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Zachary Replaces Swenson At Entercom DC - 5/24 - DCRTV hears that Entercom has canned its DC radio market manager, Steve Swenson, and is replacing him with Phil Zachary, who is being brought down from Boston. Zachary used to run alt rocker WHFS, pre-2005, when it was owned by Entercom's predecessor, CBS. Entercom owns WPGC 95.5, 106.7 The Fan WJFK, 94.7 Fresh FM, El Zol 107.9, and WDCH, which it leases to Bloomberg. More soon.....

WTOP Wants To Stop 103.3 In Baltimore - 5/24 - WTOP, 103.5, is warning its listeners in the Baltimore area that a proposed low-power station on 103.3 in Baltimore city could impact their reception of the DC all-newser. And it is asking them to contact the FCC to oppose the new station. More at wtop.com.....

Support DCRTV & Get A Sticker - 5/24 - DCRTV has been here covering DC and Baltimore area radio, TV, and media news for 20 years, since 1997, thanks largely to your support. Please help keep DCRTV running into its third decade! Make at least a $5 donation and we'll send you our 20th anniversary sticker! It's approximately 2 inches by 6 inches and would look great on any car or truck's bumper! Or on your fridge or a backpack. Or maybe at the base of your station's tower. Send your donation via PayPal at paypal.me/dcrtv or send cash or a check made payable to "Dave Hughes" to Dave Hughes, 6200 Rolling Road #2442, Springfield VA 22152.....

Snyder Sells 980 For $4.2 Million - 5/23 - Tom Taylor Now tells us that Urban One paid Dan Snyder's Red Zebra $4.2 million for sports talker WTEM's 980 AM signal. According to Billboard magazine, Snyder's company bought two FMers, 92.7 and 94.3, along with 730 AM, back in 2005 for $33 million. A few years later, his Red Zebra comany added AMers 980, 570, and 1260 for $24.5 million, an estimated total outlay of nearly $58 million. Broker on the 980 sale was Greg Guy of Baltimore-based Patrick Communications.....

"Dave TV": Snyder Says Adios To Radio Biz - 5/22 - Redskins owner Dan Snyder officially gets out of the radio business with the sale of his sports talker, WTEM, The Team 980, to Urban One. I discuss all aspects of the sale and what the future might hold for the station in my latest "Dave TV".....


Urban One To Buy WTEM - 5/21 - DCRTV hears that Silver Spring-based Urban One, formerly Radio One, has agreed to purchase Red Zebra sports talker WTEM, 980 AM, for an undisclosed price. Red Zebra, which is owned by Redskins owner Dan Snyder, last year sold its two other DC area stations, 92.7 FM, WWXT, in Prince Frederick MD and 94.3 FM, WWXX, in Buckland VA, both of which had simulcasted WTEM. Urban One says it will keep airing the Redskins on 980 AM. So far, it appears that Urban One will keep the sports talk format on WTEM, but we have no confirmation of that yet. Locally, Urban One owns WKYS, WMMJ, WPRS, WOL, and WYCB. Last year, Urban One bought WWXT from Snyder and is now using it as a simulcast for urban adult contemporary WMMJ, Majic 102.3. More: Redskins games will continue to also be heard on Cumulus news talker WMAL, 105.9 FM and 630 AM.....

DCRTV Job Ad - 5/18 - The latest DCRTV Job Ad: "Harford Community College, WHFC Radio Station Assistant - Harford Community College is located in Bel Air, MD, in the heart of Harford County and convenient to I-95. WHFC takes pride in producing and presenting programs that reflect community tastes and standards, rather than dictate them. The program alternatives presented allow WHFC to serve a broad cross section of listeners in Harford County, plus significant portions of Baltimore, Cecil, Kent and Queen Anne's counties in Maryland, and York and Lancaster counties in Pennsylvania. WHFC is seeking a Radio Station Assistant to assist the WHFC managers in ensuring the station operates within FCC parameters and fulfill the mission of the station. A high school diploma or GED and one or more years of experience at a radio station or similar environment required; some college or trade school preferred. Physical requirements include the ability to climb a ladder and to work under counters in low, cramped spaces. To view job details and apply online go to www.harford.edu/careers. pplication deadline is June 6, 2018. HCC is a smoke/tobacco-free campus. HCC is an AA / EEO / ADA employer committed to diversity in the college community".....

