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WMAL Tops June Radio Ratings For DC - 7/8 - June radio ratings. Full-day, age 6+. Washington: 1) WMAL, 2) WTOP, 3) WMMJ, 4) WHUR, 5) WAMU, 6) WASH, 7) WETA-FM, 8) WIHT, 9) WWDC, 10) WIAD, 11) WPGC, 12) WBIG and WGTS, 14) WMZQ, 15) WKYS, 16) WLZL, 17) WPRS, 18) WJFK-FM, 19) WTEM and WLVW, 21) WDCN. Baltimore: 1) WWIN-FM 2) WERQ and WPOC, 4) WIYY, 5) WQSR, 6) WZBA, 7) WLIF, 8) WBAL-AM, 9) WYPR, 10) WWMX, 11) WCBM, 12) WJZ-FM, 13) WZFT, 14) WBJC, 15) WEAA, 16) WCAO, 17) WQLL, 18) WJZ-AM.....

Sinclair To Start National News Channel - 6/17 - Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group announces that it will be launching a headline news service scheduled to premiere in early 2021. "This new program will report on the news as it happens, providing dynamic and timely journalism and insight into the most important stories happening each day," according to an announcement from the company, which owns Baltimore's WBFF and DC's WJLA. In the initial phase, the headline news service will air weekday mornings from 6 AM to 9 AM across Sinclair's CW and My Network affiliates, as well as on STIRR, Sinclair's free, over-the-top streaming platform.....

Dude Walker Now On Fox - 6/16 - DCRTV hears from DC-Baltimore area radio and TV voice legend Dude Walker who tells us that he's the in-show narrator for "Celebrity Watch Party" on Fox Thursday nights. "It's been a ball recording from my home studio on Wednesday, and watching the show the next day," he says.....


WEAA's Tyra Womack Killed In Front Of Baltimore Home - 6/12 - Tyra Womack, 57, a gospel radio show host at Baltimore's WEAA, 88.9, was killed June 10. Baltimore police said Womack was shot just steps away from her Baltimore home after returning from an evening walk with her son. Womack's son wasn't hit, however she was struck multiple times. WBAL-TV reports that police issued a statement: "This was a senseless, tragic murder, as many are, and it appears to have stemmed from a neighbor dispute. Investigators began receiving information almost immediately and have identified a person of interest." Womack was remembered for her decades-long work at WEAA, the voice of Morgan State University's School Of Global Journalism And Communication. She was featured every Sunday on its flagship show, "Gospel Grace Afternoon".....

WMAL Again Tops DC Radio Ratings - 6/10 - The Washington DC radio ratings for the month of May. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WMAL, 2) WTOP, 3) WAMU, 4) WMMJ, 5) WETA-FM, 6) WHUR, 7) WASH, 8) WIHT, 9) WPGC, 10) WGTS and WKYS and WWDC, 13) WBIG and WIAD, 15) WMZQ, 16) WJFK, 17) WPRS, 18) WLZL, 19) WTEM, 20) WLVW. Baltimore: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WERQ, 3) WIYY, 4) WPOC, 5) WZBA, 6) WBAL-AM, 7) WQSR and WYPR, 9) WLIF, 10) WCBM, 11) WWMX, 12) WJZ-FM, 13) WBJC, 14) WZFT, 15) WEAA.....

Bob Bartolomeo Dies - 6/9 - Bob "Bart" Bartolomeo, 65, died June 7 at his Clairton PA home after a battle with cancer. In 40-year career, he worked in DC as managing director of affiliate relations for United Stations from 1986 to 1989 and from 1984 to 1986 was director of affiliate relations. Additionally, he was on-air for WMZQ from 1984 to 1987. During his radio career, Bartolomeo also worked for Unistar, Westwood One, Premiere, TRN, CNN, Jim Rome, Don Imus, Mancow, FNN, and CNBC.....

