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Jerry Ferreira Joins CSN - 7/25 - Comcast Sports Net Mid-Atlantic names Joe Ferreira as vice president of content strategy, a newly-created position. Starting August 1, he will be in charge of studio programming, original content, and digital media, including Bethesda-based CSN's online, mobile, and social assets. Ferreira has more than 28 years of experience in television and digital media with media firms like CBS, NBC, USA Today, and the National Football League. His most recent gig was with collegiate multimedia rights holder Learfield Sports, where he served as chief content officer for four years.....

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


Just Days Left: 2 Years Of Plus For Price Of 1 - 7/25 - Your $39 or more donation to DCRTV usually gets you one year of local radio and TV memory-packed DCRTV Plus - but through July 31 it'll get you two. Good for new subscriptions, extensions, and renewals. Please support your favorite independent local media news, commentary, and nostalgia website. We're in the first initial wave of creating a totally revised DCRTV Plus 2.0, the best place to find nostalgic and historical stuff about DC and Baltimore radio and TV. And, we launched two new tribute pages - for classic radio stations WINX in DC and WITH in Baltimore. And, we've updated the tribute pages dedicated to Captain Chesapeake, Milt Grant, Fairfax's WEEL, and Channel 4/WRC. Plus we've restored our Interview page with several area TV and radio greats, including Gordon Peterson, Ed Walker, and Doreen Gentzler, as well as our DC TV station IDs page. They're joining many other recent photo page additions for WMAL-TV, WTTG, WMAR, WBAL-AM, WDCA, WWDC, WOL, WCAO, WUSA/WDVM/WTOP, WJZ/WAAM, and WEAM. With more new and reorganized stuff to come on a daily basis throughout the summer. DCRTV started covering DC and Baltimore area media news almost 19 years ago. Send your donation via PayPal to our dcrtv@hotmail.com address. Or pop a check in the mail. Make it payable to "Dave Hughes" and send it to Dave Hughes, 1981-B Villaridge Drive, Reston VA 20191. Visit our Support page for more donation options.....

WMAL's Wilson Mentioned In Fox News Sex Controversy - 7/24 - Former Fox News Channel reporter and anchor Brian Wilson (right), who now co-hosts mornings on Cumulus news talker WMAL, 105.9/630, gets mentioned in the sexual harassment scandal involving just-fired chairman Roger Ailes. The New York Times reports that former Fox News reporter Rudi Baktiar accused the DC-based Wilson of improper behavior in 2006 and that she thinks she lost her job over reporting it. She claims that, while having coffee in her DC hotel lobby, Wilson told her he wanted to help her get a permanent job and then allegedly said, "I'd like to see the inside of your hotel room." Wilson denied the allegations to the Times and said, "I take strong exception to the facts of the story as you have relayed it to me, period. Beyond that, I will have no further comment." Last week, former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson accused Ailes of harrasment. Reportedly, current host Megyn Kelly also alleged harassment by Ailes as part of the internal investigation. More at quintonreport.com.....

API Building Could Be Torn Down - 7/24 - Preservationists are trying to save the American Press Institute building in Reston, designed by acclaimed 20th-century architect Marcel Breuer. It could soon be demolished to make way for townhouses and an apartment building. At washingtonpost.com.....

Sponsored: Merrill College Offers Convenient Journalism Degrees - 7/24 - The University Of Maryand's Philip Merrill College Of Journalism is offering a Graduate Certificate Of Professional Studies In Multimedia Journalism which teaches the skills most in demand today for communication professionals in news organizations, nonprofits, and business. The 12-credit, four-course graduate certificate program is designed for working professionals. Classes meet on Saturdays during the fall and spring semesters, so there's no conflict with work schedules. Classes may be taken individually over a two-year period, or two at a time, enrollment permitting. Completion of all four courses provides media professionals with a strong understanding of digital communication, including the fundamentals of web production, shooting and editing photos, video and audio, and use of mobile and social media tools. More at umd.edu. The Merrill College also offers full-time Master's Degree programs. In fact, you can now apply three of the four certificate classes toward a Master's Degree.....

Sponsored: Tommy Griffiths Offers Voice Discounts - 7/24 - Time for a new Demo? Coaching? An Audition Diagnosis? Need to market your Voiceover Biz with a website? This summer, through September 1, Tommy Griffiths Voice Productions is offering a 20 percent discount on all services, and get your voice ready for the Fall and Holiday advertising season, when your voice will be in more demand than any other time of year. Reach Tommy at 757-404-0833 or at TommyGriffiths@verizon.net or check out TommyGriffiths.com. Also, you can hear Tommy's new TV Narration Demo at YouTube.com. Notice how each piece of the montage represents a completely different and contrasting style of delivery. Your demo will be produced and structured in a similar way... for more info on Demo Production check out this webinar video at YouTube.com.....

