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January 2013 to PresentBy Dave Hughes
November 26, 2013
Pentagon Eyes Cutting Stars & Stripes, Pentagon Channel
The Pentagon, under intense pressure to maintain American military might in an era of sequestration and falling budgets, is considering the elimination of Stars And Stripes and the Pentagon Channel as well as programming cuts to American Forces Network. The 2013 budget for American Forces Radio And Television Service was $51.6 million, and costs for the Pentagon Channel about $6.1 million. Stars and Stripes' Department Of Defense subsidy for 2014 was $7.4 million. The majority of the paper's budget comes from advertising, newspaper sales, and other staff-generated revenue. While the American Forces Network and the Pentagon Channel are command-directed information outlets, Stars And Stripes is editorially independent under federal law. The newspaper, which distributes its daily print paper in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe and maintains a growing online presence, is staffed almost exclusively by civilians and has a civilian ombudsman who answers to Congress.
November 25, 2013
CSN To Provide Sports To WashTimes
Comcast SportsNet and the Washington Times have announced a partnership that will increase the Times' sports coverage and deliver CSN's digital media content to additional platforms and audiences. The agreement will allow the Times to use CSN's digital media content in its print and digital editions, as well as WashingtonTimes.com. The network's written, video, and interactive content will complement coverage produced by the Times' sports reporters and columnists. CSN content used by the Times will include output from Clifton Brown, Tarik El-Bashir, Chuck Gormley, J. Michael, Rich Tandler, and Mark Zuckerman, and will also include video featuring the network's news anchors, reporters, and analysts.
November 25, 2013
Baltimore Radio Vet Clark West Dies
Baltimore radio veteran Clark West (right), 78, died November 12th at Carroll Hospice's Dove House after a six-month battle with cancer. In his youth, the Baltimore native used a two-way radio set to broadcast play-by-play accounts of Orioles games with the assistance of a friend who would listen to the actual radio broadcast and hand West slips of paper describing the action. Unbeknownst to the two ambitious baseball fans, the broadcast was being received by radios all around their Pimlico neighborhood, a fact that was only revealed to them when West's parents received a "cease and desist" order from the FCC. West then made his way to the studios of WCAO radio soon after graduating from Forest Park High School in 1953. He spent many years at WITH, where he would eventually work with Hot Rod and Buddy Deane. After 51 years on the air, West retired from WBMD and WBGR in 2005.
November 22, 2013
Mathers Leaves WTTR
Some changes at Westminster MD oldies outlet WTTR, 1470 AM. Station manager and midday announcer Bob Mathers exits ahead of the December 2 ownership transfer from Sajak Broadcasting to Hilltop Communications, we're told. Hilltop's co-owner Jeff Laird will assume the day-to-day managerial position.
November 20, 2013
First Host Of NPR's "ATC" Dies
Robert Conley (right), the first host of DC-based NPR's "All Things Considered", died on November 16. "It was Conley who on May 3, 1971, set the tone for NPR's flagship newsmagazine. As one of the show's current hosts Robert Siegel explains, Conley established that the program would be different," writes Eyder Peralta at npr.org. "To begin that first broadcast, for example, Conley launched into an unscripted, five-minute riff that introduced a 23-minute piece covering a massive anti-war protest in Washington."
November 18, 2013
4 Election Expert Richard Smolka Dies
Richard Smolka, 81, a professor in American University's School Of Public Affairs who specialized in political campaigns and elections, died November 5 at his home in Mesa AZ of complications from congestive heart failure. From 1962 to 1993, Dr. Smolka taught in School Of Public Affairs. For 24 years, he was an in-studio consultant for Channel 4/WRC on election nights, making projections on winners and losers in various contests. He had also been a consultant for media outlets on foreign elections and done media consulting on the Bush-Gore presidential election standoff in 2000. "He was a solid source of meaningful information about the election process and its huge cast of players," a colleague tells DCRTV. "It was a privilege for many of us to have worked with Dick."
November 15, 2013
Nielsen To Cut 300+ At Arbitron In Columbia
Nielsen, which acquired Columbia-based Arbitron in September, plans to lay off 333 workers, about half the work force, at Arbitron's former headquarters complex. According to the Baltimore Sun, the layoffs will begin January 14, Nielsen told Maryland's Department Of Labor, Licensing, And Regulation in a warning notice. Nielsen, which measures television viewership, gained entry to the radio market when it paid $1.3 billion for radio measurement firm Arbitron. When the deal was first announced late last year, Arbitron employed nearly 1,000 fulltime workers, including 640 in Columbia and 62 in Hanover.
November 14, 2013
Megan Pringle Leaving 2
Megan Pringle (right) is leaving Channel 2/WMAR, where she's been a news anchor on the ABC affiliate's "Good Morning Maryland." She'll now be director of news and multimedia at the Columbia MD-based public relations firm Maroon. Via her Facebook page, she says: "After almost seven fantastic years at ABC2 News, I am stepping away from the anchor desk and onto a new adventure at Maroon PR. It was an agonizing decision... the happiest moments of my life happened while here. I was swept off my feet by the funniest guy I know, made wonderful friends, and gave birth to my magical twin daughters. I am beyond grateful to our viewers who let me tell their stories, welcomed me into their homes, and celebrated the great things that happened in my life. You will never know what your kind words and gestures meant to me. From the bottom of my very humbled heart, thank you."
November 12, 2013
GMU's Michael Kelley Dies
Michael Kelley, a professor and faculty member of the George Mason University's School Of Public Policy and executive director of the Capitol Connection, died November 11th at Washington Hospital Center of an apparent heart attack. "Mike was one of the longest-serving, kindest and most dedicated members of the Mason family," says GMU President Ángel Cabrera. He began teaching at then George Mason College in 1970. In 1981, he founded the Capitol Connection, Mason's business and educational wireless cable television service, which operates to this day. "Mike was an entrepreneur in true Mason style and had several other business ventures while working at the university," Cabrera adds. "Just in the last few weeks he was helping us explore several innovative ventures to expand Mason's reach." More: We're told that Kelley was involved with DC area commercial radio dating back to the early 1960s, starting with Wheaton country music outlet WDON. He was also a parttime bluegrass host for WAMU. He also worked at DC's easy listening WGAY and Warrenton's country WKCW. Kelley also co-owned country WXCF in Clifton Forge VA, with WAMU bluegrass host Gary Henderson.
November 8, 2013
5's Dave Ross To Chicago
Sports reporter and producer Dave Ross (right) is leaving Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG after 18 years. He says: "I have a new gig in Chicago and I can't believe I'm actually leaving Fox 5. I've literally spent the majority of my adult life at WTTG, and I'll miss it tremendously. They are like family to me." While Ross can't yet say where he'll be going, he does tell us that he'll "have to chance to do something new in sports, cutting edge, and free form... I'm excited for the new challenge, but it's hard to leave a place and the people in it that you respect and enjoy working with," he says. "Gonna miss this town." Ross came to DC's Fox 5 in 1995 after working as a sports columnist and newspaper reporter in North Carolina. He grew up in Virginia Beach.
November 7, 2013
Silverberg Gone From WTOP
Reporter Hank Silverberg is no longer employed by Hubbard all-newser WTOP, after 15 years. We asked WTOP Vice President/Programming Jim Farley and he refused comment on what he called a "personnel issue." Says a local radio news guru: "One reporter who used to work there told me the new Program Director Laurie Cantillo wants the station to sound younger, but I can't be sure that is why he was let go. Maybe something happened. Another reporter there told me they are having their employee evaluations." Another source tells us that Silverberg "was given no reason for dismissal" and "did nothing wrong."
November 5, 2013
Balto TV & Radio Vet Jim English Dies
Veteran Baltimore radio and television broadcaster Jim English died of respiratory complications November 3 at his home in Pikesville. He was 79. In 1966, he joined Channel 11/WBAL as a weatherman, later becoming staff announcer (right). In the 1970s, English worked at a number of Baltimore radio stations and briefly served as the weekend weatherman at Channel 13/WJZ. He later hosted Maryland Public Television's "Aviation Weather." From 1980 until 1995, English taught broadcasting at Towson University, where he was also manager of the school's radio station. The Shamokin, Pennsylvania native started his career in Harrisburg, where he worked for 10 years, first as a disc jockey, then as a news reporter and weatherman on Channel 21/WHP.
October 31, 2013
Rosemary Frisino Toohey Leaves WTOP For WNEW
Rosemary Frisino Toohey is leaving her weekend news anchoring gig at Hubbard all-newser WTOP to join CBS all-newser WNEW as a parttime news anchor. She joined WTOP in the 1990s. During her radio career, she's also worked at Ocean City's WETT, Baltimore's WITH, San Jose's KLOK, and NYC's WMCA and WINS.
October 30, 2013
Sir Johnny O Dies
Baltimore radio veteran Bob Mathers tells us: "Sir Johnny O (right) was one of the legendary voices at Baltimore's WWIN radio. On Tuesday night at 8:07, Sir Johnny (Johnathan Compton) went to be with the Lord. He was 70. Many of his former colleagues visited with him over the last few days while he battled a respiratory illness at a Baltimore hospital. 'O' scored a very unique distinction when he landed his first on-air position (at the age of 19!) on 1600 WWRL-AM in New York in 1962. The gig came in part from a reference by fellow air personality Larry Dean. A year later, Compton moved to WDAS in Philadelphia. It was in 1964 that Dean as PD brought Johnny to WWIN to assume the 1 to 6 AM shift. He stayed at 1400 for 20 years. In later years, Johnny handled fill-in shifts at WEBB and WITH and also dabbled a bit with internet radio. He created the wildly popular 'Turnpike Jazz' show which aired on WWIN as a part of the all-night show. Johnny mentored a number of up-and-coming jocks into Baltimore radio back in the day, including J.B. Brown, Sam Beasley, Guy Broady and Curtis Anderson. Like many veterans of the business, his stories were fascinating. One such incident involved his being on the air and diving for cover when shots were fired through the studio window. John said this happened around the time of the riots in Baltimore during April, 1968. We won't forget his engaging personality, deep and cultured baritone voice, or his love for the business and the many who worked with him.
October 29, 2013
Richard Mertz Dies
Garrison Cavell, of Manassas-based broadcast engineering firm Cavell-Mertz, tells us that his longtime friend and business partner Richard Mertz (right) has lost his long battle with pancreatic cancer. Mertz joined the firm in 1994, bringing 25 years of broadcast experience with him. Mertz had more than 40 years in broadcast television and radio, cable television, and communications. His engineering career in the Washington area spanned several decades and included tours as a staff engineer and project manager at Jules Cohen And Associates, director of engineering for United Broadcasting Company, and manger of technical operations for NBC's WRC-AM. Prior to coming to Washington, Mertz worked at several of the major market Jefferson Pilot Broadcasting radios stations. He was the technical operations manager at WBT-AM/WBCY-FM, and the Jeffersonics audio recording facility in Charlotte. Before WBT, he was assistant chief engineer for Jefferson-Pilot's WQXI-AM/FM in Atlanta, where he designed and built studio and transmitter facilities. Over the years, he presented technical papers at NAB conventions and at the IBC convention in Amsterdam, served on panels of industry groups, was a columnist for Radio World, and was a contributor to one of the NAB's publications on station multiple ownership and consolidation of facilities.
October 29, 2013
WAMU, WTOP, WPOC Top Radio Ratings
The October monthly radio ratings for the DC market. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WAMU, 2) WTOP, 3) WIHT, 4) WHUR, 5) WASH and WMMJ, 7) WBIG, 8) WMZQ and WMAL, 10) WKYS, 11) WPRS and WIAD and WWDC, 14) WPGC, 15) WTEM, 16) WGTS, 17) WJFK-FM, 18) WFRE, 19) WETA-FM and WLZL, 21) WRQX, 22) WBQB and WQSR, 24) WNEW and WDCN and WERQ, 27) WFLS and WIYY and WINC-FM and WMAL STREAM, 31) WAVA-FM and WPFW, 33) WAFY and WLIF and WRBS-FM, 36) WKDV. Age 25-54: 1) WTOP, 2) WIHT, 3) WHUR, 4) WAMU, 5) WASH, 6) WBIG, 7) WWDC, 8) WKYS, 9) WMMJ, 10) WMZQ, 11) WPRS and WIAD and WPGC, 14) WJFK-FM, 15) WLZL, 16) WTEM and WMAL, 18) WGTS, 19) WRQX, 20) WETA-FM, 21) WDCN, 22) WQSR and WERQ, 24) WFRE and WINC-FM and WMAL STREAM, 27) WIYY, 28) WBQB and WNEW, 30) WLIF, 31) WKDV and WRBS-FM, 33) WAVA-FM and WFLS and WBQH and WAFY, 37) WPFW and WSPZ. The October monthly radio ratings for the Baltimore market. Full-day, age 18+ 1) WPOC, 2) WERQ, 3) WWIN-FM, 4) WZBA, 5) WWMX, 6) WQSR, 7) WIYY, 8) WZFT and WLIF, 10) WBAL-AM, 11) WJZ-FM, 12) WRBS-FM and WYPR, 14) WCBM, 15) WBJC, 16) WWDC, 17) WTOP, 18) WHUR and WKYS, 20) WXCY and WNEW and WPGC, 23) WASH, 24) WAMU and WCAO and WBIG, 27) WEAA, 28) WMZQ and WIHT, 30) WRQX and WLZL, 32) 975HFS and WJZ-AM, 34) WGTS, 35) WETA-FM and WWIN-AM and WRNR-FM and WTEM and WMMJ and WOLB.
October 27, 2013
MHz Lands On NYC Area TVer
Falls Church-based MHz Worldview is bringing its international news, culture, and entertainment service to the New York City market when it launches November 1st on Northern New Jersey's WNYJ-TV. MHz Networks, which features its Worldview network among a dozen channels of foreign services, many of them English-speaking news networks, via the DC area's Channel 30/WNVC, will add 7 million more potential viewers with the addition of WNYJ, which is seen on cable TV systems in parts of New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Frederick Thomas, MHz Networks' founder and chief executive, says, "In some ways MHz Worldview is made for New York City. We hope that you'll find MHz programming compelling and you'll let us, and especially WNYJ, know how much you enjoy it." WNYJ joins MHz affiliates in more than half of the top 20 markets along with carriage on DirecTV.
October 25, 2013
MPT Veteran Dottie Burlage Dies
Dottie Burlage, a longtime production secretary for Maryland Public Television's "Wall $treet Week With Louis Rukeyser" and "MotorWeek," died on October 22 at age 74. "Dottie was a remarkably efficient woman, friend to all with a style all her own," a colleague tells us.
October 24, 2013
Radio One's Sheila Stewart Killed In Car Crash
DC radio personality and executive Sheila Stewart (right) was killed in a car accident in Atlanta Thursday morning. She was driving westbound on I-20 when her Mercedes Benz came to a full stop for an unknown reason, according to DeKalb County police. She was struck from behind by a westbound box truck. Stewart was pronounced dead at an area hospital. No one else was injured. The 20-year local radio veteran was the news and community affairs director for Radio One's DC cluster, including WKYS, WMMJ, WPRS, WOL, and WYCB. Stewart had been staying with her sister in Georgia and doing her work from Atlanta. She did local news reports on WMMJ, 102.3 FM, during Tom Joyner's morning show. "A talented colleague, Sheila's contributions will long be felt by her Radio One family and the lives she touched through her various charitable connections and community organizations," Radio One founder Cathy Hughes said.
October 24, 2013
Key 103.1 Founder Dies
Barbara Marmet, the founder and former president and chief executive of WAFY, Key 103.1, in Frederick, died October 20 at a hospital in Raleigh. She was 88. The cause was a stroke. She settled in the Washington area in 1953. Marmet and her husband, a communications lawyer, moved to Frederick from Bethesda in 1984. In 1990, she started the radio station, which played contemporary pop hits. She sold it 15 years later.
October 23, 2013
Geronimo Returns To WJFK
Longtime DC radio veteran Don Geronimo (right) is returning to CBS sports talker WJFK's lineup with a new show starting October 24. When not pre-empted by Wizards or Capitals games, "The Don Geronimo Show" will air weekday evenings from 7 to 10, Saturday mornings from 9 to noon, and Geronimo will contribute to the station's Sunday football programming, "Washington Gameday Uncensored." Says Geronimo, "I am thrilled to continue my relationship with CBS Radio and return to my roots at 106.7 The Fan. It's good to be back, it's good to be home and I can't wait to be a part of 106.7 The Fan. Radio is my life and I'm elated the next chapter will continue on WJFK in DC." Geronimo was half of the top-rated "Don And Mike Show" on WAVA from 1985 to 1991 and WJFK, back when it sported a "guy talk" format, from 1991 to 2008. He hosted a show at CBS sports talker KHTK in Sacramento from June 2010 to October 2013. Geronimo grew up in Rockville and worked at the old contemporary hit WPGC in the 1980s. "Don built an incredible following over two decades in Washington, and I'm excited to bring him back home to WJFK," says 106.7 The Fan Program Director Chris Kinard. "Don is a passionate DC sports fan and will bring a unique perspective and approach to his new show."
October 21, 2013
Roll Call Founder Dies
Sid Yudain, a former Hollywood reporter who brought the same company-town approach to Washington journalism when he launched the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call in 1955, died October 20 at his home in Arlington. He was 90.
