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Support DCRTV & Get A Sticker - 7/17 - DCRTV has been here covering DC and Baltimore area radio, TV, and media news for 20 years, since 1997, 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.....

FCC Rejects Sinclair Deal For Tribune - 7/16 - FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced Monday he has "serious concerns" about Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group's acquisition of Tribune Media, saying he would send the transaction through a lengthy administrative process often viewed as a deal-killer. As originally proposed in May 2017, the $3.9 billion deal would see conservative-leaning Sinclair, already the largest US TV station owner (including locals WJLA and WBFF), gobble up 42 Tribune stations in key markets like New York City and Chicago, adding to its existing footprint of more than 170 stations and giving the company access to nearly three-quarters of US households. So reports politico.com.....

The Gamut's 820 Goes All-Digital, Why? - 7/16 - At noon today, Hubbard radio flipped its 820 AM signal in Frederick, WWFD, to digital-only. But why? So, we contacted Dave Kolesar, a senior broadcast engineer for WWFD's sister stations WTOP/WFED and The Gamut, the eclectic music service heard on 820, to ask "what's up?" He tells us: "Since it has been getting harder and harder to convince people to listen to music on analog AM, I got the idea to try the all-digital version of AM HD. It sounds better than the hybrid mode currently in use on the AM band, and is more robust. The Gamut, being a music station, is the perfect platform for an experiment such as this, and it helps to have its Program Director (myself) also be its engineer. I first approached Xperi Corporation about taking WWFD all-digital at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2017 (after convincing our local management that this is a worthwhile project), and with their help and guidance I'm happy that we finally are able to start operating. There's much more to do - high on my list is data services such as displaying album artwork. AM Broadcasters should seriously look at all-digital operation to give themselves parity in the car dashboard with FM HD, satellite, and streaming".....

Matt Ackland Leaves 5 - 7/16 - Reporter and anchor Matt Ackland is leaving Channel 5/WTTG after 16 years. More at fox5dc.com.....

"Capital Kid" Released - 7/15 - The new book "Capitol Kid: A Baby Boomer Grows Up In Washington DC" by Gary Dreibelbis has just been released and is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble.com, and neelyproductionsinc.com/garycdreibelbis. Neely is a DC based publisher. The book includes a chapter on old time DC broadcasting including mention of Harden and Weaver, Felix Grant, the Joy Boys, Warner Wolf, Pick Temple, and others. Order yours today and in the famous words of Pick Temple, "Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today." Cover design (right) David Blackwell and photos courtesy of Tom Buckley, WUSA.....

Book Signing At NCRTV Museum - 7/14 - The National Capital Radio & Television Museum in Bowie will host a book signing for author Marlin Taylor's autobiography, "Radio: My Love, My Passion," taking place from 2 to 3:30 PM on Saturday, July 14. Taylor will be on site to sign books and chat with visitors about his long career in radio and provide advice on how to navigate through the changes of the industry. The book not only relates Taylor's personal story, it helps the reader better understand what it was like to have worked in radio during a period in which this industry has undergone such dramatic changes. Taylor was more than a witness to those changes, in some cases he was an agent of that change. Erica Farber, President and CEO of the Radio Advertising Bureau, said about him, "He is one of those special individuals who has made a lasting impression on the business and helped create radio content and programming that will stand the test of time." From an early age Taylor had a good ear for music, which led him to success in developing the genre called "Easy Listening." He has been called "the Father of the modern Beautiful Music format." Admission to the event, the museum, and parking is free. Museum hours are Fridays from 9 AM to 4 PM, and weekends from noon to 4 PM. Group tours are available by appointment.....

WTOP Tops June Radio Ratings For DC - 7/11 - The Washington market radio ratings for the month of June. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WMMJ, 4) WHUR, 5) WASH, 6) WBIG, 7) WGTS and WRQX, 9) WPGC, 10) WIHT, 11) WJFK-FM, 12) WKYS, 13) WMAL and WIAD, 15) WWDC and WPRS, 17) WMZQ, 18) WETA-FM, 19) WLZV, 20) WLZL and WTEM, 22) WFRE, 23) WWEG and WDCN and WAVA-FM, 26) WAFY, 27) WTNT and WBQH, 29) WPFW and WDCH.....

