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According to a reliable source WDCW has applied for channel sharing------with WFDC. That surprised me somewhat and I suspect that some subchanels will go into limbo until ATSC 3.0 comes along. (8/31/17)

Good Morning World: the episode airing this Saturday morning at 8:30 ET on Antenna TV is the one with Johnny Holliday as a guest (“The Voice of the Turtle is Better Than Mine”). (8/31/17)

This talk about WNVC and WPMT turning in their license or whatever had me thinking. Are there any stations in Hampton Roads, Richmond or Roanoke doing the same thing ?? (8/31/17)

To Gus in G'burg: Equivocate much? Let's go 10, 20 years to find various examples of things Bill Hess has allowed to go on under his watch for so long. But hey, you have to admit, listening to WMAL, Bill Hess was advocating white supremacy long before Trump made it cool. (8/31/17)

Hey Dave: “In a sense, my daughter was just there to look beautiful (at least everyone we know thought she looked beautiful). I don't know if it was done at WPXI (the NBC station) or at a private location” Ask Carl if his daughter is the hottie on the right in moment 7:45: www.youtube.com (8/31/17)

"And that is not ficticous [sic but typos happen] like the Green Acres school." If you'd looked at the WaPo article the poster linked to you'd have seen that Green Acres is indeed a real school. If "shove it" offends you, then maybe radio is not for you, but I say if it's good enough for John Kerry's wife...So can we only compare African Americans to Mugabe or Amin? That strikes me as racist. If comparing people to Hitler is good enough for Candidate Clinton... Gus in the Gaithersburg (8/31/17)

DCRTVDJDAVE favorite Larry “Broadway” O’Connor could be his date at an advance screening of “American Assassin” at the AMC Gallerie in Friendship Heights (a block from WMAL) if Dave would only enter a contest to win two tickets for the September 7th showing. Dave could bring Bill Hess and make it a threesome! If DCRTV fans would enter the contest and win they could donate the tickets to Dave. Enter here: www.wmal.com (8/31/17)

Dave: Good morning. I read you everyday. Thanks. I wrote to you about 4 weeks ago about ESPN 980 selling their signal, 94.3, to another station. We live in Gainesville, VA, near the intersection of I-66 and Route 29 in Heritage Hunt. The strength of the 8980 signal is very weak and sometimes I am unable to turn in. I have sent emails to the station management and two oft radio shows, The Locker Room and Bram Weinstein, about the weakest of their signal. Please advise if you have a working phone number so that I can reach out to management and complain about their weak signal. I tried the phone number of their web site to no avail. I know now why the The Skins games are broadcast on WMAL. Their signal on both AM and FM are very strong in our area. Thank you. Bill, Gainesville, VA (8/31/17)

Yesterday, MSNBC ran excerpts all evening from a Focus Group run by a Democratic pollster of 6 Donald Trump voters and 6 Hillary Clinton voters; its emphasis in the excerpts was all the negative statements Trump voters had about the President. Interestingly, the words "Democratic pollster" were said exactly once. More interestingly, it was about 3 minutes of a two-hour focus group in which much, much more was said. It turns out my daughter ("Erica in PGH"), a Hillary Clinton voter, was part of the focus group. I don't know how they found her; she had two telephone interviews beforehand, spoke a lot during the focus group, and they had one phrase she said on the excerpts. I wonder what they asked Trump voters to screen out the ones they didn't want; it was clear that the goal was to get Trump voters to show disappointment in or outrage at the President. How did they not get even one person who liked him a little? I'm just asking questions. My daughter had more measured opinions about him than his "disappointed voters". I guess all news/opinion cable stations do this skewed "focus group" stuff nowadays, but it sure made me just a bit more cynical. Even Mrs. Olney, a Clinton voter, thought it was skewed compared to what really went on (based on our daughter's synopsis). In a sense, my daughter was just there to look beautiful (at least everyone we know thought she looked beautiful). I don't know if it was done at WPXI (the NBC station) or at a private location. -- Carl in Olney (8/31/17)

Therw was a question about channel sharing and whether a sattion doing so needs to surrender their license. The answer is no. here is a layman's guide to how channel sharing works www.tvtechnology.com... it also touches on subjects like changing the community of license etc. (8/31/17)

"No word on whether the school will ban listening to WMAL because it carries REDSKINS games". I think the kids at school would not be encouraged to listen to WMAL because of the foul language and bigoted hatred put in place by the guy in charge there, Bill Hess. Remember, Mr. Hess was in the forefront of the birther movement, he gave Larry "Shirley Sherod" Occonner a job, and allows the most vile racial hatred and right wing propaganda on his station. He thinks the words "shove it!" and calling them "Hitler" are acceptable form of debate when talking about an African American. He hates women and appears he only hires race baiting divorced men, and a token female, for his airwaves. I for one can not stand the man. And that is not ficticous like the Green Acres school. (8/31/17)

"Cumulus stock ... in 39 days will be worth nothing. What happens when they go into bankruptcy?" The sun will explode and swallow the earth. So you wont have to ask anymore. (8/31/17)

I’ve not seen this clarified anywhere. Are TV stations that are sharing with another TV station turning in their FCC licenses or just turning in the channel allocation for cash? (8/31/17)

Cumulus stock seems to drop one cent per day in value. Today it is worth just $0.39 per share. At this rate, in 39 days it will be worth nothing. What happens when they go into bankruptcy? (8/31/17)

For the past several days, WBAL has had one of the gas industry experts reporting that we could expect to see the price of gas rise 20-25 cents as a result of the tragedy in Texas. In my area, gas went from 2.11 on Saturday, to 2.29 yesterday, to 2.53 this morning. Of course, WBAL doesn’t see that as a significant news story. Too busy talking about a 13 BR Mansion on Long Island that supposedly spurred “The Great Gatsby” being up for sale, and some record fish being caught in Maryland. So let me go on the record today, that 6 months or so down the line, Congress will have one of those ‘hearings’ where they grill oil executives about price gouging, and they will give BS answers, they will all go out for dinner and drinks, pat each other on the back, smile an walk away. What was that new WBAL catch phrase? Expect More ? Well…… (8/31/17)

This news comes from Steve Kingston himself to me. WRNR 103.1 has started a campaign to "SAVE WRNR.” An FCC application is proposing a low power FM on 103.1 that would interfere and damage WRNR's radio signal towards Baltimore from its Grasonville transmitter. The LPFM is from Family Radio's WBMD AM 750 who wants to get an FM signal for Baltimore, mainly because fewer and fewer people listen to AM radio anymore. This application has not yet been approved, but WRNR FM wants support in this effort to block this. I discovered the first 103.1 FM attempt in Baltimore and this one too. More soon. — BaltoMedia.Net (8/31/17)

I heard Andy Polie doing the 7:45 sports on WTOP on Tuesday night, and he sounded GREAT. I hope this is more than just fill in gig for him. And good for WTOP for hiring him for this. I remember that they hired Frank Herzog some years back after he lost the Redskins PBP job to that political snake and broadcast hack, Larry Michael. (8/31/17)

Yet again another stupid decision on the part of SBG to hire Doug Hill's replacement from outside, instead of promoting someone like Steve Rudin or Veronica Johnson who are already familiar in the area. When Bob Ryan moved to WJLA, I was against Doug Kammerer being his replacement at first, but at least he's from the area and knew our weather patterns. (8/31/17)

Eddie Albert ... ha ha ... doof. (8/31/17)

It seems a shame that WJLA had to go outside their own house for a chief meteorologist. I had heard that Doug Hill had wanted Brian Van de Graaff as his successor. Brian would have been really good but I guess Sinclair wanted a big name. It's a shame. WRC did the same thing and brought in Doug Kammerer when Bob Ryan jumped ship instead of promoting Tom Kierein Chuck Bell or Veronica Johnson. (8/31/17)

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More FAKE FCC filings from Birach Broadcasting. From Tom Taylor Now… “We’ve also got Birach asking permission to keep KOLE Port Arthur/1340 dark – and surprisingly, Birach seeking an STA for a station up in Little Rock, Arkansas. That’s KTUV 1440, and Birach cites “the substantial flooding from the hurricane.” First off it’s not even a hurricane anymore and #2, it hasn’t even gotten close to Arkansas yet! This is from the company that blamed a little league team for dismantling their tower down in the Norfolk area. Why doesn’t the FCC simply yank all the licenses from this failed company? (8/30/17)

According to Wikipedia, the non-source of most factual information, WJAL 68 is licensed to Hagerstown, MD, but covers Chambersburg PA, Martinsburg WV too. Here’s the only thing local I could find from them. Notice that Hagerstown is pronounced wrong! HAHA! www.youtube.com... Anyway, the new city of license is Silver Spring MD. It’s unclear what actual FCC licenses will exist after Jan. 18, 2018. Anyone without a sharing agreement loses their license on that date. But WUSA 9 and Tegna are sharing responsibility for WJAL’s legal responsibilities as a result of this. Keep in mind. Stations that chose to go cable only will lose all MUST CARRY STATUS on cable systems and Comcast is prepared to be brutal. Comcast/NBC is laughing themselves all the way to the bank, especially if they kill the Sinclair/Tribune deal. (8/30/17)

So rumor had it that Veronica Johnson went to WJLA when NBC4 brought in Doug Kammerer as chief meteorologist vs not promoting her. Now I see that WJLA has also brought in someone from the outside to be chief meteorologist vs promoting from within. Wonder how Veronica feels about that management decision. (8/30/17)

The firewall free WaPoop reports that the Green Acres School principal Eddie Albert has announced that students will no longer be able to wear any Washington Redskins gear at the North Bethesda learning center. No word on whether the school will ban listening to WMAL because it carries REDSKINS games: www.washingtonpost.com (8/30/17)

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Ah unless it changed WJAL's city of license is Chambersburg, PA not Martinsburg, WV. I think the poster confused WJAL with WWPX whose city of license IS Martinsburg. Not that any of this matters but both WJAL and WWPX could go dark and nobody would even notice. You have to go back to the early 90s to find any local content on either station other than the legal ID of course. A waste !!!!! (8/29/17)

The most popular stories on The Washington Post online page are still Trump Hate stories! Even the hurricane stories they’re writing have Trump Hate headlines. CNN is just drooling waiting for that “Good Job Brownie” moment, well when they’re not running CNN fake documentaries. Yes, CNN contracts out all their documentaries, often to the subjects, so they’re all fake. MSNBC kept me updated on the prison rape scene on Lockup. Can’t miss that. This hurricane might just upset the TV news ratings. 2 out of 3 dropped the ball. At least FOX News dropped most of their politically charged shows and re-runs overnight and stayed live. (8/29/17)

DC based The Daily Caller has the story of a CNN reporter trying too hard to get the story of a mother and her children who were rescued, stranded and homeless due to Super Storm Harvey: “The mother began the interview by explaining how long she had to wait to be rescued, but was becoming visibly upset and anxious by having to share her story to the CNN correspondent. The CNN correspondent continued to ask questions and touch the mother’s arm as she and her daughter were crying. “We walked through four feet of water to get food on the first day,” the mother said, clearly annoyed at this point. “Yeah, that’s a lot of shit.” “But y’all sit here, y’all trying to interview people during their worst times — like that’s not the smartest thing to do. Like people are really breaking down and y’all sitting here with cameras and microphones trying to ask us what the fuck is wrong with us,” she continued. “And you really trying to understand with the microphone still in my face? With me shivering cold, with my kids wet, and you still putting the microphone in my face.” CNN quickly cut back to a supposed WMAL alum: “CNN cut back to Jim Acosta, who awkwardly said they would go back to the correspondent later because of the “upset family.” It’s not nice to fool with mothers or Mother Nature: dailycaller.com (8/29/17)

Re.: Fundraiser/”Working 4 You”. You’d probably raise a lot more if $10 were donated each and every time any Balt/DC radio personality does a live read for ‘Mattress Firm’ between now and Monday night. Years ago, someone here called Bill Vanko the “Macho Morning Mattress Man” for his live reads. Now, they all do these ads. (8/29/17)

In light of Monday's DCRTV Mailbag mention of former WTOP (radio and TV) newsman Robert D Raiford, here's an interview he did in 2006. (8/29/17)

Bob Raiford - Out of the Past - 2006 from Chuck Langdon on Vimeo.

Hurricane Harvey fundraising idea: Every time one of the on-air personalities over on Nebraska Av. uses the catchphrase "Working 4 You", $10 is donated to the Red Cross by NBC 4 to help those affected in Texas and Louisiana. (8/29/17)

She’s baaaaack! Hillary “Her Thighness” Clinton is hitting the road for a book tour. Locally, DC’s Politics & Prose will bring Hillary Rodham Clinton to the Warner Theater to hawk her new book, “What Happened”. Clinton, who brought us Trump as POTUS, will try to explain why in her own words: “What Happened is Hillary Clinton’s most personal memoir yet. For the first time, Hillary Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. Now free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules. She describes what it was like to run against Donald Trump, the mistakes she made, how she has coped with a shocking and devastating loss, and how she found the strength to pick herself back up afterwards. With humor and candor, she tells readers what it took to get back on her feet—the rituals, relationships, and reading that got her through, and what the experience has taught her about life. She speaks about the challenges of being a strong woman in the public eye, the criticism over her voice, age, and appearance, and the double standard confronting women in politics. She lays out how the 2016 election was marked by an unprecedented assault on our democracy by a foreign adversary. By analyzing the evidence and connecting the dots, Hillary shows just how dangerous the forces were that shaped the outcome, and why Americans need to understand them to protect our values and our democracy in the future.” Although the event is likely to be covered by C-SPAN’s Book TV, tickets are going for $55-$75 bucks which includes the book but there will be no signing or news conference. Worth going just for the comedy element alone! No word if Trump will join her on stage to recreate the alleged stalking scene... (8/29/17)

Another quirk of the WJAL 68 move to channel 9 WUSA is that WJAL also has WMDE 36 (RF 5) as a sub-channel, you know that TV station in Dover Delaware that doesn’t cover anything in Delaware and isn’t even on cable on Delmarva? Are they taking that with them or dumping them? Technically, the FCC should shut that TV station down. They have no connection to Dover, Delaware or Delaware whatsoever. Sure, they can claim via mathematical models that the station’s signal can reach DC, but in reality for 100% of people outside of the station HQ in DC, there is NO RECEPTION of this TV station in DC. Might be some reception in the Baltimore area, but none in DC. WJAL will become Unimas DC and serve the Latino community. What community does WMDE serve in Delaware? Look in their website. OH WAIT, they don’t HAVE one! (8/29/17)

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I missed this when it happened.. Thought it might interest you, if you didn't know about it. Former WTOP (radio and TV) newsman Robert D Raiford, more commonly known from his commentary on the syndicated "John Boy and Billy" show had a stroke back in 2015 and officially retired due to it in 2016. www.charlotteobserver.com (8/28/17)

I find the animated moving water lower third on The Weather Channel extremely annoying and distracting. It gives the illusion their on the ground meteorologists are hip deep in moving water. (8/28/17)

Here's an interesting thought. When York County loses both of its TV stations, WPMT 43 and WGCB 49, might York County be finally lumped into the Baltimore TV market? Most if not all of the Baltimore stations are on the cable TV systems in the county already and there will be no restriction keeping FOX 45 off the cable anymore in York proper either. Of course Sinclair might own both stations, so that will complicate issues, but WMPT FOX 43 technically will no longer be must carry anywhere starting Jan. 18, 2018. It’s not commonly known in the DC market, but many Baltimoreans have transplanted to York County and commute to Baltimore now. The growth areas in southern PA are generally at or near the Maryland line for obvious reasons, taxes and housing prices. (8/28/17)

Hey Gus-Ass.."re-al-tor" is fine. "re-la-tor" is not. Regards Biff . The characters didn't come through because they're not from the early 1990s, but Merriam-Webster disagrees with you. I agree with you but the dictionary doesn't. Gus in the Gaithersburg (8/28/17)

The FCC has approved WJAL 68’s move to WUSA 9 as a sub-channel and also approved its city of license from Martinsburg, WV to Silver Spring, MD. This totally changes their coverage from Chambersburg, PA/Hagerstown/Martinsburg to a full DC market signal. Presumably the family program is out the window in favor of Unimas? (8/28/17)

Dave's response: Oh joy! Another garbage "local" channel with little more than infomercials that DC area cable systems will be forced to carry.....

