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\/ February 15 Messages \/

WMDT 47/ABC has been advertising Re-Scan Day on Friday morning March 13th with a new TV commercial for ABC, CW, & ION, and ME-TV all having a Scanning Day. (2/15/20)

I had a rental car this past week with HD radio So I got to see how 820 the all digital AM translator for The Gamut performed Im in Woodbridge so I realize quite a distance from Fredrick MD where its located it did have several dropouts but sound quality compared to regular AM was far better but The Gamut doesnt broadcast in stereo not even on thier FM subchannels .However at night due I assume to its decreased coverage area on AM I couldnt get it at all.There are no AM stations in the DC area that broadcast both an analog and HD signal to see how that works My HD radio at home cant lock into the 820 signal even tried it outside with external antenna. In the car at night WCBS 880 from NYC had where the HD signal was attempting to lock in was showing station call letters but couldnt lock in steady to hear what it sounded like.Plus its news not music like The Gamut.But we need better programing many HD subchannels are just simulcasts of other stations the subchannels of 93.9 and now I noticed 104.1 broadcast 980 WTEM .As well as its on 95.9 which now makes it almost impossible in the car to hear 95.9 WGRQ classic hits in Fredericksburg. (2/15/20)

Can we talk for a moment about a particular TV ad airing here in DC and, presumably, nationally? The Chantix people have rolled out yet another commercial featuring their animated "cold turkey" who is trying to quit smoking, and I have a few quibbles. First of all, how effective is Chantix if this asshole turkey keeps buying cigarettes in between commercials, only to throw them away at a pivotal moment in the storyline? Second, how does this little bastard afford to own up to four houses - all with fireplaces, one with a tropical aquarium, and one that is a lakeside property - and a convertible car as well? Third, has anyone visualized what a turkey actually looks like with a Lucky hanging off his lip? Gotta be the stupidest thing out there. And lastly, the turkey is always happy as balls in these commercials -- where are all the side effects; like nausea, thoughts of killing yourself and others, chest pain etc (although the "vivid dreams" side effect would certainly explain the houses)? Was it worth pitching aside Ray Liotta's testimonial ad to clear this campaign? If I was Ray, betcha I'd be pretty pissed with my agent, being replaced by a goddam spokes-turkey. (2/15/20)

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\/ February 14 Messages \/

To the cynic who is happy to write off all-digital AM, think again. LOTS of people (and yes, young people) listen to “radio” in their cars via SiriusXM. Over-the-air stations, both AM and FM are just one button away after you organize your favorites. Any station which offers a music or local talk format unavailable on satellite could catch on quickly. Why not contribute some optimistic thinking and posting, rather than sour pessimism? -P of the AW (2/14/20)

On Monday Feb 10, a fire broke out at Apollo Masters in California -- one of only two plants on earth that manufacture lacquer masters for making vinyl records. Take that, ya hipster bastids, ya. (2/14/20)

I hate to beat a dead horse, so let’s switch our attention to the Baltimore radio station headed for dead last. Yes, I’m talking about alleged/wanna-be news radio 1090, and yet another dose of day-old, “who gives a fuck” news. It’s bad enough that we had to hear about the “who gives a fuck” former mayor Pugh on Thursday, but all damn day today, we’ve been treated to the same, regurgitated copy and audio from YESTERDAY morning about prosecutors seeking a nearly five year prison term, and her attorneys asking for one year, and this one and that reacting, and callers expressing their “who gives a fuck” opinions. I guess the good news in all this stale news is that the weekend is here, and once the city’s thugs resume the bang bang and the murder rate rises, this nonsense will be quickly archived in the station’s “who gives a fuck” file. As we say sitting in 10 miles of backed up traffic at the Bay Bridge, “GET THE FUCK OVER IT!!!” (2/14/20)

An interesting viewpoint regarding full digital AM, however while I agree that people will have to invest in new radios, the full digital standard is technically light years better. First of all, amplitude modulation goes away with full digital in the medium wave band. Tests have proven a far more robust coverage area, and greatly reduced are issues with power line noise in the primary signal area. My understanding is that now, a broadcaster can offer several sub-channels within the licensed bandwidth. The poster was valid about HD radio failure and may be partially correct regarding the younger demo not tuning to radio, seems I had read something about that but do not have the figures. However, most current AM listeners are in the upper end demo. When they die off, I agree AM will be in big trouble. I have heard WWFD and have been very impressed, this or DAB (as in overseas)can make a positive difference. The quality to my ears is similar to Sirius/XM which itself has dropouts as the MA3 standard has as does ATSC-1 on TV, but it is technically superior to the over 100 year old medium we call AM. I recall hearing that future radios will not have a band button, you just tune thru and save your favorites. If the listener discovers a compelling format, they will tune in. With full digital, the technical bar has been raised, now it is up to the programmers to deliver. If not, there are lots of alternative sources for the core 25-54 demo to choose from. I appreciate your thoughts good and bad. Tom Conroy (2/14/20)

Pacifica Building on the block www.berkeleyside.com... Pacifica is heard in the Washington market as WPFW (2/14/20)

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\/ February 13 Messages \/

Mike O’Meara is sinking to even lower points in life in the last few weeks…(1) Asks listeners to donate money to his kid’s school’s charity so he could be number one in donations. (2) Asks listeners to send him Pro V1 golf balls. (3) When opening presents sent in to DC he tells Robb “don’t send that down” about one sent in to him totally insulting the listener. (4) And, constantly bitching about (a) the radio business and his firings, (b) the desk Robb sent him for free, (c) buying a new house before selling the first, (d) living with rich white people in SW FLA (e) how much Joe Rogan makes (f) Oscar not immediately setting up his new studio because he is going to Hawaii with his family. I guess nobody told Mike to be nice on the way up or you will end up living in a retirement community in FLA “Down by the ocean”. (2/13/20)

Is Chris Emry the new mid-day Dude @ The Bay? (2/13/20)

Alleged/wanna-be news radio 1090 needs to redirect its programming to the counties surrounding Baltimore and get off the daily homicide/crime kick. The station’s audience is NOT the cesspool inner city; it is and has always been Harford, Baltimore, Anne Arundel and Carroll counties, where tens of thousands of people are hungry for news affecting THEM in the state legislature, county councils, town halls, etc. More and more people are not going into Baltimore, do not give a rats ass about it, and are sick and tired of hearing about it day in and day out on their newscasts and talk shows. And today, the mid-day motor mouth talk show host continues his campaign for a former police department flack running for mayor, regurgitating his interview from yesterday afternoon by the other wanna-be talk show host he conned into airing his pitch for mayor, using yesterday’s officer shootings as his pathetic platform. The station needs to realize that people get their news and information directly from the newsmakers themselves on the iPhone in real time, and do not need this station puking up yesterday’s news all over again. When shit happens, people go to the iPhone to read the tweets, posts and live feeds from the agencies responsible for handing them. How much longer to we have to wait for Hearst to wake up, drop this crap, dump the staff, and automate a Spanish music format? Piping it into all the Baltimore area Taco Bells would generate a bigger audience than the station currently has. (2/13/20)

What, exactly, is the point of digital AM? Didn't radio folks learn from the spectacular failure of HD radio? Hate to break it to you guys, but the under 30 crowd does not listen to radio and is never going to start. Ever. All switching AM to digital will do is cheese off some senior citizens who will have to shell out the buck for a new crappy radio. (2/13/20)

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\/ February 12 Messages \/

What do these radio stocks have in common? They all have too much debt. Salem $1.39, Urban One $2.08 and Entercom $4.39. Until they reduce their debt, they will never show a profit. (2/12/20)

It’s official. WBFF Fox 45 has announced a rescan date. The switch to channel 26 will occur on March 13, at 10 am. — BaltoMedia.net (2/12/20)

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\/ February 11 Messages \/

The date to file comments, 1/6/20 has passed on Channel 6 LPTV and their Audio Channel 87.7 FM. The FCC will make a decision on what to do with these Low Power Television Stations. There are 28 of these stations licensed mostly to major markets. These stations were licensed so that Minorities could get into Television ownership. It never happened! The people who got these licenses found it was much more profitable to operate them as FM Radio Stations using their Audio Channel 87.7 FM. What happens next? (2/11/20)

I wanted to answer a mailing question about WBFF-TV moving. According to www.tvanswers.org the station will move to RF-26 by March 13th. A complete list of repack information can be found at that website. N.L. (2/11/20)

The Sputnik dude told us about KCXL. Well, go to Google Maps/Street View (39°14'18.0"N 94°23'59.8"W ) and check out the dazzling broadcast facility that *is* KCXL in Liberty, Mo. Then visit KCXL.COM which hasn't been updated since before Dec 21. Enjoy their patriotic splash page, their weird mix of religious and conservative programming, and of course - anchoring the morning shift, Sputnik Radio. And then click the Listen Live button and hear exactly why AM Radio in 2020 sucks puppet balls. Tell you what: Russian radio or not, it's not like this peanut whistle is going to be any threat to any other station in that burg. (2/11/20)

Have you listened to Bolly 102.9 FM lately? It sounds better than ever. This is a unique format only heard on 102.9 FM. (2/11/20)

Someone doesn't like Radio Sputnik and the stations that carry it; KCXL (1140) on the Missouri side of the border, carries it for 6 hours per day; BFD, if you ask me. I am as also not bothered that WCRW (1190) with 50,000 W (daytime) in Leesburg, VA, carries China Radio International 24/7. And I am also not bothered that the BBC World Service is on WYPR-HD2 (88.1) 24/7. All three are foreign government broadcasting their version of the world in this area. I am an equal-opportunity acceptor; I would think that the complainer about Radio Sputnik would be an equal-opportunity complainer. Why only complain about Radio Sputnik? And while I'm here... WAMU (88.5) has started putting in very short local music bumpers after certain announcements; it's a little jarring. I would think that the bumper tunes should go before the announcement, not after, like the NBC chimes before the 7-day weather on WRC-TV (4), which wakes me up out of my stopor :^) But that's just me. -- Carl in Olney (2/11/20)

Salem sells off their Louisville stations WFIA AM/FM and WGTR for $4 Million. They announced that they are trying to reduce their debt. Their stock continues to drop. ( Stock price is now $1.34 per share). The stock is at an all time low. (2/11/20)

