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More: Snyder Sells Radio Stations - 5/26 - Matt Terl, in the Washington City Paper, looks at how Redskins owner Dan Snyder is selling his sports talk radio stations in the DC area.....

Laura Evans: Low Morale At 5 - 5/26 - Former Channel 5/WTTG news anchor and reporter Laura Evan (right) says that morale is at an "all-time low" at DC's Fox station. She tells a gathering of business leaders in Prince William County that, while she worked "every possible shift you could imagine," over time it got old. "I started feeling like we're telling the same stories over and over again, feeling restless and feel like I needed change, but I didn't want what that change was," Evans says, according to potomaclocal.com. The addition of a "board of shame," an application that monitored and tallied how many times reporters produced content on social media, and how many likes and shares the content received, helped to spawn bad blood in the newsroom. When she told her bosses that the app pitted co-workers against each other, she said they liked the affect because it spurred competition. However, when she left Channel 5 in December, she wept. "I went home crying, my child said 'why are you crying.' And then I said 'I left my dream job'," says Evans who worked at WTTG 18 years - anchoring from the news desk, working in the field, and producing news segments. She's just started working at a new marketing and public relations firm. "It's great to be speaking not in front of a teleprompter, not on contract, and not wearing false eyelashes," Evans told a group of about 50 people gathered for a "meet the media" event held by the Prince William Chamber Of Commerce.....

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Albie Dee Expands Presence In Salisbury - 5/25 - DCRTV hears that DC and Baltimore radio veteran Albie Dee has been promoted to the position of operations manager of Adams Radio Group's Salisbury/Ocean City cluster. He will continue with afternoon drive hosting and program director duties of WOCQ, OC104.....

Chris Berry To Head News & Talk For iHeart - 5/24 - Chris Berry becomes senior vice president for news, talk, and sports programming at iHeartMedia. Also, he will continue to serve as senior vice president and general manager for NBC News Radio and the 24/7 News Network. Berry brings more than 30 years of spoken word programming experience to his new position, including as the head honcho of DC news talk WMAL, back when it was owned by ABC. He's also been general manager for news for ABC News Radio in New York City.....

Jim Vance Talks To Andy Ockershausen - 5/24 - "Our Town," media veteran Andy Ockershausen's (right) podcast featuring DC area celebrities, including media, sports, community, and political figures, kicked off season two last night with a launch party at Tony & Joe's Seafood. Festuring Sonny Jurgensen, George Allen, Chris Plante, Rick "Doc" Walker, Thom Loverro, Andy Pollin, Wendy Rieger, Mark Ein, Bill Regardie, and Arch Campbell. The new season kicks off with a two-part series of the Jim Vance interviews that were produced last month before he made his announcement that he had been diagnosed with cancer. Season two profiles 40 local movers and shakers, including Tommy McFly, Ric Edelman, Ed Henry, Donald Graham, Chick Hernandez, Jackie Bradford, among many others. To subscribe go to ourtowndc.com. New episodes are released twice weekly, on Tuesday and Thursdays.....

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Joe Madisons Signs New SiriusXM Deal - 5/23 - DC radio veteran Joe Madison (right) has signed a new multi-year contract with SiriusXM. "Joe Madison The Black Eagle" will continue to air daily on SiriusXM's Urban View channel 126 from 6 AM to 10 AM. Madison broadcasts from SiriusXM's studios in DC, focusing on national politics, policing, and race relations concerning the African American community.....

WAMU Tops DC Radio Ratings Again - 5/23 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "first week" of May. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WAMU, 2) WTOP, 3) WHUR, 4) WBIG, 5) WMMJ, 6) WASH, 7) WIHT, 8) WPGC, 9) WGTS, 10) WPRS and WMZQ, 12) WJFK-FM, 13) WMAL, 14) WIAD, 15) WKYS, 16) WRQX, 17) WWDC, 18) WETA-FM, 19) WTEM, 20) WLZL, 24) WBQH and WAVA-FM, 27) WOL, 29) WFRE and WACA and WDCN and WPFW. Baltimore, Hagerstown, Winchester, and Fredericksburg stations are not included in this listing.....

