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Tim Brant To Leave 7 - 3/26 - DCRTV hears that sportcaster Tim Brant will be leaving Channel 7/WJLA after the May ratings "sweeps." More soon.....

WaPo & 9 Do News Deal - 3/26 - The Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post and Gannett's Channel 9/WUSA form a news partnership and video-sharing agreement. A DC media guru tells us: "WUSA station manager Bill Lord and Washington Post publisher Fred Ryan worked together for many years at 7 and 8. It appears their relationship is paying dividends for their new employers." Details at washingtonpost.com.....

SLR: Was WaPo's Coverage Of "Man Cave" Too Much Hype? More - 3/26 - The latest in the "Man Cave" controversy - and was the Washington Post's coverage of the proposed new ESPN 980, WTEM morning radio show more hype than substance? Could Jack Diamond return to WRQX? The FCC issues a huge indecency fine for a Virginia TVer. Should the Commission get out of the program "content" regulation area completely? And the latest with former DC radioers Opie and Anthony. In this week's "Sadly Lacking Radio" podcast with DCRTV Dave and DC media guru Jonathan at sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

Former Fredericksburg FLS Publisher Dies - 3/26 - Charles Rowe, the former editor and co-publisher of the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star newspaper, died March 13 at a hospital in Vero Beach FL. He was 89. At 24, Rowe took over as co-publisher of the newspaper with his brother after their father died of a heart attack in 1949. He led the newsroom while his brother managed the advertising, business, circulation, and production departments. They added WFLS radio in 1960. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Support DCRTV - 3/26 - 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. If you haven't made a donation in 2015, you can send it 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 your donation $39 or more and get a year's worth of access to local radio and TV memory-packed DCRTV Plus, where today's Flashback is a 1937 memory of WRC and WMAL radio. Just added to Plus: Photo Gallery 135 with memories of WGAY, WDCA, WMAR, WWDC, WMAL-TV, and WGMS.....

Bunch Of MALers Make Talkers List - 3/25 - Talkers Magazine is out with its annual "Heavy Hundred" list of mainly politically-oriented radio talkers for 2015. The top: 1) Rush Limbaugh, 2) Sean Hannity, 3) Dave Ramsey, 4) Michael Savage, and 5) Glenn Beck. Locally-based personalities who made the list include: 6) WMAL's Mark Levin, 8) SiriusXM's Joe Madison, 18) WFED's Jim Bohannon, 42) WMAL's Brian Wilson and Larry O'Connor, 50) WOLB's Larry Young, 68) WMAL's Chris Plante, 69) WCBM's Tom Marr, and 93) WMAL's Ric Edelman.....

More: Alfarone To Anchor Weekend Evenings On 9 - 3/25 - Earlier this month, DCRTV tipped you about a batch of changes new news czar Bill Lord is making at Channel 9/WUSA. Including making Debra Alfarone weekend evening co-anchor with Bruce Johnson. Now, we get confirmation of that move. Alfarone came to the Gannett CBS affiliate in 2012 from WPIX-TV in NYC. Before that, she worked at WVIT-TV in Hartford.....

WTOP Starts News Partnership With 4 - 3/25 - Today's the first day of the new news partnership between Hubbard all-newser WTOP and NBC's Channel 4/WRC. The deal was announced on March 9. WTOP had partnered with Allbritton-then-Sinclair-owned Channel 7/WJLA for news and weather reports. Now, you'll hear meteorologists from WRC's Storm Team 4 on WTOP. Lauryn Ricketts, who does morning weather forecasts on WTOP, jumps from WJLA to WRC and can still be heard on the all-newser.....

Dave TV: "Man Cave" Hoax & Resurrection - 3/25 - The latest crazy developments for ESPN 980's new "Man Cave" morning show involve a resurrection after it's being reported the station got punked by someone impersonating ESPN President John Skipper who succeeded, for a while, in getting the proposed show cancelled at the last minute. And how this all plays out in its nutty PR brilliance. In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

DCRTV's Job Ads - 3/25 - WCBM is looking for a board op/producer. A Baltimore station is looking for a sales rep. Centennial Broadcasting in Fredericksburg is looking for an account executive. C-SPAN is looking for a fulltime announcer/producer. Rehoboth Beach's WGMD, the Talk Of Delmarva, has a job opening for a full-time radio news anchor. Centennial Broadcasting in Fredericksburg is seeking a news director. DC all-newser WTOP is looking for a news director. 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.....

