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DCRTV Celebrates 22 Years - 12/11 - DCRTV started in September 1997 and we are now celebrating our big 22nd birthday. Yup, DCRTV has been here covering DC and Baltimore area radio, TV, and media news for more than two decades thanks largely to your support. Please help keep DCRTV running into its third decade! Send your donation via PayPal at paypal.me/dcrtv or send cash or a check made payable to "Dave Hughes" to Dave Hughes, 1720 Epps Bridge Parkway, Suite 108 Box 103, Athens GA 30606. Thanks.....

Chris Core To Retire - 12/9 - After almost five decades as a broadcaster, WTOP's Chris Core (right) will do his last "Core Values" commentary on December 20, according to wtop.com. Core is retiring. "I'd rather have people say, 'Oh, I'm so sorry he's leaving,' than to say 'Oh, my God, thank goodness he finally shut up,'" Core told WTOP, speaking from his new home in Florida. Now 71, Core began his time on the DC airwaves in 1974, when he was hired at WMAL as a weekend sports anchor. In 1976, he was partnered with popular afternoon host Bill Trumbull. The "Trumbull & Core" show had a 20-year run. Core continued hosting WMAL's afternoon show with and without varying female co-hosts after Trumbull left. In 2008, WMAL cut Core and he immediately jumped over to WTOP, where he's been doing commentary segments and many "personal testimonial" ads since then.....

Season 5 "Our Town" - Andy Ockershausen Interviews Lisa Baden - 12/5 - "Our Town," media veteran Andy Ockershausen's (right) podcast featuring DC area celebrities, including media, sports, community, and political figures starts its fifth big season today! Just up - its longtime DC area traffic reporter Lisa Baden. At ourtowndc.com......

Joshua Johnson Leaves WAMU For MSNBC - 11/26 - After nearly three years with WAMU 88.5ís nationally distributed "1A" late morning political talk program, Joshua Johnson will be stepping down as the show's host, effective December 20, to join MSNBC as an anchor. Johnson served as the inaugural host of "1A" and has been instrumental in its fast success, following in the footsteps of "The Diane Rehm Show." WAMU says it "is working closely with our partners at NPR to identify a new host. WAMU is looking for someone whose personal principles and values align with the ethos of '1A' and public media. The ideal candidate celebrates and seeks out diversity, has a background in producing, excels under the pressure of daily deadlines, and helps foster a culture of collaboration, civility, and inclusivity." More at wamu.org.....

WAMU and WWIN Top November Radio Ratings - 11/26 - The local radio ratings, released November 26. Full day, age 6+. Washington: 1) WAMU, 2) WTOP, 3) WMMJ, 4) WMAL, 5) WASH and WHUR, 7) WGTS, 8) WJFK-FM, 9) WBIG, 10) WIAD and WIHT, 12) WETA-FM and WKYS, 14) WPGC and WWDC, 16) WMZQ, 17) WPRS, 18) WLZL, 19) WWEG, 20) WTEM, 21) WDCN, 22) WAFY, 23) WERQ, 24) WDCH and WLVW. Baltimore: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WERQ, 3) WPOC, 4) WIYY and WLIF, 6) WQSR, 7) WWMX, 8) WZBA, 9) WJZ-FM, 10) WYPR, 11) WZFT, 12) WBAL-AM, 13) WCBM, 14) WWDC, 15) WBJC, 16) WBIG and WEAA, 18) WASH and WKYS, 20) WIHT, 21) WAMU and WGTS, 23) WCAO and WLIFHD2, 25) WMZQ and WPRS.....

Adrienne Mitchell Dies - 11/25 - DCRTV hears that Adrienne Mitchell died on November 25. She was a former news anchor at WTOP, Associated Press, Potus On XM, and, at the time of her death, a business anchor at Bloomberg News. Her husband, Andrew, is a longtime news producer at WTOP's Federal News Network.....

Gregg Mace Dies - 11/25 - Gregg Mace, sports director at Harrisburg's WHTM-TV, ABC27, died November 23 at the age of 65. The Baltimore native who never missed an Orioles opener in 54 years, started his career at WHTM in 1979 as the station's first weekend sports anchor. He would soon become the stationís sports director where he remained for the next 40 years. Up until 2016, Mace did sports fill-in work at DC's Channel 7/WJLA, which, at the time, was co-owned by Allbritton. More at abc27.com.....

Mike McMearty Leaves WTOP - 11/25 - Mike McMearty, who was director of news and programming since June 2015 for Hubbard's WTOP radio, has announced that he's leaving the top-rated all-newser to devote more time to family, including his mother, who is in assisted living. McMearty began his run at WTOP in 1992 working an an overnight assistant editor. While at WTOP, he's been an editor, producer, reporter, anchor, sports reporter, assistant news director, and news director. More at Radio Ink.....

