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Evan Lambert To 5 - 6/23 - Evan Lambert (right) joins Fox's Channel 5/WTTG as a reporter. He comes from Tampa's WTVT-TV, another Fox-owned station. He will be seen on Fox 5 and Fox 5 Plus (sister Channel 20/WDCA) newscasts starting July 10. The DC native has also worked at TV stations in Orlando and Myrtle Beach. Lambert started his news career in 2009 at DC's Capital News Service Television.....

Chris Plante & Giuseppe Cecchi Talk To Andy Ockershausen - 6/23 - "Our Town," media veteran Andy Ockershausen's (right) podcast featuring DC area celebrities, including media, sports, community, and political figures, recently kicked off season two. Just up: An interview with WMAL talker Chris Plante. At ourtowndc.com. And DC real estate developer Giuseppe Cecchi. At ourtowndc.com. To subscribe go to ourtowndc.com. New episodes are released twice weekly, on Tuesday and Thursdays.....

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WaPo Uses Bot To Moderate Comments - 6/22 - The Washington Post introduces ModBot, a software application built in-house that utilizes artificial intelligence to moderate online comments. The proprietary technology uses machine learning to automatically filter comments that require human moderating, flag stories that require real-time monitoring, and approve or delete comments based on the Post's discussion policy. The technology evaluates comments using an algorithm that has been trained by the Post’s years-long history of human-moderated comments. ModBot has been assisting Post comment moderators since its launch on May 5 and the technology is currently evaluating all Washington Post comments. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Baker Voices Discovery Shows - 6/22 - DCRTV hears from DC and Baltimore area voice great Matt K. Baker who tells us that he's all over Discovery's nets with a new series called 'Nazi Desert Assault," which starts airing in July. As well as another series called "Incredible Inventions," and a bunch of promos, He's also doing radio imaging work at 96-5 in Norfolk in addition to doing commercials on Pandora Radio, among many other things. Check out Matt at mattspeaking.com.....

Rosemary Harold Gets New FCC Title - 6/22 - Rosemary Harold will be the new chief of the Enforcement Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission. She's an FCC veteran, having been former Republican Commissioner Rob McDowell's legal advisor for media and broadband and also deputy chief of the Media Bureau. Before that, Harold was a reporter and bureau chief of the Miami Herald and an editor at DC-based C-SPAN.....

Jurgensen To Scale Back Redskins Coverage - 6/21 - Washington Redskins legend Sonny Jurgensen will return to the Redskins Radio broadcast booth this fall for his 37th consecutive season. But he plans to do so on a limited basis, covering only home games. Jurgensen, who will turn 83 in August, shared his plans in a telephone interview with the Washington Post from his offseason home in Florida.....

4th Divorce For Rush - 6/21 - Conservative talk titan Rush Limbaugh's (right) fourth wife has been cheating on him with hunky young athletes - setting the stage for a $470 million divorce. Family insiders have exclusively blown the lid off the blockbuster scandal to RadarOnline.com, claiming the 66-year-old's wife, Kathryn, 40, is currently two-timing the media motormouth with a married man. "Kathryn has bounced around with a bunch of guys - mostly athletes," the source claimed. Locally, Rush is heard from noon to 3 PM on WMAL, WCBM, and WFMD.....

Bluegrass County Gone From 105.5 - 6/21 - As expected, Bluegrass Country got yanked off Bethesda's 105.5 yesterday, replaced with the Gamut, Hubbard's eclectic music channel. But that's only temporary. A new "tenant" is scheduled to start airing on low-power 105.5 come July 1. No word yet on who that will be. Bluegrass Country was sold earlier this year by WAMU to a local foundation and it can still be heard on WAMU's digital HD2 signal and at bluegrasscountry.org. The Gamut can also be heard on low-power 98.3 from Great Falls, 820 from Frederick, via WTOP's digital HD3 signals, and at thegamut.fm.....