October 21, 2013
WAMU's Caryn Mathes To Seattle NPR Outlet
Caryn Mathes (right), general manager of WAMU, is headed to Seattle to be general manager of that city's NPR affiliate, KUOW, and president of its parent organization. She's been at WAMU since 2005 and will start her new gig in January. During her seven-plus years at the American University outlet, she expanded the station's service to six radio frequencies and four internet streams serving 812,000 listeners weekly. The NPR station, whose main 88.5 FM public radio news talk signal is a frequent number one performer in the DC radio ratings, is currently ranked first among public radio stations nationally for its share of regional audience. Also, under her leadership, the contributor base at WAMU has increased by 58% to nearly 56,500 active contributors, while private sector revenue has increased by more than 200%. Mathes was general manager of public radio outlet WDET in Detroit from 1984 to 2005.
October 21, 2013
Manriquez Named El Zol PD
Pete Manriquez has been named program director of CBS Radio's Spanish contemporary WLZL, El Zol, 107.9 FM. Most recently, Manriquez was program director for like-formatted KXOL, LA 96.3, in Los Angeles, an SBS station. Before that, he was the vice president of programming and regional program director for Univision Radio, where he was in charge of day-to-day operations for Spanish-language stations in NYC, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, San Francisco, Phoenix, San Antonio, and Albuquerque.
October 19, 2013
MD Hall Of Fame Inducts WTTR's Mathers
While Bob Mathers may only have three years experience working Westminster oldies outlet WTTR, 1470 AM, he has 36 years experience in the radio industry across the nation. Mathers, the station manager at WTTR, was inducted October 13th into the Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame. He described himself as humbled and honored to be chosen among the many great broadcasters and musicians that have come out of the state.....
October 15, 2013
Rick Boone Joins 45
Rick Boone (right) joins Sinclair-owned Channel 45/WBFF as a reporter. "I'm actually a Maryland kid who's come back home," said Boone on the Baltimore station's morning newscast. "I'll give you a little something you probably didn't know. I even kinda dreamed about being on Fox 45 one day and here I am! How'd this happen?" He comes from XETV-TV in San Diego, and has also worked at TVers in DC, Philadelphia, Seattle, Sacramento, Hagerstown, Charlotte, Tallahassee, and Shreveport.
October 10, 2013
Dick Cerri Dies
Dick Cerri (right) died on October 3rd at the age of 77 after a short stay at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring. He was the founder and a past president of the World Folk Music Association. Cerri and Tom Paxton founded the WFMA in 1982. Cerri was the guiding force behind the WFMA for 29 years. In addition to the annual benefit concerts, the WFMA has sponsored monthly showcases, group travel to see performances around the country, and many events in the DC area. He also hosted a radio show, "Music Americana," which was carried in the 1970s and 1980s on Bethesda's old WLTT/WARW and "Hootenanny Tonight" on Arlington's WAVA in the 1960s. Cerri introduced many Washington area fans to the music of his favorite artists, we're told.
October 6, 2013
UPI & VOA Vet Jack Payton Dies
United Press International and Voice Of America veteran Jack Payton, 69, died of an apparent heart attack on October 4th. He was UPI's Rome bureau chief and held other positions during his career there. At VOA, Payton served as acting managing editor of the VOA Central News operation. He then became senior editor for the English web operation, voanews.com. "Jack worked with me to develop the VOA-TV 'How America Elects' series in both the 2008 and 2012 cycles that had global distribution," says Jeffrey Young, a VOA-TV colleague. Payton had served with voanews.com since 2012. He had held a number of senior positions since joining VOA's news division in 1999.
October 3, 2013
Craig Heist To WNEW & WJFK
Craig Heist (right) has been hired by CBS Radio's DC cluster and will be doing sports reports for all-newser WNEW and sports talker WJFK, 106.7 The Fan. Heist left Hubbard all-newser WTOP in April. His sports radio career began at Ocean City's WKHI during the 1980s and he joined WTOP in 1999. He's a three-time winner of the Maryland Sportscaster Of The Year award from the National Association Of Sportscasters And Sportswriters.
October 3, 2013
CBS To Launch Country Outlet On Balto's 106.1
Clear Channel's Baltimore country WPOC, 93.1 FM, is on the verge of gaining an in-market, in-format competitor for the first time since 1999. Radio Insight tells us that Hope Christian Church of Marlton NJ's translator on 106.1 FM in Baltimore is on the verge of completing its upgrade from 45 to 250-watts, where it will rebroadcast a digital HD subchannel of CBS WJZ-FM, 105.7 The Fan. And, CBS has registered NewCountry1061.com for the new translator. WPOC was the top-rated station in the latest Baltimore radio ratings, but several other nearby country stations also show up in the Baltimore radio ratings, including DC's WMZQ, Harford County's WXCY, and Frederick's WFRE. Religious-formatted Hope leases the digital HD4 signal on CBS's WLIF to feed its 98.3 FM translator in Edgemere and its 104.9 FM translator in White Marsh.
October 3, 2013
Balto's PressBox Expands Into DC, Partners With WTOP
Baltimore-based sports media company PressBox announces that it is expanding into the Washington market and will partner with Hubbard all-newser WTOP to create and share local sports content via wtop.com. The news comes just days after PressBox unveiled a strategic partnership deal with Wizards and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis's Monumental Sports And Entertainment network. Via PressBoxDC.com, PressBox will continue its seven-year tradition of Baltimore's PressBoxOnline.com, which covers pro, college, and high school sports, along with sports business and fantasy football. PressBox's websites will be hosted on a new digital platform in affiliation with Monumental. "We are very excited to be expanding to DC," says Stan Charles, founder and publisher of PressBox. "We want to fulfill the demand for daily sports information in DC, the same way we have in Baltimore for the past seven years. As other area sports media reduce staff and content, we want to provide in-depth stories and cover more local sports stories that educate readers about area athletes and their achievements on and off the field." PressBox managing partner John Coulson adds, "Being aligned with Monumental and WTOP, two of the strongest media brands in DC, is huge for PressBox. Over the last seven years, we have worked hard to develop a powerful sports brand in Baltimore and we are excited to bring our products to DC, another sports-crazy market." PressBox is in the process of expanding its roster of writers and editors as part of the first phase of the company's expansion to DC.
October 2, 2013
9 Suspends Hayward After DC Sues Her Over Charter School
Gannett-owned Channel 9/WUSA has suspended longtime anchor JC Hayward following the yesterday's news that the DC attorney general is suing her and others regarding alleged financial improprieties at a DC charter school where she was on the board of trustees and headed a company that provided services to the school. According to wusa9.com, she "told WUSA9 she did nothing wrong, and all she did was sign bills in her capacity as chair of the charter school's board, and that she received no money. She says she resigned from the school's board last week." WUSA General Manager Mark Burdett says Hayward has been relieved of her duties at WUSA pending further investigation.
October 1, 2013
WAMU & WPOC Top September Radio Ratings
The DC market radio ratings for the month of September. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WAMU, 2) WTOP, 3) WIHT, 4) WHUR, 5) WASH, 6) WMMJ, 7) WMZQ, 8) WKYS, 9) WBIG, 10) WWDC and WPGC, 12) WPRS, 13) WMAL, 14) WIAD, 15) WGTS, 16) WJFK-FM, 17) WRQX, 18) WTEM and WLZL, 20) WETA-FM, 21) WFRE, 22) WQSR, 23) WBQB, 24) WDCN and WERQ, 26) WIYY and WINC-FM and WNEW, 29) WFLS, 30) WLIF. Age 25-54: 1) WIHT, 2) WHUR, 3) WASH, 4) WTOP, 5) WKYS, 6) WAMU, 7) WWDC, 8) WMZQ and WMMJ, 10) WBIG, 11) WPGC, 12) WPRS, 13) WIAD, 14) WJFK-FM, 15) WLZL and WGTS, 17) WRQX, 18) WTEM, 19) WMAL, 20) WQSR, 21) WERQ, 22) WDCN, 23) WETA-FM, 24) WIYY and WINC-FM, 26) WFRE, 27) WBQB and WNEW-FM and WMAL STREAM and WLIF. The Baltimore market radio ratings for the month of September. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WPOC, 2) WERQ, 3) WWIN-FM, 4) WZBA and WWMX, 6) WLIF, 7) WBAL-AM, 8) WQSR, 9) WZFT, 10) WJZ-FM and WRBS-FM, 12) WIYY, 13) WCBM and WYPR, 15) WWDC and WKYS, 17) WBJC, 18) WHUR and WPGC, 20) WXCY and WTOP, 22) WBIG, 23) WCAO, 24) WEAA and WMZQ and WNEW and WASH and WAMU, 29) WRQX, 30) WRNR-FM and WIHT.
October 1, 2013
Steve Porter Dies
Steve Porter, 73, died September 27 at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach SC. He was the first voice heard on NYC's WCBS-AM in its new, all-news radio format. He worked in NYC for 16 years for WCBS and then NBC before he got the assignment he always wanted in Washington, as NBC Radio correspondent for the Pentagon, State Department, Capitol Hill, and finally at the White House. He spent nine years in the White House Press Corps during the Reagan and first Bush administrations, traveling with both presidents on Air Force One. He was also attached as a pool travel correspondent to Secretary Of State Baker in 1989.
September 30, 2013
Ray Davis Leaves WAMU's Bluegrass Country
Ray Davis (right), the longtime bluegrass music host on WAMU, announced his retirement on his Sunday show. Today, Monday, will be his last show, which airs from 3 PM to 6 PM on WAMU's Bluegrass Country (88.5's HD2, 105.5 FM, bluegrasscountry.org). He's been active in DC and Baltimore radio since the early 1950s. We're told that Davis said that his contract was recently up for renewal but he decided not to sign. And he'd decided to leave before the upcoming WAMU fundraiser so as not to risk disappointing listeners with make donations.
September 30, 2013
La Capital Coming To WTNT
WTNT, 730 AM/102.9 FM, will be dropping its English talk format for a Spanish language contemporary hits sound. The change will happen December 1st. According to Bruce Houston, who owns WTNT via Vienna VA-based Metro Radio, the delay in launching the new format is because there are pending programming contacts regarding the station's current line-up of talkers, including DC radio veteran Mike O'Meara, who airs from 7 PM to 9 PM weekdays. Metro already operates WKDV, 1460 AM/106.3 FM, as "La Ley," featuring a Spanish language regional Mexican music format.
September 30, 2013
New Radio Gig For Stash
Baltimore rock radio veteran Stash (right), whose real name is Stephen Smith, has found a new home on the Baltimore area radio airwaves and via the internet. Stash, who hosted afternoons on 98 Rock, WIYY, until he got fired last year after one of several drunk driving charges, will do the morning shift on KHZTV via khztv.com, starting October 2nd. KHZTV's audio can be heard on a network of AM signals in the Baltimore-Central Maryland area, including Harford County's WAMD 970, Annapolis's WYRE 810, Talbot County's WKHZ 1460, and the just-added WJSS 1330, in Baltimore County.
September 29, 2013
Del Malkie Dies
Del Malkie, a former radio, television, and newspaper reporter who retired as director of public relations for what is now the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, died September 5 at a hospital in Keyser WV. He was 88. During the late 1950s and early 1960s, Malkie anchored daily reports for WMAL radio and television. The TV station later became WJLA. Also, we're told that he once worked an Annapolis soul and R&B outlet WANN.
September 27, 2013
UMD's Lee Thornton Dies
Lee Thornton, a trailblazing and award-winning journalist, news producer, and educator who served as the first Eaton Broadcast Chair and as interim dean for the University Of Maryland's Merrill College, died September 25 after a brief illness. She was 71. "Dr. T" brought her years of experience working for CBS, CNN, and NPR, to Merrill College in 1997. She taught television news reporting and production and documentary filmmaking as well as graduate courses. Over the years, her Merrill students won in excess of 80 national and regional awards and citations. Many of her students went on to successful careers as journalists. She was also the creator, researcher, writer, producer, and host for "Front And Center," an award-winning series of in-depth interviews with journalists produced by the Merrill College's cable station, UMTV. It was shown locally, nationally on Research TV and internationally on WorldNet.
September 25, 2013
WRC Veteran Anne Kessler Meyer Dies
Anne Kessler Meyer died September 21st. She was the newsroom secretary and administrative assistant at Channel 4/WRC for almost 20 years. She worked under a number of WRC executives during her career at 4001 Nebraska Avenue NW, including Brett Marcus, Kris Ostrowski, Dick Reingold, Dave Lougee, Steve Doerr, Bob Long, and Vicki Burns. Meyer left WRC in 2005 when station owner NBC eliminated her position.
September 24, 2013
Rachel Sutherland To Be WMAL's Afternoon News Anchor
Rachel Sutherland (right) is Cumulus news talker WMAL's new afternoon news anchor and reporter, effective September 30th. She replaces longtime WMAL newsman Mark Weaver, who is retiring this week and moving to Florida. His last day at WMAL is September 27th. Sutherland is a Washington area native who has spent the last 20 months as afternoon anchor for America's Radio News Network, a national news network based in Alexandria. Prior to her ARNN stint, she spent 10 years at Metro Networks' Silver Spring-based operation, including four years as the bureau's news director. While at Metro, as Rachel Crowson, she was a regular anchor voice on WMAL's newscasts.
September 24, 2013
Sajak Sells WTTR
"Wheel Of Fortune" host Pat Sajak sells oldies-formatted WTTR, 1470 AM, in Westminster MD. He bought the station from Shamrock in 2005 for $540,000. Now, he's selling it to Hilltop Communications for $325,000 cash, with Sajak holding a 10-year seller note for $255,000. Hilltop's Jeffrey Laird is the former chief operations officer of Shamrock, which owns Baltimore classic rocker WZBA, 100.7 The Bay. Sajak, who calls Maryland home, continues to own full-service talk and adult contemporary WNAV, 1430 AM, in Annapolis.
September 24, 2013
Art Curley Dies
Art Curley, a former host at Rehoboth Beach's WGMD, died Saturday at the age of 90. He began broadcasting in Fayetteville NC, but over the years worked at DC's WTOP, Wilmington DE's WILM, Philadelphia's WPEN, and at WGMD, broadcasting his big band shows across Delmarva. Away from radio, he played clarinet and sax for the Art Curley Trio.
September 23, 2013
Anita Brikman Leaves 9
Anchor and reporter Anita Brikman (right) has left Channel 9/WUSA to be senior VP strategic communication the National Hospice And Palliative Care Organization, which is based in Alexandria. Brikman covered health news at Gannett-owned WUSA.
September 23, 2013
Allbritton's Ryan To Step Down
Frederick Ryan, the chief operating officer of Allbritton and chief executive officer and president of Allbritton's Politico, announced late Sunday night that he would be stepping down to "pursue other career options." The news comes in the wake of chairman and CEO Robert Allbritton's decision over the summer to sell the company's television properties, including Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8, to Baltimore-based Sinclair. Ryan will remain in his current roles until the Allbritton sale is complete. Ryan has been with Allbritton since 1995 and has served as Politico's CEO since its launch in 2007.
September 18, 2013
Dana Hahn Is 5's New News Director
Dana Hahn is the new news director at Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG. She comes from Fox's WJBK-TV in Detroit, where she has been news director since 2001. Hahn replaces Phil Metlin, who retired in late August after serving as WTTG's news director since 2008.
September 18, 2013
Philpott To Do Afternoons On ZBA
Jay Philpott is the new afternoon drive personality for Baltimore classic rocker 100.7 The Bay, WZBA. He comes from classic rockers in Dallas, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Norfolk, Seattle, and, most recently, St. Louis, where he worked for six years at WARH, The Arch. Philpott starts September 23rd. He replaces Baltimore rock radio veteran Mike Ondayko at the Times-Shamrock station.
September 17, 2013
PFW GM Ousted
John Hughes, the controversial general manager of Pacifica's WPFW, has been placed on paid administrative leave following a two-and-a-half-year tenure in which he attempted to overhaul the programming at the struggling jazz and lefty talk station and move it outside of DC. According to the Washington City Paper, Pacifica has replaced Hughes with Michelle Price, who consulted the organization on the station's move earlier this year to a studio on L Street NW and will now serve as its interim general manager.
September 17, 2013
PGC Vet Jerry Bishop Dies
Jerry Bishop, who was on WPGC in its "Top 40" heyday, has died at age 77. "If I'm not mistaken, he did mornings there, prior to Harv Moore's taking that shift in the fall of 1963," we're told. Another former colleague tells us: "When Jerry Ghan worked at WPGC in the early '60s, he performed under the name 'Jerry G' shortening his legal last name to just the initial. He kept that name when he went to KYW (then in) Cleveland. He added Bishop when he went to WCFL. Jerry was told he needed a full last name, and did a bit with the KYW listeners seeking suggestions for a last name."
September 16, 2013
Diamond Heads To Miami Radio Gig
DC radio veteran Jack Diamond is heading to Lincoln Financial's adult contemporary WLYF, "Lite FM," in Miami. He'll be the doing morning drive show with South Florida radio personality Julie Guy as co-host. "Jack Diamond is a master entertainer, engaging each listener over the air, in person and through all forms of interactive media," says Rob Sidney, director of programming and operations for WLYF. Sidney has broadcasting career roots in the DC-Baltimore area. "His experience, showmanship and passion reflect the best of what Lite FM has built over four decades. And I'm thrilled to have Jack kicking off Lite's next era of success," Sidney adds. Maureen Lesourd is the general manager of WLYF and she held the same position at Mix 107.3 when Diamond started there 24 years ago. "I've been excited about stations and opportunities before, but this is absolutely the best I could have asked for," says Diamond. "Teaming up with Maureen and Rob - to say we're all on the same page is an understatement. I'm ready to do the finest work of my life in South Florida with the amazing talent at Lite FM." Longtime morning show host Diamond got bounced from Cumulus-owned WRQX, then hot adult contemporary Mix 107.3, in April.
