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12/30 - DCRTV hears that Scott Smith (right) will anchor the 6 PM newscast on Channel 5/WTTG, in addition to his current job of sports director at the Fox-owned station. Smith joined WTTG in September 2012 from Phoenix's CBS affiliate, where he worked as a sports anchor and reporter. Smith has been anchoring sports on WTTG's late evening newscasts.....

12/30 - Pacifica's talk and jazz WPFW, 89.3 FM, is back on the air. The station has been broadcasting a silent signal for the past week or so. We're told via our 12/30 Mailbag: "Heard the jock say something to the effect that Verizon finally got their act together (whatever that means). Unfortunately, the audio has some distortion – especially noticeable on the DJ mic. Seems like a lot of high-end roll off and occasional drop outs as well. Don’t know if this is an interim fix, or a cost-savings measure to drop down to a lower bit-rate, or even VOIP-delivery".....

12/29 - From DCRTV's 12/29 Mailbag: "According to the WTTR Westminster website, Johnny Dark is back and will be on the air from 12-4 PM under the new ownership of Hilltop Communications." Dark is a longtime DC and Baltimore music radio legend whose been heard on WCAO, WEAM, WQSR, and WBIG over the years. WTTR, 1470 AM, is an oldies outlet in Westminster MD.....

12/26 - A source tells DCRTV that DC radio veteran Jack Diamond (right) is coming back to the DC area. We hear that his family did not like the move to Miami and that city's adult contemporary WLYF, Lite 101.5. And he'll be back here by early spring. Diamond announced he was joining the morning show at Lincoln Financial's WLYF in September. However, we've heard that he'd gone missing from the Miami station of late. After two decades, Diamond got bounced from Cumulus-owned WRQX, then hot adult contemporary Mix 107.3, in April. More soon.....

12/25 - From DCRTV's 12/25 Mailbag: "Hank Silverberg showed up Christmas Eve on [Channel 9] WUSA. He did a story on a local food bank getting ready for the New Year. His story was well done and informative, and he looks quite able to make the transition from radio to TV. With his extensive knowledge of the DC metro area I certainly hope he gets hired, he would be a great addition to the starved WUSA staff." Fifteen-year WTOP veteran reporter Silverberg was pink-slipped from the all-newser in early November. WTOP Vice President/Programming Jim Farley then refused comment on what he called a "personnel issue".....

12/24 - MSNBC reality show "Lockup" spent four months the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, shooting six episodes which will air in 2014.....

12/22 - Adam Tuss (right) was seen anchoring Channel 4/WRC's morning news Sunday. In September 2012, the WTOP "sprawl and crawl" local transportation issues reporter jumped to NBC-owned WRC, to be a reporter. Tuss started out at NYC's WCBS-AM and Wilmington DE's WILM before joining WTOP.....

12/20 - DCRTV hears that Kristie McIntyre is out of her midday gig at CBS Radio's hot adult contemporary 94.7 Fresh FM, WIAD. After three years. "No details on whether this is a CBS DC budget cut or her choice," we're told.....

12/20 - DCRTV has been hearing rumors that there's going to be "a big shakeup" in the programming lineup of CBS sports talker WJFK, 106.7 The Fan, come 2014. Perhaps this is the first change. We're told that Danny Rouhier started his 10 AM Friday program by saying that his co-host, Holden Kushner, will not be on the show "for the indefinite future... It's awkward, this business is really tough, but I'll do the best I can for the next couple of weeks." It looks like Kushner will be staying with the station, doing weekends, fill-in shifts, and serving as part of the station's Nats coverage. He also will continue to appear on Channel 9/WUSA's Sunday night sports show.....

12/19 - DCRTV recently told you about rumors that Kai Jackson (right), who left CBS-owned Channel 13/WJZ in Baltimore in November after 20 years there, was jumping to Sinclair, which is buying Allbritton's Channel 7/WJLA. Now we get confirmation that Jackson will be Sinclair's national correspondent based in Washington, come January. We hear that he'll be seen on all of Sinclair's stations. There continue to be rumblings that Jackson is ultimately being groomed for a top evening anchor gig at WJLA, but Sinclair can't make that announcement until it actually owns DC's ABC affiliate, sources say. The FCC is expected to approve WJLA's sale to Sinclair in early 2014.....

12/18 - Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG names Kevin McCarthy as its full-time movie reviewer and entertainment reporter. The WJFK "Sports Junkies" regular has been doing part-time film commentary on WTTG.....

12/16 - A source tells us: "Jack Diamond (right) has been missing from Lite Miami (WLYF) for almost a month. His name still appears on their website, and the show is still being called 'The Jack Diamond Morning Show,' but Diamond has not been on for some time. The station - via their Facebook - claims that Diamond has taken a 'leave of absence.' Seems kinda strange since he JUST started there in October." Morning man Diamond got canned in April from DC's WRQX, Mix 107.3, after two decades.....

12/6 - Online television service Aereo plans to expand to the Baltimore area starting December 16, offering monthly subscriptions starting at $8 for viewing or recording live television on smart phones, tablets, and laptops. The technology, which converts TV broadcast signals into computer data sent over the onternet, will be available to more than 2.7 million consumers in Baltimore city and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Harford, Howard, Kent, Queen Anne's, and Talbot counties. TV broadcasters and networks such as Fox, ABC, CBS and NBC are challenging Aereo's use of broadcasters' material in copyright infringement lawsuits.....

12/5 - Baltimore radio veteran Michael Filippelli joins news talker WCBM, 680 AM, to do news and sports updates from 10:30 AM to 7 PM weekdays.....

12/4 - The Washington Times is advertising upwards of two dozen openings on the editorial and business sides. However, Romenesko finds out that the "hirings" include requests that entire desks reapply for their jobs. "The rumor is that this is a way for the paper to hack reporters they are unhappy with and reduce costs of more senior reporters by replacing people further down the rung," a source says.....

12/4 - Toronto's controversial mayor, Rob Ford, who recently ignited a controversy when he admitted to smoking crack cocaine, has agreed to appear weekly with WJFK, 106.7 The Fan's morning "Sports Junkies." He'll be heard Thursdays at 8:40 AM talking sports and making NFL picks.....

12/3 - Congrats to Laurie Cantillo (right), program director at all-news WTOP, on her Thanksgiving holiday wedding to radio industry veteran Beau Phillips. The couple exchanged vows at a small family-only ceremony held on November 30th. Cantillo reports that date was chosen to honor both her mom and dad and Phillips' parents, with all three couples now sharing the same wedding anniversary date - November 30th. "Just one of the many coincidences that brought us together," says Cantillo in a Facebook post, according to NTS Media Online.....

12/2 - DCRTV hears that Baltimore radio veteran LaDawn Black is jumping from urban contemporary WERQ, 92Q, to Radio One's adult urban contemporary sister, Magic 95.9, WWIN-FM, for the holiday season. Where she will heard in the 10 AM to 3 PM slot. Black says: "I am very excited to have the opportunity to expand my brand to the urban adult audience. I just want to have fun the next few weeks and continue to talk about things that people really want to hear about. I am so thankful for this opportunity to grow." Black is the author of numerous books on relationship topics.....

12/1 - Even though the FCC has not yet approved Baltimore-based Sinclair's purchase of Allbritton's Channel 7/WJLA, is Sinclair already eyeing a big change for DC's ABC affiliate? There are rumblings that longtime Baltimore TV news anchor Kai Jackson, who announced last week that he's leaving CBS-owned Channel 13/WJZ after 20 years, will be heading to Sinclair's WJLA, to bolster the station's lackluster news ratings. "By hiring Jackson, Sinclair could both weaken a competitor in Baltimore and acquire a polished anchor for its new Washington property," writes Baltimore media critic David Zurawik at the Baltimore Sun. However, when asked about a future gig, Jackson told the Sun: "At this time, I am still weighing my options".....

12/1 - The DC area gets its fourth FM Spanish language station today. As we tipped you back in September, WTNT, 730 AM/102.9 FM, was planning to drop its English brokered talk format, which included local radio veteran Mike O'Meara, for a Spanish language contemporary hits sound as of December 1st. Says Bruce Houston, who owns WTNT via Vienna VA-based Metro Radio, "Even if you don't speak Spanish the music is great. If you like to dance just turn on the radio - La Capital." Houston says he plans to eventually put the new station on a new 97.5 low-power outlet that's based in Bethesda, in addition to Fairfax-based 102.9. La Capital will go up against CBS's El Zol, WLZL, on 107.9, which is heard on a full-power signal broadcast from Anne Arundel County, and Signal Above's La Nueva, WDCN, on 87.7, via an old analog TV band frequency from Arlington. Metro Radio also runs another area Spanish language station, regional Mexican La Ley, WKDV, on low-power 106.3 from Manassas.....

11/27 - Graham Holdings, the former parent of the Washington Post, has reached a deal to sell the newspaper's longtime headquarters at 15th and L streets NW, in downtown DC, to Carr Properties for $159 million. The newspaper, now owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, will continue to rent space in the building until it identifies a new headquarters location, a search that began before Bezos bought the paper.....

11/27 - DCRTV hears that Laurel's WILC, 900 AM, will be flipping to conservative English language talk on January 1st. Taking many of the shows now heard on Northern Virginia's WTNT, 730 AM/102.9 FM, which flips to Spanish contemporary on December 1st. More soon.....

11/26 - A correction in Tuesday's Washington Post: "Because of a production error, the weather page in the November 25 Metro section displayed forecasts and data from the previous day".....

11/25 - Baltimore's Sinclair Broadcast Group names Doug Gealy as group manager of its DC, Raleigh, and Richmond markets. Even though Sinclair does not yet own any TV stations in the DC market. Its deal to purchase Allbritton's Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8 is expected to be approved by the FCC in early 2014. Gealy has 31 years of TV experience, including 24 with Sinclair.....

11/23 - A correction in Saturday's Washington Post: "An article in the November 22 commemorative section on the John F. Kennedy assassination said that Kennedy's brother Robert F. Kennedy was killed at the Ambassador Hotel in Chicago. The Ambassador Hotel was in Los Angeles".....

11/22 - Two dozen people gathered on a sidewalk in Northwest Washington on Thursday night to show support for suspended television news anchor J.C. Hayward (right) and to call for her return to her station. Hayward, a 42-year veteran of Channel 9/WUSA, has not appeared on air since October 1, when she was named in a lawsuit alleging that the former managers of Options Public Charter School had developed a contracting scheme that diverted millions of dollars to two for-profit companies. Hayward allegedly signed key documents in her role as the chairwoman of the Options board. She also helped incorporate one of the for-profit companies and received payment from that company.....

11/22 - Ken Molestina leaves Gannett's Channel 9/WUSA for Dallas, where he'll be an anchor and reporter at CBS-owned KTVT-TV come January. Before joining WUSA, Molestina worked at KVIA-TV in El Paso.....

11/22 - DCRTV has reported rumors. Now, we get confirmation that former Channel 4/WRCers Lindsay Czarniak and Craig Melvin are expecting a baby come spring. They met five years ago while working at DC's NBC-owned station. Czarniak, a sports reporter, is now working for ESPN in Connecticut. And newscaster Melvin now works for MSNBC and NBC in NYC. The couple married in 2011, shortly after moving to Connecticut for their new jobs.....

11/20 - So, what's Flounder (right) up to these days? The former sidekick and stuntman on DC101's "Elliot In The Morning" show runs FM Entertainment, an event production company that offers everything from DJ services to photography, event hosts, musicians, day-of coordinators, and design elements. According to Gaithersburg's towncourier.com, Flounder says of his 12-years at DC101, which ended in 2011: "It was a fun experience. I would never do it again... It was a crazy, one-of-a-kind thing that I got to live." But, after leaving DC101, he tried working for others, but quickly discovered that he didn't have the stomach for what the radio and DJ world had become - a bit sleazy as the industry continued its revenue stream decline. "Radio is not what it used to be," Flounder says.....

11/18 - DCRTV hears that Samantha Loss gets promoted by Hubbard all-newser WTOP to be a fulltime editor and writer. She's been doing freelance work for the station. Previously a content producer at Channel 4/WRC, Loss is a native Washingtonian.....

11/18 - DC rock radio great Cerphe Colwell (right), who has worked at DC101, WHFS, WARW, and many other local stations during the past four decades, chats with DC radio veteran Buzz Burbank via Burbank's latest "Buzz Burbank Interview" podcast. Cerphe talks about the "astonishing freedom" he had at freeform rocker WHFS in the 1970s, and how he again has that freedom with his "Cerphe's Progressive Show" at EcoPlanetRadio. Listen at relmnetwork.com.....

11/18 - DCRTV hears that Jim Vance (right) has signed with NBC Washington for another two years as top-rated Channel 4/WRC's top news anchor. "That would make him almost 74 when this one's up," we're told. Vance joined WRC as a reporter in 1969 and became an anchor in 1972.....

11/18 - The Washington Post Company will change its name to Graham Holdings Company, effective November 29. This follows the sale of the DC-based firm's flagship newspaper to Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos in October.....

11/16 - DCRTV hears that Howard University's WHUR, 96.3 FM, names radio veteran Sean Plater as deputy general manager. He has worked in various capacities at WHUR and recently served as morning show host of "The Mix With Sean Plater" on WHUR-World, via its digital HD2 channel. Plater has also worked at SiriusXM and the Radio One DC cluster.....

11/15 - DCRTV hears that Desiree Smith is the latest personality at Hubbard all-newser WTOP to make the jump to rival all-newser WNEW. She joined WTOP as an intern from Howard University, became a freelancer, a parttimer, and then a fulltime writer and editor. She joins WNEW in two weeks and will be working weekdays on the CBS-owned station. "We wish you well, but not too well, if you catch my drift," WTOP Vice President/Programming Jim Farley wrote in a station memo today.....

11/15 - He's known as Mike Bradley on the Eastern Shore and Mike Popovec in Baltimore. His real full name is Michael Bradley Popovec (right), and he lives and breathes Baltimore and Maryland sports on radio stations from Baltimore to Ocean City. Including Baltimore sports talker 105.7 The Fan. More at pressboxonline.com.....

11/15 - DCRTV hears that Nancy Yasharoff is leaving American University after six years to spend more time with her family. She's been associate athletic director of communications and played an integral role in developing and producing the "Eye On The Eagles" TV show that ran on Comcast SportsNet. She also produced the weekly radio show with longtime men's basketball Coach Jeff Jones and now new Coach Mike Brennan, which airs on Federal News Radio, WFED. Yasharoff was AU's basketball sports information director during the men's basketball team's back-to-back NCAA appearances in 2008 and 2009. She's married to Joe Yasharoff, managing editor at CSN in Bethesda.....

11/15 - Carol Joynt's "Q&A Cafe" interview last week with former WTOP political commentator Mark Plotkin airs tonight, Friday, at 8 PM on Channel 16/DCN on Comcast's DC system. Joynt tells DCRTV: "When he's not calling out who's in the room, he pulls no punches in his opinions of Tom Sherwood, Mark Segraves, and other local media personalities and talks candidly about what he thinks happened in his firing from WTOP - that the reason was [WTOP advertiser] Comcast disapproving of his opinions rather than solely the anger incident. It is a cantankerous and feisty hour." WTOP fired Plotkin in early 2012 after an alleged outburst of temper. We're told Plotkin's firing resulted from a pattern involving employees, people outside, and even a local hotel that banned him from every coming back for his hot temper. He was sent to anger management sessions for for several months before his termination. More at washingtonpost.com. More: You can also watch the Plotkin interview at caroljoynt.com.....

11/14 - Talkers Magazine is out with its "Heavy Hundred" sports talk radio shows for 2013. Taking 1st place is Mike Francesa of NYC's WFAN. DC and Baltimore sports talk hosts are shut out of the top 30. With WTEM's Tony Kornheiser (right) taking 31st place. Other locals making the annual list: WJFK's Sports Junkies 45th, WJZ-FM's Scott Garceau and Jeremy Conn 52nd, WJZ-FM's Ed Norris and Steve Davis 54th, WTEM's Kevin Sheehan and Thom Loverro 61st, WJFK's LaVar Arrington and Chad Dukes 77th, and WTEM's Steve Czaban and Chris Cooley 96th. More at talkers.com.....

11/14 - The older brother of WAMU midday host Kojo Nnamdi (right) was among four persons, including two policemen, who were gunned down Tuesday "by a berserk man who was later shot dead by lawmen who invaded a house" in Georgetown, Guyana. More at caribnewsdesk.com. Says Nnamdi: "My beloved older brother Hugh (Bunny) Paul, identified in this article as a taxi driver, was not. He was a retired civil servant. And he was killed while walking in his neighborhood on the street where he lived. I'll be going to prepare a place for him, but his place in my heart, and in my life, is forever secure. He was the older brother who I mimicked as a child, which is why I bat left-handed to this day, because he was left-handed, and why I got interested in politics, and ideology, and jazz. If it is possible, he loved me more than I loved myself. I'll continue to think of him the way I always have, every single day of my life. RIP big brother".....

11/12 - DCRTV hears that Chad Dukes was rushed to the hospital in the middle of his Monday afternoon drive show at CBS sports talker WJFK, 106.7 The Fan. No word on what his health problem is. But he did Tweet early Tuesday: "Feeling better. Waiting on some test".....

11/12 - CNN names Brian Stelter as host of its "Reliable Sources" Sunday media news show. Stelter, who has covered the TV news biz for the New York Times since 2007, fills the slot that's been vacant since former Washington Post media reporter Howard Kurtz left for Fox News earlier this year. Stelter, who has already guest-hosted the CNN show a few times, will also be CNN's senior media correspondent. He is a Damascus MD native. A decade ago, while a student at Towson University, Stelter started the CableNewser blog, which became Mediabistro's TVNewser.....

11/12 - Randall Bloomquist joins Atlanta-based Cumulus to be corporate program director for its news-talk stations, including DC's WMAL. Bloomquist was raised in the DC area and once programmed WMAL, back when it was owned by ABC. He's also worked for Clear Channel in Richmond and Atlanta, and Jefferson Pilot in Charlotte, mainly managing and programming news-talkers.....

11/11 - DC radio veteran Mike O'Meara is debuting three new shows via the MORE "Mike O'Meara Radio Entertainment" network. Starting in December, "It's Mickey" will star former 98 Rock morning man Mickey Cucchiella. Then, early in 2014, Channel 5/WTTG news anchor Tony Perkins joins MORE with "The Tony Perkins Show." Also joining MORE will be "The Rob And Joe Show" hosted by two DC area comedians. The three-show announcement was made before a packed house at the State Theatre in Falls Church on Saturday night at "OMEARA-CON 2013." Says O'Meara: "I am thrilled to team up with two incredible broadcasters, as they continue their successful careers on the MORE network. Mickey is a radio god in Baltimore, and Tony Perkins has been a fixture on television both on the network level and locally for decades. Rob and Joe have one of the funniest podcasts available, and I am delighted that the MORE network will expose them to a larger audience".....

11/11 - Hubbard all-newser WTOP promotes Meera Pal to be managing editor of wtop.com. She had been digital editor, responsible for the station's social media growth.....

11/11 - Veteran ABC newsman Sam Donaldson, 79, was acquitted of a DUI charge Friday. He was arrested in Lewes DE last December during a traffic stop. Donaldson was acquitted of driving under the influence and making an improper lane change after a five-hour trial. The judge ruled that police hadn't established probable cause to arrest and charge him.....

11/9 - DCRTV hears that CBS Radio DC has "realigned" its ad sales operations. Going from five station sales staffs to eight "specialized" staffs across the cluster. With staffs dedicated to large agency business, digital, special events, new business, play-by-play sports, music, spoken word, and Spanish language. Despite some rumblings around the DC radio community that cuts were made at CBS with the changes, a CBS exec tells us that the ad sales staff count at the Lanham-based cluster will actually increase. However, one local radio source tells us that at least five ad sales positions were cut. Locally, CBS owns WPGC, WIAD, WJFK-FM/AM, WLZL, and WNEW.....

11/7 - DCRTV hears that a developer plans to build 28 single family homes on land that is the transmitter site for 1390 AM on Crimmins Lane in Falls Church, near the Arlington line. The site currently sports the transmitter towers for WZHF, which airs the English language Voice Of Russia. And ethnic WUST, 1120 AM. Back in the 1960s and 1970s, 1390 was legendary "top 40" outlet WEAM. More: According to an application at fcc.gov, 1120 and 1390 may be moving to the Prince George's County site of 1580 AM, currently CBS Sports Radio's WJFK-AM.....

11/7 - The Washington Post is launching a Sunday edition of its freebie Express tabloid on November 17th. Express Sunday will appear exclusively in the Post's home-delivered package of store inserts, which many subscribers receive Saturdays. The Post's Express is currently available via many newsboxes and newsstands Mondays through Fridays.....

11/7 - We get this from a Channel 5/WTTG insider: "All station meeting very soon at Fox 5. Maybe solid leadership stepping forward? Everyone has been asking WHAT IS GOING ON! People thought it would get better after top management shake up (maybe more managers need to go??!!). Now, Steve has bumped Tony off mornings, Tony has been put on NIGHTS (weird, makes no sense!!), people continue to leave for other jobs, Sarah and Wisdom lost one hour to Allison and Steve (why, they were good on the 6 hour!), reporter Matt doing anchoring (truly PAINFUL to watch), sports guy Scott doing news (what!!?) no clue what new management wants on mornings and I'm sure that is true across the board. It is a SAD, FRUSTRATING situation at the moment. More to come after this meeting. Pray for us".....

11/5 - The National Association Of Black Journalists will induct Channel 7/WJLA news anchor Maureen Bunyan (right) into its Hall Of Fame. She will be honored for making "outstanding contributions to the industry." Bunyan, who is a founder of the NABJ, worked at Channel 9/WUSA (previously WTOP-TV and WDVM) from 1973 until 1995. She joined WJLA in 1999. "The board had previously wanted to induct founder Bunyan into the Hall Of Fame but she declined because she felt her being the chair was a conflict of interest," NABJ President Bob Butler said in a statement. "But the board the felt the honor was long overdue and unanimously voted for her induction." More at wjla.com.....

11/4 - DCRTV hears that Baltimore radio veteran Brenda Carl is now an officially-licensed Realtor in Baltimore, working for Henslee Conway Real Estate. She's also working four days a week doing sports news updates at sports talker 105.7 The Fan, WJZ-FM after many years with news talker WCBM, 680 AM.....

11/2 - Andrew Sullivan, who moved his "Daily Dish" blog to NYC more than a year ago, is returning to DC because he's "homesick".....

11/1 - Cumulus wins license renewal of DC's news talk WMAL, rejecting a complaint about "bias." Kevin Raymond asserted that Cumulus shouldn't be granted license renewal because the station's programming exhibits an "incessant bias" against the government and that it airs "blatant lies on each program" which aren't protected by the First Amendment. That may seem like insufficient evidence to hold up renewal, but Raymond wrote the Commission in 2011, and the decision's been hung-up since then. Now the FCC says what it always says in such cases - it is "prohibited from exercising any power of censorship over broadcast stations with respect to content-based programming decisions." For another thing, the complainant didn't supply any actual examples of what WMAL broadcast. Just "unsupported conclusory statements".....

11/1 - "Veteran TV newsman Bruce Johnson became part of the story he was covering Wednesday when a woman punched him and his camerawoman as they were seeking information about a home invasion in Southeast Washington. Johnson's station, WUSA, Channel 9, played the incident big, with Johnson introducing and narrating shaky footage of his own assault. The incident was also captured by news crews from Channels 4 and 5, which aired it. The footage soon found its way onto social media. The Washington Post also carried a clip. But let's rewind that tape. Should the story have aired at all?" wonders Paul Farhi at washingtonpost.com.....

10/31 - Betsy Rothstein has resigned as editor of Capitol Hill media news and gossip site FishbowlDC. With Rothstein's departure, the Mediabistro site is left without a leader and effectively without a staff. Contributor Peter Ogburn also left the site on Thursday. Eddie Scarry, another writer, decamped to the Blaze months earlier. Rothstein has been the subject of controversy. During the 2012 election, she was widely criticized for a post about the "provocative, sometimes sexy photographs" that female reporters used for their Twitter accounts. In July, she was criticized for making a racist joke about a Veterans Health Administration employee. In the most notorious case, she and Ogburn were sued for defamation by DC publicist Wendy Gordon, who they portrayed as a sexually promiscuous drunk.....

10/31 - A Channel 9/WUSA news crew, headed by longtime reporter Bruce Johnson, was attacked by apparent residents of a housing complex when covering a reported home invasion incident in southeast DC. Johnson said he received a punch in the altercation but was not injured.....

10/31 - DCRTV has told you that Cumulus will no longer carry Sean Hannity on its talk stations, including DC's WMAL, come January. But now, Radio Insight tells us that some Cumulus stations could stop carrying Hannity before 2013 is over. The rumor is that Cumulus will replace Hannity with Michael Savage, but there are also rumblings that WMAL could start a local afternoon drive show. Stay tuned.....

10/30 - Cliff Chiet has been named chief integrated marketing director for Clear Channel's DC radio cluster. He will develop advertising and marketing strategies for clients to leverage the assets of WASH, WBIG, WMZQ, Hot 99.5, DC101, iHeartRadio, and the Total Traffic Network. He is a local publishing veteran who spent most of the last 18 years as a vice president of ad sales and a publisher at Post Newsweek Media, a division of the Washington Post Company.....

10/30 - Your friendly webmaster, DCRTV Dave, talks to Jonathan Shachter, a DC radiophile who hosts the "Sadly Lacking Radio" postcast from Australia, about the return of local "radio god" Don Geronimo to WJFK. At sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

10/29 - Hubbard all-newser WTOP promotes Jim Battagliese, head of its traffic department, to position of director of traffic and weather, assuming responsibility for the WTOP traffic and weather brands on-air, online, and via social media. In addition, he will coordinate coverage with WTOP's weather partner, Allbritton's Channel 7/WJLA. Also, Mike McMearty, senior news director, gets named senior news and sports director, assuming sports news oversight duties with WTOP sports veterans Dave Johnson and George Wallace.....

