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WaPo's Fisher: Apple Mines Classic Radio For Beats 1 - 7/5 - Marc Fisher, who used to cover the local radio scene for the Washington Post back when the Post covered the local radio scene, pens a column in Sunday's paper about how Apple's new Beats 1 streaming "station" is a throwback to classic "top 40" radio. And gets a few quotes from 94.7 Fresh FM morning man Tommy McFly. At washingtonpost.com.....

DCRTV's Summer Fundraiser: 30 More Donations Of $100 Needed - 7/5 - 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 summer goal - 100 donations of $100. So far, we've received 70 such donations with 30 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, where today's Flashback is a 1975 memory of Ed Meyer and Bill Trumbull on WMAL radio.....

McCaffrey Produces Documentary On Chinese Activist - 7/4 - Frank McCaffrey (right), a DC area-based former Fox News producer and local TV anchor, has released a documentary on the life of Chinese human rights activist Harry Wu. "Digging A Tunnel" features former Washington Post reporter Dan Southerland and clips of CBS News "60 Minutes" legend Ed Bradley. "This project was a challenge and an educational experience," says McCaffrey, a recent Johns Hopkins University graduate. "It is amazing how much we don't know about China because so much of it has been blocked off from the US for so many years. I hope this film changes the way those who view it look at life." The documentary was produced with the cooperation of the The staff at Laogai Research Foundation. You can view it via Laogai's YouTube page.....

5 & 9 Mistakenly Report Shooters At Navy Yard - 7/3 - Channel 5/WTTG and Channel 9/WUSA, which has a news partnership with the Washington Post, repeatedly reported yesterday that one or more shooters had been confirmed at DC's Navy Yard. However, those reports turned out to be inaccurate. Paul Farhi tries to figure out what went wrong at the two DC TV news outlets at washingtonpost.com.....

DC101's Elliot To Do Charity Ride - 7/2 - DC101 morning man Elliot Segal joins Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters for "Dave And Elliot's 4th Of July Rally And Ride." The charity motorcycle ride to RFK Stadium will benefit the National Center For Missing And Exploited Children and We Are Family DC. More at dc101.com.....

NPR & Union Reach Accord - 7/2 - DC-based NPR and the SAG-AFTRA union have reached a tentative agreement on a contract. The agreement comes on the heels of a prominent social media campaign launched by NPR employees to bring attention to the negotiations. The NPR-approved agreement will be sent to union members, who, according to an NPR statement, "will have an opportunity to vote to ratify the agreement in the coming weeks." So reports adweek.com.....

NHK Celebrates 5 Years On MHZ - 7/2 - With more American TV viewers tuning to international television networks to seek news programming and entertaining shows, NHK World, the Japanese English language television network featuring Japanese and Asian news and lifestyle programming, is celebrating five years of distribution in the USA with a presence in more than 80% of households. To help mark its success in the US, NHK World is launching a July promotion celebrating the network's flagship programming in its six largest US markets - including Washington, where it's seen on Fairfax-based Channel 30/WNVC's MHZ service.....

ESPN 980 Cuts Chris Russell - 7/2 - Chris Russell Tweets that Red Zebra sports talker WTEM, ESPN 980, has informed him that it's not renewing his contract. More soon.....

DC TV Newsers Cover Reports Of Navy Yard Shootings - 7/2 - DC TV newsers went wall-to-wall Thursday morning with reports of a shooter or shooters at the Navy Yard in southeast DC. Those reports turned out to be unfounded. More at washingtonpost.com. Yet more: Fox News walks back confirmation of "active Shooter" at Navy Yard. At adweek.com.....

SLR: Cucchiella Hospitalized For Burns, Gelfman Sells Station, More - 7/2 - Former 98 Rock morning man Mickey Cucchiella is hospitalized for leg burns from an exploring vape cigarette battery. Baltimore TV reporter Dick Gelfman sells his Chestertown radio station. WUST owner Jim Weitzman dies. And more DC and Baltimore media news from the past week are the topics between DCRTV Dave and DC media guru Jonathan at in the "Sadly Lacking Radio" podcast at sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

Newseum Explored Debt Reduction Strategy - 7/2 - Heavily in debt, DC's Newseum considered a risky strategy to improve finances. At washingtonpost.com.....

