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\/ March 29 Messages \/


Thanks to the poster for the correction on the timeline of WMAL TV sportscasters. It was "Steve" Bassett not "Tim." Now, for your 20 point tossup question, can you name the other three frontline D.C. television sportscasters at the time that Tim Brandt took over the Monday through Friday job at ch. 7 in 1979? HInt: one is easy. The other two are not. (3/29/15)

Guess what? 101.1 in Ocean City has changed AGAIN ….. wait for it …. Nash Icon is out, 101.1 The Bull “Cowboy Coast Country” is on. This is getting comical. MLB4 (3/29/15)

'"Calm down and wipe yourself off." ZW, everybody is welcome to contribute to the conversation, but how is this helpful or necessary?'' - Linux enthusiasts sometimes get over-excited and need to be hosed down. This was one of those times. I run Linux myself but keep it in my pants. I was picturing someone wiping their forehead. What were YOU picturing? - ZW (3/29/15)

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\/ March 28 Messages \/

"Calm down and wipe yourself off." ZW, everybody is welcome to contribute to the conversation, but how is this helpful or necessary? (3/28/15)

Thanks, I suppose “ZW” if those are your real initials: Mailbaggers and hopefully DCRTVDJDAVE will weigh in on the Clinton’s Deletegate. My basic questions remain: would not both U.S.S.S. and State’s Diplomatic Security Service be aware of the server’s physical logistics (i.e. regularly sweep for bugs/taps/leaks/unauthorized access/etc.); State (my ex-wife is career civil service there) has INTERNAL e-mail that never leaves the joint (an INTRANET?) as well generic e-mail that can be accessed “telecommuting” from home, but Ms. Cankles’ server was nowhere near State and I presume had to utilize some sort of commercial access port to the internet just like every other swinging dick web site/e-mail, so where is the security in that and couldn’t a capable organization monitor that?; and lastly, obviously if you desire no chance of recovery (i.e. the previous methods mentioned in ZW & others answers) you just throw the damn thing off the Tappan Zee Bridge on the way to the UN one morning, so who knows, maybe they printed out the e-mails they wanted, flash thumbed the ones they wanted to save and got rid of the evidence. Of course, just like the Whitewater files, the hard drive could be found sometime in 2018 in the private quarters of the Second Clinton White House: shazam, shazam! Maybe she now wishes she had Cyber Dust: www.thefader.com (3/28/15)

RE: "Will the FCC pull the plug on OC's 1590 - 104.3 - 105.1 or do they turn a blind "ear" ? I say NO, what say you ?" I say GIVE IT A REST. You harping on Vince and his stations that no one listens to, or advertises on, is just as bad as the person that constantly bitches about WBAL. (3/28/15)

On March 26, 2015, William J. “Bill” Toohey, loving husband of Rosemary Frisino Toohey his wife of 36 years. Devoted father of Liam Toohey and his wife Helen, Meaghan, Desmond and Merrily Toohey; Loving grandfather of Joseph; Cherished brother of Kathleen, Edward Toohey, and the late James Toohey, Dear brother-in-law of Margaret McLeary. Also survived by many other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends at the family owned and operated CONNELLY FUNERAL HOME OF DUNDALK, 7110 Sollers Point Road, on Sunday & Monday, from 2-5 pm and 7-9 pm. A mass of Christian burial to celebrate Bill’s’ life will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church, 1727 Lynch Road, Dundalk, Maryland 21222. Interment immediately following the Mass at St. Stanislaus Cemetery, 6515 Boston Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21224. In lieu of flowers please make donations in Bill’s memory to the Catholic Charities Adoption Services, 2601 North Howard Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21218 and / or National Association of Mental Illness, NAMI Maryland, 10630 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 475, Columbia, Maryland 21044. Online condolences may also be made at Connelly Funeral Home of Dundalk : Dundalk, Maryland (MD) (3/28/15)

''Do you know who gave Don Geronimo his stage name? '' - I want to say it was Larry Lujack, but as has been pointed out, I'm often wrong. He tells the story a couple times a year. -ZW (3/28/15)

Tower down for years now being used as underwater home for small fish in marsh land - Will the FCC pull the plug on OC's 1590 - 104.3 - 105.1 or do they turn a blind "ear" ? I say NO, what say you ? (3/28/15)

Just a couple of footnotes on the WMAL sports timeline: Len Hathaway lasted at WMAL Radio longer than he was on Channel 7 and IIRC he only retired when Ken Beatrice was hired. Len was a super nice guy. Tim Brant always hates it when people don't pay attention and add a "d" to his last name improperly. Finally, you're thinking of Steve Bassett at Channel 7, not "Tim". Wasn't he just a fill-in sports host? He did fill in for Beatrice on the radio show from time to time. Bassett was another good guy. I think he flew an old Cessna 170 (conventional landing gear) in and out of a field near his place in Glenelg, MD. There's your palindrome for the day. (3/28/15)

P.S. ''Re Clinton Server: "Her 'server' still may have data on it that can be recovered, right?" Windows and Mac machines have an ability to recover files that were "deleted" (they really aren't, but just concealed in a way that allows them to be overwritten). If she's running a Linux server, those puppies can be effectively wiped and stay wiped with a program called secure-delete.'' - You can do that on any computer, regardless of the operating system. The simple way is to repeatedly format the harddrive then reinstall the OS. The for sure way is to install a new harddrive and destroy the old one. Thermite's good for that. Linux, while justifiably popular, is not the only solution to every problem. Calm down and wipe yourself off. More concerning is the implication that there was no backup procedure in place. Has the committee subpoenaed backups? Or did fired former Watergate Committee staff member Cankles ''burn the tapes''? www.truthorfiction.com... And yes, tape backups are still an acceptable standard. - ZW (3/28/15)

Bill Toohey was a pro and such a nice man! My sincere condolences to Rosemary Frisino-Toohey and her children. She and Bill and I (and Rusty Lutz and WBAL’s Alan Walden and Nat Asch) all worked together at NBC’s all-news radio network NIS from 1975-1977. Bill used to stop in and pray at a local church (St. Francis if I recall correctly) on his way to 30 Rock. One morning he was mugged while praying. He said God certainly has a sense or irony! Jim (3/28/15)

WMAL AM/FM......Nielsen combines the audience numbers since they simulcast both stations 100%. When they sell their 75 acre tower site the 630 AM coverage will never be the same. Since AM Radio is "Dead", the AM is not important anymore. (3/28/15)

Re Clinton Server: "Her 'server' still may have data on it that can be recovered, right?" Windows and Mac machines have an ability to recover files that were "deleted" (they really aren't, but just concealed in a way that allows them to be overwritten). If she's running a Linux server, those puppies can be effectively wiped and stay wiped with a program called secure-delete. (3/28/15)

Dave, please help me understand about IP/servers and such: when Her Thighness Hillary had her own server & e-mail capability established does that system not need to access the "World Wide Web" thus exposing data? Her "server" still may have data on it that can be recovered, right? And to wherever/whomever she or others sent e-mails they could still exist. Last but not least: could a third unknown party be able to monitor the e-mails? This Politico story does not answer or even ask these questions: www.politico.com (3/28/15)

Do you know who gave Don Geronimo his stage name? When he was 13 years old and working at WINX, did he use the name Mike Sorce or did he start his career as Geronimo? The name has been a great brand for many years. I’m just very curious to get more history on it. (3/28/15)

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\/ March 27 Messages \/

Prized parcel in Bethesda draws big bids ~~ gazette.net ~~ Monday, March 23, 2015 - Neighbors are warily watching the possible sale of an unusually large piece of almost-empty prime real estate in Bethesda. The property has four operating WMAL radio towers, but may now be sold to become a housing development. The property at 7115 Greentreee Road is just under 75 acres and is just north of the Capital Beltway where it intersects with the Interstate 270 spur. CBRE, which is handling the sale, is marketing it as an “extremely rare in-fill development opportunity” on the “largest tract of development land in Bethesda.” The property is zoned R-90 and could have roughly 300 single-family houses or townhomes, according to CBRE. Of those, about 15 percent, or 45, would have to be moderately priced dwelling units under county regulations. ~~ Blair in Alexandria (3/27/15)

To the poster who wrote: "Former U. of MD football player Tim Brant joined the staff of WMAL AM/FM/TV as a weekend sports reporter in the mid-'70s. He became WMAL Sports Director in 1977 upon the dismissal of Len Hathaway." After Hathaway there was Tim Bassett (the youngest Monday-Friday sportscaster in D.C. Television history) and Dan Lovett who used to sign off with "Sunshine to ya!" (freaking gagfest). Brandt became the frontline sportscaster at 7 late in the summer of 1979 (3/27/15)

I would love for these gun control rights groups to go into the heart of SE DC and protest about gun control, instead of targeting law abiding citizens. These liberal weenies quote all these statistics about gun crimes, a large majority of which, are illegal guns used in illegal acts (drug dealing, robbery, etc). They target someone like Emily Miller as if she's the problem. For once I would love to see these liberal heroes who think they're doing gods work go into the heart of a bad neighborrhod. See how well your treated and see how your free speech is respected. Stop protesting on Capitol Hill and stop shutting down traffic. Go to the heart of where the real problems lie and see how well your message is received. (3/27/15)

Here's a better one: Zombie lupus est per se, indulgens culus. Abi (3/27/15)

Read a post by Julie Wright that contractually she can't comment on her future endeavors yet. I thought when this is the case, when one leaves one company, they have signed a non-compete clause so that they can't go to a competing company for a certain amount of time. If so, this suggests that maybe she is indeed going to another station. But she keeps saying that she's going in a different direction which makes me think she's not going to be doing tv stuff..Guess we'll just have to wait and see. (3/27/15)

Dave's response: My reliable source tells me that she'll eventually end up at WJLA.....

Former U. of MD football player Tim Brant joined the staff of WMAL AM/FM/TV as a weekend sports reporter in the mid-'70s. He became WMAL Sports Director in 1977 upon the dismissal of Len Hathaway. (3/27/15)

I was reading this article on Huffington Post, and I thought you might be interested in reading it, too. Radio Stations Pull Little Big Town's 'Girl Crush' Over Complaints Of Song's 'Gay Agenda'... www.huffingtonpost.com (3/27/15)

I'd have to do research, but I thought Brant was a weekend sports anchor for Ch. 7 in 1974. (3/27/15)

How long will this irrelevant "illuminati" vocabulary lesson go on? Here's a Latin phrase you guys are welcome to stick up your Google translation engine: clausisti foramen pie (3/27/15)

Talk about piling on over nothing: first Alexandra Petri trashed the Carlson brothers. Now Erik Wemple manages to say a whole lot of nothing (“OOPS We Inventoried Tucker Carlson’s Low Point A Week Too Soon”) about nothing. Can an editorial by the editorial board be next? Dave said before and will say it again: The Washington Post needs to hire DCRTVDJDAVE as their media blogger: www.washingtonpost.com (3/27/15)

Someone wrote "Also, to the one who posted about his version of what "really" happened in Dothan as opposed to Mathers' version...why would Bob lie about that?" The more curious question is why Bob Mathers hasn't responded. While occupying an office in Westminster, he read this thing every day. Why hasn't he responded? Because he was caught! Someone else wrote about Julie Wright "And it will probably be awhile before the real story comes out as to why Julie left (or was asked to leave)." I'm sure Julie wasn't asked to leave channel 5. She is good at her job (despite her total lack of people skills for anyone that can't do anything for her in life) and followed the money. An unconfirmed report did say that she was asked to leave an Old Country Buffet in Hampton Roads, however. Finally, it is interesting to read about the goings on down at the shore. Why would two different companies have two different classic rock stations spread between 4 sticks - when Salisbury/Ocean City is clearly a country market? Why kill your country station on 107.7 and not simulcast it up north? ~TheMayor of Fruitland (3/27/15)

BREAKING NEWS!! NABET TO RALLY AT NPR ON FRIDAY - NPR's engineering staff (members of NABET Local 31) will lead a "Where's the Fairness?" rally from 8-9:30am outside NPR headquarters at 1111 North Capitol Street NE. The current NPR/NABET contract is set to expire at midnight next Tuesday, March 31. Difficult negotiations took a nasty turn this week. Union members and supporters from throughout the DMV are expected to join the rally. Stay tuned for further developments... (3/27/15)

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\/ March 26 Messages \/

Further proof The Washington Post is bored and has nothing to do: Alexandra Petri Dish mocks Tucker & Buckley Carlson about an errant reply all e-mail (like we ain’t all done this): “All I’m saying is: Real adults don’t do this to people. Something to keep in mind the next time you communicate with people who don’t live on your island. The reply-all was bad. The one they meant to send, though? Not much better. Look, we all make mistakes. I believe that you are a nice person with a nice family who cares about other humans and means well, not the Jar of Garbage Cleverly Disguised in a Bowtie that certain truthers on the Internet suggest. I am sorry if at any point I phrased my criticism in a way that implied that anyone involved in this debacle was a troglodyte around whom other troglodytes were ashamed to be seen in public. I meant it in the nicest way.” She also mocked an honorable U.S. Senator who was falsely charged by the feds and sadly died in a place crash before he knew his good name was cleared years later. He is what Petri Dish wrote: (From Wiki) Alexandra Petri of the Washington Post wrote a humorous article entitled "Sen. Stevens, the tubes salute you" after Stevens died in an airplane crash August 9, 2010: “And as people remember him, make ill-timed jests, and muse on his legacy—all in real time, in great profusion—I worry that they are disrupting the ability of people elsewhere to receive their Internets. But for us in the Facebook generation who weren't around for the first plane crash and know the Bridge to Nowhere primarily as an SNL punchline, the senator's legacy is in that series of tubes. The "Bridge to Nowhere" refers to the Gravina Island Bridge, another issue Stevens was responsible for, for which he was also mocked.” So Petri mocks the Carlson brothers over a trivial pursuit but has her own record of mocking a dead man: go figure. Wapoop “story” here: www.washingtonpost.com (3/26/15)

''ZW. The common use of Illuminati is derived from the German “Illuminaten." Just because a word has a Latin base, doesn’t mean it needs to follow Latin grammar rules. The plural for virus is either viruses or (medical textly) vira, the plural for octopus is octopod, and the plural of campus is campuses.'' - Oh good Lord, not this again. ''Illuminaten'' is already plural, and I thought a previous poster had established that ''Illuminati'' comes from Italian. Nevertheless, Italian doesn't change an ''n'' in the middle of a word to an ''m'' when forming the plural contrary to what a recent poster seemed to assert . In neither English nor Latin nor Greek is the plural of ''octupus'' ''octopod''. Now back to talking about WBAL and the annoying buzzer sound on the Mike O'Meara Show. - ZW (3/26/15)

FOX5's Facebook page is full of posts on Julie Wright's whereabouts..Well, if FOX5 hasn't commented by now, they never will..And it will probably be awhile before the real story comes out as to why Julie left (or was asked to leave). (3/26/15)

To Kirk Clyatt… #1 Who’s Mike? And I hate to burst your bubble, but Winston Churchill was a complete anti-semite and all around bastard. He’s much more well-regarded in America than in the UK. You have still not said why protesting LJ Day, which none of us even know what it is, is important to you. You knew it violated station policy. Why did you do it anyway? Then quoting the critically booed film, "The Butterfly Effect" with Ashton Kutcher? Your posts are increasingly baffling. Why did FOX 45 fire you? Is that Part II or your reality TV show? From Wikipedia, I see many cities in VA don’t even celebrate Leej-Jackson day including Charlottesville, WVIR 29’s city of license. So what was the point of your stunt Kirk? And what’s the story in southern PA? What did you do there? How many meteorologists have legal summaries that big? Ponderous. wikipedia.org (3/26/15)

Since Julie Wright keeps posting that she's going in a different direction, maybe she's going into PR, spokesperson for some agency or the like. Still don't know why it's such a big secret. I just saw a pic of her and the morning crew at what looks like a gathering somewhere.So maybe that was a goodbye celebration. (3/26/15)

Heard a reporter use a Seinfeld reference on WNEW today. Fun stories like that keep up my listenership. WNEW > WTOP. (3/26/15)

I know I’ve posted this before but even Comcast owner of MSNBC doesn’t like MSNBC! Comcast doesn’t offer MSNBC in its Limited Basic Cable package! Why is this NOT NEWS? HAHA! Comcast offers FOX & CNN, but NOT MSNBC! You have to pay Comcast EXTRA to get MSNBC. Once again, the question begs. Why is the channel NOT in the Limited Basic lineup? ANSWER: BECAUSE NOBODY WATCHES and nobody ever complains when its gone! LMAO (3/26/15)

"ZW. The common use of Illuminati is derived from the German “Illuminaten." Just because a word has a Latin base, doesn’t mean it needs to follow Latin grammar rules. The plural for virus is either viruses or (medical textly) vira, the plural for octopus is octopod, and the plural of campus is campuses." Are you busting my use of "Ad Hominem"? Because if you read the post (about you, Plante and that UnNamed attacker) I was defending you, ZW. (3/26/15)

