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Resistance Builds For Privatization Of VOA - 5/26 - BBG Watch reports that a proposed privatization of the DC-based and taxpayer-funded Voice Of America is opposed by Broadcasting Board of Governors, federal employees, their union, and numerous foreign policy and public diplomacy professionals, as well as some former VOA journalists. At the same time, critics of privatization of the international broadcaster support structural reforms of the BBG, which they blame for VOA's troubles.....

Paywall Dropped For Politico Media - 5/26 - Politico Media, which until now has been behind a paywall and on a separate website from DC-based Politico, will be coming under the Politico fold. According to politico.com, all of the NYC-based media team's work will be available for free at politico.com/media. Politico's media newsletter is also getting a makeover.....

DCRTV Job Ads - 5/26 - The Radio America Network in Arlington is in need of local weekend board-ops and technicians. Baltimore's SFMSports.Net is seeking an experienced media sales representative. Those are the latest DCRTV Job Ads where you can reach many thousands of area media movers and shakers for just $49.....

Megan Chan Joins WaPo - 5/26 - Megan Chan joins the Washington Post as director of digital operations. She comes from Politico where she was, most recently, director of digital products. Before that, Chan was a senior editor of Politico Magazine. More at washingtonpost.com.....

WaPo Promotes Marcus - 5/26 - In more Washington Post news, longtime veteran veteran Ruth Marcus has been named deputy editorial page editor. During her time at the Post, Marcus has covered campaign finance, the DOJ, the Supreme Court, and the White House, served as a deputy national editor and, in 2003, joined the editorial board.....

Support DCRTV In May - 5/26 - We're $640 below our fundraising/revenue goal for May. Have you helped support DCRTV in 2016? Make a donation to DCRTV and help your favorite independent local media news, commentary, and nostalgia website. Would DCRTV be here without donations? Probably. But your help makes it possible for the site to be the primary source of income for Dave, its webmaster and creator. And that allows him to focus all his energies on it - providing many updates each day and making it as extensive as it is. DCRTV started covering DC and Baltimore area media news almost 19 years ago. Support from individuals accounts for about 50% of its revenue. 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.....

Rogin Joins WaPo's New Global Push - 5/25 - Josh Rogin joins the Washington Post's new Global Opinions section that will feature commentary from writers all over the world. Rogin, who has been a columnist at Bloomberg View since November 2014, will focus on foreign policy and diplomacy. His career includes stops at Foreign Policy and CQ. The Global Opinions section debuts in Europe, with London-based Post columnist Anne Applebaum overseeing it.....

OC Radioer Picks Up O'Meara's Show - 5/25 - "The Mike O'Meara Show" will return to the Ocean City radio dial on Friday, May 27. The show will air five days a week from 7 PM to 9 PM on 97.1 The Wave, WAVD. O'Meara was partnered with Don Geronimo via "The Don And Mike Show" on WJFK-FM through the 1990s until 2008. He currently does a podcast that's available at mikeomearashow.com.....

WTOP Tops Latest DC Radio Ratings - 5/24 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "second week" of May. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WHUR, 4) WMMJ, 5) WIHT, 6) WASH, 7) WBIG, 8) WPGC and WETA-FM, 10) WMAL, 11) WPRS and WIAD and WJFK-FM, 14) WMZQ, 15) WKYS and WGTS, 17) WWDC, 18) WRQX, 19) WLZL, 20) WTEM, 21) WERQ and WGRQ, 23) WAVA-FM and WPFW and WBQB, 26) WDCN and WINC-FM, 28) WFRE and WFLS and WIYY and WBQH, 32) WQSR and WAFY, 34) WPOC and WACA and WWEG and WDCH and WJYJ, 39) WRBS-FM and WHUR STREAM and WWGB and WILC and WSMD and WOL.....

White Men Earn More At WaPo - 5/24 - White male reporters at the Washington Post out-earn all other reporters by an average of 20%. That's one of the findings in a just-released salary analysis by the Washington-Baltimore NewsGuild. Erik Wemple has the details at washingtonpost.com.....

