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Today was Mark Steiner's last day on the radio on Morgan State University's WEAA 88.9 FM. As many recall, Steiner used to be on WYPR, Baltimore's NPR station, but now he's leaving WEAA too. Steiner was also involved in a low power radio application for Baltimore that failed where he presumably would have been on the air. Steiner still is planning a weekly podcast, but it's unclear what his other plans are. Stay tuned. (7/31/17)

The Baltimore Ravens have some new broadcast partners this season. For preseason games, with the loss of CSN MidAtlantic, the Ravens have added WGAL NBC 8 in southern PA, WMDT ABC 47 on the shore, WJLA ABC 7 and WWDC DC 101 radio in the Washington market as well as TV stations in Lynchburg & Roanoke VA and even Honolulu, HI. This is in addition to many of the existing stations on the Ravens network. Of course in Baltimore, the preseason games air on WBAL TV & WBAL AM 1090 & WIYY 98 Rock. More info on the Ravens Media page below including all of these season's radio stations. (7/31/17)

Who is the Spanish Voice in DC for the Redskins? When 980 AM is sold, the only station in the market for the Redskins is WMAL. This will help Cumulus. (7/31/17)

Roddy, the old 105.9 antenna is located near the intersection of Caton Hill Rd and Prince William Parkway in Woodbridge, VA right off I-95 exit 158, right across the street from a Target. Stephen (7/31/17)

WTOP reports that PBS CEO Paula Kerger claims that “PBS will not go away, but a number of our stations will,” about the Trump administration’s budget cuts to PBS. “There is no Plan B for that.” Furthermore, PBS is really meant for hillbillies like DCRTVDJDAVE according to Ken Burns: “People assume that we’re there for Nob Hill and Beacon Hill, when, in fact, some of our best ratings are in Alaska and the Arkansas … or West Virginia or Oklahoma. Or Virginia or Delaware. This is really who we’re talking to,” Burns said. “And we’re trying so hard as a network to reach out to all Americans with a brand that they can feel comfortable with.” The cuts would also impact NPR which means more Americans would be forced to listen to sports and conservative talk radio for information. “That’s” Trump said, “the plan.”. More: wtop.com (7/31/17)

I got an email from Ted Leonsis today promoting the Monumental Network’s Live streaming of the DC & Baltimore Arena Football teams. The question begs, WHO THE HELL WOULD PAY MONEY JUST TO WATCH THIS? I could see going to one of the games, but who would pay to watch it on their computer? I just don’t see him making any money from this venture if he can’t get any of the games on free TV. I simply do not see how this is a good way to promote 2 fledgling teams that few people know about. I don’t know about DC people, but I can’t imagine any Baltimorean paying money just to see this on their TV or computer. (7/31/17)

Concerning MHz TV in the DC area, it does not have 12 SD (480i) channels on one digital-format frequency; it actually has 12 SD channels on two frequencies, WNVC, Channel 24 with 30.1 to 30.6, and WNVT, Channel 30 with 30.7 to 30.12. The "30" is their virtual channel number and happens to match one of their two stations; the two transmitters are not even at the same location but about 20 miles apart. They use approximately the maximum number of SD programs to give a decent picture for each (I know, some stations in other places have up to 8 SD programs on one frequency, but I can't imagine that they look any good). But note that they all have to be 480i, which sort of defeats the whole purpose of creating the ATSC high-quality format to go with digital TV in the first place. There are web pages that explain what the possible combinations of HD and SD programs can be to fit our 6 MHz TV channel bandwidth under ATSC 1.0, so I won't bother listing them, but a Wikipedia look at, for example, WTOV in the Wheeling-Steubenville market, shows that they have a 1080i, and 720p and a 480i, and I bet that's pushing the limit on quality for them; the HD programs might not even have 5.1 Surround sound. When the repack was proposed, I assumed it was going to happen when all the stations went to ATSC 3.0 which compressed the picture more efficiently, but to do it before ATSC 3.0 becomes the FCC standard seems ridiculous, because it requires HD over-the-air TV to be abandoned in many cases or it will put all those new SD networks out of business. Under ATSC 1.0, only 2, maybe (sometimes) 3 feeds can be HD, and then there is not much room for SD feeds. And the second HD feed usually has to be 720p rather than 1080i because 720p takes up slightly less bandwidth; luckily most people cannot see the difference between the two. The whole thing about packing all the stations into a smaller range of channels is crazy (or malevolent) if done while ATSC 1.0 is still in place. -- Carl in Olney (7/31/17)

With all the TV repackage, what is going to happen to the Chnnel 6 LPTV Stations? These were the stations that did not operate as TV Stations. They operated as FM Radio Stations on 87.7 FM. (7/31/17)

10 sub-channels, while possible at 480i SD, is rather poor quality video and low frame rate, so not practical except for those poor quality foreign networks. Plus if any one of the channels is in 720p or 1080i, only 2 or 3 other channels are possible. So no, there probably will be some sub-channels that don’t find a home right away. Very soon though, there will be a window for Low power TV stations that lost their channel to file for leftover channels that might be available in some limited fashion with directional signals, etc, to prevent interference. However, there will definitely be some lost. It’s unlikely the MHz networks will be back since they were all leased channels who wouldn’t want to spend much money for space that could become more pricy due to the shortage. As far as VHF channels, not many available. Channels 2, 4, 5 & 6 are taken nearby. Channel 3 might be a possibility if anybody wants it. (7/31/17)

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Dave, you should have answered this question. It’s a no-brainer. WMAL will still be WMAL. They can still say they are Redskins Radio too in paying for the rights for the games. And yes, games will preempt any syndicated radio programming. The bigger question is whether the games will be on WTEM 980 or will it be sold before the season is over? So far, no changes on WSPZ SportsTalk 570, but that will change very soon now that the sale & ownership change has been approved by the FCC. Whether WMAL gets any Redskins shows from WTEM will probably depend solely on any sale of WTEM 980. By the way, the Redskins still have no radio affiliate in Baltimore, which is kind of surprising considering the Ravens are on a great signal in DC that is STILL better than the Skins! Very embarrassing. GO RAVENS! (7/30/17)

Hey Dave now that WMAL will have Skins games starting next month, a few observations & questions you may want to chime in about: who are the play-by-play talent this year (Sonny has said he won’t be doing road games so who will sub for him), what will the call letters they go by be (will it be “You’re listening to Redskins radio” or will WMAL have their own station id?), what about all the regular programming it will pre-empt (Mark Levin & John Batchelor take the biggest hit on Thursday & Monday games, but so does Best of Rush on Sundays & maybe Larry O’Connor if there are pre-game shows), what about pre & post game coverage, and finally, will you be listening? Oh, and will WMAL allow the team’s name “The Washington Redskins” to be used or will they go the “Washington’s football team” route? Thanks Dave! (7/30/17)

I would think there would be room for all or most of the digital subchannels look at MHZ CH 30 they have 10 subchannels. Of course they wont be HD but stations like Antenna TV and Me TV show older material that doesn't have that resolution cant some channels move on to the VHF band ? (7/30/17)

Since Friday nights Nationals game against the Rockies was rained out and was suppose to air on WUSA CH9 Ate they required to air the makeup game which is tonight? Or just the. Sunday after noon game which WUSA Had already planned to air? (7/30/17)

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In light of the posts regarding the original 106.7 main tower at Ox Road and Fairfax County Parkway, I’m sure someone can answer this question. 106.7 moved to the tower off the Beltway at Lee Highway together with 105.9 (now WMAL). Where was the original tower for 105.9? Roddy Freeman (7/30/17)

Katie Couric. Eh, A media pixie is hardly a journalist. — Ghost of Harry Reasoner (7/30/17)

ABC Radio Host, Bill Cunningham blasts John McCain as a "Backstabber" yesterday. He should change parties and become a Democrat. (7/30/17)

Is there any real logic for channel 4 changing their morning news start time from 4:30 to 4:00? Their commercial has someone (obviously an actor) saying they get up at 4am and the desire for news at that time. Really?? Yeah, ok if they say so. (7/30/17)

I’m curious to know what happens to all of the various sub channels of existing stations as a part of the TV repack. If I’m reading things correctly here it looks like the sub channels are gone because they will host the main stations that are being displaced. Some of the existing sub channels have decent programming so I’d hate to see some of them go. (7/30/17)

Geeeeeee that WECK sounds like Denver's 93.7 THE ROCK, Despite the name THE ROCK the station still plays Helen Reddy, ABBA and Engelbert Humperdinck. Yes a song like "The Last Waltz" or "I AM Woman" should be on a station called THE ROCK....NOT !!! It's not 1975 anymore !!! The DJs are known in the community some of whom were on KIMN even KBTR way back when but is that a good thing ?? At one point Chuck Buell ( like Harv Moore I can imagine ) who is probably in his mid 80s by now went on The Rock one afternoon and screamed "THE BIG 89 W L S". I didn't know WLS had moved from Chicago to Denver..no wait they didn't !!! No when a DJ gets fired by any of the other Denver stations if they want to remain a part of the business they usually go to THE ROCK even though some of them really should live on memories and not sounding like old men drinking cheap wine in a trailer park. Sales ?? Next !! The ROCK airs very few commercials in fact some days none at all. I get the feeling that some of their "listeners" actually donate money in secret to THE ROCK. As far as Baltimore's Q1370 a little station like that well....WHO CARES !!! No matter what they do the format won't last either. (7/30/17)

Last night, WRC reran the Jim Vance Tribute instead of the 11pm news. A crawl at the bottom of the screen said that they were unable to provide the newscast because of the rain. Does anyone know what was going on? (7/17/17)

Dave's response: The WRC news rained out? Now that's funny. I don't think Jim Vance would approve.....

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WPOC 93.1 is looking to move to a new tower, but it's right next to the old one, same height/power, so same signal, no change in reception if approved by the FCC. For those wondering, it's right off Rt. 40 West on Powers Lane, near where the original Channel 45 tower used to be. (7/29/17)

WWIN AM Spirit 1400 has gotten FCC approval for their expanded FM signal on 101.5 FM... The FM signal is run by the Hope Church of Marlton NJ and leased to WWIN and Urban One. (7/29/17)

Britt McHenry is not a native of Northern Virginia. She was born in NJ and went to high school and college in FL. Please don't insult Northern Virginians. (7/29/17)

WTOP in case you missed WRC’s ode to Jim Vance hosted by Doreen Gentzler Saturday night it is available on their web site sans ads. As Doreen closes, Vance is seen riding his Harley from that lonely road leading from White’s Ferry back to DC, like something out of Easy Rider: wtop.com (7/29/17)

Baltimore radio people. Solution to Q1370. We here in Buffalo,NY have the new WECK 1230 and 102.9. It is all locally programmed (including Harv Moore) with a news , music from the 70's to the 50's mixed in. Local news and local commercials. We can also keep Alan Lee with his show, too. It is a brand new idea, that is catching on. The DJ's are all familiar voices who are known to this area and grab listeners. The site is www.timelessweck.com. Check it out. (7/29/17)

Sinclair Broadcasting made a public statement of having no interest in starting a Cable News Network with or without Bill O’Reilly or Sean Hannity and even went so far as to explain why it would be unprofitable and too difficult in detail to make successful. What more do you want to stop with this continual FAKE NEWS narrative? There is no evidence they’ve made any moves to attempt this and there is NOT A SINGLE FACT in that STORY Dave that disputes anything SBG said. But yet all the social progressive fear mongering persists! Don’t you all have enough going on with the Marcia Marcia Marcia Russia Russia Russia nonsense to keep you busy? Tech note: ATSC 3.0 will be more robust at penetrating tin foil hats. Btw, since the story was “updated”, it appears someone even threatened to SUE over this FAKE NEWS STORY so they changed the story already! Also in that story it says RELATED: NBC asking for ad rate hikes for Megyn Kelly, the so far FAILED NBC Sunday night program that is sinking like a ROCK! Too funny! This story is almost like The Onion. Oh, one more thing. Bill Gates is already again the world’s richest man too. Sorry Wapo. :-) (7/29/17)

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\/ July 28 Messages \/

According to the AP, Katie Kouric is leaving Yahoo!. I feel a little bad saying it, but her scores of viewers will really miss her. Luckily, she is doing other things for National Geographic and other places where she have some actual visibility. She never deserved to fall that far; she did what she was told to do for CBS, and Mrs. Olney always liked her afternoon syndicated show-- Carl in Olne (7/28/17)

"iHeart Stock Price down to $1.25 per share. You can't even buy a cup of coffee for that price.” Do you watch the McDonald’s ads on TV? $1 coffee, any size. (7/28/17)

So now Eun Yang and Aaron Gilchrist are going to have to start the newscast an extra half hour early. I'm sure they're pleased as punch. (7/28/17)

Breaking news exclusive to DCRTV: WMAL talker Mark Levin is out Friday, according to his sub host Don “The Don” Bongino, due to an “injury from a fall”. Is it any coincidence that on Thursday Levin trashed new White House Communication Director and possible Italian mobster Anthony “The Tony” Scaramucci for his remarks on Steve Bannon, Levin’s pal? Levin’s taking on Scaramucchi (pronounced Scare-them-much) according to Breitbart: “Conservative talk radio host Mark Levin blasted new White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci on Thursday for going to a “liberal rag” and making “absolutely disgusting” comments about White House Chief Strategist Steve K. Bannon. Scaramucci called New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza on Wednesday evening and said, in a rambling rant, “I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own cock … I’m not trying to build my own brand off the fucking strength of the President. I’m here to serve the country.” Levin marveled at the fact that Scaramucci called a “liberal reporter at a liberal rag” and spoke in that way about his colleagues. “What the hell has Steve Bannon done to this guy?” Levin asked. “Nothing!” Levin, who is the author of the current best-selling book Rediscovering Americanism, said that “if you support Donald Trump, then you don’t sit back and excuse all this.” He said he wanted President Donald Trump to succeed but added, “you can’t have your communications director calling a liberal reporter for a liberal news outlet saying the kinds of things this man said.” Levin, a Reagan administration alum who has written some of the most seminal books of the modern conservative movement like Liberty and Tyranny, which became a runaway bestseller despite scant to no coverage in the legacy media, asked, “Do you think this kind of internecine warfare makes America great again?” “It makes these guys look stupid, moronic, pathetic! That’s not how you serve your president, in my view,” he said. Levin said he feared that the “American people are not going to tolerate this in the next election if these guys don’t get their act together.” “The president is under brutal attack, and he really needs some pros around him,” he continued. On Fox News, conservative radio host Laura Ingraham slammed Scaramucci for “trashing Steve Bannon, who has been carrying the conservative populist banner for years, loyal to this president,” and said Scaramucci’s comments were “humiliating to the president.” Levin had a reminder for Scaramucci about the position he holds. “You’re communications director to the president of the United States,” Levin said. “You hold a public trust.” So Levin has a guy named “Don”, an Italian from the New York “Bongino” family report that Levin has an “injury” that for all we know could have been caused by a guy named “Anthony”, an Italian from the New York Scaramucci family. Shades of The Sopranos! Has the White House been taken over by one Italian mob family and is being challenged by another Italian crime family? Is Levin in danger of “swimming with the fishes” or waking up with a horse head in his bed? More from Breitbart: www.breitbart.com (7/28/17)

Actually Vladimir Putin is the richest person in the world followed by the owner of his biggest groupie, The Washington Post. (7/28/17)

WMDO 47 Unimas who is turning in channel 22 is temporarily going to share WIAV 58’s signal on channel 44. One of the quirks of the spectrum auction is that those who sold their channels to the FCC must turn them in very soon, but those not protected in the auction only have to go off the air as needed in the Repack stages. So WIAV will apparently stay on the air longer. (7/28/17)

WJAL 68 Family TV has entered into a sharing agreement with WUSA 9 so their over the air viewing audience will completely change from the Chambersburg, PA area to the DC Metro area. WJAL will be turning in their channel 39 to the FCC very soon. (7/28/17)

Cumulus Stock Price drops to just $0.41 per share. Lew Dickey come home! You convinced all the lenders to loan Cumulus that massive amount of money. The value of the stock went the wrong way...... (7/28/17)

WMAL as the poster pointed out DOES have a problem, not just with the antics of the Morons on the Mall with the phony petition to change Rep. Jackson Lee’s name (it’s got to be Mary Walter’s idea as Vince cannot be that stupid): there is not a single on air talent that is anything but white. There may be some production people (like Larry O’Connor’s producer) who are black but otherwise WMAL is the most white bread radio station in DC. Oddly, Chris Plante may be on to something by having Stacy Washington sub host for him Friday. Back in the day, Rush Limbaugh did have George Mason’s Walter Williams sub for him be he has long since retired. What Bill Hess can do to make up for all of this is to FIRE MARY WALTER, forgive Vince, and pair him with Stacy Washington (who just lost her St. Louis Dispatch column for being too pro-gun) immediately. Stacy did a great job Friday, has a great voice, lots of radio experience, a balanced temperament, is a solid conservative, and would be a great asset to WMAL. More on Stacy Washington: stacyontheright.com (7/28/17)

LightTV, on channel 20.4, finally showed up a few days ago on my not-feature-laden Vizio. I had tried scanning for it, but it apparently wasn't on the air just yet. I watch in the evenings; rather, I fall asleep in front of the TV in the evenings. All I've ever seen on LightTV is "Heartland," the Canadian series. Unfortunately, LightTV chooses to display the show in the wide format, stretched out to 1.85:1 or more. The show is probably in a 4:3 format, so all the vehicles have oval headlights. I hope they get around to fixing that. As they used to say, "the problem is not with you set." They can take away my OTA TV when they pry my remote from my cold, dead fingers. Or they just wait until I fall asleep, and then it will be a lot easier. ~~ Blair in Alexandria (7/28/17)

WMAL’s Larry O’Connor’s broadcast live Friday from 3:00-6:00PM from the Redskins training site in Richmond may be impacted by heavy rain & lightening predicted. Should that happen, the practice would be moved inside to the Greater Richmond Convention Center. Either way, looks like Larry’s in for a disastrous first broadcast of a Redskins event: www.richmond.com (7/28/17)

On the Mornings on the Mall program on that stupid WMAL thing, Mary revealed one of the exciting things coming up with Vince now officially a host. They will be going to change.org to start a petition to get Sheila Jackson-Lee to change her name because, you know, civil war and slavery. Vince and Mary thought this idea was HI-Larious, but in reality, the idea displayed clear how really stupid, racially insensitive, and logically impaired they both presented themselves to be. Why not get a petition for Members like Mike Lee, or Rodney" Lee" Davis, to change their names for the same reason? You two singled out a Black women, and chided her for her name, the same name, you know, other members of Congress have, that you conveniently left out. Why leave the others out, and single out a Black woman? Maybe because the others are White and Republican? Do I see another Shirley Sherrod-Larry O'Connor thing coming down the Pike driven by Vince, with his logically impaired cheerleader Mary by his side? Remember, Chris Core described his last years with WMAL doing a "a right-leaning talk show," that was “was not very intelligent, full of mandatory bile and conversations with not-very-informed listeners." Well, Vince and Mary, with this Sheila Jackson-Lee stunt, the two of you are carrying forward with pride the "not very intelligent" baton that is WMAL's current reputation. Keep the ideas coming, guys! "What could possibly go wrong?" said Fred, Catherine, Andy, Brian, Bryan, and Michael Graham. (7/28/17)

I like the new K-Love Format on 94.3 in Warrenton. It covers Northern Virginia; however, you cannot get it in DC. (7/28/17)

iHeart Stock Price down to $1.25 per share. You can't even buy a cup of coffee for that price. There is no deal with their lenders. Unfortunately, their lenders want to be paid what is due. (7/28/17)

Just turned on Good Day DC & the powers that be somehow felt that Paul Wharton would be a good fill-in. Maureen, Steve and Annie really would've been sufficient. (7/28/17)

RabbitEars updated this morning to indicate that WJAL, channel 68.1 out of Hagerstown, will channel-share with 9. No source or official announcement that I could find so far. (www.rabbitears.info) Entravision has stated in the past there would be a channel-share with someone in DC (as opposed to Hagerstown) but did not say who it was. Several years ago they tried unsuccessfully to move WJAL to the DC market proper in order to run UniMas, so it would seem they might get their wish. (7/28/17)

