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December 28, 2005
Post's Classical Music Critic Dies
Joseph Duncan McLellan, 76, a music lover, chess master, book reviewer, and the Washington Post's classical music critic for more than three decades, died 12/26 of kidney failure at the St. Thomas More House, a nursing home in Hyattsville. He continued to attend concerts and write about them until the last few weeks of his life.

December 24, 2005
"Chop Chop" Gets Chopped
Keith "Chop Chop" Fisher, music director at Radio One's WWIN-FM (95.9), has seen his employment severed. We're told that last Saturday morning Fisher played the new Anthony Hamilton song "Can't Let Go" without permission from the Baltimore adult urban outlet's program director, Tim Watts. Lanham-based Radio One is notorious for maintaining strict playlists at its stations. The word is that the new Magic 95.9 music director will be Jeff "Jammer" Daniels (Warren), formerly of WWIN-AM, and the now defunct V103 and Jam'n 99.5.

December 22, 2005
Clear Channel Cans Jerry Phillips
DC radio veteran Jerry Phillips has been axed from his public affairs post at Clear Channel. In fact, Clear Channel has shut down the public affairs department at the Rockville Pike headquarters for its eight DC area radio stations. "We're taking a new direction," CC's DC honcho Bennett Zier tells the Washington Post. "Jerry is moving on." According to Fisher, as WHUR's morning host in the 1970s and 1980s, Phillips was "a beloved, if sometimes corny, daily reflection of the black Washington of green-and-white awnings and people who regarded anyone whose family had been here less than a century as out-of-towners." For the past 13 years at Clear Channel, Phillips "was the main voice for the downtrodden and for small local organizations, whether it was traffic safety, drug addiction or the homeless," said Lon Anderson, the AAA Potomac spokesman and a frequent guest on Phillips's "Metro Talk" program on WBIG and WTEM.

December 21, 2005
WMAL Moves Chris Core To Lake Mornings
News talker WMAL is moving Chris Core from his evening slot to late mornings. The 30-year station vet will start airing from 9 AM to noon. And "provide a natural bridge in this critical daypart between morning drive and Rush Limbaugh," according to a WMAL source. WMAL has been running a variety of mainly right-leaning talkers in the 9 AM slot since late last summer, when Michael Graham left in a dispute over comments he'd made about the Islamic religion being based on terrorism.

December 20, 2005
Comcast Prepares To Acquire Adelphia
Comcast is busy setting up an infrastructure to assume ownership of bankrupt Adelphia's cable TV systems in the western portions of Virginia and Maryland. The transfer is slated to take place by mid-2006. While Comcast will construct a facility in Charlottesville to manage the Adelphia systems in western central Virginia, it is still unclear how Comcast will fold Adelphia's Frederick MD and Loudoun VA systems into its DC and Baltimore area operations.

December 20, 2005
"SGBG" Dropped By WJMA, Continues On WAMU
Red Shipley is back hosting "Stained Glass Blue Grass" on Sunday mornings on WAMU (88.5 FM). However, the program is no longer carried on country WJMA (103.1 FM) in Culpeper. For the past decade, Shipley did the program from WJMA's studios and it was aired on both WJMA and WAMU. Shipley suffered a stroke in September and had to retire from his morning show duties at WJMA. Bob Webster from WAMU covered "SGBG" for a couple of weeks until Shipley was released from rehabilitation in Charlottesville. Shipley tried doing the show from WJMA in late September, but it proved difficult and required the assistance of friends and family to get him to the studio and get the show on the air. Shipley proposed recording the program at his home studio and providing it digitally to the two stations. WAMU agreed, but WJMA did not. The program is now recorded at Shipley's home, with the assistance of engineer Nick Henry, and uploaded to WAMU's website each week for airing on Sunday.

December 19, 2005
Kenny Campbell Gone From WWMX
Kenny Campbell has been given the boot from the "JoJo And Kenny" morning show on Baltimore's Mix 106.5. His contract, which expires on 12/31, was not renewed. "He will be allowed to say goodbye, but I think that's all he'll get from General Manager Bob 'Scrooge' Phillips," a source tells us.

December 18, 2005
Infinity Moving To Baltimore City
Infinity/CBS will be moving its Baltimore radio studios and offices come spring. From Washington Avenue in Towson to Falls Road in the Mount Washington area of north Baltimore city. The move will provide state-of-the-art digital production facilities for WLIF, WHFS, WWMX, WQSR, and WJFK-AM.

December 18, 2005
Jack Anderson Dies
Columnist Jack Anderson, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his investigative reporting, died Saturday at his Bethesda home at age 83. He had Parkinson's disease. Longtime FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover called the muckraking Anderson "lower than the regurgitated filth of vultures" and he topped Nixon's infamous "enemies list." Watergate burglar and, later, radio personality G. Gordon Liddy even reportedly plotted his murder. Anderson's "Washington Merry-Go-Round" column, at its height of popularity, appeared in more than 1,000 newspapers with 40 million readers, including the Washington Post. Anderson's radio commentary was heard nationally from Mutual Radio's DC studios and, for a time, he reported on Channel 5/WTTG.

December 16, 2005
George Michael Reveals Horse Fall Almost Killed Him
Channel 4/WRC sports anchor George Michael reveals that he was much more seriously injuried than had been publicly suspected. Via telephone from his Comus MD farm, he told WJFK-FM's Don and Mike Friday that he almost died after suffering broken ribs, broken wrists, and the loss of "a gallon" of blood after being thrown from a horse onto a "mountain boulder" in late October. Doctors thought he was close to death after he had a bad reaction to some of the medications he was taking while hospitalized, said the former DJ for NYC's "top 40" WABC-AM. An equine enthusiast, Michael recently hosted two of his weekly Redskins shows for WRC. However, he doesn't expect to be back to work fulltime until the second week of January.

December 16, 2005
MMJ Tops Arbs
Another round of those monthly Arbitrend radio ratings. DC, full day, overall age 12+ demo: 1) WMMJ, 2) WPGC-FM, 3) WHUR, 4) WTOP-FM/AM, 5) WGMS, 6) WKYS, 7) WASH and WMAL, 9) WWDC and WJZW, 11) WIHT, 12) WMZQ, 13) WJFK-FM, 14) WBIG and WRQX, 16) WLZL, 17) WTEM, 18) WWZZ/WWVZ and WARW, 20) WAVA. Morning drive, same demo: 1) WTOP-FM/AM, 2) WMMJ, 3) WPGC-FM, 4) WKYS, 5) WWDC, 6) WHUR, 7) WGMS, 8) WMAL, 9) WASH, 10) WRQX and WJFK-FM, 12) WMZQ and WIHT, 14) WJZW, 15) WTEM, 16) WLZL, 17) WBIG, 18) WAVA and WWZZ/WWVZ, 20) WARW.

December 16, 2005
New PD At WMAL
Paul Duckworth has been selected as the new program director at ABC news talker WMAL. Previously, he'd worked at KPAM in Portland OR and at KVI and KOMO in Seattle. He replaces Randall Bloomquist, who recently left to go to WGST in Atlanta.

December 16, 2005
Hagerstown AMer Goes To Church
VerStandig has donated Hagerstown area WHGT (1590 AM) to the Emmanuel Baptist Temple. The station is valued at $250,000. The church has been running the station since 12/4, with a Christian contemporary format. WHGT used to have a talk format, before it went off the air for about a year.

December 12, 2005
Former 13 News Director Dies
News Blues tells us that Scott Goodfellow, 58, former news director of Channel 13/WJZ, died suddenly last week of a heart attack.

December 10, 2005
Garceau & Matte Booted From Ravens Radio Team
Last week, when DCRTV reported that the Baltimore Ravens will be moving from Infinity (WJFK-AM and WQSR) to Hearst (98 Rock and WBAL-AM), we hinted that broadcast vets Scott Garceau and Tom Matte might be dropped. And now Mike Preston, in Baltimore Sun, confirms that the two have indeed been given the boot. And it's likely that Gerry Sandusky will do the play-by-play and Stan White will be the analyst.

December 9, 2005
Nathan Roberts Says Goodbye To NC8
A few weeks back, DCRTV told you that Allbritton's NewsChannel 8 would not be renewing its contract with evening news anchor Nathan Roberts (left). Well, his last newscast was Wednesday night. A DCRTVer tells us that "he ended with a nice thank you to all the viewers and he said that it had been 'fun'." He joined NewsChannel 8 at its inception in 1991. And he's been anchoring weeknights since. No official word on why Roberts was let go.

December 9, 2005
Leiberman Countersues Sinclair
Jonathan Leiberman, who was sued in October by Sinclair after he accused it of political bias with its decision to run an anti-John Kerry program, fired back yesterday with a countersuit. Leiberman, the DC bureau chief for Hunt Valley-based Sinclair until his dismissal in October 2004, claims he was wrongfully discharged and that he did not breach his contract by speaking publicly about a disagreement with his bosses, as the company had claimed. He is seeking $79,166, the amount he would have earned if he had served out his two-year contract, and an unspecified amount in unpaid benefits. Leiberman is represented by David Kendall, who defended President Bill Clinton.

December 6, 2005
4's Weather To 88.5
Channel 4/WRC has penned a deal with American University to have the NBC TV station's weather forecasts heard on NPR-based WAMU radio (88.5 FM). The news talk station's "Morning Edition" is airing News 4 weather segments with "Storm Center 4" meteorologist Tom Kierein. And Bob Ryan will be doing weather updates on WAMU's afternoon drive "All Things Considered."

December 6, 2005
Barth To Run For Congress
Channel 2/WMAR's Andy Barth is leaving his reporting gig after 35 years and he plans to run for the US Congress, as a Democrat. Barth hopes to replace Democrat Ben Cardin in Maryland's 3rd district. Cardin will be running for the US Senate seat now held by the retiring Paul Sarbanes, also a Democrat.

December 5, 2005
Changes At Key 103
With Dan Stevens doing National Guard duty, there will be a new morning man at Frederick's Key 103. Someone familiar to many in the DC radio community - probably Ed Rodriguez, we're being told. Also, Randy James is no longer program director at the Nassau adult contemporary outlet. You'll recall that James once worked at Mix 107.3. His replacement at Key 103 and sister classic hits WWEG will be Chris Puorro, who had been working at Nassau's Trenton radio cluster.

December 2, 2005
Ravens To 98 Rock, BAL-AM
The Baltimore Ravens are leaving Infinity - via "Jack" oldies WQSR and sports talk WJFK-AM - for a two-year deal with Hearst. To be heard on WIYY, 98 Rock, and news talk WBAL-AM beginning with the 2006 season. Infinty's had the team for a decade. Also, we hear that Hearst will replace Scott Garceau and Tom Matte.

December 2, 2005
Terp Floors Johnny Holliday
Johnny Holliday has been calling Maryland Terrapins basketball games on radio for 27 years, but Wednesday night marked a first. The Terps' DJ Strawberry, chasing a loose ball, went flying over Holliday's courtside table, knocking the announcer to the floor. Except for some bumps and bruises and a possible broken finger, Holliday - who's 5-feet-8, 160 pounds to Strawberry's 6-5, 201 - said yesterday that he's doing fine.

December 2, 2005
Bigger Comcast Cable Bills
Comcast is hitting area cable TV subscribers with higher rates. The move comes in the face of stiffer competition from satellite TV and future competition from Verizon's fiber optic service. Come January, the cost of the standard expanded basic cable package will go from $45 a month to $47.70. Cox, which services a large chunk of Northern Virginia, says it has no plans to raise rates.

December 2, 2005
4 Maintains Lead In DC, 11 & 13 Rule Baltimore
From the Washington Post: The audience for local television news dropped significantly in the November "sweeps" - the first such ratings period that used Nielsen's new Local People Meter system. Some of the biggest drops came in the 5 PM and 6 PM newscasts, times for which the four stations experienced a double-digit percentage drop from the previous year. In early mornings, numbers were down nearly across the board. Only Channel 9/WUSA saw an uptick. The station is now second in early mornings, although still far behind ratings leader Channel 4/WRC. Channel 4 was the top-rated newscast in November in all time slots where it goes head-to-head with the other stations' news shows. And, from the Baltimore Sun: Baltimore's two strongest TV news stations, Channel 11/WBAL and Channel 13/WJZ, continued their neck-and-neck race for ratings dominance in November "sweeps," and neither could claim a solid victory. WBAL could boast of the largest share of the audience for its 5 PM, 6 PM, and 11 PM newscasts slots, as well as for both its morning and 6 PM newscasts on weekends. WJZ has the lead for weekday newscasts in early morning and at noon.

December 2, 2005
Changes At PGC
Infinity's WPGC-FM gives Brown Hornhit music director duties. Hornhit's production and imaging duties will now be handled by Bob Holmcrans, who was WPGC's assistant program director and production director from 1987 to 1998. PGC's former music director, Boogie D, has taken a gig at Virgin Records.

December 1, 2005
Nat'l Guard Service For Key 103er
From the Frederick News-Post: The Frederick airwaves will be missing a familiar voice for the next 12 to 18 months. Wednesday morning marked the last broadcast for Key 103.1 morning show host Dan Stevens, at least for a while. Sometime in the next month, Stevens, 37, will report for active duty with his National Guard unit. He does not know where the unit will go, but he does know he will be stationed overseas.

November 29, 2005
Erica Replaces Chilli On Diamond's Show
We're hearing that Chilli Amar will leave Jack Diamond's morning Mix 107.3 team and become the sidekick and traffic gal of WRQX afternoon man Carson. Erica Hilary, formerly of Z104 and WASH, will be taking Chilli's place with Diamond.

November 29, 2005
Kingston To XM
We're being told that former Infinity suit Steve Kingston, head of Empire Broadcasting, which owns adult alternative WRNR (103.1 FM) and country WINX (94.3 FM) in Annapolis, is joining DC's XM Satellite Radio as director of label relations.

November 28, 2005
Mike Buchanan's Wife Dies
Catherine "Cathy" Buchanan, 64, wife of DC TV personality Mike Buchanan, died on Thanksgiving after a long battle with cancer. Mike, a longtime Channel 9 reporter and anchor who now works for Channel 7, recently started doing radio commentaries for WTOP from his North Potomac home, so he could be near his wife during her illness. Mike's son, Doug Buchanan, is a reporter at Channel 9. Cathy worked for Henry Kissinger for 20 years.

November 22, 2005
Peter Rosenberg Lands Late Morning Slot At 106.7
Peter Rosenberg will be getting the 10 AM to noon slot on WJFK-FM come January. The official announcement came during the Junkies' show show on Tuesday. He'll follow the Junkies, with their move to become Howard Stern's morning drive replacement in DC and Baltimore. Rosenberg has been doing 106.7's evening slot since Ron and Fez left for XM. Jay Severin will do WJFK-FM evenings come January.

November 22, 2005
Hugh Sidey Dies
Hugh Sidey, 78, the Time magazine journalist who covered the White House for decades, died Monday in Paris of a heart attack. For many years, Sidey was a regular on DC-based political talk shows like Channel 9's "Agronsky And Company."

November 21, 2005
Former Nissan Pavilion Manager Sues DC101's Elliot
From the Courthouse News Service: Elliott Segal, morning man at Clear Channel rocker DC101, has been sued for $13 million for allegedly slandering the now former manager of the Nissan Pavilion, near Manassas. Walter Edwards, who was in charge of the Clear Channel-owned concert facility, reached an agreement with Segal to use Nissan to host DC101's "Shantytown" all-night rock concert - provided that concertgoers and promoters abide by Virginia liquor laws. When Segal promoted the event on the air by mentioning it would provide cheap beer, and on the station's website with photos of scantily clad women, Edwards says the Virginia's Alcohol Beverage Control regulators warned him against the practice, and he asked Segal to stop it. Segal then slandered him on the air, Edwards charges. That was followed by Edwards being fired. According to Clear Channel, the dismissal was a "downsizing," but Segal used it to further slander him, Edwards claims.

November 18, 2005
7's Russell To Philly
Angela Russell leaves Channel 7/WJLA to co-anchor the 4 PM newscast on KYW-TV, the CBS station in Philadelphia.

November 17, 2005
Mega Flips 92.7 & 94.3 To "Classica"
Mega has transformed its two DC area FMers to Spanish classic hits. "Mega Clasica" replaces the younger-skewing Spanish contemporary format on Prince Frederick MD's WBZS (92.7 FM) and Warrenton VA's WBPS (94.3 FM). Mega programmer Rafel Gullon says "clasica" is modeled on what Mega is doing in Tampa - targeting Spanish adults who may feel "left out" by the popularity of reggaeton music, which is heard on Infinity's El Zol, WLZL (99.1 FM). WBZS/WBPS has seen a major ratings decline since the debut of WLZL in January 2005.

November 15, 2005
MAL Vet "Red" Daniels Dies
Robert "Red" Daniels has passed away. He did engineering and program production work at WMAL from 1953 until his retirement in the 1970s. "Red" was one of the "board ops" who ran the "Harden And Weaver" morning show from the station's transmitter site on Bethesda's Greentree Road in the 1960s and the early 1970s.

November 15, 2005
Art Sinclair Pleads Guilty To Sex Charge
The Baltimore Sun reports that Art Sinclair, a Baltimore radio personality, pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to engaging in a sexual act with a 16-year-old girl in an Ellicott City parking lot in November 2004. He was arrested in March 2005. Sinclair, whose real name is Arthur Lapenotiere, was sentenced by a Howard County Circuit Court judge to 15 days in jail and 55 days in home detention. Sinclair, who will begin serving his time on 1/6, apologized to the girl before he was sentenced. Sinclair, 61, who lives in Westminster, must also undergo sexual offender treatment or counseling, but he does not have to register as a sex offender. After Judge Louis Becker sentenced Sinclair, the mother of the girl, whom the Sun did not identify, cried out in the courtroom: "That's not time! I'm not satisfied with that. He deserves more time!" Over the years, Sinclair has held various radio news and sports jobs at Frederick's WFMD and Baltimore's WFBR (now WJFK-AM) and WCBM. Most recently, he was the voice of the Baltimore Blast soccer team.

