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11 Says Goodbye To Ron Roblin - 12/20 - From DCRTV's 12/20 Mailbag: "This was WBAL-TV Rob Roblin's last week on Channel 11 so they did a retrospective all week long with some hard news clips, some goofy clips, Rob doing the weather even. It's classic TV going back 45 years to the 'Action News 11' days! Definitely worth watching." www.youtube.com.....

BW2014 - 12/20 - It's baaaaaaack. DCRTV's annual Best/Worst fiasco. Cast your votes for the best and worst in local and national media in 2014. Newspapers, radio, TV, websites, whatever. Power-up those poison pens. At BW2014. Oh hey, please keep your nominations tasteful and clean, send them only to the address provided, and group all your "bests" and "worsts" together. Hurry. Polls close 1/2. A 12/20 contribution - "Best: Andy Pollin's 6-9 AM show on Sports Talk 570. Andy is a consummate professional who can run a how himself and asks thought provoking questions to his varied guests during the week. Keith Roth on Ozzy's Boneyard; Madison on First Wave; The Americans on FX is the best show on TV!! Bob Carpenter on MASN and Charlie Slowes cover the Nats on TV/Radio with professionalism and without making himself the center of attention. Al Galdi on his Sprots Saturday baseball show. Worst: Doc Walker on the Radio (too many inside jokes and giggling with callers that nobody cares about, like Cowboy Clay. Al Galdi on the Drive with Cooley and Czabe is not a good fit. It is better as a two man booth.".....

Support DCRTV In December - 12/20 - Make a donation to DCRTV of $39 or more and get access to local radio and TV memory-packed DCRTV Plus. Please consider making a donation to DCRTV. Any amount is welcome. Independent DCRTV started covering DC and Baltimore area media news 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. Send your donation 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.....

Aly Jacobs To MZQ Middays - 12/19 - Country WMZQ, 98.7 FM, names Aly Jacobs as midday host. A graduate of American University, she has been working in DC radio since 2004 and has been on air at Clear Channel-now-iHeartMedia's WMZQ since July 2013 as a morning show co-host and traffic reporter. Before that she worked at WRQX, back when it was Mix 107.3.....

Dan Mason To Leave CBS Radio? - 12/19 - Tom Taylor Now wonders what will happen to Dan Mason, the CEO and president of CBS Radio, once his contract is up in April. Mason, who lives in Reston and is a local radio veteran, "could do a short-term renewal or a longer one. Or he could finally take a rest and spend more time with his family in the DC area. He's been commuting from there to New York City since he came back in April 2007," writes Taylor. Mason is "well-liked in the industry (and) doesn't need the paycheck. He's done very well with CBS, Infinity, and Viacom stock and options, over the years".....

WNEW Switches To Westwood One News - 12/19 - From DCRTV's Mailbag: "Looks like WNEW is off ABC News, just heard a 'Westwood News For All News 99.1' correspondent this morning with Nathan Hager".....

DCRTV's Job Ads - 12/19 - Local News Now wants a full-time reporter to cover community news in the District Of Columbia. DC's WTOP is looking for a weekend assistant news editor and a newsroom technician. WNAV in Annapolis is looking for a news director. 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.....

Gina Crash To Replace Mary Anne Perry At WLIF - 12/18 - DCRTV hears that Gina Crash will be the new morning co-host on CBS Baltimore's adult contemporary WLIF, Today's 101.9. She'll be paired with existing co-host Greg Carpenter, replacing Mary Anne Perry, whose contract was not renewed. Crash, who is currently heard on Philadelphia rocker WMMR and was heard on the old DC area alternative rocker WHFS, starts her new WLIF gig on January 5.....

FCC Rules "Redskins" Not Obscene - 12/18 - DCRTV hears that the Federal Communications Commission has ruled that the term "Redskins" is not an obscenity. The FCC's Thursday statement came in a rejection of a petition from George Washington University law professor John Banzhaf that argued the license of Redskins owner Dan Snyder's Northern Virginia relay of sports talker ESPN 980, WWXX, 94.3 FM in Buckland VA, should not be renewed because of its broadcast of the Washington NFL team's name, which Banzhaf called "a derogatory racial and ethnic slur." More at scribd.com.....

After Glitches, WTOP Launches Redesigned Site - 12/18 - Hubbard all-newser WTOP unveils a completely redesigned website at wtop.com. But not without a few "initial launch ghosts," so says the station's web czar John Meyer. Those glitches caused the new "clean, fast, mobile" site to be down much of Thursday morning. Details about all the changes are at wtop.com.....

WaPo Partners With TexTrib - 12/18 - Starting in January, the Washington Post and the Texas Tribune will enter a partnership that will include shared editorial content, collaboration on events, and more. Details at washingtonpost.com.....

Lea Gabrielle Profiled - 12/18 - Northern Virginia native Lea Gabrielle, a US Navy pilot and intelligence officer who later reported for NBC and now Fox News, gets questioned by Northern Virginia magazine.....

O'Rielly Wins Confirmation To FCC - 12/18 - Michael O'Rielly has been confirmed by Congress to be a commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission. The former Senate staffer is one of two Republicans among the five FCC commissioners. O'Rielly was appointed last year to fill out the unexpired term of Rob McDowell.....