Sponsored: Robinson & Hines Host Real Estate Show On WCBM - 7/23 - Tom Robinson and Charles Hines head to Baltimore talker WCBM, 680, to do a real estate show, "Location, Location, Location With Tom And Charlie" airs at 11 PM on Saturday nights. This week's show features Chip Fry of Charm City Staging on the advantages of staging your home. Also, there's talk about using paid "squatters" to make houses look lived in. You can stream the show at wcbm.com, with past show podcasts available at tomandcharlieshow.com.....

Awaiting Foreclosure, Shales Trashes WaPo - 7/23 - From the New York Post's Page Six: Tom Shales (right), the Pulitzer Prize-winning television critic who was forced out at the Washington Post in 2010 after 39 years, still takes every opportunity he can to bash the paper. In a Facebook post on Friday, Shales wrote: "I'll be homeless soon. After years of fighting it, the banks win again: Foreclosure sale of my house has been scheduled (for 3rd time)... thanks again to heartless scum at the Washington Post who set this all in motion." Shales' Facebook bio is even a dig at the newspaper: "TV critic at the Washington Post for 35 years, until the cheap bastards decided I was too well-paid." He took a buyout in 2006, and continued as a contract writer at WaPo until 2010. Earlier this month, he described the place as "an obscure, sh*t-shoveling, rot-riddled, slime pot of a ‘newspaper.'” Shales, now 71, told us he hasn't yet been foreclosed upon and that he does collect a pension. "I actually have more time to watch television than I did then," he added, but, "It isn't as much fun when you're not getting paid for it".....

DCRTV Job Ads - 7/23 - Hearst-Baltimore is looking for a national sales director for Channel 11/WBAL, WBAL-AM, and 98 Rock. Baltimore news talker WCBM wants show host talent. And, DC's C-SPAN radio is seeking an associate producer for its WCSP-FM. Those are the latest DCRTV Job Ads, where you can reach thousands of local media movers and shakers for just $49.....

WNAV News Director Arrested - 7/22 - Raychel Harvey-Jones, the recently-hired news director for Annapolis's WNAV, 1430, was arrested at the station Thuursday morning by Baltimore County and Annapolis police. According to eyeonannapolis.net, he has been charged with forgery of a court document in "a bizarre attempt at rekindling a broken personal relationship." In 2015, Harvey-Jones was found guilty of misuse of a computer in a related case and sentenced to probation, adds Eye On Annapolis.....

C-SPAN Radio Airs Johnson Special - 7/22 - Ahead of the Democratic National Convention which starts July 25, C-SPAN Radio takes you back to 1964 on July 23, for a program of President Johnson's calls about the presidential campaign and the Democratic National Convention. Participants in these calls include Texas governor and longtime Johnson adviser John Connally and United Auto Workers president Walter Reuther. "The LBJ Tapes" airs Saturday, July 23, at 6 PM on C-SPAN Radio, WCSP 90.1 FM, in the DC area, online at www.c-span.org, and via the free C-SPAN Radio app......

Fox News Head Resigns - 7/22 - Roger Ailes has resigned under pressure as chief executive of Fox News Channel while fighting a workplace misconduct suit. The vacuum left by his departure after two decades will be filled for now by Rupert Murdoch, 85, the executive chairman of network parent 21st Century Fox. He will run Fox News and its sister Fox Business Network, which Ailes had also led, until a successor is found. Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson's lawsuit alleges she was forced out by Ailes after she spurned his sexual advances. Ailes has denied the claims and did not comment on his resignation. More from AP.....

Thom Loverro Starts Podcast - 7/21 - DC and Baltimore sports media veteran Thom Loverro launches "Cigars And Curveballs," a one-hour weekly podcast devoted to sports and and popular culture topics. It debuts this week with an interview with baseball great Bobby Bonilla. Episodes will feature a variety of area celebs, including Cal Ripken and David "The Wire" Simon. Loverro, who's been covering area sports for 40 years, has been a sports columnist at the Washington Times since 1992. He recently lost his gig with sports talker WTEM, ESPN 980, where he co-hosted the middays "Sports Fix." But Loverro is still a regular contributor to WTEM's afternoon "Sports Reporters" show. Tim Shovers, an executive producer at the Redskins Radio Network who also works at ESPN 980, is executive prodcer of the podcast. "Cigars And Curveballs" is currently hosted by the Washington Times website and will soon also be made available for free on iTunes and Google Play.....