"Man Cave" To Debut Monday On ESPN 980 - 3/24 - From DCRTV's Mailbag: "Looks like the 'Man Cave' will debut on ESPN 980 after all. A pathetic reversal by Red Zebra. After all was said and done, Dan Snyder didn't want to have to pay two hosts to not work for the next two years. Like this will somehow save his image that he is allowing a Snyder-basher like Jason Reid to be on his airwaves. There is no improving his image in this town. It's beyond repair. They'll start on Monday. I give it six weeks. 'Mike And Mike' will be back on 980 by May. They should have just stuck to their guns and kept it cancelled." More: washingtonpost.com reports that someone pretending to be ESPN President John Skipper called ESPN 980 and, knowing the machinations of WTEM, got the "Man Cave" canceled before it was supposed to premiere. But now that Snyder's station and ESPN have determined the calls were a hoax, the show will premiere next week after all, according to awfulannouncing.com.....

WNEW Up To 17th - 3/24 - A new high mark for CBS news talker WNEW, 99.1, after three years on the air - 17th place. The DC market radio ratings for the "first week" of March. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WIHT and WHUR, 5) WASH, 6) WMAL, 7) WBIG, 8) WWDC, 9) WMMJ and WETA-FM, 11) WPRS, 12) WIAD, 13) WKYS, 14) WGTS, 15) WMZQ, 16) WPGC, 17) WNEW, 18) WRQX, 19) WJFK-FM, 20) WLZL, 21) WTEM, 22) WFRE, 23) WDCN and WAVA-FM, 25) WBQB, 26) WAFY, 27) WFLS, 28) WERQ and WINC-FM, 30) WIYY and WGRQ.....

ESPN 980's "Man Cave" Still Alive? - 3/24 - From DCRTV's Mailbag: "The ESPN 980 'Man Cave' story just wont go away. Red Zebra CEO Rick Carmean met with hosts Jason Reid and Chris Paul yesterday. He thinks there's some supposed 'media hype' around this show and may still want to try and get this show on the air. It's a complete disgrace. No one at 980 wants this show to happen. No one at 980 can sell this show. Jason Reid has zero on air experience. But for some reason Carmean is trying to save face from the bad publicity. They should just let this show die a quiet death. Aside from a couple of Washington Post columns a week ago, and the story getting picked up by a couple of websites, no one cares. Just buy these two guys' contracts out and get on with it." Redskins owner Dan Snyder's ESPN 980, WTEM, sports talker pulled the plug on its new morning team before the first show could air on March 16.....

Jamie Sullivan Joins JLA - 3/24 - Jamie Sullivan is now doing morning traffic reports on Channel 7/WJLA and Sinclair sister NewsChannel 8. She left the DC traffic operation of Clear Channel (now iHeartMedia) in 2013 for a TV traffic gig in her hometown of Cleveland. More: Still no sign of veteran DC area traffic reporter Julie Wright at WJLA. Sources told DCRTV earlier this month that she'd left Total Traffic Network, where she was seen/heard on Channel 5/WTTG, WNEW, and WPGC, for a new gig at WJLA. More as we hear it.....

WaPo's Balz Awarded - 3/24 - The Washington Post's Dan Balz wins the Toner Prize for excellence in political reporting. More at washingtonpost.com.....

WaPo Joins With Flipboard - 3/24 - The Washington Post announces a partnership with Flipboard that will offer customized content beginning in May. Available now for Flipboard users only is the first of several special reports on major candidates entering the 2016 presidential race starting with Ted Cruz. More at washingtonpost.com.....

UMD Students Focus On Imprisoned Journos - 3/24 - A group of University Of Maryland journalism students have discovered unique ways to reach out to journalists around the work who are imprisoned, their families, and their colleagues. "Imprisoned Journalists And The Students Working To Set Them Free" will take place at DC's Newseum, March 26, 2 PM. More at newseum.org.....