WWIN Tops June Radio Ratings For Baltimore - 7/11 - The Baltimore market radio ratings for the month of June. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WERQ, 3) WLIF, 4) WPOC, 5) WWMX, 6) WIYY and WQSR, 8) WZBA, 10) WJZ-FM, 11) WZFT, 12) WCBM, 13) WBAL-AM, 14) WRBS-FM, 15) WYPR, 16) WEAA and WLIFHD2, 18) WBJC, 19) WCAO, 20) WJZ-AM and WQLL, 22) WRBS-AM.....

WTHU Flips To "Cool Oldies" - 7/10 - Thurmont MD's WTHU, 1450, has dropped its news-talk format for an all-music format, as Cool 1450. The playlist includes "'50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, 2000s music mixes from the 'B' side," says Michael Betteridge, who handles both AM and PM drives. Everything from Rob Thomas, the Beach Boys, and Jackson Browne, to Shania Twain, Elvis Presley, the Strray Cats, Tom Petty, and the Smithereens. The air staff also includes Luke Greffen, DJ Ewok, DJ Reason, and Donna Betteridge, who hosts "In Memory Of," which is said to be the longest running radio show in Central Maryland.....

Job Ad: WAMU Looking For Part-Time News Anchor - 7/10 - From DCRTV's Job Ads: "Part-Time News Anchor for WAMU 88-5 - WAMU 88-5, the NPR News Station in the Nation’s Capital, is looking for part-time news anchors for weekend hosting. If you are passionate about news, public affairs and public radio storytelling, with the ability to evoke a distinctive sense of place about the Washington, DC area on-air, then we want to hear from you. The ideal candidate will have a conversational, inviting, warm and friendly on-air delivery and style. S/he will sound authentic, curious and engaging. Must be able to move nimbly between difficult and upbeat stories with the appropriate tone or emotion. Ability to use the immediacy of “live” radio to engage in the digital world. Skills & Abilities: Excellent verbal and written communications skills; Professional sounding voice with a sound and style that connects with public radio listeners; Strong work ethic; ability to work under pressure; General knowledge of radio station operation and specifically broadcast board equipment; Must be available to work weekends and holidays on a regular basis; 2+ years on-air hosting experience preferred; Associate’s Degree or more; Associate’s Degree or more. If you are a qualified candidate and want to join a fast moving, growing public media station, apply today at careers.american.edu. Please upload a cover letter and resume along with an audio sample of your hosting experience".....

Ogden Buys Loudoun Times-Mirror - 7/9 - Ogden Newspapers, a family-owned newspaper group with 46 daily and numerous weekly newspapers published in 16 states, has announced that it will purchase certain publishing assets of the Virginia News Group, including the Loudoun Times-Mirror and Loudouner magazine. Arthur Arundel purchased the Leesburg-based newspaper in 1963. Peter Arundel, Arthur's son who has worked in the media business for more than 30 years, purchased the Times-Mirror from his family in 2015 after the death of his father. Ogden, which is based in Wheeling WV, recently purchased the Winchester Star and the Frederick News Post. More at fredericknewspost.com.....

Morning Changes On KYS - 7/9 - Angie Ange will be joined by Deja Perez on July 16 for the "Angie Ange In The Morning" show on Urban One's urban contemporary WKYS, 93.9. DJ Money and DJ Analyze will also be featured on the revamped show. "Growing up I would have fun listening to Tom Joyner, Russ Parr, and Donnie Simpson. To reach this height in my career and be in a position to give that same energy while also inspiring and enlightening our listeners as they start their day is the opportunity of a lifetime".....

