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21 Big Years: Support DCRTV & Get A Sticker - 10/15 - DCRTV started in September 1997 and we're celebrating our big 21st birthday. Yup, DCRTV has been here covering DC and Baltimore area radio, TV, and media news for 21 years thanks largely to your support. Please help keep DCRTV running into its third decade! Make at least a $5 donation and we'll send you our 20th anniversary sticker! It's approximately 2 inches by 6 inches and would look great on any car or truck's bumper! Or on your fridge or a backpack. Or maybe at the base of your station's tower. Send your donation via PayPal at paypal.me/dcrtv or send cash or a check made payable to "Dave Hughes" to Dave Hughes, 6200 Rolling Road #2442, Springfield VA 22152.....

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

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

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

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

WBQB Welcomes Former Fresh Listeners - 10/5 - Centennial's hot adult contemporary B101.5, WBQB, is running an imaging campaign welcoming former 94.7 Fresh FM listeners to the Fredericksburg-based station. Operations Manager Chuck Archer explains, "A lot of Fresh FM listeners felt abandoned after Entercom’s decision to flip to classic hits. We have been hot AC for over 28 years and welcome all former Fresh listeners to the B101.5 family." WBQB can be easily received throughout the southern DC metro. As we've reported, Entercom's 94.7 Fresh FM, WIAD, recently flipped to a 1980s-based classic hits format.....

Warner Wolf Loses Suit Against Don Imus - 10/5 - Legendary sportscaster Warner Wolf has lost his age discrimination lawsuit against longtime radio personality Don Imus. "Due to the fact that Wolf is a Florida resident that worked in Florida, he lacks any viable claims... since the impact of any alleged discriminatory conduct would have been in Florida," a Manhattan judge wrote. Wolf, who worked at DC's Channel 9, then WTOP-TV, in the 1970s, alleged in his suit filed in February that the shock jock had routinely mocked his senior status before firing him in 2016. Imus, 78, made "inappropriate" remarks about Wolf's age like "time to put (Wolf) out to pasture" and "shoot him with an elephant dart gun," according to the suit. More at nydailynews.com.....

New 94.7: Classic Hits - 10/3 - Pop, rock, and soul classic hits mainly from the 1980s and neighboring decades is the new format for Entercom's 94.7 WIAD, which, as DCRTV first reported yesterday, dropped its hot adult contemporary "Fresh" format along with most of its air staff, including Tommy McFly's morning show. The new ID as "94.7 The Drive" debuted at 5 PM today. "DC's Greatest Hits" kicked off with tunes from Prince, the Simple Minds, Yes, Michael Jackson, and Duran Duran. Steve Davis will remain the station's program director. So far, no airstaff, just music.....

Former WJLA Weatherman Gets Involved In Supreme Court Nominee Proceedings - 10/2 - From broadcastingcable.com: "The Senate Judiciary Committee majority was circulating a signed statement Tuesday from Dennis Ketterer, former Democratic congressional candidate and former weatherman at WJLA-TV Washington, questioning the allegations of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh accuser Julie Swetnick. Swetnick, a federal employee, claimed she witnessed Kavanaugh engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct, including nonconsensual sex, during multiple high school parties. Ketterer alleges he had a relationship with Swetnick in the 1990's and that when he asked her father whether he should bring her on to his campaign, he told Ketterer she had psychological problems and other issues, according to excerpts from the statement released by the committee".....

Entercom & Redskins Do Deal - 10/2 - Entercom, which owns DC sports talker WJFK-FM, 106.7 The Fan, does a partnership deal with the Washington Redskins. Even though the team's games are heard via Cumulus news talker WMAL and Urban One sports talker WTEM, WJFK and Entercom's other DC area stations, including WPGC, WIAD, and WLZL, "will provide coverage of the team across all platforms," according to an Entercom announcement. Also, Spanish language broadcasts of all Redskins games will be heard on Entercom's El Zol Deportes, WJFK-AM, 1580, with primetime games also heard on WLZL, El Zol 107.9. More at thefandc.radio.com.....