Bluegrass Country Loses 105.5 - 5/23 - Bluegrass Country will be losing its Bethesda-based low-power 105.5 analog signal on June 21. According to a statement at bluegrasscounry.org, "The 105.5 FM signal is owned by a third party with whom were unable, despite our best efforts, to reach a contract agreement going forward." The Americana bluegrass and folk music service will continue to be heard on WAMU 88.5's digital HD2 signal, streaming at bluegrasscountry.org, and via its apps for iOS and Android devices. "About two thirds of our listeners already hear our broadcast via HD and the internet," the statement adds. "While the loss of 105.5 FM is frustrating, we remain in business and are committed to bringing you the bluegrass and roots music you love to hear." American University's WAMU turned over operation of its Bluegrass Country operation to the locally-based and newly-formed Bluegrass Country Foundation earlier this year. At that time, WAMU also said that it would eventually drop BGC from its digital signal, but apparently that move has been delayed.....

30 Years For Jamie Costello At 2 - 5/22 - On May 29, news anchor Jamie Costello (right) will mark his 30th year with Channel 2/WMAR. He joined the now Scripps-owned station on May 29, 1987 after attending the Broadcasting Institute Of Maryland and brief period at Channel 25/WHAG in Hagerstown. "Jamie is our 'Poet Laureate' of Baltimore," says WMAR News Director Kelly Groft. "In almost every situation, especially emotional news moments, he knows the right thing to say, the comment that condenses and encapsulates the moment for the viewer. That is the true mark of a professional who knows his audience extremely well." In addition to anchoring WMAR's 5, 6 and 11 PM newscasts alongside Kelly Swoope, Costello's regular features include "Student Athlete Of The Week" and "2 Good 2 Be True," which focuses on positive stories and people. WMAR will honor Costello and his contributions to Baltimore media on-air and through social media posts at the end of May.....

Salem Connection For WSPZ - 5/22 - Tom Taylor Now has more on the sale, revealed last week, of Redskins owner Dan Snyder's Red Zebra's sports talker WSPZ: "The $2.1 million package for DC's just-sold WSPZ/570 includes 58 acres of land in Montgomery County, including the four towers that carry not only WSPZ, but the diplexed signal of Cumulus WMAL Washington/630. That means the owner of WSPZ cashes the rental checks from Cumulus. And the owner is indeed a new private entity... It's 'AM 570 LLC,' owned by the intertwined families of the founders of Salem, the Atsingers and the Eppersons. Ed Atsinger and Stu Epperson are brothers-in-law, connected by Stu's wife Nancy Atsinger Epperson. So this deal between seller Red Zebra and buyer AM 570 LLC doesn't involve Salem, per se... The facility is 5,000 watts daytime/1,000 watts, and the buyer will keep using the call letters. Studio equipment isn't involved, so presumably WSPZ will be operated as part of the Salem cluster. Salem's current three stations in the Nation's Capital are Christian teaching stations WAVA Arlington/780 and WAVA-FM Arlington/105.1, plus conservative talk '1260 the Answer' WWRC. We'll see if Salem reallocates some formats among these four signals – and perhaps introduces a contemporary 'Fish' format somewhere. No LMA prior to closing. Broker - Greg Guy of Patrick Communications".....

Reporter Manhandled At FCC - 5/22 - John Donnelly, a senior writer at CQ Roll Call, says he was manhandled by security guards at the Federal Communications Commission on May 18, then forced out of the DC-based agency's headquarters as he tried to ask a commissioner questions at a public meeting. Donnelly said he was trying to talk with FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly one-on-one after a news conference when two plainclothes guards pinned him against a wall with the backs of their bodies. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Dave TV: Brian Wilson's Departure From WMAL - 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".....


DCRTV Job Ads - 5/20 - The latest DCRTV Job Ads include a sales account cxecutive sought for an Annapolis full-service radio station. And a region manager, client solutions support for Comcast Spotlight, the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable.....

Brian Wilson Gone From WMAL - 5/19 - Breaking news late Friday: DCRTV hears that morning host Brian Wilson has been given the boot from Cumulus news talker WMAL after six years. Wilson is a former Fox News and Channel 5/WTTG reporter. More as we hear it.....