This morning on 105.7, Ed Norris let out that they had some cuts on the morning show, and that there are now “only 3 of us”. That would mean Ed, Rob, and the producer/update guy. Anyone have any ideas, or if the cuts spread to other shows as well ? (8/28/17)

WJFK’s Sports Junkies “Summer Dress Party” photos have numerous local talent attending including the two DC “Erins”, WTTG’s Erin Como and WJLA’s Erin Hawksworth washington.cbslocal.com... And look, Katy Perry stopped by: www.instagram.com (8/28/17)

“The Washington Post has “lifted” their internet “paywall” so that everyone can read about “Harvey”, like the people directly impacted by that storm are loggin into WaPo online.” There are plenty of people in the DC area (and elsewhere) who have roots and/or family in Texas. Bravo to the Post for recognizing the impact of this story and choosing not to profit from it. (8/28/17)

The recent UCS comment on giving the customer what he wants reminded me of the moment many years ago when Felix Grant (WMAL evening jazz host) was reading a live copy ad for somebody's tacky sale on underwear. Felix always came to work dressed "to the nines" and gave all his work a very cultured, high-end treatment, including this spot. I turned to John Lyon and said "Why does Felix have to give this trash spot such elegance?" John simply said "Because he has integrity." Aptly put. -P of the AW (8/28/17)

?Hey Gus-Ass.."re-al-tor" is fine. "re-la-tor" is not. Regards Biff (8/28/17)

So Bob Carpenter made a mistake, so what, name one play by play guy that doesn't from time to time make a mistake. Carpenter is great, so are Johnny Holiday and Ray Knight on the Nat's pre and post game shows. FP is sometimes unbearable and the on field reporter is ok. He filled in Ray Knight today and might want to stick with his sideline stuff.The Nat's crew is much better than the Orioles guys with Gary Thorne and Jim Palmer the only Two worth watching. (8/28/17)

DCRTV Mailbag Blues Weekend Update: Unsigned Corporate Suit and Gus in THE Gaithersburg, it’s like you never left! Skins recap: DCRTV’s favorite cable company, COMCAST, was down for the first three quarters of the game so had to rely on WMAL radio, which preempted Best of Rush at 4:00PM for pre, pregame preseason show. Decent coverage of game, with Larry Michaels once again carrying the day with play-by-play and Sonny barely speaking. Post-game coverage included interviews with Kirk Cousins and Jay Gruden, but the odd thing was when Doc Walker announced at exactly 8:30PM for WMAL listeners to switch to ESPN 980AM to continue listening and then WMAL immediately went to infomercial for Real Estate Today: wouldn’t WMAL want to continue coverage and charge for ads rather than a flat infomercial rate? WJFK’s Sports Junkies “Silly Summer Dress Party” on Saturday was according to all accounts a huge success with plenty of local info babes showing up in skimpy dresses... (8/28/17)

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Noticed that WTTG's annual give-away of a car at the end of the summer has been replaced with giving away a one year leased car. Going to assume the car dealer (think it was Easterns) and WTTG couldn't or didn't agree to another contract. Not that someone wouldn't be glad to receive a "free" car, but for someone who needs a car, or even wants a car, they have to be disappointed to know that they can only keep it for a year. (8/27/17)

To the stick-a-ler: Merriam-Webster says "Re·al·tor \?r?(-?)l-t?r, -?to?r, ÷?r?-l?-t?r also r?-?al-t?r\" Two syllables my-a ass. Gus in the Gaithersburg (8/27/17)

Bezo can afford it: The Washington Post has “lifted” their internet “paywall” so that everyone can read about “Harvey”, like the people directly impacted by that storm are loggin into WaPo online. Still, it’s an interesting notion: www.washingtonpost.com (8/27/17)

Hi Dave, Your Station List is missing both WERA 96.7 Arlington VA and WOWD 94.3 Takoma Park MD. Both are over 1 year old now and I hope you can update your list. Not in our area exactly, but WRWK goes on the air tomorrow in Midlothian / Richmond. Best regards, Benn Kobb (8/27/17)

Dave's response: Yeah, definitely got to update the list. Soon!

Bob Carpenter on Nats TV is simply horrible. In one inning today (Saturday), he stopped talking (hooray!) in mid-sentence. He did not finish the thought. When the inning ended, he said "that's two outs." Realizing he was wrong. He said, "plus one." Later as Michael A Taylor was stealing 2nd base, the catcher's throw was way high. But Carpenter said, "it was a good throw but it was high.". Hey Carpenter it was a bad throw. Way too high. Carpenter is so bad. (8/27/17)

Our resident WBAL basher may have proved the he/she is only a legend in their own mind. The proof? Their post were Brian Nehman says “real-a-tor” as a opposed to “real-tor” is a case in point. If the client who paid for the spot to run in the first place, says it’s to be pronounced “real-a-tor”, then a broadcast professional will say “real-a-tor” in the spot. Why? Because that’s what the client paid for! That’s because a professional gets paid for what they do as opposed to an amateur who doesn’t. Broadcasting is just like any other business. If the customer doesn’t get what they’re paying for, they’ll go elsewhere. BTW, if there’s anyone who’s 401K is heavy with broadcasting stocks, there’s some oceanfront property in South Dakota you’ll want to buy while it’s still available… Unsigned Corporate Suit (8/27/17)

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I admit I am a stickler, but here's one example of how far WBAL has fallen. Bryan Nehman is doing a commercial for some guy named Vinnie and he keeps calling him a real-a-tor. With three syllables. Two word is real-tor. Two syllables. Realtor. So not only does this disappoint me about a once great station but I'm never using Vinnie's company. Maybe Screaming Scotty can do some stories on how to pronounce words correctly. (8/26/17)

A number of local job boards are announcing a "radio executive producer" position coming in September. Put in now for your Xanax prescription and look on Yelp for a good stress management therapist ... it's the Laura Ingraham show in Georgetown. (8/26/17)

During Jeporady! Friday night on CH7 WJLA a banner appeared onscreen that Harvey was upgraded to a Category 3 hurricane It has been a Category 3 As far back as Thursday night I think or early Friday. it was upgraded to a Category 4 at that time cause CNN reported that .Very bad a lot of errors at WJLA. (8/26/17)

How are the radio stocks doing now? Here is where they stand today......Cumulus is 41 cents per share, iHeart is $1.48 per share and Urban One is at $1.75 per share. When will NASDAQ drop Cumulus from their listing on the exchange? (8/26/17)

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Speaking of AM 860, WFSI has file for an STA to run at lower power due to equipment failure. And WBMD, as I recall, AM 750 used to be 1000 watts on the old WBMD/WKTK tower with the red beacon which was shorter. That tower is now gone, replaced by the much taller 105.7 FM tower with the strobe light. That is when they had to reduce power to 730 watts as I recall. (9/25/17)

Thanks for the memories, Tom Conroy. Ah, yes, Marti McLain, “Your mellow morning mama”. I can’t remember who did mid-days, but Chris Emry was doing PM Drive. I listened to WAYE on the drive to UMD, and went back-and forth with WAYE and WLMD 900 when I could pick up that signal. That was back in the days of “90 Seconds” w/Bob Lopez, who went on to 98Rock. And wasn’t it WBMD that would air what came across with what can best be described as a group of senior citizens reciting the rosary right before sign-off? And I think you meant Moravia Road, not Marania. And I’m sure there are many stories from WKTK. FYI, everyone: Tom Conroy and Jim King do a great job at WXCY, providing live and local content on the weekends. (8/25/17)

Just to note: The WJAL TV 68 move by Entravision to WUSA channel 9 has not yet been approved by the FCC. As I recall they attempted to move into the DC market once before and were rebuffed by the FCC. But that doesn’t mean Bounce won’t still move to WFDC. And keep in mind. Tribune’s WDCW CW 50 still hasn’t landed a place and WJLA has no space. Before the Sinclair deal, I thought WUSA 9 would be a good fit for CW 50. It’s still Tribune calling the shots here by the way, not Sinclair, at least directly. Or will CW 50 go dark over the air like WPMT FOX 43 in PA? (8/25/17)

Interesting reading about 750am and 860, both did pretty well in the hey days of AM. I know the then, WAYE had a strong signal into parts of DC, that's one place I tried so hard to get with during the days when Marti McClain was PD, rare to have a woman programming back then. My first commercial job was actually with WBMD, Clark West was the manager at the time, a great guy who really stood up for his staff. I got hired by doing a five minute newscast which gave me just minutes to put together off the wire, tossing my non-comm aircheck in the trash before even hearing it. Scared me half to death but somehow I must have pulled it off! WBMD has been using a folded unipole omni for years. You could hear them above Harrisburg, down to Salisbury, into Dover, and down south of Norfolk. All with 730 watts! WBMD is still one of the stronger AM signals in upper Harford County outdoing WCBM and WBAL in some areas.. We had the WBMD log-cabin mounted on an old Ford, it stayed busy with many live Marti remotes. Of course, it was fun during the KTK days too, interesting stories better not covered. You thirty something broadcast professionals will all have a storybook of radio tales as time goes on, can't wait to hear them. I love how social media and streaming have become such useful tools for radio, change can be good! Hopefully Dave can expand the photos a bit! Photos include Clark West, the old WBMD studios on Marania Rd, the WBMD and KTK vehicles. Thanks, Tom Conroy, WXCY (8/25/17)








Was watching CNN and who comes on the screen reporting the projected hurricane in Texas but Tom Sater. He was quite animated in his report. (8/25/17)

WJFK’s Sports Junkies & 94.7 “Fresh FM” hold their annual “Summer Dress Party” on Saturday, August 26th @4:00PM (early time this year, but great weather predicted) on the rooftop “Tiki Bar” of Whitlows in Arlington. No word if white supremacists will show up with tiki torches, but Pappa Lurch has personally asked that WTTG’s Sarah Simmons (“I want everyone to know she’s my girl!”) be there along with other info babes from area stations like WJLA’s Erin Hawksworth, WTTG’s Annie Yu & Erin Cuomo, WRC’s Sheena Parveen & Jodie Fleischer, and WUSA’s Whitney Wild & Kristen Berset. “Laid” off ESPN loser Brat McHenry would come but she is banned from parking in Arlington www.nj.com... And of course their lapdog WTTG/FNC’s Kevin McCarthy will show up wearing a silly summer dress. Details: events.947freshfm.cbslocal.com (8/25/17)

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WMAL talker Rush Limbaugh if off on vacation this week and has had the great Mark Steyn subbing earlier this week but today it’s Seattle based Todd Herman of KTTH 770, who is not half-bad. (8/24/17)

$2M for an AM standalone with a night pattern that falls out of the sky before it hits Bethesda? No thanks... I'd rather spend it on beer. (8/24/17)

DC based “The Hill” reports on “highest paid news hosts” and it’s the usual suspects: Matt Lauer, Anderson Cooper, Robin Roberts, and Megyn Kelly are among the top earners (now that Bill O’Reilly is MIA). Sadly, DCRTVDJDAVE, host of “Dave TV” came in 1,546th out of 1,547. Read it & weep, Dave: thehill.com... To help Dave bridge the pay gap, please go to: www.dcrtv.com/support.html">www.dcrtv.com (8/24/17)

Dave's response: Yeah, it's our 20th anniversary in September. Send us something.....

WFDC will begin carrying Bounce TV at the end of September, replacing WUSA 9.2 as the local affiliate. (deadline.com) It would seem to be the first DC-market channel relocation due to the repack - although 9 doesn't necessarily need to drop anything yet because WJAL still broadcasts in 480i. But if WJAL really does become a UniMas affiliate like Entravision plans, 9 would need to drop something to have room for a second HD signal. Also, Carl in Olney asked about the music on WYPR-HD3. It is American Public Media's syndicated Classical 24 (classical24.publicradio.org). Most stations that subscribe to it are NPR member stations that use it to fill off-hours and overnights. A handful, like WYPR, run it 24/7 on an HD subchannel. (8/24/17)

Correction to myself: WBMD is a 750-Watt daytime station. -- Carl in Olney (8/24/17)

To the previous poster re: WMET. The reason the site isn't current is that for several years now the station has been part of the Guadalupe Radio Network and airs Catholic-oriented programming via EWTN Radio and other sources. And if you have some money (say $2 million) you can help them purchase their station since the current programmers lease the frequency from someone else. Otherwise it will likely go the way of Bluegrass Country on 105.5. Tom in Wheaton (8/24/17)

Does anyone know when the FCC will grant the Construction Permits for the translator applications that were filed during the last window? When will the new window open for applications for the rest of the AM Stations? (8/24/17)

Three Comments: 1) WUST-1120 getting 50 watts to broadcast at night is better than what it used to have: 0.0 watts to completely protect KMOX in St. Louis.Even if only few people hear it at night, it's more than zero. 2) For a number of years, CBS owned WBMD-750, a 1000 station in Balto that played paid religious programs that sounded like it was 1953; of course they bought it because it came along with the FM station at 105.7, and the agreement was to continue its programming unchanged. Same deal as WKYS playing Sputnik Radio: As long as the check clears, it's fine. 3) By the way, now that Family Radio owns WBMD-750 and WFSI-860 (the former WAYE AND WBGR) why do they have the exact same programming on these two daytime stations? Do they really believe there is any place around Baltimore that people can get one of those stations but not the other? It's a waste of a frequency; it would be better if one of them were WTOP. I get nostalgic for WAYE-860's "Underground" Music (much better than WKTK-105.7 back in the old days), and WBMD-750's Polka shows on the weekends. And a question: Who programs the Classical Music on WYPR-HD3? Now that it's at normal volume, I sometimes listen and it's really well programmed. I assume it's some syndicated service, but I don't know which one. -- Carl in Olney (8/24/17)

The person who posted, "There would probably be an audience for liberal talk in the D.C. area if anyone cared to do it with a good signal..." got me looking at some underperforming stations in DC. One of my more shocking discoveries was the website for WMET Gaithersburg (www.wmet1160.com). When's the last time anyone edited or updated this site, the Bronze Age? And who wrote their content? OMG. Go over and read it now, if you ever want to see a plum example of how NOT to manage a radio station website. (8/24/17)

RE: “ESPN takes Robert Lee off UVA game "to avoid an embarrassing ordeal." I wonder if alleged news radio 1090 is going to take Jay Walker off the traffic reports.” ESPN is having a bad week: “Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go around in life son.” Apparently, ESPN’s Ryen Russell didn’t take that advice and has been busted for being, well, fat, drunk and stupid after breaking into condo and found naked by police. ESPN is “looking into the report”: www.nydailynews.com (8/24/17)

Forget Urban Radio, forget “Chocolate City”, DC’s about to go “Brown Sugar” with Pam Grier according to WTOP’s Jason Fraley: “Her “Foxy Brown” rivaled “Shaft” and “Super Fly” as 1970s action heroes. This weekend, Golden Globe nominee Pam Grier hits a pair of D.C. events, first to be honored at the “Salute Her Awards Luncheon” at the Marquis Marriott at 11 a.m. Friday, then a meet-and-greet at the Ubiquitous Expo at the Washington Convention Center at 1 p.m. Saturday. “This is an extraordinary event for me,” Grier told WTOP. “As always, I am overwhelmed, surprised, humbled and honored. It’s great because I’m a teacher, and I think you should be able to share your path so you can move forward with new invention and with new ideas.” One of those ideas is Bounce TV’s new streaming service “Brown Sugar,” featuring more than 200 African-American flicks. It’s available on Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Amazon Kindle, Roku and Google Chromecast. Subscribers receive a seven-day free trial, then pay $3.99 per month.” Sounds like a future DCRTV advertiser: wtop.com (8/24/17)

WBAL Meteorologist Ava Marie has gone on Facebook to introduce meteorologist Taylor Grenda as the station's newest member of the weather team. Grenda comes to Baltimore from WBAL's (Hearst) sister station WPBF in West Palm Beach, Florida, the same station that hired former WBAL meteorologist Sandra Shaw who is still on the air there. Grenda announced her departure on WPBF in May, saying only that she was returning to Philadelphia to see her family, but did not disclose her imminent move to WBAL. She replaces Miri Marshall who recently announced her departure from WBAL. (8/24/17)

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WPWC 1480, hasn't carried We Act Radio for years (8/23/17)

Dave said of We Act Radio: it's heard "...via an AM radio signal from Dumfries VA, WPWC at 1480"...They definitely WERE on there, but they lost it at some indeterminate point last year. When 1480's towers collapsed late last year, all available reporting indicated it was running a Spanish Christian radio network. (potomaclocal.com) I heard Spanish-language programming when I checked at the time. There would probably be an audience for liberal talk in the D.C. area if anyone cared to do it with a good signal. It hasn't run on a full-market signal since Air America (heard on 1050, then-WZAA) went under in 2011. (8/23/17)

A Press Release and a Throwback Thursday all in one. I got a press release of sorts from WSUX AM/FM 93.9 (not to be confused with WSUX FM 101.1). It says: “1280am/93.9FM Seaford flipped format from Jack-FM to Spanish on Aug 1. Here is their new FB page La ZMX Delaware” (no link). Clearly, this is not the same people from last year where this contact happened. ME: “The FCC CDBS is public information. What exactly do you want removed? If you want that removed, contact the FCC.” WSUX: "After I asked you to take all post down in reference to WSUX you made another post nine hours ago. At this point I have no alternative but to get my lawyer involved. You will be being sued for slander. You should receive a letter within the next 7 to 10 business days” This is the same owner’s people that have on occasion threatened others. If only they could get it right. It’s libel, not slander. But public information via the FCC can be neither unless your public information makes you look like shit, but even then it’s not. Of course no such letter arrived but I think a pink slip got delivered to someone. Oh, and that person is no longer a Facebook user either. — BaltoMedia.Net (8/23/17)

RE: "Does Urban One believe in this propaganda?" It doesn't matter if they do. They don't care, as long as the check clears. This is the same as CBS leasing out their HD channels to Hope Christian Church. As long as the check clears, nothing else matters. (8/23/17)

ESPN takes Robert Lee off UVA game "to avoid an embarrassing ordeal." I wonder if alleged news radio 1090 is going to take Jay Walker off the traffic reports. (8/23/17)

WUST AM 1120 has been approved for a night time signal at 50 watts. Only about a couple hundred lucky few in the district will actually hear the minuscule signal. Also Joint Base Andrews will get it too. Not quite sure who else or the purpose. (8/23/17)

Urban One is leasing their WKYS 93.9 HD-3 Channel to Sputnik for the Russians.This is a News organization owned by the Russian Government for the purpose of putting Russian Propaganda in the DC Market. They also lease a Translator, owned by John Garziglia, 105.5 FM. Does Urban One believe in this propaganda? (8/23/17)

The Urban One Stock is not doing well. Selling at $1.65 per share. Investors are not buying it. Where is the upside? (8/23/17)

"Radio, oops, URBAN ONE IS NOW A PAWN OF THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT!" If by "pawn" you mean taking money away from the Russian government and putting it in the hands of an American-owned business in exchange for relaying a signal absolutely no one listens to, then, sure, maybe. "Put that in your Trump Hate Antifa Crack Pipe." You make no sense. Check out a real newspaper if you want to read about who's a pawn of the Russian these days. (Maybe if you read a real newspaper you wouldn't have to rely on the DCRTV mailbag to learn which station is carrying Radio Sputnik.) (8/23/17)

Maybe there is hope for WBAL. There is a story about the PARCC Assessment results, which is one of those standardized test for state schools. Let’s just say for Baltimore City and Baltimore County, the results aren’t that great. That doesn’t stop the press releases trying to create a positive spin. At 6:20, Nehman went wild, criticizing anyone that could find ANYTHING positive about the results. He went on and on blasting them. WOW ! Actually questioning a governmental press release. Way to go, Bryan ! We’re in uncharted territory here. Maybe ‘BAL management is actually taking some of the DCRTV Mailbag post to heart. (8/23/17)

Oh, glad we got that straight. So Radio, oops, URBAN ONE IS NOW A PAWN OF THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT! HAHA! Even better. Put that in your Trump Hate Antifa Crack Pipe and smoke it! (8/23/17)

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Regarding Sp?tnik "...They are leasing a HD Channel from WTOP..." No, no they aren't. They were, but they aren't now. Please see many months of mailbags ago for this and other "current" topics. (8/22/17)

Dave's response: Radio Sputnik is currenting leasing a digital subchannel from WKYS 93.9 to feed their leased low-power FM analog signal on 105.5.....