What, did the things that happened over the past few weeks at Redskin Park suddenly unhappen with Reid's show now scheduled to appear on 980? Let's try to talk this through calmly. I'm not attacking Dave. I don't know Dave. I've been reading DCRTV for a long time. I like getting the skinny and the occasional gossipy tidbit about local folks in the industry. The Man Cave show got cancelled. The Post, DCRTV and others assume that it was Dan Snyder who dropped the hammer and lambaste him for doing so. But, that ISN'T what happened according to several inside WTEM. We get a correction in the Post. The thing is, I just would have liked for you to have a source that states you are right, Dave. If you have one, great!! Say so! If you have nothing but speculation based on past actions, then clearly state that. I just expect someone to try to tell the truth at some point. Instead, when the truth (or some version of the truth) does comes out, you reject it and still point the finger at Dan Snyder. Then you criticize him and the station for moving ahead with the show. If you have a source pointing the finger at Snyder, just say so. If you have another source that states that the "ESPN call" narrative is the correct one, say that as well. Is a charlatan and a bully somehow absolved of his bad behavior just because he fails at it? No, of course not! But, sources tell others that isn't what happened. Dan Snyder has ruined the Sports team I care about. I'm not his fan. Except for a couple people I have met who claim otherwise, he is a bad person who treats people who work for him like crap. But person who is a dick and unlikable is NOT a crime nor does it make telling untruths (or speculation as though it is the truth) about that person right. Just tell me what happened or what a source said happened. Is a question mark at the end of a sentence a correct use of punctuation in even the most elementary English classes? Uh......whoops...got nothing for that one!! -babylon5fan (3/26/15)

Is the conversation ZW is having with himself supposed to be interesting? Or on topic? ...'cause it ain't. (3/26/15)

WRQX's mistake was to make itself about too-narrow aspects of the 20-something overall lifestyle: remember the station's press release on the rollout of the new CHR format, where they emphasized getting sloshed with girlfriends and Ubering home? With WCBS-FM, its more than just a bunch of tunes. When they used to play real oldies, they included NJ and Philly doo-wop and aimed for the heart of what made that city great. Their on-air talent lived and breathed the city, its life and history, and took great pride in what made that town great. They are coasting on some of that legacy, but they are still a uniquely New York signal, playing shamelessly and successfully to its resident audience and very well to out-of-town visitors. If WRQX switches to Classic Hits, it cant be just about the playlist -- it has to be about the things that made life so remarkable in this town when that music was a big part of living. Who remembers scaring the crap out of their buddies just for fun at the top of the Exorcist stairs, or what played at the Super Chief Drive-In the week such-and-such song was #1, or how your parents wept and your older brother cheered when Nixon resigned on live TV, only a month before your going back to school in the fall? Certainly there are happier moments worth mentioning, but the snapshots in time married to the music is where the magic is. Think about this: one of the hottest movies in recent times is "Guardians of the Galaxy", and the soundtrack was comprised of songs from 1969-1979. An album of the soundtrack was certified platinum only two months ago. Folks, it works. If WRQX and Cumulus have a collective brain in its collective skull, both should give serious consideration to Classic Hits in this burg. (3/26/15)

ZW. The common use of Illuminati is derived from the German “Illuminaten." Just because a word has a Latin base, doesn’t mean it needs to follow Latin grammar rules. The plural for virus is either viruses or (medical textly) vira, the plural for octopus is octopod, and the plural of campus is campuses. (3/26/15)

"I will debate politely, tell them how I feel etc but I would never tell anyone to shove it. That is just rude. I see you like defending Chris Plante. I also see you like making stuff up, just like Chris Plante. Can we see a picture of you together? I am just wondering..." UnNamed, you claim you would debate and two sentences later you've begun the usual ad hominem attack. It IS tough to talk with guys like you. You feel people who disagree with you politically are a threat and that requires a volley back. So your reflex is to attack and claim he makes up facts you disagree with. Following this pattern I'd guess you would no problem telling George Bush to ''shove it''. Fine. Just allow others the opportunity as well. Didn't Mike O'Meara already show us all this "Us versusThem" journalism is destroying america? Don and Mike certainly never resorted to attacking other DJs back in the day. (3/26/15)

WCBS-FM in New York is a great success story.....they were calling the format "Oldies" now they call it "Classic Hits". It is one of the top revenue stations in the market. They have been doing this format for many years and listeners know where to find it at 101.1 FM. No station in Washington is doing this format now. It would be a start up here and would take some time to establish it. Would Cumulus risk it with WRQX? It would take a lot of money and time to get it established in this market. (3/26/15)

Am I the only one who thinks Kirk Clyatt is a bit overly dramatic? He left WBFF FOX 45 in quite a huff too and the same thing in southern PA if I recall correctly. I would like to know what reality show he was up for. Sounds like how many meteorology jobs he can get fired from. If you watch the entire video, the thing that struck me is that he spent most of the time attacking his bosses and talking about his several kids he appears to be fighting for custody of. And his criticisms of his bosses are somewhat valid, but none of them apparently have made themselves part of the news. He shows their Facebook pages as reasoning for them being overly political, but we don’t know if that’s public or private info. I can post all kinds of crazy things on my Facebook wall that nobody can see, but a co-worker might if I allow it. Clyatt made a conscious free speech choice to make himself part of a news story the station was apparently covering by showing up at a public hearing. There’s at least a pic and/or video of him doing this. I would think that would be a no no at almost any news station unless you’re directly hired for editorial/opinionated purposes. If he wants to be a professional protestor, that’s within his free speech rights but obviously not conducive to the job he was hired for nor does it pay well. That’s probably why he’s living out of his car again. See? I said all that without even mentioning that he’s gay, but he managed to throw that in too at the very end. At no point does he claim he was fired because he was gay and he even mentioned other people with HRC stickers on their PCs at the station. So I guess at the end I’m left shaking my head as to what point he was trying to make since he didn’t really explain the crux of the thing he was protesting. They fired him for violating station policy and yes, they can change the rules any time they want at any job. He was insubordinate too. You don’t poke the bear. The only message I got from his rambling video was that he’s a professional trouble maker & protestor. This seems to happen everywhere he’s worked. (3/26/15)

RE: “FYI there are already two CLASSIC ROCK signals already in the market, both former Great Scott stations as well - THE VAULT - on 103.5 Bethany Beach and 106.1 Pocomoke” I already knew that, but neither of them hit Delmarva or Salisbury or the mid-shore well. The combination of 98.5, 107.7, & 100.7 will crush them like a grape signal wise. Also will slightly impact both 100.7’s picked up on part of the shore currently as well. (3/26/15)

Good to see the WBAL poster is back. I’d like to tie that in with the post of a few days ago about “My 5th grade teacher used to say, "If you think you can do it better yourself, come on up here and show us." I have no idea if I (or anyone else not “in the business”) could do it better, but at least I’d try SOMETHING ! The now not-so-new GM, and the reasonably new PD, haven’t done ANYTHING that is noticeable to change the direction of the station, unless you count music beds or percussion beds under almost everything, something.. (3/26/15)

Mike ... ahh not too bad, considering, but I'm not living in my car again ... yet ... I know there is a lot of minutia with this story. The car was in the future tense ... I'm OK for a month or two, well see how hard they fight me trying to get unemployment and how much I'm eligible for when I apply? As WVIR told me, "I'll never work again." ... Oh well. Also it was not speaking again just about Lee-Jackson Day, but about ANY issue even though I was a weatherman, I was not working in a news reporting capacity at WVIR. I was strictly forbidden to say anything about Climate Change, since it was weather related ... too controversial. I did follow that edict ... but Lee-Jackson Day? Hopefully the blog explains some of my motivations? L-J Day is the Friday before MLK day ... its a unique four day winter weekend in VA. When you have time dig deeper into the blog ... working to get it all converted to a more user friendly web site ASAP, I know its now a little all over the place. What no mention of the WVIR hypocrisy and Churchill giving the finger? ;-) Community support has been amazing, attached is a sign one of my supporters suggest I start using, maybe? ... I'll try to have some of the comments I have received posted ASAP. I love the word ... mercurial. I may have appeared that way at times, but I'm really not. For so much of my life I felt I had to show a different side to the world than the person I really was ... for better or for worse that has now changed and I feel better for it. If I had had more courage 20 years ago ... I wouldn't have appeared to be so mercurial and would of had a better life, different challenges, but I know better. Maybe some of today's young gay TV talent can learn from my experiences? Happy, more or less, to answer any other questions you have ... thanks for sending the copy. To end; does 'troubled' necessarily mean unhappy or unproductive? Wasn't Abraham Lincoln a 'troubled' man? For now enjoying this unmapped highway ... and thankful I have a better car, hopefully we can continue to enjoy the journey together? Oh and the video is only 23 minutes, plus it's real life TV News drama, the Butterfly Effect in full force ;-) Kirk Clyatt (3/26/15)

I am amused that some would think that Plante and Zombie Woof are one and the same. I think I can debunk that rather simply. First, I doubt that Plante has ever listened to a Frank Zappa record. Second, ZW has moments of cleverness and clarity. Plante only thinks he his clever. Third, ZW often has punch lines while Plante lets his alleged bon mots hang in the air by themselves with no conclusion. However, I think there is a way to test this theory. Every mail bagger should call Plant's show. When he puts you on the air open with "Poodle bites". If he responds with "C'mon Frenchie" you know they are a match! (3/26/15)

"I turn to MSNBC this morning and watch now former NBC4 news anchor Angie Goff doing the 5 am report. It's Thursday, meaning nobody noticed that Goff had left until today" Clearly, this person isn't following Angie on Twitter because she advertised it on Monday she would be on MSNBC this week, and she has not quit NBC 4. If you are going to spread rumors, do a fact check. (3/26/15)

It was the Angie Goff "look at me" segment on Today this morning. Who wants to bet she will be posting a selfie with her and her Today's Parents cohorts in the next ten minutes? (3/26/15)

This one got by everybody. I turn to MSNBC this morning and watch now former NBC4 news anchor Angie Goff doing the 5 am report. It's Thursday, meaning nobody noticed that Goff had left until today. Nobody watches MSNBC and this is proof of it. Meanwhile, NBC4's Erica Gonzalez has being doing double duty, subbing for vacationing Eun Yang, while doing her consumer reports for the afternoon. (3/26/15)

In case you missed it, alleged news radio 1090's Bryan Nehman says he is following these stories for us: a French plane crash, Saudi Arabian air strikes, and a University of Oklahoma racist chant. Meanwhile, a little closer to home, authorities investigate a horrific case of alleged child abuse involving six children, said to be found naked and locked in a bedroom in a house full of deplorable conditions; a baseball season for Baltimore's beloved Orioles is about to begin, and a state legislature nears adjournment, with plenty of bills awaiting action. And this moron, his co-morons on the morning shift, and station management continue to convince themselves this is the station that matters with national stories from BFE that DO NOT MATTER??? Don't look for any excitement or creative broadcast programming in the days immediately preceding the return of the Orioles, since they've abandoned the place for another station. And, without anyone regularly on the street, don't expect any meaningful coverage from the statehouse in Annapolis until the day the state legislature adjourns and they send someone to get sound of the midnight balloon and confetti-drop. When is this pathetic excuse for a radio station going to wake up? Now, if you'll excuse me a minute, I'm going back to bed. CLICK (3/26/15)

I had never put the ZW = Chris Plante together until that recent post. Makes sense! Same arrogant style, same bullshit info and interestingly enough, you never see a post from ZW when Plante is on the air. Nice job of Detective DCRTV'er. Just sign them CP and enough of the pseudo BS. Also of note, never see a picture of DCRTV Dave and Joe Biden together. Hmmmmmmmm (3/26/15)

Why automatically go with Simpson and Diamond as possible talent for a station that doesn't yet exist? How about Murphy from Murphy and Cash? Kathy Whiteside? Goldie? Half the crew from the old WARW? How about available out-of-market talent that once had massive hometown numbers and can still bring 'em in? How about the instructors from the defunct Connecticut School of Broadcasting who each had solid on-air track records as well? Any one of them if not all of them could easily master Classic Hits as they were all in their prime when that music was hitting. Diamond has earned his retirement and I cant see Simpson being satisfied hitting the Nostalgia trail. No, if there is to be a new order on WRQX, it must happen with names that dont have as much baggage. (3/26/15)

''Can we apply this apology to the singular of "iluminati," (iluninato, not iluminatus), and WJFK's billings in the early part of ths century? Never more than 34 million a year, never close to 50 million a year D&M billing.'' - No and no. B is because how do you know? And A because neither Latin nor Italian would change a consonant in the middle of a word when changing number. You're like Michael Jackson on a dead horse sleepover. Beat it. - ZW (3/26/15)

I follow your blog and thought you would find this interesting. vimeo.com: What lead up to and the events since Kirk Clyatt was forced from NBC29? The associated blog is at bit.ly/ClyattWP... How much are your basic freedoms worth to you? The true life university town saga of TV News drama that is worth 23 minutes of your time, if not ... a full refund! Your comments and suggestions more than welcome ... Hope to hear from you! Kirk@KirkClyatt.com - Stay Tuned! (3/26/15)

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It wouldn’t be a shock if Cumulus ignores logic and puts the NASH format on WRQX…bear in mind they actually thought they could take a major crack at WIHT and that didn’t work that well at all. The logical move actually would be either go back to Hot AC or go Classic Hits and regardless have Jack Diamond in the morning. Given that there isn’t a Classic Hits station in DC(WBIG is listed as Classic Rock)…Classic Hits that could be named Washington’s Greatest Hits ala WCBS-FM for example…could very well work. Maybe they can bring in Donnie Simpson under the Classic Hits format if he’s available for it as well for afternoon drive. You get both Diamond and Simpson with a Classic Hits format in both drive times and you could get a station going under that format and decent ratings. However, that being said…logic and corporate radio sometimes don’t mix. Lest we forget Free FM, WMAL going to the far right and not giving the left or center a voice, The Edge with the harder classic rock that without Kirk and Mike just was unbearable etc. Dan (3/25/15)

Note: With the recent Class B1 WKHI 107.7 getting a huge signal bounce combining with WGBG 98.5 too in Delaware for Classic Rock, you won’t hear any of WZBA or WZXL on Delmarva this summer. FYI there are already two CLASSIC ROCK signals already in the market, both former Great Scott stations as well - THE VAULT - on 103.5 Bethany Beach and 106.1 Pocomoke, Rockin' from G'town to Exmore, Va. So it should be interesting come spring/summer - The Big bounce /increase so to speak doesn't take effect until July 1st. (3/25/15)

Well for those of you who had inquired about Bob Beckel being gone from “The Five” apparently, like politicians who claim they are resigning to “spend more time with their family” Big Bob is in “rehab” for his “back”: www.pottsmerc.com... (3/25/15)

Did Chic Hernandez lose a bet or something as I just saw a video clip of him doing an interview & his hair is a horrible blonde color. (3/25/15)

ZW WROTE "That's a very fair correction and I accept it. I made a statement of fact which should have been framed as opinion, so I apologize to you." Thank you my friend. Can we apply this apology to the singular of "iluminati," (iluninato, not iluminatus), and WJFK's billings in the early part of ths century? Never more than 34 million a year, never close to 50 million a year D&M billing. (3/25/15)

Again with this bullshit wondering who's going to apologize to someone who's been in the news? Re: "Who's gonna apologize to Dan Snyder since he took the brunt of all the criticism for the show and subsequent activity." What, did the things that happened over the past few weeks at Redskin Park suddenly unhappen with Reid's show now scheduled to appear on 980? Is a charlatan and a bully somehow absolved of his bad behavior just because he fails at it? Is a question mark at the end of a sentence a correct use of punctuation in even the most elementary English classes? The answers to those questions would be, emphatically, "no," "no" and "yes." (3/25/15)

So happy for WNEW ratings! I have switched from WTOP to WNEW. It is good to hear Lisa Baden again and I was tired of all those Chris Core commercials (among other things). In the past 2 months, I have been very impressed with WNEW! (3/25/15)

Maybe it was just me but Doug K didn't sound very good on TOP this morning. Maybe he was calling in from home?(lol) Also there is nothing wrong whatever with Lauryn Rickettts except she was overexposed. Regards Biff (3/25/15)

''RE: ZW's ". You'd have no problem telling George Bush to ''shove it''. Ummm you are assuming facts not in evidence. I would never tell anyone to shove it. I will debate politely, tell them how I feel etc but I would never tell anyone to shove it. That is just rude. I see you like defending Chris Plante. I also see you like making stuff up, just like Chris Plante. Can we see a picture of you together? I am just wondering...'' - That's a very fair correction and I accept it. I made a statement of fact which should have been framed as opinion, so I apologize to you. Additionally I will see what I can do to fulfill your wish for a photo of two men together. - ZW (3/25/15)

Who's gonna apologize to Dan Snyder since he took the brunt of all the criticism for the show and subsequent activity. (3/25/15)