WLIF Cuts Mary Anne Perry - 12/17 - Some big news at CBS's Baltimore adult contemporary WLIF from today's DCRTV Mailbag: "Today's 101.9 in Baltimore has cut Mary Anne Perry from the morning show. No one here seems to have noticed. The corresponding budget cut means that the head honchos at CBS Baltimore will be able to have their clothes tailored for another year, not to mention have their cars detailed in front of the entire staff." More: We've heard from a number of CBS Baltimore staffers who confirm that Perry is gone. We're told that her contract was not renewed.....

Kornbluh To BBG - 12/17 - Karen Kornbluh, executive vice president of external affairs for Nielsen, joins the DC-based Broadcasting Board Of Governors, which overseas government-supported civilian international media including Voice Of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Middle East Broadcasting, and Cuba Broadcasting. She succeeds Michael Meehan, who has served since 2010. Before joining Nielsen, Kornbluh was ambassador to the Organization Of Economic Cooperation And Development and policy director for then-Senator Barack Obama.....

Levin's Foundation Gets Tax Exempt Status - 12/17 - The Lansdowne VA-based Landmark Legal Foundation, headed by conservative talk show host Mark Levin, will be exempt from local Loudoun County taxes. Levin, who does his national radio show from a studio in his Loudoun home, is heard locally on WMAL and WCBM. More at leesburgtoday.com.....

Rob Carson Builds "Broadcast Empire" - 12/17 - From gazette.net: With a little help from Ebay and less than $2,000, Rob Carson built a radio broadcast studio in the basement of his Germantown home in order to host his own syndicated talk show in a comfortable setting. Carson was an afternoon music radio personality at WRQX, then Mix 107.3, for nine years before parting with the station last year in order to pursue a different career path. Now Carson hosts a nationally syndicated talk show called "America Weekend" and is building his own broadcast empire around the country.....

Kelli Johnson To CSN San Francisco - 12/17 - DCRTV hears that Kelli Johnson, who worked as an anchor and reporter at Bethesda's Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic from 2004 to 2012, has joined San Francisco's Comcast SportsNet Bay Area in the same capacity. Johnson, who had been at Comcast SportsNet Houston from its October 2012 launch until last month's re-branding as Root Sports Southwest, reunites with Dave Feldman, who used to be sports director at DC's Channel 5/WTTG.....

Linthicum Joins CNS - 12/17 - Longtime journalist, teacher and entrepreneur Tom Linthicum will be the new Capital News Service Washington bureau chief starting with the spring 2015 semester. A media consultant with his own company, Linthicum spent six years as executive editor/vice president of the Daily Record, Baltimore's daily business and legal newspaper. His lengthy career at the Baltimore Sun began as a reporter in 1974 and ended as director of employment and organization development. More at merrill.umd.edu.....

Lorente Becomes Associate Dean At Merrill - 12/17 - Capital News Service Washington Bureau Chief Rafael Lorente has been appointed associate dean for academic affairs at the University Of Maryland's Philip Merrill College Of Journalism, effective in January. Lorente has taught at Merrill College on either a full-time or part-time basis since 2001. In addition to serving as a bureau chief for Capital News Service, Lorente has directed the college's master's program since 2013. More at merrill.umd.edu.....

4's Eun Yang To Speak At UMD's Fall Commencement - 12/17 - Channel 4/WRC news anchor and reporter Eun Yang will be the fall commencement speaker at the University Of Maryland on December 20. Yang, a journalism alumna of the school who graduated in 1995, will be joined by Kelsey Hughes, a senior journalism major in the proceedings. Jaime McIntyre, formerly of CNN and NPR and now Al Jazeera English's Pentagon Correspondent, will not only graduate with his MA in journalism but will also be the Merrill College's school speaker on December 21. More at merrill.umd.edu.....

4 Real DC Broadcasters Appear In Matthews' Latest Thriller - 12/17 - "Detonator" is the third Dave Haggard thriller penned by DC radio and TV veteran Larry Matthews. Haggard is a broadcast investigative reporter in Washington who finds himself deeply involved in the stories he digs up. "'Detonator' is about a terrorist plot to blow up Nationals Park during a sold-out game," Matthews tells us. "In all of the books, Haggard barely escapes with his life, which, of course, is the point of thrillers." Matthews' two previous Dave Haggard thrillers are "Butterfly Knife," about a homicidal priest, and "Brass Knuckles," about a corrupt member of Congress and a confused hit man. Matthews tells us thar four real DC broadcasters make cameo appearances in "Detonator": Channel 4/WRC's Wendy Rieger, sports legend Johnny Holliday, WTOP's Capitol Hill reporter Dave McConnell, and Dodgers broadcaster Charlie Steiner. "I've known them for many years and they graciously agreed to be part of the story," says Matthews, who was a broadcast journalist for 35 years, nearly all of it in Washington. He worked as a reporter for the "old" full-service WMAL radio. He also worked at WTOP radio, NPR, and Maryland Public Television, in addition to other local media outlets. "Detonator" is Matthews' ninth book, seven of which are fiction. The book is available at amazon.com.....

9 Tops DC TV Newsers In Social Ratings - 12/16 - Even though it's generally in the basement regarding its traditional TV news ratings, Channel 9/WUSA is apparently doing much better when it comes to its social media reach. According to sharerocket.com, WUSA's newscasts claimed the top spot last week in the Share Rocket Social TV ratings for the DC market, earning a 28.13 Social Share from December 8 to 15. Channel 5/WTTG finished just .01 points behind with a 28.12 Social Share. And Channel 4/WRC pulled a 27.17 Social Share, making DC one of the most competitive markets in the nation when it comes to how its TV stations use social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.....

