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12/31 - DCRTV tipped you a few weeks ago about some changes coming to Baltimore sports talker 105.7 The Fan, WJZ-FM. Now, we're hearing that Mark Zinno and Bob Haynie will no longer be doing the 1 PM to 3 PM slot at the CBS station, with Vinny Cerrato and Rob Long's 10 AM show adding an extra hour, running until 2 PM, instead of 1 PM. And with afternoon drive duo Scott Garceau and Jeremy Conn now starting at 2 PM, instead of at 3 PM. Also, Zinno moves to the 9 PM to midnight slot. All starting January 2. Haynie will continue doing fill-in work for the station.....

12/31 - Last week, we did a "Dave TV" suggesting that Baltimore's 98 Rock, WIYY, veer somewhat away from its hard, active rock stance toward more of an alternative rock direction. And, now we hear from a well-connected Baltimore radio source, who tells us: "Interesting insight on 'tweaking' some of the Baltimore/DC stations in the market. Pay special attention to the music on 98 in 2013! Music Director Stephen Huber is a huge alt-rock guy, and you're gonna hear some great new stuff in that vein." While 98 Rock's ratings were still strong in 2012, it faces stiff competition from classic rock WZBA, The Bay. Baltimore does have an alt rocker, HFS975, but it's plagued by a low-power signal.....

12/27 - Tom Taylor, in his Thursday radio biz newsletter, tells us that urban radio giant Radio One awards $250,000 bonuses to its CFO and CAO - but not the CEO or his mother. Cathy Hughes founded Radio One in the 1980s, building from the humble base of one AM in Washington DC that few other people wanted. Now her son Alfred Liggins is the CEO, and in the past their compensation packages have sometimes bothered Wall Street. Here at year-end, Radio One says the board "did not make determinations as to bonus compensation" for Liggins and Hughes. It says "such amounts [will] be determined at a later date." No doubt investors will be watching. Meanwhile, the Christmas stockings of Chief Financial Officer Peter Thompson and Chief Administrative Officer Linda Vilardo each show $250,000 bonuses. Radio One stock closed at 76 cents yesterday, down from 89 cents on Monday - perhaps a reaction to the compensation news. That's about a 15% drop. Radio One still formulating its plan to meet the NASDAQ's $1 minimum bid requirement, Taylor adds. Silver Spring Radio One owns WKYS, WMMJ, WPRS, WOL, WOLB, WERQ, WYCB, and WWIN-FM.....

12/26 - A Baltimore Sun source tells us: "With Tribune Company set to come out of bankruptcy protection in the next several days, speculation is rampant about which newspapers will be sold and to whom. Here's a little fuel for the fire. Two weeks ago, a Sun business reporter asked Baltimore businessman David Cordish, owner of the Inner Harbor's Power Plant Live and the casino at Arundel Mills if he might be interested. Cordish replied: 'The paper very much needs to be in the hands of local ownership,' he wrote in an email to Sun reporter Jamie Smith Hopkins. 'We would be interested… The city and region must have a strong vibrant paper of its own.' So, guess who showed up at State House reporter Annie Linskey's going away party last Thursday night and schmoozed with the paper's staff? Cordish, who has never been at a Sun party before".....

12/26 - Yes, that was Baltimore and DC radio veteran Paul Bicknell fill-in hosting the morning slot at Charm City news talker WCBM, 680 AM, on Christmas day. We're told that Bicknell, who started his area radio career as DJ "Davy Jones" at "top 40" WPGC in the late 1960s and went on to work at many area radio stations, including then-oldies outlets WBIG and WXTR, is in talks to do more work at WCBM. In the meantime, Bicknell continues to run his Read Street Sound And Video production house.....

12/24 - Your friendly webmaster, DCRTV Dave, talks to DC area native Jonathan Shachter, who is now based in Sydney, Australia and does his Sadly Lacking Radio podcast from Down Under. Topics include Washington area radio, especially the launch of CBS Sports Radio and possible cuts at CBS's 106.7 The Fan, WJFK. Plus, a whole lot of other issues, including WAMU's rise to the top of the DC radio ratings, Mike O'Meara's return to area radio, my lineup for an imaginary local "guy talk" station, and the media's reaction to the Connecticut school shootings. At sadlylackingradio.podbean.com......

12/20 - Jake Tapper is leaving the his senior White House correspondent gig with ABC News for CNN, where he will be chief Washington correspondent and anchor a weekday program.....

12/20 - It looks like NBC has pulled the plug early on its Nonstop entertainment news and features channel and replaced it with Cozi TV, a classic drama and comedy channel. Earlier in the fall, NBC announced that it would start Cozi on January 1, but it started appearing on the 4.2 digital subchannel of NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC today, December 20. Cozi can be seen on the same local cable TV channel that carried Nonstop, including Comcast's 208 in the DC area. More at cozitv.com.....

12/19 - Longtime ABC News reporter Sam Donaldson was charged with a drunk driving offense on December 1. Police said that Donaldson failed a sobriety test after they pulled him over in Lewes, Delaware. So reports TMZ.....

12/19 - Former Baltimore sports radio host Anita Marks has been named a weekend host on the new NBC Sports Radio Network. She starts January 5th with a Saturday and Sunday shift from noon until 3 PM. Marks is a Miami native who played quarterback in the Womens' Professional Football League (right) from 2000 until 2004. She left CBS-owned WJZ-FM, 105.7 The Fan, in 2010 for a radio gig at CBS Sports in NYC.....

12/14 - We're told that Channel 7/WJLA network technology manager David Van Veen has been sending urgent messages for about 12 hours as a massive "pornographic" computer virus continues to cripple many computers and editing devices in the Allbritton station's newsroom. "We cannot stress enough how important it is that we all be extremely diligent when accessing any of the shared drives," he says in a memo to staff. "We've had another instance of this virus being passed along. If you feel you may have contracted this virus please turn your computer off and let us know... To prevent a future occurance, if you see something like porn.exe or sexy.exe or any other .exe files on [various] drives DO NOT CLICK ON ANYTHING".....

12/13 - DCRTV hears that Tommy Griffiths spent Wednesday on the "Veep" set with Julia Louis-Dreyfus just outside of Columbia MD. The former WBIG morning man, who's now doing freelance entertainment reports for WTOP, is playing a bit part, where he shakes hands with the "Seinfeld" star, who plays the vice president, at a "pig pickin'." Griffiths tells us: "She's quite quick on her feet, and ad libs many scenes, including mine." Filming continues for the second season of the HBO comedy, which is set in Washington.....

12/13 - DCRTV hears that DC area radio veteran Chris Roth joins Centennial Broadcasting as program director for its Winchester radio cluster. He'll oversee hot adult contemporary WINC-FM, rocker WXBN, country WZFC, and news talk WINC-AM. Roth, who most recently had been doing overnight traffic for Hubbard's WTOP, used to be director of technical operations and programming for Red Zebra and a senior technical consultant for Arbitron. He'd also worked for Cumulus/Citadel. Roth starts at Centennial on January 1.....

12/13 - Laura Ingraham partners with Norm Pattiz at Courtside - not Cumulus, as widely rumored. She recently left TRN at the end of her contract, had conversations with several parties, and now signs with Westwood One founder Pattiz.....

12/12 - DCRTV hears about a shake-up at Frederick country outlet WFRE, 99.9 FM. We're told that the general manager got fired and the program director quit. And, we hear that the new GM is Jim Condron, who is being shared from Aloha Trust sister WALK, an adult contemporary outlet on Long Island.....

12/12 - DC all-newser WTOP will simulcast 100% on-air and online. Station manager Joel Oxley made the decision to quit plugging in different ads to the online stream, which has kept the stream from being a true simulcast, as defined by ratings firm Arbitron. He says that WTOP is going for a true simulcast, and no doubt hope to make more money with higher ratings on WTOP than from selling ad-insertions to the stream. WTOP is no longer always the top-rated radio station in the DC market. The monthly November DC radio ratings once again put WTOP in second place with age 6+ persons, with an 8.2 share. American University's non-commercial news talk WAMU had an 8.4 share, for first place.....

12/11 - Luis Ramirez, an Oakton man who was a popular legal adviser to Latino immigrants, pleaded guilty Monday in Fairfax County court to charges that he took fees from clients but was not licensed to practice law. He had a radio show dispensing legal advice on Quantico VA's Spanish language WURA, 920 AM, and regularly appeared on Univision.....

12/11 - We're hearing that CBS Radio suits have placed a series of ratings goals on many of the shows on its DC sports talker, WJFK, 106.7 The Fan. And if, by a certain date this spring, the local shows don't hit those goals, they could get replaced with programming from the new CBS Sports Radio national network, which launches in early January. The new network will carry a morning show hosted by Tiki Barber, Brandon Tierney, and Dana Jacobson, plus other shows hosted by the likes of DC media veteran John Feinstein, plus Jim Rome, Doug Gottleib, and Scott Ferrall. CBS doesn't have a fulltime outlet for the new network in the DC market, but its programming is expected to fill the slots of WJFK's lowest-rated shows, possibly in middays, evenings, overnights, and weekends. The sources we've talked to say that the morning "Sports Junkies" and afternoon LaVar Arrington shows generate solid ratings and ad revenue and are "safe." In overall DC market radio ratings, WJFK ranks between 17th and 20th place, although it scores much higher among its target male demos, generally running neck-and-neck with rival sports talker, Red Zebra's ESPN 980, WTEM.....

12/10 - Former Washington Post Style editor Ned Martel is leaving the paper to join the writing team at Ryan Murphy Television - "a West Coast gig that promises more edge than Washington can offer," says the Post memo announcing Martel's departure. Ryan Murphy is creator of "Glee," "The New Normal," "American Horror Story," and other shows.....

12/8 - Robin Givhan, the Pulitzer Prize-winning fashion journalist, is among those laid off from Newsweek and the Daily Beast. In 2007, while at the Style section of the Washington Post, Givhan won the Pulitzer Prize. She left the Post in 2010 after 15 years, purportedly because of disagreements with the then-Style editor.....

12/6 - One of the first questions of the post-Marcus Brauchli era at the Washington Post may be about to be resolved. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Post is "likely" to put its web content behind a paywall as soon as next year. The paywall would be similar to the New York Times and Baltimore Sun, with readers given some free articles before being prompted to pay for more. The WSJ also reports that the Post's print price will increase.....

12/3 - "Oh yeah, we got in trouble," got posted on DC101, WWDC morning man Elliot Segal's Twitter feed this morning. The Clear Channel rocker ran a best-of show Monday, and Segal's Richmond station, Clear Channel rocker WRXL, pre-empted his show with music. No word about what the "trouble" was that kept Segal off the airwaves.....

12/2 - DCRTV hears from Larry O'Connor (left), the Breitbart TVer who just started at Cumulus news talker WMAL as co-host of its morning show, joining Brian Wilson. Despite DCRTV speculation that his absence from WMAL barely two weeks after taking the new gig might have been some sort of dispute with his new station, O'Connor assures us that he was just taking "a long-planned vacation with my three oldest kids to Paris, Rome, Greece, and Istanbul." He adds: "The trip was scheduled over six months ago... and WMAL was kind enough to allow me to fulfill my commitment to my children and take them on this dream vacation." He denies any conflict with Wilson, even though a WMAL exec confirms that both O'Connor and Wilson are dominant "Type A" personalities. "Brian and I are fast becoming great friends and I love going to work every morning," says O'Connor, who'll be back on WMAL's airwaves Monday.....

12/2 - DCRTV hears that DC area radio veteran Steve Ray, who has been been guest hosting on "The John Fredericks Morning Show" on Metro Radio talker WTNT, 730 AM/102.9 FM, is joining the show as executive producer and news anchor. Ray's 30-plus-year radio career has taken him to many DC area radio stations, including WMAL, WTOP, and WFED, and more recently to America's Radio News Network. He's also worked for radio firms in Los Angeles and China. Fredericks has been doing his show, which has affiliates across Virginia, from Richmond. He's moving to the DC area to do the show from WTNT's Fairfax studios.....

11/30 - There's a rumor going around that WMAL late morning righty firebrand Chris Plante fell seriously ill after his Monday show and that's why he's been missing from the airwaves since then. Austin Hill filled-in Tuesday through Friday of this week, and will be doing so again next Monday. We reached out to WMAL Program Director Bill Hess to confirm or deny the rumbling and, so far, no response.....

11/30 - A DC radio guru tells us that the management and staff of American University public radio news talker WAMU, 88.5 FM, are afraid they could take a ratings hit because Pacifica's jazz and talk WPFW, 89.3 FM, is picking up "a boatload" of NPR programming as it makes local staff cuts. WAMU was the top-rated radio station in the November ratings for the DC market. More from Richard Prince's Journal-isms, which reports that WPFW News director Askia Muhammad, who was among the station cuts and will lose his WPFW Tuesday morning jazz show, plans to produce a new "Morning Brew" music-and-talk show geared to African American adults.....

11/30 - Mix 107.3 morning man Jack Diamond has turned to radio trade pub All Access to let everyone know that he's looking for a new co-host, now that Jimmy Alexander has gone to Atlanta to do his own morning show. Interested? Diamond's looking for two minutes of audio - no more. "Tell me about your life and why you'd like to join a show that has been winning in a top 10 market for 24 years. I have two great female co-hosts. What can you add to our show and Washington DC? This city loves a great character and hates a fake," he says. Send it to jack.diamond@cumulus.com.....

11/29 - DCRTV hears that DC-based political talker Laura Ingraham (right) could soon return to the airwaves via a brokered deal with DC area talker WTNT, 730 AM/102.9 FM. Ingraham, who had been heard until early this week on WTNT, recently announced that she's leaving her syndicator, TRN. But, we're told, she does not yet have another national radio distribution deal set up. Sources tell us that she's been talking to Clear Channel's Premiere and Cumulus. That leaves her with the short-term possibility of buying time from WTNT and doing her show from its Fairfax studios, allowing her to at least be heard in the National Capital market. Ingraham could show up in the late morning slot at Metro Radio's WTNT as soon as mid-December, we're told. More as we hear it.....

11/29 - A while back, DCRTV told you that Tommy Griffiths, former morning man at Clear Channel classic hits WBIG, was seen at the "Glass Enclosed Nerve Center" of Hubbard all-newser WTOP. Now we hear that he's freelancing for WTOP.....

11/28 - New managing editor David Jackson is readying the Washington Times' staff for cuts. His Wednesday memo: "When I took this position I knew this was coming, and I know it will not be easy for anyone. I once worked for a newspaper that folded. But the Washington Times is not folding. It's changing with the times, as all newspapers must. And we will be stronger when we get through this. I want to make it very clear that the Washington Times is not abandoning print. There are no plans to stop the printed edition. And there are no plans to reduce our publishing schedule." More: About a quarter of the newsroom is expected to be given the axe.....

11/27 - Is DC-based talk radio personality Laura Ingraham on the loose? Is she leaving syndicator TRN? Tom Taylor, in his Tuesday radio biz newsletter, says rumors are afloat that she might be jumping to Clear Channel's iHeartRadio, which is said to be close to signing a big-name talk personality. She could pop up with a new package soon - perhaps a combination of over-the-air Premiere and online iHeartRadio, Taylor adds. Clear Channel's Premiere syndicates fellow righties Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. Ingraham is heard locally on WTNT, 730 AM/102.9 FM. More: AP confirms that Ingraham is leaving TRN, which recently lost another righty talker, Michael Savage.....

11/26 - Congrats to DC radio legend Mike O'Meara (right). He announced on his Monday mikeomearashow.com podcast that his new wife, Carla, is pregnant and he'll be a father for the third time. O'Meara already has two daughters. "What a wonderful thing to have happen," he says. As DCRTV has told you, O'Meara will return to the DC area airwaves in mid-January, doing evenings on talker WTNT, 730 AM/102.9 FM.....

11/26 - DC and Baltimore area voiceman Dude Walker has lent his dulcet tones to a new television spot for Citizen watches and, we're told, it ran a whole bunch of times during NFL football over the weekend. Catch it at YouTube. More about Dude is at dudewalker.com.....

11/26 - There are more rumblings that the Chicago-based Tribune Company will begin a selloff of assets now that it is about to emerge from bankruptcy protection. Locally, the company owns the Baltimore Sun and DC's Channel 50/ WDCW. While there are no immediate rumblings about who would buy the shrinking Sun, DCRTV has heard rumors that McLean-based Gannett wants WDCW, which carries the CW, to pair with its Channel 9/WUSA, a CBS affiliate. Stay tuned.....

11/21 - We get more details about Channel 4/WRC's new Northern Virginia bureau in Fairfax County, which was announced last month. As DCRTV told you, Julie Carey will be bureau chief. Now, we hear that she'll be joined by photographer Sean Casey. Also, WRC has hired David Culver as a reporter for the new bureau. He comes from Norfolk's WAVY-TV. The bureau will be housed in the same Plaza America facility in Reston where the Washington Post-owned Fairfax Times weekly is based. WRC is also establishing a Prince George's County bureau in Lanham with bureau chief Tracee Wilkins and photographer Matt Murray.....

11/21 - Today is the last day of the November "sweeps." To date DC TV news ratings, DMA P25-54 (the important demo). 4:30 AM: 1) WRC (0.6/7.4), 2) WUSA (0.6/6.5), 3) WTTG (0.2/2.8), 4) WJLA (0.2/2.6)... 5 AM: 1) WRC (0.9/10.7), 2) WUSA (0.5/6.0), 3) WTTG (0.4/4.2), 4) WJLA (0.3/3.6)... 6 AM: 1) WRC (1.7/13.4), 2) WTTG (1.1/8.6), 3) WJLA (0.8/6.5), 4) WUSA (0.8/6.1)... 4 PM: 1) WRC (1.4/7.8), 2) WTTG "Dr. Oz" (0.7/4.1), 3) WUSA "Dr. Phil" (0.7/4), 4) WJLA "Katie" (0.6/4)... 5 PM: 1) WRC (1.8/8.1), 2) WJLA (0.9/4.3), 3) WTTG and WUSA (0.7/3.3)... 6 PM: 1) WRC (2.0/7.8), 2) WJLA (1.3/5.0), 3) WTTG (0.7/3.0), 4) WUSA (0.7/2.9)... 11 PM: 1) WRC (2.4/8.0), 2) WJLA (2.0/6.5), 3) WUSA (1.3/4.2), 4) WTTG (1.1/3.5).....

11/20 - Radio Insight reports that Cumulus could be planning a national country music brand. Something along the lines of "Nashville Country." And, DCRTV has reported rumblings that Cumulus could be planning something new come the new year on 105.9, which began a simulcast of news talker WMAL, 630 AM, in the fall of 2011 to less than stellar ratings. The 105.9 signal is based Merrifield and reaches way into Virginia, where country music is king. Stay tuned.....

11/17 - DCRTV hears that the company that recently bought Loudoun County's Leesburg Today newspaper - Northern Virginia Media Services - is trying to buy the InsideNoVa.com domain name and is making plans to expand into Prince William County. This past week we learned that Warren Buffet's World Media Enterprises is closing the 10,000-circulation Manassas News And Messenger newspaper and its InsideNoVa.com website by end of the year, putting 105 people out of work. More soon.....

11/17 - Marc Clarke, former host of the "Big Phat Morning Show" on urban contemporary WERQ in Baltimore and, more recently, weekend night host on DC's adult urban contemporary WHUR, has joined online podcast site Spreaker.com. Clarke hasn't done an official show yet, but in several short introductory recordings the 26-year area radio veteran said he is very excited and intrigued about the possibilities of the medium.....

11/16 - From the DCRTV Mailbag: "So I tune in to hear Jack Diamond's farewell to his longtime partner and co-host Jimmy Alexander this morning and guess what? Jack pulled a no-show. What a disrespectful, arrogant, d-head move. If you had any second thoughts that you were making the right move Jimmy, this confirms it." As DCRTV's told you, Alexander, a longtime Diamond show crew member at hot adult contemporary WRQX, Mix 107.3, is heading to Atlanta to do mornings at hot adult contemporary Star 94. That will put Alexander in direct competition with another Diamond show alum, Bert Weiss, who's at Atlanta's contemporary hit Q100. And, Weiss recently went on the air to express his disappointment with his now-former friend Alexander's move.....

11/14 - DCRTV hears that the Baltimore Sun "is quietly offering buyouts to some folks." A source tells us: "Two week's pay for every year of service. Instead of putting out an announcement, the paper is allowing the word to leak out through Guild union reps. Reps were told an announcement would be 'demoralizing to the newsroom and the community.' Also, the paper is holding an open house in an attempt to attract renters for the empty floors in the six-story building. All of this comes as the Tribune-owned property readies for a post-bankruptcy world".....

11/13 - DCRTV hears from some listeners that American University public radio news talker WAMU, 88.5 FM, accidently switched to broadcasting the output of Hartford CT public radio outlet WPKN for the better part of an hour on Monday evening. More: DCRTV hears from WAMU Communications Manager Benae Mosby, who tells us: "Last night we aired 'Helping Homeless Veterans: A Family Affair,' a program that was produced by WPKN and hosted by Chuck Wolfe. This program was aired on WAMU 88.5 as part of our special programming to coincide with National Hunger And Homelessness Awareness Week. The station did not accidentally switch to broadcasting WPKN".....

11/13 - We're told that CBS Radio is tweaking the coverage patterns of two of it adjacent channel outlets. The signal of DC area sports talker WJFK, 106.7 FM, which is broadcast from a tower in Merrifield VA, will improve to the northeast, into DC and Prince George's County. That's according to a CBS request recently submitted to the FCC. While the signal of Baltimore's hot adult contemporary WWMX, Mix 106.5, will move back to the historic candelabra tower on Television Hill, somewhat reducing its coverage into the DC area and allowing for the WJFK improvement. WWMX is currently on the taller Fox 45 tower.....

11/12 - Baltimore and DC radio veteran Brian Wilson (not to be confused with the WMAL morning host or a member of the Beach Boys) has left his gig as afternoon drive host at Toledo OH news talker WSPD. He'd been doing the Clear Channel station's show from his home near Roanoke VA. Wilson, who has had been heard on many area radio stations, including Baltimore's old WBSB and DC's old WRC-AM, will continue with his Vacation Relief Services company, which allows him to do fill-in work on news talkers around the country, including NYC's WABC-AM and KSFO in San Francisco.....

11/10 - Channel 7/WJLA launches "The ABC7 Alarm Clock" app, which is available for free on iTunes. The iPhone app allows users to start their day with local news, weather, and traffic conditions and personalized alarm clock greetings from ABC7 personalities, including Alison Starling, Cynné Simpson, Jacqui Jeras, Leon Harris, and Steve Chenevey. The weather features include video forecasts and radar. The traffic section will feature real-time traffic maps. Get it at wjla.com/mobile or go to the iTunes store and search for "WJLA Alarm Clock".....

11/9 - Could DC radio veteran Mike O'Meara be eyeing a return to the DC area (Northern Virginia) radio dial? We're hearing rumblings. More soon. O'Meara was half of the "Don And Mike" team on WAVA and WJFK for two decades. His last local radio gig was doing mornings on now-defunct classic rock 105.9 The Edge, which ended in September 2011, when that signal became a simulcast for news talker WMAL. O'Meara currently does a podcast at mikeomearashow.com.....

11/8 - DCRTV hears that Baltimore and DC radio veteran Jammer Daniels is launching a Sunday "all Motown" show on Baltimore's new oldies outlet, WQLL, Q1370. It'll run from 3 PM to 6 PM starting November 11. Jammer's worked at the old Jammin' Oldies 99.5 in DC, plus Baltimore's Magic 95.9 and at 102.7 under its V103, B102.7, and XYV incarnations.....

11/8 - Some changes at CBS's hot adult contemporary WWMX, Mix 106.5, in Baltimore. We're told that Maria Dennis gets moved from middays to mornings, joining JoJo and Regan. In the meantime, area radio vet Albie Dee is keeping the midday seat warm.....

11/8 - Speaking of Albie Dee, we hear that the DC and Baltimore radio veteran has just inked a voicetrack deal with urban oldies WIBT, "The Best 105.5" in the Greenville, Mississippi area, doing afternoon drive. Dee is now voicetracking for five stations across the nation, including NYC's dance-formatted Pulse 87.7. In addition to weekends at CBS's WPGC in DC and fill-in work at CBS's WWMX in Baltimore.....

11/7 - David Jackson is the new executive editor of the Washington Times. He's worked as a correspondent for Time magazine and was director of the Voice Of America. Not to be confused with another David Jackson, who was a speechwriter at the State Department who also worked at Time.....

11/6 - CBS Radio in Baltimore moves Neci from nights to mornings on alternative rock HFS. Also, Spam, who's assistant program director and music director, gets moved to nights. HFS can be heard on Baltimore's low-power 97.5, the HD2 of WWMX 106.5, and at whfs.com.....