Korny Talks Up Podcast - 7/20 - DC sports media legend Tony Kornheiser sheds some light on his new podcast, which is slated to launch this fall. Via the "B-More Opinionated" podcast hosted by Baltimore sports radio vets Jason La Canfora and Jerry Coleman. Kornheiser left DC sports talker WTEM, ESPN 980, in June, after hosting a longtime late morning show. At bmoshow.com.....

Fauquier Times Sold - 7/20 - Fauquier County's weekly newspaper, which was founded in 1905, has been sold to a new, local ownership group. Newly-formed Piedmont Media will publish its first edition of the Fauquier Times on August 24, according to Marshall resident George Thompson, who assembled the investment group and headed purchase negotiations that started more than a year ago. The transaction includes the 9,400-circulation newspaper, along with two free-distribution weeklies, the Gainesville Times and the Prince William Times. The deal also includes the Piedmont Business Journal and the InFauquier and InPrince William magazines. The late Arthur Arundel purchased the newspaper in 1974. After his death in 2011, his eldest son Peter bought the paper. More at fauquiernow.com.....

Takoma Park Community Radio Station Signs On - 7/19 - The DC area's newest community-operated, low-power radio station, Takoma Park's WOWD-LP, 94.3, hit the airwaves at 9:43 AM on July 16. With a wide variety of music and talk programs largely from volunteers. You can receive the 20-watt signal throughout much of DC, northern Prince George's Country, and eastern Montgomery County. There's a stream and more information at takomaradio.org. Also, there's a Facebook page at facebook.com/tkpkradio.....

WGTS Part Of Christian Contemporary's Growth - 7/18 - The DC area's Christian contemporary WGTS, 91.9, gets a mention in a Washington Post article about how the format is growing - attracting many people who aren't traditionally religious.....

Source: DC's Current Newspapers Being Sold - 7/17 - A source tells DCRTV that Current Newspapers, which operates a batch of northwest DC weeklies that provide community news to the Georgetown, Dupont Circle, and Chevy Chase neighborhoods, is in the process of being sold. We're told that Davis Kennedy is out as publisher and editor. And that David Ferrara, who was senior ad sales consultant, becomes chief operating officer. More: We hear from other sources that the paper isn't for sale, after all. More as we hear it.....

Frank Herzog To Sports Hall Of Fame - 7/17 - This weekend, DC sports TV and radio veteran Frank Herzog (right), the longtime and former radio "voice" of the Redskins, joins former Redskins great Dexter Manley and nine others as part of the 2016 DC Sports Hall Of Fame class. During his career, Herzog did sports reporting and anchoring for Channel 9/WUSA (back when it was WTOP-TV), Channel 7/WJLA, and WTOP radio. More at wtop.com.....

UMD Journalism Benefactor Eleanor Merrill Dies - 7/17 - The Philip Merrill College Of Journalism has lost a longtime friend and benefactor. Eleanor Merrill, like her husband Phillip Merrill, was strongly committed to journalism education and their donation to the University Of Maryland made the modern Philip Merrill College Of Journalism possible. She was longtime publisher of Washingtonian magazine and of the Capital newspaper in Annapolis. Mrs. Merrill's relationship with the college reaches back more than 30 years. In 1983, she joined the first Board Of Visitors on the University Of Maryland campus at what was then known as the College Of Journalism. She became its chair in 1995. In 2001, the Merrill family gave a $10 million gift that resulted in the college being named the Philip Merrill College Of Journalism. Philip Merrill died in June, 2006. Their daughter, Cathy Merrill Williams, currently chairs the college's Board of Visitors. More at merrill.umd.edu.....

Maureen Bunyan To Be Honored By NCRTV - 7/17 - Channel 7/WJLA news anchor Maureen Bunyan (right) has been named the first recipient of the Ed Walker Lifetime Achievement In Broadcasting Award. The National Capital Radio And Television honor will be presented at the museum's annual fall fundraiser "Turn Your Television On" September 10, at the Comfort Inn Ballroom in Bowie. "I humbly accept the recognition from the museum of this award named in honor of the beloved broadcast icon Ed Walker," says Bunyan. She is known as a leader in the newsroom and an advocate for women and minorities in journalism. She is a founder of the International Women's Media Foundation which serves women in the media in 100 countries. She is also a founder of the National Association Of Black Journalists where she was inducted into the NABJ Hall Of Fame in January 2014. Named for the late Ed Walker, who received the award in 2015, the Lifetime Achievement In Broadcasting Award recognizes the impact local radio and television broadcasters have had on the local citizens. Longtime DC TV personality Arch Campbell will be master of ceremonies for the event. "Turn Your Television On" tickets are available at ncrtv.org or by mailing a check to the NCRTV Museum, PO Box 1809, Bowie MD 20717. Individual tickets are $70 per person for NCRTV members and $75 per person non-members. Reserved tables of eight are available for $560 for members and $600 for non-members). Sponsorship and advertising opportunities also are available. More by emailing info@ncrtv.org or by calling 301-390-1020 between 9 AM and 3 PM. Proceeds from the event will assist NCRTV in preserving the history of radio and television. The museum displays, explains, and preserves scores of radios, TVs, phones and other devices and programs from their beginnings to the present. The museum collection contains over 3,000 items, including two rare mechanical televisions from the early 1930s. Its mission is to explore the development and impact of electronic media, particularly in the DC area, on our lives.....

