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Dave TV: Geronimo, Burbank, Diamond, Weymouth, More - 8/29 - Don Geronimo burned more bridges to his past today, formally ending his longtime relationship with Buzz Burbank. In the first show of his new podcast. Also, as I predicted, Jack Diamond's new Tijuana radio gig lasted just two weeks. And, what's up with Katharine Weymouth leaving the Washington Post's publisher position? We try to answer the big question - why was she hired in the first place? In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

Hank Yaggi Dies - 9/2 - Hank Yaggi, who was once general manager of Gannett's Channel 9/WUSA, died August 31 in Branford, Connecticut. He'd been suffering from Alzheimer's Disease. More at clancyfuneralhome.com.....

CNN Ups Zach Wolf - 9/2 - Zach Wolf becomes managing editor of CNN's Politics Digital department. He joined the news network in July 2013 as a senior planning editor. Before that, he was deputy political director for ABC News.....

CSN Unveils Caps' Sked - 9/2 - Bethesda-based Comcast SportsNet will carry 75 games of the Wahingto Capitals this season - including 70 regular-season games and five preseason contests. Kicking off with the exhibition against Buffalo on September 21. Returning to the broadcast booth are play-by-play man Joe Beninati, game analyst Craig Laughlin, and reporter Al Koken, who are entering their 18th consecutive season together. Analyst Alan May will again contribute to game coverage, as will the CSN Capitals television beat reporter Jill Sorenson and "Capitals Insider" Chuck Gormley. "Capitals Pregame Live" and "Capitals Postgame Live" will return this season. May will again serve as lead analyst for the half-hour shows, with Koken and Rob Carlin alternating as hosts. Former Capitals goaltender Brent Johnson will also provide analysis surrounding select games.....

Ryan To Replace Weymouth At WaPo - 9/2 - Katharine Weymouth is out as publisher and CEO of the Washington Post. She will be replaced by Fred Ryan as of October 1. Ryan is a former Reagan administration official who worked for Allbritton, the former owner of Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8. He was part of the founding leadership team of Allbritton's Politico. "The greatest honor of my life has been serving as publisher of the Post these past seven years," Weymouth said. Washington Post and Amazon.com owner Jeff Bezos praised Weymouth's leadership of the Post saying, "She has successfully led many new initiatives and assured that the first ownership change of this great institution in 80 years has been done smoothly and without skipping a beat... The Washington Post is a crown jewel, exemplifying the finest in editorial quality and journalistic values. I am honored to follow four generations of Graham family leadership and thrilled with the opportunity to work with Jeff and the incredibly talented team at the Post." The departure of Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership of the Post, which her great-grandfather bought in 1933. Bezos, who acquired the Post for $250 million in a sale announced in August 2013, initially kept the senior leadership team intact. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Mike Majchrowitz Dies - 9/2 - Mike Majchrowitz, 51, White House correspondent for Fox News Radio, died Sunday after a long battle with throat cancer. He joined Fox News Radio in 2005 as a Congressional correspondent. In 2010, he switched to the White House beat. And, in 2012, he focused on the presidential campaign.....

Paul Johnson Leaves FLS - 9/2 - Is Paul Johnson, the general manager of Fredericksburg's Free-Lance Star's radio group, leaving the building for another gig elsewhere? That's what a source tells us. The cluster includes country powerhouse WFLS, 93.3 FM. The FLS's stations are going through the FCC approval process to transfer them to the new equity company that took over the newspaper and stations in recent bankruptcy proceedings. We're told that everyone expects the radio stations to be placed up for sale after the FCC proceedings are completed.....

SLR Podcast: Geronimo, Diamond, Campbell - 9/2 - We take a look at the transforming radio career of Don Geronimo, who launches a new podcast today. And then there's Jack Diamond, who just lost his San Diego radio gig. Plus, a fond farewell to Arch Campbell, as he takes leave from his 40 year DC TV career. Your friendly webmaster Dave chats with Jonathan in the latest edition of his Sadly Lacking Radio podcast at sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

Dan Donovan Dies - 9/2 - Dan Donovan, aka Blaine Harvey, died Sunday in the Minneapolis area of a heart attack. He was a "top 40" and adult contemporary radio DJ from the 1960s through the 1980s. He worked at Baltimore's then adult contemporary WCBM, 680 AM, in addition to stations in Philadelphia, Providence, and Boston. Donovan got his start at Gettysburg's WGET and then moved to York's WSBA.....

Support DCRTV During Our September Fundraiser - 9/2 - Fewer than one percent of DCRTV's visitors ever make a donation to support the site. As September starts, now would be a great time to make a donation to DCRTV. While advertisers are great, support from individual visitors accounts for about 50% of our annual revenue. DCRTV is an independent site that's been covering local media news, commentary, and gossip for almost 17 years thanks to your help. Please visit our Support page and send some bucks via the US mail or PayPal, where you can send some bucks to our dcrtv@hotmail.com address at paypal.com. Local radio and TV memory-packed DCRTV Plus is just $39 for a full year. Today's DCRTV Plus Flashback is a 1961 memory of Baltimore kiddie show TV host Lary Lewman. Also, just added to Plus: Photo Gallery 134 with memories of DC101, WKTK, WINX, WTTG, WTOP, and more.....

Jack's Back In DC, Says Adios To San Diego - 9/1 - After just a few weeks, DC radio veteran Jack Diamond has quit his new job in San Diego to return to DC. He says his decision to give up the morning show host gig at Tijuana, Mexico-based Max 105.7, a classic rocker, was for family reasons as well as the high cost of living in the area. He writes via his Facebook page: "Yes, we're all back together here in Washington, and I am thrilled to be back in my hometown. Our son will be in school on Tuesday and we will make new plans. A new job? Working on it as soon as we all get settled and I properly thank my wife for all she has done. I am truly blessed to have a family that supports and loves me. Even though I work in radio." Diamond got the boot in the spring of 2013 after two decades at DC's WRQX, then hot adult contemporary Mix 107.3. He had a short gig at a Miami adult contemporary station later that year......

