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DCRTV Plus $17 Sale - 9/16 - DC radio and TV memory-packed DCRTV Plus is now updated with "new" stuff almost every day. And today's additions include a Channel 20/WDCA 1970s memory of kiddie show host "Captain Twenty" (right). Plus 1960s memories of Channel 2/WMAR and Channel 4/WRC. Independent DCRTV started covering DC and Baltimore area media news in September 1997 - 17 years ago this month. We've been here all those years because of your support. While advertisers are great, support from individual visitors accounts for about 50% of our annual revenue. How about making a donation of support to help fund DCRTV into its 18th year! Please visit our Support page and send some bucks via the US mail or PayPal. To celebrate 17 years of DCRTV, all this month DCRTV Plus is just $17 for a full year - that's more than half off our normal $39 rate. Add up to 10 years of savings - two years for just $34 all the way up to $170 for 10 years. This discount rate applies to new subscriptions, renewals, and extensions.....

RQX's "STM" Struggles In Latest Ratings - 9/16 - So, is the new Sarah, Ty, and Mel morning show at WRQX, DC's 107.3, having any impact on its established rivals? Apparently not yet. The "second week" of September DC market radio ratings, actually the third week of August, shows "STM" in 21st place. Hot 99.5, WIHT's Kane show is 3rd and Tommy McFly on 94.7 Fresh FM, WIAD, is 8th. The full-day, age 6+ rankings: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WHUR, 4) WIHT, 5) WMMJ, 6) WPRS, 7) WASH, 8) WIAD and WPGC and WGTS, 11) WMZQ and WMAL, 13) WBIG and WWDC, 15) WETA-FM, 16) WKYS, 17) WJFK-FM and WLZL, 19) WRQX, 20) WTEM, 21) WBQB, 22) WAFY and WNEW and WFRE, 25) WINC-FM, 26) WQSR, 27) WAVA-FM, 28) WPFW and WPOC, 30) WDCN and WERQ.....

Clear Channel Changes Name - 9/16 - Radio giant Clear Channel, which owns or operates about a dozen radio stations in the DC-Baltimore area, and many more throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, is changing its name to iHeartMedia. More at clearchannel.com.....

107.3's "STM" Revealed - 9/16 - The Monumental Network's "What's On Tap" profiles the new "STM" Sarah, Ty, and Mel morning show on Cumulus contemporary hits WRQX, DC's 107.3. At ontaponline.com.....

Free Screening Of Bayou Doc - 9/16 - There will be a free outdoor screening of "The Bayou: DC's Killer Joint" on September 17 at sunset at DC's Harrison Recreation Center, 1330 V Street NW. It's part of the U Street Movie Series. Gates open at 7 PM. The locally-produced documentary about the legendary Georgetown blues and rock music venue has been shown on public television across the country and via film festivals internationally.....

Best DC Radio Pitchman: Core Or Wilson? - 9/16 - We're looking to find the best DC radio product pitchman. You know, that local radio personality who does personal testimonials for area businesses and products - roofers, garage door repair firms, even erectile dysfunction remedies and health scan services. This week, in Round One, we're pitting WTOP's Chris Core (right), the WMAL veteran who also now does commentary pieces for WTOP, against WMAL's Brian Wilson (left), who used to be a newsman for Channel 5/WTTG and Fox News Channel. Cast your vote via email at dcrtv@hotmail.com (do not use our other addresses). Put either "CORE" or "WILSON" in the body of the message and "PITCHMAN" on the subject line. Please, just one vote per person. The poll closes at midnight Friday. Update: In early voting Tuesday morning, Core has the lead.....

PGC Cuts Peter Parker - 9/15 - From DCRTV's 9/15 Mailbag: CBS urban contemporary outlet "WPGC has not renewed the contract of night jock... Peter Parker. He was third in the [age] 25-54 demo so this is a interesting move. CBS-DC says it was a budget cut, but I doubt that they would leave a major airslot like that jockless but only time will tell".....

CNN Cited For Unfair Labor Practices - 9/15 - The National Labor Relations Board has ordered CNN to rehire 100 workers and compensate 200 others for a labor dispute that originated in 2003. Monday's ruling cites CNN for unfair labor practices and orders reimbursement for technicians in DC and NYC. "We find from the foregoing facts that CNN exercised significant control over the essential terms and conditions of Team Video Services technicians and we agree with the judge that CNN is a joint employer with TVS of the technicians," according to the NLRB ruling at nlrb.gov. "CNN's liability as a joint employer is further supported by the direct role it played in committing the unfair labor practices against the TVS technicians." The NLRB decision comes say day as a buyout decision due for 600 employees of CNN owner Time Warner. The NLRB decision means that many technicians would be due two years severence, instead of the one year, offered under the current buyout terms, we're told. More at variety.com.....

Robert Burton To 7 - 9/15 - Robert Burton (right) has been hired by Channel 7/WJLA to be a sports reporter and anchor. He'd been handling weekend sports anchoring at Little Rock's KATV-TV. Both stations are former Allbritton properties that were recently bought by Sinclair. Burton started his career at WAND-TV in Decatur IL as an editor in 2010.....

