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Bill Lord To Leave JLA - 7/28 - DCRTV hears from a reliable source that Bill Lord, Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8's vice president and general manager and the person credited most with building up the stations' news department over the years, is leaving the Allbritton stations. Just before Sinclair takes over. In a staff memo late Monday, he wrote: "I have just received word that September 30th will be my last day at WJLA. Sinclair will be posting the GM position in the morning so I wanted to tell all of you first. I will be here over the next two months to operate the station until a replacement is found." More soon.....

CBS's 1300 To Carry Towson Football & Hoops - 7/28 - Towson Athletics and CBS sports talker WJZ-AM, 1300, have agreed to a partnership in which the Baltimore station will carry every Tiger football and men's basketball game during the 2014-15 season. Also, Towson football coach Rob Ambrose and basketball coach Pat Skerry will make weekly appearances on CBS sports talker WJZ-FM, 105.7 The Fan, during their seasons.....

Tape Reveals WJFKer Chad Dukes' Homophobic Past - 7/28 - Suits at CBS Radio and its DC sports talker, WJFK, 106.7 The Fan, are probably running for public relations cover today after a Dave McKenna deadspin.com piece goes viral. He tells us that the station recently played a "best of" tape of now-solo afternoon man Chad Dukes' comedy radio bits - including one that's "full of dated meanness and homophobic slurs." By the way, Grant Paulsen was filling-in for the missing Dukes on Monday.....

Fox Wins DC Sunday Show Battle - 7/28 - Sunday's "Fox News Sunday" was the most-watched Sunday affairs program in the DC market in households, total viewers, and with adults 25-54. The program also recorded its highest total viewership since February 2010 with 107,000 viewers. More at tvbythenumbers.com.....

White House Honor For Rehm - 7/28 - WAMU's nationally syndicated Diane Rehm is being honored at a White House ceremony tonight, July 28. She'll receive a National Humanities Medal for her "incisive, confident and curious voice" despite her long and public bout with spasmodic dysphonia.....

Bob Rivers Says Goodbye - 7/28 - Bob Rivers has announced that he's retiring from oldies outlet KJR-FM in Seattle after 33 years of doing morning radio. He spent 25 of those years in Seattle, following some time at Baltimore's 98 Rock, WIYY. Rivers is known in Baltimore for his almost 11-day continuous stint on the radio that caught international attention during the Orioles' 21 game losing streak to start the 1988 season.....

Flounder Joins New 107.3 AM Show - 7/28 - DCRTV hears that Bryan "Flounder" Schlossberg, who used to be part of Elliot Segal's morning crew on Clear Channel rocker DC101, WWDC, is coming back to the DC radio dial. He's joining the new Sarah Fraser-centered morning show at Cumulus contemporary hit outlet WRQX, "DC's 107.3." Where he'll be doing audio and video production work. He posts via Facebook: "I'm really happy about this and can't wait to work with so many talented people. Thank you to all of my family and friends who have been a huge source of support over the years." He says he'll still run his FM Entertainment By DJ Flounder company.....

WashTimes Partners With Redskins - 7/28 - The Washington Times says it has created "a unique partnership... that will make the newspaper a content and marketing partner" of the Redskins. According to an announcement at washingtontimes.com, the two will "collaborate" on content that is "designed to provide Redskins fans with compelling, timely, and unique coverage." Including a weekly "Redskins Weekend Game Guide" and a free digital magazine called "The Redskins Report." Both will launch in August. In addition, Times' sports reporters, including Thom Loverro and Zac Boyer, will provide commentary and analysis on some Redskins-produced radio and TV shows and also appear on the team's online pregame and halftime shows. According to media watchdog Jim Romenesko, the Times insists it will still have "probing coverage" of the team." But, he adds, "Probe too hard, and no doubt that deal will dissolve".....

Chicago Gig For Diamond? - 7/28 - Jack Diamond (right) will be guest co-hosting the morning show on Chicago classic rocker WLS-FM this week. And, Chicago media critic Robert Feder reports at robertfeder.com that insiders say the arrangement could become permanent, with Diamond as host and current host Brant Miller in a reduced role. Jan Jeffries, the program director for WLS-FM who worked with Diamond during his many years at DC's WRQX, then Mix 107.3, would say only that he invited Diamond to sit in through Friday. "Jack worked with me in Washington and Atlanta, and it seemed like it would be fun to put him in with Brant for a week," he said. DCRTV's take: What's interesting is that both WLS-FM and WRQX are owned by Cumulus, and Cumulus fired Diamond in the spring of 2013 from his longtime morning gig at WRQX. Since then, Diamond did a short-lived morning show gig at a Miami adult contemporary station, but has since returned to the DC area.....

Hill Ups Cusack - 7/28 - Bob Cusack has been named editor in chief at the Hill, where he's been managing editor since 2004. Hill news editor Ian Swanson will replace Cusack as managing editor.....