Jerry Phillips Dies - 8/31 - Jerry Phillips (right) died Friday at age 75, having worked in DC media for more than 50 years. For many years, he was seen on "Reporters Notebook," a local news public affairs program on Channel 4/WRC on Sundays. Also, he hosted WHUR, 96.3 FM's morning show in the 1970s and 1980s. And, for a number of years, Phillips was public affairs director for Clear Channel's Washington radio stations. More soon.....

Maryl Comer Cares For Husband With Altzheimer's - 8/31 - DC area-based broadcast journalist Meryl Comer's husband vanished more than a decade ago. Yet she has remained at his side, caring for him night and day as he drifted into the darkness of Alzheimer's disease. At washingtonpost.com.....

Jason Kidd Talks Up New Format - 8/31 - DC and Baltimore radio veteran Jason Kidd gets at write-up in Europe's radioiloveit.com for his new classic hits-based format Smash Hits.....

Dave TV: FCC Should Not Get Involved In "Redskins" Name Controversy, More - 8/29 - I look at a GWU professor's campaign to get the FCC to strip Dan Snyder's radio licenses because he owns the Redskins. And what a bunch of bunk that is. Also, should WTOP drop its carriage of the Voice Of Russia with that nation invading Ukraine? Plus, more on Arch Campbell leaving WJLA and NC8. Craig Coleman joins WILC. A quick tour of the DCRTV Archive. And much more In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

Holliday & Beninati To Call Big Ten UMD Games - 8/29 - Johnny Holliday and Joe Beninati will add Washington flavor to the University Of Maryland's first Big Ten Network football telecast at 3:30 PM Saturday. At washingtonpost.com.....

Lisa Desjardins Leaves CNN - 8/29 - Capitol Hill reporter Lisa Desjardins has left CNN. She previously served as CNN Radio's Capitol Hill correspondent, and in July 2013 she joined CNN. "Although she didn't get much air-time, Lisa did a lot of off-air reporting as well as political reporting on CNN.com," reports cnncommentary.com.....

Mike Ward Dies - 8/29 - Mike Ward, who was news director at Gannett's Channel 9/WUSA from 2007 to 2008, died August 27 at his home in DC. He was in his late 60s. Ward had a stroke several years ago and never fully recovered. He also worked at WNCN-TV in Raleigh and WMAQ-TV in Chicago.....

Betsy Fischer Martin To Leave NBC DC - 8/29 - Betsy Fischer Martin, who has been senior executive producer and managing editor for NBC News' political programming, is leaving the network where she's worked more than two decades. She says in a e-mail to friends: "As some of you know, this is my last week with an @nbc email address. You can find me a lot of places this fall - @home @carpool @collegefootball @airport but the safest bet is @gmail... or @BFischerMartin (Twitter)." She spent 11 years as executive producer of NBC's DC-based "Meet The Press".....

La Canfora Joins 105.7 The Fan - 8/29 - CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora will join CBS's Baltimore sports talker, WJZ-FM, 105.7 The Fan, on September 2. He'll be heard on the afternoon drive show hosted by Scott Garceau and Jeremy Conn. In 2012, La Canfora, a Baltimore native, joined CBS Sports as the "NFL Insider" on CBS's "The NFL Today." He will be heard with Garceau and Conn three days a week - Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Before joining CBS Sports, La Canfora was a Washington Redskins beat writer for the Washington Post for six years, and served as the NFL Network's "Insider".....

WashTimes & 9 In Twitter Spat - 8/29 - A Washington Times reporter files a Freedom Of Information Act request for a Channel 9/WUSA reporters' FOIA request after a story credit dispute. And a Twitter spat is born. Details at washingtoncitypaper.com.....

More: 98 Rock Drops 2 Music Subchannels - 8/29 - From Friday's Tom Taylor Now: Baltimore's 98 Rock WIYY changes strategy with its HD multicast capabilities, dropping the digital-only music channels. The DCRTV.com Mailbag carried the news earlier this week, and Hearst's new Baltimore market manager Cary Pahigian explains it for NOW readers - "We just want to make sure we are focused with laser-like intensity on our primary products: 98 Rock, news/talk WBAL (1090), the Orioles and the Ravens." He says "all four are high-impact, high-demand products." WBAL remains on the HD2 channel of WIYY (97.9). The music channels had carried both indie music and classic rock - and were known to have been listened to in the offices of HD Radio developer iBiquity, in nearby Columbia, Maryland.....

61% Approve Of "Redskins" Name - 8/29 - From Friday's Tom Taylor Now: The "Redskins" name remains popular in Washington DC, per a recent listener "Beltway Poll" from Hubbard's all-news WTOP-FM (103.5 and other signals). Jim Battagliese, its director of Traffic And Weather Operations, caught yesterday's lead story here ("Radio plays defense over Redskins name") and says "most people in the DC area do not support changing the name." 61% of them, in fact. So George Washington University professor John Banzhaf may find his own neighbors disagreeing with his new crusade. See the WTOP poll at wtop.com.....

Banzhaf Talks To TOP - 8/29 - From Friday's Tom Taylor Now: Does Professor John Banzhaf really think he can pressure "The Washington Team" into dropping the Redskins name? More from WTOP, this time from programmer Laurie Cantillo, who tells this NOW Newsletter that "Banzhaf was interviewed by our Hillary Howard and Brennan Haselton [yesterday], regarding his Redskins/FCC strategy" that might involve challenges to licensees for using a racist term. That would very much be new ground for the Commission. Listen to the interview at wtop.com.....

