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Support DCRTV As We Turn 18, $5K Goal - 8/31 - We're hoping to raise $5,000 by September and need your help. (Thanks to recent donations by Jeremy, Chris, George, Rita, Brian, Roddy, Cory, Joe, and Tim we now need $3,173.) DCRTV is celebrating its 18th anniversary and we're offering a special incentive to make a donation - a year of local radio and TV memory packed DCRTV Plus for just $18. Or two years for $36 ($18 X 2). Or three years for $54 ($18 X 3). Extend or re-start your subscription. Via PayPal.com, you can send you contribution safely and conveniently to our dcrtv@hotmail.com address. Or, mail us a check. Make it payable to "Dave Hughes" and send it to: Dave Hughes, 1981-B Villaridge Drive, Reston VA 20191. DCRTV Plus is loaded with DC and Baltimore radio and TV memories, including pictures, jingles, audio and video clips, tribute pages, and more. Today's DCRTV Plus Flashback is a 1958 memory of Channel 4/WRC (right). Plus, DCRTV Plus has just added its 136th Photo Gallery with memories of WTOP, WJZ, WOOK, WOL, WFBR, WCAO, WBAL, and more. DCRTV is an independent website that's been here almost 18 years thanks to donations from folks like you, which account for a large chunk of our operating revenue. Nobody else reports about what's happening on the news and gossip front and preserves the rich heritage of DC and Baltimore area radio, TV, and media like DCRTV does.....

NC8 Shifts Two AM Shows - 8/31 - NewsChannel 8's "NewsTalk" and "Let's Talk Live" are trading places, starting today. "NewsTalk" now airs at 11 AM, with "Let's Talk Live" airing at 10 AM. "NewsTalk" keeps its 1 PM, 8:30 PM, and 11:30 PM replays.....

DC School Charges Censorship - 8/31 - The student staff of Wilson High School's newspaper have started a petition to protest an unprecedented prior-review policy the DC school's new principal has instituted. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Ravens Coach Berates CSN's Brent Harris - 8/31 - Comcast SportsNet's Brent Harris, a Baltimore Ravens sideline reporter, got the bad end of an interview with Ravens coach John Harbaugh on Saturday night. During halftime of the team's preseason game against the Washington Redskins, Harris asked Harbaugh about the incident that led to the ejection of Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith and a confrontation between Harbaugh and Redskins head coach Jay Gruden. Harbaugh was having none of it, scolding the reporter and saying he only wants to talk football. Harris kept his composure during the interview, but after Harbaugh barely answered his other two questions, the reporter just ended it altogether. Catch the video at YouTube.....

DCRTV's Job Ads - 8/31 - Centennial Broadcasting in Fredericksburg is looking for a radio ad sales rep. Bay-FM in Virginia's Northern Neck has an opening for a morning show personality. Alpha Media is looking for a market manager for its Fredericksburg radio cluster. WRNR-FM in Annapolis is looking for a traffic director in its business office. Those are the latest DCRTV Job Ads, where you can reach many thousands of local radio and TV movers and shakers for just $49.....

Remembering Mandel's Radio Career - 8/31 - Former Maryland Governor Marvin Mandel, 95, died Sunday. He was a good friend of Jake Einstein, who owned the original WHFS, with its free-form progressive rock format. When Einstein moved WHFS from Bethesda's 102.3 to Annapolis's 99.1, then WLOM, in the early 1980s, he also bought WLOM's sister station, full-service WNAV, 1430, in the deal and gave the then former governor a talk show. More at yahoo.com.....

NAB Raises Funds For Victims Of Roanoke TV Shootings - 8/31 - Several broadcasting organizations, including the DC-based National Association Of Broadcasters, have launched the "Allison And Adam Memorial" a fund to help support the families of the two journalists at Roanoke's WDBJ who were shot and killed last Wednesday. The NAB says "commitments of $40,000 have already been offered by broadcaster interests" to the fund. Some money from the fund will be shared with Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber Of Commerce executive director Vicki Gardner, who was badly wounded in the attack. If there's money left over, it will go to the Committee To Protect Journalists. More at nab.org.....

Dave TV: Snyder Selling? McGinty's Future, More - 8/31 - Jack Diamond in a bear costume chases me? Jokes about Don Geronimo, Hillary Howard, and Storm Team 4. Plus, why Dan Snyder should sell ESPN 980 to Hubbard or maybe CBS or Cumulus. And what's up for Derek McGinty after WUSA? How about a midday show on WNEW? Plus more hilarity in today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

Nats' MASN Dispute Continues - 8/30 - The four-year-old squabble between the Washington Nationals and the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, which is owned by Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos, over TV rights payments shows no sign of ending any time soon. More at washingtonpost.com.....

