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\/ October 18 Messages \/


I agree entirely with the post about Sheehan's trying to denigrate the Caps in the context of the Nats current World Series run. But you have to understand, Sheehan hates hockey and the Caps. Anyone who listens to him understands that and he really doesn't hide it. He is clearly resentful of what the Caps achieved and does try to minimize it constantly. Caps fans know not to listen to 980 in general as it is not a Caps friendly sportstalk station. (10/18/19)

Rand Gardner, a long time radio commercial producer and script doctor, has left Entercom Radio Washington DC after 9 years. The company was CBS when he arrived. His voice was prominent on 106.7 The Fan WJFK and in Washington Nationals games. Previously his work was heard on Red Zebra Radio and on Z104, owned at the time by Bonneville. He's can be reached at randgardner.vo@gmail.com (10/18/19)

Nobody should be surprised at what Forever is doing on Delmarva. Companies like Forever are the reason why radio as a medium is dying. The company ruined Cumberland radio with stupid Froggy and Rocky. They have ruined market after market throughout Pennsylvania and West Virginia. And if they haven’t their brother and daughter (literally) shell companies have. (Keymarket/Southern Belle/7 Mountains, etc.) They ruined mid-shore radio WCEI/WINX with canned WW1 formats. And their reach continues now into Ocean City, Delaware, etc. Yes, The Wave is canned - running the same Westwood One format as Forever does in other markets. I assume 101.3 is running a WW1 format as well. Cheap, yes? Smart? Not really. If Forever wants to play the WW1 24/7 game, they have other formats Forever could simply flip the switch to. Unless Vince flips KHI again from classic hits - there is already KHI and 107.1 The Duck doing syndicated classic hits, among others. But still not really a hot a/c or adult CHR in the area to reach all of the shore. IHR has their cookie cutter Kiss on 95,9 and the god awful attempt by Adams at a local CHR shaming the heritage persona of OC104. (No longer a rhythmic leaning CHR outside of the slow jams show). Since Forever loves to do simulcasts in other markets - wonder why they haven’t flipped 97.1 and 97.7 to “Hot” using the WW1 Hot A/C format? MLB4 (10/18/19)

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\/ October 17 Messages \/

Tuned in WTEM's morning drive show earlier today and the host (I think it was Kevin Sheehan) appeared to be going to great lengths to try and make a case that the Nationals' upcoming appearance in the World Series would almost certainly blow away last year's Stanley Cup Final involving the Capitals in terms of local TV ratings, overall buzz around town and potential for sustained impact. Can we somehow find a way to celebrate the success of one DC team that's about to play on the biggest stage in its sport without feeling the need to disparage and denigrate others that have accomplished similar things in recent memory? At a time when the Nats, Caps and Mystics (who just won the WNBA title) seem to be reveling in each other's success and uniting disparate portions of the DMV, I don't think it's appropriate for anyone in local media to be making value judgments and playing the different teams off against each other in that way. (10/17/19)

More cuts at Forever, Milford. Out are 97.1, The Wave's AM driver, Tom Schultz and PM driver, BK, along with Cool 101.3's mid-day jock, Paula. The Wave sounds like it is totally running off the bird around the clock. Cool sounds canned as well. Hearing more is too come. (10/17/19)

Re: WMDT; here's the thing - yes, WMDT is consenting to interference well above the normal threshold, but with conditions. The second WMDT signs on its post-repack facility and there is a complaint, W29FM-D is required to modify its facilities to remedy it. And, crucially, the consent from WMDT does NOT extend to any future application, even if its sole purpose is to remedy a complaint - W29FM-D would then be bound by the normal (far lower) interference threshold. Essentially it seems like WMDT is going to tolerate its existence as long as no OTA viewer objects, which is on its face a creative solution to what might be an increasingly common problem in the future. Of course, the details get lost in shouting at the mailbag... fcc.gov (10/17/19)

Once alleged/wanna-be news radio 1090’s Clarence Mitchell IV (C4) and the rest of the station get past the love fest with Elijah Cummings, maybe someone over there with an ounce of news ability will get back to reality and seek answers to the more serious questions addressing the crime and corruption that prevailed in Baltimore during his tenure in public life locally and in DC, and the ethics questions surrounding him and his wife over the whereabouts of the millions/billions of public funds and charitable contributions - some of which may have contributed to their self-enrichment. You may recall in July, the Foundation for Accountability and Public Trust asked the Maryland Attorney General’s Office to investigate. What’s the status of that??? Who’s going to clean up his trash and rat infested district now??? What street will they rename in his honor??? Maybe we’ll get to see/interview his good friend, the disgraced former mayor Catherine Pugh at the funeral? You know, birds of a feather flock together! Lots of questions for her too. How ‘bout good ‘ole TJ Smith??? Is 1090 going to convince him to abandon his apparent plans to run for mayor in favor of a run for Congress??? Maybe C4 will announce his candidacy??? Who’s going to lead the charge for impeachment??? Stay tuned for a week or more or non-stop coverage of “the life and legacy of Elijah Cummings.” They’ll be falling all over each other to provide live coverage of his funeral. Hopefully they won’t schedule it during the World Series. (10/17/19)

Fact, did you know there are 20 Stations/Translators doing a Spanish Format in the DC Area. DC has more Spanish Stations than New York, Los Angeles or Miami, FL! The Spanish population in these markets is much larger than DC. Why is that? (10/17/19)

Longwinded: Ask McDonald's if they'll customize your order and just give you the 2 free hamburgers. You're getting 0 free hamburgers and 4 half-price hamburgers. Pretty sure I said "someone" had WMAL Derangement but you know better than I, Longwinded. Gus in the Gaithersburg (10/17/19)

Is someone smoking crack at the FCC or WMDT 47ABC or has someone committed fraud to the FCC? How could the FCC or WMDT 47ABC approve of a 15 kw signal within their contour and just 25 miles from their transmitter? The owner of WMDT actually signed a letter taking his own station off the air in south/central Delaware? This application has been floating around for awhile and I’ve been making fun of it, but NOW IT'S BEEN APPROVED! fccdata.org (10/17/19)

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\/ October 16 Messages \/

Gus, Gus, Gus, McDonald's does give away free hamburgers. As a matter economics, I only take my family of four to McDonald's when I only have to pay for two of the four burgers I purchase. Speaking of Gus speaking out of turn, a little over 10 days ago, I put two news tidbits in the mailbag. The first being John Bolton being involved with the first whistle-blower, and how John had been a frequent guest on WMAL for years. The second tidbit concerned WMAL’s Joe DiGenova who lied on Mornings on the Mall when he downplayed and denied his connections to shady Ukrainian Oligarchs, even though Joe was, and still is, legally representing one who is trying desperately to avoid being extradited to the US for money laundering and bribery (Firtash). Gus stood up and said that I had “WMAL Derangement Syndrome.” You are so funny, Gus. Well, as recent history has displayed for us, and we are talking like a week, including a Rudy Giuliani’s scheduled meeting this week with a Ukrainian oligarch under house arrest in Austria (Firtash), and two idiots being arrested at Dulles airport after being accused of US campaign violations, bribery, and participating in a scheme to oust a Foreign Service Ambassador by using fraud and a certain Ukrainian, under house arrest in Austria, oligarch’s money , (Firtash) (allegedly). So, there is this Ukrainian Oligarch under house arrest in Vienna Austria, desperately trying get out of being extradited to the US to face criminal charges, so he hires WMAL’s Joe DiGenova. Rudy Giuliani has meetings with this Oligarch under house arrest in Austria. Then, two idiots from the Eastern part of Europe, flush with cash, show up in DC, give a Texas Republican (friend of WMAL), a wad of bills, and told him to get a certain Ambassador recalled. He does. John Bolton, a long-time friend of WMAL, sees this crap (shadow diplomacy) happening, and he tries to report it to anyone he can, finally using the whistle-blower statute. I see the pieces, and start to put the puzzle together, and the puzzle starts to spell out "We are all associates of WMAL." Gee wiz, I was ahead of the curve, and Gus, like in the song “Bat out of Hell,” completely and arrogantly missed the curve until it was way too late. (10/16/19)

Entercom stock continues to improve......today it is at $3.32 per share. They own some great stations in major markets. In DC, they own six stations. WPGC 95.5, WJFK 106.7, WJFK 1580 AM, WDCH 99.1, WIAD 94.7, and WLZL 107.9. (10/16/19)

LBI Media, a Spanish Broadcaster, has emerged from Chapter 11 Bankruptcy with a new leadership team. They have shed $350 million in debt by doing a debt for equity swap. They own some great assets. Good luck to your new team. (10/16/19)

"I know why the Michelob O'meara Show had the drop in db level last Wednesday." Wrongeroo. It happened during the live "broadcast" as you can clearly see from the contemporaneous comments. Gus in the Gaithersburg (10/16/19)

More cost cutting at Forever Media’s WXCY. Full timers are now tracking weekends, part timers still on stand by for fill in, which is better than fully being let go. (10/16/19)

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\/ October 15 Messages \/

Interesting observation by the person who heard 94.7 on 94.1. That’s pretty close to a chief engineer’s #1 nightmare. At my [shall go unnamed] station an employee arrived one day and said there was another station farther down the dial playing our same music. Uh oh. I checked and we were there strongly at a lower position but also at a spot symmetrically HIGHER up the dial. I rearranged the dress of the cables in the transmitter rack and the problem went away, never to return. Some kind of coupled regeneration. Close call. At another of our stations here in town something similar happened but that was clearly a case of an old exciter with aging capacitors. -P of the AW. (10/15/19)

I know why the Michelob O'meara Show had the drop in db level last Wednesday. When the intern was finished editing and then put the final audio limiting on the entire show, only 49 minutes were in the edit view window. The remaining audio will not receive the effect unless it is "scoped" into the window. This is a common oversight when using older versions of Adobe Audition. (And maybe the cloud versions too, but I can't recall.) The intern then saved the file without checking because, well who cares... (10/15/19)

HEY LOOK! Gus in the Gaithersburg errrrr Don Geronimo errrr Mike Sorce is back in the mailbag? Re; " In other news, why did The Mike O'Meara Personal Time Off Playtime Podcast Funhouse, once touted as "the best sounding podcast on the internet" by its marquee name host lose 60% of its sound level at minute 49 until the end of the show last Wednesday in show #2327?" (10/15/19)

Today is Tom Schultz last day at Forever Media's WAVD, the Wave Ocean Pines. Will last one leaving please turn out the lights. (10/15/19)

Noticed a small but growing amount of songs previously not heard on the Drive 94.7 completely gone seems to be Beatles or most early 70s but they did Shattered Dreams Johnny Hates Jazz ,Mambo#5, I Just Want to Stop by Gino Vanelli still not A station Id listen to much but lets see how it evolves with the new program director should be interesting and song titles and artist are finally being displayed again. (10/15/19)

Someone, please get alleged/wanna-be news radio 1090 off the “spy plane” kick!!!! The station’s midday motormouth talk show host is hell-bent on convincing listeners that the spy plane will reduce Baltimore’s violence. A plane flying around taking pictures is NOT going to prevent the shootings, carjackings, broad daylight brutal assaults, muggings, etc. It may help find some of the animals who commit these crimes, but IT WILL NOT STOP THE VIOLENCE! Every day, it’s something else on this dude’s show: not enough cops; a broken juvenile justice system; an incompetent states attorney: lack of city leadership; vacant housing, etc., etc. So, this circus clown just babbles on, hoping someone will see things his narrow-minded way. This shit won’t change until the people who live in this cesspool stand up and say they’ve had enough, decide to clean up their own mess, and stop blaming others for it. In the meantime, I’ve had enough. CLICK!!! (10/15/19)

Driving thru Annandale VA this morning, I was hearing WIAD-FM "The Drive" on 94.1 as well as their 94.7 position. The stereo light was lit on my receiver but the audio was in mono, which might have just been because I was too far away to properly decode a stereo signal. In any case, I haven't found any info on Radio Locator or the WIAD website suggesting a repeater or translator at 94.1 MHz. Where is this signal coming from? Thanx. (10/15/19)

The 60s may not be lucrative to an ad agency, because they buy the familiar. This is why corporate radio will never add 60s to their playlist. This is why stations that rely on local ad dollars and not agencies tend to play more 60s. There is a market for the music, and it's not just all folks over 55. Watch ANY tv commercial and you will hear an "oldie" song. The younger demo knows the music and will listen to it. It's local radio that will play the 60s mixed in with 80s. (10/15/19)

It's been five years since Sinclair took over WJLA and NewsChannel 8. The corporate suits strutted into the station in 2014 promising technical upgrades and to make ABC-7 #1 in the market. And they denied the company was slanted in its political coverage. Five years later the station has shriveled into irrelevance. Morale sucks. SBG would rather spend money on sports channels. And Trumper Boris Epshteyn, whose commentatries are forced on all Sinclair stations, makes producers want to vomit on their desks. Sad! (10/15/19)

["The Radio stocks continue to sink......Salem $1.52, Urban One $1.92 and Entercom $3.13. Are any of these stocks a good investment?"] No. (10/15/19)

"Reminder......Nielsen does NOT release audience estimates for stations that do not pay them for ratings." Reminder......McDonald's does NOT give away free hamburgers. In other news, why did The Mike O'Meara Personal Time Off Playtime Podcast Funhouse, once touted as "the best sounding podcast on the internet" by its marquee name host lose 60% of its sound level at minute 49 until the end of the show last Wednesday in show #2327? Gus in the Gaithersburg (10/15/19)