Zakaris To Write For Atlantic - 7/28 - CNN's Fareed Zakaria will join the DC-based Atlantic and Quartz as a contributing editor, starting in September.....

FCC Charges Sinclair With "Intent To Deceive" - 7/28 - NewsBlues looks at last week's FCC approval of the sale of DC-based Allbritton's TV stations, including Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8, to Baltimore's Sinclair. Writes NewsBlues editor Mike James: "Buried deep in the FCC document [of approval] was an ominous section concerning Sinclair's 'intent to deceive' the commission [fcc.gov]. 'We believe that the facts show that Sinclair apparently violated the local TV ownership rule with respect to its continued operation of [its leased operations in Charleston SC], and we plan to issue an order addressing this potential violation specifically.' The FCC said it viewed Sinclair's 'misrepresentation and lack of candor' as 'serious breaches of trust.' It said the company was guilty of 'intentional misrepresentation of fact intended to deceive.' However, according to the FCC, Sinclair's violations 'do not involve conduct likely to impact the future operation of other stations and that we have adequate enforcement remedies to address them. Nonetheless, we do note that proceedings raising potential character allegations against Sinclair remain open.' Translation: We've got our eye on you, Sinclair. The company was given 60 days to complete its transfers and transactions".....

Zachary's Boston Problem - 7/28 - Phil Zachary used to work for CBS Radio in Washington and oversaw the old WHFS, in its later days in the early 2000s when it was an alt rocker. Now, Zachary heads Entercom's radio cluster in Boston and he's facing a big controversy with sports talker WEEI, causing Fox Sports to yank its ads. At si.com.....

Support DCRTV During Our July Fundraiser - 7/28 - Did you know that fewer than one percent of DCRTV's visitors ever make a donation to support the site. As July starts, now would be a really great time to considering making 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 PayPal or via the US mail. Local radio and TV memory-packed DCRTV Plus is just $39 for a full year. Just added to Plus - Photo Gallery 134 with memories of DC101, WKTK, WINX, WTTG, WTOP, and more.....

CSN's Foglesong To Maroon PR - 7/26 - Mark Foglesong joins Columbia MD-based Maroon PR as its director of news and multimedia. He comes from Bethesda-based Comcast SportsNet, where he served as its bureau chief and senior photographer. Before that, he was a photographer, producer, and director for Baltimore's Channel 2/WMAR.....

10 Years In Local Radio For Popovec - 7/26 - Mike Popovec (aka Mike Bradley) celebrates his 10th year in Baltimore/Eastern Shore radio. He co-hosts a weekday morning show from on Lewes DE talker WGMD and does weekends on Baltimore sports talker WJZ-FM, 105.7 The Fan. During the fall and winter seasons, he does "Scoreboard" updates for Maryland Terrapins Radio Network football. He also hosts "Maryland's Only High School Football Show" on WINX in Easton, does color commentary for various high school games including the Maryland State Finals for sfmsports.net, and hosts the "Ravens Rap" TV show from Ocean City.....

Michel Wright Joins WMMJ - 7/25 - DC radio veteran Michel Wright (right) is the new midday host on Radio One's adult urban contemporary WMMJ, Majic 102.3. She debuts Tuesday, July 29th, in the 11 AM to 3 PM slot. Wright comes from Howard University's like-formatted WHUR, 96.3, where she hosted weekends and filled-in on the afternoon show. Her radio career started at CBS's urban contemporary WPGC, 95.5, where served as a midday host. Her other voice and radio work has included gigs with the Premiere Radio Networks, Starz on SiriusXM, BET, DC Cable Television, Showtime, and MHZ-TV.....

Changes Coming To BAL? - 7/25 - DCRTV hears from someone who should know at the Baltimore news talker on 1090 AM: "It's a new world order here at the WBAL building." Could big changes be in store soon for the ratings-slumping Hearst station with the recent arrival of Cary Pahigian, the new president and general manager. Stay tuned.....

Confirmed: Sarah Fraser To 107.3 Mornings - 7/25 - Sarah Fraser (right) made her big announcement at 9:15 AM today. As DCRTV has been hinting, she'll be returning to the DC radio dial to do mornings on Cumulus-owned hot adult contemporary/contemporary hits WRQX, 107.3. She used to work with Kane on his morning show on Clear Channel's contemporary hits Hot 99.5, WIHT. The new WRQX incarnation will be called "The Sarah, Ty & Mel Show." Her new crew will include Ty Bentli from an NYC radio gig and who has worked at Clear Channel's country WMZQ and WPOC, along with Melanie Glazener, who also worked with Kane on Hot 99.5. Most recently, Fraser has been doing features reporting for Channel 5/WTTG's morning newscasts after a short acting-related stint in the Big Apple. Fraser, who mistakenly dropped the station's long ago "Q107" name in her Fox 5 revelation Friday morning, stresses that the station will now be known as "DC's 107.3." WRQX is currently running a music-intensive morning show hosted by Marco. He recently replaced Bert Weiss's show, which was piped-in from Atlanta. Weiss never generated ratings traction since the spring 2013 firing of longtime WRQX, then-Mix 107.3 morning man Jack Diamond, who has yet to resurface on another area station. More on Fraser's new radio gig is at myfoxdc.com.....

