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DCRTV Mailbag - December 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017

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Hey Dave now that it has been nearly a year since Washington’s second most hated man, Bruce Allen General Manager of the Redskins (with Dan Snyder being Most Hated Man in Washington, DC) announced in studio with WMAL’s Larry O’Connor that all pre-season, regular and post season (at 7-9 this didn’t happen) Skins games would be carried on 105.9 FM & 630 AM, overall, how did WMAL did and did it benefit in terms of ratings? Do you think they will air Skins games again in 2018? Do you think it will be the same play-by-play line up (Larry Michaels, Chris Cooley and Doc Walker with Sonny joining only for home games) and do you think Sonny will make it for another season? And here is Bruce Allen along with Larry O’Connor making the announcement last February: www.wmal.com (12/31/17)

"But in this area, WDCA 20, WDCW 50, WUTB 24, WNVC & WNVT MHz Networks are all going dark from their current transmitters and sharing unless they’ve applied for some extension, although I’ve seen no such filings so far." You sure didn't look hard enough. 20, 24/30, and WZDC 25 all hold extensions until April 23, 2018 -- the original deadline is January 23, not January 18. Heck, even Wikipedia will tell you that. 24 is in the middle of moving over to 45's signal this week. 50 is the only one that has had no activity with the FCC, although they are probably waiting as long as possible to move over. As for subchannels, I believe that 14 and 50's agreement is that each station has rights to half of the total bitrate, so it's up to each to decide how many subchannels they want to cram in and which they value most. (12/31/17)

Happy New Year,Dave, and still alive! Genghis Cohen, determined to stay awake long enough into 2018 to tune into the BBC Shipping Forecast, in dark and frigid Prince William County (12/31/17)

WTOP reference in this story about an all-news station in Pittsburgh signing off tonight... www.post-gazette.com (12/31/17)

Sure looks like NBC's takeover of WZDC will happen tomorrow. On Sunday morning, two additional subchannels appeared on WRC: 4.3 "WZDC" in 1080i, and 4.4 "XITOS" in 480i. Both are carrying TeleXitos for the moment which is more or less Telemundo's equivalent to UniMas. NBC's new "Telemundo 25" website (telemundowashingtondc.com) has had a countdown to January 1 since the sale was announced in November. It's on 4.3 and not 25.1 for the moment as NBC hasn't completed the process of moving channels just yet. (12/31/17)

Happy New Year! Do you think 2018 will be better for radio? The Media Stocks are not doing well. Why? Massive Debt is the Demon! Cumulus is in Bankruptcy. iHeart is close to filing for Bankruptcy. Spanish Broadcasting System will probably file for Bankruptcy. The Good News is that the Stock Market is at an all time high! (12/31/17)

This has not gotten any news coverage at all because the media, well, just wants to ignore it. But Jan. 18, 2018 is the deadline for any TV station owner that accepted government money at the outset of the TV repack to turn in their TV channel and/or license. Not all accepted the money initially, so it will vary by market. But in this area, WDCA 20, WDCW 50, WUTB 24, WNVC & WNVT MHz Networks are all going dark from their current transmitters and sharing unless they’ve applied for some extension, although I’ve seen no such filings so far. Nothing will change on cable TV with those stations except that their previous sub-channel networks might be gone temporarily or for good. GET-TV & GRIT-TV as well as STADIUM seem to be most at risk of disappearing in DC & Baltimore. WTTG/WDCA and WFDC/WDCW and been curiously silent about what they’re going to do with their sub-channels. In Baltimore, we already know 3 networks are gone and won’t come back, GRIT-TV, GET-TV, and STADIUM, but STADIUM is viewable online as I posted on BaltoMedia.net. (12/31/17)

According to Facebook, Derek Hunter is subbing on WMAL radio this week. — BaltoMedia (12/31/17)

Sinclair specifically said that one of the reasons for purchasing WJLA ABC 7 was for NewsChannel 8. Stop the Trump Derangement man. Get some meds or something. There’s nothing in their financial interest to cancel a channel that has coverage on DISH, DIRECTV, COMCAST! Stop the hammering Laurence O’Donnell! LOL www.youtube.com (12/31/17)

It is the end of the year and iHeart stock is selling at 50 cents per share. They have not been able to work out a deal with their lenders. Can Bankruptcy be far away? (12/31/17)

RE: WETT AM 16 (1590 AM) I’m pretty sure The Hitman started at the beach there doing Top 40, later to go on to great success at 100 KHI w/ CBS Radio DC’s own Craig Heist, or at least as he told me. Great beach memories. RIP…... Joe (12/31/17)

The deletion of AM 1590 in Ocean City is proof that the FCC AM Revitalization plan is a failure. AM 1590 had two FM translators, on 104.3, & 105.1, total coverage regardless of the hampered AM signal, and still failed. Prediction… this is going to be a growing trend. (12/31/17)

loo katz starting an internet radio station? (12/31/17)

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It's extremely doubtful that Sinclair is killing off News8. The channel makes money. But it's clear that the all-newser is Hunt Valley's lowest priority. Remember the trade pub stories about how SBG was going to use News8 as a prototype for a Fox-ish national news network? Not happening. I'm told by insiders that the only time the managers in Rosslyn pay attention to Nc8 is when Armstrong Williams needs something for his wingnut talk show. (12/30/17)

Larry O'Connor's BFF, Milo Yiannopoulos, made the news once again. The gay alt right former Breitbart editor (Milo, not Larry) who defendeds pedofilia has filed a lawsuit against a publisher that rejected his contracted manuscript. In their defense, the publisher has released their editorial notes on the manuscript, calling the manuscript's contents "ridiculous," "preposterous," and "phenomenally petty." (the manuscript, not Larry). May I remind you Milo is Larry O'Connor's best bud. Anyway, The gay guy, Milo, not Larry, said in the manuscript that feminists are "ugly and sexless and have cats." Milo also stated gays should go back in the closet. The publisher did not drop the book because of its themes, they dropped the book because Milo did not back up his assertions well, or with humor, he just made the wild claims. Milo, may I remind you is Larry "O'Connor's Friend, and they provide beffetis to each other, like Larry putting Milo on the air. Anyway, speaking of Larry and associates, Larry subbed for Mark Levin nationwide last night, broadcasting from a Tulsa radio station, his "wife's" hometown. Larry spoke of "the deep state," his own ADD, and his disdain for Obama and Hillary. Larry made assertions that were just not true. On the other hand, as far as I could tell, Larry did not use the national platform to confess his infatuation for Mr. Belden from Saved by the Bell. Maybe he should have? This dumbass in Florida, Dan bonBozo subbed for Mark on Wednesday. Ever heard of him? Dave, I have $1,200.00 that I have no idea what to do with. I also have no plans for the wife and me on New Year's Eve. Do you know anything I can do for $1,200.00 that involves an 80's cover band, and mingling with people who are misinformed, and arrogant? Speaking of ridiculous "Conservatives, If Mueller knows what he is doing, he should interview the other radio marionette, Chris Plante. Mueller should ask Chris where , exactly when, and by whom, he was told to start telling listeners during the election that Putin is "a leader, unlike Hillary," and a man that "gets things done." Mueller needs to get answers on why in 2016 Chris praised Putin for being "strong," and "decisive." Chris Plante also talked on the air about how "Putin" respected Trump, and thought Trump was a "genius." It was well documented in the mailbag Chris Plante's man-crush on Putin in 2016. Was Chris Plante (and fired Brian Wilson,) a cog in the political interference and disinformation machine orchestrated out of Russia in 2016? (12/30/17)

Just heard that GRIT-TV and GET-TV are gone from Sinclair's WUTB My24. WUTB's Catonsville transmitter on RF channel 46 will go dark and My24 is moving to WBFF 45.2 on Jan. 18, 2018, which is the scheduled FCC repack shutdown of the station. It's improbable these channels will come back on Baltimore TV or possibly on cable either. So the notion that the TV repack doesn't affect cable users is false. These channels won't come back soon. It's definitely not in Comcast/NBC's best interest as a cable monolith. Similar happenings will occur on WDCW CW 50 and WFDC 14 in DC as they are sharing channels. Some sub-channel networks will be going away and will not be on cable either real soon, probably Jan. 18. — BaltoMedia.net (12/30/17)

DCRTV has it’s great “Best/Worst” list for 2017 and of course The Washington Post copies Dave with its “In/Out” list for 2018: www.washingtonpost.com (12/30/17)

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This morning Dish is showing a service interruption notice for News8. Yesterday they were simulcasting 7 and 8, Is there some kind of dispute or is Sinclair killing off News8? (12/29/17)

Final Week 17 NFL Maps are out and there are several major changes that are glaring. For the Fox early game, WBFF Fox 45 balked at carrying the MUST CARRY Redskins@Giants game that it was scheduled to get on Wednesday, and requested to change it to Cowboys@Eagles. Baltimore is a secondary market for the Redskins, so only the NFL League Office could approve this change. WBOC Fox 21 in Salisbury should take note. They're currently stuck with the lame duck game, although they have no such restriction on changing it. For the CBS early game, the entire region gets Browns@Steelers as the NFL has shifted the Ravens game from the 1pm slot to 4:30pm, which made no one in Baltimore happy nor the Ravens to the ridicule of the ESPN pundits this week. For the Fox late game, most of the east cost gets the Panthers@Falcons. As always, the full maps of the networks NFL coverage countrywide is at 506sports.com -- BaltoMedia.net (12/29/17)

Correction: Bay Country 97.9 FM’s parent company is turning in the license for AM 1590 Ocean City. (12/29/17)

So the phone rings, and I’m like, Who the hell is calling me from Laurel, MD? I do have friends there, but it was not a known phone number. So then, I listen to the unbelievable message. IT IS THE FCC CALLING! Ocean City’s WGBG AM 1590 was investigated by the FCC after my complaint of not being on the air for an entire year and they either chose not to pay the fine or go back on the air, so Bay Broadcasting is TURNING IN the license! First off, add this to the list of radio stations that Vince Klepac had a hand in killing off. But more importantly, something from my childhood is gone too. I remember AM 16 WETT Top 40 radio at the beach. There were FMs on the air way back, and I got them too, but WETT 16 was groundwave, not affected by the condos blocking many FM signals at sea level on the beach. That 1000 watts on towers practically in the waters of the bay across from the beach literally blanketed the beach with a monster signal from Fenwick Island to Assateague. Probably no one remembers that advantage now that so much other interference off the beach renders that benefit not valuable anymore. WFBR AM 1590 Glen Burnie could probably now blast 50,000 watts to the coast if they wanted to now that AM 1600 and soon 1590 will be gone soon. Not that there’s any reason they’d do that unless they switch to Latino music maybe? There are no protections to the southeast and east anymore for the station. So the FCC might be slow, but eventually, they do actually take action. And I still cannot believe they actually called me on the phone! (12/29/17)

Someone reported to me that the sign at WJZ 13 has changed near the entrance. WJZ Graphics packages have also slightly changed in the same manner. The changes are minor, but more in line with the CBS Corporate Owned & Operated logos of their other stations. This comes after WJZ dumped the Eyewitness News branding. WJZ still doesn't use the CBS station music package that almost every other station does, but they have been tweaking the music a bit lately. With WBAL TV now in a solid lead in the news ratings, will CBS enforce more changes on WJZ in 2018? Stay Tuned. Most other CBS owned stations use this intro package, from New York to LA. www.youtube.com -- BaltoMedia.net (12/29/17)

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There's been some talk that Entercom would bring the "Alt" format to our area on 107.9. As much as I would love it (and beg for a job there), it's not gonna happen. "El Zol" placed 7th in their target demo and considering that it's a rim-shot signal, that's really good. DC already has an alt-rock station that has a great signal and is under-performing. The Spanish format on 107.9 is the only game in town and they now own the audience, so why would Entercom blow that up for a locally unpopular format? The Spanish language audience is growing, so that station will unfortunately only continue go up. If you are the only real game in town playing a format that is desired by a small (but big enough) segment of the population, that audience will tune into a crap signal to hear it. Funny enough, that's what Alt-Rock radio did back in the stone ages and it worked for WHFS. It's too bad that Entercom doesn't have a Baltimore signal to use because the "Alt" thing would likely crush the unfocused "98 Rock" up there. (12/28/17)

Make it stop Dave, make it stop: DCRTV fans favorite repeat radio and now television ad, “Kars4Kids”, is being played ad nauseum day and night, night and day as we approach the end of the year and thus the charitable tax deduction giving deadline at 11:59PM, Sunday, December 31st. This week while switching radio stations between WMAL, WTOP and WJFK, the radio ad was on all three at the same time. And with changes coming to the charitable deduction from the GOP reform of the federal tax code, there is a certain hysteria to getting a deduction while you can and “Kars4Kids” is taking full advantage. My question Dave is how much are you going to miss the “Kars4Kids” ads after the beginning of the New Year and how come they don’t advertise on DCRTV? In case you miss the ad, here it is so it can rattle around in your head all day long: www.youtube.com (12/28/17)

I'm not taking a side in this, but if the owners of the carriers of Radio Sputnik are expected to registers as agents of a foreign government, then shoudn't the owner of WCRW-1190 in Leesburg, VA, registered since they carry Radio China International all the time. And then again, WYPR-88.1 carries the BBC World Service on its HD-2 channel 24/7. And don't forget MD Public TV carries NHK from Japan full-time, and MHz carries three Chinese gov't channels, 24/7, not to mention France and Germany and others full-time. I can see Radio Sputnik registering as a foreign agent but the people who carry the syndicated programming, not so much. Of course, that's not my decision to make, only the State Dept. -- Carl in Olney (12/28/17)

WINX used to carry Chickenman regularly in the late ‘60s. Jeff (12/28/17)

I don’t remember The Secret Life of the Tooth Fairy, but I distinctly remember ChickenMan on Baltimore radio and I’m pretty sure it was run on the Johnny Walker morning show on WFBR AM 1300. (12/28/17)

You can listen to the Russian propaganda on WZHF 1390 AM owned by Arthur Liu in New York. Is he a registered Russian agent? It is also heard on John Garziglia's 105.5 FM. Is he a registered Russian agent? (12/28/17)

I remember "Chickenman". I could be mistaken, but I'm pretty sure it was part of the madness of 'The Johnny Walker Show' on WFBR AM 1300 in Baltimore. Those were the days ! (12/28/17)

RE: "If Sajak wanted an FM translator, he missed his opportunity to file for one and clearly is not interested anymore." I haven't listened for a while but WNAV is also heard on 99.9FM in and immediately around Annapolis. (12/28/17)

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Last chance Friday to sign-up for WMAL’s New Years party at the Tysons Hilton: for only $529.00 per person, you get a room, dinner & drinks and get to hob knob with the likes of Vince, Mary (get her drunk & make a pass at her just to see what she does), Chris Plante and “Number One Girl (don’t make a pass at her as she might shoot you as she is a big NRA supporter), Larry O’Connor and his new bride Meredith (another NRA gal), Bill Hess (might buy you a beer or give you a show) and probably lots of WMAL producers, staffers and groupies (think Silvie from Waldorf). DCRTVDJDAVE it is rumored will be there if Hess would only comp him: www.wmal.com/newyear(12/27/17)

WMAL’s Top Talker Rush Limbaugh is out until the New Year and he has had a variety of guest hosts, known and unknown, and actor Nick Searcy is one of the best “unknowns”. Searcy was in “Justified” and “The Fugitive” and is well known in conservative circles as a hard core Dittohead who at the same time took issue with Trump in 2016. Great photo of Searcy with Limbaugh’s right hand man, Bo Snerdly (who is one of the coolest dudes in radio) as Searcy mans the Golden Microphone at EIB studio in Florida: twitter.com (12/27/17)

Allow an adult to intervene (Re: "So now its politically incorrect to report that someone might be a bit overweight..."). No. Wrong, as people almost always are when they charge "politically incorrect." As you said yourself, Channel 5 reported that the fire department responded to a patient's house and had to stabilize the steps to get him to an ambulance. No problemo, and the actual news was reported without incident. The problem comes when you get hateful and bitter, inject your self-loathing and say they should have reported "that the dude might be enormous [and] thus might collapse the steps if he tried to walk down." Here's the thing: you don't actually know any of that, there's no reason to attack "the dude" in a news story, and, btw, this is probably the exact kind of childish bullshit that has left you unable to find a decent job. Time to grow up, snowflake. (12/27/17)

Entercom has just placed their Alternative Rock Format in New York, San Francisco and Dallas. We hear the next market for this format will be DC. Which station will they put it on? It will probably be on 107.9, their lowest rated station. (12/27/17)

Cumulus stock is now selling at 67 cents per share over- the- counter. They lost their listing on NASDAQ. All the equity in the company went to their lenders when they went into Bankruptcy. (12/27/17)

