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Rants from 2007.....

12/31 - It's out annual year-end In/Out list.....
IN (2008)/OUT (2007)
Mike/Don
WCBM/WBAL
Fresh 94.7/The Globe 94.7
9 News Now/News 4
Politico/Fox News
Grandy/Andy
Disco 107.7/3WT
La Luna/El Zol
Flounder/Elliot
The gay Junkie/The other three Junkies
WFBR/WJFK-AM
Savannah/Wendy
Test Pattern/WDCA
Howard Bernstein/Will Thomas
WASH/Mix 107.3
California Pizza Kitchen WTOPGENC/Ledo Pizza WTOPGENC
Nigel/Burd
Core/Kornheiser
WGTB/WCSP
Hot 106.5/Mix 106.5
Lesli Foster/Tracey Neale
Buzz Burbank/John Gibson
ED/HD
Neil Diamond/Jack Diamond
Teapot Tim/Kane
Loo/Lori
Ed Norris/Ron Smith
Stash/Mickey
Sirius/XM
Discovery Hollywood/Discovery Silver Spring
TC/JC
Julie Wright/Lisa Baden
Over-The-Air/Comcast
AM Stereo/HD Radio
98 Rock/DC101
North Bethesda Town Center/WMAL Transmitter Site
Dead Zebra/Red Zebra
TMZ/Fox5 News
Sinclair Gas/Sinclair Broadcasting
Morris Jones/Mike Walter
NPR/EIB
Cartoon Network/Channel 2
WTMD/WRNR
queerclick.com/drudgereport.com
Washington Blade/Washington City Paper
Benny Hill/Rush Limbaugh
Max Wyatt/Steve Hershorn
Written Ratings Diaries/PPM
Joy Leopla/Marty Bass
Mark/Kirk
John Maynard/Paul Farhi
WPOC/WMZQ
Tammi Darvish/Crystal Koons
Frank Herzog/Larry Michael
Dave Feldman/Brett Haber
MPT/MTV
Hillary Clinton/Rupert Murdoch
WGTS/WAVA
Brian Wilson/Brian Wilson
Jay Beattie/Warren Beatty
Happy New Year everyone!

12/28 - My choices for the "top 10" local radio developments of 2007:
(10) The birth of commercial gospel FMer Praise 104.1, WPRS.....
(9) Sad passings: DC area bluegrass radio legend and WAMUer Red Shipley in October, DC area progressive rock radio legend and WHFS founder Jake Einstein in September, and DC area radio/TV legend Milt Grant in May.....
(8) The "almost sale" of Christian contemporary WGTS to Minnesota Public Radio.....
(7) The demise of classic rock WARW and the birth of "green" alt rockish The Globe.....
(6) The continued turmoil at and ratings slump of Baltimore talker WBAL radio.....
(5) The fall and rise of Don Imus, who was heard on WTNT and attracted many DC media politicos.....
(4) The demise of Washington Post Radio and the birth of talker and sports-ish 3WT.....
(3) The sale of ABC's radio stations - WMAL, WRQX, and WJZW - to Citadel. Looks like the fallout will have to wait until '08.....
(2) The demise of commercial classical legend WGMS and the re-birth of non-commercial classical WETA-FM.....
(1) The almost-done satellite radio deal to merge DC's XM with NYC's Sirius.....

12/28 - Am I the only one who thinks the "Names And Faces" vacation replacement gossip column in the Washington Post is light years better than the often silly "Reliable Source" stuff from those two dippy gals. Those are two salaries the Post could cut and improve the weak Style section at the same time.....

12/27 - Look, we've always liked David Burd. But, you know, as Tony Kornheiser's substitute host, Marc "Nigel" Sterne does just fine as the head of 3WT's 8 AM "posse".....

12/26 - Yes, that's DC TV and radio veteran Frank Herzog (right) in the new "National Treasure 2: Book Of Secrets" movie. The current WTOP news anchor, who used to be the radio voice of the Redskins and a sports anchor at Channels 9 and 7, appears with star Nicolas Cage, who is talking to the president, played by Bruce Greenwood, at his birthday party at Mount Vernon. As they are looking at a map at George Washington's home, Herzog walks up and says: "Happy Birthday, Mr. President," and the president says: "Thanks, Frank." Also, Herzog played a dance contest judge in 2006's "Step Up," which was filmed in Baltimore.....

12/26 - Local cable TV giant Comcast has been running ads touting "over 200 HD programming choices at any given time." Using Comcast's math, that includes "over 100 hours of HD movies and shows available any time" on its video-on-demand service. I guess, technically, Comcast is right. But the Average Dave (like me) will find, in reality, that his local Comcast system offers about 25 high-def channels, with about six of those local signals (technically) able to be received for free via an antenna, without cable. And, not all of those 25 channels are in HD all the time. Many, especially the local channels, frequently run standard-def programming. And even some of those cable-only HD channels, like TBS and A&E, often merely "stretch" standard-def programming to make it "fit" the widescreen. Not "real" HD. Yeah, Comcast does offer many HD programs On-Demand, including a batch of movies at $5 a pop. But it would probably be more fair to the consumer if Comcast would stick to bragging about how many fulltime HD channels it offers and not how many "programming choices" provided. Using Comcast's math, a single HD channel like HBO-HD could be said to offer 20 "programming choices" per day or 600 per month, if you count each program and movie as a "choice." Something kinda fishy about that kind of calculation.....

12/24 - DCRTV is undoubtedly the most influential DC and Baltimore area media website. And, while we received countless Christmas greetings from many individuals who work at area TV and radio stations, we received only one official station Christmas card this year. From Channel 50/WDCW, Washington's CW station. We did get some nice plastic neon ice cubes from Comcast. But as far as official corporate greetings go, that's about it. Nothing from 4, 5/20/24, 7/NC8, 9, or 26. Or 2, 11, 13, or 45/54. Or from all those wonderful (and not so wonderful) radio stations we cover all year. Nothing from MASN, XM, CSPAN, or Discovery. So, in 2008, when those cuts come and/or those format flips materialize, don't expect us to get all that upset about it. Unless, of course, Zell sells 50. Then we might shed a tear. Oh, as for all you local media PR folks - hope you're renting. Having to sell in 2008's depressed real estate market could be a bitch.....

12/21 - Stopped by the Reston Hollywood Video on Friday and found a Channel 7/ NewsChannel 8 truck out front and a few hundred people in a line snaking through the store waiting for Wii thingos. I scanned the line for someone looking like Don Geronimo, a confessed computer game nerd, but didn't see him. Oh well..... On his WMAL show today, late morning talker Chris Core charged that the huge drug companies are doing big-budget ad campaigns to create demand for high-profit prescription drugs from consumers who beg their doctors for drugs that they don't really need. Man, nice to hear some "truth" on WMAL for a change. Oh, one thing he didn't mention - a lot of those ad dollars are going to radio stations like WMAL. Chris, you got balls.....

12/20 - A DCRTVer tells us: "Steve Ash gave a live (via phone) on-air interview with the 98 Rock morning show this morning, and 'Stash' said he is fine. He is doing well, he is happy with all of the support from everybody, and he will indeed be back sometime in 2008 at the station... He said members of the Harford County emergency services department saved his life. 'Stash' sounded positive, upbeat, and eager to get back on the air fulltime." The WIYY afternoon man spent 10 days in intensive care for severe head trauma after a 12/4 fall at his Bel Air home. He's now in a physical rehabilitation facility.....

12/19 - Some 2008 radio change predictions from our cracked crystal (Koons) ball. OK, they probably won't happen, but it's fun to have delusional dreams. Enjoy.....
FM
88.1 - Balto's WYPR talker makes deal with UofMD for College Park relay into DC
90.9 - WETA news talk restored, classical moves to 91.9
91.9 - WGMS classical, WETA buys WGTS, Christian contemp moves to Salem's 105.1
92.5 - WNVR Northern Virginia Radio, news and talk, goodbye WINC
92.7 - WPRS gospel Praise 92.7, Dan Snyder sells to Radio One, from 104.1
93.9 - WKYS puts weak Radio One sister talker WOL on HD2 channel
94.3 - WRNR adult alternative rock relay from Warrenton, sold by Dan Snyder
94.7 - CBS's WJFK "Just For Kicks" guy talk and sports talk, moves from 106.7
95.9 - RO's WHVN, becomes gospel Heaven 95.9, with 600 going talk, urban AC to 104.3
97.9 - Hearst sells 98 Rock to Clear Channel, keeps format, puts Elliot in AM, M&A to 105.7
99.1 - CBS's real progressive rock WHFS, remains of The Globe from 94.7, covers Balto
99.9 - CC's Frederick's WFRE goes classic country, marketed to DC
100.3 - CC's sports talk WTEM, from 980, assumes Dan Snyder's Redskins Radio
100.7 - Baltimore's Hot Hits 101, WZBA, bought by Clear Channel
102.3 - RO spends a few suburban promo dollars on MMJ, ad billing triples
103.9 - Bonneville's oldies and sports 3WT
104.1 - B'ville's oldies and sports 3WT, Radio One sale cancelled, gospel to 92.7
104.3 - CC's WSMJ becomes adult urban contempory with flip of WWIN-FM to gospel
105.1 - WGTS Christian contemp, Salem acquires WGTS programming, moves talk to 730
105.5 - DC area relay for Balto's AAA WTMD (that's already happened, nevermind)
105.7 - CBS's WJZ-FM, talk and sports talk, M&A to afternoons, WHFS calls back to 99.1
106.7 - CBS's Spanish/English hits, the Nueva El Zol WLZL, from 99.1, JFK to 94.7
107.7 - Bonneville's oldies and sports 3WT
AM
570 - CC's nostalgic Vegas Radio, also on 1260, talker WTNT to 980
600 - Clear Channel's WCAO goes talk, gospel goes to Radio One's 95.9
630 - WMAL, Imus to mornings, Grandy & Andy to afternoon drive
730 - WAVA, Christian news/talk, Dan Snyder sells to Salem
780 - WAVB, more Christian news/talk, Salem moves WAVA calls to 730
820 - back to all-news WTOP relay, takes WTOP calls
860 - MD DOT buys signal from Family, starts Baltimore Traffic Radio
980 - CC's news talk WTNT from 570, news dept feeding FMers, sports WTEM to 100.3
1050 - Bonneville's WLVS, Elvis 1050, 1950s oldies, WFED to 1500
1090 - becomes all-news, Hearst sells WBAL to Bonneville, 600 picks up talk
1260 - CC's nostalgic Vegas Radio, also on 570, WWRC's talk remains go to 980
1300 - CBS's WJZ-AM, talk and sports talk
1400 - RO's WWIN-AM now in parallel with gospel 95.9
1500 - Bonneville's Federal News Radio, now 50,000-watts, from 1050 AM
1580 - CBS's WDGR Don Geronimo Radio oldies, post-JFK retirement for DG

12/18 - Could DC-based lefty morning man Bill Press take over the morning gig on lefty Air America? The Talking Radio blog tells that us the the Young Turks show will be dropped from the Air America next month. "Why are the Turks and AAR calling this an amicable separation. And why is lib talk show host Bill Press smiling?" Press is heard on Clear Channel's Progressive Talk 1260, WWRC.....

12/18 - Bad vibes. That's why Tracey Neale didn't succeed at 9. Too many "e's" in her name. The TV news universe didn't like it. Tracey Neale should drop at least one "e" from her name - probably the last one. Become "Tracey Neal." Give the "e" to Lesli Foster, who definitely could use it. She could become "Leslie." That would restore proper balance to the 9 News Now galaxy. Now, about about Derek McGinty becoming a "Derrick"? The universe might like that spelling more - and better ratings would be the reward. What about new anchor Anita Brikman? Maybe "Brickman" would be better? Another thing - how about giving Mike Walter a completely new name. I got it - let's now call him "Morris Jones".....

12/17 - DCRTV hears that Channel 7/WJLA news anchor Alison Starling is in the midst of negotiations for a new contract with the Allbritton ABC affiliate. The word is that she's asking for more money. Duh.....

12/16 - Channel 9's Howard Bernstein (right) doing a winter weather report Sunday morning from Frederick County. What's the point of doing news in hi-def when you don't clean the low-def weather crap off the camera lens? Hmmm.....

12/13 - Continued proof that Style remains the Washington Post's sick sister. The dippy gossip gals at "Reliable Source" today scoop everyone about a man who looks like U2's Bono at BWI. Not Bono, mind you, a look-a-like. This is gossip? Well, at least no "what they were eating/wearing" reports about C-list celebs today from "RS." Then 14 (count 'em) graphs from Lisa "I Continue To Ignore DC Media" de Moraes about how the writers' strike may sideline the Golden Globes. Do we really care that much? And, top it off with a nice big, page-hogging pic of the cast of "Grey's Anatomy" picking up their Globes at last year's (!) ceremony. If I was a tree, I'd have been really pissed to have given my life for such third-rate crap from such a clueless, out of-touch rag.....

12/13 - DCRTV hears that former WMAL sales legend Bob Bowen was honored at the Dancing Crab on Wisconsin Avenue Wednesday night. Bowen, long retired, was a volunteer helper for the DC Police Boys And Girls Clubs after he left radio. He's moving back to his hometown in Wisconsin. Among those attending the celebration were legendary in their own right: Bill Mayhugh, Bill Trumbull, Ed Walker, Andy Ochershausen, Len Deibert, Ted Landphair, Chris Core, John Lyon, Frank Harden, and many of the former WMAL sales staff, and lots of old clients Bowen called on in his years in the radio sales biz.....

12/12 - Ever since I got a new HDTV last month, I've been again watching the local newscasts in new digital clarity. Yesterday, one local reporter warned me that a pimple can grow into a deadly flesh-eating virus. Another screamed that a simple cough could be transformed into deadly pneumonia. And, another frighteningly hyped that the killer ice storm in the Midwest is "coming our way." Of course, no mention that it would be harmless rain here. I just remembered why I gave up watching these idiots a few years ago. From now on, my HDTV viewing will exclude local "scarecasts." Back to Chris Matthews, BBC America, ESPN, and the Science Channel for me.....

12/12 - A fly on the wall at Jenifer Street tells DCRTV that Clear Channel's adult contemporary WASH morning man Loo Katz was spied recently meeting with Steve Allen, who now programs Citadel's WJZW, Smooth Jazz 105.9. Then, another Jenifer Street fly (a lot of bugs over there on Jenifer Street) tells us that Loo's morning partner at WASH, Lori Brooks (right), was seen this week chatting with Citadel WRQX, Mix 107.3 morning man Jack Diamond. However, we hear that nothing is "up." Katz and Allen, old friends from Allen's days programming WASH, were just lunching. And Brooks was attending a market-wide meeting of a national ad client, we hear.....

12/12 - Notable quotable. "This guy does have talent. You mean, there's no place in the radio landscape for him?" - WJFK-FM afternooner Don Geronimo today on DC airwaves veteran Doug "Greaseman" Tracht, after visiting his getalife.tv site. Tracht is currently on "hiatus" from his homebrewed morning radio show, which had aired on WMET (1160 AM) in the DC area. Geronimo has issued an invitation to Tracht to guest on his JFK show, to help "resurrect" the Grease's radio career.....

12/10 - DCRTV recently told you that WMAL's program director is out the door. And, we hinted that more changes could be coming to the news talk station with new owner Citadel now in control of the former ABC station. However, we hear from several sources connected with 630 AM who tell us that ain't so. And the rumors are just "spin" coming from WMAL's local radio rivals. "Nobody on Jenifer Street knows of these big changes. So whoever is telling you this is trying to stir things up," we hear. "The ABC properties are still controlled out of Dallas by Mitch Dolan. Citadel is just the board room raking in the profits from these well-run radio stations." WMAL is still a top-billing station in the DC market, and why would Citadel risk changing that, we're told. "Citadel needs (WMAL and sisters WRQX and WJZW's) huge profits to pay off the debt they own to (ABC parent) Disney. The last thing they will do is bring in the bulldozer, because their mid-markets cannot pay off the debt," we hear from someone else. The fact that Citadel has decided not to replace morning men Fred Grandy and Andy Parks with Don Imus is proof that the rumors of change at WMAL are pretty much just bunk, we hear.....

12/9 - Alan Dershowitz reviews Fox News and 3WT radio talker Bill O'Reilly's new kiddie book, "Kids Are Americans, Too," and finds it "so riddled with errors, inconsistencies, (and) bad advice... (that) it should be placed in the adults-only section of the bookstore. Or better yet, with the joke books." In the DC Post.....

12/8 - DC Examiner sports media columnist Jim Williams tells DCRTV that he thinks Tony Kornheiser will stay on the ESPN "Monday Night Football" booth team in 2008. Williams says that the Washington Post sports superstar columnist is "very comfortable" with his "MNF" commentary duties and ESPN's suits are thrilled at the broadcast's great (for cable) ratings this seaon. Kornheiser has announced that he will return to his morning radio show at Bonneville talker 3WT (formerly Washington Post Radio) in January. And Bonneville suits insist that it's a full-year deal, with Kornheiser not leaving in June (like he did in June 2007) for "MNF." Stay tuned.....

12/3 - You know, that Bonneville deal to lease 104.1 to Radio One for that new gospel station? The deal to eventually sell the signal to the Lanham-based African-American broadcaster? The one that's gotten delayed and is supposed to be consumated in the new year? Could that deal be just the tip of the iceberg of talks going on between the two broadcasting firms? Is Salt Lake City-based Bonneville looking to maybe "help out" over there at Radio One, which has hit a few financial snags of late? Like maybe picking up some of their stations for some much-needed cash? Like maybe the regional signal of 102.3 here in DC? Bonneville could keep WMMJ's adult urban format and instantly have a "top five" companion for its all-news WTOP? Stay tuned.....

12/3 - Two new classified ads here at DCRTV. One's from a real estate firm touting a new Bethesda residential development called Suleman Estates, featuring the planned Imus Town Center. Just off Greentree Road, bordering the Beltway. And, we've got an ad for an engineering position. For someone who is an expert at "diplexing AM antenna systems." With an audio file featuring a snappy little tune: "Do You Know The Way To Germantown?" Hmmm..... I had a dream last night featuring Don Geronimo. In it, I happened to run into the JFKer at a mini-mart. And all he could do was complain about CBS Radio DC head Michael Hughes. Hmmm.....

11/29 - Look, I realize that ads can help pay the bills on news-oriented websites - like this one. But when a Dell ad on washingtonpost.com tried to "expand" and take over my whole screen this morning, I made a mental note not to buy a computer from them. Memo to the Post's ad people: Ads that feature audio, ads that shoot across the screen, ads that expand and invade the "reading space" and cause you to make link click errors, ads that completely hog and dominate the page and are "unmovable" or "unremovable" for several loooooong seconds, and other intrusive ads actually cause visitors to develop distain for the advertisers and the website. "Get the f*ck outta my face!".....

11/28 - DCRTV is hearing more rumblings that Washington Post superstar sports columnist Tony Kornheiser will not be returning to ESPN's "Monday Night Football" next season. We're told that Kornheiser wants to focus on his local morning radio show, which resumes on new talker 3WT in January, and on his ESPN "PTI" afternoon TV program. Kornheiser's decision to give up the "MNF" color spot could cause some hurt feelings at ESPN, which removed sports media rival and former Redskin great Joe Theismann from the "MNF" broadcast booth before this season's shows started. However, Korheiser has publicly said that he and Theismann have a friendly relationship. Whatever.....

11/27 - DCRTV hears that Radio Ink has named Bonneville DC radio cluster head Joel Oxley as one of its "Best Managers In Radio." No word if anyone from the now-defunct heritage classical WGMS, the now-defunct talker Washington Post Radio, the now-defunct adult hits George 104, or the now-defunct contemporary hit Z104 would agree with the trade pub's pick. However, a local Bonneviller fires back: Oxley, via all-news WTOP, "returns more to the bottom line than any other radio station in DC. More revenue than many stations in NYC or LA".....

11/26 - DCRTV hears that Channel 9's new traffic reporter, Angie Goff, is a graduate of Herndon High. Come to think of it, some area broadcasting greats have gone to Herndon High. Including DC radio legend and Washington Nationals producer Steve Ray, as well as your friendly webmaster, DCRTV Dave. Go Hornets.....

11/25 - Has anyone noticed that with the Christmas shopping season now steaming along in full force, something is missing. All over the stores and the store circulars you see HDTV - 1080i, 720p, plasma, LCD. Upconvert DVD players, HD-DVD, and DirecTV. Computers, video games, laptops, Wifi, GPS, Blueray and Bluetooth and Blackberry, digital cameras, cell phones, XM/Sirius, plus iPods and their many immitators. But where are the ads for HD Radio products? Do you suppose that electronics retailers have detected not much demand from already tech-overloaded consumers about spending something like $300 to hear a dozen or so "canned" unique digital channels on their local radio dial with spotty reception, to boot? Until broadcasters get on the bandwagon and offer new, original, and creative broadcast digital stuff that listeners really want to hear, HD Radio will be dead in the water. And if they don't act fast - and it may already be too late - that fancy HD Radio receiver will be laying at the bottom of the sea, along with the remains of AM Stereo.....

11/22 - DCRTV hears rumblings that CBS Radio is planning personnel cuts in its Baltimore cluster for the new year. Is top dog Dave Labrozzi on the way out? Along with at least one program director? Plus some other lower-level employees? Stay tuned. In Baltimore, CBS owns WLIF, WWMX, WHFS, WQSR, and WJFK-AM.....

11/20 - DCRTV hears that Lanham-based Radio One's purchase of Bonneville's 104.1 is not a certainty. Radio One began operating the Waldorf station under a lease agreement last April, when it launched commercial gospel Praise 104.1, WPRS. At the time, Radio One announced plans to buy the signal by 2008 or early in the new year. But now, DCRTV hears that financial troubles at the African-American radio giant may have an impact on those plans. No word if Bonneville will "take back" the frequency any time soon. Bonneville had paired 104.1 with Frederick's 103.9 for a variety of formats, including classical WGMS, adult hits "George" WXGG, and contemporary hit Z104.....