The nearly one-year-old FM translator used by WTTR-1470 in Carroll County, MD may soon be almost wiped off the dial. As reported earlier, Radio One/Urban One has filed to move the transmitter site of the company's leased 102.3 translator from East Baltimore (WOLB-1010 and WWIN-1400 joint site) to the WERQ-92.3 tower in Northwest Baltimore's Park Heights area. This location is only 23 to 25 air miles from the WTTR site used by translator W272CX-102.3. Although a directional antenna is to be employed by Radio One et al, the likely actual signal pattern of the new translator may exceed projections. The reason: the Park Heights location is along one of a series of ridges that rise through northwestern Baltimore and Baltimore County that are great places to build FM, TV and high-frequency communications sites. A few miles to the northwest at Park Heights Avenue and the Baltimore Beltway along these same high ridges is the excellent site used by WBJC-91.5 and WQSR-102.7, sharing a moderately-tall tower on high ground. The ground at Park Heights and Boarman Avenue, near Reisterstown Road proposed for the new translator is actually higher than the elevation of nearby Television Hill. Those of us who once worked for WLPL-92.3/WYST-92.3/WSID-FM-92.3 know how well those full-sized signals covered Carroll County from the now-WERQ site. W272CX already has trouble in its home county from co-channel stations in Bethesda, MD (Radio One's own WMMJ-102.3) and in Carlisle, PA. The PROJECTED coverage of the Park Heights translator shows a marginal signal in highly-populated parts of Carroll. A final note: the new translator will also hit WMMJ in parts of Maryland, in much the same way that the parent company's 95.9 relocation to Montgomery County, MD will constrict WWIN-95.9 Glen Burnie in areas west and southwest of Baltimore. Some of us would like to see a small independent station such as WTTR catch a break, even though I am not a fan of how it sounds or is marketed in recent years. (7/28/17)

I noticed through RabbitEars.Info that the Feds are restricting more TV channel space in addition to the Spectrum auction sale of channels. For instance, I noticed that channel 20 is now a restricted channel after the repack in the DC area. Not WDCA, just the frequency for channel 20 currently used by WQAW Azteca TV near Annapolis, which is not protected in the repack. According to RabbitEars, that channel 20 will be restricted from use in the DC & Baltimore areas after 2020. National security or Fed Power Grab? This is the first time I’ve seen any notice of this, but I checked some other northeast markets and saw similar anomalies. Anybody have another explanation? I’m not promoting a conspiracy theory. I just noticed something for which I have no explanation for. I do know that Channels 17, 18, & 19 have always been restricted in DC for unknown reasons which are assumed national security, Secret Service, FBI, CIA, Capitol Police etc., but it appears the restricted list is expanded in the repack. (7/28/17)

Here is a great list. The entire repack of the nation from 2-36. Where everyone moved and who’s out and what channels are off limits in different markets. What I immediately found interesting is that there were 8 Channel 6’s before the repack and there are only 2 more after the repack. This does not include the Franken FM’s since technically their licenses all expire in 2020. But the point I noticed is that the FCC only has to find a way to move 10 stations nationwide to solve the now overpacked FM situation and the Franken FM situation all at once and open up a completely new FM band or Digital FM band. Just a thought. www.rabbitears.info (7/28/17)

Omar Jimenez, who left WBAL TV left week, tweets that he has been hired at CNN News source as a national correspondent. (7/28/17)

I don't listen to WBIG a friend told me about more 90s songs on if they added more deep cuts and stuff like the Animals or more Beatles I probably would its wierd TV is adding more older shows on stations like ME TV yet radio seems to be playing less of old stuff from the 60s WKCW does puts a few mid to late 60s songs an hour in the mix The GAMUT does but its non commercial.. (7/28/17)

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RE: “Vince Coglianese Named Co-Host Of WMAL's Morning Show”. Poor Vince: one of three things is now going to happen. 1) Bill Hess is finally going to realize that Mary Walter is an evil, talentless, boob from New Jersey who couldn’t find Jenifer Street without Googling it every morning and he will shit can her to save the show and give Vince a hot conservative broad who knows DC and politics (Mary Katherine Ham or hell, Britt McHenry!): 100% good for Vince and what he wants as he surely must detest her as did Brian. 2) Vince will have had enough of this Godless bitch, throw down his headphones and turn off his mic halfway through the show one morning, storm out screaming “Now I understand Brian, now I understand!” and heads for the nearest bar: 100% good for Vince but he loses his job and she wins (again). In desperation, Bill Hess brings in DCRTVDJDAVE to replace him because Dave doesn’t give a shit who he works with as long as the checks clear. 3) Vince, fearing for the future of WMAL and humanity if Mary Walter is allowed to stay on and possibly spawn someday, lurches across the console, then wrestles her to the ground and strangles her live on air (great for ratings) until Bill Hess bursts in and saves her: 100% bad for Vince as Hess decides just to give her the whole show solo and Vince is sentenced to life at St. Elizabeth’s psycho ward where he is only visited by Tucker Carlson on Sundays. Can’t make this stuff up: wait and see it will be one of the three! (7/27/17)

Re: "I was appalled by their extremely biased one-side report on the President's transgender order...not even a token favorable interview--not even lip service to objectivity or balance in reporting." You need to study up on objectivity and balanced reporting. Neither mean pretending that 50% of the population is on one side of an issue and 50% of the population is on the other side if that isn't the case. I've yet to find anyone who agrees with Trump on this issue, though I'm sure there are some, and military leaders, members of Trump's cabinet and leading members of his own party are among those who disagree with him. If the report you saw pretended there were any significant support for Trump's Tweeted policy -- I'm sorry, if they "paid lip service" to it -- they would, in fact, be showing a bias, because they would be making up -- sorry, they would have "paid lip service" -- to it. (7/27/17)

Just read Laura Evan's piece on Jim Vance and the line where she says "where some journalists are jockeying with selfies and snaps to connect with viewers on social media", nothing could be more true. Yes, station management is the force behind their anchors and reporters doing this. However, some of these anchors and reporters truly enjoy the attention and just how many "likes" they can get on their posts and how many viewers are following them. Jim Vance was a people person and would rather have a conversation with someone vs. having to post on Facebook or Instagram. He was a true journalist and didn't need a gimmick or participate in some silly bit during the news. And management wouldn't dare ask him to either. Today's "news readers" could learn a lot from him. That is, if they intend to be true journalists instead of just entertainers. (7/27/17)

Lotta racist stuff about WOLB and Larry Young! Started listening to Chad Dukes recently because Savage got old and today some milquetoast was subbing for him but usually subs say "blah blah in for [the host]". Chad Dukes cancelled? Never did get an explanation about that Minority Tax Certificate thing. Gus in the Gaithersburg (7/27/17)

For the responder about WBIG adding more 90’s rock to their format…it’s really nothing new. When I lived outside of State College…the classic rocker was playing Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, 90’s Ozzy etc. This was 2006-12….so WBIG starting to add 90’s rock to their playlist isn’t anything new to the format of Classic Rock. Sheesh, I remember when classic hits stations started playing Goody Two Shoes by Adam Ant and all I thought was damn, it came out when I was a kid! Formats evolve….heck, MTV Classic now considers the 00’s decade classic….LOL! (7/27/17)

Dave, Laura Evans, formerly of WTTG, penned a piece about Jim Vance for Capitol Communicator that you can find here: www.capitolcommunicator.com (7/27/17)

While I have generally been impressed by the quality of the DCW50 News at 10 operations, I was appalled by their extremely biased one-sided report on the President's transgender order. While I don't really agree with what he has done, there are people who support it. But the DCW50 report was clearly slanted to make the viewers believe that everybody is opposed and there are no supporters, not even a token favorable interview--not even lip service to objectivity or balance in reporting. (7/27/17)

I saw this morning where June "Rocky the Squirrel" Foray passed, two months short of her 100th birthday. She had radio roots, starting as a character performer in Springfield Mass, and teaming up along the way with the great national voice talents of the day. As much of a challenge as it is today to lampoon the current political climate, can you imagine how difficult it had to be to make the Cold War funny? Bye June --- thanks for Rocky, Mulan, Chatty Cathy, Tweety-bird's Granny and Cindy Lou Who, among many others. (7/27/17)

Wednesdays Post had Tuesdays TV listings in its nighttime grid the highlights section was fine .This is not the first time they have made this error.Also noticed WBIG adding more 90s artists like Nirvana,Greenday.Stone Temple Pilots what I Would classify more as. Modern/Alternative rock not Classic Rock. (7/27/17)

Oh-hh MAA-AAN, what I wouldn't give to produce the radio commercial for THIS product! swww.foxnews.com (7/27/17)

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I, for one, will say kudos to WBAL for its tornado coverage. And while there may be a lot of criticism of the anchor and reporter, I will cut them a little slack on breaking news. But someone has to tell Screamin Scotty to put a little variety into his reports. He just says the same thing over and over and over and over. (Did the for effect.) If he said he once, he said a dozen times that he toured the damage with a resident in her pick-up. TOO MUCH! There were lots of good human stories and he didn't tell enough of them. TV cleaned WBAL Radio's clock. By the way, WBAL has more technical miscues than you can shake a stick at, especially in the afternoons. Missing sound bites, outdated weather recordings, etc. And for laughs, Ann Kramer's afternoon clone, Stacey Lynn, today said Baltimore had its "200th murder of the afternoon." I know it's a dangerous town, but 200 murders in an afternoon is really bad. (7/26/17)

?RE RE WOLB: My comparison related to the comments about Larry Young's past issues. My point was that Rush, C4, and oh yes, G Gordon Liddy, have not been lily pure either. So, clearly my comparison was fine. (7/26/17)

Geezers get out of the way – your time has come and gone. It’s a new world with different realities. Time to step aside and let the young-uns make the same mistakes you made when you were their age. Stop your bitchin and enjoy your latter years, listen to a podcast in your car, instead. Pick whatever you fancy to listen to, at your own pace, skipping the spots - it syncs nicely in your fancy car. Let it go… (7/26/17)

The Washington Post’s Courtland Milloy in an ode to his pal Jim Vance writes how he, Vance and Bruce Johnson wanted to swear off smoking, a common vice among the media back in the day: “After finishing our meals, we’d smoke cigarettes. At some point, Vance declared that we should all quit and suggested hypnotism. It worked — for Johnson and me. Not for Vance. He’d also tried acupuncture, nicotine patches and the cold turkey approach. But he couldn’t stop smoking. Until the day he learned that he had cancer, in March, and he never smoked again.” So Vance could quit drinking, pot, even cocaine, but as with so many from his era, he just could not quit smoking cigs. And how odd is it that he kept smoking until he knew he had terminal lung cancer and then quit like all of a sudden that would reverse it: hell, if I had cancer I would take up smoking and a lot of other bad habits. More from Milloy including a great photo: www.washingtonpost.com (7/26/17)

RE: WOLB 1010. Bad comparison. Rush, even though I hate his show, does not go on the air every single day using the N Word. If he did, the FCC would start taking stations licenses away in droves! WOLB refers to white people daily in racial slurs. It goes unnoticed since they get no ratings and only the haters are listening. I wasn’t listening back then, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they were goading people into smashing cars too during the Baltimore riots. (7/26/17)

The City Paper distribution woes just get curiouser and curioser. The CP box on Fairfax Drive in north Arlington, right near the intersection with Quincy, is stocked with the Sun Gazette. (7/26/17)

There used to be a time in radio - and especially in television - when getting a job in the "big time," broadcast markets required years of experience in a small market station. None of them would offer an interview or accept an audition request unless you had experience, preferably lots of it. Of course, in radio, coupling that experience with a golden voice for radio or great looks for tv, would open the door to someone in management who also worked hard in the business to attain the title of GM, news, or program director. Often, many of them worked as reporters themselves prior to going into management, so they at least had an idea of what to look for in a prospective talent. Fast forward to 2017 and you will clearly see why these stations struggle to achieve even a mediocre level of talent and professionalism. Take alleged news radio 1090, for example. You have out-of-town management with no clue about Baltimore or anyone or anything connected to it, and these are the idiots making local hiring decisions. They do not have what we called a "news instinct" for local news and the people and places that were - or should be - part of it. Thus, you wind up with an out-of-town (former DC radio) morning person running this three-ring circus with no clue about news, nor does he have any background or career in it. No sense of Baltimore and what people are talking about, but rather "three things you need to know" that leave most of us scratching our heads asking, "who the fuck cares??" They bounced their long-time traffic guy so they could squeeze a little more juice out of the fruitcakes that masquerade as traffic reporters who couldn't find their way out of a one-block square neighborhood with GPS. The morning motor-mouth chick they paired with longtime newsman John Patti is ripping through the copy at a pace that would even make Evelyn Wood proud. Throw in the other circus clown that screeches and screams his way through each morning puking up the day-old tv news stories using THEIR interviews, and there you have it...the Greatest Show on Earth, Barnum & Bailey style with circus clowns posing as audio journalists. If you listen carefully, you'll also hear the same news aired at 5 a.m., again, word-for-word, at 6:30 or 7. It is simply pathetic, especially for people who have watched this station sink from its glory days with great talent to its lowest levels in the history of the place. It's a sad day for not only this station, but for many others that are struggling to find their way. Hopefully, they'll find it soon. (7/26/17)

Drudge to Dump The Trump? CNN reports: “Matt Drudge has been in the White House an awful lot these days -- "all the time," as one senior administration official puts it. He's met with President Donald Trump, spent time with Ivanka Trump, and doled out advice to Jared Kushner.” But apparently CNN speculates, that cushy front door access could go South: “But Drudge is blindly loyal to no one -- which could, ultimately, make him as dangerous to this White House as he has been helpful to it. Indeed, lately Drudge has appeared irked by Trump and his White House, frustrated with the president's inability to carry out the ambitious agenda he campaigned on. And he's not being shy about it. “ DCRTVDJDAVE also has great access to the Trump White House, although he makes poor Dave come in through the back door, so to speak. More from CNN: money.cnn.com (7/26/17)

Re "Stop Attacking The Post": The Washington Post is a liberal newspaper, there's not doubt about that. That's okay, there need to be both liberal and conservative voices in the political arena, but please don't pretend that they care about the president's character or government corruption. They do have some hard news, but much of that reporting is mixed with slanted opinions. From, Amar (7/26/17)

Although not their target audience, I enjoy listening to WOLB. Sure, there are race baiters but no more than the callers and other participants on WBAL and WCBM. And as far as Larry Young's past troubles, I guess he should try to model the fine past behavior of C.Mitchell IV, also thrown out of the state legislature, and that fine citizen Rush Limbaugh, with his history of illegally buying and using prescription drugs. (7/26/17)

Dave, that tower at 123 and Fairfax County Parkway is the former main tower for 106.7, in fact their studios as WBMW (B-106) IIRC were right underneath the tower in the mid 80's. It may still serve as a back-up for 106.7. (7/26/17)

No one is “attacking” WBAL for covering the events in the Kent Island area. They should. It’s the coverage that people are talking about. If you think the morning show host being so excited about the possibility that it may have been a tornado, to the point of speculating 20 times in 30 minutes, while the damages to people, their property, their livelihood becomes the secondary story is good radio, no one will change your mind. Same with the on the scene reporter, and his standard hyped-up coverage. Again, yes the event deserved coverage. I’m willing to bet that the coverage was 100 times more professional over at WGMD. (7/26/17)

To the guy who keeps attacking the Post: please grow up. We are in an unprecedented political mess due to Trump's low (no) character culture. Staying on top of that mandates a constant stream of anonymous sources for very easily understood reasons. Look to the credibility of the AUTHOR when anonymous sources are included in an article. And the extremely rare CNN incident was not because the piece was false (or choke me for saying it, "fake"), but because it was too thinly sourced to conform to the company's standards. Stop exaggerating and find some integrity! (7/26/17)

Dave mentioned the tower at 123 and Fairfax County Parkway. You're correct that WJFK's backup is there, as well as Daystar channel 23.1 (WDWA-LD). 920 AM (WURA) has a permit to stick its FM translator there. www.rabbitears.info (7/26/17)

To the mailbag writer who thinks starting the early news at 4 am or even 1 am will result in staff increases---don't count on it. The morning news producers and editors come in around midnight. The corporations owning all the major stations in town run them with this mentality: "We have to do more with less." (7/26/17)

OTADTV.COM reports that the Fairfax Station tower at Rt 123 supports channel 23, WDWA -- a low power religious TV operation licensed to Dale City. Cavell Mertz & Assoc also notes the aux site for WJFK-FM and a construction permit for W264BJ are on the same stick. Other than that, with Channel 66 now off it, I believe the rest of it is municipal and public signals. It'd be a great place to put a 2-meter ham repeater if there isnt one there already. Oh, and that double-stick tower next to it? FAA communications and navigation. (7/26/17)

Here’s a pic for Scott Fybush. A calamity of the TV Repack. DC’s tallest TV tower will be mothballed most likely. Yes, ironically, the WCQR channel 50 tower, now WDCW CW 50 is soon to go off the air in January as that channel and from that tower. The tower, not only being the tallest in DC is also an anomaly with the Jesus Fish center. Hopefully, it will be used for something if not TV anymore. There is a great story to the “Hughes Tower” btw here from The Washington Post about why/how it was built, mostly not anything to do with Channel 50. www.washingtonpost.com (7/26/17)


Dave's response: I'm sure that many non-TV tenants use the tower, including the DC Police. I don't think the structure will be "mothballed." BTW, I've been staying in Springfield VA lately and often drive past a tower complex at Ox Road (Route 123) and the Fairfax County Parkway. I believe it was once the main tower for Channel 66/WPXW before it moved to DC in 2009 with the digital switchover. I have heard that it's also WJFK's backup. Anybody know if any other radio or TV stations use it?.....

RE: WOLB and Larry Young: Without being racist, I’ll just say facts. He was thrown out of the State Legislature for various crimes and allegations, which he all denies in OJ style, even though DEMOCRATS threw him out and under the bus, not Republicans! Then there was that on-air, umm, what was perceived to be, a drug overdose LIVE on air for all the kids to hear while he was rushed away to a hospital while the station was dead air for undisclosed to this day reasons. These are just the facts from The Baltimore Sun. If I were a racist, I could say FAR WORSE! I’m not, but I’ll give my experience. In my college days, I would sometimes listen to AM 1010 for laughs when drinking or stoned. They had a term for white people that made me laugh. Every time a black person got into trouble, they’d say, “Yeah, it was staged. Mr. BOBO got him.” To me, it was like comedy and that in and of itself explains the bad influence this station is on poor people. They are RACE BAITERS and HATERS, and not just white people. They don’t like gays either because they take directions from Baltimore’s infamous “Black Baptist Ministerial Alliance,” you know, the one with the pastor that was raping black kids and nobody cared because he was “Christian” ? My opinion is not in The Baltimore Sun, but the facts I stated are definitely. OH, update, WOLB is getting or has 102.3 FM to spread hate on FM too. Enjoy. (7/26/17)

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Baltimore has always been a town that supports a country format. Back in the day it was WBMD and WISZ. Having been with WBMD, that daytimer did well in the 1960's and 1970's. WPOC came along in 1974 or so and has performed well for years. I still strongly believe that AM's can survive if they have a unique format that's well programmed with local staff. They will never do as well as they did in the hey days for many reasons, including technical shortfalls. I'd like to see 1370 do a retro country format, playing a strong mix of 80's and 90's, the music you will not hear on WPOC. Throw in some 60's and 70's occasionally. Play only the top 15 hits, have listener interaction and promote the format. Without promotion, it's dead from the start. Ultimately the US may have to bite the bullet and do to DAB or DAB+ as they do in Europe for AM to survive. That'll be a tough bullet to bite. (7/25/17)

I used to read The Washington Post every single day, like their Top 10 stories at least. Now I can barely get through the headlines. Bezos has sort of turned into an anti-Trump/Republican Drudge Report now. It seems like no top story is properly sourced with anyone but anonymous sources to the point of becoming a gossip rag. It’s as if Bezos has realized the the subscription fight is over so the only way to survive is to hit the Watergate Well daily as if any story might bring back The Post’s prestige. The only difference right now between CNN and The Post is that CNN sometimes is forced to fire someone for fake news. The Post gives them a promotion. (7/25/17)

Wow, the same people that keep going on about WBAL-AM are now attacking them over the EF2 tornado coverage on Kent Island? First off, Kent Island in in Queen Anne's County, not Kent County. QA County is a part of the Baltimore DMA and is only a 50 minute drive to Baltimore. I do the drive a lot. The reason why this was news on WBAL is because it was a freak thing that caused a ton of damage in a place that is in their market. There are also a lot of people who live on Kent Island and work in Baltimore and there are a lot of Baltimore people who keep boats on Kent Island. The other thing is that when anyone from the Baltimore area goes to the beaches, they cross the Bay Bridge which lands on Kent Island, less than a mile from where the tornado was. There's interest on several levels there. Think before you post because you just sound foolish and unaware. (7/25/17)

I want to write about a station that perhaps has never been mentioned in Mailbag before: WOLB-AM in Baltimore and the Larry Young Morning Show with Coach. (It’s a Cathy Hughes station). Sure, it sounds dated at times (Larry refers to coming into the “chatroom” and calls his audience “family”), but the show is literate, honest, always local local local (which WCBM and Bruce Elliott rarely is), and probably features more callers and viewpoints than any other station in town. Just like WCBM has its racists from the right (who are most of its callers), WOLB has a few racists from the left. But as a white guy who is probably not their target audience, WOLB is a great talk show and worthy of a mention and a listen. (I believe they are also on the FM dial, but I am an OLD white guy and like AM). (7/24/ Oh there are racist callers on WCBM? That is one ignorant statement. You sound like a racist. (7/25/17)

I said a few weeks ago that WTOP was due to pop up at #3. Ed Graham (7/25/17)

Okay, I'll say it: I actually enjoy listening to WBAL. There! I said it. That said, I still miss the old days of music on it, with Jack Sterling, Jay Grayson, and the Harley Show, which I even sometimes listened to in NYC as a young lad before moving here, it came in so clearly at night. And then there was NBC Weekend Monitor, which of course was everywhere in the country back then. Oh, which reminds me, the FM station in Havre de Grace (@ 103.7) now comes in so loud around Baltimore that WTOP-FM is getting to be unlistenable on the west side of the Beltway near Liberty Road. Maybe they can get themselves put on an AM station in Baltimore, like Q1370. Now there's a format what might actually work. -- Carl in Olney (7/25/17)

Re: “WHAG Channel 25 has changed its call letters to WDMV and is emphasizing news in NoVa and I-270 corridor.” Guys: April Fool’s was almost 4 months ago. (7/25/17)

WMAL’s Larry O’Connor to WJFK’s Sports Junkies: move over, there’s a fifth Junkie in town when it comes to the Skins. Looks like WMAL is going semi-pro with its Skins coverage and will have Larry O’Connor doing his show live from the Skins training camp in Richmond this Friday. WJFK may have the Nats, Caps & Wizards but WMAL has the Skins: www.wmal.com (7/25/17)

I'm finding all these media pundits going like "who's gonna replace Fox News? Where's the conservative alternative to the conservative alternative?" We already have theBlaze, CRTV, NewsmaxTV and One America News. (Add Sinclair, if you count their political thing, and Alex Jones' live stream on YouTube, although he's weird; he's farther to the right than the right is.) How many more do we need, ten? From, Amar (7/25/17)

WHAG Channel 25 has changed its call letters to WDMV and is emphasizing news in NoVa and I-270 corridor. (7/25/17)

Dave's response: We reported that on June 28th.....

