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BWI Partners With WTMD - 1/30 - Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport has created a partnership with Towson University's adult alternative WTMD, 89.7 FM, to highlight local musicians from the Baltimore/Washington region. On the last Friday of each month at 7 mPM, BWI and WTMD will feature live music from a local band on the lower level of the terminal, near baggage claim 5. The first concert in this series, scheduled for tonight, will feature The Herd Of Main Street from the Baltimore area. BWI is also working with WTMD to present recorded music from local artists in several portions of the terminal.....

SLR Podcast: Where In The World Is "BA"? More - 1/30 - What's former "Don And Mike Show" producer Beth Ann McBride up to these days? You'll be shocked. Could Channel 9/WUSA drop WeatherNation? More on those cuts at WAMU and the Washington Post. WPGC has a new morning man. And much more in this week's Sadly Lacking Podcast with DCRTV Dave and DC media guru Jonathan in Japan. At sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

Washington Times Cuts Radio, Podcasts - 1/30 - From DCRTV's Friday Mailbag: "Today is it. The last broadcast of Andy Parks on WWRC, 1260. All radio and podcasts will cease at 1 PM today from the Washington Times studios. Reason is money. Never made any on either station it was on and Salem wouldn't come down enough on their fee to carry it. It's been a good ride".....

Support DCRTV In January, $325 Below Monthly Goal - 1/30 - DCRTV started in 1997 and we've made it to 2015 largely because of your support. We're still $325 below our fundraising goal for the month of January. Please consider making a donation to DCRTV in the new year. Independent DCRTV started covering DC and Baltimore area media news 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. 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. Make your donation $39 or more and get a year's worth of access to local radio and TV memory-packed DCRTV Plus where we've just added video memories of Channel 4/WRC from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.....

WAMU Cuts 6, Dumps Intersection - 1/29 - The axe has fallen again at American University public radio news talker WAMU, 88.5 FM. DCRTV hears that more cuts have been announced by new General Manager JJ Yore in a staff memo, including a reduction of operating costs at its Eastern Shore outlet, Ocean City's WRAU, 88.3 FM, and at Bluegrass Country, which is carried on several low-power outlets such as Bethesda's 105.5 FM and via WAMU's HD2 subchannel. Also, Yore plans to eliminate WAMU's Intersection service, which is carried on the HD3 subchannel. "Unfortunately these savings require eliminating the full-time positions held by Bryan Russo and Chris Teskey. We also will eliminate four part-time positions connected to BGC and HD3 [Intersection] held by Echo Propp, Jenn Hitt, Mary Cliff, and Morgyn Vernon," he writes. "We need to balance our budget and must do that in a strategic way. I'm committed to protecting our core assets - the programs and services that reach the most people - and to laying the foundation for future growth. I've focused reductions on areas that have not proven to be sustainable in their current form, following the path I laid out in our December staff meeting." Late last year, WAMU cut the frequency of its local traffic reports, axed "The Animal House" Saturday show, and eliminated several staff positions.....

Recalling Holliday's Plane Crash 40 Years Ago - 1/29 - From David Elfin On Sports: "Now in his 36th season broadcasting Maryland football and men's basketball, Johnny Holliday has become an institution at the university. But the former disc jockey, morning drive host and musical theater star came close to never announcing a Terps game. Forty years ago today, Holliday was seriously injured in the crash of a Cessna 182 plane in Clinton MD on the way back from delivering supplies to an impoverished senior citizen in backwoods Virginia".....

Former WaPoer To Be CPB's Ombud - 1/29 - The Arlington-based Corporation For Public Broadcasting appoints Milton Coleman, a former senior editor at the Washington Post, as its ombudsman for the next three years. Coleman takes over February 1 from Joel Kaplan, a Syracuse University communications professor whose term expires at the end of January. More at current.org.....

New Deal For Levin - 1/29 - Mark Levin, who does his evening righty talk radio show from a studio in his Loudoun County home, signs a five-year contract extension with Westwood One. Although his show is heard on DC's WMAL, his "home" station remains NYC's WABC-AM.....

WTJU To Get Richmond Relay - 1/29 - Nearby news. The University Of Virginia does a lease deal with Ashland VA's talk/bluegrass WHAN, 1430 AM, and its FM translator at 102.9, to simulcast the programming of the school's WTJU, 91.1 from Charlottesville, into the Richmond area. WTJU features classical, jazz, rock, and talk.....