WAMU Tops Latest Radio Ratings - 6/21 - Just one-tenth of a rating point separated WAMU and WTOP in the Washington market radio ratings for the "first week" of June. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WAMU, 2) WTOP, 3) WHUR, 4) WBIG and WGTS, 6) WMMJ, 7) WIHT, 8) WASH, 9) WPRS, 10) WMAL, 11) WMZQ, 12) WWDC and WKYS, 14) WPGC, 15) WIAD, 16) WJFK-FM and WRQX, 18) WETA-FM, 19) WPFW, 20) WLZL, 21) WTEM, 26) WAVA-FM, 28) WFMD and WACA, 30) WDCN, 31) WBQH and WOL and WAFY and WFRE and WDCH, 40) WTNT and WSPZ, 44) WFED and WWDCHD2. Stations in Baltimore, Hagerstown, Winchester, and Fredericksburg are not included in this list.....

New MD & WV Gigs For Don Brake - 6/19 - It looks like Don Brake, the former program director at Aloha Trust (managed by iHeart) country outlet WFRE, 99.9, in Frederick MD, has finished his six-month non-compete. And starting today can be heard on country WVMD, 100.1 The Wolf, in Cumberland MD. We hear that Brake is also doing afternoons at country WKKW, 97.9, in Morgantown WV, which is his hometown. No new program director was named to replace him at WFRE, we're told.....

Residents Fault WMAL Tower Site Sale Plan - 6/19 - Residents near WMAL's 630 AM tower site on Greentree Road in Bethesda complain that developer Toll Brothers is preserving fewer trees, generating more traffic, and leaving less usable open space than they'd like. Via hearings with the Montgomery County planning commission. WMAL owner Cumulus hopes to get $75 million from the developer's plan to put a mix of single family home and townhomes on the site, just off the Beltway. WMAL will move its AM transmitter site to further-out Germantown, which would cause a weaker signal for many. More at bethesdamagazine.com.....

Sarah Caldwell Leaves 11 - 6/18 - News anchor and reporter Sarah Caldwell (right) is leaving Channel 11/WBAL TV on June 23. No word on why she's leaving or where she's going. She writes on Facebook: "It is with a heavy heart and immeasurable gratitude that I announce my departure from WBAL-TV 11 Baltimore June 23. For the past 15 years, you have welcomed me into your homes and your hearts and embraced me and my boys from the start. You have accompanied me on a journey of discovery, both personally and professionally. It has always been a dream of mine to work in TV, ever since 5th grade. I am humbled by this extraordinary opportunity to work with the best team in the biz. Now, I look forward to a new chapter. I hope to spend the next week expressing my thanks to all of you! Much love." More as we hear it.....

WAMU Makes Evening Changes - 6/18 - Beginning Monday, June 19, American University news talker WAMU, 88.5, is making some program changes on weeknights. An edited one-hour version of Joshua Johnson's morning "1A" show will air at 8 PM. WAMU is moving its previous 8 PM line-up of shows to the 9 PM hour, including an additional airing of weekend shows like the "Ted Radio Hour" and "This American Life." On Tuesdays, the station is bringing back a one-hour special programming slot featuring limited-edition shows, podcasts, and special offerings like "Invisibilia." "On Point" will move an hour later to 10 PM, with "As It Happens" at 11 PM. And, at midnight, its "The World." More at wamu.org.....

Joshua Raiford To Program KYS - 6/16 - Joshua "J1" Raiford gets named program director at Urban One (formerly Radio One) urban contemporary outlet WKYS, 93.9. He comes from the company's Indianapolis radio cluster, where he was program director for two stations and a weekend air personality. "I'm humbled, honored and excited about this great opportunity. I thank God first and foremost, and I would also like to thank Jay Stevens, Jeff Wilson, and Kashon Powell for selecting me for this tremendous responsibility," Raiford says.....