I recall when Bob Pettit the mastermind? of format changes said to me one day, "I don't know what to put on AM 1370;when the current one was about to go.". I sort of suggested simulcastng it with WCBM AM 680 the sister station. At least it would buy some time to think about to do next. But he declined my idea for something bigger and better? (7/25/17)

I don’t know you Ed Graham, but I like what you say: “suck always wins out.” That explains a lot in radio and in life (OK, and in politics too!) (7/25/17)

Talking about radio and TV in this area is like talking about the Deadskins. All three will never get any better in our lifetime. (7/25/17)

Dave, here’s something you’ve not considered when saying the TV repack won’t affect anybody. It will. The Where’s My Me-TV? crisis might again arise on DC TV come late Jan. 2018. WTTG FOX 5 has to add WDCA’s MyTV Network Fox 5 Plus in 720p. That will only allow 1-2 sub-channels beyond 2 720p HD channels at the most currently and possibly just one. FOX TV seems to have a national agreement for Buzzr and FOX TV also appears to have an agreement or financial interest in Light TV too. Movies and Heroes & Icons will probably go by the wayside, but where will MeTV land this time? And even bigger problems for Sinclair’s WJLA. The CW on WDCW 50 is in 1080i. Add this to ABC in 720p and once again, little room for SD sub-channels, probably just one. Where will Antenna TV or ThisTV go or Comet, TBD, and Charge!, some of which are owned by Sinclair? None of these sub-channel networks have cable TV agreements. They can get pushed around by local TV stations based on whatever contracts have been signed. One thing is clear though. There will not be enough room for all these networks on just two TV stations, WTTG and WJLA, so you will lose some on cable as well as over the air. In central PA the crisis is even greater. Where is FOX 43 going? Sinclair owns WHP CBS 21, but they already have the CW downgraded to 720p and MyTV downgraded to 480i. There’s no room for WPMT FOX 43 at all, let alone Antenna TV, ThisTV, Grit, or Comet TV. Only the public TV station, WITF has any channel space. Baltimore is lucky. Only one TV station is lost, WUTB My24, but still some sub-channel networks will have to disappear from cable TV unless some agreements have been previously made with the local TV station owners. Only Salisbury is unaffected that I can see. — BaltoMedia.net (7/25/17)

REF: "Jim Russ is just as bad talking about Eastern Shore all morning." Speaking of tornados, alleged news radio 1090 continues to spin out of control for everyone to hear. Too bad the tornado didn't spin through northwest Baltimore and level the place. William Donald Schaefer once called the Eastern Shore a "shithouse." I think it now sits on TV Hill. (7/25/17)

Radio Stocks continue to drop.....Sad but True. This does not mean anything to you unless you invested in these stocks. Cumulus now down to 42 cents per share and iHeart down to $1.35 per share. iHeart is still trying to work something out with their lenders. (7/25/17)

Music on WBAL-am? Just how old are you? That’s what radio is missing, more geezers. (7/27/17)

For those complaining about the Kent County news coverage on Baltimore radio. HELLO! Kent County is in the Baltimore DMA so it is news worthy and should be covered. Most times, stories from across the bay are totally ignored due to the difficulty and laziness in getting across the bay. It’s about time something there got covered. Normally the Salisbury stations make the Baltimore stations look like fools on these stories. (7/25/17)

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As per a promo I just saw, beginning next Monday, NBC4 will be starting at 4am. So how long before channels 5,7 & 9 jump on that bandwagon? If the stations keep pushing back their start times, I wouldn't be surprised to see local stations beginning their newscasts right after the late night talk shows end. If so, they're definitely going to have to hire more staff. Especially on channel 5 as their morning broadcast is already almost 7 hours. (7/24/17)

Dave, I go away for nine days, and all hell breaks loose. I want to comment on a couple things. I decided long ago that I wouldn't comment on WBAL again, but they are so bad that I'm embarrassed that I worked there twice. Last time, I was working in DC and weekends at WBAL. They were just turning to full time talk, but had me stay with music on Saturday morning. I had a 15.9 share which was number 1 in Baltimore for any time slot. They went down hill when the Talk format was screwed up. Only Ron Smith had a professional show. Ron Smith's death was the death of WBAL. Programming sucked and the ratings held on for a while. But suck always wins out. I talked with the manager about how to make it a radio station again. He didn't seem to understand the problems, and thought everything was great. All they needed was a PD that could make the station the talk of Baltimore. They didn't have a budget problem, they had a stupidity problem. Now, it's worse. For the same money, you can hire really great people, or really bad personalities. I thought the new GM might help, but he must play golf all day and not listen to his station. Shame on them.*** The other thing that is related is the lack of programming at WQLL. Rouse gave them credibility and I have no idea why he left, but they have a way of presenting their programming that is completely without direction or purpose. That's why nobody listens. While I understand why WQLL sort of drifts along, there is NO EXCUSE for the pathetic performance of WBAL. Ed Graham (7/24/17)

Don Geronimo Show Paid Subscription Podcast: Monday Update:: Twitter. "We're here having internet issues. Stand by, please !" Of course you are Mike Sorce. Of course you are. LOL (7/24/17)

Jim Russ is just as bad talking about Eastern Shore all morning. Drove through Security Boulevard 3 times this morning and the traffic lights were out and a major headache because the road was closed. WBAL needs Detour Dave back. (7/24/17)

I want to write about a station that perhaps has never been mentioned in Mailbag before: WOLB-AM in Baltimore and the Larry Young Morning Show with Coach. (It’s a Cathy Hughes station). Sure, it sounds dated at times (Larry refers to coming into the “chatroom” and calls his audience “family”), but the show is literate, honest, always local local local (which WCBM and Bruce Elliott rarely is), and probably features more callers and viewpoints than any other station in town. Just like WCBM has its racists from the right (who are most of its callers), WOLB has a few racists from the left. But as a white guy who is probably not their target audience, WOLB is a great talk show and worthy of a mention and a listen. (I believe they are also on the FM dial, but I am an OLD white guy and like AM). (7/24/17)

Further evidence that the “Post Bezos” Washington Post has lost its mind. First of all, did DCRTV fans know that there is now an online section of The Washington Post entitled “Animalia”: who knew. So under that section is the headline “An ‘unusually aggressive’ Brooklyn squirrel that attacked five people may have rabies” which means with quotation marks The Washington Post is giving the squirrel the benefit of the doubt that it may NOT be “unusually aggressive”, just aggressive, and even that is an allegation. All that was needed was a quote from the squirrel. But the real kicker is that the story is written by, get this, “Lindsey Bever”. So what we have here is a story about a squirrel written by a Bever in the Animalia section. Can’t make this stuff up: www.washingtonpost.com (7/24/17)

Rodney Baylous was back on WCTG this AM (7/24/17)

WBAL Radio is absolutely unlistenable this morning. The major news item: In Kent County, ‘Was it a tornado?” I swear Nehman went on and on about saying tornado 20-25 times between 5:30 and 6:00. “was it a…”, “Possible….”, “A probable….”, “looks like it was a….”. WHO CARES ? The senior citizen in Kent County on oxygen without electricity? The homeowners who lost their decks, roofs, second floors? Does it really matter? Sort of like having a loved one shot in Baltimore and going on and on about whether he/she was shot with a .38, .22, or Glock. Did it matter? If it is announced that it has been officially deemed to be tornado, I think Nehman will have an orgasm on the air. And of course, we’ve got Scotty there, reporting in his usual style. You know. The same fake style he uses whether it’s a report on devastation and destruction, or a 4th of July parade. I feel so sorry for JP having to put up with this mess every day. He and Jim Russ are the only ones worthy of a listen. (7/24/17)

The station that was, many years ago, WEBB/1360 AM The Webb with legendary deejays and great music. The Mangione Family purchased the station snd spent loads of money moving the frequency to 1370 and boosting it to s 50 K station. It once ran job ads exclusively on WHLP with Robert C. Allen reading the latest jobs from the paper. It became Legends 1370 and later on, the format became the flavor of the month including canned Oldies that made sloppy I-Heart AM stations sound great, Fox Sports, a Women's formatted WVIE, an all-news station, a PM music talk format with the memorable Maynard & Sherry show among the many, courtesy of former GM Bob Pettit. Fast forward a bit and they haven't learned their lesson yet, that talk with some music mixed in on pm drive DOES NOT WORK, The Mickey show as other posters have noted is un-listenable. The short-lived Rouse & Co. morning show limps along without Steve Rouse and in the middle of the day is canned music. I don't think Nick Mangione had this vision of the station! What's next? Stand by... (7/24/17)

Yes Dave, I remember "Car Tunes" well on the old XTRA 104- FM with Steve "More Music" Michaels in PM Drive before Oldies 100 moved in. (7/24/17)

Add "negative racial stereotyping" to The Gas in Gaithersburg's resume. Everyone knew he was stupid, but we didn't all know he was a bigot. Until now. (7/24/17)

WAMU’s “Big Broadcast” tonight features radio drama classics like “Johnny Dollar”, “Gunsmoke” and “Dragnet”. Many of the radio episodes from “Gunsmoke” and “Dragnet” went on to be television episodes too. Tonight’s “Gunsmoke” is “Chester’s Mistake” and “Dragnet” is “The Big Church”. Listen in at 7:00PM on WAMU 88.5 FM or via link and be sure to “Book ‘em Danno”: wamu.org (7/24/17)

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Hey Dave WTOP’s Rob Woodfork must be watching “Dave TV” because his ode to Jim Vance says even uses some of the same language or phrases as your beautiful eulogy: “Surely people both inside and outside the broadcast business can appreciate that kind of longevity. This business is rough and often unforgiving, so anyone capable of lasting that long is rare in its own right. But Vance did something even more rare: He held the same gig at the same station over five different decades. That kind of run is practically unheard of.” Not that it’s plagiarism, just that great minds think alike! Anyway Rob’s, like yours, is worth the read and has a great photo of him, Jim (he’s the one not drinking) and former NBC News producer now with ABC News, Jack Cloherty: wtop.com (7/23/17)

Great video of Jim Vance at dedication of Ben’s Chili Bowl mural that included his image: www.youtube.com (7/23/17)

"Name a business where more minorities own businesses." Barbershops, beanpies, nail salons, massage parlors, restaurants, motels, medical practices... it wasn't hard. What is hard is understanding what your point is? I suspect you were getting at something but I couldn't get it. Gus in the Gaithersburg (7/23/17)

Regarding Q1370...I smell a format change coming...and time for Tracy to return to Havre de Grace or wherever she came from. Maybe Dave Sandler can come over, play some tunes and do the traffic too. (7/23/17)

Dave's response: How about "Car Tunes," great oldies to listen to in the car, with frequent traffic reports from Dave Sandler.....

Don Geronimo Show Monthly Subscription Based Podcast:: Missing Bonus Shows. Mike Sorce's response in part via Twitter "Not perfect, my apologies." #Refund (7/23/17)

Has anyone noticed that all the media critics are slobbering over MSNBC’s recent ratings increase? It’s mostly at the expense of CNN though, something they will not tell you. Greta Van Susteran flopped on MSNBC and Megyn Kelly is flopping on NBC since her big debut. Why did these people do so much better on FOX than on NBC properties? Hmm. Don’t bother asking David Zurawik. He has no clue. The irony of Greta is that she’s probably the ONLY woman who quit FOX News who was NOT hit on by Roger Ailes! I wouldn’t be surprised if she came back now that he’s long gone. (7/23/17)

A sad day. Jim Vance is missed by thousands upon thousands. I first saw him more than 40 years ago. He was on the air when someone gave him a "real" breaking news story. Vance said Elvis Presley has died. I think that was around 5:15 p.m. on August 16, 1977. Jim Vance was, and shall always be, the best TV news anchor in the history of Washington, DC. He was smooth, fair, courteous to his colleagues and funny. And was quite entertaining when bantering with George Michael. I think Vance won every battle with George. Not really battles but fun to think that way. Mr. Vance, RIP. We shall remember you always. (7/23/17)

A favorite memory of Jim Vance... the falling model story from a few years ago. The model in pink dress, holding flower watering pitcher, and big high-heeled shoes, losing her balance, and falling twice. Jim, along with the late George Michael (God bless 'em both) had their on-air laughing fit, and retired anchor Susan Kidd didn't find it amusing. www.youtube.com (7/23/17)

Dog days for WMAL & WJFK: Talk Radio’s Michael Harrison from 3:00PM to 7:00PM Saturday on WMAL and “Best of the Sports Junkies” for an hour Saturday morning and then nearly five hours in the afternoon on WJFK. What’s next: Ed Walker re-runs on WMAL and Don & Mike re-runs on WJFK? Sheesh, almost feel asleep listening in the heat: washington.cbslocal.com (7/23/17)

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A touching tribute tonight on NBC4 news to Jim Vance..Doreen and Vance will always be a class act. Same goes for WRC.TV Washington.. condolences from The McGarry Family... (7/22/17)

RE:"Why is it that Minorities don't own more radio stations? Banks are not lending money to prospective buyers. It is too risky. There were a lot of people abusing the Minority Tax Certificates in the past. What is a Minority Today? Is the Chairman of the FCC a Minority?" -Name a business where more minorities own businesses. -Also, Banks don't lend to many with out a contract, PO, etc in han (7/22/17)

They should be working on a statue on Nebraska Avenue. I had the privilege and pleasure of working in the same building with Jim Vance for 3 years, and enjoyed many a hallway laugh with him. Rest in peace, sir. Jim Bohannon, Westwood One Radio (7/22/17)

Dave's response: Rename Nebraska Avenue as Jim Vance Boulevard.....

"I usually work in derivatives... in Swahili" Of course you do dear. Who's Daddy's sensitive little girl? You are, yes you are! Num num num nummy nummy num! Maybe try being a little less of a dicktater. And why does 1067 The Fan's website have such a dropout problem? Gus in the Gaithersburg (7/22/17)

[RE Jim Vance:] I'm hoping NBC Nightly News does a trubute to him. (7/22/17)

[RE Jim Vance:] Looks like Leon Harris will take his place I'm sure. (7/22/17)

[RE Jim Vance:] Sad to see Vance go, but Leon Harris is def a good replacement. He'll be with WRC for years to come. (7/22/17)

[RE Jim Vance:] I was in high school when he started at Channel 4. End of an era. (7/22/17)

[RE Jim Vance:] What a wonderful life Jim had, and the happiness and joy he brought to the many who knew him on a personal level. I feel the loss because I have followed him from the time I moved here in the 60s.As a Cancer survivor this loss hits harder for me at my age. My prayers are with he and his family this day. (7/22/17)

[RE Jim Vance:] A life worth well worth celebrating!! Iconic and legendary. He was a great example and role model and showed naysayers that you can have a come back!! (7/22/17)

[RE Jim Vance:] Nearly every major news event in my life Jim Vance was there to explain it to me and to other Washingtonians. Truly a broadcasting legend. He will be missed terribly for his professionalism and dedication to the community. (7/22/17)

[RE Jim Vance:] Jim Vance was a class act on the air and off (7/22/17)

[RE Jim Vance:] He was like everybody's favorite uncle, the one you turn to when times get tough. (7/22/17)

[RE Jim Vance:] Condolences to Channel 4 and the Vance family on this major loss (7/22/17)

So sad to hear of the death of TV Legend, Jim Vance. He was one of the best. RIP Jim. (7/22/17)

Why is it that Minorities don't own more radio stations? Banks are not lending money to prospective buyers. It is too risky. There were a lot of people abusing the Minority Tax Certificates in the past. What is a Minority Today? Is the Chairman of the FCC a Minority? (7/22/17)

RIP to Jim Vance, and condolences to his family the WRC 4 family. (7/22/17)

[RE Jim Vance:] For decades, this man was DC News. It will never be the same. Thank you for your many years of class broadcasting Jim. You will be greatly missed. (7/22/17)

I think the death of free TV is something to express OUTRAGE and DEFIANCE about. I wish more people would see this. ATSC 3.0 is an attempt to fix the failed ATSC 1.0 which most of the world rejected. Thank God LG bought Zenith Electronics because that SHIT American company is the reason people have so much trouble using indoor antennas to get ATSC 1.0 channels. The European/Asian HD plan was far better as Sinclair argued before the FCC, but politics related to LOBBYING in DC was the reason we got stuck with inferior TV. Even developing countries chose a better over the air TV standard! You can blame George W and Obama & The Swamp for the over the air TV mess. :-( (7/22/17)

CORD CUTTER ALERT! Date of TV Repack list of TV stations to go OFF THE AIR has been released by the FCC. Jan. 23, 2018. In Baltimore, that only means WUTB My24. But in DC, WDCW CW 50, WDCA My20, the MHz channels 53 & 56, WZDC 25 Telemundo (which might move to WRC NBC 4 since co-ownership), WMDO Unimas 47, and also WPMT FOX43 & WXBU 15 in PA. Lots of stations going away, but programming mostly will remain on cable or sub-channels, but not necessarily in HD. WUTB My24 is moving to WNUV CW 54 in HD, WDCA My20 is moving to FOX 5 Plus. Not sure about the rest. Updates as they happen. (7/22/17)

Correction: in Baltimore, MyTV, former WUTB 24 will be in 720p on WNUV. Sinclair is going to have to ditch some of its own networks in the transition though. The DC transition is still up in the air for CW 50. Maybe the new WDVM 25 (WHAG) will get Antenna TV or ThisTV? DC is losing quite a few TV stations. Some sub-channel networks will have no place to go until ATSC 3.0 which is still years away. (7/22/17)

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So why is WDCA 20 adding another sub-channel, LightTV, when WDCA is going dark on 1/23/2018? Sure, MyTV is moving to Fox 5 Plus, but certainly not all the other sub-channels yet. It won’t be technically possible for several years or so with ATSC 3.0 Also on that same date, WUTB My24 is going dark, but moving to WNUV in SD like My20. It appears that 1/23/2018 is the date for almost all stations turning in a license to go off the air including those channel sharing. That means that’s also the date for WDCW 50 to go dark as well as FOX 43 in PA. No word yet on where those 2 are moving but the SBG stations are the best bet. Another repack anomaly is that Boston will no longer have an over the air NBC affiliate, at least not one close or full power. Even the low power NBC station in Boston is going off the air. Only the New Hampshire station will be left. The FCC should investigate this. This is clearly an attempt by Comcast/NBC/Universal to force all TV watching to pay/cable. It couldn’t be any more blatant. And NBC can use the FCC repack mandate as the blame even though they planned it all way ahead of time. By the way, WHDH is not turning in their license just to spite NBC/Comcast. I don’t think a lot of cord cutters have yet to realize that Channel sharing, at least in the interim, will mean the loss of an HD signal. Most sub-channels will be in 480i SD. (7/21/17)

Dave's response: I've said it many times before. The death of free broadcast TV in the USA is just a few years away. Most of it is garbage anyway.....

