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Plea Deal For Former Fox News Commentator - 4/29 - Wayne Simmons, the frequent Fox News commentator accused of lying about a lengthy CIA career to dupe the US government into giving him real jobs, admitted as part of a plea deal Friday that there were "no records or any other evidence" to support his claim of having worked for the agency, though he still maintains he did. According to washingtonpost.com, Simmons pleaded guilty to major fraud against the US, wire fraud, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He acknowledged that he made more than $78,000 from actual government contracting work he got in-part because of his claim that he had worked for the CIA.....

InsideNova To Brand VA Print Rags - 4/29 - Starting next week, Prince William Today and the Stafford County Sun will be known as InsideNoVa/Prince William and InsideNoVa/North Stafford "to better reflect joint ownership with the popular regional news website, InsideNoVa.com," according to insidenova.com. At the same time, the front page of the Prince William paper will be redesigned to incorporate a new feature called "InTheKnow," which will "spotlight interesting articles in the paper and on the website".....

WJLA Rearranges Sunday AM Talkers - 4/29 - Sinclair's Channel 7/WJLA is moving political talk shows around on Sunday morning. Starting this Sunday, May 1, ABC's "This Week With George Stephanopoulus" moves an hour earlier, from 10 AM to 9 AM, airing live. Sinclair's "Full Measure With Sharyl Attkisson" moves from 9:30 AM to 10 AM. "Full Measure" is now available in 81 markets on 171 Sinclair stations. It streams live on station websites, including via wjla.com, at 9:30 AM ET. Also: "Government Matters" will now air at 10:30 AM.....

Beck's Blaze Cuts 12 In DC - 4/29 - The Daily Beast is reporting that 12 DC-based employees of Glenn Beck's "The Blaze" are being cut, along with 28 more layoffs in NYC and Ohio.....

WHCA Not So Charitable - 4/29 - The White House Correspondents' Association dinner is Saturday in DC, and an investigation by the Washingtonian shows that the WHCA has apparently strayed from its charitable goals.....

Support DCRTV In April - 4/29 - Have you helped support DCRTV in 2016? We're hoping to raise $3,000 this month and we have $815 to go! Make a donation to DCRTV and help your favorite independent local media news, commentary, and nostalgia website. Would DCRTV be here without donations? Probably. But your help makes it possible for the site to be the primary source of income for Dave, its webmaster and creator. And that allows him to focus all his energies on it - providing many updates each day and making it as extensive as it is. DCRTV started covering DC and Baltimore area media news almost 19 years ago. Support from individuals accounts for about 50% of its 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. Make your donation $39 or more and get local radio and TV memory packed DCRTV Plus. Applies to new subscriptions, renewals, and extensions. Visit our Support page for more donation options.....

DCRTV Job Ads - 4/28 - Baltimore's WCBM has a producer-board op position open. And an Annapolis AM station is looking for a news director. Those are the latest DCRTV Job Ads where you can reach many thousands of area media movers and shakers for just $49.....

Police Shoot Man Who Entered 45's Building With Alleged Bomb - 4/28 - A man who claimed that he had a bomb attached to his chest was shot and taken to Baltimore's Shock Trauma hospital after entering Sinclair's Channel 45/WBFF on Thursday afternoon. Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said the man voluntarily walked out of the WBFF building and down 41st Street, but did not listen to officers' orders and kept his hands in his pockets. That's when a counter-sniper opened fire with lethal force, according to wbal.com. After the man entered the building, which houses the studios and offices of WBFF and its sister stations, Channel 24/WUTB and Channel 54/WNUV, he handed a security guard a flash drive which contained videos of the man talking to the camera about what he believed were government conspiracies. The suspect was wearing a hedgehog onesie, light vest, and combat boots. "I'm not going to say I saw a bomb, what I saw was an attempt to make a fake bomb," the security guard said, according to the WBAL report.....

MPT To Air Town Hall On Unrest - 4/28 - Maryland Public Television will air the town hall-style program "Youth Voices Baltimore: A Community Conversation" on May 16 at 11 PM. The 30-minute program will be hosted by Karen Gibbs. "Following the April 2015 death of Freddie Gray and subsequent unrest in the city, Baltimore's young people are engaged in conversations about how to improve their lives and bring hope back to their communities," according to an MPT release. "This program gives a voice to some of these young people, particularly those who have experienced difficulties while attempting to earn their high school diploma." The program is a partnership with Wide Angle Youth Media, a non-profit organization that teaches Baltimore youth about media. It will be repeated via MPT2 on May 17 at 9:30 PM.....

MSNBC Avoids Kathleen Matthews' Loss - 4/28 - From NewsBlues: Kathleen Matthews (right), the wife of MSNBC's Chris Matthews who spent 25 years as a reporter at Channel 7/WJLA, finished third in Maryland's 8th Congressional district Democratic primary on Tuesday. But MSNBC made no mention of her defeat in its election coverage. Earlier in the evening, before the polls closed, Chuck Todd reported that Matthews was one of three leading candidates to replace outgoing Representative Chris Van Hollen. Her name was never mentioned again the remainder of the evening. Chris Matthews took the evening off from MSNBC's "Hardball" to be with his wife. Brian Williams said simply that Matthews was attending to some "family business." Williams made no mention that Matthews's wife was running in the Maryland Democratic primary. Matthews had been endorsed by the Washington Post and had reportedly loaned her campaign as much as $500,000. She resigned last year as the chief communications and public affairs officer for Marriott International to make the run for Congress. Because of potential conflicts of interest, MSNBC did not follow her campaign closely.....