WCBM Needs Producer - 11/24 - From DCRTV's Job Ads: "2019 Producer-Board Operator Position: WCBM has an opening for a Part-Time producer/board-operator. Experience preferred. Interested persons should be able to monitor transmitters, operate an audio console, screen calls, and edit audio. Must have reliable transportation. Please submit resumes to: WCBM,1726 Reisterstown Rd. Suite 117, Baltimore, MD. 21208 or to mailto:sean@wcbm.com. WCBM is an EOE".....

MS Diagnosis For WTOP's Dave Johnson - 11/14 - WTOP Sports Director Dave Johnson had more than a hunch he had multiple sclerosis - he'd watched his mother develop the same symptoms when he was a boy. "I had an inkling it might be MS, the more they asked me to take tests and MRIs," Johnson said. "I started to think back to the symptoms my mother had - a curling of my big toe, and I started to notice my hand movements were similar to hers." In the past few weeks, Johnson received the unwanted news: "I have primary progressive multiple sclerosis." More at wtop.com.....

Jennifer Gilbert Leaving 45 - 11/11 - Channel 45/WBFF's Jennifer Gilbert is retiring from the Sinclair station at the end of November. She has been with Baltimore's Fox 45 since 1993 and recently got married in Florida to a local developer. Her last day will be November 26. No replacement has been announced as of yet, but it's a good bet that it will likely be recently hired Mary Bubala from Channel 13/WJZ, so speculates BaltoMedia.net.....

Joseph Walsh Dies - 11/3 - Joseph Walsh, 76, of Finksburg MD passed away suddenly on October 28, at the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore. He was a radio news correspondent for most of his career, which sent him to many corners of the world. He started with WSBA radio in York PA and then upon moving to Maryland worked with WBAL radio as a news correspondent later becoming news director. He then worked in the Washington DC area with Mutual Broadcasting/NBC radio and retired from the National Forest Service in their public affairs department. More at myersdurborawfh.com.....

Changes For WCBM - 10/26 - Baltimore news talker WCBM announces line-up changes. Bruce Elliott takes over foe Frank Luber as morning co-host with Sean Casey. Derek Hunter takes the late morning slot, returning to the Baltimore airwaves full time after being let go by cross-town news talker WBAL-AM two years ago. More at wcbm.com.....

Frank Luber Leaves WCBM - 10/22 - Frank Luber is leaving Baltimore news talker WCBM, 680 AM and 99.9 FM. He has been a staple at the station and host of its the morning show since the late 1980s. Before that, he worked at now defunct Charm City talker WFBR, 1300 AM. And before that he was a reported at Channel 13/WJZ. In the 1960ís he spent eight years on Baltimore's WCAO, 600 AM, first as a DJ, then as a reporter, and news director. His time at WCAO was highlighted by his interview with The Beatles during their 1964 performance at the Baltimore Civic Center. He also interviewed John F. Kennedy when he was running in Marylandís presidential primary. More soon.....

Rhea Feikin To Retire - 10/16 - Maryland Public Television today announced that Rhea Feikin (right), a fixture on television in Maryland since the 1960s and a mainstay on MPT over the past 40-plus years, will retire at the end of February 2020. At present, Feikin hosts two MPT series, "Artworks" and "Chesapeake Collectibles," and is the network's principal pledge drive spokesperson. Feikin is a Baltimore native who earned her bachelor's degree in speech pathology from the University Of Maryland where she was active in campus theater productions. After a short stint as a speech therapist for the Baltimore City Schools, she began a career at Channel 11/WBAL, first with an educational program and then with a childrenís program. She went on to do weather reports and hosted a game show for the Maryland Lottery. Her first job at MPT was on the series "Consumer Survival Kit," an MPT production that aired during the 1970s. She then served as host for a varety of MPT productions.....

WTOP & WWIN Top Radio Ratings - 10/3 - The local radio ratings for the month of September. Full-day, age 6+. Washington: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU and WMMJ, 4) WGTS, 5) WHUR and WASH, 7) WMAL, 8) WBIG, 9) WPGC, 10) WETA-FM, 11) WJFK-FM, 12) WIHT and WKYS, 14) WPRS and WWDC, 16) WMZQ, 17) WIAD, 18) WLVW, 19) WLZL, 20) WWEG. Baltimore: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WERQ, 3) WPOC and WQSR, 5) WLIF, 6) WIYY, 7) WWMX, 8) WZBA, 9) WJZ-FM, 10) WZFT, 11) WYPR, 12) WBAL-AM, 13) WBJC, 14) WCBM, 15) WLIF-HD2.....

