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WAMU Tops Latest DC Radio Ratings - 12/7 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "second week" of December, actually mid-November. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WAMU, 2) WTOP, 3) WHUR, 4) WPRS and WASH, 6) WMAL, 7) WIHT and WBIG, 9) WPGC, 10) WMMJ, 11) WMZQ and WIAD, 13) WGTS and WKYS, 15) WWDC, 16) WRQX, 17) WFMD, 18) WTEM, 19) WJFK-FM, 20) WETA-FM, 21) WLZL, 22) WDCN and WERQ, 24) WQSR and WFLS, 26) WOL and WBQB and WAVA-FM, 28) WPFW and WDCH.....

Sinclair To Launch TBD - 12/7 - Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group announces plans to introduce an over-the-air multicast channel, to be called TBD, that will feature short-form infotainment tarketin millennials from companies including Jukin Video, Legendary Digital Networks (Nerdist & Geek and Sundry), Whistle Sports, Kinonation, Zoomin’, and Canvas Media Studios. "Much of the multicast market today focuses on classic TV and movie content, with little aimed at audiences for whom fresh and relevant pop culture content is important. With the launch of TBD, we aim to pair the very best premium digital-first content with the unmatched branding power of traditional television," says Sinclair CEO Chris Ripley. Locally, Sinclair owns Channel 7/WJLA, NewsChannel 8, and Channel 45/WBFF. More at deadline.com.....

It's Baaaaack: DCRTV's BW 2016 - 12/7 - It's once again time for DCRTV's annual Best/Worst list of local media - radio, television, web, print. A December 7 submission: BEST: Bill Lord calls it quits at WUSA/Tegna, pleasing most everyone at "Broadcast House" (now put Andrea Roane back on in the mornings). Just about everyone at NBC4. Dave's "Nealll Auggggenstein, DoubleUTeeOhPee News" impression. Topper Shutt and Howard Bernstein. WTOP on-air. Loo and Chilli. The Gamut. Netflix. Digital subchannel nostalgia TV channels. It's Academic. Alison Starling. Dave Statter..... WORST: OC 104's "Christmas Purge". The overuse of graphics/countdown clocks on NBC4, making it look like letterbox news. I still favor them over any other channel. WJLA/Sinclair's dropping name talent to save money, especially Leon Harris. WJLA infomercial marathons on most Saturday and Sunday afternoons. WJLA ramming as many commercials as possible at the end of Jeopardy! cutting the show off. Chris Core, "shilling for" (annual "worst"), sloppy editing of on-air graphics by all local TV stations and WTOP. WUSA "heat alert" graphics in the summer shrinking the screen down. "We build trust and piece of mind in every Long Roofing.... ROOF!". Good Day DC and Great Day Washington. Redundant programming (talk shows/Family Feud) on Fox 5 and My 20. The same 150-175 songs from the 70s on BIG 100.3, and here's another song by Led Zeppelin. Ditto for WASH-FM's 100 or so Christmas song playlist. $2.00 for the daily Washington Post? Fox 5 @ 6:30pm "Windows" newscast (fullscreen please). The end of CBS Radio News. JJ "Days of" Yore destroying things at WAMU. 2016, stop taking our musicians. WMAL.....

Get Plus & Support DCRTV - 12/7 - Make your donation $39 or more and get a year of access (including extensions and renewals) to totally revised DCRTV Plus 2.0, the best place to find nostalgic and historical stuff about DC and Baltimore radio and TV. 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. Just added to Plus: Memories from dozens of smaller AM stations throughout the years in the DC-Baltimore area, including WAYE, WYRE, WFMD, WPIK, WPRW, WLMD, WSID, WUST, WDON, WFAX, WPWC, WANN, WARL, WEBB, and more. A tribute page for longtime Baltimore TV newsman and talk radio host Ron Smith, a memory page for sports talker WJFK, which used to be an easy listening outlet and carried Howard Stern for many years, plus a new photo page for legendary DC rocker DC101.....

Ockershausen Talks To Rieger, Jurgensen - 12/6 - DC media veteran Andy Ockershausen (right), a third-generation Washingtonian who has worked for the Evening Star Broadcast Group, the old WMAL-TV, WMAL radio, Channel 50/WDCW, and, most recently, Comcast/NBC Universal, has started a podcast, "Our Town," with local personalies. Including media figures, politicans and community leaders, sports heroes, business and charitable influencers, and many more. The latest available interviews include Channel 4/WRC news anchor Wendy Rieger and Redskins star quarterback Sonny Jurgensen, who does the team's radio games. Each half-hour podcast, which is recorded at WMAL, can be heard at ourtowndc.com.....

