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DCRTV's April Fundraiser: 70 More Donations Of $100 - 4/25 - Independent DCRTV started covering DC and Baltimore area media news more than 17 years ago. 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 revenue. So far in 2015, our traffic (including via Facebook and Twitter) is up substantially but our revenue is down about 20%. So, we've set a goal - 100 donations of $100 - for April. So far, we've received 30 such donations with 70 more needed. Send your $100 via PayPal to our dcrtv@hotmail.com address. Or pop a check in the mail. Make it payable to "Dave Hughes" and send it to Dave Hughes, 1981-B Villaridge Drive, Reston VA 20191. Visit our Support page for more donation options. Make a $100 donation to DCRTV and get three years of access to local radio and TV memory-packed DCRTV Plus.....

DCRTV's Job Ads - 4/25 - Centennial's WBQB in Fredericksburg is looking for morning show talent. SRN News is seeking an assistant to the chief engineer at its DC-area facilities. WNAV in Annapolis is looking for "news geeks." Baltimore's WCBM is looking for a board op/producer. Those are the latest job ads at DCRTV's Job Ads, where you can reach thousands of local media movers and shakers for just $49.....

QuickSilva & L'il Mo To Do PM Drive On 92Q - 4/24 - Some big changes at Radio One's urban contemporary WERQ, 92.3 FM, in Baltimore. Longtime 2 PM to 6 PM host Konan will be moving to the 10 AM to 2 PM slot. Complementing this move, 92Q welcomes two Baltimore natives back home to take over afternoon drive. DJ QuickSilva and TV One "R&B Divas" star L'il Mo will now be heard from 2 PM to 6 PM.....

PBDC: Redskins' TV Sked Out, More - 4/24 - The Redskins' 2015-2016 TV schedule is out. The Wizards saw their seasonal numbers TV ratings rise while the Caps witnessed a decline. Britt McHenry ends her ESPN suspension. And, Fox Sports veteran Steve Byrnes, who grew up in the DC area and once worked at WJLA, has died. In this week's DC sports media column at PressBoxDC.com.....

Tapper To Host CNN's "State" - 4/24 - Jake Tapper officially gets named host of CNN's DC-based Sunday morning political talker, "State Of The Nation." He replaces Candy Crowley, who left CNN months ago. Tapper will start hosting the show in June and continue his gig as CNN's chief Washington correspondent.....

McHenry Returns To ESPN - 4/24 - Former Channel 7/WJLA sports reporter Britt McHenry (right) returns to ESPN this weekend after being suspended for a week after being caught on a security cam video berating an Arlington towing company worker. And, according to si.com, she'll "have a full set of assignments heading forward," including regular reports for "SportsCenter." ESPN says she'll continue her reports on NFL games this season, starting with the opening round of next week's NFL draft. McHenry left WJLA for ESPN a year ago.....

WHCA Schmoozefest Draws Criticism - 4/24 - Does the White House Correspondents' Association dinner, the annual star-studded schmoozefest that takes place Saturday, make the Washington press corp, lobbyists, and politicians look too cozy? Apparently a small but growing band of journalists thinks so. At washingtonpost.com.....

NBC's DC Bureau Opposed Williams Return - 4/24 - Journalists in NBC News's Washington bureau expressed strong opposition to the potential return of suspended anchorman Brian Williams during a contentious meeting with the head of the network's news division in February. So reports Paul Farhi two months later at washingtonpost.com.....

Dave TV: DCRTV Takes Credit For Stopping Comcast Takeover, More - 4/23 - Me and DCRTV take credit for the failure of Comcast's plan to take over Time Warner's cable systems. I slam Comcast's expensive ad campaign aimed at "old media" like the Washington Post while pulling ads from and ignoring influential, independent sites like mine. I hope that my constant criticism of Comcast's poor customer service and endless rate hikes was responsible for the rejection of the merger by federal regulators. Also, I look at a cool Maryland Public Television documentary on the Potomac River. In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

Local Murrows Awarded - 4/23 - WNEW, WTOP, WJLA, WRC, WTTG, WAMU, WUSA, and WBAL are among the local TV and radio stations that have received regional Edward R. Murrow excellence in news coverage awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association. Check out the list of 2015 winners in the Mid-Atlantic region at rtdna.org.....