FCC To Slap VA TVer With $325K Fine - 3/24 - The Federal Communications Commission plans to issue what it says will be the highest fine ever against a TV station for a single incident of airing indecent content, slapping a $325,000 penalty against a Roanoke TV station for airing a sexually explicit video clip of an adult film website during a news broadcast. The planned fine against Channel 7/WDBJ comes in response to complaints over the station's July 12, 2012, newscast that featured a report on a former adult film star who had joined a local volunteer rescue squad. So reports Variety.....

Lara Logan Hospitalized In DC - 3/24 - CBS News "60 Minutes" correspondent Lara Logan is back in the hospital in DC due to years-long complications stemming from the sexual assault in Egypt while covering the Arab Spring in 2011, several sources confirmed to breitbart.com.....

Pagliei To Massachusetts - 3/24 - Jennifer Pagliei has been hired as a weekend morning meteorologist and science/environmental reporter at WWLP-TV in Springfield MA. Most recently, she did weather forecasts for the Herald-Mail newspaper's cable TV channel in Hagerstown.....

Big Changes Coming To RQX? - 3/23 - A reliable source tells us: DC's 107.3 "WRQX may be giving up on [contemporary hits radio]. Cumulus execs including [company president Lew] Dickey in town for a late meeting tomorrow. Station is billing 10 million dollars less per year than it was only a 15 months ago. Remember that [former WRQX morning man] Jack [Diamond] is still under contract [to WRQX owner Cumulus] in Chicago but hasn't returned due to illness but still lives here. The new program director started last year at this time and was rumored to be given one year to fix it. Clearly he hasn't." More as we hear it.....

MPT To Feature Cancer Q&A With Maria Dennis - 3/23 - Maryland Public Television will air several programs in conjunction with the new Ken Burns' documentary, "Cancer: The Emperor Of All Maladies," which airs March 30 to April 1. Including "Fighting Cancer: Q&A," which will air April 1 at 8 PM. Panelists will include Mix 106.5 personality and cancer survivor Maria Dennis.....

WTEM Eliminates Kornheiser Show Podcast Delay - 3/23 - Tony Kornheiser announced Monday that the podcast of his ESPN 980, WTEM show will now be available without a 24-hour delay. The podcasts, he said, will be available shortly after noon. His show runs from 10 AM to noon weekdays. According to washingtonpost.com, the one-day podcast delay had long been ridiculed by Kornheiser's listeners, and was a frequent joke on his program. Just ousted WTEM Program Director Chuck Sapienza was well aware that fans were angry, but insisted that his job was not to increase the station's podcast listeners.....

Ripa's Show To White House - 3/23 - Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan will leave their NYC studio April 6 for the White House's Jacqueline Kennedy Garden. The "Live" late morning show, the post-Easter edition, will include an interview with Michelle Obama. More at adweek.com.....

Examiner Ups Klein - 3/23 - Philip Klein gets promoted to managing editor at the Washington Examiner. He's been commentary editor at the political newspaper and website since August. Deputy commentary editor David Freddoso will assume Klein's commentary gig.....

TWC's Seidel Visits Hagerstown - 3/23 - From NewsBlues: The Weather Channel's Mike Seidel did a live "first day of spring" snowfall report on Friday's "Today" show from the parking lot of the Hampton Inn near Hagerstown. Viewer Michael Reed was so excited, he jumped in his car and drove 10 miles through the morning rush-hour slush to the motel on I-85 to snap a selfie with Seidel. "I'm a huge fan of The Weather Channel," Reed said. "I just couldn't wait to get out here. It's not every day you get to see this around Hagerstown".....

Cord Cutter: Sling TV, Apple, More - 3/22 - I check out some new channels being added by SlingTV, which is working pretty good for me. Also, Apple's plans to offer cable and broadcast networks online. Who will get hurt with more cable packages being offered online? And more in today's "Cord Cutter" at DCRTV's Cord Cutter page.....

Todd's Chat With O'Meara Generates Heat - 3/21 - From FTVLive: MSNBC's Rachel Maddow is "apoplectic" over Chuck Todd's moral equivalence of Fox News and MSNBC prime time. Todd was on "The Mike O'Meara Show" when he said, "I think advocacy journalism, sort of the Fox and what MSNBC primetime, those models, that hasn't been healthy for politics. It's just not healthy for it. It all goes to one of the explanations why we don't persuade people anymore." Word is that MSNBC staffers are angry at Todd's takedown of cable news and no one is more mad at "Mr. Meet The Press" than Maddow. Sources say that Todd is furiously backpedaling and trying to apologize to Maddow... who is having none of it, FTVLive adds. The episode can be found at mikeomearashow.com. More: Todd's appearance on O'Meara's show also generated some interest from Bill O'Reilly on Fox News Channel. Catch that clip via YouTube.....