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\/ October 14 Messages \/

Re: October 10th comment about WTEM remote at Nationals Park- WTEM studio is in Silver Spring. Common sense says they are not using microwave, especially considering need for IFB. I'll speculate and say they were using a codec and encountered troubles with the Internet connection. Challenge now is ISDN is going away, and arranging back-up Internet that won't be overwhelmed by the crowd is not always possible. (10/14/19)

Reminder......Nielsen does NOT release audience estimates for stations that do not pay them for ratings. (10/14/19)

Tell TK in Odenton that he does not know what he is posting. Please stop posting FALSE information. (10/14/19)

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\/ October 13 Messages \/

Closed-circuit to TK in Odenton: the "1480" in the WKDV app appears to be a typo. It would be too close to WTOP - er, WFED - to use 1480, even at 125 watts. And lower down in the app, there's this narrative: "NO CHANGE IN CITY OF LICENSE OR FREQUENCY ARE PROPOSED." I'm sure it will get amended soon, either when WKDV itself notices or when FCC staff gets to it. (Contrary to popular belief, the engineering staffers there aren't out to play "gotcha" with stations and engineering consultants like the undersigned. These sort of typos happen all the time and are never fatal as long as the underlying application is still valid.) - Fybush (10/13/19)

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A further look at the FCC application of WKDV shows they'll shift to 1480kHz, the same frequency as WPWC, a short hop away. WKDV feeds a Reston translator on 97.7 ; I suspect Metro will have to shift that feed to their 730 outlet to remain compliant. Yes, AM radio is quickly fading away due to high land prices... Perhaps HEBA (Crossfield) technology can save tne day...(Atlanta 1480 WYZE is the next trial site... See TWiRT #460 podcast for details)... TK in Odenton (10/12/19)

Interesting point poster added a few days ago about alot of 60s music in mono so better suited for AM play 94.7 The Drive does play some Beatles mostly later hits like Come Together which are in stereo plus Aretha Franklin and Brown Eyed Girl ive heard I think its more of an aging audience thing as over 50 age more likely to like 60s and early 70s is not lucrative to advertisers.Example when I moved hear in 2001 Wash FM Played James Taylor Jim Croce now its 80s 90s 2000s except an occasional 70s song like Piano Man or a few late 70s songs.The Wash FM HD2 sub IHearts Cool Oldies (used to be on WBIG 100.3 HD2) started out when I purchased an HD radio in 2010 as 50s 60s early 70s youd hear Elvis ,Buddy Holly ,Shirelles early rock then it went more mid 60s to about early 80s now more than half the songs are from the 80s though at least they play more early to mid 70s which the Drive does very little of like Eagles Doobie Brothers and maybe 1 0r 2 at most an hour 60s like Beatles or Rolling Stones if DC had a really large senior population, like Tucson where Im from there are several oldies stations plus 2 adult standards/ music of your life stations there .I think wed here more Oldies but if you can get it Ive heard WNAV Annapolis scratchy signal here in Wodbridge but great songs plus if you get 1420 WKCW Warrenton some 60s but I quit listening to them same songs in same order throughout the early afternoon for a month now The Gamut WTOP HD2 103.5 107.7 Where I live alittle of all types of music everything many Oldies and not just the big hits deeper tracks as well.Also the Drive almost a month now no RDS display of song and artist just call letters WIAD. (10/12/19)

The new traffic reporter on Fox5 is gorgeous, but unfortunately that’s the only positive thing I can say about her. Not very quick on her feet re: having to ad lib. She just seems so out of her element.. Turned on this morning’s broadcast & see another anchor struggling; Tisha Thomas. She’s live at an outdoor performance at Howard University & it’s painful to watch & listen to her. Then they go back into the studio and Sarah Fraser’s on there w/a dress barely covering her butt. And of course there’s Erin trying to play an anchor on tv. Look, I know being a reporter is probably not the easiest, especially when out in the field trying to report a story w/no script. But hey, be it in studio or out of studio, you’ve got to hone your skills so you don’t look like a complete idiot. (11/12/19)

Entercom stock starts to improve. (Now selling at $3.30 per share. ) Other Radio stocks still not doing well......Salem at just $1.46 per share and Urban One at $2.00 per share. These Companies have so much debt, they are not attractive to investors. (11/12/19)

WMPT is now at 1000kw full power on channel 21 with a 61 mile signal contour compared to WETA on channel 31 with only a 43 mile contour. WETA doesn’t seem to be headed towards full power until almost or until next year. This has to be hurting ratings and donations. (11/12/19)

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\/ October 11 Messages \/

Metro Radio’s WKDV AM 1460 is applying to downgrade the AM station from Class B, 5000 watts, 5 towers to Class D, 125 watts, and 1 tower. Nighttime power will be just 63 watts. Apparently the more valuable land at University Blvd. & Godwin Dr. is more valuable and being sold off. The omnidirectional signal contour at 125 watts will be tiny compared to the current one. The station will still keep its FM translators. That AM revitalization plan sure has done the exact opposite of its intention. Owners are investing even less in AM facilities than ever. — BaltoMedia.net (10/11/19)

More blah blah blah on alleged/wanna-be news radio 1090, with mid-day motormouth (Clarence Mitchell IV) babbling for yet another day about violence in Baltimore; this time, in city schools, and asking when school administrators are going to do something about it. When is this station going to take a stab at (pardon the expression) doing some real news, like, sending a reporter (they’d first have to hire one) to city school headquarters to ask the same questions Mitchell is raising??? How about sending the dude they send out every morning to scream his way through yesterday’s sound bites to city hall to dig up a story or two??? Better yet, how about someone in the alleged newsroom picking up the phone and working up a good Baltimore County story? Or, Annapolis, or Bel Air??? Here’s another one: most people heading to the Eastern Shore on the weekend are headed to St Michaels or Ocean City. Has anyone bothered to pick up the phone and ask Ocean City Mayor Meathead about his concerns about the Bay Bridge mess??? St Michaels Tourism seeing a drop in visitation, or are they fearful of one?? How’s former Mayor Pugh doing? Anyone seen her lately? Is she over her pneumonia?? Is the late detective Sean Suiter still dead? Still murder?? Where’s the governor been all week??? The station seemed to find him long enough to weigh in on impeachment. Who the fuck cares what he thinks??? Maybe if this station would get off the national news kick, the impeachment bullshit and all the city crime shit and pay attention to the local scene, more people would tune in. (10/11/19)

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Coincidence that Gus In Gaithersburg goes DCRTV mailbag dark the SAME TIME Don Geronimo shuts down his Podcast and goes Twitter dark too? NO! Long rumored that Gus & Don are one and the same. (10/10/19)

[RE: Czaban dropping in and out with his string-n-tin-cans set up] Were you listening Monday evening? There were a lot of drop outs that night. WTEM was doing a live remote from near Nats Park. Must have been a microwave connection to the studio in Rockville. They reconnected pretty quickly each time though during the 45 minutes I listened. A result of the rain approaching the ballpark that evening?. A good mix that day of leadup to the baseball game and the firing of Jay Gruden. Overall I am somewhat surprised that the quality of the WTEM Czaban show is as strong as it was a year ago before he started morning drive for iHeart's new Milwaukee sports talk station. And iHeart must be very happy because he is often kept on the air to do an additional segment with the host who follows him. (10/10/19)

Just turned on NBC4's 5pm news and who's on there anchoring? Erika Gonzalez!!!..So she's resurfaced!!! Don't know if she said anything about being M.I.A. as it was near the end of the broadcast. (10/10/19)

Erika Gonzales has not left Channel 4. She’s anchoring the 5:00 news. (10/10/19)

I want to give WTTG's new morning traffic reporter a chance as it does appear that she's nervous, not used to being in front of the camera and somewhat lacking in the personality category. However, guess this is what we get when the powers that be just bring on another pretty face to be on air. Also saw a promo for yet another gimmick coming down the pike for the station with some "behind the scenes" thing they're going to have on their Facebook page. They seem to be doing a lot of changes in a short period of time. Their Good Day DC intro is like watching the intro to the Brady Bunch w/their faces in boxes. They're now sending out their anchors on remotes each day. Tweet of the Day. Real time polls. What's next? A dance contest every day? (10/10/19)

OMG be careful if you try to listen to WNAV. Their news department is a wreck. Morning reader Rita Retch never reads a story without stumbling. It's a rule. And she misses the hourly local story tease several times a week -- DJ tosses to her, nobody home, dead air. CBS News is next. If she is there for the local newscast that follows, you will get 39 second sound bites from police for lost dogs and stabbings on West Street. And a voice that sounds like she is straining on the toilet. Bbbburnie Bbbbennett in the afternoons is nearly as bad, but he sounds like he's trying, at least. Just green. Bob Duckman is phoning it in. They said he was next with a great Beatles number and it came back Peter Frampton. He's not that senile yet. I could go on. Other stations with good 70s-80s music include WTTR 1370Khz. (10/10/19)

I watched some of the Wizards preseason game the other night just to hear the new guys Justin what's his name and Drew Gooden. Gooden seemed ok, but the PBP guy - wow - didn't think there could be any worse than Buckhantz. He was a low energy guy who actually looks like Dave Jageller on Nats radio. But he was kind of a low energy guy. I'll give him benefit of the doubt, his first game. But my spidey-sense says that's who he is. (10/10/19)

Dave: I know life is about hiring friends of friends etc., however, what an awful listen to 630's local programming. Pollin sounds as arrogant as ever and Carol sounds as, let's just say, not intelligent! What gives? why can these radio execs hire professional talent instead of the old retreads. For giggles, I listened to Czaban for two minutes last week and it's the same old garbage! What's even worse is hearing Doc mumble and certainly stumble through a complete sentence...hot the point where it sounds like he's playing a preacher, yelling at Redskins fans. And, what's even worse is how NBCSNWDC or whatever they call themselves, let's Julie say and wear whatever she wants and that certainly doesn't make sense on air. We know Brian Mitchell always has an agenda and just rambles but Julie adds zero! Ok, what's next? (10/10/19)

RE: “Speaking of stations that play the 60s”… Give WNAV (AM 1430) Annapolis a try. OK, a rim shot for DC, but great 60’s, 70’s & 80’s play list. And on the weekends (when not pre-empted by Navy football) afternoon collectors-oriented Doo-Wop. (10/10/19)

Why would a radio station send someone to the (Chesapeake) Bay Bridge at 5 in the morning to report on a two-day old story (now three days) using information and audio from a pathetic telephone interview from the day before??? And, why do they keep airing the same audio clips of the mayor’s comments on the plastic bag ban bill, over and over and over. “I support the ban because they (bags) end up in our trees and in our harbor,” said Mayor JackASS Young. If they played this cut once, they played it a hundred times, all fucking morning. They even write their stories with “yesterday” in the copy, making it even more obvious it’s OLD FUCKING NEWS. ADVANCE THE STORIES, YOU MORONS!!!! WORK THE PHONES AND COME UP WITH SOMETHING ORIGINAL!!! Thank God it’s chilly out this morning, or I’d roll down my window as I drive down the beltway, stick my head out the window, crank up the 1090 volume, and yell...”I’M MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!!!!! (10/10/19)

This WBFF Town Hall didn't go well... www.baltimoresun.com (10/10/19)

Question for the two or three other people who might still be listening to Czaban on WTEM out of habit, as an alternative to cutting yourself, or just trainwreck curiosity: What will make you quit for good? Czaban dropping in and out with his string-n-tin-cans set up? Reading his text conversations on air as if they're riveting? Describing his TV man cave set up? (10/10/19)

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Something going on over at WAVA? All Access is advertising for both a morning drive ops tech AND an afternoon ops tech. That covers the entire day from 5AM to 7PM. What happened to the current operations crew? Just how bad is Salem hurting? (10/9/19)

The Radio stocks continue to sink......Salem $1.52, Urban One $1.92 and Entercom $3.13. Are any of these stocks a good investment? (10/9/19)

Speaking of stations that play the 60s, WHGM is a good listen. I noticed they have morphed into more of an oldies station, with a hefty amount of 60s and 70s and some 80s. (10/9/19)

Re 94.7 adding '60s: I cant agree with that suggestion. That's an enormous spread of music to be covered. Using that logic, back in the 1980s heyday of Music of Your Life, that would have meant going back to the '30s for material. That is just too wide a musical palette to effectively select from. Besides, much of the music from the 1960s was optimized for mono AM airplay, so a lot of that content would have to be remastered for FM stereo, and that's going to get expensive. No, if Entercom was going to dip its toes into real moldy Oldies, they should cook up a suitable music format and put those songs on AM, where they sound best. Work out an LMA with WUST(AM) and WCRW(AM) to cover DC and fire the signal both East and West, while avoiding the costs of owning and maintaining any physical broadcast plants. Go live round the clock with jocks that know the music during the daytime, and inexpensive "starter-outers" evenings and overnights. It may yet work! (10/9/19)

There is evidence the Baltimore Police Union (FOP3) is taking the same approach to crime as alleged/wanna-be news radio 1090 is taking to news. Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison accused the union of “regurgitating” parts of his crime plan in a document the union released criticizing it. The station is “regurgitating” yesterday’s story about this again this morning, puking up the same shit the station aired nearly 24 hours ago. Now, if you’ll excuse me a minute, I have to go vomit. (10/9/19)

Mary Bubala... To co-anchor and reunite with Kai Jackson at 10pm news on FOX 45. (10/9/19)

We are excited to announce that Mark Williams is doing 2pm-6pm on Music Radio, Q1370. (10/9/19)

