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DCRTV Celebrates 22 Years In September - 9/17 - DCRTV started in September 1997 and we are now celebrating our big 22nd birthday. Yup, DCRTV has been here covering DC and Baltimore area radio, TV, and media news for more than two decades thanks largely to your support. Please help keep DCRTV running into its third decade! Send your donation via PayPal at paypal.me/dcrtv or send cash or a check made payable to "Dave Hughes" to Dave Hughes, 1720 Epps Bridge Parkway, Suite 108 Box 103, Athens GA 30606. Thanks.....

Washington Posts Ends Express - 9/16 - The Express, the free tabloid newspaper published weekdays by the Washington Post for Metro riders and other commuters, is being shut down after 16 years of publication. The paper was started as competition for the general local news free version of the Examiner, which has since become a Capitol Hill-only publication. Managers of the Post cited its deteriorating financial condition for the decision to cease publishing. Although they declined to cite specific figures, they said the printed paper had recently begun to lose money. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Kornheiser To Do Show For ESPN 630 - 9/12 - From washingtonpost.com: Three years after leaving local radio to start a podcast, Tony Kornheiser is returning to terrestrial radio. Kornheiser, the co-host of ESPN's "Pardon The Interruption" and a former Washington Post columnist, has joined Washington's new all-sports radio station, ESPN 630, WSBN, "The Sports Capitol," with an hour-long show airing at noon weekdays. Portions of the podcast will be included in the show along with unique content. Kornheiser will also join other ESPN 630 shows occasionally as part of his new relationship with the station, according to the Post.....

Tony Perkins To 9 - 9/11 - FTV Live tells us that former Channel 5/WTTG news anchor Tony Perkins is headed to a like gig at Channel 9/WUSA. Possibly for WUSA's morning newscast. More soon.....

Tobey Schreiner Dies - 9/6 - WAMU veteran Tobey Schreiner died August 29 at his home in Damascus MD. He was 54. According to legacy.com, after studying broadcasting at Montgomery College in Rockville, Schreiner began his 33 year career in radio. He started off as a DJ for a local radio station, advancing to board operator for WTOP before joining WAMU in 1991 as a broadcast technician. Shreiner was an integral part of "The Big Broadcast" with Ed Walker, serving as his right hand man from his first days at WAMU until the final broadcast in 2015, right before Walker's death. He also worked on "The Diane Rehm Show," working closely with Rehm for decades.....

New DCRTV Job Ad - 9/5 - The latest from DCRTV's Job Ads: Laurel TV is looking for a part-time reporter to shoot and edit stories. The candidate will also have opportunities to Anchor or host shows and help with productions. $17.28/hr for up to 20 hours per week. Send resumes and links to your work to Communications Director Audrey Barnes at abarnes@laurel.md.us.....

Bob Marbourg Says Goodbye To WTOP - 8/29 - Afternoon drive traffic reporter Bob Marbourg (right) retires from the WTOP Traffic Center. After 40 years, "it is time for me to say goodbye," the guru of DC-area traffic wrote in an email to WTOP. Marbourg recalled that he got his start at WTOP thanks to a plane crash. In the 1970s, WTOP reporter Steve Thompson and pilot Bernard Wicker were in a Cessna that ran out of fuel and landed in a tree in Vienna VA. Both survived, but were seriously hurt. Marbourg got the call from WTOP and "reported from my dining room on a wired landline," he said. For the next 10 years, however, he reported on the traffic, undaunted, from another Cessna: "two hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon. That was all there was of rush hour, then!" In his current afternoon drive gig, there have been times when Marbourg has manned his position well into the wee hours of the following morning when the region has been hit with a major storm. More at wtop.com.....

13 Moves CBS News To 6:30 - 8/29 - DCRTV hears that Baltimore's Channel 13/WJZ will move the "CBS Evening News" from 7 PM to 6:30 PM, putting it in direct competition with other major network newscasts in the market. Staring September 9. With the half hour of local news moving to the 7 PM slot. "Entertainment Tonight" remains at 7:30 PM.....

