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DCRTV Mailbag - September 1, 2019 to September 30, 2019

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Oh Dear God. It looks like more WMAL talkers were involved in this smear campaign against Biden During the campaign’s planning stages back in the Spring Dan Bongino (BonBozo), tweeted “Joe Biden is going to have A LOT of explaining to do regarding Ukraine. A LOT.” How did bonBozo know six months ago this topic issue was going to a news issue? Was BonBozo, like Mark Levin, involved in the fabrication set up in the early days last Spring? If BonBozo, in March, got the story from Peter Schweitzer’s then recently (one week old) released book, why did BonBozo immediately give credence to Schweizer’s claim in the book, given Schweizer's admitted problems with jumping to wrong conclusions? BonBozo’s lies and manufactured crap can be heard sporadically on WMAL on weekends, and when substituting for Mark Levin. Bill Hess, just shut the place down before you start getting visits from the FBI. (9/30/19)

MSNBC did not cut away from a rally. They cut away from an impromptu press conference where Trump was actually being asked questions, but they didn’t like the answers and like all Trump Deranged people, blocked the information from view and ran to their safe spaces. It’s either that or break out the Ninja masks, baseball bats and spray paint and get even. If all else fails, screaming helplessly at the sky always works. Although Adam Schiff’s new idea might become a new socialist left model. Re-read a transcript in a mafia shakedown voice and claim its literally true. If that’s not making up your own news, I don’t know what is. And as usual, the left media is reporting that as if Trump really did that. This is why Trump wins. People know liars when they see them. The national media is embarrassing itself and will just have to lay off more people. They need impeachment hearings just to stay in business right now. CNN is being beating by Nickelodeon and Lifetime, not just Fox! Fox News isn’t just #1. They’re often #1 of ALL basic cable channels! (9/30/19)

Alleged/wanna-be news radio 1090 has aired weekly, pre-weekend interviews with Ocean City (MD) Mayor Rick Meehan, allowing him to promote his sorry ass and events occurring in the resort. While I understand the need to support this popular resort and recognize its appeal to tens of thousands of people who visit, there comes a time when the softball interviews need to turn to hardball, like this morning, in the aftermath of a dangerously rowdy weekend that prompted Meehan to threaten a state of emergency if it happens again. Instead of Meehan, or any other city official, we got John Patti, off duty today, who just happened to be there during the unruly crowd. WTF!! Where was Mayor Meathead this morning? Nowhere to be found, while hiding under Twitter with a prepared statement. Did the station even bother to call him? Where are the city council members? How about the city manager? Where is the police chief??? Once again, this station fucks up a chance to work up a great local story instead of all the national interviews on impeachment and all the anti-Trump shit the democrats are stirring up. Bring back Rush Limbaugh and let HIM handle the national political puke. When is this station going off the air?? Given the pathetic state of affairs within the Orioles and Ravens organizations, even sports radio on this station would be a gamble. (9/30/19)

Hey Dave, I have to report a glaring omission on WMAL this morning. I am sure Vince Mary and Joe will acknowledge and apologize for the gaffe. Background, On Sunday, Fox News' Chris Wallace revealed WMAL commentator Joe DiGenova an his wife were helping Giuliani in the Ukraine to try and manufacture dirt on Joe Biden. Giuliani was not working alone, Wallace said. www.foxnews.com... This morning,on WMAL, Joe trashed that report, minimizing it, and saying he was asked by the White House to represent a "whistle blower" in Ukraine. But, Joe continued, he never went to the country because his trip was cancelled. So, he really wasn't that involved. Joe forgot to mention he was, in fact, hired in the past week or so to represent in the United States a Ukrainian natural gas tycoon, Victor Firtash, who is fighting extradition to the US for bribery and fraud. Virtash was recently hyped up by the former and corrupt prosecutor in Ukraine, Viktor Shokin, who is at the center of the this Biden controversy. www.kyivpost.com... If the United States Department of Justice wants to extradite and put on trial on corruption charges, here, Victor Firtash, why is WMAL's Joe DiGenova not only working to keep this guy out of our country and away from our legal system, but also, working with him to build a case against Biden, sidestepping any Justice department, State Department, or Congressional input and protocol? DiGenova should have revealed his contract with Ukraine's Firtash, and Vince and Mary should have asked him why he is working on two different fronts to keep this guy away from our justice system. These questions were not asked, but should have. WMAL, can you address these concerns and make full disclosures now? (9/30/19)

It looks, based on the happenings over the past few weeks, that Erika Gonzalez has left NBC4 of her own choice or was fired by the station. Bad public relations on the part of the station. Erika was very popular and on track to become a work-week anchor replacing one of the long-time personalities. Station needs to inform the public. (9/30/19)

It appears that anchor/reporter Devin Bartolotta is gone from CH 13. I don't "do" Facebook or any of the other social media, so can someone verify? Looks like she's at WWL in New Orleans. Also, at the end of today's O's game, Gary Thorn said something like "...see you in Sarasota in the Sprinng." I sincerely hope he's back next season. Can't wait to see if/how 1090 covers the weekend fiasco in Ocean City Monday Morning (9/30/19)

RE: 103.7 out of Richmond. WURV is currently Hot AC and with the exception of a 3 year stint of being Soft AC and two years of being a AAA station, it’s been Hot AC since 1993. It’s very possible that the signal bleeds into Northern VA still to this day and can overlap with WTOP’s 103.5 signal. Oh and for the misinformed, just because POTUS has a rally doesn’t mean that the networks have to carry it all for chrissakes. It’s all a part of the pesky first amendment. If CNN, Fox, MSNBC etc…don’t want to carry a full rally, that’s up to them. They are protected from staying from the rallies as much as WMAL is allowed to give you the latest right wing talking points and MSNBC can give you the latest left wing talking points. HELLO, IT’S CALLED FREEDOM OF THE PRESS! Dan (9/30/19)

So it's a bit after 6 pm on Sunday night. Program guides say WTTG is showing news. I turn them on hoping to get some real news among the celebrity gossip and idle chitchat that seem to fill the majority of their newscasts. And what are they showing? Women's wrestling--they're going from bad to worse. (9/30/19)

OK, Erika Gonzalez is missing in action again as the weekend anchor...Something's obvious going on re:her absence..I know we've seen over and over people just disappearing with no explanation and I wonder if this is yet again one of those situations. I've noticed that Usually when they leave to go to a competing network, the station doesn't give them a send-off..They just disappear. But because a few weeks ago she left in the middle of her broadcast, I wonder if she's sick and doesn't want it made public. However, when I saw Leon Harris filling in, now THAT was unusual..In any case, hope she's ok.. (9/30/19)

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In reference to the jealous, blowhard comments about Chris Roth. "Everyone is stunned that he talked himself into another gig" Who is everyone? minus the cast of Hee Haw from Winchester... and who are you? and who elected you as "everyone's" spokesperson? Fart and run out of the room as you people usually do! Phil Zachary who just hired Mr. Roth was his boss in Raleigh. Do you really think he would have hired him AGAIN if what you're insinuating was true? Anyone who knows Chris Roth isn't shocked by anything. They're happy for someone who is realizing his dream and is lucky enough to have gotten a job that goes along with a love for something. How many people get to do that? So many people these days need to just STFU!!! (9/29/19)