Lara Logan To Texas - 4/28 - DC-based Lara Logan is scaling back her work on CBS's "60 Minutes" and is moving to Texas to spend more time with her family, according to People magazine.....

Billy Bush To "Today" - 4/28 - One-time DC radio host Billy Bush, host of the syndicated "Access Hollywood Live," will join the 9 AM hour of NBC's "Today" in September. He will move from LA to NYC for the "Today" gig. In the 1990s, Bush hosted mornings on now defunct DC contemporary music outlet Z104, WWZZ.....

Merrill To Host Cybersecurity Workshop - 4/28 - Cybersecurity For Editors, a one-of-a-kind workshop will be held June 3 and 4 at the University Of Maryland's Philip Merrill College Of Journalism. Hosted by the American Society Of Newspaper Editors and Merrill College, the workshop will feature former intelligence officers, security and forensic experts, as well as a respected lawyer and an award-winning former cyber reporter, to provide the most practical sessions relevant in the digital era. As an added bonus, attendees will receive travel (airfare, baggage, hotel and/or mileage) reimbursements of up to $300. More info at asne.org.....

"MasterChef" Casting In DC - 4/28 - Fox's "MasterChef" show, which features superstar chef Gordon Ramsey, will hold an open casting call for season 8 Saturday, April 30, from 10 AM to 6 PM at the Melrose Georgetown Hotel at 2430 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Georgetown. Registration is available at masterchefcasting.com.....

New EP For Diamond's Show - 4/27 - Blaire Galaton-Kelleher joins Cumulus's hot adult contemporary WRQX, Mix 107.3, as executive producer of "The Jack Diamond Morning Show." She comes from Philadelphia where she was executive producer of the morning show at hot adult contemporary WBEB, 101.1 More FM. Before that, she spent many years as executive producer and on-air talent for contemporary hit WIOQ, Q102.....

Sports Media Panel Part Of Merrill's MD Day Events - 4/27 - The Philip Merrill College Of Journalism has a batch of open house free events slated for Saturday, April 30, for the University's Of Maryland's annual Maryland Day, from 10 AM to 4 PM on the College Park campus. At Knight Hall, you can hear a panel discussion about trends in sports media at 11:30 AM with representatives of the Golf Channel, NASCAR, the Philadelphia Daily News, the Washington Post, and NFL Films. Every hour from 11 AM to 2 PM, Merrill College students will be offering tours of Knight Hall and UMTV. In addition to many other Merrill College events. Also, there will be a Capital News Service alumni gathering Friday, April 29, at 5 PM in Knight Hall. More at marylandday.umd.edu.....

Matthews Loses Congressional Bid - 4/27 - Former Channel 7/WJLA news anchor and reporter Kathleen Matthews placed third in her attempt to run for Congress in Maryland's 8th district as a Democrat. More Tuesday primaty results at washingtonpost.com. She's married to MSNBC "Hardball" host Chris Matthews.....

Ron Weber's Still A Caps Fan - 4/27 - The Washington Post profiles Ron Weber, 82, the Washington Capitals' former radio voice who had witnessed each of the franchise's first 1,936 games during his 23-year tenure. He stopped calling games in April 1997, and six years ago received the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award from the Hockey Hall Of Fame. Since he retired, he's gone to about 35 home games a year. That’s more than 600 additional post-retirement games.....

Alex Wagner To Atlantic - 4/27 - Alex Wagner joins the Atlantic as a senior editor. She will work with Atlantic Studios on video and TV ventures and is slated to host the Atlantic's White House Correspondents' Dinner-related breakfast discussion on feminism. Wagner had been the host of MSNBC's "Now With Alex Wagner" before it got canceled in July 2015.....

WTOP Stays At The Top - 4/26 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "second week" of April. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WHUR, 4) WASH, 5) WMMJ, 6) WETA-FM, 7) WIHT, 8) WKYS, 9) WBIG and WMAL, 11) WPGC, 12) WIAD and WMZQ, 14) WPRS and WGTS, 16) WRQX, 17) WWDC, 18) WJFK-FM and WLZL, 20) WTEM, 21) WFMD, 22) WINC-FM and WDCN, 24) WERQ and WFRE and WGRQ, 27) WPFW and WFLS and WAFY and WWEG and WIYY and WAVA-FM and WBQB.....