McFly & Air Staff Out At 94.7 Fresh, Oldies Coming? - 10/2 - DCRTV hears that Entercom has blown out almost the entire air staff of WIAD, 94.7 Fresh FM, including Tommy McFly and his morning show, and is planning to flip format tomorrow. Gone will be the contemporary hit-skewing hot adult contemporary tunes that were running up against iHeart's Hot 99.5 and Cumulus's Mix 107.3. Also on the outs: Jen Richer, Kelly Collis, Dana McKay, and Britt Waters. DCRTV's staff of prognosticators suggests that new market manager Phil Zachary will probably put rock and pop oldies on Bethesda's 94.7, a la what Entercom (formerly CBS Radio) has done so successfully in NYC (WCBS-FM) and Philadelphia (WOGL). There's also a rumor that we could get a resurrection of progressive rocker WHFS, which Zachary once oversaw before its demise in 2005. Other possibilities: A better signal for Spanish tropical El Zol or some sort of newsy talk output to compete with market ratings leaders WTOP and WAMU. Stay tuned. More: Look for the new format to debut on 94.7 at 5 PM Wednesday. Yet more at washingtonpost.com.....

WTOP Tops September Radio Ratings For DC - 10/2 - The September monthly radio ratings for the Washington DC market. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WMMJ, 4) WHUR, 5) WGTS, 6) WMAL, 7) WASH, 8) WRQX, 9) WBIG, 10) WKYS and WJFK-FM, 12) WIHT and WETA-FM, 14) WPGC, 15) WMZQ, 16) WWDC, 17) WIAD, 18) WPRS, 19) WLZL, 20) WTEM, 21) WFRE, 22) WDCN, 23) WDCH, 24) WBQH, 25) WFMD, 26) WWDC-HD2 and WTOP-HD3 and WIHT-HD2 and WFED.....

WWIN Tops September Radio Ratings For Baltimore - 10/2 - The September monthly radio ratings for the Baltimore market. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WERQ, 3) WPOC, 4) WIYY, 5) WWMC, 6) WLIF, 7) WQSR, 8) WZBA, 9) WJZ-FM, 10) WZFT, 11) WBJC, 12) WCBM and WYPR, 14) WBAL-AM, 15) WLIF-HD2, 16) WEAA, 17) WQLL, 18) WCAO, 19) WJZ-AM and WJZ-FM-STREAM and WPOC-HD2 and WWMX-HD2.....

Rick Breitenfeld Dies - 10/1 - Rick Breitenfeld, who was the founding executive director of the Maryland Center For Public Broadcasting and lead Maryland Public Television for 17 years, died September 28 in Warminster PA following pancreatic cancer. He was 87. He also headed Philadelphia public broadcaster WHYY for 14 years and was instrumental in the development of public television. More at current.org.....

Ray Knight Missing From MASN - 10/1 - From the Washington Post: As the Nationals' season headed toward its conclusion, one MASN staple has been conspicuously absent for the final weeks. Ray Knight, the former league manager who co-anchors the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network's pregame and postgame coverage with Johnny Holliday, was not on the broadcasts for the final homestand of the season, nor for this weekend's trip to Colorado. The network did not announce a reason for his absence. Knight was arrested in January of 2017 on charges of domestic violence that were ultimately dropped, though a person familiar with his situation said Knight was not pulled because of new legal trouble. A scan of police logs in the area does not reveal any recent arrests. A person familiar with MASN’s inner workings said the network is holding Knight off broadcasts due to an in-house issue.....

Virginia Wetter Dies - 9/30 - Virginia Wetter, a life-long resident of Havre de Grace MD, died in her home on September 25. In 1941, she married Jason Pate of Atlanta. Together, they created the Chesapeake Broadcasting Corporation, opening in 1948 as the first radio broadcast station between Baltimore and Wilmington. On Mr. Pate's death in 1960, Mrs. Wetter became the chairman and CEO of the Chesapeake Broadcasting Corporation, the parent of stations WASA-AM and WHDG-FM. Mrs. Wetter had a career in broadcasting, one of only five women nationwide to manage a broadcast operation when she assumed management. More at legacy.com.....

