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DCRTV's May Fundraiser: 52 More Donations Of $100 - 5/25 - Independent DCRTV started covering DC and Baltimore area media news more than 17 years ago. We've been here all those years because of your support. While advertisers are great, support from individual visitors accounts for about 50% of our revenue. So far in 2015, our traffic (including via Facebook and Twitter) is up substantially but our revenue is down about 20%. So, we've set a goal - 100 donations of $100 - for April and May. So far, we've received 48 such donations with 52 more needed. Send your $100 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. Make a $100 donation to DCRTV and get three years of access to local radio and TV memory-packed DCRTV Plus, where today's Flashback is a 1998 memory of alt rocker WHFS and a 1980 memory of Laurel MD talker WLMD, 900 AM.....

Dave TV: Memories Of WASH, WPIK/WXRA, Greaseman, More - 5/24 - I dive into the DCRTV Archive Of Cool Stuff that radio and TV people have sent me in the mail. Including a "soft rock" from WASH and a cool new book, "Television Is The New Television" from Michael Wolff. Plus some "106" DC radio memories of country outlet WPIK/WXRA and WJZW, Johnny Holliday and "Lew" Katz on WWDC, the Greaseman on DC101, and much more. In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

WHGM Flips To Classic Hits - 5/24 - Havre de Grace MD's WHGM, 1330 AM, has flipped to classic hits as "104.7 The Point." The CRS-owned station also has a low-power FM simulcast on 104.7, which is leased from the Hope Christian Church of Marlton NJ. More at radioinsight.com.....

DCRTV's Job Ads - 5/24 - Bay-FM in Virginia's Northern Neck is looking for a morning show host. DC's WTOP is seeking a director of news and programming. WNAV in Annapolis is looking for an account executive for radio sales. Those are the latest job ads at DCRTV's Job Ads, where you can reach thousands of local media movers and shakers for just $49.....

Vance Does Last 11 PM 'Cast - 5/23 - Longtime Channel 4/WRC news anchor Jim Vance signed off Friday from his last 11 PM newscast. He earlier announced that the four decade veteran of the NBC-owned station would only be anchoring the 6 PM newscast. More at .nbcwashington.com.....

Keli Fulton Leaves CSN - 5/23 - From DCRTV's 5/23 Mailbag: "After nearly a year and a half, Keli Fulton is gone from CSN Mid-Atlantic. Her final appearance on the Bethesda-based regional sports network was last Sunday night... when she co-anchored 'GEICO SportsNet Central' alongside Frank Hanrahan. We're told, per her Twitter account (which has been changed to @Keli_Fulton), that she is heading back to South Florida to work at the Ferguson Firm with her husband. Additionally, Keli Fulton's bio has been deleted from the csnwashington.com site".....

Reliant Signs 2 Richmond Stations - 5/23 - Reliant Broadcasting, the DC area-based broadcast traffic information firm run by Zoom Moonchild, has signed Davidson's two Richmond stations. Reliant will now be providing morning and afternoon drive traffic and weather reports for news talker WLEE, 990 AM, and gospel WREL, Rejoice 1540.....

Capital Gazette Editor To Virginian-Pilot - 5/22 - Steve Gunn, editor of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, will become the top editor of the Virginian-Pilot. Landmark Media, the Norfolk-based publisher of the Pilot, owned Capital Gazette until its sale last year to Baltimore Sun. More at hamptonroads.com.....

Posthumous Awards For du Cille - 5/22 - Michel du Cille, the late Washington Post photographer, wins two Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards for coverage of the ebola crisis in Africa. At washingtonpost.com.....

C-SPAN's Scully "Most Patient Man On TV" - 5/21 - From Romenesko: HBO's "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver" has a running segment titled "The Most Patient Man On Television Endures The American Public," which features clip after clip of C-SPAN host Steve Scully taking unscreened calls from racists, foul-mouthed viewers, and other nuts.....

SLR: Letterman, "Man Cave," Russini, More - 5/21 - David Letterman's long TV career and his retirement, the low debut ratings of ESPN 980's "Man Cave," Dianna Russini's move from Channel 4/WRC to ESPN, and more make the topic list in this week's "Sadly Lacking Radio" podcast with DCRTV Dave and DC media guru Jonathan at sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

Fox Nabs WaPo Editions - 5/21 - A fox is stealing a Vienna VA couple's Washington Posts. More at washingtonpost.com.....