11/20 - This morning, WMAL morning man Andy Parks wondered on-air if a white Texas man who shot and killed two Hispanic men burglarizing his neighbor's unoccupied home should be "given a medal." We all know that the issue of illegal Hispanic immigration is Citadel talker WMAL's daily drumbeat and instrumental to its status as the only AMer in the DC area that gets significant ratings. But, you've got to wonder if WMAL would have even mentioned the Texas news item (more from CBS News) and taken callers - and proposed honoring the shooter - if, say, the burglars weren't Latino.....

11/15 - Amazing. I actually heard one of my all-time favorite tunes, "A Forest" by The Cure, on DC radio today. No, it wasn't on rocker DC101 or the new alt rockish The Globe. It was bumper music "under" the 11:40 AM traffic report on talker WMAL. I think I'll scream. Rock radio sucks so bad in DC..... Was in Best Buy this morning. New digital HD TV sets now down to the $300 price range. But they're selling component video copper wire cables for as much as $100. What? The frigging connection cables costing a third of the price of a TV?!?! Rip off! Some advice: Don't pay more than about $25 for component video cables. And even that's a 50 percent mark-up for the retailer. Sheesh.....

11/14 - In Wednesday's Washington Post, Frank Ahrens pens a piece about how the FCC is planning to relax its TV/newspaper crossownership rules in large markets, allowing existing and new combinations. And, in an accompanying graphic, we see how the rule change will impact the five largest markets. Including market numero uno - NYC. Where, according to the Post graphic, Tribune owns both Newsday and WPIX-TV. And, no mention of media baron Rupert Murdoch, who owns two NYC TV stations, WNYW-TV and WWOR-TV, and the NY Post newspaper, not to mention some local cable sports networks. Also, no mention of Gannett's ownership of McLean-based USA Today and Channel 9/WUSA in the DC market. Seems the article could have used a little more "fleshing out".....

11/13 - Heard on all-news WTOP today, an ad for a "guns and ammo" show at the Dulles Expo Center. Yet, Bonneville's WTOP still refuses to run state lottery ads, citing its corporate opposition to the issue of legal (!) gambling. OK. However, I have yet to hear of anyone who's been killed or injured by a lottery ticket - unless maybe someone tried swallowing one whole and choking on it. Thanks for the "protection," Bonneville..... Bank Of America is running radio ads touting an account with Redskins checks. You mean the 5-4 Skins? A team that hasn't been to the Super Bowl in 16 years? Come on! Sheesh.....

11/12 - We talk to a local radio guru about the commercial talk radio scene in DC. "It's a critical time for the future of (WMAL owner) Citadel. The stock dropped 38 percent on Friday, as scared investors bailed on the bad earnings news. So far, over the months of new ownership at the ABC radio stations, there have been no substantive changes in station operations. The management structure of the legacy ABC stations remains the same, with Mitch Dolan continuing to run the show from New York. And, Dolan has specifically promised that Imus will NOT air on WMAL. As has been reported, it's likely Imus will end up on (Clear Channel's) WTNT. That would, of course, maximize Citadel's revenue opportunities in DC. It is instructive to read a transcript of (Citadel CEO) Farid (Suleman)'s Q3 conference call Thursday. Contrary to your (DCRTV) headline on Friday, he did not mention the Washington stations in tandem with the phrase 'need to be fixed.' He did reference NY, LA, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, and Detroit in that context, however. The worst performing markets, Farid said, were Atlanta and Detroit (with double-digit declines), followed by San Francisco and DC. But EVERY Citadel market suffered a decline in the third quarter. On the conference call, Suleman only specifically mentioned the situations in New York (WABC and Imus), LA (KABC and the Dodgers, KLOS), Chicago (WLS and "The Zone), Detroit (FMs), and Dallas and Atlanta (two country stations in each market). Bottom line - there is seemingly no need to scare people here in Washington, or in any city, that big cuts are coming. The phrase 'need to be fixed' could mean additional pressure on the sales teams (which is why WMAL is safe - they have the best sales staff in the company) or programming tweaks (Atlanta, Dallas) meant to raise ratings. But if this stock decline continues, future moves might not be up to Farid. As far as Imus on WTNT - remember that ratings don't always equal revenue. The top-rated stations in our market, for example, are urban music stations. They're hardly the top-billers. That said, (CBS's NYC sports talker) WFAN for years was the highest-billing station in radio (annual revenues $50+ mil) - and that was largely due to the successful selling of Imus in the morning, even though the station never seemed to break a 2.0 share (age) 12+. Farid, who was Infinity's CFO in that era, clearly thinks he can replicate the billing numbers of WFAN at WABC. There's really no reason he can't. In fact, given the larger audience of (NYC talker) WABC as a whole, Farid must figure Citadel can do even better selling Imus's upscale audience than Infinity ever did. Of course, for those of us who know a thing or two about radio programming, there's the genuine fear that the WABC audience will reject Imus. But, I think - hope - Phil Boyce and Johnny Donovan will do their best to make the show 'fit' the '77 WABC' brand. Already, I hear they're using the 'quack quack' at the top of the hour, which I think is a brilliant way to promote the coming of the show. And Imus must feel like a pig in shit, because he's never had the chance to become 'King Of New York' radio like he does now. Here in DC, there's plenty of niche-selling to be done. Hence, why Bonneville continues to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to staff (federal news) WFED will real human beings, when it gets zero ratings. So, the same class of companies (like executive jet services) that tried to reach that very small group of Imus's DC listeners before will presumably pay top dollar to do so again, even for the 0.5 percent of the audience that listened to Imus on WTNT. Any syndication revenues will be like money falling from the sky, since Imus is officially on WABC's headcount. Farid is intelligently optimistic about the financial benefits of this deal. I just hope the old I-man keeps up his end of the bargain, putting on a show people actually want to listen to. morning drive... Today, (WMAL programmer) Paul (Duckworth) has maximized Fred (Grandy) and Andy (Parks)'s personalities, and built huge audience loyalty. The ratings and revenue have been tremendous. (WMAL head) Chris (Berry) is very happy with the results... So, if (WMAL morning men Grandy and Andy) continue to go strong, why not make money from them AND from Imus on WTNT? I'm not worried about cannibalism there... As far as (Bonneville's new talker) WWWT (3WT) goes, I think (WTOP programmer Jim) Farley has blown a real opportunity. In a perfect world, this town would be like San Francisco - with a strong all-newser in KCBS and two strong talkers in both KGO and KSFO. KGO is all-local, news-heavy, issues-oriented, middle-of-the-road (if not liberal), while KSFO is satellite-driven conservative. Unfortunately, Bonneville doesn't seem to want to make WWWT anything more than a satellite-driven 'full service' talker. In a crowded, sophisticated radio marketplace, you can't just put a new station on the air, fill it will a hodgepodge of syndicated, second-tier talent and pretend it's all-things-to-all-people. Even if it's got the BEST second-tier talent network radio has to offer. (WWWT morning man) David Burd is a tremendous talent. But I think he was at his best on music radio, when he could kibbitz in and around records and do the 'What are you wearin, darlin?' bit and just do well by making people smile. That's why people think of him so fondly. And that worked well on WMAL on Saturday mornings, too. He tried his damnedest on WMAL and (Washington Post Radio) WTWP when he needed to be a master of current events. And he largely held his own. But in talk radio, it's not enough to be warm or friendly, or even well-informed - unless you're a fill-in guy. If you're a primary talent, you've gotta have a shtick, or a life story. You've gotta jump out of the speaker. And David just doesn't. He just wasn't made for talk radio. I think he'd be better off on (classic hits) WBIG or (soft rock) WASH. Overall, WWWT doesn't seem to be giving anyone a reason to pick them. A successful radio station these days has to be FOCUSED. Bonneville can't expect to be successful by putting a new product on the air and having a hard time telling advertisers and listeners who and what they're all about, and what they do. They should have become this market's KGO, and filled it with local talent in drive times, promised us the best in news, etc. But they probably feared they'd upstage (Bonneville's all-news) WTOP. So, they pussied out, took the cheap route, and decided to become talk radio's version of Jack FM, even stealing the slogan. Sad. But if they do just one-tenth of a share better than WTWP, and I think they will, they'll consider themselves successful. But who knows, maybe Farley knows something we don't. Maybe Neal Boortz, Bill O'Reilly, and Randi Rhodes really are the next big things in DC radio".....

11/12 - I know it's a teeny tiny little mistake. But local traffic reporters should get the names of area roads right. Especially the more important arteries. Memo to a Metro Traffic reporter who does WMAL in morning drive: It's "Hunter Mill" Road. Singular. Not "Hunter Mills." Sheesh.....

11/9 - You know, you hear cooler tunes being played as "bumper" music - during show promos and traffic reports - on talker WMAL than you hear being played in their entirety on alleged alt rocker The Globe.....

11/7 - Virginia voters yesterday voted to remove WMAL's Grandy and Andy morning team in favor of Don Imus. In a little-reported ballot measure in Fairfax, Arlington, Loudoun, and Prince William counties, voters gave the current 630 AM morning team just a 44 percent approval rate, with soon-to-be-resurrected radio morning man Imus receiving 56 percent of the vote. "They (Grandy and Andy) harped and harped on the illegal immigration issue, and it turned out to be a non-issue across the region," said WMAL chief Chris Berry. "They were ineffective in communicating the issue, so they must go." Berry also confirmed that the picture of Grandy and Andy is being removed from the "WMAL Hall Of Fame," which doubles as the station's snack room, with vending machines and a microwave. "We're putting Imus's picture right there, next to Harden and Weaver," Berry added. G&A will continue on the air as "lame ducks" until December, when WMAL will stage a "regal" inauguration for Imus..... Memo to talker 3WT head Greg Tantum: Tucker Carlson was superb - and very very funny - during his substitute morning hosting stint over the summer. He would be a great choice for a local and live afternoon drive show on your station.....

11/6 - Coming in 2008 (right)? How much longer is CBS Radio going to allow 94.7 to be stuck in the tractionless "green" whatever rock muck? Hmmm..... By the way, one of my favorite British TV characters is "Alan Partridge," a washed-up, pompous radio/TV personality played by the great Steve Coogan. Check out "I'm Alan Partridge" and "Knowing Me, Knowing You" on DVD. Imagine my surprise when I thought I spotted a chunky Coogan in Larry David's latest "Curb Your Enthusiasm" episode, playing Larry's British marriage therapist. And, yes, the closing credits confirmed that it was Coogan. Wow.....

11/3 - Your friendly webmaster just shelled out $320 for a 19-inch digital TV, with built-in DVD player. And I wanted to do a "real world" test. First, I plugged the LCD model into a Comcast HD DVR box and it worked great. Comcast Reston offers about 25 HD channels, including 4, 5, 7, 9, 20, 26, and 50, plus a bunch of cable networks. And the HD picture is magnificent - even on a relatively inexpensive set like mine. I then attached a set of common Radio Shack "rabbit ears" and let the TV "search" the digital TV broadcast bands. At my location in Wild West Fairfax, about 15 miles due west of DC, my set had no trouble receiving both the analog and digital signals of 4, 5, 7, 9, 14, 20, 26, 32, 50, and 66. However, it took two "passes" with the antenna re-oriented to get 26 and 66's digital signals. It did find the analog signal of 56, but couldn't get its digital signal. No sign of any of the Baltimore/Annapolis area digital signals, and no sign of Northern Virginia's digital-only 30. And, with over-the-air digital reception, pixilation and drop-outs were common. Re-orienting the antenna was necessary with almost every channel change. The conclusion: Digital standard and high-def "reception" works superbly if you're plugged into a cable or satellite box. Not so good via over-the-air. If you're going to do the latter, a rooftop antenna and a relatively close-to-the-transmitter - or high on a hill - location is strongly recommended. Certainly no more than about 20 miles away.....

11/2 - In a phone interview this morning on 3WT, "Tonight" show great Ed McMahon kept calling David Burd "Tony." At the end of the interview, David had to remind Ed that he was talking to Tony Kornheiser's substitute - not Tony himself. Afterward, David commented about Ed: "He's 84-years-old and still has all his faculties".....

11/2 - So, we now know for certain that Don Imus will be resurrected on the morning drive airwaves, via NYC's WABC, on 12/3. We also know that his show will be syndicated. For DCers, the question is where will Imus wind up here? Well, WABC is owned by Citadel and so is WMAL. But, we've heard that talker WMAL (630 AM) is very satified with the ratings of its Grandy and Andy morning show. WMAL could tape delay Imus and air him at 10 AM, but his politically incorrect show needs to air live. Could Citadel play a "wild card" and put him on its smooth jazz WJZW (105.9 FM) or hot adult contemporary WRQX (107.3 FM)? Probably not - not without a major format change. So, what about Bonneville's new talker 3WT (1500 AM and 107.7 FM)? That was a likely possibility until the news this week that Washington Post superstar Tony Kornheiser will be returning to the 8 AM slot in January. The most-likely Imus station appears to be Clear Channel talker WTNT (570 AM), where Imus aired before he got fired by CBS Radio last spring after making that racist and sexist comment about the Rutgers female basketball team. Of course, Clear Channel could pull its "wild card" and move SportsTalk 980 from AM to an FM frequency and put Imus on 980, which has a better signal than 570. Nah. Another possibility for Imus is brokered talker WMET (1160 AM), which just announced that its morning man, DC radio veteran Doug "Greaseman" Tracht, is going on "hiatus." And - what about Baltimore's struggling talker WVIE (1370 AM) carrying Imus? Goodbye Mancow? Stay tuned.....

10/31 - Nice to see someone joining your friendly webmaster in the Big Beards Club. From this morning's Washington Post piece on molecular biologist Aubrey de Grey (right). Check out my big beard at Davepix.....

10/30 - Blink and you'll miss it. The Washington Post posts an almost hidden four-line blurb in the "Reliable Source" gossip column about its superstar sports columnist Tony Kornheiser signing to be on talker 3WT next year. News DCRTV broke yesterday. The Post's coverage was far from the multitude of well-placed, heavily-hyped articles in early 2007, when Kornheiser debuted on Washington Post Radio as its presumed ratings savior. The Post's 3WT Tuesday item was reported by Paul Farhi, who has been feuding with Kornheiser since delivering a bad "Monday Night Football" performance review in the summer of 2006. Also, we hear that the Post and Bonneville, which flipped Washington Post Radio to talker 3WT in September, did not have an all that amicable divorce. Although Bonneville officials deny that.....

10/29 - Damn! Check out the DC Post's "Reliable Source" gossip column this morning. What George Clooney and Jody Foster were wearing while they ate meals in area restaurants! And check out that 15-year-old stock photo of Jodie in the print edition. Wow! The Rewrite Gals at their absolute best! I'm sure the "Page Sixers" are in utter awe..... Oh, a lot of talk in the media this morning about how unfair the Patriots were in running up the score against those hapless Redskins. Look, I'm a Skins fan and I think the Pats should have taken their score to 100 points, dammit. Let's face it. The Skins' season is over - in October. Again! Lil' Dan Snyder should fire Joe Gibbs and then sell the team and his dipshit radio stations, too..... Yeah, I know she's an advertiser, but I really think Carol Joynt's "Q&A Cafe" is really something special. Have you checked out the replays on NewsChannel 8? It's a fascinating media celeb interview series that heralds back to the days of Maury Povich's "Panorama" WTTG midday chat show in the 1970s. A local, Washington "insiders" show. I like what Carol's doing. My suggestions: Do it at the bar of her restaurant - with drinks. Less formal. Maybe incorporate callers. Have multiple guests per show and regular features. Maybe even do a "Q&A After Dark" edition, with more of an "entertainment" quality. "Q&A" could and should be a regular feature on NC8 and/or C-SPAN and on local radio - a midday show on an FMer like WAMU, 3WT, or, heck, why not C-SPAN's WCSP? Heck, it might just be the show to get more people to tune in C-SPAN. Hmmm..... "Whatever rocker" the Globe's new "acoustic" Sunday morning feature sent me back to sleep.....

10/26 - So, WMAL morning man Fred Grandy lost a bet this morning. And, as punishment, he was forced by his radio partner and so-called "friend," Andy Parks, to eat a high-fat, high-cholesterol "big breakfast burrito" from a local fast food joint. Both Grandy and Parks (right) have bum tickers. Grandy's been hospitalized several times to have heart artery stents placed. And Parks just had a pacemaker implanted. What surprises me is how much joy Parks got in watching Grandy munch away. (You evil man, you!) But maybe their bosses at Citadel are even more sinister. Maybe they're trying to get these morning radio clowns to retire early (if not drop dead) due to heart problems to clear the way for the cadaverous Don Imus.....

10/25 - Call this one strange. Thursday morning, during a Tony Kornheiser rerun about the sudden ending of the final "Sopranos" episode back in June - just as Tony K was telling about the mid-scene cut to black ending the legendary NJ mob family drama - talker 3WT's 107.7 FM signal went off the air for a couple of seconds. Is the ghost of Tony Soprano messing around with the power down there in Warrenton? Doesn't Tony have a favorite club in nearby Culpeper, a la that last season episode driving down I-95 (and listening to Fredericksburg classic rocker WWUZ) with Pauly? That must mean Tony's really dead. And his spirit is floating around Virginia.....

10/22 - The number of one-way out-of-town U-Haul rentals is way up in Prince William County. That must mean that "illegals" are heading out of town. Right? That assumption is according to the almost gleeful news reports, heard over-and-over-and-over this morning on righty talker WMAL. Oh, wait, what's that rumbling sound I hear? Coming from the northeast? Why it's the Citadel bulldozer. Heading down I-95 from NYC. And who's that behind the wheel? Why it's Citadel head Farid Suleman. And look, there's a stretch-limo following right behind. Isn't that Don Imus in the backseat? Maybe some WMALers should start thinking about renting a U-Haul, too. One-way, out-of-town. Hmmm.....

10/19 - "Topper Shutt and Howard Bernstein actually live in Kim Martucci's jacket." Mike O'Meara on Friday's "Don And Mike Show" on WJFK-FM.....

10/18 - I'll say it one more time. If The Globe is to survive, it needs to assume the heritage of the legendary progressive rocker WHFS, a la pre-1999 or so. It needs to get the classic calls back from Baltimore. And then take its playlist to one-quarter current adult album alternative tunes (like XM's XMU), one-quarter alternative rock tunes (Linkin Park, Green Day), one-quarter retro "New Wave" from the 1980s and early 1990s (Cure, New Order, Depeche Mode), and one-quarter deeply progressive classic rock (Pink Floyd's "Atom Heart Mother", Beatles "White Album"). It needs to become "quad A" - accessible (!) adult album alternative. It needs to rebrand itself "947HFS." A new "hip" morning show must be developed, Weasel should to be moved to evenings, and music director Schelby needs to find a new job at Mix 107.3 or WASH.....

10/18 - Heard on Bonneville talker 3WT's David Burd show Thursday morning. A giant rat lay dead only steps from Bonneville's Idaho Avenue broadcast complex. With pedestrians walking around it. The facility houses all-news WTOP's Ledo Pizza Glass-Enclosed Nerve Center.....

10/17 - The Washington Post mistakenly placed a picture of radio commentator Paul Harvey, heard locally on WMAL, next to a front page Metro blurb promoting the inside-section obituary of the death of a prominent local cardiologist. The photo error was corrected in later editions.....

10/17 - Lee Shephard, who did the weather on the old Channel 9 back when it was WTOP-TV, and who runs local nostalgic TV site lookoutlee.blogspot.com, tells us that the classic WTOP radio and TV folks held their 21st annual reunion luncheon at the Cozy Inn in Thurmont MD on Tuesday, with 64 people showing up.....

10/15 - "I'd take them if they'd make me funny." WJFK-FM afternooner Don Geronimo talking about steroids on his Monday show.....

10/15 - So, I was trying to listen to Washington Post media columnist Howie Kurtz's interview on WAMU's Diane Rehm show this morning. But WAMU was doing fundraising. So, I flipped from 88.5 to 88.1 to hear the uninterrupted chat on WYPF, the Frederick relay of Baltimore's WYPR. The signal was coming in great as I was driving around Northern Virginia, except at intersections, when some other strong signals came booming in. Sometimes rock. Sometimes jazz. Sometimes Howard Stern. Oh, I realized that I was picking up other drivers' satellite radio signals. Their gear uses the 88.1 frequency to send the signal from their satellite receiver to their car radio. And to everyone else's car radio nearby - as long as it was tuned to 88.1.....

10/12 - WMAL honcho Chris Berry should send a big "thank you" to Bonneville. The morning show from that company's new 3WT talker actually makes WMAL geezers Grandy and Andy sound youthful and cutting-edge by comparison. That's a marketing goal that Citadel talker WMAL could never have achieved without Bonneville's help.....

10/12 - From CBS News: Ann Coulter is stirring up controversy again. The conservative commentator said this week that the nation would be better off if all Americans were Christian and that she wants "Jews to be perfected, as they say." Appearing on the CNBC show "The Big Idea," Coulter was asked to give her version of a better America. She told the show's host, Donny Deutsch, that it would look like New York City during the 2004 Republican National Convention. Pressed for details, Coulter said, "People were happy. They're Christian. They're tolerant. They defend America".....

10/11 - From our You Know It's A Slow News Day Department: Citadel talker WMAL's been hyping a big announcement all morning. And then it came. At 8:30 AM, Grandy and Andy show newsman Bryan Nehman proclaimed that his wife is pregnant with a boy. The couple's second son. And they'll be naming the child "Don Imus Nehman." Just a "joke." The name bit, anyway.....

10/10 - "Imus will be here tomorrow." Fred Grandy making a joke (we think) at 5:28 AM Wednesday on Citadel's WMAL.....