Local TV Video Additions - 3/21 - Memories of Washington's first TV station, W3XWT. A Channel 5/WTTG news open from 1997 featuring Morris Jones and Tracey Neale. From Channel 9/WTOP, anchor Gordon Peterson sits in with the Joy Boys - Ed Walker and Willard Scott. Legendary sportscaster George Michael signs-off Channel 4/WRC in 2007. Those are the latest additions to DCRTV's Local TV Video page.....

Celebrate Statter Turning 60 - 3/20 - From DCRTV's Friday Mailbag: "Former Channel 9 reporter-turned-fire service blogger Dave Statter (right) is turning 60. Annoy Dave by reminding him he's old. Join us for an April 12th birthday bash and fundraiser for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation at Mr. Smith's in Georgetown. Tickets are $30. Come! firehero.org".....

Changes To Tony Kornheiser's 980 Show? - 3/20 - From DCRTV's Friday Mailbag: "Marc Sterne is teasing a big announcement for Kornheiser's show this Monday. Is Andy Pollin going to have a role? Is the show changing timeslots? Or are they just rolling back some of Sapienza's absurd decisions, like the 'podcast delay?'".....

Arise Suspends Some Operations - 3/20 - Arise News, a 24-hour international TV news operation with offices in DC, along with London, New York, Johannesburg, and Lagos, launched in February 2013 with the lofty goal of providing "a strong African footprint to underserved communities in the USA and other parts of the world." The network has run low on funds and has suspended operations in New York until at least March 30. Network programming will continue from DC, London, and Lagos, according to NewsBlues.....

Larry King Lives - 3/20 - The Washington Post profiles TV and radio talk legend Larry King, who spent many years in DC.....

Oreskes To Head News At NPR - 3/19 - DC-based National Public Radio has named Michael Oreskes senior vice president of news and editorial director. He has been been vice president and senior managing editor of the Associated Press since 2008. He starts April 27. More at politico.com.....

Krolicki To Head Reuters DC - 3/19 - Kevin Krolicki has returned after a three-year stint as its bureau chief in Tokyo to lead the Reuters bureau in DC. He's been with the news organization since 1996. Krolicki replaces Marilyn Thompson, who recently left for Politico.....

Dakarai Turner To 2 - 3/19 - Dakarai Turner joins Channel 2/WMAR as a reporter and multimedia journalist. He comes from WLTX-TV in Columbia SC.....

1330 Back On Air With Conroy - 3/19 - From DCRTV's Thursday Mailbag: "AM 1330 in Havre de Grace is back on the air. WHGM is the new calls, and they seem to have a guy live in the morning. They are running the America's Best Music format." And, we also got this: "Tom Conroy has signed on to do mornings at WHGM... He's leaving WNLB, Martinsville VA, to be closer to his family. Tom once did Sunday mornings on WXCY and before that he worked for WCAO in its country days. I think he was at WPOC for a time".....

SLR: More "Man Cave" Fallout - 3/19 - Your friendly webmaster DCRTV Dave chats with DC radio guru Jonathan about the past week's big radio story - the last-minute cancellation of ESPN 980's "Man Cave." What does it mean for the hosts of the ill-fated show, Jason Reid and Chris Paul, and for the Redskins management of the radio station, as well as how the Washington Post covered one of their own? How rival sports talker WJFK handled it. And more in this week's edition of the "Sadly Lacking Radio" podcast at sadlylackingradio.com.....

Gamut Moves To 104.5 - 3/19 - Hubbard moves the Northern Virginia low-power FM signal of its eclectic music Gamut from Leesburg on 104.3 to Sterling on 104.5, which should improve its reception to parts of western and central Fairfax and Montgomery counties. The channel, which is programmed by Dave Kolesar, an engineer at Hubbard's DC radio cluster, is also carried via WWFD, 820 AM, in Frederick, and via an HD Radio digital subchannel of WTOP's area signals, including 103.5 in DC.....

