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Support DCRTV In 2017 - 1/22 - Did you help support DCRTV in 2016? It's not too late to help keep your favorite local media news and commentary website running strong into 2017. Make your donation $39 or more and get a full year of access (including extensions and renewals) to totally revised DCRTV Plus 2.0, the best place to find nostalgic and historical stuff about DC and Baltimore radio and TV. 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. Just added to Plus: Memories from dozens of smaller AM stations throughout the years in the DC-Baltimore area, including WAYE, WYRE, WFMD, WPIK, WPRW, WLMD, WSID, WUST, WDON, WFAX, WPWC, WANN, WARL, WEBB, and more. A tribute page for longtime Baltimore TV newsman and talk radio host Ron Smith, a memory page for sports talker WJFK, which used to be an easy listening outlet and carried Howard Stern for many years, plus a new photo page for legendary DC rocker DC101.....

Mailbag: More Cuts At ESPN 980 - 1/21 - From DCRTV's Saturday Mailbag: "Via Steve Czaban's announcement on his radio show, and various tweets, it looks like you can add a few more names to the list of those axed from 980. All of the 'Sports Reporters' guest hosts are done, and will no longer appear. Looks like that includes Thom Loverro, Chris Knoche, Gary Williams, and Steve Buckhantz, and maybe others. Also, update anchor Tim Shovers was let go. So that's a total of four full time on air people, and all of their major non-Redskins contributors. It's a burgundy and gold bloodbath at ESPN 980." A post on DCRTV Twitter page: "Scott Linn is joining Czaban starting Monday. But he made clear no more guests".....

Ajit Pai To Head FCC - 1/21 - Ajit Pai, a Republican Federal Communications Commission commissioner, is expected to be nominated by President Trump as the next chairman of the FCC. Pai would succeed Tom Wheeler in the top post. Pai has opposed the FCC's adoption of net neutrality and privacy rules. More at variety.com.....

Dave TV: Why Is Andy Pollin Leaving ESPN 980? Are More Changes Coming To WMAL? - 1/20 - Andy Pollin's out at WTEM, ESPN 980. What's up with that? My take on this big sports talker radio change. Did the ratings do him in or was it something else - like a budget cut? Will Andy end up at another station like WTOP or WJFK or maybe Comcast SportsNet? Plus, is a big change also coming to righty news talker WMAL? Are the changes they made in early January just the first round? In today's "Dave TV".....


CSN Ends Ravens Deal - 1/20 - Bethesda-based Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic will not renew its media rights agreement with the Baltimore Ravens. The decision signals the end of Ravens-specific programming, including preseason games, pre- and postgame shows and "Training Camp Daily," on CSN. The network and the Ravens have had a partnership since 2010. CSN still has a media rights partnership with the Redskins, which is a longer-running and more comprehensive arrangement than the one the network had with the Ravens for the past seven seasons. More at washingtonpost.com.....

More Cuts At ESPN 980 - 1/20 - Apparently, Andy Pollin's departure is part of a wave of budget cuts at Redskins owner Dan Snyder's ESPN 980, WTEM. We're now hearing that Nick Ashooh and Tim Murray are also leaving. More coming? Stay tuned.....

Trump Plans Public TV & Radio Cuts - 1/20 - Tom Taylor Now tells us that new President Donald Trump's budget-in-progress aims to privatize the Corporation For Public Broadcasting, and completely eliminate the National Endowment For The Arts And National Endowment For The Humanities. Which do funding for both public radio and TV programs. More at thehill.com.....

Andy Pollin Out Of ESPN 980 - 1/20 - DCRTV hears that Andy Pollin is gone from Red Zebra sports talker ESPN 980, WTEM. "The greatest ride of my life has ended," Pollin writes on Twitter. "Two months short of 25 years, I have not been renewed and have just done my last show at ESPN 980." Pollin and Steve Czaban had been doing the afternoon "Sports Reporters" show on Redskins owner Dan Snyder's station. With Pollin's contract due to expire in February. "I'm not in any way bitter about this," Pollins tells washingtonpost.com. "I'm disappointed that it wouldn't continue. I thought Czabe and I were humming along there in our second run, but it didn't happen. That's life." In 1992, Pollin was there for the launch of WTEM and has held a number of management and on-air jobs ever since.....