5's Perkins Says He's Not Jumping To 9 - 8/29 - This past week, DCRTV broke the news that Derek McGinty will no longer be an evening news anchor at Channel 9/WUSA. And there are currently lots of rumors floating around about who will replace him. One such rumbling, which we heard from a usually reliable source yesterday, was that Tony Perkins might be jumping over from Channel 5/WTTG to WUSA. And that he shared a meal at the Charlie Palmer restaurant with 9's news czar, Bill Lord. However, Perkins steadfastly denies it. He tells us: "I don't know who sent it, but in the interest of accuracy, I have never had lunch with Bill Lord, and I have never been to Charlie Palmer".....

NCRTM To Hold Fall Fundraiser - 8/29 - The National Capital Radio And Television Museum is holding its second annual fall fundraiser, "Turn Your Radio On." The dinner, dance, and silent auction will be held Saturday, September 12, 6:30 PM, at the Blue Dolphin Seafood Bar And Grill in Gambrills. The event will honor DC radio legend Ed Walker with special guests Arch Campbell, Evan Haning, and Camille Bohannon. Tickets are $65 per person, or $480 for a table of eight. Call 301-390-1020 or email info@ncrtv.org for more information or to make reservations.....

Longo To Replace McGinty At 9? - 8/28 - FTVLive reporting that sources in Phoenix say that KPHO-TV weekend anchor Adam Longo is headed to Channel 9/WUSA to replace Derek McGinty.....

Sun Kills B Print Tab - 8/28 - From DCRTV's Friday Mailbag: "The Sun just cancelled it and the boxes are being taken up around town. B the millennial newspaper is no more. Tribune pulled the plug. They hid the thing on the Sun site, but it's now gone. Now they're posting B stories on the Sun site like it's still there, but it's NOT. No print anymore".....

WAMU Pink-Slips Elliott Francis - 8/28 - From DCRTV's Friday Mailbag: "WAMU has laid off afternoon news anchor Elliott Francis. GM JJ Yore apparently is now making cuts in the award-winning newsroom." Francis used to be a Channel 7/WJLA reporter and anchor. More as we hear it.....

9's Erica Grow NYC Bound - 8/27 - DCRTV hears that Channel 9/WUSA meterologist Erica Grow has signed with WNBC-TV in New York City to be weekend weather anchor. No details yet on her DC TV departure date. Before joining WUSA in 2012, the Penn State grad worked at WTNH-TV in Hartford/New Haven and WPVI-TV in Philadelphia. She's been doing weekend evening weather duties at WUSA.....

Dave TV: Derek McGinty Leaving Anchor Gig At 9, More - 8/27 - As DCRTV predicted, Derek McGinty leaves his anchor gig at WUSA. A new gig for WJFK's Junks on Comcast SportsNet. A new gig for Chas Henry after WNEW. Some cool memories of the old WBMW, 106.7. And I take a look at some recently re-designed DC area news websites with lots and lots of boring white space. In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

WUSA To Stay With CBS - 8/27 - McLean-based Tegna, which used to be Gannett's TV arm, signs a new affiliation agreement with CBS. Tegna owns Channel 9/WUSA, which is the DC market's CBS affiliate. More thefutoncritic.com.....

Scott Smith Leaving Fox 5 - 8/27 - FTVLive tells us that Scott Smith, sports director at Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG, is on the way out when his contract expires in three months. His position is being eliminated, DCRTV hears. FTVLive adds, "Word is that News Director Paul McGonagle said they're 'de-emphasizing traditional sports' and therefore (have) no need for a sports director".....

PBO: Sapienza To Navy Football, More - 8/27 - Chuck Sapienza, formerly program director at ESPN 980, joins Navy Football as executive producer. Former WNST host Drew Forrester expands his Drews Morning Dish sports website. Baltimore sports radio vet Glenn Younes joins PressBox. And Comcast SportsNet makes changes to its CSNbaltimore.com website. In this week's Charm City sports media column at PressBoxOnline.com.....

McGinty Leaves Anchoring Gig At 9 - 8/27 - DCRTV reported rumors back in July that evening news anchor Derek McGinty (right) might be leaving Tegna-owned Channel 9/WUSA soon. Now we get confirmation that his last full-time day at the CBS affiliate will be September 4th. "Derek has been a mainstay on our airwaves for a dozen years and has been a great friend to everyone here on our staff," writes WUSA News Director Bill Lord in a staff memo announcing McGinty's departure. "He is an exceptional broadcast professional and a just plain nice guy." McGinty will continue to do freelance work as host of the station's "Capital Download" weekly program for the upcoming year, Lord adds. More soon.....