Ken Merson To Q1370 Mornings - 9/28 - Baltimore and DC radio veteran Ken Merson is coming to Balimore oldies outlet Q1370, WQLL, starting October 8. He'll be doing weekdays from 6 AM to 10 AM. Pat O'Neill moves from morning drive to the 2 PM to 6 PM slot. We hear that Merson is leaving SiriusXM, where he had been the program director of the '60s On 6 oldies channel.....

Dave TV: Neal At The WEEL - 9/27 - Your DCRTV webmaster Dave runs into a DC radio legend who went by the name of "Neal At The WEEL" (aka Neal Stevens) at Fairfax VA's one-time "top 40" and oldies outlet WEEL, 1310 AM. We talk about the old days (late 1970s early 1980s) and many of the changes in local radio in a power-packed 6 minute interview.....


DCRTV Job Ad: Julie Bell Seeks Sales Gig - 9/27 - From DCRTV's Job Ads page. "Affiliate Relations Pro Julie Bell---On The Loose: After 20 years as a top sales performer with United Stations, Affiliate Relations Pro Julie Bell is now in play. Julie is ready to benefit her next team with strong sales skills, numerous key radio station/industry relationships---along with an abundance of loyalty and passion. Ms. Bell's previous industry stops include Vallie-Richards Consulting, B.I.A. and a stint as Research Director at EZ Communications' Top 40 WBMW (B106)/Washington in the late '80s. She is now ready to get rolling with her new opportunity and can be reached at 703-909-5678 and/or Julieahbell@gmail.com".....

Cumulus Extends Contract For Bill Hess - 9/25 - Cumulus signs Bill Hess to a new multi-year contract extension as vice president of its nationwide news/talk stations and as program director for DC news talker WMAL, 105.9/630. The deal also includes Hess's stint as operations manager for Cumulus's DC radio cluster, which also includes hot adult contemporary WRQX, 107.3. Hess has a 41-year radio career that has included stints across New England. Before joining Cumulus, he programmed adult contemporary WASH, 97.1, and classic hits WBIG, 100.3, for Clear Channel, now iHeart. Hess also had served as senior vice president of programming for the now-defunct Air America talk radio network.....

Debra Alfarone Leaving 9 - 9/24 - DCRTV hears that Channel 9/WUSA anchor Debra Alfarone is leaving the DC market's CBS affiliate. Her last day is October 7. She wrote on her Facebook page: "I'll still be based here in DC, working on an exciting new project to empower people across the globe to rewrite their own stories." More soon.....

Season 4 Coming, Andy Ockershausen Interviews DC Power Players - 9/23 - "Our Town," media veteran Andy Ockershausen's (right) podcast featuring DC area celebrities, including media, sports, community, and political figures will start its fourth big season in October. Until then, catch up with interviews from season three, which features 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. At ourtowndc.com......

Matt K. Baker Joins Hoss - 9/21 - 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.....

Levin's Mystery Absence Confuses Listeners - 9/19 - The mystery surrounding DC area-based national conservative radio host Mark Levin's (right) sudden departure from "The Mark Levin Show" last Thursday continued with his being "MIA" again Tuesday despite his substitute hosts claiming his return by then. According to a post on the Levin friendly Free Republic: "Please accept this post as an observation: explaining, not complaining. Hopefully, Mark Levin's absence from 'The Mark Levin Show' since abruptly departing the third hour on Thursday 9/13 with Dan Bongino finishing the show are not for his own or his parents' health reasons. But after going on six days with no explanation on his website, Twitter, Facebook, or elsewhere, his fans may start to wonder what is going on. Ben Ferguson hosted the Friday 9/14 show and Dan Bongino again hosted the Monday 9/17 show and both said Mark would be back by Tuesday 9/18, but instead the Tuesday 9/18 show is being hosted by Brian Mudd... A recent e-mail to WMAL Program Director Bill Hess, who knows Mark well, went unanswered in regards to any information he could offer. While it is ultimately Mark;s business, it is unlike him or his sub hosts to not inform his listeners about his whereabouts or reason for his absence. Perhaps there are Freepers who have more information: otherwise we will just have await his return or information from others to learn what has become of Mark Levin. As said in previous posts and comments, all his fans wish him the best and are keeping him and his family in their thoughts and prayers: God speed Mark Levin ..." More from the freerepublic.com. Levin is heard evenings on DC's WMAL and Baltimores WCBM. Update. We get this from a listener on Eednesday evening: "On WMAL at 6:08 PM Mark Levin is back! Cited “family reasons” for him 'bailing' with no further details: Wished his Jewish friends a happy Yom Kippur and said he hoped their fast for atonement was going well and thanked his sub hosts. Then he launched into the Democrats, saying they have a lot to atone for over Kavanaugh: the pit bull is back!".....

