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ESPN 980 To Air NCAA Tournament - 12/9 - Red Zebra Broadcasting announces that Westwood One's play-by-play coverage of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament will be featured on ESPN 980, WTEM, in 2018. ESPN 980 will broadcast game action from the First Four to the Final Four and National Championship.....

Chuck Rich Dies - 12/9 - From DCRTV's Saturday Mailbag: "DC broadcast veteran Chuck Rich passed away suddenly Friday afternoon. No further details right now. Chuck reported entertainment news for years for Westwood One Radio, on its 'America In The Morning,' 'America This Week," and "First Light" programs. He was also a writer and producer for WTOP Radio and then co-owned TV-9, and wrote humorous articles for Washingtonian Magazine. His wife, Rita, also worked many years for Westwood One. I'm sure others will add more details later".....

Support DCRTV - 12/9 - 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 a donation at paypal.me/dcrtv or send a check made payable to "Dave Hughes" to Dave Hughes, 6200 Rolling Road #2442, Springfield VA 22152. Thanks.....

O'Meara Interviews O'Reilly - 12/7 - "The Mike O'Meara Show" interviewed former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on the Thursday show, December 7. O'Reilly discussed the firing of Matt Lauer and the current wave of sexual harassment accusations in the media. The episode can be found here.....

Robert Asman Dies - 12/6 - Robert Asman, who rose from NBC page to a producer for Washington-based newsman David Brinkley, and in between produced some of the most iconic TV news reports of the 1960s and 1970s, died December 1 at his home in Chevy Chase. He was 91 and was the father of Fox News anchor David Asman. More at TVNewser.....

Craig Melvin Eyed For "Today" Gig - 12/6 - The Daily Mail reports that former Channel 4/WRC news anchor Craig Melvin (right) is short-listed to be Matt Lauer's replacement on NBC's "Today Show." He currently works for NBC and MSNBC in New York City.....

WTOP Tops DC Radio Ratings Again - 12/6 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "first week" of December. Full-week, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WHUR, 4) WMMJ, 5) WMAL, 6) WBIG, 7) WASH, 8) WPRS, 9) WIHT, 10) WPGC, 11) WMZQ, 12) WKYS, 13) WWDC and WGTS, 15) WRQX, 16) WJFK-FM and WIAD, 18) WLZL and WTEM, 20) WETA-FM, 21) WFRE, 22) WACA, 23) WAVA-FM, 24) WFMD, 25) WDCN, 26) WDCH and WBQH, 28) WOL and WAFY, 31) WPFW. Stations in Baltimore, Hagerstown, Winchester, and Fredericksburg are not included in this listing.....

Potomac Local To Start Charging - 12/6 - Potomac Local, which covers local news for Prince William and Stafford counties, will start charging a $1.50 per week subscription fee starting in January. More at potomaclocal.com.....

Bannon Returns To SiriusXM - 12/6 - Breitbart chairman and former senior White House adviser Steve Bannon is returning as a radio talk show host, SiriusXM has announced. Before joining President Trump's campaign and then the White House, Bannon was a regular weekend host. He will now host "Breitbart News Daily" each weekday from 6 AM to 9 AM. More at washingtonexaminer.com.....

WMAL Raises $456K For Fisher House - 12/5 - Cumulus Media announces that news talker WMAL raised over $456,000 in donations to Fisher House Foundation through its annual radiothon. WMAL's two-day live broadcast on Friday and Saturday, December 1 and 2, drove broad-based listener donations and was anchored by station personalities Chris Plante, Larry O'Connor, Mary Walter, and Vince Coglianese. Fisher House Foundation provides homes away from home for the families of injured servicemen and women while their partners are undergoing treatment and rehabilitation.....

ZGS Sells Telemundo Stations To NBC - 12/5 - DCRTV hears: ZGS is selling all 10 of its Telemundo stations to NBC for $75 million, including WZDC in DC and WZTD in Richmond. WZDC will enter into a channel sharing agreement with NBC's WRC. More at fcc.gov.....

Khalia Canty Joins WKYS - 12/4 - Khalia "Little Bacon Bear" Canty (right) will be the new evening show host on Radio One's urban contemporary WKYS, 93.9. Since moving to the DC area from Kansas in 2012, she's DJed for brands like Essence and BET. According to a WKYS announcement, "As one of radio's freshest faces, she wants to use her platform to promote the continued significance of terrestrial radio in the eyes of artists, DJs, and listeners, while being an example of a successful woman in media".....