Fox News Commentator To Change Plea - 4/26 - The frequent Fox News commentator who prosecutors say lied about a career with the CIA to win actual government work is scheduled to change his plea, according to washingtonpost.com. Wayne Simmons, 62, of Annapolis, had been set to go on trial next month on charges that his claim of working for the CIA for 27 years was a lie, and that it was only by repeating such falsehoods that he was able to briefly get actual security clearances and real government contracting work in more recent years. He had pleaded not guilty in the case, and had asserted recently that there were documents scattered around the world that would back up his claims about what he did, reports the Post. Now, it seems, prosecutors and his defense attorneys appear to have reached some type of a deal. The "change of plea hearing" is generally an indication someone in a case intends to plead guilty - though for Simmons, it remains unclear to what, according to the Post.....

Erica Campbell To Do Mornings On Praise 104.1 - 4/26 - Erica Campbell will be the new morning host on Radio One's commercial gospel Praise 104.1, WPRS. Starting May 10. Yolanda Adams had been host of the Radio One-owned Reach Media program that is syndicated to almost 40 like-formatted stations across the country. Campbell is part of the two-woman Mary Mary music act. She's also been on reality TV via a series also named "Mary Mary." Her new radio show is titled "Get Up! Mornings with Erica Campbell," and she'll play music, do interviews, and offer "practical principles" for living.....

Nielsen Pulls Out Of Columbia - 4/26 - Tom Taylor Now tells us that ratings firm Nielsen will close up shop at its four-story building in Columbia, Maryland. In the 2-1/2 years since Nielsen absorbed Arbitron, it's been steadily ferrying jobs and sometimes people out of the multi-building campus it inherited in the Baltimore suburbs. Nielsen almost immediately emptied out a couple of side-buildings, but kept the signature facility at 9705 Patuxent Woods Drive. Most of the work that Arbitron did in Columbia (editing diaries, handling PPMs) has long since relocated to Nielsen's data-factory near Tampa. One source tells Taylor that Patuxent Woods Drive now looks like "a ghost building." It was a handy base for Nielsen, located between Baltimore and Washington, and it hosted many client conferences, consultant fly-ins and diary reviews, Taylor adds. Expect Nielsen to drive away the last trucks from its rented quarters as early as June.....

Radio One CEO Made $5.9M In 2015 - 4/26 - Total 2015 compensation for Radio One CEO Alfred Liggins was $5.9 million. According to Tom Taylor Now, the head of the Silver Spring-based urban radio broadcaster banked over $1 million in bonus (versus none in 2014) and about $1.3 million in stock awards to sweeten his base salary of $1.25 million. Liggins' combined haul - an eyebrow-raising $5.9 million. Much of that was due to the one-time payment of $1,536,381 he was due from his involvement with the TV One cable division. Taylor adds that Liggins got "an award equal to approximately 4% of any proceeds from distributions or other liquidity events" related to "the return of the company's aggregate investment in TV One." That was triggered by Radio One buying out minority partner Comcast. As for Liggins's mother and Radio One founder and current chair Cathy Hughes, thanks to a bonus of $425,000 (she got no bonus in 2014) and $656,000 in stock awards, her total comp last year was about $2,470,000. That's literally double her $1,150,000 for 2014, according to Taylor.....

Kristie McIntyre Returns To RQX - 4/25 - Kristie McIntyre (right) takes the evening shift on Cumulus hot adult contemporary WRQX, Mix 107.3. She will debut in the 7 PM to midnight slot on May 2. This marks a return to WRQX for McIntyre, who was on-air personality for the station from 2005 to 2010. Most recently, McIntyre was an anchor and reporter for Channel 11/WBAL. Before that, she was midday host for CBS's hot adult contemporary WIAD, 94.7 Fresh FM. During her lengthy area radio career, McIntyre has also worked at WQSR, WXYV, and WERQ in addition to radio stations in New England and Indianapolis.....

Gannett Makes Offer For Tribune Publishing - 4/25 - McLean-based Gannett, the publisher of USA Today, has offered to buy Chicago-based Tribune Publishing for $815 million, including the assumption of debt. Gannett's offer of $12.25 per share for the publisher of the Baltimore Sun, the Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune represents a nearly 63% premium to Tribune's Friday closing price. More at usatoday.com. Last year, Gannett spun off its TV division, as Tegna, which includes Channel 9/WUSA. If the Gannett deal is approved, Tribune would be left mainly with its TV assets, which includes Channel 50/WDCW.....

"Rocky" Future For WYCR - 4/25 - Nearby news from Southern Pennsylvania. Forever Media will complete the rebranding of its recent York acquisitions today as classic rocker WYCR, 98.5, drops its "Peak" moniker for "Rocky." WYCR will join Forever's other rock stations in Altoona, Johnstown, and Cumberland utilizing the "Rocky" name. Forever purchased WYCR and Hanover sister WHVR, 1280, December 2015. It had acquired country WGTY-FM, 107.7, and sports talker WGET-AM, 1320, both Gettysburg, in September, and brought WGTY-FM over to its "Froggy" country brand in January. More at radioinsight.com.....