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WRC Reveals Inaugural Plans - 1/19 - This will be Jim Vance and Doreen Gentzler's seventh inauguration together. And this year on Channel 4/WRC, Charlie Brotman will be joining them covering the inaugural parade beginning at approximately 2 PM. Local on-air coverage begins with "News4 Today" at 4:30 AM. Jim Handly, Wendy Rieger, and other "News4" anchors and reporters will be hosting an inaugural "streamcast" live from 7 AM to 2 PM on nbcwashington.com, via the NBCWashington app, and via WRC's 4.2 subchannel. And on Saturday, "News4" will provide coverage of the Women's March via TV, the app, and the NBC station's social media channels.....

Merrill's CNS Gears Up For Inauguration - 1/19 - The University Of Maryland Philip Merrill College Of Journalism's student-powered Capital News Service will be providing "blanket coverage" of Donald Trump's inauguration festivities Thursday and Friday and Saturday's Women's March on Washington protests. "We are flooding the zone with Capital News Service reporters, photographers and broadcasters for the presidential inauguration, said CNS DC Bureau Chief Jim Carroll. "All will be covering an historic day in the nation’s history: the peaceful transfer of power from one president to another. CNS continues to build on its more-than-quarter-century-old mission to bring important and timely journalism to its readers and clients." You can follow along on the CNS website at cnsmaryland.org.as well as the CNS YouTube page. More at merrill.umd.edu.....

Classical WETA-FM Launches App - 1/18 - WETA-FM, 90.9, celebrates the 10th anniversary of its re-launch as an all-classical music station with the unveiling of the new Classical WETA App, available now via iTunes, Google Play, and at classicalweta.org. The app, featuring music, arts, and cultural resources currently found on-air and online, "allows instant availability via mobile devices in just a few simple taps," according to a announment from the station. WETA-FM claims to be "the most listened to classical music radio station in the United States".....

MPT Carries PBS Kids - 1/18 - Maryland Public Television adds the PBS Kids channel to its lineup of subchannels via its stations around the state. PBS Kids is one of four stations now available as part of MPT's lineup, along with MPT-HD, MPT2/Create, and Japan's NHK World. MPT's PBS Kids is available via over-the-air on channels 22.3, 28.3, 31.3, 36.3, 62.3, and 67.3. It's also on Comcast 269, Verizon Fios 481, and on more than a dozen other cable and satellite providers. MPT also offers PBS Kids programs on its free MPT App, available for Android and Apple/iOS devices.....

Westwood One News Gears Up For Inauguration - 1/18 - Westwood One News announces its coverage of the Trump Inauguration. On Friday, January 20, live long-form coverage will begin at 11:30 AM anchored by Chas Henry with reports from correspondents Bob Costantini at the Capitol and Steve Kastenbaum across from the reviewing stand at the White House. Westwood One News will provide a feed of the inauguration ceremonies, swearing-in, and address, plus special reports from 11 AM to 4 PM. There will also be a three-minute wrap-up report on all of the day's activities with Costantini, Kastenbaum, and Jim Roope. There will also be coverage of all Inaugural-related activities, including the concert the night before and the Inaugural Balls. Correspondents will also be on hand to cover any significant protests that may develop.....

Sponsored: DeMaurice Smith Talks To Thom Loverro - 1/18 - In the latest "Cigars & Curveballs" podcast with DC sports journalism veteran Thom Loverro, NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith talks about the challengers of running a union for football players, safety issues, TV concerns and lengthening the NFL season. "Cigars & Cuveballs" is available for download free on iTunes and Google Play at apple.co.....

WaPo Launches 3 CapHill Newsletters - 1/17 - The Washington Post is expanding its PowerPost team with plans to launch three new daily newsletters in areas critical to the incoming Trump administration and Congress. Modeled after Daily 202, the newsletters will cover the financial services sector, as well as economic and healthcare policy, along with energy and environmental policy. In addition to adding reporters, PowerPost will be hiring a deputy editor and a researcher to help support the expansion. More at washingtonpost.com.....

