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NC8 Expands 10 PM Newscast - 2/10 - Come Monday, February 15, NewsChannel 8's "Late Night Report" will be expanding from 30 minutes to a full hour, and will be renamed "NewsChannel 8 At 10 PM, Powered By ABC7 News." The revamped newscast will be anchored by Channel 7/WJLA anchors Jonathan Elias and Michelle Marsh, with weather by Steve Rudin. Elias and Marsh also anchor WJLA's 4 PM newscast. Both WJLA and NC8 are owned by Sinclair.....

Reggie Reg Dies - 2/10 - Reggie Reg (right), who had worked at Baltimore's 92Q and was a well known disc jockey on the city's club music scene, died of heart failure February 6 at St. Agnes Hospital. He was 50. The Baltimore native joined urban contemporary WERQ, 92.3, in the mid-1990s, where he remained for a decade. "I met Reggie about 1984 when he was an up-and-coming DJ," Baltimore-DC urban radio veteran Frank "Ski" Rodriguez told baltimoresun.com. "He was kinda finding his space, and Reggie hung out with everybody. He hung out at beauty shops and at record stores. Everybody gravitated to him".....

"Live At 9:30" Coming To PBS - 2/10 - Come April, PBS stations will start airing "Live At 9:30," which will feature about 40 performances recorded at the longtime DC music venue, the 9:30 Club. Each one-hour episode will showcase concert excerpts from several bands, interspersed with comedy, interviews, and short film segments, according to washingtonpost.com.....

PBS To Share Debate With CNN - 2/10 - When PBS televises Thursday's Democratic debate in Milwaukee, it will share the event with another network, CNN. According to washingtonpost.com, CNN is paying a licensing fee to "NewsHour" and its producing station, WETA of Arlington, for its share of the broadcast.....

Lutzky Joins NPR - 2/10 - Michael Lutzky joins DC-based NPR as vice president of business development. He comes from Oveo Solutions, a consultancy group he founded. Before that, he was a photographer at the Baltimore Sun and the Washington Post.....

Dave TV: DC101 Slumps, Bill Parris Memories, More - 2/10 - 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? WNEW as Bloomberg 99.1 slumps below 30th place. Also, some memories of area radio great Bill Parris. Plus, lots of media folks celebrate my birthday. And my impersonation of WTOP's Neal Augenstein. In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

DCRTV's Job Ads - 2/10 - Centennial Broadcasting in Fredericksburg has a sales position open. The new WBOC-FM in Salisbury has immediate openings for part-time air talent. Annapolis's WNAV is looking for a sales account executive. Those are latest postings on DCRTV's Job Ads, where you can reach many thousands of local radio and TV movers and shakers for just $49.....

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Klug To Voice 2 TV Productions - 2/9 - Baltimore rock radio vet John Klug tells us that he will be narrating Justice Network's "Inside The Mind Of A Serial Killer," which debuts March 6 at 9 PM. It's carried locally on the 9-3 digital subchannel of WUSA. He will also be narrating 13 episodes of "Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat" produced by Deep See Visuals, which begins airing in April on the World Fishing Network and regionally on Fox Sun in Florida. Klug's been hosting the morning show for the past 11 years on Baltimore classic rocker WZBA, 100.7 The Bay as well as doing national voiceover work. More at klugproductions.com.....

WTOP Tops DC Radio Heap - 2/9 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "third week" of January. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WASH, 4) WIHT, 5) WHUR, 6) WPGC, 7) WMMJ and WBIG, 9) WMZQ, 10) WKYS, 11) WETA-FM, 12) WIAD and WMAL, 14) WPRS, 15) WGTS, 16) WLZL, 17) WRQX and WWDC, 19) WJFK-FM, 20) WTEM, 21) WDCN, 22) WERQ, 23) WBQB and WINC-FM and WYPR, 26) WWEG and WFRE and WFLS and WWMX and WAVA-FM.....

Diane Rehm To Do "Q&A" - 2/9 - Longtime WAMU talk show host Diane Rehm, who recently announced that she'll be retiring in late 2016, will be doing DC media veteran Carol Joynt's "Q&A Cafe" on February 11. Reservations at the George Town Club can be made by calling 202-333-9330. More at caroljoynt.com. Also, check out Joynt's January 28 interview with former Washington Post Publisher Katharine Weymouth and Cathy Merrill Williams, president and publisher of the Washingtonian magazine, at YouTube. Coming to the "Q&A" on March 4, longtime ABC News correspondent John Donvan, co-author of the new book, "In A Different Key, The Story Of Autism".....