Giannini Heads 50 - 12/16 - Vince Giannini has been named senior vice president and general manager of Tribune's Channel 50/WDCW and its Philadelphia sister, Channel 17/WPHL. He has been general manager of WPHL since 2003 and acting general manager of WDCW since August. Giannini was station manager of Tribune's Channel 11/WPIX in NYC from 2001 to 2003. Before that, he worked at Tribune TVers in Los Angeles and Chicago.....

XMAS Surge For WASH - 12/16 - As what always happens this time of the year, Christmas tunes propel iHeartMedia's adult contemporary WASH into the top spot. And it will probably remain there through the entire holiday season. The Washington market radio ratings for the "third" week of December, actually late November. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WASH, 2) WAMU, 3) WTOP, 4) WHUR, 5) WIHT, 6) WMAL, 7) WBIG, 8) WWDC, 9) WMZQ, 10) WMMJ, 11) WPGC and WIAD and WPRS, 14) WETA-FM, 15) WKYS, 16) WLZL and WGTS, 18) WTEM, 19) WJFK-FM, 20) WRQX, 21) WNEW, 22) WFRE, 23) WINC-FM, 24) WBQB and WAFY and WERQ, 27) WFLS, 28) WPOC and WDCN and WAVA-FM and WGRQ.....

Cord Cutter: Comcast Hikes Rates, More - 12/16 - I look at Comcast's rate hike for February 2015 and how it will increase the price for my internet-only service and how it will still be way more expensive for me to add TV services. Plus, MSNBC announces that it will start a streaming service. In today's "Cord Cutter" at DCRTV's CordCutter page.....

TNT To Stop Carrying DC Christmas Show - 12/16 - Friday's telecast of "Chrismas In Washington" will be the last for TNT, after 15 years. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Nats' MASN Dispute Continues - 12/16 - A New York Supreme Court has granted partial discovery to Baltimore-based Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, forcing Major League Baseball to hand over documents relating to the long-standing dispute over the Washington Nationals' regional television rights fees. MASN, which is majority controlled by the Baltimore Orioles, had been seeking documents detailing incoming MLB commissioner Rob Manfred's involvement with a arbitration panel that ruled this summer that MASN should pay the Nationals more in rights fees. So reports washingtonpost.com.....

DCRTV Ad Alert: Mervin Block Dishes Dirt On TV News - 12/16 - "Weighing Anchors" examines the work of the anchors on the TV network evening newscasts, and the author, Mervin Block, says he documents "distortions, deceptions and delinquencies." Block wrote news for Walter Cronkite on the "CBS Evening News," for Frank Reynolds on the "ABC Evening News," and for several anchors at NBC. He taught broadcast news writing as a part-timer at Columbia's journalism school for 30 years. He also wrote four books about how to write news for broadcast. He's a former Chicago newspaperman. You can order the book on amazon.com and get more information at mervinblock.com.....

Alex Burns Leaves Politico - 12/16 - Alex Burns leaves Politico, where he's been a senior political reporter. He's heading to the New York Times to cover city and state politics.....

Gregg Birnbaum Leaves Politico - 12/16 - Gregg Birnbaum steps down as deputy managing editor at Politico to join the New York Daily News as managing editor and head of political content.....

WAMU Cuts Regular Traffic Reports After 10 AM - 12/15 - American University public radio news talker WAMU, 88.5 FM, is getting rid of regularly scheduled traffic reports after 10 AM each weekday. Florida-based Jerry Edwards will continue doing DC area traffic reports for WAMU during the morning rush, from 5 AM to 10 AM. But after that, "local hosts will report large-scale traffic incidents on an as-needed basis throughout the day and evening, beginning at 10:05 AM," according to an announcement at wamu.org. "Many listeners have shared with us that they are unhappy with the amount of traffic reports we air. We're trying to balance commuter needs with listener preferences, so we are removing scheduled traffic reports after 10 AM on weekdays," the station says. It's no secret that new WAMU General Manager JJ Yore has been implementing budget cuts of late, including the recent departures of Program Director Mark McDonald and long-time Chief Engineer John Holt. Says a top exec at Hubbard's commercial newser WTOP: "WAMU (is) waving the white flag on traffic after 10 AM".....

Feinstein Continues Ties To CBS Sports Radio - 12/15 - CBS Sports Radio officially announces its new line-up for 2015. Washington Post sports columnist John Feinstein, who, as we already reported, will no longer host a late morning show for the network, will continue to deliver "CBS Sports Minute" commentary pieces, which are also heard on CBS sports talkers not part of the network, like WJFK-FM, 106.7 The Fan. Additionally, Feinstein will create audio and editorial posts for CBSSportsRadio.com and contribute to the network's weekday and weekend programming on a regular basis. CBS Sports Radio is heard locally on DC's WJFK-AM, 1580, and Baltimore's WJZ-AM, 1300. More at radioinsight.com.....

$10M For Brian Williams - 12/15 - NBC News anchor Brian Williams, who spent his pre-network days in the DC market, gets rewarded with a $10 million dollar new contract, the LA Times reports.....

Memories Fill Holliday's House - 12/15 - PressBox profiles local radio and TV legend Johnny Holliday (right): "He's worked coast-to-coast as a disc jockey, joined the Beatles at their last concert in the United States, interviewed Joe DiMaggio, covered the Masters and - as many around here know - been the radio announcer for the University Of Maryland football and basketball teams for the past 36 years. And that's only half of it. Johnny Holliday's many exploits have enabled him to accumulate enough mementoes, photos and awards to fill his entire house in Kensington MD. Most of those keepsakes, however, have been boxed and stuffed in the attic under the orders of Mary Clare, his wife of 56 years".....