Snyder Sells 570 To Salem - 5/19 - A DCRTV source tells us that it looks like Redskins owner Dan Snyder has sold another of his DC area radio stations, sports talker WSPZ 570, to a group called "AM 570 LLC" that appears to be controlled by Salem. The deal, we're told, also includes the station's Germantown transmitter site, which will soon be shared by Cumulus news talker WMAL's AM signal on 630. In the DC area, Salem already owns Christian talkers WAVA-FM/AM, 105.1/780, and conservative talker WWRC, 1260/1250. Snyder's Red Zebra's radio arm recently sold two other DC area signals - WWXT 92.7 to Radio One and WWXX 94.3 to EMF. That leaves Snyder with just one local signal, WTEM, which runs his ESPN 980 sports talk format that had also been carried by WWXT and WWXX. WTEM is also reportedly on the market. More: We hear from Patrick Communications, whose Greg Guy brokered the transaction, that the sale price of WSPZ was $2.1 million.....

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


Alexa To Deliver WaPo Breaking News - 5/17 - Alexa-enabled devices will soon be updated to deliver Washington Post breaking news notifications. News alerts will be published throughout the day and automatically updated to announce the latest news. More at washingtonpost.com.....

WAMU Tops Male Demo DC Radio Ratings For April - 5/17 - The April monthly DC radio ratings for men, age 25-54. Full-day: 1) WAMU, 2) WTOP, 3) WBIG, 4) WGTS, 5) WJFK-FM and WIHT, 7) WMMJ, 8) WWDC, 9) WHUR, 10) WMZQ, 11) WMAL and WKYS, 13) WPGC, 14) WIAD and WASH, 16) WRQX, 17) WTEM, 18) WLZL, 19) WERQ, 20) WIYY. Morning drive: 1) WAMU, 2) WTOP, 3) WJFK-FM, 4) WWDC, 5) WGTS, 6) WMMJ, 7) WBIG, 8) WHUR, 9) WMZQ and WIHT and WMAL. Afternoon drive: 1) WAMU, 2) WTOP, 3) WBIG, 4) WIHT, 5) WJFK-FM, 6) WMZQ, 7) WGTS, 8) WHUR and WASH and WMMJ.....

WAMU Tops DC Radio Ratings For April - 5/16 - WAMU tops the DC market radio ratings for the month of April. Full day, age 6+: 1) WAMU, 2) WTOP, 3) WHUR, 4) WMMJ, 5) WBIG, 6) WASH, 7) WIHT, 8) WMAL, 9) WGTS, 10) WPRS, 11) WKYS and WPGC, 13) WMZQ, 14) WIAD, 15) WJFK-FM and WRQX, 17) WWDC, 18) WETA-FM, 19) WLZL, 20) WOL, 21) WFED. No Baltimore, Hagerstown, Frederick, Winchester, or Fredericksburg stations are included in this list.....

WWIN-FM Tops Baltimore Radio Ratings For April - 5/16 - WWIN-FM tops the Baltimore market radio ratings for the month of April. Full day, age 6+: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WPOC, 3) WERQ, 4) WLIF, 5) WJZ-FM, 6) WIYY, 7) WQSR, 8) WZFT, 9) WWMX, 10) WBAL-AM and WYPR, 12) WCBM and WZBA, 13) WRBS-FM, 14) WEAA, 15) WBJC, 16) WLIFHD2, 17) WCAO, 18) WWIN-AM, 19) WOLB and WQLL, 21) WJZ-AM and WWMXHD2. No DC, Hagerstown, or Frederick stations are included in this list.....

Tucker Carlson Selling DC Digs - 5/16 - Tucker Carlson, who replaced Bill O'Reilly at Fox News, has listed his seven bedroom DC home for $2.2 million. More at dc.urbanturf.com.....