Maureen Bunyan To Be Honored By NCRTV - 4/25 - Channel 7/WJLA news anchor Maureen Bunyan (right) has been named the first recipient of the Ed Walker Lifetime Achievement In Broadcasting Award. The National Capital Radio And Television honor will be presented at the museum's annual fall fundraiser "Turn Your Television On" September 10, at the Comfort Inn Ballroom in Bowie. "I humbly accept the recognition from the museum of this award named in honor of the beloved broadcast icon Ed Walker," says Bunyan. She is known as a leader in the newsroom and an advocate for women and minorities in journalism. She is a founder of the International Women's Media Foundation which serves women in the media in 100 countries. She is also a founder of the National Association Of Black Journalists where she was inducted into the NABJ Hall Of Fame in January 2014. Named for the late Ed Walker, who received the award in 2015, the Lifetime Achievement In Broadcasting Award recognizes the impact local radio and television broadcasters have had on the local citizens. Longtime DC TV personality Arch Campbell will be master of ceremonies for the event. "Turn Your Television On" tickets are available at ncrtv.org or by mailing a check to the NCRTV Museum, PO Box 1809, Bowie MD 20717. Individual tickets are $70 per person for NCRTV members and $75 per person non-members. Reserved tables of eight are available for $560 for members and $600 for non-members). Sponsorship and advertising opportunities also are available. More by emailing info@ncrtv.org or by calling 301-390-1020 between 9 AM and 3 PM. Proceeds from the event will assist NCRTV in preserving the history of radio and television. The museum displays, explains, and preserves scores of radios, TVs, phones and other devices and programs from their beginnings to the present. The museum collection contains over 3,000 items, including two rare mechanical televisions from the early 1930s. Its mission is to explore the development and impact of electronic media, particularly in the DC area, on our lives.....

Joanna Campbell Leaves Mix 106.5 - 4/23 - From DCRTV's Saturday Mailbag: "Joanna Campbell is no longer with Mix 106.5 doing afternoons with Priestly. She posted she left CBS Baltimore on April 14th. No reason given. Priestly was solo this week during afternoon drive. Wonder if he will get a new cohost." We also hear: "She won't be replaced. Expect CBS Radio as an entity to excise other on/off-air staffers to lower operating costs as it heads toward being spun off, parceled or sold by corporate." More soon.....

Derek Valcourt Leaves 13 - 4/23 - From DCRTV's Friday Mailbag: Reporter "Derek Valcourt has cleansed his [Facebook] page of WJZ 13 mentions and job information. He's definitely gone... [His] bio has been removed from WJZ 13's page, meaning he's probably leaving the station. No word on Facebook, but no mention of WJZ anymore except the broken link to his page." More soon.....

Fannon's 18th Year Calling Villanova Hoops - 4/23 - Alexandria's Ryan Fannon has been the play-by-play basketball voice of Philadelphia's Villavova University for 18 years. He gets profiled at alexandriagazette.com.....

Merrill College Raising Funds For Political Coverage - 4/22 - The University Of Maryland's Philip Merrill College Of Journalism is currently in the midst of a fundraising campaign to help its student reporters travel to the political conventions this summer. Capital News Service is a student-powered news organization that covers issues of import to residents in the state of Maryland. CNS, celebrating 25 years of service to the state, has bureaus in Washington, Annapolis, and two in College Park (broadcast and digital). The money will help pay for housing, food, and other expenses. They've already reached their original goal of $10,000 and invite DCRTV readers to help reach the "stretch goal" of $15,000. To contribute and get more info, go to launch.umd.edu/project/2021.....

Holliday To Hold Annual Charity Golf Tourney - 4/22 - DC radio and TV veteran Johnny Holliday will be holding his annual charity golf tournament on June 6 at the University Of Maryland golf course. The 11th annual Johnny Holliday Scholarship Classic will benefit the Youth Leadership Foundation and feature 30 area sports, media, and political celebrities, including Gary Williams, Leon Harris, Kristen Berset, John "Cakes" Auville, Ray Knight, Rick "Doc" Walker, Larry Michael, and Chris Knoche. This year's honoree will be legendary DeMatha basketball coach Morgan Wooten. More at helpingkids.org.....

MPT Prepares MD Veterans Documentary - 4/22 - Maryland Public Television Executive Producer Ken Day is completing work on the new three-hour documentary "Maryland Vietnam War Stories," which will premiere on three successive weeknight evenings - May 24, 25 and 26 - on MPT. Three years in the making, the film traces the chronology of the war through the personal stories of nearly 100 Maryland-area Vietnam veterans. The film's production team garnered 120 hours of footage from interviews with roughly 300 veterans from all military branches. A national version of the film, for distribution to public television stations across the country, will be available for airing immediately following the MPT premiere. Among his many MPT projects, Day is also the creator and executive producer of one of MPT's "Chesapeake Collectibles," now in its sixth season.....

Staxx Williams To NYC - 4/22 - Staxx Williams leaves his imaging director post at iHeart's DC-Baltimore operations, where he's been working with alt rocker DC101, WWDC, classic hits Big 100.3, WBIG, and classic hits Jack 102.7, WQSR. For a like gig at the company's contemporary hits WHTZ and urban contemporary WKTU in NYC.....

