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\/ August 20 Messages \/

Baltimore's Sports talker WNST AM 1570 appears to be for sale. Baltimore has no other 5000 watt radio station that is lower power at night. Somebody know more? radiostationsforsale.net (8/20/19)

Dave: First, I really must say, it's quite painful watching the Redskins preseason games! It's just amazing how Theismann has zero clue about this team and Kenny Albert is just a puppet in-disguise taking Snyder's money. However, what's with the woman from WRC and Portis..they just have no clue about what's going on and both add nothing to the game. What ever happen to educating us Redskins fans about football and the team itself. I remember George Michael had Jeff Bostic as the sideline reporter when WRC first started showing the preseason games and they had the best on air talent..even Wilbon was decent. Bostic was right there telling you about the line play and all Portis does is laugh it up with players he doesn't know about. The WRC reporter kept looking at her phone and thought she was cool. One of my old friends from CSN told me over the weekend that they actually missed the Redskins first touchdown of the game..where the shot changed. Later in the evening, I switched over to the Ravens telecast and actually liked hearing their radio guy on TV. Their telecast looked like a CBS game with that aerial camera flying across the field. I know Snyder probably hates the fact there are many empty seats during the preseason but show some creativity where you can..oh, I forgot, we're talking about CSN where low budget TV comes first! (8/20/19)

What’s with the 9/9/19 commercial/teaser for nothing on WJZ? (8/20/19)

DC Radio Stocks continue to slide. Entercom $3.65, Urban One $1.94 and Salem $1.69. Is this because of poor management or too much debt to service? Salem just sold off a number of stations. Urban One has also sold off some stations. (8/20/19)

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[RE: For those who have trouble getting UHF channel 34 (NBC4) despite multiple rescans] With a rooftop antenna in Springfield, just ran three tests. With the most recent receiver and set, no WRC. Moving down to an older combo, WRC comes in intermittently. With decade old equipment, WRC comes in just fine... on Channel 66! I'm guessing and hoping this means the engineers are still working on the current project. BTW, scanning through all the channels, I was reminded why so many of us are turning back to OTA: the picture is markedly better than through the pay services, in my case, Cox and Verizon. A huge plus for OTA, especially watching NFL and NCAA football. One exception: WJLA, which for years and under two ownerships can only be described as mushy. An added note, watched two minutes of the new WTTG 4 P.M. news. All three of the stories were stale (4:15 seems awfully early to be going to the "in case you missed it" videos) and the you could sense the "Do I read this one?" unease on the part of both anchors.-- Mark in Springfield (8/19/19)

Andy Pollin took a really bad spill on his bicycle this weekend and ended up in the hospital. OOBBEE (8/19/19)

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Couldn’t figure out why Angie Goff would want to leave a quality station like NBC4 to go to Fix5. But after watching a few of the 4pm newscasts as well as her on that Like it or Not show, I know why. She wanted quantity vs quality. She truly enjoys having her face on tv five days a week, promoting her podcast, broadcasting her shows on Facebook Live as well as posting anything & everything about her & Fox5 on social media. Between her & Kevin McCarthy, I don’t know which one I’d give the “Me, Me, Me” award; tight race. (8/18/19)

For those who have trouble getting UHF channel 34 (NBC4) despite multiple rescans, I may have found the problem, especially if you have a GE attic-mount or outdoor compact antenna: One reviewer with a spectrum analyzer tested two versions of the same GE antenna, both assembled the same, and found that on one of them (and not the other), there was a significant reception null at 594 MHz, which corresponds with UHF channel 34. www.amazon.com... If you had never bothered to attempt bringing in ION 66 (which had been on channel 34, previously), then the antenna may never have had the capability of bringing UHF 34 in, but you just didn't notice. Replacing your antenna may be able to resolve the problem; here's a competing directional short-range attic/outdoor antenna that's well-priced: www.amazon.com... If you were able to bring in ION 66 on the old UHF 34 frequency, then given how most of these complaints are coming from Northern VA, to the south of the DC TV towers, the most likely possibility is overload due to the more potent and more southerly WRC signal (especially if Fox5 and WFDC14/DCW50 are coming in with 95 signal strength or higher), in which case, placing a 3 dB or 6 dB pad (attenuator) may bring the station in. However, such overload conditions weren't applicable when WRC was running at a lower power level immediately after the channel change-over, so I'm not 100% sure this plan will work, either. Could it be related to multipath from the UHF 34 signal that isn't applicable with the UHF 15 signal of WFDC14/DCW50, which a more directional antenna would fix? Either way, an old antenna you won't use, anymore can be gifted to someone who lives closer to the tower, and would benefit from the coming ATSC 3.0 AWARN geotargeted severe weather warning capability (awarn.org), or someone in the Baltimore area who doesn't mind not having NBC4, but would benefit from AWARN. Sincerely, Mike in Kensington (8/18/19)

Regarding WXCY, Tyler Daniel was moved to afternoons, which was held by Brad Austin. No changes to midday nor nights. By the way, Brad was one of the absolute best pd’s I had ever had the honor to work with in my 48 year career. An extremely talented guy who was silky smooth on air and with interviews, excellent leadership skills too! I wish him the best! Tom Conroy (8/18/19)

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RE: WXCY. It is just a matter of time before it becomes Froggy 103.7. People thought Forever Media would not mess with WCEI or WINX, and both stations are automated/on WW1 programming after AM drive. People thought Forever would not mess with WGTY since it was making money and had good numbers...then BAM, it became Froggy. (8/17/19)

Hey dave it’s been a long long long time.If McLaughlin gets renewed does my pop get his 5 $ royalties for the opening voice over credit?? Regards Mark Mcgarry (8/17/19)

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Word is that WXCY Havre de Grace PMD, PD Brad Austin is out. Also, Tyler has been removed from the WXCY morning shows facebook page. (8/16/19)

WMJF's 39.4 Ion channel has video again this morning. (8/16/19)

Reason, the satire " We [Russia] also want Comrade [Chris] Plante to go back to talking heavily about Putin being a real leader, ” may have some very dark and troubling references for Chris Plante. In late 2006, the now convicted foreign agent and tax evader, Paul Manafort, according to the Mueller Report, signed a million dollar a year contract with Russian Oligarchs to bolster Putin's image in the US. The contract was open ended, and not reported to the Federal government as required. In 2007 and 2008, Right wing looney talk radio, represented by Rush nationally and Chris Plante Locally, started saying things like "unlike Democrats, Putin is a great leader, dontcha think?" "Putin is a real man." "When Putin says something, people jump to action," and "Obama can learn a lot on leadership from Putin." I will bet the mortgage there is a clear line from that contract to what came out of Chris's mouth. The questions now become, "did Chris Plante accept money from Manafort to say those things on the air?" and "if Chris Plante used the American airwaves to disparage a Presidential candidate, while being paid indirectly and secretly by a foreign government, is that treason? " Remember, Chris Plante was abruptly fired after the 2008 election. WMAL, Chris Plante, Heritage Foundation, care to comment? (8/16/19)

Salem sells off nine more stations. Their stock is down to $1.60 per share today. They are trying to reduce their debt! (8/16/19)

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"Rescanned my channels, but no channel 4 in Springfield,VA (8/13)" .... Rescan again! (I gather we'll be doing that often for awhile). WRC must have finished their adjustment as promised by the fellow who responded to my email, and last night, Wednesday 8/14, the main channel and SD COZI were working fine. -Chriscom/Manassas (8/15/19)

Dave, the NSA field office in Ireland picked up the email sent from Tennleytown in DC, to a Russian Oligarch. It mentions DC radio again. Any thoughts on its origins? (8/15/19)

How about some love and support for my buddy Lee Bailey and his MoreJoyRadio.com station. Check out nice piece from WJLA wjla.com... A lot of people are pulling for him! -- Bob Appel (8/15/19)

Only those who have been around long enough to remember the glory days of AM radio in Baltimore can understand the frustration among those of us who tune in every day hoping to hear a return to a station’s commitment to locally produced news and information. Instead, all we get on one particular station are speed-reading, tweet-repeating, newspaper plagiarizing wanna-be reporters who wouldn’t know a good news story if one bit ‘em on their ass; a motor mouth talk show host with a huge following that calls in daily after their morning oatmeal and prune juice break at Charlestown and Oakcrest; and, weekend traffic reporters who couldn’t find their way out of a one-toilet bathroom. Today, the mid-day motor mouth talk show host is talking trash, literally, in a desperate plea for people to join a campaign to clean up Baltimore’s trash. Why not let the people who dumped all that shit to begin with clean it up?? Stop dumping all the Baltimore radio shit on us. Most of the listeners are NOT in Baltimore City, and could give (pardon the expression, Mr. Cummings) a rats ass about it. Get back to covering news out of Towson and Annapolis, and stop all this boring, meaningless bullshit, and convince us that AM radio isn’t dead...yet. (8/15/19)

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To the person trying to find a clear spot for their wireless "church mic" system. Call any of the network TV bureaus in Washington, ask for Engineering, then ask for the White House list of wireless assignments. It's being compiled right now, started in July and circulating to crews. It's a voluntary coordination, just like "the old days" for broadcast cues and dispatch on two-way radio and STL. Only this set of frequencies is from the "re-pack" so we don't get in one another's way. And although the list took form among White House crews, many of those crews will find it easy to stay parked on those frequencies around town on other assignments. (8/14/19)

Dave, the NSA obtained this email, and forwarded it to several DC radio experts for comment and clarification. As a DC radio insider, do you know what this guy is talking about.? Here goes…. Comrades O’Connor and Plante, Dearest most excellent Putin sends his thanks for all you are doing on American radio airwaves to help him and clown with long tie. We had minor nuclear accident here last week, and we appreciate you not talking about it, and keeping focus on spreading ridiculous information on why clown with long tie is best man for the job of president. Leader Putin also wants to thank Larry for all the airtime Larry spent on “American Greatness.” It will be a , how you say, ‘talking point” for leader on how dumb Americans really are. Also, now that the Russian mercenaries at the NRA have been exposed, you two, and Vince, have done a nice job of switching to Vandershit over at Gun Owners of America for gun comment on radio. Remember Vandershit went on national television to teach four-year old’s how to shoot to kill with guns? He makes good fodder here in Russia on why America is so trigger crazy. Your next assignment, comrades, is Russia will make up story on upcoming US Census being obfuscated so to be a Democrat power grab. Our dear colleague, ass faced O’Keefe, has already been given his assignment and is about to start filming. Larry, your former fatgirl slut Scotty Nell Hughes is already working on how to break the story to the legitimate media. We wish you two talk a lot about this fake Census news as being real. We also want Comrade Plante to go back to talking heavily about Putin being a real leader, and Democrats are all nutty socialists. Putin wants clown with long tie to be re-elected next year, so, Comrade Larry, Comrade Chris, keep doing your best to talk about Russian generated fake news to make Cherished leader Putin happy. We will be sending over a case of vodka. (8/14/19)

When is WJZ going to unload the dinosaurs? Why in the hell do they send their gorgeous weather ladies, who just happen to be certified meteorologists, out in that stupid “mobile weather lab” for a 30-second (or less) standup in 90+ degree heat and hair-curling humidity while the non-certified meteorologists remain in the air conditioned, comfy studio to predict the weather?? Hair wrecking humidity would not be an issue for Marty Bass and he and Bob Turk, the other wrinkled up old fossil, are well beyond makeup. Now, if you’ll excuse me a minute, I really must get back to The Weather Channel. (8/14/19)

So if the 'Justin, Scott & Speigel show' will be on TV will it be like their morning show... 5-7 minute segments, only 1-2 listeners calling in & 25+minutes of music & ads. IDK...the format of their morning show dosent make sense to me; their segments are so short/shallow...meanwhile the MMR morning show in Philadelphia often has 20+minute segments and takes calls from lots of listeners. (8/14/19)

WBAL AM dropped the O’Reilly Update from their midday newscast this week replacing it with the Nehman Briefing. Which is surprising, they were one of the first stations to carry O’Reilly’s segment when he returned to radio. Doesn’t affect me though because I listen to it on podcast- but I wonder what happened? Was the O’Reilly Update not similar enough to Paul Harvey News & Comment? (8/14/19)

The only logical reason that someone can’t get WRC NBC 4 at 1000kw on channel 34 but could get WRC at 813kw on channel 48 is, well, I can’t think of one outside of an X File secretly guarded the the FBI on how Comcast is secretly sabotaging OTA TV or the dumb fuck doesn’t know how to RE-SCAN for channels on their TV set, later of which is more likely. It is clearly a more dominant signal despite whatever the voices in your head might tell you. Now as for getting WETA 26, you should see a doctor about that transmitter stuck up your ass. :-) (8/14/19)

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98 ROCK on TV? Yep, or something like that as Justin, Scott, and Spiegel from WIYY will premiere a TV show on WBAL TV Aug. 17th after Saturday Night Live. More details as I hear it. —BaltoMedia.net (8/13/19)

These DC Radio Stocks continue to sink.....Entercom $3.59.....Joe Field, the founder, needs to buy more stock in his company to prop up the price. Salem at an all time low price of $1.86 and Urban One at a low of $2.00 per share. (8/13/19)

This is interesting: Jay Cottrell of WBAL dishes dirt about WTEM’s Al Galdi on the latest edition of the Steve Czaban TV-MA podcast: czabecast.libsyn.com (8/13/19)

DC sports talker WTEM 980 AM is applying to add low power 95.9 FM as a translator. The Urban One radio station originally started DC's 95.9 FM for WOL AM 1450, but now it appears it will be another FM signal for Redskins Radio if approved by the FCC. —BaltoMedia.net (8/13/19)

Rescanned my channels, but no channel 4 in Springfield,VA . All other DC channels are fine including 22 & 26 Patrick (8/13/19)

To the poster on WTOP traffic: You need to dump the 1996 Rand-McNally Road Atlas and get up to speed on traffic information. There is no such thing as “the Nyce Bridge being closed for over an hour.” It was the westbound span of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge (not to be confused with the Harry W. “Nice” Memorial Bridge that spans the Potomac River) that closed for over an hour. The station is keeping a closer eye on beach traffic now, but not until after this poster complained a few weeks ago about their lack of beach traffic mentions. This traffic story should have remained on the radar of the newsroom where questions should have been raised over the issue of two-way traffic patterns on the westbound (and eastbound) span and whether or not this dangerous traffic pattern was a contributing factor in this multi-vehicle collision. If so, the Maryland Transportation Authority should be held accountable and questioned over why they continue to jeopardize the safety of the motoring public to reduce the severe delays. The mandatory headlight requirement and speed limits are NOT enforced, which also contributes to the rise in safety risks. Just last week, a tractor trailer tipped over and nearly plunged into the bay in a crash that also occurred (I believe) during a two-way traffic pattern on the eastbound span. If traffic is such a priority for this station, where are all the questions?? Where are all the traffic safety groups?? And, more importantly, where are all the answers??? (8/13/19)

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Regarding using Towson's WMJF 39.4 Ion as a substitute for the degraded WPXW, 39.4 hasn't had any video for at least ten days - just audio. I sent a note to Ion on their website on Aug 6, but nothing heard back. The thought occurred it was using MPEG-4 encoding like WBFF's 45.4 Stadium, which results in audio only on older TVs, but I can see that station just fine. (8/12/19)

None of my college friends were Washington Redskins fans since most were from other states even though the college was near DC, so I’ll never forget a call on the phone I got back then screaming, “TURN ON THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS ON THE RADIO”. I had no clue what station even, WMAL AM I’m sure. The running joke among everyone outside DC back in the Redskins heyday was that Jurgensen & Huff were the best comedy team on the radio! That’s the only time I remember listening. We actually had Listening Drinking parties even with even being Redskins fans. I know they deserve respect, but they really were a comedy team of clowns on the radio for a very long time. I said the same thing about Tom Marr when he did Orioles broadcasts. He often had no clue what was going on, MLB rules, or could remember players names, and that was in Tom Marr’s PRIME! God rest his soul, but he was just TERRIBLE at that particular job! He once even said it himself on WCBM decades later. I’m sure Marr’s FB hater son will now chime in here now to defend his Dad, but he probably long ago banned DCRTV for being too “commie pinko”. :-) (8/12/19)

To the person having trouble with CH 4 did you get good reception before the 11th but on the 2nd or later when they went to thier new frequency CH 34 ?because I did Get it strong and now I can't get CH 4 either I tried it after seeing the post because last time I watched it was last Thursday so I guess Tuesday after noon it will be back I had to do without CH4 for over a month during the repack and stream a program if there was something I wanted to watch so I hope all is fixed for good before the new Fall Season starts.Also can't get ION on CH 35 or WETA on CH 31 either with their lower power but thankfully I get MPT On CH 21 now it was hit or miss before but depending on how I aim my antenna it's in my yard I approach 68% signal strength at night a bit lower in the day and this is with the leaves on all the trees behind my home reception improves somewhat when trees are bare I'm in Woodbridge VA Pretty ironic I have to watch PBS from an Annapolis station yet can't get PBS from DC well I do get WHUT but programs are different quite a bit from WETA MPT is more similar to WETA hopefully WETA will return to normal power in the Fall and ad soon as possible as stated on thier website. (8/12/19)

FYI--The Epoch Times free newspaper distribution ends in the Washington, D.C. area on August 15, 2019. (8/12/19)

ION’s DC WPXW’s delay in the repack and low power signal appears to be a company wide policy from company filings with the FCC including many of the northeast TV stations. WSPX-TV, Syracuse, NY WPPX-TV, Wilmington, DE WPXW-TV, Manassas, VA WINP-TV, Pittsburgh, PA WPXN-TV, New York, NY all appear to be seeking 90-180 day relief from the repack. What struck me about the repack delays are that they are in NYC, Philly, and DC, possibly more soon and all claiming similar problems that cannot all be possible at the same time in different places, well in a logical mind. Extensions to 180 days goes nearly to the end of the repack. ION Media is in financial trouble as well. Why do I smell the Sinclair vultures circling? David Smith is still smarting from the Trump FCC’s rebuke of his Tribune merger, but he has no farmers north of Hunt Valley, MD to put on an ICE plane to Central America anymore and he has too many mutual deals with Nexstar to fight them. Also, the ION founders and Sinclair are both conservatives. Hmm. I wonder what’s going on. fcc.gov (8/12/19)

Dave: Gotta tell you, WTOP really saved my family's butt over the weekend and I wish Rob and Steve were on more! Waze didn't have a few incidents during our trip back from VA Beach and I'm totally done with Waze. More importantly, I'd really like to know how WTOP is always on top of their traffic info. It's great to hear they don't ignore beach traffic like the Nyce Bridge being closed for over a hour. We immediately turned around on 301 and went to I-95...and got home just in-time for the Redskins game. (8/12/19)

I didn't notice this last week, but it's rather big news for Baltimore area based Sinclair Broadcasting. Using WBFF Fox 45 and WNUV 54 to build a market wide 5G network and nationwide. This is deep in the weeds in the ATSC 3.0 Next Generation standard, but might provide motivation to cell phone manufacturers like Samsung or Apple to provide Next Gen TV chips in their phones. Samsung is already based in South Korea which already has ATSC 3.0, so this is apparently another nudge to offer it in the U.S. Currently, no HDTV in America can receive or any full power TV station broadcasting in Next Gen TV, but several market tests are ongoing and a half dozen Low Power TV stations have made the switch. SBG has promised 40 markets by the end of 2019. 5G could be picked up by more cell phones in the next 2 years even without ATSC 3.0 chips. Unless I'm reading this wrong, seems like a very clever technical move to get in the door by Sinclair first. Additional costs might even be included. Free over the air TV will still be free, but some of the perks and internet related aspects most certainly will not be. With more sub-channels too as many as a dozen and the IP protocol, there will be the option of interactive over the air pay channels or programming that can be ordered right through your HDTV or cell phone just like on your cable or satellite box currently. www.cordcutternews.com... — BaltoMedia.net (8/12/19)

Another big winner from the WETA TV repack problems: WTXF Fox 29 in Philly. They just filed during this current maximization window for the greatest/highest omnidirectional signal possible on channel 31. WMPT 22, Maryland Public Television was originally awarded channel 31, but now that they’re moved to 21, WTXF has the ability to expand. I wonder who else might file during this window to maximize their signal. I’m still wondering what the status of channel 14 is in DC. Is it actually available still or locked to the low power TV signal that dodged a bullet? Hmm. (8/12/19)