DC based “The Daily Caller” should not expect a Christmas card nor party invite from the Trump White House this year. Seems they have been beating up on poor Baron Trump for what he wears, according to Erik “The Wimp” Wemple who all of a sudden cares about Trump’s kids. Tucker Carlson, call your office: www.washingtonpost.com (8/22/17)

The BIG QUESTION for me is, WHY ISN’T IT NATIONAL NEWS THAT THE #1 NEWS RADIO STATION IN WASHINGTON DC AIRS RUSSIAN PROPAGANDA DAILY? Is it that the media is just incapable of criticizing themselves outside of CNN vs. FNC occasionally? Most people in the midwest would be SHOCKED and OUTRAGED to even know this! (8/22/17)

Radio Sputnik is no longer leasing 103.5 HD2. That brokerage ended when they started on 105.5. The parent station for 105.5 is 93.9 HD3. (8/22/17)

Attention WUSA9, your radio sponsor for the eclipse viewing was WPGC 95.5 not 99.5. I watched them make this mistake twice once yesterday and again on the noon newscast Tuesday. I'm not sure if the prompter was incorrect or the anchor just made a mistake. (8/22/17)

RE: WHGM applying for reduction of power. So what if the AM reduces power, no one is listening. The format is not built for an AM sound. WHGM has three FM translators that reach where the station needs to reach. FM is the only thing that matters. Either AM signal in Harford (or Cecil) county has made money as a stand alone AM in decades. (8/22/17)

Sorry to hear that Jill Sorenson is leaving CSN. Thought did a great job there and at WRC TV previously. A real bummer. (8/22/17)

The Russian Government (Sputnik) is running their propaganda on Translator 105.5 FM owned by John Garziglia. They are leasing a HD Channel from WTOP. Do these owners believe this propaganda? If they are doing it just for the money, neither party really needs the money. WTOP is the number one revenue station in the United States. John Garziglia is a communications attorney with a major law firm in DC. WHY are they doing this? (8/22/17)

Interesting from WBAL Radio. For their promo for the talk shows, Morning News and Afternoon News, the tagline is “Expect More”. Note to station management…..we do, a lot more, so when are you going to DELIVER ? (8/22/17)

According to Tom Taylor Now, the NAB is floating the idea that the TV repack schedule might be altered and delayed, not by months, but by years as in 5-7 years as opposed to 39 months! Two reasons it seems. #1 A lack of qualified workers to work at the tallest facilities, which often require special skills. Reason #2 is that hundreds of FMs are facing going off the air or relying on auxiliary facilities if they have them. And even those that do often have them on the same tower, which required some FCC applications in Baltimore recently to move FM Auxiliaries to non TV towers like WLIF's tower in Towson. The TV Hill candelabra tower and WBFF's tower both have FM facilities on them that will have to stop using those transmitters during the installations of new equipment. For instance WWMX MIX 106.5. It will be much more difficult to get around DC while that’s going on. — BaltoMedia.Net (8/22/17)

WHGM 1330 Smash Hits has filed for Class D status, meaning only 25 watts of night time power that nobody will hear. They are not proposing to move from the current site, so clearly they are just going to not use the other 2 night time towers due to the energy cost alone. At 25 watts, the signal will be lucky to hit Havre De Grace. Forget Darlington, Northeast, or Elkton or the Aberdeen Proving Ground. (8/22/17)

I wonder if enough of us complain to alleged news radio 1090 management that their morning team is offensive, if they will remove them during an overnight raid at the station and put all of them in the broadcasters museum? (8/22/17)

WTOP profiles Ann Hornaday new book (“Talking Pictures: How to watch movies”), about her Washington Post gig, her hopes to finish another book and, as seen on DCRTV, her podcast, “At the movies with Arch & Ann”: “We have a ball,” she said. “We chop it up. We talk about movies, pop culture, what’s been in the news that week. I basically sit and listen to Arch, because he’s the font of all wisdom in this town, as we both know. I defer to him in all things, but we really have a good time.” Wow: sounds like Ann’s a little horny-a-day for Arch! More from WTOP: wtop.com (8/22/17)

I asked about Chris Emry doing mornings @ The Bay & the answer was temporary..It's been like 3 months & he's still there. Did they get a clue & decide to pay him? (8/22/17)

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During the Redskins game on WRC-TV this weekend, a thunderstorm warning was issued. Instead of the FCC attention tones, WRC ran the NBC chimes. The visual information was lower third. I thought the regs required the crawl to be UPPER third. Does anyone know what the current requirements are in the event of a public safety alert? (8/21/17)

OK All, Total Eclipse of the Heart was written by Jim Steinman and recorded originally, but not released in the '80's, by Meatloaf. Due to a legal payment (royalty) suit between Meatloaf, Steinman and Columbia records that went on for years, Meatloaf's unreleased album, including the track Total Eclipse of the Heart, was delayed into perpetuity. After the suit went into its second year, or third, Steinman ended up giving the song Total Eclipse to Tyler, another track, Making Love outta Nothing at All, to Air Supply, The Heart of Rock and Roll to Huey Lewis, and Left in the Dark, to Barbra Streisand, changing the course of Rock music history. Imagine if Meatloaf's follow up to "Bat out of Hell," had those four air friendly mega hits on it? Meatloaf & Steinman would have been in the same class as Elton John and Bernie Taupin. And, contrary to popular belief, Steinman did write "The Heart of Rock and Roll." Huey Lewis claimed he wrote it, but that claim is a real stretch. (8/21/17)

The Washington DC based “Daily Caller” founded by DC resident Tucker Carlson reports that the DC based publication “The Atlantic” has an article under the “Science” category claiming that the eclipse is – wait for it – “racist” because it will primarily be seen by white people in white areas of the United States: no, you can’t make this stuff up. In “The Atlantic” Brooklyn law “professor” Alice Ristroph under the header “America’s Blackout” claims: “On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will arrive mid-morning on the coast of Oregon. The moon’s shadow will be about 70 miles wide, and it will race across the country faster than the speed of sound, exiting the eastern seaboard shortly before 3 p.m. local time. It has been dubbed the Great American Eclipse, and along most of its path, there live almost no black people. As the eclipse approaches, the temperature will fall and birds will roost, and then, suddenly, the lights will go out. For each place within the path of totality, the darkness will last a minute, maybe two, and then daylight will return. Oregon, where this begins, is almost entirely white. The 10 percent or so of state residents who do not identify as white are predominantly Latino, American Indian, Alaskan, or Asian. There are very few black Oregonians, and this is not an accident. The land that is now Oregon was not, of course, always inhabited by white people, but as a U.S. territory and then a state, Oregon sought to get and stay white. Among several formal efforts at racial exclusion was a provision in the original state constitution of 1857 that prohibited any “free Negro or Mulatto” from entering and residing in the state. From Oregon, the Great American Eclipse will travel through Idaho and Wyoming. (It will catch a tiny unpopulated piece of Montana, too.) Percentage-wise, Idaho and Wyoming are even whiter than Oregon. And as in Oregon, but even more so, the few non-white residents of Idaho and Wyoming are not black—they are mostly Latino, American Indian, and Alaskan. From Oregon, the Great American Eclipse will travel through Idaho and Wyoming. (It will catch a tiny unpopulated piece of Montana, too.) Percentage-wise, Idaho and Wyoming are even whiter than Oregon. And as in Oregon, but even more so, the few non-white residents of Idaho and Wyoming are not black—they are mostly Latino, American Indian, and Alaskan. The astronomers tell us where lies the path of totality; the census tells us where live the people and what colors they are. The census is detailed, and precise, but its very categories should bring unease. A census is not just a matter of counting; it involves assessing and classifying and evaluating. This is particularly true of the U.S. census, a window into this nation’s dreams of totality and its always dangerous compromises. And then the shadow goes to sea, still indifferent to the Earth below, indifferent to the little creatures here, indifferent to these people indifferent to their own histories. Or perhaps we are not indifferent, but just no more capable than butterflies and bees of seeing the long path and of deciding to change it. The Great American Eclipse illuminates, or darkens, a land still segregated, a land still in search of equality, a land of people still trying to dominate each other. When the lovely glow of a backlight fades, history is relentless, just one damn fact after another, one damning fact after another. America is a nation with debts that no honest man can pay. It is too much to ask that these debts simply be forgiven. But perhaps the strange path of the eclipse suggests a need for reorganization. We have figured out, more or less, how to count every person. We have not yet found a political system in which every person counts equally.” More from The Daily Caller with a link to the original article in The Atlantic: dailycaller.com (8/21/17)

Hi Jeff - - Dont know much about your radio stations, but I'm familair with your highway. (8/21/17)

[From DCRTV's Job Ads:] Producer/Board Operator Position for WQLL - WQLL, Q1370 has an opening for a part time producer/board operator. Experience is preferred. Interested persons should be able to monitor transmitters, operate an audio console, screen calls and edit audio. Must have reliable transportation. Please submit resumes to: WQLL, 1726 Reisterstown Road Suite 117, Baltimore, MD 21208 or email to  pat@wcbm.com. WQLL is an EOE (8/21/17)

WTOP features their “Eclipse 2017: Everything You Need To Know in DC, MD, VA”. The unofficial DCRTV Mailbag drinking game features for every person blinded by the eclipse because they bought cheap ($1.00) Wal Mart glasses from China that don’t work either take a shot of Jack Daniels or: for Muslims, a free virgin awaiting them in heaven; for Catholics, a free exorcism; for those of the Jewish faith, a free circumcision; for Buddhists, a free Buda’s Feast at their local Chinese restaurant; and for Atheists, an free unwanted prayer. According to WTOP, the eclipse officially begins at 1:17PM, the “maximum” is at 2:42PM, and it goes until 4:01PM in the DCRTV market. Predictions are that tens if not hundreds of thousands of Americans and undocumented aliens will be blinded for looking directly at the eclipse as it spans The Lower Forty-Eight. WTOP explains: wtop.com (8/21/17)

If you've never heard the sounds of an orgasm on the air, you obviously didn't listen to the morning screamer and host on alleged news radio 1090 as they took great personal pleasure to bring us dramatic, live reports on today's eclipse from the Maryland Science Center. No photos or videos on the station website. I guess the screamer must have wet his pants. (8/21/17)

RE: “Jeff Davis wrote "...I came from the United Kingdom" How in the bloody hell does a bloke who isn't a citizen own a radio station in the US?” It appears he tried to buy a radio station down south and either was never approved or didn’t come up with the money and the station went dark. If he’s really from Britain, and not a US citizen, the FCC should have never have approved the WHGM sale. I don’t know which it is, but to me it all sounds like BAD NEWS for WHGM. AM stations that abandon existing towers can only be for money reasons. This guy is banking on ditching the AM completely for the 3 FM signals, but unless the FCC changes policy, WHGM will end up going dark. Does anyone believe he’s going to build a new tower? (8/21/17)

From Tom Taylor Radio News: Kevin Fennessy died over the weekend at 63, costing a well-known radio family a beloved member. The Philadelphia native suffered a stroke last Monday, and died at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, NJ. His friends say he’d been having heart issues. Kevin’s bio includes work at Baltimore’s WCAO, Philadelphia’s WPEN, WFIL and WCAU-FM, Rochester’s WHAM, Harrisburg’s WKBO and Buffalo’s WKBW. IN 1998 he started “Fennessy Broadcasting Stations Corporation,” says the Philadelphia Broadcast Pioneers site, “building and operating two stations from sign-on to divestiture.” He went on to work on-air at Salem’s talk WMCA New York. Kevin’s most recent radio position was doing sales in Florida, and voiceover work for several stations. There will be a memorial mass in Wildwood, NJ - no date set yet. (8/21/17)

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If you get all your important news from AXIOS.com, do yourself and the world a favor. Kill yourself now. How many of these FOX News competitor stories have been debunked now? First it was Sinclair, now Breitbart/Bannon. Every one has been debunked. What do you have to fear? (8/20/17)

WMAL & WRC coverage of Skins vs. Packers: Carole Maloney and the Sonny side of life. Overall, WMAL is the same as any Redskins radio outlet, but there seemed to be few ads, and of course WMAL is better radio reception than 980 AM. Sonny must have been reading the DCRTV Mailbag contributor who suggested they needed to turn up his mic because his voice was better heard and was stronger: Sonny could read the phone book and I would listen. But he did not speak much after the opening dialogue and offered little if any commentary during the game. Michaels again carried the play-by-play, Riggo and Cooley were boring and Doc Walker’s “shuck and jive” routine was MIA. Once again Clinton Portis was pathetic (just pay him but keep him off air) but Carole Maloney of WRC had some great pre-game interviews (has she died her hair blonde?), especially with Ryan Kerrigan. Joe Theismann remains the Sean Hannity of the NFL and is a total ham. It would be interesting if DCRTVDJDAVE could find out what WMAL’s ratings are for the first two games: are they beating 980 AM on terrestal radio and what are those ratings vs. streaming? Any way you could find out Dave? Otherwise, it is great to be able to turn down the sound on television play-by-play (thus not having to hear Joe) and turn up the radio play-by-play & commentary which is far better. But we will miss Sonny for the road games! (8/20/17)

Jeff Davis wrote "...I came from the United Kingdom" How in the bloody hell does a bloke who isn't a citizen own a radio station in the US? (8/20/17)

Svengoolie fans: MeTV is moving him to 8 P.M. starting September 9th. Last night, the delayed first hour wasn't shown in Baltimore (unless I missed something). (8/20/17)

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RE: " How does 92.5 WINC-FM not show up in the DC ratings? The station sounds just as good if not better than DC radio. ". Actually you may want to rephrase that to say EVERY station in the Winchester ( including Martinsburg and Front Royal ) market sounds better than DC now, heck even Baltimore !! I would go further and say that Hagerstown and Fredericksburg radio also sounds better than DC & Baltimore too. Really is WFLS in Fredericksburg or Hagerstown's WAYZ with their massive signals better than WMZO, WPOC and 99.9 Free Country ??? I would think so !! Even Winchester's Q102 sounds different and better even though they are an Iheart station like WMZQ & WPOC. Iheart must be treating their smaller markets differently than the big markets. In two of those towns ( Winchester and Fredericksburg ) you can still hear Elvis Presley on FM on a full market signal. Can you say that about DC ?? Winchester still has TWO stations playing classic hits on FM.. How many times have people complained about that when it comes to Washington radio ?? Standards ?? Well Hagerstown still has WJEJ for that and they are still somewhat popular.but again can you say say that about DC ??? (8/19/17)

Axios is reporting that Steve Bannon may be starting a competitor “network” to Fox News via Breitbart, with the notion being that FNC is not “right” enough. Word is that Roger Ailes before his death had suggested it to Bannon because Rupert Murdoch’s sons had turned FNC into a squish neo-con outlet. No word if Bannon will report the news in a Darth Vader outfit: www.axios.com (8/19/17)
Cumulus Stock price is up to 44 cents per share. Lew Dickey come home. iHeart still trying to work out a new deal with their lenders. Their stock price is up to $1.76 per share. They are still worried about being paid. Where will iHeart get the $20 BILLION + to pay back this debt? Urban One Stock is not doing well. Their Stock dropped from $1.85 to $1.70 yesterday. The Stock Market is at at all time high; however, Wall Street does not like these radio stocks. (8/19/17)

?I just love how readers respond to posts. No one said that Whiting-Turner was not a reputable compny, so why did you feel the need to defend them? The point was that they got a $300k job, and do we know if any other contractor was allowed to bid. And as far as "this may not have had time to be competitvely bid", by whose standards? Were the statues in danger of falling over and injuring people? I don't think so. It was simply a politically expedient and pandering move. Nothing else. If it were a white mayor that did this (give out a $300K job), don't you think the media would be all over it? In the old days, good old Hyman Pressman, "The People's Watchdog" would have been all over this. We're just asking where is the media with the tough questions, nothing more. Couldn't they just ask the mayor for an explanation? Is that too much to expect ? Geez. And thank you, Jeff Davis, for your post. I wish you the best. You have a nice little station in an area starved for local content. (8/19/17)

Fox News, WMAL and conservative media meltdown over Trump? Previously, Fox News more rational on air talents like Tucker Carlson, Juan Williams, Katherine Timpf, and Mark Steyn have taken Trump to task for a variety or reasons while sycophants like Jesse Watters, Sean “Ham” Hammity, and Eric “See my junk” Bolling have defended him as someone who can do no wrong. WMAL talker Mark Levin frequently criticizes Trump while Rush Limbaugh gives him a pass. But more and more, conservative media is questioning Trump: there is a steady drip that could lead to a flood. For years conservative media has complained about the “Mainstream media” being too liberal, which it is, but now with Trump, many conservatives are joining the chorus of concern about him: if he loses conservative media, he will only have his Twitter to get his message out. Oddly, Fox News has acknowledged this with a story on their web site, “The hosts of Fox News' newest major show have been slamming Trump all week”. Just as oddly, that “major show” is The Specialists, which has been sans Bolling of late and the remaining women co-hosts (Katherine Timpf and Eboni Williams), perhaps without Bolling’s control of the show, have been railing against Trump. But on Friday, “The Specialists” was off the air: there is definitely a struggle going on between pro-Trump and concerned-about-Trump forces at Fox. More: www.businessinsider.com (8/19/17)

