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5's McGonagle Faces Drunk Driving Charge - 4/25 - FTVLive reports that Channel 5/WTTG News Director Paul McGonagle was arrested last November in Dare County NC for DWI and possession of an open container of alcohol. WTTG insiders tell FTVLive that McGonagle has made no mention of his arrest to his staff or his impending court date. FTVLive says that McGonagle has a house on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Court records show that he is scheduled back in court on June 7 to answer to the charges against him, FTVLive adds.....

Sinclair Makes More Concessions For Tribune Deal - 4/25 - With an incresing number of dark clouds hovering over its proposed purchase of Tribune's TV stations, Baltimore-based Sinclair is making a batch of concessions to win approval of increasingly skeptical FCC and DOJ regulators. More at tvnewscheck.com.....

New Job Ad - 4/25 - The latest from DCRTV's Job Ads: "Do you have the knowledge and ability to work a beat, write compelling and accurate news stories, edit sound on the fly, computer skills, social media savvy and want to live at the beach? WGMD is searching for a news hound to become our next morning radio news anchor. WGMD is a legacy Class A FM news/talk radio station in southern Delaware, only 5 miles from pristine mid-Atlantic beaches with growing populations, vibrant shopping and world class restaurants. Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, aka 'The Nation's Summer Capital,' is only 90 miles from major east coast cities of Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD, and Philadelphia, PA. WGMD offers benefits and salary commensurate with experience. If you’re a self-starter and have the burn in your belly for news, send resume and air check to airjob@wgmd.com. NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE".....

Support DCRTV & Get A Sticker - 4/25 - DCRTV has been here covering DC and Baltimore area radio, TV, and media news for 20 years, since 1997, thanks largely to your support. Please help keep DCRTV running into its third decade! Make at least a $5 donation and we'll send you our 20th anniversary sticker! It's approximately 2 inches by 6 inches and would look great on any car or truck's bumper! Or on your fridge or a backpack. Or maybe at the base of your station's tower. Send your donation via PayPal at paypal.me/dcrtv or send cash or a check made payable to "Dave Hughes" to Dave Hughes, 6200 Rolling Road #2442, Springfield VA 22152.....

iHeart Moves Hyland To Top Balto Spot - 4/24 - iHeartMedia promotes 19-year media veteran Aaron Hyland to market president of the firm's Baltimore radio cluster, overseeing country WPOC, contemporary hits Z104 WZFT, classic hits Jack 102.7 WQSR, and gospel WCAO. Hyland will be responsible for overseeing the Baltimore market's programming, advertising and operations across its multiple platforms. e will also continue to oversee ad sales ales for iHeart's Washington radio cluster as regional senior vice president.....

SFMSports Picks Up Salisbury U Football - 4/24 - Maryland News Network and SFMSports.Net, Maryland's only statewide radio networks with 31 radio station affiliates, announce the addition of Salisbury University Sea Gulls Football to its collegiate properties. This fall, the Baltimore-based networks will produce and broadcast all regular and post-season games online and on-air through the collegiate network, SFMSports.Net. SFMSports.Net will produce and broadcast all regular and post- season games, which will be streamed on the network's web and mobile platforms, and broadcast in Salisbury on affiliate WAMS, which is branded as 94.9 JACK-FM.....

Loo Katz Starts Hound Radio - 4/24 - Longtime Washington radio personality Loo Katz debuts Hound Radio, an internet-only station featuring a unique format - "Music. Chat. This & That." It launched April 23. Late last year, Katz concluded a 17-year run at iHeart's adult contemporary WASH. The last 14 of those years hosting morning drive. He will serve as program director and on-air host for Hound Radio. He will be joined in the all-volunteer service by veteran DC entertainment reporter Arch Campbell, newsman Sean Hall, weather forecaster Tom Miner, and comedy consultant Jeff Penn. In creating Hound Radio, Katz says he wanted to develop an offering of music, entertainment, conversation, information and fun not currently available. The music will feature "a custom blend of hits from the 1970s through today." Hound Radio is dedicated to the memory of Dixie, Katz's beloved basset hound. In addition to being heard via live stream at houndradio.com, it's also available via a free app at the Apple App Store and Google Play.....