WLIR Founder Dies In Baltimore - 4/22 - DC had Jake Einstein, a radio maverick who built the legendary progressive rocker WHFS. NYC had Elton Spitzer, who created WLIR, which introduced many "New Wave" alternative rock bands in the 1980s onto the American radio dial - including U2, the Ramones, Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, and the Cure. Spitzer, 84, died April 17 in Baltimore of complications related to Parkinson's disease. More at newsday.com.....

Cord Cutter: Comcast's Roku App, Ultra HD TV, More - 4/21 - Comcast says it'll unveil a Roku app so you can watch cable channels on a TV without a converter box, which you have to pay to lease. Will this app feature all cable channels or just a selection? More on Sling TV's plans to offer your local Fox TV station. And, broadcasters are preparing for Ultra High-Def TV and the day when you can get 100+ broadcast channels via antenna for free. In today's "Cord Cutter" at DCRTV's Cord Cutter page.....

Paul Donovan Exits WMZQ - 4/21 - DCRTV hears Paul Donovan, the night personality on iHeart country WMZQ, 98.7, has exited the station after four years. Chris German is filling in until a replacement has been named.....

Orioles Radio Engineer Paul Eicholtz Dies - 4/21 - Paul Eicholtz, the engineer for Baltimore Orioles broadcasts for more 36 seasons in his 55 years at WBAL radio, died April 19. "He's probably seen more Orioles games than anyone," said Johnny Goldsmith, who succeeded "Dr. Paul" after his 2000 retirement. Eicholtz's start at WBAL came in the 1950s, predating the station's studios on TV Hill. In his early years at the station, he worked on Orioles games, then the station lost the Orioles contract. When the team came back, it was his main job. So reports wbal.com.....

WTOP Stays At The Top - 4/19 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "first week" of April. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WHUR, 4) WMMJ, 5) WASH, 6) WIHT and WPGC, 8) WKYS and WETA-FM, 10) WBIG, 11) WPRS, 12) WMAL and WIAD, 14) WMZQ and WGTS, 16) WWDC, 17) WLZL, 18) WRQX, 19) WJFK-FM, 20) WTEM, 21) WFMD, 22) WERQ and WFLS, 24) WDCN, 25) WFRE and WBQB, 27) WPFW and WAFY and WGRQ and WAVA-FM and WINC-FM and WQSR.....

WMAL Newscast Honored With Murrow - 4/19 - Cumulus news talker WMAL picked up the "best radio newscast" award from the regional Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association. "We're honored that our news team has been recognized for the hard work and quality, aggressive coverage they provide to listeners in the DC area," says Bill Hess, WMAL's program director and Cumulus vice president for news talk stations.....

5 Murrows For WJLA - 4/19 - The Radio Television Digital News Association gave Sinclair's Channel 7/WJLA five regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, Including those for "breaking news," "news documentary," "hard news reporting," "sports reporting," and "news writing." "Our newsroom works incredibly hard day in and day out to provide the type of news coverage our community expects," said ABC7 News Director Mitch Jacob, "and it is gratifying when their work is so generously recognized and rewarded".....

More Murrows For WTOP - 4/19 - Hubbard all-newser WTOP picks up five regional Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association. The WTOP news team was recognized in the "overall excellence" category for the fifth time in the past seven years for its coverage in the DC region. WTOP's entire staff was also recognized with a regional award for "best website." Individual accolades were presented to WTOP's Megan Cloherty, Andrew Mollenbeck and Chris Core. "It's always an honor to be recognized regionally with an Edward R. Murrow award, says Mike McMearty, WTOP's director of news and programming. "These are awards shared by everyone in the WTOP newsroom".....

CSN To Cover NFL Draft - 4/19 - Comcast SportsNet will cover the 2016 NFL Draft featuring former Washington Redskins general manager and current NFL analyst Charley Casserly beginning this week, highlighted by two special programs and a 15-part original digital video series. "NFL Draft Journey" which debuts today, April 19, at 6:30 PM. and 11 PM, will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the player evaluation process. The half-hour show features former Maryland Terrapins defensive end Yannick Ngakoue - who is eligible for this year's draft - as he completes an on-field workout, film session, and interview with Casserly, who spent nearly 30 years as an executive with the Redskins and Houston Texans. "On The Clock" is a series of short-form digital videos featuring Casserly and CSN's Julie Donaldson in the "CSN Draft Room." In each of the 15 segments, which are currently available on CSNmidatlantic.com, Casserly discusses topics surrounding the draft process, including the scouting combine, mock drafts, trades, and choosing players. The segments, which range from two to five minutes in length, will also be featured on "SportsNet Central." CSN will debut its annual preview show, "NFL Draft Special," on April 25 at 6:30 PM. The half-hour program, which will encore multiple times leading up to the draft's first round on April 28, will present news, analysis, and commentary covering the Redskins and the Ravens.....

Rogin & Weinberg Wed - 4/19 - Bloomberg View columnist and CNN analyst Josh Rogin, 37, and ABC News' Ali Weinberg, 28, got married in DC Saturday. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Cord Cutter: Amazon's Monthly Plan, Netflix Hike, Sling TV Adds - 4/18 - Amazon announces plans for a monthly $8.99 option for its video streaming service, going directly up against Netflix's monthly plan, which jumps from $7.99 to $9.99 per month for many come May. Also, SlingTV adds a new $20 package of channels featuring many Fox-owned networks, including the local Fox broadcast station in many markets. And more in today's "Cord Cutter" episode from DCRTV Dave at DCRTV's Cord Cutter page.....