For once WUSA9 makes a good move. Debra Alfarone should be doing the nightly 6PM newscasts, she's gorgeous and whenever she's reporting, she does great work. Plus she's been in DC a while, all those newcomers they have now are mispronouncing things and the new weather girl Allison Ray keeps saying "The Mason-Dixon Line" when she's on WNEW doing weather in the mornings. It's one of those phrases that media people use when they're not familiar with the area. (3/25/15)

Dave, Guess who gave Paul Farhi the ESPN 980 hoax story? That's right, it was disgruntled ex-Red Zebra program director Chuck Sapienza. A bit of revenge for how he left the company. But the most important part is that the hoax had nothing to do with the "Delay" of the start of the Man Cave. That was discovered before the initial March 16th launch date anyway. The reason for the delay was because Dan Snyder and Bruce Allen can't stand Jason Reid. Period. Nothing to do with ESPN or a hoax. They still can't stand Reid, but for good PR sake, they will let the show start anyway. (3/25/15)

re: Forbes Annual NFL Valuation Rankings… And in other news, The Annual NFL Fan Rankings rated the Washington Redskins fans also #3 in their SUCKER LIST, right behind the Jaguars fans in London and the #1 suckers, lowly Cleveland Browns fans. It’s bad enough that the NFL is so costly to go see. But geez Skins Fans, you guys take the cake! I spit out my drink every time some Skins fan says, “I don’t blame Allen and WTEM for dumping a Skins hater from the station.” Is there like some new fangled “Nation’s Capitol METH" that all you McGovernment Mansion people have concocted? Defending the Redskins is like defending the success of Obamacare or The War on Isis. Haven’t you run out of straws to grasp yet? HAHA! I’m not buying any of that Post story. Only Skins fans would believe a “hoax on a hoax!” I can’t imagine many other cities where this madness would happen and people would still defend the team. My bet is over 6 weeks for the The Man Cave Show on 980 The “Team” (put in quotes on purpose). I’ll be optimistic and give it until the 1st Redskins loss, which in the Skins case, could happen in Training Camp! Just too funny. I’f I’d made this story up for an April Fools joke, nobody would believe it but Skins fans! Even the PD didn’t believe it! I mean, in radio, if you pull a stunt or hoax, you make a big deal of it afterwards for promotional purposes. None of them are talking! ESPN is just shaking its head. HAHA! :-) (3/25/15)

“It's a sad day in Barack Obama's America when a talented TV weatherman can't exercise his first amendment rights and speak before a City Council in opposition to a Confederate holiday celebrated in Virginia right before Martin Luther King Day without losing his TV job.” Yet another example of taking an issue – someone speaking before a small town city council - and blaming it on “Barack Obama’s America,” as if POTUS was personally and directly responsible for the behavior of local officials in Charlottesville. Every single day this sort of “skew vector” babble comes forth from trolls. Such nonsense! Can’t wait to hear these howling dogs go after President Cruz! (3/25/15)

The latest crazy developments for ESPN 980's new "Man Cave" morning show involves a resurrection after it's being reported the station got punked by someone impersonating ESPN President John Skipper who succeeded, for a while, in getting the proposed show cancelled at the last minute. And how this all plays out in its nutty PR brilliance. In today's "Dave TV"..... (3/25/15)


To all the Lauryn Ricketts haters/pinheads: she's just changing TV stations. You'll be able to enjoy her bright and early on TOP Wednesday morning. Some of you really are clueless. (3/25/15)

Someone on 3/23 wrote: "Guess if she's going to a competitor, that's the reason for no announcement or send-off celebration, no matter how much she may have been liked." that's a laugh. ask anyone who has ever worked with her what they think about her. anyone. we're picturing a game of "hot potato" going on right now: "you take her!" "no, you take her!" station bean-counters like her because she can bring in viewers and listeners. remember: management is never wrong. viewers and listeners only like her because they only see her on-air persona. the lack of any send-off is very telling in that regard. (that and the fact that she didn't work for the stations, she worked for a third-party.) send-offs are for beloved employees not contractors. the parties happened after she left the building. (3/25/15)

While it appears that the ABC7/WTOP breakup has happened, we still have the nasally and crutchy Lauryn Ricketts on the air - now touting herself as an "NBC 4 Meteorologist". She appears to be working directly from WTOP's studios, as well. I wonder how many of the other "Not Ready for Drivetime Players" they kept from 7's radio team to transition into what has become NBC 4's radio team. With nobody in clear control over there on Idaho Avenue (as noted by the departure of Cantillo and Oxley's haphazard memo), who knows what is next. Maybe this really is WNEW's time to shine. (3/25/15)

RE: ZW's ". You'd have no problem telling George Bush to ''shove it''. Ummm you are assuming facts not in evidence. I would never tell anyone to shove it. I will debate politely, tell them how I feel etc but I would never tell anyone to shove it. That is just rude. I see you like defending Chris Plante. I also see you like making stuff up, just like Chris Plante. Can we see a picture of you together? I am just wondering... (3/25/15)

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Dave, Don't fall for the explanation in the the Paul Farhi article in the Washington Post. Farhi has never let the facts get in the way of a good story. The Man Cave was "delayed" because of Dan Snyder and Bruce Allen hating Jason Reid. They found it absurd that one of their biggest critics of the last few years had been hired to work for their own radio station. That is why the show was delayed. Can you blame Snyder and Allen? I dont. (3/24/15)

It's a sad day in Barack Obama's America when a talented TV weatherman can't exercise his first amendment rights and speak before a City Council in opposition to a Confederate holiday celebrated in Virginia right before Martin Luther King Day without losing his TV job. Shame on NBC 29 in Charlottesville, Va! Kirk Clyatt has a brain and he isn't afraid to use it! Richard Dahms (3/24/15)

In 2014, Forbes annual valuation rankings of the Net Worth of NFL Football teams had the Redskins in 3rd, only behind the New England Patriots & Dallas Cowboys, worth $2.4 Billion. That's Billion with a B. If Dan Snyder is really concerned about paying two radio hosts on a crappy AM station, it just shows how stupid he really is. If that's true, that's astonishing. The Redskins are truly inept from top to bottom. Wether it's paying for parking or their media relationships. They are a laughingstock and the only reason their successful is they have one of the most loyal fan bases in all of sports. That get shit on year after year after year. (3/25/15)

''I tuned into the Chris Plante Show today for the first time in many many months.... What say you Bill Hess - was THAT radio you are proud of? And YES Larry, I meant YOU. You made it very clear your love for Cliven Bundy, and that Plante is on your Christmas Card list.'' - Take a breath once in a while dude. You'd have no problem telling George Bush to ''shove it''. A little self-editing wouldn't kill you. Or perhaps a shift to WGAY. - ZW (3/24/15)

Listening to "Fair and Balance" O'Meara on TMOS say that Ted Cruz seems like a memebr of the Third Reich. Based on his views? His comments? His accent? No, based on "his slimy looks." Keep fighting that Us versus Them media, Mike. Mike's Chalky Colon (3/24/15)

Dave, Looks like the Man Cave will debut on ESPN 980 after all. A pathetic reversal by Red Zebra. After all was said and done, Dan Snyder didnt want to have to pay 2 hosts to not work for the next 2 years. Like this will somehow save his image that he is allowing a Snyder-basher like Jason Reid to be on his airwaves. There is no improving his image in this town. Its beyond repair. They'll start on Monday. I give it 6 weeks. Mike and Mike will be back on 980 by May. They should have just stuck to their guns and kept it cancelled. (3/24/15)

I tuned into the Chris Plante Show today for the first time in many many months just in time to hear his phone call with "Frank". Chris got super belligerent when Frank said something Plante evidently did not agree with about Ted Cruz. Plante went into major meltdown, hung up on Frank and said he was no longer allowed to ever call in again. Plante said "this is why you can not carry on a conversation with a liberal!" and went on to call (It was shouting actually) Frank every nasty name that is allowed to be called on the radio. He started with "scum" I believe and it got worse from there. Even into the next caller, Plante was in full tirade mode about Frank. Please be advised that the self ex-communicated, Cliven Bundy worshiping, "Was it a black man" asking, 10 year old boy disparaging, "shove it Mr. President, Shove it!", calling a black man who is more educated and accomplished than himself a "felon" when he committed no crime, telling the world who he believes has a small penis, Chris Plante said this guy is no longer allowed to call in. WMAL where America comes to talk and then be banned if they don't agree with Cliven Bundy or Chris Plante or the other racists/sexists and homophobes who work there, Radio. What say you Bill Hess - was THAT radio you are proud of? And YES Larry, I meant YOU. You made it very clear your love for Cliven Bundy, and that Plante is on your Christmas Card list. (3/24/15)

Memo: It seems that the minimum wage board ops over on Jennifer Street are pissing and moaning again. Instead of taking your frustrations out on management, maybe you should go back to school and up your education. "Big Tyrone" Duncan (3/24/15)

The e-mails about the former owner of WMEX (and WPGC) are very interesting. While he was a pain in the ass to work for, he was known as Mac Richmond. -Unsigned Corporate Suit (3/24/15)

Awesome hearing Stacy Lynn while driving to Alexandria this morning on WNEW. Lots of talent over there, but she definitely shines. (3/24/15)

I know I'm late to this party, but while on WJLA's website, I see that they have ELEVEN on air weather people??!! (3/24/15)

A shout out to Chris Emry… You won’t be hearing 100.7 The Bay past the Bay Bridge this summer if Adams Broadcasting gets its way. It has applied for a 250 watt 100.7 FM pointed directly from Georgetown DE southeast toward the beaches, highly directional. With the recent Class B1 WKHI 107.7 getting a huge signal bounce combining with WGBG 98.5 too in Delaware for Classic Rock, you won’t hear any of WZBA or WZXL on Delmarva this summer. Normally the signals from both 100.7’s travel across both bays due to salinity, but that won’t have the same effect anymore. Can’t think of any other reason they would want 100.7 in that location other than to stamp out the other 2 classic rock stations that drift in. Neither WKHI or WGBG had much of a signal at the beaches, but that will change this summer. Lots of changes this summer on the shore. WZBH 93.5 will also crank it up to 50,000 watts too. The combination of those 4 stations will make them the strongest signals on Delmarva for this summer, not 99.9 & 104.7 like historically. Hello Clear Channel, did you miss the memo? :-) — BaltoMedia.Net (3/24/15)

Lauryn Ricketts posted that today is her last day at WJLA. www.facebook.com (3/24/15)

Lauren Rickets out at WJLA. THANK GOD WE DONT HAVE TO LISTEN TO HER SCRATCHY HORRIBLE VOICE ANYMORE. JUST HORRIBLE. (3/24/15)

Julie Wright abruptly leaving FOX5 is just another mystery regarding the goings on at that station. I'm sure the morning crew & others at the station know her plans, but are sworn to secrecy. Julie's been posting cryptic messages on her Twitter account about details coming soon re: her next career move. But I wonder why it has to be such a secret. Especially if we find out she's not going to a competitor. The mystery started with moving Tony Perkins to evenings , which he obviously didn't want to do. Anyone know how that's working out?They then go with that train wreck Good Day DC forcing most of the morning crew to be on air for about 5-6 hours straight. Their fatigue was obvious. They then demote Sarah Simmons to field reporter. And yes, it's a demotion since she was promoted from field reporter to the anchor desk & then BACK out in the field only to be seen every now & then. She's replaced with Melanie Alnwick, who to me, just isn't a good fit. THEN, they come up with this Good Day @ 10a , taking happy, hyper, Holly from her remote stories & bringing her inside to cackle non-stop for an hour. So who knows what future changes the powers that be have in store. Stay tuned. (3/24/15)

ZW that's a virtual transcript of the last week of TMOS shows! " The ironic thing is that the first half of his thought process was right. The show IS small enough. Looking forward to another week of doctor's appointments, boils being lanced, complaints about people not fawning over a baby, fat people, casual ethnic humor, annoying buzzing sounds, Yahoo news read aloud, and generally what David Brinkley once called ''more goddam nonsense.'' Mike's Chalky Colon (3/24/15)

''(quote) How'd it go on your little league team when the coach told you how to glove a grounder, and you responded with your 5th grade teacher's dumbass rejoinder? Ass still sting? (end) Hahahaha... not taking the bait, mouseballs. '' - Ahhh, actually you kinda did. Plus you implied that he had warm furry cuddly balls. - ZW (3/24/15)

I disagree with your analysis of WMMJ 102.3. They are doing very well with their Urban AC Format. If anyone in the market goes to a Classic Hip-Hop Format it will be WRQX 107.3. They need good ratings in order to get back to the $16 million they lost in revenue. Look at the Cumulus stock now. It is down by 50%! (3/24/15)

”The problem with The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is it is there to BAN GUNS AND INFRINGE ON YOUR RIGHTS. They work from a proven false assumption that banning guns will reduce gun violence.” This is yet another example of how things get taken off-topic and turned into a rant. The group is protesting the employment by WTTG of Emily Miller, who has engaged in overt, public support of a controversial position and is now a “reporter” expected to turn out objective material. The veracity of the group, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, is not in question here – Ms Miller’s stature as an objective reporter is. This sort of skew “blasting” is much like that inserted in any discussion regarding POTUS and his administration. Just mention something, say, the P5+1 talks, and you get these trolls inserting their hate blasts regardless of their relevancy to the discussion at hand. In 22 months, what will these people shriek about then? (3/24/15)

Curious to know what has happened to Fox News “The Five” cohost, Bob Beckel. Did he really have back surgery? No one on the show ever said anything. Here 1 day, gone the next. (3/24/15)

Never fear Skins fans. Dannyboy on the Red Zebra will always find a way out however humiliating! HAHA! (3/24/15)


10 days until the expiration date for Ocean City’s WIJK AM 1590 & 105.1 THE RYDE. Nothing has been filed with the FCC except my letter notifying the FCC that Tower #3 cannot be rebuilt because it’s now in tidal water & swamp, not land. This little fact has been grossly admitted from every Vince Klepac STA request for years nor has he said he was looking for another transmission site. All this time, he’s been telling the FCC that the tower could be fixed. WRONG! Now the question is, will the FCC violate its own rules or will the Feds let him violate environmental restrictions to rebuild that tower in the water? Should be interesting come April 3. I have 2 guesses: He’ll announce a sale of the stations or he’ll just let the deadline pass and pretend it never happened and the FCC just looks the other way again. After 10 years, what’s another 6 months? The last time I reported on this, the FCC had put into public record a FINAL WARNING to Bayshore Media. That letter has since been removed from public record, but guess what? The DCRTV archives have the quotes from it and I have the entire letter. So if the FCC tries to pretend that ruling didn’t exist, it IS HERE on DCRTV’s archives and I have the engineer’s name & email. Dave, if there is some complaint about this post, there’s a simple answer. This is all public record, the letters, everything, easily checked out. (3/24/15)

[From DCRTV's Job Ads:] 2015 Producer-Board Operator Position - WCBM has an opening for a PT weekend producer. Experience preferred. Interested persons should be able to monitor transmitters, operate an audio console, screen calls, and edit audio. Must have reliable transportation. Please submit resumes to:WCBM,1726 Reisterstown Rd. Suite 117, Baltimore, MD. 21208 or to sean@wcbm.com. WCBM is an EOE. (3/24/15)

[From DCRTV's Job Ads:] Work with some of the best radio sales talent in the country, right here in Baltimore! Great place to work, become a member of a truly effective radio sales team. If you have experience in sales, we’d like to talk with you. You will receive a salary and a client list when you hit the ground. We are a locally owned, family operated group of stations. All inquiries are confidential. Please send resume to radiosalesmanager@gmail.com. (3/24/15)

The problem with The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is it is there to BAN GUNS AND INFRINGE ON YOUR RIGHTS. They work from a proven false assumption that banning guns will reduce gun violence. Ask for proof and you get the harsh BS of the ignorant left. Lefties are sure into intolerance. What of the lefties who speak for their causes like Ms. Rehm? (3/24/15)

To the one who mentioned Johnny Dark, why are you mentioning here in this forum that Johnny sent you an email? Why are telling the whole world about this? Are you trying to discredit Max Richmond and/or Bob Foster? Also, to the one who posted about his version of what "really" happened in Dothan as opposed to Mathers' version...why would Bob lie about that? What purpose would that serve? Bob Mathers is a very upstanding individual with yrs of experience in this crazy yet wonderful business...I appreciate what he said about WTTR, and heartily agree with it. I just wish sometimes that people posting here would leave their bad attitudes where they belong...inside their heads, and definitely not here on DCRTV. (3/24/15)

Accuweather is THE WORST IDEA EVER for a replacement to the Weather Channel. I will NOT wait 40 minutes until they cover a local cities weather. Who cares about Denver, California or Florida? What about DC, VA, MD??? Is everybody who works for Verizon an idiot? (3/24/15)

(quote) How'd it go on your little league team when the coach told you how to glove a grounder, and you responded with your 5th grade teacher's dumbass rejoinder? Ass still sting? (end) Hahahaha... not taking the bait, mouseballs. (3/24/15)

Hi. I was wondering if someone in the business could explain the difference in CHR vs. Hot AC formats and maybe cite a couple of songs in CHR that likely wouldn't be heard in the other? Thanks. (3/24/15)

To Johnny Dark: In one E-mail you sent me you said that Bob Foster urged Max Richmond to hire you at WMEX and by the time you got there Bob was headed for WCAO. I think in the other E-mail you said Bob wasn't a very nice guy. I can see why. I was reading some Baltimore radio history on the internet and it mentioned Max Richmond and mentioned he was very hard to work for and irritating to his deejays. I also read this in a book written by Jack Gale who worked at WMEX in 1964 and 1965. So if Bob Foster urged Max Richmond to hire you I can see why he wasn't a very nice guy. He probably left WMEX because he didn't like Max Richmond either. (3/24/15)

RE WRQX: NASH won't happen in DC. That entire NASH platform is nothing but a Wall Street smokescreen to divert attention away from the core business that was lost the last few years in all of the big Cumulus markets. The flagship NASH in New York is currently a 1.3 Share and bleeding money. The NYC Cumulus market is actually in worse shape than DC. The company is coming off of of 2 horrific earnings quarters and the stock is down around 50% the last few weeks and trading at an historic low. Even the Dickeys are selling off large blocks of stock the last few weeks. Simply put, they are in deep trouble. Look for the current format to be tweaked so they don't have to pay the morning show off and when that fails you can look for a full fledged change. (3/24/15)

The ESPN 980 Man Cave story just wont go away. Red Zebra CEO Rick Carmean met with hosts Jason Reid and Chris Paul yesterday. He thinks there's some supposed "media hype" around this show and may still want to try and get this show on the air. It's a complete disgrace. No one at 980 wants this show to happen. No one at 980 can sell this show. Jason Reid has ZERO ON AIR EXPERIENCE. But for some reason Carmean is trying to save face from the bad publicity. They should just let this show die a quiet death. Aside from a couple of Washington Post columns a week ago, and the story getting picked up by a couple of websites, no one cares. Just buy these 2 guys contracts out and get on with it. (3/24/15)

Is Lew Dickey, President of Cumulus, in town today meeting with his staff? Will WRQX 107.3 change to Classic Hip-Hop? Can it get the revenue back to $16 million with that format? These are all good questions. Stay tuned..... (3/24/15)

Dave's response: Seems like a move to classic hip-hop would be a smarter move for Radio One's WMMJ, which has seen its ratings sag of late. My guess is that WRQX will transition back to a hot adult contemporary format with either Jack Diamond, or someone like him, in mornings. There's already too much country on the DC radio dial, so a move to Nash would not be smart. But, you've got to remember, Cumulus is not that smart.....