WaPo's Rezaian To Pen Iran Book - 12/6 - Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, who spent 18 months detained in an Iranian prison before his release in January, will write a book about his ordeal for Ecco. The memoir, tentatively entitled "Hostage: 544 Days, 400 Million Dollars, The Nuclear Deal & Me," is scheduled for publication in 2018. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Record Numbers For WMAL Fundraiser - 12/6 - WMAL's 13th annual Fisher House Radiothon raised a record-setting $491,064. The two-day event, December 2 and 3, featured a live broadcast from the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City. Fisher House Foundation provides homes-away-from-home for the families of injured service personnel while they are undergoing treatment and rehabilitation. "I remain in awe of WMAL listeners. They have generously donated some $5.4 million over the last 13 years in support of this wonderful organization and its mission," says Bill Hess, WMAL's program director and the news-talk format vice president for the station's parent company, Cumulus. Photo at right - WMAL hosts Larry O'Connor, Chris Plante, and Brian Wilson.....

Delilah To NAB Hall Of Fame - 12/5 - Syndicated radio personality Delilah, who is heard during weekday evenings on WASH, 97.1, will be inducted into the DC-based National Association Of Broadcasters Hall Of Fame at the organization's 2017 annual convention in April in Las Vegas. Her adult contemporary radio show airs on 160 stations and has more than 8 million listeners.....

Adams Makes OC104 Cuts - 12/5 - Updated. From DCRTV's Sunday Mailbag: "Swinging door Adams Radio Group makes more changes at OC104 on the Eastern Shore. Gone are Brian K. Hall, Albie Dee, Wookie, and General Sales Manager Mike Cobo. Megan Chirillo, former sales consultant for news talker WGMD, becomes Adams regional sales manager." More: Albie retains his afternoon drive and program director gigs on rhythmic contemporary WOCQ, we hear. However, the station will debut the nationally-syndicated "Brooke & Jubal" show Monday morning. Yet more. From DCRTV's Monday Mailbag: "To your newsblurb on cuts at Adams Radio Group/Salisbury, you missed three other people who were shown the door in the past few weeks - Tykena Hagans, former OC104 middays; Garrett McAuliffe, promotions director; and Catherine Curran account rep. FYI - all the people listed were FIRED... and look for more cuts soon... Missed one other person FIRED at Adams Radio Group/Salisbury's OC104 - morning show co-host Brian 'Crookid' Johnson." More soon.....

Kelly: Early Days Of WEAM - 12/4 - Local columnist John Kelly looks at some of the DC area's radio history, specifically the early days of WEAM, 1390, which was one of the region's top-rated "top 40" stations in the 1960s. And its days at "The Radio Building" in Arlington, and later in what was called a Cold War bunker near Falls Church. At washingtonpost.com.....

Matt K. Baker Keeps Busy - 12/4 - DC-Baltimore area voiceman Matt K. Baker gives us an update on what he's been up to this past summer, including work for the Discovery Channel and Pandora. At YouTube. More at mattspeaking.com.....

Dave TV: DCRTV December 2016 Update - 12/3 - My DCRTV December update, including the latest developments regarding the DC area media news website. Plus, a new "National News + More" mission for my fuzface.com website. And, the latest local media news including big management changes at Channel 9/WUSA, a new market manager for CBS Radio in Baltimore, and some frequency changes for the Gamut.....


Tracy Brandys To Head CBS's Balto Radio Cluster - 12/3 - CBS Radio names Tracy Brandys senior vice president/market manager and director of sales for the Baltimore cluster, replacing Bob Philips, who was recently moved to NYC to be chief revenue officer for the company. She'll oversee sports talker WJZ-FM/AM, adult contemporary WLIF, and hot adult contemporary WWMX. Brandy's had been director of sales for the Baltimore cluster. "As the radio industry evolves, it's an exciting moment to take the reins of the Baltimore market and lead our stations and teams to even greater success," Brandys said. "As a longtime employee of CBS Radio I am grateful to the company for giving me this opportunity and look forward to what's new and next".....

CBS Makes Radio News Cuts - 12/3 - The NY Post reports that CBS Radio News is losing a slew of its most seasoned journalists after distributor Westwood One cut its fees. Senior correspondents and executives were offered buy-outs in advance of CBS Radio's imminent spin-out of CBS Corporation. Among those departing are: Washington correspondent Barry Bagnato, with the network for 30 years; Executive Producer Charlie Kaye, with CBS for 34 years; afternoon anchor Harley Carnes, with CBS for 24 years; and, "CBS World News" anchor Bill Whitney, a 32-year veteran of CBS Radio News. Insiders are expecting more exits in the coming weeks, the Post reports. CBS News vice president, radio Harvey Nagler, who heads the operation, announced in November he would be retiring from the company. His last day is expected to be January 6, according to the Post. Late last month, CBS filed paperwork to complete the spinoff of its radio unit, which is likely to happen in early 2017. More: Another cut - Washington news bureau manager Howard Arenstein.....