WSUX is in the news again, that is FCC news. This time the FM. They’ve filed an application to move from 101.1 FM to 94.5 FM at a higher power but further south from the current location. Not exactly sure why they’d want to move further away from Ocean City & Salisbury though. Adjacent interference? (7/21/17)

Yep, you caught the big conspiracy! I said "Nymex" when I meant "NASDAQ." Thank god you saw that! I usually work in derivatives, so out of habit I wrote the exchange I work in. That, of course, invalidates everything else I said, which you ignored. Nice job, Sherlock! By the way, did you know that "Gus in Gaithersburg" in Swahili is "Childish Unlikable Fucktard Who Has No Friends"? (7/21/17)

There was a lot of noise and fundraising a couple of years ago for a documentary film about WHFS. Did anything ever come of that, or has the idea been shit-canned? (7/21/17)

Dave's response: The fundraising and promotions seem to go on forever. Will we ever see the documentary? I dunno man - www.facebook.com/feastyourearsWHFS.....

"dropping off of Nymex due to low share prices is hardly the end of the world for any company. It only means that traders go to OTC or another, lesser known exchange for the shares. It doesn't qualify as even a mild inconvenience. The rest you'll have to look up yourself. " "Nymex" is a funny way to spell "NASDAQ" but thanks for trying to help. Gus in the Gaithersburg (7/21/17)

Repack news - the FCC started the process yesterday. After a 5 day period to receive payment, stations that are going off air have 90 days (October 25) to do so, and stations that are channel sharing have 180 days (January 23, 2018) to turn in their license and move. Those that are moving bands have until their area's repack deadline. All stations in the DC market that accepted payment in the auction (20, 50, Telemundo, UniMas, both MHz stations, WAZF) are channel sharing and subject to the 2018 deadline. apps.fcc.gov (7/21/17)

WJFK's Redskins beat reporter, Brian McNally, has ended his gig after three years. According to his Twitter, he'll be covering the Caps hockey team for NHL.com. (7/21/17)

Since WMAL had Danica Roem on this morning, does this mean Bob Marshall will need to go on the Kojo show soon? (Danica was on Kojo last week or the week before). I ask this question because Corey Stewart was on Kojo a few weeks before the primary, and Kojo asked about the removal of Confederate statues. Stewart said was against it, and Tom Sherwood asked "why?". Corey then went into an oral word salad that would even embarrass Sarah Palin. Corey mumbled through incomplete sentences, dropping words like "Freedom," "History," and "Heritage," willy-nilly. You could tell he was not prepared for a simple "why," and Kojo and Tom seemed uncomfortable (maybe annoyed?) with Corey because he tried to wing it, and didn't really answer the simple question. Go ahead Bob, go on the Kojo show and discuss giving guns back to felons, invasive ultrasound, women's birth control, women's health, Confederate statues, "legitimate rape," and the NRA. It can be a lively and entertaining interview. Did WMAL cover this morning Trumps legal team's spokesman resigning last night, after only two months on the job? WMAL's philosophy is, as the old Russian Militsiya officer used to say, "?????????? ????? ???????, ? ??????????? ?????????." "The thief who stole an altyn (3 kopecks) is hung, and the one who stole a poltinnik (50 kopecks) is praised." (7/21/17)

A few months ago a poster asked about the Legend of Cool "Disco" Dan documentary. It is scheduled to air on WJLA DT Channel 7.4 on Saturday at 1 p.m. If you were in the area 20-30 years ago, it is well worth watching. If you weren't, it likely won't resonate with you. I'd give it a solid three stars but be aware it has a sad ending. Certainly not a major Hollywood release but ultimately well done and worth your time. (7/21/17)

Regarding Somara Theodore, I heard her on WTOP the last two days. My original basis for my comment was the fact that she had a picture on the weather page that disappeared. So I guess that they are just revamping their photos. (7/21/17)

According to their website, LightTV is airing in DC on 20.4. Hope it gets carried over to channel five with the Fox 5 Plus thing. www.lighttv.com (7/21/17)

So, "no comment" from the so-called GM and wanna-be PD at alleged news radio 1090, according to a published report in Baltimore after dumping their traffic reporter. How pathetic is that? CLICK (7/21/17)

K-Love has some competition with their format. WGTS, WPER and WJYJ. All of these stations cover Northern Virginia. All of these stations sound similar. Who will win? The station with the best coverage. (7/21/17)

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LightTV (35.6), the Roma Downey, Mark Burnett family-oriented network is now airing (since yesterday). (7/20/17)

With 94.3FM now playing static and some music, what does Doc Walker do when he wants to shout cliches with his mouth full of food? (7/20/17)

I noticed a change to The Baltimore Sun and Tribune newspapers’ websites and Pay walls. If you use private browsing to access any of the sites, you cannot comment on any story. Basically commenting beyond the few free stories a month is only allowed by subscribers. You can still avoid this by completely clearing your device’s web history, but that’s an extreme hassle that few will do. They will just have less people commenting or paying attention to Tribune newspapers. (7/20/17)

Detour Dave Sandler posted on his last day at WBAL 1090 / 98 Rock yesterday, stating he has future plans and will be back soon. As he says, "STAY TUNED!" (7/20/17)

My dad and sister both tell me that K-LOVE is now on the air now on 94.3 FM! More CCM! Yay, woo! From, Amar (7/20/17)

If the iHeart/Cumulus stock price guy is as interested in the topic as he so desperately wants everyone to think he is, he should invest some time in learning about the topic. For example, he seems to be under the impression that bankruptcy means a company is dissolved, or that its lenders are simply given possession of the company and all of its assets. Neither is true. For another thing, dropping off of Nymex due to low share prices is hardly the end of the world for any company. It only means that traders go to OTC or another, lesser known exchange for the shares. It doesn't qualify as even a mild inconvenience. The rest you'll have to look up yourself. (7/20/17)

I love the K-Love Music on 94.3 FM. It is too bad that they only cover about one-third of the Washington Metro Area. Their tower is in Warrenton. They have good coverage in Northern Virginia. (7/20/17)

WMAL’s “Mourning The Mauled” with Mary “I Might Be A Man Too” Walter and Normal Guy Vince had Danica Roem, a transgendered candidate who won the Democrat nomination to run against bigot Bob Marshall to be the Delegate from Virginia’s 13th District, live on air this morning: www.wmal.com... Danica Roem, actually held her own despite Mary’s usual dim witted questions and Vince’s barbs that all her money is coming from outside the district, and had well informed answers to questions about transportation and development issues. Roem was also recently profiled in The Washington Post that also reported he, er, ah, she, is outraising Marshall and taking her campaign to the streets. No word if Marshall plans to campaign in drag to counter Roem: www.washingtonpost.com... (7/20/17)

WBAL TV weekend anchor Lacee Griffith is the new traffic reporter there, replacing Sarah Caldwell, who left to work in development at a Baltimore girls school. (7/20/17)

The WSJ has an interesting article on iHeart's last ditch efforts to save itself from getting sucked into a black hole: https://www.wsj.com/articles/ihearts-battle-with-bondholders-reaches-pivotal-point-as-it-tries-to-avert-bankruptcy-1500506942 JA (7/20/17)

How did you know that the PD from WSUX was now flipping pies instead of records at Grotto Pizza? :-) (7/20/17)

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RE: "I’m going to sleep much better knowing the PD at WSUX 1280AM has been canned." Wait, you mean to tell me that someone actually got paid for this...or did the trade at Grotto Pizza run out? (7/19/17)

I'm glad WJFK 106.7 broadcasts live and local sports talk on weekday evenings before Nats games and when they aren't playing, but I'm pretty tired of the dynamic that has emerged between Chris Russell and Nick Ashoo. I think both do a decent job, but the theme of making fun of the quirkiness of Russell is just sooo tired and overplayed. Once in a while, fine, but it ceases to be entertaining -- and listenable -- pretty quickly each night the two are on together. It's just tedious, so give it a rest. (7/19/17)

94.3 on the Bear Wallow Rd tower in Warrenton, Which had been Space-man Dan Snyder's sports talk radio relaying 980 is now Christian music K-Love making 2 of the 3 FM stations physically in Warrenton competing for the same Contemporary Christian Music The other 89.9 which is on the old WQRA tower just south of town is a 50KW signal which has already merged with 90.5 WJYJ in Fredericksburg with a coverage overlap over nearly all populated parts of the area. 2 50 KW signals established for many years against a newcomer with a good class-A signal It would seem obvious which will get squeezed out. One thing for sure ONE OF THEM WILL!! (7/19/17)

K-LOVE now on 94.3 in Buckland. Adios ESPN 980. My cell phone makes enough RF interference that 980 AM is just a rumor here in Fauquier County. -- nokesvillejr (7/19/17)

Re: "Lefties are listening to WYPR (or WAMU) and righties to WCBM. While WBAL is wanderingly aimlessly in the middle - on grunky old AM..." Poor old WCBM. This poor station is reduced to playing commercials for erectile dysfunction, testosterone and penis enlargement pills during their morning “talk” show featuring extreme right wing politics. I can’t wait for Bruce Elliott, the morning host, to replace his inline promotions for “My Pillow dot com” with “Hey, if you’re like me, then you probably have trouble getting it up occasionally…” I shudder to think what of the grumpy old right wingers who listen to this station think of the penis pill commercials. Regards, Larry in Mount Airy (7/19/17)

I’m going to sleep much better knowing the PD at WSUX 1280AM has been canned. Now that laughable cease and desist order I was emailed is now invalid, not that it ever was in the first place. (7/19/17)

[From DCRTV's Job Ads:] Laurel TV in Laurel, MD is looking for an experienced Production Manager. This is a one year assignment for an Independent Contractor with the option to renew annually. The pay is $25/hour up to $46,000 a year and you must have your own gear. This position is responsible for performing a variety of technical duties for Laurel TV including directing, shooting videotape, and digital editing, both in the studio and in the field. The Production Manager will assist with training the technical staff, interns, and volunteers. In addition, the Production Manager will direct approximately 70 Government Meetings airing on Laurel TV. Experience with Adobe Premier and the Tricaster 8000 Video Switcher preferred. The Independent Contractor selected must maintain Worker’s Compensation Insurance. Email resumes and inquiries to info@laureltv.org. (7/19/17)

The WBAL posters below are absolutely correct. This week, ‘Screamin’ Scotty’, at 5:30 in the morning, was reporting “live from City Hall” on Monday, and “live from Loyola University” today. Mr. PD and Mr. GM. What exactly is that supposed to add to the newscast? To me, it’s dumb enough when TV stations go that route, but radio ?? WHY??? And while on the subject of “pull(ing) the plug on Ann Kramer's silly gigglefest: Perhaps you could talk to Scott and tell him that the fake 50’s/60’s “Hot Stacks of the Hot Wax” style of broadcasting is dead. Can you just read the news without the phony professional radio guy voice. It died about 50 years ago. And the other poster is correct. The station has never been the same since the loss of the great Ron Smith. As I’ve said before., the GM has been there for what, 2 or 3 years now? Exactly what has he accomplished? Simulcasts of TV news. Third-rate syndicated talk show hosts. Good Luck to Dave Sandler. Always seemed to be a class guy. (7/19/17)

Gene Weingarten's "chat" on the WaPo website is meant to be a safe space for folks pooping themselves because of Trump. From yesterday's: "I do not regard buses as a serious transportation option" (Nice white privilege Gene) "We have a terribly violent society with waaay too many emotionally disturbed peopled armed with assault weapons." (and badges) "I've been told that one of the great tools against the heat, for men, is to take a tip from the ladies and shave your pits. " After giving him a buyout package the WaPo pays him for this. Gus in the Gaithersburg (7/19/17)

FCC News: WRBS wants an expanded signal for its 94.3 FM Baltimore signal for AM 1230. The Hope Church wants an expanded signal also for 101.5 FM for Urban One’s WWIN AM 1400 as well as a slightly different signal for 102.3 FM for WOLB 1010AM. On the Eastern Shore, WCTG 96.5 FM wants to move from Chincoteague to the Salisbury market, specifically Eden, MD. They have attempted to do this before unsuccessfully. — BaltoMedia.Net (7/19/17)

The stock quote guy is on his deathbed. He is not able to satisfy his wife. "Quotes that aren't attributed are a sure sign of fake news." When will he pull up his pants and get a job? As a previous poster said, citing your own previous post as evidence is moronic. (7/19/17)

RE: WBAL....The elephant in the room is that WBAL died with Ron Smith. Ron Smith was the foundation. Hasn't been the same since the Voice of Reason left us. (7/19/17)

94.3 shows up in the FCC database this morning owned by EMF under the callsign WLZV. If it isn't already relaying K-Love, it probably will be within a day. (7/19/17)

Re: Somara Theodore - I just saw a promo this morning with the Storm Team 4 weather team and she was a part of the promo. Honestly, I really don't believe she has been added t to the NBC 4 website yet. I've checked daily, since her arrival, and have never seen her bio on there. To the original poster, what evidence do you have that she's left, aside from not seeing her bio page on the NBC 4 site? (7/19/17)

How many radio stations can you fit into a shoebox? If you're iHeart in Williamsport PA, five. Maybe more. Google Maps 41.240102, -77.039783 then switch to Street View. Oh, and that clothing donation drop-box in the parking lot? That's the production studio. (7/19/17)

Interesting news about Dave Sandler's run coming to an end after 31 years at WBAL. The station likely couldn't afford him once they realized just how good Jim Russ is and how lacking Sandler's reports were. There is a noticeable difference in the quality of the information when Russ is behind the microphone. Also, a recent mailbagger wondered about the station's direction with yet another new news director. All you have to do is listen. Earlier this week, Scott Wycoff was reporting from Baltimore to tell listeners what some state lawmakers had told Jayne Miller the day before. How screwed up is that? Now they're chasing the poor guy out to empty buildings and street corners to essentially read wire copy and incessantly repeat himself over and over in the same report. And please, someone over there pull the plug on Ann Kramer's silly gigglefest at the end of the morning newscasts. Her banal (she's searching for a dictionary to find the meaning of the word) utterances are merely the re-telling of days old stories from social media. The station continues on rudderless, with the real problem rooted in the clueless and small-market mentality residing in the GM and PD offices. Listeners aren't stupid. Your station has no substance. What do you think Mr. Hughes? (7/19/17)

Dave's response: Lefties are listening to WYPR (or WAMU) and righties to WCBM. While WBAL is wanderingly aimlessly in the middle - on grunky old AM.....

[From DCRTV's Job Ads:] Sales Account Executive sought for Annapolis full-service radio station. Sales experience required, preferably in media advertising sales. Applicant will meet with local business decision-makers and advertising agencies to coordinate advertising/marketing plans using broadcast, internet and social media. Applicant must be creative and self-motivated. Knowledge of local market required. Compensation includes salary plus commission. Fax resume to 410-268-5360, or email resume to jobs@wnav.com. EOE M/F (7/19/17)

With the addition of its 8 p.m. newscast, WDCA's MyNetworkTV lineup (including "The X-Files" reruns on Tuesdays) now airs on a one hour delay from 9 to 11 p.m. instead of 8 to 10 p.m. Everett W. (7/19/17)

If you had just waited 30 more minutes, you could've enjoyed both episodes of the X-Files because, as of this past Monday, Fox 5 Plus (formerly My 20) has moved the My Network TV schedule to 9:00 - 11:00 instead of 8:00 - 10"00. Andrew Fauver (7/19/17)

iHeart is on their deathbed. They are not going to be able to satisfy their lenders. "They can see the handwriting on the wall". When will they be forced to start selling off their assets? As a previous poster said, their massive debt is the demon. (7/19/17)

Yes, it does seem like Shomara Theodore "has left the building" over at channel 4. Not listed as one of the Storm Team members. How long was she there? Two months? (7/19/17)

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Hey, what happened to my weekly showing of "The X-Files"? I turned on channel 20.1 at 8:00 p.m., as I do every Tuesday night, ready to see Mulder and Scully take on aliens, or maybe Charles Nelson Reilly. Instead, I see "Fox5 Plus, WDCA." Can it get worse? Yes. At 8:30, "Dish Nation" came on. It seems I have to settle for the Tommy Lee Jones movie on 20.2 or "Star Trek" on 20.3. I wonder who's playing in the Copa Oro on 14.1 ~~ Blair in Alexandria (7/18/17)

"The Gas in Gaithersburg just drops missives defending his own stupidity? That's considered Mailbag-worthy? No need for any reference to media at all now, just self-absorbed yakkity-yak?" Deliciously ironic. Gus in the Gaithersburg (7/18/17)

That was a short stint… I notice Somara Theodore is missing from WRC’s website after a very brief time. She was fired from her gig in Cleveland and this makes me wonder what happened here? (7/18/17)

You know I did not post about WSUX 1280 going dark. It didn’t come from me. I don’t even get the station when it’s on the air! LOL (7/18/17)

Axios is reporting that online ad sales are down and tv, radio and billboard ads are up. Could this be helpful to troubled radio companies like Cumulus or local news shows where revenue is down? Axios explains: www.axios.com (7/18/17)

Chad just eluded that some people go past their contract deadline but keep working. Is he working without a contract? Did he and the junks just kill in the rating? (7/18/17)

As DCRTV Dave could attest to, there is not just one person who has Vince Klepac stories to tell. Probably a dozen different people. He’s like the running joke on the shore. Everyone seems to have heard a story or two. I only post when I hear a new one. :-) (7/18/17)

Dave's response: What? It's pretty much just you, buddy.....