WaPo Nabs Pulitzers - 4/18 - The Washington Post has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for its study of fatal shootings by US police officers. Joby Warrick, author of "Black Flags: The Rise Of ISIS" also won the Pulitzer for general nonfiction. Eli Saslow was a finalist for feature writing. More at washingtonpost.com.....

WGMD To Airs Sunday Orioles - 4/16 - Beginning May 1, Rehoboth Beach talker WGMD, 92.7, will air Baltimore Orioles games every Sunday through the regular season. Veteran Orioles Radio Network broadcasters Joe Angel, Jim Hunter, and Fred Manfra call the action. More at wgmd.com.....

Alvin Jones To Host WERA Show - 4/15 - DC TV and radio veteran Alvin Jones will be doing weekdays between 7 AM and 9 AM on Arlington's new community radio station, WERA, 96.7. He'll be co-hosting with Ulysses E. Campbell on the new "TMI - Too Much Information" show. Starting April 25. Jones is also executive producer of NewsChannel 8's "Women's Business Report," a half-hour show highlighting women in business, among his lengthy resume of local DC area radio and TV gigs.....

30 DC Years For Brian Wilson - 4/15 - Congrats to Brian Wilson (not the Beach Boy or the Baltimore radio personality) who celebrates his 30th year in DC. Wilson (right) came to Channel 5/WTTG, just as it was bought by Fox in April 1986, to be its Capitol Hill reporter. And he later jumped to sister Fox News Channel as a reporter and anchor, where he also covered Capitol Hill. Almost four years ago, the Odessa, Texas native joined news talker WMAL, 105.9/630, as its morning co-host, where he currently does "Mornings On The Mall" with Larry O'Connor.....

Roy Nester Dies - 4/15 - From Tom Taylor Now: Shenandoah Valley radio veteran Roy Nester (right) passed away earlier this month at age 91, and he had a flair for the business. His life story at Legacy.com says that over his 50-year career, Roy was a jock ("Platter Party" on WINC Winchester), general manager (WAYZ Waynesboro PA), voiceover artist (he did spots for the same local shoe retailer for five decades), and enthusiastic civic promoter. Nester "led many parades" dressed as the Town Crier. While at WAYZ, he dreamed up the character of "Wayzee The Clown," who appeared at birthday parties and various local events. Roy's body was cremated, and in the chamber with him were his Town Crier outfit and his clown shoes.....

50 Hires 2 More For 10 PMer - 4/14 - DCRTV hears that Tribune's Channel 50/WDCW has hired two more multimedia journalists for its new 10 PM newscast, which launches Monday, April 18. Claudia Rupcich says on her Twitter feed that she'll be seen on 50 as a "temp reporter." She had been working for Richmond's Channel 8/WRIC. And Peter J. Alvey, who is based in DC, has also been hired by WDCW as a reporter. Earlier this month, DCRTV told you that Cameron Thompson, a reporter for CBS Radio newser WNEW, 99.1, before it went belly-up in December, has also joined the new newscast. The half-hour nightly program will be anchored at and produced by Tribune's Richmond outlet, Channel 6/WTVR, with a staff of DC-based reporters.....

Ed Timms To CQ Roll Call - 4/14 - Investigative reporter Ed Timms leaves the Dallas Morning News, where he's been since 1978, to be CQ Roll Call's new deputy editor. Also, Paul Krawzak has been promoted to CQ Roll Call's senior budget reporter. He was previously a budget and policy writer. And, Niels Lesniewski gets promoted to the Capitol Hill news organization's senior Senate reporter and will be contributing to Senate Action Reports.....

Frank Ski Returns To Atlanta - 4/14 - After a nearly four-year absence from the Atlanta airwaves, Frank Ski returns to the Georgia market and his old station - CBS urban contemporary V103, WVEE. Where he'll do Saturday middays and Sunday evenings. Ski's last radio gig was doing afternoons at Howard University's adult urban contemporary WHUR, 96.3, which he left last September after two years. Before that, Ski did mornings at WVEE for more than a decade.....

AP Slams WaPo's Trump Coverage - 4/14 - The Associated Press claims that the Washington Post downplayed the AP's original exclusive about Donald Trump's charitable contributions in its story. More washingtonpost.com.....

NAB To Honor Bob Woodruff - 4/14 - The DC-based National Association Of Broadcasters will honor ABC News' Bob Woodruff with its Distinguished Service Award at the the 2016 NAB Show in Las Vegas on April 18. "Bob Woodruff is a shining example of excellence in television news reporting," said NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith. "Bob has been on the front lines of the most important stories. The personal tragedy he has faced in pursuit of the news, in addition to his philanthropic efforts, make him more than qualified for NAB's highest honor".....