Tony Perkins To 9 - 10/3 - Rumors have been confirmed. DC radio and TV veteran Tony Perkins (right), who was most-recently a former news anchor at Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG, heads to Tegna-owned Channel 9/WUSA. He will make his debut as morning anchor on Monday, October 21st. Perkins will co-anchor "Get Up DC!" alongside Annie Yu. This will be a reunion between Perkins and Yu, as they are former colleagues at WTTG.....

Monteverde Named WETA GM - 9/30 - WETA, the flagship public broadcaster in the nation's capital, has announced that digital media executive Miguel Monteverde has been named senior vice president and general manager of WETA Greater Washington, effective October 7. Monteverde will oversee local programming strategy and multi-platform content development and production that will serve the greater Washington D. community, reporting to WETA Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Jason Daisey. Monteverde previously spent nearly two decades at Discovery Communications and AOL, working in digital streaming, programming and operations roles.....

Chris Roth Goes For A Drive - 9/28 - DCRTV hears that DC area radio veteran Chris Roth has been named program director at Entercom's classic hits WIAD, 94.7 The Drive.....

Bill Rogers Dies - 9/26 - Eastern Shore news. DCRTV hears that long-time Delmarva talker Bill Rogers, 61, died on September 23. Rogers' career included 11 years with WDSD and two years at WKIX, both in Dover, and 12 years at Rehoboth Beach talker WGMD with "Rogers Radio".....

WTEM Adds 95.9 - 9/25 - Radio One starts a simulcast of sports talker WTEM, 980 AM, on FM 95.9. That signal, which had been carrying the firm's urban talker WOL, 1450 AM, is a low-power operation that provides coverage primarily inside the Beltway. WTEM, The Team 980, features Kevin Sheehan, Steve Czaban, Doc Walker, Brian Mitchell, Al Galdi, and Scott Linn.....

Mary Bubala Joins 45 - 9/25 - Former Channel 13/WJZ reporter and anchor Mary Bubala jumps to Channel 45/WBFF, where she will report and anchor. Bubala was fired by 13 in May after complaints arose about her comments regarding Baltimore's mayor. That prompted a campaign to get WJZ to change its mind and rehire her, which it did not do. More at baltimoresun.com.....

Mark Plotkin Dies - 9/23 - From wtop.com: Former WTOP political analyst Mark Plotkin (right) died September 22 at the age of 72. Plotkin was a staple on WTOP for 10 years. He hosted "The Politics Program With Mark Plotkin" on Fridays, through which he delivered his colorful commentaries on air. Plotkin was passionate about DC statehood and voting rights, tennis, and George Washington basketball. He came to WTOP in 2002 and left in 2012. Before that, he was at WAMU with Kojo Nnamdi. During his career, he also did commentary for Channel 5/WTTG and wrote columns for various publications. In the WTOP newsroom, he was often heard on the phone questioning elected officials and dashing into the studio for his live interviews. WTOP's former Vice President Of Programming Jim Farley described Plotkin as "one of the feistiest guys I had ever met... He was a bulldog when he got on a story or on an issue... He was rough on everybody because he wanted to get things done, He was a character. He had some rough edges, but was so memorable".....

Nexstar Gets Tribune's 50 - 9/18 - The Federal Communications Commission approves Nextstar's purchase of Tribune Media, including DC's Channel 50/WDCW. Baltimore area-based Sinclair had originally planned on purchasing the Tribune's stations, but failed to get federal approval. Now Nexstar will own more than 200 TV stations covering 39% of America. More at foxbusiness.com.....

Washington Posts Ends Express - 9/16 - The Express, the free tabloid newspaper published weekdays by the Washington Post for Metro riders and other commuters, is being shut down after 16 years of publication. The paper was started as competition for the general local news free version of the Examiner, which has since become a Capitol Hill-only publication. Managers of the Post cited its deteriorating financial condition for the decision to cease publishing. Although they declined to cite specific figures, they said the printed paper had recently begun to lose money. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Kornheiser To Do Show For ESPN 630 - 9/12 - From washingtonpost.com: Three years after leaving local radio to start a podcast, Tony Kornheiser is returning to terrestrial radio. Kornheiser, the co-host of ESPN's "Pardon The Interruption" and a former Washington Post columnist, has joined Washington's new all-sports radio station, ESPN 630, WSBN, "The Sports Capitol," with an hour-long show airing at noon weekdays. Portions of the podcast will be included in the show along with unique content. Kornheiser will also join other ESPN 630 shows occasionally as part of his new relationship with the station, according to the Post.....

Tony Perkins To 9 - 9/11 - FTV Live tells us that former Channel 5/WTTG news anchor Tony Perkins is headed to a like gig at Channel 9/WUSA. Possibly for WUSA's morning newscast. More soon.....