Bill Lord Leaving 9, More Management Changes - 12/2 - DCRTV hears that Bill Lord (right), the news czar for Tegna's Channel 9/WUSA, is retiring at the end of the year. Last year, he left his longtime like gig at Channel 7/WJLA after Allbritton sold the station to Sinclair. In a WUSA staff memo, Lord writes: "If anyone ever found a calling in life I'm the one. I totally enjoyed every day of my forty-plus years working in TV news. I've worked with phenomenal people including all of you. I've covered stories about amazing people. I've worked all over the country and all over the world. Beyond my wildest expectations I have eavesdropped on history every place I've been." Other WUSA news: Michael Valentine will be joining the CBS affiliate as Lord's replacement - as station manager and director of content. He's been a vice president for news with McLean-based Tegna (formerly part of Gannett) for the past three years, having run the newsroom at Belo's WFAA-TV in Dallas before that. As DCRTV previously reported, WUSA is getting a new president and general manager as Richard Dyer joins the station in early January.....

99.5's Knapp Hypes Sweater Sale - 12/2 - Toby Knapp, afternoon man and assistant program director at iHeart's Hot 99.5, WIHT, is raising funds for the Musicians On Call via the sale of limited-edition joliday sweaters. At musicansoncall.org/sweaters. Knapp serves on the board of the DC chapter of the charity group.....

Merrill Makes It Easier To Get Journalism Master's Degree - 12/2 - If you're interested in learning how to tell great stories or just jump-start your journalism career, a Merrill College master's degree is the answer. Come learn more about what it takes to become a fearless journalist during one of our four upcoming open houses. The Merrill College Graduate Program Offers: A full-time master's degree program in just one year; A Saturday journalism certificate program for working journalists; Tracts in multiplatform; broadcast; or returning journalist; A focus on public affairs, sports, investigative and computational journalism; Real-world, hands-on experience using the latest technologies including 360 video; Taking classes from award-winning faculty members; The ability to study and work just minutes from Washington DC, Annapolis and Baltimore. Merrill College is ranked the #6 journalism school in the nation by USAToday College. Get all the details at go.umd.edu.....

Scot Gillespie To WaPo - 12/1 - Scot Gillespie joins the Washington Post in the newly-created position of vice president and chief technology officer, reporting to Shailesh Prakash, chief information officer and vice president of digital product development. Gillespie will manage the Post's engineering team and be responsible for building on the initial success of the Post's Arc platform. He comes from WW Grainger, where he served as vice president of engineering. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Cavender To Leave RTDNA - 12/1 - Executive Director Mike Cavender tells the DC-based Radio Television Digital News Association and Foundation that he will retire at the end of 2017. "In the meantime, Cavender will continue to spearhead the association's ongoing efforts to protect the rights of electronic journalists through the many programs and issues in which the association and foundation are actively involved," according to an announcement at rtdna.org.....

Joe Washington Talks To Thom Loverro - 12/1 - Former Redskins running back Joe Washington talks Joe Gibbs, John Riggins, and the night he had the greatest performance in "Monday Night Football" history. In the latest "Cigars & Curveballs" podcast with DC sports journalism veteran Thom Loverro. Available for download free on iTunes and Google Play at apple.co.....

WOL Gets 95.9 Simulcast - 11/30 - From DCRTV's Wednesday Mailbag: "In a somewhat strange move top-rated [Baltimore urban adult contemporary outlet] WWIN, Magic 95.9 FM, is going to have competition from its own company, Radio One, as the company has gotten approval a new DC 95.9 FM, which will simulcast programming from [urban talker] WOL, [1450] AM, Washington... Most of the area is outside the Baltimore market, so it might not affect ratings much if any, but it definitely will impact some listeners. Any listener complaints therefor should go directly to Magic 95.9 since they are allowing this interference".....

Politico Founders Start Axios - 11/30 - Mike Allen and Jum Vandehei, founders of DC-based Politico, talk about plans for their new venture, Axios, which will include a newsletter that "cuts across our topic areas." At vanityfair.com.....

DC Connections In "Sesame Street" Book - 11/30 - Today is Joan Ganz Cooney's 87th birthday. She is the creator of "Sesame Street" and has several DC connections. Cooney received $4 million for the development and promotion of "Sesame Street" from the then Department Of Education, Channel 26/WETA was one of the first stations to run the show, and she hired DC native Jim Henson when she saw some of his local commercials for products such as Wilkins Coffee. Read more in DC area native Gary Dreibelbis' book "The Gospel According To Sesame Street: Learning, Life, Love, And Death" (right). The book contains info regarding Henson's early days at Channel 4/WRC and an interview with WRC veteran and Henson's friend Willard Scott. More at gospelsesamestreet.com. Order the book at amazon.com.....