10/29 - Chick Hernandez (right) has been named the 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Terrapin Award presented by the Shirley Povich Center For Sports Journalism at the University Of Maryland's Philip Merrill College Of Journalism. The award is given to a sports journalist who attended Maryland and has since achieved success in his or her field. Hernandez, a Comcast SportsNet anchor and longtime host of the "Redskins Kickoff" and "Redskins Postgame Live" game-day shows, worked for Fox SportsNet and spent seven years with Channel 5/WTTG as a sports anchor and reporter prior to joining CSN.....

10/28 - Former Redskin Dexter Manley (right, photo from WTOP) called former Cowboy Troy Aikman a "queer" via Hubbard all-newser WTOP Monday morning. WTOP has released a statement: "This morning in a live interview former Redskins player Dexter Manley made an offensive and derogatory comment. He was immediately challenged by WTOP news anchors Mike Moss and Bruce Alan. We were shocked and stunned and we apologize to our listeners that this happened on WTOP. WTOP has contacted a representative for Manley and informed her that he will not be returning".....

10/28 - DCRTV hears that Hubbard's eclectic music radio service, The Gamut, can now be heard on 104.3 FM in the Leesburg and Loudoun County areas. The 100-watt signal had been relaying Hubbard's all-news WTOP. "Our hope is to generate some more interest and exposure for the format - the positive listener comments we have received so far convinced us to give this a try," says Dave Kolesar, an engineer for Hubbard's DC radio cluster and Gamut programmer. The Gamut will continue to be heard on the digital HD3 subchannels of WTOP's 103.5, 107.7, and 103.9 FM signals, as well as via WWFD, 820 AM in Frederick.....

10/28 - From washingtontimes.com: "A visit to Southern Maryland's premier classic rock radio station 'The Rocket' WMDM 97.7 to meet the local personality known as 'Ripley,' was to spend three hours with the real deal. Ripley's path to radio-land has a fascinating history. In a time machine going back to 1989, we find Ripley, a Baltimore City police sergeant, rolling on the ground with what must have been a very powerful criminal because Ripley appears a man not to be messed with even at 55 years of age. In that battle - one of many Ripley endured by being assigned to some of the roughest areas of Baltimore - life and death was in the balance as both cop and criminal had their hands on Ripley's service revolver. In order to not be shot, Ripley squeezed off every round available to assure his firearm was empty and no longer a threat but suffered wrist and arm injuries that would end his career that had begun some 12 years earlier".....

10/24 - DCRTV hears more about New Country 106.1, the low-power, 250-watt country music station CBS will launch in Baltimore at noon Friday. So how will the new station differ from Clear Channel's top-rated, full-powered country WPOC, 93.1? "They're more broad-based, more golden country," Robert Philips, senior vice president of CBS Radio Baltimore, tells the Baltimore Sun. "We're going to feature new artists, new songs. The programming will be more upbeat, more up-tempo. The young listenership for country has grown tremendously, and that's the audience we're going to cater to." The lineup of 106.1 includes Fast Jimi Roberts at 6 AM, Jenn Marino at 10 AM, Steve Mann at 3 PM, and Scott Davies at 7 PM. With core artists Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, and Miranda Lambert. The station will also be available on WLIF's 101.9 digital HD2 subchannel.....

10/24 - CBS all-newser WNEW, 99.1 FM, is adding Jill Schlesinger to its afternoon business report lineup. In addition to her morning business reports on WNEW, she will anchor afternoon drivetime "MoneyWatch" business reports starting at 4:45 PM, beginning November 4th. "Having Jill in both drivetimes is a real win for us," says WNEW Program Director Robert Sanchez. "She has become one of the most recognizable and trusted names in business news and personal finance in the country." Schlesinger is the financial news analyst on "CBS This Morning," a frequent contributor on CNN, and appears on dozens of CBS television and radio affiliates across the country, including via WNEW's rival, WTOP.....

10/24 - Baltimore and DC radio veteran Kirk McEwen (right) joins the RELM network of podcasts. "The Kirk And Al Show" is now available at kirkandal.com. McEwen's co-host is his lifelong friend, Alan Cieslak. Together, they just celebrated their 100th episode for the show, which is done from McEwen's home in Florida. McEwen started in local radio in the mid-1980s, and for many years was part of the "Kirk And Mark" morning show on Baltimore's WIYY, 98 Rock. In 2010 and 2011, McEwen also hosted mornings with Mike O’Meara on the now-defunct DC classic rocker WVRX, 105.9 The Edge. Currently, McEwen co-hosts the morning show on a CBS sports talker in Tampa. The RELM Network also features "Buzz Burbank News And Comment," "The Marc And Lowell Show," "Just A Minute With Joe Ardinger," "The Bob And Chez Show" and more at relmnetwork.com.....

10/23 - CBS has filed an application with the FCC to change the city of license of its Spanish contemporary WLZL, 107.9, from Annapolis to College Park. No facility change is connected to the application, but there could be additional ramifications, reports Radio Insight. Despite El Zol operating in the CBS Washington cluster, Annapolis is located in the Baltimore market and WLZL currently counts towards CBS's ownership limit in Baltimore. When CBS acquired the 107.9 facility in 2011 it had to relicense its 99.1, now all-newser WNEW, from Annapolis to Bowie in the Washington market to fit 107.9 in its market cap. RI wonders: "Could this move be a predecessor to CBS adding an additional FM in Baltimore?".....

10/22 - DCRTV broke the news on October 8th that news anchor and reporter Steve Chenevey (right) was leaving Channel 7/WJLA to return to Channel 5/WTTG, which he left in early 2012. Now, we get official confirmation from Fox-owned WTTG that Chenevey will anchor the station's morning newscasts, with Tony Perkins moving to evenings, replacing Brian Bolter, who recently left to run several restaurants in Annapolis. Chenevey will co-anchor "Fox 5 Morning News" along side Allison Seymour, beginning November 4th. Perkins has been named co-anchor of WTTG's 5 PM and 10 PM newscasts. He will do the 5 PM/6 PM show with Laura Evans and the 10 PM show with Shawn Yancy, starting October 28th.....

10/22 - Last week, DCRTV told you that Joanna Campbell will no longer be doing her various gigs for CBS Radio in Baltimore, including sports news updates on 105.7 The Fan, WJZ-FM, or nights on Mix 106.5, WWMX, or hanging out at HFS 97.5. And, she's also left the "Crockett And Campbell Morning Show" on York PA's, The Peak, 98.5 WYCR. Now, we hear that she's moved back to her native Pittsburgh to work for Steel City Media's hot adult contemporary WLTJ, "Q92-9," handling middays.....

10/22 - We know that Jim Farley, the top programmer and vice president of commercial all-newser WTOP, is a frequent critic of what he often calls taxpayer-supported WAMU, the public radio news talker that frequently battles his station for the top spot in the DC radio ratings. However, he has nothing but praise for WAMU General Manager Caryn Mathes, who announced yesterday that she's leaving for a public radio station in Seattle. "She made WAMU a much better radio station and a real competitor," Farley tells DCRTV. "I wish her nothing but the best in the other Washington! She did a fantastic job at WAMU".....

10/21 - DCRTV hears that Dave Hovel, who left his longtime gig at Harford County country outlet WXCY, 103.7 FM, for a Florida country radio gig over the summer, is back in the region. And, he'll be doing afternoon drive at Wilmington's country WDSD, 94.7 FM.....

10/18 - From washingtonpost.com: As the debate over the name of Washington's football team grows louder, one of the more vocal groups on the issue has found itself unexpectedly silenced. The Oneida Indian Nation learned Friday that the radio ad it had scheduled to run in Washington this weekend as part of its national "Change The Mascot" campaign, will not air. A representative of CBS Radio Washington cited increased discussion around the name as the reason for pulling the ad from two of its stations, sports talker WJFK and urban contemporary WPGC. "Based on the amount of on-air debate, adding paid commercials from one side is not something that we think is beneficial for this discussion and for our audience," Steve Swenson, senior vice president of CBS Radio Washington wrote in an e-mail that was provided by the Oneida Nation to the Washington Post.....

10/18 - Former Hot 99.5 night man and DC native Julian Nieh (right) is now based in Phoenix and does afternoons on that city's KZZP. But, due to the miracle of voicetracking, he's also heard doing nights on Baltimore's Z104.3 and he just added a station in Tulsa, KTBT, to his cyber-roster. All of the above are Clear Channel-owned contemporary hit outlets. After leaving Hot 99.5 seven years ago, Nieh co-hosted mornings at CBS's B96 in Chicago, which he left last year.....

10/15 - DCRTV gets a career update from former Channel 45/WBFF weatherman Kirk Clyatt, now weatherman/reporter for Harrisburg's WHP-TV (CBS21 - CW15). He has expanded his radio news reporting of USA news stories for a batch of Australian radio stations, which he began back in 2002, with relief work for 3AW in Melbourne. Clyatt is now heard weekday mornings in Perth on 6PR (5:50 PM ET, heard via 6pr.com.au. And Saturday mornings on 4BC in Brisbane, in addition to fill-in work heard on dozens of stations on "Australia Overnight." For more check out @Clyatt on Twitter.....

10/14 - Brian Bolter, who recently left Channel 5/WTTG, is having a tough time giving up his anchorman persona as he gives us a construction update regarding his new Annapolis restaurant, Dry 85. Check out the video at vimeo.com.....

10/13 - Joanna Campbell will no longer be doing her various gigs for CBS Radio in Baltimore, including sports news updates on 105.7 The Fan, WJZ-FM, or nights on Mix 106.5, WWMX, or hanging out at HFS 97.5. And, she's also left the "Crockett And Campbell Morning Show" on York PA's, The Peak, 98.5 WYCR. Campbell tells us that she's going to soon start "a big adventure." More: Steve Mann will be taking nights on Mix 106.5. He comes from across the hall at WLIF, 101.9, and has been doing weekends on WWMX for almost a year. Mann will still be heard on WLIF and on a parttime basis on DC's WRQX, 107.3, we're told.....

10/12 - The SAG-AFTRA union awarded its George Heller Memorial Gold Card to Pat O'Donnell at its recent convention in Los Angeles. Pat's late husband, Tom Powers, who was general counsel for the Washington-Baltimore local, was awarded the Gold Card in 2005. This may be the only time both a husband and wife have been honored with the Card, we're told. The Gold Card is bestowed on "those who have made a significant contribution to SAG-AFTRA and its members." Pat has been the executive director of the Washington Mid-Atlantic local. Video of the presentation is at YouTube.....

10/10 - DCRTV hears that former 98 Rock morning man Mickey Cucchiella (right) recorded two episodes of "The Mike O'Meara Show." He discussed what prompted him to leave the station, his current projects, and his future plans - including performing with O'Meara at the State Theatre in Falls Church on November 9th. The shows can be found at mikeomearashow.com.....

10/10 - The University Of Maryland Department Of Athletics will honor Johnny Holliday (right) for his 35 years of service to the school. Via a halftime ceremony of the Maryland-Virginia game on October 12 at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. "Johnny is a Hall Of Fame broadcaster who has been a part of so many iconic moments in Maryland athletics over the past 35 years," UMD Director Of Athletics Kevin Anderson says. "His impact goes way beyond the broadcast booth as he has been an outstanding ambassador for our program and our community. For 35 years, Johnny has been the voice of the Terrapins and we have listened as he has shared the many outstanding accomplishments of our student-athletes, coaches, and teams through his powerful storytelling ability." Holliday joined the Terrapin Sports Radio Network in 1978. He has called four ACC football titles and seven bowl wins. Holliday is currently the host of "Nats Xtra" on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.....

10/9 - It looks like CBS Radio in Baltimore has set November 1st as the launch date for a new country outlet on 106.1 FM. DCRTV told you on October 3rd that CBS is planning to give Charm City listeners a second in-town country station, "New Country 106.1," to compete with Clear Channel's top-rated and full-powered WPOC, 93.1 FM. CBS is doing a deal with Hope Christian Church of Marlton NJ for the 250-watt translator, which will rebroadcast the country signal from a digital HD Radio subchannel of WJZ-FM, 105.7 FM. In turn, CBS will put Hope's religious programming on a digital HD Radio subchannel of its WLIF, 101.9 FM.....

10/9 - Longtime Channel 9/WUSA news anchor JC Hayward has asked a DC Superior Court judge to remove her from the list of defendants in a case involving allegations of a multimillion-dollar self-dealing scheme at a DC charter school. Hayward was named in a civil complaint last week that sought to take over Options Public Charter School amid allegations that former top school officials had funneled millions of dollars to two for-profit companies they owned. The DC attorney general alleged that the former managers received "exorbitant" bonuses from the school before they resigned to run the companies full time and called into question large contracts the companies had with the school. Hayward was chairman of the school's board of trustees - and allegedly signed off on the contracts and bonuses in that role - before she stepped down. Hayward's lawyer argues that she "not only did not benefit financially from the alleged scheme but was entirely unaware of its existence." More at washingtonpost.com.....

10/8 - MacNeil-Lehrer Productions will give up its ownership of the "PBS NewsHour," which has struggled financially in recent years. According to nytimes.com, in an internal memo, the two co-anchors, Jim Lehrer and Robert MacNeil, said they were talking with the Washington public television station WETA, the program's co-producer, about taking over ownership. The program is produced at WETA's Shirlington studios. MacNeil-Lehrer Productions, which is majority-owned by Liberty Media, is "offering to contribute to WETA our ownership stakes in the 'NewsHour' and all parts of MLP connected with the program," the letter said. WETA's president and chief executive, Sharon Rockefeller, greeted the offer with "delight and enthusiasm" but said that many details remained to be worked out.....

10/8 - DCRTV breaks more news. A well-placed source at Allbritton's Channel 7/WJLA tells us that news anchor Steve Chenevey (right) is leaving the ABC affiliate. He was hired away from Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG in early 2012. Chenevey had been anchoring WJLA's morning news until he was replaced with Scott Thuman earlier this year. Since then, he's been a general assignment reporter. So where is Chenevey going? We're told that he's heading back to WTTG, where he starts in November. Duties to be determined.....

10/9 - So, with the departure of Sean Hannity from Cumulus's radio stations at the end of the year, what will happen to the 3 PM to 6 PM time slot on the company's DC news talker, WMAL? Well, some say that the station, like other Cumulus news talk outlets in big cities, will plug into San Francisco-based Michael Savage, who is being syndicated by Cumulus. But, interestingly, we're hearing a distinct buzz from Jenifer Street, where WMAL is headquartered, that some are pushing for a live and local afternoon drive show, to complement the station's live and local morning drive show, "Mornings On The Mall" with Brian Wilson and Larry O'Connor. Savage currently airs in evenings on WMAL. And he might just stay there come 2014 on WMAL. Stay tuned.....

10/9 - DC area radio news stations saw increased listenership last month, during and following the Navy Yard shootings. Propelling already top-rated WTOP to the number one spot in the cume numbers for the market that week. "WAMU, WMAL, and WNEW also had very strong cume gains during the week but [WTOP was] the clear market leader," says a local radio ratings guru in a document forwarded to DCRTV. Cume is defined as the estimated number of different listeners that tune in during a particilar week. WTOP saw its cume numbers up 138,900 listeners during the week of the shootings, in the age 25-54 demo, with its overall share of the audience up to its highest since late June.....

10/8 - Is Allbritton having second thoughts about selling Channel 7/ WJLA to Baltimore-based Sinclair? Word is leaking to DCRTV from the 27th floor of Allbritton's HQ in Rosslyn that some top executives have some new, serious doubts about the Sinclair deal. If Allbritton's group of nine broadcast TV stations throughout the Mid-Atlantic and South, plus DC's NewsChannel 8, cannot be sold as a group, the deal is off. And that could set the stage for Hearst to buy the group, a well-placed source tells us. ABC has held firm that it doesn't want the Allbritton stations as a group, but might be interested in only WJLA, an ABC affiliate. Interest rates are rising and the Sinclair sale price is said to be $60 million to $90 million over value. We're also told that the Department Of Justice decision to take another look at Sinclair's purchase of Allbritton's TVers, as DCRTV reported earlier today, is a dark cloud since fewer than 10% of transfer filings receive a "second request." More as we hear it.....

10/7 - From politico.com: Ted Leonsis, the Washington sports team owner and former AOL executive, said Monday that if he had bought the Washington Post he would have made them admit they have a problem and are "not that important anymore." Speaking at the George Washington University, Leonsis brushed off a question by Frank Sesno about whether he had been approached to buy the newspaper, saying he "shouldn't talk about that." If he did own the paper, however, Leonsis said he would bring in senior management and hold an intervention the same way you would for a friend with a substance abuse problem.....

10/7 - DCRTV hears that Channel 7/WJLA is pairing Autria Godfrey and Jummy Olabanji as its "Good Morning Washington" anchor team, starting October 14th. Godfrey has been filling-in for Alison Starling, who was out on maternity leave. And, Olabanji has been doing breaking news and anchor work on "GMW" since the departure of Cynne Simpson earlier this year. Jacqui Jeras and Eileen Whelan will continue doing WJLA's morning weather, with Amanda Meadows doing morning traffic from WTOP's Traffic Center. Scott Thuman has been doing fill-in hosting for "GMW." He will return to his previous role as senior political reporter, we're told.....

10/7 - DCRTV hears that Lisa Hillary, most recently of Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, has joined Fox Sports West as an anchor and reporter. She will cover the Anaheim Ducks for that network. Prior to joining CSN Philadelphia in 2010, Hillary worked as an anchor and reporter at Bethesda-based CSN Mid-Atlantic from 2007 to 2010, where she also covered the Washington Capitals.....

10/4 - DCRTV is hearing from a number of sources that DC radio veteran Don Geronimo (right) is no longer doing his show at Sacramento sports talker KHTK. He mysteriously disappeared from the midday slot on the CBS-owned station today and is not commenting via his social media accounts, including Twitter. Geronimo returned to the noon-to-3 PM timeslot in July following a run in mornings on the station. More: We're hearing the official word that KHTK has yanked Geronimo and, while no longer with the station, he's still under contract to CBS. "CBS Sports Radio decided to go in another direction, which is sports," said Geronimo's replacement Jason Ross in an on-air obvious dig at Geromino's penchant for straying from sports issues while at KHTK. Geronimo left DC area then "guy talker" WJFK in 2008 after doing a show with Mike O'Meara for more than 20 years.....

10/4 - Friday's Washington Post sported a $1 price, a full 25-cents less that what the typical weekday print edition of the paper costs. Did new owner Jeff Bezos, who took over Tuesday, decide to lower the price? Apparently not. We're told that a Post spokesperson says: "It was an error in today's paper. The price is still $1.25".....

10/2 - A DC native who calls Miami her "second home," Shari Gonzalez joins Miami's WPOW, Power 96, as general sales manager. She's most recently been GSM for CBS's WPGC, and director of ad sales at the company's five-station DC cluster before that. Her career has included ad sales gigs at at WJZE, WGAY, WWRC, and WMAL in the DC area over the years.....

10/2 - Lisa Rossi is the new news editor for the revamped, web-only American Journalism Review. The new student-powered online AJR, which is produced by the University Of Maryland's Merrill College Of Journalism, is scheduled to go live later this fall. Rossi has been an associate regional editor for Patch.com/AOL since February 2011. Before that, she worked at North Carolina's Chapel Hill and Durham magazines from 2008 to 2010, preceded by five years as a reporter for the Des Moines Register.....

10/2 - Less than two months after the sale was announced, Amazon.com founder and chief executive Jeffrey Bezos formally took over as the owner of the Washington Post on Tuesday, officially ending 80 years of local control of the newspaper by the Graham family. Bezos's $250 million purchase was completed as expected with the signing of sale documents. The signing transfers the newspaper and other assets from the Washington Post Company to Nash Holdings, Bezos's private investment company. The Washington Post Company will continue to operate as a separate company without the Post newspaper. It is the parent company for a variety of businesses, including cable TV systems, TV stations, and the Kaplan education company. It will change its name to reflect the newspaper's sale, but a new name hasn't been announced yet. Donald Graham will continue as chief executive of the renamed company.....

9/27 - We have "live" audio of longtime DC area radio newsman Mark Weaver's (right) last day at WMAL, September 27th, on the news talker's morning show. He's retiring and heading to Florida. Weaver is a 45-year radio veteran who has spent the last 25 of those years behind the WMAL news microphones, including back when the Cumulus station was owned by ABC. Plus, some WMAL memories, including Mark's dad, Jackson, plus Frank Harden, Bill Trumbull, Felix Grant, Bill Mayhugh, Chris Core, and more. Parts 1 and 2 via "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

9/26 - DCRTV has already tipped you. And now we get official confirmation that Cumulus will air Michael Savage in the 3 PM to 6 PM slot on many of its news talkers across the country, including DC's WMAL, come January 2014. As DCRTV has told you, Savage will replace Sean Hannity, whose syndicator, Clear Channel-owned Premiere, is ending its deal with Cumulus. Savage made the formal announcement about taking Hannity's slot on his Wednesday show. With the big market news talk additions, Savage will be heard on upwards of 80 Cumulus stations. He currently airs in evenings on WMAL. There's no word about where Hannity will end up on the DC radio dial, since Clear Channel doesn't operate a news talker in this market.....

9/25 - Steve Yasko, general manager of Towson University's adult alternative WTMD, 89.7 FM, is co-hosting Maryland Public Television's "Artworks" program with MPT mainstay Rhea Feikin for the next three Thursdays, starting with the second season premiere on September 26th. "Steve and Rhea had instant chemistry on the MPT set," we're told. "Rhea brought the public television class and Steve brought the public radio hipster commentary." Adds Yasko: "'Artworks' is one of the most important television shows for Maryland artists. MPT and Rhea have made this show a must-watch if you want to know who is creating meaningful art in our state. I was flattered to be asked to co-host the show with one of my all time favorite people. After all, I've been a Rhea fan since she played the school teacher in 'Hairspray,'" a classic John Waters film.....

9/24 - DCRTV hears that Kellye Lynn returns to NewsChannel 8 on October 10th as morning co-anchor. She worked as a reporter and back-up anchor when the local cable news channel launched in 1991. After three years, she moved to Baltimore's Channel 13/WJZ, where she worked as an anchor and health reporter for 16 years.....

9/18 - DCRTV hears that longtime 105.7 The Fan, WJZ-FM sports talk host and announcer Gary Stein will be working with Baltimore sports newspaper and website PressBox and its publisher, Stan "The Fan" Charles, as co-host of the weekly "Inside PressBox TV" show airing Sundays at 10:30 AM on Channel 2/WMAR. Stein is no longer hosting University Of Maryland Terps coverage or his Saturday sports talk show on the CBS-owned Baltimore sports talker.....

9/17 - DCRTV hears that Total Traffic's Jamie Whitten is back doing the traffic on Allbritton's NewsChannel 8, in addition to Cumulus news talker WMAL. That's because Total Traffic's Jamie Sullivan, who used to do morning traffic on NC8, has move on to do traffic on WOIO-TV, Cleveland's CBS affiliate.....

9/16 - It looks like Baltimore radio veteran Chip Franklin (right) is gone from his morning show hosting job at San Diego news talker KOGO. In 2007, Franklin left Baltimore news talker WBAL-AM, where he did late mornings, for the KOGO gig. He worked at DC news talker WMAL before BAL. Franklin was born and raised in the DC area.....

9/16 - All four of DC's TV news operations - Channel 4/WRC, Channel 5/WTTG, Channel 7/WJLA, and Channel 9/WUSA - interrupted regular programing late Monday morning to provide live coverage of the shooting incidents at the Washington Navy Yard. They were joined in their breaking news coverage by DC radio operations WTOP, WNEW, and WMAL. As well as the national cable TV networks, including Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC. WTOP's website was so overwhelmed with traffic Monday, the following message got posted: "Due to the current events at the Washington Navy Yard we have replaced our home page with a live blog of the events to provide you with the latest news and to allow the site to function optimally." Over on WMAL, morning co-host Brian Wilson, a veteran of Fox News and WTTG, remained on the air well into the early afternoon, hosting coverage with late morning host Chris Plante, pre-empting Rush Limbaugh's show. According to TVSpy, WTTG was the first local TVer to report the shootings. On his station's coverage, WTOP's head of programming, Jim Farley, tells DCRTV: "We do what we always do and we're proud of our team." Bill Hess, program director of WMAL, tells us: "We also worked with our sister Cumulus station in Dallas - WBAP - to report more fully on the background of the alleged shooter, who apparently spent time in the Dallas-Fort Worth area." Right: Image from WRC.....

9/14 - A correction in Saturday's Washington Post: "A scoreline with a September 13 article about the Washington Nationals' 7-2 victory the day before misidentified the New York Mets as the Nets".....

9/13 - DCRTV broke the news on Monday. And, on Thursday, longtime Channel 5/WTTG news anchor Brian Bolter (right) did his final newscast for the Fox-owned station. From myfoxdc.com: "It is a sad day here at Fox 5 as we said goodbye to our friend and colleague Brian Bolter. He anchored his final shows on Fox 5 Thursday as he departs us to focus on his restaurant businesses in Annapolis. Brian joined Fox 5 in November of 1999 and has co-anchored on the 'Fox 5 News At 10' for over a decade. On his final night here, fellow anchor Shawn Yancy went into the archives to recall their first show together on September 21, 2001. On the 'Fox 5 News At 10' Thursday night, Brian said, 'I just want to take a moment to thank all the viewers. I have been just overwhelmed by the support and a lot of you have reached out to me and said how much you appreciated what I did here for 14 years and that's been really touching to me. Thank you for letting me be a part of your life. I really appreciate it.' From all of us here at Fox 5, we will miss you Brian".....

9/12 - "Julian" heads to Clear Channel's Baltimore contemporary hit Z104.3, WZFT for nights. He comes from the like-formatted KZZP in Phoenix. Also, Darrin Marshall, the creative services director at Clear Channel's DC contemporary hit Hot 99.5, WIHT, picks up additional duties as imaging director at WZFT.....