November 14, 2005
BA Quits D&M
Beth Ann "BA" McBride will be leaving her executive producer job at WJFK-FM's "Don And Mike Show." She confirmed on the air that she can't afford to live in Northern Virginia on the salary that she's getting from Infinity Radio. McBride will be taking a radio job in another market - a less expensive southern city, she says. D&M sidekick Rob "Robbay" Spiewak will take BA's job.

November 14, 2005
Heart Attack Fells Fez
Fez Whatley, half of XM's Ron and Fez midday team, suffered a relatively mild heart attack last Wednesday - and even went on to do Thursday's show. R&F were in rerun mode on Friday. According to a DCRTVer, a solo Ron Bennington revealed on Monday's show that Fez also just learned that he has diabetes. We're told that Fez had an angioplasty procedure at an NYC area hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. R&F jumped to XM last summer, after several years of doing evenings on WJFK-FM. Now at a Florida FM talker, El Jefe and J Dubs, two more former WJFKers, sat in on R&F's Monday show to pay tribute to Fez.

November 14, 2005
Pre-Radio DC Area Alt Rocker Launches
Alternative Broadcasting, a non-profit Arlington-based company, will be launching an online stream of what they hope will turn into an alternative rock FM station. On Tuesday, 11/15, at alternativebroadcasting.org. The "station" will kick off with a message from AB's General Manager Tim Davis and Program Director Catherine Seve. AB was formed early this year with a mission to "bring true diversity back to DC radio." With cooperation from many DC area broadcasting professionals, as well as Charlottesville's non-profit commercial-free alt rock WNRN, AB hopes to launch an FM station in the DC area within two years.

November 12, 2005
Fredericksburg Gets New Religious FMer
Educational Media Corporation's new WWED (89.5 FM) in Spotsylvania County (near Fredericksburg) is now on the air using Moody Bible Institute's religious Moody Broadcasting Network. The FCC granted a construction permit to EMC just over two months ago. EMC, headed by Pete Stover, is based in Spotsylvania.

November 9, 2005
CNN Anchor Reveals Sexual Abuse By Priest
Thomas Roberts (left), 33, an anchor for CNN Headline News, was a victim of sexual abuse from a priest when he was a student in 1987 at Calvert Hall, a Catholic high school in Baltimore. The Baltimore Sun has the details. While the Sun does not publish the names of sexual abuse victims without their permission, Roberts asked that his full name be used in coverage of the abuse case.

November 8, 2005
13's Bob Turk Gets Cochlear Implant
Channel 13/WJZ is revealing that Baltimore weatherman Bob Turk (right, just after surgery) had a cochlear implant in June. And we now hear that the device, an electronic gizmo inserted under the skin behind the ear that sends audio impulses to the brain, is working properly. Turk had a damaged cochlea and had been using two hearing aids. He was almost considered clinically deaf. Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh had the same procedure a few years ago.

November 4, 2005
Blake Replaces Young At MZQ
Changes are coming to Clear Channel country outlet WMZQ. Paula Young is out as the station's evening personality. Now, 98.7 has hired Texas native Deena Blake to replace Young and be the station's music director. She starts on 11/28. Blake comes from a Clear Channel country station in Corpus Christi. She's also worked at country outlets in Nashville and Austin.

November 2, 2005
2 Hostess Sylvia Scott Dies
From the Baltimore Sun: Sylvia Scott, hostess for 17 years of an afternoon television talk show in Baltimore, died in her sleep 10/27 at her home in Oxford MD. She was 83. The show, "The Woman's Angle," was already a staple of Channel 2/ WMAR's afternoon lineup when she took over in 1959. Opening with a logo of a lighted cigarette and cup of coffee, it soon featured a perfectly coiffed and immaculately attired Miss Scott interviewing performers from the old Ford's Theatre, guests from garden clubs, local chefs, and physicians. Scott appeared on camera until the show was canceled in 1976.

November 1, 2005
George Michael Thrown From Horse
Channel 4/WRC anchor Jim Vance announced on-air Monday that NBC 4 sports anchor George Michael was thrown from a horse over the weekend. He broke three ribs and severely strained both wrists while trying to break his fall. No word on when Michael will return to the airwaves. Michael, a horse enthusiast, owns a farm in Comus MD, where the mishap happened. No word if he was hospitalized.

November 1, 2005
VOA's Jack Shellenberger Dies
Jack Shellenberger, a retired senior US Information Agency foreign service officer who served as director of programs at the Voice Of America and as dean of area studies at the Foreign Service Institute, died 10/24 at his home in Great Falls after a stroke. He was 77.

October 31, 2005
9 Charged DC For Breast Cancer Prevention Campaign
Chris Baker reports that Channel 9/WUSA charged the DC government as much as $100,000 annually to promote breast cancer awareness during the TV station's newscasts, according to contracts the Washington Times has obtained. For at least two years, from February 2002 to February 2004, news anchors at the Gannett station were required under the contract with the city to encourage viewers to learn more about breast cancer by visiting the station's website. According to the Times, the reminders were designed to drive traffic to a banner ad on the website for the DC Department Of Human Services. WUSA also used one of its news anchors in commercials paid for by the DC government to promote literacy, according to the contracts, which the Times obtained via the Freedom Of Information Act.

October 31, 2005
780 Returns To WAVA Calls
Salem's religious talker 780 AM in Arlington has dropped the WABS calls and gone back to WAVA. Salem also owns like-formatted WAVA-FM, 105.1. The AM station was called WAVA back in the 1960s and 1970s, when it was all-news with WAVA-FM under local newspaper publisher Arthur Arundel's ownership.

October 27, 2005
WEAA Suspends Host For "Anti-Gay" Remarks
Redding News Review reports that a Morgan State University administrator says the school has "removed" a radio host from the airwaves after a gay rights group claims he spread "blatant homophobia." Clinton Coleman, public relations director for the university, said Duane Johnson, a host on Morgan State's WEAA (88.9 FM), was removed from the Baltimore station because he failed to run a disclaimer, when he asked his listening audience to protest a "Coming Out" event being held at Pikesville High School.

October 25, 2005
Junkies To Replace Stern In DC & Baltimore
Howard Stern announced his Infinity broadcast radio replacements after he jumps to Sirius Satellite Radio in January. The midday Junkies will take Stern's morning slot on both DC's WJFK-FM and Baltimore's WHFS. Former Van Halen singer David Lee Roth is the East Coast replacement for Howard Stern, and will be heard in NYC, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Boston, and other cities. Stern's stations in NYC and Philadelphia will both flip from rock music to fulltime talk. "Loveline" co-host Adam Carolla will take Stern's spot in five West Coast markets, including LA and SF. Cleveland-based Rover will take several Midwestern markets, including Chicago. Also, comic magician Penn Jillette will be given an hour-long show that will be broadcast after morning drive on some of Stern's old stations, including WJFK-FM. Also, WJFK-FM and WHFS have assumed the Free FM imager. DC's WJFK-FM will continue with its fulltime talk format, while Baltimore's WHFS will still play alternative rock in evenings, overnights, and on weekends.

October 24, 2005
VOA Engineer Anna Case Dies
From the Washington Post: Anna Case, 86, a frequency engineer with a 50-year career in international shortwave radio communication, died 10/16 of complications of leukemia at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington. She was a resident of Falls Church. Case was chief of the radio frequency division of Voice Of America when she retired in 1984. At the time of her retirement, she was one of the highest-ranking female engineers in the federal government.

October 20, 2005
Beer Guy To Head NAB
Confirming weeks of rumors, DC's National Association Of Broadcasters Thursday named former National Beer Wholesalers President David Rehr as its next president-CEO, officially bringing to an end the 23-year reign of Eddie Fritts.

October 20, 2005
Brooks Tomlin To Philly
Come December, weatherman Brooks Tomlin will jump from Baltimore's Channel 13/WJZ to Philadelphia's Channel 3/KYW. Tomlin's been at Channel 13 since 2002, and, before that, worked in Alabama, Louisiana, and Florida.

October 20, 2005
WTOP Slumps, WLZL Surges
Newser WTOP falls to 5th place in the summer Arbitron radio ratings. Spanish WLZL surges upward to 12th. Adult urban contemporary WMMJ comfortably takes 1st. Hot adult contemporary WRQX dives to 15th. Talker WJFK-FM limps in at 16th. In Baltimore, country WPOC takes 1st, urban contemporary WERQ places 2nd, with talker WBAL down a bit to 4th. Country WFLS again rules the roost in Fredericksburg.

October 19, 2005
Cable-Access Philosopher Knisely Dies
C.H. Kenneth Knisely (right), 48, a philosopher, taxi driver, teacher, and producer of the award-winning cable-access television talk show "No Dogs Or Philosophers Allowed," died of a heart attack on 9/25 after surgery at the Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington. Knisely, often clad in a mechanic's green jumpsuit, produced 15 years worth of nationally-shown programs from Northern Virginia and Richmond.

October 19, 2005
Jill Sorenson To CSN
Former Channel 4/WRC sports reporter Jill Sorenson is leaving her news reporting gig at Channel 5/WTTG. And getting back into sports at Comcast SportsNet. She'll be an anchor and reporter for CSN's "SportsNite."

October 15, 2005
WNAV Names Weaver News Director
Ray Weaver, a veteran Mid-Atlantic radio reporter, has been named news director at Pat Sajak's WNAV (1430 AM) in Annapolis. The Pasadena MD resident has been a reporter, writer, and editor for the past 30 years and has worked at radio stations in Williamsburg, Baltimore, Norfolk, and Nashville.

October 12, 2005
Tony Perkins Back To 5
Tony Perkins is leaving his weather gig at ABC's "Good Morning America" and is jumping back to his home market of DC. And to Channel 5/WTTG. Perkins, who grew up in the DC area and worked at WTTG before joining "GMA" in the late 1990s, won't be back on Channel 5's airwaves until January 2006. As a "weekday weathercaster." Perkins was weatherman on WTTG's morning news from 1993 to 1998 and then spent a year co-anchoring the show.

October 11, 2005
5 News Crew Roughed Up While Covering PG Shooting
A Channel 5/WTTG reporter and cameraman were threatened Monday afternoon by young men who concealed their faces and told them to leave the site of a triple shooting in Riverdale Heights. "They were threatened covering the story," WTTG News Director Katherine Green told the Washington Post. "We don't know who threatened them." Prince George's police are investigating whether the Sunday night incident, which resulted in two deaths, was gang-related.

October 6, 2005
Arch Campbell Has "Surprise Surgery"
Arch Campbell (right), Channel 4/WRC's longtime entertainment and arts reporter, has been taking time away - four weeks - from his TV gig to deal with some "surprise surgery." He tells us that "doctors found a spot in my colon during a routine test. They snipped it out at Sibley (Hospital) in mid-September. I've made a good recovery. The surgeon assures me he left in my funny bone. Glad to hear a few people missed me and I'm glad to be going back to work next week."

October 6, 2005
Nathan Roberts Leaving NC8
NewsChannel 8 says goodbye to news anchor Nathan Roberts. His contract, which expires at the end of the year, was not renewed, we're told. Look for a high profile replacement to be named at a later date. In other words, NC8/WJLA News Director Bill Lord has not found Roberts' replacement yet.

October 5, 2005
Post Ombudsman To Become PBS Ombudsman
PBS has appointed Washington Post ombudsman Michael Getler to its newly-created ombudsman position. According to the Alexandria-based public broadcaster, Getler will "seek to ensure that PBS upholds its own rigorous standards of journalistic ethics for both online and on-air content." His reports and commentary will be published at pbs.org. Before becoming the Post's ombudsman, Getler was executive editor of the Paris-based International Herald Tribune, which was jointly owned by the Post and the NY Times until 2003. Since 1970, Getler covered Europe and military affairs for the Post, rising to become a deputy managing editor.

October 5, 2005
WMAL, WTNT Financial Guru Rick Malone Dies
Richard Malone (right), 48, a stock market adviser to AM radio listeners as well as a senior vice president at Reston's Ferris, Baker, Watts, died 10/2 after he slipped and fell at his home in Falls Church. Fairfax County police said the death was accidental. Known on air as "Rick," Malone was the stock market guru on "The Wise Investor Show," which he co-hosted with Randy Beeman on Saturday mornings on WTNT (570 AM) and Sunday mornings on WMAL (630 AM). WMAL General Manager Chris Berry told the Washington Post that Malone built a loyal fan base because listeners knew that he put his money behind the stocks he recommended. "His show was popular with people who enjoyed playing the market," said Ric Edelman, who hosts a financial show Saturday mornings on WMAL.

October 4, 2005
Greaseman To WMET
Mark Bisnow is out as the morning man on IDT talker WMET (1160 AM). And that his replacement is Doug "The Greaseman" Tracht. Tracht, who has been heard on Birach's Frederick area WDMV (700 AM), has been doing his nationally syndicated radio show via his Montgomery County home. He was fired from Infinity's classic rock WARW (94.7 FM) in 1999 after making a racist joke, for which he apologized. Tracht almost landed at Clear Channel talker WTNT (570 AM) several years ago.

October 4, 2005
Navy Retains Football Commentator After Profanity
Associated Press reports that football commentator John Feinstein will be back on the air for Saturday's Navy-Air Force game despite uttering an obscenity during the radio broadcast of last Saturday's Navy game. During the broadcast, Feinstein directed a profanity at the referees after a Duke receiver appeared to push a Navy defender. Feinstein pulled himself from the rest of the broadcast and offered an on-air apology at the end of the game. He immediately offered his resignation, but it was rejected. The game was aired on WNAV (1430 AM) in Annapolis.

October 3, 2005
Examiner Moves To Post's Neighborhood
The freebie Washington Examiner newspaper moves its newsroom from Edsall Road in Alexandria (the Journal's old digs) to 15th and K streets in downtown DC, just a block away from the Washington Post. The space was vacated by Agence France-Presse's DC bureau. States Washingtonian: While Examiner sources say that the location was "purely coincidental," the building was chosen in part because it would allow the paper to hang its name outside, where it will loom visible to anyone looking out the Post's windows.

October 3, 2005
Boogie D To Leave PGC
Music Director Boogie D will leave WPGC-FM in early November to join hip-hop producer Jermaine Dupri at Virgin Records. Boogie's been at the Infinity rhythmic contemporary outlet since 2004.

September 29, 2005
DirecTV To Carry XM
DirecTV is adding 72 channels from the XM lineup - including many musical streams plus some XM-produced talk fare like High Voltage's "Ron And Fez" and "Opie And Anthony," and baseball programming. It's in response to Dish Network carrying many Sirus channels. DCRTV hears that MusicChoice is being dropped by DirecTV.

September 28, 2005
Steiner Gives Up YPR Management Gig
Baltimore's Citypaper reports that radio talk show host Marc Steiner has stepped down from his position as executive vice president for broadcast and production at WYPR (88.1 FM), the Baltimore public radio station he helped acquire from Johns Hopkins University in 2002. But, he'll continue hosting "The Marc Steiner Show" Monday through Thursday, from noon to 2 PM.

September 28, 2005
Bloomquist Leaves WMAL
Program Director Randall Bloomquist had said adios to talker WMAL. He's taking the program director gig at Atlanta talker WGST, a Clear Channel station. Bloomquist, a native of Severna Park and a University Of Maryland graduate, joined ABC's WMAL in September 2003 from WRVA, a Clear Channel talker in Richmond. He and WMAL General Manager Chris Berry have been working, with varying degrees of ratings success, to transform the mainstream news talk outlet into a right-leaning talker. Several weeks ago, there was word of a split between Bloomquist and Berry after late morning talker Michael Graham left, following his refusal to apologize for saying that Islam is a "terrorist organization." Bloomquist and Graham had worked together at WRVA. WMAL News Director John Matthews is serving as interim program director while Berry launches a "nationwide search" for Bloomquist's successor.

September 28, 2005
Phil Wood Gone From XM
DC sports radio vet Phil Wood is out at XM due to "creative differences." Wood, a former WTEMer, had been doing baseball coverage for the DC-based satcaster. Including fill-in work and a one-hour call-in show. Sources tell us that XM wanted the show to be "straight talk" and no callers. Wood objected, and he was shown the door. "No big blow-up," we're told. Wood will continue his work for Infinity sports talker WJFK-AM (1300) in Baltimore and as baseball columnist for the Washington Examiner. And he's looking forward to doing baseball coverage for the DC area radio broadcaster that lands the 2006 rights for the Nationals after Major League Baseball sells the team this fall.

September 27, 2005
Fairfax OKs Cable Franchise For Verizon
Verizon won approval to sell cable television and broadband internet in Fairfax County. After a public hearing, the county Board Of Supervisors voted unanimously in favor of granting a non-exclusive, 15-year franchise agreement to the local telephone giant. The deal will put Verizon in direct competition with Cox and Comcast. Verizon also has franchise agreements pending before Loudoun and Arlington counties, Leesburg, and Fairfax City, and is in negotiations with Howard County and the city of Bowie. It recently struck a deal to serve the town of Herndon.