More Buyouts At USA Today - 3/19 - Gannett's McLean-based USA Today will offer about 90 long-term buyouts to employees, 55 and older, as part of an effort to trim costs and help pay for those big executive salaries. More from thewrap.com.....

Newseum Exhibit In Memory Of Simon - 3/19 - CBS will underwrite an exhibit at DC's Newseum, called "Reporting Vietnam," in honor of longtime CBS News correspondent Bob Simon, who recently died. The exhibit will open May 22.....

Vince Russo Joins RELM - 3/18 - Vince Russo brings his popular podcast to the DC area's RELM Network. A veteran of the World Wrestling Federation, Russo hosts "The Brand," where he talks about much more than wrestling. He will join the RELM lineup in April, offering several free and several premium shows each week, some including video. His podcast will be available at VinceRussoBrand.com. He also authors a weekly blog which will also be available at the website. The RELM Network now features 24 shows with a wide array of hosts, including DC area radio greats such as Buzz Burbank and Kirk McEwen. More at RELMNetwork.com.....

Chris Paul Back On Joyner's Show - 3/18 - With his new "Man Cave" show unceremoniously cancelled by ESPN 980, WTEM, before it could debut Monday, we hear that DC radio veteran and comedian Chris Paul was back on Tom Joyner's nationally syndicated show this morning. Paul, whose career includes stints at WKYS, WPGC, and BET, was supposed to co-host with former Washington Post sports reporter Jason Reid in mornings on WTEM, until that show was axed at the last minute. Via Twitter today, Paul received numerous congratulations for being back on the airwaves. Joyner's show is heard locally on Majic 102.3 and Magic 95.9.....

ABC News Cuts 12 In DC Reorganization - 3/18 - ABC News cuts 12 positions from its DC bureau - affecting operations, editorial, and engineering staff. According to Politico, ABC News plans to shift from a platform-based structure, in which reporters were assigned to specific shows, to a content-based structure, in which reporters are assigned to specific beats and report across platforms. The new positions, said to number more than a dozen, will be posted next week.....

Mike Masco Leaving 2 - 3/18 - Meteorologist Mike Masco is leaving Baltimore's Channel 2/WMAR, where he's been for three years. He writes on his Facebook page: "My plans going forward will feature a new adventure that will take me away from full-time TV. You'll see me pop up on ABC2 from time-to-time to help when I can." More soon.....

Nia-Malika Henderson Leaves WaPo For CNN - 3/18 - Political reporter Nia-Malika Henderson leaves the Washington Post for CNN, where she'll be a senior political reporter on its digital politics team. She is already a frequent contributor to CNN. Henderson will cover "identity politics" for CNN, focusing on demographics, race, and religion.....

Tucker's Caller Won't Criticize Fox News - 3/18 - From Politico: Political blogger Mickey Kaus has quit his job at the DC-based Daily Caller after the conservative site's editor-in-chief, Tucker Carlson, pulled a critical column about Fox News from the site. "I posted it at 6:30 in the morning. When I got up, Tucker had taken it down. He said, 'We can't trash Fox on the site. I work there.'" Carlson, who co-founded the Daily Caller in 2010, is a conservative contributor to Fox News and the host of its weekend edition of "Fox And Friends".....

Dave TV: "Man Cave" Media Circus - 3/18 - I look at the "Media Soap Opera" that's been playing out the past few days with Redskins owner Dan Snyder's radio station, ESPN 980, WTEM, canning the "Man Cave" show hosted by former Washington Postie Jason Reid before it first aired. And how the Post took it as a personal "dig" at them from a team owner who seems to seek out bad press. With Post players Paul Farhi and Dan Steinberg contributing to the frenzy and practically ignoring poor Chris Paul, the other host of the "Man Cave" who is not a Post vet. And how the Post gets a "Man Cave" story headline wrong. In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

Chuck Todd Guests With Mike O'Meara - 3/17 - NBC "Meet The Press" moderator Chuck Todd stopped by "The Mike O'Meara Show" March 17th. He discussed the current political climate between the parties and shared his early thoughts on the 2016 elections. Todd also said that listening to O'Meara via WJFK's "Don And Mike Show" was the one of the best parts of living in DC in the 1990s. The episode can be found at mikeomearashow.com.....