Bill McCarrey Dies - 4/18 - Bill McCarrey, 60, the chief engineer at Manning Broadcasting for 20 years, died on April 16 of complications from liver cancer. During his career, he worked at WEEO in Waynesboro PA and WXVA in Charles Town WV before joining Manning Broadcasting in Hagerstown and Frederick in the 1990s, where he was employed as a radio personality, production director, and later chief engineer of WARK/WWEG, 106.9 The Eagle, and WAFY, Key 103. More at www.heraldmailmedia.com.....

Carl Kasell Dies - 4/17 - From npr.org: "Every weekday for more than three decades, his baritone steadied our mornings. Even in moments of chaos and crisis, Carl Kasell (right) brought unflappable authority to the news. But behind that hid a lively sense of humor, revealed to listeners late in his career, when he became the beloved judge and official scorekeeper for Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! NPR's news quiz show. Kasell died Tuesday from complications from Alzheimer's disease in Potomac MD. He was 84." Goldsboro NC native Kasell started his radio career at the University Of North Carolina-Chapel Hill's WUNC. He later moved to the DC area and worked at at Arundel Communications' all-news WAVA 105.1/780 in the 1960s and early 1970s, and joined NPR in 1975. By 1979, he was heard on the first broadcast of "Morning Edition." Kasell stayed with "ME" until 2009, but continued his co-starring role on public radio quiz show "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me," which he'd begun in 1998, until 2014.....

Clyburn Leaves FCC - 4/17 - Democrat Mignon Clyburn says she'll be stepping down as a Federal Communications Commission commissioner. More at axios.com.....

WTOP Tops March Radio Ratings For DC - 4/17 - The Washington market radio ratings for the month of March. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WHUR, 4) WMMJ, 5) WMAL, 6) WBIG, 7) WASH, 8) WGTS, 9) WPGC, 10) WKYS, 11) WIHT, 12) WRQX, 13) WPRS, 14) WMZQ and WIAD, 16) WWDC, 17) WETA-FM, 18) WJFK-FM, 19) WLZV and WLZL, 21) WTEM, 22) WDCN and WAVA-FM, 24) WWEG and WFRE and WFMD, 27) WDCH and WAFY, 29) WTNT and WPFW and WILC and WBQH and WACA.....

WWIN Tops March Radio Ratings For Baltimore - 4/17 - The Baltimore market radio ratings for the month of March. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WERQ, 3) WPOC, 4) WLIF, 5) WIYY, 6) WWMX, 7) WZFT, 8) WQSR, 9) WJZ-FM and WZBA, 11) WBAL-AM, 12) WCBM and WYPR, 14) WRBS-FM, 15) WBJC, 16) WEAA, 17) WLIFHD2, 18) WCAO and WRBS-AM, 20) WJZ-AM and WQLL and WWMXHD2.....

2 Launches Rebrand - 4/16 - Baltimore's Channel 2/WMAR is rebranding "in a way that harkens back to its early days as a pioneer in local television," according to statement from the Scripps-owned station. Effective today, April 16, the station is changing all of its branding to "WMAR-2 News, Working For You." The ABC affiliate is combining the historic "2" insignia shape with a modern logo layout of the original "WMAR" call letters which were coined by the A.S. Abell Company, publisher of the then Sunpapers in 1947. "Local reporters following local beats, acting as advocates for our audience is at the core of who we are - that is why our slogan 'Working For You' is not changing," says Kelly Groft, news director for WMAR. "Our dedicated reporters will continue to offer meaningful storytelling, essential journalism and make authentic connections with our viewers".....

