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7 Plans Ebola Special - 10/24 - Sinclair's Channel 7/WJLA will hold a town hall meeting featuring a panel of medical and government experts regarding Ebola. On Monday, October 27, from 7 PM to 8:30 PM. It will air live on NewsChannel 8 and stream on WJLA.com. Leon Harris will moderate and Scott Thuman will handle social media.....

Frank Mankiewicz Dies - 10/24 - Frank Mankiewicz, a writer and Democratic political strategist who was Senator Robert F. Kennedy's press secretary, directed Senator George S. McGovern's losing 1972 presidential campaign and for six years was the president of National Public Radio, died Thursday at a hospital in Washington. He was 90. More at nytimes.com.....

NAB Names White House Liaison - 10/24 - Curtis Legeyt gets named senior vice president for public policy, a newly-created position, at the DC-based National Association Of Broadcasters. He'll be principal liaison to the White House. Legeyt joined NAB three years ago after having been senior counsel to Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Patrick Leahy.....

SLR Podcast: Bradlee & Slumping WaPo, More - 10/24 - The death of Ben Bradlee and what that means for the declining Washington Post. Could country soon be coming to DC's 107.3? Yes, more Don Geronimo. The latest DC radio ratings trends, And much more when DCRTV Dave chats with Jonathan on his latest "Sadly Lacking Radio" podcast. At sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

Rather To Do "Q&A Cafe" - 10/24 - Carol Joynt's "Q&A Cafe" on November 7 will feature longtime TV newsman Dan Rather. Then, on November 18, Joynt's series will feature Redskins President Bruce Allen. For both events, seating begins at noon at the George Town Club at Wisconsin Avenue and Volta. The fee for lunch and the program is $35. For reservations, call the club at 202-333-9330.....

DCRTV Plus: Channel 13 News Memory From 1979 - 10/24 - DC radio and TV memory-packed DCRTV Plus is now updated with "new" stuff almost every day. With the latest additions including a 1979 memory of Channel 14/WJZ's news. A video of Washington's first TV station, W3XWT, which soon became Dumont's Channel 5/WTTG. Plus, a Channel 5 news open from 1997 featuring Morris Jones and Tracey Neale. Two 1950s memories of Channel 7, then WMAL-TV. And, a WWDC radio memory from the 1960s featuring "Tiger" Bob Raleigh. A $39 donation of support gets you a full year of access to local radio and TV memory-packed Plus. Please visit our Support page. Independent DCRTV started covering DC and Baltimore area media news 17 years ago. We've been here all those years because of your support. While advertisers are great, support from individual visitors accounts for about 50% of our annual revenue.....

Fraley To Head Entertainment Section Of TOP's Site - 10/23 - DCRTV hears that Jason Fraley will become editor of the entertainment section of WTOP.com. For the past five years, he's been doing on-air reports covering arts, music, TV, and film for the Hubbard all-newser. He starts his new gig on December 1.....

WETA Produces Salute To Troops - 10/23 - "A Salute To The Troops: In Performance At The White House" is a PBS music special from the South Lawn of the White House. The hour-long special is produced by Washington's WETA. It will premiere November 7 at 9 PM on PBS stations nationwide. The program will also be broadcast on November 11, Veterans Day, via the American Forces Network to service men and women and civilians at Department Of Defense locations around the world. There will be live-viewing audience of troops from the USO Warrior And Family Center at Fort Belvoir in Virginia. The program, part of the Emmy Award-nominated series, is the 53rd production in the series' 36 years.....

"MTP" Places 1st On Sunday - 10/23 - NBC's "Meet The Press" was the most-watched Sunday morning political talker in the DC market on October 19th. Fox's "Fox News Sunday" took a distant second place, with CBS's "Face The Nation" in third and ABC's "This Week" fourth.....

Comcast Sees TV Drop, Internet Rise - 10/23 - Area media giant Comcast reported a 12% increase in earnings in the third quarter, propelled by growth in the company's high-speed internet business and NBC network. Comcast lost 81,000 video customers in the quarter after losing 127,000 during the same period last year. Meanwhile, the company scored an increase in internet customers, adding 315,000. More at nytimes.com.....

DCRTV's Job Ads: Yamanair Creative, WTOP - 10/23 - DC's Yamanair Creative is looking for radio producers who can write, voice, produce on Pro-Tools on a MAC platform. The opening is "proof that radio is kicking ass harder than ever," says head of the firm and DC radio veteran Yaman Coskun. "It is all due to due to major expansion of our services nationally as well as the political revenue category exploding in DC with the election year ahead," he says. Also, WTOP is looking for a news writer and a WordPress web developer. Those are the latest job ads at DCRTV's Job Ads, where you can reach many thousands of local media movers and shakers for just $49.....

Nats Continue To Fight For Higher MASN Payments - 10/22 - In their ongoing legal dispute, Major League Baseball and the Nationals have asked the New York Supreme Court to uphold an MLB panel's ruling that awarded the Nationals higher TV rights fees. MLB and the Nationals filed their counter petitions on Monday, along with dozens of documents of evidence and affidavits, to make their arguments against the claims of the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network and the Orioles. So reports washingtonpost.com. Last month, MASN and the Orioles filed petitions asking the New York court to throw out the MLB panel's decision that ruled the Nationals are due nearly $300 million in rights fees during the "reset period" of 2012 to 2016, the Post's James Wagner adds.....