"Sonny Jurgenson has called it quits as radio analysts for the Redskins radio network. He had a heck of a run but it was way past time for him to hang it up. Wonder if this was is choice or if he was forced out." If I had to make a guess, I'd say it was a little of both. Sonny should have hung up the microphone years ago. The Redskins let Sam Huff nonsensically ramble on for several years before they finally pulled Sam's plug. A great QB Sonny was. A great broadcaster in his final years he wasn't. (8/12/19)

I only recently was reminded of the repack issue when I started noticing weak or missing OTA transmissions out here in Manassas, after cutting the cord years ago. On Sunday (Aug. 11) “Channel 4”/WRC in Washington went blank for awhile, then came back weakly, if at all, with freeze-frames. Within an hour of my email to a contact form on their website, I received the following reply: “Our new transmitter is up, but we are having some technical issues which will be fixed by Tuesday at noon.” Props for the quick response on a Sunday. Chriscom/Manassas (8/12/19)

Re: WMAL question- No. (8/12/19)

On Fox5's personalities page, noticed that there were two new names listed; Christine Devine and Bob DeCastro, but no pics or bios. Looked them up and it appears that they're currently at other stations. So why bother to list them. (8/12/19)

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This thought crossed my mind upon hearing that the WMAL AM 630’s Greentree Road site is hung up on NIMBY, political, and zoning issues. If they don’t get the money for the purchased land, could Cumulus move back there and return to its original monster 10kw signal that had no nulls due to the grandfathering and interference agreement with then co-owned WWJZ 640 AM near Philly? Their current signal way out in the boondocks is half as big as the original which reached near Richmond daytime, and even somewhat decent to Baltimore. The irony of Redskins radio is that they have the worst radio signals in DC still. This WAS an awesome signal for DC in this pic... (8/11/19)

DC Radio Ownership......The DC radio stocks continue to operate at near an all time low price. Entercom at $3.54 per share, Urban One at $2.05 per share and Salem at $2.00 per share. DC is one of the best radio markets in the country. Could it be poor management? (8/11/19)

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Gus in Gaithersburg, I assume I could look on Google Earth and easily see a barren safe zone around your house, created by the authorities to protect innocent bystanders. Seriously, can you name a single good thing you’ve ever done? Pouring poison over other people’s hard work seems to be your only “skill”. - Max Critic (8/10/19)

Re: local frequency coordinator. If you are an old broadcaster you may be thinking of days gone by. Today frequency coordinators I am aware of are engaged in a professional service as business. (8/10/19)

Re: "For those keeping score at home, as of 8:50 pm EST Wednesday 8/7, no Youtube posting of The Mike O'Meara Show..." So at this Podcast Village corporate retreat, did they have a seminar on ongoing TMOS audio/sound/editng quality issues - especially YouTube? Or did they as go all jazz-hands by celebrating "Podcast Village is the home of great sounding, professionally managed full-service podcasting services".LinkedIn. MIKE O'MEARA must be pulling his hair out that Robb Spewak can find time to travel to, and sing a few songs at a god-damn waste-of-productive time "team-building" retreat but after 25 years, still can't run a board. (8/10/19)
At or around 2:42 pm Friday, Rush Limbaugh joined Rob Spewak in believing that John Lennon's "Imagine" is a Beatles song. Also, they're both fat and greasy. The tiebreaker? Rush has a career in radio. Gus in the Gaithersburg (8/10/19)

Sonny, man. What a legend. Pro Football HOFer and would be in DC broadcasting HOF if there was one. Also, kudos to Snyder for letting Sonny exit on his own terms with a couple of home game only years and now retiring in a classy way. That overrated piece of garbage Leonsis could learn something here. (8/10/19)

Thursday was certainly a great day for Baltimore Radio. It starts w/105.7. Chris DTvis going after the O's manager is the lead story on ESPN, MLB Network, CBS Sports Radio. NOT on The Fan. The first story of the morning is about the Ravens/ After the 1st break, they decide to talk about thesituation. One of the hosts questions what the manager said to Davis that caused his outrage, as if that should matter with so-called professionals. Yes sir, please don't offend the Orioles in any way. Pathetic. Then later in the day, after a police officer is shot in NE Baltimore around 3:30 pm, the so-called news station in town stops covering the "breaking News" at 4:30 to go to Ravens coverage, that goes on from pre to game to post game until well past 12:30 am on Friday. REALLY??? Under the circumstances, you can't break your (what I assume to be a Ravens contract) To cover a police shooting? You decide that 8+hours of an Exhibition Game is MORE IMPORTANT THAN COVERING A STORY ABOUT A GUNNED DOWN POLICE OFFICERF WHO IS NOW ON LIFE SUPPORT ??? PATHETIC. And on Friday, we go to faux concern and outrage over the shooting. Did anyone call the Ravens to ask if you could forgo the Pre and Post gam BS to cover the shooting ? Bet they would have said yes. Do us all a favor. When you're not doing Ravens-related programming, just switch to ESPN Radio. A News Station you're not. (8/10/19)

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Starting on the front page and ending in the Food section? It's clear that the Washington Post doesn't like black people. nypost.com... It's Little Jimmy all over again. Gus in the Gaithersburg (8/9/19)

Sonny Jurgenson has called it quits as radio analysts for the Redskins radio network. He had a heck of a run but it was way past time for him to hang it up. Wonder if this was is choice or if he was forced out... (8/9/19)

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PAW - - If you knew the repack was coming, a call to the Washington DC Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) would have been in order. The local frequency coordinator could have told you what was coming and how to work around it with your church mics. The chapter website lacks contact information (which strikes me as kinda DUMB), but if you ring up the engineering dept at any local TV station or SiriusXM, they can tell you who to call or to whom you should send email. (8/8/19)

Re: "For those keeping score at home, as of 8:50 pm EST Wednesday 8/7, no Youtube posting of The Mike O'Meara Show..." Didn't occur to you to see if the audio version was available, did it? Listened to it during the afternoon, and it had been posted around 9am. Apparently was pre-recorded, and it's been standard most of the time for them to go audio only when that's the case...nothing to see here. On today's show, it's pretty apparent why that was done; they went on a daytrip provided by one of the business partners. (Insert *The More You Know* jingle here) Remember before social media, when most people didn't rampantly speculate on stuff before they knew the full story? Ah, the good ol' days... (8/8/19)

Sorry to hear that Bud Steele is gone. Those of us who remember when WMAL was a monster station considered Bud one of the reasons why the place was so grand. That voice, that delivery, his writing of a newscast. Hard to find that these days, even at the network level, such that it is. RIP Bud, memories in the æther. (8/8/19)

I heard the national EAS test over CNN on the DirectTV Network. The duckfarts were at a reasonable level, but the audio message was way down in the mud and actually sounded like a distant loudspeaker being picked up by a microphone, room tone and all. Wonder where the weak link was this time? For that matter, was this test intended for broadcast only, or were cellphones/smartphones supposed to be included? My phone didn't make a peep, and it usually screams at full volume for Maryland Amber Alerts. (8/8/19)

"Now this is truly amazing! After ridiculing the Washington Post for deleting people from their EMAIL News Alerts for political reasons, after nearly 6 MONTHS and my final conclusion on what they did posted HERE on DCRTV, The Washington Post fixed their self-designed problem. I used scientific method to prove what they did." Um, okay. "Ah, but the strawberries, that’s, that’s where I had them, they laughed at me and made jokes, but I proved beyond the shadow of a doubt, and with geometric logic, that a duplicate key to the ward room icebox did exist, and I’d have produced that key if they hadn’t pulled the Caine out of action. I, I know now they were only trying to protect some fellow officer. … Naturally, I can only cover these things from memory. If I left anything out, why, just ask me specific questions and I’ll be glad to answer them, one by one." Gus in the Gaithersburg (8/8/19)

Heard on Newsradio 1090 today. "It was another night of violence in Baltimore City." Can someone please explain how that is news? (8/8/19)

"Was scrolling through some of the radio station sites and are you kidding me, Carol Maloney being hired by 630? ..." This move has Andy Pollin's imprint all over it - he's been putting her on the air in part time and fill-in roles on various radio stations for years starting with 980's Sports Reporters. Despite it being branded "the Carol Maloney Show", Pollin's been serving as co-host and update guy thus far - I hope that's just a temporary measure to help jumpstart the program and not a permanent arrangement. If the latter, it smacks of station brass lacking confidence in the ability of a woman to be successful at sports talk radio on her own and thinking she needs a grizzled veteran of the business constantly at her side doing all the navigation and ready to take over the driving at a moment's notice. Interestingly, I think Maloney was the last of a very short list of female on-air personalities at WTEM when she co-hosted a midday show with former Channel 5 sports anchor Dave Feldman that lasted about eight months more than a decade ago (apparently it was cancelled to make room for Dan Patrick's syndicated program). Feldman (now a sportscaster in the Bay Area) appeared as a guest on Maloney's inaugural ESPN 630 broadcast the other day. (8/8/19)

To the person inquiring about the EAS. We received it on satellite radio, as we were driving through the Adirondacks. And the audio was difficult to hear. (8/8/19)

Driving by the old WMAL site last Saturday I noticed the the towers are still up ... Did the new landowner not yet get a demolition permit? Of course there may be HAZMAT concerns as the orange and white tower paint may have lead components... TK in Odenton (8/8/19)

For those keeping score at home, as of 8:50 pm EST Wednesday 8/7, no Youtube posting of The Mike O'Meara Show, "the best sounding podcast in the world". TMOS Tip. "You just slip out the back, Mike. Make a new plan, Robb. You don't need to be coy, Oscar . Just ALL OF YOU get yourself free of the Mike O'Meara Show audio H O R R O R! (8/8/19)

Carrie is out at WRNR mid day and moving to WTMD (unsure what shift or capacity). Mike Ondayko is now taking over mid-day at WRNR from Evening. (8/8/19)

Have to agree with the post about Carole Maloney. Very nice lady but should not be on Radio or Television. Dialed in this morning and quickly dialed out, not good. Obviously she is a friend of Bill Hess which explains why she is there. As bad as 980 is, 630 may give them a run for their money. (8/8/19)

Is it not universally unnerstood that roasts consist mostly of roasters roasting other roasters? What are they teaching in the schools these days? That said I haven't heard the one under discussion. In other news, someone's pulled 3 of last week's videos of The Mike O'Meara Show. A belated stab at quality control? Today, viewers were treated to Rob Spewak smearing his greasy fingers over the grooves of various 45 rpm singles. To @ #firesantana, Rob runs the board with the same greasy fingers he uses to violate records and his fatfingering of settings and audio drops have been mentioned on the show. Assigning an intern or homeless person to monitor the live feed would just be too difficult. "Best sounding podcast on the internet" Gus in the Gaithersburg (8/8/19)

RE: What's going on with WPXW? Thank you to Mike from Kensington, MD. and to everyone who provided me with the reasons why I no longer receive ION television in Baltimore. I hope the completion of the planned Phase Four project is successful in allowing television viewers to watch ION once again all over the DMV. Thanks, Sara. (8/8/19)

Now this is truly amazing! After ridiculing the Washington Post for deleting people from their EMAIL News Alerts for political reasons, after nearly 6 MONTHS and my final conclusion on what they did posted HERE on DCRTV, The Washington Post fixed their self-designed problem. I used scientific method to prove what they did. Change just one factor in the test to see if there’s change over and over until I was able to ridicule them on DCRTV and lo and behold. After Dave posted my last diatribe, The Post has WELCOMED ME BACK TO EMAIL ALERTS! But here’s where it gets funnier and I got them dead to rights. The blocked email address that wasn’t getting the email alerts is now only getting the alerts signed up for by the NEWER email adrs, not the ones signed up for by that email adr. How and why is that important? It means they’re checking servers and IP addresses and they figured out that I AM INDEED THE WASHINGTON POST BASHING ASSHOLE! HAHAHAHAHAH! Kudos IT people! You win. I wonder if any accounts will exist when I sign in next. Keep the faith though. Journalism is Dying in Darkness. :-) (8/8/19)

To P of the AW: Enjoy channels 26 & 27 while you can. WBFF will be moving to 26 shortly, followed by WMAR to 27 next spring, both transmitting to nearly a 60 mile radius from TV Hill. Washington/Baltimore will have almost no available TV channels left when the repack is finished, with the possible exception of LPTV space on adjacent market channels used in Harrisburg, Salisbury, Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, & Hagerstown. (8/8/19)

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Did anyone hear the National EAS test today? Was the audio intelligible where you were or was it complete over modulated garbage, like last time? (8/7/19)

For those keeping score at home, as of 12:15 Wednesday 8/7, no Youtube posting of The Mike O'Meara Show, "the best sounding podcast in the world". Gus in the Gaithersburg (8/7/19)

Dave: Was scrolling through some of the radio station sites and are you kidding me, Carol Maloney being hired by 630? I remember her on Ch.4 interviewing Redskins players during the news and she asked the most amateur questions. Also, I recently saw her on MASN and she was just out of her league! I kind of had a feeling we were going to get re-treads at 630 rather than fresh talent. Also, someone really needs to clean the slate at 980! How could management tolerate Doc rambling on for a few hours and Brian Mitchell preaching, it's just as bad as listening to um, um, um, and um Sheehan or Czaban. (8/7/19)

In response to "On Monday 8/5, WMAL gadfly talker and faux fag Larry O’Connor was the featured guest on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal’s week-long series profiling political podcasts," Doesn't C-Span know of Larry's sinister illegal political past including defamation? How about Larry's close association with known White Nationalist Milo Y? Did CSPAN ask Larry about how Larry went on the air and on his blog to condemn Black Lives Matter over the suicide of an embezzling cop? "Black Lives Matter has blood on their hands on this one" said and wrote Larry, without mentioning the cop had stolen tens of thousands of dollars from a police youth charity. Did CSPAN ask Larry if he was being paid by the Kremlin to disseminate Russian fabricated (fake) news like the Seth Rich debacle, or is Larry just doing Putin's political bidding out of the kindness of his own heart? BTW, I wouldn't call Larry a "faux fag," I would call him a "faux real man," and an asshole. (8/7/19)

They’re back!!! The Skins kick off their preseason in Cleveland against “The Browns” at 7:30 PM Thursday and WMAL will be offering coverage on BOTH 105.9 FM and 630 AM beginning at 6:30 PM: Sonny will not be with The Usual Suspects for this one because it’s an away game. But the real news is that NBC Sports Washington is offering a way for Skins fans to WIN $1000 per quarter: “LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins and NBC Sports Washington announced today a landmark partnership that will provide the National Football League’s (NFL) first interactive, predictive-gaming live television presentation of the team’s four preseason games. These pilot telecasts, entitled Predict the Game, will feature free-to-play contests where fans can win $1,000 cash each quarter as well as other exciting second chance prizes. The presentations will be exclusively available on NBC Sports Washington Plus, beginning Thursday, Aug. 8, when the Redskins open the preseason at the Cleveland Browns at 7:30 p.m.” Sure beats hearing Sonny’s dentures slipping! More: https://www.redskins.com/news/redskins-nbc-sports-washington-partner-to-offer-nfl-s-first-predictive-gaming-li (8/7/19)

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Hmm. Noticed interfering signals on my wireless mic channels at church last Sunday. Odd. (Smacks forehead.) REPACK SUNDAY. Somehow I managed to find some quiet channels nearby. They’re within Channels 26 and 27, so I’m not letting down my guard. If this hubbub doesn’t die down soon I might have to go back to wired mics for our roving pastors. Not a pretty visual. -P of the AW (8/6/19)

Breaking news…Newsradio 1090 adopts a new slogan: “Three things you need to know that happened yesterday when we weren’t there to cover it.” (8/6/19)

On Monday 8/5, WMAL gadfly talker and faux fag Larry O’Connor was the featured guest on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal’s week-long series profiling political podcasts, which, apparently everybody is doing these days. Larry’s – from the studios of The Washington Examiner – is called “Examining Politics”. No numbers were provided as to how many “views” and/or “downloads” of his podcast but suffice it to say more people saw him on C-SPAN and hear him on WMAL that will bother with yet another silly podcast. The Washington Post has promoted their podcasts via their online “web” version to little success and most podcasts are utter bores. Judge Larry’s for yourself via C-SPAN’s coverage: www.c-span.org (8/6/19)

I’m once again noticing why The Washington Post got rid of me in the first place. The email headlines upset me to post on their website, which they obviously did not like. My current politics email is all about Trump, white supremacy, and the Texas mass shooter, but nothing about Elizabeth Warren/Bernie Sanders Satanist Antifa leftwing Ohio shooter because it does not fit the newspaper's agenda. The Post brings new meaning to the phrase of “Killing in the Name of” and as long as they hate the name, it’s all well and good. Just another SJW fighting the good fight. Journalism is Dying in Darkness. (8/6/19)

WUSA 9 was not involved in the repack so its signal on channel 9 has not at all changed, nor has WJLA 7. However any time workers are actually on a tower with multiple transmitters, some or all might have to lower their power briefly for safety reasons. Other than that, any reception problems are strictly a localized problem related to the person’s antenna or receiver. Also, according to an STA request, WMPT is still testing its new transmitter at only 377kw from the permanent transmitter. It has not been ramped up to 1000kw yet. Last I checked WETA has still not even received its equipment for the Tenleytown site. I cannot wait until Bugtussle has to try to understand ATSC 3.0 with his abacas and MacOS System 6. (8/6/19)

Re: The Mike O'Meara Show. Hi Mike. Open wide and say A U D I B L E! As long as you have Oscar Santana running the bad sounding and at times, unlistenble podcasts, you and Robb might as well use 2 cans and a string youtube.com... #FIRESANTANA (8/6/19)

Wonder why WETA had issues moving to RF channel 14? Take a look at the size of the required filtering. (8/6/19)

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WETA will not be returning to channel 27. 27 now belongs to WMAR TV in Baltimore for its signal move from channel 38 next year. Woodley Park is a known black out zone in the current backup signal from Arlington that will not soon be fixed until WETA switches non-directional and 1000kw full power from the WJLA/WUSA tower hopefully by the end of the year. Oddly enough, WMPT’s very strong new signal on channel 21 also is not so good in Woodley Park but WHUT is quite strong there. (8/5/19)

To all those who are saying they no longer get this or that TV channel. I live over 70 miles from DC and still get all those channels mentioned, including ION 66 on their temporary 10KW low power transmitter. Chance are if you not receiving those channels, you are doing something wrong. By the way WETA was only 73 KW before the channel switch. They are now 240 KW. Yes a shorter tower but way more power even before they maximize to a megawatt. (8/5/19)

I haven’t received OTA Channels 9 and 26 since this past weekend. I rescanned several times on 2 TVs. Sean H. in NE DC (8/5/19)

Re: “What is going on with WPXW …” You might be able to get ION on WMJF-CD, ch 39.4 (it’s real channel is 39). They only carry ION and not Qubo, Ion Plus, or Ion Shop. It’s a low power station out of Towson that used to be owned by Towson University. (8/5/19)

Repack observations: as expected, WRC has a stronger signal at our location in Carroll County MD since moving to channel 34 with 1000kw from the previous 830kw operation on channel 48. We are only a few hundred yards southwest of McDaniel College in Westminster and use a 1979 vintage log periodic outdoor VHF/UHF antenna mounted about 20 to 25 feet above ground. A stronger signal is also observed from WMPT now that it has moved down to channel 21 from 42. Documents indicate WMPT may be running 800kw non-directionally under a special temporary authorization. The official full power for WMPT is to be a non-directional 1000kw. WETA with over 250kw from its temporary tower in Arlington appears to be about 30 to 40 percent weaker than the previous channel 27 signal in Tenleytown. The WETA signal there was only 73kw but the antenna was higher than the FM tower in Arlington and northwest DC is several miles closer to us than WETA's temporary location. Finally, WPXW has become unreliable since leaving Tenleytown and dropping power and height on River Road. The 10.5kw directional signal on new channel 35 is usable only after dark and it is unstable. Our location may be receiving co-channel interference from channel 35 "digital replacement" repeater with 15kw just north of Harrisburg PA; it is owned by VHF station WGAL and first appeared on another UHF channel following complaints about poor VHF reception after the 2009 digital transition. Thank you. (8/5/19)

