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January 2014 to PresentBy Dave Hughes
July 3, 2014
WCAO Vet Brad Rogers Hangs Up Headphones
Brad Rogers, the former former afternoon host on Clear Channel's gospel Heaven 600, WCAO in Baltimore, is retiring from his radio career. He writes on his Facebook page that he's spent 27 years doing a radio career, with 17 of them at WCAO. As of June 25th, "I ended that chapter to start new chapters. I wish to thank the hundreds of thousands of fans who listened and supported me highly, making me a stellar award winning announcer. I am overly excited about where God is going to take me in ministry and other levels of my life."
June 26, 2014
Diana McLellan Dies
Diana McLellan died on June 25 at age 76. In the 1970s, the British native wrote Washington gossip column "The Ear" for the Washington Star. Into the 1980s, she also wrote gossip columns for the Washington Post and the Washington Times.
June 18, 2014
WETA To Assume Ownership Of "PBS NewsHour"
Channel 26/WETA, the flagship public TV station for Washington, is expected to assume ownership and control of "PBS NewsHour" on July 1. The announcement was made today by Sharon Percy Rockefeller, president and chief executive officer of WETA, and Boisfeuillet "Bo" Jones Jr., president and chief executive officer of MacNeil/Lehrer Productions. The WETA Board Of Trustees unanimously voted to authorize the agreement on June 17, and now all parties have reached an agreement in principle and are proceeding to completion of the transfer. Co-anchored by Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, "PBS NewsHour" airs nationwide on more than 300 PBS stations. The program is currently owned by MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, the independent television production company founded in 1981 by journalists Robert MacNeil and Jim Lehrer. Liberty Media became a partner in MacNeil/Lehrer Productions in 1994.
June 18, 2014
Rick Boone Jumps From 45 To 5
Rick Boone (right) leaves Sinclair's Channel 45/WBFF in Baltimore for Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG in DC. Starting June 24, he will be a reporter and a fill-in anchor on WTTG's 10 PM newscast. Boone, who spent just eight months at WBFF, is a DC native and interned at WTTG when he was a teenager. He's also worked at TV stations in San Diego, Seattle, Sacramento, Philadelphia, Hagerstown, Tallahassee, Charlotte, and Shreveport.
June 17, 2014
WAMU Parent Buys Fredericksburg Station
American University buys Fredericksburg area classical music outlet WWED, 89.5 FM, from Educational Media Corporation. Price $375,000. The seller recently sold WWED's simulcast partner, WWEM, 91.7 FM, Rustburg VA (near Lynchburg), to Pathway Christian Academy for $136,000. American University will use WWED as a southern simulcast for its DC public radio news talk WAMU, 88.5 FM.
June 16, 2014
WPFW Founder Dies
Acie L. Byrd Jr., a disabled Navy veteran who was a founder of Washington's WPFW radio station, died May 13 at a hospice in Arlington County. He was 77 and had prostate cancer. In 1977, Byrd was one of the founding members of WPFW, 89.3 FM, and he frequently appeared on the Pacifica-owned "jazz and justice" station as a commentator on politics and veterans' matters. He also served on the national board of the Pacifica radio network.
June 14, 2014
Arlington To Demolish "Deep Throat" Garage
One of the most historic journalism sites of the past half-century will soon vanish, following a decision by the Arlington County Board on Saturday to demolish the building and parking garage where FBI official Mark "Deep Throat" Felt secretly met with Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward during the Watergate investigation. The county board unanimously agreed to allow Monday Properties to replace its two 12-story, 1960s-era buildings at 1401 Wilson Boulevard in Rosslyn with a 28-story residential tower and a 24-story commercial building. The parking garage beneath the existing building will be razed, although the county will save the historical marker it erected in 2011, and the landowner has pledged to create a commemorative memorial to the events that occurred there.
June 12, 2014
Gonzalez & Thompson To Replace Crenshaw At 4
Starting the week of June 16, Erika Gonzalez (left) will become Channel 4/WRC's daily consumer reporter. And investigative reporter Tisha Thompson (right) will expand her role and contribute more consumer investigative stories. They replace Liz Crenshaw, the longtime WRC consumer affairs reporter who retired last month. Tisha's mother, NBC's Lea Thompson, was NBC-owned WRC's consumer affairs reporter before Crenshaw.
June 10, 2014
WTOP & Hot 99.5 Top DC May Radio Ratings
The DC market radio ratings for the month of May. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WIHT, 4) WASH and WHUR, 6) WMMJ, 7) WETA-FM and WPRS, 9) WIAD and WBIG and WWDC, 12) WPGC, 13) WMZQ, 14) WMAL, 15) WKYS, 16) WGTS, 17) WJFK-FM, 18) WTEM, 19) WFRE, 20) WRQX and WLZL, 22) WNEW, 23) WDCN, 24) WBQB and WAVA-FM and WAFY and WTNT and WQSR and WERQ, 30) WPFW and WKDV. Age 25-54: 1) WIHT, 2) WTOP and WASH, 4) WAMU, 5) WWDC, 6) WHUR, 7) WIAD, 8) WMMJ, 9) WPGC, 10) WBIG, 11) WKYS, 12) WJFK-FM and WGTS, 14) WMZQ, 15) WPRS, 16) WMAL, 17) WETA-FM, 18) WRQX, 19) WLZL, 20) WTEM, 21) WDCN, 22) WQSR and WAVA-FM and WKDV, 25) WERQ, 26) WBQB, 27) WFRE and WAFY, 29) WINC-FM and WNEW and WTNT. The Baltimore market radio ratings for the month of May. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WWIN-FM and WPOC, 3) WERQ, 4) WJZ-FM, 5) WLIF and WWMX, 7) WBAL-AM, 8) WZBA and WRBS-FM, 10) WZFT, 11) WQSR, 12) WIYY, 13) WCBM, 14) WWDC, 15) WYPR, 16) WHUR and WPGC, 18) WASH and WBJC and WCAO, 21) WTOP, 22) WKYS and WNEW, 24) WIHT and WEAA, 26) WBIG and WMZQ, 28) WAMU and WRQX and WXCY.
June 5, 2014
WTOP Hires Noah Frank In Sports Expansion
Hubbard news talker WTOP hires Noah Frank as its digital sports editor as it expands its online sports coverage later this month. Frank, originally from California, most recently worked with the Washington Nationals and has spent time with the Fresno Grizzlies, San Antonio Missions. and the Chicago Cubs. "The WTOP.com sports section will go beyond the typical scores and stats of many online sports sites, taking a deeper look into the stories of the people and personalities that make the sports world so compelling," according to a release. WTOP Director Of Digital Media John Meyer says, "In order to continue to evolve the WTOP news brand in Washington, we must transform the way we originate our content. Dedicating resources to creating original digital content puts us in a better position to efficiently use this content across other platforms such as radio, social and mobile." The section is the fourth in WTOP's online expansion, following the launch of the Living, Technology, and Entertainment sections.
June 2, 2014
Spam Says Adios To HFS
Spam leaves his gigs as afternoon personality, assistant program director, and music director at Baltimore alt rocker HFS. Due to "restructuring," according to a radio trade pub. HFS has seen its ratings plunge to next-to-nothing since its move from low-power 97.5 to an even lower-power 104.9 earlier this spring. HFS can also be heard on the digital HD2 of WWMX's 106.5 signal.
June 2, 2014
Cary Pahigian To Head BAL Radio & 98 Rock
Cary Pahigian (right), a radio broadcasting veteran who has held management positions throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic, has been named president and general manager of Hearst's news talk WBAL-AM, 1090, and active rocker WIYY-FM, 98 Rock, in Baltimore. He succeeds Ed Kiernan, who recently retired after a 23-year run overseeing the two stations. Pahigian comes from Saga Communications, where he served as president and general manager of an eight-station radio group in Portland, Maine. Before Saga, he was vice president and general manager of Boch Broadcasting in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, growing a start-up venture, including one of the nation's first FM news talk stations, to a five-station, multi-format broadcast group. Before that, he served as vice president of operations with Sconnix Broadcasting in Vienna, Virginia, and was station manager for Boston news talker WBZ-AM and program/operations manager for WIP-AM in Philadelphia. "Cary brings a wealth of experience, having worked for some of the nation's most honored radio stations, including most recently overseeing stations of various formats in Maine," said Hearst Television President Jordan Wertlieb. "He is a passionate advocate for local broadcasting and understands the importance of community service and how it is the fabric of leading radio stations."
May 29, 2014
Mike Herald Joins Centennial Winchester
Mike Herald gets named director of programming for Centennial's Winchester radio cluster. Including hot adult contemporary WINC-FM, 92.5, country WXBN, 105.5 FM/WZFC, 104.9 FM, and news-talk WINC-AM, 1400. For seven years, he programmed Clear Channel's contemporary hit WJJS and classic rock WROV in the Roanoke area before heading to New York City, where he spent three years as senior manager of pop and country programming at Music Choice.
