 and WAHU FOX27. In addition, one of the most recognizable names in weather forecasting, Accuweather, will be providing some national content early on to help round out each hour.

CBS19 News Weather Now also includes local news updates at 19 after and 19 before each hour, and a local weather forecast every 10 minutes, beginning at 2 minutes after every hour.

In addition to CBS19 News Weather Now, WCAV has a local Desktop Weather Application called Desktop Alert, and provides radar, satellite imagery and weather forecasts for mobile web users via its CBS19togo.com mobile web site.

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:// CW 27 PARTNERS WITH THE URBAN LEAGUE OF HAMPTON ROADS, INC. FOR INAUGURAL CW27.COM CAREER WATCH EXPO AT THE CHESAPEAKE CONFERENCE CENTER ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2007
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CW27Free to get a better job. Free to work. Free to be you at the Inaugural CW27.com Career Watch Expo presented by CW 27, WGNT-TV and the Urban League of Hampton Roads, Inc. Join us on Friday, September 28, 2007 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Chesapeake Conference Center, 900 Greenbrier Circle, Chesapeake, Virginia. This is a great opportunity to meet some of the top employers from the Greater Hampton Roads area. Additional features include on-the-spot interviews and a special career training workshop, “How to Market Yourself” which will be presented by the Urban League of Hampton Roads, Inc.

“CW 27 is more than just a television station,” said CW 27 Vice President and General Manager Steve Soldinger. “We’re a community partner and we’re here to present our viewers the best opportunities available in Hampton Roads.”

Participating employers at the CW27.com Career Watch Expo are Army National Guard, Brinks Home Security, Chartway Federal Credit Union, City of Chesapeake, Electronics Systems, Everest Institute, H&R Block, Boddie-Noell/Hardee’s, Harris Teeter, HSBC, Geico, Military Sealift Command, Newport News Police, Norfolk Community Services Board, Norfolk Waterside Marriott, ODU Career Switcher Program, Priority Automotive, Portfolio Recovery Associates, Portsmouth City Schools, Resource Bank, Sysco Hampton Roads, Teletech, Tidewater Tech, US Marines, Urban League of Hampton Roads, Inc., Virginia Beach City Schools, Virginia Troops To Teachers, Virginia State Police, West Corp and CW 27, WGNT-TV.

The CW27.com Career Watch Expo is free and open to the public and has free parking. For more information, call Ambler Hatchett at (757) 398-3155 or visit CW27.com.

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.

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:// “TONY MERCURIO SHOW” 21st ANNIVERSARY PARTY
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There will be a huge party this Saturday, September 15, 2007, as the “Tony Mercurio Show” celebrates its 21st anniversary on ESPN Radio 1310. (WGH-AM). Public is invited to attend. The party will be at Dominion Floor Covering, 1911 George Washington Memorial Highway, Yorktown, from noon-3 p.m.

The “Tony Mercurio Show” began on September 15, 1986, at the old WGH-AM 1310 studios in Todd’s Center in Hampton. Mercurio’s show has lasted thru three different buildings, six general managers and seven different ownerships.

“It hasn’t always been easy, but we have certainly made it,” noted Mercurio. “Several media outlets said that we couldn’t make it, nobody can do a weeknight sportstalk show in this area…They obviously were wrong..We made it big.

There will be plenty of food this Saturday…There will be a pig roast, plus food from Pizza Hut, Schooner’s Grill and Cold Stone Creamery of Suffolk….Plenty of prizes will be given away as well during the anniversary party…Plus, Tony will be broadcasting “live” this Saturday, from noon-3 p.m.

“The success of the show is attributed to the great sports fans of Hampton Roads, the number advertisers that have made the show a reality for all these years and to the people who have helped work with me on the “Tony Mercurio Show”. My staff is sensational. We proved that this area can support a weeknight sportstalk show, with the proper people in charge." The “Tony Mercurio Show” is heard weekdays from 3-7 p.m. on ESPN Radio 1310.

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:// New Operations Manager for Two Rivers
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Chris Coleman
Kilmarnock, VA. - Two Rivers Communications, Inc. announced the appointment of Chris Coleman as Operations Manager of its radio properties WIGO-FM and BAY-FM (WKWI). Prior to joining Two Rivers, Coleman was with Millennium Radio Group in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where he was assistant program director and afternoon personality for 9 years.

“Chris shares our belief that local radio can make a measurable difference through its involvement in our communities,” said Charlie Lassiter, General Manager of WIGO and BAY FM. “His consistently high ratings – the highest in his former station’s history, have proven this out”. Coleman will host the morning show on 104.9 WIGO Country. Coleman’s appointment coincides with WIGO-FM’s increase in power and signal coverage, which now serves Virginia’s Middle Peninsula.

For more information contact: Charlie Lassiter (804) 435-1414.

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:// ODU Announces Radio Talent for Basketball Games
Starts Football Call-In Show Wednesday on ESPN 1310 Radio

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ODUNORFOLK - Ted Alexander, news and sports reporter for WTKR New Channel 3, and Tony Mercurio, the sports director at ESPN Radio 1310, will lead the radio announcer teams for Old Dominion University men’s and women’s basketball game broadcasts, respectively, on 94.1 FM and coaches shows on ESPN Radio 1310, as announced today by the ODU athletic department.

In addition, the ODU Football Update show, featuring head coach Bobby Wilder, will begin airing on ESPN Radio1310 for 10 weeks, starting Wednesday, Sept. 12 from 6-7 p.m. The call-in show will be anchored by Mercurio and include discussions on ODU’s emerging football program as well as CAA football and the national college football scene.

“We are delighted that Ted has joined our radio team,” says athletic director Jim Jarrett. “He will bring a wealth of local experience and knowledge of our program to the broadcasts that I know our fans will enjoy.”

Alexander served as sports director at WTKR News Channel 3 from 1998-2000, and 2001-2005. After a stint as morning host at WWDE Radio, he returned to News Channel 3 in April. He will continue his television reporting in addition to broadcasting the ODU games and coaches shows. He will be joined by long-time color analysts Billy Mann, former ODU basketball great, and Rick Kiefner on the game broadcasts.

This is a dream come true, “Alexander said. “I’ve followed ODU basketball for years and to be part of the broadcast team is incredible. I appreciate the opportunity from ODU and the flexibility with my schedule from the new management team at News Channel 3 to do the games and shows.”

The men’s basketball show, featuring head coach Blaine Taylor, will air on ESPN Radio 1310 Mondays from 6-7 p.m., beginning Nov. 12.

Mercurio will begin his 17th year as the voice of the Lady Monarchs basketball program. A 13-time Virginia Sportscaster of the Year, he will also anchor the women’s basketball coaches show, featuring head coach Wendy Larry, on Tuesdays from 6-7 p.m, beginning Nov. 13. He will be joined by color analyst Susan Montgomery, a former Lady Monarch assistant coach, on the game broadcasts.

"We (Max Media) are thrilled to have Ted Alexander as the play-by-play announcer for ODU Men," noted Mercurio. "This starts a new era for ODU, with Ted starting his first year on a new station, 94.1 FM...Ted is well known in the area and should be a major asset for the Monarchs broadcasts."

"I am excited to be returning for my 17th year of calling the ODU Lady Monarch basketball games”, adds Mercurio. “Ironically, it has been 16 years of doing the games and 16 CAA tournament championships and it is my hope that my 17th year will again result in another CAA women's basketball championship. I look forward to working with Coach Susan Montgomery again on the broadcasts this season on 94.1 FM."

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:// WESTWOOD ONE ANNOUNCES THE RETURN OF THE RADIO FACTOR WITH BILL O’REILLY TO WASHINGTON DC
Agreement with Bonneville Communications Brings the Nation’s Capital Back into the No Spin Zone

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New York, NY – September 4, 2007 - Westwood One (NYSE: WON) announced today an agreement with Bonneville Communications for The Radio Factor with Bill O’Reilly to air in Washington DC and surrounding areas. Beginning Thursday, September 20th, The Radio Factor with Bill O’Reilly will air on WWWT Monday-Friday 1pm-3pm ET. WWWT can be heard on 1500AM, 820AM and 107.7FM.

Since the show’s record-breaking launch on May 8, 2002 on 205 radio stations nationwide, the affiliation list for The Radio Factor with Bill O’Reilly has grown to more than 400 stations. Other top market stations airing The Radio Factor with Bill O’Reilly include: WOR-AM New York, KABC-AM Los Angeles, WPHT-AM Philadelphia, KNEW-AM San Francisco, WTKK-FM Boston, KLIF-AM Dallas and WALR-AM Atlanta.

"3WT is dedicated to offering the Washington area one place they can get informed opinions from more than one perspective,” said Greg Tatum, Program Director for WWWT-AM. “Bill's reputation for fearlessly expressing his opinions and cutting through the spin is an excellent fit."

“We are excited about O’Reilly’s triumphant return to the Nation’s capitol," said Dennis Green, Executive Vice President of Westwood One’s Affiliate Sales and Operations. “This is especially significant as we enter an important election year in 2008, when O’Reilly’s insightful brand of talk radio is never more relevant and resonant with listeners.”

Bill O’Reilly is the host of FOX News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor, which is the most-watched cable news program in the United States. In 1996, O’Reilly joined FOX News Channel and began hosting his nightly news analysis program, interviewing top newsmakers, including exclusive interviews with President Bush and other major national and world figures.

The Radio Factor with Bill O’Reilly focuses on the events and people making headlines, giving listeners nationwide a chance to sound off.

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:// Eagle nominated for Country Music Association (CMA) Large Market Radio Station of the Year
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97-3 The EagleVirginia Beach, VA – 97-3 the Eagle (WGH-FM) has been nominated by the Country Music Association as Large Market Radio Station of the Year. The CMA nominees were announced today (August 30, 2007) on WVEC-TV from New York on “Good Morning America” and on CMT during a special “CMT Insider.”

Other nominees in the category include: KNCI/Sacramento, California, WMIL/Milwaukee, Wisconsin, WSM-FM/Nashville, Tennessee, and WTQR/Greensboro, North Carolina. WGH-FM Program Director John Shomby added "What an honor for 97-3 The Eagle. I am proud to be a part of one of the best radio staff's in the entire industry. Most of all, the Eagle has the best and most loyal listeners anywhere. We'd be nowhere without them."

The 41st Annual Country Music Association Awards will be handed out on Wednesday, November 7 live from Nashville, Tennessee on ABC (WVEC, Channel 13).

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:// WAVY-TV & FOX-43 ANNOUNCE 2007 DAY OF CARING AT HILL’S HOME
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WAVYWVBTAugust 29, 2007—Portsmouth, VA: The WAVY-TV and FOX-43 family announce that they have partnered with the Citizen’s Committee to Protect the Elderly and has participated in parent company LIN Television’s national Day of Caring.

LIN TV's Day of Caring is a day when employees from 30 television stations in 18 markets will take a break from day-to-day operations and help make a difference in the community. Employees of WAVY and WVBT volunteered at Hill’s Home, an assisted living facility in the South Norfolk area of Chesapeake from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, August 28, 2007. Founded 51 years ago, Hill’s Home houses 43 residents, both elderly and youth, with mental and health needs.

“For over 50 years, Hill’s Home has been providing assistance to needy members of our community and WAVY TV 10 and FOX 43 were pleased to provide additional assistance in this year's Day of Caring,” said Doug Davis, President and General Manager of WAVY-TV and FOX-43.

Staff members cleaned windows, paint, landscape, stain furniture, and provided entertainment to residents with games, puzzles, and gift bags, led by Citizen’s Committee representatives. Lowe’s provided the materials for this Protect the Elderly initiative.

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:// WFLS News recipient of National Clarion Award
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WFLSAugust 13, 2007 -- The Association for Women in Communications has announced that the news staff of WFLS-FM is the recipient of this year’s National Clarion Award for Radio Newscast. This is the second year the station has won the prestigious award in this category having also won it in 2006.

The award winning newscast was broadcast February 20, 2006 and featured stories from the news staff.

The Clarion Awards is a renowned competition and highly sought after by both men and women. The Clarion Awards are named for the medieval trumpet known for its clarity and symbolize excellence in clear, concise, communications. The awards annually recognize excellence in the communications fields.

Started in 1972, the Clarion program honors excellence in 149 categories across all communications disciplines, including advertising & marketing, audiovisual productions, books & CDs, brochures, custom & special publications, education, film, fund development, magazines, major news events, newsletters, newspapers, online media, photography, graphics & design communications, public relations, radio and television.

The awards will be presented October 5 in Orlando, Florida.

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:// WAVY-TV & FOX 43 SHOW SIGNIFICANT GROWTH IN JULY 2007 NIELSEN SWEEPS
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WAVYPortsmouth, August 10, 2007: WAVY TV 10 and WVBT FOX-43 are pleased to announce even further ratings growth in the just completed July 2007 Nielsen rating period. This comes on the heels of record-setting ratings in May’s Nielsen survey just two months ago.

WAVY is in its 15th year being number one in morning news and WAVY News 10 Today at 6:00AM grew 24% over July 2006. The Today Show with Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira also posted year-to-year growth of 43%. At the dinner hour, WAVY was the only local television station to grow its ratings in every newscast, with sizable 30% growth at 5:30 and 6:00PM. WAVY News 10 at 11:00PM has won 88 of the last 91 ratings periods claiming dominance for 13 years straight. Yet another milestone was achieved as sister station FOX 43 News at 10:00PM achieved one of its highest ratings in history with 38% growth over the past year. In addition, the FOX 43 SportsWrap at 10:45 remains the only nightly local sports program in Hampton Roads and increased its viewership by 24%.

“We appreciate the loyalty of our news viewers in July, and I thank our entire staff for their hard work in producing high quality newscasts on WAVY TV 10 and FOX 43,” said President and General Manager Doug Davis. “The fact that we were the only local news stations to increase ratings over last year encourages us that Hampton Roads continues to make us their daily choice for news and information. That commitment to serving our community will continue in the months to come.”

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:// WAVY-TV’s Operation School Supplies to Wrap Up August 19th
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WAVYAugust 10, 2007— Portsmouth, VA: WAVY-TV and Partners On Your Side announce that the annual Operation School Supplies campaign for the 2007-2008 school year will conclude a week from Sunday.

Operation School Supplies is an annual fundraiser aimed at collecting school supplies for the needy children in the Hampton Roads community. The collected school supplies are then donated to area school districts, where they are distributed to students so that they will have everything they need to have a successful school year.

It’s not too late, you may donate school supplies at all area Farm Fresh locations, all Langley Federal Credit Union branches, select Jackson Hewitt locations, or at the WAVY-TV 10 studio. Be sure to join WAVY-TV’s Don Roberts and Chopper 10 Pilot John Massey at the Mt. Pleasant Farm Fresh in Chesapeake on August 17th for the final “Stuff The Bus,” where WAVY-TV will be live, encouraging you to “stuff” a school bus with school supplies. Last year, over 50,000 items were collected and donated to 24 school districts.

“We are proud to join with our Partners On Your Side for another year of WAVY TV-10’s Operation School Supplies,” says Doug Davis, President and General Manager of WAVY-TV. “We appreciate the generosity of the people of Hampton Roads in joining with us to donate much-needed school supplies to deserving children in our community.”

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:// MIX 96 TO BROADCAST UNC TAR HEELS AND CAROLINA PANTHERS
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MIX96Elizabeth City, NC -- Mix 96, WKJX-FM 96.7, has reached an agreement with Learfield Sports, Inc. to broadcast University of North Carolina Tar Heels sports for the next three seasons. Mix 96 has also renewed its agreement as an affiliate of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers Radio Network in 2007.

The agreement to join the Tar Heel Sports Network includes all play-by-play of football and basketball games, as well as the weekly coach’s call-in shows and a daily show covering UNC athletics. Mix 96 returns an affiliate for the Tar Heel Sports Network that reaches all of northeastern North Carolina for the first time since early this decade.

“We are thrilled that Mix 96 can bring the Heels back to fans in Currituck, Camden, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Chowan, and even Gates and Hertford counties on a station that they can hear not only in their cars, but also at home or work, no matter what time of day,” said Sam Walker, program director for Mix 96.

Mix 96’s 50-thousand watt signal covers the entire northeastern North Carolina and Outer Banks area, and is the region’s station for Soft Adult Contemporary music from artists like Celine Dion, Phil Collins, Sheryl Crow, Elton John, Mariah Carey and others.

“This move will also bring fans in parts of southside Hampton Roads, Virginia the ability to follow Carolina in a way that hasn’t existed in a long time,” Walker added. “And with our signal coverage of the Outer Banks, the Tar Heel Sports Network has a complete radio presence across the entire area once again.”

For the second straight season, Mix 96 will bring each game of the Carolina Panthers, plus a weekly call-in show and a daily feature covering the Panthers and the NFL.

“After we brought the Panthers to Mix 96 last fall, we received a lot of positive response from fans and businesses about filling the coverage gap that exists in our area for North Carolina’s most popular professional sports team,” said Walker.

Mix 96 will also carry selected ACC games from I.S.P. Sports during football and basketball season, as well as daily sports updates that focus on the A.C.C. and sports in general across the region and state.

Mix 96 is a part of the seven-station East Carolina Radio Group, based in Nags Head, North Carolina. Sponsorship inquires for Mix 96 sports programming can be made by calling (252) 338-0196 or by email at mix96@ecri.net.

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:// RED ZEBRA BROADCASTING ADDS TO ITS RADIO PROPERTIES
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Red Zebra BroadcastingSILVER SPRING, MD – Red Zebra Broadcasting today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Hampton, Va. radio station WLRT 1490 AM from Hampton Radio Inc. The acquisition is subject to the approval of the Federal Communications Commission.

Red Zebra has also entered into a Local Marketing Agreement with the current owners of WLRT, which will allow them to begin broadcasting on WLRT while FCC approval is pending. Red Zebra intends to simulcast its sports talk radio format, currently heard on 102.1 FM The Game (WXTG-FM) in Norfolk. The programming includes Washington Redskins games, the John Riggins show, and the locally produced John Castleberry program. The simulcast on WLRT will begin tomorrow, August 1st, adding a second broadcast outlet in Virginia’s vibrant southern coastal area.

“We have been working on this acquisition for some time and are extremely pleased we were able to complete it prior to the start of the Washington Redskins season,” said Bruce Gilbert, CEO of Red Zebra Broadcasting. “It was vitally important for us to make certain every Redskins fan in Hampton Roads would get clear reception of the Redskins games and all ancillary Redskins programming.”

John Castleberry, a veteran local broadcaster and current station manager, added, “102.1 the Game is already receiving very positive feedback from listeners and advertisers. Making our signal available to those on the Peninsula via 1490am will give us incredible full-market coverage and allow us to more effectively serve our clients and fans.”

Red Zebra Broadcasting currently owns Triple X ESPN Radio in the Washington, DC, area (WWXT-FM, WWXX-FM, WXTR-AM), WXGI/ESPN Radio 950 in Richmond, VA, and WXTG/102.1 THE GAME, in Norfolk. The stations are all part of the Washington Redskins Radio Network and air a 24-hour sports talk format.

“We’re a nascent broadcast company with ambitious intentions to further expand our footprint,” Gilbert said. “We are active buyers examining many possibilities for future broadcasting growth.”

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:// WANNA BE ON TOP?
CW 27’S “AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL” HOLDS OPEN CASTING CALL IN HAMPTON ROADS ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 11, 2007

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America's Next Top ModelThink you’ve got what it takes to be America’s Next Top Model? An open casting call for The CW Network’s hit reality series “America’s Next Top Model” (ANTM) will be held at The Gallery at Military Circle, 880 North Military Highway, Norfolk on Saturday, August 11, 2007 from Noon until 3:30 PM. ANTM producers are looking for females, ages 18 to 27, of diverse backgrounds, shapes, sizes and with a minimum height requirement of 5’7” tall. Radio partner Energy 106.1 will broadcast live to showcase the hundreds of young ladies from Hampton Roads and the rest of the East Coast competing for the opportunity to become America’s Next Top Model.

“America’s Next Top Model” follows a group of young women of various backgrounds, shapes and sizes who live together and vie for a grand prize which will include a modeling contract. The “dramality” exposes the transformation of everyday young women into potentially fierce top models, as they face weekly tests that determine who can make the cut. The finalists compete in a highly accelerated modeling boot camp, a crash course to modeling fame that includes mentoring by supermodel Tyra Banks and exposure to high-profile fashion industry gurus, all under 24-hour-a-day surveillance of the “America’s Next Top Model” cameras, which chronicle every move.

America's Next Top Model“The casting calls for ‘America’s Next Top Model’ are among one of our favorite station events” said CW 27 Vice President and General Manager Steve Soldinger. “The ANTM fans come from all over—not only Virginia, but also the entire East Coast. Even though this is the 10th Cycle for the show, the enthusiasm continues to grow and along with the fans, we’re enjoying the success of the show.”

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.

AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL is produced by 10 by 10 Entertainment in association with Bankable Productions. Tyra Banks is the creator and executive producer along with Ken Mok (“Making the Band”) and Daniel Soiseth (“American Inventor”) and can be seen on CW 27, WGNT-TV each Wednesday night at 8 PM and will premiere the ninth cycle of the runaway runway hit this fall on Wednesday, September 19, 8-10 PM.

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• Live interviews available via phone or in-studio with Kafi Rouse, CW 27 Media Contact.
• ANTM hi-res photos available from Tyra to contestants of past shows and past casting calls.
• Applications and eligibility requirements for Cycle 10 are available at CW27.com

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:// Metro Norfolk/Richmond picks new DOO
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Metro NetworksSteve Batton has joined Metro Networks as Director of Operations for the Norfolk and Richmond markets. He comes to the position after three-plus years in the Outer Banks as Operations Manager for Max Media's WCMS-FM (94.5 Water Country) and NewsRadio 560 WGAI. Batton said, "My time with Max Radio of the Carolinas was great. They are a great bunch of folks to work with and excellent operators. I hated to leave the Outer Banks, but it was time to come home. I'm extremely excited about the opportunity with Metro Networks." Batton replaces Dan Mandis, who moved on to take a position as PD of a News/Talk station in Colorado Springs, Colorado (KVOR). Mike Baxter will continue to serve as the Assistant Director of Operations. Don Deiulio will continue to serve as the Director of Affiliate relations.

Steve is originally from Williamsburg, and has worked in both the Norfolk and Richmond markets. He is splitting time between both offices, but primarily works from the Virginia Beach location. He can be reached at Steve_Batton@MetroNetworks.com or at (757) 499-8885.

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:// Gray Television Announces Local Charlottesville Kid Nation Casting Call
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CBS19Charlottesville, Virginia – July 23, 2007 – WCAV-TV, CBS19 will hold an open casting call for the second season of the CBS reality television series Kid Nation. Kid Nation begins this fall and promises to be one of the most unique and family-friendly shows to hit the airwaves in years. The pilot has been generating incredible buzz and with this level of anticipation, it’s not surprising that casting for the second installment is about to begin! For more information on the show go to www.cbs.com/primetime/kid_nation.

The open casting call will be held on Saturday, August 4th between 1:00pm - 5:00pm at Colonial Auto Center. All children ages 8 – 15 are welcome. Cameras will be set up to video 2 minute interviews of each entrant. Below is Colonial Auto Center’s address, phone number and website.
Colonial Auto Center
100 Myers Drive
Charlottesville, Virginia 22901
434-951-1000
www.colonialautocenter.com
Those attending the casting call will first need to go to www.cbs.com/primetime/kid_nation to download and fill out the Kid Nation casting call application. Entrants will need to bring this casting call application completely filled out to Colonial Auto Center. WCAV-TV, CBS19 will mail in to CBS Network their paperwork, along with the VHS tape of their audition.

In 2006, Gray Television’s WCAV CBS19 finished runner-up for Outstanding News Operation from the Virginia Association of Broadcasters (VAB) and the University of Virginia named them as their “Official Flagship Television Stations”. In 2007, The Virginia Association of Broadcasters awarded Gray Television the “Outstanding Sports Coverage” award, and recognized the station’s web channel, www.WCAV.tv as one of the best in the state.

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:// New Additions to WMXB Mix 103-7 On-Air Staff
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Mix 103-7Richmond, VA – July 23, 2007: WMXB Richmond, “The New Mix 103-7” is proud to welcome Madison James to “The New Mix 103-7” air staff, holding down the Monday through Friday 10a – 2p air shift and Music Director position. She will begin her on air position starting Monday, July 30th.

Madison JamesMadison comes to Richmond from the Cox Radio - Atlanta properties – WBTS “95-5 The Beat” and WALR “Kiss 104-1”. Madison has previously worked at Cox Radio Greenville’s WHZT “The New Hot 98-1” and at stations in Jackson, Tennessee. Program Director Fisher says, “I’m excited to have such a talented on air personality to complete the WMXB on-air staff. Madison will be a great addition to WMXB’s on air product”. Fisher will also be on air, filling the 2p – 6p air shift on WMXB.

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:// New Hampton Roads Area Traffic Cameras Go Online with TrafficLand.com
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TrafficLandHampton Roads, and Fairfax, VA — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and TrafficLand, Inc., the largest, authorized aggregator of live traffic video, announced today an expansion of their traffic camera network video content and distribution agreement to add 29 traffic cameras in the Hampton Roads area.

The new VDOT cameras are located on I-64 from Military Highway west to I-664 at the Monitor Merrimac Bridge. The expansion brings the total number of VDOT real-time traffic cameras available online in the Hampton Roads area to 234. VDOT plans to add an additional 80 traffic cameras to the network in the coming months.

“VDOT’s vision for easy online access to real-time traffic video is one step closer to reality with the addition of these new cameras in Hampton Roads,” said TrafficLand president Lawrence Nelson. “The commitment and incredible cooperation of our VDOT partners has been the key to bringing this time-saving traffic information resource to commuters, first responders and other stakeholders across the state.”

“We’re pleased to work with TrafficLand in providing our expanded service to Hampton Roads residents,” said Stephany Hanshaw, facility manager of the Hampton Roads Smart Traffic Center. “Broadening our traffic camera system not only allows us to manage interstate traffic more effectively but it gives us the resources to provide better, more up-to-date information on traffic conditions to residents.”

The TrafficLand.com) Web site uses interactive maps to show roadways and traffic camera locations. Web site users click on cameras to view live video streams that update once every few seconds. The service also features a continuously updating display of the 10 most viewed cameras in the selected geographic area, which typically shows locations with heavy traffic congestion or accidents. The TrafficLand.com Web site also provides detailed weather information, localized to the camera or city selected by the user for real-time viewing.

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:// Marconi Nomination for WRVA
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WRVA(Clear Channel) WRVA (1140) Richmond has been nominated for a prestigious Marconi Award, the radio industries equivalent to an Academy Award or Emmy, as "Legendary Station" for 2007. The award is presented yearly by the National Association of Broadcasters and is named for Nobel Prize winner and radio patron Guglielmo Marconi. It recognizes radio stations and air personalities on a national basis for excellence in broadcasting. WRVA joins 5 other legendary stations as finalists for the award. Previous winners include WABC New York, KGO San Francisco and KDKA Pittsburgh to name a few. Finalists are selected by an independent panel and winners are voted on by members of the NAB.

As Richmond's "50,000 watt voice of the South" WRVA has enjoyed more than 80 years of broadcasting excellence and success. It has won numerous news and programming awards from the Associated Press and the Virginia Association of Broadcasters and the Edward R. Murrow Award but this is the first time it has achieved this level of national recognition. WRVA Program Director and Richmond's Morning News Host Jimmy Barrett says: "We are truly honored that the NAB has selected us a finalist for this great honor. It's great to know that other radio professionals across the country are as aware of our hard work dedication and history as Richmonders are". The award will be presented at the NAB Marconi Awards dinner September 27th in Charlotte.

For more information contact:
Jimmy Barrett, Program Director
WRVA Radio
3245 Basie Road
Richmond, Va 23228
(804) 474-0171

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:// WRIH/88.1 Names New Program Director
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88.1, The Love Station(Richmond, VA) American Family Radio’s new 88.1 FM, the “Love” Station, is proud to announce that radio veteran Jim Herring has joined the staff as Program Director in Richmond.

"We’ve been on the air about 6 weeks now and the response to this new Adult Contemporary Christian station has been tremendous,” says General manager Chris Kinsel. “Jim has already made an excellent addition to the staff here as we move forward to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Richmond community through Contemporary Christian and afr news.”

Herring was the Program Director at Fredericksburg’s 95.9 FM, WGRQ before accepting the position with WRIH FM and has worked at numerous stations in the Richmond area including WVGO, K95, 96.5 The Planet and XL102.

August 6 will mark the start of the new “Live In Richmond” morning show from 6 – 10 AM, featuring Herring as the host on 88.1 The “Love” Station.

Locally, American Family Radio also owns and operates WAUQ, 89.7 FM in Richmond with ministry, AFR news and Inspirational Christian music. American Family Radio owns and operates nearly 200 radio stations across America and is adding an average of 12 more per year.

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:// Nikki Reed Declares Independence, Moves from FM99 to 106.9 The Fox as Morning Show Co-Host
Hampton Roads’ Best Known Female Radio Personality Teams up with John Reynolds Starting Monday, July 9th

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(Chesapeake, VA) After 13 years on FM99’s Tommy & Rumble Morning Show, Nikki Reed is leaving the WNOR news chair and moving, a few steps down the hall.

Starting, Monday July 9th, Reed will partner with John Reynolds for the “John and Nikki Show” on 106.9 The Fox (WAFX). Tidewater Communications Inc. owns both stations.

“I’m going to miss working with Tommy (Griffiths) and Rick (Rumble). I’ve learned so much from them, and they’re so much fun,” she said, “But I look forward to working with John, and I’m ready for a new challenge.”

The challenge will be to co-host, do news, and write comedy for the show, while still finding time for her four children (ages 3 to 17).

Reed, a radio fixture in Hampton Roads since 1988, has won three awards from the Virginia Association of Broadcasters for her weekly talk show. She’s performed stand-up comedy at the Virginia Beach Funny Bone, and is a guest columnist for The Virginian Pilot.

WAFX Program Director Mike Beck welcomes Nikki to the Fox. “I think Nikki is the best news person in Hampton Roads radio – and that’s just the start. She’s been ready for this type of opportunity for years, and I have no doubt that she and John (Reynolds) will make a great team.

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:// Paul McCoy docks at 92.9 The Wave
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Paul McCoy
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – 92.9 The Wave (WVBW-FM) is excited to announce the return of Hampton Roads radio icon Paul McCoy to the airwaves. Paul will be heard live and local weekdays between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM beginning on Monday, July 9th.

Paul McCoy is a familiar voice to the at-work audience having spent an extended period of time at other radio stations in the area. Paul will blend his unique personality with “More Favorites from Yesterday and Today” that listeners to 92.9 The Wave has loved for almost two years.

“I’m so excited to be back on the radio, and even more excited that it’s on 92.9 The Wave”, says McCoy adding “and working with Dick Lamb again…gosh…the guy is a legend! Plus being locally owned and operated by Max Media makes it easier to ask for monthly pay raises.”

Vonneva Carter, General Manager of Max Media of Hampton Roads commented, “We are thrilled to have Paul McCoy join the Max Media family and we expect great things for both listeners and advertisers with his addition. Welcome Paul!”

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:// WAVY-TV’s Bruce Rader honored at VAB Convention
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July 3, 2007 – Portsmouth,VA: WAVY-TV 10’s Sports Director Bruce Rader was presented with the 2007 George A. Bowles, Jr. Broadcast Journalism Award at the Virginia Association of Broadcasters’ 70th Annual Convention. This convention was held in Virginia Beach on June 15th. The George A. Bowles, Jr. Broadcast Journalism Award is presented to a broadcast reporter, or news director who is distinguished in the field of broadcast news, and who has longevity in the state of Virginia’s broadcasting. The honoree is also respected by his or her peers and exhibits enthusiasm for his or her work in the community.

“To be only the third broadcaster in the history of Hampton Roads to receive this award is a great honor,” said Bruce Rader. “Being in the same company as Jim Kincaid and Ed Hughes makes it special. I am also grateful that the VAB has for the first time given this award to a sports anchor. I hope to continue to live up to the principles of the George A. Bowles, Jr. award for many years to come."

Bruce Rader has been the long-time Sports Director for WAVY-TV and WVBT FOX-43 for the past thirty years. He is also known for his work with various charitable organizations, including his own Bruce Rader Charities Foundation, where he has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in the Hampton Roads area. Under Bruce's leadership, WAVY-TV's Sports Department was honored by the Associated Press as having the "Best Sports Department" in the State of Virginia several times. Also, in numerous years Bruce has been named Hampton Roads' "Sportscaster of the Year" by the readers of Portfolio Magazine.

“All of us at WAVY TV 10 and FOX 43 WVBT-TV are pleased to congratulate Bruce Rader as this year’s recipient of the VAB’s George A. Bowles, Jr. Broadcast Journalism Award,” said Doug Davis, General Manager for WAVY-TV and FOX-43. “It is a fitting honor, because in addition to his 30 years of broadcast leadership, Bruce has been instrumental in fundraising and community service in Hampton Roads. We are fortunate to have him in our organization and in our community.”

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:// Calling all Survivors… WCAV CBS19 Hosts Casting Call for Popular CBS Show
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CBS19Charlottesville, Virginia – June 29, 2007 – WCAV CBS19 will be holding an open casting call for the sixteenth season of the reality television series Survivor. The open casting call will be held at Rivals Sports Bar & Grill in Charlottesville, VA on Saturday, July 14th, 2007 from 10am to 2pm. Here we will have cameras set up to video 2-3 minute interviews of each entrant. Below is the restaurant’s address, phone number and website.
Rivals Sports Bar & Grill
1525 East Rio Road
Charlottesville, VA 22901
(434) 975-3100
www.rivalssportsbarandgrill.com
Those attending the casting call will need to go to www.cbs.com/primetime/survivor_application to download and fill out the Survivor application. Entrants will need to bring this filled out to the casting call. CBS19 will mail in to CBS Network their paperwork, along with the VHS tape to be filmed at Rivals Sports Bar.

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:// Charlottesville Stations take home top honors in sports coverage and get recognized for accomplishments online and in commercial production
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Charlottesville NewsPlexCharlottesville, Virginia – June 21, 2007 – Gray Television (Gray) is pleased to announce several honors coming out of this past week’s Virginia Association of Broadcasters Convention, including recognition for sports coverage, web site content and commercial production.

Outstanding Sports Coverage for all size markets was awarded to the station’s Sports Team. WCAV CBS19 and all of Gray’s Charlottesville stations including WVAW ABC16 and WAHU FOX27 take an aggressive stance on community sports coverage as well as coverage of the University of Virginia Athletic Department as part of the station’s Official Flagship Station status.

In addition, CBS19 and its Charlottesville sister stations were honored with runner up recognition for outstanding web site, while CBS19’s Creative Services Team was honored with two runner-up awards for commercial production.

“I am so proud to see the hard work of all of our departments being recognized by the VAB. It is so exciting to see these relatively young stations grow so much in such a short period of time” said Vice President and General Manager Roger Burchett.

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:// WVEC-TV13 honored with 5 Emmy Awards from The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
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13NEWSNorfolk, VA. WVEC-TV13 was recognized with 5 Emmy Awards for News, Creative Services and Production at the 49th EMMY Awards, held Saturday, June 16th in Washington DC.

Excellence in Newscast: Morning/Daytime – was awarded to 13NEWS DAYBREAK, anchored by LaSalle Blanks and Janet Roach. Meteorologist Craig Moeller and Ms.Roach were on hand to accept for their colleagues Joe Flanagan, Carl Leimer and photographer Jason Walsh. 13NEWS DAYBREAK is produced by Brenda Carden.

13NEWS AT 5:00 received an Emmy award for Best Evening Newscast. Anchored by Regina Mobley, Sandra Parker and produced by Bob Bennett.

13NEWS Medical Editor Kathryn Barrett accepted the award for Continuing Coverage – within 24 Hours. “I’m very proud of the 13NEWS team and their accomplishments,” said Rich Lebenson, Executive News Director, WVEC-TV13. “…the entire 13NEWS Team delivered exceptional coverage to protect and inform viewers during the 2006 November Nor’easter,” Lebenson added.

WVEC-TV13 Creative Services was honored for Best News Promotion: Campaign. The 13NEWS WEATHER LAB: HURRICANE WATCH, produced by Matt Earl, Eugene Gonzales and Katie King. In addition to this category, WVEC.COM’s promotional visuals were shot by Phil Wright, who was honored with Best Photographer: Short Form.

“It’s quite a remarkable, creative team here at WVEC-TV13,” said Matt Earl, Director of Creative Services and Production “…across the board, their commitment in reaching for original ideas and setting the bar on each product is a true testament to their creative spirit,” Earl added.

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:// METRO NETWORKS APPOINTS MARK O’BRIEN GENERAL SALES MANAGER- DC REGION
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Metro NetworksNew York, NY – June 18, 2007— Metro Networks announced today that effective June 25, 2007, Mark O’Brien, will assume the position of General Sales Manager overseeing Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland. O’Brien will be based in Silver Spring, Maryland.

“It is a privilege to have Mark join our team as the head of Ad Sales, serving our clients in Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland. He has a great track record of understanding client needs and delivering their expectations,” commented Sal Siino, Executive Vice President, Sales, Marketing & Operations.

Mark O’Brien has over 25 years of sales management experience that spans the media, advertising and marketing industry. O’Brien has held numerous sales management positions and most recently served as Vice President of Radio Sales with ESPN Radio/Washington Redskins Radio Network, Vice President and General Sales Manager with ZGS Broadcasting Holdings, Bonneville International and ran five stations for AMFM Inc. in the DC market. Mark O’Brien, his wife and two children reside in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

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:// “LIKE THAT SONG WE JUST PLAYED? BUY IT FROM OUR RADIO WEB SITE!”
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We all know that fans talk up the music they love.

Now radio stations can get fans to legally buy the music they love, the very type of music they hear on the station. Going a step further, stations can get fans to legally sell music to other fans. The station makes money from the fans sale. The fan can make money too. A distribution deal with Sony, Warner, EMI, Universal and thousands of independent artist means DJ’s can say… “LIKE THAT SONG? BUY IT FROM OUR STATION WEB SITE, DIGITAL DOWNLOAD STORE” A DJ can even put a music store on his personal web site and make money from music sales.

Brian Hill of Virginia Beach, Virginia, formerly of WVEC and WTKR Norfolk, has been a broadcaster to over 1 million listeners internationally and spent 20 years as a veteran radio broadcaster. “I’ve never seen an industry opportunity like this.” he says. “Go to any music industry conference. Selling music through social networks is the big wave in the music business. Broadcasters can position themselves to be in the revenue flow of all that music being sold for digital music players, by taping into their listener community”. With music players in cell phones coming, music sales are only going to become even bigger.

Brian is now helping Radio, TV stations and even DJ’s across North America, get simple, easy to manage, loyal listener stores set up, to tap into the social networking phenomenon, complete with automatic chat, blog and listener recommendation marketing, all through his company BLH Communications Inc. in Virginia Beach.

Brian says its not labor intensive for staff and that broadcaster marketing of music is about to go viral like My Space and uTube with new giveaway music pages that stations can offer. Brian says its The Worlds First Fan Driven Digital Download Community and stations can be tied into the revenue flow. According to Brian, it works like this. A listener says to a friend... “Have you heard the new ____ song. Check out it out. I’ve have them on my free fan page. I got it from the radio station. Buy the song from my page and I make some money. This groups amazing.

This summer Brian’s helping to open up Canada to the system and says Standard Broadcasting, with a group of 42 stations will soon have digital entertainment stores on their station web sites and tied into their loyalty programs.

More and more stations across North America are starting to put digital download stores on their station web sites. They can literally have a “Loyal Listener Store” complete with an automatic rewards program, set up and operating in minutes. In addition, stations can offer free music pages for loyal listeners, so fans can feature the artists they love and even legally sell their songs through the radio station, in an advanced method of recommendation marketing.

Hill says many stations have listener email lists and do giveaways. It is time to take it further and create a new revenue center. Now there is a system specifically designed to monetize that community of listeners with Blog and Listener chat and Listener Rewards Program where the listeners make something when a song is purchased and the station does too.

At about $439. a year and $8 a month, Hill says any station or even a DJ can afford to put one on his personal web page and make back the money.

Brian Hill can be reached at BLH Communications Inc.
841 Brooke Road in Virginia Beach, VA 23454
Toll free: 1-877-383-3453. Email: President@findeveryfile.com

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:// REDSKINS RADIO NETWORK EXPANDS COVERAGE WITH BIG 100.3 FM
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Big 100.3SILVER SPRINGS, MD – WBIG 100.3 FM has joined the Washington Redskins broadcast network, significantly extending the range of the NFL team’s game broadcasts for the 2007 season.

“We’re thrilled to add Big 100.3 to the Triple X ESPN Washington Redskins Radio Network assuring that our passionate fans and advertisers get greater coverage on more platforms in 2007,” said Bruce Gilbert, CEO of Red Zebra Broadcasting, which originates the game-day broadcasts.

Dave Pugh, president of Clear Channel Communications broadcast properties in the Washington/Baltimore markets, added, “Big 100.3 is excited to have a partnership with the Washington Redskins, one of the NFL’s premier franchises.”

Broadcasts of Redskins games originate through Triple X ESPN’s three DC-area stations (92.7 and 94.3 FM, and 730 AM) with Larry Michael handling play-by-play, backed up by Redskins legends and Hall of Famers Sonny Jurgensen and Sam Huff.

The Triple X ESPN Washington Redskins Radio Network includes more than two dozen stations providing coverage of Redskins games throughout Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina.

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:// New President/GM named at WDBJ
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:// ODU COMMITS TO NEW CONTRACT WITH MAX MEDIA RADIO GROUP FOR BASKETBALL AND FOOTBALL
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Max MediaNORFOLK – Old Dominion University athletic director Jim Jarrett announced today that Old Dominion University men’s and women’s basketball and football game broadcasts and coaches shows will be broadcast on Max Media owned stations ESPN Radio 1310 and WXEZ 94.1 FM through the 2011-12 season.

Beginning this fall, Old Dominion’s men’s and women’s basketball game broadcasts will move from ESPN Radio 1310 (AM) to WXEZ 94.1 FM, a 40,000 watt station with a signal strength that stretches to the Northern Neck and Eastern Shore, west to Richmond and south to northeastern North Carolina. In addition, selected games will be simulcast on WGAI AM 560 in Elizabeth City, increasing the coverage area to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

ESPN Radio 1310 will continue to air the ODU basketball call-in coaches’ shows, and broadcast Monarch football games beginning in the fall of 2009, and a call-in coaches show to begin prior to the 2009 season.

