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22 Big Years: Support DCRTV & Get A Sticker - 1/22 - DCRTV started in 1997 and we're entering our 22nd year of service to you, the DC-Baltimore area media lover. Yup, DCRTV has been here covering DC and Baltimore area radio, TV, and media news for more than two decades 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.....

Fox, MSNBC, C-SPAN Affected By CapHill Fire - 1/21 - There been a fire at the Capitol Hill building that houses Fox News, MSNBC, and C-SPAN. No injuries or major destruction freported. However, there was a stoppage of live programming on Sunday, January 20, during an evacuation of the building. More at wtop.com.....

Entercom Signs Junks To Contract Extension - 1/18 - Sports talk WJFK owner Entercom has signed a long-term contract extention with all four "Sports Junkies." John Auville, Eric Bickel, Jason Bishop, and John-Paul Flaim will remain on 106.7 The Fan weekdays from 5 AM to 10 AM. No word on the specific contract length or the dollar figures involved. "Since 1996, 'The Sports Junkies' have driven the sports conversation in Washington DC and we couldn't envision The Fan without them," says Phil Zachary, manager of Entercom's DC radio clusrer. "It's an honor and a privilege to talk sports with our friends every morning," adds Flaim. "We're so thankful to those that have supported us all of these years. After 23 years, we feel like we’re just hitting our stride." Plans will be announced later this month for the program to be broadcast beyond the DC market to affiliates across the Mid-Atlantic region.....

Season 4 "Our Town": Andy Ockershausen Interviews DC Power Players - 1/18 - "Our Town," media veteran Andy Ockershausen's (right) podcast featuring DC area celebrities, including media, sports, community, and political figures starts its fourth big season! With new interviews released every Tuesday and Thursday. The latest: sports fanatic Bobby Goldwater and Pat Burke, DC's assistant police chief. At ourtowndc.com......

WNAV's Terry Alley Smith Dies - 1/17 - Terry Alley Smith has died after fighting cancer. She waa a on-air personality at Annapolis's WNAV, 1430/99.9, for more than 20 years. She was a graduate of Queen Annes County High School and began her broadcasting career in 1979 on the Eastern Shore at what was then WAQA radio in Grasonville. During her 40-year broadcasting career, Terry also worked for WYRE and Bay Country 103. More at wnav.com and at capitalgazette.com.....

WTOP's Dave Dildine Rescues Woman - 1/17 - WTOP traffic reporter Dave Dildine rescued a woman who fell into the water in DC's Rock Creek Park during last Sunday's snowstorm. More at wtop.com.....

Tony Perkins Says Goodbye To 5 - 1/16 - DC radio and TV veteran Tony Perkins says goodbye to his news anchoring gig at Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG. After recently landing a radio gig with his old radio WKYS radio partner, Donnie Simpson, at Urban One's WMMJ, Perkins cut back his workload at WTTG, doing the morning newscast just two days a week. When his contract came up for renweal, Perkins said he decided to call it quits at WTTG and focus on his radio job and future projects.....

Arthur C. Brooks To Write For WaPo - 1/14 - Award-winning social scientist Arthur C. Brooks will be a columnist for the Opinions section starting January 20. In this role, Brooks will write columns across a broad range of subjects. He currently serves as president of the American Enterprise Institute, a DC-based think tank. Over the last decade, he has been a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and hosted the Vox Media podcast, "The Arthur Brooks Show".....

Lou Dean Dies - 1/14 - Nearby news. Richmond radio legend Lou Dean, who worked more than four decades at news talker WRVA, has died of cancer at age 83. Dean hosted the overnight "Music 'Till Morning" show on then full-service WRVA from 1957 to 1977. He was the station's program director from 1982 to 1986. He then held the positions of community services manager and evening news host. Dean retired from radio in 2000.....

New Book From Chuck Allen - 1/12 - "Misadventures Of A C- Student" by Chuck Allen. Recommended reading for former Peace Corps volunteers, anyone who worked in broadcasting from the late 1960s to 2018 and germaphobes. The book is available at Amazon, "Greetings & Readings" thrift stores, and garage sales. Makes a great Christmas present for anyone living in a retirement community.....

iHeart Flips 104.7 To Talk - 1/12 - From DCRTV's Saturday Mailbag: "W284CQ changed formats while you were away. I was extremely sad to learn that the best radio station in DC, the previous 104.7 format, has been replaced by yet another tired talk station, as if there aren't enough of those in this market already. CBS wasn't able to take on WTOP on a much better signal; I'm not sure why Clear Channel thinks it will do any better. I know I certainly will not be listening. I can't decide whether I'll be going back to the trainwreck that is WIYY in Baltimore, or the bland, boring sound of DC101, which would be sort of like rewarding bad behavior on Clear Channel's part. Maybe I'll finally look into finding some other way to listen to things in the car; radio keeps trying to push listeners away, maybe I should finally take the hint. - Trip www.rabbitears.info".....

