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Cayman Signs New Deal With Bounce TV - 8/16 - In September of 2011, DC-Baltimore area radio vet and voice man Cayman Kelly was picked as the promo voice for Bounce TV, "the first 24/7 digital multicast broadcast network created to target African Americans." The channel has made some major strides since then by introducing some of its own original programming as well as now being available on a digital tier of cable providers. And we hear that Cayman has just signed a new deal to remain the "voice" of the network.....

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WAMU & WTOP Top DC Radio Ratings - 8/15 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "first week" of August. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WAMU and WTOP, 3) WHUR, 4) WBIG, 5) WMMJ, 6) WPRS, 7) WIHT, 8) WPGC, 9) WASH, 10) WMZQ and WKYS, 12) WGTS, 13) WMAL, 14) WJFK-FM, 15) WIAD, 16) WRQX, 17) WETA-FM, 18) WWDC, 19) WLZL, 20) WTEM, 21) WDCN and WAVA-FM, 23) WFRE and WACA, 26) WFMD, 27) WAFY, 28) WDCN, 29) WSPZ and WILC and WHUR STREAM. Stations in Baltimore, Hagerstown, Winchester, and Fredericksburg are not included in this listing.....

FCC Boosts Sinclair - 8/15 - The New York Times looks at how Baltimore-based Sinclair is massively growing its TV station empire with the blessing of the Federal Communications Commission. Locallt, Sinclair owns Channel 7/WJLA, NewsChannel 8, and Channel 45/WBFF.....

Grant Paranjape Joins MS&E - 8/15 - DC-based Monumental Sports & Entertainment hired Grant Paranjape as its new director of e-sports business and team operations. He will direct strategy and business initiatives for MSE's electronic sports business operations, including for its forthcoming NBA 2K e-sports team. Paranjape comes from gigs at Splyce, Skill-Capped.com, and Caerus Management.....

GWU To Honor CNN's Dana Bash - 8/15 - CNN political correspondent Dana Bash will be one of eight recipients this year of the George Washington University Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, the highest form of recognition given annually by the university and the George Washington Alumni Association to a graduate. More at gwtoday.gwu.edu.....

Dominique Da Diva Joins KYS - 8/14 - Radio One DC welcomes new midday host Dominique Da Diva (right) to the line-up of urban contemporary WKYS, 93.9. Starting today. She began her radio career in her hometown of Richmond, as an intern with like-formatted WBTJ, 106.5 The Beat. She's also worked in Norfolk at urban contemporary WOWI, 103 JAMZ, along with a Los Angeles gig as host of "Diva Unfiltered" on Dash Radio with her very own app, Da Daily Dirt.....

2 To Unveil "Midday Maryland" - 8/14 - Channel 2/WMAR will premiere its lifestyle program "Midday Maryland" on September 11 at noon. The locally-produced show, hosted by Wyatt Everhart and Elsa M., "will feature everything Maryland has to offer, from local and across the state hotspots and chefs, to tips and tricks from local experts," according to a station announcement. Everhart, who hails from Ocean City, started as a freelancer when he joined the WMAR news department in 2008. He was chief meteorologist for the past five years. A native Wisconsinite, Elsa M. has lived in Maryland since 2010. Most recently, she's been a senior community and marketing director for Yelp Baltimore.....

NAB To Sell HQ - 8/14 - Tom Taylor Now tells us that there's a "for sale" sale on the National Association Of Broadcasters' headquarters at 1771 N Street, NW. When the association announced plans to move to a new edifice in the Capitol Riverfront area over three years ago, it considered leasing out the current digs. But then it chose to not to be a landlord and to take the upfront money from a sale. CRBE has begun marketing the building with a 70-car garage and a location near a subway station. It's assessed at $16.3 million, and the NAB would use the proceeds to help build its new 10-story home, at the corner of South Capitol and M street in Southwest DC. That's only a couple of blocks from the Washington Nationals baseball stadium and a mile from the Capitol. The new building is also near the complex that CBS Radio moved into in 2015.....

