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Dish Could Drop CSN - 11/22 - It looks like Comcast is worried that Dish Network might drop Bethesda-based Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic. Probably contract renewal time and Comcast is asking more than what Dish wants to pay. Comcast explains its side of the dispute at iwantcsnma.com.....

WCAO, WFBR, WBAL Memories Added To DCRTV Plus - 11/22 - Make a donation to DCRTV of $39 or more and get access to local radio and TV memory-packed DCRTV Plus, which is frequently updated with "new" stuff - including Baltimore radio memories of WBAL, WCAO, and WFBR on 11/21. November is traditionally a slow fund-raising month for us. Please consider making a donation to DCRTV. Any amount is welcome. Independent DCRTV started covering DC and Baltimore area media news 17 years ago. We've been here all those years because of your support. While advertisers are great, support from individual visitors accounts for about 50% of our revenue. Send your donation via PayPal to our dcrtv@hotmail.com address. Or pop a check in the mail. Make it payable to "Dave Hughes" and send it to Dave Hughes, 1981-B Villaridge Drive, Reston VA 20191. Visit our Support page for more donation options.....

Lord Brings Changes To 9's News - 11/21 - DCRTV hears about a batch of behind-the-scenes staff changes at Gannett's Channel 9/WUSA since the arrival of Bill Lord as the station's new news czar. He had been at Channel 7/WJLA until September, just after Sinclair purchased the station from Allbritton. We're now told that news producer Margaret Cordes is gone after less than a year at WUSA. She's going to work with Joel Osteen's ministry in Texas. Also leaving WUSA is news producer Regina Griffin. We're told that they'll be more changes since Fred D'Ambrosi recently left the top news gig at the station, which suffers from sagging news ratings. More as we hear it.....

Former Sun Report Does Hit Podcast - 11/21 - Sarah Koenig, a former Baltimore Sun reporter, is host and executive producer of "Serial," a podcast from the producers of public radio's "This American Life." The weekly, non-fiction account of a Baltimore murder involving students at Woodlawn High School is the media hit of the fall. According to baltimoresun.com, it has been downloaded and streamed more than 5 million times via iTunes.....

Less Local Coverage In WaPo - 11/21 - An interesting little nugget about the Washington Post's widely perceived decline in its coverage of local DC area news is revealed in a Steven Mufson piece about the paper's launch of an app for Amazon's Fire tablet: "Traditionally, the Post, while having a national reputation, has been primarily a local business, and it relies heavily on ad revenue from its locally circulated print edition. Since [Amazon founder Jeff] Bezos purchased the Post last year, however, the paper has discarded its goal of being 'for and about Washington.' It has added reporters to cover national arts, national sports, financial news and other areas that - along with long-standing strengths in such areas as politics and foreign news - might appeal to a broader audience in the tablet format." At washingtonpost.com.....

Dave TV: WAMU Changes, Country To WRQX? - 11/20 - Live coverage of the DCRTV Thanksgiving Golf Classic at the Reston National golf course. With David Burd, Andy Parks, Jim Farley, and more. Plus, what's up with all the big changes at WAMU, which sees the departures of two biggies, including PD Mark McDonald. To the joy of many WTOPers. And, more rumblings that WRQX could be celebrating a "Country Christmas." Plus a shout out to Reston Now and a slam of Current. And more in today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

McDonald & Holt Out At WAMU - 11/20 - Updated. A source tells DCRTV that JJ Yore, general manager at American University public radio outlet WAMU, 88.5 FM, announced a staff reorganization yesterday. Among the changes - program director Mark McDonald and long-time chief engineer John Holt are out as of mid-December. Another source tells us that the "new WAMU GM [Yore] came in and found [the] station massively over budget and in debt." More: After DCRTV broke the news early Thursday, Current confirmed that both McDonald and Holt will be leaving the top-rated news talker and its sister Bluegrass Country outlet, 105.5 FM. Holt will retire at the end of November after 20 years with the station. With McDonald, who has been at WAMU since 2001, leaving to "pursue other multimedia opportunities" by the end of the year, according to Current. More as we hear it.....

Franklin To Frisco - 11/20 - Chip Franklin, who used to work at Baltimore news talker WBAL-AM and DC news talker WMAL, lost his six-year morning show job at San Diego news talker KOGO earlier this year. Now, we hear, Franklin's heading to San Francisco to do the noon to 3 PM shift on news talker KGO-AM. Franklin got his start in standup comedy and has written for "Saturday Night Live," "The Tonight Show," Conan O'Brien, and Bill Maher.....

WaPo Unveils Fire App - 11/20 - The Washington Post unveils an all-new tablet app built for a national audience, available starting today exclusively for Amazon Fire tablet customers and offering unlimited free access to the app for six months, no subscription required. Amazon owner Jeff Bezos bought the Post last year. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Balto Sun Shines On Rowe - 11/20 - The Baltimore Sun talks to Baltimore area native Mike Rowe, who is now hosting a "Somebody's Gotta Do It" jobs show for CNN. For many years, he hosted "Dirty Jobs" on the Discovery Channel.....

Cecily Strong To Do WHCA Dinner - 11/20 - "Saturday Night Live" cast member Cecily Strong will be the featured entertainer of next year's White House Correspondents' Association dinner. More at today.com.....

BQB Raises $35K For Charity - 11/20 - Centennial's hot adult contemporary WBQB, 101.5 FM, in Fredericksburg raised $35,559 during its first ever "Care-athon" November 14 and 15 for Children's National Medical Center in DC.....