May 27, 2014
Megan Pringle To 11
Former Channel 2/WMAR morning news anchor Megan Pringle (right) appears headed to Channel 11/WBAL, according to her Facebook page. After leaving WMAR late last year, she went to work for Maroon PR, a Columbia MD-based public relations and marketing agency. According to her Facebook posts, she will start reporting on 11's early morning newscast beginning in early June. "This is an interesting time in morning news in Baltimore, and we wanted to add her to our team," WBAL President Dan Joerres says. "Megan brings a lot of experience to the job. She understands the importance of morning news." Pringle will be on the Baltimore NBC affiliate's breaking news desk, appearing with Jason Newton and Mindy Basara from 5 AM to 8 AM weekdays.
May 27, 2014
WPWC Drops Lefty Talk For Spanish Religion
WPWC, 1480 AM, has returned to the air, but is no longer We Act Radio. It's now Spanish religion. WPWC is licensed to Dumfries VA and had been running a lefty talk format from a studio in southeast DC.
May 23, 2014
105.7's Mark Zinno To Atlanta
Mark Zinno is leaving CBS sports talker 105.7 The Fan, WJZ-FM in Baltimore, to host evenings on a CBS sports talker in Atlanta, WZGC, 92.9 The Game. Along with a "big bump in pay," Zinno tells us that he's "really excited. It's bittersweet to leave, but the right move for me." He starts in Atlanta on June 2.
May 23, 2014
WaPo To Move To One Frankin Square
The Washington Post today formally announces that it has chosen One Franklin Square at 1301 K Street NW for its new headquarters. The Post says it has signed a long-term lease and will occupy the majority of the West Tower of the property. The Post expects to move to One Franklin Square in 2016.
May 23, 2014
Sandton Takes Over Free Lance-Star
The Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star's radio stations and newspaper get sold to creditor Sandton Capital. Last year, New York-based Sandton bought the debt of the Rowe family-owned Free Lance-Star Publishing from BB&T, and that left it in a commanding position at last week's Chapter 11 bankruptcy auction. The court allowed it to credit-bid $13.9 million and also pledged to "put up $16.3 million in cash to close the deal." The total comes to $30.2 million, $200,000 more than runner-up New Media Investment Group. Sandton will control country WFLS, 93.3 FM, news talk WNTX, 1350 AM, rhythmic contemporary WVBX, 99.3 FM, and classic rock WWUZ, 96.9 FM, along with the Free Lance-Star daily newspaper. Colgate Enterprises actually was the high bidder for the radio group, but that became meaningless once Sandton made its radio-plus-newspaper bid of $30.2 million.
May 21, 2014
JJ Yore To Head WAMU
JJ Yore, a veteran producer and public radio executive who helped build the nationally syndicated "Marketplace" into one of public radio's most popular programs, will join American University public radio news talker WAMU, 88.5 FM, as general manager on August 1. He replaces Caryn Mathes, who left WAMU late last year to head a public radio station in Seattle. Yore returns to the DC region, having grown up in Northern Virginia and attended Gonzaga College High School in Washington. He started his career working for the Washington Weekly and serving as editor and assistant publisher of the public media-focused Current newspaper. Current is now published by American University's School Of Communication.
May 21, 2014
Danella Sealock Leaves 4
Channel 4/WRC says goodbye to morning traffic reporter Danella Sealock (right). "You've been a very bright spot on this team and for our show and for our whole show here for three years now," said news anchor Aaron Gilchrist this morning. "We appreciate everything that you've brought to this group." Before WRC, Sealock worked in radio at WKYS and WPGC. She's also been an entertainment reporter for BET. No word on her post-WRC plans. Her replacement will be Melissa Mollet, who has been a freelance news reporter for WRC since 2011. Before that, Mollet was an anchor and reporter at Denver's KDVR-TV and KWGN-TV.
May 20, 2014
Jessica Doyle Leaves 9
Yet another departure from Gannett's Channel 9/WUSA. DCRTV hears that reporter Jessica Doyle (right) is leaving the station at the end of May to join Starwood Hotels as director of corporate communications in the New York City area. Doyle joined WUSA in February 2009. Before that, she worked for CNN Newsource, the old WWWT news talk radio outlet, washingtonpost.com, and CNBC.
May 15, 2014
New Voice & "Tighter" Sound For WTOP
Scott Fisher is the new "station voice" of Hubbard all-newser WTOP, replacing Pat Garrett, who recently jumped to CBS sports talker WJFK. Starting today, WTOP replaces all of its sounders, promos, and liners with Fisher's voice and some "fresh verbiage," Laurie Cantillo, WTOP's top programmer, reveals via a staff memo. Also, WTOP will be using the phrase "Washington's Top News," which is the product of extensive research and discussion, she says. The station will still be referring to "The Glass-Enclosed Nerve Center" and use the same music beds, but there will be "tighter sounders." Cantillo adds that WTOP "will sound a little different, but better. Production will be tighter and faster-paced."
May 14, 2014
Q107 Veteran Vivienne Vaughan Dies
Vivienne Vaughan, 67, has died due to complications following a stroke. In 1979, she joined then contemporary hit WRQX, back when it was known as Q107, eventually becoming director of advertising and promotions in its 1980s heyday. "She was the driving force behind many of the station's high profile promotions, including the annual Beach Boys concert on the National Mall each 4th of July, fundraising dinners with the Washington Redskins, and the infamous 'Hey Jude' phone-in competitions which at one point brought down the White House lines," All Access reports.
May 14, 2014
Jamee Whitten Says Goodbye To Total Traffic
DCRTV hears that Jamee Whitten (right) will be leaving Silver Spring-based Total Traffic. For many years, she was heard doing morning traffic on DC news talker WMAL, until the Cumulus station shifted its traffic reports to an in-house operation earlier this year. "So, after 18 straight years of getting up before 4 AM and faithfully delivering traffic reports I'll be taking a well needed break," Whitten tells us. "It'll be nice to have some time off with my kids and husband and introduce myself to them as a person who is well rested. They don't know what I'm like with a full dose of sleep, and neither do I really." Her last day with Total Traffic, where she's also been heard on CBS sports talker WJFK's morning "Sports Junkies" show and on NewsChannel 8, is May 16th. "Her talents, enthusiasm, and personality will sorely be missed," says Ron Bacereck, Total Traffic's traffic operations manager. "I want to thank Jamee for all she has done for this operation over the years and I wish her nothing but the best in her future endeavors."
May 14, 2014
Man Crashes Truck Into WMAR Lobby
Vladimir Baptiste, 27, has been charged with three counts of attempted second-degree murder, three counts of first-degree assault, unlawfully taking a motor vehicle and related burglary, and theft charges, following his arrest May 13 for driving a truck into Channel 2/WMAR on York Road in Towson and barricading himself inside the station for nearly five hours. He's being held at the Baltimore Detention Center in lieu of $750,000 bail. WMAR News Director Kelly Groft said that when the truck began ramming the lobby she screamed for everyone in the newsroom to get out. WMAR's website has been carrying live video coverage of the incident from rival WJZ. The suspect, a Baltimore resident, was apprehended several hours after the 11:45 AM incident in a second-floor room. Police were able to view him watching live newscasts of the event from in the room. He had a golf club in hand at the time of his arrest, police said. Screen grab (right) from Channel 13/WJZ.
May 13, 2014
WTOP & Hot 99.5 Top DC Radio Ratings For April
The Washington market radio ratings for the month of April. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WIHT, 4) WHUR, 5) WASH, 6) WMMJ, 7) WBIG, 8) WETA-FM, 9) WPRS and WPGC, 11) WIAD, 12) WKYS, 13) WWDC and WMAL, 15) WGTS, 16) WMZQ, 17) WJFK-FM, 18) WTEM, 19) WRQX, 20) WFRE, 21) WLZL, 22) WPFW and WDCN and WERQ and WAVA-FM and WQSR, 27) WAFY, 28) WBQB and WNEW and WTNT. Age 25-54: 1) WIHT, 2) WHUR and WTOP, 4) WAMU, 5) WWDC, 6) WASH, 7) WPGC, 8) WIAD, 9) WBIG, 10) WKYS, 11) WMMJ, 12) WGTS, 13) WJFK-FM, 14) WPRS, 15) WMZQ, 16) WMAL, 17) WETA-FM, 18) WRQX, 19) WLZL, 20) WTEM, 21) WDCN and WQSR, 23) WERQ, 24) WAVA-FM, 25) WKDV and WTNT, 27) WAFY and WFRE and WBQB, 30) WNEW. The Baltimore market radio ratings for the month of April. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WPOC, 2) WWIN-FM, 3) WERQ, 4) WLIF, 5) WWMX, 6) WZBA, 7) WZFT and WQSR, 9) WBAL-AM and WIYY, 11) WJZ-FM and WRBS-FM, 13) WCBM, 14) WYPR, 15) WBJC, 16) WHUR, 17) WWDC, 18) WPGC and WKYS, 20) WTOP, 21) WCAO and WNEW, 23) WIHT, 24) WASH and WEAA and WBIG, 27) WAMU and WMZQ and WXCY, 30) WRQX.