Miri Marshall Leaves 11 - 8/13 - Weather anchor Miri Marshall is leaving Channel 11/WBAL. She writes on Facebook Sunday: "Tomorrow is my last day at WBAL-TV. I have accepted a new position, but I can't disclose where I'm going just yet. I want to thank all of you soooo very much for the opportunity to bring you a forecast! I've enjoyed chatting with you all on Facebook live, getting your advice and sharing great moments with you ! Charm City has been great to me!" More as we hear it.....

Geist Guests With O'Meara - 8/13 - On the August 11th episode of "The Mike O'Meara Show," newsman Willie Geist discusses his career at NBC including his work on "The Today Show," "Morning Joe," and anchoring "Sunday Today." The interview is available at mikeomearashow.com.....

WaPo Reveals Rapid Response Team - 8/13 - The Washington Post announces the staff for its Rapid-Response Investigative Team. Reporters include: Shawn Boburg, Emma Brown, Aaron Davis, Beth Reinhard, Jack Gillum, and data reporter Andrew Be Tran. Eric Rich is the editor overseeing the team. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Daryll Green To Ft. Myers - 8/10 - Darryll Green, who used to be general manager of Channel 9/WUSA, is the new vice president and general manager for WFTX, the Fox affiliate owned by Scripps in Fort Myers, Florida.....

Changes At 9's "Great Day" - 8/10 - Updated. Chris Leary is out as a host of Channel 9/WUSA's 9 AM paid-promtional show, "Great Day Washington." Contract non-renewal, we're told. Leary's replacement is Kristen Berset, who is moving from sports to "GDW." Also, Andi Hauser is replacing Megan Mooney......

WFRE Tops Frederick - 8/9 - The latest radio ratings for Frederick. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WFRE, 2) WWEG, 3) WTOP, 4) WAFY, 5) WWDC, 6) WFMD, 7) WIHT, 8) WBIG and WMAL, 10) WHUR and WPGC, 12) WASH and WMZQ, 14) WRQX.....

Newsmax Wants To Stop Sinclair-Tribune Merger - 8/8 - Conservative news network Newsmax has made it official. It has filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission to deny the merger of Baltimore-based Sinclair and Tribune, saying that the combination would cripple a diverse press and do "immeasurable harm to democracy." So reports multichannel.com.....

WAMU Tops July Radio Ratings For DC - 8/8 - The Washington market radio ratings for the month of July. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WAMU, 2) WTOP, 3) WHUR, 4) WMMJ, 5) WBIG, 6) WGTS, 7) WIHT, 8) WASH, 9) WPRS and WPGC, 11) WMAL, 12) WMZQ, 13) WKYS, 14) WWDC and WRQX, 16) WJFK-FM, 17) WIAD, 18) WETA-FM, 19) WLZL, 20) WTEM, 21) WPFW, 22) WAVA-FM and WACA, 24) WFRE and WDCN and WAFY, 27) WFMD, 28) WDCH, 29) WSPZ and WILC and WFED and WBQH. Women, full-day, age 25-54: 1) WAMU, 2) WHUR, 3) WTOP, 4) WIHT, 5) WGTS, 6) WPRS and WMMJ, 8) WASH, 9) WRQX, 10) WKYS and WBIG, 12) WIAD, 13) WPGC, 14) WWDC, 15) WMZQ, 16) WMAL and WLZL, 18) WFMD abd WETA-FM, 20) WDCN, 21) WJFK-FM and WFRE and WAVA-FM and WAFY, 25) WBQH, 26) WDCH, 27) WPFW and WKDV and WACA. This listing does not include stations from Baltimore, Hagerstown, Winchester, or Fredericksburg.....