EZ Street To HUR - 4/12 - DCRTV hears that DC radio veteran EZ Street joins Howard University's adult urban contemporary WHUR, 96.3. Doing Saturdays noon to 4 PM. His first show is this weekend. EZ started his career at WIOQ in Philadelphia and then headed to Chicago's WJPC. In 1995, he moved to WKYS and was at WPGC from 1999 to 2005. After a short stint at KBLX in San Francisco, he returned to WKYS in 2006.....

More News On 5 & 20 - 4/12 - Fox announces that is expanding newscasts on many of its owned stations, including DC's Channel 5/WTTG, Fox 5, and Channel 20/WDCA, which is now branded as Fox 5 Plus. WTTG is adding a half hour at 7 PM weekdays and 11:30 PM on Sundays. WDCA is adding 30 minutes at 9 PM. More at adweek.com.....

Entercom Continues Vets Programming Despite Flip Of 1580 - 4/11 - From Tom Taylor Now: "Although we're no longer airing 'Connecting Vets' on WJFK/1580," says Entercom programmer Robert Sanchez – the veterans-oriented programming for the Washington DC market is still available other places. WJFK-AM is now Spanish sports "El Zol Deportes," nut the 24/7 Connecting Vets programming is carried on the HD3 signal of WPGC, 95.5, as well as Entercom's ConnectingVets.com. Sanchez says they continue producing the "Eye On Veterans" features on CBS News Radio, airing on more than 100 affiliates. Its two components are one-minute daily vignettes and a two-hour weekend show, both anchored by retired Marine Captain Chas Henry.....

Pat Korten Dies - 4/10 - Patrick Korten, 70, a former reporter and anchor for all-news WTOP radio who left broadcast journalism to serve as a communications official in the Reagan administration, died April 5 after suffering a stroke in Fairfax. From 1975 to 1981, Korten worked as a reporter and a desk anchor at WTOP, then the CBS News Radio affiliate in Washington. He left broadcasting to serve the administration of President Ronald Reagan. More at washingtontimes.com.....

1580 Flips To Spanish Sports - 4/9 - Entercom (formerly CBS Radio) has replaced the veterans-oriented talk service on WJFK-AM, 1580, with Spanish language sports as "El Zol Deportes," to pair with its Spanish contemporary WLZL, El Zol, 107.9. The new outlet will feature ESPN Deportes Radio programming along with a local show from 3 PM to 5 PM hosted by Ray Parker. Play-by-play will include MLS, UEFA, Liga MX, and FIFA soccer, plus ESPN's MLB, NFL, and NBA programming. The new sports channel will also be included among the digital subchannel offerings of 107.9. "Sports are an integral part of the Washington DC Spanish-speaking community and we are excited to fill this void by offering the only Spanish-language sports brand in the metro are," say Steve Swenson, market manager of Entercom's DC radio cluster. "By leveraging our existing sports brands and relationships, El Zol Deportes will offer the most compelling play-by-play to serve the community and our local partners." Entercom already runs English-language sports talk on 106.7 The Fan, WJFK-FM.....

Mike McKay Dies - 4/8 - DCRTV hears that DC radio veteran Mike McKay has died. His career included a stint as "Commander McKay" on rocker WWDC, DC101, back in the 1970s. Most recently, he'd been doing production and board work for news talker WMAL, including with Chris Plante's show. A memorial service is slated for April 13 at 6 PM at Gasch's funeral home in Hyattsville. More as we hear it.....

WTOP Again Top Ad Revenue Biller - 4/8 - Hubbard all-newser WTOP has yet again been named the top advertising revenue billing radio station in the whole USA for 2017, according to stats from BIA Advisory Services. It's $67 million revenue figure beat out stations in much larger markets, including Los Angeles, New York City, and Chicago. More at biakelsey.com.....

New Owner For Radio World - 4/5 - NewBay Media, parent of a batch of broadcasting publications like Northern Virginia-based Radio World, has been acquired by British-based Future in a deal valued at $13.8 million. More at radioworld.com.....