Dave TV: Vance & Gentzler, Sinclair's 7, Dukes, More - 7/25 - Jim Vance and Doreen Gentzler celebrate 25 years together on Channel 4/WRC. Plus, memories of George Michael and Bob Ryan. Also, the corrupt FCC approves the Sinclair takeover of Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8 and what will happen to news vets like Gordon Peterson, Maureen Bunyan, and Doug Hill. More: Chad Dukes goes solo on WJFK. And more in today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV.....

WaPo Profiles Jim & Doreen - 7/25 - Sunday's Washington Post Magazine profiles Jim Vance and Doreen Gentzler, the top-rated, longtime Channel 4/WRC news anchor team. With some news: Colleagues say Vance has made clear his intention to retire when his contract expires at the end of 2015, and plans to stop anchoring at 11 PM at mid-year to give WRC time to introduce viewers to his successor.....

Michael Berg Dies - 7/25 - Michael Berg, 67, a communications attorney who worked at the Federal Communications Commission and was senior associate general councel at the National Association Of Broadcasters, died of a heart attack July 23. He also worked at several DC communications law firms and eventually formed his own. In addition, Berg wrote the "Legal Memo" column for TVNewsCheck. More at tvnewscheck.com.....

FCC Approves Sinclair Deal For Allbritton's 7 & NC8 - 7/24 - Reuters is reporting late Thursday afternoon that the Federal Communications Commission has officially approved the $985 million deal between Baltimore-based Sinclair and DC's Allbritton with previously expected divestitures and other conditions. The deal was OKed almost a full year after it had been proposed. The FCC's Media Bureau said Sinclair will divest a TV station in Harrisburg PA and will give up licenses of Allbritton stations in Birmingham AL and Charleston SC, delivering programming there through so-called multi-casting on the signal of the stations Sinclair already owns. The deal includes the Sinclair acquisition of DC's Channel 7/WJLA and its NewsChannel 8 sister.....

WaPo Reporter Detained In Iran - 7/24 - Three American citizens, including Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post's correspondent in Iran, appear to have been detained this week in Tehran, US officials said Thursday. It is unclear who detained them or why, reports washingtonpost.com.....

Chad Dukes Goes Solo, More - 7/24 - Chad Dukes will now do his WJFK afternoon show solo. Nicole Darin leaves Comcast SportsNet. CBS gives announcers freedom to say or not say "Redskins." And more in this week's DC sports media column at PressBoxDC.com.....

12 Caps Games To NBC - 7/24 - In addition to their coveted spot as hosts of the annual Winter Classic on New Years' Day, the Washington Capitals will appear on NBC network affiliates 12 times next season, according to washingtonpost.com.....

Dave TV: O'Brien Sidelined At Cumulus, Fraser To RQX? - 7/24 - I look at all the changes at Cumulus's DC radio cluster, including removing Mark O'Brien from the czar position as market manager. And rumblings that former Hot 99.5er Sarah Fraser may be jumping to Cumulus's WRQX, All The Hits 107.3, which has seen a ratings meltdown under O'Brien's watch. Plus, some memories of George Michael and Gordon Peterson from the 1980s, in today's edition of "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

Buzzfeed's Geidner Gets NLGJA Honor - 7/24 - The National Lesbian And Gay Journalists Association selects Chris Geidner, senior legal and political reporter for BuzzFeed, as its 2014 Journalist Of The Year. More nlgja.org.....

Dana McKay To Do Nights At 94.7 - 7/24 - Dana McKay (right) is the new night personality on CBS's hot adult contemporary WIAD, 94.7 Fresh FM. She comes from a station in Tampa and has previously worked in Hartford and Sacramento. She replaces Taylor Shay, who moved from nights to midday in January. "Steve Davis is an amazing program director and I am beyond excited to work with him and the Fresh FM family," McKay says. She debuts August 4.....

Horwitz, Fraley, Hansard Guest With Arch - 7/24 - An "all-movie special" with Washington Post and "Around Town" critic Jane Horwitz, WTOP film critic Jason Fraley, plus actor Joe Hansard. And a cameo appearance by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. On this week's "Arch Campbell Show." On NewsChannel 8 at 8:30 PM Thursday and Friday, and 9 PM Saturday.....

