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Please Support DCRTV - 3/31 - DCRTV has been there for your local media news and commentary for over 22 years, since September 1997! Thanks largely to kind donations from people like you. DCRTV is the best place for DC and Baltimore area media news. If you haven't helped support DCRTV in 2020, now would be a great time to do so. You can do it safely via PayPal at paypal.me/dcrtv or send a check made payable to "Dave Hughes" to 104 N Green St #116, Morganton NC 28655. You can always reach me with comments or suggestions at dcrtvdave@gmail.com. Thanks! - Dave.....

Jack Diamond Back On The Air - 3/30 - DCRTV hears that DC area radio legend Jack Diamond has been back on the air working the morning shift at Hagerstown's classic hits WWEG, 106.9 The Eagle. He has been filling in for Kevin Kash, the station's regular morning guy.....

3 Talkers Take Top Of DC Radio Ratings - 3/21 - The local radio ratings for the month of February. Full-day, age 6+. Washington: 1) WAMU and WTOP, 3) WMAL, 4) WMMJ, 5) WASH, 6) WHUR, 7) WGTS, 8) WETA-FM, 9) WIHT, 10) WBIG, 11) WWDC, 12) WIAD, 13) WKYS, 14) WMZQ, 15) WPGC, 16) WPRS, 17) WJFK, 18) WLZL, 19) WDCN, 20) WTEM. Baltimore: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WLIF, 3) WERQ, 4) WIYY, 5) WPOC, 6) WQSR, 7) WYPR, 8) WBAL-AM, 9) WZBA, 10) WWMX, 11) WJZ-FM, 12) WCBM, 13) WZFT, 14) WEAA, 15) WBJC.....

Coronavirus Case At VOA - 3/20 - The Voice Of America has confirmed the first case of coronavirus in one of its employees. Laboratory testing confirmed this diagnosis. The individual was last in the VOA headquarters building on March 11, became sick, went home and immediately went for testing which was performed the following day. The individual is in good condition and is isolated to prevent spread of infection to others.....

Simulated Sports Match-Ups In Viral Age - 3/20 - Monumental Sports Network and NBC Sports Washington will present one-hour video game simulations of previously scheduled Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals games through Take-Two Interactive's NBA 2K20 and EA Sports' NHL 20, respectively, beginning this weekend. The artificial intelligence gameplay will be presented in alignment with the teams' remaining schedules of postponed regular-season games, including opponents and dates. The matchups will be televised on NBCSW, and available via its streaming platforms, and streamed on Monumental Sports Network via monumentalsportsnetwork.com or via its apps on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, and Xbox.....

NCRTV Museum Postpones Spring Gala - 3/16 - "As required by the governor of the state of Maryland and to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved, we have made the decision to reschedule our Spring Gala - scheduled to take place Saturday, March 21, 2020 - to a new date of Saturday, October 3, 2020," says Sherise Malachi, executive director of the Bowie-based National Capital Radio TV Museum. "The NCRTV board and staff would like to thank all of our gala attendees, sponsors, volunteers, silent auction donors and the entire broadcasting community for their ongoing support. The gala is the highlight of the year for the museum as it helps us to continue to develop educational programs for the youth and teach all generations about the history of television and radio." She adds that all tributes, registrations, and sponsorships will be carried over and fully transferable to the new date. If you have any questions call the museum at 301-390-1020 or email smalachi@ncrtv.org. The muesum is currently closed due to the current corona virus crisis.....

Matt Davis To WZBA - 3/13 - Matt Davis joins Baltimore class rocker WZBA, 100.7 The Bay for middays. He's worked at cross town rocker WIYY, 98 Rock, in addition to WXRK New York City, WYSP Philadelphia, and Sirius/XM Radio. Davis starts March 23.....