September 26, 2005
Mike Murphy Named HFS PD
Infinity has picked Mike Murphy to be program director at part-time alt rocker WHFS (105.7 FM) in Baltimore. He replaces Lisa Worden, who jumped back to LA alt rocker KROQ in August. Murphy's got a difficult job - programming talk during daytime hours, and edgy rock music after 7 PM and on weekends. Evening rocker Tim Virgin had been WHFS's interim PD. Murphy was most recently PD at alt rock WDYL in Richmond, and was assistant PD at Boston's alt rock FNX Network.

September 24, 2005
Bisnow Provides "Raving Moderate" Niche On AM Radio
Is there a "middle ground" between WTOP ("superficial and repetitive") and NPR ("overly narrow and dry")? Mark Bisnow (left) thinks so. He does the morning show on talker WMET (1160 AM). Now that the self-described "raving moderate" has been doing morning drive since March, and his station's pumping out 50,000-watts, Bisnow has no problem attracting big names, a la Ed Meese, Ken Starr, Jim Moran, and Tom Davis. Coming soon: Mark Warner, Tony Williams, and Harry Jaffe. But Bisnow says his show differs from righty talkers like WMAL in that there's "almost no pontificating" with "very balanced debates." However, it remains to be seen if listeners want such equilibrium on the AM band. WMET has yet to make a dent in the local radio ratings roundup. Bisnow's background: he was press secretary to 1980 presidential candidate John Anderson, counsel to Majority Leader Bob Dole in the mid-80s, author of two books on politics, senior officer of two high tech firms, and is a Harvard-trained lawyer. He's even been heard on WTOP doing "Bisnow On Business" from 1997 to 2004.

September 23, 2005
Allan Prell Fired Again
Allan Prell, the former WBAL radio lefty talk host. has lost yet another gig. This time it's at KIRO, a news talk station in Seattle. Says a message at kiro710.com: "KIRO would like to thank all the fans of "The Allan Prell Show." Allan's last day on the air was September 21st and we wish him all the best." No word as to why, but it probably had something to do with ratings. This discharge comes after Prell got canned from a talk station in Denver. Before heading out west, Prell had been living in the DC area, penning a novel.

September 23, 2005
EZ Street Heads West
Former WPGC-FM afternoon drive jock EZ Street will make his debut at San Francisco's urban adult "Quiet Storm" KBLX on 10/3. He'll be holding down afternoon drive 2 PM to 7 PM (5 PM to 10 PM Eastern) and can be heard online at kblx.com. EZ's Take It EZ Travel and Encompass Media Promotion companies will also relocate to the San Francisco area. EZ's website, rollwithabrother.com, features the following statement: "March 15, 2005 was my last day at WPGC. We parted ways amicably. When I walked out the door I was still number one in my time slot because of you the listener."

September 23, 2005
Oversized Man Dies, Humiliated By Charm City Coverage
From the Baltimore Sun: John H. Keitz Jr., whose obesity received national attention after a medical emergency prompted a removal from his former Dundalk home, died Tuesday at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, Ohio. He was 39 and weighed more than 700 pounds. The Sun's obituary mentions how humiliated he was that a TV crew was filming him being airlifted out of his home. Keitz was particularly annoyed by the television news helicopter that day, says his wife, Gina Christine Sessions-Keitz. "He did not like being put on the center stage - made to be a laughing stock," she adds. A Channel 11 source tells DCRTV: "That was a WBAL chopper. We never aired the video but it seems the damage was done." Channel 13/WJZ, which also covered the man's removal from his home, did air the video - live.

September 23, 2005
Ed Walker Recovering From Back Surgery
DC radio legend Ed Walker is recovering from back surgery at the Washington Hospital Center. "Although he is pretty heavily medicated, he is able to move his legs without the pain he has been dealing with recently," we're told. It's likely that he will be returning to Sibley Hospital's rehabilitation unit this weekend. Walker was hospitalized at Sibley early in September suffering from severe back pain. Hopefully, after a few weeks, Walker will be back to his duties at Willard Scott's office at NBC and will resume his Sunday night "Big Broadcast" at WAMU. "He thanks everyone for the good wishes," we're told. "Once he's back at Sibley, he will be receptive to calls from his friends."

September 21, 2005
MMJ Tops 25-54 'Trends
Another round of those monthly Arbitrends. In the age 25-54 key demo for DC: WMMJ 1st, WHUR 2nd (1st in PM drive), WPGC-FM 3rd, WTOP 4th (1st in AM drive), WRQX and WASH 5th, WKYS and WMZQ and DC101 7th (Elliot 4th in AM drive), WJZW 10th, WJFK-FM 11th (Howard Stern 5th in AM drive, Don and Mike 4th in PM drive), WGMS 12th, WARW 13th, WBIG 14th, WLZL 15th, WTEM 16th, Z104 and WMAL 17th (Grandy and Andy 17th in AM drive), WIHT 19th, WAVA 20th.

September 21, 2005
Baltimore TV Puppeteer Dies
Bernard Paul, who hosted "Paul's Puppets" on Channel 11/WBAL in the 1940s, '50s, and '60s, died on 9/18 in his sleep at the Baltimore Washington Medical Center. He was 98. Mr. Paul was born in Baltimore and raised in the Linthicum Heights home where he lived from 1919 until last year, when he moved to Heart Homes at Linthicum. In 1955, WBAL-TV made Mr. Paul's program one of its first color telecasts. Mr. Paul and his wife, Edith, created the dancing and frolicking puppet characters, along with the sets and props. Mrs. Paul died in 1993.

September 19, 2005
Red Shipley Suffers Stroke
Red Shipley, who does mornings on country WJMA in Culpeper and who hosts bluegrass programming on DC's WAMU, suffered a "mild" stroke on 9/12. He had been hospitalized in Culpeper, but is now in Charlottesville undergoing physical therapy. We're told that his condition is improving and he remains hopeful that he can return to "Stained Glass Bluegrass" Sundays on WAMU and WJMA.

September 17, 2005
Elliker, Eads To XM's "Broad" Channel
Channel 9/WUSA traffic reporter Shari Elliker and DC101's Christine Eads will be co-hosting "BroadMinded" on a weekday basis on XM's new women's channel, Take 5.

September 16, 2005
WJLA Newser Jumps To WUSA
Jay Mishkin, the 11 PM news producer for Channel 7/WJLA, leaves to become executive producer for Channel 9/WUSA's morning newscasts. Also, WUSA has hired Jeff Rosetti from the NBC station in Raleigh NC to be executive producer of its 11 PM newscast.

September 16, 2005
Count Gore Returns To DC
Dick Dyszel, who played horror movie host Count Gore De Vol (right) on Channel 20/WDCA during the 1970s and 1980s, has returned to DC. And he hosted a midnight showing of "Young Frankenstein" at the E Street Cinema. Dyszel, who recently moved back to the DC area - Northern Virginia - after a relocation to Chicago, tells Brian Truitt in Friday's DC Examiner that he has no plans to return to TV.

September 9, 2005
WAMU Launches WAMU2
American University's WAMU (88.5 FM) officially launches a second program stream - WAMU2 - via its digital "HD Radio" signal. Starting 9/12, WAMU2 will carry NPR gavel-to-gavel coverage of the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee John Roberts. Normal talk programming will air on WAMU's "main channel," which is transmitted in digital and analog. If you don't have a digital radio, you can still listen to the Roberts hearing via wamu.org. Says WAMU General Manager Caryn Mathes: "We envision WAMU developing into a 'family of content services' to listeners utilizing conventional analog and HD Radio transmission, HD Radio multicast channels and data services, live streaming, web-exclusive program streams - such as bluegrasscountry.org, on-demand downloads of programming, and podcasting." WAMU has been broadcasting a digital version of its analog main signal since May 2004.

September 9, 2005
Easy Listening Vet Lou Rosenberg Dies
Louis "Lou" Rosenberg of Westminster, a four-decade broadcaster and marketer, died 9/6 at Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster. He was 56 and had been ill for several years. A native of Baltimore, Rosenberg worked on the air at many easy listening stations, such as the original WLIF in the 1970s, at York's WSBA-FM during the early 1980s, at WMAR-FM/WRLX (now WWMX), and was a weekend fill-in talent on WGAY-FM/AM (now WIHT/WFED) in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He provided weather forecasts for a number of radio stations in the region. Rosenberg also was sales manager for Prestige Cable, predecessor to Adelphia in Carroll County. He was an automobile and model train enthusiast and an avid gardener.

September 8, 2005
Perkins To Leave "GMA," Sater Sacked
Tony Perkins has quit his job as weatherman on ABC's "Good Morning America." Perkins did the morning weather at WTTG before joining "GMA" in 1999. Perkins "is entertaining a number of offers and is the object of a bidding war between a number of outlets," including several in the DC area. Perkins handed in his resignation just before the Labor Day holiday. Word is he had to give the network six weeks notice. ABC has been trying to keep the news of Perkins' departure under wraps until they can figure out what they will do. Perkins is a DC area native. Before working for WTTG, he was employed at WKYS radio. And, in related news, WTTG has officially fired Tom Sater, its morning weatherman. Sater, who is married to WTTG reporter-anchor Holly Morris, has been missing from 5's morning weather gig for the past few weeks. No word on why Sater was sacked. Also, we get confirmation that Sater and Morris have filed for divorce.

September 8, 2005
Ken Maylath Retires
Brenda Carl has been brought onboard at Baltimore talker WCBM (680 AM) to replace longtime newscaster Ken Maylath, who is retiring after 46 years in the radio business. A lifelong lover of trains, Maylath will be spending much of his time as a volunteer at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore.

September 6, 2005
Big O & Dukes Fired
Big O and Dukes have been given their walking papers at Infinity's WHFS (105.7 FM) in Baltimore. Many have been predicting the demise of the midday duo when former Charm City police honcho and ex-con Ed Norris was given top billing a few weeks back. The former "Out To Lunch" show is now "The Ed Norris Show."

September 6, 2005
Union Slams 7 With Aerial Banners
The National Association Of Broadcast Employees And Technicians-Communications Workers, which represents employees at Allbritton's Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8, ran 12 flying banners this past weekend over Ocean City area beaches protesting working conditions. The banner read "ABC 7 DESPARATE [SIC] TO DESTROY WORKER'S RIGHTS." According to a statement from Barbara Krieger, the union's vice president: "We are currently in contract talks with this tough employer and we are negotiating without an extension. The last contract took seven years to obtain." She stated that soon after the new contract took effect, WJLA moved to Virginia, a right-to-work state. The staff of NC8 and WJLA was "combined without recognizing pay parity between the two." The union ran the ads at the beaches because of the large amount of workers, viewers, and advertisers that frequent the shore from the WJLA/NC8 viewing area.

September 2, 2005
5's Switchboard Lady Dies
Kathryn Garrett, 92, once a telephone operator, died of respiratory failure on 8/18 at Anne Arundel Medical Center. She handled the switchboard at Channel 5/WTTG from 1953 to 1962.

September 1, 2005
Goldy Heads To NC
Jeff "Goldly" Gold, formerly with oldies outlet Big 100, WBIG, travels down to Fayetteville NC to handle mornings at WKQB. That station is programmed by DC radio vet Chris Roth.

September 1, 2005
Julius Westheimer Dead
Longtime WBAL radio and TV financial analyst Julius Westheimer (right) died Wednesday, 8/31. He was 88. Westheimer had been in the hospital in recent days, but died at home. Known to most listeners simply as "Westy," Julius began dispensing financial and investment advice in a daily report on WBAL radio in 1981. He was a mainstay of the morning news, and appeared often on WBAL talk shows. The inner city Baltimore native also joined WBAL-TV in 1982, and worked there until he retired in 2004. Westheimer also made three decades worth of appearances on Maryland Public Television's "Wall Street Week." He oversaw an investment management group at Ferris, Baker, Watts in Baltimore. Plus, Westheimer offered his financial wisdom in a variety of newspaper columns as well during the past 43 years.

August 31, 2005
Virgin Adds HFS Programming Duties, For Now
Tim Virgin, evening man on WHFS (105.7 FM), adds interim program director and music director stripes. The Baltimore parttime alt rocker recently lost programmer Lisa Worden, who returned to LA alt rocker KROQ. And is looking for a permanent replacement.

August 30, 2005
CC Names Rick Schmidt PD For DC101
Clear Channel has picked Rick Schmidt as program director for rocker DC101. He comes from Raleigh NC, where he programmed "legendary top 40 station G105." During his 17-year career, Schmidt has worked for rock and alt rockers in Tampa, Tallahassee, and Jacksonville. He replaces Joe Bevilacqua, who becomes regional VP of programming for CC's Denver radio cluster.

August 30, 2005
20 For Richard Day At TOP
Morning drive anchor Richard Day celebrates 20 years on the air at WTOP radio. "In a day and age when radio stations, formats, and personalities, are forever changing, we're fortunate here at WTOP to be able to provide consistent programming," says Jim Farley, WTOP's VP of news and programming. A bit of trivia: Day is a Julliard-trained Shakespearean actor.

August 23, 2005
Steve Cochran Inducted Into Hall Of Fame
Steve Cochran, "The Rock 'n Roll Doctor," was inducted into the Broadcasting Institute Of Maryland's Hall Of Honor during a ceremony in Timonium. Due to health reasons, Cochran was unable to attend an induction event earlier this year when Vince Bagli, Tim Williams, and Barbara Nicholson joined the prestigious group of local broadcasters. Cochran spearheaded the oldies format at WQSR, and also worked at WKTK and WHRF.

August 23, 2005
Sun Boots Witcover
DC-based political columnist Jules Witcover, 78, got booted from the Baltimore Sun after 24 years. He says he received his termination notice - one sentence of thanks - by overnight mail. Witcover, who is syndicated by the Tribune Media syndicate, is looking for a new home paper for his column, which is carried by fewer than 30 newspapers.

August 22, 2005
WMAL's Michael Graham Fired
WMAL's Michael Graham has been fired. Graham was suspended in late July after WMAL received complaints from local ABC employees, sponsors, and the DC-based Council On American-Islamic Relations after Graham suggested on-air that Islam was a "terrorist organization." Graham gave his first public interview on his firing from the ABC-owned right-leaning news talker on Chip Franklin's show on Baltimore's WBAL-AM - a Hearst station - Monday morning. According to Franklin, WMAL had been claiming that Graham was technically not fired. And that he could still come back to his late morning job at 630 if he delivered an on-air apology. Graham said he did deliver an on-air statement in late July "clarifying" his contention that many associated with the Islamic religion support terrorism against the USA, but he was suspended the next day. Graham told Franklin that he has now been officially "terminated" from WMAL. WMAL General Manager Chris Berry told Radio And Records: Some of Michael's statements about Islam went over the line - and this isn't the first time that he has been reprimanded for insensitive language and comments. I asked Michael for an on-air acknowledgement that some of his remarks were overly broad and inexplicably he refused. Michael has also tried to position this by saying that we were pressured into taking disciplinary action against him. For the record, we make our decisions independent of external pressures or third parties. We will not permit an employee to willfully violate our policies or disregard management direction."

August 16, 2005
Clear Channel Dominates DC Radio
Arbitron has released its DC market radio ratings - by station owner. And the winner in the 8th largest radio market is Clear Channel, which owns eight stations (including WMZQ, DC101, Hot 99.5, WBIG, WASH, WTEM, WTNT, WWRC). The giant radio firm achieves a 22.8 share, 48.6 percent cume in the Nation's Capital. Second place goes to Infinity (WPGC-FM/AM, WJFK-FM, WARW, El Zol) with a 14.5 share, 36 percent cume. Bonneville (WTOP, WGMS, Z104) ranks third with a 12.9/34.9, ABC (Mix 107.3, WJZW, WMAL) is fourth with a 9.3/24.6, and Radio One (WKYS, WMMJ, WOL, WYCB) takes fifth with a 5.4/15.3. Rounding out the top 10: Howard U (WHUR), Mid-Atlantic (WINC-FM), Salem (WAVA, WABS), Mega (WBZS/WBPS, WKDL), and Free Lance-Star (WFLS).

August 15, 2005
Kirk, Mark, & Josh
WIYY, 98 Rock, has found a replacement for Lopez, its "KML - Kirk, Mark, And Lopez" morning show newsman who passed away in May after a year-plus-long battle with lung cancer. It's Josh Spiegel, who has been doing news on the "Out To Lunch" midday show on WHFS, Live 105.7.

August 10, 2005
Clifford Jarrett Dies, Produced MPT Show
From the Baltimore Sun: Clifford Jarrett, an actor who was the first producer of Maryland Public Television's "The Critics' Place," died of cancer 8/5 at Coastal Hospice At The Lake in Salisbury. The former Bolton Hill resident was 62. Born in Baltimore, he attended Gilman School and went into radio broadcasting on the Eastern Shore in his late teens. During the later 1960s through early 1970s, Jarrett worked at WJZ-TV as a producer and floor director for news, prime time, and public affairs programming. He moved to the Maryland Center For Public Broadcasting in the 1970s and produced "The Critics' Place," a weekly show featuring news and reviews of the arts and entertainment.

August 8, 2005
Gordon Peterson's "Inside Washington" To 26
Channel 26/WETA adds "Inside Washington," a political roundtable produced by Channel 7/WJLA, to its Friday night news lineup. Hosted by veteran WJLA news anchor Gordon Peterson, "IW" will debut on WETA on Friday, 9/2, at 8:30 PM. It will continue to air on WJLA on Sundays at 10 AM. "IW" has been airing since 1969, most of the time on Peterson's former station, Channel 9/WUSA (previously WTOP-TV and WDVM). It was then known as "Agronsky And Company," hosted by Martin Agronsky, who died in 1999.