WAYZ Tops Hagerstown - 7/24 - VerStandig's country WAYZ, 104.7 FM, again tops the radio ratings for Hagerstown - 10 straight victories and 23 out of the last 24 "books." The spring numbers show WAYZ with double the share of Alpha's hot adult contemporary WIKZ, in second place. There's a tie for third between Manning's classic hits WWEG and VerStandig rocker WBHB.....

Chad Dukes Goes Solo On JFK - 7/23 - Since LaVar Arrington announced he would become a full-time analyst for NFL Network in Los Angeles, local sports radio listeners have wondered who would replace him on 106.7 The Fan's afternoon drive show. The answer came Wednesday afternoon: nobody. Chad Dukes, who has co-hosted the "LaVar And Dukes Show" with Arrington for the past five years, will take over the 2 PM to 6 PM slot, with a new program called "Chad Dukes Versus The World." Arrington, as promised, will continue to make hour-long appearances with Dukes on Mondays and Fridays. So reports washingtonpost.com. "I have re-signed with CBS Radio for many years, and I will be hosting afternoon drive here on 106.7 The Fan," Dukes said on Wednesday.....

Sarah Fraser To RQX Mornings? - 7/23 - Former Hot 99.5er Sarah Fraser (right), who used to be on Kane's morning show, hints that she's returning to the DC radio dial. And she does this YouTube video from WRQX's studios, according to someone who knows. Could she be heading to mornings on the ratings-troubled hot adult contemporary outlet at 107.3? Stay tuned.....

Cumulus Yanks Mark O'Brien - 7/23 - A reliable source tells DCRTV that Mark O'Brien, the market manager for Cumulus's DC radio cluster, got removed of its duties yesterday. Why? Maybe because of hot adult contemporary WRQX, 107.3 FM's ratings collapse since the departure of longtime morning man Jack Diamond more than a year ago. Cumulus also owns righty news talker WMAL, 105.9 FM/630 AM. DC radio veteran O'Brien was hired by Cumulus in February 2013. More: We're told that O'Brien is still under contract to Cumulus into next year, but he will no longer be involved the firm's DC radio operations.....

Jake McCann Joins Cumulus DC - 7/23 - More Cumulus DC radio cluster news. Jake McCann has been named vice president for ad sales for WRQX and WMAL. He comes from Philadelphia where he was director of ad sales for Greater Media's Philadelphia radio cluster. Also, McCann spent seven years as general ad sales manager for Philadelphia sports talker WPEN, 97.5 The Fanatic.....

5's Drew Tuma To SF - 7/23 - DCRTV hears that Drew Tuma, a meteorlogist for Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG, is heading to the weather department of ABC's KGO-TV in San Francisco. He recently joined WTTG from Gray-owned WHSV's now-defunct TV 3 in Winchester.....

NY Post: NBC To Replace Gregory On "MTP" - 7/23 - David Gregory's time is nearly up at NBC's DC-based "Meet The Press," so reports the New York Post. And he could be replaced as moderator of the nation's longest-running TV show soon after the November midterm elections. While NBC News President Deborah Turness has publicly supported the embattled Gregory, there are serious concerns about the losing battle to turn around the show's sinking ratings. Viewership is down 43% compared to when Gregory ascended to the moderator's chair in December 2008, after the death of Tim Russert. The show finished in third place behind CBS's "Face The Nation: and ABC's "This Week" in the second quarter of 2014.....

24X7 Buys Baltimore Sports & Life - 7/23 - 24X7 Networks, the parent company for Baltimore sports news websites RussellStreetReport.com, which focuses on the Ravens, and EutawStreetReport.com, which focuses on the Orioles, has acquired Baltimore Sports And Life and its BaltimoreSportsandLife.com site. BSL features analysis and discussion about the Ravens, Orioles, and University Of Maryland sports. More at russellstreetreport.com.....

DCRTV's Job Ads - 7/23 - 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 is looking for an account executive. Channel 7/WJLA is looking for a topical promotion writer/producer/editor. A Baltimore radio station is looking for sales professionals. Those are the latest at DCRTV's Job Ads.....

WJLA Hit With Political Ad Complaint - 7/22 - From benton.org: The Sunlight Foundation, joined by the Campaign Legal Center and Common Cause, has filed complaints at the Federal Communications Commission against two TV stations it said failed to properly identify the sponsors of political ads. The stations targeted are Allbritton's Channel 7/WJLA Washington, which Sinclair is in the process of purchasing, and KGW-TV Portland, Oregon. The groups emphasized that the complaint was against Allbritton, not Sinclair. The complaint against WJLA alleges it aired two ads that failed to identify that they were sponsored by a former hedge fund manager, instead identifying the sole sponsor and funder as super PAC NextGen Climate Action Committee.....

WRQX's Marco Is Mystery Tweeter - 7/22 - Marc Orem, who is WRQX personality "Marco," is apparently the mystery man behind an anonymous Twitter account that has been featuring "I Hid The Cash" clues to hidden envelopes of cash around Washington and Baltimore. More at allaccess.com.....