10/10 - You know what's sad? The most exciting thing on new talker 3WT is when they air that sounder which features the calls at the top of the hour. W - W - W - T. Boom boom boom, splat. It's all downhill from there. There's no getting around it - local or syndicated - 3WT's programming is deadly dull. I'm almost (but not quite) to the point of wishing 3WT would put Mancow in mornings. The Bonneville talker is a great companion to CBS's dull "whatever rocker" The Globe, just up the dial. We love Weasel. But his morning show with Kelly Knight is so, well, standard. Boring banter! It could be on any frigging station. It's generic (like WTGB's music). Weasel needs to do what he does best - a musical show, preferably in evenings. The Globe desperately needs to find an edgy morning show (and no, not Mancow). Come on you DC radio management dudes, put some excitement on the dial. Especially with the so-called "new" stations. Sheesh.....

10/7 - WAMU is the only radio station in the DC and Baltimore markets that is doing what it should be doing to promote digital HD Radio. Every hour, during program breaks, it's telling you what you could be hearing if you had an HD Radio and tuned into its HD2 and HD3 signals. That, dear GMs and PDs, is called "creating demand" among your listeners. WAMU - get this - has also programmed its HD2 and HD3 signals with viable, listenable, "go-to" programming. Much of it directly related to the news and talk programming on its main 88.5 channel. Not "canned" stuff on the "back burner" like what you hear on almost every other local station's digital signal. HD Radio is not catching on because most stations feature either nothing but a relay of their analog signal on HD, crappy and unimaginative programming (like dull as dishwater album rock on alt rockish WTGB's HD2 channel), or programming completely unrelated to the main station's format (like unsigned indie rock on all-news WTOP's HD2 channel). Running generic promo ads for HD Radio is not enough. HD Radio is sinking because station owners and programmers really don't give a shit about it. Let's hope WAMU's valiant efforts are not in vain - or too late.....

10/6 - With all the rumblings yesterday about disgraced Don Imus's return to radio, many of the local radio experts I talked to thought he might land on talker WMAL. That's because Citadel is the company talking to Imus (right) for its NYC talker WABC - and Citadel also owns WMAL. But, as I've been told, Citadel is very happy with the ratings and revenue generated by Fred Grandy and Andy Parks. So, where else could a live morning show from Imus land on the DC radio dial? Clear Channel's low-rated and not-so-great signaled talker WTNT? Maybe. That's where Imus used to air. But, I think, a much more likely scenario would put Imus on Bonneville's new post Washington Post Radio talker, 3WT. Imus's show is Washington politico-centered and his arrival at the better-signaled 3WT would generate a huge amount of buzz for the new station. Nobody's saying anything on the record, but I have a feeling that Bonneville biggies Joel Oxley, Jim Farley, and Greg Tantum are thinking the same thing, too. Hmmm.....

10/5 - Was that Seth Warner, who recently got the budget boot from Clear Channel country outlet WMZQ, seen walking the halls of Citadel's hot adult contemporary WRQX? Might he soon be doing a weekend shift at Mix 107.3? Hmmm.....

10/5 - Check out the Washington Post's print edition Friday. Page C7 in the Style section. Bottom of the page. The local radio station listings (right). FM 107.7, formerly Washington Post Radio and now Bonneville talker 3WT, is mysteriously missing. Even though it would have fit - there's an extra blank line below 107.9. Over on the AM listings, 1500 is listed as the old WTWP, WaPo Radio, even though that's now WWWT, too. Oh, 1520's now Spanish.....

10/5 - The NY Times feeds the rumor mill that Citadel is close to signing a deal to put Don Imus back on the morning radio airwaves. Citadel head Farid Suleman said that Imus has "more than paid the price" for his derogatory comments last spring about the Rutgers women's basketball team, resulting in his firing from CBS Radio and MSNBC. Suleman would not comment on widespread reports in recent weeks that his company was working toward an agreement with Imus. But three other people apprised directly on the status of the negotiations characterized the two sides as having reached an understanding for Imus to take over the morning drive slot on Citadel talker WABC radio in NYC. That has prompted some in the DC radio community to wonder if Imus might also air on Citadel talker WMAL. "Is this the end of Grandy and Andy?" - a local radio guru wonders. However, a WMAL biggie tells DCRTV that G&A make a lot of money and won't be dropped. Maybe Imus could be back on Clear Channel talker WTNT, we hear.....

10/4 - Former Channel 7/WJLA news anchor Kathleen Matthews (left) took the anchor chair at MSNBC's DC-based "Hardball" Thursday and interviewed her husband, "Hardball" host Chris Matthews (right). Mr. Matthews told Mrs. Matthews that he's working hard to control his temper ever since he gave up drinking. And that he tries hard to be as hard on the Democrats and he is on the Republicans, although some might disagree. Kathleen now heads communications for Marriott. Chris is pitching a new book - "Life's A Campaign." "Hardball" celebrated its 10th birthday with a big DC bash Thursday.....

10/4 - From politico.com. Elizabeth Edwards, wife of presidential candidate John Edwards, on Rush Limbaugh: "My classmates went to Vietnam, he did not. He was 4F. He had a medical disability, the same medical disability that probably should have stopped him from spending a lifetime in a radio announcer's chair; but it is true, isn't it? If he has an inoperable position that allows him not to serve, presumably it should not allow him to sit for long periods of time the way he does. I think this is a serious enough offense for the people who fund him, who buy ads and allow him to be on the air, need to be asked if this is what they really stand for, do they think it is alright for someone who has never served to denigrate the men and women who have simply because they are expressing an opinion. Frankly, I thought that is what we are fighting for." Limbaugh was excused from the draft because of a pilonidal cyst.....

10/3 - We here at DCRTV continue to be surprised at the comic versatility and talent exhibited by Mike O'Meara (right), the often-thought "second banana" of WJFK-FM's afternoon "Don And Mike Show." Well, on Wednesday, top dog Don Geronimo was sidelined by last-minute dental problems. And, guess what? The Don-less "Don And Mike Show" sailed along just fine. Mike, joined by show staples Robb, Buzz, Joe, and John make a perfectly good afternoon radio team. WJFK boss Michael Hughes has nothing to worry about when Don makes his planned May 2008 departure from the show. Don't get us wrong. Geronimo is a local radio legend who will be missed. No doubt. But the show will continue - and thrive - without him. Perhaps Hughes ought to get busy and "lock in" Mike, Robb, Buzz, Joe, and John with some hefty raises and more "generous" contracts. Mike, you're no "Hank." You're a "Larry" - as in Sanders. And don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Bravo.....

10/3 - If I have to listen one more time to 3WT morning pitchman David Burd delivering another on-air scolding about getting a colonoscopy and then revealing the history of weekend car guy and fellow 3WTer Pat Goss's colon, I think I'll keep my radio dial tuned to WMAL and righty whackjobs Grandy and Andy. As awful as they are. I know, G&A do medical pitches, too, but at least they don't talk about Goss's colon.....

10/2 - Bottom feeder. DC-based ghoul Greta Van Susteren continues to generate exploitative ratings from the 2005 Natalee Holloway case. It's being heavily hyped via Rupert Murdoch's cable TV empire, including at foxnews.com: "What happened to Natalee? Tune in Wednesday night when Greta and Beth Holloway head back to Aruba to retrace their steps, reexamine the evidence, and reveal an investigation shocker!" Sad case of a missing, presumably murdered, Alabama teen. Even sadder "news" coverage.....

10/2 - The "Morning Reading List 10.02.07" on Mediabistro's Capitol Hill media news site FishbowlDC links to a 9/29 Washington Post story on digital TV. Three days old. Better late than never.....

9/29 - I know, I'm a fool. I'm one of that increasingly small group of folks who likes to read a print newspaper in the morning as I sip my tea at the kitchen table. But imagine my disappointment this morning. No Washington Post on my doorstep. Second time this month. Called to report a missing paper at about 8 AM and never got a replacement. It's just not quite the same in front of the computer screen. Wah.....

9/28 - In a phone interview on 3WT radio Friday morning, Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi claimed that Bill O'Reilly "secretly taped me" and played his phone interview with the Fox News commentator on Thursday's "The O'Reilly Factor" without Farhi's consent. Farhi was heard telling O'Reilly: "Please don't repeat this... You're getting so dragged into something you don't deserve," regarding O'Reilly's latest racial controversy, which Farhi reported about in Wednesday's Post. Farhi revealed to 3WT morning man David Burd that, in retrospect, he shouldn't have divulged his personal opinions on the O'Reilly controversy in his phone interview with O'Reilly. On Thursday afternoon, via 3WT's airwaves, O'Reilly said he was mounting a charge against "corrupt media coverage" and singled out Farhi.....

9/26 - Rant. As you probably know, DCRTV got its start 10 years ago this month. In September 1997, my ma (left) was starting to suffer health problems and I made the "career decision" to spend more time with her in the old family home (dad had died six years earlier). I set up a home office and started building a freelance writing and reporting business. And, oh yeah, dabbled on this new fangled thing called the web. Three years later, ma suffered an almost fatal heart attack. But she pulled through. However, from 2000 to 2004, her health steadily declined. I'm glad I was there with her, because she wouldn't have been able to live alone in the house that she loved. In 2003, I decided to put DCRTV on "the front burner," career-wise. And the site's grown rapidly since then. I spent much of my time in those years driving ma to countless doctors' appointments and to hospitals for tests. And I always had the car radio on. She listened with me to Howard Stern, Don and Mike, WTOP, Weasel, Diane Rehm, "Car Talk," Big Oldies, and WMAL, too. And she loved them all (OK, maybe not WMAL). I got an XM radio in October 2004 and set it up near her couch so she could listen to the big bands of her youth. Ma died in November 2004 at age 70. Renal failure, the docs said. But she was able to be in her beloved home up until three days before she died. If it wasn't for ma, I probably would have landed a "job job" back in the late-1990s and never bothered with DCRTV. In a very real sense, DCRTV is here because of her. Happy Birthday ma! Check out my tribute to her here.....

9/25 - From his "Station Break" Q&A at washingtonpost.com: "Johnson Center, George Mason University: What do you think of the chances of 3WT (old Washington Post Radio) doing well in the ratings? Very little local, original shows; mostly nationally syndicated shows... Paul Farhi: I think I agree with my man Dave Hughes over at DCRTV on this: It will do worse in the ratings than WaPo Radio, for the reasons you cite. These syndicated shows (O'Reilly, Glenn Beck, Neal Boortz, etc.) have already been tried on local stations and found wanting. I think 3WT had better hope ol' Tony Kornheiser comes back in January (not a sure thing at this point) because the off-the-shelf stuff will never be a home run." Later. "Columbia MD: Don't you think it's likely that Tony will go back to 980?... Paul Farhi: I have no inside info on this, but if I were betting, yes. Since there's no more Post connection at 3WT, he's a free agent".....

9/23 - Our take on new Bonneville talker 3WT. A big fat "ho hum." Apart from the local morning show with David Burd, there's really nothing to listen to on the station that replaced Washington Post Radio last Thursday. Burd is a very talented radio veteran who was part of the popular "Baker And Burd" morning show on pre-urban WPGC some two decades ago. His more recent weekend morning shows on WMAL and on WaPo Radio showed Burd to be a funny, relaxed, low-key, and imaginative host. But, ever since he moved to the much more high-pressure weekday morning drive slot on WaPo Radio, and now 3WT, his presence seems more forced and less genuine. He's trying too hard to be Don Geronimo or Jack Diamond and not himself. It doesn't work. After Burd leaves the airwaves at 10 AM, there is simply no compelling reason to continue to listen to WWWT. Pretty much syndicated talkers you can already hear all over the AM band, especially on Clear Channel's low-rated WTNT and WWRC. While Bonneville has sought to throw a few women and lefties into what's usually a male and righty talk radio mix, it's surprising how there's not a single African-American hosting voice on the station, apart from a weekend, very early morning public service show. Yeah, there's the great Jim Bohannon on in evenings, Pat Goss's car show on the weekends, and the Nationals, but that's about it for listenable material. Much of the weekend time is, sadly, "whored out" to paid infomercials. 3WT needs to further develop its morning drive show, including the return of the great Tony Kornheiser to the morning mix come 2008, and put together a local afternoon drive show - something that doesn't feel like it's playing to a bunch of "blue hairs" at Leisure World. (What's Mike O'Meara doing after Don Geronimo retires from WJFK-FM next spring? How about an O'Meara and newsman Buzz Burbank afternoon show on 3WT? Hmmm.) If Bonneville can sign the Redskins next season, re-sign the Nationals, and maybe take the station in more of a sports talk direction, there might be some hope for 107.7 FM and 1500 AM. But, as it's currently configured, Bonneville shouldn't be surprised to find 3WT getting even lower ratings than what WaPo Radio got. Sigh.....

9/21 - DCRTV hears that some former ad sales folks at Redskins owner Dan Snyder's Red Zebra are not happy with their former employer. Earlier this year, when Snyder was planning to move the transmitter of RZ's Triple X sports talker's 730 AM signal from Mount Vernon to Ashburn and hike its power, RZ brought on a batch of new sales people. But, apparently, some didn't realize that their contracts got them paid via a "non-refundable draw," which, some say, ultimately cost them a healthy chunk of their projected salary and commissions. Meanwhile, many left RZ when Snyder's plans for 730's move got rejected and ad sales slowed, we're told.....

9/21 - We've uncovered a major scandal here. Marc Sterne on the David Burd and Jessica Doyle show at 6 AM on the new 3WT barely has a British accent. He almost sounds American. But Marc "Nigel" Sterne on the "Tony Kornheiser Show Featuring David Burd" at 8 AM has a thick-as-clotted-cream Cockney accent. What's up with that? What does the real Marc Sterne sound like? And who is he - really? Hmmm.....

9/20 - A DCRTVer tells us: "With his most recent recording session for the Rosenthal Automotive Group, it marks the 34th consecutive year that Don Richards has voiced commercials for that car dealer organization. Can anyone else in the country match or surpass that record?" Veteran broadcaster Richards was the top news anchor on the old WTOP-TV, Channel 9, in the 1950s and 1960s.....

9/18 - What? When Washington Post superstar sports celebrity Tony Kornheiser calls his "Tony Kornheiser Show Starring David Burd" show on Washington Post Radio (to become 3WT on Thursday) he never talks to David Burd. In his daily calls from the "Monday Night Football" road, Tony will only talk to show producer Marc "Nigel" Sterne. Not to substitute host Dave. Why? Does Tony hate Dave? Is there some kind of feud going on? Jealousy, perhaps? Look, Dave's a US Marine. He's a tough guy, right? He ought to make it very clear to Tony: "When you're gone, it's my show, and you talk to me." Dammit, Dave, you're looking like a wuss. You've got to put your foot down. Take charge! Be a manly man! Sheesh.....

9/15 - Saturday's Style section in the Washington Post thought it was important that we knew that Subway sandwich shop spokesman Jared Fogel was spotted "wandering around Capitol Hill yesterday." But nothing, yet, on Washington radio maverick Jake Einstein, who died on Wednesday. On Friday, the Post did run a paid death notice in the Metro section, which didn't mention Einstein's association with legendary progressive rocker WHFS. But still no editorial obituary or "appreciation" article. And, surprise, nothing yet in Marc "The Listener" Fisher's "Raw Fisher" blog. The Post will get around to telling us about Jake Einstein one of these days. Yeah, the news can wait until the Post is good and ready to report it.....

9/14 - We've heard the complaints that commercial talk radio, particularly the political kind heard largely on AM, is heavily white and male. You know - Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage, Chris Core, Ron Smith, etc. So, we're going to keep a running tally about new Bonneville talker 3WT, WWWT, which launches on 9/20. As of today, we've gotten official word that locally-based David Burd, Jessica Doyle, and Pat (Patrick not Patricia) Goss will be on the station. Plus nationally syndicated talkers Bill O'Reilly, Neal Boortz, Glenn Beck, Phil Hendrie, Larry King, Jim Bohannon, and Stephanie Miller. As more show hosts get officially announced, we'll add them to the "3WT Diversity Scoreboard" (right). Stay tuned.....

9/6 - In a phone call to Washington Post Radio Thursday morning, Washington Post superstar sports columnist Tony Kornheiser seemed dumbfounded that his old radio show still sports his name. "It's like walking into Hechts and they're still calling it Woodies." Kornheiser left the 8:30 AM show - now hosted by David Burd - in late June for six-ish months of ESPN "Monday Night Football" duties. He is expected to return to the local radio dial in January or February, but there's no confirmation of where he'll wind up. Bonneville sources say Kornheiser will return to their new 3WT talker, which is set to replace Washington Post Radio later this month. But other area radio sources say Kornheiser could end up at another station, possibly his old radio haunt of SportsTalk 980. Also, for what it's worth, Kornheiser Thursday talked to show producer and old friend Marc "Nigel" Sterne and not to substitute host Burd......

9/4 - Come 9/26, the fall season of Carol Joynt's "Q&A Cafe" gets underway at her Nathan's restaurant in Georgetown. Dan Rather, Mark Warner, Howard Fineman, and many more newsmakers are waiting in the wings to join Joynt and her fascinating lunchtime sessions. It seems that the interviews, which, in past seasons have broken news - a la DC "madam" Deborah Jeane Palfrey, might be a cool local programming addition to a local radio station's lineup. The most-likely candidate would be the new "more" news and talk WAMU. Make it a weekly "news event" - preferably live. Or possibly on the new news talker planned for WGTS, or maybe even on the new Bonneville talker 3WT? Or how about C-SPAN Radio, WCSP? Media veteran Joynt is no stranger to radio, having done regular guest shots with David Burd on Washington Post Radio. Definitely "food for thought"..... OK, since CBS can't get the WHFS calls for 94.7, how about re-branding it "947 HFS" with the WWHF calls, which would only be shot-gunned at the top of the hour. Get HFS vet Gina Crash back for mornings, and move Weasel to evenings. Give the station a fresh, more alt rock-ish playlist with 25 percent current alt rock tunes, 25 percent current AAA adult alternative tunes, 25 percent classic rock deep cuts, and 25 percent classic alternative "New Wave." If CBS doesn't give 94.7 a solid identity real soon, Clear Channel's rocker DC101 and classic rock hits WBIG are going to have The Globe "for lunch," I fear.....

9/1 - In September 1997, I started a personal website with a few pages about my life-long love of radio. Ten years later, DCRTV has caused every area radio and TV "suit" to shit his or her pants at one time or another. I've met the Greaseman, Ed Walker, Weasel, and Don Richards. I've gotten phone calls from Tony Snow and George Michael. I've had lunch with Walt Starling, something I will never ever forget. I've interviewed Johnny Dark and Johnny Holliday. I've guested on NewsChannel 8 and WJFK. I've been in Count Gore De Vol's dungeon. I've online "chatted" with Bob Levey. I've gotten hate calls from fans of Don and Mike. My niece almost ran off the road when she heard Elliot diss me on DC101. I've had news items on Drudge, City Paper, the NY Post, the NY Daily News, the Baltimore Sun, the DC Times, and the DC Post, and stolen by countless blogs, websites, and some print rags. Each day, I get dozens of secret e-mails from local reporters, weathercasters, traffic chicks, PDs, TV anchors, radio personalities, voiceover dudes, GMs, engineers, crackpots, and many other local radio and TV folks - many with an ax to grind. Some who just lust after me. But, you know what, I have loved every damn minute of it. I still wake up past midnight anxious to check my e-mail for the latest scoops. Thank you all. It's been a blast. Here comes 11! Live, local, and late-breaking.....

9/1 - A DCRTVer tells us that Channel 11/ WBAL's Rob Roblin did a live segment for CNN on Saturday morning. He was at the liquor store in the Nottingham neighborhood of Baltimore County that sold one of last night's winning Mega Millions tickets. At the end of his piece, Roblin gave the standard signoff. But when CNN's Melissa Long went to follow up with a question, Roblin was seen yanking his earpiece out of his ear and muttering to someone to his side, off-camera, "This is the last time I do this..." He obviously didn't realize that he was still on the air.....

8/31 - It's almost official: 94.7 is back to standard classic rock. It played the Allman Brothers at 11:30 this morning. What next? Marshall Tucker? Lynyrd Skynyrd? The six-month-old alt rockish experiment known as The Globe is pretty much dead. The Arrow has risen from the grave. Why else still no PD or full on-air lineup if you're not "in it" for the "long haul"? Sigh.....

8/31 - Is Clear Channel about to pull the plug on Baltimore's Smooth Jazz 104.3, WSMJ? Apparently, someone at RadioInsight thinks that a change will be coming to Charm City's 104.3 over Labor Day weekend. "The smooth jazz format has been trending downward in the ratings in Baltimore over the past year, while there is a void in the market for classic hits/oldies since CBS flipped 102.7 WQSR to variety hits 'Jack' in 2005. With the recent changes at CBS since Dan Mason returned, we'll speculate that this could be a race between the two companies to cover that niche." Also: Clear Channel has recently registered the following website addresses: my1043.com, fresh1043.com, and 1043fresh.com. CBS is using the "Fresh" label via a new upward-trending female-oriented hot adult contemporary format in NYC.....

8/29 - So, Bonneville will be re-launching local talker Washington Post Radio as largely syndicated talker 3WT. Like its predecessor, it faces a Washington radio dial that already sports an awful lot of talk. Righty talkers like WMAL and WTNT. "Shock jock" talkers like WJFK-FM's Junkies and DC101's Elliot. Teen-aimed talkers like Hot 99.5's Kane. Chick-geared talkers like Mix 107.3's Jack Diamond. Sports talk from WTEM and Triple X. Christian talk on WAVA. Public radio talkers WAMU and WCSP, soon to be joined by WGTS. Lefty talk WWRC. Urban talker WOL plus the black-oriented talk shows of WHUR's Michael Baisden and WMMJ's Tom Joyner. Spanish talk all over the AM band. Not to mention Bonneville's own federal talk WFED and talkie news WTOP. If I was making the decisions over at Bonneville, I would put WTOP back on 1500 AM and 107.7 FM along with 103.5 FM. The 1500 signal would be WTOP's "Maryland edition" and 107.7 would be WTOP's "Virginia edition," both with hyper-local news, weather, and traffic inserts, as well as "zoned" ads and target websites. Also, the 1500/107.7 combo would feature WTOP's local talk shows, including "Ask The," Mark Plotkin, car guy Pat Goss, a David Burd weekend show, plus sports, including college, the Nationals, and maybe even the Redskins. With 103.5 remaining non-stop news, traffic, and weather. If Bonneville thinks Neal Boortz and Bill O'Reilly are the "answer," it's asking the wrong "question".....