11/6 - Tom Taylor, via his new Tom Taylor Now radio biz newsletter, tells us that DC news talker WMAL, 630 AM/105.9 FM, is one of "10 problem stations" that are continuing to be the focus of Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey. Three months ago he told analysts about the 10 underperforming properties, mostly large-market stations inherited from last year's "transformative merger" with Citadel. Now those 10 Cumulus stations are still front-and-center in yesterday's Q3 call, which reported flat financials. Dickey admits that "we've had management changes," sometimes because of plain-old "poor execution on the sales side." And, there were also some talent contracts that also were apparently judged to be money-losing. In addition to WMAL, Cumulus also owns hot adult contemporary WRQX, Mix 107.3.....

11/5 - DCRTV hears that Mark Miller, former WBAL radio news director, will become press secretary to Howard County chief executive Ken Ulman.....

11/5 - DCRTV hears that former Channel 9/WUSA weather person Anny Hong has moved to her native San Francisco and has been seen doing news reports for that city's KRON-TV.....

11/5 - Radio biz journalism veteran Tom Taylor is back. With the debut issue today of Tom Taylor Now. And he reports about how Hurricane Sandy last week impacted radio stations, like DC all-newser WTOP. He talked to WTOP's top programmer Jim Farley (right), who said: "We lost outside power for two of our three FM signals. Outside power for Warrenton, Virginia was down for two days but it stayed on the air with generators. The one in Frederick, Maryland is still without power [as of Friday], but functioning on generator. It never went off the air, either. Since we had plenty of notice, our engineers stockpiled fuel, and did frequent checks of the generator and the UPS system that supports the newsroom, including every computer. We didn't lose power here in DC, but we were ready. We had news staff put up at a nearby hotel and everything went well. Monster numbers online and in our mobile platform. People using the hashtag #WTOP turned that into a nonstop local wire, with people Tweeting locations of open gas stations or place to buy batteries".....

11/3 - Channel 5/WTTG's myfoxdc.com website reports that the son of Channel 9/WUSA morning news anchor Andrea Roane is facing a gun charge. Police were called Friday to her home in NW DC to respond to a call about an assault. Investigators say Roane's son, Andrew Skehan, 29, has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon - a gun. Sources say he fired at a former girlfriend outside the home he shares with his parents. The woman was taken to a hospital with undisclosed injuries. Neighbors say Skehan's car was taken away on a flatbed truck after police found weapons inside.....

11/2 - The DC TV M-F news "sweeps" to date, DMA 25-54, rating/share. 4:30 AM - 1) WUSA (0.7/7.5), 2) WRC (0.6/6.7), 3) WTTG (0.3/3.3), 4) WJLA (0.1/1.3). 5 AM - 1) WRC (0.9/9.7), 2) WUSA (0.7/7.6), 3) WTTG (0.5/4.9), 4) WJLA (0.2/2.6). 6 AM - 1) WRC (1.8/13.4), 2) WTTG (1.1, 8), 3) WUSA (1/7.5), 4) WJLA (0.8/5.7). 5 PM - 1) WRC (2.6/9.5), 2) WJLA (1.3/4.4), 3) WTTG (1.2/4.2), 4) WUSA (1.2/4.1). 6 PM - 1) WRC (2.8/9.5), 2) WJLA (2.1/6.6), 3) WTTG (1.3/4.2), 4) WUSA (0.9/3). 11 PM - 1) WRC (3/9.3), 2) WJLA (2/6.1), 3) WUSA (1.6/4.9), 4) WTTG (1.1/3.5).....

11/1 - Nicole Darin joins Bethesda's Comcast SportsNet as an anchor and reporter for "SportsNet Central." She comes from Comcast SportsNet Chicago, where she has served as a freelance anchor and reporter since September. Prior to that, she was a sports anchor and reporter for Tampa's WTSP-TV. She's also worked for TV stations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Minnesota, and Colorado.....

11/1 - Hubbard all-newser WTOP saw a storm surge at its wtop.com website from Hurricane Sandy. On Sunday, the day prior to the storm moving into the region, wtop.com logged more than 2 million page views, with that number jumping to nearly 3 million page views from 335,000 unique users on Monday. Additionally, during the storm WTOP was listened to for more than 900 hours on its Audio Now phone line. Overall in the month of October, wtop.com received more than 23 million page views and was visited by more than 2 million unique users. WTOP's mobile usage has almost doubled, receiving more than 2 million mobile page views, we're told. We'll have to wait until November 20 for the radio ratings for the stormy period.....

10/31 - DCRTV hears that Harvey Kojan has been bounced from his program director post at Baltimore area classic rocker WZBA, 100.7 The Bay. He'd been at the Shamrock-owned station since April 2009.....

10/31 - Last week, DCRTV told you that Jimmy Alexander is leaving Mix 107.3's Jack Diamond morning show to co-host the morning show at Atlanta's Star 94. That will put Alexander in direct competition with another Diamond show alum, Bert Weiss, who hosts the morning show on Atlanta's Q100. However, that news didn't go over well with Weiss, who told listeners that he was upset that someone connected to Diamond would even compete against him at all. But he was more peeved that Diamond didn't call him ahead of time regarding Alexander's move. That was "ultra-offensive to me," he told Atlanta radio news blogger Rodney Ho at ajc.com. "We were more than work friends," Weiss said of Diamond. "He's a guy that I went on vacation with".....

10/31 - Former Washington Wizards Coach Flip Saunders joins ESPN as an NBA analyst.....

10/30 - So who won the DC TV ratings battle when it came to Hurricane Sandy coverage on Monday? Channel 4/ WRC did. Here are the storm news numbers, DMA HH, for October 29. 4:30 AM: 1) WRC (2.1, 14), 2) WUSA (0.9, 6.2), 3) WTTG (0.8, 5.1), 4) WJLA (0.5, 3.5). 5 AM: 1) WRC (3.3, 18.5), 2) WTTG (2, 11.1), 3) WUSA (1.6, 8.7), 4) WJLA (1, 5.7). 6 AM: 1) WRC (4.1, 16.3), 2) WTTG (3.1, 12.2), 3) WUSA (2.8, 11.3), 4) WJLA (1.9, 7.5). 4 PM: 1) WRC (11.4, 17.4), 2) WTTG (4.8, 7.4), 3) WJLA (4.6, 7), 4) WUSA (3.9, 6). 5 PM: 1) WRC (11.9, 17.2), 2) WJLA (5.2, 7.5), 3) WTTG (4.9, 7.1), 4) WUSA (4.4, 6.4). 6 PM: 1) WRC (11.4, 16.4), 2) WJLA (6.9, 9.9), 3) WTTG (4.6, 6.7), 4) WUSA (4.2, 6.1). 11 PM: 1) WRC (7.5, 13.9), 2) WJLA (5.4, 10), 3) WUSA (3.2, 6), 4) WTTG (2.4, 4.5).....

10/30 - The Washington Post continue to lose paid subscribers, with an 8.9% decline from September 2011 to September 2012.....

10/27 - WTOP Capitol Hill reporter Dave McConnell gets the front page cover treatment in Sunday's Washington Post Style tabloid section. "Come January, McConnell, 76, will mark his 32nd continuous year soaking up the nuanced melodrama, the crackling repartee, the subtle one-act performances, the potboiling elocution and low buffoonery of one of America's least-beloved institutions - Congress," writes Tony Glaros at washingtonpost.com.....

10/26 - The Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals have reached multiyear agreements that will put the broadcasts of their games on CBS's WJFK, 106.7 The Fan, and Hubbard's WFED, Federal News Radio, 1500/820 AM. The two stations will carry Wizards and Capitals games plus pre- and postgame shows. Dave Johnson, entering his 16th year as the Wizards play-by-play voice, will be joined by analyst Glenn Consor, who begins his sixth season. The tandem will anchor the pregame show and Consor host the postgame show. At the conclusion of the current NHL work stoppage, the Capitals will join the Wizards on WJFK and WFED with both stations carrying NHL hockey as well as NBA basketball. Capitals radio play-by-play announcer John Walton will return for his second season of calling the action, while former Capital Ken Sabourin enters his 10th season of providing analysis for all Capitals home games. Mike Vogel, WashingtonCaps.com senior editor, will join Walton as an intermission analyst and contribute to the pregame show.....

10/25 - DCRTV hears that Tony Massenburg will be ESPN 980, WTEM's new Wizards and NBA insider. He's is a graduate of the University Of Maryland and played 20 seasons of pro basketball, including 15 in the NBA. Also, he was a teammate of Len Bias and played against LeBron James. "He will be an outstanding addition to ESPN 980 and his reports will begin next week," says WTEM VP Programming Chuck Sapienza.....

10/25 - DCRTV hears that Voice Of Russia reporter Jessica Jordan is headed to American University public radio news talker WAMU, 88.5 FM, to do midday news anchoring. She'll replace the recently-retired Bill Redlin. The Voice Of Russia is heard on Arlington's WZHF, 1390 AM.....

10/25 - DCRTV hears that Baltimore news talker WBAL, 1090 AM, has announced that it'll be throwing a farewell party for morning news anchor Dave Durian (right) on Friday. Durian announced over the summer that he'd be retiring from the day-to-day grind at the Hearst station, although he'll still occasionally be heard on the air. That must mean that Bryan Nehman, who recently left the morning show at Cumulus DC news talker WMAL, 630 AM/105.9 FM, will start his WBAL morning news anchor gig on Monday.....

10/25 - DC-Baltimore radio veteran Albie Dee picks up middays, via voicetracking, at "Kiss" contemporary hits WKQR and WKQB in the Beckley/Bluefield/ Princeton market covering both VA and WV. And, he continues being the imaging voice for Topeka KS rocker KMFK, rhythmic contemporary WLLD Seneca Falls NY, and Baltimore's SFMSports. Locally, Albie continues doing weekends at CBS's urban contemporary WPGC, 95.5 FM. More at albiedee.com.....

10/24 - Sinclair's Channel 45/WBFF in Baltimore will launch weekend morning newscasts come January 20th. They'll air from 6 AM to 8 AM on Saturdays and from 7 AM to 9 AM and 10 AM to 11 AM on Sundays, surrounding Chris Wallace's "Fox News Sunday" from Fox at 9 AM. No word yet about which WBFF anchors and reporters will be deployed for the new local news programs.....

10/24 - Steve Bryant leaves the Don Geronimo morning show on Sacramento sports talker KHTK, so reports All Access. Bryant, a former talk host at Reboboth Beach's WGMD, joined Geronimo in June, filling a sidekick slot formerly occupied by Carmichael Dave. DC radio veteran Geronimo had been been part of the "Don And Mike Show" on WAVA and WJFK for two decades. He left the DC radio airwaves in 2008.....

10/24 - After 13 years as the weekend weather anchor at Tribune's Channel 43/WPMT in York PA, MaryEllen Pann has been promoted to chief meteorologist. She's married to Tony Pann, who has been seen doing the weather for many years on Baltimore and DC TVers.....

10/24 - Baltimore news talker WCBM, 680 AM, will be carrying Michael Savage's new Cumulus-syndicated show from 11 PM to 1 AM. Still no word about a DC station for the conservative host. There's been speculation that he'd end up on Cumulus-owned WMAL, 630 AM/105.9 FM. Before leaving his previous syndicator, TRN, Savage had been heard on the DC area's WTNT, 730 AM/102.9 FM. More at ntsmediaonline.com.....

10/23 - DCRTV tipped you last week. And now we get confirmation that Steve Davis, program director at CBS's hot adult contemporary 94.7 Fresh FM, WIAD, has been upped to operations manager for CBS's DC radio cluster. He will retain his WIAD PD post. Davis joined CBS DC in 2010 after almost two decades at radio stations in Chicago, Philadelphia, Tampa, and Atlanta. In his new gig, he will work with CBS DC program directors in managing programming content and collaborate with the directors of sales marketing on special projects. In addition to WIAD, CBS owns WJFK, WPGC, WLZL, and WNEW-FM/AM in the DC market.....

10/21 - DCRTV hears that Metro Radio's Spanish contemporary WKDV, 1460 AM in Manassas, will be getting an FM simulcast via 95.9 come mid-December. We're told that Metro is buying a low-power facility in nearby Gainesville from Lynchburg's Liberty University. Price $70,000.....

10/21 - Come January 1, NBC will replace its Nonstop entertainment and lifestyle features subchannel with Cozi, a network that will air classic TV shows like "The Lucy Show, "Charlie's Angels," and "Marcus Welby MD." The Washington version of Nonstop is carried by NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC on its 4.2 subchannel and by most DC market cable TV systems. More at sitcomsonline.com.....

10/19 - The Washington Biz Journal takes a look at the lack of ratings traction for new CBS all-newser WNEW, 99.1 FM, which was launched in January. Steve Swenson, DC market manager of CBS Radio and the driving force behind the launch, says the station is "right where we thought it would be.... What I look for is the building of an audience," Swenson tells the WBJ. "Since we've gone on the air, we've been consistently adding people." And despite the fact that the station has failed to break into the "top 20" most-listened-to DC area radio stations in its first year, WBJ reporter Ben Fischer reminds us that "CBS Radio did not go into debt or take on funding partners to finance WNEW, and WNEW is part of a much larger CBS Radio portfolio in the broader Washington region." And the company seems to be have plenty of patience for a long, slow ratings battle with Hubbard's dominanant, top-rated, and well-established DC radio all-newser, WTOP, 103.5/103.9/107.7 FM. Stay tuned.....

10/19 - CBS Radio announces that John Feinstein will host a 9 AM to noon show on its new CBS Sports Radio network, which launches in January. And he'll be heard on Baltimore's WJZ-AM, 1300, which is slated to drop ESPN's radio programming for the new CBS network fulltime. Feinstein, whose sports columns have appeared in the Washington Post, is a frequent guest on CBS's DC sports talker, WJFK.....

10/19 - Clear Channel rocker DC101, WWDC, names Tessa Hall midday jock. She comes from Clear Channel's St. Louis radio cluster, where she was morning host at contemporary hit KSLZ.....

10/19 - Former Channel 4/WRC sports reporter and anchor Lindsay Czarniak, who has been at ESPN for about a year hosting hosting "SportsCenter" in late mornings and on weekends, will become the host of the main "SportsCenter" at 6 PM by year's end. So reports sportsrantz.com.....

10/18 - DCRTV hears that Metro Radio talker WTNT will be getting better coverage for its 102.9 FM signal starting today. Metro Radio head Bruce Houston tells us that the station has moved its FM transmitter from a 200-foot tower on West Ox Road in Fairfax to one 500-feet high a few miles south at Fairfax Station, the same one that WJFK uses as its backup site. That will significantly improve the station's FM coverage, Houston says. WTNT is also heard on 730 AM from a tower at Mount Vernon. More, including a graphic of the FMer's new coverage area, is at 730wtnt.com.....

10/18 - NationalConfidential.com reports that DC radio veteran Mike O'Meara (right) received an anonymous letter in the mail berating him for backing the president after he placed several Obama sign in front of his Manassas home. On his internet show at MikeOmearaShow.com, O'Meara said he was "blown away" by the letter because it felt as though someone was "reaching into my home" due to his political views. Excerpts from the letter and O'Meara's response can be found at his show's website. Often the top comedy download on iTunes, "The Mike O'Meara Show" has been downloaded more than 15 million times, and has been heard in 150 countries. The free shows are available each weekday at MikeOMearaShow.com. For several decades, O'Meara co-hosted the "Don And Mike Show" on WAVA and WJFK.....

10/17 - Kevin Shafer and Rocky Parrish, who have been hosting a show on CBS Radio's 106.7 The Fan, WJFK, will be hosting a new show for the NFL Players Association. The latest incarnation of "The Kevin And Rock Show" will debut November 12 and air Mondays, Tuesdays, and Sundays from 7 PM to 9 PM. The program will be produced live from the Gene Upshaw Building in DC and cover sports and entertainment. It will begin as a live streaming audio program, with Rockdeep Media looking to expand it into a nationally syndicated television and radio program.....

10/17 - Cumulus, which owns DC news talker WMAL, 630 AM/105.9 FM, has signed a syndication deal with righty talker Michael Savage, who recently left syndicator TRN following an arbitration ruling regarding his old contract. "The Savage Nation" will re-start on October 23rd in the 9 PM to midnight slot. No word about whether WMAL will carry it. A DC radio guru tells us: "Cumulus is going to want to have all these shows cleared on their owned stations." Savage's TRN show was heard locally on Metro Radio talker WTNT, 730 AM/102.9 FM, in DC and Mangione news talker WCBM, 680 AM, in Baltimore.....

10/16 - DCRTV hears that Thomas Tobin is leaving his position as executive news producer at NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC to become assistant news director at ABC-owned WABC-TV in NYC.....

10/16 - We're halfway through the October "sweeps" and Channel 4/WRC is taking its usual spot at the top of the DC TV news ratings heap. Here are the monthly ratings to date. 4:30 AM: WRC (1.7), WUSA (1.1), WTTG (0.9), WJLA (0.5)..... 5 AM: WRC (2.7), WTTG (1.5), WUSA (1.0), WJLA (0.6)..... 6 AM: WRC (4.0), WTTG (2.6), WUSA (1.7), WJLA (1.5)..... 5 PM: WRC (4.2), WJLA and WTTG (2.2), WUSA (1.6)..... 6 PM: WRC (4.2), WJLA (3.0), WTTG (1.9), WUSA (1.4)..... 11 PM: WJLA and WRC (3.9), WUSA (2.5), WTTG (1.9).....

10/16 - DCRTV hears from sources at Channel 7/WJLA that the station is looking for a traffic reporter to replace Lisa Baden in mornings. And that JLA is considering local radio people. We've been reporting that the Allbritton-owned ABC affiliate is looking to move more of its traffic reporting in-house. Baden, who works for Total Traffic, which provides traffic and news reports for many area TV and radio stations, is heard in mornings on CBS all-newser WNEW, 99.1 FM.....

10/16 - Christie Ileto joins Channel 13/WJZ-TV doing news updates on Baltimore's CBS-owned station. She comes from KOAT-TV in Albuquerque.....

10/15 - Potomac MD's WCTN, 950 AM, is back to its on-again, off-again rock and pop oldies format, with tunes from the 1950s through the 1970s, as "Oldies 95." The station, owned by Win Radio, had been running a brokered lefty talk format. Over the years, the station has also run brokered Spanish and other ethnic programming, after a long run of Christian programming. Our guess is that the oldies will continue on WCTN until someone else is found to pay for programming time on the Montgomery County station.....

10/11 - Claire Scattergood joins the Laurie DeYoung morning show team at Clear Channel's Baltimore country outlet, WPOC, 93.1 FM. "Claire has worked in radio in Orlando and in Washington DC," writes DeYoung at wpoc.com: "She is very knowledgeable about social media which is so important these days and she brings great energy to the show and a unique perspective on the air. I have always dreamed of having another woman on my show. There are so many people who like to pit women against each other and I never really understood why that is".....

10/10 - Political reporter Jeff Goldberg leaves Minneapolis's Fox station, KMSP-TV, for Channel 7/WJLA. He's from the DC area.....

10/10 - "Today is my last day at WMAL," Bryan Nehman (left) said on today's show, after 12 years at the news talker. As DCRTV tipped you back in mid-September, the "Brian And Bryan" morning show co-host is heading to Baltimore to replace retiring morning news host Dave Durian on Hearst news talker WBAL-AM. "Have some success, but not too much," jested his current radio partner, Brian Wilson. No word about who will replace Nehman at the Cumulus outlet. Nehman started in WMAL's news department, back when the station was owned by ABC. He eventually became newsman on the morning show, including when it was hosted by Fred Grandy and Andy Parks. After they left, he took on a morning show co-host role. More: It's now officially "Mornings On The Mall With Brian Wilson" at wmal.com. So, it looks like WMAL is replacing Nehman with a series of guest hosts.....

10/9 - DC radio great Olivia Fox starts a new internet "radio" show, every Tuesday from noon to 2 PM at listenvision.com. The WMMJ, WKYS, and WPGC veteran recently received a kidney transplant.....

10/8 - Updated. Dish Network and Gannett's Channel 9/WUSA have reached a carriage deal, according to bizjournals.com. No details. We were told told by a local TV guru that Dish had started dropping WUSA from some of its local subscibers as of 2 AM Monday. DC's CBS affiliate, which is owned by Gannett, is just one of 19 Gannett stations nationwide that were facing a blackout from Dish in a dispute over a hike in fees the McLean-based company wants for carriage of its stations' programming. Also, Gannett wants Dish to discontinue use of its "Hopper" DVR, which features one-button commercial break jumps. Over the weekend, WUSA had been running a repetitive top-screen crawl urging viewers to call Dish and complain. Meanwhile, Dish took out full-page ads in the Washington Post.....

10/8 - John Cerrito joins Hot 99.5's nationally syndicated Kane as an associate producer. He'll also be heard on the Rockville-based contemporary hit outlet's morning show. Cerrito comes from contemporary hit KKDM in Des Moines.....

10/5 - A DCRTVer tells us that today was morning meteorologist Steve Fertig's last day with Channel 45/WBFF. No word on his plans.....

10/5 - DCRTV hears that Fox-owned Channel 20/WDCA has put Fox's new Spanish language network, MundoFox, on its digital 20.2 subchannel. The Hispanic network launched in August. WDCA, a MyNetworkTV affiliate, had been running a relay of sister Channel 5/WTTG, Fox 5, on that subchannel, and then a relay of 20's main signal.....

10/4 - DCRTV tipped you last month. And now we see that Baltimore active rocker WIYY, 98 Rock, has started its "Livewire" live in-studio video feed at 98online.com/livewire. We hear that it'll be on all the time, but feature multiple cameras during the morning "Mickey And Amelia" show.....

10/4 - DC and Baltimore media veteran Johnny Holliday will receive the John Steadman Lifetime Achievement Award from the Maryland State Athletic Hall Of Fame at a November 8th ceremony at Michael's 8th Avenue in Glen Burnie. Legendary Baltimore Colt John Unitas will be inducted posthumously into Hall with six others at the 53rd annual enshrinement ceremony at the event.....

10/1 - America's Radio News Network has been selected as the source of top-of-the-hour news for the Armed Forces Radio Network. The hourly newscasts replace CNN on Armed Forces Radio. "Our expanding team of news anchors, producers and board operators is extremely proud to enlist the trust of the millions of men and women of America's armed forces, who every day put their lives on the line and sacrifice so much for those of here at home," said John McCaslin, ARNN's DC-based executive vice president for news. "Our pledge to the US military family is 'Journalism Without Agenda' and rest assured we will deliver on that promise every day," McCaslin added. AFRN utilizes seven satellites to provide multiple television and audio channels to more than 1,000 outlets in 178 countries and US territories, and onboard 150 US Navy ships.....

10/1 - DCRTV hears that Hubbard's WFED, Federal News Radio, is losing a fourth person to CBS all-newser WNEW. Reporter Ruben Gomez is leaving this week to become a daypart manager, we're told.....

9/29 - Leo Sarkisian, 91, who hosted DC-based Voice Of America's "Music Time In Africa" program, retired Friday. The show ran for 47 years. More at washingtonpost.com.....

9/28 - Tom Marquardt, editor and publisher of Capital Gazette Communications, will retire at the end of 2012, after more than 35 years at the Annapolis newspaper. Marquardt joined the Evening Capital as managing editor in 1977 and was promoted to executive editor in 2001. He has been editor and publisher of Capital Gazette Communications since 2008. More at capitalgazette.com.....

9/28 - Del Walters gets elevated from part-time to full-time anchor/reporter status at all-news WTOP. He joined WTOP in 2010 after TV anchor gigs at Channel 2/WMAR and Channel 7/WJLA.....

9/27 - Laurie Cantillo (left), program director at all-news WTOP, felt a scraping on her head while running along a trail in Silver Spring Wednesday night. It turned out to be an owl. A piece at wtop.com adds that Cantillo was "not seriously injured." More: Cantillo tells DCRTV that "terrorized" is too strong a characterization, "but it makes for a funny headline. A better term would be 'surprised.' I thought the owl might have seen my white running cap in the twilight and mistaken it for another owl. When I finished the course, I mentioned what happened to a couple other runners and they said they had a similar experience." Apparently, many other instances of "owl attacks" have been reported in the DC area, Cantillo has discovered. "The angry bird flew away after giving me a 'love tap.' I'm a bird watcher and I probably would have enjoyed the experience more if it had been a friendly encounter. While my scalp smarted for a few hours, the only real damage was to my pride," she tells us.....

9/26 - Someone named "Skyy" joins Clear Channel's classic rock/hits WBIG, Big 100.3, as afternoon jock and, don't laugh, assistant program director.....