7 Announces Inaugural Coverage Plans - 1/17 - Sinclair-owned Channel 7/WJLA announces its plans for Inauguration Day. Come January 20, Jonathan Elias and Alison Starling will lead the ABC affiliate's coverage from the Canadian Embassy at 5th and Pennsylvania, NW, with Michelle Marsh anchoring from WJLA's studios in Arlington. More than 20 reporters will be spread across the city, from the Capitol, down the inaugural parade route along the National Mall, to the White House. After the parade, WJLA's team of reporters will provide coverage of the inaugural parties and the protests.....

Kirsten Berset Faces Cancer Again - 1/17 - Channel 9/WUSA anchor Kristen Berset is battling a second round of breast cancer, according to wusa9.com. "The prognosis is great, but it will require me to step away from the anchor desk for several weeks as I undergo treatment," she said during yesterday's 6 PM newscast.....

Dave TV: My Life In About 7 Minutes - 1/17 - As DCRTV approaches its 20th anniversary later this year, I get numerous requests to talk about why I've devoted so much time to this site and my love for local media, especially radio and TV. So, I made this quick seven-minute video to try to explain my background and history and how DCRTV came to be. One thing I did leave out - working at NPR outlet WMRA while at James Madison University in Harrisonburg VA.....


Ingraham Eyes VA Senate Run - 1/17 - DC-based nationally syndicated conervative talker and Donald Trump supporter Laura Ingraham says she's thinking about running for the US Senate in Virginia, challenging Hillary Clinton's running mate, current Virginia Senator Tim Kaine. Apparently, her team has already reserved a number of domain names, including IngrahamSenate.net, Ingraham2018.com, and IngrahamForVirginia.com. If she runs, she'll have to give up her radio show.....

Trump Eyes Adding Talk Radio & Bloggers To Press Corps - 1/17 - Tom Taylor Now tells us that radio talk hosts are likely gain more prominence at the Trump White House. There are plans to possibly relocate the press corps out of the White House to the Old Executive Office Building, or elsewhere. Part of the thinking is the chance to, according to a Trump spokesperson, "involve more people, be more transparent, have more accessibility" compared to the 49-seat West Wing press briefing room. And that could include "a lot of talk radio and bloggers." Taylor adds that the press corps is pushing back against an ouster from the West Wing.....

C-SPAN Simulcasts O'Connor - 1/16 - DC-based C-SPAN features a video simulcast of Larry O'Connor's show from WMAL today. From 3 PM to 6 PM.....

Ockershausen Talks To Brotman - 1/16 - DC media veteran Andy Ockershausen (right), a third-generation Washingtonian who has worked for the Evening Star Broadcast Group, the old WMAL-TV, WMAL radio, Channel 50/WDCW, and, most recently, Comcast/NBC Universal, last fall launched a podcast, "Our Town," with local personalies. Including media figures, politicans and community leaders, sports heroes, business and charitable influencers, and many more. Ockershausen's latest interview is with Charlie Brotman, the longtime official Inaugural Parade announcer who won't be doing that this year. Each half-hour podcast, which is recorded at WMAL, can be heard at ourtowndc.com.....

Crowley Drops Out Of Trump Administration - 1/16 - The Washington Post is reporting that former Fox News contributor and Washington Times editor Monica Crowley has opted out as a spokesperson for the Trump administration due to allegations of plagiarism in her new book.....

Trump Planning Big Changes At FCC - 1/16 - Tom Taylor Now tells us that the Trump transition team has agreed on a fundamental makeover of the Federal Communications Commission. "That could mean stripping away the agency's competition and consumer protection functions, handing those watchdog chores to another agency like the Federal Trade Commission." Some favor the "traffic cop" model of regulation, where the FCC would mostly ensure that frequencies were handed out efficiently. Taylor adds that "Republicans in Congress clearly haven't liked the Obama FCC's notions about net neutrality - keeping the internet open to all on the same basis)." The GOP also dislikes Chair Tom Wheeler's tough attitude toward television joint sales agreements. "What does it mean for radio, which is mostly regulated by the Audio Division branch of the Media Bureau, and the Enforcement Bureau? As with other Trump-era takeovers, buckle up for potential significant changes - the most in generations," Taylor adds.....