May 10, 2014
Dan Scanlan Dies
Veteran newsman Dan Scanlan, 74, died May 10th of a heart attack. He was most recently a part-time NBC Newsradio anchor, and before that was an anchor and Senate correspondent for NBC Radio, Westwood One Radio, and Mutual Radio. He was an anchor for NYC all-newser WINS and freelanced for rival all-newser WCBS-AM and the CBS Radio Network.
May 10, 2014
Anetra Gaines Leaving 9
The executive producer of Channel 9/WUSA's only competitive newscast - in mornings - is leaving the Gannett-owned CBS affiliate. That would be Anetra Gaines. We're also told that she'll be heading to WJBK-TV in Detroit to be a dayside executive producer, with the move bringing her closer to her family in Michigan. Her last day at WUSA is June 27.
May 9, 2014
Jarl Mohn To Head NPR
DC-based NPR selects Jarl Mohn to be its next president and chief executive officer. Mohn is currently chairman of Southern California Public Radio. He was founding president and chief executive officer of Liberty Digital and president and chief executive officer of E! Entertainment Television. Mohn was executive vice president and general manager of MTV and VH1 from 1986 to 1990. And began his career as a disc jockey in 1967 and was on the air on WNBC-AM in NYC in the 1970s. Mohn will begin his term at NPR in July and will succeed Paul Haaga, who has been acting chief executive officer and president since last year.
May 8, 2014
Domenica Davis Returns To 11
Domenica Davis (right), who worked at Channel 11/WBAL from 2004 to 2007, is returning to the Hearst-owned NBC affiliate on a part-time, freelance basis starting May 12. Davis, who also served as a weathercaster for Fox News and WNBC-TV in NYC, will be featured in Preakness coverage. It is expected that Davis will become a recurring contributor to WBAL's morning news program, the Baltimore Sun adds.
May 5, 2014
Former BBG, VOA, CPB Head Tomlinson Dies
Kenneth Tomlinson, 69, of Middleburg, died on May 1 at Winchester Medical Center. In a 28-year career at Reader's Digest, he rose to the position of editor-in-chief in 1989. In 1982, President Ronald Reagan appointed Tomlinson director of the Voice Of America, where he served until 1984. He began his career in journalism as a reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch in 1965. In 1968 he joined the Washington bureau of Reader's Digest, then served as a correspondent in Vietnam, and eventually in Paris, where he covered events in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Tomlinson is former chairman of US Broadcasting Board Of Governors from 2002 to 2007 which oversees all non-military US international broadcasting, including the Voice Of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia, Radio and TV Marti, and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks. He was also chairman of the Corporation For Public Broadcasting from 2003 to 2005.
May 1, 2014
Sun Buys Annapolis & Carroll Papers From Landmark
The Tribune-owned Baltimore Sun Media Group has purchased the Capital newspaper in Annapolis, the Carroll County Times, and a batch of other Maryland publications and websites affiliated with those news organizations from Landmark Media Enterprises. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The deal includes the CapitalGazette.com website, the Maryland Gazette, the Crofton-West County Gazette, the Bowie Blade News, Capital Style magazine, the Anne Arundel County Guidebook, the CarrollCountyTimes.com website, Community Times, Carroll Living, Central Maryland Homes, three Advocate newspapers, three Purchasing Power papers, and the Mason-Dixon Marketplace And Shopper.
April 30, 2014
Sutherland Leaves WMAL For Fox News Radio
Last September, Rachel Sutherland (right) had joined Cumulus news talker WMAL as its afternoon news anchor and reporter. Now, she's left the DC station for an across-town gig with Fox News Radio. Sutherland is a Washington area native who had, before her latest WMAL gig, spent a year-and-a-half as afternoon anchor for America's Radio News Network 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.
April 28, 2014
Kenny King To Program WASH
Kenny King has been named program director of Clear Channel's adult contemporary WASH, 97.1 FM. He'll also program classic hits WQSR, 102.7 FM, in Baltimore. King has spent 27 years as an on-air talent and programmer for radio stations in Pittsburgh, Charleston SC, and Washington, where he worked for 15 years at ABC-then-Citadel-then Cumulus's WRQX, WJZW, and WVRX. In addition, James Howard, who already programs alt rocker DC101, WWDC 101.1 FM, adds the program director duties for classic hits WBIG, 100.3 FM. Before joining Clear Channel-DC in 2010, Howard had worked for the company in Orlando, Albany, Atlanta, and Tampa.
April 28, 2014
Bert Weiss Out At RQX, Marco To Mornings
Atlanta-based Bert Weiss morning show will be gone from Cumulus's All The Hits 107.3, WRQX, after May 2nd. And, we hear from Mark O'Brien, manager of Cumulus's DC radio cluster, that afternoon man Marco will be moved into mornings on an "interim" basis with a "music-intensive" show. O'Brien adds that a search continues for Weiss's replacement, but he stresses that the new show will be "locally-based" and not piped-in from elsewhere, like Weiss's show. Weiss got added to WRQX just about a year ago, following the firing of longtime morning man Jack Diamond. Since then, Weiss, who was once part of Diamond's show crew, has failed to generate any ratings traction in the Washington market. Weiss's show often fails to crack the top 20 most listened-to morning shows, while Diamond's was a solid top 10 performer. Could Diamond return to WRQX? "Jack will not be back," says O'Brien. "And you can quote me." In late March, contemporary hit radio management veteran Rick Gillette was brought onboard as WRQX's new program director. More: Diamond posts this on his Facebook page, "While some may think I take great pleasure in this news. I do not. I spent 24 years, along with some very talented people, building this station and our show. The past year has been sad and unfortunate for many reasons. But, live and local is where it's at! And it's what I do best. Back to WRQX? No, I am not a [contemporary hit radio] jock, but I wish them well. I'm a personality who connects with adult listeners one-on-one, and I will continue to look till I find the perfect fit in a company and station to partner with."
April 26, 2014
Steve Fermier Leaves BAL Radio
Longtime WBAL radio morning news reporter Steve Fermier announces via Twitter that he's retiring. April 25th was his last day on the Hearst news talker. "My decision alone. Early retirement. So many fish, so little time," he writes.
April 25, 2014
Karen Gray Houston Leaving 5
Karen Gray Houston is leaving her reporting gig Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG after 19 years. "I'm leaving soon for my next adventure," she says via Twitter. Her last day is April 30.
April 24, 2014
Sterman Jumps From 2 To 7
Investigative reporter Joce Sterman leaves Scripps-owned Channel 2/WMAR in Baltimore to join DC's Channel 7/WJLA, the Allbritton station that is being bought by Sinclair.
April 23, 2014
WPFW Returns To Full-Power
Pacifica's talk and jazz WPFW, 89.3 FM, is back to full-power for the first time since last summer. In between now and then, during the Christmas period, it was off their air completely with transmission line problems. But now we're told that a bunch of locally-based engineers have repaired the main transmitter and are hoping to get funds to replace the 33-year-old transmission line via the WAMU tower in northwest DC. The 20-year-old WPFW antenna still has a bit more life in it, we're told. Despite continued management troubles within parent Pacifica, the non-comm's DC outlet is working to "tighten up its air" and better train personnel at its temporary studios on L Street near Farragut Square, we hear.
April 21, 2014
WMAR Revamps 6 PM Newscast
Starting tonight, Baltimore's ABC affiliate, Channel 2/WMAR, will re-brand its 6 PM newscast as "ABC2 In Focus." "We've noticed a thirst in the market for in-depth stories," said Kelly Groft, news director of the Scripps-owned station. "We'll always cover the news of the day, it's just now, at 6 PM, we'll slow down a bit, dig deeper, and ask more questions." A WMAR release says the new show will "look and feel completely different from anything else on the air." Adds WMAR Vice President/General Manager Bill Hooper: "'In Focus' has been a station-wide effort since the beginning, and support has been tremendous. This show will not only fill a much needed void for investigative journalism in the area, but will also serve as yet another way WMAR stands apart from the other stations in the market."
April 18, 2014
CBS Radio To Leave Lanham For DC
CBS Radio has signed a deal for leased space at Capitol Riverfront, where it will join the National Labor Relations Board at 1015 Half Street, SE. The broadcaster will occupy 33,042 square feet on the second floor and about 3,000 square feet on the building's ground floor for use as a performance studio. CBS will relocate the studios and offices of all-news WNEW (99.1), sports talk WJFK-FM (106.7 The Fan), rhythmic contemporary WPGC (95.5), hot adult contemporary WIAD (94.7 Fresh FM), Spanish contemporary WLZL (El Zol 107.9), and sports talk WJFK-AM (CBS Sports Radio 1580). CBS will start moving its facilities in the fall and be completely in the new digs by the end of the year.