Bruce Johnson Cancer Update - 5/16 - DCRTV told you in late April that longtime Channel 9/WUSA anchor and reporter Bruce Johnson announced that he tested positive for non-Hodgkins lymphoma and would taking time off for chemotherapy treatment. We now hear from Bruce that he's been through first round of chemo at Georgetown University Hospital's Lombardi cancer center. "So far so good," he tells us.....

WTOP Tops DC Radio Ratings For April - 5/15 - The Washington market radio ratings for the month of April. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WMMJ, 4) WHUR, 5) WBIG, 6) WMAL, 7) WASH, 8) WGTS, 9) WPGC, 10) WIHT, 11) WKYS and WRQX, 13) WJFK-FM, 14) WMZQ and WIAD, 16) WWDC and WPRS and WETA-FM, 19) WLZL, 20) WTEM, 21) WLZV and WFRE, 23) WWEG and WDCN, 25) WDCH and WAVA-FM and WAFY, 28) WTNT and WPFW and WILC, 31) WFMD and WBQH and WACA.....

WWIN Tops Baltimore Radio Ratings For April - 5/15 - The Baltimore market radio ratings for the month of April. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WLIF, 3) WERQ, 4) WWMX-FM, 5) WJZ-FM, 6) WPOC, 7) WIYY, 8) WZFT, 9) WQSR, 10) WZBA, 11) WCBM and WYPR, 13) WRBS-FM, 14) WBAL-AM, 15) WBJC, 16) WLIFHD2, 17) WEAA, 18) WCAO, 19) WOLB and WRBS-AM and WWIN-AM, 22) WJZ-AM and WQLL.....

Johnny Holliday Up For Hall Of Fame Spot - 5/15 - Longtime DC radio and TV legend Johnny Holliday (right) has nominated for a "Longstanding Local/Regional" induction award by the Chicago-based National Radio Hall Of Fame. Voting for the inductees begins Monday, May 21. The 24 nominations in six categories were determined by the organization's nominating committee. Inductees will be announced June 25. The induction ceremony will be held November 15, for the first time at New York City landmark Guastavino's, located in midtown Manhattan. More at radioink.com.....

Former GM Sues WEAA - 5/11 - Michele Williams, the former general manager of Baltimore public radio station WEAA, 88.9, has alleged in a lawsuit that the station's licensee, Morgan State University, misreported expenses to the Corporation For Public Broadcasting to increase its funding. In her suit, filed April 26 in Baltimore City Circuit Court, she said that Morgan State fired her in May 2017 when she raised concerns about the misreported costs. She seeks $2 million in a wrongful termination and defamation lawsuit against the university and her former supervisor. More at current.org.....

Maryland News Network Adds Bloomberg - 5/11 - The Maryland News Network produces and provides state and regional news hourly, sports, statewide business news, farming and agriculture news, and political news to affiliates across Maryland. And they just launched signed a deal with Bloomberg News to offer their business news services. Maryland News Network also features traffic services with "Detour" Dave Sandler providing customized reports during AM and PM drive for affiliate stations in all Maryland counties. The Maryland News Network is among 30 state news networks around the USA providing content to stations, helping their affiliates serve their communities with content delivered by major market talent. Stations can become an affiliate at no charge. Terms are 100% barter. Content is delivered seamlessly via your station's automation system. And Maryland News Network offers several feed versions to fit any format. More at mdnewsnetwork.net.....

Emily Sklar To Hot 99.5 - 5/10 - Emily Sklar has been named evening personality for iHeart's contemporary hits WIHT, Hot 99.5. Sklar will broadcast weeknights from 7 PM to midnight, starting May 14. She comes from Detroit, where she was the midday jock on iHeart's like-formatted Channel 955, WKQI.....

Bill Elliott Rolls Out 3DSJ Radio Network - 5/9 - Broadcasting consultant Bill Elliott is rolling out his 3DSJ Radio Network over the summer months. The network features 100% music requested by the audience 24 hours a day. Affiliated stations have many options to carry the network on an all-day basis, segmented day-part or hourly basis and plans range from paid to barter. The network will provide automation equipment to stations desiring local commercial and content insertion. A 24 hour demo is available on the network website 3dsj.com. Bill is a former chief engineer at Red Zebra.....