NVMS To Publish Defense Pubs - 4/23 - According to adweek.com, Northern Virginia Media Services, publisher of area weeklies and InsideNoVa.com, has been contracted by the Department Of Defense to publish for two military papers - the Belvoir Eagle and the Quantico Sentry. The company will handle distribution and advertising for the papers, while content will be left to each base's public affairs staff. Also, NVMS is adding the Stafford County Sun to its roster of weeklies across Northern Virginia. In 2012, NVMS acquired the InsideNoVa.com, after Warren Buffett's World Media Enterprises announced plans to close the site along with the sister Manassas Journal-Messenger.....

WHCA Spends Less On Scholarships - 4/23 - The White House Correspondents' Association spent almost 60% of its revenue on scholarships in 2009, but just 26% in 2013. More at washingtonian.com.....

PressBox: Ravens TV Sked Unveiled, More - 4/23 - The Ravens release their 2015 TV schedule, which includes two NBC "Sunday Night Football" games and two ESPN "Monday Night Football" outings. The Washington Wizards see a big hike in their Baltimore TV ratings. The latest Baltimore sports radio ratings. And more in this week's Baltimore sports medua column at PressBoxOnline.com.....

SLR: Junks, Vance, Cantillo, McHenry - 4/23 - The Junkies sign for four more years with 106.7 The Fan. Jim Vance cuts back his workload at Channel 4/WRC. A new NASA gig for former WTOPer Laurie Cantillo. And, could the fallout from Britt McHenry's tirade actually help her ESPN career? In the latest Sadly Lacking Radio podcast with DCRTV Dave and DC media guru Jonathan at sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

Attkisson To Host DC Show For Sinclair - 4/23 - Sinclair, the Baltimore-based media company which owns many TV stations around the country, has hired former CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson to host an as-yet unnamed half-hour Sunday morning political talk show. Based at its the DC TVer that it acquired last year, Channel 7/WJLA, the show will also air on many of Sinclair's 162 stations in 79 markets. According to Sinclair, the program, which will debut this fall, will feature "a blend of investigative and political journalism, with a focus on accountability." More at washingtonpost.com.....

CBS Vet Bob Fuss Pens Book - 4/22 - Legendary newsman Bob Fuss, who recently retired from CBS News, has published a memoir about his 40 years as a radio correspondent, the last 23 of them covering Congress and national politics here in Washington. It's called "Kidnapped By Nuns - And Other Stories Of A Life On The Radio." Fuss tells DCRTV: "The book traces my life and career from covering the Patty Hearst Kidnapping just after graduating from Stanford University at the age of 19 in 1974 to working for once great but now defunct networks UPI Radio, Mutual Broadcasting, NBC Radio, and then CBS Radio. The book has a lot of politics and inside journalism stories and also contains travelogues from trips I've taken to all 50 states and more than 70 countries." Check out the book, which is out in paperback, e-book, and audio book, at kidnappedbynuns.com. You can order the book at amazon.com.....

Handly To Replace Vance On 4's Late News - 4/22 - With the news that Jim Vance will no longer be co-anchoring Channel 4/WRC's 11 PM newscast, we hear that Jim Handly will now be paired with Doreen Gentzler for the final newscast of the day. Other news anchor changes at the NBC-owned station include Chris Lawrence joining Pat Lawson Muse for the 4 PM newscast. Handly will continue to anchor WRC's 5 PM newscast with Wendy Rieger. Also, Erika Gonzalez will anchor the weekend editions of WRC's 6 PM and 11 PM newscasts, in addition to continuing as consumer reporter on weekdays.....

WaPoers To Protest Contract - 4/22 - The Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild, in the middle of "extremely difficult" bargaining talks, plans to give Washington Post publisher Fred Ryan a petition on Thursday with 450 signatures "demanding a fair contract." A brief rally in front of the Post building will follow. So reports jimromenesko.com. Two years ago, the Post was purchased by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos.....

TV Ratings: Wizards Up, Caps Down - 4/22 - The Wizards saw their TV ratings via Comcast SportsNet rise 30% this season, with a 1.32 average household rating in the DC market. That's a net 70% rise for the basketball team since the 2012-2013 season. In Baltimore, the Wizards' 2014-2015 rating surged 59% since the previous season, with a 0.97 household rating. Meanwhile, the Capitals have seen declining numbers via CSN. The hockey team's 2014-2015 season ratings dropped 24% from the previous season, to a 1.01 household rating in the DC market.....

Fox Sports Vet Steve Byrnes Dies - 4/22 - Fox Sports personality Steve Byrnes, 56, died April 21 after battling head and neck cancer. Raised in New Carrollton and a graduate of James Madison University, Byrnes joined Fox Sports in 2001, hosting and reporting for NASCAR programs and serving as a pit road reporter for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races until 2014. Most recently, he was the play-by-play announcer for Fox Sports 1 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and was co-host of NASCAR Race Hub. Before Fox, he worked at CBS, WTBS, and TNN. Byrnes started his career as a weekend sports producer at Channel 7/WJLA in the early 1980s. More at foxsports.com.....