I don't recall which DC/Baltimore radio station(s) ran his features "Chickenman" and "The Secret Adventures Of The Tooth Fairy," but area listeners will want to know that voice artist Dick Orkin has died at 84. Over the years, he was also responsible for a slew of clever, funny radio commercials, for Time Magazine, The Gap and many others. chicago.suntimes.com (12/27/17)

Receiving WMAL-AM at night in Altoona? Not unusual. I do think they are still on 5kW at the Bethesda site but the key at night is propagation and lack of interference. I did many remotes with Ken Beatrice from Redskins training camp in Carlisle. If he hadn’t been on a profanity delay we could have kept the station on in our headphones up there. -P of the AW (12/27/17)

Just killing some time in the Falls Church area this morning and decided to visit the former 1390 WEAM site on Crimmins Lane one last time. From the lay of the land I can still envision the studios/office house and I reverently stopped on the spots where each of the four towers stood. There’s still a very slight scent of Harry Averill in the air. Otherwise, with the help of 50 cookie cutter mini mansions, amnesia is winning. -P of the AW (12/27/17)

RE: WNAV. If Sajak wanted an FM translator, he missed his opportunity to file for one and clearly is not interested anymore. It looks like his fascination for his Wheel of Fortune radio toy has waned. And also, WMAL was clearly not from Germantown because the new signal with all the nulls could never drift that far. The new WMAL AM 630, both day and night will be about two thirds of the current coverage at a best estimate. I’d say half at night as far as interference free. (12/27/17)

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So now its politically incorrect to report that someone might be a bit overweight. Channel 5 reported at 10pm that the fire department responded to a patient's house and had to stabilize the steps to get him downstairs to an ambulance. God forbid that they report that the dude might be enormous thus might collapse the steps if he tried to walk down. (12/26/17)

Is WMAL still 5000 watts at night from Bethesda? I picked them up loud and clear tonight around 9pm (12/26/17) in Altoona, PA. (12/26/17)

I know it was announced that WNAV is for sale several years ago, but no such sale has happened and no such development for the property has gone through either. The prospective buyer of the property has a stiff battle on his hands with the Annapolis NIMBYs. No such sale will ever occur unless a development is green-lighted first. Otherwise, Annapolis would probably prefer the land be a park or stay the same. There is absolutely nothing on file with the FCC of any change in WNAV’s signal or any sale or changes in interest. And I doubt Kingston has any interest in selling WRNR 103.1. In fact, he’s talked about buying the Baltimore 103.1 signal as a booster for WRNR and is certainly fighting Family Stations WBMD application for 103.1 FM in Baltimore. Finally, as for Sinclair laying off people, actually they announced the exact opposite. Sinclair said it’s going to have to hire many more people after the Tribune merger goes though in 2018 and I believe at least 200 in Maryland alone they announced. It was in The Baltimore Sun. Ironically, the state of Maryland is suing over the merger to prevent the jobs and bonuses! Welcome to The Peoples Republic of Maryland. (12/26/17)

Finn - I don’t get it. You recently said “Put WNAV on 103.1”. You know economics. I know this first hand. Knowing money...tell me why Kingston should give up his money making format on 103.1 to put a format on that has LOST money every year for more than 8 years. Why?? (12/26/17)

Wilmington Radio News: WJBR adjust after Christmas to MIx 99-5, WJBR. Seems a bit more upbeat and going after WSTW. Rumor is long term morning man Michael Waite will return with a sidekick. No other word on air staff or day parts. (12/26/17)

"Baltimore area based Sinclair Broadcasting has announced $1000 Holiday Bonuses for their 9000 full and part-time employees after the Federal Tax Cut Bill passed." For all of the talented folks at WJLA and their families, let's hope Sinclair doesn't do this with the rich-want-more, anti-job-creation tax scam: "AT&T hands out bonuses to 200,000 workers, pink slips to 600 others" www.chicahotribune.com (12/26/17)

Ghosts of Christmas past on WMAL: Brian Wilson’s voice returned on Xmas day between 3:00PM and 6:00PM as a dated “Fisher House” fund raiser was aired with the former host. And here we thought he was touring with The Beach Boys or selling real estate: wilsonrealtygroup.business.site (12/26/17)

The powers that be @ WTTG have chosen to put Kevin McCarthy on Good Day DC this morning. Epic fail. Guess there was NO ONE else available to sit in for Holly and it was felt that only having 3 co-hosts wouldn't work. BTW, 3 co-hosts would have indeed worked out. Kevin is such a pitiful soull who will do and say anything to fit in. He needs to stick to his few minutes of movie reviews, not 2 hours of screen time. Hope this is a one time appearance this week. (12/26/17)

So, the subscription-based Don Geronimo Show Podcast now streams classic hits 24/7. Riddle me this. Is Mike Sorce paying the artists for their songs? #DCRTV24/7StreamingMusicChannel (12/26/17)

If the sale of WNAV (1430am) can proceed, Sajak and Hopp should take the cash from the sale of that dirt and make Kingston an offer he can’t refuse. Put WNAV on 103.1 Finn (12/26/17)

Boy, that’s depressing news about Boris Epshtyn moderating the revival of the McLaughlin Group. McLaughlin was conservative and provocative but intellectually credible. Epshtyn has been thoroughly discredited by anyone and everyone with integrity. Just another sickening chapter in the Sinclair story, deliberately fanning the flames of hatred as a money making business strategy. There’s no such thing as shame anymore. (12/26/17)

Don’t get your panties in a bunch! Since when was The McLaughlin Group not a pretty conservative pundit show? Gimme a break! Geez, even SNL did spoofs of him mocking liberals! Panic over Sinclair being involved is a clear sign of Trump Derangement. Seek therapy ASAP. (12/26/17)

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Baltimore area based Sinclair Broadcasting has announced $1000 Holiday Bonuses for their 9000 full and part-time employees after the Federal Tax Cut Bill passed. They've already been given DOJ approval for the merger with Tribune and are awaiting final FCC approval, which is mostly expected. —BaltoMedia.net www.baltimoresun.com (12/25/17)

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Regarding David Tate, here is some information: wikivisually.com (12/24/17)

Does anyone know what subchannel9s) WFDC will drop when WDCW begins cahnnel sahring with them? it looks like FIOS has jettisoned Bounce. Are it's days numbered in this market? (12/24/17)

The McLaughlin Group will be taped at ABC7 in Rosslyn. It will air on WJLA and NewsChannel 8 for a few weeks, then will be sent to SBG stations on a must-run basis. T/he rotating chair will be filled regularly by Boris Epshtyn, the Trump loyalist who left the White House under mysterious circumstances last winter. When Epshtyn is not in the fourth seat, it will be filled by another America First/Trump type, per the agreement producers struck with Sinclair. (12/24/17)

WRC's Lauryn Ricketts getting married next weekend. Adam Tuss presented her with this joke wedding veil at the end of broadcast. pbs.twimg.com (12/24/17)

We hear that Entercom will bring their Alternative Rock Format to DC. They are doing this format in other markets. They will probably put it on their 107.9 frequency because this is their lowest rated station in the market. They have a long term lease on their 99.1 frequency with Bloomburg Business News. (12/24/17)

Just curious, is David Tate connected to the broadcast biz? I Googled and don’t see the connection. P of the AW (12/24/17)

If you thought one station's Moss removal was big, then just wait until the ball drop, when they say Adios to the Eye & learn a whole new Alphabet. It's easy as 1-2-3. (12/24/17)

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Are we supposed to know who David Tate is? (12/23/17)

DCRTV Washington Post news: like father, like son. With the movie “The Post” in the news that features Katherine Graham and Ben Bradlee, portrayed by Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, it is indeed ironic that Graham’s son, William Graham, brother of former Washington Post editor Donald Graham, has, like his father Phillip Graham , shot himself to death. What is with these Graham’s and suicide? Just as ironically, The Washington Post reports: www.washingtonpost.com (12/23/17)

I think of you as a brother you and I are from the same time. You remember the same things that I do Merry Christmas (12/23/17)

I truly miss Allen Prell. He was ahead of his time. He would have made for a great character voice on today’s TV, but no such programs existed back then. I still miss his snow closing shows to this day from when I was a kid. He never took any of the snow hysteria and madness seriously, and always ridiculed the people that were scavenging the bread & milk shelves. He never hated political opposites either. He didn’t like bitter debate, always light-hearted. Something sorely missed today. He friended me on Facebook, but I never had much time to chat with him before he was gone except for one time where I told him exactly what I just typed here. To me he was Uncle Allie as I told him. That’s how I’ll always remember him. — BaltoMedia (12/13/17)

(The following is a transcript from The McLaughlin Group, July, 2016) John McLaughlin: “Predictions, Pat”. Pat Buchanan: “I predict that the McLaughlin Group will come to an end after your death.” John McLaughlin: “Thanks, Pat.” John McLaughlin: “Predictions, Tom Rogan.” Tom Rogan: “I predict I will host a renewed ‘McLaughlin Group’ after your death.” John McLaughlin: “You are correct. Bye, bye!” As Rogan rightfully predicted, “The McLaughlin Group” is returning in January, 2018 on Sinclair Broadcast Group owned WJLA (which means it likely will be syndicated throughout their broadcast network). No word on where the show will be taped, but it is unlikely it will be the WRC/NBC studios on Nebraska Avenue Northwest, DC and most likely at WJLA studios in Rosslyn, VA. Expected to return to the panel are Pat Buchanan, Eleanor Clit, and Clarence Page. More from The Hill: thehill.com (12/23/17)

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Softer sounds of 103.5 FM. The Moss is gone. Radio is cruel. No listener knew and still doesn't know the facts. But that's the way the airwaves fly. So long Mike. "Free---free at last." (12/22/17)

I got this cryptic message from David Tate yesterday. ["Dear All: I was attacked by a neighbor last night. Had to go to St. Mary's Something-Or-Other Hospital. My fate is uncertain. DCRTV Dave: Please publish this."] I DID reach him today and he was apparently punched and knocked down by a (suspected PTSD) veteran. His nose was bloodied but he injured his back in the fall backward. Police were called and he was transported to the hospital. He is home now and anyone wanting to send well wishes can write him at analyticalassociates@gmail.com (12/22/17)

THE PRELL WHO STOLE CHRISTMAS - Enjoy listening to the radio personalities of Maryland's 50,000 Watt powerhouse WBAL radio in 1991. "Radio 11 the closest thing on earth to heaven". Listen to the end of what changed Allan's heart. More personally, we lost Allan about this time last year. Allan was the last of the "theatre of the mind" radio entertainers. It was an honor and privilege to have worked closely with this radio genius as his producer/engineer at Radio 9 The Talk of the Capital WLMD. (12/22/17)

Again this year WHFC in Harford County will be airing the annual Golden Age of Radio Holiday Marathon starting at noon on Sunday. I always enjoy this....they do a nice job. And hopefully WXPN will be airing what can best be described as traditional Holiday music Christmas Day. If you ever listened to Mary Cliff's "Traditions" program, that's the type of music I'm talking about. Christmas morning isn't complete until they play "Christmas in the Trenches". Merry Christmas ! (12/22/17)

Just by chance I happened to tune in to Derek Hunter's farewell on WBAL 1090 just before 3 p.m. today (Friday, December 22). He said that the station didn't want him on the air anymore, and he didn't want to be on the station anymore either; he didn't exactly have a good time with the station but not a bad time either. WBAL is a much better station now that his pretentious, insulting far right wing blather is gone from the airwaves. -- Lw in Mount Airy (12/22/17)

One could be in a car or van with other people in the morning and WTOP with Mike Moss would suddenly assault our ears. Everyone, liberal or conservative, would tell the driver to find another station. Now I'll start listening to WTOP in the morning again. Thank you for letting me register my comment. Sincerely, Phil (12/22/17)

My wish for the coming New Year is that this childish Gus in Gaithersburg bullshit comes to an end. The friendless nobody posts constantly, never adds anything of value to the conversation, and has me reading the Mailbag less than ever. Enough is enough. Shut the fuck up already. (12/22/17)

iHeart stock drops to 36 cents per share today. When will they file for Bankruptcy? Will it happen by 12/31/17? (12/22/17)

FYI—News story from “THE HILL” website: Sinclair Broadcast Group will give its nearly 9,000 full-time and part-time employees a $1,000 bonus after the GOP tax bill. (12/22/17)

I remember Uncle Fred, too. His name was Fred Sayles. Back in the 50s, Channel 13, WATV, Newark, was so low-tech, even I as a 5-year-old could tell the difference. But everybody seemed to be having more fun, like a neighborhood get-together. And the station really stood out as different, because, being in the New York area (like the way DC's Channel 14 is really licensed to Arlington, VA), Ch 13 as being the only one in the largest TV production city that didn't ever look professional.On Ch. 13, you'd sometimes see TV cameras when Fred was moving around, talking to the kids in the audience and showing silent cartoons with cheesy music (as did Ch. 9; sometimes TV was desperate to show anything, back then). The display cards for IDs and announcements looked like they were propped up on an easel. If you Google "Fred Sayles", there is more stuff about him than anyone would imagine. Here is one of them: www.tvparty.com. The Channel 9 Cartoon guy in NYC was Claude Kirchner (www.imdb.com). I also have this vague memory that Morey Amsterdam was on Ch 13 in the 1950s also, but I can't find references to it anywhere, so I'm probably making it up. My kids accuse me of that a lot. -- Carl in Olney (12/22/17)

Saw this FCC app. Delmarva’s FM 101.1 FM, now renamed WICO-FM, has been sold to a group associated with WCTG called GSB Media LLC in Virginia. The station has a construction permit to move to 94.5 FM and closer to VA and will have little coverage of Salisbury, so the reason for WICO is kinda baffling. WCTG has often tried to get into the Salisbury/OC market and been rejected, but this doesn’t do that either. But the bigger question... Is the Radio Vampire of Delmarva, Vince Klepac, getting out of the radio business? I think this is now his last radio station. The guy who took all his poorly mismanaged stations off the air to pay his house electric bill when he got a turn-off notice while firing all his employees because he could never have any success or allow anyone to do succeed. The guy who sold a station to someone and then knocked down the tower (AM 1600)? LOL The sheer number of FCC fines, complaints, failed formats and fired employees and deleted stations that the FCC took off the air is mind-boggling, AM 1260, 1600, several off the air right now. Here’s the FCC sale paperwork. I say that purposely because it has hand-written changes and clearly the guy does not know how to file electronic paperwork without a FAX machine! So hold up a glass of egg nog in celebration that Vince/Vlad The Impaler might be gone soon from radio! fcc.gov (12/22/17)

What a holiday gift. Gus in Gaithersburg posted a Holiday Insult about misspelling and then a word that doesn’t even exist in the dictionary! This guy is just the Holiday gift that keeps on giving! I sure hope the nurse gives him extra jello this joyous season. LMAO (12/22/17)

Washington Kastles' Mark Ein to buy the City Paper. Jake Tapper, Ted Leonsis, Jose Andres, Anthony Williams, et al to advise and guide. www.bizjournals.com (12/22/17)

One of the last major market family-owned AM-FM-TV combos has gone corporate. KFMB AM-FM-TV in San Diego was bought yesterday by locally-based Tegna for $325M. Tegna says no changes are planned for either the TV station or the two radio stations. That’s “Corporate” speak for ‘We’re replacing all the chairs with surplus Martin-Baker products from the gift shop at Davis-Monthan AFB.” Just like the odds on Sinclair and WGN-720, I don’t see TV-centric Tegna keeping the KFMB radio properties for long. -Unsigned Corporate SuIt (12/22/17)

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I have to laugh about all the hubbub about recent Redskins television ratings. Give me, say a 6-2 start some season and the Redskins ratings will again be through the roof. Fans are like that. (12/21/17)

"LATE BREAKING: Gus in Gaithersburg’s abacas just broke. So add no longer being able to count to his resume." In other news I know how to spell "abacus". Second offense. You're not looking too sharp, etardray. Gus in the Gaithersburg (12/21/17)

Per: Bob Keeshan....................(This year’s entry features WTOP’s veteran traffic reporter, Bob Marbourg, who has been covering the Washington region since covered wagons roamed the Beltway and that icon of kids television from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s & 80’s, (that would have been seen, ironically, on then CBS affiliate WTOP) Captain Kangaroo (aka Bob Keeshan). Most notable are their trademark “bang” haircuts.) I met Bob Keeshan when he as Corny The Clown on channel 7 in NYC ate lunch with the kiddies. It was at Tip Gentile's Shop Rite Supermarket in Chatham, NJ (something like the 12th store with the brand name)...Don't remember if I got anything for getting to shake Corny's hand....I had gotten some Costa's Ice Cream when meeting Uncle Fred of Newark's Channel 13 ..then WATV....now PBS WNET @ the Chatham Sweet Shoppe.. Per Uncle Fred's show...mostly old cartoons were show....that is where I leaned..."Dirty Japies, I'll knock you sappy". Uncle Fred went on to own Channel 47 in Linden, NJ (I think). (12/21/17)