August 7, 2005
Bob Duckman To WTRI
DC radio legend Bob Duckman will do afternoon drive on Brunswick MD's Vegas Radio WTRI (1520 AM). According to station manager and morning personality Buddy Rizer, "Duckman is no stranger to radio in the region." In the 1970s he worked at adult contemporary WASH, in the 1980s at oldies WXTR, XTRA 104, and in the 1990s at the nostalgia-based WWDC-AM/WGAY-AM.

August 3, 2005
HFS's Lisa Worden To LA
Program Director Lisa Worden is leaving the battered remains of alt rocker WHFS, now a parttime outlet on a Baltimore frequency (105.7) that doesn't reach much of the DC area, for music director duties at LA alt rocker KROQ. From where she came several years ago. Both stations are owned by Infinity. As you'll recall, WHFS got yanked off its fulltime 99.1 frequency in January to make room for Spanish WLZL, El Zol.

August 1, 2005
4's Dave Slawatycki Dies
Dave Slawatycki, a "Sports Machine" technical director at Channel 4/WRC, collapsed and died while working in Studio A on Sunday evening. Co-workers immediately came to his aid, contacting emergency services, and providing CPR until paramedics arrived. He was taken to Sibley Hospital, but doctors could not revive him.

August 1, 2005
R&F To XM
Former WJFK-FM evening talkers Ron and Fez will join XM on 9/12. They'll take the 11 AM to 2 PM (ET) slot on the High Voltage channel (202), following Opie and Anthony.

August 1, 2005
Bevilacqua Leaves DC101 PD Post
Joe Bevilacqua is leaving his program director gig at Clear Channel rocker DC101 to become regional VP of programming for CC's Denver radio cluster. There he'll over see three rock stations - active, classic, and alternative.

July 29, 2005
MAL Suspends Michael Graham
WMAL morning team "Grandy And Andy" reported Friday that the station's late morning talker Michael Graham has been "suspended" for calling Islam a "terrorist organization." Apparently, he is out of work without pay for an indefinite period. Says a DCRTVer: " I don't understand why someone who's job is to make controversial comments is suspended for making controversial comments. Part of me hopes it's all a stunt." In fact, it smells like a stunt since Grandy and Andy said on-air that they disagreed with the decision and encouraged listeners to send complaints to WMAL management. Also, WMAL is still running Graham show promos and pre-taped ads featuring the "suspended" Graham, who got a big write-up in Tuesday's DC Post about his dispute with a local Islamic organization.

July 28, 2005
HFS's Lisa Worden Back To La
Lisa Worden, program director at WHFS, is heading back to her former stomping ground at LA alt rocker KROQ. As music director. She joined HFS a year or so before it left fulltime status on 99.1 for parttime status on 105.7.

July 28, 2005
Baltimore Radio Great Hugh Wanke Dies
A Baltimore morning radio personality from the early 1950s passed away Sunday, 7/24. Hugh Wanke entertained listeners for almost six years with his "Wake Up Clock" program on WCAO until the station was bought by Plough in the spring of 1956 and went "top 40." He also worked for WITH. Kay Starr, Joni James, Patti Page, and a huge array of pre-rock artists were a big part of his program. Wanke later went into freelance voiceover work. He was "well loved and respected," says Jack Edwards, a Baltimore radio veteran. Wanke, a Baltimore native, was 85 and died of cancer.

July 28, 2005
WRC Technician Dies
G. Darrell Trundle, 93, who in the 1960s was a lighting technician for Channel 4/WRC and a cameraman for "NBC Nighty News," died of congestive heart failure on 7/25. He was 93.

July 27, 2005
R&F To XM
Ron and Fez will be jumping from WJFK-FM to DC's XM Satellite Radio as of 9/6, the Tuesday after Labor Day.

July 27, 2005
WAGE Sold
Loudoun County's only radio station, talker WAGE (1200 AM) in Leesburg, has been sold. The buyer is Northern Virginia-based Potomac Radio, which is owned by James Weitzman. Locally, he has connections to ethnic WUST (1120 AM) and business talker WBIS (1190 AM). The seller is Leesburg-based Radio WAGE, which is owned by Grenville Emmet. The price: $2.25 million - $1.7 million cash and an option valued at no less than $550,000 for the Leesburg real estate where the transmitter site is located.

July 27, 2005
Ratings Fall For WETA-FM With News & Talk
WETA-FM (90.9) dropped classical music from its weekday lineup in February, and replaced it with news and talk fare from NPR and the BBC. Too bad listeners haven't warmed up to it. In the Washington Times, Chris Baker reports that WETA captured 1.9 percent of listeners 12 and older in the spring, down from a 2.6 percent audience share one year earlier, according to Arbitron data. WGMS (103.5 FM), the commercial classical station, drew a 5.6 percent share, up from a 4.7 percent share during spring 2004. WETA's rival NPR station, primarily news talker WAMU (88.5 FM) drew a 4.2 percent share during both the spring 2004 and spring 2005 books.

July 27, 2005
Vaughn-Fox Joins Baltimore Mayor's Team, Tucker Back To Hawaii
Cassandra Vaughn-Fox jumps from Channel 11/WBAL to the Baltimore mayor's Office Of Cable And Communication. She'll be in charge of program development and production. Also, WBAL-TV weekend news anchor Noel Tucker, a Hawaiian native whose real name is Keahi Tucker, heads back to Honolulu's KGMB-TV in September.

July 22, 2005
Spring Arbs: GMS, MZQ, DC101, 98 Rock Up, MAL & QSR Down
Spring Arbitrons. Our DCRTV local radio guru tells us that WMAL had what may well be "the worst book in the history of the station," with "Grandy And Andy" sinking to 19th place among age 25-54ers. Bonneville vaulted two stations into the top five: WTOP and WGMS. Big upswings for WMZQ, DC101, and WHUR. Bad book for WRQX morning man Jack Diamond, who dropped to 9th place among key 25-54ers. And it looks like Nats fans are finally finding Z104's games, as the station posted an evening ratings hike. Full day age 12+ numbers for DC: 1) WPGC-FM, 2) WMMJ, 3) WHUR and WGMS, 5) WTOP, 6) WMZQ and WKYS, 8) DC101, 9) WIHT, 10) WJZW and WASH, 12) WBIG, 13) WMAL and WRQX, 15) WJFK-FM, 16) WLZL, 17) WTEM and WARW, 19) Z104, 20) WAVA. Morning drive, age 25-54 demo: 1) WTOP, 2) WPGC-FM, 3) WMMJ, 4) WHUR, 5) WJFK-FM, 6) DC101, 7) WKYS, 8) WMZQ, 9) WRQX, 10) WTEM, 11) WASH, 12) WBIG, 13) WGMS and WJZW, 15) WAVA and WIHT, 17) WARW and Z104, 19) WMAL, 20) WLZL. In Baltimore, WQSR, with its new Jack format, took a plunge. It's down to a 3.2 share (age 12+) from a 4.2 a year ago. While WIYY, 98 Rock, posted its best numbers in a year. Ditto with talk-alt rock combo WHFS on 105.7. However, Spanish WLZL attracted about one-third the number of Baltimore listeners as the old HFS did on 99.1. As usual, WERQ was 1st, WPOC 2nd, WBAL-AM 3rd, and WWIN-FM 4th.

July 20, 2005
Paul Duke Is Dead
Paul Duke (right), 78, a veteran newsman who for 20 years was the calm and mellow moderator of the public television program "Washington Week In Review," died 7/18 of acute leukemia at his home in DC. According to the Washington Post, Duke was already a respected Washington journalist when he took over in 1974 as host of the program, now called "Washington Week," the longest running news program on PBS. It is produced in the Shirlington studios of Channel 26/WETA. Duke had worked for the Associated Press, the Wall Street Journal, and NBC. He grew up in the Richmond area. Duke retired from "Washington Week" in 1994 and moved to London, where he provided news analysis for the BBC as well as a weekly "Letter From London" for WETA-FM. In 1999, he came back for a short stint as moderator of "Washington Week" after his successor was fired.

July 20, 2005
Verizon Gets Herndon OK For Cable TV
The Herndon Town Council has agreed to let Verizon begin offering cable television service. By a 6 to 0 vote, the town council approved Verizon's request to compete with Cox, which holds a monopoly cable franchise for the municipality of 22,000.

July 18, 2005
Former Eastern Shore DJ Faces Sexual Assault Charge
Associated Press reports that authorities in Worcester County are lodging charges against a former area radio personality. Eric Littleton, 34, of Delmar MD, worked for rocker WZBH in Georgetown DE, and the charges stem from a station-sponsored event last month at a Snow Hill MD bar. Investigators said Littleton promised a pair of concert tickets to a man if he exposed himself to a woman at a Snow Hill bar. Littleton was better known to his listeners as "Cowboy," but has since been dismissed from the station. According to AP, Littleton and the 27-year-old man have been charged with indecent exposure, second-degree assault, and fourth-degree sexual assault.

July 15, 2005
32 Engineer William Kirkland Dies
William Nathaniel Kirkland Jr., 62, who had most recently served as director of operations and engineering at Channel 32/WHUT, died on 7/1 of a heart attack at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown. He was driving from his home in Centreville to a family reunion in Buffalo when he was stricken. Kirkland joined Howard University's WHUT (then WHMM) in 1999. He began his career as a broadcast engineer with WJCT-TV in Jacksonville, from 1971 to 1972. From 1972 to 1986, he was a broadcast engineer with WGRZ-TV in Buffalo. He returned to Jacksonville in 1987, serving as an engineer with WJKS-TV until 1989. He settled in the DC area in 1989 to become assistant chief of engineering for Channel 66/WTKK (now WPXW) in Manassas. He was chief of engineering for the cable television and broadcasting system of Northern Virginia Community College from 1991 to 1999.

July 12, 2005
Former HURer To Charlotte
Chris James, the former host of the "Quiet Storm" on Howard University's WHUR, joins Radio One's WQNC in Charlotte as music director and afternoon personality.

July 11, 2005
Geronimo's Wife Killed In Car Crash
Freda Wright-Sorce (left), the wife of WJFK-FM afternoon man Don Geronimo, was killed in an automobile accident on Route 90 near Ocean City MD on Sunday. Neither her husband, whose real name is Mike Sorce, or their college-age son, Bart, were with her when the tragedy occurred. She was traveling eastbound on Route 90 at about 2 PM, when a vehicle avoiding a westbound accident swerved into the eastbound lanes and hit her Lexus head-on. Freda, who was a frequent presence on her husband's radio show, was taken to University Of Maryland's Shock Trauma Unit in Baltimore where she died. She was 50. Before marrying Geronimo some 23 years ago, Freda had worked at a number of radio stations in the DC area, including WASH. She and her husband resided in Great Falls VA and maintained a vacation home in Ocean City.

July 11, 2005
David Haines Is Dead
David Haines (right), who was the newsman on Donnie Simpson's morning WPGC-FM show, died on 7/10. Bruce "David" Haines passed away at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore at age 64 of complications from lung cancer. While his name was Bruce, he "invented" the name "David" for his on-air work. From 1984 to 1989, he worked at then contemporary hit WAVA on the "Don And Mike" show. After two years as news director at WPLJ in NYC, he returned to the DC area to do 14 years at WPGC-FM's morning show with Donnie Simpson. He was a resident of Crofton. A tearful Simpson announced the departure of his dear friend at 6:10 Monday morning. He said Haines had been "on vacation" the past few weeks, and had been dealing with poor health for quite a while. "He's in a better place. He's gone home," Simpson proclaimed. "We love you, David Haines." Haines leaves behind a wife, their young son and daughter, along with an ex-wife and their grown son and daughter.

July 9, 2005
Judy Mann Dies
Judy Mann, 61, a former Washington Post columnist who wrote about women, children, and the politics of the women's movement, died of breast cancer 7/8 at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs. Her columns, which ran first in the Metro section and later in the Style section, were unapologetically liberal and feminist in outlook, so reports the Post.

July 8, 2005
Wife Of 98.7's Brian Battles Cancer
The wife of Brian Egan, half of WMZQ's "Ben And Brian" morning show, has been diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia. Country artist Chely Wright has been filling-in with Ben Campbell while Brian has been spending time with Jennifer during her treatments in Baltimore.

July 7, 2005
Management Changes At 11
Channel 11/WBAL is making some management changes come 8/1. Baltimore's Hearst-owned NBC affiliate ups Kelly Tallent to local sales manager. She succeeds Barbara Anderson, who has been elevated to general sales manager. Josh Nair, the station's national sales manager, will assume the national and regional sales manager post. The promotions come two weeks after WBAL-TV announced that Bill Fine, president and general manager, will depart for the top management spot at Hearst's WCVB-TV in Boston. Jordan Wertlieb, WBAL-TV's current general sales manager, will succeed Fine.

July 5, 2005
Dave Adler To WGRQ
DC radio vet Dave Adler (WBIG, WASH, WARW, WEAM, etc.) is now doing mornings on WGRQ (95.9 FM) in the Fredericksburg area. He was filling-in during afternoon drive last week while the 1960s-1970s hits station was touting a new morning show that was set to start today. It turns out that he's the new morning show.

July 3, 2005
Tower Collapse At 950
WCTN (950 AM), a Spanish language outlet in Potomac MD, suffered a tower collapse. At its transmission site at the Falls Road golf course. Probably from the severe weather on Friday night. The station was able to remain on the air using reduced power from a leaning tower that was still standing.

July 2, 2005
Sam Arrives In Warrenton
On 7/2, WOJL (105.5 FM) in Louisa VA unveiled its new "Sam" format - "Simply About Music." Another one of those Jack-type stations that is trying to mimic "your own personal iPod in shuffle." The locally-owned Piedmont Communications station serves Warrenton, Fredericksburg, and Culpeper.

June 30, 2005
WJYJ Sold
California-based CSN International is selling Fredericksburg religious outlet WJYJ (90.5 FM) to Virginia-based Baker Family Stations. Baker owns Positive Alternative Radio, which owns Culpeper contemporary Christian outlet WPER (89.9 FM). Also included in the deal are Christian-formatted Old Dominion radio stations in Emporia, Nassawadox, and Waynesboro. The group sale price - $8 million.

June 27, 2005
Chris Roth Flies South
DC radio veteran Chris Roth - WRQX, WGTS, WASH, "Ted Striker" on WBIG, plus much more - has taken the position of senior program director at Cumulus's Fayetteville, North Carolina cluster of five stations. He'll be concentrating on their country and hot adult contemporary outlets. Roth starts on 7/11.

June 19, 2005
5 Wins Emmy Race, Again
Channel 5 weathercaster Sue Palka picked up an Emmy at the local ceremony. In fact, her Fox station netted a total of 13 - once again, the most of any area broadcast outlet. But, many "old timers," a la Kathleen Matthews, Maureen Bunyan, and Gordon Peterson at Channel 7, and Jim Vance and Doreen Gentzler at Channel 4, didn't even enter the Emmy competition this year. WJLA's VP of news, Bill Lord, says that the whole awards thingo is a young person's game. Although, Palka ain't no spring chicken.

June 18, 2005
"Duckpins" Host Tom Cole Dies
Tom Cole died on 6/16 at the age of 75 of cancer. For more than a decade through the 1960s, Cole was a sports anchor, staff announcer, and host of the "Duckpins For Dollars" bowling show at Channel 11/WBAL. He also reported news, weather, and sports for Channel 2/WMAR. Cole also worked in radio - at Towson's WAQE and at WCBM. In 1976, Cole joined Grempler Realty as a sales agent in its North Baltimore office. He retired about 10 years ago. Cole was a graduate of Loyola High School and Loyola College before moving on to the University Of Baltimore Law School.

June 15, 2005
Erica Hilary Leaves Z104
Erica Hilary has parted ways with Z104. She started doing news and traffic for the morning show at the Bonneville hot adult contemporary station last year. Before that, she co-hosted "Girl Talk" on Sunday evenings, which had been heard on Clear Channel's adult contemporary WASH.

June 15, 2005
11's GM To Boston
Channel 11/WBAL General Manager Bill Fine is being "bumped up" to the GM gig at Hearst's co-owned WCVB-TV in Boston. Fine is no stranger to WCVB. He used to be vice-president and general sales manager there. Fine moved to Hearst's Baltimore TV outlet in November 1998. Jordan Wertlieb, WBAL-TV's general sales manager, will be Fine's replacement.

June 15, 2005
WMAL Gets Approval To Double Daytime Power
The Federal Communications Commission has approved WMAL's application to increase the daytime signal of 630 AM from 5,000-watts to 10,000-watts. "This is the most significant increase in WMAL's signal since 1941. This upgrade will dramatically increase our coverage in the growing area of Virginia just south of Washington DC, and improve our existing daytime signal," we hear from a WMAL techie. "Over the next several weeks David Sproul and Rick King will be actively involved in the installation of new components along with testing and monitoring the new signal. If all goes according to plan we should be operating at 'double the power' sometime prior to our 80th anniversary this October." WMAL, which dates back to 1925, remains Washington's oldest station to be operating under its original call letters. The station's nighttime power remains 5,000-watts.

June 10, 2005
107.3's Carson Escapes Serious Injury
Mix 107.3 afternoon man Carson narrowly escaped serious injury Friday when the WRQX station vehicle he was riding in had a head-on collision with another vehicle. A promotions assistant was driving the vehicle to a Sprint store in DC, with another station staffer in back. Another vehicle crossed the median at Wisconsin and Van Ness. It allegedly was being driven by someone who fell asleep at the wheel. An apparently uninjured Carson and his "Mix crew" filed a police report and went on to the event, as scheduled.

June 10, 2005
WTOP Continues To Be Top-Biller
WTOP retains its lead as the DC market's top-billing radio operation. By a fairly wide margin. In fact, the Bonneville all-newser's ad billings were up 15 percent for May 2005, when compared to May 2004. We also hear that the new broadcast relay of Bonneville's Federal News Radio, WFED, now outbills Clear Channel's WTNT and WWRC, as well as Radio One's WYCB and WOL.

