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George Will Quits GOP - 6/25 - Washington Post columnist and "Fox News Sunday" panelist George Will has quit the Republican Party. More at hotair.com.....

Fybush Tours 630's Site - 6/25 - With plans to put homes on the park-like site on Greentree Road in Bethesda that features WMAL's AM 630 transmitter and towers, Northeast Radio Watch's Scott Fybush takes one last look at the place. At fybush.com.....

Robinson & Hines Host Real Estate Show On WCBM - 6/25 - Tom Robinson and Charles Hines head to Baltimore talker WCBM, 680, to do a real estate show, "Location, Location, Location With Tom And Charlie" airs at 11 PM on Saturday nights. This week's show features Bill Thomas talking about his business that builds what he refers to as "small houses" rather than "tiny houses." Alex Piela discuss a mini flood at one of his rental properties and Charlie's friend Jim gets on the horn about the recent heavy rains and flooding in the Houston area. If you've ever thought of moving to the North Carolina coast, you will want to hear the segment on Southport, a quaint historic coastal town about halfway between Wilmington NC and Myrtle Beach SC. You can stream the show at wcbm.com, with podcasts available at tomandcharlieshow.com.....

DCRTV Plus 2.0 Coming, Two Year Special Ending Soon - 6/25 - We're in the first wave of creating a totally revised DCRTV Plus 2.0, the best place to find nostalgic and historical stuff about DC and Baltimore radio and TV. Just added: New photo galleries for WMAL-TV, WTTG, WMAR, WBAL-AM, WDCA, WWDC, WOL, WCAO, WUSA/WDVM/WTOP, WJZ/WAAM, and WEAM. With more new and reorganized stuff to come on a daily basis throughout the summer. And, you can join in on the fun with a special two years for the price of one rate - for a donation of just $39 - now through the end of June. Good for new subscriptions, extensions, and renewals. Your donation will help your favorite independent local media news, commentary, and nostalgia website. DCRTV started covering DC and Baltimore area media news almost 19 years ago. 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.....

Jenny Glick To WTOP - 6/24 - Jenny Glick (right), one of the top anchors at CBS's now-defunct all-newser WNEW, has joined Hubbard's top-rated all-newser, WTOP, on a part-time basis as anchor. She was heard doing late evenings on Thursday. According to WTOP Director Of News And Programming Mike McMearty, she joins three other former WNEWers who've jumped to WTOP, including Letese' Clark, a full-time editor, John Domen, a full-time editor and reporter, and Margaret Hasken, a full-time digital editor. CBS pulled the plug on WNEW in December 2015 after an almost four-year battle with WTOP and little ratings traction.....

C-SPAN Covers Sit-In Even With Cameras Off - 6/24 - From the New York Times: Democrats had unexpectedly sat down in the middle of the House of Representatives chamber to demand a vote on gun control legislation, and with the body officially in recess, DC-based C-SPAN, the cable network known for "gavel-to-gavel" coverage of Congress, had no means to cover it. Then it found an unlikely source - the social media feeds of House members who had turned to Periscope, a live video-streaming app, and Facebook Live. "As soon as we knew it was available, we went for it," Terry Murphy, C-SPAN's vice president for programming, said on Thursday after a short night's sleep. "We didn't know when we got into it that we would be doing it for 24 hours. There just wasn't much time to debate it." So began what was arguably the most memorable 24-hour period the network has seen in years, one that Murphy estimated had probably set a record for continuous broadcast of a social media feed and that others suggested amounted to something of a declaration of independence from congressional landlords, who control the TV cameras inside the Senate and House chambers.....

Stash Likely To Land Afternoons at ZBA - 6/23 - DCRTV hears that former 98 Rock, WIYY legend Stash (right), aka Steve Ash, has been doing more fill-in shifts during the weekdays and weekends at classic rocker WZBA, 100.7 The Bay. And he could be moving into the weekday afternoon slot on a regular basis next week, we hear. DCRTV reported in mid-June that the Baltimore rock veteran is now sober and started being heard on WZBA in various slots. Is a permanent, full-time gig, in the cards for Stash at ZBA? Probably, we guess.....

NPR Podcasts Attract Younger Listeners - 6/23 - DC-based NPR is working to help more stations contribute to NPR One, its streaming audio app that has proven successful at drawing new listeners to public radio content since its launch in 2014. The largest age group listening to NPR One is 25-to-34-year-olds, according to NPR, with 40% of listeners under 35. More than a third of users who answered NPR surveys said they never or only occasionally listen to broadcast radio. So reports current.org.....