Dave TV: Search Federal Court Databases With Sqoop - 2/9 - 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. At DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

Hewitt To Replace Bennett On Salem Talk Net - 2/8 - Salem Media is shuffling the line-up at its syndicated conservative talk network by moving Hugh Hewitt from evenings to the 6 AM to 9 AM morning drive timeslot currently held by DC-based Bill Bennett's "Morning In America." According to radioinsight.com, Bennett's final morning show will be on April 1 before he shifts to a new role as senior correspondent for the company where he will host a daily "Making America Work" segment, which will also be produced as a one-hour weekend special. Hewitt will take the morning slot on April 4. Hewitt will relocate to DC from California when he takes over in mornings. Salem states that a new 6 PM to 9 PM host will be named shortly. The Salem conservative talk format is heard locally on the company's WWRC, 1260, "The Answer".....

Hector Hannibal To Be HUR PD - 2/8 - Howard University's adult urban contemporary WHUR, 96.3, announces Hector Hannibal as its new program director. He starts February 16. Hannibal led the station from 1993 to 2002, creating the successful "Adult Mix" format, which can still be heard today. He's spent the past 10 years as the vice president of programming for Reach Media, Radio One's national radio syndication arm. "We're thrilled to welcome Hector aboard during this exciting period of growth for the station," says Jim Watkins, WHUR's general manager. "We know he has a proven track record of success and we look forward to him lending his expertise to the WHUR team." Adds Hannibal, "I've been a WHUR listener for many years now and feel an emotional connection to the brand. I look forward to serving my team, station management, and listeners' proficiently and tirelessly".....

Politico To Launch European Newsletter - 2/8 - Come April, the European edition of Politico will launch Morning Exchange, a daily morning newsletter focused on the intersection of regulation, policy, and politics as it relates to financial services and market events in Europe. The launch is part of Arlington-based Politico's continued expansion into global financial services coverage, which will be anchored by nearly 15 reporters on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, including half-dozen journalists in London, Brussels, and Frankfurt. Morning Exchange will be written by chief financial correspondent and associate editor Francesco Guerrera.....

ESPN 980 To Air NCAA Hoops Championships - 2/6 - Red Zebra sports talker WTEM, ESPN 980, will broadcast Westwood One’s coverage of the 2016 NCAA Division 1 Men's Basketball Championship. Beginning with the First Four on March 15 and 16 through the Final Four and National Championship Game on April 2 and 4, all NCAA Men's tournament games will air live on ESPN 980 or on WSPZ, Sports Talk 570. In addition to the games, ESPN 980 will offer special local programming on the Thursday and Friday of the first round of the tournament leading up to tip-off on those days. The station will also showcase its college basketball insider Gary Williams leading up to and throughout the tournament. You can also hear ESPN 980 on 94.3 in Northern Virginia and 92.7 in Southern Maryland.....

Kinsley & Swaim To Write For WaPo - 2/5 - The Washington Post has added Michael Kinsley and Barton Swaim as contributing political columnists. Kinsley served as editor of the New Republic and the Los Angeles Times editorial page. He's was also host of CNN's "Crossfire." Since January 2014, he has written a column for Vanity Fair, which he will continue. Swaim is author of the 2015 memoir "The Speechwriter" about his years on the staff of former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford and has written previously for the Post, the Wall Street Journal, and the Times Literary Supplement. Additionally, Democratic political consultant Carter Eskew returned in January to contributing to the PostPartisan opinions blog, where he joins his Republican counterpart Ed Rogers in covering the 2016 election.....

