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Two businessmen have joined for a new venture on the radio airwaves.

Tom Susman, president of TSG Consulting, and former state Senator Oshel Craigo, who owns Better Foods Inc., jointly own Vandalia Media Partners, which recently acquired WMOV-AM in Ravenswood.

“The station became available, and so we talked, looked at the numbers and began working on a format,” Susman said. “We felt like it was a model we could put together.”

Susman said he and Craigo were familiar with the Ravenswood market from their work together with a billboard company.

“We looked at the format the current station had and thought we could move it, change it,” he said. “We ran the numbers and felt like it was something we could do that made financial sense; more importantly, it made community sense.”

Susman said the communities surrounding Ravenswood don't have daily newspapers and aren't predominant in television coverage, so the hope is to become extremely involved in providing local news, including hiring a full-time reporter.

Susman said the station's schedule is currently full, with programming that includes sports and talk programs.

“We've been talking … we're going to do a live candidate forum with people running for the House (of Delegates), and we're going to have a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Ravenswood football,” he said.

Susman said his only radio experience is weekly segments for Wheeling talk show host Howard Monroe, and Craigo has not only purchased plenty of radio advertisements over the years, but also owned a radio station before. Both he and Craigo will continue to work their “day jobs.”

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