9/26 - CBS Radio puts a feed of new all-newser WNEW, 99.1, on the digital HD2 signal of Bethesda's WIAD, 94.7 Fresh FM. It replaces the feed of Baltimore alternative rocker HFS975. The HD3 of 94.7 continues to carry sports talker WJFK, 106.7 The Fan.....

9/25 - DCRTV's hearing more from key local media sources regarding the dragged-out talks Major League Baseball is having regarding the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network and its TV rights payments to the Nationals and the Orioles. One scenario that seems to be rising to the top of the "most likely" outcomes, we're told, involves the Nationals taking an accelerated ownership percentage in MASN. Currently, the team owns 13% of the Baltimore-based regional sports network. That figure could go up to somewhere in the 40% range - much sooner than the current time frame calls for. That's a key sticking point in the talks, which were supposed to produce results in June. Now, we hear, there will be no announcement of a MASN rights deal until early next year. The Nationals are asking MASN, which is controlled by the Orioles and broadcasts both teams' games, for between $100 million and $120 million per year, at least three times the $29 million they received last season. Reportedly, MASN proposed paying $34 million this season. A new acceletated ownership deal could see the Nationals receiving somewhere near the $120 million range next year, without MASN actually cutting the team a check for that amount. And, whatever the Nationals get from the deal, the Orioles are due the same amount, according to a market sharing agreement. However, we're told that the current talks could still fall apart, with MASN and the Nationals' ownership heading to court next year.....

9/25 - "The Bayou: DC's Killer Joint," a new documentary about the legendary Georgetown music venue, gets preview screened in November at the Washington West Film Festival. More at wwfilmfest.com and at mtitv.com.....

9/25 - We're told that "Kevin And Rock" have gone missing from CBS sports talker WJFK, 106.7 The Fan's weekend schedule and website. We do know that the station will be relying on the new CBS Sports Radio network for more of its weekend programming.....

9/21 - Writing at washingtonian.com, media columnist Harry Jaffe wonders if Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli will soon to be out at the Washington Post. And who might his replacement be. "The rumors heat up and cool down, but they never stop," says one Post editor. "It's a distraction".....

9/21 - "Mid/late October" is the predicted start date for Bryan Nehman at Baltimore news talker WBAL, 1090 AM, where he'll replace the retiring Dave Durian on the Hearst station's morning news block. That's what we're hearing from WBAL radio's program director, Dave Hill. Nehman returned to his old haunt of DC news talker WMAL, 105.9 FM/630 AM, today after having gone missing since his "move to WBAL" news broke last week. His wife did have a baby and he has been battling a cold, since then. On WMAL's morning show with Brian Wilson today, there was no mention of Nehman's new gig and no word about his last day at WMAL, where he's worked more than a decade.....

9/19 - DCRTV hears that Paul Donovan is the new night jock and assistant program director at Clear Channel's country WMZQ, 98.7 FM. He comes from Lincoln Financial's country outlet in Denver, KYGO.....

9/19 - DCRTV hears that Channel 7/WJLA movie reviewer and entertainment reporter Arch Campbell will join Count Gore De Vol (right) on his "Creature Feature" web show Saturday evening at countgore.com. The count is played by Dick Dyszel, who spent many years at Channel 20/WDCA doing the weekday morning kiddie show as Captain 20, while doubling as station's weekend horror movie host. Dyszel now does his web shows from a "dungeon" in the basement of his Northern Virginia home. This will be the second appearance for Campbell on the program that recently commemorated its 14th year on the internet. On this weekend's show, Count Gore and Arch view 1959's "The Giant Gila Monster".....

9/19 - A DCRTVer tells us: "Why was WAMU's former news director Jim Asendio over here at (CBS all-newser) WNEW 99.1 (Tuesday) talking to the news bosses? Didn't he work for CBS in NY?".....

9/18 - Not long ago, DC public radio news talker WAMU started a relay in the Salisbury/Ocean City area. And so did Baltimore public radio news talker WYPR. Now, delmarvanow.com reports about possible big changes at Salisbury University's public radio news talker, WSDL. The public radio news talk format "has become quite saturated" in the area, and the committee overseeing WSDL "wants to ensure that we are providing a public service that is fiscally responsible," says Jason Curtin, interim executive director of the Salisbury University Foundation.....

9/17 - Sam Alex leaves Clear Channel country outlet WMZQ for a gig as morning show producer at Cincinnati's adult contemporary WRRM.....

9/17 - Al McGilvray (right), news director at Martinsburg WV news talker WRNR-AM, 740, gets profiled by the Martinsburg Journal. He talks about his 23 years in the Navy and how it shaped his journalistic instincts. In 1985, McGilvray served on the USS Mount Whitney. "I ran the ship's radio station, TV station, newspaper and magazine. I did all the news releases and took photographs. I was a producer, director, anchor, writer, a reporter, a videographer, a photographer, an editor, a writer. I was putting out magazines and a daily broadcast," he says.....

9/16 - A tipster tells DCRTV that Chris Naille, a WTOP weekday weathercaster, has been released by Channel 7/WJLA. More soon.....

9/15 - Usually reliable local TV sources are telling us that Laura Evans (right) is being replaced as a 5 PM news anchor at Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG. More: A source tells us that WTTG management will put Will Thomas at 5 PM, replacing Evans, who moves to weekend anchoring and weekday reporting. We're told that Evans is not happy about the change.....

9/15 - Gannett's Channel 9/WUSA today launches "Game On," a live Saturday sports show at 7 PM, following college football. Anchored by Kristen Berset and Dave Owens, the show will wrap-up action from area teams and preview upcoming Redskins and Ravens games. On tonight's premiere, Derek McGinty profiles DC's own James Brown, a CBS sports anchor. And, Bruce Johnson samples some opinions at a local barbershop and Redskin legend Darrell Green makes an appearance. "Game On" will also have a panel of analysts discussing the latest football news and a live in-studio band.....

9/15 - Bloomberg Government teams with Gannett's Channel 9/WUSA to launch a Sunday morning show about Capitol Hill politics and lobbying. The half-hour "Capitol Gains" debuts Sunday at 11:30 AM, after CBS's "Face The Nation." The program, which will also air on Bloomberg TV, is hosted by Peter Cook, the cable TV network's chief Washington correspondent.....

9/15 - Check out a 45-minute-ish interview where your friendly webmaster, DCRTV Dave, chats about local radio - particularly the great days of "guy talk" WJFK - with former DC area resident Jonathan Shachter, who does his Sadly Lacking Radio podcast from Australia at sadlylackingradio.podbean.com. Shachter says he misses local radio, and that Sydney area radio just can't compete with what we have in the DC-Baltimore area.....

9/14 - Fred Grandy will again be guest co-hosting with Andy Parks on his Washington Times show at 3 PM Friday on talker WTNT, 730 AM/102.9 FM. And, Grandy will be filling in next week while Parks is on vacation. You'll recall that "Grandy And Andy" did the morning show at talker WMAL for many years.....

9/14 - Soon to be former WMAL morning show co-host Bryan Nehman is the proud father of a third son, Charles Gray Nehman, who was born late Thursday. The announcement was made on Friday's show by Brian Wilson, with Nehman off. No mention was made of yesterday's big news that Nehman will be joining Baltimore news talker WBAL-AM in October, to replace the retiring Dave Durian.....

9/13 - DC-Baltimore legendary voice man Dude Walker voices a video about the future of energy that ran at the Democratic Convention. "Just my voice and Mr. Obama's," Walker tells us. "I actually had to record this in the back seat of a Ford SUV while I was in Ocean City over Labor Day. Vacation? For a VO dude there's no such thing!" Check it out at youtube.com. More at DCRTV's Voice Marketplace.....

9/13 - Clear Channel gives contemporary hit Hot 99.5, WIHT morning man Kane a new syndicated outlet. Just a day after Clear Channel removed the morning show hosts at Cincinnati contemporary hit outlet WKFS, Kiss 107, Kane's DC-based show is now being heard there. It's the fifth station around the country to relay his show, including Clear Channel's Baltimore contemporary hit outlet WZFT, Z104.3.....

9/12 - A source tells DCRTV that Kelli Johnson is leaving Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic for CSN's Houston startup, possibly as a main anchor. She'd been covering the Redskins and the Nationals for the Bethesda-based sports network. More as we hear it.....

9/12 - Jeff "Shamrock" Gibbons has been named operations manager of quality services for News Generation, a Bethesda-based public relations services company. Gibbons is a DC-Baltimore radio veteran, having worked at WHFS, WRQX, the old WVRX, and Sirius XM, and having produced shows for Mike O'Meara, Kirk McEwen, and Jack Diamond.....

9/11 - DCRTV hears that American University public radio news talker WAMU, 88.5 FM, is looking for a temporary news editor for its newscasts. We're told that Senior News Editor Sharon Rae has been away on medical leave.....

9/11 - DC-based NPR names Israel Smith director of programming. He's worked with NPR as a consultant during the past 15 years, handling shows like "Radiolab" and "The Public Radio Talent Quest." In his new gig, which starts in November, Smith will work with NPR's "acquired" programs, which carry the NPR name but are produced by partners, such as "Fresh Air" and "Car Talk." He'll also work with the on-air fundraising and promotion teams.....

9/11 - Baltimore's Channel 13/WJZ, which angered many fans in May when it cut away from a dramatic 17th inning win by the Baltimore Orioles to go to "60 Minutes," found itself in the same kind of programming crunch Monday. According to the Baltimore Sun, the CBS-owned station cut away from the men's finals of the US Open tennis championship at 6:30 PM to go to its Baltimore Ravens pre-game show. ESPN carried the game on "Monday Night Football." The Sun adds that the station started running a crawl about 6:10 PM telling viewers they could follow the men's finals by going to the station's website, wjz.com. "Unfortunately, the rescheduling of tennis today due to weather delays over the weekend resulted in an unavoidable conflict with the scheduled live coverage of the Ravens-Bengals game," KC Robertson, a spokesman for WJZ, told the Sun.....

9/11 - Mark Kaye, who once hosted the morning show at DC contemporary hit outlet Hot 99.5, has signed a multi-year deal to continue doing the morning show at Jacksonville contemporary hit outlet WAPE. Kaye began hosting "The Big Ape Morning Mess" in 2007. He was joined by his current co-host Anna in 2009.....

9/10 - DC and Baltimore radio veteran Shari Elliker joins Maynard Edwards in the afternoon drive slot on new Baltimore oldies outlet WQLL, Q1370. She left an afternoon hosting gig on Baltimore news talker WBAL, 1090 AM, about a year ago.....

9/10 - DCRTV hears that WBAL radio newsman Bill Vanko has been missing the past four weeks due to shoulder surgery. He should return soon. Also, we hear that the Baltimore news talker is getting close to announcing a replacement for morning news anchor Dave Durian, who announced over the summer that he'd be retiring this fall. Expect an announcement "soon," we're told. Stay tuned.....

9/8 - DCRTV hears that On The Spot Productions has produced a mini-documentary about DC's WMAL radio, from its heyday in the 1960s as a full-service music, news, and talk outlet, through the 1980s. Featuring Andy Ockershausen, Dave Sproul, Mark Weaver, and Chris Core. At vimeo.com.....

9/8 - DCRTV hears that Gary Dreibelbis, an author from Northern California who's a DC native, has penned a bio of Joan Ganz Cooney, the creator of "Sesame Street." And, he tells us that it includes extensive information on Muppets creator Jim Henson, who's originally from Hyattsville and got his start at Channel 4/WRC-TV, working with local TV great Willard Scott. Dreibelbis has an interview with Scott in the new book, entitled "Big Bird's Mom: Joan Ganz Cooney, Creator Of Sesame Street." It's due out later this year. Stay tuned.....

9/5 - DCRTV hears from a number of area radio insiders that Cumulus is seriously thinking about ending its dual-cast of WMAL on both FM and AM. And going back to the 630 AM-only signal for the right-leaning news talker, with the FM frequency of 105.9 doing something new. You'll recall that it was almost exactly one year ago that Cumulus, which had just acquired the stations from Citadel, killed off the classic rock format on 105.9 for a WMAL relay. However, during the past year, WMAL's ratings have actually dropped, despite the improved coverage into Virginia, where the 105.9 transmitter is located. More importantly, the move also reduced Cumulus's number of DC area stations from three to two, as the firm also owns hot adult contemporary WRQX, Mix 107.3. So, if the rumors are true, what format would 105.9 adopt? One local radio guru suggests that it should flip to Spanish contemporary to "blow out" CBS's El Zol, WLZL, on the Annapolis-based signal of 107.9, which is weak throughout a good chunk of the DC metro. Other possibilities, according to the experts: Contemporary hits, urban contemporary, or a return to what 105.9 was before classic rock - oldies. Stay tuned.....

9/5 - The Washington Post suffered "serious technical problems" yesterday that prevented the inclusion of stories about Michelle Obama's Democratic convention speech and Tuesday evening's Nationals game in many print editions.....

9/5 - DCRTV hears that Mix 107.3 midday man Rob Carson has launched a podcast that focuses on "political talk, personal experience, observational humor, great guests, and the biggest satire in the country as written for Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Don Imus and others." He calls it the "conservative 'Daily Show'." Carson, who used to host the afternoon show on hot adult contemporary WRQX before getting bumped by Marco over the summer, has recently been doing Saturday afternoons on Cumulus sister news talker WMAL. Check out his podcast at soundcloud.com.....

9/4 - DCRTV hears that Baltimore radio veteran Maynard Edwards will do the afternoon shift on new oldies outlet WQLL, Q1370, in Baltimore. The Mangione station flipped from political talk last month and is slated to soon unveil a new morning show. Edwards is also program director of the station.....

9/4 - DC radio veteran Michel Wright (left) has been named a contributor for SiriusXM's "Broadminded" morning show, which airs on the Stars channel. That's in addition to hosting Saturday late afternoons/early evenings on WHUR and doing the "Sunday Suite Spot" on SiriusXM's Heart And Soul channel. Also, we hear that Wright will be the voice for the new District Cable Network channel on DC's cable TV systems. She used to host middays on WPGC, back in the Donnie Simpson era.....

9/4 - Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atantic has incorporated the NBC peacock logo into its lower right screen logo (right), which airs during the Bethesda-based network's sports programming. There have been rumblings that Comcast may rebrand its local CSN sports networks around the country with the NBC moniker since the two firms merged in early 2011. Currently, CSN personalities frequently show up on NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC's sportscasts.....

9/4 - The local company that runs Arlington hyperlocal news site ARLnow.com, Local News Now LLC, is officially launching BethesdaNow.com next week. It's edited by Aaron Kraut, formerly of the Washington Post-owned Gazette newspaper in Montgomery County. Scott Brodbeck, who used to be a content producer at Channel 4/WRC and Channel 5/WTTG, is owner of Local News Now and top editor of ARLnow.com. He will be the new site's managing editor. If the Bethesda site is successful, look for a Fairfax County local news site by the end of 2013.....

9/2 - "My career is almost over," Tom Sherwood told WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi on Friday. That's according to one of DCRTV's sources. Is the longtime DC politics reporter thinking about saying adios to Channel 4/WRC? More soon.....

9/2 - DCRTV hears that DC and Baltimore radio great Johnny Dark may have resigned from Westminster MD's WTTR, 1470 AM, where he'd been doing the afternoon show. That's what we're hearing from a reliable source. Dark has been missing lately from his show. We're told that he's dealing with a personal, non-health-related matter. Since the 1950s, Dark has been heard locally on WEAM, WCAO, WWMX, WBIG, and WQSR (right). More soon.....

9/1 - In Saturday's paper, the Washington Post issued yet more corrections for media reporter Paul Farhi. This time, for two errors in Farhi's July 9th profile of New Republic owner Chris Hughes. At washingtonpost.com.....

9/1 - Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group has ended its relationship with "TheCoolTV" video music channel, resulting in it being dropped by stations owned and operated by the company. Including Baltimore's Channel 54/WNUV, where it went missing at midnight September 1st from one of that station's digital subchannels. No word about what will replace it.....

8/30 - Red Zebra sports talker WSPZ, 570 AM, and the Dan Snyder-owned firm's other sports talkers in Richmond and Norfolk, make the list of stations that will be carrying some programming from the new NBC Sports Radio network, which launches September 4th. WSPZ currently carries ESPN Radio programming.....

8/30 - DCRTV tipped you earlier. And now we hear that Baltimore's 1370 AM, WVIE, is officially WQLL as of 11 AM today. The Mangione station dropped syndicated news and talk a few weeks ago to pick up an oldies format. A station insider tells us that "there is going to be a lot happening with this little radio station... In the past, this station has been treated as red-headed step-child, but those days are done. At the end of the day, this is a 50,000-watt station in a large market and we're going to treat it as such." DCRTV previously told you that the station, which is co-owned with news talker WCBM, 680 AM, had advertised for a local morning show team. And we also told you that Baltimore radio veteran Maynard Edwards had been placed in the program director post. More soon.....

8/25 - Was that former WBIG morning man Tommy Griffiths hanging out at Hubbard-owned WTOP's "Glass Enclosed Nerve Center" with the all-newser's program director, Laurie Cantillo, yesterday? Does Griffiths, who got the boot from the Clear Channel classic hits/rock station in July, have radio news in his future? Stay tuned.....

8/24 - We're told that Channel 13/WJZ's longtime morning weatherman, Marty Bass, has bid farewell to Clear Channel country outlet WPOC's Laurie DeYoung morning show, where he's provided weather updates and his typical jestful remarks for 25 years.....

8/17 - The Baltimore Sun reports that Sunni Khalid (right), who was fired in March by Baltimore public radio news talker WYPR, 88.1 FM, started work Tuesday as an assignment editor at Charm City's Channel 2/WMAR. Khalid, a former Baltimore Sun and NPR staffer, was the first newsroom employee hired by WYPR and was its managing news editor until he was canned after posting comments on Facebook and allegedly making an obscene gesture toward another journalist who was visiting the station, the Sun adds.....

8/16 - Maryland Public Television's "MotorWeek" has picked up six awards of late. Including outstanding reporting statues for correspondents Yolanda Vazquez and Steven Chupnick from the International Automotive Media Competition and the Telly Awards. Vazquez was honored by the IAMC for her feature on how technology is helping blind people drive and her news piece offering consumer advice to avoid buying a flood-damaged vehicle. And, Chupnick received a Telly statue for his segment about the iconic Planter's Nutmobile.....

8/16 - Boomer Esiason will be featured on the new CBS Sports Radio network when it launches in September on 90 stations nationwide, including DC's 106.7 The Fan, WJFK, and Baltimore's 105.7 The Fan, WJZ-FM. The 14-year NFL veteran will deliver commentary and headlines at the top of the hour during morning drive.....

8/15 - The Washington Post apologizes for publishing an August 13 Paul Farhi (right) follow-up piece about Time and CNN commentator Fareed Zakaria, who had earlier acknowledged plagiarizing parts of a magazine article. Farhi's piece claimed that Zakaria appeared in 2008 to have also published without attribution a passage from a 2005 book. The correction at washingtonpost.com says that, in fact, Zakaria did credit the other work. "The Post should have examined copies of the books and should not have published the article. We regret the error and apologize to Fareed Zakaria," the correction states. Will Sommer, who pens the City Desk column for washingtoncitypaper.com, calls it a "whopper of a correction".....

8/15 - CBS Radio-DC names Ivy Savoy-Smith as director of its sales integrated marketing and special events division. She's been local sales manager for WPGC. Her career has included sales stints at WJLA, WGMS, and WBIG. Also, Awanya Anglin, from CBS Radio's Baltimore cluster, will work with Savoy-Smith as special events manager of the DC cluster.....

8/15 - DCRTV hears that Baltimore's WIYY, 98 Rock, is wading through a huge pile of resumes for its afternoon drive slot. Including lots of local talent gunning for the position, from throughout the Baltimore, DC, Richmond, and central Pennsylvania area, we're told. WIYY hopes to fill the position soon, we hear. It became available after the Hearst-owned station fired longtime 98 Rocker Stephen "Stash" Smith after he was involved in a July DUI that caused several injuries. We're told that Stash is currently in a rehab program.....

8/14 - Tony Tull joins Channel 4/WRC as as general assignment reporter. He comes from KSWB-TV in San Diego and, before that, KOVR-TV in Sacramento. He's the son of Kevin Frazier, who hosts CBS's syndicated "The Insider." His WRC start date is August 20.....

8/13 - Husband-and-wife meteorologists Jonathan Myers and Dawn Brown (right) are leaving New Orleans for Baltimore. The New Orleans Times-Picayune tells us that Myers will join Sinclair's Channel 45/WBFF, a Fox affiliate. In New Orleans, Myers worked at CBS-affiliated WWL and and Brown worked at Fox-affiliate WVUE. The couple had their first child last month, and Brown will stay at home with him, at least temporarily.....

8/13 - Nearby news. Clear Channel is buying NYC news talker WOR, 710 AM, from Buckley Radio. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Jim Farley, the top programmer for DC's top-rated all-newser WTOP, tells DCRTV: "Smart move by Clear Channel because NYC is still a good AM market and 710 is a very good signal. They will destroy (Cumulus news talker) WABC by taking Rush and Hannity away." In DC, Cumulus owns news talker WMAL, which also carries Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. You can hear WOR at night on the DC-Baltimore area radio dial.....

8/13 - DCRTV hears that two former CNNers, Dick Uliano and Jeanne Meserve, will be co-anchoring tonight on WTOP, for the first time together. Uliano continues working parttime with WTOP, NPR News, and SiriusXM's DC-based POTUS political news and talk channel. He joined the all-newser in November 2010. Meserve joined WTOP in November 2011.....

8/10 - Earlier this week, DCRTV told you that Baltimore talker WVIE, 1370 AM, had flipped to 1960s-through-1980s oldies. Now, we hear that the station has adopted new call letters - WQLL. Re-branding the station as "Q1370," with a plug-in to a Cumulus oldies network. The station, which is co-owned by Mangioni with news talker WCBM, 680 AM, recently advertised for a morning show team. A station source tells us: "Think of what's happening now as 'beta test' for something a little bigger".....

8/9 - DCRTV hears that Ben Eisler, Channel 7/WJLA's "one man band" multimedia journalist, is leaving the Allbritton station to join his wife in NYC. Hatzel Vela has been hired as his replacement. He comes from KNXV, the ABC station in Phoenix.....

8/9 - Cumulus revenues dropped 3% for the latest quarter. And the Atlanta-based broadcaster is blaming 10 of its radio stations, mainly news talkers in large markets, for the decline. Especially DC's WMAL, 105.9 FM/630 AM, so reports radio-info.com. Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey says that the under-performers will be getting increasing management attention and resources. WMAL's ratings have slumped slightly - now ranging from 16th to 18th place in the overall age 12+ numbers - since Cumulus took over WMAL's former owner Citadel in the fall of 2011, when the station added its FM relay to high ratings expections. The company, which also owns hot adult contemporary WRQX, Mix 107.3, saw cash revenues drop 2.3% and trade revenues fall 25.7%, for an average decline of 3.1%. To make matters worse for Cumulus's DC cluster, WRQX is in a brusing battle for young female demos with Clear Channel's Hot 99.5 and CBS's 94.7 Fresh FM.....

8/9 - The "Grandy And Andy" (right) former WMAL morning show team re-unite on Andy Parks' show on WTNT, 102.9 FM/730 AM, today, August 9th, from 3 PM to 6 PM. Fred Grandy will guest co-host with Parks for the full three hours of the Washington Times program.....

8/8 - Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8 sports reporter/anchor Britt McHenry (right) denied on WJFK's "Sports Junkies" show today recent rumors that she might be headed to ESPN. McHenry left the DC Allbritton-owned stations earlier this year to be a Padres TV reporter for Fox Sports San Diego, but soon returned, claiming that she loves DC sports too much.....

8/6 - DCRTV hears that Mary Katharine Ham (left), who got bounced from the morning show at Cumulus news talker WMAL, 105.9 FM/630 AM, back in March, will be back Tuesday as a "Mornings On The Mall" guest host. She'll be filling-in for the vacationing Brian Wilson, with Bryan Nehman. A former Daily Caller writer who is often seen on Fox News, Ham joined WMAL's morning show last summer.....

8/5 - Channel 7/WJLA aired a one-hour Saturday noon newscast anchored by Melanie Hastings. It was also shown on Allbritton sister NewsChannel 8. Is this a new feature for 7, or just filling unsold infomercial time? More: We're hearing that it's a permanent feature. Along with a new Sunday 5 PM newscast that will start at the end of August, we're told.....

8/3 - WHFS lives. At least the call letters of the DC area's legendary rocker. Yesterday, we told you that CBS Radio has started a new sports talker in Tampa. Well, now we hear that it's getting the WHFS call. CBS has been parking the moniker on a station that it recently sold in West Palm Beach since moving them from DC talker 1580 in favor of WNEW-AM about eight months ago, when it started new all-newser WNEW-FM on 99.1. CBS pulled the plug on the 99.1 alt rocker in 2005, and moved the WHFS call to Baltimore's 105.7 for a while. Until that station switched to sports talk, as WJZ-FM in 2009. Will the WHFS call - and legendary rock format - ever come back to DC? Stay tuned.....