FCC's Future Cloudy Under Trump - 11/30 - From Tom Taylor Now: With the Trump presidency coming, the Federal Communications Commission's immediate future remains cloudy. Still nothing from FCC Chair Tom Wheeler about his plans. He could resign from the agency – or step back to become a commissioner instead of chair. But Democratic Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel doesn't have that option. Her days there continue to dwindle, barring a last-minute Senate confirmation vote. Her term expired in summer 2015, but she was able to continue on through the end of this 114th Congress. We still don't have any signals about Trump’s intentions for an interim chair. It's his right to appoint one after January 20, while we wait to see who’ll get the nod as permanent Chair. Wheeler did agree to back off on offering "controversial" policy changes, at the request of Congressional Republicans. Nothing earth-shattering on the tentative agenda for the December 15 Open Meeting, the last one of 2016. Though there is a big item about proposals to improve the Emergency Alert System.....

BET Founder Says No To Trump Cabinet Job - 11/29 - Politico reports that DC media magnate and BET founder Bob Johnson turned down the possibility of a cabinet position in a Donald Trump administration during a meeting with the president-elect. Johnson told CNBC that Trump and his advisers "hinted" at a possible role in the administration during a "candid, frank conversation" on November 20 at the Trump National Golf Club. "He hinted at something I could be interested in, and I quickly shut that down," Johnson said, adding that it was a "cabinet position" that was floated.....

Gamut's 104.5 Goes Away - 11/29 - DCRTV hears that Hubbard's eclectic music The Gamut is no longer on 104.5 from Sterling. The equipment is being hauled over to Wheaton, where it will move to 93.5 and simulcast Spanish language Mexican outlet WBQH, 1050, a signal that Hubbard leases out. The new signal will come from WFED's 1500 transmitter site on University Boulevard. The Gamut can still be heard on 98.3 from Great Falls and 820 from Frederick. And via the digital HD3 subchannels of Hubbard all-newser WTOP's 103.5, 103.9, and 107.7 signals as well as at thegamut.fm.....

Jennifer Donelan Joins PG Police - 11/29 - Reporter Jennifer Donelan (right), who parted company with Channel 7/WJLA in June, joins the Prince George's County Police Department as director of its Media Relations Division. A graduate of Robinson High School in Fairfax, she joined then Allbritton-owned WJLA in 2006. But left last summer after the Sinclair-owned station failed to renew her contract. "I am so excited to be working for and with the residents of Prince George's County," Donnelan said of her new job. She made WJLA's news in 2010 when, at age 36, she suffered a heart attack immediately after she finished a live report for the evening news. Before joining WJLA, Donelan worked for CBS NewsPath in Chicago, and at Detroit's WDIV-TV before that.....

Goldthwaite Joins NPR - 11/29 - Meg Goldthwaite is the newe chief marketing officer for DC-based NPR. A DC area native, she comes from Conservation International, where she was also chief marketing officer. Before that, Goldthwaite worked with Women For Women International and the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund.....

Brown Leaves Joyner's Show - 11/29 - After a more than 20-year run on Tom Joyner's nationally syndicated morning show, funnyman J Anothony Brown has left. His last day with Joyner was November 25. Joyner is heard in DC on WOL, 1450. More at allaccess.com.....

Changes For Examiner's Carney, Freddoso - 11/29 - The Washington Examiner moves Tim Carney into a new role as commentary editor. He's been senior political columnist. He will be switching places with current commentary editor David Freddoso, who will focus on writing as senior columnist. Freddoso will write daily for the Beltway Confidential blog.....

Cerphe Pens Book - 11/29 - The Washington Post local columnist John Kelly makes mention of DC radio veteran Cerphe and his new book, "Cerphe's Up," which covers the DC rock radio veteran's many years at WHFS, DC101, and other area stations. At www.washingtonpost.com.....

Klug Keeps Busy With New Production Biz - 11/29 - We check in with Baltimore/DC radio veteran John Klug who tells us that Klug Productions, his new full-time voiceover business, has experienced great success and growth since he made the decision in April 2016 to leave his role as the morning drive host and production director at Baltimore classic rocker 100.7 The Bay, WZBA. Since April, Klug was selected to be a voice for the Baltimore Ravens during the 2016-2017 season, landed narration gigs for season one and the upcoming season two of "Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat" on WFN, as well as the Justice Network's "Inside The Mind Of A Serial Killer".  Currently, Klug is recording another 13 episode narration for Poker Central's "Pokerography."  He has also fully produced and narrated his first audio book, Harbor Ice by KD Mason, recently released on Audible and Amazon, and is presently recording and producing two more audio books set for completion early next year.  Klug can be heard nationally on television and radio commercials for brands like PenFed Credit Union, Long & Foster, Lucas Films, Windham Hotels, Aquafina, Pfizer, the American Heart Association, and many more.  Listen to samples of his work on the Klug Productions website at klugproductions.com.....

