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January 2018 to PresentDecember 18, 2018
Angie Goff Jumps From 4 To 5
News anchor Angie Goff, who surprised everyone with her recent announcement that she's leaving NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC, heads up the TV dial, to Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG.
December 15, 2018
Weekly Standard To Close
The Weekly Standard, the DC-based magazine that espoused traditional conservatism and which had remained deeply critical of President Donald Trump, will shutter after 23 years, its owner Clarity Media Group announced. The magazine will publish its final issue on December 17. The announcement came after the magazine's editor-in-chief, Stephen Hayes, met privately with Ryan McKibben, the chief executive and chairman of Clarity Media Group, a media holding company owned by billionaire Philip Anschutz.
December 12, 2018
Johnny Holliday Leaves MASN
Johnny Holliday, a local broadcasting legend who took on the job of Nationals pre- and postgame host shortly after the team first came to town, says he is stepping away from his role on MASN as he cuts back his workload, the Washington Pos reports. Holliday, 81, is the full-time voice of Maryland football and men's basketball, a role he has held since 1979. When the Nationals began their full-fledged pre- and postgame shows in 2006, a year after they arrived from Montreal, Holliday began a second job, serving alongside former major league player and manager Ray Knight to introduce and wrap up the team's play each night on "Nats Xtra." Knight, however, didn’t have his contract renewed this offseason following a verbal altercation with MASN staff near the end of last season. When the Nationals are home, the shows originate from Nationals Park, which was an easy commute from Holliday’s Kensington home. But when the team is on the road, the shows are broadcast from a studio in suburban Baltimore, and the nightly travel began to wear on Holliday, the Post adds.
December 4, 2018
Les Kinsolving Dies
Baltimore news talker WCBM is reporting that longtime talk show host Les Kinsolving has died at age 90. "From the loud red jacket to his blustery delivery, Kinsolving guaranteed a scene every time he walked into the room, reports the Baltimore Sun.
December 3, 2018
50 Goes To Nexstar
Nexstar has announced that it's buying Tribune Media's TV stations, including DC's Channel 50/WDCW. The $4.1 billion cash deal will make Nexstar the largest regional US TV station operator. Tribune recently pulled out of an acquisition deal with Baltimore-based Sinclair.
November 29, 2018
WTOP & WWIN Top Radio Ratings
The Washington market radio ratings for the month of November. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WMMJ, 4) WHUR, 5) WMAL, 6) WASH and WRQX, 8) WBIG, 9) WIHT, 10) WGTS, 11) WPGC, 12) WETA-FM, 13) WKYS and WJFK-FM, 15) WWDC, 16) WMZQ, 17) WPRS, 18) WIAD, 19) WLZL, 20) WTEM and WFRE, 22) WDCN, 23) WDCH, 24) WFMD and WBQH, 26) WWDC HD2 and WJFK-FM STREAM, 28) WWFD and WTOP HD3 and WPGC STREAM and WPGC HD2 and WJFK-AM and WIHT STREAM and WIAD STREAM and WIAD HD2 and WFED and WASH HD2 and WAMU HD2. The Baltimore market radio ratings for the month of November. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WERQ, 3) WLIF, 4) WPOC and WZBA, 6) WWMX, 7) WIYY, 8) WQSR, 9) WJZ-FM and WZFT, 11) WCBM, 12) WYPR, 13) WBAL-AM, 14) WBJC, 15) WLIF HD2, 16) WEAA, 17) WCAO and WQLL, 19) WLIF HD3, 20) WEAA STREAM and WJZ-AM and WJZ-FM STREAM and WPOC HD2 and WWMX HD2.
November 26, 2018
WBAL Radio Adds FM Signal
It's been on the air for a while, off and on, but now Baltimore news talker WBAL-AM, 1090, officially adds an FM signal at 101.5. The new signal is 250-watts, technically a low-power operation. But it can be heard from Reisterstown to Essex and from Columbia to Bel Air. And throughout the city of Baltimore. In a November 26 statement, WBAL President/General Manager Cary Pahigian says: "While WBAL Radio will continue to serve Maryland at 1090 AM with our powerful 50,000-watt signal, our new FM signal at 101.5 is a monumental advancement for the region's most influential radio station. FM 101.5, along with our popular mobile app, will help WBAL connect with significantly more listeners. WBAL is now available on every available broadcast, mobile and digital platform."
November 25, 2018
Sean Hall Killed In Road Mishap
DC news radio veteran Sean Hall (right), 63, was killed in a head-on collision in New Hampshire. The incident occurred at about 5 PM on November 24 in the Richmond NH area, involving two vehicles. Hall was pronounced dead at the scene. According to police, Hall was traveling south when his Toyota sedan crossed the center line, putting it in the path of an oncoming GMC pickup. The driver of the pickup received minor injuries and was released at the scene. Hall had been working as a news reporter at WKBK radio in Keene NH for the past five years. During his DC radio career, Hall worked at NBC Radio, the Mutual Broadcasting System, CNN Radio, WBIG, and WTOP.
November 22, 2018
Baisden Gone From WHUR
The syndicated Michael Baisden PM drive show has been dropped from Howard University's adult urban contemporary WHUR, 96.3. In his place, the station is taking the local road with Wes Hall, who has been hosting the Saturday night "Hang Suite" show.
November 13, 2018
7's News Director To Leave
Mitch Jacobs announced that he's leaving his post as news director for DC's Sinclair-owned ABC affiliate, Channel 7/WJLA. In a staff memo, he writes: "I made the decision to take a break from daily news for a while. I've been in this industry for more years than I care to count and, after celebrating a birthday on Monday, I feel I'm ready for a break. This move will also give me the opportunity to spend some quality time with my mom, who has not been well."
November 13, 2018
Bill Quinn Dies
Area radio veteran Bill Quinn died November 9 at his home in Syracuse NY. He once programmed Baltimore's WBJC, WLPL, and WSID as well as the DC area's WINX. During his lengthy career, Quinn also worked at stations in Syracuse and Utica NY as well as Providence RI.
November 6, 2018
Albie Dee Joins The Drive
Longtime DC radio personality Albie Dee joins Entercom's new classic hits 94.7 The Drive, WIAD. He'll be doing the afternoon drive slot, starting November 14. Dee’s background includes on-air and programming positions at WPGC and WIHT in Washington as well as well as WWMX and WZBA in Baltimore. Entercom Washington DC VP Programming and 94.7 The Drive Program Director Steve Davis says Dee was the obvious choice to be the station's first talent hire. "Albie Dee is a radio legend in DC, and I am beyond excited to have him return to the market as the first personality on 94.7 The Drive." Davis expects to make further talent additions before the holidays. For Dee, it's a trip home to the Nation's Capital. "I am so excited to come back home to the DMV to play on the radio," he says.
November 6, 2018
MASN Ends Relationship With Ray Knight
Ray Knight, a fixture on MASN's pre- and postgame Washington Nationals coverage since 2007, will not return next season. The network did not pick up his 2019 contract option, according to people familiar with the situation. MASN pulled Knight off its broadcasts in mid-September, and did not provide any official explanation for the move. But a person with direct knowledge of that decision said the network pulled Knight after he was involved in a verbal altercation with a member of the MASN production team - an exchange in which Knight berated a MASN employee with an expletive-laden tirade, the Post reports. Knight, 65, did not have a spotless history before the incident. In October 2017, he was arrested for assault-and-battery in connection with an incident at the home he was renting in Alexandria - an altercation that left Knight with a bite on his hand so severe it required stitches. The charges were dropped after he reached a deal with the other party, an unnamed male acquaintance, the Washington Post reports.
October 31, 2018
Sports Capital Shutting Down
The guys who started the subscription-based Sports Capitol local DC area professional sports news website eight months ago are calling it quits. Their write-ups will now be featured on the NBC Sports Washington website, which is subscription-free. Refunds will be coming to Sports Capitol subscribers.
October 31, 2018
WTOP Tops October DC Radio Ratings
The Washington market radio ratings for October. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WMMJ, 4) WHUR and WASH, 6) WMAL, 7) WGTS, 8) WRQX, 9) WBIG, 10) WIHT, 11) WJFK-FM and WETA-FM, 13) WKYS, 14) WPGC, 15) WMZQ, 16) WWDC, 17) WPRS, 18) WIAD, 19) WLZL, 20) WFRE, 21) WTEM, 22) WDCN and WDCH, 24) WBQH, 25) WFMD, 26) WJFK STREAM and WIAD HD2. The Baltimore numbers: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WERQ, 3) WZBA, 4) WLIF and WPOC, 6) WJZ-FM and WWMX, 8) WIYY, 9) WQSR, 10 WZFT, 11) WCBM, 12) WYPR, 13) WBAL-AM, 14) WBJC, 15) WLIF HD2, 16) WEAA, 17) WQLL, 18) WCAO, 19) WJZ-AM.
