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Cumulus Yanks Mark O'Brien - 7/23 - A reliable source tells DCRTV that Mark O'Brien, the market manager for Cumulus's DC radio cluster, got removed of its duties yesterday. Why? Maybe because of hot adult contemporary WRQX, 107.3 FM's ratings collapse since the departure of longtime morning man Jack Diamond more than a year ago. Cumulus also owns righty news talker WMAL, 105.9 FM/630 AM. DC radio veteran O'Brien was hired by Cumulus in February 2013. More: We're told that O'Brien is still under contract to Cumulus into next year, but he will no longer be involved the firm's DC radio operations.....

Jake McCann Joins Cumulus DC - 7/23 - More Cumulus DC radio cluster news. Jake McCann has been named vice president for ad sales for WRQX and WMAL. He comes from Philadelphia where he was director of ad sales for Greater Media's Philadelphia radio cluster. Also, McCann Jake spent seven years as general ad sales manager for Philadelphia sports talker WPEN, 97.5 The Fanatic.....

5's Drew Tuma To SF - 7/23 - DCRTV hears that Drew Tuma, a meteorlogist for Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG, is heading to the weather department of ABC's KGO-TV in San Francisco. He recently joined WTTG from Gray-owned WHSV's now-defunct TV 3 in Winchester.....

NY Post: NBC To Replace Gregory On "MTP" - 7/23 - David Gregory's time is nearly up at NBC's DC-based "Meet The Press," so reports the New York Post. And he could be replaced as moderator of the nation's longest-running TV show soon after the November midterm elections. While NBC News President Deborah Turness has publicly supported the embattled Gregory, there are serious concerns about the losing battle to turn around the show's sinking ratings. Viewership is down 43% compared to when Gregory ascended to the moderator's chair in December 2008, after the death of Tim Russert. The show finished in third place behind CBS's "Face The Nation: and ABC's "This Week" in the second quarter of 2014.....

24X7 Buys Baltimore Sports & Life - 7/23 - 24X7 Networks, the parent company for Baltimore sports news websites RussellStreetReport.com, which focuses on the Ravens, and EutawStreetReport.com, which focuses on the Orioles, has acquired Baltimore Sports And Life and its BaltimoreSportsandLife.com site. BSL features analysis and discussion about the Ravens, Orioles, and University Of Maryland sports. More at russellstreetreport.com.....

Support DCRTV During Our July Fundraiser - 7/23 - Did you know that fewer than one percent of DCRTV's visitors ever make a donation to support the site. As July starts, now would be a really great time to considering making a donation to DCRTV. While advertisers are great, support from individual visitors accounts for about 50% of our annual revenue. DCRTV is an independent site that's been covering local media news, commentary, and gossip for almost 17 years thanks to your help. Please visit our Support page and send some bucks via PayPal or via the US mail. Local radio and TV memory-packed DCRTV Plus is just $39 for a full year. Just added to Plus - Photo Gallery 134 with memories of DC101, WKTK, WINX, WTTG, WTOP, and more.....

DCRTV's Job Ads - 7/23 - The city of Laurel MD has three communications positions open. WCEI and WINX in Easton MD are looking for a jock for fill-ins and part-time on-air work. Centennial Broadcasting in Fredericksburg is looking for an account executive. Channel 7/WJLA is looking for a topical promotion writer/producer/editor. A Baltimore radio station is looking for sales professionals. Those are the latest at DCRTV's Job Ads.....

WJLA Hit With Political Ad Complaint - 7/22 - From benton.org: The Sunlight Foundation, joined by the Campaign Legal Center and Common Cause, has filed complaints at the Federal Communications Commission against two TV stations it said failed to properly identify the sponsors of political ads. The stations targeted are Allbritton's Channel 7/WJLA Washington, which Sinclair is in the process of purchasing, and KGW-TV Portland, Oregon. The groups emphasized that the complaint was against Allbritton, not Sinclair. The complaint against WJLA alleges it aired two ads that failed to identify that they were sponsored by a former hedge fund manager, instead identifying the sole sponsor and funder as super PAC NextGen Climate Action Committee.....

WRQX's Marco Is Mystery Tweeter - 7/22 - Marc Orem, who is WRQX personality "Marco," is apparently the mystery man behind an anonymous Twitter account that has been featuring "I Hid The Cash" clues to hidden envelopes of cash around Washington and Baltimore. More at allaccess.com.....

Alan Murray Joins Fortune - 7/22 - Alan Murray gets named editor of Fortune magazine. He's the current president of the Pew Research Center and a former Wall Street Journal Washington bureau chief. Also, he served as CNBC's Washington bureau chief from 2002 to 2005, during which he co-hosted "Capital Report" with Gloria Borger.....

