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2/9 - I try to figure out why DC101's ratings have been sinking the past few months and what the rocker can do to turn things around. Are Elliot's days numbered? Also, some memories of area radio great Bill Parris. Plus, lots of media folks celebrate my birthday. And my Neal Augenstein impersonation. In today's "Dave TV".....


2/8 - In today's "Dave TV" I chat with Bill Hankes of Sqoop, which provides a single source where reporters can simultaneously search across all the data sources it aggregates, currently the SEC, the Patent Office and most of the federal courts, and allows reporters to set alerts so that they're notified whenever there's a new filing they're interested in.....


1/29 - I look back at Blizzard 2016 coverage in the DC market. The Gamut gets a new signal on 98.3. How cable TV companies rip you off with converter box rental fees. And the Washington Post's new headquarter facilities. In today's "Dave TV".....


1/22 - Retired Channel 4/WRC DC weather legend Bob Ryan phones in a guest appearance during the "Blizzard Of 2016" coverage on his old station at 6:40 PM on January 22nd. Joking with his old buddy, Jim Vance, about his classic "Golden Snow Shovel." And I managed to "run tape" of the event. In today's very special "Dave TV".....


1/11 - I react to the shock news that one of my all-time favorite rockers, David Bowie, has died. And some cool tributes on radio stations around the country and the world, including Seattle's KEXP and London's BBC 6 Music. Plus, a somewhat embarrassing Bowie blurb in the New York Times. And yet another Washington Post cringe moment, this time with its coverage of the Golden Globes. In today's "Dave TV".....


1/10 - In the first "Dave TV" of 2016, I take a look at the future of the Washington Post. Does the DC-based news organization's move from a print-based past to a website-based future mean it'll generate more revenue or less? And does it really matter now that it's being subsidized by one of the richest men in the universe, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos? Including my comments on Post Executive Editor Marty Baron's interview by C-SPAN.....


12/30 - What will the new year bring? My predictions for DC and Baltimore radio in 2016. Could CBS buy Cumulus's stations and put El Zol on 107.3? Might Dan Snyder sell his Red Zebra radio biz, including ESPN 980, to Hubbard, which owns WTOP? Might CBS gets its hands on WTOP? Could WBAL-AM finally get an FM outlet? And many more possibilities in today's "Dave TV".....


12/29 - I do my annual countdown of the top local media stories for DC and Baltimore in 2015. In today's "Dave TV".....


12/26 - My DC radio Christmas wish, as always, is for Santa to bring me a cool, locally-oriented progressive rock station. Also, I look at Scott Fybush's excellent Tower Site Calendar for 2016. Plus, some rumblings about two kind of creepy Channel 4/WRC personalities - Chris Lawrence and Mark Segraves. And, look forward to what 2016 may hold for the future of DCRTV. In today's "Dave TV".....


12/18 - CBS pulled the plug today on its local newser WNEW, 99.1, and I try to avoid doing a "told you so" analysis of what killed the almost four-year-old station. At 10 AM on December 18, Bloomberg took over the signal according to a lease and will program mainly business news on the station. In today's "Dave TV".....


12/17 - Is a big shake-up coming to Radio One in DC involving WKYS's Russ Parr replacing Tom Joyner on WMMJ? And a big demotion to WOL for Joyner? Also, the Washington Post kind of credits DCRTV for breaking a story about Red Zebra's Rick Carmean. Jim Bohannon reduces his radio workload. Diane Rehm to talk about her WAMU years. Willard Scott retires from NBC's "Today." Are Jack Diamond's ratings rising on WRQX? And, Glenn Harris leaves NewsChannel 8. And more in today's "Dave TV".....


12/10 - On a sunny and warm December day, I talk about memories of longtime DC radio newsman Max Cacas, who I remember at all-newser WAVA in the 1970s. Plus, news that Diane Rehm will retire from WAMU after the presidential election next year. And some early ratings indications about whether Jack Diamond's return to WRQX will be a success. And more in today's "Dave TV".....


11/28 - Enjoy a very special Thansgiving weekend edition of "Dave TV" where I take a look at the many successes of Hubbard all-newser WTOP. But find that the company's DC cluster could make better use of WTOP's extensive newsroom. Including the development of a full-time sports talk stream and political talk stream. Now, all Hubbard needs to do is to find more local signals. Oh, and what to do with Federal News Radio, which has a hard time even showing up in the ratings. In today's "Dave TV".....


11/24 - I do another Cord Cutter episode. This time, focusing on how things are going almost 15 months after cutting the Comcast cable TV cord. Looking at all the many ways I'm getting free TV these days - Roku, YouTube - and saving well more than $100 every month on my Comcast bill. And, how I've transformed an old Windows XP laptop into a cool video "machine".....


