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Time Names Annapolis Journalists In Person Of Year Selection - 12/11 - From wtop.com: Four journalists and an Annapolis, Maryland news organization have been named Time's Person Of The Year for 2018. They are what Time calls "guardians and the war on truth." "This year we are recognizing four journalists and one news organization who have paid a terrible price to seize the challenge of this moment: Jamal Khashoggi, Maria Ressa, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo and the Capital Gazette of Annapolis, Maryland," Time Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal wrote in an essay. Five people - Rob Hiaasen, Rebecca Smith, Gerald Fischman, John McNamara and Wendi Winters - were killed at the Capital Gazette on June 28. Jarrod Ramos has been charged with murder in the shootings and is set to go on trial in June 2019. "The Gazette, one of the oldest papers in America, did what it's done since before the Revolution, got a paper out the next day and continues to do so with courage," said Time's editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal, making the announcement on NBC's "Today Show".....

21 Big Years: Support DCRTV & Get A Sticker - 12/11 - DCRTV started in September 1997 and we're celebrating our big 21st birthday. Yup, DCRTV has been here covering DC and Baltimore area radio, TV, and media news for 21 years thanks largely to your support. Please help keep DCRTV running into its third decade! Make at least a $5 donation and we'll send you our 20th anniversary sticker! It's approximately 2 inches by 6 inches and would look great on any car or truck's bumper! Or on your fridge or a backpack. Or maybe at the base of your station's tower. Send your donation via PayPal at paypal.me/dcrtv or send cash or a check made payable to "Dave Hughes" to Dave Hughes, 6200 Rolling Road #2442, Springfield VA 22152.....

Season 4 "Our Town": Andy Ockershausen Interviews DC Power Players - 12/10 - "Our Town," media veteran Andy Ockershausen's (right) podcast featuring DC area celebrities, including media, sports, community, and political figures starts its fourth big season! With new interviews released every Tuesday and Thursday. The latest: Former DC TV news honcho Bill Lord and Virginia judge Joanne Alper. At ourtowndc.com......

New Book From Chuck Allen - 12/5 - "Misadventures Of A C- Student" by Chuck Allen. Recommended reading for former Peace Corps volunteers, anyone who worked in broadcasting from the late 1960s to 2018 and germaphobes. Book is available at Amazon, "Greetings & Readings" thrift stores, and garage sales. Makes a great Christmas present for anyone living in a retirement community.....

Les Kinsolving Dies - 12/4 - Baltimore news talker WCBM is reporting that longtime talk show host Les Kinsolving has died at age 90. More at wcbm.com. "From the loud red jacket to his blustery delivery, Kinsolving guaranteed a scene every time he walked into the room, reports the Baltimore Sun.....

50 Goes To Nexstar - 12/3 - Nexstar has announced that it's buying Tribune Media's TV stations, including DC's Channel 50/WDCW. More at cnbc.com. The $4.1 billion cash deal will make Nexstar the largest regional US TV station operator. Tribune recently pulled out of an acquisition deal with Baltimore-based Sinclair.....

WTOP Tops November Radio Ratings For DC - 11/29 - The Washington market radio ratings for the month of November. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WMMJ, 4) WHUR, 5) WMAL, 6) WASH and WRQX, 8) WBIG, 9) WIHT, 10) WGTS, 11) WPGC, 12) WETA-FM, 13) WKYS and WJFK-FM, 15) WWDC, 16) WMZQ, 17) WPRS, 18) WIAD, 19) WLZL, 20) WTEM and WFRE, 22) WDCN, 23) WDCH, 24) WFMD and WBQH, 26) WWDC HD2 and WJFK-FM STREAM, 28) WWFD and WTOP HD3 and WPGC STREAM and WPGC HD2 and WJFK-AM and WIHT STREAM and WIAD STREAM and WIAD HD2 and WFED and WASH HD2 and WAMU HD2.....

WWIN Tops November Radio Ratings For Baltimore - 11/29 - The Baltimore market radio ratings for the month of November. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WERQ, 3) WLIF, 4) WPOC and WZBA, 6) WWMX, 7) WIYY, 8) WQSR, 9) WJZ-FM and WZFT, 11) WCBM, 12) WYPR, 13) WBAL-AM, 14) WBJC, 15) WLIF HD2, 16) WEAA, 17) WCAO and WQLL, 19) WLIF HD3, 20) WEAA STREAM and WJZ-AM and WJZ-FM STREAM and WPOC HD2 and WWMX HD2.....