9/11 - DCRTV tipped you last month. Now, we get the official word that Rob Carson, who recently got bounced from his longtime afternoon and midday shift gigs at WRQX, 107.3 FM, joins Envision Radio Network to be an anchor for its "America Weekend" show. He'll do the Saturday noon to 3 PM slot. Carson will be joining DC radio veteran Paul Harris, who also works on the show. During his many years here in DC, Carson also hosted weekend shows on WRQX's talk sister, WMAL, penned jokes for Rush Limbaugh, and did a series of cooking and lifestyle shows via YouTube.....

9/11 - The continuing financial troubles at Talk Radio Network prompted Washington Times veteran John McCaslin to walk-off the DC-based "America's Morning News" program Tuesday. His co-host, Dana Mills, was let go in August. The show used to be produced at the Washington Times building in DC, but later moved to TRN studios in Alexandria. "AMN" has lacked a DC radio affiliate since being dropped by Northern Virginia talker WTNT last year. McCaslin tells All Access that recent "drastic cuts" have hit the show's sister America's Radio News Network, which is also DC area-based, with all ARNN operations suspended as of Friday. He says that the show's lead producer, board-op, and several others have left with back-pay issues pending. "I cannot in good conscience continue to anchor 'AMN.' Our listeners deserve better," he adds. This week, "AMN" has been airing repeat shows for its 150 radio affiliates around the country.....

9/9 - Elizabethany will do nights on Clear Channel's contemporary hit WIHT, Hot 99.5, starting September 23rd. She replaces Kruz, who left last week for the company's like-formatted WZFT, Z104.3, in Baltimore. Elizabethany comes from WVHT in Virginia Beach. She got her start as an intern for Hot 99.5 morning man Kane in 2008.....

9/9 - As DCRTV has tipped you. It looks increasingly likely that Andy Pollin will make an official announcement this week, maybe as soon as Tuesday, that he'll be hosting a new morning show on Redskins owner Dan Snyder's WSPZ, Sports 570. As you recall, Pollin recently was removed from his longtime afternoon gig with Steve Czaban at Snyder's WTEM, ESPN 980, and replaced with Redskins veteran Chris Cooley. More: We hear that Pollin's announcement will be made on Tuesday morning's "MMQB" post-Redskins game-day show on ESPN 980.....

9/9 - A Comcast SportsNet exec walks into a music venue near his Bethesda office and hears a musician. Then, six months later, a song of hers is a theme on network shows. If you tune into CSN's "Ravens Kickoff" or "Redskins Kickoff" pregame shows this season, you'll immediately be greeted with a snappy, country rocking video number, "Get Ya Game On," sung by Maggie Rose, a native of Potomac MD. The song, which was recorded during the summer in Nashville, will also be featured during "Ravens Postgame Live" and "Redskins Postgame Live," as well as in CSN's promotional content. More at PressBoxOnline.com.....

9/9 - Jeff Regen joins DC area public broadcaster WETA as as vice president of development. He has more than 20 years of marketing and fundraising experience in both the commercial and nonprofit sectors. Most recently, Regen served as vice president and general manager of customer relationship marketing agency Merkle's nonprofit practice. In his new job, Regen will be responsible for contributions from WETA individual donors across all giving levels. He will work closely with the WETA senior management team to increase WETA's fundraising effectiveness for Channel 26/WETA, classical WETA-FM, 90.9, and other WETA programs and services.....

9/9 - Is Robert Allbritton, fresh from the almost $1 billion pending sale of his dad's TV empire, including DC's Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8, planning to create a Politico for NYC? Apparently, some area media gurus say so. The news was announced early Monday that he's bought Capital New York, an online news site created by Josh Benson and Tom McGeveran. Jim VandeHei, Politico's executive editor, has been named president of the NYC operation. He will remain in his role at Politico in the DC area. Benson and McGeveran will stay as co-editors of Capital New York.....

9/9 - Mike Murillo (right) joins Hubbard all-newser WTOP as a fulltime anchor and reporter. He comes from Philadelphia news-talker WWIQ, where he was a news anchor and reporter, as well as studio technician and web/social media manager. Before that, he worked at all-news WEMP in NYC, where he was a reporter. Both WWIQ and WEMP were owned by Merlin, which was planning a series of news-talk FMers in major markets, including possibly DC. But its plans didn't pan out. Last year, Merlin sold WEMP and is currently selling WWIQ.....

9/9 - Baltimore and DC radio great "Big Don" O'Brien had surgery for oral cancer in early August. He'd been suffering from the disease for at least a year and had been having chemotherapy. Now, O'Brien writes that he's well on the road to recovery. In a message to DCRTV, he reveals: "Resting back at home. Good news is all of the cancer was removed. Bad news they took a good portion of my tongue, so my speech is not there yet. And, I can't swallow so everything is in a tube through my stomach for now. I start speech therapy next week and I'm working with a coach to learn to swallow again with a piece of my wrist now a part of my tongue. If I work hard enough, I'll be back. I plan on it!".....

9/6 - Amy Argetsinger is leaving the Washington Post's "Reliable Source" gossip column after eight years being paired with Roxanne Roberts. The word is that she's pregnant and will take a Post gig with more regular hours.....

9/6 - RadioInsight reports that afternoon radio righty talker Sean Hannity has confirmed that he's leaving Cumulus's radio stations at the end of the year, including DC news talker WMAL, 105.9 FM/630 AM. In some markets, Hannity will be moving to talk stations owned by Clear Channel, which owns his syndication company, Premiere. However, in the DC area, Clear Channel owns five music-based FMers and no talk outlet. Cumulus is expected to put fellow conservative Michael Savage in the 3 PM to 6 PM slot on WMAL come January. Hannity could jump to Salem talker WWRC, 1260 AM, or Metro Radio talker WTNT, 102.9 FM/730 AM. Or, Clear Channel could flip one of its music stations to talk or perhaps buy an AMer, such as Dan Snyder's reportedly up-for-sale sports talk WTEM, 980 AM, and flip it to news talk.....

9/5 - Comcast SportsNet and country music singer Maggie Rose, a native of Potomac MD, have collaborated to produce an original song, "Get Ya Game On," and music video that will be featured on the network's coverage of the Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens throughout the 2013 NFL season. The video will serve as the opening video and theme song for "Redskins Kickoff" and "Ravens Kickoff" shows. Written by Rose and recorded in Nashville, the song will also be featured during "Redskins Postgame Live" and "Ravens Postgame Live," as well as in CSN's promotional content. Check out the premiere tonight at 7:30 PM on "Ravens Kickoff".....

9/5 - AP reports that an American Indian tribe in upstate New York will launch a radio ad campaign in Washington over the weekend pressing for the Washington Redskins to shed a name often criticized as offensive. The AP story doesn't name the stations the spots are to run on.....

9/4 - Baltimore City Paper staff writer Edward Ericson is leading a campaign to buy the alt-weekly from Times Shamrock, which is selling some of its papers.....

9/4 - Rob Kruz leaves the night shift at DC's contemporary hit Hot 99.5, WIHT, for Baltimore's like-formatted Z104.3, WZFT, where he'll do afternoons and be music director plus assistant program director. Both stations are owned by Clear Channel.....

9/4 - Tyler LaPorte, who used to work at Towson University's adult alternative WTMD, 89.7 FM, joins Co-Sign, where he'll be a marketing specialist handling non-commercial, adult alternative radio promotions. He remains in the Baltimore area.....

9/4 - Katrina Bush has been hired by Baltimore's Channel 2/WMAR as a reporter and multimedia journalist. She comes from Channel 3/WHSV in Harrisonburg, where she was an anchor for its TV3 news operation in Winchester. Before that, she was a production assistant at WHDH-TV in Boston.....

9/3 - Amy Aubert joins Channel 2/WMAR as a reporter and multimedia journalist. She comes from WRIC-TV in Richmond, where she was a fill-in anchor and video journalist. Before that, she anchored at WMAZ-TV in Macon GA.....

9/3 - Starting this morning, CBS all-newser WNEW, 99.1 FM,doubles the number of traffic reports during the peak morning and evening rush hours. Airing updates every five minutes during broadcasts featuring by Lisa Baden from 7 AM to 10 AM, and Julie Wright from 4 PM to 7 PM. In addition to the already established "Traffic And Weather Together On The 1's," commuters will hear "Beltway specific" traffic reports at :06, :16, :26, :36, :46, and :56 past the hour to be known as the "Beltway Fix On The Six." Just yesterday, DCRTV reported that WNEW is debuting airborne traffic reports.....

9/2 - That's DC airborne traffic veteran Stan Fetter doing "back from the beach" reports for CBS all-newser WNEW, 99.1 FM, on Labor Day. "We are beta testing airborne traffic this afternoon," WNEW Program Director Robert Sanchez tells DCRTV. "Sky 99" took to the air at 3 PM on the holiday Monday. "We are still playing with broadcast frequencies and tweaking the receiving equipment," Sanchez says. "WNEW is the only station - radio or TV - in Washington DC with airborne traffic," he adds. "The TV stations all share pool video from a chopper, but no audio. We'll also be using 'Sky 99' for breaking news when appropriate." Including on its very first day, covering the crash of a small plane in the Bowie area.....

8/30 - Channel 7/WJLA meteorologist Jacqui Jeras will have breast removal surgery next week. "My health is great, but I want to keep it that way, so I am having a preventive double mastectomy," she writes on the station's Facebook page. "I have a strong family history of breast cancer including my sister who is battling the disease right now. My mom is a survivor, so are my aunts and my grandmother lost the battle. We don't have BRCA1 or BRCA2, but we have something they haven't figured out yet. I expect to be gone about a month".....

8/30 - Former Channel 2/WMAR weatherman Justin Berk tells us that he's in the hospital. "Turns out a 12 mile hike was too much. I'll be in the hospital and out of commission for a few days," he writes on Facebook. "Despite all the preparation and good intentions, any journey can take turns you don't expect, but I'm doing much better now. I've learned a lot about trust and integrity. I have great support fueling my perseverance and justice." No details about what specific malady befell him.....

8/29 - Baltimore oldies outlet Q1370, WQLL, fires up a low-power FM relay in the Harford County area on 99.9. "Hello to our new oldies fans up there," says Alan Lee, who hosts the "Forgotten 45s" show on Wednesday evenings.....

8/29 - After 13 years, MetroWeekly's Sean Bugg gives up his co-publisher title to continue and expand his work with the Next Generation Leadership Foundation. He will continue to write columns for the DC-based gay publication.....

8/27 - I've been very lucky. In the 16 years I've been running DCRTV, I've had only a scant few advertisers that haven't paid up. Usually it's due to a struggling business and not malicious. But I think I've been "had." In early May, I got a call from someone named "Jerold Hoffman" who wanted to buy several display ads to staff a cable TV network that was launching in the Washington area. He agreed to pay $300 for the ads, which would run for a month. He asked that I mail the invoices to an address in NYC - letters that were returned to me as "undeliverable as addressed." He then instructed me to invoice him via his email address at jerold@ldic.us.com. He also asked me to extend the ads' run through the summer, promising to pay me upwards of $1,000. I said that he'd have to pay the $300 he owed me first. Also, a number of local broadcast individuals and firms who answered his DCRTV ads and were contacted by "Hoffman," who apparently also uses the aliases of "Jerome" and "Gerald," expressed skeptcism to me about whether his advertised operation was based in reality. Well, guess what, it's late August and I haven't been paid. So, I did some Googling and found this at sbe15.com: "He is a career con man. His MO appears to be to 'create' a company seeking to get some private investment and 'hires' one or two key people from that industry to provide him with the credibility he needs to make it all seem legit. Eventually he cuts bait without paying any of the folks he 'hired'." Well, my "revenge" is to have this DCRTV posting available via the searchable internet from now until the end of time. Take that, "Jerold Hoffman," or whatever your real name is. More Rants.....

8/26 - A DCRTV technical guru tells us that a plan has been submitted to the FCC for a low-power FMer based in Great Falls to relay WAMU's Intersection talk and music-based stream via 97.7. You can currently hear it via WAMU's website and via the digital HD3 subchannel on WAMU's main 88.5 FM signal. WAMU already relays its Bluegrass County stream via a low-power FMer on 105.5 from Bethesda.....

8/24 - DCRTV hears that CBS Radio's Spanish contemporary El Zol, WLZL 107.9 FM, has canned its program director, Victor Martinez.....

8/24 - The Daily Caller's Tucker Carlson, 94.7's Fresh FM's Tommy McFly, Washingtonian's Carol Joynt, the Washington Times' Emily Miller, and the Washington Post's Paul Schwartzman will be called as witnesses in a $2 million defamation lawsuit brought by publicist Wendy Gordon in January against Mediabistro Capitol Hill media gossip site FishbowlDC. Her suit was filed in January regarding a series of posts entitled "Wendy Wednesdays," in which FBDC bloggers Betsy Rothstein and Peter Ogburn allegedly "falsely depicted Ms. Gordon as a self-promoting, attention-seeking, loose party girl/cougar, constantly on the prowl for considerably younger men for casual, sexual relations," according to the suit. More at mediaite.com and at washingtoncitypaper.com.....

8/23 - At the beginning of his program today, Rush Limbaugh announced that he has signed a three-year extension to keep his program on Cumulus-owned stations across the country, including DC news talker WMAL, 105.9 FM/630 AM. The one exception will be in NYC, where Limbaugh will move from Cumulus-owned WABC-AM to Clear Channel's WOR on January 1, 2014. Also according to Radio Insight, Sean Hannity is expected to depart Cumulus at the end of the year and be replaced by Michael Savage in the 3 PM to 6 PM slot.....

8/23 - DCRTV hears that Andy Pollin is going to do a show from 6 AM to 9 AM on Redskins owner Dan Snyder's WSPZ, Sports 570, at least until his contract is up in December. Last month, Snyder's Red Zebra radio arm replaced Pollin, who did the afternoon show with Steve Czaban on ESPN 980, WTEM, with Redskins veteran Chris Cooley. More: We hear that a plan to put Pollin on 570's mornings has been in the works for several weeks, at least. But, there will be no official announcement until "a deal is struck." And, if the plan gets green-lighted, expect an extension of Pollin's contract beyond 2013, we hear. Currently, WSPZ airs Czaban's nationally syndicated morning show.....

8/22 - Leaning ever more in a news-talk direction, American University's WAMU, 88.5 FM, makes a batch of program changes, such as moving Mary Cliff's Saturday night "Traditions" music-based show to its weak-signal Bluegrass Country outlet on 105.5 FM. More at washingtoncitypaper.com.....

8/22 - DCRTV hears that there's been a shake-up at Manning's classic rock 106.9 The Eagle, WWEG, in Frederick. Phil Briggs is out as lead of the "Morning Brew" show and we hear rumors of a slight format tweak at the station, which also covers Hagerstown, Martinsburg, and Winchester. Stay tuned.....

8/22 - CBS sports talker WJFK, 106.7 The Fan, recently launched the one-hour "Washington Football Tonight" show. It airs every weeknight at 6 PM. Hosted by WJFK Redskins insider Grant Paulsen and afternoon show co-host Chad Dukes. With "nightly Redskins guests," WJFK Program Director Chris Kinard tells us.....

8/22 - DCRTV hears that Terry Alley is leaving Annapolis full-service outlet WNAV, 1430 AM, after 18 years. "Because of personal family issues... I have chosen to leave WNAV," the afternoon host at the Pat Sajak-owned station tells us.....

8/20 - Even though someone's "on" a local station these days, they aren't necessarily "here." WRQX's Bert Weiss is in Atlanta. WBIG's Big Rig is in Tampa. But, now we hear that Frank Ski, the new afternoon man on WHUR, will actually be here in DC. Ski spent 14 years in mornings at CBS Radio's WVEE in Atlanta. The WHUR gig "wasn't even an idea I came up with... It was an idea that WHUR General Manager Jim Watkins came up with after I spent a week filling in" there, Ski tells accessatlanta.com. Ski is planning to syndicate his show nationally via a network being set up by WHUR's owner, Howard University.....

8/19 - Earlier today, DCRTV told you that Cumulus is rebranding hot adult contemporary Mix 107.3, WRQX, as "All The Hits 107.3" with a tweak toward more of a contemporary hit format. Now, we're told that the folks at Clear Channel's DC radio complex in Rockville are having a little fun. If you go to allthehits1073.com you'll be taken to the website of Clear Channel's contemporary hit Hot 99.5, WIHT.....

8/19 - DCRTV hears from a reliable local radio source that CBS Radio is having "high level execs meeting to decide the future of heritage signal," urban contemporary WPGC, 95.5 FM. The station, once a regular "top 5" performer, has difficulty making the DC radio "top 10" these days, and often ranks much lower. "Decisions will include the fate of black programming," we're told. "Word is WPGC is supposed to be a [contemporary hit radio] station that targets African American women and leans urban. So, how do four white men strategize programming for a station with an African American core?" Stay tuned.....

8/19 - DCRTV hears that CBS all-newser WNEW, 99.1 FM, will air the monthly radio address from Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley the first Sunday of every month at 11:05 AM. Starting September 1st.....

8/19 - DCRTV hears that Cumulus will be tweaking WRQX, Mix 107.3, from hot adult contemporary to more of a contemporary hits, "top 40" sound. Putting it in more direct competition with Clear Channel's top-rated Hot 99.5, WIHT. With a new on-air slogan: "All The Hits 107.3." Is the "Mix" logo on the way out? It will be phased out over the next few weeks, we're told. Lately, WRQX has been in a bruising battle with not only Hot 99.5, but CBS's hot adult contemporary 94.7 Fresh FM, WIAD, and CBS's rhythmic/urban contemporary WPGC. More soon.....

8/19 - More WRQX news. McKinzie Roth is the station's new midday host, replacing Rob Carson who was dispatched over the summer. She comes from Indianapolis, where she's worked for the Colts and Pacers.....

8/18 - A source tells DCRTV that Frank Ski (right), aka Frank Rodriguez, will be the new afternoon drive personality on Howard University's urban adult contemporary WHUR, 96.3 FM. WHUR will be first station for Ski's new self-syndicated afternoon show, we're told. Back in April, Ski was a candidate for WHUR's "Washington's Next Big Voice" parade of possible afternoon hosts. In December 2012, he lost his longtime gig at CBS Radio's urban contemporary WVEE in Atlanta. Before joining WVEE in 1998, Ski worked at CBS's then urban contemporary WXYV (the old V103 on 102.7 FM) in Baltimore. WHUR has been looking for a replacement for Michael Baisden, whose national syndication deal with Cumulus Media ended in March.....

8/17 - Adam Caskey (right), who has been doing morning weather fill-in anchoring and reporting on Allbritton's Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8, moves to evenings to do weather on NC8. Eileen Whelan, who had been doing evening weather on NC8, trades places with Caskey in mornings on WJLA and NC8, we're told.....

8/15 - DCRTV has told you that Baltimore's Fox affiliate, Sinclair-owned Chanenl 45/WBFF, is asking the FCC to require that Baltimore area cable systems drop DC's Fox station, Channel 5/WTTG. Now, Gray Television, which owns the Harrisonburg/Staunton area Fox affiliate, is asking the FCC for permission to get WTTG dropped in portions of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley.....

8/15 - DCRTV tipped you that it would be happening soon, and it happened today. Aly Jacobs officially joined Boxer's morning show on Clear Channel country outlet WMZQ, 98.7 FM, this morning, with the new promo pic at right. Jacobs used to be part of Jack Diamond's morning show at Cumulus's hot adult contemporary WRQX, Mix 107.3, until he got replaced with Atlanta-based Bert Weiss earlier this summer. Boxer's been doing WMZQ mornings since 2009. So far, Diamond hasn't resurfaced on the DC radio dial, but there have been rumors that he soon might be heard on Clear Channel's adult contemporary WASH, 97.1 FM, which has studios right down the hall from WMZQ's.....

8/14 - June Smith, the widow of legendary WBAL radio talker Ron Smith, who died of pancreatic cancer in December 2011, is filling in for the vacationing Tom Marr from 9 AM to noon on Thursday. Earlier this month, she was a guest on Marr's show, where she talked about Ron's legacy, including the "Team Reason" foundation for cancer research. It was then announced that she'd be doing fill-in work for Marr on the radio talk rival of where her husband worked for decades.....

8/13 - Mick Lee leaves his program director post at Clear Channel's contemporary hit WZFT, Z104.3, in Baltimore, to become program director of the firm's reimaged hot adult contemporary WLIT in Chicago. Mark Medina, program director of Clear Channel's contemporary hit WIHT, Hot 99.5, in DC, will expand his duties to include WZFT. WZFT carries Kane's WIHT-based morning show.....

8/12 - The NY Times does a write-up on the financial troubles lefty public broadcaster Pacifica is having. With a batch of layoffs at its NYC station, WBAI. And, in the last paragraph, the article quotes Summer Reese, Pacifica's interim executor director, who recently said that talk and jazz outlet WPFW, 89.3 FM, in Washington might not be able "to get through until September." Over the weekend, she said that since Pacifica had been dealing with these troubled stations, "the entire enterprise is distressed," but that by fixing its finances the network could survive.....

8/12 - DCRTV tipped you earlier. And now we hear more about former Channel 4/WRC News Director Vickie Burns. After like stints at NBC's TV stations in NYC and LA, we're seeing reports that she's joined Tribune's WPIX-TV in NYC as a news consultant. She may be headed to a newly-created station manager position at PIX.....

8/12 - Baltimore active rocker WIYY, 98 Rock's "Noise In The Basement Live" weekly local music showcase is celebrating its 10th anniversary at 8 PM tonight with a "making of" special. While the venues have changed over the past decade, the show now calls the Ottobar home. "The success of 'Noise' can be attributed to all of the support I have received from 98 Rock, the clubs, 24-7 entertainment and especially all of the amazing musicians in the Baltimore music scene who have embraced these Monday night shows," says host Matt Davis. "I am excited to see which 'Noise' band is next to hit it big." While local bands are featured, an impressive list of national bands have also performed, including Zach Myers of Shinedown, Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine, Hollywood Undead, Breaking Benjamin, Red, and Nonpoint. More at 98online.com.....

8/11 - "Thank you for your patience as WPFW is temporarily broadcasting at reduced power. The tower we broadcast from is undergoing an essential maintenance project and, as a result, we are utilizing our backup transmitter. We will return to full power as soon as possible. Until then, please tell a friend to tell a friend (to) listen online anytime at www.WPFW.org." That's the announcement at the Pacifica talk and jazz station's website. The station at 89.3 FM uses a tower on American University's campus.....

8/8 - Erik Wemple at washingtonpost.com tells us that rumors were flying hot and heavy late last week after Wonkette's Rebecca Schoenkopf reported that Betsy Rothstein, snarky DC media gossipist at rival MediaBistro's FishBowlDC, was getting canned after her most recent failed attempt at humor - a racist joke about a female Asian media personality. More at angryasianman.com.....

8/7 - DCRTV hears that Anne Arundel County executive Laura Neuman is joining her fellow leaders in Howard County to ask the Federal Communications Commission not to approve a petition from Sinclair's Fox 45, WBFF, for Baltimore market cable systems to remove DC's Fox 5, WTTG. WBFF argues that the Washington station is no longer "significantly viewed" in those counties, a status it's had since 1972. And it maintains that the availablity of DC's Fox station on Baltimore cable systems violates WBFF's exclusivity agreement with the Fox network.....

8/6 - Channel 11/WBAL sports anchor Pete Gilbert will join Brett Hollander this season for 98 Rock's Ravens pregame show. Hollander, who also hosts the weekday evening "Sportsline" show on Hearst radio sister news talker WBAL, 1090 AM, tells us: "Our entire team of broadcasters is excited for the start of the new Ravens season... Pete is such a great guy and I know he is going to add a lot to the broadcast." Hollander points out that 98 Rock's pregamer tends to be more of a "celebration of football in Baltimore," while Keith Mills over on WBAL's pregame show is offers more of an "X's and O's" kind of thing. "It's really great that our stations offer a variety in our Ravens coverage between the two radio stations," Hollander adds. "We also incorporate music into our show to go along with great guests every week. I think the format has really worked well over the years, as we talk about the Ravens while getting the audience fired up for the game... Sundays on 98 Rock are like an energetic tailgate with your buddies - talking Baltimore football. You can't beat it," he says.....

8/6 - June Smith, the widow of legendary WBAL radio talker Ron Smith, who died of pancreatic cancer in December 2011, is a special guest on WCBM's Tom Marr show at 10 AM Tuesday. Known as "Mrs. Reason," she talks about Ron's legacy, including the "Team Reason" foundation for cancer research. A local radio guru wonders: "Could this be a prelude of something more to come, with 'Mrs. Reason' becoming a frequent guest on WBAL's rival station?".....

8/6 - I'm not saying I'm responsible for the downfall of the Washington Post, but it's thousands of folks like me - "bloggers in their pajamas" - proving that you don't need "official reporters" at "real newspapers" to do a pretty good job covering news. DCRTV has been here almost 16 years and, in my view, nobody covers local media news as well as I do. Just one guy who probably makes a lot less than an average reporter at the Washington Post. Now, don't get me wrong. A Washington Post reporter, like Paul Farhi, who has the "luxury" of being able to use Post resources and a few days' time, can produce a piece that's far more in-depth than what I can do. But looking at broad picture, day-in-and-day-out, I beat the Post not only in finding but also breaking countless stories. With DCRTV covering local media, and many many other devoted and underpaid independent local bloggers covering news, sports, politics, and whatever, joined by full-fledged commercial websites from WTOP, WRC, WJLA, WTTG, WUSA, Politico, DCist, Patch, ARLNow, and so much more, the "need" for the Washington Post and other "traditional newspapers" has been on the decline for years. A death by a thousand small cuts. That's not to say the Post will or should disappear completely. There is an important place for large, well-funded organizations employing highly-paid journalists who have the time and resources to uncover news that isn't available via handouts and press releases. Yeah, there's news that a single, independent "reporter" like me can't uncover. But, as witnessed by the Post's sale yesterday, things have got to change. In five years, or maybe sooner, the Washington Post will be a very different entity. But hopefully it'll still be here - in some functional form. Our American democracy depends on that.....