HFS Vet Virgin Back To Chicago - 9/15 - Tim Virgin, a veteran of now-defunct DC area alternative rock WHFS back when it was on full-power 99.1 and later via the Baltimore low-power "HFS" incarnation on 97.5 and 104.9, heads back to Chicago to be heard on heritage rocker WLUP. He'd previously been heard on that city's cross-town alt rocker WKQX. More at radio-online.com.....

Sinclair Launches 4 PM News On 7 - 9/15 - New owner Sinclair today launches a 4 PM newscast on its new acquisition of Channel 7/WJLA. Leon Harris and Alison Starling will anchor. The hour-long local newscast directly competes with NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC's 4 PM newscast. WJLA moves Queen Latifah to 3 PM, replacing Katie Couric's defunct chat show.....

Van Cleave Latest To Leave 7 - 9/15 - Updated. We're hearing more about Sinclair's news purge at Channel 7/WJLA. Word on the street today is that Dan Patrick, who was assignment manager and producer, was let go Friday morning. Also, we're told by a WJLA insider that reporter Kris Van Cleave is also leaving WJLA. He's heading to CBS Newspath in NYC. Several WJLA news producers are also leaving for jobs in other markets, we hear. "Anybody at 7 who can get a job elsewhere is leaving," we're told. "The firing of [news director] Doug Culver and of Dan Patrick leaves nobody in charge of the newsroom." More soon.....

Albie Dee Doing Mornings On RNR-FM - 9/15 - DC radio veteran Albie Dee is doing the morning show today on Annapolis's WRNR-FM, 103.1 FM. Fill-in or permanent gig? Replacing longtime morning man Alex Cortright, who recently got the boot. Also: Might talks be in the works to get a DC signal for the Steve Kingston-owned eclectic rocker? Perhaps using Metro Radio's Spanish contemporary WTNT, via 102.9 FM and 730 AM? Stay tuned.....

NPR Expands Live Stage Shows - 9/15 - DC-based NPR, following the lead of other news and radio organizations, is widely expanding its live stage shows, with a slate of nearly two dozen events planned nationwide in the coming months. According to nytimes.com, the most ambitious of three "NPR Presents" series, "Water," will marry news reports, oral histories and conversation about topics such as the drought in the West and mudslides in Seattle with theatrical and musical storytelling. The shows will be customized for each of their eight locales, in partnership with local NPR affiliates.....

New Partner For McEwen - 9/15 - DC and Baltimore radio vet Kirk McEwen gets a new co-host for his morning show on CBS Radio's Tampa sports talker WHFS, 98.7 The Fan. He's Tampa radio vet Jesse Kage. The show can be heard online at 987thefan.com and via the Radio.com app.....

DCRTV Starts Cordcutter Site - 9/14 - DCRTV Dave announces the start of DCRTV's Cord Cutter website, which will be a forum for those exploring the many options of "cutting the cord" from their cable TV provider and exploring the many TV options available, including broadcast and internet options. At www.dcrtv.com/cordcutter.....

Nia-Malika Henderson To WaPo's "Fix" - 9/14 - National politics reporter Nia-Malika Henderson, who joined the Washington Post from Politico in 2010, joins the Post's "The Fix" politics blog. She will continue to contribute to NBC's "Meet The Press".....

Local Media To Host DC Mayoral Clashes - 9/13 - American University news talker WAMU, 88.5 FM, will air a live DC mayoral debate October 2 from NPR's DC headquarters. Also, the Washington Post will host a DC mayoral candidates forum October 15, in conjunction with Channel 4/WRC, which will broadcast it October 19. The event will be streamed live online at washingtonpost.com. Post columnist Colbert King and WRC's Tom Sherwood will moderate the forum.....

Sinclair Cuts 7's ND Culver, More - 9/12 - DCRTV hears that Sinclair has given the boot to Doug Culver, the news director at Channel 7/WJLA. He "was fired and told not to return," a station insider tells us. Just last week, WJLA General Manager Bill Lord said goodbye to the station that was acquired by Baltimore-based Sinclair from DC-based Allbritton in early August. That suprised some WJLAers, who thought Lord would be around until the end of September. More: We're hearing that Sinclair has also fired WJLA's managing news editor. "They're dropping like flies at that place," we're told. More as we hear it.....

CBS Pre-Game Affected By Rice Fallout - 9/12 - Media critic David Zurawik praises CBS's pre-game coverage - dropping entertainment acts and adopting a more newsy stance - of Thursday's Ravens game. In light of the NFL's banning of team member Ray Rice for the much-hyped abuse of his then-fiancee. At baltimoresun.com.....

WTOP Adds Health News - 9/12 - Hubbard all-newser WTOP adds an hourly health and fitness feature to it programming lineup. "To Your Health" will be a one to three minute segment airing every hour, 24/7, at 22 minutes past the hour. The feature debuts Monday, September 15th. Dr. Drew Pinsky will join WTOP at 1:20 PM on Monday to inaugurate the new feature with a live interview on prostate cancer detection and prevention. He is a weekday contributor to WTOP, with his "One Minute Clinic" reports airing at 11:22 AM and 1:22 PM daily.....