Here is the previous broadcast interests of Jeff Davis of Imperial Broadcasting LLC, unless there are 2 such entities. wikipedia.orgwiki/WHLQ... There are also some news reports that seem to connect the dots here too along with same legal representation in the transactions. That station went bankrupt and dark eventually, hence the concern with WHGM. As for the sale of WHGM, that is a matter of FCC public record, so I have no idea why he’s disputing it. Of course operating a station and owning it are 2 different things. As far as AM towers go, it’s just a common trend in the industry that AM stations who lose transmitter sites often cannot find another one given land prices and station values and many of these have difficulty staying on the air. Without the AM station having a transmitter site, the 3 FMs go dark also. These were my concerns. (8/19/17)

YouTube TV comes to Baltimore and a host of other cities, apparently because of a deal with Baltimore based Sinclair Broadcasting in many of those cities. As part of the deal, Sinclair is providing all of its networks including the Tennis Channel along with their owned or operated local channels in the various markets. Presumably, this will eventually include the Tribune owned networks. —BaltoMedia.Net (8/19/17)

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Hi There: My name is Jeff Davis with Imperial Broadcasting Company, LLC. I was just reading the following on your website: [WHGM AM 1330: Ownership change was held up, now went through but guess what? New owner wants to downgrade the station to Class D with almost no nighttime signal and sell off the land of the other 2 towers. At first the original STA was a repair, now it’s a dismantle. I hope the FCC turns this one down from the suspicious new owner, who’s last radio station went bankrupt and off the air completely which was lied on in the FCC application. They claimed he’d never had any other radio interests. That was a complete lie. Somehow the FCC bought it. I said this was bad news for WHGM when I first looked into this new owner and it’s looking worse. The FCC really screwed up for Harford County......] I am not sure who is writing this stuff, but obviously they do not know anything about this radio station or company. I took over WHGM 3 years ago from a dear aging friend who’s Dad died and he was left with a bunch of radio stations to deal with. I came from the United Kingdom to assist in the disposal of all of the broadcast properties while actively managing the station this whole time under an LMA with a 3 year option to buy. To be VERY clear, Imperial Broadcasting Company, LLC has been operating this station since November of 2014 and I am personally responsible for the adding of 3 FM translators to the stations current mix. I have never owned the towers, studio or land period! As I now have 3 FM’s covering my area, the decision was made to reduce the nighttime power down to 23 watts and go omni-directional 24 hours a day. This means that when I begin building my new antenna site, I will only need to build one tower instead of having three towers to make up a directional signal. The directional signal goes over the bay and into farm land. Who in their right mind would build three towers when you only need 1 and it doesn’t affect the FM’s? This article also claims that Imperial Broadcasting Company, LLC went bankrupt, which this company has never went bankrupt or we would not be in business. Furthermore, whoever wrote this article probably hasn’t owned radio stations before as when you apply to the FCC for a assignment of license, you must list your radio interests. We only own this station and no others which equates to no broadcast interests except this station. Now that we have bought the station, we will be moving into our brand new office and studios in downtown Havre de Grace with two remote studios coming later this year…one in Bel Air and the other in Elkton. So… I find it amusing that someone says NEW owners as I have been operating this station for over 3 years now and the station has grown leaps and bounds and we are extremely focused on Harford & Cecil County. Just thought I would write in and give you some real insight in this fake news world we live in. Sincerely: Jeff Davis, President & General Manager, Imperial Broadcasting Company, LLC (8/18/17)

Dave's response: Thanks for your response, Jeff. What you are citing wasn't an "article." It was someone's opinion in a Mailbag posting.....

How does 92.5 WINC-FM not show up in the DC ratings? The signal is so strong east from Winchester to Annapolis, west into West Virginia, north into Pennsylvania and and south almost to Charlottesville. Seems weird that it doesn't get more credit in the DC market. The station sounds just as good if not better than DC radio. (8/18/17)

Dave's response: Often, the latest radio ratings I see do not include "out of market" stations. So, the DC numbers do not list stations that are in Baltimore, Hagerstown, Fredericksburg, and Winchester, where WINC-FM broadcasts from. I would guess that it regularly places somewhere between 20th and 25th place in the DC market whether it's listed or not.....

I often wonder that too; "why cant the lap dog media ever ask any logical questions anymore"... I figure since Baltimore is Democrat run lower class (self inflicted race-drug-crime issues) city, and today's lap dog "media" is heavily biased to the left-progressive-democrat-socialist...the local media does not want to ask uncomfortable-inconvenient, probing questions of city-local leadership. Baltimore is also infamous for not having the most intelligent local politicians; just lots of uppity, race-baiting, borderline ignorant Democrats from the Mayor to city council, etc. It's also today's "media"; I do not see many hard-working or critically thinking real 'journalists' nowadays; just lots of failed male models & air-headed scantily clad bimbos with useless communication degrees from college who just read teleprompters and hope to get on national cable news. Heck in Philadelphia the local media never even identifies when Democrat politicians comment crimes; but whenever a Republican or conservative type is in trouble its mentioned within seconds on the story. I have often tried to contact local media management (TV news stations) and ask why they do not ask more probing, direct journalistic questions (I even provide examples)... Alas, never get a response. (8/18/17)

The comments about Whiting-Turner and the removal of statues as reported by WBAL- this may not have had time to be competitvely bid, and last I remember, Whiting-Turner was a decently run General Contractor, with offices in Greenbelt if i remember from my days in the construction industry, whose focus was more on non-residential buildings (at least the ones the company that I worked for bid on back in the 90's). (8/18/17)

To the poster criticizing the post criticizing the critic of WBAL's traffic reports. Your post just goes to show that the whole world does not evolve around the entitled DC folks. You know, there is a part of MD north of Baltimore. I grew up and still live in Harford County and know as a fact, that people from this area do NOT deal with 50 go get to the beach...mostly in part because of Mercedes driving asshats like yourself that clog up the roads. Taking 95 to DE Route 1, or Route 40 into Delaware is actually quicker than treking through the Baltimore rush hour and barely crawling down 695, 97 or 50. (8/18/17)

Random Friday thoughts on area news coverage this week. On WBAL, Nehman was almost to the point of defiance (IMHO) regarding the statue removals in Baltimore, always saying ‘the contractor’ and never mentioning Whiting-Turner. Why?? Wykpff mentioned them by name in various on the scene reports. Strange. I never heard the cost estimate for Baltimore, but since the statue removal at the State House is reported to be $77K, we can assume that it is similar. Anyone ever ask the Mayor if this project was competitively bid, or just ‘gifted’ to Whiting-Turner? Seems to me a $300K project should have followed a bid process, which ain’t happening in 24 hours. Did she reach out to any Minority Contractors, either in Baltimore or Maryland? Why can’t the lap dog media ever ask any logical questions anymore? Are they that clueless, or are they told “don’t go down that road” by station management/ownership? (8/18/17)

In case you missed it on yesterdays episode of "The Mike O'Meara Show," Hollywood legend Bruce Campbell joins the boys for an enlightening and funny conversation. The FREE interview is available at The Mike O'Meara Show The Mike O'Meara Show - A fun mash-up of real life, pop-culture, news of the day, dynamic audio clips, and three guys busting each others’ balls. mikeomearashow.com (8/18/17)

Special Temporary Authority Extension requests to FCC: WTRI AM 1520: They seem to be making progress. WFBR AM 1590: Still claiming copper thieves excuse, same request, no progress appears to be done. WHGM AM 1330: Ownership change was held up, now went through but guess what? New owner wants to downgrade the station to Class D with almost no nighttime signal and sell off the land of the other 2 towers. At first the original STA was a repair, now it’s a dismantle. I hope the FCC turns this one down from the suspicious new owner, who’s last radio station went bankrupt and off the air completely which was lied on in the FCC application. They claimed he’d never had any other radio interests. That was a complete lie. Somehow the FCC bought it. I said this was bad news for WHGM when I first looked into this new owner and it’s looking worse. The FCC really screwed up for Harford County. (8/18/17)

I noticed the 1st LPTV Displacement application in the DC area yesterday. WIAV 58 (RF 44) has applied for WNVT’s old channel 30. WAZT 10 (RF 45) already has this allocation, but the 2 stations are aligned with each other and the applications do not seem to conflict. This explains why WMDO 47 Unimas is moving to WIAV. All three stations will be able to stay on the air after the repack. (8/18/17)

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So Marc Clarke is moving back from his NY gig..Wondered how long his being in NY was going to last before it started to affect his family life. Wishing him luck on his new ventures here. (8/17/17)

Slightly beyond the Beltway: India’s radio boom has companies and ad agencies thinking outside of the box. twitter.com/WSJ... You can go around TWSJ.'s paywall by going to the article from the Twitter feed. ~~ Blair in Alexandria (8/17/17)

Sinclair "political analyst" Boris Epshteyn is a fucking joke. Consider yesterday -- a day that saw corporate CEOs abandon Trump because of his comments about racists and Nazis, a day in which all five military leaders and two former Republican presidents came out squarely against bigotry and hate, along with numerous GOP lawmakers, commentators, John Kasich, and on and on. What was Epshteyn's "bottom line"? After waiting five days to comment on the violence just down the road from WJLA, his home station, all he could offer was the White House talking point, word for word. "Both sides were violent." That's his big takeaway after nearly a week of silence. David Smith is not paying Big Boris for actual analysis. His job is to carry water for Trump (his old boss) so the FCC will approve the sinclair-Tribune merger. That's the Bottom Line. (8/17/17)

Minorities are encouraged to challenge the broadcast licenses that do not meet the FCC quota. What is a Minority today? Is FCC Chairman a Minority? My Grandson is 28 % Black. Does he qualify as a Minority? Obama was 50% Black and he qualified as a Minority. (8/17/17)

THROWBACK THURSDAY! This one is for Scott Fybush. The WNAV 1430 AM studios and 5000 watt transmitter site. Don’t know if Scott Fybush ever checked this one out. Never know. You might meet Pat Sajak, the Wheel of Fortune guy owner one day. He only lives a few miles away. (8/17/17)


Well one TV repack mystery is finally solved pending any last minute change. A source tells me that WMPT FOX 43 will indeed go off the air on Jan. 18, 2018 and become a Cable Only TV affiliate for the FOX Network in south central PA. Will the same thing happen to DC’s CW 50, WDCW, no over the air signal at all? (8/17/17)

What the poster who was critical of the critic criticizing alleged news radio 1090 for its weekend resort traffic reports has shown us, is what "a special kind of stupid" he or she can be when it comes to Baltimore radio and its history of programming. First of all, people who are driving their Mercedes SUVs into Maryland from Pennsylvania are NOT listening to a tired, old, Buick radio station for traffic reports to help guide them through Delaware. Secondly, I still contend the volumes of traffic at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge reflect the huge number of motorists who get there using Route 50 (including those from the DC area over to Annapolis) that also handles loads of traffic from several feeder routes such as Ritchie Highway (MD2), College Parkway, and I-97 that flows from the Baltimore metropolitan area southward toward Annapolis, which is precisely the audience that historically has listened to this station because of its long reputation for reliable traffic and weather reports focused on the central Maryland area as well as Maryland's Eastern Shore. Traffic reports should breathe with the traffic flow, timed to coincide with it. In other words, these resort traffic reports typically zero in on the approaching traffic at the Bay Bridge early in the morning, and then slowly move with it eastward through Cambridge, Easton, Salisbury, etc. On Sunday, the process would be in reverse, and should "anticipate" the traffic flow based on checkout times and, obviously, the weather at the beach. A rainy Sunday morning, for example, would send traffic earlier westward, as families decide to scrap the day on the beach. If the day was a "tax free" shopping day, obviously, the traffic reporter would keep an eye on traffic heading northward along Route 1 to the outlets. At any rate, the morons hired to do these reports are clueless, often out of town wanna-be broadcasters who simply want to pay their bills like the rest of us. Throw in a professional like Jim Russ weekdays, and you can easily see how pathetic these weekend boobs really sound. Speaking of boobs, if you'll excuse me, the TRAM is coming and I really need to get back on the beach. (8/17/17)

While the Mike O'Meara Show Podcast was providing quality original content on Wednesday, Don Geronimo/Mike Sorce regurgitated his "Elvis Death Day" show for what, 30 straight years? #lazymanPodcasting (8/17/17)

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Regarding AM stations that could be heard in Ocean City, WRC 980 was easy to hear. They even had comprehensive beach traffic reports in the early 1980s knowing people were coming and going out East. It also must be remembered that the reception of AM signals faced a lot less electrical noise from various appliances, wall warts, and industrial areas 30+ years ago. (8/16/17)

Looks like Liz Drabick, who has been a traffic reporter for many stations in Baltimore, is the new traffic reporter at WBAL Radio. Info on her Twitter page. (8/16/17)

RE: "1590 Ocean City is STILL DEAD. They made no money off of the station during the summer months." Don't worry, this isn't the only summer that 1590 has not made any money. Try for the past 30 years. It's a total waste. (8/16/17)

Oddly, the FCC has still not accepted WJAL 68’s request to share WUSA channel 9 as a sub-channel. That would substantially alter WJAL’s signal from really one market to another, however the FCC is in a bind, since they keep regarding Hagerstown as part of the DC market erroneously. What will they do? Turning it down goes against the Repack rules protecting stations turning in their licenses in a sense, but approving it might open up a can of worms in other markets. Hmm. (8/16/17)

WJWL AM 900 Delaware got license to cover approval to downgrade to Class D status and go to 1000 watts daytime with no nighttime protections. (Note to WILC AM 900, the coast at night is yours). Few people remember, but AM 900 used to be one of only 2 radio local AM radio stations you could get on the OC and Delaware beaches. Most people don’t remember, but it was WSEA AM 900 and WETT AM 1590 (or 16) in the 1970s. As I recall, WETT was more Top 40 while WSEA was more laid back Adult Contemporary. both had local news too. And Both had FMs that later became more successful. WSEA FM is now WZBH 93.5 and WETT owned WWTR 96 Rock. Now both AMs will be gone from the beaches. Anybody remember more from these stations hey days? (8/16/17)

The sale of WHGM 1330 and its FMs has not been approved by the FCC since June now. I had posted some previous issues with the new owner with a previous radio station down south that went bankrupt. As I recall, the WHGM application reported him as not ever previously owning any other radio station, so I’ll assume the FCC caught them on that and he might owe FCC fines from that fiasco that they’re not going to let go. Hmm. Should be interesting. Speaking of faltering AMs, just like Generalissimo Francisco Franco, AM 1590 Ocean City is STILL DEAD. They made no money off of the station during the summer months, keeping it dark. Are they really going to power it up again in December just to try to keep the license and pay all the fines? Seems unlikely. (8/16/17)

In case you missed it, on the August 4th episode of "The Mike O'Meara Show," Arch Campbell announces that Don Geronimo/Mike Sorce hates him with Mike O'Meara responding back to Arch, he's now part of the "rarefied air" club " The FREE interview is available at The Mike O'Meara Show - Page 2 of 385 - A fun mash-up of real life, pop-culture, news of the day, dynamic audio clips, and three guys busting each others’ balls... mikeomearashow.com (8/16/17)

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To the poster who referred to Andy Pollin as a "fuddy duddy", yeah he can be. But, in my opinion, he and Thom Loverro represent the only intelligent life forms among that station's air staff. The Junkies do very well with chemistry and shtick. But cogent analysis is hardly their forte. The midday hosts consist of a wanna be comedian and a 20 something with an overblown ego. As far as I can tell, the afternoon drive guy seems to want to portray himself as a fat, beer swigging, gun toting redneck (and he is damn convincing). The nighttime guys are cast off 980 beat reporters who simply shouldn't be hosting call-in shows. All around, a bad lot in my judgment. So let's give Andy a break shall we? That Saturday morning show is like manna from heaven compared to the rest of the station's programming if you are looking for intelligent talk. (8/15/17)

When does 11.3 and 11.0 make 99.9? Brian Mo! (cue the cowbell) (8/15/17)

A week or so ago, the topic of WGOP being off the air came up. Arent they co-located with 97.9 WBEY and some other station in some brick pillbox off the Pocomoke Beltway? I'm nowhere near town so I cant listen, but would they not *all* be dark if they shared a facility? (8/15/17)

About the person who complained about Ravens preseason coverage in Virginia, the game was also on NewsChannel 8 as all of them this season, along with Sinclair DC sister station WJLA 7. (8/15/17)

Re "Radio's Mike O'Meara..." Hammer meets Nail. For years, it has been rumored that 'Gus in [the] Gaithersburg is actually Don Geronimo / Mike Sorce. And what's the reason behind his recent increased mailbag posts? Later West Coast start time for his live Podcasting Show perhaps? (8/15/17)

RE: The guy bitching about Resort Traffic on WBAL covering a crash on the Tydings Bridge. HELLO.. you must be a special kind of stupid. Not everyone uses 50 to get to the shore. MANY people use 95 and 40 and go thru Delaware. As a matter fact, those north of Baltimore and PA typically use this route to avoid 50 and all of the headaches along the way. (8/15/17)

Dear fellow WBAL critic: In defense of Resort Traffic on the Tydings Bridge, I’ve got to defend them. Lots of people in Harford County, and the upper reaches of eastern Baltimore County, head for the beaches, via I-95 to Rt 1 in Delaware, especially if going to the Del. Beaches. Now the delivery of those reports is another story. (8/15/17)

For anyone who doesn't know, most of the talking points used for talk radio, Fox News, and conservative punditry, come from The Heritage Foundation. Karl Rove set up a system back in the 90's for Heritage to fax talking points to the "conservative media" every morning, so everyone can be on the same page-literally. Back then email was not used because Karl did not understand email technology and he didn't want the text easily forwarded. If you wonder why they are all saying the same thing, the answer is they all have the same fax-yes, pun on words. Emily Miller said this morning "who are these people telling us not to look at the sun?" Hard to believe this Einstein worked for a member of Congress, a Congressional committee, Colin Powell, The Washington Times, Fox 5 DC, The Examiner, and a gun advocacy group. No it is not, she was fired for incompetence in all those jobs. She even made a city wide scare, and created racial tensions, when she got confused when house sitting. I can't make this stuff up, she got confused, I believe it was on New Year's Day, when she was house sitting. She called the Metropolitan Police on a firewood delivery guy who had a key to the house, literally had just dropped off-FIREWOOD, and was walking back to his truck, after introducing himself, and saying "Happy New Year" to her when they met on the front walkway. She lied about the incident years later. Great get, WMAL! (8/15/17)