Junks Joke About Quarantine After Building Worker Tests Positive For Corona - 3/13 - The "Sports Junkies" announced on WJFK, 106.7 The Fan, that an employee at another firm who works in their 1015 Half Street SW DC office building they broadcast from has tested positive for COVD-19, allegedly prompting CBS Enterom to send an email to their employees there to immediately seek testing. However, Chris Kinnard, program director for WJFK sets the record straight: "No email went out telling employees to get tested, and no one has been tested. The issue with another company has nothing to do with Entercom. The Junkies were joking. This is not a story. Our whole lineup is live from our building." Across town, staff at Cumulus news talker WMAL, 105.9, are concerned about their exposure at CPAC to an attendee who tested positive. Chris Plante took a day off air to self quarantine after being in the same room with the infected attendee, we're told.....

NAB Cancels April Confab Due To Virus Scare - 3/11 - From Deadline: The National Association of Broadcasters annual convention in Las Vegas is off in April because of concerns over the coronavirus. The DC-based trade group's president, Gordon Smith, wrote in a letter to attendees, "In the interest of addressing the health and safety concerns of our stakeholders and in consultation with partners throughout the media and entertainment industry, we have decided not to move forward with NAB Show in April. We are currently considering a number of potential alternatives to create the best possible experience for our community." The convention, held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, is one of the bigger gatherings in the city each year, drawing an attendance of more than 91,000 last year.....

Wendell Goler Dies - 3/5 - DCRTV hears that former Fox News White House correspondent Wendell Goler died Tuesday, March 3, in the Dominican Republic. He was 71. More soon.....

Tornado Hits Brian Wilson's House In Nashville - 3/4 - Former WMAL host Brian Wilson called his former "Mornings On The Mall" co-host Larry O'Connor Tuesday to report his home had been damaged in the tornado that hit Nashville Tuesday morning. Wilson hosts a morning show on a Nashville news talker.....

Former 9 Weatherman Gordon Barnes Has Died - 3/3 - Former longtime Channel 9/WUSA weatherman Gordon Barnes (right) died December 17 in Texas. He was 87. Barnes had been forecasting weather on TV for more than 40 years, including a lengthy stint at WUSA in the 1970s and 1980s. A native of Bermuda, he received his weather and flight training with Pan American World Airways. Barnes was the only professional meteorologist to work with Walter Cronkite and was a part of the CBS Apollo Mission Television Team. More at dignitymemorial.com.....

Chris Matthews Suddenly Resigns From "Hardball" - 3/3 - Longtime MSNBC host Chris Matthews abruptly retired from his DC-based "Hardball" show on March 2, apologizing for making inappropriate comments about women and following a brutal week where he also took heat from supporters of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. His exit came after a weekend of discussions with his bosses, three days after GQ ran a column by a freelance journalist about her "own sexist run-in" with Matthews in the makeup room before appearing on his show. Matthews opened his program with the announcement, talking in his familiar staccato style, that he was ending his run on the political talk show he started in 1997. After a commercial break, he was replaced in the anchor chair by a shaken Steve Kornacki. "This is the last 'Hardball' on MSNBC, and obviously this isn't for lack of interest in politics," Matthews said. More from AP.....

Hollander Joins Orioles Radio & TV Teams - 3/2 - Brett Hollander leaves his afternoon slot at Baltimore news talker WBAL, 1090/101.5, to join the Baltimore Orioles radio and TV team. Hollander's contract with WBAL radio expired. He will appear on MASN's Orioles broadcasts and be heard on the Orioles Radio Network via sports talker WJZ-FM, 105.7 The Fan. Hollander anchored WBAL's Orioles coverage when the team aired on that station from 2011 to 2014.....

NCRTV Gets Ready For March Gala - 3/2 - The National Capital Radio & Television Museum (NCRTV) will host its "5th Annual Ed Walker Lifetime Achievement Dinner Gala" honoring the broadcasting industry's top legends hailing from the Washington DC and Baltimore regions. The 2020 named recipients are MPT's Rhea Feikin, WTOP's Chris Core, and WBAL-TV's Deborah Weiner. The event will take place on March 21 at the Chesapeake Conference Center at the Comfort Inn located in Bowie. The NCRTV 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 NCRTV Museum serving as both a board member and board president. Walker was the first recipient of the NCRTV Museumís Lifetime Achievement In Broadcasting Award. Past honorees include Maureen Bunyan, Arch Campbell, and Rob Bamberger. To purchase tickets and support this evening of excellence, please visit www.ncrtv.org. All proceeds from ticket sales will aid in further developing the museumís extensive educational programming.....

