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Former WHFS-FM owner Jake Einstein’s recent deal to buy Annapolis-based WYRE-AM (810) and WXZL-FM (103.1) for $1.9 million has set the local radio community abuzz. Specifically, folks are wondering if he is hoping to recreate his ‘HFS glory days by flipping ‘XZL from its current heavy-metal format to modern rock. One theory has Einstein making such a change to provide a secure radio home for his son, ‘HFS midday host Damian Einstein, and Damian’s wife, former WHFS National Sales Manager Patti Ebbert—both of whom engaged in bitter legal battles with current ‘HFS owner Duchossois Communications, which bought the station from Jake in 1987. Einstein declined to comment, saying his purchase of the stations had been announced prematurely. Switching ‘XZL into a modern-rock format wouldn’t make much sense: Einstein the businessman will undoubtedly format his new stations with an eye to making money. Even if ‘XZL does go modern it won’t have a local impact, as the station’s signal doesn’t cover the D.C. area. Still, the speculation is fueled by the name Einstein gave to the company he formed to buy the stations: Sequel Communications.