New Website For MH Media Strategies - 4/5 - Michael Hughes, who once was the head of CBS Radio's DC cluster, now runs Annapolis-based MH Media Strategies. "We are working with many local, regional, national and international companies," he tells us. And he's got a newly updated website at mhmediastrategies.com. Hughes is also working with Annapolis-based Research Director on the development of some new media research-related products. Stay tuned.....

New Job Ad - 4/5 - The latest from DCRTV's Job Ads: "Research Director Inc., a nationally-acclaimed audience interpretation company, providing insight to media companies across the U.S. and North America, is seeking a Senior Director of Business Development. This is a full-time position, based in Annapolis and does require some travel. The ideal candidate will: have a B.S. or higher college degree; have a strong history in sales or a sales organization with a strong ability to generate new business (media sales preferred); a thorough understanding of media research (preferably radio) and how to interpret data; a good network of contacts and a positive industry reputation strong communication skills; works well in a collaborative environment; self-motivated; be able to prove a history of delivering state-of-the-art customer service; work with potential and existing customers to assess needs and recommend solutions; manage a budget and achieve or exceed monthly goals. Research Director Inc. is rapidly expanding its slate of products and services to provide audience data on many levels and requires a professional who can articulate those offerings well to a new target customer. If this is you, apply confidentially by e-mailing resume and cover letter to CareersAtRDI@ResearchDirectorInc.com".....

2 New Job Ads - 4/5 - The latest from DCRTV's Job Ads: "Account Executive sought for Annapolis full-service radio station. Sales experience required, preferably in media advertising sales. Applicant will meet with local business decision-makers and advertising agencies to coordinate advertising/marketing plans using broadcast, internet and social media. Applicant must be creative and self-motivated. Knowledge of local market required. Compensation includes salary plus commission and incentives. Fax resume to 410-268-5360, or email resume to jobs@wnav.com. EOE M/F. Deadline for applications is April 10, 2018." Also: "WNAV, Annapolis, has an opening for a part-time news anchor/reporter. You must have experience in news writing and reporting. Some knowledge of sports helpful. Duties include developing, writing, delivering newscasts, outside reporting/interviewing and digital audio production. Send T & R to News Director, 1430 WNAV, 236 Admiral Drive, Annapolis, MD 21401. Or email jobs@wnav.com EOE M/F".....

New Sound At WTNT - 4/4 - Metro Radio's Spanish language hits WTNT, La Mega Capital at 730 AM/92.9 and 97.5 FM, has all new personalities. And a new website at lamegacapital.com.....

Ray Duke Dies - 4/4 - On Saturday, March 31, longtime Washington TV artist and animator Ray Duke died after a battle with cancer. Duke worked for ABC News Washington for 20 years and spent the last 10 years of his career at the Voice Of America. Duke's passion and talent for art was translated into intricate 3D designs and animations that became the foundation for VOA's first strategic TV network branding scheme, which won a New York Festivals award. Duke was also regarded as one of the best rock drummers in the DC area.....

BAL Moves Hollander To Afternoons - 4/3 - From wbal.com: Brett Hollander will take over the 1 PM to 3 PM slot weekdays on WBAL-AM, NewsRadio 1090, starting Thursday, April 5. A new host for his old evening slot has yet to be announced.....

Connie Lawn Dies - 4/2 - Longtime White House correspondent Connie Lawn died April 2 after a battle with Parkinson's Disease at her home in Falls Church. She was 73. Lawn, who worked at Salem Rado Networks and USA Radio Network, is said to be the longest-credentialed White House correspondent, with 50 years of service.....

WMAL Adds Ben Shapiro - 3/30 - Conservative firebrand Ben Shapiro's podcast is coming to radio via WestwoodOne, including locally on WMAL at 9 PM weekdays, starting April 2. More at politico.com.....