Daisey Named COO At WETA - 7/6 - Jason Daisey has been named chief operating officer and executive vice president of WETA-TV and WETA-FM, as well as its wholly owned subsidiary, NewsHour Productions. Before joining public TV and radio operation WETA in 2017, Daisey was chief financial officer at Associated Builders & Contractors. Daisey formerly served for two years as executive vice president and chief financial officer at public TV outlet KERA in Dallas. From 2000 to 2007, Daisey worked for PBS as senior director of financial planning and then vice president of finance and planning.....

DCRTV Dave Live Radio Chats - 7/5 - DCRTV Dave is starting to do radio business and nostalgia-related live chats on one of his YouTube channels - youtube.com/davehughes. Subscribe and get notified of future live chats.....


Ed Schultz Dies - 7/5 - Veteran broadcasting personality Ed Schultz, whose career took him from quarterbacking at a Minnesota college to national radio and television, including hosting a show on MSNBC, died on Thursday, July 5, according to his son. He was 64. Schultz died in Washington, where he anchored "News With Ed Schultz," the flagship show on RT America, a Russian-funded station formerly known as Russia Today. Schultz also hosted "The Ed Show" on MSNBC from 2009 to 2015. More at wtop.com.....

Warren Duffy Dies - 7/3 - Christian broadcaster Warren Duffy died in Bullhead City AZ of complications of brain cancer on June 13 at the age of 80. He was a DJ on "top 40" WPGC in the 1960s, known as "Cousin Duffy." From 1994 to 2004 he wad heard on religious KKLA in Los Angeles. More at godreports.com.....

WGTS Sold, Kind Of - 7/3 - BaltoMedia.net tells us that DC area Adventist Christian contemporary WGTS, 91.9, has been sold to Atlantic Gateway Communications, but not really sold to an outside company completely. The non-profit buyer will still largely be controlled by the Adventist university, now called Washington Adventist University, formerly Columbia Union Colege. But the very sale and corporate distinction makes one wonder if this might be a transitional move for the eventual sale to an outside group, maybe EMF which runs the national K-Love network? WGTS puts in a rather good signal towards Baltimore and does show up in the ratings. More at wgts.org.....

Dude Walker Update - 7/1 - DCRTV hears from DC and Baltimore voice legend Dude Walker. He tells us that he's been doing radio promos for Classic Country on Westwood One. As well as doing promos for IFC, AXS, and Sportsman channels on cable. Plus in-show narration for his third season of "Dead Silent" on Discovery ID. And he's still voicing the Mike O'Meara podcast, which recently marked the 2000th episode. But wait, there's more - Dude is gearing up for the 2018 elections with spots for Democratic candidates, including Senator Claire McCaskill in Missouri.....


Maryland News Network Adds Bloomberg - 6/30 - The Maryland News Network produces and provides state and regional news hourly, sports, statewide business news, farming and agriculture news, and political news to affiliates across Maryland. And they just launched signed a deal with Bloomberg News to offer their business news services. Maryland News Network also features traffic services with "Detour" Dave Sandler providing customized reports during AM and PM drive for affiliate stations in all Maryland counties. The Maryland News Network is among 30 state news networks around the USA providing content to stations, helping their affiliates serve their communities with content delivered by major market talent. Stations can become an affiliate at no charge. Terms are 100% barter. Content is delivered seamlessly via your station's automation system. And Maryland News Network offers several feed versions to fit any format. More at mdnewsnetwork.net.....

Shootings At Capital Gazette - 6/29 - A man with a vendetta against the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis has been charged with five counts of murder after he fired a shotgun through the newsroom's glass doors and at its employees, killing five and injuring two others Thursday afternoon, June 28, in a targeted shooting. Officials said Jarrod Ramos, 38, of Laurel carried out the shooting. He is due Friday morning in Annapolis District Courthouse. Local police said the Capital Gazette was targeted, prompting heightened security in newsrooms nationwide. The attack appears to be the deadliest involving journalists in the USA in decades. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Johnny Holliday & Phil Wood Face Health Challenges - 6/27 - DC area broadcasting legend Johnny Holliday tells us that he was in the Washington Adventist Hospital ICU for almost four days with a "stomach disorder possibly related to the plane crash I was in years ago." He missed eight days of his Nationals coverage on MASN. "Just got back to work yesterday. Everything is fine," he says. Also, Holliday tells us that area sports TV and radio veteran Phil Wood is in St. Joseph's Hospital in Towson and was slated to undergo open heart surgery on Wednesday afternoon. "I don't have to tell you, your health is the most important thing you have going for you," Holliday adds. Update: Wood's surgery went well and he's been transferred to the ICU, Holliday tells us.....