Lightfoot Joins 50 - 11/19 - Gene Lightfoot is the new general sales manager at Tribune-owned Channel 50/WDCW, the DC market's CW affiliate. He comes from KHOU, the CBS affiliate in Houston, where he was national sales manager.....

5 Years For 980's "Sports Fix" - 11/19 - "The Sports Fix" noon to 2 PM show on ESPN 980, WTEM, celebrates its fifth anniversary today. Hosted by Kevin Sheehan and Thom Loverro, the sports talk program "has been a ratings leader achieving number one ratings throughout their (its) five year run," a statement from station owner Red Zebra claims. Loverro also does sports writing for the Washington Times. While Sheehan also hosts WTEM's Redskins pre-game show.....

Schieffer Lusts After Pope - 11/19 - On its 60th anniversary, DC-based Sunday political talker "Face The Nation" host Bob Schieffer talks to washingtonpost.com about who he'd like to have on his show. Like the Pope.....

Ratings High For Kurtz - 11/19 - Former Washington Post media columnist Howie Kurtz's Fox News "MediaBuzz" program last Sunday scored its highest ratings ever. The network claims that 1.3 million viewers tuned in to the Sunday show. Since he jumped from CNN, Kurtz's new Fox News show has seen a 53% ratings hike, according to Fox's stats.....

Layoffs At WashTimes - 11/18 - Last week, the Washington Times claimed that it is about to post a profit for the first time in its history. However, according to a Daily Caller report, it's all just a bunch of spin. With the DC newspaper and website about to lay off up to two dozen employees.....

WTOP Hires Foley, Bali Returns - 11/18 - Dennis Foley joins Hubbard all-newser WTOP as a weekend assistant editor and reporter. A journalism/political science grad from Hofstra, he's most-recently been news and digital director of Rehoboth Beach news talker WGMD, where he's also been serving as morning and midday anchor. Also, Rahul Bali returns to WTOP, where was was a reporter and editor from 2008 to 2010, to be weekend and fill-in reporter. Most recently, he's been a reporter with WGAC in Augusta GA.....

Election Boost For MAL - 11/18 - The DC market radio ratings for the "third week" of November show a nice hike for Cumulus news talker WMAL, up to a recent record high of sixth place, obviously boosted by its election coverage. These ratings are actually for the late October, early November period. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WHUR, 3) WIHT, 4) WAMU, 5) WASH, 6) WMAL, 7) WWDC, 8) WBIG and WIAD, 10) WETA-FM, 11) WMMJ, 12) WPRS, 13) WMZQ, 14) WGTS, 15) WKYS, 16) WPGC, 17) WTEM, 18) WJFK-FM and WLZL, 20) WRQX, 21) WFRE, 22) WBQB, 23) WNEW and WINC-FM, 25) WAVA-FM and WAFY and WERQ, 28) WQSR and WGRQ and WDCN.....

"Clock" Changes At NPR - 11/18 - From Romenesko: DC-based NPR changed its "clocks" on Monday because, the network says, "people listen to radio differently now." Current, the website about public media, explains that "the clocks are the second-by-second scheduling of what happens when during the newsmagazines, including newscasts, music beds and funding credits. They also affect when stations can insert their own local content." NPR programming is locally on DC's WAMU, 88.5 FM, and Baltimore's WYPR, 88.1 FM.....

More Rumblings Of Country Coming To 107.3 - 11/18 - We hear from a source via DCRTV's Mailbag that Cumulus head Lew Dickey is in town and will be inspecting his DC radio properties of news talker WMAL and vastly underperforming contemporary hit WRQX, now christened DC's 107.3. "Yesterday, the managers were running around like frantic rats trying to polish all their turds," we're told. "After Lewey slammed his DC cluster, WRQX, specifically, for having no ratings and generating no revenue, looks like the end is in sight. Is this the NASH pre-amble? Maybe Lewey has figured out that hiring previously canned [Clear Channel] managers to bully your sales people with full of sh*t company rah-rah is not how you make moolah! 107.3 has been a ratings nightmare. No ratings, no sales. 'Honky Tonk Holidays' coming soon to a former successful frequency named 107.3".....

Group Wants DC Area Signal For New Gospel Station - 11/18 - Freedom Through Faith Ministries/Radio Network, both based in Baltimore, have taken out an ad on DCRTV. They have just announced plans to purchase a secular AM/low-power FM station to convert into a gospel format. "A unique ministry opportunity is taking place in Washington DC - and we need you to be part of bringing the Word of God to the Nation's Capital," according to statement from the organization. "This opportunity is a natural outgrowth of our three online Christian stations with listenership in 145 different nations and all 50 states." FTFM is looking for initial donations of approximately $100,000 to begin the process of acquiring this station. "If 100 individuals/businesses will give a one-time donation of $1,000, we can begin the process immediately," the group adds. You can make a donation at FTFM.org. Donations are tax deductible. Freedom Through Faith Ministries is an IRS approved, 501-c-3 non-profit organization.....

Mike Wise Leaves WaPo For ESPN - 11/18 - Washington Post sports columnist Mike Wise heads for ESPN, where he'll launch a new website that will be "focused on the intersection of sports, culture, and race." Wise, who joined the Post, also had hosted a show on CBS sports talker WJFK, 106.7 The Fan. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Robin Colwell Joins FCC - 11/18 - Robin Colwell is the new chief of staff and legal advisor for media issues to Republican Commissioner Michael O'Rielly at the DC-based Federal Communications Commission. She had been legal advisor to South Carolina Republican Tim Scott. Colwell started her career as an associate at the DC law firm of Wiley Rein And Fielding.....