Kidd O'Shea Joins JLA - 7/1 - Kidd O'Shea leaves Milwaukee hot adult contemporary outlet WMYX, Mix 99.1, to join Sinclair's Channel 7/WJLA as social media anchor for "Good Morning Washington." O'Shea, a Milwaukee native, is also a lifestyle reporter for Milwaukee's WISN-TV. He's been morning show host on WMYX since 2006. According to Milwaukee media site duanedudek.com, in 2012, after President Obama announced his support for same sex marriage, O'Shea announced on the air that he's gay and is the only openly gay member of Milwaukee's broadcast media.....

iHeart Holds Onto Aloha's 99.9 & 930 - 7/1 - Tom Taylor Now fills us in on the latest with Clear Channel, now iHeart Media, and its Aloha Trust, which was created in 2008 and comprised of stations the radio giant had planned to get rid of. Like Frederick's country WFRE, 99.9 FM, and news talker WFMD, 930 AM. But, seven years later, iHeart is still sitting on many of the stations in the trust. Aloha continues to hold onto 16 former Clear Channel stations, Taylor adds, with no immediate plans to sell them. WFRE, which covers a good chunk of the DC metro, essentially gives iHeart a sixth FMer in the market, in addition to WWDC, WIHT, WASH, WBIG, and WMZQ.....

Gelfman Sells WCTR - 7/1 - On Maryland's Eastern Shore, talker WCTR, 1530 AM, in Chestertown sells for $200,000 cash. And, Tom Taylor Now tells us that part of the attraction for first-time buyer Brian Moore is the two FM translators that WCTR seller Richard Gelfman's been leasing. They're both owned by Hope Christian Church of Marlton NJ. One's in Fairleemon at 102.3 and one's in Wye Mills at 96.1. WCTR is an AM daytimer, with 1,000-watts. Seller Gelfman is a former Channel 13/WJZ news anchor and investigative reporter. Buyer Moore of Hometown Multimedia has worked in broadcasting for more than 30 years, most recently at the Jersey Shore.....

Merrill College Offers Saturday Grad Program - 7/1 - 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.....

Sinclair To Start Sci-Fi Channel - 6/30 - Baltimore based Sinclair, which owns Baltimore's Channel 45/WBFF and DC's Channel 7/WJLA, is partnering with MGM to launch a digitally broadcast sci-fi channel. More at adweek.com.....

Discovery Lands Olympics Rights For Europe - 6/30 - Silver Spring-based Discovery Communications has landed the European rights to broadcast the Olympics through 2024 in a major deal worth $1.45 billion. More at bizjournals.com.....

WTOP Sits Atop DC Radio Ratings - 6/30 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "third week" of June. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WIHT, 4) WHUR, 5) WASH, 6) WBIG, 7) WIAD, 8) WKYS and WMAL and WETA-FM, 11) WPGC and WWDC, 13) WPRS and WMMJ, 15) WMZQ, 16) WJFK-FM, 17) WGTS, 18) WRQX, 19) WLZL, 20) WFRE, 21) WTEM and WINC-FM and WAFY and WNEW, 25) WDCN and WFMD and WAVA-FM, 28) WFLS and WERQ, 30) WBQB.....

Maynard "Lee" Simms Dies - 6/30 - Maynard "Lee" Simms, 59, of Leesburg, died June 20 at Inova Loudoun Hospital Center. He once worked with Leesburg's WAGE radio as a DJ, in addition to his jobs with the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, Leesburg Subaru, and, most recently, Jerry's Ford as a car salesman. More at leesburgtoday.com.....

Melissa Block Leaves NPR's "ATC" - 6/30 - Melissa Block will step down as anchor of DC-based NPR's "All Things Considered." Block, who has been co-host of the flagship news show for more 12 years, is moving into a new role at NPR as a special correspondent. In her new gig, Block will "produce richly reported profiles of figures at the forefront of thought and culture, as well as long-form stories and series on the critical issues of our day," according to an NPR announcement. The 30-year NPR vet began her public radio career at "All Things Considered" as an editorial assistant, moving up the ranks to become the show's senior producer before leaving the show a first time to serve as a reporter and correspondent for NPR. More at adweek.com.....