Armstrong Williams Eyes City Paper - 12/4 - Ben Terris at the Washington Post wonders why conservative Armstrong Williams, who has close ties to Sinclair Broadcasting, which owns Channel 7/WLA, wants to buy the liberal Washington City Paper.....

It's Official: Toby Knapp To Replace Loo Katz At WASH - 12/1 - On November 13, DCRTV tipped you that Toby Knapp was slated to be the replacement for morning man Loo Katz at iHeart's adult contemporary WASH, 97.1. This was all supposed to happen on November 6, but Toby took a bad fall and needed hospitalization. So now we hear that Toby's now well enough to join Chilli Amar in the morning slot at WASH. And iHeart has made the official announcement about his new gig. Toby had been doing afternoons down the hall at contemporary hits WIHT, Hot 99.5. WASH canned longtime morning man Loo, who is two decades older than Toby, on November 1.....

WTOP & WAMU Top DC Radio Ratings For November - 11/30 - The Washington market radio ratings for the month of November. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WTOP and WAMU, 3) WHUR, 4) WMAL and WBIG, 6) WMMJ, 7) WASH, 8) WIHT, 9) WMZQ and WGTS, 11) WPRS and WPGC, 13) WWDC, 14) WKYS, 15) WRQX, 16) WETA-FM, 17) WJFK-FM and WIAD, 19) WTEM, 20) WLZL, 21) WILC, 22) WFRE, 23) WAVA-FM, 24) WDCN and WACA, 30) WFMD, 33) WPFW and WOL and WDCH. This listing does not including stations from Baltimore, Hagerstown, Winchester, and Fredericksburg.....

WWIN Tops Balto Radio Ratings For November - 11/30 - The Baltimore market radio ratings for the month of November. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WPOC, 3) WERQ, 4) WLIF, 5) WIYY, 6) WQSR, 7) WWMX, 8) WJZ-FM and WZBA, 10) WYPR and WZFT, 12) WBAL-AM, 13) WRBS-FM, 14) WCBM, 15) WEAA, 16) WCAO, 17) WBJC, 18) WLIF HD2, 19) WJZ-AM, 20) WOLB and WRBS-AM, 21) WJZ-FM STREAM and WQLL and WWMX HD2. This listing does not including stations from DC and Hagerstown.....

WMAL & WRQX Owner Files For Bankruptcy - 11/30 - Troubled radio giant Cumulus has filed to reorganize in Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The Atlanta-based company, which is burdened with $2.4 billion in debt, owns and operates 446 radio stations broadcasting in 90 US media markets, icluding Washington news talker WMAL and hot adult contemporary WRQX. Cumulus said it has entered a restructuring agreement with lenders to reduce the company’s debt by more than $1 billion. More at bizjournals.com.....

Jill Kempton To Program WASH - 11/29 - Jill Kempton gets named as program director of iHeart's adult contemporary WASH, 97.1. She comes from the company's like-formatted WLTW in New York City, where she most recently served as the assistanrt program director, music director, and imaging director. Before that she worked at adult contemporary WBEB in Philadelphia.....

Maryland News Network Adds Traffic With "Detour Dave" - 11/27 - 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 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.....

1390 Adds Radio Sputnik - 11/27 - Russia's English language news and talk service, Radio Sputnik, is now being heard on Way Broadcasting's brokered 1390, WZHF, in Capitol Heights. Replacing Spanish language programming. Radio Sputnik can also be heard on Bethesda's 105.5, a low-power signal owned by John Garziglia's Reston Translator that used to carry WAMU's Bluegrass Country.....

Salem Moves "Answer" To 570 - 11/27 - Salem has moved its conservative talk "The Answer" format from 1260 to 570, the latter signal recently purchased from Redskins owner Dan Snyder's Red Zebra broadcasting arm. Salem has also moved 1260's call letters, WWRC, to 570, with the WSPZ call letters going from 570 to 1260. Currently, 1260 is running an announecent advising listeners to tune to 570, which has a better night signal to Northern Virginia. No word yet about what new format 1260 will assume.....