October 25, 2018
Annie Yu Jumps From 5 to 9
Cori Coffin has been promoted from her role as a general assignment reporter to morning news anchor at Channel 5/WTTG. Coffin, who came to DC's Fox 5 in 2017 from KVUE-TV in Austin TX, replaces longtime anchor Annie Yu on the weekend morning desk. Now, Yu has switched to Channel 9/WUSA, where she'll be seen on the station's morning news show, "Wake Up Washington" from 4:30 AM to 7 AM.
October 20, 2018
Jeff Leonard Dies
Jeff Leonard, former afternoon drive host of WKYS, has passed away, at age 70, from cancer. Writes WTOP news reporter Neal Augenstein: "In the early '80s it was a pleasure to have spent some time as the board operator while Jeff and newsman Joe DeCapua did their thing. Jeff had this really subtle hand cue that he'd give, when it was time to roll the music as he did a talkup. I remember having to focus really intently to avoid missing it. (I seem to recall he had to re-cue me a few times). But, the show was great, Jeff was a total pro. My best to those who love him most".....
October 13, 2018
Bill Mayhugh Dies
WMAL veteran Bill Mayhugh died October 12, his 91st birthday. During his lengthy DC radio career, he also worked at WOL and WFAX. On WMAL, Mayhugh had an overnight jazz and easy-listening program for almost 30 years and helped raise millions of dollars for charity and was a founder of the Marine Corps Marathon. He was at WMAL until 1993. After growing up in DC, he came to work at WMAL in 1962. He was famous for hosting the Leukemia Radiothon which grew from an in-studio fundraiser to an all-night marathon at area hotels. He led the way for current mega fundraisers for leukemia raising millions of dollars with the help from area unions like Washington Builing Trades and the Bartender's Ball. Former WMAL president Andy Ockershausen said Mayhugh established a relationship with night-time listeners of WMAL unlike any other radio personality.
October 11, 2018
Salem Puts 1260 Up For Sale
It looks like Salem is selling its Silver Spring-based 1260 AM signal, WSPZ, sources day. The station has been relaying Christian talker WAVA-FM, 105.1, ever since Salem moved the righty politcal talk of "The Answer" from 1260 to 570, now WWRC, which was purchased from Redskins owner Dan Snyder's now defunct Red Zebra radio arm earlier this year.
October 9, 2018
Federal News Radio Tweaks Name
Hubbard changes the name of all-newser WTOP's sister station, the federal government-oriented news and talk service Federal News Radio, to Federal News Network. According to a news release, it's "a move aimed at highlighting its many distribution platforms and channels including on-air, online, podcasts, video, and more." The programming will still be heard on 1500 AM, WFED, and via the web at federalnewsnetwork.com. "Our reporters, editors, radio hosts, and producers will continue to find and share the most important news of the day across all platforms, making Federal News Network a great meeting place for thought-leaders to have conversations, share ideas and discuss topics meaningful to the federal workforce," says Lisa Wolfe, editor-in-chief.
October 3, 2018
New 94.7: Classic Hits
Pop, rock, and soul classic hits mainly from the 1980s and neighboring decades is the new format for Entercom's 94.7 WIAD, which, as DCRTV first reported yesterday, dropped its hot adult contemporary "Fresh" format along with most of its air staff, including Tommy McFly's morning show. The new ID as "94.7 The Drive" debuted at 5 PM today. "DC's Greatest Hits" kicked off with tunes from Prince, the Simple Minds, Yes, Michael Jackson, and Duran Duran. Steve Davis will remain the station's program director. So far, no airstaff, just music.
October 2, 2018
Entercom & Redskins Do Deal
Entercom, which owns DC sports talker WJFK-FM, 106.7 The Fan, does a partnership deal with the Washington Redskins. Even though the team's games are heard via Cumulus news talker WMAL and Urban One sports talker WTEM, WJFK and Entercom's other DC area stations, including WPGC, WIAD, and WLZL, "will provide coverage of the team across all platforms," according to an Entercom announcement. Also, Spanish language broadcasts of all Redskins games will be heard on Entercom's El Zol Deportes, WJFK-AM, 1580, with primetime games also heard on WLZL, El Zol 107.9.
October 2, 2018
McFly Out At 94.7 Fresh, Oldies Coming
Entercom has blown out almost the entire air staff of WIAD, 94.7 Fresh FM, including Tommy McFly and his morning show, and is planning to flip format tomorrow. Gone will be the contemporary hit-skewing hot adult contemporary tunes that were running up against iHeart's Hot 99.5 and Cumulus's Mix 107.3. Also on the outs: Jen Richer, Kelly Collis, Dana McKay, and Britt Waters. New market manager Phil Zachary will put rock and pop oldies on Bethesda's 94.7, a la what Entercom (formerly CBS Radio) has done so successfully in NYC (WCBS-FM) and Philadelphia (WOGL).
October 2, 2018
WTOP & WWIN Top September Radio Ratings
The September monthly radio ratings for the Washington DC market. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WMMJ, 4) WHUR, 5) WGTS, 6) WMAL, 7) WASH, 8) WRQX, 9) WBIG, 10) WKYS and WJFK-FM, 12) WIHT and WETA-FM, 14) WPGC, 15) WMZQ, 16) WWDC, 17) WIAD, 18) WPRS, 19) WLZL, 20) WTEM, 21) WFRE, 22) WDCN, 23) WDCH, 24) WBQH, 25) WFMD, 26) WWDC-HD2 and WTOP-HD3 and WIHT-HD2 and WFED. The September monthly radio ratings for the Baltimore market. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WERQ, 3) WPOC, 4) WIYY, 5) WWMC, 6) WLIF, 7) WQSR, 8) WZBA, 9) WJZ-FM, 10) WZFT, 11) WBJC, 12) WCBM and WYPR, 14) WBAL-AM, 15) WLIF-HD2, 16) WEAA, 17) WQLL, 18) WCAO, 19) WJZ-AM and WJZ-FM-STREAM and WPOC-HD2 and WWMX-HD2.
October 1, 2018
Rick Breitenfeld Dies
Rick Breitenfeld, who was the founding executive director of the Maryland Center For Public Broadcasting and lead Maryland Public Television for 17 years, died September 28 in Warminster PA following pancreatic cancer. He was 87. He also headed Philadelphia public broadcaster WHYY for 14 years and was instrumental in the development of public television,
September 30, 2018
Virginia Wetter Dies
Virginia Wetter, a life-long resident of Havre de Grace MD, died in her home on September 25. In 1941, she married Jason Pate of Atlanta. Together, they created the Chesapeake Broadcasting Corporation, opening in 1948 as the first radio broadcast station between Baltimore and Wilmington. On Mr. Pate's death in 1960, Mrs. Wetter became the chairman and CEO of the Chesapeake Broadcasting Corporation, the parent of stations WASA-AM and WHDG-FM. Mrs. Wetter had a career in broadcasting, one of only five women nationwide to manage a broadcast operation when she assumed management.
September 28, 2018
Ken Merson To Q1370 Mornings
Baltimore and DC radio veteran Ken Merson is coming to Balimore oldies outlet Q1370, WQLL, starting October 8. He'll be doing weekdays from 6 AM to 10 AM. Pat O'Neill moves from morning drive to the 2 PM to 6 PM slot. He has been the program director of the '60s On 6 oldies channel.
September 24, 2018
Debra Alfarone Leaving 9
Channel 9/WUSA anchor Debra Alfarone is leaving the DC market's CBS affiliate. She wrote on her Facebook page: "I'll still be based here in DC, working on an exciting new project to empower people across the globe to rewrite their own stories."
September 19, 2018
WCRW & WUST Get Sold
Herndon-based Potomac Radio Group is buying WCRW, 1190, in Leesburg and WUST, 1120, Washington, from Falls Church-based Potomac Radio. The principal shareholders of the buyer are Brian and Patricia Lane, the owners of Marquee Broadcasting, which owns Channel 47/WMDT in Salisbury. These would be their first radio stations. Purchase price is $750,000 for WUST, which features brokered ethnic programming, and $750,000 for WCRW, which relays English language China Radio International. The purchase agreement says the CRI lease is due to expire at the end of the year. Marquee has been on a buying spree recently, having just picked up a couple of TV stations in Georgia in addition to two more last year, we're told.
September 16, 2018
Thad Mumford Dies
Thad Mumford, a pioneering African-American TV writer-producer who worked on shows ranging from "MASH" to "The Electric Company" to "Blue’s Clues," has died after a long illness. He was 67. Mumford died September 6 at his father’s home in Silver Spring. Born and raised in Washington DC, Mumford worked as a page for Channel 4/WRC while in high school and soon began selling jokes to Johnny Carson and Joan Rivers. After high school, he attended Fordham University in New York City, where he landed a job as a writer on PBS's "The Electric Company." He earned an Emmy for his work on the show in 1973.
September 13, 2018
Mike Pintek Dies
Mike Pintek, a longtime reporter and talk show host on Pittsburgh's KDKA radio, died September 12 after battling cancer for more than a year. Pintek, 65, announced to listeners in May 2017 that he had been diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Pintek was the morning news anchor on DC's WASH radio.