WWFG Tops Salisbury - 1/26 - Country "Froggy 99.9" WWFG tops the Salisbury-Ocean City radio ratings. More from today's Tom Taylor Now.....

Sullivan To Stop Blogging - 1/29 - DC-based Andrew Sullivan plans to stop blogging via "The Daily Dish." He writes: "I am saturated in digital life and I want to return to the actual world again. I'm a human being before I am a writer; and a writer before I am a blogger, and although it's been a joy and a privilege to have helped pioneer a genuinely new form of writing, I yearn for other, older forms. I want to read again, slowly, carefully. I want to absorb a difficult book and walk around in my own thoughts with it for a while." More at washingtonpost.com.....

24 Adds Grit - 1/28 - Baltimore's Channel 24/WUTB adds the male-oriented Grit TV network among its digital subchannels. The classic show network is already carried among the digital subchannels of DC's Channel 14/WFDC. More at bizjournals.com.....

WTOP Returns To Top - 1/28 - Now that WASH is no longer playing Christmas tunes, all-newser WTOP returns to the top of the DC radio ratings with the first week of the January numbers. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WHUR, 3) WAMU, 4) WASH, 5) WBIG, 6) WIHT, 7) WETA-FM, 8) WWDC and WMMJ, 10) WPRS, 11) WMAL, 12) WKYS, 13) WIAD and WMZQ, 15) WGTS, 16) WPGC, 17) WLZL, 18) WJFK-FM, 19) WRQX, 20) WTEM, 21) WNEW, 22) WINC-FM and WGRQ, 24) WFRE, 25) WBQB and WAVA-FM and WPFW and WFLS and WDCN, 30) WAFY.....

FCC Threatens To Yank WTRI's License - 1/28 - The Federal Communications Commission has affirmed an earlier finding that $5,000 is owed by Brunswick MD's WTRI, 1520 AM, for being off the air more than seven months. Receiver Roger Rafson took over the silent station last summer. If WTRI doesn't return to the air by April 15, the FCC says it will yank the station's license. More at fcc.gov.....

Dave TV: Will 9 Drop WeatherNation? More - 1/27 - Could Channel 9/WUSA drop its carriage of WeatherNation and local DC area forecasts from its 9.3 digital subchannel in favor of a new legal affairs network partly owned by the station's owner, Gannett? Would it be a public service to drop the only fulltime weather information channel on the broadcast airwaves in the DC market? And if WUSA drops WeatherNation, might someone else pick it up? Like maybe Sinclair's Channel 7/WJLA, as a replacement for the soon-to-be-discontinued Living Well network? Also, might WTOP end its weather forecasting deal with WJLA? All this and more in today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

Tunison To Be 11's New ND - 1/27 - We hear that Tim Tunison is the new news director at Channel 11/WBAL. He replaces Michelle Butt, who, as we've reported, heads to North Carolina to be general manager at another Hearst-owned TV station. Tunison has been assistant news director at WBAL-TV since 2005. "Tim has done outstanding work for our station in various roles," says WBAL President/General Manager Dan Joerres. "His appreciation for localism, coupled with a commitment to investigative journalism, will enable us to continue to build upon WBAL-TV's position... in our viewing area".....

Cantillo Does WTOP Traffic - 1/27 - No. She's not been demoted. But yes, that was all-newser WTOP's top exec, Program Director Laurie Cantillo, on the air this morning doing a traffic and road condition report after last night's snow. Cantillo was featured on-air live from Chevy Chase, with the conditions of Wisconsin Avenue and environs. "I did a lot of road patrol 'back in the day'," she tells DCRTV. "Fun to be back on the air now and then".....

Fannie Mae To Move To Current WaPo Site - 1/27 - We've already told you that the Washington Post will be moving out of its 15th and L digs in NW DC next year. Now, washingtonpost.com reports that the building will be torn down with Fannie Mae moving into a new structure on the site. The Post will be moving to a K Street building overlooking Franklin Square in 2016.....