9 Back On Verizon - 1/3 - Channel 9/WUSA is back on DC area cable systems owned by Verizon, since being dropped on January 1. Verizon and Tegna said in a statement that they had reached "a multiyear carriage agreement" that also restores Tegna-owned stations in Norfolk and other markets across the USA affecting more than 1 million cable subscribers. More at washingtonpost.com.....

WBAL Radio Makes Afternoon Changes - 1/3 - DCRTV has hinted about it. Now we get the official release. Baltimore news talker WBAL radio (1090/101.5) moves weekend host Yuripzy Morgan to the 1 PM to 3 PM weekday slot. With Brett Hollander moving later, to the 3 PM to 6 PM slot.....

Verizon Yanks WUSA - 1/1 - If you're a Verizon FIOS subscriber in the DC area you may have noticed that you can't watch CBS programming on Channel 9/WUSA as of January 1. Apparently, WUSA's owner Tegna and Verizon are still haggling over a new retransmission agreement. More at wusa9.com.....

Media Changes In 2018 & Predictions For 2019 & Beyond - 12/31 - Join your friendly DCRTV webmaster, Dave, as he discusses the future of media (and the world in general) as 2019 arrives. Plus some talk about what's happened in DC and Baltimore area radio in 2018, including Redskins owner Dan Snyder's sale of sports talk WTEM and the flip of 94.7 Fresh FM to the oldies-based The Drive. On the famous "Sadly Lacking Radio" podcast at sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

WAMU Tops December DC Radio Ratings - 12/28 - The Washington market radio ratings for December. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WAMU, 2) WTOP, 3) WASH, 4) WMMJ, 5) WHUR, 6) WBIG, 7) WMAL, 8) WIHT and WRQX, 10) WGTS, 11) WPGC, 12) WETA-FM, 13) WKYS, 14) WMZQ and WJFK-FM, 16) WIAD, 17) WWDC, 18) WPRS, 19) WLZL, 20) WTEM, 21) WFRE, 22) WDCN, 23) WFMD and WDCH, 25) WJFK-FM STREAM and WBQH and WASH HD2.....

WLIF Tops December Balto Radio Ratings - 12/28 - The Washington market radio ratings for December. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WLIF, 2) WWIN-FM, 3) WERQ, 4) QZBA, 5) WQSR, 6) WPOC, 7) WJZ-FM and WZFT, 9) WIYY, 10) WWMX, 11) WYPR, 12) WCBM, 13) WBAL-AM and WBJC, 15) WLIF HD2, 16) WEAA, 17) WCAO, 18) WQLL.....

Hollander Moves At BAL Radio - 12/23 - Sources tell DCRTV that Brett Hollander is gone from his 1 PM to 4 PM slot at Baltimore news talker WBAL. He'll be moving to the 3 PM to 6 PM slot come January 2. Youripsi Morgan gets the 1 PM to 3 PM slot. More soon.....

Judy Taub Leaves WTOP - 12/21 - The WTOP sign outside the Glass Enclosed Nerve Center on Idaho Avenue NW, Washington is not the only thing leaving before the all-news radio station makes its move to Bethesda. Friday, 12/21, was 35-year veteran Judy Taub's last day. Joel Oxley, WTOP's senior vice president and general manager, called Taub, a former news director at the station and longtime news editor, "the true heart and soul of the WTOP newsroom... We all owe Judy the deepest gratitude." The send-off included a lavish catered spread and a farewell speech by Taub. More at wtop.com.....

Ken Philips Dies - 12/19 - Ken Philips, who did the weather for two decades at Baltimore's Channel 2/WMAR, died December 15. He was 88. Philips became a meteorologist in 1951 and began his career at WBEN-TV in Buffalo, followed by WIIC-TV in Pittsburgh, before coming to WMAR. More at legacy.com.....

Angie Goff To 5 - 12/18 - Angie Goff, who surprised everyone over the weekend with her announcement that she's leaving NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC, is said to be heading up the TV dial one digit, to Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG. FTVLive breaks the news.....