We are delighted that we have been able to negotiate a new radio contract that will provide a stronger signal and expand the listening audience for our basketball and football programs,” says Jarrett. “By placing our basketball games on 94.1 FM, our fans throughout Hampton Roads and the outlying areas will all be able to follow the teams throughout the season. We are also pleased that Max Media has expanded our coverage into North Carolina with the addition of WGAI to the network, and that we will continue to have a strong presence on ESPN Radio 1310 with all of our coaches shows, and football games starting in the Fall of 2009.”

Old Dominion will own the advertising inventory in the above mentioned properties and the selection of radio talent will be announced at a future date.

ESPN Radio 1310 has carried Old Dominion women’s basketball games since the 1991 season, and added men’s game coverage in 1993. Max Media is locally owned and operated and owns ESPN Radio 1310, WXEZ 94.1 FM (Star), 92.9 WVBW (The WAVE), 100.5 WXMM (MAX-FM) and 97.3 WGH-AM (97-3 The Eagle), along with WGAI AM 560 in Elizabeth City, NC.

"Everyone at Max Media is elated to continue our partnership with the Old Dominion University family. We have enjoyed a 16 year partnership and look very forward to the next five years broadcasting Old Dominion University Men's and Women's basketball and football beginning in Fall of 2009,” says Eric Mastel, president of Max Media Radio.

For more information, please contact the ODU sports information office at 683-3372.

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:// Star 94.1 Adds Grammy Award Winner Yolanda Adams to Mornings
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Star 94.1Virginia Beach, VA, June, 6, 2007 * Star 94.1 (WXEZ) is proud to announce the addition of the Yolanda Adams Morning Show with Brother Larry Jones beginning Thursday, June 7 at 6:00 AM.

The Yolanda Adams Morning Show with Brother Larry Jones is joyful, uplifting, inspiring, affirmative, exuberant, playful, and universal in its appeal and intention a lot like the music of Yolanda Adams. The show offers a combination of inspirational music and content that will start the day off right.

"Norfolk has been one of our premier markets for years, and I'm so excited about the opportunity to be a part of the Max Media family; as well as their becoming a member of the Yolanda Adams Radio Network. It is our joy and our pleasure along with a sheer privilege to be able to help wake up the Hampton Roads community each morning, with a smile and inspiration. And as we often say at the Yolanda Adams Morning Show...the best is yet to come...", said Yolanda Adams after the signing of Star 94.1 to her radio network.

Grammy Award winner Yolanda Adams first came to national attention in 1988 with the release of her debut CD "Just As I Am", Yolanda has been wowing gospel audiences all over the World. Her Co-Host, Brother Larry Jones is an eminent statesman of truth and honor who has been in radio since 1973.

Star 94.1 (WXEZ) is the first outside radio affiliate for The Yolanda Adams Morning Show with Brother Larry Jones besides parent company Radio One stations.

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:// 13NEWS covers SAIL VIRGINIA 2007
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13NEWSNorfolk, VA. WVEC-TV13 welcomes the spectacular Parade of Sail. Tall ships from across the globe and an American fleet of ships representing the 13 original colonies, rendezvous at Town Point Park, Norfolk. On Friday, June 8th from 11am-1pm, 13NEWS will cover this main attraction from the air, land, sea, and on-line through WVEC.COM.

“This is a once in a lifetime event, where everyone will appreciate the grandeur of this maritime event,” said Nick Nicholson, President and General Manager WVEC-TV13. “It’s quite an honor that 13NEWS is delivering the sights and sounds of SAIL VIRGINIA 2007 for all of Hampton Roads and the world to see.” Nicholson added.

13NEWS Anchors LaSalle Blanks, Janet Roach report from new Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center, next to Nauticus and The Hampton Roads Naval Museum. This unique perspective will be a prime location, high above the crowds as ships begin entering. Within the crowds, Joe Flanagan and 13NEWS WEATHER LAB Meteorologist Craig Moeller showcase the excitement and spirit as thousands gather.

From Ft. Monroe, 13NEWS reporter Velma Scaife highlights the anchorage location off East Beach, Ocean View. SKY13 will bring home the aerial scope of the parade, while 13NEWS Anchor Vanessa Coria and Military Reporter Mike Gooding give viewers an up close look at the parade entering Norfolk.

Dominion Enterprises‘ Sail Virginia 2007 is produced in association with Norfolk’s FestEvents. This is Norfolk's signature event planned to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the landing at Jamestown., and is part of the 31st Annual Norfolk Harborfest.

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:// WVEC-TV13 Promotes Pro to WVEC.COM
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13NEWSNorfolk, VA -- WVEC-TV13, a Belo Corp. media property, announces Jennifer Schulte as Interactive Selling Manager for WVEC.COM.

“Jennifer has been a part of the successful sales efforts of WVEC-TV13 for the past four and a half years,” said Amy Warren, Director of Sales & Marketing. “She has been a leader in new business development and in the past 7 months has been a leader in interactive revenue development.” Warren added.

Ms. Schulte joined WVEC-TV13 in September of 2002, and went on to graduate Belo's prestigious Sales Academy in 2003. Prior to joining WVEC-TV13, she was a successful Account Executive for HCD (Hambright, Calcagno and Downing) Advertising Agency.

With strong, local ties to the community, Ms. Schulte is a 1990 graduate of Virginia Wesleyan. Ms. Schulte will transition to her role of leading WVEC.COM’s selling efforts effective June 11th.

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:// ESPN Radio in Roanoke, Lynchburg, Danville & Bedford Joins ‘The Sportsline’ Team
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Sportsline“The Sportsline” with Rich Roth and Larry Richmond continues to expand across the Commonwealth. Beginning Monday, June 4, 2007 The Sportsline can be heard on ESPN Radio in Roanoke (WGMN 1240 AM), Danville (WMNA 106.3 FM) and Bedford (WBLT 1350 AM). The Sportsline will also begin broadcasting live from its new flagship station, ESPN Radio WVGM in Lynchburg on 1320 AM and 93.3 FM.

The Sportsline has been in regional syndication since September 5, 2006. The show will originate from its flagship station, 1320 WVGM in Forest, VA … Monday-Friday from 6-8 pm. Other stations currently carrying the show include, Harrisonburg’s ESPN Radio 1360 WHBG, ESPN Radio 1440 WKLV in Blackstone, Virginia and FOX Sports Radio 1190 WBDY and 1240 WKEZ in Bluefield, Virginia. The Sportsline can also be heard on the web at www.sportslineradio.com.

Sportsline Coverage Map

The Sportsline offers more coverage of local sports around Virginia, as it focuses its attention on the teams and sports that people around the commonwealth care most about: The Hokies, Cavaliers, Redskins, Orioles, Braves, Panthers . . . as well as regional coverage of The ACC and some national sports as well. Rich and Larry frequently cover and broadcast live from the region's biggest sporting events including The ACC Tournament and ACC Championship Game, The US Open, The Superbowl, as well as from Virginia Tech and Virginia football practices and media days. Rich and Larry also stay in close touch with writers from around Virginia who have their pulse on the Hoos, Hokies, ACC and the Redskins. Plus, on The Sportsline, they are never afraid to detour from sports to have a little fun as well.

The Sportsline got its start on WLNI-FM in Lynchburg when the station was put on the air in 1993. Roth was joined by Richmond on the show in 1998 and the two have been paired together on The Sportsline in afternoon drive ever since.

If you are interested in more information, please contact Rich Roth at 434-229-8220 or rich@sportslineradio.com.

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:// 31st Annual Fireworks Extravaganza Heats up with Kool & the Gang
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WSKYNORFOLK, VA (May 31, 2007) – Saturday night, June 9, Norfolk Harborfest® heats up with a huge concert performance by Kool & the Gang beginning at 8 p.m. on the Budweiser stage, followed by a grand fireworks extravaganza, in dual celebration of AT&T’s 31st Annual Norfolk Harborfest® and Dominion Enterprises’ Sail Virginia 2007.

At 9:30 p.m., the skies above the Elizabeth River and the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront will light up with sparkling images and dazzling special effects, as the largest fireworks display of the season, is shot off barges in the Elizabeth River. Designed and executed by Pyro Shows of Tennessee, and sponsored by Marine Hydraulics International, Inc., the 31st annual fireworks display is not to be missed!

This year Channel 4 Hampton Roads WSKY-TV will broadcast a 2-hour behind the scenes special on Sail Virginia 2007 and the 31st Annual Norfolk Harborfest®, hosted by 94.9 The Point morning show personalities Chuck, Jenna and Woo-Woo. The live broadcast will begin at 8 p.m. on Saturday June 9, concluding with the spectacular fireworks display. An encore telecast will be broadcast on Sunday, June 10 from 9 -11 p.m.

“We’re excited to work with Festevents to bring the behind the scenes action for this premier event to our viewers. This is a perfect opportunity for us to continue our dedication to providing local programming in Hampton Roads,” states WSKY-TV President and General Manager Glenn Holterhaus.

Norfolk Festevents, Ltd. thanks Marine Hydraulics International, Inc. and Channel 4 Hampton Roads WSKY-TV for their support of the 31st Annual Norfolk Harborfest® Fireworks Extravaganza.

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:// Hokies, ISP Sports, partner with Washington's Triple-X ESPN Radio
Full schedule of football, men's basketball, Hokie Hotline to air in Nation's Capital

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Triple X ESPN RadioBLACKSBURG - ISP Sports and the Virginia Tech Athletics Department announced today Washington's Triple X ESPN Radio has joined the Virginia Tech ISP Sports Network. Beginning with the 2007 -08 academic year, all Virginia Tech football and men's basketball games, and the Advance Auto Parts Hokie Hotline will air on 94.3 FM, 92.7 FM and 730 AM in the Washington, DC Metro Market.

"I'm pleased for all Hokie fans in the Northern Virginia and Washington area and excited about our new partnership with Red Zebra Broadcasting and Triple X ESPN Radio," said Tech Director of Athletics Jim Weaver. "This is exciting news for our football and basketball programs. More fans will be able to hear our broadcasts than ever."

Triple X ESPN Radio - 730 AM, 92.7 FM and 94.3 FM - brought sports talk radio to the FM dial in Washington when it went on the airwaves on July 18, 2006. It is the home to some of the biggest brands in sports radio - ESPN, the Washington Redskins, The "John Riggins Show" and now Virginia Tech sports.

"I'm ecstatic that Virginia Tech football broadcasts will be on Triple X ESPN Radio in Washington," Tech head coach Frank Beamer said. "Northern Virginia and Washington are home to such a large alumni base for Virginia Tech. Our fans deserve to have the very best radio coverage we can provide and these stations offer tremendous coverage day and night."

"Red Zebra Broadcasting and Triple X ESPN Radio are dedicated to being a strong sports marketing company. Virginia Tech clearly compliments our mission," Bruce Gilbert, Red Zebra and Triple X ESPN Radio CEO said. "The Hokies, in tandem with The Washington Redskins, John Riggins and ESPN Radio give us the best brands for sports biggest fans."

"We couldn't be more excited to get our product out in the DC area," Tech head basketball coach Seth Greenberg said. "We look at Washington as a big part of the 'Hokie Nation' and to have our games on Triple X ESPN is another example of the growth and reach of our program.

"The partnership between ISP and Virginia Tech athletics has experienced phenomenal growth and increased viability over the last four years," said Rick Barakat, ISP Sports Assistant Vice-President and General manager "Given our recent contract extension with Virginia Tech, the timing was perfect to make an announcement of this nature in such an important market. This move has added tremendous value to the overall scope of the Virginia Tech ISP Sports Network and the benefits will be heard directly by our fans, listeners and advertisers."

"This is an exciting announcement for Virginia Tech alumni, fans and sponsors in Northern Virginia and Washington, DC," said Bill Roth, ISP Sports Assistant Vice-President who is in his 20th season as lead play-by-play Voice of the Hokies. "Having terrific FM coverage throughout this key market for Hokies football and basketball is critically important. And more fans than ever will be able to hear our various ancillary programs such as the Hokie Hotline."

"We are ecstatic with our new partnership with the Hokie Nation," said Triple X ESPN Radio Vice President Tod Castleberry. "Virginia Tech football and basketball, battling in the always-tough ACC is a must listen."

As the country's largest and fastest growing multimedia rights holder, ISP Sports serves as an active partner with over 40 of America's leading universities, four major conferences and several postseason bowl games. Sports fans from upstate New York to south Florida, from Texas to Ohio and from southern California to Washington state can tune in to the ISP Sports Network, which includes nearly 800 radio affiliates, while television viewers all across America watch ISP Sports programming every week on one of its 100+ outlets.

What does this mean for fans in Northern Virginia and Washington, DC?
All Tech football and men's basketball games, the Advance Auto Parts Hokie Hotline, and the ACC men's basketball tournament will air on 730 AM, 92.7 FM and 94.3 FM in the Washington, DC Metro area starting this fall. This marks the first time in school history the complete schedule of Tech men's basketball will air on not just one, but two FM stations in the Washington market.

Where can I hear these stations?
Typically, 94.3 FM can be heard west of DC throughout the Northern Virginia suburbs. 92.7 FM can be heard to the east of DC in the Maryland suburbs. And 730 AM can be heard throughout the District. In many areas, you can hear all three signals. Virginia Tech games will be broadcast on all three stations.

What other programs does Triple X ESPN Radio carry?
As well as being the play-by-play home of the Redskins and the Hokies, 730 AM, 92.7 FM and 94.3 FM carries a full line up of ESPN Radio programs such as Mike and Mike in the Morning, The Herd with Colin Cowherd, The Dan Patrick Show, Major League Baseball, Hall of Famer John Riggins show each afternoon from 4-7 p.m. and the NBA Playoffs.

Where can I learn more about Triple X ESPN Radio?
Simply follow this link: www.triplexespnradio.com.

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:// STUDIO CENTER ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF CREATIVEDGE FILM AND VIDEO
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Studio CenterVirginia Beach, Virginia (May 29, 2007) - William “Woody” Prettyman, CEO of Virginia Beach, VA based Studio Center announced today the acquisition of CreativEdge Film & Video, also located in Virginia Beach. Prettyman remarked, “This acquisition makes sense for us. Our goal is to make it easier for our customers to get “total production” from one place. Studio Center can now write, voice, mix, edit, and shoot TV or radio Production 24 hours a day for our customers with only one call.”

Studio Center, founded 41 years ago, is the nation’s top volume commercial production house. With a diverse union and exclusive non-union talent roster, Studio Center produces over 10,000 commercials annually for clients such as A&E, AOL, BMW, NASCAR, Blockbuster Video, Bud Light, Cartoon Network, Domino’s, GEICO, Heineken, the History Channel, Lowe’s, McDonald’s, MTV, NASA, Pepsi, Starbucks, Subway, Victoria’s Secret and The Washington Post. Studio Center has received over 2000 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 & Silly Putty.

Studio Center is comprised of 18 studios in four cities, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Memphis & Virginia Beach and produces Radio and TV commercial audio, audio for documentaries, e-learning software, computer games, toys, websites, corporate training programs and in-store announcements for clients in all 50 states and 23 countries around the world.

CreativEdge Film & Video, the area’s renowned television production company was founded in 1983 by Gary Ball and Elaine Roberts. Their on-staff writers, producers and directors have won numerous Local and National awards and commendations including:
A National Addy Award, Twenty Telly Awards, Seven WorldFest Houston International Film Festival Awards, Omni International Award, two Videographer Awards, three US Industrial Film & Video awards, four International Television Association Awards, two Aurora "Best in Show" Awards, and two prestigious CINE Golden Eagles.
Co-Founder Ball remarked, “Elaine and I are thrilled to be moving on to our next adventure and are proud to be leaving our company in such good hands.”

CreativEdge, a GSA Qualified Vendor, will continue to provide services in every aspect of production, from concept and scripting to on-line editing and graphics.

Media clients include The Learning Channel ("Archaeology", "The New Detectives"), PAX-TV ("Treasures in Your Home, The World of Collecting"), HBO (Whitney Houston Special), and The Family Channel (Promos).

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:// ESPN RADIO 1310 CELEBRATES 15 YEARS OF ALL-SPORTS
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ESPN Radio 1310May 30, 1992, WGH-AM 1310-Hampton Roads (now known as ESPN Radio 1310) tried something no other radio station had attempted in the history of Virginia radio... Frankly, only a handful of radio stations in the entire country tried with success what WGH-AM 1310 was about to perform.

On that day, Saturday, May 30, 1992, WGH-AM 1310 became the first all-sports radio station in the Commonwealth of Virginia... Tony Mercurio and Dino replaced "real country" at 6am and then joined the Sports Entertainment Network at Noon... Thus the first all-sports radio station in the State was born.

"I had been doing my sportstalk show since September 15, 1986", noted Program Director Tony Mercurio. "I always wanted to go all-sports but most people said it would be a loser. Very few people thought it would work in a market of our size and a State that didn't even have any Major League Sports teams."

ESPN Radio 1310 will celebrate the 15 years of all-sports by having a party at Hometown Heroes, 1400 Kempsville Road in the Orchard Square shopping center, this Wednesday, May 30...Tony Mercurio will broadcast his show "live" from Hometown Heroes from 3-6pm...There will be free t-shirts, while they last, and plenty of free food.

"I owe it all to the fans and to the wonderful sponsors of our all-sports format," noted Mercurio. "People said it would never work, I guess they were wrong." We have been all-sports for 15 years and hopefully many more years to come."

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:// WVEC-TV13 delivers May win in Hampton Roads for 13NEWS!
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13NEWSNorfolk, VA. WVEC-TV13 continues to be the most watched station in Hampton Roads…according to Nielsen HH Overnights for May 2007.

Building on a long reputation as the area's news and programming leader, WVEC-TV13 and 13NEWS increased its audience from sign on to sign off. The 13NEWS DAYBREAK team continued to grow its morning audience at 5:00am with an increase of 17% over last May. The second hour achieved an incredible leap of 29% over last May. 13NEWS AT NOON brought home midday audiences by growing 8% over last May.

“It’s quite an honor that viewers continue to seek out quality and excellence with our news and programming,” said President and General Manager Nick Nicholson. “I’m very proud this station delivers it every moment of the day.” Nicholson added.

Each weekday, more viewers turned to 13NEWS at 5:00pm, 5:30pm and 6:00pm, making it the most watched news in Hampton Roads. Plus, 13NEWS AT 11:00pm was up 15% over last May.

“I am extremely proud of our entire newsroom and station staff,” said Rich Lebenson, Executive News Director, “It's their hard work and dedication that makes 13NEWS the premier news organization in Hampton Roads.” Lebenson added.

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:// ADMIRALS ANNOUNCE FIVE-YEAR DEAL WITH ESPN RADIO 1310
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ESPN Radio 1310The Norfolk Admirals and Max Media have reached an agreement that will place Admirals hockey on ESPN Radio 1310 (WGH) for the next five years. This agreement will commence this October and run thru the 2011-2012 AHL season... In addition to carrying all Admirals games "live," ESPN Radio 1310 will also host the weekly Admirals Hour throughout the season.

"We are thrilled to expand our relationship with ESPN Radio 1310 and Max Media Radio," said Admiral President Ken Young. "Our association with the Tides and ESPN has been an excellent one, and we are glad to be establishing another strong relationship for the next five seasons of Admirals Hockey. "We are delighted that our fans will be able to follow us on a stronger signal and that we will be heard well in all of the Hampton Roads area."

We are delighted to have the Admirals join our Max Media team," stated Eric "Zero" Mastel, President of Max Media Radio. "We have enjoyed working with Ken Young and Dave Rosenfield of the Tides over the past several years and look forward to working with the super organization they have with the Admirals for the next five years."

ESPN Radio 1310, which will carry all 80 Admirals regular season games "live", also carries the only other local professional sports team in the Norfolk Tides.

"We are ecstatic to be able to give our fans a radio broadcast of such high quality, "said Admirals Vice President Mark Bernard. "I know Admirals fans will be happy that they will be able to hear Admirals Hockey throughout Hampton Roads on ESPN Radio 1310 for the foreseeable future."

"This gives us the perfect team of the Tides and the Admirals both being on ESPN Radio 1310 for the first time," noted Tony Mercurio,Program Director of ESPN Radio 1310. We are just thrilled to death to have two great local professional teams in the Tides and the Admirals being on ESPN Radio 1310."

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:// WAVY TV 10 AND FOX 43 -WVBT SET NEW RECORDS IN MAY 2007 NIELSEN SWEEPS
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WAVYPortsmouth, May 24, 2007: WAVY TV 10 and FOX 43 WVBT-TV are pleased to announce exciting results from the just completed May 2007 Nielsen sweeps. WAVY is in its 15th year being number one in 6:00AM News and has just achieved its highest household rating in the show’s history with a 10.5 rating. Additionally, WAVY News 10 Today at 6:00AM has increased over 20% from the same time last year. The Today Show with Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira also posted 23% growth during that same time period. At the dinner hour, WAVY was the only Hampton Roads television station to grow its ratings in every newscast, with sizable 22% growth at 6:00PM. WAVY News 10 at 11:00PM won 87 of the last 90 ratings periods claiming dominance the past 13 years straight. Another milestone was achieved as sister station FOX 43 News at 10:00PM achieved one of its highest ratings in history with 20% growth over the past year.

“I am very proud of the accomplishments of our entire newsroom and the commitment they made in covering the big stories of the past several weeks”, said Kathy Hostetter, News Director for WAVY and WVBT. “We provided important, responsible follow ups to the Virginia Tech tragedy, broke the dog fighting allegation story involving the NFL’s Michael Vick, and conducted relevant 10 On Your Side investigations that affected the privacy and safety of Hampton Roads’ families.”

“It was an historic month in other ways,” said President and General Manager Doug Davis. “We were pleased to provide extensive coverage of Queen Elizabeth’s visit and the Jamestown 400th anniversary, with two weeks of special reports on America’s First Region. Chopper 10 was also instrumental in welcoming home the carrier Eisenhower and its entire crew. And FOX 43 News at 10:00PM charted the rise of Chesapeake’s Chris Richardson to one of the top spots of FOX’s American Idol.” The sixth season of American Idol continued to grow on WVBT, with its Wednesday results shows up 22% over last season.

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:// CW 27 LAUNCHES TEEN NEWS NOW
LOCAL TEENS PRODUCE AND HOST NEWS SHOW SPECIFICALLY FOR THE YOUTH OF HAMPTON ROADS

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CW27It’s 11 PM. Do you know where your teens are? On Saturday, June 2, they will be watching CW 27, WGNT-TV and the broadcast premiere of Teen News Now, Hampton Roads’ first news production which is created, produced and hosted by teens, specifically for teens.

CW 27’s Teen News Now is a program which covers positive stories about what teens are doing in our area—from their talents and skills to their involvement in the local community. Features created by teens include Behind the Game, meet the lone female kicker for Princess Anne High School’s football team in Virginia Beach and get to know the first male cheerleader at Franklin High School in Franklin. Also, other features include: E-Pod, entertainment segments where you’ll get the latest on Pretty Ricky, Miss B and Young Jock; Stepping Stones, informational features which help kids plan for college; and segments on fashion, time management and organization, local hot spots make Teen News Now a must see show.

“This broadcast is a dream come true for these teens,” said CW 27 Vice President and General Manager Steve Soldinger. “They had to audition and attend classes on television production held weekly at the station’s studios since last August.”

The talent behind Teen News Now includes teens from the various school systems throughout the Greater Hampton Roads area who are ages 13-19. They are instructed in the entire creative process that produces a television news/entertainment program. They write, produce, act as talent, edit, shoot and direct the entire show, including writing/producing the music and even singing the theme song. There are 71 kids involved in this spectacular production. Teen News Now will air every Saturday beginning June 2 at 11 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.

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:// Richmond Broadcasters Hall of Fame
15th Anniversary Awards Winners Announced

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(Richmond, VA) The Richmond Broadcasters Hall of Fame presented the 15th Annual “Frank Soden Lifetime Achievement Awards” Tuesday, May 15, 2007. The Lifetime Achievement Awards are given to local radio and television broadcasters with at least 10 years experience in the Richmond market, inducting them into the Richmond Broadcasters Hall of Fame. A “Broadcaster of the Year” award is also presented annually to a member of the local radio or television community for outstanding work during the past year.

The 2007 Frank Soden Lifetime Achievement Award winners include: WTVR-CBS6 News Anchor/Virginia This Morning host Cheryl Miller and longtime radio personality Jim Minor. The 2007 Broadcaster of the Year Award was presented to May-Lily Lee, host of the Community Idea Stations’ Virginia Currents television program.

This annual event is an opportunity for current and former local broadcasters to honor outstanding members of the radio and television industry. Past winners of the Frank Soden Lifetime Achievement Award include: Alden Aaroe, Harvey Hudson, John Shand, Ben Miles, Roger St. John, Charles Fishburne, John “Tiger Tom” Mitchell, Lou Dean, Jess Duboy, Bill Bowman, John Tansey, Norma Blalock, Floyd Henderson, George “Pop” Popkins, “Dandy” Don Beagle and Bill Adams, Bob Gilmore, “Sailor Bob” Griggs, Ed McLaughlin, John Harding, Kirby Carmichael, Treeda Smith, Tim Timberlake, Steve “Mr. Beach” Leonard, Fred Haseltine, Eric E. Stanley, Scott Stevens, Dick Hemby, Bill Bevins, “Big John” Trimble, Jack Alix, Terry Sisisky, Jeff Beck and Jeff McKee.

Past Broadcasters of the Year include: Greg Burton-TV/Radio Sportscaster, Jon Barry-Radio Personality, Casey Krukowski-102.1 TheX, Leslie Taylor-Radio News Anchor, Adam Stubbs-Lite 98, Lisa Schaffner-WRIC-TV8, Cheryl Miller-CBS6, Rita “Betty Bodine” Bentley-Q-94, Bill Bevins-Lite 98, and Chris Dennison-Metro Traffic.

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:// WVEC-TV13 nominated for 7 Emmy® Awards.
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13NEWSNorfolk, VA. WVEC-TV13 is honored with 7 Emmy nominations, including categories for News, Creative Services and Production.

13NEWS DAYBREAK is nominated for Excellence in Newscast: Morning/Daytime. The morning team is anchored by LaSalle Blanks, Janet Roach, Meteorologist Craig Moeller, Joe Flanagan, overnight reporter Carl Leimer and Producer/Photojournalist Jason Walsh. 13NEWS DAYBREAK is produced by Brenda Carden.

13NEWS AT 5:00, Anchored by Regina Mobley, Sandra Parker and produced by Bob Bennett is nominated for Best Evening Newscast.

The 13NEWS Team is also being recognized for its unparalleled, “November Nor’easter” storm coverage, a nomination for Continuing Coverage, within 24 Hours.

13NEWS Medical Reporter Kathryn Barrett and photographer Mike Babcock traveled to Iraq and Germany to deliver a six-part, uncompromising look at how our military cares for war wounded. “Healing the Heroes” is nominated for Best Specialty Assignment Reporting.

“Navy Christmas, Holidays at Home & Abroad” is nominated for Outstanding Documentary-Topical. This annual special has been a market favorite for more than 20 years. The show’s producing team includes Linda Wenners, Joe Flanagan, Mike Gooding, and Bryan Barbee.

“I’m very proud of the 13NEWS team and theses nominations,” said Rich Lebenson, Executive News Director. “…what a great feeling that the industry recognizes our news standards. I wish everyone the best in each of their categories.” Lebenson added.

Creative Services is nominated for Best Promotion: News promo - Campaign. HURRICANE WATCH is produced by Matt Earl, Kevin Fridley, Eugene Gonzales and Katie King. Creative Services rounds out the final nomination. Best Photography-Short Form. Director of photography Phil Wright elevated WVEC.COM’s image campaign.

“Everyone’s effort goes into the mix and I’m thrilled with these nominations,” said Matt Earl, Director of Creative Services and Production. “It’s an honor to be part of a team that continues to redefine the standard in this market.” Earl added.

The 2007 National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Emmy® Awards will be held on Saturday, June 16th, 2007 in Washington D.C.

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:// WSKY-TV 4 Schedules live broadcast of Norfolk Tides away games
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WSKYCHESAPEAKE, VA – CH4 Hampton Roads, WSKY-TV is proud to announce the scheduled broadcast of six additional Norfolk Tides “away” games during the 2007 season.


The game schedule is as follows:
    Monday June 11, 2007    7:00-10:00pm    Norfolk Tides vs. Toledo Mud Hens
    Tuesday June 12, 2007    7:00-10:00pm    Norfolk Tides vs. Toledo Mud Hens
    Tuesday June 26, 2007    7:00-10:00pm    Norfolk Tides vs. Pawtucket Red Sox
    Wednesday June 27, 2007    7:00-10:00pm    Norfolk Tides vs. Pawtucket Red Sox
    Thursday July 26, 2007    7:00-10:00pm    Norfolk Tides vs. Durham Bulls
    Friday July 27, 2007    7:00-10:00pm    Norfolk Tides vs. Durham Bulls
“We are thrilled to be a part of the WSKY-TV package this season” said Tides General Manager Dave Rosenfield. “This is a great opportunity to see our team on the road, as well as to see some of the other top ballparks from around the International League.”

The games are part of the inaugural season for the Tides under their new affiliation agreement with the Baltimore Orioles. “After the success of the season opener in April, we are excited to be working with the Norfolk Tides and to have the opportunity to bring a package of live road games to their fans in Hampton Roads“ said Glenn Holterhaus WSKY-TV President/ GM.

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

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:// WVAB/WBVA RADIO AGAIN AVAILABLE FOR SALE
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Norfolk Attorney R. Clinton Stackhouse, Jr. has announced that radio stations WVAB(AM-1550) and WBVA(AM-1450) are again available for sale. Mr. Stackhouse is the court-apppointed bankruptcy Trustee for the 2 radio stations based in Virginia Beach, Va.

According to Media Broker/Appraiser Ray H. Rosenblum of Pittsburgh, Pa., Chesapeake-Portsmouth Broadcasting Corporation [CPBC] has ended its agreement to acquire the ownership of WVAB/WBVA Radio. Mr. Rosenblum said he is working with Mr. Stackhouse to arrange a new sale of the stations.

According to Mr. Rosenblum, WVAB and WBVA will continue to broadcast with programming provided by CPBC.

WVAB/WBVA are in Chapter VII Bankruptcy under the Trusteeship of Attorney Stackhouse.

In March, 2006 the U. S. Bankruptcy Court in Norfolk approved the sale of the 2 stations to CPBC for $775,000. The Federal Communications Commission approved the sale December 18th, 2006. Now, according to Mr. Stackhouse, the proposed buyer [CPBC] has terminated its agreement for the purchase.

Bankruptcy Trustee Stackhouse stated that new potential buyers should contact the court-appointed media broker, Mr. Rosenblum, at 412-362-6311 in Pittsburgh, Pa.

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:// 95-7 RNB News Personality and Public Service Director is Awarded The 2007 Pink Ribbon Award For Breast Cancer Awareness
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: WVKL- 95-7 RNB News Personality and Public Service Director, Karen Parker-Chesson has been awarded the 2007 Pink Ribbon Award, by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tidewater Affiliate. Parker-Chesson received the award Saturday night at the Pink Tie Gala, at the Chesapeake Conference Center along with Owner, and GM of Cavalier Ford, Don Klimcoweicz. The Pink Tie Gala was hosted by Eagle 97's Karen West.

Entercom Norfolk GM Chris Wheat, Karen Parker-Chesson

Parker-Chesson has been a breast cancer awareness crusader since her mother's breast cancer diagnosis seven years ago, and has created several local breast cancer awareness initiatives. Last year Karen received national attention when she was selected as one of 25, 2006 Yoplait Champions from across the country.

Karen Parker-Chesson, Cavalier Ford Owner, Don Klimcoweicz

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:// FM99 AM Show Writes "Sanjaya Faux-Hawk" into Guiding Light Episode
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Talk about surreal. Three stars from the CBS soap opera Guiding Light were in came to Norfolk the end of March to do some volunteer work.

GL's Frank Dicopoulos ("Frank"), John Driscoll ("Coop"), and Nicole Forester ("Cassie") joined 100 volunteers and fans, helping the Norfolk charity ForKids fix up "Haven House," its shelter homeless families.

The trio visited the FM99 (WNOR) Morning Show studios and cut up with the AM team, Tommy Griffiths and Rick Rumble. While there, Tommy and Rumble gave them a challenge: During an episode on TV, if one of their characters puts their hair in a “Faux Hawk," similar to the one worn by former American Idol contestant Sanjaya Malakar, both Tommy and Rumble would write $1,000 checks for the ForKids charity.

Sure enough, last week, we received word that "Frank" had donned the dreaded locks for a Guiding Light episode to air May 29th. On top of that, the show's Executive Producer said she'd match their donation.

GL's Frank Dicopoulos ('Frank') and Nicole Forester ('Cassie')

We wouldn’t believe that our silly idea could work its way into the daytime drama, but they sent the photos to prove it. If you'd like to see video of the on-air challenge, go to findyourlight.net, click "Experience the Light" then click "March" and "Volunteer Hampton Roads." View episode 2 -- "MisGuided Light" and episode 3 "Hawkin' it up for Charity."

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:// 100.5 Max-FM’s Rockin’ & Racin’ for Hunger
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WXMMVIRGINIA BEACH, VA – 100.5 Max-FM (WXMM-FM) is out to replenish the depleted shelves of the Food Bank of the Virginia Peninsula and the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia with “Rockin’ and Racin’ for Hunger” on Saturday, April 28, 2007.

100.5 Max-FM on-air personalities Zak Tyler, Cindy Crawford and Bug will hit the track at Motor World, 700 S. Birdneck Road, in Virginia Beach at 12 Noon and race the one-mile course against their listeners. If the Max-FM listener scores a better time than the personality, they will be entered into a drawing for a pair of tickets to the Dover 400 at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware. All “racers” will go into an additional drawing for tickets to the Circuit City 250 Nascar Busch Series Race in Richmond and tickets to the AAA Insurance Nascar Craftsman Truck Series Race and the Nascar Busch Series Race in Dover.

Children, the working poor and the elderly rely on the Foodbanks everyday. Non-perishable food items and monetary donations will be collected for the Food Bank of the Virginia Peninsula and the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia. The Foodbanks provide food security for thousands of people in Hampton Roads.

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:// New Promotions Director at Max Media
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Max MediaMax Media of Hampton Roads is proud to announce our newest addition, WGH-FM/WXEZ-FM Promotion Director, Renee Fonner.

Renee is a member of the Country Radio Broadcasters’ Board of Directors and is coming to us from KFKF and KMXV in Kansas City, where she was Marketing/Promotion Director for the past 3 years. Renee also was the Marketing/Promotion Director for Emmis Communications in Terre Haute, Indiana and for Clear Channel Ft. Myers, Florida. Renee heads the Country Radio Seminar Agenda Committee and has been primarily responsible for the execution of the Country Radio Seminar the past 3 years.

John Shomby, Director of Programming and Operations for Max Media of Hampton Roads was quoted, “We have one of the most creative, organized, enthusiastic people I've ever met helping two of our stations (WGH-FM, 97.3 The Eagle and our contemporary inspirational – WXEZ-FM, Star 94.1) further solidify our respective strong positions in the market.”

Renee fills the position vacated by Mary Stott at the end of 2006 and is expected to start on June 4th.

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:// Gray Television Announces Purchase of Property for New Broadcast Facility
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Gray Television CharlottesvilleCharlottesville, Virginia – April 25th, 2007 – Gray Television (Gray) has completed the acquisition of approximately two acres of property at 2307 Hydraulic Road in the city of Charlottesville. The closing on the property purchased from BHE, LLC was completed on Friday night April 20th.

The purchase included a building of approximately 6500 square feet that will be renovated for administrative and sales staff. Gray Television plans to build an additional 12,000 square foot studio complex adjacent to the current building.

In 2006, Gray Television received an “Excellence in News Award” from the Virginia Association of Broadcasters (VAB) and the University of Virginia named them as their “Official Flagship Television Stations.”

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Gray Television, Inc., owns and operates in Charlottesville, Virginia WCAV CBS19, as well as sister stations, WVAW ABC16, WAHU FOX27 and MYc’villeTV.

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:// RICHMOND STATION MANAGER WINS “CREATE THE FUTURE” AWARD
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Richmond VA. – April 24, 2007 -- ESPN Radio 950 WXGI congratulates Station Manager, Buck Albritton on his “extracurricular” accomplishment as First Prize winner in the Emhart Teknologies/NASA Tech Briefs “Create the Future” Design Contest.

For the past five years, Emhart Teknologies has partnered with NASA Tech Briefs in challenging the engineering community through their “Create the Future” Design Contest. Entries were submitted from the United States and 40 other countries in the categories of everyday products, safety, transportation, and medical. Buck, co-inventor with his brother Gene, submitted “The Grip Handle” an everyday product that allows a safer, easier, energy and cost-saving way to lift heavy objects for an individual lifter.

A 42” Panasonic Plasma television was awarded to the First Place winners along with a trip for Buck and his wife to attend the awards dinner at The Water Club in NYC. Buck said “I was surprised to learn the Grip Handle was selected from what must have been so many tremendous ideas. Developing new products is a passion of mine and another form of creative problem solving that we at Red Zebra Broadcasting strive to provide our advertising customers”.

Go to www.techbriefs.com/content/view/1481/36 for more details on this award.

Michael Tyll, President of Emhart Teknologies says “Submitting an entry to the contest required commitment and attention to detail. Our panel of expert judges carefully scrutinized drawings, written descriptions, and all information that was relevant to the idea. Again, congratulations to the winners of the 2006 “Create the Future” design contest. David Torrey and Buck Albritton who were both honored at an awards dinner in New York City Monday night. Creating the future is a never-ending journey, and the drive to continuously develop engineering advancements is at the core of the Emhart Teknologies design contest.”

Buck has been a member of the Richmond business community for over 20 years and resides with his family in Ashland, VA.

ESPN Radio 950 is Richmond’s Home of the Washington Redskins and Washington Nationals as well as the Richmond Spiders. The Red Zebra station is located on German School Road in Richmond. Go to espn950am.com for more details and to stream top national sports shows like ESPN’s “Mike and Mike” and “The Dan Patrick Show”, the regional hit program “The John Riggins Show” as well as the popular local programs “SportsPhone with Big Al”, and “Hardly Workin’ with Greg Burton”.

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:// T. Graham Brown concert scheduled for Outer Banks
--Roanoke Island Festival Park
--Special guest Danielle Peck

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Wilbur 92.3 & Orville 97.1Wanchese, NC (April 24, 2007)—CapSan Media country music radio stations Wilbur 92.3 and Orville 97.1 today announced another live concert at Roanoke Island Festival Park in downtown Manteo. Saturday, May 5th, T. Graham Brown and special guest Danielle Peck will perform live.

T. Graham Brown became a country radio presence in the late 1980’s with hits like “Hell and High Water”, “Darlene”, and “I Wish That I Could Hurt That Way Again.” He has garnered twelve Top-Ten hits, a CMA Award and a long list of national radio and tv jingles including; Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Budweiser, Ford Trucks, and 7-Up. He has earned recognition in the Commercial Hall of Fame as the face and voice of Taco Bell's "Run For The Border" campaign.

Danielle Peck is a Nashville newcomer who is making a name for herself with impressive new songs like “I Don’t” and “Findin’ A Good Man”. Her video for “Isn’t That Everything” was recently ranked #14 on the CMT Video Countdown.

Tickets for T. Graham Brown and Danielle Peck are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. Advance ticket locations include Tropical Smoothie (Southern Shores and Nags Head locations only), Burrus Red and White in Hatteras, and Roanoke Island Festival Park. The event is rain or shine at Roanoke Island Festival Park, and concert goers are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for a wonderful evening of live music on the Outer Banks. For more details visit www.wilburandorville.com.

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:// COX RADIO APPOINTS FISHER TO PROGRAM DIRECTOR OF WMXB-FM MIX 103.7
Richmond’s Newest Radio Station for the Best Mix of the 80’s, 90’s and Today

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Mix 103-7ATLANTA – April 24, 2007 - Cox Radio (NYSE: CXR) announced today the appointment of Fisher to Program Director of WMXB-FM Mix 103.7, Richmond, Virginia’s newest radio station for the Best Mix of the 80’s, 90’s and Today. His appointment is effective May 21, 2007.

Fisher has more than 17 years of radio industry experience. He first joined the Cox Radio family in 1999 as a member of the WBLI team in Long Island, New York. Prior to joining Cox Radio, Fisher worked at WABC-AM and the Rush Limbaugh Show. After two years as the Asst. Music Director & Midday Air Personality for WBLI, Fisher was promoted to Program Director of WHZT-FM Hot 98.1 in 2001 to assist with the flip of Cox Radio's newly acquired Top 40/Rhythmic WHZT-FM serving Greenville, South Carolina.

“Fisher’s extensive experience makes him the perfect fit at Mix 103.7,” said Steve McCall, Vice President and Market Manager of Cox Radio Richmond. “He helped make Cox Radio’s WHZT-FM one of the top stations in Greenville-Spartanburg and we are excited about what he will bring to Richmond and Central Virginia.”

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:// WAVY News 10 Named Outstanding News Operation by the Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters
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WAVYApril 23, 2007—Portsmouth, VA: WAVY News 10 claimed seven awards on Saturday from the Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters Awards competition including the top honor of “Outstanding News Operation of the Year”. “To be recognized by our peers as the ‘Outstanding News Operation’ speaks to the excellence of the WAVY news team and what we were able to accomplish in 2006,” said Kathy Hostetter, News Director. “We are grateful to the judges who recognize that.”

WAVY News 10 also received 1st place honors in “Best Investigative Reporting” for Landscape-Gate, “Best Feature/Human Interest” for My Hampton Roads and “Best Website” for WAVY.com.

10 On Your Side received the meritorious 2nd place honors in the category “Best News Anchor” awarded to 5:30/6:00/11:00pm Anchor Les Smith, “Best Continuing Coverage of a News Story”, team coverage of The Officer Seneca Darden Shooting and “Best Spot News Coverage” for The Gloucester Fires.

The Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters Association was created to advance the craft of journalism, to foster competition to improve broadcast journalism, and to examine the broadcast news wires of The Associated Press and to report thereon to assist the AP to provide services which best meet the needs of its members. The Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters Awards recognize the stations that most exemplify these purposes.