WaPo Ups Security On Site - 6/30 - The Washington Post says it has become the first major news publisher to deploy HTTPS across both its desktop and mobile sites, providing greater privacy and security to readers. The Post's homepage, National Security section, and the Switch technology policy blog will be the first to move to HTTPS, with the rest of the site migrating in the coming months. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Dave TV: Forecast FM, Remembering Jim Weitzman, More - 6/29 - It's the fourth of July week holiday edition of "Dave TV." And I take a look back at a 1974 edition of Forecast FM magazine, which covered the DC and Baltimore radio scene, including the advent of "quad" broadcasting. Also, I remember Jim Weitzman, the recently passed away owner of ethnic WUST who was kind of responsible for the removal of Leesburg/Loudoun County's only local radio station. In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

26 To Air 35th Capitol 4th - 6/29 - Channel 26/WETA will produce and air the 35th annual edition of "A Capitol Fourth" on Saturday, July 4, at 8 PM. The "all-star musical extravaganza that features the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation" is broadcast live from the West Lawn of the US Capitol. And this year features Barry Manilow, Nicole Scherzinger, Meghan Linse, and KC And The Sunshine Band. The program is carried on PBS stations nationwide.....

Z104's "Dylan" Does Movie Deal - 6/29 - Guy Patton, formerly "Dylan" from the "Dylan And Erin" days on the DC area's old Z104, WWZZ, is now in the NYC area and has landed a movie distribution deal for what he tells us is a "gritty indie action thriller in the 'Death Wish' vein." It's called "Pearl" and it's currently available on iTunes, Amazon, and on DVD on Target's website. Patton and his wife, Dana, self-financed the microbudget action movie which has been acquired by California distribution company Indican Pictures and is set for an international release.....

Ed Waters Leaves Frederick Paper After 50 Years - 6/29 - Reporter Ed Waters is retiring after 50 years at the the Frederick News-Post. Born and raised in Frederick, Waters, 67, began working at the News-Post on June 10, 1965, the night after his graduation from Frederick High School. His last day will be Tuesday. More at fredericknewspost.com.....

WUST Owner Jim Weitzman Dies - 6/28 - Jim Weitzman, who owned several DC area radio stations, died in his Rockville home on June 25 due to complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He was 68. Under the banner of New World Radio Group, Weitzman owned WUST, 1120 AM, a longtime brokered ethnic station in DC. He later purchased Leesburg news talker WAGE, 1200 AM, moving it to the Dulles area and changing its frequency to 1190, as WCRW, carrying the English language Chinese Radio International service. In 1975, Weitzman was a partner in the firm of Shrinsky, Weitzman, and Eisen. The firm later merged with the Washington offices of Kaye Scholer. Jim retired from the firm after founding New World Radio Group, which also owned AMers in other markets, including Philadelphia. "The radio stations reflected Jim's love of international and multicultural programming, which has been the format of the broadcast group for 23 years," according to an obituary at legacy.com.....

Cucchiella Hospitalized With Leg Burns - 6/28 - Former 98 Rock morning man Mickey Cucchiella suffered third degree burns on his leg and was hospitalized last week after a vape cigarette battery exploded in his pocket. More, including pics, is on his Facebook page. Since leaving Baltimore rocker WIYY two years ago, Cucchiella has been running the Vape Lounge in Harford County, where he sells electronic cigarettes.....

WUSA Technician David Rankine Dies - 6/27 - From DCRTV's Saturday Mailbag: "Today over a hundred past and present members of the staff of WUSA-TV, along with family and friends, gathered together at the station to remember the life of friend and colleague David Rankine who passed suddenly a week ago at the age of 53. David worked at the station as a technician for 33 years, having started at age 19. Considered one of the kindest, most graceful individuals we have collectively known, David will be sorely missed at Broadcast House".....