Snyder Takes Big Loss On Sale Of 94.3 To EMF - 5/16 - DCRTV first reported yesterday that Redskins owner Dan Snyder's Red Zebra sold WWXX, 94.3, in Buckland VA, which has been relaying his sports talk WTEM, ESPN 980, to EMF, which plans to flip it to its K-Love Christian contemporary format. Now, Tom Taylor Now analyzes the deal: "Red Zebra continues to unwind a sky-high $33 million purchase it made in 2006. Dan Snyder's next DC-area sale is to 'K-Love' parent EMF, and the price for southwest-suburban WWXX Buckland VA/94.3 is $250,000. It's stunning to realize how much the deal-world has changed. Eleven years ago, Redskins principal owner Dan Snyder bought this station (then-WBPS-FM Warrenton), plus WKDL Alexandria/730 (today's Metro-owned WTNT) and WBZS, Prince Frederick, MD/92.7 (today's WWXT). For those two suburban FMs plus the AM, Red Zebra paid $33 million. The Prince Frederick FM and Red Zebra’s WXGI Richmond/950 recently sold to Radio One for $2 million... And here's the Buckland FM, WWXX, going to not-for-profit Educational Media Foundation for $250,000. (Bruce Houston's Metro bought the Alexandria AM in 2010 for $1.5 million.) 94.3 will become part of the contemporary Christian K-Love network. (Not its sister Air1.) Red Zebra seemingly has one station left to sell, WSPZ Bethesda/570. This NOW Newsletter continues to hear that Red Zebra's keeping Redskins flagship WTEM Washington/980. Broker on the Buckland FM - Greg Guy of Patrick Communications".....

Holliday, Simpson, Rehm, Madison Get Hall Of Fame Noms - 5/15 - DCRTV hears that several prominent DC radio personalities are among the 2017 nominations for induction into the Chicago-based National Radio Hall Of Fame. We get advance word that Johnny Holliday and Donnie Simpson are among those in the "longstanding local/regonal" category. Diane Rehm is among those up for nomination in the "active network/syndication" category. And Joe Madison is up for "spoken word on-air personality," we're told. More soon.....

Sinclair Forces TVers To Lean Right - 5/15 - The New York Times reports that Baltimore-based Sinclair issues orders to its TV station news departments to run "must-run" news pieces that allegedly tilt to the right side of the political spectrum. Locally, Sinclair owns Channel 7/WJLA, NewsChannel 8, and Channel 45/WBFF.....

LaDawn Black Leaves Magic 95.9, Joins Museum - 5/15 - Radio One is saying goodbye to LaDawn Black, who hosts a show on Baltimore's urban adult contemporary WWIN-FM, Magic 95.9, after 13 years. She was offered a new contract but decided not to renew. So, the Charm City radio veteran is joining the team of Baltimore's Reginald F. Lewis Museum, which focuses on Maryland's African-American history and culture, where she'll handle public relations and spokesperson duties.....

Snyder Sells 94.3 To EMF - 5/15 - The Educational Media Foundation, EMF, which runs the K-Love Christian contemporary network around the country, is entering the DC area with the purchase of Redskins owner Dan Snyder's Red Zebra-owned WWXX, 94.3, in Buckland VA, which has its transmitter near Warrenton. WWXX, which covers the southwestern chunk of the DC metro as well as part of central Virginia, simulcasts Red Zebra sports talk WTEM, ESPN 980. Just recently, Red Zebra sold its other FM relay of ESPN 980, WWXT in Prince Frederick MD, 92.7, to Radio One, which has started to simulcast urban adult contemporary WMMJ, Majic 102.3, on it. DCRTV has reported that Red Zebra has also put WTEM, an AMer on 980 with its transmitter in Hyattsville, and sister sprts talker, WSPZ, an AMer on 570 with its transmitter in Germantown, on the market. More as we hear it.....

BET To Leave DC - 5/11 - Viacom-owned BET, Black Entertainment Television, will be shutting down its DC headquarters and move many of those employees to its NYC offices. BET was founded by DC media magnate Robert Johnson 40 years ago. BET's Washington offices, which have about 40 full-time employees and 36 freelancers, will close July 7. Viacom bought the African-American programming network in 2000. "This closure is in line with our overall strategy to make New York BET's new headquarters," Debra Lee, the network's chief executive, wrote in a memo to staffers. More at washingtonpost.com.....