Former Fox News Analyst Gets Jail Time - 7/16 - Wayne Simmons, former a Fox News guest analyst on foreign policy and intelligence issues, has been sentenced by a federal court in Virginia to 33 months in prison for lying about his security clearance, his criminal history, and his finances. Simmons, 62, claimed he was a CIA agent. More at washingtonpost.com.....

WaPo Gears Up For Conventions - 7/16 - The Washington Post will host a week-long live event series at the 2016 Republican and Democratic National Conventions featuring Post journalists, lawmakers, political operatives, and business leaders. Among the journalists participating: Chief Correspondent Dan Balz, Political Reporter Karen Tumulty, National Editor Scott Wilson, Deputy Editorial Page Editor Ruth Marcus, Senior Politics Editor Steven Ginsberg, The Fix's Chris Cillizza, Political Reporter Ed O’Keefe, The Daily 202's James Hohmann, National Reporter Mary Jordan, and Media Columnist Margaret Sullivan. The Post's live Republican Convention hub is at thewashingtonpostatthernc.splashthat.com.....

Ravens Extend Deal With BAL Radio & TV, 98 Rock - 7/15 - The Ravens have extended their partnership with Hearst's Baltimore radio and TV cluster. That will keep news talk WBAL-AM, 1090, and active rocker WIYY, 98 Rock, as the radio flagship home of the NFL team from 2017 through the 2022 season. Additionally, under the extended contract, Channel 11/WBAL will continue to serve as an official broadcast partner by televising preseason games and three weekly, in-season programs created by the team's in-house broadcasting group, Ravens Productions. The new deal is an extension of the previous relationship that was agreed upon from 2011 to 2016. It also marks the second contract extension between the Ravens and the broadcast organizations, following an initial agreement that was first established in 2006. More at wbal.com.....

WCBM Airs Marr Service, Levin Pays Tribute - 7/15 - Baltimore news talker WCBM, 680, carried the funeral service for longtime show host Tom Marr on Friday at 11:30 AM. From St. Joseph's Church in Cockeysville. Baltimore radio and TV veteran Marr (right), 73, who hosted the 9 AM to noon slot on WCBM, died July 7 after suffering a stroke following back surgery. Loudoun County-based nationally-syndicate conservative talker Mark Levin, who is heard on WCBM from 7 PM to 10 PM, will be honoring Marr this evening by airing the final broadcast where Marr was a guest host of his show. The show will air in its entirety. Marr was a regular fill-in host for Levin. Levin's show also airs on DC's WMAL, 105.9/630, from 6 PM to 9 PM. More of Levin's tribute to Marr is on YouTube.....

Bolter Starts Booze Video Company - 7/15 - What's former Channel 5/WTTG news anchor Brian Bolter (right) up to these days? "I traded news for booze," he says in a new video he posted on YouTube. A multiple Emmy and Murrow award winning television news anchor and reporter for 20 years, Bolter is now owner of two Annapolis wine bars - DRY 85 and the Red Red Wine Bar. And he's just announced that he's started Bottle Proof TV, "a freelance video production company connecting viewers to the beverage in their glass. Bottle Proof uncovers and brings to life that unique DNA behind the labels of the distilled spirits, craft beer and wine industry." According to bottleprooftv.com.....

Riggo Joins Redskins Coverage On 980 - 7/14 - Redskins veteran John Riggins (right) joins the "Official Washington Redskins Pregame Show" on Redskins owner Dan Snyder's WTEM, ESPN 980. He'll team up with Kevin Sheehan before the team's games. For all 2016 home games, fans can watch the pregame show live from the Bud Light Pavilion at FedEx Field beginning three hours before kickoff. Also, Riggins will be featured on ESPN 980’s weekday shows throughout the NFL season. Larry Michael, Sonny Jurgensen, and Chris Cooley will again call Redskins games on the Redskins Radio Network. Plus, Andy Pollin will host "Redskins Saturday" each Saturday from 10 AM until noon, as well as daily "Redskins 365" reports. Beginning July 28, ESPN 980's weekday shows will be broadcasting live from Redskins Training Camp in Richmond.....