Dave TV: CBS Radio Selling Stations? More WaPo Mediocrity, More - 9/12 - More rumblings that CBS might sell some of its radio stations? Could WNEW or WJFK be on the block? Also, could a big front page Style section piece in the Washington Post of Bill Maher be connected to a color full-page ad for Maher's HBO show in the very same Post section? A "cut the cord" update, after ditching my Comcast TV service earlier this week. Where's Paul Farhi? Plus, I do a "shout out" to Nick and Dan in today's "Dave TV at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

MLB To Run MPT Flag Tribute, More - 9/12 - In stadiums across the nation this weekend, Major League Baseball will show a "Star-Spangled Banner" tribute montage that's produced by Maryland Public Television. Former WNSTer Drew Forrester launches a new Baltimore sports blog. Jamie Costello starts a new Baltimore sports show on Channel 2/WMAR. And more in this week's Charm City sports media column at PressBoxOnline.com.....

Arch To Q&A "Prairie" Star - 9/12 - Arch Campbell, who recently left his Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8 gigs as film reviewer, entertainment reporter, and show host, is scheduled to appear in person Saturday at 2 PM at the National Archives. Hosting a Q&A with "Little House On The Prairie" star Melissa Gilbert, who is plugging her new "My Prairie Cookbook." The event is free and open to the public. More at archives.gov.....

Hayes Brown To BuzzFeed - 9/12 - Hayes Brown joins BuzzFeed, where he'll be a DC-based foreign news editor. He comes from Think Progress.....

ESPN's McHenry To Cover Tonight's Ravens Game - 9/11 - DCRTV hears that you'll see former Channel 7/WJLA sports anchor and reporter Britt McHenry reporting tonight from Baltimore's MM&T Bank Stadium, where the Ravens will be taking on the Pittsburgh Steelers. Back in March, McHenry left WJLA for a DC-based gig at ESPN. Tonight's game can be seen on CBS and the NFL Network.....

Edwards Prepares For Last SiriusXM Show - 9/11 - DCRTV hears that the last "Bob Edwards Show" with original material can be heard on September 26th. After that, it's reruns for a year. In late August, DCRTV told you that DC-based Edwards will soon exit SiriusXM. Before that, he worked for NPR for 25 years, as the original host of "Morning Edition." His SiriusXM show will be 10 years old on October 4th and has been honored with numerous broadcasting and journalism awards.....

Confirmed: Cortright Gone From RNR-FM - 9/11 - Earlier this week, DCRTV tipped you than longtime morning man Alex Cortright had been fired from Annapolis area eclectic rocker WRNR-FM, 103.1. Now, the Annapolis Capital Gazette confirms the news. "They let me go based on budgetary things," Cortright said. "The station had not done as well as it had last year. They decided to cut costs and started with the morning man." He had been employed by the station for nearly 15 years. He was terminated Monday, immediately after he finished his morning show. "It was rather unceremonious," Cortright said. Station officials, he said, told him his dismissal was "nothing personal." His weekday morning and Sunday midday time slots are being filled temporarily by Rob Timm.....

Bob Callahan Dies - 9/11 - Robert Callahan, a veteran Baltimore broadcaster who was honored in June with a star on Maryland Public Television's Walk Of Fame, died of cancer August 28 at a hospital in Miami. He was 76. He began his broadcasting career while a senior in high school hosting "Teen Turntables," which aired mornings on WNAV in Annapolis. From 1955 to 1957, he attended what is now Towson University and then began his career as a disc jockey at WJDY in Salisbury in 1958. From 1959 to 1960, he worked as a record promoter for Decca Records and was on air at Baltimore's WFBR from 1960 to 1962. In 1965, he joined WBAL radio as the station's overnight man and later became host in 1966 of a disc jockey show that aired from 11 PM to 2 AM. Callahan left WBAL in 1970 and joined WVOB in Bel Air, where its general manager was former WBAL colleague Jim McMahan, and soon the two were on the air hosting "Bob And Jim In The Morning." More at baltimoresun.com.....

Cox Ups Internet Speed - 9/11 - Cox says it has doubled the speeds on its most popular packages of internet service for all customers, including those in Fairfax County. Cox High Speed Internet Preferred will increase from 25 megabits per second to 50. Cox High Speed Internet Premier will increase from 50 megabits per second to 100. These packages represent nearly 75% Cox's internet customers. Cox also offers speeds as fast as 150 megabits per second to customers on its Ultimate package. The increased speeds come on the heels of the company's announced plans to offer gigabit speeds to all customers by 2017.....

Dave TV: Cutting The Comcast Cord - 9/10 - Time to "cut the cord" as I say goodbye to my Comcast cable TV service. My promo rate ended this month and Comcast wanted to hit me with a $60 rate hike even though I rarely watch traditional broadcast and cable networks any more. From this point onward, it's internet TV for me, mainly Netflix and YouTube, plus my little Roku gizmo. And, some "free TV" via an antenna. And, of course, my huge DVD collection. Onward to the future of TV. On today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

Klinger To DC101 Nights - 9/10 - Clear Channel rocker DC101, WWDC, names Josh Klinger as night host, beginning beginning September 17. He has more than 25 years of experience in the radio industry and most recently worked out of the Clear Channel Atlanta market. He also previously hosted mornings on Atlanta rocker WKLS.....