Oh yeah, Erin Como is so into herself...I'm so turned on when she talks about 295 at Benning Road...it's almost too much that early in the morning... (9/29/19)

Congratulations to Chris Roth on your appointment as PD of WIAD 94.7 FM. I like their 80's Hits Format. Entercom will make a lot of money with this format. (9/29/19)

Didn't see the 6pm newscast, but turned on the 11pm broadcast on NBC4 and Erika Gonzalez is missing yet again..Fill in said nothing about subbing for her tonight..So has she left the station? (9/29/19)

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The 103.7 station interference affecting WTOP 103.5 may be from Richmond's WURV. When it was part of EZ Communications decades ago, we would occasionally hear it at our location 44 miles north of the old WGMS-FM 103.5 site in NW DC. It had been easy listening and adult contemporary but I have no idea of the format today. (9/28/19)

Thursday evening during a very compelling ABC TV special on the late Phil Hartman, idiotic WJLA, Ch 7 in DC, cut in and did about a minute or so of news/weather updates. When it ended, right back to the program. That was not a commercial break, just a stupid move. Thank WJLA for taking away part of an excellent program. (9/28/19)

How quickly the Trump Deranged rush to defend Obama or Biden for doing the same things Trump does. Obama denied giving Iran any money on pallets at all even though there were witnesses to the pallets and made a secret deal caught on open mike with Russia that he later denied and the media blindly took his word even though caught on tape. Same with Biden. The media is taking Biden’s word on his $1.6 billion dollar bribery scheme to earn money for his son as the expense of U.S. Security even though he’s on tape telling them to do what he wanted or else. The evidence is blatant. Trump didn’t even say it, yet he’s guilty. Oh, and I can’t even get WMAL on the radio in Baltimore or anywhere, but lefties in the media are the biggest of all hypocrites with their identity politics Obama and Biden represent your identity. Therefor they could not have meant to break the law on tape or not. You don’ t even have to hear Trump say it to know he’s guilty. People in general are not stupid about hypocrites. This is why news media ratings are plummeting. Their credibility is shot and this is why the news media is laying off in the thousands. In the Trump vs. Left Media war, Trump has already won. The left wing media will do anything to save Joe Biden because they know deep down that he’s the only candidate even if on a respirator, could beat Trump. Trump will win in a landslide once Biden is out or that blood in his left eye that the media keeps ignoring causes him to stroke out on live TV. (9/28/19)

Re: BSNBC leaving the president's speech. That's what they do. No respect. just whining. You're right about if a network had done that during Obama. All they have done is whine for 3 years. No respect even for the office. But more importantly, this is exactly why people don't believe the media anymore. (9/28/19)

Ever since being promoted to weekend anchor, Erin Como really seems to be into herself when on the weekday broadcast. And I bet believe her dating the morning producer contributed to that promotion. Wonder if they’re even together anymore since he’s not been seen w/her in pics w/other coworkers & their significant others. I can do without her commenting on her personal appearance and inserting herself in conversations with other lame comments. And she’s horrible on that Sunday sports show. I bet Ken Harvey is wishing they had paired him up with a REAL sports person. In general, Fox5 keeps trying to do too many new things at once. Tucker’s now doing the Tweet of the day, they’re doing real time polls, three or four “people in a box” ala Brady Bunch opening, anchors sitting in or bombarding Tucker’s weather area. Just trying way too hard to be relevant and coming off as fake. (9/28/19)

MSNBC cut away from a Presidential Press conference stating that the President was lying. What kind of journalism is that? Can you imagine if Sinclair TV stations or Fox News did that during Obama stating he wasn’t giving the Iranians millions of dollars in U.S. cash on pallets of $100 bills? OMG! Imagine the outcry. TV station licenses would have been revoked. (9/28/19)

Reason; during Obama stating he wasn’t giving the Iranians millions of dollars in U.S. cash on pallets of $100 bills? OMG! Imagine the outcry. TV station licenses would have been revoked. (9/27/19). For the DCRTV RECORD, Obama returned, not gave, millions of dollars of Iran's money back to them. The money had been frozen in American banks since the Carter administration. Obama gave them simple interest, not compound interest. Our country actually made money on the deal. Stop listening to WMAL. (9/28/19)

Today was the last day for the man who brought WXCY 103.7 on the air in 1989. Bob Bloom worked in Baltimore many years prior to WXCY. At WXCY he was with Prettyman, Delmarva, and more recently Forever Media. Thirty years is a long run for anyone, but he was quite a GM, and it has been a real honor working with him. Bob’s ultimate dream is to operate small trains at theme parks for the kids! Now that is what I call retiring! I wish best to Bob Bloom. Tom Conroy (9/28/19)

How will WMAL react when we all find out the person behind the whistleblower, the person who Chris and Mark both claim is a leaker and a traitor, is none other than former WMAL long time contributor John Bolton? (9/28/19)

Chris Roth new PD at Drive. Everyone is stunned that he talked his way into another gig. Pretty shocking (9/28/19)

The first day of Fall was this past Monday, 9/23. How come WASH FM hasn't started playing Christmas music yet? (9/28/19)

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So now WBAL-TV finds itself in a little bit of an ethical mess with reporter Kate Amara. How could any real journalist be so stupid to do something so blatantly wrong? www.baltimoresun.com (9/27/19)

RE: “Sinclair stations being removed from Direct TV and other ATT services.” Great ! I removed all Sinclair station from my TV years ago and have not missed a moment of good entertainment or responsible news reporting. How can I help to have them removed permanently from every source, including the public air waves. No Mr. Smith, you do not own them ! (9/27/19)

WRC TV and other NBC owned and operated TV stations are starting a new 24 hour local news sub-channel called LocalX or Lx, on WRC 4.3. Here is the national website and purpose, bringing national NBC News stories local including climate change and other progressive news stories it seems. At least that is what is on the website. Maybe it will be different when it debuts but the website speaks for itself. See here… www.1x.com — BaltoMedia.net (9/27/19)

Well it’s not just w.j.l.a but the same owners that own W.J.L.A ALSO OWN K.T.XS WHERE I LIVE SO THE HOLE COMPANY MUST BE LEAVING DIRECT T.V . ON WJLA DO THEY RUN A CRAWL ON THE BOTTOM OF THE T.V. DOES WJLA GO OFF-AIR ON WEEKEND LATE NIGHTS (9/27/19)

MSNBC cut away from a Presidential Press conference stating that the President was lying. What kind of journalism is that? Can you imagine if Sinclair TV stations or Fox News did that during Obama stating he wasn’t giving the Iranians millions of dollars in U.S. cash on pallets of $100 bills? OMG! Imagine the outcry. TV station licenses would have been revoked. (9/27/19)