Upswing For Gannett - 7/22 - McLean-based newspaper and broadcast company Gannett reports higher revenue and earnings, benefiting from its acquisition of Belo's TV stations. More at yahoo.com. Locally, Gannett owns USA Today and Channel 9/WUSA.....

DOJ Signs Off On Sinclair Purchase Of Allbritton TVers - 7/22 - The Justice Department signaled Tuesday that it has no antitrust issues with Baltimore-based Sinclair's purchase of DC-based Allbritton TV stations, including Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8, according to broadcastingcable.com. Now it's up to the FCC. The clock is still running on its review of the almost year-old deal, but approval is expected before the July 27 date after which either company could back out of the sale.....

WTOP Tops Latest Batch Of Radio Ratings - 7/22 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "second week" of July. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WIHT, 3) WAMU, 4) WHUR, 5) WMMJ, 6) WASH, 7) WMZQ and WPGC and WPRS, 10) WBIG, 11) WETA-FM, 12) WIAD, 13) WWDC, 14) WGTS and WMAL, 16) WKYS, 17) WJFK-FM, 18) WRQX, 19) WLZL, 20) WTEM, 21) WNEW, 22) WFRE, 23) WAFY and WBQB, 25) WQSR, 26) WINC-FM and WRBS-FM and WAVA-FM and WKDV and WIYY and WPFW.....

11 To Join Defense One - 7/22 - One year after its launch, Atlantic Media's Defense One says it will double the number of staff by adding 11 full-time editorial and business employees.....

WAMU Makes Sked Changes - 7/22 - American University news talker WAMU, 88.5 FM, makes some schedule changes. Including the addition of "BBC Newshour" weekdays at 9 AM, following four hours of NPR's "Morning Edition" and before WAMU's "Diane Rehm Show." Also, "Here And Now" from NPR and Boston's WBUR takes the 3 PM slot on Mondays through Thursdays. With "Q With Jian Ghomeshi" taking the 10 PM slot weeknights. Changes take effect August 4. More at wamu.org.....

CNN-DC Promotes Elise Labbot - 7/22 - Elise Labbot has been named a DC-based global affairs correspondent for CNN, where she's worked for 14 years as a State Department producer and a foreign affairs reporter.....

WaPo Launches "Storyline" - 7/22 - The Washington Post today launches "Storyline," a "new initiative focused on examining how US public policy affects the everyday lives of Americans across the nation," according to a newspaper spokesperson. "Storyline," the brainchild of economics writer Jim Tankersley, will feature "a mix of narrative writing, data analysis, and visual storytelling." More at washingtonpost.com.....

Megan Murphy To FT's DC Bureau - 7/22 - Megan Murphy will be Washington bureau chief of the Financial Times. She leaves the news organizations's London bureau. Prior to FT, she was a legal affairs correspondent at Bloomberg News. Murphy succeeds Richard McGregor, who will transition to long-term projects at FT.....

Sinclair Takeover Of Allbritton Edges Closer - 7/21 - NewsBlues tells us that Suzanne McNay Teagle, the president and general manager for the past 13 years at Allbritton's WCIV-TV in Charleston SC, is out the door just a week before the deadline of Allbritton's proposed sale to Sinclair. "It would seem that Allbritton is clearing the management deck for Sinclair," writes NewsBlues editor Mike James. "Teagle's departure in Charleston appears to indicate that Sinclair Broadcasting's proposed purchase of the remaining Allbritton Communications stations may actually be happening. The deadline for completion of the deal is a week from today, July 28." Locally, Allbritton owns Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8.....

Verizon Outage In DC & Balto Areas - 7/21 - From wnew.com: A widespread Verizon outage in the Washington-Baltimore region has customers wondering when their service will be restored. Verizon customers first started noticing the service outage at about 7 PM Sunday. According to Verizon, the outages stretch from Manassas to Alexandria in Virginia, and from Olney to Bowie in Maryland. Customers are reporting service problems with Verizon Communications internet and TV service, as well as with wireless service. Most of the issues are involving Verizon's internet service. Some customers tell WNEW that Verizon tells them it could take 24 to 48 hours to restore service. Verizon tells WNEW that service should be back on by Monday night.....

Graff To Politico Mag - 7/21 - Garrett Graff, who left Washingtonian magazine in April after five years as editor-in-chief, has joined Politico Magazine.....

Martin Di Caro To Cover Transportation For 9 - 7/18 - DCRTV hears that Martin Di Caro will soon start working at Channel 9/WUSA as a freelance transportation reporter. He will continue to cover transportation issues for public radio news talker WAMU, 88.5 FM. But he will be ending his reporting work for commercial news talker WMAL, 105.9 FM/630 AM. And, Di Caro will continue working for AP Radio on a part-time basis.....