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I love Drab but his roast at Jammin Java was a snooze. Seemed like 80% of the jokes were not about him. Justin was almost snooty as the MC. He acted like he was above it all. Dukes braining up Beau from Atlanta for the umpteenth time is getting old. No one cares. I felt bad for Drab. Very little effort. I had a ticket for Sat and skipped. (8/4/19)

WMJF 39, formerly run by Towson U, carries ION on 39.4 and is the official ION affiliate for Baltimore. However its repack signal on channel 23 at a higher power will not occur until next year. It’s unclear what WPXW’s timetable is for channel 35. As of right now, Baltimore is no longer in the signal plot. The planned final Phase 4 signal should include Baltimore coverage, but it’s unclear what delays there are on the River Road tower. WTTG has no imminent deadline for its planned move there. As for WRC, on channel 34, it should be one of the area’s strongest repack signals at 1000 kw and 801 feet HAAT. The biggest repack losers are clearly both WPXW and WETA. WETA’s signal is much weaker from the WETA FM tower and strict directional pattern which loses Baltimore and a lot of of Virginia unless you’re right in Arlington. (8/4/19)

I looked at the WETA website because I can't get it OTA either on the new frequency CH 31 Got it fine till Friday it says the transmission will be running at lower power till sometime in the Fall while work is completed on the transmitter it's all explained on thier website.I can't get ION on CH 35 either I'm in Woodbridge VA will mess with the antenna Sunday it's not on my roof but in the backyard on a stand so that of course doesn't put it in a position for optimum reception but backyard faces direction of Wash DC CH 4 on it's new CH 34 assignment is strong higher reading on TVs signal strength indicator. The PBS stations WHUT and WETA when it was on CH 27 are the weakest of all the DC area TV stations according to TVs signal strength indicator.Had to move antenna a bit to get those (8/4/19)

To the person in Baltimore who can't get WPXW or WETA: It appears as if WPXW is on a reduced power (10kW) antenna with a null towards Baltimore. It is very difficult to receive even locally from an attic-mounted antenna. WETA is, of course, on its low-mounted, 240 kW antenna in Arlington for the foreseeable future, and it barely comes in reliably, here (there is the occasional, brief dropout). Sincerely, Mike in Kensington (8/4/19)

WETA-TV has responded very promptly to my complaint about a loss of its signal in Woodley Park. Included in the response is this passage: "...we are broadcasting at lower power for a temporary period of time – about 4 to 5 months – so it is possible that you may have trouble receiving our signals even after you rescan and/or double rescan. In order to meet the FCC requirements of this process, we must do time-intensive construction work on our main broadcast tower, which means moving operations to an auxiliary site temporarily at lower power before we can be back online at the main tower. The good news is that once that work is completed and transmission resumes at the main site, we will operate at even higher power and our signals will be stronger than ever!" (8/4/19)

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What is going on with WPXW (ION Television. I live in Baltimore, Maryland (Balt. City) and for years I was able to receive this station (Channel 66) until this morning, August 2, 2019. I rescanned my TV five times and still nothing... no signal. I'm not able to receive a broadcast signal for Channel 34 or channel 35 either. Is the channel gone forever due to the repack and what choices do I have to receive ION without paying for cable TV? Verizon Fios is not available in Balt. City. Are there any streaming subscription options available without breaking my budget? Thanks, Sara (8/3/19)

RE: The Mike O'Meara Show. Hi Mike. Hope your southward journey is going well. Just wanted you to know that although the sound of "the best sounding podcast" is typically shitty, Friday's sound was especially shitty, borderline unlistenable. Have a blessed day, won't you? youtube.com... Gus in the Gaithersburg (8/3/19)

"All over the air viewers will need to rescan their TV's to continue to receive the station." Waaaahhh! I can't rescan because I live in Bugtussle! Waaaahhh! Gus in the Gaithersburg (8/3/19)

WETA-TV is in crisis. I can't get WETA-TV's virtual channel 26 signal anymore in Woodley Park. This is much worse than I expected since the station moved to a different transmitter location and channel on Aug. 2. Signal reception in this part of DC is non-existent now. No viewers means no donors so it's an emergency for the station and audience alike. WETA might have to get FCC emergency approval to return to it's old channel and facility until it can lease a low power TV station in DC or work a deal to simulcast its programming on an HD subchannel of a major DC signal. WHUT might like the added revenue for example. This part of the city is a PBS desert right now because of the WETA signal blackout with no end in sight. Quite a technical and management blunder on the stations part. (8/3/19)

When I railed against The Washington Post for removing me from email newsletters and alerts for possibly political reasons for posting harsh comments against The Post on various stories, I was ridiculed and accused of jumping to conclusions. So I did several things to test the veracity of my own suspicions. I logged into The Post, changed all my newsletter subscriptions, then cancelled and re-subscribed to them individually. Nothing changed. No more emails from The Post still. So I registered several new Washington Post accounts, of course clearing previous Post browser cookies/cache files, and subscribed to Post newsletters and alerts all over again as a different person. BINGO! I now once again get all the Washington Post emails I used to get before the Post blacklisted me. By the way, contacting The Post about the original problems proved useless. But at least I was able to prove that The Post, at least in my case, chose to blacklist me for political or other reasons. At the very least, The Washington Post canceled news alerts for some non-subscribers. Now that I understand, but doing that is not what they advertise. My Washington Post account is still active, but clearly The Post has given up on the possibility of gaining me as a subscriber since not only did they cancel the news alerts, they also stopped all subscription solicitations. But by registering new accounts, i get those again too. :-) (8/3/19)

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Here in Eastern Carroll County Ch. 4 has a strong signal on Ch. 34. Ch. 22 has a strong signal on Ch. 21. Cannot find Ch. 26 at all on either 27 or Ch. 31. That's disappointing since they sometimes have different programs or at different times from MPT. Ch. 66 on Ch.34 shows high signal strength but no program on any sub. ?? No matter since I never watch that. I am using a amplified outdoor yagi antenna and tried several receivers and a converter box. (8/2/19)

Suggestion to 630 WSBN: Several years ago, the Redskins had remote radio studios in places like malls and storefronts set up around the region to do live shows and performances. Your goddam web page goes deep into how innovative the 'new' Cumulus is (along with its O&O stations), so how's this for an innovation: GO WHERE YOUR AUDIENCE IS. Bring back those remote studios and put on a show. Do what 980 and 'JFK aren't doing. (8/2/19)

Dave: What's with everyone? Why in the heck do people rehash, boring, arrogant sportstalk talent in this market? Pollin's lucky to have a new job and one of the worst personalities in sportstalk radio. Second, where to people think Bram's any good? on 980, he spent more time talking on air with his producer and voiding the radio radio audience..is this really good quality sportstalk radio? Um, um, um, um, and why do I get the feeling that Cooley's going to show up somewhere, I just get that feeling. Former NBCSNW people said Cooley was a nasty guy to cover and hated the media, funny what comes around. No one is this market wants to start fresh and hire good talent I guess. (8/2/19)

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Does the new ESPN 630 have a sales staff? - I tuned in Bram Weinstein's first show the other day and the commercial breaks were lasting about 30 seconds. Is Andy Pollin working behind the scenes to help that station put together a local presence that could eventually give 980 and 106.7 a run for their money? While ESPN Radio's daytime lineup of Golic & Wingo, Dan Le Batard and Stephen A. Smith is very good, a sports radio station airing mainly syndicated fare with one or two local shows mixed in is more characteristic of places like Topeka, KS or Utica, NY than a major market. Perhaps Al Galdi's not too thrilled about having to give up his four hour morning drive slot at TEM to make room for Kevin Sheehan starting next week and could be convinced to make the jump to 630. If Thom Loverro's out at WJFK, perhaps he reunites with Pollin in some manner (I don't see 980 taking him back even with Sheehan there). What about Chris Cooley and Scott Jackson (both of whom got the shaft when Urban One took over 980 last year)? Sheehan's solo act can get tedious at times and he has a tendency to beat a single topic (nearly always involving the Skins) to death in contrast with other hosts who like to mix it up more. (8/1/19)

Today (Thursday, August 1, 2019) WBOC switches to channel 32. The switch is at 2 pm this afternoon. All over the air viewers will need to rescan their TV's to continue to receive the station. (8/1/19)

Concerning the July 4th weekend target practice on the iHeart building at 1801 Rockville Pike, has anyone heard any updated information on the investigation beyond the original reports (WRC-TV, etc) in early-mid July? The last I heard was that the bullet that was found had been sent to forensics for identification? John Maxian (8/1/19)

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To the River Road fact-provider re WPXW, etc, you mention the tiny 250 watt Mega 97.5 which probably transmits from a spare coat hanger but you don’t mention the mighty 99.5 and 94.7 signals up on the southeast mast. What are they, chopped liver? And to clarify, are you saying the gray cylinder I pictured is a recently installed WPXW main antenna? -P of the AW (7/31/19)

As for Pollin/Lovero, they were together on 106.7 on Sunday morning for a few months, but they were together on Saturday mornings for a year or so I think . The Sunday morning gig was added recently. In any event, I agree that it was a very good show. 106.7’s other weekend fare is dreck. They may as well go syndicated. Honestly, the entire station is garbage except for the Junkies…… (7/31/19)

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I just heard Diane Lyn sign off for the last time on WLIF. She said she had been there 20 years. I couldn't tell whether she was let go or was leaving for personal reasons. Have you heard anything about this? Thanks, Karlyn (7/30/19)

Re: P of the AW's post: WPXW is the only TV station licensed on that tower, which otherwise is just used for Mega 97.5 and the notorious Sputnik translator in terms of broadcast operations. WTTG is going to move there, but it's not tied to the repack so it's hard to imagine they are doing any work right now. Speaking of WPXW, they are testing the temporary 10 kW signal on 35 today (Tuesday). I would guess that is that signal's antenna, because the STA refers to using "interim" equipment rather than any sort of backup facility. Signal strength at my location is just above that of WNUV(!), but it's usable. WETA-TV is also back testing on 31, but only with color bars. And WMPT was off the air for large parts of the weekend - presume its construction is complete or nearly so. Three days to the repack... (7/30/19)

Salem stock is at an all time low of $2.06 per share. They are selling off some of their stations in order to pay down their debt. They just sold off some stations in Florida for $8.2 Million. Their Board just approved a salary increase for Ed Atsinger, the President of $1 Million per year plus benefits. (7/30/19)

The River Road tower is WPXW 66’s repack transmitter location and, while not involved in the repack, WTTG Fox 5 is moving there as well. WPXW has an extension to operate on a lower power transmitter already on the tower on its repack channel. Apparently, the tower needs a lot more work to be completed for both stations permanent transmitters. — BaltoMedia.net (7/30/19)

Some Baltimore news: Family Radio's WBMD AM 750 has filed an application for a permanent transmitter site using co-owned WFSI AM 860 on the banks of Back River. The app specifies 800 watts daytime only, just slightly more than the previous site. Also, WBAL 1090 AM has applied to increase the power of it's FM translator on 101.5 FM. It's licensed for 250 watts from TV Hill, but has never operated at that power, only 50 watts for quite some time. Now WBAL has applied to increase the power to 75 watts in a recent STA application. Why they are inching this FM up to 250 watts is still not known. And finally, what Baltimore 5000 watt AM radio station is for sale for $1.5 million dollars? There’s only three 5000 watt stations, but only 2 that I know own their land, WCAO and WJZ AM. Since call letters and format do not convey, doesn’t that almost certainly make it WJZ AM 1300 for sale? They’ve changed the link/category once, but it’s still here for now… www.radiotvdeals.com... — BaltoMedia.net (7/30/19)

I think it’s been posted already, but WETA and WPXW are both on their auxiliary transmitters on their repack channels as Phase 4 ends. It’s unclear if either station has a timetable for the permanent facilities just yet. WETA doesn’t even have the equipment yet and WPXW is at the whim of WTTG it seems. I posted a permanent vs. auxiliary signal plot for WETA and it doesn’t look good for Virginia south of Arlington and WPXW’s signal is of LPTV strength, but at a decent height. WMPT also filed an extension, but it seems to be more a paperwork thing as they are pretty much on track for completion of their monster 1000kw signal on channel 21. On the eastern shore, WGDV 32 Azteca America, Bounce, H&I, Escape, Laff & GRIT (few of which are on Comcast cable) is on an auxiliary transmitter on channel 28 on the WMDT tower pending the imminent switch permanently to channel 28. Presumably, WMDT & WBOC & Maryland Public TV have coordinated the simultaneous switch of WBOC to 32 while WGDV leaves 32 for 28, and WCPB leaves 28 for 16, but who knows? Maybe they’ll leave us all guessing? WMDT 47 doesn’t move to 29 until next winter. — BaltoMedia.net (7/30/19)

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So what Baltimore 5000 watt AM radio station is for sale for $1.5 million dollars? There’s only three 5000 watt stations, but only 2 that I know own their land, WCAO and WJZ AM. Since call letters and format do not convey, doesn’t that almost certainly make it WJZ AM 1300? www.radiotvdeals.com (7/29/19)

A previous email stated that Andy Pollin and Thom Lovero had been on 106.7 for "years". That is not exactly true, they have been appearing on the weekends for a few months, apparently after Hoffman and Hawksworth show didn't pan out. To me, they were the perfect pairing, two old guys who have been around DC sports, and could provide some perspective on the goings on of local sports teams. Chris, the Rooster is the wrong person to pair with anybody. He just talks too much. He's better solo with a producer or two chiming every so often. (7/29/19)

RE: Repack. Let’s just hope and pray CBS doesn’t screw up TV Hill’s candelabra tower like they’ve f’d up in Roxborough in Philly. Neither KYW or WPSG are ready for the repack, claiming all kinds of zoning and/or dog ate my homework stories. I knew CBS was not on the ATSC 3.0 bandwagon, but now we know how they are getting dragged screaming and kicking through the repack also. Good luck Hearst and Scripps on TV Hill. Sounds like they're gonna need it. (7/29/19)

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It appears that Thom Lovero is out as well on 106.7, at least on the weekends, Hawksworth was the solo host for the 9 to 12 Saturday and Sunday shows this weekend. She mentioned Chris Russell, but didn't mention that she was sitting in for Thom or that he would return next week. Oh, and she said she was filling in for Dukes on Monday, but again no mention of Thom. (7/28/19)

Question for in-the-know TV repack people. I recently saw rigging lines on the River Road tower but now they're gone. I think I see a new pale gray cylindrical antenna just to the right of where WHUT's antenna was fastened for many years (now gone). This one is much smaller but I assume that's because it's digital with lower power and possibly on a higher frequency. Think this is somebody's new repack antenna? Whose? -P of the AW (7/28/19)

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With "July Christmas" (July 25) behind us, I thought it would be a good idea to comment on the Best and Worst of 2019 (So Far). Best: Channel 50 not ending up with Sinclair. Worst: Channel 50 will be ending up with Nexstar. Best: 106.7 The Fan, particularly their midday show - nice of Conan to do a sports talk show before taping his TBS program every night! Worst: 99.1 The Ditch. Best: The fact that Kevin Sheehan keeps getting work. Worst: The fact that Radio.com runs outdated promos during commercial breaks on their streams: for example, there's a promo for a podcast "coming in June", while another invites you to listen to a basketball-oriented podcast "through the NBA playoffs" - which if I'm not mistaken ended all but a month ago... But that can't be nearly as bad as AM 980's commercial breaks. Maybe it's be but I think they play that commercial for the "Get Up Side Gas" app a little bit too much. Sometimes they'll play it twice during a break. And this morning, I heard it not once, not twice, but three times during a single stopset! Who knew Redskins Radio was a hard sell? To paraphrase Gunilla Hutton on Hee Haw: Oh well, it's not all that bad... At least you don't hear a Kars 4 Kids ad more than once during a break! (7/27/19)

Now that Bram and Andy are at 630, it’s looks like the Rooster did not make the cut. OOBBEE (7/27/19)

In response to the Julie Donaldson comment...does anyone advise Julie of her attire? Some of the outfits she squeezes into are Hilarious and shall we say somewhat ill fitting. It's obvious what her objective is....and it's apparently not sports. (7/27/19)

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I know almost no one cares about a suburban radio station like Key 103 in Frederick. But I find this station fascinating as a case study for how not to program a radio station. Key 103 has always under performed, as a longtime AC, then CHR and lately as a Hot AC station. Within the last few months (after a disaster of a ratings book) it lengthened its current playlist to 25 songs but still played songs from the 80's and 90's. Anyone who knows anything about radio should have understood that segues such as the Jonas Brothers to Boyz to Men satisfied no target audience. Plus their DJs could not have seemed less interested, almost never even providing a song title or artist, even for new songs. Now they are apparently facing even worse ratings as they have cut their current playlist to 5 songs. All the while being the only contemporary music station with a local signal into Frederick County. Imagine that, zero local competition and they still can't get anyone to listen! Now a county of 260,000 does not have any station playing new music. Is it any wonder teenagers and young adults can't dump radio quickly enough? (7/26/19)

Dave: I'm glad my work in Dewey Beach is keeping me away from training camp coverage...because it's still weak coverage year after year. Anyway, can we stop giving Pollin attention as he will show up at AM 630 in some shape or form because his old friends are hiring him. So, let's save the 106.7 investigative crap. However, I can't believe he would turn his back on stations like WTOP and 106.7. Andy's only about ego and money and that's like many including Czaban...but, these guys need a lesson in professionalism. Also, 980 should just go away because at this point, no one takes them seriously. Finally, I saw a few mins of NBCSNW's Redskins coverage and it really looks like Julie Donaldson needs help or someone to feed her content in her ear. She really looks/sounds like she has zero clue about what's going on and that's tough because none of her onsite colleagues appear to help either! (7/26/19)

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I called wjfk the other day saturday when i noticed chris russell was on with Tom lovero on saturday. I asked the producer if Andy pollon had been fired, he said no. I asked if Andy was at the station any longer and he also said no. Could he be headed to wsbn perhaps. I think they are planning on some local programming. (7/25/19)

More repack stuff: WFPT is operating on its post-repack facility as of Monday - it did not have a channel change but increased to 71 kW ERP from 41 kW, and rotated its directional pattern slightly. I get it a bit more consistently, but not by much. Like WPXW, WMPT has applied for an STA because it is *possibly* not going to finish construction in time. It is still going to cut over to channel 21 by the 2nd, but it may be from a backup tower. The application contains copies of e-mails stating construction is planned to complete on the 30th, so it's CYA in case the weather is bad. Misc: WETA-TV and WDCO-CD were granted their previously discussed requests (permit extension and relocation, respectively) and WAZT-CD's post-repack facility (on the Loudoun/Clarke border) will be delayed by storm damage. And the post yesterday about Gray owning all of the network affiliates in Harrisonburg was prescient - down in Charlottesville, Gray states that WAHU-CD's post-repack construction is delayed because of an unspecified legal challenge to their purchase of WVIR....you'd have to think that's the reason, but I couldn't find any more info. (7/25/19)

Following up on the Andy Pollin mystery, the 106.7 PD has refused to respond to tweets asking about Andy. I’m hoping Andy is going back to 980, or maybe hooking up with 630, and the 106.7 PD is just being petulant. Also, hope Lovero soon follows him. 106.7 is sports radio for dummies. (7/25/19)

Wondering if something is going on at WAVA and its related properties. All Access is running an ad seeking an Ops Manager, and ZipRecruiter posted for an assistant engineer. A couple of weeks back, it was mentioned here that Chris Roth headed to Baltimore. Is anyone else peeling out of formation and bolting toward the door? (7/25/19)

Just curious how Gray is allowed to keep literally every network affiliation in the Harrisonburg/valley market once they acquire WVIR? Or will that change. Here the only non-Gray NBC station that will be easily viewable will be Graham's WSLS as they'll have Richmond, Charlottesville, and WRC never quite reaches here. Seems like another good reason to stop media consolidation. (7/25/19)

Dave's response: Look at Salisbury. Draper now controls that market's CBS, NBC, and Fox affiliates. The FCC should have a rule that one company can't own more than two major network affiliations in a single market.....