Carson Loses KC Gig - 11/28 - DCRTV hears DC radio veteran Ron Carson, who spend much of his local career at Mix 107.3, WRQX, is out of his talk show gig at Kansas City talker KCMO, where he's been working since early 2015. More soon.....

Hagerstown's WNUZ Re-Launches - 11/26 - Verstanding has relaunched contemporary hits "Now 92.1" WNUZ in Hagerstown as "92.1 Hits-FM." With 10,000 songs commercial-free, the new brand is currently running jockless. WNUZ registered a 2.4 share in the spring 2016 radio taings, placing it behind the two Alpha stations it is competing against: adult contemporary "Mix 95.1" WIKZ, which is currently in Christmas music mode, and rhythmic contemporary "Wild 96.7" WDLD. So reports radioinsight.com.....

Victoria Davis To Host Middays On MMJ - 11/24 - WMMJ, Majic 102.3, announces that Victoria Davis (right) will be midday host effective Monday, November 28. "Vic Jagger" from "The Russ Parr Morning Show" will host "VJ In The Midday" from 10 AM to 3 PM. A DC native, Davis began her career in 2003 with Radio One and the Parr show as assistant producer and part-time personality. In 2008, she was promoted to on-air personality. She was also named program and music director for Parr's syndicated weekend countdown "On The Air," and hosted a weekend showon WMMJ sister, WKYS. In 2013, she created TheGabulousLife.com.....

Dave TV: Larry Matthews' "Age In Good Time" - 11/24 - In a DC media edition of "Dave TV" I do a book review of "Age In Good Time" by Larry Matthews, which touches upon the life wisdom some area men have mined from the aging process. Including area broadcasters Jim Bohannon and Johnny Holliday. Check out the book at larrymatthews.net.....


WAMU Scores Record Share - 11/23 - American University news talker WAMU scores "the largest share ever for a non-commercial license in any PPM market." According to Tom Taylor Now, radio ratings historian Chris Huff calls WAMU's 10-share (age 6+) extraordinary. He says the election probably helped news/talk radio ratings around the country. Huff also identifies some notable feats that aren't directly connected to the election - like the NFL Baltimore Ravens lifting 98 Rock, WIYY, to its largest share in the PPM era.....

Dave TV: Laura Evans and Larry O'Connor - 11/22 - I look at two big DC media stories - longtime reporter and anchor Laura Evans leaving WTTG/5. Could she be heading to WJLA/7 or maybe WUSA/9? Also, Larry O'Connor replaces Michael Savage on WMAL. Will Savage land another spot on WMAL's schedule or will he get picked up by another station? In today's "Dave TV".....


WAMU Tops DC November Ratings - 11/22 - The DC market radio ratings for the month of November. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WAMU, 2) WTOP, 3) WHUR, 4) WIHT, 5) WASH, 6) WPRS and WBIG, 8) WMMJ, 9) WMAL, 10) WPGC, 11) WKYS, 12) WIAD, 13) WMZQ, 14) WJFK-FM and WWDC, 16) WGTS, 17) WTEM, 18) WRQX, 19) WETA-FM, 20) WFMD, 21) WLZL, 22) WAVA-FM and WERQ, 24) WPFW, 25) WDCN and WFLS, 27) WBQB and WFRE and WOL and WQSR, 31) WACA and WAFY and WIYY and WDCH and WBQH, 36) WRBS-FM and WWGB and WGRQ.....

WAMU Tops Male Demo In DC November Ratings - 11/22 - What DC area radio stations are men listening to? The November radio ratings for the DC market. Male demo, age 25-54, full-day: 1) WAMU, 2) WTOP, 3) WIHT, 4) WPGC, 5) WJFK-FM, 6) WMAL and WGTS, 8) WBIG and WWDC and WASH, 11) WHUR, 12) WKYS, 13) WTEM and WMMJ, 15) WIAD, 16) WMZQ, 17) WRQX, 18) WPRS, 19) WLZL and WERQ, 21) WDCN and WQSR, 23) WETA-FM, 24) WBQH, 25) WWGB. Male demo, age 25-54, morning drive: 1) WAMU, 2) WTOP, 3) WJFK-FM, 4) WWDC, 5) WIHT, 6) WGTS and WMMJ, 8) WMAL, 9) WPGC and WHUR and WBIG, 12) WASH, 13) WTEM, 14) WKYS, 15) WMZQ, 16) WIAD, 17) WDCN, 18) WPRS and WERQ, 20) WRQX, 21) WLZL and WBQH, 23) WETA-FM, 24) WIYY and WWGB. Male demo, age 25-54, afternoon drive: 1) WAMU, 2) WTOP, 3) WPGC, 4) WIHT, 5) WMAL and WGTS, 7) WASH and WJFK-FM, 9) WTEM, 10) WBIG, 11) WHUR, 12) WKYS, 13) WWDC, 14) WMMJ, 15) WMZQ, 16) WRQX, 17) WIAD, 18) WPRS, 19) WDCN, 20) WERQ, 21) WLZL, 22) WWGB and WQSR, 24) WETA-FM and WACA.....