It’s been a month since WBAL canned Dave Sandler. In this time frame, we’ve had Ken Berger, Christie McIntyre (sp?), Jay Walker, and Karen (ah, eh, uh…) Campbell, and I’m missing one other. Another genius move by WBAL Management. And where did they get this Andrew Langer guy from for Saturday mornings ? TERRIBLE !! ‘BAL management philosophy for on-air “talent”: The GEICO School…’So easy a caveman (or woman) can do it.’ (8/15/17)

I tuned in to alleged news radio 1090 Saturday to see if things were as horrible on the weekend as they are all week, and, sure enough, they are. "Carlos" was doing a "resort traffic update" with not one mention of resort traffic, but rather an accident on the Tydings Memorial Bridge affecting traffic on I-95 north of Baltimore. And, as if that were not enough, the report was brought to us by Sherwin - Williams, which he kept calling "Sharon Williams." Where is "Jay Walker," the weekday traffic dude when we need him? What a circus. (8/15/17)

Re: "WMAL’s “Mournings on the Mall”: just when we thought it could not get worse....". I listened to about 10 minutes about Chris Plante (also under the direction of Bill Hess, the man who hired Larry O'Connor of Shirley Sherod fame) today spew his hatred and nonsense before I felt physically ill. Then as I was about to turn off the radio and look for a quiet place, Plante said that he likes to see the dust settle before he rushes to judgment. What? When has he ever? How can you tolerate this nonsense from a radio station under YOUR watch, Bill Hess? Plante is/was/is a birther who spread and continues to spread toxic hatred towards the Obama administration. He has called Obama "Hitler" and a "radical Muslim" and a crack addict on your airwaves. He embraced Orly Taitez, Cliven Bundy, Ann Coulter, and so many others who subscribe to racial hatred of what is now called alt-right. He zealously defended Gorge Zimmerman. Oh, I get it, Bill. You agree with everything Plante and the others say. you are one of them. Well I am glad you found a purpose. I hope you are happy with your friends. (8/15/17)

In regards to "Really, do they (WMAL talkers) get their talking Points from Sean Hannity?". I am pretty sure they get their talking points from some guy named Bill Hess. (8/15/17)

A shame about Neil Chayet, who I listened to during college and law school. Later, while serving a stint as professional liability counsel to the Bar, I had a case with his Boston firm as co-Counsel. They were very proud of him and his fame. He still did a few court appearances and carried a fair client load as well as his media work, and I believe he taught as well (as did Howard Cosell for many years). He was known as a gentleman, an all round professional and a genuine nice guy. They are in short supply these days....Genghis "I've said too much, now I'll have to kill you all"Cohen, in still soggy Prince William County (8/15/17)

Radio's Mike O'Meara (real name: Don Geronimo) told a lovely road rage story today about how his challenged wife followed someone into a convenience store parking lot because they had a confederate flag on their truck. www.fairfaxunderground.com... What a freakin' load that guy is. He couldn't fight his way out of a hospital gown. Gus in the Gaithersburg (8/15/17)

Pai squared: how the F.C.C. Chairman Pai became a darling of Republicans, was urged to run for office in his home state of Kansas, and helped pave the way for Sinclair’s and other media consolidations. Pai, whose parents immigrated (legally?) from India with “$10 and a transistor radio” according to the NYT profile, is considered a “rock star”: www.msn.com (8/15/17)

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"WMAL’s “Mournings on the Mall” So, the hosts of today's show are more right wing than Ted Cruz, Orin Hatch, Marco Rubio, Jeff Sessions, as well as a number of other Conservative Republicans in how they discussed the violence C'ville over the weekend! Really, do they get their talking Points from Sean Hannity? (8/14/17)

"WJFK’s Sports Junkies Summer Dress Party" And ladies, remember, Lurch loves backfat. Gus in the Gaithersburg (8/14/17)

Kristen Berset is back on WUSA 9... Multiple tweets, and I suspect a message on one of the FB pages. twitter.com/KristenBerset (8/14/17)

Baltimore Ravens 1st preseason game scores well in the TV ratings. Due to new licensing agreements, the game was seen in Baltimore on 3 different TV stations: WBAL TV (main Ravens broadcast), WBFF 45 & WNUV 54 (Redskins broadcast). Not explained is why 2 Sinclair stations carried the game, but I'll assume it has to do with the difference in the 2 stations' cable carriage in certain areas or time constraints. Due to no local cable sports network coverage though, the Ravens have lost some coverage in Virginia, the Carolinas, & WV. And, there were no replays of the game like previously. Also, I noticed some complaints about no stats on the screen on out of market stations due to the WBAL TV logo? More as I look into this. www.baltimoresun.com... (8/14/17)

WMAL’s “Mournings on the Mall”: just when we thought it could not get worse with the dreadful Mary Walter, Bill Hess outdoes himself with her sub host with poor Vince, the loathsome, gun toting Emily Miller. The discredited “journalist” Miller comes across as a right wing Valley girl as Vince’s winces can be heard when she speaks: twitter.com (8/14/17)

Explore an abandoned Baltimore radio station that's covered in mold... dailym.ai (8/14/17)

WAMU/NPR has a story about “Where to find DC’s LGBTQ landmarks” if DCRTV Mailbaggers are so inclined: wamu.org (8/14/17)

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Miri marshal leaving WBAL: Good riddance! Ugh. (8/13/17)

Neil Chayet, long time CBS News legal analyst died Saturday after a recent bout with cancer that forced him to retire in June. Chayet, based at WBZ in Boston, was known for his crisp, pun laden radio clips that dealt with major and minor legal issues, always signing off with “This is Neil Chayet, looking at the law!” his own version of the late Paul Harvey’s “And now you know the rest of the story”. Chayet had over 42 years experience that included coverage of The Boston Strangler, was 78: boston.cbslocal.com (8/13/17)

It looks like our resident crusader against the use of TV channel 6 as a radio station is now directing his ire against WMDE now. Well one good obsession deserves another. (8/13/17)

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DCRTV – like the WJFK Sports Junkies this year – celebrates on August 12, 2017 an incredible 20 years of covering all things media in the DC/Baltimore and now the Delaware & Eastern Shore market. Far better that the dreadful “Fishbowl DC”, The Daily Caller’s Betsy Rothstein’s “The Mirror” or any other DC media blog or writer, DCRTVDJDAVE has scooped The Washington Post, left DC City Paper spinning, and all others in the dust with his savvy coverage. Congratulations Dave for 20 years and here’s to 20 more years. (8/12/17)

Dave's response: Thanks.....

WJFK’s Sports Junkies Summer Dress Party in two weeks on August 26th 4:00PM to ??? at Whitlows in Arlington. Women, men and those between break out your best summer dress for the rooftop “Tiki Bar” for this FREE event. (8/12/17)

"Doc Walker sounded like some shuck and jive character," WOW, that's not too racist at all. Will you join me in a bean pie? Gus in the Gaithersburg (8/12/17)

I like Andy Pollin in general but he is such an old fuddy duddy. Last week he reamed against little league football. Today it was the "Kids Today and their devices" BS. Then, he finishes with golf is dying......OOBBEE (8/12/17)

While the “C” in DCRTV does not stand for “Charlottesville” certainly the dominating story in the DC/National radio, television and print media market today has been the events there, which range from violent to deadly. WTOP has a fairly straight forward time line wtop.com while Zero Hedge provides actual video of the car driving into protestors resulting in at least one death: www.zerohedge.com (8/12/17)

Up here in Baltimore I noticed WBFF & WNUV carrying the redskins feed. I know WNUV have been carrying skins preseason games for a while but why was they both on two channels? (8/12/17)

When is the FCC going to crack down on WMDE 36 (RF channel 5)? They’re licensed to Dover, Delaware, serve the Washington DC market, yet have more OTA reception in Baltimore! They’re clearly NOT serving Delaware in any way shape or form. They’re not even trying to get on cable TV on Delmarva! Technically, Dover, DE is in the Philadelphia market to make things even stranger. But the point is WHY was this station even allowed to go on the air in this fashion? The signal has LITTLE COVERAGE of Delaware and certainly not Dover! (8/12/17)

iHeart radio fans will be happy to hear than one of their creditors, Franklin Resources, is considering restructuring of their debt. I guess you could say they have had a change of heart or that they have changed their tune: Ma href="http://nypost.com/2017/08/10/change-in-tune-from-iheartmedia-creditor/" target="_new">nypost.com (8/12/17)

WTOP adding to the Powerball and Megamillion’s hysteria, asking people how they would spend the money if they won (best one: “Perhaps a donkey”). WTOP even has a photo of a Megamillion ticket and how odd would it be if it was the winner: wtop.com (8/12/17)

For the past two years I have had to endure the endless promotion of the storm chasing vehicles at the major local TV stations. Yet this afternoon when a tornado warned storm was just 40 miles west of DC along I 66...I didn't see any coverage from a storm chaser on any station. What do they do? Chase the weather AFTER it happens? Thankfully the TV folks in Oklahoma City deploy before the storms hit populated areas. In DC these vehicles are nothing but hype. (8/12/17)

Fox 5 Morning "News" fails miserably as a news program, and fails almost as badly as genuine entertainment. They do excel at gossip, blather, and drivel if that is entertains what their viewers. (8/12/17)

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Best Jim Vance News Bloopers of All Time...


Been meaning to correct some chatter a few weeks ago regarding the iconic WDCW tower at 9th and Peabody NW. I heard claims it's the tallest tower in town. According to my aviation sectional charts, the River Road tower is a taller structure. P of the AW (8/11/17)

Why is the FCC even considering giving Family Radio an FM translator? It hasn’t been that long since they sold off 107.9. That was after the End-of-the-World prognaostcator, “Brother” Harold Camping’s actual date came and past, and listenership went away. If they want to blanket the area, they never should have sold 107.9. Just sayin’. (8/11/17)

WRNR’s Steve Kingston literally said that WRNR is now WAR FM against this 103.1 translator in Baltimore. People have already contacted me at BaltoMedia.Net on how to file a complaint so I posted how. You need to use the Facility ID 200467 since the proposed FM has no call letters. Use the typical FCC complaint site: consumercomplaints.fcc.gov (8/11/17)

Regarding why Redskins/Ravens was on both WRC & WJLA, WRC is contracted to carry Redskins preseason games and WJLA is contracted to carry Ravens preseason games. Since the teams played other, the game was on both stations. FWIW, the game was also on CSN (Redskins telecast) and NewsChannel 8 (Ravens telecast) in-market. Everett W. (8/11/17)

[And broadcast television wise, why did both WJLA and WRC air the game at the same time?] Because WRC/CSN had the Redskins feed, and WJLA/NC8 the Ravens feed. Four channels for a freaking pre-season game. There was no need for the game to be on NC8. (8/11/17)

The WMDT ABC 47 Ravens broadcast was a total disaster. They don’t even have any of the stats on the screen except the SCORE! I’ve seen high school football broadcasts better! I guess they refused to show the WBAL TV or Ravens TV logo or something? Whatever the reason, this is very small town. Last year, you could watch it on WBAL TV or Comcast Sportsnet. This year, they totally fucked it up! I hope they change this for the next broadcast. :-( (8/11/17)

RE: WMAL’s first broadcast of Redskins game in 23 years. WMAL did an acceptable job but maybe a little overkill milking a meaningless game. Pre-game coverage started at exactly 6:30PM unceremoniously cutting of poor Ben Shapiro sub hosting for Mark Levin (thus “Get off my time slot you Redskins dummies” was never uttered by Levin), then the complete game coverage and the overkill was another HOUR of post game chatter until almost Midnight, way past Sonny’s bedtime. Worst moments: poor Sonny, age 83, sounding so weak you needed to turn up radio to hear him speak. Sonny sounded like a grandfather at a bachelor party trying to keep up with a bunch of drunk frat boys: either turn up his mic or let him go! The other worst moments were the exchanges between Riggo and Sonny about the “Good old days”: who cares? Chris Cooley barely earned his paycheck, Doc Walker sounded like some shuck and jive character, and Michaels wound up carrying the coverage. Overall rating: B plus for effort, D minus for overkill. And broadcast television wise, why did both WJLA and WRC air the game at the same time? Anyone explain that? Otherwise: the Skins still suck, go Nats! Signed, Dusty Baker (8/11/17)

Update: The proposed Family Stations WBMD on 103.1 FM Baltimore contour has been released by the FCC. It's a highly directional signal that is actually far from WBMD's tower and pointed away from it mostly. But WRNR 103.1 might want to look at this to see the damage if approved. (8/11/17)

I agree that the Fox5 morning show shouldn't be primarily considered a news show. In fact, the "Fox 5 News Morning" title truly needs to be changed as it's such an oxymoron. News is secondary to the entertainment focus of the show. (8/11/17)

For those complaining about the decline of talent and maturity in the business these days, give a listen to this. Here is a full 5 minute newcast from the American Information Network embedded in this WMAL video, starting at :42, from the time tone, the great opening theme, news, spots, and closing theme and button. The news from 1971 is interesting, but it is the seriousness and professionalism of the newscast that is most remarkable. H&W say that Tom Gauger is up after the news, but there are two segues and then a comedy sketch, following by Bill Trumbull... (8/11/17)


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RE: Fox5's "news" ratings: It is a joke to consider the Fox Morning Show "news" because it is really more entertainment garbage than actual hard news. (8/10/17)

"Gus, a Power Ratio is derived from a station's ratings and revenue share, and has nothing to do with its signal strength." Thank you for the correction. Allow me to revise and extend my remarks: I was calling the new WHFS's programming sucky, not the ratio of their revenue share and ratings share. In any case, Power Ratio is a useless metric for a listener deciding what station to listen to so WTF Guy Who Originally Said Power Ratio??? Gus in the Gaithersburg (8/10/17)

People on the Maryland eastern shore noticed a big change tonight. WBAL TV’s Ravens vs. Redskins broadcast was BLACKED OUT. This season, on much of the shore in the Salisbury market, you have to find WMDT DT 47.2 The CW to see the game. Most anyone can do that, but it’s the first time it’s ever happened. Also the game is in 1080i on WBAL, but 720p on WMDT. Doubtful anyone will notice the difference though. GO RAVENS! (8/10/17)

"Just got the email. Marc Steiner just released his first podcast. Does anybody care?" Hey...if you don't care and no one else cares, why are you taking space in Dave's Mailbag? (8/10/17)

I get daily emails from The Washington Post, but the one email really is kind of disturbing. It’s the “Most Popular Stories” email. It’s like a list of anti-Trump stories that appear to be from The Onion! This is drastically different some days from the “Most Important Stories” email. The only thing I can make of that dicotomy is that most Post readers are nuttier than their nuttiest writers! HAHA! (8/10/17)

There are a lot of diverse groups opposing the Sinclair/Tribune deal, but they all have an obvious axe to grind that will make their complaint have less impact. Comcast and the Cable Industry hates it because it will make them look bad when they cut all these channels off their channel lineups and get complaints. They want to blame anybody but their own greed and their complaint is total BS. The former FCC guy is a no-brainer, the one that wouldn’t even let failing newspapers be salvaged by TV station ownership. Copps is also the biggest hypocrite since he consistently approved Sinclair’s duopolies, some of which shouldn’t have been approved. Under Copps, both Sinclair and Nexstar repeatedly got approval for shell companies to do this. NewsMax is a competitor as its on many local TV stations as a sub-channel, but not by any Sinclair or any major companies. And of course, you have all the groups to the left for obvious political reasons, none of which will have much impact in the current administration. If the UHF rule is included, which everyone expects it will, Sinclair will only have to sell stations in certain markets. They are also attacking Sinclair on ATSC 3.0, and the FCC Commish is a big proponent of that, so I see that falling on deaf ears. Once again the cable industry HATES ATSC 3.0 and want it and free over the air TV DEAD DEAD DEAD! If the SBG/Tribune merger goes through, SBG will fast track ATSC 3.0 and Comcast and the ACA will be negatively effected since it will make it much easier to be a cord cutter. Another group says SBG will slow the ATSC 3.0 rollout. The fact that a lot of these complaints are contradictory is going to negate them, but force concessions. (8/10/17)

Just got the email. Marc Steiner just released his first podcast. Does anybody care? Has anyone fallen harder from radio without making a sound? I mean, seriously. When you get cancelled by WEAA, it doesn’t even make the DCRTV news headlines! (8/10/17)

Unless I missed something, Sept. 30, 2017 is the deadline for anyone canceling the WSPZ AM 570 sale to the Salem related people, so I don’t see anything to suggest the deal is floundering. That is the only date listed in the sale agreement to the FCC that I can see. (8/10/17)

WMAL is pulling out all the stops promoting via e-mailed link their Skins pre-game (6:30PM), pre-season game (7:30PM) coverage. Can’t wait to hear WMAL cut off Mark Levin mid-sentence to preempt! GO SKINS, GO WMAL: www.wmal.com (8/10/17)

Channel 4 news closing music, here: www.youtube.com (8/10/17)

Dave: After being away for a month, I've finally gotten caught up on the Redskins and I can't believe the awful coverage of training camp and every channel! Here's a simply question... why can't TV/Radio reporter ask pertinent questions instead of giggling etc...? It's quite embarrassing the coverage I've seen on CSN and all of the other channels. Also, what even worse is 980's daily content of dribble! You can really tell that Czaban's checked out and just waiting for his severance check while Sheehan has too many ummmmmm's going at this point. What's even worse is that we'll have to listen to Cooley remind us how he knows it all on the radio calls! The lone bright spot about camp coverage is the great material by the Post and their veteran reporters...such a good read. (8/10/17)

There were 1,100 Applications filed with the FCC during the one week window ending on 8/2/17 for new FM Translators. There are already over 7,000 FM Translators on the air. The FM Band will be so crowded you cannot find any new FM vacant frequencies. When will the FCC allow these translators to originate their own programming? (8/10/17)

I heard MFSB was Mother [Lovin'] Studio Band. Both stories make for really good deejay chatter. (8/10/17)

DRUDGE has nothing on DCRTV: Axios’ Mike Allen giving kudos to Drudge for his new “black and white” look but DCRTVDJDAVE adopted the “white on black” look long ago! Allen: “Matt Drudge — who has kept his look steady even as everything else in media has convulsed — made a striking change Monday, beginning with a "NUKE YOU" banner headline: His photos, usually colorful amid the spare typewriter front, were suddenly black and white.” Drudge: "We have clearly entered a historic era. It's feeling like The Roaring 20's this autumn with tech valuations at such hysterical heights. The socials, like Instagram Live, are alive with the spirit of Warhol. The sound of the atom splitting is looming over Korea. What's old is new. So, black and white and read all over!" More from Axios: www.axios.com (8/10/17)

For the poster asking about the background music closing the Friday 6 and 11 PM newscasts on Channel 4 - this from Wikipedia: Since 1975, MFSB's "My Mood" has been the closing theme music for the Friday 6:00 p.m. newscast on WRC-TV (NBC4), the NBC-owned television station in Washington, D.C.[5][6] From me: MFSB was the highly talented house band at Philadelphia International Records back in the day. They played behind all those hits from the O'Jays, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes and so many others on that label, and had a hit on their own with "TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia)," which was the "Soul Train" theme. MFSB either stood for "mother, father, sister, brother" or "mother f***in' son-of-a-b***h" depending on who you talked to - - - - - Larry (formerly) from Luray (8/10/17)

Dave says: "and this is a wonderful little radio market when it comes to locally-owned, locally-programmed almost goofy music stations." C'mon Dave, you really miss DC with its basically pathetic selection of music stations, featuring limited playlists, and commercial marathons, just about all of which are owned by iHeart. (8/10/17)

Hi Dave, I've enjoyed your website and videos for several years, nice tribute to Jim Vance. Do you know the name of the song NBC4 played only on Fridays after the 6 and 11pm newscasts? I moved from DC in 2009 and not sure if they still play it. When did Doreen G. go blonde, I didn't recognize her. Thank you, Todd (8/10/17)

Dave's response: I forget. Someone's gotta know.....