Todd Talks "Balancing Act" - 10/22 - Chuck Todd explains his "balancing act" as the new host of NBC's "Meet The Press." And more when he chats with MediaMatters.....

Sinclair Tries To Calm News Fears At 7 & 8 - 10/22 - From NewsBlues: In the months after Sinclair took control of Allbritton's former Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8, "at least three dozen staffers" have left the newsroom, according to TVNewscheck. Staffers "are frightened," said one source, a new phenomenon in a newsroom known for being "safe and stable" under Allbritton. But Scott Livingston, Sinclair's vice president of news, says reports of newsroom unrest are overblown. He says that while Sinclair has had to make some "tough decisions," newsroom fears are being exaggerated. According to Livingston, only eight station employees have left: General Manager Bill Lord, News Director Doug Culver, and Managing Editor Dan Patrick. Another five staffers, three of whose contracts expired, voluntarily left the stations, Livingston says. Sinclair has named Dan Mellon as general manager and Mitch Jacob is the new news director. Both come from Sinclair's WSYX/WTTE TV duopoly in Columbus, Ohio. The search for a managing editor is underway.....

Groups File Political Ad Complaint Against 7 - 10/22 - The Campaign Legal Center, Common Cause, and the Sunlight Foundation have filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission against Sinclair's Channel 7/WJLA. The groups charge that WJLA refused to disclose the "true identity" of the sponsor of political ads being run on the ABC affiliate by NextGen Climate Action Committee. More at campaignlegalcenter.org.....

Carson Adds Stations - 10/22 - DCRTV gets an update from former WRQX personality Rob Carson, who has been doing fill-in talk show work for radio stations around the country. He's added WLS in Chicago, KSFO and KKSF in San Francisco, KCMO in Kansas City, and soon WPHT in Philadelphia to his repertoire. With more to come.....

Ben Bradlee Dies - 10/21 - Benjamin Bradlee, who presided over the Washington Post newsroom for 26 years, died October 21 at his home in Washington of natural causes. He was 93. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Dave TV: Comcast Wants Cord Cutter Back, More - 10/21 - The latest episode of DCRTV's "Cord Cutter" finds Comcast - yet again - wanting me back with a deal that's loaded with catches. As I wonder why people pay Comcast so they can date mine them. Plus, HBO announces that it will be available without a cable TV subscription come 2015. And, CBS also announces an internet service. At DCRTV's Cord Cutter page.....

Wearable WaPo App - 10/21 - The Washington Post releases a wearable news app for Android Wear. More at washingtonpost.com.....

WHUR Takes Top Spot - 10/21 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "third week" of October. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WHUR and WIHT, 3) WTOP, 4) WAMU, 5) WASH and WWDC, 7) WETA-FM, 8) WMAL and WPRS, 10) WMMJ, 11) WMZQ, 12) WPGC and WIAD, 14) WBIG, 15) WGTS, 16) WKYS, 17) WJFK-FM, 18) WTEM, 19) WRQX and WLZL, 21) WNEW, 22) WFRE, 23) WINC-FM and WAFY, 25) WBQB and WQSR, 27) WPFW and WERQ and WDCN, 30) WAVA-FM and WGRQ.....

Daughter Of Former 11 News Anchor Dies - 10/21 - Claire Marie Wagonhurst, the daughter of Marianne Banister Wagonhurst, a Channel 11/WBAL news anchor from 1995 to 2011, died of melanoma October 16 at her Lutherville home. She was 17 and a Notre Dame Preparatory School senior. More at baltimoresun.com.....

Beast's Lake & Rogin To Bloomberg - 10/21 - Eli Lake and Josh Rogin, two of the Daily Beast's top national security and foreign policy reporters, are leaving. They're likely joining Bloomberg View. More at politico.com.....

Bezos Joins DC Biz Council - 10/21 - Amazon.com founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos has been appointed chairman of the Business Council, a Washington-based organization comprised of some of the country's most prominent executives. It's one of the technology magnate's first significant moves on the Washington business scene since buying the Washington Post from the Graham family in 2013. So reports washingtonpost.com.....

Profit Up At Gannett - 10/21 - McLean-based Gannett reports a rise in third-quarter profit, largely because of an infusion of political advertising at its television stations, which include Channel 9/WUSA. More at nytimes.com.....

CSN To Cover Marine Corps Marathon - 10/20 - Comcast SportsNet will again serve as the exclusive television partner and present extensive multiplatform coverage of the annual Marine Corps Marathon, which will be held Sunday, October 26. The Bethesda-based network's coverage will be highlighted by a live 90-minute Marathon-day show and extensive news and digital media content. Live TV coverage will start at 7 AM and be hosted by Michael Jenkins, with analysis from retired Marine combat journalist Chas Henry, and reporting from Jill Sorenson.....

Russert's Desk Leaves Newseum - 10/20 - From NewsBlues: DC's Newseum, which typically loses about $45 million a year, has finally given up on Tim Russert's desk. It's been handed over to the Buffalo History Museum, where admission is free. The Newseum charged $21.95 to see the NBC desk of the longtime NBC "Meet The Press" host. More at buffalonews.com.....