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:// WBQB-FM & WFVA Receive Recognition from Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters
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B101.5NewsTalk 1230FREDERICKSBURG, VA — April 23, 2007 — WBQB-FM (B101.5) & NewsTalk 1230 WFVA were honored at the annual Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters (VAPB) Awards Banquet held Saturday evening at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Richmond. WBQB-FM (B101.5) received one Superior Award – Best Documentary or In-depth story: 9/11, Five Years Stronger. NewsTalk 1230 WFVA received three Superior Awards – Spot News Coverage: Plane Down, Best Feature or Human Interest Story: Stand and Deliver and Best Effort by an Individual Reporter: Kathy Stewart. WFVA also received two Meritorious Awards – Douglas Southall Freeman Award: Fredericksburg Today and Outstanding News Operation of the Year. WFVA also received the Frank H. Fuller Memorial Award, given to the top three stations in the state that have submitted stories used by the Associated Press.

Shawn Sloan, General Manager, commented on the awards, “WBQB & WFVA‘s joint News Department consistently deliver local stories with the highest level of professionalism. It is our mission to serve the local radio audience with the most accurate and timely news affecting our community. It’s a great honor to be recognized for our efforts in this way.”

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:// 102.1FM THE GAME TO CHANGE LOCAL MANAGEMENT
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102.1 FM The GameVirginia Beach - April 23, 2007 - General Manager Martin Snead has resigned as Station Manager of 102.1FM THE GAME, WXTG, effective this Tuesday.

“After successfully launching 102.1 The Game, my own entrepreneurial desires surfaced. I am proud of what we have built so far at The Game.” Snead said. “With Bruce Gilbert now on board, the future continues to look bright for both 102.1 The Game and Red Zebra. I am very appreciative of the opportunity and experience that Red Zebra gave me, and I look forward to watching their future growth.”

New CEO Bruce Gilbert of Red Zebra says, ““Martin’s invaluable experience provided us with the leadership we needed when we took over 102.1FM. He has done a terrific job of setting the course for our future. While we wish that future included Martin, we understand his desire to follow his heart and jump into a unique entrepreneurial situation outside of broadcasting.”

Sports Marketer, veteran play by play man, sportscaster and host of his own sportstalk show on THE GAME every weekday starting at 2pm, John Castleberry has been named Acting Station Manager of THE GAME. The interview process is underway for the next General Manager of Virginia Beach’s only FM talk station and Fox Sports Affiliate.

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:// The NEW Mix 103-7
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WMXBCox Radio is excited to announce the re-launch of our Richmond radio station Mix 103.7.

Mix 103.7 …Now with The Best Mix of the 80’s, 90’s and Today! We are better, bolder, hipper and more fun! The new concept hit the airwaves this morning – Monday, April 16, 2007 at 6am with Black Eyed Peas song “Let’s Get it Started.”

Richmond will be hearing hits from artists from the 80’s, 90’s and Today such as John Mellencamp, Prince, U2, Police, Matchbox 20, Rob Thomas, Cranberries, The Fray, Kelly Clarkson and Nickelback.

Steve McCall, Vice President/Market Manager of Cox Radio Richmond says “Richmond expects Mix 103.7 to be a more upbeat adult station. Listeners tell us all the time their favorite songs are from the 80’s, 90’s and today.” McCall went on to say “We will continue to be a family friendly radio station that is focused on the needs of Central Virginia!”

Mix 103.7 - Now with the Best Mix of the 80’s, 90’s and Today plans to go on-air talent free for 30 days to focus on the music. Jack and Jen In the Morning will return to the airways on May 14th – Mix 103-7 will also be announcing soon a new live and local Mid-day, Afternoon and Evening host. McCall says “Jack and Jen In The Morning are a key part of this radio station – they know and love Richmond and provide day to day topics that entertain and affect our audience.”

In the meantime – Have a little fun – turn on the radio, turn up the volume and enjoy the station as we Mix it up! Mix 103-7 Now with the Best Mix of the 80’s, 90’s and Today!

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:// THE VIRGINIA RACEHORSE NETWORK IS "OFF TO THE RACES," NOW STATEWIDE
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The Virginia Racehorse Network is pleased to announce its launch of a live statewide radio show featuring the best of horse racing from across the nation and Virginia. Hosted by Nick Hahn and "Derby Bill" Watson, "Off to the Races" will premier its 10th season -- its first with a statewide audience -- on Saturday, April 14th. "Off to the Races" loads up in the starting gate at 11:00 a.m. to serve radio audiences in eight Virginia metropolitan areas and the rest of the world on the Internet. The Saturday morning program will feature interviews with the nationally recognized racing figures as well as Virginia personalities that participate in this summer's racing at Colonial Downs.

Nick Hahn created Richmond, Virginia's first weekly horse racing show, "Down the Stretch," in 1998 and co-hosted the program with Derby Bill. Hahn is the Virginia correspondent of "The Bloodhorse." As a freelance writer, Hahn has been published articles for the Associated Press, Charlottesville's Daily Progress, the Hanover Herald Press and Richmond.com. Last year, Hahn selected the Kentucky Derby winner, Barbaro, and Virginia Derby winner, Go Between.

Since 2003, Derby Bill hosted the Richmond show entitled "Pickin' The Ponies." Between 1996 and 1998 as a guest on the weekday morning radio sports show, "SportsPhone with Big Al,"ť Bill produced three consecutive Kentucky Derby winners and 7 of 9 winners of the Triple Crown races. Bill is the face of Colonial Downs, providing recaps and picks in between races on Colonial's closed circuit simulcast signal distributed to racetracks and OTBs throughout the world.

The weekly series features remote broadcasts every Saturday from underneath the columns at Colonial Downs during the live meet that opens Friday, June 15th. The Virginia Racehorse Network will carry both of Colonial's twin turf races live, the $750,000 Colonial Turf Cup (gr. IIIT) on June 16th and the $1 million Virginia Derby (gr. IIT) on July 21st. The Colonial Turf Cup and Virginia Derby comprise the first two bases of the Jacobs' Investments $5 million Grand Slam of Grass. Those special 5 PM shows will include interviews, picks, live race calls and post race coverage.

The format of "Off to the Races" includes recaps of previous races with actual race calls, handicapping, industry news and live reports from national events including the Triple Crown. A weekly segment of the show, "Understanding the Horse" will be dedicated to not only racehorses but all equines.

"Off to the Races" is funded by a grant from the Virginia Racing Commission and primarily sponsored by Colonial Downs, the Virginia Thoroughbred Associated and the Virginia Horse Benevolent and Protective Association.

"Off to the Races" can be heard on the following station at 11:00 Saturday mornings.
  • Winchester (WTFX/610)
  • Virginia Beach (WXTG/102.1)
  • Richmond (WXGI/950)
  • Charlottesville (WVAX/1450)
  • Roanoke (WPIN/810)
  • Martinsville (WODY/1160)
  • Blacksburg (WKEX/1430)
  • Bluefield, WV (WAMN/1050)1

    1 WAMN will broadcast on a 1-hour delay, from noon to 1 p.m.
For more information about the Virginia Racehorse Network and racing in Virginia, contact Nick Hahn at 434.960.1456 or visit www.virginiaderby.biz on the web.

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:// Cathy Lewis Reduces Radio Appearances
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Cathy Lewis
(Norfolk)—Cathy Lewis will continue to host “Hear/Say with Cathy Lewis” on Hampton Roads public radio but will leave WTAR’s “The Cathy Lewis Show” on Friday, April 13, 2007.

“When this opportunity came along last summer, I knew it was something I couldn’t pass up,” Lewis said. “But the realities of hosting two daily shows and leading the CIVIC Leadership Institute didn’t leave much time for my family or the volunteer work that’s important to me.”

“I am so grateful to the advertisers who supported the show. The radio business is changing in some interesting ways and I’m exploring some other options that don’t require the kind of intense daily commitment that a morning show demands.”

“I won’t miss getting to work before the sun comes up, but I will miss our listeners and am so fortunate to take with me the friendship of my colleagues, Jeff Morreau and Reese Graif.”

Lewis will continue to host Hear/Say with Cathy Lewis on WHRV-89.5 FM Monday through Thursday from noon to 1PM. In addition, she serves as Executive Director of the prestigious CIVIC Leadership Institute, an organization that links senior-level leaders from across the entire Hampton Roads region in conversation about the issues that challenge Hampton Roads. She is also a sought-after voice talent and public speaker.

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:// WWUZ included in April 22nd “Sopranos” episode
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WWUZThe April 22nd episode of HBO’s “The Sopranos” will feature another radio connection, the Star Radio Group’s Classic Rock station, WWUZ.

“At last year’s NAB, GM John Moen made contact with a Sopranos producer,” said OM Paul Johnson. “They mentioned that in an upcoming episode, Tony and Paulie would be driving through Fredericksburg, Virginia, and they wanted radio station audio to help establish the location. We were only too happy to volunteer.”

“I sent clips of announcers and imaging, and we received official notification several weeks ago that some audio would indeed be used,” continued Johnson. “I’m not sure exactly what they’ll use, and I’m sure it will be brief. I don’t see Tony calling in for some Edgar Winter, or to win REO Speedwagon tickets.”

The station is planning a viewing party in conjunction with the episode, airing 9PM EST on April 22.

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:// BERT SCHMIDT NAMED PRESIDENT AND CEO OF WHRO
Veteran Public Broadcaster to Assume WHRO Leadership

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Bert Schmidt
Norfolk: The Board of Directors of WHRO, public broadcasting for Hampton Roads, has announced that Bert Schmidt has accepted the position of President and Chief Executive Officer, according to Board Chair Dr. Elizabeth L. Young. Schmidt will join WHRO after five years as President and General Manager of WVPT in Harrisonburg, Virginia, which broadcasts in 29 counties, and on satellite services in Northern Virginia and in parts of Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Schmidt is the current chairman of the Virginia Association of Public Television Stations, serves on the board of the National Educational Telecommunications Association, and was the past chair of the Public Broadcasting Management Association. While in Harrisonburg, he served as President of the Massanutten Regional Library Board, and was on the Community Leadership Program and the Issues committee of the Harrisonburg/Rockingham Chamber of Commerce.

Schmidt holds a BS in accounting and finance (with honors) from Alfred University, a law degree (with honors) from Syracuse University College of Law and an MBA (with honors) from Syracuse University School of Management. Prior to coming to Virginia, he was Executive Vice President of WCNY-TV/FM in Syracuse, New York, the Vice President of Mark R. Switz, Inc., and a tax attorney with Price Waterhouse.

While at the Harrisonburg station, Schmidt developed and served as executive producer of eleven local television productions, including Consider This, recognized as the best public television news program by the Virginia Association of Broadcasters; Virginia Viewpoints, a local panel discussion of regional and national topics; and Miller Center Forums, weekly lectures from the University of Virginia’s Miller Center for Public Affairs, which is directed by former Governor Gerald L. Baliles. He is the recipient of numerous other awards from the Virginia Association of Broadcasters, a Telly award, the Public Broadcasting Management Association’s Award of Excellence and the Virginia Farm Bureau’s Journalism Award.

“I was interested in WHRO for many reasons,” says Schmidt. “The station has a great reputation throughout our industry, and I’m particularly impressed by its emphasis on educational technology. I’m looking forward to leading the staff toward the goal of going from great to world class.”

"I am personally delighted that Mr. Schmidt will be taking the reins of WHRO at this critical time for our many educational and informational services offered on radio, television, and on line,” says Dr. Young. “His experience with converting a station to digital broadcasting will serve WHRO well. His great interest in community outreach and local programming were among the factors that convinced us to offer him the position. I look forward to introducing him to our many listeners, viewers and supporters in the community."

Born in Syracuse, NY, Schmidt has two children, a daughter Jillian and son Bertel.

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:// Hampton Roads Affiliate for the Imus in the Morning Show Speaks Out
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As the Operations Manager (Chuck Hall) of WLRT-1490 (Hampton), I want to express the station's deepest regrets for the inappropriate and uncharacteristic statements by Don Imus on his morning program of Wednesday, April 4. His comments - which have been replayed on radio and television, and documented in the print media - concerned the Rutgers University women's basketball team. The team had lost the previous night to Tennessee in the NCAA women's Division I championship game.

After listening to Mr. Imus's apology on his Friday morning show and then again on Monday morning, I feel that Mr. Imus is deeply sorry and embarrassed by his comments. He reiterated his heart-felt apology on Monday during an interview on the radio show hosted by Rev. Al Sharpton.

WLRT-1490 holds the exclusive broadcast rights to the Imus in the Morning Show for the Hampton Roads radio market. I feel his apologies are honest and sincere, and that Mr. Imus is deeply embarrassed by his insensitive and thoughtless remarks. Therefore, it is our decision not to drop the Imus in the Morning Show as some listeners (but no sponsors) have suggested.

It was my decision alone. I agree completely with his comment that "I did a bad thing but I'm not a bad person."

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:// WHRO EXPANDS ALTERNATIVE AND PROGRESSIVE MUSIC OFFERINGS
24/7 Stream Available on Webpage and HD Multicast Channel

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WHRVNORFOLK: WHRO is pleased to announce the addition of a 24/7 stream of alternative and progressive music, now available on whro.org as well as on WHRV-FM’s HD multicast channel, WHRV-FM 89.5 – 2.

The stream, known as radioNtenna, features Blues, Rock, and Americana, along with selected Jazz and Folk music in a continuous non-commercial, uninterrupted cycle. The music spans over 60 years of exceptional musicians and their contributions to our society. The music library is ten-times larger than the typical rotation of music on a commercial broadcast station, and larger than many streams offered on satellite radio. radioNtenna joins the internationally acclaimed “1920’s Radio Network” as the second public service music stream produced through the facilities of WHRO in Norfolk.

WHRV announcer Paul Shugrue serves as music director and consultant to radioNtenna, and brings two well-established WHRV programs, Out of the Box and Shot of the Blues, to the internationally available program stream. Additional WHRV programming on the radioNtenna schedule includes Jae Sinnett’s new show The R&B Chronicles and Jon Kranz’s Gyroscope.

John Heimerl, Chief Enterprise Officer for the public broadcaster, produces the stream. Heimerl, who programmed alternative stations K-94 and Zam-11 in Hampton Roads in the late 70’s, refers to radioNtenna as “what’s missing in commercial broadcast stations today. This is an exciting time, as technology allows the opportunity to very economically accomplish so much more for dedicated members of the public radio family.” He adds, “The National Endowment for the Arts recently challenged NPR to live up to its commitment to not only produce outstanding news, but also to serve the nation with much more diverse musical alternatives. We are here to prove it can be done right now.”

Shugrue is highly regarded as a former progressive programmer in Charlottesville, Richmond and here in Hampton Roads for his work on “The Coast” and has received several local awards for programming excellence.

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:// WAVY-TV honored with Edward R. Murrow Award
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WAVYPortsmouth, March 30, 2007- WAVY-TV announces that it is the recipient of the 2007 RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award in the category of Best News Series for its “Lebanon Evacuations” coverage.

Photojournalist Aaron Kurtz and former Military Reporter Patty Culhane were the only local journalists to travel to Cyprus to bring viewers up-to-the-minute reports on Lebanon’s mass evacuation. The duo was in the Middle East for nine days with local military personnel. They reported back on their mission to help evacuate American citizens from war-torn Lebanon, and to provide humanitarian relief to those caught up in the conflict. Details of their mission were shared with Hampton Roads via a web blog on WAVY.com.

“10 On Your Side is honored to be recognized for this prestigious award,” said Kathy Hostetter, News Director. “Our ability to cover a big story and cover it well speaks to the team effort by Patty and Aaron and the WAVY newsroom.”

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.

“Our decision to cover the local military’s efforts in Lebanon brought with it an element of danger, travel challenges and logistic problems,” Hostetter added.

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:// WSKY-TV 4 Schedules live broadcast of Norfolk Tides season opener
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Channel 4 Hampton RoadsNorfolk TidesCHESAPEAKE, VA – CH4 Hampton Roads, WSKY-TV is proud to announce the scheduled broadcast of the Norfolk Tides season opener on Thursday April 05, 2007. The game will be held in Scranton/Wikes-Barre Pennsylvania against the Scranton/W-B Yankees with a start time of 7:00pm.

“We are very happy to have our first game as an Orioles affiliate appear on WSKY-TV” said Tides General Manager Dave Rosenfield. “This will serve as a great way for our fans to see the Tides before our home opener on April 13.”

The sell-out game serves as the first time the Tides will play under their new affiliation agreement with the Baltimore Orioles. Additionally, the game serves as the first for the Scranton/W-B team’s affiliation with the NY Yankees.

This game will serve as the first of seven that WSKY-TV plans to broadcast during the 2007 season.

“We are excited to be working with the Norfolk Tides and to have the opportunity to bring a package of live road games to their fans in Hampton Roads“ said Glenn Holterhaus WSKY-TV President/ GM.

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:// Area Stations Recipients of Regional Murrow Awards
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The Radio-Television News Directors Association has announced that WFLS-FM in Fredericksburg and WJMA in Orange are regional winners of the 2007 regional winners of the Edward R. Murrow Awards for excellence in electronic journalism.

WFLS-FM’s award comes in the category of News Documentary for the 30-minute program “Focus: Tech Fest” which was produced and hosted by Nancy Ball. The program dealt with the many ways that new technology is being used in Spotsylvania County school classrooms. It was broadcast October 29 of last year and can be heard online at www.wflsnews.com.

WFLS-FM is owned by the Free Lance-Star Company.

WJMA’s award was in the category of Newscast. The winning entry aired October 11 last year.

The stations were among the 280 stations receiving awards in 14 categories. RTNDA received 3,150 regional entries. The categories include overall excellence, spot news, continuing coverage and investigative reporting, among others. The station competes in the Mid-Atlantic region, which includes Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia.

Radio and television news managers from markets across the country judged the entries earlier this month.

Regional winners automatically become eligible for the national awards competition, which will be judged in early June. The national Edward R. Murrow Awards will be presented in October at the RTNDA Awards Dinner in New York.

RTNDA is the world’s largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism. RTNDA represents local and network news executives in broadcasting, cable and other electronic media in more than 30 countries.

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:// THE CW NETWORK’S HIT REALITY SERIES “AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL” HOLDS OPEN CASTING CALL FOR CYCLE 9 AT THE GALLERY AT MILITARY CIRCLE
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CW27An open casting call for The CW Network’s “America’s Next Top Model” will be held at The Gallery at Military Circle, 880 North Military Highway, Norfolk on Saturday, March 31, 2007 beginning at 1 PM. Casting is looking for females, ages 18 to 27, of diverse backgrounds, shapes, sizes and with a minimum height requirement of 5’7” tall. Each casting call, hundreds of young ladies from Hampton Roads vie for the opportunity to become America’s Next Top Model.

“America’s Next Top Model” follows a group of young women of various backgrounds, shapes and sizes who live together and vie for a grand prize which will include a modeling contract. The dramality exposes the transformation of everyday young women into potentially fierce top models, as they face weekly tests that determine who can make the cut. The finalists compete in a highly accelerated modeling boot camp, a crash course to modeling fame that includes mentoring by supermodel Tyra Banks and exposure to high-profile fashion industry gurus, all under 24-hour-a-day surveillance of the “America’s Next Top Model” cameras, which chronicle every move.

AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL is produced by 10 by 10 Entertainment in association with Bankable Productions. Tyra Banks is the creator and executive producer along with Ken Mok (“Making the Band”) and Daniel Soiseth (“American Inventor”) and can be seen on CW 27, WGNT-TV each Wednesday night at 8 PM.

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:// WVEC.COM honored with 2007 EDWARD R. MURROW REGIONAL AWARD
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13NEWSNorfolk, VA. WVEC-TV13. WVEC.COM receives the 2007 EDWARD R. MURROW REGIONAL AWARD for outstanding achievement in electronic journalism.

“This recognition, for a second year in a row, reflects the continuing success of WVEC.COM,” said President and General Manager Nick Nicholson. “I’m excited that, in addition to providing the best broadcast news coverage for Hampton Roads via 13NEWS, our on-line power of WVEC.COM leads by example and this prestigious award reaffirms that direction,” Nicholson added.

"The Edward R. Murrow Award is a tremendous honor for our site.” said WVEC.COM News and Operations Manager Pete McElveen. “In the large market television category for Region 12, we compete against Web sites in Washington and Baltimore. Winning this award three out of the last four years is very gratifying," McElveen added.

The Radio-Television News Directors Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Murrow's pursuit of excellence in journalism embodies the spirit of the awards that carry his name. Murrow Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession.

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:// Richmond crime-fighting show coming to CW Richmond
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Jon Burkett and Yuna Lee
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE... Richmond’s police force and surrounding counties are cutting down the crime. Now a crime-fighting show will be added to the arsenal. It’s a show similar to “America's Most Wanted”… CW Richmond will be home of “Crime Watch.”

Starting in September, WUPV-TV 65 (CW Richmond) will air “Crime Watch” with Jon Burkett and Yuna Lee. The bi-weekly crime show is being endorsed by all law enforcement agencies including federal entities in the metro Richmond area.

Jon Burkett has been a reporter/photographer at Raycom’s WTVR-TV (CBS 6) for seven years. He started his broadcasting career in the military at the age of 18. He has a total of 12 years in the news industry.

Yuna Lee is finishing her English degree at the University of Virginia and works part-time as a News Anchor/Reporter at Clear Channel’s 1140 WRVA. Before returning to Virginia, she was the on-camera traffic anchor for Heart-Argyle’s WPBF-TV in West Palm Beach, FL. She also worked for Clear Channel Norfolk.

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:// The Washington National’s join The New 102.1FM THE GAME!
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102.1 FM The GameSilver Spring, MD – March 28, 2007 – Red Zebra Broadcasting announces a partnership with The Washington National’s for the 2007-2008 season.

102.1FM THE GAME will air a limited schedule of games that include Opening Day and “Baseball Sunday’s” so the Tidewater area can keep up to speed with local favorite Ryan Zimmerman. Zimmerman is expected to be a frequent guest on The Bram Weinstein and The John Castleberry shows as well.

THE GAME General Manager Martin Snead shares his excitement, “Sunday afternoon baseball with The Nationals on 102.1FM The Game is a natural fit! And, to be there for the first pitch Opening Day too is ideal. Then, what’s better than a lazy Sunday afternoon with baseball blarin’ out of your radio as The Game proudly welcomes The Nationals to Norfolk/Virginia Beach!”

The first game of the season airs on THE GAME Opening Day Monday April 2nd at 1:05pm. Thereafter, THE GAME airs each Sunday afternoon game for the remainder of the season in a regular Sunday afternoon feature called “Baseball Sunday’s.”

THE GAME airs the Fox Radio line up along with a daily afternoon show from local sports personality John Castleberry and Red Zebra exclusive shows from John Riggins and Bram Weinstein. The stations website is currently under construction and the station can be streamed at 1021FMthegame.com.

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:// ESPN RADIO 1310 TO CARRY OVER 60 ORIOLES GAMES IN 2007
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ESPN Radio 1310ESPN Radio 1310, Virginia’s first all-sports radio station, announced today that it has reached an agreement to carry over 60 Baltimore Orioles baseball games this season.

Eric “Zero” Mastel, President of Max Media, owners of ESPN Radio 1310, made the announcement today. “We feel that this is a great opportunity to extend our relationship with the Norfolk Tides by carrying as many Orioles games as we can,” noted Mastel. “This gives the fans the opportunity to follow the Tides parent club, the Orioles, on the radio. Plus, the Tides faithful can now listen to the progress of the players that move up from the Tides to the Orioles.”

ESPN Radio 1310 also carries all of the Norfolk Tides Triple A baseball games. This is the first year that the Tides are affiliated with the Orioles.

Joe Angel and Fred Manfra handle the play-by-play of Orioles baseball. There will be a half hour pregame, the game and a one hour postgame.

“We are extremely pleased to establish this partnership with ESPN Radio 1310 WGH-AM,” said Orioles Director of Communications Greg Bader.

“The addition of such a strong broadcast partner to the Orioles Radio Network will allow baseball fans in the Hampton Roads area to follow both the Orioles and the Tides. We are confident that our many fans in the area will greatly benefit from this relationship.”

“Carrying over 60 Orioles games just adds to our total coverage of sports,” noted Tony Mercurio, Program Director for ESPN Radio 1310. “This will be great for the area baseball fans, the Tides and now the Orioles.”

The first broadcast will be this Friday, March 30. The Orioles will face Washington in an exhibition game at 2:05 at Harbor Park…Airtime is 1:30.

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:// Hampton Roads Program Director awarded Daimler Chrysler Fellowship
Natalie Cole, Stars of ’24,’ ‘Jackie Brown,’ among attendees at annual NABOB Communications Dinner

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Dale Murray
On Friday evening The National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters (NABOB) presented WXEZ (Star 94.1 FM) Program Director and afternoon air personality Dale Murray with a Daimler Chrysler Fellowship.

Other award recipients at the black tie event included veteran movie actress Pam Grier, Dennis Haysbert of Fox’s ’24’, Grammy winning gospel quartet Mighty Clouds of Joy and Legendary Jazz vocalist Jimmy Scott for for their achievements within the entertainment industry.

Comedian Steve Harvey served as Master of Ceremonies and the evening also featured a special performance by Grammy superstar Natalie Cole.

The NABOB Daimler Chrysler fellowship award was designed to identify talented leaders within the broadcast industry. Murray’s fellowship will include regular trips to NABOB’s educational conferences where he will swap notes and brainstorm with other leaders in the broadcast industry.

Murray has been nominated Gospel PD of the year by Radio & Records Magazine for two years running. Star 94.1 - locally owned by Max Media Broadcasting - has also been nominated Radio Station of the Year by R&R for two years in a row and was voted station of the year by the Virginia Gospel Announcers Guild.

Since taking the WXEZ programming helm in 2002 Murray’s “Contemporary Inspirational” station has slid into the top tier of the Arbitron ratings. The most recent ratings survey indicates Star 94.1 is ranked overall the second most popular station in the market.

Over the years, Murray’s voice has been heard on several Norfolk/Virginia Beach radio stations including Z-104, Soul Classics 92.9, and 103 JAMZ where his deep and unmistakably smooth delivery was unleashed each evening during “The Quiet Storm” radio program.

As a former Navy broadcast journalist, Murray has worked in locations from Cuba to Capital Hill. During Operation Desert Storm, he served aboard the USS America and is the recipient of numerous military achievements including a Thomas Jefferson Chief of Naval Information Award for Broadcast Journalism.

NABOB’s 23rd Annual Communications Awards Dinner took place on Friday evening March 23, 2007 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC.

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:// Mouth of the South draws big crowd
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Neal Boortz, nationally syndicated radio host and author, was in town on Tuesday evening, March 20, 2007, at the Barnes & Noble in Virginia Beach. A record crowd of enthusiastic fans greeted the man they call the “Mouth of the South”. Heard locally on powerhouse News/Talk station, AM790 WNIS, Neal Boortz signed his new book, “Somebody’s Gotta Say It,” for over two hours. Lines continued to form as Boortz signed copies of his many other books until the last ones were taken from the shelf.

“This event had the second largest attendance of the entire book tour,” Boortz said after broadcasting his show from the WNIS studio in downtown Norfolk.

We look forward to Boortz’s return to Hampton Roads October 20th for Talkfest sponsored by Sinclair Communications at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

For more information contact the WNIS Program Director, Jay West at jaywest@sinclairstations.com.

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:// The WAVY.com Summer Camp Guide Online Now
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WAVYPortsmouth, March 22, 2007: The Summer Camp Guide on WAVY.com is Hampton Roads’ number one source for online camp research. Since 2002, the Summer Camp Guide has become a mandatory destination for camp seekers. Parents are able to locate their child’s summer adventure with a click of a mouse.

From 2005 to 2006, the page views for the Camp Guide increased by 59 percent and the visitors increased by 34 percent. 2007 is expected to bring even more success and more listing for parents to plan their children’s summer adventure.

The Summer Camp Guide is also featured on FOX43TV.com, Hampton Roads’ fastest growing website. WAVY.com continues to be Hampton Roads’ number one television website in the market, with an average of 2 million page views per month and 250,000 unique users per month.

“As part of our online commitment to the local community, we strive to provide ongoing products and services from reputable businesses. With family lives being so busy, WAVY.com and FOX43tv.com are happy to provide our parents and children this one-stop resource featuring area summer camps” states Juanita Wasco, Internet Account Executive. For more information contact Juanita at 757-673-7310.

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:// WAVY-TV 10 On Your Side Hires New Morning Reporter
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WAVYPortsmouth, March 22, 2007: WAVY-TV announces that Derrick Rose has been named morning news reporter for WAVY News 10 Today which airs Monday through Friday mornings from 5am to 7am. Now Hampton Roads will wake up with WAVY and Derrick as he joins the #1 rated morning team of Kerri Furey, Don Roberts, Jon Cash and Chopper 10 Pilot John Massey.

Derrick Rose hails from WJTV in Jackson, Mississippi, where he was a nightly news reporter and anchor. While at WJTV he covered major stories such as the Edgar Ray Killen civil rights murder trial, the case that inspired the making of the movie “Mississippi Burning,” and the worst natural disaster in American history, Hurricane Katrina. Prior to that, he was the Greenwood’s Bureau Chief at WABG in Greenville, Mississippi.

“Derrick brings great storytelling skills and energy to his reports,” said Kathy Hostetter, News Director. “I am excited that he will be joining the morning show team.”

WAVY News 10 Today now features news and weather every ten minutes to fit the morning lifestyles of viewers in Hampton Roads. WAVY is in its 15th year being rated number one in the morning.

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:// CHRIS ROTH NAMED PROGRAM DIRECTOR AT CURTIS MEDIA’S Y-102.9 IN RALEIGH
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RALEIGH, NC (March 19, 2007) Curtis Media Group has announced the appointment of Chris Roth as Program Director for the company’s next-generation, 60’s and 70’s Oldies station, Y-102.9 (WWMY-FM) in Raleigh. Roth joins the station from his current position at Cumulus Media’s Fayetteville, NC radio cluster where he’s been Senior Director of Programming since July, 2005. He’ll also anchor Y-102.9’s midday (10A-3P) airshift.

“I’m proud to take the next step in my programming career with Curtis Media,” Roth said. “I look forward to leading Y-102.9 (and simulcast partner 102.3 FM) into a dominant position in the Triangle market. The senior mangers at Curtis Media are true radio people, and I think the stage is set for us to have a bunch of fun!” Roth begins his new role on Monday, March 26th.

Curtis Media President/COO Phil Zachary said he’s excited about the hire. “We’ve had our eye on Chris for about a year now,” he noted. “He already knows our systems and philosophies having worked here as a part-timer, and he brings that intangible ‘X factor’ of creativity and enthusiasm beyond the nuts and bolts of great station content.” Roth replaces current Y-102.9 Program Director Bill Campbell who will remain with the station as an on-air personality while growing his outside production business.

Curtis Media Group (CMG) is North Carolina’s largest independent radio broadcaster with nineteen radio stations reaching more than one-million weekly listeners in The Triangle, The Triad and Eastern North Carolina. In addition, CMG operates the Triangle Traffic Network, Cupid.com, TriangleHelpWanted.com, TriangleTrader.com, the Southern Farm Network and State Government Radio.com.

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:// Invitation to See the Crane Mount WRIR’s New Antenna
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WRIROn Thursday, WRIR 97.3 Richmond Independent Radio boosts its broadcast range with brand new antennae that will beam its news, views, music and emergency information to thousands of new listeners.

A crane arrives between 9 am and noon on March 15th to hoist our new broadcast antennae and mast 120 feet in the air onto the roof of the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s Frederic A. Fay Towers (1202 North First Street). The new antennae installation has been a year in the planning for the volunteers of WRIR and will greatly improve the quality of reception and expand the coverage area for the station’s listeners.

"This thing is a several hundred pound monster, with a 400 pound assembly we're swinging up there," said John Watkins, WRIR's chief engineer and a station volunteer.

WRIR purchased the Shivley dual-bay antennae which will be mounted on the roof of Fay Towers, approximately 1.7 miles from WRIR’s operating facility at 1621 West Broad Street. The Shivley is actually two antennae set apart from each other in a configuration that concentrates the radio signal toward the horizon. The original signal will be broadcast from the studios to the new antennae via an FCC assigned frequency on a studio transmitter link. The mast will stand 30 feet above the Fay Towers. Funding for the purchase and installation of the new antennae came from station underwriters and individual contributors during WRIR pledge drives.

"We're in the clear, there is nothing in front of us and we're away from all of the Fan high-rises that are currently soaking up our signal. It will more than double our clock radio coverage,” Watkins said.

Once the new antennae are in place WRIR will begin a two week testing phase. The signal will extend to the maximum broadcast area allowed under the LPFM license which is five miles, completely covering the Richmond city limits. Members of the press are invited to attend the antenna raising tomorrow.

More information is available by calling John Watkins at (804) 513-5971.

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:// 30 years at one station
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WFLS’s Brian Strobel celebrates his 30th anniversary with the Fredericksburg country station. On March 17, 1977, Brian cracked the mic for his first day at WFLS. This week, he’ll crack it for the (approximately) 7,500th day.

The station has invited friends, family, and listeners to a private acoustic concert with Dusty Drake and Luke Bryan on Thursday, March 15th in Brian’s honor. They’re also sending him on a Southern Caribbean Cruise.

Needless to say, the world has changed just a bit since Brian’s arrival. “But, we still have a Gates board with rotary pots and a couple of turntables set up just to make Brian feel at home,” quipped Free Lance Star OM, Paul Johnson.

Recently, Strobel was teamed with former WMZQ and WBIG morning host Jessica Cash.

Brian Strobel & Jessica Cash

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:// WBTJ-FM To Launch The Steve Harvey Morning Show
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The Steve Harvey Morning Show on WBTJBeginning Monday, March 12, 2007 at 6a, WBTJ-FM will launch the nationally syndicated Steve Harvey Morning Show. The Steve Harvey Morning Show-hosted by one of America's funniest and most popular comics lands in the Capitol City, Richmond, VA.

The Steve Harvey Morning Show combines heart, humor, and great music with hot celebrities from the entertainment and sports worlds, and interviews with a variety of engaging guests. It is uplifting, inspirational and motivational, covering topical issues and community concerns.

He is joined by Shirley Strawberry, Carla Ferrell and his Nephew Tommy. Steve Harvey, a multi-media star and one of the original "Kings of Comedy," brings his own brand of original showmanship to radio! Catch him on 106.5 The Beat, WBTJ-FM, Monday-Friday 6am-10am.

About The Steve Harvey Morning Show: Originating from WBLS-FM in New York, "The Steve Harvey Morning Show" went into national syndication on Oct. 3, 2005 via Premiere Radio Networks. The show is growing at an amazing pace showing huge success and buzz in affiliate markets. Steve can also be heard in 40 markets including 7 of the top 10 such as Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, D.C. and Detroit on Urban and Urban AC stations.

A Renaissance man, Harvey is best known as a certified "King of Comedy." He has graced the silver screen in the films "The Original Kings of Comedy," "You Got Served" and "Johnson Family Vacation." He has starred in his own TV series, "The Steve Harvey Show," and was the host of "It's Showtime at the Apollo." His new standup comedy movie "Don't Trip, He Ain't Through With Me Yet" is in stores now. Steve Harvey Morning Show, 6:00 am - 10:00 am ET: Monday – Friday. www.steveharvey.com/morning.html

About WBTJ-FM(106.5 FM): 106-5 The Beat, Richmond’s # 1 for Hip Hop and R&B is a part of Clear Channel Richmond since June 2001 and is now broadcasting in HD and streaming live at 1065thebeat.com. In addition to the Steve Harvey Morning Show, we carry Your Midday Show with Déjŕ Vu Monday-Friday, 10a-2p, The Mike Street Show Monday-Friday, 2p-6p, the Cap City Crunk Squad with DJ Sir RJ and illScout pacino Monday-Friday, 6p-10p, Capital Conversations Public Affairs programming on Sunday Mornings with Sheilah Belle, and various other programming such as 106 After Hours, Live In The Den with Big Tigger, and The Soul Lounge! For more information on the station, you can visit 1065thebeat.com.

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:// WHRO RECEIVES TWO “TELLY” AWARDS
Public Broadcaster Wins Silver Award for Television, Bronze for Radio Productions

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WHRONorfolk: WHRO, public television and radio for Hampton Roads, has received two “Telly” Awards for works produced by the broadcaster.

A Silver “Telly” was awarded to WHRO TV for Civil War in Hampton Roads: 1861, the first of a proposed four-part series chronicling the politics, battles and aftermath of the Civil War in the Hampton Roads region. Produced by WHRO staffer Cynthia Pardy, Civil War in Hampton Roads: 1861 was first broadcast on WHRO TV15 in November of 2005. The second installment of the series, Civil War in Hampton Roads: Battle of the Ironclads, premiered on TV15 and WHRO HD 15.1 on March 4, 2007.

A Bronze “Telly” was awarded to WHRO FM and WHRV FM for the series, Halloween Haunts, which aired on both radio stations during the month of October, 2006. These interstitial vignettes, created and performed by Michelle Harrell, and assisted by chief audio engineer Alan Sykes, highlighted stories of ghosts and ghostly legends throughout Virginia’s history. Within the first two weeks of Halloween Haunts being offered on iTunes, the series was the third most popular download in the Halloween category.

Founded in 1978, the Telly Awards is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs, video and film productions. Entries compete against a high standard of excellence, and are judged by former winners. The Telly Awards is a widely known and highly respected national and international competition, which receives more than 13,000 entries annually from all 50 states and many foreign countries.

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:// What's old is new again
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All News 990RICHMOND - March 5, 2007 - Davidson Media Group and RadioRichmond announce a very big and exciting change coming to WLEE 990. Beginning Monday March 5th, WLEE becomes WLEE ALL NEWS 990 with CNN Headline News! Says Director of Operations Tim Hurley, “We feel that our advertisers will be better served with this format, and we anticipate a great increase in listenership, with national and international news, local stories, sports, traffic and weather, and other life-style programming.”

RadioRichmond General Manager Mike Mazursky adds, “It is great to be going back to our roots. When we started almost ten years ago, our first radio station was an all news format. Going back to all news will give our audience an alternative source for 24 hour a day news without partisan talk or other distractions.”

WLEE All News 990 will feature CNN Headline News 24 hours a day from Monday through Friday. This fast paced format will allow listeners to get breaking news as it happens, with no commercial breaks longer than two minutes. Interspersed with the latest news from “The Most Trusted Name in News” will be local news twice an hour, traffic and weather together four times an hour during morning and afternoon drive, and other features including sports updates, The Osgood File, The Dave Ross Report, and spotlights on local businesses making news in the Richmond community.

On Saturdays, All News 990 will air a series of lifestyle talk programs. Such topics as gardening and landscaping, home improvement, cars and car maintenance, health and wellness, and financial planning and investing will be featured. News updates will continue every hour. “Even though we live in a 24 hour, 7 day news world, it’s a fact that less news breaks on the weekends. Going to a lifestyle talk lineup will give our listeners a chance to interact and get great information on things that are important to them from experts such as ABC’s Bob Brinker and the staff of Motor Trend magazine,” said Mazursky.

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:// THE NEXT PUSSYCAT DOLL COULD BE FROM HAMPTON ROADS
LOCAL CANDIDATE MAKES THE CUT ON CW27’S HOT NEW SHOW

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CW27Don’t cha wish your girlfriend was a Pussycat Doll? Some beautiful and talented singer/dancer will be, and she may be the girl next door from Virginia Beach! The Search is on as CW27 broadcasts the world premiere of Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search For The Next Doll. On Tuesday, March 6 at 9 PM. The battle begins for those who have earned their place to compete for a spot in one of the world’s most successful recording and performing groups. Thousands of hopefuls auditioned, but only nine finalists made it to the final competition. One of those nine is a Hampton Roads resident. Her name is Brittany. She’s beautiful, truly talented and someone else for local viewers to cheer for in the world of televised talent shows.

The CW’s new music/reality series, Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search For The Next Doll, is a behind-the-scenes look at the process of selecting a beautiful and talented singer/dancer who has what it takes to join one of the world’s most successful performing and recording acts. Out of the thousands of gifted hopefuls who audition, only one young woman will make it through the challenges and undergo a total transformation to win her place in the spotlight as the newest member of the Pussycat Dolls. Judges on the series include the group’s founder and choreographer, Robin Antin, along with Ron Fair, Chairman of Geffen Records, and Grammy Award-winning performing artist Lil’ Kim.

Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search For The Next Doll has it all! Antin and co-choreographer Mikey Minden teach the girls one demanding number after another. There’s sexy hairstyle makeovers, fashion design competitions and plenty of surprises, including celebrity guests and unexpected trips.

“We’re very excited to have a local candidate on our reality talent show” said CW27 Vice President and General Manager Steve Soldinger. “We truly believe that she has what it takes to become the next Pussycat Doll. We know that viewers through out Hampton Roads will be glued to this new show to keep up with Brittany’s progress and will be pulling for the hometown favorite.”

CW27, 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. CW27 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.

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:// WAVY TV 10 AND FOX 43 WVBT DOMINATE RATINGS IN FEBRUARY 2007
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WAVY-TVPortsmouth, March 2, 2007: WAVY TV 10 and FOX 43 WVBT are pleased to announce exciting results from the just completed February 2007 Nielsen sweeps. WAVY is in its 15th year being number one in 6:00AM News and has now won at 11:00PM for 86 of the past 88 rating periods. In addition, WAVY was the only local station to show ratings growth over February of last year at the dinner hour, with increases of 15% in each of its evening newscasts from 5:00PM to 6:30PM. Sister station FOX 43 WVBT achieved its highest ratings ever for FOX 43 News at 10:00, with 30% growth since last February and a dominant 67% growth since the recent November 2006 ratings book. The FOX 43 Sportswrap at 10:45PM remains the only nightly sports program in Hampton Roads and enjoyed similar growth of 30% year to year. “I am extremely happy with the performance of our entire news team,” said WAVY/WVBT News Director Kathy Hostetter. “Our staff worked very hard to cover the big stories and all relevant news affecting Hampton Roads viewers. Our significant growth from 5:00-6:30PM speaks to viewers’ recognition of our quality content.”

Hampton Roads also spent a majority of their primetime with FOX 43 and WAVY TV 10. In its sixth season, American Idol remained the number one show on television and even grew another 15% over last year. The critically acclaimed House MD, which follows Idol on Tuesday nights grew over 20%. NBC’s blockbuster hit Heroes delivered a 10 rating on Monday nights at 9:00 and complemented the similarly rated hit Deal or No Deal with Howie Mandel. “We appreciate the continued loyalty of Hampton Roads viewers in making WAVY number one in morning and late news”, said Doug Davis, President & General Manager of WAVY and WVBT. “We are also very proud that FOX 43 News at 10:00 has achieved record ratings and has quickly risen to the number three Late News in Hampton Roads. With the additional success of FOX and NBC primetime, our viewers tell us they are spending more and more time enjoying quality news, entertainment and sports with both of our stations.”