NPR Deals With iHeartRadio - 7/14 - Commercial radio giant iHeart and DC-based NPR have come to terms allowing public radio organization's news/talk member stations to stream on the iHeartRadio platform. With iHeart turning over 50% of landing page ad banner inventory to support the stations. More at radioinsight.com.....

Chuck Gormley Leaves CSN - 7/14 - DCRTV hears that after five seasons as the Capitals Insider, Chuck Gormley will be leaving the hockey team's broadcasts on Comcast SportsNet. More as we hear it.....

Molly Cochran Joins 7 & 8 - 7/14 - Molly Cochran joins Sinclair's Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8 as a weekend meterologist. She used to work for AccuWeather, where her weather reports were seen on ABC World Nerws Now, Bloomberg Business, Big Ten Network, and Fox News. She starts August 18.....

Qwesi McCray Joins 7 & 8 - 7/14 - Qwesi McCray joins Sinclair's Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8 as a news anchor and reporter. He comes from WOIO-TV in Cleveland, where he anchored the morning and noon newscasts. Before that, he reported for KABC-TV in Los Angeles. McCray, who was born in DC but raised in Montreal, has also worked for TV stations in Mobile, Miami, and Orlando. He starts July 25.....

BBG Head Detained In Russia - 7/14 - Russian authorities briefly detained and then deported the chief of the board that oversees US government broadcasting overseas, including the Voice Of America and Radio Free Europe, the latest move amid heightening friction between Washington and Moscow, according to cbsnews.com. The DC-based Broadcasting Board Of Governors said in a statement that its chairman, Jeff Shell, was denied entry into Russia on arriving at Moscow's main international airport late Tuesday despite having a valid US passport and Russian visa. He was detained in a locked room for several hours before being escorted onto a flight to Amsterdam.....

Luke Russert Leaves NBC News - 7/13 - Luke Russert is leaving NBC News. The son of the late "Meet The Press" moderator Tim Russert, is taking time away from political reporting, a week before the conventions begin, "to pursue other interests" the network said. "It has been a privilege and an honor for me to have worked for NBC News for the last eight years. I will always be eternally grateful for all the opportunities I've received and for the incredible people I've gotten to know along the way. NBC News is family and while it's hard to leave, it's the right decision for me at this time," Luke wrote in a note to staff. So reports politico.com.....

CNS Seeks Advice For Convention Coverage - 7/13 - Capital News Service, with is operated by the University Of Maryland's Philip Merrill College Of Journalism, is sending 14 student journalists to Cleveland and Philadelphia later this month to cover the national political conventions. And, according to CNS, "It can be intimidating and exhilarating all at the same time. What is the best way to cover these events to ensure Marylanders - and all of CNS’s clients " get the stories that have the most impact?" They've reached out to Merrill College faculty and adjuncts, as well as UMD alumni, to get some of their best suggestions about covering what promises to be two of the more interesting political conventions in many years. Check 'em out at merrill.umd.edu.....

Cuts At PBS - 7/12 - Arlington-based PBS is laying off six staffers - mainly in its marketing and digital departments - in a reorganization and offering voluntary retirement packages to certain longtime employees. More at current.org.....

WaPo Targets Digital Subscribers Outside DC Area - 7/12 - The Washington Post has seen a 145% annual growth rate among its digital-only subscribers, mostly coming from the US outside of DC and including a "significant” portion from overseas. At digiday.com.....

Praise For Radio's Reaction To Dallas Shootings - 7/12 - Kathryn Boxill, a manager and consultant at Annapolis-based Research Director, looks at radio's reaction to the Dallas shootings. And how the medium has been "a catalyst to engaging and activating their listeners." In her "No Time For Radio To Be Silent" piece, she includes locally-based Radio One, the largest African American-based radio broadcaster, among her candidates for praise: "I give kudos and acknowledge Radio One for taking a stand and publically informing all that they want to be a part of the solution in terms of the recent shootings." Also mentioned: WHUR's Steve Harvey and WPGC's DJ Flexx. At researchdirectorinc.com.....

WaPo Unveils Facebook Messenger Bot - 7/12 - The Washington Post has released its first bot on Facebook's Messenger app platform. It can "share the latest trending stories, election alerts including results for local races, and Olympics coverage when the games start next month," according to a Post announcement. "With this experience, the bot must be prompted to receive notifications or any interaction giving the user full control over the amount of messaging." More at washingtonpost.com.....

SEC Hits Dawn Bennett With $4M Fine - 7/12 - Tom Taylor Now tells us that former DC brokered-time biz-talker Dawn Bennett has been ordered by the SEC to pay $4 million. The self-styled "Financial Myth-Buster" chose to boycott her own late-January hearing. Bennett now faces a disgorgement of profits of $556,102, a civil penalty of $2.9 million against the Bennett Group, and Bennett is personally required to pay a civil penalty of $600,000. The former host at Salem talker WWRC, 1260 AM, misrepresented the size of assets under her management, so as to inflate her Barron's ranking among financial advisors, according to the SEC. She also allegedly employed a "model portfolio" to overstate the financial returns of her investments for clients.....