New Sports Net From Sinclair, More - 7/18 - Sinclair plans to launch a new sports network. A resolution nears regarding the dispute between MASN and the TV rights for the Orioles and Nationals. Baltimore sports radio ratings for June. A Sun columnist compares the Orioles ratings with the Ravens ratings. And more in this week's Baltimore sports media column at PressBoxOnline.com.....

Colley Gone From GMD - 7/18 - DCRTV hears that Rehoboth Beach talker WGMD, 92.7 FM, has parted ways after seven years with talk show host and newsman Bill Colley. Colley tells DCRTV that he's available "to host shows, sweep floors, and for passing out trinkets at fairs".....

Kathy Park Leaves 7 & 8 - 7/18 - DCRTV hears that Kathy Park (right) has left Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8 after six years, where she's been a reporter and weekend morning news anchor. She's heading to Sacramento where she'll work for KCRA-TV. A DC area native who graduated from the University Of Maryland, Park worked for WCYB-TV in southwestern Virginia before joining WJLA/NC8. After college, she interned at "Hardball" with Chris Matthews on MSNBC, the DIY network, and Channel 4/WRC. One of her first opportunities in the newsroom was at the CBS affiliate in Phoenix, where she worked as a Meredith-Cronkite fellow.....

Orioles See Slumping TV Ratings - 7/18 - Despite the team's success on the field, Orioles telecasts are averaging 5.6% of Baltimore market television viewers through the first week of July. That's a 7% drop from the same period in 2013. More at pressboxonline.com.....

CBS Won't Dictate Use Of Redskins - 7/18 - CBS won't dictate to its announcers whether or not to use the nickname of Washington's NFL franchise during televised games this season. CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said Thursday he hasn't told on-air talent such as Jim Nantz and Phil Simms what to say regarding the controversy surround the Redskins' name. More at wtop.com.....

Dave TV: WaPo, WMAL, More - 7/18 - More criticism of the Washington Post and WMAL, including their coverage of the downed Malaysian jetliner. In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

Sinclair To Launch College Sports Network - 7/18 - Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group will launch a collegiate sports service called the American Sports Network. Its programming will air on Sinclair's CW and MyNetworkTV affiliates and has deals with Division I conferences, including Conference USA, Colonial Athletic Association, Big South Conference, Southern Conference, and Patriot League. The service will air live football, basketball, soccer, and other sports. It will most-likely air on Channel 54/WNUV, a Sinclair-operated CW affiliate in Baltimore.....

FLS Tops Fredericksburg - 7/18 - The quarterly summer radio ratings for Fredericksburg show Free Lance-Star's country WFLS, 93.3 FM, in its usual top spot. Centennial's hot adult contemporary B101.5, WBQB, is down a bit, but holds on to second place.....

MLB Seeks Solution To Nats MASN Dispute, More - 7/17 - MLB Commissioner Bud Selig says he's close to solving the Nats TV rights fee dispute with MASN. DC tops US markets for World Cup ratings. Nats TV ratings are down but radio ratings are up. CSN's SportsNuts take MMSL crown. And the Washington Post says goodbye to LaVar Arrington. In this week's DC sports media column at PressBoxDC.com.....

Controversies At Scientific American - 7/17 - What's going on at DC-based Scientific American? Deleted posts, sexism claims, a fired writer. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Arch Does "All Joke" Show - 7/17 - It's an "All Joke All The Time" show with Channel 7/WJLA's Autria Godfrey and the Anonymous Engineer. On the latest "Arch Campbell Show." On NewsChannel 8 at 8:30 PM Thursday and Friday, and 9 PM Saturday.....

CC Cuts Big's Skyy & DC101's Tessa Hall - 7/17 - Clear Channel makes some DC cuts. Including assistant program director and afternoon talent Skyy, aka Peter Gasbarrini, at classic hits Big 100.3, WBIG. Also, Tessa Hall is gone from middays at alternative rocker DC101, WWDC. That's according to RAMP.....

Senor Romeo To Do Nights At Z104.3 - 7/17 - More from RAMP: Senor Romeo appears to be annexing nights at several Clear Channel stations, including Baltimore contemporary hit outlet Z104.3, WZFT, replacing the voicetracked Julian Nieh, who used to work at the firm's DC contemporary hit outlet, Hot 99.5, WIHT.....

Nats' Radio Ratings Up - 7/17 - On the heels of reports about how the Nationals' TV ratings are down, washingtonpost.com reports that the team's radio ratings are up. Through the Nationals first 46 games this season, the average per-game radio audience was up 42% among men aged 25-54, and up 40% among all adults aged 25-54, compared with the same period in 2013. The games are heard on WJFK and WFED.....