Just saw the posting about locast TV app to watch local channels my Android smartphone loaded the app but says unavailable in my area yet lists Washington DC on it's website as having it I'm in Woodbridge. (7/25/19)

Salem stock price is at an all time low of $2.14 per share. Ed Atsinger, the President of Salem, gets a new salary increase to $1 Million per year. Is this increase based on performance? (7/25/19)

"failed to realize that almost no one even knows any TV stations are changing TV channels or that their signals might be better or worse." I don't care what people know or don't know. If your OTA television suddenly fails to receive a channel, have it rescan. In other words, behave like a normal person. And a little less long-winded next time please. Gus in the Gaithersburg (7/25/19)

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Hey Gus in Gaithersburg. If you live close to all the television transmitters, you can just rescan an get them all. Where I live in the boonies of far Western MD, all the stations are in different directions, so you do have to go on a "Fantastic Voyage" and use the add/delete channel mode as each station moves their channel for repacking. Therefore, you do have to know on which RF channel the station was and where it is after repack. If you rescan with the antenna pointed in one direction, the rescan erases the channels in all the other directions. (7/24/19)

Re:NBC4, maybe the technical difficulties were weather related? Heard the storm last night was pretty fierce. But yeah, they DID make sure the commercials were seen. (7/24/19)

I think Andy Pollin has either been fired or quit 106.7 The Fan. The week before last he was with Thom Loverro filling in for Chad Dukes during the week and they worked the first 4 days. Then that Thursday on their show after it Overtime that had a rare 3 person show with Chris Russell, Craig Hoffman and Erin Hawksworth, Russell mentions he was working the next day on Friday. Hoffman said you are I hadn't seen that to which Russell says it was a whole fiasco and I can't talk about it on the air I'll tell you during the break. So the next day on Friday he's filling in with Thom Loverro for Dukes. No mention of Andy. Over that weekend on Saturday and Sunday Russell is with Loverro. The same this weekend that just passed. All 4 shows there was no mention of Andy. There was also no bumpers or show open mentioning the show name Pollin and Loverro. Late in the Sunday show 2 days ago Loverro in asking Chris about someone's birthday said, "I know we don't do birthdays anymore but", a clear reference to the birthday game that Andy did on that show and The Sports Reporters on 980 before which I guess is as close to proof that he's gone as I've heard. Andy since has been active on twitter but his posts have not mentioned the station or leaving it nor am I sure if he's still doing his other job doing sports updates on WTOP (I rarely listen to keep up there). I don't know what else you need to run with it. Nothing official other than the obvious. (7/24/19)

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What happened at channel 4 11:00 news tonight. Only Doreen Gentzler and Doug Kammerer sort of winging it. No other faces. No sports. Said "technical difficulties . . . computer related". No graphics or tapes. "From the newsroom" not the set. They got the commercials in, of course. (7/23/19)

The moron from Gaithersburg failed to realize that almost no one even knows any TV stations are changing TV channels or that their signals might be better or worse. Some TV stations’ signals are coming from different towers and in some cases nearly different markets. People on Delmarva looking for NBC without cable TV for instance really need to keep track of this and where NBC Coast TV’s signal is. Even in DC, WTTG and WPXW are both moving to different towers and WETA will probably not be easy to receive by many for quite some time. Could someone please punch Gus’s old computer punch card one last time? I think it’s run out of space/time. As for the FCC link for the Repack, it’s worthless for some people. It does not include any lower power TV stations and sometimes give you false information about what TV stations you might receive after the repack. As usual the FCC f’d that up too. In other repack news, the Channel 6 on Delmarva has filed to keep it’s FrankenFM channel 6 after the repack, but the FCC has as of yet taken no action. (7/23/19)

What happened on Channel 4 (WRC/NBC) 11:00pm news tonight??? No video, no live shots, no co-anchor, no graphics. The only explanation from Doreen Gentzler: “A computer was involved.” Or, as she put it: “Radio on TV.” Thank god for Doug Kammerer, who went 10 minutes on weather. --MCascio (7/23/19)

I'm surprised that no one has mentioned that on Saturday Directv removed CBS from it's lineup. Another rights battle. But you can get all the Baltimore and Washington stations in HD using Locast.com. If you like their service, make a donation. (7/23/19)

What is the best radio stock to invest in now? iHeart $16.22, Cumulus $16.50, Entercom $5.55, Urban One $2.31, Salem $2.17. All of these companies own radio stations in DC. (7/23/19)

WETA-TV appears to be testing on post-repack channel 31 this afternoon (Monday). If it really is from their backup facility, out here in Leesburg the signal is stronger than I expected. You can check it out if you have an HDHR or similar - as they both use 26.x virtual channels it's impossible to tell on most standard TVs which signal you are getting. (7/23/19)

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When I saw the post(s) saying “Why is it whenever camera crews go out to get earthquake footage, they invariably and always end up at a liquor store?” it reminded me of something ABC anchor Roger Grimsby once said in the newsroom. “Can’t do news without [cigarette] butts and booze!” Roger was well equipped in that regard. He passed in 1995… (7/22/19)

So Andy Pollin and Thom Lovero have been doing morning shows on weekends for years now on WJFK. It is an understatement to say that their show was the sole sanctuary of intelligent radio on that otherwise vast wasteland of a station aimed at low I.Q. sports fans. So two weeks ago, Andy and Thom were covering for the useless afternoon guy who was on vacation for the week. Suddenly, Andy disappears and the next day we get Thom paired with the atrocious fill in Chris Russell. That pairing has continued for the following two weekends. Absolutely no word on Andy. I see that Twitter questions to 106.7's PD about Andy have been ignored. Hope Andy is okay. Maybe he is getting a new gig with a better station.............. (7/22/19)

"The announcements by television stations that they are moving channels never mentions where they are moving to" So effing what? Are you not going to have your OTA TV rescan like the ads say? Are you going to go Fantastic Voyage and go inside your TV to move stuff around? Or are you going to behave like a normal person? Gus in the Gaithersburg (7/22/19)

Any word on Andy Pollin? He’s been missing from Pollin & Loverro on 106.7 this weekend with no explanation. (7/22/19)

s Andy Pollin out at 106.7 The Fan? Lately he’s been missing from the Saturday/Sunday morning show he normally co-hosts with Thom Loverro and his replacement Chris Russell didn’t say he was filling in for Pollin. The station’s website refers to a new program called “The Rooster and the Reporter” (frankly one of the lamest, least creative names for a radio show that I’ve ever seen). Maybe the new ESPN 630’s looking to add some locally produced content and Pollin’s part of those plans? (7/22/19)

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The applications for STAs for low power during the TV repack are normal. WETA, WPXW, and many others are have filed them for Phase 4. First of all, workers cannot be on the towers at full power and some need to use AUX facilities during the installation of the new transmitter. The stations that don’t have AUX backup facilities need to temporarily create them or go off the air during installation. In WPXW’s case, they’ve moving from Tenleytown to River Road with WTTG. WTTG’s transmitter will be at the top and they are calling the shots on access to the tower no doubt. As for WETA, they do not have a combiner yet for the Fort Reno tower with WUSA/WJLA and will be on low power from their Arlington WETA FM tower with a much more poor signal than WMPT and WHUT until at least the fall. As for WWPX, they’ve tried to move channel 12 to DC and even have a lower power version of it in DC licensed, but I don’t think the FCC is going to allow the channel 13 to fully move into the DC market without some concession. (7/21/19)

Hooked up my old analog TV to do some DXing and discovered that WDCN does have a video presence on channel 6. Canada and Cuba are still running some analog TV stations, which are seen when the skip is right during June July and August sporadic-E season. Don’t know if it’s possible to post the video I’ve included, but a few people might be interested in seeing it. Larry N4VA in Springfield (7/22/19)

Dave's response: If you have a YouTube account, upload the video there and I can embed it here. But I can't host videos on my current servers.....

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In case anyone actually want so view the WPXW filing here is a more useful link. There are link to attachments at the bottom of the page. fcc.gov (7/20/19)

"WOW, for once Gus in Gaithersburg, the computer and Mac expert, a computer which didn’t exist in 1975, is once again pontificating about his computer prowess." Is this the "electronic billboard guy"? Wow, I know it's harsh when someone whizzes instead of jizzes in your mouth-funnel, Gimp, but what is your effing problem? I started out on mainframes, paper tape, and punch cards but I'm not aware of any law saying I can't buy a PC or a Mac. "WOW, for once ...once again..." Do you see how little sense that makes? You seem to have issues but that don't befront me. Bless your heart. Gus in the Gaithersburg (7/20/19)

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Ref TV Repack. The announcements by television stations that they are moving channels never mentions where they are moving to (and many times where they presently are). This FCC site has all the info: www.fcc.gov (7/19/19)

Repack news #2: This afternoon WPXW applied for an STA to start its post-repack operations on channel 35 from a temporary antenna and just 10 kW, which would seem to give it a usable range of roughly one county in any direction - not even WRZB-LD's power is that low. The request contains no estimated timeframe for the commencement of full-power operations. fcc.gov.... Also, correction to my previous email: Gray purchased WVIR-TV but sold only WAHU-CD's Fox affiliation, they had already owned the physical station and kept it. (7/19/19)

Shark bites Richmond radio host Melissa Chase: ‘It hurt so badly!’ - wtvr.com: Richmond radio host Melissa Chase is recovering Thursday after a scare while on vacation with her family in North Carolina. Chase, who co-hosts Play Mornings with Melissa and Jack on 103.7, took to social media Wednesday night to tell her story. "Well it was my fault for going too far out in the ocean, but I got bit by a shark on vacation this week!" she posted. "It was a baby one and I’m fine now, but holy bananas it hurt so badly!" Chase said she was far out in the water playing on sandbars with her kids at Sunset Beach when she felt something rubbery hit her legs. "I knew right away it was a shark, but didn’t have enough time to react before it bit down on my ankle," she said. "The immediate pain felt exactly like you’d think it would when you watch a shark movie and it chomps down - my stomach felt completely nauseous." (7/19/19)

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980 can't seem to get out of its own way...Now they made another incredible move, replacing Al Galdi with the unlistenable , pompous, Kevin Sheehan. Are they kidding me. Galdi does a super job and can handle any topic. Sheehan can only speak about the Deadskins and even that is painful. Congratulation's to the person who made that brilliant decision. Goodbye 980..hello 106.7. (7/18/19)

Dave: First, um, um, um, but um and I guess we're back to putting old recycled talent on the radio with Sheehan returning. When will the new 980 owners wake up and get a new PD and staff of talent, who know something about DC sports and the business...ok, I know, it's all about hiring friends! Finally, I guess Leonsis is close to naming a replacement for Buck on the Wizards shows. Bottom line, Buck being high-maintenance never helped the business model and I wish he would stop playing the role of the victim. Move on and drop the ego! (7/18/19)

Repack news: WWPX-TV, which is moving from channel 12 to 13 next year, has applied to move its post-repack facility from Boyds Gap west of Martinsburg to the mountain on the Virginia-WV border east of Charles Town. It'll run just 4.6 kW directed at Martinsburg, but looks to still be a substantially easier catch in Loudoun, Fauquier, and Frederick. Wonder if Ion has further plans to move this rather useless station inward....And a very interesting request from Charlottesville's WVIR-TV, which is one of two major-network affiliates in the entire country moving to low-VHF. It's asking to simulcast on channel 2 and its current channel 32 from the beginning of Phase 5 testing (3 August) through its switchover date of 6 September. Gray just purchased this station, and my speculation is that they think low-VHF will be a big enough problem that they also picked up former Fox affiliate WAHU-CD solely to run a permanent UHF simulcast in the core of the market, because it notably did not keep the Fox affiliation. (And I'm just wondering how common of a DX catch channel 2 will be up here...) (7/18/19)

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WOW, for once Gus in Gaithersburg, the computer and Mac expert, a computer which didn’t exist in 1975, is once again pontificating about his computer prowess. Alert the media. (7/17/19)

"If you don’t remember electronic billboard groups from colleges/universities on computers in the early days of computers, then you weren’t on computers in the early days." I do remember those days, but didnt we call them Bulletin boards (BBS)? (7/17/19)

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Interesting that WTTG hasn’t added Angie Goff to their staff pics & bio page yet. (7/16/19)

Just saw that Sheehan is returning to 980 for morning drive. My issue with Sheehan is that, while he is very good on the Redskins, he is not strong on either the Nats or Caps. Don't know what is happening to Galdi, but I thought he was quite good (and did a great job of covering all the major DC pro teams)...... (7/16/19)

Kevin Sheehan is returning to The Team 980 on Aug. 5, but the independent podcast he launched last year isn’t going anywhere. (7/16/19)

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Chris Russell (aka Rooster) must have taken a beat down from CK. He had to publically apologize freaking Bruce Allen on air to start his show one night last week after ranting about him on his show and the Junkies the day before. You have to listen to it! LOL thefandc.radio.com (7/15/19)

Correction: The correct word is “Bulletin Board Systems”. That’s what DCRTV remotely resembles. (7/15/19)

The mid-day motor mouth (C4) on alleged wanna-be news radio 1090 is on another high-speed tirade today about all the violence in Baltimore, following this morning’s shooting at a drug/mental health clinic that left several individuals injured, including a Baltimore city police officer. He said he is tired of talking about all the violence. Well guess what; we’re sick and tired of listening to it. CLICK (7/15/19)

DC is hardly a great test market for studies, skewing far too high on wealth, political left also, but nationwide, cable TV rates are rising and subscribers are falling in numbers for the reasons DCRTV Dave mentioned. OTA TV watchers have been steadily rising for over 5-7 years now if not longer. The other draw is the ability to buy a la carte packages of just what you want, which companies like Comcast simply will not offer. The notion that OTA viewers are all low income however is false. Sure in major cities, a great proportion of them are, but mostly, cord cutting is a younger age demographic viewer, so hardly an undesirable group. (7/15/19)

What are they thinking at WMAL? They ditched Rush Limbaugh's weekly review show 4 - 7 PM on Sunday and put in some non-live Chris Plante show. He sux! I won't be listening any more. Cheers, Hank (7/15/19)

Hi Dave, I really like your websites. Dave I want to ask you something. I hope I have the years correct. I apologize in advance if I don`t. Some years ago I believe from 2004 to 2008 on 9 News Now in the Washington,DC/Northern Virginia area there was a very popular morning meteorologist named Kim Martucci. At some point she suddenly left the network. I never found out why she left. She was very popular with the viewers and she really enjoyed her job. Dave I just wanted to ask you if you know exactly why she left the Network. Just curious. Respectfully, Chris (7/15/19)

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Here's a tip: there were no "electronic billboards". I know the word you're thinking of but you clearly don't. I've been twisting computers since 1975. Gus in the Gaithersburg (7/14/19)

An interesting post about paid streaming audio levels; I would think they would be utilizing some form of level control. As I have Dish, I know nothing about how the streaming comes in. If by PC: try www.claessonedwards.com... If you use a special box, if it has an extra HDMI, that can go to a AV receiver which will be loud enough, but without any level control. Now, if the streaming box has a headphone output, feed left and right to the input of an Aphex Compellor which will do level control, then from there to a decent amplifier. Like you Max, I see no reason why anyone streaming for a living would not consider at least a light to moderate amount of leveling as it can be done nicely with today's DSP processors. Tom Conroy (7/14/19)

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Enjoying the conversation re cable vs. OTA viewing. Huge problem for me: my big modern Samsung TV outputs any streamed show audio at about 30dB below broadcast. We can barely hear it. Processing is not existent so levels all over the place. And the final aggravation? Streamed audio doesn't appear at the aux outs for connection to our nice aftermarket sound system. Now, that’s sucky, inferior entertainment. - Max Critic (7/13/19)

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RE: 20 percent. Major market OTA viewers may not be as economically valuable to advertisers as viewers who pay for entertainment. (7/12/19)

So who’s responsible at tv stations for coordinating what’s on the teleprompter & the pics/videos are shown? Reason being, was watching Fox5 news, the anchor said she was about to show us pics from this morning’s Zip Trip. So what pic comes up? A pic of a dirty bathroom w/a nasty looking toilet that looked this way due to recent floods. Not the first time I’ve seen the pics or videos not match what the anchors are reading. (7/12/19)

Susan Monday former 9 to noon talk show host on Delaware 1059 WXDE says goodbye through the Cape Gazette. The new owners dropped her show to save money, put on syndicated talk in her place. www.capegazette.com (7/12/19)

Hi Dave, Maryland Public Television repack information is online at www.mpt.org/rescan. On-air announcements have been running since July 2 per the FCC. WMPT Annapolis, WGPT Oakland and WCPB Salisbury change frequencies August 2. WFPT Frederick increases power on the same channel August 2. (7/12/19)

Looks like Forever Media has begun its fat cutting in Milford. I was driving today and heard syndicated, Mike Gallagher in the Susan Monday spot. Got home and looked at the website and 12-3 looks like it is now on the bird with Markley, van camp & Robbins. Also, word on the street is that Bob Steele is out at Adams Radio in Salisbury. (7/12/19)

When did we start having weather as entertainment? Bill Kelly on WJLA started "Weather on the Go." He gets so wrapped up in the "on the go" part that he forgets the "weather" part and usually just skims it. Another gripe I have about WJLA is that they don't update their website weather videos. They show them from early in the morning at 6 pm or from the day before. Usually not a problem but on a weather alert day they need to do better. (7/12/19)

To the person who said WUSA's morning news show is a mess you're right! Their 11 p.m. newscast isn't much better. WUSA has a hard time covering news. They cover one story every night for several nights sometimes as much as a week. I'm not saying that military wives not getting paid isn't important or that military housing isn't a disgrace but they don't add any new content. They just repeat what they have covered the previous several days. Their morning show is a joke but so is WJLA's. I think if you want to have a comedy, exercise class, food demonstration, field trip show fine well and good. Put that on between 4:25 and 6 and leave the 6-7 hour for hard news, weather and traffic. If you're looking for news in the morning, so far News 4 Today is your best bet. I often wonder why they start these shows at 4:25 a.m. if they're not going to show NEWS (7/12/19)

WJLA-TV / ABC 7 is having its second round of layoffs. Investigative Reporter, Nathan Baca was laid off after two years on the job. I-team manager / special projects director, Holly Shannon might get the ax. Information from FTVLive: "Sources tell FTVLive that Sinclair’s WJLA in DC has laid off Investigative Reporter Nathan Baca... We also hear that Sinclair might be doing the same thing to I-Team Manager Holly Shannon. Shannon has been at the station for years, is an old school Journalist that knows how to cover a story. Let’s hope Sinclair does not cast this good Journalist aside... The entire article can be found on FTVLive accessed here: www.ftvlive.com (7/12/19)

WGMD had a modern website about five years ago. For some reason, they thought going to their current mess was a good idea. An interesting contrast with the research WTOP does on everything they do, including their website... (7/12/19)

I’d like for the guy who knows the TV repack process to clarify how many people watch the local DC stations over the air. It’s a very small slice, right? I’ve got to think that dwelling only on coverage and penetration of the OTA signals is grossly misleading. -Max Critic (7/12/19)

Dave's response: Actually, the number of people in urban areas watching over the air TV is up somewhat to about 20% with the trend towards dumping expensive cable TV service in favor of cord cutting services like Netflix, Sling, Hulu, the upcoming Disney+, YouTube TV, and many other streaming services.....