Cox Doesn't Carry Wizards' Playoff Game - 4/22 - From wtop.com: While Wizards fans are no doubt happy about Tuesday night's playoff win, Fairfax County fans who have Cox cable TV service weren't able to watch the game. It was supposed to be on CSN Plus, but that was showing the Orioles-Blue Jays game. CSN's main channel was showing the Capitals' playoff game. CSN Plus and MASN2 share a channel on Cox. Cox says it was contractually obligated to take MASN2's feed, which was the Orioles-Blue Jays game.....

Vance To Cut 11 PM Duties, Stay With 4 Thru '17 - 4/22 - Jim Vance (right) will step down as the co-anchor of Channel 4/WRC's 11 PM news later in May, but will remain part of the station's news team for several more years, according to WTOP, which just started a news partnership with WRC. Vance, who has been bringing DC area TV viewers news for more than 40 years, will continue to anchor the 6 PM news with Doreen Gentzler through at least 2017. Vance started at the NBC-owned station in 1969 and became an anchor in 1972, one of the first black anchors in the country. Vance and Gentzler have been the most-watched news team in Washington for many years. Last summer, Vance celebrated 45 years with WRC. There's been talk that he'll soon be retiring. More from the Washington Post.....

Gannett To Become Tegna - 4/22 - Gannett, the McLean-based media company that is spinning off its publishing business, will run its broadcasting and digital units under the new corporate name Tegna, which includes letters from the current company name. Gannett, which operates 46 TV stations across the country including Channel 9/WUSA in the DC area, plans to spin off its off the publishing unit, which includes USA Today, by mid-year. More at usatoday.com.....

1st NPR President Dies - 4/22 - Donald Quayle, a public broadcasting executive who helped establish National Public Radio in 1970 and served as its first president, died April 16 at a hospital in Silver Spring. He was 84 and a Bethesda resident. The cause was complications from brain surgery, so reports washingtonpost.com.....

Grey Goose Stunt Angers WHCA - 4/22 - A Grey Goose vodka "corporate publicity stunt" angers the White House Correspondents' Association. At washingtonpost.com.....

Sun's Justin George Get Marquette Honor - 4/22 - Baltimore Sun crime reporter Justin George, who contributed to the "Serial" podcast, gets named an O'Brien Fellow at Marquette University. At baltimoresun.com.....

Atlantic Revamps Site - 4/22 - The DC-based Atlantic magazine redesigns its website. More at theatlantic.com.....

4 More Years For Junks On JFK - 4/21 - Eric Bickel Tweets that he - and presumably his three morning radio "Sports Junkies" partners - have signed a deal for four more years with CBS Radio's WJFK, 106.7 The Fan. More soon.....

Capitol Hill Honors McConnell - 4/21 - WTOP's Dave McConnell (right) was honored today at the Capitol for his many decades of service as a congressional correspondent on the Hill. McConnell was recognized by DC Representative Eleanor Homes Norton by being entered into the Congressional Record. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Virginia Senator Mark Warner also delivered speeches in his honor. McConnell, who celebrated his 50th anniversary earlier this year, joined WTOP on January 18, 1965 as a reporter for the all-newser that was then 1500 AM. However, he soon found himself behind the microphone at the anchor desk before transitioning to the Hill. McConnell remains the only full-time congressional correspondent for a local radio station in the USA. He can be heard live each weekday morning and afternoon, just steps from the House floor in his hourly "Today On The Hill" segments.....

WTOP Tops Latest DC Radio Ratings - 4/21 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "first week" of April. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WIHT and WHUR, 5) WASH, 6) WBIG, 7) WMAL, 8) WETA-FM, 9) WPRS and WMZQ, 11) WMMJ, 12) WWDC, 13) WKYS, 14) WIAD, 15) WPGC and WGTS, 17) WRQX, 18) WJFK-FM, 19) WLZL, 20) WNEW, 21) WTEM, 22) WAVA-FM, 23) WDCN, 24) WERQ and WFLS, 26) WBQB and WFRE and WAFY and WHUR STREAM, 30) WIYY and WPFW and WGRQ and WINC-FM.....

Gannett Earnings Up, Pub Rev Down - 4/21 - McLean-based Gannett's earnings were up 4% in the first quarter, but revenue for the publishing business fell 8.8%. More at usatoday.com. Locally, Gannett owns Channel 9/WUSA and USA Today.....