June 6, 2005
WCAO Veteran Bob Bartl Dies
Robert Bartl (right), 74, a fixture at Baltimore's WCAO for more than 20 years, died 6/4 of heart disease. He hosted a music show, "Date Night With Bob Bartl," and was news anchor and sports director. Bartl (also spelled Bartel) also hosted a Colts football show with Johnny Unitas and was involved with the USFL Baltimore Stars and Baltimore Blast at WCAO. He broke into radio at WFMD in Frederick, and then worked at WEAM and WPGC in the DC area.

June 2, 2005
David Burd Joins WTOP
Former WMALer David Burd was seen flying around WTOP's "glass enclosed nerve center" this morning. We hear he'll be doing reporting work, and may even pop up as a host of "The Politics Program" with Mark Plotkin. And possibly doing some fill-in work on the "Ask The..." show when Bruce Alan is away.

June 2, 2005
BET Founder To Retire
DC media magnate Robert Johnson, who started Black Entertainment Television, the nation's first network for African Americans 25 years ago, announced yesterday he will retire at the end of the year. Debra Lee, the network's president and chief operating officer for the past nine years, becomes the new CEO immediately.

June 1, 2005
Jim Robey Dies
Jim Robey (right), a staple of Cumberland radio since the mid 1960's, died on 5/31 at age 56. Robey, who hosted a variety of radio programs in Western Maryland for almost 40 years, was diagnosed with colon and liver cancer in January. "JR," as he was known by friends, family, and listeners, hosted a midday and late afternoon program on WCBC for three decades.

May 30, 2005
Hoppy Adams Dies
Charles Walter "Hoppy" Adams, a legend at once rhythm, blues, and soul-formatted WANN radio in Annapolis, died of cancer in early May at age 79.

May 28, 2005
FCC Fines 4, 5 & 7 For Not Providing Visual Twister Warnings
The Federal Communications Commission has proposed fining Channel 4/WRC, Channel 5/WTTG, and Channel 7/WJLA a total of $40,000 for failing to provide adequate closed-caption information for hearing-impaired viewers during a tornado watch in May 2004. As tornado conditions bore down on the region, local weather broadcasters told viewers to take cover but failed to relay the same information in closed captions, according to the FCC. Broadcasters are required to provide emergency information in both audio and visual form.

May 25, 2005
Joan Doniger Leaving 630
WMAL evening news anchor Joan Doniger (left) has been reassigned. And, she'll be leaving the station as of 6/11. Doniger has been with 630 since 1996. No word on her plans. Her father was Jack Doniger, who spent three decades behind the microphone, including 17 years as a sportscaster at AP Radio. Her husband, Bill Vanko, is morning news anchor at WBAL radio.

May 25, 2005
Joe Templeton Dies
Joe Templeton passed away in early May. Templeton came to DC in 1968 from Chicago. He was one of the original anchors on the ABC Contemporary Radio Network. And had anchored the ABC-TV newsbriefs out of Washington for several years. Also, Templeton worked for Westinghouse's Channel 13/WJZ in Baltimore.

May 24, 2005
Examiner Slams DC101's Elliot For Abortion Contest
An editorial in the Washington Examiner takes DC101 morning man Elliot Segal to task for having hosted a recent on-air contest offering a prize to the listener who claimed to have had the most abortions. "Segal thought it was hilarious when a woman called in to say her father forced her to get an abortion at age 13 after she was impregnated by her cousin. He jokingly offered a 'posthumous' award when another caller recounted a deceased woman's multiple abortions." Adds the Examiner: "The local station is owned by Clear Channel, which dropped shock jock Howard Stern's show last year for on-air obscenity. Segal's 'contest' doesn't fall under FCC definitions of indecent or obscene, although his trivialization of abortion is far worse than Stern's predictable vulgarity."

May 24, 2005
Erin Carman Back To Chicago
Erin Carman, Z104's morning co-host in the Brett Haber days, is in Chicago working the midday gig at rocker WLUP. Before her Z104 gig, she'd done some co-hosting (as "Heather") with Windy City motormouth Mancow at rocker WKQX. Recently, Carman had been hosting "Garage Takeover," a home makeover show on the Discovery Channel.

May 23, 2005
Lopez Is Dead
98 Rock morning newsman Lopez (left), 52, lost his battle with lung cancer Sunday. He was diagnosed with the disease in early 2004 and went public soon thereafter. "Since 98 Rock's inception over 28 years ago, we have had more than 10 morning shows," said WIYY (98 Rock)/WBAL General Manager Ed Kiernan. "Every show included 'Lopez.' He was the driving force behind each show. An unabashed liberal, he was absolute in his beliefs. Lopez was extremely bright, incredibly passionate with an extraordinary sense of humor." A graduate of the University Of Maryland, Lopez joined 98 Rock in 1978 - the station's second year on the air, after three years at WLMD in Laurel. Robert Edward Lopez is survived by his wife, Jean "Trixie," and his daughter Leandra, 13. A scholarship will be set up in Leandra's name.

May 22, 2005
John Pfautz Dies
John Pfautz, 79, a retired associate director of NBC's "Today" show, died of prostate cancer 5/18 at his home in Chevy Chase. Pfautz had worked for NBC in DC for 33 years, starting as an operations director for "Meet The Press" and "It's Academic." He retired from the "Today" show in 1989.

May 20, 2005
Savadove Buys Dame's Hagerstown Cluster
Former Root Communications honcho Dan Savadove, via his Philadelphia-based Main Line Broadcasting, has bought the Dame Broadcasting radio properties in the Hagerstown market for a total of $22.5 million. That's active rock WQCM (94.3 FM), hot adult contemporary WIKZ (95.1 FM), rhythmic contemporary WDLD (96.7 FM), and nostalgic twins WCHA (800 AM) and WHAG (1410 AM).

May 20, 2005
4 Picks Replacement For Zaloumis
Channel 4/WRC has hired Lindsay Czarniak (right) to be a weekend sports anchor. She's been a reporter for Miami's WTVJ-TV and has worked for the Speed Channel. The Northern Virginia native has also been a sideline reporter for NBC's "National Heads-Up Poker Championship." DCRTV assumes that Czarniak will fill the shoes of Nicole Zaloumis, who left WRC in February. Both WRC and WTVJ are owned by NBC.

May 18, 2005
30 For Emry
Chris Emry has reached his 30th anniversary on Baltimore-DC area radio. He hit the regional airwaves in 1975 on WAYE. Since then he's worked for DC101, 98 Rock, B104, WXZL, WQSR, WPOC, WOCT, and now does mornings on classic rock WZBA.

May 18, 2005
RCN To Carry MASN
The Mid-Atlantic Sports Network has reached an agreement with cable provider RCN (formerly Starpower) to carry additional Washington Nationals games. MASN recently signed a deal with DirecTV, but there's still no agreement with area cable firms Comcast, Adelphia, or Cox. RCN has 185,000 customers in parts of DC, Montgomery, and Falls Church.

May 16, 2005
WTMD Joins NPR
Towson University's adult album alternative WTMD (89.7 FM) has started airing newscasts from National Public Radio (NPR). It joined the DC-based public radio organization on 5/13. WTMD had been airing news from Associated Press. Two other Baltimore stations, WYPR and WEAA, are also members of NPR.

May 14, 2005
Music Promoter & Former GWU DJ Jumps Off Bridge
From the Washington Post: David Rubin, 42, a music and theater promoter who in the 1980s sought to broker a musical and cultural marriage of punk and funk, black and white, prosperous and poor, died 5/9. He was a Silver Spring resident. According to Maryland State Police, Rubin died after jumping from Millard E. Tydings Memorial Bridge on Interstate 95 near Perryville. In 1980, he enrolled at George Washington University, where he was active with the campus radio station.

May 14, 2005
MHz2 To Drop Russian
Fairfax-based MHz Networks will no longer air the Russian World TV Channel daily programming block on MHz2 from 8 PM to midnight, effective 6/1. MHz2 is what is known as the old analog Channel 53/WNVT, which is now digital-only on Channel 30 - and via a subchannel on sister Channel 57, the digital signal of analog sister Channel 56/WNVC, aka MHz. Foreign language-based MHz will continue broadcasting Russian News on MHz at 1 PM weekdays.

May 13, 2005
Kidd Out At 106.5, More Mix Changes
Jason Kidd and Infinity have parted company. Kidd was program director at Baltimore's hot adult contemporary WWMX, Mix 106.5. Also out: Jen Wagner, who'd come to 106.5 from alt rock WHFS. But wait, there's more. Returning to 106.5's afternoons is Fast Jimi Roberts, who's back from a gig at oldies (now Jack-FM) WQSR. Greg Valentine moves to nights at WWMX.

May 13, 2005
7 Accuses PG Police Of Roughing Up McCarren
Channel 7/WJLA has filed a complaint against Prince George's County Police for excessive use of force during a felony traffic stop conducted against investigative reporter Andrea McCarren. The incident occurred on 4/15 when McCarren and her photographer were surrounded by nine county police cars and up to a dozen officers with weapons drawn. The complaint alleges that officers held McCarren, who did not resist, at gunpoint while they forcibly restrained her arms, causing her right shoulder to be torn from the socket. She is undergoing medical treatment. McCarren and her photographer were apparently presumed by police to present a threat to an armed PG County officer who was the subject of their investigation. According to WJLA, McCarren, who had no weapon, and did not offer resistance, suffered a partially dislocated shoulder as officers manhandled her during the incident. The photographer, who was able to capture the incident on videotape (left), was not harmed, but was held at gunpoint and had his camera confiscated, according to the station.

May 12, 2005
Kamal Blames 9 For Firing
In an interview with a Miami TV station, Bill Kamal (left), the former DC TV weatherman who was busted in a Florida sex sting last fall, said he believes he was discharged in 1993 from Channel 9/WUSA for being openly gay. And about rumors that had spread throughout the DC TV community that Kamal had been caught having sex with a minor in a car. "I was fired during the 'storm of the century.' Nobody could tell me why. They didn't hire anybody for over a year to replace me. Years later, I go back to DC where I always visit my friends. I mean this ruined my career at that point... (I was) fired for an alternative lifestyle that was too alternative, or, 'He wore a pair of shorts that were really inappropriate to a company picnic.' I don't remember wearing the shorts, but maybe I did. That was a lifetime ago for me - or that I wore an earring that I never wore on the air - that I had pierced my ear." In the interview, Kamal tells why he pleaded guilty to charges that he attempted to arrange a sexual encounter with what he thought was a 14-year-old boy he met via the internet. "I was arrested in St. Lucie County in Fort Pierce - right-wing, conservative county - and how was I going to get 12 jurors to agree unanimously that I was innocent?" Kamal now wants to take back his guilty plea, saying that his lawyers talked him into it.

May 11, 2005
Bryant Joins TOP
Stephanie Gaines Bryant joins all-news WTOP as a freelance anchor. She had been the afternoon drive news anchor and host of the public affairs program "The Daily Drum" on WHUR. Her radio news career spans more than 15 years, including almost a decade in DC.

May 11, 2005
DC Media Mobilizes For Terror Threat
An unidentified private plane headed for the White House Wednesday afternoon. Fearing an act of terror, government buildings were evacuated. With Air Force fighters scrambled, the plane was turned around and landed in Frederick. WRC and WTTG provided airborne coverage to the cable news nets. On the radio side, a local source tells us that WTOP went live on the evacuation at 12:05 PM with Dave McConnell reporting as he was being pushed out by Capitol Hill Police. WMAL went live at 12:09 PM with a report from ABC News.

May 11, 2005
WWLG Adds Classic Rock
Baltimore's WWLG (1370 AM) is adding 1950s/1960s rock-based oldies format to its nostaglic music format. According to sources, the station wants to pick up some disaffected listeners from WQSR, which recently flipped to "Jack," an eclectic oldies format.

May 11, 2005
Herzog Does News On WTOP
Former radio voice of the Redskins Frank Herzog was heard doing news anchoring on all-news WTOP radio. WTOP sources tell DCRTV that Herzog will indeed be doing "fill-in anchoring." Apparently, he wants to work part-time and "keep his options open." For several decades, Herzog was a sports anchor on Channel 7/WJLA and, most recently, Channel 9/WUSA. After losing his Channel 9 job in 2004 and his WJFK-FM Redskins radio gig in 2003, Herzog had been doing Redskins commentaries on WTOP and a Redskins show on sports talk WTEM.

May 11, 2005
Doug Gilmore Injured In Car Mishap
Former WHUR personality Doug Gilmore was involved in a "very serious car accident" on 5/1. That's according to a message being sent to various radio websites, including UrbanInsite, by another former WHURer, his on-air partner Lorna Newton. She adds: "Currently he is listed in critical yet stable condition. His sister, Pam and best friend, Ron, have asked me to be the point of contact for any cards and get well wishes. Because Doug is in ICU he can not receive any visitors or flowers at this time."

May 9, 2005
WMAL's Graham "Roughed Up" At Rally
WMAL late morning righty talker Michael Graham "got hassled big time by organizers of a pro-illegal alien rally in Montgomery County on Sunday. The Montgomery County police detained him for questioning before releasing him. Graham got into the rally, where he was seriously hassled again for trying to take pictures. The rally took place on county (school) property and Graham had his media credentials with him." Graham showed up at the event, where folks were protesting ID restrictions that would prevent illegal aliens from obtaining driver's licenses, in a black T-shirt with the letters "INS" on it. According to WMAL: "Not only was Michael roughed up by a bunch of illegal goons, when the police arrived he was roughed up by them, too." They asked to see his ID.

May 6, 2005
R&B DJ Jackson Lowe Dies
From the Washington Post: Jack Lowe Endler, 89, a DJ and rhythm-and-blues enthusiast known to Washington area radio listeners in the 1940s and 1950s as Jackson Lowe, died 5/1 of complications from emphysema at his home in Sunrise, Florida. He promoted local R&B at a time when it was difficult for black artists to find a broadcast outlet. Endler moved to Washington in 1943, adopted the radio name Jackson Lowe and was an on-air personality for the next two decades. He worked for WWDC, WUST, WOL, and WINX.

May 6, 2005
Michael Kernan Dies
Michael Kernan, a writer whose "graceful versatility helped define the tone and literary flair" of the Washington Post's Style section, died 5/4 of pancreatic cancer at his home in Vermont. He was 78.

May 5, 2005
Hope Ridings Miller Dies
Hope Ridings Miller, who observed life in the capital for more than 70 years as society editor of the Washington Post and as a magazine editor and author, died 4/29 of congestive heart failure at the Washington Home. Her age, long a well-guarded secret, was 99.

May 4, 2005
QSR Jumps To Jack, Airstaff Dumped
Infinity's Baltimore traditional oldies outlet WQSR has flipped to the "Jack" eclectic oldies format. DCRTV hears that all of 102.7's airstaff have walked the plank. While Infinity signed the morning "Rouse And Company" team to a three-year deal last year, a station source tells DCRTV that the station "is going jockless for awhile." On the outs: Steve Rouse (and his "big boy salary"), Krisitie McIntyre, Mike Thomas, Bob Worthington, Maynard, Fast Jimi Roberts, and Johnny Dark. "The end of an era 17 years on the air. Plenty of ups and downs, but we were all a big family, and it was a very emotional departure," a source tells us.

April 30, 2005
DirecTV Adds MASN
After weeks of rumors, Rupert Murdoch's DirecTV has signed a deal to carry the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, the Baltimore Orioles-owned regional sports channel that is carrying the Washington Nationals. MASN is now available on the satellite service's channel 626 to those customers who reside in DC, Maryland, Virginia, and parts of North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. MASN is not available on any area cable systems.

April 29, 2005
Goodbye WBMD, WBGR
Baltimore's WBMD, 750 AM, signed off the air for good at 3 PM Friday. So did gospel WBGR, 860 AM, sister to religious talker WBMD. The Infinity stations are being sold to California-based religious broadcaster Family Stations, which also owns WFSI, 107.9 FM, in Annapolis. Look for the two AMers to be reborn soon with new religious formats. Back in the 1960s, WBMD featured country music that was simulcasted on 105.7, then WBMD-FM. In the 1970s, 860 was album rock WAYE.

April 29, 2005
WMAL Loses Milagros Ardin
Reporter Milagros Ardin's last day at WMAL is 4/29. She's been with the news talker since 1981. She's taken a job with an African aid organization and will be heading overseas this summer for her first assignment.

April 29, 2005
Mike Buchanan To TOP
Grizzled DC TV news veteran Mike Buchanan will soon be heard on Bonneville's all-news WTOP radio. In addition to his occasional reporting chores at Allbritton's Channel 7/WJLA. Starting 5/2, Buchanan will do a weekdaily radio commentary: "The Buch Stops Here." The 90-second pieces will air at 3:40 PM and 6:40 PM on 1500, 107.7, 820, and 104.3. Before joining 7 in 2004, Buchanan spent more than three decades at Channel 9/WUSA-WDVM-WTOP. Buchanan, 63, will be delivering his daily rants from his Gaithersburg home and will continue his WJLA work on a "part-time, freelance basis." Buchanan's wife is in poor health.

April 28, 2005
Woodruff To Say Adios To CNN
DC-based Judy Woodruff is leaving her fulltime gig at CNN. When her contract is up in June. She tells colleagues that she plans to do some "long-form projects in television," along with teaching and writing. Also, she plans to do consulting work for CNN, where she's worked for the past 12 years, including hosting "Inside Politics." Before joining CNN, Woodruff worked at PBS and NBC.

