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\/ July 19 Messages \/

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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\/ July 16 Messages \/

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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\/ July 15 Messages \/

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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\/ July 14 Messages \/

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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\/ July 13 Messages \/

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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\/ July 12 Messages \/

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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\/ July 11 Messages \/

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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\/ July 10 Messages \/

"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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