Bethesda Mag Buys Bethesda Now - 4/21 - Bethesda Magazine buys the Bethesda Now online news site for an undisclosed amount from Arlington-based Local News Now. The magazine will merge three-year-old Bethesda Now into its year-old online daily news site known as Bethesda Beat, according to washingtonpost.com. As part of the acquisition, Bethesda Now will cease operation and its editor Aaron Kraut will join the staff of the new owner. Scott Brodbeck, founder of Local News Now, said he will focus his company's efforts to start covering the Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, and U Street neighborhoods of DC. His Local News Now sites already cover Arlington, Reston, Prince William, and Capitol Hill......

Baltimore Becomes Focus Of TV News Nets - 4/21 - David Zurawik at baltimoresun.com: "From Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake getting grilled on MSNBC's 'Morning Joe' to CNN giving wall-to-wall coverage of an afternoon news conference, the story of Freddie Gray's death became a national TV story Monday. And while city officials might have thought that conducting a news conference and releasing surveillance video would let them control the narrative, it was cable TV - through the use of video and still photography - that was shaping how the story and Baltimore's police-community relations would be seen nationally. The 25-year-old Gray died Sunday after his arrest the weekend before".....

Iran Charges Rezaian With Espionage - 4/21 - Iranian authorities are charging the Washington Post's Tehran bureau chief, Jason Rezaian, with espionage and three other serious crimes, including "collaborating with hostile governments" and "propaganda against the establishment." So reports washingtonpost.com.....

WaPo's Leonnig Nabs Pulitzer - 4/20 - The Washington Post's Carol Leonnig was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for her series of stories which exposed serious weaknesses and failures at the Secret Service. More at washingtonpost.com.....

NPR Bleeps O'Malley - 4/20 - DC-based NPR bleeps former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley when he used the word "bullsh*t" to describe an economic argument being advanced by Republicans. Democrat O'Malley is running positioning himself for a presidental bid. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Elizabethany Becomes 99.5's MD - 4/20 - Elizabethany adds music director duties to her on-air work at iHeartMedia's contemporary hit WIHT, Hot 99.5.....

Area Radio TV Veteran Ron Smith Dies - 4/20 - Ron Smith, a veteran broadcaster in the Mid-Atlantic region, died April 17 in Egg Harbor Township NJ. He was 75. He most recently served as general manager of WMGM-TV in Linwood NJ from 2003 to 2013. He came to WMGM in 1989 as sales manager after a brief stint as a radio sales manager in Roanoke. From 1987 to 1989, he owned and operated WCBG-AM in Chambersburg PA. Smith's advertising and broadcast management career began in the mid-1960s when he was a vice president at Adler Advertising in Washington. Smith and Warren Adler expanded the company's operations to include broadcasting, with Smith acquiring and operating Baltimore's WAYE-AM and Hagerstown's WHAG-AM/FM for the company. In January 1970, Smith launched WHAG-TV in Hagerstown. He stayed with WHAG-TV for 17 years through several ownership changes, mostly as sales manager. While at WHAG, he briefly and concurrently owned and operated WAAT-FM in Johnstown PA. Born in Baltimore, Smith began his broadcasting career as a weekend announcer at WFBR-AM while a senior at Catonsville High School. He would later work at WDMV-AM and WICO-AM on Maryland's Eastern Shore. At Baltimore's WITH-AM, his shift followed that of personality Buddy Deane who would hire him as an announcer for WJZ-TV's "The Buddy Deane Show." More at pressofatlanticcity.com.....

Politico To Hire 500 More Journos - 4/20 - Arlington-based Politico is looking to double the number of journalists it employs to about 500 over the next four years. Politico chief executive Jim VandeHei said the company is aiming to triple revenues through expansion into US state politics, its new European operation, and moving into new territories such as Asia and South America. More at theguardian.com.....

Laurie Cantillo To NASA - 4/19 - Former WTOP Program Director Laurie Cantillo (right) posts on her Facebook page: "I'm taking a giant leap to NASA. As a longtime space geek, I'm honored to join the [DC-based] Office Of Communications at NASA as a contractor with ITI. Among my initial projects: the search for life on exoplanets, next week's Hubble 25th anniversary, and New Horizons - a Pluto fly-by in mid-July." She left WTOP in March.....