CSN To Sponsor "Wounded Warriors" Softball Game - 5/21 - Comcast SportsNet has partnered with Pro Athletes Organization to become the primary sponsor of an annual softball event that benefits charities that assist wounded veterans. The 2015 "Comcast SportsNet Amputee Warrior Softball Classic," which will be open to the public, will be held at Prince George's Stadium in Bowie, home of the Bowie Baysox, on June 6 at 7 PM. Gates will open at 6 PM. The event will feature members of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team, which is comprised of amputee veterans who have overcome severe injuries to again become competitive athletes. They will be joined on the field by numerous athletes, including several current NFL players, including several Redskins and Ravens, for a seven-inning game. CSN host and analyst Brian Mitchell, a former Redskin, will also appear in the game.....

Kathleen Matthews Closer To Congressional Run - 5/20 - Former Channel 7/WJLA news anchor Kathleen Matthews moved closer to a candidacy for Maryland's 8th District Congressional seat as the Marriott executive announced her resignation from the senior communications post she's held since 2006. Matthews, who is married to MSNBC "Hardball" host Chris Matthews, has told friends that she is interested in running for the seat in the US House Of Representatives being vacated by Chris Van Hollen, who is vying to succeed retiring US Senator Barbara Mikulski. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Iran Sets Trial Date For WaPo Reporter - 5/20 - Washington Post reporter ­Jason Rezaian is scheduled to go on trial in Iran next week on "espionage" and other charges, so reports washingtonpost.com.....

Many Leaving USA Today - 5/20 - Gannett's McLean-based USA Today has seen many of its top execs leave. With fears of more layoffs and buyouts coming. Romenesko has more.....

Dave TV: ESPN 980's "Man Cave" Gets Low Ratings, More - 5/19 - I take a look at the latest male demo DC radio ratings and find that ESPN 980's new "Man Cave" is in big trouble, losing big time to the the Junks over on 106.7 The Fan in mornings. Why my hometown of Reston is so hip. A shout out to David Michaelson, a neighbor who did a rockin' blues podcast. Plus, my new CamoPantsHiker.com website. And more in today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

WTOP Tops 1st May Weeklies - 5/19 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "first week" of May. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WHUR, 4) WASH, 5) WIHT, 6) WBIG, 7) WPGC, 8) WPRS and WWDC and WMAL, 11) WKYS, 12) WMZQ, 13) WETA-FM and WIAD, 15) WGTS, 16) WMMJ, 17) WJFK-FM, 18) WRQX, 19) WLZL, 20) WNEW, 21)m WAVA-FM and WDCN, 23) WFRE and WTEM, 25) WAFY, 26) WBQB and WQSR, 28) WERQ and WFLS and WHUR STREAM.....

New Podcast From Panoply - 5/19 - The Slate Group's Panoply podcast network launches a political talk show on titled "Podcast For America" and hosted by MSNBC's Alex Wagner, the New York Times' Mark Leibovich, and New York Magazine's Annie Lowrey. The series, available on iTunes, dubs itself as "a weekly show about the human feeding frenzy that is Washington DC during a presidential campaign cycle." More at politico.com.....

PBDC: Brant To Say Goodbye To 7, More - 5/19 - Tim Brant announces his last day at Channel 7/WJLA. Dianna Russini leaves Channel 4/WRC for ESPN. The latest DC sports radio ratings and more. In the latest DC sports media column at PressBoxDC.com.....

Verizon Center Name Change Coming - 5/19 - Ted Leonsis's Monumental Sports And Entertainment, which owns the DC arena currently sporting the Verizon name, says the arena which hosts Leonsis's Wizards and Caps will get a new name. Verizon's naming rights deal expires in 2018 and the media company says it doesn't plan to renew. Monumental is reportedly soliciting offers from other firms for a new naming rights deal for the facility, which was featured the MCI moniker before flipping to the Verizon name.....