Bill Plante Joins WaPo Inauguration Coverage - 1/14 - The Washington Post will host live coverage of President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday, January 20, beginning at 9 AM. It will be streamed on the Post's website, its national news app, and via Facebook and YouTube. The day-long broadcast will be anchored by Ed O'Keefe and Elise Viebeck from the Post's new outdoor set at its K Street headquarters. Bill Plante, retired CBS White House correspondent who has covered every inauguration since 1977, will offer commentary and historical analysis. The Post will have two live blogs running during the day, one focused on providing updates on logistics, security, and the crowd. The second live blog will offer political analysis, historical background, and context as events unfold.....

WaPo Expands Video Team - 1/13 - The Washington Post says that it is expanding its video team with the addition of 30 positions - with a full staff of more than 70. The Post adds that its annual website-based video views grew 139% in 2016. More at washingtonpost.com.....

NC8 To Show MLK Parade - 1/13 - Sinclair's NewsChannel 8 will show DC's Martin Luther King Jr. Parade on Monday, January 16, from noon to 2 PM. Sam Ford, a news veteran of NC8's sister, Channel 7/WJLA, will serve as parade emcee and broadcast host. The parade will begin at 2700 MLK Avenue, SE, and continue to Anacostia Park.....

Cox Signs Up For WaPo's Nat'l Weekly - 1/13 - The Washington Post's National Weekly, with analysis of politics, policy, national and world events, lifestyle, and arts coverage, has partnered with the Cox Media Group. With this deal, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Austin American-Statesman, Cox Media Group Ohio (the Dayton Daily News, the Journal-News, and the Springfield News-Sun), the Palm Beach Post, and the Palm Beach Daily will feature the electronic version of the National Weekly via their websites. More at washingtonpost.com.....

45 Cuts Karen Campbell - 1/13 - Reporter Karen Campbell is reportedly among cuts Sinclair has made at Baltimore's Channel 45/WBFF, where she's been working since October 2015. Before that, she'd been at cross-town Channel 11/WBAL, Harrisonburg's Channel 3/WHSV, and Salisbury's Channel 16/WBOC.....

MPT To Air Potomac Documentary - 1/13 - Maryland Public Television will broadcast the new documentary "Keeping The Potomac: The Politics Of Water" on Tuesday, January 24, at 7:30 PM. Produced by graduate film students at American University's School Of Communication’s Center For Environmental Filmmaking, the film examines efforts of three local river keepers to hold polluters accountable along the Potomac River watershed. The film looks at efforts to stem agricultural nutrient pollution along the Shenandoah River in Virginia and West Virginia, a major tributary to the Potomac; a pipeline in Allegany County that pumps effluent from a Westernport wastewater treatment plant into the upper Potomac River; and coal ash disposal ponds at Possum Point Power Plant in Dumfries, Virginia and their impact on the lower Potomac. Mike English, MPT senior executive producer, served as executive producer on the project.....

Cox Might Drop 9 - 1/13 - It looks like Tegna's Channel 9/WUSA, DC's CBS affiliate, could go missing from Cox, which has cable TV systems in Fairfax County and the Fredericksburg area. Another dispute over carriage fees. More at wusa9.com.....

Lucas & Hastings To Host NC8 Middays - 1/12 - Sinclair announces that veteran NewsChannel 8 journalists Dave Lucas and Melanie Hastings (right) will anchor the Washington-area cable news station's new midday show, which launches February 1 at 11 AM. Both are original NC8 anchors who have been with the channel since it launched in 1991.....