Services Set For Bill Parris - 2/5 - From Tom Taylor Now: "Bill Parris probably spawned a thousand great radio stories in the vein of our feature 'You Can't Make This Up,' because he was a true American original and a maverick. As a station owner (at suburban-DC WINX Rockville and later WAMD Aberdeen) he had the freedom to try things - and boy, did he. DCRTV.com reported Tuesday evening that Parris died earlier that day, after suffering from cancer. Now we learn that the viewing is 5 PM - 7 PM tonight at the Eline Funeral Home in Reisterstown MD, with services tomorrow at 2 PM, at the Maryland Civil Air Patrol's Maryland Wing HQ in Woodstock MD. Bill Parris, a constant innovator and one of radio's real characters, was 70. You'll find several clips on YouTube featuring Parris, like this 1993 WINX reunion featuring Jack Alix, David Tate and Ed Walker (the famous blind DC broadcaster who died in November), here".....

Lonnae O'Neal Leaves WaPo - 2/5 - Washington Post Style section columnist Lonnae O'Neal says goodbye to her paper after 24 years. She's heading to ESPN to be a senior columnist for its Undefeated website. At washingtonpost.com.....

Chris Johnson Re-Joins ESPN 980 - 2/4 - From DCRTV's Thursday Mailbag: "Some news about ESPN 980. They have hired Chris Johnson as their new program director. This is his 3rd stint as PD at WTEM. He is not really going to be the program director. That will still be Larry Michael from the Redskins who is the VP of all programming, but Johnson will serve as the in house PD under Larry Michael, who is still based at Redskins Park. Michael will make all personnel decisions. Big changes to the lineup will be announced soon".....

Jim Gallant Dies - 2/4 - We get the following Thursday Mailbag posting from Frank Herzog, the former radio voice of the Redskins who was a sports anchor at Channel 7/WJLA and Channel 9/WUSA: "We would be remiss if the passing of former WMAL exec Jim Gallant is not mentioned here. He helped run one of the most-successful radio stations in the country and produced the Redskins Radio broadcasts for years. He was 'thrifty' but fair, friendly and a good person. Jim died of an apparent heart attack earlier this week at his home in Delaware." Gallant was operations manager at WMAL. A resident of Bethany Beach, he was 77. More at capegazette.villagesoup.com.....

More: 10 PM News For 50? - 2/3 - Last week DCRTV told you about a rumor we're hearing that Tribune's Channel 50/WDCW, a CW affiliate, could launch the market's second 10 PM newscast in 2016. DC is largest market in the country to only have one 10 PM newscast - NYC, Chicago, and Los Angeles all have at least two competing early late night newscasts, many of them provided by Tribune-owned stations. Now, we're hearing that the new newscast could very well come from Tribune's Richmond VA station, Channel 6/WTVR, which is a CBS affiliate and has a full-service news department. Management of the new newscast would be located there, with a half dozen reporters based at WDCW in DC. More as we hear it.....

DC City Council Honors Glenn Harris - 2/3 - Yesterday, February 2, was officially proclaimed "Glenn Harris Day." The DC City Council was honoring the NewsChannel 8 sports talk host for his 40-plus years of broadcasting service. Harris (right), a DC native, retired in December after hosting NC8's nightly "SportsTalk" show for 25 years. More at wjla.com.....

"House Of Cards" Returns To MD - 2/3 - Netflix's "House Of Cards" will return to Maryland to film its fifth season. The return was expected by some, given the large commitment to infrastructure made with soundstages and sets in Harford County since the production set up shop in 2012, according to baltimoresun.com. There has been talk that the DC-set political drama would follow HBO DC-set political comedy "Veep" from Maryland to California after some Maryland legislators balked about giving the shows continued state tax breaks. Season 4 of "House Of Cards" debuts March 4.....

WFRE Tops Frederick - 2/3 - Country WFRE, 99.9, tops the latest batch of radio ratings for Frederick. It's been tops since 1993. Hot adult contemporary Key 103, WAFY, ranks second, posting its highest numbers since 2011. DC all-newser WTOP is in third, via its 103.9 WTLP simulcast.....

DCRTV Advertiser: Sqoop - 2/3 - "We see headlines every day based on news uncovered from public records, but the problem for journalists is the amount of time it takes to ferret information from a wide range of disparate government sites, each with its own arcane format. Sqoop is trying to improve that by providing 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. Sqoop's been around for only ten months, but already one in four business reporters in the US uses Sqoop." More at sqoop.com.....

Graff Won't Run In Vermont - 2/3 - Garrett Graff, the former editor of Washingtonian and Politico magazines, has decided not to seek office in his native state of Vermont. At washingtonpost.com.....