MPT Promotes Michael English - 11/28 - Maryland Public Television promotes long-time staff member Michael English to managing director of its Content Division. In his new role, he will manage a staff comprised of more than 20 producers, on-air talent, and other associates. English most recently served for 10 years as senior executive producer responsible for MPT productions with environmental, natural history, and history themes.....

Woes For Sinclair After Failed Tribune Bid - 11/28 - Baltimore-based Sinclair isn't off the hook yet, at the Federal Communications Commission. Those suspicions of "misrepresentation" while presenting the Tribune merger linger. According to Tom Taylor Now, the American Cable Association filed a petition asking the FCC to "require Sinclair Broadcast Group to file early license renewal applications for four of its [TV] stations." Some important ones, too, such as Washington DC's Channel 7/WJLA. Cable association exec Matthew Polka says the questions about Sinclair's fitness as a licensee might not be addressed until its next batch of renewals comes around, in 2020. The cable group urges the FCC to speed up the process: "The delay would harm the public should the FCC ultimately conclude that Sinclair was unsuitable to hold licenses all along... and it would harm Sinclair should the Commission ultimately conclude otherwise, by leaving a cloud of uncertainty over the company." FCC Chair Ajit Pai had designated the Tribune deal for hearing in front of an in-house Administrative Law Judge - and then Sinclair pulled the deal. It’s still in front of the ALJ, according to Tom Taylor Now.....

WBAL Radio Adds FM Signal - 11/26 - It's been on the air for a while, off and on, but now Baltimore news talker WBAL-AM, 1090, officially adds an FM signal at 101.5. The new signal is 250-watts, technically a low-power operation. But it can be heard from Reisterstown to Essex and from Columbia to Bel Air. And throughout the city of Baltimore. In a November 26 statement, WBAL President/General Manager Cary Pahigian says: "While WBAL Radio will continue to serve Maryland at 1090 AM with our powerful 50,000-watt signal, our new FM signal at 101.5 is a monumental advancement for the region's most influential radio station. FM 101.5, along with our popular mobile app, will help WBAL connect with significantly more listeners. WBAL is now available on every available broadcast, mobile and digital platform".....

Sean Hall Killed In Road Mishap - 11/25 - DCRTV hears that DC news radio veteran Sean Hall (right), 63, was killed in a head-on collision in New Hampshire. The incident occurred at about 5 PM on November 24 in the Richmond NH area, involving two vehicles. Hall was pronounced dead at the scene. According to police, Hall was traveling south when his Toyota sedan crossed the center line, putting it in the path of an oncoming GMC pickup. The driver of the pickup received minor injuries and was released at the scene. Hall had been working as a news reporter at WKBK radio in Keene NH for the past five years. During his DC radio career, Hall worked at NBC Radio, the Mutual Broadcasting System, CNN Radio, WBIG, and WTOP. More at sentinelsource.com.....

Baisden Gone From WHUR - 11/22 - The syndicated Michael Baisden PM drive show has been dropped from Howard University's adult urban contemporary WHUR, 96.3. In his place, the station is taking the local road with Wes Hall, who has been hosting the Saturday night "Hang Suite" show. More at urbanradionation.com.....

Dude To Voice TIVA Awards - 11/20 - DC and Baltimore-based voice great Dude Walker has been asked to be a presenter at the 2018 Television, Internet & Video Association, TIVA-DC Peer Awards at the National Press Club on Saturday night. Walker says he wants to congratulate his fellow voice-over and on-camera winners at SAG-AFTRA and producers Handy Dandy.....

Annie Linskey Joins Washington Post - 11/16 - Annie Linskey joins the Washington Post's national politics team. She is the first of seven additions to will be announced in the coming weeks to cover the 2020 presidential race. She will focus on the Democratic field, covering the campaign from the trail while also reporting on the backgrounds and records of the major contenders. Linskey comes from the Boston Globe's Washington bureau, where she has worked for the past four years, and most recently served as deputy bureau chief.....

Nats & MASN Near Money Agreement? - 11/14 - Might the Washington Nationals' drawn-out revenue dispute with MASN be finally inching toward a resolution? The Washington Post has the latest.....

7's News Director To Leave - 11/13 - Mitch Jacobs announced today that he's leaving his post as news director for DC's Sinclair-owned ABC affiliate, Channel 7/WJLA. In a staff memo, he writes: "I made the decision to take a break from daily news for a while. I've been in this industry for more years than I care to count and, after celebrating a birthday on Monday, I feel I'm ready for a break. This move will also give me the opportunity to spend some quality time with my mom, who has not been well." More as we hear it.....