8/2 - DCRTV hears that DC-Baltimore radio veteran Kirk McEwen (left) will co-host the morning show on a new CBS sports talker in Tampa, WSJT, 98.7 The Fan. The hot adult contemporary station is flipping to its new format at noon today, and McEwen will be paired with Chris Dingman for mornings starting Friday. McEwen's last area radio gig was co-hosting the morning show with Mike O'Meara at Cumulus's DC classic rocker 105.9 The Edge, WVRX, which got blown up last September for an FM relay of news talk WMAL. For many years, McEwen co-hosted the morning show at Hearst's 98 Rock, WIYY in Baltimore. He also hosted a show on CBS talker 105.7 in Baltimore.....

8/1 - DC-Baltimore radio veteran Albie Dee (right) adds NYC dance/club music outlet Pulse 87 to his long list of stations. Where he'll be doing parttime work, weekend middays. Albie will continue to be heard doing weekend and fill-in work at DC's urban contemporary WPGC. "I constantly tell the 'newbies' to make sure your sound/brand can cross over many different formats because you will always find work," Albie writes on his Facebook page. "The people who know me personally know that I love all genres of music. I will go from classic rock to hip hop to pop and club/dance music. Adding Pulse 87 New York to my brand is very exciting! When I first became a radio personality/programmer, I had the dream to be in NYC. And now it has come true. I am very blessed." Albie recently got the boot from Baltimore classic rocker WZBA, The Bay, where he'd been doing the afternoon drive shift.....

7/31 - Brian Roberts has been named executive producer of "MotorWeek," Maryland Public Television's long-running national automotive series. Roberts will oversee all aspects of the daily production of the PBS show that airs weekly in 92% of public television markets nationwide. The show is also seen on Discovery's new Velocity channel and public television's V-me Spanish language network. Roberts joined "MotorWeek" in 1993 and served as producer for the past 11 years.....

7/31 - We're told that Al Brady Law has died in Manchester NH. He programmed many radio stations across the country, including the just-launched contemporary hit Q107, WRQX, in April 1979. More soon.....

7/30 - Baltimore sports talker WNST, 1570 AM, will be picking up the Fox Sports radio lineup from 6 PM to 6 AM daily. The network had been heard on Baltimore's 1370, WVIE, before it dropped sports talk for political talk last summer. No launch date for Fox Sports on WNST, but look for it in "a few weeks," WNST owner Nestor Aparicio tells DCRTV. "Also, delighted to have my pal JT The Brick back with us in Baltimore".....

7/30 - DCRTV hears that there's been a batch of cuts at the Arlington-based Pentagon Channel, which provides programming to military personnel around the region and the world. We can't confirm a specific number of pink slips, but one source tells us that they involved "about half the active staff." It's carried locally on Comcast-185.....

7/30 - A source tells DCRTV that Clear Channel DC has posted a help wanted ad for rocker DC101, WWDC's midday slot. Is Bailey leaving? Apparently so. We're told that she's headed to Tampa rocker WXTB, 98 Rock, to be assistant program director and have an on-air shift at the Clear Channel station.....

7/27 - Host Alyona Minkovski leaves the DC bureau of RT, Russia Today, for a Los Angeles gig with the Huffington Post Live new video venture. Her "The Alyona Show" on RT is seen locally via Channel 30/WNVC's MHz Networks international TV news network service. Also joining her at HuffPo Live, show producer Jenny Churchill.....

7/26 - Rebecca O'Sullivan-Schulte has been promoted to president of Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic. She'd been senior vice president and general manager since joining the Bethesda-based regional sports network in March 2007. During her tenure, CSN has expanded its relationships with the Washington Redskins, the Baltimore Ravens, and the Atlantic Coast Conference. A native of Los Angeles, O'Sullivan-Schulte joined CSN after serving as general manager of Fox Sports Net Arizona.....

7/26 - DCRTV hears that Gail Huff will go on hiatus starting this Friday. The Channel 7/WJLA reporter is set to hit the streets to campaign with her husband, Republican Senator Scott Brown, in the highly contested Massachusetts senatorial race. If he is reelected, she returns to WJLA.....

7/26 - The blood pressure of CBS sports talker WJFK, 106.7 The Fan's on-air personalities skyrocketed yesterday when the Redskins staged a live Q&A with star player Robert Griffin III and didn't invite anyone from the station, effectively blacking out 106.7's live coverage of the event, even though all area TVers were there. Ah, WJFK just happens to be a sports talk radio rival to Redskins owner Dan Snyder's WTEM, ESPN 980, which carries the team's games. "Epic rant by Chad Dukes on 106.7 radio (Wednesday) afternoon," we're told. "According to Dukes, if 106.7 carried (the RG3 Q&A) even by pulling the audio off of a TV station, (Snyder) would have the Skins pull 106.7's press credentials." We're also told that "Dukes really did rag on the Redskins bad, so much so that (former Redskin) LaVar (Arrington) seemed alarmed." More: WJFKers were still very emotional about the snub on Thursday. Update: Late Thursday, we heard from a top WJFKer: "It's not that we were 'not invited' to the presser, as you wrote. We were there, as we are at every press conference, ready to send the audio back live to our studio. Three minutes before the press conference, the Redskins PR director threatened to pull our season credentials if we broadcast the audio live, like Channels 4, 5, 7, 9, and Comcast SportsNet, plus WTEM, were doing. Again, this was a press conference, which all media was covering live".....

7/25 - Dave Ross will fill in for the vacationing Tony Kornheiser on Red Zebra sports talker WTEM, ESPN 980, throughout the month of August. Ross, who is the acting sports director at Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG, will host "NFL This Morning" from 10 AM to noon on weekdays for five weeks. The show will originate from Redskins Park in Ashburn. Kornheiser returns to the slot after Labor Day.....

7/24 - Me-TV, which shows nostalgic TV programs, will be carried via a digital subchannel of Hearst-owned Baltimore's Channel 11/WBAL. The network's line-up includes "The Brady Bunch," "Green Acres," "The Beverly Hillbillies," and "Perry Mason".....

7/25 - Fox has fired up Channel 20/WDCA's first-ever digital subchannel. The 20.2 signal is currently carrying a relay of Fox network sister Channel 5/ WTTG. But we're told that it'll soon be running MundoFox, a Spanish language network that Fox will be launching on August 13. WDCA is a MyNetworkTV affiliate.....

7/24 - The judge in Tribune Company's bankruptcy case has confirmed a plan to transfer ownership of the Chicago media company to a group of senior creditors led by Oaktree Capital Management. The judge's order, which was expected, will set in motion a process that will likely allow Tribune to emerge from bankruptcy later this year. And it will allow the Federal Communications Commission to move forward on the company's application to transfer its TV and radio broadcast licenses to the new owners - the last big hurdle in a case that has dragged on for 3 1/2 years. Including Channel 50/WDCW, with rumors swirling that the CW affiliate might be sold - possibly to Channel 9/WUSA owner Gannett. Tribune also owns the Baltimore Sun.....

7/23 - It looks like Clear Channel is planning to move afternoon man Ron "Big Rig" Michaels to mornings to replace the recently departed Tommy Griffiths on classic rock/hits WBIG. We're told that Clear Channel is advertising for a new afternoon drive host, who'll double as assistant program director. It looks like Michaels voicetracks his WBIG gig from Tampa. More as we hear it.....

7/23 - DCRTV told you Saturday that Tommy Griffiths is no longer the morning man at Clear Channel's classic rock/hits WBIG, 100.3 FM. Now, we hear that Griffiths is involved in producing the TV pilot of a "paranormal" show for a major cable network. He's hosting the program, which, in the first episode, investigates ghosts at the Abraham Lincoln summer home in the DC area.....

7/21 - DCRTV hears that Baltimore's WVIE, 1370 AM, will be dropping its syndicated news and talk format and return to music. We hear the target date is September 1. The Mangioni-owned station, co-owned with news talker WCBM, 680 AM, has hired Charm City radio veteran Maynard Edwards as its new program director, we're told. Expect a return to an older oldies format. Years ago as Legends 1370, WWLG, the station had rock oldies and nostalgic music formats. More recently, 1370 dabbled in womens talk and sports talk formats. It flipped to TRN's America's Radio News format last summer.....

7/21 - DCRTV first tipped you last weekend. And that was Marc "Marco" Orem doing the afternoon slot at Cumulus's Mix 107.3, WRQX, on Friday. He replaces Rob Carson, who moves to middays. Orem recently arrived from a Cumulus hot adult contemporary outlet in Indianapolis to be program director and on-air talent. Sources say that Orem's show will tweak the hot adult contemporary station more in a contemporary hits sound, to better compete with Clear Channel's top-rated Hot 99.5, WIHT.....

7/20 - DCRTV told you in late June that longtime Channel 7/WJLA reporter Gail Pennybacker (left) would be retiring from DC's ABC affiliate. Today, we hear, was her last day at WJLA, with the evening news crew paying tribute to her. Pennybacker is headed to Texas to be with her family. She joined WJLA in January 1986. And, over the years, she's has covered everything from the 9/11 terror attacks to the Beltway sniper shootings. She reported from the Persian Gulf during the war in Iraq. Along with winning Emmys, and Associated Press awards for her reporting, Pennybacker has also been awarded several prestigious Edward R. Murrow awards.....

7/20 - DCRTV hears that Radio One's urban adult contemporary WMMJ, Majic 102.3, is moving Adimu from evenings to afternoons, with John Monds heading from afternoons to evenings. Starting Monday.....

7/20 - A DCRTVer tells us that show sidekick Samy announced today that he is leaving Hot 99.5's Kane morning show at the end of August to return to college. Kane's show is also heard on Baltimore's Z104.3.....

7/19 - DCRTV hears that Aracely Rivera is out as program director of CBS's Spanish contemporary WLZL, El Zol, 107.9 FM. More as we hear it.....

7/19 - The Federal Communications Commission fines lefty talker WPWC, 1480 AM, Dumfries VA $7,000 for a transmitter site fencing violation. The FCC found that "one of the antenna structures had no fencing at all around the base of the structure, while the other three antenna structures had only partial fencing around their bases, thereby allowing unrestricted access to all the structures." According to Tom Taylor's TRI newsletter, based on the "level of deterioration," the FCC agent concluded that things had been that way "for a significant period of time." Also, there was no perimeter fence around the property. The order to station owner JMK Communications is at fcc.gov.....

7/18 - Redskin linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (right) has been serving as an update anchor for Comcast SportsNet. He is also working the Wednesday evening "SportsNet Central" anchor desk, along with Chick Hernandez, Dan Steinberg at washingtonpost.com tells us.....

7/17 - Merlin is pulling its new all-news formats from its FMers in NYC and Chicago in favor of a return to alternative rock for both stations. Merlin got no ratings traction with the all-news format in the two markets, where it was battling well-established all-newsers from CBS Radio. There was talk last year that Merlin was eyeing Annapolis's 107.9 FM for a possible all-newser in the DC-Baltimore area. That station, instead, went to CBS, which moved Spanish WLZL there in preparation for the launch of all-news WNEW on 99.1 FM in the DC area. Like the Merlin new all-newser venture, CBS has had little ratings success in the past six months with newbie newser WNEW's battle against well-established Hubbard all-newser WTOP. More: Despite Merlin's move, there's no chance of CBS abandoning WNEW's news format. A top WNEWer tells DCRTV: "(The) difference here is that we are turning a profit for the company".....

7/17 - Johnny Holliday and Ray Knight are not merely co-hosts of the "Nats Xtra" half-hour pre- and postgame shows on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. They are also the best of friends. "We have a really nice relationship," former Baltimore Oriole Ray Knight said. "We're very similar people. We both love life. I'm doing a game that I love with a man that I love." More at PressBoxOnline.com.....

7/17 - TRI's Tom Taylor tells us that lefty talk and jazz WPFW (89.3 FM) owner Pacifica gets a "going concern" flag from its auditors. Expenses are piling up at the embattled not-for-profit group owner, after a $564,000 operating deficit in fiscal 2011 - it was $2.7 million in 2009. Current says "financial woes extend across Pacifica's stations, but are especially acute for New York's WBAI and Washington DC's WPFW," whose Adams Morgan building "is slated for demolition." Then there are the legal fees from various disputes - $467,000 last year alone. The auditor says the Pacifica Foundation owes program suppliers such as its signature "Democracy Now" with host Amy Goodman. Also, a report from the inspector general of the Corporation For Public Broadcasting finds that Pacifica has undervalued the cost of its pledge premiums to such a degree that it recommends fines be levied. Pacifica Executive Director Arlene Engelhardt has asked its stations to cut another $1 million from their combined budgets. Taylor adds: Pacifica's FM licenses, some of them in the commercial band, would be worth a lot of money, if Pacifica ever wanted to sell even one.....

7/16 - Montgomery Magazine profiles the "second act" of DC TV great Arch Campbell (right), who now does film reviews and entertainment news for Allbritton's Channel 7/WJLA and a half-hour weekly show for sister NewsChannel 8. "Four-star movie reviewer Arch Campbell could have retired after a long career at Channel 4 and a battle with cancer. But where's the fun in that?".....

7/16 - Veteran NFLer Antwaan Randle El announced his retirement on Friday. And now he reveals that he'll be working with the Big Ten Network in the fall as both a color analyst on the football field and in the studio. As well as assisting with the Washington Redskins preseason games as an analyst on Comcast SportsNet. The games are also seen on Channel 4/WRC.....

7/13 - DCRTV hears that Digital News Director Mike Gartell, who led Hubbard all-newser WTOP's wtop.com news website to multiple awards over the years, is jumping to CBS Radio, to lend his expertise to new all-newser WNEW's cbsdc.com news site. There were "shockwaves through the newsroom" at WTOP when the news was announced today, we're told.....

7/13 - DCRTV hears that Channel 4/WRC's operations manager, Bill Nardi, is gone. "No one knows why at this point. It's a big shocker if true. He's been there around eight or nine years maybe," we're told.....

7/13 - A familiar voice "majically" appears back on the DC radio dial. Longtime DC radio host Cayman Kelly (right) has been named the imaging voice of Radio One's adult urban contemporary WMMJ, Majic 102.3.....

7/12 - Howard Bomstein has been named executive marketing director of the Washington Times and its website. He will also head a new, in-house communications group to direct businesses, associations, and charitable groups toward advertising in the newspaper. Bomstein founded the Bomstein Agency in 1977, which grew into the fourth-largest advertising agency in the DC area. It merged with Williams Whittle Associates in Alexandria three years ago, with Bomstein serving as vice president.....

7/12 - Josh Spiegel, the news guy on the "Mickey And Amelia" morning show at Baltimore's 98 Rock, WIYY, ignited a controversy after his interview yesterday with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake regarding the city's fire department. That talk apparently generated comments from Mickey Cucchiella that some interpreted to be against the city firefighter's union, whose president, Rick Hoffman, was slated to be on the show this morning to diffuse the controversy. "None of us bashed city firefighters," Spiegel wrote on his Facebook page. "I think we've all been loud supporters of local police officers and firefighters and personally, I take offense at accusations that we're against firefighters"......

7/11 - Clear Channel's contemporary hit WZFT, Z104.3 in Baltimore names Sean Cage night host and imaging/production director. He comes from the company's contemporary hit WNCI in Columbus OH, where he was night host, assistant program director, and music director.....

7/11 - We're hearing a lot of rumblings that the replacement of longtime WRQX operations manager and program director Kenny King this week with Marc "Marco" Orem could lead to big changes in Mix 107.3's lineup. One widely talked-about scenario has RQX becoming much like the sister Cumulus station that Orem is coming from, Indianapolis hot adult contemporary outlet WRWM, aka i94, where he's been program director and afternoon on-air talent. That station features Orem's "Marco Show" in afternoon drive and former WRQXer Bert Weiss's (left) Atlanta-based and Cumulus-syndicated "Bert Show" in morning drive. It's no secret that Weiss wants to get back on in the DC area, and his show would be a lot less expensive than highly-paid WRQX longtimer Jack Diamond (right), who is rumored to be on the way out. The possible changes could put Mix 107.3 in a better position with highly-prized younger demos to compete with Clear Channel's top-rated hit outlet Hot 99.5 and CBS's rising-in-the-ratings hot ACer 94.7 Fresh FM.....

7/11 - DCRTV told you last week that JR Al Aire, formerly the afternoon drive personality at CBS Radio's Spanish contemporary El Zol, WLZL, 107.9 FM, is now the program director at Media One's like-formatted WDCN, 87.7 FM. And now we're hearing more, possibly an air shift for JR at the TV station pretending that it's a radio station. Stay tuned.....

7/11 - Mary Katharine Ham, formerly of WMAL, has landed a new gig at a website called hotair.com. She got bounced from the morning show at righty talk WMAL earlier this year.....

7/10 - Dan Steinberg at washingtonpost.com has more on the recent news that Sam Huff will be scaling back his workload with the Redskins radio team this season. Also, we learn that Brian Mitchell will be a regular part of Redskins pre- and postgame shows and will be live in the radio booth during halftime of home games on ESPN 980, WTEM.....

7/6 - They'll be celebrating the 25th aniversary of sports radio with an awards ceremony and charity benefit October 6th in Chicago. And DCRTV hears that the event has a number of DC ties, including the fact that Bob and Michelle Snyder are producers. They met at country WMZQ in 1988 and both went on to work at DC's first sports talker, WTEM, in the 1990s. He was general sales manager and general manager and she was marketing director. DC sports media veterans Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon are honorary chairs of the event. Submissions for nominations are now underway. More at sportsradioawards.com.....

7/5 - Cumulus news talker WMAL, 105.9 FM/630 AM, doesn't get enough respect from DCRTV, so claims a top WMAL exec in a recent e-mail not intended for print. This site and some of its Mailbag commentators have long criticized the right-leaning station - seen by some as a dim shadow of its former "full-service" self - for not having anything like the news staff of rival all-newser WTOP. Or public radio news talker WAMU - both of which have much larger audiences than does WMAL. But, the WMAL exec begs to differ. "We have increased the size of our news staff," he tells us. "I'm proud of the coverage we're doing now - including live field reports... We do actually have a fully-functioning local newsroom, with anchors, desk assistants and field reporters." We're told that WMAL is increasing its coverage of suburban news, a la Loudoun County, now that it has an FM signal that blankets outlying areas south and west of DC. "The morning show regularly covers a variety of local issues - again, something the show did not do in the past," we're told. "I really think we've moved the ball back toward having more local focus. We've also shown a willingness to break into syndicated shows when major local situations break - last year's earthquake, Hurricane Irene, those Friday storms several weeks ago. We're working it every day".....

7/5 - DCRTV hears that Richard Gorbutt is leaving Gannett-owned Channel 9/WUSA, where he's been the manager of technology and internet technology operations. He's headed to an IT post at CNN's Washington bureau. By the way, we're told that Gorbutt also runs an internet radio station, Atlantic Oldies 2NG, 2ngradio.com, which plays American and British oldies.....

7/3 - Sonny Jurgensen, Sam Huff, and Larry Michael will be back in the Redskins' radio booth for 2012. Although Huff has chosen a reduced schedule due to "the rigors of travel." Doc Walker will again provide sideline reporting and commentary. The team's games air on ESPN 980, WTEM.....

7/3 - Today's NTS Media Online radio trade newsletter sheds more light on the power outaged-induced darkness affecting CBS's new all-newser Friday night, with the line of strong storms moving through the area. According to Program Director Robert Sanchez, the Lanham-based station "lost everything but our microphones. No phones. No traffic center. No Accu-weather. No TV. No internet, which our newsroom computer system relies on for everything from wires to newsfeed audio. Just our anchors Judlyne Lilly and Matt Coates sitting in the dark, talking and looking out a pitch black window describing what was happening as best they could." Sanchez adds that News Director Michelle Dodge was able to log on to her computer from her basement at home, where she texted vital info to the newsroom in the minutes and early hours immediately following the blackout. As DCRTV already told you, WNEW simulcasted its 99.1 signal on 94.7, in place of Fresh FM, from Saturday through Monday, to better reach DC's hard-hit western suburbs.....

7/3 - DCRTV hears that Dennis "Newman" Hughes has left his evening gig at Clear Channel's country WMZQ, 98.7 FM, to return to Nashville. The DC market station is searching for his replacement.....

7/3 - DCRTV hears that JR, formerly the afternoon drive personality at CBS Radio's Spanish contemporary El Zol, WLZL, 107.9 FM, is now the program director at Media One's like-formatted WDCN, 87.7 FM.....

7/3 - Tom Taylor, via his Tuesday TRI radio biz newsletter, tells us that the DC area storms interfered with Salem Radio Network's "Morning In America," hosted by talker Bill Bennett. Salem VP Tom Tradup says power to the T1, ISDN, and internet resources was knocked out, so they improvised by having Salem-Dallas talker Mark Davis fill in for Bennett. They routed the show to affiliates from a studio in Dallas to the Empire State Building in NYC for distribution. Bennett's expected to borrow studio space from DC's Heritage Foundation for his shows today and tomorrow. Bennett is heard locally on Salem talker WWRC, 1260 AM, which was knocked off the air by Pepco power outages.....

7/2 - Management at WTOP is not happy with a Gregg Easterbrook piece at theatlantic.com which claims that the all-newser treated "major advertiser" Pepco with "kid gloves" following the latest batch of storm-related power outages. WTOP VP/Programming Jim Farley (right) tells DCRTV: "Pepco has advertised on WTOP for years. They didn't begin in 2011 (as Easterbrook claims). But that's irrelevant since we maintain total separation of church and state at WTOP - a firewall between sales and news. Gregg Easterbook has wrongly maligned some of the best journalists in Washington DC. That was BS".....

7/2 - A local radio insider tells DCRTV that CBS Radio head Dan Mason, a DC area radio veteran who is alleged to have a residence in Northern Virginia, was behind the decision Saturday to relay new CBS DC market all-newser WNEW on Bethesda's 94.7 WIAD, temporarily displacing hot adult contemporary Fresh FM. There seems to be some concern within upper management of CBS Radio about the lack of ratings traction WNEW has received since its launch six months ago, our source tells us. Including serious concern that the Anne Arundel County 99.1 FM signal WNEW is using isn't sufficient to cover the affluent western DC suburbs, especially in a bruising battle with Hubbard's well-established and top-rated all newser, WTOP, which features a DC-based signal on 103.5 FM, plus FM relays in the Warrenton and Frederick areas. Officially, CBS's DC radio execs, including market manager Steve Swenson, have maintained that they expected a long, slow climb for their new all-newser. Since Saturday, CBS has been running WNEW's post-storm coverage on 94.7, which provides a stronger signal to DC, Montgomery County, and Northern Virginia than does 99.1. That 94.7 WNEW relay continued through Monday afternoon, with Fresh FM returning at 3 PM. With about 20% of the area's households still lacking power from Friday's storms.....

7/2 - DCRTV hears that Clear Channel was having some difficulty keeping its five DC area FMers on the air yesterday due to post-storm-related Pepco power problems at its Rockville Pike studio complex. Even though generators kicked in, a two hour outage caused some dead air for a while Sunday afternoon, we're told. A source tells us: "All of the Clear Channel stations were off the air yesterday afternoon when a generator failed. They were off for at least an hour, maybe much longer." We noted WBIG off the air at about 1 PM yesterday. The other affected stations were DC101, Hot 99.5, WASH, and WMZQ. Also, Pacifica's WPFW, 89.3 FM, remained off the air Monday, having been silent since the line of big storms rolled through late Friday. More: We're told that a number of DC area AMers are still off the air due to storm-related power problems, including WCTN 950, WUST 1120, WWRC 1260, WDCT 1310, WZHF 1390, and WKCW 1420.....

6/30 - Due to storm damage in the Washington-Baltimore area, including millions without power on Saturday listening on cheap battery-powered portables, CBS Radio is running a relay of upstart all-news WNEW on Bethesda's 94.7 FM, WIAD, temporarily displacing hot adult contemporary Fresh FM. Obviously, 94.7 provides an improved signal into DC, Montgomery County, and Northern Virginia compared with WNEW's Anne Arundel County signal on 99.1 FM. A top exec at all-news rival and top-rated WTOP tells DCRTV: "Smart move. (CBS DC head) Steve Swenson is a smart guy. Too bad for them this is a weekend".....

6/30 - That was DC radio traffic legend Bob Marbourg (right) working through the stormy night supplying details about blocked roads, downed wires and trees, and dark signals via all-newser WTOP. We're told that "the dean of DC traffic" extended his afternoon drive shift Friday until 2:30 AM Saturday, supplying "traffic on the 8s" for WTOP listeners following a day with 100+ temperatures followed by severe thunderstorms, with winds over 70 MPH. Expect the record heat, severe storms, and extensive power outages to have an upside - a serious boost in the ratings for WTOP. And maybe even for new all-newser WNEW, too. Stay tuned.....