Jen Chaney To Venture - 5/24 - NYC-based pop culture site Vulture has named Jen Chaney a TV columnist. She spent more than a decade with the Washington Post, serving as a movies and entertainment news editor and reporter. Chaney's also written for Esquire, the New York Times, and Slate.....

Baltimore TVers Mobilize For Verdict - 5/24 - From NewsBlues: Channel 13/WJZ, Channel 11/WBAL, Channel 45/WBFF, and Channel 2/WMAR in Baltimore all interrupted morning entertainment programming to go live with yesterday's verdict in the trial of officer Edward Nero, who was accused in the death of Freddie Gray. CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News also broke into regular programming. "None of the [cable news] channels did outstanding journalism," said Baltimore Sun TV critic David Zurawik. "The best thing about their collective performance is what they didn't do: Unlike their coverage in December following the mistrial of Officer William Porter, for the most part they did not hype the potential for violence in the city in reaction to the verdict. This time, they seemed to mainly try reporting instead of predicting".....

House Approves BBG Reform - 5/24 - The US House approves a bill to reform the DC-based Broadcasting Board Of Governors, and break out Voice of America as a separate not-for-profit organization. The BBG oversees a batch of government broadcasting enterprises including the VOA, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia, and the Middle Eastern Broadcasting Networks. More at bbgwatch.com.....

Sharon Stone Gets NAB Honor - 5/24 - Actress Sharon Stone will at the June 21 National Association Of Broadcasters Education Foundation Celebration Of Service event in DC, to accept this year's Service To America Leadership Award. More at nabef.org.....

Tribune Rejects Gannett's Takover Offer - 5/24 - Chicago-based Tribune Publishing has rejected McLean-based Gannett's latest takeover offer and said a billionaire health-care entrepreneur would take a $70.5 million stake in the company, adding another hurdle to Gannett's pursuit. Tribune said it would receive a capital investment from Nant Capital, which was founded by medical doctor and investor Patrick Soon-Shiong, in return for 4.7 million shares of Tribune stock at $15 apiece—the price Gannett had proposed in its sweetened bid. More at wsj.com.....

Julie Parker Leaves Gig As PG Police Spokesperson - 5/23 - The Prince George's County Police Department announces that Julie Parker, who leads the Media Relations Division, is leaving for "a position in another industry." Before joining PGPD five years ago, Parker worked for Channel 7/WJLA, NewsChannel 8, and CBS Radio-DC. More: We're told that Parker is going to be director of corporate communications for Total Wine And More.....

Tim Barber To 7 - 5/23 - Channel 7/WJLA has hired Tim Barber (right) as its newest reporter. He'll handle weekday nights. Barber comes from Orlando's WFTV-TV, where he's worked since 2011. He got his start at KAMC-TV in Lubbock, Texas.....

CW Stays On Tribune's 50 - 5/23 - CW has signed a new affiliate deal that keeps the network on many of Tribune's stations, including Channel 50/WDCW in the DC market. More at deadline.com.....

3 Consultants Work With VOA - 5/23 - Three experienced journalists have agreed to serve as short-term consultants to the DC-based Voice Of America, analyzing all aspects of the international broadcaster's web, mobile, and broadcast output. Including Joyce Dehli, an Edmond J. Safra Fellow-In-Residence at Harvard University and a former vice president for news at Lee Enterprises. Plus Tom Detzel, a senior editor at ProPublica who has worked with the Washington Post, the New York Times, and PBS. And Marcy McGinnis, who has been a senior vice president for news at CBS, helped create the SUNY journalism school, and worked with Al Jazeera America.....

Dumfries Catholic School Starts FMer - 5/23 - John Paul The Great Catholic High School in Dumfries has launched a low-power FM radio station, WJPN, on 106.3. It will be used to broadcast classes, community information, and to simulcast the EWTN Catholic Radio Network. According to potomaclocal.com, next year, the school will begin a communications course to teach students about radio broadcasting and to create more original content for the station that could include broadcasting sports games. The school spent two years raising more than $250,000 to cover permit costs, legal fees, and equipment.....