Sinclair DOJ Deal Pushes FCC To OK Purchase Of Allbritton TVers - 7/16 - The Wall Street Journal reports that Baltimore-based Sinclair has moved one step closer to closing its long-pending $985 million purchase of DC-based Allbritton family's television holdings on Tuesday, after agreeing to settle a lawsuit from the Justice Department requiring it to divest one of the seven stations it has agreed to buy. The settlement was reached in the wake of Sinclair's agreement, announced last month, to sell the station to Richmond-based Media General. The Justice Department had been concerned that Sinclair's acquisition of the station, Allbritton's ABC affiliate in Harrisburg PA, would give it too much power over advertising in the local market. Sinclair already owns a CBS affiliate and runs a CW affiliate in the same market. The settlement comes less than two weeks before a one-year clock will run out for Sinclair to get regulatory approval for its Allbritton deal, including DC's Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8. If approval isn't reached in time, Sinclair has said the deal may not close. The settlement will "pave the way in fact for a DOJ approval," wrote Evercore analyst Doug Arthur. "Next stop: the FCC," referring to the Federal Communications Commission. In May, Sinclair told the FCC it planned to shut down three stations in Charleston SC and Birmingham AL as a result of new FCC restrictions on lease oriented "sidecar" agreements, which Sinclair frequently uses in order to operate more than one TV station in a market.....

End of MASN Negotiations Over Nats' Rights Fee In Sight - 7/16 - Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said Tuesday that there is a "good chance" the dispute between the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles over rights fees from the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network will be resolved before he retires in January 2015. According to Adam Kilgore at washingtonpost.com, the Nationals and Orioles have squabbled for four years over profits from the MASN, which broadcasts both teams' games. Selig and MLB intervened to prevent litigation and find a solution. MASN is controlled primarily by the Orioles and team owner Peter Angelos. The Nationals have asked for between $100 million and $120 million per year, far more than the $29 million they received in the 2011 season. MASN and the Orioles proposed paying Washington $34 million for the 2012 season, arguing that their proposal extrapolated over the next 20 years totaled more than $2 billion, including the increasing equity stakes. The Nationals' stake in MASN reached 15% this season and, by the terms of the contract, nudges higher by one percent each year until it reaches 30%. Based on the proposal of MASN and the Orioles, the rights fee amount would have increased to just less than $37 million in 2013 with an equity stake payment of $8 million, Kilgore adds.....

Dave TV: Emily Yahr, Marc Maron, DC Radio Ratings, More - 7/16 - More about the increasingly "stale" Washington Post and how Emily Yahr mysteriously misses the local angle in a radio story. Plus, how Marc Maron did an IFC show on the issue of podcasts and whether that's the future of radio. Also, more analysis of the DC radio ratings and how Praise 104.1 is a solid "top 10" performer. How CBS is such a poor performer despite five FMers in the market - three years after Steve Swenson arrived. And more bitching about Comcast. And praise for YouTube's rock music stuff. In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV.....

John Henrehan Leaving 5 - 7/16 - DCRTV hears that longtime reporter John Henrehan is leaving Channel 5/WTTG after 28 years - since 1986. Heading to retirement. More soon.....

Nicole Darin Gone From CSN - 7/16 - DCRTV gets confirmation from Comcast SportsNet that Nicole Darin left the Bethesda-based regional sports network in June. She came to CSN Mid-Atlantic from its sister regional sports network, CSN Chicago, in 2012. She'd been on CSN's "Sports Talk Live." More as we hear it.....

WaPo Bids Farewell To Arrington - 7/16 - The Washington Post's "Post Sports Live" show bids farewell to WJFK, 106.7 The Fan's afternoon host LaVar Arrington, who is heading to Los Angeles next month to join the morning show on the NFL Network. Catch the video at washingtonpost.com. More from Dan Steinberg in the print edition of the 7/16 Post, page D2. Arrington will continue being heard on WJFK despite his new gig.....

Former WaPoer Vargas Arrested In Texas - 7/16 - Jose Antonio Vargas, a former journalist who worked for the Washington Post from 2004 to 2009 and who has spent the past few years crusading on behalf of fellow undocumented immigrants, was detained by US Customs And Border Protection agents Tuesday and held for much of the day after trying to leave a Texas border town without a valid US visa. Vargas was taken into custody at McAllen-Miller International Airport and was held for about eight hours. He received a notice to appear before an immigration judge. Vargas, 33, is a Filipino immigrant who has lived in the USA, without proper documents, since he was 12. So reports washingtonpost.com.....

POC & Magic 95.9 Top Balto Radio Heap - 7/16 - The Baltimore market radio ratings for the "first week" of July. Full-day, age 12: 1) WPOC and WWIN-FM, 3) WERQ, 4) WWMX, 5) WZBA and WZFT, 7) WLIF, 8) WQSR, 9) WBAL-AM, 10) WRBS-FM, 11) WIYY and WJZ-FM, 13) WYPR, 14) WBJC, 15) WPGC, 16) WCAO and WASH and WKYS, 19) WCBM, 20) WHUR, 21) WTOP and WNEW, 23) WWDC, 24) WXCY and WMZQ and WIHT, 27) WEAA, 28) WRQX and WBIG and WAMU, 31) WFRE.....