I was in Los Angeles last week and I was checking out DCRTV. On DCRTV I saw ads for Ralph's supermarkets and KTLA channel 5 while in Albuquerque an ad for Uncle Cliff's amusement park was right there on DCRTV. In Indianapolis last month on DCRTV was a big ad for WTHR's channel 13 Eyewitness News right above Baltimore's WQLL radio. Dave, I know you make money for local ads like for WQLL but Ralph's and Uncle Cliff's ?? KTLA and WTHR ?? Curious.Dave, does your site make money from those places ??? (8/10/17)

Dave's response: Some of my ads are served by Google's AdSense and they're based on the "cookies" on your system, stuff you've been searching for on Google, and even you're current location. Creepy, huh.....

Hey Dave every time we hear that obnoxious “Kars for Kids” ad does that mean the radio station gets a tax deduction credit? The ads runs at all times, even morning and evening drive times when it would seem that the station should be able to sell paying ads for revenue. What do you think the deduction is, for the full amount they could be charging or is it pro-rated? And is it because the station did not sell that time or because the station is required to provide a certain amount of time for non-profit ads? Please explain Dave (look, no links!): signed, Puzzeled in Potomac. (8/10/17)

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Re: Adams fires all the PD's, except the one with the lowest ratings... You ever think he is the one who works the cheapest. The Salisbury market continues to be a disappointment for Adams. (8/9/17)

Dave's response: I've been hanging out in the Rehoboth Beach area on and off since early May and this is a wonderful little radio market when it comes to locally-owned, locally-programmed almost goofy music stations. There's a cool progressive rocker on 98.1 and a doo-wop station on 106.5. Etc. Oldies stations that play real obscure oldies. Talk stations with strangely authentic local callers and over-projective WKRP-ish personalities who literally shill for advertisers at the drop of a hat. A funky and fun market for listeners. Yet, the salaries are lower than entry-level retail and it's got to be a hellishly hard to make much revenue even with decent ratings. Not to mention competition with local TV and a plethora of old fashioned print media, both freebie and paid. And then - gasp - there's new competition from social media/streaming. Is anyone under 45 listening to your radio station? Do they even know what a radio is? I guess Adams is learning that the hard way.....

So Adams Broadcasting in Salisbury fires all of their Program Directors except for the one who runs their lowest rated radio station WKHI. They reward that one with a promotion to Operations Manager. Things that make you go hmmmmm. (8/9/17)

Re: the DC tv ratings, it's somewhat misleading regarding WTTG leading the newscasts @ 7am, 9am &10am since if I'm not mistaken, there aren't any local stations doing news during those periods. Oh wait, channel 9 might have a show, but hear it's not that great. (8/9/17)

Memo to GE: yep, I'm still dead. Wanna stop running that commercial starring ME? It sucks being here as it is and knowing I can't depend on those residual checks anymore. I mean, shit, do you know how much beer Alf Einstein can knock back in one damn night? C'mon guys! --- Millie Dresselhaus (8/9/17)

DC TV ratings? Not too detailed.... washingtontimes.com: The District’s Fox affiliate, WTTG, enjoyed a strong July in the capital (market No. 9), with their news coverage finishing first in the market. This caps a run of several months of the station’s local coverage finishing at number one. WTTG Fox 5 news finished July in the top spot at 5 a.m., 6 a.m., 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 5 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. among adults ages 25-54. The affiliate’s 6 p.m. newscast finished number 2 in the time slot among the same demographic, as did its 6:30 p.m. coverage when measured against national newscasts. (8/9/17)

WGOP 540 AM is run by Birach Broadcasting. They are often off the air. They have no interest in that station. It’s totally automated and probably gets visited less often than most Coast Guard Lighthouses! They just hold onto the license because AM 540 has value. It’s called “frequency squatting.” That’s the modern day definition of “serving the public good.” Your only option as a citizen? File a complaint with the FCC. Maybe it’ll get some DC bureaucrat's fat ass hauled out there to see if they’re on the air and maybe issue a fine or threaten their license. consumercomplaints.fcc.gov (8/9/17)

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Looks like 96.7 is the jackpot frequency for new translators in the DC area. The first AM enhancement window closed last week and it appears WAVA (AM) seeks 250 watts from Fairfax Station DA, WKIK 65 watts ND from their AM site and WTHU 250 watts from their Thurmont, MD location. Interesting 106.3, 150 watts in Frederick for WARK. (8/8/17)

Dave, although fairly early since these have begun, any numbers or idea as to how Fox5 Plus is doing with their 8pm newscast, the Fox5 11:30 newscast and NBC4's 4am newscast? (8/8/17)

How The WKIK Call Letters Came To SoMD (8/8/17)


Goodnight Mark Levin: WMAL’s Maria Leaf announced that Thursday the Skins coverage kick’s off with pre-game, pre-season coverage at 6:30PM with full coverage of Skins vs. Raven’s game at 7:30PM. Levin listeners will have to switch to online to hear about his slipped disco, the drugs he is on that change his voice, and how liberals suck: Levin will lose a huge chunk of his market. (8/8/17)

(QUOTE) Did WGOP go dark and WLIE legally increase their daytime power, or is WGOP silent and WLIE taking advantage of it? (END) A Birach station going off the air for a month? Gee, that never happens... (8/8/17)

Someone asked about what happened with Channel 5's 10:00 News? Here is what it appears to be. The main anchors, Tony and Shawn, do three half-hours per night: 8 PM on WDCA-20 ("5+"), 10 PM, and 11 PM on WTTG. Sarah and Jim do the 10:30 half hour, which is similar to the other news programs now as a half-hour show of actual news. I think they all got sick of the fillers like drinking games, cooking demos, discussions with random people, and movie star actualities from God-knows-where; so someone decided that two separate half hours of actual news from 10 to 11 is a better choice. I agree with them. -- Carl in Olney (8/8/17)

OOO, OOO, OOO…YES, YES, YES (pounding on the table). No, that’s not Meg Ryan. That’s the sound coming from the WBAL building. The National Weather Service has determined that in was, in fact, a tornado in Salisbury yesterday. AHHH. Anyone got a cigarette? (8/8/17)

What is or did Fox 5 do the nightly 10pm news? They seem to have split it with T and S for ½ hour S and J for ½ hour. What gives? (8/8/17)

The last month or so I haven’t been hearing WGOP at 540 kHz but Spanish-language WLIE in Islip. I never used to get the latter from anywhere in the D.C. area. Did WGOP go dark and WLIE legally increase their daytime power, or is WGOP silent and WLIE taking advantage of it? Jeff (8/8/17)

RE: "....referred to the town as Salls-BERRY about a dozen times. Just to be clear, it's not pronounced that way, right?" I didn't hear what you are referring to but growing up on the Eastern Shore and having family that lives there that sounds like the way most people pronounce it, Sawsberry. Not an emphasis on the "BERRY" the way you have it in all caps. Sometimes you hear a slight 'bury' in there but more often it's more of a "berry" pronunciation. But maybe I never paid much attention before. (8/8/17)

In the latest FM translator application rush comes a new 96.7 FM for La Plata, MD for WKIK AM 1560 from SOMAR Communications. I'm sure WCEI 96.7 FM will be interested in this. There were no applications specifically for DC, but this is close as is the 96.7 FM proposed by Salem for WAVA AM for Burke, VA. Also Steve Kingston vows to fight the new 103.1 FM in Baltimore with a passion to protect WRNR in the Baltimore market. fcc.gov... — BaltoMedia.Net (8/8/17)

The FCC's window for Class C and D AM's to file for _new construction_ translators ran from July 26 to August 2 and the applications just now showed up in their database. Besides the previously mentioned app for WBMD 750 on 103.1 from Baltimore, I see DC-area applications from WAVA 780 (96.7, Burke) and WARK 1490 (106.3, Frederick). I actually didn't know that 780 and 105.1 had different programming schedules...Speaking of Salem, Atsinger/Epperson's purchase of 570 from Dan Snyder has not closed yet. This despite the contract specifying that closing is to happen 10 business days after the FCC grants the sale (which was July 12), and it took place right on the 10th day for his other stations. Possibly it has fallen through. (8/8/17)

Dead Air: The Ruins of WFBR Radio by Matthew Christopher www.abandonedamerica.us (8/8/17)

With all the talk of the Tv frequency repack is WRC CH 4 Affected since its actual channel is 48? Also I believe ION has 6 subchannels I think most subchannels could find a new place WUSA could add a 4th maybe more if WRC stays where it is they have just one sub COZI and could add a few more but I agree there making it slowly a pain in the butt for free TV (8/8/17)

Both WBAL-Radio and WBAL-TV are in a ‘was it a tornado’ frenzy again. This time for the severe weather in Salisbury. Again, does it really matter as far as a news story ? Geez. And to the poster over the weekend lamenting the lack of tough questioning by the eastern shore media on the woman buried in the sand, it isn’t one bit different on the west side of the bay. There are very few actual reporters, rather press release readers. Other than Jane Miller, there aren’t many that ask tough questions. As another poster stated weeks ago, it’s about ‘drama’ and not ‘news’. TV news especially is to reporting what the WWE is to reals sports. (8/8/17)

"Carpenter and Santangelo are absolutely terrible. I am a big Nats fan but they are the worst "homers" ever. In their eyes the Nats can do no wrong." Apparently, Biff has never heard the 10 times as annoying Ken "Hawk" Harrelson do White Sox games. (8/8/17)

Tonight on NBC4 Shamari Stone was at the Salisbury on tornado damage and must have referred to the town as Salls-BERRY about a dozen times. Just to be clear, it's not pronounced that way, right? (8/8/17)

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Dave, you’re both right and wrong. Regardless of landline delivery, the channels simply will not exist as sub-channels per any carriage agreement. You saw this with MeTV. Once WJLA dropped it and WTTG picked it up, it was not automatic or a clean switch. MeTV disappeared for weeks because Comcast simply did not have to provide another channel to carry it. With the Repack, it will be the same thing. The deals with WDCA 20 and WDCW 50 simply will end. There’s not going to be an automatic switch or must carry or any carriage deal for them as sub-channels unless they’ve already been renegotiated. So unless you know something I don’t, from the MeTV experience, this will be a messy switch. Comcast will surely seize up any bandwidth it can for other services. They have no obligation to participate in this repack from the FCC. The very nature of sub-channels is a competitor to the Comcast/NBC business model because it enables cord cutters to get more programming. There’s no doubt there’s corporate pressure to end free TV and Comcast/NBC is leading the way in Boston by denying the market an OTA NBC affiliate on purpose. That is why they will want to make these sub-channels go away. It’s going to be messy. Just you wait and see. (8/7/17)

WRNR 103.1 FM Grasonville, MD is facing another threat of interference in the Baltimore area. In the latest round of FM translator applications, Family Stations' WBMD AM 750 now wants an FM translator on 103.1 FM. In the past year, WRBS AM 1230 had applied for a 103.1 FM, but backed down under pressure. We'll see what happens this time. fcc.gov (8/7/17)

The TV repack is going to have a major impact on DC’s cable TV lineups. Still many things left in the air after the TV repack that we’re going to find out by Jan. 18, 2018. It’s assumed that WDCW CW 50 is going to be a sub-channel on WJLA 7, but how? WJLA already has Charge!, Comet TV, and TBD. How will they fit CW 50 in 1080i or 720p along with Antenna TV and This TV too? Clearly these will not all fit. In fact, probably only 3 out of them all with 2 in HD. WTTG FOX 5 has a similar dilemma. Do they move WDCA’s MyTV over in 480i or 720p? Or lose MeTV or Buzzr? And what happens to Movies!, Heroes & Icons, & Light TV? People do not realize that these channels will not stay on Comcast if the sub-channel over the air is gone. Not unless something drastic changes and I do not see Comcast taking the brunt of anything that they aren’t already contractually obligated to do. It’s hard to imagine that many cable retransmission deals could have had all this in mind. Will Comcast renegotiate these deals? They don’t have to. We saw how Comcast didn’t care with MeTV just recently. This time it will only be far worse. Baltimore has no big issues really, but southern PA has an even bigger mess. Tribune’s FOX 43 has turned in the license and there is no room for them really for sharing unless with a competitor. Seems unlikely, but who knows? Sinclair’s WHP CBS 21 has no room with 2 networks in HD & 1 in SD already. Would Sinclair make a deal with Nexstar’s WHTM ABC 27 to add FOX 43? Sinclair has too much leverage in this particular market. Will the market lose the FOX network? Will Sinclair force WBFF Fox 45 on the Harrisburg PA market? (8/7/17)

Dave's response: Most DC area cable TV systems rely on landline fiber feeds from most local TVers, not their over the air signals. I guess local TVers could continue to feed the subchannels to area cable systems even if they're not carried on their on air signals. Just face it - free broadcast TV will be gone by 2025. You'll need to pay for all TV by then.....

Nice report from the soon-to-be former site of WMAL’s transmitter. Here’s what I wrote about it in 2015: blogs.harvard.edu. Lot of info there, much of it technical and likely of interest to readers. If you listen to WSPZ/570, you’ll get some idea of how poorly WMAL will do with the new signal, coming from the same WSPZ four-tower rig way out of town. The old WMAL facility is inside the beltway, 10000 watts by day and 5000 by night, with a good ground system. The day signal is also relatively nondirectional. The new facility is also 10000 by day, but only 2700 by night, and aimed both day and night with a narrow beam (as is WSPZ) like a headlight over the District. It’s interesting to note that WSPZ had a much better signal when it operated in Potomac as WGMS. How long will it be before the WSPZ/WMAL land is worth more as houses than as former farmland? Cheers, Doc (8/7/17)

Dave's response: Technically, the current and soon to be former WMAL-AM transmitter site is just outside the Beltway. Check it out here as "this is not a dog park".....