Dave TV: Sling TV, Verizon, Comcast, More - 4/18 - I've had Sling TV for about two months and offer my impressions of the online cable network service, including the Roku version. Plus, Verizon announced more "skinny" channel packages for its Fios service. And, it looks like the Department Of Justice may not approve the Comcast takeover of Time Warner's cable systems. A bigger Comcast, with its poor customer service and monopolistic practices, is not a good thing for consumers. And more in today's Cord Cutter" at DCRTV's Cord Cutter page.....

Towing Company Doesn't Want McHenry Fired - 4/18 - The Arlington towing company whose employee was involved in an encounter with Britt McHenry that led to the ESPN reporter's suspension said it doesn't "have any interest" in seeing her fired because of her conduct. Advanced Towing on Friday released a statement on the incident, saying McHenry "is our neighbor, and, as she said, to paraphrase, made remarks that were out of line... As a small regulated business, we saw no benefit to releasing the video, except to highlight personal attacks employees in jobs like towing, public parking enforcement and others sometimes encounter. The video was not licensed or sold to anyone." More at washingtonpost.com.....

Dave TV: McHenry, Pollin, Arrington, More - 4/17 - My take on Britt McHenry's tirade against a towing lot clerk. Is ESPN 980 testing more of an Andy Pollin presence on its new "Man Cave" morning show? Could Lavar Arrington return to 106.7 The Fan's afternoons with Chad Dukes? Plus, the latest March radio ratings trends for DC and Baltimore. And more in today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

Albie Dee Joins OC104 - 4/17 - Adams Radio has named Washington-Baltimore radio veteran Albie Dee as program director and afternoon drive host for rhythmic contemporary WOCQ, OC104. Phil LoCascio, Salisbury-Ocean City market manager for Adams, says: "Albie's perfect for the job. He lives and breathes this format. His major market credentials will make a great station even more dominant. And we get the added bonus of a solid major market jock in afternoon drive." Albie adds, "I'm really pumped to join the Adams radio team at WOCQ. The company really believes in live and local radio and is going to give me the tools I need".....

PBDC: McHenry's ESPN Suspension, More - 4/17 - ESPN's suspension of Britt McHenry, David Meeks gets a sports promotion at USA Today, the latest DC sports radio ratings, Chris Paul goes missing from ESPN 980's "Man Cave," and might Lavar Arrington return to 106.7 The Fan. Plus, Comcast SportsNet gears up for the Caps' playoffs. In this week's DC sports media column at PressBoxDC.com.....

Local TV Video Additions - 4/17 - Memories of Washington's first TV station, W3XWT. A Channel 5/WTTG news open from 1997 featuring Morris Jones and Tracey Neale. From Channel 9/WTOP, anchor Gordon Peterson sits in with the Joy Boys - Ed Walker and Willard Scott. Legendary sportscaster George Michael signs-off Channel 4/WRC in 2007. Those are the latest additions to DCRTV's Local TV Video page.....

WTMD & BSO To Produce "Pulse" - 4/17 - The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will receive $400,000 from the Wallace Foundation for a classical music/rock music series, dubbed Pulse, a collaboration with Towson University's alternative rock WTMD, 89.7 FM. More at baltimoresun.com.....

CSN To Carry Wizards' Playoffs - 4/17 - Comcast SportsNet gears up for the Washington Wizards' 2015 first-round NBA playoff series against the Toronto Raptors, which will be highlighted by the first six potential games, beginning with the opener at Toronto on Saturday, April 18, at 12:30 PM. CSN will present its signature gameday shows, "Wizards Pregame Live" and "Wizards Postgame Live," surrounding the contests. For the first time, CSN's live playoff games, including pregame and postgame coverage, will also be available to authenticated cable TV service subscribers on CSNwashington.com and NBC Sports Live Extra.....

MPT To Debut Potomac River Doc - 4/17 - Maryland Public Television will air "Potomac By Air: Our Nation's River" during the state public television network's annual Chesapeake Bay Week observance this month. The documentary takes viewers on an aerial trip along the striking curves of the Potomac, covering roughly 400 miles of terrain. After its April 24 premiere at 9 PM, the program will see numerous rebroadcasts on MPT and MPT2.....

Britt McHenry Has Video Meltdown, Gets Suspended - 4/16 - ESPN has suspended DC-based sports reporter Britt McHenry (right) for one week after a video went viral of the former WJLAer arguing with a woman who works for an Arlington towing service. "I'm in the news, sweetheart. I will f*cking sue this place," said McHenry, whose car had been towed, in the security cam video. "I wouldn't work in a scumbag place like this... That's all you care about, taking people's money. With no education, no skill set, just wanted to clarify that. Do you feel good about your job?... I'm in television and you're in a f*cking trailer, honey." She also made comments about the towing service employee’s appearance and weight. McHenry has issued an apology on Twitter: "In an intense and stressful moment, I allowed my emotions to get the best of me and said some insulting and regrettable things. As frustrated as I was, I should always choose to be respectful and take the high road. I am so sorry for my actions and will learn from this mistake." McHenry joined ESPN last year after working at Channel 7/WJLA and its sister NewsChannel 8 as a sports reporter and news anchor. Check out the video at adweek.com.....