September 6, 2018
Tribune Axes 50's 10 PM Newscast
Tribune is yanking the 10 PM half-hour newscast on Channel 50/WDCW. The show was produced by the company's Channel 6/WTVR in Richmond with reporters in the DC area. According to a company memo: "Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of a lot of talented employees, [WDCW's newscast and several others] haven't delivered the ratings or the revenue we hoped for when they were launched. The decision to discontinue any show is never easy and we don't do it lightly. We understand that these decisions affect the lives of good people who gave their best efforts to achieve success; we hope to give many of them the opportunity to transition to new roles elsewhere in our station group."
September 6, 2018
Andrea McCarren Leaves 9
Longtime DC TV reporter Andrea McCarren leaves Channel 9/WUSA for PenFed Credit Union where she'll be chief content officer for PenFed Digital. Her job will be to highlight the work of veterans, active duty service members, and military families. She begins her new job in January.
September 5, 2018
WTOP & WWIN Top August Radio Ratings
The Washington market radio ratings for the month of August. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WMMJ, 4) WHUR, 5) WBIG, 6) WGTS, 7) WMAL and WRQX, 9) WJFK-FM and WIHT and WASH, 12) WPGC, 13) WKYS, 14) WWDC and WMZQ and WETA-FM, 17) WPRS, 18) WIAD and WTEM and WLZL, 21) WFRE, 22) WDCN, 23) WDCH, 24) WBQH, 25) WFMD and WOL, 27) WWDCHD2 and WTOPHD3 (The Gamut) and WFED, 30) WWWTHD2 (Bolly 102.9) and WYCB and WPGCSTREAM and WPGCHD2 and WJFKFMSTREAM and WJFK-AM and WIHTHD2 and WIADSTREAM and WIADHD2 and WASHHD2 and WAMUHD2 (Bluegrass Country). The Baltimore market radio ratings for the month of August. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WERQ, 3) WPOC, 4) WQSR, 5) WWMX, 6) WIYY and WLIF and WZBA, 9) WJZ-FM, 10) WZFT, 11) WCBM, 12) WYPR, 13) WRBS-FM, 14) WBAL-AM, 15) WBJC, 16) WEAA, 17) WLIFHD2, 18) WCAO, 19) WQLL, 20) WLIFHD3 and WOLB and WWIN-AM, 23) WJZ-AM.
September 4, 2018
Corinna Delgado To WRQX
Corinna Delgado joins Cumulus's hot adult contemporary WRQX, Mix 107.3, as midday host. She was most recently with KRBE, a Cumulus contemporary hits station in Houston. Delgado is a veteran, having served in the US Army Reserves as a combat medic from 1995 to 2001.
September 3, 2018
Andy Parrish Dies
Andy Parrish, whose real name was Andrew Gasparich, died August 30 at age 86. He served as news director for all-news WTOP in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
September 3, 2018
Jerry Klein Dies
Jerry Klein, a left-leaning radio host who worked at DC news talker WMAL from 2001 to 2009, died August 17 after battling cancer. He was 66. A Charlotte NC native who work at that city's news talk WBT-AM/FM before his years at WMAL, also worked as a music promoter, political activist, and a writer.
August 31, 2018
Kimberly Suiters Leaves 7
Kimberly Suiters leaves her anchor and reporting gigs at Channel 7/WJLA, where she's been for the past seven years. She will now be executive vice president of community engagement and spokesperson for the non-profit Addiction Policy Forum.
August 23, 2018
Mike Moss Goes Fulltime On Westwood One News
Former WTOP news anchor Mike Moss becomes a full-time news anchor on Westwood One News. He joined the organization as a part-time anchor and fill-in guest host earlier this year.
August 23, 2018
Jessob Reisbeck To 7
Jessob Reisbeck joins Channel 7/WJLA as a news anchor for "Good Morning Washington." He starts September 17. He comes from WITI-TV in Milwaukee. Before that, Reisbeck worked at TV stations in Syracuse and Fresno.
August 23, 2018
9's Jan Jeffcoat To LA
Channel 9/WUSA news anchor Jan Jeffcoat is headed for Los Angeles so her husband, Matthew Kinsley, can continue to grow his TV agent business. Earlier this year, Jeffcoat helped launch the Tegna-owned station's new morning show, "Get Up DC," with comedian Reese Waters.
August 22, 2018
WTOP To Move To Chevy Chase
Hubbard all-newser WTOP is saying goodbye to its Idaho Avenue studio and office facilities in the Cathedral Commons neighborhood in northwest DC for new digs on Maryland's Chevy Chase. "We have grown tremendously over the years by serving the DC region with a 24/7 news, traffic and weather operation," Hubbard DC market manager Joel Oxley tells Bethesda Magazine. The new facility at 5425 Wisconsin Avenue features better parking facilities for WTOP's 200+ employees and is closer to the Capital Beltway. The move, which also includes Federal News Radio WFED, is slated for December or January.
August 22, 2018
Somara Theodore Leaving 4
Channel 4/WRC weekend meteorologist Somara Theodore is leaving the NBC-owned station. She announced the change on Sunday's 6 PM broadcast.
August 17, 2018
Sun Gets New Digs
It's eviction day for the Baltimore Sun, as in its signs on its headquarters building which it no longer owns. Former owner Tribune sold the Sun building on Calvert Street just before the Tribune/Sinclair merger began. The merger is over, but the building is still sold. The Sun is moving to south Baltimore into its own printing plant building, which is on land also not owned by The Sun and slated for future redevelopment.
August 15, 2018
Quicksilva Returns To KYS
DJ Quicksilva (right) returns to Urban One's urban contemporary WKYS, 93.9, for afternoon drive. His also airs on the company's like-formatted WERQ, 92.3, in Quicksilva's hometown of Baltimore. The show launched August 6 in Baltimore and will debut in DC on August 20. Angie Ange, who used to do afternoons at WKYS, was recently moved to morning drive. Quicksilva previously anchored the morning show on WKYS.
August 15, 2018
WHFS Founder Bill Tynan Dies
Bill Tynan, who put Bethesda's WHFS, 102.3, the DC area's first stereo station, on the air in 1961, died August 7 in Kerrville, Texas. He was 91. Originally a classical music station, in the 1970s, WHFS became a pioneer progressive rock music outlet, which later moved to 99.1 through 2005. Currently, 102.3 sports Urban One's adult urban contemporary WMMJ.
August 9, 2018
Tribune Pulls Out Of Sinclair Merger Deal
Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group's bid to become a nationwide powerhouse collapsed as Chicago-based Tribune Media Company withdrew from a planned merger that drew the ire of federal regulators. Tribune announced its withdrawal from the $3.9 billion transaction in a emailed statement August 9, three weeks after regulators questioned Sinclair's honesty. Tribune said it has filed a lawsuit in the Delaware Chancery Court against Sinclair seeking compensation for losses incurred as a result of "Sinclair's material breaches" of the merger agreement. The Federal Communications Commission on July 18 sent the deal to a hearing by the agency's administrative law judge, citing possible misrepresentations or lack of candor in some proposed station divestitures. Hearings can take months, and the prospect of enduring one killed previous deals. Locally, Sinclair owns Channel 7/WJLA and Channel 45/WBFF. Tribune owns Channel 50/WDCW.
August 9, 2018
Ravens Radio Changes
Two former Ravens will join Gerry Sandusky in the booth for the 2018 Baltimore Ravens season and another former Raven will be doing some sideline reporting. Ravens players Dennis Pitta, Jarret Johnson, and Justin Forsett will return for a second season, joining Ravens play-by-play announcer Gerry Sandusky, who begins his 12th year as the radio voice of the Ravens. Both Dennis and Jarret will provide Ravens broadcast color and analysis during the upcoming season. Forsett will be reporting from the sideline for all Ravens road games. 98 Rock, WIYY afternoon personality Kirk McEwen (right) will be reporting from the sidelines during the Ravens home games. In addition, long-time Ravens broadcaster Stan White will have an expanded role offering analysis and insight before and after each Ravens game all season on 98 Rock and news talker WBAL-AM, 1090. McEwen and Joe Robinson will host the pre-game "Ravens Gameday" shows during the regular season.
August 7, 2018
WTOP & WWIN Top July Radio Ratings
The Washington market radio ratings for July. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WMMJ, 3) WAMU, 4) WHUR, 5) WBIG, 6) WRQX, 7) WIHT, 8) WKYS, 9) WGTS and WASH, 11) WPGC and WMAL, 13) WJFK-FM, 14) WPRS and WIAD, 16) WMZQ, 17) WWDC, 18) WETA-FM, 19) WLZL, 20) WDCN, 21) WBQH, 22) WDCH, 23) WOL, 24) WWDCHD2. The Baltimore market radio ratings for July. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WERQ, 3) WPOC, 4) WQSR, 5) WWMX, 6) WLIF, 7) WZFT, 8) WZBA, 9) WIYY, 10) WJZ-FM, 11) WYPR, 12) WCBM, 13) WBAL-AM, 14) WRBS-FM, 15) WEAA, 16) WBJC, 17) WLIFHD2, 18) WJZ-AM, 19) WCAO and WOLB, 21) WQLL, 22) WPOCHD2 and WRBS-AM and WWMXHD2.