James Howard To Oversee Programming For iHeart's DC Cluster - 11/27 - James Howard gets named vice president of programming for iHeart's Washington DC radio cluster. He'll be overseeing WWDC/DC101, WASH, WIHT/Hot 99.5, WMZQ, and WBIG/Big 100, as well as related events and social media. Howard will continue to serve as the program director for DC101 and Big 100. He began his radio career with iHeartMedia (then Clear Channel) in 2001 and since then has held programming positions in Orlando, Albany, Atlanta, and Tampa. Howard joined the Washington/Baltimore market in 2010.....

John Fredericks Joins DC's Answer - 11/25 - Virginia-based conservative talker John Fredericks adds DC's WSPZ, 570, The Answer, to his line-up of regional stations. The show airs from 8 AM to 10 AM on the Salem station, formerly WWRC, 1260. Fredericks' show runs live 6 AM to 10 AM on weekdays on WHKT, 1650 and 92.5 in the Norfolk area, WNTW, 820 and 97.7, in Richmond, and WBRG, 1050 and 105.1, in Lynchburg, Danville, and Franklin. Stream the show at johnfredericksradio.com.....

Sunday Fox News Show For Levin - 11/22 - Mark Levin, who does his nationally-syndicated conservative political radio show from a studio in his Leesburg VA home, will have a Sunday 10 PM show on Fox News Channel. "Life, Liberty & Levin" will debut in February. More at politico.com. Locally, Levin is heard on WMAL and WCBM.....

Cumulus Nears Bankruptcy - 11/22 - WMAL and WRQX owner Cumulus has been delisted by NASDAQ. Chapter XI bankruptcy could follow soon. All of the Atlanta-based radio broadcaster's assets are pledged as collateral on their $2 billion debt. More at Tom Taylor Now.....

Richard "Ace" Armstrong Dies - 11/22 - ABC News veteran Richard "Ace" Armstrong died November 18 at his home in Connecticut. The Watergate hearings, the Iran Contra hearings, and many presidential debates were just some of the many iconic events he covered for ABC, where he worked from 1962 to 1993. More at legacy.com.....

Stacie Seifrit-Griffin To WINC - 11/22 - DCRTV hears that Stacie Seifrit-Griffin is now driving weekend shifts at Winchester's hot adult contemporary WINC-FM, 92.5. She's a veteran of Annapolis eclectic rocker WRNR-FMm, 103.1, as well as top stations in Los Angeles and New York City.....

Gannett Sues Current Newspapers - 11/22 - From Washingtonian: DC's Current Newspapers is being sued by Gannett over more than $180,000 in unpaid printing bills. The suit, which was filed in September in DC Superior Court, claims that the company hasn't paid its printing bills since January 2016. Gannett signed a contract with Current Newspapers in December 2014 to provide the publisher, which distributes five free weekly community newspapers in Northwest Washington, with "printing services on credit." The Current's tab ballooned to as much as $264,754 in August 2015, according to court records. But since early 2016, the suit says, the company has had trouble paying down its debt. Gannett no longer prints the paper; the company closed its Springfield plant, which printed USA Today along with clients of its publishing-services division, at the end of 2015.....

WTOP Tops DC Radio Ratings - 11/21 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "fourth week" of October. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WHUR, 4) WASH, 5) WMMJ and WMAL, 7) WBIG, 8) WJFK-FM, 9) WMZQ, 10) WGTS, 11) WIHT, 12) WPRS, 13) WPGC and WKYS, 15) WRQX, 16) WWDC, 17) WILC, 18) WIAD, 19) WETA-FM, 20) WLZL, 21) WTEM, 22) WFRE, 23) WOL and WFMD and WAVA-FM and WACA.....

Chuck Sapienza To 105.7 The Fan - 11/19 - CBS Radio (soon Entercom) sports talker WJZ-FM, 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore, has hired Chuck Sapienza as program director, starting December 1. From 2005 to 2015, he worked at Red Zebra's DC sports talker, WTEM, ESPN 980, where he was a producer, an executive producer, and program director. After that, Sapienza spent two years as the executive producer of the US Naval Academy Football Radio Network in Annapolis. Before WTEM, he worked at WPGC, WBAL-AM, WIYY/98 Rock, WBSB/B104, WASH, WMZQ, and WRQX/Mix 107.3.....