April 18, 2014
Dave McKenna To Deadspin
Gawker Media's Deadspin has hired longtime DC-based sportswriter Dave McKenna. His 26-year tenure at Washington City Paper, which he left in 2011, is best known for a 2010 takedown of Redskins owner Dan Snyder, who sued the alt-weekly after its publication. Snyder later dropped the suit. In 2000, McKenna earned a ban from the Washington Post's sports pages, where he freelanced, after stoking the ire of columnist, and now ESPN personality, Tony Kornheiser.
April 17, 2014
WTOP & WPOC Top March Radio Ratings
The monthly March radio ratings for the Washington market. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WIHT, 3) WAMU, 4) WHUR, 5) WMMJ, 6) WASH, 7) WBIG, 8) WPRS, 9) WMAL, 10) WIAD and WKYS and WPGC, 13) WGTS and WMZQ and WWDC, 16) WETA-FM, 17) WTEM, 18) WRQX and WFRE, 20) WJFK-FM, 21) WLZL, 22) WNEW, 23) WDCN and WAVA-FM, 25) WPFW and WERQ and WTNT, 28) WBQB and WQSR, 30) WKDV and WAFY. Age 25-54: 1) WIHT, 2) WTOP, 3) WHUR, 4) WAMU, 5) WWDC, 6) WBIG, 7) WMMJ and WASH, 9) WIAD, 10) WKYS, 11) WPGC, 12) WGTS, 13) WMZQ and WPRS, 15) WMAL, 16) WJFK-FM and WTEM, 18) WRQX, 19) WLZL, 20) WETA-FM, 21) WDCN, 22) WAVA-FM, 23) WQSR and WERQ, 25) WKDV and WTNT, 27) WFRE, 28) WBQB and WNEW and WIYY. The March monthly radio ratings for the Baltimore market. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WPOC, 2) WWIN-FM, 3) WERQ, 4) WLIF, 5) WWMX, 6) WJZ-FM, 7) WQSR and WZFT, 9) WIYY, 10) WZBA, 11) WRBS-FM and WCBM, 13) WBAL-AM, 14) WYPR, 15) WTOP and WBJC and WHUR, 18) WWDC and WPGC, 20) WCAO and WKYS, 22) WAMU and WNEW, 24) WIHT and WEAA, 26) WXCY and WBIG, 28) WASH and WMZQ, 30) WRQX, 31) NC1061 and WOLB and HFS975 and WMMJ and WLZL, 36) WJZ-AM, 37) WWIN-AM and WPFW and WTMD and WGTS.
April 17, 2014
Brenda Carl To WNEW
Baltimore news broadcaster Brenda Carl is headed to CBS's WNEW, the DC all-newser that's increasing its coverage of the Baltimore area. We're told that you'll hear her on thr air, presumably overnight to start. She has worked in radio and television news at a variety of stations, including WCBM, as well as WBAL-AM, WMAR, and WJZ-TV/FM. She has also filled in for WCBM talk show host Tom Marr.
April 14, 2014
Ad Rev 2013: WTOP Leads DC & Baltimore Radioers By Huge Margin
DCRTV already told you that DC all-newser WTOP was the top billing ad revenue radio station in the whole nation in 2013. Now, we get to see how the rest of the DC and Baltimore radio stations did last year - with nobody anywhere near WTOP's lofty level. Washington: 1) WTOP $63.5 million, 2) WPGC $18.6 million, 3) WHUR $14 million, 4) WTEM $13.7 million, 5) WKYS $13.5 million, 6) WIHT $12 million, 7) WASH $11.8 million, 8) WRQX $11.5 million, 9) WWDC $11.1 million, 10) WJFK-FM and WMZQ $10.8 million each, 12) WMAL $10.6 million, 13) WMMJ $10.3 million, 14) WLZL $10.2 million, 15) WBIG $9.9 million, 16) WIAD $7.3 million, 17) WAVA-FM $7 million, 18) WPRS $5.4 million, 19) WFED $3.2 million, 20) WCRW and WUST $1.35 million each, 22) WNEW $1.15 million. Baltimore: 1) WLIF $13.55 million, 2) WPOC and WWIN-FM $12.25 million each, 4) WERQ $11.25 million, 5) WIYY $9.375 million, 6) WBAL-AM $9.05 million, 7) WWMX $9 million, 8) WQSR $7.55 million, 9) WZFT $5.25 million, 10) WJZ-FM $4.9 million, 11) WZBA $4.4 million, 12) WCBM $3.35 million, 13) WCAO $2.95 million, 14) WRBS-FM $2.05 million, 15) WJZ-AM $1.25 million, 16) HFS $1.25 million
April 14, 2014
Ernie Fears Joins WRQX
Ernie Fears has been named general sales manager of Cumulus's hot adult contemporary WRQX, All The Hits 107.3. He is a radio veteran with 25 years of experience in the DC market. Fears was previously director of agency sales for CBS Radio-Washington. Over the years he's held other ad sales positions with CBS-DC and with WRQX's sister WMAL, back when it was owned by ABC.
April 13, 2014
Adam Caskey Leaves 7 & 8 For Texas
After 11 years at Allbritton's Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8, weatherman Adam Caskey is leaving for a new TV gig in Texas, at KSAT-TV in San Antonio.
April 11, 2014
Ed Kiernan To Retire
Ed Kiernan, general manager of Hearst news talker WBAL-AM, 1090, and active rock WIYY, 98 Rock, will be retiring this summer. Ending a 45-year career in broadcasting. "Having closely worked with Ed for all these years, I know firsthand how he has enhanced all aspects of the radio business he has managed with his enthusiasm, good humor and leadership," Hearst Television President Jordan Wertlieb says. "With Ed at the helm, WBAL has been among the nation's most honored radio stations and a major community force through the WBAL Radio Kids Campaign. Throughout his tenure, Ed has built upon 98 Rock's storied 37-year history, including expanding the station's presence on the web and in mobile applications." Kiernan, 65, and his wife plan to move to a home they have in the Hamptons on Long Island. The New York native worked 17 years CBS in NYC before starting his 23-year run at WBAL. "The thing I am most proud of is our news department and the number of awards and accolades it has received," Kiernan tells the Baltimore Sun. "I'm proud of what we've been able to create and accomplish at both WBAL and WIYY." Hearst did not announce a successor, but given industry trends of merged newsrooms and consolidation, Dan Joerres, general manager at Hearst's Channel 11/WBAL, would seem to be the likely candidate for the job, the Sun adds.
April 10, 2014
13's Don Scott To Retire
Longtime Channel 13/WJZ newsman Don Scott is planning to retire this summer after 40 years at Baltimore's CBS station. His retirement date is July 12. "My choice, and I'm looking forward to doing some old and new things when I want to," writes Scott via Facebook. "I've enjoyed the ride and having everyone on it along with me."
April 10, 2014
ESPN DCer Tony Reali Heads To NYC's "GMA"
ESPN's Tony Reali has been named a contributor to ABC's "Good Morning America." The "Around The Horn" host moves his daily ESPN series from DC to New York City, where he will also cover social media for sister network ABC's morning show. With the move, Reali will be giving up his appearances on the DC-based "Pardon The Interruption," where he's served as "stat boy" for hosts Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon since 2001.
April 9, 2014
More Morning News On 5
Channel 5/WTTG makes some morning news expansions. On weekdays, "Good Day DC" will air from 9 AM to 11 AM beginning June 16. On July 12, WTTG will add a Saturday show called "Fox 5 News Morning" from 7 AM to 9 AM. Also, "Fox 5 News Morning" on Sundays will add an hour and also begin airing from 7 AM to 9 AM.
April 7, 2014
9 Adds Weather Nation
Gannett's Channel 9/WUSA has put the Weather Nation network on its 9-3 subchannel, replacing the radar-only feature. "Local temps and radar are always at the bottom of the screen and local forecasts from the WUSA9 weather team of Topper Shutt, Howard Bernstein, and Erica Grow air every 10 minutes on the 5s," a WUSA source tells DCRTV. Weather Nation has replaced the Weather Channel on DirecTV and is run by Paul Douglas, a meteorolgist who used to work at Gannett's Minneapolis station, KARE-TV.
April 5, 2014
Karen Campbell Joins 11
Karen Campbell starts as a freelance reporter at Channel 11/WBAL on April 15th. She's leaving Salisbury's Channel 16/WBOC after almost two years as a reporter and weekend anchor. Before that, she was a reporter and weekend anchor for Harrisonburg's Channel 3/WHSV.
April 4, 2014
Chris Roth To Salem DC
Area radio veteran Chris Roth is leaving his gig overseeing Centennial's Winchester radio cluster, including hot adult contemporary WINC-FM, 92.5, to return to the DC area, where he'll be joining Salem, which owns religious talkers WAVA-FM/AM, 105.1/780, and righty political talker WWRC, 1260 AM. More: Roth will be the production director replacing the retired Jeff Baker, formerly of the "Baker And Burd" of WPGC/WASH, and will start on April 14.