Clear Channel Hypes Certain Performers - 7/16 - Emily Yahr at washingtonpost.com looks at how radio giant Clear Channel is getting more heavily into the music promotion business. Those performers who land a coveted spot in the iHeartRadio On The Verge program run by Clear Channel get hyped airplay on many of the company's 840 stations. The firm owns or operates about a dozen radio outlets in the immediate DC-Baltimore area.....

William Small To Receive Emmy Honor - 7/15 - William Small, the former chief of CBS's Washington news bureau, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award in this year's Emmy ceremony on September 30 in NYC. Small headed CBS News' DC bureau from 1962 to 1974 and later served as president of NBC News. At CBS, he recruited the likes of Dan Rather, Bob Schieffer, Bill Moyers, Ed Bradley, Diane Sawyer, and Lesley Stahl among many others. Arlington-based PBS leads the major networks with 43 Emmy nominations. The complete list of nominations, released today, is at emmyonline.com.....

TOP Stays Atop DC Radio Heap - 7/15 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "first week" of July. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WIHT, 4) WHUR, 5) WASH, 6) WPRS, 7) WBIG, 8) WMMJ and WMZQ, 10) WGTS and WETA-FM, 12) WKYS, 13) WWDC and WMAL and WPGC and WIAD, 17) WJFK-FM, 18) WRQX, 19) WLZL, 20) WFRE, 21) WTEM, 22) WNEW, 23) WBQB, 24) WQSR and WAVA-FM and WDCN and WPFW and WINC-FM and WAFY, 30) WERQ, 31) WKDV and WRBS-FM, 33) WGRQ and WACA and WFLS and WTNT and WBQH and WSPZ, 39) WIYY and WPOC and WMDM and WKIK.....

Hearst's Hallie Jackson To NBC - 7/15 - Hallie Jackson leaves Hearst Television, where she's been a DC-based political and national events reporter for the company's 26 owned stations, for NBC, where she'll be a correspondent.....

NPR's Margaret Low Smith To Atlantic - 7/15 - Come September, Margaret Low Smith will join DC-based the Atlantic as its vice president and president of its AtlanticLIVE events division. She comes from DC-based NPR, where she's been its senior vice president for news since early 2011. NPR veteran Chris Turpin will step in as Smith's interim replacement.....

Ebony Steele Leaves Rickey Smiley - 7/15 - Ebony Steele leaves the syndicated "Rickey Smiley Morning Show" which is heard on Baltimore's 92Q, WERQ. She'll be replaced by model and radio personality Claudia Jordan. More at 92q.com.....

Mika Buys Georgetown Condo - 7/15 - Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," has snagged a two-bedroom, two-bath condo in Georgetown. She paid $925,000 in June for the digs, located just a block off Rock Creek Park. So reports washingtonpost.com. "Morning Joe" is based in NYC, but she's no stranger to Washington. Her father, Zbigniew Brzezinski, was named national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter in 1977.....

NPR Downgrades Ombud Position - 7/15 - DC-based NPR makes changes to its ombudsman position. The next person in that position won't be allowed to criticize NPR journalists. According to Jay Rosen at pressthink.org.....

Washington Was Top World Cup Market - 7/14 - Washington finished the World Cup as the country's top-rated English-language market. Through 64 matches, Washington averaged a 4.9 rating on ESPN, ESPN2, and ABC. That was well above the national metered market average of 3.1. Washington was also the top-rated market for the Germany-Argentina final with a 15.4 overnight rating on ABC. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Nats TV Ratings Drop - 7/14 - From washingtonpost.com: According to SportsBusiness Daily's annual July assessment of local TV ratings for baseball's 29 franchises, the Nationals in the Washington television market via MASN/MASN2 and Channel 9/WUSA are averaging a 1.90 rating, which is down 34% from the same point last season. That's the third-biggest drop in baseball. The Nats are averaging 46,000 homes through the first week of July. Last year at this time, they were averaging 67,000 homes. More at sportsbusinessdaily.com.....

MD Newspaper Criticized For Attempting To Name Drowning Victim - 7/14 - From jimromenesko.com: The Delmarva Daily Times has been trying for more than a month to get the name of a 17-year-old drowning victim. On July 1, Ocean City Police Department "respectfully denied" the newspaper's request for the name because "the victim's family has requested that their deceased child's name not be released." However, Facebook commenters don't understand why the Maryland newspaper is demanding the name.....

CSN Wins MMSL Title - 7/14 - For the third straight year, Comcast SportsNet's SportsNuts took home the Metropolitan Media Softball League title after defeating Allbritton and USA Today (twice) on day two of the tournament. CSN was the tournament's number one seed after a 14-2 regular season. There's a photo of the winning team in DCRTV's 7/14 Mailbag.....