Good to see Jamie Sullivan back on the air. She did the traffic reports on ABC 7 as well as the first hour on Newschannel 8. Sullivan left Clear Channel in 2013 for her hometown of Cleveland. She was let go by that station late last year. Now the question is, "Where is Julie Wright?" (3/24/15)

Anon wrote "New traffic person not named Julie Wright at Channel 7? Jacqui Jeras ?via Twitter: "Meet @SullivanTraffic ! The newest member of @ABC7GMW" While Julie is known as a traffic reporter, she never said she was going to 7 from 5 in the same position. Perhaps she'll be replacing "Mr. Food" or "The Green Grocer" on WJLA. (3/24/15)

Several days ago, Bob Mathers wrote in the mailbag to defend himself against something or another - and stated that he "owned a radio station in Dothan, Alabama. Operated it for a year, sold it at a profit...". Bob, that's not the way I (or the FCC) remember it. The public record shows that Dothan Broadcasting LLC had an option to buy Jack Gale's (at the time) WEEL AM 700 in Dothan Alabama. It was run under a TBA, but the broker (Dothan Broadcasting LLC) was unable to actually buy the station - and the station went silent. The FCC documents actually state that the station went silent because the time broker was unable to supply programming. The station reverted to Gale's operation while silent, and he took a loss when the debt by the previous owner (Victory Broadcasting) was forgiven. If that is you owning (which the FCC has no record of) and selling it at a profit (but, what can you sell when you never owned it) - I want some of what you've been smoking, amigo. Or, was there another Dothan Alabama station that you owned during this time? There is no doubt you worked there (I listened) and attempted to buy the station, but a TBA isn't ownership, Bob. This era of WEEL AM plays out in public record on the FCC Media Bureau page as well as on wikipedia wikipedia.org (3/24/15)

Its like WRQX is on its last legs as a rhythmic leaning CHR. The have cut their current playlist down to about 15 records, eliminating almost all the newer rhythmic songs they were playing. These have been replaced with CHR and Hot AC recurrents. Its not clear whether this is just a desperate attempt to stay a CHR and boost their ratings, or actually a shift back to Hot AC. (3/24/15)

Dave, the traveling man saga of Jack Diamond has gotten told. The guy is obviously going through a mid-life crisis of epic proportions, both personally and professionally, including still being a royal horse's ass as anyone in the business knows. "Sickness" or not (how long is that period to recover, anyway?), he's obviously not returning to Chicago (his bio has already be taken off their website). He doesn't know what he wants to do, other than deftly playing both ends of the stick and then sticking it to anyone who is stupid enough to hire him. Anybody that hires him for any future gig - anywhere - has to be nuts. I'd say that his radio career is over - or should be. (3/24/15)

New traffic person not named Julie Wright at Channel 7? Jacqui Jeras ?via Twitter: "Meet @SullivanTraffic ! The newest member of @ABC7GMW. She has great traffic reports and taste in clothes! Follow her".... (3/24/15)

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Ivna--Jim Vance is semi-retired. He may have already retired. He is 75 years old and has decided that enough is enough. There was a good article on him in Washingtonian Magazine a few months back. Bill Lord has certainly sent Howard Bernstein to Weather Siberia! Week-end evening news isn’t generally watched. I wasn’t crazy about him, but it seems a shame to stick him there after so many years with WUSA. (3/23/15)

Re: Big Changes Coming to WRQX Well it's about time. The station is an absolute mess. Every decision made in the past year has been a mistake and it all started when RQX hired a program director with absolutely no successful track record. He was fired from his last job in NY for driving that station into the ground. A terrible programmer who is barely in the building and put together a morning show of sidekicks and is a driving force to the behind the scenes exodus in the building. Add to that a terrible decision by Cumulus to replace the GM and hire two sales managers that did a great job of isolating themselves and forcing the top sellers - the ones who brought in that $15 million of lost revenue - to bring their talents to Clear Channel, CBS, Hubbard etc. This is not a surprise. It was inevitable. Bad hires and bad decisions lead to failure. (3/23/15)

Hi Dave, a comment on the whole spectrum grab thing. A whole lot of people would be disadvantaged by the auction,the middle class and poor. A whole lot of people are cost cutting as a necessity. Cable and satellite have over priced themselves due to sports. There are other areas of spectrum more suited for the greedy cellular band hoarders and channels 51,soon to be (auctioned) as well as 52-69 could be restored to broadcast television believe it or not. Again plenty of creative ways to come up with solutions but the greedy cell phone lobby and government are too lazy right now----but will be forced to later. Sprint,ATT and the others are just hoarding bandwidth that they will sell later. Like I stated last week this is why you are seeing a proliferation of sub channels popping up on air.you should expect more. Finally,the major networks ABC,NBC,CBS,FOX,MYNET,CW,ION,and PBS as well as Univision and Telemundo will never stand for it! In addition the sub channels stations carry are big deals now and bringing in revenue so they will also not stand for being deleted through these actions. Remember that Direct T V and Dish in their marketing put OTA tuners in their DVR units for the express purpose of granting access to these subs----ME-TV,Decades,COZY,etc. and will install an outdoor antenna if requested if an indoor antenna won't suffice. Bottom line---I wouldn't worry but would write/call the FCC and your congress person. If we don't speak up changes happen that are not in the public interest. Thanks Dave! NL (3/23/15)

I agree lumping Maddow with anyone else on MSNBC is short sighted. Maddow is the Political Science/Mensa approach to the commentary on the days politics. I don't agree with anything she supports but appreciate the research and insight she brings to the table. Todd would do well to spend more time observing what and how Maddow does. I would much prefer her hosting Meet the Press than Todd. I don't see MSNBC being around in the next few years. Hope that Maddow lands on her feet and keeps her commentary on politics on one of the alphabet networks. (3/23/15)

Re: "My 5th grade teacher used to say, 'If you think you can do it better yourself, come on up here and show us.' Anytime anyone gives someone in media an earful of shit for one reason or another, how about they step up and let us see how it should be done." Your self-congratulatory, fuck-the-listener attitude, and the fact that you base your business plan on the bitchy comments of an elementary school teacher, go a long way toward explaining why radio in this town has become a decidedly minor league affair. How'd it go on your little league team when the coach told you how to glove a grounder, and you responded with your 5th grade teacher's dumbass rejoinder? Ass still sting? Your shop is, I'm quite sure, a place where everyone spends their time pissing in your coffee and sending resumes to competitors. Way to run the business into a ditch. Nobody's listening, and that's exactly what you deserve. (3/23/15)

''Anytime anyone gives someone in media an earful of shit for one reason or another, how about they step up and let us see how it should be done. That goes for someone taking shots at Chuck Todd or any one of a number of armchair PDs posting here.'' - The only ones taking shots at Topper Shut are Bill O'Reilly and Rachel Maddow, both millionaires because of doing successful shows. So your argument takes failure to a new level. And you're recycling a bit Don and Mike did back in the 90s, except instead of 5 days they gave the listener 4 minutes to hang themselves. Who's the armchair PD now? - ZW (3/23/15)

FYI: Protest against WTTG Reporter on Tuesday - The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is protesting former Moonie employee and current WTTG cub reporter, Emily Miller: When: Tue Mar 24, Mar. 24 at 2:00 pm... Where: Outside WTTG-TV, 5151 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, D.C... Topic: The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence holds an event to deliver a petition to WTTG-TV Fox 5 calling for the station to fire reporter Emily Miller for statements made at a Virginia Citizens Defense League rally and for "her continuing breach of journalistic ethics." Contact: Samantha Friedman, 202-215-9260, samantha@westendstrategy.com (3/23/15)

Just days after PD Chuck Sapienza is shown the door, Kornheiser's show no longer has a podcast delay of 24 hours. (3/23/15)

Pick Temple is there at the grand opening of a Giant. Some people at Fairfax Underground say this is the one that used to be in Alexandria's Bradlee shopping center, but it doesn't look like Bradlee to me. ~~ Blair in Alexandria (3/23/15)


“Not DC-Balto-related, but for you tower geeks, check out the demolition of 3 Knoxville-area AM towers here: www.wbir.com...” Watching three old sticks come down isn’t much of a thriller…BUT…what I learned from watching the clip is how easy one can topple a tower by taking a pair of 3-foot-long bolt cutters and snipping the guy wires. Of course, as Charles Darwin would advise, be sure to be on the outside – and back – of the guy wire when you do the “chew” on it. Otherwise, you might find yourself bisected when the wire snaps and whips! If only I knew it was this easy back when in my radio career….I might have been tempted to do it! (3/23/15)

My 5th grade teacher used to say, "If you think you can do it better yourself, come on up here and show us." Anytime anyone gives someone in media an earful of shit for one reason or another, how about they step up and let us see how it should be done. That goes for someone taking shots at Chuck Todd or any one of a number of armchair PDs posting here. There should be a rider in the work agreement of everyone on the air anywhere that says they can step aside, take a paid break, and let the loudmouth criticizing their work go ahead and either make a fool of themselves on the air... or actually show them how it can be done better. One week of handling their duties and trying not to step on grenades the way their targets do should prove sobering. (3/23/15)

I thought that the great Broadcast TV Spectrum auction was delayed (again) till 2016. Is that incorrect? (3/23/15)

RE: Horace Holmes/troubleshooter: At WTVD, WJLA's sister station in Raleigh NC, our consumer reporter is referred to as "Troubleshooter". (for the record WTVD is an ABC O&O) (3/23/15)

My thoughts on the alleged Rachel Maddow vs. Chuck Todd feud: While I think that Maddow is overreacting to Todd's comments on "advocacy journalism", there is something to get angry with Chuck Todd, and the media in general, over. More here: emichaelball.tumblr.com... Sincerely, Mike in Kensington (3/23/15)

Rachel Maddow is correct. For Chuck to lump in her show with O'Reilly's, Hannity's, and Kelly's shows is misguided, unbelievable and un-F'ing fair. Rachel would never devote a segment on Jesus and Santa Claus being "white." Rachel would never call someone she disagrees with a "pinhead," Rachel would never do anything comparable to the stunts Hannity does -"we found heavy drinking in Daytona during Spring Break, stay tuned for this explosive investigation," (and lots of shots of 19 year old blondes in bikinis). And my Hannity favorite, "Here are five families hurt by Obamacare, I told you so..." They all we scripted and lying. Even Rand Paul after being scewered by Rachel said that her interview with him was "fair." I urge anyone who believes she is in the same boat as Fox News evening hosts to actually sit down and watch her show before making any comparisons. Ms. Maddow provides an informative show, not a partisan bully fest designed to rile up the audience. Now, it order to have a civilized debate, let the name calling begin. (3/23/15)

Does the man who was ranting about the upcoming spectrum auction realize that it is all by choice? Stations don't have to give up the frequency unless they want to. After the auction the stations most likely will have to change physical channels. (3/23/15)

There's nothing on the internet about Jim. What's going on? He's no longer on the news and even NBC4 doesn't have anything on their site about why he isn't on the air. Figured if anyone would know it would by you. Thanks, Ivna (3/23/15)

Dave, just saw the following on Julie Wright's FB page which suggests that more than likely your post about her leaving FOX5 (or possibly already left) is true. Guess if she's going to a competitor, that's the reason for no announcement or send-off celebration, no matter how much she may have been liked. - "Julie Wright: Taking some time off visiting my fam. Career wise moving in a different direction but I'm staying local so please keep in touch Say hi anytime"..... (3/23/15)

''Chuck Todd [actually Topper Shutt but we'll let that go] had 2 problems right from the start of his appearance on the Mike O'Meara podcast. First, he seemed to think the show was small enough he could say anything he wanted and no one would know.'' - The ironic thing is that the first half of his thought process was right. The show IS small enough. Looking forward to another week of doctor's appointments, boils being lanced, complaints about people not fawning over a baby, fat people, casual ethnic humor, annoying buzzing sounds, Yahoo news read aloud, and generally what David Brinkley once called ''more goddam nonsense.'' - ZW (3/23/15)

(regarding the WLMD/FBI post) I found a link to see the FBI documents in question, in an easier to navigate pdf form. archive.org (3/23/15)

While looking online for some information about a talk host on WLMD-AM in the 70s, I came across a fascinating chunk of information. A local radio interview with a member of a White Power group called National Renaissance Party, was brought to the attention of the FBI. Tape of the segment that aired on the August 14, 1974 midday talk show, hosted by Dennis Richards, was provided to the FBI by: “a confidential informant, who has furnished reliable information in the past.” There’s no audio linked online. but the document, apparently obtained through a FOIA request, contains quotes from and references to the interview. Overall, the document is repetitive, garbled in places, with much material redacted. Given the growth in recent years, of domestic terrorist activities by lunatic fringe right wing groups, as well as all the highly charged and inflammatory right wing political talk on radio today, I wonder how many similar recordings and documents online searches will reveal, 40 years from now. Here’s the link. The WLMD portion can be seen by scrolling about two-thirds down in the document. archive.org... (3/23/15)

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Just saw a promo on ABC 7 for a story that declared Whorace Holmes as "ABC 7 troubleshooter." Is "troubleshooter" a euphemism for "I work for cheap." (3/22/15)

"Just when you thought it was over, The Baltimore Sun posts the 100 Reasons Baltimore is better than DC! Enjoy" If you have to keep harping on it, and making up shit, you only confirm that you have this serious inferiority complex! If you really were "better" you wouldn't have to tell anyone. But please, whine on. We'll send you some cheese to go with all the whine. (3/22/15)

Feel free to chime in on this but I’ve been reading some interesting stuff about this year’s delayed TV spectrum auction. Not much has hit the MSM, but the ultimate plan is that the new TV Core spectrum will be Channels 7 - 30. Now I’m not an engineer, but clearly this is going to require broadcasters to share channel space, as in 2 TV stations using the same 6MHz frequency to broadcast in HD or SD. In many markets this will probably not be a big deal with the Big 4 network stations. But think about the implications here. Many of the area stations broadcast above Channel 30 right now. We may see Channel’s 2, 4 & 5, but it’s not really that channel. At least half of this market’s TV stations will be outside the TV Core Channels of 7 - 30. Only 7, 9, 11, & 13, and 14 - 30 are totally safe by this. All other stations will eventually HAVE to move and/or be “re-packed” in with another TV station. 31- 51 will be sold off for cell phone spectrum. Of course virtual #s from 1-69 will still be available. This is why southern New Jersey lost its only local TV news. The TV license is going to be turned into the FCC for cash. This is why clever people used a loophole to get a VHF Channels 4 & 5 in New Jersey & Delaware. To sell these frequencies for cell phone use. Channels not currently safe in this “repacking” of the TV band here include WMAR 38, WRC 48, WTTG 36, WDCA 35, WMPT 42, WUTB 41, WHUT 33, WBFF 46, WDCW 50, WNUV 40, WPXW 34, and a few LPTV stations. THEY WILL ALL HAVE TO MOVE! These stations have options… Turn in their licenses for money and go off the air, unlikely, or move within the new core TV band 7-30. The FCC is considering opening up Channel 37 if necessary if there are problems, but it’s easy to see there WILL be problems! And then there’s the translators and LPTVs. As I read it, they are not currently protected in this “repacking.” As I read it, some cell networks want the highest VHF bands not in the new TV band, 2-6 (Sprint/T-mobile) and all of them want 31-51. So the question is, will DC or Baltimore lose TV stations or programming possibly? Sinclair will lose ALL of its 3 Baltimore frequencies! Scripps’ WMAR will lose the BEST OTA signal in Baltimore. FOX will lose current signals in both markets. WRC 4 is screwed. I’m not sure what the best signal is in DC, but somebody in that list is going to lose out. Of course they’ll be moved somewhere, but where? In most markets no issue at all, but in some big problems. Where will WPVI ABC 6 go who couldn’t find a suitable UHF frequency in the last round of Core Channel changes? Someone did an unscientific analysis of the LA market. This is worth reading… www.kmrichards.com... Here’s more on this… www.current.org (3/22/15)

Dave - By what technical means are you able to receive your 38 local channels? Outdoor antenna or internet stream? (3/22/15)

Dave's response: Indoor "rabbit ears" with loop antenna on east facing second floor window sill about 15 miles west of DC.....

