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Former 9er Joyce Jackson Joins City Of Laurel - 8/21 - Former Channel 9/ WUSA sports anchor and reporter Joyce Jackson (right) becomes media coordinator for the Prince George's County city of Laurel's Department Of Commincations. She joins another WUSA veteran, reporter and anchor Audrey Barnes, who joined Laurel as its communications director in March. "Joyce is an exceptional reporter and anchor," says Barnes, who grew up in Laurel. "Her list of contacts in sports and news is a mile long. And even better, she lives in Laurel and knows the community and people who live here." In addition to working with volunteers at Laurel TV and helping to generate new program content, Jackson plans to resume her role as a sports anchor and reporter.....

Allbritton's Killen Jumps To Sinclair - 8/21 - James Killen has been named group manager of Sinclair's TV stations in Roanoke/Lynchburg, Tulsa, and Little Rock that were recently acquired from Allbritton. Since 2004, Killen has been vice president of sales for DC-based Allbritton, overseeing seven television stations including Channel 7/WJLA, plus NewsChannel 8 and Politico. Before that, he was the local sales manager for NBC's WNBC-TV in NYC.....

Schaerr, McNutt, Newcott, Hardee Join Arch - 8/21 - There's a new "Arch Campbell Show" this week. With two rising NewsChannel 8 stars - Rachael Schaerr and Monica McNutt. Plus, Bill Newcott, who does movie reviews for NPR, and actress Patty Hardee. Thursday and Friday at 8:30 PM, and Saturday at 9 PM on NewsChannel 8.....

Nats' TV Team To Home Plate - 8/21 - For Wednesday's home game against the Diamondbacks, Nationals' TV team of FP Santangelo and Bob Carpenter broadcast from behind home plate. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Bayou Doc Gets Bogota Screening - 8/21 - "The Bayou: DC's Killer Joint" is about to go international. Dave Lilling, executive producer of the award-winning documentary, has accepted an invitation to screen the film at the Festival Alta Fidelidad in Bogota, Colombia. The 90-minute feature will air August 22 in the Universidad Central's Auditorio Fundadores. The Bayou flourished as a Georgetown musical landmark from 1953 to 1999, transitioning form a Dixieland jazz club to a rock-n-roll emporium. The film attracted more than 72,000 viewers for its February 2013 premiere on Maryland Public Television and later earned broadcast on more than 70 public TV stations nationwide. Following Bogota, documentary will screen at the U Street Outdoor Film Series on September 17 and at the Our City Film Festival in the US Navy Memorial's Burke Theatre on October 19. In addition, Virginia public TV stations WCVE in Richmond and WHTJ in Charlottesville will air the film August 25 at 10 PM. DC's WHUT will run it August 31 at 4:30 PM. A limited, special-edition release of "The Bayou: DC's Killer Joint," with added music clips and interview footage, will be available for purchase this fall. For more information, contact Dave Lilling at metrote@yahoo.com or 301-608-9077.....

Support DCRTV During Our August Fundraiser - 8/21 - Fewer than one percent of DCRTV's visitors ever make a donation to support the site. As August starts, now would be a great time to make a donation to DCRTV. While advertisers are great, support from individual visitors accounts for about 50% of our annual revenue. DCRTV is an independent site that's been covering local media news, commentary, and gossip for almost 17 years thanks to your help. Please visit our Support page and send some bucks via the US mail or PayPal, where you can send some bucks to our dcrtv@hotmail.com address at paypal.com. Local radio and TV memory-packed DCRTV Plus is just $39 for a full year. Today's DCRTV Plus Flashback is a 1961 memory of Baltimore kiddie show TV host Lary Lewman. Also, just added to Plus: Photo Gallery 134 with memories of DC101, WKTK, WINX, WTTG, WTOP, and more.....

Fredericksburg School Drops "Bullet" From Newspaper's Name - 8/20 - From jimromenesko.com: Beginning September 4, the Bullet newspaper at the University Of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, becomes the Blue And Gray Press. "The editorial board felt that the paper's name, which alludes to ammunition for an artillery weapon, propagated violence and did not honor our school’s history in a sensitive manner," says a release. "The new name is simple but calls forth UMW's colors, giving a direct reference back to the school and students the university paper should represent".....

"Bodhi" To Do Afternoons On BIG - 8/20 - Clear Channel's classic hits/rock WBIG, Big 100.3, names Brent "Bodhi" Ebright afternoon drive host and assistant program director. He's spent the past two years at WRKZ, an active rocker in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to that, he was the program director of the Squizz and Boneyard rock channels at SiriusXM.....

Mellon Replaces Lord At 7 & 8 - 8/20 - Dan Mellon, who has been with Sinclair since 2006, has been named general manager of Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8. He replaces Bill Lord, who previously announced that he will step down in September. Mellon is currently general manager at Sinclair's Columbus, Ohio TV cluster. Sinclair took over WJLA and NC8 on August 1st.....

