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Season 4 "Our Town": Andy Ockershausen Interviews Local DC Area Players - 5/20 - "Our Town," media veteran Andy Ockershausen's (right) podcast featuring DC area celebrities, including media, sports, community, and political figures continues with its fourth big season! Including and jost-out interview with Monique Samuels from "The Real Housewives Of Potomac." Plus there's a season four wrap-up also just-out. At ourtowndc.com......

22 Big Years: Support DCRTV & Get A Sticker - 5/20 - DCRTV started in 1997 and we're in our 22nd year of service to you, the DC-Baltimore area media lover. Yup, DCRTV has been here covering DC and Baltimore area radio, TV, and media news for more than two decades thanks largely to your support. Please help keep DCRTV running into its third decade! Make at least a $5 donation and we'll send you our 20th anniversary sticker! It's approximately 2 inches by 6 inches and would look great on any car or truck's bumper! Or on your fridge or a backpack. Or maybe at the base of your station's tower. Send your donation via PayPal at paypal.me/dcrtv or send cash or a check made payable to "Dave Hughes" to Dave Hughes, 7120 Epps Bridge Parkway, Suite 108 #103, Athens GA 30606.....

Current Heads For Bankruptcy - 5/16 - DCRTV hears that DC's neighborhood Current Newspaper has changed its chapter 11 bankruptcy status to chapter 7. They are going out of business, apparently. More.....

Tony "Mad Dog" Colter Dies - 5/10 - Tony "Mad Dog" Colter, who worked in the late-1970s through the mid-1980s at 98 Rock in Baltimore and also at DC101, WJFK, and most recently at Sirius XM's Bluesville and Watercolors, died May 3 due to complications from a stroke. He was 66. We get the news from current 98 Rock afternoon man Kirk McEwen who tells us, "He was a life-long family friend and got my brother Mark and I into broadcasting." More soon.....

Rick Colom Dies - 5/10 - The Baltimore Sun reports that Rick Colom, a former DC and Baltimore area radio disc jockey and music collector who championed dance bands and pop vocals of the pre-World War II years, died of cancer May 4 at Howard County General Hospital. The Columbia MD resident was 69. In 1976 he became the producer and disc jockey of a show he named the "Make Believe Ballroom" on WAMU. He had similar shows at Arlington's WEAM. In 1988 he moved the program to Baltimore's WITH and later hosted programs on WWLG and WGAY....

Judge Rules On Radio Sputnik - 5/8 - A federal judge has ordered that RM Broadcasting, which leases WZHF, 1390, Capitol Heights from Way Broadcasting and subleases the time to a Russian news agency for English language news and talk Radio Sputnik programming, to register as a foreign agent with the State Department.....

13 Fires Mary Bubala - 5/7 - CBS-owned Channel 13/WJZ fires reporter Mary Bubala after social media attacks her for a question she asked about the last three troubled Baltimore mayors. Following Mayor Catherine Pugh's resignation last week, Bubala asked Loyola professor Karsonya Wise Whitehead about the city's future in a question some took as racist. "We have had three African American female mayors in a row," Bubala said. "They were all passionate public servants. Two resigned, though. Isn't it a signal that a different kind of leadership is needed to move Baltimore City forward?" The question was deemed inappropriate in that it questioned the race, gender of the mayors. Bubala had already apologized for the question's wording almost immediately after, but a social media storm ensued. More at wbal.com.....

CBS To Move Nightly News To DC - 5/6 - Norah O’Donnell will become anchor and managing editor of the "CBS Evening News" and Gayle King is getting two new morning show co-hosts - Anthony Mason and Tony Dokoupil - as CBS News seeks to boost the programs' ratings. For the nightly newscast, with the removal of top anchor Jeff Glor, it also means relocating the program from New York City to Washington. AP has more.....

MASN Owes Nats $100M - 5/5 - From washingtonpost.com: A Major League Baseball committee ruled that the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network must pay the Washington Nationals nearly $100 million to end a long-running dispute over broadcast rights fees. The decision remains under seal. MASN is owned by the Baltimore Orioles and Nationals but is controlled by the Orioles, who retain an 80 percent stake. The $100 million represents the difference between what MASN paid the Nationals for their TV rights and what MLB’s revenue-sharing committee determined was the correct market value between 2012 and 2016 - about $20 million per year.....

Sinclair Buys Fox Sports Nets - 5/5 - Baltimore area-based Sinclair has purchased Disney's regional Fox Sports Networks across the country for roughly $10.6 billion. This includes the broadcast rights to 14 Major League Baseball teams, 16 National Basketball Association teams, and 12 National Hockey League teams, but none in the Baltimore/DC area, which has MASN and NBC Sports Network. Justice Department approval is expected as, unlike the failed Tribune purchase, this involves no local TV stations. Locally, Sinclair owns Channel 7/WJLA and Channel 45/WBFF. More at baltimoresun.com.....