August 7, 2018
WTNT Goes Spanish Hits
Metro Radio has tweaked the format on its Bethesda-signalled WTNT, now "all Spanish hits" as "97.5 TNT." You can also hear it in Northern Virginia on 92.9. "The format was Spanish variety," Metro Radio chief Bruce Houston tells us. "It is the only Spanish all hits station in DC."
August 3, 2018
Cooley, Walker, Weinstein, Jackson Out At WTEM
Urban One is making massive budget cuts to their newly-acquired WTEM, The Team 980. Out are: Chris Cooley, Doc Walker, Bram Weinstein, and Scott Jackson. The only show not affected is Steve Czaban's. Cuts expected to continue, including off-air positions. New shows not yet determined, though Al Koken, Fred Smoot, and Chick Hernandez are all getting try-outs this week. Back in May, Silver Spring-based Urban One, formerly Radio One, agreed to purchase sports talker WTEM from Red Zebra, which was owned by Redskins owner Dan Snyder. The 980 AM signal was Snyder's last broadcast radio property. He'd sold WTEM's two FM signals last year. More: The Washington Post reports that even though there are rumors that Chris Cooley and Rick "Doc" Walker may be losing their shows on WTEM, they will continue to be heard on Redskins radio broadcasts via the Redskins Radio Network, which is controlled by the team, not any station. Redskins games will continue to be heard in the DC market on WTEM and WMAL this season.
August 1, 2018
Jim Waltkins To Leave WHUR GM Post
Millard James Watkins, III, announces that he will retire as general manager of Howard University's adult urban contemporary WHUR, 96.3, effective August 31. He plans to concentrate his efforts on running his own telecommunications company, Windy Oak Communications. Known to his colleagues and friends as Jim, he has been at the helm of the heritage station for more than three decades. Watkins began his broadcast career at the age of 14. In high school, he worked as an announcer for his Richmond hometown radio station WENZ. At 19, Watkins became one of the youngest chief engineers in the nation after earning his engineering degree from Grantham School Of Engineering. He went on to be the first African-American engineer at the Washington News Bureau at ABC News. While at Howard, he helped construct what is now Channel 32/WHUT and served as director of operations and engineering. He later went on to become the television station's general manager for several years while simultaneously holding down the top job at WHUR.
July 23, 2018
New Name For NewsChannel 8
Sinclair, which owns Channel 7/WJLA, is planning to rename WJLA's cable-only sister, NewsChannel 8, as "WJLA 24/7 News." Staffed by WJLA's newsroom, including the ABC affiliate's reporting and anchor teams, "the new name is a logical brand evolution for the nearly 30-year-old Washington-area cable news institution," according to a Monday news release. The name change becomes effective tomorrow, Tuesday. "Plus, the new WJLA 24/7 News brand adds emphasis to the station's commitment to the round-the-clock local news coverage it is known for." The release continues, "As part of the station's continued commitment to local news, traffic and weather coverage, the new WJLA 24/7 News will feature a highly graphical, richly informative continuous newsfeed, showcasing detailed community forecasts, helpful commute conditions, and concise local headlines."
July 16, 2018
The Gamut's 820 Goes All-Digital
Hubbard radio has flipped its 820 AM signal in Frederick, WWFD, to digital-only. But why? So, we contacted Dave Kolesar, a senior broadcast engineer for WWFD's sister stations WTOP/WFED and The Gamut, the eclectic music service heard on 820, to ask "what's up?" He tells us: "Since it has been getting harder and harder to convince people to listen to music on analog AM, I got the idea to try the all-digital version of AM HD. It sounds better than the hybrid mode currently in use on the AM band, and is more robust. The Gamut, being a music station, is the perfect platform for an experiment such as this, and it helps to have its Program Director (myself) also be its engineer. I first approached Xperi Corporation about taking WWFD all-digital at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2017 (after convincing our local management that this is a worthwhile project), and with their help and guidance I'm happy that we finally are able to start operating. There's much more to do - high on my list is data services such as displaying album artwork. AM Broadcasters should seriously look at all-digital operation to give themselves parity in the car dashboard with FM HD, satellite, and streaming."
July 16, 2018
Acland Leaves 5
Reporter and anchor Matt Ackland is leaving Channel 5/WTTG after 16 years.
July 11, 2018
WTOP & WWIN Top June Radio Ratings
The Washington market radio ratings for the month of June. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WMMJ, 4) WHUR, 5) WASH, 6) WBIG, 7) WGTS and WRQX, 9) WPGC, 10) WIHT, 11) WJFK-FM, 12) WKYS, 13) WMAL and WIAD, 15) WWDC and WPRS, 17) WMZQ, 18) WETA-FM, 19) WLZV, 20) WLZL and WTEM, 22) WFRE, 23) WWEG and WDCN and WAVA-FM, 26) WAFY, 27) WTNT and WBQH, 29) WPFW and WDCH. The Baltimore market radio ratings for the month of June. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WERQ, 3) WLIF, 4) WPOC, 5) WWMX, 6) WIYY and WQSR, 8) WZBA, 10) WJZ-FM, 11) WZFT, 12) WCBM, 13) WBAL-AM, 14) WRBS-FM, 15) WYPR, 16) WEAA and WLIFHD2, 18) WBJC, 19) WCAO, 20) WJZ-AM and WQLL, 22) WRBS-AM.
July 10, 2018
WTHU Flips To "Cool Oldies"
Thurmont MD's WTHU, 1450, has dropped its news-talk format for an all-music format, as Cool 1450. The playlist includes "'50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, 2000s music mixes from the 'B' side," says Michael Betteridge, who handles both AM and PM drives. Everything from Rob Thomas, the Beach Boys, and Jackson Browne, to Shania Twain, Elvis Presley, the Strray Cats, Tom Petty, and the Smithereens. The air staff also includes Luke Greffen, DJ Ewok, DJ Reason, and Donna Betteridge, who hosts "In Memory Of," which is said to be the longest running radio show in Central Maryland.
July 9, 2018
Ogden Buys Loudoun Times-Mirror
Ogden Newspapers, a family-owned newspaper group with 46 daily and numerous weekly newspapers published in 16 states, has announced that it will purchase certain publishing assets of the Virginia News Group, including the Loudoun Times-Mirror and Loudouner magazine. Arthur Arundel purchased the Leesburg-based newspaper in 1963. Peter Arundel, Arthur's son who has worked in the media business for more than 30 years, purchased the Times-Mirror from his family in 2015 after the death of his father. Ogden, which is based in Wheeling WV, recently purchased the Winchester Star and the Frederick News Post.
July 9, 2018
Morning Changes On KYS
Angie Ange will be joined by Deja Perez on July 16 for the "Angie Ange In The Morning" show on Urban One's urban contemporary WKYS, 93.9. DJ Money and DJ Analyze will also be featured on the revamped show. "Growing up I would have fun listening to Tom Joyner, Russ Parr, and Donnie Simpson. To reach this height in my career and be in a position to give that same energy while also inspiring and enlightening our listeners as they start their day is the opportunity of a lifetime."
July 5, 2018
Ed Schultz Dies
Veteran broadcasting personality Ed Schultz, whose career took him from quarterbacking at a Minnesota college to national radio and television, including hosting a show on MSNBC, died on Thursday, July 5, according to his son. He was 64. Schultz died in Washington, where he anchored "News With Ed Schultz," the flagship show on RT America, a Russian-funded station formerly known as Russia Today. Schultz also hosted "The Ed Show" on MSNBC from 2009 to 2015.
July 3, 2018
Warren Duffy Dies
Christian broadcaster Warren Duffy died in Bullhead City AZ of complications of brain cancer on June 13 at the age of 80. He was a DJ on "top 40" WPGC in the 1960s, known as "Cousin Duffy." From 1994 to 2004 he wad heard on religious KKLA in Los Angeles.
July 3, 2018
WGTS Sold, Kind Of
DC area Adventist Christian contemporary WGTS, 91.9, has been sold to Atlantic Gateway Communications, but not really sold to an outside company completely. The non-profit buyer will still largely be controlled by the Adventist university, now called Washington Adventist University, formerly Columbia Union Colege. But the very sale and corporate distinction makes one wonder if this might be a transitional move for the eventual sale to an outside group, maybe EMF which runs the national K-Love network? WGTS puts in a rather good signal towards Baltimore and does show up in the ratings.
June 29, 2018
Shootings At Capital Gazette
A man with a vendetta against the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis has been charged with five counts of murder after he fired a shotgun through the newsroom's glass doors and at its employees, killing five and injuring two others June 28 in a targeted shooting. Officials said Jarrod Ramos, 38, of Laurel carried out the shooting. Local police said the Capital Gazette was targeted, prompting heightened security in newsrooms nationwide. The attack appears to be the deadliest involving journalists in the USA in decades.