For all you cord-cutters, not counting the internet cord, a calculator. Calculate what it would cost to get all of your tv online. www.tveverge.com... Myself, I haven't had cable in 30 years (and still watching too much tv). Guestimating an avg of $70/yr, that's about $25Gs saved. (3/22/15)

Dave's response: As I frequently say in my "Cord Cutter" episodes, TV will cost you one way or another. But instead of paying Comcast $185 a month for broadband internet plus 300+ channels, most of which I don't want or watch, I'm now paying $118 for stuff, at least, I want. About $90 for internet, $8 for Netflix, and another $20 for SlingTV, mainly for AMC, but there's also a dozen popular cable channels included, including CNN and ESPN. Plus, I get 38 local broadcast TV channels for free, a batch of interesting free channels via Roku, quite a few shows in-the-clear via Comcast's website (since I use them for broadband), and many other free online services like YouTube. And when the final half-season of "Mad Men" ends this summer, I'll probably ditch SlingTV. So, I'm saving $60 a month and have the flexibility to change without being tied to a contract. And it's mighty nice paying horrible Comcast not so much.....

Just when you thought it was over, The Baltimore Sun posts the 100 Reasons Baltimore is better than DC! Enjoy! :-) www.baltimoresun.com (3/22/15)

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There is no grudge at BaltoMedia with WMAR TV from this end. I don’t even know why someone at WMAR ABC 2 got upset over reposting a Facebook comment that was apparently disparaging to someone at WMAR. I’m not the one who said it and no one at WMAR TV even gave me the info about Mike Masco leaving. I got it from a DC source in fact. But I stand by my rant because it’s too coincidental that somebody immediately reported the Facebook account. My opinion is that their response to the story was very small town. I actually thought it was funny calling me "Dave Hughes’ Butler”. Speaking of which, I did leak the story a week earlier than the Facebook stuff, but nobody noticed & Dave didn’t even give me credit! I don’t really care since I don’t make any money, but the complaint to Facebook was funny, charging me with being a “For Profit Media Personality” and not a real person. So the irony is that he called me a nobody and now I have to prove to Facebook that I’m a nobody! Is that not funny or what? Now it’s entirely possible that someone else reported me too, but since that guy attacked me publicly at the same exact time, I can’t imagine it was anybody else. I’ve actually been a big supporter of WMAR TV and Mike Masco & their staff. For the number of people they have compared to the competition, they really have to bust their asses a lot more. But complaining to FACEBOOK is down right juvenile. I’ll be back regardless. Are they really that stupid? Facebook is blocking BaltoMedia.net but I’m still here… www.facebook.com/BaltimoreMedia... I simply have no posting privileges for the time being. Be careful Dave Hughes. You could be next for continuing to host my Facebook finds! haha! (3/21/15)

''Mike is stunningly naive and close-minded for a syndicated host.'' - You may have noticed that while still alive at the moment, he hasn't been syndicated for years. Raised on the water in Boston, Maine, Connecticut, and the Chesapeake Bay, this semipro hockey player and college graduate would be happy to compare diplomas with any real radio guy, and is really equivalent to a first responder, police or fireman, or a soldier, so he's doing it his way. Now his way seems to be talking about being unsatisfied with his many doctor's appointments, but the man lost seven pounds in the last couple years. Show some respect. - ZW (3/21/15)

(MSNBC's Rachel Maddow is "apoplectic" over Chuck Todd's moral equivalence of Fox News and MSNBC prime time. Todd was on "The Mike O'Meara Show" when he said, "I think advocacy journalism, sort of the Fox and what MSNBC primetime, those models, that hasn't been healthy for politics. It's just not healthy for it. It all goes to one of the explanations why we don't persuade people anymore.” ) He’s right! (3/21/15)

"3/20/14 was the cut off date to submit your comments to the FCC on how to REVITALIZE AM RADIO." Jesus this is like Ground Hog day all over again. What part of "ITS NOT THE FCC'S JOB TO SAVE AM RADIO" is not understood? Its not the FCC's job to save AM radio. The FCC didn't screw it up. The AM Station owners did. Honestly anyone that thinks the Federal Government can fix anything should contact me immediately as I have some land in Florida that you need to BUY NOW! The FCC's job is the regulate. Not fix. Yet every month, some dim-wit brings up the same point about "why hasn't the FCC fixed AM radio?". The FCC will NEVER FIX AM RADIO. Hell they can't even regulate it with any consistency how are they going to fix anything? Really Dave, next time someone asks this idiotic question, trash it, or better yet send it to the FCC. I really expect to see someone ask why the Weatherman on Channel 9 is creating the weather and who gave him so much power? Duhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh (3/21/15)

Chuck Todd had 2 problems right from the start of his appearance on the Mike O'Meara podcast. First, he seemed to think the show was small enough he could say anything he wanted and no one would know. Second sure MSNBC and Fox have a point of view, but so did he, clearly. And once he laid it out there it's tough to go back to NBC and play objective. Also, Todd's basic point; "Fox and MSNBC approach to reporting 'your team vs my team' - isn't helping anyone" is exactly what he did. And exactly how Mike O'Meara plays it everyday. Mike is stunningly naive and close-minded for a syndicated host. (3/21/15)

I check out some new channels being added by SlingTV, which is working pretty good for me. Also, Apple's plans to offer cable and broadcast networks online. Who will get hurt with more cable packages being offered online? And more in today's "Cord Cutter"..... (3/21/15)


[RE: The Gamut. As for it being mono, there is limited bandwidth since in addition to HD1 and HD2, there are data services on the HD signal. I ran some tests with the bandwidth available and made a judgement call that decent mono beat mediocre-quality stereo. Dave Kolesar] Thanks for the details, Dave. Didn't take the data services into account. I definitely appreciate higher fi mono over garbled stereo. So I'm guessing we shouldn't anticipate AM Stereo on WWFD any time soon. :-) (3/21/15)

Follow up to older entries...Verizon added WMDE, channel 5/36, apparently licensed to Dover DE, as a local HD TV channel (#502) a few weeks ago. "Soul of the South" network lists it as their Washington, DC affiliate. Various programming airs 24/7. Infomercials, old ('70's) movies, Arise Network programs. Someone here did provide the Website, something I couldn't find via Google wmdetv.com. Wonder what getting on FiOS in the DC area can do to raise their market presence/value? Forgot to mention, the half-dozen or so times I have looked in on this station at their top of the hour program transitions, I have yet to see a legal ID or any type of station identifier. (3/21/15)

Dave, sports radio doesn't rank well in 6+ or 12+ categories but they don't sell on those numbers. Men 25-54 is what matters to the sports format. Both sports stations and almost all of their shows have performed well at times in that demo. Dukes and Junks on 106.7 and Sheehan/Loverro on 980 have had many top 3 men 25-54 finishes in recent years. Performance in that demo is why both stations generate top 5-10 sales. (3/21/15)

Thanks for sharing this Dave. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is a wonderful organization based in Maryland. Please come out to support it. Ratso, if you are going to make fun of me, then you better buy a ticket, show up and bring a guitar. Two piano players will be standing buy for you. And even if you can’t make it, you can use this link to make a make a donation in the “additional donation” box - www.firehero.org (3/21/15)

Re The Gamut --- There is so much that HD radio can offer the public, if only management believed more in the brilliance of in-house thinking: www.radioworld.com (3/21/15)

3/20/14 was the cut off date to submit your comments to the FCC on how to REVITALIZE AM RADIO. They have had one year to "study and analyze them". What has the FCC done? NOTHING. Many people sent in their comments, including engineers and attorneys, who took their time to help. Now radio stations not only pay license fees to the FCC but also "regulatory" fees. If you don't pay these fees then you cannot operate. (3/21/15)

Hey Dave, this was a little nasty and I thought you might be interested. We got a clip last night from a listener that saw a segment of our Chuck Todd show on the O'Reilly Factor the other night. Here's the clip... Mike O'Meara responded "It's nice that Bill O'Reilly chose to mock the look of our podcast. You're right Bill, we might look like SCTV, I don't have your millions, and I certainly don't have the FOX money to make my podcast look better, but I am still a proud small business owner, and I think I have the greatest listeners in the world." (3/21/15)


Re: Gamut. Yes, we do want to promote HD and analog radio. Streaming also increases the cost of a format that is currently being provided as a service of WTOP with no advertising. I've been given a remarkably free hand to program the station: it came into being when Bonneville sold WTOP and The Mormon Channel vacated 103.5 HD3. I made the case that niche/destination formats belong on disadvantaged signals (AM, HD subchannels, translators), and my hobby web station became a de facto demo for the new format. Over three years later, it's still going. My personal goal is to make you look askew at your radio and chuckle every so often. :-) As for it being mono, there is limited bandwidth since in addition to HD1 and HD2, there are data services on the HD signal. I ran some tests with the bandwidth available and made a judgement call that decent mono beat mediocre-quality stereo. Dave Kolesar (3/21/15)

In regards to the Peter North/Penis banners, that wasn't from recent searches, it was the RELM Network box. Kirk McEwen had a show with Peter North pic titled "Penis Transplant Breakthrough" so that was what they saw. Belated kudos to Peter Rosenberg for an awesome appearance on the Stone Cold Steve Austin podcast. I never really cared for Peter on WJFK or at the AdMo McD's, but he did a great job with the Rattlesnake. Speaking of dicks in pro rasslin' I hope Buzz & the crew have plenty of Excedrin for the headaches Vince Russo will bring. ZW keep up the good work: a few more posts and your stalker, errr fan will go postal. (3/21/15)

I read with interest the back and forth commentary about WTTR's recent showing in the Baltimore metro ratings. It's great that AM 1470 showed up in the book. The station has at times performed very well in Carroll County breakouts. WTTR is a heritage station in the county and has meant a great deal over the years to many who live there. To the poster who said it was 'clearly the former WTTR Station Manager' penning the observation that prompted his post...may I say you are wrong. It wasn't me. As for any 'minions' of mine, I can't think of any who either know about X-Trends or care about Arbitron transitioning to Nielsen. Heck, I didn't even know I had any minions. After thinking a little more about the latter's comments, it is noteworthy that the rebuttal was centered solely on the music but not a word was mentioned about community involvement and presence. Whether the format is Classic Rock, Buddy Deane Ditties, or Lithuanian Wedding Chants, a community radio station can't make it mainly on music. If your feet are not on the street, you give 'em the bone without the meat. Berry Gordy used to say 'It's what's in the grooves that counts'. For a community radio station to make it to any degree, 'It's the local content between the songs that counts'. As for the present owner, to correct another assumption by the poster, I have no issues there. As J.B. first said it back in '65, this 'Papa's Got A Brand New Bag'. I enjoy what I do and am thankful for my opportunity. Which is exactly what Jeff Laird has with WTTR. Opportunity. I can relate to his position. Once upon a time I owned a radio station in Dothan, Alabama. Operated it for a year, sold it at a profit, but by the time I paid every vendor off I had just enough gas to get me back to Seattle. It got lonely and stressful at times being the guy at the top and having folks depend on you for their livelihood. So trust me, rather than wishing failure on WTTR's owner, I pray he will succeed. For him. For his staff. For their families. For other reasons too. Furthermore, not that he would ask or have need, but if he ever wanted my input or help I would give it to him unselfishly. And for the other poster who said those nice things about my time at WTTR, I appreciate that. We did the best we could with what we had. Sincerely...the former WTTR Station Manager...Bob Mathers (3/21/15)

If you want to see Baltimore in championship MASL blast are place to be.Good crowd 7,000+ friday night! (3/21/15)

Need to cut down on the "You Know"s on Sadly Lacking Radio......., Ya Know.... OOBBEE (3/21/15)

Re: "The correct change to the Korny show on 980 AM is to get rid of all them.” Since it’s the only locally produced show on the station to get the slightest whiff of ratings, that’s not going to happen. If they really want to upgrade both the quality of their programming and the bottom line of the station, they’d run Mike & Mike in AM drive time, followed by Kornheiser, and then just repeat those two shows for the remainder of the 24-hour. Everything else they broadcast is not only bad, nobody listens to it. I mean, NOBODY. (3/21/15)

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Even at 60……. Dave still has a great face for radio …….Miss you Dave……Ratso (3/20/15)

[RE: "Yikes, they've turned News4 Midday News into USA Today! While Barbara alone reading the news was a tad static, they've gone overboard with quick change segments with far too many people on set. I found it to be distracting and bereft of a lot of real news."] I couldn't agree more. I was home this Wednesday and I couldn't believe it when I tuned in. They jumped around so much, the anchors were everywhere but the anchor desk, and it was a lot of tabloid-type news and very light on the "hard news." I'm not quite sure what they're trying to accomplish, but I didn't like it either. (3/20/15)

The correct change to the Korny show on 980 AM is to get rid of all them. It's a terribly corny waste of airtime. A better use would be where hosts talk about ALL local sports teams, in-depth. You don't get that with Korn and his no-nothings. Glad I don't listen 'cause when I did, it was rather dreadful. I'm sure nothing's changed. When you wonder about the "death" of AM radio, 980 AM is a prime example. Compelling programs may save AM radio stations. Thanks. (3/20/15)

[RE: "So, what's the word on streaming for The Gamut? I didn't find it on the TuneIn Radio App. Will they EVER offer an opportunity for listeners to enjoy this format via streaming? If not, why not?"] Maybe they want to promote HD radio and their terrestrial analog signals. Plus, streaming music means more royalty payments. Probably no upside for Hubbard financially. Should we take The Gamut promo "because we can... for now" literally? Dave Kolesar: What's the at-work listener reaction to a track from "The Book of Mormon" middays? :) And why is The Gamut HD stream only in "wraparound mono?" The mono HD1 and Federal New Radio HD2 streams can't be stealing that much bandwidth. (3/20/15)

''When you have to keep explaining to people that you're joking, you're kidding, you're "mocking," -- whatever -- '' - Once in a long while one does have to make that explanation to someone who's particularly stupid, such as yourself. To paraphrase the old Parker pen slogan, your stupidity rivals the beauty of the Scarlet Tanager. Still, it's always nice to hear from a sour Summer's Eve. - Dave writes ''Often, ads you see are based on recent internet searches contained in your browser's cache.....'' - To which I would add, also the content of the emails in your gmail account. Verb sap, as the kids say. - ZW (3/20/15)

Hi Dave, Heard the "new" 1330 WHGM Havre de Grace on the PA Turnpike Wednesday near Lancaster - good signal and a good music mix from the America's Best syndication. The (stereo) stream sounds good too. WHGM morning man Tom Conroy moves from PM drive at WNLB Radio's WZBB Stanleytown/Martinsville VA. Also heard what I assume is Hagerstown move-in translator W271BV simulcasting Eagle 106.9 (WWEG Myersville MD). No HD on The Eagle yet to feed a new format to the translator. At my listening post in Middletown MD, both W271BV and Liberty University's Journey format on W271BR Winchester were clearly audible. Topography is everything out in 'Wild West' MD. (3/20/15)

Former Channel 9 reporter turned fire service blogger Dave Statter is turning 60. Annoy Dave by reminding him he's old. Join us for an April 12th Birthday Bash and Fundraiser for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation at Mr. Smith's in Georgetown. Tickets are $30. Come! www.firehero.org (3/20/15)