Czaban Loses Richmond - 10/20 - DC-based Steve Czaban's nationally syndicated morning show is no longer heard on Richmond sports talker WRNL, where locally-based Wes McElroy takes the AM drive slot. More at sportsradio910.com.....

Radio One To Honor Marion Barry - 10/20 - Thursday, October 23rd, is "Marion Barry Day" at Radio One's DC radio cluster. Marking 40 years of public service in Washington for the current Ward 8 councilman and former mayor. Barry will be live in-studio on all five Radio One DC-based stations. From 9 AM to 4:30 PM listeners can call in and ask questions. He'll be on WYCB 1340 AM at 8 AM, WPRS 104.1 FM at 10 AM, WMMJ 102.3 FM at 11 AM, WKYS 93.9 FM at noon, and at 4 PM on WOL 1450 AM. Several surprise guests will join him on air throughout the day. It's all followed with a private reception attended by various political, business, community, and media leaders, along with celebrity guests. Radio One vice president and DC market manager Alan Leinwand says: "We are excited to highlight a lifetime of accomplishments that have been at the forefront of Marion Barry's political career".....

Dan Mason's Days Numbered At CBS Radio? - 10/20 - CBS Radio president Dan Mason's horse "Jitterbug" finished seventh in the Maryland Million Race at the Laurel Race Track on Saturday. The one-time DJ at WPGC, who went on to much bigger stuff, still lives in the DC area, even though his job is based in NYC. Which prompts Tom Taylor, author of radio biz newsletter Tom Taylor Now, to wonder how much longer will Mason stick around at CBS. "When his contract's up, he'll have enough money in the bank from CBS/Infinity/Viacom stock and options, etc. to lay back and enjoy life around the horse barns, if he feels like it," writes Taylor.....

WAMU Show Prompts Lawsuit Against DC Police - 10/20 - An episode of public radio's "This American Life" fuels a $5 million lawsuit against the DC police. According to Current, an investigation on the program may help a woman prove that DC police violated her civil rights when a detective obtained a false confession from her 18 years ago. "This American Life" is heard on WAMU.....

Moody, Jafee, Simon Join CNN - 10/20 - Yahoo's Chris Moody, the Hill's Alexandra Jaffe, and the Washington Post's Jeff Simon jump to CNN's DC-based Politics Digital. For Simon, it's a return to CNN, where he'd worked until 2013 as a video producer.....

WTOP Hosts Ebola Town Hall At Newseum - 10/20 - Hubbard all-newser WTOP stages a one-hour live town hall broadcast today, October 20, 10 AM, at the Knight TV Studio at the Newseum. WTOP midday anchors Bruce Alan and Debra Feinstein will host the forum, with Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute Of Allergy And Infectious Diseases at National Institutes Of Health, and Dr. Jesse Goodman, professor of medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center.....

Orioles DC Playoff Ratings Analysis - 10/19 - In his DC Sports Bog at washingtonpost.com, Dan Steinberg looks at the Orioles' playoff ratings via TBS and finds that "there was more interest in the Orioles in the Washington television market than nationally, but vastly less interest here than in Baltimore".....

Dave TV: Hill, Clyatt, Snyder, WTOP, More - 10/18 - We hear from two local TV weather titans today - Doug Hill and Kirk Clyatt. What's up with them? Plus, why Hubbard all-newser WTOP continues to way out perform all of CBS's radio all-newsers. And, while I think that George Washington University law professor's license challenge against Dan Snyder's radio station is a colossal joke - even if you don't like the team's name. In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV.....

Red Zebra License Challenge Called "Meritless" - 10/17 - Redskins owner Dan Snyder's radio broadcasting arm, Red Zebra, calls "meritless" a petition to block renewal of WWXX, 94.3, the Northern Virginia relay of its sports talker ESPN 980, WTEM, because it frequently airs the allegedly racist "Redskins" name. In a 39-page response, attorneys for Red Zebra rejected those arguments and asked for WWXX's license to be renewed without further debate or hearings. More at washingtonpost.com.....

WaPo Launches National Weekend Edition - 10/17 - The Washington Post starts a weekly print edition featuring national and international news from the Post. The 24-page, color tabloid publication will include local advertising and Post content printed and distributed by partner newspapers around the country through a separate subscription. It launches this weekend in Dallas, distrubuted by the Dallas Morning News, and will soon be available in other markets.....

WaPo Reporter Disinvited Due To Ebola Fear - 10/17 - From Romenesko: The Washington Post's Michel du Cille was supposed to critique student portfolios at Syracuse's Newhouse School Of Public Communications this week, but the university told him today to stay away. The reason - The photojournalist was in Liberia last month covering the Ebola crisis. "I am pissed off," says du Cille, who returned from Liberia 21 days ago. "I am disappointed in the level of journalism at Syracuse, and I am angry that they missed a great teaching opportunity. Instead they have decided to jump in with the mass hysteria".....

