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Jack Diamond Leaves Chicago - 7/31 - DCRTV hears that DC radio veteran Jack Diamond is out of yet another gig. This time, he's gone from his job as morning show host at Cumulus classic hits WLS-FM in Chicago, which he's held since late last year. This comes after short-lived radio gigs in San Diego and Miami. All following his canning in 2013 from WRQX, then Mix 107.3, where he did the morning show for two decades. While Diamond was in Chicago the past nine months or so, he never moved his family there. So, with his return to DC, is he eyeing a return to WRQX, which is also owned by Cumulus and has been suffering from anemic ratings since he left? Oh yeah, Jan Jeffries, who hired Diamond for the Chicago gig, now manages WRQX. Stay tuned.....

Larry Israel Dies - 7/31 - Larry Israel, a veteran media executive who served as president of the Washington Post Company from 1973 to 1977, and led an expansion of the company's radio and television holdings, died July 29 at a hospital in Bethesda. He was 95. Israel was hired as chairman and chief executive of Post-Newsweek Stations, a Post Company subsidiary that owned DC's WTOP radio and TV, including Channel 9, 1500 AM, and 96.3 FM. More washingtonpost.com.....

Froggie Tops Salisbury - 7/31 - Down the shore, Froggie country WWFG takes the top spot in the latest batch of Salisbury-Ocean City radio ratings. Hot adult contemporary WQHQ takes second place, with rhythmic contemporary WOCQ tied for third with urban adult contemporary WSBY. Classic hits WAVD places fifth.....

Support DCRTV As We Turn 18 - 7/31 - DCRTV is celebrating its 18th anniversary and we're offering a special incentive to make a donation - a year of local radio and TV memory packed DCRTV Plus for just $18. Or two years for $36 ($18 X 2). Or three years for $54 ($18 X 3). Extend or re-start your subscription. Via PayPal.com, you can send you contribution safely and conveniently to our dcrtv@hotmail.comaddress. Or, mail us a check. Make it payable to "Dave Hughes" and send it to: Dave Hughes, 1981-B Villaridge Drive, Reston VA 20191. DCRTV Plus is loaded with DC and Baltimore radio and TV memories, including pictures, jingles, audio and video clips, tribute pages, and more. Today's DCRTV Plus Flashback is a 1969 playlist memory of "top 40" outlet WEAM, 1390 AM (right). Plus, DCRTV Plus has just added its 136th Photo Gallery with memories of WTOP, WJZ, WOOK, WOL, WFBR, WCAO, WBAL, and more. DCRTV is an independent website that's been here almost 18 years thanks to donations from folks like you, which account for a large chunk of our operating revenue. Nobody else reports about what's happening on the news and gossip front and preserves the rich heritage of DC and Baltimore area radio, TV, and media like DCRTV does.....

DCRTV's Job Ads - 7/30 - DC all-newser WTOP is looking for a business manager. That's the latest DCRTV Job Ad, where you can reach many thousands of local radio and TV movers and shakers for just $49.....

SLR: Mickey's Back At 98 Rock, More - 7/30 - 98 Rock brings back Mickey Cucchiella. For now, anyway. More cuts at ESPN. Very low ratings at DC's ESPN 980, WTEM. Could the new "Man Cave" be to blame? And more in this week's chat with DCRTV Dave and DC radio guru Jonathan in his "Sadly Lacking Radio" podcast at sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

Cuts At Radio One? - 7/30 - In today's Tom Taylor Now, the radio business reporter says he's hearing rumors about across-the-board cuts at Silver Spring-based urban radio giant Radio One. In reporting about cuts at the company's Atlanta cluster, Taylor speculates: "But what if the program of cost-cutting is bigger than just Atlanta?" Locally, Radio One owns WKYS, WMMJ, WERQ, WMMJ, WPRS, WOL, WOLB, WYCB and WWIN-FM/AM.....

Gannett Looking To Grow - 7/30 - From Tom Taylor Now: Who's looking for acquisitions? Newspaper-only Gannett, per the CEO. Robert Dickey says, "We are aggressively pursuing all the opportunities in front of us," and in the newspaper field, that’s probably a long list. Dickey tells a Gannett conference call "we are looking for markets that provide good synergies for us, but we are also open and are having discussions about looking at other markets where we don't necessarily have geographic synergies." Tysons-based Gannett used to have some synergies with its TV division - but that's been spun off into a new separate public company named Tegna, leaving the heritage name of Gannett, publisher of USA Today, with the group built around newspapers and digital.....