April 4, 2014
Emily Miller Joins 5
Emily Miller has been named chief investigative reporter for Channel 5/WTTG. She begins April 28 and will contribute to the Fox-owned station's 5 PM, 6 PM, and 10 PM newscasts. Most recently, Miller was senior editor of the Washington Times Opinion pages. She has previously worked in ABC News Washington bureau as an associate producer for "This Week" and "Good Morning America." In late March, she was a guest host on WMAL's morning show.
March 31, 2014
Gillette Rides To RQX's Rescue
Rick Gillette has been named program director of Cumulus's hot adult contemporary WRQX, All The Hits 107.3. He comes from CBS's contemporary hit WNOW in NYC. Gillette replaces Marco, who remains WRQX's afternoon host. Before his NYC gig, Gillette programmed radio stations in Chicago and Detroit and was vice president of music entertainment for DMX Music, a music services company based in Los Angeles. Gillette joins WRQX after an almost year-long ratings slump following the canning of longtime morning man Jack Diamond in the spring of 2013. Since then, WRQX has been piping in Bert Weiss's morning show from Atlanta.....
March 30, 2014
Lisbela Lopez Says Adios To LZL
Lisbela Lopez is no longer doing middays at CBS's Spanish contemporary El Zol, WLZL, 107.9 FM. After nine years. She's no longer on the station's website.
March 28, 2014
MD Judge Sends Stash To Jail
In February, Stephen Smith, the former longtime 98 Rock, WIYY personality known as Stash, was arrested again in Harford County and slapped with several more drunk driving-related charges. And now, the Baltimore Sun tells us that Smith, who served time in jail after being involved in a 2012 drunk driving accident in Harford County, is back behind bars, accused of violating his probation in that case. A judge said he'll have to stay there. Smith, 50, was denied bail during a hearing in Harford County District Court regarding the probation violation, which stems from that new February charge of driving under the influence, according to the Sun. A Maryland State Police trooper stopped Smith on Route 22 on February 3 and charged him with driving under the influence. A series of other traffic charges were filed the latest incident including speeding and failure to display a vehicle registration when asked for it, the Sun adds.
March 28, 2014
Balto's HFS To 104.9
CBS Baltimore's alt rock HFS reincarnation of DC's legendary WHFS moves from 97.5 FM to 104.9 FM on April 2. One low-power frequency to another. You can continue to listen at hfsradio.com, its radio.com app, and via a digital subchannel of WWMX, 106.5 FM. More: We're hearing that HFS will have a weaker signal via 104.9, which is just 10-watts and on a lower cell tower in White Marsh, as compared with 250-watt 97.5 on a taller TV Hill tower. More: The 97.5 frequency will be replaced with religious programming from the Hope Christian organization that's currently carried on a digital subchannel of WLIF. We're told that Hope "gets carried on a CBS-owned HD channel in direct exchange for CBS getting its programming carried on Hope-owned translators."
March 26, 2014
WTOP Top Biller In USA Again
For the fourth year in a row, Hubbard's all-news WTOP was the top-billing radio station in the nation. According to 2013 figures released by Chantilly VA-based BIA/Kelsey, WTOP took in $63.5 million in 2013, $1.1 million less than 2012, but still enough to beat out the second-highest biller, Clear Channel's contemporary hit KIIS in Los Angeles. WTOP's past revenue numbers were $64.6 million in 2012, $64 million in 2011, $57.2 million in 2010, $51 million in 2009, and $51.7 million in 2008. All of the remaining top 10 billers were radio stations in the much larger markets of NYC, LA, and Chicago. Says BIA/Kelsey Senior Vice President Mark Fratrik: "WTOP is morphing into a digital media company by providing access to its audience in many different ways beyond over-the-air. Their approach is serving them well and their model demonstrates that as the industry continues to adopt a multi-platform approach, it will engage audiences and sustain growth." Adds WTOP Senior Vice President/General Manager Joel Oxley: "It is truly an accomplishment to be in the 8th largest revenue market yet be number one in the country... It takes a real team effort to reach such heights."
March 25, 2014
CBS Radio's Bob Fuss To Retire
CBS Radio News Capitol Hill correspondent Bob Fuss will retire in May. He's covered national political conventions since 1976 and has traveled on presidential campaigns since 1980. Prior to joining CBS News in 1998, Fuss covered Capitol Hill for both Mutual and NBC Radio from 1977 to 1991. Before that, he served as a correspondent and Los Angeles bureau chief for the UPI Radio Network, after having worked for UPI in NYC and Dallas.
March 23, 2014
Dick Heller Dies
Dick Heller, who wrote about Washington's sports teams for more than half a century and who, in the 1970s, was a key figure in a landmark court decision concerning the freedom of the press, died March 20 at a hospital in Silver Spring. He was 76. Heller was a columnist for the Washington Star and later for the Washington Times.
March 21, 2014
Aparicio Returns To WNST Mornings
Nestor Aparicio, who owns Baltimore sports talker WNST, 1570 AM, and wnst.net, is returning to a regular gig on WNST's airwaves - doing 3 PM to 6 PM starting April 1st - after nine years on the sidelines.
March 21, 2014
Discovery's Hendricks To Retire
John Hendricks, founder and chairman of Silver Spring-based Discovery Communications, will retire in May after 32 years at the helm of one of cable TV's pioneering programming companies. Hendricks will formally step down on May 16, at Discovery's annual meeting. Discovery CEO David Zaslav, who succeed Hendricks in the chief exec role in 2004, hailed his legacy in creating a clutch of channels designed to inform and enlighten as much as entertain.
March 20, 2014
Mix 106.5's Maria Dennis Battles Cancer
Maria Dennis (right), who hosts the morning show on CBS's hot adult contemporary Mix 106.5, WWMX in Baltimore, reveals that she's battling cancer. In an announcement posted at mix1065fm.cbslocal.com, she says: "I am in the hospital... I have just been diagnosed with leukemia. It's a mind-blower. It really is a mind-blower. Last week, I went in because I needed to get a routine colonoscopy. My blood work came back all over the ballpark, and they didn't know why. So they did further tests, one thing led to another, and they decided that I have A.L.L., which is leukemia. It was a shock to me. But you know what? I'm going to beat this."
March 18, 2014
WTOP & WERQ Top Radio Ratings For February
The Washington market radio ratings for the month of February. Full-day. Age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WIHT, 3) WAMU, 4) WHUR, 5) WMMJ, 6) WASH, 7) WBIG, 8) WPGC and WMAL, 10) WGTS, 11) WMZQ, 12) WPRS and WKYS, 14) WWDC, 15) WIAD, 16) WETA-FM, 17) WLZL and WRQX, 19) WFRE, 20) WJFK and WTEM, 22) WNEW and WDCN, 24) WAVA-FM, 25) WQSR and WTNT, 27) WERQ and WFLS and WPFW and WBQB. Age 25-54: 1) WIHT, 2) WTOP, 3) WHUR, 4) WBIG, 5) WMMJ, 6) WAMU, 7) WPGC and WASH, 9) WWDC, 10) WIAF and WGTS, 12) WMZQ and WKYS, 14) WLZL, 15) WJFK-FM, 16) WMAL and WPRS, 18) WRQX, 19) WTEM, 20) WETA-FM, 21) WDCN, 22) WAVA-FM, 23) WQSR and WTNT, 25) WFRE and WERQ, 27) WNEW, 28) WKDV and WBQB, 30) WAFY and WIYY. The Baltimore market radio ratings for the month of February. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WERQ, 2) WPOC, 3) WWIN-FM, 4) WLIF, 5) WWMX, 6) WZFT, 7) WJZ-FM, 8) WIYY, 9) WZBA, 10) WBAL-AM, 11) WQSR, 12) WCBM, 13) WRBS-FM, 14) WYPR, 15) WBJC, 16) WTOP, 17) WWDC, 18) WPGC, 19) WKYS, 20) WCAO and WHUR, 22) WAMU and WNEW, 24) WMZQ and WBIG and WIHT, 27) WASH, 28) WEAA, 29) WXCY and WRQX and WOLB.
March 18, 2014
Natasha Barrett Leaves 7 & 8
Natasha Barrett (right), a reporter at Channel 7/WJLA, who also hosts a late-morning daily talk show, "Let's Talk Live," at 11 AM on Allbritton sister NewsChannel 8, signed off March 28. She will be the weekend anchor and consumer reporter at ABC-owned KTRK-TV in her hometown of Houston.
March 13, 2014
WBAL Apologizes For Erroneous Coverage Of Mall Shooting
Channel 11/WBAL has apologized online for its erroneous coverage of the Columbia Mall shooting in January that left three people dead. Most of the flawed reporting, which linked the shooter to his two victims, was by John Patti, an anchor and reporter at WBAL radio, whose coverage was repeated on WBAL-TV. WBAL News Director Michelle Butt, in a statement posted on the WBAL radio website, said initial reporting from the scene "was based on sources connected to the case but has proven to be false. We regret the mistake and any additional hardship this may have brought to the families." The apology did not appear on the TV station website. "We said we would address it when the time came, and we have," Butt told the Baltimore Sun, adding that she had said all she was going to say on the subject. "We said we would address it and move on, and we are moving on." When asked if Patti would be disciplined, Butt said the station does not discuss personnel matters.
