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\/ July 28 Messages \/


RE: "DCRTV's take on the firing of Yasko at WTMD....how can it be ratings?? He is the GM. If it were ratings, the PD would be the first to go. Second, WTMD is not a contender for the rock ratings in Baltimore. It is a niche station and skews too far off mainstream, and people that understand ratings understand that these stations aren't PPM winners. I place my bet that he was let go due to sales/underwriting revenue being down. (7/28/15)

Dave's response: Well, when you're a Baltimore public station and you're getting beat in the ratings by an out of market DC public station (WAMU) and you're tied with a commercial station in Annapolis (WRNR-FM) that can't be good.....

Count me among those who have switched to the 10pm newscast with Kate Amara on MeTV. I think she is the best female anchor on TV in Baltimore. She could easily replace Donna Hamilton and the station (WBAL-TV) wouldn't miss a beat. (7/28/15)

RE: " Actually the close of Cumulus was $ 1.61 and nothing to see here so move along" well the close was actually $ 1.57 and the stock has lost over 3 times its value in less than a year. Cumulus has been losing value at a 5% weekly clip all year which puts them on pace for a delisting in the very near future unless you know something that will change their fortunes. BTW the Nasdaq is flat YTD so you can't blame the market. The Q2 financial call on Thursday isn't going to help. The stock price is relevant because it has a direct relationship on the the daily operations of a radio station and its product. Its all tied together so there is plenty to see here! (7/28/15)

Dave, ESPN 980 sinking to 25th in the ratings is really bad. For those who thought that one show couldn't sink an entire radio station, you were wrong. The ratings for the Man Cave are non existent. Jason Reid and Chris Paul have no business hosting a morning show in a major market. Chris Paul tries, but he is a sidekick at best, not a lead host. And Jason Reid is a complete disaster. No skills at all at radio. A decent writer maybe, but on the radio a complete zilch that offers nothing original. We've got 6 weeks until the Redskins season begins. Look for WTEM to pull the plug and fire these guys before then. Look for Mike and Mike back on WTEM by September, with Pollin back on his 570 show like before. Somewhere, Chuck Sapienza is laughing at the joke he pulled on the Redskins and WTEM. His objective to put the worst radio show possible on the air that gets Zero ratings and Zero ad dollars, has amazingly worked. (7/28/15)

Ratings had nothing to with Yasko getting canned at WTMD. Underwriting more than doubled under his leadership. Membership too. First Thursdays attract more than 7.500 people for a concert series. did you see the drone picture on their facebook page? Their Pulse Series with The BSO is awesom and theiir Believe in Baltimore project is incredible. Yasko lead the station from a rinky dink basement operation to a huge impact on Baltimore. More Likely the University politics are more in play than ratings. Yasko is a leader in the Baltimore Community and why Towson would ditch him is mystery. (7/28/15)

I look at the latest ratings trends in Baltimore radio and find WPOC in command. But lots of trouble for Hearst's stations - 98 Rock and WBAL-AM. Plus, a slump for DC's ESPN 980, WTEM. Also, is Derek McGinty leaving WUSA? A new white-ish website for WJLA. As DCRTV prepares to celebrate its 18th anniversary. In today's "Dave TV"..... (7/28/15)


[RE ESPN 980's low ratings:] Wonder if a shake-up is coming. Man Cave is awful. Seems Loverro has become a cartoon of himself. No female anchors. (7/28/15)

[RE ESPN 980's low ratings:] Have you heard the 980 lineup recently? Its an all-time low also. (7/28/15)

[RE ESPN 980's low ratings:] A station w/ quite a few household names has 2 (very green) newbies in the crucial morning drive slot. Indefensible (7/28/15)

It's telling that despite WNEW's troubles, people keep leaving WTOP to go and work there. I don't blame them. (7/28/15)

So here is cume and ratings from all access. Wwdc (dc101) cume rises into summer yet ratings numbers go down. Wkys cume rises while wpgc fluctuates. These screenshots are from ratings early this month. I was also looking at weekly ratings listed without numbers on this site that are more recent. Seems like dc101 does yearly dive in summer, yet rises in the fall. Wpgc/wkys numbers way up from months ago. This seems to always occurs during summer since i have followed ratings starting in 2005. Whats the deal? Convieniently timed for cbs cuts? (7/28/15)

Dave's response: Don't like to run screenshots from other sites. You can easily look up the info on All Access.....

ESPN 980 Sinks To 25th - I can only listen in the morning and then evening, during my commute. Maybe I'm in the minority but I never cared for Cooley and really found his show with Czaban uninteresting. I much preferred the old show with Andy "Polley." As for the morning show, Mike and Mike sucked. But what they have now is even worse. Seems like Snyder's radio station is following his football team, right down the shitter. (7/28/15)

Actually, at the close today Cumulus was $1.61/share and Radio One $2.57/share. Neither is in much danger of being delisted. They're both traded on Nasdaq, which won't have any problem until they dip below $1/share for a month, and then they'll get six months to pump it back up again. Why this sudden obsession with media stock prices? There's nothing new going on here. (7/28/15)

RE: “Dave, what happened to the sports chick at Ch. 4 who was to be the sports director? (7/28/15)” Well, it was hottie Dianna Russini: www.washingtonpost.com... But like Lindsay Czarniak, she left for ESPN: www.washingtonpost.com... All DC sports roads lead to Bristol for hotties. (7/28/15)

Dave, what happened to the sports chick at Ch. 4 who was to be the sports director? (7/28/15)

Re: Summer radio ratings. WPGC and WKYS's bump in Summer ratings might be attributed to the stations core audience being out of school. I don't have the Summer ratings, so I am not sure if DC101 loses CUME or Time Spent Listening in the Summer. If it is a drop in CUME, perhaps their listeners are hanging out at the beach. If TSL, then maybe a programming issue (ie mix of new rock vs classic rock). (7/28/15)

With the Cumulus stock down to $1.58 per share and Radio One down to $2.56 per share, will it continue to decline? When does the stock exchange drop these low value stocks? Lew Dickey and Alfred Liggins should have their salaries based on the stock growth. Since they are in such decline, they would be paid nothing! Both of these people make more than $1 million per year in salary plus benefits. (7/28/15)

Erik “The Wimp” Wemple of the Wapoop blogs about former WTTG reporter Rick Boone asking for an interview with then Baltimore Police Chief Anthony Batts just after the Baltimore riots. But the odd thing is Boone does not want to ask Batts about Freddie Gray or the indicted Baltimore cops: no, he tells the Chief “I’m a HUGE police fan” and that he wants to ask about training and recruitment. No wonder neither of them are at their former jobs: www.washingtonpost.com (7/28/15)

Maryland's very gutsy Republican Governor Larry Hogan sports his new hair-doo, and I have to admit, I thought he looked like DCRTVDJDAVE sans beard & cargo shorts: "The new look is a bit of a shock at first, but to me, bald is beautiful!" Hogan said. DCRTVDJDAVE: bing.net... Governor Hogan: washingtonpost.com... Read more here: washingtonpost.com (7/28/15)

I seem to have noticed wwdc (dc101) ratings seem to drop off in the summer only to rise every fall. Why is this? Also wpgc/wkys always seem to do the exact opposite. Why is this? Anyone? (7/28/15)

Where'd this rumor about Dukes leaving WJFK start? I see no evidence of it anywhere. But I agree that it would be a nice start to fixing the less embarrassing of DC's two embarrassing sportstalk stations. Neither one gets the listeners or the revenue that they should. Witness the lead story on DCRTV's front page right now: ESPN 980's downfall is accelerating. Yet another Daniel Snyder company collapsing. The guy has the reverse Midas touch. Everything he comes in contact with turns to shit. (7/28/15)

Re: Chad Dukes, what's prompting speculation that he may be leaving? (7/28/15)

Was Alex Cortright booted from RNR because of ratings or because a Mike Ondayko would work cheaper? (7/28/15)

[RE the WaPo offering a discounted subscription rate:] Of course. I will read sports on the app. The reporting and reast of the paper is garbage. (7/28/15)

[RE the n-word on the RDS of a Radio One station in Houston:] RDS and all studio, transmitter, telemetry, and any data connected to the internet need to be effectively firewalled with hardware, not just the paper-thin wall that comes with the modem. (7/28/15)

I too used to complain constantly about Fox 45 News at Ten because it could be so much better. I’ve started watching Kate Amara on WBAL’s Channel (whatever they call it on Fios). She’s sharp, professional, non-political, has a far better news team behind her and doesn’t constantly rely on stories and interviews occurring within a couple blocks of the 41st Street Bridge where, like 45, WBAL is located. Only difference is that it isn’t an HD broadcast. Don’t know why, but don’t care. Bob A. in Pikesville, MD. (7/28/15)

If Chad Dukes is out at WJFK, that might mark the beginning of the end of the DC market's long Sports Talk nightmare. WJFK and WTEM both need radical makeovers, including replacing everyone on-air between 6am and 10pm, with the exception of the Junkies and Kornheiser. Nobody else pulls their weight, nobody else gets any ratings worth mentioning. Revamping that horrible four-man Redskins game crew is long overdue too, but they just announced that they're going to repeat that disaster again this year. (7/28/15)

Stop drinking Starbucks Coffee and buy Cumulus stock at just $1.59 per share or Radio One at just $2.59 per share. You can buy both for the price of just one cup of coffee! (7/28/15)

Yeah, the updated WJLA does include more on air talent info. The old one didn't. (7/28/15)

"producers and directors, do your job. I think it's unfair that the anchors in front of the camera are subjected to this mistakes of those behind the camera." - Amen...this should apply to audio, graphics...everything. I have been watching WBFF, and it seems like they recently brought in an entirely new staff of people who have never been part of a live production. Missing video clips, wrong video clips, bad copy, missed audio, audio not cut off in time, early/late camera cuts, and my favorite...5 seconds of B-roll video looped for a 30 second story...yuck. Kai Jackson was ok on WJZ, but is a wreck on BFF. (7/28/15)

Once again, the misinformed individual that runs BaltoMedia.net doesn't check out the whole story. He wrote "Metro Radio has also filed for a translator in Alexandria on FM 97.5 at 125 watts". Buzz. Wrong. Metro Radio already has a translator in Alexandria Virginia. They filed for an STA to drop the power from 250 watts to 125 watts while "interference complaints" are being worked out with the 97.5 in Baltimore. He also said "No word on what station it will translate." Again. Wrong. Look at the application, it clearly states that it will rebroadcast 730 WTNT, which it is currently doing. I don't get how this guy has any credibility when he does zero research. (7/28/15)