June 16, 2018
Frank Harden Dies
DCRTV hears that Frank Harden (right), half of the longtime "Harden & Weaver" show on WMAL, died at his home in Chevy Chase on June 15 at age 95. For 32 years, from the 1960s through the early 1990s, he was paired with Jackson Weaver on the top-rated morning radio show, which, at its height, scored a 28% share of all DC market listeners. Weaver died in 1992. According to wmal.com, Harden was born in Macon, Georgia in 1922, and got his first job in radio in Savannah in 1944, just after he was discharged from the Army. Following radio jobs in Atlanta and Denver, Harden landed at WMAL in 1947, where he worked as a staff announcer and show host for several years, first in radio, and then also at Channel 7, WMAL-TV in the 1950s. It was not until the spring of 1960 that the radio station's new manager, Andy Ockershausen, came up with the idea of teaming Harden and Weaver together on the air. After Weaver’s death, Harden remained as co-host of WMAL's morning show, along with Tim Brant and Andy Parks, through 1997, retiring shortly after his 50th anniversary at WMAL.
June 12, 2018
Rob Sanchez Leaves El Zol
Rob Sanchez leaves Entercom's DC cluster to program iHeart news talker WBZ-AM, 1030, in Boston. And he'll also work on the company's other area talkers - WRKO, 680, and WXKS-AM, 1200. In 2011, Sanchez was brought to DC to head Entercom predecessor CBS's now defunct all-newser WNEW, 99.1. When the plug got pulled on that, he took over the reins at Spanish tropical WLZL, El Zol, 107.9. Sanchez began in Miami radio, made it to NYC's where he worked on CBS newsers WINS, 1010, and WCBS-AM, 880, before coming to DC.
June 12, 2018
WTOP & WWIN Top May Radio Ratings
The Washington market radio ratings for May. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WMMJ, 4) WHUR, 5) WASH, 6) WBIG, 7) WRQX, 8) WPGC, 9) WMAL and WGTS, 11) WIHT, 12) WKYS, 13) WJFK-FM, 14) WIAD, 15) WMZQ, 16) WPRS, 17) WWDC, 18) WETA-FM, 19) WLZV, 20) WTEM and WLZL, 22) WFRE. 23) WWEG and WBQH, 25) WDCN and WAVA-FM, 27) WDCH and WAFY, 29) WTNT and WILC and WACA, 29) WILC and WWRC and WPFW and WKDV and WFED, 36) WWDCHD2 and WOL. The Baltimore market radio ratings for May. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WERQ, 3) WLIF, 4) WWMX, 5) WPOC, 6) WIYY, 7) WJZ-FM, 8) WQSR, 9) WZBA, 10) WZFT, 11) WYPR, 12) WBAL-AM and WCBM and 14) WRBS-FM, 15) WBJC, 16) WLIFHD2, 17) WEAA, 18) WCAO, 19) WINN-AM, 20) WQLL, 21) WJZ-AM and WLIFHD1 and WPOCHD3.
June 5, 2018
Chick Hernandez Leaves NBC Sports Washington
Chick Hernandez (right) announced on his Twitter page today that he will be leaving NBC Sports Washington at the end of the week. He'd been with the network, formerly Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, 17 years. Hernandez says his contract was not renewed. During his local TV career, Hernandez previously spent seven years working at Channel 5/WTTG.
June 4, 2018
WAMU Cancels "Hot Jazz Saturday Night"
American University public radio news talker WAMU, 88.5, announces a batch of schedule changes coming June 25, including the demise of the long-running "Hot Jazz Saturday Night," which has been hosted by Rob Bamberger
June 2, 2018
Corey Calhoun Joins MZQ
Corey Calhoun joins iHeart's country WMZQ, 98.7, as evening show host and music director. He comes from country WAMZ in Louisville, where he co-hosted the morning show.
May 29, 2018
Old 5 Studios To Be Razed
Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG and sister Channel 20/WDCA, which is dubbed at "Fox 5 Plus," sre moving their studio and office facilities to Bethesda. Now, we hear from Donohoe Development about plans to raze the old WTTG facility at 5151 Wisconsin Avenue in northwest DC to construct a building with 280 apartments and 17,000 square feet of commercial space. The new mixed-use development would center around a six-story, 65 foot-tall building with a penthouse. The developer envisions the street-level space as a full-service restaurant with outdoor seating.
May 28, 2018
Bob Fuss Dies
Bob Fuss, the CBS News Radio congressional correspondent from 1998 to 2014, who covered every presidential election from 1980 to 2012, died May 27 at his home in Falls Church. He was 64. The cause was leukemia. Fuss began his professional radio career as a freelance reporter for UPI covering the 1974 Patty Hearst kidnapping case in California. He became the Los Angeles bureau chief of UPI Radio and covered the 1980 presidential campaign of Ronald Reagan. Fuss later moved to Washington and covered Congress for Mutual and NBC Radio. He joined CBS News Radio in 1998.
May 25, 2018
Weiner & Hinson To Replace Hamilton At 11
Channel 11/WBAL names veteran anchor-reporter Deborah Weiner and newcomer Ashley Hinson as replacements for Donna Hamilton, whose last newscast was May 23 after 23 years at the Hearst-owned station. Weiner will join Stan Stovall as co-anchor of the 6 PM and 11 PM weeknight newscasts, while Hinson, who comes to Baltimore from WPTV-TV in West Palm Beach, will team with Andre Hepkins to anchor the 5 PM weeknight newscasts. Hinson, who will join the station in July, will also team with Hepkins to co-anchor "WBAL-TV 11 News At 10 PM" on the station's 11-2 subchannel, also known as MeTV Baltimore. Weiner, who has been with the station since 2002, will begin her new anchor desk duties immediately. She will continue covering Maryland politics, as well as enterprise and investigative reports. WBAL anchor Donna Hamilton is stepping down after 22 years at the station.
May 24, 2018
Zachary Replaces Swenson At Entercom DC
Entercom has canned its DC radio market manager, Steve Swenson, and is replacing him with Phil Zachary, who is being brought down from Boston. Zachary used to run alt rocker WHFS, pre-2005, when it was owned by Entercom's predecessor, CBS. Entercom owns WPGC 95.5, 106.7 The Fan WJFK, 94.7 Fresh FM, El Zol 107.9, and WDCH, which it leases to Bloomberg.
May 21, 2018
Urban One To Buy WTEM
Silver Spring-based Urban One, formerly Radio One, has agreed to purchase Red Zebra sports talker WTEM, 980 AM, for an undisclosed price. Red Zebra, which is owned by Redskins owner Dan Snyder, last year sold its two other DC area stations, 92.7 FM, WWXT, in Prince Frederick MD and 94.3 FM, WWXX, in Buckland VA, both of which had simulcasted WTEM. Urban One says it will keep airing the Redskins on 980 AM. So far, it appears that Urban One will keep the sports talk format on WTEM, but we have no confirmation of that yet. Locally, Urban One owns WKYS, WMMJ, WPRS, WOL, and WYCB. Last year, Urban One bought WWXT from Snyder and is now using it as a simulcast for urban adult contemporary WMMJ, Majic 102.3. Urban One paid $4.2 million for WTEM's 980 signal. According to Billboard magazine, Snyder's company bought two FMers, 92.7 and 94.3, along with 730 AM, back in 2005 for $33 million. A few years later, his Red Zebra comany added AMers 980, 570, and 1260 for $24.5 million, an estimated total outlay of nearly $58 million. More: Redskins games will continue to also be heard on Cumulus news talker WMAL, 105.9 FM and 630 AM.
May 16, 2018
Bruce Johnson Diagnosed With Cancer
Longtime Channel 9/WUSA anchor and reporter Bruce Johnson has announced that he tested positive for non-Hodgkins lymphoma and will be taking time off for chemotherapy treatment. We now hear from Bruce that he's been through first round of chemo at Georgetown University Hospital's Lombardi cancer center. "So far so good," he tells us.
May 15, 2018
WTOP & WWIN Tops April Radio Ratings
The Washington market radio ratings for the month of April. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WMMJ, 4) WHUR, 5) WBIG, 6) WMAL, 7) WASH, 8) WGTS, 9) WPGC, 10) WIHT, 11) WKYS and WRQX, 13) WJFK-FM, 14) WMZQ and WIAD, 16) WWDC and WPRS and WETA-FM, 19) WLZL, 20) WTEM, 21) WLZV and WFRE, 23) WWEG and WDCN, 25) WDCH and WAVA-FM and WAFY, 28) WTNT and WPFW and WILC, 31) WFMD and WBQH and WACA. The Baltimore market radio ratings for the month of April. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WLIF, 3) WERQ, 4) WWMX-FM, 5) WJZ-FM, 6) WPOC, 7) WIYY, 8) WZFT, 9) WQSR, 10) WZBA, 11) WCBM and WYPR, 13) WRBS-FM, 14) WBAL-AM, 15) WBJC, 16) WLIFHD2, 17) WEAA, 18) WCAO, 19) WOLB and WRBS-AM and WWIN-AM, 22) WJZ-AM and WQLL.
May 10, 2018
Emily Sklar To Hot 99.5
Emily Sklar has been named evening personality for iHeart's contemporary hits WIHT, Hot 99.5. Sklar will broadcast weeknights from 7 PM to midnight, starting May 14. She comes from Detroit, where she was the midday jock on iHeart's like-formatted Channel 955, WKQI.
