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DOJ settlement means iHeartMedia Richmond radio stations will likely have new owners come 2018

Eight well-known radio stations owned by iHeartMedia would be swapped to competitor Entercom next year to satisfy Department of Justice regulators overseeing a merger of two industry conglomerates.

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A group of Richmond radio stations owned by iHeartMedia will soon have new owners, if a trade agreement intended to satisfy Department of Justice regulators  goes through. In a deal announced Wednesday, six Richmond radio stations would be traded with rival radio conglomerate Entercom, along with iHeart’s Chattanooga, Tennessee market.

The move comes as Entercom prepares to merge with CBS Radio. In order to proceed with the transaction, DOJ officials said the former of the two must divest itself of stations in other markets including Boston and Seattle to avoid a monopoly that could cause advertising prices to rise. iHeartMedia will become the new owner of stations in those two cities.

Meanwhile, Entercom will gain a presence in Richmond with stations including news and talk station 1140 WRVA, alternative rock outlet XL102 (WRXL), adult contemporary Mix 98.1 (WTVR), urban 106.5 The Beat (WBTJ), sports station Fox Sports 910 (WRNL), heritage top 40 station Q94 (WRVQ), classic rock-programmed 96.1 The Planet (WRVQ-HD2), and country Big 98.5 (WTVR-HD2).

Ownership of stations in the Richmond market should be a natural fit for Entercom, which also owns a group of stations in the Hampton Roads market and will take over CBS Radio’s properties in Washington, D.C. should the merger go through as planned.

Lance Venta, editor of industry publication RadioInsight, tells RVAHub by email the deal likely means Entercom will need to staff up locally–good news for live and local talent.

“In terms of staff and air talent Entercom will need to restaff many of these stations,” Venta said. “iHeart spent much of the summer moving existing talent out of Richmond to fill holes elsewhere.”

Currently, the morning show position is open at WRVA after veteran morning man Jimmy Barrett transferred to a sister station in Houston, and over at XL102, the only live and local on-air personality is Tamo Sein in the afternoon shift. Alex Mac and DZL now do their shows from other cities after being transferred from Richmond to cover other open positions. “They (iHeart) also have Program Director openings at WRVA and WRXL to be filled,” he continued.

Syndicated talent including Elliot in the Morning on XL102, which is simulcast out of Washington, D.C.’s DC101, could continue under a syndication agreement between the two companies, Venta speculates. The same goes for Elvis Duran and Ryan Seacrest–other iHeart talent that have programs on Q94, as well as Delilah, who is heard evenings on Mix 98.1. “Entercom does rely on internal voice tracking (using talent from other markets and pumping them into another station) and syndication in many markets for night shifts, so it’ll likely be a matter of trading out the current people like EJ on Q94 who is based out of Dallas for someone else in the company,” he concluded.

The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2018, according to a news release.

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Trevor Dickerson is the Editor and Co-Founder of RVAHub.

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Blue Bee Cider property bought, changes on the way according to city documents

The buildings that comprise the site in Scott’s Addition were built from cobblestones that once lined Richmond’s streets.

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From Richmond BizSense:

Changes are in the works at a Scott’s Addition cidery, and they may include bringing a different kind of booze to the site.

Blue Bee Cider owner Courtney Mailey confirmed this week that her cidery’s property at 1320 Summit Ave. is under contract to be sold and that negotiations are underway for a sale of the business.

Mailey listed the 0.35-acre property that houses Blue Bee over the summer for $3.2 million and has continued to run the cidery onsite.

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Short Pump Town Center seeks open container ABC license

Soon you might be able to sip and shop at the Far West End mall.

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From Richmond BizSense:

Short Pump Town Center wants to allow people to walk around the mall with alcoholic beverages open and in hand.

The Henrico County mall recently filed a request with the Virginia ABC for one of the alcohol control agency’s commercial lifestyle center licenses, which would allow Short Pump’s visitors to consume alcoholic beverages in the mall’s common areas. The mall hopes to offer the perk no later than spring 2023.

“In short, it is similar to an ‘open container’ license and will allow visitors over the age of 21 to take their purchased alcoholic beverages (bought at one of our tenant restaurants) out with them while they shop,” said a spokeswoman for Brookfield Properties, the New York firm that co-owns the mall.

The company offers similar open-container programs at other properties in its portfolio.

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Library of Virginia partners with Can Can Brasserie to open downtown cafe

“We are thrilled to help bring one of the city’s best-loved restaurants to downtown Richmond,” said Scott Dodson, executive director of the Library of Virginia Foundation.

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A partnership between the Library of Virginia and a popular, longtime Carytown restaurant will bring a convenient breakfast and lunch option to the heart of downtown. Can Can Brasserie, a Parisian-style bistro and bakery, will open the Can Can Café in the Library’s lobby on Monday, September 19th, 2022.

“We are thrilled to help bring one of the city’s best-loved restaurants to downtown Richmond,” said Scott Dodson, executive director of the Library of Virginia Foundation. “Paul and John Kincaid and their team at Can Can are excellent partners. We cannot wait for our patrons and the downtown community to enjoy their amazing food in the Library as we head into our 200th anniversary year.”

Can Can Café will be open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with indoor and outdoor seating. Breakfast will include fresh-baked pastries and lunch will feature soup, salad and sandwiches, as well as to-go pastries, desserts and other items. Can Can’s signature coffee service will be available throughout the day.

“Since we began the difficult road of opening post-Covid, people have been asking us about our previous morning coffee service,” said Paul Kincaid, co-owner. “Countless people missed a beautiful location, quick coffee and pastries, and a chance to get out of the office and have a quick meeting. Opening Can Can Café in the Library of Virginia, we’re happy to be able to offer all of those things!”

Co-owner John Kincaid added, “With its spacious and beautiful interior, we’re excited to serve morning coffee, along with an assortment of sandwiches and salads for lunch, in a convenient location for so many folks in the downtown area.”

Limited free parking for Can Can Café is available on Level B1 of the Library’s parking garage accessed via entrances on 8th and 9th Streets.

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