Kristie McIntyre brings such a much-needed breath of fresh air to mornings on alleged/wanna-be news radio 1090 in Baltimore. She’s filling in for the female speed reader that rips through news copy like a buzz saw tearing through plywood. Kristie reads at a pace that allows her to accentuate stories with inflection; doesn’t end her sentences on the upbeat; is pleasantly understandable; and, seems to understand the need to sound professionally trained to speak WITH listeners, not AT them like the other woman does as though she is getting paid by the word. She has a good personality. I hope they keep her on mornings. (2/11/20)

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\/ February 10 Messages \/

Another station picks up the Russian Propaganda......KCXL 1140 AM in Kansas City picks up the programming after the owner heard what the Russians are paying the DC Stations to carry this Russian Propaganda. (WZHF 1390 AM $35,000 per month and Translator 105.5 FM $30,000 per month.) WZHF is owned by Arthur Liu and The 105.5 FM Translator is owned by John Garziglia. The owner of KCXL said he has received many angry messages including one that said he was going to burn down the station. In 2017, the US Intelligence Report said that this programming was part of "Russia's State Run Propaganda Machine". (2/10/20)

"Don Geronimo Website? Is it back up?" If only there were some way you could look for it yourself. Oh, wait a minute... Gus in the Gaithersburg (2/10/20)

I too am curious about the date when WBFf is moving. We all know the information about the phases and when each one ends. The question is has there been an announcement about the date. And if so when is it? (2/10/20)

With nearly 200 lawmakers debating more than 2,000 bills in the Maryland legislature, you would think alleged/wanna-be news radio 1090 would have something more to talk about/report on than all of the endless string of murders and relentless crime in Baltimore. This morning, the screamer got off on a rowhome fire from Saturday. THREE FUCKING DAYS OLD with audio from the weekend television newscasts. When is this station going to initiate some of its own news reporting with stories it develops instead of puking up every one else’s news, tweets, FB posts, etc. What a sorry excuse for a news/talk radio station. (2/10/20)

Don Geronimo Website? Is it back up? His old tweets seem to be. (2/10/20)

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\/ February 9 Messages \/

Dave, congrats on your move to North Carolina. But how do you propose to stay on top of DC radio/TV? -Big Bob on the dial (2/9/20)

Dave's response: Almost all radio stations stream on the internet and most TV stations stream their newscasts, too. And I have a lot of sources. Not a promblem.....

WBFF Fox 45 has to move to channel 26 by March 13, the end of Phase 8. They don’t appear to be asking for any extension. WNUV CW 54 moved to 25 long ago. The big 3 atop the candelabra tower have to move in Phase 9 ending May 1, but all 3 have told the FCC that they won’t make it on time. They all appear to be moving to their new channels on their auxiliary transmitters at lower power until they can find a date for the helicopter crane to be able to land on Loyola University property adjacent to the tower. The month of May will bring poor reception of WMAR, WBAL, & WJZ until their new transmitters are flown up there. I believe they all have 180 day extensions unless one of them opts for a gin pole solution. — Baltomedia.net (2/9/20)

iHeart needs to bring back Mitt Romney to run the company. Remember Bain Capital? iHeart still has very large debt and their stock is going nowhere. (2/9/20)

Junks get on WUSA 9... This is a good story on how the Junks got started and how they are now, 24 years later. www.wusa9.com (2/9/20)

I’ve always wondered why the FCC cannot find a place to move land/mobile use of 14-20 (market depending) out of the TV spectrum. Those are actually the very best channels for digital TV broadcasting that there are! It would solve so many problems in the repack and soon NEXTGEN TV on the need of an extra TV channel. ABC’s WPVI 6 in Philly would never stay on channel 6 if they weren’t forced to, nor would most of the full power channel 6’s. (2/9/20)

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\/ February 8 Messages \/

Did Scott Ferral leave of his own volition or was a victim of the latest round of Entercom budget cuts? I enjoyed "Ferral on the Bench" and will miss it and him. Tom in Wheaton (2/8/20)

iHeart ran a Craigslist ad this week for background extras to appear in a TV production for a nationally syndicated talk show. The ad mentioned, "You will be seen on-camera next to a well-known stand-up comedian." The shoot was Thurs., Feb 6. Anyone know what this was all about? (2/8/20)

Here is why the Noon News on WBAL-TV (and similarly everywhere) would have a summary story of an event (like the State of the State) that they just televised. Some people don't see the event; they are watching some other channel; then when they are finished with Andy Griffith or Full House or The Lucy Show or something, they go to watch the news at Noon. Well, the anchors report the news and what they just broadcast is definitely new and news to Aunt Louise over on Foster Avenue, or Lonnie on N. Rogers Avenue. When the Oscars end, the local news in every city that carried the Oscars will report on them. Next topic, WBAL each morning reports on the news since they were last on; usually they have a hook of recent responses to those events. I'm only whining this one time, but I happen to like the Morning News on WBAL-1090 ("and FM 101.5 and the WBAL App"; that's the only part of it all I get sick of). Look, I never liked the News-American (I was an Evening Sun reader), but I happen to like the WBAL stations (and I've been listening to them since high school and the Harley Show). And I certainly have no problems with WGAL-TV and WTAE-TV when I am in their respective areas. And their news programs are never "Dead Last"; so I'm caucusing for those three Hearst Station groupings. And if Scott Wyckoff were really overly loud, they would just turn down the pot; even that's fine with me -- Carl in Olney (2/8/20)

Does anyone know the date (not the phase) when WBFF TV will move to RF Channel 26 as part of the FCC repack. (2/8/20)

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"I do wish if somebody was going to write a long winded screed at the expense of Chris Core the author would at least use a familiar fake name so we could tie him to previous posts." Word, as the kids said 40 years ago. Johnny Longwinded also made at least one mistake: defending Scooter Libby was the right thing to do because Richard Armitage was the real Plame leaker. Sadly Bush pussed out and commuted his sentence rather than issuing a pardon. In other news, Don Geronimo's website and Twitter account never shut down. That poster should see his doctor because he's had wood for Don way more than four hours. Gus in the Gaithersburg (2/7/20)

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\/ February 6 Messages \/

Why, on God’s earth does WBAL-TV (in its noon newscast) go to Annapolis statehouse reporter David Collins to tell us what Governor Hogan said in a live state of the union address he delivered on their air minutes earlier? Are viewers that stupid, or forgetful that they can’t retain information for 20 minutes or less?? And then, they roll video replay of the governor’s remarks. Are viewers deaf, dumb and blind? Anyone who is that interested in this nonsense tuned in to watch, or will dial it up tonight on MPT. We do NOT need a reporter telling us something we already heard or saw. Could it be that the station - both tv and radio - are staffed with an aging payroll full of senile, old grey hairs?? The station shares other obvious “senior moments” with increasing frequency with the first alert commercial showing people falling down and screaming for help to get up. What would be a riot would be when they push the button on the wrist bracelet it suddenly connects them to David Collins! LOL Even sister radio station 1090, is onto the grey hairs with one of its commercials for erectile dysfunction (ED). Beginning in January, the spot has been running daily and starts off with “let’s ring in the new year with a bang,” and ends with “guys, let’s fix it for her...it’s not hard!” Seriously??? Up next: hearing aids? Adult underwear? Stay tuned. I feel certain 1090 and the screamer will puke up all the Hogan cuts all morning tomorrow, nearly 24 hours after he spoke, just in case any of you missed the David Collins live shot, or forgot what Hogan said. (2/6/20)

Forever Media has been hit by ransomware. I'm not sure if it only affects the Milford office, or companywide. (2/6/20)

The Forever Media Milford, DE cluster is under a ransomware attack. Word from the inside is it is "very bad." (2/6/20)

The stock market hit an all time high again yesterday. However, two of our radio stocks are still in bad shape......Salem at a low of $1.39 per share and Urban One at $2.05 per share. Why doesn't Wall Street like these stocks? Too much debt to service! What should they do? Perhaps sell off of some of their assets in order to reduce their debt. (2/6/20)

I do wish if somebody was going to write a long winded screed at the expense of Chris Core the author would at least use a familiar fake name so we could tie him to previous posts. Otherwise we have no clue where you are coming from. Chris Core didn’t exhibit any of those traits in the years he was paired with Bill Trumbull for 20 years. If he did later it might have been because WMAL’s format and thrust went criminally to the right and Core had to follow along to keep his job. Not a flattering assessment but a possible explanation. -P of the AW (2/6/20)

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MDOT SHA spokesperson Charlie Gischlar is leaving SHA after nearly 17 years, and taking on a position with the MD Dept. of Health as Deputy Director of Media Relations. Before SHA, I was an airborne traffic reporter for the Rouse and Company Show on WQSR as Chuck Lawrence. (2/5/20)

WWTD-LD ch.49 is now airing the DABL lifestyle digi-net. (2/5/20)

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Nextstar has named WDVM’s VP & GM Andrew Wyatt as the same at WDCW CW 50. At the same time the company announced that there will be several Nextgen TV rollouts in the 2nd Quarter of 2020. Might one of them be in DC with Sinclair’s WJLA’s Fort Reno tower and Nextstar's WDCW CW 50 Ward Circle tower sharing ATSC 1.0 and ATSC 3.0 signals? All your channels would still show up as the same channel number and your current TV will still work the same, but if you have a Nextgen TV set, you’ll find the same channels from a different transmitter & tower in 4k TV. Sinclair has already done tests on the NBC 4 Ward Circle tower. WDCW 50 is there and Sinclair and Nextstar have a cooperation agreement on the ATSC 3.0 rollout. In this scenario, WJLA would be sharing space for WDCW’s ATSC 1.0 signal at Fort Reno, while WJLA would be coming in Nextgen TV from Ward Circle. Seems as if NBC 4’s tower would be unlikely bedfellows for this, but Sinclair has already used the tower for the Washington ATSC 3.0 demonstration a year ago. I suspect, that at some point in the near future, someone will push for a 1200 foot tower just outside the district, but shhh, don’t want to awaken the NIMBY Wrath just yet. In Baltimore it will be much easier since Sinclair has 2 of it’s own signals on its own tower. The other stations on the TV Hill candelabra will have to fend for themselves, although Scripps and Hearst are in the ATSC 3.0 consortium. — BaltoMedia.net tvnewscheck.com (2/4/20)