NPR Sued For Copyright Infringement - 5/11 - Tom Taylor Now tells us that DC-based NPR has been sued for copyright infringement. According to law firm Kamanta Kettle, the alleged unauthorized use of a copyrighted photo occurred in 2012. The firm representing Israel-based photographer Ammon Gutman says the plaintiff first noticed defendant's infringement on April 21, 2017 as part of an online NPR foreign policy story.....

Doug Hill To Leave 7 - 5/10 - Channel 7/WJLA chief meteorologist Doug Hill (right) will be leaving the station on September 15 after 17 years. He is currently seen weekdays on the Sinclair ABC affiliate's news at noon, 4 PM, 5 PM, and 6 PM, as well as NewsChannel 8 at 11 AM. "I've been very fortunate to make a career out of a childhood hobby. I love what I've been able to do here at ABC7 and I love the people I've worked with over the years," says Hill. "I've been given a great platform to use my talents in meteorology, now I'm going to dedicate those gifts to Christian ministry and focus on my family." Hill attended Towson State College before entering the Air Force. Most of his four-year tour was spent at Andrews AFB. After his military service, Hill became a Prince George's County Police officer where he served for six years until he was convinced to make the unlikely switch from cop to broadcaster. Before WJLA, Hill served for 16 years as chief meteorologist for Channel 9/WUSA. He began his broadcast career in 1978 at WWBT-TV in Richmond. In 1980, he made the move to Detroit where he worked for both WDIV-TV and WXYZ-TV, before returning in 1984 to Washington.....

Marc Steiner To End WEAA Show - 5/10 - After a 24-year career as a radio talk show host, Marc Steiner is stepping away from the microphone to build his non-profit production company, Center For Emerging Media. The final day of his week-daily 10 AM to noon show on Baltimore's WEAA, 88.9, is scheduled for July 31. "At 71, I'm excited to be learning a new skill - producing and directing film. It's also a perfect time for me to focus on topics I love, such as American history through the lenses of traditionally underrepresented groups including African Americans, Native Americans, women, and LGBTQ individuals".....

Johnny Holliday Charity Tourney Coming - 5/10 - It's that time of the year again for DC radio and TV veteran Johnny Holliday's annual charity golf classic - coming up in June. It's raised over a $1 million for local kids charities during the past 11 years. More at helpingkids.org.....

WAMU Tops DC Radio Ratings - 5/9 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "third week" of April. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WAMU, 2) WTOP, 3) WHUR, 4) WMMJ, 5) WBIG, 6) WIHT, 7) WASH, 8) WPRS, 9) WPGC and WMAL, 11) WIAD, 12) WGTS, 13) WMZQ and WJFK-FM and WKYS, 16) WETA-FM, 17) WWDC, 18) WRQX, 19) WFMD, 20) WLZL, 21) WTEM and WPFW and WAVA-FM, 25) WOL, 29) WDCN, 31) WBQH and WFRE, 35) WFED and WILC and WACA, 38) WDCH and WSPZ and WMET and WKDV.....

WaPo Launches Health Policy Newsletter - 5/9 - The Washington Post launches the Health 202 newsletter, a morning e-mail examining health-care debate in Washington. It's anchored by health policy reporter Paige Winfield Cunningham and is the first of three new morning emails The Post will roll out in the coming weeks. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Radio One Becomes Urban One - 5/9 - Silver Spring-based Radio One has completed its corporate rebranding to Urban One. The change, meant to signify the company’s growth into television and digital media as well as casino gaming and financial services, was done to correspond to the 18th anniversary of its IPO on May 5, 1999. The Radio One name will stay active as a division of the company holding the radio station properties as will Reach Media as its syndication unit. The company's Interactive One division will be rebranded as iOne Digital, while a new R1 Digital division will be created to oversee web and social media content for the radio station properties. More at radioinsight.com. Radio One announced the change late last year. Locally, the company owns WKYS, WMMJ, WPRS, WOL, WYCB, WERQ, WWIN-FM/FM, and WOLB.....