DC all-newser WTOP is looking for a business manager because the current one took at job at (wait for it....) WNEW. (7/28/15)

Mark the date and circle the time. Thursday July 30 at 4:30pm. The greatest show on earth or better known as the Cumulus Media quarterly earnings conference call. Everyone is welcome to listen in to 60 minutes of Oscar Award winning material. These calls make politicians seem honest and forthright. Listen closely how Lew Dickey weaves his way gracefully around yet another terrible financial performance. He will make the $ 1.60 stock price down from $ 6.00 a year ago sound promising. He will blame the economy, the integration of his ill fated Network purchase and the family dog. He will blame numerous key employees who he has terminated. He will say they are ready to turn the corner. Tell that to the lead investors who own 65 million shares which was once worth 500 million and is now worth 100 million. So grab your friends and family and a box of popcorn and enjoy the Greatest Show on Earth. If you want to know why radio is screwed up then you will have your answers. (7/28/15)

RE: the poster looking for Kimberly Suiters' bio on the newly redesigned WJLA website - It didn't take me too long to find her bio. Here's what you do: When you get to the website (you know the address already,) go to the tab labeled "About Us," then click on "People." Once there, you'll find pictures of all of the WJLA personalities. Just click on Kimberly's picture to access her bio. That's all there is to it. (7/28/15)

In other FCC News: Metro Radio has also filed for a translator in Alexandria on FM 97.5 at 125 watts. No word on what station it will translate.. In Baltimore, WTTZ-LP is now on the air on FM 93.5 at only 4 watts but apparently from the FOX 45 tower at around 1200 feet. This station is near I-83 into downtown Baltimore and owned by MDOT. It’s not a translator, so I’ll assume, it will be broadcasting traffic information 24/7. MDOT also applied for an LPFM near the I-95/I-495 interchange for traffic information, but failed to get that allocation. — BaltoMedia.Net (7/28/15)

WRQX's Sara, Mel, Sam, Ty... whatever it's called... has been SOOOOO BORING the last few days... looks like CUMULUS wins, and DC gets another soccer mom morning show. YAWN. Oh Well. Kane wins again. I thought I'd NEVER say it... might as well bring JACK back. (7/28/15)

Sorry to ruffle your feathers Mike. I remember Kirk on "The Edge" with a cohost and thought it was you. No offense dude, but you're just not a good fit on WRNR. (7/28/15)

At work today, looked at the NY Post and saw a fluff piece written by Claire Atkinson about Cumulus and NASH-FM. Interesting reading, to say the least. (7/28/15)

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\/ July 27 Messages \/

I am, indeed, the new morning host at WRNR. I was hired back in March- but unfortunately I was hit with another infection with my left hip replacement. It resulted in the 6th surgery on that hip since early 2011. The great folks at 'RNR have waited for my health to improve and my first day back was today. To the poster who was spreading his love for me- I never worked at The Edge or The Fan...but was the 'weakest link' for 12 years with Kirk McEwen and the late Lopez at 98Rock. Don't mind being called 'weakest' when mentioned in the same sentence with those two highly talented guys. Mike Ondayko (7/27/15)

Is there a reason why those behind the scenes are allowed to constantly make technical mistakes, provide inaccurate information or not match the picture with the story on Fox5 Morning News? Too often, anchors are provided info on their teleprompters that's either totally inaccurate or has wording that makes no sense whatsoever. This morning, Allison starting reading about Joe Jackson having a stroke and stumbled over it since it made no sense. There was another story about domestic violence where an anchor stated that Ray Rice's fiance' was pregnant when he punched her out in the elevator. If I'm not mistaken, she wasn't pregnant. And I don't know if it's the producer or director who's responsible for the camera people, but this morning, a musical group was performing an upbeat song, so the camera panned over to the couch to show the three sitting there. All three were less than enthused. They have ear pieces and I'm sure could've been given the heads up that the camera was coming their way. Tucker was just sitting there with his arms crossed, Allison looked bored and Maureen was on her phone (I think it's rude that these anchors are routinely checking their phones during s broadcst). The only ones excited were Holly & her son who weren't shown enjoying the performance until halfway through the song. Bottom line, I realize no one's perfect, but producers and directors, do your job. I think it's unfair that the anchors in front of the camera are subjected to this mistakes of those behind the camera. (7/27/15)

WJLA has a newly redesigned website at wjla.com (7/27/15)

Looks like WJLA 's new website design finally succumbed to the touchy-feely clickbait news websites like WTOP and WUSA that give you a lot of pictures, odd headlines and very little actual news information. Ugh. Not saying that the WJLA site needed a fresh look, but I always feel like I've eaten a cookie made of cardboard when I visit them. Here's to spending a lot more time clicking.... (7/27/15)

RE: “Is Chad Dukes out the door at WJFK?” If so, his only option is becoming the Fifth Junkie (not likely as they are selfish fucks) or working at a gun store or range: that’s about all he knows. (7/27/15)

Lets do the math 75 million for the WMAL site they’ve lost at least that much on WRQX post JD so they break even lets hire some 3 graders to run the station (7/27/15)

(When CBS-DC eventually shit cans WNEW, I wonder if Lisa Baden will return to WTOP or remain with Metro?) Doesn’t seem like she did much for ratings at WNEW…….or for WMAL when she was there, either. (7/27/15)

WNRN an independent Public Radio AAA Music Station in Charlottsville should buy 94.3 in Warrenton and add it to their network of stations. Bob Fairfax (7/27/15)

Dave's response: It's a great idea but it'll never happen. Warrenton, er Buckland's 94.3 is the only signal from Dan Snyder's ESPN 980 that can be heard 24/7 at Redskins Park in Ashburn. WTEM execs have told me that.....

"Four tower Maryland sales deal likely to add $75 million to Cumulus Media’s balance sheet" -- wirelessestimator.com -- In Featured News by Wireless Estimator July 23, 2015 The sale of an array of four AM towers in Bethesda, Md. for a record $75 million or more wasn’t based upon outrageously high multiples being paid for Cumulus Media’s prime Beltway tower site; in fact, the buyers, Winchester Homes and Toll Brothers will be dismantling the four 400-foot towers that were erected in the early 1940s. ~~ Blair in Alexandria (7/27/15)

[From DCRTV's Job Ads:] POSTING DATE: July 27, 2015... JOB TITLE: Business Manager... COMPANY: WTOP-FM, Administration... SCHEDULE: M-F... STATUS: Full Time, Salaried... POSITION SUMMARY: Oversee the financial activities of the stations consistent with strong internal controls. Provide accurate, meaningful and timely financial reporting, analysis and budgeting. Ensure compliance with generally accepted accounting principles and corporate policies. QUALIFICATIONS: Degree in Accounting, Business or Management, preferred. Minimum of ten (10) years of experience in all aspects of accounting (accounts payable, accounts receivable, general ledger, fixed assets, budgets, financial statements and trade accounting), preferably in a broadcast environment. Working knowledge of Marketron a strong plus. Excellent knowledge of and working experience with General Ledger systems (Navision a plus) and Payroll systems (ADP a plus) Working knowledge of Excel, Word, and Database products. Ability to work quickly and accurately and meet deadlines under pressure situations. Project an appropriate professional appearance and demeanor. Ability to work in compliance with company policies and procedures. Ability to function in a team environment. Ability to work established schedule and other hours as needed. DUTIES: Responsible for financial matters related to the stations, ensuring that all accounting activities, general ledger reporting, monthly closings, reconciliations and analysis are carried out accurately and in a timely manner, as well as in compliance with internal and external policies and procedures. Prepare and maintain General Ledger and Financial Statements for both WTOP and WFED. Responsible for bi-weekly payroll, as well as monthly closing activities. Prepare balance sheet reporting and reconciliations. Play a key role in the development and preparation of annual operating and capital budgets. Ensure adherence to established financial and accounting policies. Maintain internal control structure for all accounting and finance systems and transactions. Advise management on cost controls and operating efficiencies. Maintain security and confidentiality of all company processes, data and information. Oversee Accounting department staff of two. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Must be able to perform the essential functions of the job. The Company will make reasonable physical accommodations to facilitate the ability to perform essential job functions. WTOP-FM is an Equal Opportunity Employer. To apply, log onto wtop.com/careers. (7/27/15)

Andrea McCareen had worked at WJLA/7 for a while then went back to her previous station, WUSA/9, because she liked Channel 9. Would she go back to 7 if she is cut from 9? Andrea McCareen is not listed on Channel's 9 Meet the Team Page. www.wusa9.com... Also, unlike Sinclair, Gannett stations quickly changed their websites to say a Tegna station. (7/27/15)

Is Chad Dukes out the door at WJFK? (7/27/15)

Unsigned Corporate Suit lives in a past fantasy land. While it’s true that Danny Snyder makes a lot of money from the Redskins, this notion that he’s had several successful businesses is bunk. True his first business made him a lot of money, enough to buy the Redskins, but since then every enterprises he’s touched has turned to crap including the Redskins. The only reason the Redskins make any money is because of the sucker fans who buy into his crap. Look at Johnny Rockets restaurants, bankrupt. Look at Six Flags, almost bankrupt to the point that the Board of Directors removed him as CEO. Look at Red Zebra Radio, probably hasn’t made a dime since day one. If the fans in DC wise up on, 2 of his properties will take a dive in value. That’s already started to happen at Red Zebra. Moving the team to Virginia might seem like a good idea, but that fan base will wise up eventually too, just like people in Maryland have. Dannyby can run but he can’t hide. (7/27/15)

Any reason why WJLA doesn't list all of their regular on air talent? Was looking for Kimberly Suiters on there, but she's not listed. (7/27/15)

Thanks to those wishing me well tomorrow. I so appreciate your support and your prayers. To those that spew hatred......you certainly must have a lonely life, friendless and hating takes a lot out of you, God Bless you.PLB (7/27/15)