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:// WVEC-TV13 honored to be the most watched station in Hampton Roads for local news
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13NEWSNorfolk, VA. WVEC-TV13 is the most watched station in Hampton Roads for local news, according to Nielsen Overnights for February 2007.

More viewers are choosing to start their day with 13NEWS DAYBREAK. The 5:00-7:00 AM time period is up over last year; specifically, the 5:00 AM newscast jumped +13% and the competitive 6:00 AM news hour climbed +16%. 13NEWS AT NOON was once again the most watched mid-day newscast.

“I'm honored that Hampton Roads has once again made WVEC-TV13 the most watched station for local news.” said President and General Manager Nick Nicholson. “The vote of confidence from our viewers is gratifying and a testament to the hard work of our team.”, Nicholson added.

13NEWS AT 5:00, 5:30 and 6:00 PM maintain commanding leads over the nearest competitor with each newscast increasing its share of viewership from November ’06. Our late news, 13NEWS AT 11:00 PM, increased its share of viewership by 17% from last November. It became a virtual neck and neck battle for first place. The difference was less than half a rating point.

”This news organization would not be what it is without the commitment of the entire staff in getting the story, and getting it right,” said Rich Lebenson, News Director, WVEC-TV13. “The fact that Hampton Roads turns to 13NEWS truly inspires us to continually build on this success and deliver what Hampton Roads viewers look for in local news. What a fantastic honor that we are doing it right, on-air, and on-line at WVEC.COM,” Lebenson added.

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:// Mix 96 Announces ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament Coverage Schedule
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Mix 96For the fifth consecutive year, the East Carolina Radio Group will provide the most in-depth coverage of the ACC Tournament of any electronic media outlet in northeastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia.

Mix 96’s Sam Walker will be live in Tampa, Florida with “Behind the Bench at the ACC Tournament,” featuring exclusive interviews and insight into the college basketball’s premiere conference tournament. “Behind The Bench” will air around the play-by-play coverage of all eleven games.

“Behind The Bench at the ACC Tournament” will air exclusively on “Mix 96” (WKJX 96.7 FM). Mix 96 also carries a wide range of other sports programming, and is northeastern North Carolina’s station for Soft Adult Contemporary music from artists like Celine Dion, Phil Collins, Sheryl Crow, Elton John, Mariah Carey and others.

Play-by-play broadcasts of the ACC Tournament on Mix 96 will be provided by the I.S.P. Sports Network, with broadcasts of three first round games on Thursday. The Wolfpack Sports Network takes over the coverage of N.C. State’s game on Thursday, as well as the play-by-play call from Friday through Sunday.

Walker is the News & Sports Director for the seven-station East Carolina Radio Group, as well as program director for “Mix 96” and “1240 & 1260 La Gran D” (WCNC-AM/WZBO-AM). Walker also hosts “The Morning Mix” Monday through Friday, 6am to 10am, on “Mix 96.”


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:// Benita Adams Becomes Lifestyles Magazine Columnist
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Benita Adams
You've seen her weekday mornings giving the traffic report on WVEC-Channel 13. Beginning with the March issue of Lifestyles: Voice of the Boomer Generation in Hampton Roads, Adams, age 48, will appear each month as a special guest columnist. Adams will primarily focus on communications issues facing women ages 42 to 65.

"A lot of people have gone away from the workforce and are coming back, especially mothers," says Adams. "I want to talk about when your boss might be 20 years younger than you. I want to talk about protocol and business etiquette and presentation skills. So there are a lot of things I have planned for that column. It is going to be so exciting, and I think practical, too. Information you can read and use the next day." "When we gave Lifestyles a revamped look and focus in January, Benita Adams contacted me and wanted to be a contributing columnist," says Jeff Maisey, the monthly magazine's editor-in-chief. "Her enthusiasm and considerable talents will add a fresh voice for our publication."

Lifestyles: Voice of the Boomer Generation in Hampton Roads is the region's only publication targeted solely towards baby boomers. The magazine features stories on arts, culture, entertainment, health, fitness, wine and restaurant reviews, travel, viewpoints, music, Virginia gardening, and others items of interest. Lifestyles magazine is part of Pilot Media Companies, which is owned by Landmark Communications.

Benita Adams' column is called Connections.

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:// ESPN 1360 WHBG in Harrisonburg Joins “The Sportsline” Lineup
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SportsLineOn Monday February 26, 2007 Rich Roth and Larry Richmond announced that their radio show “The Sportsline” will now also be carried in Harrisonburg, VA on ESPN Radio 1360 WHBG.

“The Sportsline” has been in regional syndicaton since September 5, 2006. The Show originates from its flagship station, 105.9 WLNI-FM in Lynchburg, Monday-Friday from 6-8 pm. Other stations currently carrying the show include, ESPN Radio 1440 WKLV in Blackstone, Virginia and FOX Sports Radio 1190 WBDY and 1240 WKEZ in Bluefield, Virginia.

“The Sportsline” offers more coverage of local sports around Virginia, as it focuses its attention on the teams and sports that people around the commonwealth care most about: The Hokies, Cavaliers, Redskins, Orioles, Braves, Panthers… as well as regional coverage of The ACC and some national sports as well. Rich and Larry frequently cover and broadcast live from the region’s biggest sporting events including The ACC Tournament and ACC Championship Game, The US Open, The Superbowl, as well as from Virginia Tech and Virginia football practices and media days. Rich and Larry also stay in close touch with writers from around Virginia who have their pulse on the Hoos, Hokies, ACC and the Redskins. Plus, on “The Sportsline”, they are never afraid to detour from sports to have a little fun as well.

“The Sportsline” has been on the air on WLNI-FM in Lynchburg since the station was put on the air in 1993. Larry Richmond joined Rich Roth on the show in 1998 and the two have been paired together on “The Sportsline” in afternoon drive ever since.

If you are interested in more information, please contact Rich Roth at 434-229-8220 or rich@sportslineradio.com.

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:// CLEAR CHANNEL ANNOUNCES PROMOTION OF MICHAEL CLIFFORD TO PROGRAM DIRECTOR OF SPORTS RADIO 910
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Michael Clifford
Bill Cahill, Regional Vice President of Programming for Clear Channel, announced that 1140 WRVA Assistant Program Director Michael Clifford has been promoted to Program Director for Sports Radio 910. Clifford will continue in his current capacity for 1140 WRVA, including Producer for The Mac Watson Show from 3-6 PM.

According to Cahill, “Michael has demonstrated programming vision and leadership, which made this an easy decision.”

Clifford says, “I’m excited to take the lead on the most powerful sports station in Richmond! I plan to make sure that Sports Radio 910 continues to give you the biggest games and the most compelling talk in sports.” Hailing from Farmville, VA, Clifford graduated from the University of Richmond and has lived in Richmond for 10 years. He has been with Sports Radio 910 and WRVA for over 5 years as producer and Assistant Program Director and has helped each station win numerous awards.

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:// Gretchen Wilson sings for St. Jude and 97.3 The Eagle
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97-3 The EagleVIRGINIA BEACH, VA * 97.3 The Eagle (WGH-FM) continues their support for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® by arranging to have Gretchen Wilson perform an exclusive acoustic performance on Thursday, February 22nd at Have A Nice Day Café in the Waterside Festival Marketplace in Downtown Norfolk.

Gretchen Wilson will select tracks from her albums "Here For The Party" and "All Jacked Up" to perform in an intimate audience not to exceed 600 people. Gretchen Wilson has received numerous awards for her contributions to country music such as the CMA Horizon Award, the ACM's Top Vocalist and Best New Artist awards, and Best Country Female Vocalist at The Grammy Awards.

Admission will be a $15.00 donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®. Tickets are only available at the door of Have A Nice Day Café on Thursday, February 22nd. Doors will open to the public at 11:30 AM and lunch will be served courtesy of Blackfinn Restaurant and Saloon. Gretchen Wilson will perform shortly thereafter.

97.3 The Eagle has been a supporter of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® for over fifteen years and has raised close to $10 Million Dollars for The Country Cares for St. Jude Kids® program, launched by Randy Owen, lead singer from country music sensation Alabama, and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® founder Danny Thomas.

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:// “SportsPhone with Big Al” is back on ESPN 950!
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SportsPhone with Big AlSilver Spring, MD – February 15, 2007 – Red Zebra Broadcasting announces that starting Monday February 19th “SportsPhone with Big Al” returns to the air in Richmond mornings from 8am-10am.

Jeff Wyatt, Chief Programming Officer for Red Zebra revealed, “We reviewed the feedback and messages from Richmond listeners for the last few months. One day in meetings we heard ourselves saying ‘Man they really miss this guy’! So we discussed with Al and starting Monday Richmond’s got a new and even improved SportsPhone with Big Al every morning starting at 8.”

Big Al said, “I’d told my fellow ‘Zebra’s the audience would miss the local voices of this town on the air in the morning. And now I’m bringin’ em back better than ever starting Monday and every weekday at 8!”

Director of Sales Buck Albritton said, “ We are always going to do what’s in the best interest of our audience because that’s the right thing to do for our sponsors and our community. We’re eager to relaunch Big Al’s show and give Richmond businesses the opportunity to tap into a live local morning show that delivers upscale affluent customers to their door.”

Big Al was previously the ESPN 950 Morning Show host for five years from 2001 to 2006 but reduced his time on air to Monday “specialty shows” as he took over additional duties as Station Manager. In his new role as morning host he relinquishes the Station Manager title to Buck Albritton and becomes Director of Sports as well as host of the morning show.

Details on “SportsPhone with Big Al” as well as live streaming can be found on the stations website at espn950am.com.

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:// WRIR 97.3 FM Invites You to Spend a Night with the Homeless
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Richmond Indie RadioOn February 20, WRIR Richmond Independent Radio FM 97.3, is pausing the music to broadcast the voices of the homeless. For 15 continuous hours, WRIR will participate in a nationwide radio project, the 10th Annual Homelessness Marathon, to call attention to the crisis of homelessness affecting Richmond and our nation.

“The Homelessness Marathon is a consciousness-raising event and we’re very pleased to have public affairs programming that enables this type of proactive radio content. We hope, throughout the night, to open new dialogue about homelessness and come to some conclusions to combat the dilemma and crisis of poverty,” said Sunny Gardner, one of WRIR’s Homelessness Marathon project managers.

Starting at 5 pm on Tuesday, February 20 and concluding at 8 am on Wednesday, February 21, WRIR 97.3 FM will air 15 continuous hours of interviews and commentary from homeless people and their supporters. Thirteen hours of the programming is part of a live, nationwide annual radio project produced by Jeremy Weir Alderson, aka “Nobody”, director of the Homelessness Project and simulcast on over 100 stations across the United States. This is the first year WRIR will broadcast the program, but the tenth annual Homeless Marathon. This year’s Marathon will originate from Fresno, California.

WRIR 97.3 FM is starting the Marathon with two hours of local programs focusing on homelessness in Richmond. From 5 to 6 pm, WRIR will broadcast an audio collage about Richmond’s homeless. The program features 16-year-old Dylan Norvell, who interviewed and photographed the homeless in Richmond and New York City and whose photography is on display at the WRIR Studios. The audio collage also features interviews with Mary Herrington, Richmond Public Schools liaison for homeless children and families; a segment about Richmond's long-running chapter of Food Not Bombs; as well the personal experiences of Richmond’s homeless residents. From 6 to 7 pm Cathy Brown, WRIR volunteer and Outreach Manager for the United Way of Greater Richmond will moderate a live panel discussion with special guests Carla Turnage, program director of Homeward Central Intake and Ana Edwards, communications director with Homeward; Theo Woodson, meals director for the Conrad Center and formerly homeless himself; Pat Lavelle, a staff member with Legal Aid Justice Center; and a member of the homeless community.

Starting at 7 pm EST, WRIR will simulcast the 10th Annual Homelessness Marathon originating in Fresno, California and concluding at 8 am EST, Wednesday, February 21st. The Marathon offers a live, toll-free, call-in feature for members of the homeless population to tell their stories and voice the difficulties and misrepresentations affecting their community.

WRIR is opening up its studios that night from 5 to 8 pm to political leaders, members of the press and invited guests to attend and listen to the marathon. Various homeless shelters in Richmond are providing “listening rooms” for their residents to hear and call in to the Marathon.

WRIR is a non-profit public radio station whose mission is to air, “News, Views and Music otherwise unheard on local airwaves.” Its non-profit license is managed by the Virginia Center for the Public Press. More information is available at wrir.org.

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:// 55 Couples To Say "I Do" at 97.3 The Eagle's Mass Wedding
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97-3 The Eagle97-3 The Eagle/WGH-FM presents the 16th Annual St. Valentine's Day "Mass Wedding", Wednesday, February 14, 2007 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 for Valentine's Day. All in all, fifty-five couples have agreed to say "I Do" during the live broadcast on Valentine's Day.

The ceremony will be performed by Harold McGee, Marriage Commissioner for the City of Virginia Beach. The couples will arrive at 6:00 AM with their marriage license, rings, and love for one another. 97-3 The Eagle will handle all other pertinent details including: flowers, wedding cake, professional video and photographers, fully catered reception, and live entertainment.

Jimmy Ray Dunn and Jennifer Lewis will serve as the best man and matron of honor for the couples. The wedding will be broadcast live from Grand Affairs between 6:00 AM and 10:00 AM. Once Jimmy Ray Dunn and Jennifer Lewis have introduced all the couples, the wedding 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 fifteen years. Each year various national recording artists as Martina McBride, Keith Urban, Aaron Lines and Steve Holy have provided live entertainment for the "first dance". This year our special guest will be Big Machine Records artist, Danielle Peck.

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:// New Regional Show Debuts on ESPN 950
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Red Zebra BroadcastingSilver Spring, MD – February 12, 2007 – Red Zebra Broadcasting announces the debut of “The Bram Weinstein Show” on five of it’s Mid-Atlantic regional stations.

The Bram Weinstein Show” takes the noon to 1 slot that has been occupied by “Redskins Lunch” for the NFL Season.

Red Zebra VP of Operations Tod Castleberry had this to say about the new show, “The Bram Weinstein Show is a fresh, energetic, and entertaining look at the world of sports. Bram has worked long and hard to get this opportunity and now that he has his finger on the pulse of the local and national sports scene we’re unleashing him.”

Bram responded, "All those hours talking to myself has finally paid off. Now I get to subject people to my world of sports. It's one that is less angry white man, and more house party wise crack. Please join me for the Bram Weinstein Show 12-1 in DC and Richmond, 12-2 in Virginia Beach."

Bram Weinstein was the Redskins Beat Reporter and game day sideline reporter for the 2006-2007 season on the Redskins Radio Network and worked previously on the air at SportsTalk 980 in Washington D.C.

He will be joined by Dave Preston, morning SportsCenter anchor on Triple X ESPN Radio and play by play announcer for Maryland Terrapins womens basketball. Co-host of “Redskins Lunch” and Voice of the Redskins, Larry Michael, will continue to be a regular contributor with Redskins reports as news breaks from Redskins Park. The show will enjoy a second hour each weekday on from 1pm – 2pm in the Norfolk/Virginia Beach market.

“The Bram Weinstein Show” began the week of February 5th in Richmond Virginia on ESPN 950am, in Washington DC on Triple X ESPN Radio and in the Norfolk/Virginia Beach market on the newest station in the Red Zebra chain “102.1FM The Game”. Bram will be available for phone interviews beginning Monday February 12th.

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:// New Director of Sales for ESPN 950AM
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ESPN radio 950Silver Spring, MD – February 12, 2007 – Red Zebra Broadcasting has named Buck Albritton as Director of Sales and acting Station Manager for ESPN Radio 950 AM effective February 2007.

Buck had this to say about the opportunity, “I’m very pleased to join the growing Red Zebra organization helping to bring Richmond’s ESPN 950 into the limelight of the business community. The brands and local shows we have are among the finest in sports and I’m anxious to bring Richmond’s businesses an exceptional opportunity to reach our upscale ESPN sports listeners.”

CEO Bennett Zier responded, “Buck has a proven track record with start-ups and his experience and relationships will help us move goods and services for our sponsors in the Richmond business community like ESPN 950 never has before. We’ve very excited to have him on board!”

Buck comes to Red Zebra from GearMax Inc where he was President. His most recent radio experiences were as Station Manager of WVGO / WKLR, Director of Sales for WKHK, WMXB, WVGO, WKLR and as General Sales Manager for WDYL, both groups were in Richmond, Virginia.

He has more than 20 years of broadcasting and management experience, including numerous start-up properties. He has served with Capital Broadcasting Corporation, Raleigh, NC; ABS Communications, Richmond, VA; Benchmark Communications, Bethesda, MD and Raycom Media, Montgomery, AL.

Albritton and his family reside in Ashland, VA.

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:// MERCURIO BROADCASTS 500TH LADY MONARCHS GAME
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Tony Mercurio, program director and host of "The Tony Mercurio Show" on (Max Media) ESPN Radio 1310 (WGH), broadcast his 500th ODU Lady Monarch basketball game on Thursday night, February 8, 2007. The Lady Monarchs won at Northeastern 89-75.

Mercurio, who is in his 16th season as "Voice of the ODU Lady Monarch basketball games," started doing the game in the 1991-92 basketball season. As a matter of fact, since broadcasting the Lady Monarchs, they have won all 15 CAA post season basketball tournaments.

Following the broadcast at Northeastern, head Coach Wendy Larry, her assistant coaches and all the players immediately went to the broadcast table and presented Mercurio with a special designed basketball honoring his 500th broadcast. "I was shocked," noted Mercurio. "It has been an honor to broadcast Lady Monarch basketball games on ESPN Radio 1310."

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:// New Full Service Production Opening February 2007!
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Real Life ProductionsFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (February 3, 2007) Richmond, Va. – ReaLife Productions, LLC will offer digital broadcast quality audio for TV, INTERNET, RADIO, and more. Advertising agencies, radio and television stations, internet advertisers and the like can now call on one location for all audio, video, recording and web hosting needs.

Budget cuts and lack of training has diminished the quality of commercial messages for media advertisers. A result of the digital age, Americans are subject to thousands of commercial messages every day… Advertisers need to find a way to stand out to its consumers! ReaLife Productions will seek out and employ top voice over talent for commercial and imaging creative, musicians and singers for jingles and custom music scoring, creative copywriters, graphic designers for TV & Internet, and many more multimedia opportunities.

Established in 2002, ReaLife Multimedia began servicing the region for musical recording and production. With the creation of ReaLife Productions, services expand worldwide and don’t stop at musicians.

ALL AVAILABLE TALENT, PLEASE EMAIL RESUME & :60 DEMO TO REALIFEPRODUCTIONS@COMCAST.NET (imaging demo's welcome, but please send as separate file) WE WILL POST ALL DEMO'S TO THE SITE (under construction)

ReaLife Productions, LLC. Is a subsidiary of ReaLife Multimedia wholly owned and operated by Paul McDaniel.

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:// 103 Jamz personality, MIC LORD, dies at 37
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE... Norfolk, VA February 1, 2007 – Shawn Austin, known as MIC Lord, a 103 Jamz Radio Personality, died peacefully on February 1, 2007 of natural causes.

Shawn Austin was born in Asbury Park, New Jersey but raised from an early age in Suffolk, Virginia. He later attended Hampton University. Shawn dedicated his life to his family, friends and his love of Hip Hop. He was community minded and loved by all who knew him.

Shawn adopted the name Mic Lord during his days as a rap emcee. He wrote the song “Home” which pays homage to the Hampton Roads area. “Home” is considered by many as the seven cities anthem. He came to Clear Channel Radio in 2004 as a Sales Associate. After a short time, he joined the Boodah Brothers Morning Show as a writer, comedian and sports reporter. 103 Jamz listeners knew Mic Lord from his morning sports commentary, and his highly popular, top ten lists, affectionately called “Lord’s List."

Funeral services are still pending.

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:// CLEAR CHANNEL ANNOUNCES PROMOTION OF JIMMY BARRETT TO PROGRAM DIRECTOR OF 1140 WRVA
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Bill Cahill, Regional Vice President of Programming for Clear Channel, announced that 1140 WRVA morning show host Jimmy Barrett has been promoted to Program Director for the station. Barrett will continue hosting Richmond’s Morning News from 5:00-9:00AM.

Market Manager Ruth Stoutermire says, “Jimmy brings a wealth of experience and a personal passion for WRVA. We are very excited to add Jimmy to our management team.”

Barrett says, “Richmond is home now and I am very excited to carry on the success of this legendary station. We plan to continue to be Richmond’s source for compelling talk and information.” Hailing from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Barrett was a talk show host and programmer for over 20 years in Detroit, Michigan and the public address voice of the Detroit Tigers and the University of Michigan Men's Basketball program before joining WRVA in March of 2001. He is a two-time winner of the Virginia Association of Broadcasters “Best Morning Show Award”.

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:// Another New Voice Joins CapSan Media
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Classic Hits 104.9Wanchese, NC – (February 1, 2007) CapSan Media today announced Shawn Matthews has been hired as morning show host for WFMZ/Hertford, NC (Classic Hits 104-9). He can be heard from 6 to 10am weekday mornings.

Mr. Matthews most recently worked with Clear Channel/Raleigh, but he is not entirely new to Outer Banks radio. From 1999 to 2003 he served as the Corporate OM for a group of stations which included what is now Wilbur 92.3 & Orville 97.1.

“Shawn brings his talents and knowledge of the area to make an upbeat and entertaining show I’m sure the listeners will really connect with,” said Group Programming Director Mark Jackson. “We are proud to have the only live & local morning show on any Classic Rock formatted station in the Elizabeth City/Outer Banks area."

CapSan Media is a newly formed locally owned company managed by Bill Whitlow and Jason Baker, two former radio executives with over 35 years of broadcast management experience in the Norfolk/Virginia Beach, Virginia market. CapSan Media completed the purchase of 4 FM radio stations in June of 2006. WVOD-FM, WYND-FM, WZPR-FM, and WFMZ-FM serve The Outer Banks of North Carolina and Elizabeth City. The company website is www.capsanmedia.com.

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:// Star 94.1 Raises Over $80,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®
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Star 94.1VIRGINIA BEACH, VA * Star 94.1 (WXEZ-FM) launched their 4th Annual Praise and Hope Radiothon to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® on Thursday, January 25th from Greenbrier Mall in Chesapeake. The event ran from 6:00 AM until 7:00 PM on Thursday and continued from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Friday, February 26th. The annual event raises money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®, the world's premier center for the research and treatment of cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases.

At 7:00 PM on Friday night, Star 94.1 on-air personalities Stephanie Thomas, Mark Rawlinson, and Dale Murray announced to their listeners that they raised $81,145 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® has been actively involved in radiothon fund-raising for more than 30 years. With the help of Star 94.1, and hundreds of other radio station across the country, more than $250 million dollars have been raised for the life-saving work of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®.

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:// 97.3 The Eagle's Country Cares For St. Jude Kids® Radiothon Raises a Record Amount of Money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®
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97-3 The EagleVIRGINIA BEACH, VA * 97.3 The Eagle (WGH-FM) kicked-off their 16th Annual Country Cares for St. Jude Kids® Radiothon on Thursday, January 25th from Greenbrier Mall in Chesapeake. The event ran from 6:00 AM until midnight on Thursday and continued from 6:00 AM until 10:00 PM on Friday, January 25th. The annual event raises money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®, the world's premier center for the research and treatment of cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases.

At 10:00 PM on Friday night, 97.3 The Eagle on-air personalities Jimmy Ray Dunn, Karen West, Mark McKay, and Stephanie Taylor announced to their listeners that a new record in donations had been achieved. With the love and support of their listeners and fans, 97.3 The Eagle raised $354,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®.

Since the inception of Country Cares for St. Jude Kids® in 1989, more than $225 million dollars in pledges and donations have been collected for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Over the past 15 years, 97.3 The Eagle has raised close to $3 million locally in Hampton Roads.

The Country Cares for St. Jude Kids® program was launched by Randy Owen, lead singer from country music sensation Alabama, and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® founder Danny Thomas.

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:// Red Zebra welcomes the Washington Redskins to THE GAME 102.1FM
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Red Zebra BroadcastingVirginia Beach, VA – January 29, 2007 – Red Zebra Broadcasting announces the Washington Redskins have made the move to the FM dial and the newest station in Hampton Roads THE GAME 102.1FM. In addition to all Redskins games in 2007, THE GAME 102.1FM will carry “The Joe Gibbs Show”, “Redskins Lunch from Redskins Park” and shows featuring current and past Redskins players during the NFL season.

THE GAME General Manager Martin Snead commented, “Being able to launch THE GAME with the Washington Redskins in the home of Beach Blitz ’07 is very exciting. Part of what we will be able to bring advertisers is The Washington Redskin fan base which is the best fan base in America. This audience will be able to find all their favorite Redskin shows at one place on the FM band.”

Red Zebra CEO Bennett Zier followed, “We are delighted to give the Hampton Roads audience direct access to the Washington Redskins on and off the air!”

THE GAME 102.1FM will also carry “The John Riggins Show” in afternoon drive featuring ex-Redskin Hall of Fame running back #44 John Riggins.

The remainder of the weekday line up includes:
    6am-9am - Fox Sports “First Team on Fox featuring Steve Czaben”
    9am-12n - Sporting News “The Tony Bruno Show” from 9 to noon
    12n – 2p - “The NEW Bram Weinstein Show”
    2pm-4pm - “The NEW John Castleberry Show”
    4pm-7pm – “The John Riggins Show”
    7pm-10pm - Fox GameTime Live with Andrew Siciliano
    10pm-2am - Fox GameTime React with JT The Brick
    2am – 6am - The Third Shift on FOX with Jorge Sedano
The station hits the air first thing Monday morning January 29th with the website and streaming for all shows located at 1021FMthegame.com.

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:// Local Radio/TV Executive to lead Red Zebra into the Norfolk- Virginia Beach Market
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Red Zebra BroadcastingVirginia Beach, VA – January 29, 2007 – Red Zebra Broadcasting is proud to announce 23 year broadcast and marketing veteran Martin Snead as General Manager of their newest acquisition WWHV-FM in Virginia Beach. He takes over effective January 29th with the new format that will be announced this week.

Most recently, Martin was part of the Paxson Communications/ PAX TV Network start-up in 1998 as VP/GM for WPXV-TV 49 in Norfolk, Virginia Beach. After PAX TV became part of NBC, Martin went to work for The Walt Disney Company where he was an integral part in the expansion of the Radio Disney network of stations.

Red Zebra CEO Bennett Zier remarked, “Martin is the kind of leader who can build a great business from the ground up. We’re about ready to roll in the Norfolk/Virginia Beach market and we’re proud to have him out recruiting and building the foundation right now.”

Martin responded, “I'm really excited and proud to launch a new and truly unique marketing experience for listeners and clients in Hampton Roads.”

Martin began his marketing/broadcast career after graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.S. degree in Mass Communications/Advertising. He started out as an Account Executive in Richmond, Virginia with Harte-Hanks Broadcasting’s WRVQ-FM “Q94”. In 1984, he joined forces with Rick Ott and formed Ott and Snead, a sales and marketing consulting firm based in Richmond.

While with Ott and Snead, he coauthored two books with Mr. Ott entitled “CREATING DEMAND” and “UNLEASHING PRODUCTIVITY!” respectively. Executive Book Summaries cited “CREATING DEMAND” as one of the “top ten business books of 1992.” Mr. Snead went on to manage and train radio station sales staffs for The Carlisle Group, Benchmark Communications and Max Media.

Martin lives in Virginia Beach with his wife Linda and their young daughter, Payton.

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:// The GAME 102.1 to be Norfolk/Virginia Beach’s 1st FM Talk Station!
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102.1 The GameVirginia Beach, VA – January 29, 2007 – Red Zebra Broadcasting announces the debut of a premiere FM Sports Talk station in the Hampton Roads area Monday January 29th.

The station brings the excitement and immediacy of national sports talk entertainment to the FM audience from Fox Sports. Red Zebra produced shows include Hall of Famer #44 John Riggins, veteran Hampton Roads TV and radio sportscaster John Castleberry, and Washington Redskin’s beat reporter Bram Weinstein. The new “John Castleberry Show” will be heard exclusively by the Hampton Roads audience. The second hour of “The Bram Weinstein Show” will also be done solely for the local audience.

THE GAME’S General Manager Martin Snead commented, “The growth of the NFL and the Washington Redskin’s franchise in this region has been astronomical. We are ready to answer the pent up demand for sports entertainment – Redskins and otherwise - in Hampton Roads and I’m excited to lead the charge.”

In addition, the station will carry the 2007 Washington Redskins season, “The Joe Gibbs Show”, “The Redskins Lunch from Redskins Park” and various other specialty shows based on the NFL season.

Bennett Zier, Red Zebra CEO said, “We are pleased to enter the Norfolk/Virginia Beach market with THE GAME at a time when sports is commanding tremendous attention in our region. And it’s no coincidence that we’re debuting this station Super Bowl Week with The John Riggins Show Live from Miami!”

THE GAME Weekday line up is as follows:

    6am-9am - Fox Sports “First Team on Fox featuring Steve Czaben”
    9am-12n - Sporting News “The Tony Bruno Show” from 9 to noon
    12n – 2p - “The NEW Bram Weinstein Show”
    2pm-4pm - “The NEW John Castleberry Show”
    4pm-7pm – “The John Riggins Show”
    7pm-10pm - Fox GameTime Live with Andrew Siciliano
    10pm-2am - Fox GameTime React with JT The Brick
    2am - 6am - The Third Shift on FOX with Jorge Sedano
The station hits the air early Monday morning January 29th with the website and streaming for all shows located at 1021fmthegame.com.

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:// WGNT-TV CW27 INTRODUCES NEW DIGITAL TEAM TO HAMPTON ROADS
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Steven ShawAmbler “Hatch” Hatchett
PORTSMOUTH, VA, January 17, 2007: WGNT-TV, CW27 has officially begun ramping up its Digital Marketing Efforts with the appointment of two seasoned Digital Marketing Executives very familiar with the Hampton Roads area.

Ambler “Hatch” Hatchett and Steven Shaw have relocated across town to WGNT-TV, CW27, from the area’s CBS affiliate, WTKR where they held similar positions for the past 10 and 7 years respectively. Hatchett will serve as CW27’s Digital Media Director while Shaw will oversee content development for CW27’s new website.

“We’re very excited to have both of these Digital veterans lead our marketing efforts in one of the newest growth areas in local television.” said Steve Soldinger, VP/GM of WGNT. Ambler and Steve have an aggressive approach to web development and I look forward to bringing their expertise and past successes to CW27. Certainly our position as the top rated CW station in the country will provide a strong launch platform worthy of the experience these two professionals bring to CW27 for its viewers and advertisers.” Soldinger noted that both he and CBS Television Stations, owner of CW27, expect great things from their digital marketing initiative. Hatchett joined WGNT-TV, CW27 on December 26, 2006 and Shaw began his duties January 9, 2007.

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:// 97-3 The Eagle’s Disney Kids Receives Honors from the VAB
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97-3 The EagleVIRGINIA BEACH, VA – 97-3 The Eagle (WGH-FM) has been presented the Laurence E. Richardson Community Service Award from The Virginia Association of Broadcasters for “Disney Kids”. Each year the Laurence E. Richardson Community Service Award is given to a radio or television station that demonstrates the value of community service across the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Jimmy Ray Dunn and Jennifer Lewis solicited for nominations on their morning show in October 2006 from family, friends, teachers and neighbors of children between the ages of six and twelve years old, who have been faced with challenging situations or life threatening illnesses. The nominations were collected over a ten week period with a child chosen each week. Each child selected received a trip for two to Disney World in Orlando, Florida including: round-trip airfare, four nights of hotel accommodations, four-day passes to the Disney World Resorts, breakfast with the Disney characters, and more.

The Disney Kids program is executed twice a year by 97.3 The Eagle. As of December 2006, 97.3 The Eagle’s Disney Kids program has sent 130 children and their families to Disney World.

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:// Veteran air talent Reid Snider blown out by The Sea Breeze
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Richmond, VA. January 11, 2007 -- Veteran air talent Reid Snider formerly with WSMJ 101.1 and WJZV 93.1 Richmond, and WCJZ Charlottesville has been outed at WSBZ The Sea Breeze in Fort Walton Beach/Destin, FL. BA's new Smooth Jazz Network replaces him in the morning drive position. Snider first appeared on WSMJ in the morning slot, later to serve as morning talent and PD at WJZV 93.1. Snider filled the midday slot at WCJZ until the station was flipped to rock.

In 2006, Snider created an independent three hour Saturday evening contemporary jazz show called The Studio Suite which airs on WZEZ 100.5, an adult contemporary station. "The show pretty much hit the ground running with a wider selection of jazz, in addition to all the artist support and music service I got with my NAC stations," Snider said. "Perhaps there is a future in AC and Soft AC programming in the form of a Smooth Jazz specialty show that reaches an entirely new listener, outside of traditional NAC stations." Snider will continue to explore wider distribution for his show The Studio Suite.

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:// CapSan Media grows again!
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CapSan MediaWanchese, NC – (January 8, 2007) CapSan Media today announced Matt Cooper will return to the Outer Banks of North Carolina and join the company as Program Director and Morning Show host for 99.1 The Sound, WVOD. Mr. Cooper will be back on the air at the AAA formatted station February 1st.

Matt has spent the last two years in Charleston, SC programming AAA/Modern AC hybrid WALC for Clear Channel. Prior to his move to South Carolina, Matt spent 11 years on the Outer Banks programming three stations, including WVOD.

"I look forward to joining CapSan Media as they build their company. My wife and I are excited to be returning to the Outer Banks, which we consider home,” said Matt Cooper. “I'm equally happy about rejoining WVOD, and continuing the tradition of unique music and local public service which I believe makes this station great."

CapSan Media is a newly formed locally owned company managed by Bill Whitlow and Jason Baker, two former radio executives with over 35 years of broadcast management experience in the Norfolk/Virginia Beach, Virginia market. CapSan Media completed the purchase of 4 FM radio stations in June of 2006. WVOD-FM, WYND-FM, WZPR-FM, and WFMZ-FM serve The Outer Banks of North Carolina and Elizabeth City. The company website is www.capsanmedia.com.

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:// WSKY-TV 4 Continues to Grow
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CHESAPEAKE, VA, JANUARY 5, 2007 – WSKY-TV 4, a locally owned and operated independent television station recently added Mary K. Stott to their team as the new Marketing Coordinator / Special Projects Producer. Mary’s main focus will be to expand on the established projects at WSKY-TV 4 and create new ones to further involve the station with community events.

“We are excited to have Mary join our group of professionals, Mary is a very important part of our plans to increase our presence in Hampton Roads.” said Ed Marlowe, Director of Programming and Promotions.

Mary is a Hampton Roads native and has over 13 years experience in the Hampton Roads Radio market. Most recently, Mary was the Director of Marketing for Max Media of Hampton Roads (WGH-FM/AM, WVBW-FM, WXMM-FM, WXEZ-FM). Throughout the years, Mary was instrumental in the development and implementation of many community related events such as March of Dimes, St. Jude Research Hospital Annual Radiothons, the Disney Kids program (provided trips to deserving children) and planned the 5th Anniversary of the September 11 Memorial in partnership with the City of Virginia Beach.

Mary commented, “I am excited to join the team of WSKY-TV 4 which will enable me the opportunity to further my career with multi-media experience.”

Mary K. Stott may be reached at 757 382 0004 or mary@4hamptonroads.com

WSKY-TV is a full power broadcast television station within the Norfolk/Portsmouth/VA Beach designated market area. The station established a broadcast signal on October 1, 2001, and currently conducts all daily operations from Chesapeake, VA. More information regarding WSKY-TV can be obtained by visiting our website located at www.4hamptonroads.com.

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:// Hot 102.1 personalities to say farewell over Virginia Beach airwaves
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Hot 102.1Virginia Beach, VA – January 5, 2007 – The five year run of HOT 102.1 as Virginia Beach’s #1 for Hip Hop and R&B will come to an end Jan 29th Red Zebra Broadcasting announces today.

In an unprecedented move the station’s personalities will remain on the air to salute their audience through their final Farewell Party on Jan 28th.

Russ Parr in the mornings, Parish Brown in midday’s, Chad “Smooth” Gaston in afternoons and Dion “Showtime” Chavis at night will continue with their shows live each day playing the Hip Hop and R&B they’ve become known for in the communities of Norfolk and Virginia Beach. “Smooth” will make the announcement at 5pm on the air today.

HOT 102.1 Program Director Parish Brown had this to say, ”Above all things considered, we at Hot 102.1 would like to acknowledge and thank our listeners for their loyalty, love and support over the past five years. Thank you for all the memories, your kindness, and most of all thanks for making Hot 102.1 a formidable part of Hampton Roads radio history. We will spend until January 29th doing events and sharing these feelings on the station. We all appreciate the opportunity Red Zebra is giving us to do that.”

HOT 102.1 General Manager Bartt Horton commented, “Hot 102 has been a unique vehicle in the African American community. Over the years we’ve been involved in most every aspect of our listeners’ lives. We’re going to miss that. Saying farewell in this manner over the next several weeks is the only fitting good-bye.”

And Chief Programming and Marketing Officer of Red Zebra Jeff Wyatt added “It will be unusual, as most often listeners just wake up one morning and their station is gone. These guys have been through a great deal building this audience and their standing in the community is tremendous. We believe the personalities should get the chance to say goodbye and wish their loyal fans well from behind the mic.”

What the station will become January 29th is yet to be announced.

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:// WAVY-TV AIRS “A YEAR ON YOUR SIDE 2006” PRIMETIME SPECIAL DECEMBER 29TH
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WAVY-TV December 15, 2006: In the essence of its commitment to serving Hampton Roads and Northeastern North Carolina, WAVY TV is proud to present “A Year On Your Side 2006.” As part of the ongoing On Your Side promise, WAVY News 10 places a spotlight on stories that impacted viewers’ lives in 2006.

The hour-long primetime special airs Friday, December 29th at 8pm and will revisit undercover investigations, 10 On Your Side success stories, severe weather coverage, and breaking news situations all brought to viewers in 2006. It will also highlight the 10 On Your Side contributions to the community through projects such as Coats for Kids, Operation School Supplies, the Helping Hands Girl Scout Food Drive, and Shred-it events. The program is sponsored by WAVY’s Partners On Your Side, Farm Fresh, Langley Federal Credit Union, Jackson Hewitt and EVMS Health Service.

“2006 was a busy year for the WAVY News team. SuperDoppler 10 Weather dominated the market with coverage of three major storms as well as the political storm in Virginia’s heated Senate and Congressional races,” said News Director Kathy Hostetter. “We are proud to profile an outstanding year of news stories in this 10 On Your Side news special.”

“A Year On Your Side 2006” recaps WAVY News at its best and previews what is to come in 2007. The program airs Friday, December 29th at 8pm on WAVY TV-10.

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:// SMOOTH JAZZ RETURNS TO HAMPTON ROADS!
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Smooth Jazz 107.7Norfolk, VA -- December 15, 2006 – WJCD is launching Smooth Jazz 107.7 on December 26th. Program Director, Travis Dylan, has this to say about the move, “We have literally heard from thousands of listeners on this, and as 2007 approaches, we’re ringing in the New Year with a format that is music to Hampton Roads’ ears. I’m looking forward to working with Broadcast Architecture President Allen Kepler and his outstanding team to bring the world’s best talent to Smooth Jazz 107.7.”

The weekday line-up features radio legends and smooth jazz veterans: Ramsey Lewis and Karen Williams on wake-up duty; Miranda Wilson hosting middays; saxophonist Dave Koz in afternoon drive; Annie Ashe in the evenings and Billy Raven keeping Hampton Roads company overnights.

Weekends will be just as smooth with superstar talent Brian Culbertson, Kenny G, Norman Brown and Paul Hardcastle providing a steady flow of smooth jazz and personality.

The site of numerous marquis jazz festivals, Hampton Roads will have a new place musicians can call home on December 26th…Smooth Jazz 107.7.

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:// First Flight Weekend with Wilbur & Orville
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Wilbur 92.3 and Orville 97.1Wanchese, NC (December 15, 2006)—CapSan Media is celebrating the anniversary of the Wright Brothers first flight with a “First Flight Weekend.” The Outer Banks’ newest country stations—Wilbur 92.3 and Orville 97.1—will feature the first number one songs from country music’s biggest superstars starting Friday at noon and lasting through Sunday evening.

Listeners will be treated to three days of all-time-great, number one songs from artists like George Strait, Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Faith Hill, Brooks & Dunn, Tim McGraw, The Judds, Martina McBride, Alabama, Shania Twain, and Randy Travis.

The stations will also be giving away a trip for two to see Martina McBride’s “Joy of Christmas” show in Washington D.C. Listeners can click on www.wilburandorville.com to register for the Monday morning drawing.

And to round out the “First Flight Weekend”, Wilbur 92.3 and Orville 97.1 will broadcast the annual First Flight Ceremony Sunday at 9am from the Wright Brothers Memorial.

“The only place Wright Brothers first flight celebration belongs is on our radio stations—Wilbur 92.3 and Orville 97.1,” said Mark Jackson, Program Director of Wilbur 92.3 and Orville 97.1.

CapSan Media is a subsidiary of Whitlow Baker Advertising, with corporate headquarters located at 277 Bendix Rd., Suite 411, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23452. The new radio station website is www.wilburandorville.com. The company website is www.capsanmedia.com.

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:// Q ADVERTISING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS ANNOUNCES KORY RAFTERY, ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE
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Kory Raftery
Las Vegas – Las Vegas based Q Advertising and Public Relations (Q) announced today the appointment of Kory Raftery to the position of Account Executive. Raftery will work within the firm overseeing various Public Relations accounts.

An award winning journalist and communicator, Raftery brings a wealth of media knowledge to the table for Q. Prior to joining Q, Raftery worked his way across the country through the television ranks, ultimately delivering nightly news as an anchor in Virginia where his nightly newscasts earned statewide honors. His work as a reporter also garnered attention, as one of his stories on the use of police force won “News Piece of the Year” in Wyoming.

Raftery also has experience in Nevada politics, as he did a brief tour of duty working for the United States Senate in Washington DC.

Raftery is a Las Vegas native and a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Q Advertising and Public Relations is a full service advertising agency and public relations firm based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Q provides a boutique approach to client service in which each client receives hands-on attention from the agency’s senior-level management. The firm is comprised of marketing professionals with large, medium and small agency experience. It provides strategic planning, creative services, media placement, public relations, and special event management.