Craig Coleman Joins WILC - 8/29 - DC radio veteran Craig Coleman joins Laurel MD talker WILC, 900 AM, as lead marketing executive for on-air ad sales. Coleman started his career in 1998 working for "The Don And Mike Show" on WJFK. He's also worked for WINX, WARW, and WRNR-FM. For seven years, he hosted an online podcast, "The Craig Coleman Show".....

NC8 To Host MD Gov Debate - 8/28 - NewsChannel 8 will host the Washington area's only Maryland gubernatorial debate on October 13 during "NewsTalk With Bruce DePuyt." The hour-long late morning debate will be co-hosted by WTOP and the Washington Post. Including Democratic candidate Anthony Brown and Republican candidate Larry Hogan.....

UMD SPJ Chapter Gets Honored - 8/28 - The University Of Maryland student Society Of Professional Journalists chapter has been honored as "Outstanding Campus Chapter Of The Year" for the second year in a row. The UMD chapter is also a finalist for the National Campus Chapter Of The Year Award, which will be presented at the SPJ Excellence In Journalism Conference in Nashville on September 5. More at spj.org.....

CSN Gears Up For College Football - 8/28 - Comcast SportsNet will present live coverage of 30 games featuring the Atlantic Coast Conference and Colonial Athletic Association as part of its 2014 college football schedule, which begins August 30. CSN will also provide coverage of the region's top college football programs on "SportsNet Central," "SportsTalk Live With Brian Mitchell," and across its digital platforms. The network will also continue to present weekly team and conference shows, including "ACC All Access" and "ACC Gridiron Live," and Virginia and Virginia Tech encore "playbacks".....

Could Snyder Lose Radio Licenses In Redskins Name Controversy? - 8/28 - Radio biz newsletter Tom Taylor Now tells us that Dan Snyder's (right) radio licenses are under attack until he drops the "Redskins" name from his NFL team. George Washington University prof John Banzhaf has waged many crusades over the years, including getting more African-Americans on the air and discouraging broadcast ads for tobacco. Now Broadcasting And Cable says he's locked in on controversial NFL team owner Snyder as a target, joining many around Washington DC who think it's past time for the "Redskins" name to be retired. Banzhaf especially objects to having the "racist term 'Redskins' on the air" when kids are watching TV. One possible vector of attack is going after Snyder's radio licenses, like DC's ESPN 980, WTEM. Another would be to "advise small stations, in markets where there are a significant number of Indians, and not very much interest in DC football, that their license renewals will be challenged if they continue to use that word on the air." That might apply some pressure, by causing pain to third parties. Among Professor Banzhaf's listed options - "petition the FCC to include 'Redskins' under 'profane speech'" and "petition the FCC for a new rule restricting on-air use of words which are highly derogatory, racist and hateful to ethnic and other groups." Canada has that kind of attitude about on-air language - but the FCC has never ventured into content regulation, beyond obscenity and the lesser "indecency," Taylor adds.....

More: Say In Ain't So, Arch - 8/27 - DCRTV broke the news six days ago. Now, the Washington Post finally gets up a piece looking back at movie and entertainment reporter Arch Campbell's colorful 40-year DC TV career. He's saying adios to Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8, where he's worked since 2007, when he left Channel 4/WRC, where he worked since 1974. Campbell will bid at least a temporary farewell to WJLA Thursday and his last NewsChannel 8 show will air Thursday and Friday at 8:30 PM.....

Ryan Tatay Leaves 7 - 8/27 - Ryan Tatay, a sales representative at Channel 7/WJLA, put in his resignation yesterday, we're told. He has accepted the vice president position with Keppler Speakers, where he will be working with former presidents like George Bush and Jimmy Carter, as well as CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.....

Life After WNST For Drew Forrester - 8/27 - DCRTV hears that Balimore sports radio veteran Drew Forrester, who was part of the massacre at Baltimore area sports talker WNST, 1570 AM, last week, is still alive and kicking. He tells us that he's launched the home version of his daily blog, "Drew's Morning Dish," which can now be found at drewsmorningdish.blogspot.com. It's available Monday through Friday at 6 AM. And, he will feature a special "Game Day Edition" during football season that will be available at 7 AM. "The blog is keeping me connected with my former listeners, readers, and supporters while I take some time off to transition to my next chapter," Forrester tells us. He can also be followed on Twitter at @itsahooded4iron.....

98 Rocks Drops 2 Music Channels - 8/27 - From DCRTV's 8/27 Mailbag: "It appears that WIYY has dumped both of their HD music channels. Simulcast of WBAL-AM is now on HD2. The music HD [Radio] channels were quite good. Sorry to see them go. Might have been a budget cut due to new station manager." The 98 Rock digital subchannels featured "indie" and classic rock. In June, Cary Pahigian took over as head of Hearst's Baltimore radio cluster, which also includes news talker WBAL-AM, 1090.....

Former Skins To CBS Sports Show, More - 8/27 - Former Redskins London Fletcher and Fred Smoot have been named studio analysts for CBS Sports Network's "That Other Pregame Show." Virginia Tech's IMG Sports Network and CBS Radio's WJFK-FM, 106.7 The Fan, have agreed to an extension to carry the Hokies football and men's basketball game broadcasts through the 2018 season. The Washington Post said it will no longer use the term "Redskins" in its official staff editorials. Former Channel 9/WUSA sports reporter Joyce Jackson will become media coordinator for the Prince George's County city of Laurel's Department of Communications. And more in this week's Washington sports media column at PressBoxDC.com.....