Bill Parris Dies - 2/2 - DCRTV hears that DC-Baltimore area radio veteran Bill Parris died today. He'd been suffering from cancer. In his long career, he'd owned Rockville's WINX and Aberdeen's WAMD. Currently, he manages a batch of ethnic stations in the DC area, including 950, 1390, and 1600. More soon.....

BAL Radio Looking For New Host - 2/2 - Hearst news talker WBAL-AM, 1090, is searching for new on-air talent for a talk show, someone who's "contemporary and compelling." Cary Pahigian, president and general manager, won't say if the Baltimore station is looking to fill a specific time slot, replace a show already on air, or if he is looking to create a show about a specific topic. The Baltimore Business Journal reports.....

WAMU Tops DC Radio Ratings - 2/2 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "second week" of January. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WAMU, 2) WTOP, 3) WHUR, 4) WIHT, 5) WASH, 6) WPGC, 7) WBIG, 8) WMAL and WETA-FM, 10) WKYS, 11) WMMJ, 12) WIAD and WMZQ, 14( WGTS, 15) WLZL and WPRS, 17) WWDC, 18) WJFK-FM and WRQX, 20) WTEM, 21) WFMD, 22) WDCN, 23) WWEG and WYPR, 25) WERQ and WINC-FM, 27) WIYY and WGRQ and WFRE, 30) WBQB and WAVA-FM and WQSR and WNEW and WWMX and WFLS and WAFY.....

Kornheiser Gets Barrett Award - 2/2 - ESPN 980, WTEM's Tony Kornheiser is named number one by Barrett Sports Media for "Top 20 Local Sports Midday Shows of 2015." Says Barrett Sports Media President Jason Barrett, "Tony Kornheiser has been one of sports radio's premier personalities for nearly three decades. He continues to host one of ESPN 980's top performing radio programs in the nation's capital, and his content is highly sought after digitally. As an example, in October of 2015, his radio show was downloaded more than 2 million times during the month. It's that type of impact that has drawn the respect and admiration of industry executives across the country." More at sportsradiopd.com.....

Hubbard To Use 104.5 For WBQH - 2/2 - From DCRTV's Tuesday Mailbag: "Yesterday, Hubbard applied to move The Gamut's current FM signal on 104.5 to Northwest [DC] (apparently the Fox 5 tower) and rebroadcast Spanish 1050 WBQH with 250-watts: fccdata.org." The 104.5 translator is currently located in Sterling.....

Miki King Joins WaPo - 2/1 - Miki King joins the Washington Post as vice president of operations. She will lead the finance project management office as well as the facilities and administration teams. In her role at Politico, King was one of the architects of the media outlet's digital subscription business, Politico Pro. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Former WWRCer Faces $15M SEC Fines - 2/1 - Tom Taylor Now tells us that former DC biz-talker Dawn Bennett faces SEC fines of up to $15 million. Bennett, however, boycotted last week's proceeding, as she protests the way the SEC is handling her case. The former brokered-time buyer on Salem talker WWRC, 1260, doesn't think it's fair to be heard by an administrative law judge who wasn't appointed by the SEC commissioners, according to TTN. So she didn't show for last week's hearing, at which she was slapped with a fine of as much as $15 million. The enforcement agency also wants to ban Bennett from doing further work as a financial advisor. Last year, she was accused of misstating the size of assets under her firm's management, to inflate her ranking among financial advisors.....

Marcia Myers To CQ - 2/1 - CQ Roll Call has named Marcia Myers editor of CQ magazine. Her career includes stops at Scripps and Bloomberg News, after many years at the Baltimore Sun, where she started as a reporter and rose to the position of deputy managing editor.....

Radio One Buys Pittsburgh Signal - 2/1 - Radio One pays $50,000 for a Pittsburgh area low-power signal on 97.9 that it plans to move to the DC area for an FM simulcast of urban walker WOL, 1450. Obviously, WOL won't be able to keep the relay on 97.9, which is occupied by Baltimore powerhouse 98 Rock, WIYY, which can be heard throughout the DC market.....

Politico Bromance Ends - 2/1 - Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi looks at why the marriage at the top of Politico couldn't be saved. "Jim VandeHei wanted more control. Robert Allbritton wanted more credit," Farhi writes. "Day by day, month after month, the antagonism between the two men grew. It led, ultimately, to the breakup of their bromance at ­Politico, the dynamic new-media upstart that rewrote the rules of political journalism".....