September 13, 2013
Judy Gruber Retires From WETA-FM
Judy Gruber (right) has retired from her weekend shift at classical WETA-FM, 90.9, after two decades on the air at the public radio station. Throughout her tenure, Gruber was a regular presence on WETA radio broadcasts throughout the schedule, hosting a variety of classical music programs. She also represented WETA in the community through her many public appearances, pre-concert lectures and interviews at venues throughout Greater Washington. Since last October, Gruber has been in partial retirement, but continued weekend on-air hosting on WETA-FM and substituting for her on-air colleagues as needed. In addition to her duties at WETA, Gruber is a founder and former executive director of the Washington Concert Opera. She also reviewed classical music for the Washington Post for five years, and she has worked as a program annotator for a wide array of local arts organizations.
September 12, 2013
Godfrey Sperling Dies
Godfrey Sperling, a Washington journalist whose weekly on-the-record breakfasts served as an essential feasting place for presidential aspirants, politicos, and other would-be newsmakers, as well as for reporters hungry for a scoop, died September 11 in DC. He was two weeks short of his 98th birthday.
September 10, 2013
Jan Jeffcoat Joins 9
Jan Jeffcoat (right) joins Gannett's Channel 9/WUSA to co-anchor the 5 PM, 7 PM, and 11 PM newscasts. She comes from the nationally-syndicated news-talk show "The List," where she served as co-host. Prior to that, she spent five years anchoring "Good Day Chicago" and "Fox Chicago News" at WFLD-TV, the Fox-owned station in Chicago. Jeffcoat makes her WUSA debut, alongside Derek McGinty, on September 22nd's evening newscast.
September 10, 2013
Pollin To Do Mornings On 570
DC sports radio veteran Andy Pollin announced on Redskins owner Dan Snyder's WTEM, ESPN 980, September 10th that "The Sports Reporters" will be back. From 6 AM to 9 AM on co-owned WSPZ, Sports 570, starting Wednesday. A local media guru wonders if Snyder is giving Pollin a show on low-rated WSPZ just to keep him from jumping to rival CBS sports talker WJFK, 106.7 The Fan. Last month, Pollin was removed from the afternoon show on WTEM. Chris Knoche, Kevin Blackistone, and Thom Loverro will be regulars on his new show.
September 10, 2013
Brian Bolter Leaves 5 For Restaurant Biz
Brian Bolter (right) says he's leaving his evening news anchor gig at Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG to run several area restaurants and a wine bar with his wife. "After nearly 14 years at WTTG-TV, Fox 5, I recently approached the station and asked to pursue other interests. On the verge of opening DRY 85, our second restaurant in two years and with no plans to stop anytime soon, I realized it was time to finally follow my head and heart in writing this new chapter in life. The station agreed and we're amicably parting ways," he writes via his blog at tumblr.com. "I want to thank all the loyal viewers who have allowed me into their homes for more than a decade... While excited and eager to embrace future opportunities in my television career, I can now focus on DRY 85, Red Red Wine Bar, and my other varied business interests." DCRTV hears that Bolter's last day at WTTG will be September 12th.
September 9, 2013
Allbritton To End "Inside Washington"
That longtime weekly week-in-review politics show "Inside Washington" will cease production by November. So announces Allbritton, which announced in late July that it's selling its TV stations, including Channel 7/WJLA, to Sinclair. The program, which is hosted by WJLA news anchor Gordon Peterson (right), also airs on many public television stations, including Channel 26/WETA. "I've decided that a quarter-of-a-century is a good end point. We've had a great run, thanks to a smart, respectful audience and a panel of extremely well-informed journalists, each of whom, thank God, has been blessed with a delightful sense of humor," says Peterson. "I especially want to thank Allbritton Communications Chairman/CEO Robert Allbritton, Allbritton Communications President/COO Fred Ryan, and WJLA-TV General Manager Bill Lord who threw a lifeline to this vessel and have kept it afloat ever since we sailed it across the Potomac in December of 2004," Peterson adds. "Inside Washington" is the descendant of "Agronsky And Company," a political talk show hosted by Martin Agronsky and shown on Channel 9/WUSA (then WTOP-TV and WDVM) from 1969 to 1988. Peterson was a news anchor at Channel 9 in the 1970s and 1980s. The program has multiple weekend airings in the DC area via WETA, Maryland Public Television, NewsChannel 8, and at 9 AM Sundays on WJLA.
September 9, 2013
Lou Panos Dies
Lou Panos, 87, a journalist who dedicated more than 60 years of his career to writing articles, editorials, and columns for several major news outlets including Baltimore's Evening Sun, died Sunday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He also worked for the Associated Press. Panos, a Timonium resident, had a career that placed him in touch with influential writer and Baltimore Sun legend HL Mencken, as well as John and Robert Kennedy, and a host of Maryland political figures. More at wbal.com.....
September 6, 2013
Ondayko Gone From ZBA
Baltimore classic rocker WZBA has let go its afternoon man, Charm City rock radio veteran Mike Ondayko. He tells us: "I am gone from 100.7 The Bay. I wish them the best of luck as they 'move in a different direction in afternoons'." The Shamrock-owned station, which is seeing its highest ratings ever and topping rival 98 Rock, is reportedly advertising in radio trade publications for a new PM drive host.
September 6, 2013
HFS Veteran "Bob Here" Dies
Bob Showacre, 62, died on September 5. He went by the radio name of "Bob Here," playing tunes on the old free-form progressive rock WHFS in the 1970s and early 1980s on Bethesda's 102.3 FM. Recently, he'd been a resident of the Columbia MD area.
September 5, 2013
Loverro Rejoins WashTimes
Thom Loverro is returning to the Washington Times, where he will pen two weekly sports columns. He left the paper five years ago, when it dispatched its sports department. Which it has since restored. Since then, he's been co-hosting the midday "Sports Fix" show on Redskins owner Dan Snyder's sports talk WTEM, ESPN 980. He will continue the radio gig. Loverro used to write for the Baltimore Sun before joining the Times in 1992.
September 5, 2013
7's Harris Felled By Mysterious Illness
Channel 7/WJLA news anchor Leon Harris (right) has been off the air since early August suffering from a serious illness. He spent nearly three weeks in various hospitals with what turned out to be a case of necrotizing pancreatitis. After collapsing August 1 with stomach pains, he was taken to Bethesda's Surburban Hospital. He was soon airlifted to Baltimore's Johns Hopkins ICU. Just as mysteriously as it appeared, his illness vanished. Harris, who hopes to return to work Monday, is embracing a few lifestyle changes - less fat, more veggies, and no more beer.
September 4, 2013
WAMU & WPOC Top August Radio Ratings
The DC market radio ratings for the month of August. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WAMU, 2) WTOP, 3) WIHT, 4) WHUR, 5) WMMJ, 6) WASH, 7) WMZQ, 8) WKYS, 9) WPRS and WBIG, 11) WPGC, 12) WIAD and WWDC, 14) WGTS, 15) WMAL, 16) WRQX, 17) WJFK-FM and WETA-FM, 19) WLZL, 20) WFRE, 21) WQSR, 22) WTEM, 23) WBQB, 24) WERQ, 25) WDCN, 26) WINC-FM and WNEW and WMAL STREAM, 29) WIYY and WFLS. Age 25-54: 1) WIHT, 2) WTOP and WHUR, 4) WASH, 5) WMMJ, 6) WKYS, 7) WAMU and WBIG and WWDC, 10) WMZQ, 11) WPRS, 12) WIAD, 13) WPGC, 14) WGTS, 15) WJFK-FM, 16) WRQX and WLZL, 18) WMAL, 19) WTEM, 20) WERQ and WQSR, 22) WETA-FM, 23) WDCN, 24) WMAL STREAM and WIYY and WINC-FM, 27) WFRE, 28) WNEW and WLIF, 30) WBQB. The Baltimore market radio ratings for the month of August. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WPOC, 2) WERQ, 3) WWIN-FM, 4) WZBA, 5) WWMX, 6) WLIF, 7) WBAL-AM, 8) WRBS-FM, 9) WZFT and WQSR, 11) WIYY, 12) WJZ-FM, 13) WCBM, 14) WYPR, 15) WKYS, 16) WBJC and WHUR, 18) WWDC, 19) WPGC, 20) WTOP, 21) WAMU and WXCY, 23) WEAA, 24) WIHT and WBIG, 26) WRNR-FM and WNEW and WCAO, 29) WASH and WMZQ, 31) WGTS and WRQX, 33) 975HFS and WOLB and WLZL.
September 3, 2013
WMAL's Mark Weaver To Retire
DCRTV hears that newsman Mark Weaver (right) is retiring from Cumulus news talker WMAL, 105.9 FM/630 AM. He'll be moving to Florida following his last day at WMAL, September 27th. Weaver is a 45-year radio veteran who has spent the last 25 of those years behind the WMAL news microphones, including back when the station was owned by ABC. "His departure will mark the first time in 70 years that a 'Weaver' has not been on the air at WMAL," WMAL General Manager Bill Hess says in a Monday afternoon staff memo. "His father, Jackson, part of the legendary 'Harden And Weaver' [morning show] team, joined these call letters in 1943. It's hard to imagine these hallways without Mark's booming voice, and we thank him for his outstanding work over these many years," Hess adds.
August 29, 2013
5's ND Phil Metlin Retires
Phil Metlin is retiring from his post as news director at Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG. He joined DC's Fox 5 in 2008 from Fox sister WTXF-TV in Philadelphia, where he also was news director. Before that, he worked at Fox's WTVT-TV in Tampa, and at WTTG before that, from 1992 to 1995. "I would like to thank Phil for his 21 years of outstanding service and dedication to [Fox Television Stations]," said Patrick Paolini, WTTG's general manager. "He has been a valued member of our team and I'd like to wish him well in the next chapter of his life." Said Metlin: "I feel blessed to have had the chance to associate with so many great journalists over the past two decades here at Fox. Looking back, I am in awe of the things we witnessed together. Great work was produced and I'm proud of what we accomplished." WTTG is generally thought of as DC's second most highly-rated TV news operation, behind only NBC's Channel 4/WRC.
August 28, 2013
RQX Completes Tweak To Hits
WRQX has completed its evolution and completed its rebranding as "All The Hits 107-3." The station has debuted a new logo and transferred its online assets to 1073Hits.com. Cumulus hot adult contemporary Mix 107.3 has been in the process of evolving to contemporary hits. The station is dropping its Mix moniker. With the exception of afternoon hosts Marco and Brooke Ryan, the station's on-air lineup now matches sisters WWWQ in Atlanta and WRWM in Indianapolis, with "The Bert Show" in mornings, McKinzie Roth in middays, and "Nights Live With Adam Bomb" in evenings.
August 27, 2013
Baltimore City Paper For Sale
Times-Shamrock Communications says it plans to sell the Baltimore City Paper weekly free tabloid. The Scranton-based firm, which also owns Baltimore classic rocker WZBA, 100.7 The Bay, says it wants to focus on media outlets closer to its Pennsylvania base. "Baltimore City Paper has been a strong, profitable investment for us for many years," says Scott Lynett, Times-Shamrock's CEO. "As we look to diversify our family's holdings, it made sense for us to offer City Paper for sale to someone who could take it to the next level of growth." The BCP says more than 300,000 people read it weekly, but its circulation was just over 59,000 in December 2012, according to Audit Bureau Of Circulations data.
August 19, 2013
Frank Ski To WHUR Afternoons
Frank Ski (right) will be WHUR's new afternoon host. He will make his debut on the flagship Howard University Radio Network on Monday, September 9th at 3 PM. Ski is the winner of "WHUR's Next Big Voice Contest," which has featured numerous possible afternoon hosts since April. WHUR General Manager Jim Watkins says: "We are thrilled to welcome Frank to the WHUR family and we look forward to him bringing his love for radio and the community to the Washington region." Adds Ski: "DC is like home for me. This will be a powerful show featuring buzz-worthy pop culture and political topics ranging from election coverage to the latest antics of reality television." Ski began his radio career in Washington in the early 1990s before moving on to Baltimore and then to Atlanta in 1998 where he ruled the airwaves for over 14 years.
August 19, 2013
Mark Segraves To Be Heard On WNEW
Mark Segraves (right) will be joining the news team of CBS all-newser WNEW, 99.1 FM, as a senior correspondent. He'll continue his reporting duties for NBC's Channel 4/WRC. Back in January, Segraves left Hubbard's all-news WTOP for WRC. He worked as an investigative reporter for WTOP since 2004. He also worked at Allbritton's Channel 7/WJLA before and while at WTOP. Segraves had also been doing a local news interview show for Tribune's Channel 50/WDCW. WNEW Program Director/Executive Editor Robert Sanchez tells us: "I could not be more excited to have Mark join WNEW. Mark is a tenacious reporter and will bring a new dimension to the type of stories we cover that goes beyond chasing the stories of the day. He will help us lead the news. In addition, he's also an invaluable resource. He brings to WNEW a wealth of experience, an unparalleled institutional knowledge of this town, and a thick Rolodex."
August 16, 2013
4's Rosenfield To Philly
Jim Rosenfield leaves his weekend anchor and reporting duties at NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC to join the NBC-owned station in Philadelphia, WCAU-TV, to anchor its 4 PM, 5 PM, and 11 PM weekday newscasts. Before WRC, Rosenfield worked for NBC's WNBC-TV and CBS's WCBS-TV in NYC.
August 14, 2013
Jack Germond Dies
Jack Germond, the portly, cantankerous columnist, and pundit who covered 10 presidential elections and sparred with colleagues on TV's "The McLaughlin Group," has died. He was 85. Based at the Baltimore Sun for many years, Germond wrote about presidents and politicians through decades of covering Washington.
August 13, 2013
Miri Marshall To 11
Miri Marshall joins Baltimore's Channel 11/WBAL as a weather reporter. She replaces John Collins, who retired as a fulltime weather reporter in May after 24 years at the Hearst station. Collins still has a freelance relationship with WBAL-TV. Marshall comes from KCEN-TV in Waco TX.
August 13, 2013
Butt Replaces Street As BAL-AM's ND
Channel 11/WBAL News Director Michelle Butt (right) expands her job to also include Hearst sister news talker WBAL-AM, 1090. She replaces Merrie Street, who has been news director for the radio operation since August 2011. Butt has been news director at WBAL-TV since 2003.
August 12, 2013
Keefer To Head MPT News
Mark Keefer has been named director of news and public affairs for Maryland Public Television. He has been producing a number of MPT's news shows, including "Direct Connection" and "State Circle." In the late 1980s, Keefer was a morning news producer at Channel 9/WUSA.
August 8, 2013
WHUR Ends Chapman's Saturday Show
Howard University's adult urban contemporary WHUR, 96.3 FM, cancels its long-running Saturday morning call-in relationship program, "The Audrey Chapman Show." A best-of show will air this Saturday, we hear. Chapman confirms on her audreychapman.com website that she's already done her last show. "The show has meant so much to me providing you with mental health advice for over 25 years. I will miss listening to you and helping you with your personal challenges," she writes. "I will hope and pray that you will be guided by the many experts and the information that you've heard over those years." Chapman adds that she'll continue her relationship seminar activities.
August 8, 2013
WAMU, WIHT, WPOC Top July Radio Ratings
The DC market radio ratings for the month of July. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WAMU [ME 1st, ATC 3rd] and WTOP [AM drive 2nd, PM drive 1st], 3) WIHT [Kane 4th], 4) WMMJ [Joyner 3rd], 5) WASH [Loo 6th] and WHUR [Harvey 5th], 7) WMZQ [Boxer 7th], 8) WBIG and WKYS [Parr 10th], 10) WETA-FM, 11) WIAD [McFly 13th], 12) WWDC [Elliot 8th], 13) WPGC [Pablo 17th], 14) WPRS, 15) WGTS, 16) WMAL [MOTM 12th], 17) WJFK-FM [Junks 15th] and WRQX [Bert 21st], 19) WLZL [Biagi 21st], 20) WBQB, 21) WFRE, 22) WTEM and WERQ, 24) WDCN [JR 19th], 25) WNEW [AM drive 25th, PM drive 26th], 26) WPFW, 27) WQSR and WINC-FM and WIYY and WFLS. Full-day, age 25-54: 1) WIHT, 2) WASH, 3) WTOP, 4) WHUR, 5) WKYS, 6) WBIG and WMMJ, 8) WAMU, 9) WWDC, 10) WMZQ, 11) WIAD, 12) WPRS, 13) WPGC, 14) WJFK-FM, 15)WGTS and WRQX, 17) WLZL, 18) WMAL, 19) WERQ, 20) WDCN and WETA-FM, 22) WTEM, 23) WINC-FM, 24) WQSR and WIYY, 26) WFRE and WNEW. The Baltimore radio ratings for the month of July. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WPOC [DeYoung 1st], 2) WERQ [Smiley 2nd], 3) WWIN-FM [Joyner 3rd], 4) WLIF [Greg 8th], 5) WWMX [Reagan 5th], 6) WZBA [Klug 4th], 7) WRBS-FM, 8) WZFT [Kane 11th], 9) WBAL-AM [Nehman 9th], 10) WQSR, 11) WIYY [Schlegel 13th], 12) WCBM [S&F 5th], 13) WJZ-FM [N&D 11th], 14) WHUR, 15) WYPR [ME 14th] and WKYS, 17) WPGC, 18) WTOP and WBJC, 20) WWDC, 21) WIHT, 22) WAMU and WBIG and WXCY, 25) WCAO and WEAA and WNEW and 975HFS and WASH.