Preakness Ratings Down - 5/19 - NBC's ratings for Baltimore's Preakness horse race last Saturday were down from last year. This year, the race coverage earned a 5.8 national rating, compared with last year's 6.0. Baltimore was the top-rated local market nationwide for the race.....

4's Dianna Russini To ESPN - 5/18 - Another DC TV sports reporter-anchor is leaving for ESPN. Channel 4/WRC's Dianna Russini is heading to Britol CT to be an anchor for "SportsCenter" and do other reporting duties. She joined NBC-owned WRC two years ago, replacing Lindsay Czarniak, who also left WRC for ESPN. Before WRC, Russini worked at NBC-owned WVIT-TV in Hartford CT. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Beacon's Ciaramella To BuzzFeed - 5/18 - CJ Ciaramella leaves the Washington Free Beacon to join BuzzFeed, where he'll be a DC-based editor. Ciaramella spent three years at the Free Beacon. Also, he runs a Freedom Of Information Act newsletter and is a contributor to Vice News.....

Bannister Returns To 45 For Cancer Report - 5/18 - Baltimore news anchor Marianne Banister has returned to her old stomping ground, Sinclair's Channel 45/WBFF, to produce a story about a rare form of cancer called adolescent melanoma, which her 17-year-old daughter Claire recently died of. Check out the report at YouTube.....

Former WUSAer Osman To Head MG's DC Bureau - 5/18 - Media General will open a DC news bureau and names Jim Osman as chief. The bureau will serve the Richmond-based company's local television stations in 48 markets. Osman, who has more than 15 years of experience covering state and national political campaigns, was most recently a reporter for Gannett-owned Channel 9/WUSA. Before that gig, he served as a DC-based national correspondent for Scripps Television.....

Eric Nuzum Leaves NPR - 5/18 - Eric Nuzum leaves his gig as vice president for programming at DC-based NPR to be senior vice president of original content development at Audible.com. Nuzum spent 11 years at NPR, where he created "Ask Me Another" and the "TED Radio Hour." Anya Grundmann, NPR's executive musicv director, will fill Nuzum's shoes at the public radio broadcaster until his permenent replacement is found.....

Brant Sets Last Day At 7 - 5/17 - Back in March, DCRTV broke the news that longtime sports anchor Tim Brant (right) would be retiring from Channel 7/WJLA in May. Now, we get word from the Sinclair station that his last day will be May 29. "Tim is one of the best in the business," says WJLA News Director Mitch Jacob. However, the station and Brant could not see eye-to-eye on his contract renewal. For more than 40 years, Brant has been reporting sports to a local DC audience as well as announcing games nationally on major networks. Brant has covered college football, the NFL, the NBA, the Tour de France and two Olympics. He also spent more than a decade as host of the morning show on WMAL radio. His tenure at WJLA includes nine years from 1978 to 1987 as sports director. In 2004, Brant returned to WJLA as vice president of sports. In 2013, he was named "Sportscaster Of The Year" by the National Sportswriters And Sportscasters Association Of America. After leaving WJLA, Brant will continue to announce college football and basketball games on the ACC Network.....

Dude Does "Cards," Purina, More - 5/16 - DCRTV hears from legendary DC-Baltimore area voiceman Dude Walker who was recently featured in a speaking role as the preciding officer in episode two of season three of Netflix's "House Of Cards." He started the role call vote to confirm Clare Underwood, played by Robin Wright, as representative to the UN (right). Also, we hear that Dude was the live announcer for the fifth year at American Israel Public Affairs Committee at the DC Convention Center, and did the Horatio Alger Awards at DAR Constitution Hall. He also busy voicing the video that's at the Appomattox Court House visitor's center and numerous audiobooks. And, Dude's been doing commercials, as always, including one for Purina Pro Plan cat food. Check it out on YouTube.....

Examiner Launches "Byron & Barone" - 5/15 - The 2016 presidential campaign is well underway and two of Washington's political analysts have launched a webcast video show, "Byron And Barone." Washington Examiner senior columnists Byron York and Michael Barone lift the lid on what's important in the election campaign in a show shot on location around the Nation's Capital. Check it out at washingtonexaminer.com every Friday morning after 7 AM.....