April 29, 2018
WPFW Cancels Scooter Magruder
From DCRTV's Mailbag: "Oldies are now gone from DC radio? [Pacifica-owned 89.3] WPFW has cancelled Scooter Magruder's popular Saturday afternoon show 'Baby Boomer Boogie,' as of yesterday. Scooter was one of the few 'professional' sounding DJs at the station, and his show was always a good money-raiser for the non-profit outfit, so the cancellation is somewhat puzzling. He announced that the station wants to 'go in another direction' (down?)."
April 26, 2018
Andrea Roane To Retire
News anchor Andrea Roane announces that she's retiring from Channel 9/WUSA in July after 37 years there.
April 24, 2018
iHeart Moves Hyland To Top Balto Spot
iHeartMedia promotes 19-year media veteran Aaron Hyland to market president of the firm's Baltimore radio cluster, overseeing country WPOC, contemporary hits Z104 WZFT, classic hits Jack 102.7 WQSR, and gospel WCAO. Hyland will be responsible for overseeing the Baltimore market's programming, advertising and operations across its multiple platforms. e will also continue to oversee ad sales ales for iHeart's Washington radio cluster as regional senior vice president.
April 18, 2018
Bill McCarrey Dies
Bill McCarrey, 60, the chief engineer at Manning Broadcasting for 20 years, died on April 16 of complications from liver cancer. During his career, he worked at WEEO in Waynesboro PA and WXVA in Charles Town WV before joining Manning Broadcasting in Hagerstown and Frederick in the 1990s, where he was employed as a radio personality, production director, and later chief engineer of WARK/WWEG, 106.9 The Eagle, and WAFY, Key 103.
April 17, 2018
Carl Kasell Dies
From NPR: Every weekday for more than three decades, his baritone steadied our mornings. Even in moments of chaos and crisis, Carl Kasell (right) brought unflappable authority to the news. But behind that hid a lively sense of humor, revealed to listeners late in his career, when he became the beloved judge and official scorekeeper for Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! NPR's news quiz show. Kasell died Tuesday from complications from Alzheimer's disease in Potomac MD. He was 84." Goldsboro NC native Kasell started his radio career at the University Of North Carolina-Chapel Hill's WUNC. He later moved to the DC area and worked at at Arundel Communications' all-news WAVA 105.1/780 in the 1960s and early 1970s, and joined NPR in 1975. By 1979, he was heard on the first broadcast of "Morning Edition." Kasell stayed with "ME" until 2009, but continued his co-starring role on public radio quiz show "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me," which he'd begun in 1998, until 2014.
April 17, 2018
WTOP & WWIN Tops March Radio Ratings
The Washington market radio ratings for the month of March. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WHUR, 4) WMMJ, 5) WMAL, 6) WBIG, 7) WASH, 8) WGTS, 9) WPGC, 10) WKYS, 11) WIHT, 12) WRQX, 13) WPRS, 14) WMZQ and WIAD, 16) WWDC, 17) WETA-FM, 18) WJFK-FM, 19) WLZV and WLZL, 21) WTEM, 22) WDCN and WAVA-FM, 24) WWEG and WFRE and WFMD, 27) WDCH and WAFY, 29) WTNT and WPFW and WILC and WBQH and WACA. The Baltimore market radio ratings for the month of March. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WERQ, 3) WPOC, 4) WLIF, 5) WIYY, 6) WWMX, 7) WZFT, 8) WQSR, 9) WJZ-FM and WZBA, 11) WBAL-AM, 12) WCBM and WYPR, 14) WRBS-FM, 15) WBJC, 16) WEAA, 17) WLIFHD2, 18) WCAO and WRBS-AM, 20) WJZ-AM and WQLL and WWMXHD2.
April 16, 2018
2 Launches Rebrand
Baltimore's Channel 2/WMAR is rebranding "in a way that harkens back to its early days as a pioneer in local television," according to statement from the Scripps-owned station. Effective today, April 16, the station is changing all of its branding to "WMAR-2 News, Working For You." The ABC affiliate is combining the historic "2" insignia shape with a modern logo layout of the original "WMAR" call letters which were coined by the A.S. Abell Company, publisher of the then Sunpapers in 1947. "Local reporters following local beats, acting as advocates for our audience is at the core of who we are - that is why our slogan 'Working For You' is not changing," says Kelly Groft, news director for WMAR. "Our dedicated reporters will continue to offer meaningful storytelling, essential journalism and make authentic connections with our viewers."
April 12, 2018
EZ Street To HUR
DC radio veteran EZ Street joins Howard University's adult urban contemporary WHUR, 96.3. Doing Saturdays noon to 4 PM. His first show is this weekend. EZ started his career at WIOQ in Philadelphia and then headed to Chicago's WJPC. In 1995, he moved to WKYS and was at WPGC from 1999 to 2005. After a short stint at KBLX in San Francisco, he returned to WKYS in 2006.
April 12, 2018
More News On 5 & 20
Fox announces that is expanding newscasts on many of its owned stations, including DC's Channel 5/WTTG, Fox 5, and Channel 20/WDCA, which is now branded as Fox 5 Plus. WTTG is adding a half hour at 7 PM weekdays and 11:30 PM on Sundays. WDCA is adding 30 minutes at 9 PM.
April 10, 2018
Pat Korten Dies
Patrick Korten, 70, a former reporter and anchor for all-news WTOP radio who left broadcast journalism to serve as a communications official in the Reagan administration, died April 5 after suffering a stroke in Fairfax. From 1975 to 1981, Korten worked as a reporter and a desk anchor at WTOP, then the CBS News Radio affiliate in Washington. He left broadcasting to serve the administration of President Ronald Reagan.
April 9, 2018
Ray Duke Dies
Entercom (formerly CBS Radio) has replaced the veterans-oriented talk service on WJFK-AM, 1580, with Spanish language sports as "El Zol Deportes," to pair with its Spanish contemporary WLZL, El Zol, 107.9. The new outlet will feature ESPN Deportes Radio programming along with a local show from 3 PM to 5 PM hosted by Ray Parker. Play-by-play will include MLS, UEFA, Liga MX, and FIFA soccer, plus ESPN's MLB, NFL, and NBA programming. The new sports channel will also be included among the digital subchannel offerings of 107.9. "Sports are an integral part of the Washington DC Spanish-speaking community and we are excited to fill this void by offering the only Spanish-language sports brand in the metro are," say Steve Swenson, market manager of Entercom's DC radio cluster. "By leveraging our existing sports brands and relationships, El Zol Deportes will offer the most compelling play-by-play to serve the community and our local partners." Entercom already runs English-language sports talk on 106.7 The Fan, WJFK-FM.
April 8, 2018
Mike McKay Dies
DC radio veteran Mike McKay has died. His career included a stint as "Commander McKay" on rocker WWDC, DC101, back in the 1970s. Most recently, he'd been doing production and board work for news talker WMAL, including with Chris Plante's show. A memorial service is slated for April 13 at 6 PM at Gasch's funeral home in Hyattsville.
April 8, 2018
WTOP Again Top Ad Revenue Biller
Hubbard all-newser WTOP has yet again been named the top advertising revenue billing radio station in the whole USA for 2017, according to stats from BIA Advisory Services. It's $67 million revenue figure beat out stations in much larger markets, including Los Angeles, New York City, and Chicago.
April 4, 2018
Ray Duke Dies
On March 31, longtime Washington TV artist and animator Ray Duke died after a battle with cancer. Duke worked for ABC News Washington for 20 years and spent the last 10 years of his career at the Voice Of America. Duke's passion and talent for art was translated into intricate 3D designs and animations that became the foundation for VOA's first strategic TV network branding scheme, which won a New York Festivals award. Duke was also regarded as one of the best rock drummers in the DC area.
April 3, 2018
BAL Moves Hollander To Afternoons
Brett Hollander will take over the 1 PM to 3 PM slot weekdays on WBAL-AM, NewsRadio 1090, starting Thursday, April 5.
April 2, 2018
Connie Lawn Dies
Longtime White House correspondent Connie Lawn died April 2 after a battle with Parkinson's Disease at her home in Falls Church. She was 73. Lawn, who worked at Salem Rado Networks and USA Radio Network, is said to be the longest-credentialed White House correspondent, with 50 years of service.
March 30, 2018
WMAL Adds Ben Shapiro
Conservative firebrand Ben Shapiro's podcast comes to radio via WestwoodOne, including locally on WMAL at 9 PM weekdays, starting April 2.
March 27, 2018
Orioles & Nats Missing From Broadcast TV
In an historic break, the Baltimore Orioles will not be on free over-the-air TV in Baltimore for the first time in decades. MASN has ended its agreement with Channel 13/WJZ and similarly the Washington Nationals on Channel 9/WUSA. "The importance of this though is that there will be no way to see the Orioles or Nats without cable or satellite as MASN offers no cord cutter in-market streaming options, even for sale," says BaltoMedia.net. "WJZ TV is still doing its Opening Day hour long special this Thursday, but it will not include the game afterwards."