Regarding WRQX: There is so much wrong with 107.3. Problems include (1) a CHR morning show while the music the rest of the day is now Hot AC; (2) Personalities and liners that are not user friendly. Listen to WIXX in Green Bay versus 107.3. The DJ's at WIXX talk to people as if they respect them and welcome them in. At 107.3 the liners are "AREN'T WE COOL and the DJs are just going through the motions. Frankly, it is one of the most unwelcoming stations I've heard in 50 years of radio listening; (3) 107.3's music is stale and repetitive even for a Hot AC; and last but most importantly, (4) as either a CHR or Hot AC, 107.3 offers nothing DC is not already getting from Hot or Fresh. There simply is no hole in the market for it as a contemporary music station. Never was. It ought to go classic hits with or without Jack Diamond. With no direct competition, even the incompetent programmers at Cumulus should get a little traction. (7/27/15)

I don't inderstand how the same people keep getting recycled on station after station. Mike Ondayko was the weakest link on the 98 Rock morning show, he was the lesser of the two on "The Edge", I never heard him on "The Bay" or "The Fan", but he didn't last long at either, and now here he is stinking up WRNR. I listened for about an hour this morning with an open mind, but it's still the same shtick. For the rock radio listener there isn't (in my opinion) any good listening options. There's "Annoying phone calls in the morning" on DC101, an unlistenable mess of juvenile chatter on 98 Rock, tired classic rock on Big 100.3, and a slightly better mix of classic rock on "The Bay", and now RNR is out. Back to News Radio for as long as WNEW lasts, lol. (7/27/15)

A word of wisdom for those seeking employment in the field of radio broadcasting today: Stay away from a broadcast group that has a "Termination Specialist" on staff. Just sayin. (7/27/15)

Well, Mike Ondayko is back at WRNR. He had a multi week absence, maybe he was in Rehab or maybe he was on a long vacation. (7/27/15)

Dave's response: I seem to remember someone telling me he had double hip replacement surgery.....

Julie Wright got engaged - twitter.com/TheChuckCarroll (7/27/15)

Someone at WKCW Warrenton is doing their best to inject some fresher oldies into the mix. The other morning, it was "The Motown Song" by Rod Stewart, circa 1991. Ive always liked that song. Between the new jingles and the addition of some decent *recent* gold, they are actually listenable, only not for too long. Despite the fresh music infusion, WKCW is still a soulless jukebox. (7/27/15)

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\/ July 26 Messages \/

WRQX is trying to reel in the Sara , Sammy and Mel show, but word is the staff has taken the "We were hired to beat Kane" attitude. Well, they aren't close to beating Kane, and Cumulus is setting in new rules for the show to follow. Say what you want about Kane, his show is untouchable (right now). The Sara project has not only watched Kane get stronger, it's forced WRQX to basement status. All I've heard is MIX 107.3 mentions during promos and between songs. Look for the watering down of Frazier's show to continue, until it's an AC again, no cuss words, no weekend edge content. Then again, that's what WRQX should do. We'll see how much muscle (and brains) this new PD has, and if he knows the ratings and cash lie in demo's above the sex, drugs and rock and roll Sara show. I'm sure Sara is great, but that show can't bring in the money with it's content, and there's no way a new PD is going to allow the ship continue to sink... or is he just another lame duck? Quack Quack. (7/26/15)

DCRTVDAVE sez ..."Dave's response: Warning. This is not a politics site. It's OK to talk politics if it's relevant to a media issue, but purely political posts will be trashed....." ... then you might as well shut the whole damn site down until Friday January 20, 2017. (7/26/15)

For Dan Snyder not being able to sell his radio stations is a reflection of him not only not wanting to take a loss –especially a big loss- but to sell them for what they are truly worth –and without the Redskins- would be not only admitting that he overpaid for those stations, but that he seriously overpaid! Making carriage (even if were at an attractive price) of a fifth-rate NFL team a condition of purchase for third rate radio stations (Two of which (One on particular -94.3) should’ve never been built in the first place.) ensures they will never sell. If Dan Snyder is smart, he would “de-couple” the Redskins from the radio stations, sell them for what they are truly worth, and then sell the radio and exhibition TV rights for the Redskins games himself. Dan Snyder has done some good deals in the past. Let this be his next big one. –Unsigned Corporate Suit (7/26/15)

I always get upset when people decide to honor someone who is dead. Willis Conover was a legend to those of us who knew of his work - - now they are proposing a postage stamp in his honor. It made me think about Paul Bicknell's planned throat surgery. Not that he might die, but that everyone rips him apart in this forum. I would like to say something nice about Paul while he and I are still here. Paul had a quality that set him apart from the run of the mill DJ. It wasn't just that he sounded good, or had great ratings, it was that you couldn't turn him off because you were afraid that you might miss something. He had the ability to make you feel like his show was your little secret. Get well soon, Paul. Ed Graham (7/23/15) I have never underrstood why so many on this site trash Paul. It is probably some of the same people who constantly trash WBAL radio and TV, the same ones who trashed Don and Mike and even some who trashed Big Don O'Brian when he became ill with cancer. Most of these people who do this are big cowards behind a screen who will not sign their names. I hope Paul Bicknell comes through the throat surgery with flying colors. Edward in New Mexico. (7/26/15)

RE: “Dave's response: Warning. This is not a politics site. It's OK to talk politics if it's relevant to a media issue, but purely political posts will be trashed.....” 10-4 Dave: we don’t want the Mailbag turning into DCRTV (Democrats Conservatives Republicans Trade Vitriol). On topic: does anybody know where Annie Yu went to for her vacation? (7/26/15)

Praying for Paul Bicknell regarding his upcoming throat surgery. Paul and his wife Renee are super nice people and I wish them all the best. (7/26/15)

Red Zebra has tried to sell their radio stations before but could not get the price they wanted. It all centers around the Redskins games and who will get them. Hubbard would be a good prospective buyer for them. They like sports. All they would need to spin off, to comply with the FCC rules, would be 1050 AM in DC ( which is leased to a broker) and 820 AM in Frederick. They already have good management in place. (7/26/15)

Dave, any idea if Richard Jordan was let go from channel 4? Haven't seen him reporting for awhile and he's no longer on their website... (7/26/15)

You're right. Per TV Guide listing, ASN's Sunday evening telecast of the Norfolk Tides will air via subchannel 7.3 in the Washington, D.C. area. Everett W. (7/26/15)

Is Pat Lawson Muse still with channel 4? I'm going to assume that maybe she's on vacation since this morning's Reporters Notebook segment was moderated by radio host Joe Madison. However, I was quite surprised at that as I would've expected one of channel 4's anchors to moderate vs. one of their regular guest reporters, which Joe is. I also ask because although lately I haven't seen this segment every week, each time I've turned in, there's someone else moderating. And speaking of vacation coverage, turned to Fox5 & Melanie Alnwick is anchoring the weekend morning newscast. So guess Annie Yu's on vacation. OR have they put Melanie back on weekends? (7/26/15)

If you want to see the Orioles Farm team and the new Norfolk baseball stadium, WBFF 45.2 (THIS-TV) is broadcasting the American Sports Networks broadcast of the Norfolk Tides tomorrow at 6pm Durham at Norfolk. I don't know if WJLA 7 is carrying the American Sports Network programs on any of its sub-channels yet, but this should be on most SBG stations nationwide on sub-channels. It definitely will be on in Baltimore and Norfolk. — BaltoMedia.Net www.milb.com (7/26/15)

Dave's response: Sinclair's WJLA does seem to run programs from the American Sports Network on 7.3, along with the remains of the Living Well Network.....

Just saw Kevin Sheehan doing the sports on channel 4 and he was quite excited that he learned a new term "YOLO" from one of the interns..Kevin, that term's been used for at least the last 4-5 years. Come to the 21st century dude. (7/26/15)

To the poster (7/25/15) who said: "If it only takes 51 votes to get rid of Obamacare, why not get rid of it?" It's not that simple. If you know your U.S. Civics (from junior high or middle school), than here's how it works. Let's say that a bill to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act (aka Obamacare) is written up, and it is introduced in the House of Representatives (GOP Majority). It will have to go through one or more Committees for approval/disapproval. If a Committee rejects it outright, it's dead. Or, a Committee could ask for a rewrite to modify the bill and approve the revised bill. if the bill gets approved by the Committee (or Committees), then it goes up to the full House for Debate and Vote. If the full House approves the bill, it then goes to the Senate (again GOP Majority) where it will have to go through Committees and if approved, go to the full Senate for Debate and Vote. In other words, it must be passed by both the House (at least 218 Votes) and the Senate (at least 51 votes) [218 + 51 = 269] to go to the President's Desk. It would make better sense to me if Congress waits until after Obama leaves the White House in 2017 before they would do this, because if they do this while Obama is still President, he would veto this, and it would go back to the Senate for an override vote. However, if a Republican gets elected President in 2016, he or she probably would sign the bill into law, and Obamacare would "poof" disappear. (7/26/15)

Dave's response: Warning. This is not a politics site. It's OK to talk politics if it's relevant to a media issue, but purely political posts will be trashed.....