8/5 - So, what does Hubbard all-newser WTOP's vice president for programming, Jim Farley (right), think about the Washington Post's sale to Amazon.com's Jeff Bezos for $250 million? We asked him and he texted us this response: "Could be good. Newspaper business model slammed by disruptive technology. Now they are owned by the best disrupter in the business. Fresh thinking. Post.com will no longer play second fiddle to print. Web and social media will grow at Post. More convergence. Amazing that Post sold for a lot less than WTOP is worth. Look for new owner to grow digital and make strategic alliances with TV, radio, and cable... Maybe they will try to hire back John Solomon, pure speculation on my part, no facts to back it up".....

8/5 - Baltimore and DC radio great "Big Don" O'Brien had surgery for oral cancer on Friday. He's been suffering from the disease for at least a year and had been having chemotherapy. His daughter, Kari Katerina Fineran, posted on Facebook that her dad is recovering from the procedure, which took 15 hours. "The surgery seems to have been a success," she writes. "Doctors say he will have problems talking but he will be able to talk. He has about to week recovery time in the hospital and then will have a team of about 20 people to help him at home. He has a very challenging recovery ahead of him".....

8/4 - DCRTV hears that Channel 5/WTTG sports reporter and producer Dave Ross has been hired to co-host with Kevin Shafer on weekends on CBS sports talker WJFK, 106.7 The Fan. He replaces Rocky Parrish, who got canned from the station in early July.....

8/2 - Howard County is asking the Federal Communications Commission to reject a July request from Channel 45/WBFF owner Sinclair (aka Chesapeake Television) for the removal of DC's Channel 5/WTTG from cable systems serving the Baltimore market. "Both Howard County and Washington DC are members of the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area, a combined statistical area according to the Office Of Management And Budget based on shared cultural and economic ties," says the Howard County filing. "If the Commission grants the petition, certain programming on WTTG, including coverage of news, traffic, and other public and cultural affairs, will be blacked out, not only for residents of Columbia and Ellicott City, but potentially throughout the county." Sinclair claims that its WBFF, Baltimore's Fox 45, has exclusive rights to Fox network programming within the counties comprising the Baltimore TV market, including Howard, and that cable carriage of DC's Fox-owned WTTG there violates its network agreement.....

8/2 - "Wow! He really took a bath in Norfolk," a local radio guru tells DCRTV. Redskins owner Dan Snyder's Red Zebra recently sold its two Norfolk area sports talkers, WXTG-FM/AM, to Davis Media for $1.2 million. Snyder paid $4.25 million for the FMer in 2006 and $950,000 for the AMer in 2007.....

8/2 - The Washington Post Company reports a 14% drop in earnings for the second quarter of 2013, but it showed higher profits in its broadcast television, cable, and Kaplan education operations. However, the company's flagship newspaper continued to suffer large print circulation declines - 7.1% for the weekday editions and 7.6% for Sundays. Washington Post print advertising was down 4%, with online display advertising, a much smaller overall component, up 25%.....

8/1 - Current is reporting that Pacifica's jazz and talk WPFW, 89.3 FM, is in "a pretty critical financial situation," according to Summer Reese, interim executive director of the left-leaning public radio network. Reese discussed the state of WPFW during a July 25 Pacifica board conference call. Responding to a board member's question about a WPFW on-air fund drive planned for in September, she said: "The concern there is, frankly, that you don't have enough money to get through until September." WPFW has fallen into a "perpetual" state of on-air fund drives, Reese said. "It's not giving listeners much of a break." Reese told the board she was following up with WPFW staff about which of the station's bills must be paid most urgently. Neither the DC station nor Pacifica's financially-strapped WBAI in NYC have paid for board election costs from last year, she said. Reese still expects the other Pacifica stations, which are better off financially, to repay the national office for election costs it covered on behalf of stations.....

8/1 - Robert Allbritton's deal with Sinclair is good for him financially and as future funding for Politico, but he's really screwed the entire staff of Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8. Does he not realize that? Those loyal workers are probably going to get budget cut, pink-slipped, or be forced to be propagandists by the overlords at far-right-leaning Sinclair. Can you imagine Gordon Peterson, a leading DC TV news anchor and journalist for four decades, anchoring a pre-election "news" special slamming a Democratic Party candidate running for public office, as Sinclair has aired on its other stations over the years? In my view, Robert has completely and utterly trashed the legacy of WJLA, which his dad, Joe, built over 30 years. Sleep well, Robert, as you watch the many dozens of folks, including countless top journalists who've worked for you all these years at your TV stations, as they are humilated and degraded after Sinclair, a heavily indebted firm backed by billions in credit, transforms WJLA and NC8 into an efficient engine that attracts political ad dollars and attempts to manipulate according to the new owner's political views. Maybe it's best that Sinclair removes the WJLA call letters, which stand for Joe L. Allbritton, from DC's Channel 7. Out of respect for what once was.....

8/1 - Longtime ESPN 980, WTEM sports fixture Andy Pollin said goodbye yesterday to his co-hosting duties with Steve Czaban on afternoon "Sports Reporters" show. And, we're told that he said he won't be doing future fill-in work on the station, as was announced last week with the news that Redskin great Chris Cooley will be replacing him, starting today. No word about Pollin's plans, but a top exec at rival sports talker, CBS's WJFK, 106.7 The Fan, doesn't deny that he's been talking to Pollin. By the way, it's been widely rumored that ESPN 980, which is owned by Redskins owner Dan Snyder, is up for sale.....

7/31 - DCRTV hears that Sinclair is asking the FCC to require that cable TV systems serving Glen Burnie, Bel Air, Ellicott City, and Columbia be required to drop DC's Fox station, Channel 5/WTTG. In a July petition to the Commission, Sinclair, which owns Baltimore's Fox affiliate, Channel 45/WBFF, via a company named Chesapeake Television, points out that the Howard County and Baltimore County communities are officially part of the Baltimore TV market and carriage of DC's Fox station infringes on WBFF's contractual right to provide exclusive Fox programming within its own market. In 1972, the FCC gave cable systems in those Baltimore market counties permission to carry WTTG because it was judged to be "significantly viewed" outside of the DC market. Sinclair now says that WTTG's viewership levels have dropped within the Baltimore market and wants the signal gone completely.....

7/31 - Baltimore sports talker WNST, 1570 AM, will air nationally-syndicated Dan Patrick in the 10 AM to noon weekday slot, replacing the locally-based "Bulldog And Paul".....

7/31 - Reporter Amy Aubert joins Scripps' Channel 2/WMAR in Baltimore from Richmond's WRIC-TV.....

7/30 - Yesterday's announced sale price of $985 million was $100 million more than analysts had predicted for the sale of Allbritton's eight TV stations, including Channel 7/WJLA, to Sinclair. And, according to Mike James at NewsBlues, "If approved by the spineless FCC (wink, wink), the deal will put Sinclair in its largest market to date (right down the road from its Baltimore headquarters) and will give the company 149 stations in 76 markets - reaching more than 38% of the nationwide audience. Sinclair also has deals pending to buy more than two dozen stations from Barrington Broadcasting, Fisher Communications, and Titan Television. More than a billion dollars in debt two years ago, Sinclair has spent an additional $3 billion in the two years since." Adds Baltimore Sun TV critic David Zurawik, "WBFF (Fox 45), the Sinclair-owned station in Baltimore, consistently delivers some of the best investigative, enterprise, and government watchdog journalism in Baltimore and Maryland... Sinclair's conservative orientation is no secret. The company has long backed conservative candidates and causes. And, as a result, Sinclair management does do some stuff that might be considered, well, hinky... Sinclair knows how to make money... The Hunt Valley-headquartered company has some of the smartest managers in the country, like Bill Fanshawe, the general manager of WBFF in Baltimore and 17 other Sinclair stations by my last count. I would like to see what Fanshawe does with WJLA... The real story of all the stations Sinclair has purchased in the last year is in the enormous power it now has in determining political TV advertising in battleground states. From Ohio, to Pennsylvania, and Florida, Sinclair is there, and when the candidates come running with their bags of money to blitz the TV airwaves in state, Congressional, and the presidential campaigns, they will be coming to Sinclair among a handful of other mega-station-groups".....

7/30 - DCRTV hears that Rob Carson, who recently got the boot from Cumulus's hot adult contemporary Mix 107.3, WRQX, after doing its midday and afternoon shows for many years, has landed a national talk radio show. He will host the noon to 3 PM slot on "America Weekend" via Envision Radio Networks. Carson will feature breaking news, guests, and his "nationally syndicated comedy." He just completed a week doing fill-in talk work for CBS's KMOX in St. Louis.....

7/29 - "Everybody [is] shitting bricks," a Channel 7/WJLA newsroom source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, tells ARLnow.com. "[The] mood is very tense. Everyone thinks there'll be massive cutbacks and reductions in the next year. Not a single person is happy about the new owners." That's in reaction to this morning's news that Baltimore-based Sinclair is buying DC-based Allbritton's TV stations, including WJLA and NewsChannel 8.....

7/29 - DC radio veteran Scott Brady has been named assistant program director at Centennial's Winchester cluster, and eventually will be doing middays at hot adult contemporary WINC-FM, 92.5 FM. He replaces Dave Gunning, who moves to mornings at the cluster's country WZFC, 104.9 FM.....

7/29 - DCRTV tipped you last week. And now we hear more. Baltimore Sun entertainment editor Sam Sessa is leaving the Tribune-owned newspaper to join Towson University's adult alternative WTMD, 89.7 FM, as Baltimore music coordinator.....

7/29 - On Dan Hellie's final 6 PM sportscast for NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC on Friday, Chick Hernandez blasted him in the face with a whipped cream pie as onlookers at Redskins Training Camp in Richmond gawked and Dianna Russini massaged the whipped cream into Hellie's scalp. At 11 PM, with Hellie back in WRC's DC studio, the news crew played a tribute video. Hellie is leaving WRC for NFL Network in Los Angeles.....

7/29 - DCRTV hears that Clear Channel has switched the digital HD Radio HD2 stream of WIHT, Hot 99.5, to its national Pride Radio gay-oriented format. With dance-leaning contemporary hit tunes.....

7/28 - Politico reports: In a major shakeup for the radio industry, Cumulus, the second-biggest radio broadcaster in the country, is planning to drop both Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity from its stations at the end of the year. Cumulus has decided that it will not renew its contracts with either host, a source said, a move that would remove the two most highly rated conservative talk personalities from more than 40 Cumulus stations in major markets, including DC, via news talker WMAL. The decision comes after negotiations between Cumulus and Premiere, the division of Clear Channel that distributes Limbaugh and Hannity's shows, broke down due to disagreements over the cost of the distribution rights, the source told Politico.....

7/28 - DCRTV hears that former longtime Baltimore Police Department spokesman Dennis Hill has died. He'd been at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, where he was suffering from "numerous illnesses," we're told. He was the older brother of Doug Hill, the Channel 7/WJLA meteorologist.....

7/26 - Jennifer Marsh is out as publisher of the Baltimore City Paper. She resigned Monday, according to a statement from Times-Shamrock Communications, the Scranton-based company that owns the publication along with Baltimore classic rocker WZBA, The Bay. Michael Wagner, regional publisher for Times-Shamrock, will step in as interim publisher. Marsh was named publisher in August 2011. She started at the City Paper in 1988 as an intern.....

7/26 - A few line-up changes at CBS all-newser WNEW, 99.1 FM. Midday anchor Jenny Glick is now the station's "kids and education" reporter. With Cheryl Simon moving from nights to middays to replace her. Glick will continue doing fill-in anchoring work several days a week. WNEW is now looking for a new anchor for the evening shift, to replace Simon.....

7/25 - Allbritton's Channel 7/WJLA has yanked story comments off its website. According to an announcement from Blake Sabatinelli, director of new media for WJLA and sister NewsChannel 8: "We have decided to disable comments on a majority of the stories published on WJLA.com. It was our goal to give viewers the ability to express their opinions on every story. Unfortunately, many stories began to be filled with mean spirited, and at times hateful comments. These comments provide no value to our readers and are time consuming to moderate." He adds that viewers and readers can still post comments on WJLA's Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, YouTube, Instagram, and Tumblr pages.....

7/24 - Diane Pelton is joining Hubbard all-newser WTOP's sales department as an account manager. She started her local radio advertising career for the 105.9 frequency 19 years ago, and she has remained with that frequency under four different owners, most recently with Cumulus as news talker WMAL and at sister hot adult contemporary WRQX, Mix 107.3, as both national sales manager and account manager. She's a Maryland native who now lives in the Silver Spring area.....

7/24 - Channel 7/WJLA news anchor Alison Starling gave birth Tuesday morning to a girl, Ava Starling Alexander. Congrats to Alison and her husband, NBC News correspondent Peter Alexander.....

7/24 - A source tells DCRTV: "Total Traffic in Silver Spring is crawling with bedbugs. Lots of pissed off people." Another source tells DCRTV: "I hear the union [AFTRA] is going crazy over it. No management leadership over there." Clear Channel-owned Total Traffic provides traffic and news reports to many radio and TV stations in the region, including WNEW and WMAL. It employs dozens of local traffic reporters, including Lisa Baden, Jamee Whitten, and Julie Wright. More soon.....

7/23 - "I thought the show we did was great - intelligent, professional, and I had no intentions of not continuing to do it," said Steve Czaban on his WTEM, ESPN 980 afternoon show today, regarding this morning's announcement that his 13-year pairing with Andy Pollin is over. "That was a station call, that they wanted to change things up. And Andy knows as well as I do, or anybody in the business, how radio works. We have both talked for quite a while that at some point they might split us up, or can one of us, or can us both, who knows. Andy is well aware of how the industry works." Starting August 1st, Redskins veteran Chris Cooley will replace Pollin on a retooled WTEM afternoon show.....

7/22 - Towson University's adult alternative WTMD, 89.7 FM, is moving to a new tower atop Towson City Center, which will improve the Baltimore area station's reception to the south, toward the DC area. From Monday evening through Wednesday night, WTMD will be on low power or off the air completely while the improvements are being made. "According to the engineers, listeners in Howard, and even parts of Montgomery counties, will be able to receive WTMD where they haven't been able to before now," says WTMD General Manager Steve Yasko. "We anticipate that many of the areas under our current signal pattern, that experience static caused by terrain, will receive a stronger signal".....

7/22 - Even though he played tunes on Mix 107.3, WRQX, for many years, Rob Carson's first radio love has always been talk. And you can hear him this week on CBS news talker KMOX in St. Louis. He'll be doing the 2 PM to 4 PM shift, which is 3 PM to 5 PM Eastern time. Carson, who recently got the boot from Cumulus's WRQX, tells us: "I'm doing an epic road trip to St. Louis with my son. I decided to get out of DC and actually do the show at KMOX live in studio".....

7/21 - Akeem Henry is leaving his news assistant post at all-news WTOP to be an office assistant at the National Institute Of Standards And Technology in Gaithersburg. "My first day as an intern, I forgot my phone and nearly got stranded driving around in a WTOP vehicle. Fortunately, Darci Marchese was able to reunite me with the reporter I was shadowing," Henry says in his goodbye memo to staff. "Darci's support is typical of the top-notch staff at WTOP. It is hard to leave because of the friendships, conversations, and support I've had here. In addition, I want to thank McMearty for continuously finding hours for me until I became a full-time staff member".....

7/20 - DCRTV is hearing more rumblings that Redskins owner Dan Snyder is attempting to sell his Red Zebra radio stations in DC, Richmond, and Norfolk. With his two Norfolk area outlets due to change ownership in the near future. Complicating the potential sale of DC sports talker and Redskins flagship WTEM, ESPN 980, is that "no one trusts Snyder not to do a sale, then pull the Redskins rights out from them as as he can, and sell to highest bidder like a CBS/WJFK deal." And we're told that "a valuation on the basis off WTEM current revenue and cashflows means nothing, so what buyer is willing to risk if they were to lose the Redskins rights?" Our sources confirm that Snyder put all of the Red Zebra stations in the three markets up for a "request for proposal" earlier this year - and he didn't like the offers or lack of response he received. "Snyder way overpaid for marginal properties," we're told. WTEM includes an AMer that has marginal coverage of the western suburbs at night, along with two "rimshot" FMers in the outer suburbs to the southwest and southeast.....

7/20 - Congrats to DC radio great Mike O'Meara, whose wife Carla gave birth Friday to his third child - a baby boy named Michael William O'Meara. Mike is the father of two daughters, Katherine, 18, and Elizabeth, 16.....

7/19 - DCRTV recently broke the news that Katherine Amenta was leaving Allbritton's NewsChannel 8, where she anchored the morning newscast. Now, we hear that she's headed to Pittsburgh's Cox-owned NBC affiliate, WPXI-TV, to be an anchor on its morning newscast.....

7/16 - Team veteran Chris Cooley officially ends his playing days and joins the Washington Redskins Radio Network as an in-game contributor. Also, "Cooley's Corner" will be featured in the team's radio pre-game show, starting with the August 8th pre-season opener. He joins Sonny Jurgensen, Rick "Doc" Walker, and Brian Mitchell as former Redskin players that are members of the team's radio team. Sam Huff stepped down earlier this summer after 50 years with the organization. Rick Carmean, CEO of Redskins owner's Dan Snyder Red Zebra radio arm, which owns the team's flagship, ESPN 980, WTEM, said of the addition: "Chris has shown he has a true knowledge of the intricacies of the game and I look forward to having him share those with our listeners along the Redskins Radio Network." Cooley will also be joining the Redskins Broadcast Network for commentary on various TV and web-based shows, including "The Mike Shanahan Coaches Show" on Channel 4/WRC.....

7/16 - American University is performing tower work that requires some signal changes at several DC area FM stations. We're told that Pacifica's jazz and talk WPFW, 89.3, will be running on "very low power" due to lead abatement work on AU's northwest DC tower, which will last last four to six weeks. AU news talker WAMU, 88.5, has moved to an auxiliary transmitter at a different location. Its main signal and digital HD Radio services, including Bluegrass Country, are operating at a lower power level. Also, Hubbard all-newser WTOP has turned off its digital transmitter via its 103.5 signal, which also uses the AU tower. That means no Gamut on the HD3 subchannel. The eclectic music service can still be heard on the HD3s of WTOP's 103.9 Frederick and 107.7 Warrenton signals, as well as via 820 AM from Frederick.....

7/16 - The DC-based National Association Of Broadcasters has announced the finalists for its 2013 Marconi Radio Awards, honoring radio stations and on-air personalities for excellence in broadcasting. The winners will be announced on September 19th at the 2013 Radio Show in Orlando. Locals up for honors include: WHUR and WKYS for "Urban Station Of The Year," WCAO for "Religious Station Of The Year," WLZL's Diamond Boy Luis as "Spanish Format Personality Of The Year," and WPOC's Laurie DeYoung as "Large Market Personality Of The Year".....

7/14 - It was exactly 30 years ago today, July 14, 1983, that DC area progressive rocker WHFS signed off its 102.3 signal in Bethesda. The cool, free-form outlet where the DJs played what they wanted to was off the air until late fall that year, when it was resurrected on 99.1 in Annapolis. After many more years of cool music, it got bought by CBS and turned into a standard alt rocker - until the plug got pulled in 2005. Legendary WHFS DJ Weasel (aka Jonathan Gilbert) remembers his last night on 102.3: "Cordell Avenue was mobbed with people when we spun the last song. 'If you close the door the night will last forever,' sang Velvet Underground drummer Mo Tucker. When she finished singing, I reached over and dumped the transmitter and thousands of signal strength meters suddenly lurched all the way left to the zero position. Life would never be quite the same again. And you know, I never did take any transmitter readings that day." Weasel (pictured at right at the original 99.1 studios) is now heard on Towson University's adult alternative WTMD, 89.7 FM.....

7/13 - Associated Press reported Saturday morning that President Barack Obama was hitting the links with two ESPN commentators - DC's own Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser, who do ESPN's "PTI" show. Both are former Washington Post sports columnists, and Kornheiser also hosts a late morning radio show on WTEM, ESPN 980. Obama was playing at the Army's Fort Belvoir in Virginia. AP adds: "The president is an avid sports fan and viewer of ESPN programming".....

7/12 - A shuffle in the news lineup has been announced for Martinsburg WV news talker WRNR-AM beginning Monday, July 15th. News Director Al McGilvray joins Rob Mario on "West Virginia In The Morning." Jessica Starkey will anchor "Noon News Magazine With Matt Miller." And Bob Tomas moves to late afternoons for "Live At Five." WRNR is heard on AM 740 and FM 106.5.....

7/11 - DCRTV tipped you in late June that DC TV and radio veteran Del Walters (right) would be joining the new Al Jazeera America news network. And now we get confirmation that he'll be based in NYC as one of the network's weekday anchors. He did a quiet exit from his anchoring and reporting gig at all-news WTOP in mid-June. For many years, Walters was a news anchor and reporter at DC's Channel 7/WJLA, which was followed by a stint at Baltimore's Channel 2/WMAR. Before joining WTOP, Walters had been running a Loudoun County documentary production firm and writing several books.....

7/11 - Local sports media guru Jim Williams tells us that there's a possibility that Comcast SportsNet could step in and start providing sportscasts for NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC. The two are sister stations, now that Comcast and NBC have merged. With top sports anchor Dan Hellie leaving WRC, the NBC-owned local TV station's sports department in northwest DC could be merged with co-owned Comcast SportsNet, just a few miles away in Bethesda. "It has been done before," says Williams, who used to do a sports media column for the Washington Examiner. "With such a good relationship between NBC's WRC and NBC-owned CSN, could they do a deal to work together as they did in San Francisco. You have to think that they are at least talking about it," he says. In 2011, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area started providing the 6 PM and 11 PM sportscasts for NBC's San Francisco station, KNTV.....

7/11 - DCRTV hears that the Mangione-owned oldies outlet in Baltimore, WQLL, Q1370, has said adios to local radio veterans Maynard Edwards and Shari Elliker, who had been hosting the afternoon show. Also gone are two parttime interns and a salesperson at the sister station to Baltimore news talker WCBM, we're told.....

7/11 - DCRTV hears that Baltimore radio veteran Brenda Carl, who recently left Mangione news talker WCBM, 680 AM, has joined CBS sports talker 105.7 The Fan, WJZ-FM. Where she'll do midday sports news updates.....

7/11 - Kevin Lewis joins Channel 7/WJLA as a reporter covering Montgomery County news, come late August. He comes from WNDU-TV in South Bend IN, where he's been a reporter and weekend anchor.....

7/9 - TV One this fall will launch a live, one-hour weekday news and public affairs show as part of a multiplatform news offering from network parent company, Radio One. Both are based in Silver Spring. TV One will simulcast the last hour of the three-hour "News One Now" radio program to be syndicated on Radio One stations, Alfred Liggins, chairman of TV One and CEO and president of Radio One, told Multichannel News. The 7 AM to 10 AM show, which will offer news and analysis of politics, entertainment, sports, and culture from an African American perspective, will be hosted by former CNN personality Roland Martin. Liggins said the show would most likely debut in mid-September. The Radio One portion of "News One Now" will also run on the web via Radio One's NewsOne.com, according to Liggins.....

7/9 - Rob Carson, who recently got the boot from music-based Mix 107.3, WRQX, after doing its afternoon and midday shows for many years, has recently been doing shows for news talkers around the country. Carson, who also did a weekend talk show on WRQX's news talk Cumulus sister WMAL, has been recently heard or will soon be heard on WIBC in Indianapolis, KHOW in Denver, and KIRO in Seattle. "It's a good time for my brand of talk as a lot of programmers are looking for alternatives to monologue and phone call political shows. My brand of talk is about politics, pop culture, observational humor, great guests, and huge syndicated comedy," he tells DCRTV. Carson describes his political views as being an "Adam Carolla conservative." Carson's political comedy writing can be heard on many radio networks and shows, including Rush Limbaugh's.....

7/9 - Tom Taylor, in his Tuesday radio business newsletter, wonders if sports teams should stay out of station ownership. "The business logic for a franchise is seductive - keep more of your money and avoid potential hassles with air talent because of what they say about your team. But it didn't work out in St. Louis for the baseball Cardinals and it's not working out for the Pohlad family in Minnesota (pulling a 1.7 share with age 6+ AQH on the new Twins flagship). Baseball owner Arte Moreno may feel that at $41 million, he severely overpaid to buy an AM for his baseball Angels. And this now newsletter hears that Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder may have reached the same conclusion. DCRTV has reported that Snyder's shopping his stations in Richmond and Norfolk, and one dealmaker tells this newsletter that Snyder could also be open to offers in DC. Though the dealmaker says team owners like Snyder face 'a particularly complicated situation' - What's a station like WTEM (ESPN 980) worth, without the Skins? All his Red Zebra stations could be on the block. After all - Snyder may've learned that he doesn't need to own his radio flagships," Taylor writes.....

7/9 - "The Don And Mike Show" ran for two decades on WJFK. Don Geronimo left the show in 2008, now doing a show on a Sacramento sports talker. Mike O'Meara stayed another year at WJFK, until it flipped from "guy talk" to sports talk. He soon started "The Mike O'Meara Show" podcast - now heard on WTNT - with his crew (right) from the old D&M show, including "newsman" Buzz Burbank. However, there now seems to be a split in the O'Meara radio family. From DCRTV's Mailbag: "It's been a little over a month since Buzz Burbank left 'The Mike O'Meara Show' and only a couple of weeks since TMOS lost their business manager Marc Ronick, but they have already launched their own network, REML (Ronick, Elston, Lowell Meltzer?), to compete against O'Meara's MORE broadcasting. There is a link from REML back to TMOS, but not the other way around. Could it be because (Mike) Elston (aka Burbank) is still making money from TMOS and wants to boost revenue, or he is just taking the high ground in this break-up? The TMOS crew has taken plenty of swipes at Burbank since he left, including infamously removing him from their pay-per-listen Raw series. They have no problem keeping Burbank's image on advertising material, such as on WTNT or on DCRTV. As has been pointed out elsewhere, 40% of the TMOS crew has left in a short amount of time, and they have their own network, Amazon banner ads, t-shirts, stickers, etc." Stay tuned.....