WaPo's McFarland To CNN - 6/22 - Matt McFarland joins CNN's Tech team as a writer based out of DC. He comes from the Washington Post, where he's worked since 2007, most recently writing for its Innovations column.....

Seabrook To "Marketplace" - 6/22 - Andrea Seabrook joins American Public Media's "Marketplace" business program as its DC bureau chief. She was a longtime Congressional correspondent at NPR who left in 2012 to start the DecodeDC politics podcast.....

Sinclair Makes Fortune 1000 List - 6/22 - Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group ranks at 913 on Fortune magazine's Fortune 1000, which is an annual list of the 1,000 largest US companies ranked by total revenue. Sinclair's $2.2 billion in revenue for 2015 placed it 87 from the bottom. Locally, Sinclair owns Baltimore's Channel 45/WBFF and DC's Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8. It operates Baltimore's Channel 24/WUTB and Channel 54/WNUV via closely-held independent companies. Sinclair owns, operates, or provides services to 173 TV stations in 81 markets.....

WJLA, WBAL Nab National Murrows - 6/21 - Sinclair's Channel 7/WJLA picks up a national Edward R. Murrow journalism award for its 2015 report - "Baltimore Riots: A City Under Siege." The RTDNA will present the award at its October annual gala in NYC. In April, WJLA received five regional Murrow commendations that automatically qualified the station for consideration for RTDNA's national awards. You can watch the award-winning report at wjla.com. More: Baltimore news talker WBAL-AM, 1090, also picked up a national Murrow for its riot coverage.....

Dave TV: Controversy For Kane, Changes at JLA, More - 6/21 - Spousal abuse charge for Hot 99.5's Kane. What does it mean? Could he get fired? A whole batch of old timers leaving WJLA, including Morris Jones and Jennifer Donelan. What's up with that? Is Sinclair staffing the station with younger reporters from small markets who'll work real cheap? Also more of my commentary about some of my favorite YouTubers, including Nomadic Fanatic, Zack And B, Adrian Bliss, and Fun For Louis. In today's "Dave TV".....


WTOP Tops Latest Weekly DC Radio Ratings - 6/21 - The DC market radio ratings for the "second week" of June - actually late May. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WHUR, 4) WMMJ, 5) WIHT, 6) WASH, 7) WETA-FM, 8) WBIG and WKYS and WMZQ, 11) WIAD and WPRS, 13) WPGC, 14) WWDC, 15) WMAL, 16) WGTS, 17) WRQX and WJFK-FM, 19) WLZL, 20) WTEM, 21) WFMD, 22) WERQ and WBQB, 24) WFLS, 25) WFRE and WWEG and WINC-FM and WQSR and WGRQ and WDCN, 31) WPFW and WAVA-FM, 33) WIYY and WAFY and WBQH, 36) WPOC and WJYJ, 38) WJZ-FM and WRBS-FM and WWGB and WWIN-FM and WLIF and WWMX.....

Kane On "Planned Vacation" - 6/21 - DCRTV hears that Hot 99.5, WIHT morning man Kane, aka Peter Deibler, is on a "planned vacation" with his daughters and has not been officially suspended from the iHeart contemporary hits outlet after yesterday's big news that he's facing second-degree assault charges in Montgomery County from his soon-to-be ex-wife Natasha. DCRTV has been wondering what effect this charge could have on Kane's radio career. He'll be celebrating his 10th anniversary at Hot 99.5 later this year. One DC radio guru tells us that iHeart will let the private legal matter run its course but a morals clause, which is standard in the company's employee contracts, could lead to contract nullification if an employee does something to harm the reputation of the company. Youth-oriented Hot 99.5's key demographic includes "moms and daughters" who might not overlook a spousal abuse charge even if Kane/Deibler is found not guilty, we're told by another local radio guru.....

