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NBC Affiliate to Launch in Delaware

wrde_croppedWRDE has announced it will soon relaunch as an NBC affiliate.

The Rehoboth Beach, DE, station will be the only Delaware based station affiliated with a major network when it launches in June.

“I felt there was a need in this community,” WRDE president Bob Backman told the Cape Gazette. “There was a glaring omission. NBC is the No. 1 rated network in the country, and this area deserves programming that is local, local, local.”

According to the release, WRDE will broadcast in the Salisbury, MD, DMA and offer a 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. news available in both standard and high definition on Comcast, in standard definition on DISH Network and over the air on channel 31.1.

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WMDT Sold to First Time Local Buyers for $9 Million

Salisbury, MD, ABC affiliate WMDT has announced it has been sold to Maryland based Marquee Broadcasting pending FCC approval.

According to Delmarvanow.com, Marquee’s first television station purchase is worth $9 million.

“We are thrilled to be entering television broadcasting with the acquisition of WMDT,” said Patricia Lane, who along with her husband Brian are principal owners of Marquee Broadcasting. “As 30-year Maryland residents, we are looking forward to serving communities we know in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.”

According to a station press release, WMDT has 60 employees. Station manager Kathleen McLain has been with station for 17 years. You can watch video of the station’s announcement after the jump. Read more

WBOC Uses Facebook to Identify Suspected Thief

WBOC, the CBS affiliate in Salisbury, MD, showed off the power of local media by helping an area produce stand owner nab a suspected thief.

Allen Cole, the stand owner, set up a surveillance camera to watch over his stand.  When the camera captured a suspected thief taking money out of a cash jar he keeps near his produce, he sent the footage to WBOC.

Reporter Ko Im told TVSpy she posted the footage on the station’s Facebook page and, “About 15,000 (people) saw the post and we got hundreds of comments/shares.  We got calls possibly identifying the man behind the theft at a produce stand – and by news time, police say they’ve got a suspect.”

See WBOC’s report after the jump…

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Dan Satterfield Joins WBOC as Chief Meteorologist

Dan Satterfield is joining WBOC, the CBS-affiliate in Salisbury, MD, as chief meteorologist, dcrtv.com reports.

Satterfield was formerly the chief meteorologist at WHNT in Huntsville. He left in December after 17 years with the station to explore new opportunities.

The veteran meteorologist has more than 30 years of experience on the air. He will join Brian Keane and John Trout on the WBOC weather team.