8/28 - DCRTV broke the story about the demise of Washington Post Radio more than a week ago. Yet "Stonewall Paul" Farhi (right) conveniently "stonewalled" and didn't mention the fact that he got scooped by DCRTV during his Tuesday "Station Break" Q&A at washingtonpost.com. In his Q&A, Farhi also didn't mention that in his DC Post article about the demise of Washington Post Radio he got the frequencies of his own newspaper's stations wrong. No correction at the Q&A. Washington Post Radio is on 820 AM, not WTOP. Plus, Farhi didn't discuss the fact in today's Q&A that he erroneously claimed in his article that the Post's stations will "go off the air." They will remain on-air with talk. It is human to err. We all do. But it takes a slimeball not to acknowledge and correct his faulty reporting.....

8/27 - After playing a U2 song this morning, alternative rockish WTGB The Globe's Schelby (right) told us that U2 frontman Bono wrote the tune for his father, who is now in "Rock And Roll Heaven." Yes, we know that Bob Hewson, father of Paul Hewson (Bono's real name), died in 2001 at age 75. But, as a retired postal worker, shouldn't he be in Postal Worker's Heaven? I mean, do all parents of rockers go to Rock And Roll Heaven? You mean that if we get to visit Rock And Roll Heaven after we pass away we'll get to meet David Bowie's ma and/or Ozzie Osbourne's dad? I'm presuming that they're dead, sorry (in advance) if they're not. Maybe we can pick the type of Heaven we go to when we die, and don't have to go to the one for our particular occupation. I mean, when I die will I go to Internet Celebrity Heaven with folks like Matt Drudge, Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, and Ana Marie Cox? I guess that would be pretty cool. When radio people die, do they go to Radio Heaven? Or do they go to a specific radio Heaven like Adult Contemporary Radio Heaven? Where would DC101's Elliot Segal go? To Rock Radio Heaven because DC101 is a rock station or to Talk Radio Heaven because he does a talk show? When Schelby passes away, will she go to Classic Rock Radio Heaven or Alternative Rock Radio Heaven? What effect do format flips have? Hmmm.....

8/27 - Where was all-news WTOP programmer Jim Farley last week? In Seattle. And what do we hear this week? That city's news talker KIRO, which is owned by Bonneville, has inked a contract extension with the Seattle Seahawks. Hmmm. DCRTV wonders if Farley's going to be gunning for the Washington Redskins for Bonneville's WTOP or its rumored new post Washington Post Radio talker for next year? Hmmm, again. Farley does national news and talk radio consulting for Salt Lake City's Bonneville. A Bonneville source tells us that Farley was asked to "help out" by Seattle radio management. "Landing the Seahawks was the hard and creative work of Bonneville Seattle Market Manager Scott Sutherland and PDs Rod Arquette and Dave Logan," we're told......

8/26 - I really hate having to constantly pick on the Washington Post, but the paper keeps putting "kick me" signs on itself. Take Sunday's debut of the new Style And Arts section. They run an outdated local radio listing featuring 94.7 WARW as classic rock. The Post had updated the listing a month or so ago to reflect the station's change last February to alternative rockish WTGB. New gospel 104.1 is back to WXGG, the George adult hits format, and poor nostalgic 1520 WTRI is again playing "Christmas" tunes. Even 820, which now relays Washington Post Radio, is listed as having its old all-news WTOP format. A newspaper that doesn't "sweat the small stuff" can't be expected to be accurate on the "big stuff," can it? Hmmm.....

8/25 - I think it was simply smashing of the Washington Post to do two stories in two days about WPGC-FM's great Donnie Simpson. About his 30 years on the air here. But how come nothing on another major DC radio morning man, WMAL's Andy Parks, who's been in the hospital all week with what could be classified as a heart attack? While Parks' co-host Fred Grandy did try to minimize the pacemaker implantation procedure on the air, an erratically beating ticker requiring the assistance of an electrical device is a pretty serious medical situation. It would have been worth a mention in the Post's Style section, don't you think? Maybe in "The Reliable Source" column? Ah, Style, the chronically weak link in otherwise great newspaper.....

8/24 - From Erik Wemple's blog at washingtoncitypaper.com: "Local media site DCRTV is out ahead of the pack in reporting on the rumored demise of WTWP (Washington Post Radio). Just yesterday, it posted an item that took for granted the experiment's imminent undoing: 'Now we wonder: What will Post veteran Tony Kornheiser do after 'Monday Night Football' without a Post-branded radio outlet to come back to? Some sources tell us that Kornheiser will return to the station early next year, doing the 10 AM to noon slot.' Rumors, of course, are easy to spit onto the page. Getting on-the-record confirmation, at least on this piece, is a bit tougher." Basically, Wemple got "no comment" responses from Posties Len Downie, Tina Gulland, Christopher Ma, and Steve Hills, and Bonnevillers Jim Farley and Joel Oxley on rumors that the two sides are "in talks to collapse the venture." Sources tells DCRTV that WTWP owner Bonneville will continue a non-Post radio talker on 107.7 FM and 1500 AM after Labor Day, with less expensive nationally syndicated personalities. Only a handful of time slots will be locally-produced.....

8/24 - "Don doesn't need to whore himself out like I do." WJFK-FM's Mike O'Meara responding to a caller Friday who asked why he does "cheesy" car ads on the radio while his wealthier radio partner Don Geronimo doesn't.....

8/24 - Some corrections to Paul Farhi's Friday article about WPGC-FM great Donnie Simpson. "He started as the night man on the old WWRC-FM, but moved to the morning slot within two years," Farhi writes about Simpson's arrival in DC from Detroit. That station, which became WKYS (93.9 FM), was WRC not WWRC. The only WWRCs have been the post-NBC-owned WRC AM outlet on 980 (now WTEM), for a short time on 570 AM (now WTNT), and the current 1260 AM (currently WWRC). The extra "W" was thrown in to indicate that those stations were not (or no longer) owned by NBC, which owns the only "real" WRC, now only DC's Channel 4. Back, pre-early 1970s, the WRC calls (one W) graced Channel 4, AM 980, and FM 93.9. Also, 93.9 dropped the WRC calls and became easy listening WKYS before Simpson and the disco and urban contemporary formats arrived.....

8/23 - More rumblings today in-line with DCRTV's exclusive Rumorama piece last Sunday about the probable demise of Washington Post Radio after Labor Day. DCRTV hears that WaPo Radio morning man David Burd (right) will remain with the reconfigured Post-less Bonneville talk outlet, doing mornings. More like his old weekend morning show, but in the 6 AM to 10 AM weekday slot on 107.7 FM, and 1500 and 820 AM. The rest of the station's lineup will be syndicated talkers like Bill O'Reilly, Stephanie Miller, and Glenn Beck, we hear. Now we wonder: What will Post veteran Tony Kornheiser do after "Monday Night Football" without a Post-branded radio outlet to come back to? Some sources tell us that Kornheiser will return to the station early next year, doing the 10 AM to noon slot.....

8/22 - Many major public television stations offer several digital subchannels via their broadcast digital signals. In the DC area, WETA offers WETA Create, WETA Family, and WETA World. Across Maryland, Maryland Public Television does the same. But area cable TV giant Comcast has a policy of carrying those extra digital offerings of just one public TVer per market. So, DC area Comcasters get WETA's subchannels. And Baltimore area Comcasters get MPT's subchannels. But what about locations where public TV signals overlap, like the DC market? Clearly, MPT serves the DC area via the strong signal of Annapolis's Channel 22/WMPT, which transmits from Anne Arundel, not far from the Prince George's County line. Now, a controversy is brewing because MPT just added the digital offering of V-Me, a new Spanish language public TV network. But Comcast won't carry it in Prince George's or Montgomery because it carries WETA's digital offerings in those DC area Maryland counties. And WETA doesn't offer V-Me. The solution to this problem seems to be simple: Comcast should carry WMPT's three or four digital subchannels throughout the DC metropolitan area. Look, Comcast currently features hundreds of digital channels - mainly commercial networks and premium services. Would offering three or four more digital public TV channels to its subscribers in PG, Montgomery, DC, and Northern Virginia break the back of the cable firm? Hardly. Comcast already offers WMPT's analog signal in those locations. It should offer its digital channels, too.....

8/21 - DCRTV hears that there's not a lot of love going on at the six-month-old alternative rock-ish The Globe, 94.7 FM. We hear there's some dissention among the CBS Radio station's air staff about what tunes should be played - and shouldn't. Still no firm feel for what kind of rock the station should be playing - currently everything from old Crosby Stills And Nash to new Guster, with some Fleetwood Mac and Depeche Mode thrown in. But no Linkin Park. Still no program director. Still no consensus on how much the personalities should talk, especially on the weekends. Still no evening personality, with folks like Albie Dee doing fill-ins. And it still feels that the morning show with WHFS veteran Weasel and Kelly Knight is still "feeling its way." The ratings are ticking up, but not surging. Now, we hear that Mike Franciotti, who'd done nights and weekends, is leaving for another gig. And alt rock 99.1 WHFSer Pat Ferrise has been heard doing weekends. Is he in line for the PD gig? Finally? Stay tuned.....

8/21 - Is Imelda Marcos dead? So wondered Washington Post Radio morning sidekick Victoria Jones this morning. The crew of the substitute Tony Kornheiser show was talking about celebs and their collections of shoes. "If she's not she should be," jested producer Marc "Nigel" Sterne. The former Philippine first lady, wife of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, is alive at age 78. That reminds us of WMAL morning man Fred Grandy's quip of a year or so ago about former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher "turning over in her grave." Ms. Thatcher, like Ms. Marcos, is still among the living.....

8/20 - I've always liked Channel 9/WUSA's weather radio via their website. When it shows rain over my Wild West Fairfax neighborhood it is, indeed, raining. Very accurate. But some boob at 9 decided to "improve" it by making the background land green color almost the same as the green color for some types of precipitation. Now it's much more difficult to see where it's raining and where it's not. Is that a hill or a rain storm? Brilliant.....


8/19 - Rumorama. DCRTV's hearing rumblings from a number of well-connected radio sources that there's a strong possibility that the plug could get pulled on the year-and-a-half-old Washington Post Radio in September. Maybe on the Tuesday after Labor Day. Basically, the news talk station is not attracting enough listeners to generate the advertising revenue needed to support the expensive locally-produced news and talk programming. Nobody's officially confirming anything, but an alleged mutual agreement to end the somewhat contentious marriage between station owner Bonneville, which also owns all-newser WTOP, and the Post would not end the talk format on 1500 AM, 820 AM, and 107.7 FM, we're told. David Burd would still do a local morning show, but the rest of time slots would be inhabited by far less expensive satellite-delivered syndicated talkers. The names we're hearing are Bill O'Reilly (recently dumped from WJFK-FM), Stephanie Miller, Neal Boortz, and Glenn Beck. Bonneville would market the "new" station against rival righty talkers WMAL and WTNT as a more politically diverse array of opinion on "triple" the number of signals. Stay tuned.....

8/17 - I lasted until 8:38 this morning before I bailed out on Washington Post Radio's "The Tony Kornheiser Show Featuring David Aldridge Substituting For Substitute Host David Burd." When I heard that a replay of Tony's rant of several months ago (!) about that TB carrier guy who was mistakenly allowed back into the US was coming up. Can it get any worse? No! It makes you seriously wonder if WaPo Radio PD Greg Tantum is getting secret dough from ABC-Citadel to drive WaPo Radio's listeners to ABC talker WMAL. (Good thing. Chris Core had an excellent discussion this morning about the Iraq War.) Greg used to work for ABC Radio and surely has friends there. I'm just joking, but "hmmm." See you in September, Greg.....

8/15 - Washington Post Radio Wednesday morning with some guy (we won't divulge his name to avoid embarrassment) subbing for the vacationing David Burd who was subbing for the "Monday Night Football"-bound Tony Kornheiser. Don't mean to hurt anyone's feelings, but it's just plain awful radio. Really really really bad. Why not just have Burd co-host Victoria Jones, a local radio pro in her own right, host the show with Burd/Korny's crew? Or maybe Bonneville believes a woman can't handle a top hosting job on the radio? They can only be sidekicks, huh? Instead, let a man do it - even a boring-ish one! Sheesh! UPDATE: I hear that Victoria Jones is hosting the afternoon show today on Washington Post Radio. Good.....

8/15 - Remember the Greaseman (left)? He did mornings on CBS classic rocker WARW until early 1999, when he made a racially-tinged joke. CBS, which also owns WPGC-FM, then and now the top black-oriented station in the DC market, was faced with the potential of an African-American boycott of its advertisers. And Doug "Greaseman" Tracht was promptly fired. Yeah, he's back on the radio, via a handful of smallish stations, including a Gaithersburg AMer, doing a morning show from his local home, but his career never recovered. Now, Don Imus (right) is standing at the same "radio gallows" for a racially-tinged and sexist joke he made in April. CBS, which owns Imus's former home station in NYC, isn't going to take him back. Sirius Satellite Radio, which is currently seeking federal approval for its merger with XM, won't hire him. There are lots of black and female legislators - duh. And probably no other major broadcaster will touch him for fear of a listener boycott of its advertisers. Maybe Don could find a nice home down here, put a home studio in his basement, and do a show on that local AMer and a handful of other smallish stations.....

8/13 - DCRTV hears that Channel 9/ WUSA lost its Metro Traffic helicopter in its new traffic news deal with traffic.com. Channel 7 "WJLA used to be the only DC station with no chopper. Now they have a new bird and Channel 9 is grounded," we're told by a DC area TV news source. "Probably not that big a deal most of the time since TV choppers are not allowed to fly anywhere inside the Beltway - but when there's a big story in Maryland or Virginia, WUSA is going get burned because they won't cough up the big bucks for aerial coverage." However, a Channel 9er tells DCRTV: "There will be ample opportunities to piggyback on other regional choppers on a dime when the story warrants it, which isnít very often".....

8/13 - Free Republic says MSNBC's DC-based "Hardball" host Chris Matthews (left) has a bit of a problem "keeping his lust in check" on the air. On Friday evening's show, Matthews was interviewing CNBC's "Street Signs" anchor Erin Burnett about the latest Wall Street news when "suddenly he switched gears." And said: "You look great... Look at that look... You're great... No, you're beautiful. I'm just kidding... You're a knockout... It's alright getting bad news from you even. Okay. Thanks for coming on 'Hardball'." Matthews is married to former Channel 7/WJLA news anchor Kathleen Matthews. The video is at YouTube.....

8/12 - Don't the folks at the Washington Post ever turn on the friggin' radio and listen to it? Sunday's Post touts "Opie And Anthony's Traveling Virus Comedy Tour" next Saturday at the Nissan Pavillion. While the rag mentions the radio duo's XM show, it doesn't tell us that they're also heard on local talker WJFK-FM. Also, yesterday's Post neglected to mention that Saturday night's Redskins pre-season game was heard on the big inside-the-Beltway signalled WBIG, along with a bunch of dingwatt rimshots. Granted this is small stuff, but if the Post doesn't give a shit about the small stuff, how are we to expect it to be accurate about the big stuff? Hmmm.....

8/9 - "I've been told that I'm no expert in aging, because at 48 I look like I'm 68." Mike O'Meara on Thursday's "Don And Mike Show" on WJFK-FM.....

8/2 - Less than 24 hours after that Minnesota bridge collapse, some of the cable nets (including the one I love to hate) are doing on-air promos bragging about their coverage of the disaster. Further proof that some really inhuman scumbags inhabit the PR departments of said cable nets. Even with many people still missing and feared dead. Yeah, we all know you'll get big ratings from the coverage, be able to juice up your ad rates, and make more dough for your media baron corporate bosses. But what pathetic lowlifes some of you cable news people be.....

8/1 - How I'd Fix WBAL. Poor news talker WBAL radio is plagued by slumping numbers of late. It's mainstream talk format is being "nibbled to death" by the righty talk of WCBM (including former BALer Rush Limbaugh), the public radio talk of WYPR, the FM radio guy talk of WHFS (and the Orioles), the female talk of WVIE, the urban talk of WOLB, the Christian talk of WRBS, the sports talk of WJFK-AM and WNST, and even, probably, and the new Washington Post Radio talk of WTWP's 1500 (which many Baltimorians probably still call WTOP). So, what should the venerable 50,000-watt 1090, now Orioles-less, do now that it's got a "big hole" to fill from 9 AM to 3 PM, with the departures of Chip Franklin and Rob Douglas? Keep Dave Durian and Ron Smith in their popular drivetime talk shows, but the rest of the time do an all-news "wheel" with news, business, sports, and entertainment headlines, lots of local news reports, and traffic and weather on "the 8s" or whatever. Make it the "WTOP of Baltimore." WBAL already has an excellent radio news department in place. Way too many Baltimore radio listeners already tune to DC's WTOP for their news headlines. Is Baltimore big enough for it's own all-newser? You betchur aaaass, hun!.....

7/31 - Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi on WJFK-FM's morning Junkies (right) and their not-so-hot ratings in his Station Break Q&A Tuesday at washingtonpost.com: "They finished tied for 14th among listeners 25-54, although they might argue that their core audience is 18-34. But whatever. I love the Junkies, but given their ratings over the past five 'quarters,' they may well have peaked. Sadly, they may even be past their peak." Then, when he was reminded: "The Junkies are 9th among adults 25-54 AQH share and 3rd with men 25-54 in the recently released Spring Arbitron," Farhi responded: "D'oh!! My bad. My very, very bad. You are correct about the AQH share (9th). I was looking at the wrong page on my ratings cheat sheet (the numbers I gave were for the station, signon-signoff). Dumb." But, in a later response, Farhi returned to his original belief: "Again, love the Junkies. But here are the - yes - actual ratings quarterly share numbers for them since Stern left (25-54): Spring '06: 4.0, Summer '06: 4.2, Fall '06: 4.2, Winter '07: 3.3, Spring '07: 3.4. I hope they do well, but that looks like a peak to me." A top WJFK-FMer tells DCRTV: "The Junkies are doing well in the demo to whom we market the station. We believe the show will continue to grow and they will be here for a long time to come".....

7/29 - A Baltimore radio guru has shed some light on the mysterious spring Arbitron radio ratings released Friday. In the all-important age 25-to-54 numbers, he reports surges for adult contemporary WLIF and classic rock WZBA. But adult hits Jack WQSR is in serious trouble, we're told, in almost all dayparts. In mornings, Rouse is way up on WLIF and so is JoJo on Mix 106.5. And Elliot is increasing his Baltimore listeners who tune in via DC's DC101. But Mickey is slumping on 98 Rock, with Kirk and Mark staying level on WHFS. In middays, Ed Norris on WHFS is up big. In afternoons, country WPOC and 98 Rock are way up, with WHFS's Don and Mike jumping from 12th to 10th. In evenings, WHFS does very well with the Orioles, with huge gains among male demos. On the sports side, WJFK-AM's Anita Marks is a loser with a big drop in her numbers, while sports talker WNST gets even lower ratings than she does, we hear.....

7/28 - "Me And Mrs. Jones." Heard today on classic rock hits WBIG (100.3 FM). And it wasn't the only black ballad played on Saturday morning. Is Clear Channel taking the ratings-slumping, largely caucasian station in a more "soulful" direction? Back a step or two to the "Big Oldies" days of the O'Jays, Sly, and Motown? Are three rockers - mainstream DC101, adult alternative WTGB, and WBIG - too many for DC? In our deepest Barry White voice we wonder: "Hmmm".....

7/26 - DCRTV hears from a very reliable DC area radio source that Redskins owner Dan Snyder is "shopping around" the signals for his Red Zebra Triple X ESPN Radio operation - the far suburban FMers of 92.7 and 94.3, and Alexandria AMer 730. Either Snyder's planning to get out of the radio business completely at the end of the Redskins' 2007 season or he's planning to buy some new, better signals for his sports talker. DCRTV has been reporting rumors that Snyder might be looking to purchase the signals of Bonneville's Washington Post Radio - 107.7 FM and 1500 AM. However, we from another very reliable DC area radio source: "Bonneville is not going to sell those stations. And I am very sure Red Zebra is getting out of radio, not looking to buy".....

7/26 - From our "What If Department." What if the Washington Post pulls out of its radio deal with Bonneville. And what if the rumors aren't true and Redskins owner Dan Snyder really isn't interested in buying the signals now used by WaPo Radio. What would happen to the format of 107.7 FM and 1500 AM? Hypothetically, DCRTV hears, probably not too much. There's a strong likelihood that the station would keep its talk format. We hear that Bonneville's DC suits are very happy with David Burd and Jessica Doyle's early morning show. And would love to continue airing Tony Kornheiser's late morning program, as well as Washington Nationals baseball. We probably would hear some more syndicated, less expensive talk fare on the station in afternoons and evenings. Stay tuned.....

7/23 - Back in the 1980s, you couldn't turn on a local television without seeing her. Tammy Faye Bakker singing, preaching, and crying black mascara tears with her then-husband Jim on the "PTL - Praise The Lord" (dismissed as "Pass The Loot" by critics) religious show. On Friday, Tammy died at age 65, a woman deeply transformed by her divorce from Jim in 1992 and her battles with prescription drugs and cancer. Hank Stuever remembers her in the DC Post.....