Bob Steele Attacked - 6/6 - Former DC and Eastern Shore radio personality Bob Steele gets punched in the face by a Black Lives Matter demonstrator who was blocking I-70 near Frederick on Friday, June 5. Check out his account of this frightening situation in the DCRTV June 6 Mailbag.....

New "Sonic Identity" For WTOP - 6/1 - Hubbard all-newser WTOP rolls out its new "sonic identity" on June 1. Listeners will notice "a bold new imaging package integrated with WTOP's news reports, traffic, weather and more," according to a WTOP news release. "Anchored by a vibrant and memorable sonic logo, the comprehensive suite of musical themes gives a sleek, modern edge to the WTOP brand and sets it firmly in line with today’s radio, media and tech landscape." WTOP collaborated with Seattle-based ReelWorld to develop "the unmistakable new sound" along with ReelWorld's co-founder Erik Huber. The package consists of 10 unique themes, covering all essential station benchmarks from top-of-hour to traffic, business, sports, breaking news, and more. Audio and package details are available at reelworld.com.....

WPGC's Tony Redz Dies - 5/31 - Urban contemporary WPGC, 95.5, personality Tony Redz has died. No other details are available. WPGC morning radio show host Sunni And The City confirmed his passing by way of WPGC host DJ Flexx on Twitter Thursday, May 28. Tony Redz, who was also known as Mr. 24/7, was a DC native who graduated from Howard University. He was well known in the go-go music community. More at fox5dc.com.....

WPGC's Tony Redz Dies - 5/31 - Urban contemporary WPGC, 95.5, personality Tony Redz has died. No other details are available. WPGC morning radio show host Sunni And The City confirmed his passing by way of WPGC host DJ Flexx on Twitter Thursday, May 28. Tony Redz, who was also known as Mr. 24/7, was a DC native who graduated from Howard University. He was well known in the go-go music community. More at fox5dc.com.....

CBS Cuts 2 At 13 - 5/31 - Reporters Mike Schuh and Pat Warren are out at CBS-owned Channel 13/WJZ. We're told that it's part of a major CBS budget cut. More at baltimoresun.com.....

WAMU's Andi McDaniel To Chicago - 5/19 - Andi McDaniel, who, since 2015, has been chief content officer at DC public radio news talker WAMU, 88.5, heads to Chicago to be president and CEO of Chicago Public Media, which runs that city's public radio news talker WBEZ. In her five years at the American University-owned NPR outlet, she is credited with developing the nationally-syndicated late morning news talk show "1A".....

Barton Eckert Dies - 5/15 - DCRTV hears that longtime DC TV and radio news personality Barton Eckert died May 14. He was 75. No details yet. Eckert was a news anchor and reporter at Channel 5/WTTG in the 1970s and 1980s. In the most recent past, he anchored weekends at WTOP radio and did work for Westwood One. More soon.....

WMAL Tops DC Radio Ratings - 5/13 - It's been a long time since WMAL topped the DC ratings. But it happened in the April numbers. With news talkers taking the three top spots. Full-day, age 6+. Washington: 1) WMAL, 2) WAMU, 3) WTOP, 4) WMMJ, 5) WETA-FM, 6) WHUR, 7) WASH, 8) WGTS, 9) WWDC, 10) WBIG and WPGC, 12) WKYS, 13) WIHT, 14) WIAD, 15) WMZQ, 16) WJFK-FM, 17) WLZL and WPRS, 19) WDCN, 20) WLVW and WTEM. Baltimore: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WERQ, 3) WBAL-AM, 4) WZBA, 5) WYPR, 6) WLIF, 7) WIYY, 8) WQSR, 9) WPOC, 10) WCBM, 11) WJZ-FM, 13) WWMX, 14) WBJC, 15) WEAA, 16) WZFT, 17) WDCH, 18) WCAO, 19) WQLL and WJZ-AM.....