Jarrod Dicker To WaPo - 7/30 - Jarrod Dicker joins the Washington Post as director of ad product and engineering. His career includes stops at Huffington Post, AOL, Time, and, most recently, Rebel Mouse. In 2013, Jarrod was ranked on Business Insider's list of the 30 most creative people in social media marketing. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Dave TV: WPOC Rules Balto, WTEM Slumps In DC, More - 7/28 - I look at the latest ratings trends in Baltimore radio and find WPOC in command. But lots of trouble for Hearst's stations - 98 Rock and WBAL-AM. Plus, a slump for DC's ESPN 980, WTEM. Also, is Derek McGinty leaving WUSA? A new white-ish website for WJLA. As DCRTV prepares to celebrate its 18th anniversary. In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

Yasko Out Of TMD - 7/28 - DCRTV hears that Stephen Yasko is out of his gig as general manager and executive director of Towson University's adult alternative WTMD, 89.7 FM. He's held the post for more than a decade. WTMD Program Director Scott Mullins replaces Yasko in a temporary, acting capacity. Yasko joined WTMD in 2002, focusing the public, non-commercial station on local Baltimore music. DCRTV's take: Yasko was probably canned for failing to generate ratings in the bruising rock radio battle in the Baltimore market. In the latest Baltimore market monthly numbers, for June, WTMD placed 31st, tied with Annapolis electic rocker WRNR-FM, and way behind mainstream commercial rockers like WZBA at 7th, 98 Rock at 11th, and DC's DC101 at 23rd. And, among public radio outlets, WTMD was bested by WYPR at 15th, WBJC at 21st, and DC's WAMU at 28th. More at baltimoresun.com.....

MPT Moves Master Control To Boston - 7/28 - Maryland Public Television has contracted with Public Media Management to handle the station's master control, which controls the flow of programming over the statewide TV network. PMI, based in Boston, is a partnership between Boston public TV outlet WGBH and Sony Electronics. The move of MPT master control from local facilities in Owings Mills will result in the elmination of two positions and save the station more than $2 million during the next five years, according to MPT. More at baltimoresun.com.....

ESPN 980 Sinks To 25th - 7/28 - A new low for Dan Snyder's sports talker, ESPN 980, WTEM, in the latest batch of DC radio ratings - 25th. The numbers are for the "third week" of July, full-day, age 12+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WIHT, 4) WASH, 5) WHUR, 6) WBIG, 7) WKYS and WPGC, 9) WIAD, 10) WETA-FM, 11) WMMJ and WMZQ and WMAL, 14) WGTS, 15) WPRS, 16) WWDC, 17) WJFK-FM, 18) WRQX, 19) WNEW, 20) WLZL, 21) WAVA-FM, 22) WAFY and WFRE, 24) WDCN, 25) WFLS and WTEM, 27) WINC-FM and WERQ and WGRQ and WWEG.....

WPOC Again Tops Baltimore - 7/28 - The Baltimore market radio ratings for the "third week" of July. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WPOC, 2) WERQ, 3) WLIF, 4) WZBA, 5) WWIN-FM, 6) WWMX, 7) WRBS-FM and WJZ-FM, 9) WZFT, 10) WQSR, 11) WIYY, 12) WCBM and WBAL-AM, 14) WPGC and WKYS, 16) WCAO, 17) WYPR and WHUR, 19) WBJC, 20) WNEW.....

Source Denies McGinty Leaving 9 - 7/28 - Yesterday, DCRTV ran a some rumors from an unnamed source at Channel 9/WUSA that hinted that the new Tegna management at the station is pushing longtime news anchor Derek McGinty (right) out. Now, we hear from another anonymous source that "McGinty is not going anywhere. He's got two years left on a contract (and the) station wants to expand with another anchor. Derek's been doing almost every show 5-6-7 and 11 since Jan Jeffcoat has been on maternity leave and could use a break." And, as for rumors that Assistant News Director Jay Mishkin is also on the way out, we're told: "Jay also has been overworked doing a number of jobs and could use some help, again a possible new position that would be hired would be an expansion. Jay is charge of all the producers and is not going to be demoted." Also, regarding a charge that veteran reporter Andrea McCarren is not being used to her full capacity, we're told that she "still does her investigative stories. Training a service dog was her and her photog's idea and is done in addition to her regular reporting." And, we're told, "There have been a couple of suspensions and a firing of behind the scenes personnel, nothing out of the ordinary there. The newsroom is not 'roiled' its just change for the better, possibly hiring some new people to help".....

HFS Vets Gather To Promote New Documentary - 7/28 - From washingtonian.com: Last Wednesday, dozens of former WHFS DJs and other personnel gathered at the Bethesda Blues And Jazz Supper Club to unveil the beloved radio station's first bumper stickers and t-shirts in more than 30 years to promote "Feast Your Ears: The Story Of WHFS 102.3 FM," a documentary in progress by Jay Schlossberg. He plans to launch a Kickstarter campaign and a website for the project in September. Schlossberg has already spent nearly two years making the film.....

Radio One Investigates N-Word Hacking - 7/28 - From Tom Taylor Now: The RDS system of a Houston station owned by DC-based urban radio giant Radio One is hacked, resulting in displays of the n-word. Nothing was heard on the air, but if a listener to Houston's urban contemporary 97.9 The Box, KBXX, was checking the screen of their radio Sunday night, they saw some crazy stuff. Where the song and artist info should be on the Radio Data System screen was the n-word. Radio One jumped on the problem and Tweeted this: "#NoPlaceForHate… Saluting our staff and listeners for immediate help in addressing the hack that occurred earlier this evening." The hack from the outside came about 9:20 PM, and listeners let the station know. After they did the emergency repair, Radio One says it created the #NoPlaceForHate hashtag. Tom Taylor wonders: But how did the hacker gain access from outside the company? And how many other stations are vulnerable to hacks or ransom-type holdup demands, because they're connected to the internet and exposed? More soon.....