Junks To Host Tuesday Football Show For CSN - 8/27 - WJFK, 106.7 The Fan's morning Sports Junkies will host the Tuesday evening edition of the "Geico Football Central" football show on Comcast SportsNet starting September 8th. John Auville, Eric Bickel, Jason Bishop, and John-Paul Flaim will talk about the NFL, focusing on the Ravens and Redskins, for a half-hour at 6 PM Tuesdays. For the past few years, the Junkies had been hosting a sports interview show for CSN, "Table Manners," but that's ended its run. Julie Donaldson will host "Geico Football Central" on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, joined by CSN's team of local football analysts. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Confirmed: Chas Henry To Westwood One News - 8/27 - Earlier this month, DCRTV told you that Chas Henry, former news anchor and national security correspondent at CBS news talker WNEW, 99.1, will join Westwood One News, where he will be anchor and correspondent. Now we get the official word from Westwood One. Henry, a combat-decorated veteran of the 1991 Gulf War, has also worked over the years with WTOP, Channel 7/WJLA, and NewsChannel 8. Earlier this year, he was selected for induction into the Marine Corps Marathon Hall Of Fame. Henry has reported from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Qatar and been frequently heard nationwide on the CBS Radio Network. WNEW and news talker WMAL, 105.9/630, are local affiliates of Westwood One News.....

Sinclair's TVers Back On Dish - 8/27 - After going dark Tuesday, Sinclair's TV stations, including DC's Channel 7/WJLA and Baltimore's Channel 45/WBFF, are back on Dish Network as the two media giants continue to talk about a new carriage deal. More at deadline.com.....

SLR: Bring Back "Guy Talk," More - 8/27 - Should the radio biz bring back the "guy talk" format? Like what WJFK aired in the 1990s and early 2000s. And what kind of salaries do local media folks make? After we inadvertantly learn what a new sports anchor at WJLA will make. Why is Frank Ski leaving WHUR? And much more in this week's Sadly Lacking Radio podcast with DCRTV Dave and DC media guru Jonathan at sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

2 Killed In Roanoke TV Shooting - 8/26 - During a live news interview at 6:45 AM Wednesday on Roanoke's Channel 7/WDBJ, shots were fired killing both the reporter, Alison Parker, and the cameraman, Adam Ward. There are reports that the alleged gumnan, Vester Lee Flanagan, a former WDBJ employee, shot himself in a confrontation with police on I-66 near Front Royal and has been taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where he died at 1:30 PM. More at washingtonpost.com and cnn.com. Yet more: Dean Lucy Dalglish, of the University Of Maryland's Philip Merrill College Of Journalism, issued the following statement: "We are horrified to learn about the murders of two young television journalists in Franklin County, Virginia, today. Our hearts go out to the family and colleagues of WDBJ7-TV reporter Alison Parker and videographer Adam Ward, who were killed while doing their jobs informing their community. We understand the woman being interviewed during the live broadcast in Franklin County, Virginia, is alive but in surgery, and we wish her and her family all the best. Our thoughts and best wishes go to their families, co-workers, and former classmates and teachers at James Madison University and Virginia Tech as they go through this difficult time." Ward, 27, was a graduate of JMU.....

Chuck Sapienza Joins Navy Football - 8/26 - DCRTV hears that Chuck Sapienza, WTEM, ESPN 980's former program director, joins Annapolis-based Navy Football as executive producer. "Thank you Eric Ruden, Pete Medhurst, Scott Strasemeier, Omar Nelson, and the entire crew at Navy Athletics for this opportunity," he says. "I can't wait to work along side these amazing young men that give their all on the football field but have made it their career to defend our freedom." Sapienza either resigned or got fired (depends who you talk to) back in the spring regarding delays surrounding WTEM's new "Man Cave" morning show, which eventually got launched to less-than-stellar ratings.....

Glenn Younes Joins PressBox - 8/26 - Baltimore sports news organization PressBox partners with Glenn Younes to create a series of video blogs focused on local and national sports issues. They will will appear at PressBoxOnline.com and on a dedicated YouTube channel enititled Glenn Younes PressBox. "Glenn Younes has a very unique editorial voice, and I am happy PressBox can provide a place for him to provide his insight into both the local and national sports landscape," says Stan Charles, founder and publisher of PressBox. "We are especially pleased to be adding great local talent as we celebrate our 10th year in business." Younes has been a prominent voice in Baltimore sports, most recently hosting pre- and postgame shows as well as a daily talk show on CBS sports talker WJZ-FM, 105.7 The Fan. "As a loudmouth, I'm always looking for an outlet, and as a nerd, the video blog concept is fun. Online space is where the world is going," Younes says. "So, for me to have the ability to combine what I enjoy, with the reputation of Pressbox, it's a no brainer. I'm thrilled to be a part of their growing company".....