PBDC: Holliday Raises Record Amount For Charity, More - 6/25 - Johnny Holliday raises a record amount for charity with his 10th annual golf tournament. Georgetown signs a sports marketing deal with Fox Sports. Comcast SportsNet gears up for the Redskins and Ravens. And, WTOP's Dave Johnson does fill-in work at Channel 4/WRC. In this week's DC sports media column at PressBoxDC.com.....

Weinstein Shoots Down JLA Rumors - 6/25 - Ever since he left ESPN in April, there have been rumblings that DC area sportscaster Bram Weinstein might be heading to Channel 7/WJLA, to replace longtime sports anchor Tim Brant, who retired in May. However, Weinstein tells washingtonpost.com that, while he's on the verge of landing a new TV deal, it probably won't be in the DC market.....

Holliday's Scholarship Classic Raises $190K - 6/25 - The 10th Annual Johnny Holliday Scholarship Classic, held Monday at the University Of Maryland Golf Course by the local TV and radio legend, raised a record $190,000 for the Youth Leadership Foundation and the Johnny Holliday Scholarship Fund. This year's celebrity list included Mark Turgeon, Gary Williams, Walt Williams, Steve Buckhantz, Kristen Berset, Brent Harris, Chick Hernandez, Doc Walker, Scott McBrian, Carol Maloney, John "Cakes" Auville, Mark Lerner, Steve McCatty, Matt Thornton, Brooks Robinson, Larry Michael, Al Koken, Leon Harris, Tim Brant, Chris Knoche, Tom Manger, and Brig Owens. Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank was honored for his work with young people.....

Muchos Problemas For El Zol - 6/24 - We're hearing a continued flow of allegations from insiders at CBS Radio's DC offices about more troubles at Spanish tropical El Zol, WLZL, 107.9 FM. Earlier this month, DCRTV reported rumblings about a bunch of on-air, management, and staff employees that had been fired in connection with a variety of incidents, including allegations that some on-air hosts were receiving payments to promote business-related guests on the station. And charges that some indecent verbage has been allowed onto the Spanish language station's airwaves. Along with some actual disputes and fighting in the hallways. We told you in May that Puerto Rico-based entertainer Don Omar filed a $9 million lawsuit against CBS and WLZL regarding a disputed contract involving a concert last summer at Rosecroft Raceway. Omar contends that WLZL reduced the on-air frequency of his music following the dispute. Since the filing of the suit, WLZL has fired its program director and replaced him with Robert Sanchez, the program director and executive editor of CBS Radio news talker WNEW, 99.1 FM. Steve Swenson, who is head of CBS's DC radio cluster, is said to be "depressed" about the situation at WLZL, which is experiencing a ratings slump.....

WaPo & Univision To Partner - 6/24 - The Washington Post and Univision News will co-host a Republican presidential candidates forum ahead of crucial primaries in March 2016. It's part of a broader partnership between the two newsrooms that will include polling, joint reporting projects, and coverage of Hispanic voters and the issues that matter most to this key demographic. More at washingtonpost.com......

MPT To Air Local Emmy Awards - 6/24 - A three-hour telecast of the Emmy Awards ceremony of the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Television Academy of Arts And Sciences will air on Maryland Public Television on Tuesday, June 30, at 8 PM on MPT2. The awards will be re-broadcast on MPT-HD, the station's main channel, on Wednesday, July 1, at midnight. In the chapter's 57th Emmy Awards, MPT earned 17 nominations. The awards gala takes place Saturday, June 27, in Bethesda.....

Rick Snider Starts Video Production Firm - 6/24 - Longtime sports columnist Rick Snider and video journalist Katie Long have formed Snider And Long Studios, which is devoted to video projects. Snider has covered Washington sports for 37 years and currently writes for the Washington Post's Express, CBS sports talker WJFK, 106.7 The Fan, and PressBoxDC.com. Long has worked for several local news outlets. Also a Washington tour guide, Snider said the video company is a natural move in storytelling from print in today’s internet world. More at sniderandlongstudios.com.....