Sinclair Starts Re-Making NC8 - 8/27 - On Tuesday, Sinclair debuted an original program on its new crown jewel, NewsChannel 8. According to the JMan's Media Zone, the town hall debate on the police shooting and unrest in Ferguson, Missouri featured TV One's Roland Martin and Sinclair commentator Armstrong Williams. The special was produced at Sinclair's Channel 45/WBFF in Baltimore and aired on more than 100 Sinclair TV stations. It was hosted by Jeff Barnd, lead news anchor at WBFF.....

New Roles For Kopp & Kapadia At WFED - 8/27 - Emily Kopp, co-host of the morning "Federal Drive" program on Hubbard's Federal News Radio, WFED 1500 AM, will become a reporter and anchor starting September 2. She will contribute to the program she hosted with Tom Temin and the afternoon "In-Depth" show with Francis Rose. Also, Shefali Kapadia leaves her role as morning show digital writer and editor to become a producer for "Federal Drive".....

DCRTV's Job Ads - 8/27 - Delmarva Broadcasting Company has an opening for a chief engineer in the Wilmington DE market. The city of Laurel MD has three communications positions open. WCEI and WINX in Easton MD are looking for a jock for fill-ins and part-time on-air work. Centennial Broadcasting in Fredericksburg VA is looking for an account executive. Those are the latest at DCRTV's Job Ads.....

TOP Again Tops DC Radio Heap - 8/26 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "third week" of August. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WIHT, 4) WHUR, 5) WASH, 6) WPGC, 7) WMMJ and WPRS, 9) WBIG, 10) WWDC, 11) WETA-FM, 12) WMZQ, 13) WIAD and WMAL, 15) WKYS, 16) WGTS, 17) WJFK-FM, 18) WLZL, 19) WRQX, 20) WTEM, 21) WNEW and WBQB, 23) WFRE, 24) WINC-FM and WPFW and WAFY, 27) WDCN and WQSR, 29) WAVA-FM, 30) WERQ and WKDV.....

Korny To Return To TEM - 8/26 - DCRTV hears that Tony Kornheiser (right) and Redskins owner Dan Snyder's Red Zebra radio arm have come to an agreement on a contract extention that keeps the former Washington Post sports columnist and current ESPN "PTI" host on sports talker WTEM, ESPN 980. No terms of the deal have been announced. After his annual lengthy summer vacation, Kornheiser will return to WTEM's airwaves on Tuesday, September 2, in his typical 10 AM to noon slot.....

9's Cordes Sues Former Employer - 8/26 - From NewsBlues: Margaret Cordes, who is currently 11 PM executive news producer at Gannett's Channel 9/WUSA, recently filed a lawsuit against her former employer, Fox-owned KRIV-TV in Houston. She worked there as the morning executive producer for three years. Cordes says she was "harassed and abused by her fellow employees and subjected to a hostile work environment," after returning from medical leave for cancer surgery. The stress of her job led to "insomnia, nausea, diarrhea and pressure in her chest," and she was hospitalized, as a result. Eventually, her employment was terminated. Cordes alleges disability discrimination, wrongful interference with employment benefits rights, and retaliation against the defendants. She wants "actual and liquidated damages, plus reinstatement, compensatory and punitive damages, interest, and attorney's fees." More at setexasrecord.com.....

NCRTV Fundraiser Planned - 8/26 - The National Capital Radio And TV Museum in Bowie is having a "Just Turn Your Radio On" fundraiser on Saturday, September 6 from 1 PM to 5 PM. There will be "music, dancing, great food, a silent auction, wheels of chance, raffles, and more." It takes place at the Blue Dolphin Restaurant in South Gambrills. Tickets are $55 per person or $500 for a table of 10. More at ncrtv.org.....

JFK Extends VA Tech Deal - 8/26 - The Virginia Tech IMG Sports Network and CBS Radio's WJFK-FM, 106.7 The Fan, have agreed to an extension to carry football and men's basketball game broadcasts through the 2018 season. The sports talker will continue to carry ancillary programs such as the weekly "Tech Talk Live" shows featuring Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer and men's basketball coach Buzz Williams.....

Kinsolving Cuts WCBM Workload - 8/26 - Les Kinsolving, 86, announced Monday that he is shifting to Sundays only from 10 PM to 1 AM on Baltimore news talker WCBM, 680 AM. His WCBM weeknight spot will be filled with Mark Levin and Michael Savage extra hours, we're told.....

More On Edwards-SiriusXM Split - 8/26 - Tom Taylor Now has more on DC-based Bob Edwards exiting SiriusXM after 10 years. He was unceremoniously dumped by National Public Radio in 2004, ending a 25-year run as the original host of "Morning Edition." It wasn't a friendly parting, with Edwards dropping public comments for months afterwards about his bruised feelings. But one good thing came out of it - DC's XM Satellite Radio CEO and co-founder Hugh Panero contacted him immediately and offered him a gig on the fledgling service. That led to a regular show and some prestigious "gets" in terms of high-profile guests and topics. Edwards survived the 2008 merger of XM and Sirius - until now, says Dylan Byers at Politico. Dylan says "the last episode will air on September 26." Taylor adds that the satcaster has been in serious cost-control mode for years, cutting out things like jocks on the "50s At 5" music channel. CEO Jim Meyer told his latest quarterly call that his content costs are now below $300 million a year, down from the pre-merger $400 million or more that rivals Sirius and XM had been laying out. No immediate statement from SiriusXM, and perhaps there's some other reason for the ending of a ten-year relationship. Public Radio International takes the recordings of the weekday shows for its own two-hour "Bob Edwards Weekend," distributed to public radio stations.....