Hot 99.5's Kane Faces Spousal Abuse Charge - 6/20 - Hot 99.5, WIHT morning man Kane (right), whose real name is Peter Deibler, was arrested in Montgomery County on Friday, June 17, after his soon-to-be ex-wife accused him of second-degree assault. According to washingtonpost.com, Montgomery County District Judge William Simmons issued a temporary protective order related to the alleged assault, which took place on May 25, court records say. Deibler, 39, and his wife, Natasha Deibler, 36, have been locked in a nasty divorce, with many of the details getting a public airing via his nationally-syndicated Hot 99.5 show and on her personal blog. According to Natasha Deibler's protective order petition, she said that her husband grabbed her and threw her into a wall in the presence of the couple's daughters, resulting in a sprained knee, head injury, bruises, and a black eye. A warrant was served on Peter Deibler on Friday. He posted a $3,500 bond and was released from custody. "It's an accusation that's unfounded," Peter Deibler said of the assault charge when reached by the Post by phone on Monday. A call to Natasha Deibler was not immediately returned, the Post adds.....

Bongino Plans FL Run For Congress - 6/20 - Dan Bongino, a frequest guest and guest-host on Cumulus righty talker WMAL, 105.9/630, plans to run for a US Congress seat in Florida as a Republican. The former Secret Service agent had two unsuccessful political runs in Maryland - for Congress in 2014 and for the Senate in 2012. More at dailycaller.com.....

Parr Boosts MMJ's Morning Numbers - 6/20 - Radio One says it's seen a major increase in the morning ratings of adult urban contemporary WMMJ, Majic 102.3, since moving Russ Parr (right) from urban contemporary sister WKYS, 93.9, replacing Chicago-based Tom Joyner. Since the move was made in early 2016, Parr "has nearly doubled morning drive numbers in the key demo of 25-54," according to Radio One's analysis of Nielsen ratings. Joyner, who usually placed in the top 10 ranking of morning shows in the radio ratings when he was heard on WMMJ, has fallen off the chart via his new DC radio home of Radio One urban talker WOL, 1450. Placing 39th in the age 6+ numbers in May. And the show that replaced Parr on WKYS, "Fam In The Morning," ranked 17th place in the May age 6+ numbers, significantly lower than Parr's rating there.....

Jennifer Donelan Gone From 7 - 6/20 - DCRTV hears that reporter Jennifer Donelan (right) has parted company with Sinclair's Channel 7/WJLA. She was escorted out of the station's Arlington building on Friday, June 17, a source tells us. A graduate of Robinson High School in Fairfax, she joined then Allbritton-owned WJLA in 2006. Donelan 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, she worked for CBS NewsPath in Chicago, and at Detroit's WDIV-TV before that......

Lindsey Mastis To 7 - 6/20 - Lindsey Mastis will head from Tampa's WFLA-TV, where she's been a reporter and fill-in anchor, to Channel 7/WJLA, where she'll focus on covering social media and cybersecurity issues. She'll make the move in late August. It's a return to DC for Mastis, who worked at Channel 9/WUSA seven years ago.....

Morning Guard Changes At Politico - 6/20 - The New York Times looks at the upcoming departure of Mike Allen, who pens the influential "Morning Playbook" Capitol Hill politics column at Politico. "Leaving his legacy to be refreshed by the new guard".....

9:30 Club Makes "Live" Available On Web - 6/20 - DC's 9:30 Club is making its "Live At 9:30" concert program for public television available at LiveAt930.com. Hosted by Squarespace, the site "will be the exclusive online destination for the program and feature clips, behind the scenes blogs, and much more from the groundbreaking TV music variety series," according to a release. After each episode has aired on public television, it will be available in full at LiveAt930.com. Including bands like Garbage, the Arcs, Tove Lo, Ibeyi, El Vy, MisterWives, the Jesus and Mary Chain, Frank Turner, MS MR, Cold War Kids, Youth Lagoon, Jess Glynne, Yonder Mountain String Band, Mariachi Flor de Toloache, and Waxahatchee. The show also features interviews, short films, and comedic bits.....

More: Adam May Returns To CBS - 6/20 - DCRTV reported rumblings last week. And now we get confirmation from NewsBlues: Adam May, who spent 10 years as a reporter and anchor at CBS-owned Channel 13/WJZ in Baltimore before leaving in 2013 to join Al Jazeera America as a national correspondent and back-up anchor on "America Tonight," is rejoining WJZ-TV as a political reporter. AJAM closed shop in mid-April, so reports NewsBlues. More: Actually, May confirms DCRTV's earlier report that he'll be freelancing for CBS Newspath in DC. His reports may be seen on 13 but he won't actually be working at the Baltimore TVer,....