CQ Roll Call Launches Energy Xtra - 7/14 - CQ Roll Call today launches Energy Xtra, its fifth Policy Pulse blog via RollCall.com. The new vertical will focus on renewable energy generation, electric reliability, infrastructure, nuclear developments, coal technology, as well as oil and gas. It'll be lead by Randy Leonard who has covered energy and environmental policy on Capitol Hill via his writings for the New York Times, National Geographic, the Atlantic, and the Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch.....

USA Today Leads Digital Push - 7/14 - McLean-based USA Today leads the push to digital, web distribution among major newspapers, according to a piece in the New York Times. In fact, only 15% of the USA Today online stories run in the print edition.....

WaPo's Hornaday On How Film Director Made Her Better Critic - 7/14 - The Washington Post's Ann Hornaday says film director Richard Linklater made her a better film critic. At washingtonpost.com.....

John Hamilton Dies - 7/13 - From washingtonpost.com: John Hamilton, a print and television journalist who founded and produced the long-running public television series "Watch On Washington," died June 7 at a hospital in Fairfax County. He was 84. The cause was Parkinson's disease. From 1980 until 2002, "Watch On Washington" was telecast on PBS stations across the country, including Channel 26/WETA in the Washington area. It was a prime-time series of town hall meetings with local and regional congressional delegations, and included questions and comments on current events.....

Don Scott's Last Day At 13 - 7/11 - Channel 13/WJZ says goodbye to morning news anchor Don Scott after 40 years at Baltimore's CBS-owned station. Including video of his farewell today and pictures from his four decades at the station, even back during its days when it was owned by Westinghouse and was an ABC affiliate. At baltimore.cbslocal.com. More: DCRTV hears that according to a Facebook statement posted by a WJZ-TV reporter today, Linh Bui will replace Scott. She recently came to Baltimore and replaced Adam May who is now working for Al Jazeera America.....

LaVar Arrington Joins NFL Network, More - 7/11 - WJFK's Lavar Arrington joins the NFL Network. The blogger hired to defend the Redskins name resigns. The latest DC sports radio ratings. WTEM's Nick Ashooh joins Fox Sports Radio. And Comcast SportsNet will cover the pre-season Wizards in Las Vegas. In this week's DC sports media column at PressBoxDC.com.....

Balto's "Cards" & "Veep" Get Emmy Noms - 7/11 - From baltimoresun.com: There was a strong Baltimore flavor to the nominations for the 2014 Emmys announced yesterday. Baltimore-made "House Of Cards," the first non-TV series to win a major Emmy last year, scored in three of the highest categories with nominations for best drama, best actor in a drama (Kevin Spacey) and best actress (Robin Wright). And HBO's "Veep," which is also produced in Baltimore, again picked up nominations as best comedy and best lead actress in a comedy (Julia Louis-Dreyfus).....

Dave TV: LaVar To NFL Net, June Radio Ratings Analysis, More - 7/11 - WJFK's LaVar Arrington heads to NFL Network. What should the CBS sports talker do now to improve its afternoon show. I check out the Emmy nominations in the boring old Washington Post, with my favs being "Breaking Bad," "Fargo," and "Veep." And I analyze the June radio ratings for DC and find a nice surge for WPRS, Praise 104.1. In today's edition of "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

Sternberg To WP Brand Studio - 7/11 - Josh Sternberg joins WP Brand Studio as content strategist. Where he will build the development of branded content and oversee a network of writers, producers, videographers, and interactive graphic designers at the Washington Post. Sternberg was formerly a Digiday journalist.....

LaVar To NFL Net - 7/10 - We've been hearing rumors for months. Now, DCRTV can confirm that former Redskin LaVar Arrington will be moving to Los Angeles to join the NFL Network on a fulltime basis. But, we also hear that he'll continue "to be part of" the afternoon show with Chad Dukes on CBS-owned sports talker WJFK-FM, 106.7 The Fan. More: Arrington will contribute to NFL Network's morning show, "NFL AM," so reports washingtonpost.com. He'll be making the move in August and will no longer be seen on the Washington Post's "Post Sports Live" show.....

Don Scott Leaves 13 After 40 Years - 7/10 - Don Scott (right) will sign off for the last time Friday morning at Channel 13/WJZ after 40 years at the Baltimore station. "Tens of thousands of Baltimore viewers have started their day with him for the more than three decades that he's been at the station's morning anchor desk," writes Baltimore Sun TV critic David Zurawik. "That's a run not likely to be duplicated by many in the new media world. And WJZ has consistently finished at or near the top of the ratings during that time." Zurawik talks to Scott, 64, about his final days on the air in Baltimore at baltimoresun.com.....