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REF: [Rick Ritter] This kid needs more than a new jacket. How about a couple of new suits that fit, along with a couple of nice dress shirts that can accommodate a few modern ties? I think it’s funny how WJZ makes the male anchors wear neckties on the early newscasts, then at 7 p.m., all ties are off? What’s up with that?? Another one who needs a lesson in style and fashion over there is Vic Carter, who wears those stupid glasses with the wild-colored frames, much like NBC’s Al Roker, another fashion disaster. And speaking of fashion, why do they insist on giving Bob Turk the prime time weather slot, while burying super model Chelsea Ingram, who just happens to be a trained/certified meteorologist, with a mere 30-seconds or less on camera? I think the entire station needs a new look, minus the old dinosaurs who keep hangin on there. (10/8/19)

There has been a "surge" in new Translators this past year. (456 new Translators in the past year). There are now a total of 8,197 FM Translators licensed. Have they helped AM Stations? Every available FM frequency in DC is now filled. (10/8/19)

So obvious Holly Morris is in competition w/Erin Como. Today Holly has on a leather dress days after Erin wore skin tight leather pants. I also bet Holly is none too pleased that after only a couple of years, Erin got promoted to anchor after being a traffic reporter. Holly was a reporter for many years before she made the anchor desk. (10/8/19)

94.7 the drive. My suggestion to Chris Roth is to fashion the station after Q1370 in Baltimore. Add the 60’s to your rotations. There is a lot of music out there that we don’t get to hear. Q1370 has an extensive playlist that i feel would do well on an FM signal. (10/8/19)

Outside the area, but WBAI in New York has shutdown. It's on a commercial frequency, 99.5. What's it worth? (10/8/19)

WBAI shuts down nypost.com (10/8/19)

Family Radio's WBMD AM 750 has gotten approval to move its transmitter to the WFSI tower #1 in east Baltimore at 800 watts. Not sure how this is impacted by the station being for sale, but the signal is almost identical to the one on Gunther Hill, just slightly south and east. See here. radio-locator.com —BaltoMedia.net (10/8/19)

As I celebrate another Nats win - and hope for a 5th game Nats victory in L.A. - I'm wondering about the radio ratings for the team. I see JFK's full-day rating for the last quarter on the News page. How'd they do at night, when most Nats games are broadcast? Oh, and every year when I vote in the Best/Worst list on your site, I forget about the Nats broadcasting team of Charlie and Dave! They're the best. For about half of each year, they keep me company and provide some of the greatest sports moments in this town. (10/8/19)

Another good read is WIN Radio' attorney"s response to the WOWD-LP Petition to Deny... fcc.gov... TK in Odenton... (10/8/19)

Normally I would take the side of the LPFMer but the Charlottesville case is the exception. The folks behind the "Virginia Radio Co-Op" clearly are clueless... They're still making promos for "broadcasting from the Pepsi studios" and openly simulcasting two signals... If you want a fun read this might be one fcc.gov... Yes, many other LPFMers fill hours with outside programming but they'll bury the shows with local PSAs or timeshift the content... Just don't tick off the local commercial cluster operators... TK in Odenton (10/8/19)

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Although Steve Chenevey is probably the most professional on the WTTG morning newscast, more and more, that morning broadcast is going down the same "entertainment" road as WUSA9 & WJLA with more and more gimmicks. Unlike the rest of the morning crew, he doesn't engage in a lot of the silliness and ridiculousness that management has decided to incorporate into the morning broadcast. I also notice that he travels a lot which is probably a needed escape as well as getting him out of participating in some of the foolishness. (10/7/19)

Can someone please get WJZ's Rick Ritter a jacket that fits??? (10/7/19)

I totally agree with the poster about 94.7 The Drive doing promos, concerts to make themselves more visible and shaking the playlist up lots of tired songs and like I posted awhile ago why not more solo Beatles all I hear is Live and Let Die from Mcartney and I Got My Mind Set on You by George Harrison 1420 WKCW does the format better but its AM reduced power at night and not recievable in much of the area they play Shattered Dreams and Suddenly Last Summer too long to post here but theres tons of 70s and 80s hits by major artists not played on both stations. (10/7/19)

Gus - Im measuring from the WKJX tower to Seven Corners Va. In air miles, 197. And while the station is licensed to Elizabeth City, they are positioning themselves as a Nags Head station. (10/7/19)

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Steve Chenevey was a great loss to WJLA. He was totally professional but WJLA would rather have contests, cooking shows exercise shows and field trips instead of news. Steve obviously didn't fit in with the entertainment aspect of "news". I'm not sure why WJLA and WUSA9 persist in this insane idiocy that they are calling morning news. I guess they figure Washingtonians and suburbanites are too stupid to grasp real news without all the fluff. News 4 and Fox 5 still get it. If WJLA and WUSA9 want to persist in this stupidity than please confine it to the 4:25 to 6:00 time period. 6-7 should be news and traffic. WJLA has a sister station called News? Channel 8. They should just give that frequency away. There is no news there. Just more of the same crap (10/6/19)

My takeaway from the latest Nielson ratings is that the percentage of persons under age 50 listening to the radio is dwindling rapidly. Only one of the Top 10 caters to a younger audience and it’s #9. If you think about it there’s only 4 or 5 total that target an audience below 40. Maybe 5.5 if you count WASH and I don’t. Everyone else is streaming. I also agree with the earlier mailbag comment on the Drive 94.7. If done correctly this is easily a top 10 and maybe top 5 station just as in New York and Philly. ---nokesvillejr (10/6/19)

I can't see why Tony Perkins wants to joint the comedy act known as "Get up DC" but good luck to him. The 6:00 hours with Reese Waters is just a joke. I don't know why Annie Yu went there either. WUSA9's 11 pm new is just awful. They repeat the same stories over and over and admit they don't cover national news at all. There local news is pretty sketchy as well. WUSA9 desperately needs a news director who knows what news is. (10/6/19)

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Fox5 crew gave Cori Coffin a nice send off yesterday & today and it was well deserving. Felt she was an asset to the newscasts. So unfortunate that one has to leave town or not moving to a competing station to be recognized upon leaving. Good people are good people despite their wanting to move on. Annie Yu & Julie Wright were quite popular & not being given a proper sendoff on air really sucked. (10/5/19)

Re 94.7 . . . what PD Chris Roth needs to do is what Steve did not or wasn't given free rein to do: 1) put on a big promo push that gets the face of the station out there. Sponsor performances by a couple of local 80s tribute bands or bring in a nostalgic headliner to play a "surprise" show at a local venue. 2) Back off on a few "core" tunes and whip out some surprise songs. I think "1999" and "Summer of '69" have hit their saturation points, but when is the last time we got to hear "Suddenly Last Summer", "Breakout" or "Shattered Dreams"? 3) How about frequent thematic weekends? You can get a lot of mileage out of, say, a "One for the Ladies" weekend, playing girl groups and soloists (Lita Ford, Bananarama, Annie Lennox et al) and songs all about wimmen-folk ("Oh Sherrie", "Special Lady", "West End Girls", "Oh Sheila", "China Girl" et al). And 4), Hire my ass to keep coming up with good stuff like this. (10/5/19)

It was less than 5 minutes of Erin Cuomo talking on today's Faux Five morning news before I couldn't take it anymore and switched the channel. (10/5/19)

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I can honestly say I love my country so much that I have not committed crimes against the government, participated in fraudulent activity designed to illegitimately oust a US ambassador, or participated in an international cover up designed to allow foreign subjugation of US elections. It is a shame Mark Levin or Dan Bongino can’t honestly make the same statement. Can we apply the RICO act to put those dangerous clowns in jail? Bill Hess, do the right thing for your country and turn those clowns into the FBI. They know about the genus of the President's crime because they were there at the onset, helped plan the machination, and spread the lies over your airwaves. Be an American, and turn them in as part of this criminal political cabal. (10/4/19)

[RE: (WTTG) I find the only one on there who is the most professional and just an overall great anchor is Steve Chenevey] I'm not sure if you remember this, but Steve also left several years ago. He went over to WJLA to anchor their morning "news" but they blew up the show a while later and he got demoted to field reporter and ended up back at FOX5 after that. As for Tony Perkins, I've seen that his move to WUSA is only a temporary six-week stint timed to coincide with the November ratings book. Guess we'll see what happens. (10/4/19)

According to the most recent Nielsen numbers for DC, 8% of the listening is now to Christian Contemporary Music. The Drive at 94.7 FM is not doing well playing just 80's Music. Perhaps they should expand their "Oldies playlist". The new Program Director, Chis Roth can change their playlist. (10/4/19)

More on WRAU. The article in Current states that Salisbury University (owners of WSCL 89.5 and WSDL 90.7) has no plans to buy WRAU. It looks like American University wants $750,000 for it. Any takers? (10/4/19)

Did anyone else notice the discredited “documents” Rudy used to smear and oust the US Ambassador to Ukraine last March were mostly written by DC’s own John Solomon of The Hill newspaper? As everyone in DC media knows, John was demoted last year to “opinion writer” at The Hill after his fellow journalists complained that John’s sloppy “investigative Journalist” work was hurting The Hill’s reputation. Anyway, at the time Rudy was circulation this BS to the State Department, pretending the papers came from the White House, Mark Levin, Chris Plante, Larry O’Connor, and Dan Bongino were voicing the same discredited nonsense on the air as “Breaking News.” Did Rudy use WMAL to give some credence to what otherwise would have been considered BS allegations by the State Department? There is an impeachment investigation, WMAL needs to cooperate with the Congress on getting to the whole truth, otherwise WMAL’s talkers should be considered treasonous. Why did WMAL coordinate their efforts with John Solomon? Who orchestrated John Solomon’s, WMAL’s, and The Wall Street Journal’s “news releases? What incentives did the clowns at WMAL receive for airing this nonsense that got a career US Ambassador removed from her post? What part of this story did WMAL fabricate to contribute? These are questions Bill Hess needs to answer and send to the committee doing the Impeachment Inquiry. You guys stepped in it, and your actions on the air stink to high heaven. WMAL, it is time to be Great Americans, and come clean on why you were involved, and who got you involved as co-conspirators in these criminal and treasonous acts committed by the President. (10/4/19)

To the baseball fan searching for games on the radio, here are some options for you: Yankees on 660 (unless the Giants are playing), Cardinals on 1120, and 2 other ESPN stations, 1520 (Buffalo) and 1530 (Cincinnati), although Bills and Bengals may take priority on those. All are 50,000 watters. Dave, since you're in the Atlanta area, are the Braves in 750? (10/4/19)

Dave's response: The Braves are on sports talker WCNN 680/93.7 and rocker WNNX 100.5 in Atlanta. The team is carrried here in Athens by sports talker WRFC, whose 960 AM towers are literally behind the house I am staying in. News talker WSB-AM does carry games from Athens-based University Of Georgia. While they still broadcast on 750 AM, they only mention their 95.5 FM WSBB signal in their marketing. WSB-FM is their sister adult contemporary outlet on 98.5.....

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Word of advice for TV reporters covering the Baltimore mayoral race: DO NOT MENTION THAT THE LAST 3 MAYORS WERE FAILURES or you will quickly get the Mary Bubala treatment and off you go. No one in Baltimore wants to hear the truth as long as the state keeps them afloat and Trump doesn’t pull any funds. This is one area where I just wish Trump would pull the life support plug. Baltimore will gladly take your money in help, but don’t tell them what to do with it or that is RACIST! — UGH! (10/3/19)

Baltimore Repack news: Both WBAL and WJZ have notified the FCC that they will not be able to meet the March 2020 deadline to switch TV channels and will instead use the auxiliary transmitters on the new channels for at least 2 months. WJZ is planning on using a chopper while WBAL has yet to decide between the chopper and a gin pole rigging (dangerous since there are 400 employees in between the 2 points of the rigging), but both appear to be prepared to switch to their channels at low power on May 1. So it looks like antenna reception of either WBAL or WJZ next May/June will be difficult. Of course the FCC didn’t help out matters. They could have simply moved WJZ to channel 12 and kept WBAL on channel 11, but no, they had to switch both to make it far more complicated if not dangerous. No word yet on WMAR but probably soon. — BaltoMedia.net (10/3/19)

I saw the promo for Tony Perkins going to WUSA and have to wonder, why he would want to go back to tv..When he left FOX5, he seemed like he had had enough of tv. And now to go back to a morning show that pretty much parallels FOX5. Have to also wonder why other popular on air people have or are jumping ship at FOX5..Both Julie Wright and Annie Yu "disappeared". And both Anjali Hemphill and Cori Coffin say they're going to NY to seek other opportunities as well as be with their husbands. However, one has to wonder if the environment at FOX5 is such that "opportunities" for advancement and/or promotions is biased and not necessarily based on work performance. I remember years ago when Lark McCarthy left and Allison Seymour was promoted to a permanent anchor spot, it was obvious on Lark's last day that Holly Morris was a bit salty. And to this day, Holly seems to want to steal the spotlight whenever she can. Now they've brought in some lifestyle coach to replace Erin to do traffic.I find the only one on there who is the most professional and just an overall great anchor is Steve Chenevey (10/3/19)

The current magazine reports WAMU plans to sell WRAU Ocean City, Maryland. Who will be interested, EMF, WYPR to upgrade their Ocean City Class A WYPO? (10/3/19)

Dave's response: I spent the summer of 2017 in Rehoboth Beach and you can get five or six public radio outlets there, including the two locals from Salisbury. I guess DC's WAMU figures it ain't worth the effort, which probably makes financial sense.....