Ryan Hughes To 7 - 6/20 - Ryan Hughes is the newest reporter hired by Sinclair's Channel 7/WJLA. He comes from WFMZ-TV in Allentown PA, where he's worked since 2011. Before that, he was at Salisbury's Channel 47/WMDT.....

WAMU's Di Caro Adds 5 Gig - 6/18 - WAMU reporter Martin Di Caro, who covers transportation issues, adds reporting duties at Channel 5/WTTG, where he will also cover transportation issues, including the Metro rail system. Starting June 20. In addition to WAMU, Di Caro also works for the Associated Press Radio Network in DC and NYC. Previously, he'd worked for DC's WMAL and Trenton's WKXW.....

DCRTV Job Ad - 6/18 - The latest DCRTV Job Ad: "This is your opportunity to join an award-winning news operation. Full service radio station in Maryland's capital city has immediate opening for a part-time News Anchor/Reporter. Along with anchoring newscasts, you must have knowledge of writing for broadcast, audio editing, social media and audio board operation. Applicant must have flexible hours, weekdays and weekends. Knowledge of local area helpful. Email a resume and a short (2 minutes, max) mp3 to jobs@wnav.com. (No calls please.) Or send to: Raychel Harvey-Jones, News Director, WNAV Radio, 236 Admiral Drive, Annapolis, MD 21401".....

Tegna To Stay At Tysons - 6/18 - Tegna, formerly Gannett's broadcast TV division, is staying at Tysons Corner. It's moving from its current headquarters on Jones Branch Drive to Boro Tower, a new 20-story office building to be built in Tysons. Tegna will lease the top floors of the facility, approximately 60,000 of the structure's 440,000 square feet, starting in early 2019. Tegna owns 46 TV stations, including DC's Channel 9/WUSA, and Cars.com, CareerBuilder, and G/O Digital.....

NPR's Youth Problem - 6/17 - The Wall Street Journal looks the the dilemma facing DC-based NPR. How does it attract younger listeners, who flock to its popular internet-based podcasts, over to the broadcast radio side, which features aging staples like Diane Rehm's show, "Car Talk," and "Prairie Home Companion," which attract older listeners?.....

Gannett Buys NJ Papers - 6/17 - McLean-based Gannett buys a batch of New Jersey newspapers, including the daily Bergen Record and some weekly papers owned by the North Jersey Media Group. More at nypost.com.....

Adam May To CBS - 6/17 - DCRTV hears that Adam May, who used to report for CBS's Channel 13/WJZ in Baltimore, has re-joined CBS as a local news reporter. Where he'll be covering election 2016 for CBS's stations. This was confirmed by way of his Twitter account, @adammaytv. May was last seen on the now-defunct cable news channel Al Jazeera America, which closed up shop on April 12.....

Jessica Sidman To Washingtonian - 6/16 - Jessica Sidman joins Washingtonian as a food editor. She's currently a food editor at Washington City Paper.....

Delilah Battles For Radio Ratings - 6/16 - Tom Taylor Now tells us that Delilah (right), the syndicated love song queen who is heard locally on iHeart's WASH, 97.1, fights for her throne. Despite nightly carriage on 171 stations, a weekly cume of eight million, and a show that's worth about $15 million a year in ads to syndicator Premiere, Delilah's in a fight. She blames the Arbitron/Nielsen PPM ratings for a lot of the woes of her favored formats, adult contemporary and soft AC. Bloomberg spends time with Delilah at her 55-acre spread outside of Seattle, where she has a home studio and takes calls from "the lonely, the lovesick, and people who just want to talk and hear Delilah's buttery voice answer back." Delilah says her listeners are still out there - they're just not being detected by the ratings methodology.....

Dan Mason To Advise iHeart - 6/16 - DC radio veteran Dan Mason, the former president of CBS Radio, has joined iHeartMedia as senior advisor for broadcast relations. The San Antonio-based company says Mason will advise on current and developing issues important to iHeart and the radio industry while working with other broadcasters, vendors, government relations, and industry associations, including the DC-based National Association Of Broadcasters. In addition, Mason becomes chairman of the not-for-profit Broadcasters Foundation Of America. He had been co-chairman. Mason replaces Phil Lombardo of TV operator Citadel Communications. The organization aids broadcasters who "have lost their livelihood through a catastrophic event, debilitating disease or unforeseen family tragedy".....