7/30 - Goodnight Tom! Maverick late night TV host Tom Snyder (right) dead at 71. From complications of leukemia. Back in my college days, my nighttime (early morning) TV ritual was Johnny Carson at 11:30 followed by Tom Snyder's "Tomorrow" program at 1. The black background, the illuminated cigarette smoke, the intense but oh so funny banter. Tom, who once even did the news in Philadelphia, would do the oddball, offbeat, Carson reject interviews - the punk rocker, the beatnik writer, the Yoko Ono-types. After many more years in the "fringes" of broadcast and cable time slots, Tom left the TV biz, but for many years continued contact with his fans via a website, which he gave up a year or two ago due to ill health. A tip of the old rabbit ears to you, Tom. One of the very best. Tom Shales remember Snyder in the DC Post.....

7/27 - There is no bigger loser than someone who has come up short in a "hottest media type" contest on a dippy little website like FishbowlDC. If you can get enough of your so-called "friends" and co-workers to stuff the ballot - sit at a computer screen day and night endlessly clicking on your dorky pic - from among a selection of dudes and chicks who are, to be polite, not anywhere near the cream of the "sex-o-licious" Capitol Hill wonk crop, you are pathethic. Lower than low. Face it, you're unlovable. Alone in a crowd of pompous phonies, all seeking meaningless "approval".....

7/27 - Do some certain area radio personalities, like one on the Washington Post's radio station this morning, want to bore their listeners with "behind the scenes" ratings crap - 99.9 percent of them don't care? Even if you feel that you've been "wronged" by some print or internet critic. Let the ratings speak for themselves. And leave it at that. You just don't know how insecure it makes you look when you talk about your "numbers" on the air. Sheesh.....

7/25 - Incoming at DCRTV's Rumorama: "Don't tell (WTOP honcho Jim) Farley, but two broadcast license brokers in DC have heard from Utah (where Bonneville is based), fishing around for a price tag on a possible upcoming sale of the 50,000 (watt) AM property that used to be WTOP in Wheaton (Washington Post Radio on 1500). Farley is apparently unaware of what one player called a property management review, preliminary. Apparently due to falling revenue at a newspaper (Washington Post) has caused them to reconsider whether to extend their (multi-year) deal (with Bonneville), and so it goes. Got to fill that signal with something while they peddle it, so time's a wastin'" However, a top Bonneviller tells DCRTV: "That's so dopey. Bonneville does this every two years at every one of its stations. It's a routine inventory of furniture".....

7/23 - Often, if I see a good movie in a theater, I'll "pair it" with a home viewing of a like-themed movie I have on DVD. For example, this weekend I caught "Talk To Me," the film about legendary WOL radio and WDCA television personality Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene (right). Fabulous! Funny, touching, well-acted. Go see it! Don Cheadle is brilliant as Petey and is deserving of an Oscar nomination for his performance. Ditto with Chiwetel Ejiofor as WOL Program Director Dewey Hughes. If you're "into" DC radio or not, you will love it. And then, on Sunday night, I dug out my DVD copy of "Private Parts" to relive radio great Howard Stern's (left) DC radio days at DC101. Another very good flick - and it holds up well a decade after its release. You may recall that Howard did do a guest shot on Petey's TV show back in the early 1980s. So, after you catch Petey in the theater, go rent or buy Howard for home viewing. A great "DC radio double feature".....

7/20 - Why does Tony Kornheiser substitute David Burd repeatedly talk about how his audience wants to be "destressed"? Washington Post Radio listeners want news and talk and commentary delivered in an entertaining, lively way. If they want to be "destressed" they'll be listening to classical music on WETA-FM or Smooth Jazz 105.9. And, please, no more talk about "puddin' pants." At times, Burd sounds like he's doing his show for a crowd of the silver-haired at Leisure World. Sheesh.....

7/19 - Call it the DC Radio Domino Effect. If Bonneville hadn't killed off classical WGMS in an effort, ultimately, to make room for news talk Washington Post Radio, then WETA-FM wouldn't have dropped its news talk format for classical music, which is attracting Minnesota Public Radio to DC to put news talk in place of Christian contemporary on WGTS. So, you could say that Mormon-owned Bonneville is ultimately responsible for the potential loss of Christian contemporary tunes on the Washington area radio dial. But, then again, Bonneville did sell a latter day (sorry, bad joke) WGMS frequency to Radio One for Christian gospel tunes. So, I guess God can't be too angry with Bonneville. And so it goes.....

7/18 - Holy cow! The Washington Post has finally updated its radio listing to correctly indicate 94.7 as having the WTGB calls and alternative rock format, which it's had since February's dumping of classic rock. However, the Wednesday Style section radio list still sports plenty of wrong info that we've bitched about, like the WXGG calls (now WPRS) for gospel 104.1. But, we must take note of the Post's one small step toward accuracy. Congratulations. That wasn't so hard, was it?.....

7/17 - So, the National Association Of Broadcasters has nominated WMAL for a Marconi Award as being the best "news/talk station of the year." What a crock! On the "talk" side, WMAL plugs into the satellite at noon and pretty much stays that way the rest of the day and night (Limbaugh, Hannity, Levin, Noory). The only locally-produced shows are the morning Grandy and Andy show, Chris Core's late morning show, and Chris Plante in evenings. WMAL doesn't even have a locally-produced afternoon drive show! Now the "news." WMAL has a scaled-back news department. Look at all the staff who've gone to other stations, including WTOP or WAMU! During weekends and evenings, WMAL gets its news from an outside source - Metro Traffic. On the weekends, the station is pretty much infomercials or more satellite-delivered talkers. No more University Of Maryland sports and the Redskins left long ago. As for the station's on-air personalities and line-up, it's almost all male and almost all white - in a heavily black city! If WMAL is one of the nation's best news/talk outlets, then American radio is in a very sorry state. WMAL does not remotely come close to being a prime example of its format. Give that award to WABC or WOR in NYC, WGN in Chicago, WPHT in Philly, KFI in LA or, heck, even WBAL or WCBM in Baltimore.....

7/16 - Wrong yet again. The radio station listing in Monday's Washington Post again claims that 94.7 is classic rock WARW. The station became adult alternative rock WTGB in February. A great newspaper strives for accuracy, even with the "small stuff".....

7/15 - Oh, how I love doing DCRTV! Imagine my "joy" at being awakened early Saturday morning by a phone call from a local radio personality who was upset about a rumor I'd printed on Friday. And he - get this - vowed to never ever have me on his radio show. Like it would have happened if I hadn't reported the rumor? Hey, all you radio folks out there - I have no desire to be on the radio. Let me repeat that. I have no desire to be on the radio. I'm told I sound like a cross between Quentin Tarantino and Fez Whatley. I cringe when I hear my voice on a tape recorder. In the 10 years of running this site, I've guested on only one local broadcast radio show - "The Hideout" with El Jefe and J-Dubs. And where are they today? Off the radio. I still haven't listened to a CD someone sent me of that show. Me - I'll stick to "print." Maybe I'll fill a book with all the local radio personality stories I've heard over the years. Fascinating stuff, oh yeah.....

7/13 - A couple of months ago, I complained about a radio ad for a local car dealer holding a "fire sale" that featured sirens. The ad got promptly pulled. Now, there's a DC Lottery "fire drill" ad with a siren in it that's running on local radio stations. When will advertisers, ad agencies, and radio station management realize that it's damn dangerous for drivers when they hear sirens in radio ads because, for a few seconds, they can't tell whether the warning is real or not? You hit the brakes and start to pull over only to realize that there really isn't a fire truck, police car, or ambulance approaching you. Once again, I need to say it - the DC area's roads are dangerous enough without phoney sirens adding to the problem. Radio stations must pay attention to the ads they run.....

7/12 - Fresh out of college in the early 1980s, I landed a job at a Northern Virginia weekly newspaper and was covering politics. And one of the big issues was Chuck Robb's successful run for governor of Virginia. I got to meet Lady Bird Johnson (who died yesterday at age 94) at a fundraiser for Robb, who was married to Lynda Bird, daughter of the former First Lady. I got to chat with Lady Bird for just a few minutes. She was a bit flustered that the campaign plans for that particular evening weren't going smoothly and she was arguing with Lynda Bird and their aides. My first memory of Lady Bird was via television in 1963 at the John F. Kennedy funeral. I was only 5 and a bit upset that they'd cancelled all the cartoons. Naturally, I didn't tell her that. I was just in awe at meeting her. A great lady.....

7/10 - Another glitch of "glorious" HD Radio. Tried listening to the beginning of Rush Limbaugh's show on AMer WMAL's digital signal today, but the hi-fi HD audio kept cutting out. Very annoying. Must have been all that thunderstorm interference on the band today. Duh! Did the guys who designed and pushed for HD on AM realize that this would happen during the summer boomer season? Sheesh.....

7/6 - Not quoted in Paul Farhi's Friday Washington Post article (above blurb) about Bill O'Reilly getting dumped Thursday from CBS Radio's WJFK-FM is anyone from WJFK-FM. But, WTOP programmer Jim Farley, who works for Bonneville, which runs Washington Post Radio, is quoted by Farhi. A big fat "hmmm." By the way, the Post's radio listings in today's Style section still claim that CBS's 94.7 is classic rock WARW, when it flipped format and calls in February.....

7/2 - A great show about the after-effects of a comet/asteroid hitting the Earth on Silver Spring-based Discovery's The Science Channel on Sunday evening. During the first 35 minutes of the 2-hour program there were a few ad breaks. OK. But then, for some odd reason, Discovery decided to chase its audience away with ad breaks every four or five minutes. More ads than show! And these breaks featured either the same annoying pitches for low budget crap like a toy helicopter or repeated promos for other Discovery shows. Needless to say, I bailed out before the program's halfway mark. I'll guess I'll catch it on DVD, someday.....

7/1 - They've been up and running for a few weeks, but we're now officially launching our NYC/Philadelphia and Boston/Providence radio, TV, and media news pages. Including coverage of Atlantic City, Trenton, Wilmington, Long Island, Hartford, and Manchester. Plus, we're featuring some northeastern radio and TV memories at DCRTV Plus.....

6/30 - How I'd Fix WHFS. Back when alternative rock WHFS was on 99.1 based out of the DC market, it got great ratings in Baltimore even though it kind of sagged in DC. The old HFS frequently rivaled 98 Rock's more hard rock sound. Now, the "new" talk HFS on 105.7 is kind of slumping in the ratings - 15th in the latest age 12+ trends. Hell, more people in Baltimore are listening to out-of-market urban WPGC-FM than to Baltimore's own WHFS, which has become the "weak sister" of CBS's FMers in Charm City. That's sad! My suggestion - keep Kirk and Mark in mornings, keep the Orioles, but flip 105.7's talk to youngish alternative rock. And do a "Baseball And Beck" male demo campaign.....

6/30 - The Washington Post ran its somewhat outdated local radio station list in Saturday's Style section. And guess what? The listing for 820 AM has just been updated to indicate that the signal now relays the "news/analysis" of Washington Post Radio. The signal shift from all-news WTOP took place only days ago. Yet, the Post's radio list still has "WARW" and "classic rock" for CBS's 94.7, when it's been WTGB and adult alternative rock since February. And countless other call letter and format inaccuracies remain on the list, some dating back years. Oh that Post!.....

6/29 - PBS's Bill Moyers speaks the truth about media baron Rupert Murdoch. At YouTube.....

6/29 - As we approach the half-year point of 2007, I'd like to update you on the "State Of DCRTV." Our traffic is up about 10 to 15 percent from last year at this time, but our revenue is up almost 40 percent. Thanks largely to your donations, especially those coming from folks accessing our new DCRTV Plus, which we launched in March, and the increasing number of advertisers who've placed their messages on DCRTV. As many of you know, the DC area is a very expensive place to live. And the revenue generated by the site now almost, but not quite, covers your webmaster's expenses. I'm still dipping into savings each month to help pay the mortgage and ever-increasing health insurance premium. But, hopefully, with the expansion of DCRTV into the NYC/Philadelphia and Boston regions, we'll increase traffic and revenue to make the site fully "self-supporting" by the end of the year. That's the goal, anyway. Thank you all for your generous support! If you want to send a few bucks our way, click here. Even the $5 donations mean a whole lot and are greatly appreciated! And don't forget, DCRTV turns 10-years-old in September. More about that soon. Wow! It's been a fun trip. Again, thanks.....

6/28 - "This radio station would become Spanish in a couple of years." That's what WMAL newsman Bryan Nehman said this morning about the possible outcome of a rebirth of the so-called "Fairness Doctrine" on his largely right-leaning news talker. He and morning show host Fred Grandy predicted that many radio station owners will simply drop political talk formats if the federal government requires that lefty "equal time" shows be aired to balance the current crop of righty shows, a la Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. Grandy jested that he could, instead, play "show tunes" on WMAL's mornings.....

6/27 - Now that Washington Post Radio superstar Tony Kornheiser is almost out the door to do his "Monday Night Football" duties until next year, the Washington Post has replaced Korny's beautiful face in the print Washington Post ads with a barefoot woman in a skimpy black dress (right) looking over a stone wall into a woods. Will she jump over? Or will she walk up the stone steps to her right? I guess the highly-paid promotions people at the Post figure that this type of artsy and vague campaign will generate listeners for their news talker, as opposed to a series of ads that feature - oh say - the other still largely unknown personalities on the low-rated station like David Burd, Hillary Howard, and Bob Kur. Whatever.....

6/25 - Last week, Drudge breathlessly hyped an upcoming NY Times investigation of media baron Rupert Murdoch, whose local properties include three TV stations - WTTG, WDCA, and WUTB - and Fox News Channel. Well, it's now available at nytimes.com. It's big! The product of five journalists with five webpage jumps. The conclusion: Murdoch's "vast media holdings give him a gamut of tools - not just campaign contributions, but also jobs for former government officials and media exposure that promotes allies while attacking adversaries, sometimes viciously - all of which he has used to further his financial interests and establish his legitimacy in the United States, interviews and government records show".....

6/23 - Perhaps some corrections are in order at the Washington Post after seeing the listing of area radio stations in Saturday's Style section. Where do we start? On AM: 700 is listed as being "WGOP," calls it dropped years ago in favor of WDMV, and its format is said to be "news/talk" when it's brokered talk and ethnic. 780 is listed as being "WABS" when it adopted the WAVA-AM calls a while back. 820, soon to be a relay of Washington Post Radio, is listed as being "WTOP" when it's really WTWT. 950 is listed as "Christian" when it's been Spanish and brokered ethnic for a while. Brokered WMET 1160 is listed as being simply the "Greaseman," when he's just the weekday morning personality. WZHF 1390 is listed as being "Chinese" when it's been Spanish for years. On the FM band, 94.7 is listed as being "classic rock" and "WARW" when it's been adult alternative rock and WTGB since February. The calls for the 103.9 WTOP relay are listed as being "WTOP" when they're WGYS. The calls for gospel 104.1 are listed as being "WXGG" when they're now WPRS. It might help if the Washington Post had one of its employees actually scan the area's radio bands once in a while. Sheesh.....

6/21 - Nice to hear Tony Kornheiser on Thursday blasting his own Washington Post Radio for running those dopey "SUV Owners" stilted mother/daughter discussion ads about federal energy policy. Maybe the ad campaign is backfiring, bigtime. Oh, Kornheiser again said that the "Washington Post Live" local sports show on Comcast SportsNet is "unbearable" and must be cancelled immediately..... On Sunday mornings, when I drive around, I like to punch up some intelligent talk on public radio. And, back when WETA-FM was doing news and talk, it wasn't a problem. But now, WETA-FM is doing classical music. And normally news talk WAMU runs bluegrass on Sunday mornings. So, there's no NPR talk on DC radio on Sunday mornings. Over on so-called long-form talker Washington Post Radio, which has touted itself as a commercial replacement for public radio talk, they're whoring it with infomercials. We all know that Washington Post and Washington Post Radio owner Bonneville had a hand in killing off the news and talk on WETA-FM. At the very least, these commercial radio bedfellows should give us the same kind of quality talk on Sunday mornings - when it isn't available on WAMU.....

6/20 - Johnny Sack?!?! I love it! youtube.com.....

6/19 - Gotta love that ad from "The SUV Owners Of America" currently running on area radio stations that features two "wooden" women, allegedly a mother and daughter, who sound like they're reading a script. The two females stiltingly argue that we need changes in federal energy policy so that they can spend less than $75 to fill their vehicle's tank. You'd think the lobbying group could find an ad agency that would use voice-over "artists" that sound convincing.....

6/19 - Channel 9/WUSA meteorologist Topper Shutt has a "short speaking part" in the new "Evan Almighty" movie starring Steve Carell and Morgan Freeman. In fact, Shutt even has a listing at imdb.com. His only other starring role has been in a "TV series" called "WUSA Eyewitness News," according to the film information site. Channel 9 has been giving away tickets to premiere screening of the film on Wednesday at DC's Avalon Theater. Graphic (left) from wusa9.com.....

6/16 - Looked all over Friday morning's Washington Post and couldn't find Thursday's deal to put Maryland football and men's basketball on CBS talker WJFK-FM (see yesterday's DCRTV newsblurb). Yeah, it could be yet another instance of their crack journalists missing yet another local media story. Or, maybe the story isn't running because the powers that be at the corporate Post believe that having the university's sports on a rival to talker Washington Post Radio, which does run college sports and the Nationals, is worthy of a "non-mention." However, a Post insider tells us that the "one" sports section editor "who reads DCRTV" is "on vacation." Of course, CBS did send out a press release. Hmmm. Update: It did appear in Saturday's Post - buried in the 15th paragraph at the very bottom of a sports "News And Notes" column two days late. If that's not an "almost non-mention" I don't know what is.....

6/15 - WMAL's Fred Grandy said Friday morning that his even more conservative co-host Andy Parks has gotten "crankier, whiter, and less tolerant" than he used to be. "Just how white can Andy get?" Grandy wondered.....

6/13 - "It's awful... It's unwatchable." Washington Post superstar sports columnist Tony Kornheiser on his Wednesday Washington Post Radio show about the Washington Post's "Washington Post Live" local sports show on Comcast SportsNet.....

6/12 - You had to go to the 13th paragraph of a page A19 article in the Washington Post on Tuesday to learn that three US soldiers were killed in Iraq Sunday and six others were wounded in a car bomb attack. Agree or disagree with what we're doing in Iraq, it makes me very angry that the sacrifies of our brave young men and women in Iraq are being done in practical anonymity, regarding coverage by the mainstream media. And the Washington Post is one of the better media outlets when it comes to reporting news from the war-torn Mid-East. Instead, all too many newspapers and TV networks are practically orgasmic with allegedly publicly-demanded coverage of Paris Hilton's legal problems and the last chapter in a FICTITIOUS (!) TV show about the mob. The line between "news" and "entertainment" has always been a difficult one to discern. But, lately, it's been invisible. Sure, the number of "eyeballs" attracted to one's media "organ" is important when it comes to generating ad revenue, but do "journalists" really need to become publicity "whores"? Doesn't "real news" work any longer? Sad.....

6/12 - A DCRTV source tells us that DC's XM Satellite Radio is planning to implement a three-second delay in Opie and Anthony's subscription show when the duo returns following a month-long suspension this month. We're told: "That way if they go into a rant about a particular subject that XM may find overly offensive, (XM management) can dump it. F-bombs, live sex, and the like will still be allowed, but no more rants regarding political leaders." O&A got yanked in May after a guest made sexual remarks about Secretary Of State Condi Rice and other prominent women. The NYC-based morning radio pair's free CBS Radio show, heard locally on WJFK-FM, was unaffected by XM's yanking. XM is currently seeking approval on Capitol Hill for a proposed merger with rival Sirius.....

6/12 - On Washington Post Radio Tuesday morning, superstar sports columnist Tony Kornheiser said that he doesn't want his show to continue to be named after him when he leaves in late June for six-ish months of ESPN's "Monday Night Football." The Bonneville-operated talker plans to keep Kornheiser's name on the 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM show even with substitute host David Burd. Also, Kornheiser said that since he won't be paid for doing the radio show from the road, he's not going to have much incentive for making the occasional call-in. And, Kornheiser admitted that he wants to continue his local radio show early next year, after this season's "MNF" gig, even if his newspaper's low-rated radio operation doesn't survive. Kornheiser's show is the highest-rated program on Washington Post Radio.....

6/11 - There's no way Tony Soprano would have taken his family to a public restautant only hours after knocking off rival mob boss Phil if the place wasn't heavily guarded. We then can safely assume that all of the tough-looking characters at the place in the last scene were Tony's bodyguards. And we can assume that Tony and his family are all well and good, despite the show finale's sudden ending.....

6/11 - From TVNewser: The AP picks up on the Project For Excellence In Journalism's finding that "MSNBC and CNN were much more consumed with the war in Iraq than was Fox" during the first quarter of 2007. "It is surprising that they're not covering the biggest story in the country and the world," CNN chief Jon Klein tells David Bauder. Another Klein quote: "It illustrates the danger of cheerleading for one particular point or another because they were obviously cheerleaders for the war. When the war went badly they had to dial back coverage because it didn't fit their preconceived story lines." Fox wouldn't respond to the AP's interview requests. They don't want to talk about their war coverage.....

6/10 - Bad Bedmates. When Bonneville's DC radio suits Joel Oxley and Jim Farley were planning a long-form news and talk radio outlet to complement their very successful all-news WTOP, they should have taken the simpler path. They should have done it themselves. Without a deal with the Washington Post. That way, they could have kept total control of the station's programming, all of the profits, and could have made use of all of the DC area's newspaper resources, including the Washington Times, the Examiner, and even City Paper. If they wanted to put righty talker Glenn Beck in middays to cut costs, they could do so at their own whim. Without a political correctness review from the Post. In addition, the Bonneville news/talk station would have had more credibility because it wouldn't have been seen as a PR arm for a newspaper, in many respects a rival news outlet to WTOP. Oxley and Farley know local radio. They know how to get great ratings with radio news programming here. They didn't need any "expertise" from the Washington Post and the related embarrassment that has resulted form the joint venture. In hindsight, they should have known better. Now you know why you'll never see an all-news WCBS-produced New York Times Radio station in NYC or an all-news KNX-produced Los Angeles Times Radio station in LA. For damn good reason.....

