John Raese, one of the principals of West Virginia Radio, is adding a new market to his WV-centric radio group. His group is buying three stations that straddle the border of WV and the panhandle of Maryland.
In addition to his business interests, Raese has been a frequent and unsuccessful Republican candidate for the US Senate.
His group is acquiring WEPM-AM and WLTF-FM Martinsburg WV, and WICL-FM Williamsport MD, from regional group Prettyman Broadcasting, according to reports.
WVRC President Dale Miller told local reporters that his group has been going after these stations for a long time, as long as 20 years. Miller told the Journal News that the acquisition gives them a “tremendous footprint” and fits in with their strategy of staying away from West Virginia’s river towns.
WVRC is already operating the stations under an LMA. Other terms were not released.
Miller said the AM station is definitely in for change of the upgrade variety, with increases in personnel and local news. The two FMs will also get a close look.
WEPM-AM is a Class C on 1340 kHz with 1 kW-U, ND
WLTF-FM is a Class B on 97.5 MHz with 11.4 kW @ 1,037’. it also gets much of the Hagerstown MD-Chambersburg-Waynesboro PA market, with good coverage of Hagerstown. Its outer contour actually makes it to sections of the Washington DC market.
WICL-FM is a Class A on 95.9 MHz with 3.3 kW @ 299’. In addition to serving unrated Martinsburg, and also makes it to Hagerstown.
The AM only projects a fringe signal to Hagerstown.