6/28 - DCRTV hears that former news talk WMAL morning host Fred Grandy was heard yesterday filling in on "Secure Freedom Radio," which airs on Salem political talker WWRC, 1260 AM. Grandy, a former Hollywood actor and GOP representative from Iowa, quit WMAL in the spring of 2011 after station management banned his wife, "Mrs. Fred," from his show after her repeated rants about how Islamic Sharia law would be overtaking the USA. By the way, Grandy's longtime WMAL co-host, Andy Parks, now does the afternoon Washington Times show on talker WTNT, 730 AM/102.9 FM.....

6/27 - DCRTV hears that Hubbard is now running its Gamut free-form rockish channel on the digital HD3 of WTOP's Manassas-Warrenton area relay, 107.7 FM. The deep tracks music service, which is programmed by Hubbard DC engineer Dave Kolesar, is already heard on the HD3 of WTOP's DC 103.5 FM signal.....

6/25 - Channel 4/WRC news anchor Angie Goff tells DCRTV that $18,000 was raised for a George Washington University Mammovan to benefit area breast cancer efforts at a June 19 gathering by a group of DC TV news anchors. Joining Goff at the Howard Theatre event were Andrea Mitchell, Anita Brikman, Lesli Foster, Britt McHenry, Sue Palka, Andrea Roane, Cynné Simpson, Pamela Brown, Rebecca Cooper, Laura Evans, Doreen Gentzler, Jennifer Griffin, Alison Starling, Shawn Yancy, Eun Yang, Hillary Howard, Megan Hughes, and Brianna Keilar.....

6/25 - DCRTV tipped you last week. And now, we get confirmation that Washington Post Managing Editor Liz Spayd plans to resign after the election. A 24-year veteran of the Post, she's held her current gig since 2009. More at jimromenesko.com.....

6/25 - Laurie Cantillo (left), program director of Hubbard all-newser WTOP, has been named one of the "Most Influential Female Programmers In Radio" by trade publication Radio Ink. "We know Laurie is one of the most admired people - not just female - in radio, but it's always great to have it recognized by the industry," says WTOP VP/Programming Jim Farley. "We are thrilled that of all the choices she had, she landed here in Washington with us." Cantillo joined WTOP in 2011. She had been program director of NYC news talker WABC-AM and the Oprah And Friends Radio channel on SiriusXM. She's also worked at KOA-AM and KBOL in the Denver area, plus WERU and WMAD in Madison WI.....

6/25 - Baltimore's classic hits Jack-FM, 102.7 WQSR, cranks up the Christmas hits today, June 25th, with exactly six months to go until the big holiday. Obviously, just a one-day thing. We won't be hearing holiday tunes for the next six months on the Clear Channel station. Today's Santa songs are a fundraiser for Our Daily Bread. More at 1027jackfm.com.....

6/22 - It was 35 years ago today, June 22, 1977, that the plug got pulled on oldies WMOD, and the DC area's 98.7 FM became country WMZQ. Little did we know back then that the format would become one of the longest-running for a single station in the region. Today, the station, which sports studios in Rockville and its transmitter in Falls Church, is owned by giant Clear Channel. And is still a top ratings performer. That's an original 1977 WMZQ logo at right.....

6/22 - Yesterday, DCRTV told you that CBS Radio is planning to launch a 24/7 sports radio network come January. Now, we hear that the syndicated Dennis Miller show has left CBS DC's "The Big Talker" WNEW-AM, 1580. Might CBS be "clearing the decks" at the Prince George's County station for carriage of the new sports network fulltime? CBS plans to carry the CBS Sports Network fulltime on its Baltimore AM sports talker, WJZ-AM, 1300, which currently carries ESPN Radio. Shows and sports newscasts from the new network will also be heard on CBS's WJFK, 106.7 The Fan, and WJZ-FM, 105.7 The Fan.....

6/22 - DCRTV hears that veteran Emmy-winning photojournalist John Foundas (left) is leaving Channel 5/WTTG to launch Foundation Digital Media. FDM has already put together a list of clients that includes the Discovery Channel, the "Biography" series, PBS, the DC Chamber Of Commerce, and Mark Ein's Washington Kastles, among others. "There has been a paradigm shift in the news business. The industry has been turned on its ear," Foundas says. "I found a vehicle that would allow for creative storytelling and also serve the needs of corporations, small business and individuals. We've quickly acquired clients up and down the east coast, from Florida to New York City. We're all incredibly excited about the future." Foundation Digital Media has already received a nomination in this year's local Emmy craft category for lighting.....

6/19 - DCRTV hears more rumblings that CBS Radio is looking for new digs in the DC area. Apparently, the firm's lease on its cramped Parliament Place office space in Lanham expires next year. And the firm is looking for more spacious space in a number of DC area locations, including DC and also Northern Virginia, from Rosslyn to Reston, we're told. CBS, which used to have its DC market radio stations scattered in Lanham, Silver Spring, Rockville, and Fairfax, now has all of its market outlets - WPGC, WLZL, WIAD, WJFK, and WNEW-FM/AM - in Lanham. If CBS leaves Lanham, it will be the second major DC radio broadcaster to leave Prince George's County of late. Recently, Radio One moved its five-station DC cluster from Lanham to Silver Spring in Montgomery County.....

6/19 - DCRTV hears about a cut at Maryland Public Television. So far, we can confirm the elimination of at least one long term "State Circle" program staff post by the Owings Mills-based public broadcaster, which operates Channel 22/WMPT in the DC-Baltimore area. More soon.....

6/15 - Yes, that was Comcast SportsNet's Chick Hernandez (right) doing the sports on Channel 4/WRC on Thursday evening. We hear that Hernandez was filling in for the vacationing Dan Hellie. But we also hear rumblings that maybe we'll be seeing more of Hernandez on WRC now that the NBC station is co-owned by media giant Comcast with the Bethesda-based regional sports network. Hernandez Tweets to DCRTV: "What a man can't play?".....

6/13 - From arlnow.com: The eight-year-old "Jumbotron" screen outside the Channel 7/WJLA building in the Rosslyn section of Arlington has "fallen into disrepair" and needs to be replaced, according to a staff report filed in advance of this Saturday's Arlington County Board meeting. WJLA is asking the board to approve a site plan amendment that would allow the station to install a new high definition screen in place of the existing standard definition screen. The new screen would be smaller - 164 square feet compared to the current screen's 172 square feet. It would also have a more rectangular 16:9 aspect ratio, as opposed to the current screen's 4:3 aspect ratio.....

6/12 - DCRTV hears that Troy Johnson (right) is joining CBS all-newser WNEW, 99.1 FM, as an anchor. The local radio veteran, who was once part of the morning show team with Marc Clarke at Baltimore's WERQ, will continue to do "The Hang Suite" with Clarke at DC's WHUR on Saturday nights, and HUR Voices on SiriusXM-141. This is a return to CBS for Johnson, who also once hosted a show on Baltimore's 105.7, before it was a sports talker.....

6/11 - Larry Matthews (right), the longtime reporter/anchor/editor/producer who has worked for ABC Radio, WMAL, WTOP, NPR, and Maryland Public Television, is now a novelist. And he's launching a third writing project - a series of thrillers whose central character is a radio street reporter in Washington DC. The first "Dave Haggard thriller" will be released later this year. It's called "Butterfly Knife." Larry tells us: "Our hero, Dave, finds himself in one life-threatening situation after another, misled and used by government officials, cops, bad guys, and his own desire to work the streets." He adds: "I will use some inside-baseball stuff about the broadcast news business in the books and I'm looking for radio/street reporting war stories to use as part of the narrative of these books. There's no compensation for contributors but I will be happy to credit story tellers. I'll probably change names and even circumstances." You can reach Larry at larry@larrymatthews.net and at larrymatthews.net.....

6/10 - A source tells DCRTV that Channel 7/WJLA News Director Alex Likowski has parted ways with the Allbritton station. "He was seen cleaning out his desk Friday night following the Radio TV Correspondents Dinner," we're told. "Despite their claims of being number 1 at 11 PM, overall their numbers are down. WUSA passed them in the key demos in a number of dayparts this past ratings book. This could have had something to do with his departure." More as we hear it.....

6/4 - NewsBlues tells us that there's a rumbling that Keith Russell (right), the top sports anchor at ABC-owned WPVI-TV in Philadelphia, is headed to DC to be the top sports anchor at Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG, where Dave Feldman recently resigned after 12 years. Russell has announced that his last day at WPVI will be 7/31, and has also said that he's headed to a "new opportunity" in DC.....

6/4 - DCRTV first tipped you a few weeks ago. Now we get the official word that Tony Kornheiser has signed a two-year deal to continue doing his 10 AM to noon show on Red Zebra sports talker WTEM, ESPN 980. He'll also continue doing the "Official Pre-Game Show" on the Washington Redskins Radio Network as well as his late afternoon "PTI" show for ESPN.....

5/31 - Fox Television Stations and AccuWeather are partnering in 11 markets starting this summer, with AccuWeather's content running on air and online at Fox-owned TV stations, including Washington DC's Channel 5/WTTG. Fox said its stations "will offer their local viewers a 24/7 live streaming video weather channel provided by AccuWeather," while jointly produced and branded content will extend across "virtually all of the stations' media platforms," including mobile. More at broadcastingcable.com. DCRTV adds: Allbritton-owned Channel 7/WJLA recently stopped carrying AccuWeather content via its Weather Now channel.....

5/31 - Arlington may get its own independent community radio station by the end of the year. Arlington Independent Media is in the planning stages of what may become a low power FM community radio station. AIM, which operates a local public access cable television channel, has already designated funds for the construction of an audio booth in its Clarendon studios. According to arlnow.com, the station will likely start out as an internet-only streaming operation, but may eventually be broadcast on a low power FM frequency if AIM can obtain the necessary FCC permission.....

5/30 - DCRTV hears that a line of early evening thunderstorms Tuesday knocked all-newser WTOP's 103.9 FM relay in Frederick off the air, and sent Hubbard sister federal news talker WFED's Frederick relay on 820 AM into low power mode. Hubbard engineer Dave Kolesar got the stations back on the air after doing a full day of jury duty.....

5/29 - DCRTV hears that former Channel 4/WRC reporter John Friess is back in the DC area with a new gig - in the corporate communications department of the US Postal Service.....

5/25 - Albie Dee (right) celebrates his 25th anniversary in the DC and Baltimore radio markets today, May 25th. "When I was hired in 1987 to do nights and be music director by Benjamin Hill and Jerry Clifton at WPGC I thought I would only be there for a couple of years and then go to NYC," Albie tells us. "I had the dream to be the number one night guy in NYC. But once I got to number one in all demos at WPGC doing nights, I thought, hey, let me ride this wave as long as I can. I am grateful and very humble that I am still on the air in both DC and Baltimore." Albie's local radio resume includes WPGC from 1987 to 1997, WXYV from 1997 to 1999, WJMO/WIHT from 1999 to 2006, and SiriusXM from 2006 to 2011. Plus, additional stints at WARW/WTGB and WWMX. He's currently heard doing mornings at WZBA and weekends at WPGC.....

5/25 - Former Channel 4/WRC reporter John Schriffen is joining ABC News as an NYC-based correspondent. Schriffen left WRC in late 2011 after a dispute with management at the NBC-owned station. Two months ago, he joined CBS's WCBS-TV in NYC as a freelance reporter.....

5/24 - Channel 13/WJZ is the TV news champ in Baltimore. During the May "sweeps," it won every news time period with the key age 25-54 demo. Channel 11/WBAL finished a close second to WJZ in some of the weekday news time periods in that demo. Channel 45/WBFF and Channel 2/WMAR finished in third and fourth places in many news time periods for the month.....

5/24 - A DCRTVer tells us: "Did Marion Barry really use the word 'Polacks,' referring to people of Polish descent? I thought I heard at about 1:20 this afternoon on TBD/NewsChannel 8?" DCRTV gets confirmation from several other viewers that the former DC mayor did say that on the Allbritton local news outlet. Video on DCRTV's Facebook page.....

5/24 - Former Channel 4/WRC and Channel 5/WTTG news producer Dan Cohen tells us that he's reached $50,000 in his fundraising efforts for a documentary he's been producing for the past decade - "An Article Of Hope" - on how a miniature torah, which survived a Nazi death camp, was carried by a member of the Columbia space shuttle, which disintegrated over Texas. "We went over the $50,000 mark, now at $51,675 with a day and a half left to go. It's been an amazing experience pulling this together," Cohen says. "When we started it was a huge mountain to climb. As people started to learn about the Kickstarter campaign through social media sites, and then on blogs like yours, you could watch the pace pick up!" More at kickstarter.com.....

5/24 - DCRTV is hearing rumblings that Minneapolis-based Hubbard might be looking at acquiring some TV properties of Chicago-based Tribune. Locally, Hubbard owns three radio properties - all-newser WTOP, federal news talker WFED, and leased Spanish Mexican WBQH. And Tribune, which is under chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, owns Channel 50/WDCW. Tom Taylor, in his Thursday TRI radio biz newsletter, tells us that Hubbard is definitely interested in Tribune's only radio station, Chicago news talker WGN-AM, which can be heard at night in the DC area on 720 AM. If Hubbard and WTOP get control of Channel 50, might we be seeing more of a local news presence on DC's CW affiliate? Currently, the station does not have a news department, regular newscasts, or a morning news show. Stay tuned.....

5/19 - DCRTV hears that Mike Caplan is gone from his business manager gig at Baltimore news talker WCBM, 680 AM.....

5/19 - A correction in Saturday's Washington Post: "An Et cetera listing in the May 18 Weekend section implied that Mexican painter Rufino Tamayo, who died in 1991, would be speaking about his art Saturday at the Mexican Cultural Institute. Anna Indych-Lopez will speak".....

5/18 - Seven women participated in the National Organization For Women's day of protest against Rush Limbaugh in front of Limbaugh's DC affiliate WMAL on Friday. More at dailycaller.com.....

5/18 - More information on the recent deal between Baltimore-based Sinclair and Fox. According to BroadcastingCable.com, the Sinclair-Fox continued affiliation deal was set in motion when Sinclair felt its Baltimore flagship, Channel 45/WBFF, was at risk of losing its Fox affiliation to Fox-owned Channel 24/WUTB, a MyNetworkTV affiliate, upon the expiration of its current affiliation agreement. "It was clear to us that the risk of losing our affiliation agreement had come back on the table," David Amy, Sinclair CFO, told B&C. Fox countered that it was not intent on taking over the Fox affiliation in Baltimore. Still Sinclair worked out an option to acquire WUTB, according to a May 15 press release, but Amy said that Sinclair was actually prohibited from doing so due to FCC ownership limits, since it already operates - but doesn't own outright - Baltimore's CW affiliate, Channel 54/WNUV. Sinclair could instead work a deal to manage the station for another group that acquires its license, B&C adds.....

5/18 - Inside Radio tells us that the Federal Communications Commission has fined Nassau's classic hits WWEG, 106.9 The Eagle, in Hagerstown $2,000 for recording a telephone call without a listener's permission. The unidentified complaint told the FCC that the station's call was an attempt to "bait" them into a conversation about a dispute they were having with an area business. The station says its morning show team disconnected as soon as the complainant said the station didn't have permission to record the conversation and that the phone call was never broadcast. The FCC maintains that whether or not it aired doesn't matter since the rules require that before recording a telephone call for later broadcast a station must inform a person it plans to broadcast the conversation, according to Inside Radio.....

5/16 - CBS Radio names Danny Bortnick vice president and director of sales for its six station DC cluster. He will oversee all ad sales for sports talker WJFK, all-news WNEW-FM, urban contemporary WPGC, hot adult contemporary WIAD, Spanish contemporary WLZL, and talker WNEW-AM. Bortnick will also be general sales manager of WNEW-FM/AM. Before coming to WNEW late last year, Bortnick was local sales manager for CBS's WWFS and WXRK in NYC. He joined CBS NYC in 2006, jumped to Salem's NYC radio cluster in 2008, and re-joined CBS NYC in 2010. Bortnick replaces Shari Gonzalez, who left the top ad sales gig for CBS DC earlier this month. She remains general sales manager for WPGC.....

5/16 - Staxx jumps from his night hosting and imaging director gigs at Clear Channel's contemporary hit Z104.3, WZFT, in Baltimore, to Clear Channel's DC alternative rock DC101, WWDC, where he will be creative services director. Z104.3 is looking for Staxx's replacement.....

5/16 - DCRTV hears that Allbritton's Channel 7/WJLA will move Anderson Cooper's "Anderson" show one hour earlier, start time 3 PM, come September. When it will debut Katie Couric's new "Katie" show at 4 PM. Cooper's lowish ratings have hurt the numbers for 7's 5 PM newscast. Also, DCRTV hears that WJLA will run "Good Morning America Afternoon Edition" at 2 PM for eight weeks starting in July, replacing the cancelled "The Revolution." Come September, "General Hospital" will get moved into the 2 PM slot on 7. It currently airs at 3 PM.....

5/15 - Ron Smith (right) will be awarded the prestigious Ted Yates Emmy for his longtime contributions to journalism. Smith was a news anchor and reporter at Channel 11/WBAL and a talk show host at WBAL radio more than 20 years. He died last December from pancreatic cancer. The 54th annual local Emmy awards will be handed out in a DC ceremony in June. Smith's widow, June, joined WBAL radio's Mary Beth Marsden to talk about what the posthumous award means to Ron's memory. The audio is at wbal.com.....

5/15 - Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group has extended for five more years Fox network affiliations for 19 stations that Sinclair owns or programs, including Sinclair's Baltimore flagship, Channel 45/WBFF. The new agreement goes into effect January 1, 2013. For the WBFF renewal and for an option to buy Fox's Baltimore MyTV network affiliate Channel 24/WUTB, Sinclair agreed to pay Fox "a maximum" of $52.7 million. Sinclair has nine months to exercise its option on WUTB, between July 1, 2012, and March 31, 2013. In addition to owning WBFF, Sinclair operates Baltimore's CW affiliate, Channel 54/WNUV.....

5/15 - Buzz Burbank (right) is leaving Mike O'Meara's daily podcast. The "newsman," whose real name is Mike Elston, met Don Geronimo when Geronimo was working in Chicago in the 1980s. In 1991, Burbank moved to the Washington area to join Geronimo and O'Meara's "Don And Mike" show on then "guy talker" WJFK, 106.7 FM. Burbank continued with O'Meara on WJFK after Geronimo left the show in 2008, and followed O'Meara to his mikeomearashow.com podcast in late 2009, after WJFK flipped to sports talk. Burbank, who's had health problems but stresses that he's fine now, says he wants to spend time developing his own longer-form news-oriented podcast. Burbank will be leaving O'Meara's show at the end of May.....

5/11 - Dave Gunning returns to Winchester's hot adult contemporary WINC-FM, 92.5, where he worked in 2007. He will be doing middays - the 9 AM to 1 PM shift, including the "Retro Cafe" show at noon. He'll also do Saturday evenings, from 8 PM until midnight. Gunning was program director and afternoon driver for Frederick's hot adult contemporary WAFY, Key 103.1, until his resignation last December. At WINC-FM, Gunning replaces Paula Kidwell, who is joining Notaviva Vineyard in Purcellville. She will still be heard occasionally on the Centennial station.....

5/10 - DCRTV hears that Baltimore area native Billy Zero, who worked at legendary alternative rocker WHFS from 1994 to 2000, and later at DC's XM Satellite Radio - Unsigned, Fred, XMU - through 2008, is now custom programmer at Mood Media, where he programs in-store music for some of the largest retails brand in the country, including Macy's and the Sports Authority. His website is at billyzero.com.....

5/10 - The Washington area's Radio And Television Museum officially changed its name to the National Capital Radio And Television Museum at a ceremony yesterday at its Bowie facility. Local leaders, including Bowie Mayor Frederick Robinson, were on hand for the proclaimation and the unveiling of a new logo (right). The museum is at 2608 Mitchellville Road and is open Fridays 10 AM to 5 PM, and Saturdays and Sundays 1 PM to 5 PM. More at ncrtv.org.....

5/8 - A listener tells DCRTV that Tony Kornheiser said on his ESPN 980 show today that he has re-upped for two more years with WTEM. He'll be off for the summer beginning at the end of June and be back in the fall, he added. Former Washington Post sports columnist Kornheiser, who still does his late afternoon "PTI" show for ESPN, is heard on Red Zebra sports talker WTEM daily from 10 AM to noon.....

5/8 - Last month, DCRTV told you that local radio veteran Kirk Litton was leaving Radio One-DC after many years as regional sales director and account executive to become an owner and operator of a newly-created radio station group in Columbia SC. Now, we hear more. Litton is teaming with Thomas Davis, who also owns stations in Norfolk VA and Wilmington NC. Litton and Davis's new companies will be called Triple M Broadcasting and Hometown Columbia. The stations include adult contemporary WWNU and classic country WWNQ.....

5/8 - The seventh annual Johnny Holliday Scholarship Classic was held Monday at Bretton Woods Golf Club in Poolesville MD to benefit the Youth Leadership Foundation. Members of the media and sporting world on hand for the charity event held by the longtime DC radio and TV veteran, including Redskins great Larry Brown, University Of Maryland head basketball coach Mark Turgeon, former Terps head coach Gary Williams, the voice of the Washington Wizards Steve Buckhantz, former WPGC morning man Donnie Simpson, Washington Capitals voice Al Koken, WTEM's Rick "Doc" Walker, Montgomery County Police chief Tom Manger, and more.....

5/7 - Baltimore's CBS-owned Channel 13/WJZ attracted the wrath of many Orioles fans Sunday when it cut off the end of the battle with the Red Sox at 7 PM to go to the network's "60 Minutes." The game, which started at 1:30 PM and was in the 16th inning, was also being shown on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. The Orioles won in the 17th inning. "We were both pretty disappointed that we couldn't watch the end of the game. "It was a classic. And they cut it off. It is going to go down in baseball history, and we missed it," a viewer told the Baltimore Sun. WJZ viewers were alerted via a lower-screen crawl before 7 PM that the game's conclusion would be on MASN. More at PressBoxOnline.com.....

5/7 - This morning, Ric Edelman celebrated his 20th year on news talker WMAL, making his DC area-based financial advice show the longest-running on the station. Edelman tipped his hat to former afternoon show hosts Chris Core and Bill Trumbull, who gave him his start on the then ABC-owned station. Edelman's nationally syndicated personal finance show, "The Truth About Money," airs on WMAL from 10 AM to noon Saturdays.....

5/7 - Tom Taylor, in his Monday TRI radio biz newsletter, tells us that Cumulus, which owns DC's WMAL and WRQX, submitted a $5 million bid in bankruptcy court for Nassau's WWEG, WAFY, and WARK in the Hagerstown-Frederick area. Of course, as DCRTV told you last week, the stations went to Frederick-based Manning. More: DCRTV hears that Connissieur Media of Westport CT submitted the back up bid for the stations - not Cumulus. More as we hear it.....

5/7 - DCRTV hears that there won't be any major format changes at Hagerstown's classic rock WWEG, 106.9 The Eagle, and Frederick's hot adult contemporary WAFY, Key 103.1, other than some minor tweaking of the music and "formatics." Look for a more active programming approach, as "the stations has been on autopilot for years," we're told. As DCRTV reported last week, Frederick-based Manning Broadcasting is assuming ownership of the stations from bankrupt Nassau Broadcasting. The WWEG situation is a take back, since Manning sold the station, then WARX, to Nassau several years ago. Look for Fred Manning, brother of Manning head Gene Manning, to manage the properties. We also hear that Manning will keep all current jocks on both stations and honor all existing contracts.....

5/3 - Many Comcast subscribers in the DC-Baltimore area, and up and down the East Coast, could not access the playback features on their DVRs Wednesday night. According to a Comcast message board, the problem affected some subscribers in Virginia, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Florida, and elsewhere. Locally, the problem impacted Comcast subscribers in Reston, Prince William, Arlington, and Columbia. Mainly those with Scientific Atlanta/Cisco equipment. Comcast techs tell DCRTV that the problem, which was caused by a software glitch, did not prevent the DVR's ability to record programs. And it was fixed in many systems by Thursday morning.....

5/2 - Coka-Lani Kimbrough is the new midday host at Radio One's urban contemporary WKYS, 93.9 FM. She's worked at DC's WPGC, Baltimore's WERQ, Philadelphia's WUSL, Miami's WMIB, and Tampa's WBTP.....