Jeff Mason Wins WHCA Vote - 7/10 - The White House Correspondents' Association elected Reuters' Jeff Mason president for the 2016-2017 term. The Wall Street Journal's Carol Lee will serve as president for the 2015-2016 term.....

Bicyclists To Protest WaPo's Milloy - 7/10 - From wtop.com: The cars versus bicyclist debate on area roads has reached a fever pitch sparked by a controversial commentary by Washington Post columnist Courtland Milloy titled "Bicyclist Bullies Try To Rule The Road In DC" at washingtonpost.com. In the column, Milloy vents frustrations many motorists have with the challenge of sharing the road with a burgeoning number of what he calls "biker terrorists out to rule the road." Cyclists upset by the characterization and commentary will gather at 1 PM Thursday at the Dupont Circle Fountain to ride to the Washington Post at 15th and L Street NW. They hope to meet with Milloy and his editors and to show the public that they are normal law-abiding citizens who deserve respect.....

Sarah Gilbert Returns To NPR - 7/10 - Sarah Gilbert rejoins DC-based NPR's "Weekend Edition" show as supervising senior editor. She had been working for NPR from 2012 to 2013, when she left for the "Marketplace" business show.....

Updated Set For "MTP" - 7/10 - NBC's DC-based "Meet The Press" quietly unveiled an updated set in May. At newscaststudio.com.....

CQ Roll Call Launches Health Vertical - 7/10 - CQ Roll Call launches of its fourth Policy Pulse blog - "Healthopolis." It will be lead by Paul Jenks, author of CQ HealthBeat's "Morning Take" since 2007. It will focus on health policy news in Congress and among federal agencies.....

More Jail Time For Stash - 7/9 - Stephen "Stash" Smith (right), a former 98 Rock disc jockey, must remain in jail until the end of the summer for violating his probation stemming from a 2012 drunk-driving accident, a ruled Tuesday, according to baltimoresun.com. Smith, 50, of Bel Air, has been held in the Harford County jail without bond since March, admitted to violating his probation by failing to abstain from using intoxicating substances. The judge sentenced him to six months in jail, starting March 27, and he must serve the remainder of that time. Smith was involved in a serious three-vehicle traffic accident on Route 24 in Abingdon MD in July 2012. Five people were injured in that crash and Smith lost his job with Baltimore's 98 Rock, WIYY, where he worked for more than 20 years. The judge also sentenced him to one year in jail, with six months suspended, after he pled guilty to one count of driving under the influence. Smith was in the midst of three years of supervised probation when he was pulled over again in Harford County on February 3 and charged with DUI, as well as a series of other traffic charges, such as speeding and failing to have his vehicle equipped with an "interlock" device.....

WTOP Tops DC Again - 7/9 - The Washington market radio ratings for the month of June. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU and WIHT, 4) WASH, 5) WHUR, 6) WPRS, 7) WMMJ, 8) WMZQ and WIAD and WPGC, 11) WBIG, 12) WETA-FM, 13) WWDC and WMAL, 15) WKYS and WGTS, 17) WJFK-FM, 18) WLZL and WRQX, 20) WFRE and WTEM, 22) WNEW, 23) WQSR and WDCN and WBQB and WAFY, 27) WAVA-FM and WINC-FM and WERQ, 30) WIYY and WPFW and WKDV and WTNT and WRBS-FM.....

Magic 95.9 Tops Baltimore - 7/9 - The Baltimore market radio ratings for the month of June. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WPOC, 3) WERQ, 4) WWMX, 5) WLIF, 6) WZBA, 7) WBAL-AM, 8) WZFT, 9) WJZ-FM and WRBS-FM, 11) WQSR, 12) WIYY, 13) WYPR, 14) WBJC, 15) WHUR, 16) WWDC and WPGC, 18) WCAO, 19) WEAA and WKYS and WTOP and WASH and WMZQ, 24) WNEW and WCBM, 26) WIHT and WAMU, 28) WBIG, 29) WXCY, 30) WRQX.....

Moser & Pershing To Nat'l Journal - 7/9 - Bob Moser leaves the American Prospect to be senior editor of the National Journal's magazine. Also, Ben Pershing leaves the Washington Post to be a National Journal editor overseeing coverage of Congress and the White House.....

Hyattsville Newspaper Launches Website - 7/9 - The Hyattsville Life And Times has gone online. After 10 years in print, the nonprofit newspaper soft-launched the new HyattsvilleLife.com website late last month to complement its monthly newspaper. The web team will be led by Rebecca Bennett, who recently stepped down as Channel 7/WJLA's feed coordinator to care for her newborn. Another contributor is local freelancer Katy June-Friesen, who is working on a doctorate at the University Of Maryland's School of Journalism.....