More Snyder Station License Challenges - 10/17 - Three Native American radio professionals working in the Washington DC market have formally asked the Federal Communications Commission to reject the license renewal of a DC-area radio station owned by Redskins owner Dan Snyder, the 94.3 relay of ESPN 980, on the basis that it frequently broadcasts the word "Redskins," which they deem racist. And more in this week's DC sports media column at PressBoxDC.com.....

SLR Podcast: All Things Geronimo - 10/17 - It's pretty much all things Don Geronimo - the latest changes on his podcast and does he have a future in this ever-changing world of radio - when DCRTV Dave chats with Jonathan on his latest "Sadly Lacking Radio" podcast. At sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

Cord Cutter: CBS, HBO, Roku, More - 10/16 - Buying CBS shows on the internet? Subscribing to HBO directly through the web, without having to have a cable TV subscription? Plus, some great sites to head to when you cancel cable TV. Yet more about the wonders of Roku. And more at DCRTV's new Cord Cutter site.....

Matt Graham Joins RLJE's Acorn TV - 10/16 - Silver Spring-based RLJ Entertainment has hired Matt Graham as vice president of Acorn TV. Most recently at PBS Digital, Graham will be overseeing one of the top British TV streaming services in North America and RLJ Entertainment's first proprietary digital channel. He takes over from Jen Linck, who is moving to RLJE's West Coast office in the newly-created position of vice president of marketing strategy. Graham was co-founder and senior director of PBS Digital Studios. Before that, he was co-founder of UMLAUT Films in Northern California.....

Time's Crowley To Politico - 10/16 - Michael Crowley leaves Time to join Politico as a senior foreign affairs correspondent. Before Time, he wrote for the New Republic, New York magazine, GQ, and Slate.....

Examiner's Teague To Time - 10/16 - Ryan Teague leaves the Washington Examiner to join Time's DC bureau as a senior political editor. Before Time, he worked at CQ Roll Call and Raleigh's News And Observer.....

Will: Will FCC Ban "Redskins"? - 10/16 - Columnist George Will wonders if the Federal Communications Commission will actually ban the word "Redskins" from broadcast radio and TV stations. At washingtonpost.com.....

Jane Mago Retires From NAB - 10/16 - Jane Mago, general counsel of the DC-based National Association Of Broadcasters, will retire and head to Florida. She served 26 years at the Federal Communications Commission before joining the NAB in 2004.....

UMD's JCCF To Close - 10/15 - The Journalism Center On Children And Families, located at the University Of Maryland's Philip Merrill College Of Journalism, will be closing at the end of the year. Formerly the Casey Journalism Center, it was founded 20 years ago to recognize "the crucial role of the news media in shining a spotlight on the lives of children and families in the US." According to a post from JCCF director Julie Drizin at journalismcenter.org, "The college has concluded that this center is not sustainable in the current economic climate. Indeed, these are very challenging times in the worlds of journalism and education".....

CNN Kills "Crossfire" - 10/15 - CNN has officially ended the DC-based "Crossfire" political debate program, which was relaunched in September 2013 with Newt Gingrich, Van Jones, Stephanie Cutter, and SE Cupp. The show got yanked in March for coverage of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight. It was restored in May, only to be removed again in July for coverage of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight in the Ukraine.....

Lozada To Pen Non-Fiction Book Reviews For WaPo - 10/15 - Carlos Lozada, Outlook editor for the Washington Post, will do nonfiction book reviews for the paper. Also, the Post will launch a blog to focus on nonfiction book content. Lozada joined the Post in 2005 as an economics and national security editor before being named editor of the Outlook section five years ago.....

Dave TV: Exodus From 9, Snyder License Challenges, More - 10/15 - I do a double "Dave TV" and "Cord Cutter" episode today. Check out the Roku channels I'm currently subscribing to. Plus, the latest with Don Geronimo. More folks leaving low-rated Channel 9/WUSA, including its news director. The misguided license challenges against Redskins owner Dan Snyder's radio station. Still no traction at WRQX and its new morning show. David Sproul leaves WMAL. Does the new Washington Post publisher plan to pounce on Politico? And more in today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV.....

CMA Honors POC's DeYoung - 10/15 - Laurie DeYoung, the morning show host on Baltimore country outlet WPOC, 93.1 FM, picks up the Country Music Association award for "major market personality of the year." More at wpoc.com.....

WPFW Staffers Ask FCC To Silence Snyder's Radio Station - 10/14 - Three Native Americans, one who hosts a show at Paficica's WPFW and two producers of that WPFW show, ask the Federal Communications Commission to deny the license renewal of a DC area radio station, the WWXX 94.3 Northern Virginia relay of WTEM, ESPN 980, which is owned by Redskins owner Dan Snyder, on the basis that it frequently uses the allegedly racist term "Redskins." At washingtonpost.com. More: The head of the National Religious Broadcasters says the FCC should not regulate speech and therefore should approve the renewal of WWXX's license. At fcc.gov.....

Mac Gregor Named WBJ Publisher - 10/14 - James MacGregor has been named publisher of the Washington Business Journal. He had been publisher of the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Both are owned by American City Business Journals. MacGregor replaces Alex Orfinger, who was recently promoted to be executive vice president of ACBJ.....