CSN & Epix Gear Up For Winter Classic - 12/15 - Comcast SportsNet will present coverage leading up to and surrounding the Washington Capitals' appearance in the 2015 NHL Winter Classic against the Chicago Blackhawks at Nationals Park on January 1. CSN's three-part Winter Classic programming series will begin this weekend with the debut of "All Access: 2011 Winter Classic" on December 13 at 10:30 PM, and "Growing Up Hockey" on December 14 at 9 PM. A program covering the logistics of the event, "Building Of The Winter Classic," will debut December 21 at 9 PM. The Bethesda-based network will also lead up to event day by presenting a series of Winter Classic vignettes daily throughout the month. On New Year's Day, CSN will present special editions of its signature Capitals pregame and postgame shows surrounding the Winter Classic, which will be televised by NBC at 1 PM. Also, premium channel Epix will start a four part series, "Road To The NHL Winter Classic, on December 16.....

Levinson Takes "Diner" To Stage - 12/15 - Baltimore film director Barry Levinson sings a new tune as "Diner’" heads to the stage. At washingtonpost.com.....

Kendis Gibson Leaving 7 - 12/14 - A Channel 7/WJLA source tells us: "Kendis Gibson will deliver his last newscast at 11:00 Sunday evening. No word on his next job, or if he has one secured." More soon.....

Obit For Ray Davis - 12/14 - DC-Baltimore country music radio veteran Ray Davis, who died December 3 in Frederick of complications from leukemia, gets his obituary 10 days later at washingtonpost.com. Davis spent many years playing bluegrass music for American University's WAMU and its Bluegrass Country channel.....

Dave TV: More MARC Ratings, WaPo, WUST, More - 12/13 - Did the Washington Post really need yet another Paul Farhi piece today about Rolling Stone and its UVA rape story controversy? What's happened to WUST, once one of Washington's strongest AMers? More of those MARC web ratings for area radio stations, including the addition and strong performance of 94.7 Fresh FM, WIAD. A Morris Jones promotion. And more in today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

Bay's Klug To Voice SC TVer - 12/13 - John Klug, the morning man at Baltimore classic rocker WZBA, 100.7 The Bay, is adding new duties as the "voice" of Fox 24, WTAT, in Charleston SC. He was chosen from a dozen finalists. "I'm pretty fired up about it," he tells us. "And no, I'm not moving. This won't affect my position as the morning show host and production director position at the Bay".....

Frasier Guests On Perkins Special - 12/12 - Channel 5/WTTG anchor Tony Perkins will be hosting a Fox 5 special called "Off The Cuff" Friday, December 12, at 11:15 PM (during the final half of the station's "News At 11") featuring Gary Stein from Perkins' MORE podcast show and Sarah Fraser, the morning host at WRQX, DC's 107.3. You can also live stream the show via myfoxdc.com.....

WaPo's Michel du Cille Dies - 12/12 - Michel du Cille, a Washington Post photojournalist who was a three-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, died Thursday while on assignment for the Post in Liberia. He was 58. He collapsed while returning on foot from a village where he had been working on a project. He was transported over dirt roads to a hospital two hours away but was declared dead on arrival of an apparent heart attack. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Ripley Heads To Key West - 12/11 - DCRTV hears that Ripley, aka John Wiley, leaves Southern Maryland's 977 The Rocket, WMDM. His last day is Friday, December 12th. He's heading to Key West, Florida, to a job at Pirate Radio, WKYZ, which he starts in January. "Leaving 977 The Rocket after almost four years, was a tough decision. The owners and management gave me a tremendous amount of flexibility to create a radio show that I will always be very proud of. My co-workers are fantastic and the station has awesome listeners," he tells us. "I'm fulfilling a promise to my wife by returning to our South Florida home. We are excited about this next chapter in our lives and my radio career".....

Rob Roblin Leaves 11 - 12/11 - From DCRTV's 12/11 Mailbag: "Longtime WBAL TV reporter Rob Roblin is retiring... The station's secondary channel is airing promos on his years of covering Baltimore." More soon.....

WaPo Gives Props To 4 - 12/11 - A correction on the print Washington Post's editorial page today: "A December 10 editorial on the proposed closure of a section of Interstate 395 incorrectly said that the Post was the first news outlet to report on the idea. The proposal was first reported by WRC-TV (Channel 4)".....

7's Starling Expecting 2nd Child - 12/11 - Channel 7/WJLA news anchor Alison Starling is pregnant with a second child. Her husband is NBC News correspondent Peter Alexander. Details at washingtonpost.com.....

Radio Ink Ranks Junks 9th - 12/11 - The Sports Junkies, the morning show on CBS sports talker WJFK, 106.7 The Fan, places ninth nationally among top local sports talk radio shows by the RadioInk trade pub. "The Junkies are consistently top two or three with men 25-54, behind only all-news and NPR in DC, a city dominated by news radio where many residents aren't from the area and don't root for local teams," according to the write-up in the December 8 edition of Radio Ink's print magazine.....

