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January 2019 to Present

April 16, 2019
WTOP & WERQ Top March Radio Ratings
The March monthly radio ratings, released on April 16. Full-day, age 6+. Washington market: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WMMJ, 4) WMAL, 5) WHUR, 6) WGTS, 7) WASH, 8) WKYS, 9) WIAD and WRQX, 11) WBIG, 12) WIHT, 13) WJFK-FM and WMZQ and WPGC, 16) WETA-FM, 17) WPRS, 18) WWDC, 19) WLZL, 20) WFRE, 21) WWEG, 22) WDCN and WTEM, 24) WAFY and WDCH and WFMD. Baltimore market: 1) WERQ, 2) WWIN-FM, 3) WLIF, 4) WPOC, 5) WZBA, 6) WWMX, 7) WIYY, 8) WQSR, 9) WZFT, 10) WJZ-FM, 11) WCBM, 12) WYPR, 13) WBAL-AM, 14) WBJC, 15) WLIF HD2, 16) WEAA, 17) WQLL and WYPR STREAM, 18) WCAO, 19) WEAA STREAM and WJZ-AM and WLIF HD3.

April 5, 2019
Bruce Reese Dies
Bruce Reese, the former CEO of all-newser WTOP's parent company, Hubbard Radio, died on April 4. He was 70. Reese was at the helm of WTOP's former owner, Bonneville International, when the station was purchased by Hubbard Radio in early 2011 in a deal that included 16 other radio stations. Reese took on the same role at Hubbard Radio after the acquisition. Upon hearing the news, Joel Oxley, the senior vice president and general manager of Hubbard DC/WTOP, said, "I find myself overcome with sadness... Bruce will be so missed." Oxley noted that Reese, in his 20 years working with WTOP through his roles with both Hubbard and Bonneville, "had the foresight to invest in our websites in a big way when others weren't. And probably, most impactful, he supported WTOP going to FM back in 2006, which was a move that was way ahead of its time."

April 1, 2019
New Owner For WMET
Huffines Media has sold Gaithersburg area religious outlet WMET, 1160, to La Promesa Foundation for $1.5 million. Included in the sale is a construction permit for FM translator W276DT, proposed on 103.1, from the WJFK-FM tower in Merrifield with a signal directed east, toward DC. La Promesa has already broadcast its Catholic talk "Guadelupe Radio Network" on WMET via time-brokerage since 2010 so there will be no change in programming, we're told.

March 28, 2019
Connoissuer Picks Up WFRE & WFMD
iHeartMedia and Connoissuer Media have announced a station swap as the iHeart-operated Aloha Trust sends two Frederick stations, news talk WFMD, 930, and country WFRE, 99.9, to Connoisseur for its seven radio stations in the Erie, Pennsylvania area.

March 25, 2019
Salem Sells 1260
Salem sells WSPZ, 1260 AM, for $750,000 to Immaculate Heart Media, which will put Catholic Radio religious programming on the Silver Spring-based signal. Salem bought the station in 2008 from Clear Channel (now iHeart) for $3.7 million. Lately, WSPZ has been relaying the Christian talk of Salem's WAVA-FM, 105.1.

March 21, 2019
Johnny Holliday Heads To 4
At 81, DC sports media veteran Johnny Holliday proves there is life after MASN's "Nats Xtra." Channel 4/WRC has hired the veteran sportscaster as a "contributor" who joins the NBC 4 sports team from their Nebraska Avenue, northwest DC studios. Holliday remains "the voice" of Maryland football and basketball since 1979, including coverage for the Terps' NCAA "March Madness" bid.

March 19, 2019
John Harter Dies
John Harter, a journalist for Channel 7/WJLA, who anchored morning and evening news broadcasts, reported from Capitol Hill, and conducted man-on-the-street interviews, died February 17 at his home in Washington. He was 79. The cause was heart ailments.

March 17, 2019
Caps Extend Deals With WJFK & WFED
The Washington Capitals have extended their partnership with Entercom and Hubbard through the 2020-21 NHL season. As part of the extension, Entercom sports talker WJFK-FM, 106.7 The Fan, will continue to serve as the flagship station for the Capitals, carrying all Capitals games plus pre- and postgame shows on one of the region's strongest radio signals. In addition, many games will continue to be heard on Hubbard talker WFED, 1500 AM.

March 15, 2019
Dave Sandler Dies
Former WBAL radio and 98 Rock traffic reporter Dave Sandler, 58, died March 15 after battling a long illness. Sandler, known to listeners as "Detour Dave," started working at news talk WBAL-AM and 98 Rock, WIYY, in 1986. He delivered traffic updates to the Baltimore metro area for 30 years. He was also a professional disc jockey at weddings, Bar-Mitzvahs, and reunions. Sandler had undergone a number of health problems over the years.

February 27, 2019
Mitch Jacob To Nashville
Former Channel 7/WJLA news director, Mitch Jacob, is the new news director at Meredith-owned WSMV-TV in Nashville. This is a return to Meredith for Jacob. Before working at Sinclair's WJLA, he'd worked at Meredith's TV stations in numerous market.

February 19, 2019
Jason Kidd To Mornings At 94.7
Jason Kidd has been named morning personality at Entercom's WIAD. 94.7 The Drive. Starting today, February 19. Kidd comes from Cumulus's hot sdult contemporaty WRQX, Mix 107.3, where his afternoon stint ended at the end of January. WRQX was recently purchased by EMF and will soon flip to Christian contemporary. Kidd is a DC-Baltimore radio vet, having worked at WPGC, WQSR, and WWMX, among other local outlets.