WTOP Veteran Robert Raiford Dies - 11/18 - Robert Raiford (right), "the unrepentant iconoclast whose war on political correctness amused Charlotte radio listeners for decades," died Friday, November 17. He was 89. According to the Charlotte Observer, Raiford started in radio as a teenager and, in the early 1960s, was working at WTOP, the CBS affiliate in Washington. "One of his colleagues there was an up-and-comer named Walter Cronkite. One November afternoon in 1963, Raiford showed up at work to learn that President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated. Three days later, the CBS radio network used him as one of the reporters narrating the drama as the funeral cortege marched toward Arlington National Cemetery. For 14 long minutes, Raiford held the national audience in the thrall of his voice as he described the somber scene unfolding before him," the Observer adds.....

Salem To Move "Answer" To 570 - 11/18 - DCRTV hears that Salem will move its conservative talk format "The Answer" from WWRC 1260 to WSPZ 570 on Monday, November 20. Salem bought the 570 signal from Redskins owner Dan Snyder's Red Zebra Broadcasting several months ago. No word yet about what Salem will put on 1260. Stay tuned.....

Sinclair To Stay In Hunt Valley - 11/16 - Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group said that the company's national headquarters will remain in Hunt Valley, just north of Baltimore, and expand as it moves to complete its $3.9 billion planned takeover of Tribune Media. According to baltimoresun.com, Sinclair said it plans to invest $12 million to accommodate an expansion that could double the number of employees to 700 by 2024. The jobs, however, are contingent on its acquisition of Tribune Media, a deal that would make Sinclair the nation's largest broadcaster if approved by federal regulators.....

Revenue Drop For Sinclair - 11/14 - Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcasting sees a 3rd quarter revenue drop 40% year-to-year. More baltimoresun.com. Locally, Sinclair owns Channel 7/WJLA, NewsChannel 8, and Channel 45/WBFF.....

Madelyne Woods To MMJ Sunday Mornings - 11/14 - Urban One's adult urban contemporary WMMJ, Majic 102.3 and 92.7, puts Madelyne Woods in the Sunday morning slot, from 6 AM to 10 AM. The DC native is a regular contributor to the Tom Joyner show, which is heard on Urban One's WOL, 1450/95.9, and is also a former BET host.....

WAMU Tops Latest DC Radio Ratings - 11/14 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "second week" of November. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WAMU, 2) WTOP, 3) WHUR, 4) WBIG, 5) WMAL, 6) WMMJ, 7) WASH, 8) WIHT, 9) WMZQ , 10) WGTS and WPRS, 12) WPGC and WILC, 14) WWDC, 15) WKYS, 16) WRQX, 17) WJFK-FM, 18) WETA-FM, 19) WTEM, 20) WIAD, 21) WLZL, 22) WFRE, 23) WAVA-FM, 26) WFMD and WACA. Baltimore, Hagerstown, Winchester, and Fredericksburg stations are not included in this listing.....

Toby Knapp To Replace Loo Katz At WASH? - 11/13 - DCRTV hears that Toby Knapp (aka Staples) was slated to be the replacement for morning man Loo Katz at iHeart's adult contemporary WASH, 97.1. As you probably know, Toby has been doing afternoons down the hall at contemporary hits WIHT, Hot 99.5. Chilli Amar would remain the female half of WASH's morning team. This was all supposed to happen on Monday, November 6, but Toby took a bad fall and needed hospitalization. So now what? Stay tuned. WASH canned longtime morning man Loo, who is two decades older than Toby, on November 1. More as we hear it.....

WaPo Promotes Wallsten - 11/13 - The Washington Post has named Peter Wallsten as senior politics editor after a run as the head of the Post's political enterprise and investigative team......

9 Evacuated After Pipe Bursts - 11/13 - A burst water pipe forced Channel 9/WUSA to evacuate its northwest DC facilities, causing the CBS affiliate to cancel some of its Monday morning local news updates. More at wusa9.com.....

Beverley Lumpkin Dies - 11/12 - Beverley Lumpkin, 68, a longtime Washington journalist, died on October 20. For more than 23 years, she worked for ABC News as the network's chief reporter at the Justice Department and also covered high profile trials, Supreme Court cases, national security, and later the newly created Department Of Homeland Security. More at legacy.com.....