Now that 980 is affiliated with Fox. Sports you can hear it on 95.9 closer to DC And on 93.9 HD2 but theres no place to hear a clean signal I know of for 630 AM and last night I wanted to listen to the AL Wild Card game and had better luck in my car pulling in 1000 AM ESPN from Chicago! I live in Woodbridge and 630 was hard to get at night always but since they moved to the new tower its almost impossible and difficult reception even in the day.Also I remember a few years ago posted here about a LPFM WERA 96.7 from Arlington looked at thier website what a wide range of programming why cant they go to an HD Subchannel so more people can hear it without streaming? No offense but do we need another lousy talk station on DC101 HD2? (10/3/19)

I wrote earlier this week about the sad state of the Baltimore Media and their coverage of local/regional news. Here's an example from WJZ-TV News at Noon today: 4 Local stories only one of which would classify as more than 'rip and read', in depth Impeachment news, weather, Ravens. Break, Back from break: Paris, Las Vegas,,Mississippi, and then a story on a new CBS Prime Time Comedy show. CLICK !! , 14 Minutes, and 4 bits of LOCAL NEWS. They have 5 people to bring you the weather, and hardly no one that gives you actual in depth reporting, a la Jane Miller. Nothing in Baltimore worth investigating, so let's give the viewers news from Paris. If I want National/World news, there are plenty of options. (10/3/19)

In the latest ratings released yesterday, "The Drive" is in 17th place with a 2.6 rating - below it usually scored as a Hot AC with format competition. Yes, these are the 12+ numbers and it surely is doing somewhat better in the upper demos. However, Classic Hits stations are near or at the top of the ratings in every other city. It makes me wonder if fans of this format in this area, found other ways to listen to this music (Sirius, Internet) and find the bite-sized Drive playlist inferior. Maybe WIAD should have stayed Hot AC or gone Soft AC. And how about WGTS in 4th place! If you add the 1.5 of 107.3, about 8 percent of this market is listening to Christian Contemporary music! Amazing! (10/3/19)

Dave's response: I am currently in the Atlanta market, and Salem's Christian contemporary WFSH, 104.7 The Fish, is often the top station.....

No trouble hearing WSMD 98.3 on Thursday morning this week; either the WURA translator at 98.1 has been shut off, or the morning operator never checked the engineering rack to see if it was actually turned on. As it is, depending on how immune your FM receiver is to 'swamping', the only time the translator whacks Star 98.3 is if you are close enough to the tower off the parkway in Fairfax Station. (10/3/19)

I would like to personally thank WMAL’s Chris Plante, Larry O’Connor, Mark Levin, and Dan Bongino for their efforts as a catalyst in the run up to this impeachment inquiry process. Without their fumbling efforts to get this manufactured Biden-Ukraine fabrication out last spring, the Democrats would have been blindsided at this point in the Republican obfuscation process. Because WMAL personalities jumped the gun before this fabrication was ready for prime time, the president and his team were forced to play catch up on their own lies, with increased scrutiny by Congress. Let me be clear, had those fools waited until the machination was completed, the President could have made his dirty little phone calls without much scrutiny, or not needed to make it at all, because the Democrats would have been in the dark on this story up to the last minute. By the bozos at WMAL “leaking” this fabrication early, the Democrats were prepared and waiting for the republican’s next move. And boy did Trump deliver for the Democrats! Dan Bongino’s Tweet about Biden and Ukraine last March should give him a seat before the Oversight Committee (and should forever be used in political science class as an example of "idiotic political dirty tricks" in the early 21st century). Mark Levin’s reading of the charges over the NBC News theme could destroy his career after a Congressional investigation into the origins of this smear (The Hill's John Solomon-it may be time for an extended vacation oversees after your Rudy corroboration was revealed last night). Will Congress investigate talk radio’s role in this scandal? It is clear talk radio was briefed early on by Heritage and Trump’s reelection campaign. In unrelated news, Larry O’Connor’s BFF, Todd Starnes, was let go from Fox News and Fox Nation yesterday. Insiders speculate his firing was due to a commentary he made claiming Democrats were “Godless,” and therefore “Heathens.” Didn’t Larry do similar segment on his radio show a few weeks ago? Should Larry be canned for spreading the same crap Tod Starnes was spreading? You all must be so proud working for WMAL, the Putin loving, Democracy hating, anti-immigrant, anti-justice, anti-truth, and White supremacy radio station serving the Nation’s Capital. (10/3/19)

Colleen Carew, formerly with 100.7 The Bay in Baltimore, takes the PD reins at WOCM Ocean 98 in Ocean City MD. She will handle Programming and Promotional duties at the Triple A station, replacing JJ Roth who has resigned and moved on to different ventures. Marla Robertson replaces JJ on air 10am-2pm and continues with her responsibilties as morning show producer for The Rude Awakening Show. Colleen will follow Marla on-air from 2-6pm and the former afternoon drive jock "Schwab" moves up to Nights from 6-10pm. The station can be heard in the listening area at 98.1 FM and online worldwide at ocean98.com. (10/3/19)

Dave Issing who was formerly on 99.1 WHFS with Weasel, Bob “Here”, Damian Einstein, and David Einstein, as well as on 103.1 WRNR with Bob Waugh & Rob Timm, and WJFK with Cerphe Colwel, has returned to the airwaves at FM 102.3 and AM 1470 WTTR in Carroll County, Maryland. On Sundays, Dave hosts Inspire – an hour of positive and encouraging music and conversation, from 10am-11am. The show is a mix of secular music with a positive theme along with current faith-based music (like on K-Love radio). He can also be heard weeknights starting at 9pm playing the “greatest hits of all time from 80s, 70s, and 60s”. The station can also be heard via the TuneIn app for mobile phones and tablets, as well as streaming at wttr.com. (10/3/19)

WURA 920AM: Wouldn't even exist if the dummies then owning WPTX 920 in Lexington Park had kept that frequency when moving WPTX to 1690. Of course the owners obeyed the FCC conditions for the move, but other owners didn't and eventually the FCC caved allowing expanded band owners to keep the original frequency. Then when SOMAR bought WPTX (& WMDM) years later, it would also have owned the 920 frequency in Lexington Park .... and wouldn't have its 98.3 suffering from interference. (10/3/19)

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Sick of all the national political puke on local radio, like wanna-be news radio 1090? Well, relief is on the way as this station gears up for some local politics as it positions itself as the home for the “TJ for Mayor” campaign headquarters. TJ (no first name) Smith is the former police officer turned PIO for Baltimore PD before resigning to be a press secretary for a local county executive. Yesterday, he announced his resignation from that position with a promise to “make an important announcement” later this week. 1090 is already speculating, promoting him as a potential candidate for mayor in the upcoming Baltimore elections, praising him for “witnessing several major local events” while police flack. Oh yeah, local events, as in homicides, carjackings, assaults, rapes, Freddie Gray, BPD corruption, period. He’s a former cop who called himself “chief” in his BPD role until he quit, surrounded by all the political corruption that earned him and his troubled department a reputation of incompetence, fueled by an ego full of tweets, television and radio appearances showcasing the city as a cesspool of crime. 1090 loves this dude, giving him space on the news and talk shows to advance his resume while shining the crime spotlight on himself to grease the skids for his self-promotion for the next stop in his politically powered public life. His radio ally, the fast-talking talk show host Clarence Mitchell, could throw a money wrench into things if HE decides to run. At least Mitchell has experience as a former Maryland legislator, leaving us to question what Smith, with no leadership/business management record would bring to the table. Running the city, like running the country, requires much more experience than “community organizer;” something we learned after eight miserable years of it in DC. Stay tuned...give these clowns “room to destroy,” the city even further, and watch this station launch the “Smith for Mayor” campaign into orbit. (10/2/19)

Well, here is a surprise to all the Érika Gonzáles watchers; she is still listed on the WRC-TV (NBC 4) web page. When someone leaves a station, they are usually removed from the page immediately. The fact that she is still there is a good sign that she is still an employee. I personally hope it is something positive, like being pregnant and having some early days side effects, and not an illness or other problem. And Happy New Year. -- Carl in Olney (10/2/19)

WURA 920 AM signed on a new Translator 98.1 FM and has killed the WSMD 98.3 FM signal in Northern Virginia. Somar should file a complaint with the FCC. (10/2/19)

So it appears former Baltimore Police spinmeister “Chief” TJ Smith wants to run for mayor. Wonder how many of his media buddies will hold him to the same scrutiny as other candidates, or will they give him a pass? Hopefully, some real journalist will investigate how he got to the Baltimore department and his exact role in spinning the many controversies during his tenure. (10/2/19)

Interesting bit of ducting on Tuesday morning. Turning a corner in Falls Church, I briefly lost the signal of WERA-LP 96.7 on my car radio, and for a few moments was picking up WKJX-FM "The Coast" out of Nags Head NC, some 200 miles from Falls Church. Pretty tasty for a signal that should fizz out by Norfolk. (10/2/19)

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Getting gas on Westbard Avenue in Bethesda and just looked up. There’s a big new white pylon TV transmitting antenna on top of the River Road tower! When did that thing go up? Anybody see the process? Gin pole? Helicopter? I hate missing out on seeing those projects unfold. -P of the AW (10/1/19)

Strange doings at FIOS last night. They interrupted WUSA9 around 12:30am with a “we’re fighting with Tegna over rates because they’re asking too much” blackout. It referred to an agreement expiring sometime in 2018. The blackout continued for an hour or so, and then things went back to normal. There had been none of the usual warning crawls from Channel 9. Mistake at the head end? (10/1/19)

Fox5 reporter, Anjali Hemphill bid farewell to DC Sunday. Moving with husband for new opportunities in NYC. - Reston Calling (10/1/19)

RE: "MSNBC did not cut away from a rally"...."Re-read a transcript...and claim it's literally true.". Umm, a transcript IS literally true. It's a literal TRANSCRIPTION of what someone actually said. -Mike in Bartonsville (10/1/19)

I tuned in to 1090 again this morning to see if they would regurgitate a weekend stabbing incident for a fourth straight day; if OC Mayor Meehan came out of hiding amidst rumors he’s shacked up and hiding in Baltimore with former Mayor Pugh at her place; if Mayor Jack Ass Young has come to his senses to ban the street corner punks terrorizing motorists with their fake “I need a job” bullshit; if someone slipped some valium into the mid day motor mouth’s (C4) coffee; if the FOP crime plan is ready; if Baltimore’s murder rate has reached 300 yet; if they missed any of yesterday’s Trump tweets; if Jim Russ has left for Marbourg’s old job at WTOP; and, if Screamin Scotty has larygitis. I dozed off and never found out. (10/1/19)

NBC4’s Erika Gonzalez is still listed on their website. So maybe she’s had a family or personal emergency & taken some time off. I do remember her working one weekend & abruptly disappeared....Just turned on Fox5 & Erin Como has on some pants so tight that they look like they’re painted on. Really Erin?? (10/1/19)

To my fellow WBAL, critic, you are spot on regarding the OC coverage. The probable reason that you didn't hear from the Mayor: According to a WBOC report on Sunday, he was out of town, which is an obvious story in itself that no media outlet in the Baltimore market is covering. Gee, wonder if the Mayor will bail if/when the next hurricane hits town? I just envision George Costanza bolting out of the birthday party when the fire breaks out. And to WBAL and the rest of the Baltimore media...WTF is wrong with you ?? There was no "EVENT". For years, the H2Oi event was in nearby Whaleyville. It was canceled in 2017, and was in Atlantic City in 2018 and this year. And why are these thugs deemed to be "Car Enthusiasts" They came to town with the sole intent of raising hell. I guess the next time Law Enforcement goes into the house of a person who just shot 10 people and find a stash of 18 guns, he will be termed a "Gun Enthusiast" Why, media, are you trying to purposely downplay all the commotion that these idiots caused? What impact is this going to have on OC. Do you think that people that were there for a long weekend or a week-long vacation are going to go back? Oh, I'm sorry, you can't do a real story on a regional issue....gotta go to that snowstorm in Montana story, more Trump stories, some Virginia stories. ALL of you are completely clueless on how to cover local news. BTW, um, the Ms Pugh investigation??? We're still waiting. (10/1/19)

WINA owner files complaint against local nonprofit radio stations | Local News | dailyprogress.com... www.dailyprogress.com...... The LPFMs in Charlottesville are on the radar screen of Saga Communications... Besides the Charlottesville station Saga owns stations in Norlfolk, etc... , e.g. WJOI AM 1230... TK in Odenton... (10/1/19)

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Oh Dear God. It looks like more WMAL talkers were involved in this smear campaign against Biden During the campaign’s planning stages back in the Spring Dan Bongino (BonBozo), tweeted “Joe Biden is going to have A LOT of explaining to do regarding Ukraine. A LOT.” How did bonBozo know six months ago this topic issue was going to a news issue? Was BonBozo, like Mark Levin, involved in the fabrication set up in the early days last Spring? If BonBozo, in March, got the story from Peter Schweitzer’s then recently (one week old) released book, why did BonBozo immediately give credence to Schweizer’s claim in the book, given Schweizer's admitted problems with jumping to wrong conclusions? BonBozo’s lies and manufactured crap can be heard sporadically on WMAL on weekends, and when substituting for Mark Levin. Bill Hess, just shut the place down before you start getting visits from the FBI. (9/30/19)