Marsha Sumner Dies - 1/27 - DC gospel radio icon Marsha Sumner (right) died January 24. She was program director of CBS Radio's now-defunct Heaven 1580, WPGC-AM, and also worked at the now-defunct jazz-formatted WDCU, 90.1 FM, at the University Of The District Of Columbia. A friend tells us: "Marsha was a devout Christian and she loved radio! Some of her most popular on-air sayings including 'love you most much' and 'I'm live hugging necks and kissing babies.' She will truly be missed".....

IAFF Honors 5's Paul Wagner - 1/27 - Channel 5/WTTG reporter Paul Wagner picks up a first place award from the DC-based International Association Of Fire Fighters for his coverage of "Fire Fighters Union Claims Fire Chief's Numbers On Reserve Fleet Are False." According to iaff.org: "This report incites anger and frustration over the ineptitudes of the fire department leadership in the Nation's Capital and illustrates the persistent and dedicated efforts of a local president to ensure the safety of his union members".....

Roland Martin Switches Radio Syndicators - 1/27 - Tom Taylor Now tells us that DC-based political commentator Roland Martin switches radio syndicators, from Radio One's majority-owned Reach Media to David Anderson's Empowerment Radio Network. Martin is a frequent guest on cable TV and other radio shows, including Reach Media's "Tom Joyner Morning Show." His own show has been airing from 7 AM to 10 AM, with the final hour cable-cast on Radio One's "NewsOne Now." Radio One says that show had its best showing ever in the December ratings. Martin will keep doing that, but his new syndicated radio show will air from 10 AM to 1 PM, so he goes from ending his daily shift on TV to starting it there, and then immediately donning the role of radio host. The deal's between Empowerment Radio Network and Martin's own Nu Vision Media. He continues writing his syndicated column.....

Cillizza Names Top State Reporters - 1/27 - Washington Post political columnist Chris Cillizza names "the best state political reporters." Including five from his own paper for DC, Virginia, and Maryland. At washingtonpost.com.....

DCRTV's Job Ads - 1/27 - WTOP is looking for a web developer. WGTS has an opening for a part-time traffic reporter. Local News Now wants a full-time reporter to cover community news in the District Of Columbia. 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.....

WaPo Cuts Biz Tab - 1/26 - The Washington Post is pulling the plug on its Monday weekly Capital Business tabloid, which it charged extra for but would often waive the charge if requested by a subscriber. In a piece entitled "This Is Not Goodbye," editor Dan Beyers insists that the Jeff Bezos-owned newspaper is not scaling back its local business coverage with the publication's termination. "Starting February 1, our work will be concentrated in both the Sunday and Monday newspapers, but we plan our coverage to be a regular presence every day in the paper and online," writes Beyers at washingtonpost.com.....

Joe Clair To Replace Pablo At PGC - 1/26 - DCRTV told you last week that CBS Radio's rhythmic contemporary WPGC, 95.5 FM, has said adios to morning man Blaine "Pablo" Sato. Today, CBS annnounces that Joe Clair (right) is his replacement. He will be paired with Tati, Guy Lambert, and Poet beginning on Monday, February 9. Clair started his radio career at WPGC as part of the "Sunday Night Hip-Hop Show" with veteran DJ Big Tigger. He went on to become co-host of Russ Parr's morning show at WPGC's top rival, Radio One's urban contemporary WKYS, 93.9 FM, and later an on-air talent at Hot 97, WQHT, in New York City. Clair is also a nationally known comedian with multiple appearances on HBO's "Def Comedy Jam," Comedy Central's "Comic Groove," and BET's "Comic View," as well as host of BET's "Rap City" for six years. He most recently was heard on Howard University's adult urban contemporary WHUR, 96.3 FM, via its afternoon show with Frank Ski. "Joe is an incredible talent, a very funny man, a DC native who cares about the community and best of all a great guy," said Steve Davis, vice president of programming for CBS Radio's DC cluster and program director of WPGC. "To be able to bring him 'home' to anchor mornings is incredibly exciting." Says Clair: "DC is my home and I want to give the market a world class product with local sensibilities. I started my radio journey at WPGC so it feels incredible to be back. I want to have a lot of fun, be as timely and topical as possible, play great music and make my listeners laugh".....