Phase 4 TV Repack: WRC TV is now notifying online of its channel change as is WETA regarding its temporary broadcast situation on lower power. WHUT TV will actually have a stronger signal than WETA. So far, Maryland Public TV has no online notification. Since 2 of their channels are moving this month, I’d think they’d take care of that soon. WPXW and ION in general does not seem to have any repack channel information for their TV stations. I think that might result in an FCC fine. I’m pretty sure on-air and online notices are required by the FCC unless someone knows more. (7/12/19)

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Dave, I signed up for a contest on WMAL’s website, and I got this correspondence back. What does it mean? Comrades Chris Plante and Larry O’Connor, you did a huge favor to CZAR Putin. You should be proud of yourselves. We now have you as spies working for us in the US Radio Broadcast. With that nitwit Hannity on the TV doing our bidding as well, we have successfully made you into our propaganda spreaders. Congratulations, Comrades! Russia and Putin owe you some fine borscht and vodka. Did you know our leader Vladimir calls this Trump guy “Clown with the long tie”? Your next mission, comrades Larry and Chris, is to go on radio and make this clown Trump look smart, look genius, yes. If it gets too hard, I teach you a trick we do in Russia. Compare what he just did to a 4-D chess game, that will confuse the listener, and distract the listener from thinking about what stupid thing this “Clown with long tie,” actually said or did. You do this until election in year 2020. You will be helping Mother Russia a lot. We need clown there to represent to Russia and the world how US economy is bad, and US Capitalism leads to stupidity. You go and do what Putin wants, Larry O’Connor and Chris Plante, and we see you n Russia soon, yes? (7/11/19)

At the end of the month when Stage 4 of the TV repack is done, WMPT, yes Maryland Public Television, will be the strongest TV signal in the Washington DC market, beating WRC TV by about 500,000 people and WETA (on their auxiliary tower until negotiations complete the WUSA/WJLA tower build) by over 1 million potential viewers. Yes, WETA will be losing over 1 million potential viewers until they complete their dispute over the combiner at the Fort Reno tower. WTTG is losing OTA viewers moving to River Road and WUSA/WJLA, both on VHF, limits their indoor penetration making their reception numbers exaggerated. It’s no wonder that Maryland Public Television was so happy to work with WETA on their channel 14 problem. They made out like bandits with allowed increased powers on multiple MPT stations. I wonder though. I know channel 14 is still in use in DC, but unprotected. So the question begs, will channel 14 remain an available full power TV allocation for DC or is that completely removed? I don’t see any TV frequencies remaining for Baltimore except maybe channel 16 (unless land/mobile prohibits), or channel 2 or 3 for DC or just 3 for Baltimore. (7/11/19)

If alleged/wanna-be news radio 1090 thought Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s congressional testimony yesterday on decriminalizing marijuana was so damned important, why didn’t they carry it live, or record it in HD and run it in afternoon drive? Instead, in keeping with their determination to bring us day-old news, they phoned her up this morning for yet another pathetic attempt at interviewing, while allowing her to play the race card over what she calls a “disproportionate” number of black arrests. DUH!!!! “Earth to Mosby: Baltimore is predominantly black.” There was a post the other day about “NO BALLS.” Well, this is exactly that; NO BALLS to stand up to this bullshit and ask some serious, hard questions. Instead, the station allows their morning show host to promote his support of legalization. Yesterday, the dude who calls himself “C4” sparred with the woman who follows him with her show over the suggestion of paying squeegee kids to clean up vacant housing in the city. Are you fucking kidding me??? I had to wonder if HE is smoking the pipe with the morning dude. Then, to top off the day, the afternoon kid whines and bitches about the pathetic state of affairs in Baltimore the other three regurgitated all day; just what we want to hear at the end of OUR stressful days. Every day, it’s the same ‘ole shit; murders, rapes, robberies, aggravated assaults, arson, sink holes, corruption, etc. Did I leave anything out?? Maybe I have it all wrong; maybe I should join them for a morning doobie or two. We can all gather ‘round the newsroom console for a little back-smacking as we sing a few stanzas of Puff the Magic Dragon. (7/11/19)

If you don’t remember electronic billboard groups from colleges/universities on computers in the early days of computers, then you weren’t on computers in the early days. They were a lot like DCRTV, only live via dialup at 14.4k or 28.8k and topics were grouped. (7/11/19)

Was nice to hear WXPN OTA this morning in Leonardtown. (7/11/19)

For two years, Chris Plante and Larry O’Connor have been telling us Russian interference and fake news out of Russia did not influence the outcome of the 2016 General Election. This week we learned fake news out of Russia influenced Chris and Larry so much they spread the misinformation like wildfire. So, if Chris and Larry did not know it was fake news, are they both poor judges of “information,” or are they both so partisan they have the reasoning ability of a gnat, and to be precise, a gnat with mental issues? Thank you, Mr Isikoff, for following up and clearing Mr. Rich’s reputation, a reputation that Chris Plante and Larry O’Connor dragged through the mud, solely for partisan political gain (Shirley Sherrod redux?). Has Maria’s credibility as a newsperson decreased when we learned yesterday she had no idea who Michael Isakoff is, but is very familiar with reporting on the works of James O’Keefe? (7/11/19)

With the new ratings today showing WIAD in 14th place and going nowhere fast, it looks like Entercom made a big mistake dumping Hot AC for Classic Hits. If they brought in Jack Diamond for mornings and moved Jason Kidd and Albie Dee to afternoons and evenings respectively, they could own the Hot AC market in DC and challenge WASH and Hot 99.5. It is also interesting to see how while WASH and Hot both went up significantly with the demise of Mix 107.3, Key 103 in Frederick showed no growth whatsoever. I know DC is not its primary market but it should have picked up some listeners in DC's Maryland suburbs. Perhaps it needs to drop some of songs from 20 years ago and stick with contemporary music. It might also not wait to play new surefire hits like the recent Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran until weeks after every other Hot AC. (7/11/19)

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"Rehoboth Beach news talker WGMD at wgmd.com, still stuck in 1985-ish web design..." Perhaps Dave was trying to make a "The Day the Clown Cried" joke but it bears mentioning that there were no websites in 1985. Moving on, I have no clue what "billboard chatter" means. Moving further on, "Get Up DC on WUSA (ps-WHY hasn't that been put to bed yet?!!)". Based solely on the TV commercials for it, that's meant to be "the black show". So that's ps-WHY. If you make the jump to the current sad state of Metro, that's on you. I didn't say that. Gus in the Gaithersburg (7/10/19)

Just read the comments from someone who’s watched Fox 5’s 4pm newscast for the past 2 days. I couldn’t agree more. I bet he’s thinking “I left the network for THIS?”. And on that Like it or Not show, what’s up with Marina Marroco YELLING during the entire show??!!! Her blood pressure must be through the roof by the end of the show. (7/10/19)

I’ve seen that morning show on WUSA & agree that it’s a mess. And Annie Yu thought leaving WTTG was a good idea? (7/10/19)

I know Fox5’s 4pm newscast is new & I want to try & give the show a chance But I’m not feeling the pairing of Blake McCoy & Angie Goff. Just seems to be some tension between them. Of course it could be due to them pretty much being thrown together & not knowing each other. They also were on that Like it or Not show last night & something was just off between those two. Well, we shall see how successful this new newscast goes. (7/10/19)

Apparently that smirking announcement of WRDE's purchase by WBOC by the WRDE anchors in Arkansas has come to fruition. The WRDE news anchors and staff in Arkansas have been dumped in favor of WBOC TV news simulcasts at 6 & 11 as of June. But according to Facebook, a new news studio is being constructed in Milton for WRDE (formerly WBOC's Delaware bureau) and many of the local WRDE reporters have been kept on staff for a fall debut of the new WRDE News from Delaware, but not with the Arkansas anchors, still retained by their company, but no longer for WRDE. — BaltoMedia.net (7/10/19)

People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. So the WGMD website is from 1985? And WTOP and The Baltimore Sun bad as well? What does that make DCRTV? Late 70s/early 80s college B&W billboard chatter from those not getting laid? And then there was CompuServe and DCRTV for Gus in Gaithersburg. :-) (7/10/19)

Dave's response: Hey, I like old and grunky stuff. Bring back analogue tube TV where the channel you dialed up was the channel it was transmitted on. Channel 4 was on channel 4, etc. So simple.....

After 2 days of watching the new Fox 5 News at 4:00 I can honestly say I've never seen anybody as bored looking as Blake McCoy. If you look close enough you can see him counting the days until his contract is up. Angie 'Let Me Promote Myself' Goff looks like she's landing a plane in a blizzard. I had some hopes that this might be something different but it's just as bad as Get Up DC on WUSA (ps-WHY hasn't that been put to bed yet?!!) (7/10/19)

OMG! In a call to WMAL’s newsroom this afternoon, they were not aware of the bombshell news about the Russians planting the fake Seth Rich story, unveiled by Michael Isikoff yesterday. (as you recall, both Larry O’Connor and Chris Plante treated that story as a real cover up by the DNC. So, both Chris and Larry were fooled by fake news from Russia. (How embarrassing for those two crackpots. But, hey, Plante and O’Connor are not that bright to begin with, so does it really surprise you Chris and Larry would fall head over heels in love with a fake news story generated out of Russia? Speaking of not that bright, when I spoke to Maria, she was unaware who exactly Michael Isikoff even is. And you are in broadcast news, Maria? Maria told me she would do a search for this news and give it to the producers, so the hosts can talk about it. I asked they put the story on their website, have it on air as the first story at the top of the hour newscast, and have Chris and Larry do a full mia culpa, admitting they were wrong in prioritizing this news, wrong in upsetting the family, wrong in dragging a murdered man’s name through the mud, and wrong about falsely politicizing a crime for political benefit. Do you think WMAL wil do the right thing? (7/10/19)

The Baltimore Sun redesigned their website and is no longer using the iconic "LIGHT FOR ALL" logo at the top of the page. The new webpage design appears to be more condensed too, I guess in line with their more condensed staff. See it here... www.baltimoresun.com... — BaltoMedia.net (7/10/19)

Just to keep things in calm perspective and to encourage proper use of the Queen's English: a "TRAGIC FAIL" is a sudden bridge collapse that strands a community and kills dozens; a leak in a reactor containment vessel that renders a city uninhabitable for 100 years; or a blown door seal at a lab causing the release of a genetically modified pathogen that causes agonizing pain and lingering death for hundreds. The term now also defines any posting by Gus in the Gaithersburg. (7/10/19)

The following was forwarded to DCRTV.....

My name is Misha Keeled, and I represent the Mikhail Gorbachev International Policy and Study Center here in Moscow. It is with great pleasure I nominate two Americans, Larry O’Connor and Chris Plante, for the Gorbachev Prize in International Journalism for the Advancement of Russian Truthfulness. Journalists like Mr. Plante and Mr. O'Connor stood up to their own government, their own law enforcement, and two grieving parents, to report "news" vital to Russian interests and protections in the United States. Despite other news media, the FBI findings, and grieving parents pleading with these two great men to stop reporting Russian "news," (designed to damage an American political party), O’Connor and Plante bravely, dismissed all this pressure and reported news favorable to the Russian mission in the United States. We in Russia can make the “news” but without people like Chris Plante and Larry O’Connor, our efforts don’t go very far. We in Moscow applaud their love for Mother Russia, and are proud of our comrades at WMAL for taking journalism to a new level. O’Connor and Plante’s work toward advancing Russian and Vladimir Putin ideals in Washington, and all over the United States will be celebrated at an awards dinner this fall in St. Petersburg. We look forward to toasting Larry and Chris with Russian vodka in September. (7/10/19)

Hey Dave, there is a report just released on the Seth Rich case claiming the conspiracy was planted by Russian Intelligence. Since Larry O'Connor and Chris Plante both reported the fake news on WMAL as real talking points, and WMAL news reported the conspiracy as legitimate news, (even after The Washington Post called the theory "disgusting and unfounded"), is it now safe to conclude WMAL ACTS AS AN AGENT OF THE KREMLIN. WMAL IS NOT PATRIOTIC BECAUSE THEY USE RUSSIAN GENERATED MISINFORMATION TO "INFORM" THEIR LISTENERS. Damn, I thought is was bad when a Russian spy showed up at "Politics and a Pint, with Chris Plante" but WMAL proved again they are anti-USA. Are Larry, Chris, and Maria, full time Russian spies, or just part time Russian agents? (7/10/19)

WTOP’s move from DC to Chevy Chase into state-of-the-art studios ain’t the only changes its made in past months: now the Glass Enclosed Nerve Center is touting a new look for its accompanying web site. “If you’re reading this,” reports Julia Ziegler, “you’ve probably already noticed that WTOP.com looks a little different than the last time you visited. The changes you are seeing on the site are the result of multiple focus groups and research studies with people just like you. People who told us they liked the local news content we had to offer, but that it wasn’t organized well. People who told us they wanted a more visually-appealing presentation of the top news stories of the day regardless of platform. And people who told us they wanted “research studies” and “choice and personalization”. Must be nice to have that kind of cash to throw around fine tuning what is already consistently a Number One radio station in the ratings: poor Dave Hughes and his crummy DCRTV only have Gus From Gaithersburg and some other also rans snide comments for feedback. Still, DCRTV is Number One for what it does and deserves our thanks. More on the fabulously improved WTOP web site: wtop.com (7/10/19)

Dave's response: Good for WTOP. Take a look at Rehoboth Beach news talker WGMD at wgmd.com, still stuck in 1985-ish web design.....

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I think the dude who calls himself “C4” on WBAL Radio is competing with the morning news chick for the title of the “WBAL Motor Mouth of the Year.” There isn’t a VU meter on earth that could keep up with these speed readers. He’s got to be on something. NO ONE talks that fast other than someone trying to sell you the Brooklyn Bridge. Shaking hands with him would force me to check to make sure I got all five fingers back. (7/9/19)

"Pretty sure the writer asking the earthquake question knows the difference between CCTV security video and a recording made by human hands of the carnage, Smedley." How are you sure, and what carnage? When I see "Smedley" I think of two-time Medal of Honor recipient Smedley Butler, so you're not even good at insulting. If you'd said "What about people with iPhones?" then you would have had something. As things stand, tragic fail. Gus in the Gaithersburg (7/9/19)

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Someone named Sean Striker was introduced on the CH 13 4:00pm newscast today. He did a story on the US Women's Soccer Team. I did some research and found that he is Sean Streicher from WTSP, CH 10, St. Petersburg. Anyone have info on this? Also on the newscast was a new promo for the weather team. It included Chelsea and all of the rest, so I guess they are going with 5 now.. (7/8/19)

Pretty sure the writer asking the earthquake question knows the difference between CCTV security video and a recording made by human hands of the carnage, Smedley. (7/8/19)

"So, the Larry O'Connor rumors are true??" THAT was your takeaway? Sounds like you're down to clown. Gus in the Gaithersburg (7/8/19)

Now that the 4th of July weekend is over, I can report great fun trying all the new and innovative ways of using an M-80 to blow something up, thanks to seeing these ideas on local television. Our townhouse complex had gone to a multi-door, single module thing from the postal service, and I was really getting anxious not to find a mailbox approved by the postmaster general to place a cigarette fuse and a cherry bomb. Thanks! (7/8/19)

Uh, most footage of earthquake damage in liquor stores usually comes from their own surveillance cameras, not “camera crews.” (7/8/19)

"Larry O'Connor is giving Trump's thing the snarlin' of a lifetime" ..So, the Larry O'Connor rumors are true?? Not that there is anything wrong with that..... (7/8/19)

WRC TV does not seem to be running the required warnings about the repack and impending channel change on the front of its website, at least not as of yesterday. There are already complaints of non-reception here. Are they waiting for a threat of a fine from the FCC? This is the problem with COMCAST owning broadcast TV stations. They just don’t give a rats ass unless you’re paying them money. In a perfect world, they’d hope free TV disappears or wish they could run an ad that said, “Worried about program interruptions? GET XFINITY!" (7/8/19)

Obit - John Tautges Sports guy from area... www.fairfaxmemorialfuneralhome.com (7/8/19)

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Why is it whenever camera crews go out to get earthquake footage, they invariably and always end up at a liquor store? (7/6/19)

Why is it whenever camera crews go out to get earthquake footage, they invariably and always end up at a liquor store? (7/6/19)

Encountered one of the legendary Erickson Skycranes today at the Gaithersburg. The crew members say they are here to try and hoist a new mast onto the NBC tower on Nebraska Avenue NW as soon as weather permits later this week. Stay vigilant. Whip out your video and still cameras and share! -P of the AW (7/6/19)

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If WRC CH4 Is at lower power I can't get it at all here in Woodbridge VA what gets me is I wanted to watch the Macy's fireworks on July 4 and NBC website wouldn't allow me to stream it unless I entered a cable provider I have AT&T Watch TV and that wasn't on the list It would seem to me most of the providers on the list already carry a local NBC station and if you have those listed wouldn't need to stream it.Unless you were not near a TV and wanted to stream on a tablet or smartphone.WRC should have had a notice on thier website about the temporary reduced power issue I read this blog all the time so I knew many local stations we're changing channel#s but I didn't know while they did that there would be service interruptions. (7/6/19)

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I'm hearing-tell that Chris Roth has departed WAVA (and presumably music programming for 1420 AM WKCW), and headed for the wilds of Baltimore. Chris, you out there to confirm? (7/5/19)

WRC is moving from channel 48 to channel 34 this month so there will be testing and down time on both channels this month. They will permanently be on channel 34 by the end of the month, Aug. 2 at the latest unless there are problems which are unlikely. (7/5/19)

"Larry O'Connor is giving Trump's thing the snarlin' of a lifetime" ... When no other expression or phrase will work, you can't miss if you use a Greaseman quote. -- Lou Kadiche (7/5/19)

WRC-4 has started rescan announcements pointing toward August 1. The one we saw on July 4 featured Doug the chief meteorologist. We continue to receive WRC on channel 48 at our location east of McDaniel College in Carroll County MD, 44 air miles from the transmitter. If WRC is using an auxiliary antenna at a lower height, could it be from the 60+year-old "short" tower that served analog channel 4 decades ago? (7/5/19)

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Here in Eastern Carroll County, Md. Ch. 4 has totally disappeared from Channel 48 and doesn't show up on any other channel. Has NBC given up on it? (7/4/19)

I really enjoy the TV repack updates from the guy who seems to know what he’s talking about. (How refreshing!) I guess WETA will have its transmitter in the same room on George Mason Drive where its first experimental rig was, what, 20 years ago? I had access to to all that property as our 105.9 established an aux site there. Fascinatin’! I’ve seen their on air warnings of the need to rescan TV receivers soon. They say channels will still be known as 26.1, 26.2, 26.3, 26.4. How will we ever explain to our grandchildren the channel-numbering hijinx these days? - P of the AW (7/4/19)

I think Andrew is trying to put together a kill-list of imaginary black weatherman. He might could need a welfare check, and I don't mean a piece of paper in the mail, rather police knocking on his door, just to ask him a few simple questions and check for jars of urine. While I'm against "outing" local media personalities, WMAL's Larry O'Connor is giving Trump's thing the snarlin' of a lifetime talking about the 4th of July. Quotes: "I've had about 10 days of intense travel in my life" and "This is going to be a very, very interesting day tomorrow." Seriously dude? I'm going to be pulling the old avoid-a-mundo. Gus in the Gaithersburg (7/4/19)

I forgot to add that WRC-TV has been broadcasting at significantly reduced power during the day this week. It is still on the air. It must be tower work - they are due to move to channel 34 (along with WPXW's move to channel 35) by the phase 4 deadline next month, but have not done so yet. (7/4/19)

Anyone receiving local TV over the air regarding CH 4 WRC I called their tech department.They we're very helpful There moving to a different frequency from ÇH 48 To CH 37 most likely I was told as part of the FCC freqency repack so they will be broadcasting at lower power from an auxiliary transmitter that's about 150 ft lower than the main transmitter while work is being done to it they expect to be up back to full power on thier reassigned CH # sometime early August I told them.please put updates on the website. (7/4/19)

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Is WRC TV on a new channel? I can no longer receive it on CH 48 over the air Can't find it. (7/3/19)

Repack news: WDCO-CD, channel 10.1, went off the air from its channel 45 transmitter site in The Plains shortly after midnight. It will reappear on channel 24 from the WRC-TV tower in Northwest before the end of the year - with a paltry 1.6 kW pointed toward the city, so hardly anyone will see it. (fcc.gov) It was supposed to move to the WJFK-FM/WNVC tower, but after WNVC went off the air the tower was sold and the new owners refused to let WDCO-CD build. WETA-TV has announced it will move to channel 31 on 29 July. weta.org... Since, as previously they will not construct the post-repack facility in time, it sounds like they will be operating from the backup tower in Arlington. You'd have to think WMPT's 1 MW facility on channel 21, going into operation around the same time, will be an easier catch for a lot of people. WRC-TV, WPXW, and WDVM are also all involved in Phase 4, and the deadline is now one month away. (7/3/19)

Today’s lesson in local news is entitled, “NO BALLS,” and is directed at the lame press corps in Baltimore that is relentless in its refusal to ask the difficult questions of politicians and other public officials who get a free pass every day to jerk these so-called/wanna-be reporters around like little sheep on a hillside. Take the ball-less bunch at wanna-be news radio 1090, where not only the wanna-be reporters are inept, but also the talk show hosts who click and read whatever is handed to them, including other’s tweets and day-old newspaper stories from the Baltimore Slum. There was a story this morning in The Slum about Mayor Jack “Ass” Young and the new police commissioner refusing to work with ICE, a story that begs the question, “WHY???” Every day, this station’s talk show hosts bitch about the crime, but I guarantee no one will hold these moron’s feet to the fire to explain their stupid, ignorant “crime strategy” that is supposed to reflect their responsibility to enforce laws. How can you not engage local, state and federal law enforcement personnel to round up illegals??? I know this may be extremely offensive, but stop calling them “undocumented!!” They are fucking “ILLEGAL,” dammit! Put the sugar bowl down people, put on your big boy/girl panties, show some balls, and stop all the liberal, left-leaning bullshit your corporate suits are shoveling into your newsrooms. (7/3/19)

"Face it, Cumulus is a shittly company that is contributing to the deaths of two great legacy American AMers - NYC's 770 and DC's 630." Dave, calm the heck down. Cumulus doesn't own WABC 770 anymore. Gus in the Gaithersburg (7/3/19)

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Mr. Tony announced the location of his podcast will move from Chatter, his restaurant he owns with Gary Williams, Maury Povich, and a few others. It is shutting down for “Renovations” and admittedly may not come back. The podcast is gone for the summer but he said it would be back. OOBBEE (7/2/19)

(From an earlier message) "... the annual fake-fest AAA Mid-Atlantic sponsors on how many people are expected to travel and how much gasoline costs...". That's gotten a lot milder over the years. When I started in radio (sometime last century), the newswire service would provide a tally of highway deaths every hour or so on holidays and holiday weekends. A lot more depressing. As far as the watermelon footage goes, it would be a lot more entertaining if the narration for it was provided by Gilbert Gottfried -- "Never mind yer FIN-gers, HERE'S what happens if a cherry bomb goes off next to YOUR BAWLZ! ... BLAM! ... OW! ... My SCRO-tum is now all O-ver da place!" (You just read that in his voice, didnt you?) (7/2/19)

Three sports stations in DC? We don’t have enough talent for two. So that is why WJFK’s Rooster was wearing a suit…… (7/2/19)

Dave's response: Face it, Cumulus is a shittly company that is contributing to the deaths of two great legacy American AMers - NYC's 770 and DC's 630. Not that they're almost dead already because next to nobody listens to AM any more (thanks largely to the FCC for that), but Cumulus is doing its best to push these stations completely off the cliff, along with some pretty cool FMers, too. The only winners here are the Cumulus execs who get huge payouts. Everybody else, including the listeners, employees, and advertisers, is a loser when it comes to Cumulus. Bah humbug.....