Maureen Bunyan To Be Honored By NCRTV - 6/15 - Channel 7/WJLA news anchor Maureen Bunyan (right) has been named the first recipient of the Ed Walker Lifetime Achievement In Broadcasting Award. The National Capital Radio And Television honor will be presented at the museum's annual fall fundraiser "Turn Your Television On" September 10, at the Comfort Inn Ballroom in Bowie. "I humbly accept the recognition from the museum of this award named in honor of the beloved broadcast icon Ed Walker," says Bunyan. She is known as a leader in the newsroom and an advocate for women and minorities in journalism. She is a founder of the International Women's Media Foundation which serves women in the media in 100 countries. She is also a founder of the National Association Of Black Journalists where she was inducted into the NABJ Hall Of Fame in January 2014. Named for the late Ed Walker, who received the award in 2015, the Lifetime Achievement In Broadcasting Award recognizes the impact local radio and television broadcasters have had on the local citizens. Longtime DC TV personality Arch Campbell will be master of ceremonies for the event. "Turn Your Television On" tickets are available at ncrtv.org or by mailing a check to the NCRTV Museum, PO Box 1809, Bowie MD 20717. Individual tickets are $70 per person for NCRTV members and $75 per person non-members. Reserved tables of eight are available for $560 for members and $600 for non-members). Sponsorship and advertising opportunities also are available. More by emailing info@ncrtv.org or by calling 301-390-1020 between 9 AM and 3 PM. Proceeds from the event will assist NCRTV in preserving the history of radio and television. The museum displays, explains, and preserves scores of radios, TVs, phones and other devices and programs from their beginnings to the present. The museum collection contains over 3,000 items, including two rare mechanical televisions from the early 1930s. Its mission is to explore the development and impact of electronic media, particularly in the DC area, on our lives.....

FCC Auctioning 32's Spectrum - 6/14 - From theroot.com: "The Federal Communications Commission has started an auction to allow Howard University to sell off [Channel 32] WHUT, our nation's first and only black-owned public TV station, leaving the broadcast airwaves to be run almost exclusively by white men." More: DCRTV hears that, as of Tuesday evening, the FCC's spectrum auction of WHUT's channel has officially begin. No word on whether any bids will be accepted and what it all means. However, a local media guru tells us: "Should just mean the over the air signal goes away, station still carried on cable. You'd have to check with them to see how much is being sold, could be just the subchannel portion, could be all of it".....

Stash Coming Back To Baltimore Radio - 6/14 - Updated. DCRTV hears more that a very sober Stash (right) will soon be returning to the Baltimore rock radio airwaves. Not at his old station, 98 Rock, where he did afternoons for many years. So who does that leave us with? Classic rocker WZBA, 100.7 The Bay. Where he'll be heard doing fill-in work Tuesday afternoon. And maybe more fill-in shifts next week. Could a full-time gig be in the cards for Steve Ash (his real name) at ZBA? Stay tuned.....

WTOP Remains At Top Of DC Radio Heap - 6/14 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "first week" of June. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WHUR, 4) WIHT, 5) WMMJ, 6) WBIG, 7) WETA-FM, 8) WASH, 9) WMZQ, 10) WPRS and WPGC, 12) WIAD and WGTS, 14) WKYS and WMAL, 16) WWDC, 17) WJFK-FM, 18) WRQX, 19) WLZL, 20) WTEM, 21) WBQB, 22) WFMD and WAVA-FM and WDCN, 25) WFRE and WERQ and WWEG, 28) WFLS and WGRQ and WPFW and WIYY and WQSR, 33) WINC-FM and WJYJ, 35) WAFY and WBQH, 37) WACA and WILC and WJZ-FM, 40) WRBS-FM and WPOC and WKIK and WSMD and WWIN-FM.....

Dave TV: Trump Feuds With WaPo, Stash Coming Back? - 6/14 - GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump gets all upset about a clickbait headline in the Washington Post and ramps up his feud with the newspaper's owner, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Can Post media reporter Paul Farhi fairly cover the dispute? Also, is Baltimore rock radio legend Stash on his way back after addiction treatment? And, I take a look at some classic "Dave TV" episodes dating back to 2011. In today's "Dave TV".....


"MTP" Seeks Youth On Social Media - 6/14 - Digiday looks at how NBC's DC-based Sunday morning political talker "Meet The Press" is finding younger audiences on social media.....