Sinclair's TVers Dropped From Dish - 8/26 - Dish and Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcasting have failed to reach a new carriage agreement which means that all 153 local TV stations in 79 markets owned and operated by Sinclair have been pulled from the satcaster's lineup. Including DC's Channel 7/WJLA and Baltimore's Channel 45/WBFF and Channel 54/WNUV. Ten days ago, the companies agreed to a short-term extension in their carriage renewal talks, but they announced Tuesday afternoon that they could not reach a new deal. Sinclair's local web sites posted a notice saying the stations were removed from Dish at 5 PM yesterday. Dish says it will mark the largest channel blackout in the history of carriage disputes. The satcaster says at its Twitter site that it offered Sinclair an opportunity to extend the talks again, but was rejected. More at tvpredictions.com.....

WaPo Makes Site Upgrade - 8/26 - The Washington Post today begins rolling out its "dynamic new" website homepage, according to a release at washingtonpost.com. "The new homepage marks a key milestone in the site-wide reboot led by the Post's engineering and news teams, one that has been driven by the in-house development of a new publishing platform called Arc," the Post release adds.....

O'Meara Releases "Open Mike" - 8/26 - DC radio great Mike O'Meara has released a new audio book, "Open Mike," now available on iTunes. It updates, expands, and enhances the book he and his show's crew wrote last year with celebrity guests, audio clips, and some surprises. The audio book is also available at mikeomearashow.com.....

Frank Ski To Leave WHUR - 8/25 - Afternoon man Frank Ski (right) announces that he'll be leaving Howard University's adult urban contemporary WHUR, 96.3, in September. His last on-air broadcast will be this Friday, August 28th. There have been radio biz rumblings that Ski may return to Atlanta, where he's run a restaurant and worked in the radio biz before his latest DC radio gig. Before that, he worked in the DC-Baltimore area, including at Baltimore's now-defunct V103, WXYV. "Working with the people at WHUR radio has been one of the best experiences of my radio career. The DC listeners embraced me as soon as I hit the airwaves," Ski said in a statement that was released today. WHUR points out that his two years here have resulted in higher ratings in the key female age 25-54 demographic. No official word on Ski's plans. Stay tuned.....

Carol Maloney Gets Full-Time Gig At 4 - 8/25 - Carol Maloney (right) has signed a multi-year deal with NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC to become a full-time sports anchor and reporter. She's been freelancing for WRC the past three years. Maloney replaces Dianna Russini, who, like many others in WRC's sports department, left for a gig at ESPN. According to washingtonpost.com, Maloney will join Jason Pugh as full-time sports anchor/reporters for DC's NBC 4, while WTOP's Dave Johnson will continue to contribute to the station's sports department. Maloney will typically work day shifts and anchor WRC’s evening news shows, while Pugh will work late shifts and anchor the later news shows, the Post adds.....

WTOP Tops Latest DC Radio Ratings - 8/25 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "third week" of August. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU and WHUR, 4) WASH, 5) WIHT, 6) WPGC, 7) WBIG and WIAD, 9) WMMJ, 10) WMAL and WMZQ, 12) WKYS, 13) WETA-FM, 14) WWDC, 15) WGTS, 16) WPRS, 17) WRQX, 18) WJFK-FM, 19) WLZL, 20) WNEW, 21) WTEM, 22) WINC-FM, 23) WFRE, 24) WAVA-FM and WFLS, 26) WIYY and WDCN and WERQ, 29) WBQB and WFMD.....

Fresh's McFly "Future Of Radio" - 8/25 - Washingtonian profiles 94.7 Fresh FM, WIAD's Tommy McFly and suggests that he "is the future of radio... The local radio star's morning show has built an audience by establishing genuine friendships with listeners".....

Forrester Expands Ravens, Brit Soccer, UMBC Coverage - 8/25 - Former Baltimore sports radio host Drew Forrester celebrates the one-year anniversary of his website, Drew's Morning Dish, by announcing that he'll dedicate weekly coverage to the English Premier League, starting in September, along with the renewal of a partnership with UMBC Athletics that will promote and market men's and women's soccer, basketball, and lacrosse in 2015-2016. Forrester announced in July his site had hired Comcast SportsNet reporter Bo Smolka to head up Drew's Morning Dish coverage of the Ravens. "We're averaging nearly 4,000 visits per-day at #DMD now," Forrester says. "I'm thrilled with the response the website has received from the sports community over the last year. We're trying to make it bigger and better every day".....