WERQ Tops July Radio Ratings For Baltimore - 8/8 - The Baltimore market radio ratings for the month of July. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WERQ, 2) WWIN-FM, 3) WPOC, 4) WLIF, 5) WQSR, 6) WIYY, 7) WWMX, 8) WJZ-FM, 9) WYPR and WZBA and WZFT, 12) WBAL-AM, 13) WCBM, 14) WRBS-FM, 15) WBJC, 16) WEAA, 17) WCAO, 18) WLIFHD2, 19) WWIN-AM, 20) WJZ-AM, 21) WOLB. This listing does not include stations from DC or Hagerstown.....

Dude Walker Does Golf Channel Promo - 8/5- DC and Baltimore area voice legend Dude Walker updates us on his latest work. He was announcer at a recent National Catholic Prayer Breakfast featuring Vice President Mike Pence. Dude also did a "fun piece" for Golf Channel (below) as the intro to the tournament at Sawgrass in Florida. As the voice of a 300-year-old tree! In addition, he recently headed over to Chuck Levin's Music Center in Wheaton to be on a panel of voiceover professionals, sponsored by TIVA-DC to help aspiring voice actors. And he starts work again soon on his second season voicing "Dead Silent" on Investigation Discovery. More at dudewalker.com.....


DC Drags Urban One Down - 8/3 - Silver Spring-based African-American radio giant Urban One (formetly Radio One) sees a 5% drop in second quarter revenue, due to slumping station performance in five markets, including DC. More from Tim Taylor Now. Locally, Radio One owns WKYS, WMMJ, WOL, WYCB, and WPRS.....

Adams Make More Cuts & Changes in Salisbury - 8/3 - DCRTV hears that the axe is falling again at Adams Radio Group in Salisbury. This time around, WZBH/WGBG, 93.5 The Beach Program Director Johnny Maze and WOCQ, OC104 Program Director/Operations Manager/PM Driver Albie Dee get pink slips as the twice-annual Eastern Shore radio ratings come out. Look for more firings soon, we're told. More: Radio Insight tells us that Adams has appointed new program directors for four of its five stations in the Salisbury/Ocean City market. The one remaining program director, Larry "Big Red" Stephens, has been promoted to operations manager for the cluster and adds program duties for Kool 104.3/105.1 to his existing position as program director/PM driver at K107.7, WKHI. Midday hosts Stacy "Carolina" Gantt at WZBH and Rob "Rob Jay" Johnson at WOCQ are promoted to the program director position at their respective stations. Laura Lee, cluster promotions director and midday host at Big 98.5, WGBG, adds program director duties at that station.....

Jay Newman To Leave 13 - 8/2 - Jay Newman will be retiring as president and general manager of CBS-owned Channel 13/WJZ in Baltimore. He'll be leaving on September 30, ending a 34-year career with CBS. He has run WJZ since 1998, making him the longest-serving general manager in the group, CBS said. According to broadcastingcable.com, Newman's career with CBS started in 1983, when he joined Philadelphia's WCAU, a CBS-owned station at the time, as news director. He later became VP and manager of the station, which is now owned by NBC. During the last three-plus decades, Newman has also served as the CBS station group's vice presient of operations and vice president and general manager of both WFOR-TV in Miami and WWJ-TV in Detroit.....

Arch Campbell & Ann Hornaday Do Movies Podcast - 8/2 - Washington Post movie critic Ann Hornaday, long time DC TV movie critic Arch Campbell, and local radio personality Marc Sterne bring you their new podcast about movies, life, TV, and whatever. In the July 28 edition of "At The Movies With Arch And Ann," there are reviews for "Detroit," "Atomic Blonde", "Landline", and "Girls Trip". Plus, Arch's thoughts on the passing of his longtime TV colleague Jim Vance. Check it out for free at chatterstudio.libsyn.com and at itunes.apple.com.....