Tommy McFly & Kelly Collis To Start Syndicated Radio Show - 5/13 - United Stations says it will distribute "The Tommy and Kelly Show" to radio stations nationwide. The weekday program features Tommy McFly and Kelly Collis who were paired for nearly a decade in mornings on Entercom's WIAD, 94.7, back when it was hot adult contemporary Fresh FM. McFly also has worked at the former Mix 107.3, then WRQX. The new syndicated show is called an "evolution" of 94.7's "The Tommy Show." The new program is being marketed for morning and afternoon dayparts on hot adult contemporary, adult contemporary, and country formated stations. United Stations plans to soon announces affiliates for the new show. No word if someone will pick it up in the DC area. Stay tuned.....

Colleen Carew Returns To WZBA - 5/12 - Colleen Carew has rejoined Baltimore classic rocker WZBA, 100.7 The Bay, as morning personality, replacing Steven "Stash" Ash. Carew previously worked at WZBA from 2003 to 2017, with the last 11 years as WZBA's midday host.....

Rob Carson Starts Newsmax Show - 5/8 - Former WRQX afternoon man Rob Carson begins his Newsmax TV hosting this weekend, of "What In The World Is Going On with Rob Carson", which airs at 4 PM Saturday and 7:30 Sunday. On DirecTV, Newsmax is channel 349.....

Jenn White To Host WAMU's "1A" - 5/7 - Jenn White has been selected as the new host of WAMU's nationally syndicated NPR talk show "1A." She replaces Joshua Johnson, who left the show in December for a gig at MSNBC. White comes from Chicago public radio talker WBEZ, where she hosts the station's midday talk program "Reset." She also hosted WBEZ's critically acclaimed podcasts "Making Oprah" and "Making Obama." Her first day on "1A" will be July 6. "1A" was created by WAMU in 2017 "to build on the legacy of deep, civil discourse" reflected by the "The Diane Rehm Show".....

FCC Fines Sinclair - 5/7 - Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group faces a record $48 million civil penalty to resolve three investigations by the Federal Communications Commission, including one stemming from its failed 2018 merger with Tribune Media. More at baltimoresun.com.....

Rob Carson's New Newsmax Show - 5/5 - DC radio veteran Rob Carson's "What In The World?" debuts this weekend on Newmax TV. "It's NOT a desk pounding political show. It makes point with humor which is sorrowfully needed in the media right now," Carson, who spent much of his local radio career on hot adult contemporary WRQX, Mix 107.3, tells us. "Late night TV is dominated by one political ideology. My show leans conservative, but it's genuinely entertaining for anyone." Carson says that his new show will run several times over the weekend. "For those who've been good enough to follow and encourage me, thank you so much. This is going to be great fun," he adds.....

Stash Gone From ZBA - 5/2 - DCRTV hears that Baltimore rock radio veteran Stash, aka Steven Ash, is no longer at Charm City classic rocker The Bay, 100.7, WZBA. He tells us: "I wanted you to hear it from me. Today (Friday 5/1) was my last day at 100.7 The Bay doing mornings. It's amicable and I wish everyone there nothing but laugh. I am not retired and I will be back on the radio soon somewhere. Probably giving someone a bargain ha ha!" More as we hear it.....

Viral Ad Slump Cuts At WTOP - 5/2 - Trade pub All Access reports that the advertising slump from all the closings and furloughs caused by the coronavirus scare has caused Hubbard all-newser WTOP to cut at least five full-time positions. Including Lisa Wolfe, editor-in-chief at sister Federal news talker WFED. Other cuts hit WTOP's advertising, web development, and production departments. Four other open positions will not be filled, and independent WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath and WFED "Ask The CIO" host John Thomas Flynn are on the way out. All Access adds that Senior Vice President/General Manager Joel Oxley will oversee WFED with Executive Editor Jason Miller for now.....

Olivia Garvey To 7 - 4/21 -Olivia Garvey joins Channel 7/WJLA as a sports anchor and reporter. She comes from KMIR-TV in Palm Springs CA and will join DC's ABC7 in June. Her career includes stints at the NFL Network, the LA Dodgers network, SportsNet LA, and Spectrum Sports.....

