Posted: 25 Aug 2010 Print Send a link
Roanoke Times, 22 August 2010: WDRL, an "independent television station -- which broadcast over-the-air on channel 24 and was on cable systems in the Roanoke-Lynchburg market, the New River Valley and Southside Virginia -- was taken off the air in late July, after a federal judge in West Virginia upheld a $1.1 million judgment against the station's owners. ... Mel Eleazer put WDRL on the air in Danville in 1994, after a lengthy career in radio and television. A native of Columbia, S.C., Eleazer, 54, worked in radio and TV while a student at the University of Jacksonville in the 1970s. He joined the U.S. Coast Guard and worked for Voice of America, where he met his wife, Nele, a VOA reporter. He spent 16 years with Voice of America and then bought a small TV station near Yanceyville, N.C., in 1991."