If 980 is going to change one thing about Kornheiser's show, it would be to put an end to those tedious days when Kevin Sheehan (or whatever his name is) spends multiple breaks discussing long range weather forecasts. Somebody actually allows the blowhard to spend time on multiple shows a day blathering on and on about wind sheer, El Nino events, etc etc etc. WHO GIVES A SHIT?!? It's worth 90 seconds, tops. (3/20/15)

I can't believe that Chuck Sapienza got fired by Red Zebra for his morning show decision. Here's how RZ (or most radio stations) works. The PD comes up with an idea and he takes it to the GM. The GM approves or disapproves of the idea. If approved, the GM has contracts drawn up by legal counsel (RZ's council being the Redskins General Counsel, based at Redskins Park). For any poster to think that this was a stunt or "not approved" by management, you are severely misguided. Chuck is a good guy, and a solid manager. He's made bad decisions, we all have. The person that deserves to be fired is the spineless GM, Rick Carmean. He stands up for nobody, and quivers at the emails and calls from Eric or Dan (or Dan though Eric). He didn't stand up for Chuck at a time that he should have. I only hope and pray that one day he is so destitute that he is blowing other men for money or goods. Good luck to the next "Director of Programming" - you'll need it. You'll follow a long line of good people that got fucked by RZ. (3/20/15)

Yikes, they've turned News4 Midday News into USA Today! While Barbara alone reading the news was a tad static, they've gone overboard with quick change segments with far too many people on set. I found it to be distracting and bereft of a lot of real news. (3/20/15)

Looks like Red Zebra just posted the PD Gig..... www.indeed.com (3/20/15)

Marc Sterne is teasing a big announcement for Kornheiser's show this Monday. Is Andy Pollin going to have a role? Is the show changing timeslots? Or are they just rolling back some of Sapienza's absurd decisions, like the "podcast delay?" (3/20/15)

About the Baltimore Blast, in the original MISL, lots of teams sold out games regularly. They once even had one game of the championship on the CBS Sports Spectacular. Not many people up there care about the game anymore. They’re in the MASL finals against Monterrey and there are lots of tickets for tonight’s game available on Ticketmaster. The only way to watch the finals is on some online TV service where I heard the game might not be broadcast in English. Not many people care about them anymore, but they do about the Ravens and O’s. (3/20/15)

Not DC-Balto-related, but for you tower geeks, check out the demolition of 3 Knoxville-area AM towers here: www.wbir.com (3/20/15)

RE: “To all of you DJ's that have access to X-Trends or Arbitron Ratings, open up your program, target 25-54 adults. Toggle all the way to the very bottom to see WTTR with ZERO Listeners. This is clearly a case of an ex-ceo (Shamrock) who thinks he can do things better than a guy who was the GM, did mornings, did the music, hired good people, then went out and pressed the flesh, went to churches, talked to community leaders and went to local businesses with ideas for the cities, towns and communities. The station is up for sale. I know, I was pitched. RTP - WTTR.” – Too funny! Clearly posted by the former WTTR Station Manager under the aegis of Sajak Broadcasting (or one said former manager’s minions) who has issues with the current owner/ former Times-Shamrock honcho Jeff Laird. It’s Laird’s station to mold as he sees fit as long as his Hilltop Communications company holds the license. Objectively speaking, WTTR’s music has a long way to go but is much better focused than in previous years – more 70s/80s hit-oriented now as opposed to pre-Beatles obscure. Purging the playlist of hundreds upon hundreds of the former manager’s favorite tertiary songs from his “Buddy Deane Show” era 45’s box has nicely re-positioned WTTR’s music statement. Fact #1 - WTTR is not for sale. Fact # 2 - Arbitron no longer exists having been gobbled up by Nielsen. Please try to keep up with current radio events. (3/20/15)

RE: Balto Media Net. The below poster is correct, you must get a thicker skin. I'm sure Dave can tell you if you want to be a blogger a majority of people in this business aren't going to be your friends. You have to decide if you want to be friends with media or report on them. (3/20/15)

"Recent research shows near zero recognition and likeability of most WUSA on air staff. Topper Shutt did the best. After Topper it falls off the table. Change is coming. Again. " I am not surprised. They are terrible. The only one that has ANY hope of making it is Erica Grow and she is so choc full of cliche's its embarrassing. It would be great if someone explained we don't refer to "Inside the Beltway" as "In the Beltway" and if someone would tell her how to say "temperature". They need leadership. (3/20/15)

Recent research shows near zero recognition and likeability of most WUSA on air staff. Topper Shutt did the best. After Topper it falls off the table. Change is coming. Again. (3/20/15)

To all of you DJ's that have access to X-Trends or Arbitron Ratings, open up your program, target 25-54 adults. Toggle all the way to the very bottom to see WTTR with ZERO Listeners. This is clearly a case of an ex-ceo (Shamrock) who thinks he can do things better than a guy who was the GM, did mornings, did the music, hired good people, then went out and pressed the flesh, went to churches, talked to community leaders and went to local businesses with ideas for the cities, towns and communities. The station is up for sale. I know, I was pitched. RTP - WTTR. (3/20/15)

With all due respect Baltomedia, just because employees of WMAR unliked your post, does not mean they were responsible for the suspension of your account. Have some class and learn how to deal with objectivity. Not everyone will like your actions and you acting like a spoiled child is not going to change the situation. Take the high road. (3/20/15)

Never said that WHGM phasing problem is new. It's been an issue for at least 5 years, according to the tower owner. But, since the station has been brokered over the past 10 years, no one has been local or educated enough to know what was the issue. The paperwork, of course, can't be sent until the problem is resolved, and as I said, is in the progress of being done. (3/20/15)

Poor Lynette Charles. What is she going to do now when the weather computer breaks during a snow storm or her tele prompter goes down? Call out for Carry Out Service or something? If not for Mike Masco this winter, the poor woman would have been shot by a hunter during hunting season since her clueless eyes were so glaring like a deer in the headlights. What’s interesting is that I didn’t see a whole lot of people from ABC 2 posting anything on his Mike’s wall, either of them, but lots of people from other TV stations wished him lucka. Hmm. Sounds like everyone is scrambling there with no comment. I wonder why. (3/20/15)

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A previous post about WHGM is simply not true according to FCC records. Unless they haven’t filed it yet, there is no new ownership of WHGM AM 1330 since for almost 4 years and the problem is not new either. It’s been a problem for around 2 years now, but that is still not resolved as far as the FCC is concerned, but it’s great that Tom Conroy is back in Maryland! :-) (3/19/15)

Just to show how bitter, petty, and going down the drain WMAR ABC 2 is, someone from the station reported the blog multiple times to Facebook for various Facebook violations. And I know this because two WMAR people immediately UNLIKED the blog after leaking the story of Mike Masco leaving, which I posted a week before it leaked. Now that’s what you call NOT CLASSY! Good luck to Mike Masco for jumping off a sinking ship before all the lifeboats were taken. I sincerely hope you do much better wherever you go. The odds are you will. Ask Justin Berk. God knows everyone ELSE who’s left WMAR 2 doesn’t regret it. We’ll see if I can get back on Facebook or not soon. This was obviously deliberate. It’s a good bet this has something to do with that weasel at WMAR, Larry Carney, who Mike Masco ripped leaving the station. Hopefully they’ll keep him. After all, the only thing worse than getting fired or quitting WMAR TV 2 is being STUCK THERE! BE BACK SOON. :-) — www.BaltoMedia.Net (3/19/15)

The wrong weather person is leaving WMAR-TV. And while writing about CH2 did you ever notice the hand circles used by the morning traffic girl. She's nice to look at, the best in reporting traffic, but someone ask her to do something else with her hands. (3/19/15)

I've been wondering when Rod Daniels will finally retire. He's no longer in as often and they don't even state that Stan is filling in anymore. Additionally he hasn't appeared in any newly filmed promotions in ages. The only recent one I've seen was them touting their February sweeps win and all they used was an old air check. (3/19/15)

Great man cave related pic thought you would enjoy - junks.tv (3/19/15)

The plot thickens: if Julie Wright is going to ABC 7, then why did former NC8 traffic reporter Jamie Sullivan just tweet that she starts at ABC 7 on Tuesday? Is Sullivan doing news? Are they both doing traffic? (3/19/15)

WHGM will BEAT WXCY 12+ in Wilnington and 6+ in Baltimore by this time next year. The GM, Bob Bloon. has been mailing it in for 10+ years at WXCY and they have no local can connection. He will buy a few more 'vettes and pay for another jewish wedding while the decline/ anarcy continues. The CEO 's in Lancaster and Wilmington have no idea he checks out daily at lunch time and could give a shit about the sales or on air product. It was comical a few weekends ago in the snow when the jock said "hope its a great weekend". Here's wishing WHGM the best. Finally a local owner who cares. As for Bob And the gang at the Wilmington and Baltimore signaled WXCY, grab your life raft, drowning sucks. Be assured, Blooms vette has plenty of fuel from all the bonuses you didn't get, he's sleeping well. MJ (3/19/15)

ZW, catch a clue: you aren't funny, you aren't smart, and you usually don't understand the conversations you inject yourself into. When you have to keep explaining to people that you're joking, you're kidding, you're "mocking," -- whatever -- it means that you...aren't...funny. Here's a little lesson you may want to take to heart: Shut the fuck up. Learn it. Know it. Live it. (3/19/15)

Sorry your theory about my "cache" is wrong. I clear it everyday to read newspapers. Just cleared it and the ad still comes up when I pull your site back up. The ad is for RELM network and Kirk McEwen show #085. Inappropriate in the fact that aspiring broadcasting young ones probably access your site. (3/19/15)

The ad for the "Penis Transplant Breakthrough" shown on your site is inappropriate, disgusting and obnoxious. You think before you accept ads? (3/19/15)

Dave's response: That ad was served by Google and I have very little control about what they serve up. Often, ads you see are based on recent internet searches contained in your browser's cache.....

''My only point was, you listened long enough to know Mike didn't step on Chuck when he was talking, but didn't realize who Chuck was? ---Hence my "earwax" remark...'' - Have you nothing better to do? In case you're as stupid as you seem, let me explain, in words of one sentence. I.... was.... mocking. - ZW (3/19/15)

RE: 1330 WHGM. The phasing problem was caused by a de-tuner gone bad on the WXCY tower, a mile from WHGM. The owners of that tower are in the processing of fixing that issue. The night-time signal on WHGM has been corrected, as is the tower site. The station is now under the new ownership, not a brokerage, so the previous issue with being evicted from the tower site does not apply here. The tower site is still owned by the Wetter family, I believe, and they are fully supportive of the new ownership. (3/19/15)

104.5 FM......the station you hear in Northern Virginia on this frequency is WGRX in Fredericksburg. This is a Class A FM with the tower in Falmouth. The Hubbard translator at 104.5 can only be heard in Sterling and parts of Reston. (3/19/15)

The never-ending bitchfest about WBAL got stale months ago, and the Washington vs Baltimore childishness has really got to stop. But Dave, if you're going to start posting photos of Peter North in action on the Front Page...I'll keeping coming back for more! (3/19/15)

The Baltimore Blast is very much alive .This weekend the Blast and Monterey are in the finals of the MASL indoor soccer finals.There are 23 teams in the MASL Baltimore has won the championship of indoor soccer seven times over the years and Baltimore has had a team every year since the early 80's.John T. Henneman (3/19/15)

(Isnt ABC News a union shop, serviced by both AFTRA/SAG and NABET? Where were those guys when the axe fell?) There is nothing a union can do if the company paid those laid off the severance and accrued time they were owed. Being a member of a union does not mean you can’t be fired or laid off. (3/19/15)

(regarding a News post) So, what's the word on streaming for The Gamut? I didn't find it on the TuneIn Radio App. Will they EVER offer an opportunity for listeners to enjoy this format via streaming? If not, why not? (3/19/15)

Don and Mike never billed close to $50 million a year in revenue. That's ridiculous, and simply not true. The top billing stations in DC in the 90's and early 2000's were billing around $30 million annually, max. Not until WTOP of the mid 2000's to today did any one station break the $40 million per year mark in the DC market. WJFK was around the top 2 or 3 stations in the market in revenue in its heyday, so $30 million or a little less, total, including the Redskins, Howard Stern, Don and Mike, Liddy, etc. I'd venture to say they also SPENT a whole lot more at that time than any station in DC now, when you consider they paid $10 million a year for the Redskins, and WTEM barely bills more than that overall for the whole year these days. So it's all relative. You're also talking about the pre-recession, pre dotcom bubble burst economy, when everyone was getting rich, no one was spending money on Google, mobile, video streaming, etc. That was another world. (3/19/15)

I hate to be a Debbie Downer, but WHGM 1330’s STA expires in May. From my reading of the correspondence with the FCC, they were evicted from the transmitter property for a time and claim that problem is now resolved, but the station still needs engineering work and has been under STA for a couple years for a phasing problem. Might that be the other reason Tom Conroy was hired? (3/19/15)

Did someone say “Governors in jail” ? Hmm, I can only think of Virginia on that one, not Maryland. While we’re at it. It’s spelled the nation’s capital. The Capitol is a building. I think DC must be smoking something! Guess you been "propaly edgumacated!” DC huh? HAHA! Btw, The Blast still exists and the new league is the MASL including teams in Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, St. Louis, Sacramento, Mexico & Canada. Just because DC doesn’t have a team doesn’t mean it doesn't happen. masl.pointstreaksites.com... DC is a NY & Philly wanna be, and except for the Redskins, nobody in DC really rallies around anything besides NIMBYism & government. I don’t know of many markets where a team owner controls all his own media coverage and sports station and its content and overcharges its fans just to see practices. Can someone name another such crazy place? Peter Angelos is a terrible owner too, but even he doesn’t have that crazy clout or control that Danny Snyder has nor does the media here suck up to his TEET like DC and even The Washington Post! The national media is laughing at the DC media right now along with Baltimore. GO WASHINGTON NAME WE CAN’T SAY GO! When I was reading the comments on stories in The Post, I was astounded by how many comments supporting Danny Snyder there were. I kept thinking, “WHO ARE THESE IDIOTS AND WHY ARE THEY ALLOWED TO DRIVE?” My favorite line about WTEM though is still “Dan Jazeera” Radio! HAHA! (3/19/15)

I like plenty of things about DC, don't get me wrong, but yes, there definitely is a pretentiousness problem there. Great example --the "DMV" thing. I know absolutely no one who uses it conversationally other than to describe where they had to go this morning to stand in line to get their tags renewed. I mean, if you're going to attempt a slang, at least don't use one already universally used like "DMV". "DC region", "DC metro area", does it way better. And frankly, I live in Annapolis...when I first heard WTOP use it a few years ago, my mind went "Delaware, MD, VA" --Washington wasn't even on my mind's radar at first. (3/19/15)

Just got word that the ABC Radio Washington News Bureau is no more. Notice was given to all employees. Doug Limerick will be moving to News One. Sad to see the end of what was once a news operation that could do the impossible on a daily basis. (3/19/15)

ZW, I see not only would you benefit from earwax treatment, but remedial reading help also....You managed to make it MY fault that you can't tell Chuck Todd from Topper Shutt??? Talk about "wow". Scroll down, look at your comment on TMOS's show Tuesday -- you did that, not me. And even Dave had the blurb about Chuck being the guest right here on DCRTV (that's how I knew, I wan't listening like you supposedly did) My only point was, you listened long enough to know Mike didn't step on Chuck when he was talking, but didn't realize who Chuck was? ---Hence my "earwax" remark... (3/19/15)

Fox 5 Goes ‘Low Tech’ with Prince Charles... (3/19/15)

“DC is more small town than Baltimore.” When it comes to sports, Baltimore has to be one of the most thin skinned, provincial markets out there – a national broadcaster can’t say anything the least bit negative about the Ravens or Orioles without getting pilloried on their sports talk shows, websites and message boards. Didn’t TV news anchors in Charm City wear Ravens jackets on the set in the days leading up to both Super Bowl appearances by that team? – you’d never see their DC counterparts do anything that bush league were the Redskins to (by some miracle) get back there some day. There used to be an indoor soccer team (called the Blast) up there and their media and fans acted like it was the equivalent of having an NBA or NHL franchise - you could actually tune in Baltimore sports radio back then and hear serious discussions of a sport the rest of the country cared less about than cricket leagues in New Zealand. (3/19/15)

According to Countryaircheck.com, Tom Conroy has signed on to do mornings at WHGM, Have De Grace. He's leaving WNLB, Martinsville, Va to be closer to his family. Tom once did Sunday mornings on WXCY and before that he worked for WCAO in its Country days. I thjnk he was at WPOC for a time, but cant confirn. (3/19/15)

There were 3 translators in Flintstone MD, just east of Cumberland, but it appears those permits have been canceled. I guess they were owned by DC or Baltimore TV stations. I know they get DC TV stations at the Wisp Ski Resort in Garrett County via cable, but I don’t exactly know how. I’m pretty certain I’ve heard on WBAL & WJZ during weather reports them mentioning getting picked up on cable, but I can’t find where and maybe they just misspoke. As for actual TV stations, in the mid to late 1980s, Channel 52 & 65 were both approved as commercial TV stations in Cumberland, MD, but I don’t think either ever went on the air. Had that happened, Hagerstown most likely would have been its own TV market and not part of the DC market. But those allocations are long gone. (3/19/15)