February 13, 2019
WRQX Sold, To Flip To Christian Contemporary
Goodbye hot adult contemporary tunes on Mix 107.3, WRQX. It's owner, Cumulus, has done a big deal with Educational Media Foundation, which runs the Christian contemporaty K-Love format, to sell several major stations around the country, including WRQX, for $103.5 million. EMF will acquire WRQX along with Cumulus stations in NYC, Atlanta, San Jose, Savannah, and Syracuse. The deal will move WRQX into direct competion with longtime DC area Christian contemporary outlet WGTS, 91.9.

February 9, 2019
Warner Wolf Arrested For Defacing Sign
Sports broadcasting legend Warner Wolf, who worked at DC's Channel 9 in the 1970s, was arrested in Florida after officials say he ripped the word, "Plantation," off a sign at a private community. Wolf lives in a gated community called "Classics Plantation Estates" in Naples but he thinks the word, "plantation," is offensive and wanted it removed. ccording to the police report, Wolf had lobbied the homeowners association to drop it for months - but on November 30, the 81-year-old finally took matters into his own hands. Cops say Warner drove to the main community sign and used a tool to remove the word himself. TMZ adds that officials say they have video showing Wolf defacing the sign - and after a lengthy investigation, he finally surrendered to police on Febrary 7.

February 7, 2019
Dick Rosse Dies
Veteran DC area radio newsman Dick Rosse has died. He worked at Westwood One Radio and, before that, predecessor Mutual Broadcasting System, had been in ill health in recent years.>BR>
February 6, 2019
Seymour & Clarke To Do HUR Afternoons
Allison Seymour and Marc Clarke are joining Howard University's adult urban contemporary WHUR, 96.3, as the new hosts of afternoons. The husband and wife duo starts February 12 at 3 PM. Seymour is seen weekdays on "Fox 5 Morning News" and Clarke has been a fixture on local radio for more than a decade, including at WHUR. :We know the commute home in the DMV can be hectic between the traffic and just trying to juggle the work life balance. Our goal is to make afternoons a smoother transition for the DMV with a fun, yet real and engaging show, each and everyday," says Seymour, a native Washingtonian. Adds WHUR Interim General Manager Sean Plater, "This new show offers us the opportunity to be live, local, and a voice for the DMV in the afternoon. We look forward to a very successful show and taking over DC afternoons with Allison and Marc."

January 29, 2019
4's Chris Lawrence Heads To Dallas
Chris Lawrence (right), a news anchor and reporter at Channel 4/WRC, will join WFAA-TV in Dallas, where he will anchor evening newscasts. Lawrence has been at WRC since January 2014. He previously spent a decade at CNN, where he covered national security issues as a Pentagon correspondent.

January 29, 2019
Dave Durian Dies
Dave Durian, a former anchor for WBAL radio, died of complications of cancer and a stroke January 28 at his Baldwin home in Baltimore County. He was 72. Durian also did newscasts for Channel 11/WBAL and spent many years at Maryland Public Television.

January 24, 2019
Christmas Tunes Send WASH & WLIF To 1st
The Washington market radio ratings for the "Holiday" period, in between December and January. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WASH, 2) WTOP, 3) WMMJ, 4) WAMU, 5) WHUR, 6) WMAL, 7) WETA-FM, 8) WIHT and WRQX, 10) WPGC and WBIG, 12) WGTS, 13) WKYS, 14) WJFK-FM, 15) WMZQ, 16) WIAD, 17) WWDC, 18) WPRS, 19) WLZL, 20) WTEM and WFRE, 22) WDCN, 23) WDCH. The Baltimore market radio ratings for the "Holiday" period, in between December and January. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WLIF, 2) WWIN-FM, 3) WERQ, 4) WJZ-FM and WZBA, 6) WPOC, 7) WQSR, 8) WWMX, 9) WZFT, 10) WIYY, 11) WASH, 12) WCBM, 13) WYPR, 14) WBAL-AM, 15) WBJC, 16) WLIFHD2, 17) WEAA.

January 24, 2019
Sinclair Hires Amanda Cross For Lefty Show
Sinclair's Channel 7/WJLA hires Ameshia Cross to host and produce "Left Cross with Ameshia Cross." Cross is a liberal and the show is the liberal version of the station's nationally syndicated "Bottom Line With Boris Epshteyn."

January 24, 2019
Carson To Head JLA's News
Cheryl Carson, who was formerly the news director at KING-TV in Seattle, has been named the new news director for Sinclair's Channel 7/WJLA.

January 17, 2019
WNAV's Terry Alley Smith Dies
Terry Alley Smith has died after fighting cancer. She waa a on-air personality at Annapolis's WNAV, 1430/99.9, for more than 20 years. She was a graduate of Queen Annes County High School and began her broadcasting career in 1979 on the Eastern Shore at what was then WAQA radio in Grasonville. During her 40-year broadcasting career, Terry also worked for WYRE and Bay Country 103.

January 16, 2019
Tony Perkins Says Goodbye To 5
DC radio and TV veteran Tony Perkins says goodbye to his news anchoring gig at Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG. After recently landing a radio gig with his old radio WKYS radio partner, Donnie Simpson, at Urban One's WMMJ, Perkins cut back his workload at WTTG, doing the morning newscast just two days a week. When his contract came up for renweal, Perkins said he decided to call it quits at WTTG and focus on his radio job and future projects.

January 3, 2019
WBAL Radio Makes Afternoon Changes
Baltimore news talker WBAL radio (1090/101.5) moves weekend host Yuripzy Morgan to the 1 PM to 3 PM weekday slot. With Brett Hollander moving later, to the 3 PM to 6 PM slot.

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