Sinclair Buys Tribune - 5/8 - Following weeks of rumors, Baltimore-based Sinclair confirms that it has reached a purchase deal for Chicago-based Tribune's 42 TV stations for $3.9 billion, plus the assumption of $2.7 billion in net debt. Tribune owns Channel 50/WDCW in the DC market, which Sinclair will add to its existing 173 TV stations, including Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8. Tribune also owns cable network WGN America, digital multicast network Antenna TV, and a minority stake in the TV Food Network. Sinclair will also pick up Tribune assets not involved in the broadcast industry. The deal has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors for both companies and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2017. More at tvtechnology.com.....

Kathleen Matthews To Lead MD Democrats - 5/6 - Maryland Democratic Party leaders have elected Kathleen Matthews, a former Channel 7/WJLA news anchor and reporter, to serve as state party chair through the 2018 general elections. Matthews, who made an unsuccessful bid for Congress last year, is married to MSNBC talk show host Chris Matthews....

ESPN Cuts Sara Walsh - 5/5 - Former DC TV sports anchor and reporter Sara Walsh (right) is the latest to reveal that she's part of ESPN's latest wave of personnel cuts. And she got the news last week as she was preparing to return from maternity leave after having twins. Walsh, who has been a "SportsCenter" anchor, joined ESPN in May 2010 from Channel 9/WUSA. Before that, she worked TV jobs in Georgia and Tennessee. Walsh is married to Matt Buschmann, a minor-league baseball pitcher who played in three games for the Arizona Diamondbacks last season and was recently released by the Toronto Blue Jays. More at washingtonpost.com. Last week, DCRTV reported that ESPN had cut former Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8 sports reporter Britt McHenry.....

Jim Vance Battles Cancer - 5/5 - From wtop.com: Longtime Channel 4/WRC news anchor Jim Vance (right) told viewers Thursday evening that he is undergoing treatment for cancer, but will continue to work when he can. Addressing some viewers' concerns about his recent absences, Vance said, "So I have been getting that treatment, and I have been coming into work with my partners here whenever I can, and I shall continue to do that. In fact, I will insist on doing that... In the meantime, I'm doing OK." Vance, 75, said that doctors told him he had cancer several weeks ago, but did not specify what type of cancer he has. He has been with the NBC-owned station for more than 40 years. More at nbcwashington.com. DCRTV analysis: WRC recently hired former Channel 7/WJLA top anchor Leon Harris, we believe, to be its top male anchor when Vance retires. Right now, Vance has that position as long he wants it.....

WAMU Again Tops DC Radio Ratings - 5/2 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "second week" of April, full-day, age 12+: 1) WAMU, 2) WTOP, 3) WHUR, 4) WBIG, 5) WASH, 6) WMMMJ, 7) WIHT, 8) WMAL and WGTS, 10) WKYS, 11) WPRS, 12) WJFK-FM and WMZQ, 14) WPGC, 15) WWDC, 16) WIAD, 17) WRQX, 18) WETA-FM, 19) WFMD, 20) WLZL, 21) WTEM, 22) WOL, 27) WAVA-FM and WPFW, 31) WFRE and WBQH, 33) WACA and WDCH, 38) WAFY. Baltimore, Hagerstown, Winchester, and Fredericksburg stations are not included in this list.....

Brian Hart To FCC Media Relations - 5/2 - Brian Hart is the new head of media relations at the DC-based Federal Communications Commission. He had been communications director for Missouri Senator Roy Blunt, and did staff work for then-Senators Sam Brownback and Judd Gregg - all Republicans. Hart has also worked outside government with Hill & Knowlton Strategies, Ketchum Public Relations, H&R Block, and the Southeastern Conference.....

Ogden Takes Over Frederick News-Post - 5/1 - As of May 1, Ogden Newspapers is officially the owner of the Frederick News-Post. The Randall and Delaplaine families have owned and operated the News-Post for 133 years across five generations. The Randalls announced in March that the family would sell the news organization to Ogden, another five-generation family-owned company. Ogden dates to 1890, starting with the launch of the Wheeling News in Wheeling WV, where the company remains headquartered. Because the two companies are privately held and do not discuss financials, the terms of the deal were not disclosed. Ogden purchased assets including the building and printing press, which the News-Post bought in 2006. The transition includes downsizing News-Post staff, though number of News-Post employees who were let go has not been disclosed. Geordie Wilson, who has been publisher of the News-Post since 2011, will remain in that role. Patrick Pexton, who joined the News-Post as editor in June 2015, was not offered employment under the new ownership. Pexton came from the Washington Post, where he was ombudsman. More at fredericknewspost.com.....