HuffPo's Jon Ward To Yahoo - 8/26 - Jon Ward leaves the Huffington Post after almost four years to be a senior political correspondent at Yahoo News.....

Examiner Makes Changes - 8/26 - Changes at the Washington Examiner. Philip Klein gets promoted from senior writer to commentary editor. Freelancer David Freddoso becomes a contributing editor for the commentary section. And, opinion editor Charles Hoskinson adds senior writer duties. He'll cover national security.....

Changes At NST, New Gig For Marks, More - 8/25 - Drew Forrester, Glenn Clark, and Ryan Chell are out at WNST, which promises big changes after Labor Day. A new CBS Sports Network gig for Anita Marks. And the latest Baltimore sports radio ratings. In this week's Baltimore sports media column at PressBoxOnline.com.....

WYPR Union Vote Dispute Goes To NLRB - 8/25 - From current.org: A dispute over unionization at Baltimore's public radio news talker WYPR, 88.1 FM, will be resolved by the National Labor Relations Board. WYPR staff voted July 30 on whether to seek representation from broadcast union SAG-AFTRA. Nine voted in favor and 11 against, with seven votes contested by one of the parties.....

WaPo Starts Personal Finance Section - 8/25 - The Washington Post today launches "Get There," a dedicated destination for personal finance news and information. Featuring personal finance columnist Michelle Singletary and wealth management expert Barry Ritholtz. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Dave TV: Arch, WNST, Missing DC AMers, More - 8/25 - The Washington Post mistreats Arch Campbell in its coverage of his decision to leave Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8 after 40 years on DC TV. But the paper does credit DCRTV in its print edition. Plus, I look at what's up with the missing signals on area AM outlets WUST and WZHF. And, what's up with all the changes at Baltimore area sports talker WNST. Much ado about nothing? In today's edition of "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

SiriusXM Boots Bob Edwards - 8/25 - SiriusXM has decided to pull the plug on "The Bob Edwards Show," the award-winning weekday program hosted by the longtime NPR "Morning Edition" veteran, according to Politico. The show's last episode will air on September 26. Public Radio International, which pays Sirius XM to broadcast the show on weekends, will continue to air reruns. Edwards, 67, was the first host of NPR's "Morning Edition" and anchored the show from 1979 until 2004, when he was forced out in what a spokesperson described as an effort to "bring new ideas and perspectives to the show," Politico adds.....

Nat'l Geo Depicts Balto As Heroin Haven - 8/25 - A National Geographic program depicts Baltimore as the "heroin capital of America." "Drugs, Inc.: The High Wire," which premieres at 9 PM Wednesday, "is sure to re-open old wounds at City Hall, if nowhere else, about Baltimore's national and international media image as a drug-infested wasteland of vacant rowhouses, lost lives and dead bodies," writes TV critic David Zurawik at baltimoresun.com.....

"New Version" Of WNST Coming - 8/25 - Baltimore sports talker WNST, 1570 AM, promises "a new version" of its format starting after Labor Day - but minus some familiar voices like talents Drew Forrester, Glenn Clark and Ryan Chell, as well as general manager Paul Kopelke. According to Tom Taylor Now, station owner and afternoon host Nestor Aparicio is vague on just what WNST will sound like, starting September 2, though he says "over the next 10 days, you'll be hearing some WNST memories as well as some daily content" related to the baseball Orioles and football Ravens. After that, he promises "a quality conversation with a Baltimore flair, plus sports content, information and analysis." Nestor's wife is being treated for leukemia, and he'll be broadcasting information about bone marrow transplants, to honor her and the medical team who saved her life. And he insists that what he's doing "certainly isn't because WNST is struggling".....

Sinclair Honcho Feuds With Farmer - 8/23 - Sinclair CEO David Smith is embroiled in lease dispute with a Baltimore County farmer, so reports baltimoresun.com. The Hunt Valley MD broadcasting firm recently bought Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8.....

Garrett To Image Geronimo's New Podcast - 8/22 - Baltimore area-based national voiceover and imaging talent Pat Garrett has been selected to handle all the in-show imaging for the new Don Geronimo podcast. "Don has been a personal inspiration to me for many years and I love the style and swagger he brings to this business and I am thrilled to be a part of his team," says Garrett. More at patgarrettcreative.com.....

Massacre At WNST - 8/22 - Nestor Aparicio, owner of Baltimore area sports talker WNST, wrote this on his station's website: "Today, I announced the departure of several veteran folks - Drew Forrester, Glenn Clark, Ryan Chell, and my office staff of general manager Paul Kopelke, and Ashley Bishoff - in effort to create a basic change in the way we're doing content and our radio format at WNST.net and AM 1570. They came to work every day and they gave everything they had to WNST. They're good, hard-working, honest people and I wish them absolutely nothing but the best in their future." More soon.....

WaPo Bans "Redskins" From Editorials - 8/22 - The Washington Post says it will no longer use the term "Redskins" in its official staff editorials, but the allegedly racist name of the team will still be written in the Sports section and elsewhere in paper, including via its website. More at washingtonpost.com. DCRTV's take: If you think the term "Redskins" is so offensive, then ban ALL mentions of it in your newspaper. But the Washington Post's decision today to ban the team's name ONLY from the editorial page, and to keep using it elsewhere including the Sports section, shows just how mediocre and downright goofy this paper has become under the ownership of Amazon.com's Jeff Bezos. It's official: The Washington Post has "jumped the shark".....

