‘Wheel of Fortune’ host Pat Sajak is selling the Annapolis radio station he’s owned for more than 20 years…
‘Wheel of Fortune’ host Pat Sajak is selling the Annapolis radio station he’s owned for more than 20 years to two Maryland investors, including OMCP production department employee Chris Roth. for $1,000.
WNAV, 1430 on the AM dial, receives its call letters from the United States Naval Academy as the flagship station for its men’s and women’s lacrosse and basketball teams and the United States baseball team. ‘school.
Roth, a 31-year-old radio veteran, worked as a reporter for WTOP Traffic from 2010 to 2012 and returned to work in WTOP’s production department last fall. He and his friend and fellow radio veteran Frank Brady will be the new owners. Their company is BMSC Media. Selling requires FCC approval, which typically takes 60 days. They hope to regain ownership early next year.
Buying the station itself for just $1,000 seems like a great deal, but they’ll have to move. It is on land Sajak owns on Admiral Drive in Annapolis that Sajak is selling. Sajak offers to help Roth and Brady move, with up to $100,000 to help with the move and the new lease.
Roth says the station will remain in the Annapolis area.
WNAV has been in the same building since its first broadcast in 1949.
The station currently has about two dozen full-time and part-time employees, but there will be cutbacks.
“There will always be change. It’s one of those things that we’re going to have to cut back on. They had an owner who was able to provide a lot of money. We will keep as much as possible,” Roth said.
Roth’s first full-time radio job was as midday program manager at WNAV in 1996. Brady also spent on-air time at WNAV.
WNAV’s format of oldies music, local news, traffic, talk shows and sports is eclectic.
“It’s oldies music, but it’s also a lot of B-side songs. We’re going to hone in on it and become something listeners are more familiar with. We will definitely remain a local station, with local news and traffic. We will definitely keep our relationship with the Naval Academy. Without the Naval Academy, there is no NAV,” Roth said.
Will Roth return to the airwaves that landed him his first full-time radio job?
“Maybe. But I’m staying at WTOP. I’ll own a radio station that will have a management team in place. I’ll do the checks,” Roth said.
Sajak and his wife, Lesly Brown, own a home in Severna Park and have been major philanthropists in the Annapolis area.
“I am indebted to our advertisers and, of course, our loyal listeners. As I head into retirement over the next two years, I will always return to my WNAV property with great pride and satisfaction,” said Sajak said in a statement.