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December 31, 2004
People Of The Year: Walt Starling, Lopez
At the end of each year, DCRTV selects a person of the year. Someone who has deeply affected the local radio-TV community. This year we honor two area broadcast veterans whose courage, optimism, generousity, and good humor has washed over us all. Walt Starling and Lopez. Both men spent the year bravely battling cancer. We have heard countless stories about how Walt, who once flew the traffic plane over DC, came to the aid of others who were infirmed and hospitalized. Over the years, he has stepped in as "family" for area radio and TV people who didn't have their own families around to help out. We can't forget his annual Washington Quarter Century Broadcasters dinner, which reminds us that we are all just one big family. And, we select 98 Rock morning newsman Lopez as co-recipient of this year's award. Facing a frightening future with a biting wit, humor, and self-deprecation, he's taught us that joy and hope are always there as long as we focus our love and compassion on others. The DC and Baltimore broadcasting community should feel proud and honored that we have great folks like Walt Starling and Lopez among us. God bless them both.

December 29, 2004
WBIS To Move To Garrison
Business Radio 1190, WBIS Annapolis, has been granted a major modification from the Federal Communications Commission to to move its city of license from Annapolis to Garrison, which is 11 miles northwest of Baltimore. Also, the station was granted new power levels - directional 5,000-watts by day and directional 7,000 watts at night. Currently, WBIS is licensed to run 10,000-watts directionally during the daytime hours, but has been operating at only 1,000-watts since losing its tower site.

December 29, 2004
Liddy Joins Radio America
G. Gordon Liddy, who was involved the the Watergate affair during the Nixon years, leaves Westwood One as his national radio syndicator. He's jumping to DC-based Radio America. He'll remain in the 10 AM to 1 PM slot. Radio America, with downtown studios, also syndicates Michael Reagan. We assume that Liddy will continue to be heard locally on WTNT and WCBM.

December 29, 2004
Nassau Buys WARX & WARK
Nassau, with radio stations throughout the northeastern USA, is picking up the Hagerstown radio duo of oldies WARX (106.9 FM) and talk/oldies WARK (1490 AM) from Manning. The price was $18 million. Manning has owned the stations since 1982, when they were purchased from Rau. Just recently, Nassau bought Frederick adult contemporary outlet WAFY (103.1 FM). While waiting for Federal Communications Commission approval of the license transfers, Nassau will begin operating all three stations on 1/1 via local marketing agreements.

December 29, 2004
Richard Preston Dies
Richard Preston, who was a newsroom assistant at the Mutual Broadcasting System studios in Crystal City, died on 12/26. He was in his mid-50s and had recently suffered a third stroke. A friend tells DCRTV that he was known to the staff as "Dr. Love" and was reknown for his occasional "energy bombs" that would go off whenever one of the bosses was walking past.

December 28, 2004
Fine Reduced Against WPWC
The Federal Communications Commission has reduced from $22,000 to $14,000 a fine against WPWC (1480 AM) in Dumfries-Triangle. The Spanish station's owner, JMK Communications, contended that it had not violated the Emergency Alert System rules. But the FCC still slammed the station for operating at higher-than-authorized nighttime power levels and for also failing to have up-to-date ownership and community issues-programming data in its public inspection file.

December 28, 2004
Edward Spillett Dies
Edward Spillett, 58, died of complications from diabetes on 12/24 at his home in Germantown. For the past 10 years, he had been a representative of the National Association Of Broadcast Employees And Technicians and the Communications Workers Of America. Spillett had been in the TV news business for almost three decades, and once held the senior news director position at WIXT, the ABC affiliate in Syracuse.

December 21, 2004
Gordon Replaces Smiley At NPR
DC-based National Public Radio hires an African American to replace African American Tavis Smiley. Former BET news anchor Ed Gordon will host an NYC-based show for NPR. The one-hour Monday through Friday show launches in January. According to NPR, Gordon's "News And Notes" will "focus on news, trends, and topical issues of interest and importance to the African American community." No word about carriage in the DC-Baltimore area.

December 21, 2004
Washington Post Buys Slate
The Washington Post has bought internet news magazine Slate from Microsoft. No purchase price was announced in the deal, which keeps Slate's editorial staff intact.

December 21, 2004
Gurvir Signs Contract At 5
Gurvir Dhindsa has signed a contract with Channel 5/WTTG. Katherine Green, news director at Fox 5, told the staff that Dhindsa will continue anchoring the station's early morning newscast, as well as the new Sunday morning news show. Dhindsa left Gannett's Channel 9/WUSA in July, when her contract was not renewed. Since August, she has been working at WTTG as a freelancer, without a contract.

December 21, 2004
Jim Robinson Promoted
Jim Robinson, head of ABC's WRQX and WJZW, has been named president of ABC Radio Networks, reporting to ABC Radio President John Hare. Robinson will oversee ABC News Radio, ESPN Radio, and Radio Disney. He succeeds Traug Keller, who was recently given the reins to ESPN Deportes. By the way, Hare was general sales manager of WRQX in 1979, when the station flipped from album rock to contemporary hit Q107.

December 21, 2004
Sinclair Too Cozy With Cunningham
News Blues reports about Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcasting's relationship with Cunningham Broadcasting. Sinclair has local marketing agreement with Cunningham, allowing it to control two TV stations in some markets. NB reports that Carolyn Smith, the mother of Sinclair president and CEO David Smith, is a minority shareholder in Cunningham. She is also mother to Duncan and Frederick Smith, both Sinclair vice presidents, and Robert Smith, a director on Sinclair's board. The majority of Cunningham stock is owned by trusts Carolyn established for her grandchildren, according to NB. Cunningham owns six stations that Sinclair programs through LMAs. NB adds that Sinclair "skirted ownership rules by working a sweetheart deal" with Cunningham in Baltimore. The Federal Communications Commission allowed Cunningham to transfer of control of Channel 54/WNUV to a Sinclair subsidiary, Sinclair Acquisition XIV Incorporated, via a TV duopoly with Channel 45/WBFF, which Sinclair owns.

December 20, 2004
Caryn Mathes Named GM Of WAMU
American University President Benjamin Ladner has named Caryn Mathes as general manager of WAMU (88.5 FM). She comes from Detroit public radio outlet WDET, where she was general manager of station for 20 years. Her appointment is effective 3/1. It seems that WDET features more music programming than does WAMU, which is pretty much all news and talk on weekdays. Could Mathes' arrival mean a more musical WAMU?

December 19, 2004
WJTM's Sale To WYPR Approved
Even though Baltimore public radio outlet WYPR, 88.1 FM, has been relaying its signal via Frederick's WJTM, also at 88.1, since early this year, the deal to purchase the former religious outlet has only recently been approved. And WJTM will become WYPF on 12/20.

December 18, 2004
Ken Merson Jumps From QSR To LIF
Ken Merson is moving down the hall at Infinity's Baltimore radio cluster. From midday at oldies WQSR to PM drive at adult contemporary WLIF. As of 12/23. WQSR evening man Bob Worthington will move to the WQSR midday slot in the new year.

December 17, 2004
Infinity Unloads WBGR & WBMD
Infinity sells its two Baltimore religious AMers - gospel WBGR (860) and Christian talker WBMD (750) - to religious-based Family Stations for $7.5 million. Family owns 43 radio stations, including religious WFSI (107.9 FM) in Annapolis. Even with the sale, Infinity will continue to own six radio stations that serve the Charm City market, including WLIF, WQSR, WWMX, WXYV, WJFK-AM, and WHFS, plus Channel 13/WJZ, which is owned by parent Viacom/CBS.

December 17, 2004
Back To DC For Radio One
Radio One head Alfred Liggins is lobbying DC officials to support a plan to move his company's headquarters from Lanham in Prince George's County to the District, near Howard University. The owner of WKYS, WMMJ, WOL, and WYCB wants to construct a 76,000-square-foot office building at the corner of Seventh and S Streets NW for his 69-station radio group, which was founded in the District 24 years ago.

December 16, 2004
Infinity Makes Cuts In Baltimore
Rumblings of a Christmas "bloodbath" at Infinity Baltimore. At least five people got the ax Wednesday. Including WLIF's morning newser Tamara Nelson and afternoon driver Mark Thoner, WJFK-AM's Steve "Those Sports Guys" Stofberg, WWMX morning show co-host Stacy Lynn, and Eric Zink, Miles and Thrill's producer at Live 105.7, WXYV.

December 16, 2004
DesMarais To Say Adios To 45
On the "Out To Lunch" show with Miles and Thrill on Live 105.7, news anchor Jennifer DesMarais confirmed that she is leaving Charm City's Fox 45. We're being told that she is going to move to Rhode Island with her fiance, and then, in the future, they are both planning to head to Florida. Her likely WBFF replacement is Patrice Harris.

December 16, 2004
Sherman Howard Dies
Sherman Howard, whose religious broadcasts were heard on WYCB (1340 AM), has died of cardiovascular disease. He was 77.

December 14, 2004
Photog Hoertel Dies
From the Washington Post: Bruce Gardner Hoertel, 81, a retired news photographer who worked primarily for CBS News, and who later freelanced for magazines and wire services, died of renal failure 12/8 at his home in Woodstock VA. One of his most famous series of photographs came shortly after he moved to Washington in 1950, when two Puerto Rican nationalists attempted to assassinate President Harry Truman outside Blair House. Hoertel rushed to the scene and with his camera captured images of a DC police officer shooting one of the assailants.

December 13, 2004
WTOP Gives Birth To WFED
Bonneville all-newser WTOP has launched WFED, its broadcast feed of Federal News Radio, on Monday, 12/13. Via 1050 AM in Silver Spring, which had been Metro Radio's business news and Spanish WPLC. The debut of WFED was originally planned for January. For the past five years, FNR has been only available on the internet. WFED features 1,000-watts by day, but only 44-watts after sunset.

December 11, 2004
950 Goes Spanish
Potomac's WCTN (950 AM) has flipped to 24-hour Spanish programming. From studios in Northern Virginia. The former Korean Christian outlet was running older rock and soul oldies the past few weeks. Glenn Sauter's "Hits Of Yesteryear" was on at 11 this morning, followed by a final hour of Anglo tunes. Plans are for the new Spanish format to be simulcasted on WYRE (810 AM) in Annapolis.

December 10, 2004
Kamal Reaches Plea Deal In Teen Sex Sting
The Miami Herald reports that former Channel 9 weatherman Bill Kamal, who was caught in a sting involving soliciting sex with a minor, has reached an agreement with prosecutors to serve at least five years in prison. Kamal, 47, who had worked for Miami's WSVN-TV since leaving DC's WUSA in the early-1990s, was arrested in Florida in October for allegedly trying to lure what he thought was a 14-year-old boy. He had pleaded not guilty to using a computer to entice a minor into having sex, which could have landed him 30 years in jail.

December 9, 2004
1260 To Go Lefty Talk
Clear Channel will flip sports talk WWRC (1260 AM) to the lefty talk of Air America on 1/20. Including middayer Al Franken, who'll be broadcasting live from DC during President Bush's second inauguration. Also, Clear Channel plans to simulcast Don Imus's morning show on WWRC, in addition to his airing on co-owned mainly righty talker WTNT (570 AM). The new affiliate is important, Franken told the Washington Post, because "in Washington, which as you know is our nation's capital, you don't exist unless you're on." In addition to Franken, Stephanie Miller will air at 9 AM, Ed Schultz at 3 PM, Randi Rhodes at 6 PM, and Janeane Garafolo at 9 PM.

December 9, 2004
Detoxed Keith Mills Returns To 2
The Baltimore Sun reports that Charm City sports anchor Keith Mills will return to Channel 2/WMAR's airwaves Saturday after completing a 28-day rehabilitation stay for prescription drug "demons" at Father Martin's Ashley, a drug and alcohol treatment facility in Havre de Grace.

December 8, 2004
Comcast Lands Baltimore Deal
The Baltimore City Council overwhelmingly approved awarding a 12-year cable franchise to Comcast after a year of negotiations that turned contentious over funding for public access programming.

December 7, 2004
RC Allen Takes WWLG Mornings
Longtime Baltimore radio veteran RC Allen, who has been heard for some time on nostalic WWLG (1370 AM) doing weekends, has moved to morning drive upon the semi-retirement of another long time veteran, Allen Field. Back in the 1960s, RC was one of the "boss jocks" at then "top 40" WCAO and Philadelphia's WFIL. He also did a stint at WBAL radio.

December 6, 2004
GMS To Launch Opera Internet Station
In January, WGMS, Classical 103.5, will be starting VivaLaVoce.com, an internet radio station "presenting classical vocal music in all its forms, from the Middle Ages to the present." Lots of opera, choral music, and art song. Stuff too "long hair" or "high brow" for the commercial airwaves.

December 4, 2004
Tom Sileo To Tribune
Tom Sileo has been hired as morning producer at Tribune Broadcasting's DC news bureau. He comes from the CBS affiliate in Spartanburg SC. His fiancee, Lisa Fullone, is a news producer at Channel 9/WUSA.

December 3, 2004
Martucci Is New Morning Weather Gal At 9
Kim Martucci will be the new morning weather person at Channel 9/WUSA. She replaces Hillary Howard, who was let go a few weeks ago. Martucci comes from WBRE-TV in Wilkes-Barre PA. She's also worked at TV stations in Boston, Huntsville AL, Chatanooga TN, and at Buffalo's WGRZ, where she crossed paths with Darryll Green, WUSA's general manager.

December 3, 2004
Glen Burnie's WJRO (1590 AM) is picking up the heritage WFBR calls, which used to grace Baltimore's 1300 AM, and flipping from religious to ethnic.

December 3, 2004
Marty Edwards Dies
Marty Edwards, the DC-based former Mutual Radio news anchor, died on 11/30 after a 10-year battle with cancer.

December 3, 2004
Murray Jumps From CNBC To WSJ
Alan Murray will step down as CNBC's DC bureau chief and re-join the staff of the Wall Street Journal as assistant managing editor, effective 1/1, according to a CNBC internal memo. Matt Cuddy will oversee the DC bureau.

December 2, 2004
Craig Demchak To Tampa
DCRTV hears that Craig Demchak is leaving Channel 45/WBFF and Channel 54/WNUV for the news director gig at Sinclair-owned WTTA-TV in Tampa. We're told that Demchak "is being groomed for management within the company." He's been a news anchor and reporter for Sinclair's Baltimore stations since 1995. A Frederick native, Demchak's worked at Frederick's WFMD/WFRE radio, Hagerstown's WHAG-TV, Salisbury's WBOC-TV, plus TVers in Altoona and Harrisburg.

December 1, 2004
4 Wins November News "Sweeps"
Once again, Channel 4/WRC takes the DC news lead in the all-important November TV ratings "sweeps." Finishing ahead in the morning, plus early and late evening. Channel 9/WUSA places 2nd in the 11 PM news race, but still struggles at 5 PM and 6 PM. Its 7 PM 'cast slumps at 5th. Channel 7/WJLA shows strength in early evening. And Channel 5/WTTG does well in the morning. In the Baltimore TV news "sweeps," Channel 13/WJZ did well during the morning and at noon. And Channel 11/WBAL took the top spot at 5 PM, 6 PM, and at 11 PM.

December 1, 2004
Senior Walt Starling Dies
The father of DC radio veteran and longtime airbourne traffic reporter Walt Starling, Walter M. Starling, died in early November at age 79. The Silver Spring resident suffered from a neurological condition. The elder Starling, an aviation ethusiast and pilot like his son, owned Capitol Radio Wholesalers, a DC electronics parts business, for four decades.

November 30, 2004
WMET Adds Snow, Colmes
Gaithersburg talker WMET (1160 AM) adds the radio shows of righty Tony Snow and lefty Alan Colmes, both Fox Newsers.

November 30, 2004
"Out To Lunch" Gets Syndicated
Live 105.7, WXYV midday "Out To Lunch" guys Miles Montgomery and Steve Hill are now syndicating a "best of" show on Buffalo's WBUF. The western New York FM talker, which also carries Howard Stern and DC's Don and Mike live on weekdays, runs an "OTL" rerun from 7 PM to 9 PM on Saturdays.

November 29, 2004
Hooper To 2
Bill Hooper, president of ad sales for Infinity's Baltimore radio cluster, is leaving to head the ad sales team at Scripps' Channel 2/WMAR.

November 28, 2004
Whiteside To WLIF
Another Big 100 veteran resurfaces. DC oldies WBIG (100.3 FM) personality Kathy Whiteside will now be heard on Baltimore adult contemporary outlet WLIF (101.9 FM). She takes the midday place of Mary Anne Perry, who leaves to attend to family matters. Whiteside got canned in September, in a wave of personnel changes at Clear Channel's WBIG. Newsman Ira Mellman is now working at all-news WTOP. And, Johnny Dark now does Saturday mornings at oldies WQSR.

November 26, 2004
5 Sports Intern Killed In Shooting
Christopher Mader (left), 23, died early Thursday after being shot in Waldorf. According to the Washington Post, Mader had been a sports intern for Channel 5/WTTG, covered high school football games for the Fairfax Sports Network, and had dreamed of working for ESPN. He was planning to study broadcast journalism at the University Of Maryland.

November 26, 2004
CNN Producer Jack Lynn Dies
John Vincent "Jack" Lynn, 43, a senior television producer at CNN, died on 11/22 of lung cancer at his home in Alexandria. At the time of his death, Lynn was the senior producer of live production for CNN's DC bureau, where he had worked since 1991. He joined CNN in NYC in 1989 and, two years later, came to DC as a copy editor and producer.

November 24, 2004
Bonneville Says No To Nationals
Bonneville won't be carrying the Nationals. The firm had "at least two conversations" with Major League Baseball about airing DC's new team. But the price for the rights was too steep. Bonneville did seriously consider putting the Nationals on classical WGMS, with cross-marketing on sister stations all-news WTOP and "modern music" Z104. However, Bonneville was concerned that "core classical music listeners" wouldn't like sports on WGMS. MLB was interested in having the team on the WTOP network, but Bonneville brass wanted to keep non-stop news, traffic, and weather on 1500, 107.7, 820, and 104.3. The most likely Nationals radio candidate is Clear Channel, via WTEM, WWRC, and WTNT, our sources say.

November 23, 2004
Vic Sussman Dies
Vic Sussman, a Silver Spring-based veteran journalist who was senior editor for the public radio business program "Marketplace," died 11/22 of an apparent stroke after surgery at George Washington University Hospital. He was 65. During his varied career, Sussman worked for American University's WAMU, once country WARL (now WAVA), the Washington Post, US News And World Report, the Voice Of America, America Online, and Cahners Business Information. He authored numerous magazine and newspaper articles, and three non-fiction books. Sussman joined "Marketplace" in January 2004.

November 22, 2004
WMAL's Lisa Scoon Dies
Lisa Scoon, 39, an account exec at WMAL, died last week. She had been running at the Montgomery Blair High School track in Silver Spring when she collapsed on 11/13. She died from a brain aneurysm five days later at Bethesda's Suburban Hospital. Scoon had been selling ads for WMAL for the past two years. Says a co-worker: "She was an absolute delight, and our place is in massive mourning over her death. Her smile and humor lit up the whole station."

November 22, 2004
Radio One Deals With Tom Joyner
Lanham's Radio One has bought a controlling stake in Tom Joyner's media company for $56 million. The purchase gives Radio One an internet presence via blackamericaweb.com and ownership rights to one of the nation's top morning shows among black radio listeners. Joyner's show is carried locally by WMMJ and WWIN-FM, both Radio One stations.

November 22, 2004
James Brown, "JB" of Fox Sports football coverage, will be heard on WJFK-FM at 11 AM. Replacing the "Ron And Fez" rerun (from the previous evening). Brown hosts "The James Brown Radio Show," broadcast weekdays from 10 AM to noon on Sporting News Radio. Also, he's a reporter for HBO's "Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel" and a boxing host for HBO pay-per-view. Way back when, Brown was a sportscaster for DC's Channel 9.

November 20, 2004
New XMTR Site For HFS
Alternative rock WHFS is applying to move its 99.1 FM transmitter site eight miles west, northwest of the current one in Crofton. The new one will be closer to the DC market and with a taller tower, and slightly lower compensating power. The change is said to improve signal coverage to Montgomery County and Northern Virginia, with little or no degradation of the signal in the Baltimore market.

November 18, 2004
Radio Ratings
No big changes in the latest monthly Arbitrends for DC. WPGC-FM remains at the top, plus nice upswings for WASH, WGMS, and WJZW. Things are also stable in Baltimore, with WERQ at the top. And, still, WFLS rules Fredericksburg.

November 18, 2004
Reed Irvine Dies
From the Washington Times: Journalist and media critic Reed Irvine, "who relentlessly exposed the foibles of a biased press for more than three decades," died Tuesday from complications of a stroke he suffered late last year. He was 82 and had lived in the DC area. Irvine was a pioneer in his field, founding the nonprofit watchdog group Accuracy in Media (AIM) in 1969 "during an era when the content and ideological underpinnings of TV and newspaper stories went largely unquestioned."