5/1 - Allbritton's Channel 7/WJLA, DC's ABC affiliate, will launch the Live Well network via a broadcast digital subchannel come July 1. The ABC-owned service features shows on healthy eating, weight loss, and home decorating. Live Well is already carried by Baltimore's ABC affiliate, Scripps-owned Channel 2/WMAR.....

5/1 - A shake-up at CBS Radio in Lanham. DCRTV hears that Shari Gonzalez is no longer director of ad sales for CBS's DC radio cluster. She will go back to being general sales manager for WPGC only. Gonzalez held both titles for the past year or so. CBS-DC is looking for a new director of sales, we're told. In addition to WPGC, CBS's DC cluster includes WJFK, WLZL, WIAD, and WNEW-FM/AM.....

5/1 - In April, DCRTV first tipped you that the Washington Post, which still charges no fees to visit washingtonpost.com, is now charging a fee for non-print subscribers to view the eReplica online version of the print paper via its website. "It's a little tiny opening of a door to a pay wall for an electronic version of the printed Post," writes Post ombudsman Patrick Pexton at washingtonpost.com.....

5/1 - Lauren Cook is the new morning traffic reporter for Scripps' ABC affiliate Channel 2/WMAR in Baltimore. She jumps over from Sinclair's Charm City Fox affiliate, Channel 45/WBFF, where she's worked since 2007. Before that, Cook worked for Fox's NYC station, WNYW-TV.....

5/1 - The Washington Post's print circulation is down yet again, falling another 7.84% for the weekday edition from March 2011 to March 2012. With the Post's Sunday edition down 15.66%. According to the latest stats from the Audit Bureau Of Circulations at accessabc.wordpress.com.....

5/1 - The Washington Business Journal looks at how American University public radio news talker WAMU has topped Hubbard's commercial newser WTOP in the latest batches of radio ratings. And, the WBJ also looks at whether new CBS newser WNEW is affecting the ratings of WTOP. Steve Swenson, DC market manager of CBS Radio, says things are going according to plan, despite the station's general lack of ratings traction since its January launch. WNEW has launched its first marketing campaign, running television advertisements on most local broadcast outlets and cable. "We're actually very pleased with where we are, and we're meeting all the expectations on all the different fronts for where we hope to be at," Swenson tells the WBJ.....

5/1 - Last month, DCRTV told you that Channel 9/WUSA anchor and reporter Bruce Johnson's book, "Heart To Heart," got released in China (right). Now, DCRTV hears from Johnson: "I'm back from Beijing and Shanghi for 'Heart To Heart' book signings. In a word it was 'incredible,' and took 10 visits to the embassy here to convince the Chinese government to give me a visa for a vacation (and) book signing eight day trip and (that) I would not be covering any stories as a journalist from Washington." In the book, which was first published in 2009, the veteran WUSAer talks about his own heart attack, focusing on the emotional and human side of heart attacks and cardiovascular disease. Johnson (left) interviewed dozens of heart attack survivors and their struggles to overcome the disease. More about the book is at barnesandnoble.com.....

4/29 - DCRTV hears that Rob Carson, who usually hosts WRQX, Mix 107.3's afternoon music-oriented show, did the 4 PM to 7 PM shift on Cumulus sister news talker WMAL Saturday.....

4/28 - DC radio veteran Bruce Kelly heads to the sunny and warm Phoenix area to thaw out after management and on-air radio gigs in cold Fargo, to do mornings on the Goldmine, a non-commercial hit music station owned by the East Valley Institute Of Technology. Kelly, who spent many years around here working at XM Satellite Radio, tells DCRTV that his new show will feature both talk and music, with lots of political and celebrity guests, including Mitt Romney, Jan Brewer, Seth McFarland, Charles Barkley, Alice Cooper and Michael Jordan's mom in his first week, starting May 1st. More at evit.com.....

4/26 - Clear Channel names DC radio veteran Mark O'Brien manager of its Jacksonville radio cluster. He got his radio career start as director of ad sales at WTOP, and then served as vice president and general manager of WASH, DC101, and the old Z104. He also worked for ZGS, which owns Spanish language stations in DC and elsewhere. More recently, O'Brien has been vice president of Southeast regional sales for Westwood One.....

4/26 - Conservative web mogul Matt Drudge and his drudgereport.com website has been pumping traffic to the like-leaning Washington Times, where two of his editors - Joseph Curl and Charlie Hunt - write columns. According to Salon, for the past year, Drudge has provided the Times with 46% of its monthly traffic. In November 2011, the Drudge Report sent 4.7 million visitors to washingtontimes.com, or 57% of all the Times' traffic that month. By comparison, just 820,000 visitors actually accessed the Times through its homepage that November.....

4/25 - Channel 7/WJLA anchor Alison Starling married NBC News correspondent Peter Alexander Saturday in Washington. The ceremony was conducted on the roof of the Newseum with the US Capitol in the background (left). The couple met while they were both reporters in Seattle. They stayed friends for years, getting engaged last year in Paris. Wedding guests included Alison's co-anchor Leon Harris and WJLA sports anchor Tim Brant. More at wjla.com.....

4/25 - Kirk Litton (right) will be leaving Radio One in May "to begin a new and exciting chapter in his career," so says DC radio veteran Alan Leinwand, who heads advertising sales for Radio One's DC cluster. Litton will become owner and operator of a newly-created radio station group, with outlets in Columbia SC. Litton has been with Radio One DC since 2007, in account executive and regional sales director roles. Before that, he spent 14 years at Infinity/CBS, rising from an intern to general sales manager at WPGC. Locally, Radio One owns WKYS, WMMJ, WOL, WPRS, and WYCB.....

4/25 - The Washington Post has bragged about how it, unlike many other newspapers like the Baltimore Sun, will keep its washingtonpost.com website free of a paywall, even to non-subscribers of the print edition. However, we're now told that non-print subscribers have to pay to see the daily e-Replica online copy of the paper's print edition. From DCRTV's Wednesday Mailbag: "Has anyone seen the online print edition of today's Washington Post? When you click on 'today's paper,' it brings you to 'The Washington Post e-Replica.' You have to register to get access. It is free to subscribers of the print edition. However, if you only subscribe Monday through Friday, you have to pay for the weekends and vice versa if you only subscribe on weekends".....

4/16 - DCRTV hears that ABC's "This Week" will have a reduced need for NABET union studio engineers in Washington, as the Sunday political talker often now originates from a studio in NYC. And that will cost two or three union jobs in DC. Also, starting April 29th, the program will no longer regularly use the studio at DC's Newseum. That will eliminate seven NABET positions, including five camera people.....

4/15 - Channel 9/WUSA anchor and reporter Bruce Johnson's book, "Heart To Heart," gets released in China (right). In the book, which was first published in 2009, the veteran WUSAer talks about his own heart attack, focusing on the emotional and human side of heart attacks and cardiovascular disease. Johnson (left) interviewed dozens of heart attack survivors and their struggles to overcome the disease. More about the book is at barnesandnoble.com.....

4/14 - Baltimore Police are upset at Channel 45/WBFF for not informing them that their news personnel were interviewing a man wanted in connection a video that went viral in March of a man who was stripped and beaten. While the 20-year-old Rosedale man did turn himself in Friday evening, police were angered that the TV station, which it partners with for a weekly segment airing information about fugitives, didn't communicate with them that the suspect was on their premises that afternoon and said they would be terminating the segment, according to the Baltimore Sun. Mike Tomko, WBFF's news director, said the wanted man's attorney told WBFF that he had been in contact with the state's attorney's office to coordinate his surrender. Tomko said a termination of the segment would be "a shame," and that he is "hopeful that when things cool down, we can sit down with police leadership and renew our commitment to helping Baltimore Police keep the city safe".....

4/13 - Lots of rumblings that local sports media veteran Tony Kornheiser (right) is mouthing off on his ESPN 980, WTEM late morning show that he's having a dispute with the Red Zebra sports talker's management and might be experiencing contract renewal difficulties. We're told that he closed his Friday show this way: "I'm off Monday, I hope to be here Tuesday." However, management types at WTEM don't seem too concerned. We're told: "Tony does this every year. He enjoys making his 'littles' feel like his vacation is mandated by management, which is extremely humorous... ESPN 980 is a stronger station with Tony's show on our air and there are no plans to end his show." Kornheiser's deal with WTEM does not end in June, as he's been hinting on the air, and, after his traditional summer extended vacation, he'll be back on ESPN 980's airwaves in September, we hear from a top WTEMer.....

4/12 - Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8 sports reporter Britt McHenry (right), who headed to San Diego in March to be sideline reporter for Fox Sports San Diego's coverage of the Padres, is headed back to 7 and 8. According to the laichitis.blogspot.com blog, "Britt did confirm... that she had an opportunity to come back with (DC's) ABC 7 and that she really... loved DC. She loves the in-depth reporting and anchoring." McHenry, who also hosted NC8's "High School Sports Final," started her career in Washington as a community reporter for NC8, where she anchored weekend morning shows.....

4/13 - Yesterday, DCRTV first reported that Hubbard all-newser WTOP billed a record $64 million in ad revenue last year, making it the top-billing radio station in the nation for the second year in a row. But, according to Friday's TRI radio biz newsletter, the total ad revenue billing number for all stations in the Washington radio market was $255 million last year. That mean that one single station, WTOP, is responsible for 25% of all radio ad revenue billing in the market. Leaving the other 20-ish major commercial DC area radio stations to account for the remaining 75%. In 2010, it took the combined ad revenue billing of Clear Channel's five major DC FMers - DC101, Hot 99.5, WASH, WMZQ, and WBIG - to even come close to the 25% mark.....

4/11 - DCRTV hears that bi-market radio great Albie Dee (right) is filling-in for DJ Free on CBS Radio DC's urban contemporary 95.5 WPGC's morning show through the end of the week. As well as doing his regular afternoon shift on Shamrock's Baltimore classic rocker WZBA, 100.7, The Bay.....

4/11 - DCRTV hears that Salem has fired up the transmitter of WKDL in Warrenton on 1250 AM with a relay of DC talker WWRC on neighboring 1260 AM. Salem recently bought the Warrenton station, which used to relay Metro Radio talker WTNT, so that it could tweak the signal and hike the daytime power of adjacent channel WWRC. Since Salem bought 1250 AM in February, the signal has remained dark.....

4/10 - Longtime DC radio personality Olivia Fox got released from the University Of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore today after a successful kidney transplant on April 6, which she has dubbed her "second birthday." She has suffered from genetic renal disease since 1996 and had endured dialysis for three times a week for the past four years. Fox, who has been heard on WMMJ and WKYS, got the kidney from a friend, Mike Green, of Brooklyn NY.....

4/10 - DCRTV hears that Susie Mudd, who was editor-in-chief and owner of local publication Music Monthly, died on April 5th in Baltimore. More soon.....

4/10 - CBS Radio is selling its West Palm Beach, Florida cluster. That's where the firm has "parked" the legendary WHFS call letters, which used to grace progressive and alternative rockers on 102.3, 99.1, and 105.7, respectively, in the DC-Baltimore area. CBS still operates alt rock "HFS975" in Baltimore on 97.5, but that low-power signal doesn't use the official WHFS calls. More at fmqb.com.....

4/10 - DCRTV hears that Baltimore sports radio veteran Tom Davis has joined news talker WBAL-AM's Orioles coverage this season. He's a veteran of the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network and CBS's sports talker WJZ-AM.....

3/30 - Paul Duckworth, former news talk WMAL program director, un-retires and moves to Seattle to program news talk KOMO. Lately, he's been relaxing in St. Petersburg, Florida. After his WMAL employment ended, Duckworth headed to Dallas in 2010 to program news talker KLIF. Actually, it's a return to Seattle for Duckworth, where he had programmed KOMO and news talker KVI in the past.....

3/30 - It looks like Al Jazeera is downsizing the DC-based news operations of Al Jazeera English, with nine reported cuts, so far. "Many employees of AJ English now fear layoffs will decimate their operation. And all this after Al Jazeera just did a deal to move their highly cramped operations to a new building in DC," writes Steve Clemons at theatlantic.com.....

3/30 - DCRTV hears that Channel 9/WUSA executive producer Matt King heads to Atlanta to be assistant news director at Gannett sister WXIA-TV. King started as a sports and special projects producer at WTSP-TV in Tampa, then moved to WUSA as a sports executive producer, and on to dayside news executive producer. His last day at WUSA will be May 18th.....

3/30 - The Air Florida crash, the Reagan assassination attempt, 9/11, Washington area snipers. Those are among the top stories he's covered, says Joe Krebs (left), the Channel 4/WRC reporter and anchor who is officially retiring today. For the past 18 years, Krebs has anchored WRC's morning newscast. "Being a news broadcaster is what I always wanted to be," he says. Also, he has served as president of the Washington-Baltimore local of the American Federation Of Television And Radio Artists. Krebs joined WRC in 1980 from Channel 11/ WBAL. WRC has been doing daily tributes to Krebs this week.....

3/30 - DCRTV hears that three are being cut from Clear Channel's Total Traffic in the DC area. Mainly office personnel and not on-air folks.....

3/30 - Baltimore's 98 Rock celebrates its 35th anniversary this week. It was on March 28, 1977 that Hearst flipped WIYY, 97.9 FM, from NBC's news talk format to rock. A DCRTVer tells us: "In this day and age of corporately trained radio executives who change the formats of the stations they manage more often then they change their underwear, a privately owned radio station remaining with the same call letters and the same format for 35 years is almost unheard of. For a rock station to remain on the air for that long deserves a mention. Congratulations to the owners, managers, directors, staff, crew, and everyone who was ever associated with WIYY Baltimore, 98 Rock for sticking with it for 35 years. A special mention to Sarah Fleischer, who was there from the beginning, being the DJ who played the first song (the Who's 'Baba O'Reiey') when 98 Rock launched".....

3/29 - A batch of cuts today from radio giant Clear Channel around the country, but we haven't heard about any in the DC-Baltimore area, where the firm owns/operates more than a dozen stations. However, some local radio gurus predict some local pink slips soon at Clear Channel traffic operation, Total Traffic. Total, which used to be Metro Traffic, lost Hubbard all-newser WTOP last year, and stands to lose Cumulus's stations this spring, including news talk WMAL and hot adult contemporary WRQX.....

3/28 - DCRTV hears that area radio legend "Big Don" O'Brien is out of his morning show gig at country WINX, 94.3 FM, on the Eastern Shore, near Annapolis. Last year, he was diagnosed with throat cancer and has been undergoing radiation and chemotherapy.....

3/28 - Jack Limpert, 78, editor-at-large of Washingtonian magazine, steps down after 43 years at the monthly. He joined the then-fledgling publication in 1969 and served as its editor until 2009, when he handed the top job to Garrett Graff.....

3/27 - DC area sports radio veteran Tod Castleberry has been named program director at Miami sports talker WAXY, 790 The Ticket. He helped launch and, for many years, managed DC sports talker WTEM (originally on 570 AM and later on 980 AM), back when it was owned by Clear Channel. One of Castleberry's most recent gigs was producing Redskins great John Riggins' show on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. That program ended its run in late 2011.....

3/26 - Baltimore radio veteran Rob Douglas tells us that his "Cari And Rob Show" will come to an end Friday, almost two years after he and Cari Hermacinski began the fulltime edition of the Colorado-based talker. "For the past three years, it has been a labor of love on my part to make the show a success," the former WBAL radio personality says. The show was picked up by 12 stations across Colorado, Utah, and Kansas, "a phenomenal rate of growth for a self-syndicated, political talk show. Still, due to an inability to maintain all the elements needed to make the concept of the show an ongoing success, the show is being terminated. For now, I have no idea what I will do next - other than to take my first few days off in three years," Douglas writes on his Facebook page.....

3/26 - "Detour Dave" Sandler is back doing morning traffic on Baltimore news talker WBAL, 1090 AM. He'd been off several months due to surgery. And there was talk-o-plenty that Sandler would not be coming back to the Hearst station. But, apparently, that's not the case. "He was never gone," WBAL-AM Program Director Dave Hill tells DCRTV. "He has been recovering from surgery for the last three months"......

3/26 - DC radio veteran John Hairston (left), who has been heard on WMMJ, WHUR, and the old WDJY, has started an online radio station at 1067thebridge.com. It features classic and new R&B and soul music, smooth jazz, and gospel. "Looking at R&B music, there's still a lot of activity going on in the R&B music scene," Hairston tells eurweb.com. "A lot of new artists and even some of the older artists have actually found some difficulty getting airplay on certain stations that now focus more on the younger crowd. Some of the hip-hop stations and rap stations won't play some of the older, well-known R&B artists. So to try and bridge that gap was kind of how the Bridge came about".....

3/25 - Producers of Netflix's DC-set "House Of Cards," which is shooting in the Baltimore suburb of Joppa, are looking for extras. And 2,000 local hopefuls showed up for Saturday's casting call, including Lutherville's own Dude Walker, the legendary area voiceman who is honing his acting chops. More at baltimoresun.com.....

3/23 - It looks like CBS sports talker WJFK, 106.7 The Fan, is making some schedule changes come Monday. Mike Wise will solo host the noon to 2 PM slot, with his until-now partner Holden Kushner teaming up with Danny Rouhier in the 10 AM to noon slot. For the past two years, Wise and Kushner had been hosting the 10 AM to 2 PM slot. Writes Wise on Facebook: "Four hours with a fulltime column at the Washington Post and burgeoning family was getting to be a lot. This is a godsend for everyone involved".....

3/23 - From today's Inside Radio newsletter: Patience is the headline for CBS Radio's new Washington FM. The Washington all-news battle between CBS Radio's upstart "News 99.1" WNEW and Hubbard incumbent WTOP-FM, 103.5, has only just begun. So far WNEW's ratings have been small for the five-week old format, but CBS Radio CEO Dan Mason isn't worried. "The thing about news radio is it's not like a music format where you see immediate gains and results within 90 days," he says. "News products take a long time to build." In the February ratings WTOP was Washington's top-rated station with a 7.5 share (age 6+) and a monthly cume of 1,173,000. In contrast, Arbitron says WNEW was tied for 32nd with a 0.3 share a 130,700 cume. At yesterday's Borrell Local Online Advertising Conference in New York, Mason said CBS is still building WNEW's air product and he believes the station's partnership with Gannett Broadcasting's WUSA-TV will help. Mason had kind words for WTOP which flipped to all-news in 1969. He calls it an "outstanding radio station" and rates WTOP's website as "one of the finest in the country for a news station." He says CBS Radio will muster its digital forces to do more with WNEW digitally. "We have a long way to go," he said. "We're going to put resources and money into the digital side once the over-the-air side gets running a little more consistently".....

3/23 - Hubbard's WFED, 1500/820 AM, Federal News Radio, names Emily Kopp as morning co-anchor on "The Federal Drive" with Tom Temlin. Kopp joined FNR in 2011 as a federal workplace reporter. Before that, she was based in the Netherlands, where she reported on a freelance basis for radio network and print outlets.....

3/22 - The Scripps group has announced a restructuring in TV station leadership. With Sam Rosenwasser, general manager of WEWS-TV in Cleveland, adding a layer of oversight over Channel 2/WMAR in Baltimore, plus a TVer in Tulsa. WMAR General Manager Bill Hooper will remain in place.....

3/22 - Silver Spring-based urban radio giant Radio One announces that CEO/President Alfred Liggins will personally assume the duties of Barry Mayo, who exited earlier this week, as head of its radio programming division. Mayo had headed Radio One's radio division since 2007. Radio One recently reported that its fourth quarter 2011 radio division revenues were down 9%. Locally, Radio One owns WKYS, WMMJ, WERQ, WWIN-FM/AM, WOL, WOLB, WYCB, and WPRS.....

3/21 - DCRTV hears that veteran former NYC news anchor Jim Rosenfield will be joining Channel 4/WRC soon. He could possibly be a 5 PM anchor, although sources say that NBC 4 management is still debating what slot he'll take. Is WRC thinking about breaking up the Jim Handley/Wendy Rieger anchor team? Rosenfield spent three decades in the Big Apple, at NBC's WNBC-TV and later CBS's WCBS-TV, where he got cut in 2008. He's been "on the beach" four years, NewsBlues tells us. More soon.....

3/21 - Blackburg VA's Positive Alternative Radio, which runs Christian contemporary "Virginia's Positive Hits" WPER, 89.9 FM, in Culpeper/Warrenton/Manassas and WJYJ, 90.5 FM, in Fredericksburg, sells its FM translators in Front Royal and Williamsburg to Lynchburg's Liberty University for $2,000.....

3/20 - Audrey Barnes returns to Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG as a general assignment reporter, where she recently worked in a freelance reporting capacity. Barnes is a veteran of Channel 9/WUSA and Channel 11/WBAL. She starts at DC's Fox 5 on March 26th and her reports will be seen in all newscasts.....

3/19 - NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC names Richard Jordan (right) as a weekend morning news anchor. He comes from WSVN-TV, the Sunbeam-owned Fox affiliate in Miami. He'll co-anchor with Angie Goff.....

3/19 - Last week, DCRTV reported that a very reliable source told us that Scott Jackson and Brian Mitchell will join Rick "Doc" Walker on his new 2 PM to 4 PM show on WTEM, ESPN 980. And while WTEM wouldn't say for sure until Monday, just about everyone else we've talked to said it's a done deal. Over the weekend, Jackson and Mitchell weren't heard on CBS sports talker WJFK, 106.7 The Fan, and a source there tells us that a staff announcement was made Friday that they've left the station. Walker's new show launches March 26th. More: Three days after DCRTV broke the news, Dan Steinberg at washingtonpost.com gets it.....

3/19 - More rumblings that Mike Huckabee will replace Rush Limbaugh on Cumulus's radio stations, including news talker WMAL in DC. The April 9 launch of "The Mike Huckabee Show" in the noon to 3 PM time slot comes amid an exodus of advertisers from Limbaugh's program, reports Reuters. Cumulus is syndicating Huckabee, while Clear Channel's Premiere syndicates Limbaugh. However, Cumulus head John Dickey tells Reuters that Cumulus has "no plans to drop Rush" from any of its stations at this time and will "honor its contracts." But TRI's Tom Taylor says that some radio gurus predict that Cumulus will drop Limbaugh when its station contracts near expiration. If Limbaugh gets dropped from WMAL, where would he go in the DC market? Clear Channel owns five FM stations in the market, but all are music-based. More: Monday's Washington Post looks at the changing climate of talk radio, which may result in fewer stations carrying incendiary talent like Limbaugh.....

3/17 - Yesterday, March 16th, the Washington Post ran a correction saying it has misidentified a woman named Barbara Johnson in a March 15th photo caption as another women named Barbara Johnson. Both women looked somewhat similar and wore the same type of eyewear, which, apparently, caused confusion among Post editors. Then, today, March 17th, the Post ran a correction to its earlier correction claiming that the misidentified woman is actually named Sarah Reece, and not named Barbara Johnson. Reece is director of a gay rights group and she was photographed shaking hands with Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley.....

3/17 - The National Press Photographers Association has named Baltimore's Channel 45/WBFF as "Large Market Station Of The Year" in its 2012 Best Of Photojournalism Television contest. Honoring photographers David Larson, Jason Fisher, James Searls, Bryan Barr, and Chris Mullen. More at nppa.org.....

3/16 - DCRTV hears a reliable rumor that Scott Jackson and Brian Mitchell will join Rick "Doc" Walker on his new 2 PM to 4 PM show on WTEM, ESPN 980. More: WTEM Program Director Chuck Sapienza tells DCRTV: "We hope to have an announcement about our new show early next week." More as we hear it.....

3/14 - Days ago, DCRTV reported rumors that the Atalaya hedge fund that owns the Washington City Paper might soon be putting it up for sale. Now, the paper's publisher, Amy Austin, announces that most employees will receive 5% pay cuts in order to "stabilize" the company. Additionally, some employees' hours have been cut to parttime. While the DC freebie weekly escaped personnel cuts, not so for City Paper's sister rags in Chicago and Atlanta. More at washingtoncitypaper.com.....

3/14 - A DCRTVer tells us that Channel 7/WJLA has made changes to its Weather Now channel on broadcast 7.2 (Comcast 204/Verizon 462). Not only has it yanked Doug Hill's name off the local weather channel's title, it has shrunk the size of the weather map to allow room for an ad banner along the top of the screen. WJLA has also dropped Accuweather video reports from the channel, we're told.....

3/13 - Even though Ken Weinman has been removed from his hosting duties at CBS Radio sports talker 105.7 The Fan, WJZ-FM, he will be doing occasional fill-in, parttime work for the Baltimore station, we hear. Weinman's last fulltime day with Vinny Cerrato was Friday, when he announced on Twitter that he'd be leaving his midday show gig, giving the impression that he was leaving the station. Still no announced permament replacement for Weinman on the 10 AM to 1 PM show, although Baltimore sports radio veteran Rob Long has been filling-in with Cerrato. Stay tuned.....

