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January 2014 to PresentBy Dave Hughes
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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