November 17, 2004
Cox Leaving ABC Radio DC Gig
Merrilee Cox will leave her post as chief of ABC Radio's Washington news bureau in January. After 23 years with the company. A search has been launched for her replacement.

November 14, 2004
WMAL Engineer Burt Cohen Retires
After 39 years behind the knobs and faders, WMAL engineer Burt Cohen has retired. Back in the day, Cohen guested on 630's legendary "Harden And Weaver" show. And, current morning co-host Andy Parks has routinely joked about "Burt's Antenna And Skylight Service." There was a retirement party Friday evening that featured many DC/WMAL radio legends, including Ed Walker, John Lyon, Bill Mayhugh, Bill Trumbull, and Chris Core. The pic: Cohen (left) and Trumbull (right).

November 14, 2004
West & Conrad To Mornings At WFRE
Linda West and Dave Conrad are the new morning team at Clear Channel's Frederick country outlet WFRE (99.9 FM). They replace Cougar Michaels. Also, Tom Whalen has also been promoted from weekends to afternoon drive, taking West's previous spot.

November 11, 2004
Whitney To Join Blades At Z104
DC101 overnighter Whitney (right) will be Matthew Blades' female sidekick when he starts his Z104 morning show on 12/6. "Modern music" Z104 has been conducting a national search to replace former morning dude Brett Haber, who is now Channel 9's top sports anchor. Blades, who has recently been working at a Kansas City contemporary station, did evenings on Z104 a while back.

November 8, 2004
FCC Vet Ed Hautanen Dies
Federal Communications Commission attorney Ed Hautanen died 10/29 at his home in Sarasota of congestive heart failure. He was 80. A former Falls Church resident, Hautanen worked in the FCC's Office Of Opinions And Review from 1951 until 1980. Hautanen's daughter, Jane Hautanen of Washington, is an announcer at WAVA and a board operator at WJZW.

November 7, 2004
Bob Steele Out At WARW
Bob Steele was relieved of his evening post on classic rock WARW because Max Dugan, the Infinity station's program director, wanted to go "in a different direction" program style-wise. As we reported on 11/3, Jonathan "Weasel" Gilbert, a vet of co-owned alt rock WHFS, is now doing the shift. Our source tells us that Steele, who got "very solid numbers," has no ill will for his replacement.

November 5, 2004
Kornheiser Returns To WTEM
Washington Post sports columnist Tony Kornheiser will return to the DC radio waves. Kornheiser will air "live and locally" every weekday on Clear Channel's SportsTalk 980, WTEM. Starting Wednesday, 11/10. From 9 AM to 11 AM. With a replay from 11 AM to 1 PM. Kornheiser began his radio show in 1992 on WTEM, before taking it national with ESPN Radio in 1998. And giving it up earlier this year. Kornheiser will continue to do "Pardon The Interruption" with fellow Postie Michael Wilbon for ESPN TV. During the summer, there was talk of Kornheiser doing the morning show on Infinity's classic rock WARW. But that never materialized.

November 5, 2004
4 Faces Tower Battle
According to the Northwest Current newspaper, Channel 4/WRC's refusal to remove an old broadcast tower has raised the ire of residents near the NBC station's Nebraska Avenue complex. NBC built the 457-foot tower in 1955. It got permission to build a taller "replacement" tower in 1981. The new 659-foot tower went up in 1988, but the station never took down the first one. And that has been the subject of fierce debate ever since. Now, according to the Current, the old tower is rented to a variety of tenants, including various local police and fire agencies, WKYS radio, and Univision. However, the special DC zoning exemption for the old tower runs out on 12/1, and NBC is seeking a permanent renewal. Area residents fear that the electromagnetic radiation from the old tower could be a health hazard.

November 4, 2004
7 Producer Mike Bayus Dies
Mike Bayus, producer of "Good Morning Washington" and a five-year veteran of Channel 7/WJLA, died last weekend. Reports say that he suffered an aneurism. "Mike was a judicious steward of the overnight news staff, committed to putting on a solid program day after day, and he took any glitch, noticeable by viewers or not, upon himself as a personal let-down. But most importantly, he was a positive and upbeat presence in the newsroom and a genuinely good guy. He will be missed enormously," a co-worker tells us.

November 1, 2004
PGC-AM PD Adds MD Duties
Cheryl Jackson replaces Wayne Waller as music director at Infinity's gospel WPGC-AM. Jackson is also Heaven 1580's program director.

October 29, 2004
Nassau Buys WAFY
Nassau Broadcasting is buying adult contemporary WAFY in Frederick, which is owned by Barbara Marmet's Frederick Broadcasting. The rumored sale price of Key 103.1 is $16 million. This will be Nassau's first radio acquisition in the Mid-Atlantic region. The firm owns a batch of radio stations in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New England. A local radio source tells us that Nassau wants "a station that shows up in the DC (ratings) book," reaching listeners in Loudoun and Montgomery counties.

October 28, 2004
Gordon Peterson Jumps From 9 To 7
Gordon Peterson (right) is making the move from Channel 9/WUSA to Channel 7/WJLA. Since summer, "news dean" Peterson, 66, has been in protracted contract negotiations with Gannett's WUSA, where he's been delivering the news for the past three decades. DCRTV's sources tell us that he'll be seen on Allbritton's WJLA during the first week of December, anchoring the 6 PM newscast with Maureen Bunyan and Doug Hill. Both Bunyan and Hill, plus reporter Mike Buchanan, are former 9ers who are now at 7. Peterson will have the "senior correspondent" title and will "field anchor" big stories. Leon Harris will continue to co-anchor WJLA's 5 PM (with Kathleen Matthews) and 11 PM (with Bunyan) newscasts. Also, we hear that Peterson's "Inside Washington" weekly political talk show, including its staff, will move to WJLA. "The whole newsroom is going nuts," a WJLAer tells DCRTV. "Somebody pinch me. I'm dreaming." Peterson tells Thursday's Washington Post: "After 35 years, I think it's time for them to try something new and it's time for me to try something new." Just recently, WUSA hired Tracey Neale and Todd McDermott to be its top anchors, resulting in what appeared to be a demotion for Peterson. The Washington Times reports that WJLA has signed Peterson to a three-year contract with a six-figure annual salary, but less than his yearly pay at WUSA, which was more than $1 million.

October 27, 2004
"Fast Jimi" Jumps From 106.5 To 102.7
"Fast Jimi" Roberts is jumping from afternoon drive on Infinity's hot adult contemporary WWMX, Mix 106.5, to a like shift on co-owned oldies WQSR, 102.7 FM. He replaces "Brian And O'Brien," which got canned on 10/13. Roberts has worked at Baltimore's once-contemporary WXYV, which used to be at WQSR's current dial position, and at DC's defunct "Jammin' Oldies" WJMO (now Hot 99.5, WIHT).

October 26, 2004
New MD For PGC
Infinity's urban contemporary WPGC-FM names Boogie D its music director. He comes from Radio One's WOMC in Charlotte, where he was program director. Boogie D replaces Sarah O'Connor, who recently jumped to Radio One's WPHI in Philadelphia.

October 25, 2004
Former Channel 9 Weatherman Arrested
Former Channel 9/WUSA weather anchor Bill Kamal (right) was fired Monday after he was arrested in Florida Sunday. Kamal is accused of arranging to have sex with a 14-year-old male. Says Robert Leider, head of Miami Fox affiliate WSVN, "We have no other alternative but to dismiss Bill Kamal for cause." Since leaving WUSA in 1992, Kamal, 47, has been the top weather anchor for WSVN. According to the Miami Herald, Kamal was arrested "when he showed up for a scheduled meeting that he had arranged via the internet with an underage person. Instead, he was met by a detective who arrested him." Kamal was being held without bond at the St. Lucie County Jail on a third-degree felony charge. According to Miami TV station WPLG, investigators said that Kamal waived his rights and admitted to having child pornography on his computer, which was seized. This was not Kamal's first run-in with the law. He was arrested twice in Florida for alleged drunken driving. In both cases the charges were either dismissed or reduced.

October 24, 2004
Radio Liberty Founder Dies
Robert Dreher, 88, died of a stroke in late September. A resident of Arlington for 30 years, he founded Radio Liberty, which broadcast to Iron Curtain countries during the Cold War.

October 19, 2004
"Big Don" Jumps To WINX
"Big Don" O'Brien is a survivor. During the past three decades, he's worked at almost every radio station in the DC and Baltimore region - some of which aren't there any longer. And a few TV stations, too. Well, O'Brien just got canned from Baltimore oldies outlet WQSR. But, he's back on the local airwaves. At Eastern Shore country outlet WINX. Doing morning drive on 94.3 FM. WINX is licensed to Cambridge, but has studios in Annapolis, with eclectic rock sister WRNR. Former WINX morning man Chris Roth moves to afternoons.

October 19, 2004
Sinclair Fires DC News Chief Who Voiced Opposition
The DC news bureau chief for Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group has been fired after he criticized the company's plans to air a program critical of John Kerry's Vietnam-era anti-war activities. Jon Leiberman told Associated Press that he was canned by Joseph DeFeo, Sinclair's vice president for news, and "escorted out of the building. I was told I violated company policy by divulging information from a staff meeting to the (Baltimore) Sun in (Monday) morning's edition."

October 18, 2004
Bonneville Buys 1050 For FNR
Bonneville has reached an agreement with Metro Radio to buy WPLC, 1050 AM. Bonneville-owned all-news WTOP will use the Silver Spring station to relay Federal News Radio, which, until now, has only been available on the internet. The purchase price is rumored to be $4 million. WPLC has a 1,000-watt daytime signal, but runs only 44-watts at night. "It's a bit ironic that we started out as an internet product and now have grown to a terrestrial signal - typically the reverse is true," says TOP VP/GM Joel Oxley. "But with such rapid growth of the online product, it was the next logical step to add distribution via an AM signal. With such a large local federal community we need to be accessible whether one is sitting at their desk or in their car." Besides WTOP, Salt Lake City-based Bonneville also owns classical WGMS and "modern music" Z104. Vienna-based Metro Radio also owns Spanish WKCW in Warrenton and religious WJRO in Glen Burnie. WPLC currently airs business news talk by day and brokered Spanish at night. "Federal News Radio AM 1050" launches in early 2005.

October 18, 2004
MZQ's B&B Cut Syndication
WMZQ morning duo Ben Campbell and Brian Egan will cease national syndication of their "Ben And Brian" show by the end of 2004. The word is that B&B will "focus on local content," hoping to boost ratings on the Clear Channel country outlet.

October 14, 2004
Mellman, Segrafes Joins WTOP
Ira Mellman, who recently lost his gig as WBIG, Big 100's newsman - and only fulltime newsperson on Clear Channel's eight-station DC radio payroll) - is jumping to Bonneville all-newser WTOP. He'll do anchor fill-in work. Also, Channel 7/WJLA investigative producer Mark Segraves is also deading to WTOP. He worked with Andrea McCarren on 7's I-Team. And has done a whole bunch of investigative stories.

October 13, 2004
The afternoon duo of Brian Wilson and "Big Don" O'Brien has gone missing from Infinity's Baltimore oldies outlet WQSR (102.7 FM). The banter-based B&O'B did not "test well" with listeners who wanted a more "music intensive" PM drive show. "After little promotion and a short time given for ratings, WQSR gave up on them," Michael Popovec, our Charm City radio reporter tells us. Their contracts have been "terminated." B&O'B hosted a top-rated show on the old B104 "top 40" outlet in the 1980s. WQSR resurrected the team late last year.

October 11, 2004
TOP's Derrick Ward Heads To Buffalo
Derrick Ward has said goodbye to WTOP radio. He's jumping to WKBW-TV, Buffalo's ABC affiliate. Ward spent seven of the past 20 years of his radio reporting career at WTOP. Before that, he worked at WAMU and WPFW.

October 9, 2004
Rukeyser Asks CNBC To Pull Plug On His Show
Veteran financial journalist Louis Rukeyser, 71, who has been off television for a year due to cancer, has asked CNBC to pull the plug on his long-running Friday night business news show. Some 32 years ago, Maryland Public Television began producing Rukeyser's "Wall Street Week" from studios in the Baltimore suburb of Owings Mills. However, MPT gave Rukeyser the boot in 2002 in an effort to make the PBS show more appealing to younger viewers. He jumped to CNBC, which started airing "Louis Rukeyser's Wall Street." Rukeyser last appeared on his CNBC show in October 2003, and soon announced that he was suffering from cancer. The CNBC show has been airing with Consuelo Mack as substitute host and will cease production by the end of the year.

October 7, 2004
Big O & Dukes Land HFS Evening Gig
Weekenders "Big O And Dukes" will fill the evening slot on alt rock WHFS, recently vacated by Matty. The duo will continue its Saturday evening show for the interim.

October 6, 2004
Stern Signs With Sirius
With 15 months remaining on his contract with Infinity, Howard Stern told listeners that he's "ready to leave radio" and has signed a five-year, reportedly $100 million-per-year contract with NYC's Sirius Satellite Radio. "It's a done deal. I'm leaving radio. This kind of radio," Stern said. The "King Of All Media" revealed that he's grown tired of the FCC's "anti-indecency" campaign, which got him kicked off Clear Channel's stations, and corporate "fighting" with Infinity. "Satellite is the future of radio," Stern said. Not only will he host his national morning show at subscription-based Sirius, but Stern will program two additional services, including "a premium channel." He added that his show will be available to all Sirius subscribers, and will not be a pay-extra service, a la Opie and Anthony's deal with DC's XM. Stern's current broadcast radio show is carried locally by WJFK-FM and Live 105.7, both of which owned by Infinity.

October 6, 2004
Chuck Bell Joins 4
Chuck Bell, until recently a meteorologist at Sinclair's NewsCentral in suburban Baltimore, has joined the weather department at Channel 4/WRC as fill-in forecaster and graphics producer. Bell has worked at TV stations in Oklahoma City (where he covered a major tornado outbreak in 1999), Roanoke, Albany GA, and Greenville SC. In college, he was an intern at The Weather Channel.

October 6, 2004
PBS On The Move
PBS is moving its national headquarters a few stops up Metro's yellow line. From Alexandria's Braddock Place to Arlington's Crystal City.

October 4, 2004
Monz Heads From Baltimore To Milford
Steve Monz, former program director at WWMX, Infinity's hot adult contemporary outlet in Baltimore, heads east, to assume the post of operations manager at Delmarva Broadcasting's Milford, Delaware radio cluster. He'll be in charge of hot adult contemporary WAFL, oldies WNCL, and Spanish WYUS.

October 4, 2004
Former Owner Of 14 Challenges 7's License
Allbritton Communications is fighting a license challenge to Channel 7/WJLA, which was filed by Theodore White, who used to own Channel 14 back when it was known as WTMW. Allbritton labels as "frivolous" White's petition, which asks the Federal Communications Commission to deny WJLA's license renewal because of a federal investigation into possible participation in money laundering by Riggs Bank. The probe apparently extends to Allbritton head Joe Allbritton, his wife, Barbara, and son Robert, who is chairman of the bank, which was recently sold to Pittsburgh's PNC Financial. "The charges have never been adjudicated anywhere by anyone and relate to non-broadcast, non-FCC conduct that falls far short of the Commission's attention level," Jerald Fritz, an Allbritton legal eagle, tells a TV trade pub. "Enforcement of banking regulations is best left to banking regulators." Creditor Riggs was involved in White's decision to sell WTMW, once primarily a home shopping and infomercial outlet, to Univision. The station, now WFDC, airs the Spanish language Telefutura network.

October 1, 2004
Johnny Dark To WQSR
Area radio veteran Johnny Dark is heading up I-95, from DC's WBIG (100.3 FM) to Charm City's WQSR (102.7 FM). Dark, who just got canned from Clear Channel's oldies Big 100, will be doing the 7 AM to 10 AM slot on Saturdays on the Infinity-owned oldies outlet. Dark, who'll be hosting a 1960s rock oldies show, is no stranger to Baltimore. In the 1960s, he did several stints at then "top 40" WCAO (600 AM). And, Dark worked at hot adult contemporary WWMX (106.5 FM) before joining WBIG in the early 1990s.

September 30, 2004
Jory Rand Heads To Richmond
Jory Rand jumps from Hagerstown NBC affiliate Channel 25/WHAG, where he's been a sports reporter-anchor, to Richmond's Fox station, Channel 35/WRLH, to be sports anchor. Columbia MD-native Rand was a star ice hockey player at the University Of Maryland, and has worked in the sports department of Channel 7/WJLA.

September 29, 2004
Marva Williams Gone From 92Q
Marva Williams is on "the outs" with "The Big Phat Morning Show" at Charm City's urban 92Q, WERQ. She had been co-host and producer of the Radio One outlet's morning team since its 1999 debut. Marc Clarke and Troy Johnson will now handle mornings on their own. We hear that the top-rated station's suits, Program Director Victor Starr and General Manager Howard Mazer, chose not to renew Marva's contract. A budget decision? We also hear that Marc and Troy wanted to keep her around.

September 29, 2004
Bloodbath At Big 100
Big changes at Big 100. Oldies WBIG's evening man Jeff "Goldy" Gold, midday gal Kathy Whiteside, weekend veteran Johnny Dark, newsman Ira Mellman, and assistant program director and creative director Bob Karson have been canned. Gary Murphy and Jessica Cash, the morning team at the oldies outlet, and afternooner Tom Kelly are remaining - for now, anyway. Weekender Paula Kasey will fill in evenings for Gold, and newcomer Stephanie Wells will take over Whiteside's show. The culprit - a stready decline in the ratings during the past year.

September 28, 2004
Seth Warner Returns To Afternoons On MZQ
Seth Warner is the "new" afternoon drive guy for Clear Channel's country WMZQ. Warner, who has been doing weekend and fill-in work for 98.7, did the same MZQ shift in the late-1990s. He replaces Jon Anthony, who left for XM's Nashville operation in March.....

September 27, 2004
Windy City Audition For Diamond
Jack Diamond is taking the week off from his morning perch at WRQX, Mix 107.3. And DCRTV hears that he's in Chicago where he'll be doing mornings on ABC's co-owned WLS radio on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week. It's being called "an audition" by the news talk station's suits. WLS is currently without its veteran morning team of Don and Roma Wade, who are off the air, fighting with management over their contract. In the past, Diamond's done talk work at NYC's WABC radio, also owned by ABC.

September 25, 2004
4 Picks "Miss Virginia" As Anchor
Shannon Bream (right) is Channel 4/WRC's new weekend morning news anchor. She replaces Mil Arcega, who left WRC in August. She'll co-anchor with Eun Yang, who'll go on maternity leave soon. Bream's been an anchor for Charlotte's WBTV-TV and, before that, worked at Tampa's WFTS-TV. According to the Washington Post, Bream is "a longtime conservative Republican." The Tallahassee native graduated from Jerry Falwell's Liberty University in Lynchburg and studied law at Florida State. Bream was crowned "Miss Virginia" in 1990.

September 24, 2004
Lopez Ad: "Pull The Plug"
Baltimore's WIYY, 98Rock, has released a TV ad in which "KML" morning show co-hosts Kirk and Mark visit a bed-ridden Lopez (left) in his hospital room and then threaten to "pull the plug" if you don't listen to the station. Earlier this year, Lopez went public with his battle against lung cancer. Trade pub All Access reports that some Charm City TV stations have refused to run the spot. "One has to have a sense of humor when dealing with cancer. It's what keeps me going," Lopez tells AA.

September 24, 2004
PGC MD To Philly
Sarah O'Connor, music director at Infinity's urban WPGC-FM, heads to like duties at Radio One's urban WPHI in Philadelphia. That means Jay Stevens, WPGC's program director, has begun a search for O'Connor's replacement.

September 23, 2004
M&T Yanking
DCRTV's hearing rumblings that a certain former night board op for Baltimore's Live 105.7 "commandeered" the talk station a few weeks ago. We're told that he "cut out" of the scheduled syndicated show and "put on his own show." He was fired. Then, yesterday, "Out To Lunch" guys Miles and Thrill (right) mentioned the incident on their midday show. Now, rumors contend that's why the duo got yanked off the air Wednesday and replaced with a "best of." Infinity's Charm City suits are keeping quiet.

September 23, 2004
54 Goes HD
Sinclair-operated Channel 54/WNUV kicked off high-definition programming Wednesday evening. The Baltimore WB affiliate joins sister Fox affiliate Channel 45/WBFF, which also just started its HD broadcasts. WNUV's standard-def programming is found on digital channel "54.1," while the HD simulcast is featured on "54.2." WNUV uses UHF channel 40 for its digital signal.

September 23, 2004
Herzog Will Call Eagles Game
Former Redskins play-by-play man Frank Herzog will return to the NFL radio broadcast booth. But it won't be for DC's beloved team. Herzog will call the 10/24 Eagles-Browns game for the Sports USA Radio Network. The game will air on either Clear Channel's WTEM (980 AM) or WTNT (570 AM). And, plans are for Herzog to call addition games later in the season, although they have not been announced. California-based Sports USA Radio Network airs a doubleheader of NFL games each Sunday during the regular season. Herzog currently anchors a Redskins post-game show on WTEM and provides Redskins segments on WTOP.