Rick Wachtel Dies - 6/16 - Richard "Rick" Wachtel, founder and previous owner of Martinsburg WV news talker WRNR-AM, 740, has died. Wachtel, along with his brother Gregg, owned the station for 39 years before selling it in late 2015. More at journal-news.net.....

George Allen Talks To Andy Ockershausen - 6/15 - "Our Town," media veteran Andy Ockershausen's (right) podcast featuring DC area celebrities, including media, sports, community, and political figures, recently kicked off season two. Just up: An interview with George Allen, the former Virginia governor and senator who's the son of a great Redskins coach. At ourtowndc.com. To subscribe go to ourtowndc.com. New episodes are released twice weekly, on Tuesday and Thursdays.....

Rosenworcel Returns To FCC - 6/15 - Jessica Rosenworcel has being chosen by the White House as the Federal Communications Communication's second Democrat. That's a return to the Commission for her after the Trump Administration failed to OK her renomination in January, after she'd served for five years as a commissioner.....

SPJ Honors Dalglish - 6/14 - Lucy Dalglish, dean of the University Of Maryland's Philip Merrill College Of Journalism, picks up the Distinguished Service Award for "local journalism" from the SPJ-DC Professional Chapter. More at merrill.umd.edu.....

Josh Pollack Joins NAB - 6/14 - Josh Pollack joins the DC-based National Association Of Broadcasters as vice president of government relations. He replaces Jamie Gillespie who left NAB to work for 21st Century Fox. From 2012 to 2017, Pollack was special assistant to the president for legislative affairs in the Obama White House.....

WAMU Tops May Radio Ratings For DC - 6/13 - The Washington market radio ratuings for the month of May. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WAMU, 2) WTOP, 3) WHUR, 4) WBIG, 5) WMMJ, 6) WASH, 7) WIHT, 8) WPRS and WGTS, 10) WMAL, 11) WPGC and WMZQ, 13) WIAD, 14) WJFK-FM, 15) WWDC and WKYS, 17) WRQX, 18) WETA-FM, 19) WTEM, 20) WLZL, 23) WAVA-FM, 25) WFMD and WPFW, 29) WOL and WBQH and WACA, 32) WDCN, 33) WDCH and WFRE, 40) WILC and WHUR STREAM and WAFY and WSPZ and WKDV and WFED. Stations in Baltimore, Hagerstown, Winchester, and Fredericksburg are not included in this listing.....

WERQ & WWIN Top May Radio Ratings For Baltimore - 6/13 - The Baltimore market radio ratuings for the month of May. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WERQ and WWIN-FM, 3) WPOC< 4) WLIF, 5) WQSR, 6) WJZ-FM, 7) WIYY, 8) WWMX, 9) WZFT, 10) WYPR, 11) WBAL-AM, 12) WZBA, 13) WCBM, 14) WRBS-FM, 15) WCAO, 16) WBJC and WEAA, 18) WLIF HD2, 19) WWIN-AM, 20) WJZ-AM and WQLL, 21) WOLB and WWMX HD2. Stations in DC and Hagerstown not included in this listing.....

Bob Duckman Celebrates 50 Years In DC Area Radio - 6/13 - The Annapolis Capital Gazette profiles Bob Duckman (right) on the anniversary of his 50th year in DC area radio. In that time, he's never worked west of Rockville, north of Baltimore, south of Waldorf, or east of Easton. Duckman, who has worked at full-service news/talk/music WNAV in Annapolis since 2004, has also been heard on DC's WASH during its full-service adult contemporary Metromedia glory days in the 1970s, plus DC's then-adult contemporary WWDC, Rockville's contemporary hit WINX, and Waldorf/La Plata's oldies XTRA 104, WXTR. "Playing the music, picking the music... I'm an announcer at heart," Duckman says. "I still really love doing it. I'll grow up sometime, I guess".....

Larry Michael Talks To Andy Ockershausen - 6/13 - "Our Town," media veteran Andy Ockershausen's (right) podcast featuring DC area celebrities, including media, sports, community, and political figures, recently kicked off season two. Just up: An interview with Redskins Radio's Larry Michael at ourtowndc.com. To subscribe go to ourtowndc.com. New episodes are released twice weekly, on Tuesday and Thursdays.....