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:// New I-95 Traffic Cameras Extend TrafficLand.com Coverage from Washington, DC to Fredericksburg, VA
Web site’s live traffic video coverage expands along congested highway corridor

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TrafficLandFairfax, VA—The TrafficLand Company, based in Fairfax, VA, announced today the addition of seven new real-time traffic camera views in the Fredericksburg, VA area to its network. The new camera views, located along I-95, extend the continuous coverage available on www.trafficland.com from Washington, DC to Fredericksburg, VA. The company’s Web site and other real-time video-based services are used by commuters, public safety agencies, media and others.

“Our real-time traffic video services are used by commuters to avoid traffic congestion and by first responders to aid emergency response and incident management” said Lawrence Nelson, president of TrafficLand. “The ability to fill the last significant gap in our real-time traffic video coverage between Fredericksburg and Washington, DC will help our users make more informed decisions on where, when and how to travel along this very busy corridor.”

TrafficLand.com currently shows real-time traffic views from over 3,500 cameras nationwide. A complete list of U.S. and international markets currently available can be found on the TrafficLand.com Web site at www.trafficland.com/promo/network.php.

TrafficLand also provides specialized, secure access through its Video Distribution System™, to first responders, transit agencies and emergency management organizations, to assist routine and emergency operations and improve regional mobility and public safety. More information about TrafficLand services for government agencies can be found at www.trafficland.com/gsa.

For more information, please contact: Jay Cohen, 301-657-3234 or by email to jcohen@trafficland.com.

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:// WAVY NEWS 10 DOMINATES RATINGS IN NOVEMBER 2006 SWEEP
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WAVY-TVWAVY NEWS 10 SUNRISE and WAVY NEWS 10 TODAY are once again #1 at 5:00am and 6:00am in the November 2006 ratings. WAVY has placed first at 6:00am for 63 consecutive Nielsen rating periods, going back to 1990.

Hampton Roads also gave WAVY NEWS 10 AT 11PM bragging rights for first place for the 46th consecutive sweep. In addition, sister station WVBT saw FOX 43 NEWS AT 10PM ratings grow nearly 20% over November of last year. “The viewers in Hampton Roads have placed their trust in us to deliver clear and detailed coverage every morning and every night,” said President and General Manager Doug Davis. “We appreciate that loyalty in making us #1 for the past 11 years, and we will continue to earn it by serving our local communities every day.”

WAVY was also the only station to increase news ratings at the dinner hour, with growth at both 5:00pm and 6:00pm. Highlights for the month included unmatched election night coverage with a tight Webb/Allen senate race as well as 24-hour coverage of the Thanksgiving Holiday Nor’easter from the flooded streets, from the SUPERDOPPLER 10 Weather Center and on WAVY.com.

“The 10 On Your Side team dominated the market with a hidden camera investigation into claims of racism, we reported in-depth on a legal herb our kids are using to get high and we exposed what the Pentagon doesn’t want you to know about combat helmets,” said News Director Kathy Hostetter. “I am proud of the excellence our 10 ON YOUR SIDE team of reporters, producers, photographers and anchors achieved.”

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:// 100.5 Max-FM Rock for Tots - Round Two
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100.5 MAX FMVIRGINIA BEACH, VA - 100.5 Max-FM (WXMM-FM) once again teams up with the United States Marine Corps annual Toys For Tots campaign. This year, in addition to collecting toys at various drop location throughout Southside Hampton Roads and the Peninsula, Max-FM has teamed up with local musicians to "Rock for Tots." Round two is on Thursday, December 7th, where additional local bands will "battle" each other at Mary Jayne's Lazy Horse Bar and Grill on Cedar Road in Chesapeake.

This week's bands include Alexander City which consists of four members, all of which attend Tabb High School in York County. Alexander City will "battle" Smoke n' Mirrors who formed in 2001 by Allen Baltzer, who was challenged with finding band members. Baltzer took it upon himself to teach his friends how to play instruments in order to form the band.

Admission to 100.5 Max-FM's "Rock for Tots" Battle of the Bands is $5.00 per person. All monies collected will be distributed to the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign.

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:// 97-3 The Eagle’s Karen West Releases New Book, “Amazing Trace – A Sister’s Journal”
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VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – 97-3 The Eagle (WGH-FM) Midday Personality Karen West takes the reader on an intimate journey of her sister Ginni, a vibrant young woman battling breast cancer. Ginni taught her by example how to live with a positive attitude and learn from life's experiences. Karen reveals the early life tragedy that motivated Ginni to fight to live, even though her prognosis was terminal.

Karen explains, "Ginni found peace and contentment during those devastating years. I journaled my thoughts on why she was able to find blessings even on days when she was in excruciating pain. I am in no way a writer like Nora Roberts. Basically, I write like I talk. Ginni and I had a beautiful story that she wanted me to share and I'm almost positive she didn't want a bunch of fluff just to describe a tree. This book is totally me talking."

Karen's book "Amazing Trace - A Sister's Journal" is available in both paperback and limited edition hardcover online at www.eagle97.com or www.tracesjourney.com. Karen will also have copies available at 97-3 The Eagle Roadshows. Check www.eagle97.com for dates and times. Proceeds from the sales of "Amazing Trace" benefit the Tidewater Komen Affiliate.

Learn how Karen and Ginni found miracles and answers to prayer in the midst of tragedies. "Amazing Trace - A Sister's Journal" is a perfect gift for those who love someone with breast cancer.

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:// 97.3 The Eagle Sends Kids to Disney World
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97-3 The EagleVIRGINIA BEACH, VA - WGH-FM, 97.3 The Eagle, is proud to once again send ten very deserving local children to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida for Christmas, in the twelfth edition of “Jimmy Ray & Jen’s Disney Kids.” The trip is Tuesday, December 12 through Sunday, December 17.

During the ten-week campaign, the station solicited nominations from family, friends, teachers, public officials and neighbors of children who are faced with challenging situations or life threatening illnesses. A committee thoroughly reviewed every letter submitted and the deserving child was announced on Thursday mornings.

Each Disney Kid receives roundtrip travel for them and a parent or guardian, five night’s accommodations at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Hotel, unlimited entry to all the Disney theme parks, private dinner and show at MGM Studios and a breakfast with Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and friends in the Magic Kingdom. All this fun and adventure would not be possible without the dedication and support of The Jones Institute of Eastern Virginia Medical School.

When asked why 97.3 The Eagle does this twice a year, Jimmy Ray Dunn, morning show host, simply stated “It feels great to be able to bring some sunshine into kids lives… kids that really deserve a break.”

Jimmy Ray and Jen’s Disney Kids will first meet each other at a luncheon in their honor on Sunday, December 10 at the Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg, Va. This luncheon is a great way for all the kids and their families to get together prior to arriving in Disney. Sponsors, local business owners and individuals will be on hand to present each Disney Kid with special gifts. Early Tuesday morning the kids and their families will board a plane at the Norfolk International Airport to begin their magical journey.

On Thursday, December 14, Jimmy Ray and Jen will broadcast Live from MGM Studios with their honorary co-hosts … The Disney Kids.

Dunn adds, “this experience allows these incredible children to just be kids.”

The 13th Jimmy Ray and Jen Disney Kids trip will be in June 2007.

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:// Sinclair Communications Adds TrafficLand Live Video Content to Radio Station Web Sites
Five Stations Launch Real-Time Traffic Video Service

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13NEWSFairfax, VA—TrafficLand, Inc., based in Fairfax, VA, announced today it is supplying real-time video content from 161 Hampton Roads, VA-area traffic cameras to the WNIS, WTAR, WPYA, WROX and WZNR radio stations’ Web sites. The five stations, broadcasting in the Hampton Roads, VA market, are owned by Sinclair Communications.

TrafficLand’s real-time video Web embed service uses interactive maps to show roadways and traffic camera locations. Web site users click on cameras to view live video streams that update about once every second. The service is available in markets across the U.S., and is currently used by local and national broadcast, print and interactive media operations, including CNN, WTOP radio, WashingtonPost.com and PilotOnline.com.

TrafficLand president, Lawrence Nelson said, “Anytime access to personalized, real-time traffic video helps people save time and money by choosing better travel routes and departure times. We’re pleased to help Sinclair Communications bring this capability to Hampton Roads area residents.”

"Accurate traffic information is vital to our audience and TrafficLand supplies it,” said Jay West, WPYA Operations Manager. “93.7 BOB FM (WPYA) broadcasts over a wide area along the mid Atlantic eastern seaboard, and with early risers headed to the Military bases and ports, we needed a one stop source for listeners to find out about jams and tie-ups along our four major commuter bridges and the four underwater tunnels in the Hampton Roads area. TrafficLand is a must have partnership for any media outlet."

TrafficLand redistributes Hampton Roads area traffic video through a public-private partnership with the Virginia Department of Transportation. The company has similar agreements with other state and local DoTs nationwide.

TrafficLand is building the largest, highest quality traffic camera network in the United States, called the Transportation Video Information Sharing Network (TVISN). TVISN currently aggregates video from over 3,000 traffic cameras in 34 markets nationwide.

TrafficLand is a leading provider of live traffic video content for broadcast traffic reporting, public Web sites (including the company’s own www.trafficland.com), and mobile devices. The company also offers specialized, private network services for first responders, law enforcement and others involved in public safety to aid emergency response and incident management.

For more information, please contact: Jay Cohen, 301-657-3234 or by email to jcohen@trafficland.com.

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:// WVEC-TV13 honored to be the most watched station in Hampton Roads for local news
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13NEWSNorfolk, VA. WVEC-TV13 remains the most watched station in Hampton Roads for local news, according to ratings recently completed for November 2006.

“I'm proud of the efforts of our team,” said President and General Manager Nick Nicholson, WVEC-TV13. “This is a competitive news market, and we continue to improve our overall news position, by maintaining a solid lead in the 5-6:30 news block, and gaining significant ground in the morning news time period. 13NEWS also regained the number one position at Noon. Our performance is a testament to the hard work of a lot of people,” Nicholson added.

“13NEWS is honored to remain the number one source for news at 5:00, 5:30 and 6:00,” said Rich Lebenson, News Director, WVEC-TV13. “We are thrilled to see more people switching over to 13NEWS Daybreak…gaining a 3 share point increase at 6AM is great. This is undeniable evidence, that all the energy dedicated to this program resonates with morning audiences needing a fresh start to the day. It's a credit to all our hard working staff members. On-air, and on-line at WVEC.COM,” Lebenson added.

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:// JIMMY RAY DUNN SIGNS A LONG-TERM DEAL
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Jimmy Ray Dunn
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – Effective today, Jimmy Ray Dunn, morning show personality on WGH-FM, 97.3 The Eagle has signed a multi-year agreement with Max Media of Hampton Roads. Along with his on-air partner, Jennifer Lewis, “The Jimmy Ray and Jen Show” will continue to entertain the morning drive audience over the airwaves.

Jimmy Ray commented, “Max Media is a great place to call home. It’s an awesome thing to be able to come to a place and be able to affect so many people’s lives with things like our St. Jude Radiothon, 97.3 The Eagle March of Dimes Walk and the Disney Kids programs. I’m so blessed, it’s great to be me!”

Jimmy Ray is a native of Hampton Roads and started working in radio at FM99 WNOR on the “Jimmy and The Bull” Show in 1983. He decided to embrace the country music audience by joining 97.3 The Eagle in 1991 and has consistently been one of the top rated Hampton Roads radio personalities. Jimmy Ray serves on the Hampton Roads Board of Directors for St. Jude Research Hospital and the March of Dimes.

Eric Mastel, President of Max Media Radio added, “It’s phenomenal because Jimmy Ray is synonymous with Country Music in Hampton Roads – he is a market icon.”

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:// Gray Television Announces New Channel Lineup In Charlottesville Market Effective December 28th, 2006
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Charlottesville, Virginia – Nov. 29, 2006 – Gray Television (Gray) will change channel positions on the Comcast cable channel line-up, effective Thursday, December 28, 2006.

Gray’s four stations will be repositioned as follows:
    • MYC’villeTV will launch on Comcast channel 2
    • WVAW ABC16 will be on Comcast channel 3
    • WCAV CBS19 will be on Comcast channel 6
    • WAHU FOX27 will be on Comcast channel 9

“The channel realignments show a real commitment by Comcast to provide Charlottesville’s cable subscribers with great local programming,” said Gray’s Vice President and General Manager, Roger Burchett. “This is also a great testament to our entire team at Gray Television Charlottesville whose hard work and dedication to broadcast excellence results in more and more viewers everyday choosing to make us their Hometown Choice for great local coverage of news, weather and sports.”

In 2006, Gray Television received an “Excellence in News Award” from the Virginia Association of Broadcasters (VAB) and the University of Virginia named them as their “Official Flagship Television Stations.”

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Gray Television, Inc., owner’s of Charlottesville’s WCAV CBS19, as well as its sister stations, WVAW ABC16 and WAHU FOX27, is a television broadcast company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Gray operates 36 television stations serving 30 markets. Each of the stations are affiliated with either CBS (17 stations), NBC (10 stations), ABC (8 stations), or Fox (1 station).

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:// 100.5 Max-FM Rock’s For Toys For Tots
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100.5 MAX FMVIRGINIA BEACH, VA – 100.5 Max-FM (WXMM-FM) once again teams up with the United States Marine Corps annual Toys For Tots campaign. This year, in addition to collecting toys at various drop location throughout Southside Hampton Roads and the Peninsula, Max-FM has teamed up with local musicians to “Rock for Tots”. Starting on Thursday, November 30th, local bands will “battle” each other at Mary Jayne’s Lazy Horse Bar and Grill on Cedar Road in Chesapeake.

This week’s bands include Jayden Sentence who formed in 2005 and 54 Steps who formed in 2001. Both bands will play a 30 to 45 minute set on Thursday, November 30th starting at 8:00 PM. The winner, according to audience vote, will advance to the final round on Thursday, December 21st.

Admission to 100.5 Max-FM’s “Rock for Tots” Battle of the Bands is $5.00 per person. All monies collected will be distributed to the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign.

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:// ZGS Communications Acquires Six New Television Stations
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ZGS CommunicationsWashington D.C. – ZGS Communications announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire six low-power television stations which will extend and enhance its already significant television operations. Five of the new stations are located in Florida, including WDYB-LP channel 53, WMVJ-LP channel 29, WPXG-LP channel 31, all Class A stations serving the Orlando market, as well as WWWF-LP channel 47 in Tallahassee and a construction permit for W22DB channel 22 in Gainesville. ZGS will also acquire WKYV-LP channel 45 in Richmond, Virginia.

ZGS Communications owns the largest group of independent television stations affiliated with the Telemundo network. The new stations will broadcast Telemundo programming as well as culturally relevant programming specific to the local communities they serve. ZGS already has a strong presence in Florida with established television stations in Orlando, Ft. Myers/Naples and Tampa.

“We are extremely excited about the addition of these stations to our station group. The new stations in Orlando will significantly enhance the existing coverage of WTMO Orlando and the stations in Tallahassee and Gainesville will extend our already strong operations in Florida. WKYV in Richmond will supplement our mid-Atlantic footprint,” said ZGS President Ronald J. Gordon.

The transaction, which is subject to the approval of the Federal Communications Commission is expected to close by the end of the year.

ZGS Communications is a Hispanic-owned broadcasting company, headquartered in Arlington, VA, that currently owns and operates ten Spanish-language television stations, representing the largest group of independent stations affiliated with the Telemundo television network. The television stations are located in Washington, DC, Orlando, Tampa, Ft. Myers-Naples, Boston, Hartford, Providence, El Paso, Springfield, MA and Raleigh. In addition, ZGS owns three Spanish-language radio stations serving Washington, DC and Tampa. For nearly two decades ZGS has been proud to be a community broadcaster with a special commitment to service to the community, local programming, and the celebration of Hispanic culture and heritage.

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:// 97-3 The Eagle Soars into Nashville for the CMA Awards
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97-3 The EagleVIRGINIA BEACH, VA – 97-3 The Eagle (WGH-FM) heads to Nashville, Tennessee for “Country Music’s Biggest Night – The 40th Annual CMA Awards” on Monday, November 6, 2006. Mark McKay, afternoon host on 97-3 The Eagle, will broadcast live from the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville, Tennessee throughout the weekend and concluding on Monday afternoon. Mark will providing Hampton Roads with an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the CMA Awards as well as up-to-the-minute interviews and exclusive rehearsel footage from The Gaylord Entertainment Center. Mark will also be joined by some of country’s biggest names including Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, Brooks and Dunn, and more.

In addition to The 40th Annual Country Music Awards broadcast on local ABC affiliate WVEC—13 News on Monday, November 6, 2006, they will also be broadcast live on 97-3 The Eagle at 8:00 PM.

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:// Thelma Drake and The Morning Point
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Chuck, Jenna, Woo Woo, Thelma Drake, Barry Mckay

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:// Washington DC Radio Vet Jessica Cash joins WFLS
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WFLS(Fredericksburg, VA) -- Long time DC radio vet Jessica Cash is joining Fredericksburg Country powerhouse WFLS as morning co-host.

“WFLS represents everything I love about being in radio,” Cash said. “I’m excited to be back in the Country format, and I admire the way this station embraces its listeners. I can’t wait to be a part of that.”

Cash spent 7 years in the Capital at WMZQ, and another 4 at Big 100.3 with partner Gary Murphy. The pair parted company with the Clear Channel outlet in April when the station changed formats. She has been with WFLS on a part time basis since then.

“Jessica lights up any room she enters,” said Free Lance Star Operations Manager Paul Johnson. “And she does the same thing on the air. From the first time she opened a microphone at WFLS, the feedback from listeners was 100% positive.”

Cash will be joining long time morning announcer Brian Strobel, who will be celebrating his 30th anniversary with the station in 2007. She begins on November 13th.

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:// Wilbur & Orville take to the air again!
CapSan Media launches new country music station duo

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Wilbur 92.3 & Orville 97.1Wanchese, NC (October 31, 2006)—CapSan Media announced today at 12 noon it has launched the Outer Banks’ newest Country Music stations—Wilbur 92.3 FM and Orville 97.1 FM. The company is now simulcasting the greatest country hits of the 80’s and 90’s on both frequencies to maximize the reach of this unique and exciting country music presentation.

Listeners will be treated to all time great songs from the biggest country music superstars in the business like George Strait, Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Faith Hill, Brooks & Dunn, Tim McGraw, The Judds, Martina McBride, Alabama, Shania Twain, and Randy Travis. Newer artists like Gretchen Wilson, Keith Urban, Joe Nichols and Brad Paisley will also be featured on the stations.

“We are extremely proud and excited to bring a huge variety of those all time great country songs to Northeastern North Carolina,” said Allen Orsini, Vice President of Programming for CapSan Media. “There are literally hundreds of great songs that do not get played on regular country music stations these days. We’re bringing them back and presenting them in a fun new format we’ve created called First Class Country.”

The on-air lineup will feature the strongest announcers in North Carolina:Hunt Thomas, Mark Jackson and Lisa Davis
    Morning show 6am – 10am…Hunt Thomas (formerly mornings on WYND, The Wind 97.1)
    Midday show 10am – 3pm…Lisa Davis (formerly middays on WZPR, Power 92.3)
    Afternoon show 3pm – 7pm…Mark Jackson (program director)
    Night show 7pm – midnight…John Mathews
“We’re ready to fly high with this new format,” said Mark Jackson, Program Director for CapSan Media. “Wilbur 92.3 and Orville 97.1 are the perfect names for stations based where the first flight occurred.”

Launching the stations on two frequencies allows a much wider listening area the chance to hear this unique presentation of country music. The entire Northeastern North Carolina corridor from Elizabeth City south to Hatteras can now pick up one or both stations.

CapSan Media completed the purchase of 4 FM radio stations in June of this year. WFMZ-FM, WYND-FM, WZPR-FM, and WVOD-FM serve The Outer Banks of North Carolina and Elizabeth City. WZPR and WYND are the stations now being simulcast.

CapSan Media is a newly formed locally owned company managed by Bill Whitlow and Jason Baker, two former radio executives with over 35 years of broadcast management experience in the Norfolk/Virginia Beach, Virginia market. This is not their first foray into the world of country music. From 1991 to 1999 Bill and Jason along with Allen Orsini and Mark Jackson worked together at WGH-FM (Eagle 97.3) in the Norfolk/Virginia Beach market. During their tenure the team took that station from the number 15 ranked station all the way to number one.

CapSan Media is a subsidiary of Whitlow Baker Advertising, with corporate headquarters located at 277 Bendix Rd., Suite 411, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23452. The new radio station website is www.wilburandorville.com. The company website is www.capsanmedia.com.

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:// “Candidates” Bribe Voters with $10 Bills Tomorrow
FM99’s Tommy & Rumble Poke Fun at Politics While Campaigning to be Favorite AM Show

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FM99(Chesapeake, VA) Virginia voters may not all agree on the candidates or the issues, but the one thing on which they see eye to eye: Everyone’s tired of negative advertisements and political attacks.

FM99’s Tommy & Rumble are putting a “positive spin” on this election season. While campaigning to be Hampton Roads’ favorite morning show, they plan to win listeners the old fashioned way: Bribery.

Tomorrow, Saturday, October 28th, they’ll hold their “Buy Your Vote Campaign Rally” at the Hampton Coliseum.

Starting at noon, Tommy & Rumble will hand $10 cash to the first 1,000 people (18 and older) who show up. And everyone who gets a $10 bill will be eligible to win an additional TEN THOUSAND dollars later this month.

The morning team thinks it’s fitting to hand out money to eligible voters days before the elections. “This political season has been really ugly,” says Tommy Griffiths, “Politicians should be paying us for putting up with the commercials alone!”

After passing cash on the peninsula tomorrow, the pair will be handing out $10 to 1,000 people next Saturday, November 4th, at the YMCA parking lot across from Mount Trashmore in Virginia Beach.

“It’s kind of pathetic that we have to pay people to like us, but we do what we have to do,” jokes Rick Rumble. For more information, go to FM99.com.

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:// CENTENNIAL BROADCASTING LAUNCHES THE PLANET
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The PlanetLYNCHBURG, Virginia, October 11, 2006 – At 2:00 PM today Centennial Broadcasting, LLC. launched Central Virginia’s newest radio station. Simulcast on 101.5 WZZI Roanoke and 97.9 WZZU Lynchburg, "The Planet" begins broadcasting the largest library of rock music in the area, giving Central Virginia listeners a variety and depth of music not currently heard on existing stations while recognizing and celebrating the desires of the those listeners to hear a large number of songs without being over exposed to the same ones over and over again.
BOB FM
BOB-FM will continue to serve up “Good Times and Great Oldies” by moving onto Centennial’s WLEQ 106.9 FM and 97.3 FM.

The Planet will appeal to men and women of all ages and be particularly attractive to males 25-49, according to Allen Shaw, President, Centennial Broadcasting. “Although there is no particular lifestyle to The Planet’s audience,” Shaw commented, “the main thing they have in common is an abiding appreciation of a very wide variety of great rock music from the last 5 decades.”

“Almost all rock played on the radio or purchased for personal enjoyment today started in the 60s and 70s,” Shaw said, “Artists such as Jefferson Airplane, the Rolling Stones, The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin created their music in a way that has kept it popular and timeless for over five decades. Great new rock bands have continued to emerge until the present day. Unlike traditional classic rock stations, The Planet will play album cuts and blend artists from every decade from the roots of rock to the present.” The Planet plays Everything That Rocks.

Beginning October 16th, The Planet will also feature The Bob and Tom Show, Monday through Friday each morning from 6:00 to 10:00 AM. The Bob and Tom Show is a syndicated radio program featuring comedy, sports and celebrities with lots of listener interaction. Bob Kevoian and Tom Griswold are an award winning radio team with five Marconi Awards and two Billboard Magazine Radio Personality awards to their credit. The Bob and Tom Show is ranked number one or number two in over 70% of its affiliated markets.

“We are excited to have The Bob and Tom Morning Show on The Planet,” said Harry Williams, Centennial Market Manager. “Their comedy is fun, entertaining and a great way to start the day. The Planet Plays Everything That Rocks and that includes Bob and Tom.”

“The Planet has been designed for the audience, not as a reaction to other stations,” Shaw said. “The sheer size of the music library will eliminate listening fatigue and produce a longer time spent listening and more importantly, a longer time spent enjoying. We expect listeners will say ‘it’s about time a radio station played all this music’.

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:// The Corner Hires Someone to Direct It
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106.1 The CornerThe Charlottesville Radio Group has announced the hiring of Brad Savage as Program Director for the new 106.1 The Corner / WCNR radio. Savage has been serving as program director of WQKL in Ann Arbor, Michigan where he also hosts an air shift. Savage has also worked at stations in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Columbia, Missouri and Madison, Wisconsin.

Charlottesville Radio Group Vice President/General Manager, Dennis Mockler, said Savage brings the qualities and experience needed to direct 106.1 The Corner, “Brad is a self-described music geek who brings an exceptional commitment to creating a unique radio station for the Charlottesville market. His knowledge and passion of music is unparalleled.”

Savage said, “I am excited to join 106.1 The Corner and be part of creating and evolving a truly unique, different kind of station for the listeners of the Charlottesville area. This is a fantastic opportunity."

WCNR is owned by Force Five Communications, LLC and has agreed to sell the station to the Charlottesville Radio Group. As part of the agreement, Force Five and the Charlottesville Radio Group have entered into a Local Marketing Agreement whereby the Charlottesville Radio Group will, subject to the rules and regulations of the Federal Communications Commission and the terms of the Local Marketing Agreement, supply programming services to the station.

Charlottesville Radio Group owns and operates Newsradio 1070 WINA, Lite Rock Z95.1/WQMZ, Progressive Talk 1450 WVAX, and 97.5 3WV/WWWV. It also serves as the flagship and distribution arm for the Virginia Sports Radio Network.

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:// WAZT Sold to JLA Media and Publication
WAZT and the AZTV Network announce new Ownership with sale of station group

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Jay Ahlemann
Woodstock, VA, September 22, 2006: Jay Ahlemann, President and Managing Partner of JLA Media and Publications LLC, has purchased Channel 10, WAZT and the AZTV Network of television stations from Dr. Arthur Stamler of Ruarch Associates. The AZTV Network is comprised of six television stations in the Shenandoah Valley, including WAZT in Woodstock, WAZC in Luray, WAZF in Front Royal, WAZH in Harrisonburg, WAZM in Staunton/Waynesboro, and WAZW in Winchester.

“I am very pleased that Christian Television will remain on the air in the Shenandoah Valley as a result of this transfer of ownership”, announced Stamler, who began WAZT in 1985. “I have every confidence that JLA Media and Publications will rise to the occasion and be empowered to bring WAZT to even greater glory.”

Jay Ahlemann has been a pastor in Northern Virginia for over 30 years. Currently he is the founding pastor of The Church of the Valley, an inter-denominational church with congregations in Middletown, Bealeton, and Winchester. “I am excited about the opportunity we have to bring wholesome, family entertainment and Christian programming to the valley through over-the-air broadcasting and cable,” said Ahlemann. “We will continue to place a strong emphasis on locally produced programs as well as a variety of syndicated programs in our weekly broadcast schedule.”

WAZT is a member of the Virginia Association of Broadcasters and an affiliate of the Trinity Broadcasting Network and Cornerstone Television.

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:// Local Radio Personality Nominated for Program Director of the Year
Radio & Records Magazine to announce winner Friday morning at convention in Dallas, Texas

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Dale Murray
Virginia Beach, VA – September 20, 2006 – For the second consecutive year WXEZ Radio (Star 94.1 FM) Program Director and air personality Dale Murray has been nominated Gospel PD of the year by Radio & Records Magazine. His station has also been nominated Station of the Year by R&R for the second year in a row.

As a former Navy broadcast journalist, Murray has worked in locations from Cuba to Capital Hill. During Operation Desert Storm, he served aboard the USS America and is the recipient of numerous military achievements including a Thomas Jefferson Chief of Naval Information Award for Broadcast Journalism.

Over the years, Murray’s voice has been heard in the Norfolk/Virginia Beach radio market on radio stations including Z-104, Soul Classics 92.9, and 103 JAMZ where his deep and unmistakably smooth delivery was unleashed each evening during “The Quiet Storm” radio program.

Last weekend WXEZ, which is owned by Max Media of Hampton Roads, was voted Station of the Year for 2006 by The Virginia Gospel Announcers Guild. On Friday morning, the R&R award winners will be announced.

“Maybe the second time’s the charm.” Murray quips that an R&R Industry Achievement Award or two would be nice, but the real prize for him is the feedback he gets from Star 94.1 listeners everyday.

“Obviously, when your industry colleagues put you in the running for a national award, it means a lot. But when I keep hearing positive stories from Star listeners about how our station has become part of their lives, that means more than I can put into words.”

Since becoming PD of WXEZ-FM in 2002, Murray has strived to create a sound for his radio station that appeals to both secular and non-secular listeners. Leveraging the power of gospel music, a genre that has seen dramatic growth in popularity, he has advanced his “Contemporary Inspirational” station to the top tier of the Arbitron ratings. The most recent ratings survey indicates Star 94.1 is ranked second in the market among both women 18 and over, and the coveted 25-54 adult demographic.

But despite some of the highest per-capita ratings of any station in his format nationwide, Murray admits winning an R&R achievement award may still be somewhat of a long shot.

“We’re competing in a category not broken down by market size, so we’re up against stations and PD’s in cities like Philadelphia and Atlanta. For our station here in market number 40 to even be in the running makes that whole ‘honor just to be nominated’ thing even more true.”

Since 1974 Radio & Records has been the preeminent trade magazine for the radio industry in the U.S. Winners of the Industry Achievement Awards will be revealed during a ceremony this Friday September 22nd at the annual Radio & Records Convention in Dallas, Texas.

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:// ESPN RADIO 1310 SIGNS FOUR-YEAR DEAL WITH ESPN RADIO
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ESPN Radio 1310Virginia Beach, VA - ESPN Radio 1310 will continue to be the affiliate of ESPN Radio in the Hampton Roads area... Eric "Zero" Mastel, President of Max Media Radio Division, announced today that ESPN Radio 1310 has come to an agreement to be the exclusive affiliate of ESPN Radio for four more years.

"This is very important to all of us at Max Media", noted Mastel. "We have had a great relationship with ESPN Radio and this assures us four more years with the number one radio name in sports -ESPN Radio."

"We became the second affiliate in the nation to go with ESPN Radio," stated Program Director Tony Mercurio. "We started with ESPN Radio on February 1, 1999, and this agreement means that we will continue to be associated with ESPN Radio for another four years". Mercurio added, "ESPN Radio came to me in early 1999... They were doing some play-by-play games but I kept telling them that they needed to be 24/7 with a full-time network. We were second to join ESPN Radio, second only to ESPN 1000 in Chicago, which ESPN owns."

"We are obviously excited," said Mastel. "We now have ESPN Radio for at least four more years, we have the Tides for five more years, JMU for three more years and, stay tuned for some major news coming soon about ODU."

ESPN Radio 1310 serves the entire Hampton Roads area and parts of Northeastern North Carolina.

"I want to thank ESPN Radio," added Mercurio. “They realized how great our relationship has been and the loyalty that we both have exhibited over the years."

Mercurio concluded, "Our President, Eric "Zero" Mastel, Director of Operations, John Shomby and I worked closely with ESPN Radio on this new deal... To put it simply, we are thrilled."

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:// A New, Different Corner Comes to the Area
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106.1 The CornerA new, different radio station, 106.1 The Corner, has signed on the air in the Charlottesville market. 106.1 The Corner, WCNR is owned by Force Five Communications, LLC.

Simultaneous with the sign-on, Force Five has agreed to sell WCNR to the Charlottesville Radio Group. As part of the agreement, Force Five and the Charlottesville Radio Group have entered into a Local Marketing Agreement whereby the Charlottesville Radio Group will, subject to the rules and regulations of the Federal Communications Commission and the terms of the Local Marketing Agreement, supply programming services to the station.

Charlottesville Radio Group Vice President/General Manager Dennis Mockler said, “I’ve launched a number of radio stations during my career, but never anything like The Corner. We solicited a lot of input from potential listeners throughout the area as to what they wanted to hear in determining how different The Corner was going to be. But we are not stopping there. We will continue to solicit input via our website and phone calls as 106.1 The Corner continues to develop and evolve to serve this area’s particular tastes. Currently, we are playing 10,000 songs in a row to give everyone a chance to sample the station.”

The new 106.1 The Corner is a different kind of radio station. A sampling of the station quickly demonstrates how different as one is likely to hear a wide array of music from Gnarls Barkley to U2, Moby to Bob Marley, Green Day to Howie Day, B.B. King to Nirvana. “I think you would be hard pressed to find a radio station doing this anywhere in the country. We have constructed a radio station specifically for the Charlottesville market. Hey, ‘different is good!’” Mockler said.

The new 106.1 The Corner is the first commercial radio station in the market broadcasting an HD signal. Listeners with traditional analog radios will still be able to hear the station, but those with HD receivers will hear a higher level of digital quality. Simultaneous with the sign-on, the new 106.1 The Corner has launched a website where audio streaming of the station is available. The station’s website address is www.1061TheCorner.com.

Charlottesville Radio Group owns and operates Newsradio 1070 WINA, Lite Rock Z95.1/WQMZ, Progressive Talk 1450 WVAX, and 97.5 3WV/WWWV. It also serves as the flagship and distribution arm for the Virginia Sports Radio Network.

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:// HAMPTON ROADS CHILDREN HELP STOMP OUT CANCER
Step show offers hope to children diagnosed with catastrophic diseases at St. Jude

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Star 94.1Virginia Beach, VA – HOPE; a four letter word, so simple yet complex. For children receiving treatment from the world’s largest pediatric facility, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, “hope” requires believing in research, trusting doctors and nurses and depending on the kindness of donors so that they may continue to breathe life.

Children in Hampton Roads have come together with inspirational music leader WXEZ Star 94.1 and the Omicron Pi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated to assist in St. Jude’s efforts to stomp out cancer with the “Hot Summer Step-Off for Hope.” The step-off will showcase children between the ages of 11 and 18 either praise dancing or stepping. Many auditioned, but only six teams have been chosen to compete in the step-off 4 p.m. Saturday, September 23 at Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, Va.

“During Star’s Annual St. Jude Radiothon, we always have children who want to help out but don’t have the funds,” stated on-air personality Stephanie Thomas, “so we saw the step-off as an opportunity to give children a chance to really help other children by showcasing and using their talent.”

“The Hot Summer Step-Off for Hope” showcases not only the talent of its participants, but highlights the importance of community and charitable services.

Tickets for the event are $10 and can be purchased by calling 757-671-1000 or at the door the day of the event.

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:// BIG FIESTA IN THE CAPITAL
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Selecta 1320La XRichmond Virginia - (September 15, 2006) - International Hispanic recording stars come to Richmond’s Selecta Radio 1320 AM (Richmond’s original Spanish radio station), and LA “X” Equis 1480 AM. The “X” 1480AM,Selecta Radio 1320AM, and Hardee’s presents, “Gran Festival Musical”, September 24, 2006 at The SHOWPLACE, Mechanicsville. “This is the biggest Latino Festival Richmond has ever seen”, said Mike Mazursky, general manager for the Spanish radio stations. The headline acts are International recording artists, “Baby Ranks”, Dinistia Norteńa and, Grupo Xtreme from the Dominican Republic, a great line-up of well-known talent.

There’ll be a Kid’s Zone with rides and games for younger kids, a petting zoo, pony rides, and dozens of booths to include the City of Richmond, Henrico, and Chesterfield County informational booths.
  • Gran Festival Musical 2006Festival times: 11am until 8pm
  • Admission: $15 Tickets available @ selected Latino grocery stores, $20 Date of event
  • Kids Zone: $5 Kids under 12
  • Pony rides $2 (first 250 kids)
Contact: Mike Mazursky, GM (804) 643-0990
DavidsonMediaGroup.com
WVNZ – Selecta Radio 1320 AM / WTOX – LA “X” 1480 AM
308 W. Broad St ** Richmond VA 23220

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:// "ACC Nation" on air in the Valley
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ACCNation.comA syndicated radio show covering Atlantic Coast Conference sports is now available to radio listeners in the Shenandoah Valley.

"ACC Nation" debuted on Harrisonburg's WHBG-1360AM on Sept. 2. The hour-long show, produced by the Staunton-based Q-Munications of Virginia, airs Saturdays on WHBG at 9 a.m.

"We're excited to add another affiliate to our growing list of affiliates, and we're excited to be on the air in our home market," said "ACC Nation" cohost and executive producer Patrick Hite.

"ACC Nation," featuring Hite and cohost and associate producer Chris Graham, premiered on the Internet in January. The show is available to listeners via podcast weekly on Friday mornings and over the air in several markets in the Southeast.

Hite has two decades of experience in the broadcast and print-media business. He has won two Virginia Press Association awards for excellence in print journalism and has served as host of a number of locally produced sports-radio shows in the Shenandoah Valley broadcast market.

Graham has been involved in print and broadcast media in the Valley for 11 years. He has won 10 Virginia Press Association awards for excellence in print journalism and is the host of "Virginia Viewpoints," a monthly news-affairs series that is debuting on WVPT-Virginia's Public Television on Sept. 12.

Hite and Graham are also the coauthors of Mad About U: Four Decades of Basketball at University Hall, which is slated for release on Oct. 5.
    QUICK FACTS
    THE SHOW: ACC Nation
    THE HOSTS: Patrick Hite, Chris Graham
    ON THE AIR: WHBG-1360AM, Harrisonburg
    ON THE WEB: www.accnation.com

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:// FORMER REDSKIN ANDRE COLLINS JOINS “REDSKINS ROUNDTABLE”
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95.9 WGRQFredericksburg, VA-Telemedia Broadcasting, Inc. (WGRQ-FM, WGRX-FM) announces the addition of former Washington Redskins linebacker Andre Collins to “The Redskins Roundtable” beginning September 11.

95.9 WGRQ is a proud affiliate of The Washington Redskins Radio Network, and in addition to games, produces and airs a daily Redskins news report and a weekly Redskins talk show. Andre Collins will be joining “The Redskins Roundtable”, which airs every Monday night LIVE from 7-8pm. Collins will participate in the show weekly throughout the season, including a live, in person appearance once a month.

Andre Collins played ten years in the NFL, and his first five in Washington. The Redskins drafted Andre Collins in 1990, out of Penn State. He was a starter his entire career here, and played in Super Bowl XXVI for Joe Gibbs.

“We’re very excited to have Andre on board this year! Having played for Joe Gibbs and won a Super Bowl, he will allow us to offer our listeners a perspective that was not previously available,” says General Manager, Tom Cooper.

“The Redskins Roundtable” is in its third year, and James Matthews returns as host. James recently announced the addition of local sports casting veteran Mike Neville to the team that already consisted of Keefe Coble, Brian Brooks and Braden Smith.

The show is broadcast live from the Box Seats Sports Bar & Grill, with two locations, in Massaponax, and Stafford. Collins will be appearing twice at each location.
    Andre Collins appearance dates:

    9/18-Stafford
    10/16-Massaponax
    11/13-Massaponax
    12/11-Stafford
Contact: James Matthews-Sports Director (jamesmatthews@959wgrq.com)

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:// “The Tony Mercurio Show” celebrates 20th Anniversary on ESPN Radio 1310
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ESPN Radio 1310Virginia Beach, VA - The 20th Anniversary of the "Tony Mercurio Show" on ESPN Radio 1310 (WGH-AM) will be on September 15, 2006. Mercurio, who has won 13 Sportscaster of the Year Awards, began his afternoon Sportstalk Show on September 15, 1986.

"Many thought that our show wouldn't last", noted Mercurio. "We became the first successful weeknight Sportstalk Show in the history of the Commonwealth of Virginia."

Year after year Tony's show continues to grow in popularity and has withstood several format attacks over the past 20 years.

"My show always remained, even though we once simulcast with WGH-FM, Traveler's Radio, CNN Headline News, and Real Country," added Mercurio.

"Finally, on May 30, 1992, we became the first radio station in Virginia to go 24-hour All-Sports - then on February 1, 1999, we became ESPN Radio 1310."

"It is amazing to think that we have lasted 20 years… I think I have lasted 20 years because the fans know I tell it like it is… like what I say or not, it is my opinion and I don't beat around the bush. One must tell it like it is to be successful in talk… one can't fool the population. Bottom line, 20 years is quite an accomplishment and I hope to last for many more years."

Mercurio added, "We have always had support of management... however, nobody has been more supportive than Max Media."

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the "Tony Mercurio Show", ESPN Radio 1310 will have a party on Thursday, September 14, at Hometown Heroes on S. Battlefield Boulevard in Chesapeake. Free food, prizes and t-shirts (while they last).

"The party is for the listeners… without them, we wouldn't have made it for 20 years,” Mercurio added.

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:// WDBJ’s Dynamic Duo of Wheel and Jeopardy Go High Definition in September
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WDBJTwo of the most popular series on Roanoke/Lynchburg television get even easier to watch in September. WDBJ’s Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy telecasts will be broadcast in high definition beginning with the new season on September 18.

Nielsen audience data shows that the 7 o’clock telecast of Wheel of Fortune has a larger share of audience in that time period than the audience share of all other local stations combined. Its sister program, Jeopardy, repeats that spectacular performance at 7:30. Upgrading the two programs to a high definition production format only makes them more attractive to area viewers.

WDBJ was the first Roanoke/Lynchburg station to offer high definition programming other than regular network programs when it launched a series of HD feature films. Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy are the first and only non-network regular daily series being broadcast in high definition on stations here.

A standard definition version of both programs will continue to be available for viewers without high definition television sets.

WDBJ high definition programming is available on Cox Communications in the Roanoke Valley at channel 707 and on Adelphia/Comcast Cable in Blacksburg, Salem, Troutville, Lexington, Buena Vista, Glasgow, Amherst, Martinsville, Danville, Altavista, Gretna, and Caswell/Yanceyville on channel 707. In addition to cable carriage, the channel is available to over-the-air viewers on digital channel 7.1.

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:// Newton Media Expands Team with Office in Charlotte, NC
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Chesapeake, Virginia - August 21, 2006 — Newton Media a full-service Direct Response and Ministry media management company announces the addition of Ken Thomas to the position of Director of Ministry Development. Thomas, formerly with INSP Network, will be located in Charlotte, NC and be responsible for adding new television ministry clients.

“Ken’s background is perfect for helping us advance our growing list of ministry clients and make sure their needs are being met. We now have offices in Charlotte, NC; Dallas, TX and Chesapeake-Virginia Beach, VA to better serve our clients.” Steve Newton, President/ CEO.

Prior to joining Newton Media, Thomas was Manager of INSP Direct and Account Executive of Ministry Sales with The Inspiration Networks since 1998. To contact Ken Thomas call 704-236-6807 or Email him at kthomas@newtonmedia.com
For more information contact Kristi Ruckel 757-547-5400 or info@newtonmedia.com.