Dave: Working in Hampton Roads this month and yesterday, was watching CSN regarding the Cousins news and has their coverage always been that bad? Mr. Hernandez has run his course in this area and always demonstrates he's too cool and much smarter than the viewers and now, it's become annoying while Jill should stick to hockey and that's it. Of the 25-mins I watched, their talent made fun of an audio issue and were babbling about only having 1-camera available. I don't get it, there aren't any TV/Radio stations in our area that know how to cover sports anymore? 980 needs to be sold ASAP and someone tell Cooley that we don't care about his opinions..since he never cared about the fans or anyone when he played. I must say, the print reporters in our market are terrific at what they do and that's what keeps me informed these days! (7/18/17)

Man, the guy going on and on about WRJE, 101.1 in Ocean City and naming Vince Klepac in a post has an axe to grind with ole Vince. No one on the Shore cares about this guy. He's take stations that no one listened to before and make them even worse. Did he not return your underwear after the last slumberparty? (7/18/17)

The Gas in Gaithersburg just drops missives defending his own stupidity? That's considered Mailbag-worthy? No need for any reference to media at all now, just self-absorbed yakkity-yak? Talk about summer doldrums. (7/18/17)

This is absolute proof the FCC has no clue what it is doing. WRJE AM 1600 has been gone more than a year now, yet its FM translator, W286BS will be LICENSED until 2022 without any originating SIGNAL! The remain silent authority expired in 2015! But the FCC has taken NO ACTION! This is a 105.1 FM allocation that no one can use in this area being taken up for NOTHING! Or maybe they’re on the air as a pirate radio station? This would make a good road trip from your Delaware vacation spot Dave. Ironically, the transmitter is at the Delaware State Police tower. Wouldn’t it be funny if Trump deports them too? (bad joke) LOL radio-locator.com (7/18/17)

"Much like her wedding band was missing from her hand late last week, the real Julie Wright was missing from Good Morning Washington." It is summer, all news people (and most of the employed) take a week off. Steve Chenevey is off this week too, going to bust his chops too? (7/18/17)

DCRTV Mailbag classic: “He's an enormous Whiny Nancy who should not be interacting with the public”. The Real Gus In The Gaithersburg should know a “Whiny Nancy” when he sees one: www.youtube.com (7/18/17)

Someone wrote "Much like her wedding band was missing from her hand late last week, the real Julie Wright was missing from Good Morning Washington. Coincidence?" Sadly, yes, Rasmus. Julie celebrates the date her mother dropped that spawn onto Virginia soil every single year. Happy 46th, Babyduck! (7/18/17)

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Much like her wedding band was missing from her hand late last week, the real Julie Wright was missing from Good Morning Washington. Coincidence? Then I came home this evening to see ultra conservative Sinclair doing a story about how rising sea levels affecting the Eastern shore of MD. Wow, I'm having a dissociative reality disorder moment. (7/17/17)

"TRESPASSING: Signed, " Dave, you know good and well that didn't come from me. Now let's talk about how Hank Steuver, the WaPo's TV critic, is a shanda for the love that dare not speak its name. Over the last three weeks he has berated the folks in his Thursday chat for not using Google, for liking British TV shows, and this past week moaned that he couldn't wait for 1 pm, when the chat is over. He's an enormous Whiny Nancy who should not be interacting with the public and is the opposite of a credit to the wonderful Washington Post brand. See? this is how one of my posts sounds. Gus in the Gaithersburg (7/17/17)

Rouse leaving? This is what happens when you have a sales guy playing programming, which is way too common over on Reisterstown Road. No concept in quality programming (Mickey in PM drive is a great example). So, you lose the only real asset on your station. Pat and Tracy are weak and aren't big enough names to draw any audience. If they station was unable to crack a .5 share before, kiss a .1 goodbye! (7/17/17)

Eastern Shore update: The streaming for Jack FM 101.1 OC/Salisbury is down as well as WSUX 93.9 FM / 1280 AM in addition to the 93.9 & 1280 signals already reported here. 101.1 FM is still on the air currently, but the Death Watch begins. :-) (7/17/17)

My favorite Vince Klepac story is the one where he sold WRJE AM 1600 to the Latino Group. Apparently, their English was not so good or their lawyers bad because they apparently only signed a 1 year lease for the 1 remaining tower, which Klepac kept, which alone was no good for the AM 1600 signal anyway. So when the year was up, he just bull-dozed the remaining tower, knocked them off the air. They complained to the FCC, but legally, he had them. Sabrosa Radio is still streaming, but AM 1600 is gone even though they’re still advertising it along with its FM translators. Maybe one day I’ll drive there and see if the FMs are still operating as pirates. Nothing would surprise me. They still advertise that they’re on the air. www.sabrosaradio.com (7/17/17)

RE: Ravens broadcasts. In the past, the TV play by play was heard on the radio. This year, the Ravens stated the game call will be more TV oriented, so I’m not sure if it will be the same broadcast or not. I don’t think they’ve clarified that. (7/17/17)

The WMAL day and night patterns from the 570 site are the same, the only difference is the power reduction from 10kw day to 2.7kw at night. This is basically a 6 db signal reduction that equates to a 2 to one signal ratio...i.e. if the signal at a given location is 10 mv/m in the daytime it will drop to 5 mv/m at night. You can see the pattern for the CP at radio locator.com. Some areas will have more signal (northwest) some will have less (northeast) after the move. (7/17/17)

Dave, can I pile on some footnotes to your Dave TV at the WMAL-AM transmitter site? Too bad your shot didn't include the fourth, far away "dogleg" tower. The property is 75 acres. Not really right to say the towers are moving. 630 AM will just be physically jammed into the existing four towers at the 570 site on Black Rock Road in Germantown. I designed and commissioned those two green signs in your video. I'm amazed they've lasted this long. Microwave antenna seen on top of the small forefront tower was for WJLA and defunct for a year. That little tower will come down, too. No microwave shot to Jenifer St. Blocked by the "Irene" (Pollin) condos in Friendship Heights. - Pilot of the Airwaves (7/17/17)

Rouse is gone ? Wrong person left. Guess there’s no reason to listen to that station any longer. The afternoon drive show is dreadful. (7/17/17)

Can you show us what the new WMAL 630 AM nighttime signal looks like from their new tower site in Germantown, MD? (7/17/17)

J Michael appears to out at CSN MA (7/17/17)

WUSA only puts NATS home games on the 7 day graphic since the forecast is for DC.....so the AWAY games, even when the Nats play on WUSA, would not be on the 7 day forecast (7/17/17)

"WJLA Ch7 has several preseason Redskins games that often are on when Jeporady! Is on but they put the regularly scheduled programming on News channel 8 which is of no good if you don't have cable." Redskins pre-season games are on NBC 4. Ravens pre-season games are on ABC-7. (7/17/17)

Sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings… D.C.’s pioneer TV sportscaster, Bob Wolff, died peacefully yesterday (Saturday, August 15, 2017) at his home in Nyack, NY. -Unsigned Corporate Suit (7/17/17)

RE: “Dave TV: WMAL's AM 630 Tower Site - 7/16 - I visit the soon to be former transmitter site of WMAL's AM 630 signal on Greentree Road in Bethesda. The towers will soon be torn down to make room for a new residential development.....” DCRTVDJDAVE YOU ARE TRESPASSING: Signed, Gus in THE Gaithersburg (7/17/17)

Dave's response: I did not walk more than four feet from the public road. Oh shut up.....

Make it stop Dave Department: Veteran radio & television sports broadcaster Bob Wolff (no relation to Warner Wolf) has died at age 96. Wolff was the first broadcaster of the then Washington Senators baseball team. The best anecdote from retired Washington Post reporter Bob Levey’s story: “During his years in Washington, Mr. Wolff often ventured outside the booth to roam the stands at the old Griffith Stadium, interviewing die-hard Senators fans. Between the games of a doubleheader in 1957, he approached a spectator sitting near the dugout, telling him: “Let’s play a game. Don’t say your name until we’re finished talking.” They spoke about the game and various players before Mr. Wolff asked the fan about himself. “What sort of work do you do, sir?” “I work for the government,” the fan responded. “Oh, for the government?” “Well,” Richard M. Nixon finally said, “I’m the vice president.” More from Levey: www.washingtonpost.com (7/17/17)

Re: Ravens new pre-season TV lineup. Does anyone know why Stan White and Quadry Ismail were let go? I enjoyed them along with Gerry Sandusky. Who will do the radio once the regular season begins, since Brian Billick and Evan Washburn have other gigs? Tom in Wheaton (7/17/17)

Ok That shocked me another Nats game ON CH9 Sunday because I watched the entire Saturday night Nats game on CH9 And at the end of the post game summary the announcers said to join us tomorrow at 1:05 on MASN 2 At least I didn't see any mention of game on WUSA CH9 I use OTA for my local channels and have Sling TV so no MASN or ESPN my LG TV has a program guide I'm off Monday the game is early like 12:30 I guess Ill check the on screen program guide Every time In going to be home when there playing I was out most of the day Sunday so I wouldnt have been able to watch most of the game anyway but I'm going to email WUSA and kindly suggest if there going to air a game not on their original schedule for 2017 to put it on their website and just communicate better about it because even their 10 day forecast on their weather site will have the Nats symbol on the day there showing a game and I didn't see it this weekend.I only saw it Saturday because The Post has a primetime TV guide Titan. TV is a good app also I'm going to check that as well now that I see they alter the original broadcast schedule. The thing I give WUSA CH 9 thumbs up is at least when they air a Nats game they put the regular CBS programming on 9-2 digital subchannel which you can get OTA WJLA Ch7 has several preseason Redskins games that often are on when Jeporady! Is on but they put the regularly scheduled programming on News channel 8 which is of no good if you don't have cable. (7/17/17)

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I don’t recommend trying to slam Vince Klepac anywhere. All he does is threaten to sue anyone who criticizes him or his various radio stations that he’s ran into the ground. But let’s recap… AM 1260 in Newark DE, AM 1600, these 2 he directly caused the FCC deletion of. Soon, you can add AM 1590 Ocean City to that list, even though he doesn’t own it now. They’ll probably run out of money to afford Jack FM on 101.1 FM too after the summer, so that’s iffy too. If you’re genuinely interested in WSUX AM 1280 or 93.9 FM, simply click here and complain to the FCC and maybe they’ll stop giving him TOYS to destroy. consumercomplaints.fcc.gov (7/16/17)

The Nationals Reds game was on WUSA CH9 Saturday night so I guess they do add games not originally on CH9 original schedule for season and a great game it was Nats leading 10-0 going onto the 8th inning then Reds scored 7 runs in the last 2 innings.10 -7 final Nationals.Funny the Post which has gone downhill as far as accuracy was correct yet WUSA Website never had the game listed. (7/16/17)

Another unscheduled Nats game on WUSA today! 1:10pm. Woo-hoo-ray-knight! (7/16/17)

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In Saturdays Post TV listings it shows the Nationals Reds game on At 7PM Saturday night on WUSA Ch 9 yet. WUSA website lists the next of the 20 Nats games that they will air in the 2017 Season will be on July 28 Ill tune in tonight and see.I don't think once they contract for a certain amount of games there's a change to the schedule unless one of the scheduled games is rained out and its moved to a later date. (7/15/17)

Nostalgia found at the bottom of a drawer... (7/15/17)


DCRTVDJDAVE’s favorite FNC host Shep Smith, a Roger Ailes protégé, a closeted gay man for so long, and an ardent propagandist for the right, now is suddenly aghast with the Trump administration’s “lies, lies, lies”. Smith has had a “Walter Cronkite moment” according to The Washington Post: www.washingtonpost.com (7/15/17)

As for Julie Wright not mentioning her husband lately, I've noticed that Caitlin Roth and Tucker Barnes haven't been posting "couple" pics as they routinely did previously. So wonder if they're still together. If. It, how akward must that be to work pretty much right next to each other. Also, never heard anything officially that Sarah Simmons had divorced her husband. She, as has Julie, just stopped wearing her wedding ring. (7/15/17)

I think Mark Trail may have discovered a stand of illegal pot plants deep in the woods. He looks positively wasted & about to start giggling in his first closeup in this week's WashPost Sunday funnies. ---MTG (7/15/17)

Ok DCRTV crew, I have a memory that I keep thinking about. Back in the early 80s when I went to movies, before the movie started, there was a little cartoon animation telling us not to litter in the theater. It was a janitor looking in 1 trash can that was empty, then another. Then when he opened the movie theater door, he was squashed by an avalanche of trash! Then narrator came on and said 'please don't litter.' Then the janitor comes out of the trash and just says "Thanks!" Does anyone else remember this? I wont be surprised when someone posts the clip. Thanks! (7/15/17)

Universal HD was a free channel on many Comcast Xfinity packages. The Olympics channel is a PAY channel. Comcast taketh away again for more money. (7/15/17)

I happened to notice Julie Wright was not wearing her ring this morning as well. And it made realize she hasn't talked much about her personal recently except her parents and something about Chuck going back to school a month or so ago. Hoping all is well there since finding true love and maintaining it is so hard to find in this town. (7/15/17)

RIP Universal HD Network. Xfinity/Comcast/NBC/Universal deleted the channel without warning to replace it with the Olympics Channel. (7/15/17)

You can hear Harv Moore weekdays from Noon to 3PM on WECK 1230 & 102.9 Radio on their super excellent stereo stream. It still uses www.timelessweck.com... Tune in and enjoy. (7/15/17)

Re:Fox taking over WDCA, they are already rebroadcasting some of their shows on WDCA such Good Day DC, TMZ and The Real. So I wouldn't be surprised if they just repeat more of their programs for those in the viewing audience who didn't see the original broadcast. Also, it appears that the new 8pm program is being promoted as an early news show for those who don't or can't stay up until 10. However, is there really going to be that much new news between their 6pm and 8pm newscasts? (7/15/17)

I didn't know that Ron Weber called Washington Commandos arena football games or that they were even on the radio. WWDC 1260 apparently carried the games. It was certainly a different era back then as opposed to now with Ted Leonsis' new Washington Valor team not on the radio. From what I can tell, the two Leonsis-owned teams are the only Arena Football League teams without radio deals. Everett W. (7/15/17)

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Hi Dave, I heard W225AQ 94.3 for the first time today, dead air/open carrier in Laytonsville at 4:35, signal much stronger open carrier in Mount Airy at 4:54. Checked again at 6:25 and it's the Gamut, parallel 820 AM, with a great signal and sound. A short while later, they're doing the Nats pregame show. Regards, Larry in Mount Airy (7/14/17)

Dave's response: The new 94.3 is a simulcast of WWFD, 820, which breaks away from the Gamut for sports events, the same sports events carried by WFED on 1500.....

About Ron Weber doing baseball he did a few televised games for the minor league Frederick Keys that were shown prerecorded on some access channel in Montgomery County in the 90s as I remember. He was also the radio voice of the Washington Commandos, DC's first arena football league team. If you want to play-by-play year round you have do more than one sport. (7/14/17)

Someone wrote "is Julie wright (abc-7) still married? I notice she's not wearing her wedding rings anymore..." let me bring out my inner Nipsey Russel. "When the Jimmy Deans get too big, honey, the rings start to fit a bit funny." (7/14/17)

Curious to see if FOX actually shuts down WDCA channel 20 on Monday. I think for now, FOX Plus will be on WDCA. I don’t see any notification of taking WDCA silent just yet nor any sub-channel notifications on FOX 5 WTTG unless they’re running notifications already. (7/14/17)

Simply Hired is reporting an evening personality vacancy at WRQX. Who'd they lose? (7/14/17)

Delmarva News...So it looks like Vince Klepac has killed another station. WSUX-AM 1280 & W242AV 93.9 are off the air. I believe that he had someone leasing the station for the past year and a half. My sources tell me that person left at the beginning of June. So he couldn't survive even a month. WSUX-FM 101.1 is still playing the Jack-FM format, but I wonder how long that will last until he spins his wheel of formats. When will the FCC stop giving Mr. Klepac licenses. Vince Klepac, the Grim Reaper of radio! (7/14/17)

I find it odd that only WRC NBC 4 has filed for Post Repack TV allocations in DC. Most of the Baltimore stations have already filed the applications and they are mostly in Stage 8 or 9. DC’s TV stations have to switch sooner, in Stage 4 or 5. Seems like they’re a little behind schedule. Even low power WMJF in Baltimore filed a post-repack application for channel 23 already. WMJF is still technically for sale, so it will be interesting to see if any buyers appear. As it is now, Baltimore has no PAX TV station, or religious, independent, or Latino stations, odd for a market that size. (7/14/17)

MultiCultural’s WLXE AM 1600 is successful in blaming the FCC for their inability to find a new tower site in the DC area. In the filing WLXE claims that the FCC’s inability to finish the AM refurbishment rules is the reason they haven’t even begun looking for a new transmitter site. Am I wrong or wasn’t this already completed by the FCC? (7/14/17)

is Julie wright (abc-7) still married? I notice she's not wearing her wedding rings anymore... (7/14/17)

Well it certainly appears that 106.7 The Fan has buried WTEM. Dave, any insight into how the individual shows are doing? Both the Junkies and Dukes mentioned getting ratings bonuses this week. (7/14/17)

Dave's response: In the June ratings, male demo age 25-54, WJFK was 2nd and WTEM 14th in morning drive. In afternoon drive, WJFK was 5th with WTEM 16th. Looks like the battle of the DC sports talkers is pretty much over. Dan Snyder's got WTEM's main 980 signal up for sale and ESPN 980 will go away completely when he lowers the asking price for the 980 AM signal and it gets sold - at a big loss.....

"Where can you hear Bluegrass/Country Music now that WAMU kicked them off their station after 60 years? I don't have HD Radio or any kind of HD Receiver." WSDL 90.7 in Ocean City plays thee hours of Bluegrass every Sunday night from 8-11PM on Steve Martin's Unreal Bluegrass www.unrealbluegrass.com... You can stream it if you live out of the area... (7/14/17)

Steve Rouse posts on the Q1370 Facebook page that after 50 years, he is retiring from broadcasting. (7/14/17)

June radio ratings analysis from Tom Taylor... Washington DC doesn’t reward any station with double digits, for the first time this year. The #1, #2 and #3 stations repeat from last month – WAMU, American U.’s not-for-profit news/talker (10.0-10.7-9.3). Ratings historian Chris Huff says “This makes the sixth consecutive #1 for WAMU, its longest win-streak ever.” Hubbard’s news WTOP and its regional simulcast (9.1-8.8-8.7). And Howard U.’s commercial urban AC WHUR (7.0-7.5-7.5, matching last month’s best topline since October 2009). As for dayparts, the only daypart WAMU doesn’t win is weekends, where it’s #2. It scores double digits in both drivetimes. WTOP is #2 everywhere except weekends, where it’s #3. It’s also a double-digit morning-drive player. The #1 weekend station is urban AC WHUR. Rising to fourth is Urban One’s urban AC “Majic” WMMJ and new simulcast WDCJ (5.4-5.3-5.7). Fifth is iHeart’s AC WASH (4.8-5.0-4.9, but only thirteenth at night). In that same neighborhood, there’s a tie for sixth between iHeart’s classic rock WBIG-FM (5.2-5.4-5.8) and sister CHR “Hot 99.5” WIHT (4.2-4.5-4.8). An answered prayer for Seventh Day Adventist-connected not-for-profit contemporary Christian WGTS. It’s up to eighth place thanks to its best share since September 2009 (3.7-3.7-4.5). Cumulus talker WMAL-AM/FM is steady (3.8-3.5-3.8). It’s an up book for co-owned hot AC “Mix 107.3” WRQX (2.8-2.9-3.4). The MLB Washington Nationals help CBS sports “Fan” WJFK-FM (2.2-2.8-3.0). At night, the Fan improves from eighth to sixth. DC’s leader for average weekly cume is CHR “Hot” at 1,211,800..... Baltimore welcomes Summer by boosting Urban One’s urban “92Q” WERQ into first place by itself (7.5-8.0-8.7). Last month 92Q was tied for the lead with urban AC sister WWIN-FM (8.3-8.0-8.4). 92Q is #1 from 3pm to midnight, while “Magic” WWIN-FM is #1 with the Tom Joyner Morning Show. Holding third for the week is iHeart’s country WPOC (8.0-7.7-7.7, and a double-digit winner on Saturday/Sunday). New in fourth position is CBS AC WLIF (6.5-6-4.-6.6, and a #1 midday ranking). Fifth is Hearst’s “98 Rock” WIYY (5.4-5.2-5.2, now second in mornings with Justin, Scott & Spiegel). CBS sports “Fan” WJZ-FM (5.5-5.4-4.7) has the baseball Orioles. It slips to second place at night, but still pulls double digits there with the Birds. Your Public Radio-owned not-for-profit news/talk WYPR continues to grow share (3.2-3.4-3.6). Chris Huff calculates WYPR’s highest share since August 2012. Its version of “Morning Edition” rises from ninth to sixth in the market. AC WLIF stays around 680,000 cume to lead that category. (7/14/17)

VOA TV also did a story about Radio Sputnik... It's at : www.voanews.com... How ironic... In the Cold War days Moscow heavily jammed the Voice of America and RFE/RL. In return, they broadcast their lame Radio Moscow programs to North America.... Hey wait a minute! They still do that latter bit - it's just now called "Radio Sputnik." Come 'on guys at Radio Sputnik-- I want more tractor factory production statistics like the good ole days. Humored in Odenton (7/14/17)

Gus, only you are entertained by all the circles you talk in -- re: your posting today - Savage is a "glug-glug poodle groomer" ? By all accounts Google can determine, you just called him an alcoholic lesbian" I don't know what kind of off-brand Google darkweb clone you're using but you sound like a perv-o. Are you a perv-o, Focker? When I googled "poodle groomer" I found poodle groomers. How many hours before you found lesbians? Savage takes his actual dog, a poodle, to the groomer twice a week and routinely talks about how he doesn't really drink but regrets what he drank the night before. Nothing more than that you perv-o. Gus in the Gaithersburg (7/14/17)

Re: "Fox5 Plus debuts Monday at 8pm on WDCA, channel 20, with Shawn Yancey, Tony Perkins and Sue Palka". Was this sent in by their PR dept? How much more original programming are they going to put on air? They already have six and a half hours in the morning. Then, don't they have some show @ 6:30 pm and another show at 11:30? Any info on ratings for the latter two shows? (7/14/17)

