Virginia television station goes to trustee


Millard S. Younts, Managing Member of EnVest Media, has been ordered by the US District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia to take over WDRL-DT Channel 24 Danville VA, serving the Roanoke-Lynchburg DMA. Younts will also try to find a buyer for the property.

It was licensed to MNE Broadcasting, LLC, headed by Melvin N. Eleazer. The FCC has already approved transfer of the license to Younts.

In a statement, EnVest noted, “WDRL-DTV has been signed off-the-air until new programming and new ownership is arranged. The station had primarily viewed on the Comcast, Cox cable systems and, satellite systems in the Roanoke-Lynchburg television market and, other locations in central Virginia.”

Two prior deals for the station have fallen through. A 2007 deal with the late Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University with a $6M sticker price fell through, as did a subsequent 2008 deal with Living Faith, headed by Michael David Smith, which would have cost $5.25M.

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