DCist Owner Sues Over DCistNow Name - 11/10 - Aaron Myers, a DC jazz singer, has started a locsl news blog to replace the recently shut down DCist, calling it DCistNow. However, DCist's billionaire owner, Joe Ricketts, is threatening to sue Myers for $100,000 for violating DCist's intellectual property. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Battagliese Joins TTWN In NYC - 11/9 - Jim Battagliese, who got cut from his job as head of WTOP's traffic news department over the summer, has landed at Total Traffic & Weather Network, where he'll be regional director of operations for the New York City market, including Long Island, Hartford/New Haven, the Hudson Valley, and Northern New Jersey. Battagliese served as director of traffic and weather operations at Hubbard-owned DC all-newser WTOP since 2010. Before WTOP, he managed the traffic news center at DC's XM Satellite Radio. He's also worked with Traffic.com and Shadow Broadcast Services.....

John Fredericks Joins DC's Answer - 11/9 - Virginia-based conservative talker John Fredericks adds DC's WWRC, 1260, The Answer, to his line-up of regional stations. The show airs from 8 AM to 10 AM on the Salem station. Fredericks' show runs live 6 AM to 10 AM on weekdays on his other affiliate network radio stations and streaming outlets. Including WHKT, 1650 and 92.5 in the Norfolk area, WNTW, 820 and 97.7, in Richmond, and WBRG, 1050 and 105.1, in Lynchburg, Danville, and Franklin. Stream the show at johnfredericksradio.com.....

NPR CEO Takes Medical Leave - 11/8 - CNN tells us that Loren Mayor, chief operating officer of DC-based NPR, will run the organization for at least the next month while embattled CEO Jarl Mohn is on a medical leave. The news comes nearly one week after Mohn forced out Michael Oreskes, the public radio organization's senior vice president of news, amid a harassment scandal. In a memo to staff, Mohn wrote: "As many of you know, last March, I suffered a nearly fatal ruptured aorta. I returned to work with the blessing of my physician with one important caveat - I cannot allow my blood pressure to rise. Regretfully, the hypertension has returned to a dangerous level, and I have been instructed to take medical leave until my health returns to normal, at a minimum of four weeks".....

Spacey Controversy Shakes Baltimore Production Company - 11/8 - With the snowballing sexual harassment scandal surrounding "House Of Cards" star Kevin Spacey and Netflix's decision to fire him, many people who are associated with the Baltimore area-produced show are affected. Including 14 writers, hundreds of crew members, and a large cast who have spent years creating one of the most popular TV shows about Washington DC. More at newsweek.com.....

Zier To Oversee Entercom's Richmond Cluster - 11/7 - Bennett Zier, the longtime DC radio management veteran who was responsible for creating Redskins owner Dan Snyder's not-so-hot radio "empire," has recently been managing Entercom's radio cluster in Norfolk. Now, with Entercom merging with CBS Radio and acquiring iHeart's Richmond radio cluster, Zier will now be in charge of Entercom's combined Old Dominion operations.....

WTOP Tops DC Radio Heap Again - 11/7 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "first week" of November. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WHUR, 4) WMAL, 5) WASH, 6) WBIG, 7) WMZQ, 8) WMMJ and WIHT, 10) WPRS and WGTS, 12) WPGC, 13) WRQX, 14) WWDC, 15) WKYS and WJFK, 17) WIAD, 18) WETA-FM, 19) WILC, 20) WTEM, 21) WLZL, 22) WDCN, 23) WAVA-FM and WACA, 25) WPFW and WOL and WFMD. Stations in Baltimore, Hagerstown, Winchester, and Fredericksburg are not included in this listing.....

Bruce DePuyt Launches Podcast - 11/7 - Former NewsChannel 8 anchor Bruce DePuyt launches a podcast called "The Bruce DePuyt Podcast." He tells us that it will feature newsmaker interviews and analysis, plus some sports talk. Much like his old interviews on NC8, which he left early this year. The latest guests include University Of Virginia political science professor Larry Sabato and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer. Chjeck it out at soundcloud.com.....

WNAV Newscaster John Moran Dies - 11/7 - John Moran, a longtime radio newscaster at WNAV, 1430, in Annapolis and elsewhere, died November 5 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Baltimore following a long illness. He was 83. Moran worked for more than two decades at WNAV, alternating between morning and afternoon drive slots. He was also the station's former news director. When Jake Einstein, who owned the legendary free-form WHFS when it was in Bethesda at 102.3, bought WNAV, he also purchased its FM sister, WLOM, at 99.1 and resurrected the classic format from studios and transmitter in the state capital. Einstein hired iconic DJ Jonathan Gilbert, aka "Weasel," as a host. When Weasel slapped Moran with the nickname "Jumpin' John," from the "out-to-lunch news bunch," the name stuck. Moran became something of a local cult figure. Earlier in his career, Moran worked in Hollywood for American Forces Radio And Television and at stations in Twin Falls, Idaho and Oklahoma City, where he also spun records. In his later years, he worked for the Maryland Comptroller's office as an administrative assistant.....