Why won’t the failing Washington Post retract their self created news item that the acting Director of National Intelligence had threatened to resign? The guy couldn’t have more emphatically called them liars any more than he did in sworn testimony. Meanwhile at CNN, they’ve got Andy “Lack of Candor” McCabe giving political analysis. According to their own blogs, the news media is laying off thousands of people in a booming economy when most other industries are hiring. Could it be that the public no longer trusts any of them anymore such that their ratings and media corporate income is falling so fast? Trump might have rescued the U.S. economy, but he is single handedly dismantling the American news media. And that’s one area where not only Russia but most in the world would love to see American media fail. (9/27/19)

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[RE: So I see scrolled across my tv screen that some stations may be deleted by Direct TV. I could be wrong, but Isn’t Direct TV the only cable service that goes through this every so many months? Don’t remember hearing about this happening with the local Fios, Comcast or Cox services] I see Plenty! (9/26/19)

Two radio stocks continue to slide down fast. Salem is now down to $1.46 per share and Entercom is down to $3.39 per share. When will this down slide stop? Why is this happening? (9/26/19)
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So I see scrolled across my tv screen that some stations may be deleted by Direct TV. I could be wrong, but Isn’t Direct TV the only cable service that goes through this every so many months? Don’t remember hearing about this happening with the local Fios, Comcast or Cox services. (9/25/19)

Sinclair Broadcasting has also just announced that WBFF Fox 45 as well as all their TV stations nationwide might soon be removed from DirecTV and other ATT services. Locally this includes Fox 45, WNUV CW 54, WUTB My 24, and DC's WJLA ABC 7 as well as all their sub-channels and cable channels like the TENNIS channel that SBG owns. While Fox Network stations & their NFL content will be gone, the FOX regional sports networks that Sinclair just bought will be immune since those agreements would have been made by FOX corporate long before the sale. www.keepmycontent.com — BaltoMedia.net (9/25/19)

For the life of me, I cannot understand how alleged/wanna-be news radio 1090 stays on the air. The morning broadcasts are a total disaster with a bunch of dialed-up, pre-arranged/recorded interviews on national news instead of local stories with local writers and news makers. Today, it was some German story labeling hangovers as an illness and that workers could take medical leave. WTF???? From Annapolis (where state and county offices are anchored) to Towson to Bel Air, there are so many great local news and feature stories that would be much more interesting than all the social media he-said-she-said Twitter bullshit aimed at stirring up more controversy. The local papers in Ocean City are filled with local stories that would be of much more interest than some think-tank hack pushing climate control or some other PC agenda. The motormouth that follows this morning circus mid-day is all about the violence in Baltimore City that listeners outside the city limits don’t give one rat’s ass about. Then, driving home, the young sports dude turned wanna-be talk show host babbles endlessly about meaningless bullshit that makes me immediately switch over to SiriusXM. Where’s the follow up stories on Mayor Pugh?? Why haven’t they interviewed her? What about talk of her possible indictment???? And, who’s watching Baltimore and Anne Arundel County government????? There is no connection locally anymore; just a bunch of regurgitated, day-old tweets of unimportant crap or some has-been pushing a new book that puts this station one more day closer to total collapse. (9/25/19)

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"Two DC Radio Station owners......now have all time low prices for their stock......Salem at $1.54 and Entercom at $3.54 per share. Are these stocks a good investment? " No. Except for some sole ownerships, radio is dead. Get a stack advisor and invest in stocks that pays dividends and grows the company in a responsibly economical path. (9/24/19)

Wow— I just heard CBS Radio’s Steven Portnoy talking Trump and impeachment on WTOP... The anchors made a point of saying how good it was to have him back on the station... (9/24/19)

Well, it's official. Mary Bubala to WBFF Fox 45. She reported the lead story yesterday afternoon at 4pm and will soon anchor it seems. More in The Sun, although she wouldn't respond to them either. But WBFF Fox 45 confirmed it. WJZ 13 lost nearly half its audience after firing her and it seems they're poised to lose more at 4 & 5pm with her return on 45. www.baltimoresun.com — BaltoMedia.net (9/24/19)

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WJLA is notifying visitors to their webpage that their parent company may drop them from DirecTV/AT&T... sbgi.net (9/23/19)

(RE: WRC weekend newscasts) A few weeks or so back, Erika González left during the middle of a newscast for undisclosed reasons, Jim Handly was in for her on the Saturday evening shows. Hope she’s alright. (9/23/19)

Two DC Radio Station owners......now have all time low prices for their stock......Salem at $1.54 and Entercom at $3.54 per share. Are these stocks a good investment? (0/23/19)

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tt would be a win-win if Mike Sorce / Don Geronimo became a national spokesperson for Autism..Lend his broadcasting talents for voices-overs, fundraisers, education...love (9/22/19)

Just reading that former WTOP political analyst Mark Plotkin has died. (9/22/19)

Turned on NBC4’s 6pm Sunday evening news & was surprised to see of all people, Leon Harris anchoring. I think there have been other weekends recently where Erika Gonzalez wasn’t anchoring. What’s up? (9/22/19)

Mary Bubala Going to FOX 45 first as reporter then Anchor.... (9/22/19)

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I usually dont go to 93.9 WKYS but I noticed 980 WTEM is now simulcast on their HD 2 sub dont know if its been there awhile or is it since they switched affiliation from ESPN to Fox Sports.The HD Radio website is useless you can check available HD stations by zip code but whoever runs it doesnt update changes the 93.9 HD 2 sub shows a simulcast of WOL 1450 Talk radio and they still have not listed the new WASH FM HD3 sub The Breeze soft hits and its been on the air almost a year now as well as 94.7 The Drives HD 2 Station Q.Still lists it as Classic Hits. (9/21/19)

Westwood One, which is owned by Cumulus, is syndicating the Michael Savage Show. Why don't they put him on WMAL? At one time they had the show on from 3 PM to 6 PM on Monday thru Friday. He would do well in DC. (9/21/19)

[RE: I'm an early commuter, so I have WTOP on long before 6am. In the 4:51 and 4:59 breaks, I have heard a short clip of music (one of them is "Kiss an angel good morning") followed by "You're with Dean Lane on WTOP." What? Bruce Allen and Joan Jones are the anchors on at that time. I can only guess that Dean Lane is their board op. Interesting that he gets to run his own "image drops" on the station. His idea, or station management's?] Dean Lane is the overnight anchor on WTOP from midnight to 5 am Monday through Friday nights. Joan and Bruce come on at 5:00. They’ve played those little sound bytes during Dean’s shifts for years. (9/21/19)

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What's the prob, man? WMAL has been taking money for Russian propaganda for years. Paul Manafort signed a contract with Russians in 2016 to boost Putin's profile in the US, and he used Rush Limbaugh and WMAL to spread the crap out. The Mueller Report outlined the contract. Remember Chris Plante talking about what a great leader Putin was, and Obama can learn a thing or two from Putin? Paid propaganda. (9/20/19)

What is a Sapiosexual? I have not heard this term before. (9/20/19)

