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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".....


4/23 - Me and DCRTV take credit for the failure of Comcast's plan to take over Time Warner's cable systems. I slam Comcast's expensive ad campaign aimed at "old media" like the Washington Post while pulling ads from and ignoring influential, independent sites like mine. I honestly hope that my constant criticism of Comcast's poor customer service was responsible for the rejection of the merger by Washington's regulators. And, I take a look at a cool Maryland Public Television documentary on the Potomac River. In today's "Dave TV".....


4/18 - I've had Sling TV for about two months and offer my impressions of the online cable network service, including the Roku version. Plus, Verizon announced more "skinny" channel packages for its Fios service. And, it looks like the Department Of Justice may not approve the Comcast takeover of Time Warner's cable systems. A bigger Comcast, with its poor customer service and monopolistic practices, is not a good thing for consumers. And more in today's Cord Cutter".....


4/17 - My take on Britt McHenry's tirade against a towing lot clerk. Is ESPN 980 testing more of an Andy Pollin presence on its new "Man Cave" show? Could Lavar Arrington return to 106.7 The Fan's afternoons with Chad Dukes? And more in today's "Dave TV".....




4/9 -
Washington Post bigwig Marty Baron surrenders to print decline predictions. Puts his faith in website where you can block all the ads. Jack Diamond's back in Chicago. VerStandig sells Harrisonburg stations. Once again, CBS fails to get any of its five FMers into the "top 10" of the DC radio ratings. DC TV news vet Dave Statter turns 60. And more, including a "Cord Cutter" review of Sling TV's Roku app. In today's "Dave TV".....

4/3 - What's DCRTV Dave listening to on the car radio these days? Everything from WTOP, WJFK, WAMU, and WMAL, to DC101, Big 100.3, the Gamut, and WTMD. In today's "Dave TV".....


3/25 - The latest crazy developments for ESPN 980's new "Man Cave" morning show involves a resurrection after it's being reported the station got punked by someone impersonating ESPN President John Skipper who succeeded, for a while, in getting the proposed show cancelled at the last minute. And how this all plays out in its nutty PR brilliance. In today's "Dave TV".....


3/21 - I check out some new channels being added by SlingTV, which is working pretty good for me. Also, Apple's plans to offer cable and broadcast networks online. Who will get hurt with more cable packages being offered online? And more in today's "Cord Cutter".....


3/18 - I look at the "Media Soap Opera" that's been playing out the past few days with Redskins owner Dan Snyder's radio station, ESPN 980, WTEM, canning the "Man Cave" show hosted by former Washington Postie Jason Reid before it first aired. And how the Post took it as a personal "dig" at them from a team owner who seems to seek out bad press. With Post players Paul Farhi and Dan Steinberg contributing to the frenzy and practically ignoring poor Chris Paul, the other host of the "Man Cave" who is not a Post vet. An how the Post gets a headline wrong. In today's "Dave TV".....


3/16 - I take another look at what led to the cancellation of the "Man Cave" morning show on ESPN 980, just days before it was to debut. And examine a theory that involves an objection from ESPN Radio about having their prominent syndicated morning show, "Mike And Mike," getting moved from the more powerful WTEM signals to the much weaker WSPZ signal. In today's "Dave TV".....


3/15 - I bid farewell to two DC radio honchos who got the boot in the past few days. WTOP programmer Laurie Cantillo. Is it because the all-newser's revenue is on the decline or didn't she get along with the old timers? And, goodbye to ESPN 980, WTEM programmer Chuck Sapienza, who got in hot water by engineering a new morning show that some in Redskins management didn't like. Of course, not a good thing if Redskins owner Dan Snyder owns the station. In today's "Dave TV" which is brought to you by the RELM Network.....


3/12 - Over lunch, which he paid for, I interview WMAL Program Director Bill Hess. And we talk about the news talker's talent, including Larry O'Connor, Brian Wilson, and Chris Plante, as well as its improving ratings and expanded news department. In today's "Dave TV".....