7/8 - News from CBS Radio in Baltimore. Former WLIFer Mary Anne Perry re-joins adult contemporary 101.9 FM as the Lite FM morning show's co-host, with Greg Carpenter.....

7/8 - The New York Times looks a how campaign ad cash lures buyers to swing-state TV stations. Like DC's Allbritton flagship, Channel 7/WJLA, which took in $33 million in election-related and issue advocacy advertising last year. Only three stations in the USA earned more for political ads, and two of those were also in Washington, reports Brian Stelter. That's because the stations' signals reach citizens in a crucial battleground state, Virginia, as well as the political power brokers in the nation's capital. If Allbritton were to sell WJLA by itself, it could fetch $300 million, Stelter adds.....

7/8 - Harford County country outlet WXCY, 103.7 FM, hires Brad Austin to be program and operations director. He comes from a WTNR, a country outlet in Grand Rapids MI. Before that, he programmed Gettysburg PA country outlet WGTY, 107.7 FM. Austin replaces Dave Hovel, who left WXCY last month after 24 years to be program director of WWGR, a country outlet in Ft. Myers FL.....

7/8 - Towson University adult alternative rocker, WTMD 89.7 FM, unveils a new "retro looking" logo (right) as it celebrates its 10th anniversary with new studios at Towson Town Center. The graphic was designed by Adam Aud at Planit Advertising. Also, the station has installed an electronic messaging board at its new HQ "that will provide everyone passing through Towson with music and event information." Check it out at YouTube.....

7/8 - Timber Ridge Ministries buys contemporary Christian WTCF, Cross FM, 103.3 in the Winchester area for $650,000. TRM has been leasing the station from Alex Media, the station's seller.....

7/6 - DCRTV hears that Rocky Parrish of the "Kevin And Rock" weekend show on CBS sports talker WJFK, 106.7 The Fan, is no longer with the station. He got canned right after today's show. No official word as to why. Kevin Shafer will continue as a part-time host on the station, a source tells us. More soon.....

7/3 - DCRTV hears that Baltimore news talker WBAL, 1090 AM, is making some schedule tweaks on Monday, July 8th. The morning news block gets trimmed to a 9 AM end time (from 10 AM), with the afternoon news block now starting at 3 PM (instead of 2 PM). That will allow Clarence "C4" Mitchell to expand to three hours at 9 AM, and ditto with Derek Hunter at noon. Both midday talk shows had been allocated just two hours each.....

7/3 - Patch.com tells us that DC radio veteran Jack Diamond (right) is hinting that he may be heard on Clear Channel's adult contemporary WASH, 97.1. You'll recall that Diamond got unceremoniously removed from Cumulus-owned hot adult contemporary WRQX, Mix 107.3, at the end of April. After more than two decades as morning show host. Diamond show alum Chilli Amar now does the morning show with Loo Katz on WASH. In response to a Facebook question from a fan on whether he's going to WASH, Diamond said: "I... could... end... up... anywhere. I am Free and Clear, baby!" As in Clear Channel's WASH? Diamond says he's finishing an overseas trip and is looking forward to landing somewhere on the local radio dial "soon".....

7/1 - It looks like locally-based righty talker John Fredericks is no longer on Metro Radio talker WTNT, AM 730/FM 102.9. The station now has syndicated financial guru Ray Lucia in mornings. We're told that Fredericks, who had been doing his Virginia politics show from the Fairfax studios of WTNT, is also off his Richmond station, WLEE, but continues to be heard in the Norfolk and Roanoke areas. Fredericks was apparently paying for the 6 AM to 9 AM slot on on WTNT. "I've got a budget cutback," he tells DCRTV. More: "We could not get the contractual terms worked out to our mutual satisfaction with our affiliate, WTNT," Fredericks tells DCRTV. "We wish WTNT management all the best. Our show, available in Hampton Roads and throughout central Virginia can be accessed in Washington DC and Northern Virginia online streaming live at TheJohnFredericksShow.com" weekday mornings.....

7/1 - It looks like DC TV news veteran Gordon Peterson (right) will be sticking around at Channel 7/WJLA to see who the new owner will be. DCRTV hears that Peterson, who has been delivering the news on TV in the DC market for almost 45 years, has signed a contract renewal with Allbritton-owned WJLA, which will keep him on DC's ABC affiliate through the end of 2014. Allbritton has announced that it's planning to sell WJLA by the end of 2013. Also, it looks like Peterson's "Inside Washington" weekly political review program, which is seen on WJLA plus a batch of PBS stations, will continue. There had been rumors that it would end production with the Allbritton sale. Peterson spent 35 years at Channel 9, WTOP-TV/WDVM/WUSA, before jumping to WJLA almost 10 years ago.....

7/1 - More Allbritton news. DCRTV hears that Katherine Amenta, a morning news anchor on NewsChannel 8, is leaving WJLA's news sister. She has another job, but no word about that. Yet. More: A source tells us that she's moving to a TVer in the Salisbury MD market.....

6/28 - NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC will begin streaming all weekday local newscasts via its nbcwashington.com website starting Monday, July 1st. More than seven hours of daily newscasts will be offered via the web, including "News4 Today" from 4:26 AM to 7 AM, "News4 Midday" from 11 AM until noon, three straight hours of late afternoon/early evening news "News4" at 4 PM, 5 PM, and 6 PM, plus "News4" at 11 PM. All newscasts will include closed-captioning.....

6/28 - DCRTV hears that all-news WTOP has launched several HD Radio digital subchannels on its Frederick 103.9 FM signal. Including The Gamut on the HD3. That joins the relays of the eclectic music station on the HD3s of WTOP's 103.5 and 107.7 FM signals, plus analog AM 820 in the Frederick area. Also, 103.9's HD2 is a similcast of Hubbard sister WFED, Federal News Radio, which used to be on 820 and still is on DC's 1500 AM.....

6/28 - DCRTV hears that DC TV and radio veteran Del Walters (right) recently did a quiet exit from his anchoring and reporting gig at all-news WTOP. On June 14th, Walters "worked his last shift, then sent his farewell e-mail to the staff after he was out of the building. Only a few managers knew ahead of time he had resigned. He wouldn't say where he is going," WTOP Vice President News And Programming Jim Farley tells us. There's speculation that he landed a TV gig in the NYC area. In his final e-mail to WTOP colleagues, Walters wrote: "My reason for leaving is simple - they made an offer that was impossible to refuse. Other than that, there was nothing that would pry me from your ranks. You should also know that this job is what led to the one that I am about to begin. You have a lot of listeners." For many years, Walters was a news anchor and reporter at DC's Channel 7/WJLA, which was followed by a stint at Baltimore's Channel 2/WMAR. Before joining WTOP, Walters had been running a Loudoun County documentary production firm and writing several books. More: A source tells DCRTV that Walters has been seen at the new NYC studios of Al Jazeera America, the Qatar-based news channel that is relaunching next month.....

6/25 - Federal News Radio, 1500 AM and FederalNewsRadio.com, introduces new brand imaging logo that highlights the Hubbard talk outlet as a "multimedia source of federal news and information." The WFED logo "publicly rebrands the station and places more emphasis on its digital assets," according to a statement from the sister station of all-newser WTOP. Also, FederalNewsRadio.com unveils an improved "Features" section that highlights WFED's radio interviews, photo galleries, videos, special reports, and resources, including its "Furlough Tracker" and "Cabinet Tracker." Other site revamps include improved navigation and links. The new logo and rebranding efforts were managed by a team of FNR executives with the execution handled by Rockville design firm Marstudio.....

6/25 - Redskins great Joe Theismann says he'd certainly be interested in joining the Redskins radio team, now that Sam Huff is out. "I certainly would have an interest if the opportunity was presented," Theismann told Holden Kushner via sports talker WJFK, 106.7 The Fan. "I mean, I've done everything you can do in the media, including radio. I think the Redskins are on the verge of really becoming a force in the National Football League." DCRTV's take: If you're trying to impress Redskins radio management, you don't do an interview with CBS's WJFK, which is the arch rival of sports talker WTEM, ESPN 980, which is owned by Redskins owner Dan Snyder.....

6/24 - John Foundas (right), the former Channel 5/WTTG photojournalist who now heads the DC area's Foundation Digital Media, received an Emmy award at the June 15th National Capital area Emmy awards dinner in Baltimore. The win came in the craft category for sports editing, where FDM produced a series of projects for Mark Ein and the Washington Kastles featuring Venus and Serena Williams. "The recognition represents an immense amount of sacrifice and determination to simply evolve. Post news, simply telling great stories for our corporate clients has been a terrific honor and a privilege," Foundas explained. On the heels of the Emmy nod, FDM is planning to expand into NYC and Miami this fall. More at foundationdigitalmedia.com.....

6/23 - Redskins owner Dan Snyder's private equity firm recently sold the Johnny Rockets restaurant chain. Now, DCRTV hears from area radio sources that Snyder is quietly shopping the sale of some of his Red Zebra sports talk radio stations, particularly the outlets in the Norfolk and Richmond markets. "They are under-performing," we're told. "There is a bonafide letter of intent on the table to purchase the AM/FM combo in Virginia Beach. The Richmond station is doing better, but not by much." We also hear that Snyder may also have put a "for sale" sign on his DC sports talkers, WTEM, also known as ESPN 980, and WSPZ, Sports 570. While it rarely gets above 17th place in the local radio ratings due to its neck-and-neck bruising battle with CBS sports talker WJFK, WTEM does well financially. The Redskins flagship billed $14.2 million in ad revenue last year for 5th place in the market - due primarily to the fact that the football team is a cash magnet, local media watchers say. Still, Snyder's Red Zebra has been hurt by its inability to get WTEM on a full-powered FM signal in the DC market, using an AMer for coverage of DC and the close-in suburbs and two lower-power FM "rimshots" to reach the distant suburbs to the west, south, and east. Snyder, whose local radio firm was built by DC radio veteran Bennett Zier, is now in a difficult place. "They bought a bunch of stations in a rush a few years ago and now they are paying," we're told.....

6/21 - Scott McCabe became a well-known name to local news consumers over his seven years on the Washington Examiner's crime beat. Although the newspaper shuttered its weekday tabloid and local coverage last week, McCabe isn't quitting his regular beat coverage of fugitives, stupid crimes, and everyday lawlessness. Only now, he's blogging. DC Crime Stories at dccrimestories.com was going to stay under wraps for a couple of weeks, but McCabe was motivated to go live yesterday morning after an altercation on his block in College Park left a woman with bloody cuts and led to the arrest of a male suspect, so reports washingtoncitypaper.com.....

6/19 - DCRTV hears that Baltimore radio veteran Mike Ondayko has been out on medical leave since mid-May, when he had his second hip replacement. He does the afternoon slot on classic rocker WZBA, 100.7 The Bay. "Should be back sometime in the beginning of July. Keep the ole' fingers crossed," he tells us. For many years, Ondayko, who used to be known as "Mark," did the "Kirk And Mark" morning show with Kirk McEwen on 98 Rock, WIYY.....

6/19 - This morning, Ed Norris returned to Baltimore sports talker 105.7 The Fan, WJZ-FM's morning show after recovering from injuries he sustained in an April motorcycle accident in Harford County. Although he was still in some pain - as co-host Steve Davis made an on-air request at 6:45 AM for a pillow to prop up Norris's arm. Norris had surgery to repair his shoulder. "The Bed Bath And Beyond isn't open yet," Davis said. Added Norris: "You lose an arm, it's tough. There's a lot of things you can't do".....

6/18 - DCRTV hears that Brenda Carl is leaving her news job at Baltimore news talker WCBM, 680 AM. Her last day at the Mangioni station will be Friday, June 21. And, we hear that she's got a new radio gig lined-up. More soon.....

6/17 - Aly Jacobs, a personality on Mix 107.3, WRQX's morning show, has parted ways with the Cumulus station. In her Tumbler account at alyjacobs.tumblr.com, it sure sounds like she's no longer employed at Mix 107.3. Earlier this month, a WRQX source told DCRTV that Jacobs had been out sick, with a morning show co-producer covering for her. Jacobs was part of Jack Diamond's morning show crew. However, the station recently replaced Diamond with Atlanta-based Bert Weiss.....

6/16 - A Charm City TV source tells DCRTV that it's likely that Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group will submit a bid to buy Allbritton's Channel 7/WJLA, DC's ABC affiliate, which was put on the market in early May. And, we're told, that Sinclair is also interested in DC's CW affiliate, Channel 50/WDCW, should its parent, Tribune Company, put it on the market, as has been rumored. In the Baltimore market, Sinclair owns Fox affiliate Channel 45/WBFF, operates CW affiliate Channel 54/WNUV, and has submitted an FCC application to also operate MyNetworkTV affiliate Channel 24/WUTB. So far, however, ABC is widely rumored to be the top contender to buy WJLA. And Channel 9/WUSA owner Gannett is thought to be the most-likely purchaser of WDCW. Stay tuned.....

6/15 - From the Forest Hills Connection: Get a last look at a building that once housed the Evening Star Television Center and Channel 7/WMAL's studios (right) before the wrecking ball hits what is now the Van Ness Square at 4455 Connecticut Avenue, NW DC. In 1950, the Evening Star Broadcasting Company signed a long-term lease to have the ice skating rink on the second floor converted into three large television studios for WMAL-TV, later to become WJLA. Van Ness Square, which also once housed Chevy Chase Park And Shop Stores, is scheduled for demolition this fall.....

6/14 - With the demise today of the daily local news editions of the Washington Examiner, Jim Williams, who penned a sports media column for the freebie tabloid, tells us that he'll now be the new "sports media insider" for Sports Talk Florida. "I will be on the air at least six times a week talking sports media and writing daily for their website - sportstalkflorida.com," he says. Plus, he tells us that he's got several more editorial gigs lined up. Williams, who is based in Baltimore and has no plans to leave, pens his last Examiner column at washingtonexaminer.com.....

6/12 - The folks at La Nueva, WDCN 87.7, the TV station that thinks its a radio station (using the audio carrier of TV channel 6, just below the low end of the FM band) are quite proud of themselves in their battle for the Spanish-language audience in the DC market with CBS's El Zol, WLZL, 107.9. In the May radio ratings, WDCN says it bests WLZL by substantial margins throughout the day in the younger age 18-34 demos, particularly with men. And, we're told that while WDCN's morning numbers more or less tie with WLZL in the overall age 12+ demo, it clobbers the CBS station in the 18-34 demo. Ditto in afternoon drive. In the overall age 6+ numbers, the stronger Annapolis-based signal of WLZL placed 17th, with weaker Arlington-signalled WDCN in 23rd.....

6/12 - Local columnist Jonetta Rose Barras joins the Washington Post. She will "write about issues impacting DC area residents, with an emphasis on local politics and government." Barras' column will appear online Friday mornings and be featured monthly in Sunday's Metro section. An award-winning journalist and author with more than 20 years' experience, Barras was recently a columnist for the Washington Examiner. She has regularly appeared on CNN, Fox News, NPR, and PBS as well as local TV outlets, including WUSA, WRC, and WHUT.....

6/11 - DC radio veteran Tom Gauger is arranging a reunion this fall of those who worked at WMAL, all the way back to its Evening Star Broadcasting Company days. Including anyone who worked at WMAL-AM, the old WMAL-FM (and WRQX), and WMAL-TV. Contact Tom at wmal.radio.tv@comcast.net for more information.....

6/9 - Could Howard University sell its radio station, WHUR, 96.3 FM? There are some rumblings in the DC media community that the full-power, top-rated commercially-licensed adult urban contemporary station could be put on the market soon with recent reports that Howard is facing severe financial troubles. A vice chairwoman of Howard's board of trustees has said the historically black school "is in genuine trouble" because of fiscal and management problems, according to a report at washingtonpost.com. If a "for sale" sign gets placed on WHUR, it would be a highly-sought-after attraction for many media firms, such as Hubbard (WTOP), Cumulus (WRQX, WMAL), Radio One (WKYS, WMMJ), CBS (WPGC, WJFK, WNEW), and Red Zebra (WTEM). If WHUR doesn't get put up for sale, at minimum we should expect major management changes at the station, some local radio watchers suggest. With the AM band dominant in 1971, the Washington Post donated its then WTOP-FM, and its commercial license, to Howard. Stay tuned.....

6/8 - Washington Post-owned Southern Maryland Newspapers will implement a paywall for its website beginning June 17, requiring readers to subscribe to one of its three community newspapers in order to view all of that publication's articles online. The papers include the Maryland Independent, the Enterprise, and the Calvert Recorder. Visitors to SoMdNews.com will be able to view three articles per month before being prompted to subscribe in order to see more online content. Articles that appear under the "Breaking News" header will not be covered by the paywall, and will remain accessible for free. Just this week, the Washington Post accounced that it is also installing a paywall around its website.....

6/7 - A viewer tells us: "On WJLA's morning newscast (Friday), they were saying goodbye to Cynne Simpson (right). However, they would not say where she is going and beeped it out when people said it goodbye videos." DCRTV exclusively told you in late May that Simpson is heading to Atlanta's Fox station, WAGA-TV.....

6/7 - WMAL Program Director Bill Hess called his news staff "small but frisky" during the Talkers magazine talk radio confab yesterday in NYC. He was talking about making his news talker's news staff more effective despite budget cuts from station owner Cumulus. More: WMAL Program Director Bill Hess tells us that "whatever 'cuts' were made at WMAL news preceded Cumulus. The company thankfully has been supportive of our efforts to expand local news coverage".....

6/7 - DCRTV hears that Baltimore radio veteran Michael Filippelli filled-in for Frank Luber on WCBM's "Sean And Frank" morning show on Tuesday and Thursday. And he'll be doing more newscast fill-in work on the righty talker next week, while Luber is joining WCBM late morning man Tom Marr's annual "Tour Of The Shore".....

6/6 - DCRTV hears that Thursday, as the morning news show crew was arriving at Channel 7/WJLA, a naked man was found lying in a garage stairway near the ABC affiliate's studios, in the Rosslyn section of Arlington. Morning news anchor Melaine Hastings "just stepped over the man to get in and never told security or warned her co-workers coming in after her," a source tells us. "Others were told later to take the elevator. A memo was put out instructing employees to watch out for other co-workers and report incidents ASAP because of security concerns".....

6/5 - Hearst-owned Channel 11/WBAL will simulcast two "Monday Night Football" games featuring the Baltimore Ravens this season. ESPN will carry the games nationally, with local broadcast stations in both teams' home markets running the ESPN feed. The three-year deal will include an August 22nd pre-season contest against the Carolina Panthers and a December 16 regular-season game against the Detroit Lions. As an NBC affiliate, WBAL-TV will also carry the Ravens three more times this fall, in prime time as part of the network's "Sunday Night Football" telecasts. CBS-owned Channel 13/WJZ will continue to be the team's primary broadcaster via CBS's AFC broadcast deal.....

6/5 - Last year, Cumulus head Lew Dickey expressed concern that a number of its big market news talkers, including DC's WMAL, were underperforming. Now, Tom Taylor, via his Wednesday radio biz newsletter, tells us that financial firm Moody's reports that Cumulus "management indicates that four of these ten stations have been successfully turned around." Part of the problem is that the news talkers carry Rush Limbaugh, who has been the target of an ad boycott since his "slut" comments about Georgetown student Sandra Fluke. While there was no mention of whether WMAL is among the six stations still slumping (its ratings indicate that it probably is), Moody's recognizes that the "challenges to the Cumulus syndicated talk segment" haven't healed yet. Cumulus is under contract to carry Limbaugh for at least two more years.....

6/5 - Your friendly webmaster, DCRTV Dave, talks with DC radio enthusiast Jonathan Shachter, who now lives in Sydney, Australia, about the departure of radio veteran Buzz Burbank from Mike O'Meara's show. Plus, a whole lot of other local radio topics, including the forced retirement of Jack Diamond. In the latest "Sadly Lacking Radio" podcast at sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

6/4 - Fairfax-based Ric Edelman, who does a Saturday morning financial advice show on WMAL, has bought the naming rights for a new sports stadium in Loudoun County. The Loudoun Hounds baseball team and Virginia Cavalry soccer team will play at Edelman Financial Field, which is a 5,500-seat park that's part of the One Loudoun complex in Ashburn. The price tag is said to be "upper six figures," so reports the Washington Business Journal.....

6/4 - Ed Norris (right) should be returning to Baltimore sports talker 105.7 The Fan, WJZ-FM, by mid-June. So predicts Dave Labrozzi, the top programmer at CBS Radio's Baltimore cluster. Norris, who is paired with Steve Davis on the top-rated show, was injured in an April motorcycle accident in Harford County. He was forced to lay down his motorcycle to avoid hitting a truck, whose driver was listed by police as being at fault. Norris, who was transported to Maryland Shock Trauma in Baltmore, was deemed to have relatively minor injuries and soon released. But he has since had shoulder surgery, which is extending his convalesence. "He's recuperating well and is bored to tears," adds Labrozzi.....

6/3 - Adam Rivers leaves Clear Channel's Winchester contemporary hit WKSI, Kiss 98.3, where he was afternoon host and program director. To join Clear Channel's New Haven/Hartford CT contemporary hit WKCI, where he'll host afternoon drive and be assistant program director. While in Winchester, Rivers also was a color commentator for Clear Channel sports talker WMRE, 1550 AM.....

6/3 - All Access is reporting that DC radio veteran Donnie Simpson (right) may return to the radio airwaves. The radio trade pub says that Simpson, who turns 60 next year and was forced off his WPGC morning show in 2010, has tapped Ed Pearson, owner of Esome Media Group and president of Doug Banks Media, to explore his media options. Simpson says: "I consulted with my management team, looked at the landscape, and after careful deliberation, decided Ed was the right person to partner with. He knows radio and he's a friend. I'm confident that Ed will deliver something really kool." Simpson started his radio career at WJLB in Detroit when he was 15 years old. He then moved to WKYS, where he hosted the morning show until 1993, when he jumped to WPGC. He also spent 14 years hosting "Video Soul" at BET. After Simpson left WPGC, there were rumors that he might return to the local radio dial via WHUR. However, Simpson has since said that he's more or less retired from the radio biz.....

6/2 - The last day for Cynné Simpson (right) at Channel 7/WJLA is Friday and "she can't wait to leave," a station source tells us. DCRTV has exclusively reported that Simpson is headed to the Fox-owned TV station in Atlanta, WAGA. We also hear that the sale of WJLA has slowed the hiring process at the Allbritton station. The "morning anchor desk is tense and on edge," our source tells us. "Bloated egos and nitpicking a huge problem." And, that there's an "agreement that new owners will change (the) remaining 'Good Morning Washington' anchors." Still no word about who'll be buying WJLA, which was put up for sale in early May, but ABC is still at the top of the "most likely" list.....

6/1 - Chris Richards at washingtonpost.com profiles Peter Rosenberg, the "Jewish hip-hop dork" from Montgomery County who took a floundering local radio career, which included gigs at WMUC, WPGC, WHFS, and WJFK, where he got fired after feuding with Don Geronimo, to the top urban contemporary station in the nation, NYC's Hot 97, WQHT.....

5/29 - DC and Baltimore radio veteran Albie Dee moves from weekends to weekday nights at NYC dance music outlet Pulse 87. Starting June 3rd.....

5/29 - Gannett's Channel 9/WUSA is touting a "First Alert Weather Call" service in which its top weatherman, Topper Shutt (right), will call you if there's severe weather heading your way. Sign up at wusa9.com. Oh, it's a subscription service that will cost you between $9.95 and $17.95 a year.....

5/29 - Tom Taylor, via his Wednesday radio biz newsletter, tells us that Clear Channel and Liberty University do a deal in Winchester, including the swap of an FM translator for eight years worth of digital HD3 carriage and a free tower lease. Lynchburg's Liberty University signs to hand over an FM translator on 96.3 to Clear Channel, with a power hike and a move to 95.7. No word on what Clear Channel will put on the 95.7 signal, perhaps a similcast of its 1550 AM sports talker, WMRE. Liberty University secures the right to feed its Christian "Victory FM" service on the HD3 signal of Clear Channel's country WUSQ, 102.5 FM.....

5/24 - Yesterday, Allbritton's Channel 7/WJLA put out a press release bragging that its May newscasts placed first at 11 PM. Now, a source from NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC, the usual DC TV news leader, tells us: "WRC isn't putting out an official press release, but here are the highlights for WRC in the May ratings book... WRC is #1 in all newscasts (A25-54 and HH)... 'News 4' at 11 grew 15%, outperforming lead-in share by 87%... 'News 4' at 11 is the #1 late news, including Fox 5 10 PM news... 'News 4' at 5 has a higher number than other three stations combined... 'Today,' 'Nightly News' and 'Tonight Show' firmly in first place... 'Steve Harvey' and 'Ellen' both #1 and up year-to-year".....

5/23 - Allbritton's Channel 7/WJLA sent out a release today bragging that its 11 PM newscast finished first in the May ratings "sweeps." The ABC affiliate says it "won in total viewers, total households and total female viewers." Adds WJLA General Manager Bill Lord: "We focused a great deal of effort on the late news in May and we're extremely pleased with the results." In the release, WJLA claims that it has "the fastest growing newscast in the DC market, showing 36% improvement from February 2013. Additionally, the 11 PM news is up 5% year-to-year in May." WJLA also won the May "sweeps" at 11 PM in 2012.....

5/22 - Clifton Brown is the new "Ravens Insider" for Comcast SportsNet. He will lead coverage of the Baltimore Ravens for the Bethesda-based network's digital media platforms. Brown has been covering the NFL for the Sporting News for more than five years. Prior to that, he spent 19 years at the New York Times, most recently as an NFL writer. During his tenure at the Times, he also served as the national golf writer, national NBA writer, and as a beat reporter covering the New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets. He also spent five years in the sports department at the Detroit Free Press, including time as beat reporter for the Detroit Pistons.....