WTOP Tops DC Radio Heap - 10/14 - The DC market radio ratings for the "second week" of October. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WHUR, 3) WAMU, 4) WIHT, 5) WASH and WMMJ, 7) WMAL, 8) WPRS, 9) WETA-FM, 10) WIAD, 11) WMZQ and WPGC, 13) WBIG, 14) WWDC, 15) WKYS and WTEM, 17) WLZL and WJFK-FM, 19) WGTS, 20) WRQX, 21) WFRE, 22) WNEW and WBQB, 24) WAFY, 25) WINC-FM and WAVA-FM, 27) WDCN and WQSR and WERQ, 30) WTNT and WPFW.....

WPOC Tops Balto Radio Heap - 10/14 - The Baltimore market radio ratings for the "second week" of October. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WPOC, 2) WWIN-FM, 3) WERQ, 4) WWMX and WJZ-FM, 6) WBAL-AM, 7) WLIF, 8) WIYY, 9) WZBA, 10) WZFT, 11) WQSR, 12) WRBS-FM, 13) WYPR, 14) WHUR, 15) WBJC, 16) WCAO, 17) WASH, 18) WWDC, 19) WMZQ, 20) WCBM and WFRE, 22) WPGC, 23) WNEW, 24) WAMU and WTMD and WXCY and WKYS and WTOP, 30) WBIG and WPFW.....

Monica Samtani Gone From 9 - 10/14 - It looks like Monica Samtani, the traffic reporter on Channel 9/WUSA's morning news, is no longer on the Gannett station. She's been missing for about a month, we're told. Now, we find that she's posted this on her Facebook page: "My look back as I look forward. I'm starting a new journey in the biz. Love you all. My WUSA 9 family and wonderful viewers. Thank you".....

CBS To Hold Onto WHFS Calls - 10/14 - Tom Taylor Now says that CBS Radio will probably hold on to the legendary WHFS call letters when it trades its Tampa sports talker to Beasley in a deal announced earlier this month. Dating back to the 1970s, WHFS was a DC area progressive rocker, which became an alternative rocker in the 1990s (right), when CBS bought the station. CBS pulled the plug on the rock incarnation of WHFS on 99.1 in 2005. After the calls later graced several other Baltimore and DC area stations, they were eventually moved to a CBS sports talker in Florida, as "Home Field Sports." Writes Taylor: "Surely CBS will want to hang onto [WHFS], and they really don't add anything to the stations' identities in Tampa." Taylor adds that Beasley will probably dump the low-rated sports format in Tampa. Might the WHFS calls someday return to the DC market? Stay tuned.....

New Generation Partners With Colbert For Smash Hits - 10/14 - DC-based New Generation Radio has partnered with Colbert Media Group to offer barter through United Stations for its recently launched music format, Smash Hits. Says Jason Kidd, the DC-Baltimore radio veteran who is president of NGR: "I am really excited to have June heading up affiliate sales for us. Smash Hits has garnered a lot of buzz and curiosity since its debut. Joining forces with the Colbert Media Group and being able to offer barter for Smash Hits puts us in a really nice position for future growth." You can listen to a stream of Smash Hits and get more information at GetSmashHits.com. Contact Jason Kidd at jasonkidd@getsmashhits.com.....

7 & 8 To Produce "Terror Threat" Program - 10/13 - Sinclair's Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8 will hold a live town hall meeting on Thursday, October 16th at 8 PM, entitled "Your Voice, Your Future: The New Terror Threat." It will be televised on NC8 and via Sinclair stations around the country. Leon Harris will moderate the panel and Alison Starling will host. Senior political reporter Scott Thuman will monitor social media throughout the hour-long discussion about politics and international relations. It takes place at the Artisphere in Arlington's Rosslyn section. Viewers can sign up to attend at wjla.com.....

Orioles' Radio Ratings Up, TV Ratings Down, More - 10/13 - The Orioles, with their playoff run, boost the ratings for their radio flagship, WBAL-AM, 1090. However, the team's full-season TV ratings via MASN are down a bit from last year. An interview with Ernie Johnson, who is calling the Orioles' playoff games on TBS. And next season's Grapefruit League starts taking shape. In this week's Baltimore sports media column at pressboxonline.com.....

Steve Davis Becomes CBS-DC's Radio Programming Czar - 10/13 - CBS Radio's DC cluster promotes Steve Davis to the position of vice president/programming. He will continue to serve as program director of urban contemporary WPGC, 95.5, and hot adult contemporary 94.7 Fresh FM, WIAD. Both stations have seen an upswing in their ratings this year. In his new gig, Davis will also oversee sports talker 106.7 The Fan, WJFK-FM, CBS Sports Radio outlet WJFK-AM, 1580, Spanish contemporary El Zol, 107.9 WLZL, and all-newser WNEW, 99.1. Davis, who started his career with CBS Radio in Chicago, re-joined the firm via its DC cluster four years ago, after consulting for Zapoleon Media Strategies. Before that, he worked for NextMedia Group, Four Seasons Communications, and Liberty Broadcasting.....

UMD Povich Center Debates Skins' Name - 10/13 - The Shirley Povich Center For Sports Journalism will host a panel to discuss the controversy over the Washington Redskins' nickname and logo, the coverage of the controversy, and the future of the name tonight, October 13, 7 PM, in the Eaton Theater of Knight Hall on the University Of Maryland campus. Featuring USA Today's Christine Brennan, Channel 9/WUSA's Dave Owens, ESPN 980/SportsTalk 570's Andy Pollin, and the Washington Post's Mike Wise. George Solomon, director of the Povich Center, will moderate the panel.....