September 23, 2004
CSN Hires Jenkins
Michael Jenkins joins Comcast SportsNet as an anchor and reporter. He comes from a six-year stint at KVUE-TV in Austin.

September 22, 2004
WBIG's Slide Continues
Adult urban WMMJ and urban WPGC-FM tie for the top spot in the latest round of Arbitrend radio ratings. Oldies WBIG continues its big slide, dropping from a 3.7 share to a 2.3 in a year. Urban WERQ keeps the lead in Baltimore. And, country WFLS holds onto its big lead in Fredericksburg.

September 22, 2004
FCC Fines CBS For Super Bowl Boob Incident
As expected, the Federal Communications Commission voted Wednesday to fine Viacom-owned CBS $550,000 for showing Janet Jackson's bare breast during last winter's Super Bowl. That includes a $27,500 penalty for each of the 20 CBS-owned stations (like Baltimore's WJZ) that aired the halftime show. However, the 200 or so CBS affiliates that aren't owned by CBS (like DC's Gannett-owned WUSA) were not fined.

September 22, 2004
Megan Glaros Heads South
Weathergal Megan Glaros (right) is jumping from Baltimore's Sinclair NewsCentral to Miami's WPLG-TV. She'll be doing weather reports and sports features for the Washington Post-owned ABC affiliate. Glaros, a former NFL cheerleader, began her broadcasting career as a morning show host and weather anchor in Parkersburg WV.

September 22, 2004
Flowe Leaves NC8
Rick Flowe has parted company with NewsChannel 8. He'd been with the local cable news net's advertising production department for the better part of a decade. He'd won a bunch of "Tellys" and Addys."

September 21, 2004
25 For Diane Rehm
American University's WAMU (88.5 FM) celebrates the 25th anniversary of Diane Rehm's talk show. Callers during the two-hour 10 AM program congratulated the influential national public radio host, who has struggled with speech problems the past few years. Her fans say that she has promoted a radio "dialogue" rather than a "monologue." When a listener asked Rehm (left) if she'd ever voted for a conservative for president, she responded: "I'm not sure I'll answer that one." A gala fundraiser took place at the Mellon Auditorium. Proceeds benefit "The Diane Rehm Fund For Public Dialogue."

September 20, 2004
Tracey Neale Debuts On 9
The last time Tracey Neale anchored a DC TV newscast was in December 2003 on Fox's Channel 5. Now, some nine-ish months later, after several rounds of protracted contract negotiations, she co-hosted her first Gannett-owned Channel 9 newscast on 9/20 at 11 PM. With newcomer Todd McDermott.

September 20, 2004
Bruno Bounced
Tony Bruno, who did the 8 AM to noon shift on DC's SportsTalk 1260, is gone. Fox Sports Radio has jettisoned the nationally syndicated talker after his contract expired.

September 17, 2004
Tornados Hit DC Area, TOP-FM Conks Out
The remnants of Hurricane Ivan hit the DC area on 9/17. From around 4 PM until 8 PM, all of the major DC TV stations - Channels 4, 5, 7, NC8, and 9 - went full-time with a batch of tornado warnings across the western suburbs, including much of Northern Virginia. National network newscasts on NBC, CBS, and ABC were bypassed by the local affiliates. While 9's Topper Shutt and 4's Bob Ryan were at their station's storm centers, 7's Doug Hill did his coverage via telephone with Joe Witte in the studio. The severe weather in Warrenton silenced all-news WTOP's 107.7 FM signal for about three hours. Meanwhile, WTOP's 1500 AM Wheaton outlet rippled with twister warnings for places like Fredericksburg, Frederick, Dulles Airport, Centreville, Manassas, and Leesburg.

September 17, 2004
Wilk Leaves 5
Wendy Wilk, a managing editor at Channel 5/WTTG, jumps to Hearst-Argyle's DC news bureau.

September 16, 2004
Haber Jumps From Z104 To 9
Z104 morning man Brett Haber is the new sports anchor at Channel 9/WUSA. Z104 will search for a new host while it holds onto morning show co-host Erica Hilary, plus producers JC Fernandez and Yianni Lolos. Haber used to be the top sports anchor at Channel 5/WTTG, before leaving for a sports anchor gig at NYC's WCBS-TV. And eventually returning to DC, and the Z104 job.

September 16, 2004
Mega's Alonso Jumps To Clear Channel
Alfredo Alonso, president of Silver Spring-based Mega Communications, jumps to Clear Channel to head the radio giant's upcoming rollout of Spanish language stations in two dozen markets. In the DC area, Mega owns Spanish outlets WBZS/WBPS (92.7 FM/94.3 FM) and WKDL (730 AM). Might CC take financially/ratings-struggling Mega's radio properties "under its wing" via local marketing agreements?

September 15, 2004
Age Discrimination At 9?
The American Federation Of Television And Radio Artists is investigating whether Channel 9/WUSA has been unfair to its older anchors and reporters. The Washington Times reports that a number of longtime on-air personalities at the Gannett station have been fired or reassigned from prime afternoon and evening reporting shifts to early mornings and weekends. The union is trying to determine whether these personnel moves represent a pattern of discrimination.

September 15, 2004
MD Gov Says No To WBAL Radio Show
The Baltimore Sun reports that Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich will no longer do a regularly scheduled show with news talk WBAL (1090 AM) because the host, afternoon driver Ron Smith, was to be replaced with Mark Miller, the station's news director. Since his election in 2002, Ehrlich has spent an hour every other week on "Stateline With The Governor," moderated by Smith, a vocal supporter of the Republican. However, last month the Sun reported that Ehrlich hired Smith's wife, June, to a new $79,771-a-year public-relations job in the state Department Of Juvenile Services. "After learning that Ron's wife had accepted this position, Ron gave us assurances that there was no quid pro quo," WBAL station manager Jeff Beauchamp told the Sun. "But we believe that even the appearance of a quid pro quo - even though we don't believe there is any - is something we should avoid."

September 14, 2004
New GM For 50
Eric Meyrowitz has been named vice-president and general manager of Tribune's Channel 50/WBDC. At only 34, he's been the station's general sales manager. He replaces Jerry Martin, who recently took a gig with a pair of Tribune stations in Indianapolis. Meyrowitz joined 50 in 2000 as local sales manager. Before that, he'd been national sales manager for Hearst's Channel 11/WBAL.

September 13, 2004
Stevens & Medley Join WARW
"Stevens And Medley" are "the new guys" at WARW. "We're very excited to be here at this legendary station," said Stevens on-air about the down-in-the-dumps ratings-wise classic rocker. Right after a way overplayed Lynyrd Skynryd tune, one of S&M's first "comedy" bits got aired: "The good news is that God has returned in the form of a 20-pound fish. The bad news is that God has been clubbed to death and eaten." S&M were formerly known as the Mark Brothers. The duo previously held the morning shift at Clear Channel classic rocker KZPS in Dallas, from where hails WARW's program director, Max Dugan.

September 12, 2004
JB McPherson Dies
JB McPherson died Friday. The Gaithersburg resident was with the WMAL station group for 38 years, the last half of that as chief engineer for WMAL-AM and FM (now WRQX). He retired in 1986. McPherson was an avid pilot and an early champion of AM stereo.

September 10, 2004
Tony Harris Joins CNN
Baltimore native Tony Harris, who used to anchor the news at Channel 45/WBFF and Channel 54/WNUV, makes the jump from Atlanta's WGCL-TV to CNN.

September 10, 2004
McHugh Joins CSN
Comcast SportsNet hires Tim McHugh as news director. McHugh will oversee all elements of the CSN Mid-Atlantic network's sports news productions, including Redskins and Ravens post-game shows, as well as "SportsNite" and "SportsRise." McHugh comes from NYC's WCBS-TV.

September 9, 2004
JFK's Leinwand To NYC's XRK
The man who fired longtime "voice of the Redskins" Frank Herzog is getting his ass out of town. Alan Leinwand will become director of advertising sales at NYC's WXRK, K-Rock, the Infinity alt rocker that hosts Howard Stern's show. Since 1981, Leinwand has worked in the sales departments of WTOP, WMAL, and WJFK-FM. Leinwand became WJFK-FM's vice-president and general manager in 2000, and has served as head of the Washington Redskins Radio Network. Infinity's DC market manager Michael Hughes will assume Leinwand's WJFK-FM and Redskins radio duties.

September 9, 2004
Pat Sajak Buys WTTR
"Wheel Of Fortune" host and Maryland resident Pat Sajak is buying oldies WTTR (1470 AM) in Westminster from Times-Shamrock for $540,000. Sajak also owns talk and adult contemporary WNAV (1430 AM) in Annapolis. He recently turned down a deal to buy once newser, now contemporary WKHZ (1590 AM) in Ocean City. Shamrock owns Baltimore area classic rocker WZBA (100.7 FM), which was WTTR-FM way back when.

September 7, 2004
WTOP Activates 104.3
WTOP, the Bonneville all-newser, is now touting on the air and via its website its new 104.3 FM low-power operation for the Leesburg and Ashburn area of Loudoun County. The calls are W282AM and it relays the signal of Warrenton's WTOP-FM, 107.7.

September 2, 2004
Mil Arcega Leaves 4
Anchor and reporter Mil Arcega has parted ways with Channel 4/WRC. Arcega had co-anchored the station's early morning weekend newscasts. He came to NBC4 in 1997 from a TV station in Calgary, Canada. No word on his plans.

September 1, 2004
New City For WKSI
Clear Channel has officially moved the city of license of rhythmic contemporary WKSI from Charles Town WV to Stevens City VA, south of Winchester. WKSI, 98.3 Kiss FM, recently moved its transmitter from Charles Town to the country WUSQ tower, west of Winchester. WKSI used to be country WXVA.

September 1, 2004
Groups Challenge Local TV Licenses
The United Church Of Christ and the Center For Digital Democracy have asked the Federal Communications Commission not to renew the licenses of Fox-owned UPN affiliate Channel 20/WDCA and Paxson's Pax network outlet Channel 66/WPXW for failing to meet their children's television obligations. The groups alleged that "Miracle Pets" on WPXW and "Ace Lightning" and "Stargate Infinity" on WDCA failed to meet the FCC's educational programming criteria. Also, the Alexandria-based Parents Television Council has asked the Federal Communications Commission to deny the license renewal applications of NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC and Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG because of "35 indecency complaints" filed against the two stations within the past few years. They include "graphic depictions of sex including masturbation and pedophilia," according to the PTC.

August 30, 2004
Kidd To Be WWMX PD
Jason Kidd has been named program director of Infinity's hot adult contemporary WWMX, Mix 106.5. Current PD Steve Monz had cleaned out his desk. Kidd spent a few weeks programming Clear Channel's smooth jazz WSMJ last year, and has been working at an Infinity urban contemporary station in Austin, Texas since then.

August 30, 2004
Amber Theoharis Joins 45
Channel 45/WBFF's Bruce Cunningham announced Sunday night that Amber Theoharis of Sinclair's co-owned WSYX-TV in Columbus, Ohio will be the new weekend sports anchor to replace Brent Harris, who went to Comcast SportsNet. She's a Maryland native and graduated from the University Of Maryland. She used to be an intern at Channel 7/WJLA.

August 25, 2004
John Butler Does PR
Someone forwarded DCRTV a zcomm press release about Saudi Arabia pumping more barrels of oil. The contact person is listed as John Butler. Apparently, the same John Butler who resigned WMAL's program director gig in 2003 and who had also been the station's news director. Montgomery County-based zcomm's head is former ABC correspondent Rise Birnbaum.

August 23, 2004
Wolf Lands Radio Jobs With ESPN, ABC
Warner Wolf, who once did two sports anchor stretches with DC's Channel 9, will be hosting a Saturday call-in show on WEPN, 1050 ESPN Radio, in NYC, as well as doing weekday morning sports reports for ABC-Disney's co-owned cross-town radio talker WABC. Wolf got the boot from NYC's CBS-owned WCBS-TV over the summer.

August 23, 2004
Junkies Get Gig At 9
The Junkies, the morning drive team on alt rocker WHFS, are getting a TV show on Channel 9/WUSA. Starting 9/4 at 2 AM (late Friday, early Saturday), "JunksTV" will feature sports talk, celebrity interviews, plus many a "buxom babe." The show will be taped the previous Wednesday evening at the Regional Food And Drink sports bar in downtown DC.

August 23, 2004
Egypt To 50
Egypt, a Silver Spring native, joins the hosting crew of the "Home Delivery" daytime TV show, which will "travel the country from coast-to-coast to find everyday people with unique and compelling stories." It premieres on Channel 50/WBDC on 9/13 at 2 PM, replacing Sharon Osbourne's show. Egypt is a 1993 graduate of Burtonsville's Paint Branch High School. She was named "Best Urban DJ Of 2001" by Baltimore magazine for her stint on Charm City's 92Q, urban WERQ. Egypt's also done gigs for NYC's Power 105, plus BET, MTV2, and UPN.

August 21, 2004
7's Owner Under Criminal Investigation
The Justice Department has launched a criminal investigation of Riggs Bank, which has already paid a $25 million civil penalty for its failures to abide by laws designed to prevent money laundering by foreign governments like Saudi Arabia. The Washington Post reports that among the people whose actions are under review are the company's largest shareholder, Joe Allbritton, and his wife, Barbara, and son Robert, who is chairman of the bank and holding company. Might the criminal controversy prompt the Federal Communications Commission to require that the Allbritton family sell its chain of TV stations, including Channel 7/WJLA? Both ABC and the Post itself have expressed interest in owning the DC area's ABC affiliate.

August 20, 2004
New Gig For Art
Former WARW morning co-host Art Mehring will now do traffic reports for Clear Channel's Atlanta radio cluster.

August 19, 2004
JMK Communications' Korean-formatted WTRI (1520 AM) in Brunswick, Maryland (halfway between Frederick and Leesburg) received an $18,000 fine from the Federal Communications Commission for failing to maintain "a meaningful staff presence" on multiple occasions, for not properly enclosing one of three station antennas, and for being unresponsive to FCC correspondence. According to R&R, JMK asked the FCC to reduce or cancel the fine, explaining that WTRI's lack of staff presence was a "temporary anomaly occasioned by an unfortunate medical situation." The FCC refused, saying that WTRI's doors were locked on two separate occasions. "JMK's practice of putting a sign on a radio station door directing the public to return later or indicating that a station employee can be found down the street does not constitute the required meaningful management and staff presence at the main studio location," the FCC said. JMK recently sold WTRI to Tricaster Communications for $1.6 million.

August 18, 2004
Brooke's Back
Remember Brooke Stevens? She was Chris Core's co-host at DC's WMAL (630 AM) from 1996 until 2000. Well, she returns to radio this weekend when she joins "The Tom Moore Show," which airs Saturdays at 10 PM on Baltimore's WCBM (680 AM). Brooke's been working for a public relations firm the past four years.

August 18, 2004
AU Asks Court To Terminate Clampitt Suit
American University has asked the DC Superior Court to reject the wrongful-termination lawsuit filed in June by Susan Clampitt, who was fired last fall as general manager of the school's public radio station, WAMU. The university's decision to dismiss Clampitt was based on "legitimate business factors," according to an eight-page response that one of the school's attorneys filed with the court late July.

August 14, 2004
Chuck Leonard Dies
Chuck Leonard (right), the first black radio personality on legendary NYC "top 40" outlet WABC (770 AM), died on 8/12 of lung cancer. He was 67. Leonard started his radio career at Baltimore's WEBB (1360 AM) in 1963. He was: "Chuck Leonard, sittin' tall and cool on the squeaky chair." Leonard left WEBB in 1965 to do nights at WWRL in NYC. WABC's Dan Ingram heard Leonard and recommended him to WABC management. He was lured away by WABC just months after joining WWRL. Leonard also worked at Big Apple radio outlets WXLO, WRKS, WQEW, WJUX, and WBLS.

August 13, 2004
Changes at WARW
WARW's morning team of Mark and Art repeatedly said goodbye on Friday. Hot on the heels of Allie's bailout a few weeks ago. At about 8:45 AM, Mark Kessler said farewell "for the final time." Is this about Tony Kornheiser, by any chance? DCRTV has been reporting that the DC Post and ESPN sports commentator has been talking to Infinity about doing the morning gig at the classic rocker. On Friday afternoon, Max Dugan, WARW's program director, told All Access that Mark will stay with the station (but will he be gone from the morning show?) and Art Mehring is being cut loose. And, there was "no comment" about Tony's possible arrival.

August 13, 2004
DC Indie Music Promoter Commits Suicide
The Washington Post reports that Bill Asp (left), who managed several prominent bands and owned an independent record label during the heyday of Washington's new wave music movement of the late 1970s and early 1980s, died on 8/5 at his daughter's home in Phoenix. He was 53. According to the Maricopa County medical examiner's office, Asp committed suicide by stabbing. Three weeks earlier, his depression and bipolar disorder had been diagnosed. He had moved to Phoenix in May, after living in Arlington for 30 years. Asp helped engineer the regional, and sometimes national, success of such bands as the Insect Surfers, Tru Fax And The Insaniacs, Tiny Desk Unit, Beex, the Young Caucasians, and the Beatnik Flies. Bands that were heard on the old free-form WHFS at 102.3 FM in Bethesda. From 1976 to 1985, Asp and his wife, Debbie, ran an independent record store in Falls Church and later in Arlington called Record And Tape Exchange. Known as RTX, it became a meeting place for people captivated by the burgeoning punk and new wave music scene.

August 12, 2004
Brent Harris Jumps From 45 To CSN
Brent Harris is making the leap from Channel 45/WBFF to Comcast SportsNet. Harris will be an anchor and reporter for "SportsNite" and "SportsRise" on the regional cable sports channel. He'll also serve as CSN's primary reporter in Baltimore, and cover the Orioles, Ravens, and other local teams. Harris was a weekend sports anchor and weekday reporter for WBFF's 10 PM newscast, along with Sinclair's co-operated Channel 54/WNUV's 6:30 PM newscast. Mike Hunt will replace Harris at 45/54.

August 10, 2004
Yancy Named 5's Evening News Anchor
Channel 5/WTTG has officially named Shawn Yancy (left) as co-anchor of its weekday evening newscasts. She and Brian Bolter will be WTTG's prime anchor team. Yancy replaces Tracey Neale, who left the Fox station in late 2003. Neale is due to debut on Gannett's Channel 9/WUSA in September. Yancy had been Channel 5's early morning news anchor, and has been unofficially anchoring WTTG's 5 PM and 10 PM newscasts of late. The 5 AM slot is being filled, on a temporary basis (for now anyway), by Gurvir Dhindsa, who recently left Channel 9. Yancy joined Channel 5 in 2001, coming from a Pittsburgh TV station.

August 10, 2004
McDermott Joining 9
Channel 9/WUSA has signed Todd McDermott to be a news anchor. McDermott is a reporter and anchor at NYC's WCBS-TV and is married to Melissa McDermott, who was a news anchor at Channel 7/WJLA in the late 1990s. He worked at Channel 2/WMAR from 1997 to 2000. McDermott will be paired with JC Hayward at 5 PM, and at 11 PM with Tracey Neale, who jumped from Channel 5/WTTG and is due to debut on WUSA in September.

August 10, 2004
50's GM To Indianapolis
Jerry Martin (right), general manager of Tribune's Channel 50/WBDC, is heading to Indianapolis. While he's leaving the 8th largest TV market for the 25th, he will be managing a Tribune pair of TV stations that has a news operation. Something that WBDC doesn't. "This offers me the opportunity to get back into the news game," Martin told the Washington Post. During Martin's four-year tenure, WB affiliate WBDC saw its ratings rise above Fox-owned rival Channel 20/WDCA, a UPN affiliate, in many time periods.

August 7, 2004
Gurvir Dhindsa Joins 5
Former Channel 9/WUSA news anchor Gurvir Dhindsa has been hired at Channel 5/WTTG on a freelance basis to do fill-in anchoring. She starts Monday and will work on the morning news shift. No word, yet, if she'll be doing that on a permanent basis. Dhindsa will also anchor 5's Sunday 8 AM newscast with freelancer Karen Myers. That show debuts in about two weeks. Dhindsa left Gannett's Channel 9 in July, after her contract wasn't renewed. In other Channel 5 news, former early AM news anchor Shawn Yancy has been anchoring the Fox station's evening newscasts now that Tracey Neale has jumped to Channel 9.

August 7, 2004
Fred Gale Dies
Fred Gale, 72, died at his home in Las Vegas of natural causes. During his 45-year radio career, he worked at the DC area's WWDC, WUST, WINX, WOL, and WPIK, plus WMCA in NYC, and WNAC in Boston.