Actually, "fuck" is onomatopoeic. Listen closely next time you get lucky. (12/21/17)

Cox Radio Syndicate Capitol Hill Correspondent Jamie Dupree, a veteran of Washington media, has lost his most important quality: his voice. Dupree, once called “The Golden Throat of Washington DC” and a frequent guest on the Sean Hannity Radio Show, has been suffering from a mysterious condition that prevents him from speaking since 2016 and uses something called a “Boogie Board” to communicate with his associates and others. The Washington Post reports: washingtonpost.com (12/21/17)

The “R” word is a bad word? “Retarded - characterized by a slowness or limitation in intellectual understanding and awareness, emotional development, academic progress, etc.”. Perhaps you’re retarded and don’t know what the word means. Retarded isn’t a bad word. It’s a descriptive word. Fuck. Now That’s a bad word, Toots. (12/21/17)

To quote the movie Idiocracy “There are plenty of 'tards out there living really kick-ass lives. My first wife was 'tarded. She's a pilot now...” So, basically, I’m OK, you’re OK scrote. (12/21/17)

Dear All: I was attacked by a neighbor last night. Had to go to St. Mary's Something-Or-Other Hospital. My fate is uncertain. DCRTV Dave: Please publish this. (12/21/17)

The “R” word that is listed in the mail bag should be removed. It is not a good word. (12/21/17)

Yes DCRTV’s “Best & Worst 2017” is a much anticipated annual event and yes, WTOP’s Chris Core’s “Naughty & Nice 2017” sucks, but don’t overlook the classic “Separated at Birth” where doppelgangers are compared for similar looks. This year’s entry features WTOP’s veteran traffic reporter, Bob Marbourg, who has been covering the Washington region since covered wagons roamed the Beltway and that icon of kids television from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s & 80’s, (that would have been seen, ironically, on then CBS affiliate WTOP) Captain Kangaroo (aka Bob Keeshan). Most notable are their trademark “bang” haircuts. (12/21/17)

To quote the movie Idiocracy “There are plenty of 'tards out there living really kick-ass lives. My first wife was 'tarded. She's a pilot now...” So, basically, I’m OK, you’re OK scrote. (12/21/17)

LATE BREAKING: Gus in Gaithersburg’s abacas just broke. So add no longer being able to count to his resume. (12/21/17)

iHeart stock price had dropped to just 55 cents per share. When will they go into Bankruptcy? When they do go into Bankruptcy, their stock will be worth nothing. The equity in the company will go to their Lenders and Creditors. (12/21/17)

“Fort Collins TV newscast”….Is WWV simulcasting on the boob tube now? Jeff (12/21/17)

Forget DCRTV’s “Best/Worst 2017” list: WTOP’s Chris Core has his annual “Naughty & Nice” list which is as lazy as him. The former/fired WMAL talent is now a WTOP “Commentator”: wtop.com (12/21/17)

I just changed internet service provider from Comcast to Verizon after 30 years as a Comcast customer. I was baffled at the fact that Comcast allowed me to keep my Comcast email address, which has worked fine until yesterday with the system problem. The problem was fixed and email is working fine now. So if one is a Comcast customer, he or she will be able to keep his or her email address indefinitely. Really surprised me! (12/21/17)

For the record, BaltoMedia has never double posted anything in the DCRTV mailbag although I have seen some double posts. This is simply an anomaly due to the fact that Dave Hughes dumps Facebook posts from his wall to the mailbag periodically. The reason is that some people in the mailbag are not at all on Facebook and never see them or miss stories. I think people should consider this a benefit. In some cases I’ve already emailed a story. So no, no conspiracy theory here. Sorry. DCRTV Dave is a busy man. Give him a break. It’s not like it’s his fault or mine. Facebook and DCRTV mailbag are 2 different venues. It’s just a technology anomaly. — BaltoMedia.net (12/21/17)

"Got in from work and found Comcrap’s e-mail server ... Returned from a church dinner ... (Is a church dinner somehow different? Sounds like the sort of thing a Scoutmaster might say: "I returned from a camping trip with THE LADS) ... Unfortunately, where I reside, the only choice is Comcrap or Verizon. ... (Do you not reside on planet Earth where anyone can have infinite free email addresses?? ) - Unsigned Corporate Suit"... What is your position on pasta? - Gus in the Gaithersburg (12/21/17)

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Rumor is that Andrew Langer will be filling in for Derek Hunter while WBAL searches for a permanent replacement. (12/20/17)

Got in from work and found Comcrap’s e-mail server took a dump and wasn’t downloading e-mail texts. Returned from a church dinner and got the same imap server timeout message. So, I called and after a 10 minute wait, found out that the e-mail all of their customers has been Comcastrated tonight. I bet it’s not happening to their business customers, though. And, they want to raise their fuckin’ rates in 2018? I don’t think so! Unfortunately, where I reside, the only choice is Comcrap or Verizon. That really isn’t a choice. I think I’ll give Verizon a call when the new rates kick-in. -Unsigned Corporate Suit (12/20/17)

Dave's response: Why would anyone use an e-mail service tied to a cable TV company, which will go away if/when you drop your subscription? Dopey.....

BaltoMedia.net: You've now called for removal of posts calling you "retarded" twice. I find that "twice" part highly significant. "I could afford an old Apple Mac, like Gus in Gaithersburg" First, it's so cute that you say "Apple Mac". Sounds like you still think life is a measuring contest. I see the "retard" on your soul. My main machine is a Mac Mini Server and I use a Raspberry Pi as a media server. Don't get me started on the voice-activated Arduino. Also have an XRAID Server as a coffee table but yes it's hooked up to the network. You seem sensitive about being called retarded but don't hesitate to throw the term around yourself. Is it possible that you're just a dick? I only ask because a dick would get my name wrong like you did. Gus in the Gaithersburg (12/20/17)

I actually watched online the Fort Collins TV newscast a few times. If it wasn't a news story about Colorado State University it was your usual crime stories but they were always about Denver, If one wanted to watch those stories might as well watch the CBS station from Denver CBS 5 ok Northern Colorado 5 is not missed. I caught WMGM news a few times before they went dark as well. Sure enough most of the stories they did do were from Philadelphia and not about Atlantic City. I thought local news should be just that as in LOCAL. This had me thinking. How much does WBOC and WMDT really cover the eastern shore or is it Baltimore ?? If it is Baltimore might as well pump in the Baltimore stations and forget about WBOC and WMDT. Dittos with Richmond too. I caught WRIC's newscast not long ago and 90% of it was about Washington and not really Richmond. Would the viewers there care if say WRC was seen on channel 12 instead of WWBT ?? Sports it is always about the Redskins. Might as well do that from Washington and not Richmond. I doubt the viewers would even notice and money can be saved too. (12/20/17)

Since the fool who posted about the Entercom spin-off properties being placed in a trust seemingly didn't read my post in response a few weeks ago, I'm asking Dave to repost it: "To the moron who keeps harping that the FCC did not place any time limits on Entercom to divest the 19 stations required by the Department of Justice and the FCC to gain approval of the merger with CBS Radio... YOU'RE WRONG! Please read the following except from the FCC's Memorandum Opinion & Order approving the deal: 'Entercom Divestiture Trust (EDT) shall have six months from the consummation of the merger to complete the assignment of each of the Trust Stations or file an acceptable assignment of license application. If and to the extent that EDT fails to do so with regard to any of the Trust Stations, it must provide the Commission with a detailed explanation of its efforts to sell such stations in the confidential report referenced in Section 4(g) of the Trust Agreements submitted with the Divestiture Applications. EDT must continue to provide reports at six-month intervals until all stations held by EDT are sold.' Now please STFU!"... again! (12/20/17)

Some retarded kid wrote “Since I’m hardly supporting the Family Stations WBMD AM 103.1 FM proposal, I respectfully request Dave that the post calling me “retarded” be removed...” You see, this is what the retards do. They hone in on one subject and obsess about it ad nauseam. If I had a dollar for every post you’ve made about the Baltimore 103.1 in the past couple of months, I could afford an old Apple Mac, like Gus in Gaithersburg (who also, as of this writing, may be retarded). (12/20/17)

Well shit... Mike Moss has two fresh job leads right there on the front page. (12/20/17)

WMAL’s Larry O’Connor revealed Wednesday in the final moments of his show that he had been sexually harassed as a young man working on Broadway by “A MAN”: perhaps this explains Larry’s lisp and metrosexual demeanor. Larry recounts the experience around 5:45PM: www.wmal.com (12/20/17)

I did say "IIt's entirely possible that ... I don't understand what a pasta strainer is" and I appreciate the explanation: "the product in question looks like half a colander, curled up" The top half or the bottom half? The open half or the closed half? But you made an effort so I thank you, unlike my long-winded friend-o who seems to have some hostility -- probably due to his inability to get airtime. Again, BREVITY. Johnny Longwinded blew right past my "bowls with holes in them" and said "Gus it is a bowl with holes" He thinks he's Gibbon writing The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Always typety-typety, eh, Mr. Gibbon? I peg him as another member of the Can't-Get-Airtime Club and that understandably causes a chronic throbbing unignorable realization of inadequacy. This sort of thing (pasta strainer) has been used in restaurant kitchens forever. Because they can't be arsed (British English) to heat new pasta water every time. In a pinch, tongs, a byproduct of the space program, work a treat. Or the big metal mesh ladle that Chinese cooks use. I doubt they were developed specifically for the one-armed, or if you prefer "the differently armed". On the other hand, random anonymous possibly made-up 17 year olds have been known as sages for millenia. WSVG is still streaming strong, virus free! Gus in the Gaithersburg (12/20/17)

FYI—WCVE Radio in Richmond announced Wednesday that it has purchased two FM radio stations from Alpha Media—107.3 FM and 93.1 FM. There are more details at the WCVE website. (12/20/17)

Any word on why Derek Hunter is leaving WBAL radio? Thanks, Ed (12/20/17)

WaPo's Gene Weingarten, friend of humorist Dave Barry and self-admitted harasser of a woman not his wife on the DC Metro, said this in chat today: "Are you gay or straight?" "Straight" came back the reply. "Good, then." said our Gene. washingtonpost.com... Has Bezos made some backdoor investment in homophobia? Gus in the Gaithersburg. (12/20/17)

Since I’m hardly supporting the Family Stations WBMD AM 103.1 FM proposal, I respectfully request Dave that the post calling me “retarded” be removed. If not for me, Steve Kingston wouldn’t even KNOW about it! I found him on Facebook and thought I’d warn him. Kingston said that his lawyers couldn’t find any record of it and I told him that he’s overpaying them since I found it. The FCC does NOT warn affected stations on any of these translators. They just look at the tech specs and throw the shit at the wall and see if it sticks. The obligation is on the station interfered with to be somehow clairvoyant or rely on listener or advertiser complaints. The FCC also does not consider the Chesapeake Bay or conductive water in these applications. If not for the bay, WRNR would not be received well in Baltimore at all, but because of it, they have a very good signal south and east of Baltimore and an abundance of listeners around Baltimore, except for west of the city. The FCC doesn’t really care about that unless you can show a financial grievance or show listener complaints, which I’m sure there will be if approved. So WRNR and Family Stations will now get lawyered up. — BaltoMedia.net (12/20/17)

A few months ago, Gus was asked “what a power ratio is,” and Gus, who doesn’t know how to use Google, guessed it had something to do with engineering. Now, Gus doesn’t know what a pasta strainer is? Gus it is a bowl with holes, and you pour the scalding hot water with the pasta in the strainer, the dangerously hot water goes down the drain, leaving you with the pasta (Noodles) in the strainer. Now, with the use of one arm, trying to pour scalding hot water into a strainer, and transfering hot pasta back to the pot is clumsy and dangerous. A 17 year old explained to the call screener the product the sub host was ranting against was designed for people with disabilities. The company that designed the strainer should be praised, not scolded. However, the sub host kept saying, “If you can’t make pasta, you shouldn’t be eating pasta,” a self-centered, illogical, and demeaning statement unknowingly, yet dead on, directed toward the disabled. Take into consideration what Richard Hammond said just last week, "Able-bodied people like to think that everything that could be done to make life easier and convenient for disabled people has been done, but, when you find yourself in that position, you realise [Brit. Eng.] it really, really hasn't." I am sure the WMAL host (just like all other hosts on WMAL) wasn’t aware of how stupid and cruelly insensitive his rant was, but, when given the opportunity to correct his cruel, uneducated rantings, they did nothing. A 17 year old called, and in good faith, explained why the host was way off base. the call screener, did not put the 17 year old on the air, or inform the host to stop ranting against the company that is actually doing magnanimous work in helping the disabled. Again, Gus, WMAL had an opportunity to educate their host and their audience, correct a stupid and callous thing the host kept saying, and the call screener chose not to. She did not act in good faith. Dale Carnegie said, “When you are wrong, admit it quickly.” In WMAL’s case, it is “When you are wrong, hang up on the caller, double down, and rant against Hillary Clinton..” (12/20/17)

"......I think the FCC needs to take a stronger stance on monopoly network corporations pulling affiliations in small markets that cost the market of any local TV news. "...It would be nice if the would do that but the FCC doesn't care about these things and frankly a good chunk of the viewers too. One thing about WMGM that is often overlooked is that the viewers in South Jersey would rater watch Philly's WCAU than WMGM. Same thing in Hagerstown and Winchester with WHAG and TV 3. A lot of the Hagerstown radio stations noticed that, that DC's NBC 4 has more viewers in Hagerstown than WHAG. People will post on Facebook things from NBC 4 and WJLA but rare did they do the same with WHAG and TV 3 Winchester because they didn't watch either channel. Then you have Fort Collins, Colorado who lost their CBS 5 years ago. Few cried over that and they continue to get CBS in Denver. The viewers there would rather watch Denver's news than their own, You have to get the viewers interested in their local news first and oddly enough that is tough to do. (12/20/17)

Gus, the product in question looks like half a colander, curled up. The redesigned sieve securely clips on to the pot, making it one unit, allowing the user to pour the water out of the pot, and though its attached strainer. Using it correctly, it avoids splashing of boiling hot water, getting water backed up in the drain so the pasta doesn’t get in contact with the germs in the sink, and the user doesn’t need to transfer the hot, wet, pasta back into the pot. It is not your typical colander, and was designed to be used easily with only one arm. I hope I explained it to you enough so you don’t go into another Abe Simpson-like rant. The host on WMAL was ill-informed, and the call screener didn’t want a caller to make the host look like a complete jackass, even though he was doing a fine job on his own, proving just that. UMMMMM!…Hot, Wet, Pasta! Signed, Homer Simpson (12/20/17)

Entercom has placed some of the stations in their "Divestiture Trust" in order to comply with FCC Rules. There is a loophole in the FCC Rules. There is NO Time Limit on when you must divest these stations. You can keep them forever! Remember, when iHeart placed their stations in their "Trust" ten years ago, they still own them and have enjoyed the cash flow from the stations all these years. Shame on the FCC for not changing this rule. They seem to just look the other way. When the new Chairman of the FCC came in he said that he would change the rules that were out of date or unfair. He seems to have missed this rule. (12/20/17)

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I missed the incident on WMAL. What is the name of the person who filled-in & made fun? What's the name of the company that makes the products to assist the disabled, elderly or veterans? (12/19/17)

As of today's FCC filings, Family Stations' 103.1 FM application tendered for filing for WBMD AM 750 has been accepted for filing by the FCC. What does that mean? Well simply that the application is in order and has no immediate flags for dismissal. So it will go forward for now even though Empire Broadcasting is gathering support and planning legal efforts to fight this as a threat to WRNR 103.1 Grasonville's signal in the Baltimore area and advertising base. I see no changes in the application technically to reduce any interference to WRNR 103.1. —BaltoMedia.net (12/19/17)

Some shore news that has gone unnoticed. This has gotten almost no news whatsoever because the TV station is not currently on the air, but WBOC TV owner Draper Trust (most likely before his untimely death) has quietly purchased an LPTV in south Jersey on channel 33, WSJZ-LD. The station was originally licensed to Rehoboth Beach as a religious station that never went on the air, but the COL was changed to Ocean View, NJ. I’m curious what their plans are. A Telemundo translator in South Jersey? I think it’s a safe bet neither CBS or Fox would let WBOC put a translator of WBOC CBS 16 or Fox 21 there. Since the loss of WMGM NBC 40 in Wildwood, south Jersey has had no local TV station at all, well none that acts as a local TV station or network station. Along with consolidation concerns, I think the FCC needs to take a stronger stance on monopoly network corporations pulling affiliations in small markets that cost the market of any local TV news. — BaltoMedia.net (12/19/17)

RE: “Did you forget to send Dave Hughes a Christmas present? He works hard all year to send you the latest information on DC Broadcasting. You get it FREE! I am putting my check in the mail now to remember him and thank him for his work. (12/19/17) Dave's response: Wow!” My response: NOTHING is FREE but I feel ya and I am proud to say that not only did I send DCRTVDJDAVE a Christmas card but I also sent him a buck (that’s one dollar, $1.00 for those of you in Rio Linda) and I am challenging all DCRTV fans to do the same. SEND DAVE A BUCK FOR CHRISTMAS or we will shoot Cheeseface!!! Kinda reminds me of this famous National Lampoon cover: wikipedia.org (12/19/17)

Great news, 105.7 The Fan's live video feed is back online. You can watch it here: sports.cbslocal.com... From, Amar (12/19/17)

It's entirely possible that due to my advanced age (adulthood) I don't understand what a pasta strainer is, but apparently according to some random 17 year old bowls with holes in them and/or kitchen implements incorporating screens were funded by some government program. Doesn't it make more sense that pasta strainers were invented hundreds of years ago for able-bodied people and happen to be helpful for folks missing an arm? "Egg breaker" is also beyond my ken. Who uses two hands to break an egg? www.insidejobs.com... Twas also a cautionary tale: the poster is party to raising the next generation of dullards who can't get past a call screener. A call without airtime is a wasted call. One final word for you my friend: "Brevity". Gus in the Gaithersburg (12/19/17)

Did you forget to send Dave Hughes a Christmas present? He works hard all year to send you the latest information on DC Broadcasting. You get it FREE! I am putting my check in the mail now to remember him and thank him for his work. (12/19/17)

Dave's response: Wow!