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Can anyone explain why Tom Taylor Now keeps listing WUPR Str News/Talk Info. last in the Baltimore PPM ratings? No such FM station exists. The closest thing is an AM station in Puerto Rico, so that seems unlikely. (7/13/17)

The Nats did NOT win the MASN lawsuit. The Orioles have already appealed it. It’s going to go on for quite a while longer. The Nats got NO MONEY once again! It’s a mixed decision upon further reading. (7/13/17)

The Washington Post erroneously reported that the Nationals had won the MASN lawsuit without any details or notation that it was not over. This is exactly what happens with FAKE NEWS. A news headline is tossed out without any context or a thorough reading. The Orioles might still win the whole thing and get it to independent arbitration. Angelos would probably not go to the Supreme Court, but he is certainly going further, and he’s so far won every appeal except for this one. It was also a split decision 3-2, with the lead judge taking the Orioles side. So who knows what’s going to happen? (7/13/17)

Fox5 Plus debuts Monday at 8pm on WDCA, channel 20, with Shawn Yancey, Tony Perkins and Sue Palka. (7/13/17)

Gus, only you are entertained by all the circles you talk in -- re: your posting today - Savage is a "glug-glug poodle groomer" ? By all accounts Google can determine, you just called him an alcoholic lesbian (???) (7/13/17)

I doubt many people in Ocean City care much about WGBG AM 1590, but I bet WFBR AM 1590 does as well as DC’s WLXE AM 1600 which is looking to move to a new tower location. If the FCC deletes the allocation, it gives them slightly more wiggle room. WFBR recently had some tower issues. Who knows how long they’ll be able to keep all 5 towers working with all those nulls? (7/13/17)

Today on Facebook I decided to upload one of my airchecks only to get it taken down by Iheart Media. Even though the station is now part of Iheart it wasn't when I worked there so I don't get it. Anyway I called up Iheart to ask them why and I was told only "Ellis Feaster:" can legally upload airchecks on Facebook, You Tube and similar sites and the conversation ended, OK..who is this Ellis Feaster ?? Suppose he/she doesn't like your aircheck ?? (7/13/17)

BREAKING: Washington Nationals win latest round in the MASN TV rights court case. The ruling forces the Orioles to accept the judgment of a new round of MLB's RSDC panel to decide how much MASN must pay the Nationals for their TV rights. The Nationals however will not receive the money already awarded to them in a previous decision, so the case goes on. More info as it comes out. (7/13/17)

"Really ??? Lars Larson ? So when Lars is off, is his guest host Sven Svenson or Thor Thorssen ? You have to love the names of the Conservative Talk Show Hosts. Of course, there’s ‘RUSH’. And Michael SAVAGE. " No, I don't. Because you don't tell me who the liberal hosts are, because there are few or none after the epic failure of Air America, due largely to internal financial mismanagement. Randi Rhodes was a great name but she had a drinking and lesbian street-fighting problem. "Limbaugh" is a pretty lame name, and "Rush" punches it up. "Savage"? An improvement on the original, and a necessity for a closeted glug glug twice a week poodle groomer. WMAL used to have a "pet liberal" on Sundays, Jerry somebody. I WANT more liberal radio, liberals either don't want it or can't do it. No mention of anti-Trump lib Don Geronimo (real name Mike O'Meara)? Interesting. What peeves me lately is fatty Doctor Phil turning "childhood hunger" into the new Kars for Kids. Gus in the Gaithersburg (7/13/17)

The Hope Church has applied for an expanded signal on Baltimore’s 101.5 FM for WWIN AM 1400. The new proposal expands the signal towards NW Baltimore which the old proposal did not cover. This application still includes protections towards the north for a PA station and to the south for WBQB 101.5 Fredericksburg. (7/13/17)

Where can you hear Bluegrass/Country Music now that WAMU kicked them off their station after 60 years? I don't have HD Radio or any kind of HD Receiver. (7/13/17)

Friends of the Bluegrass/Country Foundation would like to know how much the Russians are paying Urban One for leasing their WKYS HD Channel? How much are they paying John Garziglia for leasing his Translator 105.5 FM. It is too bad that the Russians have more money than the Bluegrass Foundation. The Foundation is a NON-Profit Foundation. (7/13/17)

Hubbard put new translator on the air in Frederick, MD 94.3 FM. It is fed by their WWFD 820 AM in Frederick. This translator was on the air before when iHeart owned it. They had complaints about interference with 94.3 FM WWXX in Buckland/Warrenton, VA, Red Zebra owned WWXX. iHeart took it off the air and turned in the license to the FCC. The new owner of 94.3 WWXX will file a complaint against Hubbard for interference. (7/13/17)

I think no one should be surprised that Leon Harris has moved into a weekday slot. Chris Lawrence is now the Live Desk anchor and Leon is most likely going to permanently fill Jim Vance's slot when he decides to retire. It's like even once, he takes over the 6pm slot that he would remain the anchor at 4pm as well. In terms, of him doing the backyard weather segments, it's to reintroduce him back to the community as a member of the NBC4 team and not the team across the river he's been associated with. Personally, I've always felt like for as long as Chris Lawrence has been in this market he still has no name recognition here and 4 wants someone with name recognition to fill that seat at 6. (7/13/17)

Regarding the appearance of Johnny Holliday on the TV Series "Good Morning, World": According to IMDB.com, he appeared only in Season 1, Episode 14, as the character Andy McChesney. The title of the episode is "The Voice Of The Turtle Is Better Than Mine". The "Turtle" reference is interesting, given that the episode aired on December 12, 1967, before Johnny was calling Terps games. A foretelling of the greatness to come? (7/13/17)

Someone wrote on Tuesday “It should be interesting to see how the sound and image of WBAL radio changes with another new news director” Well here’s an initial observation from this morning. During the news reads by both Ann Kramer and John Patti, while reporting on the heat wave: “Extreme Weather Coverage is presented by Horizon Services” (an area HVAC Co. and regular ‘BAL sponsor). Then we move on to the next news story. So we are now interjecting commercials during the actual newscast. I suppose it won’t be too long before the daily Baltimore murder rate update is “presented by” by Evans Funeral Chapel. The once proud newsroom descends further and further into the abyss. Sad…so sad... (7/13/17)

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If NBC4's Leon Harris is moving into the co-anchor seat at 4pm, he's going to be replacing some regulars already in those seats. 4pm: replacing Chris Lawrence and 6pm: replacing Jim Vance. Then today I noticed that he was doing the weekly Backyard BBQ that weatherman Doug has been doing for at least a year. And let's not forget to mention that he abandoned his weekend co-anchor after a couple of weeks. Well, for the latter, of course it wasn't his decision not to work the weekend shift. (7/12/17)

RE: “Fans of older times at WMAL and WRQX might want to see this, my second and final collection of ancient VHS video segments. -Pilot of the Airwaves (7/12/17)” Wait: is that “WMAL reporter” Jim Acosta in a devil’s outfit in the 1994 video? (7/12/17)

The Washington Post’s Justin Moyer writes about Commie radio station Sputnik: “On a Washington radio station known for broadcasting the high and lonesome sound of bluegrass, the fiddles recently fell silent, replaced by a very different kind of programming: Russian state media. Rather than string instruments, 105.5 FM listeners now hear Sputnik, a terrestrial radio station named for the satellite that started the space race. Funded by the Russian government, the station began broadcasting July 1 out of unassuming offices about three blocks from the White House, next to a Chop’t on K Street NW. WAMU 88.5 FM announced last summer that it was selling its Bluegrass Country service, citing changing demographics and a greater interest in news programming among listeners. The station reached an agreement with a nonprofit earlier this year that kept bluegrass on D.C. radio at 105.5, although that move was short-lived. “The owner of the transmitter clearly got a better deal from Putin than a public radio station,” Randy Barrett, president of the D.C. Bluegrass Union and a board member of the Bluegrass Country Foundation, wrote in an email. “It’s a pretty amazing story, as Vlad has bumped all-American bluegrass in the very heart of the nation’s capital.” More: www.washingtonpost.com (7/12/17)

DCRTV’s older fans might recall “Disco Demolition Night” on July 12, 1979, where 50,000 fans of radio shock jock Steve Dahl showed up at Chicago’s Comiskey Park (home of the White Sox) to watch him blow up disco records on the field. A riot ensued when fans took to the field destroying it and causing the doubleheader game to be cancelled. Sports radio legend Harry Carey gave the play by play which turned into the blow by blow. Maybe Nats Park could have a “End Rap Night” and see what happens? Wiki details: wikipedia.org (7/12/17)

Re: the post about Leon Harris, not surprised that he's no longer on the weekend news. I always believed that was a temporary spot in which he was placed until he could slide into Jim Vance's seat. I'm thinking Vance let the powers that be know his health situation at which time they began searching for a replacement. I don't watch the 4pm news, but today while flipping through the channels a little after 4pm, Jim Handley was on. So maybe Leon's not officially in that spot yet. If indeed that was Chris Lawrence time slot, kinda sucks that he was kicked out of it. He was pretty good as an anchor when I've seen him fill in at 6pm. (7/12/17)

Fans of older times at WMAL and WRQX might want to see this, my second and final collection of ancient VHS video segments. -Pilot of the Airwaves (7/12/17)


Sad news for investors who invested in these radio stocks. The price continues to drop every day. Cumulus at 42 cents per share, iHeart stock down to $1.51 per share and Urban One at just $2.10 per share. None of these stocks are doing well. (7/12/17)

A while back somebody mentioned the ancient Good Morning World TV show running ion Antenna TV and said that Johnny Holliday played the newscaster. I've recorded eight or ten shows and I don't see him anywhere. Was he only in one season or something? (7/12/17)

The FCC reports that AM Stations lost ground this year. "It's the fewest number of AM Stations licensed since the 1980's". The FM Band is so tight now, you cannot find a frequency for new translators in the major markets. (7/12/17)

RE: "The Remain Silent Authority for WGBG AM 1590 Ocean City has expired as of today, July 11, 2017 and AM 1590 is not on the air." My God, give it up. No one listens. No one cares, even the FCC evidently. This topic is just as annoying as the constant Cumulus stock death watch post. (7/12/17)

WRC NBC 4 has filed its post repack application on channel 34. Only change is a lower power than before due to the large drop in channel number to 34 from 48. No change in signal contour that is noticeable. (7/12/17)

What do you think of the Russian News on Translator 105.5? It is fed by Urban One WKYS HD Channel. How much are the Russians paying Urban One and John Garziglia, the owner of the Translator, for this propaganda outlet? (7/12/17)

When Channel 4 hired Leon Harris not too long ago, his role was to co-anchor the weekend evening news with Erika Gonzalez. Well, that didn't last very long. Saw a promo today that he's now co-anchoring the 4:00 news with Pat Lawson Muse. That role is also reflected in his station bio. I don't know what that means for Chris Lawrence who had been the 4:00 co-anchor. Leon's also been on at 6:00 a lot lately as we're seeing less and less of Jim Vance these days. That's a shame but I guess he must not be doing too well. Maybe he should retire and when he's well enough to come in they could do a nice on-air sendoff for him. (7/12/17)

RE: DCW50 News at 10. I agree with the previous comments that the addition of a co-anchor hurt the newscast. It was a nice, fast-paced newscast when they just had Candace Burns - who is very good - anchoring. Adding the new guy - who is not so good - really changed the dynamic and flow of the show. Just like Newschannel 8 as their 10:00 news used to be a 30-minutes newscast with a single anchor, but now it's an hour-long fluff piece. I guess it doesn't really matter as Sinclair (who owns WJLA and Newschannel 8) is buying Tribune (who owns DCW50) and I imagine they wouldn't want to run competing newscasts. (7/12/17)

All of this hemming and hawing and outrage by the Baltimore media over the crime rate is amazing. Could any of you possibly look into (what I suspect) is the real story? We go through this routinely in our city. There’s not enough jail space to house the criminals, so that’s why we get early releases, paroles, reduced sentences, etc. It isn’t “breaking news”, it’s a pattern that shows itself every so often. I don’t understand why the judges don’t unite and stop the nonsense and come out and say that if you don’t have the jail space, that not our problem. We’re tired of catching the blame for all of this turmoil. (7/12/17)



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W*USA broadcast a short infomercial lodged between their 6pm news and the CBS Evening News. It is called "Money Matters" and has the look and feel of a consumer report within a newscast. IT IS NOT. There is a brief bit of a disclaimer flashed for a few seconds but I could not decipher it. Monday evenings installment seemed to criticize the government process of processing federal retirement benefits calling that system a "throwback to the '60's" . However there were no facts or sources cited. No experts interviewed. Just an assumption by some small market anchors. This is "fake news." Not sourced, quoted or verified. It should be clearly labeled COMMERCIAL CONTENT. (7/11/17)

The Remain Silent Authority for WGBG AM 1590 Ocean City has expired as of today, July 11, 2017 and AM 1590 is not on the air. That’s a fine at the very least if not a revocation of the license. From the FCC letter, the final deadline for something to be done with the AM 1590 allocation is December of this year. At that point the FCC has stated the license will expire for good. Tick Tock. If this station disappears along with the AM 1600 in Delaware, which is already gone, this could impact the DC AM 1600 and Glen Burnie’s AM 1590. fcc.gov (7/11/17)

It should be interesting to see how the sound and image of WBAL radio changes with another new news director. Someone from New Hampshire named Jeff Wade who started a month ago. This will be the third news director in the five years since longtime news director Mark Miller left. The new guy joins the "new" gm and pd who came on board a couple of years ago. That news room was one of the few in the nation with journalists who were born and raised in Baltimore and had solid connections and sources. Now it seems to be saturated with former DC jocks simply reading and posting online two day old news. While I'm on station personnel changes, two weeks after Sarah Caldwell left WBAL TV reporter Omar Jimenez tweets yesterday that he too is leaving, but won't be going too far away. Hmmm (7/11/17)

The Washington Post’s Brian Fung of “The Switch” explains ch-ch-cha-changes: “Your favorite websites might look a little different soon. Here’s why.” Wow: their Comments section was changed and The Washington Post is now using something called The Coral Project. DCRTV will only change when Dave ditches the white on black, comes out of the darkness and goes rainbow. Hopefully these changes won’t blow Gus in THE Gaithersburg’s mind. More on “websites might look a little different soon”: www.washingtonpost.com (7/11/17)

The Gamut has added a new FM translator, 160 watts on 94.3 from Frederick. The signal is nonexistent to the west and south to protect WQCM and WWXX. It is fed directly by 820 under AM revitalization, so it will break away from the Gamut for Nationals games. (7/11/17)

Brian Wilson surfaces on alleged news radio 1090 this morning in a brief appearance with alleged morning host Bryan Nehman, his former radio companion. Misery loves company. (7/11/17)

Ron Weber was and still should be "The Voice of The Washington Capitals". He was outstanding and not as over the top as the guy who now does the games. As for Senators baseball, the last couple off years it was Shelby Whitfield and Tony Roberts who did the play by play with Johnny Holliday hosting the "On Deck" pre game show featuring manager Ted Williams before every game. After Whitfield moved on to ABC S as their Director of Radio Sports, Ron Menchine took over his duties and everyone loved the guy. Tony Roberts was the Voice of Westwood One and Mutual for years doing everything from Basketball and Golf to Football and later become the voice of Notre Dame Football. If I recall, Roberts and Johnny Holliday also teamed up to do the Bullets games on WWDC. All, good guys with terrific voices and they really connected with the fans. How things have changed!! (7/11/17)

The seemingly unrelenting splooge of random, disjointed posts by this Gus In Gaithersburg guy make me recall a time when the DCRTV Mailbag was frequented and even dominated by people who were actually in radio. I take comfort and hope that some day Gus will go the way of a cadre of a long line of all the other fringe characters who have inflicted themselves on this forum over the years. (7/11/17)

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Only have time for a short comment today: The Insider is not made available to stations until after 6:00 PM Eastern, so WUSA, if it wants to show it at 3 PM has to be a weekday behind. So on Monday, they show the previous Friday's show. It's nearly a moot point because the show has been canceled by its creator, CBS, and should disappear by Labor Day. -- Carl in Olney (7/10/17)

Ron Menchine didn’t come along in the booth until 1969, when I had stopped listening to Senators games because even at that tender age I knew they would always be losers. The Senators announcers I remember with much fondness are Dan Daniels and John McLean, who were at the WTOP mike for most of the ‘60s. John’s voice was the dramatic one—especially when Hondo hit one out of the park—and Dan provided the matter-of-fact stats and somewhat stentorian commentary. Ah, memories. Jeff (7/10/17)

I stumbled across “The Lars Larson Show” on WBAL early one morning recently. Really ??? Lars Larson ? So when Lars is off, is his guest host Sven Svenson or Thor Thorssen ? You have to love the names of the Conservative Talk Show Hosts. Of course, there’s ‘RUSH’. And Michael SAVAGE. And Bill ‘The Great American’ Cunningham. Seems more like names on the World Wrestling Entertainment Superstar roster. Maybe we can bring Bill O’Reilly back. Put him in a mask, and digitally alter the voice. Call him “The Tangent”, or some other mathematical term. If you’re missing this, Randy Poffo became Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage. Hulk Hogan entrance music in the early days was “I am a Real American”. Boy, do I miss Ron Smith and David Brudnoy (WBZ-AM) (7/10/17)

Bloomberg won its second straight Metropolitan Media Softball League championship over the weekend, defeating Comcast Sports Net. Bloomberg went undefeated in the two-day tourney and lost only one game all season (to the aforementioned Comcast). Comcast reached the finals after scoring two runs in the last of the seventh to walk off the National Press Club. Bruce DePuyt, formerly of NewsChannel 8, won the 15th annual Dale Solly Award for Sportsmanship and Camaraderie at a ceremony attended by Megan Solly, daughter of the late WJLA-TV weekend anchor. Highlights and pictures at www.facebook.com (7/10/17)


"If you Google "Gus in Gaithersburg," you get literally hundreds of his comments in the DCRTV Mailbag. And in almost all of them, he's attacking someone for correcting one of his mistakes. It's really pretty funny. The guy just goes ape shit over nothing." <<__ As opposed to whatever that is? You clearly don't understand how Google works. Quite a few of the posts Google finds are not from me, but from people, many of them retarded, taking issue with me. Taking issue is not the same as correcting a mistake, as you are learning now. You sound dismally stupid. Including this post I have posted 105 times to DCRTV. The post that apparently got your manclit in a twist was mocking someone for repeatedly posting about The Onion, and working in a mocking of the stock price guy. Gus in THE Gaithersburg (7/10/17)

A couple of days ago, a poster here said he/she thought Ron Weber (the original voice of the Capitals) may have broadcast Senators games in the '60s. I believe he/she is thinking of Ron Menchine, another great guy who did broadcast Senators games on WWDC during their final couple of years. Unfortunately, he passed away several years ago. He won't be going into the DC Sports Hall of Fame, but he is fondly remembered by the fans who listened to him and got to know him years after his broadcasting career ended. RIP Ron. As for Ron Weber, the Iron Man of NHL broadcasting, he was just fantastic and I was very disappointed when he was replaced. No good reason for it. Sorry the TV sportscast ignored his induction. The Caps should have (if they haven't already) a Ron Weber Night to honor him. (7/10/17)

To Bill Hess: I know that you are a very busy man and hate to write retractions or clrifications, so I took the liberty of writing one for you. Please feel free to use it..... To whom it may concern, On the Mornings on the Mall show on July 6, our nameless co-host made a statement asserting there is no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians. We now know this to be false. Normally, I would have insisted he say "that I know of" because frankly, he is not that bright. But he did not. And in order to keep what little dignity I have left as a the manager at a "news" (I made quotation marks with my fingers as well) station, I wish to clarify the record. There was collusion. This is not the first time we have been wrong. We told you that Sharia Law was creeping its way into this country. But that was not under my watch. Under my watch, we said Obama was Hitler. Obama is a socialist who will confiscate your 401(K). The New Black Panthers were coming for your guns. Obama's children - oh let's just forget that one -, Hillary was going to be indicted and go to jail, and the Cliven Bundy is a great American thing. We had hoped that you, our listeners, would be equally not bright and forget what we said in the past and move on to the next made-up scandal, like Benghazi or that thing with the IRS that turned out to be nothing. And this strategy has worked well up to now. But this is a huge story and we completely got it wrong. And frankly, we can no longer hide and pretend it did not happen. In the coming days I will meet with staff at the station for some soul searching and a "post mortem". We will be looking for ways to improve our forward looking prognoses, which up to now have nearly always been wrong. Thank you for your continued support. Bill Hess, WMAL RADIO..... PS I also have some sad news. Brian Wilson, longtime morning host at WMAL, is no longer with us. Doing mornings for so long took its toll on Brian. May he get the rest he deserves in peace. (7/10/17)

Dave's response: As far as I know, Brian Wilson is still alive.....