6/8 - Poor Paul Farhi. It's been a bad week for the Washington Post's media reporter. He got scooped by this lowly little website twice (!!!) this week, including news about his own newspaper's station! And then he got more verbal shit directed his way from Washington Post Radio morning man and superstar sports columnist Tony Kornheiser, who extended his year-long feud, charging that Farhi's piece on the station was like taking a "meat cleaver" to his employer. I just love Washington Posties, who claim that they have far more "journalistic ethics" than their "blogger bretheren." Yeah, right! They take scoops and leads from internet websites and they pass them off - in print - as their own work, without crediting their sources. Yet, many "bloggers," especially this one, make it a point to provide credit and a link to every single damn source of information we use. How many times do you see DCRTV credit a "Paul Farhi" or "Frank Ahrens" or "John Maynard" Washington Post article as the source of some information? Frequently. And, how many times do you see Paul Farhi or Frank Ahrens or John Maynard return the favor? Almost never. I really hope you toss and turn over this tonight in bed, Paul. Although, with your journalistic conscience, you'll probably sleep quite soundly.....

6/8 - Media Matters For America points out that syndicated radio talker Glenn Beck - who is being considered for a spot on Washington Post Radio - "has repeatedly spouted inflammatory comments about Muslims, Arabs, Mexicans, and female guests on his radio and television programs, a tendency that went unmentioned by (Paul) Farhi" in a 6/7 Washington Post article about the slumping ratings and revenue of the Bonneville-owned radio station which sports the Washington Post's name. A source at Washington Post Radio tells us that the campaign against Beck is being mounted by the DC-based Council On American-Islamic Relations via cair-net.org. In the past, CAIR has been a frequent critic of talkers on ABC's WMAL. Also, WTOP honcho Jim Farley on the Farhi profile of Bonneville sister Washington Post Radio: "Paul is bending over backwards to look like he's not favoring the Post," he tells Radio And Records. "That's just being a good journalist. But I think he may have just bent over a little too far".....

6/7 - Regarding the above newsblurb about the continued low ratings and dollar drain at Washington Post Radio. A la making the locally-based talker sound more like righty outlets WMAL and WTNT by using less expensive syndicated bombast like Glenn Beck. On the radio station of a generally left-leaning newspaper. If that's the case, maybe it's time to maybe pull the plug on this 14-month-old "newspaper on the radio" experiment. Put it out of its misery before it gets even uglier. We won't use the "f-word" (failure) if you don't. Remember what we said in January 2006, when the plans for Washington Post Radio were first announced: "Will the creation of a Washington Post long-form news service on 1500 and 107.7 that will 'compete' with 103.5 'cannibalize' WTOP's news ratings? And, more importantly, do we really want and/or need 'more' of the Washington Post in our lives? I mean, we've got the newspaper and the website and their reporters all over the broadcast and cable TV dial. Do we really want all those Posties on the radio, too? All the time?".....

6/6 - Bravo to Tony Kornheiser for slamming the dippy, often embarrassing, gossip columnists at his own paper, the Washington Post. On his Wednesday morning Washington Post Radio show, Kornheiser criticized as downright silly a print request from "Reliable Source" scribes Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts hunting for details about a conversation between Donnie Rumsfeld and a former Pentagon biggie as they walked down L Street on Tuesday. The columnists wondered in their column whether someone had overheard the "heated discussion." Even Kornheiser thought that was a stupid request that not only would draw fradulent responses but would also violate the two men's privacy.....

6/2 - In Saturday's Washington Post we find a bylined alleged news article on the front page of the Real Estate section reporting about "Local Explorer," a new mapping and home sales feature on washingtonpost.com. Don't be fooled. Mary Ellen Slayter's piece is purely a promotional vehicle for an ad-sponsored offering on the newspaper's website. The write-up just glows about the service's many handy features. Just another way to "whore" the Post's "journalists" into hyping the company they work for. Pretty much the same kind of thing Tony Kornheiser does on his Washington Post Radio show. And as long as the fat paychecks keep coming, why not! What do they say? Don't bite the hand that feeds you.....

6/1 - Doncha just love Metro Traffic! Now, you often get a religious "sermon" with your traffic report. Increasingly, church groups are buying that "ad mention" following the traffic update. And some of them seem to go beyond simple straight-forward pitches, like a current one advising us to watch Billy Graham on Channel 7 tomorrow night. No, some actually sound like they're coming from a preacher's mouth, without even missing a breath from the traffic news. A la: "The Beltway's jammed at I-270. Did you know that Jesus brings salvation..." Or: "There's an accident on the GW Parkway at Spout Run. You need to trust in the Lord..." Etc. I have heard that some Metro Traffic employees have voiced displeasure at having to read religious messages that they don't necessarily agree with. Gawd, anything for a buck, huh. Jeez.....

5/29 - I was at a family cookout Sunday, celebrating the long holiday weekend. And I got chatting with relatives and friends. And, as usual, my "job" became the center of the conversation. And that got everyone revealing their local radio listening habits. Nothing too surprising. The kids seemed to like Hot 99.5 or DC101. The older white men WMAL and WTEM. The women WASH and Mix 107.3. But then I queried my 23-year-old niece. "I like Washington Post Radio," she told me. "Especially that guy who's on after Elliot." When morning man Elliot's over on DC101. Tony Kornheiser, the guy who brags about doing "old guy radio"? Yup! My neice loves him. Upon further verbal digging, I discovered that she doesn't really like him. In fact, she thinks he's pretty snobbish, pompous, and arrogant - but very funny. And she loves listening to him. But why should I be so surprised? Young woman are often attacted to old men. Look at how many male radio personalities are dating or are married to women who are at least two decades younger than they are. But my neice has got to be four decades younger than Tony.....

5/28 - So, what's up with Phil Wood's decision to go back to WTEM to a Saturday morning baseball show, several years after getting yanked off the Clear Channel sports talker? DCRTV hears that it's simple - the management who didn't much care for Wood (from Bennett Zier's old regime) is gone. And new suits are running the place. We also hear that Wood took the WTEM gig with the blessing of Tom Davis, whose Saturday morning/midday WJFK-AM/MASN baseball show Wood regularly guests on. Wood may re-join Davis if Davis's show gets moved to a later time slot and doesn't conflict with Wood's new show. Davis's show is produced by Davis's production company, and not by either media outlet that runs it. So, if Wood went back to Davis's show, it wouldn't present a conflict between WTEM's owner Clear Channel and WJFK-AM's owner CBS, we're told.....

5/25 - Democratic Party consultant and Fox News lefty political commentator Bob Beckel said he got in a fistfight in a Giant food parking lot in Bethesda Tuesday after construction workers tried to peel off an anti-Bush bumpersticker on his Jeep Grand Cherokee. On Friday, righty talker WMAL's Fred Grandy and Andy Parks strongly hinted on their morning show that Beckel may have fabricated the story for publicity's sake.....

5/24 - In Thursday's Washington Post. "9 US Troops Killed In Iraq, Abducted Soldier May Be Dead" takes up 18 column inches on page A25. "Jordin Sparks Is 'American Idol's' Teen Queen" takes up 27 column inches on pages C1 and C7. Is there something seriously wrong with this editorial "picture"?.....

5/23 - Washington Post Radio, WTWP, the Bonneville-operated talker is running spots urging listeners not to confuse the station with co-owned all-newser WTOP. Apparently, many listeners still write "WTOP" in their ratings diaries when listening to WTOP's old frequencies of 107.7 FM and 1500 AM, which have been WaPo Radio since March 2006. That, sources tell DCRTV, has resulted in lower than expected ratings for WaPo Radio. WTOP is now available on 103.5 FM and 103.9 FM, as well as on 820 AM. Although, that latter frequency will be flipped to WaPo Radio in late June.....

5/22 - "I hate the Verizon company." Tony Kornheiser on Tuesday morning on his Washington Post Radio show, regarding billing and promotional problems with his cell phone service. He called the phone giant "the prime example of a group of liars".....

5/21 - Horrible branding. First we had CBS Radio's "Free FM" shock jock talk stations. Then we got Rupert Murdoch's horrid "My Network TV." And then Comcast's "Versus" moniker for a Biblical, er, sports channel. Now we get the XM/C-SPAN presidential election channel "POTUS '08." Ugh! Why and how do they pick these infamously awful names?!?! They're going to explaining that silly name (POTUS - "President Of The United States") well past the presidential election of November 2008! Ponderous, man, ponderous.....

5/18 - "He is now our worst president." WMAL hard ass righty morning man Andy Parks this morning on George W. Bush, who just did a deal with Congress to give temporary legal status to many of the 12 million illegal immigrants in the USA.....

5/17 - "Mancow is a stain on the underpants of the radio industry." WJFK-FM's Don Geronimo, on his Thursday show, on the Chicago-based shock jock's crusade against shock jock-type radio. "His closet has more skeletons than any of ours".....

5/17 - Let's see. We have all-news WTOP (103.5). And sister WaPo Radio talker WTWP (107.7/1500). Now, the WTOP AM relay (820) in Frederick has been renamed WTWT in preparation for it to start carrying WTWP. And, soon, the Frederick FM relay of WTOP (103.9) will get "WTOP like" calls. Probably something like WTPP or WWTP or WTTP. Not to be confused with WTTG (Fox5). By the way, try not to confuse WTWT with another area talker, WTNT (570), which has a sister sports talker, WTEM (980), which the dyslexic can confuse with another area radio talker, WMET (1160). Got it? Hmmm.....

5/13 - In Sunday's print Washington Post, Marc Fisher profiles DC rock radio legend Don Cerphe Colwell, from progressive rocker WHFS in the early 1970s to "green" adult alternative rocker WTGB, The Globe, now. Not mentioned: Cerphe's many years at DC101, WAVA, and WBMW (now WJFK-FM) in-between. Oh, at the top of the Post's webpage carrying the Cerphe article, at least when we checked on Saturday, a big banner ad for CBS's The Globe (right). However, DCRTV hears from a Washington Post source that banner ads are placed randomly on webpages by an advertising company affiliated with the Post's website that is not directly connected to the newspaper. And the instance of an ad for Cerphe's radio station appearing on the same webpage as the article about Cerphe, as repeatedly enountered by DCRTV on Saturday, was merely a coincidence, we're told.....

5/11 - Yesterday, we heard this from a WMALer: WTWP, Washington Post Radio "is just not on our radar. They are just not a factor in the market. I suspect that the commercials on the station are a 'value added' WTOP by-product, meaning they are free as a way to increase (Bonneville co-owned) WTOP sales. I doubt is anybody actually buys WTWP." Then, today, we received a passionate response from a "Bonneviller" who, basically, raged that DCRTV shouldn't have run such a wrong-headed quote. WTWP, he argued, is sold separately from sister WTOP, and has its own ad sales staff, and its ad base is completely independent. Plus, he added that Washington Post Radio has taken a number of personalities, sponsors, and sponsored shows from WMAL. However, he said he doesn't "trust" DCRTV any longer, and doesn't want us to run his quote. So we won't.....

5/11 - Lefty, anti-Bush filmmaker Michael Moore is getting loads of free hype, including on the righty, pro-Bush Fox News Channel, for his new documentary "Sicko," which looks at the failings of the US health care industry. Thanks to publicity generated by the Treasury Department, which is conducting a "civil investigation for possible violations of the US trade embargo restricting travel to Cuba." US journalists are usually granted permission to go to the Commie isle. "Sicko" opens nationwide in late June.....

5/10 - Oh that Washington Post! In the rag's radio listings, which are used to fill space in the Style section, the 104.1 spot now indicates the recent flip to contemporary gospel. Which is correct. But the WXGG call letters (from former adult hits George) are wrong. It's now WPRS, for Praise 104.1. And, over on 103.9, the Post claims that WXGG calls and contemporary gospel are on that frequency, too. Wrong. That never happened. That Frederick area frequency is now relaying all-news WTOP, which is owned by Bonneville, which owns Washington Post Radio. And, 103.9's calls are still WGYS from last year, when it relayed classical WGMS, which used to be also on 104.1. Oh, nostalgic WTRI, 1520, is still listed by the Post as having a "Christmas" format - in May.....

5/8 - Is there absolutely, positively no chance that the Redskins will wind up back on WJFK-FM in 2007? Never say never. DCRTV hears rumblings that, failing in his efforts to get a "big signal" for his Triple X sports talker, Redskins owner Dan Snyder is going to have to, at least, do a deal to put the Redskins on a station that he doesn't own. For 2007, anyway. Maybe longer. One with coverage inside the Beltway, day and night. The most likely candidates: Clear Channel's DC101 or WBIG, or maybe back to CBS's WJFK-FM, where the Redskins were through 2005. Stay tuned.....

5/8 - We've been wondering what Washington Post Radio is going to do, come June, when superstar sports columnist Tony Kornheiser gives up his daily morning radio duties do re-join the crew of ESPN's "Monday Night Football." Now, we hear from station sources that David Burd, who currently occupies the pre-Kornheiser 5:30 AM to 8:30 AM slot, may be extended until "at least" 10 AM. We're told that WaPo Radio will put together "a replacement show" featuring Kornheiser's current "ensemble cast" of characters, including Marc "Nigel" Sterne and Joe Barber. Kornheiser will still be featured on the show via phone call-ins from the road. Kornheiser debuted his two-hour WaPo Radio show in February. It runs at 8:30 AM, with a replay at 10:30 AM.....

5/8 - "I have some pictures signed by George Bush and Barbara Bush. Not this George Bush - the funny one." Tony Kornheiser on his Washington Post Radio show Tuesday. He was talking about the American royalty he's hung around with.....

5/7 - Anyone see those cool "road rage" TV spots for WTOP? What "four letter word" should area drivers be saying? Right! "W-T-O-P." Oh, I enjoyed reading an opinion piece in Sunday's New York Post about how the media should cover more important issues, like terrorism, poverty, and the energy crisis, instead of celebrity bullshit. And what was on the cover of the very same edition of the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid? David Hasselhoff and Paris Hilton.....

5/7 - Twelve US soldiers died during the past weekend fighting in Iraq. It would have been nice if the media, particularly the cable TV variety, could have paid as much attention Monday to these dozen brave Americans who have sacrificed "all" instead of the constant drumbeat of Paris Hilton, David Hasselhoff, and Alec Baldwin "news".....

5/4 - I hear that CBS talker WJFK-FM is planning to jump on the HD Radio bandwagon soon. How about this for its HD2 channel - "Don Geronimo's Musicradio." Let the DC "radio god" program a 1970s/1980s pop channel - jingles and all. He sure likes the music, being the WLS/WBBM/WPGC "top 40" vet that he is. It would be a great promo vehicle for the Don and Mike show. And, over on CBS's new alt rock-ish the Globe, how about doing an HD2 channel called "The WHFS Vault," which would feature classic progressive rock from WHFS's free-form days on 102.3 and 99.1 in the 1970s and 1980s. Including Joe King Carrasco's "Party Weekend" and Root Boy Slim's "Boogie 'Till You Puke." Even without the legendary calls on 94.7, it would help build the Globe's WHFS heritage. If HD Radio is going to succeed, it needs to develop more unique and local (less canned-sounding) programming choices.....

5/3 - We've chatted with some area DC radio gurus and here's their take on yesterday winter ratings. The landscape in Washington radio for many years has been all-newser WTOP and four urban stations in the top five. Now, it looks like that landscape will be WTOP, three urbans, and one Hispanic in the top five. As long as Washington is measured by Arbitron diaries, that could continue because people with diaries "vote" for their favorites or causes. The game changes with the people meter. In early people meter results, urban and Hispanic stations have lost some clout. One possible reason El Zol might not continue in the top five - El Zol, according to some, has very raunchy content. Will rival stations have Spanish-speaking experts listen and report violations to the FCC? However, a WLZL honcho tells DCRTV that the station is very careful to adhere to the FCC's "indecency" guidelines. The urban pie will be split a bit more now that there is a fulltime gospel station on FM 104.1. Remember, the 1.5 in the winter book for 104.1 was just a little classical WGMS and all the rest was adult hits George. Praise 104.1 did not launch until the spring book started. That 1.5 is up for grabs by alt rockish the Globe, hot adult contemporary Mix 107.3, and classic rock hits Big 100.3. One of them would have to greatly expand the playlist to pick up the George fans. Talker WMAL's audience has skewed way too old - for advertisers - for a long time, but it is still a very profitable station. Citadel takes over from ABC in a month or so and changes are likely. Youngish male talker WJFK-FM is in a "clear tailspin," experencing wide fluctations - probably a ratings anomaly. Food for thought: Area radio veteran Steve Allan has been hired as PD at Smooth Jazz 105.9. Format change to oldies? Soul oldies? Stay tuned.....

5/2 - The worst moment of the year on Washington radio occurred this morning - and it had absolutely nothing to do with Tony Kornheiser. Over on "all-news" WTOP - a story on a personal karaoke iPod-like device with several WTOPers demonstrating their lack of singing skills. The horror, the horror..... Oh, I've finally found the best DC area rock station, with the perfect mix of Linkin Park, the Cure, Guster, the B-52s, the Killers, the Smiths, the Stones, Floyd, STP, the Psych Furs - the old, the new, and the cool! It's "DC94.7." If you set two buttons on your car radio - one to DC101 and one to 94.7 The Globe, you'll be hearing quality rock radio, and almost no ads, about 92.7 (ah WLIR) percent of the time. You know, when 101.1's doing ads, it's over to 94.7. And when 94.7's doing Rod Stewart or Joe Cocker, it's over to 101.1. Great tunes and a strong index finger, too. What more can we DC rock music radio lovers ask? Oh, nevermind.....

5/1 - "Those cemetery ads make me nuts. Everybody needs a place to die, but not on this show." Tony Kornheiser on his Washington Post Radio show Tuesday, immediately after a cemetery ad aired.....

4/29 - I subscribe to one newspaper - the Washington Post. And yesterday I got my application for Post Points. I immediately went to the website and signed up. I even linked my Giant and CVS cards to the plan so I won't have to scan two cards at those locations. I guess I'm old fashioned in one respect - I like to read a real print newspaper first thing in the morning. And, despite the Style section, it is a great newspaper. But, I am trendy in that I'm buying a lot (!) fewer copies of other print rags. I used to regularly purchase USA Today. But when they raised their newsstand price from 50-cents to 75-cents, I stopped. I either read it on the web or leaf through it on the newsstand. I figure I save about $20 a month by not buying it. Ditto with the New York Times, the New York Post, the Baltimore Sun, and the Washington Times. One thing about the DC Post, though. I wish they'd stop trying to get my dearly departed dad to re-subscribe. Dad died in 1991 and mom kept the subscription in his name until she died in 2004. Last year, I told a Post telemarketer to please take dad's name off their list. Yet, even though I sold the old family house in 2005, I still get phone and mail solicitations from the Post in dad's name at my new location. Sheesh.....

4/27 - Nice to hear legendary local movie reviewer Arch Campbell, formerly with Channel 4 and now with Channel 7, live in-studio on Tony Kornheiser's Washington Post Radio show this morning. It's a shame, though, that Washington Post movie reviewer Stephen Hunter had to drone on via a phone link, instead of getting more of Arch's film takes. But, then, what did you expect from a radio station that's all-too-often little more than a promotional vehicle for the paper..... Here's a local HD Radio idea. How about DC's C-SPAN-owned WCSP, 90.1 FM, putting the BBC's non-commercial BBC World Service on one of its digital subchannels. Yeah, we know that the BBCWS is available on XM and Sirius, but its addition would give some much-needed promotion and exposure for WCSP. And it might sell a few more HD Radios.....

4/26 - Jill Nado tells us: "DC and Baltimore's Funniest Radio Personality Contest last night at the DC Improv was a blast. (Yes, it evolved into including Charm City because so few DC radio types had the guts to get on stage.) Thanks go to everyone who came out and especially the contestants who put on one amazing show. Highlights included G. Gordon Liddy's prison stories, Steve Medley's DCRTV reference, an hysterical video from Greaseman, Carson's 'ED' tales, and Jim Bohannon's introductions. The winner was Mickey Cucchiella (right) - morning guy from 98 Rock, who admitted twice on stage that he was letting loose because he didn't care if he won!" WBAL-AM's Chip Franklin finished second. Medley, the unemployed morning man from now defunct WARW, took "home" (currently beneath a Whitehurst Freeway overpass) third place. And Kirk McEwen of WHFS was the honorable mention recipient. The event, which raised money for the Funniest Celebrity Charitable Fund, took place Wednesday evening at the DC Improv.....

4/26 - "I don't know how to do YouTube." Tony Kornheiser this morning on his Washington Post Radio show. Um, Tony, you search for a topic and click on a video.....

4/24 - He does the voices of Mr. Burns, Waylon Smithers, Ned Flanders, Kent Brockman, and Principal Seymour Skinner (among many others) on "The Simpsons." He co-created, co-wrote, and co-starred in the 1984 cult film "This Is Spinal Tap." He's been a regular on "Saturday Night Live." He even starred in the recent feature film "For Your Consideration." But, Harry Shearer (right) has a dream that continues to prove illusive. He can't get his NPR political punditry show, "Le Show," carried in NYC, Boston, and here in DC. He tells DCRTV that his Sunday afternoon chatfest, which has been produced by the LA area's KCRW since 1983, did get carried by WAMU for nine weeks six years ago. But it got cancelled on 9/10/01 (yes, one day shy of the date that will live in infamy) by an 88.5 programmer who didn't think the show was funny enough. Since then, Shearer hasn't had any luck getting it re-carried on DC's airwaves. The show, which is financially supported by Shearer's "Simpsons" income, runs on XM (XMPR) and Sirius, can be podcasted via iTunes, and downloaded via harryshearer.com. But he wants to again be heard on the local public radio airwaves, with WAMU being the most-likely candidate. Shearer was in DC over the weekend to attend the White House Correspondents' Association dinner. "A lot of people around here are fans of the show," he tells DCRTV. "But the majority of Washingtonians listen on the internet".....