WAMU Tops DC Radio Ratings - 8/1 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "third week" of July. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WAMU, 2) WTOP, 3) WHUR, 4) WMMJ, 5) WBIG, 6) WGTS, 7) WPRS, 8) WIHT, 9) WMAL, 10) WASH, 11) WPGC, 12) WMZQ, 13) WETA-FM, 14) WKYS, 15) WWDC, 16) WRQX and WIAD, 18) WJFK-FM, 19) WLZL, 20) WTEM, 21) WPFW and WACA, 25) WAVA-FM, 26) WOL, 30) WFRE and WAFY and WFMD and WDCN and WDCH. Only Washington market stations are included in this listing.....

DC101 To Carry Ravens - 8/1 - The Baltimore Ravens have some new broadcast partners this season. For preseason TV games, with the loss of CSN MidAtlantic, the Ravens have added Channel 8/WGAL in the Harrisburg/Lancaster market of Pennsylvania, Channel 47/WMDT in Salisbury, and continue to be seen on Channel 7/WJLA in DC, plus TV stations in Lynchburg and Roanoke. On the radio side, the Ravens continue to be heard on WBAL-AM, 1090, and also DC rocker WWDC, DC101. More at baltimoreravens.com.....

Tony Pagnotti Leaves 45 - 7/31 - Longtime Baltimore weekend weatherman Tony Pagnotti is leaving Channel 45/WBFF where he's been working part-time on a yearly contract basis. Pagnotti is leaving because WBFF has made the position a full-time that would interfere with his teaching duties at the University Of Maryland. Before WBFF, Pagnotti had been seen as a weekend weather for Channel 2/WMAR. He also did a short stint in DC at Channel 7/WJLA. More baltimoresun.com.....

Discovery Buys Scripps - 7/31 - A previously hinted, Silver Spring-based Discovery Communications is officially acquiring Scripps Networks Interactive for $11.9 billion in a deal expected to boost the company's negotiating leverage as pay TV operators lose subscribers and it seeks new audiences. The acquisition brings together Scripps' largely female audience of lifestyle channels such as HGTV, Travel Channel, and Food Network with Discovery's Animal Planet and Discovery Channel, which primarily has male viewers. More at cnbc.com.....

New DCRTV Job Ad - 7/31 - The latest DCRTV Job Ad: "Enjoy life on the Shore with a growing group of Live & Local radio stations. Currently three stations, soon to be more. Yep, there are independent radio groups still around and thriving. No corporate frustrations. Wanna do something out of the box for a client? We encourage it! With additional expansion just ahead, we are seeking career-oriented advertising pro’s with a passion for growing business for their clients through radio, digital and other opportunities. You will work with Delmarva’s most well known and loved on-air personalities along with an existing team of sales winners. Using the power of our radio stations plus digital and social media, along with your energy and creativity, you’ll experience a salary plus 25% commission and travel expenses. We are also considering a Sales Manager role for the ideal candidate. Life at the beach and a career in the industry you love. It doesn’t get any better. Step out of your box. Demonstrate your solid work ethic and enthusiasm with your resume to IWantAJob@CTGVariety.com".....

Bradley Sells Atlantic Magazine - 7/28 - Atlantic Media owner David Bradley will sell his Washington-based Atlantic magazine. Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple founder Steve Jobs, is buying a majority, controlling stake, with a path toward full ownership. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Britt McHenry Leans To The Right - 7/27 - Recently laid off by ESPN, sports reporter Britt McHenry (right) is having "an awakening" as a "vocal conservative" on social media. Before ESPN, the Northern Virginia native worked at Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8. Dan Steinberg has more at washingtonpost.com.....

Bezos Now Richest - 7/27 - Washington Post and Amazon owner Jeff Bezos is now world's richest person. More at bloomberg.com.....

Sinclair Eyes O'Reilly & Hannity - 7/27 - Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group reportedly wants Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity to make shows for its news platform. O'Reilly is looking for a new outlet after being let go from Fox News Channel earlier this year amid a sexual harassment scandal. Hannity is still at Fox News, but O'Reilly reportedly wants the two of them to team up for a new TV venture, according to fiercecable.com. The rumors come as Sinclair is pursuing a $3.9 billion deal for Tribune Media's 42 TV stations, which, if approved, would give Sinclair hands-down the largest broadcast television footprint in the US and would rival the reach of major broadcasters including Fox. Locally, Sinclair owns Channel 7/WJLA and Channel 45/WBFF.....