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:// “Gameday Magazine” and ESPN Radio Join Forces
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ESPN Radio 1310Max Media of Hampton Roads (WGH-FM, WVBW-FM, WXEZ-FM, WXMM-FM, WGH-AM) and The Coaches Corner Gameday Magazine is pleased to announce their partnership with the monthly publication.

ESPN Radio 1310 (WGH-AM) will play a vital part of GAMEDAY Magazine with extensive coverage of local high school sports including but not limited to Track & Field, Tennis, Volleyball, Softball, Soccer, Baseball and Football. In addition, key players in the various sports will be highlighted monthly.

"This is just another move by ESPN Radio 1310 to dominate the area in the world of sports. We have been doing the High School Football Scoreboard Show on radio. We are the only station that covers High School sports and this is the magazine for High School sports...Seems logical to me." Commented Tony Mercurio, Program Director and Afternoon Drive Personality, ESPN RADIO 1310.

Gameday Magazine is distributed free at popular restaurants and businesses throughout the Southside of Hampton Roads.

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:// TrafficLand.com Expands Real-Time Traffic Camera Service to 34 Markets in U.S., Canada and U.K.
Thousands of live traffic views available to assist commuting public, first responders and others

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TrafficLand.comFairfax, VA—The TrafficLand Company, based in Fairfax, VA, announced today that it has added dozens of markets to its real-time traffic camera network. In addition to over 20 new U.S. markets, the company has added foreign markets for the first time, including London, Montreal and Toronto. The new U.S. markets include New York City, Atlanta, Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Minneapolis, New Orleans, and Salt Lake City as well as cities and areas in other states nationwide.

TrafficLand is a leading provider of live traffic video viewed by the public on web sites and mobile devices to avoid traffic congestion, and by first responders to aid emergency response and incident management. The company’s Web site (www.trafficland.com) provides free access to its live traffic camera viewing service, and in some markets, offers the ability to customize and save camera displays and view live camera images on web-enabled cell phones and PDAs, including Blackberry and Treo models.

“In the interest of public safety, TrafficLand is providing access to thousands of additional traffic cameras nationwide on our web site—as Beta Cities—while we work to integrate them with our full line of service offerings,” said Lawrence Nelson, chief executive officer, TrafficLand, Inc. “We’re working with state, county and local Departments of Transportation to build a video network that will provide the public and first responders with an immediate, visual means of assessing roadway conditions and emergency situations.”

The company is actively pursuing traffic camera access from Departments of Transportation and plans to add dozens of new markets in the coming months. A complete list of markets currently available can be found on the TrafficLand.com Web site.

TrafficLand also provides specialized, secure access through its Video Distribution System™, to first responders, transit agencies and emergency management organizations, to assist routine and emergency operations and improve regional mobility and public safety.

For more information, please contact: Jay Cohen, 301-657-3234 or by email to jcohen@trafficland.com.

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:// Red Zebra Broadcasting Hires Commercial Production Director
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Red Zebra BroadcastingAshburn, VA – August 17, 2006 – Red Zebra Broadcasting announced today that Randy Gardner has joined the company as Commercial Production Director. Gardner comes to Red Zebra Broadcasting from Bonneville AC WWZZ (Z104) in Washington, DC.

Gardner will serve as Commercial Production Director for Red Zebra Broadcasting’s Triple X ESPN Radio (94.3 FM/WWXT, 92.7 FM/WWXX, 730 AM/WXTR) the new home of The Washington Redskins.

“We are excited to have Randy’s creative energy on our team. His broad experience and his commitment to clients are tremendous advantages for Red Zebra Broadcasting,” said Tod Castleberry, Vice President of Operations for Red Zebra Broadcasting.

Prior to coming to Washington, DC Gardner worked in Portland, Oregon for KXL AM/FM and got his career started in Los Angles at K-Earth 101 and KOST 103.

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:// Daisy Davis Named New OM at Radio One, Inc.’s Philadelphia Cluster
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Daisy Davis
Philadelphia, PA (August 9, 2006) – Daisy Davis was named as the new Operations Manager for Radio One, Inc.’s Philadelphia cluster, which includes WPHI-FM 100.3 The Beat (Hip-Hop/R&B), WRNB-FM 107.9 (Urban AC) and WPPZ-FM 103.9 (Gospel), General Manager Chester Schofield, announced today that “Daisy Davis will make a positive impact for the cluster of our stations in Philadelphia. Daisy’s creative and innovative approach will differentiate us from the competition. Many extremely talented individuals were interviewed but the single best person that can get us there is Ms. Davis and we are extremely excited to have her.”

Davis replaces former OM Helen Little, who exited last month. She will begin her new appointment on August 21. “I am so excited to join the Radio One family; especially returning to Philadelphia. I admire Chester and have the utmost respect for his proven expertise as a leader in radio. I’m more than ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work with Chester, Colby and the entire staff. Plus I can’t wait to get a Rita’s Water Ice Mango Gelati. I am totally blessed and could not have written a better script myself! Davis recently served as consultant at Washington, D.C.’s top rated WHUR-FM. In 2001, Davis became the Operations Manager at Clear Channel – Norfolk, which included WOWI-FM, WBHH-FM, WSVY-FM and WJCD-FM. Prior to that she served as Music Director/Assistant Program Director at WDAS-FM as well as Program Director at WDAS’ sister station, gospel outlet 1480 WDAS-AM.

A well-respected and celebrated radio industry professional, who began her career at WBMX (later named WVAZ) in Chicago, Davis is a noted speaker on various industry panels and the recipient of numerous awards, including Radio & Records, Billboard Magazine, Impact, Young Black Programmers Conference, and Black Radio Exclusive.

Radio One, Inc. is the seventh largest radio broadcasting company in the U.S. with 71 radio stations in 22 urban markets, including Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Boston, Dallas, Atlanta, and Detroit, among others. Radio One, Inc. is rapidly closing in on reaching 14 million listeners weekly.

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:// Virginia Athletics Broadens Partnership With Gray Television in Charlottesville
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Charlottesville NewsplexCHARLOTTESVILLE - The University of Virginia athletics department announced on Monday (July 31) plans to broaden its television partnership with Gray Television. The agreement reached by the two parties enables Gray to become the flagship television partner for Virginia Athletics.

Gray Television's three stations in the Charlottesville area - WCAV-CBS19, WVAWABC16, and WAHU-FOX27- will continue as the home of "Cavalier Sports Weekly" for the next five years. Gray will also now carry the "Cavalier Weekend Preview," which highlights the upcoming weekend's events for Virginia Athletics, on each of its stations during newscasts on Thursdays and Fridays. Additional programming, including football & basketball season previews, fall and spring Olympic sports previews, and post-season shows will also air on the Gray stations.

Roger Burchett, general manager with Gray Television, is enthusiastic about the partnership.

"This is a tremendous day for us as a station group," Burchett said. "We are ecstatic and honored that the Virginia athletics department has shown us this great vote of confidence and decided to make us its long-term television partner. It validates the hard work of everyone here and offers us an opportunity to do something very special for the University. We want to thank everyone involved in the UVa Athletics Department for choosing us to be "The Flagship Television Stations" of Virginia Athletics."

Virginia Executive Associate Director of Athletics Jon Oliver is also pleased about the partnership with Gray Television.

"We appreciate Gray Television's commitment to the Virginia athletics department," Oliver said. "We're pleased with this partnership and look forward to the coverage of Virginia Athletics that Gray's stations will provide."

The first "Cavalier Sports Weekly" program for 2006-07 will air on Sunday, Sept. 3 at 10:30 a.m. on WVAW ABC16 and at 11:30 p.m. on WCAV CBS19. The program will air on Monday, Sept. 4 at 6:30 p.m. on WAHU FOX27.

Gray Television, Inc. owner of Charlottesville’s WCAV CBS19, as well as it’s sister stations, WVAW ABC16 and WAHU FOX27. Gray Television, Inc. is a television broadcast company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Gray operates 36 television stations serving 30 markets. Each of the stations are affiliated with either CBS (17 stations), NBC (10 stations), ABC (8 stations), or Fox (1 station).

For further information regarding this press release, please contact Maria Critzer at 434-220-7529.

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:// Richmond Veteran Broadcaster JACK ALIX has announced the formation of his new multi-layered company
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Richmond veteran broadcaster JACK ALIX has announced the formation of his new multi-layered company, SMARTALIX, INC, which will launch soon in the greater Richmond area. Alix has been in the radio business for over 35 years as a General Manager, Program and Operations Manager, Sales Manager, and much more for stations around the country in such markets as Washington, D.C., Richmond, Roanoke/Lynchburg, Kansas City, Daytona Beach/Orlando FL and more. Alix syndicated the 3-hour weekly show, "Rock and Roll Roots" from Richmond's Q94 in the late 70s and 80s to over 140 stations worldwide. He also hosted the first Beatles concert in America (Washington DC) and the 2nd Beatles concert in 1966 at Washington's RFK Stadium as well as hosting and promoting concerts featuring Janis Joplin, The Beach Boys, Neil Diamond, Doobie Bros, Journey among others and is featured prominently in the just released book on Jim Morrison's early years in Alexandria. Alix created and developed the Oldies 107-3 format in Richmond a few years ago for WBBT/WARV. He was recently given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Richmond Broadcasters Hall of Fame. He was with MainQuad/Mainline in Richmond for nearly 4 1/2 years and then served as Station Manager of ESPN 950 AM for Gee Communications.

SMARTALIX will offer "Smart Advertising Ideas". "Smart Promotions", "Smart special radio-tv programming concepts" and more.

For More information, call SMARTALIX at (804) 639-5449 or (804) 357 0387 or e mail address: jsmartalix@aol.com.

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:// WVEC-TV13: July ratings success in Hampton Roads for 13NEWS!
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13 NEWSNorfolk, VA. More Hampton Roads residents get their local news from WVEC-TV13 than any other station in the market…according to Nielsen HH Overnights for July 2006.

13NEWS wins based on HH ratings. The 5:00-7:00 AM time period is up over last year; specifically, the 5:00 AM leaping +26% and the competitive 6:00 AM hour experienced a +7% increase. “This book clearly points to the fact more and more viewers prefer WVEC-TV13. It is a key indicator of viewer preferences,” said President and General Manager Nick Nicholson. “By consistently delivering a great product, viewers recognize the station they should turn to for local news,” Nicholson added.

WVEC-TV13 won sign-on to sign-off again capturing a 12 share of the audience compared to Channel 3’s 8 share and Cannel 10’s 9 share. This is the eighth consecutive rating period where we are #1 sign-on to sign-off, and by the greatest margin yet.

M–F Morning News – WVEC-TV13 increased our share of audience at 5am and 6am. We grew our share of audience at 5am by 38%, and grew our share at 6am by 8%.

M-F 5pm – WVEC-TV13 grew our share of audience at 5pm from an 18 share to a 19 share (+6%). We delivered more news viewers at 5pm than our competition combined.

M-F 5:30pm – We maintained our 18 share of audience from a year ago, and we delivered more news viewers than our competition combined.

M-F 6pm – We maintained our 18 share of audience from a year ago, and we delivered more news viewers than our competition combined. WVEC-TV13 was the only station in the market to maintain or grow share in all time periods during the 5-6:30pm news block.

M-F 11pm –We were within 3/10th’s of a rating point of tying Channel 3 for 2nd at 11pm.

Sa/Su Morning News – Our weekend early morning newscast grew 12.5% year to year, and we were the only morning newscast in the market to grow share.

Sa/Su Evening News – We maintained our audience share from a year ago.

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:// PraterMedia is open for business
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PraterMedia (Roanoke, VA) Broadcast consultancy PraterMedia has officially launched today. The new company was founded by Jay and Bart Prater, and offers broadcast groups guidance in all areas of programming including talent development, online presence, new media technologies, as well as marketing, promotions, engineering and music.

President Jay Prater aka Jay Slater, most recently Program Director of WXMM Norfolk, said “This is a different kind of consultancy. We want to help radio stations develop content and interactivity with their listeners both on-air and online. Given all the choices media consumers have, the only way to win the war is by providing content they can’t get anywhere else. Faceless jukebox radio just isn’t the way to go in the long term.”

Bart Prater, Director of Talent Development, is a legend in Virginia broadcasting. A Billboard award winning personality, Bart will oversee airchecking talent and handle Arbitron analysis for client stations.

Visit PraterMedia online at www.pratermedia.com or call Jay at (540) 761-1190.

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:// X-1-10 WTW TKTS 2 C KC 86 CNCRT @ VWVBA ON ML PRT DK FM D EGL
(translation: Exciting way to win tickets to see Kenny Chesney Sold Out Concert at Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheatre on Miller Lite Party Deck from 97.3 The Eagle)

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97-3 The Eagle97.3 The Eagle (WGH-FM) is introducing a new way to play contests with their listeners… Text Messaging. With the popularity of instant messaging and text messaging comes a new way for listeners to play contests on 97.3 The Eagle.

Listeners will get their first opportunity to participate in this simple, interactive technology beginning today and continuing through Friday, August 10.

To participate in this text messaging promotion, listeners will be asked to send a message to the special 5-digit number, 50555 and text in the keyword ‘eagle’, a bounceback message will be sent to the sender asking to reply now to become eligible to win 4 tickets to the Miller Lite Party Deck for the SOLD OUT Kenny Chesney at the Virginia Beach Amphitheatre on August 13.

“This technology offers our listeners an easier way to win and stay connected with their favorite radio station. You no longer have to be the 9th caller, you can enter to win on your time not ours,” commented, Eric Mastel, President of Max Media Radio.

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:// CapSan Media announces the return of Mark Jackson
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CapSan MediaVirginia Beach, VA (July 27, 2006)—CapSan Media, LLC today announced it has hired former Hampton Roads radio personality Mark Jackson to be the Director of Programming for the company’s four newly purchased FM radio stations. Mr. Jackson will oversee the programming for WFMZ-FM, WVOD-FM, WYND-FM, and WZPR-FM, serving The Outer Banks of North Carolina and Elizabeth City.

Mark Jackson began his radio career in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1987, before joining WGH-FM (Eagle 97) in Virginia Beach in 1993. He went on to be the Program Director and morning personality on Oldies 95.7 in 1996. He left for Tampa, Florida in 1999 when he joined Cox Radio's number one rated AC, WWRM-FM (Magic 94.9) as APD/MD and where he has been the number one midday air personality for the past six years. He will join CapSan Media on August 7th.

“We are so fortunate to get Mark back on our team,” said Bill Whitlow, CEO of CapSan Media. “He will be an enormous asset to our operation and we look forward to putting his on-air and programming skills to work on our stations.”

“The idea of being reunited with a group of people, CapSan Media, who I’ve had tremendous success with before and being closer to my family and friends was an opportunity I just couldn’t pass up,” said Mr. Jackson.

CapSan Media, LLC is a newly formed company owned and operated by Bill Whitlow and Jason Baker, two former radio executives with over 35 years of broadcast management experience in the Norfolk/Virginia Beach, Virginia market. Mr. Whitlow was the former General Manager of WGH-FM (Eagle 97) and took the station to the top of the ratings during his tenure. He also served as General Manager of WGH-AM and WVKL-FM. Mr. Baker served as National Sales Manager for WGH-A/F and WVKL-FM. After leaving the radio business in 1999, they formed Whitlow Baker Advertising which is headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

CapSan Media is a subsidiary of Whitlow Baker Advertising, LLC, with corporate headquarters located at 277 Bendix Rd., Suite 411, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23452. The company website is www.capsanmedia.com.

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:// Studio Center Moves After 40 Years!
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Studio CenterVirginia Beach, Virginia – 07/24/2006 – William “Woody” Prettyman, CEO of Studio Center Worldwide Audio announced today that Studio Center Worldwide Audio has moved its corporate headquarters from Norfolk’s Historic Ghent section, to Virginia Beach. “We loved Norfolk but we just outgrew our other facility. Virginia Beach is more centrally located and we have plenty of parking.” Studio Center’s new 10,000 square foot state-of-the-art production facility is located in the heart of Virginia Beach at 161 Business Park Drive. “We’ve doubled our space and outfitted all 9 local studios with the best and newest of everything in Production. We now have more production studios under one roof than anyone else in the country. We’re thrilled!”

Studio Center Worldwide Audio, founded 40 years ago, has grown into America’s number one production facility, producing over 12,000 commercials annually for local clients like Virginia Marine Science Museum, Sentara, Busch Gardens, HRT, and other National clients such as A&E, AOL, BMW, Blockbuster Video, Bud Light, the Cartoon Network, Value City Furniture, GEICO, Kroger, HGTV, Heineken, The History Channel, Lowe’s, McDonald’s, MTV, NASA, NASCAR, PBS, Pepsi, Starbucks, AMF, Victoria’s Secret and The Washington Post.

Studio Center is home to such well known local Voice Talents as Dave Parker (WTKR), Brian Smith (WVEC), Jay West & Eric Worden (Bob FM), Kristi Michael (WROX 96X), Leila Rice & Alex Dahm (106 The Fox) Stephanie Thomas (Star 94.1), Charles Black (95-7 R&B FM). Many celebrities such as Robert Duval, Morgan Freeman, George Carlin, Charlie Sheen & Isaac Hayes have done, and continue to do sessions at Studio Center locations nationwide.

Studio Center Worldwide Audio now has 17 studios in four cities (Virginia Beach, Memphis, Los Angeles and Las Vegas) producing Radio and TV commercial audio, plus audio for documentaries, CD-ROMS, in-flight entertainment, computer games, toys, web sites, corporate training programs and in-store announcements for clients in all 50 states and 23 countries around the world.

After winning over 2,000 awards over the last four decades, including Local, Regional and National Addys, Tellys, Clios, Silver Microphones and a Grammy Award. Most recently Studio Center Worldwide Audio won the Silver Microphone Award for the best radio commercial and Best Jingle!

Web address: www.studiocenter.com

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:// Red Zebra Broadcasting Acquires Norfolk/Virginia Beach Station
102.1 WWHV-FM to Broadcast Redskins Games and ESPN Radio

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Red Zebra BroadcastingAshburn, VA – July 24, 2006 – Red Zebra Broadcasting today announced that it has finalized its acquisition of Virginia Beach-based 102.1 FM (WWHV-FM) from On Top Communications. This follows the successful launch of Red Zebra Broadcasting’s Triple X ESPN Radio – the new home of the Washington Redskins and ESPN Radio in Washington, DC – last week. WWHV-FM is Red Zebra Broadcasting’s second purchase outside the Washington, DC-area.

“This is a very exciting time for Red Zebra Broadcasting. With the successful launch of Triple X ESPN Radio in Washington, D.C., we are focused on continuing to grow beyond Washington, D.C.,” said Bennett Zier, CEO of Red Zebra Broadcasting. “WWHV-FM is a wonderful addition for Red Zebra Broadcasting, as we love the Norfolk market.”

Zier added, “We continue to look for ways to expand throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region. Red Zebra Broadcasting remains in the buying business.”

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:// WCAV CBS19 Charlottesville wins “Outstanding Newscast” award at annual VAB convention
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CBS19Charlottesville, VA – Gray television’s WCAV CBS19 was presented a runner up award for “Outstanding Newscast” by a television station in the state of Virginia by the Virginia Association of Broadcasters at its annual summer convention held in Virginia Beach. The other finalist and award winner was powerhouse WWBT NBC12 out of Richmond.

Roger Burchett, Vice President and General Manager of the Charlottesville Newsplex said, “To be one of the final two TV stations considered for this award encompassing both large and small markets statewide and to be associated with the likes of WWBT after being on the air less than two years is quite an honor. This is huge stamp of validation on the efforts of our News Director Jeremy Settle and his entire team. I am really very proud of everyone in this building for what they are accomplishing everyday and thankful to our peers at the VAB for this honor and award.

Jeremy Settle, News Director said, “I’m pleased at the tremendous growth that this news operation has seen so rapidly. It is truly an honor to be recognized by the VAB in a statewide forum such as this. We could not have achieved this success without the hard work and dedication of every member of our news team. Big thanks go out to my team as well as the judging members of the VAB for recognizing our hard work.”

Gray Television, Inc. owner of Charlottesville’s WCAV CBS19, as well as it’s sister stations, WVAW ABC16 and WAHU FOX27, is a communications company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia whose primary mission is to provide quality news and entertainment services to the local markets in which the company operates. Our commitment to local interests and selective acquisition strategy provides growth opportunities, which builds long-term value for our stockholders.

For further information regarding this press release, please contact Maria Critzer at 434-220-7529.

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:// Cathy Lewis to Host Morning Talk Show on 850 WTAR
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Cathy Lewis
(Norfolk) — Veteran public radio host Cathy Lewis joins the line-up at WTAR 850 AM to host “The Cathy Lewis Show” weekdays from 7:00-9:00 AM. The program debuts Thursday, July 27. Cathy will continue to host “Hear/Say with Cathy Lewis,” the lunchtime public affairs program on WHRV 89.5 FM public radio that marks ten years on the air in October.

Cathy is consistently included in Hampton Roads’ “best of” lists. PortFolio Weekly named her one of the “Women We Love” and one of the “100 Best People, Places and Things in Hampton Roads” by PortFolio Weekly. Hampton Roads Magazine selected Cathy as one of their “50 Very Important People.”

“With Cathy on the schedule, we’re offering two different, dynamic morning talk radio products on our AM stations,” said Bob Sinclair, CEO of Sinclair Communications. “Tony Macrini is a legend on WNIS 790 AM; Cathy’s show is a landmark on public radio in Hampton Roads, so we’re excited to have her on WTAR 850 AM.”

“Cathy has been an important part of WHRV for nearly a decade and I’m delighted she’ll continue to host “Hear/Say with Cathy Lewis,” said Joseph T. Widoff, President and Chief Executive Officer of WHRO. “Having one host on both public and commercial radio is a first in Hampton Roads, and it’s a win for both of our stations and for the community.”

Cathy also begins her fifth year as Executive Director of the CIVIC Leadership Institute, the region’s only senior-level leadership organization bringing together leaders from both sides of the Hampton Roads harbor. “Cathy’s breadth of knowledge of the issues in Hampton Roads is extraordinary,” said Anne Conner, President of the Board of Directors of the CIVIC Leadership Institute. “I’m glad more people will get to experience her unique brand of wit and wisdom.”

On the home front, Cathy is the wife of an Episcopal clergyman and the mother of an active student athlete. Her humor essays about clergy family life have been featured on the Hallmark channel.

Cathy is a sought-after speaker and facilitator, known for her ability to create safe, inviting, enjoyable conversation space for people both on the air and in person. A member of the prestigious National Speakers Association, Cathy has addressed groups of all sizes on media issues, civic engagement, and the challenges of contemporary family life.

“Time is probably the most valuable currency in the culture today,” said Cathy Lewis. “So, my goal is to bring listeners a show that’s worthy of their time. It’s about news, weather and traffic. It’s about issues we all care about. But it’s also about living smarter, connecting with family and friends and sharing a laugh or two along the way.” Lewis paused and added, “For me, it’s probably also about finding a Starbucks that’s open at 5AM!”

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:// SINCLAIR COMMUNICATIONS HIRES NORFOLK MARKET VETERAN JEFF MOREAU
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Jeff Moreau
Sinclair Communications is pleased to announce that Jeff Moreau, a 26-year veteran of the Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News radio market, has joined the company's Norfolk cluster of stations. Moreau will focus on future station programming and production projects in addition to appearing on WNIS 790 AM, WTAR 850 AM and WPYA BOB-FM (93.7).

Moreau started his local radio career at WNOR-AM/FM in December 1979. He has handled afternoon drive for WWDE-FM (“2WD”) twice; first in the early 1980s, and most recently for nearly 13-year stint. Moreau also hosted afternoons on the former Top 40 “97 Star” (WGH-FM) and mornings after that station switched to the country Eagle 97 format in 1990. He then hosted mornings on the now defunct “Mix 105” (WMXN-FM) before returning to 2WD. Longtime local listeners may even remember Moreau as an airborne traffic reporter for WFOG-FM and WNOR.

Since resigning from 2WD in September 2005, Moreau has been spending his time not on the air, but rather in the air as a commercial charter pilot for Landmark Aviation at Norfolk International Airport.

Jeff Moreau's distinctive voice can be heard on a number of local and national commercials, cable TV's “Outdoor Channel, and the syndicated NEXTEL Cup racing show, “Raceline.” Locally, he is also the voice of WSKY-TV 4, and now, WTAR 850 AM (a Sinclair Communications station).

Jay West, WNIS, WTAR & WPYA Program Director, says, “I am incredibly excited to welcome Jeff Moreau to Sinclair Communications. I've known Jeff for more than 11 years, and I know that he will be a huge asset to our stations.” Tony Macrini, morning host on WNIS, and Dave Morgan, Sinclair/Norfolk’s Director of Engineering and AM Operations, worked with Moreau at WGH-AM/FM in the 1980s. Morgan says, “Jeff Moreau brings unmatched talent, experience and versatility to our stations. Tony Macrini and I are thrilled that we’ll all be working together again.”

Sinclair Communications owns five radio stations in the Norfolk, Virginia area (WNIS-AM, WTAR-AM, WPYA-FM, WROX-FM and WZNR-FM), four stations in Santa Rosa, California, and a partnership, with Emmis Communications, in six stations in Austin, Texas.

Sinclair Communications is not in any way affiliated with the Sinclair Broadcast Group of Baltimore, Maryland.

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:// Local DJ Donates His Face to Save Grace
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Richmond, VA - The plight of a 2 year old baby girl fighting for her life from a rare form of cancer, and a razor shaving through unfamiliar territory has prompted a Richmond, VA disc jockey to donate his face in an unusual effort to raise money to help with the little girl's health costs. The WBBT Oldies 1073 Morning DJ, who goes by the name 'Ozone', first learned of Grace Oughton's fight for survival earlier this year while hosting a fundraiser in her honor. "She absolutely melted me," Ozone says. "Since then, I've been trying to come up with something different that could raise awareness and money for Grace." That 'something different' idea came to him while shaving. "I've shaved off my mustache twice in the last 30 years, and when I shaved it yesterday, the space between my upper lip and nose looked big enough to be a billboard."

He has decided to donate his face as a walking billboard to advertise businesses or individuals to help raise money for the Grace Oughton Cancer Foundation. Through the station's website at www.oldies1073.net, bidders can bid in a silent auction. Each week through Labor Day, the high bidder can have their business name, web address, or slogan painted on Ozone's face. Where ever he goes during the week, the message will be seen. In addition, the radio station will donate mentions of that business or individual on the air throughout the week and post the business on the station website.

For the first week, Ozone will be walking around with the message 'RENT THIS SPACE, HELP SAVE GRACE' to generate interest. The goal? "As much as humanly possible," he says.

For more information please contact Emily Gleason WBBT Promotions Director at 804.327.9902.

To contact Ozone directly during his morning show from 6am to 10am Monday through Friday call him at 804.345.1073 or email at ozone@oldies1073.net or after the show at 804.327.9902 or on his cellphone at 804.405.0459.

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:// Local Media Company completes purchase of 4 Outer Banks Radio Stations
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CapSan MediaVirginia Beach, VA (July 6, 2006)—CapSan Media, LLC today announced it has completed the purchase of WFMZ-FM, WYND-FM, WZPR-FM, and WVOD-FM, serving The Outer Banks of North Carolina and Elizabeth City, (metro rank 244) from Convergent Broadcasting, LLC. The deal was brokered by Kalil and Co. for $3.5 million.

The four radio stations have been in a Local Market Agreement (LMA) since April 3rd of this year as both parties awaited final approval of the deal from the Federal Communications Commission. The stations received approval on Monday and the final closing of the deal was completed today.

CapSan Media, LLC is a newly formed locally owned company managed by Bill Whitlow and Jason Baker, two former radio executives with over 35 years of broadcast management experience in the Norfolk/Virginia Beach, Virginia market.

Mr. Whitlow was the former General Manager of WGH-FM (Eagle 97) and took the station to the top of the ratings during his tenure from 1991 to 1999. During that time he directly challenged then reigning ratings leader WCMS, taking over the top spot within two years. Mr. Whitlow also served as General Manager of WGH-AM and WVKL-FM.

Mr. Baker served as National Sales Manager for WGH-A/F and WVKL-FM. He is responsible for achieving the highest monthly advertising spending levels ever recorded for WGH-AM. After leaving the radio business in 1999, Mr. Baker worked for WTKR television for one year before joining with Mr. Whitlow to form Whitlow Baker Advertising which is headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

“I have missed broadcasting for several years, and now that I’m back in the day to day operation as an owner I can’t wait to take these stations to the top,” said Mr. Whitlow, CEO of CapSan Media.

CapSan Media is a subsidiary of Whitlow Baker, with corporate headquarters located at 277 Bendix Rd., Suite 411, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23452. The company website is www.capsanmedia.com.

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:// The Michael Baisden Show to Kiss
Coco Butta exits

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105-3 Kiss FMClear Channel Norfolk is set to launch The Michael Baisden Show on WKUS, 1053 KISS FM, beginning Monday, July 10.

Soon the hottest new national personality in radio can be heard on the airwaves in Hampton Roads, weekdays from 3:00–7:00 PM! Michael Baisden’s Love, Lust & Lies program is a provocative mix of relationship talk with the best of old school and today’s best R&B.

Love, Lust & Lies is the number one rated program with adults 25-54 in New York Philadelphia, Washington, Detroit and Memphis and number one with women 25-54 in New York, Detroit and Washington. Michael Baisden is also an established author of best selling books, host of national relationship seminars and the founder of the Michael Baisden Foundation for Literacy.

Director of Urban Programming, Eric Mychaels says, “I’m very excited to have this entertaining and compelling program on KISS FM. Michael Baisden is a proven winner and I’m confident our listeners will make an appointment to listen weekday afternoons from 3-7.”

The new KISS line will see former PM, Driver Big Dose, moving to Mid-days, 10:00-3:00 PM, and the departure of Coca Butter who exits the station.

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:// WORTHINGTON REUNITES WITH FAMILY AND UPS HIS GAME TO THE “MAX”
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Max MediaVIRGINIA BEACH – Thurman Worthington joins the Max Media Sales Staff on Wednesday, July 5th as a Senior Marketing Manager.

Thurman has over 30 years of experience in the broadcasting industry. The past 19 ˝ years he was an Account Executive for WWDE.

Vonneva Carter, Max Media General Manager commented, “It is with great pleasure that I welcome Thurman to Max Media. I am elated in having him join our staff. Thurman is an icon in the industry and his impeccable reputation, knowledge and relationships are surpassed by no one in this market.”

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:// CBS RADIO NEWS WINS FOUR EDWARD R. MURROW AWARDS
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CBS Radio NewsWestwood One (NYSE: WON) is proud to announce that CBS Radio News is the recipient of four national Edward R. Murrow Awards in the following categories: Best Continuing Coverage, Best Newscast, Best Spot News and Best Sports Reporting. The prestigious Edward R. Murrow Awards, presented by the Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) to acknowledge superior achievements in broadcast journalism, will be presented at a ceremony in New York on October 16, 2006.

CBS Radio News, distributed exclusively by Westwood One, won in the Continuing Coverage category for the seventh year in a row for its live coverage of the year’s biggest news story, Hurricane Katrina. For the second year in a row, the CBS World News Roundup won the Best Newscast award. CBS World News Roundup won the award for its September 5th Labor Day broadcast, anchored by Christopher Glenn and produced by Paul Farry. Minutes before air of the newscast, which covered the recovery efforts along the Gulf Coast, President Bush nominated John Roberts as Chief Justice of the United States. Demonstrating superior skills in news and production, the CBS News team provided extensive coverage of both major stories. In the Best Spot News category, CBS Radio News won for its coverage of the London bombings. A Sports Murrow was awarded to Howard Arenstein for his Washington Nationals Opening Day coverage, a day which marked a return of baseball to our nation’s capitol.

In commenting on the awards, Harvey Nagler, CBS News Vice President-Radio, said, “We are particularly proud that for the seventh year in a row RTNDA has honored us for our breaking news coverage of the biggest story of the year.”

CBS Radio News features exclusive and breaking news coverage, as well as CBS News-on-the-Hour, CBS World News Roundup, “The Osgood File,” and “Harry Smith Reporting.” Over the past eight years, CBS Radio News has won 33 Edward R. Murrow Awards.

Westwood One (NYSE: WON) provides over 150 news, sports, music, talk, entertainment programs, features, live events and 24/7 Formats. Through its subsidiaries, Metro Networks/Shadow Broadcast Services, Westwood One provides local content to the radio and TV industries including news, sports, weather, traffic, video news services and other information. SmartRoute Systems manages traffic information centers for state and local departments of transportation, and markets traffic and travel content to wireless, Internet, in-vehicle navigation systems and voice portal customers. Westwood One serves more than 5,000 radio stations. Westwood One is managed by CBS Radio.

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:// ESPN RADIO 1310 SHOW WINS "BEST SPORTS COVERAGE"
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ESPN Radio 1310The "Tony Mercurio Show" on Max Media's "ESPN Radio 1310" WGH-AM Newport News/Norfolk was named the "Best Sports Coverage" in Virginia for 2005, by the Virginia Association of Broadcasters. The announcement was made at their annual Awards dinner last week in Virginia Beach.

Tony Mercurio, host of the "Tony Mercurio Show," is currently in his 20th year with ESPN Radio 1310 WGH-AM. In addition, Mercurio has won 13 "Sportscaster of the Year Awards" and has been "the voice of the ODU Lady Monarchs basketball team" for the past 15 years.

WGH-AM was the first radio station in the Commonwealth of Virginia to go all-sports, back on May 30, 1992. Mercurio began his sportstalk show on September 15, 1986, six years before the station went all-sports.

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:// WNIS NEWSRADIO 790AM SWITCHES NETWORK NEWS AFFILIATION TO FOX NEWS RADIO
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WNISWNIS 790 AM, Hampton Roads' leading news and talk radio station, is replacing its current network news provider, ABC News, with FOX News, effective Monday, 3rd July, 2006. WNIS station management reached this decision based on several factors, including overwhelming listener demand for FOX News on the radio.

“Probably the number one request we receive from our listeners these days is that we carry FOX News,” said Dave Morgan, the station's Director of Engineering and Operations. “Now that FOX offers radio newscasts at the top and bottom of each hour like the other networks, we can satisfy the listener demand for FOX News without reducing our news content. FOX dominates cable TV news by fulfilling their 'fair and balanced' promise, and we expect that they will help us continue to be the local news and talk leader.”

WNIS is owned and operated by Sinclair Communications, which owns five radio stations in the Hampton Roads, Virginia area, four stations in Santa Rosa, California, and a partnership, with Emmis Communications, in six stations in Austin, Texas.

Sinclair Communications is not in any way affiliated with the Sinclair Broadcast Group of Baltimore, Maryland.

FOX News, headed by Roger Ailes, Chairman and CEO, operates FOX News Radio, a 24/7 news service reaching more than ten million listeners a week. The network features a comprehensive hourly five-minute newscast along with one-minute newscasts, breaking-news coverage to affiliate stations nationwide, and four weekday talk programs, Brian and The Judge, The Alan Colmes Show, The John Gibson Show and FOX Across America with Spencer Hughes. Additionally, FOX News also operates FOX News Channel (FNC), the number one cable news channel in the United States for more than four years, FOXNews.com and produces FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace and The Radio Factor with Bill O’Reilly.

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:// VIRGINIA SPORTS NETWORK INCREASES BLACKSBURG/RADFORD COVERAGE
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CHARLOTTESVILLE--The University of Virginia athletics department announced on Tuesday (June 20) plans to bolster its radio coverage in the Blacksburg and Radford markets by adding an FM station associated with the Sports Addict Radio Network.

WZFM-FM (101.3) joins the Virginia Sports Network’s lineup beginning this fall. The station will carry all UVa programming, including football and basketball games, the Cavalier Minute and Cavalier Call-In, the Monday night talk show with Virginia coaches.

“The addition of this station is important for us,” said Jon Oliver, executive associate director of athletics at UVa. “We are adding a highly-rated, quality FM radio station with a wonderful signal to our broadcast lineup. This is a significant addition in terms of our game day and special programming coverage.”

“The Virginia Cavaliers have a quality sports program and radio network and we welcome the opportunity with open arms,” added Nic Andrews, News and Programming Director for WZFM Cruzin Oldies and Fox News Radio 810 AM. “We feel we can bring a lot to the table in terms of coverage, ratings and promotion. We’re excited about the relationship.”

Virginia kicks off its 2006 football season on September 2 in Pittsburgh, Pa., against the University of Pittsburgh. Virginia Sports Network coverage begins at 6:00pm.

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:// ABC NEWS RADIO WINS 2006 EDWARD R. MURROW AWARD FOR “OVERALL EXCELLENCE”
Additional Honors for “Continuing Coverage,” “Best Writing” And “Best Use of Sound” Seventh Win In “Overall Excellence” Category

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ABC News RadioNEW YORK, NY (June 22, 2006) — ABC News Radio, the nation’s largest commercial radio news organization, has been awarded the 2006 Edward R. Murrow Award for “Overall Excellence,” it was announced today by Steve Jones, Vice President and General Manager of ABC News Radio. “Overall Excellence” is awarded after judges have reviewed a news organization’s full range of coverage, from breaking news to feature reporting.

In addition, ABC News Radio was honored with three other 2006 Murrow Awards in the “Continuing Coverage” category for Hurricane Katrina coverage, the “Best Use of Sound” category for a report by ABC News Radio Correspondent Donna Renae on the national anthem, and the “Best Writing” category for ABC News Radio Correspondent Gil Gross’ report on Hurricane Katrina.

“We are extremely honored to be recognized by our broadcasting peers and the RTNDA with the Murrow Award for ‘Overall Excellence,’” said Jones. “This award, and the three others ABC News Radio has earned this year, underscore our ongoing commitment to delivering the best in journalism and providing the highest quality news reports to our listeners and affiliates.”

ABC News Radio has been a recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award for “Overall Excellence” seven times, more than any other radio news organization combined. Since the “Overall Excellence” award was first handed out in 1996, ABC News Radio has won in 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2006. According to the RTNDA, “To earn an Overall Excellence award, a station or network must consistently demonstrate depth and scope in its coverage.”

Considered among the most prestigious awards in broadcast journalism, the Edward R. Murrow Award is presented annually by the Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA), the world’s largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism, to recipients who demonstrate the excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the electronic news profession. The award for “Overall Excellence” is considered the highest honor the RTNDA can bestow.

About ABC Radio Networks

ABC Radio Networks has over 4,500 affiliate radio stations reaching 107 million people age 12 and over each week. Programs and services include ABC News Radio, Paul Harvey News and Comment, The Sean Hannity Show, Satellite Sisters, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, The Doug Banks Morning Show, MoneyTalk with Bob Brinker, The Mark Levin Show, The Mark Davis Show, The Larry Elder Show, American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks, The Dan Patrick Show, The Herd with Colin Cowherd, Mike and Mike in the Morning, The Michael Baisden Show, Dick Bartley's Rock & Roll's Greatest Hits, The John Batchelor Show, Todd Pettengill at the 80s, Renán Almendárez Coello—El Cucuy de la Mańana, El Vacilón de la Mańana with Luis Jimenez and Moonshadow and El Vacilón de la Mańana with Enrique Santos and Joe Ferrero, Daddy Yankee On Fuego Radio and ESPN Deportes Radio. Other ABC broadcast services include ABC Sports Radio, Radio Disney, syndicated music and talk programs including Flashback, format-specific ePREP and production libraries, ABC's Jack FM™ and eleven other 24-Hour Formats, including Scott Shannon's True Oldies Channel and ESPN Radio, which is the exclusive network radio home of Major League Baseball, the NBA and the Bowl Championship Series.

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:// WVEC-TV13 honored with 2 VAB Awards from The Virginia Association of Broadcasters
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13 NEWSNorfolk, VA. WVEC-TV13 was recognized with 2 VAB Awards on Friday, June 16th. The Virginia Association of Broadcasters sponsored the annual Station Awards Program, honoring the best work of Virginia broadcasters for the 2005 calendar year.

Outstanding Website, Commercial Television was awarded to WVEC.COM. "It's very gratifying to be honored by the Virginia Association of Broadcasters as the best television Website in Virginia,“ said Pete McElveen, News & Operations Manager for WVEC.COM. “13NEWS is a brand people trust for local news and information, and WVEC.COM offers a way for people to get that information on demand, to study it, discuss it, print it, or forward it. This is an exciting time to work on a local news Website, and we are honored to be recognized for excellence by the VAB." McElveen added.

Best Station Promotion, Commercial Television was awarded to Creative Services’ Spirit of Hampton Roads for weather brand promotion. “I’m delighted that this campaign has reached high visibility and impact with viewers,” said Director of Creative Services and Production Matt Earl. “The team set out to create a unique and memorable spot, but we are very much humbled by this VAB recognition.” Earl added.

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:// NEWSRADIO 1140 WRVA SCORES BIG AT VAB AWARDS
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WRVAVirginia Beach, Va – The Virginia Association of Broadcasters have presented 1140 WRVA with 4 winning trophies, honoring the station for outstanding achievement in broadcasting for the year 2005. The presentation was made at Friday’s VAB 69th Annual Convention in Virginia Beach.

Richmond’s Morning News with Jimmy Barrett won Best Morning Show in Virginia. The show, heard daily 5am to 9am on WRVA, also won the award in 2003.

WRVA News received top honors in the categories of Outstanding newscast, Outstanding News Series for stories on the impact of Hurricane Katrina and Outstanding Feature Reporting for a back-to-school feature broadcast on the station.

“It’s a great honor, especially because broadcasters from other states judge the entries”, said WRVA Program Director Tom Parker. “We’ve got a great team here in Richmond”!

The station was nominated and won in all four categories.

Newsradio 1140 WRVA is the premier news/talk radio station in Richmond, Va. www.1140wrva.com.

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:// B101.5 AND NEWSTALK1230 CLAIM SEVEN VAB AWARDS
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B101.5 NewsTalk 1230FREDERICKSBURG, VA—Mid Atlantic Network, Inc. stations WBQB-FM (B101.5) and WFVA-AM (NewsTalk 1230) won seven awards Friday night, June 16, 2006 at the 69th Annual Virginia Association of Broadcasters awards banquet held in Virginia Beach.