Alan Murray Joins Fortune - 7/22 - Alan Murray gets named editor of Fortune magazine. He's the current president of the Pew Research Center and a former Wall Street Journal Washington bureau chief. Also, he served as CNBC's Washington bureau chief from 2002 to 2005, during which he co-hosted "Capital Report" with Gloria Borger.....

Upswing For Gannett - 7/22 - McLean-based newspaper and broadcast company Gannett reports higher revenue and earnings, benefiting from its acquisition of Belo's TV stations. More at yahoo.com. Locally, Gannett owns USA Today and Channel 9/WUSA.....

DOJ Signs Off On Sinclair Purchase Of Allbritton TVers - 7/22 - The Justice Department signaled Tuesday that it has no antitrust issues with Baltimore-based Sinclair's purchase of DC-based Allbritton TV stations, including Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8, according to broadcastingcable.com. Now it's up to the FCC. The clock is still running on its review of the almost year-old deal, but approval is expected before the July 27 date after which either company could back out of the sale.....

WTOP Tops Latest Batch Of Radio Ratings - 7/22 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "second week" of July. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WIHT, 3) WAMU, 4) WHUR, 5) WMMJ, 6) WASH, 7) WMZQ and WPGC and WPRS, 10) WBIG, 11) WETA-FM, 12) WIAD, 13) WWDC, 14) WGTS and WMAL, 16) WKYS, 17) WJFK-FM, 18) WRQX, 19) WLZL, 20) WTEM, 21) WNEW, 22) WFRE, 23) WAFY and WBQB, 25) WQSR, 26) WINC-FM and WRBS-FM and WAVA-FM and WKDV and WIYY and WPFW.....

11 To Join Defense One - 7/22 - One year after its launch, Atlantic Media's Defense One says it will double the number of staff by adding 11 full-time editorial and business employees.....

WAMU Makes Sked Changes - 7/22 - American University news talker WAMU, 88.5 FM, makes some schedule changes. Including the addition of "BBC Newshour" weekdays at 9 AM, following four hours of NPR's "Morning Edition" and before WAMU's "Diane Rehm Show." Also, "Here And Now" from NPR and Boston's WBUR takes the 3 PM slot on Mondays through Thursdays. With "Q With Jian Ghomeshi" taking the 10 PM slot weeknights. Changes take effect August 4. More at wamu.org.....

CNN-DC Promotes Elise Labbot - 7/22 - Elise Labbot has been named a DC-based global affairs correspondent for CNN, where she's worked for 14 years as a State Department producer and a foreign affairs reporter.....

WaPo Launches "Storyline" - 7/22 - The Washington Post today launches "Storyline," a "new initiative focused on examining how US public policy affects the everyday lives of Americans across the nation," according to a newspaper spokesperson. "Storyline," the brainchild of economics writer Jim Tankersley, will feature "a mix of narrative writing, data analysis, and visual storytelling." More at washingtonpost.com.....

Megan Murphy To FT's DC Bureau - 7/22 - Megan Murphy will be Washington bureau chief of the Financial Times. She leaves the news organizations's London bureau. Prior to FT, she was a legal affairs correspondent at Bloomberg News. Murphy succeeds Richard McGregor, who will transition to long-term projects at FT.....

Sinclair Takeover Of Allbritton Edges Closer - 7/21 - NewsBlues tells us that Suzanne McNay Teagle, the president and general manager for the past 13 years at Allbritton's WCIV-TV in Charleston SC, is out the door just a week before the deadline of Allbritton's proposed sale to Sinclair. "It would seem that Allbritton is clearing the management deck for Sinclair," writes NewsBlues editor Mike James. "Teagle's departure in Charleston appears to indicate that Sinclair Broadcasting's proposed purchase of the remaining Allbritton Communications stations may actually be happening. The deadline for completion of the deal is a week from today, July 28." Locally, Allbritton owns Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8.....

4's Goff Does NBC Duties - 7/21 - Angie Goff, an anchor at NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC, has been filling in for her NBC colleagues on vacation on NBC's NYC-based "Early Today" and MSNBC's "First Look".....

Verizon Outage In DC & Balto Areas - 7/21 - From wnew.com: A widespread Verizon outage in the Washington-Baltimore region has customers wondering when their service will be restored. Verizon customers first started noticing the service outage at about 7 PM Sunday. According to Verizon, the outages stretch from Manassas to Alexandria in Virginia, and from Olney to Bowie in Maryland. Customers are reporting service problems with Verizon Communications internet and TV service, as well as with wireless service. Most of the issues are involving Verizon's internet service. Some customers tell WNEW that Verizon tells them it could take 24 to 48 hours to restore service. Verizon tells WNEW that service should be back on by Monday night.....

Graff To Politico Mag - 7/21 - Garrett Graff, who left Washingtonian magazine in April after five years as editor-in-chief, has joined Politico Magazine.....