G. Gordon Liddy's Son Arrested - 7/27 - Raymond Liddy, son of former FBI agent, Watergate co-conspirator, and former WJFK talk show host G. Gordon Liddy, has been charged with possessing child pornography at his San Diego County home following a months-long investigation. Raymond Liddy, 53, a deputy attorney general in California, was arrested at his home in Coronado CA on July 25 and accused of owning images that appeared to depict minors under age 12 engaging in sexual acts, court records showed. More at nydailynews.com.....

Vince Coglianese Named Co-Host Of WMAL's Morning Show - 7/27 - Vince Coglianese (right) gets officially named co-host of Cumulus news talker WMAL's morning show. He's been filling in with Mary Walter since Brian Wilson abruptly left the 5 AM to 9 AM show in mid-May. Coglianese is the former editor-In-Chief of the Daily Caller, where he currently serves as editorial director. He regularly appears on the Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, the Fox Business Network, and CNBC. Prior to joining the Daily Caller, Coglianese served as web editor for Carolina Coast OnLine and hosted a talk show on WTKF/WJNC in Morehead City NC. Says Bill Hess, WMAL's program director and vice president for news talk at Cumulus Media, "Vince is the perfect WMAL personality - knowledgeable, plugged-in, entertaining, and a strong storyteller. He and Mary had immediate chemistry and we're excited to bring this fresh new sound to mornings on 105.9 FM and AM 630 WMAL." Adds Coglianese, "I am beyond honored to be joining such a prestigious station and its powerful audience. As a journalist and longtime WMAL listener, I know first-hand how essential it is to start my day with 'Mornings On The Mall.' It's a legendary show with an important mission - to engage, amuse, and inform Washington DC. I'm pumped and grateful to sit behind the WMAL microphones alongside the fabulous Mary Walter".....

Cumulus DC Hires Dahn Burke - 7/27 - Cumulus Media appointes Dahn Burke as Director as head of digital sales and operations for its DC cluster, which includes WRQX and WMAL-AM/FM. She comes from Tegna Media, where she was digital sales sanager. Burke has also held posts with CBC Radio and ABC Radio. She's a graduate of the University Of Maryland.....

4 To Air Vance Tribute - 7/26 - Channel 4/WRC will air a tribute to longtime news anchor Jim Vance (right) on Friday, July 28, at 7:30 PM. Vance died of complications from cancer July 22 at age 75. During his 48-year career at NBC4/WRC-TV, "Vance stood out for his solid journalism and strong presence, telling stories about his adopted hometown of Washington with authenticity and passion," according to a WRC statement announcing the tribute. "On Friday evening, we’ll share footage of Vance as a young Washington reporter along with some of his memories of those early days. Plus, we'll hear from his longtime colleagues as well as people who never even met Vance but feel close to him simply because he was present in their lives through many, many years. And, we'll show some of Vance's proudest moments and favorite stories." Vance's longtime co-anchor Doreen Gentzler will anchor the program, which will be rebroadcast Sunday, July 30, at 5:30 AM. More at nbcwashington.com.....