Armstrong Williams Influential At Sinclair's 7 - 6/24 - DCRTV hears that conservative political commentator Armstrong Williams (right) has been given free-rein of the studios and offices Sinclair's Channel 7/WJLA. "He's not a WJLA, NewsChannel 8, or Sinclair employee, but he has 24-hour access to the station," a WJLA source tells DCRTV. "He has access to areas of the building that we actual employees do not. No place in the station is off-limits to him. He has a private office in the top floor of our building, right along side [Sinclair CEO] David Smith's personal office." The source adds: "The policy from [Sinclair] corporate news is to assume anything Williams says comes directly from David Smith. And no request from him can be turned down." Also, we hear: "Williams is disruptive throughout the newsroom. He can assign people, money, and resources to his pet projects... All of his programs and specials are faux journalism." Williams, who does not hide his support for Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson, does have a WJLA show, "The Right Side," which airs on weekends. And, WJLA has frequently featured Carson on its town hall-style news specials.....

Loverro & Sheehan To Do "Q&A" - 6/24 - Thom Loverro and Kevin Sheehan, hosts of ESPN 980's midday "Sports Fix" show, will make an encore appearance at Carol Joynt's "Q&A Cafe" at the George Town Club in DC on June 25 at 4:30 PM. Call 202-333-9330 for reservations. More at caroljoynt.com. Also, check out Joynt's Washington Social Diary at newyorksocialdiary.com.....

De Luce & Allison Join FP - 6/24 - Foreign Policy Magazine has hired Dan De Luce and Bill Allison. De Luce, a former reporter for Agence France-Presse covering the Pentagon, will serve as FP's chief national security correspondent. Allison will be FP's chief investigative reporter. He previously reported for the Sunlight Foundation.....

SLR: Meltdown At CBS Radio DC - 6/24 - The continuing woes at CBS Radio DC, including the very real possibilities of big budget cuts and major management changes, is top topic in this week's chat between DCRTV Dave and DC media guru Jonathan in his "Sadly Lacking Radio" podcast at podbean.com. Plus, how DC's weather "forecasters" are often focused more on hype than accuracy. Along with news management changes at WTOP and WAMU.....

Sponsored Post: Morey Magic - 6/24 - DCRTV welcomes a new advertiser. "One of today's most sought after speakers, business strategists, and performers, David Morey is one of today's most wide-ranging performers. His speeches reveal how the force and metaphor of magic can empower imagination, drive leadership, and create success in your business, your career, and your future. The first five DCRTV readers who email us at info@bethemagician.com with the subject line, 'Dave sent me!' and includes: a picture of your dog being athletic OR a family member dressed up as a super hero OR submit the name of someone who inspired you by overcoming the odds will receive a copy of his award-winning book, 'The Underdog Advantage.' Contest deadline is June 15, 2015." More at moreymagic.com.....

Dude Does "Cards," Purina, More - 6/24 - DCRTV hears from legendary DC-Baltimore area voiceman Dude Walker who was recently featured in a speaking role as the preciding officer in episode two of season three of Netflix's "House Of Cards." He started the role call vote to confirm Clare Underwood, played by Robin Wright, as representative to the UN (right). Also, we hear that Dude was the live announcer for the fifth year at American Israel Public Affairs Committee at the DC Convention Center, and did the Horatio Alger Awards at DAR Constitution Hall. He also busy voicing the video that's at the Appomattox Court House visitor's center and numerous audiobooks. And, Dude's been doing commercials, as always, including one for Purina Pro Plan cat food. Check it out on YouTube.....

WTOP Tops Latest Batch Of DC Radio Ratings - 6/23 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "second week" of June. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WIHT, 4) WHUR, 5) WASH, 6) WBIG, 7) WIAD and WKYS, 9) WPGC, 10) WWDC, 11) WETA-FM, 12) WMZQ, 13) WMAL, 14) WPRS and WMMJ, 16) WJFK-FM, 17) WGTS, 18) WRQX, 19) WLZL, 20) WNEW, 21) WTEM, 22) WINC-FM and WDCN and WFLS, 25) WFRE and WAVA-FM, 27) WBQB, 28) WWEG and WAFY, 30) WMDM and WPFW and WERQ.....

