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Linn, Murray, Solomon Start Podcast - 8/17 - Former SB Nation Radio hosts Scott Linn, Tim Murray, and Steve Solomon have reunited to begin a new show, "Linn, Murray, & Solly." The trio hosted SB Nation AM for the last two years, heard on 75 affiliates nationwide. Their new commercial-free podcast will be heard at Patreon.com/LinnMurraySolly and will debut on Monday, August 20th. The trio spent several years as Steve Czaban's co-hosts/sidekicks on his national radio show on Fox Sports Radio and later SB Nation Radio. Linn, Murray, and Solly are based in DC and have each spent several years working at their local station, WTEM, 980. Linn brings over 25 years of broadcasting experience as a show host, anchor, and operations manager at WTEM as well as Fox Sports Radio and SB Nation Radio. Murray has hosted his own show on SB Nation Radio and WTEM, after several years as a baseball play-by-play announcer. He currently serves as the studio host for Navy football, and a sports anchor for WTOP. Solomon has nearly 20 years of broadcasting experience. He was the producer of the DC-based "The Sports Reporters With Steve Czaban & Andy Pollin" for many years, as well as the producer/sidekick for Steve Czaban's show on Fox Sports Radio and SB Nation Radio. The new show will be available on three different tiers at the above Patreon link at $4.99 per month. You can follow the guys on Twitter at: @ScottLinn980, @1TimMurray, @SteveSolomon.....

Season 4 Coming, Andy Ockershausen Interviews DC Power Players - 8/17 - "Our Town," media veteran Andy Ockershausen's (right) podcast featuring DC area celebrities, including media, sports, community, and political figures will start its fourth big season in October. Until then, catch up with interviews from season three, which features Gordon Peterson, Charles Mann, David Wilmot, Tom McMillen, Doreen Gentzler, Tom Buckley, Burt Cohen, Shawn Springs, Mark Moseley, Larry O'Connor, Bob Levey, Deb Johns, Harry Schnipper, Ann Hand, Arthur Cotton Moore, Paul Scimonelli, Donnie Simpson, Ron Paul, CHarles Allen, Tony Perkins, John Bowis, George Pelecanos, Nancy Taylor Bubes, Rick Hindin, Herbert Miller, Bob Ryan, Joe Hadeed, Carol Schwartz, Bruce Allen, Father Ray Kemp, Richard Dyer, Peter Newsham, and more. At ourtowndc.com......

Sun Gets New Digs - 8/17 - From DCRTV's Friday Mailbag: "It's Eviction Day for the Baltimore Sun, as in its signs on its headquarters building which it no longer owns. Former owner Tribune sold the Sun building on Calvert Street just before the Tribune/Sinclair merger began. The merger is over, but the building is still sold. The Sun is moving to south Baltimore into its own printing plant building, which is on land also not owned by The Sun and slated for future redevelopment".....

Support DCRTV & Get A Sticker - 8/17 - DCRTV has been here covering DC and Baltimore area radio, TV, and media news for 20 years, since 1997, 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, 6200 Rolling Road #2442, Springfield VA 22152.....

Quicksilva Returns To KYS - 8/15 - DJ Quicksilva (right) returns to Urban One's urban contemporary WKYS, 93.9, for afternoon drive. His also airs on the company's like-formatted WERQ, 92.3, in Quicksilva's hometown of Baltimore. The show launched August 6 in Baltimore and will debut in DC on August 20. Angie Ange, who used to do afternoons at WKYS, was recently moved to morning drive. Quicksilva previously anchored the morning show on WKYS.....

With Sheehan Gone, WTEM's Line-Up In Flux - 8/15 - The Washington Post's DC Sports Bog has more about all the changes at sports talker WTEM, 980, now that Urban One is in control. "Cooley & Kevin," the morning drive-time show featuring Chris Cooley and Kevin Sheehan, is no more. Redskins Broadcast Network host Larry Michael announced during the pregame show ahead of August 9th's Redskins-Patriots preseason game on the Team 980 that Sheehan and the station were parting ways. Leaving WTEM's programming lineup in flux. In addition to Sheehan and Cooley, Bram Weinstein, who hosted a midday show since Tony Kornheiser left to run his own podcast in July 2016, and Scott Jackson and Rick "Doc" Walker, who previously hosted "Inside The Locker Room" with Brian Mitchell, are no longer part of the station's daily lineup. Walker and Cooley will remain part of the Redskins broadcasts on WTEM and WMAL this season. It's unclear whether Walker and/or Cooley will return to hosting a weekday show on the station, the Bog's Scott Allen adds.....