CSN Re-Starts Ravens & Redskins Training Camp Shows - 7/27 - Comcast SportsNet's long-standing daily Baltimore Ravens and Washington Redskins training camp series will return July 29 as separate, team-focused shows "Ravens Training Camp Daily" and "Redskins Training Camp Daily." New editions will debut weekdays at 7 PM and 7:30 PM with multiple encores through September 4. Hosted by Julie Donaldson, the shows will feature reporters Brent Harris and Chick Hernandez, as well as "Ravens Insider" Clifton Brown, "Redskins Insider" Tarik El-Bashir, and Redskins blogger Rich Tandler. Each day, Donaldson will be joined in studio by one of the network's NFL analysts, including Charley Casserly, Qadry Ismail, Brad Jackson, Trevor Matich, Shawn Springs, and Rick "Doc" Walker.....

630 Site Could Net $75M For Cumulus - 7/27 - The sale of the prime Bethesda real estate where the towers of WMAL's 630 AM signal sit could net station owner Cumulus $75 million. More at wirelessestimator.com.....

Derek McGinty Among 9's Cuts? - 7/27 - A well-placed source tells us that the Channel 9/WUSA newsroom is "roiled" by two recent job postings. One for a main male anchor - probably for Derek McGinty's (right) job. And the other for an assistant news director - a job currently occupied by Jay Mishkin. The other thing roiling staffers is the Andrea McCarren "dog raising stunt. One of DC's best investigative reporters (has been) relegated to dog stories," we're told. There have also been a series of suspensions and firings at the Tegna (formerly Gannett) station, we hear. More soon.....

Mickey To Temporarily Do Evenings At 98 Rock - 7/27 - As announced on the "Justin, Scott And Spiegel" morning show today, former 98 Rock morning host Mickey Cucchiella returns to the Hearst active rocker's airwaves for a limited engagement with "Mickey's Summer Job." Mickey will be doing the 7 PM to midnight shift Mondays through Fridays, starting tonight, July 27, and running through September 4.....

2 DC Area Community Radioers Ready For Launch - 7/27 - Current takes a look at two low-power community-oriented radio stations preparing for launch in the DC area - WERA in Arlington and WOWD in Takoma Park.....

Merrill College Offers Saturday Grad Program - 7/27 - The Philip Merrill College Of Journalism offers a Saturday-only four-course graduate program aimed at moving careers into overdrive. Skills learned in class can often be applied at work the following week. Multimedia lecturer and Director Of Assessments Christine Harvey oversees the Graduate Certificate Program Of Professional Studies In Multimedia Journalism. She says the program is tailored to provide the tools working professionals need now to succeed. She adds there is also a strong emphasis on mobile and entrepreneurial journalism. The Certificate Program is designed to be completed in one year - taking two classes each in the fall and spring semesters. But students are able to take a single class each semester to complete the program in a two year period. Interested in a full Masters Of Journalism program? Now you can even apply three of the four Saturday courses towards the MJ degree. The program is offered through the University Of Maryland's Office Of Extended Studies and taught in Knight Hall on the campus of the University Of Maryland. Apply now. For more information, contact Chris Harvey at charvey@umd.edu or visit merrill.umd.edu.....

WaPo Foreign Policy Reporter Don Oberdorfer Dies - 7/26 - Don Oberdorfer, a former Washington Post diplomatic correspondent who chronicled international news from the Vietnam War to the fall of the Soviet Union, died July 23 in Washington. He was 84. He had Alzheimer's disease. Oberdorfer spent 25 years with the Post, beginning in 1968. More at washingtonpost.com.....

AAA Transportation Expert Lon Anderson Retires - 7/26 - For 21 years, transportation expert Lon Anderson has been interviewed by DC area TV and radio news departments. But he's now retiring from his post as director of public and governmental relations for AAA Mid-Atlantic. More at washingtonpost.com.....

NCRTM To Hold Fall Fundraiser - 7/25 - The National Capital Radio And Television Museum is holding its second annual fall fundraiser, "Turn Your Radio On." The dinner, dance, and silent auction will be held Saturday, September 12, 6:30 PM, at the Blue Dolphin Seafood Bar And Grill in Gambrills. The event will honor DC radio legend Ed Walker with special guests Arch Campbell, Evan Haning, and Camille Bohannon. Tickets are $65 per person, or $480 for a table of eight. Call 301-390-1020 or email info@ncrtv.org for more information or to make reservations.....

WBAL Radio Re-Signs Navy Football - 7/24 - Hearst news talker WBAL, 1090 AM, will again carry Navy football this season. Via a new multi-year deal that includes the rights to do pre-game and post-game programming. It's the 11th season the Baltimore station has been the radio flagship for the Annapolis service academy. Earlier this year, WBAL radio lost its rights to carry the Orioles but it remains the flagship for the Ravens.....