Is this the same Chris Core who devoted a full hour on his former radio show to shaming Martin Luther King, Jr. and asked why MLK deserved a holiday? Is this the same Chris Core who went to the Pentagon on the eve of the second Iraq War to broadcast propaganda nationwide? Is this the same Chris Core who, on his radio show, slandered then Senator John Kerry? Is this the same Chris Core who repeatedly said Iraq was responsible for 9-11? Is this the same Chris Core who refused to apologize to all the people he hurt by his own deceitful words over the radio? Is this the same Chris Core who defended Scooter Libby? I can go on and on, but whenever I hear the name “Chris Core” I am reminded of the 4,000+ Americans killed in Iraq after Chris went to the Pentagon to cheerlead on the air for the upcoming war. I am also reminded of callers to the Chris Core Show, who had questioned President Bush’s statements, only to have Chris Core call them names and tell them they were unpatriotic, before hanging up on them. Yeah Chris, get you "achievement " award. But remember, your achievements include cheering as men and women went off to war and die over a lie, and, even though you had questions, you said nothing. Achievement of hurting a large segment of the population when you questioned a holiday for MLK (even Howard Stern questioned your sanity on that one). I was hoping you were gone, Chris, but you keep coming back. (2/4/20)

CIRCLE OF LIMBAUGH LIFE: So, for years, Rush Limbaugh has denied the health risks associated with smoking. For years, Limbaugh has smoked the finest hand-rolled Cuban cigars a man can buy. So, now Limbaugh has Stage 4 lung cancer. So, in the end, Cuban commie-pinko Communists will have killed Limbaugh. Sounds like a fair circle of conservative life. (2/4/20)

[RE: WJLA mornings] I’m honestly surprised Sinclair hasn’t jettisoned Horace Holmes, Melanie Hastings or Dave Lucas yet. They probably have close to 100 years at the station (and/or the old Newschannel 8) between them. Holmes actually anchored the morning news for 7 back in the late 80s/early 90s - go to youtu.be and skip to 7:18. Anyone know what year this was? He was also a weekend sports anchor for a while (that role didn’t fit him very well). My guess is that neither of those three appeal to the suits at Sinclair and they want younger (a.k.a. prettier) talent. Sad but likely true. (2/4/20)

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Hey dave, wow you are 100% outta the d.c. area and yet you make it happen on the mighty DCRTV. So I just hit an estate sail and in with an old Sherwood receiver was a copy of a cd by MFSB greatest hits. And they have “mood” n the other them from it’s academic on it. Blast from the old school past.... thanks for everything you do. Regards Mark Mc... (2/3/20)

Dave: I don't get many sports channels here in SC, so I signed up for the big sports package on Directv. Gotta tell you, seeing what some of these regional channels and what they produce just blows away the crap that NBCSNCSNDCWASH airs on a daily basis. Also, the talent in other parts of the country is so much better than what we have in the DC area. These young kids really think they know everything and it really shows they don't get any coaching or guidance from their bosses...quite disappointing! (2/3/20)

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"Josh" Brooks... His life experiences were rich and varied, including a long standing career in radio. In 1969, he attended Woodstock and cofounded Spiritus Cheese, the radio program which became the genesis of the Washington D.C. progressive radio station WHFS, 102.3 FM. In 1983, Josh helped promote the first In The Street Festival and fell in love with Frederick. He moved to Frederick soon after and worked at various local radio stations... View Henry Brooks's Obituary on fredericknewspost.com and share memories... www.legacy.com (2/2/20)

RE: Entercom needs to dump WLZL. Okay, slight issue with the logic here. DC 101 covers the entire area and has a alternative rock format and hovers around 11th-15th place in the Nielson ratings. Putting a second alternative rock station that doesn’t have full market coverage isn’t going to help Entercom. The issue with WLZL as well as WDCH is their signals, which don’t give good coverage to the western part of the market but they put in solid signals into Baltimore though and points north of Baltimore as well. Roddy nailed it, the ratings might not be great for WLZL but given that it’s the strongest signal station targeting the Hispanic audience, it gets a lot of revenue. Not the revenue of WTOP…but solid revenue nevertheless. Dan (2/2/20)

To: Roddy Freeman, who asks, how do we know that WLZL 107.9 is not making any money? Just ask any of the former employees that recently left there. (2/2/20)

I enjoy the soft hits on The Breeze on Wash HD3 however it drops out alot in my car while the HD2 Oldies is quite steady I thought if the primary station locks into the HD signal well all of the subchannels would be consistent not just one because on WTOP 103.5 When it locks onto the HD signal both HD2 Federal News Radio relay and HD3 The Gamut are recieved equally well.And the output level from Wash HD3 is much lower than thier HD2 always been like that but now theres a persistant cracking sound dont they have engineers monitoring radio signals? You have to raise the volume alot higher to hear it properly.Also it seems like 98.7 WMZQ No longer has thier HD2 station which was Classic Country been gone for a few months you can still listen to it on the WMZQ Website but for some reason its no longer available over the air. (2/2/20)

Salem stock slide continues......now down to $1.35 per share. They need to reduce their debt. Most of their stations are AM Stations. Unfortunately, Buyers are NOT interested in buying AM Stations. They were just fined $50,000 for FCC rules violations. Perhaps, they should sell WAVA-FM 105.1 FM and pay off their debt. (2/2/20)

iHeart drops djs... www.washingtonpost.com... (2/2/20)

The anchor turnover in the morning at WJLA is something else. Meanwhile the few remaining veterans at WJLA such as Horace Holmes, Melanie Hastings (who I believe still anchors at 4:30am), and Dave Lucas who is still doing middays on whatever they call News Channel 8 now, are consistently passed over. (2/2/20)

How does the poster below know that WLZL/107.9 does not make money? Here in Atlanta the Latino station has the same or even lower ratings, and the Atlanta market has a lower percentage of Hispanic people. Yet the station bills $5.5 million. If you want to target that audience, there’s no other radio station to advertise on. Roddy Freeman (2/2/20)

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RIP BARBARA INZANA, AFTRA MEMBER, TEACHER, PERFORMER prabook.com... Funeral arrangements: www.dignitymemorial.com (2/1/20)

Looks like Fox5 has a new reporter who looks just like former anchor Cori Coffin. When I first saw her, I thought Cori had returned. (2/1/20)

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\/ January 31 Messages \/

RE: "What the hell are the (clown) suits at Hearst thinking to run live, non-stop coverage of the impeachment hearings all afternoon on alleged/wanna-be news radio 1090?" They are doing to try to compete with WYPR, which is kicking their ass in the ratings. If you can't beat them, do the same thing they are doing. Except on AM. LOL (1/31/20)

Entercom needs to dump WLZL 107.9 FM. It only covers half of the DC market. In the most recent published Nielsen Ratings, they have a 1.3 Share. With their Spanish Format, they are not making any money with it. An Alternative format would do well on this signal. (1/31/20)

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First things first. MeTV isn't carrying the impeachment trial and one can still watch Leave It To Beaver every weekday morning. Another poster quoted Mike "I judge people based on how much attention they pay to my kid" O'Meara accurately about it getting "a little too dark" at the beach. In that same anecdote he complained about the beach being overrun by "black pornographers". Another poster rightly bemoaned the murders of multiple people in Baltimore. DC needs to step up its game, B'more is kicking our ass. Gus in the Gaithersburg (1/31/20)

DON GERONIMO'S WEBSITE IS GONE / TWITTER TWEETS DELETED. Mike Sorce is no more. RIP old timer {Should have stayed with O'Meara & Spewak}... ON-AIR CHANGES FOR THE MIKE O'MEARA SHOW! Oscar Santana being replaced by Rob Ford [RO-FO] ? It's the right move at the right time. Move Santana to a TMOS business support role. [he has an e-MBA] (1/31/20)

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Don’t you just love the media, both national and local ? Other than impeachment, we have a growing hysteria over the Corona Virus. Five confirmed cases in the US (Pop. 330,000,000+). Meanwhile, when in Baltimore (Pop. 600,000+) five people are murdered over a weekend, and twelve more are shot, barely a blip on the national media radar. Simply amazing. Or as Dave used to say….”ponderous man, ponderous.” (1/30/20)

There have been a lot of comments about new FOX5 traffic anchor Stacey Rusch lately. I’ve been trying to give her a chance but this job is not the right fit for her. She’s been filling in for Erin Como every day this week and it’s been awful. On every report this morning she talked about “I-66 westbound from Manassas to the Beltway.” Someone buy her a compass! Even a second grader knows that that would be EASTBOUND. I’m sure there are more qualified people for that job. (1/30/20)

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Tonight, listening to Cousin Brucie (Bruce Morrow, born and bred in my hometown of Brooklyn, NY) had a long reminiscence about former WMCA-570 and WABC-770 Disk Jockey Harry Harrison, who died at 89 this week. Bruce Morrow, who somehow on SiriusXM has the same energy he had in 1962, knew him very, very well. He had a nice tribute to him, like how he was a real family man, but he (Harry Harrison) knew tragedy, in that his wife and two of his children predeceased him, and that he was one classy guy. And so is Bruce Morrow, if you ask me. He used to live near us on Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn (he does not anymore), and we saw his name on one of the call buttons in the building entrance, but no one had to guts to try to visit him (we were 13, after all). The Cuz and my father went to the same barber. Here is an article about Harry Harrison: radioink.com -- Carl in Olney, but formerly of Flatbush, Brooklyn (1/29/20)

The PIRATE ACT has been passed in DC -- meant to identify illegal broadcasters and punish them with very steep fines. Some might say unreasonably so. User "RadioGuy" posting on the legal low-power radio website HOBBYBROADCASTER.COM observed, "If I understand this right, a 'pirate' broadcaster could be fined $100,000 per day up to $1,000,000 maximum. The fine for robbing a bank is $50,000. To put this in perspective, theoretically, a hobby broadcaster on FM that transmits more than about 200 feet could be fined twenty times more than robbing a bank, and go to jail to boot." (quote used with permission from Hobbybroadcaster.Com). He's right. What dunce thought these fines were a good idea? Or even enforceable? I'm all for keeping things legit, but really now. (1/29/20)

Watched one segment of Angie Goff covering the Super Bowl in Miami & that was one segment too many..She was off the chain; just too much..She can be entertaining, but her antics are starting to be way over the top (1/29/20)

What the hell are the (clown) suits at Hearst thinking to run live, non-stop coverage of the impeachment hearings all afternoon on alleged/wanna-be news radio 1090? No matter what side of this political outhouse listeners are on, do they honestly think people driving home from a stressful day in the office, or a cold, rainy day working outside, or in a day care center changing shit diapers all damn day give one more baby’s ass about this shit??? They want some headlines of news they missed all day, like how many more murders occurred in Baltimore, how bad traffic is on the beltway and whether it’s going to rain or snow Saturday. I mean, seriously...WHO FUCKING CARES????? Even the sister television station (MeTV) is running this shit non-stop, leaving me without Leave It To Beaver, The Andy Griffith Show and M*A*S*H!!! Ughhhhhh!!!! I am so done with this nonsense. CLICK (1/29/20)

