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7/5 - Kudos to WTOP for dropping Radio Sputnik, the Russian propaganda channel - which ended up on another DC area set of signals. My analysis is in today's DC media edition of "Dave TV".....


5/31 - I look at the sad state of American TV news with today's news that CBS is canning Scott Pelley as anchor of the "CBS Evening News." I also look at Mike James selling his excellent NewsBlues TV news site.....


5/20 - My analysis of why Brian Wilson is gone from Cumulus news talker WMAL after six years. The DC radio and TV political reporter veteran - Fox News and Channel 5/WTTG - informed everyone yesterday via Twitter that his journey with WMAL is over. No official word yet from station management. Did he get fired or quit? In today's DC media edition of "Dave TV".....


5/18 - I interview Walt Barcus, who runs the Rehoboth Beach, Delaware area's WRDE-TV, the only NBC affiliate on the Eastern Shore.....


4/14 - Looking at all the rumblings that Redskins owner Dan Snyder's Red Zebra radio arm, which runs ESPN 980, is coming to the end of road. In today's DC media edition of "Dave TV'.....


2/16 - What's up with news talker WMAL starting to carry Redskins' games? Is this a first step for team owner Dan Snyder to exit the radio station business? Will WMAL's owner, Cumulus, soon start running, or possibly or owning, Snyder's sports talker, ESPN 980, WTEM? Will the change ultimately cut the ratings for Snyder's WTEM, which was recently hit with a wave of butget cuts, causing many of its personalities to be pink-slipped? In today's "Dave TV".....


2/2 - My take on what Entercom's deal for CBS's radio stations means. Is radio becoming less important in the overall media universe? Will there be big shakeups in markets where Entercom and CBS both own. That effect will the merger have in the DC-Baltimore area, when Entercom doesn't own any stations? In today's "Dave TV".....


1/31 - Is the "feud" between WMAL's Brian & Larry ramping up? Why did Brian Wilson this morning slam Larry O'Connor for using what Brian claims is his trademarked "Critter News" segment on Larry's afternoon show yesterday? Is this the main reason why Larry moved from his co-hosting morning gig with Brian to solo host an expanded afternoon show? In today's "Dave TV".....


1/26 - Do WMAL's Brian Wilson and Larry O'Connor not like each other? Is that the reason why they got split up? I anal;yze a comment Larry made in one of his recent shows for an interesting clue. Plus, new life for WAMU's Bluegrass Country, which will continue on the DC radio dial. And WTOP plunges to 3rd in latest radio ratings.....


1/20 - Andy Pollin's out at WTEM, ESPN 980. What's up with that? My take on this big sports talker radio change. Did the ratings do him in or was it something else - like a budget cut? Will Andy end up at another station like WTOP or WJFK or maybe Comcast SportsNet? Plus, is a big change also coming to righty news talker WMAL? Are the changes they made in early January just the first round?.....


1/17 - As DCRTV approaches its 20th anniversary later this year, I get numerous requests to talk about why I've devoted so much time to this site and my love for local media, especially radio and TV. So, I made this quick seven-minute video to try to explain my background and history and how DCRTV came to be. One thing I did leave out - working at NPR outlet WMRA while at James Madison University in Harrisonburg VA.....


1/10 - My thoughts on why longtime DC TV news anchor Maureen Bunyan is leaving Sinclair's Channel 7/WJLA. It has a lot to do with the changing TV news business, the amazing amount of debt that Sinclair is servicing, and the lack of news ratings that WJLA has gotten over the years, particularly since Sinclair bought it.....


1/6 - Cumulus righty talker WMAL made some line-up changes with the arrival of 2017 - including ditching syndicated Michael Savage and splitting up locally-based morning team of Brian Wilson and Larry O'Connor - keeping Wilson in mornings but moving O'Connor to afternoons. My thoughts - the changes are not making me happy. In today's DC media edition of "Dave TV".....


12/30 - My annual DC-Baltimore area radio wish list for 2017. What changes should come to WTOP, WMAL, WLZL, WRQX, WTEM, WBAL, WTMD, and much more in the coming year. Plus, a memory of former Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8 news anchor Morris Jones.....


12/26 - As we close out the year, I do my annual look at the year's top stories in the DC area media world for 2016. Including WAMU's ride to the top, the odd decline of Sinclair 7 (goodbye Leon Harris) and other local TV newscasts, the slow sinking of the WaPo, fatigue problems for WTOP, impotence problems for WMAL, nothing new format-wise for the region, the radio retirements of Tony Kornheiser and Diane Rehm, and the loss of some great media personalities, including Bill Parris, Johnny Dark, Tom Marr, and Gwen Ifill.....