4 Pays Tribute To Tomasello - 11/7 - From TVSpy: Channel 4/WRC paid tribute to its longtime intern and associate producer who died from a longtime battle with cancer last week. "He was one of those special interns with an infectious smile," said anchor Jim Handly. The two-minute tribute to Andrew Tomasello featured the entire WRC team. Tomasello had cancer as a teenager, it came back this year. After a long fight, the 25 year old lost his fight. He aspired to be a television reporter. More at nbcwashington.com.....

Josh Dawsey Joins Washington Post - 11/7 - Josh Dawsey joins the White House reporting team at the Washington Post. He comes from Politico, where he has covered the White House for the past year. Dawsey previously worked for the Wall Street Journal, where he covered New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.....

Stash Moves To ZBA Mornings - 11/4 - DCRTV hears that Baltimore rock radio veteran Stash (right) is moving from afternoons to mornings come Monday, November 13, on classic rock WZBA, 100.7 The Bay. "The show will be local, relevant, and fast-paced with music and community events while adding more guests and benchmarks as we go," Steve "Stash" Ash tells us. "We'll start with some icons of music checking in the first week... We're going to put a show on that has room to evolve and establish its own personality. The show has my name on it but this is a much bigger effort than just one man and we're excited." Before joining WZBA, Shash spent many years doing afternoons at active rocker WIYY, 98 Rock.....

2 Job Openings At WHUR - 11/3 - Washington DC's WHUR-FM is searching for a digital sales manager and an account executive. Those are the latest DCRTV Job Ads. Reach many thousands of DC and Baltimore area media movers and shakers for just $49 per ad per month.....

DCist Closes - 11/3 - The Gothamist network of local news websites is shutting down, including the DCist site in Washington. The announcement comes about a week after its New York writers voted to unionize, according to washingtonpost.com. Joe Ricketts, a billionaire who founded TD Ameritrade, purchased the Gothamist network of sites this year. The sites attract millions of visitors each month. More at dcist.com.....

Confirmed: WASH Fires Loo Katz - 11/1 - DCRTV reported a rumor on Wednesday afternoon that morning man Loo Katz (right) was no longer at WASH. On Wednesday evening, he confirms the news via his Facebook page: "To you, my Facebook friends and family, I need to share something that’s unfortunately not 'Fake News.' Today, after 17 years, I was fired from my longtime job at 97.1 WASH-FM. The reason given to me was 'poor ratings' and 'tt was time for a change.' I had just completed my 14th year of hosting Morning Drive along with the almost 3 years of doing afternoons. I had a great run at WASH-FM, a station I grew up listening to and had always dreamt about working there. I'm very proud of my work at 97.1, and feel lucky to have not been fired from a gig since 1989, when I was working for 105.1 WAVA-FM. Not many in this business can claim to have worked on the air, in their hometown since high school, or if you're counting, the last 46 years. It's a record that no company can take away from me. I want to thank each of you for your friendship, support and understanding during this time of adjustment. I want to especially say thanks to my wife Wendy, and our two kids, Max & Bonnie. They, more than anyone else, have been by my side for the radio journey, and love them so much. As for 'what's next Loo?', I first plan to catch up on 14 years of lost sleep. Then, I have a home studio rebuild project to complete, and then on to new things - radio and otherwise. Let's stay in touch, and thanks for taking the time to read this message".....

Entercom To Get Richmond's iHeart Stations - 11/1 - Entercom, which is merging with CBS Radio, will be taking over iHeart Radio's stations in Richmond, and, in exchange, Entercom will turn over its Boston stations to iHeart. The Richmond stations include WBTJ, WRNL, WRVA, WRVQ, WRXL, and WTVR-FM. The merger settlement with the Department Of Justice requires that Entercom divest five stations in Boston, four in San Francisco, and four in Sacramento. More at variety.com.....

NPR News Exec Resigns Over Harassment Charges - 11/1 - Michael Oreskes, DC-based NPR's senior vice president of news and edigtorial director, has resigned following the revelation of sexual harassment claims from the 1990s when he worked for the New York Times. More at washingtonpost.com.....