August 5, 2013
Amazon.com's Bezos To Buy Washington Post
The Washington Post Company has agreed to sell its flagship newspaper to Amazon.com founder and chief executive Jeffrey Bezos, ending the Graham family's stewardship of one of America's leading news organizations after four generations. Bezos, whose entrepreneurship has made him one of the world's richest men, will pay $250 million in cash for the Post and affiliated publications to the Washington Post Company which owns the newspaper and other businesses. Seattle-based Amazon will have no role in the purchase. Bezos himself will buy the news organization and become its sole owner when the sale is completed, probably within 60 days. In addition to the Post, the company is selling Greater Washington Publishing, the Gazette newspapers, the Express, El Tiempo Latino, and its Robinson Terminal in Alexandria. The Post Company, which also operates cable TV and broadcast TV stations and an education firm, will change to a new, still-undecided name and continue as a publicly traded company without the Post thereafter.
July 30, 2013
Snyder Sells Norfolk Outlets
Redskins owner Dan Snyder sells his two Red Zebra outlets in the Norfolk area. Local Voice Media, formerly known as Davis Media, has agreed to acquire sports talker "102.1 The Game," WXTG, 102.1 FM/1490 AM, Virginia Beach/Hampton. The pair will flip to adult alternative tunes, simulcasting LVM's "92.3 The Tide," WTYD Deltaville/Williamsburg. WXTG will continue to carry Nationals and Redskins play-by-play through the current seasons. Snyder continues to own a sports talker in Richmond, along with two sports talkers in the DC area - WTEM and WSPZ.
July 29, 2013
Sinclair Buys Allbritton's TVers, Including 7
Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group gets all eight of DC-based Allbritton Communications' broadcast TV stations, including Channel 7/WJLA and local cable-oriented NewsChannel 8. The $985 million deal also includes Allbritton's stations in Harrisburg PA, Lynchburg VA, Birmingham AL, Little Rock AR, Tulsa OK, and Charleston SC. All of Allbritton's broadcast stations are ABC affiliates. To comply with FCC local television ownership rules, Sinclair says it expects to sell the license and certain related assets of existing stations it owns in the Birmingham, Harrisburg, and Charleston markets. Allbritton head Robert Allbritton stated: "Sinclair is the ideal buyer of our superb television stations. Its existing reach and history of innovation matches exceptionally well with our long tradition of viewer service and news gathering excellence. David Smith and his team have been a pleasure to work with. I am confident that their leadership and resources will enable our stations to reach new heights of service to our communities." Sinclair, which its headquartered in the Baltimore County suburb of Hunt Valley, owns Baltimore's Fox affiliate, Channel 45/WBFF, and operates that market's CW station, Channel 54/WNUV. It has also announced plans to operate Baltimore's MyNetworkTV affiliate, Channel 24/WUTB, which has been a Fox-owned property. Sinclair owns or operates about 150 TV stations in about 75 markets.
July 26, 2013
8 More Leave Baltimore Sun
Eight more newsroom employees are leaving the Baltimore Sun over a six-week period. In addition to sports columnist Kevin Cowherd, who announced earlier this month that he's taking a buyout. They include 30-year photographer Gene Sweeney. Along with longtime Metro reporter and former suburban editor Andrea Siegel. Plus, business reporter Steve Kilar, who is going to become communications director for Arizona ACLU. Also, reporter Candy Thomson, who just celebrated 25 years at the paper and is married to the Washington Post's "Dr. Gridlock." And, night Metro editor Steve Gould, who is going back to University Of Maryland. Plus, features editor Sam Sessa, who is off to become music director at Towson University's WTMD. And finally, op-ed editor Michael Cross-Barnet, who is returning to college. The Sun already has a number of vacancies and is not expected to fill many of these eight slots, we hear.
July 24, 2013
Rick Schneider To Be WETA's VP & CEO
Rick Schneider has been named executive vice president and chief operating officer of DC area public broadcaster WETA. He's currently president and CEO of the Community Television Foundation of South Florida, which operates Miami public television station WPBT. Schneider will join WETA in late September and succeed Joseph Bruns, who is retiring after 13 years. Before his nine years at WPBT, Schneider worked at other public TVers in Florida and Nevada. He began his career as a reporter for WPTV-TV in West Palm Beach and WPIX-TV in NYC, and as Washington bureau correspondent for Post-Newsweek Stations. WETA operates Channel 26/WETA, which has two subchannels, WETA Kids and WETA UK, and classical WETA-FM, 90.9.
July 23, 2013
2's Linda So Heads To Reuters DC
Health reporter Linda So (right) is leaving Scripps-owned Channel 2/WMAR, Baltimore's ABC affiliate. She's heading to DC to work for Reuters TV. So has been at WMAR since 2011. She's also worked in Hagerstown and Harrisburg.
July 23, 2013
Cooley Replaces Pollin On ESPN 980 Afternoons
Redskins veteran Chris Cooley will replace Andy Pollin on WTEM, ESPN 980's afternoon show. Steve Czaban will continue on the show, but now will be joined by Cooley and weekend host Al Galdi. As of August 1st, "The Drive With Cooley And Czabe" will replace the current "Sports Reporters" show at 4 PM on the sports talker owned by Redskins owner Dan Snyder. Just last week, the Redskins Radio Network added Cooley to its roster of talent for game day coverage. Pollin had co-hosted afternoons with Czaban for 13 years.
July 22, 2013
Aly Jacobs Heads To MZQ
Aly Jacobs, who was on Jack Diamond's old morning show on Cumulus's hot adult contemporary Mix 107.3, WRQX, has joined Clear Channel country outlet WMZQ, 98.7 FM, to co-host mornings with Boxer. Jacobs parted ways with WRQX several weeks ago, just after it started piping-in Bert Weiss from Atlanta in mornings.
July 17, 2013
UMD's AJR To End Print Edition
- 7/17 - The American Journalism Review, which is published by the University Of Maryland's Philip Merrill College Of Journalism, will end production of its print edition and launch a redesigned website in fall as it becomes an online-only publication. The current website will continue to be maintained and new articles uploaded throughout the summer. The revamped site at ajr.org will offer content on news innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as the media criticism on which AJR has built its reputation over the past 36 years. "The model for publishing has clearly shifted to digital formats as online readership has grown," said Merrill College Dean Lucy Dalglish. "It no longer made financial sense for the award-winning AJR to continue producing a print magazine because most AJR readers accessed content on the web. In addition, philanthropy has long been an important source of funding for print magazines devoted to media criticism. That support has steadily declined over the past 10 years."
July 16, 2013
11 "Pirate" Lary Lewman Dies
Lary Lewman, an actor who was kiddie show host "Pete The Pirate" (right) on Baltimore's Channel 11/WBAL and later became the recorded voice of national Democratic presidential campaign advertisements, died of complications from Parkinson's disease July 11th at his Clarksville MD home. He was 76. In the early 1960s, Lewman played a friendly buccaneer on a show that aired at 4:30 PM weekdays. His Baltimore TV career started in the late 1950s when he did a WBAL-TV 9 AM show with his wife, "What's New With The Lewmans." After leaving WBAL-TV, Lewman hosted Maryland Public Television's "Consumer Survival Kit." From the 1970s through the 1990s, he voiced national political advertising for Democrats, including Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. Lewman retired in 2000 and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild and the AFTRA union.
July 11, 2013
4's Dan Hellie To NFL Network
Channel 4/WRC sports anchor Dan Hellie (right) is leaving the NBC-owned station for a gig at the NFL Network, where he'll anchor the daily "NFL Total Access" show from Los Angeles. He's been at WRC seven years and his contract is up for renewal this year. "It's a blessing to go from one unbelievable job to another," Hellie tells the Washington Post. "I feel unbelievably lucky. And I'm not dumb enough to think that luck had nothing to do with it." Hellie, 38, is the latest sportscaster to leave the local DC TV market for a job at a national sports network, including WRC's Lindsay Czarniak to ESPN, WTTG's Dave Feldman to Comcast SportsNet in San Francisco, and WUSA's Brett Haber to the Tennis Channel. WRC has started a search for Hellie's replacement, who will join Jason Pugh and Dianna Russini, continuing the top-rated local news station's three-person sports anchoring staff.
July 10, 2013
WTOP & WERQ Top June Radio Ratings
The Washington market radio ratings for the month of June. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP [AM drive 1st, PM drive 1st], 2) WAMU [ME 2nd, ATC 2nd], 3) WIHT [Kane 3rd], 4) WASH [L&C 6th] and WMMJ [Joyner 3rd], 6) WHUR [Harvey 5th], 7) WMZQ [Boxer 7th], 8) WBIG, 9) WKYS [Parr 8th], 10) WIAD [McFly 12th], 11) WWDC [Elliot 9th] and WGTS and WPGC [Pablo 17th], 14) WETA-FM, 15) WRQX [Bert 23rd] and WMAL [MOTM 10th] and WPRS, 18) WLZL [Biagi 20th], 19) WJFK-FM [Junks 16th] and WTEM [M&M 24th], 21) WBQB, 22) WFRE, 23) WERQ, 24) WDCN and WQSR, 26) WNEW [AM drive 27th, PM drive 27th], 27) WIYY and WFLS and WINC-FM. Age 25-54: 1) WTOP, 2) WASH and WIHT, 4) WAMU, 5) WHUR, 6) WMMJ, 7) WKYS, 8) WBIG, 9) WMZQ and WWDC, 11) WIAD, 12) WRQX, 13) WGTS and WPRS, 15) WPGC, 16) WLZL, 17) WJFK-FM, 18) WTEM, 19) WMAL, 20) WERQ, 21) WDCN, 22) WQSR, 23) WIYY and WETA-FM and WINC-FM, 26) WFRE, 27) WNEW, 28) WBQB. The Baltimore market radio ratings for the month of June. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WERQ [Smiley 2nd], 2) WWIN-FM [Joyner 3rd], 3) WPOC [DeYoung 1st], 4) WLIF [Greg 6th], 5) WWMX [Reagan 5th], 6) WZBA [Klug 4th], 7) WBAL-AM [Nehman 7th] and WZFT [Kane 9th], 9) WQSR and WRBS-FM, 11) WIYY [M&A 11th], 12) WJZ-FM [N&D 8th], 13) WTOP, 14) WWDC, 15) WCAO, 16) WHUR and WYPR [ME 12th] and WKYS, 19) WPGC, 20) WCBM [S&F 16th], 21) WBJC, 22) WEAA and WBIG, 24) WASH, 25) WXCY and 975HFS and WMZQ, 28) WIHT, 29) WNEW and WRQX and WAMU and WLZL.
July 10, 2013
Kevin Krueger To Head WGTS
Kevin Krueger has been named vice president and general manager of Washington Adventist University's Christian contemporary WGTS, 91.9 FM. He comes to the Takoma Park station from Washington state, where he served as general manager for like-formatted KGTS at Walla Walla University and its Positive Life Radio network, with stations in 15 cities in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Krueger replaces John Konrad, who died of pneumonia in January. Douglas Walker has been serving as interim general manager of WGTS.
July 8, 2013
Cowherd Takes Sun Buyout
Longtime Baltimore Sun sportswriter Kevin Cowherd (right) says "it's time for a new challenge." After 32 years as a features and sports columnist at the Sun, "I've asked for - and received - a buyout," he writes on his Facebook page. "Last official day is July 18. It's been a great run and I'm leaving some wonderful colleagues." And he adds that he's "not leaving the workforce... but looking for new projects and job opportunities."
July 8, 2013
Maryland Life Ends Publication
Maryland Life magazine has ceased publication. The July 2013 edition currently on newsstands across the state will be its last. "A continually evolving marketplace, coupled with a still-recovering economy and the significant expenses of print and postage, brought forth challenges that were difficult to overcome," according to a statement from Frederick-based Great State Publishing at the local travel magazine's website. "While I am saddened, I believe we're leaving Marylanders in a better place after eight years of issues filled with all sorts of ideas about what to see, do, and enjoy throughout the state," says Publisher Dan Patrell.
July 8, 2013
Schlegel Replaces Cucchiella At 98 Rock Mornings
The new 98 Rock, WIYY morning team is Justin Schlegel, who gets moved from afternoons, joined by producer Scott Reardon, and a holdover from the old show, "newsman" Josh Spiegel. Citing personal reasons, including depression, Mickey Cucchiella submitted his resignation on June 28th. His radio partner, Amelia Ryerse, is also gone from the Baltimore active rocker's morning show. However, she will now solo host the afternoon music-based show, with Schlegel's move to mornings. Mike Anderson, assistant producer for Cucchiella's show, will be top producer for the new "Justin, Scott, And Spiegel Show."
July 3, 2013
2's Sherrie Johnson To Harford
Morning news reporter and fill-in news anchor Sherrie Johnson (right) is leaving Baltimore's ABC affiliate, Channel 2/WMAR, to become spokesperson for Harford County government, northeast of Baltimore. She's worked at the Scripps-owned TVer since 2003.....
June 28, 2013
Mickey Cucchiella Exits 98 Rock
Morning show host Mickey Cucchiella (right) is leaving Hearst's 98 Rock, WIYY, in Baltimore. Cucchiella says he's battling depression, related to the recent death of his mother and divorce from his wife. "I've been through a lot and I've put the people I work with through a lot," he says in farewell video posted on YouTube. "It's more of struggle than fun to do what I do... I'm not leaving with any animosity with anyone. 98 Rock is like my family." While he adds that he's "done" with the WIYY morning show, he hints that he'd like to continue working for the active rocker in some capacity in the future. And he vows to continue his comedy career in Baltimore. Dave Hill, the station's program director, tells the Baltimore Sun: "He's got a lot of personal things in his life that have just taken a toll, and we agreed with his decision... We'll miss him... But it's been a rough year, year and a half, for us and we've been trying to figure it out." Hill adds that Cucchiella, who has been hosting mornings at the station for almost eight years, will be welcome back to WIYY to do guest shots.
June 24, 2013
Ukrainian Radio Show Founder Dies
Odile Marynowych, co-founder and secretary of "The Ukrainian Melody Hour" radio and television programs, died May 22 at her home in Washington. She was 83. The cause was a stroke and a heart attack. In 1952, Mrs. Marynowych and her husband co-founded the weekly Ukrainian radio program in NYC. Three years later, they started their own television counterpart. The programs - which aired in Washington, NYC, Philadelphia, and Chicago - featured Ukrainian music and dance and provided news coverage of Ukraine. She settled in Washington in 1964 and helped manage the program until her husband's death in 2005.
June 22, 2013
Sam Huff "Retires" From Redskins Radio Game Broadcasts
Sam Huff will no longer be heard on Redskins broadcasts via ESPN 980, WTEM. After 38 years, he's retiring from the radio booth. Last season, Huff, 78, cut back his work as a color analyst, calling only home games and two Redskins road games with his partners, Sonny Jurgensen and Larry Michael. "I've enjoyed every game that I played, coached and provided color commentary over the last 50 years with the Washington Redskins. I look forward to joining Larry, Sonny, and Doc [Walker] on the pre-game show a few times this season," Huff says. His retirement leaves Jurgensen as the sole remaining member of a broadcast team that stretches back to the team's glory years of the 1980s and 1990s, including Frank Herzog, who was forced out as the team's play-by-play announcer in 2004 to make way for Michael. In an interview with WTOP radio, Herzog maintained that Huff was "fired" from the Redskins radio broadcasts and did not "retire" as WTEM is spinning it.
June 21, 2013
4 Hires Scott MacFarlane
NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC hires Scott MacFarlane as a reporter. For eight years, he's been a Washington-based reporter for Cox's TV stations. Before joining Cox, MacFarlane was a reporter at WOIO-TV in Cleveland, WWJ-TV in Detroit, and WTVH-TV in Syracuse.
June 19, 2013
Fauquier Newspaper Drops "Democrat" From Name
The Fauquier Times-Democrat is changing its name because of what it views as an increasingly divisive political landscape. In an editorial today, the newspaper published on Wednesdays and Fridays announced it would become known as the Fauquier Times. The editorial said having the word "Democrat" in the newspaper's name in such partisan political times "is no longer a very astute business decision." The Warrenton-based newspaper traces its roots nearly 200 years. In 1905, the newspaper became the Fauquier Democrat. In 1989, it changed its name to the Fauquier Times-Democrat to identify with the Times Community News, the family-owned chain that owned the paper.
June 18, 2013
WaPo's de Moraes To Deadline.com
Longtime Washington Post TV columnist Lisa de Moraes will cover the national TV beat for media business website Deadline.com. Earlier this year, de Moraes, who has been at the Post 15 years, announced that she'd be leaving the newspaper this summer, planning to permanently re-locate to Los Angeles, to be closer to her husband. She's been shuttling between DC and LA for years. Before joining the Post in 1998, de Moraes served for nearly 10 years as TV editor for the Hollywood Reporter.
June 17, 2013
Adam May To Have Primetime Presence On AlJaz
Baltimore TV reporter Adam May will have a primetime role on Al Jazeera America. May, who announced his departure from CBS-owned Channel 13/WJZ in May, will be one of six correspondents on a magazine show, "America Tonight," which will run at 9 PM weekdays. May will be based in DC. The channel is expected to launch in August. It will take the place of the Current TV news channel.