Al Payne To Program WHUR - 8/24 - Al Payne is the new program director at Howard University's urban adult contemporary WHUR, 96.3. He has worked at radio stations in Louisville, Detroit, Richmond, Dallas, and Baltimore. Payne is no stranger to the Washington market. He also worked up the radio dial at urban contemporary WKYS, 93.9, a decade ago. Most recently, Payne was the program director and content creator at urban contemporary KMJK in Kansas City.....

Apollo Eyes 9's Tegna - 8/24 - Private equity firm Apollo has set it sights on buying Northern Virginia-based Tegna's TV stations, which include DC's Channel 9/WUSA. Apollo inked a deal for a majority stake in Atlanta-based Cox Media Group in February and hammered out another agreement with Northwest Broadcasting to scoop up its 20 stations. More at thestreet.com.....

Season 4 "Our Town": Andy Ockershausen Interviews Local DC Area Players - 8/20 - "Our Town," media veteran Andy Ockershausen's (right) podcast featuring DC area celebrities, including media, sports, community, and political figures continues with its fourth big season! Including and jost-out interview with Monique Samuels from "The Real Housewives Of Potomac." Plus there's a season four wrap-up also just-out. At ourtowndc.com......

MPT To Revive "McLaughlin Group" - 8/16 - "The McLaughlin Group," a pioneer among political TV talk shows, returns to public television in September when weekly episodes begin airing on Maryland Public Television. A new episode will air Friday evenings at 11:30 PM and again Sunday mornings at 11 AM on MPT, starting Friday, September 6. Maryland Public Television and "The McLaughlin Group’s" production company, Re-Group Media, have entered into an agreement to produce and distribute the weekly series. The program will be recorded each Friday at a Washington DC studio. As presenting station, MPT will market, promote, and distribute the program nationally through an agreement with American Public Television. "The McLaughlin Group" will begin airing exclusively on public television stations nationwide and digital platforms in January 2020. Tom Rogan, noted political writer and commentator, is back to host the series. Rogan replaced original host John McLaughlin, who died in 2016. He is joined by longtime regular panel members Pat Buchanan, Eleanor Clift, and Clarence Page. Guest panelists will also appear on the program on a regular basis.....

Peggy Fox Leaving 9 - 8/14 - Channel 9/WUSA reporter Peggy Fox has announced on Facebook that she'll be leaving Tegna's DC CBS affiliate after 25 years to take a public relations job with Dominion Energy in Northern Virginia. Fox doesn't say when her last day at WUSA is.....

Steve Davis Leaves Entercom DC - 8/11 - Steve Davis will leave the vice president of programming gig for Entercom's DC radio cluster and his program director duties for classic hits WIAD, 94.7 The Drive and urban contemporary WPGC, 95.5. He will head to Ricmond, where he owns a comic book store.....

NBCSW Re-Launches "DC Sports Live" - 8/11 - NBC Sports Washington re-launches "DC Sports Live," its 10 PM sports talk and entertainment program, with new hosts Nick Ashooh, Wes Hall, and Alexa Shaw.....

Jurgensen Says Goodbye To Redskins Broadcasts - 8/9 - Former Redskins quarterback Sonny Jurgensen is retiring from broadcasting, he announced Thursday, August 8. "It's been a great 55 years in Washington," he wrote. Not long after the Burgundy and Gold took the field against the Cleveland Browns Thursday night at FedEx Field, the team issued a statement from the beloved quarterback and broadcaster on its website, according to wtop.com. "I want to thank our Redskin fans for being so generous to me and our teams, we owe it all to you. I’ve had so many wonderful memories of thousands of teammates I’ve played with and talked about during my years in radio and television in Washington DC," Jurgensen wrote. "I'll always be a fan of professional football and appreciative of all that it has done for me, my family and our city." According to WTOP, Jurgensen began his broadcasting career not long after his retirement from the game in 1974. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall Of Fame in 1983. He began doing color analysis for Washington's radio coverage, alongside Sam Huff, in the early 1980s. He also helped with TV preseason games for a few years. "I’ll leave you with these [words]," Jurgensen said in the statement. "Hail to the Redskins!".....

