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Calvert-licensed radio station changing ownership again

Silver Spring, MD - A Southern Maryland FM radio frequency which had been locally based until its 2000 sale to a Spanish format corporation is again changing ownership. Once again the 92.7 FM frequency will experience a significant format change.

The web site DCRTV broke the story Thursday, April 20 and the following day Radio One, The Urban Media Specialist, confirmed the transaction with a press release.  “Today, Radio One announced its acquisition of Red Zebra Broadcasting’s WWXT-FM,” the press release dated April 20 stated. The missive also announced Radio One’s acquisition of WXGI-AM in Richmond, VA. WWXT-FM is licensed for Prince Frederick.

Red Zebra Broadcasting is owned by Daniel Snyder, the owner of the Washington Redskins. “While Red Zebra, a sports marketing company, moves toward a more digital delivery system, Radio One—the largest urban radio broadcaster in the country expands its Washington, DC market and diversifies its Richmond market with this acquisition,” Radio One’s press release stated.

According to Radio One officials, on May 1—one minute past midnight, 92.7 FM’s format will be flipped from sports talk to urban adult contemporary. The Southern Maryland station will simulcast WMMJ MAJIC 102.3 FM. Terms of the transaction have not been divulged.

“I still believe in the power of terrestrial radio and am excited about this deal with Red Zebra,” Radio One CEO Alfred Liggins stated. “I am always willing to evaluate an opportunity that allows us to grow our radio assets and continue to diversify our radio group not just through syndication and digital, but good programming that serves our listeners.”

Instead of hearing local DC sports legends like Rick “Doc” Walker, Chris Cooley and Brian Mitchell analyze the fates and fortunes of the Washington, DC area’s iconic football team, the Redskins, syndicated deejays like Russ Parr and Donnie Simpson will be heard.

According to DCRTV’s Dave Hughes, rumors that Snyder was negotiating sales of the stations within the Red Zebra chain have been swirling for several weeks. In the latest Washington, DC market radio ratings released earlier this month, Red Zebra’s flagship station, WTEM-980 AM, tied for 22nd place with WOL-AM.

Radio One officials view the acquisition of 92.7FM as a way to improve MAJIC’s coverage in southern and eastern Prince George’s County and the three Southern Maryland counties.

From the early-1970s to March 2000, 92.7FM was owned and operated by MJS Communications, which ran it as a local Southern Maryland station.

Contact Marty Madden at marty.madden@thebaynet.com

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