June 17, 2013
DirecTV To Add NC8
DirecTV will start carrying Allbritton's NewsChannel 8 come July. This will be the first time the local news channel will be seen via a non-cable TV service. Currently, NC8 is seen within the Washington TV market via Comcast, Cox, Verizon, RCN, and other cable services, but not via satellite services like Dish Network and DirecTV. Until now. No specific July date has been announced for the DirecTV add. "When this happens NewsChannel 8 will be available in the 350,000 DirecTV homes in the DC market putting us at a total of 2.1 million homes," NewsChannel 8 and WJLA Vice President/General Manager Bill Lord tells us. "This is our first time on satellite after 20 years of cable only delivery and we are very excited about it."
June 13, 2013
Gannett Buys Belo
McLean-based Gannett will buy Dallas-based Belo for about $1.5 billion in cash, in a deal that almost doubles Gannett's television station ownership. The takeover is a move by Gannett to diversify its media operations, at a time when traditional print media continues to struggle. The media giant said the transaction would increase its television portfolio to 43 stations from 23. Locally, Gannett owns Channel 9/WUSA.
June 12, 2013
Bill Bailey Dies
Radio veteran Bill Bailey has died. In the 1970s, he worked at the old WRC-AM and WKYS, as well as at WXTR.
June 11, 2013
Paolini To Replace Dyer At 5 & 20
Glenn "Duffy" Dyer has resigned as the vice president and general manager of Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG and its sister station, MyNetworkTV affiliate Channel 20/WDCA, after 12 years. His replacement will be Patrick Paolini, who had been general sales manager at WTTG and WDCA earlier in his career. Most recently, he's been senior vice president of Fox Stations Sales. Prior to that, he was vice president and general manager of Fox's Philadelphia TV station, WTXF. Paolini's career also includes sales gigs at Fox's NYC stations, WNYW and WWOR.
June 11, 2013
XCY's Dave Hovel To Florida Country Outlet
Dave Hovel is leaving his gig as director of programming and operations at Delmarva Broadcasting-owned Harford County country outlet WXCY, 103.7 FM, after 24 years. He's heading to Ft. Myers, Florida to be program director of "Gator Country" WWGR-FM, which is owned by Renda Broadcasting.
June 11, 2013
WTOP, Hot 99.5, WERQ Top May Radio Ratings
The monthly May radio ratings for the DC market. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WIHT, 4) WASH, 5) WHUR, 6) WMMJ, 7) WKYS, 8) WWDC, 9) WIAD, 10) WMZQ and WBIG, 12) WPRS, 13) WMAL and WPGC and WRQX, 16) WGTS, 17) WLZL, 18) WETA-FM, 19) WJFK-FM, 20) WFRE, 21) WTEM, 22) WBQB, 23) WERQ and WDCN and WNEW, 26) WQSR, 27) WINC-FM, 28) WFLS and WIYY and WPFW. Age 25-54: 1) WIHT, 2) WAMU, 3) WTOP, 4) WASH, 5) WHUR, 6) WKYS and WMMJ and WWDC, 9) WBIG, 10) WIAD, 11) WRQX, 12) WLZL and WPRS, 14) WMZQ, 15) WGTS, 16) WPGC, 17) WJFK-FM, 18) WTEM, 19) WMAL, 20) WDCN, 21) WINC-FM, 22) WETA-FM, 23) WERQ, 24) WIYY, 25) WQSR, 26) WFRE, 27) WNEW, 28) WKDV and WBQB. The Baltimore market radio ratings for the month of May. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WERQ, 2) WWIN-FM, 3) WPOC, 4) WLIF, 5) WWMX, 6) WBAL-AM and WZFT, 8) WZBA, 9) WIYY, 10) WRBS-FM, 11) WJZ-FM, 12) WQSR, 13) WTOP, 14) WCBM and WKYS and WHUR and WWDC and WYPR, 19) WPGC, 20) WBJC, 21) WRQX and WCAO, 23) WBIG, 24) WLZL and WAMU and WEAA, 28) WXCY and WMZQ and WIHT and WNEW.
June 11, 2013
Hotline Founder Doug Bailey Dies
Doug Bailey, one of the fathers of the modern political consulting industry who went on to found the Hotline, died June 9th in his sleep. He was 79. According to nationaljournal.com, "Bailey was one of the first modern political ad men." Bailey sold the Hotline to the National Journal Group in 1996. Even after leaving the company, Bailey continued to contribute to Hotline on a regular basis.
June 7, 2013
Ed Hotaling Dies
Ed Hotaling, 75, a network and local news journalist and author of several books, died of heart failure June 3 at a Staten Island hospital. He had been in a nursing home since a serious car accident in 2007. While working as a reporter at Channel 4/WRC in 1977, Hotaling ended the sports broadcasting career of bookmaker Jimmy "the Greek" Snyder by airing his racially offensive remarks. Hotaling spent his early career working for news outlets in Tehran, Paris, Athens, and Beirut.
June 5, 2013
Washington Post To Launch Paywall
The Washington Post will launch a paywall around its washingtonpost.com website on June 12. The "metered subscription model" will allow non-subscribers to view 20 pieces of content per month before being asked to subscribe. Readers who come to the Post's website through search engines or shared links will be able to access the linked page regardless of the number of articles they have previously viewed. Digital packages will be priced at $9.99 per month for access to the desktop and mobile web only and $14.99 for an all-digital package which includes access to all of the Post's custom apps. Home delivery print subscribers will have complete access to all of the Post's digital products without paying an additional fee.
May 31, 2013
TMD Moves Into New Digs
Towson University's progressive rockish, adult alternative WTMD, 89.7 FM, is currently in the process of moving into new digs in the Towson City Center and will begin broadcasting from the new space on Monday, June 3rd, at 6 AM. The station will work to finish the space and continue moving in throughout the next few weeks. WTMD's new facility includes two production booths, two control booths, and a performance studio, which can be used to broadcast live concerts and double as a recording facility.
May 30, 2013
4 Says Adios To Keith Russell
Channel 4/WRC has pink-slipped Keith Russell (right), who the NBC station hired from ABC-owned WPVI-TV in Philadelphia only 10 months ago. Russell had been co-anchoring WRC's late morning newscast. A source tells NewsBlues, "Management met with him last week and told him they would be using their option to get rid of him in July (his one-year at station) but wanted to tell him early so he had enough time to find a new job." Russell, who did sports anchoring at WPVI, reportedly "told bosses that he didn't want to be in a place that didn't want him and would rather leave immediately." His Twitter page has been silent for more than a week. Barbara Harrison has been solo anchoring at 11 AM.
May 29, 2013
New Movie Channel For 20
Fox-owned Channel 20/WDCA adds a new digital subchannel - a classic movie network called "Movies!" The Fox-owned commercial network launched on May 27th and is carried locally on 20.2. MyNetworkTV affiliate WDCA is co-owned with Channel 5/WTTG, the DC area's Fox outlet. WDCA also carries Fox's Spanish language MundoFox on its 20.3 subchannel.
May 28, 2013
Washington Times Moves Andy Parks To WWRC
The Washington Times announces a partnership with Salem Communications that will put DC talk radio veteran Andy Parks (right) on the firm's WWRC, 1260 AM. Starting Monday, June 3rd, Parks' new show will air from 11 AM to 1 PM on the Salem talker. As DCRTV recently reported, Parks' 3 PM to 6 PM show, which was done from studios at the Times, ended its run on Metro Radio talker WTNT, 730 AM/102.9 FM. "Andy's show created the perfect marriage between a newspaper newsroom with breaking-news capabilities and deep policy expertise with one of talk radio's most entertaining intellectual thought leaders," Washington Times President and CEO Larry Beasley says regarding the WWRC deal. Parks spent more than two decades at the DC market's dominant commercial news talker, WMAL, where he was morning show co-host until his departure in 2011. Despite recent power increases, WWRC has yet to make any significant ripples in the DC radio ratings pond. Moving with Parks from WTNT to WWRC is Ann Wog, his former producer at WMAL.
May 26, 2013
Gene Burns Dies
Talk radio veteran Gene Burns, who once hosted a show on Baltimore's WCBM, has died at age 72. He'd suffered a series of stroke in recent years. Burns worked at San Francisco's KGO radio since the 1990s.
May 24, 2013
Vincent Keys To Leave 7
Vincent Keys Jr. will be retiring on July 1st. He's been the director of Channel 7/WJLA's 5 PM, 6 PM, and 11 PM newscasts. After 35 years at DC's ABC affiliate. "He has been employed with Allbrittion Communications since back when then studio was on Connecticut Avenue," his daughter Tabitha Keys tells us. "I remember him taking me to the station back then, during the days of Paul Berry, Susan King, and Rene Pousaint." Allbritton recently announced that it will be selling WJLA and its other TV properties by the end of the year.
May 24, 2013
WaPo Names Garcia-Ruiz Managing Editor
Emilio Garcia-Ruiz has been named managing editor at the Washington Post. He had been the newspaper's digital strategy editor. Garcia-Ruiz began working for Post in 1987 as a night copy editor for Sports. He left in 1990 and spent 11 years at the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Times, and St. Paul Pioneer Press. And returned to the Post in 2001 as assistant sports editor.
May 24, 2013
Haynes Johnson Dies
Haynes Johnson died May 24th at age 81. He was a longtime reporter, editor, and columnist for the Washington Post.
May 23, 2013
7's Cynne Simpson To Atlanta
News anchor Cynne Simpson (right) is leaving Allbritton's Channel 7/WJLA for a news anchor gig at WAGA-TV, the Fox-owned station in Atlanta. Earlier this month, Simpson's contact had expired with WJLA and that negotiations to renew it were ongoing. Simpson is the niece of DC radio veteran Donnie Simpson. WAGA is the same station that news anchor Gurvir Dhindsa left Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG for in 2011.
May 23, 2013
Dick Irwin Dies
Baltimore newspaper veteran John Richard "Dick" Irwin, who penned his signature "Police Blotter," died Wednesday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center of complications from diabetes. Irwin, whose career at the News-Post, the News American, the Evening Sun, and the Baltimore Sun spanned more than 40 years, was 76.
May 22, 2013
Mix 107.3 Cuts Carson
Midday man Rob Carson is the latest to get cut from Cumulus hot adult contemporary WRQX, Mix 107.3. Before doing middays, Carson had been doing the WRQX afternoon shift, but was replaced by Marco last year. Carson had also been doing a weekend shift on sister news talker WMAL.
May 15, 2013
WaPo's Gazette Ends Frederick Editions
The Washington Post-owned Gazette will end its its Frederick County editions. In an announcement Wednesday afternoon, the chief executive of the Gazette's parent company called the decision regrettable but necessary. Karen Acton, who took over as chief executive of Post-Newsweek Media in January 2012, said the company will continue to publish community weeklies via the Gazette brand in Montgomery and Prince George's counties and via the Times brand in Fairfax County, where the business models are strong. While the local revenue stream in Frederick was strong and growing, the saturation of the market with various competitors did not allow for a profitable business model in Frederick County, according to today's farewell article in the Gazette. More: 18 fulltime and 12 parttime employees will be pink-slipped.
May 14, 2013
WAMU & WERQ Top Radio Ratings
The April monthly radio ratings for the DC market, full-day, age 6+ demo: 1) WAMU, 2) WTOP, 3) WIHT, 4) WMMJ, 5) WHUR, 6) WASH, 7) WKYS, 8) WBIG, 9) WMZQ, 10) WPRS and WWDC and WPGC, 13) WIAD, 14) WRQX, 15) WGTS, 16) WMAL, 17) WETA-FM, 18) WLZL, 19) WJFK-FM, 20) WTEM, 21) WFRE, 22) WNEW and WDCN, 24) WBQB. Age 25-54 demo: 1) WAMU, 2) WIHT, 3) WTOP, 4) WHUR, 5) WMMJ, 6) WASH, 7) WBIG, 8) WKYS, 9) WWDC, 10) WRQX, 11) WIAD and WPRS, 13) WMZQ and WLZL, 15) WGTS, 16) WJFK-FM, 17) WPGC, 18) WMAL and WTEM, 20) WDCN, 21) WETA-FM and WINC-FM and WERQ, 24) WQSR, 25) WNEW, 26) WKDV and WIYY. The April monthly radio ratings for the Baltimore market, full-day, age 12+ demo: 1) WERQ, 2) WWIN-FM, 3) WPOC, 4) WLIF, 5) WWMX, 6) WBAL-AM, 7) WZFT and WRBS-FM, 9) WIYY, 10) WJZ-FM, 11) WZBA, 12) WQSR, 13) WYPR, 14) WBJC, 16) WCAO, 17) WCBM. Age 25-54 demo: 1) WERQ, 2) WWIN-FM, 3) WPOC, 4) WIYY, 5) WWMX, 6) WLIF, 7) WQSR, 8) WZFT, 9) WJZ-FM, 10) WRBS-FM, 11) WBAL-AM, 12) WZBA, 13) WYPR, 14) 975HFS, 15) WCAO, 16) WBJC, 17) WCBM.
May 8, 2013
Bob Ryan To Retire
Longtime DC TV weatherman Bob Ryan (right) will retire after the May "sweeps" TV ratings period. He currently does weather reports for Allbritton-owned Channel 7/WJLA's late newscasts. Ryan, 70, joined NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC in 1980, where he spent three decades before jumping to WJLA in 2010. He began his TV weather career at Boston's WCVB-TV. In 1978, Ryan became the first meteorologist to regularly appear on NBC's "Today" show. "I made the decision [to retire] before the new owner gets here," he tells the Washington Post. Last week, Allbritton announced that it will sell WJLA by the end of 2013.
May 8, 2013
WTNT To Get 97.5 Booster In Bethesda
Vienna-based Metro Radio has acquired a low-power FM translator on 97.7 in Alexandria from Positive Alternative Radio for $130,000. Currently licensed with just 2-watts, the translator has a pending application with the FCC to relocate to Bethesda where it will move to 97.5 with 250-watts. Metro Radio is expected to use the new signal to simulcast talker WTNT, which is also on AM 730 and another low-power FMer in Chantilly, on 102.9. Positive Alternative Radio programs a Christian contemporary format on the Warrenton area's WPER, 89.9 FM, and Fredericksburg's WJYJ, 90.5 FM. Metro Radio recently started a low-power FM simulcast of its Spanish contemporary "La Ley" WKDV, 1460 AM, in Manassas on 106.3.
May 7, 2013
Glenn Sauter Dies
Glenn Sauter, 53, a Washington area-based radio veteran who hosted the nationally syndicated "Hits Of Yesteryear" 1950s and 1960s oldies radio show, died May 5th. He did WBIG weekend overnights in the 1990s, when he played some "wickedly obscure records," a colleague tells us. Sauter was at the Voice Of America for 27 years.
May 7, 2013
Danny Reese Dies
Baltimore radio veteran Danny Reese, 61, recently died in Florida. From the 1970s until the mid-1990s, he worked at WPOC, WCAO, and WITH, we're told.
May 5, 2013
Bill Evenson Dies
Bill Evenson, 91, has died in California of complications from pneumonia. The former Mutual Broadcasting White House correspondent and news anchor began his radio career in the 1930s as a child actor in radio soap operas. After on-air radio news stints in Baltimore, he became a correspondent for Mutual in Washington, covering the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations. In the 1990s, he moved to California and taught acting and directing, and produced an independent film.
May 3, 2013
Oliver Leaves WEAA
LaFontaine Oliver, general manager at Morgan State's WEAA since 2007, is leaving the Baltimore market jazz and talk station to run another public radio station, WMFE in Orlando. Before WEAA, 88.9 FM, Oliver worked at XM Satellite Radio and Radio One.
May 3, 2013
Steiner Moves To WEAA Mornings
Morgan State's WEAA announces that Marc Steiner will move his two hour show from 5 PM to 9 AM starting May 13th. The station's new morning line-up also includes "The Baltimore Blend" at 6 AM, Amy Goodman's "Democracy Now!" at 8 AM, and Michel Martin's "Tell Me More" at 11 AM.
May 2, 2013
Dianna Russini Joins 4
Dianna Russini joins Channel 4/WRC as a sports anchor and reporter. She comes from NBC's co-owned WVIT-TV in Hartford. Russini played soccer for and graduated from Fairfax's George Mason University. She's also worked at NY stations in NYC and Long Island.
May 1, 2013
Allbritton To Sell TVers, Including 7
Robert Allbritton, head of DC-based Allbritton Communications, is planning to sell his television stations, including DC ABC affiliate Channel 7/WJLA. No word of any potential buyers. Might ABC be interested in buying WJLA? Pens Robert in a staff memo, "This spring, after careful deliberations, I have decided to explore a number of strategic options for the television stations group including a possible sale... This has not been an easy decision for me and my family. It is without exaggeration that I can say I grew up in television, with these stations, learning the business from my father and sharing many memories and adventures with all of you." Allbritton Communications also owns a batch of TV stations throughout the Mid-Atlantic and South, including markets like Harrisburg, Roanoke-Lynchburg, and Little Rock. It doesn't appear that he's planning to sell his non-TV assets, like Politico. No word about NewsChannel 8. Robert's father and company founder, Joseph, died late last year. Robert confirms that he won't sell Politico.