WMAL Marketing Vet Joins Best Bark - 6/12 - DC-based Best Bark Communications announced today that WMAL radio's former top marketing executive, Jory Stieber, has joined the company as vice president. Stieber's focus is to develop and grow Best Bark's portfolio of small and midsized businesses in the Washington and Annapolis area. He has spent a combined 20 years at WMAL and WTOP. Best Bark President Janice Ockershausen says, "I've worked with Jory as a colleague and as client for many years. I've always admired Jory’s work ethic, his confidence and understanding of the industry and his wonderful, proactive style with those he serves. He's always been one step ahead of me in client services and I've come to rely on his instincts and knowledge. I was chomping at the bit to get him to join my communications company".....

Cumulus Near Financial Collapse - 6/12 - The New York Post reports that Cumulus Media, which owns DC news talker WMAL and hot adult contemporary WRQX, is on "the brink of a total collapse".....

WaPo Launches Lily - 6/12 - The Washington Post launches the Lily, a new publication for women that curates Post content and presents it on distributed web platforms, such as Medium, Facebook, and Instagram. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Ken Merson To Program SiriusXM's 60s On 6 - 6/12 - Baltimore and DC radio veteran Ken Merson (right) is the new program director for SiriusXM's 60s On 6 channel. "This is the dream job of my lifetime," the Merson Person tells DCRTV. "I'm looking forward to the creative challenges that lie ahead and teaming with top-notch on-air talents Phlash Phelps, Pat St. John, Dave Hoeffel, Mike Kelly, and Cousin Brucie." He adds, "After memorable on-air stops at 68 WCBM during the Metromedia days, B104/WBSB, Mix 106.5/WWMX, WQSR, WLIF (twice) all Baltimore, 94-7 Fresh FM/WIAD Washington DC, and SiriusXM's 50s On 5, I'm genuinely thrilled to once again be stationed at SiriusXM’s Washington DC's 1500 Eckington Place NE complex effective today. Monday, June 12".....

VOA Cuts Interview With China Critic - 6/11 - From cnbc.com: A dispute over why the DC-based Voice Of America abruptly shut down an interview with a vocal critic of Beijing is raising questions about whether Chinese leadership influenced the US broadcaster. On April 19, taxpayer-funded VOA cut short a live interview with Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui and subsequently put five of its own journalists on administrative leave. "I suspect somebody caved in to the Chinese government's demand, because the timing itself was very suspicious," one of those journalists, Mandarin Service Chief Sasha Gong, told CNBC. "Someone very, very powerful must be very, very afraid of this. Otherwise, nothing makes sense." Gong said Chinese authorities met with VOA's Beijing correspondent two days ahead of the April 19 interview and asked for its cancellation. VOA management then asked Gong to cancel the interview, or at least to shorten it to 15 minutes, she said. Gong said management declined to cancel the interview in writing before it began, but then abruptly pulled the plug one hour and 19 minutes into the live conversation.....

DCRTV Job Ads - 6/9 - The latest DCRTV Job Ads include Baltimore's WCBM is looking for a board op. A sales account cxecutive sought by an Annapolis full-service radio station. And a region manager, client solutions support for Comcast Spotlight, the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable.....

Rose Previte To Host WETA's "Check Please!" - 6/9 - Local restauranteur Rose Previte has been named host of Channel 26/WETA's new "Check Please!" show. She will begin filming the first episode of the restaurant review series at the WETA studios in Arlington the week of June 12. Previte is the owner of the Compass Rose restaurant, which has been named to many Washington DC best restaurant lists upon its opening in 2014. She holds a master's degree in public policy from George Mason University and is married to NPR "Morning Edition" co-host David Greene.....