August 6, 2004
Radio One Hints Racial Bias In Quiznos Decision
Radio One, the African American owner of 68 radio stations, is angry at Quiznos for pulling ads from only urban contemporary-formatted outlets. The sandwich firm yanked its spots from stations that play mainly black artists because, according to Elizabeth Green in the Washington Times, "an internal study showed that the company should not advertise on those stations." Industry insiders said such decisions, called "no-urban dictates," are common. Mario Christino, director for sales and marketing at Lanham-based Radio One, would not comment on the Quiznos decision, but he told the Times that he's "in discussion with" at least one company with a no-urban policy, although he would not name the company. He added that when discussions with a company fail to spark a policy change, his company does not back down. Christino would not be specific about the "other avenues." He said no-urban dictates are unfair but would not comment on whether they constitute discrimination. "Marketers have the perception that African Americans aren't consumers of upscale products," Sherman Kizart, senior vice president and director of urban marketing at Interep, an urban marketing firm, told the Times. "How upscale do you have to be to buy a $2 sandwich?"

August 5, 2004
DC's XM Satellite Radio officially announces the resurrection of Opie and Anthony. But there's a catch. You'll have to pay extra - a fee of $1.99 per month per radio - to hear them via a new O&A-only channel, 202. That's on top of XM's $9.99 monthly fee. The first show will air in October, live in morning drive (and be repeated throughout the day). "This is the natural next step for our show," according to a Thursday communique from the duo. "We get our freedom back to do a funny, clever, entertaining and at times (wink wink) edgy show that our fans have enjoyed for the past 10 years." O&A have been off of Infinity's airwaves (including from WJFK-FM) since that "sex in a church" stunt in 2002. XM has 2.1 million subscribers, and hopes to add another million by the end of the year.

August 4, 2004
Brunswick, Maryland's WTRI (1520 AM) has been sold to Tricaster Communications, a Maryland-based firm with no other stations. The seller was JMK Communications. The price was $1.6 million. There are rumblings that the daytime-only operation may soon drop its Korean programming.

August 4, 2004
9's News Ratings Slump
More bad news for Channel 9/WUSA. News ratings for the turmoil-plagued Gannett station's early evening newscasts plunged during the July "sweeps." The CBS affiliate, which discharged its news director on Monday, was ranked in 5th place at 5 PM. And in 4th place at 6 PM. As usual, Channel 4/WRC's newscasts took the top spot in most time periods. Channel 7/WJLA has been picking up some news ratings steam. No big changes in the TV July news ratings for Baltimore. Channel 11/WBAL leads in the early evening and late evening slots, with Channel 13/WJZ ahead in morning and at noon. Channel 2/WMAR's newscasts take 3rd, except in late evening where they rank 4th, beat by Channel 45/WBFF, too.

August 3, 2004
Bob Murphy Dead
Veteran NY Mets radio voice Bob Murphy died on 8/3 after a battle with lung cancer. He was 79. Murphy worked Baltimore Orioles games in the early 1960s.

August 3, 2004
MD Gov Dishes Out Plum To BAL Talker's Wife
The wife of WBAL-AM afternoon drive talker Ron Smith (right) lands a $79,771 per year job with the state of Maryland. The communications position was created by the administration of Governor Bob Ehrlich, who has campaigned to trim the state government's workforce. Smith has been a vocal supporter of the Republican governor. According to the Baltimore Sun: "The governor's staff installed special equipment on the second floor of the State House allowing Ehrlich to engage in banter with Smith and field generally friendly questions from him and callers." Smith fires back via wbal.com: "She didnt seek this job. The governor sought her. It was a good hire... Are we friends of this administration? Yes, and it is hardly a secret. I make no apologies for that friendship and am confident that the state of Maryland will get exceedingly good value from employing my wife."

August 2, 2004
Roberts Out As 9's News Director
Dave Roberts is no longer news director at Channel 9/WUSA. Darryll Green, WUSA's general manager, made the announcement at a staff meeting. Randal Stanley, executive news producer at Gannett's 9, formerly of the company's Cleveland and Buffalo TV stations, has been promoted to fill Roberts' shoes on an interim basis. WUSA's been in the news ratings dumps with Roberts at the news helm since 2000. In the early 1990s, Roberts was news director at Hearst's Channel 11/WBAL before taking a like gig at a Gannett TV station in Atlanta. The news director's exit comes only a week after Susan Truitt, senior executive news producer and the number two person on the Gannett station's news staff, tendered her resignation for "family reasons." There could be more changes at 9 in the upcoming months with many contracts either already expired or expiring soon - including Gordon Peterson, Tony Pann, Topper Shutt, Dave Statter, Gary Reals, and Stacey Cohan. Gurvir Dhindsa is gone. Frank Herzog's contract won't be renewed. Former 5er Tracey Neale is expected to debut in September.

August 2, 2004
1300 Drops The "Jock"
Charm City sports talker WJFK-AM drops "The Jock" slogan and replaces it with "The Sports Station, Baltimore's ESPN Radio 1300." The change is apparent in a redesigned website for the Infinity station.

July 29, 2004
Bob Edwards Jumps From NPR To New XM Public Radio Channel
Bob Edwards will be leaving DC-based National Public Radio to host a program for DC-based XM Satellite Radio. Edwards, who was "unceremoniously dumped" as anchor of NPR's "Morning Edition" in March, will do an 8 AM program for XM starting in October. The "Bob Edwards Show" will be heard on XM Public Radio, channel 133, a non-commercial radio-type service to debut in September. It'll feature programming from Public Radio International and American Public Radio. Edwards, who's been at NPR since 1974, has recently been working as a correspondent.

July 28, 2004
The Federal Communications Commission has fined Pacifica's WPFW (89.3 FM) $3,000 for failing to conduct weekly and monthly Emergency Alert System tests and for the failure of WPFWs chief operator to verify the EAS log in writing. While Pacifica did not deny that the violations occurred, it asked for a fine reduction by arguing that that the problems had been addressed and that it deserved a reduction due to its status as a small business. The FCC upheld the fine noting that Pacifica didn't provide any documentation to support the small business claim. Pacifica owns half a dozen FMers across the country, including NYC and LA.

July 27, 2004
Radio Guy Buys O's Teams From Comcast
Former Infinity Radio executive David Pearlman buys three Orioles minor league baseball teams from area cable giant Comcast. Including the Bowie Baysox, the Frederick Keys, and the Delmarva Shorebirds.

July 26, 2004
7 & 2 Launch Political Network
Allbritton's Channel 7/WJLA has launched Democratic Party convention coverage via ABC News Now. The political network will be in operation through election night in early November and will be available via WJLA's digital channel 7.2. Comcast is carrying the network in the DC area on channel 194 or 225 (81 in DC), Cox (Fairfax) on channel 807, along with Adelphia and Starpower. Baltimore's ABC affiliate, Scripps-owned Channel 2/WMAR, added the network via its digital 2.2 channel by late in the afternoon on Monday. WJLA had carried Super Doppler 7 radar on channel 7.2, and is working to update equipment to put it on another digital subchannel.

July 26, 2004
XM's Blake Lawrence Gets NYC Radio Gig
Mike Abrams, senior program director of special projects at XM Satellite Radio, adds program director duties at the DC firm's Hits and Dance channels. He replaces Blake Lawrence, who becomes program director at NYC's smooth jazz WQCD at the end of August. Abrams continues programming XM's the Blend and 90s On 9. Also, Cleveland Wheeler, XM's 60s on 6 program director, has reportedly tendered his resignation.

July 24, 2004
Sade Baderinwa Hit-And-Run Victim
Former Channel 11/WBAL news anchor Sade Baderinwa was seriously injured Friday when she was struck by a hit-and-run vehicle. She was covering neighborhood flooding in Hackensack, New Jersey at about 9:30 PM. Baderinwa was working on a report for the 11 PM newscast on NYC's WABC-TV. Reportedly, she was thrown about 10 feet into flood waters. Baderinwa was rushed to Hackensack University Medical Center. On Saturday, her condition was listed as stable. According to abclocal.go.com/wabc: "We were told late Friday that Sade was awake, conscious, and being treated at a trauma unit where she was undergoing a battery of tests... The driver reportedly was traveling at a high rate of speed, and did not stop. We are told the car was found a short time later. The driver is still at large." The car went through a barricade on a flooded street. Baderinwa, a Baltimore native, left Channel 11 last year. She once worked at Channel 9/WUSA.

July 24, 2004
WPGC, WERQ Top Ratings
According to the Arbitron spring radio ratings, urban WPGC-FM, adult urban WMMJ, and all-news WTOP took the top spots in the Nation's Capital. There were upswings for WJFK-FM's Don and Mike, WMMJ's Tom Joyner, WPGC-FM's Donnie Simpson, WASH's Loo and Lori, and news-oriented WMAL and WTOP. WJFK-FM's Howard Stern, DC101's Elliot Segal, and WRQX's Jack Diamond all saw declines. Up in Baltimore, urban WERQ, country WPOC, and news talk WBAL-AM were the kings of the hill. As usual, country WFLS dominated Fredericksburg.

July 22, 2004
5's Gauntt To Philadelphia
Holly Gauntt, assistant news director at Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG, takes the news director gig at Fox's Philadelphia station, WTXF.

July 19, 2004
Allie Gone From 94.7
WARW's morning team of Mark, Art, and Allie is now just Mark and Art. Apparently, Mark Kessler announced this morning that Allie has left 94.7 because "she values quality of life over a paycheck."

July 17, 2004
9 Won't Renew Frank Herzog's Contract
Channel 9/WUSA is giving the boot to Frank Herzog, its main sports anchor. This comes after February's announcement that the long-time "voice" of the Redskins won't be in Infinity-owned WJFK-FM's radio booth this season. According to the Washington Times, Herzog, who'd just returned from vacation, was summoned into the office of WUSA General Manager Darryll Green (not the former Redskin) and was told that his contract would not be renewed when it expires in November. Channel 9's overall anemic ratings are said to be the culprit. The Gannett-owned station has gone through five main sports anchors since the very popular Glenn Brenner died in January 1992. First, the station brought back 1970s anchor Warner Wolf after a 16-year hiatus, then turned to Ken Broo, Jess Atkinson, Steve Davis, and Herzog, who started working at 9 some 35 years ago. In March 2003, WUSA fired weekend sports anchor Ken Mease, a 17-year station veteran. There's no word about who'll replace Herzog, who was top sports anchor at Channel 7/WJLA from 1983 to 1993. Let the speculation begin.

July 14, 2004
Former WAMU GM Sues AU
Susan Clampitt, who was fired last October as general manager of WAMU, is suing the NPR station's owner, American University, and its president, Benjamin Ladner, for wrongful termination. The Washington Times reports that she is seeking more than $12 million in damages, including $3 million for "severe physical, emotional and psychological distress." Ladner dismissed Clampitt after the DC Post reported financial and morale problems at WAMU. In a complaint filed 6/30 in DC Superior Court, Clampitt's attorneys stated that Ladner approved her "financial and budgetary recommendations" and failed to "claim any responsibility for the policies and practices that caused staff discontent." According to the Times, the document also states that WAMU host Diane Rehm "informed several individuals" in July 2003 that she intended to force Clampitt from her job.

July 14, 2004
Power Hike For WYPR
Your Public Radio plans to hike the power of its Baltimore NPR outlet, WYPR (88.1 FM), and move its Frederick relay (also on 88.1) to the north, to improve coverage of Hagerstown.

July 13, 2004
Jones Joins Radio One
Radio One announces that Zemira Jones becomes vice-president of operations at the Lanham headquarters. Jones comes from ABC's Chicago radio cluster. He once worked at ABC's WMAL.

July 12, 2004
Clear Channel Baltimore country outlet WPOC has picked Ken Boesen as its new program director, replacing Scott Lindy, who went to Sirius Satellite Radio. Boesen comes form a Portland, Oregon country station, and has worked in Fresno, Boise, and Fort Collins.

July 8, 2004
Documentarian Bill Leonard Dies
From the Washington Post: Bill Leonard, an award-winning television journalist who went on to produce the landmark Visible Human Project, the world's largest database of human anatomy, died of a stroke on 6/20 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He was 73 and lived in DC. "He was a superb documentarian and writer," said Joel Albert, former manager of news at Channel 4/WRC. "His storytelling ability was his true gift. Bill made a contribution to understanding our community." He won six local Emmy awards for documentaries and news programs at WRC-TV in the 1970s and continued to produce freelance news stories, documentaries, and information films as president of his own production company.

July 2, 2004
"Teapot Tim" Becomes Human Firework
WIHT/Hot 99.5 "Hot Morning Mess" stuntman "Teapot Tim" Coburn (left) went to "the boss's house" in North Potomac Friday morning and lit himself as a human firework. A DCRTVer tells us that a neighbor called 911. Firefighters and police showed up. News choppers from Channels 4 and 5 hovered over the scene, we hear. Authorities were called to the home of WIHT Program Director Jeff Wyatt on Pineapple Grove Drive at 8:30. They found a group of people on a lawn setting off fireworks that were strapped to the body of a radio station employee, according to Associated Press. Montgomery County Fire spokesman Pete Piringer says the person had some padding that apparently provided enough protection, so no one was hurt. But fireworks are banned in the county, so three people were given civil citations on charges of possession and discharge of fireworks, as well as reckless endangerment. It'll be up to prosecutors to decide if criminal charges are warranted, AP adds. However, one person received minor burns, says nbc4.com. Coburn's had several Hot 99.5-related run-ins with the law, including getting busted in Manassas for mooning motorists. Clear Channel owns the rhythmic contemporary station.

July 2, 2004
WOL, WYCB Gospel Preacher Dies
Ray Edwards, 58, a gospel artist and radio personality, died on 6/24 at George Washington University Hospital. He had cancer. Edwards was the Sunday afternoon voice on Radio One's WOL and WYCB for about 10 years. According to the Washington Post, he transformed a radio studio "into an electronic pulpit by delivering soul-stirring tunes, prayers and tearful testimonies. He also was a popular gospel concert host who liked to arrive at events in fur coats, tailor-made suits and fancy sports cars, the last one being a silver Jaguar." Edwards was known as "Mr. Quality Gospel Himself."

July 1, 2004
Erin Carman Joins Discovery
Former Z104 morning co-host Erin Carman has landed a gig with Silver Spring-based Discovery Communications. She'll be the host of "Garage Takeover," a new home "makeover" show scheduled to appear in early 2005 on the Discovery Channel. In April, Carmen got the boot as Brett Haber's radio partner.

July 1, 2004
WGOP Calls Gone From 700
Birach has taken the WGOP calls off its Frederick area talker (700 AM), and put them on its Pocomoke City station (540 AM). That station's WDMV calls are now on the Frederick outlet.

June 28, 2004
4 Reporter Lives With Police Official
Howard Kurtz in the Washington Post reports that Jackie Bensen, a general assignment reporter for Channel 4/WRC, "sees no problem with the fact that she lives with an assistant DC police chief, Peter Newsham, who oversees ethics investigations and disciplinary reviews as head of the department's Office Of Professional Responsibility." Bensen tells the Post: "We're both professionals who have been in our respective fields for some time. We made a conscious decision not to have contact with each other professionally." By agreement with her bosses, she says, she does not cover anything involving Newsham's office. Kurtz adds that Vickie Burns, Channel 4's vice president for news, who had been unaware of the relationship, says she is "comfortable" with Bensen just steering clear of Newsham's unit. The relationship attracted attention in March after Newsham's ex-girlfriend pleaded guilty to assaulting Newsham and Bensen. Cheryl Gargac showed up at what she thought was Newsham's Bethesda home and discovered Bensen there, and in the altercation that followed, she cracked Newsham in the face and grabbed Bensen by the hair. Bensen, who owns the house, said in a police statement that she was also kicked in the groin. Gargac agreed to pay $600 for breaking a window. Bensen has been with Channel 4 since 1999. Before that, she worked for Channel 5/WTTG and NewsChannel 8.

June 26, 2004
Former Sun Publisher Dies
William Schmick, former publisher of the Baltimore Sun, died Friday of heart failure at a retirement facility in Towson. He was 90. Schmick's career at the then A.S. Abell-owned newspaper company spanned more than 40 years, including nearly two decades as its chief executive. He also headed the paper's broadcasting operations, which once included WMAR-TV/FM in Baltimore and WBOC-TV/FM/AM in Salisbury.

June 23, 2004
WETA Transforms Long-Running Arts Program Into Segments
"Around Town," Washington's only weekly television program devoted to the local arts scene, will not return to Channel 26/WETA's schedule this fall in its traditional half-hour format. Instead, the 18-year-old show hosted by Robert Aubry Davis will run as 2 1/2-minute segments during program breaks throughout WETA's early evening and prime-time schedule.

June 22, 2004
Sorenson To Leave 4's Sports For 5's News
Channel 4 weekend sports anchor Jill Sorenson is "defecting" from the NBC station next month to become a general assignment reporter with Fox-owned Channel 5. Sorenson, whose four-year contract with Channel 4 expired this month, was given the opportunity to re-sign with the station's sports team but wanted to jump to news, Channel 4 sports director George Michael confirmed. Channel 4 didn't offer her a spot in its newsroom; Channel 5 did. Nicole Zaloumis, a sportscaster with NBC's affiliate in Medford, Oregon, will replace Sorenson.

June 18, 2004
PFW's Nap Turner Dies
Blues and jazz great Nap Turner, who, for the past two decades, did a show on Pacifica's WPFW, died yesterday at 73. Turner battled hard drugs for many years. And did "hard time." From Marc Fisher in the Washington Post: Those who listened to Turner on the radio heard a bit of the backwoods (plenty of country phrases such as "God willing and the creek don't rise"), some recitation set to music (he had a habit of reading "Wedding Pledge," a poem by Frederick Douglas Harper, while the tune "When A Man Loves A Woman" played in the background), and the occasional tune of Turner's own composition (such as his "Good Morning Blues," which says, "I am a soulful scream and a moan as one, I'm a personal expression. I am the blues").

June 17, 2004
Charlottesville Rocker Crusades Against Religious WGTS
Non-commercial rocker WNRN in Charlottesville is mad at DC area contemporary Christian outlet WGTS. Apparently, the recent power hike by the 91.9 FM station owned by Takoma Park's Columbia Union College is causing interference to WNRN's signal, also on 91.9. A few months ago, WGTS started broadcasting with more power (23,500-watts) from a tower in Arlington. WNRN (352-watts), via wnrn.rlc.net, says that it has been running in mono to reduce interference from WGTS. WNRN alleges that WGTS is in "gross violation of FCC rules. The project to increase this station's power was completed some three weeks after their construction permit expired. We have taken all possible steps to get the FCC to enforce their own rules in this case, and are optimistic that they will send this station packing back to its non-interfering facilities in Takoma Park, sooner rather than later." Also, WNRN claims that religious WGTS believes that it's on a "mission from God" and is "quite pleased with the havoc they are causing." WGTS General Manager John Konrad tells DCRTV that his station operates according to FCC regulations. He adds that the interefence is caused by a summer atmospheric condition which allows "signals to travel even farther than is usually expected. This phenomenon occurs no matter where a transmitter is located, and no matter what the power level of a station is."

June 16, 2004
Jon Anthony Joins XM
Jon Anthony, former afternoon guy, music director, and assistant program director at Clear Channel's country WMZQ, joins DC's XM Satellite Radio as music director for the Highway 16 country channel. He expects to soon move to Nashville, as XM plans to establish a presence in the country music capital. Anthony got the boot from WMZQ in March.

June 16, 2004
New PD For ZBA
Jon McGann joins Shamrock classic rocker WZBA (100.7 FM) as program director. He comes from KKZX, a classic rocker in Spokane.

June 15, 2004
Programming Changes At WARW
Christie Banks, the former program director of Infinity classic rocker WARW, takes the same gig at KZPS, a Clear Channel classic rocker in Dallas. She replaces Max Dugan, who, ironically, just became program director of WARW.

June 11, 2004
Hot 99.5 Escapes Indency Fine Due To FCC Error
Clear Channel's Hot 99.5, WIHT, didn't get fined by the FCC because of a "clerical error." The rhythmic contemporary station was hit with a September 2002 indecency complaint for a "Hot Morning Mess" show bit about a penile-enlargement device. The commission voted in February 2004 to impose a fine. However, according to Radio And Records, FCC rules state that pending complaints must be resolved before a station's license is renewed. And the statutory limit expired when WIHT's license was renewed in the fall of 2003. About the screw-up, Commissioner Michael Copps says: "This case highlights the need to address complaints filed with the commission expeditiously. The commission must begin acting in a timely fashion so that we can, literally, enforce our rules."

June 11, 2004
Comcast Channel Changes
DCRTV is hearing about changes coming to area Comcast cable systems this summer. Look for a reduction in the number of digital pay-per-view channels (in favor of video-on-demand), with the service being moved from the 200s to the 500 channel range. Also, look for Comcast's high-def channels to be relocated to the 200s. In the DC area, WJLA jumps from 180 to 210, WRC 181 to 211, WUSA 182 to 212, WTTG 183 to 213, WBDC 184 to 214, and WETA 190 to 220. Comcast SportsNet HD leaves 172 for 200, with ESPN HD going from 173 to 202. Nicktoons, MTV Hits, the Biography Channel, Lifetime Movie Network, and History Channel International will be added to the digital service, with the Hallmark Channel and WGN coming to analog. Look for a batch of religious networks to be added to the 290 channel range. Also, there will be several MusicChoice audio service changes, including the arrival of Radio Disney on 440. "New wave" tunes from the 1980s will be heard on the new "Retro-Active" channel on 415. The changes will be phased in throughout the summer.