MSNBC did not cut away from a rally. They cut away from an impromptu press conference where Trump was actually being asked questions, but they didn’t like the answers and like all Trump Deranged people, blocked the information from view and ran to their safe spaces. It’s either that or break out the Ninja masks, baseball bats and spray paint and get even. If all else fails, screaming helplessly at the sky always works. Although Adam Schiff’s new idea might become a new socialist left model. Re-read a transcript in a mafia shakedown voice and claim its literally true. If that’s not making up your own news, I don’t know what is. And as usual, the left media is reporting that as if Trump really did that. This is why Trump wins. People know liars when they see them. The national media is embarrassing itself and will just have to lay off more people. They need impeachment hearings just to stay in business right now. CNN is being beating by Nickelodeon and Lifetime, not just Fox! Fox News isn’t just #1. They’re often #1 of ALL basic cable channels! (9/30/19)

Alleged/wanna-be news radio 1090 has aired weekly, pre-weekend interviews with Ocean City (MD) Mayor Rick Meehan, allowing him to promote his sorry ass and events occurring in the resort. While I understand the need to support this popular resort and recognize its appeal to tens of thousands of people who visit, there comes a time when the softball interviews need to turn to hardball, like this morning, in the aftermath of a dangerously rowdy weekend that prompted Meehan to threaten a state of emergency if it happens again. Instead of Meehan, or any other city official, we got John Patti, off duty today, who just happened to be there during the unruly crowd. WTF!! Where was Mayor Meathead this morning? Nowhere to be found, while hiding under Twitter with a prepared statement. Did the station even bother to call him? Where are the city council members? How about the city manager? Where is the police chief??? Once again, this station fucks up a chance to work up a great local story instead of all the national interviews on impeachment and all the anti-Trump shit the democrats are stirring up. Bring back Rush Limbaugh and let HIM handle the national political puke. When is this station going off the air?? Given the pathetic state of affairs within the Orioles and Ravens organizations, even sports radio on this station would be a gamble. (9/30/19)

Hey Dave, I have to report a glaring omission on WMAL this morning. I am sure Vince Mary and Joe will acknowledge and apologize for the gaffe. Background, On Sunday, Fox News' Chris Wallace revealed WMAL commentator Joe DiGenova an his wife were helping Giuliani in the Ukraine to try and manufacture dirt on Joe Biden. Giuliani was not working alone, Wallace said. www.foxnews.com... This morning,on WMAL, Joe trashed that report, minimizing it, and saying he was asked by the White House to represent a "whistle blower" in Ukraine. But, Joe continued, he never went to the country because his trip was cancelled. So, he really wasn't that involved. Joe forgot to mention he was, in fact, hired in the past week or so to represent in the United States a Ukrainian natural gas tycoon, Victor Firtash, who is fighting extradition to the US for bribery and fraud. Virtash was recently hyped up by the former and corrupt prosecutor in Ukraine, Viktor Shokin, who is at the center of the this Biden controversy. www.kyivpost.com... If the United States Department of Justice wants to extradite and put on trial on corruption charges, here, Victor Firtash, why is WMAL's Joe DiGenova not only working to keep this guy out of our country and away from our legal system, but also, working with him to build a case against Biden, sidestepping any Justice department, State Department, or Congressional input and protocol? DiGenova should have revealed his contract with Ukraine's Firtash, and Vince and Mary should have asked him why he is working on two different fronts to keep this guy away from our justice system. These questions were not asked, but should have. WMAL, can you address these concerns and make full disclosures now? (9/30/19)

It looks, based on the happenings over the past few weeks, that Erika Gonzalez has left NBC4 of her own choice or was fired by the station. Bad public relations on the part of the station. Erika was very popular and on track to become a work-week anchor replacing one of the long-time personalities. Station needs to inform the public. (9/30/19)

It appears that anchor/reporter Devin Bartolotta is gone from CH 13. I don't "do" Facebook or any of the other social media, so can someone verify? Looks like she's at WWL in New Orleans. Also, at the end of today's O's game, Gary Thorn said something like "...see you in Sarasota in the Sprinng." I sincerely hope he's back next season. Can't wait to see if/how 1090 covers the weekend fiasco in Ocean City Monday Morning (9/30/19)

RE: 103.7 out of Richmond. WURV is currently Hot AC and with the exception of a 3 year stint of being Soft AC and two years of being a AAA station, it’s been Hot AC since 1993. It’s very possible that the signal bleeds into Northern VA still to this day and can overlap with WTOP’s 103.5 signal. Oh and for the misinformed, just because POTUS has a rally doesn’t mean that the networks have to carry it all for chrissakes. It’s all a part of the pesky first amendment. If CNN, Fox, MSNBC etc…don’t want to carry a full rally, that’s up to them. They are protected from staying from the rallies as much as WMAL is allowed to give you the latest right wing talking points and MSNBC can give you the latest left wing talking points. HELLO, IT’S CALLED FREEDOM OF THE PRESS! Dan (9/30/19)

So it's a bit after 6 pm on Sunday night. Program guides say WTTG is showing news. I turn them on hoping to get some real news among the celebrity gossip and idle chitchat that seem to fill the majority of their newscasts. And what are they showing? Women's wrestling--they're going from bad to worse. (9/30/19)

OK, Erika Gonzalez is missing in action again as the weekend anchor...Something's obvious going on re:her absence..I know we've seen over and over people just disappearing with no explanation and I wonder if this is yet again one of those situations. I've noticed that Usually when they leave to go to a competing network, the station doesn't give them a send-off..They just disappear. But because a few weeks ago she left in the middle of her broadcast, I wonder if she's sick and doesn't want it made public. However, when I saw Leon Harris filling in, now THAT was unusual..In any case, hope she's ok.. (9/30/19)

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In reference to the jealous, blowhard comments about Chris Roth. "Everyone is stunned that he talked himself into another gig" Who is everyone? minus the cast of Hee Haw from Winchester... and who are you? and who elected you as "everyone's" spokesperson? Fart and run out of the room as you people usually do! Phil Zachary who just hired Mr. Roth was his boss in Raleigh. Do you really think he would have hired him AGAIN if what you're insinuating was true? Anyone who knows Chris Roth isn't shocked by anything. They're happy for someone who is realizing his dream and is lucky enough to have gotten a job that goes along with a love for something. How many people get to do that? So many people these days need to just STFU!!! (9/29/19)

Oh yeah, Erin Como is so into herself...I'm so turned on when she talks about 295 at Benning Road...it's almost too much that early in the morning... (9/29/19)

Congratulations to Chris Roth on your appointment as PD of WIAD 94.7 FM. I like their 80's Hits Format. Entercom will make a lot of money with this format. (9/29/19)

Didn't see the 6pm newscast, but turned on the 11pm broadcast on NBC4 and Erika Gonzalez is missing yet again..Fill in said nothing about subbing for her tonight..So has she left the station? (9/29/19)

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The 103.7 station interference affecting WTOP 103.5 may be from Richmond's WURV. When it was part of EZ Communications decades ago, we would occasionally hear it at our location 44 miles north of the old WGMS-FM 103.5 site in NW DC. It had been easy listening and adult contemporary but I have no idea of the format today. (9/28/19)

Thursday evening during a very compelling ABC TV special on the late Phil Hartman, idiotic WJLA, Ch 7 in DC, cut in and did about a minute or so of news/weather updates. When it ended, right back to the program. That was not a commercial break, just a stupid move. Thank WJLA for taking away part of an excellent program. (9/28/19)

How quickly the Trump Deranged rush to defend Obama or Biden for doing the same things Trump does. Obama denied giving Iran any money on pallets at all even though there were witnesses to the pallets and made a secret deal caught on open mike with Russia that he later denied and the media blindly took his word even though caught on tape. Same with Biden. The media is taking Biden’s word on his $1.6 billion dollar bribery scheme to earn money for his son as the expense of U.S. Security even though he’s on tape telling them to do what he wanted or else. The evidence is blatant. Trump didn’t even say it, yet he’s guilty. Oh, and I can’t even get WMAL on the radio in Baltimore or anywhere, but lefties in the media are the biggest of all hypocrites with their identity politics Obama and Biden represent your identity. Therefor they could not have meant to break the law on tape or not. You don’ t even have to hear Trump say it to know he’s guilty. People in general are not stupid about hypocrites. This is why news media ratings are plummeting. Their credibility is shot and this is why the news media is laying off in the thousands. In the Trump vs. Left Media war, Trump has already won. The left wing media will do anything to save Joe Biden because they know deep down that he’s the only candidate even if on a respirator, could beat Trump. Trump will win in a landslide once Biden is out or that blood in his left eye that the media keeps ignoring causes him to stroke out on live TV. (9/28/19)

Re: BSNBC leaving the president's speech. That's what they do. No respect. just whining. You're right about if a network had done that during Obama. All they have done is whine for 3 years. No respect even for the office. But more importantly, this is exactly why people don't believe the media anymore. (9/28/19)

Ever since being promoted to weekend anchor, Erin Como really seems to be into herself when on the weekday broadcast. And I bet believe her dating the morning producer contributed to that promotion. Wonder if they’re even together anymore since he’s not been seen w/her in pics w/other coworkers & their significant others. I can do without her commenting on her personal appearance and inserting herself in conversations with other lame comments. And she’s horrible on that Sunday sports show. I bet Ken Harvey is wishing they had paired him up with a REAL sports person. In general, Fox5 keeps trying to do too many new things at once. Tucker’s now doing the Tweet of the day, they’re doing real time polls, three or four “people in a box” ala Brady Bunch opening, anchors sitting in or bombarding Tucker’s weather area. Just trying way too hard to be relevant and coming off as fake. (9/28/19)

MSNBC cut away from a Presidential Press conference stating that the President was lying. What kind of journalism is that? Can you imagine if Sinclair TV stations or Fox News did that during Obama stating he wasn’t giving the Iranians millions of dollars in U.S. cash on pallets of $100 bills? OMG! Imagine the outcry. TV station licenses would have been revoked. (9/28/19)

Reason; during Obama stating he wasn’t giving the Iranians millions of dollars in U.S. cash on pallets of $100 bills? OMG! Imagine the outcry. TV station licenses would have been revoked. (9/27/19). For the DCRTV RECORD, Obama returned, not gave, millions of dollars of Iran's money back to them. The money had been frozen in American banks since the Carter administration. Obama gave them simple interest, not compound interest. Our country actually made money on the deal. Stop listening to WMAL. (9/28/19)

Today was the last day for the man who brought WXCY 103.7 on the air in 1989. Bob Bloom worked in Baltimore many years prior to WXCY. At WXCY he was with Prettyman, Delmarva, and more recently Forever Media. Thirty years is a long run for anyone, but he was quite a GM, and it has been a real honor working with him. Bob’s ultimate dream is to operate small trains at theme parks for the kids! Now that is what I call retiring! I wish best to Bob Bloom. Tom Conroy (9/28/19)

How will WMAL react when we all find out the person behind the whistleblower, the person who Chris and Mark both claim is a leaker and a traitor, is none other than former WMAL long time contributor John Bolton? (9/28/19)

Chris Roth new PD at Drive. Everyone is stunned that he talked his way into another gig. Pretty shocking (9/28/19)

The first day of Fall was this past Monday, 9/23. How come WASH FM hasn't started playing Christmas music yet? (9/28/19)

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So now WBAL-TV finds itself in a little bit of an ethical mess with reporter Kate Amara. How could any real journalist be so stupid to do something so blatantly wrong? www.baltimoresun.com (9/27/19)

RE: “Sinclair stations being removed from Direct TV and other ATT services.” Great ! I removed all Sinclair station from my TV years ago and have not missed a moment of good entertainment or responsible news reporting. How can I help to have them removed permanently from every source, including the public air waves. No Mr. Smith, you do not own them ! (9/27/19)

WRC TV and other NBC owned and operated TV stations are starting a new 24 hour local news sub-channel called LocalX or Lx, on WRC 4.3. Here is the national website and purpose, bringing national NBC News stories local including climate change and other progressive news stories it seems. At least that is what is on the website. Maybe it will be different when it debuts but the website speaks for itself. See here… www.1x.com — BaltoMedia.net (9/27/19)

Well it’s not just w.j.l.a but the same owners that own W.J.L.A ALSO OWN K.T.XS WHERE I LIVE SO THE HOLE COMPANY MUST BE LEAVING DIRECT T.V . ON WJLA DO THEY RUN A CRAWL ON THE BOTTOM OF THE T.V. DOES WJLA GO OFF-AIR ON WEEKEND LATE NIGHTS (9/27/19)

MSNBC cut away from a Presidential Press conference stating that the President was lying. What kind of journalism is that? Can you imagine if Sinclair TV stations or Fox News did that during Obama stating he wasn’t giving the Iranians millions of dollars in U.S. cash on pallets of $100 bills? OMG! Imagine the outcry. TV station licenses would have been revoked. (9/27/19)

Why won’t the failing Washington Post retract their self created news item that the acting Director of National Intelligence had threatened to resign? The guy couldn’t have more emphatically called them liars any more than he did in sworn testimony. Meanwhile at CNN, they’ve got Andy “Lack of Candor” McCabe giving political analysis. According to their own blogs, the news media is laying off thousands of people in a booming economy when most other industries are hiring. Could it be that the public no longer trusts any of them anymore such that their ratings and media corporate income is falling so fast? Trump might have rescued the U.S. economy, but he is single handedly dismantling the American news media. And that’s one area where not only Russia but most in the world would love to see American media fail. (9/27/19)

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[RE: So I see scrolled across my tv screen that some stations may be deleted by Direct TV. I could be wrong, but Isn’t Direct TV the only cable service that goes through this every so many months? Don’t remember hearing about this happening with the local Fios, Comcast or Cox services] I see Plenty! (9/26/19)