Sinclair Buys Tennis Channel - 1/30 - Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group has agreed to purchase independently-owned Tennis Channel for $350 million. Sinclair will acquire the assets of the 24-hour channel, which currently has 30 million subscribers. Sinclair stated that it has already negotiated agreements with a number of distributors to add an additional 20 million homes to the network’s subscriber count. More at multichannel.com. Locally, Sinclair owns Channel 45/WBFF, Channel 7/WJLA, and NewsChannel 8.....

Bob Ross Lives On Via Chantilly Company - 1/30 - A Chantilly company sells art items related to Bob Ross, who taught painting on TV. Ross died of cancer in 1995 at age 52, but the outfit that bears his name continues to operate. The foundation sells merchandise and art supplies, including paints in tubes that bear his familiar image. And Bob Ross Inc. got another boost last fall when a marathon of his "The Joy of Painting" programs drew more than 5 million viewers on the online streaming service Twitch. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Dave TV: Blizzard, Gamut 98.3, New WaPo HQ, More - 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" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

Major Changes At Politico - 1/28 - Big shake-up at Politico. From cnn.com: Jim VandeHei, the co-founder and CEO of Politico; Mike Allen, author of the influential Politico Playbook; Kim Kingsley, the chief operating officer; Roy Schwartz, the chief revenue officer; and Danielle Jones, an executive vice president will all leave the company later this year. Susan Glasser, Politico's top editor, will step down after 2016 and take on a strategic role with Politico as director of editorial innovation from Jerusalem. Glasser is moving to be with her husband, a New York Times reporter who is being promoted to Jerusalem bureau chief. John Harris, the editor-in-chief who co-founded Politico with VandeHei in 2006, will take over at Politico's helm for the time being. The shakeup brings an end to a decade in which VandeHei, Harris and others built Politico up from scratch, turned it into one of the most aggressive and robust political news organizations in the country, and then reached beyond with expansion efforts around the USA and in Europe.....

VA Gov Appears In AMC Show - 1/28 - Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe gets a cameo appearance in AMC's "Turn," which is shot in Virginia. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Trump Cozies Up With Breitbart - 1/28 - GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump has been doling out so many "exclusives" to Breitbart's relentless Washington political editor, Matthew Boyle, that some have wondered whether Trump and Breitbart are in business together. At washingtonpost.com.....

Rehm Prepares To Release New Memoir - 1/28 - The Washington Post profiles longtime WAMU talker Diane Rehm (right), who plans to retire later this year. Her new memoir, "On My Own," recounts her husband's decision to end his life in June 2014 after his physician was legally barred from helping. John Rehm was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2005, and after two years in an assisted living facility, he refused food, liquids and medication.....

98.3 Relays Gamut - 1/28 - Weeks ago, a 250-watt signal based in Great Falls on 98.3 started airing Hubbard's The Gamut, which features an eclectic mix of rock, soul, and pop. Now, we hear that the owner of the 98.3 signal is seeking to move it to Bethesda, which will give The Gamut metro-wide FM coverage. More at fccdata.org. The Gamut can currently be heard on low-power 104.5 in Sterling, 820 in Frederick, and via a WTOP HD Radio digital subchannel....

WaPo Officially Opens New HQ - 1/28 - Secretary Of State John Kerry gave remarks at the Washington Post Grand Opening Event on Thursday morning. He joined Post owner Jeff Bezos, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe as speakers inaugurating the Post's new headquarters at 1301 K Street. More at washingtonpost.com.....

WKCY Tops Harrisonburg - 1/28 - Nearby news. Country WKCY tops the latest batch of radio ratings for Harrisonburg. More from Tom Taylor Now.....

10 PM News For 50? - 1/27 - DCRTV hears a rumor that Tribune's Channel 50/WDCW, a CW affiliate, could very well launch the market's second 10 PM newscast in 2016. Giving Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG some competition. DC is largest market in the country to only have one 10 PM newscast - NYC, Chicago, and Los Angeles all have at least two competing early late night newscasts, many of them provided by Tribune-owned stations. More as we hear it.....