WETA-FM Names New Drivetime Hosts - 7/26 - Beginning August 1, Linda Carducci will become the weekday morning host on classical WETA-FM, 90.9, from 6 AM to 10 AM. Also, John Banther will host weekday evenings, from 7 PM to midnight. Carducci has been the weekend morning host for the past three years. Banther has been with the station three years as a weekend host, a position he pursued alongside his career as a tuba soloist, orchestral musician, and educator. Also, the shifts of current WETA-FM weekday hosts Bill Bukowski and Nicole Lacroix will also change to the midday and afternoon drivetime periods, respectively. Additional hosting changes include fill-in host Rich Kleinfeldt stepping into regular Sunday evening on-air duties from 6 PM to midnight, which begins September 10. Dan DeVany, WETA's vice president for radio, says: "I'm thrilled for Linda and John to step into their new roles at Classical WETA, filling the vacancies left by long-time hosts David Ginder and Marilyn Cooley in June, and continuing to lend their familiar voices and expertise. With the welcome addition of Rich Kleinfeldt as the regular host for our Sunday evening programming, Classical WETA has a very strong line-up of friendly and knowledgeable presenters, which will greatly enrich the listening experience for audiences throughout Greater Washington".....

4's Morning News To Start At 4 - 7/26 - NBC's Channel 4/WRC is moving the start time for its weekday morning newscast to 4 AM. More at nbcwashington.com.....

WMAL Prepares For Redskins - 7/25 - Cumulus news talker WMAL rsmps up its own programming to hype the Redskins, which it will be carrying this year via its 105.9 and 630 signals. Details at wmal.com.....

WAMU Tops Latest DC Radio Ratings - 7/25 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "second week" of July. Full week, age 6+: 1) WAMU, 2) WHUR, 3) WTOP, 4) WMMJ, 5) WBIG. 6) WGTS, 7) WIHT, 8) WASH, 9) WPGC, 10) WPRS and WMZQ, 12) WKYS, 13) WMAL, 14) WWDC and WRQX, 16) WJFK-FM and WIAD, 18) WETA-FM, 19) WLZL, 20) WPFW, 21) WTEM, 22) WAVA-FM, 23) WFRE and WFMD and WDCN and WACA, 27) WAFY, 28) WDCH and WWEG, 30) WTNT. Only DC market stations are included in this listing.....

Inside Sinclair: CEO Nixes Fox News Rival Rumors - 7/25 - From Variety: "Of the many challenges Fox News Channel is facing amid a turbulent year, there's one threat Rupert Murdoch can cross off the list: Sinclair Broadcast Group has no plans to launch a rival conservative-friendly TV network. Chris Ripley, CEO of the Hunt Valley MD-based TV-station giant, is ready to end months of speculation that his company was preparing to mount a competitive threat in the wake of its $3.9 billion deal to acquire Tribune Media in May. 'After we acquired Allbritton [Communications] in 2014, we looked hard at launching a national cable news channel, but we decided the world didn't need another cable news platform,' says Ripley, who makes clear that the rise of Donald Trump and the upheaval at Fox News haven t changed his calculus. 'Our strength is local news,' he maintains. 'The market for national cable news is very well served.' It's hardly surprising that Sinclair would face speculation over its plans for the future. The company is already the nation's largest owner of TV stations, and it will grow to unprecedented size if the FCC approves the Tribune acquisition. And Sinclair has drawn more and more fire from critics - notably HBO's John Oliver - for the increasingly conservative tilt to its local newscasts through 'must-run' commentary segments and coverage decisions mandated at the corporate level".....

Baker Voices Discovery Shows - 7/24 - DCRTV hears from DC and Baltimore area voice great Matt K. Baker who tells us that he's all over Discovery's nets with a new series called 'Nazi Desert Assault," which starts airing in July. As well as another series called "Incredible Inventions," and a bunch of promos, He's also doing radio imaging work at 96-5 in Norfolk in addition to doing commercials on Pandora Radio, among many other things. Check out Matt at mattspeaking.com.....

Dave TV: Memories Of Jim Vance - 7/22 - Remembering Jim Vance. I've been living in the DC market since 1972 and Jim's been a big part of my TV news experience, A true local news legend and a really good guy.....