Carol Maloney Joins ESPN 630 - 8/8 - Veteran sports reporter and anchor Carol Maloney joins ESPN 630, WSBN, Cumulus's new sports talker. She will host of "The Carol Maloney Show" weekdays from 10 AM to noon. Maloney will be joined by another sports talk vet, Andy Pollin, who recently joined the station. Maloney has covered sports in DC since 2001, working for Comcast SportsNet and NBC Sports Washington, as well as Channel 4/WRC and WTEM. She will continue her current gig as a field reporter and show host for MASN on Nationals baseball telecasts.....

Redskins & NBCSN One Step Closer To TV Sports Betting - 8/7 - The Washington Redskins and NBC Sports Washington have announced a partnership that will provide the National Football League's first interactive, predictive-gaming live television presentation of the team's four preseason games. These pilot telecasts, entitled "Predict The Game" will feature free-to-play contests where fans can win $1,000 cash each quarter as well as other second chance prizes. The move is seen as preparing the two organizations for the eventual legalization of sports betting in the DC metro area. The presentations will be exclusively available on NBC Sports Washington Plus, beginning Thursday, August 8, when the Redskins open the preseason at the Cleveland Browns at 7:30 PM. More at redskins.com.....

Bobby Trosset Joins WBAL Radio & 98 Rock Sports Team - 8/5 - Bobby Trosset is the newest addition to the news talk WBAL, 1090/101.5, and 98 Rock, WIYY, sports team. He joins the Balrtimore Hearst stations from NBC Sports Washington where he covered the Washington Nationals along with other area teams and events. In his new role, Trosset will anchor morning sports updates on both WBAL and 98 Rock and will also be a significant part of the stations' coverage of the Baltimore Ravens.....

Bud Steele Dies - 7/30 - Harold "Bud" Steele, a longtime news fixture on WMAL radio, died on July 26. He worked at WMAL from 1970s, when he was a news anchor on the "Harden And Weaver" morning show, and continued anchoring the station's newscasts until his retirement in 1996. Steele's stints also included stops at DC's WWDC radio, the Voice Of America, and at ABC Radio in NYC. More at legacy.com.....

Pollin & Weinstein Join ESPN 630 - 7/26 - Veteran DC sports radio personalities Andy Pollin and Bram Weinstein join Cumulus's news sports talker, WSBN, 630, which recently replaced the AM signal of news talker WMAL. Pollin joins the newly-christened ESPN 630 as the sports update anchor in mornings, broadcasting local sports updates within ESPN's "Golic & Wingo Show” weekdays from 6 AM to 10 AM. He will also be as a features correspondent for the station. Weinstein joins ESPN 630 as afternoon host, anchoring the weekday 3 PM to 6 PM slot, as well as the station's "Redskins Today" program, airing weekdays at 6 PM. "The Bram Weinstein Show" will launch Tuesday, July 30th, with a three-day series of broadcasts from Washington Redskins NFL Training Camp in Richmond.....

Kevin Sheehan To 980 Mornings - 7/16 - Kevin Sheehan is rejoining The Team 980, WTEM, the sports talker now owned by Radio One. Sheehan, a long-time member of the DC area sports media community, returns to weekday mornings on August 5, debuting "The Kevin Sheehan Show" from 7 SAM to 10 AM. Sheehan, a native Washingtonian, first joined WTEM in 2004 and hosted shows in every daypart until the end of his last stint in 2018. Sheehan has been podcasting "The Kevin Sheehan Show" since late 2018 and that will continue with his new radio gig. He previously hosted "The Official Redskins Pre-Game Show" on the Redskins Radio Network for 12 seasons. In addition to Sheehan, WTEM's lineup also includes Steve Czaban, Doc Walker, Brian Mitchell, Al Galdi, and Scott Linn.....

Susan Monday Loses Delaware Radio Gig - 7/16 - "The Susan Monday Show" on Delaware 1059, Rehoboth Beach's WXDE, was recently replaced by syndicated programming. The locally-based talk show ran from 2012 to 2019. Delaware 1059 was recently purchased from Delmarva Broadcasting by Forever Media. Monday is a veteran of DC's WMAL, and Philadelpbhia's KYW NewsRadio and WPHT, The Big Talker 1210. She can be reached @sumospeak or via LinkedIn.....