What has happened to Entercom? Their stock is now down to $3.55 per share. It does not look like a good investment. When will they start selling off some of their stations in order to pay down their large debt? (9/20/19)

Congratulations to DCRTV for 22 years of reporting on DC News. Their service is free! They could use some help...... (9/20/19)

Salem is also advertising for new board-ops, according to All Access. How 'bout some of those former Board of Directors members step up and take the weekend overnight position? Also, Christmas is coming and the fulltimers are going to want that week off. *Somebody* is going to have to cover that shift. (9/20/19)

The FCC grant for 103.1 FM, W276DT, has been rescinded by the FCC, so if they’re broadcasting, they are a PIRATE! fccdata.org (9/20/19)

Dave, another intercept from Russia. As a DC radio expert, can you tell us what this person is talking about? “Comrades Larry O’Connor, Chris Plante, and Mark Levin, Dear Leader appreciates efforts you have been putting on American radio concerning Joe Biden’s dead son and corruption in Ukraine. Mark, reading our news generated for US with NBC News music in background was genius. Disguising Russian propaganda as American news is what you do best. Good Russian plants the three of you are. Unfortunately, American spy found us out, and this Russian disinformation campaign needs to stop, immediately. IF CIA shows up at your radio station asking about Russian generated fake news you read on air, go to Russian Embassy. We will arrange smuggling you out of America and in to Mother Russia. We are currently working on next news campaigns for you, one will be about Warren and her University, and another on Iran. Watch Breitbart for its release. “ (9/20/19)

I'm an early commuter, so I have WTOP on long before 6am. In the 4:51 and 4:59 breaks, I have heard a short clip of music (one of them is "Kiss an angel good morning") followed by "You're with Dean Lane on WTOP." What? Bruce Allen and Joan Jones are the anchors on at that time. I can only guess that Dean Lane is their board op. Interesting that he gets to run his own "image drops" on the station. His idea, or station management's? (9/20/19)

Yet another sloppy error from channel 4's Mark Seagraves. He kept yapping today about when "Mike Pence was in the Senate" and then repeated the error yet again by showing file video that CSPAN correctly identified as "Rep. Mike Pence" - and he called him Senator again! This guy covers politics? Seagraves keeps making mistakes that show he's not up to the job. I can't trust channel 4 when he's on. Sorry. (9/20/19)

W276DT filed for its license-to-cover on the 17th, which was granted and almost immediately rescinded on the 18th. that means someone -- almost assuredly WRNR-FM -- has complained about it, although I don't see any notices or docs yet. So if it's still on the air, it's operating illegally. (9/20/19)

Congratulations to the News4 ad team for coming up with a radio commercial that's matches Kars-4-Kids for fingernails-on-chalkboard potency. You know, the one in which the dude name-drops the News4 morning team, singing as if he's both constipated and has diarrhea at the same time. Somebody got paid to come up with that bucket of slop? JFC (9/20/19)

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WMET 1160 (EWTN/Catholic Radio) is now simulcasting inside the Beltway on the W276DT 103.1 FM translator (in Merrifield, licensed to Falls Church.) (9/19/19)

Salem is trying to cut their operating expenses by reducing their Board of Directors from nine to just five Directors. They have also sold off some of their stations recently. Their stock continues to drop.....now down to $1.83 per share. They need to sell off more of their AM Stations. (9/19/19)

It is interesting to see what the Russian Government is paying the stations in DC to carry the Russian Propaganda. WZHF 1390 AM is receiving $55,000 per month and W288BS 105.5 FM is receiving $30,000 per month to carry the propaganda. Are these stations operating in the "Public Interest"? (9/19/19)

A minor correction to your blurb on the front page about Nexstar. They will not be in New York; to stay under the ownership limits, they've spun off WPIX to Scripps. (9/19/19)

Furthermore, as part of the Nexstar / Tribune merger, Nexstar has sold WPMT Fox 43 to the north in York coveraing south central PA to Tegna as it already owns WHTM ABC 27. The question one wonders is, what will Tegna do with the poor signal in the York/Lancaster area after the repack? Tribune sort of conceded defeat in the 4 station news battle in a small market. — BaltoMedia.net (9/19/19)

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Transparency needed! Congress is investigating the Russian funded propaganda heard on WZHF 1390 AM and W288BS 105.5 FM. Both of these stations are broadcasting the Russian Federation without the proper notice that the Kremlin is paying for their programming. This is against the FCC Rules. WZHF is owned by Arthur Liu and W288BS 105.5 FM is owned by John Garziglia. (9/18/19)

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If I may be allowed to vent, was listening to Mark Levin, Mark Levin ladies and gentlemen, and leaving aside his insane Zionism (if that's possible) he's beating the drum for war with Iran. War with Iran ladies and gentlemen. What a douche. Three simultaneous wars are not enough? Have I mentioned his irritating habit of repeating himself as if he invented it? He repeats himself ladies and gentlemen. Just like the U.S. did with three wars. Three wars ladies and gentlemen. Where have all the flowers gone? Gus in the Gaithersburg (9/17/19)

Regarding 103.7, they are in northeastern Md, 37kw with a null to the south west to protect 103.5. This station typically serves a good chunk of southeast Pa, plus New Castle Co DE, on south to Dover, and down south along the I-95 corridor to around Glen Burnie. WXCY was recently taken over by Forever Media. They have been at this power level for thirty years with their transmitter close to the Chesapeake Bay and Susquehanna River. (9/17/19)

Re: mystery 103.7; there has been some interesting tropo this week. I had WTMD, WSCL and even WCVE-FM booming in all the way over in Purcellville on Monday morning. Not hard to all to imagine you were hearing WXCY out of Havre de Grace. (9/17/19)

Following the death of Ric Ocasek, I wandered back thru my music collection looking for a few familiar memories. I came across my copy of the original vinyl album, "The Cars" with the brunette model and her big toothy grin behind the clear acrylic steering wheel of some out-of-frame vehicle. Curious about her, I found out her name was Natalia Medvedeva, and she was a Russian-born singer, poet and model. She posed for the album cover when she was 20 or so, living in L.A., as well as for Playboy magazine. I'm using past tense here, as she died of a heart attack at age 44 some years ago. You have to use the Internet Wayback Machine to look up other images of her, and I'm here to tell you she sure doesn't look like what you would expect after seeing that Cars cover art. (9/17/19)

Diminished reception of WMAL on 105.9? It’s true their main transmitter shares the Merrifield tower with 106.7 but lots of separate equipment, any one item of which could be in trouble, right up to and including the antenna. They’re probably on their aux transmitter at a much lower height on WETA’s tower on George Mason Drive in Arlington. -P of the AW (9/17/19)

WOCM - Colleen Carew PD as of 9/23. (9/17/19)

To the 103.7 listener: I'm on the roof of the 2nd tallest building in Ballston with a portable receiver and a directional antenna, and I can't find anything on 103.7 MHz. In fact, I'm getting splashed a little bit by the edges of WTOP-FM. Where in NoVa do you hear this signal, and what kind of programming are they airing? I am now officially very curious. (9/17/19)