March 10, 2014
Whitney Wild Leaves 7
Whitney Wild (right), a multimedia reporter for two years at Allbritton's Channel 7/WJLA, starts March 24th as a general assignment reporter at Gannett's KUSA-TV in Denver. She joined WJLA in December 2011 as a general assignment digital reporter. In June 2013, the Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association named her the 2012 winner for "Outstanding TV Multimedia Online Journalism." In August 2012, she was invited to appear as a regular editorial contributor to WJLA sister NewsChannel 8's golf show, "Capital Golf Weekly."
March 6, 2014
5's Audrey Barnes To Laurel
Audrey Barnes (right), who most recently was a news reporter at Channel 5/WTTG, joins the city of Laurel MD to be director of its department of communications. A native of the Prince George's County community, she starts March 26. Barnes joined WTTG in March 2012, after stints at Channel 9/WUSA and Channel 4/WRC.
March 5, 2014
7's Britt McHenry Joins ESPN
Britt McHenry (right) leaves Channel 7/WJLA to join ESPN as Washington-based reporter. She will serve as correspondent for various news-gathering platforms including "SportsCenter," "Outside The Lines," and sport-specific programs like "NFL Live" and "Baseball Tonight." The move is effective March 17. McHenry has been a sports reporter at WJLA since 2010 and for two years before that at its sister station, NewsChannel 8, where she was a community reporter and weekend morning show anchor.
March 5, 2014
WMZQ Yanks Boxer For Bones
Clear Channel will be piping in "The Bobby Bones Show" from Nashville in mornings on country WMZQ, 98.7 FM, beginning March 10. The station's current morning program, "The Boxer Show," will move to middays, while co-host Aly Jacobs will remain on-air in mornings with traffic and weather updates. WMZQ's current midday talent, Jenni Chase, will move to sister adult contemporary WASH, 97.1 FM, to do middays. DCRTV recently reported that Maureen McLain had been removed from the WASH midday slot. "No one is closer to the heartbeat of Nashville than Bobby Bones," said Meg Stevens, program director at WMZQ. "WMZQ listeners will enjoy waking up with the award-winning 'Bobby Bones Show' and his unique and entertaining insight on country music, and so much more."
March 4, 2014
Jack Clements Dies
Jack Clements died February 17th at age 85. The longtime broadcaster, who served as president of Westwood One/NBC Radio before retiring some 20-plus years ago, is also known for his years as an executive at Mutual Broadcasting, during its days on Jefferson Davis Highway in Arlington. He also served as general manager at news talk WCAU-AM (now WPHT) in Philadelphia.
March 1, 2014
Geronimo Off WJFK
Don Geronimo (right) will no longer be heard on CBS sports talker WJFK-FM, 106.7 The Fan. A CBS Radio-DC source confirms that Geronimo's contract expires at the end of March and he won't be appearing on WJFK any longer. Geronimo, who spent two-plus decades partnered with Mike O'Meara as "Don And Mike," was heard on then-"guy talk" WJFK from the early 1990s through 2008, when he left the station. He soon landed a gig at KHTK, a CBS sports talker in Sacramento, which he left late last year, just before starting his WJFK show, which was heard on weekday evenings and during late mornings and middays on weekends. Geronimo remained in Sacramento while doing his latest WJFK show.
March 1, 2014
WNEW Aims More At Baltimore
CBS all-newser WNEW, 99.1 FM, is in the process of repositioning itself to cover more Baltimore area news. WNEW will open a seven-person bureau at the studios of sister Channel 13/WJZ in Baltimore, and will station somebody in the state capital of Annapolis. Started as a DC market station just over two years ago, WNEW has suffered in its home market radio ratings - rarely rising above 25th place - due to a signal that's based in Anne Arundel County, which is within the Baltimore metro area, not to mention going up against Hubbard's top-rated DC all-newser, WTOP.
February 27, 2014
Jim Titus Dies
Longtime Hagerstown area radio personality Jim Titus (right) has died. His radio career spanned more that 50 years, from his start in Michigan as a teenager, to WFRE in Frederick. His final gig was afternoon personality at Hagerstown's nostalgic WJEJ. Titus retired last year from WJEJ. "Jim will be remembered for his knowledge of music and pleasant voice," says an announcement at wjejradio.com.
February 27, 2014
Cumulus DC Drops Total Traffic
Cumulus switches its DC stations from Clear Channel's Total Traffic to an in-house product. News talker WMAL and hot adult contemporary WRQX see the end of a long-term contract that Cumulus inherited from Citadel. Washington is the last major Cumulus market to convert from Total Traffic to Cumulus-owned Right Now Traffic. "We've enjoyed our partnership with Jamee Whitten, Dan Alpher, Ron Balcerek and the entire team at Metro/TTN DC now and over the past several years," WMAL Program Director Bill Hess tells DCRTV. "We wish them the very best, as we embark on an exciting new partnership for WMAL." Several years ago, Hubbard all-newser WTOP cut its ties to Total Traffic (then Metro Traffic) when it started its in-house traffic department. Total Traffic still provides updates for Radio One (WKYS, WMMJ, WPRS) and CBS (WNEW, WJFK, WPGC, WLZL, WIAD), among other area stations.
February 25, 2014
Cahill Leaves PD Post At WBIG & WASH
Bill Cahill leaves his program director post at Clear Channel's classic hits WBIG, 100.3 FM, and adult contemporary WASH, 97.1 FM, to become vice president of programming for Premiere Networks. Effective April 1. Premiere, which is owned by Clear Channel, syndicates Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.
February 24, 2014
Dave Ross Joins 120 Sports
Back in November, sports reporter and producer Dave Ross left Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG after 18 years. He'd said he was heading to Chicago but couldn't divulge any details about his new gig. Now, Ross says he will be joining 120 Sports, a new all-digital sports network. It's a joint venture of Time, publisher of Sports Illustrated, along with Silver Chalice Ventures, plus the NHL, NBA, MLB, NASCAR, and several collegiate conferences. 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. While in DC, Ross was a regular guest on WTEM, ESPN 980.
February 20, 2014
Sun Buys Balto City Paper
The Baltimore Sun is buying Baltimore's alternative weekly City Paper for an undisclosed price. The freebie tabloid's sale will complete Scranton PA-based Times-Shamrock's plan to divest its alternative weeklies. Late last year, the company sold four weeklies in other markets. Times-Shamrock has operated City Paper for about 25 of its 37-year history. The Sun's purchase transaction is set to close in March. According to the Sun, City Paper's newsroom and sales team will operate independently of the Baltimore Sun Media Group's other editorial and sales functions. City Paper, which is published each Wednesday and distributed throughout the Baltimore area, has a circulation of just over 50,000 a week. About 200,000 monthly unique visitors use its web and mobile sites. Locally, Times-Shamrock also owns Baltimore classic rocker 100.7 The Bay, WZBA.
February 20, 2014
Gregory Kane Dies
Gregory Kane, a former Baltimore Sun columnist, died of cancer Tuesday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 62. A Baltimore native, Kane became a Sun reporter in 1993 and began writing his local column in 1995. Recalled for his provocative style, he wrote a description of himself in his first column: "a lifelong Baltimore resident, liberal on some issues, conservative on others, a veritable fascist on the topic of crime." After leaving the Sun in 2008, Kane began writing for the old Baltimore Examiner. At his death, he was writing for the Washington Examiner and the Baltimore Times. He also was a visiting professor at the Johns Hopkins University's Writing Seminars and taught in the fall semester.
February 19, 2014
Mike Roberts Dies
Baltimore radio veteran Mike Roberts (right) died February 17 at a local hospice after battling cancer. The Baltimore native began his radio career in 1983 at WCBM, with a stint at WFBR before joining WGHT. That station became WWIN-FM, Magic 95.9. He served as its program director in the early 1990s. After WWIN, he worked at WWMX and programmed channels at XM and Worldspace satellite radio operations. After several years with Comcast, Roberts returned to Radio One Baltimore. Health complications forced him to retire in December 2013.
February 18, 2014
WTOP & WERQ Top January Radio Ratings
The DC market radio ratings for the monthly January period. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WIHT and WHUR, 5) WMMJ, 6) WASH, 7) WMAL, 8) WPGC and WBIG, 10) WKYS and WWDC, 12) WLZL and WGTS and WMZQ and WPRS, 16) WTEM, 17) WETA-FM, 18) WIAD and WJFK-FM, 20) WFRE, 21) WRQX, 22) WDCN, 23) WQSR, 24) WERQ and WFLS and WNEW, 27) WAVA-FM and WPFW, 29) WTNT, 30) WBQB. The Baltimore market radio ratings for the monthly January period. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WERQ, 2) WPOC, 3) WJZ-FM, 4) WWIN-FM, 5) WLIF, 6) WWMX, 7) WZBA, 8) WIYY and WBAL-AM and WZFT, 11) WQSR and WCBM, 13) WYPR, 14) WBJC, 15) WRBS-FM, 16) WTOP, 17) WNEW and WWDC and WKYS, 20) WHUR, 21) WPGC, 22) WAMU and WBIG and WCAO, 26) WASH and WIHT, 28) WXCY and WJZ-AM and WEAA.