Two radio stocks continue to slide down fast. Salem is now down to $1.46 per share and Entercom is down to $3.39 per share. When will this down slide stop? Why is this happening? (9/26/19)
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So I see scrolled across my tv screen that some stations may be deleted by Direct TV. I could be wrong, but Isn’t Direct TV the only cable service that goes through this every so many months? Don’t remember hearing about this happening with the local Fios, Comcast or Cox services. (9/25/19)

Sinclair Broadcasting has also just announced that WBFF Fox 45 as well as all their TV stations nationwide might soon be removed from DirecTV and other ATT services. Locally this includes Fox 45, WNUV CW 54, WUTB My 24, and DC's WJLA ABC 7 as well as all their sub-channels and cable channels like the TENNIS channel that SBG owns. While Fox Network stations & their NFL content will be gone, the FOX regional sports networks that Sinclair just bought will be immune since those agreements would have been made by FOX corporate long before the sale. www.keepmycontent.com — BaltoMedia.net (9/25/19)

For the life of me, I cannot understand how alleged/wanna-be news radio 1090 stays on the air. The morning broadcasts are a total disaster with a bunch of dialed-up, pre-arranged/recorded interviews on national news instead of local stories with local writers and news makers. Today, it was some German story labeling hangovers as an illness and that workers could take medical leave. WTF???? From Annapolis (where state and county offices are anchored) to Towson to Bel Air, there are so many great local news and feature stories that would be much more interesting than all the social media he-said-she-said Twitter bullshit aimed at stirring up more controversy. The local papers in Ocean City are filled with local stories that would be of much more interest than some think-tank hack pushing climate control or some other PC agenda. The motormouth that follows this morning circus mid-day is all about the violence in Baltimore City that listeners outside the city limits don’t give one rat’s ass about. Then, driving home, the young sports dude turned wanna-be talk show host babbles endlessly about meaningless bullshit that makes me immediately switch over to SiriusXM. Where’s the follow up stories on Mayor Pugh?? Why haven’t they interviewed her? What about talk of her possible indictment???? And, who’s watching Baltimore and Anne Arundel County government????? There is no connection locally anymore; just a bunch of regurgitated, day-old tweets of unimportant crap or some has-been pushing a new book that puts this station one more day closer to total collapse. (9/25/19)

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"Two DC Radio Station owners......now have all time low prices for their stock......Salem at $1.54 and Entercom at $3.54 per share. Are these stocks a good investment? " No. Except for some sole ownerships, radio is dead. Get a stack advisor and invest in stocks that pays dividends and grows the company in a responsibly economical path. (9/24/19)

Wow— I just heard CBS Radio’s Steven Portnoy talking Trump and impeachment on WTOP... The anchors made a point of saying how good it was to have him back on the station... (9/24/19)

Well, it's official. Mary Bubala to WBFF Fox 45. She reported the lead story yesterday afternoon at 4pm and will soon anchor it seems. More in The Sun, although she wouldn't respond to them either. But WBFF Fox 45 confirmed it. WJZ 13 lost nearly half its audience after firing her and it seems they're poised to lose more at 4 & 5pm with her return on 45. www.baltimoresun.com — BaltoMedia.net (9/24/19)

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WJLA is notifying visitors to their webpage that their parent company may drop them from DirecTV/AT&T... sbgi.net (9/23/19)

(RE: WRC weekend newscasts) A few weeks or so back, Erika González left during the middle of a newscast for undisclosed reasons, Jim Handly was in for her on the Saturday evening shows. Hope she’s alright. (9/23/19)

Two DC Radio Station owners......now have all time low prices for their stock......Salem at $1.54 and Entercom at $3.54 per share. Are these stocks a good investment? (0/23/19)

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tt would be a win-win if Mike Sorce / Don Geronimo became a national spokesperson for Autism..Lend his broadcasting talents for voices-overs, fundraisers, education...love (9/22/19)

Just reading that former WTOP political analyst Mark Plotkin has died. (9/22/19)

Turned on NBC4’s 6pm Sunday evening news & was surprised to see of all people, Leon Harris anchoring. I think there have been other weekends recently where Erika Gonzalez wasn’t anchoring. What’s up? (9/22/19)

Mary Bubala Going to FOX 45 first as reporter then Anchor.... (9/22/19)

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I usually dont go to 93.9 WKYS but I noticed 980 WTEM is now simulcast on their HD 2 sub dont know if its been there awhile or is it since they switched affiliation from ESPN to Fox Sports.The HD Radio website is useless you can check available HD stations by zip code but whoever runs it doesnt update changes the 93.9 HD 2 sub shows a simulcast of WOL 1450 Talk radio and they still have not listed the new WASH FM HD3 sub The Breeze soft hits and its been on the air almost a year now as well as 94.7 The Drives HD 2 Station Q.Still lists it as Classic Hits. (9/21/19)

Westwood One, which is owned by Cumulus, is syndicating the Michael Savage Show. Why don't they put him on WMAL? At one time they had the show on from 3 PM to 6 PM on Monday thru Friday. He would do well in DC. (9/21/19)

[RE: I'm an early commuter, so I have WTOP on long before 6am. In the 4:51 and 4:59 breaks, I have heard a short clip of music (one of them is "Kiss an angel good morning") followed by "You're with Dean Lane on WTOP." What? Bruce Allen and Joan Jones are the anchors on at that time. I can only guess that Dean Lane is their board op. Interesting that he gets to run his own "image drops" on the station. His idea, or station management's?] Dean Lane is the overnight anchor on WTOP from midnight to 5 am Monday through Friday nights. Joan and Bruce come on at 5:00. They’ve played those little sound bytes during Dean’s shifts for years. (9/21/19)

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What's the prob, man? WMAL has been taking money for Russian propaganda for years. Paul Manafort signed a contract with Russians in 2016 to boost Putin's profile in the US, and he used Rush Limbaugh and WMAL to spread the crap out. The Mueller Report outlined the contract. Remember Chris Plante talking about what a great leader Putin was, and Obama can learn a thing or two from Putin? Paid propaganda. (9/20/19)

What is a Sapiosexual? I have not heard this term before. (9/20/19)

What has happened to Entercom? Their stock is now down to $3.55 per share. It does not look like a good investment. When will they start selling off some of their stations in order to pay down their large debt? (9/20/19)

Congratulations to DCRTV for 22 years of reporting on DC News. Their service is free! They could use some help...... (9/20/19)

Salem is also advertising for new board-ops, according to All Access. How 'bout some of those former Board of Directors members step up and take the weekend overnight position? Also, Christmas is coming and the fulltimers are going to want that week off. *Somebody* is going to have to cover that shift. (9/20/19)

The FCC grant for 103.1 FM, W276DT, has been rescinded by the FCC, so if they’re broadcasting, they are a PIRATE! fccdata.org (9/20/19)

Dave, another intercept from Russia. As a DC radio expert, can you tell us what this person is talking about? “Comrades Larry O’Connor, Chris Plante, and Mark Levin, Dear Leader appreciates efforts you have been putting on American radio concerning Joe Biden’s dead son and corruption in Ukraine. Mark, reading our news generated for US with NBC News music in background was genius. Disguising Russian propaganda as American news is what you do best. Good Russian plants the three of you are. Unfortunately, American spy found us out, and this Russian disinformation campaign needs to stop, immediately. IF CIA shows up at your radio station asking about Russian generated fake news you read on air, go to Russian Embassy. We will arrange smuggling you out of America and in to Mother Russia. We are currently working on next news campaigns for you, one will be about Warren and her University, and another on Iran. Watch Breitbart for its release. “ (9/20/19)

I'm an early commuter, so I have WTOP on long before 6am. In the 4:51 and 4:59 breaks, I have heard a short clip of music (one of them is "Kiss an angel good morning") followed by "You're with Dean Lane on WTOP." What? Bruce Allen and Joan Jones are the anchors on at that time. I can only guess that Dean Lane is their board op. Interesting that he gets to run his own "image drops" on the station. His idea, or station management's? (9/20/19)

Yet another sloppy error from channel 4's Mark Seagraves. He kept yapping today about when "Mike Pence was in the Senate" and then repeated the error yet again by showing file video that CSPAN correctly identified as "Rep. Mike Pence" - and he called him Senator again! This guy covers politics? Seagraves keeps making mistakes that show he's not up to the job. I can't trust channel 4 when he's on. Sorry. (9/20/19)

W276DT filed for its license-to-cover on the 17th, which was granted and almost immediately rescinded on the 18th. that means someone -- almost assuredly WRNR-FM -- has complained about it, although I don't see any notices or docs yet. So if it's still on the air, it's operating illegally. (9/20/19)

Congratulations to the News4 ad team for coming up with a radio commercial that's matches Kars-4-Kids for fingernails-on-chalkboard potency. You know, the one in which the dude name-drops the News4 morning team, singing as if he's both constipated and has diarrhea at the same time. Somebody got paid to come up with that bucket of slop? JFC (9/20/19)

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WMET 1160 (EWTN/Catholic Radio) is now simulcasting inside the Beltway on the W276DT 103.1 FM translator (in Merrifield, licensed to Falls Church.) (9/19/19)

Salem is trying to cut their operating expenses by reducing their Board of Directors from nine to just five Directors. They have also sold off some of their stations recently. Their stock continues to drop.....now down to $1.83 per share. They need to sell off more of their AM Stations. (9/19/19)

It is interesting to see what the Russian Government is paying the stations in DC to carry the Russian Propaganda. WZHF 1390 AM is receiving $55,000 per month and W288BS 105.5 FM is receiving $30,000 per month to carry the propaganda. Are these stations operating in the "Public Interest"? (9/19/19)

A minor correction to your blurb on the front page about Nexstar. They will not be in New York; to stay under the ownership limits, they've spun off WPIX to Scripps. (9/19/19)

Furthermore, as part of the Nexstar / Tribune merger, Nexstar has sold WPMT Fox 43 to the north in York coveraing south central PA to Tegna as it already owns WHTM ABC 27. The question one wonders is, what will Tegna do with the poor signal in the York/Lancaster area after the repack? Tribune sort of conceded defeat in the 4 station news battle in a small market. — BaltoMedia.net (9/19/19)

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Transparency needed! Congress is investigating the Russian funded propaganda heard on WZHF 1390 AM and W288BS 105.5 FM. Both of these stations are broadcasting the Russian Federation without the proper notice that the Kremlin is paying for their programming. This is against the FCC Rules. WZHF is owned by Arthur Liu and W288BS 105.5 FM is owned by John Garziglia. (9/18/19)

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If I may be allowed to vent, was listening to Mark Levin, Mark Levin ladies and gentlemen, and leaving aside his insane Zionism (if that's possible) he's beating the drum for war with Iran. War with Iran ladies and gentlemen. What a douche. Three simultaneous wars are not enough? Have I mentioned his irritating habit of repeating himself as if he invented it? He repeats himself ladies and gentlemen. Just like the U.S. did with three wars. Three wars ladies and gentlemen. Where have all the flowers gone? Gus in the Gaithersburg (9/17/19)

Regarding 103.7, they are in northeastern Md, 37kw with a null to the south west to protect 103.5. This station typically serves a good chunk of southeast Pa, plus New Castle Co DE, on south to Dover, and down south along the I-95 corridor to around Glen Burnie. WXCY was recently taken over by Forever Media. They have been at this power level for thirty years with their transmitter close to the Chesapeake Bay and Susquehanna River. (9/17/19)

Re: mystery 103.7; there has been some interesting tropo this week. I had WTMD, WSCL and even WCVE-FM booming in all the way over in Purcellville on Monday morning. Not hard to all to imagine you were hearing WXCY out of Havre de Grace. (9/17/19)

Following the death of Ric Ocasek, I wandered back thru my music collection looking for a few familiar memories. I came across my copy of the original vinyl album, "The Cars" with the brunette model and her big toothy grin behind the clear acrylic steering wheel of some out-of-frame vehicle. Curious about her, I found out her name was Natalia Medvedeva, and she was a Russian-born singer, poet and model. She posed for the album cover when she was 20 or so, living in L.A., as well as for Playboy magazine. I'm using past tense here, as she died of a heart attack at age 44 some years ago. You have to use the Internet Wayback Machine to look up other images of her, and I'm here to tell you she sure doesn't look like what you would expect after seeing that Cars cover art. (9/17/19)

Diminished reception of WMAL on 105.9? It’s true their main transmitter shares the Merrifield tower with 106.7 but lots of separate equipment, any one item of which could be in trouble, right up to and including the antenna. They’re probably on their aux transmitter at a much lower height on WETA’s tower on George Mason Drive in Arlington. -P of the AW (9/17/19)

WOCM - Colleen Carew PD as of 9/23. (9/17/19)

To the 103.7 listener: I'm on the roof of the 2nd tallest building in Ballston with a portable receiver and a directional antenna, and I can't find anything on 103.7 MHz. In fact, I'm getting splashed a little bit by the edges of WTOP-FM. Where in NoVa do you hear this signal, and what kind of programming are they airing? I am now officially very curious. (9/17/19)

The DC stocks are still not doing well. The owners of radio stations in DC.... Urban One $1.80 per share, Salem $1.96 per share and Entercom at $3.89 per share. Investors are not buying these stocks. (9/17/19)

The new Translator at 98.1 in Northern Virginia is causing interference with WSMD 98.3 in LaPlata. They have killed the WSMD signal in Northern Virginia. I am surprised that SOMAR has not objected to the FCC. (9/17/19)