Exner Joins CBS DC Bureau - 6/25 - CBS News has named Michele Perez Exner to be communications director for its DC bureau and Sunday Beltway show "Face The Nation." Prior to joining CBS News, Exner was press secretary for South Carolina's Republican US Senator Tim Scott. Before joining Scott's team, Exner spent eight years in the US Marines, working in communications, marketing, and advertising, as well as an instructor and a public affairs officer. More at deadline.com.....

Bill Elliott Rolls Out 3DSJ Radio Network - 6/24 - 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.....

WTOP Wins Murrow Award - 6/20 - Hubbard all-newser WTOP picks up the National Association Of Broadcasting's 2018 National Murrow Award for "overall excellence" in community service in a large market.....

Job Ad: Centennial Looking For Traffic Director - 6/18 - From DCRTV's Job Ads: "CENTENNIAL BROADCASTING IN FREDERICSBURG IS SEEKING APPLICATIONS FOR THE POSITION OF TRAFFIC DIRECTOR. THIS PERSON IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL STATION LOGS, INPUTTING ORDERS AND MORE. CENTENNIAL IS AN INDEPENDENT COMPANY THAT OFFERS BENEFITS, ANNUAL PAY RAISES AND A TERRIFIC WORK ENVIRONMENT. SEND YOUR INFO TO Kristie@wbqb.com EOE".....

Frank Harden Dies - 6/16 - DCRTV hears that Frank Harden (right), half of the longtime "Harden & Weaver" show on WMAL, died at his home in Chevy Chase on June 15 at age 95. For 32 years, from the 1960s through the early 1990s, he was paired with Jackson Weaver on the top-rated morning radio show, which, at its height, scored a 28% share of all DC market listeners. Weaver died in 1992. According to wmal.com, Harden was born in Macon, Georgia in 1922, and got his first job in radio in Savannah in 1944, just after he was discharged from the Army. Following radio jobs in Atlanta and Denver, Harden landed at WMAL in 1947, where he worked as a staff announcer and show host for several years, first in radio, and then also at Channel 7, WMAL-TV in the 1950s. It was not until the spring of 1960 that the radio station's new manager, Andy Ockershausen, came up with the idea of teaming Harden and Weaver together on the air. After Weaver’s death, Harden remained as co-host of WMAL's morning show, along with Tim Brant and Andy Parks, through 1997, retiring shortly after his 50th anniversary at WMAL.....

Rob Sanchez Leaves El Zol - 6/14 - Rob Sanchez leaves Entercom's DC cluster to program iHeart news talker WBZ-AM, 1030, in Boston. And he'll also work on the company's other area talkers - WRKO, 680, and WXKS-AM, 1200. In 2011, Sanchez was brought to DC to head Entercom predecessor CBS's now defunct all-newser WNEW, 99.1. When the plug got pulled on that, he took over the reins at Spanish tropical WLZL, El Zol, 107.9. Sanchez began in Miami radio, made it to NYC's where he worked on CBS newsers WINS, 1010, and WCBS-AM, 880, before coming to DC.....

WTOP Tops May Radio Ratings For DC - 6/12 - The Washington market radio ratings for May. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WMMJ, 4) WHUR, 5) WASH, 6) WBIG, 7) WRQX, 8) WPGC, 9) WMAL and WGTS, 11) WIHT, 12) WKYS, 13) WJFK-FM, 14) WIAD, 15) WMZQ, 16) WPRS, 17) WWDC, 18) WETA-FM, 19) WLZV, 20) WTEM and WLZL, 22) WFRE. 23) WWEG and WBQH, 25) WDCN and WAVA-FM, 27) WDCH and WAFY, 29) WTNT and WILC and WACA, 29) WILC and WWRC and WPFW and WKDV and WFED, 36) WWDCHD2 and WOL.....