February 18, 2014
Beaven Replaces Pettit At WCBM
Bob Pettit has retired as general manager of Baltimore news talker WCBM, 680 AM, and M-10 sister oldies outlet WQLL, 1370 AM. Marc Beaven has been promoted from the stations' general sales manager post to be general manager. He's worked at the Baltimore radio outlets for 22 years. Prior to his career in radio, Beaven worked at ad agency Earle Palmer Brown in Bethesda and in Atlanta.
February 18, 2014
Elliot Off NYC Station
DC101's Elliot Segal has been removed from NYC talker WOR. Both stations are owned by Clear Channel. He's been airing on the NYC AM station, which also airs righty talk titans Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, since January. Late last year, plans were announced that Elliot would be moving to NYC and still be heard on alt rocker DC101 - but he's remained at DC101's Rockville studios. More: Tom Taylor, via his Tuesday radio biz newsletter, tells us that WOR's morning ratings "are off, with veteran John Gambling gone, and middays are up with Limbaugh." A listener tells us - "Elliot just announced he and the class are not moving to NYC to be on WOR. They are staying in DC... Clear Channel is OK with the decision."
February 14, 2014
Donald Heilemann Dies
Donald Heilemann (right), 84, died February 7 in a hospice in Brookfield, Wisconsin. In 1966, he joined DC's Channel 9, then WTOP-TV, as a news cameraman. In 1972, he became audio visual director for the National Park Service's National Capital Region, where he remained until his 1991 retirement. Heilemann covered many historical events, including the 1976 national bicentennial celebration, numerous presidential inaugurations, the US visit of Pope John Paul II, and the Washington summit with Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan. Earlier in his career, he worked as a photographer for the Milwaukee Journal and as a news cameraman for Milwaukee's WITI-TV and WXIX-TV. Also, he formed the independent Milwaukee TV News to provide footage to news organizations.
February 13, 2014
George Wilson Dies
George C. Wilson, an author and former Washington Post reporter who covered the military from the perspective of soldiers crawling in the mud and from the offices of decision-makers in Washington, and who played a notable role in the Pentagon Papers case, died February 11 at his home in Arlington. He was 86. The cause was leukemia.
February 12, 2014
More Drunk Driving Charges For Stash
Stephen G. Smith (right), the longtime Baltimore rock radio personality who is known on-air as "Stash," was hit with six traffic-related charges on the afternoon of February 3 in Bel Air MD, according to the District Court for Harford County. Including "driving under the influence of alcohol," an "impaired" driving charge, "failure to display registration card upon demand by police officer," "exceeding maximum speed: 53 MPH in a posted 45 MPH zone," and "negligent driving vehicle in careless and imprudent manner endangering property, life and person." Smith was fired by Hearst rocker 98 Rock, WIYY, in July 2012 after being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and negligent driving offenses in Harford County. In October 2012, Smith pleaded guilty to the drunk driving charges and was sentenced to six months in the Harford County Detention Center.
February 10, 2014
WRC Tops January DC TV News Ratings
More good "news" for NBC4. We get a look at the January "A25-54" demo DC TV news numbers. At 5 AM: Channel 4/WRC 1.8, Channel 9/WUSA 0.9, Channel 7/WJLA 0.8, Channel 5/WTTG 0.7. At 6 AM: WRC 2.5, WTTG 2.0, WJLA 1.3, WUSA 0.9. At 5 PM: WRC 3.0, WJLA 1.2, WTTG 1.0, WUSA 0.7. At 6 PM: WRC 2.7, WJLA 1.8, WTTG 1.3, WUSA 0.8. At 10 PM: WTTG 2.9. At 11 PM: WRC 3.4, WTTG 2.1, WUSA 1.6, WJLA 1.5.
February 9, 2014
Winchester's WXVA Flips To Classic Hits, To Add FMer
Winchester Radio Broadcasters has relaunched 610 AM, WXVA Winchester, with a classic hits format. The station had been running a broad playlist of music from the 1960s through now, but has now shifted its focus to just the 1960s to 1980s as it prepares to add an FM signal in the market. WXVA operates with 380-watts daytime and 500-watts nighttime, with an application to drop that to 130-watts. Starboard Media Foundation was granted an outlet on 102.9 FM, W275BV, which will operate with 250-watts rebroadcasting WXVA and a coverage area comparable to some full-powered FMers in the area thanks to its tower height.
February 4, 2014
VOA's Lee Dravis To Retire
The Voice Of America announces the retirement of long-time engineer Lee Dravis, effective February 28. Dravis has spent 28 years at VOA as a radio broadcast technician, primarily as the studio engineer of the long-running "Border Crossings" show, where he served for the last 17 years. Dravis has won numerous awards for his work, including a VOA Silver Medal. During his tenure on "Border Crossings," he engineered live broadcast performances with hundreds of artists, including Todd Rundgren, Isaac Hayes, Kenny Rogers, Matchbox 20, Chubby Checker, Natasha Beddingfield, Thomas Dolby, Little Feat, and Crosby, Stills And Nash. Prior to his career at VOA, Dravis spent 12 years as a program director, news director, engineer, and air personality at commercial radio stations in New Jersey, Virginia, and Maryland, beginning his vocation when he was only 17. His retirement plans include writing his third novel and working part-time at a "mom and pop" radio station.
February 3, 2014
Liz Crenshaw To Leave 4
Longtime Channel 4/WRC consumer issues reporter Liz Crenshaw (right) is planning to leave her DC TV gig this summer. She posted on Twitter: "I guess I'm making news today. I've decided after 30+ years at NBC4 it's time for new explorations away from the camera starting this summer." More: WRC announced later Monday that Crenshaw will leave the NBC-owned station at the end of May. She has been with DCs NBC4 since 1980, spending several years as an assignment editor before becoming a producer in station's consumer unit. She transitioned into her role in front of the camera in 1993. "It's been a great privilege and a pleasure to be a part of the NBC4 family for more than 30 years. My commitment to consumer reporting and looking out for the people of DC, Maryland, and Virginia has been - not just a job - but a passion. Now it's time for new explorations and time away from the camera," Crenshaw said. She plans to spend more time with her family and looks "forward with great excitement to what lies ahead."
January 31, 2014
WILC To Drop Spanish
WILC, 900 AM, which is licensed to Laurel MD, will be dropping its Spanish talk and music format on Monday, February 3rd, for English language talk and music. The schedule includes Glenn Beck from 9 AM to noon. And "Dr. K" from noon to 3 PM. "The Capitol Hill Show" with Ken Constantine will air from 3 PM to 6 PM. And from 6 PM to 9 PM it will be Dennis Miller, with other time slots still up in the air, including the morning show. Plus, some old Wolfman Jack shows in the midnight to 6 AM slot. Wallis Communications will be running the station.
January 30, 2014
Pamela Hall Dies
Pamela Hall, a Howard University graduate who once worked as assistant music director at the school's WHUR, died in late January at age 57. Also, she did jazz programming for Worldspace Satellite Radio and, in 2011, started programming Morgan State University's WEAA in Baltimore. She was considered an expert on jazz and was working to start a low-power FM gospel station in Howard County at the time of her death.
January 29, 2014
Mary S. Martin Dies
Mary S. Martin, a broadcast journalist with CBS News for 27 years, died January 14 at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital in Fairfax County. She was 62 and a resident of Rockville. Martin was the daughter of the late Jim Snyder, who founded the all-news format on WTOP radio in 1968 and was news director at Channel 9, then WTOP-TV, from 1969 to 1978. She was also the sister of WRC managing editor Catherine Snyder.
January 27, 2014
Balto Ravens To Air On DC's WBIG
Clear Channel classic hits outlet WBIG, Big 100.3, has been named the official Washington DC broadcast home of the Baltimore Ravens, starting with the 2014 season. Ravens President Dick Cass and wide receiver Torrey Smith joined WBIG afternoon host Skyy today to make the announcement on-air. "This is a terrific partnership for the Ravens," Cass explained. "The power of WBIG's signal, along with its digital platforms, will go a long way in bringing the Ravens' games to DC, many Maryland suburbs and Northern Virginia. We're excited about this relationship."
January 27, 2014
Lee "Cap'n Tugg" Reynolds Dies
Lee Reynolds, who played the "Cap'n Tugg" (right) kiddie show character on Channel 5/WTTG in the 1950s and 1960s, died January 27 at an Arlington hospice. He was 87 and had been suffering from lung cancer. After working at WTTG, Reynolds became an announcer, writer, and director for Channel 26/WETA and WETA-FM, 90.9. Reynolds worked in theater, radio, and television before creating "Cap'n Tugg" for WTTG in 1958 as a live-action variation on the popular "Popeye" cartoon. The show ended in 1966 and Reynolds joined WETA two years later.