John Bennett Joins CQ - 6/23 - John Bennett, who had been a Congressional reporter for Defense News, joins CQ Roll Call as CQ's budget tracker, covering appropriations and the budget. While working at Defense News, Bennett launched the CongressWatch web channel covering budget issues.....

Dave TV: DC Radio Cluster F*ck, More - 6/22 - I take a look at the "health" of DC radio's corporate clusters as we reach mid-year 2015. And find Hubbard and Clear Channel (errr iHeart) to be in the best shape. With Radio One, CBS, Cumulus, and Red Zebra to be facing substantial problems. Plus, I make available some cool DC radio stuff, including t-shirts and bumper stickers, on a first-come basis to those willing to make a $40 donation to help support the site. In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

Meymo Lyons Leaves WAMU - 6/22 - DCRTV hears that Meymo Lyons (right) is leaving her managing editor/news post at American University public radio news talker WAMU, 88.5 FM. "Her passion and dedication to this station have set her apart from many," writes Carey Needham, WAMU's senior director of business operations, in a staff memo. "I, like you I suspect, have heard many of Meymo's illustrative remarks at community meetings and staff meetings. Never one to shy away from an opportunity to speak, Meymo consistently went out of her way to acknowledge the hard work of her staff - whom she cares for very deeply." Lyons joined the station in 2007 as assignment editor and was promoted to managing editor in 2012. More as we hear it.....

WTOP Promotes McMearty To Top News Post - 6/22 - Longtime News Director Mike McMearty (right) will take over the helm of director of news and programming for Hubbard all-newser WTOP. In his 23 years at the top-rated station, McMearty has been an editor, producer, reporter, anchor, sports reporter, assistant news director, and, for the past 15 years, news director. He replaces Laurie Cantillo, whose contract with WTOP was not renewed in March. In making Monday's announcement, Joel Oxley, WTOP's senior vice president and general manager, says, "Mike has been an integral part of our success for more than two decades. He has led the newsroom to hundreds of industry awards for excellence in journalism, including 18 National Murrow Awards and more than two dozen honors already in 2015. I look forward to him taking the department to new heights." Adds McMearty, "I'm humbled and honored to be given this opportunity. I'm proud of what the WTOP brand has become globally and believe our best days are ahead of us." His news management team will consist of Jim Battagliese, who continues in his role as director of traffic, transit, and weather. Other moves announced by Oxley today include Mitchell Miller getting promoted to senior news director, where he'll be managing WTOP's newsroom on weekday mornings. Darci Marchese moves up to a fulltime news director post for weekday afternoons, and Jamie Forzato now will manage news operations on the weekends along with being weekend managing editor. Meera Pal moves to social and digital engagement director, while Julia Ziegler becomes the news director of WTOP.com.....

CSN Ramps Up Redskins & Ravens Coverage - 6/22 - Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic will present "Countdown To Training Camp," the offseason news and analysis program covering the Washington Redskins, Baltimore Ravens, and National Football League, weeknights at 6:30 PM and 11:30 PM from June 22 to July 28. The five-week program will lead up to the start of NFL training camp and the return of Training Camp Daily on July 29. Now in its second season, "Countdown To Training Camp" will feature one of CSN's NFL analysts, such as Trevor Matich, Charley Casserly, Qadry Ismail, Brad Jackson, Shawn Springs, and Rick "Doc" Walker. Rob Carlin and Brent Harris, the Bethesda-based network's Redskins and Ravens TV beat reporters, will also contribute, as will Redskins Insider Tarik El-Bashir, Ravens Insider Clifton Brown and Redskins Blogger Rich Tandler. "Training Camp Daily," CSN's signature Redskins and Ravens training camp program, will begin its ninth season July 29, the day before the teams open training camp.....

New DC Reality Series From Bravo? - 6/22 - Is Bravo planning a new DC area-based reality series about well-connected wealthy women in Potomac MD? At washingtonpost.com.....

WaPo Starts Freelance Network - 6/22 - The Washington Post unveils the Talent Network, an in-house tool for Post editors that enables freelancers writers to cover breaking news and to pitch and create enterprise stories online and in print. Veteran editor and reporter Eva Rodriguez is rejoining the Post from Politico to become editor of the Talent Network. More at washingtonpost.com.....