SLR: Arrington Back To JFK? More - 4/16 - Might Lavar Arrington return to WJFK now that his NFL Network show is on hiatus? What could CBS Radio' President Dan Mason's departure mean for the company's DC stations? Plus, the latest about Ken Merson and Laurie Cantillo. DCRTV Dave and DC radio guru Jonathan talk about all this and more in the latest Sadly Lacking Radio podcast at sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

Nat'l Geo Big On Social Media - 4/16 - National Geographic is the surprise darling of the social media set. The 127-year-old DC-based magazine has more than 67 million followers and likes on Facebook and similar sites - nearly 20 million more than number two-ranked sports magazine ESPN, with 40.3 million. So reports nypost.com.....

Turmoil At VOA - 4/16 - The New York Times reports that there's "turmoil" at the DC-based Voice Of America which is "hurting the US's ability to counter propaganda".....

Reporter Knew Of Gyrocopter Stunt - 4/16 - A reporter with the Tampa Bay Times knew in advance that a man was going to fly his gyrocopter illegally to DC's Mall. Should he have informed authorities? So wonders Paul Farhi at washingtonpost.com.....

Arrington's NFL Show On Hiatus - 4/16 - Might former Redskin Lavar Arrington return to his afternoon gig with Chad Dukes on 106.7 The Fan, WJFK, now that the NFL Network morning show he left for last year is being placed on hiatus? More at awfulannouncing.com.....

Politico Rebrands NYC Site - 4/15 - Arlington-based Politico plans to rebrand and relaunch its Capital New York site as Politico New York. Allbritton-owned Politico, which acquired Capital in 2013, plans to launch Politico-branded political news sites for New Jersey and Florida," chief executive Jim VandeHei announced Wednesday. More at capitalnewyork.com.....

Headliners For Federal News Radio, WTOP - 4/15 - Hubbard's Federal News Radio, WFED, picked up two National Headliner Awards. The news talker garnered a first place award for senior correspondent Mike Causey in the online-only writing category. Also, Hubbard sister all-newser WTOP picked up five Headliners, including first place statues for radio newscast, breaking news, and website.....

New Gig For Cantillo - 4/15 - Laurie Cantillo says she led WTOP to record ratings. Now, she's moving on to "bigger things." Wait until you hear about her new job - to be announced Thursday. Cantillo left her program director position at the Hubbard all-newser back in March. Stay tuned.....

WTOP Gets A Crystal - 4/15 - Hubbard all-newser WTOP picked up a Crystal Award from the National Association Of Broadcasters for community service in 2014. The 10 statues were handed out yesterday at the DC-based NAB's annual spring convention in Las Vegas.....

FLS's Frank Harmon Honored - 4/15 - Frank Hammon, news director of Fredericksburg's WFLS and WNTX, has received the AP Robert Gallimore Distinguished Service Award for his nearly 40-year service to the broadcast industry. The award, named after the Associated Press chief of bureau in Richmond between 1967 and 1985, is presented annually to someone who has made significant contributions to the broadcast industry in Virginia.....

UMD's Diamondback To Cut Print Frequency - 4/14 - Laura Blasey, the departing editor of the University Of Maryland's student-produced Diamondback newspaper, says that "readers don't want a hard copy of the news anymore," so the print edition will come out with just one print paper a week beginning this fall - down from four. "We used to print almost 20,000 papers every day, and now we print a fraction of that at 7,000," Blasey says. More at jimromenesko.com.....

WTOP Tops March DC Radio Ratings - 4/14 - The monthly March radio ratings for the Washington market. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WHUR, 4) WIHT, 5) WASH, 6) WBIG, 7) WMAL, 8) WETA-FM, 9) WMMJ and WWDC, 11) WPRS, 12) WMZQ, 13) WKYS, 14) WIAD, 15) WGTS, 16) WPGC, 17) WJFK-FM, 18) WRQX, 19) WNEW and WLZL, 21) WTEM, 22) WDCN and WAVA-FM, 24) WFRE, 25) WBQB, 26) WFLS and WERQ and WAFY, 29) WQSR and WINC-FM, 31) WIYY and WGRQ, 33) WWEG and WKDV and WPFW and WHUR STREAM and WBJC, 38) WILC and WSMD and WSPZ and WACA and WZBA.....