Martin Di Caro To Cover Transportation For 9 - 7/18 - DCRTV hears that Martin Di Caro will soon start working at Channel 9/WUSA as a freelance transportation reporter. He will continue to cover transportation issues for public radio news talker WAMU, 88.5 FM. But he will be ending his reporting work for commercial news talker WMAL, 105.9 FM/630 AM. And, Di Caro will continue working for AP Radio on a part-time basis.....

New Sports Net From Sinclair, More - 7/18 - Sinclair plans to launch a new sports network. A resolution nears regarding the dispute between MASN and the TV rights for the Orioles and Nationals. Baltimore sports radio ratings for June. A Sun columnist compares the Orioles ratings with the Ravens ratings. And more in this week's Baltimore sports media column at PressBoxOnline.com.....

Colley Gone From GMD - 7/18 - DCRTV hears that Rehoboth Beach talker WGMD, 92.7 FM, has parted ways after seven years with talk show host and newsman Bill Colley. Colley tells DCRTV that he's available "to host shows, sweep floors, and for passing out trinkets at fairs".....

Kathy Park Leaves 7 & 8 - 7/18 - DCRTV hears that Kathy Park (right) has left Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8 after six years, where she's been a reporter and weekend morning news anchor. She's heading to Sacramento where she'll work for KCRA-TV. A DC area native who graduated from the University Of Maryland, Park worked for WCYB-TV in southwestern Virginia before joining WJLA/NC8. After college, she interned at "Hardball" with Chris Matthews on MSNBC, the DIY network, and Channel 4/WRC. One of her first opportunities in the newsroom was at the CBS affiliate in Phoenix, where she worked as a Meredith-Cronkite fellow.....

Orioles See Slumping TV Ratings - 7/18 - Despite the team's success on the field, Orioles telecasts are averaging 5.6% of Baltimore market television viewers through the first week of July. That's a 7% drop from the same period in 2013. More at pressboxonline.com.....

CBS Won't Dictate Use Of Redskins - 7/18 - CBS won't dictate to its announcers whether or not to use the nickname of Washington's NFL franchise during televised games this season. CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said Thursday he hasn't told on-air talent such as Jim Nantz and Phil Simms what to say regarding the controversy surround the Redskins' name. More at wtop.com.....

Dave TV: WaPo, WMAL, More - 7/18 - More criticism of the Washington Post and WMAL, including their coverage of the downed Malaysian jetliner. In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

Sinclair To Launch College Sports Network - 7/18 - Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group will launch a collegiate sports service called the American Sports Network. Its programming will air on Sinclair's CW and MyNetworkTV affiliates and has deals with Division I conferences, including Conference USA, Colonial Athletic Association, Big South Conference, Southern Conference, and Patriot League. The service will air live football, basketball, soccer, and other sports. It will most-likely air on Channel 54/WNUV, a Sinclair-operated CW affiliate in Baltimore.....

FLS Tops Fredericksburg - 7/18 - The quarterly summer radio ratings for Fredericksburg show Free Lance-Star's country WFLS, 93.3 FM, in its usual top spot. Centennial's hot adult contemporary B101.5, WBQB, is down a bit, but holds on to second place.....

MLB Seeks Solution To Nats MASN Dispute, More - 7/17 - MLB Commissioner Bud Selig says he's close to solving the Nats TV rights fee dispute with MASN. DC tops US markets for World Cup ratings. Nats TV ratings are down but radio ratings are up. CSN's SportsNuts take MMSL crown. And the Washington Post says goodbye to LaVar Arrington. In this week's DC sports media column at PressBoxDC.com.....

Controversies At Scientific American - 7/17 - What's going on at DC-based Scientific American? Deleted posts, sexism claims, a fired writer. More at washingtonpost.com.....

CC Cuts Big's Skyy & DC101's Tessa Hall - 7/17 - Clear Channel makes some DC cuts. Including assistant program director and afternoon talent Skyy, aka Peter Gasbarrini, at classic hits Big 100.3, WBIG. Also, Tessa Hall is gone from middays at alternative rocker DC101, WWDC. That's according to RAMP.....

Senor Romeo To Do Nights At Z104.3 - 7/17 - More from RAMP: Senor Romeo appears to be annexing nights at several Clear Channel stations, including Baltimore contemporary hit outlet Z104.3, WZFT, replacing the voicetracked Julian Nieh, who used to work at the firm's DC contemporary hit outlet, Hot 99.5, WIHT.....

Nats' Radio Ratings Up - 7/17 - On the heels of reports about how the Nationals' TV ratings are down, washingtonpost.com reports that the team's radio ratings are up. Through the Nationals first 46 games this season, the average per-game radio audience was up 42% among men aged 25-54, and up 40% among all adults aged 25-54, compared with the same period in 2013. The games are heard on WJFK and WFED.....