Kate Pearson Joins MPT - 7/12 - Kate Pearson has joined Maryland Public Television as managing director of the state-wide network's programming department. She will oversee all programming and scheduling of MPT-produced programs, and national and outside acquisitions, for MPT-HD, as well as its secondary channel, MPT2. Prior to her arrival at MPT, Pearson served as a consultant to "PBS NewsHour." Before that, she served as senior vice president, programming and acquisitions at the Documentary Channel, was director of acquisitions for HBO Latin America, and was a video journalist at CNN Headline News.....

Judge Rules Againsts Nats In MASN Fee Dispute - 7/12 - The Baltimore Sun reports that a New York Supreme Court justice has ruled that the Orioles-controlled Mid-Atlantic Sports Network won't have to return next month to a Major League Baseball arbitration panel to have its long-running television rights fee dispute with the Washington Nationals decided. The decision by Justice Lawrence Marks was a victory for MASN and the Orioles, which have both argued that Major League Baseball is not the proper forum. The network said it could not receive an objective hearing from MLB because the league was involved in the case. It said in a December court filing that "high-ranking MLB officials who report directly to the Commissioner were intimately involved in every aspect of the arbitration".....

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


Brown Named Top Editor At Politico - 7/12 - Carrie Budoff Brown has been named the new editor of Politico. After the elections, she will replace Susan Glasser, who is planning to move to Jerusalem in 2017. Brown, who is currently managing editor of Politico Europe, has been with Politico since before its launch in 2007. More at nytimes.com.....

Weinstein Replaces Kornheiser At ESPN 980 - 7/11 - DC area native and former WTEMer Bram Weinstein (right) will replace Tony Kornheiser in the midday slot on Redskins owner Dan Snyder's sports talker, ESPN 980. "The Bram Weinstein Show" will debut on July 25, running from 11 AM to 1 PM. "I'm beyond excited," Weinstein tells the Sports Bog at washingtonpost.com. "It was always my first choice to come back here. It was just finding the right thing, and I'm just really fortunate that it's worked out." Last year, there was talk that Weinstein, a Montgomery County native and Springbrook High grad, would land at Channel 7/WJLA, replacing longtime sports anchor Tom Brant, who'd just retired from DC's ABC affiliate. But Weinstein kept his head low and stayed quiet in the past year, as part owner of a local media colunting firm. He started working for WTEM in the late 1990s, handling a number of gig, including Redskins beat reporter. Weinstein left for ESPN in Bristol CT in 2008, where he stayed until the spring of 2015. Longtime WTEM veteran Kornheiser said farewell to the DC sports talker in June. He plans to continue his "PTI" work with ESPN and start a podcast.....

Laurie Baty Leaves NCRTV Museum - 7/11 - DCRTV hears that Laurie Baty, who has been executive director of the National Capital Radio And TV Museum in Bowie, has taken a new job. As of July 25, she'll be director of the Drug Enforcement Administration's museum in the Pentagon City section of Arlington. The NCRTV organization has started looking for her replacement. "I thank all of you for your interest in and support of the Museum and hope that my departure will not diminish any of the enthusiasm and support that you have demonstrated over my five-year tenure here," says Baty. "The museum is in a better place because of your support. Thank you".....

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


Radio One Issues Statement After Shootings - 7/9 - In the wake of the latest race-based shootings that have rocked the country, Silver Spring-based Radio One, the largest Afreican-American-owned radio broadcaster, which owns nine stations in the DC-Baltimore area, including WKYS, WMMJ, and WERQ, has issued the following statement: "Radio One, Inc. is deeply saddened and troubled by the recent events in our country. There is no doubt, this is a critical moment in our history. From Baton Rouge, LA and Minneapolis, MN to Dallas, TX, the outcry of Black people is reverberating throughout this country. Our prayers and condolences are with the bereaved families of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Dallas Officers Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael Smith, Brent Thompson and Patrick Zamarripa. We pray for your peace and comfort. Though the chain of events this week is unprecedented, the sound of frustration and outrage are all too familiar. Black lives matter because ALL lives matter. Martin Luther King said, 'The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy.' The killing must stop. It doesn’t serve anyone. Certainly there is a better solution. We are not anti-police. We are anti-police misconduct, abuse and excessive force. We must protect the civil rights and lives of Black Americans and we must protect law enforcement officers who serve our communities. Both of these goals can co-exist and equally be served. Unfortunately, when these ideals aren’t aligned nor remembered, we are forced to live with the greatest loss of all – life. Acknowledging the significance of this moment, all this week, we have leveraged our multi-media platforms of local radio, TV One, Interactive One and Reach Media to encourage our community to lift their voices and be heard; promote peace in the street; and demand justice, accountability and reform in our police and justice systems. From exclusive coverage on TV One’s News One Now with Roland Martin to stopping the music and opening the phone lines for listener expression on our 56 urban radio stations and syndicated shows such as the Tom Joyner Morning Show, Rickey Smiley Morning Show, Russ Parr Morning Show & DL Hughley Show we’ve served our community. We’ve produced numerous public service announcements and created empowering and informative content that spanned our national digital platforms such as NewsOne.com and HelloBeautiful.com to the millions of people we touch through our social media network. And we won’t stop here. We will do more to educate and mobilize our community. As a communications company, we are obligated to tell the stories others won’t and to amplify the voices of our hurting community. We won’t be silent".....

