Three years after selling a group of stations led by classic rocker Q-106 (WHDQ) in Claremont, New Hampshire, Jeff Shapiro has returned to Twin State Valley radio with the purchase of the Clear Channel cluster featuring Rock 93.9/101.7 (WVRR) – the station that just happens to be Q-106’s main competitor. The sale is part of a large Clear Channel sell-off involving several markets:
Shapiro’s Great Eastern Radio LLC is buying Clear Channel’s signals, including news-talk WTSL (1400 Hanover NH) and WTSM (93.5 Springfield VT), AC WGXL (92.3 Lebanon NH), rock WMXR (93.9 Woodstock VT)/WVRR (101.7 Newport NH) and country WXXK (100.5 Lebanon NH), for an as-yet-undisclosed price.
“We are thrilled to be returning to the broadcasting community in the Upper Valley,” says Shapiro, who owned WHDQ in Claremont for almost 20 years before selling to Nassau in 2004.
No word yet on what, if anything, will happen to any of the station’s formats, though WVRR switched from Active Rock to a Classic/New hybrid about a year ago. Don’t be surprised if Greg & the Morning Buzz disappears from the local morning slot – their home station, WHEB, is still in the Clear Channel fold.
Ditto for Quinn & Cantara, the evening team that’s based in Providence, Rhode Island. For the moment, however, it’s business as usual at all the stations.
I suppose Alanis Morrisette’s “Isn’t It Ironic?” would be an appropriate song to play at this juncture – if it were on either Q-106 or Rock 93.9/101.7’s playlists.