Snyder Raises WaPo's Ire - 3/17 - It looks like Redskins owner Dan Snyder has picked a fight with the Washington Post, which employed Jason Reid, who was signed to do an ill-fated morning show on Snyder's radio station. Smart? "The Redskins, ESPN 980 And Jason Reid: Vindictiveness Or incompetence?" By Dan Steinberg at washingtonpost.com.....

Gannett CEO Gets Pay Hike Despite Layoffs - 3/17 - McLean-based Gannett's top five executives received a total of $24.5 million in 2014, a year of layoffs at company's flagship USA Today and its community papers. CEO Gracia Martore's total compensation in 2014 was $12.4 million versus $7.9 million in 2013. The figures were released Monday in Gannett's annual proxy filing with the SEC. More at jimromenesko.com.....

WTOP Tops February DC Radio Ratings - 3/17 - The DC market monthly radio ratings for February. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WHUR, 4) WIHT, 5) WASH, 6) WBIG, 7) WMAL, 8) WETA-FM, 9) WWDC, 10) WMMJ, 11) WPRS, 12) WMZQ, 13) WKYS and WGTS, 15) WIAD, 16) WPGC, 17) WLZL, 18) WJFK-FM, 19) WRQX and WNEW, 21) WTEM, 22) WFRE, 23) WAVA-FM and WDCN, 25) WBQB, 26) WAFY, 27) WFLS, 28) WPFW and WGRQ and WERQ and WINC-FM, 32) WILC and WIYY and WQSR, 35) WTNT and WHUR STREAM and WKDV and WPOC, 40) WRBS-FM and WBQH and WSPZ and WLIF and WWEG and WACA.....

WPOC Tops February Balto Radio Ratings - 3/17 - The Baltimore market monthly radio ratings for February. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WPOC, 2) WERQ, 3) WWIN-FM, 4) WLIF and WZFT and WWMX, 7) WZBA, 8) WJZ-FM and WRBS-FM, 10) WBAL-AM, 11) WQSR, 12) WIYY, 13) WCBM, 14) WNEW and WYPR, 16) WHUR, 17) WCAO, 18) WTOP, 19) WWDC and WASH and WBJC and WPGC and WIHT and WTTR, 25) WKYS, 26) WMZQ, 27) WMAL and WTMD, 29) WGTS and WAMU and WBIG, 32) WRQX and WXCY, 34) WEAA and WLZL and WFRE, 37) NC1061 and WRBS-AM and WRNR-FM and WJZ-AM and WWIN-AM.....

MPT Focuses On Chesapeake Bay - 3/17 - Maryland Public Television celebrates the Chesapeake Bay in April by presenting stories that spotlight the history and heritage of the nation's largest estuary. With new shows and past favorites, the program offers stories of the bay and helps to put the future of the bay in perspective. Including "Chesapeake Bay Summit: Charting A Course" on Tuesday, April 21 at 8 PM. Despite spending more than $15 billion on water quality and restoration efforts over 35 years, only minimal improvements have been made to the bay's health. The "Chesapeake Bay Summit" brings together some of the world's leading experts on the bay to discuss its most pressing environmental issues. Moderated by Frank Sesno, the program will focus on creating a list of what experts believe are the major obstructions to Chesapeake Bay cleanup and effective alternatives. For more MPT special bay-related programming, visit bayweek.mpt.org.....

Betsy Woodruff Joins Daily Beast - 3/17 - Betsy Woodruff joins the Daily Beast to cover national politics, including the 2016 presidential campaign. In the past, she's covered politics for Slate and the Washington Examiner. Also, Will Rahn, who left the Daily Caller last summer, becomes the Daily Beast's DC bureau chief.....

3 Dumps Kay Norred - 3/17 - Kay Norred, the news director for the past seven years at Gray Television's Channel 3/WHSV in Harrisonburg, got pink slipped Monday. Before joining the Shenandoah Valley ABC affiliate in 2008, she worked at WTSP-TV in Tampa, WWSB-TV in Sarasota, WTXL-TV in Tallahassee, and WEAR-TV in Pensacola.....