WHFS Founder Bill Tynan Dies - 8/13 - Bill Tynan, who put Bethesda's WHFS, 102.3, the DC area's first stereo station, on the air in 1961, died August 7 in Kerrville, Texas. He was 91. Originally a classical music station, in the 1970s, WHFS became a pioneer progressive rock music outlet, which later moved to 99.1 through 2005. Currently, 102.3 sports Urban One's adult urban contemporary WMMJ. More on Tynan, who was also heavily involed in the American Rado Satellite or AMSAT organization, is at arrl.org.....

FCC Wrath Aimed At Sinclair - 8/13 - Baltimore-based Sinclair's still in the woodshed with the Federal Communications Commission, reports Tom Taylor Now. Sure, its $3.9 billion merger attempt with Tribune cratered last week - but as Harry Jessell writes at TVNewsCheck, "Right now, Sinclair can't buy a low power [TV] station in Death Valley." That's because while the Tribune mega-merger flopped, the FCC's referral to an in-house administrative law judge to investigate potential "misrepresentation" and "lack of candor" is still active. That focuses on Sinclair's practice of using closely-connected sidecar companies to buy stations that Sinclair actually controls and manages. There's also Tribune's just-filed $1 billion breach of contract suit, but the FCC isn't involved in that.....

DCRTV Media Chat - 8/9 - DCRTV Dave did a media, radio, TV live chat on YouTube at 1 PM August 9. Topics included Tribune pulling out of Sinclair merger, changes at WTEM, the latest DC and Baltimore radio ratings, and much more. Missed it? No problem! You can catch the replay at youtube.com/dcrtv or below.....


Tribune Pulls Out Of Sinclair Merger Deal - 8/9 - Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group's bid to become a nationwide powerhouse collapsed as Chicago-based Tribune Media Company withdrew from a planned merger that drew the ire of federal regulators. Tribune announced its withdrawal from the $3.9 billion transaction in a emailed statement August 9, three weeks after regulators questioned Sinclair's honesty. Tribune said it has filed a lawsuit in the Delaware Chancery Court against Sinclair seeking compensation for losses incurred as a result of "Sinclair's material breaches" of the merger agreement. The Federal Communications Commission on July 18 sent the deal to a hearing by the agency's administrative law judge, citing possible misrepresentations or lack of candor in some proposed station divestitures. Hearings can take months, and the prospect of enduring one killed previous deals. More from Bloomberg. Locally, Sinclair owns Channel 7/WJLA and Channel 45/WBFF. Tribune owns Channel 50/WDCW.....

Ravens Radio Changes - 8/9 - Two former Ravens will join Gerry Sandusky in the booth for the 2018 Baltimore Ravens season and another former Raven will be doing some sideline reporting. Ravens players Dennis Pitta, Jarret Johnson, and Justin Forsett will return for a second season, joining Ravens play-by-play announcer Gerry Sandusky, who begins his 12th year as the radio voice of the Ravens. Both Dennis and Jarret will provide Ravens broadcast color and analysis during the upcoming season. Forsett will be reporting from the sideline for all Ravens road games. 98 Rock, WIYY afternoon personality Kirk McEwen (right) will be reporting from the sidelines during the Ravens home games. In addition, long-time Ravens broadcaster Stan White will have an expanded role offering analysis and insight before and after each Ravens game all season on 98 Rock and news talker WBAL-AM, 1090. McEwen and Joe Robinson will host the pre-game "Ravens Gameday" shows during the regular season. More at 98online.com.....

WTOP Tops DC Radio Ratings Again - 8/7 - The Washington market radio ratings for July. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WMMJ, 3) WAMU, 4) WHUR, 5) WBIG, 6) WRQX, 7) WIHT, 8) WKYS, 9) WGTS and WASH, 11) WPGC and WMAL, 13) WJFK-FM, 14) WPRS and WIAD, 16) WMZQ, 17) WWDC, 18) WETA-FM, 19) WLZL, 20) WDCN, 21) WBQH, 22) WDCH, 23) WOL, 24) WWDCHD2.....