TOP Again Tops DC Radio Ratings - 9/10 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "first week" of September. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WHUR, 4) WIHT, 5) WMMJ, 6) WPRS, 7) WASH, 8) WMAL, 9) WWDC and WIAD, 11) WETA-FM, 12) WBIG and WPGC, 14) WMZQ, 15) WKYS, 16) WGTS, 17) WJFK-FM and WLZL, 19) WRQX, 20) WTEM, 21) WBQB, 22) WFRE, 23) WNEW, 24) WAFY, 25) WINC-FM, 26) WQSR amd WERQ, 28) WPFW, 29) WAVA-FM, 30) WBQH and WDCN and WIYY and WWEG.....

Carney To CNN - 9/10 - Jay Carney, former White House press secretary, heads to CNN, where he'll be a DC-based political commentator.....

TOP's Cantillo Named Best - 9/10 - DCRTV hears that WTOP's Laurie Cantillo has been named "Best Program Director In America" by Jerry Del Colliano's Inside Music Media radio trade newsletter. "He's right," her predecessor Jim Farley tells us.....

Costello Hosts Sports Show For 2 - 9/10 - Jamie Costello hosts a new Monday morning sports show on Scripps' Channel 2/WMAR. The half-hour 10 AM program, "The Nest," will feature a personality from CBS sports talker WJZ-FM, 105.7 The Fan. Talk will center on the previous day's Ravens game, as well as the latest happenings with the Orioles and fantasy football, according to jmanmediazone.blogspot.com.....

Cooley Joins 4's Redskins Show - 9/10 - Former Redskin Chris Cooley joins "Redskins Showtime," which airs Saturday evenings on Channel 4/WRC. That's in addition to his many other DC sports media gigs, including WTEM afternoon drive host, Redskins Radio Network color analyst, and Comcast SportsNet "Monday Morning Redskins Roundup" host. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Beth Cohen Joins Cumulus DC - 9/10 - Cumulus announces that Beth Cohen has been appointed director of ad sales for its DC radio cluster, including news talk WMAL and contemporary hits WRQX, DC's 107.3. She comes from Clear Channel, where she was general ad sales manager for rocker DC101, WWDC, and contemporary hits WIHT, Hot 99.5. Prior to that, Cohen held various positions in the DC media community for 24 years.....

Bradner To CNN - 9/10 - Eric Bradner leaves Politico Pro for CNN, where he'll be a reporter on the CNN Politics Digital team. Before Politico, he worked at the Evansville Courier And Press where he covered Indiana state politics.....

Cortright Gone From RNR-FM - 9/9 - DCRTV hears from sources that longtime morning host and music director Alex Cortright was fired yesterday after 15 years with Annapolis eclectic rocker WRNR-FM, 103.1. Awaiting confirmation. More soon.....

Politico Plans European Expansion - 9/9 - Now that he's sold his TV stations, including DC's Channel 7/WJLA, Robert Allbritton is planning to expand into Europe through the launch of a new organization based in Brussels. Politico CEO Jim VandeHei has revealed that the DC-based company's plans for Europe are "much bigger than anyone is thinking." Writes Michael Calderone at huffingtonpost.com: "Politico's business model in Washington has evolved to focus heavily on paid subscriptions of thousands of dollars for access to premium content on subject areas such as defense policy, education and health care. And Capital New York, which Politico purchased last year, now similarly offers several premium subscription packages on city and state politics and media. If it's trying to replicate that business model abroad, Politico would need to find coverage areas in Brussels that large, international organizations are willing to pay for".....

Todd's 1st "MTP" Ranks 1st - 9/9 - Chuck Todd's inaugural episode of "Meet The Press" was the number one Sunday public affairs program in both total viewers and the coveted 25-to-54 demo, according to ratings provided by NBC News. At politico.com.....

McDowell To Wiley Rein - 9/9 - Robert McDowell, who served as a commissioner for seven years with the Federal Communications Commission, becomes a partner in the DC-based Wiley Rein communications law firm.....

Wizards Move To WNEW, More - 9/8 - WNEW becomes the Wizards' flagship. CBS's Boomer Esiason will continue to say "Redskins." The New York Daily News bans "Redskins." A new Baltimore radio gig for former Washington Post Redskins beat reporter Jason La Canfora. And more in this week's Washington sports media column at PressBoxDC.com.....

MSNBC Visits Fairfax Jail - 9/8 - An MSNBC reality series, "Lockup Fairfax," takes a look behind bars at life in the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Benny Johnson To Nat'l Review Website - 9/8 - Benny Johnson, the BuzzFeed editor who was fired for serial plagiarism, has joined the conservative National Review Online as its first social media director. So reports politico.com.....

RELM Responds To Geronimo - 9/8 - Last week when DC radio veteran Don Geronimo launched his new podcast, he slammed the locally-based RELM Network, which hosted his podcast since March. That deal with RELM, which features Buzz Burbank, the newsman on Geronimo's former WJFK show, quickly went sour. In his September 2 USTREAM podcast, Geronimo attacked RELM's business dealings and personally criticized Burbank. The RELM response featuring Burbank, Marc Ronick, and Lowell Melser is at soundcloud.com.....

