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Cord Cutter: Roku Explored - 9/21 - DCRTV Dave, who recently cut the Comcast cable TV "cord" and is saving $100 a month by watching free broadcast TV, DVDs, and a variety of internet services, takes a look at the Roku box, which takes a batch of internet TV "channels" and sends them to your TV screen. In the latest "Cord Cutter" episode at DCRTV's Cord Cutter page.....

DCRTV Plus $17 Sale - 9/21 - DC radio and TV memory-packed DCRTV Plus is now updated with "new" stuff almost every day. And today's addition includes a video clip of Channel 45/WBFF in the early 1990s. Independent DCRTV started covering DC and Baltimore area media news in September 1997 - 17 years ago this month. 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 annual revenue. How about making a donation of support to help fund DCRTV into its 18th year! Please visit our Support page and send some bucks via the US mail or PayPal. To celebrate 17 years of DCRTV, all this month DCRTV Plus is just $17 for a full year - that's more than half off our normal $39 rate. Add up to 10 years of savings - two years for just $34 all the way up to $170 for 10 years. This discount rate applies to new subscriptions, renewals, and extensions.....

Dave TV: Mysteries Persist About CBS's WNEW - 9/20 - The mysteries of WNEW continue. More rumblings from "you know who" that big cuts could be coming to the CBS all-newser that's failed to crack the top 20 radio ratings more than two years after its launch in early 2012. And I do more of my "told you so" blather about why the station has generally failed to gain any ratings traction even with a solid staff of personnel. The blame goes to the corporate radio "culture" at CBS Radio which can't handle a station facing extraordinary circumstances. In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

"Daily Show" Sets Up "Redskins" Dispute - 9/20 - Some Redskins fans say that Jon Stewart's "Daily Show" on Comedy Central set them up for a tense dispute at a Dupont Circle show segment taping with a group of Native Americans over the team's controversial name. At washingtonpost.com.....

Rescheduled: Skins Prez To Do "Q&A" - 9/20 - Longtime DC journalist Carol Joynt, who is currently an editor at Washingtonian, has snagged Redskins president Bruce Allen for her "Q&A Cafe" on November 18 (rescheduled from September 23) at the George Town Club. Noon seating, program begins at 12:30 PM. Reservations 202-333-9330. "We'll talk the RGIII and Kirk Cousins, the 'quarterback controversy,' the name change debate, the new stadium, the future for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, and all the NFL issues in the headlines, plus growing up the son of the head coach," Joynt says.....

Adams Picks Up Great Scott Stations - 9/19 - Eastern Shore news. Great Scott Broadcasting has agreed to sell the majority of its radio cluster in the Salisbury area to Adams Radio. The acquisition includes WGBG-FM and WJWK-AM, both licensed to Seaford, WJWL-AM and WZBH-FM, both licensed to Georgetown, WKHI-FM licensed to Fruitland, and WOCQ-FM licensed to Berlin. More at delmarvanow.com.....

CBS Making Cuts At WNEW? - 9/19 - A well-placed DC radio source tells DCRTV: "Former WTOP anchor, now WNEW PM drive anchor Evan Haning is telling colleagues he has been told his contract is not being renewed since he makes too much money and WNEW is cutting back. He's telling people that more cuts will be coming before or around the first of the year." The CBS-owned all-newser, which was launched in January 2012, has yet to place among the top 20 most-listened to stations in the DC market radio ratings. Its all-news rival, Hubbard's WTOP, remains in the top spot in almost every weekly DC radio ratings round-up.....

Dave TV: CBS To Sell Balto Stations? BAL-AM Dumps CBS For ABC, More - 9/19 - I take a look at rumors in the radio biz that CBS is looking to sell some of its mid-size market radio stations, including Baltimore. Maybe Hearst should get busy with an offer. Also, what's up with Baltimore news talker WBAL-AM switching from CBS to ABC newscasts? Yet more rantings about the WaPo's media coverage. And more in today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

Could CBS Sell Baltimore Radioers To Digity? - 9/19 - Tom Taylor Now wonders if what would happen if CBS does a deal with Digity for its medium-size markets? Like Baltimore. Taylor says it was just a rumor wafting out of last week's NAB Radio Show, "but it sure has some plausibility, if you think about it." CBS head Les Moonves has said he could imagine the radio division shrinking from nearly 130 stations to "the high 80s or low 80s," selling outlets in its small and mid-sized markets. There was chatter last week in the hallways around the recent radio show in Indianapolis that Florida-based Digity might be prepping to acquire 40 to nearly 50 stations, according to Taylor. Baltimore, market #21, has one CBS TV station, Channel 13/WJZ, and four radio stations, "but none of the radio properties particularly complements WJZ-TV," Taylor says. The radio group is adult contemporary WLIF, hot adult contemporary WWMX, and all-sports WJZ-FM/AM.....