Twitter Troubles For NPR Reporter - 7/9 - DC-based NPR's Anya Kamenetz recently Tweeted that "only the white guys get back to me," speaking about trying to get input from diverse sources for a story. She adds: "I take personal responsibility and I don't think it should reflect on my employer." But, according to Tom Taylor in his Wednesday Tom Taylor Now radio biz newsletter, her comments do reflect on her organization, per NPR's own code of ethics. That code says: "We acknowledge that nothing on the web is truly private. Even on purely recreational or cultural sites, and even if what we're doing is personal and not identified as coming from someone at NPR, we understand that what we say and do could still reflect on NPR".....

Shawna Thomas To Be "MTP" Digital Strategy Editor - 7/8 - Shawna Thomas joins NBC's DC-based "Meet The Press" as a senior editor. She'll be in charge of the show's "digital strategy." Thomas has been with NBC since 2006, serving as White House producer, Capitol Hill producer, as well as a news associate, political assignment editor, and digital associate producer.....

Opie To Continue SiriusXM Show Without Anthony - 7/8 - From thewire.com: On Tuesday, Gregg "Opie" Hughes and Jim Norton announced they will continue the "Opie And Anthony Show" on SiriusXM without longtime partner Anthony Cumia. Cumia was fired from Sirius XM last week. The company cited a series of profane tweets that Cumia posted following an altercation with an African-American woman in Times Square last week, as the reason for the firing. Since that time, fans of the show have been up in arms, speculating about the future of the show, and protesting Sirius XM. A petition was started to reinstate Cumia on the show, Sirius XM headquarters in New York were picketed early Monday morning, and users began posting images of their closed Sirius XM accounts after they unsubscribed on social media. There was also speculation Hughes and Norton would leave Sirius XM to show their support for Cumia. However, their contractual obligations keep them with the show until October.....

Shawn Quinn Leaves WQCM - 7/8 - Shawn Quinn is leaving Hagerstown area rocker WQCM, 94.3 FM, where he's been morning host and assistant program director. He heads to Asheville NC, where he'll be brand manager for rocker WTMT. Quinn's last day at WQCM will be July 11th.....

Redskins Name Defender Resigns - 7/8 - Two weeks after the Redskins hired political blogger Ben Tribbett to help defend the team's controversial name, Tribbett announced late Monday that he will resign. So reports washingtonpost.com. Tribbett wrote the lefty Virginia political blog "Not Larry Sabato," where he broke the story of Redskins executive Bruce Allen's brother, former Virgina Senator George Allen referring to one of his opponent's campaign volunteers as a "macaca" in 2006. On Monday, Indian Country Today Media Network posted several Tweets by Tribbett from a casino in 2010 in which he uses derogatory terms to describe an interaction with a Native American.....

54 Adds Get TV - 7/8 - Sinclair-operated Channel 54/WNUV in Baltimore adds nostalgic TV show and movie network Get TV to one of its digital channels. Earlier this year, Get TV was added to a digital subchannel of DC's Univision outlet, Channel 14/WFDC. More at get.tv.....

Atlantic Expands GovExec - 7/8 - DC-based Atlantic Media today introduces an extension of its public sector management brand, Government Executive, to deliver news and analysis about city, county, and state governments. Government Executive is expanding from its current focus on federal government, where it deals with management news for federal managers. Areas of new, expanded coverage include technology, health care, citizen services, infrastructure, security, transportation, and finance. Government Executive's state and local coverage is led by Michael Grass, who was hired in May following an April announcement of the intended coverage expansion. At GovExec.com/State-Local.....

Melony Torres Joins RQX - 7/7 - Melony Torres joins Cumulus-owned contemporary hit outlet WRQX, 107.3 FM, as assistant program director and music director. Also, she will be on air weekdays from 10 AM to 2 PM. Most recently, Torres was at Epic Records as national director of rhythm promotion in Los Angeles. She began her radio career in Orlando in 2006 and has also worked at radio stations in Tampa. More: Current WRQX middayer, McKinzie, heads to Atlanta contemporary hit outlet Q100.....

Shorty Da Prince Joins KYS - 7/7 - Big announcement at 7 AM Monday. Radio One's urban contemporary WKYS, 93.9 FM, adds former BET host Shorty Da Prince (right) to evenings, doing the 7 PM to midnight slot. He comes from Radio One's Cleveland radio cluster and has previously worked for Radio One stations in Detroit and St. Louis. Also at WKYS, Angie Ange moves from evenings to the 3 PM to 7 PM slot. EZ Street is now heard from 10 AM to 3 PM. Coka Lani is out.....

Dave TV: Anthony Cumia Fired, More - 7/7 - I look at Anthony Cumia's controversial departure from SiriusXM and the ramifications it will produce this week. How WNEW could bolster its ratings. My July 4th weekend with Chris, Silvie, and Larry. Remembering Paul Anthony. Thanks to Deana for a new printer. Count Gore's hosting another classic horror movie at AFI. And more in today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV.....

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