4 Eastern Shore Stations Sold - 8/25 - From Tom Taylor Now: On Maryland's Eastern Shore, a family sells its ownership of MTS Broadcasting for a total of $460,000. Including adult standards WCEM, 1240 AM, Cambridge, contemporary hit WCEM, 106.3 FM, Cambridge, country WAAI, 100.9 FM, Hurlock, and oldies WTDK, 107.1 FM, Federalsburg. Seller is the Isadore Morton Gudelsky Trust plus others in the family. Troy Hill is buying 70% of MTS with the remainder going to two partners.....

Sue McCarthy To Host "Women's Business Report" - 8/25 - Sue McCarthy is the new host of "Women's Business Report," a half-hour monthly NewsChannel 8 series that highlights female entrepreneurs. She is a real estate professional with McGrath Real Estate Services and has a background in sales and marketing. "Women's Business Report" airs the last Sunday of the month at 4:30 PM. Each show features four women business owners. "The show provides positive examples of women who are making a difference," says Executive Producer Alvin Jones. "The four women profiled are each trailblazers who knew they had a calling with destiny".....

WaPo Crossword Puzzle Creator Dies - 8/24 - Merl Reagle, who created the crossword puzzles published each week in Sunday's Washington Post Magazine and about 50 other newspapers, died August 22 in a hospital in Tampa. He was 65. He had entered the hospital Thursday after an attack of acute pancreatitis, according to washingtonpost.com.....

MPT To Air "Brookeville" Documentary - 8/22 - In August 1814, 4,000 British troops defeated a larger American force in Bladensburg, Maryland, and marched on the District Of Columbia. While the British set fire to the White House and other public buildings, refugees clogged the streets. President James Madison kept moving to avoid capture and eventually took shelter in the Quaker town of Brookeville, Maryland. "Brookeville: Capital For A Day," a one-hour production that explores this historic event, airs on Maryland Public Television on August 26 at 10 PM. The documentary is an independent production of Make Your Mark Media.....

7 Reveals Hawksworth's Salary - 8/21 - Sinclair's Channel 7/WJLA will be paying new sports anchor Erin Hawksworth $125,000 per year. How do we know that? That's because WJLA News Director Mitch Jacob accidentally sent out the station's human resources statement complete with salary information in an email to the staff about her being hired. So reports ftvlive.com.....

PBDC: Hawksworth Joins 7, Riggins To JFK, More - 8/20 - Erin Hawksworth leaves CNN to be a sports anchor at Channel 7/WJLA. John Riggins joins WJFK. Comcast SportsNet combines its DC and Baltimore websites. In this week's DC sports media column at PressBoxDC.com.....

Bloomberg Planning DC Cuts - 8/20 - Bloomberg is planning to slim its ranks - with its DC staff particularly hard-hit. According to the New York Post, the financial media giant, which employs about 2,400 journalists across the globe, is planning to lay off about 100 employees, or about 4.2%, in its editorial division as soon as Labor Day. Many of the layoffs are expected to target politics and government reporters out of the DC and NYC bureaus, the Post adds.....

O'Neal On Simpson's Return - 8/20 - "Donnie Simpson returns! Score one for old-school DC." Lonnae O'Neal on Simpson's return to DC radio, via afternoons on Majic 102.3, after leaving WPGC, 95.5, five years ago. At washingtonpost.com.....

SLR: Cooley, Simpson, Perkins, More - 8/20 - Does WTOP's Jim Battagliese really deserve all that praise, including a Washington Post write-up, for taking an hour and helping police direct traffic? Does Chris Cooley really want to leave ESPN 980 to return to the NFL - and is the Post's Sports Bog coordinating his campaign for a new radio contract? More on the El Zol mess with Don Omar. And more thoughts about Donnie Simpson's new gig with Majic 102.3 and his good old buddy Tony Perkins. The death of the DC area's "Batman." And more in the latest "Sadly Lacking Radio" podcast with DCRTV Dave and DC media guru Jonathan at sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

Centennial Picks Chris Martin For Winchester - 8/20 - Chris Martin is the new Winchester market manager for Centennial's radio cluster which includes WINC-FM, the hot adult contemporary outlet on 92.5 that's a regular performer in the DC radio ratings. He replaces Steve Davis, who headed up the Shenandoah Valley to head Saga's newly-purchased Harrisonburg radio cluster. Martin used to be eastern regional director for 18 markets of Radio Disney, and was a senior account executive for a decade at the CBS radio cluster in Charlotte.....

Bettag To Be Merrill Fellow - 8/19 - Tom Bettag, best known as the executive producer for ABC News' "Nightline" with Ted Koppel, will be spending the 2015-2016 school year with the University Of Maryland's Merrill School Of Journalism as the Eleanor Merrill Distinguished Visiting Fellow. Bettag is the winner of 30 Emmy awards, two Peabody awards, six DuPont silver batons, and the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award. Among his professional experiences are 22 years with CBS News, followed by 15 years with ABC News. After that, he spent three years as executive producer for "Koppel On Discovery" and produced news documentaries and live town meetings for the Discovery Channel. He was executive producer of CNN's Sunday morning programming from 2009 to 2011. Bettag moved to NBC News in 2011 to work as a producer on "Rock Center" with Brian Williams for three years.....