4/23 - You've got to hand it to Don Geronimo. Never has the three-ish decade Washington radio man ever started his show with a pretentious drone about the celebrities he graced the presence of at the White House Correspondents' Assocation dinner. Hey Tony Kornheiser, when are you leaving your Washington Post Radio show for your "Monday Night Football" duties? May? June? Can't wait..... Here's a programming tip for the folks at the Clear Channel Sausage And Pulled Pork Factory in Rockville. Make it "Big 100.3 - The Deep End" 24/7. That Sunday morning "deep cuts" classic rockish show is absolutely fab. It's fresh and full of aural surprises. It's what WBIG should be sounding like all the time. Instead of the rather, oh-so-overplayed "safe" vintage rock "sludge" that's cranked out on a daily basis. Do that and WBIG will rule the classic rock globe. At least in DC, anyway.....

4/21 - Tony Kornheiser (left), the over-extended Washington Post personality who hosts a lipsmacking show on his rag's radio station, makes "37" on the New England-based Phoenix alternative weekly newspaper's list of "The 100 Unsexiest Men 2007." Its Kornheiser nomination: "Sometimes an unattractive name can push a borderline awkward dude into don't-touch-me territory. This unattractive ESPN commentator for 'Monday Night Football' comes with several items of unfortunate baggage, not the least of which is this: who the hell wants to be Mrs. Kornheiser?" Also making the list: Rush Limbaugh, Anthony Cumia (half of Opie and Anthony), Artie Lang (Howard Stern sidekick), Don Imus, Bill O'Reilly, Ted Kennedy, Robert Novak, Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, and Ann Coulter. Topping the list: Donald Trump, of course. Missing from the list (probably because he's not famous enough): Mike O'Meara (half of Don and Mike).....

4/20 - That's how TV news, particularly the cable variety, gets ratings. It exploits personal tragedy. Duh! Why do you think Greta Van Susteren spent the better part of a year, every night, gossiping about a missing, presumed dead, beautiful girl in Aruba? The newsworthiness of it? No. It generated ratings. Everything from OJ to Anna Nicole. The sleaze propels the cable news biz. They all do it - from Nancy Grace to John Gibson. Viewers may say that don't like how TV news hypes the seamy side of brutality, a la the Virginia Tech shooter. But the ratings don't lie. People watch it. And media barons like Rupert Murdoch know that. Expect more.....

4/18 - I don't know. But seeing the analysis of Virginia Tech shooter Cho Seung Hui splashed across the top of the front page of today's Washington Post makes me a bit queasy. Yes, I know that his story needs to be covered. We need to know why he did what he did. But does the media really need to make him such a post-death "celebrity." In a way, it's almost like feeding his evil sickness. For this unthinkably horrible, inhuman crime he is rewarded with fame. Just like Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer and John Allen Muhammad. Once again, the all-too-human media fails us in not knowing the boundry between "coverage" and "hype".....

4/17 - "We're fulfilling a contract. How about you?" So responded WJFK-FM afternoon man Don Geronimo today on-air to a caller who asked "How are you".....

4/16 - A big "thank you" to the folks who helped me launch DCRTV Plus. It took just about a month since I started the "nostalgic" side to DCRTV to hit the "100" donor mark. Thanks to those who coughed up $50 and those who do the monthly $5 thing. And thanks to those who've sent clips and pics. I thought long and hard before starting a "premium" part of DCRTV, but needed to find a way to encourage more of DCRTV's approximately 30,000 daily visitors to help support the site. DCRTV Plus is only about $5 a month (a cup of coffee at Starbucks) and there are lots of cool surprises coming this spring and summer, including more audio and video clips. I have loved doing DCRTV - every single day for the past decade. And the main reason is getting to know so many wonderful people in the DC and Baltimore area radio, TV, and media "biz." You don't know how you've all richly rewarded my life. Thank you all again! Onward and upward with DCRTV, the DC and Baltimore area's best "media watering hole".....

4/11 - Putting things in perspective. Don Imus in the DC radio market. Despite all the Washington "power players" he has on his show, and all the press he gets, almost no one inside (or outside) the Beltway listens to him. In the latest Arbitrends, Imus, via Clear Channel talker WTNT, was tied for 25th place in morning drive with Fredericksburg country outlet WFLS. He posted a 0.6 share of the age 12+ demo, down almost 50 percent from his 1.0 share a year ago. His national cable TV audience is said to be less than 300,000. That's the population of Loudoun County. Yes, I agree, what Imus said was in terrible taste. But, we must remember, this big controversy surrounds someone almost no one listens to.....

4/11 - "It was an off-the-cuff remark from an old radio announcer. Get over it." WMAL's Andy Parks today on the Don Imus "nappy-headed hos" controversy.....

4/10 - Oh that Post! In its daily TV grid in the print edition, the Washington Post now boldfaces programs that are "new or live." OK, good idea. But, as is all too frequent with the Style section, the Post screws things up. Everything on Fox News Channel is bolded, but nothing on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, C-SPAN, and NewsChannel 8 is. The NBC news on 4 and the ABC news on 7 are bolded, but not the CBS news on 9. In fact, most of 4, 5, 7, and 9's local newscasts are not bolded. What? Are they reruns? Of course, "Washington Post Live" on CSN is bolded, but a listing for "The John Riggins Show" on MASN isn't. By the way, five days ago, locally-based Radio One did a deal with Bonneville to give the DC area its first FM gospel radio station. And still not a single mention in the print Post. Hmmm.....

4/10 - "I feel Margaret Thatcher turning over in her grave." Fred Grandy this morning on WMAL, commenting on Britain's allegedly botched handling of the release of troops that had been held by Iran. Fellow WMALers did point out a minute or two later that the former prime minister is still among the living.....

4/7 - Two huge news stories this past week involving the black radio community in Washington - and nothing in the Washington Post. First, there were reports Tuesday that DC radio and TV veteran Big Tigger (aka Darian Morgan) will return to local radio, to do the afternoon drive show at CBS's top-rated urban WPGC-FM. And, second, Lanham-based radio giant Radio One made a deal Friday to acquire a major FMer in the market from Bonneville, and launched, on Saturday morning, the area's first gospel FM radio station. And yet nothing in the Post - as of Saturday, anyway. Not even any mentions in Marc "The Listener" Fisher's online blog, although he did tell us about a radio format change in California. OK, so maybe the Post will get around to covering both stories next week. But isn't that one of the reasons a newspaper exists - to report news developments in a timely manner? Like maybe the next day, if possible. Hey, the cynical side of me wonders if maybe, now that the Post is dabbling in the local radio business with its floundering Washington Post Radio, company suits want to kind of downplay news about potential competition to their outlet. A big giant "hmmm." Oh that Post! Oh journalism.....

4/5 - We hear that there is a "mass exodus" of news people from American University's mainly news and talk WAMU. Two have left and two more have given notice and are "actively job hunting." We're told that there's "major unhappiness with new news director. Just as they are enjoying being the only public radio news outlet with WETA returning to classical, they seem to be shooting themselves in the foot." Says another WAMU source: "They will soon be down to just one fulltime and one parttime reporter. WAMU management plans to dumb-down local news by replacing fulltime professional reporters with interns from American University".....

4/3 - OK, it didn't come true yesterday. There were rumblings that Redskin great Joe Theismann, just bounced from ESPN's "Monday Night Football," might be returning to the DC market as a Redskins show co-host and analyst with someone. Maybe Channel 9's Brett Haber? Instead, Haber's "big," heavily-hyped Monday announcement, was (don't laugh) that Nats GM Jim Bowden will show up weekly on 9's sports to tout his team. You could hear the collective groan from all the DCRTVers whose hopes had been raised by yesterday's reports of a possible TV deal for Theismann. You know, when 9 canned sports anchor Jess Atkinson a few years back, DCRTV was first to suggest that Haber, then doing mornings on the now defunct Z104 radio station, might land the top sports gig at WUSA. Maybe 9 should listen to the latest speculation from this here site and do a local TV deal with Theismann - before 5 or 7 beats 'em to it.....

4/1 - Happy April Fools' Day! From the Front Page:

Steve Doocy Joins 9 - 4/1 - DCRTV hears that Fox News Channel morning personality Steve Doocy (right) has been hired to co-anchor Channel 9/WUSA's evening newscasts. "We needed to jolt the station's news ratings and this hi-def stuff, alone, just wasn't working," a WUSA source tells DCRTV. Doocy, who currently does the "Fox And Friends" show from NYC, returns to the DC market, where he was once an entertainment and features reporter for Channel 4/WRC. Doocy will be paired with Tracey Neale at 5 PM and at 11 PM, we're told, and will do a nationally syndicated DC-based talk show for WUSA parent Gannett. More as we hear it.....

3/30 - "I would have squirrels pull out his eyeballs." So said Tony Kornheiser Friday morning on Washington Post Radio about an unnamed fellow Washington Postie. It seems that Kornheiser is still upset at that bad "Monday Night Football" review he got from Paul Farhi last summer.....

3/30 - When will radio stations realize that ads with sirens in them are a danger to listeners in their cars! Shame on WTOP for running, just before noon Friday, a "fire sale" ad for Ourisman Chevrolet complete with sirens. For a few seconds, I actually believed that there was an ambulance or fire engine heading toward me on the highway and slowed down. Instead of fining broadcasters for the airing of dirty words, which endanger no one, the FCC should smack WTOP owner Bonneville with a hefty fine for running an ad that creates a dangerous audio obstruction on our already unsafe highways. UPDATE: Several hours after posting the above, I heard from a WTOP executive who told me that the ad "violates our own policy. Didn't know about it until I saw your rant. Killing it now." Bravo, WTOP.....

3/29 - When I do get around to buying that big-screen high-def TV, I definitely won't be buying it at Circuit City. It fired sales workers making less than $12 an hour, calling them "overpaid," while its CEO rakes in millions in salary, bonuses, and stock awards. According to today's Washington Post, the Richmond-based electronics retailer fired 3,400 employees in stores across the country yesterday, saying they were making too much money and would be replaced by new hires willing to work for less. The company gave the dismissed workers severance pay and told them that after 10 weeks they were free to apply for any openings. Employees reached by a reporter said they were notified yesterday morning and told to leave immediately. Steven Rash, 24, said he was one of 11 workers fired at a Circuit City in Asheville, NC. He said he earned $11.59 an hour and worked from 15 to 20 hours a week. He received four weeks of severance pay. Meanwhile, Circuit City chief executive Philip Schoonover received a salary of $716,346, along with a $704,700 bonus last year. He also has long-term compensation of $3 million in stock awards and $340,000 in underlying options, according to company filings. Hey Phil, just try to live on a wage of less than $12 an hour, you cheap bastard.....

3/28 - Lookie lookie! No DCRTV credit in a Wednesday blurb in the DC Post from the Reliable Source chicks on a story that, as far as we can tell, was pretty much broken and been exclusively discussed here on DCRTV the for two full days before appearing in "rewrite job" gossip column that's pretty much the joke of the newspaper biz. You know, the Barbara Harrison "s-word" thingo. Yes, the YouTube clip wasn't posted by us, but the Channel 4 viewer contacted us immediately on Monday and we linked to it. And, ha ha ha, the RS girls Wednesday missed the news that DCRTV ran on Tuesday that 4 ordered the clip to be removed from YouTube. Maybe the RS chicks will run that news a couple days late, like just about everything else in their column. Oh: "Harrison declined to comment yesterday. Darn." How long did you spend thinking up that "funny" closer? Argh. By the way, you two are really awful on Washington Post Radio.....

3/26 - My God, what has happened to Bonneville? Two years ago, the Salt Lake City media company was doing just fine in DC. It had cash-cow all-news WTOP humming along. Along with great-signaled classical WGMS, with solid ratings and immense prestige among its graying, power-player demo. And a bunch of more youthful ears tuned to hit-based Z104, a work in progress. All-in-all, a nice audience "mix." Now, WTOP is still doing great on a new frequency, if not showing its age just a bit. But WGMS has been allowed to hit an iceberg and sink, as it, first, got moved to a pair of weaker signals, and, then, ever so painfully, got put up for sale and then never got sold. With some survivors wading across the Potomac to a lifeboat provided by Arlington's WETA-FM. Bonneville's now got an ad-less (no revenue-generating) automated (no DJs) oldies (George) station parked on the old GMS frequencies. That was where Z104 once lived, before it "got blowed up real good." But the real ultra-blunder for Bonneville has been something called Washington Post Radio. Just hitting its one-year anniversary, the alleged commercial alternative to "dry" NPR news talk radio has received no ratings traction at all. Zip, zero, nada. It's on a pair of "difficult" signals (an AMer in a non-AM market and an FMer that doesn't make it inside the Beltway or to Maryland). It's populated by newspaper people who are kind of clueless about the radio broadcasting biz, including a certain deity sports columnist who's so busy with other media projects (back to "MNF" this summer, huh) and so pickled in his own pompousity that he can't get his arse in the studio early enough (pre-8:30) to do a properly-focused morning drive show (that's the collective opinion of some at his station, anyway). And it's promoted by a newspaper that has done, frankly, a poor marketing job, largely ignoring the "real" veteran radio talent at the station. In aiming its misguided audio product at a "wonk" audience that's so "over-Posted" that many subscribers of the (slumping) dead tree edition make it a point to avoid the radio outlet (that's what we're hearing, anyway). Hell, Posties are so over-exposed (the internet, blogs, radio, TV, cell phone, cable TV, and cable news) that they've become the moral media equivalent of the dreaded telemarketer or infomercial shillman. Not to mention the talk radio competition that WaPo Radio is up against, from righty Rushy MAL-ish AMers and lefty public radio outlets, to newsers like WTOP and male "shock jockers" like JFK's Junks and DC101's Elliot. If Bonneville was in the driver's seat with its co-produced WaPo Radio, it could (and should) cut losses now and shut it down. But it can't. It reportedly signed a deal to give the "newspaper-on-radio" experiment three or four long years. So, WTOP will continue to print money, thank you. People need traffic and weather "on the 8s." And adult hits George may generate some cash after advertisers are allowed back onboard (or it's finally sold), but its rimshot transmitters will be directly competing with the better-signaled "big boys" at WASH, WRQX, WBIG, and the new WTGB. And WaPo Radio may creep oh-so-close to the 20th place mark in the radio ratings (if the Nats don't suck) later this year or maybe next, but that's putting the best spin on a bad situation. It could, and very well will be, a whole lot worse for Bonneville here in DC. What a mess.....

3/20 - "Verizon stinks, by the way." Tony Kornheiser on his Washington Post Radio show this morning. Kornheiser was responding to an e-mailer who complained that the version of NewsChannel 8 on his Verizon cable TV system doesn't carry the much-mentioned simulcast of Kornheiser's show. It's a joke.....

3/20 - From the Reliable Source gals in today's Washington Post: Wasn't that the bearded DCRTV Dave Hughes lunching with friends yesterday at the O Street Mansion near Dupont Circle? We hear it was a birthday bash for his friend and neighbor Ann McGill, who runs joycar.org. Hughes, who wasn't wearing his trademark camo, was decked out in tan pants, and a green plaid shirt with a clashing multi-colored tie, given to him years ago by his grandfather. After the party, the group explored the mansion, which doubles as a fancy bed-and-breakfast for rock star types and other celebs. After passing a signed autograph from legendary DC TV sportscaster Warner Wolf on a staircase, Hughes, who runs the popular Washington and Baltimore TV and radio website dcrtv.com, made his way to the John Lennon suite and sacked out on the plush bed, surrounded by a plethora of Beatles memorabilia, all of which was for sale, and none of which he could afford. But he could dream.....

3/19 - WMAL talker Chris Core this morning, responding to an e-mailer who called him an idiot for his stance on a political issue. "Come on. Why have I been in this business so long? I know I'm an idiot." Core's been at WMAL three decades.....

3/17 - Your friendly webmaster guested on the March installment of "Creature Feature" at countgore.com. Hosted by former Channel 20 horror movie host Count Gore De Vol, aka Dick Dyszel. "The Devil's Hand" stars Robert Alda ("MASH" star Alan Alda's father). In a post-taping interview, the Count tells DCRTV that he has no plans to return to local TV, since his current web-based show gets far more viewers than his 1970s-1980s WDCA show ever did. From his dungeon basement studio in a super secret location in the DC area, complete with a real coffin and an authentic human skull, the Count brings public domain horror flicks to a worldwide audience. With a new "Feature" installment every two weeks. Even though he was born and raised in Chicago, where he relocated for a while after getting axed from Channel 20, the Count says he'll always call "Vashington" home.....

3/16 - David Burd, filling in for Tony Kornheiser on Washington Post Radio, queried this morning: "How can you tell I'm not Tony?" Responded film critic Joe Barber: "You're not orange." Too much tanning parlor for Tony? A few minutes later, we learned from someone else on Tony's radio team that he's "naturally orange".....

3/13 - Just before 11 AM today, WTOP ran another story about how old-fashioned TV sets will become "obsolete" in 2009 when traditional analog broadcasts are slated to be discontinued. WTOP was correct in reporting that folks who watch only over-the-air broadcasts will need to obtain a converter box to receive digital broadcasts - or buy a new digital set. But what WTOP didn't report is that if your old set is connected to a cable or satellite box, as most are, or to a DVD player or VCR, it will still work just fine. Even after the 2009 deadline. Come on WTOP, give us the whole story. Sheesh. Expect more "scare stories" as electronics manufacturers and retailers hope to generate big bucks by getting more consumers to replace their perfectly good TV sets.....

3/12 - "Anybody who thinks there's no such thing as global warming is an idiot." Tony Kornheiser on his Monday morning Washington Post Radio show. Kornheiser said he watched Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" on Showtime Sunday evening.....

3/8 - Superstar sports columnist Tony Kornheiser, on his two-week-old Washington Post Radio show today, was asked about his ratings: "I went to a station with no ratings. So if I get seven listeners they'll carry me around like a god".....

3/6 - They cranked up "The Love Boat" theme on David Burd's Washington Post Radio, WTWP, show this morning. And the guest being introduced, Carol Ross Joynt, remarked: "This advertises another radio station." Obviously a reference to former "Love Boat" crew member Fred Grandy, now heard during mornings on rival talker WMAL. Joynt discussed last week's joint appearance with legendary DC TV news anchors Jim Vance and Gordon Peterson.....

3/2 - So, legendary longtime sports anchor George Michael's gone. At least his nightly sportscasts are. But, wait, there's no tribute on NBC4's website! What gives? A DC TV source tells us that some WRC newsers aren't all that sad at seeing George, or more specifically, his bloated sports department doing the bye-bye thingo. Also, we're told that George often went "above station management" to NBC's top suits when he had a bone to pick, and that didn't sit well with some of the management-types on Nebraska Avenue. One 4er-who-should-know tells DCRTV that with George gone (or almost gone), there'll be more on-air time and a greater slice of those ever-tightening budget dollars for news and weather. To hell with sports, some TV insiders quietly admit. That's not to say that there isn't a lot of love, personally, for George "the man" around WRC. There is. But, privately, we're told that the age of big, resource-draining sports departments at local TV stations is over. And some news-types, frankly, are a just little less worried about their jobs being cut.....

3/2 - Imagine the droning and oh so pompous Washington Post film critic Stephen Hunter going on-and-on way too long Friday via a cheap phone line about his participation (writer? bit part?) in a Mark Wahlberg film. Yeah, Tony Kornheiser was right. The show stinks. At least it didn't smell too good this morning.....

3/1 - I got a good laugh when I read today that CompUSA is planning to close its Tysons Corner, Fairfax, Alexandria, Woodbridge, Rockville, and Gaithersburg stores as part of a "financial realignment." Translation: business sucked. I stopped buying anything from the computer retailer when it started using righty radio blowhard Rush Limbaugh as a spokesman in its radio ads. Hey, I wonder. Did my boycott work? I may be delusional, but I'd like to think so.....

2/28 - Again today, the Washington Post does a half-page ad for Tony Kornheiser's 8:30 AM show on Washington Post Radio. More unsold ad space in the Style section? Just about every day since Tony's show started on 2/19, the Post has been running print ads for it. All well and good. But that show's only on two hours (live) and only one-half-hour of which in a key drivetime period. Why doesn't the Post do a like promotion for its other drivetime shows - David Burd and Jessica Doyle, who air from 5:30 AM to 8:30 AM, and Hillary Howard and Bob Kur, who air from 3 PM to 7 PM? These four folks are carrying the "ratings weight" of the station and get almost no promotion from the paper. And look at the station's website at washingtonpostradio.com. As of this morning, the "Who We Are" page remained un-updated and still has Burd and Doyle running from 5:30 AM to 10 AM. Tony, as God-like as he is, ain't gonna pull this year-long "newspaper on the radio" experiment out of the ratings doldrums by himself. Some decent promotion just might. Maybe. Maybe not.....

2/26 - Some mornings you wake up in a foul mood (like today) and you turn on WMAL's morning show only to hear a whole batch of smart ass, allegedly funny (not!), amateurish political comments from Fred, Andy, and Bryan. And you just wish that the God up in Heaven would make Martin Scorsese director of the ABC talker.....

2/21 - Satellite radio, as wonderful as the programming is, is simply not a viable business. At least with two competing companies currently dividing the consumer base. That's why DC's XM and NYC's Sirius are attempting to merge. And, even though I can't explain it, I have this nagging feeling that what's going on is more like a Sirius takeover of XM. With Sirius's Mel Karmazin in charge, what else can it be? What do you bet that the combined company will be called Sirius and be based in NYC after the marriage is consumated. Why not. NYC is the entertainment business capital of the western world. The FCC will have to approve the deal. What's the alternative? The two companies apart probably won't survive. With the merger, at least we'll have one relatively strong satellite radio alternative to broadcast radio. Still, with the radio biz quickly moving to the internet (like the TV biz is), and the continued rise of digital "HD" radio, satrad may not survive in the long run - even as one firm.....