WPOC Tops March Balto Radio Ratings - 4/14 - The monthly March radio ratings for the Baltimore market. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WPOC, 2) WWIN-FM, 3) WERQ, 4) WZFT, 5) WQSR, 6) WWMX, 7) WLIF, 8) WJZ-FM, 9) WZBA, 10) WBAL-AM, 11) WRBS-FM, 12) WIYY, 13) WCAO, 14) WYPR, 15) WNEW and WCBM, 17) WHUR, 18) WTOP, 19) WWDC and WPGC and WMZQ, 22) WIHT and WKYS and WTTR, 25) WBJC, 26) WMMJ and WMAL, 28) WASH, 29) WBIG, 30) WEAA, 31) WGTS and WRQX, 33) WFRE and WRNR-FM and WLZL and WTMD and WXCY, 38) WWIN-AM and NC1061, 40) WSOX and WAVA-FM.....

Ken Merson Joins WLIF - 4/14 - After five years as a weekend, fill-in guy with CBS Radio's hot adult contemporary 94.7 Fresh FM, WIAD, in DC, Ken Merson (right) heads to CBS's adult contemporary Today's 101.9, WLIF, in Baltimore for similar duties. "I'm looking forward to reuniting with my CBS Radio Baltimore colleagues and friends after an eight-year absence," Merson says. "I spent 34 wonderful years entertaining and informing Baltimore radio audiences at WCBM, B104, WWMX, WQSR, and WLIF." Additionally, Merson will be continuing as music brand specialist for Multibrand Media International and providing freelance commercial voice-over and radio voice-tracking services.....

7's "GMW" To Continue On NC8 - 4/14 - Starting Monday, April 20th, "Good Morning Washington" will air from 4:25 AM to 7 AM on Sinclair's Channel 7/WJLA and then continue under the same brand on the company's NewsChannel 8 from 7 AM until 10 AM. The newscast will feature Larry Smith, Autria Godfrey, Jummy Olabanji, Eileen Whelan, Jacqui Jeras, Jamie Sullivan, and Julie Wright. With the change, NC8 morning anchor Kellye Lynn will move to the weekend anchor desk, Melanie Hastings will co-anchor NC8's "Let's Talk Live" with newcomer Julie Wright and continue with NC8 at noon. The "GMW" field reporters will include Sam Sweeney, John Gonzalez, Jeannette Reyesm, and Eileen Whelan. With the new schedule, there are numerous weather anchor changes. Among them, mornings on WJLA will feature Whelan. Jeras joins "GMW" on NC8. And, WJLA noon weather duties will be handled by Doug Hill.....

DC Journos To Jam With Rolling Stone - 4/14 - A batch of DC news personalities will join Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell for a "White House Correspondents' Jam" on April 24. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Dan Mason Leaving CBS Radio - 4/13 - DCRTV tipped you earlier today. Now, we get the official word that Dan Mason has announced his retirement as president of CBS Radio. Mason, who lives in Reston and commutes frequently to CBS's NYC headquarters, is a DC radio veteran, having once worked as a DJ and programmer at WPGC (right). He'll be retiring at the end of April and will be replaced by Andre Fernandez, who has been president and chief operating officer of Journal Communications. Mason served as CBS Radio president from 1995 to 2002 and from 2007 until now. Locally, CBS owns WJFK-FM/AM, WNEW, WPGC, WLZL, and WIAD in the DC market, and WLIF, WWMX, and WJZ-FM/AM in the Baltimore market. More at radioinsight.com.....

Iran Acuses WaPo Reporter On Espionage - 4/13 - Jason Rezaian, a Washington Post reporter imprisoned in Iran for almost nine months on suspicion of espionage, is accused of passing on sensitive economic and industrial information about Iran, the Fars news agency said Sunday. So reports washingtonpost.com.....

Hill Owner Bids For NYC Rag - 4/13 - Jimmy Finkelstein, who owns DC's the Hill political newspaper and website, is among the bidders for Mort Zuckerman's money-bleeding New York Daily News. More at nypost.com.....

7's Photogs Honored - 4/13 - The National Press Photographer's Association has named Channel 7/WJLA its "2014 east [coast] general station of the year." And it named photographer Tim Mathews "2014 east [coast] general photographer of the year," and named several WJLA photog's winners in various categories, we're told.....