NCRTM To Hold Fall Fundraiser - 6/20 - 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.....

Kirsten Powers Profiled - 6/20 - The Washington Post profiles Kirsten Powers, the DC-based mainly liberal - but not always - political pundit for Fox News.....

Engineer Doug Leonard Dies - 6/19 - From DCRTV's 6/19 Mailbag: "Received word tonight that Doug Leonard of Warrenton, passed away on April 7th, he was 62. I first met Doug when he helped me diplex WKCW/WPRZ in Warrenton. He also helped me with several other projects. Doug got his first engineering work in Ohio working for Salem Broadcasting. At some point he moved down to Warrenton and went to work for Mutual Broadcasting. When they left town, he worked for Home Depot for awhile and did some other engineering work." More as we hear it.....

"Veep" Leaves MD - 6/18 - As expected, HBO has that it will move the production of "Veep," its DC-based political comedy starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, out of the Baltimore area of Maryland to Southern California. The decision by the cable network was a coup for California, which has been trying to woo television productions back to Hollywood through tax incentives. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Pexton To Edit Frederick News-Post - 6/18 - Former Washington Post ombudsman Patrick Pexton has been named top editor at the Frederick News-Post. Pexton, 60, of Chevy Chase, said he hopes to "lead the newsroom to be an integral part of the Frederick County community and the Frederick conversation." During his career, Pexton worked as a staff writer for the Montgomery Journal and the Navy Times before moving into management positions. He served as a managing editor and later deputy editor of the DC-based National Journal. In 2011, Pexton became the Post's ombudsman, where he served as an intermediary between readers and the newspaper's staff. More at fredericknewspost.com.....

Wallace "Dominates" Sunday DC Talkers - 6/18 - "Chris Wallace's 'Fox News Sunday' dominates DC as changing competition struggles," so headlines Mediaite.....

Liggins: Casino "Good Bet" For Radio One - 6/18 - Alfred Liggins (right), CEO of Silver Spring-based Radio One, believes a Maryland casino is a good bet for the urban radio company. He made his thoughts known during a recent conference call with analysts. According to allaccess.com, Liggins said, "The company has kicked in a $5 million investment into MGM Resorts' planned 23-acre casino and hotel complex in Prince George's County. We believe that it's the start of a great partnership with them and just another effort on our part to use our platform to build value in other areas. It's a relatively low risk and high return effort." The deal calls for MGM to use Radio One stations in Washington, Baltimore, and Richmond to promote the casino for five years after the doors open, an event currently scheduled for July 2016. Radio One has the option of investing another $35 million in an arrangement that will ultimately give it a stake of about 6.6% in the casino after three years. Locally, Radio One owns WKYS, WMMJ, WERQ, WWIN-FM/AM, WOL, WOLB, WPRS, and WYCB.....

Georgetown Sells Sports Rights To Fox Sports - 6/18 - In a 10-year deal to be announced this week, Georgetown is selling its multimedia rights to Fox Sports. Via a new entity, Georgetown Sports Properties, which will be a division of Fox Sports. In the deal, Georgetown will outsource its marketing and corporate sponsorships for its radio broadcasts, digital and print advertising, game-day signage, and hospitality. The deal will pay Georgetown upwards of $3 million per year, according to estimates. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Nelson Doubleday Dies - 6/18 - Nelson Doubleday, the publishing heir who owned Doubleday Broadcasting and the New York Mets, died June 17 of pneumonia. He was 81. Doubleday owned a batch of radio stations nationwide and in the DC area, including WAVA, 105.1 FM, back when it had a rock format.....

WaPo Testing Drones At VA Tech - 6/18 - Tom Taylor Now tells us that the Washington Post, ABC, NBC, the AP, the New York Times, and Reuters are part of a 15-company group that's sponsoring tests of drones in Virginia, with the cooperation of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. We knew all those news organizations were interested, but now CNN says they've "been consulting with the Federal Aviation Administration and Virginia Tech about the research since mid-2014" - longer than we knew. Atlanta-based CNN itself began working with Georgia Tech in June 2014. The Post is owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, whose firm is interested in using drones for the delivery of retail products.....