Dave TV: More "Man Cave" Cancellation Theories - 3/16 - I take another look at what led to the cancellation of the "Man Cave" morning show on ESPN 980, just days before it was to debut. And examine a theory that involves an objection from ESPN Radio about having their prominent syndicated morning show, "Mike And Mike," getting moved from the more powerful WTEM signals to the much weaker WSPZ signal. In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

106.7 Makes Fun On 980's Woes - 3/16 - The personalities on CBS sports talker WJFK, 106.7 The Fan, get a few laughs out of the troubles on rival sports talker, Red Zebra's ESPN 980, WTEM, which cancelled its new "Man Cave" morning show a day before it was schedule to debut. More at washingtonpost.com.....

WaPo Grows Digital Partner Program - 3/16 - The Washington Post says that its digital partner program now includes 245 national and international newspapers. The program allows partner publications to offer the Post's suite of digital products for free as an added value for their paid subscribers. More at washingtonpost.com.....

PBDC: Missing "Man Cave," More - 3/16 - ESPN 980's missing "Man Cave" morning show. New DC digs for 106.7 The Fan. And some sports promotions at Comcast SportsNet. In today's sports media column at PressBoxDC.com.....

NYT Does Wallace - 3/16 - The New York Times talks to "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace, who shows off his DC office and his mementos.....

Dave TV: Goodbye Laurie Cantillo & Chuck Sapienza - 3/15 - I bid farewell to two DC radio honchos who got the boot in the past few days. WTOP programmer Laurie Cantillo. Is it because the all-newser's revenue is on the decline or didn't she get along with the old timers? And, goodbye to ESPN 980, WTEM programmer Chuck Sapienza, who got in hot water by engineering a new morning show that some in Redskins management didn't like. Of course, not a good thing if Redskins owner Dan Snyder owns the station. In today's "Dave TV," which is brought to you by the RELM Network. At DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

ESPN 980 Axes "Man Cave" Before Debut, Fires PD - 3/15 - A reliable source tells DCRTV that there is "serious drama" involving the new "Man Cave" show on Red Zebra sports talker ESPN 980, WTEM. And it won't debut Monday morning, as scheduled. In fact, we're told, the show will never air on the station. Apparently, Redskins owner Dan Snyder, who also owns Red Zebra and WTEM, or someone else within Snyder's organization has a grudge against former Washington Post sports columnist Jason Reid, who was to be paired with DC radio veteran Chris Paul. We're also hearing about a related management shake-up at WTEM, with Program Director Chuck Sapienza getting fired. Sources tell DCRTV that ESPN 980, which airs ESPN Radio's syndicated "Mike And Mike" in mornings, was never competitive in that key daypart with the "Sports Junkies," which air on rival CBS sports talker WJFK, 106.7 The Fan. And that WTEM's management wanted a locally-based morning show that would focus on the large African-American male demographic in the DC area. A station insider tells DCRTV that the last-minute demise of the "Man Cave" is "a total disaster. Last week, Jason and Chris attended our sales meeting and we talked about how this move was a game changer for the radio station and the company. Here we are one week later and we have no morning show and no program director. Sapienza stood up for his guys and it cost him his job. We have no idea who's calling the shots at the station." More as we hear it.....

Julie Wright Joins 7 - 3/13 - DCRTV hears that DC area traffic reporter Julie Wright is leaving Total Traffic Network, where she does the morning traffic reports for Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG, along with other traffic reports for CBS Radio outlets WNEW and WPGC, and is heading to Sinclair's Channel 7/WJLA. More soon.....

Laurie Cantillo Leaves WTOP - 3/13 - DCRTV breaks the news that Laurie Cantillo (right) is out of her program director job with Hubbard all-newser WTOP. According to a Friday afternoon staff memo from WTOP Senior Vice President/General Manager Joel Oxley, "The decision has been made to not renew Laurie Cantillo's contract." He adds, "This decision was reached mutually by Laurie and me." A staff memo from Cantillo says, "This the right time for me to pursue my next adventure... My immediate plan is to co-create a screenplay... and finally get around to writing that next best seller. Radio and digital media innovation will continue to be a big part of my life, so stay tuned." Cantillo joined WTOP in late 2011 from NYC news talker WABC-AM. She took over from longtime WTOP programmer Jim Farley, who retired and is now a Florida-based consultant for the top-rated station, in late 2013. With Cantillo's departure, Mitchell Miller, Mike McMearty, and Darci Marchese will share the duty of overseeing the station's newsroom at various times, Oxley adds in his staff memo.....