DC TV Country Singer Dies - 9/19 - George Hamilton IV, a popular country singer of the 1960s and 1970s and a mainstay of the Grand Ole Opry, died September 17 of a heart attack at a hospital in Nashville. He was 77. In the 1950s, he moved to Washington, where he became a student at American University and performed on Channel 7, then WMAL-TV's "Town And Country Time" program and "The Jimmy Dean Show" on Channel 9, then WTOP-TV. More at washingtonpost.com.....

AP Sends Peoples To DC - 9/19 - The Associated Press has tapped Steve Peoples, its Northeast political reporter, to cover the field of Republican presidential hopefuls in 2016. He will move from Boston to Washington. More at politico.com.....

3rd Season Of MPT's "Artworks" - 9/19 - Maryland Public Television's "Artworks," a weekly series featuring the movers and shakers of the Baltimore-DC area art scene, returns for season three on October 2 at 8:30 PM. Hosted by Rhea Feikin, the new season features Aaron Henkin, host and producer of WYPR"s "The Signal" program. Other guest co-hosts include artistic directors and curators from the Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Strathmore, Studio Theatre, and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum.....

MD Teacher Wins $1M On "Wheel" - 9/19 - Math teacher Sarah Manchester, from Silver Spring, has become the third person to win $1 million in the history of "Wheel Of Fortune." More at usatoday.com.....

Best DC Radio Pitchman: Chris Core - 9/19 - The DCRTV polls closed at midnight after three days of balloting and voters have selected Chris Core as the "Best DC Radio Pitchman" in Round One, besting Brian Wilson by a wide margin - 68.4% to 31.6%. Core is the WMAL veteran who also now does commentary pieces for WTOP. Wilson used to be a newsman for Channel 5/WTTG and Fox News Channel. Stay tuned for Round Two.....

BAL Drops CBS For ABC News - 9/18 - Hearst's Baltimore news talker, WBAL-AM, 1090, has dropped CBS in favor of ABC for its national newscasts. Plus, ABC will provide music news for the website of WBAL's sister station, WIYY, 98 Rock. "From reliable top hour newscasts and breaking news for WBAL and prep and digital support for 98 Rock, we are delighted to welcome the powerful resources of ABC to Hearst Radio Baltimore," said Cary Pahigian, who took the reins as general manager for both WBAL and WIYY in June. DCRTV's take: Perhaps WBAL's switch to ABC shows the bad blood that has developed with CBS, which recently re-oriented its DC all-newser, WNEW, FM 99.1, to also cover the Baltimore area, thereby directly challenging WBAL's territory and ratings. More at abcnews.go.com.....

Orioles Division Clincher Scores For MASN - 9/18 - The TV audience for Tuesday night's division-clinching victory was almost twice as large as normal for an Orioles game on MASN this season. Orioles games have averaged a 5.9 household rating this season. But Tuesday night the percentage of cable TV homes in the Baltimore market tuned to the game was 11.6. That translates to 127,000 homes and 179,000 viewers. The peak came between 10 PM and 10:15 PM at the end of the game when the rating reached an 18.5. So reports baltimoresun.com.....

Ron Minor Makes Kidney Failure Doc - 9/18 - Retired Channel 4/WRC videographer Ron Minor has made a documentary about the risks of kidney failure for African-Americans. Next month, Minor will mark five years since his own kidney transplant, while several of his family members have suffered from kidney failure. Minor, who lives in Annapolis, and his wife, Kathy, have made a 44-minute documentary on the subject. It will he shown on Channel 32/WHUT tonight at 9 PM, with repeats at 2 PM on September 20 and 5 PM on September 28. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Obit For Jerry Phillips - 9/18 - The Washington Post runs its obituary for Jerry Phillips (right), who died of multiple myeloma August 29 at his DC home. He was 75. Phillips was the morning host for WHUR in the 1970s and, in the 1980, hosted "Metro Talk" on WBIG and WTEM for more than a decade. He was also a regular guest on "Reporter's Notebook" on Channel 4/WRC.....

Politico Ups Glasser - 9/18 - Susan Glasser, the editor of Politico Magazine, has been promoted to editor of Politico. She joined Allbritton-owned Politico a year ago from Foreign Policy. The move will allow Politico founders Jim VandeHei and John Harris to turn their attention toward the company's expansion in Europe and other cities in the USA, including Allbritton's recently-acquired Capital New York. Glasser will appoint a new executive editor to replace Rick Berke, who resigned earlier this month. More at politico.com and at washingtonpost.com.....

Z Praises MPT Flag Special - 9/18 - Baltimore Sun TV critic David Zurawik called Maryland Public Television's Saturday production of the "Star-Spangled Spectacular" concert at Baltimore's Pier Six "great, live television".....