John Helton Joins Roll Call - 5/15 - John Helton joins Roll Call as its politics editor. He spent 14 years with CNN. Shira Center, Roll Call's former politics editor, left for the Boston Globe in February.....

Syrian Hackers Hit WaPo.com - 5/15 - The Syrian Electronic Army attacked the Washington Post for about half an hour on Thursday. Hackers supporting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad hijacked parts of the Post's site so that users were redirected to a site controlled by the SEA. The roughly 30-minute disruption occurred when hackers infiltrated a Post content-delivery partner, Instart Logic, which is investigating the break-in. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Anita Marks Lands NYC Radio Gig - 5/15 - Former Baltimore sports radio personality Anita Marks will be doing Sunday midday hosting on NYC sports talker WEPN, ESPN New York 98.7, starting May 17. She'll also be doing fill-in work during weekdays on the ESPN-owned station, along with "SportsCenter" news updates. After leaving Baltimore in 2013, where she worked at MASN and 105.7 The Fan, Marks hosted a weekend show for NBC Sports Radio.....

Stephy, Woodruff Donate To Clinton - 5/15 - ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos made three contributions to the Clinton Foundation, in an apparent conflict with his duties as a journalist. Also, "PBS NewsHour" co-anchor Judy Woodruff made a one-time donation to the charity, which is run by former President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary, a current presidential candidate. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Garrett Adds LA Station - 5/15 - Pat Garrett signs on as the voice of urban contemporary KJLH in Los Angeles. Along with a long list of radio clients across the country, Garrett is currently doing voice work for CBS's WNEW and WJFK in the DC area and WJZ-TV, WJZ-FM, and WWMX in Baltimore.....

WMAL & WTOP Benefit From FM Move - 5/15 - WMAL and WTOP are mentioned in an RTDNA article about all-newers or news talkers who've seen their ratings rise with the move from AM to FM.....

Kristin Fisher To Fox News - 5/14 - Kristin Fisher, who used to report for Channel 9/WUSA, joins Fox News Channel as a politics reporter its DC bureau. She also worked for ABC NewsOne. Fisher replaces Molly Henneberg, who left Fox News last fall.....

Joe Galuski Dies - 5/14 - DCRTV hears that Joe Galuski has died of complications from non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He was with WSYR in Syracuse NY since 1987 and hosted mornings there since 1998. Galuski came to Baltimore to host the afternoon shift from 1979 to 1981 on WCBM, 680 AM, during the Metromedia full service adult contemporary format. More at syracuse.com.....

SLR: Fox 5 Goes "Home," More - 5/14 - A new "homey" morning news set for Channel 5/WTTG. DC news talker WNEW closes in on Baltimore news talker WBAL in the Baltimore radio ratings. CBS still has none of its five FMers in the latest batch of monthly radio ratings for DC. And lots of "Don And Mike" and classic WJFK memories. In this edition of DC media guru Jonathan's Sadly Lacking Radio podcast with DCRTV Dave. At sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

Source: Desk Duty For 11's Miller - 5/14 - From DCRTV's 5/14 Mailbag: "Sources at WBAL [TV] report that Jayne Miller has been assigned to desk duty as they are not happy with her failure to report that her long-term relationship with an attorney in Marilyn Mosby's Baltimore City attorney's officer may have compromised her sources. Hearst, the owner of WBAL radio and TV, have not taken a public stance on this situation, but insiders expect action on her employment there. They feel the heat of civil suits".....

Ed Fouhy Dies - 5/14 - Ed Fouhy, 80, a longtime Washington-based TV news executive, died May 13 in Chatham, Massachusetts. He was suffering from complications relating to cancer. A Boston native, Fouhy worked at all three major TV networks, starting as producer of "CBS Morning News" in 1966. He was Washington producer for the "CBS Evening News" with Walter Cronkite from 1969 to 1974, was a producer for NBC News from 1974 to 1977, and Washington bureau chief for ABC News from 1982 to 1985. More at abcnews.go.com.....