Re "On Monday Mike "The Pontificator" O'Meara..." Worst yet, was low IQ Oscar Santana then trying to string together his RIP Kobe Bryant moral compass gibberish thoughts while juggling the English language. PAINFULL! Boys, just make us laugh - that's all! (1/29/20)

RE: RE: On Monday Mike “The Pontificator” O’Meara…… You are so right. First he bragged that “He knows Grieving”. Then, he race rant. I think he forgets that he took his daughters home from the beach because “It was getting darker”. And, it had nothing to do with sunlight. He can make fun of all different races, make sexist jokes. Shit, he and Fat Nazi Blobb even fat sham people. They weigh at least 600 Lbs between them yet they make fun of fat people????? (1/29/20)

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WUSA9's Annie Yu must have the greatest contract ever structured in local TV history. I've tuned in the last 2-3 weeks to watch her and I think she's been on twice. Plenty of pics of her on Facebook at the beach, Ca. Just not at her actual job. And I LOVE Angie Goff. She's kooky and hot. I hope she does a segment on the beach. MY beach towel is ready. LOL. Paul (1/28/20)

87.7 FM......these stations are suppose to go dark on 7/13/21, according to FCC (MB Docket No. 03-185). The Public was never given an opportunity to apply for these signals. Look back at the history of these.stations......The reason these 28 licenses were granted was so that MINORITIES could get into TELEVISION OWNERSHIP. Today, Broadcast Diversity still remains scarce. These stations found that it was more lucrative to operate as FM RADIO STATIONS rather than Televisions Stations as intended by the FCC. You can file comments until 2/6/20. (1/28/20)

New anchors for WJLA's Good Morning Washington? So, are they replacing someone or being added like WUSA did with Tony Perkins? By the way, how's that show doing these days? (1/28/20)

On Monday Mike "The Pontificator" O'Meara lectured his podcast audience that you're a racist if you're not all broken up over Kobe Bryant being dead. It's his own fault, he should have driven the Lamborghini like everyone else. His daughter dying is sad. On the bright side hotel maids will sleep a little easier. slate.com... Mike P.T.O. O'Meara can suck his own Irish bag. Wait, nevermind, he can barely reach down to tie his shoes. Gus in the Gaithersburg (1/28/20)

Hey Dave, it has gotten to the point of statist Russian propaganda, not conservative media, over at WMAL, and I am not talking about Mark Levin's secret plutocratic agenda. It was reported last night John Bolton tuned in an outline for a book he is writing to the White House for review. Standard procedure. It the outline Bolton stresses the President did in fact tie military aid to Ukraine as a reward for Ukraine announcing investigations into Joe and Hunter Biden. This morning, Joe diGenova on WMAL commented “So what,” dismissing the news item as a nothing burger. Last April, Joe’s wife, Victoria, was acting as a go between for the President and Lev Parnas, when Parnas was in the Ukraine shaking down government officials trying to get an investigation announced of Joe and Hunter Biden. We have phone messages from her to Lev, while Lev was in Ukraine, asking Lev for an update for her to report to “number one.” Joe knows a lot more than he is telling us on WMAL, and Joe is lying, and making crap up to cover up his and his wife’s involvement in the Ukraine political dirty trick (in political terms, Rat F&6%ing),for which the president is being impeached. Remember, Joe is also working for an Oligarch, helping to keep him from being extradited to the US , and criminally charged. We don’t hear that tidbit on WMAL either. Fox News has dropped DiGenova, Fox Business has dropped diGenova, so, why does WMAL let this criminal, racist, liar, and anti-semitic, on WMAL’s airwaves to do Putin’s and Russian oligarchs bidding for them, and to downplay his and his wife’s involvement in the scandal? Why does diGeova claim US interference in Ukraine ministry of justice, led by non US government representatives, (and representatives who have in writing they only represent Trump, and not the United States), is not treason to the highest order? diGenova is knee deep in this crap, and the only ones who don’t know it, apparently, are the fools running WMAL. (1/28/20)

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I've been away, but now I'm back. 1) WDCN-LP is on 87.75 (basically 87.7), not 87.5 as others have written, and my wife's students listen to it all the time; if it's popular and legal, what's the big deal? 2) The wife, with her eagle eye, speculates the following about Amelia Draper: She was pregnant and had a miscarriage a few months back, and is now pregnant again. Let's all wish her well and that she has a healthy baby a few months from now, assuming that she is expecting. Again, this is all speculation, based on the outfits she wears. 3) Is it a coincidence that WTOP has started carrying "CBS News on the Hour" again and the loaded resentful-sounding phrases about real news, live news, or something like that have completely disappeared? It made CBS News sound a little silly when I heard it on WNAV or WCBS. Now it sounds professional again, and now WTOP uses it again. 4) Interesting that WCBS-880 in NYC has been so strong the last few days, that around Columbia, I have gotten it in full HD, sometimes for a whole minute. -- Carl in Olney (1/27/20)

Hi Dave, I must say I'm very impressed that you're able to run DCRTV every bit as efficiently in GA and WNC as you did in NOVA! How do you do it, as you're well out-of-terrestrial-range of the DC area stations? Was living in NOVA too much for you to afford eventually? Just curious. (1/27/20)

Thanks to the internet, I can easily listen to many DC radio stations no matter where I am, including two of my favorites - WTOP and WAMU. I can also watch local TV newscasts via DC and Baltimore stations' websites. And I still have a bunch of cool sources providing me with station info, so it all works great. Basically I left the DC area in 2017 due to the high costs of living and the incredibly horrible traffic. I did return to the DC area for part of 2018 but otherwise I've been in Delaware, Georgia, South Carolina, and now have a cool place in the foothills of North Carolina. I am only two hours from the Virginia state line and just six hours from the DC area via I-81......

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Re :"Fox 5 sending Angie Golfballs to cover the Super Bowl ensures I won't be watching the Fox 5 local coverage of it", since it appears that management has made her the roving reporter now for the big sports events, guess they'll also send her to Tokyo for the Olympics..It appears that she's truly found her dream job..She seems to have more perks and benefits than any other anchor or reporter at the station.. (1/26/20)

I noticed also CBS has been running repeats Friday night last 3 weeks also first 2 hours on Thursday dont get it middle of Winter.I understand repeats Christmas week but now? Also notice even though I dont care much for the format I have an HD Radio and WMZQ hasnt been running the Classic Country HD2 station probably since New Years no 98.7 HD subchannel operating right now. (1/26/20)

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Does 87.5 FM WDCN subscribe to Nielsen? They are not listed as a subscriber, yet Nielsen is showing their ratings. Last year Nielsen announced that they would NOT list any station that did not subscribe to their service and pay them. (1/25/20)

OK, if you've been watching the impeachment on TV, you would have heard the name "Pat Cippoloni". The first time I heard it, I though they said, "Patsy Baloney". Wouldn't that be a great name for a Pee Wee Herman character? Billy's younger sister? (1/25/20)

If you would like like to file a comment about LPTV Channel 6 87.5 FM, you can call the FCC and ask them the best way to file your comments. They are suppose to make it easy to file your comments. You can also email FCC.gov and ask them the best way to do it. (1/25/20)

Fox 5 sending Angie Golfballs to cover the Super Bowl ensures I won't be watching the Fox 5 local coverage of it. (1/25/20)

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The powers that be are definitely making Angie Goff the Golden Child at Fox 5. No one seems to get more attention & perks at that station than she does. I initially felt she was trying way too hard, but she’s actually growing on me. Her enthusiasm & wackiness actually seem genuine vs. one of the early morning anchors w/her constant, fake cackling. (1/24/20)

Does anyone know why CBS is running constant repeats on Friday nights? This seems strange since they made a big deal about starting their spring season and will lose 3-4 Fridays due to March Madness (1/24/20)

People keep saying you can file your comments on the Channel 6 87.5 FM stations at FCC.gov. BUT WHERE? That’s an impossible bureaucratic maze. Got a link????? (1/24/20)

WWSX-LP has moved to a new tower site on Rt. 1 north of Rehoboth Beach, but I can't find an application for the move on the FCC's website. The had applied to move to this site before, but the application was dismissed. (1/24/20)

Major problem on Television Hill in Baltimore says WJZ 13. The CBS O & O claims that the station cannot meet the repack deadline because of a scheduling problem to have a staging area for the Erickson Air Crane to operate and replace the 3 main transmitter stalks atop the candelabra tower. There are only 2 weekends available on the Loyola University sports grounds for use of their land and the first one is a month after Stage 9 of the Repack ends on May 1. WJZ will move to channel 11 on a new auxiliary transmitter which they are installing now. Presumably, from the description, WMAR & WBAL will be filing similar delays as all 3 appear to be using the same air crane. Both WJZ and WBAL TV will have to evacuate the day this happens so there will likely be less local news that Saturday or Sunday. This also means that WJZ and possibly WBAL and WMAR will have poor reception in the month of May. fcc.gov — BaltoMedia.net (1/24/20)

Entravision, a Hispanic Media Company, stock has hit an all time low price of $2.06 per share. They own radio and television stations on the West Coast. They own good stations but don't seem to have good management. This company is ripe for a take over. (1/24/20)

87.5 FM......the FCC reminded us that the window is now open until 2/6/20 to file comments on the LPTV Channel 6 use of this Channel as a FM Radio Station rather than a Television Station as it was intended. There were 28 of these licenses issued at the time so that more Minorities could get into Television Station ownership. Soon after these licenses were granted, the people who received the licenses found that it was more lucrative to use the audio channel 87.5 FM as an FM Radio station. Today, most of these stations have been sold to Non-- Minorities. You can file your comments at the FCC.gov. (1/24/20)