11/19 - So, 94.7 Fresh FM morning man Tommy McFly announces that he's engaged to be married to another guy. What's up with that? Also, a new Annapolis radio gig for former WTOPer Ari Ashe. And, I remember WMAL frequent fill-in host Austin Hill, who recently passed away. In today's "Dave TV".....


11/15 - DCRTV Dave sings "The Ballad Of Jack Diamond" to honor the radio great's return to the DC radio dial. In today's very special edition of "Dave TV".....


11/10 - I look at format flip options for WRQX and find a minefield for almost bankrupt Cumulus. I think it's a mistake to bring back a 60-ish-year-old radio personality for mornings. And I also find problems if WRQX flips to adult contemporary to go up against highly successful WASH or hot adult contemporary to go up against highly successful 94.7 Fresh FM. WRQX needs to do something new and different that we don't already have on the radio dial here in the DC area. In today's "Dave TV".....


11/7 - What's up with a batch of job cuts and highly successful WTOP? Could it be a symptom of big problems facing the broadcast radio industry? Like not enough young people are listening? Could other talkish stations, like WMAL and WBAL-AM, be in even deeper trouble? Also, the Washington Post releases its 2016 wall calendar in early November. November? And, as always, it doesn't put any holes in it so you can hang it on the wall. And more in today's "Dave TV".....


11/5 - WJLA produces a powerful documentary about a local plash in 1974. What's the big deal with foreign governments buying time on local TV and radio stations a la WCRW? DCRTV gets some Felix Grant tapes. Comet TV comes to DC and it's got a serious technical problem. The Washington Post mentions my mushroom hunting friend. As I bid farewell to a loyal DCRTVer, Deana. And much more in today's "Dave TV".....


10/28 - Why did WTEM, ESPN 980 cancel the morning "Man Cave" after just seven months? And now what? Remembering the late great Ed Walker. And a tip of my camo combat cap to another late great local radio personalty, Rusty Gibson, who hosted an oldies show for more than a decade on Fairfax Public Access. October DC radio ratings analysis. And more in today's "Dave TV".....


10/20 - I take a look at all the changes at WRQX during the past few years, including the latest, the canning of its program director, Jan Jeffries. And what's in store for the troubled hot adult contemporary outlet. Plus, might Howard University turn the license of Channel 32/WHUT back to the FCC in exchange for a large monetary payout? And more criticism of the Washington Post. In today's "Dave TV".....


10/18 - Recalling Ed Walker's legendary DC radio career as sad news of his retirement from WAMU's "The Big Broadcast" nostalgic radio show is announced. Remembering Ed's "Joy Boys" days will Willard Scott. And more about Ed and Willard's radio career. As four horses do a guest shot in this very special "from the woods" edition of "Dave TV".....


10/11 - Some cool media memories of Ed Walker, Willard Scott, Howard Stern, Dick "Count Gore De Vol" Dyszel, JC Hayward, Renee Poussant, Maureen Bunyan, and more in Washingtonian's "50 Moments That Shaped Our City." And while the 1989 pairing of Jim Vance and Doreen Gentzler gets mentioned, there's no recollection of the early 1970s pioneer inter-racial pairing of Channel 9's Gordon Peterson and Max Robinson. Hmmm.....


10/10 - Some cool media memories of Ed Walker, Willard Scott, Howard Stern, Dick "Count Gore De Vol" Dyszel, JC Hayward, Renee Poussant, Maureen Bunyan, and more in Washingtonian's "50 Moments That Shaped Our City." And while the 1989 pairing of Jim Vance and Doreen Gentzler gets mentioned, there's no recollection of the early 1970s pioneer inter-racial pairing of Channel 9's Gordon Peterson and Max Robinson. Hmmm. In today's "Dave TV".....


10/9 - Is Chris Plante WMAL's secret weapon to chase away advertisers? Also, I look at WMAL's plans to move its AM transmitter site from close-in Bethesda to far-out Germantown. And, I wonder if anyone really listens to AM radio any more. Plus, more wonderful hypocritical crap at the Washington Post. In today's "Dave TV".....


10/2 - WTOP wins a Marconi but still gets my criticism for carrying Russia's Radio Sputnik. Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos bans selling streaming devices that don't carry his Amazon service. Cumulus honcho runs his company into a bankruptcy ditch and walks away with millions in a payoff. Plus DC media hurricane hype. And more in today's "Dave TV".....


9/30 - I take a look at the "money demo" DC radio ratings for September and find some good news for the urban stations - WPGC, WKYS, and WMMJ, with Donnie Simpson's arrival at the latter. Still no good news for WRQX, which saw its Cumulus CEO resign yesterday. Also, Channel 9/WUSA veteran Dave Statter is heard on WMAL. In today's "Dave TV".....