Remake For Politico's Playbook - 7/8 - From Digiday: Born in the Blackberry era, Politico Playbook is now forced to remake itself for smartphones and social media - without its biggest name. Arlington-based Politico is losing its star contributor, Mike Allen, at the most inopportune of times. For nearly 10 years, Allen has pumped out Playbook, Politico's lucrative newsletter that provides a daily dose of scoops and personality bits to more than 100,000 political insiders. Now, right in the middle of the presidential campaign, he’s leaving with Politico CEO Jim VandeHei and other executives to start a new political publication. But along with naming Allen's successors, Politico is using the transition to recharge the newsletter, which has been largely unchanged since its launch. That means a bigger social push and down the road, a dedicated presence on Politico.com, called Playbook Plus.....

Tighter Security For Sinclair TVers - 7/7 - DCRTV hears that Baltimore-based Sinclair has issued a revised set of stricter building security measures prompted by an incident in April when a man entered the lobby of the company's Channel 45/WBFF in Baltimore who was shot by police (and survived) after a stand-off that lasted several hours. Among the tighter regulations, security guards at Sinclair stations are no longer allowed to admit personnel who do not have a specific official reason to be there - other than employees, visitors with appointments, and authorized vendors. The new rules apply to all of Sinclair's stations around the country, including DC's Channel 7/WJLA.....

WAMU To Sell Bluegrass Country Or End It - 7/7 - American University news talker WAMU, 88.5, says it will launch a public search for a new owner for its bluegrass music service, Bluegrass Country. And if it doesn't find a buyer, it will shut it down on December 31. "Over the years, support from listeners has allowed WAMU's bluegrass programming to evolve from a single program to a 24/7 service broadcasting at 105.5 FM and 88.5 HD2 in Washington and worldwide at bluegrasscountry.org, and reaching more than 4.4 million views on YouTube," according to a statement from the station. "Demographics over the last 20 years have caused a shift in the regional population. As a result, WAMU recently conducted two independent studies to clarify its position in the Washington DC market and assess the long-term potential of Bluegrass Country. Through this process, WAMU determined that news and information are what the majority of its listeners want and expect from the station. Analysis also showed that shifting demographics in the Washington region meant revenue and audience listening for the bluegrass service would trend downward over the next five years. As such, the station has made the difficult decision to part ways with Bluegrass Country in order to make strategic investments in news and information and better serve its audience." Says WAMU General Manager JJ Yore: "We know that the bluegrass community will be saddened by this decision, just as we are. In the next six months, our focus will be on celebrating this music's role in WAMU's history and working to identify a capable owner who is committed to preserving Bluegrass Country for decades to come." Adds Bluegrass Country managing producer and host Katy Daley: "For 49 years, WAMU has been a strong supporter of bluegrass music, a far longer run than most of us who were here from the early days would have expected. And while saddened by the decision, I understand it and why it was made. Over the next six months while we try and identify a new owner, we'll be as committed as ever to bring our listeners the best in bluegrass." More about the changes to BGC is at bluegrasscountry.org/change and washingtonpost.com.....