Andrea Mitchell Gets Ice Dumped On Her - 8/20 - NewsBlues tells us that MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell yesterday took an ice bucket from her husband, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan in front of NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC at 4001 Nebraska Avenue NW. Mitchell then ice bucket challenged Chuck Todd, Hillary Clinton, and John Kerry.....

WNEW Cracks Top 20 - 8/19 - Two-and-a-half years after its launch, CBS all-newser WNEW, 99.1 FM, finally cracks the top 20. That's the highest it's ever been in the DC market radio ratings since its launch in January 2012. But its rival, Hubbard's WTOP, stays at the top spot for the "second week" of August. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WIHT, 4) WASH and WHUR, 6) WMMJ, 7) WBIG, 8) WPRS, 9) WMZQ, 10) WPGC, 11) WETA-FM, 12) WMAL, 13) WGTS, 14) WIAD, 15) WWDC and WKYS, 17) WLZL, 18) WJFK-FM, 19) WRQX, 20) WTEM and WNEW, 22) WFRE, 23) WBQB and WPFW, 25) WAFY and WINC-FM, 27) WQSR, 28) WERQ and WAVA-FM, 30) WKDV.....

WERQ Tops Baltimore - 8/19 - The Baltimore market radio ratings for the "second week" of August. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WERQ, 2) WWIN-FM, 3) WPOC, 4) WWMX, 5) WRBS-FM, 6) WZBA, 7) WZFT, 8) WLIF and WJZ-FM, 10) WQSR, 11) WBAL-AM, 12) WIYY, 13) WBJC, 14) WYPR, 15) WASH, 16) WCBM, 17) WHUR and WPGC and WCAO, 21) WIHT and WKYS and WMZQ, 24) WNEW and WFRE, 26) WEAA and WAMU and WTOP, 29) WMMJ and WBIG.....

Politico Launches "Defense Tweet Hub" - 8/19 - Politico launches its third "Tweet Hub." This one focuses on defense issues. It joins energy and technology hubs, which were launched last year. The "Defence Tweet Hub" will repost Twitter tweets regarding defense policy, weapons programs, and the Pentagon budget from more than 300 reporters and policy makers.....

Dooley Streams Beach Radio - 8/19 - Tom Dooley, a former DC TV news executive, returns to his radio broadcasting roots after launching Boardwalk Radio, a Rehoboth Beach "radio" station that streams on the internet. More at henney.com.....

Judge Rules Against Nats In MASN Fee Dispute - 8/19 - From baltimoresun.com: A judge blocked Major League Baseball on Monday from compelling the TV network controlled by the Orioles to pay tens of millions of dollars a year more to the Nationals for the rights to show their games - for now. A New York Supreme Court judge granted the request of the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network and the Orioles to extend an injunction he had granted August 7 while the case proceeds in the court. The judge said MLB needs to answer questions about whether the panel that ordered the higher fees was impartial. The injunction means MASN, which is owned 85% by the Orioles and 15% by the Nationals, won't have to pay, at least not now, the increased rights fees ordered on June 30 by a panel of three major-league owners. It also blocks the Nationals from terminating MASN's license to broadcast their games to protest the network's refusal to pay.....

Samy K To RQX Morning Show - 8/19 - Samy K joins the new "Sarah, Ty And Mel" show on Cumulus contemporary hits WRQX, DC's 107.3. He used to work at Clear Channel's like-formatted WIHT, Hot 99.5. Samy K left 99.5's morning "Kane Show" two years ago to tour with his band. He will be the executive producer of WRQX's morning show.....

Steinhauser Leaves CNN - 8/19 - CNN political editor Paul Steinhauser will join a new New Hampshire news network, NH1, as political director and anchor. Steinhauser has been with CNN for 28 years in many jobs including assignment editor and producer. More at nhbr.com.....

More Nat'l TV For Wizards, More Chick On CSN, More - 8/18 - Ten Wizards games will air on national TV this season. More visibility for Chick Hernandez on Comcast SportsNet. Is a local sports talker up for sale? And more in this week's DC sports media column at PressBoxDC.com.....

Cooley To Guest Co-Host With Van Pelt - 8/18 - ESPN 980's Chris Cooley will co-host the "SVP And Russillo" show Thursday and Friday. The former Redskins tight end will join Scott Van Pelt on the show, which is broadcast on ESPN Radio weekdays from 1 PM to 4 PM, and is also available on ESPNRadio.com and the ESPN Radio app. ESPNEWS simulcasts the show from 1 PM to 2:30 PM. Regular co-host Ryen Russillo is on vacation and will return August 25. Cooley plans to host his local 4 PM to 7 PM ESPN 980 show with Steve Czaban immediately after the conclusion "SVP & Russillo" on both of the days he's filling-in.....