WaPo Launches Photography Blog - 9/17 - The Washington Post's new photography blog, In Sight, is live. It currently features posts on "a Jamaican subculture of fashionable gents, the journey of Italian honeybees across the country, the territorial battle between Brazilian Indians and illegal loggers," and more. More at wapo.st.....

CNN's "Crossfire" Disappears - 9/17 - CNN's DC-based "Crossfire" is "on extended hiatus." Staffers are being absorbed into "The Situation Room Tith Wolf Blitzer." So reports dailycaller.com.....

Radio One Promotes McMorris - 9/17 - Ebony McMorris is the new news and community affairs director for Radio One's DC radio cluster, which includes WKYS, WMMJ, WPRS, WOL, and WYCB. In addition, she will also serve as a daily reporter for Tom Joyner's morning show, which is heard on WMMJ. McMorris has worked with Radio One since 2007 as a national reporter for WOL and most recently as host of weekend Radio One public affairs programs for WPRS and WMMJ. When TV One premiered "News One Now" with Roland Martin in 2013, she served as the morning news correspondent. She is also a weekly contributor to "News One Now," the radio show hosted by Roland Martin. In addition, McMorris spent seven years as an assignment and planning editor at NBC's Channel 4/WRC.....

Guy Vidra To New Republic - 9/17 - Guy Vidra gets named CEO of the DC-based New Republic. He'd been general manager of Yahoo News. Before that, he was head of business development at the Washington Post.....

"MTP" Takes 1st In DC - 9/17 - Good news for Chuck Todd, the new host of "Meet The Press." The DC-based NBC show was the top Sunday talker in the DC market on September 14th. CBS's "Face the Nation" placed 2nd and "Fox News Sunday" was 3rd.....

Dave TV: WaPo, Sinclair, RQX, Core, More - 9/17 - The Washington Post covers Sinclair's "right turn" for Channel 7/WJLA. Another ad placement conflict of interest for the increasingly amateurish Washington Post? Should Cumulus be worried about the debut ratings for the new morning show on WRQX, DC's 107.3? Is Chris Core the best DC radio ad pitchman? And, my reflections on DCRTV's 17th anniversary as I beg for donations. In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

Sinclair Moves 7 To Right - 9/17 - Under its new ownership of Baltimore-based Sinclair, DC's ABC affiliate, Channel 7/WJLA, takes a "slight" turn to the right. Including a new news partnership with the Washington Times and the addition of commentaries from Sinclair conservative pundit Mark Hyman. Oh yeah, there's also the canning of many of its news department managers that were hired by former owner Allbritton. So reports washingtonpost.com.....

RQX's "STM" Struggles In Latest Ratings - 9/16 - So, is the new Sarah, Ty, and Mel morning show at WRQX, DC's 107.3, having any impact on its established rivals? Apparently not yet. The "second week" of September DC market radio ratings, actually the third week of August, shows "STM" in 21st place. Hot 99.5, WIHT's Kane show is 3rd and Tommy McFly on 94.7 Fresh FM, WIAD, is 8th. The full-day, age 6+ rankings: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WHUR, 4) WIHT, 5) WMMJ, 6) WPRS, 7) WASH, 8) WIAD and WPGC and WGTS, 11) WMZQ and WMAL, 13) WBIG and WWDC, 15) WETA-FM, 16) WKYS, 17) WJFK-FM and WLZL, 19) WRQX, 20) WTEM, 21) WBQB, 22) WAFY and WNEW and WFRE, 25) WINC-FM, 26) WQSR, 27) WAVA-FM, 28) WPFW and WPOC, 30) WDCN and WERQ.....

Clear Channel Changes Name - 9/16 - Radio giant Clear Channel, which owns or operates about a dozen radio stations in the DC-Baltimore area, and many more throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, is changing its name to iHeartMedia. More at clearchannel.com.....

107.3's "STM" Revealed - 9/16 - The Monumental Network's "What's On Tap" profiles the new "STM" Sarah, Ty, and Mel morning show on Cumulus contemporary hits WRQX, DC's 107.3. At ontaponline.com.....

PGC Cuts Peter Parker - 9/15 - From DCRTV's 9/15 Mailbag: CBS urban contemporary outlet "WPGC has not renewed the contract of night jock... Peter Parker. He was third in the [age] 25-54 demo so this is a interesting move. CBS-DC says it was a budget cut, but I doubt that they would leave a major airslot like that jockless but only time will tell".....

