Take an Amtrak train between Washington, D.C., and New York, and you’ll venture through some of the most picturesque parts of the Northeast Corridor. The highlight is a trek over the Susquehanna River, through the Maryland city of Havre de Grace.
It is here in this city within the Baltimore DMA that Jeff Andrulonis and his Colonial Media + Entertainment is expanding … sort of.
The head of Colonial Media + Entertainment is gaining an equity interest in an AM with a construction permit for a Class D facility, along with two FM translators.
Perhaps the price is right.
For a mere $10, the newly formed Colonial Radio Group of Maryland — a separate entity from CM+E — is picking up WHGM-AM 1330 — operating with 5kw during daylight hours and just 23 watts at night from 1 tower sandwiched between U.S. 40 and I-95, visible from the train.
With WHGM comes FM translators W263CQ at 100.5 MHz in Chesapeake City, Md., and W298CG at 107.5 MHz in Bel Air, Md., a growing part of the metropolitan Baltimore area.
The seller is Imperial Broadcasting Co., of what’s left of it. It is today led by Gardner Altman Jr., Power of Attorney for company president Jeff Davis.
Altman is a longtime legal consultant based in Chapel Hill, N.C. He’s also the co-founder of Hogs & Rags, a fundraiser described as “a fun, relaxing, police escorted ride from Fayetteville, N.C., to Myrtle Beach, S.C. for motorcyclist and motor vehicle enthusiasts.” This year’s beneficiaries are the American Cancer Society, Special Forces Charitable Trust and Kidsville News.
He’s also the head of CRS Radio Holdings, which agreed to sell WHGM to Imperial in June 2017 for $405,214.09. The translators were transferred to Imperial by Astrakel International.
Thus, the transaction in a way reverts ownership of WHGM to the individual that held its license prior to the Imperial deal. And, it marks the end of an attempt to bring “Smash Hits” to Northeast Maryland, which debuted on Christmas Eve 2014. Over the next two years, radio industry trades gave Davis’ Adult Hits format considerable attention, as did local media.
Alas, it did not prove financially successful. A switch to Oldies transpired, and since May programming has been provided by Maryland Media One, led by Steve Clendenin, AllAccess reports.
While this Colonial will likely share resources with CM+E, which is comprised of WAGL-FM in Portville, N.Y.; WXMT-FM in Smethport, Pa.; two AMs and two FMs in South Carolina; and two AMs in North Carolina, Altman will maintain 85% equity interest in Colonial Radio Group of Maryland. Andrulonis will take 15% interest while serving as Manager of WHGM and its associated translators.
Altman’s legal counsel in this transaction is John C. Trent of Putbrese Hunsacker & Trent P.C.