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Waynesboro native buys radio station

April 28, 2008|By JILLIAN E. KESNER

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro native Michael Stapleford is returning to his roots, purchasing WEEO-FM.

The station, formerly known as HOT 103.7, debuted April 7 as FM TALK 103.7.

Stapleford said WEEO is among the few talk stations in the area's market.

"Rather than competing with other FM stations in the area, we changed it to FM Talk program," Stapleford said. "It's a complete changeover, and historically, is a high demand."

Stapleford said the station features some of the biggest names in talk radio, including Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Laura Ingraham, Michael Savage and Mancow in the Morning.

"There has been a very positive response so far," Stapleford said. "It will turn out to be a good move for the company."

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Stapleford, a 1984 graduate of Waynesboro Area Senior High School, began working with radio at age 13 at WEEO-FM when it first was built.

"Now, I have the opportunity to be a part of an excellent radio market that is also my hometown, which has been a lifetime goal," Stapleford said.

After obtaining his degree in communications management from Syracuse (N.Y.) University, Stapleford worked for various radio stations, purchasing his first station - Rock 103 in Jamestown, N.Y. - when he was 25.

Stapleford owns five other stations in Pennsylvania - four in State College and one in northwest Pennsylvania.

"It's something I've strived to accomplish for some time," Stapleford said.

For more information about programing, call WEEO-FM at 717-709-0801.

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