2/21 - We hear from well-placed sources that Redskins owner Dan Snyder has given some serious thought to picking up talker WMAL (630 AM) from soon-to-be new owner Citadel, when the firm assumes control of ABC's radio stations this summer. For his Triple X ESPN Radio sports talker. You'll recall that Snyder was planning to buy 104.1 and 103.9 - formerly classical WGMS - from Bonneville, but talks collapsed in December. That deal, we're told, is not quite dead. It's no secret that Snyder wants to hike the coverage of his Triple X stations, which include two far-suburban FMers (92.7 and 94.3) and an Alexandria AMer (730) that drops to light bulb power after dark. Stay tuned.....

2/20 - If you don't like his new Washington Post Radio show, Washington Post superstar sports columnist Tony Kornheiser today, during his debut show, suggested that you turn your radio dial "to the right." OK, so what's to the "right" of WTWP-FM on 107.7? One station - religion on 107.9. And to the right of WTWP-AM on 1500? You could listen to Dean Martin on 1520, Spanish on 1540, gospel on 1580, or more Spanish on 1600. Not much of a choice. The show kinda sounds like a "Hot Morning Mess" for the elderly. How about outfitting Joe Barber (the new "Teapot Tim") in a Speedo and have him mooning drivers in ManASSas? How about sending "Nigel" out to do skateboard stunts in the parking lot of the Leisure World Giant? Some advice: See if "newsman" Buzz Burbank (his voice is heard on ads during the show) is available. (Oh, nice to see WTWP snatching Catholic Cemeteries from WMAL to sponsor Tony's show.) Look Tony, you're "the sole (soul) savior" for your rag's radio experiment. If your show sinks, we'll be hearing classic country (Charlie 107/1500) on WTWP before too long. And Bonneville (which owns WTWP) suits Jim Farley and Joel Oxley will be running a dinner theater in Wheaton. Good luck and God bless. I hear they're praying for you in Salt Lake City.....

2/20 - It's no secret that I don't like media baron Rupert Murdoch. Take his NY Post today. Front page touts Britney Spears' new "hairdoo." And two full pages - 4 and 5. Then on page 21, a four paragraph wire service blurb headlined "2 GIs die in brazen base blitz" that actually reports the recent death of eight US service members in Iraq. The deaths of eight US military heroes take a distant "journalistic" backseat to the antics of a publicity-seeking media whore. One more reason to avoid, at all costs, Murdoch's other media "tenticles" - including DC's Channels 5 and 20, and the Faux News Channel. Time for a shower to wash off that Murdoch "stench".....

2/17 - We hear that Washington Post superstar sports columnist Tony Kornheiser is getting a prime perquisite for his new gig at Bonneville owned and operated talker Washington Post Radio - a reserved parking space. And that's something that some top Bonnevillers who run sister all-news WTOP don't get. But that's basically it for broadcast luxuries. No bathroom configuration change. No new studio. "His producer will pick up bagels on his way to work, just as he did at WTEM," we're told. We do get confirmation that WTOP reporter Brennan Haselton will do news during Kornheiser's show, which starts Tuesday. And you'll probably also hear WTOP entertainment editor Joe Barber doing segments with Kornheiser. "What kind of show will it be? The answer to that is whatever Tony wants it to be." Oh, we're also told that Post biggie Ben Bradlee didn't beg Kornheiser to join Washington Post Radio. It was Donald Graham who did that.....

2/16 - I'm not a big fan of incendiary righty columnist Michelle Malkin. But Howie Kurtz did a decent profile of her in today's DC Post. However, did the Style section editors really need to run a quarter-page space-wasting photo of Malkin's dull-looking website in the dead tree edition? Couldn't the space have been but to better use to have, say, Paul Farhi re-hype Tony Kornheiser's new Washington Post Radio show? Or what about Frank Ahrens digging up trash about a local radio personality competitor to Washington Post Radio? Or even a Lisa de Moraes piece about lunching with a dimwit TV programmer in LA? Sheesh.....

2/15 - The Washington Post is running a quarter page ad in the sports section today hyping the return of its superstar sports columnist, Tony Kornheiser, to local radio. To the Post's own Washington Post Radio, starting 2/20. And, we hear from sources at Washington Post Radio that current morning man, David Burd, whose show gets trimmed by one-and-a-half hours (ending at 8:30 AM instead of 10 AM), to make way for Tony (who starts at 8:30 AM), will actually remain "in the building" to "serve" Tony. Instead of hitting the highway back to his palacial Maryland mansion (with dog boarding facilities), Burd will remain at the Bonneville broadcast complex, which produces Washington Post Radio. He'll be busy preparing the daily "bagel banquet" for "Mr. Kornheiser" (as Burd has been instructed to call him) and then remain "on duty" until 10:30 AM in case he's needed for "other services." We also hear that Bonneville has built a new studio especially for Kornheiser, which is especially close to the men's room. In fact, we hear, that it was the overall condition of the Bonneville men's room (and not a previously reported plea from Washington Post honcho Ben Bradlee) which convinced Kornheiser not to return to Clear Channel. You'll recall that Clear Channel's SportsTalk 980 actually installed a urinal in the ladies' room and converted the facility to the opposite gender in order to provide a less demanding walk for Kornheiser.....

2/14 - It's funny, I run a website that covers local TV news. Yet, I really don't watch too much local TV news. Except when there's a big snow or ice storm. Man, it sure is fascinating to match the faces with the names. It's been a couple of years since I've seen some of you people. Man, she's gotten fat. He's gotten old. She looks well-preserved. Yes, large breasts, indeed. So, that's what he looks like. Oh God, what has Fox done to her? Hmmm.....

2/13 - We hear rumblings from CBS Radio that if the locally-based talkers at its various Free-FM stations, a la DC's WJFK-FM, don't improve their ratings by summer or fall, we might see a national talk line-up based out of the NYC-based Free-FMer, WFNY. With Opie and Anthony in mornings and Ron and Fez in evenings, from coast-to-coast. You'll recall that talk radio maven John Mainelli recently took the reins at WFNY to improve its post-Howard Stern ratings - and we're pretty sure that he has his sights set on more than just the Big Apple. Should the west coast's Adam Carolla and Danny Bonaduce, and DC's Junkies be worried? We're also hearing that's why Baltimore's CBS Radio FM talker, WHFS, recently trashed the Free-FM moniker - to be free of Mainelli's influence. WHFS just signed to carry the Orioles, plus Kirk and Mark in mornings. Stay tuned.....

2/12 - In the Washington Post, reporter Frank Ahrens tells us that radio personality Cerphe Colwell was allegedly using his radio station, CBS's WARW, to advertise his own business, Green Cottage. We wonder: So how is afternoon personality Mike O'Meara able to make frequent on-air mentions of his O'Meara's restaurant on WJFK-FM, a CBS station that General Manager Michael Hughes also runs? Or, what about on-air personalities on Bonneville-owned Washington Post Radio making frequent mentions of the Washington Post? Is every one of those mentions a catalogued "paid" spot? Could they, too, be viewed by the FCC as unpaid "plugola"? Is Bonneville giving unfair "consideration" to the Post, at the expense of the Washington Times and the Washington Examiner? Or is the content of Washington Post Radio a 24/7 paid "infomercial"? Would the FCC see it that way? Maybe Ahrens, who some could say is getting an editorial "dig" at WARW, a station competing with his employer's own station, should look into that, too? Ah, the ethical questions raised when big media firms get into bed with each other.....

2/9 - Anna Nicole Smith was a beautiful woman. And a very troubled person. But she was no Marilyn Monroe. Despite the media comparisons being made. Marilyn Monroe was also a beautiful woman and a very troubled person. But she was a fantastic actress who left behind a legacy of great films - from the Hitchcockian greatness of "Niagara" and the overlooked drama "Don't Bother To Knock," to great comedies like "Some Like It Hot," "Monkey Business," "The Seven Year Itch," "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," and "How To Marry A Millionaire." Pretty much, all Ms. Smith will leave behind is a slew of tabloid headlines and a trail of emotional wreckage. Sad......

2/6 - A while back, both DCRTV and the Washington Post reported rumors that Bonneville was planning to launch a sports talker on 104.1 and 103.9, dubbed Score 104. Of course, the former classical WGMS frequencies became mainly oldies George 104. But, DCRTV hears that Bonneville's DC suits came "oh so close" to selling the "higher ups" in Salt Lake City on the sports talk format. However, after careful consideration, a safer, less financially risky music format was chosen by the powers in Utah. As for the recent launch of adult alt rock-ish The Globe on CBS's WARW, we haven't encountered too much worry among the DC area's radio programmers. At least they don't admit any worries. A fairly characteristic reaction: "The 'green' thing is hard to swallow given corporate parent and their history. Potential fans are likely to see how insincere, fake, and phony they really are." Oh, and as for Washington Post superstar sports columnist Tony Kornheiser's recent comment that his new Washington Post Radio show "will stink," we hear from someone who should know: "Tony always says everything he is going to do will stink. That's part of the act".....

2/3 - I love 94.7 The Globe. Yes, it leans left. So f-ing what! Rock was born with a political cry. And some of the best rock music is rooted in the anti-war movement, the civil rights struggles, the battle against AIDS, and, yes, the protection of our environment. Regarding the latter, it wouldn't be such a controversial issue if some fat-mouth radio talkers weren't in the back pocket of the GOP, which is pretty much owned by Exxon. If someone wants to start a righty rocker, with loads of Ted Nugent (I can't think of too many other righty rockers), you certainly have the freedom to do so. (Is Clear Channel listening?) OK, maybe The Globe is not real "adult alternative" like what's heard in other markets and on some non-comm stations. Maybe it's a bit "harder" and a bit more "commercial." And, OK, yeah, maybe the "green" sloganeering will grow tiring. Still, it's a great mix of powerful music that can (and should) only get better. CBS and Michael Hughes have planted the seed for a powerful force in Washington area radio. It's energizing and thought provoking. Not moldy oldie and turgid, like some some area rockers have become. To top off The Globe "right," get the legendary WHFS calls on 94.7. They stand for something and deserve to be back in the DC market. Now, let's get this rock radio revolution reheated - '08 is coming fast.....

2/2 - Get out your scorecards. The Junkies don't like Elliot. And Elliot doesn't like the Junkies. And Elliot has never liked Don and Mike. The Junkies don't like Kirk and Mark, who just took their Baltimore slot. But Don and Mike do like Kirk and Mark, and they just had them on their show to welcome them to the corporate "family." And that, obviously, had to cause some more bad blood between Don and Mike and the Junkies. Of course, Don and Mike's alleged push back in November (during the infamous "hiatus") to take mornings away from the Junkies doesn't seem to help the relationship between them. Kirk and Mark probably don't much like Mickey and Amelia, who now do mornings on Kirk and Mark's old station. No word on whether the Junkies or Don and Mike or Elliot have an opinion on Mickey and Amelia. Don and Mike don't like Opie and Anthony, even though they now say they do. Opie and Anthony absolutely hate Howard - remember him? Howard and Don and Mike never much liked each other, but they reached an on-air truce. Don't know what Opie and Anthony think of Kirk and Mark or the Junkies. Opie and Anthony do like Ron and Fez. And Don and Mike like Ron and Fez, too. Don't know if the Junkies like Ron and Fez, though. Does Elliot like Ron and Fez? How about El Jefe and J-Dubbs, who are still station-less? I'm pretty sure Don and Mike like 'em, but don't know if the Junkies and Elliot do, too. But one thing we do know for sure - nobody, at least in the radio biz, likes poor unemployed Peter (Rosenberg). Cue the swelling soap opera organ.....

1/30 - According to the Washington Post: "Fairfax County has emerged as a jobs powerhouse that far outpaces Montgomery County and now rivals the District as the region's economic core, according to a new federal report that details a profound shift in the Washington area over the past 15 years." Yet, how come, at many places within the sprawling county of more than 1 million people, you get only one or two DC AM radio stations after dark? No wonder why only one AMer, WMAL, gets any ratings to speak of in the DC market. If AM radio is to survive - and it very well may not, it's going to have to collectively re-engineer its coverage to better serve the "outside the Beltway" neighborhoods and business zones that have surged in the past three decades. Or settle for being a little-noticed collection of struggling niche formats. The FCC can help by reducing "clutter" on the band and by giving stations the flexibility to adjust their coverage areas to better serve areas of rapid growth.....

1/29 - Saturday's Iraq demonstration on The Mall attracted "the usual anti-war crowd," according to WMAL's John Matthews, on a Monday morning news broadcast. Maybe so. But I wonder, would the talk station have used the same somewhat downplaying verbiage when describing, say, one of the many regularly scheduled anti-abortion demonstrations on The Mall? "The usual anti-abortion crowd." Probably not. I realize that WMAL is seeking to attract a right-leaning audience. But the WMAL news director should realize that phrasing and even the tone of the newsreader's voice can create the impression of bias in a "news" report. Not that station owner ABC (soon Citadel) gives a damn as long as old 630 generates ratings and ad revenue.....

1/25 - One key item Washington Post reporter Paul Farhi doesn't mention in today's story about WETA-FM going classical is that the deal for the public radio station to drop its news talk format was "orchestrated" by Bonneville, which runs news talk Washington Post Radio with the newspaper. We're still not sure what kind of "deal" actually happened between for-profit Bonneville and public radio's WETA (everyone's saying that no money changed hands) to transfer the intellectual property of classical WGMS. But, we're pretty certain that the demise of WETA's news talk format was an important factor in the deal - by removing key competition to the low-rated Washington Post Radio. Maybe this "marriage" between a commercial radio corporation and a listener-supported public radio outfit deserves some scrutiny from the good folks at the Federal Communications Commission.....

1/24 - We hear more about the deal that Washington Post superstar sports commentator Tony Kornheiser has signed with Bonneville's Washington Post Radio, WTWP. A "significant amount of cash" is involved. We're told that Kornheiser "was leaning heavily" toward going back to Clear Channel's SportsTalk 980, WTEM - until Monday night. That's when he received a phone call at home from Washington Post Company VP Ben Bradlee, who, we're told, "personally begged him" to sign with his newspaper's station, which is desperate for ratings after almost a year on the air. The people at WTEM are "flabbergasted" because they thought they had a solid deal with Kornheiser, a source tells us. And, we also hear that Kornheiser will get to pick his radio show co-host - and it almost certainly won't be current Washington Post Radio morning man David Burd. Plus, the powers-that-be at the newspaper have promised Kornheiser any guest he wants. "If he wants Tim Russert, he'll get Tim Russert," we're told.....

1/23 - The "good and bad" of yesterday's radio shuffle - moving WGMS's classical music to WETA-FM, and the birth of poppish George 104 on WGMS's frequencies. It'll be good for Bonneville-operated Washington Post Radio by removing a competing long-form news talker, WETA, from the radio dial. It'll be good for WAMU, which will again have the public radio news talk format to itself in the DC market. Now, the big question is, will WETA's news talk listeners migrate more to WAMU, which is also non-commercial, or try the commercial alternative? It'll be good for classical music fans because WETA's 90.9 signal is far superior to WGMS's old 104.1 and 103.9. It'll be bad for once-classical WETA, which is back to where it was several years ago - providing classical music to an aging audience, who'll be spending more of their disposable income on assisted living expenses. It'll be bad for music-based Mix 107.3, Big 100.3, and possibly Arrow 94.7 by having a three-month non commercial station spewing oldies as George 104. It could be good for DC area radio listeners because some of the above three music stations may flip to something new and bold (don't hold your breath), instead of tired old oldies of one form or another. It'll be bad for George 104 owner Bonneville by not having an ad revenue stream from the 104.1 and 103.9 frequencies until spring, and any ratings generated by the new format could quickly vanish once ads arrive. It'll be good for Bonneville if the 104.1 and 103.9 frequencies are still on the market (they probably are), allowing more time to negotiate to sell them to Redskins owner Dan Snyder for his Triple X sports talker. This wouldn't be a problem if that Bonneville suit didn't kill the way overpriced deal back in December by yakking to the Post. The only way Triple X can dream of success is with better signals and this deal may be all that's available. It'll be bad for Bonneville because it missed the opportunity to start a sports talker on 104 and the chance to have "triple threat" talk dominance on the DC FM band. And, of course, it'll be very bad for all the good people who lost their jobs at WGMS and WETA. Our best to them.....

1/22 - "Well, at least it's low overhead," a local radio observer tells DCRTV about Bonneville's flip of classical WGMS to eclectic oldies and not too old currents as George 104. Pretty much a CD player in the back of the co-owned WTOP newsroom, says another. It's kind of sad to watch Joel Oxley and Jim Farley slowly lose their minds, says yet another. Of course, it could be an "extended stunt" until Redskins owner Dan Snyder finally decides to sign the papers and buy the station.....

1/21 - One overlooked aspect of Redskins owner Dan Snyder's so far less than successful local radio acquisitions has been the rise of El Zol. Last summer, Snyder's Triple X sports talker took three signals - 92.7, 94.3, 730 - that had been the DC area's most listened to Spanish language radio outlets, all owned by Mega. Now that they're gone, we're seeing CBS's Spanish El Zol, WLZL 99.1, quickly moving up in the DC area radio ratings. The station, which was born in early 2005 with the demise of alt rock WHFS, has languished in the upper teens of the radio ratings - until Mega went away. In the past six months, WLZL has jumped from a 2.2 to a 2.9 overall age 12+ audience share, to land in 13th place. That's above CBS's co-owned Anglo talker WJFK-FM (16th) and classic rocker WARW (17th). In fact, in the important age 25-54 demo, WLZL has cracked the "top 10" to land in 9th, from 15th place last summer. It not only beat its previously mentioned CBS bretheren, it also outranks rocker DC101, hit-based Hot 99.5, and talker WMAL. WLZL has also seen surges in morning (16th to 13th) and afternoon (16th to 11th) drives. Spanish stations have long dominated the radio ratings in Miami, LA, and NYC. And it looks like DC could join them, with a top-rated Spanish station reaching potential in 2007. Gracias Dan.....

1/18 - I talked to some area radio bigwigs who wonder about the "game plan" regarding Bonneville, which operates Washington Post Radio. So, far talker WTWP has shown little or no ratings gain in the nine months it's been on the air. And, they point out, the numbers for Bonneville's classical WGMS and all-newser WTOP are down a bit since the big frequency swap in early 2006. A local radio guy tells DCRTV that WTWP had a "zero 25-54 in morning drive for the third phase - all this with two decent signals they could sell to (Redskins owner Dan) Snyder for big bucks." Says another source: "Newspapers on radio don't work." And, we hear from someone who laments: "Here is what is really sad. Because of WTWP, the Post writers who used to appear on (ABC's) WMAL and other stations do not or cannot anymore. So the Post is losing the promotion they used to get - and getting none in return".....

1/14 - I was tuning by Washington Post Radio on Sunday and heard a testimonial from an unmarried young woman who was thankful that she put her baby up for adoption and didn't have an abortion. It turned out to be a spot for "LDS Adoption Services" - lds.adoption.com. Obviously, the "LDS" stands for Latter Day Saints, the church otherwise known as Mormon. And the Mormon Church, as we all know, owns Bonneville, the owner of all-news WTOP which operates Washington Post Radio. OK. So, was this pro-adoption spot paid-for or a "public service ad" that was run free-of-charge to fill time? And, if the latter, does it reflect the opinion of the staff and management of the Washington Post? This spot was run on a radio station branded with the Post's name. Ah, another tangling of the "media web" when a major newspaper and a big radio company, owned by a major religious institution, all get "in bed" together. Hmmm.....

1/11 - Today's DC Post looks at how "bloggers" often don't adhere to "journalistic standards," but maybe the Post ought to take a good hard look about how so-called "traditional journalists" often don't adhere to their own so-called "journalistic standards." Like when they're covering entities that are owned by or affiliated with their newspaper's parent corporation and which they themselves use to promote their own articles. And how that "in bed with" situation impacts their coverage of rival entities, which often don't receive fair coverage, or any coverage at all. Or how about when "journalists" repeatedly and obviously rely heavily on certain internet-based resources ("blogs") and then repeatedly fail to credit them as a source of their research.....

1/10 - Tonight, A&E unveils the basic cable version of HBO's "The Sopranos" which will feature no nudity, no bad words, and no blood. Hey, it ain't "The Sopranos" without the nudity, bad words, and blood. Me, I'll stick to my uncensored DVDs of the show, the first two seasons of which - with Tony's ma (Nancy Marchand) - were splendid.....

1/4 - Here's what's really happening regarding WGMS. Bonneville wants Redskins owner Dan Snyder to get "off the pot" and buy WGMS for his Triple X sports talker. Then, non commercial WETA-FM, as promised, would pick up WGMS's classical format, and ditch its current news talk format. That, in turn, would remove a major rival to Bonneville-operated news talk Washington Post Radio. All the while, Washington Post "reporter" Paul Farhi is being played like a fiddle by the corporate radio bigwigs - including those running his newspaper's radio station. Ah, what a tangled web we weave when media firms get "into bed" with each other.....

1/2 - Man, talk about a video shock. One second NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC was covering the somber and dignified Gerald Ford funeral. And then the next - without missing a beat - it was showing a man running around in a big diaper, whooping it up with a bunch of laughing folks in crazy hats. When the network's funeral coverage terminated at about 12:13 PM, WRC techs abruptly started feeding entertainment-oriented "iVillage Live" mid-show. A couple of seconds of blank screen or a few public service ads were needed to change the "emotional flow" from "funeral to festive." Meanwhile, Ford coverage continued for a few more minutes on Channels 5, 7, and 9. Wow, WRC has started 2007 on a terribly tasteless and tacky note.....

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