March Radio Ratings - 4/17 - Local radio ratings for the month of March. Full-day, age 6+. Washington: 1) WAMU, 2) WTOP, 3) WMAL, 4) WMMJ, 5) WHUR, 6) WASH, 7) WETA-FM, 8) WIHT, 9) WGTS, 10) WBIG and WIAD, 12) WWDC, 13) WKYS and WPGC, 15) WMZQ, 16) WJFK, 17) WPRS, 18) WLZL, 19) WLVW, 20) WTEM. Baltimore: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WERQ, 3) WLIF, 4) WPOC, 5) WYPR, 6) WQSR and WZBA, 8) WBAL-AM, 9) WIYY, 10) WWMX, 11) WCBM, 12) WJZ-FM, 13) WZFT, 14) WEAA, 15) WBJC.....

Johnny Holliday Awarded - 4/17 - Johnny Holliday, in his 41st year as the radio play-by-play "voice" of the University Of Maryland Terrapins, has been voted as the third winner of the Woody Durham Voice of College Sports Award. The voting was done by a select panel of National Sports Media Association members, most of whom are also radio play-by-play broadcasters. The award is scheduled to be presented on June 29 at the 61st NSMA awards banquet in Winston-Salem NC.....

Mike Buchanan Dies - 4/16 - Longtime veteran Channel 9/WUSA news reporter and anchor Mike Buchanan (right) died April 16 of a heart attack at his home in Bethany Beach DE. He was 78. From colleague Bruce Leshan's Twitter feed: "So sorry to learn of the passing of former WUSA 9 anchor and reporter Mike Buchanan. He was the best, funniest, and most connected colleague. Responsible for breaking many of the biggest stories in DC. Love you Mike." Before joining WUSA (then WTOP-TV) in the 1970s, Buchanan worked at WTOP radio. According to wtop.com, it was Buchanan who was the first to report that the motive behind John Hinckley's assassination attempt on then-President Ronald Reagan in 1981 was to impress actress Jodie Foster. He also broke the news of the details surrounding the overdose death of star basketball player Len Bias. Buchanan was best known as a crime reporter who had unique access to police sources. "Just about every police officer in Washington DC, a lot of firefighters and law enforcement throughout the region, all knew Mike. They knew they could trust him," said Dave Statter, who worked with Buchanan at WUSA.....

Hot 99.5's Kane Canned, Kind Of - 4/13 - Updated. DCRTV hears that morning man Kane is out at DC's Hot 99.5, WIHT, and iHeart sister contemporary hits outlet in Baltimore, Z104,3, WZFT. He has been erased from the stations' website line-ups and replaced with "Your Morning Show." Also, we're told that Premiere's syndicated "Club Kane" is being hosted by Cruz through the end of the month and then will be discontinued. More: We hear that Kane show co-hosts Riley, Rose, Intern John and Erick will continue to be heard on Hot 99.5 mornings. And: iHeart DC market manager Jeff Kapugi tells trade pub All Access: "Although Kane will still be a part of the iHeart family, he will no longer appear on the Hot 99.5 morning show. We appreciate all he has contributed and built over the last 14 years." No word from Kapugi on Kane's future role at iHeart.....

WTEM Cuts Steve Solomon - 4/11 - DCRTV hears that Steve Solomon was one of the layoffs at Urban One's sports talk WTEM, 980, this week. After nearly 20 years at the station, he was most-recently a producer and sidekick with Steve Czaban's show. Solomon is now doing a daily podcast at patreon.com/SteveSolomon. Another change at WTEM: Al Galdi's 6 AM "Morning Blitz" is no more. WTEM's schedule is now bumped up an hour. Galdi will still be paired with "Doc" Walker, now at 9 AM....

Layoffs At Urban One - 4/8 - DCRTV hears about some layoffs at DC-based Urban One, which owns Radio One. In the mix they laid off longtime morning show host Winston Chaney who has had the morning show on DC's WYCB, 1340, for 36 years. As well as DC radio veteran Denise Hill. More as we hear it.....