June 9, 2004
WITH Veteran Rex Miller Dies
Rex Miller (left, in 1968), who worked at Baltimore's "top 40" WITH (1230 AM) in the late 1950s and early 1960s, died on 6/6 in a nursing home near St. Louis after a heart attack. He was in his mid-60s. According to area radio vet Jack Gale, Miller was "one of the funniest jocks ever." Miller, a big man who weighed more than 300 pounds, worked for "top 40" radio genius Gordon McLendon, KQV in Pittsburgh, WUBE in Cincinnati, KLIF in Dallas, and with Gale at WITH. Gale adds: "Another one of the great radio personalities has left us too soon."

June 7, 2004
50 & 20's Ad Sales Manager Dies
Scott Pressler, 41, national advertising sales manager of Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG and Channel 20/WDCA, suffered a massive heart attack and died instantly while playing in a Pittsburgh rugby tournament on 6/6. Pressler had been with WTTG/WDCA since March 2003, and had worked with Fox Station Sales since July 2001. "Those who knew Scott remember him as a dedicated, professional, out-going man," WTTG/WDCA General Manager Duffy Dyer tells DCRTV. "His presence and friendship will be deeply missed by all who knew him."

June 4, 2004
88.5 Goes Digital, Starts "WAMU 2"
Radio World reports that American University's WAMU (88.5 FM) is converting to digital "HD Radio." Also, the NPR outlet has been beta-testing a second digital channel. According to RW, WAMU becomes the first area station to air a live second digital channel broadcast. WAMU is the third DC area FMer to go digital, following WETA and WHUR.

June 3, 2004
Catholic Group Seeks Frederick Radio Outlet
The Frederick News-Post reports that a Catholic group wants to start a Frederick area religious radio station by the end of the year. Holy Spirit Communications has received approval from Cardinal William Keeler of the Baltimore Archdiocese. The group, which hopes to purchase an existing radio station and run programs that reflect the beliefs of the church, says it has no plans to buy WJTM, a religious outlet that was recently acquired by WYPR, Baltimore's National Public Radio affiliate.

June 3, 2004
Ron & Fez Debut In Charm City
WJFK-FM 106.7 evening duo Ron and Fez debut on Baltimore's WXYV, Live 105.7 - also in the 7 PM to 11 PM slot. Tom Leykis moves to the 11 PM to 1 AM slot on 105.7. However, the straight/gay team's 11 AM show, which used to be live on 106.7, is now a replay of the previous evening's first hour.

June 3, 2004
Discovery To Open Virginia Facility
Silver Spring's Discovery Communications is expanding to Virginia's Dulles technology corridor with a 100-person operation that will feed its channels to cable companies. Discovery will turn a building in Sterling into a state-of-the-art center that compiles and transmits its 14 US channels to cable operators around the country. The center is scheduled to begin operations in the fall of 2005.

June 3, 2004
Fairfax, Comcast Battle Over Reston
A skirmish is brewing in Fairfax County over Comcast's cable TV franchise in Reston, which is not served by Cox, like the rest of the county. According to the Reston Times, the Fairfax board has agreed to extend until the end of 2004 the just expired 15-year agreement with Comcast (and predecessors Warner and Jones) while the parties hammer out a new deal. But DCRTV hears that all is not going well. Apparently, the county wants 18 channels reserved for various government functions. That's more than half of the 32 channels of the system's "limited basic" service. Currently, the Reston system carries seven government, school, and public access channels. Also, the county board is demanding a 40 percent hike in the franchise tax.

May 30, 2004
WTTG Vet Joe Rizzo Dies
Joe Rizzo, a news producer, editor, and operations manager of Channel 5/WTTG's "10 O'Clock News," died on 5/27 at age 67. He had suffered a stroke several years ago and was being cared for by his family in Charlotte. Rizzo worked at WTTG for four decades, from its DuMont days in the mid-1950s, through ownership by Metromedia, and eventually Fox. Former Channel 5 news anchor Morris Jones, who now works for Sinclair's Hunt Valley-based News Central, tells DCRTV: "I remember the first week that I started at WTTG some 20 years ago, when I was thrust into solo anchoring the 10 o'clock news when everyone else took the night off for the correspondents' dinner. Joe Rizzo singlehandedly produced that newscast, and it was flawless for both of us. He knew television and he knew Washington." Rizzo won numerous Emmys as well as the Silver Circle Award from the National Academy Of Television Arts And Sciences.

May 29, 2004
Warner Thrown To The Wolves
Warner Wolf, 66, has been "unceremoniously dumped" by the Big Apple's WCBS-TV. In the early 1970s, Wolf was the top sports anchor at DC's Channel 9, then WTOP-TV. In 1976, he jumped to NYC's WABC-TV, and, four years later, moved to cross-town WCBS-TV. Wolf returned to Channel 9, now WUSA-TV, in 1992, after the death of sportscaster Glenn Brenner. Wolf returned to WCBS-TV in 1997. He used to be heard on Don Imus's radio show.

May 28, 2004
WTOP Forbids Plotkin From Attending Pro-Choice Event
Bonneville-owned all-news WTOP will not allow Mark Plotkin (right) to attend a pro-choice abortion rights fundraising dinner for the Women's Campaign Fund. "Apparently (others) don't have a problem with that, but we do," WTOP news and programming VP Jim Farley told the Washington Times. "WTOP radio has a policy that none of our news people - including Mark, who is both a political analyst and a commentator - will participate in political or partisan events, support candidates or causes, contribute to candidates or causes, take sides or do anything that even appears to be partisan or one-sided."

May 27, 2004
No big changes in the latest round of Arbitrend radio ratings (age 12+) for DC. WMAL is up three, WJFK-FM up two, and WIHT down four. As usual, WPGC-FM is 1st. WTOP places 2nd, WMMJ 3rd, WGMS ties WKYS for 4th. WHUR is 6th, WJZW 7th, WMAL 8th, WASH 9th, WMZQ 10th. The Baltimore numbers: WERQ is 1st, WPOC 2nd, WBAL 3rd, WWIN-FM 4th, WLIF 5th, WQSR 6th, WSMJ 7th, WIYY 8th, WCAO 9th, WWMX 10th. WHFS ties for 11th with WXYV. WCBM places 13th, WZBA 14th, WRBS 15th. In Fredericksburg: WFLS is 1st, WBQB 2nd, WTOP 3rd. WJFK-FM ties with WYSK for 5th.

May 27, 2004
Translator For Gainesville
The FCC has approved a construction permit for a 6-watt FM translator in the western Prince William County community of Gainesville for Radio Assist Ministry at 95.9. The station will rebroadcast Winchester religious outlet WTRM, 91.3 FM.

May 26, 2004
May TV Ratings
Channel 4 maintains its news lead in the DC market, according to stats from the May "sweeps." The NBC station takes 1st place at 5 PM, 6 PM, 11 PM, and in the morning news race. Channel 9's news continues to struggle, particularly in early evening. At 5 PM it finishes in 5th place - behind 4, 5, 7, and 50's "Judge Mathis." Channel 9's 7 PM news also finishes in 5th. Channels 4, 5, and 7 experience double-digit gains in the early morning news battle, except 9, where viewership drops roughly 15 percent. Late last year, Channel 9 dumped vet Mike Buchanan from the morning news beat. Up in Baltimore, Channel 11 takes the news lead at 5 PM, 6 PM, and at 11 PM. Plus, Channel 11's 4 PM airing of "Oprah" easily beats Channel 13's early afternoon newscast. Channel 13 takes the top news spot at 5 AM, 6 AM, 7 AM, and at noon.

May 26, 2004
Changes At 11
Channel 11/WBAL morning news anchor Marilyn Getas will be replaced by Mindy Basara, a reporter and weekend morning anchor. The Hearst station is not renewing Getas's contract. Also, weekend sports anchor Sarah Caldwell has accepted a job with Traffic Pulse. After the birth of her second child this year, Caldwell decided that she could no longer work on weekends. Caldwell will be replaced by Pete Gilbert, currently a weekend sports anchor for WGAL-TV in Lancaster. And, Brandon Sherer, assistant news director, is also set to leave the station for family reasons after the end of the ratings period.

May 26, 2004
Foxx Assumes PD Gig At POC
WPOC's Michael J Foxx adds interim program director stripes. The Baltimore Clear Channel country outlet's old PD, Scott Lindy, recently joined Sirius Satellite Radio. Foxx continues his music director duties.

May 25, 2004
Kelly Knight Out In Hagerstown
DC/Baltimore radio vet and former DC101er Kelly Knight has left Verstandig's Hagerstown radio cluster - WAYZ, WWMD, and WSRT. Don Brake takes over program director duties on an interim basis.

May 24, 2004
George King is the new program director at Clear Channel's country WMZQ. He comes from a Cox country station in San Antonio and, before that, spent two decades at a Clear Channel country station in Phoenix. He replaces Jeff Wyatt, who stays on as a regional vice-president for Clear Channel's DC radio cluster.

May 24, 2004
250 Treated For Heat Exhaustion At HFStival
Alt rock WHFS staged its annual HFStival at RFK Stadium, which attracted some 60,000 "hard-partiers" on Saturday. Associated Press reports that "nearly 50 people were sent to area hospitals, and more than 200 others were treated for heat exhaustion... One 18-year-old man was treated for chest pains and several other people suffered broken or dislocated bones."

May 24, 2004
Carpenter Gets LIF PD Post
Greg Carpenter, AM host at Infinity's adult contemporary WLIF (101.9 FM), adds program director stripes.

May 23, 2004
Comcast Channel Changes
Area cable giant Comcast is planning to rearrange channels on its digital line-up this summer. Including cutting the number of pay-per-view channels (due to the popularity of its recently introduced video-on-demand service), and moving some cable networks from analog to digital. New digital channels coming soon: Biography Channel, History Channel International, Lifetime Movie Network, Nick Toons, MTV Hits, and Independent Film Channel. Also, look for the addition of the Hallmark Channel and Chicago's WGN to the analog service if you don't already get them.

May 22, 2004
Maurice Karp Dies
Maurice Karp, 90, a retired broadcast engineer with the Voice Of America who worked on transmitting programs to the Soviet Union during the Cold War, died of cancer on 5/19 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda.

May 21, 2004
Sheldon Levy Dies
Channel 9 news photographer Sheldon Levy, 57, died of complications from kidney failure on 5/13 at his home in Gaithersburg. He worked the overnight shift at WUSA from the mid-1980s until he took disability leave a few years ago. "He won three local Emmys for his work at Channel 9, one of them for filming a dramatic rescue of four children from a burning rowhouse on Missouri Avenue. That work also won a New York Film And TV Festival award and a White House News Photographers award."

May 17, 2004
Labrozzi To Head Infinity's Charm City Cluster
Dave Labrozzi has been named vice-president of programming for Infinity's Baltimore radio stations, including WLIF, WQSR, WWMX, WXYV, and WJFK-AM. He comes from Clear Channel's Pittsburgh radio cluster. Labrozzi replaces Bill Pasha, who joined radio station group owner Entercom as its vice-president for programming and research in March.

May 12, 2004
Berg Did Area Radio Tower Work
DCRTV hears that 26-year-old Nick Berg, the West Chester, Pennsylvania man beheaded in Iraq, worked as a broadcast tower engineer in the DC-Baltimore area during the past four years. At radio stations WPGC, WHFS, WMAL, WWGB, and WMET. He also worked in south central Pennsylvania at WSBA, WARM, WSOX, WGTY, WGET, and WIOV, and at outlets on Maryland's Eastern Shore. According to the Washington Post, Berg was employed by Prometheus Methods Tower Services and was in Iraq to inspect radio towers damaged by the war.

May 11, 2004
New Gig For Jeff Gilbert
Jeff Gilbert, chief meteorologist at Channel 7 for nine years - before Doug Hill jumped over from Channel 9 in late 2001, is joining the DC-based Pharmaceutical Research And Manufacturers Of America as its director of media relations. After leaving 7, Gilbert headed to Phoenix to obtain additional ratings on his pilot's licence. And, since mid-2002, he's been doing fill-in weather work at Channel 5, which he plans to continue as his schedule permits.

May 9, 2004
Heart Attack Hits 630's Fred Grandy
Fred Grandy, who co-hosts WMAL's "Morning News," suffered a heart attack on Friday evening at his Bethesda home. According to wmal.com, Grandy was taken to Suburban Hospital where he underwent an emergency angioplasty procedure. He's expected to make a full recovery. Grandy, 55, who used to be a Republican Congressman from Iowa and the character "Gopher" in TV's "Love Boat," will be off the air for a week.

May 7, 2004
Get Ready For Channel 19 In Charlottesville
Gray Television has launched a website for Charlottesville's Channel 19 at wcav.tv, its new call letters. CBS affiliate WCAV is expected to be on the air by mid-August. In addition, WCAV will have local newscasts at 6 PM and 11 PM, with a morning newscast coming in the "foreseeable future." Atlanta-based Gray also owns Harrisonburg's ABC affiliate, Channel 3/WHSV.

May 7, 2004
"Stinkfish" Creator Dies
Washington City Paper reports that Robert "Buzz" Chambers, who, for the past eight years, did the "Stinkfish" cartoon as PJ O'Ross, died on 4/28. "Buzz always had an off-beat take on the world, and the editors of this newspaper were always delighted to let him express it on our pages. Buzz was also a dear friend to us at the paper." No age or cause of death was listed.

May 6, 2004
Donaldson Loses Radio Show
Sam Donaldson's DC-based radio show has been axed. In a message to a DCRTVer, the ABC newsman says: "My program has been canceled and my last day is sometime in May... I will miss doing the show." ABC Radio has syndicated the former White House correspondent, but his show didn't have the greatest ratings or national clearance rate. It was on only about three dozen stations. In fact, DC's ABC Radio outlet didn't air any of it - just a 9 AM hour specially produced by Donaldson for WMAL. News Talk 630 will expand Michael Graham to a 9 AM start. Graham's show currently airs from 10 AM to 11:45 AM. "Sam is terrific, and a great friend to WMAL and radio in general. I hope to continue to use him on a regular - perhaps daily - basis," WMAL General Manager Chris Berry tells DCRTV.

May 5, 2004
Rudin To Leave 5
Steve Rudin, the Channel 5/WTTG weekend weatherman who settled a discrimination lawsuit with the Fox station last year, plans to leave in June. Rudin will focus on a business he started a few years ago converting old brownstones in the District into condominiums. He also plans to get his master's degree in business administration. Rudin sued WTTG last year after he was passed over for a job forecasting on 5's 5 PM newscast. Rudin, who is white, claimed discrimination because the job went to Gwen Tolbart, who is black.

May 5, 2004
"Girl Talk" Silenced
Bonneville's Z104, WWZZ/WWVZ, drops "Girl Talk," its Sunday evening talk show geared toward women. Station managers said the program doesn't fit Z104's new hot adult contemporary music-heavy image. Debra Leigh and Erica Hilary, the creators and hosts of "Girl Talk," which used to air on Clear Channel's WASH, hope to shop their format to a national syndicator. Hilary will continue to deliver traffic reports on Z104's weekday mornings. Leigh and Hilary received DCRTV's 2003 "Person Of The Year" honor.

May 3, 2004
Starling Battles Cancer
Walt Starling underwent surgery Monday morning at George Washington University Hospital for colon cancer that was discovered in mid-April. And DCRTV hears that he came through fine. Starling, a news writer at Channel 4, was a traffic pilot from 1974 to 1997. His traffic reports were heard on WLTT/WARW, WPGC, WASH, WAVA, and on Channel 5. Starling organizes the annual Washington Quarter Century Broadcasters dinner.

May 2, 2004
11 News Vet Hertsgaard Dies
Rolf Hertsgaard, Channel 11/WBAL's evening news anchorman from 1958 to 1973, died on 4/30 at the Oak Crest Village retirement home in Parkville at age 81. He suffered from prostate cancer. Born in Minneapolis, he spent his early career at that city's WCCO radio. Hertsgaard moved to NYC in 1956, and was hired by WBAL-TV two years later.

May 2, 2004
Former 7 Honcho Lands In Pittsburgh
Christopher Pike has been named vice president/general manager of Viacom's Pittsburgh TV duopoly, KDKA/CBS and WNPA/UPN. Pike used to be president and general manager of Allbritton's Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8. He was shown the door in March after five years at the helm of the ratings-starved DC ABC affiliate.

May 2, 2004
Nightly Hideout
WJFK-FM is moving Saturday evening's "The Hideout," with El Jefe and J-Dubs, to weeknights at 11. Could this be the first move to get the local team "up to speed" to take over the 7 PM slot if/when Ron and Fez bolt 106.7 this summer? Formerly known as "El Jefe's Hideout," the show debuted about a year ago.

April 29, 2004
TOP Gets 104.3 Leesburg Relay
The Federal Communications Commission has granted Bonneville a "fill-in" translator at 104.3 FM in Leesburg. It's a directional 100-watts, with some protection to the northeast, in the direction of Baltimore's WSMJ, also on 104.3. It will be used to "repeat" all-news WTOP's Warrenton 107.7 signal, which receives interference in the Leesburg area from Gettysburg's WGTY, also on 107.7. DCRTV hears from a Bonneville source that the new 104.3, which should hit the airwaves by fall, will cover the fast-growing Ashburn area.

April 30, 2004
Goodbye Paul Berry
It looks like Clear Channel talker WTNT has given the heave-ho to local PM driver Paul Berry. AM 570 now airs Glenn Beck from 3 PM to 6 PM, with Michael Savage from 6 PM to 10 PM. Berry, who used to be a news anchor for Channel 7, took over the 4 PM to 7 PM slot in early 2003 when its former occupant, Michael Graham, got a Richmond gig. Graham now does late mornings on ABC's WMAL, AM 630. In the latest ratings, WTNT posted a 0.2 share from 3 PM to 7 PM among those aged 25 to 54.

April 29, 2004
Senators Announcer Dies
Bill Brundige, a radio and TV sportscaster who once called baseball games for the Washington Senators, died on 4/23 of heart failure. He was 89. Brundige spent most of his career in Southern California, announcing games for the Los Angeles Lakers, Angels, and Rams. Also, he had small roles on several episodes of "Dragnet," "Perry Mason," and "The Donna Reed Show."

April 27, 2004
Stern Rises In Latest Radio Ratings
Indecency fine-plagued Howard Stern did post a gain in DC's Arbitron radio ratings, but he didn't knock all-news WTOP out of its first place position in AM drive. Among the advertiser friendly age 25-54 demo, WTOP's Mike Moss and Richard Day placed 1st with a 7.9 share, with WMMJ's Tom Joyner in 2nd with a 5.9. WJFK-FM's Stern was 3rd (up from 5th), WRQX's Jack Diamond 4th, and WPGC-FM's Donnie Simpson 5th. In midday, same demo, WJFK's mix of Ron and Fez and Bill O'Reilly soared from 10th to 2nd, just behind WJZW. Rush Limbaugh on WMAL placed 14th. In PM drive, also 25-54, WTOP took 1st, with WJFK-FM's Don and Mike up from 4th to 2nd. In evenings, same demo, WJFK's Ron and Fez placed 11th, up from 16th.

April 27, 2004
Ted Stecker Dies
Ted Stecker died on 4/27 at age 55. From lung cancer. He was program director at DC market country outlet Kix 106, WPKX-WVKX, in the 1980s. Most recently, he was operations manager at KSCS, the ABC-owned country outlet in Dallas. During his career, Stecker worked at stations in San Antonio, Atlanta, New Orleans, Cincinnati, and Oklahoma City. He also ran a consulting biz.

April 27, 2004
XTRA 104 Vet Dies
Arnold Winsett, 62, who went by the radio name of "Art Brandon" on oldies XTRA 104, died of lung cancer on 4/25 at his home in La Plata. According to the Washington Post, Winsett spoke in a "crisp, baritone voice" as host of WXTR's "Nite Watch Show," which was broadcast from midnight to dawn on then oldies formatted 104.1 from 1981 to 1995. He left in the mid-1990s after the station changed formats under new ownership. Winsett began his career in Baltimore, where he attended the National Academy Of Broadcasting and worked on the staff of WMAR-TV and WMAR-FM from 1966 to 1969. He hosted the morning show on then country WTRI in Brunswick from 1969 to 1974. Winsett then did the midday show on then country WXTR-FM and La Plata sister WSMD-AM from 1975 to 1981.