WAMU Tops DC Radio Heap - 1/27 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "first week" of January. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WAMU, 2) WTOP, 3) WASH, 4) WIHT and WHUR, 6) WETA-FM, 7) WBIG, 8) WPGC, 9) WKYS, 10) WMMJ, 11) WMZQ, 12) WIAD, 13) WGTS, 14) WMAL, 15) WPRS, 16) WLZL and WWDC, 18) WTEM, 19) WJFK-FM, 20) WRQX, 21) WERQ and WINC-FM and WIYY and WDCN and WAVA-FM and WBQB, 27) WWEG and WFRE and WGRQ, 30) WPOC and WQSR and WAFY, 33) WJYJ, 34) WNEW and WWMX and WFLS and WPFW, 38) WILC and WSPZ and WLIF and WBJC and WRBS-FM and WMET and WTNT.....

MPT Debuts 6th Season Of "Collectibles" - 1/27 - Maryland Public Television's original series "Chesapeake Collectibles," now in its sixth season, opens a treasure chest of antiques and heirlooms from around the world in four new February episodes. The series, with Rhea Feikin as host, airs Thursdays at 8 PM. Memorabilia from around the world are brought to the studio by collectors from the Chesapeake Bay region. More than 20 certified appraisers evaluate the market values of the heirlooms presented for assessment. The program is rebroadcast on Fridays at 1:30 AM and Saturday at 10 PM. Each episode also airs on MPT2 on Sundays at 6 PM. The production was shot on location for a second year at Turf Valley in Ellicott City.....

Nats Owner Says MASN Rights Dispute Hurts Team - 1/27 - One of the Washington Nationals' principal owners said the team's protracted dispute with the Baltimore Orioles over television rights fees has "significantly" impaired its operations and ability to invest in efforts to improve the ballclub, so reports washingtonpost.com. The remarks by Ed Cohen, in a sworn affidavit filed late last week in a New York Supreme Court, are the strongest public comments to date by the Nationals about the dispute, which involves the amount of money paid to the team by the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. The Orioles have a majority ownership of the shared network.....

NPR Promotes Stephanie Miller - 1/27 - Stephanie Miller gets promoted from her post as director of stations relations and communications for NPR Digital Services, and now takes "full responsibility for overseeing the operations and staff" at NPR Digital Services, according to a memo from the DC-based public broadcaster.....

Rant: NBC 4, WTOP Deliver In Storm - 1/25 - My take on DC media blizzard coverage: As a cable TV cord cutter, I watched a lot of 4, 5, and 9's coverage of the blizzard (7's signal is rather crappy at my location in Reston). Easily, 4 was the best. Their mix of anchors, reporters, and weather folks was pretty near perfect. I really like Doug Kammerer. OK, the Pat Collins "snow stick schtick" is getting kinda old, but it was tolerable. 5 & 9 weren't bad, but they were far more "silly" and "jokey" than 4. I couldn't watch either for more than a few minutes. As always, 9's Topper and Howie were great. Most of the time, though, I was getting info from the WaPo's "Capital Weather Gang" and weather.com. I probably spent the most time listening to radio coverage on WTOP, which is always excellent, although somewhat repetitive at times. Also listened to some WMAL, when then they were interrupting their "raging righties" for some storm "variety." I haven't gotten my print Washington Post for the past few days. I really thought I couldn't live without it, but I'm actually finding that I can. Quite well. Hmmm.....

Zurawik Commends Balto TVers' Snow Coverage - 1/25 - Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik praises Baltimore TV newsers for their coverage of the weekend blizzard. "WBAL, WJZ, WMAR and WBFF all pre-empted one or more regularly scheduled network or syndicated shows during the early evening news hours. And they didn't just fill with two anchors sitting at a desk talking how much they hated shoveling snow or loved their four-wheel drive vehicles. And all four are offering the same kind of coverage online while going mostly using social media to engage with viewers and give them the chance to share their thoughts, feelings and images of the storm," he writes at baltimoresun.com.....

WaPo Launches Backdrop - 1/25 - The Washington Post launches Backdrop, a presidential campaign coverage feature that, according to a statement, "gives readers a quick look at the latest state of play, providing context without interrupting the reading experience. Readers will see a button pop up in the lower-left-hand corner of politics articles, and when you tap or click it, Backdrop will slide out and feature updates on the latest polling, video explainers, key quotes that illuminate candidates' stances, charts on money in the election, and more as the campaign dictates." More at washingtonpost.com.....