Andy Ockershausen Interviews DC Power Players - 3/30 - "Our Town," media veteran Andy Ockershausen's (right) podcast featuring DC area celebrities, including media, sports, community, and political figures. He just completed season three of the podcast, which features interviews with Bob Ryan, Joe Hadeed, Carol Schwartz, Bruce Allen, Father Ray Kemp, Richard Dyer, Tom McMillen, Peter Newsham, and more. To subscribe go to ourtowndc.com......

RT Loses DC Broadcast Signal - 3/29 - From Bloomberg Politics: Russia's English-language broadcasting network RT, described by US intelligence agencies as part of Moscow's "state-run propaganda machine," will disappear from television screens in the Nation's Capital at midnight April 1. That's when WNVT and WNVC, a pair of digital TV stations in Northern Virginia that carry about a dozen foreign news services including RT, will go off the air. It's a year to the day since the station’s owner auctioned off its share of the airwaves for use by developers of wireless applications. RT will also disappear from local cable systems, which are required by federal law to carry all broadcasters in their area. Anna Belkina, RT's deputy editor in chief, says that RT would continue to work with distribution partners in the DC area. She added that the Justice Department, which required RT's US production company to register with it under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, had made that more difficult.....

Chris Plante Adds NYC Outlet - 3/28 - Chris Plante, who does his 9 AM to noon show on Cumulus DC news talker WAML, will also be heard on the company's NYC news talker WABC-AM come April 2. Plante will move into the 10 AM to noon slot that becomes open with Bernard McGuirk and Sid Rosenberg's move to mornings to replace Don Imus. Plante spent 17 years as a reporter and correspondent for CNN and then joined WMAL as a weekend host in 2005 and moved to the 9 AM to noon slot in 2008. His show entered syndication in 2016. More at radioinsight.com.....

Orioles & Nats Missing From Broadcast TV - 3/27 - In an historic break, the Baltimore Orioles will not be on free over-the-air TV in Baltimore for the first time in decades. MASN has ended its agreement with Channel 13/WJZ and similarly the Washington Nationals on Channel 9/WUSA. "The importance of this though is that there will be no way to see the Orioles or Nats without cable or satellite as MASN offers no cord cutter in-market streaming options, even for sale," says BaltoMedia.net. "WJZ TV is still doing its Opening Day hour long special this Thursday, but it will not include the game afterwards".....

Loo Katz To Launch Hound Radio - 3/22 - The DC radio veteran who was WASH's morning man for many years, Loo Katz, is creating his own "radio" station on the web, Hound Radio. Check out the pre-launch promo at houndradio.com.....

WTOP Tops DC February Radio Ratings - 3/20 - The Washington market radio ratings for the month of February. Full-week, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WHUR, 4) WMMJ, 5) WBIG and WASH, 7) WMAL, 8) WPGC, 9) WIHT, 10) WKYS, 11) WGTS, 12) WRQX, 13) WPRS and WIAD, 15) WMZQ, 16) WETA-FM, 17) WWDC, 18) WJFK-FM, 19) WLZV, 20) WTEM and WLZL, 22) WWEG and WAVA-FM, 24) WDCN, 25) WPFW and WFRE and WDCH and WAFY, 29) WFMD, 30) WILC and WBQH and WACA.....

WWIN Tops Balto February Radio Ratings - 3/20 - The Baltimore market radio ratings for the month of February. Full-week, age 6+: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WLIF, 3) WERQ, 4) WPOC, 5) WWMX, 6) WIYY and WJZ-FM, 8) WQSR and WZFT, 10) WZBA, 11) WYPR, 12) WBAL-AM, 13) WCBM, 14) WRBS-FM, 15) WBJC, 16) WLIFHD2, 17) WEAA, 18) WRBS-AM, 19) WWMXHD2, 20) WCAO and WQLL, 21) WJZ-AM.....

Mathis Off MD Ballot - 3/19 - Baltimore radio talk show host Jimmy Mathis is off the ballot for the Maryland state senate. A judge said he's not a resident of the 42nd district, which he'd hoped to represent. Mathis, who used to work for WBAL radio, is currently heard doing a Saturday evening show on WCBM.....