Fletcher, Smoot, Marks Join CBS Sports Net Pregame Show - 8/22 - Former Redskins London Fletcher and Fred Smoot have been named studio analysts for CBS Sports Network's "That Other Pregame Show," along with former Baltimore sports radio host Anita Marks. The new Sunday pro football pregame show team kicks off September 7, 9 AM to 1 PM. Marks, who currently does a show for NBC Sports Radio, used to be heard on Baltimore's 105.7 The Fan, WJZ-FM. More at cbspressexpress.com.....

Dave TV: Say It Ain't So, Arch - 8/22 - With the news that Arch Campbell is taking leave from Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8, I take a look back at the DC TV movie/entertainment reporter/critic's colorful and fun career which started in 1974 at Channel 4/WRC. And I reveal what Arch's favorite movie of all time is. And more in today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

Arch Says Adios To 7 & 8 - 8/22 - DCRTV hears that longtime DC TV movie and popular culture reporter and critic Arch Campbell will be leaving Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8. But he stresses that he's not "retiring." He tells DCRTV that he's going to take some time off to head to his hometown of San Antonio. He says he will still attend screenings and post a movie guide and weekly reviews on the web, at ArchCampbell.org, and on Facebook. August 28 will be his last day at WJLA and NC8, where he's hosted a weekly entertainment interview show. The stations recently got bought by Sinclair, which plans to transform locally-based NC8 into a national news channel. "The new owners of 7 and 8 have graciously asked me to let them know if and when I want to return. But right now I'm taking a break. I have a couple of exciting projects ahead and a few personal things to do," he writes on Facebook. He tells DCRTV: "I came to [Channel 4] WRC in September of 1974, so this is my 40th anniversary on the air in town, and I have been thinking about taking a break for the past several months." Campbell's last NC8 show will air next week. It will be titled "A Cavalcade Of Comics" and feature his buddy and former Channel 20/WDCA horror movie host Dick Dyszel, aka "Count Gore De Vol." At right, a promo headshot from Campbell's days at WRC, where he worked for 32 years. He jumped to WJLA and NC8 in 2007.....

WAMU Places 2nd In Nat'l Public Radio Rankings - 8/22 - Washington's WAMU, 88.5 FM, places second in a Radio Research Consortium list of most-listened-to public radio stations in the spring quarter around the nation. NYC's like-formatted news talker WNYC takes the top spot. Classical WETA-FM, 90.9, places seventh on the "top 30" list. More at rrconline.org.....

Robert Sherrill Dies - 8/22 - Robert Sherrill, a self-described "independent radical" journalist who wrote books about political leaders Lyndon Johnson and Edward Kennedy, and topics such as military judicial abuses, Big Oil, and the gun industry, died August 19 in Tallahassee. He was 89. A former Washington resident, Sherrill moved to Tallahassee in the early 1980s, so reports washingtonpost.com.....

Former 9er Joyce Jackson Joins City Of Laurel - 8/21 - Former Channel 9/ WUSA sports anchor and reporter Joyce Jackson (right) becomes media coordinator for the Prince George's County city of Laurel's Department Of Communications. She joins another WUSA veteran, reporter and anchor Audrey Barnes, who joined Laurel as its communications director in March. "Joyce is an exceptional reporter and anchor," says Barnes, who grew up in Laurel. "Her list of contacts in sports and news is a mile long. And even better, she lives in Laurel and knows the community and people who live here." In addition to working with volunteers at Laurel TV and helping to generate new program content, Jackson plans to resume her role as a sports anchor and reporter.....

Allbritton's Killen Jumps To Sinclair - 8/21 - James Killen has been named group manager of Sinclair's TV stations in Roanoke/Lynchburg, Tulsa, and Little Rock that were recently acquired from Allbritton. Since 2004, Killen has been vice president of sales for DC-based Allbritton, overseeing seven television stations including Channel 7/WJLA, plus NewsChannel 8 and Politico. Before that, he was the local sales manager for NBC's WNBC-TV in NYC.....

Schaerr, McNutt, Newcott, Hardee Join Arch - 8/21 - There's a new "Arch Campbell Show" this week. With two rising NewsChannel 8 stars - Rachael Schaerr and Monica McNutt. Plus, Bill Newcott, who does movie reviews for NPR, and actress Patty Hardee. Thursday and Friday at 8:30 PM, and Saturday at 9 PM on NewsChannel 8.....

Nats' TV Team To Home Plate - 8/21 - For Wednesday's home game against the Diamondbacks, Nationals' TV team of FP Santangelo and Bob Carpenter broadcast from behind home plate. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Bayou Doc Gets Bogota Screening - 8/21 - "The Bayou: DC's Killer Joint" is about to go international. Dave Lilling, executive producer of the award-winning documentary, has accepted an invitation to screen the film at the Festival Alta Fidelidad in Bogota, Colombia. The 90-minute feature will air August 22 in the Universidad Central's Auditorio Fundadores. The Bayou flourished as a Georgetown musical landmark from 1953 to 1999, transitioning form a Dixieland jazz club to a rock-n-roll emporium. The film attracted more than 72,000 viewers for its February 2013 premiere on Maryland Public Television and later earned broadcast on more than 70 public TV stations nationwide. Following Bogota, documentary will screen at the U Street Outdoor Film Series on September 17 and at the Our City Film Festival in the US Navy Memorial's Burke Theatre on October 19. In addition, Virginia public TV stations WCVE in Richmond and WHTJ in Charlottesville will air the film August 25 at 10 PM. DC's WHUT will run it August 31 at 4:30 PM. A limited, special-edition release of "The Bayou: DC's Killer Joint," with added music clips and interview footage, will be available for purchase this fall. For more information, contact Dave Lilling at metrote@yahoo.com or 301-608-9077.....