March 20, 2018
WTOP & WWIN Top February Radio Ratings
The Washington market radio ratings for the month of February. Full-week, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WHUR, 4) WMMJ, 5) WBIG and WASH, 7) WMAL, 8) WPGC, 9) WIHT, 10) WKYS, 11) WGTS, 12) WRQX, 13) WPRS and WIAD, 15) WMZQ, 16) WETA-FM, 17) WWDC, 18) WJFK-FM, 19) WLZV, 20) WTEM and WLZL, 22) WWEG and WAVA-FM, 24) WDCN, 25) WPFW and WFRE and WDCH and WAFY, 29) WFMD, 30) WILC and WBQH and WACA. The Baltimore market radio ratings for the month of February. Full-week, age 6+: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WLIF, 3) WERQ, 4) WPOC, 5) WWMX, 6) WIYY and WJZ-FM, 8) WQSR and WZFT, 10) WZBA, 11) WYPR, 12) WBAL-AM, 13) WCBM, 14) WRBS-FM, 15) WBJC, 16) WLIFHD2, 17) WEAA, 18) WRBS-AM, 19) WWMXHD2, 20) WCAO and WQLL, 21) WJZ-AM.
March 18, 2018
MHz To Go Away March 31
MHz Networks will end its broadcast and cable distribution of their international news channels in the DC area on March 31. "The broadcast and cable television industries have undergone major changes, and challenges, during the past 10 years," says Frederick Thomas, president of MHz Networks. "Faced with the economics involved in acquiring a new broadcast platform and facility, while also growing a subscription streaming service. MHz Choice, and a national network, MHz Worldview, we had to make a realistic and difficult decision." After the spectrum that carried Northern Virginia non-commercial TV licensees WNVC and WNVT was sold in the FCC spectrum auction, MHz had to find a new broadcast home for its DC channels. "In the last eight months we have tried multiple approaches to keep the international channels alive in DC," says Thomas. "We looked at acquiring another license and to other providers for channel carriage. The former ended in too many moving pieces and the latter proved difficult for the cable systems without a must-carry broadcast partner." MHz Worldview remains available nationwide on DirecTV and many public television stations. It will continue to be carried on Cox Communications in the DC area after April 1. Discussions continue with the other cable providers to keep MHz Worldview on air and available for regional viewers.
March 17, 2018
iHeart Files For Bankruptcy
iHeartMedia, the largest internet radio broadcasting company in the US, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Operator of the iHeartRadio music streaming service, iHeart has been saddled by massive debt since its leveraged buyout of billboard company Clear Channel Outdoor in 2008. The company said it had reached an agreement with debt holders to restructure more than $10 billion in debt, about half of its outstanding debt. Locally, iHeart owns or operates more than a dozen radio stations including DC101, Hot 99.5, Big 100, WASH, WMZQ, WPOC, Jack 102.7, and Z104.3.
March 16, 2018
Michael Getler Dies
Michael Getler, a Washington Post foreign correspondent and editor who later led the Paris-based International Herald Tribune and served as an in-house media critic at the Post and PBS, died March 15 at a hospice center in Washington. He was 82.
March 14, 2018
Adam May To Minneapolis
Baltimore news anchor Adam May is leaving his broadcasting career and heading to a "corporate communications" position in his hometown of Minneapolis, according to his Facebook page. In addition to Channel 11/ WBAL, his current position, May worked at Channel 13/ WJZ, a position he left for a stint with Al Jazeera America's flagship show, "America Tonight."
March 11, 2018
Morning Changes At Mix 106.5
Baltimore's hot adult contemporary WWMX, Mix 106.5, hires Bethany Linderman from Albany NY's WGNA, to join Reagan Warfield as co-host of "Mix Mornings." Jon Boesche’ and Katie Rose are no longer a part of the Entercom station's morning show, the company announced late last week. It's unclear if Boesche is completely fired from Entercom though. He said his Satirday show on Entercom's sister sports talker WJZ-FM, 105.7 The Fan, is still on.
March 10, 2018
Stephanie Hart Joins "MotorWeek"
Stephanie Hart has joined the staff of Maryland Public Television's "MotorWeek" as feature reporter and producer for the show's consumer-oriented "FYI" segments. She had been a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor at Channel 9/WUSA. Before that, she worked at TV stations in Minneapolis, West Palm Beach and Fort Myers.
March 7, 2018
WJFK To Carry Nats For 5 More Years
Entercom's WJFK-FM, 106.7 The Fan, and the Washington Nationals announced a five-year agreement to extend its seven-year partnership beginning with the 2018 MLB season. Highlights of the flagship radio agreement include broadcasts of 10 Spring Training games, all regular season games, and all post-season game action, in addition to full pre- and post-game coverage. Play-by-play announcers Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler return for their 13th consecutive season together. Postgame duties will be shared by Phil Wood, and the 106.7 The Fan's Nationals beat reporter, Craig Heist, with select postgame shows hosted by WJFK midday show hosts Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier.
March 7, 2018
WNVC & WNVT To Go Off Air April 1
As of April 1, the over-the-air broadcast frequencies for WNVC and WNVT will no longer be available in the DC metro area. The TV stations' owner, Commonwealth Public Broadcasting, has turned in its licenses to the FCC in exchange for a large financial payout in the spectrum auction. It will use those funds to improve its radio and TV coverage in the Richmond andCharlottesville areas. MHz Networks utilized these two DC area channels to broadcast its international programming known as MHz Worldview. MHz Networks says it is working on arrangements to keep its programming on various cable outlets in the DC area.
February 23, 2018
WAMU To Run DCIST
DCIST, the local news website shut down by billionaire Joe Ricletts in November, is returning thanks to two anonymous donors. It will be operated by American University public radio news talker WAMU. The sister GOTHAMIST and LAIST will also be aligned with local public radio outlet in their respective NYC and LA markets. "As one of the most trusted and reliable news sources serving Washington DC, WAMU connects Washingtonians with each other and the world," says WAMU General Manager JJ Yore. "The addition of DCIST expands the breadth of our local content, and increases our digital presence to better serve our community."
February 21, 2018
WTOP & WWIN Top Area Radio Ratings
The Washington market radio ratings for the month of January. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WHUR, 4) WMMJ, 5) WBIG, 6) WMAL, 7) WASH, 8) WIHT, 9) WKYS, 10) WPGC, 11) WPRS and WMZQ, 13) WRQX, 14) WGTS, 15) WIAD, 16) WETA-FM, 17) WWDC, 18) WJFK-FM, 19) WTEM, 20) WLZL, 21) WFRE and WAVA-FM, 23) WPFW, 24) WWEG and WFMD and WDCN and WAFY, 28) WWRC and WDCH and WBQH and WAVA, 32) WTNT and WOL and WILC. The Baltimore market radio ratings for the month of January. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WPOC, 3) WLIF, 4) WERQ, 5) WWMX, 6) WJZ-FM, 7) WZFT, 8) WYPR, 9) WIYY and WQSR, 11) WZBA, 12) WRBS-FM, 13} WBAL-AM, 14) WCBM, 15) WBJC, 16) WLIF-HD2, 17) WRBS-AM, 18) WCAO and WJZ-AM and WOLB and WQLL and WWMXHD2.
February 20, 2018
Brian Wilson Lands Nashville Gig
Brian Wilson (right), who abruptly departed the morning show at Cumulus news talker WMAL, 105.9/630, in May 2017, resurfaces on the morning show at Cumulus news talker WWTN in Nashville, where he's been doing fill-in work since January. Wilson, whose history includes lengthy DC-based news gigs at Channel 5/WTTG and Fox News Channel, left WMAL under mysteriously unannounced circumstances.
February 14, 2018
Lindsay Czarniak To Joe Gibbs Racing
Former Channel 4/WRC sports reporter and anchor Lindsay Czarniak (right) joins Joe Gibbs Racing's team coverage from Daytona International Speedway leading to this spring's Daytona 500. She is coming off a two-week gig at WRC covering the Super Bowl. Czarniak left DC's NBC station in 2011 for a six-year gig at ESPN. At JGR, Czarniak will produce content for social media, including the organization's Facebook and Instagram offerings.
February 14, 2018
Donna Hamilton To Retire From 11
Veteran Baltimore television news anchor Donna Hamilton will retire on May 23, concluding a 22-year career at Channel 11/WBAL. That's according to a news release the Hearst-owned station posted this morning on Twitter. Hamilton came to Baltimore in 1981 to join Channel 13/WJZ's "Evening Magazine." In 1991, she and her husband, David Paulson, formed a production company in Baltimore that made documentaries. She joined WBAL-TV in 1995 to anchor the station's 5 PM newscast. She now anchors at 5, 6 and 11 PM.
February 8, 2018
Jos Roozen Dies
Jos Roozen, host of WMAL's "Garden Sense" Saturday morning show since 1999, died on February 8. He wase 71 and died in his sleep. Roozen, who was heard on the 8 AM show produced at WMAL's studios with Rick Fowler, owned the Roozen Nursery & Garden Center in Fort Washington MD. The show was syndicated nationally and heard on upwards of three dozen radio stations.