Cooley Misses Skins Broadcast, Prepares For Birth - 9/8 - "Chris Cooley missed his first Redskins radio broadcast because he's having a baby." So reports the DC Sports Bog at washingtonpost.com.....

Dave TV: Diamond, Campbell, Wizards, More - 9/8 - Could WRQX seriously be considering bringing back Jack Diamond? Arch Campbell does a deal to be heard on Tony Kornheiser's radio show. The Washington Post's print edition is almost as fun to read as a telephone book - remember them? More Don Geronimo stuff. What's up with the Wizards jumping to WNEW? Is it finally time for me to cut the Comcast cable TV cord? And more in today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

Rick Berke Leaves Politico - 9/8 - Rick Berke, the executive editor of Politico, abruptly resigned on Sunday. He cited disagreements over strategy for his unexpected departure after less than a year. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Todd's "MTP" Debut Praised - 9/8 - Manuel Roig-Franzia calls Chuck Todd's "Meet The Press" debut on the NBC DC-based Sunday political talker "a straight-talking work in progress." At washingtonpost.com.....

Ellen McDonnell To Retire From NPR - 9/8 - Ellen McDonnell, who spent 35 years at DC-based NPR, will be retiring later this year from her post as executive editor for new programming. She started in 1979 as a news writer, and was executive producer of "Morning Edition" from 1998 to 2007, when she advanced to have oversight of "ME," "All Things Considered," and other NPR News shows.....

DCRTV's Job Ads - 9/7 - RadioWaves seeks two female bilingual English/Spanish voiceover artists. Delmarva Broadcasting Company has an opening for a chief engineer in the Wilmington DE market. The city of Laurel MD has three communications positions open. WCEI and WINX in Easton MD are looking for a jock for fill-ins and part-time on-air work. Those are the latest at DCRTV's Job Ads.....

New TV Show For Mathis - 9/7 - Baltimore media veteran Jimmy Mathis launches a television show that Jack Beale will executive produce. It will debut Sunday, September 7, on Channel 24/WUTB at 6:30 AM. "The show will be a continuation of what Jimmy has always championed - self governess, freedom and negative liberty," Beale tells us.....

WaPo Launches "America Answers" - 9/7 - The Washington Post launches "America Answers," an event series that highlights how national problems are being solved on the local level. The site AmericaAnswers.com will feature forums, featuring editorial content, that will accompany the articles. "America Answers" is the latest development from Washington Post Live. More at washingtonpost.com.....

MPT Furishes Flag Video To MLB - 9/7 - Major League Baseball clubs will show a special video montage of the Star-Spangled Banner prior to games on Sunday, September 14, the 200th anniversary of the Battle Of Baltimore and writing of the National Anthem. In conjunction with the PBS's "Great Performances," Maryland Public Television will furnish the video montage to all MLB clubs of the national anthem taped during the production of "Star-Spangled Banner: The Bicentennial Of Our National Anthem," which airs at 8 PM nationwide on Saturday, September 13. Baseball and Baltimore Orioles Hall Of Famers Brooks Robinson and Jim Palmer will be on stage during the live, two-hour broadcast of the program from Pier 6 at the Baltimore Inner Harbor.....

Atia Abawi Releases Book - 9/7 - Atia Abawi, formerly of CNN and NBC News, has a book that was released September 2, entitled the "The Secret Sky." It is a novel based on Abawi's experiences in Afghanistan. Abawi grew up in Northern Virginia, went Annandale High and graduated from Virginia Tech. She was an on-air correspondent for CNN and NBC for six years, and most recently worked for Al Jazeera.....

Diamond Visits RQX - 9/6 - Could WRQX take Jack back? The station's ratings haven't recovered since the DC morning radio veteran got canned in the spring of 2013. From DCRTV's 9/6 Mailbag: "Jack Diamond was BACK at 4440 Jenifer on Friday afternoon. Sales people were hugging him looked thrilled that he was there. WRQX has lost almost all of their Adult demo ratings... is it true that Cumulus is planning to re-unite Jack with WRQX? This makes too much sense!".....

Bruce Morton Dies - 9/5 - Bruce Morton, a news correspondent for CBS and then CNN who covered Washington politics for more than four decades, died September 5 at his home in Washington. He was 83. The cause was complications from lymphoma. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Jimmy Alexander Gets Booted In Atlanta - 9/5 - Atlanta hot adult contemporary outlet Star 94 is dropping Jimmy Alexander's morning show after 21 months. Alexander, who used to be a sidekick on Jack Diamond's WRQX, then Mix 107.3 morning show, joined the Atlanta station in 2012. His competition in Atlanta was Bert Weiss, another Diamond crew member. Weiss's show was piped-in to DC via WRQX for about a year after Diamond's spring 2013 firing to no ratings traction. More at ajc.com.....

WSVA To Get FM Relay - 9/5 - VerStandig news talker WSVA, AM 550 in Harrisonburg VA, pays $62,500 to Virginia Tech for a 250-watt FM signal on 92.1 for a WSVA simulcast in the Shenandoah Valley town.....