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RE: “Obama's trip to Africa is being paid for by taxpayers (you and me) because he's visiting as the (our) president of the United States to discuss mutual issues (economic development, free elections and anti-terrorism) and specific American concerns (human rights and free speech).” Apparently Obambi didn’t get the “discuss” part of your post about “specific American concerns (human rights and free speech”). Must not be reading DCRTV Mailbag. Instead, he threatened Kenya President Kenyatta (how about that name: wonder how he won) in regards to gay rights: “Barack Obama, the US president, has directly challenged his host Uhuru Kenyatta, the Kenyan president, on the issue of gay rights, suggesting that “bad things happen” when countries don’t accept their citizens’ right to be homosexual.” Way to go, Bambi: www.telegraph.co.uk (7/25/15)

So what's next for the Ed Show?? I hear the public station on South Sandwich Island is looking for a host. Seriously dude time to find a new line of work. You can't hold ANY time slot on a station that caters to moonbats like yourself. (7/25/15)

If it only takes 51 votes to get rid of Obamacare, why not get rid of it? I thought the Republicans had a majority in Congress now. It only takes 51 votes to get rid of the free money (taxpayer money) and the hand outs they are giving NPR and PBS to promote their liberal agenda. How many years have they been receiving $440 million per year? (7/25/15)

"he's visiting as the (our) president of the United States to discuss mutual issues (economic development, free elections and anti-terrorism) and specific American concerns (human rights and free speech)." Nonsense. This is just legacy stuff. Monday he goes to Ethiopia. They just had a national election. One of the most corrupt, dictatorial regimes in Africa won again, claiming 100% of the vote! Really? Do you have any idea how many political dissidents are in jail there for speaking against the regime. I don't think so. There is only one mobile phone and Internet provider. Care to guess who runs it? Free speech? So now the President of the free world shows up. The Ethiopian government is loving the optics of ti all. There's a reason he's the first US President to visit this country. Oh and by the way, on Saturday they already started shutting down public transportation in preparation for visit. The locals are not happy. Can't blame them. (7/25/15)

Obama's trip to Africa is being paid for by taxpayers (you and me) because he's visiting as the (our) president of the United States to discuss mutual issues (economic development, free elections and anti-terrorism) and specific American concerns (human rights and free speech). He gets to see some of his relatives just like someone on a business trip gets to catch up with old friends who happen to live where they've travelled for business. And yes, PBS and NPR still receive taxpayers' dollars...about $440 million a year. Given that we're spending untold billions (costliest defense project ever) on the Mismanaged F-35 aircraft project) which some support and others do not), it is only fair that public television and radio (which some support and others do not) receive a few hundred million. That's democracy. You get some of the things you want and Others get some of the things they want. We all get highways, hospitals, public education, air traffic control, police, firefighters, EMS and public transit. Be patient. You will get a Republican president again. That's also how democracy works. Have a great weekend! (7/25/15)

RE: “I was listening to the radio this morning and someone asked the question.....who is paying for the Obama trip to Kenya to visit his relatives? Would it be the taxpayers? One of the many perks of being President. Don't complain..... you elected him! Is the US government still giving money to PBS and NPR?” Must have been listening to Info Wars, WMAL or Fox Radio: what are you, a “birther”? Obambi has every right to return to his birthplace, I mean, “homeland”. Won’t be seeing his brother or visiting his father’s grave, they tore down the hut he was born in years ago, but they flew grandma in to see him, Moochelle, and the kids. All I can say is “LEAVE OBAMBI ALONE, RIGHT NOW!”: www.liveleak.com (7/25/15)

RNR hit bottom when they replaced Damien with Rob Timm. Need Hall's Bar & Grill, Comrade Chris and Bill Wright back. (7/25/15)

Mike Ondayko on WRNR-FM? Seriously? That station just keeps sinking lower. (7/25/15)

I was listening to the radio this morning and someone asked the question.....who is paying for the Obama trip to Kenya to visit his relatives? Would it be the taxpayers? One of the many perks of being President. Don't complain..... you elected him! Is the US government still giving money to PBS and NPR? (7/25/15)

Regarding the Mailbagger who was addressing Cumulus vs. iHeart streaming: what I have experienced on both WMAL (for Larry & Brian, for Rush, for two hours of Savage, for Mark “The Great One” Levin, sometimes for Batchelor & Red Eye) and KSFO (for third hour of Savage and then Sean “Ham” Hannity after Levin) APPS is that both are very difficult, slow to load on iPad but easy, quick to load on iPhone. But once you get on, the worst thing is the “bleed” from APP ads: all of a sudden you will hear an ad along with the content but NOT during on air ads or breaks. Very annoying, and if you do click on the ad you can stop with regular You Tube type controls. Doesn’t Cumulus have enough ads? They need them to bleed into content now? Waz up wit dat? Know what I mean, Vern? Signed: Vern. (7/25/15)

[RE: To the poster that talked about streaming platforms, if you are talking website listening, iheart may be good. Their iheartradio app flat out sucks.] On my Android, I get a 15 second ad, then the station. No ads when I change stations or if the signal drops and reconnects. Signals rarely drop. Only other radio app I use is Yahoo Sports Radio, for Steve Czaban. No more than 60% reliable. If the signal drops, it never reconnects on its own. Sometimes, the server is not up or goes down while streaming. Usually is available again within half an hour but geez. (7/25/15)

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The Merrill College will debut its new website Monday at 9 AM - same url : merrill.umd.edu - much cleaner, easier to use, etc. :) Also - our student SPJ chapter was named NATIONAL chapter of the year - story is on current website: www.merrill.umd.edu (7/24/15)

When CBS-DC eventually shit cans WNEW, I wonder if Lisa Baden will return to WTOP or remain with Metro? (7/24/15)

Thanks to the person who corrected the Wilmington numbers. WSTW missing had to be a mistake. Congrats to the DBC gang on Shipley and also cognrats to the WDSD folks. It looks like they are on the move to keep WXTU and WXCY As secondary factors. Accoringdomg to an off line source, they are the Courry came leader in the market. (7/24/15)

Another demand for signatures on Mailbag messages from a moron who doesn't sign his name. The stupidity never ends. Mick E. Mouse. (7/24/15)

Many thanks to DCRTV Dave for that WEAM-AM Lively Lineup chart at DCRTV Plus. Included on the chart you'll find singles that rightfully belong among the songs of 1969 That Should Have Been Bigger Hits... (7/24/15)


(snippet)- But Bicknell has been, is, and apparently always will be a worthless angry asshole.(END of Snippet)-- And this brave poster does'nt have the balls to sign his name. He is one of the "haters" that will never experience the friendships that Bicknell has. (7/24/15)

please tell me you have the recording of kane talking about his divorce (7/24/15)

Regarding the Spring Nielsens for Wilmington, this from today's Tom Taylor NOW: More Wilmington numbers, please – Reading yesterday’s story about Wilmington, Delaware, several readers question the omission of Delmarva’s top 40 WSTW. Answer - Neither WSTW (with a 6.0 share) nor country sister WXCY (a 4.2) were listed in the data supplied to the trades by Nielsen. WSTW should be ranked below Beasley’s AC WJBR (a 6.6), with WXCY next. Delmarva GM Mike Reath tells NOW they’re “thrilled” with the first book of the new WDEL-AM/FM simulcast, up 2.7-3.4 (a number that was in yesterday’s story). (7/24/15)

(QUOTE) why in God's name would you buy stock fully expecting it to go down in value? (END) Well, using the original poster's logic, why would you buy a Starbucks coffee if you knew you were just going to piss it out in 3 hours? At least holding the stock has a degree of entertainment value; if it doesn't improve, at least you can wave it around later at your radio buddies and say, "Hey, remember THESE assholes?" You cant do that with a bag of tinkle. Besides, it's not as if he hedged his kids' education on it, just a pocketful of change. BFD. (7/24/15)

Well known former MSNBC talker, Hotline editor, and author Craig Crawford, who is now former Virginia Senator and Democrat POTUS candidate Jim Webb’s communications director, has thrown in the towel because of the hacking of his Drudge linked blog, “Trail Mix”. Apparently Crawford could no longer stave off repeated hack attacks (by Hillary’s IT folks?) of his decade old personal blog (WARNING: do not click on any posts or links): craigcrawford.com (7/24/15)

When PR goes wrong (Part Two after the Wiener/Frank debacle): DC PR guru David Bass, well known in conservative circles, a former Weekly Standard editor, who has represented the booze industry for years, apparently can’t get enough of the stuff. He is accused of breaking into Café Milano, a well known hang out for DC PR and media types, stealing booze ON CAMERA, and exiting. Bass is known for starting Raptor Strategies, whose motto is “New Times Demand New Strategies” and obviously his strategy is to not have to pay for booze: www.prnewswire.com... You can’t make this stuff up: www.washingtonpost.com (7/24/15)

I saw WRNR, and I realized that was the FM in Annapolis, and not the AM in Martinsburg. I thought I got fired again. (7/24/15)

Okay, I'll bite, Mr. Radio Investor (he said as he slowly and sadly shook his head): why in God's name would you buy stock fully expecting it to go down in value? Or are you the legendary Montgomery Burns, looking for a capital loss to offset the tax burden imposed by your Croesus-like fortune? Please let us know your one weird trick! Genghis Cohen, who really should know better by now... (7/24/15)

Re: "What would be gained by Jack Diamond returning to DC?" Easy...great for Jack. It's home. Bad for any radio station because Jack has been doing a style of radio that is well over it's time, and he refuses to modify his act. It was always un-listenable for anyone with a brain. It worked for Jack for many years, but it's time for him to develop something relevant. Advice - - continue to modify your act while you do it, and don't fall into the quicksand of making a dollar. Ed Graham (7/24/15)

Did you HOT 99.5's KANE this morning talking about his divorce? (7/24/15)

Just noticed on WRNR.com that one of their rotating front page teaser pics says that "Mike Ondayko returns to WRNR Monday 6-10 AM..." (7/24/15)

Regarding WSTW not showing in the ratings, someone wrote "I thought they did not subscribe u till I saw WDEL...". What you are seeing is WDEL FM, formerly WJKS FM. The owner prior to Delmarva buying the station was a subscriber, and that legacy contract has not run out yet. STW is still right up top - you just can't see 'em. (7/24/15)

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Just read the post regarding Erin Como coming to WTTG..As per TV Newscheck, she's also going to serve as a general assignment reporter for various station newscasts. Talk about multi-tasking. Is that the type of on air people WTTG is now looking to hire since Caitlin Roth did both traffic and weather. And has done that back to back on the broadcast when Tucker wasn't there. (7/23/15)

Good Lord, how many more freakin' changes is channel 5 going to make!!!..So they bring in Caitlin Roth to do traffic weekdays and after a few weeks, she's moved to weekends to do the weather?? Wonder what prompted that? So guess Mike Thomas will continue to do weather on the early broadcast? Or is he leaving as well? (7/23/15)

I bought two shares of radio stock today at 4 PM for the price of a cup of Starbucks coffee. Cumulus for $1.61 and Radio One for $2.70. When the Cumulus Financial Report comes out on 7/30/15, I expect that their stock will be even less. (7/23/15)

Looking at the Wilmington, de. .numbers on all all access and WSTW does not show. WOW! I thought they did not subscribe u till I saw WDEL with a nice up tick moving to FM. I can see rim shot WXCY missing, but STW...that is huge for the market (7/23/15)