Graham, Bicknell, Buccheri, Ford To MD Hall Of Fame - 5/23 - From DCRTV's Monday Mailbag: "An enthusiastic and sold-out house of 400 attended the 7th Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame ceremonies in Baltimore on Sunday. Radio inductees included veteran programmer and personality Ed Graham, former V103 legend and 'High Priest of Soul' JB Brown, DC rock and roll jock Davy Jones/Paul Bicknell (WPGC, XTRA 104 and others), WKTK legend Joe Buccheri, and local radio and voice over artist Ty Ford. Others on hand included radio veterans Randy Dennis, Roy Sampson, Pat O'Brennan, Annie B, and Bob Mathers. Also feted were local musical acts Appaloosa, the Rodney Kelley Experience, and the Admirals... and posthumous recognition for innovative guitarist Link Wray".....

Michael Mariotte Dies - 5/23 - Michael Mariotte, a former Washington City Paper editor and punk-rock drummer who later became a nationally known ­anti-nuclear activist, died May 16 at his home in Kensington. He was 63. The cause was pancreatic cancer. In 1981, Mariotte was the founding editor of an alternative weekly newspaper that evolved into the Washington City Paper. He continued to work at the paper in a variety of positions, including managing editor, until 1985, when he joined the Nuclear Information And Resource Service. He launched the organization's newsletter, Groundswell, now called Nuclear Monitor, which has become a clearinghouse of information on issues related to nuclear power and alternative energy sources. He was executive director of NIRS from 1986 to 2013 and served as president of the organization, based in Takoma Park, until his death. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Dave TV: Goodbye Netflix, More - 5/22 - I cancel Netflix after finding its shows becoming more and more "tame," kind of like stuff on commercial cable TV networks and broadcast channels. Plus, more reviews of some of my favorite YouTube channels, including Sintax 77's hiking videos. And some media headlines from my new DCRTV.com/National site. In today's "Dave TV".....


Joanna Campbell To WZBA - 5/22 - Joanna Campbell has announced on her Facebook page that she's joining Times-Shamrock Baltimore classic rocker WZBA, 100.7 The Bay. No word on the time slot. She left CBS Baltimore hot adult contemporary WWMX, Mix 106.5, in April, after doing afternoons with Priestly. No reason given but we're told it was a budget-mandated contract non-renewal. More as we hear it.....

Holliday To Hold Annual Charity Golf Tourney - 5/21 - DC radio and TV veteran Johnny Holliday will be holding his annual charity golf tournament on June 6 at the University Of Maryland golf course. The 11th annual Johnny Holliday Scholarship Classic will benefit the Youth Leadership Foundation and feature 30 area sports, media, and political celebrities, including Gary Williams, Leon Harris, Kristen Berset, John "Cakes" Auville, Ray Knight, Rick "Doc" Walker, Larry Michael, and Chris Knoche. This year's honoree will be legendary DeMatha basketball coach Morgan Wooten. More at helpingkids.org.....

Baltimore Guide Closes - 5/20 - The Baltimore Guide, a weekly paper serving east and southeast Baltimore, has folded. According to wbal.com, in a brief post on the paper's website Friday, editor Gianna DeCarlo said this week's issue would be its last, at least in print. It ends an 89-year run. No reason was given for the paper's closure. The Canton-based paper was founded in 1927 by brothers Milton and Nelson Lasson, who used excess capacity on the printing press they owned to make a free "shopper," featuring coupons and ads from local establishments. First called the Shoppers Guide, the Lassons controlled the paper until 1989. New owner Richard Sandza wanted the paper to become focused on neighborhood issues. The paper is now owned by Philadelphia's Broad Street Media, which also owns newspapers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.....

Brett Haber Busy Covering Tennis - 5/20 - Former DC sports anchor Brett Haber (right), who worked at Channel 5/WTTG and Channel 9/WUSA, is in Paris for his sixth French Open with the Tennis Channel. Also, we hear that he's re-signed with NBC to be the studio host for tennis at the Rio Olympics. Haber still lives in the DC area.....