Fredericksburg School Drops "Bullet" From Newspaper's Name - 8/20 - From jimromenesko.com: Beginning September 4, the Bullet newspaper at the University Of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, becomes the Blue And Gray Press. "The editorial board felt that the paper's name, which alludes to ammunition for an artillery weapon, propagated violence and did not honor our school’s history in a sensitive manner," says a release. "The new name is simple but calls forth UMW's colors, giving a direct reference back to the school and students the university paper should represent".....

"Bodhi" To Do Afternoons On BIG - 8/20 - Clear Channel's classic hits/rock WBIG, Big 100.3, names Brent "Bodhi" Ebright afternoon drive host and assistant program director. He's spent the past two years at WRKZ, an active rocker in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to that, he was the program director of the Squizz and Boneyard rock channels at SiriusXM.....

Mellon Replaces Lord At 7 & 8 - 8/20 - Dan Mellon, who has been with Sinclair since 2006, has been named general manager of Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8. He replaces Bill Lord, who previously announced that he will step down in September. Mellon is currently general manager at Sinclair's Columbus, Ohio TV cluster. Sinclair took over WJLA and NC8 on August 1st.....

Andrea Mitchell Gets Ice Dumped On Her - 8/20 - NewsBlues tells us that MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell yesterday took an ice bucket from her husband, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan in front of NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC at 4001 Nebraska Avenue NW. Mitchell then ice bucket challenged Chuck Todd, Hillary Clinton, and John Kerry.....

WNEW Cracks Top 20 - 8/19 - Two-and-a-half years after its launch, CBS all-newser WNEW, 99.1 FM, finally cracks the top 20. That's the highest it's ever been in the DC market radio ratings since its launch in January 2012. But its rival, Hubbard's WTOP, stays at the top spot for the "second week" of August. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WIHT, 4) WASH and WHUR, 6) WMMJ, 7) WBIG, 8) WPRS, 9) WMZQ, 10) WPGC, 11) WETA-FM, 12) WMAL, 13) WGTS, 14) WIAD, 15) WWDC and WKYS, 17) WLZL, 18) WJFK-FM, 19) WRQX, 20) WTEM and WNEW, 22) WFRE, 23) WBQB and WPFW, 25) WAFY and WINC-FM, 27) WQSR, 28) WERQ and WAVA-FM, 30) WKDV.....

WERQ Tops Baltimore - 8/19 - The Baltimore market radio ratings for the "second week" of August. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WERQ, 2) WWIN-FM, 3) WPOC, 4) WWMX, 5) WRBS-FM, 6) WZBA, 7) WZFT, 8) WLIF and WJZ-FM, 10) WQSR, 11) WBAL-AM, 12) WIYY, 13) WBJC, 14) WYPR, 15) WASH, 16) WCBM, 17) WHUR and WPGC and WCAO, 21) WIHT and WKYS and WMZQ, 24) WNEW and WFRE, 26) WEAA and WAMU and WTOP, 29) WMMJ and WBIG.....

Politico Launches "Defense Tweet Hub" - 8/19 - Politico launches its third "Tweet Hub." This one focuses on defense issues. It joins energy and technology hubs, which were launched last year. The "Defence Tweet Hub" will repost Twitter tweets regarding defense policy, weapons programs, and the Pentagon budget from more than 300 reporters and policy makers.....

Dooley Streams Beach Radio - 8/19 - Tom Dooley, a former DC TV news executive, returns to his radio broadcasting roots after launching Boardwalk Radio, a Rehoboth Beach "radio" station that streams on the internet. More at henney.com.....

Judge Rules Against Nats In MASN Fee Dispute - 8/19 - From baltimoresun.com: A judge blocked Major League Baseball on Monday from compelling the TV network controlled by the Orioles to pay tens of millions of dollars a year more to the Nationals for the rights to show their games - for now. A New York Supreme Court judge granted the request of the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network and the Orioles to extend an injunction he had granted August 7 while the case proceeds in the court. The judge said MLB needs to answer questions about whether the panel that ordered the higher fees was impartial. The injunction means MASN, which is owned 85% by the Orioles and 15% by the Nationals, won't have to pay, at least not now, the increased rights fees ordered on June 30 by a panel of three major-league owners. It also blocks the Nationals from terminating MASN's license to broadcast their games to protest the network's refusal to pay.....

Samy K To RQX Morning Show - 8/19 - Samy K joins the new "Sarah, Ty And Mel" show on Cumulus contemporary hits WRQX, DC's 107.3. He used to work at Clear Channel's like-formatted WIHT, Hot 99.5. Samy K left 99.5's morning "Kane Show" two years ago to tour with his band. He will be the executive producer of WRQX's morning show.....

Steinhauser Leaves CNN - 8/19 - CNN political editor Paul Steinhauser will join a new New Hampshire news network, NH1, as political director and anchor. Steinhauser has been with CNN for 28 years in many jobs including assignment editor and producer. More at nhbr.com.....

More Nat'l TV For Wizards, More Chick On CSN, More - 8/18 - Ten Wizards games will air on national TV this season. More visibility for Chick Hernandez on Comcast SportsNet. Is a local sports talker up for sale? And more in this week's DC sports media column at PressBoxDC.com.....

Cooley To Guest Co-Host With Van Pelt - 8/18 - ESPN 980's Chris Cooley will co-host the "SVP And Russillo" show Thursday and Friday. The former Redskins tight end will join Scott Van Pelt on the show, which is broadcast on ESPN Radio weekdays from 1 PM to 4 PM, and is also available on ESPNRadio.com and the ESPN Radio app. ESPNEWS simulcasts the show from 1 PM to 2:30 PM. Regular co-host Ryen Russillo is on vacation and will return August 25. Cooley plans to host his local 4 PM to 7 PM ESPN 980 show with Steve Czaban immediately after the conclusion "SVP & Russillo" on both of the days he's filling-in.....