The following awards were presented to Mid Atlantic Network, Inc.’s Fredericksburg stations:
    First place for Outstanding Newscast (Medium Market)
    B101.5 Newscast (B101.5)

    First Place for Best Commercial (Medium Market)
    Slug-a-Bug (B101.5)

    First Place for Outstanding Website (Medium Market)
    B1015.com (B101.5)

    First Place for Best Public Service/Community Event
    Tears in Heaven (B101.5)

    Runner-up Best News Series (Medium Market)
    Behind the Badge (NewsTalk1230)

    Runner-up Best Documentary (Medium Market)
    Virginia Blues (NewsTalk1230)

    Runner-up Best Morning Show (Medium Market)
    Fredericksburg Today (NewsTalk1230)
“It was an incredible year for our stations at the annual Virginia Association of Broadcaster’s convention,” said Mid Atlantic General Manager, Shawn Sloan. “Combined with our sister stations in Winchester, Mid Atlantic Network brought home 7 First Place Awards and 4 Runner-up Awards for an incredible total of 11 awards! That’s an achievement that is probably unmatched anywhere in the state.”

Six Associated Press awards in April and a national production award from Radio and Production magazine preceded the recognition for B101.5 and NewsTalk 1230 by the Virginia Association of Broadcasters.

B101.5 and NewsTalk 1230 are locally owned and operated by Mid-Atlantic Networks, Inc. and serve Fredericksburg, The Shenandoah Valley, the eastern panhandle of West Virginia and western Maryland.

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:// DENNY DEE ROYER HONORED BY STATE BROADCASTERS
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Dennis Royer
The Virginia Association of Broadcaster’s C. T. Lucy Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor accorded to a member of the association and is based on the individual’s broadcasting career and dedication to community service.

This year they are very pleased to honor Denny Dee Royer, a native of Waynesboro, Va and is currently a resident of Forest, Va.

Dennis G. Royer, Sr, better known as “Denny Dee” throughout the Shenandoah Valley, Lynchburg, and Greater Southside Va, received his first class engineering license in 1967 from Radio Engineering Institute in Sarasota, Fla. The very first day he received hislicense, the native of Waynesboro, Va began his career in his hometown as the “Night Hawk”, on WANV AM. He left WANV to go to WINA AM as one of Charlottesville’s night time air personalities. From there he went to WPED AM in Crozet, Va as the after-noon air personality and account executive. He eventually came back to his hometown and WANV as morning man and account executive for seven years. In 1981 he was hired by the competition, WAYB AM, where he served as the General Manager and be-came a stockholder. In 1985 Dennis and two partners formed CRS Communications, Inc and purchased WLGM AM and WJJS FM in Lynchburg, Va, where he was Vice-President and General Manager. In 1991, Dennis went to Kinston, NC for two years as General Manager of WELS AM and WKGK FM. Also in 1991, Dennis and wife, Bar-bara, formed Denbar Communications, Inc and fulfilled their lifelong dream of owning their own radio stations. They purchased WKLV AM and WBBC FM in Blackstone, Va, where he is currently President and General Manager. The stations have received numer-ous awards including Small Market News Operation of the Year. Dennis also owns “Denny Dee Entertainment” and has been providing entertainment for special events since 1976.

He has served on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Association of Broadcasters, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Blackstone Chamber of Commerce. He also served on the Board of Directors and was instrumental in the formation of HearthStone Children’s House in Charlottesville, which has since become a Ronald McDonald House. He was vice-president of the Waynesboro Jaycees and was a member of the Kiwanis. He is a current member of the Lynchburg Elks Lodge. In 1981 he was the recipient of Waynesboro VA’s Outstanding Young Man of the Year Award.

Dennis and Barbara were childhood sweethearts and have been married for 39 years. They have worked together in radio for the last 25 years and they also own Denbar Ken-nels. They, their children and grandchildren live in Forest, Va.

Mrs. Mark Moore (Stephanie) worked for her dad in Lynchburg in 1986 and currently owns a dog grooming and breeding business. She has two daughters, Brittany 17, who plans to double major in journalism and dance, and Brianna 9, and a stepson, Colin 10.

Their son, Dennis Jr, joined the family business in 1992 as account executive and is now the Station Manager of WKLV and WBBC. He has worked for Denny Dee Entertain-ment since he was big enough to carry the equipment and has now taken over the major-ity of the personal appearances.

Dennis Sr loves the radio business and still enjoys going to the office. He claims, “It has been one heck of a ride and it is not over yet.”

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:// NABET-CWA Members Reject WJLA-NewsChannel 8 Contract Offer
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Union represented employees at WJLA-NewsChannel 8, members of NABET-CWA (National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians, Communications Workers of America) Local 31, have voted overwhelmingly to reject the Company’s “best and final” contract offer.

With a 96% rejection, this sends a resounding "NO" to the management after almost a year and a half of tough negotiating. “It's gratifying to the bargaining committee's efforts that the membership understood the importance of arbitration in discharge cases,” said NABET-CWA Sector President John S. Clark. “This convincing rejection of WJLA's package shows that management misread the strength and unity of the bargaining unit on the arbitration issue.”

With few restrictions, common law in Virginia allows the employer to unilaterally terminate the employment relationship. WJLA management had proposed in its last contract offer that it be given the right to pay-off a discharged grievant with a small severance, varying from 4-8 months of pay, at their sole discretion, leaving the grievant with the sole option of pursuing his or her claim in court, paying any legal expense out of his own pocket. This contract language would allow the Company to fire workers for good cause, or for no cause. The long established legal standard of “just cause” in these cases could then be set aside. Therefore, the union’s bargaining committee had urged rejection.

The union’s position could not be clearer. The negotiated right to arbitration for employees in discharge cases is the issue that separated the parties. Virtually all other terms had been negotiated, compromised, and settled. "Arbitration is the cornerstone of any Union, without it, you don't have a Union," said Edwin Wilson, WJLA employee and Union negotiator.

As a direct result of the members’ speaking with a clear, unified voice, NABET members will be out in full force hand billing in the coming weeks at various advertisers of WJLA and Newschannel 8.

“We want to get the message out that we are very important employees at WJLA and Newschannel 8,” said Wilson. “We are all part of the same team, and therefore we should be given basic working rights and wages. We want the company to succeed, and we want to share in that prosperity, with workplace justice for all its technicians, cameramen and editors.”

The Union looks forward to getting back to the table to resolve the remaining issues and having a good collective bargaining agreement for our members.

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:// Management Team Announced For Main Line Broadcasting
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Main Line Broadcasting, locally represented by the all new 98.9 Liberty, 93.1 The Wolf, and Oldies 107.3 is pleased to announce the arrival of it's new management team.
Taylor Walet
Taylor Walet serves as Market Manager and has worked for 18 years in the radio industry in cities ranging from his native New Orleans, LA. to New York, NY where he was corporate Vice-President of National Sales for Clear Channel Radio. Most recently, Walet led 5 radio stations in NE Pennsylvania for Citadel Broadcasting and returns to Virginia for the first time since graduating from the University of Virginia.

Mike Young
Mike Young serves as General Sales Manager for 98.9 Liberty (WWLB) and brings 15 years of radio experience to Richmond, previously working in Tampa and Orlando, FL.
Bill Keeler

Bill Keeler serves as General Sales Manager for 93.1 The Wolf(WLFV) and Oldies 107.3(WBBT) and returns to Richmond radio where he spent 7 years with Clear Channel Radio. Most recently Keeler, was Director of Sales for Telemedia Broadcasting in Fredericksburg.

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:// WVEC-TV13 honored with 4 Emmy Awards from The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
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13NEWSNorfolk, VA. WVEC-TV13 was the only Hampton Roads station to be recognized with 4 Emmy Awards for News, Creative Services and Production at the 48th EMMY Awards, held Saturday, June 10th in Washington D.C..

Excellence in Newscast: Morning/Daytime – Medium Market was awarded to 13NEWS DAYBREAK, anchored by LaSalle Blanks, Janet Roach, Meteorologist Craig Moeller and produced by Brenda Carden.

13NEWS received its second Emmy award for Best News Special. “BRAC Battle: Target Hampton Roads” produced by 13NEWS Military Reporter Mike Gooding, Senior newscast producer Bob Bennett and Executive news producer Kathleen Harrington.

“I’m very proud of the 13NEWS team and their accomplishments,” said Rich Lebenson, News Director, WVEC-TV13. “…the extended coverage on the BRAC situation was vital to understanding issues impacting viewers and the community in general.” Lebenson added.

WVEC-TV13 Creative Services was honored for Best Promotion: Image-News. The 13NEWS WEATHER LAB promotion, produced by Chief Meteorologist Jeff Lawson, along with Executive producers Matt Earl, William Varnier, Sean Devereux and Eugene Gonzales.

“It’s a wonderful feeling to see my team recognized at this level,” said Director of Creative Services and Production Matt Earl. “I can’t say enough about their talent and craft; creating ideas and visuals that continually redefine the standard in this market.” Earl added.

WVEC-TV13 also received the award for Best Commercial: Campaign. “Hampton Roads Magazine” was produced by Kathleen King, Bobby Rangel and Art Director Eugene Gonzales.

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:// Chesapeake-Portsmouth Broadcasting Acquires WVAB/WBVA Radio Subject To Court Auction
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IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE... Bankruptcy Trustee R. Clinton Stackhouse, Jr. has applied to the U. S. Bankruptcy Court in Norfolk, Virginia for approval to sell the licenses and assets of Virginia Beach AM Radio Stations WVAB-1550 and WBVA-1450 to Chesapeake-Portsmouth Broadcasting Corporation of Hampton, Virginia. Mr. Stackhouse’s petition to the court asks for a possible auction for any qualified parties which want to raise the selling price for the stations beyond the offer of $775,000 proposed by Chesapeake-Portsmouth. The sale is subject to the approval of both the court and the Federal Communications Commission. The Media Broker who arranged the sale is Ray H. Rosenblum of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Chesapeake-Portsmouth is currently operating WVAB/WBVA under a temporary Local Marketing Agreement. Chesapeake-Portsmouth owns WPMH (AM-670) Claremont, WLES (AM-580) Lawrenceville, and WTJZ(AM-1270) Newport News. The President of Chesapeake-Portsmouth is Nancy Epperson.

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:// CapSan Media signs on new Account Executive
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CapSan MediaVirginia Beach, VA—(June 12, 2006) CapSan Media today announced Bryan Costenbader has joined the company and will serve as an Account Executive for its four Outer Banks radio properties. This marks the first hire for the new media company since beginning operations in April.

Mr. Costenbader is a former Air Force Crew Chief who worked as an account executive for WNOR. He is a graduate of Tidewater Community College, New Hampshire Technical College, and Cooper Career Institute. He will be responsible for developing new business revenue through advertising sales for the company’s FM stations: WYND, WVOD, WFMZ, and WZPR.

“We’re so excited to welcome Bryan to the CapSan family,” said Bill Whitlow, President and CEO of CapSan Media. “He will offer advertising opportunities to our clients that will generate fantastic results.”

“I’m so energized by the chance to work with this great bunch of people and I look forward to diving right in,” said Mr. Constenbader.

CapSan Media began operations in April, 2006 with the announcement of a deal to purchase four radio stations from Convergent Broadcasting. The company is based in Virginia Beach and serves local and national clients from Hampton Roads to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

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:// Telemedia Broadcasting Welcomes Sheila Quinn
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WGRQWGRX(Fredericksburg, VA) - The voice of the award winning Sheila Quinn has returned to the Fredericksburg airwaves on Thunder 104.5 (WGRX-FM) and 95.9 WGRQ. On Thursday, June 1st, listeners were treated to the familiar voice of Sheila Quinn bringing news and more to the region. Sheila has received numerous awards for her area news coverage from the Associated Press, the Virginia Association of Broadcasters and the Radio and Television News Directors Association. In addition, “Sheila is a favorite of area residents who have relied on her for years”, said Tom Cooper, General Manager of WGRQ/WGRX. Cooper also commented that technology continues to open doors and present itself with great opportunities to strengthen not only the radio staff but the daily on-air products.

Sheila joins Dave Adler in the mornings on 95.9 WGRQ with the latest news on the top of each hour and Sheila is now the newest member of the John Boy and Billy Big Show on Thunder 104.5 with newscasts every thirty minutes from 6am until 9am.

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:// WVEC-TV13 helps CHKD Telethon raise record breaking $3.76 million
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13NEWSNorfolk, VA. WVEC-TV13 helps the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters raise $3,765,208 during its annual Telethon Celebration. This broke the 2005 record of $3.65 million dollars!

The June 4th Telethon featured dozens of businesses, organizations and individuals raising money for CHKD and presenting donations during the broadcast, which aired live from the hospital lobby on WVEC-TV13. Former and current patients and their families went on air to share their stories of how the hospital has helped them through illness and injury. The broadcast was hosted by 13NEWS talent, including David Alan, Kathryn Barrett, Joe Flanagan, Regina Mobley, Craig Moeller, Sandra Parker and Janet Roach.

“We thank everyone who hosted a fund-raiser, called in a donation or shared their story with the viewing audience on Telethon day,” said Beth Duke, CHKD’s senior vice president for community relations. “Of course, this day would be impossible without our wonderful friends at WVEC-TV13. The enthusiasm, dedication and hard work of everyone involved in the production, behind-the-scenes and on-camera, is deeply appreciated.”

“What was most extraordinary is that our local segments were all condensed into a seamless five hours which was another first.” said WVEC-TV13 Community Affairs Director Wendy Juren.

“I’m very proud of this year’s telecast,” said WVEC-TV13 Production Manager Greg Brauer, “…beyond the on-air efforts, the results of this ongoing 13NEWS/CHKD partnership yields tremendous help for the children and families in our community.”

Proceeds raised from the Telethon benefit CHKD, Hampton Road’s only hospital dedicated exclusively to children. CHKD provides a comprehensive range of services -- from primary care and immunizations to life-saving critical care -- to the children of southeastern Virginia, northeastern North Carolina and Virginia's Eastern Shore. CHKD is one of the 170 premier hospitals affiliated with Children's Miracle Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children by raising funds and awareness for affiliated children's hospitals throughout North America.

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:// Red Zebra Broadcasting Acquires Richmond-Based Station
WXGI-AM to Continue ESPN Programming, Add Redskins Games

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Red Zebra Broadcasting Ashburn, VA - June 1, 2006 - Red Zebra Broadcasting today announced the acquisition of 950 AM (WXGI-AM) from Richmond-based Gee Communications, Inc. This follows the completion of Red Zebra Broadcasting’s purchase of 94.3 FM (WBPS-FM), 92.7 FM (WBZS-FM) and 730 AM (WKDL-AM) last month. The acquisition of WXGI-AM represents Red Zebra Broadcasting’s first expansion outside the Washington, DC-area.

“I am excited about our continued growth and our new ability to serve loyal Redskins fans in and around Richmond,” said Bennett Zier, CEO of Red Zebra Broadcasting. “WXGI is the perfect addition to our new group of radio stations.”

As part of Red Zebra Broadcasting, WXGI-AM will be the Richmond home of the Washington Redskins starting with the 2006 season. The station will also continue to carry ESPN programming.

Zier added, “We continue to look for ways to expand. Red Zebra Broadcasting remains in the buying business.”

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:// WVEC-TV13 honored to be the most watched station in Hampton Roads for local news.
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13NEWSNorfolk, VA. WVEC-TV13 is the most watched station in Hampton Roads for local news, according to Nielsen Overnights for May 2006.

13NEWS wins based on HH ratings. The 5:00-7:00 AM time period is up over last year; specifically, the 5:00 AM leaping +26% and the competitive 6:00 AM hour experienced a +7% increase. “13NEWS continues its strategic climb,” said President and General Manager Nick Nicholson. “Beyond leading the market in news content, I’m very proud of the whole team behind the scenes, maintaining the level of professionalism that BELO values and that our viewing public expects every day,” Nicholson added.

Early News is up year to year. The 5:30 PM newscast climbed +4% and the 6:00 PM is +13%.

“I’m thrilled for the station and excited for the newsroom overall,” said Rich Lebenson, News Director, WVEC-TV13. “The 13NEWS team continues to perform above and beyond. The numbers are great and we will continue to move forward, knowing that the viewers respond to our journalism, on-air, and on-line at WVEC.COM,” Lebenson added.

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:// Charlottesville Names New Director of Communications
Barrick Selected for Position after Six Month Search for Candidates

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City of CharlottesvilleCHARLOTTESVILLE - The City of Charlottesville today named Ric Barrick as the new Director of Communications completing a six-month search to fill the position. Barrick replaces Maurice Jones who left the City to be Director of Major Gifts with the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. Barrick has been the Interim Director of Communications since Jones left the City in October, 2005.

“Ric’s extensive background in the media and marketing made him an ideal match for the position,” said Gary O’Connell, City Manager of Charlottesville. “Ric was born, raised and educated in Charlottesville and I know that his passion and familiarity with the city will serve us well in his new position.”

Barrick most recently was News Director for the new startup television stations WCAV and WVAW in Charlottesville. Prior to coming to Charlottesville he was head of creative marketing for the American Psychological Association in Washington and a News Director at WMDT in Dover, DE/Salisbury, MD. Previous jobs included television meteorology jobs at stations in Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore, and Richmond. Barrick was born in Charlottesville, attended Charlottesville High School and was a graduate of the University of Virginia.

As Director of Communications, Barrick will oversee Charlottesville’s Government Access and Public Access Stations 10, 13, and 14. The Director of Communications manages and implements the planning, design, and development of programs, and strategies necessary to communicate the City’s policy priorities and organizational goals to the general public, other public agencies and elected officials, the media, and internally to city staff. He will be responsible for recommending and implementing the City’s overall intergovernmental, media, and public affairs programs.

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:// Telemedia Broadcasting, Inc. taps new managers for sales department
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Fredericksburg, Va…… Telemedia Broadcasting, Inc., which owns and operates radio stations WGRQ (95.9 FM) and WGRX ( 104.5 FM) in Fredericksburg, Virginia announced today that Edwin Pardue has been appointed the Director of Sales for the company and Karen Crosby has been named Local Sales Manager.

Edwin PardueEdwin Pardue came to Telemedia Broadcasting Inc. in 2005 as a Radio Team Leader and Print Manager for Telemedia’s recently formed direct mail and printing division. Pardue is a 17 year radio veteran and has worked in many forms of advertising including yellow page marketing and cable television sales.
Karen Crosby
Karen Crosby began her radio career in Richmond, Virginia and came to Telemedia Broadcasting, Inc. in 2003 as a Senior Sales Representative. Crosby, a Fredericksburg native, will manage the day to day operations of the local sales team as well as manage the company’s recruitment advertising program.

“Having worked with Edwin and Karen in other roles, I am extremely excited about our future and their ability to lead our sales department to new levels”, said Tom Cooper, General Manager of Telemedia Broadcasting, Inc. Cooper went on to say that both Pardue and Crosby had shown all the signs they were ready to accept the challenges of management and have strong ties in the local community.

Telemedia Broadcasting, Inc. has been serving the Fredericksburg region since 1988.

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:// WHAP-AM 1340 Due Back On The Air June 1st.
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Hopewell, VA, May 23, 2006 — Silver Dolphin Communications, Inc. of Midlothian, VA has agreed to purchase WHAP-AM 1340 from MainQuad Communications of North Carolina. Through an agreement with MainQuad, Silver Dolphin plans on having the station back on the air at noon on June 1, 2006 after it being off the air for nearly 10 months.

The station will be located back in its old building at 150 South Mesa Drive in Hopewell.

“It’s challenging bringing this building back to life, but we’re doing it a step at a time,” says Rick Brady, Silver Dolphin Communications Vice President and WHAP General Manager. “It may not be pretty for a bit, but we’ll make it work.”

WHAP will offer a Traditional Country Music format, along with local and regional sports, including NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Races, Baltimore Orioles Baseball, Baltimore Ravens Football, and hopes to bring back Hopewell High School Football and Baseball.

Besides, Rick Brady, Silver Dolphin Communications, Inc. is comprised of Rachael Brady, President, and Rev. John Burgess, CFO.

For further information on WHAP, contact Rick Brady at (804) 458-9111 or (804) 370-7584.

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:// RICHMOND BROADCASTERS HALL OF FAME RECOGNIZES ESPN RADIO 950 STAFF
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ESPN Radio 950The Richmond Broadcasters Hall of Fame awarded two members of the ESPN Radio 950 staff Tuesday night at its annual awards dinner.

Afternoon drive host Greg Burton was named the 2006 Broadcaster of the Year. Burton, a 1992 graduate of the University of Delaware, also currently serves as the weekend sports anchor at CBS 6 (WTVR) in Richmond. Burton began his afternoon call-in show on ESPN Radio 950 July 19, 2004. Since then, "The Drive with Greg Burton" has become one of the most successful radio shows on the air today in the market.

Greg was honored earlier this month by being named the 2006 Sportscaster of the Year in Commonwealth of Virginia by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. The NSSA awards one sportscaster and sportswriter from each state this award every year.

Station manager Jack Alix was one of three recipients to receive the Frank Soden Lifetime Achievement Award. Alix came to ESPN Radio 950 in December of 2005. He has served in several capacities at stations along the East Coast during his radio career spanning over 30 years, spending a majority of those years in Richmond and Washington D.C. From 1977 to 1982, he and two others developed a nationally syndicated radio show called "Rock and Roll Roots" which aired on over 140 stations worldwide including Australia and Japan.

The Richmond Broadcasters Hall of Fame is a not-for profit organization, formed in 1993 by a core group of eight local broadcasters. Nominations for the "Broadcaster of the Year" and "Frank Soden Lifetime Achievement Award" are garnered from members of the broadcast community at-large.

ESPN Radio 950 is Richmond's radio home for University of Richmond football and men's basketball, Major League Baseball, NBA, NFL and the Richmond Braves. For more information please contact Mitchell Bradley, Program Director at 804-233-7666 or e-mail to mitchell@espn950am.com. WXGI Radio is owned by Gee Communications.

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:// All 2006 Valley Baseball League season and postseason games on the web
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Dave Biery, President of the Valley Baseball League and Doug Barrett, President of Future Media Sports are pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached to webcast all 210+ games of the 2006 Valley Baseball League season and postseason. The Valley League is one of the nations premier summer wooden bat leagues, with players from coast to coast. Future Media Inc. is one of the top webcast providers in the U.S. featuring top quality sporting events from around the world!

The league features 10 teams playing in Northern and Southern Divisions. The Valley League name is derived from the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, which is nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east and the Allegheny Mountains to the west. Members of the Valley League include:
    The Covington Lumberjacks
    The Front Royal Cardinals
    The Harrisonburg Turks
    The Haymarket Senators
    The Luray Wranglers
    The Newmarket Rebels
    The Staunton Braves
    The Waynesboro Generals
    The Winchester Royals
    The Woodstock River Bandits
To listen to the games, go to the individual team website, go to the league website or the Future Media Sports website.

The season begins June 2, 2006. All games begin at 7:30 PM, unless otherwise noted on team schedules. All games will be heard “live and in their entirety, including pregame and postgame shows. The 2006 league champion will be crowned in July.

For more information, check out http://www.valleyleaguebaseball.com or www.futuremediasports.com.

You won’t want to miss any of the action!

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:// HD Radio: Hear the Difference…
Media Can Experience HD Radio at Broadcast Center

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WVTFROANOKE, VA—WVTF Public Radio is now testing and broadcasting its 89.1 signal in HD Radio and members of the media are invited to Broadcast Center for a demonstration.

What’s unique about the new digital format is that WVTF is able to broadcast three distinct formats on one frequency (89.1). Utilizing a new HD Radio receiver, now available to the general public, listeners can hear the following:
  • HD Channel 1- Classical, Jazz and NPR news from WVTF.
  • HD Channel 2- BBC news and NPR talk programs from RADIO IQ.
  • HD Channel 3- Adult, Album Alternative music, also known as AAA music.
Another great benefit of HD radio is the clarity of the signal. Listeners will experience CD-quality sound minus the static and hissing of conventional analog radio. WVTF is one of the first stations across the country participating in this cutting edge technology. And, WVTF is the only station in Virginia offering multiple program streams on one frequency.

Members of the media who are interested in an audio tour of WVTF broadcasting in HD format are encouraged to make an appointment with General Manager Glenn Gleixner by calling 989-8900 or e-mailing geg@vt.edu.

WVTF Public Radio is an NPR member station and an affiliate of Public Radio International, broadcasting news, classical and jazz music, public information and affairs, and other cultural programming. WVTF covers central and southwestern Virginia, plus parts of North Carolina and West Virginia at 89.1 FM (WVTF) in Roanoke, 88.5 FM (WVTW) and 89.3 FM (WVTU) in Charlottesville, 91.9 FM (WVTR) in Marion, 90.5 FM (WISE-FM) in Wise, and at www.wvtf.org.

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:// WVEC-TV13 and “On The Record” to host Democratic U.S. Senate candidates Harris Miller and James Webb
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13NEWSNorfolk, VA. WVEC-TV13 On Friday May 19 from 9-10 a.m. Democratic U.S. Senate candidates Harris Miller and James Webb will appear together for a taping of WVEC-TV13’s “On the Record”. At this time, this is the only scheduled televised debate (see below for actual format) between the two men prior to their June 13th statewide primary. The program will air on Sunday May 21 from 10:30-11:00 a.m. Only on WVEC-TV13 (ABC affiliate).

"I am pleased that both candidates agreed to have On the Record be the forum for this very critical debate," says Joel Rubin, host and producer of On the Record. "The campaign in the fall looks like it could be quite competitive so whoever wins the primary on June 13th has a decent shot at becoming our next junior U.S. Senator from Virginia."

“WVEC-TV13 is honored to provide this program to our viewing public.” says Nick Nicholson, President and GM of WVEC-TV13, “…where the political landscape in Virginia is more important than ever.”

Reporters are invited to WVEC-TV13 studios, located at 613 Woodis Avenue Norfolk, VA 23510 in downtown Norfolk, and watch the debate live, then talk to Mr. Miller and Mr. Webb after it concludes. Still or video photography will be allowed prior to the beginning of the taping.

If you are coming, please e-mail joel@rubincommunications.com or call 757-456-5212 or 757-287-0361. Please arrive no later than 8:45 a.m. The station will provide a light breakfast. There are no restrictions on when you can publish stories after the debate is concluded. It is requested that you credit WVEC-TV13 and “On The Record”
    • Rather than a formal debate, host Joel Rubin will ask a series of questions, making sure that by the time the 30 minutes is over, the two candidates have had relatively equal time to state their positions. Rubin, Miller and Webb will be seated at a round table, rather than standing behind podiums.

    • “On the Record”, which has aired on WVEC-TV13 continuously since 1992, is a 30-minute news/interview program, focusing primarily on local and state issues. Joel Rubin, who was a political reporter for a local NBC affiliate from 1977-1991, hosts and produces the program.

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:// JAMES MADISON AND MAX MEDIA ANNOUNCE THREE-YEAR DEAL
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ESPN Radio 1310HARRISONBURG, Va. - May 11, 2006 - James Madison University football and men's basketball fans in the Hampton Roads area will continue to hear the Dukes' games on ESPN Radio 1310-AM as JMU and Max Media announce a three-year agreement through the 2008-09 academic school year. ESPN 1310, the first all-sports radio station in the Commonwealth of Virginia, has been carrying the Dukes' games since 2000-01, including whistle-to-whistle coverage of the Dukes" 2004 NCAA Division I-AA National Football Championship.

"ESPN 1310 has been a tremendous partner with JMU athletics and in particular football and men's basketball for the past six seasons," said Jeff Bourne, JMU athletics director. "The media service they provide to our alumni, to the families of our many athletes from the area and to JMU fans in general is a great asset to our program. This is a wonderful opportunity for exposure in the Hampton Roads area for the next three years, not to mention the mutual benefit we bring together as partners."

"We are excited to continue our relationship with James Madison University," said Eric "Zero" Mastel, President of Max Media, which owns ESPN Radio 1310. "We agreed that it was important to continue our association with JMU for the next three years," added Mastel.

Tony Mercurio, Program Director of ESPN Radio 1310 noted, "JMU has been an important part of our sports programming for several years. Believe me, one of our highlights here at ESPN Radio 1310 was carrying the play-by-play of JMU when the Dukes won the NCAA Division I-AA National Championship in football in 2004. We have a ton of JMU fans in the area, and I realize the value of JMU to the JMU fans in the area, their recruiting in the area and to ESPN Radio 1310.

"Bottom line, ESPN Radio 1310 is ecstatic about carrying JMU football and men's hoops for the next three years," said Mercurio.

ESPN 1310 will carry all of the Dukes' football games live, starting with the 2006 season-opener Sept. 6 against Bloomsburg. The men's basketball games will be presented live or taped-delayed. The Dukes' Huddle, with head football coach Mickey Matthews and head men's basketball coach Dean Keener will also be aired on ESPN 1310.

"ESPN 1310 has been a major player as an affiliate of the JMU/nTelos Sports Network," said Curt Dudley, assistant director of sports media relations, who coordinates the network and commentates during many of the broadcasts. "I often hear from fans who appreciate the coverage they can get by tuning into ESPN 1310."

The network flagship station is WSVA, 550 AM in Harrisonburg, Va., with the newest affiliate being WMET, 1160 AM in Washington, D.C. JMU plans to continue coverage in Richmond and Roanoke, where last year's games were respectively aired on WTOX/WREJ and WTOY.

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:// “RED NECK OLYMPICS” COMES TO VIRGINIA BEACH
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97-3 The EagleVIRGINIA BEACH, VA - This weekend kicks off the 15th Anniversary Celebration for 97-3 The Eagle, WGH-FM. To celebrate, we’re inviting our listeners to participate in the “Red Neck Olympics.” Contestants will vie for front row tickets and backstage passes to both Gretchen Wilson and Brooks & Dunn headlining this weekend at the Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheatre. Whether a contestant or a spectator, everyone is sure to enjoy the games such as Hubcap Slinging, Watermelon Bowling, Red Neck Horseshoes (using toilet seats as the horseshoe), spam eating (no explanation necessary) and catching a 100lb. greased pig. Registration begins at 6 a.m. and the games will commence at 7 a.m. The entire event will be broadcast live with morning show personalities, Jimmy Ray and Jen on 97.3 The Eagle - Friday, May 12 in front of the Virginia Beach Amphitheatre Box Office.

Gretchen Wilson starts the weekend off with special guest Trace Adkins Friday Night May 12 at 7:30. Her song “Red Neck Woman” was the inspiration for the “Red Neck Olympics”. Brooks & Dunn will be appearing in concert Mother’s Day Sunday, May 14 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are still available at all Ticketmaster locations and the Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheatre Box Office.

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:// Windy 105 goes Country
WNDJ/104.9 requests new call letters -- WIGO

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104.9 WIGO CountryTwo Rivers Communications, Inc. officially switched formats and call letters today for its newly acquired property. 104.9 WIGO Country signed on at 6am today with a contemporary country format.

"We had the choice of any format for our new station" said Syd Abel, Two Rivers' managing partner. "Since our new signal will provide significant new coverage over Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck, we wanted to take a regional perspective in our approach. Country was the obvious choice, both for its huge appeal, and since so few similar formats exist in our primary area."

Jay Atkins, Program Director, will host the morning shift on WIGO Country, with a focus on Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck. Restoring WIGO's signal output to its full capacity has made a measurable difference already, according to Atkins. Engineering work is nearly completed on the installation of a new WIGO antenna atop Two Rivers' BAY FM tower, which will further improve its coverage.

WIGO Country will be collocated at the 101.7 BAY FM Offices in Kilmarnock, VA.

For more information contact: Bill Sherard (703) 408-1111.

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:// VARTV partners with new website
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ALERT!FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE... Introducing... RadioInsight.com! Radioinsight is a new site dedicated to the discussion of the radio industry, formats, stations and personalities. Radioinsight takes the concept of a discussion board to the next level with a new board, fresh new look and better functionality.

In 1996, Lance Venta established The Mid-Atlantic Radio Page. The following year, he added a message board called "The Mid-Atlantic Radio Board, the first web-based regional radio discussion board. Soon after, he joined with the late Doug Fleming and Tanim Hussain (and later Sam Michaels) to establish a network of similar boards around the country as Radio-Info.com.

Following the untimely death of Doug last year, the domain's ownership moved into the possession of Doug's parents. They have decided to take their new site in another direction; one that does not involve Venta or much of the current administrative and moderation team.

Launched on Sunday, April 23rd, RadioInsight.com plans to continue the legacy the team had established. With an exceptional moderation team, fast server and the latest software, we think this will become the premiere radio discussion site on the web.

If you're a programmer, talk show host, disc jockey or just love radio, we invite you to join us online at RadioInsight.com – We're always talking radio!

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:// THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY'S RELAY FOR LIFE OF VIRGINIA BEACH EVENT RAISES $700,000
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Virginia Beach, Virginia (April 8, 2006) – This weekend's American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Virginia Beach event raised a total of $700,000 for cancer research and patient services. Nearly 5,000 volunteers and guests walked the track to show their support at the Virginia Beach Verizon Amphitheater. More than 300 teams of 10-15 people each participated in the weekend event.

"We have a lot of enthusiastic teams and we are confident they will continue to raise more money to reach our $1.6 million goal before August deadline," said Joe Thomas, the Virginia Beach Executive Chairperson. Although the event took place a month earlier than in years past, teams of volunteers will continue fundraising to help reach the event goal.

Also in the Hampton Roads area were two college events. The Old Dominion University event along with the College of William & Mary event both raised an additional $91,000.

The Relay For Life of Norfolk will be on June 2 at Lake Taylor High School and the Relay For Life of Chesapeake will be on June 9 at Greenbrier Middle School. For more information on participating in these events, please visit www.therelayforlife.org or call (757) 852.4111.

Special thanks to this year's Regional presenting and Platinum sponsors: GEICO, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Atlantic Group, Southern Hospitality Group, Virginia Oncology Associates, ESI-Electronic Systems, WVEC TV13, 2WD 101.3 FM, and WVKL 95.7 R&B.

Relay For Life is a unique opportunity for our community to come together in the fight against cancer. Many of the participants are cancer survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer), which serves as a reminder that our community is not immune to this disease and we can actually help our friends, families and neighbors that have been touched by cancer.

The public was invited to attend the event which included a Luminaria Ceremony. The ceremony took place after sundown to honor the community’s cancer survivors and to remember those lost to the disease. Survivors circled the track rimmed with glowing luminarias while the names of survivors and those lost to the disease were read aloud.

Funds raised at Relay For Life will enable the American Cancer Society to support local services and resources for cancer patients and their families. Funds also support critical cancer research and community education programs designed to teach people how to reduce their risk of developing cancer.

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. For information about cancer, call 24 hours day, seven days a week 1.800.ACS.2345 or log onto www.cancer.org.

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:// METRO NETWORKS ANNOUNCES MULTI-YEAR RENEWAL WITH RADIO ONE
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Metro NetworksNew York, NY – April 12, 2006 – Metro Networks, a Westwood One (NYSE: WON) company, announced today a multi-year renewal agreement to be the exclusive provider of traffic content services to Radio One, Inc. As part of the agreement, Metro Networks renews all existing 63 station affiliations in 20 markets, as well as adds Radio One’s new station WVGC-AM News/Talk in Miami.

“Metro Networks is very pleased to continue and expand the important partnership that we have with Radio One,” said Westwood One COO Chuck Bortnick. “Our business model of custom tailoring our services around the needs of stations helped grow this relationship, which resulted in this renewal agreement.”

Metro Networks’ traffic gathering infrastructure is the largest in the world, including more than 70 local traffic operation centers, 1,800 traffic reporters, producers and broadcasters, over 100 aircraft and agreements with Departments of Transportation for ITS and 511 service deployment.

Radio One, Inc. (www.radio-one.com) is the nation's seventh largest radio broadcasting company (based on 2004 net broadcast revenue) and the largest radio broadcasting company that primarily targets African-American and urban listeners. Radio One owns and/or operates 71 radio stations located in 22 urban markets in the United States and reaches more than 13 million listeners every week.

Westwood One (NYSE: WON) provides over 150 news, sports, music, talk, entertainment programs, features, live events and 24/7 Formats. Through its subsidiaries, Metro Networks/Shadow Broadcast Services, Westwood One provides local content to the radio and TV industries including news, sports, weather, traffic, video news services and other information. SmartRoute Systems manages traffic information centers for state and local departments of transportation, and markets traffic and travel content to wireless, Internet, in-vehicle navigation systems and voice portal customers. Westwood One serves more than 5,000 radio stations. Westwood One is managed by CBS Radio.

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:// WFLS Named Outstanding Virginia News Operation
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93.3 WFLSWFLS-FM's news team has been named the state's Outstanding News Operation of the Year by the Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters.

The award for non-metropolitan stations was presented at the VAPB's annual awards banquet last night in Richmond. It was one of several awards won by the station and its news staff.

The award for outstanding news operation was in recognition of the WFLS news staff's coverage of the Fredericksburg area and surrounding counties, stretching from Northern Virginia to Central Virginia and from Culpeper to the Northern Neck.

Judges based their decision on the staff's writing ability, consistency, use of sound and special projects among other things. The judges said, "WFLS maximizes the resources of its relatively small news staff to create the feel of a much larger operation that can be everywhere it needs to be."

The news director at WFLS is Frank Hammon. The news team also includes Penny Wack, Niche Herman, Nancy Ball, and Darragh Copley.

The station, owned by The Free Lance-Star Publishing Company, was also the recipient of the prestigious Douglas Southall Freeman Award for Public Service Through Radio Journalism for its three-part series "Swiping at the Pump." The series reported on the little known practice of placing a "hold" amount on debit and credit cards that are used directly at gas station pumps. The "hold" amount in most cases far exceeds what the person could ever pump into the gas tank at one time. The practice can freeze up one's account for up to five days without them ever knowing about it, causing financial problems for people on a tight budget. The judges called it a "well thought-out series that presented compelling material. A true public service." Darragh Copley was the reporter who worked on the series that was broadcast in mid-November.

WFLS reporter Nancy Ball was honored for her year's work, receiving the Meritorious Award for Best Effort by an Individual Reporter.

The station also received the Superior Award for its web site www.wfls.com/news. In addition to breaking local, national and world news, the web site features links to regional weather radar, Virginia Railway Express schedule information, flight information at the area's four major airports, local gasoline prices and traffic cameras.

WFLS-FM also won the Meritorious Award for its entry "Vicious Dogs." The entry involved team coverage centered around the developments in the dog mauling death of Spotsylvania resident Dorothy Sullivan.

All of this year's entries were judged by broadcasters in Tennessee.

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:// 2006 winners of the Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters Awards
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Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters
Spot News
Non-Metro Div.
Superior Award  WBTM, Danville "Blair's Home Explodes"


Metro Div.
Meritorious Award	WRVA, Richmond "iBook Fiasco"
Superior Award	WTOP, Warrenton-Washington "Capital Chaos"

TV
Meritorious Award	WRIC, Richmond, "Boy Scout Jamboree Heat"
		WTVR, Richmond "Toddler Found Safe"
Superior Award	WTVR, Richmond "iBook Chaos"

Continuing News
Non-Metro Div.         
Meritorious Award	WINC, Winchester "A Year filled with Hurricanes"
		WFLS, Fredericksburg "Vicious Dogs"
Superior Award	WFVA, Fredericksburg "Beware of Dogs"

Metro Div.
Meritorious Award	WRVA, Richmond "The Taylor Behl Story"
Superior Award	WTOP, Warrenton-Washington "Capital Chaos"

TV
Meritorious Award	WTKR "Navy SEAL Murder"
Meritorious Award	WRIC, Richmond  "Taylor Behl Case"
Superior Award	WSLS, Roanoke "Bedford Teen Fatals"

Best year Round Sports
Non-Metro Div.         
Superior Award	WBTM, Danville

Metro Div.
Superior Award	WTOP, Warrenton-Washington 

TV
Meritorious Award	WRIC, Richmond
Superior Award	WVEC, Hampton/Norfolk

Best Spot Photography
Superior Award	WWBT, Richmond, Frank Jones "iBook Riots"

Best Feature Photography
Meritorious Award	WVIR, Charlottesville "Craigsville Cops"
		WVIR, Charlottesville "Fight Club"
Superior Award	WVIR, Charlottesville "Day by Day"

Best Documentary or In-Depth Reporting
Non-Metro Div.
Meritorious Award	WFVA, Fredericksburg "Welcome to the Boy Scout Jamboree"
Superior Award	WFVA, Fredericksburg "Virginia Blues"

Metro Div.
Meritorious Award	WRVA, Richmond "Boy Scout Jamboree"
Superior Award	WTOP, Warrenton-Washington  "Poor Sports"

TV
Meritorious Award	WSET, Lynchburg "Hurricane Lifeline"
		WTKR, Norfolk "Hurricane Special"
Superior Award	WTKR, Norfolk "Outposts of Tyranny"

Best feature or Human Interest Story
Non-Metro Div.          
Meritorious Award	WINC, Winchester "September 11 Remembered"
		WBTM, Danville "Drive for Diversity"
Superior Award	WFVA, Fredericksburg "Behind the Badge"

Metro Div.
Meritorious Award	WTOP, Warrenton-Washington "Hunting Fugitives"
		WTOP, Warrenton-Washington "Scary Clown"
Superior Award	WTOP, Warrenton-Washington "Real Estate Roulette"

TV
Meritorious Award	WTKR "NASA Quilter"
		WRIC, Richmond "Positive Vibe Cafe"
Superior Award	WVIR, Charlottesville "Wilson Shanks"

Outstanding Effort by an Individual Reporter
Non-Metro Div.
Meritorious Award	WBTM, Danville - Kathryn Davis
		WFLS-FM, Fredericksburg - Nancy Ball
Superior Award	WINC, Winchester - Steve Edwards

Metro Div.
Meritorious Award	WTOP, Warrenton-Washington - Hank Silverberg
		WTOP, Warrenton-Washington - Bob Madigan
Superior Award	WTOP, Warrenton-Washington - Derek Williams

TV
Meritorious Award	WTVR, Richmond - Tim Trudell
		WSLS, Roanoke - Melissa Martin
Superior Award	WVEC, Hampton/Norfolk - Mike Gooding
Best Investigating Reporting
Metro Div.                 
Meritorious Award	WTOP, Warrenton-Washington "Toxic Barrels"
Superior Award	WTOP, Warrenton-Washington "Baseball Bilking"

TV
Meritorious Award	WSLS, Roanoke, Wedding Disasters"
		WVEC, Portsmouth "Portsmouth Lead"
Superior Award	WVEC, Portsmouth "Job Services"

Best Editorial
Metro Div.
Meritorious Award	WTOP, Warrenton-Washington  - Colbert I. King
Superior Award	WTOP, Warrenton-Washington -  Cal Thomas


Best Web Site
Non-Metro Div.
Meritorious Award	WFVA, Fredericksburg -- newstalk1230.net  
Superior Award	WFLS-FM, Fredericksburg -- wfls.com/news

Metro Div.
Meritorious Award	WNIS, Norfolk --  wnis.com
Superior Award	WTOP, Warrenton-Washington -- wtopnews.com

TV
Meritorious Award	WVIR, Charlottesville -- wvirtv.com
		WWBT, Richmond -- nbc12.com
Superior Award	WTKR, Norfolk -- wtkr.com
The prestigious Douglas Southall Freeman Award for Public Service
in Broadcast Journalism
Non-Metro Div Meritorious Award WBTM, Danville "Health Beat" Superior Award WFLS-FM, Fredericksburg "Swiping at the Pump" Metro Div. Meritorious Award WRVA, Richmond, "Shockhoe Bottom Ballpark" Superior Award WTOP, Warrenton-Washington "Troubled Waters" TV Meritorious Award WVIR, Charlottesville "Route 29 Stalker" WSET, Lynchburg "Home Makeover" Superior Award WVEC, Hampton/Norfolk "Domestic Violence"
Outstanding Virginia News Operation of the Year
Non-Metro Div.
Meritorious Award	WBTM, Danville
Superior Award	WFLS-FM, Fredericksburg

Metro Div.
Meritorious Award	WRVA, Richmond
Superior Award	WTOP, Warrenton-Washington

TV
Meritorious Award	WSLS, Roanoke
Superior Award	WWBT, Richmond

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:// WFLS News wins three regional RTNDA Awards
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Edward R Murrow Awards 2006WFLS News is the recipient of three regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for excellence in electronic journalism. The Radio Television News Directors Association announced the 2006 regional winners on Friday.