Public TVers Launch At-Home Learning Service - 4/6 - Maryland Public Television is partnering with DC area public TV stations to launch its At-Home Learning initiative. This first-ever educational collaboration of the region's public TV stations - MPT, WETA and WHUT - supports students and families throughout the Maryland/Washington DC metro area. "The initiative offers access to an expanded schedule of free educational resources, both on-air and online, regardless of access to broadband. The three stations are fostering continuity of learning during the coronavirus emergency by selecting and broadcasting valuable and trusted content specifically targeted to children in all educational settings from Pre-K through the 12th grade," according to a release from MPT. The program schedule and all additional resources can be found at thinkport.org.....

Jason Kidd's Drive Gig Ends - 4/4 - DCRTV hears that DC-Baltimore radio veteran Jason Kidd has announced on his Facebook page that he has been cut from the morning show on Entercom classic hits WIAD, 94.7 The Drive.....

Jack Diamond Back On The Air - 3/30 - DCRTV hears that DC area radio legend Jack Diamond has been back on the air working the morning shift at Hagerstown's classic hits WWEG, 106.9 The Eagle. He has been filling in for Kevin Kash, the station's regular morning guy.....

3 Talkers Take Top Of DC Radio Ratings - 3/21 - The local radio ratings for the month of February. Full-day, age 6+. Washington: 1) WAMU and WTOP, 3) WMAL, 4) WMMJ, 5) WASH, 6) WHUR, 7) WGTS, 8) WETA-FM, 9) WIHT, 10) WBIG, 11) WWDC, 12) WIAD, 13) WKYS, 14) WMZQ, 15) WPGC, 16) WPRS, 17) WJFK, 18) WLZL, 19) WDCN, 20) WTEM. Baltimore: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WLIF, 3) WERQ, 4) WIYY, 5) WPOC, 6) WQSR, 7) WYPR, 8) WBAL-AM, 9) WZBA, 10) WWMX, 11) WJZ-FM, 12) WCBM, 13) WZFT, 14) WEAA, 15) WBJC.....

Coronavirus Case At VOA - 3/20 - The Voice Of America has confirmed the first case of coronavirus in one of its employees. Laboratory testing confirmed this diagnosis. The individual was last in the VOA headquarters building on March 11, became sick, went home and immediately went for testing which was performed the following day. The individual is in good condition and is isolated to prevent spread of infection to others.....

Simulated Sports Match-Ups In Viral Age - 3/20 - Monumental Sports Network and NBC Sports Washington will present one-hour video game simulations of previously scheduled Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals games through Take-Two Interactive's NBA 2K20 and EA Sports' NHL 20, respectively, beginning this weekend. The artificial intelligence gameplay will be presented in alignment with the teams' remaining schedules of postponed regular-season games, including opponents and dates. The matchups will be televised on NBCSW, and available via its streaming platforms, and streamed on Monumental Sports Network via monumentalsportsnetwork.com or via its apps on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, and Xbox.....

NCRTV Museum Postpones Spring Gala - 3/16 - "As required by the governor of the state of Maryland and to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved, we have made the decision to reschedule our Spring Gala - scheduled to take place Saturday, March 21, 2020 - to a new date of Saturday, October 3, 2020," says Sherise Malachi, executive director of the Bowie-based National Capital Radio TV Museum. "The NCRTV board and staff would like to thank all of our gala attendees, sponsors, volunteers, silent auction donors and the entire broadcasting community for their ongoing support. The gala is the highlight of the year for the museum as it helps us to continue to develop educational programs for the youth and teach all generations about the history of television and radio." She adds that all tributes, registrations, and sponsorships will be carried over and fully transferable to the new date. If you have any questions call the museum at 301-390-1020 or email smalachi@ncrtv.org. The muesum is currently closed due to the current corona virus crisis.....