CSN Debuts Donald Dell Interviews - 7/24 - Comcast SportsNet debuts a monthly interview series, "The Donald Dell Interview," featuring sports agent Dell's conversations with high-profile athletes and newsmakers from around the sports world. The debut episode, which will feature an interview of former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue, will air July 26 at 6:30 PM, which other airings scheduled. In 1970, Dell, a Bethesda native, co-founded DC-based ProServ, one of the nation's first sports marketing agencies. His clients have included some of the biggest names in tennis, such as Arthur Ashe, Stan Smith, and Jimmy Connors, as well as basketball's Michael Jordan and Patrick Ewing.....

Kristin Roberts To Politico - 7/24 - Kristin Roberts leaves the managing editor post at National Journal for Politico, where she'll be national editor covering the upcoming elections.....

Local TV Video Additions - 7/24 - Just added to DCRTV's Local TV Video page: Channel 4/WRC news promos and opens from the 1960s through the 1990s, a Channel 9 - then WDVM - news report on the sale of progressive rock WHFS from 1983, and much more.....

Erin Como To Do AM Traffic At 5 - 7/23 - Erin Como (right) joins Channel 5/WTTG as a weekday morning traffic anchor for the Fox-owned station's morning news shows, starting August 17. She replaces Caitlin Roth who will move to weekend morning weather. Como will also serve as a general assignment reporter for Fox 5's various newscasts. Como comes from WZTV-TV in Nashville, where she was a traffic anchor, host, and reporter. Before that, she was a traffic reporter, assignment editor, and planning editor for WCAU-TV in Philadelphia.....

Hoffman To Be WTEM's Skins Beat Reporter - 7/23 - Craig Hoffman joins Redskins flagship WTEM, ESPN 980, as its Redskins beat reporter. He comes from Dallas sports talker KESN, where he was a host at sports news update anchor. Hoffman will cover the Redskins year-round and will contribute to WTEM's local shows. He will also be part of the game-day broadcasts on the Redskins Radio Network while producing content for ESPN 980's website and social media outlets. "This is an amazing opportunity," said Hoffman. "It's everything someone in my shoes could ask for, all in one of the nation's best sports towns." Adds WTEM Program Director Dan Zampillo, "Craig is an incredibly talented individual, and his ability to succeed on many different media platforms makes him the ideal person to cover the Redskins".....

PBDC: Portis Joins WTEM, More - 7/23 - Redskins great Clinton Portis joins ESPN 980, WTEM. Longtime sportswriter Ben Standig will write about the Redskins this season for BreakingBurgundy.com. Sportswriter Rick Snider starts a video production firm. Comcast SportsNet wins its fourth straight Metropolitan Media Softball League title. And more in this week's DC sports media column at PressBoxDC.com.....

MSNBC Changes: New Show For Todd, Williams Returns - 7/23 - MSNBC is expected to announce today sweeping changes to its afternoon lineup that will clear the way for Brian Williams's return. NewsBlues tells us that the Comcast-NBC-Universal-owned news network will cancel "The Cycle" at 3 PM, "Now With Alex Wagner" at 4 PM, and "The Ed Show" with Ed Schultz at 5 PM. Chuck Todd, who hosts NBC's DC-based "Meet The Press," will replace Schultz at 5 PM. The two-hour block from 3 PM to 5 PM is likely to go to former NBC top news anchor Williams, putting him head-to-head in a similar "breaking news" format with Shepard Smith on Fox News.....

Evan Haning To Host "First Light" - 7/23 - DC news radio veteran Evan Haning, who's worked at WTOP, WRC, and WNEW, has been named host of Westwood One's nationally syndicated "First Light" radio news program. He'll be doing that in addition to the network's morning drive news. He replaces Dirk Van, who retires next week. Haning had been a fill-in host of "First Light".....

SLR: Diamond Back To DC? Too Many DC Weathercasters? More - 7/23 - More about Jack Diamond's possible return to DC's 107.3. Whatever happened to "the world's oldest call screener" Joe Ardinger of "Don And Mike Show" fame? How many DC TV and radio weathercasters does it take to get a forecast overly hyped? Spanky gets Fresh. And much more as DCRTV Dave chats with DC media guru Jonathan in this week's "Sadly Lacking Radio" poscast at sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

Calamur & Frazier To Atlantic - 7/23 - Some changes at the DC-based Atlantic. Krishnadev Calamur is the new senior news editor. She comes from NPR, where he was an editor and blogger for NPR Parallels. Also, Caitlin Frazier has been named social media editor. She comes from ThinkProgress where she had a like gig.....

Matt Davis Says Goodbye To 98 Rock - 7/22 - Matt Davis (right) is leaving Hearst rocker WIYY, 98 Rock, in Baltimore. He writes on Facebook: "After almost 20 years at 98 Rock, I walked into my boss's office, and announced my resignation from the radio station, effective Monday, August 3rd." As for Davis's weekly "Noise In The Basement" show, it will be taking a "brief hiatus," according to Cary Pahigian, the president and general manager of Hearst's Baltimore radio cluster. Until a new host is found. Davis said in his Facebook post that he is leaving for an "exciting new opportunity." More soon.....