Hernandez To Co-Host CSN's "SportsTalk Live" - 8/18 - Comcast SportsNet names DC sports TV veteran Chick Hernandez (right) co-host of "SportsTalk Live With Brian Mitchell," the weeknightly 10 PM show that has multiple encores daily. Starting September 1, he will join Mitchell, who has been featured on the program since it launched as "SportsTalk Live" in 2012. A native of Silver Spring, Hernandez is Comcast SportsNet's longest-serving news anchor and reporter, having joined the Bethesda-based channel in 2001 when it launched its news division. Hernandez will continue to serve as host of CSN's "Redskins Kickoff" and "Redskins Postgame Live," which feature Mitchell as an analyst. Rob Carlin, who contributes to the game-day shows as a reporter, will now serve as the CSN's Redskins television beat reporter for its daily news programs, including "SportsNet Central." Hernandez served in that role for the last two seasons and will continue to contribute to Redskins news coverage.....

Dave TV: Jack Diamond Special Edition - 8/18 - It's a special Jack Diamond edition of "Dave TV." I look at Jack's "legendary" radio career in the DC market, including two decades at WRQX, until his spring 2013 canning. And what the radio future might hold for Jack as he starts his new gig at a Tijuana radio station serving the San Diego market. Is Jack a "radio dinosaur" or is there still a place for him in today's changing radio biz? In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

WaPo Now Features Amazon Embeds - 8/17 - The Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post has started embedding Amazon "Buy-It-Now" buttons mid-sentence in Post website articles. Bezos, who owns Amazon.com, bought the newspaper about a year ago. More at slashdot.org.....

Jack Diamond Lands San Diego Radio Gig - 8/15 - RAMP is reporting that DC radio veteran Jack Diamond has landed a morning show gig at a Tijuana, Mexico station that serves the San Diego market. Starting August 18, he'll do mornings on classic hits XHPRS, 105.7 MAX-FM. Diamond got the boot from Cumulus's WRQX, then Mix 107.3, in the spring of 2013 after doing the morning show for two decades. Later that year, he did a short-lived gig at a Miami adult contemporary station. And, this summer, he was up for a morning gig at a Chicago classic hits station, which, apparently, he didn't get.....

Ann Compton To Retire - 8/15 - Ann Compton, the White House correspondent for ABC News, will retire on September 10. She's spent 41 years with ABC and has covered seven presidents. More at politico.com.....

MLB Panels Reaches Middle Ground In Nats TV Rights Dispute - 8/14 - Major League Baseball's arbitration panel determined in its June 30 ruling that the Orioles owe the Nationals $55 million to $60 million in rights fees from the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, a figure closer to the Orioles' proposal than what the Nationals asked for, according to court papers filed August 13 that marked the latest chapter in the ongoing dispute, so reports washingtonpost.com. The Nationals were asking for between $100 million and $110 million. The Orioles wanted to give them $35 million.....

Sinclair 7 To Launch 4 PM Newscast - 8/14 - DCRTV hears that new owner Sinclair will make its first big change to Channel 7/WJLA come September 15th when it launches a 4 PM newscast with Leon Harris and Alison Starling. To directly compete with NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC's 4 PM newscast. More soon.....

Todd To Replace Gregory At "MTP" - 8/14 - As widely expected, NBC announced today that Chuck Todd will replace David Gregory as host of NBC's DC-based "Meet The Press." Starting September 7. Todd has frequently done fill-in work for Gregory on the show. Gregory will leave NBC and has reportedly been talking to CNN. More at politico.com.....

US Wants To Counter-Program To Russia's RT - 8/14 - Kremlin-run broadcaster RT broadcasts a video news and political commentary network in English, aimed at the American audience. Available via the DC area's Channel 30/WNVC and its MHz international service, which is carried on most DC area cable TV systems. Now, the US Broadcasting Board Of Governors is floating a proposal that would create an American-based video service to provide a tit-for-tat Russian language channel aimed at Russians. More at rt.com.....

Jablow Does Crime Vids For Sun - 8/14 - DCRTV hears that Matt Jablow, who was a reporter at Channel 9/WUSA from 2011 to 2013, is now hosting and producing a video series for the Baltimore Sun. It's called "The Crime Scene," a weekly webcast about crime-related news and issues in the Baltimore area. Starting with a series on cold cases. Check it out at baltimoresun.com.....

Trish Turner Joins CBS - 8/14 - Trish Turner has been named a Washington-based senior producer of "CBS This Morning." She replaces Jill Jackson who is joining NBC's "Face The Nation" as a senior producer. Turner is a former Capitol Hill producer for the Fox News and CNN.....