Hess Credited For Revitalizing MAL - 12/11 - News talk radio business website talkers.com profiles Cumulus news talker WMAL, 105.9 FM/630 AM, and finds that 2014 has been good to the station, which is now a solid "top 10" performer in the DC radio ratings under the program direction of Bill Hess. Owing to the unique factor that WMAL is in the nation's nerve center, a variety of remarkably influential individuals at the highest level of government could very well be listening to the radio station on any given day - and Hess proclaims, "They often are - that is very neat. I am incredibly fortunate to be working in the business that I always wanted to work in and to be doing this format in this market. It is a lot of fun".....

Dave TV: Defending My 2014 "Predictions," More - 12/11 - I respond to a "smart ass" mailbagger who slams my 2014 predictions made about a year ago. He says I was wrong on most of my musings. But I explain that they were more of a "wish list" and that my "good advice" wasn't taken. Including stuff about Don Geronimo, Jack Diamond, Donnie Simpson, WNEW, WPFW, Dan Snyder, the Washington Post, WMAL, WBAL, and much more. And, I rag again about the print Post. Oh, congrats to Steve Swenson. He got one of his five CBS FMers in the latest batch of DC radio "top 10" ratings. Whoopie! In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

TOP Again Tops DC Radio Heap - 12/10 - The DC market radio ratings for the "first week" of December, actually November 13-19. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WHUR, 4) WASH, 5) WIHT, 6) WMAL, 7) WETA-FM, 8) WBIG, 9) WWDC, 10) WIAD, 11) WMMJ and WMZQ, 13) WPRS, 14) WPGC, 15) WLZL and WGTS, 17) WKYS, 18) WTEM, 19) WJFK-FM, 20) WRQX, 21) WNEW, 22) WFRE and WINC-FM, 24) WAFY and WAVA-FM, 26) WBQB and WPFW and WDCN and WERQ, 30) WFLS.....

Politico Makes European Acquisition - 12/10 - Politico acquires the Brussels-based publication European Voice, which it will rebrand as Politico in the spring of 2015. The addition by Arlington-based Politico and its European partner Axel Springer, the German media conglomerate, "provides the owners with an anchor in the European market as they seek to become a leading media player in European politics and policy," according to politico.com.....

NPR To Close Kabul Bureau - 12/10 - DC-based NPR will close its bureau in Kabul, Afghanistan, at the end of 2014. Kabul-based reporter Sean Carberry's contract with NPR is ending. Starting next year, Afghanistan will be covered by Philip Reeves, NPR's correspondent in Islamabad, Pakistan.....

Rather & Todd Guest With Joynt - 12/10 - Former CBS news anchor Dan Rather is the guest at Carol Joynt's "Q&A Cafe" on Friday, December 12. The following Friday, December 19, her guest is NBC "Meet The Press" host Chuck Todd. Both events take place at noon at the Georgetown Club. The fee is $35, including lunch. Make reservations at 202-333-9330 or at reservationist@georgetownclub.org.....

Salazar Returns To CSN, More - 12/9 - Sebastian Salazar returns to Comcast SportsNet. Dish Network and CSN do a short-term deal avoiding the satellite service's threat to drop the channel. Kirk McEwen loses his gig at a Tampa sports talker. Another honor for Johnny Holliday. And the lackluster Redskins aren't helping the ratings for ESPN 980, WTEM. In this week's DC sports media column at PressBoxDC.com.....

Wizards Ratings Up On CSN - 12/9 - Through 20 games, Wizards broadcasts on Comcast SportsNet have averaged a 1.30 household rating. That's up 46% from last year's average rating at this time, and up 26% over last year's final average rating for the team's broadcasts. So reports washingtonpost.com.....

Kevin Corke Joins Fox News - 12/9 - Kevin Corke, a former NBC News White House correspondent who has been doing play-by-play at ESPN, will start in January as a DC-based correspondent for Fox News. He fills vacancies created by the recent retirements Wendell Goler and Jim Angle.....

WTOP Tops Social Media Ratings - 12/9 - All-newser WTOP tops a MARCscore list of DC radio stations regarding "social media remarkabiliy" via Facebook and Twitter. The beta measurements, which do not yet include many stations, focus on "audience reaction and content DNA." The first ever MARCscore listing for the DC market gives top-rated WTOP a total 24.5 ranking. Even though it's struggling in the ratings, contemporary hit WRQX, DC's 107.3, places second with a 24.0 score, just ahead of top-rated like-formatted WIHT, Hot 99.5, with a 20.3. Sports talker WJFK, 106.7 The Fan, ranks fourth with a 16.8 and public radio news talker WAMU scores a 14.4 for fifth place.....

CSN Stays On Dish, For Now - 12/9 - Comcast SportsNet and Dish Network reached a short-term deal in early December to prevent the regional sports network from going dark on Dish subscribers' screens in the Washington area. Details about the deal were not disclosed. The dispute centered on fees Dish pays for the channel, and ultimately passes on to customers in the form of higher rates. In late November, CSN mounted an ad campaign on DC area media outlets urging Dish subscribers to call and complain about losing the channel. Dish, which dropped the Boston area CSN channel earlier in the fall, also threatened to drop other CSN networks in San Francisco, Sacramento, and Chicago, in addition to the DC-Baltimore channel come December 2.....

Feiken, Holliday, Richards To Gold Circle - 12/9 - The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy Of Television Arts And Sciences held its Gold And Silver Circle honors dinner and awards ceremony December 7 at the Gerogetown Hotel in DC. This year's Gold Circle inductees were MPT's Rhea Feiken, local radio and TV veteran Johnny Holliday, and DC TV pioneer Don Richards. The Silver Circle inductees for 2014 included WRC's Charles Bragale, Hampton Roads own Cathy Lewis, Baltimore photograhper Peter O'Neal, WTTG weather forecaster Sue Palka, entrepreneur Michael Skehan, and Joe Yasharoff from Comcast SportsNet.....