Clinton Portis Joins WTEM - 7/22 - Clinton Portis joins Redskins flagship WTEM, ESPN 980, as an analyst for the upcoming football season. The running back played seven seasons for the Redskins and is the second-leading rusher in team history. Portis will call-in Monday afternoons during "The Drive" with Chris Cooley, Steve Czaban, and Al Galdi to recap every Redskins game. He will also co-host a monthly one-hour show on Fridays during the season. "I am so excited to finally be on the air covering the team I love," says Portis. "Chris Cooley was a great teammate and close friend and we promise to make it as memorable as we did during our playing career." Adds WTEM Program Director Dan Zampillo, "Clinton Portis is a name Redskins fans connect to, and his engaging personality will add another strong voice to our Redskins coverage this season".....

O'Meara Releases "Open Mike" - 7/22 - DC radio great Mike O'Meara has released a new audio book, "Open Mike," now available on iTunes. It updates, expands, and enhances the book he and his show's crew wrote last year with celebrity guests, audio clips, and some surprises. The audio book is also available at mikeomearashow.com.....

Tegna Sells Tysons HQ - 7/22 - Tegna, as the former Gannett broadcasting division is known, has signed a contract to sell its McLean headquarters in the Tysons area to private investment group Tamares for $270 million. Tegna will continue to occupy a portion of the building for 18 months and plans to stay in the Washington area thereafter. Locally, Tegna owns Channel 9/WUSA. More at broadcastingcable.com.....

Smelly "Sharknado" Comes To DC - 7/22 - SyFy's third installment of "Sharknado" comes to DC. And Washington Post TV critic Hank Stuever says it smells too strongly of dead fish. At washingtonpost.com.....

NAB Spent $17.4M For Lobbying In Past Year - 7/22 - The DC-based National Association Of Broadcasters spends a bit less on lobbying in second quarter - $4.17 million, compared with $4.2 million in the first quarter. For the previous 12 months, the outlay was $17.4 million - about $400,000 less than Google and $280,000 less than Comcast, according to Tom Taylor Now.....

WTOP Tops DC Radio Heap Again - 7/21 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "second week" of July. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WIHT, 4) WHUR, 5) WASH, 6) WBIG, 7) WPGC, 8) WIAD, 9) WMAL, 10) WMZQ, 11) WWDC and WKYS, 13) WETA-FM and WMMJ, 15) WPRS, 16) WJFK-FM, 17) WGTS and WRQX, 19) WNEW, 20) WTEM and WAFY, 23) WDCN and WBQB and WFRE, 26) WINC-FM and WAVA, 28) WWEG and WFLS, 30) WERQ, 31) WKDV and WQSR and WGRQ and WSPZ, 35) WPFW and WIYY and WSMD and WACA and WPOC and WKIK.....

It's Not Over: More CBS-DC Radio Cuts Coming - 7/21 - Last week, many of the radio trade publications reported that CBS Radio had made a batch of long-rumored cuts at stations nationwide. But, DCRTV hears from numerous local sources that the company is by no means done with the pink-slips - even after 200 jobs went missing coast-to-coast earlier this month. "There is much more to come," a CBS-DC source tells us. "More high level cuts coming. More on-air and programming cuts coming." We're also been told about a number of closed-door meetings with CBS-DC execs, including market manager Steve Swenson, who is said to be "a complete wreck" about corporate-commanded cuts that his local team will be required to make. We are also told that, for the time being, CBS is not planning any local format flips, including the rumored removal of the news talk programming at WNEW, 99.1 FM, which has been a significent revenue drain on the DC cluster with its lack of ratings traction since being launched in early 2012. Besides WNEW, CBS also owns WPGC, WJFK-FM/AM, WLZL, and WIAD.....

CBS-DC Hires "Spanky" - 7/21 - Despite the rumors of more cuts at CBS Radio in DC, there has been at least one new hire. DCRTV hears that Fernando "Spanky" Macchiavello, a veteran of the old adult contemporary Mix 107.3 back when Jack Diamond was around, has joined CBS Radio here in DC. And has been doing weekend work on 94.7 Fresh FM and may also be heard on El Zol. His background includes many talents, including production, board work, and on-air gigs.....

WTEM's Cooley Eyes Return To Sports - 7/21 - Could former Redskin Chris Cooley go from the radio booth, where he currently co-hosts the afternoon show on ESPN 980, WTEM, back to the field? He's thinking about it, reports Dan Steinberg at washingtonpost.com.....

WTMD Participates In Pro-Baltimore Music Project - 7/21 - Towson University's adult alternative WTMD, 89.7 FM, is helping to put together the Baltimore music-education program Believe In Music, which will release "Believe In Baltimore," a song-and-music-video collaboration. Following Baltimore's spring riots, the project involves Sam Sessa, the local music coordinator at WTMD. "What began as an exercise in self-expression quickly evolved into a partnership between WTMD and Believe In Music, and the result is one of the largest Baltimore music collaborations in recent memory," according to the Baltimore Sun.....

102.3 WHFS Remembered - 7/21 - Local columnist John Kelly takes a look back at progressive rocker WHFS, which broadcast from Bethesda in the 1970s and early 1980s on 102.3 FM. At washingtonpost.com.....