La Canfora To 105.7, More - 9/4 - Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports joins 105.7 The Fan. There'll be improved reception of the Wizards in Baltimore with the team's move to 99.1. Comcast SportsNet kicks off its Ravens coverage. And more in this week's Baltimore sports media column at PressBoxOnline.com.....

CSN Gets Ready For Caps & Skins, More - 9/4 - Comcast SportsNet gears up for the Capitals and the Redskins. Someone wants to strip Redskins owner Dan Snyder of his radio station licenses. Lindsay Czarniak won't say "Redskins" any more. And the latest DC sports radio ratings are in this week's sports media column at PressBoxDC.com.....

Wizards Move To WNEW - 9/4 - CBS Radio all-newser WNEW, 99.1 FM, has been named as the Washington Wizards flagship radio broadcaster beginning with the 2014-2015 season, it was announced today by the station and Monumental Sports And Entertainment, which is owned by team owner Ted Leonsis. WNEW will broadcast all regular and postseason games beginning with the team's match-up versus the Miami Heat on Wednesday, October 29. Veteran DC area play-by-play broadcaster Dave Johnson will return for his 17th season calling Wizards games, and is joined for the 7th year by analyst Glenn Consor. The Wizards games were previously broadcast on CBS sports talker WJFK-FM, 106.7 The Fan. That station will continue to be the radio home of the Washington Capitals and Washington Nationals. WNEW, which has its transmitter in the Baltimore suburb of Anne Arundel County, will provide improved coverage of the Wizards throughout the Baltimore metro.....

Dave TV: August Radio Ratings Analysis, More - 9/4 - I analyze the "money demo" August radio ratings for the Washington market. More good news for Hot 99.5, WTOP, DC101, WASH, WAMU, WHUR, and WPGC. A very very very very slow climb for WNEW. And some not so good news for WMMJ, WTEM, and WRQX. Plus, GWU prof files radio license challenge against Redskins owner Dan Snyder. More than 60 laid off from USA Today. Washington Post's NFL special has just two ads in it. And more in today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

Leadership Program For VOA's Carolyn Presutti - 9/4 - Carolyn Presutti (right), international TV correspondent for Voice Of America, has been chosen as the agency's delegate to the USA Executive Leadership Program for 2014-15. Presutti will attend management training sessions during the next nine months, including a three-month shadowing of a high level CEO. All this while continuing to report for VOA, which she's done for four years. Presutti previously worked for Channel 5/WTTG, Channel 9/WUSA, Channel 2/WMAR, and Belo Broadcasting.....

107.3 Cans Brooke Ryan - 9/4 - Brooke Ryan, who's been doing middays, has been canned from Cumulus's contemporary hits WRQX, DC's 107.3. "I am no longer working at 107.3 and not because I quit," she writes at itsbrookeryan.com. She also announces that she'll be joining the morning show on Charleston SC's Mix 96.....

CNN Media Show Leaves DC - 9/4 - Brian Stelter is taking his CNN show about the media, "Reliable Sources," from DC to NYC, where he's already based. More at capitalnewyork.com.....

Russert & Scarborough Join "MTP" - 9/4 - Luke Russert, the son of longtime host Tim Russert, joins NBC's "Meet The Press" as a panelist. Also, MSNBC "Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough will adding political analyst duties for the DC-based Sunday talker, joining just-announced new host Chuck Todd. More at pagesix.com.....

Kasie Hunt To MSNBC - 9/4 - Kasie Hunt will join NBC-owned MSNBC as a political correspondent. She's been with NBC News since January 2013 as an off-air reporter and producer. She already regularly covers politics for MSNBC.....

Campbell To Be "Correspondent" For Kornheiser - 9/4 - Even though longtime DC TV movie reviewer and entertainment reporter Arch Campbell (right) bid farewell to Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8 last week, he'll still be heard on the local radio dial. WTEM, ESPN 980's Tony Kornheiser has appointed Campbell a "special correspondent" for his 10 AM to noon radio show. "I will be on tomorrow [Friday] about 8:30 and I will show up a few times a month," Campbell tells us. The Washington Post's "Ann Hornaday remains Tony's movie reviewer. I will merely provide bad jokes and observations".....

Lord Makes Exit From 7 & 8 - 9/4 - Speaking of Arch Campbell, the departing Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8 film guy will be a guest at today's big farewell party for Bill Lord, WJLA/NC8's "news czar" and general manager, who is making his exit now that new owner Sinclair is installing new management. As DCRTV has already reported, Dan Mellon, who has been with Sinclair since 2006, will become general manager of WJLA and NC8.....

Esiason Will Continue To Say "Redskins" - 9/4 - Sports Business Daily tells us that Boomer Esiason, a former quarterback for the University Of Maryland and longtime NFL analyst for CBS Sports, confirmed that he will continue using the term "Redskins" to identify Washington's NFL franchise. Making his debut as a panelist on Showtime's "Inside The NFL," Esiason said, "I'm an announcer, I'm a broadcaster and I'm not going to not use the name Redskins. As long as the Washington Redskins are known as the Washington Redskins and the companies that I work for - whether it be CBS or Showtime or anybody else - uses those names in their graphics, then, as a professional broadcaster, I will use their name".....