Did you see that? The Frederick ratings are out today and no WFRE or WFMD listed for the public. It sounds like Aloha Trust (iHeartMedia) said sayonara to the costly Nielsen ratings service. Is this yet another clue that a sale of these stations is finally going to happen? The GM left. The WFRE PD left. The promotions director left. The WFRE 10-3 slot was absorbed by morning and afternoon DJs. None of those people were ever really replaced. A couple of sales people have left the building as well. While WFMD was starting to come back in the ratings, WFRE had just come off a terrible ratings period as it sounded more and more like one big infomercial. It would really do WFRE good to get new ownership as the station continues to spiral downhill. Perhaps they should change the call letters to WBMO. It's like one guy on air all day long. -insert cowbell here- (8/7/17)

{It appears like the majority of Nat's fans are not happy with FP Santangelo} - Sorry, this Nat fan likes him, his partner, the radio guys and the post game duo. So they are Homers, so am I! (8/7/17)

Will our investment in radio stocks pay off? Unfortunately, it does not look good. Wall Street does not believe in these stocks......All of them have too much debt. Their lenders are nervous about being repaid. Cumulus still at 42 cents per share. iHeart down to $1.45 per share and Urban One at $1.90 per share. (8/17/17)

Gus, a Power Ratio is derived from a station's ratings and revenue share, and has nothing to do with its signal strength. A Power Ratio of one means a station's revenue share eqeals its ratings share. Anything above one means the station is overselling its ratings. A Power Ratio below one means a station is underselling its ratings. Google could have helped you here, but thanks for playing our game. (5/17/17)

The Don Geronimo Show Paid Subscription Podcast cant figure out its audience. Per Mike Sorce Twitter. "Starting tomorrow the LIVE show will air daily in our old time." #notmikeomearashow (8/7/17)

Good Lord people, some of you are quite longwinded. That's no way to go through life. I was mocking the guy who feels the need to say "real name:" every time he mentions Don Geronimo. And if you don't believe I heard what I heard on multiple occasions on the nationally syndicated Don and Mike Show about Don's wife's pre-Don dalliances that is of course your right as a cretin. But thanks for the (longwinded and douchey) history lesson; who doesn't like a good head-on car crash story? Obviously Chris Core is not a necrophiliac and Mrs. Don's Real Name was not an adulteress. "But he worked at WMAL!" And if you're ever lucky enough to work at Outback you can bang someone who works at Olive Garden. And "Power Ratios" can suck it. I was criticizing the station, not the signal. But thanks for keeping the "sucky" meme alive. Gus in the Gaithersburg (8/7/17)

Got to say Dave Jaegler on Nationals TV play by play did an excellent job. Such a relief not having to hear Carpenter. Who was with the very capable Charlie Slowes on the radio side? (8/7/17)

"Carpenter and Santangelo are absolutely terrible. I am a big Nats fan but they are the worst "homers" ever. In their eyes the Nats can do no wrong." What has Biff been watching??? First off, I want my teams announcers to be homers. I'm not going to turn on someone who "Bashes" the home team. As for Nats can do no wrong, BC & FP have no problems pointing out mistakes, but they're not going to do it in a way that would ruin their relationship they have with players they spend 6months with. jag (8/7/17)

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Gus, Gus, Gus: “"RE: “BTW Chris Core banged Don Geronimo's 2nd wife when she worked at the real WHFS, not the sucky one everyone seems to miss. You could have led with that. Gus in the Gaithersburg” Bus in THE Gaithersburg: were you there?" Yes, I was. I was there by my radio when Don Geronimo (real name Mike O'Meara) talked about it multiple times on his nationally syndicated radio show while said wife, who had the studio hotline number was still alive. What's your problem bud? And I sincerely apologize to the stooge who was offended by the work "sucky". You ass. Gus in the Gaithersburg”... First of all, Don Geronimo’s real name is Michael Sorce as we all know. Frieda Sorce, Mike/Don’s FIRST wife died outside of Ocean City in a head on collision on July 10, 2005: she did work at WHFS and but I doubt she ever “banged” Chris Core, who was still working at WMAL (where he was for 33 years). Mike/Don’s SECOND wife, Janet, married him in 2009: she never worked at WHFS nor “banged” Chris Core. Maybe you are mixing up Mike O’Meara with Don but I doubt any of O’Meara’s many wives would have “banged” Chris Core either, let alone that O’Meara “talked about it multiple times”. Chris Core is a pathetic old man, as are Don Geronimo and Mike O’Meara and I suspect YOU. (8/6/17)

Fox News official web site still has Eric Bolling – wedged between his two hot female co-hosts – but has suspended him according to multiple reports: insider.foxnews.com... Now comes news that Bolling had sexually harassed yet another woman, who was also harassed by numerous Fox News hosts and executives, including Roger Ailes, according to Mother Jones: www.motherjones.com and The Huffington Post: www.huffingtonpost.com... It will be interesting to see who replaces him on “The Specialists” on Monday: probably another hot Foxy News babe! (8/6/17)

Don Geronimo's real name is Mike O'Meara, who knew, Gus? I am glad we have Gus to clarify and teach us everything we need know about local media and politics. Gus has the facts, just like "Drunk Uncle" on Weekend Update. Thanks, Gus, for enlightening us on Scooter Libby and Don Geronimo. (8/6/17)

WHFS post 102.3 was sucky? For years they had amoung the highest Power Ratios in the DC market. It wasn't until DC 101, with a better full market signal, flipped to "alternative grundge" that WHFS's revenues started declining. Gus, the all knowing, in media and advertising, please explain what a Power Ratio is. Thanks! (8/6/17)

Did someone take away Gus in Gaithersburg’s STAPLER again? Or did his desk get moved to the basement? Poor Gus. Well at least he’s still the area’s foremost expert on Apple Mac web browsers on his trusty Performa model, probably sold to him directly by John Scully with a Pepsi and a smile on one of those failed TV infomercials. Oh, WBOC.com fixed their Apple Mac Safari incompatibility that didn’t affect your “non-Mission Critical” antique. But you can claim victory there too. Here’s to the nurse’s jello! :-) (8/6/17)

Core Values and Clinton Yates's my take on WTOP are both horrible time fillers that I wish would go away. I only listen to WTOP for traffic and weather on the 8's and breaking news and then go back to streaming much more entertaining online radio stations. (8/6/17)

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Originally the Ravens website did actually say just WWDC 101.1. Now it has been updated to HD2 via 104.7 FM, so Dave you were not incorrect. They were when they first posted it. (8/5/17)

cnn team video court case... 12 years in the making... www.cadc.uscourts.gov... 1) looks like 117 employees will get some back pay... 2) dont get jobs back... 3) negotiating with union ?? if you have a lawyer friend go to it (8/5/17)

The Ravens DC radio affilate is not DC 101, but 104.7 FM and 101.1 HD 2. 98 Rock does have pretty good covereage down here in the DC area however. (8/5/17)

The Baltimore Sun is going to be evicted in 2018 says The Sun. The Calvert Street newspaper building will be re-developed into a multi-use project not including The Sun newspaper. No word on where The Sun is moving. Tribune sold the property before Sinclair bought Tribune, so they are not involved. The Baltimore Sun printing plant has also been sold to the CEO of Under Armour for his Port Covington development but The Sun says they have a long term lease for their printing plant. (8/5/17)

Urban One Stock Price is down to $1.85 per share. Give me a reason why this stock would be a good investment. What will the stock be valued at one year from now? The Stock Market is at an all time high; however, Wall Street does not like this stock. (8/5/17)

When does WMAL 630 AM move over to the Germantown, MD tower site? They will diplex with WSPZ 1260 AM. (8/5/17)

Sorry to hear that Albie Dee was fired as PD of WOCQ. OC 104. The ratings came out and they were better than ever. Adams is trying to save money. Doing it the cheap way never works. Remember, Ocean City is a market where you have advertising dollars only six months per year. In the winter, the market dries up. (8/5/17)

"RE: “BTW Chris Core banged Don Geronimo's 2nd wife when she worked at the real WHFS, not the sucky one everyone seems to miss. You could have led with that. Gus in the Gaithersburg” Bus in THE Gaithersburg: were you there?" Yes, I was. I was there by my radio when Don Geronimo (real name Mike O'Meara) talked about it multiple times on his nationally syndicated radio show while said wife, who had the studio hotline number was still alive. What's your problem bud? And I sincerely apologize to the stooge who was offended by the work "sucky". You ass. Gus in the Gaithersburg (8/5/17)

"Stop getting your talking points from Mark Levin and the Heritage Foundation. OK?" Time to stop your sweaty Captain Kirk leather Nazi fantasies, dude. I don't listen to Mark Levin and couldn't find the Heritage Foundation in a phone book. The reliably liberal WaPo, in an article entitled "Why You Are An Ass" explains that everything you said is wrong. Time to reverse the Scooter Libby conviction Now can we get back to talking about Chris Core's sexual history and why the post 102.3 WHFS was "sucky"? Gus in the Gaithersburg (8/5/17)

Here’s PROOF that Ocean City knows what happened to that woman on the beach. Even if you couldn’t see her exactly, you’d be able to see the lights of the sand sifter machine in the video at the time it happened. No media has even mentioned this webcam. Why? www.ccmdhotels.com (8/5/17)

Hey Dave maybe it is something in the water or culture at FNC because now The Huffington Post is reporting that years back “The Specialists” host Eric Bolling sent pictures of his junk to various women colleagues. Bolling, who has been mentioned at a possible Commerce Secretary for the Trump administration as well claiming he might run for the U.S. Senate in Illinois, is a long time FNC & Fox Business “talent”, and most recently was part of “The Five”. FNC and Bolling’s attorney are playing down the possibility that the story is true, and it is questionable given that it supposedly happened “several years ago”. Dave how come none of them hot women at FNC ever send nude pictures of themselves? More from The Huff & Puff: www.huffingtonpost.com (8/5/17)

?Carpenter and Santangelo are absolutely terrible. I am a big Nats fan but they are the worst "homers" ever. In their eyes the Nats can do no wrong. God forbid we should hear any criticism even when it's clear that there has been poor play. In regards to MASN how many more years are we going to have to put up with that stupid inning-ending theme music? And while I'm at it, when the scores are scrolled at the bottom, why are we seeing the score of the game being broadcast? I could go on and on. Regards Biff (8/5/17)

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There’s a reason Ocean City brought in no outside investigators in the mysterious beach death. They already knew what happened. They simply do not want it widely reported that the woman got in the hole herself or fell, then a sand sifter machine killed her accidentally by filling it in with sand. Now, it’s not the worker’s fault as he would have had no way of seeing her and they run over holes in the sand daily, so to them, it’s no big deal. But to the Mayor of Ocean City, revealing that would cause a HUGE LAWSUIT. And still might. But the previous post is correct. No local media down there questioned the result of the investigation or asked any tough questions, not WBOC, not WMDT, because the first media organization that does would be immediately BLACKLISTED from any Ocean City press events. Also, why has no one in the media even asked for the video of the beach that night? The Plim Plaza webcam is live on 2nd street every night and shows all the way to the water, so someone saw what happened. Shhhhhh. This could actually turn out to be a REAL “I Know What you Did Last Summer.” :-) (8/4/17)

RE: "The limousine liberal’s illegal alien chauffeur just told him he did accidentally." Sir, I am insulted. I am not an illegal alien. I am an undocumented immigrant!! Signed, Mr. Acosta's chauffeur (8/4/17)

It appears like the majority of Nat's fans are not happy with FP Santangelo and his rambling on during their telecasts. Why not focus on the positive? The Nat's have a terrific pre and post game show with Johnny Holiday and Ray Knight. Bob Carpenter is one of the most respected and solid play by play voices in the business. Dan Kolko is okay as the field reporter. Hard as it may be, don't let one guy in that MASN booth drive you away from the games. Thanks goodness we have Baseball here in DC and hopefully this will be the year they give the Lerner's a World Championship. (8/4/17)

To set the DCRTV records straight, and to tell Gus he needs to read more, Scooter Libby did “out” Valerie Plame” to at least two reporters in DC, Matt Cooper, then of Time magazine, and Judith Miller, then of The New York Times, according to those two reporters separate testimonies before the Grand Jury. If Gus can recall, both Miller and Copper were subpoenaed to testify even though neither went to press with the story Novak ran with. Later on, in Cooper's account of his testimony before the grand jury, Cooper claimed he identified Scooter Libby as his needed “confirming source.” Ms. Miller testified on January 30, 2007, that Libby disclosed Plame's CIA employment to her at a breakfast meeting at the St. Regis Hotel near the White House, on July 8, 2003. That same day, you should be aware, is the same day Richard Armitage disclosed Plame's employment with Bob Novak. Scooter Libby was on trial, not for leaking, but for lying to the Special Prosecutor and lying to a Grand Jury (denying he leaked). Gus, your other “facts” about Ms. Plame are wrong as well. Stop getting your talking points from Mark Levin and the Heritage Foundation. OK? (8/4/17)

Is Core paid for those "Values" he screams out on 630 AM or is his check from the sponsors he blabs about? No one really cares about Core's values. If Hubbard is paying him for that, I'm sure those dollars could be used elsewhere. Core takes up valuable news time, IMO. And as for the Nats' TV announcers. Huh? Carpenter still calls plays before they're complete and last week in one game, in one inning, he erred TWO TIMES! He is so bad. FP is tolerable but the "there goes the no hitter" thing is old. Please stop. And as for the Nationals, I wonder when management will try and break that record for a rain delay and beat the three hours and five minutes or so from a couple of weeks ago. How greedy that was to treat the paying fans that way. That was all about the then-weak bullpen and not wanting Gio Gonzalez to go out and pitch an inning or so and have to stop for rain. Too bad. That's baseball. What happened that evening was not baseball. When will Nats management start treating fans better? (8/4/17)

The FCC received over 1,000 applications last week for new Translators. The FM Band will be so crowded, it will be very difficult to find a vacant frequency under the present FCC Rules. Will this really help AM stations? Hubbard paid $1.8 Million for a Translator in Phoenix. (8/4/17)

Chris Core is right. He is not afraid to speak out. Why should our Tax Dollars go to NPR. They should stand on their own or just "go away". WAMU has a HUGH Budget. They are suppose to be a Non-Profit Station. They are competition for the commercial stations in DC. (8/4/17)

Lew Dickey come home.....we can't get our stock price up above 42 cents per share. Our Lenders want to be paid. What do do? Cumulus Investors. (8/4/17)

WBAL reports that there is an effort underway in Charm City: “Baltimore Residents Propose 3-Day Cease-Fire”. WBAL actually reports that: “Last week, the number of homicides in Baltimore surpassed 200, making 2017 a record-setting year for violence on the city's streets. As the body count rises, the police department has reassigned 150 officers to the city's most dangerous areas, but is still struggling to curb the bloodshed amid internal turmoil and mounting criticism. Mayor Catherine Pugh said she's developed a plan to stop the violence, but hasn't yet made it public. In the meantime, Baltimore residents are taking matters into their own hands, proposing a 72-hour cease fire that would go into effect Friday and last at least through Sunday. "NOBODY KILL ANYBODY" Erricka Bridgeford, a professional conflict mediator in Baltimore, is one of the organizers of the cease-fire, whose motto is "Nobody Kill Anybody." Bridgeford says no individual or organization alone has taken credit for the event, and that's intentional: That way, she said, it belongs to every single Baltimore resident. The idea is to persuade shooters to put down their guns for three whole days, and remember what it feels like to make a positive decision for themselves, and for their city. "We understand that this is not what normal should be, and we deserve something better," Bridgeford said. "Looking at each other and saying, 'We deserve peace, for three whole days' - that's powerful." Well, stay off the streets after Sunday according to this logic: what happens then, people go out in the streets shooting their guns off in celebration of the cease fire? No wonder DCRTVDJDAVE and John Waters love Baltimore so much! But you have to credit Tyree Colion for that good old American “I can” attitude: “"NO SHOOT ZONES" Tyree Colion is on a mission to convert areas of gun violence into "No Shoot Zones." He tries to create what he calls "invisible force fields" against violence by spray-painting messages on buildings and other structures where violence has occurred. Those most likely to pick up guns recognize these zones and neutral areas: They respect the space, he says. The messages "stop shootings, first and foremost," Colion said. "At worst, it looks like graffiti. But to different gangs, they know what this means: 'I don't fear police, I don't respect anything else, but I respect this.'" He's christened 27 such zones in Baltimore city. The fatal shooting of a 13-year-old girl Tuesday is what brought him across the line into Baltimore County for the first time. He'd come to paint a brick wall behind a convenience store, near where the shooting had taken place. The paint hadn't even begun to dry when four police cars and six uniformed officers showed up on the scene. The wall Colion had painted was privately owned, they said. Colion insisted he'd gotten permission from a store owner. After 20 minutes of back and forth, Colion was arrested and charged with destruction of property. "You can't stop this," Colion said to an officer as he was being handcuffed, pointing his chin toward a memorial to the girl set up on a staircase and decorated with teddy bears and a big bunch of balloons. "I can." Said Colion. More from WBAL: www.wbal.com... (8/4/17)

Yesterday, alleged news radio 1090 promoted its weekly (Friday) interview with Ocean City's mayor with a promise to ask him about the discovery of a woman whose body was found buried on the beach. So, this morning, they bring on Mayor Meathead (by phone) to make us sit through another softball interview that a 2-year old could have done, raising even more questions about this suspicious death the town immediately labeled as "accidental." What's even more troubling is how no one in the media - locally or in Baltimore or DC - ever holds the feet of this town's officials accountable for their deceptive, good-'ole-boy way of doing business. They are scared shitless that if their dirty little secrets about all the crime, corruption and political impropriety were ever revealed, it would sink their town deeper than the floor of the nearby ocean. The gangs and their intimidating prowess on the boardwalk, the seedy, nasty atmosphere surrounding the area near the inlet threatens the worn-out, yesteryear "family friendly" image of this resort. One of these days, Baltimore will take these yahoos on with one of the investigative teams to uncover all this shit. Can you imagine a month of Jayne Miller in that town? In the meantime, don't count on alleged news radio 1090 to uncover it. No one there has the beach balls to do it. (8/4/17)

"...the sucky one everyone seems to miss." Wow fella, just when I thought your postings couldn't get any more unpalatable, that one falls out of your face. Please, just sell your computer on Craigslist and stop now. (8/4/17)

Commonwealth Broadcasting made it crystal clear they are spending none of that $182 million dollars for the DC stations on MHz Networks. It’s all going to the Richmond PBS station and what other Shenandoah Valley PBS stations they own. WNVC & WNVT were only leased to MHz Networks. That deal will soon be over on Jan 18, 2018. (8/4/17)

Since when has The White House Press Briefing been preempted by The Jim Acosta Show on CNN? I tuned in thinking it would be Sarah Huckabee Sanders and that was on instead, babbling about the historical purpose and meaning of the Statue of Liberty, then about only accepting immigrants from Britain and Australia because they’re the only ones that speak English. Then the Race Card was thrown. I was waiting for chairs next. Was Geraldo busy today? Meanwhile, all these English speaking Filipinos named John & Jane stormed the stage demanding VISAS since they work for Comcast tech support! Then it got ugly. Oh wait, Jim Acosta doesn’t have a show. The limousine liberal’s illegal alien chauffeur just told him he did accidentally. :-) (8/4/17)