Is the baltomedia guy retarded? Maybe Cathy Molloy can put him to work at Goodwill as she has done with other mentally handicapped former radio individuals. (12/19/17)

Dave, Would you happen to know when Maureen McClain's stint at WASH FM ended? Interned there a while back. Thanks much, Mike (12/19/17)

What happened to Aly Jacobs on 98.7fm, did she move to another station? (12/19/17)

Okay....who is harder on the ears and tougher to listen to, Dave Johnson on the Wizards broadcast or Larry Michael on the Redskins games? Pretty close, but I gotta go with the Skins shill Michael who has no business trying to call an NFL football game. Best thing about the Wiz radio broadcast is Glen Consor (12/19/17)

RIP WUTB TV 24 VERY SOON. As I reported a month ago, WUTB My24's channel (RF channel 41) will be no more very soon has already moved, slated for Jan. 18 total shutdown of the channel, 2018. As such, according to RabbitEars.info and DCRTV.com, Sinclair has already moved or duplicated the signal on WBFF 45.2. The interesting thing about this, which could change, is that Sinclair is not keeping the 24.1 virtual channel and that might mean the My24 branding might end as the station ID will show 45.2. A similar thing might happen soon in DC with WDCA 20 which is also rebranding as Fox5+. Sinclair has filed an application to do ATSC 3.0 Next Generation TV testing on channel 41 in both DC and Baltimore. No decision on whether this will be approved by the FCC. -- www.BaltoMedia.net (12/19/17)

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The clown on WMAL subbing for Larry Friday afternoon talked about TV commercials he hates. The one in the spotlight he kept talking about was the pasta strainer. “If you can’t drain pasta, perhaps you shouldn’t have pasta,” He kept joking. My 17 year old and I heard this quip over and over on our way to the Wizards’ game. My 17 year old, was repulsed by the host’s commentary, called the station, and told the screener the following; Those products like the pasta strainer, and the egg breaker, were designed originally and specifically for the disabled, amputees, and people with paralysis on one side of their body, etc. They are originally marketed through catalogs directed to these people with these special situations. However, marketing to this pool of people is not enough to make a profit on these designs, so the designers re-configure these designs using, usually plastic instead of more durable metal, and mass market the product to make a profit selling to a wider audience who made need it, or just want the convenience. The pasta strainer was originally designed for a person with the use of only one arm, and was marketed with help from, among others, the Disabled American Veterans Association. So, instead off railing against the pasta strainer people, and those who use it, the host should be praising the company for making amputees’ lives better-especially disabled veterans. The WMAL screener said she would let the host know, and hung up. After the commercial break, he was still ranting that if you can’t strain pasta, you shouldn’t have pasta. WMAL had an opportunity to educate their audience, and decided against it. They had the opportunity to praise a company that designed and manufactured products that made our disabled vets’ lives just a little better. They criticized the company, instead, for a few cheap and unwarranted laughs. Shame on WMAL. To disparage a company whose first mission is to make life with a disability easier is beyond disgusting. What’s next, WMAL, railing against wheel chairs because the take up more room on the sidewalks? Bill Hess, Why does WMAL not want our disabled vets to cook their own pasta, safely, and without scolding themselves? It is a legitimate question. (12/18/17)

2017 was a year of change for the CBS Radio News operation. A new generation of managers are making decisions behind the scenes - the result of tight budgets, fewer resources and less experience in a challenging business environment. The tinkering you hear on-air at the top of the hour is an attempt to fix what isn't broken. (12/18/17)

Two questions for Cumulus stock guy or anyone else who has an answer. 1) Three weeks after Cumulus went bankrupt, the two Cumulus stations I listen to still include as part of their recorded legal IDs the words "a Cumulus station." Why? Because they can't afford to record new IDs or because the execs think listeners are still impressed by listening to a station operated by the well managed Cumulus Corp or for some other reason. 2) How was the bankruptcy handled on the live and local programs of WMAL? I was away when this occurred. Was it mentioned even in a cursory way during a news broadcast? (12/18/17)

Fox 5's Tony Perkins just announced on air that he's teaming up with Donnie Simpson on his radio show. He's leaving the evening anchor desk but said will still contribute to Fox 5 and be on air Friday and Saturday mornings. (12/18/17)

I’m sure WRNR’s Steve Kingston is well aware of this, but maybe Family Stations is not. From the FCC: “Interference caused. A translator or booster may not cause predicted or actual interference. If any actual interference is created, the Commission requires the permittee or licensee to resolve all interference complaints by appropriate means. If the interference cannot be resolved, the Commission will require the FM translator or booster station to discontinue operations. A translator construction permit application will not be granted if an objecting party provides convincing evidence that the proposed translator station would likely interfere with off the air reception of a full service FM station, even if there is no predicted prohibited contour overlap.” Even if this translator were to make it to air, WRNR would protest and have it removed. I’m not sure why Family is still forging ahead with this. Lawyers aren’t cheap for either side. (12/18/17)

RE: "WLIF has edited out the "And smoke your marijuanikah" part of the lyrics of Adam Sandler's Hanukkah Song. Really....almost 2018 and y'all still feel the need to do this?" Dude, simmer down. It's a song...and this is the original edit that the station got when the song came out. You might want to take up your anger with the Baltimore City government, not a radio station that is playing family friendly Christmas music. (12/18/17)

Some interesting Baltimore news… WBFF seems to have dropped both WeatherNation (45.2) and “this” (45.3) and is now showing WUTB (what is/was 24.1) on 45.2 in 720p HD, and (guess what..) Sinclair’s “TBD” on 45.3 in 480 SD. (12/18/17)

According to Reuters, Baltimore based Sinclair Broadcasting Group will be fined $13.5 million dollars for violation of the FCC's policy of not disclosing apparent news stories that were actually paid advertisements. The fine amounts to around $7700 per ad that ran on various Sinclair stations sponsored by The Huntsman Cancer Institute based in Utah, less than the maximum that the FCC could have face under the law. Sinclair ran the stories during news programs without disclosing sponsorship or advertising payments. Sinclair can still appeal the fine. It's unclear how this will affect the Sinclair/Tribune merger proposal. — BaltoMedia.net (12/18/17)

Gawd, the new opening for the CBS Hourlies is awful. They're using a new electronic, more upbeat version of their sounder from Foster Kent, sounding a lot like 99.1 did, with a headline followed by another sounder and another headline, etc. They've been using something similar for the World News Roundups, AM and PM, with three headlines, followed by the newsreaders's name and CBS News. It sounded great at 99.1 and WINS has been using something similar. EXCEPT, now, they use it every hour. They do two headlines with two sounders. There is a silent pause, another sounder, and a recorded voice saying something like CBS News on the Hour, another silent pause, and the newsreader IDs her/himself. They've been at it for about a week, and it's still just as clunky and choppy as it was the first day. Sounds awful. What's up at CBS Radio News that they would allow this? (12/18/17)

You're concerned about an edited lyric in that Adam Sandler song? How come nobody is concerned that he plagiarized the melody from the closing four bars of "Crimson and Clover" by Tommy James? Play 'em both and get back to me. (12/18/17)

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Lots of stories via Google News about the impending demise of AM 1410 KQV in Pittsburgh. ... TK in Odenton (12/17/17)

WLIF has edited out the "And smoke your marijuanikah" part of the lyrics of Adam Sandler's Hanukkah Song. Really....almost 2018 and y'all still feel the need to do this? 320+ murders, daily shootings, but I feel much better about living in Baltimore today because of this. Truly amazing!! (12/17/17)

What do you think of the Russian Propaganda on 1390 AM? This station is owned by Arthur Liu in New York. The same programs can be heard on John Garzigilia's station 105.5 FM. Both owners are being paid big fees for carrying this Russian Programming. (12/17/17)

Based on Death in Threes Don & Mike model, Lou Principio III must be the next death, the former owner of the East Coast largest rock club in South Baltimore. I don’t know who after that. Any ideas who’s 3rd? LOL (12/17/17)

Reed Hessler leaves WBJC after 39 years www.wbjc.com (12/17/17)

Family Stations filed another modification to their 103.1 FM translator in Baltimore and WRNR’s Steve Kingston is none too happy and determined to fight it. The Family Stations’ 103.1 FM signal for WBMD AM 750 would literally wipe out WRNR around most of Baltimore to Glen Burnie and Dundalk. Steve Kingston is vowing to fight it and posted this on BaltoMedia.net: "The gloves are off"..... (12/17/17)

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News flash, Jack Boyle of Cellar Door/Live Nation has passed here is a link to an interview he did with Bill Scanlan (The Bayou: DC's Killer Joint) for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame vimeopro.com (12/16/17)

WSVG's feed is unfortunately geo-blocked. Yes you may get it in Gaithersburg or even Pittsburgh and Charleston, WV but you can't get it ( the feed anyway ) in California. Same with Winchester's WINC and WXVA and Martinsburg's WKMZ. Sure you can get the live stream anywhere in Virginia, Maryland or West Virginia, maybe even Ohio or North Carolina but try to get those stations in Utah, Seattle or Fargo, North Dakota. The average Joe can't unless they do something to their computer to bypass the geo-block but unfortunately for one reason or another most don't.. Even those who have ties to Winchester or Martinsburg don't bother. They want you to listen to their local and regional stations not something from WAY out of town I guess. (12/16/17)

Turned on channel 5 news this morning and unfortunately RishaThomspon was substituting for Annie Yu. Seems like whenever she fills in on the anchor desk, she thinks she's still out in the field and feels the need to talk quite loud. Also, her laugh is quite annoying. So, looks like I'll be watching channel 4 this morning. (12/16/17)

Will Gus in Gaithersburg’s nurse please give him the jello or take away his abacas? (12/16/17)

About the UHF discount talked about in the Sinclair/Tribune merger. On a historical technological level, it makes sense. UHF signals simply do not travel as far as VHF signals and never did historically. It’s why many dozens of early UHF TV stations went out of business. However almost all HD antennas today, except for maybe the most expensive outdoor ones are based on UHF reception as they are smaller, not VHF, so in reality, for indoor reception, UHF is much more reliable today than VHF within a particular range. Not to mention that your average vacuum cleaner motor can cause severe VHF interference. In the old days that meant static. Static today in the digital world = no signal at all and loss of signal. It is reported that ATSC 3.0 will change that somewhat since the basic transmission system changes to OFDM from 8VSB. When you look at Longley-Rice reception maps comparing indoor/outdoor reception of VHF vs. UHF in 8VSB, you’ll notice that VHF signals might travel quite farther, but the plot for in home reception is much smaller than any UHF signal. 8VSB simply does not penetrate homes & buildings as easily as analog VHF did. ATSC 3.0 might fix that. I went to the Dielectric website and noticed they are fiercely recommending all repack TV stations that need a new transmitter to buy an ATSC 3.0 capable one. Btw, Sinclair owns Dielectric too. :-) — BaltoMedia.net (12/16/17)

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I read the other day where The Wall Street Journal and The NY Post reported that Sinclair-Tribune merger could be nearing approval. The stipulation is Sinclair will have to divest stations in markets with overlapping conflicts, and any other stations to stay below the 39% cap (with or without the UHF Discount). Conflict markets include Seattle (Sinclair has ABC affiliate KOMO, and Tribune has Fox affiliate KCPQ)... Salt Lake City (Sinclair has CBS affiliate KUTV, and Tribune has Fox affiliate KSTU)... Oklahoma City (Sinclair has Fox affiliate KOKH, and Tribune has NBC affiliate KFOR)... Harrisburg-Lancaster (Sinclair has CBS affiliate WHP, and Tribune has Fox affiliate WPMT)... as well as Greensboro-High Point, Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo, St. Louis, Des Moines, Richmond, and a couple other markets. Potential buyers for affected stations... Fox has shown strong interest in Seattle, amd maybe any additional Fox affiliates... Meredith could have a great opportunity to acquire Des Moines... Scripps could be in the hunt for more stations... Gray eyeing mid-sized to smaller markets... Cox and Hearst could see the opportunity to acquire any legacy ABC, CBS, and NBC affiliates. This could prove interesting. (12/15/17)

Since I haven’t pissed-off anyone here in a while, here goes: Not only should the UHF “Discount” go away (ATSC 2.0 is at its fragile best at UHF. And, the jury is still out on ATSC 3.0), but there is a serious need for a decreased station ownership cap across the business. If you can’t make money in this business with a 15/15/15 (AM/FM/TV) portfolio with no in-band duopolies, you must not know how to make money in this business. It might take more creativity and investment. But, it can be done. The absence of serious competitive pressire is a large part of what’s killing this business. As for Entercom and WIAD, Classic Hits would be a natural. But, I wouldn’t make it “D.C.-centric”. Why? How many adults in this region are “lifers”? Probably very few. The only reason why anybody moves here is because of work. And, unless they are career Federal-level politicos, they move up and out ASAP. Likewise, the kids that grow up here usually move elsewhere. This isn’t Baltimore or Philadelphia. Think Centralia. There will be no changes at WAVA as it’s part of the Salem Mint. Finally, WHFS is the Francisco Franco of radio: Still Dead. -Unsigned Corporate Suit (12/15/17)

Re: WUSA erroneously reporting that the Jewish firefighter's funeral was at. Catholic Church, nothing really surprises me with the local networks. Especially with Fox5. On a daily basis, I see captions that don't match the picture being shown, a picture/video that doesn't match the story being reported or the anchors reading incorrect or inaccurate information from a TelePrompTer. However, I have noticed that the veteran anchors do catch some errors and make a comment and/or correction. But some of the newbies just read whatever is put in front of them. Also, has anyone ever used the closed captioning on Fox5? OMG, it's horrible. The spelling is atrocious. And they sometimes skip words or phrases. Cannot imagine being deaf and having to use the CC on channel 5. (12/15/17)

You heard it here first. A very reliable source confided in me that a Nashville songwriter says you watch a lot of porn and get viruses on a regular basis. "I specifically included a snapshot pic of the offending virus laden advertisement" Of course you did dear. "But the point was the very fact that Grumpy Gus doesn’t realize that Mac users do not NEED a media player shows what a FOSSIL he truly is." Yeah, because I'm here trying to sell 'Mac Media Players'. That's all I ever talk about really. You, while searching for child porn, saw something that said "Mac Media Player" and suddenly that's my responsibility? The FBI will soon be telling you that's not the case. You're flailing because your "virus" assertion got handled the way you want to assault a toddler, because you look for child porn and pick up viruses. Meanwhile I'm listening to the sweet sweet sounds of the Shenandoah Valley on WSVG via a virus free link. Gus in the Gaithersburg (12/15/17)

Congratulations to the Stock Market today on hitting an all time high. People are waiting to see how the tax reform bill is going to help them. Some will like it. It has not helped the radio stocks. iHeart down to 61 cents per share and Spanish Broadcasting System down to 31 cents per share. How long before Nasdaq drops both of these stocks? (12/15/17)

If indeed Brett NcHenry is auditioning at Fox5, I wouldn't be surprised. Not because it's her, but because it seems as though Fox5 is constantly adding to it's staff. With channel 4 now starting their broadcast at 4am, I wouldn't be surprised if Fox5 is increasing their staff for more field reporters so that they can bring current ones in house to staff a possible earlier broadcast (to compete with channel 4) or a later night broadcast. (12/15/17)