New Set For "PBS NewsHour" - 7/21 - "PBS NewsHour" with Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, which is produced at studios in Arlington, will unveiled a new look, including new set, graphics, and music, during its broadcast on Monday. "The open, bright and modern concept incorporates the iconic PBS logo and more closely aligns the 'NewsHour's' broadcast and online content visually," according to pbs.org. "The new studio increases the 'NewsHour's' production flexibility with multiple arrangements for interviews, reports and discussions in studio and by remote, in a transparent and fresh setting".....

Gerberg To "NewsHour" - 7/21 - Jon Gerberg joins Arlington-based "PBS NewsHour" as a general assignment producer. He's freelanced for them in the past. And, in the past, Gerberg has reported and produced for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian, and Al Jazeera.....

New Sales Duties For Bob Phillips - 7/20 - Bob Phillips, CBS Radio's Baltimore market manager, will take on additional duties as the firm's national director of sales while continuing to oversee the Baltimore cluster. That's among a batch of management changes announced today by new CBS Radio President Andre Fernandez. More at radioinsight.com.....

Tegna CEO Buys Fancy Arlington Condo - 7/18 - As Tegna prepares to sell its Tysons Corner home, its CEO bought a new one. Gracia Martore, CEO of Tegna, the digital and broadcast company that split from Gannett June 29, purchased a 4,447-square-foot condo in Arlington for $3.65 million on June 19. She was previously the CEO of Gannett. The four-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath unit in Turnberry Tower at 1881 Nash Street comes with hand-finished walnut floors and custom archways. More at bizjournals.com. Locally, Tegna owns Channel 9/WUSA.....

SFMSports To Cover Ripken Series, More - 7/17 - SFMSports will again cover the Cal Ripken World Series. WNST owner Nestor Aparicio raises funds and awareness for bone marrow donations. The latest Baltimore sports radio ratings. And, Comcast SportsNet ramps up its coverage of the Ravens' preseason. In this the latest Baltimore sports media column at PressBoxOnline.com.....

Kenny Day To iHeart - 7/17 - Kenny Day joins radio giant iHeartMedia as its senior vice president for political sales and strategy. He'll be based in DC and will oversee iHeart's political and advocacy efforts. Day comes from Yahoo-owned BrightRoll. Before that, he set up the DC offices for Conversant. He's also worked at Politico, which he helped launch, Roll Call, and Bloomberg Government.....

Jeff Boden To Head Delmarva - 7/17 - Jeff Boden, who from 1993 to 2012 worked in management, including the market manager position, at ABC-then-Citadel-now-Cumulus's DC radio cluster of WMAL, WRQX, and now-defunct WJZW/WVRX, is the new group head of Wilmington-based Delmarva Broadcasting, which owns a dozen radio stations in Delaware and eastern Maryland. He succeeds the retiring Pete Booker. Most recently, Boden has been running a marketing firm and had opened a store in Bethesda for Embroidme, a uniform printing and embroidery business.....

FLS Tops Fredericksburg - 7/17 - As usual, country WFLS, 93.3, tops the latest batch of radio ratings for Fredericksburg. Hot adult contemporary WBQB, B101.5, takes second place.....

Megan McCain To Fox News - 7/17 - Meghan McCain, the political scion who has won public fame as a blogger, commentator, and TV-show host, will join Fox News Channel as a contributor, Variety has learned.....

ABC News Vet Glennwood Branche Dies - 7/16 - DCRTV hears that ABC News veteran Glennwood Branche, 62, died Wednesday of complications from leukemia. In 1995, he began serving as vice president of operations at ABC's Washington bureau. For 20 years, up until his retirement just a few months ago, "he was involved in each and every story in Washington, always the first to arrive in times of crisis and breaking news," according to a staff memo from ABC News President James Goldston. Branche started his career at the assignment desk at Channel 7/WJLA, soon jumping over to ABC, where he held numerous producer roles. He moved on to be ABC's bureau chief in St. Louis and Philadelphia, as well as senior producer for the network's "World News Tonight." During his career, Branche won an Emmy Award and two Peabody Awards.....

CBS Radio DC Cuts "Severe" - 7/16 - From DCRTV's Thursday Mailbag about staff pink slips from CBS Radio: "Cuts were supposed to start today at CBS/DC. They're supposed to be quite severe... Sounds like on air and programming could be hit pretty hard..." More as we hear it.....

Nat'l Journal Cuts Print Edition - 7/16 - National Journal, the Washington-based political news outlet owned by Atlantic Media, announced that it will suspend its weekly magazine later this year, bringing an end to its 46-year run in print. So reports politico.com.....

Josh Knight To JLA - 7/16 - From DCRTV's Thursday Mailbag: "A new metrologist is headed to WJLA/ABC 7. The person's name is Josh Knight. Knight is coming from WKRC-TV in Ohio where was a metrologist there. He started as a metrologist at WHSV-TV in the Shenandoah Valley. You can find more information on him by googling his Twitter page".....

5's Beth Parker To PricewaterhouseCoopers - 7/16 - Yesterday, DCRTV broke the news that reporter Beth Parker (right) is leaving Channel 5/WTTG at the end of the month. Now, we hear via her Twitter feed that she's heading to PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she'll be a public relations director - a job that'll give her more time with her family. "Wanna be able to pick my kid up at school," she Tweets. Parker joined DC's Fox station in August of 1998 as a general assignment reporter. She started her career in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley at Channel 3/WHSV in Harrisonburg.....