3/13 - DCRTV hears that Rick "Doc" Walker has signed a three-year contract extension with Red Zebra Broadcasting and the Redskins Radio Network. Walker hosts the 2 PM to 4 PM slot on Red Zebra's ESPN 980, WTEM, following the recent retirement of John Thompson, his co-host. A station vet of 15 years, Walker will now be part of a new 2 PM show, starting March 26. He'll also continue as a part of the Washington Redskins broadcasting team.....

3/12 - The hedge fund owner of the Washington City Paper has put its sister Chicago alternative weekly, the Chicago Reader, on the sales block. Is Atalaya Capital Management preparing to sell the DC freebie weekly, too? Atalaya took over the papers after their parent, Creative Loafing, filed for bankruptcy in 2009. More at chicagobusiness.com.....

3/12 - Michael Eric Dyson has left his NPR show that's produced at Morgan State University's WEAA, 88.9 FM, in Baltimore. The show will go off the air at the end March. For the next few weeks, guest hosts will fill in on "The Michael Eric Dyson Show," according to Richard Prince's "Journal-isms" blog at mjie.org.....

3/12 - Salem talker WWRC, 1260 AM, has received permission from the Federal Communications Commission to upgrade its daytime signal from 5,000-watts to 25,000-watts. The night signal of 5,000-watts will remain the same. Salem recently purchased Warrenton's WKDL, on the adjacent AM band channel of 1250, in order to hike the power of DC's 1260. The 1250 signal remains off the air. For good? Stay tuned.....

3/12 - Lane Michaelsen, former Channel 9/WUSA news director, has landed a like gig at Cincinnati's WCPO-TV. Since leaving WUSA in 2009, Michaelsen has been news director at Miami's WTVJ-TV, where he was axed last month.....

3/12 - Want to be a DC area morning radio star? Got a pile of cash or know someone who does? You might want to give Metro Radio talker WTNT, 730 AM/102.9 FM, a call. According to station owner Bruce Houston, WTNT "is a broker time station now." And it's looking to replace the TRN-syndicated "America's Morning News" show with someone who'll pay them - and keep their own ad revenue. "WTNT would sell the 6 AM to 9 AM time slot to a personality who would produce his own show and do the selling," Houston tells DCRTV. Interested? Contact Houston at BruceAHouston@aol.com.....

3/12 - DCRTV hears that Chuck Sapienza, who heads programming for sports talker ESPN 980, WTEM, has been promoted to the position of programming head for WTEM's parent, Red Zebra Broadcasting. And he will now oversee RZ's sports talkers in Richmond and Norfolk, in addition to DC, where the firm also owns sports talker WSPZ, 570 AM.....

3/12 - Clear Channel's classic hits WQSR, 102.7 Jack FM, in Baltimore has been touting a big change coming this morning. And what was it? They've got a morning "Music Monkey" as the jockless station's only "jock." Ooookay.....

3/12 - A DCRTVer tells us that former Channel 5/WTTG morning weatherman Tom Sater (right) is being now seen on Atlanta-based CNN doing weather. As DCRTV has told you, Sater got canned from Fox-owned WTTG several years ago. He's married to Gurvir Dhindsa, a WTTG morning news anchor who left for Atlanta's Fox station last year. After leaving WTTG, Sater had been spotted in Warrenton, working at a tractor supply company.....

3/12 - JP Flaim, of WJFK, 106.7 The Fan's "Sports Junkies, is doing interviews for radio stations around the country, including Ohio's "Dan And Mike" show, about his new book about his alternate career as a professional boxer (right). "Chasing Rocky," according to a press release, "presents an inside look at the brutal training boxers endure, from facing fears to the dealing with the pain of getting punched." "Chasing Rocky" is available at Authorhouse.com, Amazon.com, BarnesAndNoble.com, and for iBooks, Nook, Kindle, and Kobo. And there's a Facebook page.....

3/11 - Reporter Roz Plater was seen on Allbritton's Channel 7/WJLA Saturday. Doing the lead story on the 11 PM newscast. And on sister NewsChannel 8. DCRTV recently told you that she was among a batch of reporters and photogs that were pink-slipped by Fox's Channel 5/WTTG.....

3/11 - Ken Weinman is gone from his on-air gig at Baltimore CBS-owned sports talker 105.7 The Fan, WJZ-FM. He's posted this on his Facebook page: "Just wanted to let everyone know that, yes, Friday was my last day at the Fan. Station decided to go in different direction... I will let you know when I have news".....

3/9 - OK, so the ratings for the Sports Junkies on CBS sports talker WJFK, 106.7 The Fan, haven't been the greatest of late. So, was an on-air dispute Thursday morning between Eric Bickel and JP Flaim real? Or just a publicity stunt. We get this from a listener: "WJFK went silent immediately after Bickel said he could just kill JP Flaim ('JP, JP!') and then on Friday morning it's only Cakes and JP! No EB, no Pappa Lurch: could Bickel be in Suburban Hospital with a broken arm and Pappa sitting by his bedside telling him what a donkey he is this morning? No real explanation was offered by the surviving Junks: maybe they will alternate having only two Junks hosting at a time or maybe JP's next ring fight is with EB! My money is on JP as EB is a pussy." An image of the "fight" is at the right.....

3/7 - Channel 9/WUSA anchor and reporter Bruce Johnson (left) has released his first e-book. "All Or Nothing, The Victor Page Story" is an account of the rise and fall of one of the DC area's legendary basketball figures. "Page was born in the tough Barry Farm housing project, became Washington Post high school player of the year, after leading Mckinley high to the city championship. John Thompson gave Victor a basketball scholarship to Georgetown University, but the hall of fame coach couldn't keep Page from destroying a promising NBA career and he couldn't keep him out of DC's mean streets which had claimed his late mother and father," Johnson tells us. The e-book is available beginning this week at Amazon.com, BarnesAndNoble.com, and via Sony's Istores.....

3/6 - DCRTV hears that Matt "Drab T-Shirt" Cahill will be taking over as producer of the morning "Sports Junkies" on CBS sports talker WJFK, 106.7 The Fan. He was previously the executive producer of WJFK's Lavar Arrington and Chad Dukes' afternoon show, and has most recently been producting Dukes' "Big O And Dukes" podcast, which features former WJFKer Oscar Santana. Cahill was the producer of the "BO&D" show when it was on WJFK's middays a few years back.....

3/6 - DCRTV hears that Nestor Aparicio (left), who owns Baltimore sports talker WNST, 1570 AM, and sports news website wnst.net, had a growth on his head removed last Thursday. The lipoma was diagnosed as benign, he tells us. "As much as [Orioles owner Peter] Angelos would like me to be dead, I'm not going anywhere anytime soon," Aparicio jests. "I just have a gash on my skull and it's healing. A few days in bed and I'm up and running now".....

3/5 - DCRTV tipped you last week. And now we hear that WMAL and WRQX owner Culumus will form its own traffic news provider - Right Now Traffic. It debuts in April with a base of all Cumulus stations in the top 75 markets, including Washington. Currently, Cumulus-DC gets its traffic from Total Traffic, which employs personalities like Dan Alpher and Jamie Whitten. More from insideradio.com.....

3/5 - Vickie Burns, who used to be news director at NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC, has announced that she's leaving her news director gig at NBC's KNBC-TV in Los Angeles a little more than a year-and-a-half after leaving DC's NBC4. More at latimes.com.....

3/1 - DCRTV hears that Jonell White has joined the ad sales department of Radio One's Washington cluster, based in Silver Spring. She worked for Radio One's Baltimore cluster from 2005 to 2010. And, before that, at CBS's WPGC and WHFS. Most recently, she was general sales manager for CBS's WIAD, Fresh FM. In her new job, she'll be handling ad sales for Radio One's five DC area stations - WKYS, WMMJ, WOL, WYCB, and WPRS.....

3/1 - Jerry Del Colliano at trade pub Inside Music Media says that Cumulus is looking to cut costs in way that could see its DC news talker WMAL end its traffic and news relationship with Clear Channel-owned Total Traffic, which employs morning traffic reporter Jamie Whitten. Cumulus, he says, is starting its own radio traffic provider. Del Colliano also says that Cumulus is "actively searching for cheaper alternatives to Associated Press," including at WMAL.....

2/29 - Baltimore's Channel 45/WBFF will move its 5:30 PM half-hour newscast to 5 PM starting April 9. Jeff Barnd and Jennifer Gilbert will continue to anchor. Currently, the Sinclair-owned station runs "Judge Judy" at 5 PM, with a 5:30 PM half-hour newscast. The new schedule calls for "Judge Judy" to air at 4:30 PM and 5:30 PM, with the half-hour newscast sandwiched in between her two airings.....

2/28 - CBS Radio does a three-year renewal deal with Virginia Tech for continued carriage of football and men's basketball on 106.7 The Fan, WJFK. The Lanham-based sports talker will also continue to carry weekly shows with football coach Frank Beamer and basketball coach Seth Greenberg.....

2/28 - Baltimore's MyTV Channel 24/WUTB plans its first digital subchannel. African American-oriented Bounce TV will launch on the Fox-owned station later this year, we're told. DC's Channel 9/WUSA added the network, which runs reruns of "Soul Train," via one of its digital subchannels in late 2011.....

2/28 - DCRTV hears that WBAL-AM's Jay Cottrell and ESPN 980, WTEM's Marc Sterne are doing a sports radio show, "The Mod Squad," for blis.fm on Saturdays from 10 AM to noon. With India Sweet.....

2/27 - All-newser WTOP is running a warning about the sound of sirens in a political ad it's running from Montgomery County politico Robin Ficker, who is campaigning to be the Republican candidate for Maryland's 6th district seat in the US Congress. Ficker's ad starts with the sound of sirens. Many broadcasting organizations have urged advertisers and stations not to use sirens in radio spots since they could confuse drivers that a police or fire vehicle is approaching them when it isn't.....

2/27 - Unconfirmed. But, a source tells DCRTV: "CBS Radio has decided to bring in another non-DC person for the morning show on PGC. Chunky from (CBS's contemporary hit WXRK) 92.3 in New York will be joining Free very soon. (WPGC sister WJFK's) Kevin and Rock were actually being considered for the morning position but (PGC program director) Jason Kidd really wanted a radio person." DJ Free has been unofficially hosting PGC's mornings since Big Tigger got the boot in December. More as we hear it.....

2/27 - DCRTV hears that DC area radio legend Pat Murphy is battling prostate cancer. Murphy, who's retired and resides in the the Outer Banks of North Carolina, was heard in the 1970s on "top 40" WEEL (1310 AM) and oldies WMOD (98.7 FM) doing his "Murphy In The Morning Show," in addition to gigs at a batch of Norfolk area radio stations.....

2/25 - DCRTV hears that area radio veteran Albie Dee (right) will be doing weekend work at CBS's DC rhythmic contemporary WPGC, 95.5 FM, starting Saturday morning. He will continue doing his weekday afternoon shift on Shamrock's classic rock WZBA, 100.7 FM, in the Baltimore market. Albie worked at WPGC from 1987 to 1997 and again from 2006 to 2007.....

2/24 - DCRTV hears that reporter Roz Plater, who has worked at Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG for eight years, has been pink-slipped, along with fellow reporters Stacy Cohen and Audrey Barnes, plus six photographers. More soon.....

2/24 - A few weeks ago, when political commentator Mark Plotkin got the ax from WTOP, new Washington Post media blogger Erik Wemple broke the story. But longtime Post media columnist/reporter Paul Farhi got to write up the formal piece for the website and the next day's print edition. Farhi has been penning national and international media pieces for the Post since legendary media writer and commentator Howard Kurtz bolted for the Daily Beast. But, on Friday, the Post's front page Style print piece on the dangers reporters face in Syria got penned by former Washington City Paper top editor Wemple, not Farhi. Will Wemple be the next "Kurtz" for the Post, not Farhi? Stay tuned.....

2/24 - DC is now the 7th largest radio market, jumping ahead of Philadelphia. That's according to radio ratings firm Arbitron. "As a result of the new population update," we hear. And DC's up from 8th place in 2011 and 9th place in 2010. Baltimore remains 21st.....

2/23 - WAMU Communications Manager Benae Mosby discusses the ouster of the public radio news talker's news directior, Jim Asendio, who claims that he was forced to attend a meeting with donors. Mosby tells washingtonpost.com that his station "maintains a firewall between journalists and funders. Journalists may not - and do not - discuss coverage planning with grant-making officials or individual donors. It is senior management's responsibility to manage contacts for their respective divisions with funders. Any one-on-one, private contact between a non-management journalist and a funder has high potential for putting that journalist in an awkward position and communicating the wrong message to the funder, and there is no situation where this should be allowed to occur." Mosby adds that Asendio was asked to attend a breakfast meeting with 30 donors to give them "an understanding of how the work is performed. Approximately nine of our reporters and producers spoke on a panel discussion moderated by Program Director Mark McDonald".....

2/22 - The Washington Post reports on its KidsPost page today in Style that Carolyn Reeder, who wrote Civil War pieces for the childrens' section, died in January. She was 74. The Glen Echo resident penned several books for children. Her last column for the Post appeared today.....

2/22 - TRI's Tom Taylor has more on the news DCRTV broke last week: "Salem pays $10,000 for a west-of-DC station at 1250 AM. The significance may lay in the fact that Salem already owns a station one click away, at 1260. That's WWRC Washington, DC. Salem's holding a construction permit to hike 1260's daytime power from 5,000-watts to 25,000-watts, while remaining at 5,000-watts at night. Warrenton, VA-licensed WKDL at 1250 has a CP to drop daytime power from 5,000-watts to 3,000. Nighttime power would rise a bit, from 32 watts to 125 watts. DCRTV.com has been following the sale of 1250, and here it is, at the Commission. Metro Radio (broker/station owner Bruce Houston) is selling WKDL to Salem Communications for what amounts to $10,000. It's not quite that simple – Salem's actually buying the right to acquire WKDL from Christopher Roth. In the end, Salem helps itself with the closer-in 1260 signal of flagship WWRC, which carries the conservative talk lineup of Salem Radio Network. Until now, 1250-Warrenton has been simulcasting the talk lineup of WTNT, Alexandria, 730. This isn't the first time Salem has purchased a station for re-engineering purposes - it once bought WAMD, Aberdeen MD to improve its New York-market WNYM, also at 970. Don't be surprised if its Virginia 1250 eventually goes away completely." DCRTV adds: DC radio veteran Roth currently does overnight traffic for WTOP and weekend hosting at Frederick's country WFRE.....

2/20 - It looks like Cumulus-owned news-talker WMAL, 105.9 FM/630 AM, will be yanking the nationally-syndicated "Coast To Coast" overnight show hosted by George Noory. DCRTV hears that, starting February 27, the other-worldly program will be moving to Metro Radio talker WTNT, 102.9 FM/730 AM, which will air it from 10 PM to 6 AM. WMAL has been running "CTC" weeknights from 1 AM to 3 AM, cutting off its last two live hours. It's been reported that Cumulus stations that carry "CTC" will be replacing it with the newly-revamped "Red Eye Radio" show, formerly the "Midnight Radio Network," which has more political talk than "CTC." WMAL has been carrying Cumulus-syndicated "RER" from 3 AM to 5 AM. Look for that to expand to a 1 AM start time.....

2/20 - Nannette Hobson is the new news director for Comcast-owned Boston-based New England Cable News. She spent 20 years in two different stints at Channel 4/WRC, where she was known as Nannette Wilson. Hobson also worked for TVers in Baltimore, Raleigh, and Norfolk.....

2/20 - Last week, DCRTV told you that Salem bought Warrenton's WKDL, 1250 AM. Now, we're hearing that the firm is using the purchase of the station about 50 miles southwest of DC to increase the power of its adjacent channel WWRC in DC on 1260 AM, which airs a talk format. We're told that Salem has asked the FCC for a daytime power reduction for WKDL from 5,000 to 3,000-watts, while proposing a daytime power hike for WWRC from 5,000 to 25,000-watts.....

2/20 - James Barron looks back 50 years at astronaut John Glenn first orbiting the Earth. And how Barron, then 7, saw "Bozo The Clown" on Channel 4/WRC interrupted by NBC's coverage of the space milestone. And, of course, Bozo was played by DC radio and TV legend Willard Scott (right). "In the very beginning, I enjoyed it," Scott says about his Bozo character. "Later on, it got to be a thing I couldn't handle. I almost had a nervous breakdown, between the show and the appearances." More at nytimes.com.....

2/17 - DCRTV hears that Channel 4/WRC will be carrying the new Steve Harvey afternoon TV talk show when it debuts this fall. It will run in the 2 PM slot, currently occupied by Nate Burkus. Harvey's nationally syndicated morning radio show is carried by WHUR, 96.3 FM.....

2/17 - After 14 years of carrying local lacrosse, Baltimore's Channel 2/WMAR will no longer be offering the sport this spring. But, there are plenty of other channels up and down the cable TV dial to catch local lacrosse. At PressBoxOnline.com.....

2/17 - Lane Michaelson gets pink-slipped from his news director gig at Miami's NBC-owned station, WTVJ-TV. That's where he's been since he left his news director gig at Gannett's Channel 9/WUSA in August 2009.....

2/16 - DC radio veteran Stacy Lyn, who recently got booted from the morning show at Nassau's hot adult contemporary Key 103.1, WAFY, in Frederick, jumps to CBS's new all-news WNEW, 99.1, for parttime fill-in anchor duties.....

2/16 - DCRTV hears that they're passing around cupcakes this morning in the "glass-enclosed nerve center" of Hubbard all-newser WTOP to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Joel Oxley (right) as senior vice president and general manager of WTOP (and sister federal news talker WFED) and Hubbard's DC radio market manager.....

2/16 - DCRTV hears rumblings about some photographer cuts at Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG. We're told that a group of freelance photogs will be laid off due to the "centralization of master control." And that "master control personnel are going to be trained to edit and shoot," with the later-hired personnel getting pink-slipped. There may be some freelance reporters cut soon, too, at WTTG. More as we hear it.....

2/15 - DCRTV hears that Jeannie Jones has posted on Twitter that she has exited her longtime midday slot at Radio One's urban contemporary WKYS, 93.9 FM. Also, she's gone missing from the WKYS DJs page at kysdc.com. More soon.....

2/14 - DCRTV hears of an engineering staff shake-up at CBS-DC's radio cluster. We're hearing rumblings that Jeff Loughridge has been removed from his chief engineer position, although he's still be employed by CBS. Based in Lanham, CBS-DC runs WPGC, WJFK, WIAD, WLZL, and WNEW-FM/AM. More soon.....

2/14 - CBS's new all-newser, WNEW, has switched its 99.1 signal from stereo to mono mode. A mono FM signal has a greater coverage area and will improve reception of WNEW's Anne Arundel County-based signal in Northern Virginia, along with central and western Montgomery County. Longtime top-rated DC all-newser, Hubbard's WTOP, has long run its 103.5, 103.9 and 107.7 signals in mono. Citadel news talker WMAL also runs its 105.9 signal in mono, along with CBS sports talker WJFK at 106.7. American University public radio news talker WAMU still runs its 88.5 signal in stereo, though.....

2/13 - DCRTV has been reporting rumors since mid-December that CBS Radio, which just launched all-news WNEW on 99.1 FM, is also planning to launch a federal government and Capitol Hill-oriented news and talk format on low-rated talker 1580 AM, which also sports the WNEW call. Now, radioinsight.com is reporting that CBS has reserved several web addresses, including 1580gov.com, which suggests that a fed-targeted outlet will be launched on 1580 to compete with Hubbard's Federal News Radio, WFED, on 1500/820 AM. Hubbard also owns WNEW's top-rated all-news target, WTOP. More as we hear it.....

2/11 - Russ Ptacek, an investigative reporter at Kansas City's KSHB-TV, heads to Channel 9/WUSA. "I'll be helping WUSA build a new investigative unit. They already have great people in place and we're in the middle of hiring other key players," he tells bottomline.com.....

2/9 - Cumulus, which owns DC news talker WMAL, 105.9 FM/630 AM, signs former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee for a new national radio talk show that will air in the noon to 3 PM slot, up against righty talk titan Rush Limbaugh. No word about whether WMAL will carry Huckabee's new show. The station does carry Huckabee's five-minute "Huckabee Report" daily commentary piece in its "Morning Majority" show. One scenario: WMAL could replace Limbaugh with Huckabee at noon, while Clear Channel puts Limbaugh on one of its DC area stations. Limbaugh is syndicated by Clear Channel-owned Premiere. Clear Channel could flip one of its five music-based DC area FMers to talk, maybe classic rock WBIG, 100.3 FM, or the firm could put Limbaugh on Baltimore's WQSR, 102.7 FM, which would flip from classic hits to talk. The station could be repositioned as a talker serving both Baltimore and Washington, as some radio gurus have speculated.....

2/8 - WBAL radio longtime talker Ron Smith, who died in December, is being honored with a special beer. Reason Saison is the creation of Jay Lampart, the brewer at Johansson's Dining House in Westminster. "Ron has been part of my ride home since 9-11, which was also the time I moved to Maryland. I learned a lot about Maryland politics and critical thinking from Ron," Lampart told wbal.com. Lampart said it took him about four weeks to produce the beer which will go on sale Thursday night in a keg tapping ceremony at the restaurant.....

2/7 - Ann Wog (right), a former WMAL producer who lives in DC's Cleveland Park, has received 11 speeding notices in the mail from the Metropolitan Police Department for infractions from a single camera that began late last year. Her first warning arrived 28 days after her first violation. So far, Wog has received a total of four warnings and seven tickets, at $125 each, for speeding in a 30 MPH zone on Porter Street. Wog says she was initially unaware of the new speeding camera because it looks like an ordinary utility box. WMAL has been running the story on its airwaves without mentioning that Wog is a former station employee. She now produces former WMALer Andy Parks' Washington Times afternoon radio show, which is heard on WTNT.....

2/6 - Baltimore classical music outlet WBJC, 91.5 FM, unveils a newly-designed website at wbjc.com.....

2/6 - DC and Baltimore radio veteran Walter "Buddy" Rizer gets promoted by Loudoun County to be assistant director of its economic development department. He's worked there since 2007, previously holding the title of business development officer. Before that, Rizer was a personality on DC rocker DC101 and Baltimore rocker 98 Rock. He also had an ownership stake in and was a personality on Brunswick MD's WTRI, 1520 AM, back when it had classic country and nostalgic standards formats.....

2/6 - For years, Channel 11/WBAL and Channel 13/ WJZ have battling neck-and-neck for the top news rating position in Baltimore. But, with the latest batch of numbers, WBAL has dropped and WJZ has moved into the clear lead? Could WBAL's slump be because it has dropped top anchor talent like Marianne Banister? Or because some of its news lead-in programming is slumping, like NBC's primetime ratings. Along with the loss of "Oprah" at 4 PM? More at baltimoresun.com.....

2/5 - Bret Oliverio, a producer for WJFK, 106.7 The Fan's morning Sports Junkies, is leaving the CBS Radio sports talker to help run his family's business, Sup Dogs Bar And Grille in Greenville NC. Bret, 30, who's been with the Junkies since 2004, was recently promoted to assistant program director of WJFK. But his younger brother, Derek, who ran the eatery, died in a fire this past fall. And Bret tells the Washington Post's Dan Steinberg that the move south "feels right for me to do".....

2/2 - CBS-owned Channel 13/WJZ took the Baltimore TV news ratings crown for January with first place finishes at 5 AM, 6 AM, noon, 5 PM, 6 PM, and 11 PM. Hearst's Channel 11/WBAL has suffered from the loss of 4 PM's "Oprah," which delivered a large female audience for its 5 PM newscast, along with NBC's sagging primetime ratings, which have been a poor lead-in to its 11 PM newscast.....

2/2 - Comcast has added African American network Bounce TV to channel 207 of its basic service in the DC area. It's received over the air via the 9.2 subchannel of Gannett's Channel 9/WUSA, which added it late last year. Comcast continues to carry WUSA's 9.3 Live Doppler 9000 HD radar weather on 203. Bounce TV on 207 replaces Universal Sports, which was discontinued on January 1 as a broadcast subchannel of NBC's Channel 4/WRC.....

2/1 - DCRTV hears that Jamillah Muhammad, the program director at Radio One's Majic 102.3, WMMJ, was fired today. She's been at the adult urban contemporary station only about a year from Chicago. "Hired a few of her on air crew from Chi Town when she got here. Guess they are not safe now," a source tells us. More soon.....

2/1 - It sounds like WMAL is phasing out mentions of "AM 630" on its airwaves. The on-air moniker is now "105.9 WMAL." The Cumulus news talker added the FM relay in September, with the demise of classic rocker WVRX, 105.9 The Edge. But WMAL hasn't seen much of a ratings spike since simulcasting on FM, placing just 16th with its combined signals in the latest weekly radio ratings for the DC market. The station was frequently ranked higher when it was only on AM. No word if Cumulus is planning to make WMAL "FM only" later this year and do something new with the AMer.....