WaPo Lends Technology To Diamondback - 10/13 - The Washington Post today announced that it will provide software and technology to University Of Maryland's Diamondback student newspaper, giving it "access to the same advanced digital tools and technology that the Post's newsroom uses every day." Says Shailesh Prakash, vice president of technology at the Post: "The Post is building some of the most innovative technology in journalism right now and we plan to license these products to other journalism organizations, so this is a first step in that direction. We are thrilled to provide these services to these student publications, both to help support their journalism and to get real-world feedback on our software services program." The Diamondback, as well as Columbia University's student publication, will have access to specialized story templates, including the Post's full-page enterprise template which can be used to create rich multimedia stories, according to the Post.....

CNN Ends Political Ticker - 10/13 - CNN, which is increasingly running non-news programming, is pulling the plug on its Political Ticker blog after eight years. "The Ticker began quietly in October 2006, fueled by a realization that a blog could capture and influence the political conversation. It hit one million page views during CNN's 2006 election coverage a month later, and in its heyday became one of the most trafficked forums in political media," writes Rachel Smolkin, executive director of CNN Politics Digital. "But over the next seven years, the Ticker remained static as the media landscape transformed around it. Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram allowed political journalists to reimagine their storytelling, and the media world placed new emphasis on writing with personality and edge".....

More: D'Ambrosi Leaves 9 - 10/13 - DCRTV broke the news on Friday. Now, Monday's NewsBlues confirms that Fred D'Ambrosi resigned Friday after five years as news vice president at Gannett's Channel 9/WUSA. Before his hiring, WUSA had five news directors in five years. "It's time to move on," he wrote in a memo. "I'm ready for the next chapter in my career." Prior to DC, D'Ambrosi spent 12 years as news director at Midwest Television's top-rated KFMB in San Diego and 11 years as news director at Hearst's WISN in Milwaukee. He also worked in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Green Bay. His last day in DC is October 24. DCRTV adds: D'Ambrosi was unable to pull WUSA's newcasts out of the DC TV ratings basement.....

New Life For WDCN - 10/13 - Tom Taylor Now tells us that the Federal Communications Commission has proposed an indefinite extension of its TV "digital transition deadline" to allow low-power TV stations to operate in analog mode beyond a previously set September 1, 2015 deadline. That will allow TV stations operating as radio stations, such as the DC area's Spanish contemporary La Nueva, WDCN, to continue to be heard on the lower end of the FM dial on standard analog radios. WDCN is technically a TV station that operates on channel 6, which has its audio carrier on 87.7. The FCC required full-power TVers to switch to digital in 2009. About 56% of low-power TVers have already converted to digital, but about 795 of them haven't, according to the FCC.....

O'Rielly On Tap For Full FCC Term - 10/13 - Republican Mike O'Rielly has been nominated to serve a full five-year term on the Federal Communications Commission. He's a former Congressional staffer who is serving out the unexpired term of commissioner Rob McDowell, who left the FCC in mid-2013.....

D'Ambrosi Leaving 9 - 10/10 - DCRTV hears that Fred D'Ambrosi has resigned his news director job with Gannett's Channel 9/WUSA. Effective October 24. More soon.....

WAMU Ends "Animal House" - 10/10 - DCRTV hears that WAMU is pulling the plug on "The Animal House," the weekly, nationally syndicated public radio show that focuses on domesticated cats and dogs and other creatures, as of November 29th. Since 2009 and in more than 200 editions, Sam Litzinger and Dr. Gary Weitzman "have informed, helped, and entertained thousands of listeners, humanized complex scientific stories, and made a powerful contribution to the critical debate about the environment," according to an internal memo from JJ Yore, the American University station's general manager. The program has been heard in more than 30 markets and was frequently the number one program in the Washington market during its Saturday time slot, he writes. "The program's annual budget is currently $150,000," according to the memo. "Through the years we were unsuccessful in securing enough funding for 'Animal House' for it to grow in production and marketing strength, or to make it financially sustainable in the long term. As we seek to realign our income and expenditure this change allows us to consolidate and focus more on our core programming".....

Cord Cutter: No Withdrawl Yet, More - 10/10 - The latest edition of the "Cord Cutter" looks at how I'm doing without cable TV for a full month. Any withdrawal yet? Not much. Plus, I receive my new much lower Comcast bill for broadband internet only. Saved over $100. And, I look at the new "cord shaver" trend where cable subscribers are downgrading their TV packages to those with fewer channels and costing less. And more in the latest "Cord Cutter" episode at DCRTV's Cord Cutter page.....

WCP's Fischer To Slate - 10/10 - Jonathan Fischer leaves his managing editor gig at the Washington City Paper to be a DC-based senior editor at Slate, where he'll cover business, technology, and politics.....

"MTP" Takes Top Spot In DC Market - 10/10 - NBC's "Meet The Press" took the top spot in the battle of the Sunday morning political talkers in the DC market on October 5th. CBS's "Face The Nation," placed second, with Fox's "Fox News Sunday" in third. ABC's "This Week" was fourth.....