WCRW & WUST Get Sold - 9/19 - Herndon-based Potomac Radio Group is buying WCRW, 1190, in Leesburg and WUST, 1120, Washington, from Falls Church-based Potomac Radio. The principal shareholders of the buyer are Brian and Patricia Lane, the owners of Marquee Broadcasting, which owns Channel 47/WMDT in Salisbury. These would be their first radio stations. Purchase price is $750,000 for WUST, which features brokered ethnic programming, and $750,000 for WCRW, which relays English language China Radio International. The purchase agreement says the CRI lease is due to expire at the end of the year. Marquee has been on a buying spree recently, having just picked up a couple of TV stations in Georgia in addition to two more last year, we're told.....

Matt Viser Joins Washington Post - 9/18 - Matt Viser joins the Washington Post's politics staff as a national politics reporter, where he will focus on the 2020 presidential election. He comes from the Boston Globe, where he has spent his 16-year career covering a range of beats, from Boston City Hall to the statehouse and Washington, where he served as deputy bureau chief.....

Dude Walker Update - 9/18 - 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.....


Thad Mumford Dies - 9/16 - Thad Mumford, a pioneering African-American TV writer-producer who worked on shows ranging from "MASH" to "The Electric Company" to "Blue’s Clues," has died after a long illness. He was 67. Mumford died September 6 at his father’s home in Silver Spring. Born and raised in Washington DC, Mumford worked as a page for Channel 4/WRC while in high school and soon began selling jokes to Johnny Carson and Joan Rivers. After high school, he attended Fordham University in New York City, where he landed a job as a writer on PBS's "The Electric Company." He earned an Emmy for his work on the show in 1973. More at variety.com.....

Mike Pintek Dies - 9/13 - Mike Pintek, a longtime reporter and talk show host on Pittsburgh's KDKA radio, died September 12 after battling cancer for more than a year. Pintek, 65, announced to listeners in May 2017 that he had been diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Pintek was the morning news anchor on DC's WASH radio. More at triblive.com.....

Garrett & Schlesinger To Do Radio Show Luncheon - 9/12 - Major Garrett, chief White House Correspondent for CBS News, and his colleague Jill Schlesinger, a business analyst and host of the "Jill On Money" radio show, will keynote the 2018 Radio Show's Radio Luncheon in Orlando on September 26. Garrett's got a new book coming out, "Mr. Trump's Wild Ride: The Thrills, Chills, Screams & Occasional Blackouts Of An Extraordinary Presidency".....

"Capitol Kid" Gets Good Reviews - 9/12 - "Capitol Kid: A Baby Boomer Grows Up In Washington DC" by Gary Dreibelbis, continues to do well in all Amazon categories, hard and soft cover and Kindle as well as receiving positive reviews. Steve Osunsami of ABC News writes, "What a beautiful story. The book is a love letter to The District of Columbia." The book features DC legends Warner Wolf and Sonny Jurgensen, Milt Grant, Harden & Weaver, the Joy Boys, Ranger Hal, and more. The recently-released book is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble.com, and neelyproductionsinc.com/garycdreibelbis. Cover design (right) David Blackwell and photos courtesy of Tom Buckley, WUSA.....