Feinstein Off CBS Sports Radio, More - 11/17 - CBS Sports Radio says adios to DC's John Feinstein. WJFK, 106.7 The Fan will carry a batch of George Mason University men's hoops this season. And, Comcast SportsNet has lined up a whole lot of local college basketball for fall and beyond. In this week's DC sports media column at PressBoxDC.com.....

5's Perkins Stops Supporting Skins - 11/17 - "Those of you who continue to support the Redskins problem-plagued organization, I sincerely wish you the best. I've loved them. But I'm OUT," Tweeted Channel 5/WTTG news anchor Tony Perkins after yesterday's loss to Tampa. More at TVSpy.....

Rob Long Lives For Balto Sports Radio - 11/17 - Baltimore sports newspaper and website PressBox profiles Charm City sports media vet Rob Long, co-host of the "Vinny And Rob Show" on CBS sports talker WJZ-FM, 105.7 The Fan. The piece covers Long's youth in Baltimore, his move to South Carolina, moving back to the area and getting involved in sports radio, in which he started as a frequent caller to Towson sports talker WNST, 1570 AM.....

26 Unveils 1980s Doc - 11/17 - Channel 26/WETA debuts its latest local documentary, "Washington In The '80s," tonight at 8 PM. It follows previous docs, "Washington In The '70s" and "Washington In The '60s." The latest in the series looks at Ronald Regan's presidency and the AIDS quilt on the Mall.....

Mastromonaco To Vice - 11/17 - Alyssa Mastromonaco, former White House deputy chief of staff, has been named chief operating officer for Vice Media. She starts in January.....

Cord Cutter: More Yanking Cable TV, More - 11/16 - In my latest Cord Cutter video, I look at new stats that show a lot more people cutting their cable TV subscriptions this quarter compared with the same quarter a year ago. Plus, I update what I'm looking at on Roku, including some new channels I've subscribed to. And more antenna problems in today's Cord Cutter page.....

JFK To Air GMU Hoops - 11/16 - George Mason University men's basketball games will broadcast select contests locally on CBS sports talker WJFK-FM, 106.7 The Fan. The broadcast schedule begins today, Sunday at 1 PM, when the team hosts Princeton at the Patriot Center. WJFK will carry two other non-conference games in December against Catawba and at Oklahoma before airing nine of the 18 Atlantic 10 conference games beginning in January. Bill Rohland will be the voice of the Patriots for the 10th straight season, his 16th overall with the program, having served as color analyst for six seasons. George Mason men’s basketball legend Lamar Butler will handle color commentary in his first season on air with Mason. All Mason games will be audio streamed on the official website of George Mason Athletics, GoMason.com and on the official GoMason Mobile apps.....

CSN Unveils College Hoops Sked - 11/16 - Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic has announced its 169-game college basketball schedule for the 2014-2015 season, which features 119 men's and 50 women's games, including those from the Atlantic Coast Conference, Colonial Athletic Association, and Atlantic 10. CSN's men's schedule includes at least 81 appearances by 20 of the region's top programs, including Old Dominion, Virginia Tech, Richmond, William And Mary, James Madison, Towson, Delaware, Virginia, George Washington, American, VCU, George Mason, Howard, VMI, and Loyola Maryland. CSN's 50-game women's college basketball schedule includes 36 games from the ACC. Virginia is scheduled to make four appearances on the network, with Virginia Tech set for two games. CSN's ACC coverage will also include 11 conference tournament games.....

First Profit Ever For WashTimes - 11/14 - The Washington Times says it's poised to post its first profit in its 32-year history. Expense reductions and restructuring have cut losses, along with a gain in traffic for the newspaper's cluttered and ad link infested website. Details at washingtontimes.com.....

WNAV's Barbara Cox Dies - 11/14 - DCRTV hears that Barbara Cox (right), 55, an on-air personality and news director at WNAV, 1430 AM, has died. A regular presence on the Annapolis station's "Good Morning Annapolis" program, she revealed in 2011 that she was battling breast cancer. According to capitalgazette.com, she had overcome cancer and the Friday morning death at her home has initially been attributed to cardiac arrest.....

Joe Knight Obit - 11/14 - The Baltimore Sun runs its obituary for Joe Knight, a radio personality who was known to several generations of WFBR and WCBM listeners as "Joe Knight, the Knight of the spinning roundtable" during the golden age of Baltimore radio, died Saturday, November 8, at Hope Hospice in Fort Myers, Florida, of complications from a broken hip. The former Lutherville resident was 87.....

CBS Doesn't Renew Feinstein's Deal - 11/14 - CBS Sports Radio will not renew its contract with DC-based John Feinstein, who did a weekday morning sports interview show. Feinstein, who continues to be a Washington Post contributor, signed a one-year contract with CBS when the sports radio network launched in January 2013, which was renewed for a second year. But he tells washingtonpost.com that "the handwriting was on the wall for a while" after a CBS executive told him that his lengthy stories about sports events and personalities "were slowing the show down." Feinstein's show will end at the end of December. It was heard on DC's WJFK-AM, 1580, and Baltimore's WJZ-AM, 1300.....

