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Dave TV: WGMD's Walt Palmer Interviewed - 8/20 - My August 18 interview with Walt Palmer, operations manager for Lewes-Rehoboth Beach area news talker WGMD, 92.7, at his offices/studios/transmitter facility in southern Delaware. We talk about his station's format, storm preparedness, his career in DC area radio and at ABC's "Nightline" program, and the radio biz in general.....


Dave TV: Bob Steele At WGMD - 8/18 - DCRTV Dave visits Delmarva news talker WGMD, 92.7. And chats with Bob Steele, the DC radio veteran who now does the late morning slot on WGMD. At Facebook. And, the watch as a visit from the fire department interupts our interview. Also at Facebook. More videos from my WGMD visit coming soon.....

8/15 - 106.7 The Fan's Sports Junkies will now be simulcast on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic. Is that really the big deal the Washington Post's Dan Steinberg makes it out to be? I think not in today's DC media edition of "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Facebook page. Friend us if you haven't yet done so.....

8/12 - Why I can't stand WMAL's Brian Wilson and Larry O'Conner any more. What's up with WJFK's Junks simulcasting on Comcast SportsNet? Will that help or hurt their ratings? And why I cancelled my subscription to the Washington Post. In today's "Dave TV" via Facebook - facebook.com/dcrtv/videos.....

7/25 - I say goodbye to the Washington Post after being a paying subscriber for more than 40 years. Do I really need to be paying for news that I get free from so many other places? And, I predict big changes coming soon for Cumulus DC radio stations - news talker WMAL and hot adult contemporary WRQX. In today's DC media news edition of "Dave TV".....


7/12 - Another sneaky Paul Farhi piece [washingtonpost.com] at the Washington Post. This one starts out as a journalistic look at the increasing costs for news pool feeds and transforms itself into a Post PR piece against those rising rates, since the paper uses some of those pool feeds on its website. Plus, Bram Weinstein's jump to ESPN 980, WTEM's midday slot. Will the Redskins-owned station eventually make better use of him to boost the fortunes of its low-rated drivetime slots? In today's "Dave TV".....


7/9 - I look at as some aspects of the media's coverage of the latest round of shootings and how I can't stand cable news. Plus, a review of Washington Postie Paul Farhi's coverage of the media's coverage of the shootings. Also, what's up with WAMU's decision to put Bluegrass Country up for sale and its threat to end it. In today's DC media edition of "Dave TV".....


7/7 - I look at the June DC area radio ratings in my latest DC/Baltimore media edition of "Dave TV." And gander at the slumping righty talker WMAL, and how to fix it. Plus, continued woes for WRQX, DC101, and ESPN 980. And more of my Neal Augenstein "problem".....


7/5 - Oh, the Washington Post covers the big scandal of how WETA/PBS used stock fireworks footage in its July 4 "A Capitol Fourth" national special. Ahhh, this is something WETA/PBS does every year. Duh! And more of why I can't stand the Post these days.....


7/5 - Due to popular demand, I did a DC AM radio bandscan to accompany the FM scan I did yesterday. Listen for yourself and see why the old band is gravely ill and near death. In this July 4, 2016 "Dave TV".....


7/4 - Every summer, I tune up the DC area FM radio band and show you what I can hear. This time, I do it from the VW Rabbit/Golf, where I get much better reception than in my condo. In today's "Dave TV".....


6/29 - Almost two years after I cut the Comcast cable TV cord, I take a look at what free broadcast TV channels I can get, plus I talk about my decision to drop Netflix, which seems to be getting more and more like "any old" TV network day by day. In the latest cord cutter edition of "Dave TV".....


6/21 - Spousal abuse charge for Hot 99.5's Kane. What does it mean? Could he get fired? A whole batch of old timers leaving WJLA, including Morris Jones and Jennifer Donelan. What's up with that? Is Sinclair staffing the station with younger reporters from small markets who'll work real cheap? Also more of my commentary about some of my favorite YouTubers, including Nomadic Fanatic, Zack And B, Adrian Bliss, and Fun For Louis. In today's "Dave TV".....


6/14 - GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump gets all upset about a clickbait headline in the Washington Post and ramps up his feud with the newspaper's owner, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Can Post media reporter Paul Farhi fairly cover the dispute? Also, is Baltimore rock radio legend Stash on his way back after addiction treatment? And, I take a look at some classic "Dave TV" episodes dating back to 2011. In today's "Dave TV".....


6/10 - I sound off on the strengths and weaknesses of Cumulus righty news talker WMAL, 105.9/630, as I check out some behind-the-scenes scenes of morning personalities Brian Wilson and Larry O'Connor via a Facebook Live in-studio feed. In today's "Dave TV".....