FCC News: The Hope Church’s next attempt at 98.3 FM, this time for WCTR 1530 in Chestertown, MD has been approved against the informal objection of SOMAR’s WSMD 98.3. We’ll see how long that lasts. SOMAR has been very active complaining about this 98.3 allocation with legal counsel and all just waiting to pounce. WLXE 1600 got another STA extension until Sept. 18 this time. WLXE has been using the same excuse since 2007 and made no substantive efforts to find another tower site. So why to they keep getting another extension? They’re not even trying. fcc.gov... The AM 1600 in Delaware, WRJE, has been silent for almost 2 years, has an expired STA, an expired Remain Silent permit, and a pending application renewal that has sat for a year. Once again, no effort is being taken by the station to go on the air. So why is the license still active? They have an FM translator btw that is not supposed to be on the air. I wonder if it still is. It’s as if the FCC is just letting them squat on the license now. I can’t seen any valid reason that either of these should still be licensed. Oh and the 104.5 WTOP repeater got its permanent License to Cover, but I’m sure everybody has noticed that already, the signal & location change near Dulles instead of Leesburg. Finally, 2 weeks until the end of “The RYDE” 105.1/1590 AM since April 3 is just around the corner and I see no FCC activity. I’m pretty sure the license expires on that date automatically unless someone knows an FCC trick I haven’t thought of. I guess anything is possible since WRJE AM 1600’s license is still valid for a year after it expired. Doesn’t the FCC bother to take out the garbage anymore? (3/19/15)

Someone I knew told me to look at the WNAV Facebook site yesterday to see recent staff comments made to a listener critique that was over a year old... For a station that's for sale you'd think attacking listeners would be the last thing they do to up revenue. WNAV claims to be a source for news but I get more information on WRNR and the Anne Arundel Breaking News Facebook. (3/19/15)

Ok, enough of the Baltimore vs DC bitching on this site. No one gives a shit about EITHER ONE OF YOU. Give it a rest. (3/19/15)

Not sure if anyone noticed, but AM1330 in Havre de Grace is back on the air. WHGM is the new calls, and they seem to have a guy live in the morning. They are running the America's Best Music format. (3/19/15)

"To that person attacking Baltimore for being a #26 market…blah-blah-blah" Do you realize NO ONE gives a shit about all the crap you obsess over? NO ONE. The only person that seems to be consumed by this crap is you. And the laughing you keep hearing is anyone reading this blog about your continued vomiting of the same thing, over and over. No one gives a crap about sports talk, no one gives a crap about a football team, much less its owner, except you. Go back in your little Bal-ti-moron hole and stop trying to incite an argument over senseless crap. DC is the Nations Capitol, Bal-ti-moron? Not even the states capitol. How many of your Mayors and Governors in jail? That's the important stuff, only a small minded dweeb cares about the shit you keep up-chucking on DCRTV. You only prove the point that folks in Bal-ti-moron are idiots. (3/19/15)

Question for a 3/18 post: Where are these "several DC translators out in western MD?" There's nothing west of Hagerstown's WHAG (which has a good OTA signal in parts of Garrett Co.) and WWPB except for WGPT in Oakland (which is a full power station). I'd love for the DC and Baltimore stations to put translators on Dan's Rock just west of Cumberland where many of the area's FM transmitters are located. (3/19/15)

Looks like they were offered to bring the show back to terrestrial radio, but Chad turned it down. Guess they thought better of talking about it and cut it out of the podcast. Apparently a number of people heard it live on the ustream. (3/19/15)

''You're comparing Don & Mike from 15 years ago, pre-internet, pre-podcasting, pre-satellite, pre-technology revolution.....to the current state of radio.'' - You're using lies to try to goad me into defending a station I don't care about. The internet, podcasting, and satellite radio were all real things 15 years ago. I don't know what technology revolution you're talking about. - ZW (3/19/15)

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Anyone notice the "Dilbert" strip in the Wednesday Washington Post paper edition may have been a substitution? The online version had a "taint" joke going, but the print version did not. Censorship? Overly-cautious editing? You decide: look up Wednesday's strip online. (3/18/15)

Gamut on 104.5 - Hi Dave, Just before 7 pm tonight we turned on our 104.5 FM Sterling signal. So far so good! Dave Kolesar (3/18/15)

Dave's response: Very good reception here in Reston. Wow.....

I wouldn’t hand Lynette Charles the keys to my used car, let alone the WMAR ABC 2 weather computer! When it broke during the biggest snowstorm last month, it was Mike Masco that made a joke and bailed her ass out. She just stumbled and stammered like a teleprompter had broken on a dim bulb photo op. She’s about as clueless as a rock! It’s funny how WMAR 2 always makes the wrong decisions on people. Mike Masco is better off without that decades old #3 or now #4 or WORSE TV station. I wouldn’t be surprised if they give up doing news altogether sadly, and I really like Jamie Costello. (3/18/15)

To that person attacking Baltimore for being a #26 market… Do you realize the rest of the world is laughing at you and your football team no one can even say the name of and your owner and your fan base, etc., etc.. etc. because you all look like idiots over this WTEM morning show thing? Do you think this would happen in any other major market like Philly or NYC? Please. DC is more small town than Baltimore. At least in Baltimore, they staged a walkout that got national attention and to the owner. DC is nothing but Redskins lapdogs. Blame The Post, support DannyBoy. If only you knew what idiots you all look like from an outside perspective. You’ll rarely see anything positive said about Peter Angelos in Baltimore media. Sure they buy media rights and all, but they just don’t mention his name and the sports stations that don’t have media rights all attack him viciously. In DC, it’s all politically correct. You all fall in line like lemmings. Very small town. Sorry DC. (3/18/15)

"Well, they used to pay the Redskins $10 million a year, and Don and Mike used to pull in $50 million, so not a failure, but certainly a decline. - ZW " - Yes! Another Mailbag Moron post. You're comparing Don & Mike from 15 years ago, pre-internet, pre-podcasting, pre-satellite, pre-technology revolution.....to the current state of radio. Great point ZW! Maybe next we can start talking about revenues from Uncle Miltie on the NBC Blue Network. Look at things realistically in the modern age of radio. Revenues declining across the board. (3/18/15)

From Larry Carney at WMAR TV, since deleted… “Love getting ripped on by Balto M Responce. He's not even a legitimate blogger. He's DCRTV's butler. And isn't even in the Top 2 of Baltimore TV bloggers.” That’s from Larry Carney, who I don’t know or have ever talked to but who Mike Masco mentions in his WMAR resignation. Hmm. Make what you will of it but I’m perplexed as to how I ripped this guy. I posted EXACTLY what Mike Masco said. But it makes me wonder, who’s #1? Is it the guy who finds all the Kevin Spacey sightings around Baltimore? :-) — www.BaltoMedia.Net (3/18/15)

Oh, Ted M. ''If WJFK is such a failure, why are they pulling in nearly $10 Million a year?'' Well, they used to pay the Redskins $10 million a year, and Don and Mike used to pull in $50 million, so not a failure, but certainly a decline. - ZW (3/18/15)

Interesting discussion in the mailbag today about ratings, demo breakdowns, and revenue. WJFK was the #4 biller in the market last month. WTOP was by far number 1, as usual. WMAL does very well also. Stations like WJFK and WMAL do well because they reach a high-earning audience with disposable income, and because they sponsor the hell out of everything. You hear ads for insurance companies, banks, and car dealers on these stations. Hot 995 has great ratings. But a lot of that audience just isn't worth as much to many advertisers. 6+ ratings are meaningless and certainly have no correlation to revenue. Demo ratings ratings are really important. But savvy buyers look even deeper into the numbers, at qualitative data about the listeners who make up those ratings. (3/18/15)

To all the retired/fired DCRTV mailbag media people who have nothing better than do than spell check on this site, can you ALL DO US A FAVOR? Get a gardening hobby, then plant yourselves under the daisies. Thanks. That is all. — Unsigned, but not Corporate. (3/18/15)

If I were Mike Masco, I’d jump ship before offering Lynette Charles a life boat on the sinking ship called the SS WMAR II. It’s pretty bad when Mondy The Sea Monster on WBFF 45 has you beat in the ratings. And I hear he swims better too. (3/18/15)

Truth: "Aside from the jobs that were lost in this mess, one of the casualties is that a lot of on air staff at 980 are being unfairly tarred by the Washington Post and others as Snyder puppets, when anyone who listens to the station knows that is flat out false with respect to most of them..................." - other than Bagdad Bob (aka Larry Michael) - the staff seems to share independent views whenever they like. The venom toward Reid is really a reflection of the unreasonable venom Reid has toward the team and the owner. SO glad this guy is no longer with the Post and even MORE happy he's not going to be on radio. What he and the boys and girls over at the Washington Post have forgotten is that most Washingtonians LIKE the Redskins. (3/18/15)

Did anyone catch Big O and Dukes last night? Anyone know what they bleeped out? (3/18/15)

''I think ZW needs to go for an earwax treatment..'' - Just wow. Mike O'Meara calls his dozens of listeners ''best in the world'' because ''they get it''. Clearly you don't ''get it.'' Have you nothing better to do is a question that comes to mind. - ZW (3/18/15)

Mike in Fairfax, personally I have no difficulty at all in believing that the powers that be at Redskins Park didn't learn of the Reid hiring until just before the show was to debut. Sapienza did an hour or two show around Christmas during which he took calls about the station. He insisted that there was no involvement by Redskins brass in programming content and certainly gave the impression that Redskins Park had pretty much a hands off policy as to the station. Anyone who listens to the station hears plenty of criticism of the team and team management by folks like Czaban, Lovero, BMitch. Taking Sapienza at his word about how things generally operated, I suspect that he did not realize the degree of venom that exists for Reid at Redskins Park and did not float the idea with Redskins brass ahead of time. Once word got to Redskins Park about the show (and I have no trouble believing it was last minute after the promos started to run), the you know what hit the fan. I'm speculating, but it is educated speculation based on Sapienza's comments on that show he did. By the way, I agree that Sapienza was more interactive with the listeners than most and made some good improvements at the station. Aside from the jobs that were lost in this mess, one of the casualties is that a lot of on air staff at 980 are being unfairly tarred by the Washington Post and others as Snyder puppets, when anyone who listens to the station knows that is flat out false with respect to most of them....................... (3/18/15)

Isnt ABC News a union shop, serviced by both AFTRA/SAG and NABET? Where were those guys when the axe fell? (3/18/15)

"To the person who spelled morons wrong.Yes, I know how they sell radio, but you can't post rating info without the demographic breakdown." To the person who can't correctly punctuate and space a sentence......Honestly dude? Really? Proving my point this is the mailbag of morons***** I spelled it correctly this time!!! So go spend another 10 minutes seeing what you can pick out and make another passive aggressive remark that gives you some confidence to make you're inane observation. I'm sure you're the same person who combs through WBAL's website everyday to see if they used Too the right way. The 6+ full day ratings are never even discussed with radio management. Demos, mornings, PM, building advertising relationships, target audience. That's what is discussed. If WJFK is such a failure, why are they pulling in nearly $10 Million a year? The entire radio blogging community, most of whom, have never been near a microphone, analyze the numbers that are public & pretend as if they have some rational analysis. You mention WJFK as "Under-performing". Yes, to the full day 6+ ratings, which nobody looks at but bloggers in their Mama's basement. Yes in that context they are a failure. In terms of revenue, demos being reached, social media success, and keeping that buzz going. WJFK is succeeding. But maybe they should start spinnin' oldies or have Mike O'Meara do news, zoo, and talk all at the same time. How these corporation are missing out on this brilliant analysis is beyond me. The Mailbag knows all!!!! - Ted M. in NW DC (3/18/15)

[Re: Maybe it's just me, but Maureen Umeh seems like such a Debbie Downer when on the anchor desk or Good Day DC....] I think overall that show has become a wreck. I agree about Maureen, she does always have negative comments. Her and Holly are always talking over one another, but that's something they all do and seems everyone wants to be the "it factor" so that show has become just unwatachable. Maureen also has a problem in that she cannot pronounce words with "ing". They should get her a coach for that. Has she put on more weight as well? Wisdom Martin seems to just go along with everything. I do enjoy Bob Barnard in the morning. Any news when Julie Wright will show up on Ch. 7 and who will replace her at Fox? (3/18/15)

To the person who spelled morons wrong.Yes, I know how they sell radio, but you can't post rating info without the demographic breakdown. The 6+ is all I have at this point. Nationally sports talk is number 10 with a 3.1 share 6+. That number suffers because some markets don't have sports talk, or sports teams. Some Good 6+ numbers: Detroit WCTY 6.2, Boston WBZ 5.8 - WEEI 5.0, Minneapolis KFYN 5.3, and Baltimore WJZ-FM 4.5. Remember the share is the percentage of people listening to the radio who have your station on in that quarter hour. Yeah, good sales people can sell anything, but the PD.has to help out with numbers. Ed Graham (3/18/15)

ABC DC Bureau Layoffs - A dozen engineering, ops, and editorial staffers let go today including all of radio except one announcer (3/18/15)

We told you first. Now it's official... Mike Masco leaving WMAR ABC 2. "Mike Masco ABC Baltimore Meteorologist IT'S NOT GOODBYE...IT'S SEE YOU LATER... I've been dreading this day for a while now, but the time has come to inform you all that I will be leaving ABC 2 News. The last three years spent in Baltimore has been a true honor and privilege. Countless sleepless nights tracking storms with you has made my job an amazing experience that I will never forget. From Superstorm Sandy to tornadoes, floods, blizzards, ice storms (the list is endless) we braved it together! Knowing you and your family were safe from dangerous weather was and always has been my goal but giving you the EARLIEST warning was my mission. My plans going forward will feature a new adventure that will take me away from full-time TV. You'll see me pop up on ABC 2 from time-to-time to help when I can. So I'll leave you with this. If I taught you something about the weather and put a smile on your face to start or end your day, it was all worth it. You were never just a "viewer" to me, but more like my family" -- BaltoMedia.Net (3/18/15)

"...WJFK-FM (1.9 share 6+) and WTEM-AM (1.4 share 6+) really do under perform in a big sports market." Dave I think you should start posting these ratings with an asterisk. Because for the most part. THEY DONT MATTER JACK SHIT. I love how this guy puts (6+) like he's got the inside run on what's happening. Radio stations sell ad time for morning, mid-days, and afternoons. The 6+ Full Day Ratings are USELESS. That's why you can get them at All Access, Radio-Online, etc. etc. I can tell you it's one of the reasons Laurie Cantillo is leaving WTOP. Yes they still have the monster cume & the full-day pagentry ratings. But they lost serious listenership in different day part with different demos since she's arrived. This really is the mailbag for morrons. (3/18/15)

Country is already ably handled by WFLS and WMZQ in the DC market. While I think Classic Hip-Hop has a chance, DC population statistics suggest that a hybrid Oldies station (1975-1995) might also do well. I might suggest putting '50s - early '70s Oldies/Nostalgia on the HD channel, but I can't think of anyone 55 or older (other than myself) who might own an HD radio, so bag that. (3/18/15)

Dave's response: And WFRE and WPOC.....