Angie Goff Says Goodbye To 4 - 12/16 - DCRTV hears that news anchor Angie Goff is leaving Channel 4/WRC per her announcement on today's morning news show on the NBC-owned station. Today will be her last day. That's all she said. More soon.....

Weekly Standard To Close - 12/15 - The Weekly Standard, the DC-based magazine that espoused traditional conservatism and which had remained deeply critical of President Donald Trump, will shutter after 23 years, its owner Clarity Media Group announced. The magazine will publish its final issue on December 17. The announcement came after the magazine's editor-in-chief, Stephen Hayes, met privately with Ryan McKibben, the chief executive and chairman of Clarity Media Group, a media holding company owned by billionaire Philip Anschutz. More at cnn.com.....

Dude Walker Update - 12/14 - DCRTV hears from DC and Baltimore voice legend Dude Walker. He's updates his website at dudewalker.com. It now works with tablets and phones too. With the mid-term election season is going strong Dude's been voicing spots for Senator Claire McCaskill in Missouri and Gavin Newsome in California. Also, he just wrapped up his third season as narrator on Discovery's "Dead Silent," along with imaging work on Westwood One's Classic Country channel and the University Of Virginia sports radio network. And wait, there's more. He was the live announcer at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Gala in Washington DC.....

Johnny Holliday Leaves MASN - 12/12 - Johnny Holliday, a local broadcasting legend who took on the job of Nationals pre- and postgame host shortly after the team first came to town, says he is stepping away from his role on MASN as he cuts back his workload, the Washington Post reports. Holliday, 81, is the full-time voice of Maryland football and men's basketball, a role he has held since 1979. When the Nationals began their full-fledged pre- and postgame shows in 2006, a year after they arrived from Montreal, Holliday began a second job, serving alongside former major league player and manager Ray Knight to introduce and wrap up the team's play each night on "Nats Xtra." Knight, however, didn’t have his contract renewed this offseason following a verbal altercation with MASN staff near the end of last season. When the Nationals are home, the shows originate from Nationals Park, which was an easy commute from Holliday’s Kensington home. But when the team is on the road, the shows are broadcast from a studio in suburban Baltimore, and the nightly travel began to wear on Holliday, the Post adds.....

Bill Elliott Rolls Out 3DSJ Radio Network - 12/12 - 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.....

Time Names Annapolis Journalists In Person Of Year Selection - 12/11 - From wtop.com: Four journalists and an Annapolis, Maryland news organization have been named Time's Person Of The Year for 2018. They are what Time calls "guardians and the war on truth." "This year we are recognizing four journalists and one news organization who have paid a terrible price to seize the challenge of this moment: Jamal Khashoggi, Maria Ressa, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo and the Capital Gazette of Annapolis, Maryland," Time Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal wrote in an essay. Five people - Rob Hiaasen, Rebecca Smith, Gerald Fischman, John McNamara and Wendi Winters - were killed at the Capital Gazette on June 28. Jarrod Ramos has been charged with murder in the shootings and is set to go on trial in June 2019. "The Gazette, one of the oldest papers in America, did what it's done since before the Revolution, got a paper out the next day and continues to do so with courage," said Time's editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal, making the announcement on NBC's "Today Show".....

Les Kinsolving Dies - 12/4 - Baltimore news talker WCBM is reporting that longtime talk show host Les Kinsolving has died at age 90. More at wcbm.com. "From the loud red jacket to his blustery delivery, Kinsolving guaranteed a scene every time he walked into the room, reports the Baltimore Sun.....

50 Goes To Nexstar - 12/3 - Nexstar has announced that it's buying Tribune Media's TV stations, including DC's Channel 50/WDCW. More at cnbc.com. The $4.1 billion cash deal will make Nexstar the largest regional US TV station operator. Tribune recently pulled out of an acquisition deal with Baltimore-based Sinclair.....

WTOP Tops November Radio Ratings For DC - 11/29 - The Washington market radio ratings for the month of November. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WMMJ, 4) WHUR, 5) WMAL, 6) WASH and WRQX, 8) WBIG, 9) WIHT, 10) WGTS, 11) WPGC, 12) WETA-FM, 13) WKYS and WJFK-FM, 15) WWDC, 16) WMZQ, 17) WPRS, 18) WIAD, 19) WLZL, 20) WTEM and WFRE, 22) WDCN, 23) WDCH, 24) WFMD and WBQH, 26) WWDC HD2 and WJFK-FM STREAM, 28) WWFD and WTOP HD3 and WPGC STREAM and WPGC HD2 and WJFK-AM and WIHT STREAM and WIAD STREAM and WIAD HD2 and WFED and WASH HD2 and WAMU HD2.....