WWIN-FM Tops Baltimore November Radio Ratings - 11/22 - The Baltimore market radio ratings for the month of November. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WERQ, 3) WLIF, 4) WPOC, 5) WIYY, 6) WJZ-FM, 7) WRBS-FM and WZFT, 9) WWMX, 10) WQSR, 11) WBAL-AM, 12) WCBM, 13) WZVA, 14) WYPR, 15) WBJC, 16) WCAO, 17) WLIFHD2, 18) WQLL and WWIN-AM, 20) WJZ-AM and WOLB. Only Baltimoe market stations included in this list.....

WMAL Replaces Savage With O'Connor - 11/22 - Cumulus news talker WMAL, 105.9/630, is giving Larry O'Connor (right) his own three-hour afternoon drive show, starting January 2. Currently, WMAL carries syndicated talker Michael Savage from 3 PM to 5 PM, with O'Connor hosting an hour-long locally-produced show, "The Drive At 5," until 6 PM. The new "Larry O'Connor Show" will air from 3 PM to 6 PM. O'Connor will leaving his AM co-hosting duties on "Mornings On The Mall" with Brian Wilson. A new partner for Wilson is being sought. In addition to his WMAL work, O'Connor serves as an editor-at-large with HotAir.com. "During this time of unprecedented change and interest in Washington DC, it's an exciting and humbling opportunity to help facilitate an entertaining and provocative conversation on a station as important and influential as WMAL," says O'Connor. "During the four years I've been here in the Nation's Capital, I've been so impressed with this community's engagement in not only our government, but with issues that hit our kitchen tables every day - like pop culture, faith, and parenting." Adds WMAL Program Director and Vice President Bill Hess, "Larry's success, both on our morning and 5 PM shows, has positioned him perfectly to re-open the local afternoon daypart on WMAL. He's smart, entertaining, and an engaging storyteller who will anchor a program built on the stories of the day, with expanded service elements for our busy DC commuters".....

DCRTV Job Ads - 11/22 - New on DCRTV's Job Ads: WHAG-TV, a Nexstar Broadcasting station is seeking account executives to represent all of its broadcast and digital properties to the local advertising community. In addition to our Hagerstown home station, we are also currently looking for account executives to work out of our Germantown, MD and Winchester, VA satellite offices. Account executives will grow an established account list, and develop new business across all TV and digital sales platforms. If you’re the kind of person who thrives on being an integral part of a transforming industry, and creating solutions to challenging issues, this may be the perfect opportunity for you. Ideal candidates to join our team should have a minimum of 2-5 years media sales experience. Experience in advertising sales is required. Candidates should also have relationships in the marketplace. Must be able to actively identify new business opportunities, and develop plans for new accounts to generate strategic partnerships that result in new sales revenue. Applicants must possess excellent verbal and written presentation skills, along with strong organizational ability. Candidates must be PC literate (MS Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint). College degree preferred. Please email cover letter, and resume to mbryant@whag.com. No phone calls please. Nexstar is an Equal Opportunity Employer.....

Laura Evans Leaving 5 - 11/21 - DCRTV hears that Channel 5/WTTG evening news anchor Laura Evans (right) is leaving. "After 18 years at Fox 5 DC, and 26 years as a journalist, I am starting a new chapter in my professional life," she says. "As fulfilling as my work here at WTTG has been, I am very excited to begin this new journey that involves my passions and will make a difference in our community. I am proud to have been part of such an awesome team of creative and motivated journalists." Her last day at the Fox-owned station will be December 2. She says she'll soon make an announcement about her plans.....

Rant: 7 Pays News Watchers - 11/21 - Sinclair's giving away $100 every 7 minutes during its 6 PM Channel 7/WJLA newscast. The hell with journalism. I wanna get rich! I gotta watch that!! More Rants.....

BET Founder Optimistic About Trump - 11/21 - Washington media mogul Bob Johnson, a noted Democrat, says that fellow African-Americans should give Donald Trump "the benefit of the doubt," and hope common ground can be reached with the incoming Republican administration about issues facing the black community. The BET founder, who met with Trump on Sunday at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster NJ, described the sit-down as a "great chat" about "business solutions to social problems." More at cnbc.com.....