Frankly, F. P. Santangelo's (on Nationals telecasts) constant alibiing and excuse-making whenever the team's getting beat badly is starting to become very tiresome. During Wednesday night's 7-0 loss at Miami, it was a nonstop refrain of 'oh - tough to get motivated with a 13 game lead in your division when there's hardly anyone at the ballpark ...' coupled with reminders of how injury-riddled they are - give me a break! If the Nats are way ahead in a game (which happens far more often than the reverse), we of course get endless, over-the-top gushing about how great they are from F.P. (almost to the point of nausea) - and every trade is a 'tour de force' by GM Mike Rizzo. Does Santangelo really believe that viewers will tune in to a telecast, see that the Nats are down 7-0 and say to themselves - "this team's not very good - no point watching any more games this season"? At the very least, give baseball fans in the DC area credit for being a bit more knowledgeable and sophisticated than that. Kudos to Dave Jageler for doing a superb job moving over from the radio booth to fill in for Bob Carpenter on play-by-play this week, but unfortunately he has to work with a color analyst who's clearly been given orders from on high to make it seem like we're watching the greatest assemblage of baseball players ever to grace the diamond when they're winning big while concocting lame excuses on the infrequent occasions when they're on the short end of a blowout. (8/4/17)

As a broadcast operation, MHz Networks is going off the air. There is no channel space for 12 channels. As an international company, MHz Networks will still exist online as a pay operation apparently, but there will be no broadcast TV in the DC area. I cannot conceive of any situation where any concern comes up with enough money to buy spectrum space even if it were available. (8/4/17)

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RE: “BTW Chris Core banged Don Geronimo's 2nd wife when she worked at the real WHFS, not the sucky one everyone seems to miss. You could have led with that. Gus in the Gaithersburg” Bus in THE Gaithersburg: were you there? (8/3/17)

Looks like Adams radio has shuffled things up. OM/ PD/ PMD on OC 104, Albie Dee along with PD PM Drive on 93.5 The Beach are out. In is Chandler (Stephen Miles who exited I heart Salisbury in June) for middays on The Beach and PMD on Big 98.5. (8/3/17)

I'm still confused about MHZ Networks. Commonwealth Broadcasting in Richmond sold both WNVC and WNVT in the auction, and banked $182 million in the process. (Nice bit of money for a public broadcaster to salt away). But that means WNVC and WNVT go off air, right? And go off air pretty soon, I guess? Under what circumstances can MHZ Networks then still operate 12 separate channels (even at 480i) in the DC market? Where would that spectrum come from? (8/3/17)

NPR is still receiving our tax dollars after many years. Let's do something about it. (8/3/17)

The axe is falling again at Adams Radio Group/Salisbury. This time around PD Johnny Maze (WZBH/WGBG) and Albie Dee (Ops Mgr.) both got the axe ahead of the ratings. Look for more firings soon. How's that "Live and Local is our motto" working out for ya, Ron Stone? More like "Empty and Automated"...... (8/3/17)

"Is this the same Chris Core who defended Scooter Libby?" The Scooter Libby who didn't do anything wrong, who didn't "out" Valerie Plame who was five years out of the CIA and her entire social circle knew she had worked for the CIA? The Scooter Libby who was not Richard Armitage, Robert Novak's source? That Scooter Libby? BTW Chris Core banged Don Geronimo's 2nd wife when she worked at the real WHFS, not the sucky one everyone seems to miss. You could have led with that. Gus in the Gaithersburg (8/3/17)

Why are the Ravens on more DC media outlets than the Redskins in Baltimore? Very simple. People are watching. You can call them an “out of market team” or whatever derogatory term you want to use, but if they weren’t selling advertising locally in DC for the Ravens on both radio and TV, they wouldn’t be there. Also people equidistant from the 2 markets may be more prone to watch DC stations than Baltimore if they work in DC. There’s another audience not considered. The bigger question is, why can’t the Redskins get a radio deal in Baltimore? Baltimore has 3 different all sports stations, 2 of which have plenty of time available. The answer to that question is that radio ads would be difficult to sell for the Redskins in Baltimore. On TV, Sinclair probably does ok with DC people who have moved to Baltimore. But that’s about it. (8/3/17)

DC’s Telemundo TV staton is a victim of the repack. WZDC 25 will go off the air. Unlike NYC and some other major markets, NBC/Comcast/Universal does not own the Telemundo station in DC, WZDC and no sharing agreement has been announced between NBC/Telemundo’s WRC NBC 4 and WZDC. Is Comcast just going to let them twist on the vine before going off the air, then announce the Telemundo Network on WRC 4 just after New Years? Now the WZDC people do have some money. They turned in the license to the FCC for cash, but will they do a sharing agreement with another station that would cost money and also risk the Telemundo affiliation? Hmm. This should be interesting. :-) (8/3/17)

Just to be clear, I AM the person that most often makes fun of Vince Klepac. Sorry. He’s just the gift that keeps on giving folks. Vince corrected the 101.1 WSUX FM FCC application today which involves moving from 101.1 FM to 94.5 FM. Dang it. Wrong tower height AND wrong facility ID! Well that didn’t hurt too much. But it gets funnier, the corrected application has a more amusing error. I guess this is how they say it down south yaw huh? “WSUX FM SNAOWHILL, MD” YEE HAH! That is a copy/paste from the FCC app. I wish I could make this shit up! LOL If you don’t believe me, look it up… fcc.gov (8/3/17)

Since we're on the subject of NPR, here's the link to read a recent piece from The Paris Review about the old, weird days of National Public Radio. www.theparisreview.org (8/3/17)

The Dow closes at Record High today. Will this help the radio stocks? (8/3/17)

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Chris Core's take on the public's funding of NPR is typical of a narrow-minded and short-sighted segment of society. That such misguided viewpoints still linger in some unenlightened pockets of America today is sad, yet so typical of folks who know the price of everything and the value of nothing. As I recall, the ultimate cost of NPR's funding works out to just a tiny fraction of a cent, in terms of annual taxpayer "burden," but, Core, like so many two-year-olds, their "I don't wanna and you can't make me" attitude, goes to show why we can't have nice things. fortune.com (8/2/17)

The Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg bitches about local sport’s radio complaints about the Nats but says were need more: “Actually, we need more nerdy sports-radio debates about the Nats”. He trashes WJFK’s “Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier, the captains of the Good Ship Lineupop” but offers no answers to his claim. Steinberg gets paid for writing nothing and God Bless the Junkies: www.washingtonpost.com (8/2/17)

Is there anyone on planet Earth who thinks Chris Core's opinion is worth a half penny? Other than the fool who signs his paycheck? Seriously -- who cares what Core has to say about any topic? (8/2/17)

Re "Core said that...he thinks public radio is his competition and he doesn't want to fund them with is tax dollars." Look at the ratings info Dave posts on his site. (Thank you, Dave!) WAMU just so happens to be a public radio stations. :) It's a fact of capitalism that what is successful makes money and what isn't successful makes no money. If a station can make no money, why does it deserve to be pumped full of money when few people listen to it? My tax dollars shouldn't fund PBS stations; if the stations are good, let them make their own money, or even go on Kickstarter. It is shocking to me how anti-capitalist and anti-corporation much of America's population is. Oh wait, public schools and liberal colleges. Never mind, carry on. ;) From, Amar (8/2/17)

RE: Chris Core To follow up on Core Values, yesterday he mentions on WTOP "maybe the problem, Mr. President, isn't your staff. Maybe the problem is you." Hmmm, MAYBE he's coming around in his old age. (8/2/17)

WMAL talker and self-admitted “cute, cuddly Teddy bear” Rush Limbaugh totally disputes on his show today as “Fake news” reports that the Dumpster called the White House a “Trump”. Make that “The Trump” called the White House a “dump”. Limbaugh recalls that when he and his latest wife were invited by Trump to the White House last March, Trump proudly took them on a tour, asking Rush, “Have you ever seen this?” to which Limbaugh, who had toured the White House numerous times during both Bush administrations, even staying in the Lincoln Bedroom, politely responded, “Not with you sir”. The point is that Trump in no way criticized nor demeaned the White House as numerous reports are portending. So the quote, first reported by Golf.com and repeated everywhere from The Hill to The Washington Post is a classic example of “Fake news” that only serves to further infuriate Trump haters and drive up clicks & comments to The Washington Post (now over 2K). DCRTVDJDAVE has never toured the White House with Trump but if he did he would come away with some silverware as memorabilia: www.washingtonpost.com (8/2/17)

Re: the fake news that was reported by FOX news, anyone know if there was any discussion or mention of this on the local FOX5 news this morning? (8/2/17)

Why are the Ravens on the radio in DC? Because it's a popular team, not everyone can get WBAL or WIYY perfectly, and not every DC person knows which Baltimore stations to look for. But the big reason is: Local Advertising. Just as you might wonder why the Ravens are on WNAV and WFMD. It's so that local car dealers, among others, can advertise to local football fans on stations that come in loud and clear to their intended potential customers. And I think that's a smart thing; the listerners are happy hearing about businesses they might actually patronize, the stations get paid the advertisers get noticed, and Hearst (WBAL, WIYY) doesn't care because the local businesses on those stations aren't aiming at DC or Frederick or Annapolis (well, sometimes Annapolis); and it's not like they are losing Baltimore listeners to those out-of-area stations. The Redskins don't have a Baltimore outlet because almost no one in Baltimore has ever cared about the Redskins pretty much since radio was invented. And the Orioles are quite entrenched in the city after 63 years. And the Nationals come in nice and clear on WFED-1500 for the few who care about NL baseball. And, speaking of Sports Radio, what would be smart would be for WJFK-FM to be repeated on WJZ-FM HD2 or 3 instead of Bloomberg Business, and for WJZ-FM to be repeated on WJFK-FM HD2 or 3. -- Carl in Olney (8/2/17)

So Chris Core doesn’t like Public Radio. Is this the same Chris Core who devoted a full hour on his former radio show to shaming Martin Luther King, Jr. and asked why MLK deserved a holiday? Is this the same Chris Core who went to the Pentagon on the eve of the second Iraq War to broadcast propaganda nationwide? Is this the same Chris Core who, on his radio show, slandered then Senator John Kerry? Is this the same Chris Core who repeatedly said Iraq was responsible for 9-11? Is this the same Chris Core who refused to apologize to all the people he hurt by his own deceitful words over the radio? Is this the same Chris Core who defended Scooter Libby? I can go on and on, but whenever I hear the name “Chris Core” I am reminded of the 4,000+ Americans killed in Iraq after Chris went to the Pentagon to cheerlead for the upcoming war. I am also reminded of callers to the Chris Core Show, who had questioned President Bush’s statements, only to have Chris Core call them names and tell them they were unpatriotic, before hanging up on them. Yeah Chris, you have no business or credibility in claiming the private sector can do a better job on news than National Public Radio. Shame on you, Chris Core… (8/2/17)

Changing the name from Radio One to Urban One has not helped the price of their stock. It is down to $1.85 per share. Other radio stocks are not doing well. Cumulus down to just $0.42. How long before NASDAQ drops them? iHeart is still trying to work out a deal with their lenders. The iHeart Stock is at $1.30 per share. Wall Street has no confidence in these stocks. (8/2/17)

Why should our TAX DOLLARS still be going to Public Radio to promote their liberal agenda? President Trump was elected on the promise that he would "Drain the Swamp". Let's get rid of this waste of our tax dollars. Use the money to build new roads and bridges. (8/2/17)

Two things, first, for people looking for their Chris Plante fix on TuneIn, his show is available on News/Talk 990 (WEEB), you can listen to it here (beta.tunein.com). It also has the Rush Limbaugh Show, Sean Hannity and Mark Levin, as well as The Tech Guy...waitaminute...THIS LINEUP IS BETTER THAN WMAL!!! The second thing is...when will the 105.7 & 106.7 live video feeds go live? After 2/3 months, the "temporary" "technical difficulties" seem permanent. From, Amar (8/2/17)

Here is WBFF Fox 45's on air Goodbye To Tony pagnotti after 41 years in the business and 32 in Baltimore. Hard to believe it's that long. They couldn't show the most famous clip of his though from the WMAR days. Pagnotti went to college with of all people Howard Stern! Somewhere, WMAR has a clip of his interview with Howard just when Howard hit it big and it's hysterically funny because all Howard does is make fun of him for ending up a weekend weatherman. And he took it with a smile and played with the joke. foxbaltimore.com — BaltoMedia.net (8/2/17)

While Discovery Networks, based in Maryland, bought Scripps Networks, with cable networks like Food Channel & Travel Channel, owner of WMAR ABC 2 in Baltimore, Scripps Howard, buys “Bounce,” “Grit, “Escape,” and “Laff” – four niche broadcast TV nets. This has nothing to do with Discovery Networks buying Scripps Networks. The 2 Scripps companies were at one time the same, but not anymore. Might the GRIT or Escape networks end up on WMAR 2 now now that they will have no place to go soon? — BaltoMedia.Net (8/2/17)

OK A multi-million dollar lawsuit was filed against Fox News for manufacturing and disseminating fake news, and knowingly fabricating quotes in support of the machination. With a specific fake news piece now being scrutinized by lawyers and the legitimate news media, WMAL keeps their podcasts on line as proof of WMAL's involvement and eager participation in this political dirty trick [fake news] for all to hear. On the podcasts you can hear Larry, Brian and Mary, and Chris, do Fox News a favor by giving credence and advancing the false Fox News narrative of this disgusting slander. Way to go, WMAL! Expect subpeanas shortly. (8/2/17)

On Monday, 7/31, WTOP's Chris Core told us his "Value" was that he didn't like funding public broadcasting and wants Trump to kill that funding. Core said that, as he's worked all his life in commercial radio, he thinks public radio is his competition and he doesn't want to fund them with is tax dollars. He said the elimination of funding might mean public stations would go off the air but we don't need them because there are plenty of other media outlets these days. Given that Core works for the top commercial billing station in the nation, and that station has been losing in the ratings to public radio WAMU for months, it can hardly be said that public radio is competing; it's WINNING! As for Core's roughly $1.50 in taxes that he doesn't want to go to public broadcasting, I'm sure he'd be happy that it would, instead, go to cover the millions being wasted to protect Trump every time he goes to Mar-A-Lago. Poor Core. Let's start a Go Fund Me page to raise that $1.50 for him. (8/2/17)

I'm surprised that the Ravens have enough of a following in the D.C.-area to warrant their own radio affiliate. I get that the Orioles still have a loyal following here, but the Nats and Redskins don't have Baltimore affiliates, just the Caps that I'm aware of. Besides, I can usually pick up WBAL-AM or 98rock from my place in Virginia. (8/2/17)

WBIG-FM 100.3 carried Ravens games in the D.C. market last season so assuming that DC101 is indeed the new radio affiliate, the affiliation effectively switched from one iHeartMedia station to another. Everett W. (8/2/17)

Dave's response: It makes sense. WBIG gets much better ratings than DC101, so why interrupt the popular classic rock with out of market football......

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RE: "Solution to Q1370." Looks like we are taking a club to this dead horse again. Face it, this station will never be anything that Baltimoreans are talking about. Management has had plenty of opportunities to do something with the station, and each time they squander it. As long as it is owned my Mangione (sp) and managed by the current cast of characters, it will never be anything more than a write off. WCBM coasts on auto pilot with the national programming, what makes you think they are going to invest any kind of money to hire a local programmer, staff and crew to run 1370. Not gonna happen. (8/1/17)

Thank you for the poster explaining how the MHZ subchannels work my ignorance .Its confusing but am I correct is it in the DC area CH 20 and 50 are the stations(plus their subchannels) that must move? What about CH4 which is on CH 48? Why isn't low band VHF CH 2-6 used much? (8/1/17)

May 2017, DCRTV Mailbag “"THE [Rich] FAMILY HAS ALREADY ADMITTED THEY HIRED [Rod] WHEELER. RICH’S FATHER’S SIGNATURE IS ON A CONTRACT! All of these reports of [Wheeler] being a Republican political operative are simply talking points handed directly from the DNC to its media cronies." BREAKING NEWS! Rod Wheeler files a lawsuit against Fox News, and gives exclusive interview to NPR claiming Bustowsky was the locus for collusions between Fox News and the White House for manufacturing and disseminating “fake News,” in regards to Rich’s death. Additional allegations include Fox News fabricated [fake] quotes from Wheeler for the story, Fox New manufactured [misleading] questions to Wheeler, Fox News’ deliberate deceptions and red herrings in reporting, and approval of the fake news deception before release by President Trump, himself. Others mentioned in the lawsuit (concerning “fake news,”) include Fox 5 DC News, Sean Spicer, Sean Hannity, and Fox & Friends. www.npr.org... Not mentioned in the lawsuit, but still heavily involved in the fake news dissemination are WMAL’s Chris Plante and Larry O’Connor, under the not so wise (actually despicable in this case) direction of Bill Hess. In unrelated news, Donald Trump spawn, Eric, otherwise known as “Thurston $hitb@g the III,” Trump, appeared on Fox News' 'Hannity' Monday night to blast the [lame stream] media's focus on Anthony “the Mooch” Scaramucci's firing. Good God, make it all stop, will yah? (8/1/17)

Most people in DC wouldn’t care or get it, but John Waters favorite bar in Baltimore has closed. It’s the ONLY bar he ever frequented often over the many years, The Club Charles. While in Baltimore’s gay district, the art deco bar was never advertised per se as a “gay bar.” But it was a place to run into practically anything including Iggy Pop or Johnny Depp. I never met them, but I did see the lead singer of the B-52’s in there once. RIP Club Charles. www.baltimoresun.com (8/1/17)

WMAL talker and serial husband Rush Limbaugh and his show, still Numero Uno after all these years, celebrates 30th Anniversary today, which beats DCRTV by a decade. Happy Anniversary Rush: www.wnd.com (8/1/17)

Still on the subject of 105.9 antenna (Roddy): I think the original tower is still there in Woodbridge as the previous poster said, but not the antenna. (Sorry, I'm picky about terminology.) The original licensee moved the license from DC to Woodbridge in the mid-50s because that's where his other business was. Can you imagine how much more the license would be worth now if he'd left it in DC? The transmitter location moved from there to Hybla Valley in Alexandria for many years until moving to the current Merrifield site in 1985. -Pilot of the Airwaves Oh, and if you're curious about the origin of my nickname, have a cool sip of this... (8/1/17)


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