April 30, 2013
Circ Slump Continues For WaPo
The Washington Post Company reported an 85% drop in earnings, although after subtracting one-time items, profits from continuing operations fell by 55% while revenue inched up slightly. The company reported strong operating profits for its television broadcasting and cable divisions. But its Kaplan education unit lost money and its flagship newspaper continued to suffer steady and substantial declines in its circulation and print advertising. Daily circulation at the Post slipped 7.2% to 457,100 copies and Sunday circulation slid 7.7% to 659,500 copies in the first quarter of 2013, during which the Post implemented circulation price increases. Overall, the newspaper division reported an operating loss of $34.5 million in the quarter, but on a cash flow basis it lost only $5.4 million.
April 29, 2013
WTOP To Produce Morning Traffic Reports For 7
Hubbard all-newser WTOP and Allbritton ABC affiliate Channel 7/WJLA entered a new joint traffic partnership under which ABC7's morning traffic reports will be broadcast from WTOP's "glass-enclosed nerve center" studios, starting tomorrow, April 30th. WJLA's Amanda Meadows will report live six times an hour from 5 AM to 7 AM and twice an hour from 7 AM to 9 AM, with Rob Woodfork producing. "This new traffic partnership will provide ABC7 viewers with up-to-the-minute traffic information before they get behind the wheel, while reinforcing WTOP's image as the traffic authority in the region," says WJLA General Manager Bill Lord. DCRTV has told you that WJLA has been moving its morning traffic reports away from Total Traffic, which employs local traffic personalities like Lisa Baden, who used to be seen on 7's morning newscasts.
April 26, 2013
Jack Diamond Gone From Mix 107.3, Bert Weiss Replacement
The April 26th morning show was Jack Diamond's (right) last at Cumulus-owned hot adult contemporary WRQX, Mix 107.3. He's been at the station 24 years and we're told that his contract, which is up "soon," won't be renewed. Also, we are told that his replacement will be his former sidekick, Bert Weiss, who does a nationally syndicated morning radio show from Cumulus's contemporary hit Q100 in Atlanta. Mix 107.3 is looking for a younger female demo-skewing show that will better compete with top-rated Kane over on Clear Channel's contemporary hit Hot 99.5, WIHT, we hear.
April 24, 2013
105.7's Ed Norris Injured In Motorcycle Accident
Ed Norris (right), morning show host at Baltimore sports talker WJZ-FM, 105.7 The Fan, was airlifted to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore Wednesday after laying down his motorcycle to avoid hitting a truck in rural Harford County. Belair Patch reports that Norris was driving his Victory motorcycle northbound on Route 1 in Darlington around 2:30 PM. At the same time, the driver of a GMC truck made a left turn from Route 161 onto southbound Route 1, but allegedly failed to yield right of way to the motorcycle. Norris layed down the motorcycle to avoid hitting the truck and successfully avoided hitting another vehicle, according to Maryland State Police. Norris sustained injuries from the motorcycle skid that did not appear to be life-threatening, police add. He was flown by medevac helicopter to shock trauma as a precaution. Norris is a former superintendent of Maryland State Police and former police commissioner in Baltimore.
April 19, 2013
Allen Neuharth Dies
Allen Neuharth, the newspaper visionary and former Gannett chairman who founded McLean-based USA Today, helped create a museum dedicated to news and became one of the industry's most influential and sometimes controversial figures, died on April 19th after a fall at his home in Cocoa Beach FL. He was 89.
April 17, 2013
Preston Davis Dies
Preston Davis, the president of broadcast operations and engineering for the ABC Television Network Group since 1993 and a 35-year veteran of the company, has died at the age of 63. A native of Norfolk VA, Davis joined ABC in 1976, beginning as an engineer in Washington DC, and subsequently moving into various positions of increasing responsibility involving field and studio operations in Washington, Atlanta, and New York.
April 17, 2013
Julie Alexandria Is MASN's New Nats Reporter
The Mid-Atlantic Sports Network has hired Julie Alexandria (left) to serve as its sideline reporter for Nationals coverage. She's hosted "Mets Weekly" for SportsNet New York and has been working as a college football sideline reporter for Fox. She also hosted "Ballpark Figures," an online baseball show for Bloomberg Sports, and previously toured Big Ten schools for the Big Ten Network's "Tailgate 48" program. Alexandria replaces Kristina Akra, who jumped to the MLB Network in March.
April 17, 2013
Craig Heist Gone From WTOP
Sports reporter Craig Heist (right) is no longer at Hubbard all-newser WTOP. It was an "amicable" parting, we're told. "He left on his own... He's exploring opportunities both in DC and Baltimore," a station source tells us. Heist, whose radio sports career began at Ocean City's WKHI during the 1980s, joined WTOP in 1999. He's a three-time winner of the Maryland Sportscaster Of The Year award from the National Association Of Sportscasters And Sportswriters. More: Our sources at CBS Radio won't confirm or deny that he could be jumping to all-newser WNEW and sports talker WJFK. Yet more: A local radio guru tells us: "Double check what's happening to sports at WTOP. Heisty gone (fed up), veterans George Wallace and Jonathan Warner reduced to nights and weekends. Part-timers hours reduced to nothing - they're mostly in the traffic center now. They've also cut the ISDN line from Camden Yards."
April 16, 2013
WAMU, WTOP, WIHT Top DC Radio Heap For March
The Washington market radio ratings for the month of March. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WAMU [ME 1st, ATC 1st], 2) WTOP [AM drive 2nd, PM drive 2nd], 3) WIHT [Kane 3rd], 4) WASH [Loo 5th], 5) WHUR [Harvey 5th, Baisden 6th], 6) WMMJ [Joyner 4th], 7) WKYS [Parr 7th], 8) WPRS, 9) WBIG, 10) WMAL [MOTM 9th], 11) WIAD [McFly 15th], 12) WMZQ [Boxer 15th] and WWDC [Elliot 9th] and WGTS, 15) WPGC [Pablo 17th], 16) WRQX [Diamond 11th], 17) WLZL [Biagi 17th], 18) WETA-FM, 19) WTEM [M&M 23rd, Korny 10th, Czaban 18th] and WFRE, 21) WJFK-FM [Junks 13th, A&D 20th], 22) WBQB and WDCN, 24) WNEW [AM drive 23rd, PM drive 23rd], 25) WQSR, 26) WERQ and WINC-FM, 28) WPFW and WAFY and WRBS-FM and WMAL STREAM. Age 25-54: 1) WTOP [AM drive 2nd, PM drive 1st] and WIHT [Kane 5th], 3) WAMU [ME 1st, ATC 3rd] 4) WASH [Loo 8th], 5) WMMJ [Joyner 3rd], 6) WHUR [Harvey 4th, Baisden 9th], 7) WKYS [Parr 6th], 8) WBIG, 9) WPRS, 10) WWDC [Elliot 7th], 11) WLZL [Biagi 13th], 12) WIAD [McFly 13th], 13) WRQX [Diamond 12th], 14) WGTS, 15) WMZQ [Boxer 18th], 16) WPGC [Pablo 19th], 17) WJFK-FM [Junks 10th, A&D 18th], 18) WTEM [M&M 22nd, Korny 12th, Czaban 16th], 19) WDCN, 20) WMAL [MOTM 17th], 21) WINC-FM, 22) WQSR and WETA-FM, 24) WERQ, 25) WFRE, 26) WLIF and WRBS-FM and WNEW [AM drive 27th, PM drive 25th], 29) WIYY and WAFY and WBQB.
April 16, 2013
WERQ Tops Balto Radio Heap For March
The Baltimore market radio ratings for the month of March. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WERQ [Smiley 1st], 2) WWIN-FM [Joyner 3rd], 3) WPOC [DeYoung 2nd], 4) WLIF [G&D 5th], 5) WWMX [Maria 11th], 6) WJZ-FM [N&D 4th], 7) WRBS-FM, 8) WZBA [Klug 10th] and WZFT [Kane 12th], 10) WIYY [M&A 9th], 11) WQSR, 12) WBAL-AM [Nehman 7th], 13) WYPR [ME 8th], 14) WBJC, 15) WCAO, 16) WTOP, 17) WHUR, 18) WCBM [S&F 15th] and WKYS, 20) WPGC and WWDC and WAMU, 23) WBIG, 24) WRQX and WIHT, 26) WLZL, 27) WASH and WMZQ, 29) WGTS, 20) WEAA and WXCY and WNEW and 975HFS.
April 14, 2013
DC Radio & TV Vet Thomas Hyre Dies
Emmy Award-winning audio engineer and broadcasting pioneer Thomas Hyre, 74, died April 6. A Washington area native, Hyre attended American University and was a founding member of WAMU, 88.5 FM, and the engineer on duty for the station's inaugural broadcast. He was instrumental in developing the National Educational Radio Network, which subsequently grew into National Public Radio. During the late 1950s and 1960s, Hyre worked with every major radio and TV station in the Washington area, including Channel 9, then WTOP-TV. During his tenure at Channel 5/WTTG, he was the original Deputy Dog, and worked alongside Jim Henson during the early development of the Muppet characters. In the early 1970s, Hyre was brought to New York City by WNBC-TV, beginning his more-than-40-year career as an audio engineer for NBC.
April 12, 2013
Washington City Paper Moves
Washington City Paper is moving in early May from Adams Morgan to office space at 1400 I Street NW at McPherson Square. The freebie weekly has been at 2390 Champlain Street NW since 1993, but the building, which also houses Pacifica's WPFW, is slated to be torn down this year. City Paper will be subleasing office space from by National Strategies, a lobbying and consulting firm. The new offices will be just temporary, according to City Paper Publisher Amy Austin, as the paper continues its search for a long-term home.
April 9, 2013
More DC Radio Revenue Numbers For 2012
DCRTV recently reported that all-news WTOP was the top ad revenue billing radio station in the whole USA in 2012 at $64.6 million. Now, we get a look at some other DC market numbers from BIA. Urban contemporary WPGC placed a distant 2nd at $19.4 million. Adult urban contemporary WHUR and hot adult contemporary WRQX, Mix 107.3, were tied for 3rd with $15.9 million each. Sports talker WTEM, ESPN 980, was 5th with $14.2 million. Urban contemporary WKYS was 6th with $13.9 million. Contemporary hit WIHT, Hot 99.5, was 7th with $12.5 million. Adult contemporary WASH was 8th with $12.2 million. Alternative rocker WWDC, DC101, was 9th with $11.6 million. Country WMZQ and news talker WMAL were tied for 10th with $11.3 million each. Sports talker WJFK, 106.7 The Fan, was 12th with $10.8 million. Spanish contemporary WLZL, El Zol, and adult urban contemporary WWMJ, Majic 102.3, were tied for 13th with $10.6 million each. Classic rock/hits WBIG was 15th with $10.4 million. Way down the list at $1.1 million was new all-newser WNEW, according to the stats.
April 9, 2013
WLIF Tops Balto Radio Rev Heap For 2012
Adult contemporary WLIF was the top ad revenue biller in the Baltimore market in 2012, according to figures from BIA, at $13.4 million. Country WPOC and adult urban contemporary WWIN-FM, Magic 95.9, were tied for 2nd with $11.9 million each. Urban contemporary WERQ, 92Q, was 4th with $11 million. Rocker WIYY was 5th with $9.4 million. News talker WBAL-AM was 6th with $9 million. Hot adult contemporpary WWMX, Mix 106.5, was 7th with $8.8 million. Adult hits WQSR, Jack 102.7, was 8th with $7.5 million. Contemporary hit WZFT, Z104.3, was 9th with $5.2 million. And sports talker WJZ-FM, 105.7 The Fan, placed 10th with $4.7 million.
April 5, 2013
Chilli Amar Leaves Mix 107.3 For WASH
Chilli Amar, long heard on Culumus's hot adult contemporary WRQX, Mix 107.3, is leaving for Clear Channel's adult contemporary WASH, 97.1. WASH morning man Loo Katz has been missing a co-host since Lori Brooks left earlier this year and Amar will be her replacement.
April 5, 2013
Danni Starr Joins Kane's Show
Danni Starr joins Clear Channel contemporary hit WIHT, Hot 99.5's morning Kane show as a sidekick, replacing Sarah Fraser, who announced earlier this year that she's heading to NYC to pursue a TV career. Starr had been heard on Minneapolis rocker KTWN. Kane's show is also heard in Baltimore on Clear Channel's contemporary hit WZFT, Z104.3.
April 3, 2013
Jane Henson Dies
Jane Henson, the wife of famed Muppets creator Jim Henson, died April 2nd at her Connecticut home following a battle with cancer. She was 78. She and Jim met in a University Of Maryland puppetry class in the mid-1950s, and they became creative and business partners in the development of the Muppets. In 1954, while attending Northwestern High School, Jim began working for DC's Channel 9, then WTOP-TV, creating puppets for a Saturday morning children's show. As a freshman at UMD, he created "Sam And Friends," a five-minute puppet show for DC's Channel 4/WRC. The characters on "Sam And Friends" were forerunners of Muppets. While Jim was working at WRC in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Jane did a magazine show for the station, "Afternoon," which was aimed at housewives. Jim died in 1990. At right: Jim and Jane at WRC in 1955.
April 1, 2013
Spanish WKDV Now On 106.3
There's a new Spanish language FMer in the DC market. Metro Radio has just started using 106.3 from Manassas to simulcast La Ley, WKDV, 1460 AM, also in Manassas. Metro had been using the 95.9 frequency from a tower in Gainesville, but it was causing interference to Fredericksburg area classic rocker WGRQ, which also uses 95.9. The new signal features 80-watts and can be heard into populous Fairfax County. The 106.3 signal is the third Spanish language FMer in the DC market, joining El Zol, WLZL, on 107.9 and La Nueva, WDCN, on 87.7, which is actually a low-power analog TV operation on channel 6.
March 27, 2013
WTOP Top Ad Revenue Biller Nationwide For 3rd Straight Year
Hubbard all-newser WTOP is the top ad revenue billing radio station in the whole country for the third straight year. It billed $64.6 million in 2012, up from $60 million in 2011. That's according to stats from Chantilly VA-based BIA/Kelsey. Clear Channel's contemporary hit KIIS in LA was number two at $56.8 million. LA is the second largest radio market, DC is eighth. Coming in third was contemporary hit WHTZ in the largest market, NYC, with $48.2 million, also a Clear Channel station.
March 26, 2013
13 Hires Miss America Candidate For Weather
Chelsea Ingram leaves Burlington VT's WFFF-TV to replace meteorologist Bernadette Woods at CBS-owned Channel 13/WJZ in Baltimore. Woods is joining the staff at Climate Central in Princeton NJ. Ingram represented Vermont at this year's Miss America pageant in Las Vegas. She has a degree in meteorology from North Carolina State University.
March 25, 2013
Kristina Akra To MLB Network
Kristina Akra has left the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, where she's been the sideline reporter for the Washington Nationals since early 2012. She's jumping to the MLB Network, where she'll debut April 1st on the "MLB Now" show with Brian Kenny and Harold Reynolds. Akra will appear across MLB Network's studio programming.
March 22, 2013
Matt Bosson To WASH Afternoons
Matt Bosson has been named afternoon drive host and assistant program director for Clear Channel's adult contemporary WASH, 97.1 FM. Bosson is an NYC area radio veteran who began his career at that city's rhythmic contemporary WKTU. He's also worked at stations in Poughkeepsie NY and Sussex NJ. Bosso replaces Bill Worthington, who left WASH in late January after 20 years.
March 21, 2013
Baisden Out Of Syndie Deal, Off HUR
Afternoon urban radio talker Michael Baisden (left) has parted ways with his national radio syndicator, Cumulus Media Networks. And he went missing from his show yesterday, which is heard locally on Howard University's adult urban contemporary WHUR, 96.3 FM. Baisden was "locked out" of his studio with a "best of" show airing. He Tweeted that his Cumulus deal ends March 29th and that he'll be leaving radio. Cumulus didn't like that and ended his show's distribution a week early. The word is that he will be off the air for a number of months while he works on a new distribution deal. Baisden reliably propelled WHUR well into the top 10 in the DC market afternoon radio ratings. No word on what WHUR will air in his absence. Baisden was heard in more than 78 markets nationwide with more than 8 million listeners.
March 21, 2013
Derek Hunter Joins WBAL Radio
Derek Hunter (right) will join the weekday lineup of Baltimore news talker WBAL, 1090 AM, in the noon to to 2 PM slot starting April 8. He's worked for the Heritage Foundation, was press secretary for Senator Conrad Burns, served as a telecom and education analyst for Americans For Tax Reform, and helped start the Daily Caller website. He's also been a columnist for Townhall.com, a contributor to Breitbart News, and an election blogger for the New York Daily News. His writing has appeared in more than 150 newspapers, including the Washington Times and Baltimore Sun. Hunter has been doing occasional hosting work at DC news talker WMAL and at night on WBAL. Clarence "C4" Mitchell will continue doing his WBAL show from 10 AM to noon and also host "The Week In Review" on Fridays from noon to 2 PM.
March 20, 2013
Gamut Now On 820
Hubbard gives its progressive rock/eclectic music non-formatted The Gamut an analog broadcast signal, 820 AM, which is based in the Frederick area and covers much of the DC metro. Replacing the simulcast of Federal News Radio, which remains on 1500 AM, WFED, and at federalnewsradio.com. The 820 signal will keep the WWFD call and continue to carry sports events, including the Capitals, Wizards, and Ravens, plus weekend paid programming. You can also hear The Gamut on the HD Radio digital FM subchannels of all-newser WTOP's 103.5 and 107.7 signals. The Gamut, which debuted in 2011 with a 4,500 song playlist, has been expanded to 10,000 songs and will feature an array of recorded music types that span from pre-World War II to present day. The sampling of artists includes Scissor Sisters, Doris Day, Mumford And Sons, Devo, Elvis Presley, Boney M, and Johnny Cash. "Our hope is that by being on 820 AM listeners will sample The Gamut and then want to listen on our HD signal at 103.5-3 as well," says Joel Oxley, who heads Hubbard's DC radio cluster. The station was born from the extensive and unique music collection of WTOP engineer Dave Kolesar with input from broadcast consultant Sam Brown.