5/20 - DCRTV hears that longtime DC radio personality Buzz Burbank (right) has announced that he's leaving the Mike O'Meara podcast. Again. The radio "newsman" left the show about a year ago but did return. Burbank, whose real name is Mike Elston, has been with O'Meara and Don Geronimo since their days at WJFK in the early 1990s. In Monday's edition of the podcast at mikeomearashow.com, O'Meara informs us that Burbank, now 60, wants to do something new with his career.....

5/18 - Sources tell DCRTV that Andy Parks (right) announced on Friday that this was his last Washington Times show in afternoon drive on WTNT, 730 AM/102.9 FM. He also said that within a few weeks the Times would have an announcement of a new program, which would involve him. More: WTNT's website lists the "Tea Party News Network" as airing in afternoon drive, starting Monday. Apparently, the Times has decided to no longer pay for the 3 PM to 6 PM time slot on Fairfax-based WTNT. Parks was heard on WMAL several decades, before starting his Times show 18 months ago.....

5/17 - DCRTV hears that Paul Drew has died at age 78. He was a programmer with the old RKO radio division in the 1970s, which was flipping many of its stations to a high-energy "top 40" format, something that almost happened to the company's classical WGMS-AM, 570. The change didn't materialize because of complaints from many of the station's influential, politically-connected listeners. WGMS was also heard on 103.5 FM.....

5/16 - Bert Weiss did his first live show this morning on Cumulus hot adult contemporary Mix 107.3, WRQX. In somewhat of a damage control mode, he addressed numerous callers who were upset that longtime morning man Jack Diamond was abruptly removed from the airwaves last month after his contract was not renewed. Weiss, whose show is normally based in Atlanta, was here in DC repeatedly apologizing for the lack of transition, while admitting that Diamond was offered the opportunity to do a friendly hand-off. DCRTV did previously report that Diamond was offered a "six figure" bonus to do a week or two of farewell shows with Weiss, who was once his sidekick at WRQX. One caller equated Diamond to an "armoire" that she was fond of. While another thought it was a bad move to run "Bert Show" repeats for three days before his live debut today. Weiss also addressed a number of complaints, mainly from older women, that his show is not as "family friendly" as Diamond's was. Weiss did admit that his show is "less mature" and more "edgy" than his predecessor's.....

5/15 - DC radio great Buzz Burbank, the "newsman" for many years on WJFK's "Don And Mike Show," and later with Mike O'Meara's internet show, spills his guts to the Sadly Lacking Radio podcast at sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

5/13 - DCRTV tipped you two weeks ago. Now, we get confirmation that Tati (right) is the new sidekick for morning man Blaine "Pablo" Sato at CBS's urban contemporary WPGC, 95.5 FM. She comes from Pablo's old station, San Diego/Tijuana's urban contemporary Z90.3, XHTZ. Since starting in mid-2012, Pablo's show has been struggling in the ratings. He was paired with Free. She was replaced with Sunni in February. Tati joins Guy Lambert and DJ Heat on the PGC morning show. Says WPGC Program Director Jason Kidd: "Tati is the perfect fit as we continue to grow mornings here at PGC. She actually worked with Pablo in San Diego, so the two of them already have a strong chemistry. As the morning show is increasing its morning ratings, Tati will enhance this already solid and extremely local morning show. She is the final piece of the puzzle and I am excited for her to start".....

5/13 - "The Bert Show" debuted today in mornings on Cumulus hot adult contemporary Mix 107.3, WRQX. It "was painful to listen too at the 5:30 AM hour," a listener tells us. With "a canned bit about 'what is your redneck score' without any obvious call ins from DC area? Yeah, that fits our demographics. Here's hoping it gets better." As DCRTV has told you, Atlanta-based Bert Weiss (right) replaces longtime WRQX morning man Jack Diamond, whose contract was not renewed in April. Weiss, who was on Diamond's morning show team years ago, will be in town to host the show later this week.....

5/10 - Tyler LaPorte plans to leave his music director gig at Towson University's adult alternative WTMD, 89.7 FM, some radio trade pubs are reporting. No word on his future plans.....

5/10 - Clear Channel wants to move its 94.3 FM low-power simulcast of Frederick country outlet WFRE, 99.9 FM, from southern Frederick County into Montgomery County's Germantown. With a 99-watt power level, according to a recent FCC filing. Years ago, Clear Channel put WFRE into its Aloha Trust, with the station rumored to be up-for-sale. WFRE frequently ranks about 20th in the DC market radio ratings, often even beating locals like WJFK, WAVA, WPFW, and WNEW.....

5/10 - A DCRTV Charm City source tells us that the Federal Communications Commission is going to approve another 96.7 FM for Baltimore, with a power level of 1-watt or so. But it will probably be up on the tall WLIF tower and have fairly decent city-wide coverage. No word on the format. Over the years, the Baltimore area has had several low-power stations on that frequency.....

5/10 - A tipster tells us that news anchor Cynne Simpson's contract with Allbritton's up-for-sale Channel 7/WJLA recently expired. And there's still no official word about renewal. More: A station source tells us that "we are negotiating with her to stay".....

5/10 - DC radio veteran Chilli Amar, who recently jumped from Mix 107.3 afternoons to WASH's morning show, announces at washfm.com that she's pregnant.....

5/9 - DCRTV hears that J. Brooks joins Hubbard's all-news WTOP, where he'll do sports news reports. He comes from CBS sports talker WJFK and CBS all-newser WNEW. He's also worked SiriusXM and Westwood One. He remains the play-by-play voice of Salisbury University football for Delmarva Broadcasting.....

5/7 - We get a look at the DC market radio ratings for the "third week" of April, actually April 11th through 17th, including coverage of the April 15th Boston Marathon bombings and subsequent investigation. And it appears that Hubbard all-newser WTOP saw a ratings spike when it comes to its "cume" rating, which represents the total number of different persons who tune to a radio station during the course of a daypart for at least five minutes. In the "money demo" of age 25-54, WTOP sported a cume increase of 90,000 during the period, good enough for third place overall. However, American University public radio news talker actually saw a drop of 44,000 listeners in their cume rating for the week, but still good enough for first place. Cumulus news talker WMAL saw its cume audience increase by 34,600 for 18th place, while CBS all-newser WNEW actually saw a 300 drop in its cume number, for 24th place.....

5/6 - Tommy McFly, morning man on CBS's hot adult contemporary 94.7 Fresh FM, WIAD, will do local entertainment stories for Channel 7/WJLA's newscasts on a parttime basis, at least twice weekly. "Tommy is a bright, energetic guy," says WJLA General Manager Bill Lord. "We plan for him to cover entertainment stories and events around town. He will also be a regular in our Special Projects unit." Lately, McFly has also been doing entertainment news reports for CBS all-newser WNEW, 99.1 FM.....

5/6 - Last year, DCRTV ran speculation that Rush Limbaugh may end his affilation agreement with Cumulus, which runs the righty talk titan on its stations in 40 markets, including Washington via WMAL, plus NYC, Chicago, and Dallas. Now, Politico reports more rumors that Cumulus and Limbaugh could end their deal at the end of 2013. Limbaugh is considering the move because Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey has blamed the company's advertising losses on Limbaugh's controversial remarks about Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown law student. In February 2012, Limbaugh referred to Fluke as "a slut" because she had called on congress to mandate insurance coverage of birth control. The subsequent controversy over those remarks resulted in a significant advertising boycott. "It's a very serious discussion, because Dickey keeps blaming Rush for his own revenue problems," a source tells Politico. "Dickey's talk stations underperform talk stations owned by other operators in generating revenue by a substantial margin. It's not a single show issue... it's a failure of the entire station. And trying to blame Rush for that is not much of a business partnership." Limbaugh is syndicated by Premiere, which is owned by Clear Channel - which has five music-based FMers in the DC area.....

5/6 - JMK Communications, which owns Dumfries VA's WPWC, 1480 AM, loses its battle with the Federal Communications Commission to appeal a $7,000 fine levied last July for having a damaged fence around its transmitter site. JMK had claimed that it needed extra time to repair the fence, which was knocked down by recent storms, including the late June "derecho." However, according to Tom Taylor's Monday radio biz newsletter, the FCC said "it was negligence on the part of JMK Communications, and not a natural disaster, that resulted in the absence of one fence and the deterioration of the other three." WPWC carries the lefty talk of DC-based We Act Radio.....

5/5 - DCRTV hears from a source at CBS's urban contemporary WPGC, 95.5 FM, that morning man Blaine "Pablo" Sato will be getting a new sidekick. We're told that she's Tati (right), who has been doing mornings at his old station, San Diego/Tijuana's urban contemporary Z90.3, XHTZ. Since starting in mid-2012, Pablo's show has been struggling in the ratings. He was paired with Free. She was replaced with Sunni in February.....

5/4 - Former 98 Rock personality Stash (right) tells us: "I can't rewind the tape and fix it but I am off and running with a high school presentation on alcohol and decision making. I just did Archbishop Curley... Sober eight months and trying to do some good things and rebuild my life. As you can imagine, its been tough and after 24 years at 98 and BAL I'm starting over," he adds. After getting fired from his longtime afternoon gig at 98 Rock, WIYY, last year following a DUI which caused several injuries, Stash, whose real name is Stephen Smith, pleaded guilty in October to drunk driving charges and was sentenced to six months in the Harford County Detention Center. A judge reduced the original one-year sentence after he took part in a 28-day alcohol treatment program.....

5/3 - DCRTV hears from a reliable source that the longtime weekly week-in-review politics show "Inside Washington" will cease production in November. The program, which is hosted by Channel 7/WJLA news anchor Gordon Peterson (right), also airs on many public television stations, including Channel 26/WETA. It is produced by Allbritton Communications, which plans to sell WJLA by the end of the year. "Inside Washington" is the descendant of "Agronsky And Company," a political talk show hosted by Martin Agronsky and shown on Channel 9/WUSA (then WTOP-TV and WDVM) from 1969 to 1988. Peterson was a news anchor at Channel 9 in the 1970s and 1980s. The program has multiple weekend airings in the DC area via WETA, Maryland Public Television, NewsChannel 8, and at 9 AM Sundays on WJLA. More: Another WJLA source tells us that "Inside Washington" will continue as long as Peterson wants it to continue. "We have had some discussions (about ending the show) but there is no specific timetable," we're told.....

5/3 - The Frederick News-Post does a write-up on Hubbard's eclectic-formatted Gamut and its new 820 AM Frederick area signal. And the piece profiles the station's engineer and programmer, Dave Kolesar. The Gamut can also be heard on the digital HD Radio subchannels of WTOP's 103.5 and 107.7 FM signals.....

5/3 - So, as we approach its first anniversary, how is Channel 26/WETA's British programming channel, WETA UK, doing? "We're seeing good results - WETA UK ratings are strong and steady," WETA spokesman Craig Henderson tells us. "We're seeing a loyal fan base that is passionate about long-standing favorites such as 'Foyle's War,' notices clever new acquisitions like 'Scott And Bailey,' and shows up for special Saturday night stunt programming with notables such as 'I, Claudius,' 'Downton Abbey,' and this month 'Prime Suspect.' We're also finding this fan base particulary engages heavily in social media - tweeting while watching 'Doc Martin,' taking our online 'Name That Show' quiz, and 'liking' programs on their Facebook pages." More at weta.org/tv/uk.....

5/2 - DCRTV hears that Allbritton's planned sale of its television properties was the hot topic today at a monthly staff meeting at Channel 7/WJLA, DC's ABC affiliate. Look for the WJLA call letters, which are the initials of company founder Joe L. Allbritton (who died in December), to go away with new ownership. The sale will be completed by the end of the year, staff was told, with business at WJLA and sister NewsChannel 8 continuing "as usual" until then. Expect Politico to leave the existing Allbritton facility in the Rosslyn section of Arlington. To new offices in DC? Also, Allbritton management does say that a purchase by ABC/Disney would be the "best case scenario," but there is no word about which companies will submit a bid for WJLA and sister NC8. Current station managers hint that they will stay through the sale's completion, but that's not a guarantee, we're told.....

5/1 - "Racist cabbies! Killer fridges! Rats! Meet Russ Ptacek, DC's most excitable local newsman." Will Sommer profiles the sensationalist addition of reporter Ptacek to Channel 9/WUSA's news team at washingtoncitypaper.com.....

5/1 - Ben Fischer at the Washington Business Journal: Disney/ABC Television Group is the most likely buyer of Allbritton Communications' WJLA/Channel 7 if Allbritton is open to selling it separately from its other six stations, industry experts say. Privately held Allbritton announced Wednesday morning that it would seek buyers for Channel 7, NewsChannel 8, and six other stations it owns around the country. Other than Boston, Washington is the largest market in the country in which Disney/ABC does not own its ABC affiliate. Disney/ABC boasts on its website that its local stations reach 23% of US households, and Washington would be a rare chance to significantly grow that number.....

5/1 - Clearly, CBS's hot adult contemporary 94.7 Fresh FM, WIAD, is hoping some longtime listeners of rival like-formatted and Cumulus-owned Mix 107.3, WRQX, will come their way now that morning man Jack Diamond has been given the boot. Fresh mornings are hosted by Tommy Fly, who is featured in an ad currently running on Facebook (right). McFly used to do evenings at Diamond's now-former station before jumping to 94.7.....

4/30 - NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC names Matt Glassman assistant news director and Catherine Snyder managing news editor. Glassman has worked at WRC for 13 years, most recently as manager of news, press, and programming. He has also worked as coordinating producer of special projects and on the assignment desk. Snyder has been senior manager of content at WRC since 2008. She has previously worked at NBC's CNBC and MSNBC, as well as Gannett's Channel 9/WUSA.....

4/29 - DCRTV gets confirmation on our report, earlier today, that CBS Radio's WNEW, 99.1 FM, will occasionally break into its all-news format to run complete Washington Nationals games. "We compared the Capitals playoff schedule with the Nationals schedule and there are a handful of conflicts," WNEW Program Director Rob Sanchez tells us. "Last year we carried some games on 1580 AM. I offered to carry those conflicts on WNEW-FM this year. We've broken format before and it's been very good for us." Both the Washington Capitals hockey playoff games and Nationals baseball games air on CBS's sister sports talker, 106.7 The Fan, WJFK. Sanchez adds: "We carried the Sandy Hook ceremony beginning to end, all the presidential debates, and of course now '60 Minutes.' The Nats are news in this town so I think this will be an exciting opportunity to expose a whole new group of people to WNEW. We've had a good experience with play-by-play on all-news stations in the past. What we've found is that many of the people who tune in for play-by-play at night wake up to the same station the next morning by default. If they like what they hear, we have an excellent chance of converting them".....

4/29 - DCRTV hears more about the new morning show at Cumulus's Mix 107.3, WRQX. DC radio veteran Mark O'Brien, who has been market manager of Cumulus's DC radio cluster since late February, tells us that Atlanta-based Bert Weiss will start as Jack Diamond's replacement in mid-May, and will be in town to do several shows during the week of May 13 to 17. O'Brien reveals that Cumulus offered Diamond a "six figure" bonus, in addition to what he gets via his just-ending contract, in order to provide WRQX "a smooth transition" to Weiss. O'Brien says he had hoped that Diamond and Weiss, who once worked together at WRQX, could have done so again during the transitionary period. Says O'Brien, "We really wanted a nice, positive transition and handoff." But, O'Brien adds, Diamond did not agree. So, following Diamond's abrupt removal from 107.3's airwaves after Friday's show, midday man Rob Carson will fill-in for Diamond until Weiss starts. Also, according to O'Brien, Aly Jacobs will remain in mornings with the Weiss show, doing local traffic. "Washington is a very important market for Bert, and he's super excited about returning," says O'Brien, who has managed many DC area radio outlets in the past, including WASH, DC101, and the old Z104.....

4/29 - We're told that the ad sales department at Cumulus's WRQX, Mix 107.3, has been told this morning that Bert Weiss (right) will definitely be Jack Diamond's replacement. DCRTV reported that rumor Friday, when we broke the news that 24-year station veteran Diamond would no longer be heard on the hot adult contemporary outlet. Weiss, who once was a sidekick with Diamond on WRQX's morning show, now does a morning show for Cumulus-owned contemporary hit Q100 in Atlanta. Still nothing on Weiss's Facebook page. More: We're now told that Weiss will debut on WRQX on May 16th.....

4/29 - Montgomery County police received an urgent message at about 6:25 PM Saturday saying someone had been shot at Wolf Blitzer's home in Bethesda. According to washingtonpost.com, officers streamed toward the CNN host's residence near Congressional Country Club. They set up a perimeter. But a dispatch supervisor was immediately skeptical, and a call to CNN confirmed it: The message was a fraud. Blitzer was fine - was, in fact, out of town. The authorities were dealing with another case of "SWATing," in which someone jolts police into action with a fake distress call and technological trickery, the Washington Post adds.....

4/27 - Chris Richards profiles Robert Northern, who goes by the radio name of "Brother Ah." The 78-year-old hosts "The Jazz Collectors," a weekly show on Pacifica's WPFW, 89.3 FM. "We are blessed to have a lots of folks on the air who study the music, who write about the music, but Brother Ah actually lives the music," says Katea Stitt, WPFW's music and cultural affairs coordinator. "He's steeped in that truly African tradition of passing knowledge on, as a griot would do... and he's garnering a younger audience that is really hungry to know the history." At washingtonpost.com. Plus a companion interview piece, also at washingtonpost.com.....

4/26 - From TVSpy: Comedian David Alan Grier was in Baltimore to promote his latest film, "Peeples." He showed up on Channel 45/ WBFF in a segment the Fox Baltimore morning show calls "Funny Fridays." After stopping the interview to tell them his name was misspelled, Grier said, "This is the raggediest TV studio I've ever been in in my life... The sequester hit you hard," he told the anchors after insulting the camera crew. The video was at foxbaltimore.com, but was taken down shortly after we posted the link.....

4/26 - NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC maintains its news lead in the DC market TV ratings. First day of May Sweeps - DMA P25-54 Thursday, April 25: 4:30 AM - WRC (0.7/10.1), WUSA (0.6/8.2), WTTG (0.4/5.3) WJLA (0.0,0.0)..... 5 AM - WRC (1.4/17.2), WTTG (0.8/10.4), WUSA (0.7/8.8), WJLA (0.1/1.6)..... 6 AM - WRC (2.4/20.3), WTTG (1.8/15.1), WJLA (0.8/6.6), WUSA (0.7/5.6)..... 5 PM - WRC (1.7/10.3), WJLA/WTTG (0.6/3.9), WUSA (0.2/1.2)..... 6 PM - WRC (1.2/6/1), WJLA (0.7/3.6), WTTG (0.3/1.7), WUSA (0.1/0.7)..... 11 PM - WJLA (3.6/12.9), WRC (2/7.3), WTTG (0.8/3.0), WUSA (0.3/0.9)..... Little talked about April Sweeps numbers: M-F P25-54: 4:30AM - WRC (0.5/6.2), WUSA (0.4/5.1), WTTG (0.3/4.3), WJLA (0.2/2.9)..... 5 AM - WRC (0.8/9.5), WUSA (0.6/6.9), WTTG (0.5/6.6), WJLA (0.4/4.8)..... 6 AM - WRC (1.6/13.6), WTTG (1.5/12.5), WUSA (0.9/7.8), WJLA (0.8, 6.3)..... 5 PM - WRC (1.6/9.2), WJLA (0.6/3.7), WTTG (0.5/2.7), WUSA (0.4/2.9)..... 6 PM - WRC (1.8/8.4), WJLA (1.0/5.3), WTTG (0.7/3.4), WUSA (0.5/2.3)..... 11 PM - WRC (2.2/8.0), WTTG (1.6/5.7), WJLA (1.3/4.6), WUSA (1.0/3.7).....

4/26 - DCRTV hears that USA Today sportswriter Jon Saraceno leaves the Mc Lean-based national daily after 29 years as part of parent company Gannett's buyout program. Saraceno wrote the Keeping Score commentary column for many years, and also covered boxing, the NFL, the NBA and auto racing as beats. He is pursuing opportunities in television and radio. Sports TV columnist Michael Hiestand also took the buyout, among several other reporters and editors at USA Today. The latest buyout offer deadline was yesterday.....

4/26 - Washington City Paper has the latest about court proceedings regarding a $2 million defamation suit filed by Washington publicist Wendy Gordon against MediaBistro Capitol Hill media gossip blog FishbowlDC. "Eventually, the judge settled for a mediation plan," writes Will Sommer.....

4/25 - We're told that Comcast has removed DC CBS affiliate Channel 9/WUSA from some of its cable systems in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. Apparently at the request of Gray Television, which owns WSVF, a CBS affiliate from Harrisonburg VA. WSVF, which is carried on Comcast's Harrisonburg area systems via channels 4 and 807, shares studios with Gray's ABC affiliate, Channel 3/WHSV. No word if WUSA's parent, Gannett, is attempting to get WUSA restored to the affected cable systems. More as we hear it.....

4/25 - Jen Royle (right), a former WJZ-FM, 105.7 The Fan and Mid-Atlantic Sports Network reporter, has landed a weekend show on sports talk WEEI in her hometown of Boston. Two hours on Saturday afternoons. "It's obviously a sports talk show with guests and various co-hosts each week," she tells the Baltimore Sun."Since it's my show, I can control not only the content but my co-hosts as well. Primarily, my co-hosts will be female, mostly already established Boston sports reporters." Adds Sun media critic David Zurawik: "Royle, who used social media as well as anyone in Baltimore radio or TV to stir the pot on sports issues and her own place in the Baltimore media world during her time at (105.7) The Fan and MASN, was nothing if not a controversial figure here."

4/24 - What's Fred Grandy up to these days? The former "Love Boat" actor, former GOP Congressman from Iowa, and former WMAL morning host will star in "Sleuth" at Beach Haven NJ's Surflight Theatre in May. More at surflight.org.....

4/24 - Frank Ski (aka Frank Rodriguez) is the latest candidate for "Washington's Next Big Voice" on Howard University's adult urban contemporary WHUR, 96.3 FM. He's doing a tryout this week for the station's afternoon drive shift. In December, Ski (right) lost his longtime gig at CBS Radio's urban contemporary WVEE in Atlanta. Before joining WVEE in 1998, Ski worked at CBS's then urban contemporary WXYV (the old V103 on 102.7 FM) in Baltimore. WHUR is looking for a replacement for Michael Baisden, whose national syndication deal with Cumulus Media ended at the end of March.....

4/23 - Jay Abbattista leaves Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG, where he was local ad sales manager. To head to Fox's Charlotte duopolly, WJZY-WMYT, where he will be vice president of ad sales.....

4/22 - Some editorial changes at the Baltimore Sun. Pam Wood jumps from the Annapolis Capital to cover Anne Arundel County news for the Sun. Erin Cox moves permanently into the Maryland State House bureau. Also from the Capital, Cox joined the Sun last June to cover Anne Arundel County news. Yvonne Wenger becomes a City Hall reporter. She had been covering social services, and she will continue to write about issues and agencies in Baltimore city. Tricia Bishop takes on a new beat covering families, in addition to filling in on the higher education beat. She also will contribute to the Sun's Maryland Family Now blog. Ian Duncan has been officially named the Sun's city and federal courts reporter since taking on the beat on an interim basis last summer. And, Jonathan Pitts will cover religion in addition to general assignment stories. In addition to writing features for the front page and magazine, Pitts had been working for the Sun's Anne Arundel section.....

4/20 - DC TV and radio sports personality Lou Holder interviews Chadwick Boseman, the actor who plays Jackie Robinson in the new film "42." At dc50tv.com.....

4/19 - The Gamut, the eclectic music channel offered by Hubbard in the DC area, adds three shows on Sunday evenings. At 7 PM, it's "Big Band Jump" with Don Kennedy (bigbandjump.com). At 9 PM, it's "Anything Anything" with Rich Russo (richrusso.net). And at 11 PM, it's "Little Steven's Underground Garage" (undergroundgarage.com). Russo's show runs in New York City area on adult alternative rock WXPK and active rocker WDHA, Gamut programmer Dave Kolesar tells us. "This Sunday's debut will be a special show only for The Gamut, before we pick up his regular weekly Sunday night program. I think our regular listeners are in for a real treat with Russo's show," Kolesar says. "With a few 'destination' shows airing on Sunday nights, I hope we can attract some new listeners to both AM and HD Radio, and The Gamut!" You can hear the station on the digital HD Radio HD3 subchanels of WTOP's 103.5 and 107.7 FM signals and via old fashioned analog AM 820 from the Frederick area.....

4/18 - Two weeks ago, DCRTV told you that DC-based Joe Madison (right) was no longer airing on Radio One urban talker WOL, 1450 AM. Now, the Root DC Live blog at washingtonpost.com confirms that Madison's morning show can now only be heard on SiriusXM. "There was no room for growth professional and financially," Madison says of his WOL departure. "At SiriusXM, I now reach millions of listeners from coast to coast... WOL has a very limited signal. Even though satellite radio is subscriber-based it has 24 million subscribers." WOL has a 1,000-watt signal. It didn't show up in the March radio ratings for the DC market.....

4/18 - Sacramento rocker KRXQ has pulled its "Rob, Arnie, And Dawn" morning show off the air for the rest of the week after they aired a bit Wednesday featuring a "top 5" list of reasons to hate Boston. According to All Access, the hiatus follows criticism from DC radio veteran Don Geronimo (right), who now does mornings on Sacramento sports talker KHTK. He ripped the rival radio show for the bit and for spending some of Tuesday's show asking whether it was too soon to joke about Boston, following Monday's bomb blasts. On the robarnieanddawn.com show website, the trio posted a statement slamming Geronimo as a "radio host who would love to call himself a 'competitor,' but who instead is just another bottom-feeder looking and hoping for ways to better himself by disparaging and defaming us, our show, and others in the local media market." Geronimo, who left then-"guy talker" WJFK in 2008, had been heard in the DC market 30 years.....