RE: “re your item on MSNBC's new line-up, unless CNN is moving Tapper, Todd will not go head-to-head against him. Tapper's The Lead runs 4-5 PM EDT. Todd's show will be on at 5.” Actually, it is meaningless who Todd or Tapper goes up against as FNC rules: “The Five” are on at 5:00PM Eastern and Neil Cavuto is on at 4:00PM (FNC gets better ratings during those times that BOTH CNN & MSNBC combined). All Todd is doing is laying the groundwork for the return of the fibber, Brian Williams: no way will he do a show five days a week and then MTP, a show that requires his full attention (thus, he abandoned “The Rundown” on PMSNC mornings when he went to MTP). Besides, Todd is also NBC/MSNBC’s Political Editor, so he has those duties too (that’s a lot of people/shows to manage). And in the end: all the changes as all the previous changes to PMSNBC are for naught. Infomercials get better ratings: www.adweek.com (7/23/15)

To the poster that talked about streaming platforms, if you are talking website listening, iheart may be good. Their iheartradio app flat out sucks. Ads galore. Fire it up, a video ad. 3/4 of the time when you change stations, another video ad. If you lose signal and it buffers, when it reconnects, guess what? Yet another ad. I learned a workaround for it: start the app, when the ad starts, use Task Manager to close the app & restart it. Also it gives notifications when I specifically had it set not to. Finally uninstalled it due to aggravation; it was either that or throw my phone through a wall. Now excuse me while I go tell some kids to get off my lawn. (7/23/15)

Hey Dave, a moment of brevity in honor of the late Beavis & Butthead: “He said Wiener and Franks”. What could be better than having disgraced politician Anthony Weiner joining a public relations firm that represents Ball Park Franks? You can’t make this stuff up: “If you find yourself in a p.r. nightmare, there’s a swashbuckling new hero you can turn to — Carlos Danger. A top “crisis” public-relations firm with ties to Hillary Rodham Clinton has hired the last person in the world that most people would call on to dispense advice on dealing with a scandal: disgraced, penis-texting former Congressman Anthony Weiner. The man who destroyed his own promising political career by botching a 2011 sext-message imbroglio with bald-faced lies — and who then ruined his comeback by running one of the most disastrous mayoral campaigns of all time — will now get paid to dispense advice to high-paying clients of the MWW p.r. firm, sources told The Post. About the only thing that makes sense about this is that one of the company’s clients is Ball Park Franks.” Story here: nypost.com (7/23/15)

Re Stock Market: actually the markets ytd are flat for the Dow and up 5% for the Nasdaq. Radio can't blame its sagging stock performance on the swing of the market. Radio is in a structural decline as an industry. It's easy for some to point to all of the new competition in the industry but that is only a smart part of the problem. Greed and debt have killed the radio industry. Once companies borrow billions from institutional investors like Bain or Crestview they lose control like Clear Channel and Cumulus ( although Cumulus has never been any good). When the investors get a seat on the Board it's over. If you have ever sat in a meeting with a bunch of Harvard Business School Grads you would understand. They think they can run any industry after an hour download and they simply can't do that and the evidence speaks for itself. I don't pretend to know what they teach these people at Harvard and Wharton since I just have an under grad degree from a state university but I know Harvard and Wharton know very little about radio. (7/23/15)

I know what's coming by asking this, so let me solicit intelligent, thoughtful comments & responses rather than inspire members of the Spew-O-Matic Club: What would be gained by Jack Diamond returning to DC? I personally cannot see a positive or rational reason for such a decision, but if its being considered, there must be some merit. Anyone? (7/23/15)

re your item on MSNBC's new line-up, unless CNN is moving Tapper, Todd will not go head-to-head against him. Tapper's The Lead runs 4-5 PM EDT. Todd's show will be on at 5. (7/23/15)

Nope, sorry, not going to be drawn into the "he was a nice guy" routine about Bicknell just because he's having surgery. He's spent his entire professional life treating everyone around him badly, he's filled the Mailbag repeatedly with poisonous, often racist, always vulgar and below the belt bile. I hope anyone going in for any treatment comes out fine on the other side. But Bicknell has been, is, and apparently always will be a worthless angry asshole. (7/23/15)

Well now, our pal Harvey “Jack Diamond” Fisher is now doing a masterful imitation of Porky Pig with a stogie. Love that plate of greasy meat stacked high to fill that every growing belly he sports. I bet we could send this picture to Jimmy Dean sausage and they’d fly “three-week Jack” to their packing plant on a first-class ticket. He may be under the dirt soon by the looks of him – just like his career. (7/23/15)

I always get upset when people decide to honor someone who is dead. Willis Conover was a legend to those of us who knew of his work - - now they are proposing a postage stamp in his honor. It made me think about Paul Bicknell's planned throat surgery. Not that he might die, but that everyone rips him apart in this forum. I would like to say something nice about Paul while he and I are still here. Paul had a quality that set him apart from the run of the mill DJ. It wasn't just that he sounded good, or had great ratings, it was that you couldn't turn him off because you were afraid that you might miss something. He had the ability to make you feel like his show was your little secret. Get well soon, Paul. Ed Graham (7/23/15)

Jamie Sullivan is now doing midday & afternoon traffic for ABC7/NC8. (7/23/15)

Fox's Good Day DC has been so much tolerable without Holly Morris this week. (7/23/15)

That photo of two-ton Jack Diamond with that stogie in his mouth on "sadly lacking radio" tells it all and speaks volumes about his persona. What an egotistical a-hole. Who in the hell would want him back and why would anyone want to work with him? I can't see him returning to WRQX under any circumstances, despite the advertising revenue he might return to that station. (7/23/15)

What happened to ABC7's rather vivacious Jamie Sullivan in the mornings? (7/23/15)

The Radio Broadcaster Who Fought the Cold War Abroad but Remained Unheard at Home - Willis Conover spread American culture and values across Europe and the U.S.S.R. with his radio program, but almost no one in the U.S. knew about his show. wsj.com (7/23/15)

For the people who keep talking about Stock Prices. You have to realize it's more than just RADIO. People are posting about Cumulus's stock price being in the dumpster because they're 'just radio'. They're in the dumper because they had to raise half a billion dollars to buy an absolute piece of shit company called Citadel Broadcasting. Clear Channel, excuse me IHEARTMEDIA, has been swimming in debt for decades. CBS sold all their crap stations to various companies in the early 2000's and yes they have a diverse platform with TV stations, but their radio division makes money. And it's pure profit, not profit/money owed to creditors. All these companies make lots of money. All of these companies, except CBS, have unrealistic outlooks on profits & station revenues because they're in so much debt. Hubbard is on that list as well. I think CBS is in a position where they want to can the radio division completely because they think it's just an old medium and they're struggling as it is to keep up with the social media age. Stock prices are bad because of the debt situation. Not because of ratings & management. (7/23/15)

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From the FCC today… WZHF AM 1390 has applied for an STA extension to complete the tri-plexing work on their new transmitter site, WJFK 1580.. Must be taking longer than expected. — Baltomedia.net (7/22/15)

[RE: Cumulus] Within the past day or so, Cumulus has rolled out a new new streaming platform, at least for the three stations I regularly listen to, including WMAL. The old platform, which originated at Citadel, will be greatly missed. By far the best station group platform I've ever used when it comes to speed of connection and robustness. New platform seems to follow the template others have adopted. It's slower to load and laden with display ads. I've been streaming since 1998 and have never listened to a station by plopping myself in front of a screen and watching the display. Do some users do that? The stream is on in the background while I am working on other applications or chores away from the computer. This afternoon, the streams on the three Cumulus stations eventually loaded (within a minute or so) and none dropped. Audio quality continues to be good. My new unofficial rankings of station streaming platforms: iHeart Radio (up from #2), Cumulus (down from #1), and CBS #3 (and so far behind the others on factors such as ability to connect, sound quality, robustness, and randomly firing off commercials in the middle of live segments they might as well be #300). (7/22/15)

Whoa: this DCRTV Mailbag poster is still alive? Who knew: “Re: "Whoa: WHFS’ Cerphe is still alive? Who knew [sic]"...well, anybody who's been paying attention. The legend has one of the most popular streaming shows in the area and has become a fixture in Northern Virginia's local music and arts scenes. Cerphe is still The Man.” (7/22/15)

Re: "Whoa: WHFS’ Cerphe is still alive? Who knew [sic]"...well, anybody who's been paying attention. The legend has one of the most popular streaming shows in the area and has become a fixture in Northern Virginia's local music and arts scenes. Cerphe is still The Man. (7/22/15)

Dave, here is a suggestion. Publish the daily stock price of the Public Companies in the DC Market. Like CBS, Cumulus, iHeart, Radio One, Salem, etc. It would be interesting to follow their progress or lack of progress. (7/22/15)

I suspect that Cumulus is firing more people than CBS. These large radio companies are not doing well. They know how to spend money but look at their stock prices. CBS Radio has television and a CBS TV Network to help them. However, Cumulus is just radio. I predict that Cumulus will either go bankrupt or try to sell the company. Their stock continues to go down......down.....down! BTW, Radio One is not doing well either. Look at their stock price. (7/22/15)

Radio One stock is down to just $2.94 per share and going nowhere. Look at their DC Cluster.....WKYS, WMMJ, WPRS. Just 3 FM Stations! (7/22/15)

RE:" WBAL tool" It's obvious the WBAL constant poster is someone inside and bitter. No one listens to any station that much and has so many details and opinions. (7/22/15)

Whoa: WHFS’ Cerphe is still alive? Who knew: wtop.com (7/22/15)

Paul Bicknell/Davy Jones is slated for throat surgery, he has a non-cancerous cyst on his left vocal chord. Surgery is set for July 28th. Successful surgery is 99.9% assured. Prayers and best wishes for a speedy recovery Mr. Paul. (7/22/15)

WTOP breaks the news that people in Bethesda like nice sunny days now that's news you can use (7/22/15)

DCRTV recently reported that veteran Baltimore-DC newscaster Brenda Carl was returning to WBAL Radio, however, I never hear her. She'd make a great co-anchor in the morning, a position she once held there. Wonder if management is waiting to move the chick that's on now in the morning to clear the deck for her? It would be a huge improvement. (7/22/15)