Marianne Sierk Joins Kirk McEwen On 98 Rock - 5/1 - Marianne Sierk has been named co-host of 98 Rock, WIYY's afternoon show, 3 PM to 7 PM, which has been solo-hosted by Kirk McEwen. Coming from Rochester NY, she's a stand-up comedian who has appeared on VH1's "I Love The 80s," Tru TV's "World's Dumbest," Comedy Central's "Live at Gotham," along with ABC and BBC shows. While McEwen ranks at the top of male demos in Baltimore's afternoon radio ratings, the addition of Sierk is expected to improve the Hearst station's female numbers, we're told. "I got my first choice to join me on this quest in total afternoon domination," says McEwen. "This girl is so smart and funny, I can't wait to drop her on Baltimore. With this show, we're about to give the people what they want on the ride home, engaging radio." Photo at right: Sierk and McEwen.....

Rob Desir To Co-Anchor 50's 10 PM News - 4/28 - Rob Desir joins Candace Burns as co-anchor of the 10 PM half-hour newscast on Tribune's Channel 50/WDCW, which is produced at the company's Richmond station, Channel 6/WTVR. Desir has been an anchor and reporter at WTVR since April 2015. Before that, he worked at TV news departments in St. Louis, Indianapolis, and Mobile.....

Diane Rehm To Re-Marry At 80 - 4/27 - Former longtime WAMU talk show host Diane Rehm (right) is 80-years-old and getting married again. She will tie the knot with John Hagedorn, a 77-year-old retired Lutheran minister, in October in Washington National Cathedral. According to washingtonpost.com, the two met 28 years ago at a wedding for the daughter of a mutual friend. Both were married to others at the time. Hagedorn, who is now a widower, recently reintroduced himself to Rehm, whose husband of 54 years, John, died in 2014. Rehm left her late morning WAMU show, which was carried nationally via NPR, at the end of 2016.....

WSVA's Charles Graves To Retire - 4/27 - After 44 years of service, well-known Shenandoah Valley radio announcer Charles Graves (right) has decided to retire from Harrisonburg VA news talker WSVA. Known by listeners for his deep, melodious voice, he has been familiar to fans of WSVA since he started at the station in 1973. Graves started his radio career while at Madison College, working for the college radio station WMRA. He also worked at WRAA in Luray VA before finally arriving at WSVA. In addition to his work producing commercials, Graves has been disc jockey with several local stations in the WSVA family, including the contemporary hit WQPO, Q101. He has also spent time over the years as the engineer for hundreds of live sports broadcasts of James Madison University football and basketball as well as many local high school games. Staying active in retirement, Graves says he will will continue to do voice work from his home studio in Mt. Clinton VA.....

Brietbart Rejected For Capitol Press Pass - 4/27 - Breitbart News Network, a conservative media organization once headed by Stephen Bannon, a top adviser to President Trump, isn't qualified to hold a congressional press pass. According to weashingtonpost.com, a committee of journalists who oversee news media access to Congress decided to table indefinitely a Breitbart request for press accreditation. Breitbart had formally applied several months ago for passes that enable reporters to freely move about the heavily guarded Capitol.....

ESPN Cuts Britt McHenry - 4/27 - It looks like former Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8 sports reporter Britt McHenry (right) is one of the many recent cuts at ESPN. She posts on Twitter: "Staying on the NFL Draft as my last assignment. Grateful for three years at ESPN. My colleagues became best friends and I'll cherish that the most." The Disney-owned cable sports network announced dozens of employee cuts yesterday in light of its declining subscriber numbers. More at nytimes.com.....