Sponsored: Charlie Brotman Talks To Thom Loverro - 1/12 - Charlie Brotman is a Washington legend who has been the presidential inaugural parade announcer since 1957 - from Eisenhower to Obama. But Donald Trump has "fired" Charlie, which has created a controversy known as "paradegate," as people are outraged about the decision. In the latest "Cigars & Curveballs" podcast with DC sports journalism veteran Thom Loverro. Available for download free on iTunes and Google Play at apple.co.....

Bezos Buys DC's Biggest House - 1/12 - Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post, pays $23 million for the largest house in DC. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Ratings Up For "Full Measure" - 1/12 - Sinclair is touting a ratings rise for Channel 7/WJLA's Sunday morning political talker, "Full Measure With Sharyl Attkisson." The program is shown on many Sinclair stations nationwide and has seen a 76% rise in total household viewership in the past year. With a 116% jump in the key age 25-to-54 demographic. Also, according to Sinclair release, "Full Measure" is "now regularly outperforming cable news outlets such as CNN, MSNBC, HLN, and CNBC based on viewership data in the 81 markets where the program is seen." On average, the WJLA produced show is now now seen in nearly 700,000 homes on a weekly basis.....

DePuyt Leaves Sinclair's NC8, Lucas Staying - 1/12 - UPDATED: NewsChannel 8 mid-morning news anchor Bruce DePuyt is the latest to leave Sinclair's DC TV operation, also home to Channel 7/WJLA. DePuyt's final show will air January 31. He joined NewsChannel 8 in 1993. More: We hear that a Thursday report from FTVLive that NC8 afternoon anchor Dave Lucas is also on the way out is not true. "In fact, I'm continuing to anchor four hours of live news every weekday, and will shortly take on a new and exciting assignment at the anchor desk," Lucas tells us.....

"Business Casual" On CSN - 1/12 - Ties are gone. As many of Bethesda-based Comcast SportsNet's on-camera talent are dressing with "business casual attire." More at washingtonpost.com.....

Michael Birchenall Dies - 1/11 - Michael Birchenall, 68, the editor and publisher of restaurant industry publication Foodservice Monthly, died January 9 at a hospital in Fairfax County. He wasa resident of Bowie. During his career, Birchenall wrote restaurant and theater reviews for the Times Community Newspapers chain in Northern Virginia and worked for a publication run by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington. Soon after he started Foodservice Monthly, he sold it to Silver Communications but remained its driving force as editor and publisher. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Tribute Planned For Robert Goldstein - 1/11 - A tribute concert is planned Saturday at the 9:30 Club for Robert Goldstein, who played guitar for the Urban Verbs, a local rock band. Goldstein died of cancer in October at age 66. He was also the longtime music librarian, researcher, and archive manager at DC-based NPR, where he helped select the musical interludes between stories on "All Things Considered." More at washingtonpost.com.....

Armstrong Williams Settles Sexual Harassment Suit - 1/11 - Erik Wemple at washingtonpost.com reports that Armstrong Williams last month settled a sexual harassment and retaliation suit filed by a former salesman at a DC outlet of Jos. A. Bank. The complainant alleged that Williams, a SiriusXM radio host and owner of seven television stations, had sought sexual favors after befriending and mentoring him. Also, Williams hosts a weekend political talk show at Sinclair-owned Channel 7/WJLA.....

Brotman To Cover Inauguration For 4 - 1/11 - Following the recent news that 89-year-old Charlie Brotman wasn't asked to reprise the role he's carried out for 11 different presidents as inaugural parade announcer at the White House end of Pennsylvania Avenue, Tom Taylor Now tells us that Brotman's landed a new gig - with NBC's Channel 4/WRC, as a commentator during their coverage iof the inauguration. "I will be working for Channel 4 as the 'make-believe' announcer," he says, "and I'm really looking forward to it." Also, "There are several live crowd announcers for the Presidential Inaugural Parade," says DC-based radio vet Jim Bohannon - and he's one of them. He'll be stationed at the beginning of the procession, near the Capitol.....