Jim Vance Dies - 7/22 - Jim Vance (right), who anchored for NBC's Channel 4/WRC for more than four decades, has died. His station announced the news on Saturday morning via nbcwashington.com. He was 75 and had just recently announced on-air that he'd been diagnosed with cancer. "We are heartbroken to announce that Jim Vance died this morning," WRC President and General Manager Jackie Bradford wrote on the station's website. "For more than 45 years, Jim Vance was not only the soul of NBC4 but of the entire Washington area. His smooth voice, brilliant mind and unforgettable laugh leaves each of us with a tremendous void," she wrote. According to wtop.com, even with the cancer diagnosis, he had manned the anchor desk this summer in between treatments, telling concerned viewers, " have been coming into work with my partners here whenever I can, and I shall continue to do that. In fact, I will insist on doing that." As the region's longest-serving television news anchor - he joined WRC in 1969 - Vance spent three years as a reporter before taking the helm as weekend anchor in 1970 and becoming co-anchor of WRC's daily newscasts in 1972. More: Local journalists and fans react to Vance's death - wtop.com.....

Brian McNally Leaves WJFK - 7/21 - Brian McNally, the Redskins beat reporter for CBS Radio sports talker WJFK-FM, 106.7 The Fan, has ended that gig after three years. According to his Twitter, he'll be covering the Caps hockey team for NHL.com, we're told.....

NCRTV To Honor Arch Campbell - 7/21 - On September 23, the National Capital Radio & TV Museum will hold its Fourth Annual Fall Fundraiser & Gala. Come help them celebrate Arch Campbell's extraordinary broadcasting career. Tickets are available for purchase at ncrtv.org. Come visit the NCRTV Museum. Open from Friday thru Saturday with guided tours. For more information please visit ncrtv.org.....

James Brown & Kathi Bowers Wallis Talk To Andy Ockershausen - 7/20 - "Our Town," media veteran Andy Ockershausen's (right) podcast featuring DC area celebrities, including media, sports, community, and political figures, recently kicked off season two. Just up: An interview with longtime TV sportscaster James Brown. At ourtowndc.com. And entrepreneur Kathi Bowers Wallis. At ourtowndc.com. To subscribe go to ourtowndc.com. New episodes are released twice weekly, on Tuesday and Thursdays.....

LaDawn Black Heard In NYC - 7/20 - Baltimore radio veteran LaDawn Black (right) will be doing midday Sundays at NYC urban adult contemporary outlet WBLS. She recently left her on-air position at Urban One's like-formatted Magic 95.9, WWIN-FM, to head public relations and marketing at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum Of Maryland African American History And Culture in Baltimore. More at urbanradionation.com.....

Warrenton's 94.3 Now K-Love - 7/20 - K-Love has arrived in the DC market. The national Christian contemporary format that has been spreading from coast-to-coast now has an FMer that can be heard in the southwestern suburbs. The 94.3 signal that is licensed to Prince William County's Buckland VA, with its tranmitter in Warrenton VA, has been christened WLZV. The station, as WWXX, had been a simulcast of Redskins owner Dan Snyder's Red Zebra-owned ESPN 980, WTEM. The closing of the sale to K-Love parent EMF took place this week. WTEM's sports talk format can still be heard on AM 980 from a transmitter in Hyattsville MD, but both of its FM relays have been sold and have flipped to something else.....

Griffith Replaces Caldwell At 11 - 7/20 - DCRTV hears that Channel 11/WBAL TV weekend anchor Lacee Griffith is Baltimore NBC affiliate;s new traffic reporter there, replacing Sarah Caldwell, who left to work in development at a Baltimore girls school.....

New DCRTV Job Ad - 7/20 - The latest DCRTV Job Ad: "Laurel TV in Laurel, MD is looking for an experienced Production Manager. This is a one year assignment for an Independent Contractor with the option to renew annually. The pay is $25/hour up to $46,000 a year and you must have your own gear. This position is responsible for performing a variety of technical duties for Laurel TV including directing, shooting videotape, and digital editing, both in the studio and in the field. The Production Manager will assist with training the technical staff, interns, and volunteers. In addition, the Production Manager will direct approximately 70 Government Meetings airing on Laurel TV. Experience with Adobe Premier and the Tricaster 8000 Video Switcher preferred. The Independent Contractor selected must maintain Worker’s Compensation Insurance. Email resumes and inquiries to info@laureltv.org".....