WAMU Tops DC Radio Ratings - 4/26 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "first week" of April. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WAMU, 2) WTOP, 3) WHUR, 4) WBIG, 5) WMMJ, 6) WASH, 7) WMAL and WKYS, 9) WIHT, 10) WMZQ and WGTS, 12) WPGC and WPRS, 14) WIAD, 15) WWDC, 16) WJFK-FM and WRQX, 18) WETA-FM and WFMD, 20) WLZL and WAVA-FM, 24) WTEM, 28) WOL and WPFW, 30) WACA, 31) WDCH and WBQH, 34) WFRE and WTNT. Stations in Baltimore, Hagerstown, Winchester, and Fredericksburg are not included in this list.....

Nexstar Buying Tegna? - 4/26 - FTVLive reports that McLean-based Tegna, formerly Gannett's TV station group, could get bought by Nexstar. That's the big rumor going around at the National Association Of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas this week. "While Sinclair has been getting the spotlight for their play in gobbling up the Tribune stations, word is that Nexstar and Tegna have quietly begun talking about a deal," FTV tells us. Locally, Tegna owns Channel 9/WUSA.....

WMAL Honored For Best Newscast - 4/25 - For the second year in a row, Cumulus news talker WMAL has received the Mid-Atlantic regional Edward R. Murrow Award for best newscast from the Radio Television Digital News Association. "Our team works aggressively every day and we are honored to have our strong breaking and local news efforts recognized by our peers again this year," says Bill Hess, WMAL's program director and the vice president for Cumulus's news talk radio stations across the country.....

Michael Falcone To WaPo - 4/25 - Michael Falcone joins the Washington Post's Live team as executive producer. He comes from six years at ABC News, where he served as deputy political director and senior Washington editor. Before ABC, Falcone was politics editor at the Huffington Post and a reporter at Politico and the New York Times. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Mickey Cuchiella To Q1370 - 4/25 - Baltimore oldies outlet WQLL, Q1370, hires Baltimore radio veteran Mickey Cuchiella (right) for afternoon drive. He used to be part of the "Mickey, Amelia And Spiegel" morning show on Baltimore rocker WIYY, 98 Rock. He also did afternoons at that station. "Q1370 now has two major radio talents with Mickey Chuchiella in the afternoon and the 'Rouse And Company Morning Show,' which debuted May 2016," according to a WQLL announcement. Cuchiella will start at Q1370 on June 12 and will be on hand at the Preakness Balloon Festival, May 18-20 at the Howard County Fairgrounds.....

Robert Siegel To Leave NPR's "ATC" - 4/25 - Robert Siegel (right), whose voice and signature reporting have been an essential part of DC-based NPR since he first arrived in Washington in 1976, will step down as host of "All Things Considered" in January 2018. "He has been with NPR for more than 40 years, a constant presence in our newsroom and a familiar voice to so many listeners," according to an NPR statement. Says Siegel, "This is a decision long in the making and not an easy one. I've had the greatest job I can think of, working with the finest colleagues anyone could ask for, for as long a stretch as I could imagine. But, looking ahead to my seventies (which start all too soon) I feel that it is time for me to begin a new phase of life. Over the next few months, I hope to figure out what that will be." Siegel has spent his life in radio, getting his start as a freshman in college. He joined NPR as a newscaster, moved into an editor role, opened NPR's London bureau, and as chief of NPR News ran the newsroom.....

Kate O'Beirne Dies - 4/25 - Kate O'Beirne, 67, who wrote about the conservative agenda in the pages of National Review and talked about it on the CNN program "The Capital Gang," died on April 23 in McLean. The cause was lung cancer, according to nytimes.com.....

Radio One Pays $2M For WWXT - 4/25 - Radio One's paying a $2 million for WWXT, 92.7, and Richmond's WXGI, 950, from Redskins owner Dan Snyder's Red Zebra Broadcasting, according to Tom Taylor Now. As DCRTV first reported last week, Silver Spring-based Radio One plans to simulcast adult urban contemporary WMMJ, 102.3, on the 92.7 signal, which is based in Prince Frederick and serves Southern Maryland. It had been simulcasting Snyder's sports talk WTEM, ESPN 980. WXGI will retain its sports talk format. Broker on the sale of WWXT and WXGI was Greg Guy of Patrick Communications for Red Zebra.....

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