WWIN-FM Tops Baltimore Radio Ratings Again - 8/7 - The Baltimore market radio ratings for July. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WERQ, 3) WPOC, 4) WQSR, 5) WWMX, 6) WLIF, 7) WZFT, 8) WZBA, 9) WIYY, 10) WJZ-FM, 11) WYPR, 12) WCBM, 13) WBAL-AM, 14) WRBS-FM, 15) WEAA, 16) WBJC, 17) WLIFHD2, 18) WJZ-AM, 19) WCAO and WOLB, 21) WQLL, 22) WPOCHD2 and WRBS-AM and WWMXHD2.....

SFMSports Picks Up Salisbury U Football - 8/7 - Maryland News Network and SFMSports.Net, Maryland's only statewide radio networks with 31 radio station affiliates, announce the addition of Salisbury University Sea Gulls Football to its collegiate properties. This fall, the Baltimore-based networks will produce and broadcast all regular and post-season games online and on-air through the collegiate network, SFMSports.Net. SFMSports.Net will produce and broadcast all regular and post- season games, which will be streamed on the network's web and mobile platforms, and broadcast in Salisbury on affiliate WAMS, which is branded as 94.9 JACK-FM.....

Bortnick Joins iHeart DC - 8/7 - iHeart announces that Danny Bortnick has been named senior vice president of ad sales ales for its DC radio cluster. He comes from Entercom (formerly CBS Radio), where he's held a number of sales positions for its DC radio cluster, including retail sales manager, local sales manager, general sales manager, and most recently vive president of sales.....

WTNT Goes Spanish Hits - 8/7 - Metro Radio has tweaked the format on its Bethesda-signalled WTNT, now "all Spanish hits" as "97.5 TNT." You can also hear it in Northern Virginia on 92.9. "The format was Spanish variety," Metro Radio chief Bruce Houston tells us. "It is the only Spanish all hits station in DC".....

Cooley & Walker To Continue With Redskins Radio Despite WTEM Changes - 8/3 - DCRTV broke the news yesterday. And now the Washington Post has more on all the changes coming to sports talker WTEM, 980, with its new Urban One ownership. Even though there are rumors that Chris Cooley and Rick "Doc" Walker may be losing their shows on WTEM, they will continue to be heard on Redskins radio broadcasts via the Redskins Radio Network, which is controlled by the team, not any station. Redskins games will continue to be heard in the DC market on WTEM and WMAL this season.....

Sinclair Sued For Ad Price Fixing - 8/3 - Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group is among media giants being sued in a class action lawsuit alleging price fixing for local television ads. More at www.washingtonpost.com. Locally, Sinclair owns Channel 7/WJLA and Channel 45/WBFF.....

Froggy Drops From 1st In Salisbury - 8/3 - The latest batch of radio ratings from Salisbury-Ocean City shows country WWFG out of its usual top position perch. First place goes to urban adult contemporary WSBY, with "Froggy" in second. Adult contemporary WQHO takes third, rocker WZBH fourth, with Christian contemporary WKNZ and rhythmic conteporary WOCQ tied for fifth. News talker WGMD is seventh with adult contemporary WBOC-FM eighth, urban contemporary WZEB ninth, and a three-way tie for 10th between classic hits WAVD, adult alternative WOCM, and WRAU, which relays DC NPR outlet WAMU.....

Brady Gone From Richmond Classic Rocker - 8/3 - Gene DeAngelo, who went by the name of "Brady" and Richmond classic rocker WKLR, 96.5, gets canned after making an "inappropriate" sexually-related joke on Twitter. More at wtvr.com.....

Bill Elliott Rolls Out 3DSJ Radio Network - 8/3 - 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.....

Source: Cooley, Walker, Weinstein, Jackson Out At WTEM - 8/2 - DCRTV hears from a reliable local radio source that Urban One is making massive budget cuts to their newly-acquired WTEM, The Team 980. Out are: Chris Cooley, Doc Walker, Bram Weinstein, and Scott Jackson. The only show not affected is Steve Czaban's. Cuts expected to continue, including off-air positions. New shows not yet determined, though Al Koken, Fred Smoot, and Chick Hernandez are all getting try-outs this week. Back in May, Silver Spring-based Urban One, formerly Radio One, agreed to purchase sports talker WTEM from Red Zebra, which was owned by Redskins owner Dan Snyder. The 980 AM signal was Snyder's last broadcast radio property. He'd sold WTEM's two FM signals last year.....