MLB Head Slams Orioles On Nats TV Deal - 5/20 - Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has rebuked the Baltimore Orioles' position in the club's TV revenue dispute with the Washington Nationals, saying the Orioles have "engaged in a pattern of conduct”" that ignores a longstanding agreement by which the Nationals were to gain rights fees from the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, the Orioles-owned broadcaster that carries the games of both clubs. More at washingtonpost.com.....

STL Drops Charges Against WaPo Reporter - 5/20 - St. Louis County has dropped charges against Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery and Huffington Post reporter Ryan Reilly in exchange for their promise not to sue the county. The two were arrested in August 2014 while covering protests in Ferguson, Missouri. Politico has more.....

Tribune To Outsource IT Jobs - 5/20 - Chicago-based Tribune Publishing, which owns the Baltimore Sun, is laying off about 200 IT staffers and outsourcing the work to a company in India. More at computerworld.com.....

FCC Head Loves Comcast - 5/20 - Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler says: "I am a happy Comcast subscriber in Washington DC." At washingtonpost.com.....

Media Remain Against Redskins Name - 5/20 - Prominent members of the news media who have criticized the Redskins name say they aren't changing their opinions about it despite a new Washington Post poll indicating that the vast majority of American Indians aren't offended by it. At washingtonpost.com.....

WASH's Chilli Amar To Have Cancer Prevention Surgery - 5/19 - Chilli Amar, co-host of the morning show at iHeart's adult contemporary WASH, 97.1, announced this morning that she will be undergoing a preventive hysterectomy Friday morning. That will be followed by a double mastectomy in the months ahead. Amar says she carries the BRCA2 gene and lost her mother to cancer. More at wjla.com.....

Bezos Fires Back At Trump - 5/19 - Jeff Bezos, who owns Amazon.com and the Washington Post, fired back at presidential candidate Donald Trump, who said that Amazon is "getting away with murder, tax-wise... He's using The Washington Post for power so that the politicians in Washington don't tax Amazon like they should be taxed." At washingtonpost.com.....

Merrill To Host Cybersecurity Workshop - 5/19 - Cybersecurity For Editors, a one-of-a-kind workshop will be held June 3 and 4 at the University Of Maryland's Philip Merrill College Of Journalism. Hosted by the American Society Of Newspaper Editors and Merrill College, the workshop will feature former intelligence officers, security and forensic experts, as well as a respected lawyer and an award-winning former cyber reporter, to provide the most practical sessions relevant in the digital era. As an added bonus, attendees will receive travel (airfare, baggage, hotel and/or mileage) reimbursements of up to $300. More info at asne.org.....

Justin Mallow Joins "The Point" - 5/18 - With Steve Rouse's departure to Baltimore oldies outlet WQLL, 1370, Harve de Grace oldies outlet announces his replacement. "The Point," heard on 104.7 and 1330, will feature "Mallow In The Morning" with Justin Mallow, starting May 31. He comes from hot adult contemporary WKBE in Glens Falls NY, where he has been for the past six years. Says Mallow: "This is not just my show. It will be the community's show as well. Listeners are encouraged to call up and join in on the fun. I want to bring laughter in the mornings. I've heard good things about the community and I'm looking forward to putting on an entertaining show for everyone. Creating a morning show where our multi-media audience will be able to escape their stresses and daily problems, and just tune in for some light hearted inspiration for the day is my quest. I look forward to becoming one big family".....

John Henry To 9 - 5/18 - John Henry (right), a reporter for the past two years at Tegna's KSDK-TV St. Louis, starts in June as a reporter at Tegna's Channel 9/WUSA. More at stltoday.com.....

Billy Bush To "Today" - 5/18 - Billy Bush, the nephew and cousin of two former US presidents who once had a radio gig at DC's now defunct Z104, WWZZ, will join NBC's "Today" franchise in August. He will essentially replace Natalie Morales and to host "Access Hollywood" and "Access Hollywood Live." More at hollywoodreporter.com.....