Trump Bans WaPo From Campaign Events - 6/13 - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said that he is pulling the Washington Post's credentials to cover his campaign events because he is upset with the newspaper's coverage of his candidacy. Trump was referring to a story posted in mid-afternoon on Monday that was headlined, "Donald Trump seems to connect President Obama to Orlando shooting." The story was the most-read on the Post's website at the time. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Kavitha Cardoza Leaves WAMU - 6/13 - DCRTV hears that education reporter Kavitha Cardoza (right) is leaving American University public radio news talker WAMU, 88.5, to be a multimedia reporter at Education Week, edweek.org, which produces reports for "PBS Newshour" and documentaries for PBS. Cardoza joined WAMU in 2008, and, before that, worked at the University Of Illinois' public radio outlet WUIS in Springfield, Illinois. She was also an adjunct faculty member for the university's Department Of Communication. While at WAMU, her five-part series on childhood obesity won a first place award from the Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association.....

Lisa Stark To EdWeek - 6/13 - More Education Week news. Lisa Stark, formerly of ABC News and Al Jazeera America, joins Education Week as a broadcast correspondent. Stark will contribute to the publication's video platform and to "PBS NewsHour".....

Dish Drops 50 - 6/13 - On Sunday, Dish Network customers in 33 markets lost access to 42 Tribune stations. Including Tribune's DC CW affiliate, Channel 50/WDCW. Dish and Tribune have been negotiating a new carriage deal without success. In addition, about 7 million Dish customers lose access to cable channel WGN America.....

WETA To Cover DC "Neighborhoods" - 6/11 - Channel 26/WETA unveils "WETA Neighborhoods, whih covers "the lesser-known aspects of our favorite greater Washington surroundings. The one-hour special highlights four neighborhoods bursting with personality and stories: Georgetown, Dupont Circle, Capitol Hill, and Anacostia." It debuts Tuesday, July 5, at 8 PM. More at weta.org/neighborhoods.....

Murray Horwitz To Host WAMU's "Big Broadcast" - 6/10 - Murray Horwitz (right) has been named the new host of WAMU, 88.5's Sunday evening classic radio show staple, "The Big Broadcast." The show's longtime host, DC radio great Ed Walker, died last fall. WAMU veteran Rob Bamberger, host of "Hot Jazz Saturday Night," has been guest host of "The Big Broadcast" since October. Murray will take the mic on Sunday, June 12. He will be joined by co-producer Jill Ahrold Bailey. Murray helped to create several entertainment shows while at NPR, receiving three Peabody awards. He was founding director of the AFI Silver Theater and is creative consultant to the annual Mark Twain Prize ceremonies at the Kennedy Center. More at wamu.org.....

Fox News Downgrades Ed Henry - 6/10 - Fox News has announced Ed Henry, the network's chief White House correspondent who was benched in early May after In Touch magazine reported that he'd carried on an extramarital affair with a Las Vegas hostess, won't be covering the Clinton campaign. Fox News has assigned national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin to the task. She has been covering the campaign since May 31. Henry's future with Fox News remains unclear. "Ed Henry is continuing to take some time to work out his issues," said a network spokesperson, according to NewsBlues.....

Dave TV: Behind The Scenes At WMAL - 6/10 - I sound off on the strengths and weaknesses of Cumulus righty news talker WMAL, 105.9/630, as I check out some behind-the-scenes scenes of morning personalities Brian Wilson and Larry O'Connor via a Facebook Live in-studio feed. In today's "Dave TV".....


Republicans Delay FCCer's Re-Appointment - 6/10 - Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is holding up spectrum re-assignment legislation backed by Senate Commerce Chairman John Thune in an escalating war over the re-nomination of Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel for a second term at the Federal Communications Commission. According to thehill.com, Reid and other Democrats are frustrated that Republicans haven't moved the nomination of Rosenworcel, a Democrat, to serve a second term on the commission. They say that when they approved the nomination of Republican Michael O'Rielly in 2013, they did so on the condition that Republicans would move a Democratic nominee......

WAMU's Patrick Madden Gets Schorr Award - 6/9 - Boston public radio station WBUR and Boston University have named WAMU producer Patrick Madden as the winner of the annual Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize. For Madden's "Assault On Justice," a five-month investigation that analyzed nearly 2,000 cases with charges of assault on a police officer. It was a collaboration of WAMU, the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University, the Center For Investigative Reporting, and PRX. More at wbur.org.....