CSN Combines DC & Balto Sites - 8/19 - Comcast SportsNet combines the DC coverage of CSNwashington.com and the Baltimore coverage of CSNbaltimore.com with a new merged site - CSNmidatlantic.com. The Bethesda-based regional sports network is also launching a CSN Mid-Atlantic application for iOS and Android devices. "In addition to making it easier to access all of our great content, the integration allows us to create more material and broaden our reach by aligning our brands and consolidating our marketing and sales efforts," says CSN Mid-Atlantic President Rebecca Schulte. CSNmidatlantic.com also now hosts the live-streaming player that provides authenticated subscribers access to CSN's live Wizards games. That content will continue to be available on mobile devices via NBC Sports Live Extra. Other features of the revamped website include live news conference streaming, real-time social media portals, and top national stories from NBCSports.com.....

FCC Warns Balto Pirate - 8/19 - The Federal Communications Commission issued a warning letter to someone who is allegedly operating an unlicensed, pirate radio station on 93.5 FM in Baltimore's Manhattan Park Apartments. "On June 16, 2015 agents from [the FCC's Columbia MD] office confirmed by direction finding techniques that radio signals on frequency 93.5 MHz were emanating from your property at 5715 Park Heights Avenue in Baltimore, Maryland. The Commission's records show that no license was issued for operation of a broadcast station on 93.5 MHz at this location in Baltimore, Maryland," according to the July 29 warning letter, which is posted at fcc.gov.....

Jake West To Be WASH's PM Driver - 8/19 - Jake West has been named afternoon drive host at iHeartMedia's adult contemporary WASH, 97.1. Most recently, he's been hosting various dayparts on DC and Baltimore area iHeart stations, including WASH. West also spent time producing the Nashville-based syndicated "Bobby Bones Show," which is heard on iHeart country outlet WMZQ, 98.7. Prior to joining iHeart, he programmed radio stations in Michigan and Indiana.....

Erin Hawksworth To 7 - 8/19 - Just in. DCRTV hears that Erin Hawksworth (right) is the new sports anchor at Channel 7/WJLA. Replacing longtimer Tim Brant, who left DC's Sinclair-owned ABC affiliate back in May. Hawksworth is a Canadian anchor and reporter. She is currently working as a sports anchor for CNN in Atlanta. More soon.....

980's Cooley Cools NFL Return Rumors - 8/19 - Chris Cooley, the former Redskins player who now co-hosts afternoons at WTEM, ESPN 980, which is owned by Redskins owner Dan Snyder, has been floating rumors that he might want to return to the NFL. Now he kind of shoots down those rumors, which were seen by many as a ploy to get a new radio contract. At washingtonpost.com.....

More Tech Cuts At NPR - 8/19 - More tech cuts at DC-based NPR. This time, its John Kean, the senior technologist at NPR Labs. Just the latest Labs cut, following the 2013 buyout of Mike Starling, NPR's longtime vice president of engineering and the 2014 departure of Labs director Rich Rarey. Plus, two more on the NPR engineering staff are gone in the latest batch of cuts, we hear.....

WAMU Tops DC Radio Ratings - 8/18 - The DC market radio ratings for the "second week" of August. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WAMU, 2) WTOP, 3) WHUR, 4) WASH, 5) WIHT, 6) WBIG, 7) WMAL, 8) WPGC, 9) WMZQ and WMMJ, 11) WKYS, 12) WETA-FM and WIAD, 13) WWDC, 15) WPRS, 16) WGTS, 17) WRQX, 18) WJFK-FM, 19) WLZL, 20) WINC-FM, 21) WTEM, 22) WFRE, 23) WNEW, 24) WFLS and WAVA-FM, 26) WERQ and WDCN, 28) WIYY and WBQB and WFMD and WWEG.....

Dave TV: Reviewing Donnie Simpson's Return - 8/18 - I give Donnie Simpson a big fat "B-" for his debut afternoon show yesterday on WMMJ, Majic 102.3. He admitted to sounding nervous after five years off the radio, but things can only get better, I believe. I want to hear more Donnie and his guests, more music variety, and far less commercial clutter on WMMJ. Plus, better production values and improved imaging wouldn't hurt. In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

7 Bids Farewell To Classic News Set - 8/18 - From DCRTV's Tuesday Mailbag: "Initially designed in 1998, moved from Tilden Street studios to Rosslyn in 2002, ABC 7 [WJLA] will bid farewell to the set they have called home for so many years. Friday night at 11 will be the last broadcast. Newscasts will be delivered from the NewsChannel 8 studios until the new set is finished sometime in September".....