Bill Quinn Dies - 11/13 - DCRTV hears that area radio veteran Bill Quinn died November 9 at his home in Syracuse NY. He once programmed Baltimore's WBJC, WLPL, and WSID as well as the DC area's WINX. During his lengthy career, Quinn also worked at stations in Syracuse and Utica NY as well as Providence RI.....

David Purvis Joins WETA - 11/10 - David Purvis has been chief financial officer of DC area public broadcaster WETA, effective November 13. He succeeds Jason Daisey, who was promoted to WETA chief operating officer in July. Purvis comes from Discovery Communications.....

Albie Dee Joins The Drive - 11/6 - Longtime DC radio personality Albie Dee joins Entercom's new classic hits 94.7 The Drive, WIAD. He'll be doing the afternoon drive slot, starting November 14. Dee’s background includes on-air and programming positions at WPGC and WIHT in Washington as well as well as WWMX and WZBA in Baltimore. Entercom Washington DC VP Programming and 94.7 The Drive Program Director Steve Davis says Dee was the obvious choice to be the station's first talent hire. "Albie Dee is a radio legend in DC, and I am beyond excited to have him return to the market as the first personality on 94.7 The Drive." Davis expects to make further talent additions before the holidays. For Dee, it's a trip home to the Nation's Capital. "I am so excited to come back home to the DMV to play on the radio," he says.....

MASN Ends Relationship With Ray Knight - 11/6 - Ray Knight, a fixture on MASN's pre- and postgame Washington Nationals coverage since 2007, will not return next season, the Washington Post reports. The network did not pick up his 2019 contract option, according to people familiar with the situation. MASN pulled Knight off its broadcasts in mid-September, and did not provide any official explanation for the move. But a person with direct knowledge of that decision said the network pulled Knight after he was involved in a verbal altercation with a member of the MASN production team - an exchange in which Knight berated a MASN employee with an expletive-laden tirade, the Post reports. Knight, 65, did not have a spotless history before the incident. In October 2017, he was arrested for assault-and-battery in connection with an incident at the home he was renting in Alexandria - an altercation that left Knight with a bite on his hand so severe it required stitches. The charges were dropped after he reached a deal with the other party, an unnamed male acquaintance, the Post adds.....

45's Vytas Reid Passes Out On Air - 11/2 - Channel 45/WBFF viewers were concerned when chief meteorologist Vytas Reid collapsed while on the air November 1. According to TV Spy, it happened during his first hit of the Sinclair station's 4 PM newscast. Reid was in the middle of giving local temps when his speech began slowing down and then he collapsed. The director kept the shot up for a few seconds after it happened, and the production crew can be heard saying "Vitas," while running toward him to help. The station went to break right after that. Anchor Jennifer Gilbert did not address Reid's collapse when she came back from break. But the station did post a photo later Facebook saying Reid was OK, suffering from low blood sugar after having not eaten anything in a while.....

Sports Capital Shutting Down - 10/31 - The guys who started the subscription-based Sports Capitol local DC area professional sports news website eight months ago are calling it quits. Their write-ups will now be featured on the NBC Sports Washington website, which is subscription-free. Refunds will be coming to Sports Capitol subscribers. More thesportscapitol.com.....

WTOP Tops October DC Radio Ratings - 10/31 - The Washington market radio ratings for October. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WMMJ, 4) WHUR and WASH, 6) WMAL, 7) WGTS, 8) WRQX, 9) WBIG, 10) WIHT, 11) WJFK-FM and WETA-FM, 13) WKYS, 14) WPGC, 15) WMZQ, 16) WWDC, 17) WPRS, 18) WIAD, 19) WLZL, 20) WFRE, 21) WTEM, 22) WDCN and WDCH, 24) WBQH, 25) WFMD, 26) WJFK STREAM and WIAD HD2.....

WWIN Tops October Baltimore Radio Ratings - 10/31 - 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WERQ, 3) WZBA, 4) WLIF and WPOC, 6) WJZ-FM and WWMX, 8) WIYY, 9) WQSR, 10 WZFT, 11) WCBM, 12) WYPR, 13) WBAL-AM, 14) WBJC, 15) WLIF HD2, 16) WEAA, 17) WQLL, 18) WCAO, 19) WJZ-AM.....

New DCRTV Job Ads - 10/26 - Alpha Media in Fredericksburg is looking for an account executive and an assistant program director. Those are the latest job ads at DCRTV's Job Ads page.....