Rancilio To Be GM Of NHP - 8/14 - Mike Rancilio has been named general manager and senior vice president of NewsHour Productions. He had been with "PBS NewsHour" since 2012 as chief revenue officer for MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, and came to Arlington-based WETA with the transfer of the public broadcasting news organization on July 1. Prior to joining the "NewsHour," Rancilio served as publisher of the New Republic, and held various positions with Atlantic Media involving digital strategy and advertising sales.....

WaPo Reporter Arrested Covering STL Unrest - 8/14 - Once again, a Washington Post employee becomes part of the news. Reporter Wesley Lowrey gets detained by police on Wednesday while reporting on the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, following the fatal shooting of unarmed teen by police over the weekend. At washingtonpost.com.....

CBS's Jill Jackson To "Face" - 8/14 - CBS News promotes Jill Jackson to the position of senior producer with DC-based "Face The Nation." She served as a Capitol Hill producer in CBS's Washington bureau before joining "CBS This Morning" in 2013. Jackson's been with CBS since 2007.....

Dave TV: Cumulus Talks To Snyder, DC Digital TV, More - 8/13 - I talk about rumblings I'm hearing that Cumulus, which owns WRQX and WMAL, is taking to Redskins owner Dan Snyder about buying his Red Zebra radio arm, including sports talkers WTEM and WSPZ. Also, I do a DC digital TV bandscan and find two new subchannels that are preparing to launch via Channel 14/WFDC. And, I remember some cool Robin Williams movies. In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

14 To Launch 2 Subchannels - 8/13 - Washington's Univision affiliate, Channel 14/WFDC, will launch two new English language digital subchannels this month. The station's current relay of classic movie and TV show channel GetTV moves from 14-3 to 14-2. With the 14-3 subchannel picking up the new Grit network, with shows focusing on the "classic male hero archetype," with stars like John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, and Chuck Norris. The new Escape TV, via 14-4, will feature crime and mystery shows and movies appealing to women.....

Gurdon Replaces Smith At Examiner - 8/13 - Stephen Smith, the top editor at the Washington Examiner, is leaving after more than seven years. Hugo Gurdon, previously the editor of the Hill, is taking his place. Smith oversaw the Examiner as it transitioned in 2013 from a daily print tabloid, covering a mix of local news and national politics, to a glossy magazine focused exclusively on national politics. More at washingtoncitypaper.com.....

WKCY Tops Harrisonburg - 8/13 - Clear Channel's country WKCY tops the latest batch of radio ratings in Harrisonburg VA, which manages to increase its overall share from 12.5 to 14.4. In a distant second place, at 9.9, is Gamma's classic country WSIG. VerStandig's contemporary hit WQPO places third with a 9.0 share. And, VerStandig news talker WSVA takes fourth with a 7.2 share.....

Cummings To Bloomberg Politics - 8/13 - Jeanne Cummings, a deputy editor at Bloomberg News, has been tapped to serve as head of Washington operations for the Mark Halperin-John Heilemann-led Bloomberg Politics project, so reports Politico.....

WTOP Again Tops DC Radio Heap - 8/12 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "first week" of August. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WIHT, 4) WHUR, 5) WASH, 6) WMMJ, 7) WPRS, 8) WPGC, 9) WBIG, 10) WMAL, 11) WMZQ and WKYS, 13) WGTS, 14) WIAD and WWDC, 16) WETA-FM, 17) WJFK-FM, 18) WLZL, 19) WRQX, 20) WTEM, 21) WBQB and WFRE and WNEW, 24) WINC-FM and WQSR, 26) WAVA-FM and WRBS-FM and WPFW, 29) WERQ and WAFY and WDCN.....

WNEW Edges Ahead Of WTOP In Balto - 8/12 - The Baltimore market radio ratings for the "first week" of August. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WERQ, 3) WPOC, 4) WWMX, 5) WQSR, 6) WZBA, 7) WLIF and WJZ-FM, 9) WZFT, 10) WRBS-FM, 11) WBAL-AM, 12) WIYY, 13) WBJC, 14) WYPR, 15) WCBM, 16) WCAO, 17) WHUR and WMZQ and WKYS, 20) WNEW, 21) WPGC and WASH, 23) WWDC and WTOP and WIHT and WBIG, 29) WTMD and WXCY and WMMJ.....

Politico To Stay In Rosslyn - 8/12 - DCRTV hears more about those new digs for Politico. It's currently housed in the 1100 Wilson Boulevard building in the Rosslyn section of Arlington with former media sisters Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8. But now that Allbritton has sold the TVers to Sinclair, it'll be moving Politico to an adjacent part of the Twin Towers complex at 1000 Wilson Boulevard. The current WJLA/Politico space encompasses the entire 6th floor of both 1100 and 1000 Wilson. Politico is moving to the 8th floor, within the Twin Towers located above the cafeteria. Also, we hear that Politico won't be making the move until the spring of 2015.....

