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Pat Sajak Selling WNAV; ALLAUR Rebrands; News from WYPR, MGH, Queen Anne’s County, Pugh & Tiller, Warschawski and W Ventures

by | Nov 7, 2021

According to a report by WTOP, “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak is selling the Annapolis radio station he has owned for more than 20 years to a pair of Maryland investors, including WTOP production department employee Chris Roth, for $1,000. WNAV is 1430 on the AM dial.

According to news reports, buying the station itself for the price of a few vowels sounds like a bargain, but the purchaser will have to relocate. It is on 7.4 acres Sajak owns on Admiral Drive in Annapolis, which Sajak has on the market for $2.6 million. Sajak is offering to help with the relocation, with up to $100,000 to help with the move and new lease. WNAV has been in the same building since 1949.

ALLAUR, a creative agency headquartered in Frederick, announced a rebrand including a new visual identity and service offerings. According to a release, the rebrand reflects connectedness, the agency’s roots, and alludes to the future of the agency. “As we have developed our own brand into something representative of our team and story, we are thrilled to partner with other businesses to help them shape their brand and champion their vision,” ALLAUR Co-Founder Laurel Fogle said.

WYPR has announced Lisa Manzone, left, as the new chair of the station’s Board of Directors, and a new slate of officers including Laura Speer as vice chair, Dr. Bradley Schlaggar as secretary and John Prugh as treasurer. Three community and business leaders were also elected to the Board of Directors – Mike Karas, Daymon Pope and Chrissie Powell. All will be serving three-year terms with WYPR. Manzone is senior vice president of human relations for McCormick & Company and is responsible for the development and execution of the company’s global people strategy. “On the heels of our 20th anniversary year, we are grateful to these newly elected Board members for their service as we continue to reimagine how to serve the audiences of tomorrow,” said LaFontaine E. Oliver, president and general manager.

Coinciding with Public Radio Music Day, public service broadcaster Your Public Radio WYPR 88.1FM announced that its acquisition of WTMD 89.7 FM from Towson University is official. Bringing both stations under the Your Public Radio umbrella, a new corporate website also soft-launched at www.yourpublic.org.

“It’s fitting that we celebrate Public Radio Music Day by officially welcoming WTMD – its listeners and team – into the Your Public Radio family,” said Oliver. “As we prepare for our 20th anniversary in 2022, we are as committed as ever to the community, providing local news and expanded music, arts and cultural programming. Preserving WTMD’s license, music discovery format and service is central our community commitment.”

In May 2021, WYPR, an NPR member station serving Baltimore, Central Maryland and beyond, announced plans of the acquisition of WTMD, which has been operated by Towson University Public Media, Inc., a non-profit organization, in affiliation with Towson University since 2014.

Pugh & Tiller PR has been winning public relations industry awards recently, including Best PR Agency in The Daily Record’s 2021 Reader Rankings. This is the second year in a row Pugh & Tiller has been named a Reader Rankings winner.

Other awards include PRNews Agency Elite Top 100; Ragan’s Media Relations Award, Honorable Mention in the Media Relations Strategy: Newsjacking Category; and Top Baltimore PR Firm by the online directory Expertise. These awards come on the heels of Pugh & Tiller PR partner, Jessica Tiller, being named an Influential Marylander by The Daily Record.

MGH has added four to its account management and social media teams: Nabeela Asif Klayr, assistant account executive, previously with Vitamin; Juliana Pierorazio, social media marketing coordinator, previously with Form Salon in Towson where she was the social media coordinator; Ryan Stewart, senior social media marketing designer, joining from DC’s NOBODY where he was a graphic designer; and Carla VanHorn, senior social media marketing account manager. She previously worked at WebMechanix as a senior digital marketing strategist.

Queen Anne’s County debuted a new place brand – Where Shore Living Begins. The unified marketing identity strengthens the county’s connection to Maryland’s mainland and reinforces its position as a beautiful and bountiful home for new businesses and families and an alluring destination for vacationers and day-trippers.

With the support of a USDA Rural Development grant, the department engaged Choptank Communications to facilitate the discovery and community engagement process and create and design the Where Shore Living Begins brand.

The brand discovery process was launched in early March with five focus groups and multiple interviews conducted with individuals representing diverse industries, interests, and geographic areas from Stevensville to Sudlersville. Additional insight was gained in April through an online survey completed by approximately 300 county residents, business owners and visitors.

Warschawski promoted Zack Flores to director of digital strategy. Before joining Warschawski in 2019, he served as manager at The Search Agency where he developed digital campaigns, audited new business opportunities and managed a team of data analysts located in India.  Also, Anthony Guerrero joins as senior email marketing strategist. Prior to joining Warschawski, he worked as a front-end senior email developer for Total Wine & More. “We are thrilled to welcome Anthony to the W team,” said Shana Harris, Warschawski COO.

Warschawski’s W Ventures, a one-of-a-kind VC and accelerator company, announced the addition of Aviv to its growing portfolio. The Baltimore-based sports innovation and apparel company developed the first-ever moisture wicking and antimicrobial basketball net. W Ventures will host a top-shelf and rare Bourbon Tasting and Pitch Event, featuring presentations from three W Ventures portfolio companies: Celcy, Fanalysts, and Sonavi Labs. The presentations will be followed by bourbon tasting and networking. The event is Thursday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at W Ventures’ headquarters at 1700 South Road, Baltimore, MD 21209.

The event is open to investors, funders and people involved and interested in building the early-stage entrepreneurial ecosystem in Baltimore. All three of the companies being featured are highly innovative and are the only ones in their industry doing what they are doing. Celcy, Fanalysts and Sonavi Labs are currently raising rounds of funding, however, there is no obligation for participants at the event to invest. Individuals interested in investing are able to do so with each company, independently.

About the Author

Jeffrey Davis

Jeffrey A. Davis, APR has more than 25 years of news media and national public relations experience and heads J. Davis Public Relations, LLC, a PR and social media consultancy based in Baltimore. A three-time PRSA Maryland president, he serves as Baltimore regional editor for the Capitol Communicator and is co-founder of Podville Media in D.C. where he co-hosted the "Practically Social" podcast. He began his career as a reporter at daily newspapers in Ohio, New Jersey and at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis.


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