McEwen Loses Tampa Gig, More - 12/8 - Baltimore radio veteran Kirk McEwen loses his Tampa sports radio gig. Former Baltimore sports radio and TV personality Jen Royle gets seen on ABC. Baltimore's Channel 2/WMAR broadcasts its 15th annual "Turkey Bowl." More Baltimore sports radio ratings. In this week's sports media column at PressBoxOnline.com.....

WTOP Expands Weekend Digital Coverage - 12/8 - DCRTV hears that Hubbard all-newser WTOP is expanding its weekend digital coverage by adding a new web shift on Saturdays and Sundays. Starting January 10, Ginger Whitaker will be joining the station's digital team as a weekend web editor. She has been freelancing for WTOP.com and Federal News Radio.....

7 Unveils New Investigative Team - 12/8 - Channel 7/WJLA has created a new "ABC 7 On-Your-Side" unit which will provide "advocacy and aggressive investigative reporting content" for both WJLA and sister NewsChannel 8, according to a Monday announcement from owner Sinclair. The team will be lead by Holly Shannon, with reporters Joce Sterman, Chris Pabst, Kimberly Suiters, Horace Holmes, and Jennifer Donelan.....

Jonathan Yardley Leaves WaPo - 12/8 - Jonathan Yardley retires from the Washington Post after more than 3,000 book reviews over three decades. At washingtonpost.com.....

Billy Bush Loses Radio Show - 12/8 - Westwood One drops Billy Bush's hot adult contemporary nationally syndicated evening radio show. Bush, who hosts the nationally syndicated "Access Hollywood" evening TV show, hosted the morning show at DC's now defunct contemporary hit Z104 way back when.....

MAL Raises $350K For Fisher House - 12/8 - Cumulus news talker WMAL, 105.9 FM/630 AM, raised more than $350,000 Friday and Saturday during its annual radiothon for Fisher House, which provides housing and services for families of wounded veterans. "WMAL listeners have contributed more than $4.5 million to support the Fisher House Foundation since the station's effort began," says WMAL Program Director Bill Hess. "Their response in support of the families of our nation's wounded warriors is nothing short of heroic".....

Jen Royle Does ABC Reality Show - 12/7 - From baltimoresun.com: Remember Jen Royle from CBS sports talker 105.7 The Fan? Well, she's been doing OK in the world of Boston sports since leaving Baltimore, and she recently made her debut on the ABC reality show, "The Taste," a cooking competition. Which includes CNN's Anthony Bourdain among its judges.....

WaPo Reporter Charged In Iran - 12/7 - Jason Rezaian, a Washington Post reporter detained in Iran for more than four months, was officially charged Saturday in a day-long proceeding in a Tehran courtroom, according to washingtonpost.com. His court appearance came two days after word arrived that Rezaian's detention has been extended until mid-January because the investigation against him is continuing.....

Group Wants DC Area Signal For New Gospel Station - 12/6 - Freedom Through Faith Ministries/Radio Network, both based in Baltimore, have taken out an ad on DCRTV. They have just announced plans to purchase a secular AM/low-power FM station to convert into a gospel format. "A unique ministry opportunity is taking place in Washington DC - and we need you to be part of bringing the Word of God to the Nation's Capital," according to statement from the organization. "This opportunity is a natural outgrowth of our three online Christian stations with listenership in 145 different nations and all 50 states." FTFM is looking for initial donations of approximately $100,000 to begin the process of acquiring this station. "If 100 individuals/businesses will give a one-time donation of $1,000, we can begin the process immediately," the group adds. You can make a donation at FTFM.org. Donations are tax deductible. Freedom Through Faith Ministries is an IRS approved, 501-c-3 non-profit organization.....

Dave TV: Mike Wise, Kirk McEwen, Ray Davis & More - 12/6 - Washington Posties sure like to write about themselves with the latest from outgoing sports writer Mike Wise. Plus, the Post gives us really huge pics of Lily Tomlin, Sting, and Tom Hanks. Also, local radio vet Kirk McEwen loses his Tampa radio gig. WNEW loses a biggie to WJLA & NC8. Local bluegrass and country radio vet Ray Davis dies. And once again, CBS has none of its five FMers in the "top 10" of the DC radio ratings. In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

WNEW's Micklos Returns To JLA & NC8 - 12/5 - DCRTV hears that Gregg Micklos is leaving his news director job at CBS all-newser WNEW, 99.1 FM, to return to Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8. Where he worked for 15 years before coming to WNEW during its launch in early 2012. Micklos will be managing news editor at WJLA and NC8, which saw new owner Sinclair take over from Allbritton in August. "Gregg was very forthright... three years ago when he told us he would eventually want to return to TV," writes WNEW executive editor and program director Robert Sanchez in a station memo on Friday. "But he didn't expect it to be this soon. The new ownership at WJLA is making aggressive changes to its news operation and they reached out to Gregg based solely on the great reputation he earned there over the years." Micklos' last day at WNEW will be December 19. Sanchez will serve as his interim replacement until a permanent replacement is found.....

Crowley Leaves CNN - 12/5 - Candy Crowley, political correspondent for 27 years, is leaving CNN. Her career at CNN began in 1987. In 2012, she became the first woman to moderate a presidential debate.....