Bohannon Extends Radio Deal - 1/11 - More news about DC radio vet Jim Bohannon. Westwood One is renewing his national night talk radio gig - a multi-year deal. "The Jim Bohannon Show" is in its 33rd year and airs on more than 250 stations, including DC's WFED, 1500. Also, Jim's adding a podcast, and there will be a new weekly "Best Of Bohannon" show.....

WaPo Creates Rapid Response Team - 1/11 - The Washington Post has created a rapid response investigative team that will "work closely with all departments in the newsroom, particularly the National staff." The team "will be expected to move quickly, mine digital sources of information, and dig deeply as breaking news provides targets of journalistic opportunity," accordin to a Post release. It includes five reporters, an assignment editor, a database reporter, and a graphics reporter. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Dave TV: Why Maureen Bunyan's Leaving WJLA - 1/10 - My thoughts on why longtime DC TV news anchor Maureen Bunyan is leaving Sinclair's Channel 7/WJLA. It has a lot to do with the changing TV news business, the amazing amount of debt that Sinclair is servicing, and the lack of news ratings that WJLA has gotten over the years, particularly since Sinclair bought it.....


WBAL Back On DirecTV - 1/10 - DirecTV subscribers can again watch Channel 11/WBAL. Hearst and DirecTV have reached a retransmission consent agreement, ending a week-long blackout of channels in 26 markets. Hearst channels went dark to DirecTV customers at midnight on January 1 after the parties could not reach a retrans agreement. Terms of the new deal were not disclosed. More at multichannel.com.....

Greta Debuts On MSNBC - 1/10 - From NewsBlues: Former Fox Newser "Greta Van Susteren signed on at MSNBC Monday night with a beautiful new set, in a small studio less than a mile from the Capitol Building. Senator John McCain was her first guest. She has now worked at all three cable news networks... CNN, Fox, and MSNBC." She said: "Yes, I'm back. Why? Several reasons. But, in part, unfinished business," she explained. "Returning to news gives me the opportunity to play a small part in trying to help." Before joining Fox and CNN, VanSusterern worked in the local DC TV market.....

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Confirmed: Michael Baisden Back To HUR - 1/9 - DCRTV tipped you last week and now we get the official word from WHUR, 96.3, that Michael Baisden (right) will return to the Howard University adult urban contemporary outlet starting January 16, airing from 3 PM to 7 PM weekdays. From 2005 to 2013, Baisden was heard doing afternoons on WHUR until he had a dispute with his national syndicator, Cumulus. Baisden will be joined on his new show by sidekick George Willborn. He'll be syndicated by Superadio Networks, in conjunction with Urban Radio Networks. So far, Baisden has been picked up in about 40 markets. No official word on the fate of WHUR's current locally-based afternoon show, "Afternoons With Tony, Mo, & George," hosted by Tony Richards, Mo Ivory, and George Willborn.....

Maureen Bunyan Leaves Sinclair's 7 - 1/9 - Veteran DC TV news anchor Maureen Bunyan (right) is the latest to leave Sinclair's Channel 7/WJLA. According to washingtonpost.com, WJLA management told Bunyan last week that it intends to exercise a "window" in her contract that enables either party to end the agreement before its full term. Bunyan will leave the ABC affiliate in February. Bunyan, 71, has been delivering news on DC TV for almost five decades. In the early 1970s, she started as a reporter and then became an anchor at what was Washington Post-owned Channel 9/WTOP, now WUSA. She was among the first African American women in the nation to anchor a local evening newscast. Bunyan jumped to Allbritton-owned WJLA in 1999. Allbritton sold the station to Baltimore-based Sinclair two years ago. Since then, many of the station's longtime personalities have left, most recently anchor Leon Harris, whose contract was not renewed last fall. He was joined by news anchor Gordon Peterson in late 2014 and sports anchor Tim Brant in early 2016. More: In another cutback, the station laid off several other news employees, including Alex Parker, its executive sports producer and a host of a sports-talk program on WJLA sister NewsChannel 8.....

Nat Hentoff Dies - 1/9 - Nat Hentoff, a journalist, author, champion of jazz music and passionate defender of civil liberties in columns he wrote for the Washington Post and Village Voice, among other publications, died January 7 in Manhattan. He was 91. More washingtonpost.com.....