WWIN Tops November Radio Ratings For Baltimore - 11/29 - The Baltimore market radio ratings for the month of November. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WERQ, 3) WLIF, 4) WPOC and WZBA, 6) WWMX, 7) WIYY, 8) WQSR, 9) WJZ-FM and WZFT, 11) WCBM, 12) WYPR, 13) WBAL-AM, 14) WBJC, 15) WLIF HD2, 16) WEAA, 17) WCAO and WQLL, 19) WLIF HD3, 20) WEAA STREAM and WJZ-AM and WJZ-FM STREAM and WPOC HD2 and WWMX HD2.....

MPT Promotes Michael English - 11/28 - Maryland Public Television promotes long-time staff member Michael English to managing director of its Content Division. In his new role, he will manage a staff comprised of more than 20 producers, on-air talent, and other associates. English most recently served for 10 years as senior executive producer responsible for MPT productions with environmental, natural history, and history themes.....

Woes For Sinclair After Failed Tribune Bid - 11/28 - Baltimore-based Sinclair isn't off the hook yet, at the Federal Communications Commission. Those suspicions of "misrepresentation" while presenting the Tribune merger linger. According to Tom Taylor Now, the American Cable Association filed a petition asking the FCC to "require Sinclair Broadcast Group to file early license renewal applications for four of its [TV] stations." Some important ones, too, such as Washington DC's Channel 7/WJLA. Cable association exec Matthew Polka says the questions about Sinclair's fitness as a licensee might not be addressed until its next batch of renewals comes around, in 2020. The cable group urges the FCC to speed up the process: "The delay would harm the public should the FCC ultimately conclude that Sinclair was unsuitable to hold licenses all along... and it would harm Sinclair should the Commission ultimately conclude otherwise, by leaving a cloud of uncertainty over the company." FCC Chair Ajit Pai had designated the Tribune deal for hearing in front of an in-house Administrative Law Judge - and then Sinclair pulled the deal. It’s still in front of the ALJ, according to Tom Taylor Now.....

WBAL Radio Adds FM Signal - 11/26 - It's been on the air for a while, off and on, but now Baltimore news talker WBAL-AM, 1090, officially adds an FM signal at 101.5. The new signal is 250-watts, technically a low-power operation. But it can be heard from Reisterstown to Essex and from Columbia to Bel Air. And throughout the city of Baltimore. In a November 26 statement, WBAL President/General Manager Cary Pahigian says: "While WBAL Radio will continue to serve Maryland at 1090 AM with our powerful 50,000-watt signal, our new FM signal at 101.5 is a monumental advancement for the region's most influential radio station. FM 101.5, along with our popular mobile app, will help WBAL connect with significantly more listeners. WBAL is now available on every available broadcast, mobile and digital platform".....

Sean Hall Killed In Road Mishap - 11/25 - DCRTV hears that DC news radio veteran Sean Hall (right), 63, was killed in a head-on collision in New Hampshire. The incident occurred at about 5 PM on November 24 in the Richmond NH area, involving two vehicles. Hall was pronounced dead at the scene. According to police, Hall was traveling south when his Toyota sedan crossed the center line, putting it in the path of an oncoming GMC pickup. The driver of the pickup received minor injuries and was released at the scene. Hall had been working as a news reporter at WKBK radio in Keene NH for the past five years. During his DC radio career, Hall worked at NBC Radio, the Mutual Broadcasting System, CNN Radio, WBIG, and WTOP. More at sentinelsource.com.....

Baisden Gone From WHUR - 11/22 - The syndicated Michael Baisden PM drive show has been dropped from Howard University's adult urban contemporary WHUR, 96.3. In his place, the station is taking the local road with Wes Hall, who has been hosting the Saturday night "Hang Suite" show. More at urbanradionation.com.....

Dude To Voice TIVA Awards - 11/20 - DC and Baltimore-based voice great Dude Walker has been asked to be a presenter at the 2018 Television, Internet & Video Association, TIVA-DC Peer Awards at the National Press Club on Saturday night. Walker says he wants to congratulate his fellow voice-over and on-camera winners at SAG-AFTRA and producers Handy Dandy.....

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