Cucchiella Extends Fill-In On 105.7 - 11/14 - From DCRTV's 11/14 Mailbag: "Mickey Cucchiella (right) will continue fill-in work at 105.7 [The Fan] Monday and Tuesday. [Steve] Davis is apparently back next week, but [Ed] Norris will be off a few extra days. I actually thought Mickey and [Ken] Weinman did a pretty good job this week. Got a little silly at times, but better than Norris and Davis, which has gotten lazy and tiresome. If both of them were replaced, it wouldn't be a great loss." As DCRTV told you earlier this week, former 98 Rock, WIYY morning man Cucchiella has been doing morning duties all week on CBS sports talker WJZ-FM, 105.7 The Fan. Cucchiella left Hearst's 98 Rock in mid-2013.....

Waterman Joins FCC - 11/14 - David Waterman has been named chief economist of the DC-based Federal Communications Commission. He replaces Tim Brennan. Waterman is a professor professor emeritus at Indiana University's Department Of Telecommunications.....

New 'Net Show For Glenn Clark, More - 11/13 - Glenn Clark is the latest former WNST personality to start his own internet-based local sports show, podcast, or blog. Clark will launch a daily sports "radio show" that's available online at GlennClarkRadio.com starting Monday, November 17. At the request of the Baltimore Ravens, CBS took down postgame locker-room video of head coach John Harbaugh November 8. And, the former program director of Ravens and Orioles flagship WBAL radio finds a new gig out west. In this week's Baltimore sports media column at PressBoxOnline.com.....

Dave TV: Format Flips For WNEW & WRQX? More - 11/13 - I look at the most likely DC radio format flip possibilities for the new year. Will big changes be coming to WRQX and WNEW? Also, they don't all seem to be happy campers over there at WPGC. A shake-up at WMMJ. And more in a very dark, poorly-lit edition of "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

Radio One Cans MMJ's PD - 11/13 - DCRTV hears from a source that Dionne Burkett-Lewis got fired yesterday from her program director job at Radio One's adult urban contemporary WMMJ, Majic 102.3. She was canned "on the spot" and got escorted out of WMMJ's Silver Spring studios, we're told.....

Radio One Rev Drops 8% - 11/13 - Silver Spring-based urban radio giant Radio One reports an 8% drop in revenue for the third quarter. Says CEO Alfred Liggins: "It has never happened in the history of me running this company that all four of these markets [Houston, Atlanta, Washington DC, Baltimore] have taken a hit at the same time... that's why I think it's an anomaly." For the quarter, DC decreased 7.1% and Baltimore dropped 4.1%, with the company down almost 2% for the year so far. More at Tom Taylor Now. Locally, Radio One owns WMMJ, WKYS, WPRS, WOL, WYCB, WERQ, WWIN-FM/AM, and WOLB.....

Feiken, Holliday, Richards To Gold Circle - 11/13 - The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy Of Television Arts And Sciences will be holding its Gold And Silver Circle honors dinner and awards ceremony December 7 at the Gerogetown Hotel in DC. This year's Gold Circle inductees are MPT's Rhea Feiken, local radio and TV veteran Johnny Holliday, and DC TV pioneer Don Richards. The Silver Circle inductees for 2014 include WRC's Charles Bragale, Hampton Roads own Cathy Lewis, Baltimore photograhper Peter O'Neal, WTTG weather forecaster Sue Palka, entrepreneur Michael Skehan, and Joe Yasharoff from Comcast SportsNet. Tickets and more information are available at capitalemmys.tv.....

MarketWatch To Shutter Radio Ops - 11/12 - DCRTV hears that MarketWatch, with anchors and reporters in DC and NYC, will be shutting down its radio operations at the end of the year. Along with the parent Wall Street Journal Radio Network. MarketWatch business news reports have been heard locally on all-newsers WTOP and WNEW. More at ntsmediaonline.com.....

Low Morale At CNN-DC - 11/12 - CNN president Jeff Zucker will meet with employees at the DC bureau on November 17. His invitation comes in the wake of reports that the bureau is suffering from low morale and high anxiety in the wake of weeks of layoffs and buyouts. With the news channel receiving record low ratings. More at politico.com.....

Povich: Leaving Sports In Early DC Days - 11/12 - Maury Povich, who is now a national afternoon TV talk show host, talks about why he moved from sports to news during his early career days in DC at Channel 5/WTTG. At washingtonpost.com.....

DCRTV's Job Ads: 96.5 CTG, Yamanair Creative - 11/12 - The Eastern Shore's 96.5 CTG is looking for on-air personnel. DC's Yamanair Creative is looking for radio producers who can write, voice, produce on Pro-Tools on a MAC platform. The opening is "proof that radio is kicking ass harder than ever," says head of the firm and DC radio veteran Yaman Coskun. "It is all due to due to major expansion of our services nationally as well as the political revenue category exploding in DC with the election year ahead," he says. Those are the latest job ads at DCRTV's Job Ads, where you can reach many thousands of local media movers and shakers for just $49.....

Dave TV: WaPo's Huckster Media Hacks, MAL's Crazy Plante, More - 11/11 - I slam the mediocre Washington Post's coverage of the batch of cable TV political hucksters and righty radio talkers as merely an attempt to get traffic up at the newspaper's website. With little or no real news involved. And also take down WMAL's Chris Plante as a clownish hypocrite. In today's "Dave TV at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

WOL's More Better Man Dies - 11/11 - Legendary WOL, 1450 AM radio host Raymond Woods, also known as the More Better Man, died today at Veteran's Hospital in Washington. He was 74. Woods was born in Spartanburg SC in 1940 and grew up in DC, where he graduated from McKinley Tech High School. Enlisting in the Marines, he served in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart, among many other citations. His love for rhythm and blues music of the 1950s and 1960s led him to seek a job at WOL. In September 1982, he went on the air, beginning with just two hours per week, which was quickly expanded. Woods would remain at WOL for six years. He also sponsored dances, parties, and shows. Since April 1995, he's been doing a night talk radio show for WOL. More at woldcnews.newsone.com.....