Tom Miner To WGTS - 6/9 - Tom Miner (right) joins Christian contemporary WGTS. 91.9. According to a station announcement, "Tom brings his many years of broadcast experience and knowledge of the District Of Columbia to the afternoon drive shift and will work side-by-side with Johnny and Stacey Stone. He also will provide the Millennial perspective to WGTS 91.9's on-air content, events, and listener engagement strategy." At the age of 22, he has eight years of broadcast experience with organizations such as WGTS, Christian FM Media Group, and on-air television experience with Fox 46 in Charlotte.....

Sinclair Drops Nielsen - 6/9 - Baltimore-based Sinclair, which just bought Tribune's stable of TV stations, is dropping Nielsen as its ratings provider and going "exclusively" with conScore in 2018. Tom Taylor Now tells us that it's a major defection for Nielsen. Locally, Sinclair owns Channel 7/WJLA, Channel 50/WDCW, NewsChannel 8, and Channel 45/WBFF. It operates Channel 24/WUTB and Channel 54/WNUV.....

WHGM Gets Sold - 6/9 - Havre de Grace MD's WHGM, 1330 AM, gets sold by a group headed by CRS Radio Holdings. The buyer is local resident Jeff Davis and his Imperial Broadcasting. WHGM runs DC-Baltimore radio veteran Jason Kidd's Smash Hits newer oldies format and is expected to continue to do so after the sale. WHGM is also heard on low-power FM signals in the northeastern Baltimore suburbs, including 104.7 and 107.5. Sale price $405,214.....

Nathan Baca Joins 7 - 6/7 - Nathan Baca (right) joins Channel 7/WJLA as an investigating reporter for its "On Your Side" unit. He'll cover "government waste" issues. Baca comes from WBNS-TV in Columbus, Ohio, where he's reported on government, court, and police issues. Before WBNS, he worked at TV statuions in Las Vegas and Palm Springs.....

WAMU Tops Latest Radio Ratings - 6/7 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "third week" of May. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WAMU, 2) WTOP, 3) WHUR, 4) WBIG, 5) WMMJ, 6) WASH and WIHT, 8) WPRS, 9) WMAL, 10) WPGC and WGTS, 12) WIAD, 13) WMZQ, 14) WJFK-FM, 15) WWDC, 16) WKYS, 17) WRQX, 18) WETA-FM, 19) WTEM, 20) WLZL, 24) WAVA-FM, 26) WPFW, 28) WBQN and WOL and WACA, 34) WDCH and WDCN, 38) WMET and WSPZ and WFED and WFRE and WFMD and WAFY. Stations in Baltimore, Hagerstown, Winchester, and Fredericksburg are not included in this list.....

Sinclair 1st In TV Revenue - 6/7 - Baltimore-based Sinclair now tops all TV station groups in advertising spot revenue with the acquisition of Tribune, moving from fourth to first. Locally, Sinclair owns or controls Channel 45/WBFF, Channel 24/WUTB, Channel 54/WNUV, Channel 7/WJLA, NewsChannel 8, and Channel 50/WDCW. More at tvnewscheck.com.....

Dude Walker Does Golf Channel Promo - 6/7 - DC and Baltimore area voice legend Dude Walker updates us on his latest work. He was announcer at a recent National Catholic Prayer Breakfast featuring Vice President Mike Pence. Dude also did a "fun piece" for Golf Channel (below) as the intro to the tournament at Sawgrass in Florida. As the voice of a 300-year-old tree! In addition, he recently headed over to Chuck Levin's Music Center in Wheaton to be on a panel of voiceover professionals, sponsored by TIVA-DC to help aspiring voice actors. And he starts work again soon on his second season voicing "Dead Silent" on Investigation Discovery. More at dudewalker.com.....