Sinclair DOJ Deal Pushes FCC To OK Purchase Of Allbritton TVers - 7/16 - The Wall Street Journal reports that Baltimore-based Sinclair has moved one step closer to closing its long-pending $985 million purchase of DC-based Allbritton family's television holdings on Tuesday, after agreeing to settle a lawsuit from the Justice Department requiring it to divest one of the seven stations it has agreed to buy. The settlement was reached in the wake of Sinclair's agreement, announced last month, to sell the station to Richmond-based Media General. The Justice Department had been concerned that Sinclair's acquisition of the station, Allbritton's ABC affiliate in Harrisburg PA, would give it too much power over advertising in the local market. Sinclair already owns a CBS affiliate and runs a CW affiliate in the same market. The settlement comes less than two weeks before a one-year clock will run out for Sinclair to get regulatory approval for its Allbritton deal, including DC's Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8. If approval isn't reached in time, Sinclair has said the deal may not close. The settlement will "pave the way in fact for a DOJ approval," wrote Evercore analyst Doug Arthur. "Next stop: the FCC," referring to the Federal Communications Commission. In May, Sinclair told the FCC it planned to shut down three stations in Charleston SC and Birmingham AL as a result of new FCC restrictions on lease oriented "sidecar" agreements, which Sinclair frequently uses in order to operate more than one TV station in a market.....

End of MASN Negotiations Over Nats' Rights Fee In Sight - 7/16 - Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said Tuesday that there is a "good chance" the dispute between the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles over rights fees from the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network will be resolved before he retires in January 2015. According to Adam Kilgore at washingtonpost.com, the Nationals and Orioles have squabbled for four years over profits from the MASN, which broadcasts both teams' games. Selig and MLB intervened to prevent litigation and find a solution. MASN is controlled primarily by the Orioles and team owner Peter Angelos. The Nationals have asked for between $100 million and $120 million per year, far more than the $29 million they received in the 2011 season. MASN and the Orioles proposed paying Washington $34 million for the 2012 season, arguing that their proposal extrapolated over the next 20 years totaled more than $2 billion, including the increasing equity stakes. The Nationals' stake in MASN reached 15% this season and, by the terms of the contract, nudges higher by one percent each year until it reaches 30%. Based on the proposal of MASN and the Orioles, the rights fee amount would have increased to just less than $37 million in 2013 with an equity stake payment of $8 million, Kilgore adds.....

Dave TV: Emily Yahr, Marc Maron, DC Radio Ratings, More - 7/16 - More about the increasingly "stale" Washington Post and how Emily Yahr mysteriously misses the local angle in a radio story. Plus, how Marc Maron did an IFC show on the issue of podcasts and whether that's the future of radio. Also, more analysis of the DC radio ratings and how Praise 104.1 is a solid "top 10" performer. How CBS is such a poor performer despite five FMers in the market - three years after Steve Swenson arrived. And more bitching about Comcast. And praise for YouTube's rock music stuff. In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV.....

John Henrehan Leaving 5 - 7/16 - DCRTV hears that longtime reporter John Henrehan is leaving Channel 5/WTTG after 28 years - since 1986. Heading to retirement. More soon.....

Nicole Darin Gone From CSN - 7/16 - DCRTV gets confirmation from Comcast SportsNet that Nicole Darin left the Bethesda-based regional sports network in June. She came to CSN Mid-Atlantic from its sister regional sports network, CSN Chicago, in 2012. She'd been on CSN's "Sports Talk Live." More as we hear it.....

WaPo Bids Farewell To Arrington - 7/16 - The Washington Post's "Post Sports Live" show bids farewell to WJFK, 106.7 The Fan's afternoon host LaVar Arrington, who is heading to Los Angeles next month to join the morning show on the NFL Network. Catch the video at washingtonpost.com. More from Dan Steinberg in the print edition of the 7/16 Post, page D2. Arrington will continue being heard on WJFK despite his new gig.....

Former WaPoer Vargas Arrested In Texas - 7/16 - Jose Antonio Vargas, a former journalist who worked for the Washington Post from 2004 to 2009 and who has spent the past few years crusading on behalf of fellow undocumented immigrants, was detained by US Customs And Border Protection agents Tuesday and held for much of the day after trying to leave a Texas border town without a valid US visa. Vargas was taken into custody at McAllen-Miller International Airport and was held for about eight hours. He received a notice to appear before an immigration judge. Vargas, 33, is a Filipino immigrant who has lived in the USA, without proper documents, since he was 12. So reports washingtonpost.com.....