Hubbard Gives $5M To Newseum - 7/16 - Hubbard Broadcasting, which owns WTOP and WFED, has made a $5 million donation to the DC-based Newseum. Hubbard, which is based in St. Paul, Minnesota and owns 14 TV stations and 48 radio stations, becomes the news business and journalism museum's 16th "founding partner." Says Hubbard CEO Stanley Hubbard: "Our family has always been a strong advocate of a free press. Because it is the only institution solely devoted to educating the public about the fundamental value of First Amendment freedoms and free expression, the Newseum is a great gift to the nation and the world." For several years, all-newser WTOP has co-sponsored a program that has allowed more than 250,000 DC area students to visit the Newseum free of charge.....

Baier Re-Signs With Fox News - 7/16 - DC-based Bret Baier has signed a new multi-year deal to remain the chief political anchor at Fox News Channel and host of the weeknightly 6 PM "Special Report" show. He's been with the network 17 years. Variety has more.....

Juana Summers Leaves NPR For Mashable - 7/16 - Juana Summers leaves NPR, where she's been covering Capitol Hill, to join Mashable, where she'll be politics editor. Before NPR, she spent four years at Poltico covering politics, veterans issues, and defense policy.....

Fox Sports Suspends McNabb - 7/16 - Former Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb has been suspended indefinitely by Fox Sports after his second DWI arrest in 18 months. More from ESPN.....

SLR: Russell, Plante, CBS, WTOP, More - 7/16 - More on Chris Russell leaving ESPN 980. How come WMAL's Chris Plante can say the most outrageous things and nobody complains. Because nobody's listening! More on those CBS Radio cuts. And why WTOP doesn't deserve a Marconi. As DCRTV Dave does his weekly chat with DC media guru Jonathan in his Sadly Lacking Radio podcast.....

SFMSports To Carry Ripken Series - 7/16 - SFMSports has renewed its partnership with Ripken Baseball to broadcast the 2015 Cal Ripken World Series. The Baltimore-based sports broadcaster will produce and broadcast all 41 games of the series from Aberdeen MD July 24 through August 1. Live coverage starts Friday, July 24, with the opening game of Harford County versus Middle Atlantic at 8 PM and concludes with the World Championship on Saturday, August 1 at 8 PM. Listen live at sfmsports.net.....

Ben Standig To Breaking Burgundy Site - 7/15 - Longtime sportswriter Ben Standig is taking over Scout.com's Washington Redskins site, which is now BreakingBurgundy.com. The lifelong DC area native has covered the sports scene for over a decade and he'll continue his work for CSNwashington.com on the Washington Wizards, college basketball, and the NFL Draft. Standig has covered the Redskins for CSNwashington, Associated Press, and other outlets along while also focusing on the league through the NFL Draft and fantasy football. In addition, Standig and Holden Kushner will record their fantasy football podcast this season for Fanduel.com.....

Jeffries Replaces Gillette As PD At WRQX - 7/15 - Jan Jeffries is the new program director for Cumulus contemporary hits outlet WRQX, All The Hits 107.3. He comes from Chicago where he's been program director for the firm's classic hits WLS-FM. He replaces Rick Gillette, who will move to New York City as program director for hot adult contemporary WPLJ. Jeffries will continue in his corporate role as senior vice president of programming for Cumulus, while Gillette will retain his responsibilities as corporate program director/contemporary for Cumulus. Jeffries has more than 40 years experience in broadcasting, including at several stations in the DC-Baltimore area, such as WRQX and the old WBSB. DCRTV wonders: Might Jack Diamond, who currently does the morning show at Jeffries' WLS-FM, return to WRQX, which has suffered a ratings meltdown since he was canned from the morning show two years ago, back when the station was hot adult contemporary Mix 107.3.? Also, might Jeffries flip WRQX's format back to hot AC or maybe more in a classic hits (up against iHeart's WBIG) or oldies direction? Stay tuned.....

Beth Parker Leaves 5 - 7/15 - Reporter Beth Parker is leaving Channel 5/WTTG at the end of the month. She put in her two week resignation notice this week, a Fox 5 source tells us. She joined DC's Fox station in August of 1998 as a general assignment reporter. She started her career in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley at Channel 3/WHSV in Harrisonburg. No word on a future gig for her.....

Core Profiled In NOVA Mag - 7/15 - Buzz McClain pens a profile of DC talk radio great Chris Core in the July edition of Northern Virginia magazine. Read all about Core's radio career, which included several decades at WMAL working with Bill Trumbull and doing his own show, and his current "Core Values" commentary work at WTOP. "Getting To The Core" is at northernvirginiamag.com.....

McCaffrey Heads To Binghamton - 7/15 - Frank McCaffrey, a former DC-based Fox News producer who was also an area news anchor, will be moving to upstate New York for a job with WICZ-TV in Binghamton as the managing editor and lead anchor. "I am excited for this move. It seems that the time is right to make my resume longer and more confusing," says McCaffrey. "In this role, I will be helping to develop the younger talent. There seems to be some good prospects in that station who will give the business the bright future it deserves." McCaffrey recently completed a movie on the life of Chinese dissident Harry Wu.....