CNN Cited For Unfair Labor Practices - 9/15 - The National Labor Relations Board has ordered CNN to rehire 100 workers and compensate 200 others for a labor dispute that originated in 2003. Monday's ruling cites CNN for unfair labor practices and orders reimbursement for technicians in DC and NYC. "We find from the foregoing facts that CNN exercised significant control over the essential terms and conditions of Team Video Services technicians and we agree with the judge that CNN is a joint employer with TVS of the technicians," according to the NLRB ruling at nlrb.gov. "CNN's liability as a joint employer is further supported by the direct role it played in committing the unfair labor practices against the TVS technicians." The NLRB decision comes say day as a buyout decision due for 600 employees of CNN owner Time Warner. The NLRB decision means that many technicians would be due two years severence, instead of the one year, offered under the current buyout terms, we're told. More at variety.com.....

Robert Burton To 7 - 9/15 - Robert Burton (right) has been hired by Channel 7/WJLA to be a sports reporter and anchor. He'd been handling weekend sports anchoring at Little Rock's KATV-TV. Both stations are former Allbritton properties that were recently bought by Sinclair. Burton started his career at WAND-TV in Decatur IL as an editor in 2010.....

HFS Vet Virgin Back To Chicago - 9/15 - Tim Virgin, a veteran of now-defunct DC area alternative rock WHFS back when it was on full-power 99.1 and later via the Baltimore low-power "HFS" incarnation on 97.5 and 104.9, heads back to Chicago to be heard on heritage rocker WLUP. He'd previously been heard on that city's cross-town alt rocker WKQX. More at radio-online.com.....

Sinclair Launches 4 PM News On 7 - 9/15 - New owner Sinclair today launches a 4 PM newscast on its new acquisition of Channel 7/WJLA. Leon Harris and Alison Starling will anchor. The hour-long local newscast directly competes with NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC's 4 PM newscast. WJLA moves Queen Latifah to 3 PM, replacing Katie Couric's defunct chat show.....

Van Cleave Latest To Leave 7 - 9/15 - Updated. We're hearing more about Sinclair's news purge at Channel 7/WJLA. Word on the street today is that Dan Patrick, who was assignment manager and producer, was let go Friday morning. Also, we're told by a WJLA insider that reporter Kris Van Cleave is also leaving WJLA. He's heading to CBS Newspath in NYC. Several WJLA news producers are also leaving for jobs in other markets, we hear. "Anybody at 7 who can get a job elsewhere is leaving," we're told. "The firing of [news director] Doug Culver and of Dan Patrick leaves nobody in charge of the newsroom." More soon.....

Albie Dee Doing Mornings On RNR-FM - 9/15 - DC radio veteran Albie Dee is doing the morning show today on Annapolis's WRNR-FM, 103.1 FM. Fill-in or permanent gig? Replacing longtime morning man Alex Cortright, who recently got the boot. Also: Might talks be in the works to get a DC signal for the Steve Kingston-owned eclectic rocker? Perhaps using Metro Radio's Spanish contemporary WTNT, via 102.9 FM and 730 AM? Stay tuned.....

NPR Expands Live Stage Shows - 9/15 - DC-based NPR, following the lead of other news and radio organizations, is widely expanding its live stage shows, with a slate of nearly two dozen events planned nationwide in the coming months. According to nytimes.com, the most ambitious of three "NPR Presents" series, "Water," will marry news reports, oral histories and conversation about topics such as the drought in the West and mudslides in Seattle with theatrical and musical storytelling. The shows will be customized for each of their eight locales, in partnership with local NPR affiliates.....

New Partner For McEwen - 9/15 - DC and Baltimore radio vet Kirk McEwen gets a new co-host for his morning show on CBS Radio's Tampa sports talker WHFS, 98.7 The Fan. He's Tampa radio vet Jesse Kage. The show can be heard online at 987thefan.com and via the Radio.com app.....

DCRTV Starts Cordcutter Site - 9/14 - DCRTV Dave announces the start of DCRTV's Cord Cutter website, which will be a forum for those exploring the many options of "cutting the cord" from their cable TV provider and exploring the many TV options available, including broadcast and internet options. At www.dcrtv.com/cordcutter.....

Nia-Malika Henderson To WaPo's "Fix" - 9/14 - National politics reporter Nia-Malika Henderson, who joined the Washington Post from Politico in 2010, joins the Post's "The Fix" politics blog. She will continue to contribute to NBC's "Meet The Press".....

Local Media To Host DC Mayoral Clashes - 9/13 - American University news talker WAMU, 88.5 FM, will air a live DC mayoral debate October 2 from NPR's DC headquarters. Also, the Washington Post will host a DC mayoral candidates forum October 15, in conjunction with Channel 4/WRC, which will broadcast it October 19. The event will be streamed live online at washingtonpost.com. Post columnist Colbert King and WRC's Tom Sherwood will moderate the forum.....