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Hey Dave, It looks like Fox News in more on the beat than those idiots over at WMAL. On October 9, 2019, two con men working for Giuliani, Parnas and Fruman, were arrested at Dulles Airport and charged with, among other things , International money laundering. Now, DiGenova and his wife had been palling around with these two clowns for months,and Parnas even claims Toesing was in on the initial coercing of a foreign official for political gains, for which the President is being impeached. There were no more appearances of DiGenova, or his wife Toesing, on Fox News after that arrest. DiGenova did appear a couple of times on Fox Business in December, but disappeared after he made an anti-semitic remark about George Soros that got Jewish viewers up and arms. Fox News dropped this clown for dishonest and not disclosing business interests, Fox Business dismissed him for anti-semitic remarks, allegedly, so, why is this buffoon still on WMAL every Monday at 7:05 AM? Fire this racist, dishonest, political conniving, cheating, anti-semitic ass, Bill Hess. And then make him come clean with an apologetic press conference, explaining the political dirty trick he was involved in-with the President, on the Capitol steps this Monday, for all the Senators to hear. There is a special place in Hell for guys like Joe DiGenova. Bill, you are in the cesspool with him unless you do the right thing. Jail could be good for Joe. (1/23/20)

The application to sell WXSH in Pocomoke City from Mike Powell to Vinco Media has appeared on the FCC website. (1/23/20)

REF: [TJ Smith] I agree with the earlier post about this dude who would push his mother off a busy sidewalk into rush-hour traffic to get his sorry ass in front of a camera. As has been stated here before, Smith was a self-made “Chief” of information with Baltimore PD, a title suggesting a command-level sworn position, when, in fact, he was nothing more than a civilian PR hack, the department’s puppet, puking up whatever his former commissioner buddy, Kevin Davis (also from AAPD, who got him his job) needed to make him look good. This double-dipper took a leave of absence from AAPD to jack his salary up significantly while joining BPD, which allowed him to remain on AAPD’s payroll to accrue all the benefits of his lieutenant position there while pulling in a salary well into six figures from the city. He and Davis have remained best buddies of alleged/wanna-be news radio 1090, and have been for years where they welcome them with open arms, especially now that Smith is running for Baltimore mayor. I guess the station felt sorry for him after seeing the turnout for his mayoral campaign kickoff was barely enough to fill a British phone booth. Hopefully, listeners will see this for what it is and either stay home or vote for someone else on election day. (1/23/20)

Two radio stocks we have been following are still not doing well. Urban One $2.07 and Salem $1.50. Both companies are trying to reduce their debt. They both need to sell off some assets in order to do this. (1/23/20)

Memo to 94.7 The Drive: Have you played "Elvira" by the Oak Ridge Boys in the last few days? I haven't thought of that corny piece of shit since about 1988, and yet I woke up this morning and it was stuck in my head. I'm sure I heard it somewhere recently; there is no other reason that one alcohol-soaked brain cell retaining that song would have lit up this morning. "Giddyup-Oom-Papa-Mau-Mau".... (1/23/20)

"There WAS a TMOS Bonus Show on 1/17." Yet as of this writing on MLK Wednesday it still hasn't made it to their website. (1/23/20)

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There WAS a TMOS Bonus Show on 1/17. AND not producing a show on a federal holiday is not an unusual thing for anyone. (1/22/20)

WE CALL TMOS BUMKIS! Mike O'Meara off AGAIN on Tuesday. So, on TMOS, is "migraine" Robb Spewak slange for "hangover?" (1/22/20)

No longer with us: Fred Graham www.legacy.com... (1/22/20)

GLOVELESS FRUITCAKE TREASURE: Now that the holidays are over and the fruitcakes have been devoured, I checked out on their YouTube page, Robb Spewak and the TMOS elves making it all happen. Did you know that Robb Spewak and most elves don't wear clear plastic baking gloves OR beard and hair nets? EWWW! [So in ass-backwards Virginia, commercial kitchen regulations are in par with backwoods Moonshine regs?] (1/22/20)

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Remember all of those nicknames for Baltimore? Charm City, All-American City, The City That Reads, Baltimore’s Best. I have a new one. The Unacceptable City. I have selected that because, you will hear the mayor, council prez, or commish saying that the latest crime surge is “unacceptable”. Will one of the esteemed media members ever ask exactly what that means? They keep saying it, but nothing changes. How about the media, or even a mayoral candidate making one of those Fox News montages, showing these so-called leaders using the word unacceptable time after time. You could even throw in a few ‘will not be tolerated’, whatever that’s supposed to mean. That’s another of their go to phrases. (1/21/20)

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TMOS NO GO! So, The Mike O'Meara Show Podcast produced no PAID "BONUS SHOW" for subscribers last Friday [1/17] and NO LIVE SHOW today, Monday [1/20] Really taking that MLK holiday to the extreme. [Mike, is age 60 too late to develop a work ethic?] (1/20/20)

WDCH 99.1 FM....why would Entercom redact the price of their LMA with Bloomberg? Bloomberg leases the station 24 Hours per day. Why the Secret? (1/20/20)

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Gene, the WBJC website has posted the following message: "WBJC is currently broadcasting from a backup collection over the air due to equipment failure in the studios. The component that sends the signal from our studio out to the transmitter has failed. We are expecting the replacement tomorrow, and emergency installation will take place over the weekend. What you’re hearing over the air is a back-up collection of classical music we loading up for just such an event. You can still hear what we are ACTUALLY broadcasting live by listening online." It would be nice if every station on the dial had the foresight to install a backup audio device when their main studio-to-transmitter link goes down. (1/19/20)

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Interesting question. Are these 3 TV stations all on the air at the same time? www.rabbitears.info... (1/18/20)

I know WDVM 25 is on the air. I know Baltimore’s WMJF got permission to move to channel 23 which a severely directional signal, but how could WDDN-LP Daystar still be on the air and not have been displaced? The signal overlap to WDVM specifically is significant. Anybody know? (1/18/20)

The game changing thing about Nextgen TV is that, yeah, you’ll have to have that antenna again, but it might not have to be that big as in home antenna reception is better with ATSC 3.0 and you won’t have to WIRE every TV. That is the game changer. One WIFI router can route the TV signals to other TVs or even laptops or phones without a direct connection just like we do now with our computers and laptops. The other big change with ATSC 3.0 is the adaptability of the signal. It can change resolutions on the fly to keep a constant signal for like in a basement or in a big concrete apartment building where the direct to device signal is difficult. The next big shoe to drop is going to be the cellphone industry. They already have tiny chips that will fit in any cell phone along with small antenna designs for ATSC 3.0. But will any manufacturer bite a piece of the apple under threat from the carriers? Apple’s now running their own streaming service. So are CBS and NBC. NextGen TV has the promise of too much too cheaply, and the cell phone manufacturers and cable companies know where their bread is buttered. I hope the government doesn’t collude with these entrenched companies and near monopolies to try to poison pill this stuff because it could be really exciting. Imagine being able to tune in say, a baseball or football game while on the beach from a laptop or cell phone? And after the 5 year channel sharing period expires for lighthouse signals, every TV station in America will have the capability for 8-12 TV sub-channels, all better resolution than today with at least one 4k signal for big events. — BaltoMedia.net (1/18/20)

One Media, btw Dave, is owned by Sinclair, so both Washington and Baltimore will be first with ATSC 3.0/Nextgen TV and Sinclair already has a sharing deal with Nexstar, so it’s likely that WJLA ABC 7 and WDCW CW 50 will be sharing ATSC 1.0 and 3.0 signals for the 5 required years. This explains the use of the Ward Circle NBC tower for the ATSC 3.0 tests in Washington. In Baltimore the WBFF/WNUV duopoly allows them to make the switch very quickly and Sinclair has already done lots of tests in the DC/Baltimore market that went unnoticed. Even NBC owned WRC NBC 4 participated in the tests. Comcast hates this, but they also fear it, so they want to be on board for several reasons or at least appear to be on board. #1, it threatens Comcast Xfinity’s business model, #2, if they fight it too hard, it throws into question their anti-trust situation, which so far they’ve been given a pass on. #3 They want to play both sides against the middle to make money either way. Fox and WTTG Fox 5 are on board too, but it’s unclear who they’d pair with, but my feeling is that it’ll be WPXW 66 who’s going to be on the same River Road tower which is undergoing renovations. I have no thoughts on what WUSA 9 will do. Tegna is a member of the ATSC 3.0 alliance, but I’ve seen no tests at any of their stations yet, so I think they’re going to take a wait and see approach. But Sinclair has all their eggs in this basket, so they’ve got to get these Nextgen stations that they own on the air ASAP. They created OneMedia for this purpose and so far are probably making little money. (1/18/20)

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I think Angie Goff has been on Fox5 for less than a year, but she’s everywhere! She’s been given an anchor seat as well as a co-host seat on their 7pm show. She also routinely promoted her podcast on air. She was sent to the World Series & I see now she’s being sent to the Super Bowl. There are on air personalities who have been there for YEARS who haven’t & STILL haven’t been given such perks. What’s the big deal with Angie??!! (1/17/20)

What's going on at WBJC? - No on air announcer - noticed 10pm last night and all morning too - also, they did not run Music Through the Night program between 1 and 5am. Just an announcement after each selection - WBJC Baltimore etc. GENE in Eldersburg (1/17/20)

Nancy Chen leaves WJLA... Her Instagram post said that today was her last day at ABC 7 - moving to New York (1/17/20)

"Joe Di Genoa" guy and the Stock Market guy, what the heck is wrong with you? I have to step away for a bit to perform chores for my Russian masters related to debt service. I say let the Russians fucking take over. If you're worried about Russia you're siding with Mark Levin. Think about that. Think about U.S. interference with Israeli and Iranian elections. Remember that time the Russians murdered Muammar Ghadaffi? Good times! Remember that time Russia invaded Iraq for no reason? Good times! Keep siding with Mark Levin and opposing Russia. See where that gets you. Gus in the Gaithersburg (1/17/20)

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The payment from Bloomberg to lease WDCH is redacted from the public copy of the LMA. That's allowed and, to my knowledge, standard practice. Tough shit. Now go rant about stock prices again....That WETA-TV construction permit that P of the AW brought up is not current, it was for a DRT on ch. 31 that was never built and expired in 2017. I guess they either realized it would be a waste of money - I mean, here in Loudoun their signal is perfect - or abandoned the permit once they started trying to move the main signal from 14 to 31. Obviously, they couldn't build it now without murdering that signal....MHz Networks barely registers as local media anymore, but noteworthy is they are shuttering all TV broadcasting for good as WorldView is being discontinued on the first of March. All that's left will be their MHz Choice streaming service with its catalogue of (even by streaming-service standards) very niche foreign-language programs. They're replacing WorldView with a free ad-supported linear stream of those programs called MHz Now: mhznetworks.com (1/16/20)

How much is Bloomberg paying Entercom to lease their WDCH 99.1 FM for their Business Format? The FCC does not have a record of this. Their lease expires in January 2021. We know that the Russians are paying Arthur Liu $35,000 per month to lease WZHF 1390 AM and they are paying John Garziglia $30,000 per month to lease his Translator 105.5 FM. (1/16/20)