Re: "Where have all the good shows gone and the good talent?", I wonder the same thing. People are jumping from one station to another and pretty much jumping from the frying pan into the fire. In my opinion, the only station worth watching is NBC4. The rest just seem to be competing to see who can put on the biggest circus. The majority of the on air talent, and I use the word "talent" lightly, have become a joke regarding any sort of professionalism. They're more interested in celebrity or entertainment news. The only ones who seem to take the news seriously are the reporters out in the field. I remember when FOX5 started that Good Morning DC show and had Melanie Alnwick as part of that. She didn't last long and was back out in the field. She really wasn't a fit for the foolishness and you could tell she didn't want to be a part of that mess. I have to wonder when these morning shows are just going to do 30 minutes of real news and then just a bunch of fluff for the rest of the morning..Oh, stupid me, that's pretty much what they're doing now.. (9/17/19)

Atmospherics can have a big affect on TV reception, as it can with FM and across some of the non broadcast spectrum. I one worked at WQSR when they were at 105.7 and had complaints of interference several times keeping in mind that there is also a 105.7 in nearby York Pa. Both use highly directional signals to protect one another. 100.7 Owings Mills gets beaten up by a station in New Jersey. It is not unusual to receive FM and TV signals 150 miles or more under the right conditions. This generally disappears for the most part once summertime passes. Temperature inversions can be interesting! (9/17/19)

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Person replacing Erin Como two days a week is named Stacey Rusch. She's a lifestyle expert and has experience in health and wellness. Didn't see anything about previously doing traffic. But if I remember, I think Holly Morris said when she came to the station that they had her initially doing traffic. (9/16/19)

What's on 103.7 FM blazing into northern Virginia and interfering with WTOP, 103.5 FM. Where does this 103.7 FM come from? Are they way over power to overpower 103.5 FM? Thanks Dave. (9/16/19)

BREAKING NEWS:: Mike Sorce dissolves Don Geronimo Productions LTD, a California corporation since 2014. His home is currently not for sale so all those years of living in Sacramento and begging to come back on the air may have paid off. (9/16/19)

You think Ken Harvey and his female co host are bad...have you checked out that Julie Donaldson Brian Mitchell train wreck..or anything that pops up on NBC Sports Washington. Where have all the good shows gone and the good talent. There is very little in this DC market. (9/16/19)

Hi - Is anyone having trouble or noticing a weaker signal with WMAL-FM 105.9 which began over the last weekend 9/14/2019? I can't receive their signal on 2 radios which previous to that date were receiving them. I don't have any problem receiving WJFK 106.7. I believe both radio stations are transmitting from the same tower in Northern Virginia. Thanks. TOMR (9/16/19)

"I used to listen on Saturdays to wjfk Andy Pollin. He seems to no longer have a show with Tom lavero [sic]. Did Andy leave wjfk? Thank you for any insight." Pollin jumped to AM-630 after it flipped to an all sports format a month or two ago - he's co-hosting with Carol Maloney 10 to noon as well as doing morning updates. Loverro stayed with 106.7 The Fan where he continues to do weekend and part-time work. A question to ponder is why DC needs three independent sports radio stations when all the various show hosts seem to want to talk about is one specific local team that's enjoyed very little on-field success since the early 90s and whose fan base is steadily eroding as evidenced by declining attendance figures and TV ratings. In other markets I'm familiar with, the teams that get discussed the most are those that are winning the most - if that were true here, the Nationals and Capitals would dominate the airwaves but the program directors are adamant that it's impossible to talk too much Redskins whereas there's room for only a certain amount of baseball and (unless the Caps are making a deep playoff run) hardly any hockey at all - I don't get it. (9/16/19)

Have you found any truth to the rumor that Donnie G is going back to TV or radio? I heard that he ended his podcast and told people to look for him in the next 30 days on TV and radio. I didn’t subscribe just heard about it. Wondering if you heard the same. (9/16/19)

Thanks for explanation of distant stations blanking out the usually received stations sometimes. I think that has been happening here because I also use an amplified yagi antenna because I'm in a rural area. I guess this may happen more often after more stations are compacted..I understand that ATSC3 may solve some problems but will require a stronger signal due to higher data rate and that may limit coverage of some stations. (9/16/19)

RE: Erin Cuomo's weekend gig. Can't stand Cuomo on the weekday trainwreck show so it makes it easier for me to choose which channel I flip on in the mornings on the weekends when I drag my ass out of bed. It ain't Fox 5. (9/16/19)

Re: "When [Erin Como] has been on the anchor desk w/other anchors, she’s just not assertive enough with them while in conversations." IMHO there should NOT be any other anchors or conversations. When I watch "news" programs it is because I want NEWS. Not the opinions and celebrity gossip that result from having two windbags engaging in idle chitchat instead of reporting real news. (9/16/19)

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As per Fox5’s Cori Coffin’s Twitter page, she’s not being kicked off the weekend broadcast. She said she’s moving to NY to be with her husband as they’ve had a long distance relationship for quite awhile. She didn’t say she had a gig lined up in NY, but hopes she can stay w/Fox. So, lucky for Erin that an opportunity has presented itself for what she’s wanted to and has been groomed to do. (9/15/19)

I used to listen on Saturdays to wjfk Andy Pollin. He seems to no longer have a show with Tom lavero. Did Andy leave wjfk? Thank you for any insight. (9/15/19)

The Drive has been displaying on RDS the song played earlyTuesday afternoon at 12:37 PM Africa by Toto for 5 days now ! Every other HD station in DC area has thier display up to date and theyve done this before several times. (9/15/19)

Came across some show on Fox5 called Redskins Game Time with Ken Harvey & Erin Como. Watched for a few minutes & had to turn it off. Horrible..Who thought these two were good candidates to host a sports show? (9/15/19)

[RE: Tony Perkins may be going to an anchor spot at channel 9?.Hmmmm. Have only seen that morning program a couple of times and thought they had an anchor crew in place. So does that mean someone's leaving, or maybe being sent out into the field?] I had the same thought. Maybe Tony is going to an evening slot? I rarely watch 9 anymore, but it seems like Bruce Johnson has been MIA for a while. (9/15/19)

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Dave, It looks like Entercom is suffering from a ransomware incident affecting their offices around the country. www.bleepinccomputer.com (9/14/19)

The viewer who lost WJZ etc on Tuesday evening may have experienced the tail-end of a reception phenomenon we saw that morning and evening. From predawn through 11 a.m. and again from sunset to about midnight, VHF and UHF stations from the south rolled into our directional outdoor LPV-Yagi antenna. WNCT in Greenville, NC and at least two North Carolina public TV network stations were seen for hours in the morning along with Richmond and Tidewater Virginia stations in both morning and evening. Around 8:25 a.m. WSKY RF channel 9 wiped out WUSA at our location 44 miles north of WUSA. WSKY broadcasts from NC and covers the Hampton Roads and Outer Banks markets. WJZ uses the same RF channel 13 as WVEC in Tidewater just as in the analog era. Then, the interference showed up as horizontal lines and unstable pictures. Now with the current digital system, a second signal can leave viewers with nothing, unless the second signal is strong enough for complete wipeout.. see WSKY/WUSA above. (9/14/19)

Promoting Erin Como to weekend anchor is a slap in the face of Cori Coffin. When Annie Yu left, they put, or should I say they USED Cori Coffin to save a space for Erin once they finished grooming her for an anchor spot. And since no way would they get rid of the veterans, giving Cori the boot was the easiest option. Within a year of arriving at the station, Erin was dating a producer there & no way do I believe that didn’t play a role in her being promoted. Look, from what I’ve seen, she’s just not strong enough to be an anchor. When she has been on the anchor desk w/other anchors, she’s just not assertive enough with them while in conversations. She probably should stay in her lane, at least for now, doing traffic. And who is this random woman they’re bringing in to do traffic two days a week? Never heard of her prior to seeing her appearance on that Like it or Not show which is just a local version of TMZ. Guess we’ll see her anchoring soon as well. (9/14/19)

Re: FOX5 moving around their news personalities, who knows what they're up to over there..It has just become a circus..They keep coming up with more and more skits, antics,segments that are so not needed. Who needs a real time poll on some random, unimportant subject..Guess constantly begging people to tweet wasn't getting the response they wanted..As for splitting Erin Como between weekends and weekdays, this is my take..She's being paid for a 5 day a week schedule. So, with the weekend being two of those days, they had to put her somewhere for the remaining three. And no way were they going to put her out in the field for those three days. However, mark my words, just give the powers that be a minute and Erin will be replacing one of the Monday-Friday anchors..As for Cori Coffin? If I were her, I'd get the hell out of dodge. Management did her wrong. No way is Erin a better anchor than Cori. (9/14/19)

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To Tom Conroy: Yes…I remember that you had said you started working at WBMD; I also enjoyed the story you had told of how Clark West kind of auditioned you right there on the spot! As I remember it, he went into the news room, got some copy and said to you “okay, read this!” I never got to meet MR. West; aw…but I’ve heard that voice a many a time as he was on during those days in the mid-60s! Back then, Joe Powers took care of the morning shift; Ray Davis came on with “Hymn Time around one o’clock. Then it was Clark West and Bobby Brown in the afternoons, with Ray Davis for a half an hour at around 4 P.M and repeated at 6 P.m.! I also remember the time you spoke of, when WBMD stayed on for a couple of hours in the 80s; believe it or not, it did come in here on the Eastern Shore during that time! But getting back to Clark West, I just think it was neat that he hired you, strictly (at least as I remember) just by you reading that copy for him; he apparently knew he had himself a good one! Thanks to all the rest of you for kind of “strolling down Memory Lane with me! Tom in Denton, MD (9/13/19)

FOX5 announced on their morning show that Erin Como has been promoted to the morning weekend anchor position knocking Corri Coffin out. Guess her dating one of the producers paid off.. Have noticed that they've been grooming her for awhile for an anchor seat, just didn't know where it would be.I personally don't find Erin very strong on the anchor desk; seems to struggle reading the teleprompter if it's not traffic. But hey, she wanted to be an anchor and now her wish came true. (9/13/19)

Why does Fox5 seem to move their news personalities around like jigsaw puzzle pieces? Erin Como is taking over as weekend morning anchor BUT she's still going to be on weekday mornings twice a week. HUH? That makes 0 sense. I guess Cori Coffin is being ''reassigned'' which means ''dust off your resume.'' And is Tony Perkins slumming going to WUSA9 in the mornings? I channel surf past there and I actually feel bad for Annie Yu, WJLA7 could really use a Annie or Cori for their morning news. THAT is almost as cringe worthy bad as WUSA9 is between 6-7AM. Paul (9/13/19)

Chester Lampkin is coming to WUSA-TV's weather shop. This link takes you to the news... www.stltoday.com (9/13/19)

Dave, since you couldn’t post the email pic, at least post the text from the Baltimore Ravens to fans. This is the email that they sent to to fans and season ticket holders. “Under NFL broadcast policies, the Ravens-Cardinals game this Sunday at 1 pm will air on WBFF Fox 45 in Baltimore but will not air on the Fox affiliate or any other TV station in Washington, D.C. If you live in the state of Maryland but do not receive WBFF Fox 45 on your home television, you will not be able to watch the over-the-air broadcast of the Ravens-Cardinals game unless you subscribe to NFL Sunday Ticket. We encourage you to make other arrangements to see the game by finding a local area bar or restaurant that airs the game or by purchasing tickets to the game. We are sorry for the inconvenience caused by NFL policies." (9/13/19)

More syndicated talk on WXDE, Delaware 1059. The Dana Show replaces local talk with Rob Sussman. Only Local weekday talk now is Dan Gaffney 5-9am. WGMD continues with local talk 5am-12noon and 3-6pm. (9/13/19)

Tony Perkins may be going to an anchor spot at channel 9?.Hmmmm. Have only seen that morning program a couple of times and thought they had an anchor crew in place. So does that mean someone's leaving, or maybe being sent out into the field?. (9/13/19)

A new sub-channel just popped up on WJZ-13.3 yesterday. It’s a “lifestyle” (think HGTV marries FoodNetwork), and is distributed by CBS. See: www.cbscorporation.com... (9/13/19)

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The Baltimore Ravens have sent a rare email warning out to fans that Sunday's 1pm Cardinals@Ravens game will not air in the DC market on DC's WTTG Fox 5 or any local DC TV station. In other larger TV markets, the NFL has made allowances to show a 2nd game, as in LA, but the NFL will not allow WTTG to show the Ravens game on WDCA My20, which was an option. So the Ravens are urging fans to seek out locations with NFL ticket in the DC area. The NFL normally schedules the Ravens and Redskins on opposite networks, but not this time. The game will air as scheduled on WBFF Fox 45 wherever that is available. — Baltomedia.net (9/12/19)

To Tom in Denton, I was with WBMD part time, starting about 1975. Clark West was the station manager and PD, Ken Miller handled many other duties, there was “Smilin’ Jack” and Ray Davis, he did his show from studios at Johnnys Used Cars on Harford Rd. WBMD is a daytimer, though in the 80’s and 90’ had a pssa power of 78 watts, which did well all around Baltimore and could be heard in Harford and Anne Arundel Co for about two hours after local sunset. Apparently WBMD caused interference to WSB Atlanta at which the commission terminated pssa authority about 1997. To my knowledge, we were country in the morning with Clark West then to religion from 10-1, with Ray from 1-2 then Smilin’Jack or Kenny Miller from 2-6 or to sign off which could be as early as 445pm as pssa came later. The WBMD log cabin was very active in the 60’s and 70’s. It was about 1978 that the station went all religion and southern gospel weekdays with ethnic and religion on weekends. I did nearly every shift as needed, and stayed with them about twenty years. That 730 watts covered from Baltimore to Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Ocean City, and Norfolk! 750 khz was a great spot to be on the dial! I have a few of my airchecks but unfortunately none from the others. My memory is terrible, jump in with corrections! Tom Conroy WXCY (so far) (9/12/19)