Dave TV: Bob Ryan Phones His Old Buddies At WRC - 1/23 - 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" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

WaPo Lifts Paywall During Storm - 1/22 - The Washington Post will temporarily lift its paywall on its website "to provide readers unlimited access to weather coverage and important safety information" from Friday afternoon through Monday. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Jack Bowden Dies - 1/21 - Longtime Channel 2/WMAR anchor and reporter Jack Bowden died of leukemia Wednesday at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. He was 82 and lived in Finksburg. According to a tribute article at WMAR's abc2news.com website: "Before Google, there was Bowden. He was the news station's human archive; you could go to him and say [former Maryland governor] Marvin Mandel and within seconds he would tell you Mandel's history in Annapolis. As City Hall reporter, politicians would only speak with him. He would break stories in the bee hive. He would tell you what happened on every street corner in Baltimore." Says longtime Baltimore TV reporter Andy Barth, "We all studied Jack. How to interview, how to listen, how to enjoy hearing a good story and making it a great story. He was a role model. We loved his booming voice and his hearty laugh." After two decades at WMAR, Bowden left in 1988 following a contract dispute. The next year he joined WBAL radio and hosted an afternoon news show. Born in Baltimore, Bowden started his career at WFMD radio in Frederick. In 1960, he became an announcer at classical WBAL-FM. He then worked a year at Channel 11/WBAL and joined WMAR in 1967. At right, Bowden and his wife, Susan White-Bowden, also a Baltimore TV anchor and reporter, on the cover of the Baltimore Sun's TV Week in 1980.....

Gamut Adds 98.3 - 1/21 - A new signal for Hubbard's eclectic music The Gamut - W252DC, 98.3, licensed to Reston with a tower pumping about 200-watts from Great Falls. The Gamut remains on 104.5 from a tower near Sterling, 820 from Frederick, and via the digital HD3 subchannels of WTOP's 103.5, 103.9, and 107.7 signals.....

McCann Upped To Cumulus DC Market Manager - 1/21 - Cumulus promotes Jake McCann from vice president of sales to market manager of its DC radio cluster, which includes news talker WMAL, 105.9/630, and hot adult contemporary WRQX, 107.3. Also, the firm makes Beth Cohen vice president of sales. She had been the cluster's director of sales.....

WAMU Revises Program Sked, Kojo Shortened - 1/20 - Starting January 25, American University public radio news talker WAMU, 88.5, debuts a reconfigured program schedule, including a shortened, one-hour "Kojo Nnamdi Show" from noon to 1 PM. "Here And Now" will air on most weekdays from 1 PM to 3 PM, with "Fresh Air" from 3 PM to 4 PM. The new line-up, including weekday evening and weekend changes, is at wamu.org.....

Former BAL Host Runs For Balto Mayor - 1/20 - Alan Walden, the retired morning news anchor for Hearst news talker WBAL-AM, 1090, is running for mayor of Baltimore. Walden, who served as the news anchor on WBAL's morning show from 1988 to 1998, says he's filed to run as a Republican in the mayoral primary in April. More at wbal.com.....

XMAS Boosts WASH To 1st - 1/20 - The Washington radio ratings for the monthly Holiday period. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WASH, 2) WTOP, 3) WAMU,4) WHUR and WIHT, 6) WETA-FM, 7) WPGC, 8) WMMJ, 9) WKYS, 10) WBIG, 11) WIAD and WMAL, 13) WMZQ, 14) WGTS, 15) WRQX, 16) WWDC, 17) WJFK-FM and WLZL, 19) WPRS, 20) WTEM, 21) WFMD, 22) WAVA-FM, 23) WGRQ and WERQ and WDCN, 26) WIYY and WNEW and WBQB, 29) WLIF and WINC-FM and WFRE.....