1/31 - What got WTOP political commentator Mark Plotkin fired last week? According to Erik Wemple at washingtonpost.com, Plotkin chewed out the small crew of Latino workers who perform cleaning services at WTOP's office building. When he arrived at the Idaho Avenue facility, Plotkin found that a door to the stairwell wasn't opening, so he then walked into an open elevator, only to find that it was out of service. And he raged at a cleaning crew. The following day, Plotkin again yelled at a cleaning crew member. Adds Wemple: "When Plotkin took to screaming at the people who pick up after him, the radio station apparently decided that a line had been crossed".....

1/31 - The error-plagued Washington Post runs a correction in its Tuesday edition apologizing for running a front page article yesterday that referred incorrectly to the impeachment of President Richard Nixon. Nixon resigned rather than face impeachment over the Watergate scandal, the correction adds. DCRTV's take: An embarrassing blunder for a once great newspaper that broke Watergate almost 40 years ago.....

1/31 - JP Flaim, of WJFK, 106.7 The Fan's "Sports Junkies, pens a book about his alternate career as a professional boxer (right). "Chasing Rocky," according to a press release, "presents an inside look at the brutal training boxers endure, from facing fears to the dealing with the pain of getting punched." "Chasing Rocky" is available at Authorhouse.com, Amazon.com, BarnesAndNoble.com, and for iBooks, Nook, Kindle, and Kobo. And there's a Facebook page.....

1/30 - DCRTV hears that there's been a shake-up at Nassau's Key 103.1, WAFY in Frederick. Stacy Lyn was let go from the "Stace And Tommy" morning team Friday, leaving Tommy Jordon on his own - for now. And there's a new program director for the hot adult contemporary station, who's been brought in from Nassau's Philadelphia cluster, we're told. We hear that Stacy's looking for a new area gig - stacylynvoiceovers.com.....

1/30 - DC radio legend Donnie Simpson (right) reflects on his life two years after leaving the morning gig at CBS's urban contemporary WPGC, 95.5 FM, on January 29, 2010. While he says that he enjoyed 40 years in radio, including many at WKYS before WPGC, Simpson reveals that his 41st year - the final one at PGC - was miserable. And, regarding the recurring rumors that he'll someday return to local radio, he writes on his Facebook page: "On my last show I was so careful to say this is not a retirement, just a break and you will hear from me again. Two years and several offers later, I cannot say with conviction that it's still just a break, but I can say with conviction that I can only come back it if it's fun again. I'm just not sure it would be".....

1/30 - Earlier this month, DCRTV told you that the Washington Post quietly raised its weekday newsstand price from 75-cents to $1. With the Sunday edition jumping from $1.50 to $2. Now, we hear that the paper is raising rates for subscribers, too. Full-week delivery for the paper's eight-week billing period goes from about $48 to about $53. Subscribers pay 75-cents for weekday editions. Ombudsman Patrick Pexton says his paper should have better notified readers that it's raising prices. At washingtonpost.com.....

1/27 - A source tells DCRTV that the Washington Post-owned Gazette newspaper, which covers the suburban Maryland counties of Montgomery and Prince George's, saw about a dozen employees take buyouts this week. Some who had worked for the weekly for more than 18 years, we're told. More as we hear it.....

1/27 - DCRTV hears that some programming gurus from Cumulus were in town this week eyeballing the operations of news talker WMAL and hot adult contemporary WRQX, Mix 107.3. Back in December, we reported rumblings of more cuts at Cumulus's DC radio cluster coming in January. But, so far, nothing. Might they instead be happening in February? Stay tuned.....

1/27 - Why is it that, while Washington Post media blogger Erik Wemple broke the story Thursday at noon at washingtonpost.com that political columnist Mark Plotkin had been fired by WTOP, fellow Postie and media writer Paul Farhi does the official write-up for the Friday print edition at washingtonpost.com without even crediting or linking to Wemple's scoop? Why couldn't Wemple have penned the Friday print edition piece, too? He does have a long writing/reporting history with his many years at Washington City Paper. Hmmm. More. Wemple Tweets us: "Thanks for paying close attention to the coverage. It's a quirky system, for sure, but I have no issue with fairness at all".....

1/26 - DCRTV told you that Lisa Baden is the official morning traffic reporter for CBS's new all-news WNEW, 99.1 FM. And now we hear that Julie Wright is officially the afternoon traffic reporter at the CBS station. Wright, who works for Total Traffic, continues her morning traffic reports for Fox's Channel 5/WTTG.....

1/25 - Nationals reporter Debbi Taylor will not be returning to MASN broadcasts for the 2012 season, so reports Adam Kilgore at washingtonpost.com. He adds that Taylor confirmed the news in an email. She wrote: "It seems they are eliminating the reporter position, unfortunately. It was great run".....

1/25 - TC (left), the DC radio morning personality last heard daily on Donnie Simpson's morning show on CBS's WPGC, but perhaps best known as a personality on "The Real DC Morning Show" on Howard U's WHUR, has a new book out. "TC's Real Talk And Real Meals - Smoothies" features more than 150 recipes "blended in" with her brand of "real talk womens' empowerment, anecdotes, and writings," TC tells us. The book is available now at TC's website, realtalkwithtc.com, and through her publisher, booklogix.com. The book will soon be available nationwide at Barnes And Noble stores. TC, who describes herself as a "foodie" and a photographer, took all the photos in the book.....

1/25 - CBS Radio announces that it has closed the deal for 107.9 FM in Annapolis, acquiring the station from Family Radio. CBS had been leasing the station, which became Spanish El Zol, WLZL, which was moved from 99.1 FM to 107.9 on December 1, freeing-up 99.1 for new all-newser WNEW, which launched Sunday. CBS reportedly paid $8.5 million for the 107.9 signal. WLZL's studio remains at CBS Radio's DC area broadcast complex in Lanham. The four-decade WFSI religious format, previously heard on 107.9, can now be heard on Family Radio's 860 AM in Baltimore, which now sports the WFSI call.....

1/24 - Hot 99.5, WIHT morning man Kane will also be heard in mornings on Tampa's WFLZ, starting February 20th. His WFLZ show will not be a direct simulcast of his Hot 99.5 show, we hear. Both are Clear Channel contemporary hit stations. Kane, who has been hosting the top-rated "Kane Show" on Hot 99.5 for the past six years, worked at WFLZ before coming to Washington. He's been voicetracking afternoons for WFLZ for the past eight years.....

1/24 - Channel 5/WTTG has officially acknowledged that those Comcast Xfinity ads that ran during the pro football action of the Giants-49ers game were a result of technical problems at DC's Fox-owned TVer. A station statement released Tuesday: "Sunday night, Fox 5 experienced technical problems that affected the airing of Comcast Xfinity commercials during the NFC championship game. We apologize for the impact these technical issues had on the viewing experience of Comcast subscribers and have taken additional steps to ensure that these problems do not happen again".....

1/24 - Departing Washington Post Managing Editor Raju Narisetti recently caused an uproar at his paper when he told a journalism confab that the Post will likely eliminate about 100 positions in the next two years. The cuts do not necessarily mean layoffs and could come from buyouts like ones the Post has done in the past. Last week, Narisetti anounced that he'd be leaving the Post for a gig at the Wall Street Journal. Romenesko has more.....

1/23 - DCRTV hears from a Comcast spokesperson who says that the mysterious insertion of several Xfinity promotional spots, which interrupted coverage of last night's Giants-49ers game, was actually the fault of Channel 5/ WTTG. Apparently, the DC TV station sends out a feed of its programming to area cable systems, including Comcast. And the error occurred on WTTG's end, we're told.....

1/23 - DCRTV hears that Comcast in the DC area ran ads for its Xfinity service at least four times during football plays of Sunday's Giants-49ers game. The ads were seen during Channel 5/WTTG's Fox coverage of the NFC championship game, a possible violation of FCC rules, which prohibit cable systems from running their content "on top" of local broadcast signals. "One aired during actual play, an OT punt, not just the time between plays," we're told by a viewer. More as we hear it.....

1/22 - CBS Radio launched new DC area all-newser WNEW, 99.1 FM, at noon Sunday. And we have live video/audio of the first few minutes of the new station at DCRTV's Dave TV page. The station was originally slated to launch last Thursday, but the date was later pushed to Monday. However, CBS pulled a surprise and launched it today. CBS announced that it would be starting DC's second all-newser, to compete with top-rated WTOP, back in November.....

1/22 - The Washington Post finds the need to correct a story about its own managing editor joining the Wall Street Journal.....

1/22 - Former Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich plans to write a weekly op-ed column for the Baltimore Sun, a newspaper with which he clashed while in office. The Sun reported that Ehrlich, a Republican who served as governor from 2003 to 2007, will focus on national politics. The Sunday column will debut January 29. Ehrlich had a strained relationship with the newspaper as governor, banning state employees in 2004 from speaking with two Sun reporters after a series of articles about a state plan to sell preserved forestland to a construction company owner. The Sun sued to lift the ban but lost in federal court. More: DCRTV hears that Ehrlich's wife, Kendel, may host a talk show for WBAL radio. She and her husband hosted a Saturday morning talk show for the station before his unsuccessful re-run for governor in 2010.....

1/20 - Raju Narisetti leaves his managing editor gig at the Washington Post to become managing editor for the Wall Street Journal's digital properties, including WSJ.com, SmartMoney.com, and MarketWatch.com. Before joining the Post, Narisetti worked at the WSJ, including a gig as editor of its European edition.....

1/19 - Steve Kolbe, who spent 14 seasons as the radio play-by-play voice of the Washington Capitals, joins the Jacksonville Suns as its radio play-by-play announcer. The Suns are the AA affiliate of the Miami Marlins. "I'm excited to join the Jacksonville Suns, a great organization with a tremendous fan base, a rich history and a beautiful ballpark," says Kolbe, who was replaced by the Capitals in August with John Walton.....

1/19 - DCRTV hears that longtime DC traffic diva Lisa Baden will continue to be seen in mornings on Channel 7/WJLA now that she'll also be heard doing morning traffic "on the 1s" for CBS's new radio all-newser, WNEW, which launches Monday. "For now, we will be sharing Lisa with the radio station," says WJLA General Manager Bill Lord. "We are still weighing options for the long term." Baden, who is employed by Total Traffic, had been doing morning radio duties for Cumulus radio news talker WMAL since June, in addition to her WJLA TV appearances. In December, Allbritton's WJLA took out a help wanted ad in a TV trade pub looking for a new morning traffic reporter.....

1/19 - DC radio veteran Steve Ray leaves his board op/producer gig at Cumulus news talker WMAL to be an anchor at TRN's DC area-based America's Radio News Network.....

1/18 - DCRTV hears that Westminster MD's Carroll County Times recently cut about 20 staffers. "Those people had to sign something saying they won't talk or they lose their severance," we're told. "Those who stay have been told not to talk - or else." Morale is "in the pits," we hear from a still-employed employee.....

1/17 - DCRTV hears that John Matthews is once again officially news director at Cumulus news talker WMAL, 105.9 FM/630 AM. He'd been news director before and had come back to the Jenifer Street station in an unofficial, fill-in capacity. As of Monday, however, Matthews is back as a fulltimer at WMAL, we're told. More: We hear that he's technically not the new news director. But has the title of something like director of web services and news anchor. "He is acting like ND, but does not have that title," a source tells us.....

1/17 - DCRTV hears that Channel 4/WRC reporter, news anchor, and occasional sports anchor John Schirffen has departed the NBC-owned station. He has not been on-air since November. DCRTV has reported rumblings about some sort of dispute between Schriffen and WRC management.....

1/17 - Philip Stewart leaves his reporting job at Allbritton's NewsChannel 8 and Channel 7/WJLA to be a public information officer for the DC area's Metro transit system. Also, Caroline Lukas leaves the DC bureau of Canada's CBC to be Metro's media relations manager. So reports "Dr. Gridlock" at washingtonpost.com.....

1/16 - Today, the Washington Post raises its weekday newsstand price from 75-cents to $1. The Sunday edition jumps from $1.50 to $2. At the start of the year, the New York Times, which is widely available in the Washington area, raised its weekday newsstand price from $2 to $2.50.....

1/16 - No more Lisa Baden doing the morning traffic on Cumulus news talker WMAL as of today. Jamee Whitten is handling MAL's "Morning Majority" traffic solo, like she did before Baden joined the station in June. Since then, Baden and Whitten have be co-hosting traffic reports, with Baden doing DC and Maryland and Whitten doing Virginia. As you DCRTV told you, Baden will be doing morning traffic for CBS's new all-newser WNEW, which launches Thursday. Up until early 2010, Baden did morning traffic for Hubbard's WTOP. At last week's WNEW launch presentation for advertisers at the Newseum, CBS Radio DC czar Steve Swenson jested that some of the WNEW staff weren't present because they got stuck in traffic after listening to traffic reports on rival all-newser WTOP.....

1/14 - DCRTV hears that Prince George's County has declared Thursday, January 19, to be "WNEW Day." The new CBS all-newser on 99.1 FM launches at 5 AM on that day with studios at CBS Radio's DC broadcast complex in PG's Lanham. Also, we hear DC area radio great Paul Anthony will be voicing the station's top of the hour slogan: "All News All The Time. This is 99.1 WNEW, Washington's news radio." For many years, Anthony, who has hosted many jazz radio shows on radio stations in the DC area along with Sirius XM, has been voicing the slogan for CBS NYC all-newser WINS.....

1/13 - DCRTV hears that former Maryland Terapin basketball coach Gary Williams joins ESPN 980, WTEM, as its official college hoops insider. He'll be heard on "The Sports Fix" and "The Sports Reporters".....

1/13 - Fans of Baltimore traffic reporter "Detour Dave" Sandler have started a Facebook page called "Keep Detour Dave On The Air." Saying: "Dave's been dealing with heart related health issues and WBAL/98Rock are considering not renewing his contract because of it. Dave is such a committed hard working guy. Just seems like a crappy way to treat a loyal guy after 25+ years." DCRTV recently reported that Sandler, who has been off the air for several weeks, had a new round of surgery.....

1/12 - DCRTV has already tipped you. And now we get confirmation that Gannett-owned Channel 9/WUSA, including its top weatherman Topper Shutt, will be providing weather forecasts for CBS's new all-newser, WNEW, 99.1.....

1/12 - Jen Royle (right) has landed a job with Comcast SportsNet in Boston. She will be part of a new show at the New England sports network after the Baltimore Ravens' season ends, we're told by Washington Examiner sports columnist Jim Williams. Last month, Royle announced that, after this season, she'd no longer be covering the Ravens for CBS's Baltimore sports talker, 105.7 The Fan, WJZ-FM. Before that, Royle worked for the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.....

1/12 - American University picks up two 93.5 FM low-power translator stations from Family Radio, which used to relay religious WFSI from Annapolis. The Frederick and Hagerstown outlets will now relay AU-owned WAMU's Bluegrass Country, which is currently heard on Bethesda's 105.5 FM, WAMU's 88.5 HD2, and via bluegrasscountry.org. Purchase price: $100,000. Family Radio sold WFSI's 107.9 FM signal in Annapolis to CBS in late 2011. Family now broadcasts WFSI on 860 AM in Baltimore. The 107.9 signal now carries CBS's WLZL, El Zol.....

1/12 - Another hire for new CBS all-newser WNEW, 99.1, which launches a week from today. Reporter Kevin Patrick joins the station from Merlin's new FM all-newser WIQI in Chicago. By the way, DCRTV got a peek at WNEW's "media kit" and noticed a few glitches. Alexandria is called a "county" when it's actually a "city" independent of any county - one of those Virginia things that even Washington Post sometimes gets wrong. And WNEW calls Loudoun County "Loudon".....

1/12 - Tom Taylor's TRI radio biz newsletter confirms what DCRTV already tipped you. That newswoman Rachel Crowson, who had been heard on WMAL, ABC Radio, and the Voice Of America, has joined TRN's DC-based America's Radio News Network as a co-anchor. ARNN is up to 15 hours a day of original programming in three-hour blocks, beginning with the Washington Times co-production of "America's Morning News," heard locally on WTNT, 102.9 FM/730 AM.....

1/11 - DCRTV hears that all-newser WTOP is taking down its 103.5 FM digital HD Radio channels for a week or two starting Friday so that engineers can install a new transmitter that will improve coverage of the station's three HD channels: the main WTOP signal, the feed of Federal News Radio WFED, and the new Gamut progressive rock service.....

1/11 - DCRTV hears about yet another local media personality jumping to CBS's new all-newser WNEW. Frank Hanrahan will do sports updates for the new 99.1, which launches on January 19. Hanrahan used to be heard on Hubbard all-newser WTOP.....

1/11 - Oh, that Paul Farhi-penned obit in the Washington Post about WMAL veteran Bill Trumbull says that his former WMAL partner Chris Core now works at "WTOP (1050 AM)." DC's 1050 is WBQH, which airs a Mexican Spanish format.....

1/10 - DCRTV has received a number requests wondering where Baltimore TV and radio traffic veteran "Detour Dave" Sandler (right) has been the past few weeks, since he's been missing from the airwaves. We hear that Sandler, who is heard mornings on Channel 11/WBAL and Hearst sister news talker WBAL-AM, 1090, recently had surgery. No other details are available. Several years ago, Sandler had heart surgery after collapsing while playing softball. More as we hear it.....

1/10 - DCRTV hears a rumbling that new CBS news talker WNEW will be getting weather forecasts from DC's CBS TV affiliate, Gannett-owned Channel 9/WUSA, which features Topper Shutt and Howard Bernstein. More soon.....

1/10 - More about Lisa Baden! Qe're hearing more rumblings that she soon may no longer be seen doing traffic on Channel 7/WJLA's "Good Morning Washington." And what/who will replace her? Maybe reports from WTOP's traffic center from a personality to be announced. Stay tuned.....

1/9 - Bethesda's Comcast SportsNet will launch "SportsTalk Live," hosted by Brian Mitchell and Ivan Carter, on January 23rd. The live half-hour local sports show, which is modeled after "NBC SportsTalk" on Comcast/NBC's sister NBC SportsNet (formerly Versus), will air weeknights at 10:30 PM, with an encore at 12:30 AM. Former Redskin Mitchell is a frequent CSN contributor. Carter spent more than two years as host of CSN's "Washington Post Live," which concluded its run in December.....

1/9 - Allbritton's Channel 7/WJLA is running an ad on its wjla.com website looking for an on-air traffic reporter to anchor morning traffic segments for "Good Morning Washington" and the morning news on sister NewsChannel 8. Currently, WJLA uses Metro Traffic and its Lisa Baden for morning traffic reports. More as we hear it.....

1/8 - A former Sirius XM Radio administrator has been convicted in a scheme to pilfer nearly $1 million from the DC office of the satellite radio company. Brenda Jones, 46, of Lothian MD, pleaded guilty in federal court to one count conspiracy to commit wire fraud in the theft of more than $900,000. She faces up to two-and-a-half years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000. According to the Washington Examiner, Jones began working at XM in 2005 as an administrator in the accounts payable department. Jones and another XM employee began to embezzle large payments that were supposed to be paid to XM vendors, but instead were paid from to Jones' personal bank accounts, according to the Examiner. Jones resigned from XM Radio in July 2006, but the checks continued to go to Jones long after her leaving, prosecutors said.....

1/6 - WIHT, Hot 99.5's Toby Knapp, afternoon drive host and assistant program director, adds an area radio gig. He'll be voicetracking nights on Lancaster PA contemporary hit outlet WLAN, 96.9 FM, starting January 9th. Knapp hosted WLAN's morning show from 1998 to 2001. Both WIHT and WLAN are owned by Clear Channel.....

1/6 - DCRTV hears that Justin Udo, the afternoon producer for "In Depth With Francis Rose" at federal news talker WFED, sister station to Hubbard all-newser WTOP, heads to CBS's new all-newser WNEW, where he will be evening managing news editor. Udo had been at WFED only eight months.....

1/6 - DCRTV hears that WTOP political commentator Mark Plotkin (right) and DC Council Chairman Kwame Brown had to be separated following an appearance on Fox 5's 10 PM news yesterday. A source tells us that Brown was being interviewed about the resignation of Harry Thomas Jr. from the DC Council, regarding a major scandal within the District's goverment, which is drawing in other top city leaders, including the mayor. That was followed by Plotkin appearing with Channel 5/WTTG news anchor Brian Bolter. As soon as Plotkin was off camera, "Brown charged back into the studio and got into Plotkin's face, using all kinds of language," we're told. "They were finally separated by Fox employees and Brown started to leave, (but) then returned for another round of shouting at each other about an inch from each other's face. It will be interesting to see if news of this makes onto WTOP or Fox 5 later today," we hear. Update: DCRTV hears that WTOP has asked Fox 5 for video, but the station has refused. We're told that Plotkin will discuss the incident during his "Politics Program" on WTOP at 10 AM today.....

1/5 - Allbritton filed an emergency petition with the Federal Communications Commission today, charging a rural Virginia cable operation of "bad faith" negotiations. Allbritton, owner of DC's ABC affiliate, Channel 7/WJLA, says Shentel Communications of Shenandoah County VA dropped the station's signal on New Year's Eve "with insufficient notice." It's asking the FCC to order Shentel, which has 8,200 subscribers, to reinstate WJLA's signal. The dust-up started in September, with both sides haggling over monthly, per-subscriber fees.....

1/5 - DCRTV tipped you earlier. Now, area cable TV biggie Comcast has rolled out Allbritton's NewsChannel 8 in high-def, on cable channel 808. Moving the HD feed of Home Shopping Network from 808 to 811 in the DC area. Up until now, WJLA's sister cable-only news channel had been available in standard-def via cable channel 8 on most of Comcast's DC area systems. More: Verizon FIOS adds NC8-HD on channel 508 of its DC area systems.....

1/5 - DCRTV hears that former MSNBCer David Shuster will be heard on a new lefty talk radio format via Prince William County's WPWC, 1480 AM. We Act Radio has a website at weactradio.com. And Shuster will be hosting a Saturday afternoon show on the station. It'll be related to his new journalism venture called Take Action News. He'll be continuing his duties at Current TV as backup for Keith Olbermann.....

1/5 - Some more news about CBS's new all-newser WNEW, 99.1, which launches on January 19. DC-based ABC newsman Steven Portnoy, a former WMALer, has been posting on Twitter that WNEW will use ABC News content and that it won't be exclusive to WNEW. Cumulus DC news talker WMAL also carries ABC's newscasts and content. Even though it's owned by CBS, WNEW won't be able to use CBS News product until 2013 because of a contact CBS has with Hubbard all-newser WTOP. And more WNEW news: Pittsburgh's PBRTV reports that reporter Matt DelSignore is leaving that city's CBS news talk KDKA-AM for WNEW.....

1/5 - Is CBS planning a federal news talker on 1580, now WNEW-AM, to be co-marketed with its new news talker, WNEW-FM, 99.1, which launches on January 19? We've reported rumors, and now a local radio guru tells us that WNEW owner CBS is engaged in "background" talks with "a news organization that supplies federal news." If CBS flips low-rated talker WNEW-AM to federal news and talk, it would directly compete with WFED, Federal News Radio, which is owned by Hubbard, which owns all-newser WTOP. While WFED doesn't get big ratings, it does generate a lot of ad revenue from Capitol Hill lobbying firms and defense contractors. "It's a lucrative niche market," we're told. More as we hear it.....

1/4 - DCRTV hears that the Washington Times is re-establishing its State Department desk and has hired Guy Taylor to be its top State Department reporter. Taylor has been reporting on international stories around the world on a freelance basis for the Pulitzer Center On Crisis Reporting, the Stanley Foundation, and the North American Congress On Latin America. He has also worked at World Politics Review and for Agence France-Presse.....

1/4 - DCRTV hears that Steve Houk, Gannett-owned Channel 9/ WUSA's director of marketing, "was quietly let go yesterday morning." More as we hear it.....

1/4 - Jeremy Settle will be joining Fox News Channel later this month as a senior producer at its DC bureau. Most recently news director for WBRE-TV in Wilkes-Barre PA, Settle used to be Gannett-owned Channel 9/WUSA's assistant news manager. He had also been news director at Allbritton's NewsChannel 8.....

1/3 - As the new CBS DC all-newser WNEW, 99.1 FM, continues to staff-up, we're hearing rumblings that Baltimore news talker WBAL, 1090 AM, is losing Jenny Glick to the new station. The rumor is that she'll be anchoring middays.....

1/1 - DCRTV hears rumblings that Baltimore radio veteran Bill Rehkopf is the latest to join CBS's new all-newser WNEW, 99.1, which debuts later this month. He comes from CBS sister news talker KDKA-AM in Pittsburgh.....

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