The stock market hit another high today. Is Urban One in trouble? Their stock is at an all time low price of $1.94 per share. They have too much debt to service. They need to reduce their debt so that they could turn a profit. (1/16/20)

Last night, Lev Parnas, accused spy, political trickster, and money launderer working for the Trump campaign and Rudy Gullif#ckf@ce, accused Joe Di Genoa of being involved heavily in the plot to oust a sitting US Ambassador, apply monetary pressure on a foreign government for a domestic political outcome, and working with Rudy against he US Department of Justice, using the President, to keep a politically connected oligarch from facing criminal charges in the United States. Why is this traitor to the US, Joe Di Genoa, still on the air at WMAL, using his title of former US Attorney, to provide commentary, and de-legitimize impeachment news and those currently working at the Justice Department? Juxtapose this news with Larry O'Connor and Chris Plante constantly spewing Russian fake news, and we should legitimately ask, " Is WMAL a cog in a Russian machination designed to fell the United States?" Comrade Bill Hess, care to comment? (1/16/20)

Public radio station WSCL 89.5 from Salisbury University had to recently move their antenna and transmitter to a new location- Luckily, there was an available tower about a mile or two away... www.delmarvapublicradio.net (1/16/20)

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BaltoMedia says WETA-TV is constructing a new building for their repack location? Their construction permit is for the 4010 Chesapeake St NW DC location. Didn’t think there was any room for another building there. Curious to see that they also gave a CP for a translator way out past Darnestown with a highly directional bow tie pattern NW and NE. Who is that for? -P of the AW (1/15/20)

Will alleged newsradio 1090 please stop the incessant cheerleading for "Chief" TJ Smith to be mayor? At a time when the city police department was struggling to recruit new officers, they sent two drug detectives to work in Anne Arundel County in exchange for having "Chief" Smith serve as the mouthpiece for the city police department. The deal had Anne Arundel chipping in $91,000 for Smith's salary and the city putting in another $45,000. Not a bad gig. He wasn't outside the city's culture of corruption, he was part of it. He was brought here to be a master of propaganda to cover up the department's long history of misdeeds and the incompetency of leadership to get a grip on Baltimore's crime issue. (1/15/20)

I wonder if the influx of KHI folks into WXSH-FM is either 1) to create a radio renaissance for that station and that region or 2) just a temporary stop to personally regroup. A Class-A FM that can't even throw a signal across the Bay is one helluva step down for nearly everybody involved. But having said that, a station under local control and close-in ownership can try anything and everything they want to without corporate interference; rapidly becoming local legends and perhaps drawing industry attention. However this works out, I wish them all well. I've taken jobs at stations with night-light power after a "career glitch", so I can appreciate what they are doing. (1/15/20)

Nextgen TV on Delmarva… Salisbury is not included in the 40 or 60+ markets to get Nextgen TV this year or next, but WBOC TV has an advertisement looking for a TV engineer with ATSC 3.0 experience so Draper is clearly planning to get started on it very soon, I guess after they finish the complexities of turning WRDE NBC Coast TV into the equivalent of a full power TV station. I don’t see anything from WMDT just yet about it, but WMDT also owns WGDV-LD and WEVD-LD in Dover, so they both own multiple TV stations to allow a fairly quick transition. — BaltoMedia.net (1/15/20)

Baltimore area based Sinclair put on its biggest ATSC 3.0 Nextgen TV demonstration at the Consumer Electronics show. Nextgen TVs are now available by Sony, Samsung, and co-inventor LG. Sinclair used its own TV station in Las Vegas, KSNV NBC TV to demonstrate 4k TV over the air, some 1080p programming uploaded to 4k by the new TVs or actual original 4k programming that the TVs can receive over the air in full resolution. Baltimore is among the 40 markets it owns TV stations in that plan to convert, most likely with WNUV, which in the test they've already done in Baltimore, WNUV could run both The CW and Fox 45 from WNUV in ATSC 3.0 (and possibly My Network TV) with some 4k programming and all the sub-channels of both TV stations, while WBFF will carry both Fox and The CW in 720p and My 24, with a smaller batch of sub-channels for today's TVs. tvnewscheck.com (1/15/20)

Some FCC notes. WBMD AM 750 is back on the air at full power from the WFSI tower in Essex. And W268BA (WBAL FM 101.5) has finalized its plans and settled on 136 watts from the candelabra tower instead of 250 watts. (1/15/20)

WETA 26 has filed a progress report with the FCC. It appears they have begun construction on their channel 31 repack location. They are constructing a new building on the property and estimate construction to be finished in the 1st half of 2020 so apparently they will be a full power at some point by the beginning of summer. — BaltoMedia.net (1/15/20)

John Vincent (and KHI crew) have landed at Xtra 106.1 in Pocomoke City. Haven't been able to find out if he's bought the station from Mike Powell or if it's an LMA arraignment. The crew includes Chris Roth which you referenced in the departures from WAID-FM..... Draper Communications (WRDE-TV) has its hands full not only with adding sites to improve WRDE's signal but they have also moved part of their radio operations from in town Cambridge to a newly renovated shopping center along Rt. 50 in Cambridge..... Radio Operations Director Joe Edwards has posted a video on his Facebook page of the remnants of the old studios..... The problem with the clunky switching during NBC programming may have something to do with master control being handled from Salisbury. See the link below. www.prnewswire.com (1/15/20)

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Just reading that Tony Perkins is now permanently in that Wake Up DC morning show. Hmmmm, interesting as he made it seem like he was through with tv & wanted to go back to radio. (1/14/20)

Sad, very sad to read of the demise of the local Sentinel newspapers. But once -- just once -- wouldn't you love to see a final edition go to press with this headline? (link: GIRLS WITH SLINGSHOTS) girlswithslingshots.com (1/14/20)

Is Sue Palka still the "chief meteorologist" for WTTG? She seems to be on the air less than anyone else on their weather staff and rarely does all the weather reports in a newscast, often alternating reports with another staffer. (1/14/20)

All Access is reporting enormous changes nationally at iHeartMedia. Right from the company's own press release, they are looking to consolidate even more (if that's possible), concentrating operations covering extremely large regions into compact hubs they call, "'Centers of Excellence' using artificial intelligence and other technology ... that the company claims will provide a better experience for listeners and business partners and a more efficient process for all of its employees." That last part deserves a second mention: "All of its employees", or at least the few that remain. Further into the press release, the company states, "...there will be some employee dislocation -- some by geography and some by function -- which is the unfortunate price we pay to modernize the company. We have had to make some tough decisions, and in the process some employees have been affected." Some very prime office space may soon come available in the pink building on Rockville Pike in 2020, accompanied by the sound of doors smacking an awful lot of people in the ass on the way out. To any iHeart employees reading this posting, why on earth are you still working for these dolts? Get out now and save your careers. (1/14/20)

In Baltimore, we have three HFS like stations: 89.7 WTMD resembles HFS’ early years with a wide variety of singer-songwriter and local music, WRNR resembles HFS’ heyday in the early-mid 90s and HFS on 104.7 (WWMX-HD2 / hfsradio.com) resembles corporate HFS in the late 90s-2000s (minus any DJs, with a crappy signal and lots of technical problems that go on unchecked for months on end). (1/14/20)

I am glad that DCRTV is not a political site. However, it is difficult to avoid it when politics dominate the News in DC. Perhaps you would rather hear about "Gus in Gaithersburg". (1/14/20)

I love the classic alternative music like on Sirus sattelite First Wave but it probably wouldnt get good ratings as a full time format I personally would rather see a 50s 60s feed maybe on HD3 get rid of the in my opinion junk station Q on thier HD2 channel theres already a station for The LGBT community on Hot 99.5 HD2 called Pride Radio fortunately the Gamut plays a bit of just about everything so you will hear Classic alternative ,Oldies, as well as pop and the classic rock acts and deep cuts that WBIG ignores. Im not a fan of the Drive theyve eliminated just about all of the early 70s music was better when they were on HD2 as DCs Classic Hits When Fresh was on the 94.7 main channel .The Drive too repetitive of a playlist do you have to hear Youre the One That I Want from Grease 4 times a day! . . Also DC101 HD2 used to be hard leaning rock it was quite decent then then they became WONK conservative talk too bad. (1/14/20)

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"It wouldn't have taken more than a few clicks to figure it out -- O'Meara publicly posted the exact situation the day after it happened on social media." I guess I'm just not as fascinated or obsessed with Mr. O'Meara as you are. If he posted about the hot shot the day after it happened that pushes Fake Musicologist Rob's "respect his privacy" right out the window doesn't it? I wouldn't know because I don't take the Facebook. It's a salutary reminder that we all should have coverage for our funeral expenses when the time of our homegoing rolls around. And by the way something, everything Mike O'Meara related is obesity related. This week racist Rob will be ditching the sweatshirts and wearing a bra as a top. Gus in the Gaithersburg (1/13/20)

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I actually tried to give the new Fox5 traffic woman a chance, but she’s just not a good fit. Her personality is, well, let me say she doesn’t exude any personality. (1/12/20)

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Sherree Burruss moves on from NBC4 www.washingtonpost.com... (1/11/20)

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As though on cue comes the idea of the resurrection of HFS after the recent firings at 94.7 The Drive. Time for a few catches to this idea. First of all, The Drive’s ratings are close or in the top 10 of late, it would be foolish to ditch a format that’s working. Secondly, there’s already a alternative outlet in DC in the form of DC101 and honestly, you aren’t going to do well with two mainstream alternative stations in the market at all as it would be a battle as to who gets up to around 14th place and the other outlet is in 20th or sometimes slight higher or lower. Third, as was mentioned, you aren’t going to get the 80s HFS or 90s but current day alternative and honestly, compared to the 70s, 80s and early 90s alt music, it’s not as appealing as the old school sound of HFS. The only good thing about a two station alt rock rivalry would be that both 101.1 and 94.7 have really great coverage areas. What I would do is something Entercom won’t do and that’s add in late 70s, 80s and early 90s alternative tracks on 94.7 The Drive. If you’re going to have a classic hits station in DC, a nod to the heyday of HFS wouldn’t hurt either. Make it a heritage outlet and have the playlist reflect what DC was like back in those days. It won’t quell the noise of: WE NEED HFS BACK….but it can add some context to those days. That or on HD3, get rid of WJFK’s simulcast and do a ROQ of the 80s format that has those alt songs the way KROQ out of Pasadena CA does on their HD2 signal. OH and one last thing about the HFS call sign: It’s parked in Tampa on a business station that’s a simulcast of a station out of Bocca Raton. If somehow, Entercom were to want to get WHFS back in DC, they would just try to get them off the Beasley Broadcast Group….so some food for thought there. Dan (1/10/20)