Dyer Replaces Burdett At WUSA - 11/21 - McLean-based Tegna names Richard Dyer president and general manager of Channel 9/WUSA as of the new year. He replaces Mark Burdett, who will resign effective December 31. Dyer has been president and general manager of Hearst's WLWT-TV in Cincinnati. Before that, he was president and general manager of Hearst's KETV-TV in Omaha. He's also served as corporate vice president of television sales within Tegna Media. And once was WUSA's station manager and vice president. A native of DC, Dyer holds a master's degree in marketing from the University Of Maryland. Burdett joined WUSA in February 2012 from the management team at the Baltimore Ravens.....

Smash Hits Adds Baltimore, Wilmington Signals - 11/21 - New Generation Radio, which is headed by DC-Baltimore radio veteran Jason Kidd, sees its newer oldies Gen-X format Smash Hits launched on another frequency in the Baltimore metro. This time via 107.5 from Bel Air. Says Kidd says, "As this format continues to grow, we couldn't be happier to add another signal in our backyard. This signal will blanket Harford County as well as Eastern Baltimore County." Also, in the last few weeks Smash Hits has entered the Wilmington market via Chesapeake City MD on 100.5. More at newgenerationradio.com.....

NPR Sees Another Surplus Year - 11/21 - From current.org: DC-based NPR is on track to conclude a second consecutive fiscal year with a revenue surplus, driven by a record increase in sponsorship sales. The network brought in $60 million in sponsorship income in fiscal year 2016, according to CFO Debbie Cowan, marking a 16% increase over the previous fiscal year. National Public Media, an NPR subsidiary that sells underwriting and digital advertising for the network, saw increases in both broadcast and digital sponsorship in FY2016. Podcast income drove the growth in digital, with advertisers renewing at an "extremely high" rate.....

Gwen Ifill Remembered - 11/20 - Thousands of mourners, including first lady Michelle Obama, remembered and celebrated veteran Washington journalist and PBS "Newshour" anchor Gwen Ifill on Saturday, recalling her as a standard bearer, cherished friend, devoted mentor and woman of abiding faith. Ifill died Monday at 61 after a yearlong battle with cancer. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Dave TV: DCRTV Dave Answers Questions About The Site - 11/18 - Time for a DCRTV site news update for late 2016. I answer many of your questions like what's up with the "new" black background on DCRTV's pages. And what's happened to DCRTV's NYC and Boston pages. Plus, I look at expansions of the site's new National News page and memory-packed DCRTV Plus subscription area. And I make a sincere pitch for your financial support to continue DCRTV's mission of preserving the DC and Baltimore's rich radio and TV history. In today's DCRTV "Dave TV." Support DCRTV via PayPal by sending funds to our dcrtv@hotmail.com address. Or drop a check in the mail. Make it payable to "Dave Hughes" and send it to Dave Hughes, 1981-B Villaridge Drive, Reston VA 20191.....


Bloomberg To End Politics Show - 11/18 - With the election now in the rearview mirror, Bloomberg has decided to terminate its daily politics show "With All Due Respect" hosted by the political journalists John Heilemann and Mark Halperin and refocus its Bloomberg Politics team, according to the New York Times. "In the coming weeks, as Washington transitions from the Obama administration to the incoming Trump administration, our Bloomberg Politics team will transition as well - shifting our focus to the impact of politics and policy on the business and financial world," John Micklethwait, the editor in chief of Bloomberg, and Justin Smith, chief executive of Bloomberg Media, said in a staff memo. "Will All Due Respect," which began in October 2014 and was broadcast on Bloomberg TV at 5 PM and MSNBC at 6 PM, will run daily until December 2, after which there will be four hourlong specials setting up the presidency of Donald Trump. The show will end with coverage of Trump's inauguration on January 20.....

KramerBooks Gets New Owner - 11/18 - Dupont Circle's iconic KramerBooks & Afterwords Cafe has a new owner. It's 33-year-old Steve Salis, co-founder of local chain &pizza. According to washingtonpost.com, Salis is taking over an 800-square-foot space next door, and creating a childrens book annex that is expected to open next week. He plans to build a new coffee bar, add more events space and beef up the store’s line-up of cookbooks, history, and nonfiction.....

Metro Radio Buys 2 WV Stations - 11/18 - Fairfax-based Metro Radio has purchased two stations in Berkeley Springs WV from Capper Broadcasting - classic hits WDHC, 92.9 FM, and country WCST, 1010 AM. Price: $365,000. Metro Radio owns two Spanish stations in the DC area - Alexandria's WTNT, 730 AM, and WKDV, 1460 AM, in Manassas. WTNT has a 92.9 low-power simulcast in the Fairfax-Chantilly area. Might Bruce Houston-headed Metro be thinking about moving WDHC closer to DC and using it to expand the FM signal for WTNT? Stay tuned.....

