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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".....


5/7 - Reviewing some of my favorite YouTube channels as of May 2016. Should Nomadic Fanatic get his sh*t together and get back on the road? Is Casey Neistat becoming YouTube's top narcissist? As Fun For Louis does a fascinating round-the-world tour. Also, Dan Bell's brilliant Film It "abandoned Americana" really packs a powerfully understated punch. In my latest "DaveTalks".....


4/25 - I follow up on my earlier video about YouTube RVer Nomadic Fanatic as he hightails it back to his home base in Seattle. What's up with that? He said he was going to head up the east coast into New York and New England? Did he run out of money? And what's the deal with his constant critic, Nomadic Fanatic Stickers? In today's "Dave Talks".....


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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