Hernandez To Co-Host CSN's "SportsTalk Live" - 8/18 - Comcast SportsNet names DC sports TV veteran Chick Hernandez (right) co-host of "SportsTalk Live With Brian Mitchell," the weeknightly 10 PM show that has multiple encores daily. Starting September 1, he will join Mitchell, who has been featured on the program since it launched as "SportsTalk Live" in 2012. A native of Silver Spring, Hernandez is Comcast SportsNet's longest-serving news anchor and reporter, having joined the Bethesda-based channel in 2001 when it launched its news division. Hernandez will continue to serve as host of CSN's "Redskins Kickoff" and "Redskins Postgame Live," which feature Mitchell as an analyst. Rob Carlin, who contributes to the game-day shows as a reporter, will now serve as the CSN's Redskins television beat reporter for its daily news programs, including "SportsNet Central." Hernandez served in that role for the last two seasons and will continue to contribute to Redskins news coverage.....

Dave TV: Jack Diamond Special Edition - 8/18 - It's a special Jack Diamond edition of "Dave TV." I look at Jack's "legendary" radio career in the DC market, including two decades at WRQX, until his spring 2013 canning. And what the radio future might hold for Jack as he starts his new gig at a Tijuana radio station serving the San Diego market. Is Jack a "radio dinosaur" or is there still a place for him in today's changing radio biz? In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

WaPo Now Features Amazon Embeds - 8/17 - The Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post has started embedding Amazon "Buy-It-Now" buttons mid-sentence in Post website articles. Bezos, who owns Amazon.com, bought the newspaper about a year ago. More at slashdot.org.....

Jack Diamond Lands San Diego Radio Gig - 8/15 - RAMP is reporting that DC radio veteran Jack Diamond has landed a morning show gig at a Tijuana, Mexico station that serves the San Diego market. Starting August 18, he'll do mornings on classic hits XHPRS, 105.7 MAX-FM. Diamond got the boot from Cumulus's WRQX, then Mix 107.3, in the spring of 2013 after doing the morning show for two decades. Later that year, he did a short-lived gig at a Miami adult contemporary station. And, this summer, he was up for a morning gig at a Chicago classic hits station, which, apparently, he didn't get.....

Ann Compton To Retire - 8/15 - Ann Compton, the White House correspondent for ABC News, will retire on September 10. She's spent 41 years with ABC and has covered seven presidents. More at politico.com.....

MLB Panels Reaches Middle Ground In Nats TV Rights Dispute - 8/14 - Major League Baseball's arbitration panel determined in its June 30 ruling that the Orioles owe the Nationals $55 million to $60 million in rights fees from the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, a figure closer to the Orioles' proposal than what the Nationals asked for, according to court papers filed August 13 that marked the latest chapter in the ongoing dispute, so reports washingtonpost.com. The Nationals were asking for between $100 million and $110 million. The Orioles wanted to give them $35 million.....

Sinclair 7 To Launch 4 PM Newscast - 8/14 - DCRTV hears that new owner Sinclair will make its first big change to Channel 7/WJLA come September 15th when it launches a 4 PM newscast with Leon Harris and Alison Starling. To directly compete with NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC's 4 PM newscast. More soon.....

Todd To Replace Gregory At "MTP" - 8/14 - As widely expected, NBC announced today that Chuck Todd will replace David Gregory as host of NBC's DC-based "Meet The Press." Starting September 7. Todd has frequently done fill-in work for Gregory on the show. Gregory will leave NBC and has reportedly been talking to CNN. More at politico.com.....

US Wants To Counter-Program To Russia's RT - 8/14 - Kremlin-run broadcaster RT broadcasts a video news and political commentary network in English, aimed at the American audience. Available via the DC area's Channel 30/WNVC and its MHz international service, which is carried on most DC area cable TV systems. Now, the US Broadcasting Board Of Governors is floating a proposal that would create an American-based video service to provide a tit-for-tat Russian language channel aimed at Russians. More at rt.com.....

Jablow Does Crime Vids For Sun - 8/14 - DCRTV hears that Matt Jablow, who was a reporter at Channel 9/WUSA from 2011 to 2013, is now hosting and producing a video series for the Baltimore Sun. It's called "The Crime Scene," a weekly webcast about crime-related news and issues in the Baltimore area. Starting with a series on cold cases. Check it out at baltimoresun.com.....

Trish Turner Joins CBS - 8/14 - Trish Turner has been named a Washington-based senior producer of "CBS This Morning." She replaces Jill Jackson who is joining NBC's "Face The Nation" as a senior producer. Turner is a former Capitol Hill producer for the Fox News and CNN.....

Rancilio To Be GM Of NHP - 8/14 - Mike Rancilio has been named general manager and senior vice president of NewsHour Productions. He had been with "PBS NewsHour" since 2012 as chief revenue officer for MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, and came to Arlington-based WETA with the transfer of the public broadcasting news organization on July 1. Prior to joining the "NewsHour," Rancilio served as publisher of the New Republic, and held various positions with Atlantic Media involving digital strategy and advertising sales.....

Dave TV: Cumulus Talks To Snyder, DC Digital TV, More - 8/14 - I talk about rumblings I'm hearing that Cumulus, which owns WRQX and WMAL, is taking to Redskins owner Dan Snyder about buying his Red Zebra radio arm, including sports talkers WTEM and WSPZ. Also, I do a DC digital TV bandscan and find two new subchannels that are preparing to launch via Channel 14/WFDC. And, I remember some cool Robin Williams movies. In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

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