February 5, 2018
WFRE Tops Frederick Again
Aloha Trust's Free Country WFRE, 99.9, tops the Frederick mini-market radio ratings once again. Second place goes to Manning's hot adult contemporary Key 103.1, WAFY. DC all-newser WTOP, with a 103.9 Frederick simulcast, taking third, with Manning's classic hits Eagle WWEG, 106.9, placing fourth. DC alt rocker DC101 takes fifth, followed by Aloha news talker WFMD, 930, in sixth.
February 2, 2018
Jack Gale Dies
Legendary Baltimore radio DJ Jack Gale has died. He worked at "top 40" WITH in the 1960s.
January 31, 2018
Bill Miller Dies
Bill Miller, who was one of several radio personalities who went by the radio name of "Tiger Bob Raleigh" at the old "top 40" WPGC in the 1960s and 1970s, died on January 29 of complications from pneumonia. He also worked at WPOC in Baltimore and at WAFY and WFMD in Frederick.
January 31, 2018
980 Drops ESPN From Name
It's no secret that there are rumors-a-plenty that Redskins owner Dan Snyder's sports talk WTEM is on the market. And we've heard that, so far, no one has offered Snyder the price he wants for it. Last summer, Snyder's Red Zebra radio arm sold WTEM's two FM area simulcast outlets, 92.7 and 94.3. But the now-solo AM 980 signal remains. As of late yesterday, listeners tell us, WTEM's former ESPN 980 moniker is now "The Team 980." There are revamped Facebook and Twitter pages and a new website - theteam980.com - with the new logo (right). The change has caused some to wonder if WTEM and ESPN are getting a divorce. However, we hear from a WTEM source that even though the ESPN name is no longer part of the station's main identification, its relationship with ESPN continues. WTEM will continue to air ESPN Radio programming during weekday evenings and overnights, and on weekends. The WTEM source adds that it is the market's heritage sports talker and for many years was known as SportsTalk 980, without ESPN in its name. We're told that the dropping of ESPN from the station's name is not a sign that WTEM is changing its relationship with the Disney-owned national sports network. More: We're told that the station dropped the ESPN name after ESPN wanted a hefty payment for continued the use of the name in WTEM's logo.
January 30, 2018
ZGS Sells WILC To Carrasco
Arlington-based ZGS sells Spanish WILC, 900 AM, in Laurel for $700,000. The buyer is Wheaton-based ACR Media, which is headed by Alejandro Carrasco, the owner of Spanish WACA, 1540 AM, in Wheaton. ZGS has been leasing WILC to Carrasco since January 2016. With the sale of WILC, which was its only radio station, and all of its TV stations, ZGS is now totally out of broadcast ownership, we're told.
January 24, 2018
XMAS Tunes Boost WASH & WLIF
The Washington market radio ratings for the Holiday month, actually December 7 through January 3. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WASH, 2) WTOP, 3) WAMU, 4) WHUR, 5) WMMJ, 6) WBIG, 7) WPGC and WMAL, 9) WIHT, 10) WKYS, 11) WPRS, 12) WRQX and WIAD, 14) WMZQ and WGTS, 16) WWDC, 17) WETA-FM, 18) WJFK-FM, 19) WLZL, 20) WTEM, 21) WPFW and WFRE, 23) WAVA-FM, 24) WFMD, 25) WDCN and WDCH, 27) WOL and WBQH and WAFY and WACA. The Baltimore market radio ratings for the Holiday month, actually December 7 through January 3. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WLIF, 2) WWIN-FM, 3) WERQ, 4) WPOC, 5) WWMX, 6) WJZ-FM, 7) WQSR, 8) WYPR and WZFT, 10) WIYY, 11) WBAL-AM, 12) WZBA, 13) WRBS-FM, 14) WCBM, 15) WBJC, 16) WLIFHD2, 17) WEAA, 18) WCAO and WRBS-AM, 20) WJZ-AM and WOLB, 21) WQLL and WWIN-AM.
January 21, 2018
John Irving Dies
DC news radio great John Irving died of cancer January 9 at Georgetown University Hospital. In the late 1970s, he was a freelance reporter for Associated Press Radio in Washington. In 1978, he became a reporter for then news-talk WRC-AM. From 1982 to 1995, he was the news director for urban contemporary WKYS, where he also anchored the morning news and interfaced with the likes of Donnie Simpson and Tony Perkins. From 1995 to 2006, Irving worked for Metro Networks, first as the Washington news bureau chief and later as northeast regional news bureau chief. He then moved on to national director of news bureau operations for Metro Networks-Westwood One.
January 17, 2018
Lokay To Replace Perkins On 5
Jim Lokay will be taking over as Tony Perkins' replacement on Channel 5/WTTG's evening newscasts. He started at DC's Fox 5 doing sportscasts.
January 9, 2018
Damon Phillips To NBC Sports Washington
Damon Phillips joins NBC Sports Washington, formerly Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, as general manager, replacing Rebecca Schulte, who announced her resignation in September. Phillips spent 10 years at ESPN overseeing streaming services ESPN3 and WatchESPN. Most recently, he was vice president of ESPN's Technical Product Management department.
January 9, 2018
Discovery To Leave Silver Spring For NYC
Discovery Communications, which helped lead the revitalization of downtown Silver Spring, is leaving Montgomery County, selling its headquarters and moving to New York City, according to a memo Discovery President/Chief Executive David Zaslav sent to staff. It's anticipated that Discovery, which owns the TV channels Animal Planet, TLC, Investigation Discovery, and OWN, will leave its One Discovery Place headquarters building in Silver Spring in 2019. It opened its headquarters in Montgomery County in 2003. Discovery Communications, which employs about 1,300 people full-time locally, recently agreed to acquire Knoxville, Tennessee-based Food Network and HGTV owner Scripps Networks Interactive for $12 billion last July, a deal that is expected to close in early 2018.
January 5, 2018
Rappahannock Media has bought Northern Virginia local news site InsideNoVa.com, two of its affiliated community newspapers, and the rights to publish two military base newspapers from Northern Virginia Media Services.
January 5, 2018
Arlington Wants To Keep WETA
Public television and radio station WETA, which has been actively looking throughout the DC area for a new location for its studio and headquarters, has signed a letter of intent with Arlington County that would keep WETA in Shirlington in exchange for county incentives. If ultimately executed, the deal would allow the county to buy WETA's current studio location at 3620 27th South Street for as much as $8 million for the future expansion of Jennie Dean Park in Four Mile Run Valley. WETA's current headquarters is at 3939 Campbell Avenue in Shirlington Village. Under the terms, WETA will begin design and construction feasibility studies for relocating the studio next to its current headquarters. The letter of intent does not guarantee WETA will stay in Shirlington. If the WETA board of trustees approves the plan, WETA would move forward with selling the studio location to the county within the next two years. The county would make urban design improvements up to $500,000 in the area near the WETA headquarters and would provide WETA with an Economic Development Incentive performance-based grant of up to $150,000 a year for a predetermined period based on job growth and square footage targets. WETA has been based in Arlington since 1961.
January 5, 2018
New Digs For Sun
After 68 years, The Baltimore Sun is moving from its longtime Calvert Street headquarters that it has been located at since 1950 to Sun Park in Port Covington, the location of its printing plant since the 1990s. Tribune sold the Calvert Street property just before announcing it was selling the company to Sinclair Broadcasting, giving the Sun time to make plans on a move. The newspaper and the property are not owned by the same company. The Sun is owned by a Tribune spinoff of its newspapers called Tronc. The Sun's Port Covington location is owned by Kevin Plank's Sagamore Development and The Sun has a long-term lease for the property. It's unclear what plans the current owner of the Calvert Street property has for it.
January 3, 2018
DJ 5'9 Joins KYS Morning Show
Radio One's urban contemporary WKYS, 93.9, welcomes "DJ 5'9" Davis as the new addition to its "The FAM In The Morning" show. Hailing from Orange NJ, DJ 5'9 began honing his craft while attending Virginia State University. His DJ career advanced when he became the official tour DJ for DC rap artist Wale. Since then, he's become one of the DMV's most sought after DJs, according to WKYS. He's spun for brands like Nike, The Museum, DTLR, Adidas, Under Armor, and BET.
January 3, 2018
WTOP Drops CBS News For ABC
Hubbard all-newser WTOP has dropped CBS News Radio in favor of affiliating with ABC Radio News, effective January 1. The switch ends a decades-long partnership between CBS and the nation's top-billing radio station. Top-of-the-hour newscasts on the influential outlet will now be provided by ABC News Radio. WTOP will also carry updates at the bottom of the hour and will be heavy users of the network’s crisis coverage, along with "ABC Newscall" and correspondent two-ways, according to the network. The station will use the ABC News Digital service for its website. The change stems from a business decision, according to Paul Farhi, who covers the news media for the Washington Post. "ABC took fewer ad slots than CBS, giving WTOP more time to sell its ads," Farhi wrote in a post on Twitter. Inside Radio adds that WTOP isn't the only new affiliate ABC rang in the New Year with. The network also added iHeart's news talk WBZ Boston, Cox's news talk WSB-AM Atlnta, and Entercom news talk WRVA Richmond.
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