NYDN Drops "Redskins" - 9/4 - The New York Daily News is the latest publication to ban "Redskins." At nydailynews.com.....

WashTimes Assembles NRA Supplement - 9/4 - The Washington Times uses its staff writers to put together an NRA supplement, so reports washingtonpost.com.....

MPT & 11 Team Up For Star Spangled Concert - 9/4 - Maryland Public Television, in partnership with Dick Clark Productions, presents "Star-Spangled Spectacular: Bicentennial Of Our National Anthem," a concert honoring the 200th anniversary of the national anthem, at Pier Six Concert Pavilion on Saturday, September 13. The concert will air live on MPT at 8 PM as part of PBS's "Great Performances" series. Prior to the concert, MPT will team up with Channel 11/WBAL for a one-hour program, "Star-Spangled Spectacular: Baltimore Celebrates," airing at 7 PM on MPT and WBAL. It will be hosted by WBAL's Jason Newton and Mindy Basara with MPT's Jeff Salkin and Yolanda Vazquez. WBAL's Megan Pringle will be on location at sites throughout Baltimore, highlighting events during the week-long Star-Spangled 200 celebration.....

WERQ Tops Baltimore - 9/4 - The Baltimore market radio ratings for the month of August. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WERQ, 2) WWIN-FM, 3) WPOC, 4) WRBS-FM, 5) WWMX, 6) WZBA, 7) WBAL-AM, 8) WZFT, 9) WQSR, 10) WJZ-FM, 11) WLIF, 12) WIYY, 13) WBJC, 14) WYPR, 15) WCBM, 17) WCAO. DC and other out of market stations are not included in this listing.....

WaPo Launches "The Most" - 9/4 - The Washington Post launches "The Most," a feature that shows trending stories from around the web, all in one place. From a variety of sites such as Time, the Atlantic, the Denver Post, and the Houston Chronicle. More at washingtonpost.com.....

WCSP Airs Supreme Court Specials - 9/4 - The Supreme Court begins a new term on October 6 and every Saturday in September, at 6 PM, C-SPAN Radio will air a historic oral argument previewing some of the pending key cases. You can listen via WCSP, 90.1 FM, on XM-120, and at c-span.org.....

47 To Air "Ravens Rap" - 9/4 - Eastern Shore/Baltimore radio veteran Mike Popovec's "Ravens Rap," which he hosts from the Ravens Room at the Blue Ox in Ocean City, will now also be aired on Salisbury's Channel 47/WMDT Saturday night and Sunday morning. This is in addition to airing on Comcast's Beach TV in the Ocean City area. Former Baltimore Colt Bruce Laird and WBAL radio's Keith Mills will be among the guest panelists again this year.....

USA Today Cuts 60+ - 9/3 - Wednesday morning Romenesko was reporting that "widespread layoffs" have begun at Gannett-owned USA Today's McLean offices. More than 50 pink slips. More than half in the newsroom. A formal announcement is expected this afternoon. More: Wednesday afternoon Romenesko is reporting that the total number cut ranges in the 60 to 70 range. Including health and wellness reporter Michelle Healy, behavior and relationships reporter Sharon Jayson, books reporter Bob Minzesheimer, and special products copy chief William Coon. More soon.....

WTOP & Hot 99.5 Top DC Radio Heap - 9/3 - The Washington market radio ratings for the month of August. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WIHT, 4) WHUR, 5) WASH, 6) WPRS and WMMJ, 8) WBIG, 9) WPGC, 10) WMZQ and WWDC, 12) WETA-FM and WMAL, 14) WIAD, 15) WGTS, 16) WKYS, 17) WJFK-FM, 18) WLZL, 19) WRQX, 20) WTEM, 21) WNEW, 22) WBQB and WFRE, 24) WQSR and WPFW and WINC-FM, 27) WAFY, 28) WAVA-FM, 29) WERQ and WDCN. Age 25-54: 1) WIHT, 2) WTOP, 3) WWDC, 4) WASH, 5) WHUR, 6) WAMU and WPGC, 8) WIAD, 9) WGTS and WKYS, 11) WBIG, 12) WMZQ, 13) WMMJ, 14) WJFK-FM and WMAL, 16) WPRS, 17) WLZL, 18) WRQX, 19) WETA-FM, 20) WTEM, 21) WQSR, 22) WNEW, 23) WINC-FM, 24) WFRE, 25) WAFY and WBQB, 27) WERQ and WKDV, 29) WDCN and WBQH and WRBS-FM and WAVA-FM.....

New Logo For BAL - 9/3 - Cary Pahigian is slowly putting his imprint on Baltimore's ratings-struggling news talker, WBAL, 1090 AM. The new general manager came onboard in July and, apart from a few news personnel shifts, has unveiled a new logo (right) which emphasizes the station's morning and afternoon drive all-news blocks. The Hearst station continues its politically-based talk shows in middays, with sports talk in evenings.....