WJLA To Launch Sinclair's Refined Brand - 4/13 - Channel 7/WJLA launches DC Refined, an online lifestyle and culture magazine. DCRefined.com will debut on Thursday, April 14 and "highlight the region's most popular restaurants, real estate and travel destinations," according to a station statement. Also, DC Refined segments will air weekly on NewsChannel 8's "Let's Talk" Live lifestyle program. DC Refined will be led by Laura Wainman, the former managing editor of Washington Life Magazine. Also working on the project - Christina Irizarry, a former WJLA web editor, and photojournalist Amanda Andrade-Rhoades, a former San Francisco crime and politics reporter. The Refined brand is the lifestyle arm of the Sinclair Broadcast Group, parent company of WJLA and NC8, and Washington will be the third market to launch under the Refined name, following Seattle and Cincinnati.....

Fundraising Concert For HFS Documentary - 4/13 - Jonathan Edwards and Danny O'Keefe are playing one show only on Saturday, May 7th at Montgomery College in Rockville. With limited "Meet 'N Greet The Artists And DJs" tickets at brownpapertickets.com. All proceeds go to "finishing funds" for the documentary film, "Feast Your Ears," about DC's late, great progressive WHFS, 102.3 FM. More at feastyourearsthefilm.com.....

Winchester's B105 Goes Classic Country - 4/12 - Centennial's Winchester "new country" outlet, WXBN/WZFC, B105, which is broadcast on 104.9 and 105.5, is tweaking its format in more of a classic direction. As "True Country B105." "Serving our community and the Shenandoah Valley is our mission," says B105 General Manager and Market Manager Chris Martin. "After careful analysis it was determined that what's hot in Hollywood or Nashville or American Idol doesn't necessarily translate to the tastes and desires of Winchester or the Valley. Patsy Cline recorded in our building, in our studios, on our microphones and with our staff. That is a fact. And since when does fantastic go out of style?" Adds B105's Program Director Mike Herald, "Listeners can expect to hear a music intensive variety of traditional classics and the best of the best. We believe this is the true identity of the area, the heritage and the people." The new format started at 5 PM Tuesday. Winchester's longtime top-rated station is iHeart's mainstream country WUSQ, 102.5.....

Dave TV: DC "Winter Book" Radio Ratings - 4/12 - I take a look at the "Winter Book" of DC radio ratings for the January, February, and March period of 2016. With more good news for WTOP, WAMU, WHUR, WASH, and Hot 99.5. And some not so good news for DC's two sports talkers, WTEM and WJFK, plus DC101, WMAL, and Mix 107.3. In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

Obama Awards 5's Gwen Tolbart - 4/12 - Channel 5/WTTG weather reporter/anchor Gwen Tolbart receives a Lifetime Achievement Award from President Obama for her community service volunter work with DC's Our House, which provides work skills and counseling services for inner-city youth. More at fox5dc.com.....

WTOP Tops DC Radio Ratings For March - 4/12 - The Washington market radio ratings for the month of March. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP [AM drive 1st, PM drive 1st], 2) WAMU [ME 2nd, ATC 2nd], 3) WHUR [Harvey 3rd], 4) WASH [Loo 5th], 5) WIHT [Kane 4th], 6) WMMJ [Parr 6th, Simpson 6th] and WETA-FM and WPGC [Clair 12th], 9) WGTS, 10) WBIG, 11) WIAD [McFly 14th], 12) WKYS [Fam 17th] and WMZQ [Bones 10th], 14) WPRS, 15) WMAL [MOTM 11th, Rush 5th, Savage 16th], 16) WRQX [Diamond 18th], 17) WWDC [Elliot 13th], 18) WLZL [Biagi 15th], 19) WTEM [M&M 21st, Czaban 16th], 20) WJFK-FM [Junks 16th, Dukes 20th], 21) WFMD, 22) WGRQ, 23) WAFY and WERQ and WDCN, 26) WFRE and WAVA-FM and WBQB and WINC-FM, 30) WYPR and WQSR and WWEG and WIYY, 34) WFLS and WDCH and WRBS-FM and WBQH, 38) WJYJ and WPOC and WPFW.....

WLIF Tops Balto Radio Ratings For March - 4/12 - The Baltimore radio ratings for the month of March. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WLIF, 2) WERQ, 3) WPOC, 4) WWIN-FM, 5) WIYY and WZFT, 7) WWMX, 8) WCBM, 9) WRBS-FM and WZBA, 11) WJZ-FM, 12) WBAL-AM, 13) WQSR, 14) WYPR, 15) WCAO, 16) WBJC, 17) WRBS-AM, 18) WLIFHD2 and WQLL, 20) WJZ-AM and WOLB, 22) WWIN-AM. No out of market stations are included in this list.....

Steve Rouse To Q1370 - 4/12 - Starting May 16, Baltimore radio veteran Steve Rouse, along with co-host Tracy Hart, will be doing mornings on Baltimore oldies outlet WQLL, Q1370. In addition to its main 1370 AM signal in Baltimore, WQLL is also heard in Harford County on 99.9 FM. "We're very excited to have Steve and Tracy be part of the Q1370 family. They will be doing 6 AM to 9 AM in the beginning," says Q1370 General Manager Marc Beaven. DCRTV only just reported that Rouse left his morning show gig at Havre de Grace oldies outlet "The Point," WHGM, 1330 AM and 104.7 FM.....