I watched Channel 9’s 11 pm news last night only because Channel 4 had football. They covered the story of the funeral of the firefighter killed on I-270, but said that it was held at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church on Montrose Road. Deputy Fire Marshall Sander Cohen was Jewish, and the services were held at B’nai Israel Congregation just up the street. I kept waiting to hear an apologetic correction for their sloppy journalism, but I never did. Maybe, they’ll fix it tonight, but I sure won’t be watching. Once upon a time, Channel 9 was a first class broadcast operation. Isn’t anyone at Broadcast House the least bit embarrassed at what a once proud station has become? (12/15/17)

Hey Dave, Yesterday, Britt McHenry, former spokesperson for Advance Towing, and defender of the toothless, graveyard working class, was over at Fox 5 doing an audition for a job at Fox 5 (Local News). No word on where she went drinking afterward. (12/15/17)

John Garziglia is now a registered agent for the Russian Government??? Does he now get to have secret phone calls with the Kremlin like our President does? www.bloomberg.com... Does WMAL also have to register as a foreign agent, because Chris Plante and Larry O'Connor have made it clear how much they adore a shirtless Putin. (12/15/17)

So someone posted a comment on Erin Como's FB page suggesting that her outfit was more of something worn by a stripper and that she should dress more like Allison Seymour. So Erin chose to respond saying something like, don't compliment one woman and shame another". Well, considering she wears really short, tight outfits, she really can't be surprised at the comment. But then again, rumor has it that the on air females at the station are told to wear form fitting outfits. So, maybe her choice of clothing isn't really by choice. If true, seems a little sexist to me. (12/15/17)

Baltimore area based Sinclair Broadcasting doesn't get what it wants just yet as the FCC did not make any decision on loosening rules on TV ownership caps in this week's meetings. But, the sale of 21st Century Fox movie properties to Disney has sparked rumors that Fox is getting cash at the ready to buy more local TV stations itself as well as CBS which is also currently cap limited and might want say, Tegna's WUSA CBS 9 in DC? This is the report from Tom Taylor Now & TV Newscheck... "“No tentative conclusions” about the just-opened review of the national TV ownership cap. That’s the public statement of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, but the two Democrats aren’t buying it. Jessica Rosenworcel says giving UHF TV station owners a 50% “discount” because they presumably reach fewer viewers than VHF stations is “a concept that should’ve been retired a decade ago.” But it does help Sinclair, in its quest to swallow up the Tribune TV stations. (The “come-along” asset would be Tribune’s Chicago talker, WGN/720.) Raising the national household cap, currently set at 39%, would also help Rupert Murdoch. TVNewsCheck reports one outcome of the Fox chief’s astonishing deal to sell everything except his national news and sports channels and its local TV stations is that Rupert would want to buy more TV stations. The 39% cap is because of Fox, anyhow – it was set at that level when Fox reached it, and the FCC didn’t want to order it to sell stations. It’s estimated that if Sinclair were allowed to buy all the Tribune stations, its national household reach would approach 80%. (Ion TV’s reach is 64.8%.) That would surely spur Murdoch to try to keep up – and then you’d have to look at how Shari Redstone views her family’s controlling interests in CBS and Viacom. She might want to keep up, too. Bottom line – this could be a fabulous time to be a seller in the TV business." More at TVNewsCheck... www.tvnewscheck.com (12/15/17)

When I posted about Gus in Gaithersburg spreading a virus, I specifically included a snapshot pic of the offending virus laden advertisement, but it’s ok that it wasn’t posted. But the point was the very fact that Grumpy Gus doesn’t realize that Mac users do not NEED a media player shows what a FOSSIL he truly is. And if a Mac user needed a media player, it would be VLC, the industry standard. Gus is one of those people who’s grand kids need to take away the car keys and wheel him into the jello room before he hurts himself or someone! (12/15/17)

You heard it here first. A very reliable source confided in me that a Nashville songwriter is penning a piece about a certain DC based radio station manager. The lyrics reportedly include "liar for hire" and "He is usually not right, but he's always Alt-Right". I wonder who the song is based on? (12/15/17)

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Dan’s 2018 predictions are a bit far-fetched. #1 El Zol will never be geared to Baltimore because although the population is growing, there are still few Latinos in the Baltimore market. The Baltimore market still has no local TV or radio running Spanish language programming. Even the AM 810 move to Baltimore as a Spanish language radio station was cancelled. WLZL is now licensed to College Park, MD, clearly in the DC market on purpose. If they could get the tower any closer to DC, they would move it, but they cannot. I think Baltimore has one Spanish language newspaper of sorts, but the previous one attempted went bankrupt. It’s also highly doubtful that Salem would sell 105.1 FM even though most everyone wishes they would. I do think Danny Snyder will eventually ditch WTEM. His foray into radio has been a huge money pit of failures, and it’s clear he’s resigned himself to lose money by selling all the other stations. You could see that going down the drain with his failed attempt to make AM 730 a Class B powerhouse AM signal fighting the FCC and the Canadians! Bennett Zier is probably still telling that joke at holiday parties. Finally, with its added debt, it’s highly unlikely that Entercom would spend a fortune to do news, something CBS already tried at great expense and failed on 99.1 FM, but I would bet the Bloomberg thing won’t last beyond the current agreement terms. What I would love to see in 2018 is WRNR move from 103.1 to 99.1 FM as a REAL HFS. If not that, I hope Steve Kingston gets control of the 103.1 LPFM in Baltimore. Any 103.1 FM translator in Baltimore will severely marginalize WRNR to a limited geographic area around Annapolis, which would not be financially viable in the current format. Due to the city of license changes, neither FM 99.1 or 107.9 will ever again be Baltimore-centric. The large difference in advertising rates will always make any owner of those two frequencies to concentrate on the bigger/richer market regardless of success. Lower ratings in DC can still make more money than good ratings in Baltimore. It’s simply a financial fact and also because Washington DC has a disproportionate number of FM frequencies since they were give out in the 1940s when DC was a sleepy small town and Baltimore was a mid-Atlantic east coast mega port and center of railroad that competed with Philadelphia more than DC at the time. Now DC is twice as big from half as big. (12/14/17)

Hi mailbaggers! I think I have the answers to the trivia questions posted by David Tate about his WOHN aircheck! I believe the promo voice is Robby Norton and the real name of Chris St. John is Ed Modlin (also known by his mother's maiden name, Ed Rodriguez)! I have an unfair advantage as I worked at WOHN a couple of periods of time and worked with David and Ed at WEAM during the progressive rock format days. Merry Christmas and Happy Hanakkah to all! Bob Mohr (12/14/17)

Re: Sligo Tower. Yes, there was a plan for 1050 to diplex with 1500, but it hasn't been pursued. WACA has been on that tower for many years, and is not a factor in the decision for WBQH to stay where it is. - Dave K (12/14/17)

Who would subscribe to The Washington Post just to get this depressing T-shirt? It’s much cheaper to just kill yourself now if you’re this mentally unstable and depressed. (12/14/17)

"He just spread a virus on your website via his last post. Please remove it for the safety of your readers. There is no such thing as a “Mac Media Player” although I’m sure ole’ Gus thinks there is..." Okay, there's the panties update I asked for. What's your problem friend-o? The link takes you to the WSVG live stream and there's nothing about a "Mac Media Player" on it. That said Google would have told you that "Macgo Free Mac Media Player is a basic but efficient program to play all kinds of media files right on your Mac, whether they originate on your computer or on...." Since you're so knowledgeable you can look at the 700 lines of well-written, easily readable code on the WSVG page and explain to the class where the virus comes in. Better yet, describe the behavior of the virus you found, what it's called in your Task Manager or Activity Monitor and post its code. Ball's in your court and balls on chin. Gus in the Gaithersburg (12/14/17)

950 AM is dark this morning too. Again. (12/14/17)

2018 Predictions: Entercom starts changing a few things around with their acquisitions from CBS DC as well as iHeart Richmond. WIAD ditches their stalling Hot AC format to put on a classic hits station that is centric to what DC radio USED to be. Not just mainstream classic hits but also some deep cuts as well. Entercom brings back a news-talker on 99.1 but finds a good translator for Northern VA in the vein of KDKA AM out of Pittsburgh where it’s balanced talk and mainly local….which would bring people in. El Zol finally gets aimed towards Baltimore and it’s ratings go through the roof or gets a good translator in Northern VA and becomes a blowtorch for DC. In Richmond, WRXL retains EITM from DC 101 via syndication but goes back to their heritage rock roots and in a shock…as does WWDC as well as the alternative rock format has really staggered along of late. WMAL’s ratings suffer when 99.1 becomes live and local news/talk with balance as Northern VA has increasingly turned blue. Dan Snyder finally sells WTEM to Salem Broadcasting and in a switch…Salem puts the Redskins on 105.1 as WAVA moves to 980 and WTEM becomes a blowtorch sports talker. In a shock at the end of next season…Snyder sells the team as well and finally….the going on 18 years of misery as Snyder as owner comes to a crashing end and fans celebrate. Have a nice holiday season everyone and be well. Dan (12/14/17)

WQAW-LD and its various sister stations owned by Northstar have been sold, yes, but to HC2 Holdings, which has been buying up LPTV groups nationwide over the past few months. hc2.com... Other groups bought out by HC2 include Mako, DTV America, and the Three Angels Broadcasting stations that were not previously sold to Edge Spectrum. It's led by Phil Falcone, who is best known in wireless circles for the Light Squared debacle. HC2 Holdings also bought the Azteca America network, as indicated in the press release. But I would not characterize it as "the network bought the station." Rather, the same company bought the network and the stations. - Trip www.rabbitears.info (12/14/17)

Thanks for the update on the Sligo tower, Dave K. Wasn't there at least a plan to move 1050 to WFED a few years ago? Was it the addition of 1540 which nixed that? -P of the AW (12/14/17)

Why did Channel 4 news start 9 minutes late tonight? (12/14/17)

Week 15 NFL TV maps are interesting. The Baltimore Ravens@Browns game is carried regionally all the way from Delmarva to Cleveland except for the Richmond market for the CBS early game. But more interesting is the lack of interest in the Cardinals@Redskins game in DC on Fox. Since the Redskins are home, WBFF Fox 45 opted out of the game for the late Fox game, Rams@Seahawks, not surprising since they've done it many times before, but surprisingly, even WBOC's FOX 21 or the NFL chose the Eagles@Giants game on Delmarva. This is one of the few if ever times I've ever seen WBOC Fox 21 not carry the Redskins when they could. The Redskins are only carried in DC & Virginia, along with Arizona. Unless you get WTTG Fox 5 on the shore or PA, you will not see the Skins this weekend and even if you do, it's likely WBOC will have the Skins game blacked out on cable. The CBS late game is nearly national, Patriots@Steelers, so almost everyone will see that.—BaltoMedia.net As always, more info & maps at http://506sports.com (12/14/17)

When I joke about Gus in Gaithersburg being a Mac expert, it was both a joke and now also proven TRUE! He just spread a virus on your website via his last post. Please remove it for the safety of your readers. There is no such thing as a “Mac Media Player” although I’m sure ole’ Gus thinks there is... (12/14/17)

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Re: Sligo Golf Course Tower. That tower is still in use by 1050 AM (WBQH), with 1540 (WACA) diplexed onto it as well. - Dave Kolesar (12/13/17)

Sounds like a bunch of folks have taken their bitch pills today. I need a status report on your panties, friend-o's. For those who can't receive WSVG, www,mainstreamnetwork.com... Gus in the Gaithersburg (12/13/17)

The interesting thing about WQAW 69 Azteca America is that they have gotten a station few people can pick up via antenna on most of DC and Baltimore’s Comcast cable systems as well as coverage even on the Eastern Shore. This is interesting as in WMDT’s owner Marquee Broadcasting has launched an Azteca America affiliate on Delmarva, WGDV 32, which many people can get via antenna, but Comcast refuses to carry. And now, WBOC’s owner has launched Telemundo Delmarva on channel 42, but Comcast still carries the DC Hispanic channels still all over Delmarva like WZDC Telemundo. Why wouldn’t Comcast switch to the locals? I assume they’re asking for money? It also should be noted that channel 20 in the area is pretty free and clear. It probably could even be a full power TV allocation, with one caveat. Like channel 14, channel 20 is next to land/mobile national security transmissions, in this case, channel 19. That means any upgrade on channel 20, like channel 14, would be costly as it would need extreme filtering so as to not interfere with channel 19. This is the same problem that WETA had on channel 14 as the frequencies below that are all land/mobile. Most land/mobile is fire/police, but could include everything from Secret Service, Capitol Police to FBI or things we’re not supposed to know about. No one is allowed to interfere with that. (12/13/17)

Poster wanting to know about DC101 and AM1260 site: I’m wondering why you don’t think that’s still an accurate description? The big middle tower is still for DC101 and an aux antenna for the other iHeart stations. That and the shorter two towers on either side are still for 1260AM, leased by Salem. The tower on the golf course goes way back. That station was the first to carry Limbaugh for a while a million years ago, before WMAL got the broadcast rights. I think its signal has moved over to diplex at the historic 1500 site in Wheaton. Not sure what the old tower is used for now, if anything. (12/13/17)

Anyone who knows Larry Hunter knows his connections to hosts like Tony Katz and Derek Hunter - Larry's been friends with them for years, and not only that, but Derek is the husband of Heather, Larry's former producer. There are all sorts of ways to go when you're looking for folks to fill-in for you. One of them is to ask friends who are experienced in the biz... and maybe you're wanting to give them greater exposure to a DC audience over the long term. Remember what your ol' pal Donny used to say: listen to learn, learn to listen. (12/13/17)

All this talk about towers, especially for AM 1260, got me wondering what is the old DC101/AM 1260 WWDC tower at 8750 Brookville Rd in Silver Spring being used for these days? Also what is the tower by the Sligo Creek Golf Course used for? Thanks. Keep up the good work Dave. Tom in Wheaton (12/13/17)

When working in radio on Delmarva, there are three things you must avoid at all costs. And in no particular order. All three are just as deadly. Vince Klepac, Robin Rothschild and Mike Powell. (12/13/17)

Someone just sent me this. It was the day after my 22nd birthday, which we celebrated on-the-air. Can you tell me who is the voice on the "Expletive Deleted Promo" and what is the real name of the jock who follows me? This was recorded by a WOHN listener. I had no idea I was being airchecked that day. Click below: www.davidtate.net... Warm regards, David (12/13/17)

Notes to WMAL…..I heard Sean Hannity voice a commercial on Cumulus’ WMAL this morning. Sean is on the Salem stations now after being yanked from all Cumulus stations a few years back. Odd hearing his voice on WMAL, again. Steve Malzburg, you cannot get a legal marriage license in another state if you have a valid marriage license a state where you legally reside. Same goes for most drivers licenses. So, your comparison to the concealed carry gun reciprocity bill is bunk, stupid, not valid, and illogical. So, Par for the course on WMAL. Larry O'Connor, Prince Harry is like fifth or sixth in line for the throne, not second. As Jeremy would yell “O’Connor, you Idiot!” And stop criticizing Harry's choice for love, Larry. Nobody ever criticized your odd infatuation of, and stalking of, Mr. Belden from “Saved by the Bell.” (Well, yes we did, but you gotta admit, stalking Mr. Belden at a Dupont Circle bar/hotel, at 11:00 PM, is weird, you must admit). Speaking of Larry, to me, he seemed to have the most fun interviewing George Takei, Barry Manilow, and Ann Coulter….What do all three, and Larry, have in common, I wonder? And Chris Plante, did you forget your former colleague Brian Wilson was accused two years ago of sexual improprieties while he was working for Fox News? When he was finally accused of demanding sex before promoting a woman at Fox News, WMAL made the disgraceful decision to keep him on the air for more than a year after the allegation was printed in the New York Times. WMAL even let him join “It’s Just Lunch,” and go out on dates using that service for free so Brian could do voice testimonials on the air. Shame on you and Bill Hess for sweeping this man’s crude behavior under the rug, and allowing this predator free access to a dating service that was a client. (12/13/17)

Baltimore & DC's Azteca America Network TV station, WQAW TV 69 (RF channel 20) has been sold from current ownership to the network, Azteca America's parent company. The Spanish language TV station broadcasts from the WMPT 22 tower in Crownsville, MD near Annapolis. While the network is on most cable systems, its signal has been very low power, but there is a construction permit that will allow it to better reach DC & Baltimore with a transmitter near the top of the over 900 foot tower. It's possible this network purchase might better fund that signal upgrade. —BaltoMedia.net (12/13/17)

FCC news: WFMD AM 930 owned by the Aloha Trust (iHeart) just got a renewal with admonishment from the FCC for a profanity violation, but no reference to the legal requirement to sell the radio station. The profane word broadcast apparently was “bitch” multiple times toward a caller on a show. (12/13/17)