March 20, 2013
Sun Names Trif Alatzas Exec Editor
Trif Alatzas has been named executive editor of the Baltimore Sun. He succeeds Mary Corey, who died of cancer in February. Alatzas has been head of digital media at the Sun since 2010. Says Sun Publisher Tim Ryan in a staff memo: "Trif is one of our own - Baltimore native, Sun intern, talented journalist, digital media expert. We are fortunate to have Trif take the lead at such an important time for our company." The Sun's owner, the Chicago-based Tribune Company, is reportedly shopping its newspaper chain to a single buyer, perhaps the right-wing Koch brothers.
March 19, 2013
Washington Examiner To Go Weekly, Cut 90
The freebie daily tabloid Washington Examiner will become a weekly, national politics-centric publication come June. Web-only reporting will continue, although about 30 employees will be let go, some say. However, other estimates indicate that as many as 90 jobs could be lost. Examiner staffers were told that the paper would become a center-right version of political publications like the Hill, during a meeting this morning. The local daily newspaper, owned by righty media baron Philip Anschutz's Clarity Media, will continue to be published through June 14 with a new website launching June 17. The first issue of the weekly will debut June 20. The Examiner will eliminate coverage of local news, sports, and entertainment, with the new weekly edition focusing on politics. Editor Stephen Smith and Executive Editor Mark Tapscott will remain. The Examiner was born seven years ago from the remains of the old Journal local newspapers.
March 19, 2013
WAMU, WTOP, WERQ Top February Radio Ratings
The February monthly radio ratings for the DC market. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WAMU [ME 2nd, ATC 2nd], 2) WTOP [AM drive 1st, PM drive 1st]. 3) WIHT [Lane 3rd], 4) WASH [Loo 4th], 5) WHUR [Harvey 6th, Baisden 6th], 6) WMMJ [Joyner 5th], 7) WMAL [MOTM 7th], 8) WKYS [Parr 8th], 9) WPRS, 10) WBIG, 11) WMZQ [Boxer 12th], 12) WWDC [Elliot 9th], 13) WIAD [McFly 15th] and WGTS, 15) WPGC [P&F 18th] and WRQX [Diamond 13th], 17) WLZL [Biagi 15th], 18) WETA-FM and WFRE, 20) WJFK-FM [Junks 14th, A&D 18th] and WTEM [M&M 22nd, Korny 9th, Czaban 20th], 22) WNEW [AM drive 22nd, PM drive 22nd], 23) WDCN, 24) WBQB, 25) WQSR, 26) WERQ, 27) WINC-FM, 28) WAFY and WPFW and WAVA-FM, 31) WJYJ and WLIF, 33) WKDV and WWEG and WRBS-FM and WGRX and WIYY and WGRQ and WFLS and WTNT. Full-day, age 25-54: 1) WTOP (AM drive 1st, PM drive 1st], 2) WIHT [Kane 3rd], 3) WAMU [ME 2nd, ATC 3rd], 4) WASH [Loo 7th], 5) WMMJ [Joyner 3rd] and WHUR [Harney 5th, Baisden 7th], 7) WKYS [Parr 8th], 8) WBIG and WPRS, 10) WWDC [Elliot 6th], 11) WLZL [Biagi 12th], 12) WRQX [Diamond 13th], 13) WGTS, 14) WMZQ [Boxer 16th] and WIAD [McFly 14th], 16) WPGC [P&F 19th], 17) WJFK-FM [Junks 10th, A&D 17th], 18) WTEM [M&M 21st, Korny 9th, Czaban 18th], 19) WMAL [MOTM 18th], 20) WDCN, 21) WNEW [AM drive 22nd, PM drive 21st], 22) WERQ and WETA-FM and WINC-FM, 25) WFRE, 26) WLIF and WQSR, 28) WBQB, 29) WKDV and WWEG and WRBS-FM and WIYY and WAFY, 34) WPFW. The Baltimore radio ratings for the month of February. Full-week, age 12+: 1) WERQ [Smiley 1st], 2) WLIF [G&D 3rd], 3) WWIN-FM [Joyner 5th], 4) WPOC [DeYoung 2nd], 5) WWMX [JJ&R 9th] and WZFT [Kane 12th], 7) WZBA [Klug 6th], 8) WJZ-FM [N&D 4th], 9) WIYY [M&A 6th], 10) WRBS-FM, 11) WBAL-AM [Nehman 11th], 12) WQSR, 13) WYPR [ME 9th], 14) WCBM [S&F 13th], 15) WTOP, 16) WCAO, 17) WKYS and WHUR and WWDC, 20) WBJC and WAMU, 22) WPGC, 23) WIHT, 24) WBIG, 25) WMZQ, 26) WRQX, 27) WXCY, 28) WASH, 29) WAVA-FM and 975HFS and WNEW, 32) WLZL and WTMD and WEAA and WIAD and WGTS.
March 19, 2013
Ocean City Area Radio Vet Mitch Scott Dies
Eastern Shore radio veteran Mitch Scott (left) died March 17th due to complications from leukemia at age 56. He owned Georgetown DE-based Great Scott Broadcasting, which started with two radio stations in Sussex County in the 1960s. Over the years, Scott grew the company's presence on Delmarva by adding more stations, including OC 104, Big 98.5, and 93.5 The Beach.
March 18, 2013
WaPo To Erect Paywall Around Website
This summer, the Washington Post will start charging frequent users of its website, asking those who look at more than 20 articles or multimedia features a month to pay a fee, although the paper has not yet decided how much it will charge. Home delivery subscribers will have free access to all of the Post's digital products, while students, teachers, school administrators, government employees, and military personnel will have unlimited access to the website while in their schools and workplaces. Access to the Post's home page, section front pages, and classified ads will not be limited.
March 18, 2013
7's Pamela Brown To CNN
Anchor and reporter Pamela Brown (right) leaves Channel 7/WJLA to join CNN. She's moving to NYC to work on CNN's revamped morning show. "Pam is an outstanding reporter who made her mark in Washington DC with exceptional coverage of domestic breaking news and enterprise reporting," says Ken Jautz, executive vice president of CNN-US. "The passion in her work is evident and we are so happy to have her join the CNN team."
March 15, 2013
Donielle Flynn Leaves WRNR For Detroit Gig
Donielle Flynn (right) is leaving Annapolis progressive rocker WRNR-FM, 103.1, to join the morning show, hosted by Jay Towers, at Clear Channel's adult hits WNIC in Detroit. It's a return to Clear Channel for Flynn, who worked at the company's DC alternative rocker DC101, WWDC, before heading to Annapolis. Before DC101, Flynn worked at Philadelphia rockers WYSP and WMMR and at a Detriot rocker in the late 1990s.
March 11, 2013
Lisa de Moraes To Leave WaPo
Washington Post television columnist Lisa de Moraes will leave the paper at the end of May. de Moraes, the author of the Post's "The TV Column," has spent 15 years with the paper, the last six of which saw her traveling between the east coast and Los Angeles, where her husband lives. She attributed her departure to a desire to be with her husband in California. "My husband is based in LA, and I've decided I don't want to do the bi-coastal thing anymore," de Moraes, who spent almost a decade at the Hollywood Reporter, told Politico. "I've moving to Los Angeles so I can live with my husband."
March 7, 2013
NPR Editor Brenda Box Dies
Brenda Box, 58, who edited newscasts at NPR, has died after a battle with pancreatic cancer. The Springfield VA resident once was a Capitol Hill correspondent for USA Today Broadcasting/Gannett News Service, worked as an anchor for the UPI and NBC/Mutual radio networks, and served a reporter for West Virginia Public Radio and WTOP before coming to DC-based NPR 10 years ago. She was a long-time member of the National Association Of Black Journalists, winning an NABJ Excellence award for a series on black pioneers. The Gannett News Service honored Box for radio coverage of the 20th anniversary of the Civil Rights March on Washington.
March 4, 2013
WRC Veteran Gayle Perkins Dies
We're just now hearing that Gayle Perkins (later Atkins) died of cancer on December 15th in NYC. She was editorial director at Channel 4/WRC in the 1980s, and was a reporter and editor at that station's news radio outlet, WRC-AM, 980, in the 1970s. She later became a member of the New York social scene and married a prominent attorney.
February 28, 2013
Gail Huff Resigns From 7
Channel 7/WJLA reporter Gail Huff has resigned. She's the wife of Scott Brown, the former US Senator from Massachusetts. Huff joined WJLA in 2010 after many years as a reporter with Boston's WCVB-TV. "It has been an amazing two and a half year experience - working with so many dedicated professionals," Huff wrote today in a memo to colleagues. "I know this is not goodbye. Our paths are destined to cross again in the future." There are rumblings that her husband, a Republican, may run for Massachusetts governor.
February 28, 2013
Sunni Replaces Free On PGC Mornings
Free is no longer paired with Pablo on CBS Radio's urban contemporary WPGC, 95.5 FM. We're told that she Tweeted that February 27th was her last day on-air at the station. The PGC morning show has been struggling in the ratings. It looks like her replacement is Sunni, who wrote on her Facebook page on the same day: "Check me out tomorrow morning 6 AM -10 AM as I join the WPGC morning show! Super excited!!"
February 27, 2013
Asendio Joins MarketWatch
Jim Asendio, former news director at WAMU, is now a freelance anchor at the MarketWatch Radio Network, which is based in DC. He does twice an hour business newscasts and feature stories for many major market stations including WTOP, plus major CBS all-newsers in NYC, Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles. "I started this month and am filling in as needed. It's great to be back on the air, especially on stations where I once worked," he tells us.
February 27, 2013
Amelia Segal Joins 4's Weather Team
Channel 4/WRC hires Amelia Segal (right) for its weather team. A native of Frederick County MD, she comes from a weather reporting gig at WIVB-TV and WLNO-TV in Buffalo. Also, NBC-owned WRC announces "significant investments" in its weather resources and technology, including a more expansive network of cameras and a new weather app.
February 27, 2013
Baltimore Sun Veteran Mary Corey Dies
Mary Corey, the first woman to hold the top editorial post at the Baltimore Sun, died February 26 of breast cancer. She was 49. Corey was named senior vice president and director of content at the Tribune-owned paper in 2010. She was the first woman to hold the post in the Sun's 176-year history. Corey joined the Sun in 1987 as an editorial assistant and was quickly promoted to features writer. She later served as assistant national editor and national correspondent. She held various editing roles in the features department from 1998 to 2003, and was promoted to assistant managing editor for features.
February 22, 2013
WaPo Sees 9% Circ Drop In 2012
Revenue at the Washington Post Company's newspaper operations was down 7% in 2012, compared with 2011. Revenue from print advertising was down 12% in the fourth quarter of 2012 and 14% for the year. Online revenue was up, with a 6% increase in online display ad revenue comparing 2012 with 2011. Daily circulation in 2012 at the company flagship Washington Post went down nearly 9%, to 471,800, over the previous year, and Sunday circulation was down about 6% percent, to 687,000.
February 21, 2013
Bernadette Woods Leaving 13
Bernadette Woods (right), a meteorologist at Baltimore's Channel 13/WJZ for the past seven years, is leaving the CBS-owned station to join Climate Central, a non-profit firm in Princeton NJ that focuses on climate change. "No other weathercaster on Baltimore TV seems as deeply engaged and delighted by the science of the job as Woods. In the best sense of the word, at times, she seems like an absolute weather wonk," writes Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik. "Baltimore TV is losing one of its best with this departure," he adds.
February 19, 2013
WTOP & WAMU Top DC Radio Ratings For January
Public radio news talker WAMU and all-news WTOP top the DC market monthly radio ratings for January. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WAMU [ME 1st, ATC 1st], 2) WTOP [AM drive 2nd, PM drive 2nd], 3) WASH [L&L 3rd], 4) WIHT [Kane 4th], 5) WHUR [Harvey 6th, Baisden 5th], 6) WKYS [Parr 5th], 7) WPRS, 8) WMMJ [Joyner 7th], 9) WGTS, 10) WWDC [Elliot 9th], 11) WMAL [MOTM 9th] and WRQX [Diamond 11th], 13) WBIG and WPGC [P&F 18th], 15) WMZQ [Boxer 15th], 16) WIAD [McFly 16th], 17) WLZL [Biagi 17th] and WETA-FM, 19) WTEM [M&M 22nd, Czaban 20th], 20) WFRE, 21) WJFK-FM [Junks 13th, A&D 18th], 22) WDCN, 23) WBQB, 24) WNEW [AM drive 24th, PM drive 24th], 25) WINC-FM, 26) WERQ and WPFW, 28) WAFY and WLIF and WQSR, 31) WAVA-FM, 32) WJYJ and WKDV and WIYY and WBQH and WRBS-FM and WFLS, 38) WTNT and WACA and WGRQ. Age 25-54: 1) WTOP [AM drive 1st, PM drive 1st], 2) WIHT [Kane 5th], 3) WAMU [ME 2nd, ATC 3rd], 4) WASH [L&L 6th], 5) WKYS [Parr 3rd] and WHUR [Harvey 4th, Baisden 5th], 7) WPRS, 8) WMMJ [Joyner 8th], 9) WWDC [Elliot 7th], 10) WGTS, 11) WRQX [Diamond 10th], 12) WLZL [Biagi 12th], 13) WBIG, 14) WIAD [McFly 15th] and WPGC [P&F 18th], 16) WMZQ [Boxer 18th] and WJFK-FM [Junks 10th, A&D 12th], 18) WTEM [M&M 20th, Czaban 19th], 19) WDCN, 20) WMAL [MOTM 17th], 21) WFRE, 22) WINC-FM, 23) WETA-FM, 24) WNEW [AM drive 24th, PM drive 22nd], 25) WLIF and WERQ, 27) WBQB and WQSR and WPFW, 30) WRBS-FM, 31) WIYY and WAFY, 33) WKDV and WBQH and WWEG, 36) WJYJ and WACA and WAVA-FM and WGRQ and WFLS. The Baltimore radio ratings for the month of January, full-day age 12+: 1) WERQ, 2) WLIF, 3) WPOC, 4) WWIN-FM, 5) WJZ-FM, 6) WWMX, 7) WZFT, 8) WIYY and WRBS-FM, 10) WZBA, 11) WBAL-AM and WQSR and WYPR, 14) WCBM, 15) WTOP, 16) WHUR and WCAO and WWDC, 19) WRQX and WBJC, 21) WKYS, 22) WPGC and WAMU, 24) WBIG and WIHT, 26) WMZQ and WXCY, 28) WAVA-FM, 29) WASH, 30) 975HFS and WNEW and WLZL and WIAD, 34) WEAA, 25) WTMD and WGTS and WOLB.
February 19, 2013
Joan Jones Joins WTOP
Joan Jones joins Hubbard all-newser WTOP to be a fulltime fill-in anchor. She comes from Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal Radio Network, where she's been writing and anchoring network broadcasts and customized business updates for major market stations. Prior to joining DJ/WSJRN, Jones was the morning news anchor at CBS news talker WPHT in Philadelphia and the morning co-host on that city's adult contemporary WBEB. She also worked as a Metro Traffic reporter for radio stations in the Philadelphia area.
February 18, 2013
Ray Freeman Dies
Longtime announcer Ray Freeman, 78, of Bowie died February 16th at a local medical facility. He came to Washington in the late 1960s, and worked at WMAL-AM/FM, when the stations were owned by the Evening Star Broadcasting Company. He later worked at Channel 20/WDCA as booth announcer. In the 1980s, Freeman joined the Voice Of America, first with VOA Europe, before taking a staff position in the Broadcast Production Branch as a studio director, announcer, and news reader for VOA Special English newscasts. In 1998, Freeman joined the VOA Music Branch, where he hosted the "American Gold" oldies show, and later was host of "Border Crossings," VOA's weekday request program. Freeman retired in 2003.
February 12, 2013
WASH Loses Lori Brooks
Lori Brooks is leaving the "Loo And Lori" morning show on Clear Channel's adult contemporary WASH, 97.1 FM. Her last day will be Wednesday, after 10 years at the top-rated station. "It's with great thought that I made the decision to move closer to my parents in Pennsylvania to be able to care for them, and my father who recently underwent major surgery and has has several complications," she writes at washfm.com. She's the second high-profile talent to leave WASH of late. Earlier this month, DCRTV reported that Bill Worthington was gone from his afternoon/evening slot after 20 years at the station. Pictured at right: Lori and her co-host, longtime DC radio veteran Loo Katz.
February 8, 2013
O'Brien To Head Cumulus DC
DC radio veteran Mark O'Brien (right) replaces Sam Rogers as the market manager for Cumulus's two radio stations in the DC market - news talker WMAL, 105.9 FM/630 AM, and hot adult contemporary Mix 107.3, WRQX. O'Brien, who spent many years in the DC market handling media management, advertising, and marketing, comes from Jacksonville, where he most-recently served as market manager for Clear Channel. O'Brien was vice president and general manager for WASH and DC101 from 1993 to 2000. He was vice president of ad sales for WTEM-owner Red Zebra in 2006 and 2007, before spending five years with Metro Traffic, now Total Traffic. Last week, DCRTV first reported that Rogers was heading to a top advertising gig at Silver Spring-based Radio One.