Ray Replaces Brotman As Inaugural Parade Announcer - 1/8 - DC-basded freelance announcer and audio engineer Steve Ray will replace Charlie Brotman behind the microphone at America's biggest political extravaganza. Brotman, 89, has announced every inaugural parade since Dwight Eisenhower's second term in 1956. And he was hoping to do the same for the 45th president January 20. But President-elect Donald Trump's Presidential Inaugural Committee has tapped a new lead announcer, instead naming Brotman "announcer chairman emeritus." According to washingtonpost.com, an inaugural committee official told Brotman in an email that the group would also offer him a prime seat at the parade and honor him for his decades of gratis service. Over the years, Ray has worked for WMAL, WTOP, the Washington Nationals Radio Network, the Washington Caps network, and TRN's "America's Morning News" and "America's Radio News".....

Dave TV: Some Thoughts On WMAL's Changes - 1/6 - Cumulus righty talker WMAL made some line-up changes with the arrival of 2017 - including ditching syndicated Michael Savage and splitting up locally-based morning team of Brian Wilson and Larry O'Connor - keeping Wilson in mornings but moving O'Connor to afternoons. My thoughts - the changes are not making me happy. In today's DC media edition of "Dave TV".....


Tucker To Replace Megyn On Fox News - 1/6 - DC-based Tucker Carlson has been promoted at Fox News to replace Megyn Kelly at 9 PM. NewsBlues tells us that, less than two months ago, Carlson was co-hosting the weekend edition of "Fox & Friends," his long career in television apparently on the downswing. But on November 14, he was named to fill Greta Van Susteren's vacancy at 7 PM on Fox News and "instantly began attracting eyeballs with his aggressive, right-leaning interrogation of guests." Earlier this week, Kelly revealed she's jumping to NBC.....

Confirmed: Van Susteren To MSNBC - 1/6 - The rumors of earlier this week have proved true. Greta Van Susteren is joining MSNBC, taking over the channel's 6 PM time slot with a new show called "For the Record." DC-based Van Susteren's show will feature both news and analysis, working as a bridge from MSNBC's dayside news shows into its more opinion and analysis-focused primetime. The former Fox Newser starts on January 9. More at politico.com.....

Sponsored: Rob Carson Finishes Studio - 1/6 - DC radio veteran Rob Carson (right) updates us on his new studio. He's started live video and audio podcasts, airing live at 5 PM. Watch them on his YouTube channel. The WRQX, Mix 107.3 veteran tells us, he is also adding subscribers via his Patreon channel. Also, Carson's on Facebook as @Carsonshow and Twitter via #robcarson.....

Sponsored: Joe Theismann Talks To Thom Loverro - 1/5 - Redskins Super Bowl quarterback and former NFL MVP Joe Theismann talks about the Washington Redskins devastating loss to the New York Giants and whether or not they should sign quarterback Kirk Cousins to a long term contract. In the latest "Cigars & Curveballs" podcast with DC sports journalism veteran Thom Loverro. Available for download free on iTunes and Google Play at apple.co.....

XMAS Boosts WASH To Top - 1/5 - Christmas tunes propel WASH to the top spot in the DC market radio ratings for the "second week" of the "Holiday" month (early December). Full-day, age 12+: 1) WASH, 2) WTOP, 3) WAMU, 4) WHUR, 5) WMMJ, 6) WIHT and WPRS, 8) WBIG, 9) WKYS, 10) WMAL, 11) WPGC, 12) WIAD, 13) WWDC, 14) WRQX and WMZQ, 16) WETA-FM, 17) WTEM and WGTS, 19) WLZL and WJFK-FM, 21) WERQ, 22) WFMD, 23) WDCN, 24) WAVA-FM and WQSR, 26) WFRE, 27) WFLS and WGRQ and WIYY and WLIF, 31) WOL and WTNT and WBQH and WBQB and WJYJ and WPFW and WACA.....