Fredericksburg Nationals To WFVA - 2/27 - With minor league Potomac Nationals moving to Fredericksburg as the Fredericksburg Nationals, Centennial news talker WFVA, 1230, will pick up all 140 games for the inaugural 2020 season. Erik Bremer returns as the radio voice of the team.....

Changes Come To 105.7 The Fan - 2/21 - Scott Garceau exits afternoons on Entercom sports talker WJZ-FM, 105.7, to join MASN as one of the play-by-play voices and pre-game and post-game host for the Orioles. He will also contribute Orioles and Ravens coverage on Baltimore's 105.7 The Fan on a weekly basis. Come March 9, Jason La Canfora and Ken Weinman will take the afternoon slot on 105.7. Also, Jeremy Conn moves from afternoons to evenings.....

WMMJ & WWIN Top January Radio Ratings - 2/21 - The January radio ratings. Full-day, age 6+. Washington: 1) WMMJ, 2) WTOP, 3) WAMU, 4) WGTS, 5) WMAL, 6) WASH, 7) WHUR, 8) WETA, 9) WBIG, 10) WIAD and WWDC, 12) WKYS and WMZQ, 14) WJFK-FM and WPGC, 16) WPRS, 17) WLZL, 18) WTEM, 19) WDCN, 20) WDCH. Baltimore: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WERQ, 3) WLIF, 4) WPOC, 5) WIYY. 6) WJZ-FM, 7) WQSR, 8) WYPR and WZBA, 10) WBAL-AM/FM, 11) WWMX, 12) WCBM, 13) WZFT, 14) WBJC, 15) WEAA.....

WAMU Sells Eastern Shore's WRAU - 2/18 - American University public radio news talker WAMU, 88.5, has sold WRAU, its 88.3 signal in the Salisbury-Ocean City area to Dover-based fellow NPR member WDDE, 91.1, for $537,000. That will give Delaware Public Media-owned WDDE better coverage into the southern part of Delaware and nearby Maryland. Two years ago, WAMU sold its Fredericksburg area signal, WYAU, 89.5, which is now K-Love Christian contemporary outlet WLJV. "This decision is about serving local audiences with the best possible public service," said JJ Yore, general manager of WAMU. "We at WAMU are deeply committed to strengthening our coverage of the Washington region, not only on 88.5 but also through WAMU.org, DCist, our podcasts and social media. Meanwhile this sale helps our friends at Delaware Public Media serve their audiences better. We both winĒ.....

Rush Limbaugh Has Cancer - 2/3 - Rush Limbaugh reveals that he has advanced lung cancer. He was diagnosed on January 20th after bouts of shortness of breath. He says he will continue to do his afternoon right-wing political radio talk show as long as possible. More at rushlimbaugh.com. Locally, Limbaugh is heard on WMAL and WCBM.....

HFS Vet "Josh" Brooks Dies - 2/3 - Henry "Josh" Brooks, who hosted the "Spiritus Cheese" progressive rock show on free-form rocker WHFS in the 1970s and early 1980s, back then on 102.3 from Bethesda. More at legacy.com.....

New Anchors For 7's Morning Show - 1/27 - Sinclair's Channel 7/WJLA names Robert Burton and Ashlie Rodriguez as co-anchors of "Good Morning Washington" starting February 3. Burton has been a sports anchor at WJLA for five years. New to WJLA, Rodriguez has worked at TV stations in San Diego, El Paso, and Grant Falls MT. She's also has print experience at the National Journal, San Diego Union-Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times.....