WTOP Traffic News Head Really Directs Traffic - 8/18 - Jim Battagliese (right), who heads the traffic and transit news department at Hubbard all-newser WTOP, has been praised by the US Park Police after he helped direct traffic at Connecticut Avenue at Tilden Street in northwest DC on August 4th. Police were investigating a shooting and had to close several streets. Two officers were unsuccessfully attempting to direct traffic when Battagliese arrived on the scene and donned a visibility glow vest. "For approximately one hour, Mr. Battagliese provided invaluable assistance with traffic control, effectively and professionally helping to alleviate the terrible traffic congestion," according to a Park Police letter to Joel Oxley, who heads Hubbard's DC radio cluster. "Without being asked and with no personal gain, Mr. Battagliese sacrificed his time to supporting the mission of the US Park Police in a time of need".....

Debt-Ridden Cumulus Waits For WMAL Transmitter Site Payout - 8/18 - According to Tom Taylor Now, Cumulus is waiting for its $75 million-plus check from residential developer Toll Brothers for the sale of news talker WMAL's AM 630 transmitter site (right) in North Bethesda. The developer "won't close its purchase of the site until it has made progress in the country’s approval process," so reports Bethesda magazine. Recently, Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey told his Q2 call that his Atlanta-based radio giant could eventually pocket as much as $85 million to $90 million from selling the 75-acre tract of land that houses the four towers of WMAL's AM signal. Most of WMAL's audience is assumed to be listening to the station's Northern Virginia-based FM service on 105.9, which was launched in 2012. Wall Street's expecting all of that money, plus $125 million from a similar sale at the site of LA's KABC-AM, to pay down Cumulus debt. Bethesda magazine says Toll Brothers could build as many as 330 homes on the site, and "hopes to submit its sketch plan in the next two months, with the preliminary plan submission coming in early 2016." The ultimate payoff depends on how many units Toll Brothers is allowed to build, explains Taylor. Cumulus will pay to disassemble the towers that've stood there for decades. Finding a new site for directional 630 AM, which is 10,000-watts daytime and 5,000-watts at night, is the dilemma for Cumulus. Adds Taylor, "It's likely they won't find a comparable site in the ultra-pricey DC corridor." Meanwhile, Cumulus stock bled another 5% yesterday to another six-year low. "CMLS" closed down seven cents to $1.28 a share.....

John Lansing To Head BBG - 8/17 - As expected, John Lansing, former president and chief executive officer of Scripps Networks Interactive, has been appointed to the chief executive officer post at the Broadcasting Board Of Governors, which oversees the Voice Of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Radio Free Asia, and the Office Of Cuba Broadcasting. He starts next week. More at tvtechnology.com.....

Hicks Returns To Hubbard - 8/17 - Karen Hicks has decided to return to Hubbard Radio's DC radio cluster - all-newser WTOP and Federal News Radio WFED - as business manager. She'd been working for a while at CBS news talker WNEW. Hicks will be back in WTOP's Idaho Avenue office on Wednesday, August 19th.....

Matt Jablow Seen On 7 - 8/17 - DCRTV hears that Matt Jablow began freelance reporting at Channel 7/WJLA this past weekend. He's still working full-time as the public relations director for a Maryland healthcare and health insurance firm. Jablow reported for Channel 9/WUSA from 2011 to 2013. Before that, he worked as a reporter for Channel 11/WBAL and as a spokesman for the Baltimore Police.....

Simpson Talks About New MMJ Show With Perkins - 8/17 - DC radio great Donnie Simpson, who starts his new afternoon show today at Radio One's urban adult contemporary WMMJ, Majic 102.3, guests with DC media veteran and Channel 5/WTTG news anchor Tony Perkins via his MORE network podcast at tonyperkinsshow.com. They're joined by Angela Stribling, who has a new show on Howard University's adult urban contemporary WHUR, 96.3, and Channel 5/WTTG weekend morning news anchor Annie Yu, who recently appeared in the movie "Pixels".....

Louis Cedrone Dies - 8/17 - Louis Cedrone, who was the film and theater critic for the old Baltimore Evening Sun, died August 13. "Lou was a great guy. I first met him during a Baltimore daily newspaper strike in the 1970s," a friend and colleague tells us. "During the strike, Lou went to work for Stromberg Publications which owned a chain of suburban weeklies surrounding Baltimore, including the Howard County Times and Towson Times. Lou was given a desk in the sports department where I worked (part-time during college) with Sport Editor Roger Marino." More at ruckfuneralhomes.com.....