Andy Ockershausen Interviews DC Power Players - 5/7 - "Our Town," media veteran Andy Ockershausen's (right) podcast featuring DC area celebrities, including media, sports, community, and political figures. He just completed season three of the podcast, which features interviews with Bob Ryan, Joe Hadeed, Carol Schwartz, Bruce Allen, Father Ray Kemp, Richard Dyer, Tom McMillen, Peter Newsham, and more. To subscribe go to ourtowndc.com......

Elias Lopez To Washington Post - 5/7 - The Washington Post has named Elias Lopez the senior editor for international opinions. In this new role, Lopez will oversee the strategy and operations for the section and lead planning of new international opinion ventures. He joins from the New York Times, where he most recently served as editorial director and founder of the New York Times En Español.....

WMAL To End 630 Transmissions From Bethesda - 5/1 - DCRTV hears that Cumulus news talker WMAL today will officially be pulling the plug on its iconic transmitter site in Bethesda, which is being sold to developers. WMAL veteran Tom Gauger posts on Facebook: "A sad day for the WMAL family. Chief Engineer Dave Sproul throws the switch that turns off the transmitter at the legacy site on Bethesda's Greentree Road. At 2 PM EDT WMAL will begin transmission from another site. I'll be there representing a long line of familiar voices heard on WMAL." Starting today, WMAL's 630 signal will come from a site shared with Salem talker WWRC, 570, in Germantown MD, with poorer coverage, especially at night. Most of WMAL's listeners are now tuned to its 105.9 FM signal from Northern Virginia. Check out DCRTV Dave's exploration of the Bethesda site last summer (below).....


WPFW Cancels Scooter Magruder - 4/29 - From DCRTV's Sunday Mailbag: "Oldies are now gone from DC radio? [Pacifica-owned 89.3] WPFW has cancelled Scooter Magruder's popular Saturday afternoon show 'Baby Boomer Boogie,' as of yesterday. Scooter was one of the few 'professional' sounding DJs at the station, and his show was always a good money-raiser for the non-profit outfit, so the cancellation is somewhat puzzling. He announced that the station wants to 'go in another direction' (down?)".....

9's Bruce Johnson Announces Cancer Diagnosis - 4/27 - From DCRTV's Friday Mailbag: "At the end of this evening's 'Off Script,' [Channel 9/WUSA] host [and longtime news anchor and reporter] Bruce Johnson announced he tested positive for non-Hodgkins lymphoma and will taking time off for chemotherapy treatment. He also said he'd be active on social media to keep the viewers updated." More as we hear it.....

New Job Ad - 4/27 - The latest from DCRTV's Job Ads: "Do you have the knowledge and ability to work a beat, write compelling and accurate news stories, edit sound on the fly, computer skills, social media savvy and want to live at the beach? WGMD is searching for a news hound to become our next morning radio news anchor. WGMD is a legacy Class A FM news/talk radio station in southern Delaware, only 5 miles from pristine mid-Atlantic beaches with growing populations, vibrant shopping and world class restaurants. Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, aka 'The Nation's Summer Capital,' is only 90 miles from major east coast cities of Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD, and Philadelphia, PA. WGMD offers benefits and salary commensurate with experience. If you’re a self-starter and have the burn in your belly for news, send resume and air check to airjob@wgmd.com. NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE".....

Andrea Roane To Retire - 4/26 - DCRTV hears that news anchor Andrea Roane announces that she's retiring from Channel 9/WUSA in July after 37 years there. More soon.....

5's McGonagle Faces Drunk Driving Charge - 4/25 - FTVLive reports that Channel 5/WTTG News Director Paul McGonagle was arrested last November in Dare County NC for DWI and possession of an open container of alcohol. WTTG insiders tell FTVLive that McGonagle has made no mention of his arrest to his staff or his impending court date. FTVLive says that McGonagle has a house on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Court records show that he is scheduled back in court on June 7 to answer to the charges against him, FTVLive adds.....