12/20 - DC news talker WMAL is making changes in 2017. Michael Savage is going away with morning host Larry O'Connor airing from 3 PM to 6 PM. And a new co-host for Brian Wilson in mornings. So, what would I do if I was permitted to make changes to both of WMAL's locally-based drivetime shows? In today's "Dave TV".....


12/19 - During most of the second half hours of his three hour show, Rush Limbaugh voices program-like ads in between the formal ad breaks. Is he really that desperate for ad dough? Huh? While radio stations are paying hefty rights fees for a show that has many show-placed, Rush-voiced ads that are often masqueraded to be talk content. Huh? Yuck.....


12/15 - I take David Zurawik, a Baltimore Sun media reporter, to task for including an inaccuracy in his article. No, it's not a big deal. But you'd think that someone who has covered the media biz for many years, he might know a thing or two about the differences between AM and FM radio and stuff like that. In his baltimoresun.com piece remembering Allan Prell, Zurawik pens this: "In the 1990s, when I was doing his show once a week, WBAL radio felt like the powerhouse broadcaster of Baltimore to me. It was the voice of news and information in this market with its 50,000-watt transmitter up on Television Hill for everyone driving on 83 to see." Come on! WBAL radio's 1090 AM tower complex is located west of Baltimore city out in the Randallstown area, outside the Baltimore Beltway. Not downtown at TV Hill.....


12/3 - My DCRTV December update, including the latest developments regarding the DC area media news website. Plus, a new "National News + More" mission for my fuzface.com website. And, the latest local media news including big management changes at Channel 9/WUSA, a new market manager for CBS Radio in Baltimore, and some frequency changes for the Gamut.....


11/22 - I look at two big DC media stories - longtime reporter and anchor Laura Evans leaving WTTG/5. Could she be heading to WJLA/7 or maybe WUSA/9? Also, Larry O'Connor replaces Michael Savage on WMAL. Will Savage land another spot on WMAL's schedule or will he get picked up by another station? In today's "Dave TV".....


11/18 - Time for a DCRTV site news update for late 2016. I answer many of your questions like what's up with the "new" black background on DCRTV's pages. And what's happened to DCRTV's NYC and Boston pages. Plus, I look at expansions of the site's new National News page and memory-packed DCRTV Plus subscription area. And I make a sincere pitch for your financial support to continue DCRTV's mission of preserving the DC and Baltimore's rich radio and TV history. In today's DCRTV "Dave TV." Support DCRTV via PayPal by sending funds to our dcrtv@hotmail.com address. Or drop a check in the mail. Make it payable to "Dave Hughes" and send it to Dave Hughes, 1981-B Villaridge Drive, Reston VA 20191.....


11/2 - In a DC media edition of "Dave TV" I do a book review of "Age In Good Time" by Larry Matthews, which touches upon the life wisdom some area men have mined from the aging process. Including area broadcasters Jim Bohannon and Johnny Holliday. Check out the book at larrymatthews.net.....


10/20 - Some thoughts on how WMAL has declined to a new level of "suckdom" - supporting a presidential candidate who has nicer things to say about Russian leader Vlad Putin (who is surprisingly all over DC media these days - via WNVC, WTOP, and the Washington Post) than about Democratic and even some Republican American leaders. In today's DC media edition of "Dave TV".....


10/14 - In today's "Dave TV" DC media edition, I look at why you won't hear the Caps' and Wizards' radio games on area FMers any more. Is this evidence of a decline in broadcast radio?


10/7 - In today's DC media edition of "Dave TV" I reveal my new WTOP habit - every time they play that hideous Long Roofing jingle I change the station. I call it my "So Long WTOP" campaign.....


9/27 - In today's DC media edition of "Dave TV" I take a look at what makes WMAL talker Chris Plante tick. He seems to be a very different person in public - rather charming, even - as opposed to his radio "persona." Is his conservative radio "bad boy" just an act?


9/15 - Over lunch, I chat with DC radio and TV veteran Andy Ockershausen, who has managed several of the top stations in Washington including WMAL radio, WMAL TV (now WJLA), and Channel 50, and spent more than two decades at NBCUniversal/Comcast SportsNet. We talk about his new series of podcasts, "Our Town," which features 30-minutes interviews of some of the most notable DC area celebrities, political leaders, media personalities, and even some ordinary people who've changed the region for the better.....


9/13 - Kinda hard to believe but I started DCRTV 19 years ago, September 1997. And it's been here ever since. In today's "Dave TV," where I also take a look at a cool new book "The Gospel According To Sesame Street," which recalls Muppets creator Jim Henson's early days with Willard Scott at DC's Channel 4/WRC.....


9/5 - Today's DC media edition of "Dave TV" focuses on whether there's something wrong with WJLA (Leon Harris leaving), WTOP (those hideous Long Roofing ads), the Washington Post (rapidly declining print), WMAL (too many old white guys), WAMU (too many cuts), and the 103.1 frequency (too many stations).....


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