August 1, 2022
WNAV Strikes Gold With A New Investor and Format
The month of August starts with a format adjustment at WNAV Radio, 1430am and 99.9fm. WNAV has switched from an 70s-90s music format to an Oldies format, with a focus on 1960s-1970s music, branded as Capital Gold, WNAV. The station will also focus on bringing back local and regional news coverage.
The change comes as Steve Clendenin, owner of Maryland Media One, LLC, enters the station as an investor in licensee BMSC Media, the owner of WNAV. This addition enables WNAV to utilize the brand, formatics, sales structure and management structure that Clendenin employs at his other stations in Havre de Grace, Myrtle Beach, Wilmington, NC and Greensburg, PA. In addition, these resources will enable WNAV to increase news coverage since Clendenin also owns the Maryland News Network.
“WNAV has been serving the Annapolis area since 1949. That tradition will continue with a focus on music that isn’t heard on stations in this area, while placing a new emphasis on local news, information and sports”, stated Steve Clendenin, owner of Maryland Media One and investor in BMSC. “We will continue to carry Orioles Baseball, Ravens Football and of course Naval Academy Athletics, in addition to increasing our commitment to local sports,” mentioned Clendenin. The Yacht Club with Meredith Marx, which launched in May, will continue Sunday mornings, with a focus on the 70s-80s Yacht Rock staples. “Now, advertisers on WNAV will have the opportunity to reach the entire state as our sales team now has the ability to cross sell Maryland Media One properties and our statewide news network, as well as our robust digital platforms,” explained Clendenin.
Additional programs will be coming to WNAV, including Story Untold with PJ Noce, a show focused on Doo-Wop, which will air Sunday nights, followed by The Soul Vault with Pat Gwinn, lending a spotlight on music from Motown and Stax. The weekday line up will remain with Chris Roth hosting mornings, Intelligence for your Life with John Tesh in mid-day and Neal Ellis will handle the afternoon show.
Maryland Media One, LLC is owned by Steve Clendenin and is based in Havre de Grace, Maryland. The company owns and operates the Maryland News Network, a statewide news service heard on 48 stations across Maryland; the Radio PA Network, which is aired on 111 affiliates across the commonwealth; and owns radio stations in Greensburg and Latrobe, PA; Havre de Grace, MD; Myrtle Beach, SC and Wilmington, NC.