WWIN Tops May Radio Ratings For Baltimore - 6/12 - The Baltimore market radio ratings for May. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WERQ, 3) WLIF, 4) WWMX, 5) WPOC, 6) WIYY, 7) WJZ-FM, 8) WQSR, 9) WZBA, 10) WZFT, 11) WYPR, 12) WBAL-AM and WCBM and 14) WRBS-FM, 15) WBJC, 16) WLIFHD2, 17) WEAA, 18) WCAO, 19) WINN-AM, 20) WQLL, 21) WJZ-AM and WLIFHD1 and WPOCHD3.....

Season 3: Andy Ockershausen Interviews DC Power Players - 6/11 - "Our Town," media veteran Andy Ockershausen's (right) podcast featuring DC area celebrities, including media, sports, community, and political figures. He just completed season three of the podcast, which features interviews with Gordon Peterson, Charles Mann, David Wilmot, Tom McMillen, Doreen Gentzler, Tom Buckley, Burt Cohen, Shawn Springs, Mark Moseley, Larry O'Connor, Bob Levey, Deb Johns, Harry Schnipper, Ann Hand, Arthur Cotton Moore, Paul Scimonelli, Donnie Simpson, Ron Paul, CHarles Allen, Tony Perkins, John Bowis, George Pelecanos, Nancy Taylor Bubes, Rick Hindin, Herbert Miller, Bob Ryan, Joe Hadeed, Carol Schwartz, Bruce Allen, Father Ray Kemp, Richard Dyer, Peter Newsham, and more. To subscribe go to ourtowndc.com......

Job Ad: Centennial Looking For Promotions/Markerting Director - 6/11 - From DCRTV's Job Ads: "Centennial Broadcasting/Digital located in Fredericksburg VA is seeking its next Promotions/Marketing Director. This is a department head position responsible for all aspects of the promotions department for B101.5 and NewsTalk1230, WFVA. Experience is necessary for this fast-paced position. The right candidate should have experience in event planning, social media and website management. Experience with Photoshop and PromoSuite Next is a plus. You will have the independence you want and the tools you need to help maintain the station’s dominant position in Northern VA. To apply send all info to Wendy@wbqb.com no phone calls EOE".....

SFMSports Picks Up Salisbury U Football - 6/10 - Maryland News Network and SFMSports.Net, Maryland's only statewide radio networks with 31 radio station affiliates, announce the addition of Salisbury University Sea Gulls Football to its collegiate properties. This fall, the Baltimore-based networks will produce and broadcast all regular and post-season games online and on-air through the collegiate network, SFMSports.Net. SFMSports.Net will produce and broadcast all regular and post- season games, which will be streamed on the network's web and mobile platforms, and broadcast in Salisbury on affiliate WAMS, which is branded as 94.9 JACK-FM.....

Chick Hernandez Leaves NBC Sports Washington - 6/5 - DCRTV hears that Chick Hernandez (right) announced on his Twitter page today that he will be leaving NBC Sports Washington at the end of the week. He'd been with the network, formerly Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, 17 years. Hernandez says his contract was not renewed. During his local TV career, Hernandez previously spent seven years working at Channel 5/WTTG. More at washingtonpost.com.....

WAMU Cancels "Hot Jazz Saturday Night" - 6/4 - American University public radio news talker WAMU, 88.5, announces a batch of schedule changes coming June 25, including the demise of the long-running "Hot Jazz Saturday Night," which has been hosted by Rob Bamberger. More at wamu.org.....

Corey Calhoun Joins MZQ - 6/2 - Corey Calhoun joins iHeart's country WMZQ, 98.7, as evening show host and music director. He comes from country WAMZ in Louisville, where he co-hosted the morning show.....

Matt K. Baker Joins Hoss - 5/30 - 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.....

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