April 27, 2005
106.7 Junks Jump
The quarterly Arbitron radio ratings are out and WJFK-FM sees a big midday jump with the Junkies, who jumped from now defunct 99.1/WHFS in January, from 15th to 4th among age 25-54ers. Once again, WPGC-FM takes the top spot and WTOP dominates the drivetimes. WMAL drops across the board after a surge during last fall's elections. WRQX bounces back. WASH slumps after XMAS stunting. WJZW plunges, too. New Spanish WLZL makes a gain, mainly at the expense of existing Spanish WBZS/WBPS. And the lefty talk on WWRC doesn't even rank.

April 26, 2005
Rapper Faces Charges In WKYS Assault
Rap artist Jaceyon Taylor, who goes by the stage name of The Game, has been hit with assault charges as well as a $280 million civil lawsuit stemming from an incident at Radio One's urban contemporary WKYS (93.9 FM) in January. Prosecutors in Prince George's County have filed second-degree assault charges against Taylor and his manager, James "Jimmy Henchman" Rosemond, alleging that they attacked then WKYS evening personality Richard "Zxulu" Dunkerson on 1/21 in the lobby of WKYS's Lanham studio and office complex. Afterward, Zxulu was treated at Prince George's Hospital Center. A group of 20 men associated with Taylor reportedly accosted Zxulu and another man, who has filed a civil suit. Taylor apologized for the incident on BET: "To all the people at Radio One, I'm being sincere, we're sorry about what happened in DC. It'll never happen again." Radio One did pull The Game's releases, but the ban was later lifted. Zxulu no longer works at WKYS.

April 26, 2005
Roger Farquhar Dies
From the Washington Post: Roger Farquhar, 89, a former editor of the Montgomery County Sentinel and a newspaper reporter, editor, and publisher for four decades, died 4/21 of congestive heart failure at Friends Nursing Home in Sandy Spring. Farquhar started his journalism career in 1940 as a cub reporter for the Washington Daily News. He was with the Washington Post for 10 years before becoming editor of the Sentinel.

April 22, 2005
2 To Start Weather Channel
Channel 2/WMAR will be starting a local weather digital channel that will be carried on Comcast's Baltimore area cable systems. It'll feature the Scripps' station's top weather guy, Norm Lewis. In the DC area, Channel 4/WRC and Channel 7/WJLA have started like weather services.

April 22, 2005
Comcast Sues MASN
Area cable giant Comcast, which owns Comcast SportsNet, has filed suit against the Baltimore Orioles and the new Mid-Atlantic Sports Network over the right to televise Orioles games. In Montgomery County Circuit Court, Comcast asks that the Peter Angelos' Orioles be prevented from moving their games from CSN to Orioles-owned MASN at the end of the club's current television contract in 2006 without giving the network a chance to match the deal, a right Comcast says is included in the contract. Meanwhile, Comcast says it will not televise MASN's Washington Nationals games on its cable systems throughout the Baltimore-Washington region while the suit is being litigated, other than the 76 or so games broadcast via Channel 20/WDCA. "We are concerned about the impact on our customers of a $2 to $3 a month 'Angelos tax' that would be imposed as a result of MASN's creation," Comcast Executive Vice President David Cohen told the Washington Post. Sources tell DCRTV that there could be three to five lawsuits against Major League Baseball and the Orioles regarding the TV rights battle.

April 21, 2005
New Charm City Radio Home For UMD Sports
The University Of Maryland is moving its Baltimore sports radio affiliation from Hearst's WBAL-AM to Infinity's Live 105.7 and WJFK-AM, 1300. The "multi-year agreement" with the Terrapin Sports Network starts July 1. Maryland athletics, including all football, basketball, and lacrosse events, will be broadcast in Baltimore exclusively on Live 105.7 (WHFS) and/or on ESPN Radio 1300 AM (WJFK-AM). ABC's WMAL (630 AM) remains the university's DC market sports affiliate.

April 21, 2005
Tony Snow To Return To Radio Show
Tony Snow will return to his DC-based Fox News Radio show on Monday, 4/25. Snow has been off the air since February. He underwent surgery and treatment for colon cancer. Snow did a "special guest appearance" this week on his 9 AM to noon show to interview embattled politico Tom DeLay. Snow's show is heard locally on WMET (1160 AM) and on XM-165.

April 21, 2005
Tower Hike For WAVA
Salem's religious/righty talker WAVA (105.1 FM) has applied to upgrade its signal by moving to a taller tower. It now broadcasts from a tower in Arlington, near Lee Highway. It'll move to WETA-FM's tower, a mile or so away.

April 18, 2005
Multicultural, Metro Swap Stations
Multicultural Radio and Metro Radio are swapping area stations. Multicultural's Spanish WKDV (1460 AM) in Manassas goes to Metro. And Metro's WFBR (1590 AM) in Glen Burnie, formerly WJRO, which carries ethnic and religious fare, goes to Multicultural. Vienna-based Metro also owns Warrenton's Spanish WKCW (1420 AM). It recently sold Silver Spring's WPLC (1050 AM) to Bonneville, which became WFED. NYC-based Multicultural also owns Arlington's mainly Spanish WZHF (1390 AM) and Rockville's mainly Korean WLXE (1600 AM).

April 13, 2005
9 News Reporter Does Paid Promo For Hospital
Gannett's Channel 9/WUSA is running a series of paid 30-second spots this month that feature veteran news reporter Peggy Fox romoting "Lighten Up, Washington," an anti-obesity campaign organized by the station and the Inova Heart And Vascular Institute in Falls Church. The Inova advertisement features shots of the institute's building and the Inova and WUSA logos. According to the Washington Times, Randal Stanley, WUSA's news director said Fox's role in the spot and a related DVD should not be seen as an endorsement of Inova by Fox or WUSA. "We don't do endorsements," he told the newspaper.

April 12, 2005
5's Elisabeth Leamy To "GMA"
Channel 5/WTTG "senior investigative reporter" Elisabeth Leamy is jumping to ABC News, where she'll do consumer reporting for "Good Morning America." She'll be joining a fellow WTTG alum at "GMA" - weather guesser Tony Perkins. Leamy has been with Fox 5 since 1997.

April 9, 2005
Ron Rages Against JFK PD
DCRTV has been reporting rumblings that Ron and Fez's days at WJFK-FM could be numbered. There's been talk that the evening duo may be headed to satellite radio (XM?) or back to their old radio stomping ground of Florida. Now, we hear that Ron Bennington went into a royal rage on the air Friday against WJFK Program Director Cameron Gray. Cam, you'll recall, is responsible for stuff like cutting off Howard Stern's show before (sometimes way before) 10 AM, and putting old fart Bill O'Reilly in variety of midday slots on allegedly young male-oriented 106.7. After Cam called Ron off-air, wondering why Fez Whatley was being too quiet on Friday's show, Ron fired off an on-air verbal missile to Cam: "You're not the program director here. You've never been one."

April 9, 2005
Chalmers Roberts Dies
From the Washington Post: Chalmers Roberts, 94, a retired chief diplomatic correspondent of the Washington Post and the author of books on such topics as nuclear arms control and the joys of being a grandfather, died 4/8 of congestive heart failure at his home in Bethesda.....

April 8, 2005
"AAJ" Host Michael Hoffman To Retire
The Washington Jewish Week reports that Michael Hoffman, who hosts the long-running DC radio show "Awake, Alive, And Jewish," will retire in May. The program, which has aired for more than two decades, is currently heard at 10 AM Sundays on WFED (1050 AM). The search has started for Hoffman's replacement.

April 6, 2005
"Hideout" To Orlando
"The Hideout," which recently got bounced by WJFK-FM, is moving to Orlando. Hosts El Jefe and J-Dubs will be heard in the 7 PM to 11 PM slot on Clear Channel hot talker WTKS, Real Radio 104.1. "The Hideout" debuted several years ago in the Saturday evening slot on Infinity's 106.7. It then got moved to the weeknightly 11 PM slot, before being moved again and then getting axed. In addition to the show, El Jefe (aka Alex Hinojosa) handled production work for hot talker WJFK's "Ron And Fez" and "Don And Mike" shows.

April 5, 2005
Sonny Asselin Dies
Armand "Sonny" Asselin, who was news director at WTOP radio in the late 1970s and early 1980s, died in March in LA. He was 66. After working at WTOP, Asselin went on to become news director at then Metromedia-owned Channel 5/WTTG. He then headed to Hollywood to pursue an acting career.

April 5, 2005
Several "MFers" Make It Onto 9's Airwaves
Gannett-owned Channel 9/WUSA used a Snoop Dogg track as bumper music for its "Petline 9" feature on its Saturday morning newscast. However, the CBS affiliate ran the uncensored version, which featured several "mother f*ckers" clearly making it onto the airwaves. We're told that WUSA news anchor Derek McGinty delivered an apology on his 7 PM newscast Monday. And we're told that a news producer lost his job over the incident.

April 1, 2005
Frank Perdue Dies
"It takes a tough man to make a tender chicken." Frank Perdue, who became a local and then a national media fixture by hawking his Salisbury-based chicken company for more than two decades, has died at age 84.

April 1, 2005
Mike March Dies
From the Baltimore Sun: Mike March, a former Baltimore radio personality, died of a heart attack Monday at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, Delaware. The Lutherville resident, 70, was a fixture on WCBM and WFBR during the 1960s and 1970s. March came to Baltimore in 1964, when he took an announcing job at WCBM, and quickly gained a reputation as an on-air funny man with his quick one-liners. In addition to his radio work, which also included DC's WRC, March did voice-overs for commercials.

April 1, 2005
Mitch Hedberg Dies
Comedian Mitch Hedberg, a frequent guest on 98 Rock's "Kirk, Mark, And Lopez" morning show, died Thursday at age 37. The cause is unknown.

April 1, 2005
Tom Brazaitis Dies
Tom Brazaitis, who covered Washington for nearly three decades for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and co-authored the 2000 bestseller "Madame President" with his wife, Newsweek's Eleanor Clift, passed away Thursday. He was 64.

March 30, 2005
Mike Nitka Dies
Mike Nitka, a veteran broadcast journalist and radio programmer, was recently found dead at his Los Angeles home. He'd apparently committed suicide, we're told. Nitka was a newscaster for WASH in the mid-1970s, and was program director at WAMU, back when its news department featured Craig Oliver, Matt Coates, Wendy Rieger, and Debra Silimeo.

March 30, 2005
PGC Tops Arbitrends
Another round of monthly Arbitrends out 3/30. All-news WTOP is up, due to winter weather. Rush and Hannity slump on talker WMAL, after a post-election spike. Hot adult contemporary Mix 107.3 sees an upward swing just as it starts changing the format. Adult hit Z104 is hoping and praying for a baseball boost. No ratings surge (yet) for the new Spanish El Zol, which replaced alt rock WHFS in January.

March 28, 2005
New Calls & Format For WKMZ
The Hagerstown area's WKMZ (95.9 FM) has picked up the WICL calls. The word is the station is flipping from classic rock to oldies, to fill the void of the old WARX (106.9 FM), which is now classic hits. Looks like a new website soon at cool959.com.

March 25, 2005
Liddy To WMET
G. Gordon Liddy is returning to the DC radio airwaves. After getting bounced from WTNT. Starting 3/28, the G-Man will be heard from 2 PM to 4 PM on WMET (1160 AM). It's part of revised line-up which includes Mark Bisnow at 7 AM, Tony Snow at 9 AM, JD Balart at noon, Linda Chavez at 4 PM, Michael Reagan at 6 PM, and Alan Colmes at 10 PM.

March 25, 2005
Hillary Howard Joins WGMS
Hillary Howard, who got bounced from the morning weather gig at Channel 9/WUSA last fall, joins Classical 103.5. She'll handle news updates for James Bartel's WGMS morning show. Also, Howard will continue to do reporting for WGMS's Bonneville sister, all-news WTOP, where she's been working since early this year. Before her four-year weather gig at WUSA, she did like work for Channel 5/WTTG. Howard is married to Channel 9 reporter Dave Statter.

March 24, 2005
Suspension For D&M Staffers After Taped "F-Bomb" Airs
Three Don and Mike show staffers have been given a two-week suspension without pay. A producer, a phone screener, and a "button dump guy." A listener tells DCRTV that on Monday's D&M "best of" show, the "f-bomb" was broadcast onto 106.7's airwaves at 5:41 PM. Evidently, the rerun tape featuring a caller, who uttered the word, was not edited and no one hit the dump button.

March 24, 2005
MPT Cancels "Wall Street Week"
Maryland Public Television is officially pulling the plug on "Wall Street Week" after 35 years. The public TV financial news program, which has been done with Fortune magazine since the ousting of longtime host Louis Rukeyser a few years back, will air its final episode on 6/24. "Evolving viewer expectations and competitive forces made it impossible to sell the additional underwriting slots needed to support production costs for a weekly program," says an MPT suit via an internal memo.

March 23, 2005
Larry Michael To Joins Redskins Organization
Larry Michael, the radio voice of the Redskins on WJFK-FM, will quit his Westwood One sports radio job. And become an employee of the Redskins. Our source tells us: "Talk about being bought and paid for. There goes any sense of objectivity." DCRTV hears that Michael is getting "big bucks" from Skins owner Dan Snyder. Michael took over doing Redskins radio play-by-play last season, replacing veteran booth man Frank Herzog. Infinity's WJFK-FM and Westwood One are owned by Viacom.

March 23, 2005
Peter Masters Dies
Peter Masters, who was the art director of WTOP-TV (now WUSA) from the late 1940s until the early 1960s, died of a heart attack on 3/21 at age 83. He lived in Bethesda. A WUSAer tells DCRTV: "The veterans of Channel 9's early years always spoke very highly of Peter. His son Tim used to do a wonderful weekend jazz show on WDCU."

March 21, 2005
Diamond To RQX: You're Too Boring
Is Mix 107.3 Program Director Kenny King really angry at WRQX morning man Jack Diamond's attempt at "podcasting" Monday morning and throughout the day? Was the break with the ratings-slumping ABC station's conservative playlist a real dispute or just a ratings stunt? Diamond proclaimed - on the air - that his station's hot adult contemporary music has become too "boring" and "predictable." And, he wants the tunes to be more random and feisty - including the Rolling Stones, the Scorpions, Kiss, Oasis, Van Halen - like the shuffle mode on his iPod. Later, Diamond called the stunt "fun and games." He said the idea was to spur ideas among station management and listeners to try out new and "different" music. Diamond said the ABC hot adult contemporary station plans to try out new music on the morning show and gauge interest on cuts that could be played throughout the day. Mix 107.3's ratings have taken a slide lately, as the last male-dominated ratings book thumped WRQX mornings. The effort to play "more daring" music, as Diamond called it, is to try and stay up with other forms of music formats, like satellite and portable music devices, that are gaining popularity and hurting terrestrial radio.

March 18, 2005
Morris Blum Dies
Morris Blum, 95, a longtime area broadcaster and steward of emergency communications for the state of Maryland, died of cancer on 3/15. Blum was the owner of WANN, 1190 AM (now WBIS) in Annapolis for many years. He is hailed as "a pioneer in race relations for putting African-American personalities on the air more than five decades ago." WANN aired soul, R&B, gospel, and other types of black-oriented "race music" from the 1950s until the early 1990s. Blum sold WANN in 1998

March 18, 2005
107.9 For Sale
Might Family Stations may be close to a deal to sell Annapolis religious outlet WFSI (107.9 FM). No word on the buyer. California-based Family recently bought Baltimore religious outlets WBMD (750 AM) and WBGR (860 AM) from Infinity. A source tells us that Christian talk WBMD and gospel WBGR "may be cleaning house and running satellite delivered programming, each station the same."

March 17, 2005
EZ Exits PGC
Afternoon man EZ Street leaves Infinity's WPGC-FM. No word as to why. And no replacement has been named. AA says that EZ "will announce his next big move soon."

March 17, 2005
Reecie Williams Gone From MMJ
Weekender Reecie Williams has parted ways with Radio One's WMMJ. He'd been working "swing shifts" plus Saturdays at Magic 102.3 for the past five years. No word on his plans.

March 17, 2005
Radio One's Move Back To DC Gets Tentative Approval
The Washington Post reports that Radio One has reached a tentative agreement with a key DC panel to relocate its headquarters from Prince George's County to the Shaw neighborhood, near Howard University, in hopes of creating a business and entertainment center in a blighted urban area. Radio One, which moved from DC to Lanham in 1997, has agreed to move into an $83 million office, residential, and retail complex on 7th Street NW, between S and T streets. The new facility will include the studios for WKYS, WMMJ, WOL, and WYCB. Also, there are plans for TV One, the Radio One-Comcast cable TV network, to move to the new facility from its current offices in Silver Spring.

March 17, 2005
Riggs Returns To HFS
Johnny Riggs returns to WHFS. The new WHFS at Baltimore's 105.7. Doing the 3 PM Saturday shift. A few years back, Riggs left the old Lanham-based WHFS at 99.1 after a drug/porno pics scandal.

March 17, 2005
WARX Now WWEG
Hagerstown former oldies and now classic hits WARX (106.9 FM) has new calls - WWEG. The Eagle.

March 15, 2005
PD Picked For El Zol
Infinity's WLZL (99.1 FM), formerly alternative rock WHFS, has appointed Aracely Rivera as program director of Spanish El Zol. Rivera comes from San Jose, where she was programming two stations for Entravision and was on-air middays for the past six years. She programmed a Spanish contemporary format and a tropical station, as well as launched and programmed the network version of super estrella (Spanish pop), which was heard in Chicago, San Jose, and Las Vegas. Rivera was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Miami.