Dave: Gotta tell you, there's nothing like Dewey Beach and I have a new appreciation for WTOP and their traffic dept. I was a waze person and really never liked them but when I was driving with my son on Saturday morning, Steve and Dave were the best and they really know how to take care of us the beach goers! Also, I caught Fred Hickman on a Hagerstown TV station and why doesn't Ted/CSN hire him for the new Wizards pxp job. Actually, Fred would be the perfect, veteran sports anchor that Channel's 4 or 9 could use...loved watching Fred and Nick Charles. (7/2/19)

Dear Andrew of Millennia, Thank you for your note, and as a professional broadcast researcher, I will be happy to do all the research for you and get back to you on it, free of charge. All I ask is you credit me. That being said, how do I pay my mortgage, electricity, and food bills this month? Do I go to Harris Teeter and tell them I did a favor for Andrew, so give me $100.00 in groceries free of charge? Do I go to NOVEC and say, “no payment this month, I needed to do something for Andrew.” Do I skip my car payment this month, and tell them they shouldn’t get upset, because Andrew got what he was looking for, with my help, for free, and when I say, “Free,” I mean no money to pass to you to pay down my car loan. Andrew, I don't care what your generation believes, Information is not free. Somebody has to build it, massage it, store it, and stand behind its accuracy, and defend it, if needed. Then, someone needs to go out and look for relevant information, find a pile of info (if they can), filter what it not needed, and format the remains as to what is needed. Those people are not there to do you favors, so they can not pay their bills. Now go back to pirating songs, and movies on your computer. We wouldn't want to have you pay for those things as well. (7/2/19)

So I wonder how much of a flop FOX5's new 4pm newscast will be? If it doesn't work out, Angie Goff can slide further into oblivion and complete her tour of DC stations by going to WJLA as they have an opening. Morning anchor Autria Godfrey is going on maternity leave and not coming back. No one will probably notice though since their ratings are terrible. (7/2/19)

Denise Koch cannot retire. She could never afford all the Botox. (7/2/19)

I too would like the stations to stop showing what could happen if you don’t handle fireworks correctly. Reasons being 1) the people who SHOULD be watching, WON’T be watching and 2) you just can’t teach common sense to some. And yes, who gives a damn how many people will be on the road? If people want or need to travel that day, they’re gonna travel despite how many people are out there. (7/2/19)

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So strange hearing all-sports on 630 WMAL, after all those familiar years of straight-ahead talk programming. Its like a cousin you haven't seen for a year suddenly missing a limb. (7/1/19)

Delaware 1059 adds syndicated programs from 9-noon and noon to 3. Susan Monday out. (7/1/19)

Hi, Mr. Hughes! Enjoy your website. Thank you for your service. Will you please reply with answers to the following questions? Best of everything, Andrew..... Who is Washington, DC's first African-American male television weathercaster with one (1) degree in meteorology? Starting year and ending year on the air? Station(s) call letters? Who is Washington, DC's first African-American male radio weathercaster with one (1) degree in meteorology? Starting year and ending year on the air? Station(s) call letters? Who is Washington, DC's first African-American male television weathercaster with two (2) degrees in meteorology? Starting year and ending year on the air? Station(s) call letters? Who is Washington, DC's first African-American male radio weathercaster with two (2) degrees in meteorology? Starting year and ending year on the air? Station(s) call letters? Who is Washington, DC's first African-American male television weathercaster without a degree in meteorology? Starting year and ending year on the air? Station(s) call letters? Who is Washington, DC's first African-American male radio weathercaster without a degree in meteorology? Starting year and ending year on the air? Station(s) call letters? Who is Washington, DC's first African-American female television weathercaster with one (1) degree in meteorology? Starting year and ending year on the air? Station(s) call letters? Who is Washington, DC's first African-American female radio weathercaster with one (1) degree in meteorology? Starting year and ending year on the air? Station(s) call letters? Who is Washington, DC's first African-American female television weathercaster with two (2) degrees in meteorology? Starting year and ending year on the air? Station(s) call letters? Who is Washington, DC's first African-American female radio weathercaster with two (2) degrees in meteorology? Starting year and ending year on the air? Station(s) call letters? Who is Washington, DC's first African-American female television weathercaster with two (2) degrees in meteorology? Starting year and ending year on the air? Station(s) call letters? Who is Washington, DC's first African-American female radio weathercaster with two (2) degrees in meteorology? Starting year and ending year on the air? Station(s) call letters? Who is Washington, DC's first African-American male television weathercaster without a degree in meteorology? Starting year and ending year on the air? Station(s) call letters? Who is Washington, DC's first African-American male radio weathercaster without a degree in meteorology? Starting year and ending year on the air? Station(s) call letters? Answers to the same questions for Baltimore, MD, and Salisbury, MD. (7/1/19)

Dave's response: WTF.....

Can we please enjoy an Independence Day holiday without every television station in the Baltimore-Washington viewing area blowing up a watermelon???? It would also be nice if all stations, radio included, if we didn’t have to be subjected to the annual fake-fest AAA Mid-Atlantic sponsors on how many people are expected to travel and how much gasoline costs?????? (7/1/19)

Does anyone have the website for 630 am, the new ESPN station? Thanks. (7/1/19)

Dave's response: www.cumulusfiresale.com.....

The website for the Northwest Courier newspaper is nwc.news, not nwc.com. (7/1/19)

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Trying to listen to the Junks in WV on line. But, I get a CBS radio sports feed? WTF? OOBBEE (6/30/19)

I’ll assume the poster about WMAL-AM was in a hurry, or had an auto-correct problem. Or something. Hey, I’m basically a kind person who gives the benefit of the doubt, but the station has 10,000 watts day (not 5,000) and 2,700 watts night with identically shaped patterns. I won’t argue that the coverage is worse now than before, especially at night. I’m still amused by a company which will shell out hundreds of thousands of dollars in order to degrade its own product. Capitalism can be confusing. -P of the AW (6/30/19)

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The Northwest Courier has begun publishing every other Wednesday in D.C. Its website is nwc.com. It appears to be trying to fill the niche that the Northwest Current newspapers had. (6/29/19)

Goddammit, will you guys stop talking about me? What did I ever do to you? -- Hubert "Hugh" Debt (6/29/19)

I wouldn’t bet the farm on it, but it’s possible that CBS has finally decided to end the unofficial succession of the Jerry & Al Era. Denise Koch has put her million dollar 6 bedroom mansion with salt water pool up for sale. Hmm. (6/29/19)

Check with Ch 4 – Barbara Harrison retired this wk, will come back for occasional pieces (6/29/19)

Cumulus stock is doing well now that they have reduced their debt. It is now selling at $17.70 per share. It appears to be doing better than any of the other radio stocks that still have very large debt to service. They had to sell off some key assets to reduce their debt. (6/29/19)

What price will Cumulus ask for WMAL 630 AM? They lease their tower site now after selling off their valuable tower site in Bethesda. Urban One just paid $4 Million for WTEM 980 AM. (6/29/19)

Re.: Chelsea Ingram returning to WJZ. My gut says Meg McNamara is leaving. She's been there about 2 years. That seems to be the average run for the female weather person at Ch 13. I guess they learn that there's no room for advancement, and decide to move on. Can't you just see the hiring process. HR says "the 2 ahead of you aren't getting any younger, and they won't be here forever". Obviously not. Those 2 fossils just won't go away. Hope I'm wrong about Meg, and they FINALLY send Marty Bass out to pasture. (6/29/19)

I know what the OP meant when he talked about WTTG treating Angie Goff as the second coming. My perverted little mind was thinking about something totally different. (6/29/19)

"They report a debt of $1.7 Billion. It is amazing how much these radio companies can borrow! All of the major radio companies have HUGH debt. " When you owe the bank a hundred dollars the bank owns you. When you owe the bank a million dollars, you own the bank. Greed is good. Debt is good. Anyone who actually cares about this gets their information elsewhere (no offense, Dave), brought to them in their mansion or on their yacht. Please stop posting this stuff. Gus Gecko in the Gaithersburg (6/29/19)

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According to her Facebook, Chelsea Ingram is back at WJZ 13. CBS did promote her to KYW 3 CBS Philadelphia recently, sometimes a big step to New York or the west coast so its very unclear why this is happening so far. Is this an attempt to shore up their sagging ratings after losing half their audience sweeps week due to the Mary Bubala debacle? — Baltomedia.net (6/28/19)

A little insight where K-love EMF may be heading with their new 107.3 acquisition... Here in Portland the local EMF station has three HD channels... The first is K-Love, the second is Air-1 feeding several translators, the third something called K-Love Classics.... Be prepared DC..... TK in Odenton. ... in the great Northwest for today (6/28/19)

Just saw on NBC4 that Barbara Harrison is moving to “contributor” status at the station. (6/28/19)

"Awkward moment on Fox5 morning show" Awkward to some, perhaps. To me, awkward is Rob "Human Shoehorn" Spewak saying anything at all, WaPo's and NYT's Richard Cohen shtupping Peter Jennings' wife before he was actually dead, Mika Brrrrrrrzittsky and Joe Scabbourough boning then divorcing then getting married, John McCain and Newt Gingrich's treatment of their previous wives, SNL's Pete Davidson and whoever he's getting a tattoo of on any particular day, post-80s Madonna, anything involving Will Smith or Bill Cosby or O.J. The fact that no one mentions Jesse Jackson's illegitimate offspring...Donald Trump talking about his daughter, Joe Biden around, well, anyone, Conan O'Brien's fetish for jean jackets and neckties... I really think you're just a perv who's fascinated to put it nicely, with Angie Goff. Let's not lose focus on that. Gus in the Gaithersburg (6/28/19)

Steve Davis apparently is out in some form or fashion at Entercom DC as WPGC and WIAD have posting on Entercoms site for Program Director positions at both stations. Hasn't been confirmed yet (6/28/19)

Cumulus continues to reduce their debt by selling WABC 770 AM in New York for $12.5 Million. They have also sold other stations recently to EMF for $103.5 Million to reduce their debt. They will sell WMAL 630 AM in DC if you are interested. They have announced that they will change the format to ESPN Sports Talk on 7/1/19. WMAL now broadcasts from Gaithersburg where they diplex with WWRC 570 AM. They have reduced their power to 5,000 Watts days and 2,700 Watts nights. They have no signal anymore at night in Northern Virginia. (6/28/19)

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re: Al Galdi Agreed, he's the best. Only one on 980AM worth tuning in for. His brother is the analytics guy for the Phillies (boo!). Don't know what happens to Galdi after the switch. Today, he said he'd be off a couple days to be Mr. Mom, back next week for a few days, then on vacation at the beach. Hope he lands somewhere (WJFK? not likely, I'm guessing)...re: Holly Morris, she was pretty candid on her Fox5/Sara Fraser-hosted podcast (I Still Have a Keycard, Ep#3) a few years back...re:Ben Maller, longtime fan. He promo'd the 980AM pick up, too, recently. I first heard Ben on WJFK/Fox? a few years back. Remember producer Miranda Moreno? Past few years, I've had to catch him TuneIn Radio. (6/27/19)

Entercom leases their WDCH 99.1 FM to Bloomberg for their Business News Format. According to BIA, the estimated revenue they receive from this lease is $1,200,000 pear. It sounds like a wasted facility. Entercom has failed to reach their projected stock price of $7 per share. They report a debt of $1.7 Billion. It is amazing how much these radio companies can borrow! All of the major radio companies have HUGH debt. (6/27/19)

As you may have seen, WABC(AM) in NY is being sold for $12.5 million. For a NYC station on a clear AM channel, this price is appalling. I've taken bigger dumps than that. (6/27/19)

RE: Can someone explain why WTTG is promoting Angie Goff’s arrival as if she’s the second coming?? (6/26/19) Because once you get past the mostly self-generated hype there’s not much there. (6/27/19)

The FCC filing from WDVM clearly states that the Chicopee MA control site is a simple replacement for an existing alternate control site. It is a good idea to read the filings before posting. (6/27/19)

What’s going on with WTOP??? Listening to a recent traffic report with veteran traffic guru Bob Marbourg as he referred to the Caton Avenue exit off I-95 in Baltimore as “Catonsville Avenue,” followed by the afternoon weather geek (presumably from Storm Team 4) calling Arbutus (pronounced Ar-Byoo’-tis) “Ar-Buttis.” And speaking of traffic, why on earth would there be no mention - NONE - of Rt 50 Bay Bridge beach traffic on a weekend traffic report particularly during the Sunday afternoon/evening rush home (westbound) from Maryland’s Eastern Shore?? We sat in a five-plus mile backup and heard nothing. Hopefully the news director will issue a memo mandating beach traffic and beach weather information on every report leading into and during weekends, backup or not. And don’t tell me there’s no time. Just dump one or two of the Trump-bashing stories and save a minute or two of airtime for what people around here really care about: traffic and weather. (6/27/19)

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Can someone explain why WTTG is promoting Angie Goff’s arrival as if she’s the second coming?? (6/26/19)

Running 2 channels in 1080i is technically possible on one TV station, so WBOC could be running WRDE NBC and Telemundo in HD, but not sure they will as they don’t run Fox on WBOC in 720p right now. But who knows? WBOC is doing a lot of technical upgrading and hiring a lot of people right now, so they obviously have some big plans. The combined four TV signals that they got approved for is quite impressive and blankets Delmarva. And yes, Talbot County will be nearly totally covered, but unclear if in HD or not yet. Check out the combined 4 TV signals here… www.rabbitears.com (6/26/19)

WDVM 25 has filed a change/add an out of state studio location with the FCC. It’s at a Nexstar TV station in Springfield, MA and is in addition to the current studio location. I’m assuming this is for overnight master control or are they farming some news blocks to another station? (6/26/19)

Awkward moment on Fox5 morning show re: discussion of cheating. Question was if you found out your friend’s mate was cheating, would you tell her. Well, Holly Morris was part of the conversation & seemed very uncomfortable talking about this. Her face said it all. But it always does when she has to talk about a cheating story. Her being uncomfortable was obviously due to her ex husband having an affair w/a fellow anchor. She said she’d want her friend to tell her. Tucker Barnes joined the table at the end of the conversation vs. during the conversation. And I guess he wasn’t included in the conversation because he was then & continues to be friends w/Holly’s ex & supposedly Holly found out that Tucker knew about Tom Sater’s affair & chose not to say anything. But hey, was he really obligated to tell Holly what was going on? Come on. Obviously he was Tom’s friend first. (6/26/19)

Watched WTTG’s Like it or Not & one of the segments was on some celebrity who said he & his wife had sex every day. So Angie Goff chimes in saying she brings her kids into her bed to avoid having sex. She’s obviously trying to make a name for herself with such comments. But come on..This show actually can be entertaining at times, but the addition of Angie may have been a mistake. Time will only tell. (6/26/19)

Word from the New York Times is that NRATV is shutting down www.nytimes.com. Anyone know when they're having the equipment auction? I need a new audio mixer board. (6/26/19)

A few months ago, it was noted here in the mailbag that Arlington County turned off its emergency preparedness radio signal at 1700AM. There was speculation that, after some reconsideration, the signal would likely return. I'm going to say "nope". The firehouse on Wilson Blvd where the transmitter was located appears to have taken down the antenna mast. It's toast. (6/26/19)

WJZ 13 will soon add a new sub-channel, 13.3, DABL(pronounced "dabble"), a lifestyle network partially owned by parent company, CBS. It will feature programming from such people as Martha Stewart and Emeril Lagasse and other well known lifestyle experts. —BaltoMedia.net (6/26/19)

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Sorry to be so negative, but in today's WaPo "Democracy Dies in Dickishness" chat, Gene "Wrongway" Weingarten in his role as King of All Jews says that Jews are "universally appalled by Trump". Might want to call Alan Dershowitz, Bibi Netanyahu and Trump's daughter and clue them in. He also typed "Sam Ervin was a white supremacist? Wow." He only wrote The Southern Manifesto Weingarten you idiot, you shanda. Gus in the Gaithersburg (6/25/19)

I noticed that Adams has sold their Salisbury Translator to RBC for WKHZ in Easton, Md. It will have to change channels, in Salisbury, it's 104.3 and that won't work in Easton. (6/25/19)

Have to disagree with Uncle Frank in Arlington who said Czabe is all 980 has going for it. Take a listen to Galdi in morning drive. The guy is damn good. He is covers ALL the major local teams without the palpable sneer that you get from some of the WJFK guys with some sports. He keeps his show fast paced and interesting. Make no mistake; it is a show for people looking for an intelligent sports show; if you want mostly goofy hi Jinks, listen to the Junkies. The other think I like about Galdi is that, even though he is a young guy, he operates so that listeners over 40 aren't turned off (which is something WJFK mostly can't get its arms around). Finally, even though Galdi is a stats geek, he doesn't cram it down your throat. It is a good show IMHO. I used to religiously listen to the Junks but now find myself more and more switching to Galdi...................... (6/25/19)

RE: "...WBOC-LD, Telemundo 42 has been approved to move to the WCEM FM tower in Cambridge, increasing reception for both Telemundo 42 and WRDE NBC there and also in Talbot County..." So WRDE will be a subchannel of WBOC-LD 42 from the WCEM tower in Cambridge? If so I am guessing it will not be in HD? If I saw the map of WRDE from the WBOC tower correctly, it looked like the coverage would be to the east of the tower in Laurel, and would not be able to be received to the west? For me in Talbot County it is hard to pick up VHF WBAL (and WJZ) WRC is actually much easier to receive, but it would be nice to be able to get NBC off the WCEM tower in Cambridge. (6/25/19)
WRDE NBC Coast TV has gotten FCC approval to move their transmitter permanently to the WBOC tower near Laurel, DE, a substantially taller structure compared to the current WGMD FM tower. At the same time, WBOC-LD, Telemundo 42 has been approved to move to the WCEM FM tower in Cambridge, increasing reception for both Telemundo 42 and WRDE NBC there and also in Talbot County and other mid-shore towns where both were difficult to receive. WRDE will ultimately be on 3-4 transmitters to allow for nearly complete coverage of the shore with also WSJZ-LD from the WXDE tower in DE and soon WRUE-LD from Pocomoke City. Four transmitters would make them nearly a full-power TV station or better than some in signal coverage. More details soon. —BaltoMedia.net (6/25/19)