Jim Waltkins To Leave WHUR GM Post - 8/1 - Millard James Watkins, III, announced today that he will retire as general manager of Howard University's adult urban contemporary WHUR, 96.3, effective August 31. He plans to concentrate his efforts on running his own telecommunications company, Windy Oak Communications. Known to his colleagues and friends as Jim, he has been at the helm of the heritage station for more than three decades. Watkins began his broadcast career at the age of 14. In high school, he worked as an announcer for his Richmond hometown radio station WENZ. At 19, Watkins became one of the youngest chief engineers in the nation after earning his engineering degree from Grantham School Of Engineering. He went on to be the first African-American engineer at the Washington News Bureau at ABC News. While at Howard, he helped construct what is now Channel 32/WHUT and served as director of operations and engineering. He later went on to become the television station's general manager for several years while simultaneously holding down the top job at WHUR.....

"Capital Kid" Ranks High On Amazon - 8/1 - "Capitol Kid: A Baby Boomer Grows Up In Washington DC" by Gary Dreibelbis, has cracked the top 1% in book sales on Amazon. The recently-released book is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble.com, and neelyproductionsinc.com/garycdreibelbis. The book includes a chapter on old time DC broadcasting including mention of Harden and Weaver, Felix Grant, the Joy Boys, Warner Wolf, Pick Temple, and others. Order yours today and in the famous words of Pick Temple, "Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today." Cover design (right) David Blackwell and photos courtesy of Tom Buckley, WUSA.....

Job Ad: WCBM/WQLL Looking For Account Exec - 8/1 - The latest at DCRTV's Job Ads: "Description: WCBM-AM 680 and WQLL-AM Q1370 Radio, Baltimore are looking for an Account Executive to join our local sales team. Responsibilities include growing existing client billing, generating new business, and developing digital and non-traditional revenue. WCBM has been Baltimoreís Talk station for 30 years! WCBM is a Fox news affiliate with a local and national lineup. Experience, Requirements: You are a motivated, self-starter with the ability to succeed in a challenging, competitive environment. The ideal candidate will have experience servicing local agencies, as well as billing direct accounts. You must be outgoing, possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, manage your time effectively, have a strong work ethic, and meet and exceed personal, and company, objectives and goals. WCBM and WQLL are family-owned stations that care about team members and strive to be #1 in the market. WCBM and WQLL are an Equal Opportunity Employer, women and minorities are encouraged to apply. To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to: businessmanager@wcbm.com".....

Ownership Changes For CQ Roll Call - 7/26 - Capitol Hill's CQ Roll Call is set to be acquired by DC-based tech start-up FiscalNote. Under the agreement, London-based Economist Group, which has owned CQ Roll Call since 2009, will own 18% of the combined company, making it the largest minority shareholder. FiscalNote founder Tim Hwang will lead the combined company, while Economist Group chief executive Chris Stibbs will retain a board seat. According to washingtonpost.com, for CQ Roll Call "the deal offers a degree of financial stability by aligning it with a subscription-based data business similar to Bloomberg News's terminal, as well as a set of data capabilities that could help it against rivals like Politico Pro".....

Will Entercom Makes Changes At JFK? - 7/25 - Your friendly webmaster, DCRTV Dave, guests with DC area native Jon on his "Sadly Lacking Radio" podcast, and we talk about a lot of DC area radio topics, including whether Entercom, which recently took over CBS Radio, might make some big changes at sports talker 106.7 The Fan, WJFK. Should the Junkies be worried? At podbean.com. Or at sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

Milestone For Mike Popovec - 7/24 - Maryland and Delaware radio vet Michael Popovec (aka Mike Bradley) is celebrating 15 years on the air today. For five-plus years, Mike has been both anchoring mornings with news/info/sports and also hosting a talk Show as apart of his 5 AM to 9 AM weekly program on Resort Broadcasting's WGMD, Rehoboth Beach. The station most recently won news and sports awards in Delaware Today Magazine. Mike is one of the busiest guys in the Mid-Atlantic as he also works part-time as sports talk show host and Maryland Football pre- and post-game anchor for Entercom's 105.7 The Fan, WJZ-FM, in Baltimore. He has been a guest on CBS Sports Radio. In addition, he also works part-time as an on-air personality for Forever Media's WCEI in Easton, and on their sister WINX, St. Michael's, where he produces high school football games and hosts their post-game show "Overtime Live." He also does some guest-fill ins on WOCM, Ocean City, and WCTG, Chincoteague. Among his early influences were other area radio vets - Ken Merson, the old "Don & Mike Show," Dave Durian, Ron Smith, and Steve Rouse.....