Tom Kierein Leaves 4 - 6/6 - After news broke last week that he's put his area home up for sale, meteorologist Tom Kierein (right) is leaving Channel 4/WRC. He announces on Twitter: "After 34 years I'm retiring from #NBC4DC June 22, been an honor & privilege to be a part of a great legacy and to serve you. All the best!" More from www.washingtonpost.com: Kierein, who is an outdoorsman, said he is moving to Colorado, where he has many family and friends. "I've seen and done everything I want to do in Washington," he told the Post. "I'm going to explore the West, using Colorado as my base".....

Silverberg's Got A New Book Out - 6/5 - Former WTOP news reporter Hank Silverberg has penned a new work of fiction, "The Campaign," featuring a war with Iran, a dying president, and a grueling election campaign. "I wanted to show the vital role journalists play as government watchdogs protecting our freedom and democracy while at the same time entertaining readers” says Silverberg, an award-winning journalist for four decades. A native of New England, he has lived in Virginia for more than 20 years. His first book, "If The Log Rolls Over," was published in 2005. His second, "News Of War," the prequel to "The Campaign," was published in 2007. The book is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.....

CBS Radio Launches Programs For Vets On 1580 - 6/5 - CBS Radio is launching a web and radio service geared to helping America's military veterans. The new website, connectingvets.com will be "a national, multi-media resource linking military veterans and their families to relevant information, resources, solutions and, most importantly, each other," according to a CBS Radio announcement. "It will cover such important topics as health and fitness, employment and entrepreneurialism, education, finance, and issues particularly impacting female veterans and veterans' families. Programming is easily accessible online at connectingvets.com and radio.com, with audio on-demand available at connectingvets.com/podcasts, and programming on-air in Washington DC on local station WJFK-AM 1580." Says CBS Radio's Steve Swenson, who is the company's DC market manager: "This new resource is a testament and a dedication to the selfless acts of US veterans and all they do to ensure our freedoms and our very way of life... We have created a streamlined, solutions-based product that will provide our vets with immediate and easy access to all of their available resources, and to their fellow veterans. We're confident that together with our partners this dedicated resource will become a go-to source for our nation's heroes and those around them." DC radio veteran Chas Henry, who worked for CBS's now-defunct all-newser WNEW, 99.1, will be managing editor of the new venture.....

Laura Evans Slams Article, Says Reporter Misquoted Her - 6/5 - Former Channel 5/WTTG news anchor and reporter Laura Evans (right) tells us an article that appeared in late May in the Prince William County news site potomaclocal.com claiming she said "morale is at an all time low" in the news department at WTTG, has been taken down. She writes to DCRTV: "You need to know the attention grabbing headline, which claimed I said 'morale is at an all time low' is 100% inaccurate... and the tone of the article was an inaccurate representation of my talk... I followed up with the Potomac Local reporter who wrote the original article, letting him know he misquoted me, and that the tone of his article was highly negative and inaccurately reflected my speech, which had little to do with the station. I asked him to change the headline to make it accurate. He reviewed the video of my speech and not only realized his headline was wrong but that in fact the tone didn't fairly and accurately represent my talk. So he deleted the article in its entirety".....

Fred Manfra Says Goodbye To Orioles Radio - 6/5 - On Sunday evening, Fred Manfra called his final radio game for the Baltimore Orioles and got a standing ovation from fans. He's heading to Florida for an early retirement dictated by health problems. Manfra's been in the Orioles radio broadcast booth since 1993. More at baltimoresun.com.....

Wayne Wood Dies - 6/2 - From Steve Handelsman's Facebook page: "RIP Wayne Wood (right), ace cameraman, with whom I worked far too infrequently at NBC, but whom I IDOLIZED as an intern at WTTG in 1973. Wayne, always sweet, well usually, had savvy and swagger. He let me go out with his 3-person crew (!) and, when, playing with his film camera, I forgot to turn it off and burned thru all of his film, forcing him to do a fast magazine change when news broke, Wayne Wood looked at me and just cocked his head. Later that same day, he set up to shoot a porn shop on 14th Street. The guy inside came charging out. When he got close, Wayne warned, 'Don't touch.' But the guy slammed the lens, jamming the camera into Wayne's eye. Still rolling, Wayne kicked the guy in the balls. Down he went. Rubbing his eye, Wayne said, softly, 'I said don't touch.' So cool. An intellectual. A sharp dresser. A horseman. Wayne Wood." More as we hear it.....