The cone of silence at ESPN 980 regarding the ongoing Man Cave debacle continues – closest thing to a reference I’ve heard on that station is Chris Cooley’s “I’ve decided to say only good things about the Redskins from now on” (paraphrasing) at the start of The Drive yesterday. But Red Zebra’s management needs to make some form of public statement regarding the situation soon because the competition is having a field day at their expense. The most sought after interview by 106.7 The Fan right now has to be former RZ program director Chuck Sapienza and one would have to believe that the last thing 980 wants is him coming on with the Junkies or Grant & Danny and spilling the beans on exactly what transpired in the days leading up to the scheduled debut of the heavily promoted morning drive program that was to be co-hosted by Jason Reid and Chris Paul. Of course Reid and Paul aren’t the only ones who’ve been left hanging out to dry here – not only was Andy Pollin forced to shut down his morning version of Sports Reporters (on AM-570) but his new gig doing news segments on the Man Cave will of course never happen. Sapienza was by far the best program director WTEM ever had in terms of being responsive and receptive to listener feedback, a case in point being the incident several years ago where he put out a statement on the station’s web site that could be interpreted as an apology to Capitals fans for inadequate coverage of the team over the years and a promise to change that in the future. True to his word, he followed up by scheduling CSN hockey analyst Alan May and Caps blogger Mike Vogel to appear on several shows each week during the season and it led to the eventual hiring of similar ‘insiders’ for the Nationals, Wizards and local college basketball. I find it hard to believe that Dan Snyder was totally unaware that Reid had been hired by his radio properties until shortly before he was to go on the air – there has to be a lot more to this story than that. Meanwhile, Mike & Mike continues in morning drive on 980 while Steve Czaban’s nationally syndicated show has replaced Pollin on 570 this week. Mike, Fairfax (3/18/15)

The only way Salem will put its Fish format on an FM station in the DC is to buy another one. WAVA makes most of their money brokering time to various ministries and the schedule is full, so they can charge what they want. (3/18/15)

Sure do talk a lot about Sports Talk on these pages...WJFK-FM (1.9 share 6+) and WTEM-AM (1.4 share 6+) really do under perform in a big sports market. They are expensive formats that suck. Why? Even specialty formats have to entertain. Might be time for one of them to go all Christmas. (cheap format) Ed Graham (3/18/15)

An earlier post identifying Bill Rehkopf as a "familiar voice to many Baltimore listeners" that will somehow boost WNEW listenership there is absurd. First of all, he's another out-of-town, has-been transplant who hasn't worked in Baltimore for many years, since the days of his rip-and-read, AP-provided headline news. He has never been able to land a job at alleged news radio 1090. Good voice, nice delivery, but has a "network" sound that would be a huge turnoff in a market that likes homespun people. His openness about his love for the Steelers would also be a turnoff in a town full of listeners who hate them. WNEW would be wise to return him to mornings, but don't hold your breath for an "uptick" in the ratings anytime soon. (3/18/15)

Maybe it's just me, but Maureen Umeh seems like such a Debbie Downer when on the anchor desk or Good Day DC. No matter what they're talking about, she will insert some sort of negative comment or express her skepticism. This morning Bob Barnard was doing a remote story from the Lincoln Memorial about Prince Charles being here and said that "you can feel the buzz". So Maureen says "can you REALLY feel the buzz?", then crosses her arms across her chest and says "let's be real and do we really care?" and "clearly from your shot, the buzz isn't real". Now, I guess she's being real, but she truly can bring down the mood. (3/18/15)

DC vs. Baltimore on the Eastern Shore of MD cable… Try and find DC stations anywhere past Easton, MD. Good luck! FOX 5 has the best reach followed by WRC 4, but WBAL 11 & WJZ 13 are carried on practically every cable system down there. WRC 4 is on a few, but only the same ones that carry WBAL. WMAR 2 is hard to find but WUSA & WJLA are virtually non existent. At the Delaware beaches, you’ll find find Philly & Baltimore stations and FOX 5 mostly. Near Ocean City MD, you’ll find no DC stations except FOX 5 maybe WRC 4. Baltimore’s 11 & 13 are still there. Of course 16 & 47 are everywhere. This is just a DC vs. Baltimore comparison. The #8 DC market has virtually no presence on Delmarva, but the Baltimore TV stations have a significant presence that Nielson doesn’t rate. Snobby DC people always forget this. Now far western MD, it’s the exact flip flop. I don’t know why none of the Baltimore TV stations have tried to make any impact out there. I guess part of it is the signals from DC are more likely to pass several mountain ranges that the Baltimore stations cannot OTA so DC stations would have historically been easier to get. That’s the only reason I can gather. Plus there are several DC translators out in western MD. For some reason, no Baltimore station ever did that. (3/18/15)

Tom Taylor's analysis of the Washington Radio Ratings shows that WRQX ratings are flat with just a 1.8 Share. The CHR format is not working for them. Cumulus should change to either country or Classic Hip-Hop. The reason WGTS does so well with their Christian Contemporary Format is because they have no competition. Salem should put their Fish Format on WAVA-FM and they would take the audience away from WGTS. (3/18/15)

I look at the "Media Soap Opera" that's been playing out the past few days with Redskins owner Dan Snyder's radio station, ESPN 980, WTEM, canning the "Man Cave" show hosted by former Washington Postie Jason Reid before it first aired. And how the Post took it as a personal "dig" at them from a team owner who seems to seek out bad press. With Post players Paul Farhi and Dan Steinberg contributing to the frenzy and practically ignoring poor Chris Paul, the other host of the "Man Cave" who is not a Post vet. An how the Post gets a headline wrong. In today's "Dave TV"..... (3/18/15)


I think ZW needs to go for an earwax treatment...re: O'Meara's show Tuesday-- How does he get WUSA's "Topper Shutt" (that's with 2 t's btw) out of NBC's Chuck Todd??? I'd bone up on my listening skills, ZW, before you start talking about what sucks and what doesn't. (3/18/15)

RANT: Well, everything associated with South Jersey’s WMGM TV NBC 40 News is officially gone for good. They had kept the news website going for awhile hoping to move the WMGM News or part of it to another station, but that hope seems gone now. The new owners yanked the website now, www.NBC40.net. Kind of sad that the FCC is promoting this and deliberately killing off local news all over the country. I mean seriously, if 3 network news stations can exist in Delmarva, how is it possible that no local news is viable in South Jersey? And don’t tell me the New York and Philly stations adequately cover the Jersey coast local news. That’s BS. It’s all because of collusion from the major networks to prevent any Jersey affiliations. I realize that programming is NOT the job of the FCC, but promoting TV stations to turn in licenses in small markets is just wrong on so many levels and it is the job of the FCC to investigate things like the sleazy deal in South Jersey adequately, which they clearly did not. So some idiot from NY will get better cell phone reception at the beach while all the people that live there will get no local TV news. Wonderful. How is that serving the public interest? — BaltoMedia.net (3/18/15)

Radio ratings analysis from Tom Taylor Now: Washington, DC – Before we get to what “Casablanca” calls the “usual suspects,” let’s acknowledge the heavenly presence of WGTS, a contemporary Christian non-com owned by Washington Adventist University. It’s had some big books before, and this time it ranks #10 with age 6+ AQH share. WGTS improves from a 3.1 share in the Holiday book to a 3.4 in the January book and now a 4.9 for the February book that ran January 29-February 25. There are three non-coms in DC’s top 10, including classical WETA (4.1-4.5-4.1), owned by Greater Washington Educational Telecom. And American University’s news/talk WAMU (6.4-7.9-7.5). It ranks second, and let’s now switch over to the commercial stations, because the only station that beats WAMU is Hubbard’s WTOP regional all-news simulcast. It recovered from the lowish 6.1 Holiday book to score a 9.2 share in the weather-driven January book – and now a 9.3 for February. The #3 station is Howard University’s commercial urban AC WHUR (5.5-6.0-6.9). Fourth is iHeart’s rhythmic “Hot 99.5” WIHT (5.1-5.2-5.8) and fifth is sister AC WASH (13.6-5.5-5.4). Also recovering from a weak Holiday book is iHeart’s talk WMAL-AM/FM (3.6-4.2-4.5). No recovery yet for Cumulus CHR WRQX (1.9-1.8-1.8). Rhythmic “Hot” draws in the highest number of weekly listeners with an average cume of 1,248,200. All shares in this section are age 6+ for the total broadcast week..... Baltimore – Post-Christmas, a new #1 string begins for iHeart’s country WPOC with its highest share since November 2013 (6.6-8.3-8.8). Second but well behind is Radio One’s urban “92Q” WERQ (7.2-5.4-6.5) and third is urban AC sister WWIN-FM (6.2-7.3-6.4). Fourth place is the troika of CBS Radio’s AC WLIF (14.6-6.1-6.0), sister hot AC “Mix” WWMX (4.5-5.7-6.0) and iHeart’s suddenly-cresting top 40 WZFT (3.6-4.2-6.0). The 6.0 is an all-time PPM record for "Z104.3." “Shine FM” WRBS-FM appears to be on another roll, as it was last year when it reached fourth place. The contemporary Christian non-com owned by Peter & John Ministries ascends 2.3-3.4-4.5. AC WLIF has the cume lead, as usual, at 628,100 Marylanders. (3/18/15)

"But DC is such an arrogant market" Here we go again, the little #26 market railing against the top 10 market, looking for any reason to start this idiotic argument of Baltimore against DC. Look little boy, you will never be in the same league as DC. Just like the 5-foot little man will never be as tall as the 6-foot man. However, people will judge you by the way you conduct yourself. The only "arrogance" shown here is your pathetic whining and hand flailing and trying to start yet another pointless argument that Baltimore is somehow better than DC. Why not start a pointless argument that Ford is better than Honda Motorcycles. Makes about as much sense. Show us your class by dropping this stupid bullshit once and for all. Be happy that your posts about Baltimore are even included in a Major Market blog. (3/18/15)

Keep it up WNEW, Baltimore is in dire need of a real news station not just one that calls itself that. (3/18/15)

This has been lost in the noise about Net Neutrality but is relevant to the broadcast community. Dramatic cuts in FCC field enforcement - what could this mean for "pirate radio" with only 33 people nationwide, and only in a few places..... Also ability to respond to interference to and from broadcasters? www.radioworld.com... www.broadcastingcable.com... www.marcus-spectrum.com... (3/18/15)

In a rare occurrence, today's Mike O'Meara Show was not bad. He had on Topper Shut and some guy whose name starts with a ''V'' and didn't completely step on them when they were talking. Still using the annoying buzzer sound though, so the overall grade is ''suck.'' - ZW (3/18/15)

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So the February Baltimore ratings show WBAL 10th and WNEW 14th. The people on TV hill must be a little nervous that 99.1 has pulled so close. Also an indication that when people wanted information during the winter, they began choosing 99.1 over 1090. That sound you hear is WNEW's footsteps drawing closer and closer and closer. (3/17/15)

Kudos to WRC News for the restrained use of banners during their newscasts. The screen decluttering is greatly appreciated. Banners now relate to the news story being presented and aren't permanently on screen 100 pct of the time. It's also a simple single line of large-sized text. Some segments are actually presented bannerless, imagine that! Less is more. (How many sports clips of winning golf putts have been blocked because the banner covered the hole?)...Meanwhile, WJLA's banner has 5 (!) lines of text. WUSA, not much better. (3/17/15)

RE: Baltimore February 2015 Nielsen 12+ - not seeing any listing for WTTR at “All Access” www.allaccess.com or “Tom Taylor Now” us6.campaign-archive2.com. BTW – The ONLY DC stations listed are: WNEW-FM, WPGC, WAMU, WGTS, WLZL and WIAD. (3/17/15)

Dave's response: Those are for public consumption. The numbers I get are what stations get.....

Obviously channel 5 uses TMZ for their entertainment/gossip news due to that show being broadcast on their network. However, it's not the most reputable source of information, but they repeat it as if it's gospel. (3/17/15)

WNEW tied with WYPR in Baltimore? Looks like had they started out of the gate with a focus in Baltimore they'd be ranked even higher. Is expect them to tick up even more now that Bill Rehkopf, a familiar voice to many Baltimore listeners, is now doing afternoons on WNEW. (3/17/15)

Congratulations to WTTR on making the Top 20 in the February Arbitron Ratings for the Baltimore Market! Looks like you are finally making a dent in our focused market demo. We'll be calling you soon for a rate card! Signed: K. Dabber, President, Soylent Green Wafer Company. (3/17/15)

Nice to see WTTR inside the top 20 in Baltimore. Im sure the audience is 55+, but people will listen. That format is viable when done right. Nice work! (3/17/15)

I don’t know what’s funnier, the daily WBAL ranter or the Redskins Dannyboy apologists. The WTEM Man Cave morning show fiasco just shows how foolish both Skins fans and Danny Snyder are. I cannot believe the majority of Washington Post comments are not trashing WTEM! And the national media have noticed and now make fun of Skins fans like "Apple Fanboys” who would buy feces if it came in an Apple box! LOL No one in Baltimore would listen to a Ravens/sports station like WTEM joked about nationally now as “Dan Jazeera Radio” HAHA! But DC is such an arrogant market who thinks their shit don’t smell, so enjoy being a national laughing stock DC! From Deadspin... deadspin.com (3/17/15)

Classic Hip Hop is more than 30 years old at this point, so the format might be viable. But would a core library be deep enough to support such a format without too much burnout? Plus, would that include some of the raw stuff (i.e. "Straight Outa Compton") sanitized for airplay, or just the safe mushy stuff? (3/17/15)

The ABC Network broadcasts all network broadcasts in 720p. CBS & NBC both send 1080i programming. However, what you get depends on what Comcast channel you’re getting WMAR on. Comcast Channel 12 is 480 but the Comcast HD Series on 800 level is HD only. However Comcast does compress all signals, so it still might be a Comcast problem. With local shows, it’s debatable whether WMAR uses HD cameras for everything they produce. (3/17/15)

Cumulus needs to do something with WRQX 107.3 now. Classic Hip-Hop would do well with the large black population in Washington. The Nielsen Ratings will be out today. 107.3 with the new CHR format cannot compete with iHeart's "Hot 99.5" and the CBS owned WPGC 95.5 (3/17/15)

WTEM 980 - Man Cave. In my prior post, I urged live and local sports talk covering all the DC area pro and college sports teams. I forgot to specify that I was addressing the AM drive time slot. A radio version of the morning sports page for the DC area. Perfect for the commute. I realize there are other live and local shows during the day, but many folks can't listen during those times. (I do like Grant and Danny -- when I get a chance to listen.) I would like to hear an alternative to the Junkies in the early AM. (3/17/15)

I rarely watch WMAR but I was wondering if anyone other than myself has noticed what crappy resolution the network has? Is it just Comcast Westminster, or are they being broadcast in 720 everywhere? When I watch "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." everything looks washed out. (3/17/15)

I think the Redskins set up Jason Reid and were going to do this all along to simply teach him a lesson. Dan Snyder is a petty, little man. (3/17/15)

Couple of decent options for 107.3. Not sure Sports is the right call, who knows? 107.3 actually is well programmed for a CHR. As a fan of the format it's about as creative as you can get. No ratings traction is a shame. As for 980' how in the world is a big hire made in AMD weeks in advance and not nixed until 24 hrs before? Troubling!! (3/17/15)

It drives me crazy that I cannot listen to a Redskin game on the radio in my car and I live 10 minutes from Redskin Park in Loudoun county...Snyder is a genius....... (3/17/15)

1073 will flip probably to the McRadio flavor de jour. Something like Nash FM which works only in New York because its the only option for Country there. (3/17/15)

To the guy who said, " Let's get a live and local show that, yes, talks about the Redskins (inevitably a lot) but also covers the entire DC area pro and college sports scene,". Isn't that pretty much the definition of sports radio around here? It's February, March, the Super Bowl is over, the Redskins are all done. So How about we talk a bit more about 'those other teams.". Ok sure, we will do one segment, then shift right back into "what the Redskins need to do for next season.'. OR 'let's dig deep into analysis of that new safety they just signed. Sorry, I'm not interested. I have gotten pretty bored of the same sports topics around here and in general. As I started, football is over, yeah, how about a bit more coverage of all those other teams. A Grunfeld interview, a Caps interview, something a bit more than just a segment that looks like they are, yes, pretending to do their job covering everyone. I will say that Grant and Danny seem to do a bit better job of covering it all and I give them credit, but Grant bugs me, always has, so I don't listen that much. (3/17/15)

["THREE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW" MEMO TO ALLEGED NEWS RADIO 1090] (1) "Morning News with Bryan Nehman" sucks (2) "Maryland's News Now with Mary Beth Marsden"sucks (3) AM Radio is dead. (3/17/15)

From Tom Taylor Now: A classic rock simulcast is created on the Delmarva Peninsula by new owner Adams Radio Group. It’s pairing classic rock “Big 98.5” WGBG Seaford with former “Hot Country 107.7” WKHI. It’s a class A licensed to Fruitland, Maryland but will be upgrading in the next few months to a Class B. Adams market manager Phil LoCascio has an affinity for the classic rock format (he programmed it in Washington DC) and he says “Big classic rock deserves a big listening area.” (3/17/15)

I hear that ESPN 980 couldn’t sell “The Man Cave” to any advertisers. (3/17/15)

Dear Dave- I've just discovered your great site, so if you have already addressed David Burd's departure from 103.5, please excuse my inquiry. I really liked his personality and miss it. Can he be found elsewhere on the dial? I called WTOP and got the standard "He's no longer with the station." What happened? Thanks for any response. Mary Lee (3/17/15)

Oh, my, Rachel’s 25-54 gal pals must have been knitting on Friday the 13th: “MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show averaged 96,000 adults 25-54 viewers on Friday, March 13 and 731,000 total viewers. It was the second time this year the show delivered under 100,000 adults 25-54 viewers and ranked as the program's seventh lowest rated performance in its six-and-a-half year run among adults 25-54. FNC's The Kelly File was the top rated cable news program at 9PM beating its two major competitors The Rachel Maddow Show and CNN's Wonder List combined in both total viewers and adults 25-54.” Phil Griffin, call your office, your golden boy, ah, girl, is sinking like the rest of PMSNBC: tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com (3/17/15)

I live about 12 miles from the WMDE, the new channel 5 on 36.1, a while ago the signal was in and out but lately when I check I don't pick up anything. Just wondering if anyone else has seen activity on the channel? (3/17/15)

WTEM 980 - Man Cave. Enough with ESPN's boring programming. Let's get a live and local show that, yes, talks about the Redskins (inevitably a lot) but also covers the entire DC area pro and college sports scene. C'mon give us commuting sports enthusiasts an alternative. If the Man Cave wasn't the answer, then I challenge them to come up with a better one. (3/17/15)

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