Tobey Schreiner Dies - 9/6 - WAMU veteran Tobey Schreiner died August 29 at his home in Damascus MD. He was 54. According to legacy.com, after studying broadcasting at Montgomery College in Rockville, Schreiner began his 33 year career in radio. He started off as a DJ for a local radio station, advancing to board operator for WTOP before joining WAMU in 1991 as a broadcast technician. Shreiner was an integral part of "The Big Broadcast" with Ed Walker, serving as his right hand man from his first days at WAMU until the final broadcast in 2015, right before Walker's death. He also worked on "The Diane Rehm Show," working closely with Rehm for decades.....

New DCRTV Job Ad - 9/5 - The latest from DCRTV's Job Ads: Laurel TV is looking for a part-time reporter to shoot and edit stories. The candidate will also have opportunities to Anchor or host shows and help with productions. $17.28/hr for up to 20 hours per week. Send resumes and links to your work to Communications Director Audrey Barnes at abarnes@laurel.md.us.....

Bob Marbourg Says Goodbye To WTOP - 8/29 - Afternoon drive traffic reporter Bob Marbourg (right) retires from the WTOP Traffic Center. After 40 years, "it is time for me to say goodbye," the guru of DC-area traffic wrote in an email to WTOP. Marbourg recalled that he got his start at WTOP thanks to a plane crash. In the 1970s, WTOP reporter Steve Thompson and pilot Bernard Wicker were in a Cessna that ran out of fuel and landed in a tree in Vienna VA. Both survived, but were seriously hurt. Marbourg got the call from WTOP and "reported from my dining room on a wired landline," he said. For the next 10 years, however, he reported on the traffic, undaunted, from another Cessna: "two hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon. That was all there was of rush hour, then!" In his current afternoon drive gig, there have been times when Marbourg has manned his position well into the wee hours of the following morning when the region has been hit with a major storm. More at wtop.com.....

13 Moves CBS News To 6:30 - 8/29 - DCRTV hears that Baltimore's Channel 13/WJZ will move the "CBS Evening News" from 7 PM to 6:30 PM, putting it in direct competition with other major network newscasts in the market. Staring September 9. With the half hour of local news moving to the 7 PM slot. "Entertainment Tonight" remains at 7:30 PM.....

Al Payne To Program WHUR - 8/24 - Al Payne is the new program director at Howard University's urban adult contemporary WHUR, 96.3. He has worked at radio stations in Louisville, Detroit, Richmond, Dallas, and Baltimore. Payne is no stranger to the Washington market. He also worked up the radio dial at urban contemporary WKYS, 93.9, a decade ago. Most recently, Payne was the program director and content creator at urban contemporary KMJK in Kansas City.....

Apollo Eyes 9's Tegna - 8/24 - Private equity firm Apollo has set it sights on buying Northern Virginia-based Tegna's TV stations, which include DC's Channel 9/WUSA. Apollo inked a deal for a majority stake in Atlanta-based Cox Media Group in February and hammered out another agreement with Northwest Broadcasting to scoop up its 20 stations. More at thestreet.com.....

MPT To Revive "McLaughlin Group" - 8/16 - "The McLaughlin Group," a pioneer among political TV talk shows, returns to public television in September when weekly episodes begin airing on Maryland Public Television. A new episode will air Friday evenings at 11:30 PM and again Sunday mornings at 11 AM on MPT, starting Friday, September 6. Maryland Public Television and "The McLaughlin Groupís" production company, Re-Group Media, have entered into an agreement to produce and distribute the weekly series. The program will be recorded each Friday at a Washington DC studio. As presenting station, MPT will market, promote, and distribute the program nationally through an agreement with American Public Television. "The McLaughlin Group" will begin airing exclusively on public television stations nationwide and digital platforms in January 2020. Tom Rogan, noted political writer and commentator, is back to host the series. Rogan replaced original host John McLaughlin, who died in 2016. He is joined by longtime regular panel members Pat Buchanan, Eleanor Clift, and Clarence Page. Guest panelists will also appear on the program on a regular basis.....

Peggy Fox Leaving 9 - 8/14 - Channel 9/WUSA reporter Peggy Fox has announced on Facebook that she'll be leaving Tegna's DC CBS affiliate after 25 years to take a public relations job with Dominion Energy in Northern Virginia. Fox doesn't say when her last day at WUSA is.....

Steve Davis Leaves Entercom DC - 8/11 - Steve Davis will leave the vice president of programming gig for Entercom's DC radio cluster and his program director duties for classic hits WIAD, 94.7 The Drive and urban contemporary WPGC, 95.5. He will head to Ricmond, where he owns a comic book store.....

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