CSN Debuts 2 Redskins Programs - 8/12 - Comcast SportsNet will premiere two programs covering the Redskins this week. "Redskins Nation: Alumni Special" debuts Wednesday, August 13 at 8 PM, with multiple encores. It will be hosted by Chick Hernandez and will feature four former Redskins - Ray Schoenke, Mark Moseley, Gary Clark and Chris Cooley. "Jay Gruden: A New Era" debuts Thursday, August 14 at 6:30 PM, with multiple encores. It looks at the life and career of the first-year Redskins head coach through a multi-part interview conducted by Hernandez.....

"MTP" Takes 1st - 8/12 - NBC's "Meet The Press" took first place in the DC market TV ratings for the DC-based Sunday morning talkers on August 10. Fox's "Fox News Sunday" placed second. CBS's "Face The Nation" was third, with ABC's "This Week" in fourth.....

CSN Promotes Kaze & Friedman - 8/12 - Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic names Benjie Kaze executive producer and director of original content and programming, a newly-created department. He previously served as the Bethesda-based network's executive producer of news. Also, CSN names Mark Friedman from his producer/writer/editor post to manager of technical innovation.....

Dotty Lynch Dies - 8/12 - From Politico: Washington's media community reacted with an outpouring of sadness Monday at the Sunday death of Dotty Lynch, the longtime political analyst and pollster who spent 20 years as the political editor of CBS News. An adviser to presidential candidates including George McGovern, Jimmy Carter, and Gary Hart, Lynch spent several years as polling chief for the Democratic National Committee before joining CBS in 1985. She battled cancer before passing away at age 69.....

Vandal Throws Pipe Into JLA Lobby - 8/11 - Someone threw a pipe into the street-front lobby of Channel 7/WJLA's Rosslyn building Sunday evening, which shattered a glass door. The building also houses NewsChannel 8 and Politico. The word is that a suspect may have been caught but there were no reports of injuries. At right, a photo of the Arlington aftermath via WJLA reporter Kendis Gibson's Facebook page.....

9 Van Burglarized In "Sketchy" DC Neighborhood - 8/11 - A Channel 9/WUSA news crew reporting Saturday on an app that identifies "sketchy" neighborhoods had their van burglarized while they were interviewing individuals who lived in a neighborhood the app identified as "sketchy" in northwest DC. WUSA reporter Mola Lenghi said that he, photographer James Hash, and intern Taylor Bisciotti were in the Petworth area interviewing residents who lived there. Taken from the van: Several laptops, photo gear, backpacks, a purse, and an iPhone. Lenghi says some of the missing items were found in a nearby Dumpster using iPhone's Find Your Phone app. More at rawstory.com.....

Todd Likely To Replace Gregory At "MTP" - 8/11 - Chuck Todd is the likely successor to David Gregory as moderator of NBC's DC-based "Meet The Press." With the change expected to be announced in coming weeks. According to Mike Allen at Politico, "the move is an effort by NBC News President Deborah Turness to restore passion and insider cred to a network treasure that has been adrift since the death in 2008 of Tim Russert".....

Fox News Ups Cherie Czrech - 8/11 - Fox News promotes Cherie Czrech from director of news and politics to senior director of the Washington bureau and politics.....

Cumulus Buying Snyder's Sports Talkers? - 8/11 - DCRTV hears from a local radio source that there is a rumor floating around that Cumulus is talking to Redskins owner Dan Snyder's Red Zebra broadcasting arm about buying its two stations - sports talkers ESPN 980, WTEM, and Sportstalk 570. WSPZ. If true, the deal would give Cumulus four more signals in the DC market - WTEM's 980 AM, 92.7 FM, and 94.3 FM, and WSPZ's 570 AM. Cumulus already owns news talker WMAL, 105.9 FM and 630 AM, and contemporary hit WRQX, 107.3 FM. It's no secret that Snyder wants to get out of the radio ownership business. He recently sold his Norfolk area sports talker, and his DC and Richmond area stations have been on the market for at least a year. There's also talk that Cumulus wants to expand its NASH country music format into the DC market and some pairing of Red Zebra's signals, particularly the FM outlets, would lend itself to that. More as we hear it.....

Mike Jones Moves To Middays On DC101 - 8/9 - Mike Jones moves from evenings to middays on Clear Channel rocker DC101, WWDC. He replaces Tessa Hall, who got cut from middays in mid-July. Before his three years doing evenings, Jones worked on DC101's "Elliot In The Morning" show.....

NBC's "MTP" Struggles On Sundays - 8/8 - NBC continues to struggle in the race for Sunday DC-based political talkers, with "Meet The Press" taking third place for its August 3rd edition. ABC's "This Week" took first place, besting second place "Face The Nation" on CBS. Fox's "Fox News Sunday" ranked fourth, with Univision's "Al Punto" in fifth.....