“What will happen to the 80's format on WAID 94.7 FM now that Chris Roth and Albie Dee are gone? Entercom should put an Alternative Format, like the old HFS Format. It would do well in both DC and Baltimore.”. 94.7 does still have Jason Kidd, yes he’s worked a lot of top 40 but he did a great job at 102.7 Jack FM before it got traded to iHeart from CBS Radio in 2009. As for Entercom putting an alternative format on one of their frequencies. They have two in DC that could easily be switched which would still be a lot better product than Spanish, or Bloomberg radio. It’s painful that 99.1 & 107.9 are strong Baltimore market frequencies that get completely wasted trying to be DC stations, they’re both geared to DC market which neither signal properly covers per what I’ve read here over the years. Yet they are both are solid up towards the Mason Dixon line especially 99.1. (1/10/20)

Gus, you insipid troll -- We've all come to realize how much of a legend-in-your-own-mind and gutless wonder you are, but you cannot really be as stupid as your last post sounded. O'Meara's extra days off were a serious, death-related matter involving someone extremely close to one of his children -- pretty sure that doesn't qualify as "obesity related". And before you haul off and say "well, how was I supposed to know that?"... It wouldn't have taken more than a few clicks to figure it out -- O'Meara publicly posted the exact situation the day after it happened on social media. No colossal mystery going on. You know that old saying about never assuming stuff because of what it makes you into? Try it sometime, ass. (1/10/20)

Good News......the Stock Market hit an all time high yesterday! Our radio stocks continue to be flat. Wall Street does not like these stocks. Most of these radio companies have too much debt to service. (1/10/20)

"WHFS is not coming back. And, if it did, you wouldn't like it, 2020 "Alternative" isn't the same as 2005 or 1995." And some of us didn't like it in 1995 when it stunk like the decade old corpse it was. I wouldn't have suggested "just play oldies" I would have suggested to "go back to no playlists." But even the people whining about HFS are more fun than The Stock Guy. That guy's a dick. Gus in the Gaithersburg (1/10/20)

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"Entercom should put an Alternative Format, like the old HFS Format." Seriously...? It's been 15 years. WHFS is not coming back. And, if it did, you wouldn't like it, 2020 "Alternative" isn't the same as 2005 or 1995. (1/9/20)

WAMU tower in NW in the process of removing old and installing new main antenna, starting today and running through mid-February. Would you take the job of removing and installing lots of metal pipes and fittings while climbing up and down a yellow steel gin pole on a day when temps are below freezing? Not me, mon ami. -P of the AW (1/9/20)

Re: "...what is the relevance to the DC/Baltimore media scene to bring up Mike O'Meara's Florida real estate holdings?" Because, if a member of the DCRTV family buys his vacation townhouse, Mike O'Meara will personally sign the master bath toilet seat and should provide DCRTV Dave with a 2% commission. #BuyMikesHouse (1/9/20)

Totally agree with the post about Chick and Buck on 980. Love Buck and felt he got shafted by the Wizzard's and Leonsis's kid who pushed him out the door after doing the same thing to Phil Chenier. Chick, well you have to feel sorry for him, not funny at all but thinks he is. 980 is a non factor mainly because of so much inside stuff with their host's. NBC Sports Washington is unwatchable. Never, have we seen such a group of amateurs on one outlet. It seems like the less qualified you are for TV, then that's the place for you . Experience is not a requirement. As for Julie, it is quite obvious all she is selling is herself. Dressing the way she does, speaks for itself. Have you seen the photo's she post of herself. Nuff said. (1/9/20)

What will happen to the 80's format on WAID 94.7 FM now that Chris Roth and Albie Dee are gone? Entercom should put an Alternative Format, like the old HFS Format. It would do well in both DC and Baltimore. (1/9/20)

Other than just sheer viciousness and the absence of having a life of your own, what is the relevance to the DC/Baltimore media scene to bring up Mike O'Meara's Florida real estate holdings? Dude, its a whole new decade - go get that therapy you should have gotten fifteen years ago. (1/9/20)

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So American University authorized the sale of WAMU's Eastern Shore repeater, WRAU 88.3 back in early October... No takers? (1/8/20)

Well this might explain some of the recent weirdness of WKHI 94.9 FM, Newark, MD/Ocean City. Vince lost the transmitter site, and then immediately sold the radio station. It’s just so funny because the station was his most successful I think, but he did the same with all the failed ones too, lost the tower site and whomever owns it apparently doesn’t want to deal with him anymore. It’s just mind boggling. I could say more, but he'd threaten to sue. LOL What's interesting is that the buyer is The Voice Radio, Hitman’s station WJKI, who’s had troubling issues with Vince before, to say the least. Hehe. But here’s the FCC sale. and it makes you wonder, where is Vinco Media going now? fcc.gov (1/8/20)

Whatever obesity-related drama Mike O'Meara is going through what is this "please respect his privacy" bullshit? Is there a mugshot out there? I couldn't violate his privacy if I wanted to. But the heinousness of the week is Rob the Raccist Musicologist Spewak saying that Bobby Darin had the original hit version of Mack the Knife. Leaving Lotte Lenya aside, Louis Armstrong made it a hit 3 years before Darin. And as always the show is better without the marquee name. Just sayin'. Treasure these times. Gus in the Gaithersburg (1/8/20)

Here is why the Facebook page and website for WKHI has disparied. Vince is selling the station to Kevin of The Voice Radio Network for $375K (FCC Date Base). Does this mean that Vince is now out of radio? God would only hope so! (1/8/20)

A routine search suggests that one of the O'meara daughters boyfriend got a "hotshot" over the weekend. I wonder if Mike will refer to the guy as a junkie like he did when Tom Petty passed similarly. Tragic indeed. Lay off the smack kids. It's poisoned by the chinese with fentanyl. (1/8/20)

Dave: I've been out of town the past few weeks and catching up with various posts and things. First, when I was out down in SC I heard a 980 show with Buck and Hernandez and I thought it was quite inappropriate, unprofessional, and simply irresponsible to put those guys on the radio. Wow, are these guys bitter or what? Buck's ego takes up the entire Capital One Arena and friends of mine have told me stories about how spoiled he got on the road with the Wizards. Also, Chick isn't funny and at this point and he's hurting his career by fueling anything that Buck said...it was an awful listen! Meanwhile, isn't there a TV sportscaster in the market who knows player names? Channel 4 seems to be struggling with talent and I don't even know the other people at Channel 7 or 9. But, what's most embarrassing is the talent and look at NBCSNDCCSN-DC and how they allow people like Julie and others to dress on-camera. I know it's cable, however, that channel has no credibility at all! (1/8/20)

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MAJOR PROBLEMS IN MIKE O'MEARA LAND: With his voice trembling, Robb Spewak announced on yesterday's show that "Mike O'Meara is not here, dealing with personal matters... and we ask that you respect his privacy." In better news, O'Meara has been casted w/ Larry King in Part Time Daddy III ? (1/7/20)

From the looks of WRDE NBC Coast TV, it's probably automated. A poorly programmed one at that. Also, Chris Roth and Albie are part of the almost 500 layoffs. iEntercom's nationwide move to voice tracking. Just a wanna be iHeart. (1/7/20)

If it’s technically feasible to allow the 87.7 Franken FMs to continue broadcasting while using the rest of the bandwidth to provide digital TV, it seems like a reasonable concession because the FM band is crowded. Any engineers care to weigh in? What do you think they would be able to offer in terms of streams (HD/SD) with using 87.7 as a FrankenFM and the rest as ATSC? Would this probably work using ASTC 3.0? Should TV stations currently broadcasting in DTV on channel 6, like WPVI in Philadelphia, be allowed to do this as well? It might make the channel 6 TV frequency more popular (it’s underutilized even after the repack) and free up bandwidth on UHF. (1/7/20)

KID, what are your mental health/illness diagnoses as is plural?! Meds, plural?! ... . Excerpt: "dreams of the Commission; Weather talkers Andrea Draper and Lauryn Ricketts on WRC, real channel 48". The dopey weather puppethead at WRCTV, her name is AMELIA DRAPER (formerly Segal) not Andrea! And it's REDSKINS Network not REDSKIN! BTW dopey, I'm local, Fredericksburg, VA...Do you hsve any semblance of a post secondary education? (Uh oh, his head might explode!). Your little site, just the rambling's, layout of a crazy person!! You, wow, just an imbecile! Damn Millennials! Retorts/rebuttal's, bring it/them on!! MAGA, KAG! (1/7/20)

The following was forwarded to DCRTV.....

To our listeners in the Washington, DC area: Bluegrass Country’s host station, WAMU, is replacing the antenna on its broadcast tower in Washington, DC. If you listen to us on 88.5-HD2, you may encounter reception problems during the renovation project, which began today and is expected to be completed by February 3. During the renovation, the station will be broadcasting from an auxiliary tower in Arlington, VA, so listeners in outlying areas particularly in suburban Maryland may not be able to reliably receive Bluegrass Country. If you listen through the website, smart phone app or smart device, you won’t be affected. When the project is completed, the new antenna is expected to provide a stronger and more reliable signal, and expand our reach to a larger listening audience in the greater Washington, DC area. There’s more information in the How To Listen section of bluegrasscountry.org. Please contact us if you have any questions. Thanks for listening to Bluegrass Country. Dan Shipp bluegrasscountry.org (1/7/20)

Looks like Mike O'Meara's Florida starter home townhouse fell out of escrow; back on the market. The bad news it appears that his home is not even listed on his agents office website? [DON'T PAY AN AGENT 6% COMMISSION. JUST HIRE A RE LAWYER BY THE HOUR] Did he lose his new home or on contingency? Worst yet, there are 1 million homes listed for sale in his area. The good news, his HOA approved a new roof. (1/7/20)

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[RE: "Somebody working at Draper’s WRDE is getting canned on Monday. They missed an entire local ad insert segment during the Golden Globes. WBAL TV was running all it’s SOLD local ads and WRDE just had the NBC logo and chime on. Earth to Master Control, are you there? LOL"] This happens ALL the time on weekend today. It's so bad, I flip to WBAL to have something playing. (1/6/20)