Sinclair Cuts 7's ND Culver, More - 9/12 - DCRTV hears that Sinclair has given the boot to Doug Culver, the news director at Channel 7/WJLA. He "was fired and told not to return," a station insider tells us. Just last week, WJLA General Manager Bill Lord said goodbye to the station that was acquired by Baltimore-based Sinclair from DC-based Allbritton in early August. That suprised some WJLAers, who thought Lord would be around until the end of September. More: We're hearing that Sinclair has also fired WJLA's managing news editor. "They're dropping like flies at that place," we're told. More as we hear it.....

CBS Pre-Game Affected By Rice Fallout - 9/12 - Media critic David Zurawik praises CBS's pre-game coverage - dropping entertainment acts and adopting a more newsy stance - of Thursday's Ravens game. In light of the NFL's banning of team member Ray Rice for the much-hyped abuse of his then-fiancee. At baltimoresun.com.....

WTOP Adds Health News - 9/12 - Hubbard all-newser WTOP adds an hourly health and fitness feature to it programming lineup. "To Your Health" will be a one to three minute segment airing every hour, 24/7, at 22 minutes past the hour. The feature debuts Monday, September 15th. Dr. Drew Pinsky will join WTOP at 1:20 PM on Monday to inaugurate the new feature with a live interview on prostate cancer detection and prevention. He is a weekday contributor to WTOP, with his "One Minute Clinic" reports airing at 11:22 AM and 1:22 PM daily.....

Dave TV: CBS Radio Selling Stations? More WaPo Mediocrity, More - 9/12 - More rumblings that CBS might sell some of its radio stations? Could WNEW or WJFK be on the block? Also, could a big front page Style section piece in the Washington Post of Bill Maher be connected to a color full-page ad for Maher's HBO show in the very same Post section? A "cut the cord" update, after ditching my Comcast TV service earlier this week. Where's Paul Farhi? Plus, I do a "shout out" to Nick and Dan in today's "Dave TV at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

MLB To Run MPT Flag Tribute, More - 9/12 - In stadiums across the nation this weekend, Major League Baseball will show a "Star-Spangled Banner" tribute montage that's produced by Maryland Public Television. Former WNSTer Drew Forrester launches a new Baltimore sports blog. Jamie Costello starts a new Baltimore sports show on Channel 2/WMAR. And more in this week's Charm City sports media column at PressBoxOnline.com.....

Arch To Q&A "Prairie" Star - 9/12 - Arch Campbell, who recently left his Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8 gigs as film reviewer, entertainment reporter, and show host, is scheduled to appear in person Saturday at 2 PM at the National Archives. Hosting a Q&A with "Little House On The Prairie" star Melissa Gilbert, who is plugging her new "My Prairie Cookbook." The event is free and open to the public. More at archives.gov.....

Hayes Brown To BuzzFeed - 9/12 - Hayes Brown joins BuzzFeed, where he'll be a DC-based foreign news editor. He comes from Think Progress.....

ESPN's McHenry To Cover Tonight's Ravens Game - 9/11 - DCRTV hears that you'll see former Channel 7/WJLA sports anchor and reporter Britt McHenry reporting tonight from Baltimore's MM&T Bank Stadium, where the Ravens will be taking on the Pittsburgh Steelers. Back in March, McHenry left WJLA for a DC-based gig at ESPN. Tonight's game can be seen on CBS and the NFL Network.....

Edwards Prepares For Last SiriusXM Show - 9/11 - DCRTV hears that the last "Bob Edwards Show" with original material can be heard on September 26th. After that, it's reruns for a year. In late August, DCRTV told you that DC-based Edwards will soon exit SiriusXM. Before that, he worked for NPR for 25 years, as the original host of "Morning Edition." His SiriusXM show will be 10 years old on October 4th and has been honored with numerous broadcasting and journalism awards.....

Confirmed: Cortright Gone From RNR-FM - 9/11 - Earlier this week, DCRTV tipped you than longtime morning man Alex Cortright had been fired from Annapolis area eclectic rocker WRNR-FM, 103.1. Now, the Annapolis Capital Gazette confirms the news. "They let me go based on budgetary things," Cortright said. "The station had not done as well as it had last year. They decided to cut costs and started with the morning man." He had been employed by the station for nearly 15 years. He was terminated Monday, immediately after he finished his morning show. "It was rather unceremonious," Cortright said. Station officials, he said, told him his dismissal was "nothing personal." His weekday morning and Sunday midday time slots are being filled temporarily by Rob Timm.....