POC & Magic 95.9 Top Balto Radio Heap - 7/16 - The Baltimore market radio ratings for the "first week" of July. Full-day, age 12: 1) WPOC and WWIN-FM, 3) WERQ, 4) WWMX, 5) WZBA and WZFT, 7) WLIF, 8) WQSR, 9) WBAL-AM, 10) WRBS-FM, 11) WIYY and WJZ-FM, 13) WYPR, 14) WBJC, 15) WPGC, 16) WCAO and WASH and WKYS, 19) WCBM, 20) WHUR, 21) WTOP and WNEW, 23) WWDC, 24) WXCY and WMZQ and WIHT, 27) WEAA, 28) WRQX and WBIG and WAMU, 31) WFRE.....

Clear Channel Hypes Certain Performers - 7/16 - Emily Yahr at washingtonpost.com looks at how radio giant Clear Channel is getting more heavily into the music promotion business. Those performers who land a coveted spot in the iHeartRadio On The Verge program run by Clear Channel get hyped airplay on many of the company's 840 stations. The firm owns or operates about a dozen radio outlets in the immediate DC-Baltimore area.....

William Small To Receive Emmy Honor - 7/15 - William Small, the former chief of CBS's Washington news bureau, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award in this year's Emmy ceremony on September 30 in NYC. Small headed CBS News' DC bureau from 1962 to 1974 and later served as president of NBC News. At CBS, he recruited the likes of Dan Rather, Bob Schieffer, Bill Moyers, Ed Bradley, Diane Sawyer, and Lesley Stahl among many others. Arlington-based PBS leads the major networks with 43 Emmy nominations. The complete list of nominations, released today, is at emmyonline.com.....

TOP Stays Atop DC Radio Heap - 7/15 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "first week" of July. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WIHT, 4) WHUR, 5) WASH, 6) WPRS, 7) WBIG, 8) WMMJ and WMZQ, 10) WGTS and WETA-FM, 12) WKYS, 13) WWDC and WMAL and WPGC and WIAD, 17) WJFK-FM, 18) WRQX, 19) WLZL, 20) WFRE, 21) WTEM, 22) WNEW, 23) WBQB, 24) WQSR and WAVA-FM and WDCN and WPFW and WINC-FM and WAFY, 30) WERQ, 31) WKDV and WRBS-FM, 33) WGRQ and WACA and WFLS and WTNT and WBQH and WSPZ, 39) WIYY and WPOC and WMDM and WKIK.....

Hearst's Hallie Jackson To NBC - 7/15 - Hallie Jackson leaves Hearst Television, where she's been a DC-based political and national events reporter for the company's 26 owned stations, for NBC, where she'll be a correspondent.....

NPR's Margaret Low Smith To Atlantic - 7/15 - Come September, Margaret Low Smith will join DC-based the Atlantic as its vice president and president of its AtlanticLIVE events division. She comes from DC-based NPR, where she's been its senior vice president for news since early 2011. NPR veteran Chris Turpin will step in as Smith's interim replacement.....

Ebony Steele Leaves Rickey Smiley - 7/15 - Ebony Steele leaves the syndicated "Rickey Smiley Morning Show" which is heard on Baltimore's 92Q, WERQ. She'll be replaced by model and radio personality Claudia Jordan. More at 92q.com.....

Mika Buys Georgetown Condo - 7/15 - Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," has snagged a two-bedroom, two-bath condo in Georgetown. She paid $925,000 in June for the digs, located just a block off Rock Creek Park. So reports washingtonpost.com. "Morning Joe" is based in NYC, but she's no stranger to Washington. Her father, Zbigniew Brzezinski, was named national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter in 1977.....

NPR Downgrades Ombud Position - 7/15 - DC-based NPR makes changes to its ombudsman position. The next person in that position won't be allowed to criticize NPR journalists. According to Jay Rosen at pressthink.org.....

Washington Was Top World Cup Market - 7/14 - Washington finished the World Cup as the country's top-rated English-language market. Through 64 matches, Washington averaged a 4.9 rating on ESPN, ESPN2, and ABC. That was well above the national metered market average of 3.1. Washington was also the top-rated market for the Germany-Argentina final with a 15.4 overnight rating on ABC. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Nats TV Ratings Drop - 7/14 - From washingtonpost.com: According to SportsBusiness Daily's annual July assessment of local TV ratings for baseball's 29 franchises, the Nationals in the Washington television market via MASN/MASN2 and Channel 9/WUSA are averaging a 1.90 rating, which is down 34% from the same point last season. That's the third-biggest drop in baseball. The Nats are averaging 46,000 homes through the first week of July. Last year at this time, they were averaging 67,000 homes. More at sportsbusinessdaily.com.....

Dave TV: LaVar To NFL Net, June Radio Ratings Analysis, More - 7/14 - WJFK's LaVar Arrington heads to NFL Network. What should the CBS sports talker do now to improve its afternoon show. I check out the Emmy nominations in the boring old Washington Post, with my favs being "Breaking Bad," "Fargo," and "Veep." And I analyze the June radio ratings for DC and find a nice surge for WPRS, Praise 104.1. In today's edition of "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

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