4/17 - Fredericksburg's Free Lance-Star Publishing Company launches FredFM at fredericksburg.com and via low-power 96.5 FM. "The new station will have an eclectic blend of music geared to in-office listening during the day, and highlight a different type of music each evening," according to an announcement at fredericksburg.com. "Programming will include the blues on Mondays, honky-tonk on Tuesdays, and jazz on Saturdays." The new outlet will also "focus on the Fredericksburg community, with a mix of local artists, news and commentary. The station will also broadcast local events and offer a way for local groups to connect." The Free Lance-Star's radio group also includes country WFLS, classic rock WWUZ, rhythmic contemporary WVBX, and news talk WNTX.....

4/16 - In honor of the station's 65th year under its present call letters, University Of Maryland archivists are assembling an exhibit about the histry of the school's College Park radio station, WMUC. "Saving College Radio: WMUC Past, Present And Future" will open in September in Hornbake Library and run through July 2014. More at diamondbackonline.com.....

4/13 - Chris Emry is back on Baltimore classic rocker WZBA, 100.7 The Bay. We hear that he'll be doing weekends and fill-in work from mid-May through late June. Emry did WZBA's morning show until he got pink-slipped in 2008.....

4/12 - DCRTV hears that Comcast SportsNet has renewed WJFK, 106.7 The Fan's morning team Sports Junkies for a second season of "Table Manners." The 30-minute weekly interview TV show debuted in February. The first season featured eight episodes where the four Junkies chatted with sports, news, and entertainment celebrities at The Palm restaurant at Tysons Corner.....

4/10 - DCRTV has told you that Howard University's adult urban contemporary WHUR, 96.3 FM, is looking for a new afternoon show to replace Michael Baisden, whose national radio deal ended at the end of March. The station is searching for "Washington Next Big Voice" and is trying-out different talent each week. Last week, local radio vets Marc Clarke and Troy Johnson were given a shot. This week, it's Nikki Strong (right) who's worked at XM, Radio One, and WorldSpace as both talent and music director. No word yet as to who will be on next week. Cast your vote at whur.com.....

4/9 - Hubbard all-newser WTOP adds a new consumer feature, the "TicketBuster." "With hundreds of new traffic cameras in the DC area and a record number of parking tickets being written, more stories are surfacing about flaws in these systems," according to a WTOP release. WTOP's "Sprawl And Crawl" reporter Ari Ashe (right) will be the "TicketBuster," sharing the stories and fighting the fines of wrongly ticketed commuters via the 103.5/103.9/107.7 on-air signals and at the wtop.com website. According to WTOP, "Ashe will launch the feature with several jaw-dropping stories, including a listener who received a parking ticket with his license plate but the make, model, and color of an entirely different vehicle... Ashe was able to get the ticket dismissed." Says WTOP Program Director Laurie Cantillo: "Ari's reporting has touched a nerve with frustrated commuters in the Washington DC area. Many are battling tickets with reams of documentation to support their case, yet their arguments are falling on deaf ears. Our goal is to make sure all drivers in Maryland, Virginia, and the District get a fair shake." Listeners can file grievances at ticketbuster@wtop.com.....

4/9 - Shamrock's Baltimore classic rocker, WZBA, 100.7 The Bay, adds "Live In Concert," a two-hour weekly concert festival show featuring historic performances from artists in the classic hits/classic rock genre. The show is hosted by Lisa Berigan, who does middays on Clear Channel's DC classic rock/hits WBIG, 100.3 FM.....

4/8 - Radio Insight tells us that Positive Alternative Radio's low-power relay on 97.7 FM in Alexandria will relocate its transmitter across the Potomac River into Bethesda, where it will operate on 97.5 FM with 250-watts. It's being fed via a subchannel of Radio One's gospel WPRS, 104.1 FM. Postitive Alternative's Chrisian contemporary format can already be heard via Warrenton's WPER, 89.9 FM, and Fredericksburg's WJYJ, 90.5 FM.....

4/8 - DCRTV hears that Radio One has applied to the FCC to boost the signal of its Baltimore urban contemporary outlet WERQ, 92.3 FM, to the southeast, to improve coverage in Prince George's County, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore. WERQ's antenna location in northwestern Baltimore will remain the same.....

4/6 - Channel 9/WUSA, the new broadcast partner for the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network's Nationals games, switched away from Saturday's game at 4 PM in order to carry CBS's NCAA "Final Four" college basketball pre-game show. Just as the Nats were tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 9th inning with the Reds, the game shifted to WUSA's non-high-def 9-2 subchannel, which normally carries Bounce TV. Says one area viewer: "It was no problem for me, being on antenna, and I just switched the channel to 9-2. But I can imagine lots of folks on cable scrambling to find out what channel 9-2 is on. Gotta be embarrassing for WUSA. Oh, and when they switched to their second channel, the little scorekeeper at the bottom right of the screen was getting cut off. You could see the score, but not the pitch count or how many outs." The Nats won 7-6 in the 11th inning. The complete game could also been seen on MASN. More: WUSA General Manager Mark Burdett via wusa9.com: "We apologize to those viewers who were upset by the transition, and we will work hard in the future to better communicate to our viewers and our programming partners".....

4/3 - Jeff Wyatt gets named operations manager of Clear Channel's Charlotte radio cluster. He will also be regional programming manager for the firm's radio stations in the Charlotte and Raleigh markets. Wyatt used to be vice president of Clear Channel's Mid-Atlantic region, including Washington. He's also served as operations manager for WMZQ and Hot 99.5, and worked for Red Zebra, which owns WTEM. More recently, Wyatt worked for CBS all-newser WNEW.....

4/2 - DCRTV hears that former Washington Capitals radio announcer Steve Kolbe is now doing sports news updates on CBS's Baltimore sports talker, 105.7 The Fan, WJZ-FM.....

4/2 - DCRTV hears that Nestor Aparicio, owner of Baltimore area sports talker WNST, 1570 AM, is now doing morning sports reports on Shamrock's Baltimore classic rocker, WZBA, 100.7 The Bay.....

4/1 - Huh? Howard University's adult urban contemporary WHUR started stunting in the 3 PM hour Monday with a "Non-Stop Black Country" format, with the "Bret and Chet" on-air team, as "Twang 96.3" (right). Slogan: "Keepin' It Cowboy 24 Hours A Day." WHUR did recently lose the services of afternoon drive urban talker Michael Baisden, whose Cumulus Media syndication contract ended. Some April Fools Day festivities at HUR? Yuuuup. Stunting stopped at 4 PM, when the station return to its typical adult-oriented soulful tunes and posted on its whur.com that it is looking for "Washington's Next Big Voice" for the afternoon drive slot. And this week's candidates are local radio veterans Marc Clarke and Troy Johnson (aka Bret and Chet). The two used to do "The Big Phat Morning Show" on Baltimore's urban WERQ.....

4/1 - DCRTV hears that Radio One urban talker WOL, 1450 AM, has pulled the plug on Joe Madison's morning show. He can still be heard on SiriusXM. "Was this a decision by WOL or by Sirius?" a DCRTVer wonders.....

4/1 - DCRTV's April Fools Day 2013 blurb. Enjoy.....

Geronimo To Do WMAL Afternoons - 4/1 - DCRTV hears that Cumulus news talker WMAL has hired DC radio veteran Don Geronimo (right) to do afternoons, replacing the syndicated Sean Hannity. Geronimo will move back east from Sacramento, where he's been doing mornings on CBS's KHTK. Geronimo is still under contract to CBS, we're told, and the firm gave permission for him to be on WMAL due to a new corporate-wide deal between CBS and Cumulus. We're told that Geronimo, who admits to be leaning more to the right as he gets older, will be doing a politics and pop culture talk show for WMAL with longtime sidekick Joe Ardinger. Geronimo has been off the DC area airwaves since 2008, when he left CBS's then "guy talker" WJFK. There are rumblings that Geromimo's longtime former radio partner Mike O'Meara may join him for the new WMAL show, but, so far, no confirmation.....

3/29 - It looks like - despite the good news for Hubbard all-newser WTOP this week having increased its ad revenue from $60 million in 2011 to $64.6 million in 2012 and remaining the top billing station nationwide for the third straight year - just over one-year-old CBS all-newser WNEW is in it for the long haul. "If you look at our cume - the number of people who tune in each week - we are at 250,000 people. Small compared to WTOP's 950,000 to 1.1 million they average, but considering they've had a 40-year head start we're pretty happy," WNEW Program Director Robert Sanchez tells DCRTV. "We've grown the news listenership in this market by 25% in 14 months and we've done it with our commitment to being a hyper local radio station. And as such, we are always looking to cover important local stories and issues that tend to get under-reported." And he adds: "So it makes more sense for us to carry [DC's] mayor than it does the president. We do cover the president's address and the minority party response, we just don't air them in their entirety." More on WNEW's recent decision to start airing weekly addresses by DC Mayor Vincent Gray is below.....

3/29 - CBS all-newser WNEW, 99.1 FM, will begin airing a weekly three minute radio address by DC Mayor Vincent Gray. Every Sunday morning at 10:05 AM beginning March 31st. The mayor will "discuss current events and issues important to residents of Washington, DC," according to a WNEW release. "The address will be of similar format to the president's weekly radio address".....

3/27 - From washingtoncitypaper.com: Buyouts and benefits cuts aside, times were good for Washington Post Company execs and Graham family members employed by the company in 2012, according to a new Securities And Exchange Commission filing. Take publisher and Graham family member Katharine Weymouth, for example. Weymouth's 2010 compensation of $2.07 million inspired grousing from Post reporters, and her 2011 compensation dipped to $1.92 million. According to the new filing, though, Weymouth was up again in 2012, earning $2,436,413 in salary and bonuses.....

3/25 - DC radio rock veteran Jon Ballard gets named program director at Lotus-owned Fresno classic rocker KKBZ. He leaves Clear Channel's Columbus GA classic rocker WVRK, where he held the same post. Ballard got bounced from the morning show gig at classic rock/hits WBIG in 2010 after 12 years at Clear Channel's DC radio cluster, where he'd also hosted afternoons for eight years at rocker DC101, WWDC.....

3/22 - Might news anchor Anita Brikman be jumping from Gannett's Channel 9/WUSA to Allbritton's Channel 7/WJLA? That's what a reliable source is telling us. She left Philadelphia's WPVI-TV for WUSA in 2007. Brikman has been spearheading 9's health news coverage. More as we hear it.....

3/22 - Wendy Rieger this week celebrated her 25th anniversary at Channel 4/WRC. According to washingtonpost.com: "The Virginia native, 56, started in 1988 and quickly developed a loyal fan base with her free-wheeling personality and ability to give the impression that she's having a ball. She's been the 5 PM anchor for 11 years, but gained a cult following with some legendary reports in the field - notably last fall's coverage from Rehoboth Beach of Hurricane Sandy." Pics at right: Rieger in 1988 and today.....

3/20 - Chris Duff leaves his afternoon hosting gig at Easton MD's adult contemporary WCEI, 96.7 FM. He'll be heading to like-formatted WJBR, 99.5 FM, in Wilmington DE, where he'll be afternoon host and production director. Duff also works various weekend shifts at DC's hot adult contemporary WRQX, Mix 107.3.....

3/18 - According to the Washington Post, WMAL morning co-host Larry O'Connor (right), a colleague of the late conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, is asking a federal appeals court to throw out a defamation case brought against him by Shirley Sherrod, saying the lawsuit violates his right to freedom of speech. Backed by news organizations including the Washington Post Company, the New York Times, and Dow Jones, which have filed friend-of-the-court briefs in the case, O'Connor's attorneys argued to have the case dismissed under a DC statute that aims to prevent the silencing of critics through lawsuits. A federal district judge rejected their motion to dismiss, citing timing and jurisdictional issues, prompting the appeal. Sherrod was ousted from her job as an Agriculture Department rural-development official in 2010 after Breitbart posted an edited video of Sherrod, who is black, supposedly making racist remarks. She sued Breitbart, O'Connor, and an unnamed defendant for defamation and emotional distress after USDA officials asked her to resign and the video ignited a racial firestorm. O'Conner joined DC news talker WMAL in November.....

3/15 - Falls Church-based MHz Networks will launch an Irish TV channel on St. Patrick's Day, March 17th. Today's Ireland will be seen via the 30.12 digital offering of Channel 30/WNVC. It will feature content from Irish broadcasters RTE, TV3, and TG4, along with independent productions from Northern Ireland. Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny will broadcast a special Saint Patrick's Day message to America with the launch. Featuring six hours of daily programming that begins airing at 3 PM Sunday, TI will build to a 24/7 schedule within a year.....

3/12 - Multiple sources tell laweekly.com that Charles and David Koch, the infamous right-wing billionaire brothers, are considering an offer on either the Tribune newspaper group, which includes the Baltimore Sun, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune. Or the entire Tribune Company, which also includes more than 20 broadcast stations, including DC's Channel 50/WDCW.....

3/12 - Channel 7/WJLA has launched Me-TV, a classic television show network, on its 7.2 digital subchannel. The network, which features shows such as "Gunsmoke," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "I Love Lucy," and "Perry Mason," replaces the locally-based WeatherNow channel.....

3/11 - Gannett's McLean-based USA Today is offering early retirement packages. Employees who are at least 55 years old and have 15 years of service to the company are eligible for a buyout. Those who take the buyouts will get two weeks pay for every year of service.....

3/11 - Frank McCaffrey (right) is the new anchor for the Hagerstown Herald-Mail's HMTV 6 cable TV and internet local news operation at herald-mail.com/hmtv6. Where he'll be afternoon news anchor, along with doing fill-in work in mornings and at night. McCaffrey was a producer for Brit Hume's "Special Report" on Fox News Channel from 2002 to 2005. He then did anchor and reporting work for TV stations in Butte, Montana, and Jackson, Mississippi. After sitting on the TV biz sidelines a few years, he's just started "with an upstart news network in Hagerstown," McCaffrey tells us. "There is good talent here and it is competitive with [Hagerstown NBC affiliate Channel 25] WHAG. I am older, wiser, fatter and balder. It's great to be back".....

3/10 - The online news editor for the Annapolis Capital newspaper has been charged with soliciting sex from someone he thought was an adolescent girl. George "Nick" Lundskow, 55, the interactive media editor for the capitalgazette.com website, was charged in Pennsylvania on Friday. According to WTOP, authorities say Lundskow tried to arrange sex with an undercover special agent posing in an internet chat room as a 14-year-old girl. Authorities accuse Lundskow of using a webcam to send pictures exposing himself. More at capitalgazette.com.....

3/8 - Robin Sproul reaches the 20-year mark as ABC News Washington bureau chief. She's been responsible for the editorial supervision and management of ABC's largest bureau since 1993. Sproul joined ABC News in 1981 as bureau chief for ABC News Radio, a position she held until 1992. Her 37-year career began as news assignment manager at WMAL radio in 1976.....

3/8 - WebMediaBrands, which owns MediaBistro which owns Capitol Hill media gossip blog FishbowlDC, maintains that Washington publicist Wendy Gordon's lawsuit has no merit regarding its claims of defamation. The many sexually-oriented postings by FBDC's Betsy Rothstein and Peter Ogburn as part of their ongoing "Wendy Wednesday" feature were merely "satire, opinion, hyperbole and other expressions of speech squarely protected by the First Amendment and District Of Columbia law," responds WMB attorney Mark Bailen in a court filing this week. Gordon is asking for $2 million via a lawsuit filed in DC in January. The case gets heard next month. More at nymag.com.....

3/7 - Channel 4/WRC dominated DC TV news coverage of the big (depends on where you were) snowstorm on Wednesday. The DMA P 25-54 ratings. 4 AM: WRC & WTTG 1.0, WUSA 0.4, WJLA 0.2..... 4:30 AM: WTTG 1.5, WRC 1.0, WUSA 0.5, WJLA 0.1..... 5 AM: WRC 1.8, WTTG 1.6, WUSA & WJLA 0.8..... 6 AM: WRC & WTTG 2.7, WJLA 2.0, WUSA 1.2..... 4 PM: WRC 2.8, WUSA 2.0, WJLA 1.5, WTTG 1.2..... 5 PM: WRC 3.4, WTTG 1.7, WUSA 1.2, WJLA 0.7..... 6 PM: WRC 3.8, WJLA 1.4, WTTG & WUSA 1.0..... 11 PM: WRC 2.5, WTTG 1.0, WJLA 0.9, WUSA 0.7.....

3/7 - Lots of media hype about the storm, but little snow yesterday - at least in the immediate DC area. "This was the biggest bust in the history of the Capital Weather Gang," said the Washington Post meteorologist Jason Samenow at washingtonpost.com. He said computer models didn't account for warm air already on the ground and the forecasts were just plain wrong. "We made our decisions based on, unfortunately, faulty weather predictions," said a spokesman for the DC mayor's office. "You can't really blame the government officials for using the data the scientists gave them".....

3/7 - The Washington Post has named Douglas Feaver as its new "reader representative." He is a longtime Post editor and retired former executive editor of washingtonpost.com, according to the Post. He will field reader questions and complaints and will write a blog, said Fred Hiatt, the paper's editorial page editor. Feaver will be assisted by a fulltime staff member, Alison Coglianese. The reader representatives are the successors to the Post's ombudsman, who was an independent contractor rather than a newsroom employee, the Post adds. That position that was phased out last week after 43 years.....

3/6 - DC radio veteran Cayman Kelly is going international. He has signed a deal to become the voice of Star 92.7 in the Cayman Islands.....

3/6 - Michael Smerconish, who frequently fills in for Chris Matthews on MSNBC's DC-based "Hardball" politics show, is jumping from traditional broadcast talk radio to satellite radio. The Philadelphia-based radio talk show host, who is syndicated in more than 80 markets nationally, will move his three-hour program to SiriusXM's POTUS politics channel on April 15, airing weekdays at 9 AM, with a repeat at 6 PM.....

3/6 - Johnny "Cakes" Auville stresses that WJFK's four Sports Junkies will never allow themselves to be broken-up. "That's a deal-breaker," he tells Jonathan Shachter, the DC area radio fan who does his SadlyLackingRadio podcast from Sydney, Australia.....

3/5 - The Washington Post will introduce sponsored "news" content on its website in an effort to reverse declining revenue for the news organization. "BrandConnect" that will let marketers create content throughout the washingtonpost.com site. CTIA, the wireless trade association, is the inaugural advertiser and will "create content through blog posts, videos, and infographics." According to Digiday.....

3/4 - So what's Baltimore radio veteran Stash (right) up to after getting canned from his longtime afternoon gig at 98 Rock, WIYY, last year following a DUI, which caused several injuries? He's hosting the "Monday Night Madness" festivities at Fantasies Nightclub. Which touts $1.50 domestic bottle beer, and $2.50 imported beer. WIYY morning show host Mickey Cucchiella also hosts events at the Baltimore club. More at fantasiesnightclub.com. Stash, whose real name is Stephen Smith, pleaded guilty in October to drunk driving charges and was sentenced to six months in the Harford County Detention Center. A judge reduced the original one-year sentence after Smith's lawyer said Smith immediately took part in a 28-day alcohol treatment program and admitted that he has a drinking problem.....

3/4 - Arlington-based PBS is close to a decision on adding weekend broadcasts of the "PBS NewsHour" for the first time since the weeknightly program began in 1975, and producing them from NYC, instead of the program's longtime studios at Channel 26/WETA, which is located in the Shirlington section of Arlington.....

3/4 - DCRTV hears from several sources that Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG has been making a number of news-oriented budget cuts of late. Including what it spends on satellite feeds, stringer video, and overtime for news personnel. "Odd that it started during the February book," we're told. "If you watch carefully, you'll note that Fox 5 no longer buys overnight stringer video. Fox 5 only purchased one stringer video during sweeps and that was by mistake." We hear from another station source that, in a recent fatal hit-and-run incident in Montgomery County, WTTG used a map of the scene while the anchor read the story, with no video. "Rumor has it that the bean counters, [General Manager] Duffy Dyer and [News Director] Phil Metlin, sent a memo ordering an end to using stringer video, file tape expenses, and satellite time, as well as overtime. They seem to have lowered themselves to the level of say Salisbury MD as far as being a second or third-rate operation. Reminds me of the days [in the 1970s] of Allan Smith at WTTG where he simply read every story with no video." More soon.....

3/1 - Washington Post Publisher Katharine Weymouth says her newspaper will appoint "a reader representative" to replace its ombudsman, Patrick Pexton, whose term ended yesterday. "Unlike ombudsmen in the past, the reader representative will be a Post employee," according to Weymouth. "The representative will not write a weekly column for the page but will write online and/or in the newspaper from time to time to address reader concerns, with responses from editors, reporters or business executives as appropriate." More at washingtonpost.com.....

3/1 - DC radio and TV great Johnny Holliday will be voicing a public television special, running at various times in March as a pledge-driver, about the classic NBC pop music show "Hullabaloo." Holliday, who worked at San Francisco's KYA and later DC's WWDC, was the original announcer for the show, which aired on NBC in the mid-1960s. It's slated to air at 8 PM Saturday on Channel 26/WETA.....

2/27 - Sports promoter Rock Newman starts a Saturday radio show on DC's We Act Radio, which is heard via Prince William County's WPWC, 1480 AM. He was joined by a batch of former DC mayors, including Marion Barry and Tony Williams, for his debut show.....

2/26 - DC radio great Jim Bohannon (right), whose nightly talk show is heard on 500 radio stations nationwide including WFED, 1500/820 AM, will receive the Talkers magazine 2013 "Lifetime Achievement Award." Bohannon began his radio career in 1960 at KLWT in Lebanon, Missouri. He began working as a reporter at Mutual Broadcasting System in 1983, and went on to become the fill-in host for that network's Larry King show. In 1993, he took over the hosting reigns of that program which he maintained through its ownership by Westwood One to its present incarnation as a Dial Global property. Bohannon also hosts Dial Global's "America In The Morning." He's been a member of Talkers magazine's "Heavy Hundred" radio talk show hosts every year since its inception in 1995 and is an inductee in the National Radio Hall Of Fame. Bohannon will receive the Talkers honor on June 6 in NYC.....

2/26 - A Washington Post photograph that recently won an award from the White House News Photographers Association has been disqualified for "digital manipulation." According to nppa.org, Post photography director MaryAnne Golon said: "A Washington Post photographer entered an altered photograph to the WHNPA contest. Once Post editors saw that it had been altered from what had originally been published in the Post, we withdrew the photo from consideration. The Post's ethics policy prohibits the manipulation of photographs, and we have taken action in accordance with that policy." The image in question, "State Champion," by photographer Tracy Woodward, received an Award Of Excellence in the 2013 WHNPA "Eyes Of History" photo contest.....

2/26 - The DC-based National Association Of Broadcasters has announced the 50 finalists for the 26th annual Crystal Radio Awards for public service. And DC's WTOP is among the "news/talk/sports" category finalists. Winners will be announced at the NAB Radio Luncheon in April at the organization's annual confab in Las Vegas.....

2/26 - Clear Channel's Baltimore country outlet, WPOC, 93.1 FM, names Lance Houston as program director and evening talent. He replaces Justin Cole, who recently headed to the firm's Nashville operations. Houston will also oversee all digital programming efforts for the top-rated Baltimore station. He will also continue to produce and host the afternoon drive show on country WUBL in Atlanta. Before joining WPOC, Houston served as assistant program director, music director, and host at WUBL.....

2/26 - DCRTV hears that J. Michael Falgoust leaves Comcast SportsNet's Ravens insider post for the Wizards insider gig at the Bethesda-based sports network. Falgoust joined CSN last year, having covered the NBA for USA Today. CSN is in the process of looking for a new Ravens insider.....

2/25 - Kristina Akra, the Nationals sideline reporter, will not be returning to the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network for the 2013 season. She is leaving for another as-yet-unannounced on-air opportunity. Akra replaced Debbi Taylor on the MASN broadcast team in 2012, joining Bob Carpenter and FP Santangelo.....

2/23 - Nancy Trumbull, the wife of late WMAL personality Bill Trumbull, died February 19th in Manassas. She was 75. Her husband passed away in January 2012. He worked at the DC station for 36 years, and from 1976 to 1996 hosted an afternoon show with Chris Core.....

2/22 - A DCRTV Mailbagger first tipped us yesterday. Now, we hear from NewsBlues that Amanda Meadows, the morning traffic reporter for the past few years at Richmond's Channel 6/WTVR, starts March 18 as a traffic reporter/anchor for Channel 7/WJLA. She's known as the "Gridlock Goddess" at Twitter. DCRTV wonders: Is this the next step in WJLA's quest to create its own in-house traffic reporting staff, insteading of relying on reports from outside firm Total Traffic? Stay tuned.....

2/18 - Longtime Channel 9/WUSA news anchor Bruce Johnson has produced a documentary entitled "Before You Eat The Church Food." Addressing the "the incredibly high mortality rates among African Americans... from cardiovascular disease and what can and is being done to reverse this epidemic." Johnson, who is a heart attack survivor, produced it for the Association Of Black Cardiologists.

2/17 - Washington Post columnist Gene Weingarten, a frequent target of Capitol Hill media gossip blog FishbowlDC, returns the favor. And he calls the Mediabistro site, which is being sued for $2 million by a Washington publicist, "vicious, sleazy, snide, disreputable, unscrupulous, vacuous, wildly immature, gratuitously cruel, malicious, and mean-spirited... (which) specializes in innuendo, reckless character assassination and unconscionable, wanton defamation." At washingtonpost.com.....

2/14 - Metro Radio talker WTNT, 102.9 FM/730 AM, says it has accepted for airing a controversal pro-gun ad that was rejected by Cumulus news talker WMAL, 105.9 FM/630 AM. "WTNT supports freedom and liberty of the first and second amendments and has accepted an ad buy from Grammy-winning musician Steve Vaus," says a Metro Radio statement. "Steve has recorded a song that defies those advocating gun confiscation." The 60-second ad, "Come And Take It," features the parody character "Buck Howdy," aka Vaus. Earlier this month, Todd Freundlich, general sales manager at WMAL, said the spot was "too controversial to air".....