Just read the total number of casualties at the Cumulus owned Westwood One Network. Over 150 fired across the country in all departments including the DC office. The best part is that they are calling it an "integration". I have heard of fired, layoffs, canned, RIF'd, shot, let go etc but "integration"?? Then the good folks at Cumulus say that all of these unfortunate souls are eligible to be hired at the radio station level if there are openings. The problem is Cumulus is integrating at the station level as well unless you count part time openings at scale rates. Cumulus is desperately cleaning out everyone before the Q2 Earnings call on 7-30 so they can tell Wall Street that despite the disastrous financial numbers and the all time low stock price of $ 1.68 per share, they are on the right track. Sadly, the "experts" on Wall Street will probably believe them. The "integration" couldn't come at a better time for Westwood One. They are down 25% in revenue. Sounds like a good time to fire sales types and close sales offices to me. Oh those silly Cumulus boys! (7/22/15)

[From DCRTV's Twitter page: Thanks to Dominion VA Power for knocking WMAL-FM off the air at 3:18 during one of Michael Savage's nutty rants.....] Dave, you are the left. You have murdered millions for your ideaology. You are violent. You hate America and don't support our troops. I learned these things from Chris Plante, not Micheal Savage. PS Did you welcome Larry to the club? (7/22/15)

[From DCRTV's Twitter page: Thanks to Dominion VA Power for knocking WMAL-FM off the air at 3:18 during one of Michael Savage's nutty rants.....] Dr Savage is the most entertaining talker out there..and perhaps the smartest (7/22/15)

[From DCRTV's Twitter page: Thanks to Dominion VA Power for knocking WMAL-FM off the air at 3:18 during one of Michael Savage's nutty rants.....] for a guy who hates WMAL, you sure do listen to it quite a bit.... (7/22/15)

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“After Larry's admission Thursday that he was the gay on on the show, Brian Wilson seemed all to happy this morning to let Larry flirt with him. Are you next to admit it Brian? Later has a lovely water oven and shoe racks on his wedding registry you can possibly share. Oh yes and Bill Hess is the evil overlord at WMAL according to show tunes loving Larry”... I usually listen to The Junks: can only take so much of Larry & Brian, so I would have missed it. (7/21/15)

Dave's response: I think that someone's just having a little fun with Larry here. Not that there's anything wrong with that.....

Wow! One week on the job and the new PD at WRQX has shot way up in the ratings. A strong move from 18th into a tie for 17th. Jan is moving mountains as usual. (7/21/15)

Glennwood Branche - Memorial Service - There will be a chance to meet with Glennwood’s family prior to a memorial service next week. Details are below: Monday, July 27 - 19th Street Baptist Church, 4606 16th Street, NW, Washington, D.C... 10:00 a.m. Visitation, 11:00 a.m. Memorial Service... Reception to follow... If you would like to send a note to the family, here is how to reach Glennwood’s wife Yolanda: Yolanda Branche, 3102 Banneker Drive, NE, Washington, DC 20018, ybranche@aol.com (7/21/15)

WTOP- News For REALLY Short Attention Spans (7/21/15)

To the guys with Verizon right across the street: I had the same issue years ago. I was in a 5 unit apartment building & really wanted FIOS; I had Verizon for phone & internet. I despise Comcast & refused to give them a dime. EVERY house/building around us was wired for FIOS, but we weren't. We were a black hole in the FIOS universe. Numerous calls to Verizon sales & customer service I was told they aren't doing anything new in my area. Finally I wrote an email to the CEO of Verizon (google 'CEO emails) with the subject line "I want to give Verizon more money!" detailing how I was surrounded by FIOS and would gladly pay more for it if it were made available. A few days went by, I got a call from a VERY nice woman saying she was special assistant to the CEO that listened to my saga. She said she'd check on some things; called me back a day later and said she had good news. A few days later there was a crew out, running FIOS to my building. I was a very happy FIOS customer until I moved; never has a single issue. Give it a try; sometimes being the squeaky wheel pays off. (7/21/15)

Not surprised they put Raw on USA back up first. I believe Raw is the #1 show on USA, if not on cable for their timeslot. (7/21/15)

After Larry's admission Thursday that he was the gay on on the show, Brian Wilson seemed all to happy this morning to let Larry flirt with him. Are you next to admit it Brian? Later has a lovely water oven and shoe racks on his wedding registry you can possibly share. Oh yes and Bill Hess is the evil overlord at WMAL according to show tunes loving Larry (7/21/15)

Just saw a commercial for a paid TV service called Sling TV. It included kids with hats & shirts that are labeled "old TV" who are bullying & harassing people with cable service. At one point, a girl licks her finger & places it in a customer's ear!! A little much. .Anyway, it's supposed to be $20/month which I'm sure is an introductory offer. (7/21/15)

Dave's response: Generally unimpressed. I subscribed to Sling from March to June. Lotsa technical glitches. Had to buy a batch of channels I didn't want to get one or two I wanted. More of the same bad business model that cable uses.....

If you follow Cumulus, you will see that their stock is at an all time low. It closed at just $1.53 per share. If I were their lenders I would be very nervous. They will never be able to pay back their debt. There is more talk about the FCC going to open a window for AM stations to apply for an FM Translator. This is a joke..... in major markets like DC, there are no FM Frequencies available. If the 30 AM stations in DC each got a FM translator, where would the 30 FM frequencies come from under the present FCC Rules? (7/21/15)

[RE B104:] It was PD Steve Kingston that took B104 to the top! Jan Jefferies was PD before Steve, and btw, Joel Denver was PD before Jan. (7/21/15)

I'm tom. love philly tv news and dcrtv. i saw online it looks like kyw is this close to naming their next news direcqr. i hear it might be mike caputa wcco's nd. (7/21/15)

"Ignore the tool. They'll go away." Really? So far that tactic hasn't worked very well. Go back over the past year of DCRTV posts. EVERY DAY there is at least two, three or four posts from the same "tool" about WBAL and everything that they deem is wrong with the station (s). So your brilliant approach hasn't worked, now has it? Instead of "DCRTV" this site should change its name to OBAAPI. Obsessed, Bored And Annoying Posting Incessantly. I used to check DCRTV daily. Now its more like once a week because I'm sick of the never ending critiques of WBAL. Enough already! I stopped listening to the station years ago. If you don't like it, STOP LISTENING. More importantly stop sharing your pointless, daily critiques. (7/21/15)

It’s 1AM. Do you know where your COMCAST Xfinity is? It’s been 5 hours and the ONLY channel they fixed was USA. All the others I mentioned are STILL OUT plus probably many more I didn’t bother checking! At what point do people get a credit in Baltimore County? Probably after one day and I wouldn’t be surprised if they fix it just in time for 23 hours. SCUMBAGS! They’re also guilty of not offering certain communities good deals that neighborhoods with FIOS can get. They claim that’s not true, but I know better because there is FIOS right across the street from me. I’ve begged VERIZON to wire this community but they’ve stopped wiring, especially underground wiring so Comcast screws those people over good. (7/21/15)

COMCAST Xfinity update for Baltimore County… It took those weasels over SEVEN HOURS to fix all the channel outages! What do they have like monkeys in their repair office throwing paint at a wall and calling it art? HAHA!I think I’m going with DISH or DIRECTV maybe. The entire county lost an entire night of TV because of those imbeciles. (7/21/15)

New Sinclair Hire Defends Trump sharylattkisson.com... And he returns the favor... www.wusatoday.com... "Now, as respected reporter Sharyl Attkisson has proved point by point, the news media are also distorting my words." More on Sharyl's new gig at Sinclair and based out of WJLA... (7/21/15)

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COMCAST Baltimore County is having a full meltdown tonight. Instead of Monday Night Raw Wrestling, they put on a Lifetime movie instead! FOX, A&E, HSN are frozen. CNN, Lifetime, AMC are gone completely. Poor O’Reilly. It’s been a half hour, and all they got fixed was the wrestling instead of the dramatic tearjerker! HAHA! (7/20/15)

"Been out of the loop a few days noticed they put Jan Jeffries in the PD slot over at WRQX if they let him do his job he could make that station great again can anybody say B104" Actually, you've been out of the loop for a few years. Jan ran WRQX after the Cumulus takeover. Ran it right to the gutter. Fired Kenny King, and it was all downhill from there, so bad that they told Jan to stay away from the station. He's back, because the next guy was a joke. You're actually comparing a station that was successful 30 years ago, no PPM, different market and different company? WOW, you took too many nostalgia pills this morning. Btw- WRQX sounds NO different than from last week. Jan doesn't make bold moves, he makes cumulus moves. The morning show will run him over with their contracts and the salespeople will soon see that there's no additional cash coming in. (7/20/15)

Been out of the loop a few days noticed they put Jan Jeffries in the PD slot over at WRQX if they let him do his job he could make that station great again can anybody say B104 (7/20/15)

I thought alleged news radio 1090 dumped their sister television station's weather people for Accuweather??? I heard WBAL-TV meteorologist Ava Marie on this morning. (7/20/15)

Re " I'm sure they are a wonderful organization. But I would douse my car with gas and light it on fire before I would give it to them." Classic!! I wrote something along the same lines months ago. You'd think the stations and other advertisers would catch on and say don't run that ad because listeners are going elsewhere and it defeats the whole purpose. Regarding, lighting my car on fire, I would do the same only I would do it at the WTEM studio in hopes of taking The Man Cave out at the same time and kill two birds with one stone. Or is it not PC to kill birds these days? Sorry. (7/20/15)

Hey Dave, surprised you haven't covered this. Art Bell's non-compete with XM expired this past week. He returns to the air Monday night with a new show. It's a streaming internet show with terrestrial affiliates. Around 20 stations so far, but growing. Some good stations: artbell.com he also got some publicity in Times Square: artbell.com. It'll be interesting to see how he does, because it's his own show, not on a syndicator. Other broadcasters in the area that have tried their hands at streaming should take note. (7/20/15)

You can tell Scott Waddel that I still have copies of the 1982-83 Redskins victory season LP we produced at WMAL, still sealed in their wrappers. Happy to haggle with him... (7/20/15)

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"They run that annoying Cars For Kids commercial over and over and it’s so annoying that I switch the station every time" It's Kars..cars for kids. Is there any station that doesn't run commercials for them? If I'm listening to a station and their commercial comes on, like you I instantly switch stations. I'm sure they are a wonderful organization. But I would douse my car with gas and light it on fire before I would give it to them. (7/19/15)

"The only thing in question now is whats wrong with someone who keeps repeating it?" Has it ever occurred to you knot heads that someone might be jerking your chain? Some dope is getting their rocks off posting stuff about WBAL just to get a rise out you, and you oblige them. So really the question is for you and others who respond, why? Ignore the tool. They'll go away. (7/19/15)