Lisa Fletcher Joins WJLA - 4/12 - Lisa Fletcher (right) joins Channel 7/WJLA as its "7 On Your Side" consumer affairs investigative reporter. She will also report on WJLA owner Sinclair's nationally syndicated Sunday news magazine, "Full Measure" with Sharyl Attkisson, which is taped at WJLA's Arlington studios. Fletcher has been host of Al Jazeera America's "The Stream," and, before that, was a national correspondent for ABC News.....

MPT Debuts 10 Shows For Chesapeake Week - 4/12 - Maryland Public Television is celebrating its annual Chesapeake Bay Week April 24-30 with 10 new programs. Including "Conowingo Dam: Power On The Susquehanna" April 25 at 9 PM. "Beautiful Swimmers Revisited" April 26 at 10 PM. "Carpe Diem: A Fishy Tale" April 26 at 10 PM. "Chesapeake Bay Summit" April 27 at 9 PM. "Who Owns Water" April 27 at 10 PM. "Tilghman Tales: Building Boats, Lives, And Memories" April 28 at 9 PM. "Concert For The Chesapeake Bay" April 30 at 8 PM. And, "Chesapeake Footsoldiers" April 30 at 9:30 PM.....

Residents Skeptical About Plans To Develop WMAL Site - 4/11 - Bethesda Magazine reports that Toll Brothers on Saturday unveiled its latest plans for a 328-home neighborhood on 75 acres of Bethesda land that has long been home to four WMAL's 630 AM radio towers. The meeting, required by the Montgomery County Planning Department before the developer submits its preliminary plan application for the project, drew more than 150 residents - many with the same concerns about added traffic and students from the new homes that have been discussed in previous public meetings.....

8 Headliners For WTOP - 4/11 - WTOP announced today it is the recipient of eight National Headliner Awards for excellence in journalism. The top-rated all-newser took first place awards for best website for WTOP.com, for radio news series for Jamie Forzato's "Heroin Epidemic," and for online only writing by WTOP.com Sports Editor Noah Frank. Second place honors went to JJ Green for his news series, "Quiet Killer," for best station newscast for the September Pope coverage, for feature and human interest story for "Canine Rehab" by Nick Iannelli, and for online only writing by WTOP.com Living Editor Rachel Nania. The WTOP staff won third place for its breaking news coverage of the Freddie Gray riots. Founded in 1934 by the Press Club Of Atlantic City, the National Headliner Awards program is one of the oldest and largest annual contests recognizing journalistic merit in the communications industry. More: Baltimore's Channel 11/WBAL took home a first for best newscast and a first for its coverage of a live breaking news event with "Baltimore Riots: The First 24 Hours".....

Steve Rouse Leaves WHGM - 4/11 - From DCRTV's Monday Mailbag: "From the now sure anyone cares files: looks like Rouse and Company are done at 1330/104.7 The Point in Havre de Grace. The only glimmer of hope for that station has faded. Can anyone predict the next format for it?" Rouse, a veteran Baltimore radio personality, started his new morning show last fall at Harford County oldies outlet WHGM, 1330 AM and low-powered 104.7 FM, which has been branded as "The Point." Rouse's 17-year Baltimore morning show run ended in 2005, when it was cancelled by oldies WQSR.....

Mark Weaver Back On Air In Florida - 4/11 - Retired WMAL newsman Mark Weaver (right) is back on the air, this time in Florida. He has returned to the airways hosting the morning program on News Radio 1300 WKQK in Cocoa Beach. "I had not worked for two years so when this opportunity became available I got back into the game," says Weaver, who now lives near Cape Canaveral. "The 5,000-watt AM station focuses on local news and community events in Brevard County, which is also known as the Space Coast of Florida. The owner is bringing radio back to what it used to do - serve the local community," he adds. Weaver, who retired in October 2013 after 25 years broadcasting the news at WMAL, says he's having a lot of fun working in local radio. He is also broadcasting rocket launches live from the Kennedy Space Center. Weaver can be reached at markweaver@radio1300.com.....

7's Devon Lucie To SLC - 4/11 - DCRTV mears that meteroligist Devon Lucie is leaving Channel 7/WJLA for a weather forecasting gig at KTVX, Salt Lake City's ABC affiliate. Sunday was his last day at WJLA. His wife, Surae Chinn, is a reporter with Channel 9/WUSA. She is expected to join him in Utah at the end of June, according to sources.....

Dave TV: New Line-Up For ESPN 980 - 4/11 - I take a look at the new ESPN 980 line-up, which goes into effect on May 2. Chris Cooley moves mornings, to be paired with Keven Sheehan. While Steve Czaban remains in afternoons, but is now paired with Andy Pollen. Tony Kornheiser's midday show will now air an hour later, at 11 AM. All this and more in today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV.com, in conjunction with PressBoxDC. At DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

Older news goes to DCRTV's News Archive. Older gossip and commentary items can be found on DCRTV's Rant page. Copyright Dave Hughes/DCRTV.....






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