6/8 - I look at the DC radio ratings for "money demo" men in May. Plus, some more of my favorite YouTubers, including Nomadic Fanatic's troll, Adrian Bliss, Casey Neistat, and a very cool canoeing video from Joe Robinet Bushcraft. In today's "Dave TV".....


6/3 - So what's up with Tony Kornheiser leaving ESPN 980, WTEM? Will Redskins owner Dan Snyder's sports talker survive the loss of its highest-rated personality? Or will Tony's departure be the first step in the demise of the poor signal-plagued outlet? Maybe it's finally time for Snyder to dump the station. Maybe Hubbard could pick up the pieces of Snyder's Red Zebra radio arm and secure the Redskins for WTOP? In today's "Dave TV".....


6/2 - DC TV news vet Morris Jones announces that he's leaving Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8. And I look back at his career, including the good times at Channel 5/WTTG when he was hosting the 10 PM news with Tracy Neale. Plus, some memories of Morris on WJFK's "Don And Mike Show." What next, Morris? In today's "Dave TV".....


6/1 - I look at Donald Trump's attack on reporters and his ongoing feud with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who owns the Washington Post. And how the Post's quality is declining as it relies more on non-local sensationalist click-bait stories. In today's "Dave TV".....


5/22 - I cancel Netflix after finding its shows becoming more and more "tame," kind of like stuff on commercial cable TV networks and broadcast channels. Plus, more reviews of some of my favorite YouTube channels, including Sintax 77's hiking videos. And some media headlines from my new DCRTV.com/National site. In today's "Dave TV".....


5/15 - I launch a new national media news, commentary, and review site under the almost 20-year DCRTV brand - dcrtv.com/national. Doing what DCRTV's been doing in the DC and Baltimore area but expanding it to a national basis. Covering stuff like YouTube, Comcast, Amazon, Hulu, cord cutting, digital media, and how it all interfaces with politics and business. We'll have lots of cool newsblurbs, a mailbag, videos, and even a dedicated podcast page. More about dcrtv.com/national in today's "Dave TV".....


5/8 - I take a look at some possible big changes in the radio biz and what they could mean for the DC radio dial. Might CBS Radio get split off from its parent company and be re-christened Infinity? And might it then acquire stations from Cumulus, which is teetering on bankruptcy? If this happens, what will happen to both companies' stations in the DC market? In today's "Dave TV".....


4/21 - Comcast says it'll unveil a Roku app so you can watch cable channels on a TV without a converter box, which you have to pay to lease. Will this app feature all cable channels or just a selection? More on Sling TV's plans to offer your local Fox TV station. And, broadcasters are preparing for Ultra High-Def TV and the day when you can get 100+ broadcast channels via antenna for free. In today's "Cord Cutter".....


4/18 - Amazon announces plans for a monthly $8.99 option for its video streaming service, going directly up against Netflix's monthly plan, which jumps from $7.99 to $9.99 per month for many come May. Also, SlingTV adds a new $20 package of channels featuring many Fox-owned networks, including the local Fox broadcast station in many markets. And more in today's "Cord Cutter" episode from DCRTV Dave.....


4/12 - I take a look at the "Winter Book" of DC radio ratings for the January, February, and March period of 2016. With more good news for WTOP, WAMU, WHUR, WASH, and Hot 99.5. And some not so good news for DC's two sports talkers, WTEM and WJFK, plus DC101, WMAL, and Mix 107.3. In today's "Dave TV".....


4/8 - I take a look at the new ESPN 980 line-up, which goes into effect on May 2. Chris Cooley moves mornings, to be paired with Keven Sheehan. While Steve Czaban remains in afternoons, but is now paired with Andy Pollen. Tony Kornheiser's midday show will now air an hour later, at 11 AM. All this and more in today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV.com, in conjunction with PressBoxDC.....


4/7 - Has DC all-newser WTOP been hit by another cyber attack? Some of my sources say so. Possibly orchestrated from China or Iran, they say. Lots of listeners say that they've been unable to reach the station's wtop.com website the past few days. The station has confirmed some sort of web issue on its Twitter feed, but so far nobody's talking much. WTOP was hit by a publicized cyber attack back in 2013. More in today's "Dave TV".....


3/29 - Live from my local Starbucks restroom! Today's "Dave TV" looks at how Hubbard all-newser WTOP blows away all other DC area radio stations. This single radio station billed more in ad revenue in 2015 than five iHeart radio stations - Hot 99.5, DC101, WASH, WMZQ, and Big 100.3 combined. That's nothing new. But it's still rather amazing.....


3/28 - If you don't watch sports why should you have to pay for sports networks as part of your cable TV package? I look at the brewing battle between cable TV giants like Comcast and the owners of regional sports networks like YES in the NYC area. And how a fundamental change is coming to cable sports networks. Will they soon be treated like premium channels, like HBO and Showtime. In my latest "Cord Cutter" series.....


