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Summit Media debuts classic hip hop format on new signal with “G104.3”

Ain’t nuthin’ but a ‘G’ thang, baby.

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At a time when an increasing number of FM stations are filling open frequencies on Richmond’s airwaves, radio group Summit Media has added one more. The latest addition, however, is something entirely new to the market.

On Wednesday at noon, the company launched “G104.3,” at 104.3 on the FM dial featuring classic hip hop from the 1980s through the 2000s and artists such as Snoop Dogg, Salt N Peppa, Jay Z, TLC, Naughty By Nature, Run DMC, and 2Pac. The station stunted by playing a loop of Dr. Dre/Snoop Dogg’s “Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang” for several days leading up to the launch.

“This station appeals to a diverse group of listeners who grew up embracing Hip Hop Culture and listening to Hip Hop,” said G104.3 Program Director Melissa Chase. “While they have matured in age, lifestyle and social awareness they are still extremely passionate about this music.”

G104.3 (licensed as W282CA) is an FM translator of WKHK-FM–which means its signal strength is a bit weaker than most full-power broadcast stations–is aided by its central tower location in Richmond’s Near West End and can be clearly heard throughout Metro Richmond (check out the coverage map here).

“SummitMedia is thrilled to launch a new signal into the market,” said Richmond market President Bob Willoughby. “Classic hip hop is an underserved audience segment and we are excited to be able to bring G104.3 to Richmond.”

With the addition of G104.3, SummitMedia Richmond now operates six FM stations in the market including country station K95 (WKHK 95.3 FM), Classic Rock 96.5 FM (WKLR), classic hits format Star 100.9 (WJSR-FM), adult contemporary 103.7 Play (WURV) and top 40 station Hot 106.1 (WURV HD2–the company’s first translator-based station in the Richmond market).

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Kickstarter-funded Ruby Scoops ice cream shop to open on Brookland Park Boulevard later this fall

“We’re trying to create memories, and we’re trying to create moments in your life that you will always remember that kind of stem from what we make,” Kamara said.

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From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

Rabia Kamara recalls drinking a sweet, sugary Colombian beverage as a 5-year-old in Silver Spring, Md. It wasn’t until she was at an international market over 25 years later that she came across the beverage again and fell in love with it anew.

Kamara wants to create similar memories for customers at her ice cream shop, Ruby Scoops Ice Cream and Sweets, which is in the works on Richmond’s Brookland Park Boulevard in North Side. There, Kamara plans to add a unique spin on ice cream flavors, with twists such as Peaches N’ Herb, Sweet Corn Basil and Lemon Honey Chamomile.

“We’re trying to create memories, and we’re trying to create moments in your life that you will always remember that kind of stem from what we make,” Kamara said.

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CEO of Richmond-based Elephant Insurance’s parent company gifting employees $13 million

As a thank you to all the staff at Admiral and Elephant Insurance who have made his 29 years with the company so special, David Stevens and his wife, Heather will give £1,000 to every full-time member of staff and £500 to all other staff. For employees in the United States, this equates to around $1,300 for full-time employees and $650 for part-time employees.

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David Stevens, CEO and co-founder of Elephant Insurance’s parent company, Admiral Group, announced yesterday he will give a personal gift of around $13 million to over 11,000 employees ahead of his retirement.

As a thank you to all the staff at Admiral and Elephant Insurance who have made his 29 years with the company so special, David Stevens and his wife, Heather will give £1,000 to every full-time member of staff and £500 to all other staff. For employees in the United States, this equates to around $1,300 for full-time employees and $650 for part-time employees.

“Saying thank you to all the Admiral staff in this way is the right thing to do, and I’m so proud and fortunate to have worked with such a special group of people,” said David Stevens, CEO and co-found of Admiral. “Their hard work and dedication has allowed Admiral to grow from a start-up with one brand, zero customers and 57 members of staff, to a FTSE 100 company worth around £8 billion with multiple brands, millions of customers and over 11,000 staff worldwide. Thank you from myself and my wife to everyone at Admiral.”

All Admiral staff, whether they work in Richmond or Rome, Newport or Delhi and everywhere in-between, will benefit from the gift.

“Today and every day, we are so appreciative to work for a company under the Admiral umbrella,” said Alberto Schiavon, CEO of Elephant Insurance. “David Stevens’ generosity will impact all of Elephant’s more than 630 employees, most of whom are here in Richmond. We wish him well in this new stage of life and look forward to welcoming Admiral’s new CEO, Milena Mondini de Focatiis.”

For more information about Elephant Insurance, visit www.elephant.com.

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Urban Farmhouse in Scott’s Addition closes doors after six years

The local chain of market cafes is now down to just two locations – one in Shockoe Bottom and the other in Midlothian.

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A local café-and-market chain has retreated from Scott’s Addition as it cuts costs amid the economic crisis caused by the pandemic.

Urban Farmhouse has shuttered its location at 3015 Norfolk St., capping off an almost six-year stint in the neighborhood. The homegrown brand is now down to two locations, one in Shockoe Slip and the other in Midlothian.

The chain, which had six shops in 2016, eliminated the 4,000-square-foot Scott’s Addition location as it seeks to come out on the other side of the coronavirus pandemic, owner Kathleen Richardson said.

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