WND interviews and describes conservative talk radio’s queen (she has the number three streamed radio show behind Savage & Limbaugh), Laura Ingraham of Fox News Channel fame, and her new web site, Lifezette: “It may not be a modest ambition, but LifeZette, with its combination of practical advice, thought-provoking intellectualism, cutting-edge political commentary, tips for urban and suburban survival, and forays into pop culture is intriguingly unlike anything else on the web, as it casts its nets wide over a range of topics nearly as vast as the sea.” Read more at www.end.com (7/19/15)

Wonder if WNEW might go this route, even though it could cannibalize WPGC ratings? Remember, they used to run "Flava 1580" up there... (7/19/15)

It would be nice to see Verizon Fios add Buzzr TV to its lineup. It's on Fox DC's 5.2 digital sub-channel but not on Verizon yet. People are saying it's like GSN before they lost all the Goodson-Todman shows. (7/19/15)

Here is an interesting idea. Why doesn't CBS buy WKDV AM/FM and simulcast their Spanish Format to cover Manassas and Herndon? Their signal at 107.9 does not reach that area. Their ratings would increase with the additional coverage and they could charge higher rates. What would this really mean for CBS? Their revenue and profits go up and the station becomes worth more money. (7/19/15)

Greetings Mr. Hughes! My dad, Jim Waddel, is big fan of yours--he mentions your neat website all of the time... I was hoping you, with your obvious vast knowledge of local radio history, might be able to answer a question I've long had: Are you aware of anyone who sells audio of old "Frank, Sam and Sonny" Redskin games? Every year I think--"perfect Christmas gift for Pop!" but never can find anything but stupid commemorative dvd's of our old Super Bowls... Thanks for your time! Scott (7/19/15)

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I know others have mentioned this before, but there’s another reason I won’t listen to 105.7 The Fan. They run that annoying Cars For Kids commercial over and over and it’s so annoying that I switch the station every time. I don’t think they realize how many listeners they’re losing just from that one annoying commercial. I tuned in 5 times today and every time I heard that commercial and changed the station. BAM! (7/18/15)

Oh, now it’s getting even worse. 105.7 The Fan is either running a Cars for Kids infomercial or a commercial marathon of that most annoying commercial in different mixes. MAKE IT STOP! UGH! Who would listen to this station EVER??? (7/18/15)

Re: "What is up with 105.7 The Fan? They’ve played nearly a 20 minutes worth of commercials leading up to the Orioles game! Who the hell would listen to that station?" ~~ Uh, wouldn't you have had to have been listening to the station to know how many minutes of commercials they played? ~~ Anon this time. (7/18/15)

NPR.....still receiving your tax dollars to spread their liberal agenda. Whatever happened to fair and balanced? How many years have they received tax dollars? What makes you "special" about being transgender? NPR will tell you. There is nothing wrong about being liberal but it would be nice to hear the other side of the story. Many liberals won't watch the Fox News Channel but at least they try to be fair and balanced. (7/18/15)

RE: Well, 106.7 The Fan (maybe you are listening to a knock off version on 105.7 The Fan) is a CBS station... 105.7 The Fan is a CBS station in Baltimore. RE: Yeah, it ain’t much of a station anymore on weekends... Well it's certainly a better station on the weekends than back in the guy talk era, when there was no live programming or Nationals games. Just repeats of the week's shows, car talk, and shows about how to have a healthier colon. (7/18/15)

It boggles the mind that the guy (a woman wouldn't waste this much time) that keeps bashing WBAL would listen and watch 24/7. If its so bad, WHY DO YOU KEEP LISTENING/WATCHING? The only thing worse than WBAL is the daily WBAL Bashing on DCRTV. Its like the guy who every night keeps going outside and coming back in to announce, "its dark outside". Everyone knows that WBAL sucks. You don't have to keep announcing it. The only thing in question now is whats wrong with someone who keeps repeating it? (7/18/15)

RE: “What is up with 105.7 The Fan? They’ve played nearly a 20 minutes worth of commercials leading up to the Orioles game! Who the hell would listen to that station? I know they can’t stream the game online, but 20 MINUTES of COMMERCIALS??? They couldn’t put someone else in the studio for a half hour to talk Orioles? What a joke of a station!” Well, 106.7 The Fan (maybe you are listening to a knock off version on 105.7 The Fan) is a CBS station, so maybe all the doomed staff was busy sending out their resumes? Or they know nobody is listening, so they might as well run some ads? Don Geronimo was available? The G-Man was hiking in Ft. Marcy looking for Vince Foster? Howard Stern was with his trophy wife dining in the Hamptons? Mike Bloated O’Meara was getting married again to Carla? Oh, that’s OLD 106.7 before it became “The Fan” but had plenty of real fans. And The Junkies only work weekends doing their “Unofficial” Skins show: otherwise, you won’t hear them until Monday at 5:50AM. Yeah, it ain’t much of a station anymore on weekends: turn it off and watch the game live on tv (unless you’ve cut the cord). Or, gasp, GO TO THE GAME. (7/18/15)

I found this rather humorous. Occasionally, because The Baltimore Sun has so many pop up ads, the Google Chrome browser security steps in and states that the site has been BLOCKED and could be distributing MALWARE!. I wish I could make this up. It only happens in Chrome, but still, I’m sure plenty of people use Chrome. Anyone who encounters this is just going to think WHAT? I’m getting rid of The Sun. Chrome is blocking a lot of sites now that evade their pop up blocker. — BaltoMedia (7/18/15)

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What is up with 105.7 The Fan? They’ve played nearly a 20 minutes worth of commercials leading up to the Orioles game! Who the hell would listen to that station? I know they can’t stream the game online, but 20 MINUTES of COMMERCIALS??? They couldn’t put someone else in the studio for a half hour to talk Orioles? What a joke of a station! (7/17/15)

Why was Larry stupid enough to put his wedding registry on line for all to see? I mean, a $90.00 bathrobe, an $80.00 bath towel (for one, he wants four), a $420.00 water oven???? Larry, do you think you went all Greedy Bridezilla on us with the wedding registry? (7/17/15)

RE: “Larry O'Connor slams Obama's Iran deal & then pitches a skin product that'll remove dark circles under his eyes. WMAL is surreal.....” Can’t Larry kill two birds with one stone? Get some wrinkle remover from his wife/husband to be, slap it on underneath his eyes, take a before & after photo and then send the pix & some to the Iranian Mullahs and recommend it over plutonium for removing wrinkles: wrinkleremovercreams.com (7/17/15)

In your 6/11 article, you mentioned the possible silenceing of WNEW. You don’t think the new president of CBS Radio will also get rid of 106.7, do you? (7/17/15)

Dave's response: No, 106.7 The Fan is safe. However, you'll probably hear more stuff piped in from CBS Sports Radio in the non-drivetime hours and on weekends.....

If the Bert Show bit is indeed a stunt, it is really well-researched and rehearsed. I have a college-age daughter, I've met her friends, and I hear that self-indulgent me-me-me horseflop all the time from them. Another word not in the dictionary: krostwelferbale. (7/17/15)

For all the excitement this week in the world of space exploration with the New Horizons mission and Pluto, you wouldn't have known it from watching WBAL's Workforce Friday segment from NASA Goddard. I saw three different segments and they were BORING. The people they interviewed were not interesting. They used the same soundbite a couple of times and some animation about a new telescope. Jason Newton is just boring to watch with his face looking down at his facts, delivering them with a fake "this matters to me" demeanor. The only way this segment is even remotely interesting is if the station invests in a little pre-production to jazz it up. Right now, it is a total loser for the station. (7/17/15)

RE: WJLA's new meteorologist - Yes, with this latest hire they will have 10 meteorologists on the Storm Watch 7 weather team. (7/17/15)

[RE Jeff Boden to Delmarva:] Worked with Jeff at WCAO....fabulous guy! (7/17/15)

[RE DCRTV's Facebook & Twitter pages: Larry O'Connor slams Obama's Iran deal & then pitches a skin product that'll remove dark circles under his eyes. WMAL is surreal.....] Larry O'Connor slams Obama's Iran deal & then pitches a skin product that'll remove dark circles under his eyes. WMAL is surreal..... (7/17/15)

[RE DCRTV's Facebook & Twitter pages: Larry O'Connor slams Obama's Iran deal & then pitches a skin product that'll remove dark circles under his eyes. WMAL is surreal.....] Be careful what you say about Larry. He will be outraged about it 5:00 PM. But he did finally come out of the closet yrstetday. I am sure many people were shocked and had no idea... (7/17/15)

'"The Bert Show" in Atlanta has taken its lumps more than once in this forum, but get a load of the entitled little B!7c4 that called the show to grouse about her lot in life...They put her tush in place." Yeah, no way that's a stunt. By the way, I have a bridge in Brooklyn you can buy. Also an elevator pass for the Washington Monument. And, here's a weird thing, the word gullible doesn't appear in the dictionary. (7/17/15)

"CBS Makes Massive Cuts" That is the headline. What are the massive cuts for CBS in DC? We have not seen any cuts so far in DC. WNEW continues, WLZL continues. Those are their two stations with low ratings. You cannot hear WLZL West of Vienna. They have no coverage in the Western areas like Manassas, Herndon, Western Fairfax County due to WTOP simulcast on 107.7 FM in Manassas. With two 50,000 Watt Stations at 107.7 and 107.9 this is an unusal situation because of the two stations so close together. Today, the FCC would not permit this under the present FCC Rules. (7/17/15)

"The Bert Show" in Atlanta has taken its lumps more than once in this forum, but get a load of the entitled little B!7c4 that called the show to grouse about her lot in life: yahoo.com... They put her tush in place, u betcha. (7/17/15)

EVERY 'personality' on WMAL pitches that product with real-life testimonials. Zero credibility. (7/17/15)

To the poster defending the Workforce Friday segments on WBAL TV's morning program, I am not certain that publicizing or promoting the work at Maryland Transportation Authority Headquarters or even better, a brewery in Frederick, helps with community engagement after the riots in Baltimore. Even when the anchors went to Johns Hopkins Hospital, the focus was not at all about the riots, community engagement, how is the hospital helping residents. It was all about Hopkins once again sticking out its chest. There is a way for news stations to get out into the community to do some good , but this is not it. Workforce Friday sounds like more of an idea from a sales and marketing department rather than a news department. Why not highlight the places that hired teens for summer jobs or gave money for after care programs started up after the riots. Those businesses deserve to be recognized. (7/17/15)