SLR Podcast: DC Radio Ratings, Campbell, Geronimo, Nats, More - 10/10 - The latest DC media news and radio ratings, the Nats' playoff loss, Arch Campbell, Don Geronimo, and more are the hot topics when DCRTV Dave chats with Jonathan on his latest "Sadly Lacking Radio" podcast. At sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

David Sproul Leaving WMAL & WRQX - 10/9 - DCRTV hears that WMAL/WRQX chief engineer David Sproul is leaving after 41 years, with his last day of work engineering the remote for the WMAL "Mornings On The Mall" show from the Metro 29 Diner in Arlington on Friday. Sproul has also been an unofficial historian for the Washington Star, then ABC, then Citadel, now Cumulus-owned stations, saving everything from old WMAL microphones and Q107 jingles, to stationery, logos, airchecks, and more, we're told.....

Texas Fred Leaves WPFW For WAMU's BGC - 10/9 - DCRTV hears that Frederick Carter (right), who goes by the radio name of "Texas Fred The Zydeco Cowboy," has said farewell to Pacifica's WPFW, 89.3 FM. He did his last show there Saturday, October 4. He's heen hosting "The Trail Ride" at WPFW since Mardi Gras day in 2000. But, he'll still be heard on the DC radio dial. Carter is moving his Zydeco, Cajun, and New Orleans funk show to American University-owned WAMU's Bluegrass Country channel, which can be heard on 105.5 FM and at BluegrassCountry.org, every Saturday from 4 PM to 6 PM.....

Ryan's Eventual Revenge: WaPo's Politico? - 10/9 - New Washington Post publisher Fred Ryan came from Allbritton, which publishes Politico. Apparently, DCRTV's told, there's lots of bad blood between Ryan and company head Robert Allbritton these days. Well, it's been reported that Ryan actively campaigned for his new Post top gig. And why would he want to be aligned with the Post - and its deep-pocketed new owner, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos? Perhaps, we hear from some well-connected local media gurus, to start a campaign to "take back" Politico? Making it part of Bezos' growing media empire, along with the Post? Bringing Politico biggies John Harris and Jim VandeHei back into the Post's orbit and making the grand old rag again the dominant source of national, Washington-based political news. Could it actually happen? Maybe, now that Allbritton has sold its TV station "baggage," some say. Stay tuned.....

Lotsa Changes At Politico - 10/9 - From huffingtonpost.com: "The past month has been especially eventful at Politico, with the news organization announcing a new editor, losing an executive editor, hiring another executive editor, planning a new policy venture, launching another and gearing up for a European expansion. Given all those changes, management understandably brought together the full staff on Tuesday afternoon at the Hamilton restaurant in Washington for a discussion titled, 'Politico Presents: Where we are and where we're going'".....

NBC Wanted Stewart For "MTP" - 10/9 - Comedy Central "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart was being considered as a candidate to host NBC's DC-based "Meet The Press," so reports nymag.com.....

CSN Starts Caps Coverage - 10/9 - Comcast SportsNet presents a two-part Washington Capitals program, "Capitals Central: Season Preview," and a special on the team's new head coach, "All Access: Barry Trotz," this week leading up to the team's regular-season opener against Montreal on October 9 at 7 PM, which will be presented live by the Bethesda-based network. "Capitals Pregame Live" will air at 6:30 PM, with "Capitals Postgame Live" immediately following the game. CSN's 70-game regular-season Capitals schedule will continue October 11 at Boston.....

Nat Geo Partners With OZY - 10/9 - DC's National Geographic Society partners with OZY for "news" content on NationalGeographic.com and Nat Geo's social media channels. OZY also has partnerships with NPR, USA Today, and CNN.....

Lisa Desjardins To "Newshour" - 10/8 - Lisa Desjardins joins Channel 26/WETA-produced "PBS NewsHour" as a politics reporter and editor. She comes from CNN's DC bureau, where she was a Capitol Hill reporter and correspondent. Before that, she worked for Associated Press and Reuters.....

Baisden & Cumulus Talk Settlement - 10/8 - Michael Baisden (right), who used to be heard in afternoons on WHUR, 96.3 FM, and Cumulus are close to settling their $1 million "overpayment" lawsuit. According to Tom Taylor Now, both sides are informally talking about a settlement. Cumulus sued Baisden in May, after failing to renew his radio distribution deal, because it said an "accounting error" led it to overpay him by $1 million. Cumulus claimed that Baisden's company knew the checks it cashed for the last 15 months of their relationship were too fat, but deposited them anyhow. Cumulus didn't discover the alleged "accounting error" until more than a year later. Then came the lawsuit - and a counter-demand from Baisden for a "full and fair audit of the books and records." Baisden's side was suspicious about "a dramatic and unprecedented diminution in revenues" toward the end of their deal.....

Carol Joynt Joins Foreign Policy Mag - 10/8 - DC veteran journalist Carol Joynt is leaving her editor gig at Washingtonian magazing after three years. Starting October 20, she'll be vice president of communications for the FP Group, a division of Graham Holdings, which publishes Foreign Policy magazine. Joynt says she plans to continue to write about Washington social life for the New York Social Diary. And, she says she'll also continue doing her "Q&A Cafe" TV series, which features interviews of local DC area movers and shakers.....