William Backer Dies - 5/18 - William Backer, a major figure in American advertising and a principal creator of the iconic 1971 TV spot "I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke," died May 13 at a hospital in Warrenton. He was 89 and was suffering from colon cancer. Backer had been president of the Piedmont Environmental Council since 2004. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Traffic Up For Washingtonian - 5/17 - Digiday looks at how a recent redesign of Washingtonian magazine's website lead to an 18% traffic increase.....

Sinclair Expands "Government Matters" To Weeknights - 5/17 - Sinclair will expand its Sunday morning "Government Affairs" Channel 7/WJLA show to weeknights on sister NewsChannel 8. Starting June 13, the federal government news show will air live on NC8 at 8 PM with an 11 PM re-play, Mondays thru Fridays. The weekly "Government Matters" Sunday program will continue to air at 10:30 AM on WJLA. The program will be hosted by Francis Rose, who has covered the federal marketplace on both radio and TV for more than a decade. In addition, there's a new website for the show - GovMatters.tv. Also, John Meyer, one of the primary architects behind the development of Hubbard's WFED, Federal News Radio, has been hired as director of federal sales and operations for WJLA and NC8. "'Government Matters' is dedicated to providing nonpartisan facts and analysis to federal managers, contractors, and those supporting the federal community in our area," said WJLA General Manager Dan Mellon. "By expanding to weeknights we feel we can better serve this important audience".....

WTOP Tops Latest DC Radio Ratings - 5/17 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "first week" of May. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WHUR, 4) WMMJ, 5) WASH, 6) WIHT, 7) WBIG, 8) WETA-FM, 9) WPGC, 10) WMZQ, 11) WPRS, 12) WJFK-FM, 13) WKYS and WGTS, 15) WIAD, 16) WMAL, 17) WWDC, 18) WRQX, 19) WLZL, 20) WTEM, 21) WFMD, 22) WAVA-FM, 23) WDCN and WAFY and WPFW and WERQ and WBQB, 28) WBQH and WIYY and WFLS and WINC-FM and WPOC and WFRE.....

Delmarva Promotes Brad Austin - 5/17 - Brad Austin has been named corporate program director for Delmarva Broadcasting. He had been operations manager for Delmarva's country WXCY, 103.7, Havre de Grace MD, between Baltimore and Wilmington, a position he'll continue to hold. Austin will now oversee programming for all of the company's nine radio stations throughout Delaware and Eastern Maryland.....

CPI Cuts 2 - 5/17 - The DC-based Center For Public Integrity has laid-off two reporters amid restructuring. CEO Peter Bale said cuts are the result of financial pressures and as part of an effort to increasingly focus on core operations like data journalism and visualization. Bale, who joined from CNN International in late 2014, said that the Center's budget for 2015 was $9.3 million. This year it is a little over $8 million. More at huffingtonpost.com.....

Health Issues Sideline PBS's Gwen Ifill - 5/17 - Gwen Ifill is taking some time off from her PBS news duties to address "ongoing health issues," according to wtop.com. She is "doing well" and plans to return to the air around Memorial Day, the Arlington-based public TV network said. Ifill co-anchors "PBS NewsHour" and moderates "Washington Week," both of which are produced at Channel 26/WETA.....

Veronica Johnson Gone From 4 - 5/17 - A source tells DCRTV that weather reporter Veronica Johnson no longer works at Channel 4/WRC. She will probably will end up at Channel 7/WJLA, we're told.....

Sun Publisher Herman Obermayer Dies - 5/17 - Herman Obermayer, who for a quarter-century owned, edited, and published the Northern Virginia Sun, died of a heart attack May 11 at his home in Arlington. He was 91. Obermayer was editing and publishing the Long Branch Daily Record in New Jersey when he bought the Sun in 1963. The Arlington-based newspaper published six days a week and had a circulation of about 20,000. According to washingtonpost.com, Obermayer, who was Jewish and as a young American soldier had witnessed the Nuremberg trials of Nazi war criminals, pushed the paper to aggressively cover the Arlington-based American Nazi Party and its founder, George Lincoln Rockwell, until Rockwell's assassination by a disgruntled former party member in 1967.....