Facebook Hires Former FCC Head - 5/13 - Facebook has hired Kevin Martin, who was chairman of the Federal Communications Commission from 2005 to 2009. Based in DC, he will oversee the social media firm's wireless and broadband internet policies. Martin has been a consultant for Facebook for the past two years. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Dave TV: WNEW Close To WBAL In Radio Ratings Round-Up, More - 5/13 - I look at the April radio ratings and find DC news talker WNEW almost overtaking Baltimore news talker WBAL in Baltimore. Also, still none of CBS's five DC FMers make the "top 10" in the DC numbers. With Praise 104.1 now the top Radio One performer in the DC market, even besting WMMJ and WKYS. Plus, longtime Channel 11/WBAL news anchor Rod Daniels retires. A lawsuit against El Zol. And more in today's "Dave TV"at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

Don Omar Sues El Zol - 5/13 - From Tom Taylor Now tells us that Puerto Rico-based entertainer Don Omar is suing CBS Radio for $9 million regarding last year's summer concert held by Spanish tropical El Zol, WLZL, 107.9 FM. Omar contends that then-WLZL program director, Pete Manriquez, who only recently left the station, was planning a summer concert at Rosecroft Raceway. The performer's suit claims that CBS and Manriques had a dispute over terms of the contract and Omar was dropped from the show. After which, Omar contends, WLZL reduced the on-air frequency of his music. Omar is also suing the event's insurers, ad agencies, and sponsors, Taylor adds.....

WTOP Tops April Radio Ratings For DC - 5/12 - The Washington market radio ratings for the month of April. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WHUR, 4) WIHT, 5) WASH, 6) WBIG, 7) WPRS and WETA-FM, 9) WMAL, 10) WWDC, 11) WMZQ, 12) WMMJ, 13) WKYS and WPGC, 15) WIAD and WGTS, 17) WJFK-FM, 18) WRQX, 19) WLZL, 20) WNEW, 21) WTEM, 22) WAVA-FM, 23) WDCN and WAFY, 25) WFRE and WBQB, 27) WERQ and WFLS and WPFW and WHUR STREAM.....

WPOC Tops April Radio Ratings For Balto - 5/12 - The Baltimore market radio ratings for the month of April. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WPOC, 2) WERQ, 3) WWIN-FM, 4) WJZ-FM and WLIF, 6) WWMX, 7) WZFT, 8) WQSR, 9) WRBS-FM, 10) WZBA, 11) WIYY, 12) WBAL-AM, 13) WNEW and WCAO, 15) WHUR, 16) WKYS and WMZQ and WCBM, 19) WTTR and WPGC, 21) WWDC and WTOP and WYPR, 24) WIHT, 25) WMAL and WAMU, 27) WASH, 28) WBJC and WBIG, 30) WTMD and WEAA.....

Tony Perkins Talks To Donnie Simpson - 5/11 - On the latest episode of "The Tony Perkins Show" podcast, Tony sits down with DC broadcasting legend Donnie Simpson. Simpson spent more than 30 years dominating DC morning radio at WKYS and then at WPGC. Tony was Donnie's morning show producer and on-air sidekick at WKYS for eight years and this episode marks their first long-form reunion in years. This reunion marks the first time that Simpson has been behind a microphone for an extended interview since he left WPGC five years ago. Donnie tells stories about his years in radio and television broadcasting and his encounters with celebrities. "The Tony Perkins Show" is part of the MORE Broadcasting Network and can be heard at mikeomearashow.com.....

PBO: MPT Covers MD Horseracing, More - 5/11 - Maryland Public Television produces a documentary about thoroughbred horse racing in the state. Former Channel 45/WBFF sports anchor Ken Strayhorn dies. Former WNST host Drew Forrester hites Bo Smolka to cover the Ravens for his podcast. And more in this week's Baltimore sports media column at PressBoxOnline.com.....

5 Join Examiner - 5/11 - The Washington Examiner announces more hires. Including: Pete Kasperowicz from the Blade and the Hill as senior editor; David Brown from Defense News, also as a senior editor; Barbara Boland from CNSNews/MRCTV as weekend editor; Nicole Duran from Foreign Policy as White House reporter; and Ariel Cohen from the Jerusalem Post as a campaign reporter.....

5's Morning News Gets "Lofty" - 5/11 - Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG will unveil a new morning news set that it's calling "The Loft." With the "big reveal" planned for May 13. Catch a sneak preview on YouTube.....