Sinclair Makes More Concessions For Tribune Deal - 4/25 - With an incresing number of dark clouds hovering over its proposed purchase of Tribune's TV stations, Baltimore-based Sinclair is making a batch of concessions to win approval of increasingly skeptical FCC and DOJ regulators. More at tvnewscheck.com.....

iHeart Moves Hyland To Top Balto Spot - 4/24 - iHeartMedia promotes 19-year media veteran Aaron Hyland to market president of the firm's Baltimore radio cluster, overseeing country WPOC, contemporary hits Z104 WZFT, classic hits Jack 102.7 WQSR, and gospel WCAO. Hyland will be responsible for overseeing the Baltimore market's programming, advertising and operations across its multiple platforms. e will also continue to oversee ad sales ales for iHeart's Washington radio cluster as regional senior vice president.....

SFMSports Picks Up Salisbury U Football - 4/24 - Maryland News Network and SFMSports.Net, Maryland's only statewide radio networks with 31 radio station affiliates, announce the addition of Salisbury University Sea Gulls Football to its collegiate properties. This fall, the Baltimore-based networks will produce and broadcast all regular and post-season games online and on-air through the collegiate network, SFMSports.Net. SFMSports.Net will produce and broadcast all regular and post- season games, which will be streamed on the network's web and mobile platforms, and broadcast in Salisbury on affiliate WAMS, which is branded as 94.9 JACK-FM.....

Bill McCarrey Dies - 4/18 - Bill McCarrey, 60, the chief engineer at Manning Broadcasting for 20 years, died on April 16 of complications from liver cancer. During his career, he worked at WEEO in Waynesboro PA and WXVA in Charles Town WV before joining Manning Broadcasting in Hagerstown and Frederick in the 1990s, where he was employed as a radio personality, production director, and later chief engineer of WARK/WWEG, 106.9 The Eagle, and WAFY, Key 103. More at www.heraldmailmedia.com.....

Carl Kasell Dies - 4/17 - From npr.org: "Every weekday for more than three decades, his baritone steadied our mornings. Even in moments of chaos and crisis, Carl Kasell (right) brought unflappable authority to the news. But behind that hid a lively sense of humor, revealed to listeners late in his career, when he became the beloved judge and official scorekeeper for Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! NPR's news quiz show. Kasell died Tuesday from complications from Alzheimer's disease in Potomac MD. He was 84." Goldsboro NC native Kasell started his radio career at the University Of North Carolina-Chapel Hill's WUNC. He later moved to the DC area and worked at at Arundel Communications' all-news WAVA 105.1/780 in the 1960s and early 1970s, and joined NPR in 1975. By 1979, he was heard on the first broadcast of "Morning Edition." Kasell stayed with "ME" until 2009, but continued his co-starring role on public radio quiz show "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me," which he'd begun in 1998, until 2014.....

Clyburn Leaves FCC - 4/17 - Democrat Mignon Clyburn says she'll be stepping down as a Federal Communications Commission commissioner. More at axios.com.....

WTOP Tops March Radio Ratings For DC - 4/17 - The Washington market radio ratings for the month of March. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WHUR, 4) WMMJ, 5) WMAL, 6) WBIG, 7) WASH, 8) WGTS, 9) WPGC, 10) WKYS, 11) WIHT, 12) WRQX, 13) WPRS, 14) WMZQ and WIAD, 16) WWDC, 17) WETA-FM, 18) WJFK-FM, 19) WLZV and WLZL, 21) WTEM, 22) WDCN and WAVA-FM, 24) WWEG and WFRE and WFMD, 27) WDCH and WAFY, 29) WTNT and WPFW and WILC and WBQH and WACA.....

WWIN Tops March Radio Ratings For Baltimore - 4/17 - The Baltimore market radio ratings for the month of March. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WERQ, 3) WPOC, 4) WLIF, 5) WIYY, 6) WWMX, 7) WZFT, 8) WQSR, 9) WJZ-FM and WZBA, 11) WBAL-AM, 12) WCBM and WYPR, 14) WRBS-FM, 15) WBJC, 16) WEAA, 17) WLIFHD2, 18) WCAO and WRBS-AM, 20) WJZ-AM and WQLL and WWMXHD2.....