Dish & Sinclair Do Temporary Deal - 8/17 - TV stations owned by Baltimore-based Sinclair will temporarily remain on Dish Network following an August 15th deadline. The two firms have signed a short-term extension and will continue to talk about the satellite system's continued carriage of Sinclair's 153 stations in 79 markets - and how much Dish will pay for that privilege. Affected stations include DC's Channel 7/WJLA and Baltimore's Channel 45/WBFF.....

Former 25er To Buffalo - 8/17 - Josh Reed is the new top sports anchor at WIVB-TV in Buffalo. He comes from Harriburg's WHTM, where he's been a reporter and weekend sports anchor for the past nine years. Before that, he worked at Hagerstown's Channel 25/WHAG as sports director.....

CBS Responds To Omar's El Zol Suit - 8/17 - Tom Taylor Now tells us that CBS Radio has responded to that $9 million suit filed in May by Puerto Rico-based entertainer Don Omar against Spanish tropical WLZL, 107.9, EL Zol. Omar charged that WLZL used his image "repeatedly and in bad faith" to sell tickets at a concert at Rosecroft Raceway even though he didn't appear on-stage after negotiations with the station broke down. Now, CBS denies that there was a final agreement in place "on all material terms." Another claim by Omar, that the station reduced airplay of his music due to the failed negotiations, is also shot down by CBS. Taylor wonders: "What's next? More court filings and possibly a motion for summary judgment by CBS, to try getting the suit dismissed." Since the suit was filed, CBS has replaced the station's top management with Robert Sanchez, who also oversees sister news talker WNEW, 99.1.....

El Zol's DJ Nestor Stabbed In DC - 8/15 - DCRTV hears that El Zol, WLZL's DJ Nestor (right) was attacked in the early hours on Thursday, August 13, in the Dupont Circle area of DC as he entered his car. The attacker demanded Nestor's wallet as he held a knife to his face. And just as Nestor reached out to hand over the wallet over, he was stabbed on the neck, face, chest, stomach, head, and other parts of his body seven times, we're told. According to WLZL Operations Manager Robert Sanchez, "Nestor is going to be okay, and hopefully back to work soon, but his injuries have kept him from working. And he does not have health insurance, so no doubt his medical bills will be in the tens of thousands of dollars." A GoFundMe account has been set-up for Nestor's medical bills.....

DCRTV Does PBRTV Podcast - 8/15 - Eric O'Brien, who does DCRTV's sister radio and TV site for Pittsburgh, PBRTV, debuts his first podcast. And his debut guest is DCRTV Dave. And we talk about DCRTV's history, cable TV cord cutting, and the latest trends in DC area radio and TV. At spreaker.com.....

James White Dies - 8/14 - DCRTV hears that WNEW overnight news anchor James White (right) died last night. He'd been suffering from cancer. White had been with the news talker three years. His DC-Baltimore radio news career included a 24-year-stint at public radio news talker WAMU as a news producer and host, in addition to four years at all-newser WTOP as a news anchor and reporter. Along with other gigs at WYPR, Maryland Public Television, and Total Traffic. "Soft spoken and unassuming as he was, he was a tough news guy, and his presence in our newsroom elevated all of us to be better at our craft," says Robert Sanchez, WNEW's program director. More: A YouCaring account has been set-up to raise funds for White's funeral expenses.....

45's Karen Parks To Balto Schools - 8/14 - DCRTV hears that Karen Parks, an anchor and reporter at Baltimore's Sinclair-owned Fox affiliate, Channel 45/WBFF, has been tapped as communications director for the Baltimore City public school system.....

SLR: Emily Miller, John Riggins, More - 8/14 - DCRTV Dave hangs out with Fox 5's Emily Miller. Plus, the latest dirt about DC radio ratings and some rare good news for CBS Radio. And John Riggins' new gig with 106.7 The Fan. A Winchester station beats some big DC stations in DC. Much more. In this week's "Sadly Lacking Radio" podcast with DC media guru Jonathan at sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

Cooley Floats Rumors To Get Better WTEM Deal? - 8/14 - Were those rumors of Chris Cooley's return to the NFL floated to get the former Redskin a better deal at team owner Dan Snyder's sports talker, WTEM, ESPN 980? That's what Chris Lingebach thinks at CBS DC, which owns WTEM's rival, WJFK, 106.7 The Fan. Currently, Cooley co-hosts the afternoon show at ESPN 980.....

Dave TV: Meeting 5's Emily Miller - 8/14 - Fox 5's Emily Miller was in my neck of the woods at South Lakes Village Center in Reston covering a story. And I got to meet her and her cameraman, Mike. At DCRTV's Dave TV page.....


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