Dickerson Named New "Face The Nation" Host - 4/12 - John Dickerson has been named the next anchor of "Face The Nation," CBS's DC-based Sunday morning political talk show. The news was announced Sunday by the program's longtime host, Bob Schieffer. "My friend CBS News Political Director John Dickerson - who has been on this broadcast 83 times and he sure has the right bloodlines," Schieffer said. "His mother Nancy Dickerson was the first female correspondent in the CBS News Washington bureau." Dickerson has been political director for CBS News since 2011. He began working at CBS News in April 2009 as an on-air political analyst. Dickerson has been a reporter in Washington for almost 20 years, working for Slate and Time.....

5th Season For "Veep" - 4/10 - "Veep," the Maryland-made, DC-set presidential satire that starts is fourth season Sunday, has apparently been renewed for a fifth season. However, Armando Iannucci, the UK satirist who created the series, is leaving the HBO show. More at baltimoresun.com.....

No Algorithm For Gamut - 4/10 - Leesburg Today takes a listen to the eclectic-formatted Gamut, which is programmed by WTOP engineer Dave Kolesar and available on a variety of area signals, including 820 AM and 104.5 FM in the western DC suburbs. "The Gamut is an old-school radio operation that offers variety (it has 14,000 songs in its catalog) while still being programmed by human beings rather than by a website's algorithm," according to the piece.....

David Laventhol Dies - 4/10 - David Laventhol, a onetime publisher of the Los Angeles Times and Newsday, who had a major role in shaping the development of the Style section as an editor at the Washington Post in the 1960s, died April 8 at his home in New York City. He was 81 and was suffering from complications of Parkinson's disease. So reports washingtonpost.com.....

Radio One To Launch Praise 106.1 In Balto - 4/9 - It looks like the low-power signal of CBS's New Country 106.1 is going away. To be replaced by a new Radio One signal. According to a company memo we've seen: "Starting May 1st. Radio One will have a new FM radio station in Baltimore. Praise 106.1 featuring Yolanda Adams in the morning will be a uplifting spiritual format targeting women [aged] 35-64. We will doing a ton of TV commercials to get the word out that Praise 106.1 is here." DCRTV adds: Looks like a simulcast or offshoot of the company's full-power WPRS, Praise 104.1, in the DC area. Radio One will be leasing the 106.1 signal, technically licensed as W291BA, from the Hope Christian Church of Marlton NJ. More at radioinsight.com.....

David Meeks Joins USA Today Sports - 4/9 - David Meeks has been named managing sports editor of Gannett's McLean-based USA Today. He's been assistant managing editor for enterprise and investigations at USA Today sports for the past three years. Before that, he worked at the Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times, and the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Meeks replaces Mary Byrne, who is joining ESPN.com to be an NFL editor.....

Pat Garrett Adds OC104 - 4/9 - Area voice legend Pat Garrett signs Salisbury-Ocean City rhythmic contemporary outlet WOCQ, OC104, a station he voiced from 1994 to 2010. Also, it was the first station he worked at - he was a DJ there in 1981. Along with a long list of radio clients across the country, Garrett is currently doing voice work for CBS's WNEW and WJFK in the DC area and WJZ-TV, WJZ-FM, and WWMX in Baltimore.....

Ensor To Leave VOA - 4/9 - David Ensor says he'll be resigning as director of the DC-based Voice Of America at the end of May. He joined the VOA in 2011. Ensor, a former reporter for NPR, ABC, and CNN who oversaw numerous budget cuts at the US broadcaster that targets foreign audiences, was the director of communications and public diplomacy at the US embassy in Afghanistan before joining the VOA. More at nytimes.com.....

Schieffer To Retire This Summer - 4/9 - From cnn.com: After nearly 50 years with CBS News, "Face The Nation" anchor Bob Schieffer announces that he will step down from his post this summer. Schieffer, 78, has been with CBS News for 46 years, and has moderated the network's DC-based Sunday morning public affairs talk show for the past 24 years. In addition to his role at "Face The Nation," Schieffer is also the chief Washington correspondent for CBS News.....

Dave TV: Baron, Diamond, Statter, More - 4/9 - Washington Post bigwig Marty Baron surrenders to print decline predictions. Puts his faith in website where you can block all the ads. Jack Diamond's back in Chicago. VerStandig sells Harrisonburg stations. Once again, CBS fails to get any of its five FMers into the "top 10" of the DC radio ratings. DC TV news vet Dave Statter turns 60. WBAL radio changes. And more, including a "Cord Cutter" review of Sling TV's Roku app. In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

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