March 15, 2005
Cougar To Gettysburg
Cougar Michaels, formerly of country WFRE (99.9 FM) in Frederick, has jumped to country WGTY (107.7 FM) in Gettysburg. He takes the 7 PM to midnight shift.

March 13, 2005
Hagerstown's 101.5 Becomes WFYN
Hagerstown's 101.5 FM has taken the WFYN calls. The VerStandig station flipped from WWMD to WEEG, "The Eagle," a few weeks ago, when it flipped from contemporary to classic hits. At the very same time Nassau's cross-town oldies WARX, 106.9 FM, picked up the same format and moniker.

March 12, 2005
Marcus Johnson To 105.9 Mornings
Marcus Johnson joins ABC-owned smooth jazz WJZW (105.9 FM) as its morning co-host. The keyboardist who heads Three Keys Entertainment will be teamed with Jacqui Allen. Johnson, a Silver Spring native, has been doing jazz concerts for the station since the mid-1990s.....

March 12, 2005
Phil Whitney Dies
Winchester radio pioneer Phil Whitney died Thursday at age 90. Whitney, who came to work at WINC shortly after the station signed on in 1941, announced live shows that featured Winchester native Patsy Cline.

March 11, 2005
Kennedy Leaves B&B
Clear Channel country outlet WMZQ parts ways with morning show co-host Jamie Kennedy. She had been a part of the "Ben And Brian" show for the past two years.

March 11, 2005
Art Sinclair Arrested For Sexual Assauly Of Minor
A Westminster man who goes by the radio name of Art Sinclair has been charged by Howard County police with the sexual assault and solicitation of a minor. Arthur Lapenotiere, 61, is alleged to have had sex with a 16-year-old Baltimore County girl that he met on the internet. Over the years, Sinclair has held various radio news and sports jobs at Frederick's WFMD and Baltimore's WFBR (now WJFK-AM) and WCBM. He was the voice of the Baltimore Blast soccer team. Police say Lapenotiere picked up the juvenile in Baltimore County in November 2004 and drove to a parking lot on Route 40 in Ellicott City where they say he assaulted her. He is charged with a second-degree sexual offense, unlawful solicitation of a minor, pandering, and second-degree assault, and is being held on $7,500 bond at the Howard County Detention Center.

March 10, 2005
Patrick Elasik Electrocuted
Patrick Elasik, 26, was electrocuted early yesterday while walking across NYC subway tracks from one platform to another. Elasik, who moved from the DC area in 1996, was the co-founder and co-owner of Mass Appeal magazine, a bimonthly urban lifestyle publication based in Brooklyn. His family lives in McLean.

March 9, 2005
WMAL To Up Power
ABC-owned talker WMAL (630 AM) has submitted a plan to the Federal Communications Commission to increase its daytime power from 5,000-watts to 10,000-watts. Its night power of 5,000-watts would remain unchanged. It's still in the "very preliminary" stage. No construction permit has yet been issued. "It should improve the signal in our current listening area - along with the growth areas south and west of DC," a WMAL insider tells DCRTV.

March 9, 2005
John Barron Dies
John Barron, the Washington Star's Woodward and Bernstein before there was a Woodward or Bernstein, died late last month at age 75. Barron, who originally trained to be a reporter, began his career as a naval intelligence spy in Berlin as the Cold War heated up. Leaving the service, he joined the storied Star in 1957 and became its lead investigative reporter.

March 7, 2005
Chuck Thompson Dies After Suffering Stroke
Local sports radio-TV legend Chuck Thompson (right), 83, died early Sunday after suffering a stroke Saturday morning. At Greater Baltimore Medical Center. Thompson, known for his catch phrases, "ain't the beer cold!" and "go to war, Miss Agnes," arrived in Baltimore in 1948 to do radio play-by-play for the International League Orioles and the All-American Conference Colts. When the St. Louis Browns moved to Baltimore in 1954, Thompson was named the broadcaster for their games. In 1957, Thompson left the Orioles to call the games of the Washington Senators for five seasons. But he returned to the Orioles in 1962, and called their games until his first retirement, in 1987. In 1990, Thompson came back to call about 25 games, and he was back for 80 games the next season. In 1993, Thompson became the 17th recipient of the Hall Of Fame's Ford Frick Award, the highest honor a baseball announcer can receive. Thompson last did play-by-play for the Orioles in 2000, when he was forced to stop because he suffered from macular degeneration, which made it impossible for him to read documents or follow the ball. His sports radio broadcasts were heard on WBAL-AM, WFBR, WCBM, and WTOP.

March 4, 2005
Good Ratings News For 11
The Baltimore Sun reports that February was a good month for Channel 11/WBAL, as the Charm City NBC affiliate turned in one of its strongest sweeps performances in years. The station's local newscasts at 5 PM and 6 PM weeknights drew larger audiences than those of its chief competitors, Channel 13/WJZ and Channel 2/WMAR, combined. In late news at 11 PM, WBAL topped its nearest rival, WJZ, by two ratings points or 20,500 area TV households. WBAL and WJZ are still "neck-and-neck" in the morning news race, and WJZ has a big lead at noon.

March 3, 2005
9 To Make HD News Push
Channel 9/WUSA announced that "it will become the first television station in Washington DC to present its local live newscasts in high-definition television. From buying new studio cameras to stringing miles of cable throughout, the station is literally being rebuilt from the ground up." This spring. Along with the debut of a new news set, which has been previously hinted about here at DCRTV. WUSA's news will get "a completely new look." According to the February "sweeps," the Gannett station suffered a news ratings disaster in afternoons and evenings, placing 4th and 5th in some time slots.

March 3, 2005
WMAL Cuts Weekend "Morning News"
ABC news talker WMAL has cancelled the Saturday and Sunday editions of its "Morning News," hosted by David Burd. It's replacing it with paid infomercial-type programming. WMAL honcho Chris Berry rold DCRTV: "We're moving some things around. Dave is a very talented broadcaster, and he will continue to be a part of the station, hopefully for a long time."

March 3, 2005
Rob Douglas Gives Up BAL Job
Talker Rob Douglas has given up his gig at WBAL-AM. At the end of last year, he gave up his weeknight show because of the demands of his full-time work as a security consultant. And now he's given up his Saturday show, again due to his other work obligations. "WBAL is an excellent station that afforded me a wonderful opportunity. I just found it impossible to do both a radio show and my full-time work and have any kind of normal life. So for now, no more radio," Douglas tells DCRTV.

March 3, 2005
Public Radio Fundraiser Goes Broke
DC-based Nancy Kruse And Partners, which produced fundraisers for many public radio stations, including WAMU, WETA-FM and WYPR, has hit the financial skids. The firm also handled the recent WTOP charity auction for the Washington Free Clinic.....

March 3, 2005
Ratings Hike To 7, 4 Still First
Channel 7 sees climbing news ratings in the all-important February ratings "sweeps." The ABC affiliate tells us that its AC Nielson numbers "show a double-digit share increase for 5 AM, 6 AM, 5 PM, 6 PM, and 11 PM." Still, 7 does not make a first place finish in any of the news time periods. In most newscasts, Channel 4 continues to take the top spot. But its margings are slipping. At 5 PM, 4's first, 7 second, 5 third, 50's "Judge Mathis" fourth, and 9 fifth. At 6 PM, 4's first, 7 second, 5's "The Simpsons" third, and 9 fourth. According to the Washington Post, news dean Gordon Peterson, who jumped from 9 late last year, is a big boon for 7.

March 2, 2005
Christianne Klein To 7
Christianne Klein has been hired by Channel 7/WJLA to anchor its weekend evening newscasts. She comes from Salt Lake City, where she handled KUTV-TV's 4 PM and 11 PM weekday newscasts.

March 1, 2005
Baisden To HUR
"The Michael Baisden Show" will be heard in afternoon drive on Howard University's adult urban contemporary WHUR (96.3 FM) starting 4/1. Baisden is a Chicago native who hosts an NYC-based radio show that's syndicated by the ABC Radio Network. The best-selling "bad boy" author writes about why men cheat on their wives and about related relationship issues. WHUR longtime afternoon hosts Doug Gilmore and Lorna Michaels exit.

February 28, 2005
XM To Raise Price In April, Put O&A On Basic Service
DC-based XM Satellite Radio will jack up the $9.99 price to $12.95 per month come 4/2. That's the same as what's charged by NYC-based rival Sirius. However, XM subscribers can "lock in" the old rate if they pre-pay at least one year in advance. Also, XM will make the High Voltage talk channel, which features "Opie And Anthony," part of its basic service. It has been available as a $1.99 per month premium channel. Also, XM will include music channel internet streaming with its basic service. XM Radio Online has been available to subscribers for an additional $3.99 monthly fee.

February 23, 2005
Vegas Radio Debuts On 1520
The equipment testing is over. Vegas Radio, via WTRI (1520 AM), is now officially on the air. Listen for Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and more "Rat Pack" nostalgi standards tunes on the Brunswick MD (halfway between Leesburg and Frederick) former Korean language daytimer. DC radio veteran Buddy Rizer will be doing a live morning show starting 2/28.

February 23, 2005
7 Photog Held At Gunpoint By MontCo Cops
A "tipster" tells News Blues that Channel 7/WJLA photographer Dale Wright "was held at gunpoint in Gaithersburg by Montgomery County police yesterday after a woman called police saying she saw a big black man holding a gun on a little white man. Wright was on assignment with WJLA reporter John Lisle covering a follow-up report to a home invasion. Lisle attemped to convince police that Wright was not trying to kill him but was his co-worker who was carrying a tripod. After 20 minutes or so, police let Wright go."

February 20, 2005
BAL Vet Edward Russell Dies
Edward Russell, who worked 53 years at WBAL radio and TV, died of cancer on 2/15, just two weeks after his retirement as the reproduction manager in the station's print shop. He was 71. Russell, a Baltimore native, became the first African American to work in a supervisory capacity at a Baltimore TV station. "He has sat in on executive meetings, run the duckpin lanes for long-gone 'Bowling For Dollars,' operated a camera during a strike, taken publicity pictures, and called in returns from the field on election night," according to a 2002 profile in City Paper.

February 18, 2005
Kamal Sentenced To 5 Years In Teen Sex Sting
Bill Kamal, who did the weather in the 1980s and early-1990s on DC's Channel 9/WUSA, was sentenced Friday to five years in federal prison for trying to seduce a 14-year-old boy over the internet last fall in Florida. The "boy" was an undercover police officer. Kamal, who had worked for Miami's WSVN-TV since the mid-1990s, was also ordered to serve a lifetime of probation after being released from prison and to pay a fine of $20,000. WSVN, a Fox affiliate, fired Kamal after his arrest.

February 18, 2005
Larry Janezich Retires
It was the end of an era in the Senate Radio-TV Gallery on Capitol Hill as Superintendent Larry Janezich retired. Janezich, who'd been on the job for some 30 years, shepherded the transition from film to live television. For the thousands of credentialed members of the gallery, Janezich "has been the point man for countless battles to advance the cause of broadcast journalists. He has worked tirelessly, and has been among the most committed advocates for our profession," a colleague tells us.

February 17, 2005
Nationals To Z104, WFED
Evening and night Nationals baseball games will be heard on Bonneville's hot adult contemporary Z104 - WWZZ 104.1 FM and WWVZ 103.9 FM. And all games, including daytimers, will be heard on Bonneville's federal news talker WFED - 1050 AM. The announcement of the one-year deal was made on Bonneville all-newser WTOP's airwaves at 4:04 PM Thursday by Joel Oxley, who heads Bonneville's DC radio cluster, which includes Z104, WFED, WTOP, and WGMS. This is a surprise because it was widely reported that the Nats' play-by-play finalists were Clear Channel's WTEM and Infinity's WJFK-FM. The games will be difficult to hear on the Baltimore area airwaves because of Clear Channel smooth jazzer WSMJ at 104.3, which is adjacent to Z104's 104.1 frequency. Also, the full-powered 104.1 signal originates from Charles County, and has some weak coverage areas in DC's northern and western suburbs. Z104's 103.9 Frederick area outlet is a relatively low-powered regional signal, as is Silver Spring's WFED, which runs only 1,000-watts by day and 44-watts at night. The Washington Post reports that the team will buy the air time - terms were unavailable - and try to recover the money through ad sales.

February 16, 2005
Nicole Zaloumis Leaves 4
Channel 4/WRC and weekend sports anchor Nicole Zaloumis have parted ways. The Washington Post says she "resigned." Zaloumis, who is heading back to her native California, replaced Jill Sorenson, who jumped to a news reporting gig at Channel 5/WTTG. Zaloumis joined Channel 4 in June 2004. She came from a TV station in Medford, Oregon.

February 15, 2005
Cancer Scare For Tony Snow
Tony Snow, the DC-based Fox News radio host, has been diagnosed with colon cancer. "For years, I've had colitis, which is a disease that has a pretty high cancer risk, and Friday after I got off the air, my doctor informed me that he had found a small, cancerous lesion inside my colon," says Snow, 49, a former speech writer for the first President Bush. "So as soon as possible, I'm going to go in and get that sucker taken out." In 2003, Snow turned over TV hosting duties for "Fox News Sunday" to Chris Wallace, and started his own radio show in early 2004. It's carried at 9 AM on WMET (1160 AM) and is also available via XM.

February 11, 2005
WETA Board Votes To Yank Classical From 90.9
The Washington Post reports that WETA-FM (90.9) listeners who had hoped to sway the public broadcasting station's board of directors from dropping classical music programs left WETA's Shirlington offices disappointed last night. By an overwhelming majority, the board approved a resolution to focus on news and public-affairs programming. A new lineup, with round-the-clock news, analysis, and interview programs, will debut on 2/28. Only the weekly broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera and "Traditions With Mary Cliff," a folk music program, will remain for music lovers. In 2004, the station's audience sank to its lowest point since 1991, and is ranked 18th in metropolitan Washington, according to a station spokesman.

February 9, 2005
O'Malley Denies TV News Reporter Rumor, Ehrlich Aide Resigns
It has made the rounds on DCRTV's Mailbag. A rumor about how Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley fathered a child with a Baltimore television news reporter and separated from his wife. But the story has snowballed. Now, the Democrat, who is eyeing a campaign for the office of Maryland governor, has gone on the record to deny it. And to accuse "agents" of the current governor, Republican Robert Ehrlich, of spreading the rumor. The Washington Post reports that Ehrlich has asked for and received the resignation of Joseph Steffen, a longtime aide. Steffen confirmed that he had discussed the rumor on a popular conservative website and in private e-mails, which were given to the Post.

February 9, 2005
George Herman Dies
CBS News correspondent George Herman, who once hosted DC-based "Face The Nation," and who was the first to broadcast news about the break-in at the Democratic Party's national headquarters in the Watergate in 1972, died of congestive heart failure on 2/8 at his Washington home. He was 85.

February 8, 2005
Karl Haas Dies
Karl Haas, who did "Adventures In Good Music," a syndicated classical music program that was once heard on DC's WGMS and still airs on Baltimore's WBJC, died on 2/6 at age 91.

February 6, 2005
WTNT Dumps Liddy For Scarborough
G. Gordon Liddy has been dropped by Clear Channel talker WTNT (570 AM). Fellow righty talker and ex-congressman Joe Scarborough, who hosts a show on MSNBC, willtake WTNT's noon to 3 PM slot. Starting 2/7. Scarborough is being distributed nationwide by Westwood One, Liddy's old syndicator. DC-based Liddy, who switches to Radio America distribution, will continue to be heard on Baltimore's WCBM (680 AM), and via the XM and Sirius satellite radio services. "Don't worry, I haven't disappeared," Watergate scandal convict Liddy tells the Washington Post. "Though I'm sure there are people who would like me to disappear."

February 4, 2005
O'Reilly Back To Afternoons On JFK-FM
Bill O'Reilly returns to WJFK-FM afternoons. As of 2/7. The Fox News commentator was removed in mid-January from 106.7's noon to 2 PM slot for the resurrection of the Junkies, who got bounced from 99.1 (formerly WHFS) when it flipped to Spanish. O'Reilly, who had been airing via tape delay at 11 PM, now jumps into the 1 PM to 3 PM slot. Clobbering the 2 PM Don and Mike "best of" hour. With the Junks airing from 10 AM (cutting off Howard Stern whether he's done or not) to 1 PM (instead of to 2 PM). O'Reilly's show is syndicated by Westwood One, which is owned by Viacom, which owns Infinity Radio, which owns WJFK-FM. Also, WJFK-FM has added "Loveline" in the 11 PM slot. The program had been regionally without a station since it was dropped from 99.1 last month, when the old WHFS flipped to Spanish.

February 4, 2005
Angelos' Nats Feat Results In Single-Year BAL Orioles Deal
The Orioles have signed a deal to continue their flagship relationship with WBAL radio (1090 AM). But it's for only one year. Jeffrey Beauchamp, WBAL's vice president and station manager, said ongoing negotiations between Orioles owner Peter Angelos and Major League Baseball over the relocation of the Montreal Expos to DC as the Washington Nationals prevented the two sides from forging a long-term agreement. He said he was confident the two would craft a multiyear broadcasting union once the "financial protection" issues between Angelos and MLB are resolved.

February 1, 2005
Examiner Launches, With WTOP's Help
From the Washington Post: The Washington Examiner, a free tabloid newspaper aimed at upscale readers, plans to launch today in the District, and in the Maryland and Northern Virginia suburbs, replacing the Journal Newspapers and entering head-to-head competition with the Washington Post, the Washington Times and other publications. The Examiner marks the latest attempt by Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz, who bought Journal Newspapers last September, to create a new model of newspaper aimed at readers who say they don't have time to read traditional broadsheets. The Post adds that the Examiner will print traffic information supplied free by WTOP, as well as publish a portion of Mike Causey's Federal Report. Causey appears on Federal News Radio, which is operated by WTOP, which is owned by Bonneville. It's called a "news-sharing agreement," according to an article in the debut edition. By the way, Monday's 64-page tabloid Examiner contains a half-page ad for each of Bonneville's four DC area media properties: WTOP, Federal News Radio, Z104.1, and Classical 103.5. The Examiner's website is at dcexaminer.com.