January 25, 2014
Julie Alexandria Leaves MASN
After just one season, Julie Alexandria (right), the Nationals' sideline reporter for the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, will not be returning to the network next season. She will remain in NYC and continue her other work as a host on "OK! TV," a nationally syndicated talk show for which she began working as soon as the baseball season ended. With Alexandria's departure, MASN will search for its fourth sideline reporter in as many years to join Bob Carpenter and FP Santangelo, who are returning in 2014.....
January 23, 2014
Fredericksburg's Free Lance-Star Files For Bankruptcy
The Free Lance-Star Publishing Company filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition today. The Fredericksburg company filed the petition in Richmond with William Douglas Properties, a related entity that owns a portion of the land upon which the FLS operates parts of its business. The filing signals the end of the Rowe family's 130-year ownership of the local media company, which owns a daily newspaper plus four radio stations - WFLS, WVBX, WWUZ, and WNTX. The new owner could be NYC-based Sandton Capital Partners. Sandton holds a loan originally obtained for acquisition of the company's printing plant.
January 22, 2014
Christmas Tunes Boost WASH & WLIF
Armed with Christmas tunes, WASH topped the Holiday monthly radio ratings for the DC market. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WASH, 2) WTOP, 3) WAMU, 4) WIHT, 5) WMMJ and WHUR, 7) WGTS, 8) WBIG, 9) WKYS and WMAL and WTEM, 12) WPGC, 13) WWDC, 14) WMZQ, 15) WLZL and WJFK-FM and WPRS, 18) WETA-FM and WIAD, 20) WRQX, 21) WFRE, 22) WDCN, 23) WERQ, 24) WNEW, 25) WBQB, 26) WQSR and WAVA-FM and WIYY and WFLS and WINC-FM and WPFW and WLIF. Age 25-54: 1) WASH, 2) WIHT, 3) WTOP, 4) WHUR, 5) WMMJ, 6) WBIG, 7) WWDC, 8) WAMU, 9) WKYS, 10) WGTS, 11) WJFK-FM, 12) WIAD and WLZL and WPGC, 15) WTEM, 16) WMZQ, 17) WPRS, 18) WRQX, 19) WMAL and WDCN, 21) WETA-FM, 22) WERQ, 23) WFRE, 24) WINC-FM, 25) WQSR and WNEW, 27) WIYY and WLIF and WLIF, 30) WRBS-FM and WFLS and WAFY, and WAVA-FM and WKDV. Armed with Christmas tunes, WLIF topped the Holiday monthly radio ratings for the Baltimore market. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WLIF, 2) WERQ, 3) WWIN-FM, 4) WPOC, 5) WJZ-FM, 6) WWMX, 7) WZBA, 8) WZFT, 9) WBAL-AM, 10) WIYY, 11) WQSR, 12) WCBM, 13) WRBS-FM, 14) WBJC, 15) WYPR and WASH, 17) WHUR and WKYS, 19) WTOP, 20) WPGC and WWDC, 22) WNEW, 23) WCAO and WIHT, 25) WAMU and WEAA and WMZQ and WBIG and WJZ-AM, 30) WRQX and WLZL and 975HFS. Age 25-54: 1) WLIF, 2) WERQ. 3) WWIN-FM and WJZ-FM, 5) WIYY, 6) WPOC, 7) WWMX, 8) WQSR, 9) WZFT, 10) WZBA, 11) WRBS-FM, 12) WBAL-AM and WKYS, 14) WASH, 15) WYPR, 16) WWDC and WHUR, 18) WPGC, 19) WTOP and WIHT, 21) WBIG and WNEW, 23) 975HFS and WRQX and WJZ-AM and WBJC, 27) WMZQ, 28) WLZL and WMMJ and WGTS, 31) WCAO and WEAA, 33) WCBM and WTEM and WAMU, 37) WTMD and WIAD and WRNR-FM, 40) WWIN-AM and WAVA-FM and WFRE and WXCY.
January 21, 2014
Sun's Jon Fogg Beaten & Robbed
Jon Fogg, a sports editor who covers lacrosse for the Baltimore Sun, was attacked, beaten, and robbed as he was leaving work during the early morning hours on January 14th. After stealing his car, Fogg was left with six fractures of his skull, broken bones in both hands, and the loss of eight teeth. He was discharged from the hospital after two days but is currently in a lot of pain. The assailant has not been captured and there have been no leads on the vehicle.
January 18, 2014
WTOP Moves Joan Jones To Mornings
DCRTV tipped you earlier this month. And now we hear more. Starting January 20, Joan Jones (right) joins Mike Moss to co-anchor mornings on Hubbard all-news WTOP. Jones came to WTOP in February 2013 as a full-time anchor after years as a network business anchor for Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal Radio. Moss has been a member of the WTOP family for more than 15 years. The two will be paired with WTOP traffic reporter Jack Taylor and sports director Dave Johnson. TOP anchor Bruce Alan, formerly co-anchor of morning drive, moves to middays, where he joins current anchors Mark Lewis and Debra Feinstein. Alan and Lewis will share anchor duties across the entire week, with Lewis picking up Saturdays and Alan adding Sunday anchor duties. Rounding out the midday team is sports reporter George Wallace and traffic reporter Reada Kessler on weekdays, with traffic reporter Dave Dildine on weekends. Shawn Anderson and Hillary Howard will continue to co-anchor afternoon drive with Bob Marbourg in the WTOP Traffic Center and Dave Preston with sports. Veronica Robinson's role expands to five nights a week, joining Dimitri Sotis at the anchor desk from 7 PM to midnight with Bob Immler reporting on traffic and Jonathan Warner on sports. Anchor Dean Lane will continue to host overnights from midnight to 5 AM.
January 10, 2014
Don Brake Named WFRE's PD
The Aloha Station Trust promotes Don Brake to program director at Frederick country music outlet WFRE, 99.9 FM. He had been assistant program director and music director. "His hard work translated into ratings success with our women numbers up over 90% spring 2012 to spring 2013 and he has taken on a leadership role at the radio station to become someone the staff can count on," says Patrick Shea, Aloha's vice president for programming. Before joining WFRE in June 2011, Brake worked at WHWK in Binghamton NY, WAYZ in Hagerstown, and WCAT in Harrisburg.
January 9, 2014
FCC Fines MPT
The Federal Communications Commission has levied a proposed a $20,000 fine against Maryland Public Television for alleged violations of the agency's equal opportunity employment rules and "false" reporting to the FCC about the alleged infractions. The FCC charges that MPT failed to inform a Columbia-based broadcasting school of job openings and then provided "false" information to the FCC when questioned about it. The Owings Mills-based public broadcaster disputes the charges and wants the FCC to drop the proposed fines, according to the Baltimore Sun.
January 9, 2014
2 More Years Of Orioles For BAL
Baltimore news talker WBAL, 1090 AM, renews the Orioles for another two seasons. With Joe Angel and Fred Manfra, together since 2004, also returning. The team has been on the Hearst-owned station 44 of the past 60 seasons. The previous pact expired last fall. That was the four-year deal that brought the Birds back from CBS sports talker WJZ-FM, 105.7 The Fan. This new two-year deal is a revenue-sharing partnership that includes the broadcast of 16 spring training games.
January 8, 2014
Keli Fulton To CSN
Keli Fulton (right) has joined Bethesda-based Comcast SportsNet as an anchor and reporter. She'll be seen on "SportsNet Central," as well as the sports network's other news, analysis, and entertainment programming. She comes from WPTV-TV and WFLX-TV in West Palm Beach FL, where she served as a news and traffic anchor. Prior to that, she was a sports anchor and reporter for WDSU-TV in New Orleans. She's also worked at TV stations in Little Rock and Jackson TN.
January 8, 2014
CNN's Chris Lawrence To 4
Chris Lawrence (right) joins Channel 4/WRC as a weekend evening news anchor and will contribute to the NBC-owned station's weekday newscasts. He comes from CNN, where he has worked since 2004, most recently as a Pentagon correspondent. During his 10 years at CNN, he also worked in the network's Los Angeles and Chicago bureaus. Before CNN, Lawrence worked at WXYZ-TV in Detroit, WTVH-TV in Syracuse, and WDBB-TV in Tuscaloosa AL. He also served as a correspondent for CBS Newspath, where he covered national and international news for local CBS stations around the country. He attended the University Of Maryland at College Park and lives with his family in Alexandria.
January 2, 2014
"Lite" Goes Out At WLIF
With the new year, CBS's adult contemporary WLIF drops its longtime "Lite" positioner for something new. The Baltimore station will now call itself "Today's 101.9, Your Life/Your Music." No major changes in the station's playlist. WLIF's "Lite" branding was adopted in 1991.
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