Congratulations to alleged news radio 1090 for airing today's radio news instead of yesterday's tv news this morning, compliments of the Baltimore Fire Department's investigation of an overnight row home fire. The station sent the screamer to the scene where he interviewed a fire department spokesperson (something the desk could have done from the newsroom) providing details of the fire-damaged structure, where the fire occurred inside and the casualties. It was reported as a rescue, which made me wonder why no one (firefighters, neighbors, passers-by) was interviewed. I also wondered who called it in, which could have provided another potential interview. And, how about a plug for smoke detectors? Did anyone bother to ask whether or not this home had one and, if so, did it go off or fail? Then, I thought to myself, maybe the fact that it took the station several hours to arrive on the scene could help explain why they missed yet another opportunity to be relevant to morning news in Baltimore. Maybe we'll have to wait until tomorrow to learn more about the story, when the screamer heads back to the scene to share some day-old tv interviews. (12/13/17)

Checking further into AM 1590 in Ocean City it does appear that they filed to resume operations back in February. The only problem is that that only lasted about a week if that. They were dark all spring, summer, fall, and now winter without notifying the FCC. (12/13/17)

So Ocean City;s 1590 is now dark well most of the general public doesn't care either and they don't care about the history as well. I don't get why some people still think AM radio is coming back and willing to put money behind it. Do they really think their station could be the next WTOP, WMAL, WRVA or WBAL ?? Never mind the fact that all of those stations have either moved to FM or will be soon. Having a stand alone AM station today is kinda like having a mouse for a pet. Might be fun & cute at first but it will die a quick death. Take Mount Jackson's WSVG for example as to the public view on AM. WSVG has been around for ever and they had listeners.once but today nobody listens to WSVG. WSVG even changed their format from talk to Americana and it was not even mentioned on DCRTV. Now THAT is telling !! Woodstock, VA's 1230 WAMM still dark ?? Those who live in Woodstock don't care Brunswick, MD's WTRI and WVAB in Virginia Beach ?? Again who cares !! The only people today who really care about AM fall into 2 groups, Those behind such things and those who posts on DCRTV. Not much of a future for AM !!! (12/13/17)

WMAL becoming the farm league for unknown radio hosts? In past weeks, WMAL has had “D” list radio hosts either subbing or even having a regular time slot: do names like Tony Katz (WIBC Indianapolis) or Steve Malzburg (News Max TV) mean anything? They both have subbed for Larry O’Connor who is off on a Caribbean cruise with wife Meredith. How about Walter Sterling (Entercom): Bill Hess gave him his own time slot from 10:00PM to 1:00AM Sundays. Soon, it will be the “DCRTVDJDAVE Show” Sunday mornings at 5:00AM. Today, Tuesday, is Derek Hunter (WBAL) subbing for Larry: twitter.com (12/13/17)

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Hopefully, when the management team at alleged news radio 1090 finally wakes up and writes their new years resolutions, they'll include one that stops the screamer from running out the door every morning to where the tv station was the day before, to voice these silly "man-on-the-street" live reports that regurgitate the sound bites lifted from the day-old tv packages that repeat the news from the day before. This morning, this dude allegedly drove to Fallston, to park outside an empty fire hall to puke up day-old news involving sex charges against a couple of fire department volunteers. The day before, he drove to the Ravens training camp; again, lights out, no one home, but with day-old audio, this station is convinced he can make it sound as fresh as a football player in the first quarter. What's the point? Where's the creative, enterprising talent to break an exclusive? Why are they doing this??? It flies completely in the face of the basic "immediacy" factor that only radio can sustain, despite all the "breaking news" banners you see on television news now. Newspapers are yesterday; television news is last night; but radio is supposed to be NOW! The station is old and tired, and with this nonsense, is genuinely "day-old." (12/12/17)

RE: 1630AM... Reminds me of this station that I used to pick up in Reston that had “This is KFA942 transmitting on 1640 kilohertz”. Quite arguably better than most DC radio nowadays. (12/12/17)

As of midnight Dec. 12, 2017, today, WGBG AM 1590 Ocean City Maryland is no more as a matter of law. The radio station has been officially silent for a year now and not been on the air for most of an entire year, and never filed any notification to return to the air, making the FCC license expired. It might not mean much to most people here, but WETT 1590 or 16 AM was the Top 40 station way back at the beach when I was a kid. The signal back then was the strongest on the beach from Fenwick Island to Ocean City playing Top 40 hit music. It hasn’t had that signal in over a decade of failed owners. But, today is the deadline and the new owners, Bay Country 97.9, have decided to let it die rather than spend any money to put it back on the air. They sold away the FM translators, 2 of them and have no interest in operating this station. See the license expiration here at the FCC. FCC Lisa Scanlan, you signed this letter. Is your signature worth anything to take action on your word or is it worth nothing? fcc.gov (12/12/17)

"Where are the women's tights advocates?" They're all around you my friend. "Concerning the station that will be in French for Haitian-Americans in Miami on 1360. That doesn't show the decline in value of AM radio; it shows that the creation of more choices" I initially thought the same thing but the poster was saying the owners sold it for much less than they paid for it, which IF TRUE is a pretty sure sign of decline in value. Gus in the Gaithersburg (12/12/17)

Salem’s WKAT 1360 is an anomaly and worthless for a lot of reasons. #1, it’s transmitter is in the Atlantic Ocean! It’s not even on the mainland and all of the signal goes to the Bahamas! Most people in the western parts of Miami-Dade County probably cannot even get it well if at all. Salem probably considered that a mistake purchase from day one. Like with AM 1260, Salem has realized is really not as useful as first thought and has no future, no available land, reduced facilities and ground system. With AM 570, Salem has lots of land to do things like the WMAL diplex and maybe more. And if the AM radio values tank, the land will still ultimately rise in value regardless, so less chance of losing money. I’m pretty sure Salem doesn’t own the AM 1260 land and probably not the WKAT 1360 land (12/12/17)

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On the shore, WBOC TV CBS 16 had a major programming/master control error yesterday. According to Comcast, they had a 1pm CBS football game and sure enough, they went to the CBS feed at 1pm and found colored stripes and no game. So it took them a minute to switch away from the CBS NY test pattern feed to a Technical Difficulties screen, which lasted almost 5 minutes. Apparently, they had no programming at the ready or commercials to run with and were caught completely off guard. CBS had them scheduled for the 4pm Redskins game, which they did later show. Just one of those funny things that still sometimes happens on TV. -- BaltoMedia.net (12/11/17)

Few AM listeners venture above 1500 in this town, but 1630 on the west side of the river is the "parking info station" for NoVa community college in Annandale. All day Monday, all it was airing was a male voice on a loop saying "This is a test". Nothing else. Seeing how this is Finals Week however, I suppose it is fitting. (12/11/17)

While on the topic of things your listeners need to know, and this isn't just WBA,L.how is it that politicians, entertainers, and others are under assault and losing jobs over ALLEGATIONS of sexual harassment, yet NFL players as well as college athletes, that have factual evidence of domestic abuse against them get to keep on playing ? Alleged by someone that you grabbed her a$$ and lose your job. Beat the crap out of her, and that's okay. Where are the women's tights advocates? Where's the media ? Of course all of the major networks have contracts with the NFL and NCAA and are making big bucks off of those contracts, so don't make any waves against either of them, right? As Dave used to say...ponderous. (12/11/17)

Concerning the station that will be in French for Haitian-Americans in Miami on 1360. That doesn't show the decline in value of AM radio; it shows that the creation of more choices, like XM, FM, FM-HD, Pandora, etc has opened up more opportunities for smaller niche broadcasting on the very reliable, inexpensive, and universally available AM band. I'd say that the people around NYC and Washington with more Spanish stations, and the people in Miami who now have two or three French/Haitian stations, and the African, Arabic, Hindi stations in London, in some ways have it better than the English speaking majority. They have many quite varied choices that they never had before; and they are all different, unlike our very dull English-language music and talk stations. NYC and LA may be the only exceptions to that generality, but with 15 million people and over 60 stations in each area, we should expect that. The only decline on AM is for the English-speaking majority. And it is not helped by having crappy transmitting equipment and crappy receivers. Over the last 30 years, my AM radio in various cars has gotten worse-sounding in each one. And yet, I have heard AM in England on a portable radio sound better than FM in the US, because it's a good quality, but still cheap, AM, and very high quality AM in the UK. Okay, I'll sit down now. -- Carl in Olney (12/11/17)

Salem sells their Miami Station, WKAT 1360 AM for $3.5 Million. They paid $10 Million for it. The Buyer will put Haitian Programming on it. This shows how the value of AM Stations has dropped in the last few years. (12/11/17)

What a breath of fresh air, as Stacy Lyn joins the morning news on alleged news radio 1090. I hope they keep her on mornings. (12/11/17)

MEMO TO ALLEGED NEWS RADIO 1090: Here are three things your listeners need to know: (1) What caused the FBI agent to lose control and crash his vehicle on I-270? It is very rare for the Superintendent of the Maryland State Police to show up in uniform on a weekend to address reporters after authorities quickly stated alcohol was not a factor. That, in and of itself, makes me very suspect. (2) Why the FBI has not responded to Baltimore's request to investigate the murder of the city detective. (3) How did Baltimore suddenly become safe enough for field trips, after Carroll County decided to resume them just days after the county sheriff deemed the trips to be unsafe? Maybe the station could dump all the phony "man on the street" stories with that annoying screamer who pukes up day-old tv news and focus more on advancing stories that really matter. (12/11/17)

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Charles Rich Obituary - On Friday, December 8, 2017, CHARLES "Chuck" RICH of Silver Spring, MD, died, suddenly, at age 65. He was the devoted husband of Rita Tarnofsky Rich; beloved brother of Julian (Meryl) and Steven (Patricia) Rich and step-sisters Joan George and Laura Gitlin; loving uncle of Nathan (Miriam), Howard, Jacob, Benjamin, Elizabeth and Joanna, great-uncle of Eve and Rebecca; dear brother-in-law of Louise and Andrew Zeger and Monica and Douglas Walton; and dear friend of Bryan. He was preceded in death by his father Nathan Rich and his mother Eva Rich Blumberg. Graveside funeral services will be held on Monday, December 11, 2017, noon, at King David Memorial Garden, Falls Church, VA. Shiva will be announced. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Canine Companions For Independence or to the American Humane Society. Chuck was a long time broadcaster in Washington, DC, working for WTOP TV (WUSA), WTOP Radio, AP Radio and for well over 25 years, Westwood One Radio Networks. He spent many years with Voice of America. He also was a contributing editor for Washingtonian Magazine and was frequently seen at the movies with his wife and service dogs. Arrangements entrusted to TORCHINSKY HEBREW FUNERAL HOME, 202-541-1001. Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 10, 2017 (12/10/17)

Shore News: WMDT 47 ABC has added a new sub-channel, the ION Network on 47.4 in 480i standard definition. It's unclear yet if Comcast or Mediacom will pick up WMDT's channel or still offer DC's ION station. The FCC has no Must-Carry rule on sub-channels, so probably not just yet, but WMDT 47 ABC is advertising the channel. Comcast still doesn’t carry Azteca, Bounce, Laff, Heroes & Icons, or Grit via WMDT’s other station, WGDV, channel 32. -- BaltoMedia.net (12/10/17)

Some of the people who like to post things on DCRTV should go back to reading comic books. To say, I don't own any stock; therefore, I don't care about the stock market. I don't own any stock in these large broadcasting companies, I don't care what happens to them. I only care about myself. This is not a smart person. (12/10/17)

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NPR’s Tom Ashbrook based at Boston’s WBUR and heard locally on WAMU has joined the ranks of the recently departed from public radio (according to The Washington Post: “Michael Oreskes, NPR’s editorial director and senior vice president of news, resigned in early November after being accused of sexual harassment by several female staffers. Another top editor, David Sweeney, left later that month as a result of sexual-misconduct allegations against him. And legendary “A Prairie Home Companion” host Garrison Keillor was ousted after what Minnesota Public Radio characterized as accusations of “inappropriate behavior.”) Ashbrook has been indefinitely suspended from NPR for “unspecified” reasons but we can assume it’s not for stealing tote bags: www.washingtonpost.com (12/9/17)

Cumulus, iHeart, and now Spanish declining stock prices. Any possibility that 'Stock Guy" is some old-timer that still hasn't gotten over the demise of the Dumont Network and the Mutual Broadcasting System? GEEZ, please give it a rest. Maybe next year you can turn your focus to retail corporations, as the current holiday season results may put several of those entities near bankruptcy, and you can go and annoy readers on a Retail Business Website/Forum.. (12/9/17)

Well, the hype regarding the anticipated snow went overboard, as usual. Channel 4 brought in veteran Chuck Bell to report with one of the new meteorologists, Somara, to report on this snow event. So, did management think Somara couldn't handle this "snowstorm" on her own?. The snow wasn't that big of a deal. If I was Somara, I'd be offended. And if I were Chuck Bell, I'd be annoyed that I was called in on my day off to report on an non-event. (12/9/17)

December 14, 2017 is a very important day for Baltimore's Sinclair Broadcast Group. It could make or break their planned purchase of Tribune's TV stations nationwide. To be determined at this public hearing is the reinstatement of the "UHF Discount." That allows counting UHF stations as 1/2 towards the 39% maximum of the country's markets that you can own TV stations, effectively making it 78%, which is about near where SBG would be after buying Tribune. Without this FCC change, no merger is possible. With it, it's likely that it will be approved. Here's the protest location. :-) -- BaltoMedia.net (12/9/17)

Trashy rightwing Sinclair tasked a WJLA intern with combing through Montgomery County crime records for a story with a Hispanic-sounding perp. The fruits of their efforts, a story (unbylined) on a two-months old peeping tom case that reads like something a high school kid might write. wjla.com (12/9/17)

"...six inches (or the size of an average Northern Virginia man’s penis)." Only if we fold it in half. (12/9/17)

Cumulus owes Nielsen $6.6 Million. Nielsen is an "Unsecured Creditor," which means they will probably never get paid. They agreed to continue to give Cumulus credit Why would they do that? My guess is that Nielsen is carrying Cumulus as a "accounts receivable" on their books and Nielsen does not want to show them as a "loss" on their books for 2017. (12/9/17)

Spanish Broadcasting System stock drops to $0.13 per share. They are on the verge of Bankruptcy. I sure would not want to invest in any of these Broadcasting Stocks. The Stock Market is at an all time high but none of these Broadcasting Stocks are doing well. A previous poster asked why Wall Street does not like these stocks? Perhaps, it is because none of them are making any money! With Massive Debt Service for these stocks, they just can't show any future. (12/9/17)

There are two public companies--Salem and Saga--that just declared dividends for their shareholders. What is the story with these companies when most of the other broadcasting stocks are losing money? Both have good management and are frugal with their spending. Neither company has massive debt to service. A lesson for all of us? (12/9/17)

DCRTV print, radio & tv media market is in full “Storm Center” mode as was the local Safeway (bread, beer, tp, milk, more beer) and it’s coming down to a matter of inches. The Washington Post’s “Capital Weather Gang” added fuel to the fire by hiking the anticipated DC & Northern Virginia snowfall: “9:45 p.m. update: We’re increasing our totals somewhat, given the potential for a period of heavier snow during the day on Saturday. This update is basically adding one inch on top of our earlier high-side expectations (three inches) area wide. Our confidence in the forecast has also increased overall (to four inches which is average for Chinatown).” WTOP (that partners with NBC Storm 4) doubled down by asking “1st Snow of the Season: How Much?” and then predicting eight inches (8 inches is average for Anacostia). And WRC’s “Storm Team 4” is splitting the difference predicting six inches (or the size of an average Northern Virginia man’s penis): www.nbcwashington.com (12/9/17)

DC broadcast veteran Chuck Rich passed away suddenly Friday afternoon. No further details right now. Chuck reported entertainment news for years for Westwood One Radio, on its America in the Morning, America this Week, and First Light programs. He was also a writer and producer for WTOP Radio and then co-owned TV-9, and wrote humorous articles for Washingtonian Magazine. His wife, Rita, also worked many years for Westwood One. I'm sure others will add more details later. (12/9/17)

Consultant Gary Berkowitz' most recent newsletter has some optimism to it. In his "10 Programming Predictions for the Next 25 Years", he notes that Big Groups will break up and sell to local owners, stations will drop Neilsen as they realize results matter more than ratings, radio will likely return to 24/7 operation as local ownership recognizes its importance, and his best prediction of all is that good radio talent will be in demand again as stations become competitive and not just one big numb family under one stifling roof. For as long as its up, you can read it at garyberk.com/newsletter... I'll be in my 80s by then, but BRING IT ON!!!! (12/9/17)

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WJFK’s Sports Junkies “Holiday” (what, not Christmas?) Drinking Show lived up to expectations with drinking, music, drinking, guests drinking, EB & Cakes drunk, JP (Hey JP!) & Lurch drinking but sober, “Bruce the Hugger” hugging, and BAC tests hourly between 6:00AM and the end of the show. Cakes was the drunkest... DC Police Sargant and “WRAP” Director Terry Thorne administered the BAC tests... Lurch broke the news that DC Police Chief would not be able to attend because he was handling “a nut” involved in a shooting at Walter Reed instead of administering the BAC to the drinking Junkies. (12/8/17)