Richest TV Media-Types - 11/17 - The NY Observer has released its annual list New York's richest people, and a number of media people made the list. Including some with DC connections: 1) Sean Hannity, Fox, $29 million; 2) Matt Lauer, NBC, $22 million; 3) Bill O'Reilly, Fox, $18 million; 4) Robin Roberts, ABC, $10-14 million; 5) Megyn Kelly, Fox, $10-12 million; 6) Anderson Cooper, CNN, $11 million; 7) Shepard Smith, Fox, $10 million; 8) George Stephanopoulos, ABC, $8 million; 9) Rachel Maddow, MSNBC, $7 million (tie); 10) David Muir, ABC, $7 million (tie).....

Dude Walker Picks Up Trio Of Peers - 11/17 - DC and Baltimore voice great Dude Walker picked up a batch of Peer Awards at the French Embassy in DC on Saturday night. Hosted by the DC office of the Television Internet & Video Association. Dude walked away with statues for Discovery Channel's Shark Week "Nuclear Sharks" (below), Audi Quattro's "But Seriously," and Travelier's "Anthem." Another Dude development: He will be the in-show announcer for Comedy Central's "The High Court" with Doug Benson, airing early 2017.....


New DCRTV Job Ad - 11/17 - New on DCRTV's Job Ads: Two Rivers Communications is hiring a new full time morning announcer for our A/C station. If you’re a high energy person looking for a laid back waterside lifestyle, we should talk. WKWI-FM “101.7 BAY FM” is looking for an individual with strong on air experience and talents with internet, web, social media, and other digital platforms. Applicant should be a creative thinker, self-motivated and a strong team player that will contribute to continuing to make Bay FM a great place to work. Applicant must be able to do production and remote appearances. Forward your resume and aircheck to: Dennis Burchill, General Manager, dburchill@tworivers.net. Two Rivers Communications,Inc. PO Box 819, Kilmarnock Virginia 22482. Two Rivers Communications, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.....

Changes For BuzzFeed DC - 11/16 - BuzzFeed is making changes in its DC bureau, naming Adrian Carrasquillo White House reporter, Kate Nocera DC bureau chief, and having John Stanton move to a new role as senior national correspondent. Stanton helped launch BuzzFeed's DC bureau in 2012, and had been bureau chief ever since. More at politico.com.....

Lou Piniella Talks To Thom Loverro - 11/16 - Former major league manager Lou Piniella talks about the Yankees and working for George Steinbrenner, managing the Cubs, Mariners, and the World Series championship Reds team of 1990 and his time as a young player with both the Washington Senators and Baltimore Orioles. In the latest "Cigars & Curveballs" podcast with DC sports journalism veteran Thom Loverro. Available for download free on iTunes and Google Play at apple.co.....

New Programmer For Z104.3 - 11/16 - Mike Miller has been named program director and afternoon personality at iHeart's contemporary hit WZFT, Z104.3, in Baltimore. He comes from iHeart's Harrisburg radio cluster, where he's been serving in the same role with WHKF, 99.3 Kiss FM. He's worked at WHKF since 2001.....

New Programmer For Mix 107.3 - 11/16 - Cumulus moves Louie Diaz, the program director of hot adult contemporary WRQX, Mix 107.3, to Atlanta to become that cluster's operations manager and program director of contemporary hit WWWQ. He replaces Rob Roberts, who moves to DC to become program director of WRQX and also assumes the newly-created role of vice president for programming at all of Cumulus's hot adult contemporary stations. Says Cumulus's DC radio market manager Jake McCann, "We are going to miss Louie Diaz who oversaw the triumphant return of 'The Jack Diamond Morning Show' and Mix to Washington DC. Rob Roberts is one of the best PDs in the business and we are excited to work with him as Mix continues its rise." In the latest DC radio ratings, WRQX ranked 18th in the age 12+ full-week demo. Also, Diamond ranked 16th among morning shows in the age 6+ demo.....

Joshua Johnson To Replace Diane Rehm - 11/16 - American University public radio news talker WAMU, 88.5, announces its replacement for its long-running host, Diane Rehm, who is retiring before the end of 2016. It's Joshua Johnson (right), who, according to a WAMU releease, "brings to the airwaves a smart fresh voice with curiosity and empathy, convening a daily conversation about the most important issues of our time." The new show will be called "1A" and it launches on January 2 from 10 AM to noon. It will be distributed nationally by NPR. Most recently, Johnson has been co-creator and host of the public radio series "Truth Be Told," which explores race in America. He began his career helping to launch a partnership between Miami's NPR station, WLRN, and the Miami Herald. He served for over five years as morning news host for public radio outlet KQED in San Francisco. Rehm, 80, will do her last show on December 23. More at npr.org and at thedianerehmshow.org.....

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