Bob Callahan Dies - 9/11 - Robert Callahan, a veteran Baltimore broadcaster who was honored in June with a star on Maryland Public Television's Walk Of Fame, died of cancer August 28 at a hospital in Miami. He was 76. He began his broadcasting career while a senior in high school hosting "Teen Turntables," which aired mornings on WNAV in Annapolis. From 1955 to 1957, he attended what is now Towson University and then began his career as a disc jockey at WJDY in Salisbury in 1958. From 1959 to 1960, he worked as a record promoter for Decca Records and was on air at Baltimore's WFBR from 1960 to 1962. In 1965, he joined WBAL radio as the station's overnight man and later became host in 1966 of a disc jockey show that aired from 11 PM to 2 AM. Callahan left WBAL in 1970 and joined WVOB in Bel Air, where its general manager was former WBAL colleague Jim McMahan, and soon the two were on the air hosting "Bob And Jim In The Morning." More at baltimoresun.com.....

Cox Ups Internet Speed - 9/11 - Cox says it has doubled the speeds on its most popular packages of internet service for all customers, including those in Fairfax County. Cox High Speed Internet Preferred will increase from 25 megabits per second to 50. Cox High Speed Internet Premier will increase from 50 megabits per second to 100. These packages represent nearly 75% Cox's internet customers. Cox also offers speeds as fast as 150 megabits per second to customers on its Ultimate package. The increased speeds come on the heels of the company's announced plans to offer gigabit speeds to all customers by 2017.....

Dave TV: Cutting The Comcast Cord - 9/10 - Time to "cut the cord" as I say goodbye to my Comcast cable TV service. My promo rate ended this month and Comcast wanted to hit me with a $60 rate hike even though I rarely watch traditional broadcast and cable networks any more. From this point onward, it's internet TV for me, mainly Netflix and YouTube, plus my little Roku gizmo. And, some "free TV" via an antenna. And, of course, my huge DVD collection. Onward to the future of TV. On today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

Klinger To DC101 Nights - 9/10 - Clear Channel rocker DC101, WWDC, names Josh Klinger as night host, beginning beginning September 17. He has more than 25 years of experience in the radio industry and most recently worked out of the Clear Channel Atlanta market. He also previously hosted mornings on Atlanta rocker WKLS.....

TOP Again Tops DC Radio Ratings - 9/10 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "first week" of September. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WHUR, 4) WIHT, 5) WMMJ, 6) WPRS, 7) WASH, 8) WMAL, 9) WWDC and WIAD, 11) WETA-FM, 12) WBIG and WPGC, 14) WMZQ, 15) WKYS, 16) WGTS, 17) WJFK-FM and WLZL, 19) WRQX, 20) WTEM, 21) WBQB, 22) WFRE, 23) WNEW, 24) WAFY, 25) WINC-FM, 26) WQSR amd WERQ, 28) WPFW, 29) WAVA-FM, 30) WBQH and WDCN and WIYY and WWEG.....

Carney To CNN - 9/10 - Jay Carney, former White House press secretary, heads to CNN, where he'll be a DC-based political commentator.....

TOP's Cantillo Named Best - 9/10 - DCRTV hears that WTOP's Laurie Cantillo has been named "Best Program Director In America" by Jerry Del Colliano's Inside Music Media radio trade newsletter. "He's right," her predecessor Jim Farley tells us.....

Costello Hosts Sports Show For 2 - 9/10 - Jamie Costello hosts a new Monday morning sports show on Scripps' Channel 2/WMAR. The half-hour 10 AM program, "The Nest," will feature a personality from CBS sports talker WJZ-FM, 105.7 The Fan. Talk will center on the previous day's Ravens game, as well as the latest happenings with the Orioles and fantasy football, according to jmanmediazone.blogspot.com.....

Cooley Joins 4's Redskins Show - 9/10 - Former Redskin Chris Cooley joins "Redskins Showtime," which airs Saturday evenings on Channel 4/WRC. That's in addition to his many other DC sports media gigs, including WTEM afternoon drive host, Redskins Radio Network color analyst, and Comcast SportsNet "Monday Morning Redskins Roundup" host. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Beth Cohen Joins Cumulus DC - 9/10 - Cumulus announces that Beth Cohen has been appointed director of ad sales for its DC radio cluster, including news talk WMAL and contemporary hits WRQX, DC's 107.3. She comes from Clear Channel, where she was general ad sales manager for rocker DC101, WWDC, and contemporary hits WIHT, Hot 99.5. Prior to that, Cohen held various positions in the DC media community for 24 years.....

Bradner To CNN - 9/10 - Eric Bradner leaves Politico Pro for CNN, where he'll be a reporter on the CNN Politics Digital team. Before Politico, he worked at the Evansville Courier And Press where he covered Indiana state politics.....

Cortright Gone From RNR-FM - 9/9 - DCRTV hears from sources that longtime morning host and music director Alex Cortright was fired yesterday after 15 years with Annapolis eclectic rocker WRNR-FM, 103.1. Awaiting confirmation. More soon.....

