The Outer Banks Voice is owned by Rick Loesch, owner of East Carolina Radio Inc. (ECRI), and Mark Jurkowitz, who had previously owned the Outer Banks Sentinel print and digital newspaper.
Loesch and Jurkowitz purchased The Outer Banks Voice in July 2019. It was founded in 2010 by veteran Virginian-Pilot journalist Rob Morris and banker and blogger Russ Lay, and is the leading news source on the Outer Banks.
The online news outlet generates 7 million page views annually and has amassed a social media audience that includes almost 66,000 followers on Facebook as well as 10,100 on Twitter and 6,300 on Instagram.
East Carolina Radio, headed by Loesch, was founded in 1990 in Edenton. Its group of stations include Dixie 105.7, 102.5 The Shark, Pirate 95.3, 98.1 The Score, 96.7 The Coast and 104.9 The Block.
Before buying the Sentinel in 2014, Jurkowitz was a long-time journalist who spent a decade at the Boston Globe and also served as associate director of the Journalism Project at the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C.