9/26 - To celebrate DCRTV's 18th anniversary this month, I take a long walk in the woods and look back on DC's major FM frequencies and all the changes in the past 40+ years. Remembering WRC-FM, WKYS, WLTT, WJMD, WPGC, WASH, WARW, WTOP-FM, WHUR, WMOD, WMZQ, WGAY, WJMO, WWDC, WHFS, WMMJ, WGMS, WXTR, WAVA, WRQX, WCXR, WJZW, and much more. In today's "Dave TV".....


9/23 - So why is the Washington Post going to put all of its stories on Facebook? Does owner Jeff Bezos not care if anyone actually visits the WaPo's website and sees the paper's advertisers? Also, I suggest that DC radio veteran Jack Diamond open a restaurant. Plus, I note recent ratings surges for WPGC and WMMJ. And, a look back at DCRTV in 1999 as part of our 18th anniversary celebration this month. And more in today's "Dave TV".....


9/19 - September 2015 is DCRTV's 18th anniversary. Help support the DC and Baltimore area's best source of media news by making a donation. I talk about how the site's been reliant on the support of its visitors over the years, look back on a classic version of DCRTV from many years ago, and look at what the future holds for DCRTV. In today's very special edition of "Dave TV".....


9/14 - I talk to DC radio veteran Larry Burnett, who once was part of the hit band Firefall and went on to do evenings on the old DC area classic rocker WCXR, 105.9, in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Larry's radio career also included stops at WINX, WMZQ, and WLIF. In today's memory-packed "Dave TV".....


9/10 - I chat with my Reston VA neighbor Annemarie Coene who recalls working on-air at her college radio station in the 1990s. And what does she listen to today? Not too much broadcast radio, although she was a big fan of the old WRQX back when it was Q107 and Mix 107.3. In today's "Dave TV".....


9/4 - Some of my WTOP pet peeves, including way too many mentions of the all-newser's news sharing partner "NBC 4." And why rival WNEW still can't get any serious ratings traction against the top-rated station. Plus, of that "stunning" journalism at the Washington Post, including a fluff piece for CVS only pages away from a CVS full-page color ad. More ramblings on the failure of so-called "HD Radio." And, I analyze the latest monthly DC radio ratings and find some good news for WPGC, the only one of CBS's five DC market FMers to make the "top 10." In today's "Dave TV".....


8/30 - Jack Diamond in a bear costume chases me? Jokes about Don Geronimo, Hillary Howard, and Storm Team 4. Plus, why Dan Snyder should sell ESPN 980 to Hubbard or maybe CBS or Cumulus. And what's up for Derek McGinty after WUSA? How about a midday show on WNEW? Plus more hilarity in today's "Dave TV".....


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


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


8/12 - Fox 5's Emily Miller was in Reston today to cover a story and I introduced myself - you know, me the DC media guru who wears camo pants. And we and her photographer Mike had a nice chat in the South Lakes Starbucks. I was very impressed.....


8/12 - In my latest Cord Cutter video, I look at how deceptive a Comcast Xfinity offer for inexpensive cable TV is. And why TV stations, like those owned by Sinclair, would rather have you view them via a cable subscription than for free, over the air. Plus, why does ABC make it so hard for cord cutters to watch it? And more.....


8/8 - Last year, I did a DC radio FM HD Radio band scan on August 8, 2014. So, this year I did a second annual DC radio band scan on August 8, 2015. From Reston VA, about 15 miles west of the city.....


8/3 - I do some analysis as to what's behind Donnie Simpson's decision to return to DC area radio five years after leaving WPGC. And why is the benefactor of his talent Radio One's WMMJ, where he'll be doing afternoon drive starting August 17th. He'll certainly be a big boost to the adult urban contemporary station's anemic ratings of late. In today's "Dave TV".....


8/2 - I upgrade one of my three computers to Windows 10. And all goes well. But, I don't find 10 to be all that big of an improvement. And, I check out whether I'm going to update my Windows 7 desktop and Windows 8.1 notebook to 10. And, did I actually refer to Windows 8.1 as "3.1"? Gee, I'm old. In today's "Dave TV".....


7/28 - I look at the latest ratings trends in Baltimore radio and find WPOC in command. But lots of trouble for Hearst's stations - 98 Rock and WBAL-AM. Plus, a slump for DC's ESPN 980, WTEM. Also, is Derek McGinty leaving WUSA? A new white-ish website for WJLA. As DCRTV prepares to celebrate its 18th anniversary. In today's "Dave TV".....


7/14 - Why WTOP does not deserve a Marconi award. Is a format flip finally coming to WRQX? And what could it be? A return of Jack Diamond? And how will all those cuts at CBS Radio impact DC? Could we be seeing changes at 99.1 and 107.9? Plus, more really big pictures in the declining print version of the Washington Post. In today's "Dave TV".....