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The Team 980 - You may already have this but in follow up to your update about 630am getting ESPN Radio as of last night ESPN is gone (thank God) and after maybe 10 years Fox Sports Radio is back after local programming. It's nice as someone up in the overnights to listen to live programming with Jason Smith then Ben Maller and not AM Sportscenter without having to turn on the iheart radio app. (6/25/19)

"Gus in Gaithersburg, between the time required to write all your posts (100% negative, correct?) and the time required to take in all the shows and personalities you write about, do you have a life?" Well, gee I don't know. Are you a fat bitch who pays men to spank you? Because that's what I'm hearing. And I do occasionally post positive "reviews". Sorry if you were so busy with your fat bitch Mike O'Meara Mark Levin Tom Sietsema Gene Weingarten loving lifestyle that you didn't notice it. Have a blessed day! Unless you're one of those obsessed with outing local talkshow hosts in which case go screw. I am alone with my sheep but my sheep are not alone with me. Gus in the Gaithersburg (6/24/19)

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I heard Jonas Knox on iHeart's Fox Sports Radio say that they were coming to The Team 980 next week. Looks like we have an answer as to what's happening. Wonder if RadioOne will keep Czaban. He's all that they have left. - Uncle Frank in Arlington (6/23/19)

I heard Jonas Knox on iHeart's Fox Sports Radio say that they were coming to The Team 980 next week. Looks like we have an answer as to what's happening. Wonder if RadioOne will keep Czaban. He's all that they have left. - Uncle Frank in Arlington (6/23/19)

Who is responsible for MASN getting worse and close to being unwatchable. It's bad enough we have to suffer through the non stop nonsense of FP but Bob Carpenter ignores most of it and keeps his cool in doing the game despite the rambling's of the analyst. Then there is the pre and post game shows with Dan the kid and the angry Bo guy! At least it does give one some comic relief! Today another loss to the Braves and who shows up for the post game but Carol Maloney and the angry Bo guy. Did you check that out? End of conversation. Where the heck is Phil Wood to host the show? (6/23/19)

Gus in Gaithersburg, between the time required to write all your posts (100% negative, correct?) and the time required to take in all the shows and personalities you write about, do you have a life? Are you some kind of mer-man who has no way to climb out of the bathtub? - Max Critic (6/23/19)

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Re:Angie Goff’s station shopping, it does seem like she can’t get satisfied at one place for the long run. From the promos, WTTG has given her a Monday thru Friday co-hosting newscast, permanent co-hosting of that Like it or Not show (vs. a rotating fill-in for that “fourth char”) as well as her own podcast show, i.e. more face time on tv for her. Which I think she likes. (6/22/19)

107.3 article www.washingtonpost.com (6/22/19)

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Just after the 5:00 pm news, Brett Hollander did a short tribute to Keith and aired part of a 30 minute interview that he did. He's saying the full 30 minute interview will be on his podcast that will be posted on WBAL.COM after today's show. Mills is going to Semi-Retire. His last day on the morning show will be next Friday, 06/28). He is going to continue with Ravens coverage and be a sideline reporter for Navy Football coverage. As an aside, Keith's dad George was at WJZ-TV for years. Did camera work for Orioles games for a long time.. I know he passed away a few years ago. (6/21/19)

Sorry for posting so much but Mark Levin has driven me to it with his need to say things twice. He has a need to say things twice and it makes the worst radio on the planet. The worst radio on the planet. He wants to go to war like a fat bitch, like a fat bitch, but where was he when we shot down an Iranian civilian airliner killing everyone on board? Everyone on board, ladies and gentleman. If Trump starts a war with Iran, I'm moving to .... well, not Canada ... but the other side of my room for sure. Gus in the Gaithersburg (6/21/19)

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"WTTG is promoting the arrival of Angie Goff with commercials of people saying "oh my goff"..Thought that was a catch phrase she used at NBC4. Or was this her personal catch phrase?' Is there something wrong with you? You sound like a perv. Gus in the Gaithersburg (6/21/19)

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From the WaPo food chat: "Please think of the planet and don't use wipes - consider a dedicated bowl for and clothes for sanitizing in a bleach solution if you don't just want to throw them in the wash. To clean the sink, I tend to wear rubber gloves and push down on the washing up liquid dispenser with my wrist onto on gloved hand, rub them together and then rub the washing up liquid gloves all over sink." And if Joe Yonan says "husband" one more time... well I'll just ball it up in a little pill of bitterness and stow it in my tummy with the others. Journalism Dies Under Bezos Gus in the Gaithersburg (6/20/19)

What is up with Angie Goff? Is she station shopping? She started out at WUSA9 then NBC4 and now FOX5. When is she going to hit ABC7? She seems to have a hard time settling into one job. (6/20/19)

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Recap of WaPo's Gene "Wrongway" Weingarten's online chat: A few weeks ago he acknowledges being at age 67 in a relationship with (now) 35 y.o. Rachel "Sweaterburgers" Manteuffel. Like it wasn't obvious years ago. It's vaguely Woody Allen-ish since he only recently finalized his divorce. He continues to ignore the medical issue that prevents him from tasting tomatoes and to reserve the right to ram your car if he effs up parallel parking. If you have to carry that position around you're not good at parallel parking. He thinks his online chat is viewed on "phosphorous". Politically he's made it clear that if Justin Bieber were eligible to run and Gene thought he could beat Trump he'd vote for the Beeb. In summary, another WaPo idiot. Gus in the Gaithersburg (6/19/19)

An oldies format is now on WHGM in northeastern Md. The station is being run by Steve Clendenin, owner of SFM Sports and other ventures. Steve has considerable experience on the Baltimore/DC markets. I wish him well with his venture, he’s a good guy. (6/19/19)

WTTG is promoting the arrival of Angie Goff with commercials of people saying "oh my goff"..Thought that was a catch phrase she used at NBC4. Or was this her personal catch phrase? (6/19/19)

Maryland Media One Takes Over WHGM radioinsight.com (6/19/19)

I was wondering if anyone who writes into the mailbag could remember WEAM from 1959 to 1960. If A Bob Foster worked with Johnny Dark at WEAM at sometime during that period. (6/19/19)

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Will the WRDE signal ever reach Talbot and/or Dorchester counties? I know Talbot is part of the Baltimore market but WBOC (and to a lesser degree WMDT) are popular in Talbot County. I don't think WRDE can be picked up in Dorchester County which is part of the Salisbury market. I have seen a lot of talk about this channel lately and was wondering if it would ever reach this area. (6/18/19)

“Obviously [sic] the Schiff apologists do what most liberals do (as your name calling, categorizing, fallacies of logic) . They imagine how Schiff’s excuse could be true [sic] instead of listening to the ACTUAL phone call from the [Ukrainian] [comedians] in which Schiff DOES exactly what Trump said he would do, listen to all the information first. HAHA! This (what?) is called [sic] extreme rationalization [sic] or [sic] in general terms, STUPIDITY! (false equivalence, equivocation, fallacies of logic). Congrats, you win today’s Trump Derangement Prize, either medication of [sic] a surplus Erik Wemple mug. I’m sure the later will be the choice.” You, sir, with your lousy grammar, your poor written communication skills (Hint, never use the word ‘this” without a noun after it- according to the Chicago, Washington Post , AP, Style guides, as well as the Little Brown Book), your soft grasp of the law, and your tendencies to reach illogical conclusions (why you chose not to take logic in college I will never know), do not speak for me, and you are not clever or fit enough to speak convincingly against me. Follow the timeline, my misinformed hack (inferior writer, if you do not own an unabridged dictionary). From a DC based publication, and not Fox News No politico.com (6/18/19)

Dave: It's funny, WMAL makes their announcement and 980 gets even worse to listen to...and all of their talent should just go away on July 1. Unfortunately, we all have to remember their talent will probably be heard during the Redskins games and that will be tough. I really hope WMAL will hire new, fresh, professional talent and not recycled people like Pollin, Sheehan, or Czaban...gee, all of whom really brought down the quality of this areas sportstalk radio. (6/18/19)

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UPDATE on WRDE: Trip has fixed most of the information that he is able to fix on the Salisbury market TV stations related to WRDE NBC Coast TV and Telemundo and the various WBOC LPTV transmitters at least for now after picking up some of the signals OTA with me supplying the info WRDE and WBOC are actually advertising on air. Considerable overlap between WRDE and WSJZ on nearby towers, WGMD & WXDE, but that will change this summer when WRDE moves to the WBOC tower, and WRUE from the WBOC FM tower goes on the air as well as WBOC-LD from Cambridge, FCC approval willing. So this is currently WRDE’s signal via the Rabbitears contour maps. www.rabbitears.com — BaltoMedia.net (6/17/19)

Some radio stocks are trading at near an all time low price. Many because of the HUGH amount of debt. These stocks all have upside potential......Beasley $3.11, Emmis $4.31, Salem $2.32 and Urban One $2.14. (6/17/19)

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WXDC's new ownership (WVRadio) has finally launched the 92.9 station's website. It is available at : coolfm929.com. No streaming noted yet, Also, WCTN's 94.3 translator is definitely on the air . It messes with WOWD-LP's reception as far east as Silver Spring. TK in Odenton (6/17/19)

This is a governmental FCC question, so you have been forewarned for its extreme boredom. Does anyone know why the FCC’s CDBS database has a bug that doesn’t allow a search of more than 50 records at a time? It’s been flawed for almost a year now, so why has no one fixed it? (6/17/19)

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You'll detect a theme in this post. I've seen the administrator of Rabbitears be extremely bitchy to people who point out errors to him. That's a recipe for driving people away and making your site more and more inaccurate. As for posters who want to "out" local talkshow hosts, is that a Democratic value or a Republican value? Seems to me it's a BITCH value. Gus in the Gaithersburg (6/15/19)

Remember ABC owns ESPN. They are scheduled to split their programming between WMAL 630 AM and WTEM 980 AM starting on 7/1/19. Urban One will probably change the format on WTEM to an Urban Format. They have good coverage in DC and Prince Georges County. However, they have no coverage in Northern Virginia after sunset. (6/15/19)

Will Urban One WTEM 980 AM continue as an all sports talk station? If so, they will share ESPN programming with WMAL 630 AM. WMAL has the rights to carry the Redskins Games. WTEM does not have a good signal in Northern Virginia after sunset. Urban One paid $4 Million for the station recently. Since WMAL 630 moved their transmitter site to Gaithersburg, they have a poor signal at night in Northern Virginia. (6/15/19)

Obviously the Schiff apologists do what most liberals do. They imagine how Schiff’s excuse could be true instead of listening to the ACTUAL phone call from the Russian in which Schiff DOES exactly what Trump said he would do, listen to all the information first. HAHA! This is called extreme rationalization or in general terms, STUPIDITY! Congrats, you win today’s Trump Derangement Prize, either medication of a surplus Erik Wemple mug. I’m sure the later will be the choice. :-) (6/15/19)

This TV station is on the air on Delmarva and relaying WRDE NBC Coast TV. The return email from Rabbitears said that this could not be confirmed. But here is the FCC application for WSJZ-LD confirmed on the air. Is Rabbitears claiming that Draper’s WBOC is lying to the FCC and advertising false information? This is a granted License to Cover application. enterpriseefiling.fcc.gov (6/15/19)

RCN is dropping MASN and MASN2 on July 1: www,rcn.com (6/15/19)

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This morning, two state Congressional election loser, racist, and WMAL Fill in guy, Dan Bongino (BonBozo) tweeted out the “Hypocrisy” of Adam Schiff, after Schiff said Donald should call the FBI on illegal information offered to candidates. BonBozo wrote “This guy [Schiff] is ON TAPE, speaking to a man he believes is a Russian insider, trying to gather damaging information about Donald Trump. There’s no bigger fraud than shady Adam Schiff. You can tell Schiff is lying when his lips are moving. He’s a disgrace.” The caller to Schiff was a Russian comedian, and after insisting for over 20 minutes to get Schiff on the phone, he offered Schiff proof of the Ritz Carlton Moscow rumor, as well as naked photos of Donald Trump. Schiff ordered this clown to call the FBI, not him. So Schiff did what he was supposed to do, and BonBizzaro gets rabid, only telling half the story in a tweet. Remember when Dan BonBozo blamed BLM for a White corrupt cop killing himself? Dan BonBozo, your crap is getting tiresome. Just go away. Seriously, Florida is not far enough. I am thinking Uruguay for you at this point. WMAL, Dan is a known liar, fabricator, and racist. Does he really belong on your air? In other news, The Marriott Wardman Park Hotel as flying the Gay Pride flag yesterday. Back in the 70’s the Marriott’s were very much against the homosexual agenda, and they even worked with Nixon on ways the Federal Government could squelch the budding movement. Now, a flagship Marriott property flew the Pride Flag. Take a cue, Larry O’Connor, be out, be proud. (6/14/19)

Sorry to hear that ESPN will shut down their ESPN Deportes Format on 9/8/19...... What will Entercom change their format to on WJFK 1580 AM when they lose this format? Remember the good old days when there were only two TOP 40 Stations in DC.....1580 AM WPGC and 1390 AM WEAM. (6/14/19)

QUOTE: "I’ve posted a half dozen things that are still not on Rabbitears and also corrections for Rabbitears". Have you sent any of them *TO* Rabbitears? (6/14/19)

Which HD Channel will iHeart put their Pride Format on? They have 15 HD Channels in the DC Market. They own five Full Power FM Stations in the market. The new Gay Format would do well on the regular FM Dial. Pehaps they can buy or lease another Translator in the market. (6/14/19)

Congratulations to iHeart on putting the News/Talk Format on their Translator in DC......104.7 FM is now called WONK. Did they know that WMAL 630 AM was going to drop their News/Talk Format on 7/1? The only problem is that their Translator is only 99 Watts. (6/14/19)

Are there any soft gold based AC Stations in DC? If so, I have not been able to find one. (6/14/19)

North Arlington City Paper Update: The Ballston Metro City Paper box is gone! So, within two blocks of the Ballston Metro, four (!) City Paper distribution boxes have disappeared in the last two years. I can no longer pick up a copy of the print paper even if I wanted to. (Although even when the boxes were there, they were usually empty.) (6/14/19)

BTW that filing by WRC-TV that was acted on this week was NOT approval for using Ch 34 in the repack. That happened some time ago. This was a modification to the sharing agreement with WZDC-CD. Why are some so obsessed with Rabbit Ears, The use of Ch. 6 for radio, and reporting (often inaccurately) in stock prices? I suspect it just one person commenting on all 3. Focus on making positive contributions to the forum and the community and the rest will take care of itself. (6/14/19)

I thought that "Gus in Gaithersburg" checked into a Mental Health Facility. Someone should take away his computer. He does not know anything about Broadcasting and just takes up space on DCRTV. He tries to be funny, but fails at that. (6/14/19)

I’ve posted a half dozen things that are still not on Rabbitears and also corrections for Rabbitears, including WTTG’s move to River Road. Unfortunately, the Salisbury TV page is still a mess. Two other TV stations are broadcasting WRDE NBC Coast TV, but you won’t find that on Rabbitears. Rabbitears doesn’t have one of them on the air 2 months after a license to cover was issued. That would be WSJZ-LD. NBC Coast TV is on WRDE-LD, WBOC-LD, and WSJZ-LD, but you wouldn’t know that from Rabbitears. (6/14/19)

As I recall, Trip himself from Rabbitears said he was tired of the stuff posted on DCRTV about Rabbitears and was going to stop reading from now on. So I guess he did stop reading since he’s correcting few things. (6/14/19)

WMAL 630 AM will change formats on July 1st to ESPN ALL SPORTS. This will hurt WTEM 980 AM. This will give DC four all sports stations......The others sports stations are WJFK-FM 106.7 and WJFK-AM 1580 AM All Spanish Sports. People in DC do love sports! (6/14/19)

DC will have two Gay Radio Stations with 94.7 FM HD2 WIAD. It is owned by Entercom and is now programming their Q Format. iHeart announced it will put their Pride Format on WWDC 101.1 FM HD2 Channel. You need an HD Receiver to get either of these stations. There are very few HD Receivers in the DC Market. If they could get an FM Station on the regular dial they could do well. (6/14/19)

ABC giveth and taketh away.... ESPN Deportes Radio , the Spanish-language arm of ESPN radio will close down in September per a statement from ESPN corporate offices: www.espnfrontrow.com... A more in-depth article mentions 10 full-time and 25 part-time jobs will be lost at their Coral Gables offices. The story can be found here: radioink.com... So what is the local impact? Entercom's "El Zol Deportes" WJFK-AM 1580 and WLZL-HD2 107.9 are local homes to ESPN Deportes and also to the Washington Redskins play-by-play en Español. Entercom will have to hunt down another source for Spanish-language sports-oriented or change formats. íOlé! TK in Odenton.. (6/14/19)

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To the RabbitEars whiner: (a) WRC's application for channel 34 was granted Wednesday 6/12, the grant appeared in the FCC database as updated at midnight 6/13, and it reflects as "approved" on RabbitEars as of today, showing a CP expiration of 8/2/19, which is the phase deadline for WRC's repack. (b) For information that can't be updated automatically out of the FCC database (subchannel lineups, on-air status, that sort of thing), Trip depends on an army of readers who supply him with information as they notice changes. Have you dropped him a line directly to let him know what you're observing in your market? Or do you think just complaining about it here is actually making any difference? Every time I send him something directly, it gets updated right away. (c) What contributions have YOU made for free to the industry lately? (6/13/19)

About EAS primary stations: it has nothing to do with what programming they run, or even whether there's a live body at the controls 24/7. The point of an EAS primary is to have a robust signal that's able to be received by other stations in the EAS service area to relay EAS activations. The activations themselves shouldn't be made by station staff but rather by emergency officials. (6/13/19)

Did you see this from yesterday's RAMP? What will this mean to 1580 come September 8?! That frequency's been through more changes in the last few years, it's ridiculous! Bring back the WPGC Good Guys!!! [Vaya Con Dios, ESPN Deportes -- ESPN is shutting down its 18-year-old Hispanic-targeted ESPN Deportes radio division on Sept. 8, a move that will lead to layoffs for 10 full-time and 25 part-time employees, according to Sports Business Daily. ESPN will close Deportes Radio's Coral Gables, FL offices; some of its New York-based sales employees also will be adversely affected.] (6/13/19)

I know my Rabbitears complaints are going on deaf ears, but I was wondering if WRC 4 NBC TV actually is approved for channel 34 for the repack next couple months. Rabbitears says NOPE, application not yet approved, but it could just be one of their dozens of mistakes lately. WRC TV was approved for 624kw on channel 34 but that’s listed as inactive, but clearly the repack filings are continuing so WRC TV is building something? (6/13/19)

"When [Angie Goff] left channel 4, she had nothing but praise about how great it was...[Now] she said the following as if Fox is the best in the region...REALLY Angie?" Wow, that is really unprecedented. I have never ever ever heard of anyone -- in broadcasting or any industry -- saying nice thing about a job they were leaving and then saying nice things about their new employer. That is truly INCREDIBLE!! Real Ripley's Believe It or Not territory. And not at all a reflection of your weird obsession with female news reporters. (6/13/19)

RE: "It is too bad that Entercom did not dump them and pick up the WRQX Format and fill a void in the DC Market." WHAT VOID? WASH-FM and HOT have the hole filled. (6/13/19)

As if I needed another reason to NOT watch the Fox 5 trainwreck "Like or Not" (or any of the other fox5 newscasts in general, lately) Angie Goff's presence is an instant mood killer and I suspect short-lived. (6/13/19)

Angie Goff made her debut on the Like it or Not show this evening. Yeah, it was her first time on there, but it doesn’t seem like the type of show where she’d be a good fit. But we shall see. (6/13/19)