February 6, 2013
Shelby Whitfield Dies
Shelby Whitfield died on February 5th at age 77. In the 1960s, Whitfield was the morning sports guy on Johnny Holliday's morning show on WWDC radio, as well as the radio play-by-play man with Tony Roberts and Ron Menchine during the last few years of the Washington Senators in the late 1960s and early 1970s. "Shelby also did one of the first sports talk shows on Washington radio Saturday evenings from Franny O'Brian's restaurant," Holliday tells us. He also was sports director of ABC Radio Sports for more than 20 years with well-known voices like Dan Lovett, Fred Manfra, and Holliday as his anchors on the ABC networks. "He was a terrific broadcaster and one of the nicest people in a very tough business," Holliday adds. Whitfield was the sports director of DC-based AP Radio in the 1970s, before joining WABC radio in NYC.
February 1, 2013
Bill Worthington Leaves WASH
DCRTV hears that Bill Worthington (left) is gone from Clear Channel's adult contemporary WASH, 97.1 FM, after 20 years. Late Friday, the afternoon/evening host posted this on his Facebook page: "I've done my last show at 97.1 WASH-FM and I am going to miss all my radio friends and all those wonderfully loyal listeners, many of whom have listened to the station since they were children. My fellow jocks, those in promotion, sales, engineering and programming are all remarkably highly-achieving professionals. It has always been a bonus that they are also genuinely nice people. I love all of you. I had a great run at the radio ranch, but now it's onward! It's a new day - quite exciting, if you ask me."
January 31, 2013
Glenn Hollis Returns
DCRTV hears that DC radio veteran Glenn Hollis (right) can be heard again. For many years, he hosted an evening love songs show on adult contemporary WASH, 97.1 FM. Hollis tells us: "I am returning to the radio via the internet. I can't wait. I have received so many requests to return to radio and felt that this was the right time to do a show. Love song requests and dedications/messages via Skype, phone and chat." At at glennhollis.com. Hollis, who was heard on WASH from 1994 to 2006, and then later did a Sunday morning brunch show for the station, had been running a picture framing shop in Frederick with his wife, Irene. More: Hollis tells us, "We got rid of the frame shop a couple of years ago. That was a great job. The post office calls us Frederick, but we are really in Urbana, a great little town. I have a 'music room' in my house where I have five-foot speakers and audiophile quality equipment. This is where I ended up putting my 'studio.' I sit right between the speakers to do the show. The biggest challenge was the audio chain. I started with an inexpensive mic that I had had for years and it started going out of phase. So I bought an EV RE-20 and a tube preamp that made everything sound smooth. This was an unexpected expense yet well worth it. I have received a warm response on Facebook and look forward to growing the show."
January 28, 2013
Sam Rogers Leaves Cumulus For Radio One
DC radio veteran Sam Rogers leaves his gig as head of Cumulus's DC radio cluster, which includes news talk WMAL and hot adult contemporary WRQX, Mix 107.3. He's been named vice president of national ad sales for Silver Spring-based Radio One, the urban radio giant which owns nine regional stations, including urban contemporary outlets WKYS and WERQ. Before joining Cumulus last year, Rogers was head of CBS's DC radio cluster.
January 28, 2013
WTOP's Segraves To 4
Mark Segraves is leaving Hubbard's all-news WTOP for NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC, where he'll be a reporter. He joins fellow WTOP alums Wendy Rieger, Derrick Ward, and Adam Tuss at DC's NBC4. Segraves has worked as an investigative reporter for WTOP since 2004. He worked at Allbritton's Channel 7/WJLA before and while at WTOP. He's also been doing a local news interview show for Tribune's Channel 50/WDCW.
January 28, 2013
Sunset For Richard Day's WTOP Career
Longtime all-news WTOP anchor Richard Day has retired. Day, 70, "did not want a farewell in the newsroom, a cake or even an announcement before his last day," says WTOP VP/Programming Jim Farley. Day joined WTOP in 1985 after stints at NBC in DC, WCBM in Baltimore, and in syndicated television. Farley called Day "a class act and I will sorely miss his quiet professionalism."
January 25, 2013
Dan Michaels Named ZBA's PD
Dan Michaels has been named program director for Baltimore classic rocker WZBA, 100.7 The Bay. He comes to the Times-Shamrock station after four years at WLTJ, a classic hits station in Pittsburgh. Michaels programmed DC classic hits/rock outlet WBIG, 100.3 FM, from 2006 to 2008. He has also worked at radio stations in Denver, Philadelphia, Houston, and Chicago. Michaels "brings a long track record of programming success and is clearly a very special talent. He has a true passion for radio and a deep understanding of how to build a powerful brand and connect that to listeners and advertisers," says WZBA General Manager Jefferson Ward. "The Bay is a heritage station in Baltimore with tremendous potential," adds Michaels.
January 24, 2013
WFVA Drops Nostalgic Tunes For Talk
Centennial flips Fredericksburg's adult standards WFVA, 1230 AM, back to news talk, starting January 28th. The weekday lineup will include Don Imus, Glenn Beck, Mike Huckabee, Dennis Miller, Mark Levin, and Michael Savage. Ten year WFVA veteran Ted Schubel will continue as news director and will also host a one-hour local program, "Town Talk With Ted," weekdays at 8 AM. The station had dropped its previous talk format in April 2011.
January 23, 2013
Farley To Leave WTOP At End Of 2013
He's hinted he'd like to retire and now he's made it official. WTOP's VP News/Programming Jim Farley (right) announces that he will leave the top-rated all-newser at the end of 2013. He says: "At the very end of this year (2013), I plan to stop working fulltime. I will continue with Hubbard and WTOP in a consultant role. Now, there are hired guns who will consult for anybody, and most consultants are out-of-work PDs. But I bleed WTOP blood and am deeply invested in our continued success. I plan to stay involved until I start to drool conspicuously. I'll be a proactive resource for Joel (Oxley), Laurie (Cantillo), WTOP and Hubbard, and I will visit often. I have so many good friends in this building and spent the best part of my long career here. On to the next chapter, but not until 2014." DCRTV's take: With CBS apparently committed to its new all-newser WNEW for the long term, and with the ratings for Hubbard's top-rated WTOP having nowhere to go but down, perhaps this is a particularly good time for Farley to make his exit. More: Farley tells us that he waited a year to see how WNEW performed before making his decision to leave later this year. And, he insists that WTOP's best ratings days are not in the past. "I'll remind you when our ratings go up," he defiantly exclaims.
January 23, 2013
WASH Tops "Holiday" Radio Ratings For DC
Christmas tune-fueled WASH topped the monthly "holiday" period radio ratings for DC. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WASH [L&L 3rd], 2) WAMU [ME 1st, ATC 3rd], 3) WTOP [AM drive 2nd, PM drive 2nd], 4) WIHT [Kane 5th], 5) WHUR [Harvey 4th, Baisden 5th], 6) WMMJ [Joyner 7th], 7) WKYS [Parr 6th], 8) WGTS and WRQX [Diamond 9th], 10) WPRS and WETA-FM, 12) WWDC [Elliot 8th], 13) WPGC [P&F 17th], 14) WLZL [Biagi 16th], 15) WBIG, 16) WTEM [M&M 17th, TSR 21st], 17) WIAD [McFly 22nd] and WMAL [MOTM 11th], 19) WMZQ [Boxer 19th], 20) WFRE and WJFK [Junks 14th, A&D 13th], 22) WDCN, 23) WBQB, 24) WNEW-FM [AM drive 25th, PM drive 24th], 25) WINC-FM. Age 25-54: 1) WASH, 2) WIHT, 3) WTOP, 4) WAMU, 5) WHUR, 6) WKYS, 7) WMMJ, 8) WLZL and WPRS, 10) WRQX, 11) WPGC, 12) WGTS and WWDC, 14) WBIG, 15) WIAD, 16) WMZQ, 17) WTEM and WJFK, 19) WDCN, 20) WETA-FM and WMAL, 22) WINC-FM, 23) WFRE, 24) WERQ, 25) WNEW-FM and WLIF.
January 22, 2013
1580 To Carry CBS Sports Net
CBS Radio is dropping the business/government news format on 1580 AM, which has been known as WNEW-AM, to put the new CBS Sports Radio on fulltime in the DC market, starting January 28th. The sports radio network was launched on January 2nd and it is currently carried on-air in Baltimore, via 1300 AM. The new 1580 will be a companion to CBS's DC sports talk WJFK, 106.7 The Fan. CBS Sports Radio is also currently heard on a digital subchannel of 106.7. The 1580 signal covers most of the DC metro by day, but only a small area of Prince George's County and DC at night. More: DCRTV hears that 1580's call will remain WNEW-AM and not be branded WJFK-AM. At least not yet. Yet more: Chris Kinard, who programs 106.7, will also be program director of 1580.
January 22, 2013
Sarah Fraser To Leave 99.5's Kane
Sarah Fraser (left) is leaving her sidekick/co-host role on Hot 99.5's nationally-syndicated Kane morning show to head to NYC pursue landing a daytime TV talk show. She's been with "The Kane Show" since 2007 and won't be leaving until spring. Contemporary hit WIHT's owner, Clear Channel, is seeking Fraser's replacement. Kane's show is also heard on Baltimore contemporary hit outlet Z104.3, WZFT, also a Clear Channel outlet.
January 17, 2013
WETA Gets Newman's Own Grant
DC area public broadcaster WETA has been awarded a $100,000 grant over two years from Newman's Own Foundation, which was created by late actor and philanthropist Paul Newman. The award aids organizations that serve military service personnel, veterans, and their families. The grant allows BrainLine, a WETA national multimedia project offering information and resources about preventing, treating, and living with traumatic brain injury, to expand its coverage of military-specific information and resources. WETA's BrainLine project, launched in 2008, has received more than 32 national awards.
January 17, 2013
Klose To RFE/RL As Acting Head
Kevin Klose, the former NPR president and former dean of the Philip Merrill College Of Journalism at the University Of Maryland in College Park, returns to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty as acting president. Klose was the top exec at DC-based NPR from 1998 to 2008. While there, he had to deal with a Congressional attempt to de-fund NPR and public television, and funding is an issue that RFE/RL certainly grapple with. Steve Korn recently resigned there, and the Broadcasting Board Of Governors will use a search firm to identify his successor. But for now, Klose is back at RFE/RL, where he was president from 1994 to 1997. More: Klose will be "on leave" from his current UMD teaching gig - he gave up the dean position last summer.
January 14, 2013
O'Meara Returns To Radio Dial
Local radio veteran Mike O'Meara (right) returns to the DC area radio dial tonight, starting a 7 PM to 9 PM show on Metro Radio talker WTNT, 730 AM/102.9 FM. O'Meara will be joined by his longtime WJFK and, later, mikeomearashow.com podcast crew of Robb Spewak, Buzz Burbank, and Oscar Santana. "The success of their podcast was a significant factor in their return to the airwaves, along with the amazing loyalty of their many listeners," according to a press release from O'Meara's camp. "Those listeners have, in equally impressive numbers, demonstrated their loyalty by spending heavily with Mike O'Meara show advertisers." One of the show's advertisers, Oncor Insurance, has agreed to underwrite the broadcast's production costs, and continues to underwrite the show's special projects, including the recent, sold-out live stage show at Circus-Circus in Reno. Metro Radio CEO Dave Houston said, "We are truly excited to acquire such a popular and successful show. We see it as a fresh, new addition to our lineup." O'Meara fills the space formerly occupied by Michael Savage, who stopped airing on WTNT after his TRN syndication deal ended last fall. O'Meara's last radio gig, doing mornings at classic rocker 105.9 The Edge, ended in September 2011 when that station flipped to a simulcast of news talker WMAL. Before that, he'd been partnered with Don Geronimo on the "Don And Mike Show" for two decades on WJFK and WAVA.
January 10, 2013
Milt Coleman Leaves WaPo
Washington Post Deputy Managing Editor Milton Coleman, mentor to many young black journalists and Janet Cooke's editor during the "Jimmy's World" controversy, retired from the newspaper January 10th.
January 10, 2013
Banister & Pagnotti Join 45
Longtime Channel 11/ WBAL newscaster Marianne Banister will join Channel 45/WBFF as anchor of a weekend morning news program that will launch January 19th. Another Baltimore TV veteran, meteorologist Tony Pagnotti, will also join WBFF's news team. Banister left the Baltimore airwaves in July 2011 after 15 years as co-anchor on WBAL-TV. Pagnotti moved from fulltime to parttime status at Channel 2/WMAR under an agreement reached during a buyout in 1999 after almost 15 years at the station. WBFF's weekend morning newscast will air from 6 AM to 8 AM on Saturdays. On Sundays, it will air from 7 AM to 9 AM and 10 AM to 11 AM.
January 9, 2013
Jim McCarthy Dies
Jim McCarthy, who was once the Washington bureau chief for NYC all-newser WCBS radio, died January 7 at age 77. Starting in 1967, McCarthy covered Congress and the White House for CBS-owned WCBS-AM, a blowtorch that can usually be heard after dark in the DC area on 880. Prior to that, he had been a news anchor at the Mutual Broadcasting System. He left CBS in 1980 and went on to become a city councilman in Wilkes-Barre PA, where he owned Tavern On The Hill. The tall, lanky McCarthy was known for his sense of humor and amusing anecdotes.
January 7, 2013
Solomon Returns To WashTimes, More Changes
Following 25 job cuts at the Washington Times, John Solomon is returning to the Times as chief digital officer in charge of creating digital revenue and content distribution channels. Solomon previously served as executive editor from 2008 through 2009. Ian Bishop is joining the Times to oversee its new digital news operation as digital editor. Bishop most recently served as managing editor at the New York Daily News, and, before that as acting Washington bureau chief for the New York Post. The Times also announced that editor emeritus Wesley Pruden, who was the editor-in-chief from 1993 to 2007, will oversee a restructuring of the editorial page and the Commentary section. He will continue to write his twice-weekly column, which has appeared in the news section since 1984.
January 6, 2013
WaPo Vet Larry Fox Dies
Larry Fox, 67, who spent nearly 35 years with the Washington Post before retiring as a travel and entertainment writer for the Weekend section in 2004, died December 26 at a hospital in Charleston SC of cardiac arrest. He moved to Seabrook Island SC from Kensington upon his retirement.
January 5, 2013
25's Pieter Bickford Says Adios
Pieter Bickford, longtime assistant news director and anchor, announced that he is leaving Hagerstown NBC affiliate Channel 25/WHAG after eight years there. A viewer tells us: "Bickford was a rarity in small-market television; he was good. Very good. He had a major market delivery, never flubbed a line, never looked like he was reading a teleprompter, had a hard nose for news, and inspired the younger rookie staff members just starting their careers." More: Bickford will become chief editor for a new multimedia venture of High Rock Studios, which has offices across the street from WHAG's studios in downtown Hagerstown.
January 5, 2013
Original WKHI Owner Wayne Powell Dies
Eastern Shore radio veteran JJ "Hitman" McKay tells us that one of the original owners of WKHI in Ocean City, Wayne Powell, has died. "Wayne is the gentleman who kicked-me upstairs to operations manager/program director of the station," McKay says. "He was one of a kind and kind being the operative word." Adds WTOP sports reporter Craig Heist via Facebook: "I met Wayne in the parking lot of the grocery store I was working at and I saw his license plate which read, '100KHI.' We got to talking, I made a friend, and as it turned out, one of my best friends. That interaction and invite to the station started me on my career. He allowed me to cover local college and high school sports on Delmarva and report for a 50,000-watt station you could hear from just north of Dover all the way to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel."
January 3, 2013
WTOP Signs 4-Year Deal With CBS
Hubbard all-newser WTOP has renewed its deal to carry CBS radio newscasts, including "MarketWatch," until April 2017. The station has an unbroken relationship with CBS since 1929, back when he DC area radio outlet was called WJSV. "We highly value our relationship with Harvey Nagler and his full team at CBS News and we're very happy it will continue," says Jim Farley, top programmer for WTOP, in a Thursday afternoon station memo. There had been speculation that CBS's radio newscasts would eventually move to CBS-owned all-newser WNEW, which launched in January 2012. CBS's previous deal with WTOP was set to expire in early 2013.
January 2, 2013
WGTS VP/GM John Konrad Dies
John Konrad (right), the vice president and general manager of Christian contemporary WGTS, 91.9 FM, died January 2. He'd been hospitalized several times since mid-December, suffering from pneumonia. Konrad, 43, died at the University Of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore surrounded by friends and family. "We all hoped John would recover, so needless to say, his passing has left our entire community deeply shocked and saddened," said Rob Vandeman, executive secretary of the Columbia Union Conference Of Seventh-Day Adventists and president and chairman of the WGTS Board Of Directors. "We offer our sincerest condolences to his wife, Dawn, and ask that you keep her and our WGTS family in your prayers." Founded in 1957, WGTS is owned and operated by Washington Adventist University, a higher education institution of the Columbia Union Conference. Konrad, who became WGTS general manager in 1996, led the Takoma Park station through a transition from classical music to a contemporary Christian format in the late 1990s and doubled the station's coverage area, with a new antenna in Arlington. Under his leadership, the station grew from 10,000 weekly listeners to more 600,000. The station frequently ranks among the top 10-rated in the Washington market.
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