Craig Chambers Leaves WZBA - 6/2 - DCRTV hears that Craig Chambers is leaving his on-air and program director gigs at Baltimore classic rocker WZBA, 100.7 The Bay, to head back to his home town of San Antonio. We're told that his wife took a new job there and it's an amicable departure.....

Ginder & Cooley Leaving WETA-FM - 6/2 - David Ginder and Marilyn Cooley are leaving classical WETA-FM, 90.9. According to a staff memo from Dan DeVany, vice president and general manager of WETA-FM: "David and Marilyn share a deep love for the great outdoors and, specifically, the Colorado Rockies. They have both hoped that one day they would live and work in that beautiful part of the country. That day has arrived. David will be joining the on-air staff of Colorado Public Radio, while Marilyn pursues free-lance opportunities in the Denver area." He adds: "Our listeners know David and Marilyn as bedrocks of Classical WETA. Their daily on-air presence, their expertise at interviewing classical artists, their professionalism and zeal during on-air fundraising, their work in Washington's cultural community and their countless behind-the-scenes contributions to the operation of the station, have been central to the sound and the spirit of Classical WETA." Ginder's last day is June 6th, while Cooley's is June 9th.....

Emilie Voss Joins FCPD - 6/2 - The Fairfax County Police Department's Media Relations Bureau now features two former broadcast journalists at the helm. This week, Emilie Voss (right), a former television evening news anchor at WTOL-TV in Toledo, Ohio, joined the FCPD as the deputy director of the Media Bureau. Before WTOL, Voss anchored the news in Palm Springs, California, Lansing, Michigan, and Grand Junction, Colorado. Voss joins Julie Parker, the bureau director, who joined the department last September. Parker spent five years as the Media Relations Division director for the Prince George's County Police Department and was a reporter with Channel 7/WJLA before that. More at fcpdnews.wordpress.com.....

WAMU Tops DC Radio Ratings - 5/31 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "second week" of May. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WAMU, 2) WTOP, 3) WHUR, 4) WBIG, 5) WASH, 6) WMMJ, 7) WIHT, 8) WPRS, 9) WMZQ and WGTS, 11) WMAL, 12) WPGC and WWDC and WJFK-FM and WIAD, 16) WKYS, 17) WRQX, 18) WTEM and WETA-FM, 22) WLZL and WAVA-FM, 25) WPFW, 28) WOL, 29) WBQH and WACA and WDCN. Baltimore, Hagerstown, Winchester, and Fredericksburg stations are not included in this listing.....

Sad State Of American TV News - 5/31 - I look at the sad state of American TV news with today's news that CBS is canning Scott Pelley as anchor of the "CBS Evening News." I also look at Mike James selling his excellent NewsBlues TV news site.....


Tom Rogan To Examiner - 5/30 - Tom Rogan joins the political commentary team at the Washington Examiner. He's a DC-based writer who specializes in foreign policy. Rogan has previously written for National Review Online, the Daily Telegraph, Opportunity Lives, the Washington Post, the Daily Beast, the Atlantic, and CNN. He was a panelist and producer on "The McLaughlin Group" from 2014 to 2016, and is a frequent guest on Fox News and the BBC.....

Former WTTG News Anchor Does NOVEC Ad - 5/30 - Former Channel 5/WTTG news anchor Brian Bolter, who has been running two wine bars in Annapolis since he left DC's Fox 5, is now doing an ad for Northern Virginia electric co-op NOVEC. He plays a NOVEC employee named "Michael".....