April 27, 2004
Comment About Coach Gets MAR Sports Analyst Canned
The Baltimore Sun reports that Mark Dixon, an analyst on Channel 2/WMAR's "Toyota Lacrosse Game Of The Week," was fired last week after he made a sexually oriented comment about the appearance of Maryland men's lacrosse coach Dave Cottle. Dixon's remark, which occurred before the opening faceoff of the 100th Johns Hopkins-Maryland game on Saturday, 4/17, did not air on Channel 2, but was heard on the College Sports Television network, which purchased the rights to broadcast the game from WMAR. According to the Sun, it was apparent that Dixon and co-anchors Scott Garceau and Keith Mills did not realize that they were on the air when the comment was made. Dixon was an analyst for Johns Hopkins broadcasts on WJFK (1300 AM) for six years, and replaced Quint Kessenich, who is now an analyst for CSTV, in the Channel 2 booth this spring. Brian Kroneberger, a former lacrosse midfielder from Loyola College, has replaced Dixon.

April 27, 2004
VOA's Campbell Patch Dies
From the Washington Post: Campbell Patch, 86, who retired in 1981 from Voice Of America as a broadcast technician, died on 4/23 at Inova Fairfax Hospital of complications from a fall on 4/10. He lived in Springfield. Patch began working for VOA in New York and settled in the DC area in 1954. In his final job, he did quality-control work affecting the fidelity of broadcasts.

April 23, 2004
VOA Signs-Off Voice Signs Off
William Kaslaitis died on 4/19 at age 83. For more than 15 years, until his retirement in 1982, Kaslaitis worked for the Voice Of America in DC. According to the death notice in Friday's Washington Post, "he was considered THE voice of America." Kaslaitis voiced the sign-off announcements for the VOA's international radio transmissions. His broadcast career dates back to 1947. Kaslaitis was known as "Bill Kastle" on TV in the Easton, PA area.

April 23, 2004
Junks Lose Friend
The Junkies didn't do their WHFS show Friday in tribute to Craig "Crickety" Walden (second from right), 32, who died Thursday from injuries he received in a car accident near Chesapeake Beach. Walden, a frequent contributor to the Junks' show, became friends with the WHFS morning team (and former WJFK-FM evening team) during their college days at the University Of Maryland.

April 22, 2004
Laying Down The Law At MPT
The Baltimore Sun reports that state officials have revoked the purchasing power of Maryland Public Television after determining that managers with the taxpayer-subsidized broadcaster deliberately circumvented state rules to award more than $500,000 in fast-track construction projects to a single company. Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich called the improprieties, which occurred from 2000 to 2002, "very troubling," and said he welcomes an additional review by lawyers to determine whether the allegations constituted a violation of criminal law.

April 20, 2004
Radio One To Leave Baltimore City For County
Radio One is planning to sell its Baltimore city studio and office digs, and buy new ones in Baltimore County. The owner of Charm City's rap/hip-hop WERQ, adult urban WWIN-FM, gospel WWIN-AM, and urban talk WOLB has put its building at 100 St. Paul Street on the selling block and plans to move its operations to Rutherford Road in Woodlawn. The move will affect 125 employees.

April 19, 2004
Rizer To 98Rock, McGregor Leaves ZBA
Buddy Rizer, former DC101 program director, is doing fill-in work on 98Rock, WIYY. His first shift at the Hearst rocker was on Sunday. DCRTV hears that Rizer's been dipping his toes in the investment biz and is not looking to return to the on-air rock radio world full-time. It's possible he caught on to the investments of FI's Thomas Ek. He was at Clear Channel rocker WWDC until last August. In his 15 years at DC101, Rizer wore many hats, including night jock and music director. Also - at classic rock WZBA, Bruce McGregor leaves the program director post to take a like gig at an Omaha station.

April 17, 2004
Renee To Walk Away From GMS
DCRTV hears that Classical 103.5, WGMS has put a "help wanted" ad in a trade pub seeking "a full-time on-air announcer for the midday shift." Is Renee Chaney leaving? Our sources say yes. Some time in May. Apparently, Chaney's moving to Florida to help her ma and possibly hang her voiceover shingle. And she may do some weekend voicetracking work for Bonneville's GMS.

April 16, 2004
Husband Arrested In Arlington Murder Of FCC Official
Police have arrested the husband of Susan Lewis, 41, in connection with her 4/12 strangulation death at the couple's Arlington home. She had been director of the Federal Communications Commission's office of public affairs for former Chairman Reed Hundt. Her mother is Ann Lewis, a Democratic National Committee official who was President Clinton's director of communications. Also, Susan Lewis is the niece of Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank, Ann Lewis's brother.

April 16, 2004
Sam Moss Dies
Sam Moss, who hosted a Baltimore Jewish weekend radio show for four decades - via WITH, WFBR, and the final 10 years on WCBM, passed away Thursday at the age of 86. Baltimore Magazine reported Moss's retirement in 2003: "He had them laughing, wincing, and reminiscing on his eponymous Yiddish radio show, outlasting three radio stations. But on Sunday, August 31, Moss sign(ed) off for the last time, on WCBM, which (was) forced to let him go due to dwindling ad support."

April 15, 2004
Cox To Add PBS Digital Signals
Cox has agreed to carry the digital signals of local PBS stations. That would mean that cable subscribers in Fairfax County will soon get WETA's high-def signal, plus three of its standard-def services: WETA Prime (prime-time programming 24/7), WETA Kids (children's fare), and WETA Plus (how-to shows). Comcast has been carrying WETA's digital services on its DC market cable systems since late 2002.

April 10, 2004
FNR To WiFi?
DCRTV hears that Bonneville is looking at "broadcasting" its Federal News Radio internet audio stream over parts of the DC region via wireless WiFi technology, which allows computers to access the internet without being physically plugged into a connection. Bonneville would try something new - WiMax, which would send a signal over a 30-mile area that could be received via computers equipped with WiFi gear. While Bonneville, which also owns all-news WTOP, has explored the possibility of broadcasting FNR via traditional radio, it hasn't been able to find an available area AMer with decent night coverage - for the right price.

April 9, 2004
WTOP Is Tops In DC Market Radio Revenue
DCRTV has gotten to peek at financial firm BIA's estimated 2003 revenue totals for DC area radio stations. And all-news WTOP tops the list at $36.6 million. Urban contemporary WPGC-FM places 2nd with $32.4. Hot adult contemporary WRQX is 3rd with $25.8 million, adult urban contemporary WMMJ 4th with $24.8 million, and hot talker WJFK-FM 5th with $24.6 million. Adult urban contemporary WHUR and urban contemporary WKYS tie for 6th place, each with $21 million. Adult contemporary WASH and oldies WBIG tie for 8th place, each with $17.5 million. Country WMZQ takes 10th with $16.6 million. News talk WMAL ranks 11th with $15.1 million and smooth jazz WJZW places 12th with $14.3 million. Rhythmic contemporary WIHT and rocker WWDC tie for 13th, each with $14 million. Rounding out the over $10 million club, alternative rocker WHFS ranks 15th with $12.4 million, and classic rocker WARW places 16th with $11.6 million.

April 9, 2004
Gene Klavan Dies
NYC radio legend Gene Klavan has passed away at 79. The Baltimore-born Klavan, whose razor-sharp wit woke up New Yorkers for a quarter-century on the old WNEW-AM, died on Thursday, reports the NY Daily News. He was recently diagnosed with multiple myeloma. Klavan moved to afternoons on WOR radio until 1980 and then did television work at CBS and American Movie Classics before returning to WNEW for a weekend show. After World War II, Klavan worked in the Baltimore-DC area for radio stations WCBM, WITH, and WTOP, along with Channel 13, then WAAM.

April 8, 2004
11's Julius Westheimer Retires, Sort Of
Julius "Westy" Westheimer is retiring from his financial news analysis post at Channel 11/WBAL after 23 years. While he'll be giving up his on-air TV duties as of 4/30, Westheimer will still dispense financial advice via the station's website. Westheimer, born in 1916 and a lifelong Baltimorian, will continue his work at local investment banking firm Ferris, Baker, Watts and provide financial news reports via WBAL radio. He'll also continue writing a column for Baltimore's Daily Record newspaper. Westheimer recently completed a 29-year run as a panelist for "Wall Street Week," which is produced by Maryland Public TV.

April 8, 2004
104 Evolves Back To Z104
Hot adult contemporary More Music 104, WWZZ/WWVZ, goes back to its old Z104 label. No format change. The Bonneville station "will continue to play songs and artists targeted to adults 25 to 54 years old" such as the "Dave Matthews Band, U2, Sheryl Crow, John Mayer, Jason Mraz, and more." The "new" Z104 will run hour-long commercial-free blocks of music at 9 AM and 5 PM. And, Brett Haber will continue to do the morning show - without his old partner, Erin Carman. Even though some of the new Z104 graphics proclaim "Z104.1," the signal is still being relayed on Frederick's 103.9.

April 7, 2004
Former HFS PD Joins AOL
Robert Benjamin, who used to be program director at WHFS, joins "Radio@AOL" as its alternative/rock program manager. He'll be handling Dulles-based America Online's Top Alternative, Alt Mix, Xtreme Alternative, Modern Punk, 80s Alternative, and 90s Alternative audio streams..

April 7, 2004
Laura Evans Is Sexiest TV newscaster
After sorting through hundreds and hundreds of e-mail "ballots" yesterday, DCRTV has discovered the DC-Baltimore area's sexiest TV newscaster. And the overwhelming favorite is Channel 5's Laura Evans (right). She alone received 36 percent of the votes - four times (!) the number of votes that the 2nd place finishers received. DCRTV did its best to limit one vote per person, but there were rumblings that her win was part of an organized campaign. The results are here.

April 8, 2004
Scott Lindy To Sirius
Scott Lindy, program director of country WPOC and operations manager of Clear Channel's Baltimore radio cluster, is joining NYC-based Sirius Satellite Radio in May. He'll be the director of country programming and be based out of Nashville. Lindy's been with WPOC for seven years.

April 6, 2004
Maxwell Gets Cleveland Gig
Maxwell, formerly half of the "Max And Miles" morning team on defunct Baltimore classic rocker WXFB (now smooth jazz WSMJ), is headed to Cleveland rocker WMMS to do afternoons. Recently, he's been filling in for Lopez (who's fighting lung cancer) on 98Rock/WIYY's "Kirk, Mark, And Lopez" morning show. Maxwell's also worked at rockers in Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and Tampa.

April 6, 2004
Carl Kasell Inducted Into Halls Of Fame
DC news radio veteran and National Public Radio newscaster Carl Kasell has been inducted into the North Carolina Journalism, Public Relations, And Advertising Halls Of Fame and the North Carolina Association Of Broadcasters Hall Of Fame. Kasell, a 1956 University Of North Carolina-Chapel Hill alumnus, joined NPR in 1975 and started doing "Morning Edition" in 1979. Before joining NPR, he worked at then all-news WAVA.

April 5, 2004
Carson To Afternoons On RQX, Diamond Stays For Now
Is Jack Diamond on the verge of losing his morning gig at Mix 107.3? Apparently not yet. Late last week, the Cincinnati Post reported that Rob Carson, a Cincinnati radio personality, would be joining WRQX as "the ringleader at a high-powered, five-person morning show starting Monday." However, Diamond was on the air Monday morning, as usual, with no sign of Carson. And now, DCRTV hears that Carson will be doing the afternoon drive shift on 107.3, replacing Mike Kaufman, who was handed his walking papers last week. Carson used to be the morning man at Cincinnati's WVMX, a Clear Channel hot adult contemporary "mix" station that did not renew his contract at the beginning of 2004. "There were some opportunities there, but nothing I was really interested in," Carson told the newspaper. "When ABC contacted me about a top 10 market, that is something you work for in radio." DCRTV hears that Carson did do the WRQX morning show during the week of 3/8 with the usual Mix morning team, minus Diamond, in what appeared to be an on-air audition. The Cincy Post adds that Carson also produces radio comedy bits and writes for Rush Limbaugh's show. DCRTV's sources said that Diamond was not too happy about the Cincinnati paper's mix-up.

April 5, 2004
Elliot Loses Eastern Shore Station
DC101 morning man Elliot Segal is no longer being carried on the Eastern Shore's 96 Rock. He's been replaced with "The Morning Buzz" with Skip Dixxon and Bill Baker. DCRTV Eastern Shore reporter Michael Popovec tells us: "Dropping Elliot has long been contemplated because of his paltry ratings and now this gives 96 Rock a chance to compete locally morning show-wise with Murph, Miki, and the Cowboy on 93-5, The Beach." Elliot is still heard on Richmond alt rocker WRXL.

April 3, 2004
Parenteau Gets Jail For Sex Abuse Of Teen
Former XM Satellite Radio comedy programmer Mark Parenteau has been sentenced to three years in jail for sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy. He's also been sentenced to three years of probation and must register as a sex offender. Parenteau, 54, pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of second-degree sexual abuse after allegations arose that he had been luring teenaged boys to his DC home for sexual activity using drugs and alcohol as bait. According to the Washington Post: "Prosecutors said that Parenteau, who is white, was attracted to black youths and that he sought them out through a support group for gay minority youth, who can be estranged from their families and living on the street. At his home in the 1400 block of Swann Street, NW, he and the youths, ages 14 to 16, would smoke marijuana, drink, and have sex, prosecutors said." Parenteau is a rock radio veteran, having worked at Boston's WBCN and NYC's WAXQ.

April 2, 2004
Kaufman Leaves RQX
Is WRQX, Mix 107.3's PM driver Mike Kaufman leaving after more than seven years with ABC Radio? Apparently so. A station source tells us that he was "let go earlier this week." No word as to why, or about his plans.

April 2, 2004
Wilson Sells Eastern Shore AMer
Charm City radio personality Brian Wilson is selling his Chestertown radio station. Adult contemporary WCTR (1530 AM) has been sold to Richard Gelfman. The same Gelfman who was a reporter at Channel 13/WJZ. The price is listed at $340K. Wilson now co-hosts oldies WQSR's afternoon drive show with another Baltimore radio veteran, "Big Don" O'Brien.

April 1, 2004
Erin Carman Gone From 104
Erin Carman, co-host of WWZZ/WWVZ's morning show with Brett Haber, has bid farewell. Confirms Joel Oxley, general manager of the Bonneville hot adult contemporary outlet: "I wanted to make sure everyone knew that Erin Carmen and 104 have parted ways. I sincerely wish her all the best."

April 1, 2004
Melweski Joins Ironbirds
Former WBAL radio sports director Steve Melewski joins the Aberdeen Ironbirds as their play-by-play man. Melewski, a Baltimore native, left WBAL after a spirited dispute in September 2003. He replaces Steve Spadafino, who returns to his native New Jersey. Previously, Melewski has covered baseball games for the Richmond Braves, Frederick Keys, and Bowie Baysox. All 76 Ironbirds games will be broadcast on Aberdeen's WAMD (970 AM) and can also be heard at ironbirdsbaseball.com.

April 1, 2004
Sutton Joins Air America
Steve Sutton, who was once "Steveski" on rocker DC101 and "Steve" of defunct W-Lite WLTT (now WARW), joins the new lefty talk radio network Air America as VP of programming and operations. Most recently, Sutton was program director for WSPD, a Clear Channel news talker in Toledo.

March 30, 2004
D&M Take A Dive
WJFK-FM's Don and Mike continue to sink in the latest Arbitrends. Down to 14th place (from last spring's 3rd) in PM drive among all listeners. And, they plunge to a 6th place tie (from last spring's 2nd) among the age 25-54 crowd. WTOP's AM team of Mike and Richard and PM team of Shawn and Diane continue to dominate the DC radio kingdom among age 12+ers and 25-54ers. Over at WMAL, Andy and Grandy rank a lowly 15th among 25-54ers in mornings.

March 30, 2004
Female Broadcast Engineering Pioneer Dies
We're just hearing about the death on 1/15 of Marianna Woodson Cobb, 79, of complications from emphysema. She was a broadcast engineer for Kear And Kennedy of DC. Cobb, a resident of Arlington, was one of only two women who were registered broadcast engineers in the Washington area in the 1950s. After leaving Kear And Kennedy, Cobb helped her husband and mother-in-law build, own, and operate WBCI in Williamsburg and WEMD in Easton. Also, she was a consulting telecommunications engineer with Moffet, Larson, And Johnson in Falls Church.

March 26, 2004
Kornkeiser Says Adios To Radio Show
Washington Post sports columnist Tony Kornheiser bid farewell to his ESPN radio show on Friday. It was heard locally on WTEM (980 AM) and WJFK (1300 AM). Colin Cowherd takes over the midday sports slot come Monday.

March 26, 2004
Molette Green Leaves NC8
Molette Green is leaving the morning news anchor post at News Channel 8. Her last day is 3/31, we're told. She's been at NC8 for eight years, anchoring the "Rush Hour" report, the Allbritton local cable news channel's highest rated show. A source tells us that "she was worn out from the morning show. She really likes NC8, and the station likes her, but there are not any open anchor positions, so there was nowhere to move her... Its a very tough job. 3 AM comes awful early."

March 26, 2004
Schmidt Jumps From 45 To 9
Six time Edward R. Murrow winning reporter Emily Schmidt joins Gannett's Channel 9/WUSA from Sinclair's Channel 45/WBFF.

March 25, 2004
Tracey Neale Joins 9
Gannett's Channel 9 is finally making it official. That Tracey Neale will be joining the WUSA news team. DCRTV reported way back in November that Neale was making the jump from Fox's Channel 5/WTTG. But a bunch of legal hurdles have delayed the move. We hear that Neale will appear on 9 in May or June, after sitting out a six-month non-compete contract from her old employer. She'll most probably be co-anchoring the 6 PM and 11 PM newscasts with Gordon Peterson, replacing Gurvir Dhindsa.

March 23, 2004
Sher Cancels Retirement
Richard Sher, 62, has decided not to retire from a 28-year gig at Channel 13/WJZ. Last month, Sher, who's been a talk show host (with Oprah), news reporter, and news anchor, announced that he'd be retiring in April. He tells the Baltimore Sun that his decision "made him ache." So he's changed his mind. "It was the shortest retirement in broadcast history."

March 23, 2004
New GM At 7, NC8
A big change at Allbritton's Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8. After more than five years at the helm, General Manager Christopher Pike will be taking a newly created a corporate sales post and be replaced by Allbritton "big boss" Fred Ryan. Since WJLA/NC8 is located near Allbritton's corporate HQ, Ryan, who is already head of Allbritton's broadcast group, has decided to also take charge of the "struggling" DC station. In fact, some say that Ryan's been running things lately, anyway. Sources indicate that Allbritton's suits have been disappointed with WJLA's news ratings, which they blame on ABC's lame prime-time line-up. Adds the Washington Times: "The management change rattled some newsroom staffers, who said they fear corporate executives will become too involved in news coverage and personnel matters. Some staffers trace the recent decisions to dump WJLA veterans Del Walters and Rene Knott to the corporate office."

March 22, 2004
Changes At HFS
Jenn Wagner has landed the midday slot at Infinity alternative rocker WHFS. She had been doing fill-in shifts at 99.1. Wagner used to work at Charm City's 98Rock and at defunct classic rocker WXFB-WOCT. Former HFS middayer Pat Ferrise will focus on behind the scenes music programming stuff. Also, HFS hires Libby Carstensen as assistant program director. She replaces Bob Waugh, who recently jumped to adult alt rock WRNR. Carstensen's been program director and on-air personality at a Tucson alt rocker. But wait, there's more. HFS has named Maggie McAleer as promotions director. She's worked at alt rockers in LA and Philadelphia, and has most recently been an ad exec with DC's City Paper.

March 22, 2004
MTA Voice, Comic Mac McClellan Dies
William "Mac" McClellan died late Friday night, just before he was to give a comedy performance at the Improv in Baltimore. He was 48. Natural causes. McClellan, an accomplished stand-up comedian, worked for the Maryland Transit Administration and provided bus and rail information for Baltimore area stations, including WBAL-TV, WHFC, WBGR, WJSS, WEAA, and the Ravens Radio Network. In the 1980s and 1990s, McClellan was an on-air personality at Norfolk rocker WNOR. His comedy work has been seen on ABC and Showtime, and in many area clubs.

March 22, 2004
AM Changes Proposed
The FCC has belched forth its list of 1,308 applications filed during the recent AM major change window. Of local interest. Spindale NC's WGMA applies to move to Falls Church on 920 AM, with 500-watts day, 2,000-watts night into six towers. It competes with a bunch of other 920 applications for Crisfield, Forest Heights, Lexington Park, Dale City, Manassas, and Quantico. Also, requested moves: Annapolis's WYRE (810 AM) to Essex, Potomac's WCTN (950 AM) to Aspen Hill, DC's WYCB (1340 AM) to Oxon Hill, and DC's WOL (1450 AM) to Forest Heights. Plus, applications were submitted for signals on 1070 AM in Pocomoke City and on 1250 AM in Salisbury.

March 22, 2004
Former MZQ PD Dies
Infinity radio executive Tom Rivers has died at age 38 from an asthma attack. He was program director of country WMZQ in the early and mid-1990s, when the station was owned by Viacom. Recently, Rivers was operations manager of Chicago's country WUSN.

