Rival station's owner set to buy WVRT

AIRCHECK

July 23, 1993|By Steve McKerrow | Steve McKerrow,Staff Writer

A contract has finally been reached in the previously announced sale of soft rock music WVRT-FM (104.3) to the parent company of rival adult contemporary music station WWMX-FM (106.5).

The E. W. Scripps Company, which is selling its radio interests to concentrate on television, said yesterday it will sell Variety 104 to Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc. of Raleigh, N.C., for $9.75 million.

An agreement to sell was announced in mid-June, pending negotiation of final contract details.

Yesterday's contract announcement included no word on possible format changes. The contract must now be submitted to the FCC for approval, a process that usually takes about two months, while the federal agency accepts public comment on the proposed transfer.

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The big band beat goes on. Here is an update of developments on the AM nostalgia music station scene.

WWLG-AM (1360) is the new identity of the former WHLP, to which the managers and most on-air personalities of WITH-AM (1230) moved in April.

The station announced this week the Federal Communications Commission granted the change in call letters, and the station now bills itself as "Legends 1360," playing the legendary music artists of the past five decades. The station targets the rarely courted over-55 age group, said co-managers Jim Ward and Paul Kopelke.

The station manager of WITH-AM said this week its nostalgia music sound "is here to stay," and termed a lawsuit over a contract to sell the station "a detail" that will not affect the station's format.

Cathleen Brunty said two longtime local radio personalities are now broadcasting daily, including Jack Edwards (6 a.m. to noon) and Niles Seaberg (noon to 6 p.m.). In addition, the station is upgrading its music library, converting albums to digital compact discs.

An Aug. 30 hearing date in Baltimore City Circuit Court has been set for motions in the lawsuit seeking that WITH be turned over to the Capital Kids Radio Co. of Bethesda.

Lawrence Kessner, president of Capital Kids, said this week the company expects its suit to enforce settlement of its contract to buy WITH. The agreement has been approved by the FCC, but Mr. McCotter has failed to come to settlement. The suit also seeks $500,000 in damages.

Mr. Kessner said Capital Kids still intends to make the Baltimore AM station the third link in a regional network broadcasting Radio Aahs, a format aimed at elementary and middle school children. Outlets are already on the air in Silver Spring and Northern Virginia.

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Former Baltimore Colts star Tom Matte now has a radio talk show.

"The McCafferty's Sports Hour Starring Tom Matte" airs at 6 p.m. Mondays on WCBM-AM (680), originating live from McCafferty's Restaurant in Mount Washington.

Co-owner Don McCafferty Jr. (with Brian Davis), is the son of a former Colts coach, the late Don McCafferty.

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Country music stars Doug Stone and Lorrie Morgan plan to face off on a softball field Tuesday in Columbia to help WPOC-FM (93.1) raise funds for the Baltimore Ronald McDonald House. The facility provides housing for families of seriously ill children being treated in Baltimore.

Mr. Stone will play on the station's "Country Hams" softball team and Ms. Morgan and her band will be the opposition. The free event is at 7 p.m. at Cedar Lane Park.

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Next weekend's annual Italian Festival in Patterson Park will get two hours of live radio coverage on "The Mary Torrieri Show," from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 31, on WITH-AM (1230).

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