Shots Fired At iHeart Radio Building - 7/16 - Employees at a building on Rockville Pike that houses the DC offices of iHeartRadio (DC101, Hot 99.5, WASH, WBIG, WMZQ) are on edge after someone shot at the windows, damaging some of them. The strange incident is believed to have happened during the July 4th holiday weekend. Police are investigating it as a crime called unlawful discharge of a firearm. From the ground, one of the multi-hundred-pound windows on the sixth floor of 1801 Rockville Pike in Rockville, Maryland, appears to be boarded up. Another window, on the fourth floor, appears to have damage to its frame. So reports nbcwashington.com.....

Another Win For NBC Sports Washington - 7/15 - NBC Sports Washington (below) won their fifth Metropolitan Media Softball League title this past weekend, defeating CNN, Politico, Bloombery, NPR, and the Alumni team - twice. They, formerly Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, previously won four straight titles from 2012 to 2015.....


WTOP & WWIN Top June Radio Ratings - 7/11 - The local radio ratings for the month of June. Full-day, age 6+. Washington: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WMMJ, 4) WHUR, 5) WASH, 6) WIHT, 7) WMAL, 8) WGTS, 9) WMZQ, 10) WBIG and WPGC, 12) WKYS, 13) WETA-FM and WIAD and WJFK, 16) WWDC, 17) WRQX, 18) WPRS, 19) WLZL, 20) WTEM. Baltimore: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WERQ, 3) WLIF, 4) WPOC, 5) WQSR, 6) WZBA, 7) WWMX, 8) WIYY, 9) WJZ-FM, 10) WZFT, 11) WYPR, 12) WBAL-AM/FM, 13) WBJC, 14) WCBM and WLIF HD2, 15) WEAA, 16) WYPR STREAM, 17) WCAO and WQLL, 19) WEAA STREAM and WJZ-AM and WLIF HD3 and WWMX HD2.....

WTOP & Sun Revamp Websites - 7/10 - Hubbard all-newser WTOP revamps its website. "People who told us they liked the local news content we had to offer, but that it wasn’t organized well. People who told us they wanted a more visually-appealing presentation of the top news stories of the day regardless of platform. And people who told us they wanted choice and personalization." Plus more features. More at wtop.com. Also revamped - the Baltimore Sun's baltimoresun.com.....

630 Becomes WSBN - 7/2 - 630 AM in Washington had sported the WMAL call letters since 1925. But that came to an end on July 1, when the Cumulus outlet broke away from news talk WMAL-FM, 105.9, and started running ESPN Sports as WSBN. More about the AM station's lengthy and colorful history is at wikipedia.org.....

Keith Mills To Retire - 6/27 - Longtime Baltimore radio and TV sportscaster Keith Mills (right), 62, announces his retirement. After 40 years at a variety of local TV gigs at Channel 2/WMAR, Channel 11/WBAL, and at WBAL-AM and sister 98 Rock, WIYY, Mills will cut back his workload. This all after a very public battle a decade ago with an addiction to prescription painkillers, which resulted in several arrests and the lost of several jobs. Mills now says he will continue to help cover Navy football on WBAL radio and continue doing the Ravens' pregame and postgame shows. More at baltimoresun.com.....

NRA Ends Video Production - 6/26 - The National Rifle Association, based in Fairfax, is shutting down its video production arm, NRA-TV. More at nytimes.com.....

980 Picks Up Fox Sports - 6/25 - Urban One sports talker WTEM, 980, has picked up Fox Sports Radio now that Cumulus's WMAL-AM, 630, is due to flip to sports talk with ESPN on July 1.....

WMAL-AM To Go ESPN Sports - 6/13 - Cumulus says it will flip 630, WMAL-AM, to a sports talk format as of July 1. It will be known as ESPN 630. The news talk formet now on 630 will remain on WMAl-FM, 105.9. The new 630 format will feature a batch of ESPN programming, including Mike Golic and Trey Wingo in mornings and Stephen A. Smith in middays. The AMer will continue to carry the Washington Redskins, along with its FM sister. No word on whether Radio One's WTEM, The Team 980, will also be carrying the Redskins this upcoming season. It was sold by team owner Dan Snyder's Red Zebra Broadcasting to Radio One last year. If WTEM sticks with sports, the DC market will now have three English language sports talkers, including format ratings leader 106.7 The Fan, WJFK, which is owned by Entercom.....

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