WJFK’s “Sports Junkies” probably don’t have to be concerned with competition from Governor Chris Christie as a fellow CBS sports talker on NY’s WFAN: seems Christie can’t handle hostile callers (one called him a “fat ass”) without getting into a fight and that his try out was a bust. Christie, wearing a Dallas Cowboy hat and either a NY Giants/NY Mets sweat shirt should stick to eating which he does well: www.mediaite.com (7/10/17)

Has anyone ever questioned why WUSA 9 shows old episodes of The Insider at 3:00pm. Today's episode was from Friday. This has probably been going on for a long time, however, I'm finally fed up and wanted to post this message to see if it could be changed. Lee in Capitol Heights (7/10/17)

The Charlottesville Newsplex explained their ethical decision on why the station not to interview any KKK Klan members. facebook.com (7/10/17)

Still dumping my old VHS collection and digitizing some highlights. For anyone who still remembers the Gary Spears afternoon show era on Q107 in the late 80s, here's some video of his remote from Hawaii in 1986. Actual video from the poolside broadcast lasts only 90 seconds, at the 5:30 mark. The first half is mostly a visit to the Kilauea volcano, and the second half is a helicopter ride Gary and I chartered to see the picturesque north shore of the Big Island. -Pilot of the Airwaves (7/10/17)


If you Google "Gus in Gaithersburg," you get literally hundreds of his comments in the DCRTV Mailbag. And in almost all of them, he's attacking someone for correcting one of his mistakes. It's really pretty funny. The guy just goes ape shit over nothing. (7/10/17)

Gas in Gaithersburg wrote: "What's it like being retarded to the point of requiring 24 hour care? You just posted on a website to tell me the internet exists. The Cumulus Stock Guy passes you in his stool." Well, aren't you a vulgar old fool. Yes, I wrote to tell you the internet exists. Exactly, Captain Obvious. Because you clog up the Mailbag with a lot of moronic inquiries that could be answered in two seconds by any four-year-old using.....think about it...that's right! The internet! Anything else need 'splaining? (7/10/17)

Oh Gus again, the Stapler guy from Office space, the guy who still thinks he’s an Apple Mac expert and that Internet Explorer is still the best web browser! HAHA! (7/10/17)

Tom Taylor Now had a rather big flub in his newsletter today. In reporting the City Paper closing he referred to Times Shamrock’s sale of the City Paper to the Sun, who’s now closing it, and mentions keeping ownership of WBAL and WIYY. I think he meant ownership of 100.7 The Bay. Oops. Of course WBAL & WIYY are still owned by Hearst, who did once also own The Baltimore News American newspaper, but never the City Paper. (7/10/17)

Sunday night on WJLA 11 PM news the extended weather forecast at bottom of screen Today 87 Tonight 70 Sunday 91 no last night the next day would be Monday! (7/10/17)

Interesting DCRTV Mailbag posting on the old days at WMAL from “Pilot of the Airwaves”: “Anyone with a legacy connection to WMAL and WRQX might want to see this at least once.” Now either “Pilot of the Airwaves” and/or “Anyone with a legacy connection to WMAL and WRQX might want to” help solve the mystery or debunk the myth by CNN Fakester Jim Acosta that after graduating from James Madison University with a degree in Mass Communication (hey Dave, sounds familiar, eh?) in 1993, “he began his career” at WMAL radio in Washington, leaving in 1994 to go down the street to WTTG-TV (multiple sources including WIKI/CNN/JMU Alumni/etc.). All of this sounds not only plausible but probable: Acosta grew up in Annandale, graduated from Annandale High, and went on to work at the JMU radio station WXJM, so hearing WMAL & WTOP would be likely as well wanting to work there, but did he ever really “work” (not intern, not volunteer) at WMAL? Why does this matter? WMAL’s Chris Plante on Monday morning after reading a pedestrian story on Acosta by Paul Fahri in The Washington Post over the air seemed to question that portion of Acosta’s resume, saying “No one, but no one here remembers Acosta” even his board man who is a long, long time WMAL employee as well numerous others. Paul Fahri in the Washington Post apparently just goes along with Acosta’s standard bio, repeating “Acosta, 46, has been a prominent face at CNN for the past decade, covering the last three presidential campaigns, President Obama’s two terms and other major stories. He was a reporter at CBS News before joining CNN, and worked for TV stations in Chicago, Dallas and Knoxville before that. He started his broadcasting career as a radio reporter for WMAL-AM in Washington.” So who to believe? Does anyone out there in DCRTV/WMAL land recall ever hearing Jim Acosta on WMAL in the 1993-1994 period? Anyone “work” with him there or even remember him filling out an application? Inquiring minds as well Chris Plante want to know. More from Farhi: www.washingtonpost.com (7/10/17)

Channel 4’s 11:30 PM sports wrapup show last night included a four or five minute piece on the induction of nine new members into the DC Sports Hall of Fame (which took place at Nationals Park prior to yesterday’s game) but it was extremely disappointing that they totally froze out veteran broadcaster Ron Weber who was one of the honorees. In addition to calling Capitals games on radio for the first quarter century of that franchise’s existence, I believe he was also one of the voices of the expansion Senators back in the 60s although I wasn’t living in the area at the time – there’s definitely someone named Ron who did their games and I think it was Weber. The feature on 4 included comments by inductees Mike Nelms, Glenn Harris, Tony Kornheiser, Paul Tagliabue and Tom McMillen and it was pointed out that Katie Ledecky, Brenda Frese and Juan Dixon were unable to attend. So Weber was the only one of the nine who wasn’t even accorded the dignity of a mention on the piece and WRC-4 should be deeply ashamed about this puzzling and unforgivable oversight. (7/10/17)

Re: "Hey Dave in this era of fake news, DCRTV Mailbag, and Donald Trump on has to wonder whatever became of 'The Onion'. Gus in the Gaithersburg " The Onion has an incredibly popular website. Time to step out of the 19th century, Gus. Maybe make yourself familiar with www.google.com, another popular website you might have heard the kids talking about, where you can get answers to simple questions." What's it like being retarded to the point of requiring 24 hour care? You just posted on a website to tell me the internet exists. The Cumulus Stock Guy passes you in his stool. Gus in the Gaithersburg (7/10/17)

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RE: "Scott's ignorance makes me physically ill...!!!" Well, JSS is still #1 with men in the morning and usually a top 3 morning show in Baltimore. So, evidently you being so sensitive to what he watches and does not watch does not translate to the rest of the market. You might need some blood pressure meds. (7/9/17)

Whatever happened to Andy Parks and Fred Grandy? The last time that I heard them was on WTNT 730 AM doing the morning show (7/9/17)

The WSJ says PMSNBC is surging while FNC maintains overall lead in ratings, with Rachel Maddow being a main reason for surge: “Still, the landscape has shifted. Ratings for all three cable networks are up substantially from before the presidential election cycle, but MSNBC is enjoying the most sustained growth, with liberal audiences hungry for a critical point of view on the Trump administration. Its viewership among those 25 to 54 grew 72% year-over-year in the quarter that ended in June, narrowing the gap with Fox News considerably. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow’s show is No. 1 overall on cable in total viewers and in the key demographic.” More: www.wsj.com (7/9/17)

Love Rebound School 101: So, did Patton Oswalt go to the Don Geronimo/Mike Sorce 'marry the first woman you date within a year or so after your previous long-term wife dies' Love Rebound School? (7/9/17)

Some FCC notes: Just noticed that the FCC has not approved WLXE AM 1600’s Special Temporary Authority Request from a month ago. June 12 and they filed for the extension on June 13 as far as the Status Date, a day late. Is the FCC fed up with them? They’ve not been operating as licensed for how long now? Is this “Dog Ate My Tower” excuse going to continue under the relaxed Trump FCC? I mean they’re not even trying to find a location. They’re practically admitting it. In other FCC craziness, I did not notice the NIMBYs from Damascus still holding a grudge against Birach Broadcasting. Just like The Living Dead, they arose from the corporate NIMBY grave to re-certify their corporation to sue Birach all over again for their new application for a 50kw WDMV AM 700 from the current tower location, which is not even in Damascus. While the FCC cited Birach for one FCC violation, a minor fine, they faulted the Damascus resident corporation for disingenuous behavior and false claims. So beware, apparently Trump is not NIMBY friendly. fcc.gov (7/9/17)

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RE: “RE Eclipse possible effect on sky waves: interesting question! The stripe of ionosphere under the eclipse will probably revert to its night time properties but it will be such a brief time and over such a limited area that I doubt it will produce anything notable. I'd like to discover I'm wrong! I'm planning on being at "ground zero" near Hopkinsville, KY. -P of the AW (7/8/17)” You mean “Eclipseville”: www.eclipseville.com (7/8/17)

Anyone with a legacy connection to WMAL and WRQX might want to see this at least once. It's Part 1 of an attempt to reduce my shelf of old VHS tapes down to something watchable. If you've never had a connection to these stations, you'll tire quickly. I promise not to take it personally. -Pilot of the Airwaves (7/8/17)


We hear that Red Zebra is going to sell WTEM 980 AM. What are they asking for it? It has good daytime coverage but very poor coverage at night in Northern Virginia. (7/8/17)

Hey Dave we know that like WMAL’s Mary Walter you’re a “Jersey Girl” at heart so maybe you will get a kick out of hearing that NY’s “Sister Station” to WJFK The Fan, WFAN 660 AM (both CBS) is auditioning soon to be former NJ Governor Chris “Krispy Kreme” Christie next week. So you might even be able to pick up WFAN 660 in Delaware on a clear night to tune into the governor: www.northjersey.com (7/8/17)

WMAL talker and best-selling author Mark “The Pit Bull” Levin will be at Tysons Corners Barnes & Noble, Saturday, July 8th at 10:00AM to sign copies of his book, “Rediscovering Americanism”. DCRTV will be there to interview attendees and maybe even Mark for the next “Dave TV”: www.wmal.com (7/8/17)

The Stock Market is UP......However, the Radio Stocks are not doing well. Cumulus is selling at just 46 cents per share and iHeart is at just $1.51 per share. Investors are not buying these stocks. Both companies have MASSIVE DEBTS. Their lenders are not happy. If they are forced into bankruptcy this will hurt the price of all radio stations. All of their assets are pledged as collateral on their debt. (7/8/17)

Breaking news for the DCRTV Mailbag: WMAL finally has a co-host for Mary Walters & Mournings on the Mauled! Bob Romanik of KQQZ 1190 AM : www.washingtonpost.com (7/8/17)

It appears the WMAL (AM) move is inching closer. Has anyone visited the Black Rock Road location lately? www.kintronic.com (7/8/17)

RE Eclipse possible effect on sky waves: interesting question! The stripe of ionosphere under the eclipse will probably revert to its night time properties but it will be such a brief time and over such a limited area that I doubt it will produce anything notable. I'd like to discover I'm wrong! I'm planning on being at "ground zero" near Hopkinsville, KY. -P of the AW (7/8/17)

Looks like former WPGC Good Guy, Harv Moore "The Boy Next Door," is on the ray-dee-oh again. I wonder if the station streams online? It'd be fun to hear Harv again. buffalonews.com (7/8/17)

"Scott's ignorance makes me physically ill...!!!" You listen until you are physically ill instead of switching to something you find more pleasing. So who really is the dipshit here??? (7/8/17)

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How STUPID is that "Scott" Readon on the JSS (98 Rock Baltimore) morning show...? Scott is so IGNORANT & STUPID when it comes to any talks about: News, Current Events, World Events...and anything to related to Current Pop Culture, current TV shows and Movies. His IGNORANCE makes my hair hurt!!! (I am a US Veteran, with a college degree...and I know more about "National Security/Foreign Affairs" and even pop culture than anyone on JSS) That a#%-hat Scott admitted on air this morning he has never seen the movie "Deadpool"(2016)...How the F#&K does someone who works as a radio morning host get away with never watching current movies, TV shows or even knowing what is going on in the World...?!?! Scott's ignorance makes me physically ill...!!! (7/7/17)

It appears that both WBOC and WMDT have submitted application changes to their respective translator stations in Delaware. WMDT’s WEVD-LP, first relocated to channel 3 digital from 27 analog has submitted a reduced power application specifically for Dover, DE as opposed to the recent one in northern DE, that would have hit some of the Philadelphia suburbs & Wilmington, DE. Possibly ABC had something to say about that ambitious proposal to cover northern Delaware? Also, WBOC’s new W42EI channel 42 has reduced its power to 9.1 kw from 12 kw. Since channel 42 will be taken away soon, it’s not clear where this station will end up. This is supposed to relay WBOC CBS and FOX 21 better to the Delaware beaches (although there was a short-lived application to move it to Salisbury). (7/7/17)

Are we finally done here? Gregg "Opie" Hughes was fired from Sirius XM yesterday for allegedly filming someone in the bathroom. Nice! Remember the "virus"? Remember Sex for Sam? Remember the homeless shopping spree? remember the underage girls? Remember the raid of idiots on a Red Cross blood drive? Remember the feud with Howard Stern? Remember the feud with Mel K? Remember the awkward and stupid walks in the morning down to KRock's studios? Remember Jeremy Coleman signing O&A to afternoon drive over Don and Mike? Remember the dead mayor reports? Remember, even Donald Trump called O&A "idiots"? Bye Bye Opie, you will not be missed. Do me a favor though, Ope, don't OD after this firing like you did last time..OK? (7/7/17)

Larry O'Connor's BFF, "Conservative," size 14 wearing, Christian values toting, pistol packing, anti-wordsmith, bottled Tennessee blonde, Scottie Nell Hughes, filed suit against her non-employer, Fox Business, after she tried to sleep her way into a job by bumping uglies for three years with a married FBC Host. Larry will have an exclusive interview this afternoon with Scottie to talk about if Charles Payne got off on, or was legitimately scared, when Scottie wore her holster and loaded S&W under her XXL Make America Great Again pink nightshirt, while swiggin' bottles of JD and dancing on the hotel bed to Lynyrd Skynyrd. As Garrett Morris referenced, was an old car antenna used to whip that big ass? I mead buttocks, not Scottie as a whole. (7/7/17)

"Problem solved, should be able to get 'AM gems' via your teeth while wearing [a tinfoil hat]" Hahaha, good one. See you at the Mensa meeting. (7/7/17)

While DCW50 News at 10 used to be great, with an excellent single news reader and no chitchat, they've certainly gone downhill with the addition of a redundant second news reader--one who has trouble speaking and couldn't manage to get "implementation" right tonight, despite three attempts. (7/7/17)

Dave, I don’t listen to Doc Walker’s radio show much due to my work schedule amongst other things. I have tuned in a couple of times in recent weeks and his voice sounds very different from the past. Are you aware of any reason for this? Keep up the good work. Thanks Jeff (7/7/17)

RE DCRTV MAILBAG POST: “Hey engineer dudes... with a solar eclipse in coming August, will there be any effect on AM skywave during the event? Several powerful stations will be in the path of totality, so will the temporary blocking of the sun have any influence on what AM gems can be heard here in DC? (7/6/17)” No worries “engineer dudes”, problem solved, should be able to get “AM gems” via your teeth while wearing: www.youtube.com (7/17/17)

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Hey engineer dudes... with a solar eclipse in coming August, will there be any effect on AM skywave during the event? Several powerful stations will be in the path of totality, so will the temporary blocking of the sun have any influence on what AM gems can be heard here in DC? (7/6/17)

After nearly six months on the job, you may have noticed something rather striking about Donald Trump. It is not an understatement in assessing things to note that he possesses all the humor, wit, style, verve & panache that you might expect to find in a rotting turnip. This was not always the case with the U.S. President. Don't believe me? Take about 20 minutes to listen to this speech by John F. Kennedy before The American Newspaper Publishers Association gathering on April 27, 1961. JFK's address, "The President and the Press," is an excellent example of how thoughtful & intelligent a president can be & not once did he find it necessary to allow the phrase "fake news" to pass his lips. www.nydailynews.com (7/6/17)

Re: "Hey Dave in this era of fake news, DCRTV Mailbag, and Donald Trump on has to wonder whatever became of 'The Onion'. Gus in the Gaithersburg " The Onion has an incredibly popular website. Time to step out of the 19th century, Gus. Maybe make yourself familiar with www.google.com, another popular website you might have heard the kids talking about, where you can get answers to simple questions. (7/6/17)

Re: Michael Pack-BBG ... FAKE NEWS! Perhaps the previous poster will share the source of this (dis)information. Although this appointment has been rumored for several weeks, there has been no such announcement. Both the White House & BBG websites have been silent on this matter. (7/6/17)

WMAL talker and DCRTVDJDAVE favorite Chris Plante is profiled by The American Spectator and touted as the future of conservative talk radio and heir apparent to Rush Limbaugh. That might mean a considerable weight gain by Chris, having to marry & divorce “Number One Girl” four times, and move to Florida to fill those shoes: spectator.org (7/6/17)

Please see the website for WVTF Public Radio (wvtf.org). It says “On July 10th, WVTF will become WVTF Music and RADIO IQ will be our sole news service.” Thanks. (7/6/17)

When is The Washington Post going to write that Jared Kushner has an investment in 105.5 FM? — Newspaper Dies in Darkness (7/6/17)

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On the Rouse and Company show today, Steve announced that the top-of-the hour newscast, a local production from the “Maryland News Network”, was being cut. Also, Drew Forrester’s sports update was moved from 3 minutes after the hour to 20 after. I assume this was a cost-cutting move. Ian in Baltimore (7/5/17)

WBOC has filed another application for channel 42. Oddly it appears to be a post transition repack type application. I assume this is to notify the FCC that they intend to file for a post transition allocation since channel 42 will be gone in the repack. No word yet on what WMDT is doing with their LPTV WGDV channel 32, which is also slated to be taken by WBOC in the post transition. WBOC’s current plan for channel 42 is to use the WXDE 105.9 tower west of Rehoboth DE. I believe in order for WBOC to file for a displaced channel application, they will have to get the station on the air. It currently is not. However WMDT’s WGDV 32 with Bounce and LAFF and Azteca is already on air, so they automatically qualify. (7/5/17)

I have found, as others have suggested, Hagerstown's WDVM-25 (formerly WHAG-TV) on Montgomery County FiOS's Channel 31. It is in SD on FiOS but it is a 16:9 display with excellent 5.1-Surround sound. The station's news operation seems much more like a modern station than it did a few years ago, mostly in the equipment the staff has; the news people were always good at what they did, they just seemed to not have the latest editing and equipment capabilities. Knowing that the staff is usually new to the profession (helped along, of course, by their senior weatherman, Lou Scalley and the behind-the-scenes people), they do really, really well; The 10:00 PM news seems to be 100% regional, not a drop of national or international news, which is quite a pleasant change, and unlike the DC and Balto stations, the local news is a lot more than fires and murders. And, as usual, the female anchor is stunning (they always are, no matter how often the anchors change as they move up in the TV universe). With all their hours of news every day + Gunsmoke reruns, they are close to the perfect small-town independent TV station. (And, no, I have no connection to them, I was just pleasantly surprised watching their news the last few nights) -- Carl in Olney (7/5/17)

Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) has a new CEO appointed by the White House. It's Michael Pack, a documentary filmmaker and former exec at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). The BBG controls Voice of America and Radio Free Europe. (7/5/17)

What is Radio Sputnik? This is the former "VOICE OF RUSSIA". It is a Russian News Agency that just leased WKYS HD Channel and John Garziglia's Translator 105.5 FM in Bethesda. Are Urban One and Garziglia operating in the Public Interest? The FM Translator 105.5 was carrying the Bluegrass/Country Format until 7/1/17. Do we really want to hear Russian Propaganda in our Nation's Capital? (7/5/17)

It is time to drain the swamp at the FCC. Mignon Clyburn has served eight years on the FCC. Her term expired on 6/30/17. She announced on 6/30/17 that she would continue to serve on the FCC until President Trump appoints a replacement. It is time for some new thinking at the FCC. (7/5/17)

"There is a new person in charge of enforcement at the FCC. Perhaps she will do something about [TV channel 6]. Does the FCC care?" Have you filed a complaint with them? Posting to this page is fine, but don't you think you'd get more traction if you groused to the folks who matter? (7/5/17)

Oh man, those Long Roofing TV commercials with the talking shingles... "Are you shingling me?" "Holy shingles!" "That scared the shingles out of us!" I'm waiting for, "you got shingles for brains?", or "aah, you're fulla shingles!" Actually, if I looked up at my roof and saw the shingles talking to each other, I'd be in detox and rehab within the hour. (7/5/17)

WMET-TV: In the summer of 1969, my sister and I attended a taping of the John Sterling talk show at the former Avalon Theatre. Sterling was a radio talk show host on WCBM-680 for several years starting around 1964,and he was also the host of a morning TV talk show on WJZ-13. Sterling went on to much greater fame as the longtime play-by-play announcer for the New York Yankees. WMET asked viewers to request seats in the audience, and so we did. We were the ONLY people in the studio audience that day, and we had front-row seats. As a high-school media fanatic, I wanted to see a local TV production, and WMET as a relatively-new UHF station attempting local programming sounded promising, I cannot recall Sterling's guest or topic, and I am not sure if it was a two- or three-camera production. I do recall being surprised to see a production crew of extremely young people, all of whom were pleasant and friendly, as was Sterling himself. The taping occured in the early afternoon, and I believe the program was broadcast a day or two later. The young staff clearly performed multiple duties, and I believe at least one of the cameras was locked into place. And finally, despite WMET's low power for the analogue era, we received a steady but snowy picture on 24 at our home in Carroll County MD, about 24 air miles from the transmitter. We used a corner-reflector UHF antenna mounted about 20 feet above the relatively-high ground of our location. It is good to hear again from John Maxian, Gary Michaels and Ed Graham. Thank you. (7/5/17)

TV Channel 6, the Low Power Television Stations, are still operating as analog television stations. If they don't convert to HDTV Channels,, they should turn in their license now. They are still operating as FM Radio Stations on their audio analog frequency 87.7 FM. They have never operated as a Television Station as intended. There is a new person in charge of enforcement at the FCC. Perhaps she will do something about it. Does the FCC care? (7/5/17)

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In the Baltimore Sun radio listings from the early 60's to the mid sixties there is a billy Foxx listed as a deejay on WWIN and a Billy Foxx listed as a deejay on WSID. Can I assume they are the same person? (7/4/17)

WUTB 24 moving to WNUV CW 54 not even NEWS Dave? Just curious why you ignored it. SBG announced it. It’s on Rabbitears. Same thing with HBO’s John Oliver attacking Sinclair? Have a Happy July 4th! (7/4/17)

Dave's response: WUTB will be sharing spectrum space with WNUV? Didn't we already know this? Cable viewers won't be affected and the small cadre of antenna viewers will still get WUTB on channel "24." It's largely a technical issue that doesn't have an impact on any TV viewers.....