The DC stocks are still not doing well. The owners of radio stations in DC.... Urban One $1.80 per share, Salem $1.96 per share and Entercom at $3.89 per share. Investors are not buying these stocks. (9/17/19)

The new Translator at 98.1 in Northern Virginia is causing interference with WSMD 98.3 in LaPlata. They have killed the WSMD signal in Northern Virginia. I am surprised that SOMAR has not objected to the FCC. (9/17/19)

Re: "Where have all the good shows gone and the good talent?", I wonder the same thing. People are jumping from one station to another and pretty much jumping from the frying pan into the fire. In my opinion, the only station worth watching is NBC4. The rest just seem to be competing to see who can put on the biggest circus. The majority of the on air talent, and I use the word "talent" lightly, have become a joke regarding any sort of professionalism. They're more interested in celebrity or entertainment news. The only ones who seem to take the news seriously are the reporters out in the field. I remember when FOX5 started that Good Morning DC show and had Melanie Alnwick as part of that. She didn't last long and was back out in the field. She really wasn't a fit for the foolishness and you could tell she didn't want to be a part of that mess. I have to wonder when these morning shows are just going to do 30 minutes of real news and then just a bunch of fluff for the rest of the morning..Oh, stupid me, that's pretty much what they're doing now.. (9/17/19)

Atmospherics can have a big affect on TV reception, as it can with FM and across some of the non broadcast spectrum. I one worked at WQSR when they were at 105.7 and had complaints of interference several times keeping in mind that there is also a 105.7 in nearby York Pa. Both use highly directional signals to protect one another. 100.7 Owings Mills gets beaten up by a station in New Jersey. It is not unusual to receive FM and TV signals 150 miles or more under the right conditions. This generally disappears for the most part once summertime passes. Temperature inversions can be interesting! (9/17/19)

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Person replacing Erin Como two days a week is named Stacey Rusch. She's a lifestyle expert and has experience in health and wellness. Didn't see anything about previously doing traffic. But if I remember, I think Holly Morris said when she came to the station that they had her initially doing traffic. (9/16/19)

What's on 103.7 FM blazing into northern Virginia and interfering with WTOP, 103.5 FM. Where does this 103.7 FM come from? Are they way over power to overpower 103.5 FM? Thanks Dave. (9/16/19)

BREAKING NEWS:: Mike Sorce dissolves Don Geronimo Productions LTD, a California corporation since 2014. His home is currently not for sale so all those years of living in Sacramento and begging to come back on the air may have paid off. (9/16/19)

You think Ken Harvey and his female co host are bad...have you checked out that Julie Donaldson Brian Mitchell train wreck..or anything that pops up on NBC Sports Washington. Where have all the good shows gone and the good talent. There is very little in this DC market. (9/16/19)

Hi - Is anyone having trouble or noticing a weaker signal with WMAL-FM 105.9 which began over the last weekend 9/14/2019? I can't receive their signal on 2 radios which previous to that date were receiving them. I don't have any problem receiving WJFK 106.7. I believe both radio stations are transmitting from the same tower in Northern Virginia. Thanks. TOMR (9/16/19)

"I used to listen on Saturdays to wjfk Andy Pollin. He seems to no longer have a show with Tom lavero [sic]. Did Andy leave wjfk? Thank you for any insight." Pollin jumped to AM-630 after it flipped to an all sports format a month or two ago - he's co-hosting with Carol Maloney 10 to noon as well as doing morning updates. Loverro stayed with 106.7 The Fan where he continues to do weekend and part-time work. A question to ponder is why DC needs three independent sports radio stations when all the various show hosts seem to want to talk about is one specific local team that's enjoyed very little on-field success since the early 90s and whose fan base is steadily eroding as evidenced by declining attendance figures and TV ratings. In other markets I'm familiar with, the teams that get discussed the most are those that are winning the most - if that were true here, the Nationals and Capitals would dominate the airwaves but the program directors are adamant that it's impossible to talk too much Redskins whereas there's room for only a certain amount of baseball and (unless the Caps are making a deep playoff run) hardly any hockey at all - I don't get it. (9/16/19)

Have you found any truth to the rumor that Donnie G is going back to TV or radio? I heard that he ended his podcast and told people to look for him in the next 30 days on TV and radio. I didn’t subscribe just heard about it. Wondering if you heard the same. (9/16/19)

Thanks for explanation of distant stations blanking out the usually received stations sometimes. I think that has been happening here because I also use an amplified yagi antenna because I'm in a rural area. I guess this may happen more often after more stations are compacted..I understand that ATSC3 may solve some problems but will require a stronger signal due to higher data rate and that may limit coverage of some stations. (9/16/19)

RE: Erin Cuomo's weekend gig. Can't stand Cuomo on the weekday trainwreck show so it makes it easier for me to choose which channel I flip on in the mornings on the weekends when I drag my ass out of bed. It ain't Fox 5. (9/16/19)

Re: "When [Erin Como] has been on the anchor desk w/other anchors, she’s just not assertive enough with them while in conversations." IMHO there should NOT be any other anchors or conversations. When I watch "news" programs it is because I want NEWS. Not the opinions and celebrity gossip that result from having two windbags engaging in idle chitchat instead of reporting real news. (9/16/19)

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As per Fox5’s Cori Coffin’s Twitter page, she’s not being kicked off the weekend broadcast. She said she’s moving to NY to be with her husband as they’ve had a long distance relationship for quite awhile. She didn’t say she had a gig lined up in NY, but hopes she can stay w/Fox. So, lucky for Erin that an opportunity has presented itself for what she’s wanted to and has been groomed to do. (9/15/19)

I used to listen on Saturdays to wjfk Andy Pollin. He seems to no longer have a show with Tom lavero. Did Andy leave wjfk? Thank you for any insight. (9/15/19)

The Drive has been displaying on RDS the song played earlyTuesday afternoon at 12:37 PM Africa by Toto for 5 days now ! Every other HD station in DC area has thier display up to date and theyve done this before several times. (9/15/19)

Came across some show on Fox5 called Redskins Game Time with Ken Harvey & Erin Como. Watched for a few minutes & had to turn it off. Horrible..Who thought these two were good candidates to host a sports show? (9/15/19)

[RE: Tony Perkins may be going to an anchor spot at channel 9?.Hmmmm. Have only seen that morning program a couple of times and thought they had an anchor crew in place. So does that mean someone's leaving, or maybe being sent out into the field?] I had the same thought. Maybe Tony is going to an evening slot? I rarely watch 9 anymore, but it seems like Bruce Johnson has been MIA for a while. (9/15/19)

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Dave, It looks like Entercom is suffering from a ransomware incident affecting their offices around the country. www.bleepinccomputer.com (9/14/19)