Gannett's Errant Exit Interviews - 1/5 - From NewsBlues: Hundreds of reporters at McLean-based Gannett newspapers were surprised to receive "Exit Interview" emails on their computers Tuesday, accompanied by the explanation, "You will be leaving the company in the near future." Many of the messages were sent in error, according to Gannett "Chief People Officer" David Harmon. How many were in error, he wouldn't say. In a follow-up email, Harmon kinda sorta apologized for the error, but didn't. "Please disregard any emails from ExitSurvey@Gannett," he wrote. "We are currently working to troubleshoot the issue and will have it resolved as soon as possible".....

El Zol Unveils New Line-Up - 1/4 - CBS Radio's Spanish contemporary WLZL, El Zol 107.9, will launch a new line-up on January 5 as the station celebrates its 12th anniversary with a new slogan, "Latino… And Proud." Patricia De Lima and Chepe join Rey Parker in morning drive. They previously hosted WLZL's afternoon show, "El Meneo." Sandee Bonita comes from Las Vegas to do middays (as DCRTV previously reported). While Henry Flores' "Dale Con Flo" show moves from nights to afternoon drive. Omayra Martinez will join Flores in afternoons and then continue as host of WLZL's evening show.....

Michael Baisden Back To HUR - 1/4 - From DCRTV's Tuesday Mailbag: "What's the deal with the Tony, Mo & George afternoon show on WHUR? Have they been canned? Some guy named Wes has been filling in for them, they are no longer on the WHUR website, and today they ran a promo regarding the return of Michael Baisden." Baisden (right) used to heard doing afternoons on WHUR until he had a dispute with his national syndicator, Cumulus. The latest news is that Baisden has a new afternoon show with a new syndicator that will be launching soon. And, apparently, on WHUR. More as we hear it.....

Jon Saraceno To Vegas - 1/4 - Former USA Today sports columnist Jon Saraceno joins the staff at the Las Vegas Review-Journal later this month. Saraceno, who accepted a buyout in 2013 from McLean-based USA Today after three decades at the national newspaper, will cover the NFL and boxing.....

Andrew Sullivan To Do "Q&A Cafe" - 1/4 - New York magazine writer and blogger Andrew Sullivan will be Carol Joynt's guest for the January 27 edition of her "Q&A Cafe" DC media celebrity interview series. The luncheon takes place at the George Town Club. The cost is $35. Reservations can be made at 202-333-9330.....

Kornheiser & Povich Buy DC Bar - 1/4 - DC sports media veteran Tony Kornheiser, TV host Maury Povich, and former University Of Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams have purchased Chad's, the longtime Friendship Heights restaurant and bar that's a popular hangout for media types from nearby WTTG, WRC, WUSA, and WMAL. Kornheiser said the group plans to rename the former Chadwick's, soliciting naming suggestions from his podcast listeners, among others. He also said he would like to put a studio in the Wisconsin Avenue hangout, where he could record his podcasts and potentially host other local podcasters. More at washingtonpost.com.....

DCRTV's BW 2016 - 1/4 - The polls have closed. Thanks for your 2016 votes in DCRTV's annual Best/Worst list of local media - radio, television, web, print, whatever. Now, start making your list for 2017. Happy new year everybody.....

Sandee Bonita To El Zol - 1/3 - Sandee Bonita heads to CBS's Spanish contemporary WLZL, El Zol 107.9, for middays. She comes from CBS's urban oldies KXQQ in Las Vegas. Bonita debuts on Friday, January 5.....

Banks Says Aloha To Aloha Trust - 1/3 - Michael Banks leaves his gig as Frederick market manager for iHeart-connected Aloha Trust's news talk WFMD, 930, and country WFRE, 99.9, to return to Long Island, where he'd previously been a sales manager for the Connoisseur radio group. Banks will now be general sales manager.....

Chris Plante Starts New Syndication Deal - 1/2 - With Chris Plante starting his new national radio syndication deal with Westwood One today, Breitbart profiles the WMAL-based late morning talker. And it looks at his new competition, NPR's nationally-syndicated Joshua Johnson, who replaces Diane Rehm at WAMU.....

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