Washingtonian Honors Trull - 7/15 - WAMU's Armando Trull takes the honor for "Best On-the-Ground Local Reporter" from Washingtonian in its annual "Best Of Washington" selections.....

"Veep" Star Visits WaPo - 7/15 - Julia Louis-Dreyfus, star of HBO's "Veep," visits the Washington Post and generates a gushing PR-ish piece in the Style secion. At washingtonpost.com.....

MPT Seeks Public Input On Dam Documentary - 7/14 - Maryland Public Television is at work on a new documentary, "Conowingo Dam: Power On The Susquehanna," that will have its premiere during the station's Chesapeake Bay Week in April 2016. The film will trace the history of the 86-year-old structure and its impact on the people of Maryland. MPT producers are looking for stories about Conowingo from descendants of those who built or worked on the dam. They're also seeking stories from present-day residents of areas surrounding the dam as well as photographs, films, books, letters, and diaries - any object may help MPT tell the story of the Conowingo Dam and the people who live in the surrounding communities of Cecil and Harford counties and southeastern Pennsylvania. If you have a story to share, or a photograph or some other object, contact MPT at conowingo@mpt.org.....

Sinclair To Debut Attiksson Show In October - 7/14 - Sinclair announces that its new Sunday political program featuring former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson will debut on October 4. The 30-minute show called "Full Measure" will originate from Channel 7/WJLA. It will air on Sinclair's stations nationwide. Batt Humphreys has been named executive producer, Kim Skeen producer, and Bryan Barr lead photographer.....

WTOP Tops Latest Radio Ratings - 7/14 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "first week" of July. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WIHT, 4) WASH, 5) WHUR, 6) WBIG, 7) WIAD and WMZQ, 9) WMAL and WPGC and WKYS, 12) WETA-FM, 13) WMMJ, 14) WWDC, 15) WPRS, 16) WGTS, 17) WJFK-FM, 18) WRQX, 19) WNEW, 20) WFRE and WLZL, 22) WAFY and WTEM and WFMD, 25) WDCN, 26) WINC-FM and WBQB, 28) WFLS and WAVA-FM and WQSR and WWEG.....

WTOP, WPRS, WKYS Up For Marconis - 7/14 - Hubbard all-newser WTOP has been nominated as a finalist for the "Major Market Station Of The Year" community service award by the DC-based National Association Of Broadcasters' 2015 Marconi Radio Awards. The winners will be announced October 1 at the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner And Show in Atlanta. Also, Radio One's gospel WPRS, Praise 104.1, has been nominated for "Religious Station Of The Year" and the company's urban contemporary WKYS is up for "Urban Station Of The Year".....

Source: RQX PD Out, More Changes Coming - 7/14 - From DCRTV's Tuesday Mailbag about Cumulus contemporary hit outlet All The Hits 107.3: "WRQX PD [Rick] Gillette has left the building and is officially out. He still remains at Cumulus for time being at WPLJ in NYC but was not even allowed to transition the new PD who will be arriving this week. Production director out as well. The format wheel will spin again! In related news Cumulus closed down its long time DC Network sales office last week in another move to cut expenses. [Cumulus CEO] Lew Dickey was in town last week to help the remaining managers prepare for the lipstick on a pig dressing. Stock closed at a five-year low $1.79 a share yesterday and Q2 earnings announcement on 7/30 will send it tumbling even further into the abyss." WRQX hasn't recovered from the canning two years ago of longtime morning man Jack Diamond. Last year, it installed a new morning show headed by Sarah Frasier and flipped from hot adult contemporary to contemporary hits. Once a reliable top 10 performer, WRQX's ratings have stayed in the 20th place range since Diamond's departure, although they did tick up slightly in the June numbers.....

CBS Radio Cuts Hit - 7/14 - They've been rumored, but after months of cutting high-profile shows, CBS Radio has made numerous layoffs across the country the past few days. With some trade pubs reporting the cuts affecting as many as 200 employees, most appear to be on the sales and support side. DCRTV has reported that the cuts could result in the end of money-draining all-newser turned news-talker WNEW, 99.1 FM. But, so far, that low-rated station has retained its format. DCRTV hears that there have been numerous low-profile cuts in Baltimore, with a batch of pink slips set to go out in DC soon, now that market head Steve Swenson is back from vacation. CBS Radio owns 10 stations in the DC-Baltimore area. More at radioinsight.com......

CSN Wins MMSL Title - 7/14 - Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic won its fourth straight Metropolitan Media Softball League title on Sunday, with a 13-2 win over an Alumni team consisting of players from several former squads, including NBC4, CNN, the Gazette, and C-SPAN.The championship game capped off a playoff weekend at Cabin John Park in Bethesda. More info and pictures can be found at the league's Facebook page.....

Dave TV: Why WTOP Doesn't Deserve A Marconi, More - 7/14 - Why WTOP does not deserve a Marconi award. Is a format flip finally coming to WRQX? And what could it be? A return of Jack Diamond? And how will all those cuts at CBS Radio impact DC? Could we be seeing changes at 99.1 and 107.9? Plus, more really big pictures in the declining print version of the Washington Post. In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV.....

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