Change To Wheeler's Inner Circle - 1/26 - From Tom Taylor Now: A key staff change for Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler's inner circle, as former Google mobile product specialist Sagar Doshi leaves her post as Wheeler's special assistant, and Louisa Terrell joins as an advisor. Terrell will "lead a number of long-term planning initiatives and serve as a liaison with federal agencies and stakeholders," says the chairman's office. Terrell is currently chief of staff for New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, and previously worked for Facebook as director of policy and at Yahoo. From 2009 to 2011, she worked in the White House as special assistant to the president for legislative affairs.....

Royle Booted Off "The Taste" - 1/24 - Former Baltimore sports reporter Jen Royle is eliminated on ABC's "The Taste." More at baltimoresun.com.....

Dave TV: Farewell JC & Pablo, WASH's XMAS Surge, More - 1/24 - JC Hayward says a final goodbye to Channel 9/WUSA after four decades on the DC TV news scene. Alpha buys four stations in Fredericksburg, including WFLS. WASH gets a huge surge in the Holiday radio ratings period with Christmas tunes. Pablo gets pink slipped from WPGC. Is WNEW about to surmount 20th place as it starts its fourth year? In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

Jerry Hoyt Chats With All Access - 1/24 - All Access talks to DC area radio veteran Jerry Hoyt, who has worked at a lot of defunct stations like HFS, Z104, WARW, and WTGB.....

DCRTV Advertiser: Craig Klein, Modern Voice - 1/24 - DCRTV welcomes its newest advertiser, Craig Klein, Modern Voice. Craig spent the first part of his career as an award-winning radio creative director in the DC area. Now, his focus is on voiceovers where he has been heard locally, nationally, and around the world for more than 20 years. Some of his credits include WETA-TV, Fox 5-DC, "Jimmy Kimmel Live!," Animal Planet, Smithsonian Channel, The Weather Channel, Turner Sports, Cartoon Network, Encore, GEICO, Verizon, Walmart, and Toyota. Check him out ModernVoice.com.....

Alpha Buys Free Lance-Star Stations - 1/23 - DCRTV's tipped you multiple times in the past month. Now we get the official announcement that Portland, Oregon-based Alpha Media will acquire the four-station Free Lance-Star Radio group in Fredericksburg. The stations include country WFLS, 93.3 FM, news talk WNTX, 1350 AM, rhythmic contemporary WVBX, 99.3 FM, and classic rock WWUZ, 96.9 FM. Alpha chairman Larry Wilson says: "Around 50 miles from Washington DC, Fredericksburg is a thriving place that continues to grow. It will be a nice addition to our East Coast footprint. I feel privileged to be able to get into that market and work with the great people there." The stations were acquired by Sandton Capital in a bankruptcy auction last year. Sandton holds on to the Free Lance-Star newspaper.....

William Cosmas Dies - 1/23 - William Cosmas died December 29 at age 78 in Winchester, Massachusetts. During his lengthy media career, he was an executive producer for the Discovery Channel at the DC area's Discovery Communications until his retirement. Before that, in the 1980s and early 1990s, he served as an executive producer at Channel 7/WJLA and was on the board of the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy Of Television Arts And Sciences. His obituary is at legacy.com.....

Tommy Chuck To Be PD Of Hot 99.5 & WPOC - 1/23 - Tommy Chuck joins iHeartMedia's DC contemporary hits outlet WIHT, Hot 99.5, and Baltimore country outlet WPOC, 93.1, as program director of both. He comes from the company's Tampa radio cluster where he's been program director and digital director of contemporary hits WFLZ and hot adult contemporary WMTX. He starts February 9.....

9 Announces Retirement Of JC Hayward - 1/23 - Channel 9/WUSA announces the retirement of longtime news anchor JC Hayward (right). "I have had a glorious 43 years with Channel 9," says Hayward, who has been off WUSA's airwaves for more than a year. She was the head of a DC charter school that has been accused of financial improprieties. "The people at the station have been my family for 43 years and they will always remain so in my thoughts and wonderful memories as I venture into this new phase of life," Hayward adds. WUSA President-General Manager Mark Burdett says: "JC has been an inspiration to all, as she devoted her passion and energy every day to WUSA 9. For more than 40 years JC worked tirelessly to inform & serve the community in an effort to help make Washington DC a better place to live and work." More at wusa9.com.....