New Name For NewsChannel 8 - 7/23 - Sinclair, which owns Channel 7/WJLA, is planning to rename WJLA's cable-only sister, NewsChannel 8, as "WJLA 24/7 News." Staffed by WJLA's newsroom, including the ABC affiliate's reporting and anchor teams, "the new name is a logical brand evolution for the nearly 30-year-old Washington-area cable news institution," according to a Monday news release. The name change becomes effective tomorrow, Tuesday. "Plus, the new WJLA 24/7 News brand adds emphasis to the station's commitment to the round-the-clock local news coverage it is known for." The release continues, "As part of the station's continued commitment to local news, traffic and weather coverage, the new WJLA 24/7 News will feature a highly graphical, richly informative continuous newsfeed, showcasing detailed community forecasts, helpful commute conditions, and concise local headlines".....

WGTS Ownership Update - 7/20 - WGTS 91.9ís morning show host Jerry Woods check in to clarify the transition at the Christian contemporary station. He shares that the station will be now be owned by a non-profit that was set-up specifically to run the station called Atlantic Gateway Communications. This new company has no connection to current owner, Washington Adventist University. The station is currently running a capital campaign and will be moving to new facility in 2019, if all goes according to plan. Woods makes it clear that the station is making the transition to self-ownership to help the station grow and serve its listeners in the DC area better. "The long-term goal is to be live and local all the time, and this expansion helps us get closer to that goal. It's the next step in serving the DC community better," says Woods. WGTS will continue to rent back-up studio and tower space at Washington Adventist University to use in case of emergencies.....

FCC Has "Serious Concerns" About Sinclair Deal For Tribune - 7/19 - The Federal Communications Commission has published its order calling for a hearing regarding the proposed Sinclair Broadcast Group acquisition of Tribune Media, following an unexpected announcement by Chairman Pai earlier this week where he said he had "serious concerns" about the deal. The order claims that, as proposed, the merger between the two media giants would "not be in the public interest." More at theverge.com.....

Adrian Cronauer Dies - 7/18 - Adrian Cronauer, the disc jockey whose story provided the rough outline for the character played by Robin Williams in the 1987 movie "Good Morning, Vietnam," died on Wednesday, July 18, in Troutville VA. He was 79. Cronauer was in the Air Force in 1965 when he was sent to Saigon. His first job was as news director for Armed Forces Radio there, but when the morning hostís slot became vacant shortly after his arrival, he settled in behind the microphone. The show was called "Dawn Buster," and he began it with the drawn-out greeting immortalized in the movie's title. More at nytimes.com.....

Matt K. Baker Joins Hoss - 7/17 - DC-Baltimore area voice great Matt K. Baker tells us that he's signed with Hoss Management to boost his radio imaging work. Currently, he's been busy doing promos for Discovery's cable TV nets and CuriosityStream, along with commercials for the Rescue Rooter franchises across the USA and aeveral series running on the American Heros Channel. Contact Matt at mattspeaking.com.....

Dude Walker Update - 7/17 - DCRTV hears from DC and Baltimore voice legend Dude Walker. He tells us that he's been doing radio promos for Classic Country on Westwood One. As well as doing promos for IFC, AXS, and Sportsman channels on cable. Plus in-show narration for his third season of "Dead Silent" on Discovery ID. And he's still voicing the Mike O'Meara podcast, which recently marked the 2000th episode. But wait, there's more - Dude is gearing up for the 2018 elections with spots for Democratic candidates, including Senator Claire McCaskill in Missouri.....


FCC Rejects Sinclair Deal For Tribune - 7/16 - FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced Monday he has "serious concerns" about Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group's acquisition of Tribune Media, saying he would send the transaction through a lengthy administrative process often viewed as a deal-killer. As originally proposed in May 2017, the $3.9 billion deal would see conservative-leaning Sinclair, already the largest US TV station owner (including locals WJLA and WBFF), gobble up 42 Tribune stations in key markets like New York City and Chicago, adding to its existing footprint of more than 170 stations and giving the company access to nearly three-quarters of US households. So reports politico.com.....

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