Tribune Axes 50's 10 PM Newscast - 9/6 - DCRTV hears that Tribune is yanking the 10 PM half-hour newscast on Channel 50/WDCW. The show was produced by the company's Channel 6/WTVR in Richmond with reporters in the DC area. According to a company memo: "Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of a lot of talented employees, [WDCW's newscast and several others] haven't delivered the ratings or the revenue we hoped for when they were launched. The decision to discontinue any show is never easy and we don't do it lightly. We understand that these decisions affect the lives of good people who gave their best efforts to achieve success; we hope to give many of them the opportunity to transition to new roles elsewhere in our station group".....

Andrea McCarren Leaves 9 - 9/6 - Longtime DC TV reporter Andrea McCarren leaves Channel 9/WUSA for PenFed Credit Union where she'll be chief content officer for PenFed Digital. Her job will be to highlight the work of veterans, active duty service members, and military families. She begins her new job in January.....

Dempsey Moves To BGC Weekends - 9/5 - From DCRTV's Wednesday Mailbag: "On Monday afternoon bluegrasscountry.org, WAMU 88.5 HD-2, long-time host Lee Michael Dempsey announced that after 30-plus years he would be going off the weekday 3 - 6 PM shift, and that he will moving to the weekend shift; days and times to be determined. Not know at this point who will fill the weekday afternoon drive time; supposed to happen in the next few weeks or so".....

Sheena Parveen Leaves 4 - 9/5 - Weather anchor Sheena Parveen is leaviung Channel 4/WRC (and WTOP radio, where she's also heard) and heading to KNSD-TV in San Diego. She came to WRC from Philadelphia's WCAU a few years ago. All of the TVers are owned by NBC.....

WTOP Tops August Radio Ratings For DC - 9/5 - The Washington market radio ratings for the month of August. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WMMJ, 4) WHUR, 5) WBIG, 6) WGTS, 7) WMAL and WRQX, 9) WJFK-FM and WIHT and WASH, 12) WPGC, 13) WKYS, 14) WWDC and WMZQ and WETA-FM, 17) WPRS, 18) WIAD and WTEM and WLZL, 21) WFRE, 22) WDCN, 23) WDCH, 24) WBQH, 25) WFMD and WOL, 27) WWDCHD2 and WTOPHD3 (The Gamut) and WFED, 30) WWWTHD2 (Bolly 102.9) and WYCB and WPGCSTREAM and WPGCHD2 and WJFKFMSTREAM and WJFK-AM and WIHTHD2 and WIADSTREAM and WIADHD2 and WASHHD2 and WAMUHD2 (Bluegrass Country).....

WWIN Tops August Radio Ratings For Baltimore - 9/5 - The Baltimore market radio ratings for the month of August. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WERQ, 3) WPOC, 4) WQSR, 5) WWMX, 6) WIYY and WLIF and WZBA, 9) WJZ-FM, 10) WZFT, 11) WCBM, 12) WYPR, 13) WRBS-FM, 14) WBAL-AM, 15) WBJC, 16) WEAA, 17) WLIFHD2, 18) WCAO, 19) WQLL, 20) WLIFHD3 and WOLB and WWIN-AM, 23) WJZ-AM.....

Corinna Delgado To WRQX - 9/4 - Corinna Delgado joins Cumulus's hot adult contemporary WRQX, Mix 107.3, as midday host. She was most recently with KRBE, a Cumulus contemporary hits station in Houston. Delgado is a veteran, having served in the US Army Reserves as a combat medic from 1995 to 2001.....

Andy Parrish Dies - 9/3 - Andy Parrish, whose real name was Andrew Gasparich, died August 30 at age 86. He served as news director for all-news WTOP in the late 1960s and early 1970s. More at legacy.com.....

Jerry Klein Dies - 9/3 - Jerry Klein, a left-leaning radio host who worked at DC news talker WMAL from 2001 to 2009, died August 17 after battling cancer. He was 66. A Charlotte NC native who work at that city's news talk WBT-AM/FM before his years at WMAL, also worked as a music promoter, political activist, and a writer. More at charlotteobserver.com.....

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