5 To Start 6:30 PM Political Newscast - 6/9 - Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG will add a half-hour of local political news at 6:30 PM starting July 18 to cover the presidential election, bumping entertainment gossip show "TMZ." "This election is unlike any we have ever seen," says WTTG News Director Paul McGonagle. "It deserves unconventional and original political reporting." The newscast, "5 @ 6:30," will be "the local, political show to watch in DC," he adds. Shawn Yancy and Jim Lokay will co-anchor, with contributions from political reporters Tom Fitzgerald and Ronica Cleary. The station will also broadcast live from both the Republican Convention in Cleveland and Democratic Convention in Philadelphia. WTTG will use the Old Ebbit Grill as an interview location with local and national political newsmakers. WTTG already airs a 5 PM hour-long evening newscast and a 6 PM half-hour newscast. The new show brings WTTG's total number of local news hours produced each week to 59.....

Dude Voices Political Ads - 6/9 - MTV News takes a look at the men and women who voice all those political ads you hear on the radio or see on TV. And, making the article is DC and Baltimore voice veteran Dude Walker (right), who says - unlike some voice artists - he prefers to work for candidates and issues that he supports. Walker, who added his first political ad to his extensive reel more than 20 years ago, has chosen to read only for liberal candidates because "it's easier to voice something you believe in," he says. "You can feel the empathy." However, Walker says he hasn't been offered a script he wasn't willing to record - his only real deal-breaker would be an attack ad against Democrats, and campaigns know by now not to contact him for those.....

106.7 & 105.7 Get Baseball Boost - 6/9 - Tom Taylor Now reports a "baseball effect" in boosting the May monthly ratings of sports talkers nationwide - those which carry their local MLB team. Including DC and Baltimore. CBS Radio's 106.7 The Fan, WJFK-FM, saw its share trend go from March's 1.9 and April's 2.5 to May's 2.9. Thanks to the Nationals, that's WJFK's best share since October 2014, and at night it ranks seventh. Up in Baltimore, via CBS's 105.7 The Fan, WJZ-FM, grew its full-day share from a 3.9 in March a 5.8 in May. And in nights, when most Orioles games are played, it ranks in double digits.....

WERQ Tops Baltimore May Radio Ratings - 6/9 - The Baltimore market radio matings for the month of May. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WERQ, 2) WWIN-FM, 3) WPOC, 4) WLIF, 5) WJZ-FM, 6) WWMX, 7) WIYY, 8) WZFT, 9) WCBM, 10) WZBA and WRBS-FM, 12) WQSR, 13) WBAL-AM, 14) WYPR, 15) WPGC, 16) WKYS and WAMU, 18) WTOP, 19) WHUR, 20) WWDC, 21) WCAO and WMAL and WDCH and WBJC, 25) WASH, 26) WRQX and WEAA and WTMD and WBIG and WXCY, 31) WIHT, 32) WMZQ and WRBS-AM, 34) WLZL and WLIFHD2 and WRNR-FM and WGTS, 38) WQLL and WFRE and WTEM and WAFY.....

Dave TV: DC Male Money Demo Radio Ratings - 6/8 - I look at the DC radio ratings for "money demo" men in May. Plus, some more of my favorite YouTubers, including Nomadic Fanatic's troll, Adrian Bliss, Casey Neistat, and a very cool canoeing video from Joe Robinet Bushcraft. In today's "Dave TV".....


WTOP Tops May Radio Ratings For DC - 6/8 - The Washington market radio ratings for the month of May. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP [AM drive 1st, PM drive 1st], 2) WAMU [ME 2nd, ATC 2nd], 3) WHUR [Harvey 3rd], 4) WMMJ [Parr 4th, Simpson 4th], 5) WIHT [Kane 5th], 6) WASH [Loo 7th], 7) WBIG, 8) WPGC [Clair 10th], 9) WETA-FM, 10) WIAD [McFly 12th], 11) WPRS, 12) WMZQ [Bones 16th] and WMAL [MOTM 7th, Rush 4th, Savage 15th], 14) WKYS [Fam 17th] and WGTS, 16) WJFK-FM [Junks 9th, Dukes 18th], 17) WWDC [Elliot 15th], 18) WRQX [Diamond 19th], 19) WLZL [Biagi 18th], 20 WTEM [AM drive 20th, Czaban 19th], 21) WFMD, 22) WBQB and WAVA-FM, 24) WERQ and WDCN and WGRQ, 27) WPFW and WINC-FM and WFRE, 30) WBQH and WJYJ and WAFY and WIYY and WWEG, 35) WQSR and WFLS, 37) WACA and WRBS-FM and WPOC and WDCH.....

