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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.....

22 Big Years: Support DCRTV & Get A Sticker - 4/25 - 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.....

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.....

Dan Gaffney Suffers Heart Attack - 3/14 - DCRTV hears: Following a week's absence on the air at Delaware 105.9, news talker WXDE in Rehoboth Beach, weekday morning host Dan Gaffney explained the reason for his unannounced time off. Gaffney fills in Saturday evenings at Philadelphia news talker WPHT, 1210. While driving home from his evening gig there March 2, he began to feel pain in his chest, neck, and arms. He continued to drive himself to the Milford, Delaware hospital where he was admitted with a heart attack. The following day a stent was placed to relieve the blockage. During his March 11 announcement upon his return to the airwaves, Gaffney opined, since this episode, he has never felt better in his life.....

4's Joe Krebs Battles Cancer - 3/12 - Longtime Channel 4/WRC reporter Joe Krebs is battling pancreatic cancer. More at nbcwashington.com.....

Season 4 "Our Town": Andy Ockershausen Interviews Local DC Area Players - 3/11 - "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! With new interviews released every Tuesday and Thursday. The latest: Peter Abrahams, from the Washington Business Journal, and Tyler Balderson, a tree expert. More at ourtowndc.com......

Gray To Buy Charlottesville's 29 - 3/4 - Charlottesville TV news. After starting local CBS affiliate CBS 19 some 15 years ago, Gray Television is selling the station to buy its competitor. Gray has announced that it is buying NBC 29, also known as WVIR-TV, and selling CBS 19, formerly known as the Newsplex, to Virginia-based Lockwood Broadcasting. More at dailyprogress.com.....

Robb Spewak Seen On HBO - 3/4 - Mike O'Meara show co-host Robb Spewak made his TV acting debut this week on the HBO series "Crashing." Spewak played "Lester the deejay," who interviews the show's star Pete Holmes, on the episode "The Christian Tour," which premiered on Sunday. March 3rd. "The Mike O'Meara Show" can be found at www.mikeomearashow.com.....

MASN Makes Orioles Changes - 3/1 - According to Baltomedia.net, here are the MASN broadcast changes for the Orioles in 2019. With the retirement of Joe Angel, the Orioles have announced their radio broadcast team for this season. Returning on the radio on 105.7 The Fan is Jim Hunter doing most of the play by play, along with Kevin Brown from ESPN aided former Orioles Mike Bordick, Ben McDonald, Brian Roberts, Dave Johnson and Gregg Olson as analysts. On the MASN TV side, Gary Thorne is back along with Jim Palmer and Jim Hunter filling in for 40 games. Bordick, McDonald, and Roberts also will be rotating through the MASN broadcast booth as analysts. The Orioles will also now have a sideline reporter, Sara Perlman. "O's Xtra" pre= and postgame shows will also see a change. Tom Davis will still be back Mondays-Thursdays, but on the weekends the shows will be hosted by 105.7 The Fan's Rob Long. Rick Dempsey will continue on the show. The Orioles Radio Network for 2019 has yet to be released, but the first broadcast is scheduled for March 1. More at masnsports.com.....

Urban One Promotes Kashon Powell - 3/1 - Urban One names Kashon Powell as vice president of programming for its DC, Baltimore, and Philadelphia radio clusters. In DC, she will oversee WKYS, WMMJ, WPRS, WOL, WYCB, and WTEM. For the past two years, she had been operations maneger for Urban One's DC cluster, a job she will continue to hold.....

Mitch Jacob To Nashville - 2/27 - Former Channel 7/WJLA news director, Mitch Jacob, is the new news director at Meredith-owned WSMV-TV in Nashville. This is a return to Meredith for Jacob. Before working at Sinclair's WJLA, he'd worked at Meredith's TV stations in numerous markets. More at constantcontact.com.....

Jason Kidd To Mornings At 94.7 - 2/19 - As DCRTV has been hinting, Jason Kidd has been named morning personality at Entercom's WIAD. 94.7 The Drive. Starting today, February 19. Kidd comes from Cumulus's hot sdult contemporaty WRQX, Mix 107.3, where his afternoon stint ended at the end of January. WRQX was recently purchased by EMF and will soon flip to Christian contemporary. Kidd is a DC-Baltimore radio vet, having worked at WPGC, WQSR, and WWMX, among other local outlets.....

Rumorama: Jason Kidd Or Jack Diamond To Do Mornings At The Drive - 2/15 - It looks like either of two veteran Mix 107.3, WRQXers - Jason Kidd and Jack Diamond - are candidates to be the new morning show talent at Entercom's classic rock WIAD, 94.7 The Drive. Kidd recently announced that he was leaving the Cumulus-owned hot adult contemporary station's afternoon slot before the news broke Wednesday that 107.3 will flip to K-Love Christian contemporary with its sale to EMF. Diamond is still doing mornings at WRQX, but won't be after the format flip, which is due this spring. More soon.....

Rumorama: WTOP Looking To Buy WMAL? - 2/14 - Some interesting rumors from yesterday's big news that EMF, which runs the Christian contemporary K-Love format, is buying Cumulus hot adult contemporary outlet WRQX, Mix 107.3. Including: With Cumulus down to just one station in its DC radio cluster, might news talker WMAL also be up for sale? Who might want it? All-news WTOP owner Hubbard? Stay tuned.....

WRQX Sold, To Flip To Christian Contemporary - 2/13 - Goodbye hot adult contemporary tunes on Mix 107.3, WRQX. It's owner, Cumulus, has done a big deal with Educational Media Foundation, which runs the Christian contemporaty K-Love format, to sell several major stations around the country, including WRQX, for $103.5 million. EMF will acquire WRQX along with Cumulus stations in NYC, Atlanta, San Jose, Savannah, and Syracuse. The deal will move WRQX into direct competion with longtime DC area Christian contemporary outlet WGTS, 91.9. More at radioinsight.com.....

Bill Elliott Rolls Out 3DSJ Radio Network - 2/9 - Broadcasting consultant Bill Elliott is rolling out his 3DSJ Radio Network over the summer months. The network features 100% music requested by the audience 24 hours a day. Affiliated stations have many options to carry the network on an all-day basis, segmented day-part or hourly basis and plans range from paid to barter. The network will provide automation equipment to stations desiring local commercial and content insertion. A 24 hour demo is available on the network website 3dsj.com. Bill is a former chief engineer at Red Zebra.....

Warner Wolf Arrested For Defacing Sign - 2/9 - Sports broadcasting legend Warner Wolf, who worked at DC's Channel 9 in the 1970s, was arrested in Florida after officials say he ripped the word, "Plantation," off a sign at a private community. According to TMZ, Wolf lives in a gated community called "Classics Plantation Estates" in Naples but he thinks the word, "plantation," is offensive and wanted it removed. ccording to the police report, Wolf had lobbied the homeowners association to drop it for months - but on November 30, the 81-year-old finally took matters into his own hands. Cops say Warner drove to the main community sign and used a tool to remove the word himself. TMZ adds that officials say they have video showing Wolf defacing the sign - and after a lengthy investigation, he finally surrendered to police on Febrary 7.....

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