WTOP Tops October Radio Ratings For DC - 10/31 - The Washington market radio ratings for the month of October. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WHUR, 4) WBIG, 5) WMAL, 6) WMMJ, 7) WASH, 8) WIHT and WMZQ, 10) WPRS, 11) WJFK-FM, 12) WGTS, 13) WPGC, 14) WWDC and WKYS, 16) WRQX, 17) WILC, 18) WIAD, 19) WETA-FM, 20) WLZL, 21) WTEM, 22) WFRE, 23) WAVA-FM, 25) WPFW and WACA, 31) WOL and WFMD and WDCH and WDCN. Full-day, women, age 25-54: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WMMJ, 4) WHUR, 5) WASH and WIHT, 7) WRQX, 8) WPRS, 9) WGTS, 10) WKYS, 11) WWDC and WMZQ, 13) WMAL, 14) WLZL and WBIG, 16) WPGC and WIAD, 18) WJFK-FM and WFMD and WAVA-FM, 21) WILC, 22) WBQH, 23) WETA-FM, 24) WDCN and WDCH, 26) WFRE, 27) WAFY and WACA, 29) WTNT and WTEM and WOL, 32) WWDCHD2 and WPFW. Stations in Baltimore, Hagerstown, Winchester, and Fredericksburg are not included in this listing.....

WWIN Tops October Radio Ratings For Baltimore - 10/31 - The Baltimore market radio ratings for the month of October. Full-day, ahe 6+: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WPOC, 3) WLIF, 4) WERQ, 5) WIYY, 6) WJZ-AM and WQSR, 8) WZBA, 9) WWMX, 10) WYPR, 11) WZFT, 12) WRBS, 13) WBAL-AM, 14) WCBM, 15) WEAA, 16) WBJC, 17) WCAO, 18) WJZ-AM and WLIFHD2, 20) WOLB, 21) WRBS-AM, 22) WQLL. Stations from DC and Hagerstown are not included in this listing.....

DJ Flexx Adds MD Duties At PGC - 10/31 - DJ Flexx takes over as music director at CBS Radio's urban contemporary WPGC, 95.5. He will continue hosting the 3 PM to 7 PM afternoon drive slot. DJ Flexx started his radio career in 1995 at the now-defunct WPGC-AM, Flava 1580. He moved over to WPGC-FM the next year moving from nights to evenings and, currently, afternoons. Flexx also served as the DJ on BET's "Teen Summit." DJ Flexx considers himself the "Go-Go Ambassador" recording singles with Rare Essence and the Backyard Band. He's also collaborated with Groove Theory, Salt 'n Pepa, Funkmaster Flex, and Lil Jon.....

Jim Asendio To Retire - 10/30 - Former WAMU News Director Jim Asendio has announced that he will retire after more than 40 years in the radio news business. He worked at American University news talker WAMU from 2006 to 2012, anchored national business news broadcasts for MarketWatch Radio from 2012 to 2014, and then anchored network news broadcasts for Westwood One Radio News until today. Asendio's career began in newspapers at Gannett in New York. His broadcasting work has also included local and network radio news assignments in public and commercial radio New York City's WINS and WCBS-AM Newsradio 880, CBS Radio Network, Long Island's WLIU, Los Angeles's KFWB, Sacramento's KFBK, Chicago's WIND, and Pittsburgh's KDKA.....

WCBM's Nino Mangiono To Run For MD Office - 10/30 - WCBM's Nino Mangioni has announced his 2018 candidacy for the Maryland House Of Delegates. He is the grandson of the Baltimore news talk outlet's founder, the late Nick Mangione Sr., and currently hosts WCBM's "The Six At 6" program. Nino began his career at WCBM as a longtime assistant to late talk show host Tom Marr, and later served as Marr's on-air sidekick. Nick Mangione will be running for one of two open seats in the Baltimore County-based District 42B. Current state Delegate Pat McDonough, who also hosts a show on WCBM, announced earlier this year that he won't be seeking re-election in 2018, and instead will be running for Baltimore County executive.....

Final Edition For Balto City Paper - 10/30 - After four decades, the Baltimore City Paper will publish its last edition this week. The Baltimore Sun Media Group, which acquired the freebie alt-weekly in 2014, decided that City Paper could no longer sustain itself and announced the shutdown in July. More at baltimoresun.com.....

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