The viewer who lost WJZ etc on Tuesday evening may have experienced the tail-end of a reception phenomenon we saw that morning and evening. From predawn through 11 a.m. and again from sunset to about midnight, VHF and UHF stations from the south rolled into our directional outdoor LPV-Yagi antenna. WNCT in Greenville, NC and at least two North Carolina public TV network stations were seen for hours in the morning along with Richmond and Tidewater Virginia stations in both morning and evening. Around 8:25 a.m. WSKY RF channel 9 wiped out WUSA at our location 44 miles north of WUSA. WSKY broadcasts from NC and covers the Hampton Roads and Outer Banks markets. WJZ uses the same RF channel 13 as WVEC in Tidewater just as in the analog era. Then, the interference showed up as horizontal lines and unstable pictures. Now with the current digital system, a second signal can leave viewers with nothing, unless the second signal is strong enough for complete wipeout.. see WSKY/WUSA above. (9/14/19)

Promoting Erin Como to weekend anchor is a slap in the face of Cori Coffin. When Annie Yu left, they put, or should I say they USED Cori Coffin to save a space for Erin once they finished grooming her for an anchor spot. And since no way would they get rid of the veterans, giving Cori the boot was the easiest option. Within a year of arriving at the station, Erin was dating a producer there & no way do I believe that didn’t play a role in her being promoted. Look, from what I’ve seen, she’s just not strong enough to be an anchor. When she has been on the anchor desk w/other anchors, she’s just not assertive enough with them while in conversations. She probably should stay in her lane, at least for now, doing traffic. And who is this random woman they’re bringing in to do traffic two days a week? Never heard of her prior to seeing her appearance on that Like it or Not show which is just a local version of TMZ. Guess we’ll see her anchoring soon as well. (9/14/19)

Re: FOX5 moving around their news personalities, who knows what they're up to over there..It has just become a circus..They keep coming up with more and more skits, antics,segments that are so not needed. Who needs a real time poll on some random, unimportant subject..Guess constantly begging people to tweet wasn't getting the response they wanted..As for splitting Erin Como between weekends and weekdays, this is my take..She's being paid for a 5 day a week schedule. So, with the weekend being two of those days, they had to put her somewhere for the remaining three. And no way were they going to put her out in the field for those three days. However, mark my words, just give the powers that be a minute and Erin will be replacing one of the Monday-Friday anchors..As for Cori Coffin? If I were her, I'd get the hell out of dodge. Management did her wrong. No way is Erin a better anchor than Cori. (9/14/19)

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To Tom Conroy: Yes…I remember that you had said you started working at WBMD; I also enjoyed the story you had told of how Clark West kind of auditioned you right there on the spot! As I remember it, he went into the news room, got some copy and said to you “okay, read this!” I never got to meet MR. West; aw…but I’ve heard that voice a many a time as he was on during those days in the mid-60s! Back then, Joe Powers took care of the morning shift; Ray Davis came on with “Hymn Time around one o’clock. Then it was Clark West and Bobby Brown in the afternoons, with Ray Davis for a half an hour at around 4 P.M and repeated at 6 P.m.! I also remember the time you spoke of, when WBMD stayed on for a couple of hours in the 80s; believe it or not, it did come in here on the Eastern Shore during that time! But getting back to Clark West, I just think it was neat that he hired you, strictly (at least as I remember) just by you reading that copy for him; he apparently knew he had himself a good one! Thanks to all the rest of you for kind of “strolling down Memory Lane with me! Tom in Denton, MD (9/13/19)

FOX5 announced on their morning show that Erin Como has been promoted to the morning weekend anchor position knocking Corri Coffin out. Guess her dating one of the producers paid off.. Have noticed that they've been grooming her for awhile for an anchor seat, just didn't know where it would be.I personally don't find Erin very strong on the anchor desk; seems to struggle reading the teleprompter if it's not traffic. But hey, she wanted to be an anchor and now her wish came true. (9/13/19)

Why does Fox5 seem to move their news personalities around like jigsaw puzzle pieces? Erin Como is taking over as weekend morning anchor BUT she's still going to be on weekday mornings twice a week. HUH? That makes 0 sense. I guess Cori Coffin is being ''reassigned'' which means ''dust off your resume.'' And is Tony Perkins slumming going to WUSA9 in the mornings? I channel surf past there and I actually feel bad for Annie Yu, WJLA7 could really use a Annie or Cori for their morning news. THAT is almost as cringe worthy bad as WUSA9 is between 6-7AM. Paul (9/13/19)

Chester Lampkin is coming to WUSA-TV's weather shop. This link takes you to the news... www.stltoday.com (9/13/19)

Dave, since you couldn’t post the email pic, at least post the text from the Baltimore Ravens to fans. This is the email that they sent to to fans and season ticket holders. “Under NFL broadcast policies, the Ravens-Cardinals game this Sunday at 1 pm will air on WBFF Fox 45 in Baltimore but will not air on the Fox affiliate or any other TV station in Washington, D.C. If you live in the state of Maryland but do not receive WBFF Fox 45 on your home television, you will not be able to watch the over-the-air broadcast of the Ravens-Cardinals game unless you subscribe to NFL Sunday Ticket. We encourage you to make other arrangements to see the game by finding a local area bar or restaurant that airs the game or by purchasing tickets to the game. We are sorry for the inconvenience caused by NFL policies." (9/13/19)

More syndicated talk on WXDE, Delaware 1059. The Dana Show replaces local talk with Rob Sussman. Only Local weekday talk now is Dan Gaffney 5-9am. WGMD continues with local talk 5am-12noon and 3-6pm. (9/13/19)

Tony Perkins may be going to an anchor spot at channel 9?.Hmmmm. Have only seen that morning program a couple of times and thought they had an anchor crew in place. So does that mean someone's leaving, or maybe being sent out into the field?. (9/13/19)

A new sub-channel just popped up on WJZ-13.3 yesterday. It’s a “lifestyle” (think HGTV marries FoodNetwork), and is distributed by CBS. See: www.cbscorporation.com... (9/13/19)

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The Baltimore Ravens have sent a rare email warning out to fans that Sunday's 1pm Cardinals@Ravens game will not air in the DC market on DC's WTTG Fox 5 or any local DC TV station. In other larger TV markets, the NFL has made allowances to show a 2nd game, as in LA, but the NFL will not allow WTTG to show the Ravens game on WDCA My20, which was an option. So the Ravens are urging fans to seek out locations with NFL ticket in the DC area. The NFL normally schedules the Ravens and Redskins on opposite networks, but not this time. The game will air as scheduled on WBFF Fox 45 wherever that is available. — Baltomedia.net (9/12/19)

To Tom in Denton, I was with WBMD part time, starting about 1975. Clark West was the station manager and PD, Ken Miller handled many other duties, there was “Smilin’ Jack” and Ray Davis, he did his show from studios at Johnnys Used Cars on Harford Rd. WBMD is a daytimer, though in the 80’s and 90’ had a pssa power of 78 watts, which did well all around Baltimore and could be heard in Harford and Anne Arundel Co for about two hours after local sunset. Apparently WBMD caused interference to WSB Atlanta at which the commission terminated pssa authority about 1997. To my knowledge, we were country in the morning with Clark West then to religion from 10-1, with Ray from 1-2 then Smilin’Jack or Kenny Miller from 2-6 or to sign off which could be as early as 445pm as pssa came later. The WBMD log cabin was very active in the 60’s and 70’s. It was about 1978 that the station went all religion and southern gospel weekdays with ethnic and religion on weekends. I did nearly every shift as needed, and stayed with them about twenty years. That 730 watts covered from Baltimore to Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Ocean City, and Norfolk! 750 khz was a great spot to be on the dial! I have a few of my airchecks but unfortunately none from the others. My memory is terrible, jump in with corrections! Tom Conroy WXCY (so far) (9/12/19)