Gazette Closing Hurts UMD Students - 6/18 - George Solomon, who heads the Shirley Povich Center For Sports Journalism at the University Of Maryland's Merrill College Of Journalism, sounds off on the Washington Post's decision to close its suburban Gazette newspaper. At povichcenter.org he writes: "Merrill College journalism students have lost a marvelous outlet for them to gain experience, clips, spending money and in some cases full-time jobs".....

Gazette's Founder Dies As Last Edition Is Published - 6/17 - In 1959, the first issue of the Gaithersburg Gazette was pieced together by Earle Hightower out of the basement of his Rockville home. On June 8, Hightower died in Pinehurst NC at 92 years old, four days before it was announced that the Washington Post-owned Gazette in Montgomery and Prince George's counties - publications that evolved from his original creation - would print their final editions this week. More at gazette.net.....

SLR: Desperate Times At WNEW - 6/17 - Have things at CBS Radio news talker WNEW, 99.1 FM, gotten so desperate that the station's honchos are orchestrating an attack on DCRTV, which has reported the station's failute to get ratings traction since being launched more than three years ago? Are WNEW's days as a news talker numbered? In this week's "Sadly Lacking Radio" podcast with DCRTV Dave and DC media guru Jonathan at sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

Don't Blame Bezos For Gazette Closure - 6/16 - Washington Post media blogger Erik Wemple tells us that the newspaper's owner, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, has no part to play in the recent decision to shutter the Post's suburban Gazette newspapers. "The papers' shutdown follows a steady shrinking act over the years. Rounds of layoffs in recent years have crimped the company’s ability to cover Montgomery and Prince George's," writes Wemple at washingtonpost.com.....

WaPo Unveils Free Android App - 6/16 - The Washington Post has announced that its app, launched late last year for Amazon's Fire tablets, has been updated for all Android devices. Android users can get it exclusively from Amazon's Appstore. New Android users will be able to access the app for free for the first six months, with no subscription required. More at androidcentral.com. The Post is owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.....

WTOP Tops DC Radio Ratings Again - 6/16 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "first week" of June. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WIHT, 4) WHUT, 5) WASH, 6) WKYS, 7) WBIG, 8) WIAD, 9) WPGC, 10) WETA-FM, 11) WMMJ, 12) WMAL and WWDC, 14) WMZQ, 15) WPRS, 16) WJFK-FM, 17) WRQX, 18) WGTS, 19) WNEW, 20) WLZL, 21) WINC-FM and WDCN, 23) WTEM and WAVA-FM, 25) WFRE and WFLS, 27) WBQB, 28) WERQ, 29) WWEG and WAFY.....

NPR & PBS Team Up For 2016 Elections - 6/16 - DC-based NPR and Arlington-based "PBS NewsHour" will jointly cover the 2016 elections. The two public broadcast organizations will function as "one team of journalists" and "one broadcast" as they cover the political conventions next year, according to a Tuesday statement. "PBS NewsHour" co-anchors and managing editors Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill are slated to anchor the conventions broadcasts, as their convention floor coverage will feature NPR reporters, including national political correspondent Mara Liasson, senior editor Ron Elving, and political editor Domenico Montanaro, as well as "NewsHour" Political Director Lisa Desjardins.....

New Digs For Politico - 6/16 - No longer in-bed with Channel 7/WJLA, which Allbritton sold to Sinclair last summer, Politico lands in new digs in the same building in Arlington's Rosslyn section. More at adweek.com.....

DCRTV's Job Ads - 6/16 - A Chesapeake Bay area radio station is looking for a production director/morning show host. DC's WTOP is seeking a director of news and programming. WNAV in Annapolis is looking for an account executive for radio sales. 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.....

Dave TV: DC Media Idiots - 6/16 - I sound off on why I think so many people in local DC area media are idiots. Particularly the stuff you hear from weather forecasters (hypsters) and TV news reporters (who shill for ratings). Honorable mentions: WTOP, NBC 4, and the Capital Weather Weenies. Plus, the sinking Washington Post either shuts or sells its stable of suburban weeklies. In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

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