Dave TV: YouTube, Netflix, Google, More - 5/17 - Updates on some of my favorite YouTube channels, including Dan Bell, Casey Neistat, Fun For Louis, Ben Brown, Into The Mystery, and, yes, even Nomadic Fanatic, who's getting boring. Plus, the Washington Post sells out. Google bans payday loans. And why I'll probably be cancelling Netflix. In my latest "Dave TV" or whatever I'm calling it.....


Michael Graham To MediaDC - 5/16 - DCRTV hears that former WMAL show host Michael Graham (right) is leaving Atlanta news-talker WYAY and heading back to Washington. He will become creative director of MediaDC, the company that owns the Weekly Standard, the Washington Examiner, and Red Alert Politics. Graham got fired from WMAL in 2005 after the DC-based Council On American-Islamic Relations, CAIR, protested his comments linking Islam with terrorism. Following his WMAL stint, Graham had several more talk radio gigs in New England, including Boston, before heading to Atlanta.....

ESPN Radio Hosts Insults Nats Player - 5/16 - ESPN Radio host Danny Kanell calls the Nationals' Bryce Harper a selfish player and a jerk. And that's apparently worthy of news coverage at washingtonpost.com.....

O'Meara Interviews Fisher About Trump - 5/16 - "The Mike O'Meara Show" interviews Marc Fisher, senior editor of the Washington Post. The DC radio great and his discussed a recently released tape of presidential candidate Donald Trump masquerading as his own publicist in 1991 to brag about himself. While the source of the tape remains anonymous, Fisher denied that the tape came from Trump. The interview can be heard at mikeomearashow.com.....

WaPo Produces Sponsored Content - 5/16 - Digiday takes a look at the Washington Post's branded content team - WP BrandStudio. Which produces sponsored content campaigns for clients like Dell, GE, JP Morgan Chase, Siemens, UPS, Lockheed, Audi, and FX. Last month, the studio, run by Annie Granatstein and Paul Tsigrikes, launched its most ambitious branded marketing effort yet for the show "Hunters" on SyFy. Including sponsored articles and videos, and banked on the Post's reputation as a source of national security news.....

Scott Taylor Joins 7 - 5/16 - Scott Taylor (right) joins Sinclair's Channel 7/WJLA as an investigative reporter for its consumer-oriented "7 On Your Side" team. He comes from a reporting gig at WOIO-TV in Cleveland, where he covered the case of Ariel Castro kidnapping three young girls and holding them for 10 years. Prior to Cleveland, Taylor worked at WSYX-TV in Columbus OH, WHBQ-TV in Memphis, and WXOW-TV in La Crosse WI.....

Gigi Barnett Leaves 13 - 5/16 - After nearly 13 years as weekend news anchor at CBS's Channel 13/WJZ in Baltimore, Gigi Barnett is leaving for Texas. More at baltimore.cbslocal.com.....

Forrester Joins Rouse On Q1370 - 5/16 - Baltimore sports radio veteran Drew Forrester will be joining Steve Rouse's new show on Baltimore oldies outlet WQLL, 1370, two days a week, starting tomorrow, for in-studio appearances at 8:35 AM. Rouse's new show, "The Rouse And Company Morning Show," launches today. Says Forrester: "Steve Rouse is a radio icon in Baltimore, so when this chance came along, I was all in. This is right up my alley... talking sports, music, pop culture, etc. Whatever Steve and Tracy Hart throw my way, I'll have fun with it! Hopefully I can add a little something to the show and have some laughs along the way. I'm excited to be back on the air." More at Forrester's sports blog/podcast site drewsmorningdish.com.....