March 19, 2004
Leahan Leaving 13
Channel 13/WJZ weekend news anchor Katie Leahan is leaving at the end of May. She will become a public affairs officer for the CIA. Leahan has been at WJZ for nearly eight years, first as weekend morning anchor-reporter and then as weekend night anchor-reporter. Recently, she'd been caught up in a bit of a press controversy regarding the investigation of a Maryland state police honcho.

March 18, 2004
New GM For 32
PBS programming veteran Jennifer Lawson is set to become general manager of Howard University's Channel 32/WHUT. She replaces Adam Clayton Powell III, who left the cash-strapped public TV station in January 2003 after a nine-month stint to join the University Of Southern California's Annenberg School For Communication. Lawson was in charge of PBS programming from 1989 to 1995. Since then, she's headed Magic Box Mediaworks, which produces programs for PBS and the National Geographic Channel.

March 18, 2004
TV One To Silver Spring
TV One, the black-oriented Radio One/Comcast cable TV network that launched in January, will locate its headquarters in downtown Silver Spring. Joining Discovery Communications, Univision's WMDO and WFDC, and a bunch of video post-production companies. The new channel had been using temporary space in Radio One's Lanham facility, with speculation that it might move to DC.

March 16, 2004
New PD For TMD
Dan Reed will join Towson University's progressive rock, adult alternative WTMD (89.7 FM) as program director in June. He's currently programming an adult alternative FMer in Louisville, and will oversee the 4th annual "NONCOMMvention" in May.

March 15, 2004
William Wells Dies
William Wells, who was a broadcast engineer for Channel 4/WRC (previously WNBW) from 1947 until retirement in 1978, died on 3/6. The Silver Spring resident was 90 and had been suffering from cancer.

March 12, 2004
FCC Fines DC101 & Elliot, Again
On 3/12, the Federal Communications Commission hit Clear Channel rocker DC101 with $247,500 in fines. The FCC says that morning man Elliot Segal violated indecency standards nine times in a March 2003 broadcast. The offending content included a comment by someone saying that she liked the way porn star Ron Jeremy "licks pussy. I want to do a threesome with him. See who's the best. If I can lick better or he can lick better." The segment was repeated in promos aired on two other stations that carry Segal's show - Richmond's WRXL and Salisbury's WOSC. Both are also Clear Channel stations. After the issuance, FCC Commissioner Michael Copps said that the fines weren't high enough and that he wants license revocation hearings to be held. However, he admitted that Clear Channel "has taken some steps in recent days to address indecency on its stations." The fine reflects the current maximum that the Commission can levy - $27,500 - multiplied by nine. In a statement, Clear Channel said that this latest fine was for an incident that took place "nearly a year ago," well before the firm's "zero tolerance policy" on indecency. Since then, Clear Channel adds, it has instituted a seven-second delay on Segal's show. Last December, the FCC hit DC101 with $55,000 in fines for a 2002 Segal show segment in which teenaged girls were questioned about their sexual activities at a local high school.

March 12, 2004
Stronger Signal For WGTS
Christian outlet WGTS (91.9 FM) has moved its antenna from Takoma Park's Columbia Union College campus to WETA-FM's stick in north Arlington. "The new signal reaches about 2.5 million more listeners than our previous signal, giving us a coverage area with about 4.5 million total people," says John Konrad, general manager for the college-owned station. "Based on the calls and e-mails we're getting, we're already adding grateful new listeners from miles around." Konrad adds that it will cost about $50,000 more per year to lease the tower and pay for the cost of the digital line that carries programming from the Takoma Park studio to the new transmitter site.

March 10, 2004
Goodbye Jon Anthony
Jon Anthony, WMZQ's afternoon guy, music director, and assistant program director, has been given the heave-ho. A source tells us that it had to do with a dispute over what new country tunes get played on the Clear Channel station. Also, it might have to do with his 11th place finish among 25-54ers in the latest Arbitrends, down from 8th place last year. He'd been with MZQ for eight years. Weekend and fill-in guy Mike Kelly will do 98.7's PM drive shift, for now.

March 9, 2004
5 Picks New AM News Anchor
Steve Chenevey replaces Amy Robach as a Channel 5/WTTG early morning news anchor. Last August, Robach left the Fox station for MSNBC and NBC news duties. Chenevey joined WTTG in January 2003 as a reporter. He came from Pittsburgh's WPXI-TV. Chenevey will co-anchor with Shawn Yancy on 5's 5:30 AM to 7 AM shift. He's already been doing fill-in anchor work on that newscast.

March 9, 2004
7 Dumps Consumer News Reporter
Channel 7/WJLA has not renewed the contract of consumer news reporter Elizabeth Manresa. She left the station in late February. WJLA news honcho Bill Lord tells the Washington Post: "We're committed to consumer reporting, but we may not have a specific reporter assigned to it." Manresa joined WJLA in the summer of 2001 to cover the consumer news beat, but she'd been covering more general news of late.

March 8, 2004
Waugh Jumps From HFS To RNR
Bob Waugh, who's been an on-air personality as well as music director and assistant program director at Infinity alt rocker WHFS, joins Empire adult alt rocker WRNR as operations manager. He replaces Jon Peterson at the Annapolis station. Before his 13 years at HFS, Waugh worked at NYC alt rockers WXRK and WLIR. "I am thrilled at the opportunity to be reunited with market legend Damien Einstein, who will continue in his role as music director," says Waugh. "I look forward to building on the WRNR brand as a radio station and a musical destination for both artists and listeners in the Baltimore-Washington area."

March 5, 2004
Albert Barthelme Dies
Albert Barthelme, a sportscaster and play-by-play announcer for 20 years on Leonardtown's WKIK, died on 3/5. He was 85.

March 5, 2004
John Edwards Dies
John Edwards, 92, a former White House correspondent for ABC News, died of respiratory failure on 2/29 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. The Rockville resident worked for ABC News from 1945 to 1963, mostly as a senior Washington reporter.

March 5, 2004
Ernest Teutschbein Dies
Ernest Teutschbein, 86, a retired television broadcast engineer at Channel 7 back when it was WMAL-TV, died of pneumonia on 2/29 in Youngstown, Ohio. From 1948 until 1983, he worked at Channel 7 as a transmitter engineer and maintenance supervisor.

March 3, 2004
Bill Pasha Leaves Baltimore Infinity Post
Charm City Infinity radio czar Bill Pasha is joining radio station group owner Entercom as its VP for programming and research. He leaves at the end of March. Pasha oversees WLIF, WXYV, WQSR, WWMX, WJFK-AM, WBGR, and WBMD.

March 3, 2004
Davey Marlin-Jones Dies
Davey Marlin-Jones, 71, who did film and theater reviews for Channel 9 in the 1970s and 1980s, died on 3/2 at his home in Las Vegas. DCRTV reported in early February that he'd been suffering from liver cancer. After leaving DC, with a stop at a Detroit TV station, Marlin-Jones had been teaching theater arts at the University Of Nevada. "He was such a lovely man," says a report at wusatv9.com.

March 3, 2004
4 Leads DC TV Sweeps, 11 & 13 Do Well In Baltimore
Without February 2003's big blizzard and heightened terror alerts, DC TV news viewership was down this February. But the "sweeps" news is still good for Channel 4/WRC, which continues to keep its lead in the market's news race. Channel 9/WUSA still has big problems with its early evening ratings. Its new 7 PM newscast finishes a very distant 4th. The arrival of Leon Harris from CNN has done little to bolster Channel 7/WJLA's fortunes. While Channel 5/WTTG posts gains in the early evening, but sees losses late. Early mornings: 4's 1st, 9's a distant 2nd, 5's 3rd, and 7's 4th. At 5 PM: 4's 1st, 7's 2nd, 5's 3rd, 50's "Judge Mathis," and 9's 5th. At 6 PM: 4's 1st, 5's "The Simpsons" 2nd, 7's 3rd, and 9's 4th. Late: 4's 1st, 5's 2nd, 9's 3rd, and 7's 4th. Once again, Channel 11/WBAL and Channel 13/WJZ have much to crow about newswise in the final February TV "sweeps" numbers for Baltimore. Channel 2/WMAR and Channel 45/WBFF again bring up the rear. At 6 AM: 13's 1st, 11's 2nd, 2's 3rd, and 45's 4th. At noon: 13's 1st, 11's 2nd, and 2's 3rd. At 5 PM and 6 PM: 11's 1st, 13's a close 2nd, 2's 3rd. Late: 13's 1st, 11's a close 2nd, 2's 3rd, and 45's a close 4th.

March 2, 2004
Johnny Walker Dies
Baltimore radio veteran Johnny Walker Monday evening at University Specialty Hospital in Baltimore. He was 56. In the 1970s and 1980s, Walker did the morning show at WFBR, which was at 1300 AM. On Tuesday morning, WCBM radio made the announcement of Walker's death. Walker, who had retired to West Virginia, apparantly had been in poor health with heart and lung problems. He died on Monday afternoon at a rehabilitation center. Thomas O'Connor, in his "Baltimore Broadcasting From A To Z," says that Walker was "the king of zany morning shows on AM radio." The photo (right) is from O'Connor's book.

March 2, 2004
GMS Surges, PGC Plunges
Another round of Arbitrend radio ratings for DC. In the overall age 12+ numbers, adult urban WMMJ takes 1st place with a 6.3 share. Classical WGMS jumps from 4th to 2nd place with a 6.1 share, up from a 5.5, to tie with urban WPGC-FM, which drops from a 7.3 share. All-news WTOP is up from a 5.6 to a 5.8 share, but actually dips one notch to 4th place. Urban WKYS remains at 5th, adult urban WHUR stays steady at 6th, adult contemporary WASH jumps one to 7th, smooth jazz WJZW is down one to 8th, with news talk WMAL and country WMZQ in a tie for 9th. The rest: oldies WBIG 11th, hot adult contemporary WRQX and rhythmic contemporary WIHT in a tie for 12th, rocker WWDC 14th, talker WJFK-FM 15th, classic rock WARW 16th, sports talk WTEM and Spanish contemporary WBZS/WBPS in a tie for 17th, hot adult contemporary WWZZ/WWVZ 19th, and alternative rock WHFS 20th. In Baltimore, it's urban WERQ 1st, country WPOC 2nd, adult contemporary WLIF 3rd, news talk WBAL 4th, adult urban WWIN-FM 5th, hot adult contemporary WWMX 6th, oldies WQSR 7th, smooth jazz WSMJ 8th, rock WIYY 9th, and religious WCAO 10th. Alternative rock WHFS and nostalgic WWLG in a tie for 11th, with talk WXYV and classic rock WZBA in a tie for 13th, and talk WCBM 15th. In Fredericksburg, country WFLS ranks 1st, with hot adult contemporary WBQB 2nd.

March 1, 2004
Lopez Battles Lung Cancer
98Rock/WIYY personality Bob Lopez has just been diagnosed with lung cancer. More technically, non-small cell lung cancer. Lopez, 50, says he started smoking at age 12, but quit 25 years ago. "If he responds to therapy then his survival is arguably going to be significantly better obviously than if he arguably did not respond to the therapy," says oncologist Robert Donegan. "We don't have a precise time. We'd like to think that he has a survival measured in years, but if it does not respond in time, we may unfortunately be talking about a shorter period of time." Lopez, one third of WIYY's "KML" (Kirk, Mark, and Lopez) morning team, tells WBAL-TV: "What I feel is my family - my family is the most important thing to me. My daughter - and this is also important - and if there is an end game. If there is going to be an endgame, then this is my joy. This is what I live for - Leandra and my wife Trixie who is with me and my partner and my support and my rock. That's what it's about."

February 27, 2004
Brent Gunts Dies
Brent Gunts, who led Channel 11/WBAL from 1959 to 1973, died of complications from a stroke on 2/25. He was 86. "Brent was a legend in Baltimore. He was a thoughtful, innovative, sincere and honest human being. He was community-minded and never blew his own horn," Vince Bagli, retired WBAL-TV sports anchor, tells the Baltimore Sun. Adds Rolf Hertsgaard, former long-time WBAL-TV news anchor: "He set the tone for the station in every way - not just on the air, but in how we treated each other. He was also ahead of his time. He believed that a television station had a responsibility in giving back to the community." Mr. Gunts joined WFBR radio in the 1930s, and began writing and directing radio programs. From the late 1940s and through the 1950s, he produced a series of radio shows. And moved into television. In the late 1950s, Mr. Gunts was appointed vice president and general manager of WBAL-TV.

February 27, 2004
DC101 Employee Sues DC101 Morning Man
The Washington Post reports that Montgomery County resident Jamie Doody has filed a $3.25 million lawsuit against DC101 morning man Elliot Segal for "defamation, injurious falsehood, and undue invasion of privacy." The lawsuit claims that, last summer, Segal broadcast "false and defamatory statements" about Doody, an office manager at Clear Channel's DC101, that exposed her to "public scorn, contempt, ridicule," causing her "professional damage and severe emotional distress." According to the lawsuit, Segal claimed on the air that Doody was having sex with a fellow employee. He also gave listeners her office phone number and encouraged listeners to harass her, the suit says. One caller told Segal that she was a "whore" who had an abortion, the lawsuit contends. Bennett Zier, who oversees the company's eight local radio stations, declined to comment on the lawsuit, telling the Post: "I don't have all the facts."

February 27, 2004
WJMA To Move To Culpeper's 103.1
Orange's WJMA, 98.9 FM, will begin simulcasting its country programming on Culpeper's WCUL, 103.1 FM, starting on 3/1. WCUL has been a country station. The WJMA calls will move to 103.1 when the 98.9 frequency relocates to the Richmond suburb of Midlothian with new calls and a new format. Also, look for a new format and calls for Louisa's 105.5.

February 26, 2004
Sonny, Sam, And Larry
Long-time play-by-play man Frank Herzog won't be returning to the WJFK-FM radio booth for the upcoming Redskins' season. Herzog, who is the top sports anchor for Channel 9/WUSA, will be replaced by Westwood One/WJFK-FM sports anchor Larry Michael. Sonny Jurgenson and Sam Huff will remain on the Skins' radio team. Channel 9 is carrying the Redskins' pre-season games this year.

February 26, 2004
William Lynn Dies
William Lynn died on 2/25 after a long battle with cancer. For more than three decades, Mr. Lynn, 62, was an engineer for Channel 7 and WMAL radio.

February 26, 2004
Carl Degen Dies
Carl Degen, 77, died on 2/22. From 1949 to 1957, Mr. Degen was a producer and director for NBC in DC, where his work earned many awards including an Emmy. His television credits included "Meet The Press," the "Today Show," and the Huntley-Brinkley newscast. Also, Mr. Degen directed stage productions at the DC's Arena Stage and he was chief of audiovisual arts for the National Park Service.

February 25, 2004
WOLB To Move Transmitter, Reduce Daytime Power
The Federal Communications Commission has granted a request by Radio One to move the antenna of Baltimore's WOLB (1010 AM) about four miles to the east, northeast of its present location. The new antenna will be co-located with the pending move of sister station WWIN (1400 AM) to the same tower at 3500 Monument Street. Also, WOLB will decrease its daytime power from 1,000-watts to 250-watts. Its night power will increase from 26-watts to 30-watts.

February 25, 2004
WMET Flips To 1160
Gaithersburg talker WMET has made the move from 1150 on the AM dial to 1160. In a few months, the station will also hike its daytime power to 50,000-watts.

February 25, 2004
WMJS Is Back
Southern Maryland's WMJS is being reborn as a low-power outlet on 102.1 FM. You'll recall that the WMJS calls and community-based format resided on Prince Frederick's 92.7 FM, before the frequency flipped to DC-oriented Spanish sounds (as Mega's WBZS) a few years back. Bill Santiff, WMJS's volunteer general manager, tells DCRTV that the new outlet will be a "true community radio station," with a mix of contemporary, adult contemporary, oldies, and country tunes, plus news and sports on the hour and half hour. A July launch is planned. The group is holding a March "informational" meeting and hopes to raise $100,000 to fund the project.

February 25, 2004
WCTN Goes Korean, Stays Christian
WCTN (950 AM) in Potomac/Cabin John will drop English Christian for Korean Christian on 3/1. According to WCTN's website, this is the format's "last week on the air" after "30 years of ministry... We will hand off to a wonderful group of Korean brothers and sisters in Christ. Please pray for the transition, and for their success as they carry on the work of 'broadcasting' the Good News." John Vogt's Seven Locks Broadcasting recently sold the station to Win Radio Broadcasting, headed by Richard Yoon.

February 24, 2004
Orioles Move Back To 20
The Baltimore Orioles will be returning to Channel 20/WDCA in the DC market. Channel 20 aired the O's for 15 seasons, ending in 1995. Since then, the team has aired on Channel 50/WBDC and, last year, on Channel 66/WPXW. In the O's home market, the birds' 65 broadcast games will again air on Channel 13/WJZ and Channel 54/WNUV. Comcast SportsNet will carry 87 regular season games. Other O's "broadcast" TV affiliates include WLYH and WHP in Harrisburg, WSPC in York, UPN 21 in Salisbury, and WSKY in Norfolk.

February 24, 2004
Al Casey Dies
Al Casey, who was program director at contemporary WPGC in the early 1980s, died on Monday in the Seattle suburb of Bainbridge Island. He was 60 and suffered from cancer. Casey worked at radio stations in Miami, NYC, Detroit, St. Louis, Kansas City, and San Diego. Also, he operated a radio consulting firm.

February 24, 2004
Judlyne Lilly To FNR
Bonneville names WTOP anchor and reporter Judlyne Lilly as morning drive anchor for Federal News Radio, its internet-only federal government news stream. In addition to her WTOP experience, Lilly's worked at Fox's Channel 5/WTTG, UPI, Unistar, and ABC Radio News. Lilly's appointment fuels rumblings that Bonneville will soon put FNR on a DC area radio signal.

February 20, 2004
Former 11 Sports Anchor Dies
Chris Thomas, who was a sports anchor in the 1980s at Baltimore's Channel 11/WBAL and, before that, Salisbury's Channel 16/WBOC, died on 2/18. He was 55 and had been suffering from cancer. Thomas, whose real name is Christian Thomas Olrick, worked at Tampa's WFLA-TV and several Tampa radio stations since 1988. During his Baltimore years, he hosted a sports talk show on radio stations WFBR and WBAL.

February 18, 2004
Evelyn Freyman Dies
Evelyn Freyman died on 2/16 at age 92. She was a founding member of the Washington-Baltimore local of AFRA (American Federation Of Radio Artists) in 1940, served as president of the local from 1941 to 1948, and then was executive secretary of AFTRA local (American Federation Of Television And Radio Artists) from 1948 to 1983. She served as AFTRA national vice president from 1945 to 1954, and represented SAG (Screen Actors Guild) in the Washington-Baltimore area. Freyman acted on stage and radio, and co-hosted "Consumer Time" on the NBC radio network in the 1940s and 1950s with DC broadcasting vet Johnny Batchelder. Also, she owned the Olney Theater from 1946 to 1955, allowing racially integrated audiences even as local authorities threatened to enforce segregation laws and close the theater.

February 17, 2004
WHUR Hires Tony Richards
Tony Richards is the new morning man at Howard University's adult urban WHUR (96.3 FM). Says Urbaninsite: "Although Richards is new to Washington airwaves... he is no stranger to the rest of the morning team. WHUR morning personality TC was first hired by Richards during his double duty as PD and morning man at WOWI Norfolk... The two were subsequently hired to wake up KBXX and then KMJQ in Houston, and WPHI in Philadelphia. WHUR morning comedian George Wilborne teamed up with Richards during (an) afternoon gig at Chicago's WVAZ."

February 13, 2004
Jason Kidd Bound For Texas
Baltimore radio vet Jason Kidd becomes program director of KQBT, an Infinity-owned urbanish contemporary station in Austin. The Annapolis native began his radio career in 1989 at Charm City legendary hit music outlet B104, WBSB. He's also worked at former contemporary hit WXYV, along with a very short recent stint at smooth jazz WSMJ. Kidd's career path has also included stations in Ocean City, York, Richmond, Scranton, Allentown, Syracuse, and Pittsburgh.

February 13, 2004
Simpson Named PD For 104
Sammy Simpson is the new program director at Bonneville's hot adult contemporary More Music 104, WWZZ/WWVZ. He comes from ABC-owned hot AC Mix 107.3, WRQX, and smooth jazz WJZW, where he's been marketing and promotions manager. In January, Mike Edwards left 104's PD post after four years. Simpson had been marketing and promotions manager at WWZZ/WWVZ in the late 1990s when it was known as Z104, with a contemporary dance-oriented format. He's also worked at Clear Channel's contemporary hit Z100, WHTZ, in NYC.