Politico Plans European Expansion - 9/9 - Now that he's sold his TV stations, including DC's Channel 7/WJLA, Robert Allbritton is planning to expand into Europe through the launch of a new organization based in Brussels. Politico CEO Jim VandeHei has revealed that the DC-based company's plans for Europe are "much bigger than anyone is thinking." Writes Michael Calderone at huffingtonpost.com: "Politico's business model in Washington has evolved to focus heavily on paid subscriptions of thousands of dollars for access to premium content on subject areas such as defense policy, education and health care. And Capital New York, which Politico purchased last year, now similarly offers several premium subscription packages on city and state politics and media. If it's trying to replicate that business model abroad, Politico would need to find coverage areas in Brussels that large, international organizations are willing to pay for".....

Todd's 1st "MTP" Ranks 1st - 9/9 - Chuck Todd's inaugural episode of "Meet The Press" was the number one Sunday public affairs program in both total viewers and the coveted 25-to-54 demo, according to ratings provided by NBC News. At politico.com.....

McDowell To Wiley Rein - 9/9 - Robert McDowell, who served as a commissioner for seven years with the Federal Communications Commission, becomes a partner in the DC-based Wiley Rein communications law firm.....

Wizards Move To WNEW, More - 9/8 - WNEW becomes the Wizards' flagship. CBS's Boomer Esiason will continue to say "Redskins." The New York Daily News bans "Redskins." A new Baltimore radio gig for former Washington Post Redskins beat reporter Jason La Canfora. And more in this week's Washington sports media column at PressBoxDC.com.....

MSNBC Visits Fairfax Jail - 9/8 - An MSNBC reality series, "Lockup Fairfax," takes a look behind bars at life in the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Benny Johnson To Nat'l Review Website - 9/8 - Benny Johnson, the BuzzFeed editor who was fired for serial plagiarism, has joined the conservative National Review Online as its first social media director. So reports politico.com.....

RELM Responds To Geronimo - 9/8 - Last week when DC radio veteran Don Geronimo launched his new podcast, he slammed the locally-based RELM Network, which hosted his podcast since March. That deal with RELM, which features Buzz Burbank, the newsman on Geronimo's former WJFK show, quickly went sour. In his September 2 USTREAM podcast, Geronimo attacked RELM's business dealings and personally criticized Burbank. The RELM response featuring Burbank, Marc Ronick, and Lowell Melser is at soundcloud.com.....

Cooley Misses Skins Broadcast, Prepares For Birth - 9/8 - "Chris Cooley missed his first Redskins radio broadcast because he's having a baby." So reports the DC Sports Bog at washingtonpost.com.....

Dave TV: Diamond, Campbell, Wizards, More - 9/8 - Could WRQX seriously be considering bringing back Jack Diamond? Arch Campbell does a deal to be heard on Tony Kornheiser's radio show. The Washington Post's print edition is almost as fun to read as a telephone book - remember them? More Don Geronimo stuff. What's up with the Wizards jumping to WNEW? Is it finally time for me to cut the Comcast cable TV cord? And more in today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

Rick Berke Leaves Politico - 9/8 - Rick Berke, the executive editor of Politico, abruptly resigned on Sunday. He cited disagreements over strategy for his unexpected departure after less than a year. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Todd's "MTP" Debut Praised - 9/8 - Manuel Roig-Franzia calls Chuck Todd's "Meet The Press" debut on the NBC DC-based Sunday political talker "a straight-talking work in progress." At washingtonpost.com.....

Ellen McDonnell To Retire From NPR - 9/8 - Ellen McDonnell, who spent 35 years at DC-based NPR, will be retiring later this year from her post as executive editor for new programming. She started in 1979 as a news writer, and was executive producer of "Morning Edition" from 1998 to 2007, when she advanced to have oversight of "ME," "All Things Considered," and other NPR News shows.....

DCRTV's Job Ads - 9/7 - RadioWaves seeks two female bilingual English/Spanish voiceover artists. 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. Those are the latest at DCRTV's Job Ads.....

New TV Show For Mathis - 9/7 - Baltimore media veteran Jimmy Mathis launches a television show that Jack Beale will executive produce. It will debut Sunday, September 7, on Channel 24/WUTB at 6:30 AM. "The show will be a continuation of what Jimmy has always championed - self governess, freedom and negative liberty," Beale tells us.....

WaPo Launches "America Answers" - 9/7 - The Washington Post launches "America Answers," an event series that highlights how national problems are being solved on the local level. The site AmericaAnswers.com will feature forums, featuring editorial content, that will accompany the articles. "America Answers" is the latest development from Washington Post Live. More at washingtonpost.com.....