TOP Tops DC Radio Heap Again - 11/11 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "second week" of November. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WHUR, 3) WIHT, 4) WAMU, 5) WMMJ, 6) WBIG and WASH, 8) WMAL, 9) WWDC, 10) WPRS, 11) WIAD and WKYS, 13) WGTS, 14) WMZQ and WPGC, 16) WTEM and WETA, 18) WLZL, 19) WJFK-FM, 20) WRQX, 21) WFRE, 22) WINC-FM, 23) WAVA-FM and WNEW, 25) WAFY and WERQ, 27) WPFW and WBQB and WDCN, 30) WGRQ and WSMD.....

Jaffe & Mufson To Cover WH For WaPo - 11/11 - The Washington Post moves Greg Jaffe to the White House beat. He had been covering the Pentagon. Joining him at the White House is Steve Mufson, who had been covering energy issues and China.....

Salant To Star-Ledger - 11/11 - Jonathan Salant is the new Washington correspondent for the Newark Star-Ledger. Salant was laid off from Bloomberg News in August. He had previously worked for the Associated Press and Congressional Quarterly.....

WaPo Raises More Plagiarism Issues For Zakaria - 11/11 - The Washington Post's editorial page has found "problematic" sourcing in five columns written by Fareed Zakaria and will likely note the lack of attribution in archived editions of the articles. So reports washingtonpost.com. Zararia has faced plagiarism charges in the past.....

Cucchiella Fills-In On 105.7 - 11/11 - Former 98 Rock morning man Mickey Cucchiella is back on the Baltimore radio dial this morning. He's sitting in with Ed Norris and Steve Davis on WJZ-FM, 105.7 The Fan today. And will be filling-in while Norris and Davis take Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday off. After leaving 98 Rock, WIYY in mid-2013, Cucchiella has been running the Vape Lounge in Harford County, where he sells electronic cigarettes.....

RQX Slump Hurts Cumulus's Q3 Numbers - 11/11 - Cumulus blames the DC and NYC markets for a quarter that didn't grow. According to Tom Taylor Now, CEO Lew Dickey tells his third-quarter call that "just two markets will account for the entire [cash flow] decline of the company in 2014." He was referring to the ratings and revenue meltdown at WRQX, which canned morning man Jack Diamond in spring 2013 after 24 years at what was then Mix 107.3. Since then, the hot adult contemporary format has been replaced with contemporary hits as DC's 107.3, and a new locally-based morning show, with the ratings still in the basement. Ironically, Diamond has since returned to Cumulus, via Chicago's classic hits WLS-FM.....

Balto Radio Vet Joe Knight Dies - 11/10 - DCRTV hears that Joe Knight has died at age 87 in Sarasota, Florida. He was on Baltimore's now-defunct WFBR, 1300 AM, and on WCBM, 680 AM. A colleague tells us that Knight was "a pioneer in catchy radio production" in the Baltimore market. More soon.....

Cord Cutter: Slump For Discovery, More - 11/10 - In today's edition of the "Cord Cutter," I look at Silver Spring-based Discovery Communications' sagging fortunes which may be caused by being too closely tethered to the cable TV industry. Perhaps Discovery should focus more on selling its programming directly to viewers via the internet. Plus, I review some cool C-Net programming on Roku. And more at DCRTV's Cord Cutter page.....

3 Peer Awards For Craig Klein - 11/10 - Former DC area radio creative director and now full-time voice actor, Craig Klein, was among the honorees Saturday night at the 2014 Peer Awards, held at the National Press Club. He received a Peer Gold award for his narration of the Penguin audiobook "Redeployment." He also earned two Peer Silver awards for his narration of "Uncovering Aliens" for Animal Planet, and for voiceover work on the Dojo Mojo video game trailer.....

Tantum Joins Cumulus In Atlanta - 11/10 - Greg Tantum has been hired by Cumulus as program director for its Atlanta news talker, WYAY, Newsradio 106.7. Most recently, he's been executive editor at NBC News Radio in DC. He used to be program director of DC's WTWP, the short-lived Washington Post Radio news talk outlet, circa 2007.....

CBS Yanks Ravens Video - 11/10 - Yesterday, CBS took down postgame video of Ravens coach John Harbaugh after the team demanded that it do so. According to baltimoresun.com, CBS caught Harbaugh saying "what he really thinks instead of the laundered, white-washed, and totally-PR'd stuff he routinely gives to the press." CBS captured Harbaugh telling his team how the Pittsburgh Steelers, who beat the Ravens handily the week before, went out and "got their [expletive] kicked" by the Jets, while the Ravens rebounded with a victory over the Titans," the Sun reports.....

Politico Revamps Site - 11/10 - Politico unveils a redesigned website today. "We're delighted to share with you this morning an updated website that we hope reflects the best of what we aim to provide our readers: urgent, indispensable and authoritative coverage of Washington. In as sharp and compelling a package as possible," writes new editor Susan Glasser at politico.com.....

Union Effort Fails At WYPR - 11/10 - Workers at the NPR-affiliated public radio outlet WYPR, 88.1 FM, in Baltimore have failed to form a labor union. Last week, the National Labor Relations Board ruled against several challenges union organizers made to the makeup of the bargaining unit, and that left the union without enough votes to win the election. The Balimore City Paper has more.....