WTOP Tops Latest DC Radio Ratings - 10/7 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "first week" of October. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WHUR, 3) WAMU, 4) WIHT, 5) WASH, 6) WMMJ, 7) WMAL and WPRS, 9) WMZQ and WPGC, 11) WIAD, 12) WGTS and WBIG, 14) WETA-FM, 15) WJFK-FM and WWDC, 17) WTEM, 18) WKYS, 19) WRQX, 20) WLZL, 21) WFRE, 22) WNEW, 23) WBQB, 24) WINC-FM and WAFY and WQSR, 27) WAVA-FM, 28) WGRQ and WPFW and WERQ and WDCN and WIYY, 33) WSPZ and WBQH and WKIK and WFLS and WMDM, 38) WPOC and WTNT and WRBS-FM and WKDV.....

4 To Produce VA Senate Debate - 10/7 - NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC will produce a live debate tonight at 7 PM on NBCWashington.com that features candidates in the race for US Senate in Virginia. "Meet The Press" moderator Chuck Todd will referee between Senator Mark Warner, the incumbent Democrat, and his Republican challenger, Ed Gillespie. WRC's Julie Carey and Aaron Gilchrist will be joined by the Washington Post's Karen Tumulty as panelists.....

Turner Cuts Will Hit CNN - 10/7 - Time Warner-owned Turner Broadcasting will cut 10% of its workforce, affecting as many as 1,500 jobs. Including at CNN, which has a strong media presence in DC. About 130 of the CNN reductions are being achieved through voluntary buyouts. A buyout program for Turner staffers age 55 and older with ten-plus years at the company was announced in August. More at cnn.com.....

Dave TV: 2 Views Of WaPo, Plus Comcast, Sinclair, More - 10/7 - I look at two views of the Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' Washington Post - the negative take from Politico's Dylan Byers and the rosy view from David Carr of the New York Times. Also, the Post downplays coverage of the losing Redskins. Plus, why I can't stand Comcast after subscribing to the company's services for more than a decade. And, how the FCC needs to turn down Comcast's plan to take over Time Warner's cable systems. Also, a quick look at the Sinclair 7 employee handbook. Plus, CBS Radio says goodbye to the WHFS call letters, with no chance they'll ever return to Washington. And more in today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

Grunwald Joins Politico - 10/7 - Michael Grunwald, a senior senior national correspondent at Time, joins Politico Magazine as a senior staff writer and will serve as editor-at-large of a new Politico project, The Agenda, which launches in 2015 and will explore "the intersection of politics and policy." Before Time, Grunwald served as a Congressional correspondent, New York bureau chief, and national investigative reporter for the Washington Post.....

Media General & LIN Merge - 10/7 - Stockholders of Richmond-based Media General and Austin-based LIN Media yesterday approved proposals to merge the two companies, creating one of the nation's largest television broadcasting companies. More at linmedia.com.....

Wilson Leaving NPR - 10/7 - Kinsey Wilson, chief content officer at DC-based NPR, is leaving. He "declines to comment about his departure," according to poynter.org.....

Aviation Perk For Radio One's Founder & CEO - 10/7 - There's a new perk for Radio One founder and CEO – 25 hours a year of private airplane time. "This is the first time we've seen Radio One founder Cathy Hughes and her son and CEO Alfred Liggins accorded the aviation perk," writes Tom Taylor in his Tuesday radio biz newsletter. Silver Spring-based Radio One owns WKYS, WMMJ, and WERQ.....

Tommy Griffiths Launches Home Vox Office - 10/6 - After almost two years after the morning show gig at DC classic rocker WBIG, 100.3 FM, Tommy Griffiths (right) fell victim to the "voice-tracking is cheaper" business model that's good for iHeart Media (formerly Clear Channel) and not so good for those employed in the radio biz. So, the longtime voice-over man has started Home Vox Office, which includes his voice productions, coaching, and demos biz, from his Clarksburg MD home studio. So far, he landed gigs with University Of Maryland productions, Harvard University, the Clinton Foundation, and a Canadian network, as the voice of "Caillou's dad" in an animated TV/internet series. And more. Griffiths also privately coaches more than 200 talents in the DC metro area and nationally, via Skype, including former pro-athletes breaking into broadcasting, including a former Redskin. His VO demos biz is aimed at beginners, kids, and pros. Including demo work for former Channel 13/WJZ news anchor Don Scott. More at homevoxoffice.com.....

Bob Canada Dies - 10/6 - Robert "Bob" Lee Canada, 74, died September 28 in Virginia Beach. He was once program director for DC's WWDC-AM/FM in the early 1970s, when it was owned by Avco and had an adult contemporary format. He also worked at radio stations in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, and Danville VA. More at legacy.com.....

Dave TV: Arch Campbell & I Chat After Lunch - 10/6 - I chat with DC TV legend, film reviewer and entertainment reporter Arch Campbell, after our lunch Sunday at the Metro 29 Diner in Arlington. He hands over some old movies on VHS and we joke about some local TV personalities, like Morris Jones, and more. In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

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