Smolka Joins Forrester's Podcast - 5/11 - Baltimore sports radio veteran Drew Forrester hires Bo Smolka, a contributor to Comcast SportsNet's CSNBaltimore.com website, to be the Ravens 2015 season reporter for his "Drew's Morning Dish" podcast. Also, there's a visual revamp at Forrester's website, drewsmorningdish.com.....

Alpha Sells FLS Buildings - 5/11 - Tom Taylor Now tells us that Alpha just closed on its new stations in Fredericksburg, but the seller has just listed the stations' building for sale. The facility is the longtime home of the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star newspaper and stations like country WFLS, 93.3. But the Free Lance-Star itself says that "the property at 616 and 620 Amelia Street and parking areas on William Street were listed for $7 million by Free Lance-Star Holdings." That's the company's former note-holder, Sandton Capital. It dealt the stations to Alpha for $8.1 million in a just-closed deal, and is now willing to sell the building they're in. The newspaper says it's possible it might stay there, leasing back space from a new owner/developer. But we don't know about the stations, Taylor adds.....

CBS Vet Bob Fuss Pens Book - 5/10 - Legendary newsman Bob Fuss, who recently retired from CBS News, has published a memoir about his 40 years as a radio correspondent, the last 23 of them covering Congress and national politics here in Washington. It's called "Kidnapped By Nuns - And Other Stories Of A Life On The Radio." Fuss tells DCRTV: "The book traces my life and career from covering the Patty Hearst Kidnapping just after graduating from Stanford University at the age of 19 in 1974 to working for once great but now defunct networks UPI Radio, Mutual Broadcasting, NBC Radio, and then CBS Radio. The book has a lot of politics and inside journalism stories and also contains travelogues from trips I've taken to all 50 states and more than 70 countries." Check out the book, which is out in paperback, e-book, and audio book, at kidnappedbynuns.com. You can order the book at amazon.com.....

MPT To Debut Preakness Doc - 5/9 - In celebration of Preakness weekend, Maryland Public Television will broadcast a new documentary about thoroughbred racing. "Racing The Times" airs on Friday, May 15, at 9 PM, with repeated airings to follow. As the latest film project from Emmy Award-winning director W. Drew Perkins, the program tells the story of Maryland's 300-year horse breeding and racing history through re-creations, interviews with racing industry leaders, and historical vignettes.....

Rod Daniels To Retire From 11 - 5/8 - News anchor Rod Daniels (right), 63, is retiring from Channel 11/WBAL after three decades on the air in Baltimore. His final broadcast will be May 22. "I am grateful to WBAL-TV, and our parent company Hearst Television, for trusting me with carrying the banner of Channel 11 for more than three decades," Daniels says. "I will cherish the time I spent with some amazing co-workers. I would especially like to thank our viewers for their loyalty over the years. Their support is the reason for my success." Adds WBAL-TV President-General Manager Dan Joerres, "It's not often a news anchor can claim more than three decades of service to a single television station. Rod has made significant contributions to both our station and to the city of Baltimore. He'll always be a respected member of our WBAL-TV family".....

Ken Strayhorn Dies - 5/8 - Ken Strayhorn, 61, a former sports anchor at Richmond's Channel 8/WRIC, back when it was WXEX in the 1980s, has died. He also did fill-in sports work at Baltimore's Channel 45/WBFF in the 1990s. More at wric.com.....

Cavendish Named WCP Editor - 5/7 - The Washington City Paper names Steve Cavendish editor. He starts in June and will replace Mike Madden, who joined the Washington Post in March. Cavendish, who comes from the Nashville Scene alt weekly, was a news editor at the Post from 1999 to 2002. Nashville-based SouthComm owns both the Washington City Paper and the Nashville Scene.....

WaPo Opens Development Office In Reston - 5/7 - The Washington Post opens a satellite development center in Reston. It's "a modern software development workspace that fosters collaboration and innovation," according to an announcement at washingtonpost.com. It's located within walking distance to the Reston Metro stop and offers free parking. "Engineering is a critical part of the Washington Post today. We have software developers and designers embedded with our journalists and our sales teams, creating an environment that fosters rapid experimentation and invention," says Shailesh Prakash, chief information officer at the Post. "This office will ensure that we provide a convenient center of innovation for our many talented engineers and designers who live in Northern Virginia and also help us attract the best technology talent the region has to offer".....