Lord Makes Changes At 9 - 3/13 - We're hearing that Channel 9/WUSA's new news czar Bill Lord is making his first major changes at the Gannett station, since getting the boot from Sinclair, the new owner of Channel 7/WJLA, last fall. According a staff memo that was leaked by BaltoMedia.net, Mike Hydeck will a weekend morning news anchor at WUSA. He will also work three days a week on the weekday morning news in a "sub-anchor" role and occasionally anchor the noon newscast. Erica Grow will be a co-host and weather anchor for weekend morning news, and have weekday morning and noon weather responsibilities. Nick Giovanni will be weekday morning co-anchor with Andrea Roane. Allyson Rae will be the primary weather person on weekday mornings. Surae Chinn will be a reporter on the WUSA weekend morning news. Howard Bernstein will be doing weather forecasts on the weekend evening news. He will also do weekday noon newscasts, backup weather assignments, and report on science issues. Also, Debra Alfarone will be weekend evening co-anchor with Bruce Johnson.....

MoCo Says No To 630 Site Park - 3/13 - Montgomery County will not submit an offer for the 75-acre WMAL 630 AM transmitter site in northern Bethesda, likely ensuring the open green space will become hundreds of new homes instead of community open space or a public park. After news talker WMAL's owner Cumulus recently put the Greentree Road transmitter site up for sale, local residents contacted local officials to ask whether the county could save the space, where people have come for decades to walk dogs, run, and play sports. More at thesentinel.com.....

Blake Burnan To FBN - 3/13 - Blake Burnan joins Fox Business Network as a DC-based correspondent. He comes from the Fox affiliate in Miami, WSVN-TV. Burnan will replace Rich Edson, who will remain at the DC bureau but move to Fox News as a correspondent.....

SLR: Vice, WMAL, WTOP, Sling TV, More - 3/13 - Vice's DC expansion. New ratings highs for WMAL and WNEW. More Cord Cutter stuff, including Sling TV. Changes at ESPN 980. WTOP's news news sharing deal with Channel 4/WRC. And more when your friendly webmaster DCRTV Dave chats with DC area media guru Jonathan in Japan at sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

Radio One Threatens To Sue Blogger - 3/12 - Radio One threatens legal action against the Baltimore Spectator for posting a photo which shows a vehicle featuring the logo of the firm's Baltimore urban contemporary WERQ, 92Q Jams. "I highly doubt anyone seeing the picture would misconstrue it to mean I was an employee or personality on the station," writes James MacArthur, the blog's "agitator in chief," at baltimorespectator.com.....

Carville To Write For MMA - 3/12 - James Carville, the longtime Clinton loyalist and Democratic strategist, will write a recurring guest column for Media Matters For America. More at politico.com.....

Scott Conroy To HuffPo - 3/12 - Scott Conroy will cover the 2016 presidential election for the Huffington Post as senior political reporter. He spent the past four years at RealClearPolitics.....

Too Much Underwriting On YPR? - 3/12 - The Baltimore City Paper wonders: "WYPR seems to routinely trade underwriting for air time. Is that a problem?".....

Bachmann Does "Sharknado" - 3/12 - Former Representative Michele Bachmann will play herself in SyFy's "Sharknado 3," which is currently filming in DC. More at washingtonpost.com.....

New Gen Launches Virtual Jock - 3/12 - DC-based New Generation Radio has launched a new division called Virtual Jock, which offers a roster of major market talent available for voice tracking, covering all formats. President of New Generation Radio, Jason Kidd, says, "I am excited to announce the signing of some of the best major market talents in the world with a roster that is still growing by the day. Radio stations everywhere will now have the opportunity to bring in major market talent via voice tracking, while trimming expenses and upgrading the sound of their station - at the same time sounding live and local." New Generation Radio debuted in April 2014 with the launch of its Smash Hits format and has now expanded its services offering talent, imaging/VO, and formats, along with advising and building brands for media companies throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. More at VirtualJock.com.....

Dave TV: WMAL's Bill Hess - 3/12 - Over lunch, which he paid for, I interview WMAL Program Director Bill Hess. And we talk about the news talker's talent, including Larry O'Connor, Brian Wilson, and Chris Plante, as well as its improving ratings and expanded news department. In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV.....

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