The always cheerful local penny saver, The Bezo Post, has their annual scare story illustrating how dangerous it is to be stupid enough to actually hold fireworks in your hands. Although Darwinian theory should rule, that is, such acts help cull the hopelessly stupid from our population, because even stupid people have a right to live, we (government & The Washington Post) need to warn them no to be stupid. I say let them explode and let Allah sort them out! The grizzly header says it all: “The government’s annual mannequin murders, ranked”. Warning! Some images of exploding mannequins may be humorous: www.washingtonpost.com (7/4/17)

I have noticed these past couple of weeks, especially today, that the Washington Post has lost some more of its Washington-ness. There has been no daily listing of Folklife Festival events at all (which has been in the newspaper since it started in 1969), and barely even a mention of it all week. For today (7/4), the paper says the Mall opens at 10 AM and has a very few special security entrances; what it really means is the part of the Mall west of 15th St and east of 3rd (and NOT near the Museums) was closed overnight and re-opens with a large number of security entrances, but none are needed near the Smithsonian Museum which has no special perimeter. It also says that the Folklife Festival is between 3rd and 4th, while the map accurately shows that it is between 7th and 12th. It is also stated that the Smithsonian Station is "enter-only" after 9 PM, and in truth only the Mall entrance, but not the Independence Avenue entrance, is "enter-only". Finally, it states that all Metro service is every 12 minutes before 6 PM, but the Red Line is every 6 minutes between Silver Spring and Shady Grove before 6 PM. But the lack of info about the Folklife Festival stings the most. -- Carl in Olney (7/4/17)

Why is Urban One leasing their WKYS HD Channel to the Russian Government to spread their propaganda? HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA! I thought the HD Channels were designed to give FM Stations more diversity in programming. Urban One claims to be America's largest minority broadcasting company. (7/4/17)

BREAKING: GOODBYE WUTB. My 24 to disappear sooner rather than later. Sinclair Broadcasting Group has announced its channel sharing agreement for its Baltimore station, WUTB My 24, and a revised over the air channel lineup for its Baltimore stations, WBFF Fox 45 and WNUV 54. So My TV is not going away, but WUTB channel 24 is in its current form (more on that later). My TV will now be on a sub-channel of WNUV 54. It will not be in HD, at least not yet. And, at least temporarily, GRIT and CHARGE! will be gone in Baltimore until ATSC 3.0. Here's the new SBG channel lineups. The RF channels will not change until the FCC Repack schedule allows, but the programming will change very soon. 54-1 25.3 720p WNUV-HD CW... 54-2 25.4 480i MyTV (WUTB soon)... 54-3 25.5 480i (w) American Sports Network (Soon)... 45-1 26.3 720p FOX 45... 45-2 26.4 480i (w) Comet TV (Soon)... 45-3 26.5 480i This TV... 45-4 26.6 480i Antenna TV (Soon)... — BaltoMedia.Net (7/4/17)

HBO's John Oliver this week harshly slams Baltimore based Sinclair Broadcasting, soon to be the largest local TV station ownership group in the country after its purchase of Tribune Media, with stations in most major TV markets to add to its small, medium, and large market stations it already owns. Recent FCC changes have allowed it to continue to expand and buy more stations... youtu.be -- BaltoMedia.net (7/4/17)

To all those supporters of WDCN, LPTV Channel 6, AKA FM 87.7: The FCC has already begun the process of deleting the analog signals of stations. I noticed just recently that WMJF channel 16, Towson was deleted by the FCC this month. There is no way of knowing if the current owner of it requested the deletion, but I suspect it’s the beginning of deleting analog LPTVs selectively at first, since there are probably more than a thousand to delete to clear up the TV band from 2-36 for the repack. (7/4/17)

What will 47 cents buy you today? It won't buy you a candy bar but it will buy you one share of Cumulus Stock! What will $1.65 buy you today? I won't buy a cup of coffee but it will buy you one share of iHeart Stock! How long will it be before both of these companies go into bankruptcy? If they are forced to sell off their assets to pay off their lenders, this will hurt the entire radio industry. We don't need a "Fire Sale" on the price of radio stations. (7/4/17)

Kudos to WMAL’s Larry O’Connor for having a sub host today for TLOS who is how I like my coffee: strong and black! Stacy Washington of “Stacy on the Right” fame is great: stacyontheright.com (7/4/17)

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A company called ONE Media 3.0 LLC has filed a Distributed Transmission Service full power TV experimental application for channel 41, WUTB My 24's RF channel, so it looks like WUTB My 24 is going off the air sooner rather than later. No confirmation of whether this is a subsidiary of Sinclair or they're invested in it, but the details appear to suggest that. The permit calls for simultaneous and overlapping signals from the Catonsville tower of WUTB 24 and from WRC 4's tower in DC (see pic below). Presumably, this is for testing Web IP services via ATSC 3.0, which is part of the standards of the new TV system and interference issues related to it. -- BaltoMedia.Net (7/3/17)


The Onion went purely digital a few years ago and I think is still floating around, a worthy lineal successor to the National Lampoon. Being prior military, I enjoy the Onion inspired military satirical sites Duffel Blog and Terminal Lance. There's a lot of talented wit out there, if you know where to look...Genghis Cohen, glad somebody is pushing back against the smarmy opinion makers, in newly belligerent Prince William County (7/3/17)

Hey Dave in this era of fake news, DCRTV Mailbag, and Donald Trump on has to wonder whatever became of “The Onion”. Gus in the Gaithersburg (7/3/17)

Just saw a promo for a new newscast show coming to Fox5's "Fox 5 Plus" network at 8pm offering "more Sue, more Tony and more Shawn". Considering all of the other shows that are on during that hour, what possibly could Fox5 contribute that's different enough to compete with that prime time spot? (7/3/17)

And now, the DX report from the Oval Office: Bzzzzzzzzzt. It is, based on this photograph: businessinsider.com ~~ That looks like the Cisco 8811 VoIP phone I was just issued at my workplace. Unlike the Avaya phone it replaced, the Cisco phone is connected to the Ethernet. With the Avaya phone, I could barely hear WTOP, if I swiveled the rod antenna on my Magnavox AE3805 just right. Other portable AM-FM and often SW radios exhibited similar performance. Now, the noise generated by the Cisco phone swamps the FM band. I haven't tried AM, but I suspect it won't be any better. The Cisco phone was probably chosen for the Oval Office on the grounds that it would render useless any Russian-placed listening device. Or was it, comrade? ~~ Blair in Alexandria. (7/3/17)

Looks like Channel 9 has dropped “Game On,” their Sunday night sports highlights show. (7/3/17)

I am really enjoying Andy and Thom in for the Junks this am sipping my coffee. Great idea by CK. I also really enjoy their Sat. AM work. I wish they would add it to their podcast list. OOBBEE (7/3/17)

Two WBAL traffic reporters ended up as anchors Jennifer Franciotti now reports news & anchors weekend mornings. Sarah Caldwell who just left anchored the noon news. (7/3/17)

DCRTV Mailbaggers should know that the Trump vs. “The Media” war is great for business, with PMSNBC/CNN/FNC and network news shows racking up record ratings. No word on conservative talk radio. The Hill reports: thehill.com (7/3/17)

DCRTVDJDAVE will be heartbroken to know about the one that got away: “Radio host Tommy McFly and Chrys Kefalas tie the knot with Baltimore nupitals”. According to “The Reliable Source” the “Ryan Seacrest” of D.C. radio, aka Tommy McFly, is officially a married man. “McFly, the 31-year-old host of 94.7 Fresh FM’s “The Tommy Show” and beau Chrys Kefalas, a 37-year-old communications executive and political figure, tied the knot Saturday at the Sagamore Pendry Baltimore.” The Washington Post reports: www.washingtonpost.com (7/3/17)

Hey Dave in this era of fake news, DCRTV Mailbag, and Donald Trump on has to wonder whatever became of “The Onion”. I used to enjoy picking up a copy of the print Onion at the metro stations when I used to commute by rail. I can only assume it is only online now. It was fake news, it was funny and everyone knew it was fake news. (6/3/17)

What has happened to 98Rock's signal over the last month? Much harder to pickup in Northern Virginia than before... Summer time . FM signals get more interference this time of year. An atmospheric thing. (6/3/17)

Re: BTW, what kind of training does one need to become a traffic reporter? Maybe the ability to read a teleprompter and the pronunciation of the streets in that city? FYI - From my experience Traffic/Weather people are 100% adlibbing. At my station we actually turn off the promoter when they're on air so it doesn't distract them. Teleprompter is only for in studio reporters and anchors. (7/3/17)

"Is there any other town besides the DC market where the traffic reporter is used as a foot in the door to eventually landing an anchor job." Of course there is but you expect your mommy to give you the answer instead of researching it. Sounds like someone's looking back in bitterness at decades of being beaten out by folks who made the slightest bit of effort. "the black guy on channel 9 on weekends, etc." laugh at you. Gus in the Gaithersburg (7/3/17)

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update: had to reboot set top box by unplugging and plugging back in, MeTV able to be tuned on 489. Lee in Capitol Heights. (7/2/17)

Re: no guide data for MeTV, I know that in DC, it's listed on my screen guide and I've been able to program it as a "favorites". (7/2/17)

Yeah, you're right. Angie Goff wasn't a traffic reporter (original poster here). For some reason it seemed like she was. As far as reading a teleprompter being a job requirement for the anchor desk, it took Tony Perkins a looooooooooooooong time to get that down on Channel 5 but he's definitely gotten better over the years. However, the son of Steve Douchie on the Fox News Network still can't read off of one worth a darn after all these years #nepotism. (7/2/17)

Not sure is LPFMer WMMP in Bowie will ever be built... While surfing through the FCC files I noticed the FCC's grant of an additional 18 month extension was returned to FCC HQs in October as a return-to-sender-unable-to-forward correspondence: fcc.gov... TK in Odenton (7/2/17)

As we approach the 4th of July, to celebrate the birth of our nation, I hate to see Urban One carry the Russian Propaganda News Channel on WKYS HD3 and John Garziglia's Translator 105.5 FM Carry this Russian News....RADIO SPUTNIK. We have free speech in this country but some people and companies will do anything for money. (7/2/17)

Are Radio Stocks a good investment? Why do they continue to drop in price when the stock market is at an all time high? As one poster said before, "the DEBT is the DEMON". Let's look at how the radio stocks are doing now. Urban One $2.15, Cumulus $0.45 and iHeart at $1.65. SAD! (7/2/17)

Re: Just noticed MeTV on FiOS (finally!) on channel 489. No guide data, yet (or even mention of the channel in the program guide). You have to manually tune to the channel. Also, I saw a billboard with WDVM branding, today on a Ride On bus, so that was a fast re-branding. Sincerely, Mike in Kensington opposite problem now, guide information is available but when I turn to the channel directly it goes to 486. When I try through the guide it says unable to tune to this channel. Lee in Capitol Heights. (7/2/17)

Speaking of traffic reporters becoming anchors, if I remember correctly, Holly Morris' first gig at Fox5 was as a traffic reporter. Didn't know Angie Goff was a traffic reporter. And let's not forget about the weather people such as Tony Perkins who became an anchor. BTW, what kind of training does one need to become a traffic reporter? Maybe the ability to read a teleprompter and the pronunciation of the streets in that city? (7/2/17)

Hey Dave in this era of fake news, DCRTV Mailbag, and Donald Trump on has to wonder whatever became of “The Onion”. Do you remember “The Onion”, did you model the DCRTV Mailbag after it, and do you like onions? I checked out “The Onion” and thought I was viewing “The Drudge Report”: www.theonion.com (7/2/17)

"Hey Baltimore, have ya heard? I'm doing my morning show... at night!" - Bones (7/2/17)

Ed Graham, thanks for the kind words. I would still be working at 66 years of age, but striving to produce a quality product while dealing with management only interested in the bottom line was going to kill me. I turned in my RE-20 for tomato plants over 6 years ago. Funny what today’s radio folks think personality and entertaining is. Gary Much More Music Michaels/ tending tomatoes and a large bottle of Jameson. (7/2/17)

Is there any other town besides the DC market where the traffic reporter is used as a foot in the door to eventually landing an anchor job. Examples of this are Amy Roadblock (then went on to NBC and ABC), Angie Golfballs, Lauren DeMarco, the one on channel 5 that is banging the producer, the failed attempt by the Gridlock Goddess, the black guy on channel 9 on weekends, etc. (7/2/17)

The WDCW CW 50 tower is over 100 foot taller than any other TV tower in the DC area, both in tower height and above average terrain. There is very little difference in the Longley-Rice signal contour in Alexandria, VA vs. WRC 4. WDCW 50’s advantage is in that it adds a strong signal to Bowie and the PG/Howard County border, and covers Annapolis very strongly which the other DC channels do not, but which of course is technically in the Baltimore market (for that obvious technical reason), but has tons of more Washingtonian people now than Bawlamoreans. The DC market has the terrible problem that all of the major stations could not get together to successfully build a huge tower or tower farm like in Baltimore’s Television Hill and most major markets like Philadelphia (Roxborough) & New York City (Empire & Freedom towers). I wouldn’t be surprised if Sinclair does something about this. WBFF Fox 45’s tower is 450 feet taller than the height of WJLA 7’s tower & even taller than the TV Hill candelabra tower. Sinclair loves outer conservative suburban viewers in growing areas. (7/2/17)

Salisbury’s WRDE 31 NBC Coast TV, which is facing losing its TV channel on 31 due to the repack, has been approved for a permit on channel 19, a channel which is not affected by the Great TV Repack of 2017. The new channel is named WRUE TV 19. I expect they can switch that after the cut-off of channel 31. It’s hard to imagine that they could modify their signal to stay on channel 31 when WMPT Annapolis moves there with a signal that will clearly cross the bay significantly. But the good news is that the FCC has approved this move, and WRDE's only last step is to send official notification of consummation within 30 days, July 22, and the construction permit of Channel 19 Salisbury, MD will begin. I assume they’ll have 3 years to complete, but they’ll need to do it sooner than that since they will lose channel 31 before then. Other LPTV Stations are in far worse shape. They can’t even apply for a new channel until early January 2018. WRDE is way ahead of the game. —BaltoMedia.Net (7/2/17)

From the FCC, The Benedictine Society has apparently won complete control of WVTO FM 92.7 in Baltimore. Competing timeshare competition failed to respond to the FCC or complete any construction so their permits have been cancelled. Additionally, not mentioned in the FCC records, but on The Tom Taylor Now newsletter, is that Johns Hopkins has reached a deal with The Benedictine Society to program parts of the schedule. WVTO-LP is a low power FM radio station now on the air. Another competitor however was, ironically Loyola University in Baltimore, another Catholic organization. It's unclear why those two could not arrange a deal, but nonetheless interesting. A Catholic organization previously owned AM 1570, then WTOW Towson before going broke, leading to the ultimate creation of WNST 1570, so who knows where this will go? -- BaltoMedia.net (7/2/17)

Here is what The ESTEEMED Washington Post didn’t tell you about the VERIZON/YAHHO purchase. This has gone widely unnoticed by any media, local or national. Now that Verizon has bought Yahoo, the first thing they’ve done is cancel ALL VERIZON related YAHOO accounts associated with former Verizon DSL accounts. I only know this because my Mom’s long running Verizon/Yahoo account associated with her Facebook account all got DITCHED in one fell swoop. Now Yahoo offers FREE EMAIL publicly. And Verizon had previously used Yahoo for email even before the merger/buyout. So how is this not a violation of terms of service or actionable legally? There might be 100,000+ people or more that moved from DSL High Speed to Comcast because FIOS is simply not available. And yes, I checked, my old Verizon/Yahoo account is also toast, but I’d just never noticed. I wonder how many people are affected by this? If you’re an elderly person or single email person that uses just 1 email for everything, you are a possibly victim of this. Someone please check into this. (7/2/17)

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Interesting how MeTV just popped up on FIOS with no announcement. Only way I knew it was back on FIOS was reading it on this message board! (7/1/17)

Just a few notes...Gary Michaels, retired. Always like you on the air, now you're retired. Hard to imagine. I had a lot of friends that worked in the old movie house. Shame that kind of "training" is not possible now. | WTOP popping up as #2 way too often. Look for a few #3s in the next year. | Can't believe How trashy our president is .Frank Sinatra made a short film in 1944 about prejudice, it's also about America. "The House I Live in" which he included in all his concerts for over 40 years. Hope The Donald hears this www.youtube.com ... That's America to me. Ed Graham (7/1/17)

What do President Trump and DCRTVDJDAVE have in common? Well, they both hate COMCAST! Trump lashes out at COMCAST and blames it’s lefty leaning politics for the firing of Greta Van Susteren, even “Joe and Mika” for turning on him. The Washington Post reports: www.washingtonpost.com (7/1/17)

What has happened to 98Rock's signal over the last month? Much harder to pickup in Northern Virginia than before. (7/1/17)

I am surprised that Urban One/Radio One would lease their WKYS HD Channel to the Russian Government Sputnik News Agency. They are the largest ethnic owned radio group in the USA. Using their Radio Station to spread Russian Propaganda is NOT a smart move. John Garziglia, who owns the Translator 105.5 FM, is a FCC Communications Attorney. I would rather hear Bluegrass/Country than Russian News. Does Garziglia need the money that much? (7/1/17)

Dave's response: Before I left Reston in early May, I often saw some Russian "agents" at the South Lakes Starbucks. Maybe they were working to "influence" Mr. Garziglia, who lives in Reston, to put Radio Sputnik on his signal. Maybe in exchange for a dacha on the Volga?

I watched WMET-TV quite a bit when I was a kid in the late 60s. We didn't need color or computer graphics back then. :) I can't help but wonder if, with better equipment and reception, they could have been more successful. The arrival of WBFF in 1971 probably didn't help either. A trivia question- what song was played with that WMET station ID slide? (7/1/17)

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