Steve Rouse Plans Reunion On Q1370 - 5/16 - DCRTV told you in early April that, starting May 16, Baltimore radio veteran Steve Rouse, along with co-host Tracy Hart, will be doing mornings on Baltimore oldies outlet WQLL, Q1370. In addition to its main 1370 AM signal in Baltimore, WQLL is also heard in Harford County on 99.9 FM. Rouse will be joined on that first show by other Baltimore radio greats, including Maynard and Pat O'Neill along with many others for a reunion of "The Rouse And Company Morning Show" which aired from 1988 until 2005 on oldies WQSR, then on 105.7 FM. Just recently, Rouse left his morning show gig at Havre de Grace oldies outlet "The Point," WHGM, 1330 AM and 104.7 FM. Photo with Rouse and his new morning show gang at right.....

Bisnow Sells Media Biz - 5/16 - DC entrepreneur Mark Bisnow, 63, sold his Bisnow Media to a private-equity firm, NYC based Wicks Group, for an estimated $50 million. Bisnow and Ryan Begelman, who served as vice chairman and also owned part of the company, have left the business. The two built a multi-city enterprise that combined email newsletters with an events business centered on commercial real estate. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Welcome To DCRTV National - 5/16 - I launch a new national media news, commentary, and review site under the almost 20-year DCRTV brand - dcrtv.com/national. Doing what DCRTV's been doing in the DC and Baltimore area but expanding it to a national basis. Covering stuff like YouTube, Comcast, Amazon, Hulu, cord cutting, digital media, and how it all interfaces with politics and business. We'll have lots of cool newsblurbs, a mailbag, videos, and even a dedicated podcast page. More about dcrtv.com/national in today's "Dave TV".....


New: DCRTV National Media News Site - 5/16 - We've taken the DCRTV brand, with its DC and Baltimore regional media news, and given it a national focus. We've launched dcrtv.com/national that'll take a look at national issues affecting media giants like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Comcast, YouTube, Netflix, Disney, Amazon, and many more. We'll look a the role politics plays in the growth and changes of the media tech business. With topics like cord cutting, internet streaming, the decline of the traditional computer and print newspapers as we see the rise of the smart phone and tablet, and how the media is dealing with it all. And what's the future of broadcast TV and radio look like? We'll also have a lively mailbag, videos, lots of commentary, and a page dedicated to media-related podcasts and shows. And we'll be posting reviews of movies and shows. DCRTV has never been your oridinary local media news site. And we promise the same for dcrtv.com/national. Check it out.....

Merrill College Raising Funds For Political Coverage - 5/16 - The University Of Maryland's Philip Merrill College Of Journalism is currently in the midst of a fundraising campaign to help its student reporters travel to the political conventions this summer. Capital News Service is a student-powered news organization that covers issues of import to residents in the state of Maryland. CNS, celebrating 25 years of service to the state, has bureaus in Washington, Annapolis, and two in College Park (broadcast and digital). The money will help pay for housing, food, and other expenses. They've already reached their original goal of $10,000 and invite DCRTV readers to help reach the "stretch goal" of $15,000. To contribute and get more info, go to launch.umd.edu/project/2021.....

"Q&A" Eyes Holliday - 5/15 - Even though she recently took a producer job with MSNBC's "Hardball" show with Chair Matthews, DC media veteran Carol Joynt vows to continue with her "Q&A Cafe" restaurant-based interview series with local media personalities. And, she tells us, she's working with the Nationals' organization to line up DC DC sports and radio vet Johnny Holliday for a "Q&A" this summer. Departing from her normal venue, she hopes to tape the Holliday show at Nationals Park. Also, Joynt adds that she's planning a big 15th anniversary for the show in October.....

Changing Landscape For CapHill Pubs - 5/14 - Capitol Hill publications like the Hill, Roll Call, and National Journal, for decades a Beltway staple, are scrambling to compete in a shifting political landscape. At nytimes.com.....