When will iHeart file for bankruptcy? I feel sorry for the present stockholders. Their stock value will be worthless. The equity in the company will go to their Lenders and Creditors. The Cumulus stock will also be worthless. (12/8/17)

Dave: Will someone please whisper over to Snyder to sell 980. When I was out last night in Baltimore, someone made a great point that whenever a station re-cycles their talent and staff three times over, it's really no better than a college station. Well, I didn't know their P-D worked there many times but it shows on air. I don't care how socially awkward Bram is, because he can't socialize with callers doesn't mean we always have to hear his producer as a co-host on air. Producers produce I was told! And again, I'm tired of hearing Doc eat food on the air. It's bad enough he adds nothing to the game broadcasts and just yells out dribble and grunts while Cooley and Larry cut off each other. Let's just acknowledge 106.7 as the only sportsalk station in the market and move on. (11/8/17)

It’s not a matter of clairvoyance. Simply that WDCO hasn’t been approved for channel 24 as of yet, so as it stands, all three stations are slated for channel 30 with construction permits. WMDO and WIAV however definitely do have a sharing agreement for channel 30 now. I guess they are assuming that WDCO gets channel 24. Assuming that happens, WDCO on 24 would have room for some of the MHz networks. (12/8/17)

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"Religious WIAV 58 and Unimas WMDO 47 are both going to share with religious WDCO 10" Unless you are clairvoyant, this is wrong. WDCO wants channel 24 from (ironically) the WNVC tower in Merrifield, but WIAV wants channel 30 from their current location on the WRC-TV tower in Northwest. They have not filed plans to share with each other -- and would have little reason to because they broadcast the same programming. You're right that there is no obvious place for WNVC/WNVT to go. Although another mailbagger a few weeks back claimed to work for one of the 11 non-MHz subchannels and that MHz has some form of an agreement to keep 4 subchannels over-the-air. CPBC itself has also mentioned preparations for a channel-share with WCVE in Richmond, although I have a hard time imagining that is anything other than a last resort. (12/7/17)

Now that Comcast/NBC has purchased ZGS Communications, WZDC now has a sharing agreement to move to WRC 4 on channel 34 which is just a formality since WRC TV already announced it would have Telemundo soon. But some other DC repack channel sharing changes. Religious WIAV 58 and Unimas WMDO 47 are both going to share with religious WDCO 10, which is supposed to move to channel 30 out in the mountains, but now wants channel 24 around DC. This further compacting will make it even more difficult for MHz Networks to find any channel space left if they haven’t already. There’s few if any stations left protected in the repack to guarantee a place to stay on the air for them. I’m not exactly sure of the restrictions on stations giving up channels. Can you take the government money and then file for an LPTV on an available channel that is the one you just gave up for cash? (12/7/17)

WZBA/ The Bay is a completely different station...Some good, some, not so. I miss Colleen & I guess that I'll learn to embrace Joanna. Some times she seems a bit too jacked up. I like Stash, but not 1st. thing in the morning. .....Not a good idea. Chris Emry should've stayed there. Huber = average, not as lame as Craig Chambers. It seems like they are playing the same 50 songs again & again. (12/7/17)

With sexual harassment all over the news these days -- much of it affecting some pretty visible people -- it seems like a good time to pull this one out of mothballs: a $1M+ lawsuit against Twin Star / Birach Broadcasting about ten years ago. www.casemine.com... The margins make it a bit difficult to read, but its pretty compelling, especially when you get down to "Section E. Count XIII: Assault". It makes you wonder how things would have turned out if this case were presented today. (12/7/17)

WJFK’s Sports Junkies will hold their annual Christmas (Drinking) Show on Friday, December 8th from 6:00AM to 10:00AM before their holiday hiatus: the usual suspects are expected, among them BDK (via Skype), Bruce The Hugger, a law enforcement officer (this year DC Police Chief Peter Newsham) will conduct BAC tests on the drinking boys, and after much debate among themselves, they will exchange & unveil gifts on air. Junkies fans know the routine, but all four have declared less interest in getting blotto than in years past as they approach age 50 & 20 years on air: worth tuning in just the same (has to be better than listening to that dreadful Amy Walter yammer while Vince winces). (12/7/17)

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Is there anyway we can get Joe Robinson to replace that awful Scott on the JSS 98Rock morning show...? Listening to that Scott is awful...he is dull and whines alot about everything, whats worse is Scott is so dumb; he has no knowledge! about news-current events, pop culture or sports. He is so obnoxiously dumb and dull it makes my hair hurt!! Meanwhile Joe Robinson is witty, talkative, seems to enjoy being on the 98Rock morning show and can on a conversation about news-currents, pop culture, movies and sports with others. (12/6/17)

Sinclair files to sell WNUV CW 54 from the Smith family mother's trust to another relative/friend, Michael Anderson. This is technically Baltimore's only black owned station, in name only, since Mr. Cunningham has long since been dead and never controlled the station in the first place. From him, ownership went to Carolyn Smith, widow of the founder of WBFF TV, and then to her trust after her death. Now WNUV is owned by Michael Anderson. From a legal perspective, this makes WNUV not owned by Sinclair Broadcasting Group, but, well at least as far as the FCC is concerned. Wink wink. :-) —BaltoMedia.net... fcc.gov (12/6/17)

"Spotify isnt owned by Google" -- A retraction and correction is in order. My message started out as a copy-and-paste, and the Google link was erroneously included from an older message. In fact, in my subsequent research, I noticed there was an April Fool's prank announcing the "acquisition" of Spotify by Google, so the story is almost too good to be true. As they say in the newspaper trade, "The Daily Call Regrets the Error". (12/6/17)

Former Channel 4 news gent Craig Melvin is apparently short-listed (at least by the Daily Mail) to be Matt Lauer's replacement. www.dailymail.co.uk. Lindsay must be qvelling (as my bubba used to say). -- Carl in Olney (12/6/17)

iHeart equity will go to their Lenders/Creditors when they file for bankruptcy. What will their current stockholders receive? Their stock is trading now at $0.70 per share. (12/6/17)

Lew Dickey, there is no reason to come home now. When Cumulus went into bankruptcy, all of the equity in the company went to the lenders. Your stock is now worthless. (12/6/17)

RE: “Still droning on about the WMAL 630 site move. Adding WMAL’s transmitter and phaser to those for 570 couldn’t have improved the 570 signal. If everything is adjusted 1000% correctly it might not harm it, but improve it? No. I assume Salem is charging WMAL a monthly rate commensurate with the imposition. (12/6/17) Dave's response: I asked WMAL honcho Bill Hess if they've moved 630 to the new Germantown transmitter site and he writes: "Don't have a firm date yet. Will let you know when we do. Occasional testing now".....Hey Dave did you ask Bill Hess when he’s taking you to lunch again? Just wondering……you did help promote the Fisher House radiothon! Signed: Silvie from Waldorf (12/6/17)

"Metro Center is papered over on both levels with advertising for Spotify, the music service owned by Google." Spotify isn't owned by Google. (12/6/17)

Still droning on about the WMAL 630 site move. Adding WMAL’s transmitter and phaser to those for 570 couldn’t have improved the 570 signal. If everything is adjusted 1000% correctly it might not harm it, but improve it? No. I assume Salem is charging WMAL a monthly rate commensurate with the imposition. (12/6/17)

Dave's response: I asked WMAL honcho Bill Hess if they've moved 630 to the new Germantown transmitter site and he writes: "Don't have a firm date yet. Will let you know when we do. Occasional testing now".....

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Metro Center is papered over on both levels with advertising for Spotify, the music service owned by Google. Come ON, local radio -- where is your rebuttal?? Why are you rolling over?? (12/5/17)

As of Tuesday evening, WMAL 630 has their signal back in Bethesda, and they took their second harmonic back with them too. The permanent move is obviously still a work in progress. Hey guys, take heart. At least somebody is listening! (12/5/17)

As far as WMAL AM 630, no License to cover has been filed but yes, it’s true, all manner of testing could be happening in Germantown. They could even been testing higher powers like 5000 watts at night to see if it’s possible from that site, or different patterns with less nulls than applied for. They could even file for minor changes during this process or just go with the current plan. Lots of things are possible. There are however some limits with what they can do given the AM 570 array & towers being specifically aligned for that station. The only thing that is certain is that the signal will be worse and worse in lots of places. But I don’t think they care. (12/5/17)

"How can one tell if an aircheck is fake or not ??" It hasn't mattered for decades, and in fact has never mattered. Michael Savage got his show off of a pretend radio show tape. Peter Rosenberg is in a major market. If you're really worried about the aircheck you put on your big boy pants and PICK UP THE PHONE. Jeez Louise. The song remains the same, the guy is too old, too expensive or a molester. Gus in the Gaithersburg (12/5/17)

Still on the topic of the WMAL 630 transmitter site migration: I guess the 1260 harmonic might be a good clue to whether you’re right beside the transmitting tower or not, but remember the harmonic might be occurring only in your receiver due to some signal overload. Not necessarily illegal or improper. I find it hard to believe the station would stay on an unlicensed transmitter site in open-ended fashion, but the kids today try to pull all sorts of hijinx. Martin A. Leese speaking. (12/5/17)

Speaking of harmonics, if you’re driving northeast on I-95 through Baltimore, you will pick up WBMD AM 750 on WFED AM 1500 along a mile stretch of I-95 overpass near the WJZ 105.7 FM Moravia Road tower. I know because I used to listen to AM 1500 WTOP back then around Baltimore since the signal was so good and I was like, “Hmm, religious programming today?” LOL The old WBMD tower on that site that housed WKTK, both Rock and Disco 105, was torn down for a much larger tower, reducing WBMD from 1000 watts to 730 watts ever since. Hard to say if the new HipHop Fish & Chicken is on top their ground wires. That wasn’t there back then. :-) (12/5/17)

This is for Carl in Olney. How can one tell if an aircheck is fake or not ?? A few years ago I knew a guy who bought from Ebay the jingle package for LA's K-Earth 101. Using his own equipment he made aircheck using his voice it was so good that it sounded like he really was on K-Earth 101 in Los Angeles but he was in a small apartment in Frederick, Maryland and never been to California. Sound local ?? One could easily get that from the internet such as the cities around LA, the names of the local malls and stores, and what restaurants are in Los Angeles You could even download local LA commercials too. I guess it is tough to tell if the aircheck is fake or the real deal. (12/5/17)

"Not good news at a time when public broadcasters are struggling... " Uh, public broadcasters are NEVER struggling. Pledge drives = "We're going to make our programming worse so you will give us money." In this holiday season, do not donate. In other news I can still get WMAL on my crystal sets, including the razor blade. Gus in the Gaithersburg (12/5/17)

To the person asking about my observations on WMAL. 630 always had a strong second harmonic on 1260 as you would pass right by the Bethesda site near the 270/495 interchange. That harmonic is gone now which makes me think the old site has been turned off. The second harmonic is now evident in Germantown, but so far down in the mud that you won't hear it unless you are within a few thousand feet of the new site. So it seems they have moved 630 up to Germantown now. Cumulus may be doing measurements, but I suspect it is up there for good, and only awaiting a license to cover. (12/5/17)

About the channel 14 on Delmarva, somebody can correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think the FCC has been deleting any TV licenses during the repack because at the end of the repack, all those that are not protected or still analog will automatically be deleted as a matter of law. Since W14DK in Dagsboro is not a Class A TV station, it is not protected and will automatically be deleted in the next couple years. As such, channel 14 is still open for applications during certain windows during the repack process. Same with DC’s WWTD 49, also on channel 14. Beginning in 2018, there will be a filing window for unprotected LPTVs to file for available frequencies. I’m sure valid licenses will take precedence. WRDE NBC Coast TV at the beaches just recently filed for and received channel 19, also an expired license for not being on the air for a long time if ever. Because WETA left the channel 14 allocation, it is technically available for a full power TV station. I just don’t know when such a filing window for that if ever will happen in the repack. Someone will land there, either DC/Baltimore or Delmarva or possibly both if an LPTV. However, it probably won’t be the people that own W14DK-D as I don’t think they have the money. Channel 14, being the lowest UHF frequency, is technically the best UHF channel to be on as far as TV propagation with one caveat. The enormous cost of filtering out the signal from interfering with anything below channel 14 (which is not channel 13 as some probably think). As WETA stated in their FCC redress complaint, the filter required for channel 14 in DC is the size of an 18 wheeler, something that simply would not fit on the WJLA/WUSA 9 tower property. But it must have worked from the WRC tower site for WFDC when they were on channel 14. WETA’s grievance was more about cost and logistics, not meaning that channel 14 couldn’t be used. (12/5/17)

The WMAL 630 AM signal is much weaker now that they are broadcasting from Germantown. Their signal is terrible at night. You cannot get them at all in Northern Virginia at night. Most of their audience is on WMAL-FM now. (12/5/17)

We hear rumors that Entercom is going to put their Alternative Rock Format in DC. It will be on either 99.1, where they have the station leased to Bloomburg or on 107.9 where they have Spanish. (12/5/17)

To the poster who's tracking WMAL's move to the new tower site: What's the suppression like on that 1260 harmonic? No sense in measuring it now, but to your ear, is it far down enough to be innocuous; and more to the point, legal? (12/5/17)

WMAL-AM now operating from Germantown? I’m pretty sure the license for that hasn’t yet been granted, so all manner of oddball testing could be encountered these days. (12/5/17)

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As of Monday morning, it seems that WMAL 630 has begun using the Germantown transmitter site. The signal is noticeably weaker while passing the old Bethesda site at the 270 interchange, also no second harmonic on 1260 from there either. The signal is strong in Germantown, and the second harmonic is there as you drive by the new site on Germantown Road. The 630 signal is still noticeably weaker than usual, so perhaps they are operating at reduced power. (12/4/17)

"Sputnik secures 2 spots on radio dial" ---The Washington Post did an interesting story today on 105.5 FM and 1390 AM. John Garziglia, part owner of the Reston Translator LLC, told the Washington Post that his deal with Sputnik wasn't related to politics, but was a "business arrangement." Garziglia said he was told to register as a foreign agent . You can read the story yourself. (12/4/17)

WTOP has been "messy" on the air in recent weeks. I cannot imagine the problem but someone should get the iron out and smooth the production. (12/4/17)

Dave's response: WMAL was kinda messy this morning. There's a lot of that going around.....

There is a station licensed on Channel 14 on Delmarva, W14DK, licensed to Dagsboro. On July 1, 2015, they filled for an STA due to a lightning strike. The station has never returned to the air. Based on the 365-day rule, they should have been deleted, since it's been off the air more than 2 years. I have actually visited the tower site (North of Seaford) and there is no antenna on the tower. I had a portable digital tv, and no signal was received. Why is this station not deleted? (12/4/17)

So it turns out the conductor of the Met Opera, James Levine, is an alleged pedophile. Public broadcasters WBJC in Baltimore and WSCL in Salisbury both carry the Met Opera on Saturdays- but for how long? I can easily imagine Toll Brothers will drop the Met like a hot potato if the allegations and the apparently decades long coverup turn out to be true. Not good news at a time when public broadcasters are struggling... (12/4/17)

"Is there some unwritten rule here that Mailbag posters need to be arrogant pricks?" Come on, there's no need for bad language! I will time travel back and fuck the bejesus out of a Baby Jesus in this holiday season. And the River Road tower has always been like that, there are no and never have been any mall cops guarding it. Gus in the Gaithersburg (12/4/17)

About WTOP and AP Hourly News: It's either that they accidentally (or purposely) put on the hourly news usually put on WFED-1500, or something big has happened. Arthur Godfrey would not be happy if they left CBS. -- Carl in Olney again (12/4/17)

To give a reasonable answer to the friend in Richmond: Does he have an aircheck of anything he ever did? Hearing what the guy sounds like on the radio is worth a lot; the aircheck (assuming it's not faked) also gives info about what station the friend worked at, and did he use a pseudonym on the radio (it could be that people mostly knew him by his air name. It could also be that he told people Richmond and it was really some nearby station like in Ashland or Doswell or even Petersburg, and the guy just said it less specifically to potential employers -- Carl in Olney (12/4/17)

Is there some unwritten rule here that Mailbag posters need to be arrogant pricks? The guy with the friend from Richmond radio asked a reasonable and legitimate question about a directory, and two of you replied like jerks. Even if the answer is obvious to broadcasters, it may not be to everyone. "Its called a resume, look it up"? "babyjesusfuck"? How about a little courtesy and civility, folks? We are woefully short on that these days (especially in this town) and we dont need more bitterness. Are you like that on the air too? (12/4/17)

Noticed this morning: WTOP top-of-the-hour news was AP Radio News, not CBS. Is that permanent? If so, is it Entercom related? Seems odd that the CBS affiliation weathered the direct competition from CBS's WNEW a few years ago, but now is gone. (12/4/17)

Since Salem now owns 570 AM and the real estate and towers in Germantown, they will receive a nice check every month from Cumulus for allowing WMAL to diplex. Salem has moved their conservative talk format, "The Answer over to 570 AM. (12/4/17)

Dave's response: WSPZ 1260 is now relaying the religious talk of WAVA-FM 105.1.....