Banzhaf Files Licence Challenge Against Snyder's 94.3 - 9/3 - George Washington University law professor John Banzhaf has officially filed a challenge against the license of Redskins owner Dan Snyder's WWXX, the Buckland VA-licensed 94.3 FM simulcast of his ESPN 980, WTEM sports talk signal. According to broadcastingcable.com, Banzhaf filed the license challenge paperwork at the Federal Communications Commission Tuesday. Snyder's Red Zebra Broadcasting owns seven radio stations, including four in the DC area, three of which feature the signal of WTEM and one for fellow sports talker WSPZ. According to Banzhaf, his challenge is based in part on the argument by former FCC officials and others that the term "Redskin" is a racial slur and that "the unnecessary and repeated on-air use of that derogatory racist word is contrary to current federal law and akin to broadcasting obscenity".....

CBS & NBC Tie For Sunday Talker Tops - 9/3 - CBS's "Face The Nation" and NBC's "Meet The Press" pretty much tied for the most-viewed DC-based Sunday morning political talk show in the Washington market on August 31.....

Czarniak Won't Say "Redskins" - 9/3 - Lindsay Czarniak, who used to do sports for Channel 4/WRC and now works for ESPN, says she prefers not to use the name "Redskins." At washingtonpost.com.....

WaPo Covers Publisher Shake-Up - 9/3 - The Washington Post does a batch of pieces on its new publisher, Allbritton veteran Fred Ryan. Including how he has "strong Washington ties and longtime interest in the news business." At washingtonpost.com. And how he's "a throwback on the social scene." At washingtonpost.com. And, how outgoing publisher Katharine Weymouth reflects on her departure. At washingtonpost.com.....

Orfinger Steps Down As WBJ Publisher - 9/3 - Alex Orfinger, the Washington Business Journal's publisher for nearly two decades, has stepped down to take an executive position with the paper's parent company, American City Business Journals. In his new role as executive vice president, Orfinger will help oversee half of the company's 43 business journals across the country. He will continue to work out of Rosslyn. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Stephen Isaacs Dies - 9/3 - Stephen Isaacs, who became the Washington Post's city editor at age 26 in the 1960s, experimented with long-form journalism in a bid to save the old Minneapolis Star as its top editor, and was a journalism professor at Columbia University, died August 28 in Austin. He was 76. More at washingtonpost.com.....

WTOP Partners With Waze - 9/3 - WTOP partners with the Waze Broadcast Program, a network of news media that use the navigation service's real-time information to supplement their traffic reporting. The deal will allow the WTOP traffic department access to a version of the Waze app to help reporters identify, capture, and report the most newsworthy incidents in real-time. In exchange, WTOP will brand Waze user content when the information is incorporated into reports. Additionally, Waze will create a special WTOP "community" in the app which will allow listeners to work together to share real-time information regarding their daily commutes.....

Tony Perkins Talks To Charlie Gibson - 9/2 - Legendary broadcaster Charlie Gibson sat down for an interview on this week's episode of "The Tony Perkins Show" featuring Gary Stein. Gibson worked with Perkins and Stein from 1999 to 2005 on ABC's "Good Morning America," alongside Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts. Perkins, who is now a news anchor at Channel 5/WTTG, and Gibson reminisced about compelling moments they shared at "GMA." The podcast can be heard at TonyPerkinsShow.com or on iTunes.....

Slate's Weigel To Bloomberg - 9/2 - David Weigel gets ready to leave his political reporting gig at Slate for Bloomberg Politics, where he's expected to be in place for the October 6 launch of the Bloomberg Politics website, which will also feature Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.....

Hank Yaggi Dies - 9/2 - Hank Yaggi, who was once general manager of Gannett's Channel 9/WUSA, died August 31 in Branford, Connecticut. He'd been suffering from Alzheimer's Disease. More at clancyfuneralhome.com.....

CNN Ups Zach Wolf - 9/2 - Zach Wolf becomes managing editor of CNN's Politics Digital department. He joined the news network in July 2013 as a senior planning editor. Before that, he was deputy political director for ABC News.....

CSN Unveils Caps' Sked - 9/2 - Bethesda-based Comcast SportsNet will carry 75 games of the Wahington Capitals this season - including 70 regular-season games and five preseason contests. Kicking off with the exhibition against Buffalo on September 21. Returning to the broadcast booth are play-by-play man Joe Beninati, game analyst Craig Laughlin, and reporter Al Koken, who are entering their 18th consecutive season together. Analyst Alan May will again contribute to game coverage, as will the CSN Capitals television beat reporter Jill Sorenson and "Capitals Insider" Chuck Gormley. "Capitals Pregame Live" and "Capitals Postgame Live" will return this season. May will again serve as lead analyst for the half-hour shows, with Koken and Rob Carlin alternating as hosts. Former Capitals goaltender Brent Johnson will also provide analysis surrounding select games.....

Dave TV: Geronimo, Burbank, Diamond, Weymouth, More - 9/2 - Don Geronimo burned more bridges to his past today, formally ending his longtime relationship with Buzz Burbank. In the first show of his new podcast. Also, as I predicted, Jack Diamond's new Tijuana radio gig lasted just two weeks. And, what's up with Katharine Weymouth leaving the Washington Post's publisher position? We try to answer the big question - why was she hired in the first place? In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

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