New DCRTV Job Ad - 7/20 - The latest DCRTV Job Ad: "Sales Account Executive sought for Annapolis full-service radio station. Sales experience required, preferably in media advertising sales. Applicant will meet with local business decision-makers and advertising agencies to coordinate advertising/marketing plans using broadcast, internet and social media. Applicant must be creative and self-motivated. Knowledge of local market required. Compensation includes salary plus commission. Fax resume to 410-268-5360, or email resume to jobs@wnav.com. EOE M/F".....

BET Cut 55 When It Left DC - 7/19 - Black Entertainment Television's exit from DC is resulting in the layoffs of 55 employees. Viacom-owned BET announced in May that it would be shutting down its DC headquarters and moving many of those employees to its NYC offices. BET's Washington offices, which had about 40 full-time employees and 36 freelancers, closed on July 7. BET was founded by DC media magnate Robert Johnson 40 years ago. More at bizjournals.comn.....

BAL Makes Weekend Changes - 7/19 - Some weekend lineup changes at Hearst news talker WBAL-AM, 1090. Starting this Saturday, Andrew Langer will host a weekly Saturday show from 7 AM to 10 AM. Peter Schmuck will be taking Sundays from 7 AM to 10 AM. And, Jimmy Mathis will be taking Saturdays from 11 AM to 2 PM.....

Discovery & Scripps Talk Merger - 7/19 - Shares of Silver Spring-based Discovery Communications and Scripps Networks Interactive jumped late Tuesday in after-market trading following reports that the two companies were once again trying to merge. Talks are taking place between Discovery, which owns the Discovery channel, Animal Planet, and TLC, and Scripps Networks, which owns HGTV, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel, and the majority stake in the Food Network. Scripps shares soared 14% to more than $76 a share in after-hours trading. Discovery’s A shares also experienced a bounce of more than 9% to $28.50. More at latimes.com.....

Sinclair Slams News "Bias" Charges - 7/18 - Politico reports that Baltimore-based Sinclair's vice president of news, Scott Livingston, lashed out against what he called "biased" news organizations that have "an agenda to destroy our reputation" in an internal memo. In the memo, Livingston lists several storylines that have emerged around the television station ownership company and provides what he said are facts proving them false. They range from reports about its "must run" segments to morale at its Washington station, Channel7/WJLA. John Oliver, host of HBO's "Last Week Tonight," also made Sinclair and its "must run" segments the focus of a segment earlier this month. "Much of the reporting about Sinclair in recent months has been irresponsible and much of it is just plain false," Livingston wrote in the memo.....

New 8 PM Newscast Comes To "Fox 5 Plus" - 7/17 - Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG announced earlier this year that it would be rebranding its sister station, Channel 20/WDCA, as "Fox 5 Plus" come July. And that change sees the arrival of a new Fox 5 newscast at 8 PM on Fox 5 Plus. Starting today, July 17. Featuring Tony Perkins, Shawn Yancy, and Sue Palka. More at fox5dc.com.....

Dave TV: WMAL's AM 630 Tower Site - 7/17 - I visit the soon to be former transmitter site of WMAL's AM 630 signal on Greentree Road in Bethesda. The towers will soon be torn down to make room for a new residential development.....


Bob Wolff Dies - 7/17 - From washingtonpost.com: Bob Wolff, a Hall Of Fame sportscaster who spent more than 75 years as the voice of professional athletic events and who served as the first TV announcer for the Washington Senators, died July 15 at his home in South Nyack NY. He was 96. Guinness World Records certified in 2012 that Mr. Wolff, whose career began on CBS Radio in 1939 and continued through recent years on Cablevision's News 12 Long Island, had the longest known vocation in sports broadcasting.....

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