BGC Veteran Ray Davis Dies - 12/5 - From WAMU's Bluegrass Country page on Facebook: "Our friend and colleague Ray Davis (right) died Wednesday, December 3 of leukemia. Ray's wish was to be remembered as a radio broadcaster. His career in broadcasting began at the age of 15 at WDOV-AM in Dover, Delaware. For 38 years, he hosted a popular bluegrass program from WBMD in Baltimore. Davis also did short stints working at small-town stations across the country and at XERF, in Mexico, where he learned to be a radio pitchman. Those skills were put to use raising money to sustain bluegrass and other programming on WAMU, in the '70s, '80s and '90s. Ray helped build WAMU's financial foundation. When he retired from WAMU's Bluegrass Country on September 30, 2013, his broadcasting career had spanned 65 years. Rest in Peace, Ray." Funeral services include a viewing December 8 from 2 PM to 4 PM and from 6 PM to 8 PM at the Haight Funeral Home in Sykesville MD. On December 9, there will be a viewing from 10 AM to 11 AM followed by a memorial service. Davis will be buried at the Mountain View Cemetery in Marriottsville MD with a reception to follow at the Arcadia Fire Hall Activities Building in Upperco MD.....

Rolling Stone Backs Away From UVA Rape Story - 12/5 - Several key aspects of the account of a gang rape offered by a University Of Virginia student in Rolling Stone magazine have been cast into doubt, including the date of the alleged attack and details about the alleged attacker, according to interviews and a statement from the magazine backing away from the article. The UVA fraternity chapter where the alleged attack on a student named Jackie was said to have occurred in September 2012 released a statement Friday afternoon denying that such an assault took place in its house. So reports washingtonpost.com.....

McEwen Loses Tampa Gig, HFS Call Back Here? - 12/5 - The plug has been pulled a Tampa sports talker, which is now stunting with Christmas tunes, with a new format to follow. CBS recently swapped that station with Beasley. So why is that big news up here in the DC-Baltimore area? Well, first, the station sported the WHFS call letters, which had, just before their move south, been "parked" on CBS's 1580 AM in the DC area and once graced a legendary independent progressive, alternative rocker on 102.3 and later, via CBS, on 99.1 and 105.7. Could those letters be returning to the DC area? And, second, DC and Baltimore radio veteran Kirk McEwen (right) had been doing the morning show on the Tampa sports talker. He's probably best known for his morning co-host duties on 98 Rock, WIYY, later doing mornings on now-defunct classic rocker WVRX, 105.9 The Edge. Will McEwen be heading back up north now? Stay tuned.....

Foer & Wieseltier Out At TNR - 12/5 - Executive editor Franklin Foer and literary editor Leon Wieseltier have quit the New Republic in an editorial shake-up at the venerable Washington-based magazine, which has been owned by Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes since 2012. The magazine will also halve its frequency to 10 issues per year. So reports washingtonpost.com.....

BALer Vanko's Passion: Wildlife Photography - 12/5 - WBAL radio news anchor and reporter Bill Vanko talks to baltimoresun.com about his passion as a wildlife photographer.....

MD Settles With SiriusXM - 12/4 - Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler announced today that his state's Consumer Protection Division, joined by 45 other attorneys general, entered into a $3.8 million settlement with Sirius XM, resolving allegations that the New York-based satellite radio company engaged in misleading advertising and billing practices. The investigation focused on problems that consumers encountered when canceling their contracts and allegations that Sirius XM did not adequately disclose that contracts were automatically renewed without consumers' notice or consent, often at rates that were much higher than anticipated. Sirius XM has agreed to clearly disclose all terms and conditions to consumers at the point of sale, including billing frequency, term length, and automatic renewal date. In addition to paying $3.8 million, Sirius XM will pay restitution to consumers who encountered problems canceling their services or obtaining refunds during the period of July 28, 2008 to December 4, 2014. Consumers can file a complaint may until May 1, 2015. Marylanders can file a complaint online at oag.state.md.us.....

Michael Jack Leaves NBC - 12/4 - Michael Jack, the general manager for the past four years at NBC-owned WNBC-TV in NYC, will retire from NBC in June 2015. He joined the station in 2010 from NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC in DC.....

Newseum Plans Ferguson Exhibit - 12/4 - From NewsBlues: "A Ferguson exhibit is coming to the Newseum. No really. There's room for it now that they've moved Tim Russert's desk to Buffalo." More at washingtonpost.com.....

TOP Again Tops DC Radio Heap - 12/4 - The DC market radio ratings for the "first week" of December, actually mid-November. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WHUR, 3) WASH, 4) WAMU, 5) WIHT, 6) WMAL, 7) WETA-FM, 8) WWDC, 9) WMMJ and WPRS, 11) WMZQ, 12) WBIG, 13) WIAD, 14) WGTS, 15) WKYS and WPGC, 17) WLZL, 18) WJFK-FM, 19) WRQX and WTEM, 21) WNEW, 22) WFRE, 23) WINC-FM, 24) WBQB, 25) WAVA-FM, 26) WAFY and WGRQ and WQSR and WDCN and WERQ.....

Iran Continues Detaining WaPo Reporter - 12/4 - Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian will be held in Iran for another two months. At washingtonpost.com.....