DCRTV's Job Ads - 8/8 - Delmarva Broadcasting Company has an opening for a chief engineer in the Wilmington DE market. The city of Laurel MD has three communications positions open. WCEI and WINX in Easton MD are looking for a jock for fill-ins and part-time on-air work. Centennial Broadcasting in Fredericksburg VA is looking for an account executive. Those are the latest at DCRTV's Job Ads.....

MASN Erects Hurdle For Nats In TV Rights Dispute - 8/7 - From bizjournals.com: The Mid-Atlantic Sports Network has successfully petitioned the New York State Supreme Court to obtain a temporary restraining order against Major League Baseball, the Washington Nationals, and Commissioner Bud Selig to prevent a recent arbitration award for the Nationals in their ongoing TV dispute from taking effect. A hearing on MASN's bid for a permanent injunction to have the award for the Nationals vacated will be heard later this month. The legal filing and the granting of an injunction bring the long-running battle over the Nationals' local TV rights fees to a heightened stage and directly defies fervent efforts by Selig to keep the conflict out of the courts. MASN, majority owned by the Baltimore Orioles under owner Peter Angelos, in its filing to the court called the arbitration award for the Nationals the result of a "corrupted and biased process that failed to honor... the substantive and procedural requirements set forth in the arbitration clause in a settlement agreement among the parties." The Nationals moved from Montreal in a 2005 deal that gave Angelos the rights to broadcast Nationals games on the regional sports network MASN, which also carries Orioles games. The Nationals are reportedly seeking a new TV contract worth between $100 million and $120 million per year, an amount that would be in line with other big-market clubs. The previous TV contract pays the Nationals $29 million per season and the Orioles have balked at significantly increasing the deal.....

Bloomberg Makes DC Cuts - 8/7 - Bloomberg Media will cancel its weekly political talk show, "Political Capital With Al Hunt," and will lay off 15 television and print employees in its DC bureau, according to Politico. The shake-up comes amid a restructuring of Bloomberg's political coverage that will center operations in NYC. In May, the company announced that it would launch a Bloomberg Politics site headed by "Game Change" co-authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, who will be based in NYC and will feature a daily TV program. The layoffs will primarily hit DC-based television production staff, as those jobs will move to NYC, Politico adds.....

CBS Reports "Sideways Tornado" In MD - 8/7 - From NewsBlues: CBS News reported yesterday on a super-rare "sideways tornado" spotted in Maryland (right). Except there is no such thing as a sideways tornado (it was probably a shelf cloud), and CBS apparently had no meteorologist available to tell them otherwise. The network pulled the story after Gawker noted the mistake. Then, after consulting meteorologist Chelsea Ingram at CBS-owned Channel 13/WJZ in Baltimore, it reposted an updated version of the story with an editor's note and apology: "CBS News regrets the error".....

Sinclair Reveals Plans For NC8 - 8/7 - A source tells DCRTV that Sinclair's suits visited its new acquisition of NewsChannel 8 yesterday afternoon to discuss the future of the local DC market cable news channel, which it recently purchased along with sister Channel 7/WJLA. We're told that the proposed national version of NC8 will be a mix of national news content interspersed with news specific to the local market, where Sinclair owns or operates stations. Sinclair claims the channel has higher ratings than CNN, CNBC, and HLN combined, in the local DC market. Also, the Baltimore Sun reports that Baltimore-based Sinclair says it achieved better-than-expected second quarter revenue numbers, thanks to strong advertising sales and lower expenses to operate its television stations.....

Rita Rich Produces "Patriot-Made" - 8/7 - Rita Rich, of the DC area's Rita Rich Media Services, tells us that she's become a producer and narrator of podcasts and audio reports under the title of "Patriot-Made Audiocast." According to a release, they tell stories of folks showing their nationalism in the marketplace via the the "Made In USA" and "Buy American" movements. Rich's firm does targeted-customized talk radio programming as well as PSA production, distribution, and promotion. More at patriotmadeaudio.com.....

Cumulus To Sell 630's Real Estate? - 8/7 - There's talk that Cumulus might sell the Bethesda real estate that features the transmitter site of news talker WMAL's 630 AM signal. In his Thursday radio biz newsletter, Tom Taylor tells us that Cumulus head Lew Dickey, via an investor conference yesterday, indicates that the sale of various transmitter sites around the country plus a chunk of ground outside of DC together could "bring in as much as $200 million." Taylor says that's the first time he's heard Dickey mention the DC market real estate. WMAL's AM towers, which can be been from the Capital Beltway at the I-270 "split," sit in a pricey residential neighborhood off Greentree Road. No word as to where Cumulus would relocate the facility, but out near Red Zebra's Germantown site for 570 AM, sports talker WSPZ, is a possibility that DCRTV has heard before. WMAL is less reliant on the coverage of the AMer since the launch of its FM signal on Northern Virginia's 105.9 in 2012.....