Politico Searching For Next Editor - 6/8 - Politico's management is currently searching for the news organization's next editor and has signaled a desire to find a top candidate by early summer, ahead of the 2016 conventions, according to sources familiar with the matter. Co-founder John Harris, who serves as publisher and editor-in-chief, has told staffers he hopes to soon zero in on a successor to editor Susan Glasser, who had previously announced plans to take on a new role after the presidential election. According to huffingtonpost.com.....

SFMSports To Carry Ripken Series - 6/8 - Baltimore's SFMSports.Net has renewed its partnership with Ripken Baseball to broadcast the 2016 Cal Ripken World Series. SFMSports will produce and broadcast all 43 games of the series in Aberdeen MD July 29 through August 6. The coverage plans will include 40 "pool play" games, as well as the international, US, and world championship games. The games will be streamed live, at no charge, on the network's two internet and mobile streaming channels. The network will also produce video features showcasing the youth baseball talent, the Ripken Baseball complex, and the local host families. In addition, SFMSports will make games available for re-broadcast on radio stations in markets with teams participating in the games. Live coverage of the CRWS starts July 29, with the opening game of Harford County versus Middle Atlantic at 8 PM and concludes with the World Championship on August 6, at 8 PM.....

Amy Lynn Marshall To American Prospect - 6/7 - Amy Lynn Marshall Lambrecht returns to the DC-based American Prospect as publisher. Before leaving the political magazine in 2002, she was its vice president of development. Since then, she's held development posts with the Washington Monthly, George Mason University, and, most recently, with Scholars Strategy Network.....

Balto's Jammer Heard In Waco - 6/6 - Jammer Daniels tells us that, while he's still at Baltimore's Mix 106.5, WWMX, he's also doing afternoons on Magic 104.9, KBHT, in Waco, Texas. That station is programmed by DC-Baltimore radio veteran Jason Kidd's New Generation firm.....

20 To Air "So-Me" - 6/6 - Starting July 11, Fox-owned Channel 20/WDCA joins a batch of the company's other TVers across the country in running a four week preview of a new show called "So-Me," which focuses on the day's social media trending topics. It will be hosted by Sam Schacher, Nancy Redd, Tehran Von Ghasri, Roseny Carrero, and Brett Erlich. And will air on WDCA at 4 PM weekdays.....

Kidd's Smash Hits Gets MD Outlet - 6/6 - Harford County oldies outlet, 104.7 The Point, which is also heard on 1330 AM, flipped this morning to "Smash Hits WHGM." This morning, the station also debuted a new morning show hosted by Justin Mallow. He comes from contemporary hits WKBE in Glens Falls NY. The Smash Hits 1980s-based oldies hits format is the product of DC and Baltimore radio veteran Jason Kidd's New Generation Media. Kidd does afternoons on DC's hot adult contemporary Mix 107.3, WRQX.....

Mark Parenteau Dies - 6/6 - Mark Parenteau died June 3 at age 66. He suffered from numerous medical problems, including spinal stenosis. The longtime Boston rock radio personality, who was heard on WCOZ and WBCN in the 1970s and 1980s, worked for DC's XM Satellite Radio in 2004 when he was arrested for having sex with a 14-year-old boy. He pleaded guilty to a count of child abuse and was sentenced to three years in jail. During his career, Parenteau also worked in NYC and Detroit.....

Garrison Keillor Suffered Seizure At Wolf Trap - 6/6 - Garrison Keillor, host of public radio's "Prairie Home Companion," recently suffered a brain seizure. Keillor reveals on Facebook that he had a seizure while in Virginia - he was at Wolf Trap on May 27 and 28. But was able to do his shows. He was seen in a local emergency room, then later flew back to Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. And, over this past weekend, he did his scheduled Saturday evening show in Atlanta. Garrison's last regularly scheduled "Prairie Home" is July 1. Musician and entertainer Chris Thile will take over hosting duties of "Prairie Home" this fall. The show's distributed by American Public Media.....

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