NPM Promotes Moffett - 11/10 - Bryan Moffett gets upped to the general manager post at DC-based National Public Media, a sales platform that reps both NPR and PBS stations. He had been vice president of digital strategy.....

Bob Taylor Dies - 11/10 - Bob Taylor died November 5 at age 87. In 1966, he relocated to Wilmington, Delaware, eventually becoming the general manager of WDEL and WSTW and later president and CEO of parent Delmarva Broadcasting. He chaired the NBC Radio Affiliates Board and was a chair of the Maryland-DC-Delaware Broadcasters Association, which welcomed him into its hall of fame.....

Dave TV: Changes For Gordon Peterson, More - 11/9 - I take a look at what's behind Gordon Peterson's decision to leave Channel 7/WJLA only months after Sinclair has acquired the station. And what the future holds for Peterson, possibly a return to Channel 9/WUSA, where he spent three-ish decades. And I look back at his career at both 7 and 9. Plus, a Cord Cutter topic in which Verizon FIOS may start offering free Netflix. In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

Ben Carson Leaves Fox News - 11/9 - After one year as a paid contributor, Maryland's Ben Carson is leaving Fox News, an indication that he is about to announce his candidacy for president in 2016. Also, the former Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon unveils a biography film introducing himself to voters. More from the Washington Times.....

More WaPo Reporters On TV - 11/9 - New Washington Post publisher Fred Ryan plans to put more of the newspaper's reporters in front of TV media outlets, just as he did with Politico's staff when he headed Allbritton. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Gordon Peterson To Retire From 7 - 11/7 - DCRTV hears that DC TV news anchor dean Gordon Peterson (right) will retire at the end of 2014 from Channel 7/WJLA, where he's worked for the past 10 years. "I have been in the television news business in Washington DC for 45 years. It has been my privilege to have covered many of the great issues of our time beginning with the struggle for civil rights and the huge anti-war rallies of the late '60s and early '70s through eight administrations," Peterson wrote in a memo to colleagues. "My current contract expires at the end of the year and I have decided that after 10 terrific years here, it is time to leave Channel 7." There has been much speculation that Peterson would leave WJLA after its acquisition by Sinclair in August. Last year, he ended his "Inside Washington" weekly roundtable political talk show, which was seen on WJLA and numerous public television stations around the country. Before WJLA, Peterson worked at Channel 9, as WTOP, WDVM, and WUSA, since the late 1960s. His pairing with Max Robinson in the early 1970s was one of the first interracial TV anchor teams. More: The Washington Post quotes Peterson as saying that while he's leaving WJLA he isn't completely retiring from the local news business. DCRTV wonders if Peterson isn't following former WJLA news director Bill Lord to WUSA, Channel 9, where he started his DC news career.....

Mike Fortier Joins WTOP - 11/7 - Mike Fortier joins Hubbard all-newser WTOP as a full-time morning writer. Most recently, he's been an assistant producer for the nationally-syndicated "Good Day" show, as well as an anchor and writer for iHeart Media, and a weekend anchor at news talker WBAL-AM. Fortier will fill the shifts that were held by Jason Fraley, who moves to the entertainment editor position in early December.....

Dave Hill To Portland OR - 11/7 - DCRTV told you that Dave Hill resigned last week from his program director post at Hearst's Baltimore radio cluster, where he oversaw active rocker WIYY, 98 Rock, and news talker WBAL-AM, 1090. Now, we hear that he's headed to iHeartMedia's Portland, Oregon seven station radio cluster, where he'll be vice president of programming.....

Allbritton's Gibson Joins WaPo - 11/7 - The Washington Post names Stephen Gibson as vice president of finance and administration and chief financial officer. He has been chief financial officer of Allbritton Communications for the past 16 years, overseeing Channel 7/WJLA, NewsChannel 8, and Politico. That's where Fred Ryan, the Post's new publisher, came from. Also, the Post names Beth Diaz as vice president of audience development and analytics and Kristine Coratti as vice president of communications. Both are veterans of the Post. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Rowe Launches PR Campaign For Balto - 11/7 - TV show host Mike Rowe, who now is seen on CNN, participates in a public relations campaign to promote his hometown of Baltimore. His "My Baltimore" campaign is "a straight-forward attempt to remind the masses that there's more to my hometown than heroin and gonorrhea." More at mikerowe.com.....

Schieffer Talks - 11/7 - The Hollywood Reporter talks to longtime CBS newsman Bob Schieffer, who hosts the DC-based Sunday morning political talker "Face The Nation," which celebrates its 60h anniversary. Topics include the show's ratings, his rivals, and how politics has changed.....

4 Real DC Broadcasters Appear In Matthews' Latest Thriller - 11/6 - "Detonator" is the third Dave Haggard thriller penned by DC radio and TV veteran Larry Matthews. Haggard is a broadcast investigative reporter in Washington who finds himself deeply involved in the stories he digs up. "'Detonator' is about a terrorist plot to blow up Nationals Park during a sold-out game," Matthews tells us. "In all of the books, Haggard barely escapes with his life, which, of course, is the point of thrillers." Matthews' two previous Dave Haggard thrillers are "Butterfly Knife," about a homicidal priest, and "Brass Knuckles," about a corrupt member of Congress and a confused hit man. Matthews tells us thar four real DC broadcasters make cameo appearances in "Detonator": Channel 4/WRC's Wendy Rieger, sports legend Johnny Holliday, WTOP's Capitol Hill reporter Dave McConnell, and Dodgers broadcaster Charlie Steiner. "I've known them for many years and they graciously agreed to be part of the story," says Matthews, who was a broadcast journalist for 35 years, nearly all of it in Washington. He worked as a reporter for the "old" full-service WMAL radio. He also worked at WTOP radio, NPR, and Maryland Public Television, in addition to other local media outlets. "Detonator" is Matthews' ninth book, seven of which are fiction. The book is available at amazon.com.....