Jummy Olabanji To 4 - 5/3 - Jummy Olabanji returns to DC. The former anchor at Channel 7/WJLA who, in 2017, left for a gig at NYC's WNBC-TV, is heading back to the Nation's Capital to anchor for Channel 4/WRC where she'll be working on the early morning news show.....

New Transmitter For WPFW - 5/1 - From DCRTV's 5/1 Mailbag: " We replaced our 18 year old "bottle baby" transmitter! As of this Monday (4/29) afternoon, thanks to the generosity of our listener family, as well as the crucial assistance of the Washington DC broadcast engineering community, WPFW 89.3 FM now has a new, solid state, modern transmitter on the air at our fully licensed 50,000 watt power! More than a year in the making, thanks to everyone who have made this 21st century achievement possible, which brings our station to a new and unprecedented level of stability and power, to better serve our members and listeners. -- Moe the Union Guy." Pacifica's WPFW features left-leaning talk plus blues and jazz.....

Susan White-Bowden Dies - 4/26 - On April 26, Susan White-Bowden, 79, died at her home in Finksburg, suffering complications from a fall. She was a popular broadcaster at Baltimore's Channel 2/WMAR during the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. She met her husband, Jack Bowden at WMAR, where he worked for years as a news anchor. The couple (right) married in 1979. Jack died in 2016. According to wmar2news.com, she may have been best-known for her "Susan's People" segment on WMAR. Susan White-Bowden, who grew up in Pikesville, was also an author. In 1985, her book "Everything To Live For" was published. In it, she detailed the impact of the death of her son from a previous marriage, Jody, who committed suicide at the age of 17.....

WTOP Again Tops Revenue Numbers Nationwide - 4/25 - Washington DC all-newser WTOP maintained the top spot in national advertising revenue, with $69 million billed in 2018. That's according to data released in April from Chantilly VA-based BIA Advisory Services. WTOP beat five stations in the NYC market, three in LA, and one from Chicago to again take the top spot among the top 10 stations in 2018 ad revenue.....

DCRTV Rumorama: Entercom Eyeing 105.1? - 4/25 - DCRTV Rumorama. With Cumulus's hot adult contemporary WRQX, Mix 107.3, going away soon - you'll recall it's been sold to EMF to be a relay of Christian contemporary K-Love - is Entercom (formerly CBS Radio) planning to start a replacement? We're hearing that Entercom, which also owns WJFK, WPGC, WLZL, and WIAD, might be talking to Salem about buying Christian talker WAVA-FM, 105.1. Entercom sports the Amp and Now-branded hot adult contemporary formats in many markets. Might we soon be getting Amp 105.1 here in the DC area? That would be a return to pop music on 105.1 since Salem bought the Arlington station in the early 1990s. Stay tuned.....

Positive Alternative Picks Up Luray Pair - 4/24 - Shenandoah Valley news. WRAA, 1330, and WMXH, 105.7, Luray have been sold to Positive Alternative Radio for $165,000. Former owner L. Carrington Thompson of Suffolk, who purchased the stations for $325,000 in 2014, died in January. We're told that it's likely that at least the 105.7 signal will join PAR's contemporary Christian "Your 'PER" network headed by WPIR, Culpeper and WPER, Fredericksburg.....

Jerry Clark Dies - 4/21 - DCRTV hears that Jerry Clark, longtime mid-day personality on the old full-service adult contemporary WASH, 97.1, died suddenly on Friday, April 19. More as we hear it.....

Brian Lamb To Retire - 4/21 - End of an era: Brian Lamb, C-SPAN founder and a 40-year veteran of the Capitol Hill-based public affairs network who has "hasn't missed a week since 1989" will retire on May 19th. Commenting on Washington: "Lying is the word that I would use to describe this town," says Lamb, in his usual Midwestern deadpan. "I don't know if it will ever stop. It's gotten worse rather than getting better, and both sides do it. You’ve got to listen very carefully to what they’re saying." And Lamb is getting out while the getting out is good: "It's just time," he says. "I remember, sadly, when David Brinkley was doing the ABC Sunday show near the end, he shouldn't have been. And he waited too long—and people were talking about it." More at wsj.com.....

Orioles Win Another Round in MASN/Nationals Suit - 4/18 - The Baltimore Orioles win another round in the MASN/Orioles vs. Nationals/MLB lawsuit. The 2018 TV profits payments will now go to an independent arbitrator outside of MLB as the Orioles argued for and this represents a change in strategy for the Orioles in demanding an independent arbitrator. The payments made to the Nationals since 2012 are still in dispute and facing another round of appeals but the Orioles and MASN now claim that they cannot determine how much profit there is to give either team until the dispute is settled. Stay tuned in the case that never seems to end. Still no clear winner. More at baltimoresun.com.....