PBDC: Weinstein To 7? More - 5/7 - Could Bram Weinstein be headed to Channel 7/WJLA. ESPN 980 gets a new program director. Four more years for the Sports Junkies at 106.7 The Fan. Comcast SportsNet to sponsor the Amputee Warrior Softball Classic. Former USA Today sportswriter Jon Saraceno covered the big fight. In today's sports media column at PressBoxDC.com.....

Bram Weinstein Leaves ESPN, May Join 7 - 5/7 - Silver Spring native Bram Weinstein (right) has parted ways with ESPN after a seven-year stint. There's a rumor floating around that he may be joining Channel 7/WJLA, to replace the Sinclair station's retiring top sports anchor, Tim Brant, who is leaving later this month. "I am not in line for the WJLA job, haven't spoken to anyone there," Weinstein tells the Montgomery Sentinel. "As for my next move, I'm weighing options now and hopefully will be able to say something about that in the not too distant future." Weinstein joined ESPN in 2008 as an anchor for ESPNEWS and also anchored "SportsCenter." Before joining ESPN, he worked at Redskins Radio, where he served as a host and reporter from 2006 to 2008. He hosted a show and was a reporter with sports talker WTEM, now ESPN 980, from 1999 to 2006. Weinstein was also once sports director for the now-defunct Montgomery County cable TV show "Cable News 21".....

SLR: Should Radio One Be Investing In PG Casino? More - 5/7 - Should Silver Spring-based urban radio giant Radio One be investing in a big Prince George's County casino? Is Bram Weinstein heading from ESPN to the top sports anchor job at Channel 7/WJLA? WMAL sells its AM transmitter site in Bethesda. It looks like there'll be more Asian programming on DC's AM band. And much more chat between DCRTV Dave and DC media guru Jonathan in his "Sadly Lacking Radio" podcast at sadlylackingradio.podbean.com......

Lauter To Lead LAT's Prez Campaign Coverage - 5/6 - It was announced today that David Lauter, chief of the Washington bureau of the Los Angeles Times, will lead Tribune-owned newspaper's coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign.....

WNEW's Sanchez Adds OM Duties At El Zol - 5/6 - DCRTV hears that Robert Sanchez, the program director and executive editor of CBS Radio news talker WNEW, 99.1 FM, adds operations manager duties across the hall at Spanish contemporary El Zol, WLZL, 107.9 FM. Sanchez replaces Pete Manriquez, who'd been El Zol's program director.....

Voice Therapy For Rehm - 5/6 - DCRTV hears that WAMU's Diane Rehm is off duty this week, taking a break to have voice therapy. She has publicly revealed that she suffers from dysphonia.....

11's Miller To "Step Back" From Gray Coverage - 5/6 - From NewsBlues: Jayne Miller, a veteran investigative reporter for Channel 11/WBAL, who is in a relationship with Janice Bledsoe, the deputy Maryland state's attorney who led the Freddie Gray investigation, says she is going to "step back" from covering the Gray story now that the case is headed to court. More at baltimoresun.com.....

WTRI To Pick Up Asian Programming - 5/6 - WTRI, 1520 AM, in Brunswick MD, gets bought for $275,000 by Hasmukh Shah, who runs a company named 1520 Radio Asia. The Frederick County daytimer, which has been off the air for about a year, got turned over to receiver Roger Rafson last year on behalf of creditor HSBC. Shah owns an Asian-formatted AMer in Parsippany NJ.....

Saga Buys 2 More In Harrisonburg - 5/6 - Tom Taylor Now tells us that Saga is buying two more Shenandoah Valley FMers for a rumored $1.3 million. Saga, which already owns a batch of stations in Charlottesville and, last month, bought VerStandig's Harrisonburg stations for $9.64 million, is buying two more Harrisonburg area stations from Gamma. Including country WSIG, 96.9, and adult contemporary WBOP, 95.5. And, in order to get FCC approval for the deal, Saga will spin off WBOP to Bible Broadcasting, so it's likely that station will see a flip to a religious format.....