Union Bid Dims At WYPR - 11/6 - Union supporters at Baltimore public radio outlet WYPR, 88.1 FM, had their hopes crushed last week when a hearing officer for the National Labor Relations Board recommended against counting all the votes in a closely contested election held earlier this year. The October 31 recommendation almost certainly means the union will lose the election when the NLRB issues its final determination in the coming weeks, and leaves little hope that the organizing drive can go forward, so reports inthesetimes.com.....

More Koken On WTEM, More - 11/6 - Al Koken (right) takes his Caps expertise to ESPN 980, WTEM. The Nats' playoff run boosts the ratings for 106.7 The Fan, WJFK. ESPN's Britt McHenry raises the ire of the Redskins' coach. And, a racism in sports seminar is coming to the University Of Maryland. In the latest DC sports media column at PressBoxDC.com.....

"MTP" Wins Again - 11/6 - NBC's "Meet The Press" was the most-watched Sunday morning political talker in the DC market on November 2. CBS's "Face The Nation" placed second, with Fox's "Fox News Sunday" and ABC's "This Week" taking third and fourth, respectively.....

WILC Returns To Spanish - 11/6 - WILC, 900 AM, which is licensed to Laurel MD, has flipped back to a Spanish language music format, which it dropped back in February for English language talk. The line-up that included righty radio talkers like Glenn Beck and Dennis Miller never managed to generate any ratings traction. Wallis Communications has been running the station.....

Comcast Suffers Area X1 Outages - 11/6 - During the past week, Comcast has suffered several major server outages. The problems, which have affected the operations of its cloud-based X1 DVRs, have impacted customers across the country, including throughout the DC-Baltimore area. More at dslreports.com.....

Marina Marraco Joins 5 - 11/6 - Marina Marraco joins Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG as a reporter. She comes from WESH-TV in Orlando, where she was a reporter. Before that, she worked as a correspondent for Univision and was an anchor, reporter, and producer for WVEN-TV/WVEA-TV in Orlando.....

CBS's Peter Maer To Retire - 11/6 - CBS News' White House Correspondent Peter Maer is retiring at the end of December, after nearly 30 years on the beat. He joined CBS in 1998. His White House coverage began with the President-Elect Jimmy Carter in 1976, when Maer moves to DC. He had previously covered Carter's years as Georgia governor for Atlanta's WSB radio. After assignments on Capitol Hill and other DC beats, Maer started covering the White House fulltime for the old Mutual network in 1986.....

iHeart Gives Big $ To Pols - 11/6 - In the 2014 election cycle, radio giant iHeart, formerly Clear Channel, contributed $371,500 to specific candidates, and its employees chipped in another $97,650. According to Tom Taylor Now, House Speaker John Boehner, the Ohio Republican, was the largest beneficiary of that largess at $15,400. Grouping together iHeart and individuals associated with it, there was $92,400 given to the National Republican Senatorial Committee, $77,000 to the National Republican Congressional Committee, $32,400 to the Republican National Committee, and $30,000 each to the Democratic House and Senate campaign committees. That’s $201,800 to GOP committees and $60,000 to their Democratic counterparts. iHeart owns about a dozen radio stations in the immediate DC-Baltimore area.....

DC Bookstore Expands To Restaurants - 11/6 - Politics And Prose bookstore will open five satellite locations in Busboys And Poets restaurants around the Washington area. More at washingtonpost.com.....

NPR Music Expands - 11/6 - DC-based NPR continues the expansion of its NPR Music offerings. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Baltimore Sports Media: Hill, Forrester, Ratings, UMD Seminar - 11/5 - Dave Hill, the program director of Ravens and Orioles flagship WBAL-AM and Ravens outlet 98 Rock, departs. WBAL radio's ratings rise in October, boosted by the Orioles' winning ways. Former WNST host Drew Forrester expands his web offerings. And the University Of Maryland will explore race and sports. In this week's Baltimore sports media column at PressBoxOnline.com.....

35 Years Of NPR's "ME" - 11/5 - DC-based NPR celebrates 35 years of its "Morning Edition" show. At npr.org.....

Dave TV: Changes At WTOP, More - 11/4 - Again from the woods, "Pixilated Dave" takes a look at some of the recent changes at Hubbard all-newser WTOP, including the departures of Randi Martin and David Burd, in its continued battle with CBS all-newser WNEW. And what the future holds for WNEW, which is inching up ever so slowly in the DC radio ratings as it approaches its third anniversary. In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

McGonagle Named ND At 5 - 11/4 - Paul McGonagle has been named vice president and news director of Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG. He had been news director at WFXT-TV in Boston, which Fox is trading to Cox for KTVU-TV in San Francisco. McGonagle replaces Dana Hahn at WTTG. She was recently named news director at KTVU. McGonagle started at WFXT as assistant news director. Before that, he was assistant news director at WJAR-TV in Providence. He started his career at WNNE-TV in Burlington VT, as a reporter and anchor.....