CNN Restructures Digital Politics Division - 8/7 - More than a dozen employees in CNN's Digital Politics division learned yesterday that their positions will be eliminated at the end of the month. The employees were told that they would have to re-apply to new positions with new job descriptions. The restructuring, which affects employees working for CNN's digital politics team in DC, is a consequence of the network's plan to build a new digital politics product, so reports capitalnewyork.com.....

Oprah Returns To Baltimore - 8/7 - Oprah Winfrey, the billionaire media magnate whose career took off after a stint as an anchor on Channel 13/WJZ in Baltimore, came back to the city Wednesday for a dinner of crabs and crab cakes in a private dining area of Captain James Landing in Canton. More at baltimoresun.com.....

Fox's Steve Centanni Retires - 8/7 - Steve Centanni, a Washington-based national correspondent for Fox News, is retiring. He's 68.....

5's Tony Perkins Launches Podcast - 8/6 - Channel 5/WTTG news anchor Tony Perkins (right) debuted his new podcast today. "The Tony Perkins Show" featuring Gary Stein is the newest addition to the MORE Broadcasting line-up, which is anchored by "The Mike O'Meara Show." Perkins says that he is excited and that the weekly podcast gives him a chance to revisit his roots in both stand-up comedy and radio - he once produced for Donnie Simpson. Stein was Perkins' producer during his years at ABC's "Good Morning America" and the two remain best friends. The first three shows are now available at tonyperkinsshow.com and on iTunes.....

DC Sports Media: Butler, Brotman, McKenna, More - 8/6 - Star player Lamar Butler joins GMU's basketball broadcasts. Charlie Brotman retires as DC's tennis voice. Another publication bans "Redskins." The latest DC sports radio ratings. The Ravens get DC TV pre-season exposure. And Dave McKenna slams the Redskins' deal with the Washington Times. In this week's DC sports media column at PressBoxDC.com.....

Redaction From WaPo - 8/6 - A 2,000-word chunk of a Washington Post article about black men and HIV was redacted because the source fabricated the anecdotes, the paper announced in an editor's note on the piece. More at politico.com.....

CSPAN Radio Focuses On Nixon Resignation - 8/6 - CSPAN Radio marks the 40th anniversary of the resignation of President Nixon with some of his last phone calls, his nationally televised resignation speech on August 8, 1974, and his emotional farewell to his staff and cabinet before leaving the White House on August 9. You'll also hear CSPAN's interview with historian Luke Nichter, co-author of "The Nixon Tapes: 1971-1972." Listen Saturday, August 9, at 10:30 AM on CSPAN Radio, which is available on WCSP, 90.1 FM, at c-span.org, and via XM-120.....

Snyder's Deal With WashTimes Slammed - 8/6 - The promotional deal between Dan Snyder and the Washington Times "has drawn mostly whimpers from the journalism watchdogs," writes Dave McKenna, the former Washington City Paper journalist who was once sued by the owner of the Redskins. At deadspin.com.....

Dave TV: July Radio Ratings Analysis, More - 8/6 - I look at the July radio ratings which have some good news for WPGC, WMZQ, and WPRS. Also, male demos are boosting WMAL. Plus, what's up with DC radio god Don Geronimo moving from RELM to USTREAM? While another DC radio god, Jack Diamond, waits for a call from Chicago's WLS. I remember great Channel 2/WMAR news anchor George Collins. And, just how camo crazy am I? In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

Mike Nichols Dies - 8/6 - DCRTV hears that Mike Nichols has died of cancer. He was a producer at Baltimore news talker WCBM for many years and was also involved in the local music scene, playing with a group called "Truth 'N Tempest." More soon.....

Balto Sports Media: Shawn Madden Dies, More - 8/5 - Shawn Madden, a former Channel 13/WJZ sports anchor, dies of an apparent heart attack at age 45. Cleal Channel makes an Eastern Shore sports radio move. The Ravens again land a DC TVer for its pre-season games - Channel 7/WJLA. And the Xfinity name comes to a University Of Maryland arena. In this week's Baltimore sports media column at PressBoxOnline.com.....

WTOP & Hot 99.5 Top DC Radio Ratings - 8/5 - The monthly July radio ratings for the Washington market. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WIHT, 4) WHUR, 5) WASH, 6) WPRS, 7) WMMJ, 8) WBIG and WPGC, 10) WMZQ, 11) WETA-FM, 12) WKYS and WMAL and WIAD, 15) WWDC, 16) WGTS, 17) WJFK-FM, 18) WRQX and WLZL, 20) WTEM, 21) WFRE, 22) WNEW, 23) WBQB, 24) WAFY, 25) WAVA-FM and WPFW and WINC-FM and WDCN, 30) WRBS-FM and WKDV and WFLS and WERQ. Age 25-54: 1) WIHT, 2) WHUR, 3) WTOP, 4) WASH, 5) WWDC, 6) WPGC and WAMU, 8) WKYS, 9) WGTS, 10) WMZQ and WMMJ, 12) WBIG and WIAD, 14) WPRS, 15) WMAL, 16) WJFK-FM, 17) WRQX, 18) WLZL, 19) WETA-FM, 20) WTEM, 21) WQSR, 22) WNEW and WBQB, 24) WFRE, 25) WKDV and WAFY and WDCN, 28) WINC-FM and WRBS-FM, 30) WERQ and WAVA-FM and WSPZ.....