The station won an award for News Documentary for "Focus: Fuel Cell Truck." The program, which was broadcast in May of last year, was recorded at Fort Belvoir where a new fuel cell pickup truck was being tested by the U.S. Army's transportation unit. The program, hosted and produced by Nancy Ball, looked at future fueling possibilities and advantages of compressed hydrogen.

The station also earned an award for its Continuing Coverage "Dangerous Dogs." The team coverage dealt with the tragic death of Dorothy Sullivan and the court proceedings and proposed legislation to deal with future instances involving dogs with aggressive behavior.

This is the third consecutive year the station's website, www.wfls.com/news, has won a regional Murrow Award.

Reporters on the WFLS staff include Ball, Penny Wack, Niche Herman, Darragh Copley and news director, Frank Hammon.

The region consists of Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia.

The winners automatically become eligible for the national awards competition, which will be judged in early June.

RTNDA, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, is the world's largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism. RTNDA represents local and network news professionals in broadcasting, cable and other electronic media in more than 30 countries.

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:// Charlottesville Newsplex adds MyNetworkTV to affiliate lineup
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MyTVCharlottesville, VA – Gray television’s CBS19, ABC16, and WAHU FOX27 will be adding another sister station to its Charlottesville Newsplex stable of stations.

Fox Broadcasting Company has announced that the MyNetworkTV affiliation for the Charlottesville market has been granted to the Gray Television group. MyNetworkTV is the latest creation from Fox which follows the highly successful launches of the FOX Television Network, FX General Entertainment TV, and the cable news leader Fox News Channel.

On Wednesday, Roger Burchett, Vice President and General Manager of the Charlottesville Newsplex said, “We are so pleased to have the opportunity to continue to build a relationship with America’s fastest growing network, Fox Broadcasting Group. The beauty of this new station addition to Charlottesville is the flexibility Fox gives us in program selections; we will literally be able to build a program lineup that contains some of Fox network programming as well as the ability to build programs from scratch that are dedicated to things that are happening in our Charlottesville market. This is an incredibly unique opportunity for us to be able to offer programming to the viewers and advertisers who are interested in all things local.”

The new affiliate is scheduled to air in early September.

Gray Television, Inc. owner of Charlottesville’s WCAV CBS19, as well as it’s sister stations, WVAW ABC16 and WAHU FOX27, is a communications company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia whose primary mission is to provide quality news and entertainment services to the local markets in which the company operates. Our commitment to local interests and selective acquisition strategy provides growth opportunities, which builds long-term value for our stockholders.

For further information regarding this press release, please contact Lauren Sydnor at 434-220-7533.

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:// 13NEWS and WVEC.COM honored with 2006 EDWARD R. MURROW REGIONAL AWARDS
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WVECNorfolk, VA. WVEC-TV13 receives two 2006 EDWARD R. MURROW REGIONAL AWARDS. 13NEWS AT 5:00 wins Newscast: large television market and WVEC.COM wins Website (broadcast-affiliated).

“I am thrilled that we have won two very prestigious awards. While each of these awards is special in its own right, the fact we are competing against stations in larger markets, including Washington D.C., and Baltimore make these accomplishments even more gratifying,” said President and General Manager Nick Nicholson. “It takes a team effort to turn out the quality product we deliver every day.” Nicholson added.

“13NEWS and WVEC.COM have an outstanding reputation for providing up-to-date and relative information Hampton Roads viewers want. This is truly an honor.” said Rich Lebenson, News Director, WVEC-TV13.

The Radio-Television News Directors Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Murrow's pursuit of excellence in journalism embodies the spirit of the awards that carry his name. Murrow Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession.

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:// ESPN RADIO 950 TO AIR WASHINGTON NATIONALS BROADCASTS
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ESPN Radio 950ESPN Radio 950 WXGI announced today they will air approximately twenty five Washington National broadcasts during the 2006 season. The first game of the season on the air in Richmond is scheduled for April 6th in New York versus the Mets. The Washington Nationals have begun their second season in the District of Columbia after competing in Montreal since 1969.

"The addition of the Washington Nationals to our programming is exciting for us," said David Gee, owner of Gee Communications. "The opportunity to be associated with Richmond's closest major league baseball team is great for the station, plus our listeners and advertisers."

Charlie Slowes will serve as the voice of the Nationals this season. He joins the Nationals after spending the previous seven seasons as a play-by-play voice of Tampa Bay on the Devil Rays Radio Network. Slowes, who joined the Devil Rays for their inaugural season in 1998, returns to the Washington, DC market, where he served as the play-by-play voice of the Washington Bullets from 1986-97. During his tenure with the Bullets, Slowes did two seasons of television simulcasts and enjoyed serving the Bullets in a variety of community-relations functions.

The partnership will be for a minimum of two years with ESPN Radio 950 committing to a minimum of 130 games during the 2007 season. WXGI will serve as one of five stations consisting of the Nationals Radio Network.

Station Manager Jack Alix says "This is a tremendous chance for our station and in Richmond the only place to hear the Nationals is on ESPN Radio 950."

ESPN Radio 950 is Richmond's radio home for University of Richmond football and men's basketball, Major League Baseball, NBA, NFL and the Richmond Braves. For more information please contact Mitchell Bradley, Program Director at 804-233-7666 or e-mail to mitchell@espn950am.com. WXGI Radio is owned by Gee Communications.

The Washington Nationals on ESPN Radio 950 Tentative Schedule for 2006 Season:
    * Thursday April 6th @ NY Mets
    * Tuesday April 11th vs. NY Mets (Opening Day for the Washington Nationals)
    * Saturday April 15th @ Florida Marlins
    * Tuesday April 18th @ Philadelphia Phillies
    * Wednesday April 19th @ Philadelphia Phillies
    * Thursday April 20th @ Philadelphia Phillies
    * Wednesday April 26th vs. Cincinnati Reds
    * Saturday April 29th @ St. Louis Cardinals
    * Tuesday May 2nd @ NY Mets
    * Thursday May 11th @ Cincinnati Reds
    * Monday May 22nd @ Houston Astros
    * Wednesday May 24th @ Houston Astros
    * Thursday June 15th vs. Colorado Rockies
    * Wednesday June 21st vs. Boston Red Sox
    * Saturday June 24th @ Baltimore Orioles
    * Wednesday June 28th @ Toronto Blue Jays
    * Wednesday July 5th vs. Florida Marlins
    * Sunday July 16th @ Pittsburgh Pirates
    * Thursday July 27th vs. San Francisco Giants
    * Friday July 28th @ Los Angeles Dodgers
    * Monday August 14th vs. Atlanta Braves
    * Thursday August 17th vs. Atlanta Braves
    * Monday September 5th vs. St. Louis Cardinals
    * Monday September 11th @ Arizona Diamondbacks
    * Monday September 25th @ NY Mets

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:// Jay Atkins named PD at WNDJ
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Jay Atkins
Two Rivers Communications, Inc., owners of 101.7 BAY FM, Kilmarnock, VA, and WNDJ-FM, White Stone, VA, announced the appointment of Jay Atkins as Program Director today.

"Jay represents the type of employee all employers value" said Bill Sherard, Managing Partner at Two Rivers. "He has a real sense of radio's obligation to the community, he has proven skills in broadcasting, plus he grew up right here in the area." As program director, Atkins will be responsible for the day to day operations at the new Two Rivers' station, as well as hosting 104.9's morning program. Atkins said, "I left radio a little over a year ago to try a different career opportunity. Since then, I've missed it every day. Not many people enjoy their job as much as I enjoy working in radio; sometimes you have to leave your nest to realize where your values lie. It's great to be back in radio and back in the neighborhood".

Atkins is a cum laude graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a BA in Art History. His broadcasting career spans over 20 years and includes program director duties at WRAR-FM, Tappahannock as well as announcing at WRXL-FM and WTVR-FM, Richmond. His wife Stephanie is an accomplished jewelry artist, and they return to the area with a recent addition - their daughter, Ainsley Grace.

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:// CapSan Media purchasing 4 Outer Banks Radio Stations
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CapSan MediaVirginia Beach, VA (April 3, 2006) — CapSan Media, LLC today announced it has signed an Asset Purchase Agreement to purchase WFMZ-FM, WYND-FM, WZPR-FM, and WVOD-FM, serving The Outer Banks of North Carolina and Elizabeth City, (metro rank 244) from Convergent Broadcasting, LLC. The closing of this transaction is expected to occur in the second quarter of 2006. The deal was brokered by Kalil and Co.

CapSan Media, LLC is a newly formed company managed by Bill Whitlow and Jason Baker, two former radio executives with over 35 years of broadcast management experience in the Norfolk/Virginia Beach, Virginia market. Mr. Whitlow was the former General Manager of WGH-FM (Eagle 97) and took the station to the top of the ratings during his tenure. He also served as General Manager of WGH-AM and WVKL-FM. Mr. Baker served as National Sales Manager for WGH-A/F and WVKL-FM. After leaving the radio business in 1999, they formed Whitlow Baker Advertising which is headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

“We are thrilled and excited to be back in the world of broadcasting,” said Mr. Whitlow, CEO of CapSan Media. “We’re ready to get to work and build these stations into giant success stories.”

CapSan Media is a subsidiary of Whitlow Baker with corporate headquarters located at 277 Bendix Rd., Suite 411, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23452. The company website is www.capsanmedia.com.

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:// WESTWOOD ONE LAUNCHES THE MONICA CROWLEY SHOW
New Program to Air Saturdays, Noon - 3 p.m. ET, Beginning Saturday, April 1, 2006

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Monica Crowley
New York, NY - March 20, 2006 - Westwood One (NYSE: WON) is proud to announce the national launch of The Monica Crowley Show, the three-hour talk program hosted by author and news personality Monica Crowley. The show begins Saturday, April 1, 2006, and will air from noon to 3 p.m. ET.

The Monica Crowley Show will debut on major market stations across the country including: WABC-AM New York, WTKK-FM Boston and WTNT-AM Washington DC. The show will feature Crowley tackling topics and issues on the minds of Americans with her unique blend of knowledge, strong opinion and charm. The Monica Crowley Show will also feature compelling interviews with special guests and caller interaction with listeners nationwide.

"Monica Crowley is a rising star forging her own path in cable news and talk radio," said Bart Tessler, SVP of News and Talk Programming for Westwood One. "We're thrilled to bring her talent and unique perspective to great stations and their audiences across the country."

"I am delighted to be launching my new show on Westwood One," said Crowley. "It is an honor and a joy to be a part of their extraordinary team, and we are both looking forward to delivering a terrific show."

Monica Crowley began her career in radio on WABC-AM New York as a frequent guest on the "Batchelor and Alexander Show". Her insight and intelligent analysis on the day's news earned Crowley a large following of WABC fans. In 1996, Crowley joined the Fox News Channel as a political and international affairs analyst and has since become a commentator and analyst with MSNBC where she also co-hosted "Coast to Coast" with Ron Reagan. She holds two Masters degrees and a Ph.D. in international affairs from Columbia University and worked as a Foreign Policy Assistant to former President Richard Nixon from 1990 until his death in 1994. Crowley's experience with Nixon prompted her to write two best-selling books, Nixon off the Record: His Candid Commentary on People and Politics and Nixon in Winter. She has also written for The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore Sun and The New York Post. Crowley has been a guest on the major TV and cable news channels, including ABC, NBC, FOX and HBO and worked as a commentator on National Public Radio's Morning Edition for four years.

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:// Max Media Signs 5-year Deal with Free Agent Sportscaster
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ESPN Radio 1310Virginia Beach, Va. – With the free agency period upon us, Max Media of Hampton Roads has made a big splash in this market. Hampton Roads Sports Talk listeners just received the great news about ESPN 1310 and Tony Mercurio from Eric “Zero” Mastel, Max Media, President of the Radio Division, “Max Media of Hampton Roads proudly announces that effective today and beginning April 1 we have contracted to keep Tony Mercurio off the streets and out of prison or otherwise employed here at 1310 ESPN for the rest of [his] natural life or 5-years – whichever comes first.”

Tony commented about the announcement, “I am thrilled to death to finally be given some security by our station. It is an honor to work for Max Media. My hundreds of thousands of fans are also ecstatic, even the ones who hate me but they keep listening – at least for 5 more years.”

“The Tony Mercurio” Show airs Monday through Friday 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Tony is celebrating his 20th Year of Sports Talk on WGH-AM. He has been named the Sportscaster of the Year 13 times and continues to be the voice of the nationally known ODU Lady Monarchs.

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:// Duffy Joins Charlottesville Newsplex
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Beth Duffy
Charlottesville, VA: The Gray Television Group in Charlottesville, consisting of WCAV CBS19, WVAW ABC16 and WAHU FOX27, announces the hiring of popular morning news anchor Beth Duffy. Duffy will be working in the station group’s ever growing sales department.

In a statement Duffy said “I am thrilled to get this opportunity to start a new career in this high energy and positive environment. There’s something special going on here and to be able to get in on the ground floor and help build it is something I really am glad to be a part of.”

On Monday, General Manager Roger Burchett added, “The addition of one of Charlottesville TV viewer’s favorite people to our sales team has excited everyone involved on our team. Beth will be a huge help in spreading the message about our local station group. She’s a real winner.”

Duffy spent the last seven years as Anchor of WVIR-TV’s “NBC29 News at Sunrise.” A graduate of Virginia Tech, Duffy resides in Charlottesville. Duffy is wasting no time, and has already begun working in her new position at the Charlottesville Newsplex.

Gray Television, Inc. is a communications company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia whose primary mission is to provide quality news and entertainment services to the local markets in which the company operates. Our commitment to local interests and selective acquisition strategy provides growth opportunities, which builds long-term value for our stockholders.

For further information regarding this press release, please contact Roger Burchett at 434-220-7520.

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:// WZBL THE BULL 104.9 IS ROANOKE’S NEW HOME FOR VIRGINIA TECH FOOTBALL AND BASKETBALL
WZBL Joins Virginia Tech ISP Sports Network

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BLACKSBURG - ISP Sports and the Virginia Tech Athletics Department announced today that radio station WZBL (104.9 THE BULL) in Roanoke has joined the Virginia Tech ISP Sports Network and is the new home for Virginia Tech Hokie sports in the Roanoke Valley.

Beginning with the 2006 football season, all Virginia Tech football and men’s basketball games, the weekly Advance Auto Parts Hokie Hotline, and the daily Davenport Virginia Tech Sports Report will air on 104.9 The Bull, WZBL.

“I’m delighted for our fans in the greater Roanoke area and excited about our new partnership with Clear Channel Roanoke,” said Tech Director of Athletics Jim Weaver. “This gives us a very strong FM stereo signal which can be heard throughout the region. The Bull enhances our broadcast opportunities for Tech sports throughout the Roanoke Valley and several surrounding counties.”

“We welcome The Bull to our radio network,” Tech head football coach Frank Beamer said. “Our fans in Roanoke are so loyal to our program. They deserve to have the very best radio coverage we can provide and WZBL 104.9 The Bull will give us tremendous coverage.”

Beamer, who has been named the ACC coach of the year in each of the past two seasons, will begin his 20th season as head coach at Tech this fall.

“We’re delighted that WZBL 104.9 The Bull will become the “Home of the Hokies” in the greater Roanoke area,” WZBL General Manager Tex Meyer said. “Passion is high for Hokie sports here and WZBL is a great fit for Tech and their fans. It’s very exciting to have the opportunity to deliver another great product to our listeners.”

“We’re excited to add The Bull to our radio network,” Tech head basketball coach Seth Greenberg said. “It’s great to have a station like this which will really embrace Hokie basketball. We look forward to bringing exciting championship basketball to members of the Hokie Nation throughout the Roanoke Valley and beyond.” Greenberg, in his third year at Tech, was also named ACC Coach of the Year in 2005.

“This is an exciting announcement for Virginia Tech alumni, supporters and sponsors in the greater Roanoke Area,” said Bill Roth, ISP Sports Vice-President who is in his 18th season as lead play-by-play Voice of the Hokies.

“The Bull has a great signal which covers all of the Roanoke Valley, and surrounding counties, especially at night. That’s important to our fans throughout the Roanoke Valley, plus those in Botetourt and Franklin Counties and down at Smith Mountain Lake.”

ISP Sports – “America’s Home for College Sports” – is an active partner with 27 of America’s leading universities including Virginia Tech. Other ISP Sports properties include: Alabama, Auburn, Baylor, Boston College, BYU, Cal, Cincinnati, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Houston, Marshall, Miami (Fla.), Ohio, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, Southern Miss, Syracuse, Tulane, UAB, UCF, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Villanova, Wake Forest, and Washington.

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:// RADIO STATION COMES TO RONALD MCDONALD’S RESCUE
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Z104At the end of February, the arm of the beloved Ronald McDonald statue that has long greeted ill children and their families in front of the Ronald McDonald House in Norfolk was broken off in an act of vandalism.

Z104 (WNVZ-FM Norfolk/Virginia Beach), in an effort to raise both awareness of the Ronald McDonald House, the crime and monies for a surveillance system to guard the newly privately donated “Ronald”, will dedicate Tuesday, March 7 (tomorrow) to “Lending Ronald a Hand.”

The station will broadcast “live” from four different McDonald’s restaurant locations: 5:30am-10am, 1131 West Mercury Blvd, Hampton; 10am – 3pm, 4696 Bonney Road, Virginia Beach; 3pm- 6pm, 2716 Airline Blvd, Portsmouth; 6pm-9pm 601 1st Colonial Road, Virginia Beach. Listeners will be asked to come out and donate money to help purchase the surveillance system for the Ronald McDonald House, the "home away from home," for families of seriously ill children being treated at nearby hospitals and outpatient clinics.

About the station’s Ronald McDonald rescue efforts, Z104’s Program Director, Michael Bryan, commented, "The Ronald McDonald House does such great work in Hampton Roads. Ronald is more than just a statue; he represents a home for families of kids with life-threatening illnesses. Z104 is proud to help in any way we can."

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:// STAR 94.1 Raises Money For Kids
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Star 94.1 Norfolk, VA –February 22, 2006... Morning Show personality, Stephanie Thomas will kick-off the 3rd Annual STAR 94.1 Radio Cares for St. Jude Kids® Radiothon Thursday, February 23 at 6:00 a.m. The Radiothon will raise money and awareness for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, the world’s premier center for the research and treatment of cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases.

Mark Rawlison and Dale Murray will also be on-hand to talk to the listeners and educate them about St. Jude and the impact the Research Hospital has and continues to make in the world. The event will continue until 7 p.m. on Thursday and resume on Friday, February 24 at 6:00 a.m. and conclude at 7 p.m. on Friday night. STAR 94.1 will broadcast live both days from The Gallery at Military Circle in Norfolk.

Families are asked to stop by The Gallery at Military Circle and show their support for STAR 94.1 in their continuing efforts to raise money for kids. There will be an on-going silent auction and other on-site activities. Individuals who want to make a donation may call 1-888-270-4673 or simply go online to wxez941.com.

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:// Targeted Publishing launches “Down Home” with a focus on NASCAR and country music
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Down Home, American Living Targeted Publications is launching a new lifestyle magazine, “Down Home,” on March 1. It will celebrate good, clean American living in Hampton Roads and have a special focus on NASCAR and country music, two areas of high interest locally.

Down Home will be published every other Wednesday and distributed, free, throughout Hampton Roads in places like Bass Pro Shops, Walgreen’s, Hooters, selected Food Lion stores and hundreds of other locations. Initial circulation will be 40,000.

In each issue significant space will be devoted to NASCAR, country music and the Langley Speedway in Hampton. There’ll be a CD review in each issue by a DJ from country radio station 97.3 The Eagle, and editorial content will run the gamut.

One column, Hampton Roads Hero, will feature profiles of local police, fire or rescue personnel. There’ll be local professional sports stories and locally-written car/truck/motorcycle reviews, as well as hunting, boating and fishing articles by Capt. Jeff Thompson of the Virginia Aquarium; features on home improvement, yard projects and gardening; a pet connection column; information on travel, vacations and getaways; restaurant reviews and family recipes; comedy; a community calendar; celebrity gossip; crosswords, trivia and more.

Down Home has a real magazine look – full-color, glossy, stapled, stitched and trimmed – with a size comparable to Sports Illustrated and People Magazine.

Jeff Maisey, who came up with the concept for the magazine, believes Down Home will prove to be a home run for Targeted Publications! He feels it plays to a special niche of readers who will become faithful followers, and that advertisers will want to reach this market. He’s thankful that Targeted Pubs leadership saw his vision. “It’s exciting for me to work for a company that believed in my idea for a new product,” he said.

Incidentally, Down Home is designed with national and local editorial programming so it could possibly be adapted to other markets – i.e., Down Home American Living in Richmond, Down Home American Living in Charlotte, etc. Local editorial can be easily plugged in and tailored for any market.

Don’t miss this exciting new magazine beginning this Wednesday. Pick up a copy and share it with your friends.

For more information contact Jeff Maisey, 757-222-3934, jmaisey@pilotonline.com.

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:// WCNC/WZBO ANNOUNCES ACC TOURNAMENT COVERAGE SCHEDULE
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East Carolina Radio GroupElizabeth City, NC -- East Carolina Radio Group's AM 1240 WCNC and AM 1260 WZBO will once again have the most complete coverage of college basketball's premiere conference tournament, the 53rd annual Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament from Greensboro, North Carolina.

Sam Walker, sports director for ECRG and Currituck native, will host "Behind The Bench At The ACC Tournament" a half-hour show with interviews and features that you won't hear or see anywhere else, LIVE from the Greensboro Coliseum media center. The show will run before and after play-by-play coverage of each session of the ACC Tournament from the Wolfpack Radio Network via the Capitol Radio Networks.

"The ACC Tournament is the biggest sports event everytime it's held in North Carolina," according to Walker. "ACC fans demand the best coverage, and we fill the gap that fans in northeastern North Carolina know exists compared to other parts of the state."

"Behind The Bench" will highlight not just the action on the court, but off the court as well in and around the Greensboro Coliseum. "Gary Hahn and Tony Haynes on the Wolfpack Radio Network do such a great job of bringing the X's and O's to the listeners," Walker added.

"With Behind The Bench, I try to give our listeners a chance to hear and feel the atmosphere around the tournament. Not only do they hear from well-know writers and broadcasters, we talk to the celebrities and even spectators from the local area that come to enjoy college basketball's greatest weekend."

"Behind The Bench at The ACC Tournament" is sponsored by Giff McDonald at Courtesy Ford, Mercury Outboards from D.B. City Marina, and Twiddy Wireless an authorized Verizon retailer.

WCNC/WZBO will also carry the NCAA Men's Tournament from Westwood One, the Wolfpack Radio Network (of all NC State games), and Duke Radio Network (all Blue Devils games). NCAA Women's Tournament games starting with the Regional Finals from Westwood One will also air on WCNC/WZBO.

WCNC broadcasts on AM 1240 from Elizabeth City, while WZBO can be heard on AM 1260 from Edenton. East Carolina Radio Group is the largest locally-owned and operated station group in northeastern North Carolina and on The Outer Banks, with seven stations.

WCNC/WZBO BEHIND THE BENCH AT THE ACC TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
    Thurs. March 9 - 11am
    Thurs. March 9 - 6pm
    Thurs. March 9 - 11:45pm (after First Round Game 4)
    Fri. March 10 - 11am
    Fri. March 10 - 6pm
    Fri. March 10 - 11:45pm (after Quarterfinal Game 4)
    Sat. March 11 - 12:30pm
    Sat. March 11 - 6:30pm (after Semifinals Game 2)
    Sun. March 12 - 12pm
    Sun. March 12 - 4pm (after Championship Game)

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:// WVEC-TV13 hires Amy Warren as Director of Sales & Marketing
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13 NEWSNORFOLK - WVEC-TV13. Belo Corp. Senior Vice President Rick Keilty announced the appointment of Amy Warren as the new Director of Sales and Marketing for WVEC-TV13.

"We are very excited that Amy Warren will be leading our sales efforts at WVEC-TV13," says Rick Keilty. "She is a talented and experienced sales manager with a proven track record of success with Belo."

Amy Warren, a native of Springfield, Ohio, joins WVEC-TV13 from Belo station KREM-TV2 in Spokane, Washington. She has served as Director of Sales for KREM TV / KSKN TV and KREM.com for the past 5 years and prior to that worked in Tulsa, Oklahoma for the then Belo owned CBS affiliate KOTV.

"I am very excited to join the team at WVEC-TV13," says Warren. "This is an opportunity for me to bring my strengths to a growing market and build on the momentum that exists within the station. Plus it's a chance for my family to move closer to home."

Amy Warren joins WVEC-TV13 in March.

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:// 89.9 WPER grows it’s Reach
Virginia's Positive Hits 89.9 and the NEW 90.5

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89.9 & 90.5, Virginia's Positive Hits (Warrenton, VA) February 14, 2006 - Positive Alternative Radio has purchased the former CSN Virginia and will expand its coverage of 89.9 WPER from Richmond to Winchester. In addition to 90.5 in Fredericksburg, six translators covering key Virginia locations will carry contemporary Christian music. Flint Hill 96.5, Alexandria 97.7, and Leesburg 93.5 and signing on in the very near future Front Royal 88.1, Winchester 106.3, and Stanardsville 88.1.

As an extension of 89.9, the new 90.5 WJYJ also will be strong in community involvement for the Fredericksburg and Richmond area Last year, WPER raised more than $23,000 for victims of Hurricane Katrina, and another $26,000 was given to families in need during the holiday season through Operation Stocking Stuffer.

The reach of Positive Hit music for Virginia will also be aided by a new antenna and tower project for 89.9 WPER. The new antenna project is scheduled to be completed by March 1.

Also as part of the purchase of 90.5 WJYJ, Positive Alternative Radio acquired WPVA 90.1 in Charlottesville, bringing Christian music to that area through 89.9 WPER’s sister station, Spirit FM. Plus other translators which can be viewed from spiritfm.com

“Now you can hear positive hits throughout Virginia, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with music the whole family can enjoy together.

For more information, contact Frankie Morea, at 540-347-4825 or frankie@wper.org.

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:// Positive Alternative Radio: Changing Hearts and Touching Lives
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Spirit FM Lynchburg, VA After 12 years of broadcasting to Roanoke, Lynchburg and Southwest Virginia, Positive Alternative Radio’s listener supported Spirit FM (A/C Christian) debuted today in the Charlottesville area on WPVA, Waynesboro at 90.1 FM; Charlottesville translator 106.7 FM; WJYA, Emporia at 89.5 FM; WJCN, Nassawodox (Eastern Shore) at 90.1; FM. Plus, translators in Farmville, Petersburg, Smithfield, and Crewe, Virginia. The Spirit FM Network also includes:
    WPAR, Salem
    WRXT, Roanoke/Lynchburg
    WPIN, Dublin
    WOKG, Galax/Mt. Airy
    WPIB, Bluefield, WV
    WOKD, Danville
    WPIM, Martinsville
At the same time, Positive Alternative’s Northern VA Christian A/C WPER, Culpepper/Warrenton expanded onto WJYJ, 90.5 Fredericksburg, plus translators in Alexandria, Leesburg, Winchester, and Front Royal.

Besides Roanoke and Lynchburg the Spirit FM network also provides uplifting and encouraging Christian music to Southside Virginia, the New River Valley, far Southwest Virginia and southern West Virginia.

Positive Alternative Radio also operates Christian A/C WCQR in the Tri Cities of Eastern Tennessee, and Southern Gospel Format stations in North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia

Our purpose is: TO HONOR GOD IN ALL WE DO. We use media technology to communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ through Christian music and relevant programming to encourage a lifestyle of worship, fellowship, good works and spiritual growth.

For more information visit www.SpiritFM.com or www.WPER.org or call 1-800-774-9798.

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:// Podcasting on ESPN 1310
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ESPN 1310 Virginia Beach, Va. – Hampton Roads Sports Talk listeners, get ready to podcast. ESPN Radio 1310 announced today that podcasting of “The Tony Mercurio Show” has arrived and is available on the radio station web-site. Listeners will be able to visit espnradio1310.com and download each days show to their MP3 player or computer and listen at their convenience. Podcasting gives fans of “The Tony Mercurio Show” an opportunity to download the shows they missed up to 7 days after their original broadcast. The listener can save the best moments and interviews of Tony’s shows as well as archive the shows by topic or date.

“The Tony Mercurio” Show airs Monday through Friday 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Tony is celebrating his 20th Year of Sports Talk on WGH-AM. He has been named the Sportscaster of the Year 13 times and continues to be the voice of the nationally ranked ODU Lady Monarchs.

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:// 135 Couples Say “I Do”
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97-3 The Eagle 97-3 The Eagle/WGH-FM presents the 15th Annual St. Valentine’s Day “Mass Wedding”, Tuesday, February 14, 2006 at The Ted Constant Center. The past couple of weeks, Jimmy Ray Dunn and Jennifer Lewis, morning show personalities on 97-3 The Eagle, interviewed couples on the air that wanted to get married for Valentine’s… 46 lucky couples were selected and have agreed to say “I Do” during the live broadcast on Valentine’s Day.

In addition to the 46 couples walking down the isle for the first time, 97.3 The Eagle invited couples to renew their vows, 89 couples accepted the invitation. The two ceremonies are authentic … Marriage Commissioner Harold McGee of Virginia Beach will conduct both ceremonies. The couples will show up early in the morning with their marriage license, rings and love for one another. All the other details are handled by 97.3 The Eagle… flowers, cake, photographers, professional video and a reception.

Jimmy Ray and Jennifer will serve as best man and matron of honor for the couples. The wedding will be broadcasting live from The Ted Constant Center on Hampton Blvd. across from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. Once Jimmy Ray and Jennifer have read all the couples names, the first ceremony will begin with the couples taking their vows simultaneously live at 7 a.m. with 97-3 The Eagle.

The past 14 years, 97.3 The Eagle has had the pleasure of various national recording artists such as Keith Urban, Aaron Lines and Steve Holy to sing the song for the “first dance.”

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:// 97.3 The Eagle Radiothon Raises $350,000 For Kids
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97-3 The Eagle Virginia Beach, VA –January 31, 2006 – Morning Show personalities, Jimmy Ray Dunn and Jennifer Lewis kicked-off the 14th Annual 97.3 The Eagle Country Cares for St. Jude Kids® Radiothon Thursday, January 26 at 6:00 a.m. The event continued until Midnight on Thursday and resumed on Friday, January 27 from 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. 97.3 The Eagle broadcasted live both days from Haynes Furniture in Va. Beach. 97.3 The Eagle Airstaff with some familiar friends who were on hand to meet the kids.The Radiothon raised money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, the world’s premier center for the research and treatment of cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases.

At the conclusion of the Radiothon Friday night, Jimmy Ray, Jennifer, Karen West, Mark McKay and Kimi Stevens stood on the stage at Haynes and made an announcement to the listeners and to the audience that 97.3 The Eagle raised $350,000 an increase of $66,437 from 2005.

Morning Show Personalities Jimmy Ray Dunn (l) and Jennifer Lewis (right) interviewing kids who raised $505 with their bake sale.In the past 14 years, 97.3 The Eagle has raised more than 2.5 million. Last year, Country Cares raised more than $28 million in pledges nationwide, 97.3 The Eagle raised $283,563 locally, thanks to the continuing loyalty and generosity of the listeners.

Jack Pavlat, dad whose daughter was treated at St. Jude Research Hospital in Memphis, Jimmy Ray Dunn, Morning Show Personality, Peter Decker, friend of Danny Thomas and St. Jude Board of Directors member and Jennifer Lewis, Morning Show Personality.The Country Cares for St. Jude Kids program began in 1989, after Randy Owen, lead singer of the music group ALABAMA, met St. Jude founder Danny Thomas. Since its inception, Country Cares has grown to be one of the most successful radio fund-raising events in the nation with more than 200 radio station partners raising more than $225 million in pledges.

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:// WGGM Radio returns to its Gospel Roots
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One of central Virginia's oldest Christian radio stations is about to return to its gospel roots -- a move that at least one man thinks will lead to a brighter future.

"This is an enormous opportunity for us to minister to listeners like never before," said Cavell Phillips, new general manager of AM 820, WGGM.

Phillips, long-time operations manager and on-air personality for AM 1240 WROU in Petersburg, says the change was precipitated by the decision of Radio One, Incorporated, to make WROU part of its national all-talk format. Hoffman Communications, which had managed the station for more than a decade, quickly offered Phillips the chance to transplant the blend of teaching programs and exciting gospel music to WGGM.

"This is a tremendous challenge, one that I'm thrilled to be a part of," Phillips said. WGGM, which has a daytime power of 10,000 watts, provides a more powerful signal than WROU, which only has 1,000 watts. "Not only does WGGM have more range, but its lower position on the dial offers even greater coverage," Phillips said. "We'll be able to strengthen our presence in the Tri-Cities and be a presence in Richmond like never before." He added that the new format will combine the best of the teaching ministries from both WGGM and WROU in a block of ministries from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Phillips said a key facet of the new format will be the inclusion of both national ministers, such as Joyce Meyers, Charles Stanley and Kenneth Hagin, along with key local ministries, like those of Dr. Steve A. Parson and Dr. Horace H. Wade, Sr.

The rest of the broadcast schedule will be music intensive with a blend that features both current gospel favorites like Kirk Franklin and CeCe Winans as well as past classics like the Rev. James Cleveland. Phillips will continue hosting 'Sunrise Jubilee,' his popular long-running morning show.

"WGGM signed on with a gospel format nearly 30 years ago," Phillips said, "and by returning to these roots I think we're going to bless more people than we ever thought possible." It's a look back, he says, that leads directly into the future.

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:// HAMPTON ROADS—GET YOUR GAME ON!
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FOX Sports Radio 850FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Announcing Fox Sports 850 on your AM radio dial. Sinclair Communications is proud to present the addition of Fox Sports to WTAR. Beginning Monday, January 30th, area listeners will have front row seats to the best sports radio station in Hampton Roads. Steve Czaban and the “Fox First Team” start the day from 6 AM to 9 AM. Next up, it’s Glenn Beck, one of talk radio’s newest superstars. Noon to 3 PM, enter “The Jungle” with Jim Rome, one of the most respected voices in sports broadcasting. From 3 PM to 5 PM, join Chris Myers and Bryan Cox for Fox Sports “The Drive.” Pasquale Giovani and his “Ask the Expert” series continues from 5 PM to 6 PM; followed by the hottest local sports team, Mike and Bob (also heard afternoons on 96X.) The sports action continues from 7 PM to 10 PM with Andrew Siciliano and Fox “Gametime Live.” Stand by for the most unique show in radio, with Phil Hendrie, from 10 PM to 1 AM. Overnights, it’s “The Third Shift” with John and Jeff, nighttime radio that won’t put you to sleep.

The weekends provide more great Fox Sports coverage, along with a full season of live Nextel Cup NASCAR Racing and live University of Virginia Football and Basketball.

Jay West, WTAR program director says, “We anticipate Fox Sports 850 will provide Hampton Roads with a fresh take on cutting edge sports and talk. Fox Sports 850 will keep fans engaged 24/7.”

The WTAR web address is: www.fox850.com where sports and talk fans can listen live online.

CONTACT: Jay West, WTAR Program Director, at 757-222-2921 or jaywest@sinclairstations.com

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:// Spiders On The Move To Richmond’s Hometown Sports Station, ESPN Radio 950
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ESPN Radio 950 The University of Richmond Athletic Department and WXGI-AM announced today a three-year agreement to bring Spider sports broadcasts to Richmond’s ESPN Radio 950.

Beginning this fall, all Spider football and men’s basketball games and “The Spider Sportsline” coach’s shows, plus selected women’s basketball and baseball contests, will air live on locally-owned and operated ESPN Radio 950.

“The addition of Spider athletics should be a further indication to fans and listeners of our commitment as Richmond’s hometown sports station,” said David Gee, President of Gee Communications and WXGI. “This will be a full-fledged partnership that will go well beyond the broadcasts. We’re excited about teaming with Richmond athletics both on the air and in the community.”

ESPN Radio 950 offers the only combination of locally-produced morning and afternoon sports talk shows in Richmond. Al Coleman, a mainstay in Richmond sports broadcasting for more than a decade, hosts “SportsPhone with Big Al” weekdays from 7-10am. Greg Burton, recently honored as Virginia Sportscaster of the Year, anchors “The Drive,” Monday through Thursday from 4-7pm. Burton is also a television sports anchor and reporter for WTVR Channel 6, the local CBS affiliate. Both Al and Greg regularly invite Spider coaches and student-athletes as guests on their shows.

Richmond’s football team is coming off a 9-4 season in which the Spiders captured the Atlantic 10 championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA playoffs. In just his second year at the helm, Dave Clawson earned conference and national coach-of-the year honors.

The Spiders men’s basketball team, under first-year head coach Chris Mooney, has won three in a row and five of its past six games in posting an impressive 10-7 overall record and 3-1 in the Atlantic 10.

“We’re thrilled to join together with ESPN Radio 950,” said Bob Black, Richmond’s Assistant Athletic Director for Communications and longtime Voice of the Spiders. “It’s important to us that our flagship station in Richmond has committed itself to local programming. And, we are also excited to be part of the ESPN national brand that is so identifiable to all sports fans.

“This will be a win-win for everyone as more and more of our fans enjoy ESPN Radio 950’s local and national programs. And we certainly welcome all those listeners already tuning in to support the Spiders.”

Richmond broadcasts will continue to be available worldwide on the internet at RichmondSpiders.com. ESPN Radio 950 will also stream the broadcasts on its website, ESPN950am.com, marking the first time a Spider flagship station has carried the broadcasts worldwide on the internet.

Additionally, numerous Spider football and men’s basketball games can also be heard on Sirius Satellite Radio. Those broadcasts are expected to continue and increase in future years, giving Spider fans worldwide yet another means to stay in touch with their favorite team.

ESPN Radio 950 is Richmond’s radio home for Major League Baseball, Bowl Championship Series, NBA, NFL and the Richmond Braves. For more information please contact Mitchell Bradley, Program Director at 804-233-7666 or e-mail to mitchell@espn950am.com. You may also contact Bob Black, Assistant Athletics Director of Communications at 804-287-6885 or bblack@richmond.edu. WXGI Radio is owned by Gee Communications.

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:// WDBJ7 DOMINATES NIELSEN NOVEMBER AUDIENCE MEASUREMENT PERIOD
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WDBJ/7WDBJ7 wrapped up its 50th anniversary celebration with a convincing win in the Nielsen ratings for November. The station has historically been among the most widely-accepted local affiliates in America. Nielsen Media Research data for the Roanoke/Lynchburg television market showed WDBJ stayed well in front of its local competitors during the ratings month.

WDBJ had a weekly circulation of 370,000 homes in central and southwest Virginia during November, according to the television research firm. That put it well ahead of WSLSTV, which had a weekly circulation of 310,000 homes, WSET-TV with 294,000 homes, WFXR with 215,000 homes, WBRA-TV with 79,000 homes and WDRL-TV with 52,000 homes.

Viewers in the area registered a strong preference for WDBJ newscasts during the measurement period. The station’s flagship News 7 at Six had an average weeknight audience of 92,000 adult viewers, easily outdrawing the 58,000 adults tuned in for news on WSLS-TV or the 45,000 adults watching WSET-TV’s early newscast in the same time period. The picture was much the same at late news time, where News 7 at Eleven drew an average of 41,000 adults, the WSLS-TV late news had 31,000 adult viewers, and WSET’s late news had 23,000 adults watching.

Nielsen data indicated the early evening News 7 at Five drew an average of 56,000 adult viewers, well ahead of the 29,000 adults choosing the WSLS five o’clock newscast or the 23,000 adults who viewed Oprah on WSET-TV in the time period. The newer 5:30 newscast on WSLS managed to attract an average of 40,000 viewers, but came in well behind the 59,000 adults watching the Andy Griffith program on WDBJ.

WSET’s expanded evening news at 6:30 fell flat with area viewers, attracting only 34,000 adults. That put it well behind the 86,000 watching CBS Evening News on WDBJ or the 68,000 watching NBC Nightly News on WSLS. The WSET decision to move ABC World News Tonight to a seven o’clock broadcast time hurt that newscast; it managed only 21,000 adult viewers, while WSLS got 32,000 for Entertainment Tonight and WDBJ drew 83,000 adults for its Wheel of Fortune series in the time period.

WDBJ had nine of the ten most-watched programs and 17 of the top 20 in November, according to Nielsen. Most were regular ongoing series, while other stations relied on one-time specials to attract attention during November. The most-watched program during Nielsen’s measurement period was the Thursday night WDBJ broadcast of CSI, which drew 154,000 adult viewers. Oddly, the most-watched broadcast on WSLS was the Thanksgiving Day Macy’s Parade, which pulled 105,000 adults, while the highest scoring program on WSET was Desperate Housewives with 80,000 adult viewers.

Nielsen Media Research conducted its fall television viewing study in every county in America during the four week period running November 4 through November 30. The company’s audience estimates for the 25-county Roanoke/Lynchburg television market are based on 725 viewing diaries kept during the period by families in this area. Nielsen’s next study of local television viewing will occur during the four-week winter “sweeps” period that will begin on February 2.

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