Bomb Scare At WMAL & WRQX - 10/25 - Employees at the Jenifer Street northwest DC studios of Cumulus's news-talk WMAL, 105.9/630, and hot adult contemporary WRQX, 107.3, had to evacuate today after DC police responded to a report of a suspicious package. Police later gave an all-clear. The incident comes after PVC pipe bombs were sent to several high-profile critics of President Trump and CNN offices in New York City. WMAL broadcasts a largely pro-Trump line-up of programming. Larry O'Connor, who hosts the afternpoon drive show for WMAL, Tweeted a photo of police blocking off the street. O'Connor said he saw the package and it did not look like the suspicious packages sent to high-profile Democrats. More at nbcwashington.com.....

Annie Yu Jumps From 5 to 9 - 10/25 - Last week, DCRTV told you that Cori Coffin has been promoted from her role as a general assignment reporter to morning news anchor at Channel 5/WTTG. Coffin, who came to DC's Fox 5 in 2017 from KVUE-TV in Austin TX, replaces longtime anchor Annie Yu on the weekend morning desk. Now, this week, DCRTV hears that Yu has switched to Channel 9/WUSA, where she'll be seen on the station's morning news show, "Wake Up Washington" from 4:30 AM to 7 AM.....

MPT Honors Ennis & Goss - 10/25 - Maryland Public Television unveiled two new stars on its Walk Of Fame during an October 11 ceremony on its Owings Mills campus. The stars salute internationally known jazz musician Ethel Ennis and locally-based car-care guru Pat Goss, via MPT's nationally-syndicated "Motorweek," for their longtime on-air contributions to state's public TV network......

Radio Sputnik Middleman Resists Registering As Foreign Agent - 10/23 - From Tom Taylor Now: "The middleman in Russia’s Radio Sputnik deal in Washington DC resists registering as a foreign agent. Arnold Ferolito's RM Broadcasting just sued the Department Of Justice, asking for a declaratory ruling that he shouldn't be forced to register under FARA – the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938. He insists he's not 'a publicity agent' or 'information services employee' of the Russian government. The 76-year-old Ferolito’s had a number of businesses, including the Video Services Corporation that was sold to Liberty Media in 2000. In 2010 he opened RM Broadcasting, 'a company engaging in the business of leasing broadcast airtime.' Some of that airtime came from Arthur Liu's DC-area WZHF, 1390. In 2016, Ferolito approached Sputnik International. His suit describes Sputnik as 'a news agency, news website platform and radio broadcast service established by Rossiya Segodnya, which is a Russian Federation government-owned news agency.' In late 2017, he and Rossiya Segodnya signed a services agreement. But RM Broadcasting says it merely 're-sold radio airtime for a monetary profit.' And that Ferolito's company did not 'participate in, own, control, operate or have any decision-making authority' over content. Furthermore, RM says it complied with FCC rules about the hourly sponsorship ID. The suit says the Justice Department 'continues to demand' that RM register – thus the “complaint for declaratory judgment'... from the court filing in Florida. The Sputnik programming airs on WZHF and a translator at 105.5".....

Matt K. Baker Joins Hoss - 10/22 - DC-Baltimore area voice great Matt K. Baker tells us that he's signed with Hoss Management to boost his radio imaging work. Currently, he's been busy doing promos for Discovery's cable TV nets and CuriosityStream, along with commercials for the Rescue Rooter franchises across the USA and aeveral series running on the American Heros Channel. Contact Matt at mattspeaking.com.....

Man Shot At WTTG Building - 10/22 - From wtop.com: A security guard shot a man attempting to break in to Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG's offices on Wisconsin Avenue in northwest DC on Monday afternoon. Just after 3 PM, the man kicked his way through two sets of glass doors and was confronted by a security guard in the lobby who shot him once in the upper body. The suspect was responsive when he was taken to the hospital. The man was unarmed at the time of the break-in. Police are investigating. No one else was hurt during the shooting, the WTOP report adds.....

Washington Post Remembers Bill Mayhugh - 10/20 - The Washington Post runs its obit for longtime WMAL radio personality Bill Mayhugh, who died October 12 on his 91st birthday. During his lengthy DC radio career, he also worked at WOL and WFAX. On WMAL, Mayhugh had an overnight jazz and easy-listening program for almost 30 years and helped raise millions of dollars for charity and was a founder of the Marine Corps Marathon. He was at WMAL until 1993.....