Colin Cowherd is leaving ESPN Radio - cnn.com (7/17/15)

So WJLA is getting yet ANOTHER meteorologist?? Why do they need so many? Aren't they up to about ten already? (7/17/15)

I'd like to see the person bitching weekly about WBAL's Workforce Fridays being run by their sales department would like to explain how they'd be promoting NASA's Goddard center on Friday. The only organization that seemed fishy was last weeks at the brewery but apparently there was no money/services transferred hands. If there was any money or services provided they would have to identify it as promotional consideration or product placement. So far in this series they have yet to identify any of their destinations as such. I think given the April riots they just want to show and feature the business and people that make Maryland great and run. Some of it is cheesey but it's good for community engagement. I think tomorrow's visit to Goddard is perfect given the recent flyby of Pluto. (7/17/15)

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Re: Mike, I'm not sure which ruling you are referring to. The Skins have lost a number of rulings. The most recent seems to have been late Wed Jul 8. (USA Today: The Washington NFL team lost in court Wednesday when a federal judge ordered the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to schedule cancellation of six federal trademark registrations owned by the club, ruling that the team's name — "Redskins" — was disparaging to a substantial composite of Native Americans when the marks were originally granted.). Is this the one you are referring to? This one came out late in the day. I vaguely recall WRC-TV running a breathless "Breaking News" report between 630 and 7 p.m. Can't find any stories that day that seem to have been filed earlier than 625 p.m. Nice try Dan Zampillo, but the ruling came out around 9 am. Redskins President Bruce Allen's own statement in response to the ruling was released at 1:43 p.m. Don't believe me? Well the first comment on the Washington Post's article was at 9:59 am on 7/8, the day the story broke. You can see that here: www.washingtonpost.com... WTEM is not only a terrible radio station with horrific ratings not only overall but among their target demo of men, it's also a completely biased radio station that has ignored the name issue nearly completely, because of its ownership situation. Its handling of that issue calls into question the lens the hosts use to comment on the team's management on and off the field. (7/16/15)

Cuts were supposed to start today at CBS/DC. They're supposed to be quite severe... Sounds like on air and programming could be hit pretty hard... (7/16/15)

DroneView7: First ever live broadcast from Bay Area television station of unmanned drone - abc7news.com (7/16/15)

[RE “The Redskins ruling came down and never made an update report [on ESPN 980] until hours later.”] Mike, I'm not sure which ruling you are referring to. The Skins have lost a number of rulings. The most recent seems to have been late Wed Jul 8. (USA Today: The Washington NFL team lost in court Wednesday when a federal judge ordered the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to schedule cancellation of six federal trademark registrations owned by the club, ruling that the team's name — "Redskins" — was disparaging to a substantial composite of Native Americans when the marks were originally granted.). Is this the one you are referring to? This one came out late in the day. I vaguely recall WRC-TV running a breathless "Breaking News" report between 630 and 7 p.m. Can't find any stories that day that seem to have been filed earlier than 625 p.m. The quote above was filed on the USA Today website at 805 p.m. that day. Been a while since I have listened to WTEM past the Drive, but aren't all the Updates after 630 p.m. until morning drive provided by ESPN in Bristol? Given that WTEM's Drive airs from 402-656 p.m. and the 632-656 portion has long been filled with prepared ahead of time on the field reports, it is not surprising that no mention was made in the few minutes left that day. Czabe did talk about this on his national show the next morning (not carried here). He mentioned something that he had said before and which the legal experts quoted by the NY Times, ESPN, and others were saying: "What do the plaintiffs think that they have accomplished? The NFL can still sell Redskins gear, others can try to sell Redskins gear (and good luck on selling through the same channels that sell officially licensed gear) and, if any thing, we will see more Skins gear on the streets, not less." Not surprising Czabe didn't talk about this on the Drive 21 hours later). He is quite proud of the fact that he does not belabor stories that are stale. Lame and Lamer (which is available locally via Snyder's Red Zebra) do enough of that already. (7/16/15)

RE: " If Cumulus were smart" Wow is that a far fetched question! Smart? When the short bus dropped Jeffries at Jenifer Street yesterday that answered the smart question right away. Smart people listen to other people. Smart people don't make knee jerk reactions daily. Smart people delegate. Smart people don't run centralized business operations in the year 2015 unless you are in Russia. Smart people don't fire talent like Scott Shannon in NYC and watch him go next door and kick the snot out of WPLJ. Smart people use research not gut feelings. Smart people don't buy legendary successful radio stations across the country and run them all into the ground. Smart people don't buy a radio network ( Westwood One) without a plan and then act confused why they are down 25% while the competitive network is flourishing. Smart people don't create the NASH Brand and spend a fortune building 1.5 share major market stations and then telling anyone will listen that is a success. Smart people don't hire guys named Gillette to run a station in a market he has never stepped foot in with no research and expect positive results. Actually smart people just don't hire people named Gillette period! (7/16/15)

Dave: For the comments regarding Red Zebra possibly buying 107.3...it ain't happening! There's no secret that Snyder's been heavily burned for many years by his know-it-all radio professionals that he can't exit the group of radio owners fast enough. Bennett Zier pushed for Snyder to buy some bad, low power properties that now, are un-sellable. Second, we keep seeing a re-tread of bad managers and talent at 980..so, if you're looking for changes, only two scenarios are at play; a/status quo or b/Snyder sells everything and the existing management-talent all go away. (7/16/15)

If a tree or a magazine made of trees falls in the forest and nobody is reading the magazine or seeing the tree, does it even make a sound: www.politico.com (7/16/15)

If Cumulus were smart, they would sell WRQX 107.3 to Red Zebra for their Sports Talk Format. They have been saying for the last five years they would like to own a full coverage FM in the market. Well here is their chance. The question is are they SMART? They could move the 980 AM format over and really get some good ratings. However, they need new management! (7/16/15)

Dave's response: Or Dan Snyder could sell his Red Zebra stations to Cumulus with WTEM moved to 107.3. Cumulus could then put an oldies format on 94.3/92.7/980.....

A new metrologist is headed to WJLA/ABC 7. The person's name is Josh Knight. Knight is coming from WKRC-TV in Ohio where was a metrologist there. He started as a metrologist at WHSV-TV in the Shenandoah Valley. You can find more information on him by googling his Twitter page. (7/16/15)

"I was once told, by a credible source, that there was a sign posted in the NBC radio newsroom in New York that read WGAS. It stood for "who gives a shit" the thought that was used before any story was used in a newscast.” Correct. Also the WTOP Newsroom. Same author both places. (7/16/15)

Isn’t TODAY Weasels birthday? HFB Weez! AND its a throbbing Thursday to boot. (7/16/15)

Sarah (spell it right, if you are going to bust chops), Ty and Mel are on vacation this week, so it has been best of. (7/16/15)

BOOK IT! Looks like Jefferies already slipped up and said the current format has to move "forward"... folks... forward means ahead...ahead in demo. Jack will return to a JOURNEY style format, which he (Jan) launched, several years ago... they all failed, BUT, none of them had a JACK DIAMOND. 'Journey' was a hipper classic hits, 60-90's... 80s and 8, 70's at 7... you know the deal. The hard drive is probably already on his desk. Jan was not sent to continue what the former PD started, he's not capable of that. NO WAY he left Chicago to join another sinking ship... he knows that "change" buys him a couple of years. (7/16/15)

Predictions…. country on 99.1 soon. CBS could have saved quite a few jobs by slashing this waste of a signal. The hard drive was already loaded with “New Country” before. Or is it still ready to go? Not should or if, but WHEN a clone of WLS goes on 107.3 … if Jack Diamond returns, then perhaps Paul Bicknell for afternoon drive? That’s gold Jerry, GOLD! …. MLB4 (7/16/15)

Guess what? WBAL radio back to using TV meteorologist Ava Marie this morning. Could AccuWeather just have served as a fill-in for vacations? (7/16/15)

The median age of a DC resident is 34. The most effective strategy would be a music core based on songs from the '90s to about 2008. Trouble is too many stations are already programmed that way, so the next logical audience with discretionary money to throw around *would* be what you call "Old Man Radio". Only I would still skew well up to 2008 and perhaps beyond, since a good slice of those Old Men are on Younger Wife #2 or 3 who like that music. And wifey usually gets her way with the car radio. (7/16/15)

The worst possible choice for RQX is Jan Jeffries. Look at his track record. I like how one guy put it, "Jeffries is now remembered how he put a sword in the heart of Chicago radio." Maybe being married to a Dickey had something to do with his assignment! Like Bradly & Devoe? I think those in the KC cluster know something we don't. (7/16/15)

Well, it's day 2 of Jan Jefferies...and so far, nothing has changed. The awful Sara Ty Mel disaster is still on. I thought he was the company's best programmer?? I would imagine the advertisers, who are smart enough to see a flip to Oldies-Classic Hits or some type of ancient 70's station are calling in to cancel. I'd love to know what Janet is spinning to convince everyone that the station is to remain top 40. Old man radio format in 3...2... (7/16/15)

I was once told, by a credible source, that there was a sign posted in the NBC radio newsroom in New York that read WGAS. It stood for "who gives a shit" the thought that was used before any story was used in a newscast. Maybe that should be posted in the WBAL radio newsroom. (7/16/15)

Best-selling author Wednesday Martin was featured in the Washington Post yesterday and she is exclusively at The Q&A Cafe today, at lunchtime, doing an interview with me for my last show of the season. We go on hiatus to resume in late September or early October. In talks with superstar mixologist and restaurateur Derek Brown to be first guest, plus beauty biz mogul Marla Beck, and a famous reality show star who must remain nameless at the moment, and many others. www.caroljoynt.com... (7/16/15)

Larry O commenting on the fact Brian Wilson's iPod has a lot I Taylor Swift songs on IT.... "And I thought I was the gay one on this show".... Not that there is anything wrong with that (7/16/15)

WLS is a pretty good Classic Hits station. Can one hope that we could have Classic Hits here? (7/16/15)

[RE Jack Diamond possibly returning to WRQX:] I admire Jack.....but you can't go back...you move forward. (7/16/15)

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