2/13 - NPR's "Weekend All Things Considered" is leaving the public radio organization's DC-based headquarters for NPR West in Culver City CA, in the Los Angeles area. "Having the 'WATC' staff out west provides us with editorial and business continuity in the event that NPR headquarters is incapacitated by technical issues, weather or a major news event we need to cover. Second, moving the show west will broaden and deepen our coverage and allow us to bring strong geographic diversity to our programming," says NPR News Senior Vice President Margaret Low Smith. Politico tells us that Steve Lickteig, the show's senior producer, will lead the transition to the west coast production center, which was established in 2002.....

2/13 - Yes, that was Alan Etter (right) you heard anchoring on all-news WTOP last night. Etter was a reporter and anchor at WTOP from 1991 until 2001. He left the "Glass Enclosed Nerve Center" to become public information officer for DC Fire-EMS, and recently was spokesperson for University Of District Of Columbia. A fill-in or permanent gig? More: WTOP Vice President/Programming Jim Farley tells us that Etter is doing fill-in work and he can do it for "as long as he likes".....

2/13 - We hear that Joe Gross, the longtime sports editor of the Annapolis Capital, died last night at age 72. He was once named Maryland sportswriter of the year, and "helped lots of people get their start in the business including Keith Mills, Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and me," colleague Rich Dubroff tells us.....

2/12 - Last year, DCRTV told you that Tommy Griffiths, former morning man at Clear Channel's classic rock/hits WBIG, had joined Hubbard all-newser WTOP in a freelance capacity. Now, we hear that he'll soon start anchoring sportscasts on the top-rated station. Griffiths does have a sports background, having been a walk-on football player at the University Of Florida, when now-former Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan was offensive coordinator on a team that included Cris Collinsworth, Wilbur Marshall, David Little, and others who became NFL stars.....

2/11 - Longtime Channel 4/WRC news anchor Jim Vance went "nuclear" on the Redskins nickname on Friday's newscast. He said: "Back in the day, if you really wanted to insult a black man, attack a Jew, an Irishman, and probably start a fight, you threw out certain words. You know what they are. They were, and they are, pejoratives of the first order, the worst order, specifically intended to injure. In my view, 'Redskin' was and is in that same category. The name sucks. We need to get rid of it".....

2/11 - The Mid-Atlantic Sports Network announces today that its Washington Nationals broadcast TV partner this season will be Gannett's Channel 9/WUSA, which will air 20 games. Including the April 1st home opener, along with 19 "select weekend games." Says Jim Cuddihy, MASN's head of marketing: "WUSA 9 was the best fit for MASN because of its renewed emphasis on sports programming and its quality news operation, which will help promote MASN and Nationals baseball throughout the region." In past seasons, the Nationals' TV broadcast partner had been Tribune's Channel 50/WDCW. More at masnsports.com.....

2/11 - After 30 years, Jim Carnegie is stepping aside from the founder/publisher position at Woodbridge VA-based internet media publication Radio Business Report/Television Business Report. He writes: "With my wife Cathy's passing last year it has become clear that it's time to do something else with my life. With that in mind, I have spent the last year seeking out the right partner to take over the daily responsibility of running RBR-TVBR." And that new partner is Streamline Communications, which publishes the Radio Ink media news website, based in Boynton Beach FL. Carnegie says that he'll contine running his media-related "executive advisory-consulting firm," Carnegie Solutions. More at rbr.com.....

2/8 - Timber Ridge Ministries sells Winchester noncommerial religious outlet WTRM, 91.3 FM, to conservative fundamentalist Christian organization American Family Association for $1.1 million. The deal also includes low-power relays in Harrisburg and Millersburg PA. AFA owns 200 radio stations in 33 states.....

2/8 - Clear Channel's Baltimore country outlet, WPOC, 93.1 FM, loses its program director. Justin Cole heads to Nashville to be the director of country programming for Clear Channel-owned radio syndicator Premiere. Cole worked in Nashville before WPOC, as programmer for country WKDF.....

2/7 - DCRTV hears that anchor and reporter Pamela Brown (right) is leaving Channel 7/WJLA in late February to join CNN. She's moving to NYC to work on CNN's revamped morning show, we're told. More soon.....

2/7 - DC media veteran Carol Joynt will be doing weekly appearances on Channel 9/WUSA's morning news show to "talk about what's going on in Washington. It will be more of a social chronicle, derived from what I write for washingtonian.com, with context, and with photos." Joynt, who was once an editor for Walter Cronkite's "CBS Evening News" and who helped produce Larry King's DC-based CNN show, now writes for Washingtonian and hosts her monthly "Q&A Cafe" interviews with DC political and media figures. More at caroljoynt.com.....

2/7 - After two-and-a-half years co-hosting Pacifica-owned WPFW, 89.3 FM's local news-heavy "DC Politics Hour," political consultant Chuck Thies tells washingtoncitypaper.com that he's leaving the program after today. Thies says he's been too busy with consulting work to keep up with local politics like he used to, which he thinks has brought down the quality of his broadcast. Thies joined co-host Eugene Kinlow on the show in May 2010. Will Sommer, in the WCP's CityDesk blog, writes that the 11 AM Thursday show "has been a scrappier alternative to big dog local politics talk shows like 'The Kojo Nnamdi Show' on WAMU and NewsChannel 8's 'NewsTalk With Bruce DePuyt'." Thies will continue covering DC politics via postings at Channel 4/WRC's nbcwashington.com website.....

2/4 - Tom Taylor, via his Monday radio biz newsletter, tells us that Cumulus news talker WMAL, 105.9 FM/630 AM, faces unique pressures to accept controversial ads. The right-leaning station was sued last fall for refusing to take a movie ad, and now faces bad publicity for turning down a pro-gun rights ad featuring the parody character "Buck Howdy." From The Trenches says Buck, aka Grammy-winning musician Steve Vaus, "has recorded a song that defies those advocating gun confiscation." Vaus approached talk WMAL about buying a one-minute commercial to promote the song, "Come And Take It," but Cumulus General Sales Manager Todd Freundlich had this response: "After the reviewing the spot with my program director, we have determined that it is too controversial to air." Last fall, the People's Email Network sued in federal court over Cumulus's alleged "refusal to accept a radio advertisement, for 'The Last War Crime'." The movie's subject is "the disastrous policy decision to attack and invade Iraq in 2003." The organization offered to buy 10 one-minute spots at a total of $4,500, to run during the afternoon drive Sean Hannity show. But WMAL said the ad was "too controversial and offensive for many of our listeners." Taylor says the suit doesn't stand a chance in the face of 14th amendment's equal protection grounds. "But it shows how much of a tightwire act radio can be in the Nation's Capital," he adds.....

2/4 - Tom Taylor, via his radio biz newsletter, reminds us that DC-based National Public Radio starts moving into its new headquarters next month. The public broadcaster helped revitalize the area around its current offices at 635 Massachusetts Avenue NW years ago, and civic planners hope it will do the same in the "NOMA" area, "North Of Massachusetts Avenue." Part of the challenge in rehabbing an existing structure was to divide it up into more floors than it originally had. As the public broadcaster says: "The new NPR headquarters comprises two integrated blocks: the bulk of a historically preserved four-station 1920s-era warehouse, and a new, modern seven-story office block that rises behind." Total square footage is 440,000, and it's enough to bring in current NPR staff that’s currently officed in a couple of nearby satellite locations. There will be a "two-story open newsroom," and in the tech areas, space for the Public Radio Satellite System. NPR actually sold 635 Mass. Avenue in 2008 and has been leasing the space back from Boston Properties. There were several proposals to move NPR out of the District, but ultimately it stayed where it was founded, in 1970, Taylor adds.....

2/1 - The Washington Post wants to move its downtown DC headquarters. "Our goal is to give us a more modern, bright, open and efficient building that better supports and advances our mission into the future," writes Publisher Katharine Weymouth in a staff memo. "Our preliminary analysis suggests that a move will make good operational and economic sense, however we have not yet decided on where or when." More at Romenesko and at washingtonpost.com.....

2/1 - Count Gore De Vol (right), aka Dick Dyszel, celebrates his 40th DC TV anniversary tonight. The former Channel 20/WDCA horror movie host will be joined by longtime DC TV film and entertainment critic Arch Campbell, who now works at Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8. The event is slated for February 1, 7:30 PM, at the AFI Silver theater in Silver Spring with a screening of 1944's "House Of Frankenstein." Part of the Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival. Details at afi.com.....

1/31 - DCRTV has learned that the producers of a documentary on the Bayou, the former Georgetown music hall, will premiere the 90-minute film tonight, January 31, at the AMC Loews Georgetown. Executive producer Dave Lilling and writers/co-producers Bill Scanlan, Vinnie Perrone, and Dave Nuttycombe have invited some 250 guests to acknowledge their contributions to the project. "The Bayou: DC's Killer Joint" chronicles the life of the club, which featured Dixieland jazz and rock-and-roll from 1953 to 1998. Maryland Public Television will air the documentary on February 25 at 9 PM with other public television outlets nationwide to follow. More at bayoudoc.com.....

1/30 - DCRTV hears that all-news WTOP head honcho Jim Farley just got a lovely flower arrangement from the head honcho of his station's arch news rival, public radio news talker WAMU. The card from Caryn Mathes said: "As you approach retirement, thank you for the reminder that while aging is mandatory, 'maturing' is apparently optional." Some background. Farley has been zinging WAMU by sending Tweets to its morning traffic reporter, Jerry Edwards, who works out of a studio at his Naples, Florida home, asking about the traffic on Alligator Alley. Farley announced last week that he'll be retiring from WTOP at the end of this year.....

1/30 - Ted Leonsis, who owns the Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards, was interviewed on all-news WTOP this morning. And he commented on his new Monumental Network: "We need to generate more revenues. It's pretty simple. We're all in that business. We have to pay our employees more money, we have to continue to grow... And right now, we have a great relationship with Comcast SportsNet. Fantastic. They're great, great partners. But they don't pay us enough money... So at some point, we have to either launch our own cable network..." More at washingtonpost.com. As DCRTV recently told you, Monumental is starting as an internet-only operation but is expected to branch out into a full-fledged regional sports video network someday, directly challenging locals CSN and the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.....

1/29 - DCRTV hears that Justin Udo, a producer with CBS Radio's now defunct "Biz.Gov" business and federal government news format on 1580 AM (see newsblurb below), gets promoted to the company's Philadelphia all-newser, KYW-AM, where he'll be a reporter.....

1/29 - As expected. DCRTV hears that CBS Radio has flipped the call letters of 1580 from WNEW-AM to WJFK-AM, to co-brand the station with sports talker WJFK-FM, 106.7 The Fan. CBS flipped 1580 to the new CBS Sports Radio network on Monday, dropping the "Biz.Gov" business and federal government news format that was launched last year in conjunction with one-year-old all-newser WNEW-FM, 99.1. A CBS source tells DCRTV that no layoffs occurred with the switch, with WNEW-AM's employees, including anchor Nancy Lyons, moving back to the FM newser. Others will be moving to WJFK-AM's operations.....

1/28 - Back in October, DCRTV told you that Metro Radio's Spanish contemporary WKDV, La Ley, 1460 AM in Manassas, would be getting an FM simulcast via 95.9. The new Northern Virginia signal has started. Metro Radio bought the low-power facility in Gainesville from Lynchburg's Liberty University. Price $70,000.....

1/28 - DCRTV hears that Nick Ianelli joins Hubbard all-newser WTOP as a fulltime staffer in a variety of roles, including reporter. He comes from Milwaukee news talker WTMJ, where he's been an anchor and reporter.....

1/25 - Andrea Fujii joins KCBS-TV in Los Angeles as a freelance reporter. She had been a reporter and fill-in anchor at Baltimore's Channel 13/WJZ.....

1/25 - Potomac MD native Rachel Nichols leaves ESPN for CNN and Turner Sports, where she'll cover the Super Bowl. More from sportsrantz.com.....

1/24 - DCRTV hears that DC radio veteran David Burd (right) emceed a gig in St. Louis last Saturday that featured a batch of DJs from the 1970s through the 1990s gathered to remember the good old rock radio days. With rock stars such as Sammy Hagar and REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin. Before becoming a radio personality on a variety of DC area stations, including past jobs at WMAL and the old Washington Post Radio, in addition to his current gig on all-newser WTOP, Burd was a representative for Capitol Records and has known Hagar since the mid-1970s. Besides breaking Hagar, Burd was instrumental in the success of many other rockers back in the day, including April Wine, the Little River Band, and Billy Squire. The event also featured Adam Smasher, who was was heard on DC rocker DC101 in the 1980s. Check out the video at YouTube.....

1/24 - Copper thieves have struck the transmitter site of talker WTNT-AM, 730, in the Mt. Vernon area of Fairfax County. "There was nothing stolen from the WTNT transmitter building and the antenna area was left untouched, maybe because the thieves knew they would be electrocuted. But many other parts of the complex were destroyed," says Charlie Wilson, a contract engineer for station owner Metro Radio. "Substantial numbers of copper grounding bars are missing from various tenents' equipment enclosures. The site houses other broadcasters, along with Fairfax County Police repeaters," says Wilson. "The ground connection for the main tower detuning box has been taken. The AT&T enclosure had been gutted. No wiring or equipment left inside and one of the A/C units has been destroyed." He adds: "Fortunately it appears that no copper is missing from the WTNT site. All strapping still appears to be in place. The missing copper has an effect on the interaction between the main tower and the WTNT tower. This was discovered after the main WTNT transmitter would not stay at full power due to interference from a cell tower right next to it that used to be the original 730 tower before it was sold to American Tower. The is a de-tuning system on the cell tower that prevents interaction but that now appears to be damaged causing the transmitter problems. So for the time being, the antenna system has been re-tuned to operate at full power and we will see (Thursday) if it holds up." He adds that a backup transmitter usually used for night power was used daytime Wednesday at 6,000-watts, which is 2,000-watts less than full power.....

1/23 - Me-TV, a classic television show network, is launching via Channel 7/WJLA's digital 7.2 subchannel in March. The network features "Gunsmoke," "Mary Tyler Moore," "I Love Lucy", "Perry Mason," and more. More: WJLA General Manager Bill Lord tells us: "Me-TV will replace Weather Now on an as yet unspecific date in early March. Live Well (on 7.3) will be unaffected".....

1/22 - CBS launched its DC all-newser WNEW, 99.1 FM, one year ago today. And, since then, it has seen little ratings ratings growth, remaining at about or slightly below 25th place, despite big news stories like the June "derecho" storm, Hurricane Sandy in October, and the presidential election in November. Hubbard's well-established all-newser WTOP, 103.5 FM, and American University public radio news talker WAMU, 88.5 FM, remain locked in a battle for the top spot, ratings-wise. "The news battle in Washington is a two-station affair: WTOP and WAMU. The market does not appear interested in a third news station," WTOP VP/Programming Jim Farley tells DCRTV. "If you count (news talker) WMAL, the market does not appear interested in a fourth news station. It's like deja vu all over again: We worked really hard at it a few years ago but we could not get Washington Post Radio to become that third (or fourth) news station in town".....

1/21 - Hubbard all-newser WTOP reports that many who went to today's inauguration festivities on the Mall were faced with "distorted and spotty audio" from the big screen Jumbotrons. And many carried portable radios that were tuned to 103.5 FM to hear President Obama's swearing in and his speech. Others, the station adds, listened to WTOP's inauguration coverage via its internet stream on their smartphones and via WTOP's phone feed at 202-380-9977 on their cell phones. They posted their praise for WTOP via Twitter, says WTOP Program Director Laurie Cantillo. "The power of radio," she adds.....

1/21 - Ted Leonsis, who owns the Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards, starts an internet operation, Monumental Network, "in a search for new revenue to fund his billion-dollar media-entertainment-sports enterprise." It's seen as first step in a plan to create regional sports TV outlets to carry his teams, according to Thomas Heath's piece at washingtonpost.com.....

1/21 - The NY Post is reporting today that CBS head honcho Les Mooves is looking to ramp up dealmaking as part of an overhaul of his old-growth media company. With the possible sale of CBS's radio division. However, local radio sources tell DCRTV that CBS is not planning to sell the CBS News radio operation or many of its local radio stations - almost a dozen of which are in the DC/Baltimore area, including WPGC, WJFK, WNEW, WWMX, WLIF, WIAD, and WJZ-FM. On the market, possibly, is the new CBS Sports Radio Network and some broadcast radio stations in smaller, mid-size markets, we hear. "The CBS radio news operation... is operated by the CBS News division, not the radio division headed by Dan Mason. CBS radio stations and CBS News are very separate divisions of the same company. And finally, the article is just speculation," we're told. One possible suitor, if CBS does sell some radio properties, is Cumulus, which owns two stations in DC - WMAL and WRQX. CBS spokespeople deny that the radio division could soon be on he market, adds the NY Post.....

1/19 - Sunday's Washington Post looks back at Baltimore TV dance party host Buddy Deane (right), whose show ran on Channel 13/WJZ in the late 1950s and early 1960s. It's the 25th anniversary of John Waters' "Hairspray" movie, which reflected those Baltimore TV days. The main article is at washingtonpost.com. There's also an article which looks at what Buddy Deane show "committee" members are up to today, at washingtonpost.com.....

1/18 - FishbowlDC, a Mediabistro website that covers Capitol Hill media news and gossip, was hit Thursday with a libel lawsuit in DC Superior Court. According to Legal Times, Wendy Gordon, a local publicist, claims that FishbowlDC launched an "unprovoked, online smear campaign" against her and published false information that hurt her reputation and her business. The lawsuit names FishbowlDC's parent company, WebMediaBrands, FishbowlDC editor Betsy Rothstein, and contributor Peter Ogburn as defendants, Legal Times reports. According to the complaint, Gordon became the subject of a weekly feature called "Wendy Wednesday" beginning in late 2011. FishbowlDC would post a picture of Gordon, often pulled from Gordon's Facebook page, and "provide a false and humiliating description," Gordon alleges. The posts would often insinuate that Gordon was sexually promiscuous. Those descriptions are false, Gordon says. She is seeking $1 million in punitive damages and $1 million in compensatory damages, Legal Times adds. Politico and the Washington City Paper have more.....

1/17 - Baltimore and DC radio veteran Ken Merson will be hosting SiriusXM's 50s-On-5 nostalgic music channel, 6 PM to midnight, starting in February. He replaces Brian Carter, another Baltimore radio veteran, who died last April. Merson currently does fill-in and swing shift work at CBS DC's hot adult contemporary 94.7 Fresh FM, and has been heard over the years on Baltimore's WCBM, WQSR, and the old B104.....

1/17 - Gannett's DC CBS affiliate, Channel 9/WUSA, unveils a new logo (right). "It's suitably horrible," says a viewer on DCRTV's Mailbag.....

1/15 - In the DC area, cable TV giant Comcast adds MundoFox, the new Spanish language network from Fox, on channels 264 and 557. It's broadcast locally via Fox-owned MyNetworkTV affiliate Channel 20/WDCA's 20.2 digital subchannel.....

1/14 - DCRTV hears rumblings that Sam Rogers may be out of his gig as DC market manager for Cumulus, which runs news talker WMAL 630 AM/105.9 FM, and hot adult contemporary WRQX, Mix 107.3. He's had "a very rocky path" with "a lot of issues," a DC radio guru tells us. Rogers joined Cumulus last year after many years as head of CBS's DC radio cluster. More. Another source tells us that Rogers is indeed leaving in the near future. Yet more. We hear from Rogers himself who tells us: "It hasn't been rocky and there haven't been lots of issues. Everyone here has adapted to the changing environment and has grown because of it. The stations had a great Q4 and are on the right track moving into 2013. This has nothing to do with anything other than an opportunity".....

1/14 - Gannett's Channel 9/WUSA, in numerous promos during the weekend CBS football playoffs, announces that it will reduce screen clutter during its newscasts. Numerous viewers have complained about how WUSA's newscasts feature multiple screen elements, including a bottom-of-the-screen news ticker, that often distract from what the news anchor is reading. WUSA says it will unveil a much cleaner news info graphics bar on Thursday at noon, which will be color-coded to news, weather, and sports.....

1/11 - DC's Fox 5 is reporting that CBS has temporarily changed the call letters of urban contemporary WPGC to "WRG3" to honor Redskins star quarterback Robert Griffin III. DCRTV adds: The FCC doesn't allow numbers in broadcast station calls, so the change is obviously of a promotional nature, not a legal one. DC's 95.5 is still WPGC. Also, the Fox 5 site gets it wrong when it reports that: "This is the first time in the station's history that it has changed its call letters." The WPGC call was dropped back in the 1980s for a few years, when 95.5 become adult contemporary WCLY, Classy 95.....

1/10 - DCRTV tipped you earlier and now we get confirmation. Patrick Shea gets promoted by Clear Channel's Aloha Station Trust to be vice president of programming for its Frederick MD and Long Island radio clusters. Locally, Shea will program country WFRE, 99.9 FM, and news talk WFMD, 930 AM.....

1/10 - Greg Dunkin, formerly program director of CBS's hot adult contemporary 94.7 Fresh FM, WIAD, heads to Topeka to be operations manager and program director of adult contemporary KMAJ and classic hits KWIC for Cumulus.....

1/10 - Unimportant January "book" in full swing. Channel 4/ WRC is in the usual top spot across the board. Channel 7/ WJLA's "Good Morning Washington" still in last place. Channel 5/WTTG's "Fox 5 Morning News" growing in all key demos. Channel 9/WUSA showing signs of life at 11 PM. The latest DC TV news numbers. 4:30 AM: WRC (1.4/8.9), WTTG (0.9/6.0), WUSA (0.8/5.0), WJLA (0.6/3.9). 5 AM: WRC (2.7/15.5), WTTG (1.5/8.4), WUSA (0.9/4.9), WJLA (0.5/3.1). 6 AM: WRC (4.1/18.5), WTTG (2.5/11), WUSA (1.4/6.2), WJLA (1.0/4.5). 5 PM: WRC (4.8/11.1), WTTG (2.7/6.2), WJLA (2.3/5.2), WUSA (1.8/4.0). 6 PM: WRC (4.9/9.7), WJLA (3.5/7.2), WTTG (2.5/5.2), WUSA (1.7/3.4). 11 PM: WRC (4.6/9.8), WJLA (2.9/6.3), WUSA (2.6/5.6), WTTG (2.2/5.0).....

1/9 - Frederick hot adult contemporary outlet WAFY, Key 103, has pulled the song "Pumped Up Kicks" by Foster The People claiming it contains offensive gun-related lyrics. This in reaction to listener complaints following the school shootings in Newtown CT last month. The Frederick News Post quotes Fred Manning, chief operations officer at the station, as saying that it was his intention was to pull the song the day of the shootings, and that it was manually removed from the station's playlist. "But he said no one removed it from the computerized system that contains the songs in the rotation," he adds. The song was played on Key 103 as recently as 11:02 AM Tuesday. "It certainly was a mistake," Manning says. "It was my understanding that it was being left out. It is now being corrected".....

1/9 - CBS Radio has filed a request with the Federal Communication Commission to improve the 97.5 FM signal of low-power alternative rocker 975HFS in Baltimore. The application would change the station's directional signal to increase coverage in Perry Hall, Bel Air, Ellicott City, Columbia, Hunt Valley, and Reisterstown. CBS also wants to move the 97.5 signal to TV Hill Candelabra tower along with its hot adult contemporary WWMX, 106.5 FM. 975HFS is also available on WWMX's digital HD2 signal.....

1/9 - Salem talker WWRC, 1260 AM, has asked the Federal Communications Commission to upgrade its daytime power to 35,000-watts. That would improve the signal toward Baltimore, Annapolis, and most DC suburbs.....

1/8 - A company called LocusPoint Networks finances $1.8 million to buy low-power Baltimore area TVer Channel 16/WMJF from Towson University. LocusPoint calls itself "an early stage wireless communications company." DCRTV wonders if the firm will shut down the TV station and use its spectrum space for wireless communications, something that the FCC is encouraging these days. WMJF currently carries student-produced programming, some syndicated shows, and MTV2.....

1/8 - Former Washington Post fashion reporter and columnist Robin Givhan, who was discharged from the Daily Beast in December, graces the pages of Tuesday's Post Style section with a piece on "the agony and ecstasy of creating inaugural gowns." It's labeled as a "special" freelance effort.....

1/7 - Vinny Cerrato and Rob Long from CBS's Baltimore sports talker WJZ-FM, 105.7 The Fan, land the Sunday midday slot on CBS's new CBS Sports Radio network, which is heard on WJZ-AM, 1300.....

1/6 - DCRTV hears that Channel 4/WRC weekend morning news anchor Angie Goff announced today that she's expecting. This will be the second child for the Herndon High and George Mason University graduate. In December 2010, Goff gave birth to a daughter, Adora Kate.....

1/4 - A source tells us: "I'm getting hints of the pink slip hammer coming down at the Washington Times today." Big management meeting at 11 AM. We hear: A pink slip to sports reporter Patrick Stevens. Photojournalists Rod Lamkey and Barbara Salisbury were dispatched from the paper during today's layoffs. Perhaps as many as 20 could get the axe today.....

1/4 - Last month, DCRTV told you that Hubbard all-newser WTOP flipped its internet stream to a true simulcast of its on-air signal, with no 'net-only elements. To give the station a slight advantage in the radio ratings, with both the stream and broadcast signal's numbers being combined. Well now, we hear that American University public radio news talker WAMU has done the same thing. Both stations are locked in a neck-and-neck battle for the top of the DC radio ratings heap.....

1/3 - Less than two years after opening his Main Street wine bar, Channel 5/WTTG news anchor Brian Bolter wants to open a second business in downtown Annapolis. The bar and restaurant, to be called DRY 85, would have Prohibition-era, speakeasy decor and focus on bourbon and comfort food, such as Kobe beef burgers, flash-fried okra, and slow-cooked ribs. That's according to thedailyrecord.com.....

1/3 - ESPN is on the verge of adding Ray Lewis to its talent lineup. Multiple sources tell Sports Illustrated that the Ravens linebacker is close to signing a multi-year contract with the network. At ESPN, Lewis is expected to have a significant role on the network's "Monday Night Countdown" program, and be featured on multiple platforms, including ESPN Radio.....

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