Matt Davis To WZBA - 3/13 - Matt Davis joins Baltimore class rocker WZBA, 100.7 The Bay for middays. He's worked at cross town rocker WIYY, 98 Rock, in addition to WXRK New York City, WYSP Philadelphia, and Sirius/XM Radio. Davis starts March 23.....

Junks Joke About Quarantine After Building Worker Tests Positive For Corona - 3/13 - The "Sports Junkies" announced on WJFK, 106.7 The Fan, that an employee at another firm who works in their 1015 Half Street SW DC office building they broadcast from has tested positive for COVD-19, allegedly prompting CBS Enterom to send an email to their employees there to immediately seek testing. However, Chris Kinnard, program director for WJFK sets the record straight: "No email went out telling employees to get tested, and no one has been tested. The issue with another company has nothing to do with Entercom. The Junkies were joking. This is not a story. Our whole lineup is live from our building." Across town, staff at Cumulus news talker WMAL, 105.9, are concerned about their exposure at CPAC to an attendee who tested positive. Chris Plante took a day off air to self quarantine after being in the same room with the infected attendee, we're told.....

NAB Cancels April Confab Due To Virus Scare - 3/11 - From Deadline: The National Association of Broadcasters annual convention in Las Vegas is off in April because of concerns over the coronavirus. The DC-based trade group's president, Gordon Smith, wrote in a letter to attendees, "In the interest of addressing the health and safety concerns of our stakeholders and in consultation with partners throughout the media and entertainment industry, we have decided not to move forward with NAB Show in April. We are currently considering a number of potential alternatives to create the best possible experience for our community." The convention, held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, is one of the bigger gatherings in the city each year, drawing an attendance of more than 91,000 last year.....

Wendell Goler Dies - 3/5 - DCRTV hears that former Fox News White House correspondent Wendell Goler died Tuesday, March 3, in the Dominican Republic. He was 71. More soon.....

Tornado Hits Brian Wilson's House In Nashville - 3/4 - Former WMAL host Brian Wilson called his former "Mornings On The Mall" co-host Larry O'Connor Tuesday to report his home had been damaged in the tornado that hit Nashville Tuesday morning. Wilson hosts a morning show on a Nashville news talker.....

Former 9 Weatherman Gordon Barnes Has Died - 3/3 - Former longtime Channel 9/WUSA weatherman Gordon Barnes (right) died December 17 in Texas. He was 87. Barnes had been forecasting weather on TV for more than 40 years, including a lengthy stint at WUSA in the 1970s and 1980s. A native of Bermuda, he received his weather and flight training with Pan American World Airways. Barnes was the only professional meteorologist to work with Walter Cronkite and was a part of the CBS Apollo Mission Television Team. More at dignitymemorial.com.....

Chris Matthews Suddenly Resigns From "Hardball" - 3/3 - Longtime MSNBC host Chris Matthews abruptly retired from his DC-based "Hardball" show on March 2, apologizing for making inappropriate comments about women and following a brutal week where he also took heat from supporters of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. His exit came after a weekend of discussions with his bosses, three days after GQ ran a column by a freelance journalist about her "own sexist run-in" with Matthews in the makeup room before appearing on his show. Matthews opened his program with the announcement, talking in his familiar staccato style, that he was ending his run on the political talk show he started in 1997. After a commercial break, he was replaced in the anchor chair by a shaken Steve Kornacki. "This is the last 'Hardball' on MSNBC, and obviously this isn't for lack of interest in politics," Matthews said. More from AP.....

Hollander Joins Orioles Radio & TV Teams - 3/2 - Brett Hollander leaves his afternoon slot at Baltimore news talker WBAL, 1090/101.5, to join the Baltimore Orioles radio and TV team. Hollander's contract with WBAL radio expired. He will appear on MASN's Orioles broadcasts and be heard on the Orioles Radio Network via sports talker WJZ-FM, 105.7 The Fan. Hollander anchored WBAL's Orioles coverage when the team aired on that station from 2011 to 2014.....

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