WPOC Tops Baltimore Radio Ratings - 8/5 - The monthly July radio ratings for the Baltimore market. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WPOC, 2) WWIN-FM, 3) WERQ, 4) WWMX, 5) WLIF, 6) WBAL-AM and WRBS-FM, 8) WZBA and WZFT, 10) WQSR, 11) WJZ-FM, 12) WIYY, 13) WBJC and WYPR, 15) WCAO and WCBM, 17) WTMD and WWIN-AM, 19) WRBS-AM, 20) WQLL and WYPR STREAM. DC and other out of market stations were not included in these stats.....

Dip For Radio One - 8/5 - Silver Spring-based urban radio giant Radio One's Q2 net revenue was $108.4 million, a decrease of 9.4% from the same period in 2013. Said Alfred Liggins, Radio One CEO: "Our radio division experienced a combination of general market-softness and specific competitive issues." More at rbr.com. Locally, Radio One owns WKYS, WMMJ, WERQ, WPRS, and WWIN.....

Gannett To Split - 8/5 - McLean-based Gannett plans to spin off its print operations, including USA Today, becoming the latest media company to break itself up. Gannett, which owns DC's Channel 9/WUSA, said its broadcasting and digital company, which has yet to be named, will be the biggest independent group of television stations in the top 25 markets, with 46 stations that it will own or service. The company will be the biggest affiliate group for both NBC and CBS. The publishing business, which will keep the Gannett name, will own 81 daily newspapers. Also, Gannett will buy out the 73% percent of the auto sales website Cars.com that it does not already own for $1.8 billion. More at nytimes.com.....

WMAR Veteran George Collins Dies - 8/5 - George Collins, a pioneering Channel 2/WMAR broadcaster who earlier had been editor-in-chief of the Afro-American newspaper and covered the civil rights movement and political corruption in Maryland, died July 31 of renal failure at Union Memorial Hospital. He was 88. In 1968, he joined WMAR as a prime-time anchor and associate editor. He became a familiar presence to Baltimore viewers with his heavy framed black glasses, carefully trimmed mustache and no-nonsense on-air demeanor. Collins, who was the second African-American hired by WMAR, held numerous roles during his 20-year career, including news editor, political analyst, investigative reporter and editorial director. After leaving WMAR in 1988, Collins owned and operated GWC Media Consultants and hosted a biweekly public-affairs show on WEAA radio at Morgan State University. More at baltimoresun.com. At right, a photo of Collins from the 1960s.....

Lamar Butler Joins GMU Hoops Coverage - 8/5 - George Mason University men's basketball great Lamar Butler will join play-by-play veteran Bill Rohland as color analyst for the 2014-2015 men's basketball season. Butler will make his debut as color analyst opening night, November 14, when the Patriots tipoff the season against Cornell. Butler played for the Patriots from 2001-2006 as Mason compiled an overall record of 101-53 during his time on the court, which included two NIT appearances and the historic run to the Final Four. Rohland is entering his 16th season with the Patriots, the last nine seasons as the play-by-play announcer. He served as the color analyst for six seasons. More at gomason.com.....

7's Hatzel Vela To Miami - 8/5 - Channel 7/WJLA reporter is leaving DC's ABC affiliate now that Sinclair has taken over. Hatzel Vela heads to his hometown of Miami where he will report for WPLG-TV, the market's ABC affiliate. "I'm looking forward to telling the kind of stories that make my hometown such an amazing place," he wrote on Facebook. "And most importantly, I'm looking forward to being close to family, reconnecting with old life-long friends and making new ones".....

Dave TV: Michaelsen, Smith, Madden, Dark, Diamond, More - 8/5 - More conflicts of interest at the mediocre Washington Post - involving both Comcast and Amazon. And how the paper fails to break some big local media stories, including Gannett to split. Plus, another reporter leaves WJLA since Sinclair's taken over. Could Lane Michaelsen be the new news director at 7? Jack Diamond waits by the phone for news about his new Chicago radio gig. Former Baltimore sports anchor Shawn Madden dies. June Smith to WBAL radio. Also, WTOP continues to air Russian propaganda on one of its digital subchannels. WMAL to drop ABC newscasts. 80 big ones for Johnny Dark. And more in today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

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