Frank Deford Dies - 5/30 - From npr.org: "Through nearly four decades, at least five presidential administrations and seemingly countless Super Bowls and World Series, NPR listeners could depend on at least one thing in the ever-unpredictable world of athletics: Frank Deford. A mainstay on 'Morning Edition,' the Hall Of Fame sportswriter was public radio's scholar of sports for some 37 years before hanging up his cleats earlier this year. Deford died Sunday [May 28] at the age of 78 at his home in Key West, Florida, his wife confirmed to NPR. He leaves behind an astonishing 1,656 commentaries for NPR." The Baltimore native also did sports commentaries forSports Illustrated and HBO's "Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel".....

More: Snyder Sells Radio Stations - 5/26 - Matt Terl, in the Washington City Paper, looks at how Redskins owner Dan Snyder is selling his sports talk radio stations in the DC area.....

Laura Evans: Low Morale At 5 - 5/26 - Former Channel 5/WTTG news anchor and reporter Laura Evan (right) says that morale is at an "all-time low" at DC's Fox station. She tells a gathering of business leaders in Prince William County that, while she worked "every possible shift you could imagine," over time it got old. "I started feeling like we're telling the same stories over and over again, feeling restless and feel like I needed change, but I didn't want what that change was," Evans says, according to potomaclocal.com. The addition of a "board of shame," an application that monitored and tallied how many times reporters produced content on social media, and how many likes and shares the content received, helped to spawn bad blood in the newsroom. When she told her bosses that the app pitted co-workers against each other, she said they liked the affect because it spurred competition. However, when she left Channel 5 in December, she wept. "I went home crying, my child said 'why are you crying.' And then I said 'I left my dream job'," says Evans who worked at WTTG 18 years - anchoring from the news desk, working in the field, and producing news segments. She's just started working at a new marketing and public relations firm. "It's great to be speaking not in front of a teleprompter, not on contract, and not wearing false eyelashes," Evans told a group of about 50 people gathered for a "meet the media" event held by the Prince William Chamber Of Commerce.....

Albie Dee Expands Presence In Salisbury - 5/25 - DCRTV hears that DC and Baltimore radio veteran Albie Dee has been promoted to the position of operations manager of Adams Radio Group's Salisbury/Ocean City cluster. He will continue with afternoon drive hosting and program director duties of WOCQ, OC104.....

Chris Berry To Head News & Talk For iHeart - 5/24 - Chris Berry becomes senior vice president for news, talk, and sports programming at iHeartMedia. Also, he will continue to serve as senior vice president and general manager for NBC News Radio and the 24/7 News Network. Berry brings more than 30 years of spoken word programming experience to his new position, including as the head honcho of DC news talk WMAL, back when it was owned by ABC. He's also been general manager for news for ABC News Radio in New York City.....

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Joe Madisons Signs New SiriusXM Deal - 5/23 - DC radio veteran Joe Madison (right) has signed a new multi-year contract with SiriusXM. "Joe Madison The Black Eagle" will continue to air daily on SiriusXM's Urban View channel 126 from 6 AM to 10 AM. Madison broadcasts from SiriusXM's studios in DC, focusing on national politics, policing, and race relations concerning the African American community.....

Bluegrass Country Loses 105.5 - 5/23 - Bluegrass Country will be losing its Bethesda-based low-power 105.5 analog signal on June 21. According to a statement at bluegrasscounry.org, "The 105.5 FM signal is owned by a third party with whom were unable, despite our best efforts, to reach a contract agreement going forward." The Americana bluegrass and folk music service will continue to be heard on WAMU 88.5's digital HD2 signal, streaming at bluegrasscountry.org, and via its apps for iOS and Android devices. "About two thirds of our listeners already hear our broadcast via HD and the internet," the statement adds. "While the loss of 105.5 FM is frustrating, we remain in business and are committed to bringing you the bluegrass and roots music you love to hear." American University's WAMU turned over operation of its Bluegrass Country operation to the locally-based and newly-formed Bluegrass Country Foundation earlier this year. At that time, WAMU also said that it would eventually drop BGC from its digital signal, but apparently that move has been delayed.....

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