XMAS Boosts WLIF To 1st - 1/20 - The Baltimore radio ratings for the monthly Holiday period. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WLIF, 2) WERQ, 3) WWIN-FM, 4) WPOC, 5) WRBS-FM, 6) WWMX, 7) WIYY, 8) WZFT, 9) WJZ-FM, 10) WCBM, 11) WBAL-AM, 12) WQSR, 13) WZBA, 14) WASH, 15) WCAO, 16) WTOP and WAMU, 18) WAMU and WYPR, 20) WNEW and WPGC and WWDC, 23) WHUR and WKYS, 25) WLZL, 26) WMAL, 27) WMZQ and WRQX and WXCY, 30) WIHT.....

PBDC: Simpson Dies, Zampillo's Out - 1/20 - DC sports TV veteran Jim Simpson dies. Dan Zampillo is out as program director at ESPN 980. And more in this week's Washington sports media column at PressBoxDC.com.....

PBO: Sinclair Expands Sports Net, Forrester Adds To "Dish" - 1/20 - Sinclair is expanding its American Sports Network. Drew Forrester expands his "Drew's Morning Dish" website. Jerry Coleman won't be heard on 105.7 The Fan any longer. And more in this week's Baltimore sports media column at PressBoxOnline.com.....

All Access Questions Rich Johnson - 1/20 - WTOP news anchor andf reporter Rich Johnson answers 10 career and radio news business-related questions posed by All Access.....

Cacas's Widow Slams WaPo Over Obit - 1/19 - DC radio news veteran Max Cacas (right) died December 8 of a heart attack. He was 61. The Washington Post got around to running a short "Of Note" two paragraph obituary in its January 19 print edition, with no mention on its website. Many DCRTV readers say the Post should have run a more substantial article considering Cacas's lengthy, four-decade news radio career in the DC area, which included positions at NPR, WTOP, Federal News Radio, WAMU, WASH, WXTR, and at then all-newser WAVA. His widow, Lisa Myers, tells us: "He died on December 8 and by December 11 I'd submitted obituary information to the Post's obit office. It was weeks before they finally got back to me and promised that a reporter would contact me. Last week a very nasty reporter contacted me and dismissively asked me a few questions about Max. He was very rude. And now, six weeks to the day that he died they're finally running his obituary. I'm so upset. It's just like salt in the wound".....

Zampillo Leaving ESPN 980, Hoffman Also Out - 1/19 - Dan Zampillo, the program director at Redskins owner Dan Snyder's sports talker, ESPN 980, WTEM, has announced his resignation. He was hired in April 2015. Just the latest radio exec to leave the Red Zebra station, which is suffering a significant ratings slump and way behind CBS rival 106.7 The Fan, WJFK-FM, in key male demographics. In late 2015, WTEM saw the departure of its chief executive, Rick Carmean, as the Redskins organization attempts to merge team management with its radio division. More at washingtonpost.com, which is also reporting that ESPN 980 has eliminated the Redskins beat reporter position and has let Craig Hoffman go.....

New Morning Sounds For WKYS, WMMJ, WOL - 1/19 - Today's the big day of change for new morning line-ups on three Radio One outlets in DC. At WKYS, 93.9, "The Fam" with QuickSilva and Lil Mo premieres. According to a company announcement, they'll provide listeners with "the inside track on entertainment, sports and pop-culture, while playing today's biggest hip-hop and R&B hits." "The Fam" transitions to DC from Baltimore, where it's been occupying the afternoon slot on WERQ, 92.3, to replace "The Russ Parr Morning Show," which moves to WMMJ, Majic 102.3. QuickSilva has been a DJ on the Parr's show since 2012. Additionally, Britt Waters, Parr's associate producer, joins the "The Fam" as executive producer and entertainment reporter. Also, Tom Joyner's show moves from WMMJ to WOL, 1450. The rumor is that when Joyner's syndication contract ends with Radio One's Reach Media at the end of 2016, Parr will replace him on a nationwide basis.....

WaPo Apologizes For Federal Eye Plagiarism - 1/19 - In an "Editor's Note" on page A2 of its Tuesday print edition, the Washington Post admits that three articles that appeared in its Federal Eye blog and in print "contained passages that were largely duplicated, without attribution, from stories on the Government Executive website." The articles in question appeared in August 2015 and January 2016. "The articles contained eight sentences or paragraphs that were taken, verbatim or very nearly so, from Government Executive," according to the "Editor's Note," which formally apologized for "these serious lapses".....

Dave TV: Bowie In NY Times, WaPo Cringe, More - 1/19 - 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" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

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