Are there any FM Translators For Sale in the DC Area? (1/6/20)

Remember, the deadline for filing comments with the FCC on 87.7 FM is 1/22/20. Should these 28 LPTV Stations be allowed to operate as FM Radio Stations rather than Television Station as they were intended? (1/6/20)

How many new stations were licensed in 2019? According to the FCC, at the end of 2019, there are 4,593 AM Stations, 6,772 FM Stations and 8,182 FM Translators on the air now. In major markets like DC, there are NO FM Frequencies available for new FM Translators now. In other words, if you want a new FM Translator, the only way you can obtain one is to buy it. (1/6/20)

Re: WTOP net switch: RadioInsight was the first to report it at 1:31pm on 31 December -- then I turned it on at 3pm and heard CBS... However, Dave is also right in that all published articles give the 1 January start date. In the grand scheme of things it doesn't really matter... (1/6/20)

BaltoMedia ; It's George Baumann. Google George Baumann WJZ for a nice Balt. Sun. obituary. He was with WJZ from 1960 to 1998. I remember him, but not Jim Smith. THANKS, Nick (1/6/20)

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WBOC-LD is Telemundo in 1080i HD on the Eastern Shore. Telemundo is also on WRDE, but not in HD. The real question that Cord Cutters would like to know is when will WBOC FOX 21 finally broadcast FOX in 720p HD for the Eastern Shore? I can’t believe that FOX is happy with that situation. Draper is spending a small fortune on 4 LPTV stations, WRDE-LD, WRUE-LD, WSJZ-LD and WBOC-LD to blanket the eastern shore with NBC and Telemundo, while WBOC Fox 21 is still in 480i over the air and that is just not good for NFL games or a lot of things. (1/5/20)

A couple of TV observations: WJLA fired or lost Jessob Reisbeck? I saw his tweet on twitter saying his time "came to an end" and he talked about sticking to his morals - so I assume he was let go? Also - over the holidays WJLA had Bobby Laurie doing traffic. Where did he come from? He did a great job keeping the reports up to Julie's standards. He was great at delivering the info but still keeping it conversational. Maybe FOX5 should replace the new traffic woman with him Thursdays and Fridays? (1/5/20)

Salem stock drops to an all time low price of $1.00 per share. They are trying to reduce their debt. They need to sell WAVA-FM to help get them out of debt. It is a good company and I hope they can avoid bankruptcy. (1/5/20)

Hi Dave and Happy New Year to All. I wanted to answer the Weather person question about ch 13 in Baltimore from a poster in the mailbag. I remember Jim Smith for many years on WJZ 60’s-early seventies. Jim Smith even did the weather for Their then network ABC during one of the space shots from the Cape in Florida in the Jules Burgman days! All The Best in 2020! Nick L. (1/5/20)

Somebody working at Draper’s WRDE is getting canned on Monday. They missed an entire local ad insert segment during the Golden Globes. WBAL TV was running all it’s SOLD local ads and WRDE just had the NBC logo and chime on. Earth to Master Control, are you there? LOL (1/5/20)

Just when I thought it got bad, it got worse! WRDE NBC Coast TV CUT OFF THE GOLDEN GLOBES BEFORE BEST ACTRESS/ACTORS AWARDS, and ran, a taped 11 pm news! Clearly this TV station is on autopilot or somebody’s drunk at WBOC! So they cut off the TWO final awards and the ending of the show! HAHA! Somebody’s getting a pink slip tomorrow. LOL (1/5/20)

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Sorry to hear that both Chris Roth and Albie Dee are out at The Drive 94.7 FM. New Management has their own ideas how the station should sound. I liked the 80's Music. The Station needs promotion. It was on the right track! Entercom gave them just thee months to turn it around. (1/4/20)

FYI - In case you didn’t see, it -looks- like WJLA let go of Jessie Reisbeck.. At least according to his Twitter page.. (1/4/20)

It looks like WLIF-HD3, which is running Classic Hits (on HD only), beat WQLL. WLIF-HD3 picked up a 0.8, with WQLL's 0.3...while on a full power AM signal blanketing the market. You know who also beat WQLL in Baltimore? WPRS, WMMJ, WMZQ, WDCH, WGTS, WAMU, WKYS (all DC stations). (1/4/20)

On the front page, you wrote, "CBS News Radio programming to be featured daily on WTOP beginning January 1." I first heard CBS on the hour on WTOP at 1 P.M. on December 31. (IIRC, the switch to ABC was made before the start of the New Year.) As you are the website of record, you might want to make a correction, else everyone will refer to January 1 as the start date. (1/4/20)

Dave's response: That line was straight from CBS's press release.....

If I’m not mistaken George Baughman was WJZ’s first actual news anchor for a 15 minute newscast which was #3 in the market at the time Westinghouse bought WJZ. I don’t think there was any weather person, but someone can correct me if I’m wrong. Baughman continued to report for WJZ for a very long time even after Jerry Turner arrived. Please correct me if I’m wrong. I know one thing though. NOBODY will ever createf a promotion that OWNS the market better than this one. I have never run into a single person in my life that has not seen this promo or not heard of it. WJZ simply owned the market after this. And he ACTUALLY DOES sing one line in the song! LMAO It’s just too funny. But this is just brilliant advertising that people in Baltimore remember to this very day. www.youtube.com — BaltoMedia.net (1/4/20)

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Just a quick question that I’m sure one of this site’s readers knows the answer to. Who did weather on WJZ-TV 13 before Bob Turk started? Thanks in advance! (1/3/20)

I thought this might interest you. Barry ZeVan was at WJLA for a year or two in the 1970's. www.startribune.com (1/3/20)

With Hubbard's "Gamut" AM station in Frederick being used as a testbed for Digital AM, my mind retreats to about 15 to 20 or so years ago when Birach Broadcasting was buying up a bunch of AM stations with the intent that "digital is gonna get here someday", and that the company would lead the charge in being a Digital AM pioneer. I think the least they could have done was help fund the R&D process, or donated the use of WDMV Damascus as the testing station. This would have assured their position as a digital leader. Instead, meh. But still, some enterprising visionary in Virginia Beach discovered a non-digital way to improve the sound of a Birach radio station: www.pilotonline.com (1/3/20)

Chris Roth already out at 94.7 The Drive. God knows what the new VP wanted him to do. The station had been among the worst classic hits stations in the country ratings-wise before he came in. Now it sounds better and ratings were up before the recent meaningless December ratings. Look for the Drive to soon stink again... As a follow-up to my Chris Roth note, Albie Dee has been scrubbed from the WIAD website, so it looks like he is gone too. What a disaster Entercom is! (1/3/20)

After listening to 94.9 KHI, I have noticed that they are playing more 80's with a touch on 90's. Back to no DJ's, Sorry Wookie! It also sound like what was playing on KHI has moved to WXSH 106.1 Pocomoke. I think Mike and Vince share a building in Salisbury. Also KHI has an STA on the FCC website about a problem with the former DBC tower in Ocean Pines. Weird that 97.1 is not having any issues. But I guess Vince owes money to the tower company and they are kicking him off. So I guess you could say this is a small format change for the man with a thousand formats! (1/3/20)

WTOP toggled back to CBS news on the hour... upon the New Year, switched back to CBS from ABC (1/3/20)

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RE: " In 2020 Draper Holdings will be moving WBOC-LD Channel 42 to Cambridge to operate on channel 22." Will this broadcast WRDE or something else? Will it be in HD? (1/2/20)

Fox5 now has a Good Day “after show” on Facebook Live. What a waste. It’s about 10 minutes of drivel. Wonder who thought that was a good idea. (1/2/20)

Singer/musician Jack Sheldon died on Dec 27. He's not a local broadcaster or personality, but his connection to DC is undeniable: he was the singer of, "I'm Just a Bill" on the "Schoolhouse Rock" TV series back in the 1970s, as well as at least two parodies of the same clip. fox8.com (1/2/20)

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Now is the best time to invest in radio stocks. Here is your TIP for 2020......Buy Low.....SELL HIGH! The radio stock prices have never been lower. Entercom $4.64, Urban One $1.98 and Salem $1.44. The prices will go up when they reduce their DEBT. (1/2/20)

Hey Dave, in the new movie "Bombshell," there is a scene early on where a Fox News DC Bureau Chief is in a hotel restaurant telling a colleague about her promotion. He then tells her in return for her promotion, he wanted to go up see the inside of her hotel room. What a creep. I think his name was Brian Wilson. Ever heard of this clown? What legitimate news organization would hire such a creep after this creep was fired from Fox News? Who would even consider hiring such a creep? Who would even want to work with this leech? Well it is not like Bill Hess approved a creep like this to talk about his dating on the air, using and promoting "It's Just Lunch." (1/2/20)

To the person asking about 94.9, KHI. It is still on as of this morning. I did see Wookie who entered for middays in October or November has already exited. With the website and facebook down, I would not be surprised to see some transmitter issues coming up. Probably will have them fixed by the beginning of May. Just a hunch. (1/2/20)

A few weeks ago WCBM in Baltimore changed their morning show, releasing Frank Luber and adding Bruce Elliott to the show with Sean Casey. The reason given, or at least what I heard, was that the station was going in a different direction. Now I know that I’m not the brightest bulb on the string of lights, but I don’t see much change in direction. Did I miss something? Not complaining, don’t really care, just curious. By the way Happy New Year. (1/2/20)

FIRST DCRTV BABY OF 2020: Congratulations to Robb & Mike O'Meara on the birth of little Oscar Santana, the first on-air crybaby of the new century. Dad & Dad say they are excited, but tired. (1/2/20)

The Mike O'meara Show has offered a "best of" show to kick off the New Year 2019 or something... Maybe it's the first show of 2019 as a best of to kick off 2020? I'm confused... Remember, it's Robb with TWO Bs. Like obese but with 2.... (1/2/20)

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Looks like the website as well as the Facebook page for classic hits 94.9 WKHI, Newark/Ocean City, MD have both been removed. Can anyone confirm what is on 94.9 now? Is this the yearly format spin? MLB4 (1/1/20)

Just for the record, CBS Radio is owned by CBS News. Correspondents, editors, news writers and other news personel are CBS News employees. It is not part of Entercom. The former CBS O&O radio stations were sold to Entercom and most, especially the big all-newsers are still major CBS News Radio afilliates. Pedro in Fairfax (1/1/20)

CBS Radio News IS still owned by Viacom/CBS, one of the few things that still is. Andrew Fauver (1/1/20)

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