February 12, 2004
Larry Krebs Dies
Larry Krebs died on 2/11 at Sibley Hospital. He'd been in poor health, having suffered a stroke a while back. He was 81. Krebs was WMAL radio's overnight reporter for more than 30 years. He started as a cameraman on then-WMAL-TV (now WJLA), and his news tips to the newsroom at the then-Washington Star co-owned WMAL radio led to a job on the air there. "He was a unique voice in Washington broadcast journalism and he will be missed by all of us here at 630 WMAL," says General Manager Chris Berry. In 2002, Krebs received the Washington Achievement In Radio (AIR) lifetime honor award. According to the Washington Post, Krebs was "Washington's last old-school gumshoe newshounds who was perhaps best known for being the only cameraman at the Tidal Basin the night a powerful congressman and a striptease artist landed in hot water... For more than a half-century, Mr. Krebs roamed the city streets as a television cameraman and radio reporter covering the night police beat... He became an institution among the police officers and firefighters whom he befriended and the reporters of competitive media outlets he often scooped."

February 12, 2004
William Brown Dies
William Brown, 73, of Sterling, died on 1/29. He was the anchor of "Loudoun News" on Adelphia's Loudoun County cable TV system. Brown produced CBS's "60 Minutes" during the 1970s, and later worked as a producer and reporter for ABC and NBC. During the 1980s, he produced training and promotional videos for several government agencies. Also, he co-authored "My Thirty Years In Hoover's FBI."

February 12, 2004
Helen Morrow Dies
Helen Morrow, who was once an account executive at Baltimore's WCAO radio, died on 2/7. The Carroll County resident, who also worked at other area radio stations, eventually left the radio business to raise a family.

February 10, 2004
Stretch Leaves 92Q
"Love Zone" host Stretch exits Radio One's WERQ. After five years, the "six-foot-six phenomenon" no longer does the late show on the Baltimore urban outlet. No word of a new radio gig for him.

February 9, 2004
FCC Silences GMU's 650
FCC paid a visit to George Mason University's Fairfax campus on 2/5. Apparently, the Communications Department was operating an unlicensed 30-watt AM transmitter on 650 AM (interfering with Nashville's WSM at night) using bogus call letters (WGMU is not assigned), and selling ad space, to boot. The signal had been on-air since mid-December, covering much of Fairfax City, and even parts of Springfield. A like AM operation at GMU had been nailed before. After the Commission's latest visit, the transmissions ceased and all links to GMU's AM operation were removed from wgmuradio.com, which features an audio stream.

February 9, 2004
Clear Channel Tops DC Corporate Ratings
Arbitron has released the fall 2003 DC market radio ratings by ownership group. And Clear Channel (which owns WASH, WMZQ, WBIG, WWDC, WIHT, WTNT, WWRC, and WTEM) takes the top spot with a total 19.9 AQH (average quarter hour) share and a 45.1 percent "cume" rating. Infinity (WPGC-FM/AM, WHFS, WJFK-FM, WARW) places 2nd with a 15.1 AQI/39.7 percent cume. Bonneville (WTOP-AM/FM, WWZZ/WWVZ, WGMS, WXTR) takes 3rd with a 13.0/34.3. ABC (WMAL, WRQX, WJZW) is 4th with a 11.0/26.2. Radio One (WKYS, WMMJ, WYCB, WOL) is 5th with a 6.2/16.2. Howard University (WHUR) is 6th with a 4.5/11.4. Mega (WBZS/WBPS, WKDL) is 7th with a 2.1/4.4. Salem (WAVA, WABS) is 8th with a 1.2/3.6. Mid-Atlantic (WINC-FM, WBQB) is 9th with a 0.7/3.4. And Free Lance-Star (WFLS) is 10th with a 0.7/2.7.

February 9, 2004
Joe Angel Calls O's
Joe Angel re-joins WBAL radio's Orioles' broadcast team. He'll be the lead play-by-player, paired with Orioles Radio Network vets Jim Hunter and Fred Manfra, who also will be doing TV games. Angel will broadcast on the radio side, while Hunter and Manfra will join him when they're not in the TV booth. Angel, who used to call O's games with Jon Miller, has also covered the Yankees, Marlins, Giants, Twins, and A's.

February 5, 2004
Inga Rundvold Kuhn Dies
Local TV pioneer Inga Rundvold Kuhn passed away on 2/4 at age 83 due to complications from a stroke. The then Washington Times Herald columnist moved to Channel 4/WNBW (pre-WRC) in 1950 to do an interview, fashion, travel, and cooking show that followed the "Today Show." "Inga's Angle" aired live at 9 AM from the NBC Studio Theater at the Wardman Park Hotel. Other incarnations of Inga's program followed until 1970. Inga also substituted as a talk show host for Patty Cavin on WRC radio.

February 4, 2004
MAL Snatches Noory, Bell From TNT
George Noory and Art Bell will be moving from WTNT (570 AM) to WMAL (630 AM). The Premiere nationally syndicated sci-fi oriented "Coast To Coast AM" show will air on ABC's news talk WMAL from 1 AM to 5 AM. WMAL currently airs Sean Hannity reruns during the wee hours.

February 3, 2004
Sun, 2 Get Unhitched
The Baltimore Sun has announced that it will "sever its two-year-old exclusive arrangement with Channel 2/WMAR, in which the newspaper's reporters appeared on the station's newscasts and the two news outlets swapped ad space for commercial air time."

February 3, 2004
WJRO Sold To Metro Radio
Glen Burnie's religious WJRO (1590 AM) has been sold by Erald Broadcasting. The buyer is Northern Virginia's Metro Radio, which owns business news WPLC (1050 AM) and Spanish WKCW (1420 AM) in the DC area. The price is $425,000.

February 3, 2004
Cucchiella's New Comedy Club
98Rock PM driver Mickey Cucchiella, and his former evening shift producer Don, have joined forces to create a Baltimore comedy club, the Comedy Factory Outlet on Light Street. It opens in a few weeks. Planning for the outlet has been in the works for more than a year. Also onboard is Dan Tracey, formerly of the Baltimore Improv, who'll handle PR, management, and booking duties. Cucchiella owned another comedy club, Stitches, but it burned in 2001.

February 2, 2004
WJSS (1330 AM) in Havre de Grace, Maryland has been sold to Tidewater, Virginia-based Benjamin-Dane LLC for $350,000. The seller is Peoples Broadcasting Network, which has operated the Harford County station with a religious gospel format.

February 1, 2004
Kornheiser Says Adios To Radio
The Washington Post reports that its sports columnist Tony Kornheiser is giving up his morning radio show, which airs on WTEM-980, at the end of March. Kornheiser, who also stars with fellow Post columnist Michael Wilbon on ESPN's "Pardon the Interruption," has been on WTEM for more than 11 years, the last six for ESPN Radio. "I'm not retiring from radio, I'm just taking a break," Kornheiser said.

February 1, 2004
John Panagos Dies
John Panagos, 82, editor and publisher of the Gaithersburg Gazette, died of leukemia on 1/30. In the late 1950s and into the 1960s, Panagos was a vice-president of United Broadcasting, which owned several radio and TV stations in the DC area, including soul music WOOK-AM (later FM) and the market's first commercial UHF TV station, Channel 14/WFAN. United also owned DC's first Spanish radio station, WFAN-FM (later AM). In the 1960s, Panagos was an advertising sales consultant to Channel 20/WDCA. Also, he founded Gaithersburg's cable TV system.

January 30, 2004
9 Grabs Skins' Preseason Games From 4
The Redskins' preseason TV games will be moving from NBC's Channel 4/WRC to Gannett's Channel 9/WUSA. WRC has a major late summer conflict - it will be airing NBC's Summer Olympics. Channel 9's top sports anchor is Frank Herzog (right), who has traditionally handled the Redskins' radio broadcasts via WJFK-FM.

January 29, 2004
Parenteau Pleads Guilty
Mark Parenteau, XM Satellite Radio's former director of comedy programming, pleaded guilty on 1/28 in DC Superior Court to second-degree child sexual abuse and to giving alcohol and marijuana to minors. Parenteau was arrested in August 2002 in connection with the sexual assault of a 14-year-old boy. The Washington Post then reported that Parenteau, 52, had been charged with assaulting the boy three times in Parenteau's Swann Street home, according to the arrest warrant. Parenteau, who once worked at Boston rocker WBCN, could face up to 10 years in jail along with a $100,000 fine. He is scheduled to be sentenced in April.

January 26, 2004
New Management Structure At 26
Kevin Harris, a public TV consultant and general manager of Atlanta public TV station WPBA, has been named as the first vice president and station manager of Channel 26/WETA. He takes over from Ed Kennedy, who is WETA's director of engineering and technology. Kennedy will now report to Harris.

January 26, 2004
Tom Reeders Joins WAMU's Bluegrass Team
Tom Reeder, who spent 27 years at Warrenton's traditional country WKCW, is joining the staff of rotating hosts at WAMU's "Bluegrass Overnight." Reeder, known as "Old Tomcat," joins Gary Henderson, Lee Michael Demsey, and Lisa Kay Howard on the 88.5 program, which runs from midnight to 6 AM Sunday (late Saturday night). Reeder's country music radio days date back to 1956 and Arlington's WARL. He became a member of the Country Radio Disc Jockey Hall Of Fame in 1990. WKCW flipped to Spanish music late last year.

January 24, 2004
Mike Buchanan To 7
Mike Buchanan is making the move to Allbritton's Channel 7, WJLA. As a reporter. Gannett's Channel 9 let him go in December, after three decades. "Channel 7 was looking for another pretty face," Buchanan, 62, joked in the Washington Post. In reality, he said, "I asked for a job." Adds WJLA news director Bill Lord: "Once we knew he was available, several people suggested I talk to him, and it just kind of ballooned from there. We talked and we came to an understanding on how he could help the team." Lord did not specify what Buchanan will cover except to say that "it will have to do with law enforcement, and we'll branch out from there."

January 23, 2004
Joe Johns To CNN
Former Channel 4/WRC reporter Joe Johns is jumping from NBC's Washington bureau to CNN to cover Congress. Johns had been with NBC and NBC-owned WRC for two decades.

January 23, 2004
Osei, KYS Sign Deal
WKYS has signed afternoon driver Osei (aka "The Dark Secret") to a two-year deal. Osei was initially hired in May 2003 by KYS as the host of "Chocolate City Soul," the station's former "slow jams" program. However, a month later he was moved to PM drive. Before joining the DC Radio One urban outlet, Osei worked at Infinity's urban WPGC-FM and former urban outlet WXYV in Baltimore, and at Radio One's urban WPHI in Philadelphia. He's also been a voice for BET and has been heard on the World Space network.

January 23, 2004
Paul Anthony Joins Sirius
DC radio and TV veteran Paul Anthony will do mornings on the Pure Jazz channel at NYC's Sirius satellite radio. Anthony, who is often seen these days doing fundraisers for Channel 26/WETA, has been on the DC area airwaves for 40-ish years, having worked at WRC radio, WGMS, WMAL, and at NPR.

January 21, 2004
New Tower, Lower Powers For WYCB & WOL
Radio One's gospel WYCB (1340 AM) wants to move its antenna from Coral Hills (about 7 miles southeast of central DC), to just across the Potomac River from Alexandria (about 6 miles south of central DC). With a power reduction from 1,000-watts to 270-watts. Also, Radio One wants to move the antenna for urban talk WOL (1450 AM) from central DC (North Capitol Street and Pierce Street) to co-locate with WYCB's new tower. WOL will seek a power reduction from 1,000-watts to 390-watts. The move will give WOL somewhat better coverage to the south and southeast, in the general direction of increasingly African American Prince George's County.

January 21, 2004
WHUR Goes Digital
Howard University's adult urban WHUR became the first commercial station in the nation's capital to begin broadcasting in HD Radio at approximately 11:32 AM today. According to Radio And Records, "WHUR threw a party at its northwest Washington transmitter site to celebrate the occasion, and a representative from Mayor Anthony Williams' office was on hand to present GM Jim Watkins with a plaque designating today as 'WHUR HD Radio Day' in the District. FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein and iBiquity CEO Bob Struble were also on hand for the occasion, as Struble joined Watkins in flipping a large 'light switch' to officially turn on the station's digital signal. Watkins tells R&R WHUR was due for a new transmitter and says the economics of adopting HD Radio now simply made sense. He notes that while the station spent about $100,000 on digital equipment, it has spent a little less than $500,000 in overall upgrades that include a new main studio console, automation system and four new transmitters." The first song WHUR played after flipping the digital switch was Issac Hayes' "Theme From Shaft" - the same song played when the station debuted in 1971.

January 21, 2004
Oziel Gets FNR Gig
David Oziel is the new news director of Bonneville's Federal News Radio. He had been the bureau chief for the Washington News Network and was assistant news and program director for all-news WCBS-AM in NYC. Oziel will oversee the daily news operations of FNR's website and online streaming.

January 21, 2004
Del Walters To 2
Former Channel 7/ WJLA news anchor Del Walters is making the move to Baltimore's Channel 2/WMAR. Look for him to do investigative reporting and anchor the Scripps station's early evening newscasts. An official announcement will be coming on Thursday or Friday, we're told. Walters got bounced from DC's Channel 7 late last year, shortly after Leon Harris arrived. "I wanted to be in a place that was aggressive. They're in a dogfight, and I like dogfights," Walters tells the Washington Times. Channel 2's been in Charm City's news ratings cellar for many years.

January 20, 2004
Jerry Nachman Dies
Jerry Nachman, who once served as general manager of DC's Channel 4 and WRC radio, has died of cancer at 57. During his colorful career, Nachman worked for MSNBC, the NY Post, NYC's WNBC-TV and WCBS-TV, and was executive producer of Bill Maher's "Politically Incorrect."

January 19, 2004
Olivia Fox To Tampa
Olivia Fox is heading to WBTP, a Clear Channel urban outlet in Tampa, where she'll host the morning drive show. In late 2002, Fox got canned from Russ Parr's nationally syndicated morning show, which is based at Radio One's urban WKYS. After giving birth to a girl, Fox guested on Infinity's urban WPGC-FM in the spring of 2003 and seemed to strongly hint that she'd soon be on the air there. But nothing materialized.

January 12, 2004
Randy Dennis Joins WSMJ
Randy Dennis joins Baltimore smooth jazz WSMJ (104.3 FM) as its morning man. Dennis, a Charm City radio vet who has worked at the defunct urban V103 (WXYV), along with WERQ, WWIN, WKYS, and XM, also will host SMJ's "Smooth Jazz Brunch".

January 13, 2004
WPGC, WERQ Top Fall Arbs
Urban WPGC-FM and adult urban WMMJ take the top spots in the fall Arbitron radio ratings for DC. All-news WTOP places 3rd in the overall age 12+ numbers. The rest: classical WGMS 4th, urban WKYS 5th, adult urban WHUR 6th, smooth jazz WJZW 7th, news talk WMAL (up from summer's 11th) and oldies WBIG and adult contemporary WASH (up from summer's 12th) tied for 8th, country WMZQ 11th, hot adult contemporary WRQX 12th, rhythmic contemporary WIHT 13th (down from summer's 8th), talk WJFK-FM and rocker WWDC tie for 14th, Spanish contemporary WBZS/WBPS 16th, classic rock WARW 17th, hot adult contemporary WWZZ/WWVZ 18th, sports talk WTEM 19th, and alternative rock WHFS 20th. In Baltimore (age 12+), urban WERQ takes 1st, country WPOC 2nd, news talk WBAL and adult contemporary WLIF tie for 3rd, adult urban WWIN-FM 5th, hot adult contemporary WWMX 6th, oldies WQSR 7th, smooth jazz WSMJ 8th, rock WIYY 9th, alternative rock WHFS 10th, gospel WCAO and nostalgic WWLG tie for 11th, talk WCBM and classic rock WZBA tie for 13th, talk WXYV 15th, and religious WRBS 16th. In Fredericksburg (age 12+), country WFLS takes 1st, hot adult contemporary WBQB 2nd, and WTOP and alternative rock WYSK tie for 3rd.

January 11, 2004
Baltimore's WYPR Buys Frederick's WJTM
Baltimore public radio outlet WYPR is buying Frederick's WJTM. Both stations operate on 88.1 FM. Joy Public Broadcasting is selling religious WJTM for $1.2 million. The addition of the 4,000-watt Frederick signal could allow the expansion of WYPR's news talk NPR format into the northwest DC suburbs. Last year, WYPR owner Your Public Radio attempted to get relays on the Eastern Shore, but failed to acquire Salisbury State University's WSCL and WSDL.

January 9, 2004
WETA Founder Dies
Elizabeth Campbell died on 1/9. She was 101. In 1953, Mrs. Campbell founded the Greater Washington Educational Television Association, a coalition of local schools, universities, and cultural institutions that petitioned the FCC for the license of UHF channel 26. The TV station, which went on the air in 1961, was soon joined by an FM radio station. WETA went on to become a powerful force in the Washington broadcasting community and a national producer of programming for PBS and public television.

January 9, 2004
B&O'B To QSR's PM Drive
Bob Worthington announced that he's moving to evenings on WQSR. Paving the way for the return of Brian And O'Brien in PM drive on the Baltimore oldies outlet. Brian Wilson and Big Don O'Brien were the 1980s morning team on Charm City's old B104. Last month, they did a reunion at oldies WQSR and Infinity's radio guys were impressed. Big Don has done evenings on WQSR. And Brian has done fill-in work on talk radio outlets like WBAL. Area radio vet Sean Hall will join B&O'B as newsman.

January 9, 2004
Mickey & Amelia To 98Rock's PM Drive
The evening team of Mickey and Amelia will be taking over the PM drive slot on WIYY, 98Rock. Our source says that the move is being made to "compete directly with Don and Mike" on Live 105.7. Producer Don is being dropped and will become an on-air fill-in. Stash has been doing the afternoon shift on 97.9 FM. He's moving to evenings.

January 9, 2004
Mike Edwards Leaves 104
Mike Edwards has left the program director's post at Bonneville's hot adult contemporary WWZZ/WWVZ after four years. He's the second suit to recently depart the station. Mark O'Brien, 104.1/103.9's general manager, bid farewell in December. He was replaced by Joel Oxley, who is GM for both all-news WTOP and classical WGMS. Sean Sellers is interim PD. Bonneville sources insist that More Music 104's format will be retained, despite all the management changes.

January 9, 2004
2's News Director To Detroit
Andrea Parquet-Taylor (left), news director at Scripps' Channel 2/WMAR in Baltimore, is replacing Bill Carey, news director at Scripps' WXYZ-TV in Detroit, who is going to be general manager at Scripps' WFTS-TV in Tampa. Parquet-Taylor has been in Baltimore less than nine months. She used to work at WXYZ, where she was assistant news director to Carey, and at Raleigh's WRAL-TV.

January 8, 2004
Rene Knott To St. Louis
Channel 7/WJLA sports anchor Rene Knott is heading to a St. Louis TV station. Knott, who's been with 7 almost 12 years, will be the top sports anchor at KSDK, an NBC affiliate owned by Gannett, which owns DC's Channel 9/WUSA. In December, WJLA announced that Knott's sports spot would be filled by Tim Brant.

January 6, 2004
Goodbye Tony Colter
Tony Colter, WARW's midday personality, has already left the building. And, the Infinity classic rocker is looking for a new midday person. According to "help wanted" announcements in various radio trade pubs.

January 5, 2004
Binn's Back
DCRTV hears that that Stacey Binn (more recently Stacey Williams), who's been on medical leave for several months while undergoing treatment for cancer, spoke by phone with Jack Diamond on Mix 107.3. All signs of her cancer are gone and she's feeling great. And starting today she'll be doing afternoon and evening traffic reports on WRQX.

January 5, 2004
Laura Ingraham To 570
Clear Channel talker WTNT (570 AM) has started airing DC-based Laura Ingraham's show in the 9 AM to noon slot. Until last summer, WTNT had aired the right-leaning Ingraham during evenings. WTNT has trimmed Don Imus's show to a 9 AM end-time. And G. Gordon Liddy now starts at noon, instead of at 10 AM.

January 5, 2004
DC Pirate Located
Channel 9/WUSA reporter Dave Statter has tracked down the pirate that's been broadcasting on 93.5 FM. Statter does confirm that the unlicensed radio station is in DC, but won't publicly reveal its location. According to 9's Sunday night newscast, the outlet's operating from the basement of an apartment building in the northwest part of the city. It took less than an hour of searching to find it by using the car radio and scanners. There is an antenna mounted on the roof of the apartment building. The operator of the radio station identified himself as Carlton Joseph who says he has been promoting Caribbean music and culture in DC for a number of years. Joseph showed Statter the little booth used as a studio. Joseph admits that they are not licensed but have an application on file and a lawyer working on the process. Joseph says in the meantime he is serving the needs of the community. Statter also interviewed Von Martin, longtime host of Caribbean music on WPFW. Martin says that commercial radio fails to serve this audience and he is not surprised by this turn of events. The station has been operating for about two months or so. In December, DCRTV reported that the pirate has been IDing itself as WEFM. The urban, rap, and West Indies music outlet seems to come in best from downtown DC, south along I-395, to the Springfield area. A "202" phone number was given for requests.

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