7/9 - I have lots of "fun" installing a second Roku in my "cord cutter" household. First off, the Roku Stick is too big too fit my old HDTV. So, I move things around and face about an hour and a half of frustration getting everything to work just right. In today's episde of DCRTV's "Cord Cutter".....


7/8 - I take a look at the "money demo" (age 25-54) ratings trends in Washington and Baltimore radio for the month of June 2015. And find Hot 99.5 and WTOP on top, as usual. With nice rises for WKYS, WPGC and 94.7 Fresh FM, and a surprising moderate slide upward for WRQX. With WPOC at the top of the Baltimore radio heap, and WBAL in a surprisingly weak spot. In the July 8th edition of "Dave TV".....


6/29 - It's the fourth of July week holiday edition of "Dave TV." And I take a look back at a 1974 edition of Forecast FM magazine, which covered the DC and Baltimore radio scene, including the advent of "quad" broadcasting. Also, I remember Jim Weitzman, the recently passed away owner of ethnic WUST who was kind of responsible for the removal of Leesburg/Loudoun County's only local radio station. In today's "Dave TV".....


6/22 - I take a look at the "health" of DC radio's corporate clusters as we reach mid-year 2015. And find Hubbard and Clear Channel (errr iHeart) to be in the best shape. With Radio One, CBS, Cumulus, and Red Zebra to be facing substantial problems. Plus, I make available some cool DC radio stuff, including t-shirts and bumper stickers, on a first-come basis to those willing to make a $40 donation to help support the site. In today's "Dave TV".....


6/14 - I sound off on why I think so many people in local DC area media are idiots. Particularly the stuff you hear from weather forecasters (hypsters) and TV news reporters (who shill for ratings). Honorable mentions: WTOP, NBC 4, and the Capital Weather Weenies. Plus, the sinking Washington Post either shuts or sells its stable of suburban weeklies. In today's "Dave TV".....


6/12 - Hot Dave, who is trying to cut costs by avoiding air conditioning, looks at serious rumblings about big cuts at CBS Radio would could result in the end of news talker WNEW. The station, which was launched more than three years ago, is the fourth major talker in what looks like a market where three major news and talk outlets - WTOP, WAMU, WMAL - are enough. In today's "Dave TV".....


6/11 - I take a look at the "money demo" DC May radio ratings for men and find that ESPN 980's "Man Cave" is off to an awful start. And how the Dan Snyder-owned sports talker is also struggling in middays and afternoons with male listeners - it's top demographic. Plus, I examine the audio visual offerings in a vintage 1977 Sears catalog, including the CB rage. In today's "Dave TV".....


6/5 - I say goodbye to Sling TV after three months and a load of technical problems. Plus, it looks like the new era of online TV channel bundles won't be all that different from the current cable TV channel bundles - you'll still be paying far too much for a bunch of channels that you don't watch or want. Also, I take a look at new broadcast TV subchannel, BUZZR, which features classic game shows. In today's Cord Cutter.....


5/24 - I dive into the DCRTV Archive Of Cool Stuff that radio and TV people have sent me in the mail. Including a "soft rock" from WASH and a cool new book, "Television Is The New Television" from Michael Wolff. Plus some "106" DC radio memories of country outlet WPIK/WXRA and WJZW, Johnny Holliday and "Lew" Katz on WWDC, the Greaseman on DC101, and much more. In today's "Dave TV".....


5/19 - I take a look at the latest male demo DC radio ratings and find that ESPN 980's new "Man Cave" is in big trouble, losing big time to the the Junks over on 106.7 The Fan in mornings. Why my hometown of Reston is so hip. A shout out to David Michaelson, a neighbor who did a rockin' blues podcast. Plus, my new CamoPantsHiker.com website. And more in today's "Dave TV".....


5/13 - I look at the April radio ratings and find DC news talker WNEW almost overtaking Baltimore news talker WBAL in Baltimore. Also, still none of CBS's five DC FMers make the "top 10" in the DC numbers. With Praise 104.1 now the top Radio One performer in the DC market, even besting WMMJ and WKYS. Plus, longtime Channel 11/WBAL news anchor Rod Daniels retires. A lawsuit against El Zol. And more in today's "Dave TV".....


5/5 - As I'm posting a story about Hot 99.5's Kane on my DCRTV website and Facebook, I get a phone call from Kane himself. OK, it's a recording. But still - how strange is that!


5/4 - I review last week's Baltimore rioting and how that city's media outlets covered it. Including a conflict of interest for Channel 11/WBAL's Jayne Miller. Plus, the large amount of coverage in the DC media market even though those TV stations can't be viewed in much of the Baltimore market. And the Baltimore Post. Plus, Radio One launches Praise 106.1 in Baltimore. And another suggestion for WNEW in its news battle with WTOP which the management of WNEW will pay no attention to. In today's "Dave TV".....


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