MHz To Go Away March 31 - 3/18 - MHz Networks will end its broadcast and cable distribution of their international news channels in the DC area on March 31. "The broadcast and cable television industries have undergone major changes, and challenges, during the past 10 years," says Frederick Thomas, president of MHz Networks. "Faced with the economics involved in acquiring a new broadcast platform and facility, while also growing a subscription streaming service. MHz Choice, and a national network, MHz Worldview, we had to make a realistic and difficult decision." After the spectrum that carried Northern Virginia non-commercial TV licensees WNVC and WNVT was sold in the FCC spectrum auction, MHz had to find a new broadcast home for its DC channels. "In the last eight months we have tried multiple approaches to keep the international channels alive in DC," says Thomas. "We looked at acquiring another license and to other providers for channel carriage. The former ended in too many moving pieces and the latter proved difficult for the cable systems without a must-carry broadcast partner." MHz Worldview remains available nationwide on DirecTV and many public television stations. It will continue to be carried on Cox Communications in the DC area after April 1. Discussions continue with the other cable providers to keep MHz Worldview on air and available for regional viewers. More at mhznetworks.com.....

iHeart Files For Bankruptcy - 3/17 - iHeartMedia, the largest internet radio broadcasting company in the US, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Operator of the iHeartRadio music streaming service, iHeart has been saddled by massive debt since its leveraged buyout of billboard company Clear Channel Outdoor in 2008. The company said it had reached an agreement with debt holders to restructure more than $10 billion in debt, about half of its outstanding debt. More at cnet.com. Locally, iHeart owns or operates more than a dozen radio stations including DC101, Hot 99.5, Big 100, WASH, WMZQ, WPOC, Jack 102.7, and Z104.3.....

Michael Getler Dies - 3/16 - Michael Getler, a Washington Post foreign correspondent and editor who later led the Paris-based International Herald Tribune and served as an in-house media critic at the Post and PBS, died March 15 at a hospice center in Washington. He was 82. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Adam May To Minneapolis - 3/14 - Baltimore news anchor Adam May is leaving his broadcasting career and heading to a "corporate communications" position in his hometown of Minneapolis, according to his Facebook page. In addition to Channel 11/ WBAL, his current position, May worked at Channel 13/ WJZ, a position he left for a stint with Al Jazeera America's flagship show, "America Tonight".....

Morning Changes At Mix 106.5 - 3/11 - Baltimore's hot adult contemporary WWMX, Mix 106.5, hires Bethany Linderman from Albany NY's WGNA, to join Reagan Warfield as co-host of "Mix Mornings." Jon Boesche’ and Katie Rose are no longer a part of the Entercom station's morning show, the company announced late last week. It's unclear if Boesche is completely fired from Entercom though. He said his Satirday show on Entercom's sister sports talker WJZ-FM, 105.7 The Fan, is still on.....

Maryland News Network Adds Bloomberg - 3/11 - The Maryland News Network produces and provides state and regional news hourly, sports, statewide business news, farming and agriculture news, and political news to affiliates across Maryland. And they just launched signed a deal with Bloomberg News to offer their business news services. Maryland News Network also features traffic services with "Detour" Dave Sandler providing customized reports during AM and PM drive for affiliate stations in all Maryland counties. The Maryland News Network is among 30 state news networks around the USA providing content to stations, helping their affiliates serve their communities with content delivered by major market talent. Stations can become an affiliate at no charge. Terms are 100% barter. Content is delivered seamlessly via your station's automation system. And Maryland News Network offers several feed versions to fit any format. More at mdnewsnetwork.net.....

Stephanie Hart Joins "MotorWeek" - 3/10 - Stephanie Hart has joined the staff of Maryland Public Television's "MotorWeek" as feature reporter and producer for the show's consumer-oriented "FYI" segments. She had been a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor at Channel 9/WUSA. Before that, she worked at TV stations in Minneapolis, West Palm Beach and Fort Myers.....

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