2 Launches Rebrand - 4/16 - Baltimore's Channel 2/WMAR is rebranding "in a way that harkens back to its early days as a pioneer in local television," according to statement from the Scripps-owned station. Effective today, April 16, the station is changing all of its branding to "WMAR-2 News, Working For You." The ABC affiliate is combining the historic "2" insignia shape with a modern logo layout of the original "WMAR" call letters which were coined by the A.S. Abell Company, publisher of the then Sunpapers in 1947. "Local reporters following local beats, acting as advocates for our audience is at the core of who we are - that is why our slogan 'Working For You' is not changing," says Kelly Groft, news director for WMAR. "Our dedicated reporters will continue to offer meaningful storytelling, essential journalism and make authentic connections with our viewers".....

EZ Street To HUR - 4/12 - DCRTV hears that DC radio veteran EZ Street joins Howard University's adult urban contemporary WHUR, 96.3. Doing Saturdays noon to 4 PM. His first show is this weekend. EZ started his career at WIOQ in Philadelphia and then headed to Chicago's WJPC. In 1995, he moved to WKYS and was at WPGC from 1999 to 2005. After a short stint at KBLX in San Francisco, he returned to WKYS in 2006.....

More News On 5 & 20 - 4/12 - Fox announces that is expanding newscasts on many of its owned stations, including DC's Channel 5/WTTG, Fox 5, and Channel 20/WDCA, which is now branded as Fox 5 Plus. WTTG is adding a half hour at 7 PM weekdays and 11:30 PM on Sundays. WDCA is adding 30 minutes at 9 PM. More at adweek.com.....

Entercom Continues Vets Programming Despite Flip Of 1580 - 4/11 - From Tom Taylor Now: "Although we're no longer airing 'Connecting Vets' on WJFK/1580," says Entercom programmer Robert Sanchez – the veterans-oriented programming for the Washington DC market is still available other places. WJFK-AM is now Spanish sports "El Zol Deportes," nut the 24/7 Connecting Vets programming is carried on the HD3 signal of WPGC, 95.5, as well as Entercom's ConnectingVets.com. Sanchez says they continue producing the "Eye On Veterans" features on CBS News Radio, airing on more than 100 affiliates. Its two components are one-minute daily vignettes and a two-hour weekend show, both anchored by retired Marine Captain Chas Henry.....

Pat Korten Dies - 4/10 - Patrick Korten, 70, a former reporter and anchor for all-news WTOP radio who left broadcast journalism to serve as a communications official in the Reagan administration, died April 5 after suffering a stroke in Fairfax. From 1975 to 1981, Korten worked as a reporter and a desk anchor at WTOP, then the CBS News Radio affiliate in Washington. He left broadcasting to serve the administration of President Ronald Reagan. More at washingtontimes.com.....

1580 Flips To Spanish Sports - 4/9 - Entercom (formerly CBS Radio) has replaced the veterans-oriented talk service on WJFK-AM, 1580, with Spanish language sports as "El Zol Deportes," to pair with its Spanish contemporary WLZL, El Zol, 107.9. The new outlet will feature ESPN Deportes Radio programming along with a local show from 3 PM to 5 PM hosted by Ray Parker. Play-by-play will include MLS, UEFA, Liga MX, and FIFA soccer, plus ESPN's MLB, NFL, and NBA programming. The new sports channel will also be included among the digital subchannel offerings of 107.9. "Sports are an integral part of the Washington DC Spanish-speaking community and we are excited to fill this void by offering the only Spanish-language sports brand in the metro are," say Steve Swenson, market manager of Entercom's DC radio cluster. "By leveraging our existing sports brands and relationships, El Zol Deportes will offer the most compelling play-by-play to serve the community and our local partners." Entercom already runs English-language sports talk on 106.7 The Fan, WJFK-FM.....

Mike McKay Dies - 4/8 - DCRTV hears that DC radio veteran Mike McKay has died. His career included a stint as "Commander McKay" on rocker WWDC, DC101, back in the 1970s. Most recently, he'd been doing production and board work for news talker WMAL, including with Chris Plante's show. A memorial service is slated for April 13 at 6 PM at Gasch's funeral home in Hyattsville. More as we hear it.....

WTOP Again Top Ad Revenue Biller - 4/8 - Hubbard all-newser WTOP has yet again been named the top advertising revenue billing radio station in the whole USA for 2017, according to stats from BIA Advisory Services. It's $67 million revenue figure beat out stations in much larger markets, including Los Angeles, New York City, and Chicago. More at biakelsey.com.....

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