To the poster who asked, Jennifer Rubin is one of two full time whores, the other being the delightful Alexandra Petri, whose only job is to criticize Trump. Rubin has a history of contradicting herself and may safely be ignored. Gene Weingarten on the other hand should be shunned for referring to his daughter age girlfriend as "my sweetie" as well as his weekly unfunny "humor" column. Gus up the duff in the Gaithersburg (9/12/19)

FYI--the WAMU website (wamu.org) reports that a new antenna and a 419 feet tower will be renovated on the American University campus beginning this fall. WAMU received a $1.2 million bequest from a Virginia public school teacher to fund the project. (9/12/19)

Just wanted to pass along that a former radio engineer from Baltimore has passed away. Wendell S. Hall Jr died today from a massive stroke at the age of 50. He did engineering work for WJFK-FM, the Redskins Radio Network, Radio One in Baltimore and worked part-time at WCBM and WLIF. (9/12/19)

Supposed musicologist and self-styled TV expert Rob Spewak pontificated on the Mike O'Meara Personal Time Off Podcast Thursday Edition that The Brady Bunch had 39 episodes per season. True in the sense that 39 equals 25, 24, 23, 23, and 22. Now let's get back to complaining about WBAL and Angie Goff. Gus in the Dust in the Gaithersburg (9/12/19)

Last night, Tues., around 10:00 P.M. I could not get OTA Channels 45, 24, and 13 on any TV. 2, 11, and all D.C. stations came in good. This morning 24, 45, and 13 all have strong signals again. Anybody know if some stations mad changes or had problems last night? Why did WETA Ch. 26 ever leave the River Road tower? THey had a goo analog signal on Ch. 26 from there. (9/12/19)

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I can't take it anymore: I listen to WBAL and it is done just right. Maybe its audience is the people of Baltimore and even the rest of Maryland (other than Montg and PG) who happen to like the local-ness of it, who don't mind people with non-network voices, who are willing to be professional yet less formal. And it's not CNN: big local stories can be 12 hours old and people still want to hear about them. Yes, a host calls himself C4, everyone knows he is Clarence Mitchell IV, of one of the most famous families of Baltimore in the past 80 years. Too bad if one poster here doesn't like it; if most didn't like it, he'd call himself to Larry, or 'Rence or something; he still has a really interesting show every day. Next: I think whoever commented about the profile of Weatherist Michelle Rotella should be ashamed of himself; I looked at images of her from Google, and at one time she looked different; it could be a medical issue; often the first weather report she does is done sitting down; then later she stands up. I know two women who had a similar-seeming medical issue, and had procedures to mitigate it (of course, I'm not a doctor, but it's just not right to joke about someone's appearance like that). She does a very good job on TV if you ask me. On the lighter side, the 7-8 Family Hour? Not quite correct. At one time, Prime Time began at 7:30 PM; then the FCC decided that that 7:30 half-hour had to be local. So for awhile, it worked out, now it's all syndicated shows from the big networks anyway. The family Hour was meant to be 8-9 (7-8 Central and Mountain) so no violence or implied adult themes would appear. Well, that didn't work out for too long either. Finally, WCBS-880 in NYC has 9/11 Commentary all day today. I heard it through my trusty phone and Bluetooth in the car. Wow! They really remember it properly, unlike every other commercial broadcaster. They still have traffic reports and sports, but no other stories but discussions of 9/11. I was uptown in NYC that morning, and local stations (TV and Radio) gave news, actualities, info, stories, interviews with local people, while the network talking heads all gave long-term philosophy (in other words, BS) about the terrorists and politics. I was sickened that day seeing the networks and helped enormously by the way local personalities in New York treated it. Every FM station carried its related News/talk AM station that day, like WCBS-FM with WCBS, WPLJ with WABC, etc. and they gave us all hope. The networks, when I saw them later in the day, gave nothing to me. Oh, one more thing: let's start a rumor: Esta Erika embarazada? I have no idea...-- Carl in Olney (9/11/19)

I too noticed something odd on the late newscast w/Erika Gonzalez. When Somara was finished her weather-cast, I think I heard her say “stretch it out?” as if someone, maybe the director, told her that. So she started repeating what she had just said, although somewhat awkwardly. Maybe Erika Gonzalez had gotten sick. But if I remember correctly, I think someone’s filled in for her quite often lately. (9/11/19)

Looks like the folks over at FTV Live have a story about Tony Perkins soon to be over at WUSA... it’s hiding behind the grandiose Patreon Paywall, but I’ve screenshotted (is that a word?) it below. I just knew TPerk couldn’t stay away from the bright lights of TV for long. (9/11/19)

The Post broadcasts a daily email of "Post commentary and guest opinions'" Today six of the items (out of 17) are Trump-bashing hit pieces by someone named Jennifer Rubin. She posts lots of similar material on Twitter. Does the Post employ her to spend full time attacking Trump? Might not that money be better used to restore some of the staff they have slashed from suburban beats? (9/11/19)

Tony Perkins to WUSA9?? Why in the world would he want to go over there? And to do what? When he left FOX5, he gave the impression that he was through with television. He seemed quite excited to go back to radio with Donnie Simpson...Or maybe he was just through with FOX5 which I can understand considering the path they seem to be going: entertainment television..But WUSA9 seems to be going in the same direction. Well, we shall see what his role will be over there. (9/11/19)

RE-WBMD AM: In a way, the possible sale of WBMD-AM makes me sad, although I realize that WBMD (as I knew it) has been gone for a long long time! Of course I go back to the days when WBMD was a country station…at least it was during the early morning hours and during the afternoon! Does anyone know if WBMD ever programmed country music all day? Would love to come by some air checks (if any even exist) of WBMD in the early days…say from the time they came on the air through the mid-60s (when I actually started listening to them mostly all the time! Along about late 1967, I discovered that there were other country stations in the region that did a little better job! But WBMD was pretty good back in its day; I always did wish, however, that they would had programmed country music all day, although I think maybe now that I know a little more about it, I understand why maybe they didn’t want to do that! Tom in Denton, MD. (9/11/19)

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Dave: I have to admit, I've been sitting at home the past three weeks working and watching college and pro football. Unfortunately, I've given a listen to the various sportstalk stations in the market, and what's changed? Absolutely nothing! What's wrong with the people at 630...I guess they didn't want to make an impact in the market and I've heard it's another case of friends hiring friends! Carol Maloney is not made for radio or TV and Pollin should just stay away from DC radio. He's just as arrogant that when he was on WTOP and comes off as a know-it-all and what a terrible listen. While over on the TV side, I guess the NBC/CSN people or whatever they're now called, haven't said anything to Julie Donaldson about her lack of on air wardrobe knowledge as she doesn't even belong on regional TV. So now the trend is to hire awful radio talent and put them on TV? I spent the day watching some CSN shows and that former 980 update guy who over-emphasizes his words is now on TV. What's this world coming to..obviously not a professional media sports market! (9/10/19)