MPT Prepares MD Veterans Documentary - 5/14 - Maryland Public Television Executive Producer Ken Day is completing work on the new three-hour documentary "Maryland Vietnam War Stories," which will premiere on three successive weeknight evenings - May 24, 25 and 26 - on MPT. Three years in the making, the film traces the chronology of the war through the personal stories of nearly 100 Maryland-area Vietnam veterans. The film's production team garnered 120 hours of footage from interviews with roughly 300 veterans from all military branches. A national version of the film, for distribution to public television stations across the country, will be available for airing immediately following the MPT premiere. Among his many MPT projects, Day is also the creator and executive producer of one of MPT's "Chesapeake Collectibles," now in its sixth season.....

Jean Battey Lewis Dies - 5/14 - Jean Battey Lewis, an arts journalist who oversaw the Washington Post's dance coverage for nearly 15 years and later worked for the Washington Times as its dance critic, died May 12 at her home in Chevy Chase. She was 91. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Maureen Bunyan To Be Honored By NCRTV - 5/13 - 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.....

Radio Ink Honors McMearty, Hess, Masteller - 5/13 - WTOP's Mike McMearty, WMAL's Bill Hess, and WBAL's Scott Masteller make trade pub Radio Ink's 2016 list of the 50 "Best Program Directors In America." At radioink.com.....

Trump Slams WaPo Owner Bezos - 5/13 - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has lashed out at Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos, claiming that the founder of Amazon.com was using his newspaper as a tool to influence corporate tax policy. Trump was responding to Post Associate Editor Bob Woodward's disclosure that the newspaper has assigned 20 reporters to investigate the real estate mogul's life. More at foxnews.com. Trump's antitrust attack on Jeff Bezos doesn't make much sense, so reports washingtonpost.com.....

Bones Reveals Nashville Hoax - 5/13 - Nationally-syndicated country radio morning man Bobby Bones, heard locally on iHeart's WMZQ, 98.7, reveals in a new book that created a hoax to win over listeners in his home market of Nashville. He writes that he "launched a massive negative PR campaign against myself to garner sympathy." Spending nearly $13,000 of his own money to put up billboards all over Nashville for three weeks with a message: "GO AWAY BOBBY BONES." More at washingtonpost.com.....

Robinson & Hines Start Real Estate Show On WCBM - 5/13 - Tom Robinson and Charles Hines head to Baltimore talker WCBM, 680, to do a real estate show, "Location, Location, Location With Tom And Charlie," at 11 PM on Saturday nights. On the May 14th show, the guests are Al Ingraham, CEO of the Greater Baltimore Board Of Realtors, and Craig Wolf, president of the Greater Baltimore Board Of Realtors. They're joined by a first-time home buyer from Laurel who talks about the buying process as she and her husband experienced it. Also, the hosts promise "some silly real estate news... from around the world." Robinson, a licensed real estate agent with Keller Williams in Virginia, has nearly 40 year of broadcast and media experience, having performed behind the mike at stations in Orlando, Atlanta, and DC. Hines has more than 40 years of time spent wandering around radio stations in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, San Diego, Oklahoma City, and Tulsa. He's worked for CBS, TM Century, and Arbitron. You can stream the show at wcbm.com, with podcasts coming soon.....

DCRTV Memories: Captain Dan & Johnny Holliday - 5/13 - From YouTube: "Captain Dan used to be a household name in the DC metro area, and Johnny Holiday used to be young! I remember Captain Dan visiting my school when I was in 5th or 6th grade. They passed out over-sized color postcards with Dan and his copter, with a pre-printed autograph".....


Pat Collins Celebrates 30 At 4 - 5/13 - Reporter Pat Collins joined Channel 4/WRC 30 years ago, in 1986. And the NBC station does a tribute at nbcwashington.com.....

FCC Rejects DC FMer On 103.1 - 5/12 - The Federal Communications Commission has revoked the Sincere Seven construction permit for a low-power FMer on 103.1, dubbed WOOK-LP, in DC citing multiple violations. More at radioinsight.com.....

Older news goes to DCRTV's News Archive. Older gossip and commentary items can be found on DCRTV's Rant page. Copyright Dave Hughes/DCRTV.....








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