Jeff Leonard Dies - 10/20 - From DCRTV's 10/20 Mailbag: "Very sad to see that Jeff Leonard, former afternoon drive host of WKYS, has passed away, at 70, from cancer. In the early 80s it was a pleasure to have spent some time as the board operator while Jeff and newsman Joe DeCapua did their thing. Jeff had this really subtle hand cue that he'd give, when it was time to roll the music as he did a talkup. I remember having to focus really intently to avoid missing it. (I seem to recall he had to re-cue me a few times). But, the show was great, Jeff was a total pro. My best to those who love him most. Neal Augenstein".....

WTOPer Rich Johnson Does Podcasts - 10/18 - Rich Johnson, occasional WTOP anchor, has been deep into a new podcast project - a new daily show and a company to produce many more podcasts. The show, now about two months old, is called "That's Gold! With Steve Hytner." He's the veteran comedian and actor best known for uttering those famous words on "Seinfeld." He and Johnson talk sports, gambling, Vegas, pop culture, Hollywood, and more for about 45 minutes every Monday through Friday. Find the shows and more at www.thatsgold.gold.....

"Capitol Kid" Gets Good Reviews - 10/18 - "Capitol Kid: A Baby Boomer Grows Up In Washington DC" by Gary Dreibelbis, continues to do well in all Amazon categories, hard and soft cover and Kindle as well as receiving positive reviews. Steve Osunsami of ABC News writes, "What a beautiful story. The book is a love letter to The District of Columbia." The book features DC legends Warner Wolf and Sonny Jurgensen, Milt Grant, Harden & Weaver, the Joy Boys, Ranger Hal, and more. The recently-released book is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble.com, and neelyproductionsinc.com/garycdreibelbis. Cover design (right) David Blackwell and photos courtesy of Tom Buckley, WUSA.....

Dude Walker Update - 10/18 - DCRTV hears from DC and Baltimore voice legend Dude Walker. He's updates his website at dudewalker.com. It now works with tablets and phones too. With the mid-term election season is going strong Dude's been voicing spots for Senator Claire McCaskill in Missouri and Gavin Newsome in California. Also, he just wrapped up his third season as narrator on Discovery's "Dead Silent," along with imaging work on Westwood One's Classic Country channel and the University Of Virginia sports radio network. And wait, there's more. He was the live announcer at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Gala in Washington DC.....

Bill Mayhugh Dies - 10/13 - DCRTV hears that legendary WMAL all-night man Bill Mayhugh had died. After growing up in DC, he came to work at WMAL in 1962. He was famous for hosting the Leukemia Radiothon which grew from an in-studio fundraiser to an all-night marathon at area hotels. He led the way for current mega fundraisers for leukemia raising millions of dollars with the help from area unions like Washington Builing Trades and the Bartender's Ball. Former WMAL president Andy Ockershausen said Mayhugh established a relationship with night-time listeners of WMAL unlike any other radio personality. More soon.....

Salem Puts 1260 Up For Sale - 10/11 - It looks like Salem is selling its Silver Spring-based 1260 AM signal, WSPZ - radiotvdeals.com. The station has been relaying Christian talker WAVA-FM, 105.1, ever since Salem moved the righty politcal talk of "The Answer" from 1260 to 570, now WWRC, which was purchased from Redskins owner Dan Snyder's now defunct Red Zebra radio arm earlier this year.....

Federal News Radio Tweaks Name - 10/9 - Hubbard changes the name of all-newser WTOP's sister station, the federal government-oriented news and talk service Federal News Radio, to Federal News Network. According to a news release, it's "a move aimed at highlighting its many distribution platforms and channels including on-air, online, podcasts, video, and more." The programming will still be heard on 1500 AM, WFED, and via the web at federalnewsnetwork.com. "Our reporters, editors, radio hosts, and producers will continue to find and share the most important news of the day across all platforms, making Federal News Network a great meeting place for thought-leaders to have conversations, share ideas and discuss topics meaningful to the federal workforce," says Lisa Wolfe, editor-in-chief.....

Bill Elliott Rolls Out 3DSJ Radio Network - 10/7 - Broadcasting consultant Bill Elliott is rolling out his 3DSJ Radio Network over the summer months. The network features 100% music requested by the audience 24 hours a day. Affiliated stations have many options to carry the network on an all-day basis, segmented day-part or hourly basis and plans range from paid to barter. The network will provide automation equipment to stations desiring local commercial and content insertion. A 24 hour demo is available on the network website 3dsj.com. Bill is a former chief engineer at Red Zebra.....

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