I’m on my way to Metro before 5am, listening to WTOP. At about 4:58am every weekday, there is a five second drop that starts with the song lyric “Kiss an angel good morning” followed by a few more words. What’s that all about? Is it directed toward a family member of a WTOP staffer? I wonder how long this has been going on… (9/10/19)

On the "cost sharing" of a combiner that WPXW no longer uses: If WETA bought WPXW's used combiner for less than what WPXW paid for it new, then perhaps WETA could claim that each station, over time, "shared" the cost of combiner in said way. I would suspect WETA's lawyers looked through the documentation before filing, and wouldn't approve outright lies being submitted to a government agency. So perhaps that's what happened, but as a non-engineer, I don't know if it could be modified to support a different RF channel. If it could be, then why couldn't WETA have modified its old UHF 27 combiner? Was it less naturally beefy, and couldn't effectively be beefed up to support 1 MW? Sincerely, Mike in Kensington (9/10/19)

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Obviously, it's going to be a Long season, obviously, for Morgan "Obviously" Moses on The Junks this year. It's obvious. He obviously likes that word. LOL (9/9/19)

WJZ-TV Ch 13 is debuting a 7:00 pm newscast tonight. So from 4:00 - 7:30, the only break from local news is the 30 minute CBS Network news. Gee, Dave, what ever happened to the 7-8 'Family Hour' ? 7 o'clock local news takes me back to when I was kid. (9/9/19)

Hey, I like checking out the 'weather babes' to see their 'junk in the trunk' ;-) they wear tight one piece dresses and you get to see some nice ;-) full body (chest, legs & trunk -lol) profiles as they stand in front of the maps. (9/9/19)

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Any idea what happened to WRC (NBC Washington) weekend anchor Erika Gonzales? On Saturday’s 11pm news, weather anchor Somara Theodore came directly on after the first break, about 10 minutes into the show. She tried to toss it to commercial after her weathercast and then obviously stalled for a while. She eventually tossed it to the sports anchor who did an early sportscast which led up to a commercial break. After the break, the sports anchor came back on with some filler material before he tossed it back to the weather anchor who closed out the newscast. Erika was MIA after the first block and weeknight anchor Jim Handly subbed for her on Sunday. Just curious... (9/8/19)

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new weather person on fox 5... is it me or does fox5 rarely shows a side profile of michelle rotella giving the weather because she has so much "junk in the trunk"? (9/7/19)

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I am seeing where a natural gas explosion in Columbia MD on Aug 25 that wiped out a good portion of a shopping center also took out an office that was the birthplace of HD radio: www.radioworld.com... Write your own punchline, folks. (9/6/19)

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Re: "" Chad Dukes signs a new two year with JFK to continue afternoons" Mike O'Meara, who Dukes replaced so many 4X full moons ago, could not be happier.. Right? If you need O'Meara, he's at the Cocoon Village Bar (9/5/19)

Kinda sad that Holly Morris tries so hard to stay young & relevant. She should just embrace her age & stop with the short, tight clothes. She’s obviously trying to compete w/Erin Como, who the station is obviously easing into an anchor chair. (9/6/19)

WHY is WETA TV LYING TO THE FCC? I’m continually dumbfounded by WETA’s Form 399 submissions to the FCC. They are continuing to claim they are sharing the cost of a combiner with WPXW ION 66 on the WUSA/WJLA Tenleytown tower. This is false! WPXW has moved to the River Road tower, no longer even broadcasting there and no intention of ever again. WHUT TV has no need for a new combiner. The only TV station that needs it is WETA TV. Who is paying the other half of the cost and is there some SCAM on the FCC going on here? Is WETA trying to defraud the US Government or the taxpayers? fcc.gov (9/5/19)

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[From DCRTV's Job Ads: Laurel TV is looking for a part-time reporter to shoot and edit stories. The candidate will also have opportunities to Anchor or host shows and help with productions. $17.28/hr for up to 20 hours per week. Send resumes and links to your work to Communications Director Audrey Barnes at abarnes@laurel.md.us (9/4/19)

Chad Dukes signs a new two year with JFK to continue afternoons. OOBBEE (9/4/19)

iHeart now has their PRIDE FORMAT on 41 stations. In DC, it is on WIHT HD2 . Obviously, if you don't have a HD Receiver, you CANNOT hear it. If iHeart put their format on their FM Translator then you could hear it. It is a good format and would get good ratings in DC. (9/4/19)

Salem stock continues to slide......now down to $1.48 per share. There is no sign that it is going to improve. Urban One is at an all time low price of $1.78 per share. Why? (9/4/19)

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Another shining moment for WBAL 1090. This is a direct quote from wbal.com "Six schools in Anne Arundel County are opening a day late due to planned construction projects." You've known for over a year when the 1st day of school is, and you're not ready ? Really ?? WBAL aired either live or recorded interviews with all of the area school superintendents. The one for AA County was a recorded interview by Ms Kramer. Think she brought this up ? OF COURSE NOT. I don't know what's more pathetic. The 6 schools not opening on time, or her not even bothering to ask a painfully obvious question. How is it that NO ONE in AA County is being held accountable for this ? I guess it's Hogan's/Trump's fault for not giving them enough money. (9/3/19)

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So, since hiring her, WJZ has identified Meg McNamara as a meteorologist. Over the weekend, she announced the completion of training to become a meteorologist. WTF!!! And, after all that training, she gets to do 30-second live shots from their stupid “mobile weather lab,” telling us how hot and humid things are in BFE, while dinosaurs Bob Turk and Marty Bass - neither of whom are meteorologists - predict the weather. How long can this go on??? On another weather note, WBAL sent one of their “meteorologists” to her old station in Florida, so she could help with forecasting the hurricane. I hate to keep repeating myself, but WTF!!! (9/2/19)

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Angie Goff has hit the jackpot at Fox5. Watched her on the 4pm news & the Like it or Not & she has made those shows all about her. On each of them, if she’s not streaming live on Facebook, she’s shamelessly plugging her podcast. I’m sure management loves her since although she’s constantly self promoting, her mastering social media is just what management wants to keep the viewing audience tuned in (9/1/19)

Memo to "Hunker Down Dude" -- I'll suggest what one of my old radio bosses told us once: If you want us to retire "hunker down" and "batten down...", come up with five alternative ways to say the same thing that we all can use on the air. If you can't, piss off. (9/1/19)

WJZ or any of the 3 stations on the Baltimore’s candelabra tower have done no re-pack work as of yet. They can’t until next year. So if you’re having problems with reception of WJZ, it’s not a re-pack issue. The problem is on your end. (9/1/19)

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