3/10 - I take a look at WTOP's new news cross promotional deal with WRC after being paired with WJLA for years. Plus, WAMU's Diane Rehm gets slightly slapped by NPR. Verizon FiOS drops the Weather Channel. And, what's up with the Washington Post's infatuation with Bjork? In today's "Dave TV".....


3/9 - I check out the new Sling TV service, which allows you to watch a batch of cool cable channels, including HGTV, ESPN, Food, Disney, AMC, and CNN, on any internet-connected device for just $20 a month. And find it to be not quite ready for prime time, with a batch of getting-started glitches. In my "Cord Cutter" series.....


3/5 - In my latest "Cord Cutter," I take a look at the wide array of cool TV and radio streams via Streema, including BBC World and NASA TV. Plus, I check out a half dozen new web-only channels from Discovery Digital Networks.....


3/4 - I check out a cool Consumers Union ad against the Comcast-Time Warner merger. In a special edition of DCRTV's "Dave TV".....


3/3 - I take another look at the changes at CBS's WNEW. And propose that the company's Spanish El Zol, WLZL, flip frequencies with sports talker WJFK, 106.7. Plus, a better look at WMAL-AM's up-for-sale transmitter site. My Dan Steinberg immitation. And a Cord Cutter update. And more in today's "Dave TV".....


2/26 - I talk to a major local radio guru about WNEW adding more talk to its all-news mix and whether is a beginning of the end for the three-year-old station. More CBS radio ratings troubles for DC. A Channel 25/WHAG cool signature. Mickey Cucchiella doing WNST. Joe Madison seeks to set a record. And more in today's "Dave TV," which is brought to you by the RELM Network.....


2/23 - More rumblings that CBS is slowly de-emphasizing the all-news format on WNEW, which, in three years, has gained little ratings traction against Hubbard's like-formatted and top-rated WTOP. Also, do Chris Plante's advertisers, like Inova, really listen to what he's saying? Plus, will a new locally-based morning team at ESPN 980, WTEM, help its ratings? And, my take on the Oscars. In today's "Dave TV".....


2/16 - My take on the "Saturday Night Live" 40th reunion show. More snow hype from DC TV and radio. Will they get it right this time? Also, WAMU's Diane Rehm campaigns for the right-to-die. And more in today's kind of snowy and cold "Dave TV".....


2/12 - DCRTV Dave is sicko! Plus, Channel 9/WUSA evades its public service to the DC market and drops WeatherNation. DC radio vet Alan Leinwand gate canned from Radio One. Plus, there's a new sportsy program director for news talker WBAL in Baltimore. Plus, a fabulous birthday cake for me! In today's "Dave TV".....


2/1 - I take a look at the latest round of cuts at WAMU, including plans to discontinue the Intersection talk and variety channel from its HD3. And how the station should replace it with either a simulcast of Towson University's adult alternative WTMD, the University Of Pennsylvania's progressive/world music WXPN, or true "college radio" from American University students. Rather than foolishly discontinuing the HD3 all together. Also, where's "Don And Mike" producer Beth Ann McBride these days? And more in today's "Dave TV" from out in the woods.....


1/27 - Could Channel 9/WUSA drop its carriage of WeatherNation and local DC area forecasts from its 9.3 digital subchannel in favor of a new legal affairs network partly owned by the station's owner, Gannett? Would it be a public service to drop the only fulltime weather information channel on the broadcast airwaves in the DC market? And if WUSA drops WeatherNation, might someone else pick it up? Like maybe Sinclair's Channel 7/WJLA, as a replacement for the soon-to-be-discontinued Living Well network? Also, might WTOP end its weather forecasting deal with WJLA? All this and more in today's "Dave TV"..... (1/27/15)


1/24 - JC Hayward says a final goodbye to Channel 9/WUSA after four decades on the DC TV news scene. Alpha buys four stations in Fredericksburg, including WFLS. WASH gets a huge surge in the Holiday radio ratings period with Christmas tunes. Pablo gets pink slipped from WPGC. Is WNEW about to surmount 20th place as it starts its fourth year? In today's "Dave TV".....