I note with lack of interest that podcasting's Mike O'Meara has revived the world's least beloved podcast "Political Persuasions" which was shelved after the first two episodes proved unwanted because who wants to hear Mike O'Meara whine about politics and how the world isn't going his way. He's partnered with journalist Chris Frates, whom he claims was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Slight problem there: he was not nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. As Warner Wolf would say, Mike O'Meara is our Boo of the Week. Gus in the Gaithersburg (12/4/17)

When will WMAL 630 AM start diplexing with WWRC 570 AM in Germantown? Their coverage at night will be terrible. The Population Count will be very small from Germantown. (12/4/17)

The FCC has begun dismissing some FM translators from the last filing window. The 96.7 FM filed by Somar for La Plata, MD has been dismissed. I’m sure WCEI 96.7 Easton had something to do with that. Still no word yet on the Baltimore 103.1 FM that WRNR 103.1’s Steve Kingston is fighting. (12/4/17)

Saw the new WTTG Fox 5 signal contour from River Road, where they’re moving the transmitter from Wisconsin Ave. Since the towers are almost identical in HAAT, there’s almost no discernible difference in the signal. But it is a funny tower site as it looks like the Google Maps people literally drove right up to the tower unrestricted which is not an actual road, but clearly private property. What’s noticeable is the tower is still connected to what was once the WETA studios & offices, but is now an auto repair shop. Is that one of the WETA staffers cars left on the lot from the 1970s? (pic) I sure hope they tighten the security a bit when WTTG starts broadcasting from here. :-) (12/4/17)

iHeart is on the verge of bankruptcy. Their lenders want almost all of the equity in the company. iHeart could end up owning just 1% of the company. The present stockholders would end of with almost nothing. With Cumulus, their stockholders end up with nothing. (12/4/17)

"I have a question. Is their a book out that lists everyone on the radio from the past and present ??" Short answer, no. You might want to consider the possibility that there is a real or imagined event in your friend's past that keeps him unemployed in his new retirement location. I'm going to go out on a limb and state the babyjesusfuck obvious: he's either too old or too expensive or both, and has only worked in one market. Your friend knows they are lying, or he is lying. Maybe the fact that your friend has no name is a factor. Gus in the Gaithersburg (12/4/17)

Has your friend thought about providing contact information to the station he worked at? References? Etc.? It's called a "resume." Look it up. (12/4/17)

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The FCC has begun dismissing some FM translators from the last filing window. The 96.7 FM filed by Somar for La Plata, MD has been dismissed. I’m sure WCEI 96.7 Easton had something to do with that. Still no word yet on the Baltimore 103.1 FM that WRNR 103.1’s Steve Kingston is fighting. I have a question. Is their a book out that lists everyone on the radio from the past and present ?? The reason I ask is I have a friend who for years did radio in Richmond and Hampton Roads, He recently moved to Phoenix and was trying to apply for work there. Every station it is was the same. They looked up in the directory of radio jocks and his name wasn't there. Some even suggest he was lying about his past despite his airchecks and the 30 years he had spent in both markets. One program director there even went as far as saying he knew everyone that was on the radio in Virginia but he doesn't remember him. Someone mentioned years ago on here that AFTRA had a directory but does that include non-union stations ?? (12/3/17)

Former WBAL TV Traffic Reporter and sometimes anchor Sarah Caldwell is back on TV. This week, she did a story on Ravens Report, which airs on WBAL-TV, and the Ravens affiliate stations like WJLA ABC7, WMDT ABC47 and up in PA. — BaltoMedia.net (12/3/17)

I reported last week the 98.7 HD2 channel which played Classic Country had talk .Saturday night it was playing Classic Country again but with no song title or artist displayed which is one of the benefits of HD Radio.also I noticed WJLA news lately no longer has any graphics on bottom of screen no scrolling headlines or 3 day weather. (12/3/17)

I reported last week the 98.7 HD2 channel which played Classic Country had talk .Saturday night it was playing Classic Country again but with no song title or artist displayed which is one of the benefits of HD Radio.also I noticed WJLA news lately no longer has any graphics on bottom of screen no scrolling headlines or 3 day weather. (12/3/17)

Found this interesting. Richmond VA's Fox station has dumped the Lions@Ravens game last minute even though they were scheduled to broadcast it since Wednesday. This is curious because Fox 35 in Richmond is owned by Baltimore's Sinclair Broadcast Group, which has pre-season deals with the Baltimore Ravens. Hmm. I wonder if the Ravens know that they dropped the game. They might not like that so much. (12/3/17)

Does anyone know what the mysterious radio station WUPR-FM is that keeps showing up at the bottom of the Baltimore ratings? It’s not a typo for WYPR since that is already listed in the ratings. There is no such FM licensed station anywhere that I can see. It’s been in the ratings now off and on for like 6 months now so it’s hard to believe its an accidental typo for that long. There is also no international station with those call letters that could possibly be received. (12/3/17)

WMAL favorite Silvie from Waldorf called into their “Radiothon for Fisher House” to pledge $500 as well match all donations from “The Wives of WMAL” and Chris Plante pledged to mow the lawn of anyone who donated a million dollars (he said they would probably have a very big lawn): total haul as of 7:00PM was $450,000.00. Since DCRTV’s Dave Hughes is flush with cash these days (he’s eating at BGR Burgers these days not McDonalds or Burger King) he’s pledged to match each donation made by DCRTV fans so be sure to check the box that says “My donation is on behalf of an organization.” and put in “DCRTV” so Bill Hess will know (Hess is visible in videos taken at today’s radiothon – he’s the bearded guy in the blue blazer www.wmal.com ). So if you love WMAL and families of our military or you hate WMAL and our military because you are a nutcase liberal but just want to do something decent for once please donate (who knows, maybe Chris Plante will mow your lawn): web.charityengine.net (12/3/17)

Legendary NBC Producer Bob Asman passed away. I don't have much more info but he was loved and revered. He is the father of Fox Business/Fox News anchor David Asman. (12/3/17)

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RE: “Unless Bill Hess and Chris Plante "clarify" Plante's remarks that Obama "squandered". Plante's word, his Nobel Peace Prize money (about half of if went to Fisher House), I will stay away from anything to do with Fisher House”..... According to Reuters: “ WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Thursday named 10 charities to share his $1.4 million Nobel Peace Prize, with causes ranging from wounded veterans to Haiti’s earthquake survivors and education for minorities. “These organizations do extraordinary work in the United States and abroad helping students and veterans and countless others in need” The White House said $250,000, the largest single amount, will go to Fisher House, which houses families of wounded veterans while they receive treatment. This was followed by a $200,000 donation to the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund, set up by former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush at Obama’s request to help survivors of Haiti’s January earthquake (how’s that going?). Following is a breakdown of Obama’s donations: - $250,000 to Fisher House, a national nonprofit organization providing accommodation for families of patients receiving medical care at military and Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers. - $200,000 to the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund, which was set up in the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake to help survivors. - $125,000 to College Summit, a national nonprofit organization to increase college enrollment rates. - $125,000 to the Posse Foundation, which awards scholarships to promising public high school students. - $125,000 to the United Negro College Fund. - $125,000 to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. _ $125,000 to the American Indian College Fund. - $125,000 to the Appalachian Leadership and Education Foundation. - $100,000 to AfriCare, which promotes health, food security and access to water primarily in Africa. - $100,000 to the Central Asia Institute, which education and literacy, especially for girls, in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan. More from Reuters: www.reuters.com (12/2/17)

I was thinking about the repack and WETA’s channel change from channel 14 to 31. It does impact some more TV stations than listed in the channel change filings. For instance, channel 14 is now available for Delmarva, Baltimore, & DC markets with some adjacent channel Land Mobile restrictions, mainly around DC/Baltimore. And WRDE NBC Coast TV channel 31 doesn’t have to deal with interference from the previously proposed WMPT 31 Annapolis anymore and WETA’s transmitter is considerably further away on channel 31. They might just be able to reapply for channel 31 in the next filing window next year with a slightly different contour. They’ll still need channel 19 for Salisbury, but channel 14 might just be more free and clear now since you have to go to central PA or Norfolk for an LPTV channel 14 and no full power channel 14 in the region really, not even in Philly or Richmond or even NYC. The current WWTD LPTV RF channel 14 in DC is not protected in the repack since they were already displaced by WETA before the tower site issues. (12/2/17)

Unless Bill Hess and Chris Plante "clarify" Plante's remarks that Obama "squandered". Plante's word, his Nobel Peace Prize money (about half of if went to Fisher House), I will stay away from anything to do with Fisher House (12/2/17)

WMAL’s “Radiothon” for Fisher House concludes Saturday afternoon from 4:00PM to 6:00PM with Vince, The Virgin Mary, Chris Plante and Bill Hess at the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City. Great opportunity for DCRTV’s WMAL fans or haters to come meet that station’s superstars. Rumor has it that DCRTVDJDAVE will be MC for the event: www.wmal.com (12/2/17)

"The Door is Locked ... My Pants Are Down ... C'Mere You #%!$! ... Let's Go to Town ... Sim-ply Ha-ving a Matt La-uer Christ-mas-time ... Sim-ply Ha-ving a Matt La-uer Christ-mas-time" (Betcha WASH-FM won't be playing THAT one!) (12/2/17)

Except for vacations, this is the first weekend in a dozen years I haven’t been on the air at WASH-FM. My (voluntary!) retirement comes more than 43 years after I first cracked the mic locally (longer if you count hosting a public affairs show in high school). That’s meant working in DC and Baltimore for 11 stations and the US government - most notably WASH (twice), WCBM, W-Lite, WTOP and the Voice of America. I’ve enjoyed adapting with the industry - from cuing up 45s to posting on social media. And it’s been gratifying to sustain an on-air career despite remaining somewhat under the radar. Thank you to listeners, colleagues, AFTRA and the employers who gave me a chance to be a jock, production person, programmer and journalist…mostly in my home town. Cheers, Dave Arlington (12/2/17)

Regarding "Commie radio expands in DC market..." We now for certain that General Misha Flynn discussed Russian sanctions with a lady Larry O'Connor used to lick the bootstraps of when she was a frequent and enthusiastically welcomed guest on his show at WMAL (run by Bill Hess under the direction of the Russian Oligarchs). Did Ms McFarland do the right and patriotic, towards America - not Russia, thing? Will Bill Hess come clean and admit the lady was welcomed with open arms at his station? Or will he continue to protect and cover up for his Russian overlords? Perhaps since flipping seems to be the in-thing these days, Mr. Hess will flip the format of Mix-107.3FM to "Mixed with Russian Music107.3FM". Time will tell. (12/2/17)

have the staples been removed from his head? will his head interfere with the xmitter? Will chili’s crowns in her mouth be magnetically drawn to toby’s staple-head? Chili believes in all that homeopathic healing shit. will toby’s head fuck with her chakra? (12/2/17)

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Yes, Cumulus is in a sad state and the stockholders will take it up the wazoo. Of course, Citadel had been in similar straights very quickly after taking over the ABC O& O's in 2007, but then a miracle happened. Citadel preferred stock (owned by Farid Suleman and friends) suddenly became very valuable long enough for Cumulus to make those people rich. The staff in all the stations, however, continued to be ground into hamburger by thankless conditions. Yay, capitalism. Maybe not. -Mailbag Contributor 49(c)(2) (12/1/17)

Seeing the description "1390 AM...based in Capitol Heights, Md...." does not compute in my old brain. To me, it will forever be on Crimmins Lane. The station that morphed from Redcoats to Reds. Will they bring back Russ Wheeler to spin the Wheeler Wheel of Fortune for a trip to Moscow? (12/1/17)

Commie radio expands in DC market from just FM to include AM: “A Russia-funded radio station broadcasting blocks from the White House found a second home on the dial in Washington after its partner, a Virginia-based radio company, registered with the Justice Department as a foreign agent. Sputnik, a project of the Russian government, began broadcasting around the clock from a K Street office in June on 105.5 FM, and hasn’t stopped. However, that frequency is merely a “translator” — a station that rebroadcasts another station’s programming — and Sputnik was in need of a permanent base. As a result, 1390 AM, a former Spanish-language station based in Capitol Heights, Md., began carrying Sputnik on Saturday. The deal was brokered as Sputnik struggled to find a home frequency amid criticism of its connection to Russia and questions about Russia’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.” Supposedly President Trump can hear the station in his teeth at The White House and Mueller is investigating: no word if Gus in the Gaithersburg is also hearing in his teeth. The Washington Post’s Justin William Moyer reports: www.washingtonpost.com (12/1/17)

"Will the next company to file for bankruptcy be ..." Now that I think of it, didn't Birach Broadcasting file for bankruptcy a few years ago? Or at least the *local* incarnation of BB; the one that daddy says is NOT a legit branch of the family biz? (read the nice bright red text on www.birach.com) (12/1/17)

I realize we no longer can point to the exalted status of a broadcast station that is "Owned & Operated" by one of the traditional networks, but it's with a sense of loss that bankruptcy has hit the former ABC O&Os here in town. I filled in doing news for Elliott & Woodside at Q-107 for a while in the 1980s, and wow, it was a totally different world than basic local radio where I had been until that time. Yes, the radio business has changed and I don't see much that could be considered "for the better." The filing by the owners of those stations is just the latest example of the decline. (12/1/17)

The Russians are spending a lot of money in DC for their propaganda on Arthur Liu's 1390 AM and John Garziglia's Translator 105.5. Sputnik is an interesting handle. (12/1/17)

Cumulus announced that they will turn over all of their equity to their Lenders. What does this mean for their current stockholders? It mean that they will get nothing. $0 It is a sad day for the people who invested in this company. (12/1/17)

Dave's response: What did Tom Taylor say this morning - Cumulus spent $5 billion to merge with bankrupt Citadel, which earlier acquired the ABC Radio properties, to build a company that's bankrupt and now worth just $2 billion.....

November radio ratings analysis from Tom Taylor Now: Washington DC can’t make up its mind between Hubbard’s news WTOP and American University’s news/talk WAMU – so it gives each one a 9.6 share. WTOP and its two regional simulcast FMs move 9.4-9.8-9.6, while not-for-profit WAMU is up 8.9-9.3-9.6. WAMU wins mornings and nights, while WTOP is a double-digit #2 in mornings (heavy traffic info for a clogged city), and #1 in PM drive. Ratings observer Chris Huff says “This is the second time WAMU and ’TOP have tied for first place, the other time being August 2016.” Third overall is Howard University’s urban AC WHUR, up 7.1-7.0-8.4. It’s #1 in middays, improving from fourth place, and also #1 on Saturday/Sunday. Fourth place is shared by iHeart’s classic rock WBIG-FM (5.6-4.9-4.7) and Cumulus talker WMAL-AM/FM (4.3-4.7-4.7). ’MAL is fourth in mornings and middays (the Rush Limbaugh daypart) – but just 20th on weekends. It’s living on strong P1s, because WMAL’s cume is only the seventeenth-largest. Nationals baseball is a “next-season” thing for Entercom’s sports “106.7 the Fan” WJFK (3.5-3.5-2.3). Redskins football carrier sports WTEM doesn’t subscribe to the book. D.C.’s leading station for average weekly cume is news WTOP at about 1.24 million. WAMU does its big share on the fifth-biggest cume, about 800,000..... Baltimore has Radio One’s urban AC “Magic” WWIN-FM #1 (or tied for #1) for the fourth month in a row, 7.8-7.8-8.7. It’s #1 in both drive times, and the Class A signal does that with the sixth-largest weekly cume. Second again is iHeart’s country WPOC (7.2-7.4-7.2, and #1 weekends). WPOC manages that with the #7 cume. It’s followed by Radio One’s urban WERQ (7.8-6.5-6.6), Entercom’s AC WLIF (6.4-7.2-6.4) and Hearst’s “98 Rock” WIYY (4.7-5.3-5.2). WERQ is a double-digit #1 at night, WLIF is #1 middays (per usual) and 98 Rock is third in mornings. “Largest share ever in PPM for WYPR,” says Chris Huff. Your Public Radio’s not-for-profit news/talk WYPR improves to a tie for tenth place (3.4-3.6-4.0). Its morning rank improves from eighth to fourth. Baltimore’s cume leader (by a mile) is AC WLIF (702,400). (12/1/17)

To the poster that acts like he has a 6th grade education. If you want to act like the big boys grow up. You don't have to use words like retard, moran. STUF! WTF! When you grow up maybe you can use adult language. (12/1/17)

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