WTOP & WERQ Top March Radio Ratings - 4/16 - The March monthly radio ratings, released on April 16. Full-day, age 6+. Washington market: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WMMJ, 4) WMAL, 5) WHUR, 6) WGTS, 7) WASH, 8) WKYS, 9) WIAD and WRQX, 11) WBIG, 12) WIHT, 13) WJFK-FM and WMZQ and WPGC, 16) WETA-FM, 17) WPRS, 18) WWDC, 19) WLZL, 20) WFRE, 21) WWEG, 22) WDCN and WTEM, 24) WAFY and WDCH and WFMD. Baltimore market: 1) WERQ, 2) WWIN-FM, 3) WLIF, 4) WPOC, 5) WZBA, 6) WWMX, 7) WIYY, 8) WQSR, 9) WZFT, 10) WJZ-FM, 11) WCBM, 12) WYPR, 13) WBAL-AM, 14) WBJC, 15) WLIF HD2, 16) WEAA, 17) WQLL and WYPR STREAM, 18) WCAO, 19) WEAA STREAM and WJZ-AM and WLIF HD3.....

DCRTV Update April 2019 - 4/10 - What's up with DCRTV Dave (aka Camo Dave) and what does the future hold for the world famous DC-Baltimore radio and TV news website?


Mike O'Meara Talks To James Patterson - 4/9 - DC radio veteran Mike O'Meara recently chatted with James Patterson, one of the biggest selling authors in the world. O'Meara and Patterson discussed their passion for golf, the joys of being an older father, and facing critics in the age of social media. The interview can be found at mikeomearashow.com.....

Rock Newman Sued - 4/9 - Rock Newman, host and producer of "The Rock Newman Show" on Howard University's Channel 32/WHUT is being sued by comedian and impressionist Sylvia Morrison-Pitt. Claiming that Newman, 66, a longtime DC area boxing promoter, assaulted her during an event last summer, Morrison-Pitt is seeking $9 million in damages. More at washingtoncitypaper.com.....

WCBM Looks For Producer, Board Op - 4/7 - From DCRTV's Job Ads: 2019 Producer-Board Operator Position - WCBM has an opening for a Part-Time producer/board-operator. Experience preferred. Interested persons should be able to monitor transmitters, operate an audio console, screen calls, and edit audio. Must have reliable transportation. Please submit resumes to: WCBM,1726 Reisterstown Rd. Suite 117, Baltimore, MD. 21208 or to sean@wcbm.com. WCBM is an EOE.....

Laurel TV Looks For Reporter - 4/7 - From DCRTV's Job Ads: Laurel TV, a public access television station in Laurel, MD, is looking for a part-time reporter. The candidate must have a high school diploma with some college level broadcast reporting, writing , and videography training preferred. Must be able to edit on Adobe Premier. $17.30 per hour for up to 20 hours a week. Get application at www.cityoflaurel.org. Email resume and audition tape link to info@laureltv.org.....

Bruce Reese Dies - 4/5 - From wtop.com: Bruce Reese, the former CEO of all-newser WTOP's parent company, Hubbard Radio, died on April 4. He was 70. Reese was at the helm of WTOP's former owner, Bonneville International, when the station was purchased by Hubbard Radio in early 2011 in a deal that included 16 other radio stations. Reese took on the same role at Hubbard Radio after the acquisition. Upon hearing the news, Joel Oxley, the senior vice president and general manager of Hubbard DC/WTOP, said, "I find myself overcome with sadness... Bruce will be so missed." Oxley noted that Reese, in his 20 years working with WTOP through his roles with both Hubbard and Bonneville, "had the foresight to invest in our websites in a big way when others weren't. And probably, most impactful, he supported WTOP going to FM back in 2006, which was a move that was way ahead of its time".....

New Owner For WMET - 4/1 - Huffines Media has sold Gaithersburg area religious outlet WMET, 1160, to La Promesa Foundation for $1.5 million. Included in the sale is a construction permit for FM translator W276DT, proposed on 103.1, from the WJFK-FM tower in Merrifield with a signal directed east, toward DC. La Promesa has already broadcast its Catholic talk "Guadelupe Radio Network" on WMET via time-brokerage since 2010 so there will be no change in programming, we're told.....

Connoissuer Picks Up WFRE & WFMD - 3/28 - iHeartMedia and Connoissuer Media have announced a station swap as the iHeart-operated Aloha Trust sends two Frederick stations, news talk WFMD, 930, and country WFRE, 99.9, to Connoisseur for its seven radio stations in the Erie, Pennsylvania area. More at radioinsight.com.....