1/20 - OK, CBS launched all-news WNEW three years ago this month. As the station enters its fourth year, it has yet to crack the "top 20" mark in the DC radio ratings. So, CBS needs to make a big move and hire DC radio legend Jack Diamond and do a morning "news zoo" with a female co-host and have "fun" interplay with WNEW's anchors and reporters, including Lisa Baden. In today's "Dave TV".....


1/14 - I look at Doug Hill signed a deal to stay with Sinclair 7. Plus, what's up with the Orioles leaving WBAL radio for 105.7 The Fan? WMAL's Larry O'Connor does Geraldo Rivera. And, Paul Farhi does what he does best - covering his own WaPo. On a "very" snowy day when Fairfax County closed the schools. In today's "Dave TV".....


1/12 - Jack Diamond falls ill and returns from Chicago to DC, at least temporarily. A top WBALer, Michelle Butt, leaves her Charm City news director gig. I talk lots of local media stuff each week on the "Sadly Lacking Radio" podcast. And much more in today's "Dave TV".....


1/11 - Five months after telling Comcast to "take your 300+ channel tier and shove it." I look at cool tubitv via Roku with loads of cool free British shows including "Space 1999." C-Net's streaming services takes a cool show off its video podcast line-up. Plus, I help my friend Sandy "shave the cord" via Verizon's Fios. And will offer my "cable cutting" consulting services to you, too. In today's edition of the "Cord Cutter".....


1/7 - In today's "Cord Cutter," I look at Dish's new Sling TV service which will feature streams of ESPN and a batch of other cable channels for just $20. Will this service, plus new stand-alone streaming services from HBO, Showtime, and CBS, really safe you money. Plus, what am I watching on Roku and Netflix these days. My favorite broadcast channel for movies. And more.....


1/4 - I take a look into the repaired DCRTV crystal ball and make some local media predictions for 2015. Including Jim Vance, Gordon Peterson, Jack Diamond, Donnie Simpson, WTOP, WNEW, Dan Snyder, WRQX, WJFK, ESPN 980, WBAL, the Washington Post, and much more. As I welcome a new "Dave TV" sponsor. In my first "Dave TV" for 2015.....


12/29 - The top 10 media news stories for the local DC-Baltimore market in 2014. Including WTOP, WNEW, WRQX, Arch Campbell, Liz Crenshaw, Kai Jackson, Sinclair, Gordon Peterson, Bill Lord, the Washington Post, Fred Ryan, Don Scott, Cary Pahigian, Ben Bradlee, and more. According to DCRTV Dave, and yes he knows all about his "wardrobe malfunctions." In this end of the year "Dave TV" special.....


12/24 - I analyze the December 2014 DC radio ratings, which have good news for WASH, WTOP, WAMU, and WMAL. Still no ratings traction for the new WRQX, DC's 107.3. And more problems for CBS, which doesn't get any of its five FMers in the "top 10" and still can't crack the "top 20" with WNEW, which has been doing all-news for three years. In the Christmas Eve edition of "Dave TV".....


12/16 - I look at Comcast's rate hike for February 2015 and how it will increase the price for my internet-only service and how it will still be way more expensive for me to add TV services. Plus, MSNBC announces that it will start a streaming service. In today's "Cord Cutter".....


12/13 - Did the Washington Post really need yet another Paul Farhi piece today about Rolling Stone and its UVA rape story controversy? What's happened to WUST, once one of Washington's strongest AMers? More of those MARC web ratings for area radio stations, including the addition and strong performance of 94.7 Fresh FM, WIAD. A Morris Jones promotion. And more in today's "Dave TV".....


12/11 - I respond to a "smart ass" mailbagger who slams my 2014 predictions made about a year ago. He says I was wrong on most of my musings. But I explain that they were more of a "wish list" and that my "good advice" wasn't taken. Including stuff about Don Geronimo, Jack Diamond, Donnie Simpson, WNEW, WPFW, Dan Snyder, the Washington Post, WMAL, WBAL, and much more. And, I rag again about the print Post. Oh, congrats to Steve Swenson. He got one of his five CBS FMers in the latest batch of DC radio "top ten" ratings. Whoopie! And more in today's "Dave TV".....