HUR Tops DC Radio Heap - 11/4 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "first week" of November. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WHUR, 2) WTOP, 3) WIHT, 4) WAMU, 5) WETA-FM, 6) WWDC and WMMJ, 8) WASH, 9) WMAL, 10) WPRS, 11) WIAD, 12) WGTS, 13) WBIG, 14) WMZQ, 15) WPGC and WKYS, 17) WLZL and WRQX, 19) WJFK-FM and WTEM, 21) WBQB and WFRE and WNEW, 24) WAFY, 25) WAVA-FM and WINC-FM and WQSR, 28) WERQ, 29) WACA and WDCN and WPFW.....

Nat'l Syndication For Kane - 11/4 - iHeartMedia, formerly Clear Channel, is taking Hot 99.5's "Kane Show" into national syndication starting December 29. Kane (right) and co-hosts Danni Starr and "Intern John" originate at Rockville-based contemporary hit WIHT, and iHeart's Premiere syndication arm will make the morning show available to more contemporary hit stations nationwide. Kane's show is already heard on Baltimore's Z104.3, WZFT, and on other iHeart stations in Tampa, Cincinnati, Memphis, Louisville, and Harrisburg. Kane will continue to host the live Sunday evening "Club Kane" show for Premiere.....

"House Of Cards" Actress Dies - 11/4 - Elizabeth Norment, a Washington-born actress who had a supporting role in the Netflix political drama "House Of Cards," playing the executive secretary of Frank Underwood, the diabolical political figure portrayed by Kevin Spacey, died October 13 at a hospital in New York City. She was 61. The cause was cancer. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Wilbon & Van Pelt Headline Povich Symposium - 11/4 - Michael Wilbon, ESPN's "Pardon The Interruption" and ESPN.com columnist, and Scott Van Pelt, "SportsCenter" anchor and ESPN radio host headline the ninth annual Shirley Povich Symposium on November 11. "Racism And Sports: How Far Have We Really Come?" starts at 7 PM in the Orem Hall of the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center on the University Of Maryland campus. Admission is free. Joining Wilbon and Van Pelt are Kevin Blackistone, visiting professor at the Philip Merrill College Of Journalism and panelist on ESPN's "Around the Horn," Kara Lawson, 12-year WNBA veteran and basketball analyst, and Damion Thomas, curator of sports at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History And Culture and former University Of Maryland professor. Television host Maury Povich, son of the late Washington Post columnist Shirley Povich for whom the symposium is named, will moderate. The program is being recorded for a half hour special on the Big Ten Network.....

More Broadcast License Challenges Filed Over "Redskins" - 11/4 - Four Native Americans who live in the Los Angeles area have filed petitions with the Federal Communications Commission seeking to block the renewal of broadcast licenses of two of the area's television stations that frequently use the Washington Redskins name. Three of the petitioners are trying to block the license renewal of Fox-owned KTTV-TV, which broadcasts Redskins football games. A fourth filed against NBC-owned KNBC-TV. The petitions were filed Friday in Washington by John Banzhaf, the George Washington University professor who has filed a like license challenge against one of Redskins owner Dan Snyder's radio stations in the DC area. More at washingtonpost.com.....

"Car Talk" Host Dies - 11/3 - Tom Magliozzi, one of public radio's most popular personalities, died on Monday of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 77 years old. Tom and his brother, Ray, became famous as "Click and Clack the Tappet brothers" on the weekly NPR show "Car Talk." "They bantered, told jokes, laughed and sometimes even gave pretty good advice to listeners who called in with their car troubles," according to npr.org.....

Noonan To Contribute To CBS News - 11/3 - Wall Street Journal political columnist Peggy Noonan joins CBS News as a contributor. She's a former speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan. Early in her career, she was a producer at CBS News.....

Politico's Tau To WSJ - 11/3 - Political reporter Byron Tau leaves Politico for the Wall Steet Journal, where he'll cover the White House.....

Confirmed: Dave Hill Gone From 98 Rock-BAL PD Gig - 11/3 - DCRTV ran with the rumor Sunday. That longtime 98 Rock, WIYY, and news talk WBAL-AM program director Dave Hill is no longer with the Hearst stations. "I resigned Wednesday. Look for an announcement later today of where I'm going to go," he tells us Monday morning.....

Skins Coach Slams McHenry - 11/3 - From NewsBlues: "ESPN's blondiful Britt McHenry (right) reported that Washington Redskins QB... Robert Griffin III has 'alienated himself' from his teammates. Redskins coach Jay Gruden then called McHenry an 'amateur' and described her as a 'small time reporter reporting fiction.'" More at washingtonpost.com. McHenry joined ESPN earlier this year from Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8.....

Prettyman Sells Martinsburg Stations - 11/3 - The West Virginia Radio Corporation has signed a deal with Prettyman Broadcasting to buy its three radio stations in West Virginia's eastern panhandle. Including Martinsburg's adult contemporary WLTF, 97.5 FM, which covers the western DC metro. Also included are sports talker WEPM, 1340 AM, also Martinsburg, and classic country WICL, 95.9 FM, which is licensed to Williamsport MD. Andrew Powaski, who manages WVRC's Cumberland MD radio cluster, will oversee the Martinsburg area stations, which are part of a lease deal until purchase receives FCC approval. WVRC owns 31 stations plus the MetroNews Radio Network.....

Dave TV: Dave Hill, Prettyman, WMAL, Roku, More - 11/3 - It's a "triple play" of "Dave TV," "Cord Cutter," and "Camo Pants Hiker" for November 3rd. I look at Dave Hill's departure from WBAL-AM and 98 Rock. Prettyman sells WLTF. And, can WMAL really boost Republicans in the DC area? On the cable cutter side, can windy weather affect your digital over-the-air TV reception? Plus, more on some more cool Roku channels. As I get lost hiking in the woods. At DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

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