WNAV takes on new investor that owns other radio stations – unclear if investor will become WNAV’s owner

Six months after the sale of WNAV by Pat Sajak to the Big Man Supper Club (BMSC) became effective, there’s a new investor involved in the station and one that owns other radio stations.

According to Chris Roth of BMSC, “Maryland Media One is an investor in BMSC as of July 1.”

When asked if Roth would confirm if there was or will be soon a transfer of ownership of WNAV from BMSC to Maryland Media One, Roth replied, “Not at this time. Once there is a sale to report, I’ll let you know.”

According to Maryland Media One’s website, it owns the Maryland News Network, Radio PA, WHGM-AM/FM in Havre de Grace, WXJX-AM/FM in Greenburg, Pa., WCNS-AM/FM in Latrobe, Pa., WMIR-FM in Conway/Myrtle Beach area of South Carolina and WYAY-FM in Bolivia/Wilmington area of North Carolina.

While BMSC did buy the station, they did not buy WNAV’s land – that is still owned by Pat Sajak, according to the Maryland Department of Assessment and Taxation website – it’s also still being advertised for sale.

According to a WTOP News article from October 2021, “Roth, a radio veteran of 31 years, worked as a WTOP Traffic reporter from 2010 to 2012 and returned to work in the WTOP production department last fall. He and friend and fellow radio veteran Frank Brady will be the new owners. Their company is BMSC Media. The sale requires FCC approval, which usually takes 60 days. They hope to take over ownership early next year.”

The WTOP article also indicated BMSC purchased WNAV for $1,000 and “Sajak is offering to help Roth and Brady with the relocation, with up to $100,000 to help with the move and new lease.”

Steve Clendenin is listed as the owner, president and CEO of Maryland Media One, according to its website.

Messages have been left for Clendenin – this will be updated if we hear from him.

Update (8/2/2022) – the following update was received.

WNAV-PRESS-RELEASE

Additionally, according to Mitchelle Stephenson, public information officer for the city of Annapolis, when asked, “Can you tell me if the city is working on and/or signed any agreements with WNAV/BMSC  (for leasing space) on the radio tower on Silopanna Road which the city owns, replied, “No. There was some interest earlier in the year, but the parties did not follow through.”

According to Roth, “The revenue director changed and we had to start from scratch with the city. Plans are currently under a NDA.”

Donna L. Cole is an award-winning multimedia and investigative reporter. She formerly worked in news department at WNAV.

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