12/6 - Washington Posties sure like to write about themselves with the latest from outgoing sports writer Mike Wise. Plus, the Post gives us really huge pics of Lily Tomlin, Sting, and Tom Hanks. Also, local radio vet Kirk McEwen loses his Tampa radio gig. WNEW loses a biggie to WJLA & NC8. Local bluegrass and country radio vet Ray Davis dies. And once again, CBS has none of its five FMers in the "top 10" of the DC radio ratings. In today's "Dave TV".....


11/30 - So, Washington Post columnist Clinton Yates calls for Ben's Chili Bowl to erase the scandal-plagued Bill Cosby from a mural outside the U Street eatery. But I think Clint should spend more time directing his rage toward his other employer, all-newser WTOP, for carrying Vlad Putin's propaganda on one of its digital subchannels. And maybe Chris Core could get in on this campaign, too. Also, I find a very young Kevin Spacey in a DC-set film from the 1980s. In today's "Dave TV".....


11/29 - More on the decline and fall of the Washington Post, which is doing its "best of" 2014 lists and November's not over yet. Although I do agree with Hank Stuever's choices for TV series this year, including "Fargo" and "The Americans." Plus, I take a look at some media trends so far this year, including incredibly boring and "safe" music radio, and big changes in the way we watch TV with the gradual demise of the traditional network.....


11/27 - It's the Thanksgiving 2014 edition of "Dave TV," the first ever shot in true 1080p HD! I take a look at another strange Paul Farhi piece in the declining Washington Post. The big "dig out" from yesterday's media hyped snowstorm. And the latest DC TV news ratings, which show Channel 4/WRC again comfortably in the lead, with Channel 7/WJLA's new 4 PM newscast in the basement......


11/25 - I do some analysis of the "money demo" age 25-54 DC market radio ratings for the month of November. More good news for WTOP, Hot 99.5, WASH, WAMU, and WHUR. Not so good news for Majic 102.3, WNEW, WTEM, and WRQX, which is my most likely candidate for a format flip after Christmas. In today's "Dave TV".....


11/20 - Live coverage of the DCRTV Thanksgiving Golf Classic at the Reston National golf course. With David Burd, Andy Parks, Jim Farley, and more. Plus, what's up with all the big changes at WAMU, which sees the departures of two biggies, including PD Mark McDonald. To the joy of many WTOPers. And, more rumblings that WRQX could be celebrating a "Country Christmas." Plus a shout out to Reston Now and a slam of Current. And more in today's "Dave TV".....


11/13 - I look at the most likely DC radio format flip possibilities for the new year. Will big changes be coming to WRQX and WNEW? Also, they don't all seem to be happy campers over there at WPGC. A shake-up at WMMJ. And more in a very dark, poorly-lit edition of "Dave TV".....


11/11 - I slam the mediocre Washington Post's coverage of the batch of cable TV political hucksters and righty radio talkers as merely an attempt to get traffic up at the newspaper's website. With little or no real news involved. And also take down WMAL's Chris Plante as a clownish hypocrite. In today's "Dave TV".....


11/9 - I take a look at what's behind Gordon Peterson's decision to leave Channel 7/WJLA only months after Sinclair has acquired the station. And what the future holds for Peterson, possibly a return to Channel 9/WUSA, where he spent three-ish decades. And I look back at his career at both 7 and 9. Plus, a Cord Cutter topic in which Verizon FIOS will start offering free Netflix in some parts of the country. In today's "Dave TV".....


11/4 - Again from the woods, "Pixilated Dave" takes a look at some of the recent changes at Hubbard all-newser WTOP, including the departures of Randi Martin and David Burd, in its continued battle with CBS all-newser WNEW. And what the future holds for WNEW, which is inching up ever so slowly in the DC radio ratings as it approaches its third anniversary. In today's "Dave TV".....


11/3 - It's a "triple play" of "Dave TV," "Cord Cutter," and "Camo Pants Hiker" for November 3rd. I look at Dave Hill's departure from WBAL-AM and 98 Rock. Prettyman sells WLTF. And, can WMAL really boost Republicans in the DC area? On the cable cutter side, can windy weather affect your digital over-the-air TV reception? Plus, more on some more cool Roku channels. As I get lost hiking in the woods.....


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