To the poster who asked, Jennifer Rubin is one of two full time whores, the other being the delightful Alexandra Petri, whose only job is to criticize Trump. Rubin has a history of contradicting herself and may safely be ignored. Gene Weingarten on the other hand should be shunned for referring to his daughter age girlfriend as "my sweetie" as well as his weekly unfunny "humor" column. Gus up the duff in the Gaithersburg (9/12/19)

FYI--the WAMU website (wamu.org) reports that a new antenna and a 419 feet tower will be renovated on the American University campus beginning this fall. WAMU received a $1.2 million bequest from a Virginia public school teacher to fund the project. (9/12/19)

Just wanted to pass along that a former radio engineer from Baltimore has passed away. Wendell S. Hall Jr died today from a massive stroke at the age of 50. He did engineering work for WJFK-FM, the Redskins Radio Network, Radio One in Baltimore and worked part-time at WCBM and WLIF. (9/12/19)

Supposed musicologist and self-styled TV expert Rob Spewak pontificated on the Mike O'Meara Personal Time Off Podcast Thursday Edition that The Brady Bunch had 39 episodes per season. True in the sense that 39 equals 25, 24, 23, 23, and 22. Now let's get back to complaining about WBAL and Angie Goff. Gus in the Dust in the Gaithersburg (9/12/19)

Last night, Tues., around 10:00 P.M. I could not get OTA Channels 45, 24, and 13 on any TV. 2, 11, and all D.C. stations came in good. This morning 24, 45, and 13 all have strong signals again. Anybody know if some stations mad changes or had problems last night? Why did WETA Ch. 26 ever leave the River Road tower? THey had a goo analog signal on Ch. 26 from there. (9/12/19)

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I can't take it anymore: I listen to WBAL and it is done just right. Maybe its audience is the people of Baltimore and even the rest of Maryland (other than Montg and PG) who happen to like the local-ness of it, who don't mind people with non-network voices, who are willing to be professional yet less formal. And it's not CNN: big local stories can be 12 hours old and people still want to hear about them. Yes, a host calls himself C4, everyone knows he is Clarence Mitchell IV, of one of the most famous families of Baltimore in the past 80 years. Too bad if one poster here doesn't like it; if most didn't like it, he'd call himself to Larry, or 'Rence or something; he still has a really interesting show every day. Next: I think whoever commented about the profile of Weatherist Michelle Rotella should be ashamed of himself; I looked at images of her from Google, and at one time she looked different; it could be a medical issue; often the first weather report she does is done sitting down; then later she stands up. I know two women who had a similar-seeming medical issue, and had procedures to mitigate it (of course, I'm not a doctor, but it's just not right to joke about someone's appearance like that). She does a very good job on TV if you ask me. On the lighter side, the 7-8 Family Hour? Not quite correct. At one time, Prime Time began at 7:30 PM; then the FCC decided that that 7:30 half-hour had to be local. So for awhile, it worked out, now it's all syndicated shows from the big networks anyway. The family Hour was meant to be 8-9 (7-8 Central and Mountain) so no violence or implied adult themes would appear. Well, that didn't work out for too long either. Finally, WCBS-880 in NYC has 9/11 Commentary all day today. I heard it through my trusty phone and Bluetooth in the car. Wow! They really remember it properly, unlike every other commercial broadcaster. They still have traffic reports and sports, but no other stories but discussions of 9/11. I was uptown in NYC that morning, and local stations (TV and Radio) gave news, actualities, info, stories, interviews with local people, while the network talking heads all gave long-term philosophy (in other words, BS) about the terrorists and politics. I was sickened that day seeing the networks and helped enormously by the way local personalities in New York treated it. Every FM station carried its related News/talk AM station that day, like WCBS-FM with WCBS, WPLJ with WABC, etc. and they gave us all hope. The networks, when I saw them later in the day, gave nothing to me. Oh, one more thing: let's start a rumor: Esta Erika embarazada? I have no idea...-- Carl in Olney (9/11/19)

I too noticed something odd on the late newscast w/Erika Gonzalez. When Somara was finished her weather-cast, I think I heard her say “stretch it out?” as if someone, maybe the director, told her that. So she started repeating what she had just said, although somewhat awkwardly. Maybe Erika Gonzalez had gotten sick. But if I remember correctly, I think someone’s filled in for her quite often lately. (9/11/19)

Looks like the folks over at FTV Live have a story about Tony Perkins soon to be over at WUSA... it’s hiding behind the grandiose Patreon Paywall, but I’ve screenshotted (is that a word?) it below. I just knew TPerk couldn’t stay away from the bright lights of TV for long. (9/11/19)

The Post broadcasts a daily email of "Post commentary and guest opinions'" Today six of the items (out of 17) are Trump-bashing hit pieces by someone named Jennifer Rubin. She posts lots of similar material on Twitter. Does the Post employ her to spend full time attacking Trump? Might not that money be better used to restore some of the staff they have slashed from suburban beats? (9/11/19)

Tony Perkins to WUSA9?? Why in the world would he want to go over there? And to do what? When he left FOX5, he gave the impression that he was through with television. He seemed quite excited to go back to radio with Donnie Simpson...Or maybe he was just through with FOX5 which I can understand considering the path they seem to be going: entertainment television..But WUSA9 seems to be going in the same direction. Well, we shall see what his role will be over there. (9/11/19)

RE-WBMD AM: In a way, the possible sale of WBMD-AM makes me sad, although I realize that WBMD (as I knew it) has been gone for a long long time! Of course I go back to the days when WBMD was a country station…at least it was during the early morning hours and during the afternoon! Does anyone know if WBMD ever programmed country music all day? Would love to come by some air checks (if any even exist) of WBMD in the early days…say from the time they came on the air through the mid-60s (when I actually started listening to them mostly all the time! Along about late 1967, I discovered that there were other country stations in the region that did a little better job! But WBMD was pretty good back in its day; I always did wish, however, that they would had programmed country music all day, although I think maybe now that I know a little more about it, I understand why maybe they didn’t want to do that! Tom in Denton, MD. (9/11/19)

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Dave: I have to admit, I've been sitting at home the past three weeks working and watching college and pro football. Unfortunately, I've given a listen to the various sportstalk stations in the market, and what's changed? Absolutely nothing! What's wrong with the people at 630...I guess they didn't want to make an impact in the market and I've heard it's another case of friends hiring friends! Carol Maloney is not made for radio or TV and Pollin should just stay away from DC radio. He's just as arrogant that when he was on WTOP and comes off as a know-it-all and what a terrible listen. While over on the TV side, I guess the NBC/CSN people or whatever they're now called, haven't said anything to Julie Donaldson about her lack of on air wardrobe knowledge as she doesn't even belong on regional TV. So now the trend is to hire awful radio talent and put them on TV? I spent the day watching some CSN shows and that former 980 update guy who over-emphasizes his words is now on TV. What's this world coming to..obviously not a professional media sports market! (9/10/19)

I’m on my way to Metro before 5am, listening to WTOP. At about 4:58am every weekday, there is a five second drop that starts with the song lyric “Kiss an angel good morning” followed by a few more words. What’s that all about? Is it directed toward a family member of a WTOP staffer? I wonder how long this has been going on… (9/10/19)

On the "cost sharing" of a combiner that WPXW no longer uses: If WETA bought WPXW's used combiner for less than what WPXW paid for it new, then perhaps WETA could claim that each station, over time, "shared" the cost of combiner in said way. I would suspect WETA's lawyers looked through the documentation before filing, and wouldn't approve outright lies being submitted to a government agency. So perhaps that's what happened, but as a non-engineer, I don't know if it could be modified to support a different RF channel. If it could be, then why couldn't WETA have modified its old UHF 27 combiner? Was it less naturally beefy, and couldn't effectively be beefed up to support 1 MW? Sincerely, Mike in Kensington (9/10/19)

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Obviously, it's going to be a Long season, obviously, for Morgan "Obviously" Moses on The Junks this year. It's obvious. He obviously likes that word. LOL (9/9/19)

WJZ-TV Ch 13 is debuting a 7:00 pm newscast tonight. So from 4:00 - 7:30, the only break from local news is the 30 minute CBS Network news. Gee, Dave, what ever happened to the 7-8 'Family Hour' ? 7 o'clock local news takes me back to when I was kid. (9/9/19)

Hey, I like checking out the 'weather babes' to see their 'junk in the trunk' ;-) they wear tight one piece dresses and you get to see some nice ;-) full body (chest, legs & trunk -lol) profiles as they stand in front of the maps. (9/9/19)

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Any idea what happened to WRC (NBC Washington) weekend anchor Erika Gonzales? On Saturday’s 11pm news, weather anchor Somara Theodore came directly on after the first break, about 10 minutes into the show. She tried to toss it to commercial after her weathercast and then obviously stalled for a while. She eventually tossed it to the sports anchor who did an early sportscast which led up to a commercial break. After the break, the sports anchor came back on with some filler material before he tossed it back to the weather anchor who closed out the newscast. Erika was MIA after the first block and weeknight anchor Jim Handly subbed for her on Sunday. Just curious... (9/8/19)

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new weather person on fox 5... is it me or does fox5 rarely shows a side profile of michelle rotella giving the weather because she has so much "junk in the trunk"? (9/7/19)

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I am seeing where a natural gas explosion in Columbia MD on Aug 25 that wiped out a good portion of a shopping center also took out an office that was the birthplace of HD radio: www.radioworld.com... Write your own punchline, folks. (9/6/19)

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Re: "" Chad Dukes signs a new two year with JFK to continue afternoons" Mike O'Meara, who Dukes replaced so many 4X full moons ago, could not be happier.. Right? If you need O'Meara, he's at the Cocoon Village Bar (9/5/19)

Kinda sad that Holly Morris tries so hard to stay young & relevant. She should just embrace her age & stop with the short, tight clothes. She’s obviously trying to compete w/Erin Como, who the station is obviously easing into an anchor chair. (9/6/19)

WHY is WETA TV LYING TO THE FCC? I’m continually dumbfounded by WETA’s Form 399 submissions to the FCC. They are continuing to claim they are sharing the cost of a combiner with WPXW ION 66 on the WUSA/WJLA Tenleytown tower. This is false! WPXW has moved to the River Road tower, no longer even broadcasting there and no intention of ever again. WHUT TV has no need for a new combiner. The only TV station that needs it is WETA TV. Who is paying the other half of the cost and is there some SCAM on the FCC going on here? Is WETA trying to defraud the US Government or the taxpayers? fcc.gov (9/5/19)

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[From DCRTV's Job Ads: Laurel TV is looking for a part-time reporter to shoot and edit stories. The candidate will also have opportunities to Anchor or host shows and help with productions. $17.28/hr for up to 20 hours per week. Send resumes and links to your work to Communications Director Audrey Barnes at abarnes@laurel.md.us (9/4/19)

Chad Dukes signs a new two year with JFK to continue afternoons. OOBBEE (9/4/19)

iHeart now has their PRIDE FORMAT on 41 stations. In DC, it is on WIHT HD2 . Obviously, if you don't have a HD Receiver, you CANNOT hear it. If iHeart put their format on their FM Translator then you could hear it. It is a good format and would get good ratings in DC. (9/4/19)

Salem stock continues to slide......now down to $1.48 per share. There is no sign that it is going to improve. Urban One is at an all time low price of $1.78 per share. Why? (9/4/19)

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Another shining moment for WBAL 1090. This is a direct quote from wbal.com "Six schools in Anne Arundel County are opening a day late due to planned construction projects." You've known for over a year when the 1st day of school is, and you're not ready ? Really ?? WBAL aired either live or recorded interviews with all of the area school superintendents. The one for AA County was a recorded interview by Ms Kramer. Think she brought this up ? OF COURSE NOT. I don't know what's more pathetic. The 6 schools not opening on time, or her not even bothering to ask a painfully obvious question. How is it that NO ONE in AA County is being held accountable for this ? I guess it's Hogan's/Trump's fault for not giving them enough money. (9/3/19)

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So, since hiring her, WJZ has identified Meg McNamara as a meteorologist. Over the weekend, she announced the completion of training to become a meteorologist. WTF!!! And, after all that training, she gets to do 30-second live shots from their stupid “mobile weather lab,” telling us how hot and humid things are in BFE, while dinosaurs Bob Turk and Marty Bass - neither of whom are meteorologists - predict the weather. How long can this go on??? On another weather note, WBAL sent one of their “meteorologists” to her old station in Florida, so she could help with forecasting the hurricane. I hate to keep repeating myself, but WTF!!! (9/2/19)

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Angie Goff has hit the jackpot at Fox5. Watched her on the 4pm news & the Like it or Not & she has made those shows all about her. On each of them, if she’s not streaming live on Facebook, she’s shamelessly plugging her podcast. I’m sure management loves her since although she’s constantly self promoting, her mastering social media is just what management wants to keep the viewing audience tuned in (9/1/19)

Memo to "Hunker Down Dude" -- I'll suggest what one of my old radio bosses told us once: If you want us to retire "hunker down" and "batten down...", come up with five alternative ways to say the same thing that we all can use on the air. If you can't, piss off. (9/1/19)

WJZ or any of the 3 stations on the Baltimore’s candelabra tower have done no re-pack work as of yet. They can’t until next year. So if you’re having problems with reception of WJZ, it’s not a re-pack issue. The problem is on your end. (9/1/19)

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