Promotions At CQ - 5/6 - DC-based CQ makes a batch of promotions. Kevin Whitelaw has been named editor of CQ magazine. He was a policy editor. Jennifer Koons, who has been acting head of CQ's defense and diplomacy coverage, is now national security editor. And, Sarah Chacko will cover CQ's education and labor beat. She was a legislative action reporter.....

WTOP Again Tops DC Radio Ratings - 5/5 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "third week" of April. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WHUR, 4) WIHT, 5) WASH, 6) WETA-FM and WPRS, 8) WBIG, 9) WMAL, 10) WMZQ, 11) WWDC, 12) WMMJ, 13) WPGC and WKYS, 15) WGTS, 16) WIAD, 17) WJFK-FM, 18) WRQX, 19) WLZL, 20) WNEW, 21) WTEM, 22) WAVA-FM, 23) WDCN, 24) WBQB, 25) WAFY and WFRE, 27) WFLS and WIYY and WPFW, 30) WERQ and WINC-FM.....

Dave TV: Kane Calls Me - 5/5 - As I'm posting a story about Hot 99.5's Kane on my DCRTV website and Facebook, I get a phone call from Kane himself. OK, it's a recording. But still - how strange is that! In today's edition of a very short and speedy "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

Hot 99.5's Kane Reveals His OCD Problem - 5/5 - Hot 99.5 morning man Kane talks to Channel 4/WRC about his obsessive compulsive disorder. At nbcwashington.com.....

WMAL Sells AM Transmitter Site - 5/5 - The north Bethesda AM tower site of news talker WMAL has been sold to two home builders, according to Maryland Newsletters, a local real estate publication. Cumulus, which owns the DC-based station, has sold the 75-acre site that sports the towers and transmitter for 630 AM at the I-270 "split" at the Capital Beltway just off Greentree Road to a partnership of Winchester Homes and Toll Brothers. The purchase price was not listed, although estimates have the land valued at $75 million. Up to 300 homes on quarter-acre lots under current zoning in Montgomery County could be constructed on the site. WMAL will have to move its AM transmission facilities to a new location. There's talk that the station could relocate to the Germantown site used by Red Zebra sports talker WSPZ, 570 AM. WMAL's 105.9 FM tower site in the Merrifield section of Fairfax, at the Capital Beltway and I-66, is unaffected by the Bethesda land sale.....

Spirit 1400 To Get FM Relay - 5/5 - Radio One's gospel Spirit 1400, WWIN-AM in Baltimore, will land a low-power FM translator on 101.5. Hope Christian Church's 106.1 last week started airing Radio One's new gospel Praise 106.1. And Hope is applying to relocate a 90.9 translator from Church Hill, on the Eastern Shore, to 101.5 in Baltimore, where it will broadcast from the tower of Radio One's urban contemporary WERQ, 92.3 FM. More at radioinsight.com.....

Tim Watts To Praise 106.1 - 5/5 - Speaking of the new Praise 106.1 in Baltimore, Tom Taylor Now tells us that former Magic 95.9, WWIN-FM personality Tim Watts will return to Radio One to do mornings on the new gospel station. Watts says his show will also be heard on Radio One talker WOLB, 1010 AM.....

Former WPOC PD To Indy - 5/5 - Scott Lindy, who used to be program director at iHeart's Baltimore country outlet, WPOC, 93.1 FM, heads to Indianapolis to be program director at Cumulus's country WFMS. After leaving Baltimore, Lindy was operations manager for iHeart's Atlanta cluster, where he oversaw country WUBL. Most recently, he programmed Lincoln Financial's hot adult contemporary WSTR and sports talker WQXI in Atlanta.....

Dave TV: Balto Riot Coverage Review, More - 5/5 - I review last week's Baltimore rioting and how that city's media outlets covered it. Including a conflict of interest for Channel 11/WBAL's Jayne Miller. Plus, the large amount of coverage in the DC media market even though those TV stations can't be viewed in much of the Baltimore market. And the Baltimore Post. Plus, Radio One launches Praise 106.1 in Baltimore. And another suggestion for WNEW in its news battle with WTOP which the management of WNEW will pay no attention to. In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

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