Dude Walker Update - 3/25 - DCRTV hears from DC and Baltimore voice legend Dude Walker. He's updates his website at dudewalker.com. It now works with tablets and phones too. With the mid-term election season is going strong Dude's been voicing spots for Senator Claire McCaskill in Missouri and Gavin Newsome in California. Also, he just wrapped up his third season as narrator on Discovery's "Dead Silent," along with imaging work on Westwood One's Classic Country channel and the University Of Virginia sports radio network. And wait, there's more. He was the live announcer at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Gala in Washington DC.....

Salem Sells 1260 - 3/25 - Salem sells WSPZ, 1260 AM, for $750,000 to Immaculate Heart Media, which will put Catholic Radio religious programming on the Silver Spring-based signal. Salem bought the station in 2008 from Clear Channel (now iHeart) for $3.7 million. Lately, WSPZ has been relaying the Christian talk of Salem's WAVA-FM, 105.1.....

NCRTV Museum Honors Rob Bamberger At Spring Gala - 3/23 - The National Capital Radio & Television Museum hosted its fifth annual Spring Fundraiser & March 23 at the National Electronics Museum in Linthicum Heights MD. The main event of the evening celebrated the career of Rob Bamberger, producer and host of WAMU's "Hot Jazz Saturday Night," for his lifelong contributions to broadcasting with the Ed Walker Lifetime Achievement In Broadcasting Award. For 38 years, from 1980 until 2018, Rob entertained thousands and enjoyed having the opportunity to engage listeners with in-depth profiles of jazz greats. Beginning in 2006, "Hot Jazz Saturday Night" was carried over the radio, satellite and cable affiliates of NPR Worldwide, giving him the distinction of having the only non-syndicated, locally-produced public radio program to be part of NPR’s international distribution. This annual award is named in honor of Ed Walker whose lifetime accomplishments earned him a spot in the Radio Hall of Fame in 2009.  He was a founding member of the National Capital Radio and Television Museum serving as both board member and board president. Walker was the first recipient of the NCRTV Museum's Lifetime Achievement In Broadcasting Award.  Six weeks after Ed Walker died in 2015, the board of the NCRTV Museum voted to name the award in his honor.....

Johnny Holliday Heads To 4 - 3/21 - At 81, DC sports media veteran Johnny Holliday proves there is life after MASN's "Nats Xtra." Channel 4/WRC has hired the veteran sportscaster as a "contributor" who joins the NBC 4 sports team from their Nebraska Avenue, northwest DC studios. Holliday remains "the voice" of Maryland football and basketball since 1979, including coverage for the Terps' NCAA "March Madness" bid. More at washingtonpost.com.....

C-SPAN Turns 40 - 3/21 - DC-based C-SPAN celebrates it's 40th anniversary in March with founder Brian Lamb still at the helm and active with his Sunday "Q&A" and Howard Mortman as communications director for nearly a decade. Thought to have helped launch the political careers of many, from Newt Gingrich to Al Gore, C-SPAN now sports three channels, is a regular on "Saturday Night Live," and is said to be the best political & public affairs coverage in the nation. More at wtop.com.....

John Harter Dies - 3/19 - John Harter, a journalist for Channel 7/WJLA, who anchored morning and evening news broadcasts, reported from Capitol Hill, and conducted man-on-the-street interviews, died February 17 at his home in Washington. He was 79. The cause was heart ailments. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Caps Extend Deals With WJFK & WFED - 3/17 - The Washington Capitals have extended their partnership with Entercom and Hubbard through the 2020-21 NHL season. As part of the extension, Entercom sports talker WJFK-FM, 106.7 The Fan, will continue to serve as the flagship station for the Capitals, carrying all Capitals games plus pre- and postgame shows on one of the region's strongest radio signals. In addition, many games will continue to be heard on Hubbard talker WFED, 1500 AM. More at nhl.com/capitals.....

DCRTV Dave Checks Out Peabody Collection - 3/16 - Join me as I explore the Peabody Awards Collection Gallery at the University Of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. Featuring the best of American electronic, mainly radio and TV, journalism and entertainment. March 2019....


Meg Stevens To Atlanta - 3/15 - iHeartMedia names Meg Stevens senior vice president of programming for its Atlanta radio cluster. Her career includes a stop in the DC-Baltimore area, where she oversaw programming and operations at iHeart country outlets WMZQ and WPOC.....

Dave Sandler Dies - 3/15 - From wmar2news.com: Former WBAL radio and 98 Rock traffic reporter Dave Sandler, 58, died March 15 after battling a long illness. Sandler, known to listeners as "Detour Dave," started working at news talk WBAL-AM and 98 Rock, WIYY, in 1986. He delivered traffic updates to the Baltimore metro area for 30 years. He was also a professional disc jockey at weddings, Bar-Mitzvahs, and reunions. Sandler had undergone a number of health problems over the years. More at wbaltv.com.....

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