WCBM's Tom Marr Dies - 7/7 - Baltimore radio veteran Tom Marr (right), who hosted the 9 AM to noon slot on news talker WCBM, 680, died on July 7. Just four days earlier, Marr, 73, suffered a stroke after back surgery. According to a statement from his family: "At 10:36 this morning, our family patriarch, Thomas Aquinas Marr, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family. While we all prayed that he would make an eventual recovery, the severity of the stroke was insurmountable. We are thankful that he passed quickly and without suffering. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sharon, five children, and 10 grandchildren." Adds Sean Casey, WCBM's director of programming and operations: "Tom Marr was one of the founding fathers of WCBM. He helped to build this news-talk radio station into the force that it is today. He has had a successful career while, informing and entertaining listeners in Baltimore and worldwide. Tom was one of a kind and I considered myself to be very fortunate and blessed to have known him and worked with him. On behalf of the Mangione family and Station Manager Marc Beaven, our thoughts, prayers and condolences are extended to the Marr Family. Semper Fidelis, Tom." Marr has been a fixture in Baltimore radio since 1967, and has been with WCBM since 1989 when the Mangione family aquired the station. He was a frequent guest host on Mark Levin's nationally syndicated evening show and had often appeared on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and C-SPAN. Prior to coming to WCBM, Marr spent 21 years at now-defunct talker WFBR, 1300, in Baltimore, starting as a newsman. In the 1970s, he also did sports anchoring at Channel 2/WMAR, and, in 1979, joined the Baltimore Orioles' radio play-by-play team.....

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


Dude Voices Shark Doc For Discovery - 7/7 - DC and Baltimore voice great Dude Walker has narrated an episode on the upcoming Shark Week for the Discovery Channel - called "Nuclear Sharks." Check it out on YouTube.....

WSUX Raises Funds To Repair Lightning Damage - 7/7 - Seaford, Delaware's classic hits WSUX has started a GoFundMe page to raise $5,000 to repair lightning damage to its transmitter. The station says the fix will cost more than $10,000 and they have only half of the funds on-hand.....

WTOP Tops DC Radio Ratings For June - 7/6 - The Washington market radio ratings for the month of June. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP [AM drive 1st, PM drive 1st], 2) WAMU [ME 2nd, ATC 2nd], 3) WHUR [Harvey 3rd], 4) WMMJ [Parr 4th, Simpson 4th], 5) WIHT [Kane 5th], 6) WASH [Loo 7th], 7) WBIG, 8) WETA-FM and WPGC [Clair 11th], 10) WMZQ [Bones 15th] and WIAD [McFly 11th], 12) WKYS [Fam 17th] and WGTS, 14) WPRS, 15) WMAL [MOTM 9th, Rush 4th, Savage 17th], 16) WWDC [Elliot 14th], 17) WJFK-FM [Junks 11th, Dukes 18th], 18) WRQX [Diamond 18th], 19) WLZL [Biagi 19th], 20) WTEM [Cooley 20th, Czaban 19th], 21) WBQB and WFMD, 23) WFLS, 24) WFRE and WDCN and WERQ, 27) WPFW and WGRQ and WAVA-FM and WWEG and WINC-FM, 32) WAFY and WIYY and WQSR, 35) WBQH and WJYJ, 37) WOL [Joyner 39th], 38) WPOC and WLIF and WILC and WJZ-FM and WWGB and WSMD and WACA and WVBX and WWIN-FM and WRBS-FM and WDCH.....

WWIN Tops Baltimore Radio Ratings For June - 7/6 - The Baltimore market radio ratings for the month of June. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WERQ, 3) WLIF, 4) WPOC, 5) WJZ-FM, 6) WIYY, 7) WZFT, 8) WWMX, 9) WQSR, 10) WZBA, 11) WCBM, 12) WRBS-FM, 13) WBAL-AM, 14) WYPR, 15) WBJC, 16) WCAO, 17) WGTS and WLIFHD2 and WRBS-AM, 20) WQLL, 21) WOLB and WWIN-AM, 23) WJZ-AM. No out of market stations are included in this listing.....

WMAL Tower Site Plan Moves Ahead Slowly - 7/6 - Tom Taylor Now tells us that Toll Brothers' plan to build 170 single-family homes and 158 townhouses on WMAL's AM 630 transmitter site just off the Beltway in Bethesda, is slowing grinding through the Montgomery County approval process. With a traffic study of the Greentree Road area just completed. Taylor says Cumulus could get its first check for the sale of the 75-acre site, valued at between $75 and $90 million, by mid-2017. News talker WMAL plans to move its 630 AM towers to a Germantown site currently used by Red Zebra sports talker WSPZ, 570 AM.....

MPT Adds Create - 7/6 - Maryland Public Television is now carrying public TV's Create how-to channel for 20 hours a day on its MPT2 subchannel. MPT2 will continue to air a mix of MPT and PBS programming between 7 PM and 11 PM daily, with Create carried the remainder of the time. Create features a mix of cooking, traveling, home improvement, crafts, and gardening shows.....

Joe Concha Joins The Hill - 7/6 - Joe Concha joins The Hill as the Capitol Hill news organizations's media reporter. Based in New Jersey, Concha comes from Mediaite, where he's been covering media and politics. Previously, he was a producer and writer at Fox News Channel.....

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