3/25 - CBS again says it has plans to get out of the radio business and sell its stations. I take a look at what might happen to the company's five DC FMers. Could they go as a package deal or be sold a la carte? Or might CBS not find any buyers willing to pay what they think they're work and end up keeping them. In today's four-minute "Dave TV".....


3/24 - Taking a walk in a woods on a March 2016 day (even though I say 2015), I find a paper containing the DC market "money demo" radio ratings for late February and early March. And discover a substantial surge for long-slumping WRQX, re-christened Mix 107.3. With the station and returning morning man Jack Diamond both in the top 10. What? Yup! In today's "Dave TV".....


3/23 - In a speedy four-minute "Dave TV" I look at at a surprising ratings slump for righty political talker WMAL in a busy, newsy political election year. Is the programming getting predictable and stale? And, what's up with its Cumulus sister, hot adult contemporary WRQX. A slight rise? Is Jack Diamond's return helping? In today's "Dave TV".....


3/19 - DaveTalks 2.3 - I review some cool TV I've been watching, including HBO's "Vinyl," AMC's "Better Call Saul," FX's "Louie," Netflix's "House Of Cards," and YouTube vlogger Ben Brown. In the March 19, 2016 edition.....


3/15 - Analysis of the February DC radio ratings, including a surge for classical WETA-FM. Plus, CBS strips the WNEW calls off 99.1 after the demise of the all-news format in December. And, CBS announces it wants to unload its radio division later this year. And more in today's "Dave TV".....


3/14 - In my "DaveTalks 2.2" I follow up on "Dave Talks 2" of last week and talk more about some of the YouTube vlogs I like. Including Nomadic Fanatic, Eric Jacobs, and how he gets into trouble posting his videos weeks after he shoots them. As I continue to defend his "e-begging" and dismiss his entertaining and colorful "haters." I compare him with Casey Neistat, who does a beautifully-produced daily vlog about his life and family in Manhattan and his frequent place trips around the country and the world. I wonder what Casey will do as a follow-up to his one-year daily vlog - another year? Or will he move onto something else? Or will the monetary temptations of getting paid for the more than one million views for each of his videos as well as lining up prestigious sponsors, like Samsung, be too much for him and his "company." In today's "DaveTalks 2.2".....


3/9 - I've been E-begging since 2003 and it's been a major source of income for me. Is there anything really wrong with that? I look at some fellow "e-beggers" on the web and YouTube (a la Nomadic Fanatic) and see what's up with them. In the second edition of "DaveTalks".....


3/7 - Channel 50/WDCW plans to give the DC TV market its second 10 PM newscast. But it will do it from its Richmond station. Also, Danni Starr is gone from Hot 99.5's Kane morning show. Why? Budget cuts? DC TV great Don Richards dies. And, the DCRTV Best/Worst list is back with WTOP the hot topic. In today's "Dave TV".....


3/1 - Scott Smith leaves Channel 5/WTTG as the Fox outlet makes cuts in its sports department, including the removal of its sports director position. A trend we're seeing across the country at local TV news departments. Also, news organization Vice starts a cable TV channel, Vicenews. And why I think that's a mistake. As I head to the Polls on Super Tuesday to vote against Donald Trump.....


2/21 - The FCC says that cable TV subscribers should be able to buy their converter boxes and DVRs from retail outlets so they can save on the hefty rental fees charged by their providers. However, in my debut "Dave Talks" episode I look at how the FCC's plan, while well-intentioned, could be a gigantic, confusing mess for consumers.....


2/21 - I get a really nice fan letter for my "Dave TV" episodes from a Fairfax high school student, Zach. In today's "Dave TV." Book 'em Danno!


2/18 - WPGC and WMMJ are way up in the January radio ratings, with WTOP and WAMU at the top, as usual. DC101 is crashing, while Jack Diamond's return to WRQX hasn't helped much. Also, I chat again about the future of WNEW. Plus, a Fox 5 reporter misrepresents herself to get a jailhouse interview. Also, I do a shout-out to local TV and radio vet Alvin Jones. And more in today's "Dave TV".....


2/13 - As a cord cutter, I was having trouble getting Channel 7/WJLA via antenna. So, a WJLA engineer said he'd come over and help me out. But so far, nobody's shown up. So, why is WJLA's broadcast signal so much harder to get that all of the other DC TVers for me, barely 15 miles west of the city? Hmmm. In today's second "Dave TV".....


2/13 - I get my hands on two cassette decks and find a huge stash of Howard Stern tapes from WJFK and Greaseman tapes from DC101. And get busy digitizing them. As I add to the massive DCRTV local radio and TV archives, preserving the past. Also, local radio vet Jason Kidd joins WRQX for the afternoon shift. And more in today's "Dave TV".....


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.....


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