February 1, 2005
Garcia To Head ABC's DC Radio Bureau
Robert Garcia has been named chief of ABC's DC radio news bureau. He takes over from Merrilee Cox, who recently retired from the post. Garcia had been VP for CNN Radio, was executive producer for CBS's DC radio news bureau, and once served as news director at DC's WLTT radio (now WARW). In his new role he'll oversee all of ABC News Radio's coverage that originates from the Nation's Capital and all of the network's radio reporters and producers at federal agencies including the White House, the Capitol, and the Pentagon.

February 1, 2005
Robert Johnson To Leave BET
DC media magnate Robert Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television, is scheduled to step down from his post at the end of 2005. Johnson, 58, sold BET to Viacom for $3 billion in 2000. His contract expires at the end of the year. Debra Lee, the current chief operating officer of BET, is expected to take Johnson's chief executive post. The WSJ adds that Johnson wants to spend more time with his other business ventures, like the NBA Charlotte Bobcats.

January 31, 2005
Bill Shadel Dies
Bill Shadel, a reporter for WTOP radio in the 1950s, the first host of CBS's "Face The Nation," and an anchor at the then upstart ABC, died Saturday of cancer. He was 96. Shadel moderated the third presidential debate between Nixon and Kennedy in 1960, and that he spent 12 straight hours in the anchor chair during John Glenn's 1962 orbit.

January 31, 2005
Leo Meidlinger Dies
Leo Meidlinger, 61, a producer for ABC News in DC, died of cancer on 1/28. He was said to be a key part of ABC News' coverage of virtually every major event since 1972.

January 28, 2005
New Owner For WTRI
Tricaster Communications has completed its purchase of Brunswick MD's WTRI (1520 AM) from JMK Communications. The purchase price of the station, located halfway between Frederick and Leesburg, was not released, although we hear that it was $1.5 million. Tricaster is a partnership between Walter "Buddy" Rizer, who spent 15 years as program director and on-air personality at DC101 and who now works at 98 Rock, and Marty Sheehan, who had been sales director for Clear Channel's WTEM, WTNT, and WWRC. They're joined by Bethesda businessman R. Taylor Walsh. Since 1999, WTRI has broadcast Korean programming. Sources tell DCRTV it'll soon be "Vegas Radio," with a mix of 1940s through 1960s nostalgic tunes, a la Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. And a Rizer morning show.

January 28, 2005
7 Launches Doug Hill Weather Channel
Channel 7/WJLA has launched Doug Hill's Weather Now in place of the ABC News Now network, which said bye-bye to its broadcast-cable distribution Friday. Via one of WJLA's digital subchannels and via Comcast's digital tier.

January 28, 2005
105.7 Now WHFS
Baltimore's Live 105.7, formerly WXYV, is now officially using the WHFS call letters. The old WHFS at 99.1, now Spanish El Zol, becomes WZLL.

January 26, 2005
KYS's Xzulu Attacked By Recording Artist's Entourage
All Access reports that WKYS evening man Xzulu, "The Big Lip Bandit," was punched and kicked by recording artist Jayceon "The Game" Taylor's entourage on 1/21 at the Radio One urban contemporary station's lobby in Lanham. According to AA, the scuffle stemmed from a remark the radio personality made about a wireless earpiece worn by Taylor's manager Jimmy Henchmen. Xzulu was approached by Henchmen and approximately five to 10 men, all of whom allegedly landed punches or kicks on the radio personality, AA adds. Xzulu was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where he was treated for cuts, bruises, and internal injuries. Prince George's County police are investigating the incident.

January 25, 2005
Montgomery's Cable News 21 To Go Dark
After 16 years, Montgomery Community Television's Channel 21 will air its last local newscast on 1/28. According to a December Washington Post article, Montgomery County slashed MCT's budget by $1 million in 2004. And a 2005 increase was not enough to keep up with inflation, even with fees that come from cable operator Comcast, plus funds generated by television production classes. Cable News 21 helped launch the careers of many local TV reporters, including WRC's Darcy Spencer, WJLA's Kevin Schultze and John Lisle, NewsChannel 8's Bruce DePuyt, Melissa Mollet, and Julie Parker, WBFF's Harold Fisher, and Fox News anchor Kiran Chetry. MCT will continue to operate Channel 21, but will replace the news program with coverage of town hall meetings and press conferences.

January 25, 2005
HFStival To Be Held In 2005
The HFStival will again be held this year, even though the 99.1 station has flipped to Spanish. WHFS program director Lisa Worden announced on Baltimore's Live 105.7 yesterday that there will be an HFStival, probably in May. Since Friday, the co-owned Infinity talker at 105.7 has been airing WHFS-type alternative rock music and personalities during evenings, overnights, and on the weekend. The Sun also reports that Dave Grohl, former Nirvana member and lead singer of the Foo Fighters, called in to 105.7 during the WHFS programming to congratulate the resurrection of the format and to offer to play at the HFStival this year. Also joining Worden at the new HFS on 105.7, assistant program director Libby Carstensen, and music director Pat Ferrise.

January 23, 2005
New DC News Bureau Head For Sinclair
Sinclair has hired reporter Don Hammond from Dayton, Ohio to head the Baltimore TV station group's DC news bureau. He replaces Jon Leiberman, who was fired in October for criticizing the firm's decision to air a program critical of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry's Vietnam war record. A source tells DCRTV that Hammond's politics "lean to the right, and he is well known to Dayton viewers for his sometimes bizarre stand-ups and live shots." Sinclair's new DC correspondent is Alison Kosik. She's been a freelance reporter in DC.

January 21, 2005
Bicknell, Harrison Form Read Street
DC-Baltimore radio vet Paul Bicknell, who was Davy Jones on "top-40" WPGC in the 1960s, has joined forces with media editor and producer Jay Harrison to create Read Street Sound And Video, which handles radio, television, and other media projects. Harrison, formerly of Flite Three Audio, Capitol Video, and Vince Clews And Associates, and Bicknell, writer, producer, narrator, and former sales executive of a local media production company, will be housed in the Eisner Communications complex in Baltimore.

January 21, 2005
WHFS Resurrected On 105.7 & Internet
Infinity has resurrected WHFS-type tunes and personalities on Baltimore's WXYV, Live 105.7. The mainly talk station will, for the time being, keep Howard Stern in mornings and Don and Mike in afternoons, but will run alternative rock during evenings and overnights, and on weekends. It started Friday at 7 PM and the first song was the Clash's "This Is Radio Clash." Say goodbye to DC's Ron and Fez, which had aired during evenings on 105.7. Personnel from the old WHFS at 99.1 FM, which flipped to Spanish-language music last week, include former afternoon driver Tim Virgin. They'll be heard via the new incarnation, which will also be available fulltime on the internet at whfs.com and via America Online's Radio@AOL. Programming will include new music, archive programming from WHFS, and performances from past HFStivals. "We heard loud and clear how important WHFS and its programming are to the Washington DC-Baltimore community, and through our partnership with AOL, we are thrilled to be able to bring WHFS back to its passionate and loyal fans," said Infinity marketing suit David Goodman. "The legacy of WHFS as a pioneering music station will continue to live on for millions of listeners around the world."

January 21, 2005
Michael Powell To Leave FCC
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell, who led the charge against broadcast "indecency," is calling it quits. In March. He was named head of the FCC four years ago, and has been a commissioner since 1997. On this morning's show, Howard Stern, who has been fined several times by Powell, took pleasure in the news. "Thank God he's gone," Stern said. "This is a great day in broadcasting." No word on where Powell is headed, or about his FCC replacement.

January 18, 2005
40 For Dave McConnell At WTOP
Dave McConnell (right) celebrates his 40th anniversary with WTOP today. McConnell started his career at WTOP four decades ago as a general assignment reporter. He predates the station's all-news format, which was born in 1969. In 1977, McConnell became WTOP's Capitol Hill correspondent. He also serves on the executive committee of the Congressional Radio-Television Correspondents Association and is a member of the National Press Club.

January 17, 2005
New Lefty Talk WWRC Debuts
DC gets a left-leaning talker to balance the largely right-leaning talk on other AM stations like WMAL and WTNT. It's Clear Channel's WWRC (1260 AM), which drops sports talk. There's a new website at progressivetalk1260.com. Don Imus does mornings (also on co-owned WTNT), Al Franken at noon, plus Randi Rhodes, Stephanie Miller, Ed Schultz, and Janeane Garofalo.

January 14, 2005
Junkies Return To JFK-FM
Infinity's DC talker WJFK-FM will start carrying the Junkies in the 10:30 AM-ish (when Howard Stern ends) to 2 PM slot. Then known as the Sports Junkies, they had done the evening shift on WJFK-FM before moving to mornings at Infinity's now defunct alternative rock WHFS in late 2002. Bill O'Reilly will move from live at noon on 106.7 to a tape-delayed broadcast at 11 PM. And, "The Hideout" with El Jefe and J-Dubs, which had been airing at 11 PM, gets dumped.

January 14, 2005
Stanley Nabs 9's ND Gig
Randal Stanley, acting news director at ratings-challenged Channel 9/WUSA, has become its permanent news director. Stanley plans to oversee "a spanking-new news set scheduled to debut in the spring," according to the Washington Post. Stanley, who had worked at Gannett's co-owned stations in Cleveland and Buffalo, landed the then-temporary WUSA gig after Dave Roberts was given the boot last summer.

January 13, 2005
Marius Payton Joins CSN
Marius Payton joins Comcast SportsNet as anchor and reporter. The Virginia Beach native comes from the ABC affiliate in Salt Lake City, where he's covered the National Basketball Association and the Olympics.....

January 12, 2005
HFS Goes Spanish
Infinity has killed off alternative rock WHFS (99.1 FM). It's now Spanish language El Zol, with a blend of Caribbean and Central American dance music. "We have made clear our desire to expand into this burgeoning market and believe this move marks an important step in our commitment to Spanish radio," said Joel Hollander, president and chief operating officer of Infinity. "There exists a tremendous opportunity for Infinity to launch a Spanish language format in Washington DC where almost 10 percent of the population is not being directly served. El Zol will be the most powerful Spanish radio station in the area and will provide listeners with the music, entertainment, and information relevant to the many segments of the Latino culture." Spanish Broadcasting System served as a consultant to and advised Infinity on the reformatting of the station. Infinity announced a strategic alliance with SBS in October 2004, which included an equity interest in the largest Hispanic-controlled radio broadcasting company in the USA. WHFS was born in the 1960s on 102.3 FM in Bethesda, and became a maverick free-form progressive rocker by the early 1970s. It moved to Annapolis-based 99.1 FM in 1983. After a variety of owners, it evolved into a mainstream alternative rock outlet serving both DC and Baltimore, with studios in Lanham. During the past years, however, its ratings have slumped, particularly in the DC market.

January 11, 2005
5:30 PM & AM Newscasts For 45
Charm City's Channel 45/WBFF will be adding a 5:30 PM newscast. This 30-minute show will be anchored by Jeff Barnd and Jennifer Gilbert. Its Sinclair sister, Channel 54/WNUV, will be dropping its 6:30 PM newscast. Also, WBFF will be adding a half-hour of local news at 5:30 AM, expanding the existing 6 AM to 9 AM news block. Patrice Harris moves from reporter to anchor, with Harold Fisher. She replaces Jennifer DesMarais, who has left WBFF for Rhode Island. Plus, Jenna Maloney joins WBFF's morning news as a reporter.

January 11, 2005
Heart Surgery For Another CBMer
WCBM sportscaster Art Sinclair was slated to undergo quadruple-bypass heart surgery at the cardiac care unit of Baltimore's Sinai Hospital. Just last week, the Baltimore talker's Les Kinsolving underwent triple-bypass heart surgery.

January 11, 2005
Former NPR President Dies
Lee Frischknecht, 76, who served as president of National Public Radio from 1973 to 1977, died on 12/29 in Logan, Utah. He had Alzheimer's Disease. In 1970, Frischknecht joined NPR in Washington as the director of network affairs. He was elevated to vice president and became president in 1973. Frank Mankiewicz took over as president in 1977, and Frischknecht served as senior vice president of programming and distribution.....

January 10, 2005
New Liddy Job For Kalandros
Diana Kalandros has been appointed executive vice-president of G. Gordon Liddy Network Productions. She had been executive producer of the G-Man's radio show. In her new gig, she'll be handling Liddy's schedule, publicity, and all of his many activities apart from the show. Liddy is jumping syndicators - from Westwood One to DC-based Radio America. Currently, his show is heard locally on WTNT and WCBM.

January 7, 2005
Walt Starling Dies
Walt Starling (right), 52, died on 1/4. Starling, a pilot and the first airborne traffic reporter in the Washington area to become a major radio personality, was being treated at his Montgomery County home by hospice nurses and family. He was diagnosed last spring with colon cancer. Starling was remembered on 1/7 during a funeral service at the First United Methodist Church in Hyattsville. More than 1,500 people showed up - "a true who's-who of Washington-Baltimore broadcasting." Before the service, traffic planes performed the missing man formation over the church. Then, all three area TV station helicopters flew a circle overhead. For two decades, Walt flew a traffic plane over the DC area. His reports were heard on WAVA, WASH, WPGC, and WLTT/WARW.

January 7, 2005
Nightly QSR Gig For Johnny Dark
Area radio veteran Johnny Dark has landed the weeknightly slot at Baltimore oldies outlet WQSR (102.7 FM). Dark was fired from DC's oldies WBIG (100.3 FM) last fall. Since then, he had been doing Saturday mornings on WQSR. Also, Jeff "Goldy" Gold, who got canned WBIG, has been hired as a parttimer at WQSR. He'll be doing the Saturday morning slot.

January 7, 2005
Heart Bypass For Kinsolving
Les Kinsolving, a longtime fixture at Baltimore talker WCBM, underwent triple-bypass heart surgery at Fairfax Hospital. He suffered a heart attack on 1/5. In addition to his WCBM show, the right-leaning Kinsolving is a member of the White House Press Corps and a contributor to WorldNet Daily. He worked WAVA in the 1970s, when it was all-news.

January 7, 2005
Farley To Oversee B'Ville News Talkers
Jim Farley, all-news WTOP's VP of news and programming, will now also be national news talk program director for Bonneville, WTOP's owner. The Salt Lake City-based firm owns 37 radio stations, including a handful of news and talk outlets, like KSL, the company's flagship in Utah's capital.

January 6, 2005
Greasy Biz At 700
New format for the Frederick area's WDMV (700 AM), formerly WGOP. The Greaseman all morning and business news talk the rest of the day. Starting next week. While Doug "Grease" Tracht has been airing during mornings on Birach-owned 700 for years, the post-Grease hours have been filled with a variety of mainly righty talkers and ethnic programs.

January 6, 2005
Allan Prell To Seattle
Allan Prell, the left-leaning radio talker who was once heard on Baltimore's WBAL-AM, and the now-defunct WLMD in Laurel and Fairfax's WEEL, has landed the late morning gig at Seattle radio talker KIRO. He replaces Dave Ross, who had taken a leave of absence to mount an unsuccessful run for Congress and who now returns to afternoon drive on the station. KIRO suits used the terms "offbeat" and "wacky" to describe Prell's show. Several years ago, Prell, who has lived in Oakton with his wife and family while writing a novel, moved to Denver to do a radio talk show there. But that job didn't last long.

January 6, 2005
GMS Launches Opera Web Stream
Bonneville's Classical 103.5 has officially launched VivaLaVoce.com, a 24/7 internet-only radio station focused on classical vocal music - opera, choral music, and art song. "VivaLaVoce.com was created in response to demand and a general lack of quality classical vocal music programming both locally and nationally," explains Jim Allison, program director at WGMS. "Since Classical 103.5 presents a mainstream, instrumental classical approach, it seemed a perfect extension to provide a venue and an opportunity for listeners to enjoy more focused vocal programming." The internet station is produced, programmed, and presented by the WGMS staff.

January 5, 2005
New PD For WETA-FM
Maxie Jackson (left) is the new program director of classical and news talk WETA-FM (90.9). He comes from Morgan State University's jazz and news talk WEAA (88.9 FM) in Baltimore. While at WEAA, Jackson developed programming that has been hailed by National Public Radio and the African American Public Radio Consortium as a model for African American news throughout the public radio system. Jackson joined Radio One in 2001 as an assistant director of programming. He was involved in the radio programming provided by Radio One Satellite Programming to XM Satellite Radio. Before that, Jackson was a producer for "The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show" at Buena Vista Television and "Video Soul" at Black Entertainment Television.

January 5, 2005
Richard Rael Dies
Richard Rael, a broadcast production director and special English announcer at the DC-based Voice Of America, died on 1/3 of injuries he received in a bicycle accident that occurred on 12/24.

January 4, 2005
4 Launches Weather Plus
Area cable giant Comcast plans to add the new NBC Weather Plus service that Channel 4/WRC has just started carrying via a digital subchannel. NBC launched a like local weather service on digital TV in NYC during late 2004, and is planning to roll it out across the country. Look for it to be on the digital lineup of DC market Comcast systems by mid-February. Comcast already carries the ABC News Now service that's relayed via the digital subchannels of ABC affiliates Channel 7/WJLA and Channel 2/WMAR.

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