MPT Furishes Flag Video To MLB - 9/7 - Major League Baseball clubs will show a special video montage of the Star-Spangled Banner prior to games on Sunday, September 14, the 200th anniversary of the Battle Of Baltimore and writing of the National Anthem. In conjunction with the PBS's "Great Performances," Maryland Public Television will furnish the video montage to all MLB clubs of the national anthem taped during the production of "Star-Spangled Banner: The Bicentennial Of Our National Anthem," which airs at 8 PM nationwide on Saturday, September 13. Baseball and Baltimore Orioles Hall Of Famers Brooks Robinson and Jim Palmer will be on stage during the live, two-hour broadcast of the program from Pier 6 at the Baltimore Inner Harbor.....

Atia Abawi Releases Book - 9/7 - Atia Abawi, formerly of CNN and NBC News, has a book that was released September 2, entitled the "The Secret Sky." It is a novel based on Abawi's experiences in Afghanistan. Abawi grew up in Northern Virginia, went Annandale High and graduated from Virginia Tech. She was an on-air correspondent for CNN and NBC for six years, and most recently worked for Al Jazeera.....

Diamond Visits RQX - 9/6 - Could WRQX take Jack back? The station's ratings haven't recovered since the DC morning radio veteran got canned in the spring of 2013. From DCRTV's 9/6 Mailbag: "Jack Diamond was BACK at 4440 Jenifer on Friday afternoon. Sales people were hugging him looked thrilled that he was there. WRQX has lost almost all of their Adult demo ratings... is it true that Cumulus is planning to re-unite Jack with WRQX? This makes too much sense!".....

Bruce Morton Dies - 9/5 - Bruce Morton, a news correspondent for CBS and then CNN who covered Washington politics for more than four decades, died September 5 at his home in Washington. He was 83. The cause was complications from lymphoma. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Jimmy Alexander Gets Booted In Atlanta - 9/5 - Atlanta hot adult contemporary outlet Star 94 is dropping Jimmy Alexander's morning show after 21 months. Alexander, who used to be a sidekick on Jack Diamond's WRQX, then Mix 107.3 morning show, joined the Atlanta station in 2012. His competition in Atlanta was Bert Weiss, another Diamond crew member. Weiss's show was piped-in to DC via WRQX for about a year after Diamond's spring 2013 firing to no ratings traction. More at ajc.com.....

WSVA To Get FM Relay - 9/5 - VerStandig news talker WSVA, AM 550 in Harrisonburg VA, pays $62,500 to Virginia Tech for a 250-watt FM signal on 92.1 for a WSVA simulcast in the Shenandoah Valley town.....

La Canfora To 105.7, More - 9/4 - Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports joins 105.7 The Fan. There'll be improved reception of the Wizards in Baltimore with the team's move to 99.1. Comcast SportsNet kicks off its Ravens coverage. And more in this week's Baltimore sports media column at PressBoxOnline.com.....

CSN Gets Ready For Caps & Skins, More - 9/4 - Comcast SportsNet gears up for the Capitals and the Redskins. Someone wants to strip Redskins owner Dan Snyder of his radio station licenses. Lindsay Czarniak won't say "Redskins" any more. And the latest DC sports radio ratings are in this week's sports media column at PressBoxDC.com.....

Wizards Move To WNEW - 9/4 - CBS Radio all-newser WNEW, 99.1 FM, has been named as the Washington Wizards flagship radio broadcaster beginning with the 2014-2015 season, it was announced today by the station and Monumental Sports And Entertainment, which is owned by team owner Ted Leonsis. WNEW will broadcast all regular and postseason games beginning with the team's match-up versus the Miami Heat on Wednesday, October 29. Veteran DC area play-by-play broadcaster Dave Johnson will return for his 17th season calling Wizards games, and is joined for the 7th year by analyst Glenn Consor. The Wizards games were previously broadcast on CBS sports talker WJFK-FM, 106.7 The Fan. That station will continue to be the radio home of the Washington Capitals and Washington Nationals. WNEW, which has its transmitter in the Baltimore suburb of Anne Arundel County, will provide improved coverage of the Wizards throughout the Baltimore metro.....

107.3 Cans Brooke Ryan - 9/4 - Brooke Ryan, who's been doing middays, has been canned from Cumulus's contemporary hits WRQX, DC's 107.3. "I am no longer working at 107.3 and not because I quit," she writes at itsbrookeryan.com. She also announces that she'll be joining the morning show on Charleston SC's Mix 96.....

Dave TV: August Radio Ratings Analysis, More - 9/4 - I analyze the "money demo" August radio ratings for the Washington market. More good news for Hot 99.5, WTOP, DC101, WASH, WAMU, WHUR, and WPGC. A very very very very slow climb for WNEW. And some not so good news for WMMJ, WTEM, and WRQX. Plus, GWU prof files radio license challenge against Redskins owner Dan Snyder. More than 60 laid off from USA Today. Washington Post's NFL special has just two ads in it. And more in today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

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