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Look at WFEZ, Miami or WISX, Philadelphia. Two soft gold based AC stations. FEZ is #1, WISX is #8 against a true classic hits and a 70"s based classic rock. Perhaps a full signal FM could offer soft AC on an HD 2 channel and simulcast on the 105.5 translator. A real music choice for the news listeners to TOP and AMU. (6/12/19)

Did the mailbag ever come to a consensus that Gus in the Gaithersburg is actually Don Geronimo / Mike Sorce? Asking for a TMOS friend #ass (6/12/19)

So Angie Goff thinks strong journalism is paramount at Fox5. Did her agent write that for her? (6/13/19)

The Mailbag is now nothing but stale stock updates and Gus in Gaithersburg's vile blathering. I've checked in here for years and am a past contributor. But no more. (6/12/19)

What is the criteria to be a "primary" Emergency Alert Station? I thought when WTOP abandoned its news programming on 50,000 watt 1500KHz AM, it also gave up its status as a primary alert station. Other media outlets monitor a "primary" station to then relay a given alert to their coverage area, and the limited range of WTOP's FM station falls short of stronger signals from other stations in this market. Probably a moot point anyway, since cellphone alerts, and NOAA weather radio's automated alerts are taking the place of old fashioned broadcasts. (6/12/19)

Could be wrong, but getting the feeling that Fox5’s Cori Coffin is being groomed for a weekday morning anchor spot. Seems like she’s the “go to” sub when someone’s out. Plus, she’s been scheduled to go to the next Zip Trip which usually only features the morning crew regulars. Hmmm. (6/12/19)

Is Angie Goff going to Fox5 supposed to be a "move up"? Especially since she's going to also be anchoring that evening gabfest Like it or Not..Since they've been rotating the co-hosts, maybe they'll make her the head honcho which I guess would be a "promotion" from NBC4? Can't remember the last time an NBC anchor left to go to a local rival station. Oh, yes I can, Veronica Johnson to WJLA..And how's she doing over there. Don't watch that station. (6/12/19)

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Just read that former NBC4 anchor Angie Goff is going to WTTG. So when she left channel 4, she had nothing but praise about how great it was. And of course one wouldn't expect her to trash the station. However, in the Fox5 announcement, she said the following as if Fox is the best in the region: “I’m so excited to join a team whose dedication to innovation, great television and most importantly, strong journalism, is paramount. There’s no question FOX 5 does the most news in the nation’s capital but it’s how they do it that cannot be defined. The connection with viewers and sharing their stories is simply unmatched.” REALLY Angie? (6/11/19)

So guess the rumor was correct as Angie Goff is indeed joining Fox5 for their new 4pm newscast as well as hosting that Like it or Not show: www.fox5dc.com (6/11/19)

How much does it cost to lease an AM or FM Station in DC? Arthur Liu is leasing WZHF 1390 AM for $35,000 per month. John Garziglia is leasing his Reston Translator 105.5 FM for $30,000 per month. (6/11/19)

"Live Chats are now exclusively for readers with a Washington Post account. Create a free account to join the conversation, read chat transcripts and sign up for newsletters." EAT A HUGE BAG OF DICKS, WASHINGTON POST. And John Dean is still a lying serial perjurer rat bastard. Gus in the Gaithersburg (6/11/19)

Does anyone know how much Bloomberg is paying Entercom to lease WDCH 99.1 FM for their Business News Format? It is too bad that Entercom did not dump them and pick up the WRQX Format and fill a void in the DC Market. (6/11/19)

The Q Format on 94.7 FM HD2 sounds good. Entercom needs a spot on the regular dial. Why not lease or buy 97.5 FM in DC? Your ratings would improve and the market will like the format. Your HD2 could feed the 97.5 FM signal. (6/11/19)

K-Love is simulcasting their format on WLVW 107.3 and their sister station, WLZV 94.3 in Warrenton. It seems like a waste since 107.3 puts an excellent signal into Warrenton. (6/11/19)

Have you listened to the new Q Format on WIAD 94.7 FM HD2 Chanel? It is the Gay Format that Entercom now offers in several markets. Maybe you don't have a HD Receiver? You can buy a HD Receiver. Unfortunately, most people in the DC Market do not own one. (6/11/19)

Posting a post about "a firing offense",,, a class act. Gus in the Gaithersburg (6/11/19)

What happened to the Urban One stock? Yesterday, it was $1.95 per share and today it went up to $3.04 per share. Did they sell off something? This is a big jump overnight! (6/11/19)

Story on FOX 5 cronkitenewslab.com (6/11/19)

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[From DCRTV's Job Ads:] DATE: June 10, 2019... JOB TITLE: News Director... CONTACT: WNAV Sajak Broadcasting Corp... DEADLINE: Resumes Accepted through June 28, 2019... JOB DESCRIPTION: Full service AM station in Maryland’s capital city has an opening for News Director. Along with anchoring drive time newscasts and managing your department, you must have knowledge of topics of interest to our local audience to include: politics, the environment, business, and local sports. The applicant must be competent on digital equipment, computer use, social media and have flexible hours. CD’s and résumé’s (No calls please) to: Bill Lusby, Program Director, WNAV Radio, 236 Admiral Drive, Annapolis, MD 21401. Or email a résumé and a short (2 minutes, max) mp3 to jobs@wnav.com. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color religion, national origin or sex in all personnel actions including recruitment, evaluation, selection, promotion, compensation, training and termination. (6/10/19)

To the WBAL commenter last week who said he's wondering what Ron Smith thinks of the current state of the radio station: Pretty classless thing to say, considering he hasn't drawn a single breath in over 8 years. What time shall we schedule the seance to ask him? Maybe we can get Dave Durian's feedback too as long as we're at it. (6/10/19)

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Is iHeart going to file a new IPO? How will this reduce their $26 Billion debt? Will they be trading on NASDAQ? How do they get lenders to loan them $26 Billion when all their assets are worth just $14 Billion? They are masters at borrowing money! (6/10/19)

Not closing the underline tag, which implies not looking at the page after updating it is bush-league. A firing offence. Gus in the Gaithersburg (6/10/19)

Thank you DCRTV for keeping me informed about the companies that own the major radio stations in DC. Hubbard owns WTOP....the largest billing radio station in the world! Congratulations to the management. Cumulus owns WMAL, the number one talk station in DC. They have come out of Bankruptcy and are doing well now. As for other companies......Entercom now owns five FM Stations and one AM station in the market. Congratulations to them for their ability to borrow $1.7 Billion to buy out the CBS Radio Stations. iHeart still in Bankruptcy and their stock is now 52 cents per share OTC. (6/10/19)

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Is Rabbitears ever going to clean up their Salisbury TV stations page? It’s a complete mess. WRDE NBC Coast TV is on 3 TV signals now (They are advertising this) and Telemundo is on at least two! Rabbitears doesn’t even have one of these TV stations on the air even though the FCC gave them a license to cover months ago. That would WSJZ-TV. Has the guy who runs Rabbitears abandoned the site? (6/10/19)

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The new WRQX, former WSOM/600 Salem OH (Youngstown market), is the perfect place to park the venerable DC calls. It's an automated/satellite classic country station, with limited or no local programming. The most recent local programming effort was a 3 hour brokered talk show hosted by a local political type a while back. As far as K-Love, I'm not a regular listener, but did hear the change from audio posted online from WPLJ/New York. They mentioned all the acquired stations, and did not hit the audience over the head with religion. They kept repeating their slogan, "Positive, Encouraging K-Love" and positioned the station as a place to get refuge from a turbulent world. I don't know if they soft pedal the religious aspect all the time. (6/8/19)

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Happy Birthday Freda Wright-Sorce {June 7th} (6/9/19)

WZEB Power 101.7 in Salisbury/Ocean City, Md has had some changes over the past couple month in the line up. Jessica Martinez returns to the morning show to re-up The Bill Baker & Jessica Show 6-10am, Mix Show Coordinator & Music Director DJ Rated R takes over afternoon drive 3-8pm with "In Da Mix" as he mixes LIVE. And Dee-Lite who's been holding down weekends takes over nights Monday-Thursday 8pm-midnight. DJ Str8Up (Cory Satchell) also returns to WZEB after a stint across the street and take over mixing duties on the morning show as well as night show, and kicks off a brand new Sunday afternoon Old School show 4-8pm called "The Sunday Service" PD Bill Baker says "All this is a no brainer, seems like a lot in a short time but I couldn't be happier with the line up as we'll continue to dominate the market. Everyone here is a pro". (6/7/19)

If anyone actually uses this site to check on the overall health of their stock portfolio, they deserve to lose everything. cnbc.com. That's it. (6/7/19)

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Was wondering what happened to Mix 107.3 today so I visited this page for the first time in forever, saw the change there but what saddened me was Tony "Mad Dog" Colter had died. I enjoyed listening to him when he was on DC101. RIP Tony :( (6/6/19)

Looks like WUSA is rearranging the deck chairs. Longtime meteorologist Howard Bernstein is moving from weekend evenings back to weekday mornings. Miri Marshall moves from weekday mornings to weekend mornings which probably means Melissa Nord goes to weekend evenings. (6/6/19)

Anyone else think 5's 4pm newscast will be a ratings flop? I'm curious as to what the format will be - I doubt it will be hard news. I think I calculated that they'll have 13 hours of local "news" EVERY DAY (counting the Good Day DC gabfest and their prime time newscasts on WDCA). Also, it's funny that WUSA - the first station in region, and maybe the country, to launch 4pm news back in the early 90s - is now the only local station that won't have a newscast in that time slot. My how the mighty have fallen... (6/6/19)

While Cumulus chips away at their debt, Little Big Man Dave B. is off to Chicago -- Why do they always put that guy on sinking ships? Germantown Gerry (6/6/19)

You've reported the same $26 billion debt figure 5 times since May 22. Please stop. Gus in the Gaithersburg (6/6/19)

Wow! I have to admit even I'm surprised. WJZ 13, after firing anchor Mary Bubala in the last sweeps period, lost nearly HALF its audience, 46% in ratings, from her firing. If this isn't a clear message, I don't know what is. You cannot calculate boycotts and protests, but you can calculate ratings and WJZ 13 management clearly lost this battle. More in The Sun from Zurawik. www.baltimoresun.com... —BaltoMedia.net (6/6/19)

Can someone tell me why Fox5 thought Marina Marocco was a good choice to be a regular cohost on their show Like it or Not? Watched it this evening & what she obviously thought was her having a conversation was her yelling & screaming. Seems like she’s hyped up on something. I don’t see how she wasn’t exhausted by the end of the show. I know I was. Have never seen her anchor the news, but I truly hope she’s calmer on there. (6/6/19)

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K-Love announced that the new Call Letters for 107.3 FM in DC are WLVW. Their sister station in Northern Virginia is WLZV 94.3 in Warrenton, VA. (6/5/19)

Some people who read DCRTV don't own a single share of stock and could care less about the stock market. You don't have to read this. For the rest of us, we are interested in it. iHeart, the largest radio Broadcasting Company in the World, reports their DEBT is now $26 BILLION. The iHeart stock is selling at just 52 cents per share OTC. (6/5/19)

Congratulations to Cumulus on reducing their debt by $200,000 Million. Their stock price on NASDAQ is $15.66 per share now. (6/5/19)

I finally had enough of WBAL and the ""C4" show, so I called in and asked the screener if C4 could let the callers complete a thought without constantly interrupting. I was not so politely told by said screener the IT IS THE C4 Show...I said yeah, but can't he let people talk ?. Was again not so politely told that "If you don't like it, don't listen !". I responded that it's that attitude that has your ratings continue to suck". This is what I've been saying for years now. Radio is dying, and yes stock guy, stocks continue to fall, because of the overall attitude in radio today that we don't care what you want, you get what we want to put out. Same attitude that almost killed the US auto industries in the 70's. I feel so bad for John Patti, Bill Vanko and Jim Russ for even being associated with that mess. Somewhat ironic that WBAL puts a lot of time and energy talking about the overall decline of the City of Baltimore. Gee, I wonder what former 'BAL staffers like Ron Smith, Mark Miller, and the old GM (Bill Kiernan ??) think about the mess that you continually put out over the airwaves today. (6/5/19)

I too have wondered about Erin Hawksworth. Last year she was welcomed to 107.3 with a Sunday morning show, " Hoffman and Hawksworth", which only endured for a few months; with Erin often absent. Sometime earlier this year she no longer had a WJLA twitter page. She occasionally sits in with various hosts on 107.3 and today, she was described in a sports report as a "contributor". It is very odd that she was a rotating sports anchor, hosted "Sports Talk" and "Ravens Report", and now although her photo has not been removed from WJLA's website, when she is introduced on the radio or when she calls in, no one mentions Channel 7 as her place of employment. (6/5/19)

Interesting: www.mix1073.com now automatically fowards to Hot 99.5's website. Clever move by someone somewhere. (6/5/19)

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What happened to Erin Hawksworth? I have not seen her on WJLA for some time. Her picture is still on the WJLA website. I reached out to Erin on Instagram asking if she was still on WJLA. She liked the question but did not respond. (6/4/19)

"As the stock prices continue to drop, some Broadcasting Companies are now declaring dividends." So for all this obsessing about the stock market, do you not know how it works? The stock market is currently down thanks to Dear Leader's pointless tariffs, but EVERY COMPANY that issues quarterly dividends is still issuing them. The two aren't connected. Wait, look over there, I think the Aloha Trust is back, better go check out it. Hey, they just said something on WBAL...better check that out too! (6/4/19)

Posts about stock prices and broadcast balance sheets and the profit/loss nonsense make me vomit. (6/4/19)

I like Jack Diamond but he's slipping the other day he said EMF would be pumping in Christmas music I can see 20 or 30 sales people at WASH and WLIF stroking out hehe (6/4/19)

Just to put in a few extra facts about the new K-LOV Stations: According to the Wikipedia (and the FCC), 107.3 in DC is currently assigned the call letters, WSOM. Yes, they might say WLVW all day, but that's just publicity until they can make the legal change. When they give the legal ID for 107.3 it has to be WSOM. The station (92.1) in Fenwick Island, DE is WLBW, and the (105.5) station in Salisbury, MD is WLSW. So any joint legal ID would have to be those three sets of call letters and locations. And because the two stations on the Eastern Shore are Class A (ERP <= 6000W), their signal reach is around 25 miles so, having both is useful for the owners, just as WTOP has 50,000 watt stations (like 103.5 and 107.7) that have even more overlap, not to mention the Class A 103.9. Speaking of K-LOV, Howard Stern went nuts yesterday reminiscing about WPLJ-95.5 in NYC (which also changed to K-LOV), about how he listened to it for decades, how he wanted to work there, but luckily for his career never got hired, and that WPLJ stands for "White Port and Lemon Juice", a song first recorded in 1955. And it's time for my annual complaint: When is WYPR going to sync its signal with WYPF (same frequency 40 miles apart) so people like me who live between the two signals can get it clearly? (Probably never...) And lastly -- for no good reason -- I have to say that I still think Lisa Baden is the best traffic reporter in the area. -- Carl in Olney (6/4/19)

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As the stock prices continue to drop, some Broadcasting Companies are now declaring dividends......Saga, Beasley, Salem and Urban One. These companies all have large debts to service. Cumulus is trying to reduce their debt by selling off some major market stations. (6/3/19)

The iHeart Balance Sheet shows $14 Billion in Assets and $26 Billion in DEBT. According to the new math, if they sold off all their assets today, for their value o $14 Billion, they would still have a debt of $12 Billion! (6/3/19)

Two large radio broadcasters have announced the amount of their DEBT. iHeart says they now have $26 Billion in Debt and Entercom has debt of $1.7 Billion. At 10 % interest, can you see how much they pay each year in interest. One of the executives from iHeart said, "if it weren't for the debt, we would be profitable". (6/3/19)

Heading back from the Outer Banks and you have to be kidding at this point. Of course, I'm talking about Pollin on WTOP and he actually mis-pronouned Kuzi's first name!!! Yes, Pollin said ev-jenny for in his first name. Come on, now he's doing morning sports instead of Dave Johnson? This morning, Pollin made a huge deal about the NBA Finals and took his time getting to baseball and local teams. At least Dave Johnson creates a story around our local teams. Someone needs to remind Pollin he's not on with Mel anymore and to lose that national, arrogant talent image that he has of himself. I can't believe he doesn't know Caps players. (6/3/19)

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WMAL talker Mark Levin sold & signed 1000 copies of his new book “Unfreedom of the Press” at the Tysons Barnes & Noble book story Saturday morning: took six hours according to his Twitter post. Anyone good at math out there in Mailbag land? I have it as three books sold & signed per minute (6/2/19)

With WTTG starting a 4pm newscast, guess they really believe they can give NBC4 a run for their money. Yeah, right. And will it be actual news or just more fluff like their morning broadcast. And wonder who will anchor? Maybe the rumored Angie Goff. Or maybe they’ll move someone from the morning crew. They’ve obviously been grooming Erin Como for an anchor spot. In any case, seems like a waste of programming time (6/2/19)

Dear “simple business analytics”: apparently not simple enough for your comprehension. Easy for you to diss 107.3 by reducing it to a matter of “losing value”, but the value was still there. The problem was that because of past missteps Cumulus thinks it needs heaps of cash, not “value”. No fault of local staff. -Max Critic (6/2/19)

e: "Only radio people are going to think this is funny..." Not even them. Almost as stale as the Gas in Gaithersburg... (6/2/19)

Salisbury's K-Love 105.5 now mentions 107.3 at the top of the hour. It has always mentioned 92.1 Ocean City but now also includes 107.3 Washington. It goes something like: K-Love WLSW 105.5 Salisbury, 92.1 Ocean City, 107.3 Washington. It's odd that they have the same programming on 105.5 and 92.1 who's coverage seem to overlap each other. (6/2/19)

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FYI.....The Call Letters for K-Love 94.3 in Warrenton, VA are WLZV. The new Call Letters for 107.3 FM are WLZW. This is effective on 6/1/19. (6/1/19)

Entercom's debt as of May 2019 is 1.7 billion, making them the healthiest of the large radio companies with 245 stations, mostly in major and large markets. (6/1/19)

If Centennial Broadcasting was smart it would purchase WAFY from Manning and simulcast a Hot AC format on Key 103, WBQB and WINC. They could call themselves the DMV's Superstations, and completely cover the lucrative markets of Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, Montgomery and Frederick counties, where their respective primary listeners are. (6/1/19)

Take notice that there were 60 some-odd other stations (in DC area) that didn't have to say goodbye on Friday. When a station, and it's personalities lose value, the FOR SALE sign goes up. Simple business analytics. Life in DC back to normal in 3...2.... (6/1/19)

OK, so Fox 5 will now have either local news or other local fluff for about 15 hours of the day. Is there a real demand for this or they can’t get prime time shows to sign on? (6/1/19)

Lost in all the chatter about Cumulus and WRQX is the fact that AM 1260 is now Relevant Radio WQOF. While WMET switched to Guadalupe Radio Network it remains an English language station. Not counting the rimshotting LPFMs, metro DC has three Catholic radio stations : 1160, 1260, 1540 (Spanish). TK in Odenton. (6/1/19)

Only radio people are going to think this is funny: Does WRQX-FM air the new K-Love format using the Prophet automation system? (6/1/19)

I'm sampling "the new" WRQX on Saturday morning -- the Skip and Amy Morning Show -- and frankly, if the radio is turned down low enough to not make out the lyrics and I'm running my frightfully large table saw at full decibel level in my garage, it sounds like any other contemporary FM radio station. The music is formulaically mixed like every other modern song, so it satisfies the part of the brain expecting the order and structure of a solid beat. The morning hosts do that tease-and-reveal voicetrack thing that forces you to listen for another 15 minutes. Imaging and jingles are predictably vanilla and innocuous. In essence, its a conventional radio station, except Jesus programmed the playlist and Mary Magdalene is the phone screener. Being atheist and a much older dude myself, I won't be a listener. But if I were working for WGTS, I'd be thinking alternative strategy right about now . . . or updating my resume. And if I were working for WAVA, I'd just shrug and continue counting the checks rolling in. (6/1/19)

Dave's response: I recently visited Orlando and I heard Christian contemporary radio stations played in countless Uber rides and in many stores. Some were K-Love, some Salem's Fish, and many were locally-based outlets. Yeah, when it is played low enough, in the background, is just sounds like any generic AC station.....

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