XMAS Tunes Boost WASH & WLIF - 1/23 - The radio ratings for the "Holiday" month, in between December and January, when both WASH and WLIF are playing popular Christmas tunes. Full-day, age 6+. Washington: 1) WASH, 2) WMMJ, 2) WTOP, 4) WAMU, 5) WGTS, 6) WHUR, 7) WMAL, 8) WETA-FM, 9) WIHT, 10) WBIG, 11) WIAD and WWDC, 13) WKYS and WPGC, 15) WMZQ, 16) WJFK-FM, 17) WPRS, 18) WLZL, 19) WTEM, 20) WDCN. Baltimore: 1) WLIF, 2) WWIN-FM, 3) WERQ, 4) WIYY, 5) WJZ-FM and WPOC, 7) WZBA, 8) WQSR, 9) WBAL-AM/FM, 10) WMMX, 11) WYPR, 12) WCBM, 13) WZFT, 14) WEAA, 15) WBJC.....

Jim Lehrer Dies - 1/23 - Jim Lehrer, a low-key television newsman who co-founded what is now called the WETA-produced "PBS NewsHour," which he anchored for 36 years and who was dubbed the "dean of moderators" for presiding over 12 presidential debates, died January 23 at his home in Washington, according to washingtonpost.com. He was 85. PBS announced his death but did not provide further details. He had a heart attack in 1983 and had heart-valve surgery in 2008. Lehrer joined the small news operation of PBS in Washington in 1973 and soon began covering the Watergate hearings with fellow newscaster Robert MacNeil. In 1975, he became the co-anchor of "The MacNeil/Lehrer Report." The name was changed to "The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour" in 1983, when it became televisionís first hour-long nightly news program. After MacNeil retired in 1995, Lehrer became the sole host of "The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer".....

Sherree Burruss Leaves 4 - 1/13 - Sports anchor and reporter Sherree Burruss leaves Channel 4/WRC after three years for a gig in Connecticut at CBS Sports HQ, CBS's 24-hour streaming sports news network. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Last Edition For Sentinel Newspapers - 1/13 - The Montgomery County Sentinel and Prince George's Sentinel newspapers are going out of business after 57 and 42 years respectively under current ownership. The Sentinel was founded in 1855. In a letter to employees, publisher Lynn Kapiloff, wrote: "Although we tried our best, the sad reality is that these newspapers have not been profitable over the past year, and we will be publishing our final issue on January 30th. Our family has owned the Montgomery County Sentinel newspapers for 57 years and the Prince George's Sentinel for 42 years and it has been my great honor and privilege to be part of this team".....

Barry ZeVan Dies - 1/9 - Barry ZeVan, a longtime Minneapolis-St. Paul TV weatherman, who was seen on DC's Channel 7/WJLA for a few years in the 1970s, has died at age 82. More at startribune.com.....

Madelyne Woods To WOL Mornings - 1/6 - Madelyne Woods hosts an all-new morning show on Radio One urban talker WOL, 1450. Starting January 6. She takes over the morning drive time slot that was vacated by Tom Joyner when he retired after 25 years of his syndicated show. Woods' entertainment reporting interviews and reports have appeared on TV and radio stations around the nation, such as ABC, NBC, BET, Fox Entertainment, and on Joyner's show.....

WTOP Again Carries CBS Newscasts - 1/3 - CBS News will once again provide global news coverage to Hubbard Broadcasting's all-news WTOP, re-establishing a relationship between the two companies that dates back many decades. CBS News Radio programming to be featured daily on WTOP beginning January 1. The agreement reunites CBS News Radio and WTOP, which have a history that dates back more than eight decades. WTOP had been carrying ABC's newscast for the past few years.....

Ed Turney Dies - 1/1 - Longtime DC TV news reporter Ed Turney died December 23 at age 83. He spent many years at Channel 7/WJLA, preeviously known as WMAL-TV. Over his 36-year reporting career, he received many accolades for his work, including 17 local Emmy Awards. Turney touched the lives of many people with one-of-a-kind reporting on his segments Good Neighbors, One Good Turney Deserves Another, Turney's World, and Turney's Journeys. More at legacy.com.....

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