Kidd Adds Another Smash Hits Station - 12/4 - Baltimore and DC radio veteran Jason Kidd, who now heads DC-based New Generation Radio, says he's added another station to his new Smash Hits format. He's not ready to announce the station, but he does confirm that the "Gen-X classic hits" format will soon have a wider audience. More info at GetSmashHits.com or via e-mail at jasonkidd@getsmashhits.com. Kidd's been heard on and programmed stations all over the local radio dial, including Baltimore's WWMX, Mix 106.5, and DC's WPGC.....

Warner Options Smerconish Book - 12/4 - Warner has optioned the rights to the book "Talk" by CNN and SiriusXM host Michael Smerconish to develop into a television show. The studio plans to turn the novel into a one-hour "explosive drama, exposing the inner workings of conservative talk radio and campaign politics" with hopes of it hitting the airwaves before the 2016 election. So reports politico.com.....

Wendell Goler Retires From Fox News - 12/3 - Wendell Goler, who has been a DC bureau correspondent since 2011, is leaving Fox News Channel to head for retirement. He joined FNC as a foreign affairs correspondent in 1996. Before that, he was a White House correspondent for Associated Press. He got his start covering local DC area news for Channel 7/WJLA and Channel 4/WRC.....

NPR's Matt Thompson To Atlantic - 12/3 - Matt Thompson joins TheAtlantic.com to be deputy editor and oversee editorial operations and strategic development. He comes from NPR, where he's been director of vertical initiatives.....

HBO Revives "The Wire" - 12/3 - HBO will be releasing a high-def, remastered version of Baltimore-based gritty urban drama "The Wire" on January 5. Plus, the premium service will do a marathon of all five seasons on its Signature channel starting December 26.....

Erik Leaves TMD - 12/3 - Erik Deatherage is leaving Towson University's adult alternative WTMD, 89.7 FM, where he did the morning show. "While I have loved my nearly 10 years at WTMD beyond description, those who know me know the Upper Midwest holds a special place in my heart. So I'm off to Fargo, North Dakota for a new, albeit chilly adventure with my fiance," he posts. His last day at WTMD will be Friday, December 5, when the station will host a "Live Lunch" show in his honor.....

Bezos Working To Amazonize WaPo - 12/3 - Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who bought the Washington Post last year, wants to rework it into "something that expands beyond the local daily newspaper, into one that reaches across borders," according to Mike Isaac at nytimes.com. And, "it can be brought into the digital age by leveraging the technical expertise and knowledge that he has gained over his decades spent building Amazon into a global technology company," Isaac adds.....

Fox News Beats ABC In Baltimore - 12/3 - In the Baltimore market, more people are watching Fox News Channel's "Special Report With Bret Baier" than ABC's "World News Tonight" on Channel 2/WMAR. The latest batch of TV ratings for the 6 PM hour also shows Baier topping new "WNT" anchor David Muir in four other markets - Jacksonville, Ft. Myers, Providence, and St. Louis. "As a cable news program, this is quite an impressive feat for 'Special Report,' as its rival 'World News Tonight' is a broadcast program," reports mediabistro.com.....

Peter Bale To CPI - 12/3 - Peter Bale is the new CEO for the DC-based Center For Public Integrity, an investigative journalism non-profit organization. He comes from CNN International and CNN.com, where he's worked since 2011. Before that, he was with MSN UK and Reuters. He founded FTMarketWatch.com.....

Salazar Returns To DC Area's CSN - 12/2 - Sebastian Salazar has been named anchor and reporter at Bethesda-based Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic. Salazar, a native of the DC area who previously served in the network's digital media department, begins his new role this week after two years with CSN Houston. He'll work on "SportsNet Central" and contribute to other programs. Salazar worked for CSN Mid-Atlantic from 2009 to 2012, producing written and video content for CSNwashington.com and CSNbaltimore.com. For the 2012 MLS season, he joined DC United as a website reporter and host and contributed to CSN's live coverage as sideline reporter.....

WMAL Avoids ABC Newscasts - 12/2 - If you listen to Cumulus news talker WMAL, 105.9 FM/630 AM, you might not hear two minutes of ABC radio news at the top of the hour. Replaced by a completely locally-produced newscast. We're told by a station biggie: "As part of a continued expansion of WMAL News, we have adjusted the format of our prime time news updates. The top hour newscasts will be a mix of local, national, and world news - with the flexibility to 'lead local' more frequently, as appropriate." As DCRTV reported back in August, ABC's newscasts will soon be off Cumulus news talkers around the country. The Atlanta-based radio station owner has signed-up with CNN for its radio newscasts, come 2015. Although the new network newscasts may not feature the CNN branding. Stay tuned.....

Hartman To WaPo - 12/2 - Jed Hartman has been named chief revenue officer for the Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post. He had been group publisher for Time, including Time, Fortune, and Money magazines and their websites. More at washingtonpost.com.....

POTUS Adds Yahoo News Show - 12/2 - Olivier Knox, a White House correspondent for Yahoo News, will host a new show on SiriusXM's POTUS politics channel. "Yahoo News On POTUS" will air live every week on Wednesday at 2 PM. Starting December 3. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Cory Gardner are slated to be the show's first guests.....

Dave TV: Should WTOP Be Running Putin's Propaganda? - 12/2 - So, Washington Post columnist Clinton Yates calls for Ben's Chili Bowl to erase the scandal-plagued Bill Cosby from a mural outside the U Street eatery. But I think Clint should spend more time directing his rage toward his other employer, all-newser WTOP, for carrying Vlad Putin's propaganda on one of its digital subchannels. And maybe Chris Core could get in on this campaign, too. Also, I find a very young Kevin Spacey in a DC-set film from the 1980s. In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

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