SLR: CBS Sports Commentator's DC Solicitation Arrest, More - 1/23 - Via the latest "Sadly Lacking Radio" podcast, DCRTV Dave and DC radio fan Jonathan talk sex. Specifically, CBS Sports college basketball commentator Greg Anthony's arrest for soliciting a prostitute last week in DC. Plus, more talk about whether Jack Diamond's radio career is really over. The latest DC radio ratings and what WNEW needs to do to get above 22nd place. What's Sinclair up to at Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8. And, no talk about Don Geronimo. Got a half hour to burn? Then head to sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

Confirmed: Pablo Gone From PGC - 1/22 - DCRTV gets confirmation from a top exec at CBS Radio's DC cluster that Pablo (right) has been canned from the morning show at rhythmic-urban contemporary WPGC, 95.5 FM. His co-host Tati is on temporary hiatus, we hear. Look for Pablo's replacement to be announced next week, we're told. PGC, which was once usually a top five station in the DC radio ratings, has had trouble these days making it even into the top 10. More soon.....

Joynt To Interview Bowser - 1/22 - DCRTV hears that DC media veteran Carol Joynt has landed new DC Mayor Muriel Bowser for her February 27 "Q&A Cafe." More soon.....

Graff To Be Politico Mag's Editor - 1/22 - Garrett Graff is the new editor of Politico Magazine, upped from a senior writer position. Before joining Politico, he was the top editor at Washingtonian.....

Beaujon: WaPo Shortfall Causes Staff Cuts - 1/22 - Andrew Beaujon via Washingtonian magazine's Capital Comment column: In a post on the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild's Facebook page, Guild News co-chair Fredrick Kunkle says the Washington Post has experienced staff reductions "amid rumors about lower-than-expected revenue and budget shortfalls." The reductions "appear to be small in number," Kunkle writes, reminding members of the union they have the right to representation in any transaction with management that "sounds as if it could ultimately lead to disciplinary action or dismissal".....

WaPo Launches Energy Blog - 1/22 - The Washington Post launches the "Energy And Environment" blog with Chris Mooney, which will feature analysis about climate change, energy, and sustainability issues . Mooney is a science and environment journalist who joined the Post last fall. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Carson Heads To KC - 1/22 - Local radio veteran Rob Carson is leaving the DC area for a Cumulus-owned news talker in Kansas City. He'll be hosting mornings at KCMO. The station is also adding Chris Plante's WMAL-based show for late mornings. For many years, Carson hosted afternoons and middays at WRQX, back when it was hot adult contemporary Mix 107.3. He also did fill-in talk show work at news talker WMAL. Both WMAL and WRQX are owned by Cumulus. Recently, Carson's been hosting the nationally syndicated "America Weekend" talk show for Envision. He's also been doing a fill-in service for news talkers around the country from a studio in his DC area home. Carson began his broadcasting career in Missouri after graduating from Northwest Missouri State University.....

Icahn Eyes Gannett - 1/22 - Investor Carl Icahn is seeking two seats on McLean-based Gannett's board and wants to prevent the company from installing defenses against potential takeover bids. He owns about 6.6% of the company which, locally, owns USA Today and Channel 9/WUSA. More at jimromenesko.com.....

Alpha Kicking Tires On Free Lance-Star Radio Properties - 1/22 - There are more rumblings that Alpha Media is about to pick up the Free Lance-Star media properties taken over last year by debtholder Sandton Capital. Alpha, which owns radio stations in the nearby Richmond market, almost got the Fredericksburg properties like country WFLS, 93.3 FM, in last year's Chapter 11 auction. But Sandton swooped in with a credit bid for both the stations and the Free Lance-Star daily paper. Tom Taylor Now hears that Alpha's execs might be visiting Fredericksburg as soon as tomorrow, possibly to announce a deal with Sandton. Others have been interested in this prime cluster including Delaware-based Delmarva.....

50 Years For McConnell At WTOP - 1/22 - Dave McConnell (right), the Capitol Hill correspondent for WTOP, observes 50 years with the all-newser this month. "He is fixture on The Hill and remains the lone full-time Congressional correspondent for a local radio station in America," says WTOP Program Director Laurie Cantillo. McConnell has covered 12 presidential elections, five inaugurations, and countless changes in party momentum. "He taps his vast knowledge of Congress and its history to help explain to listeners why a vote, a speech or even inaction matters," according to a tribute at wtop.com.....

Garnet Stevens Dies - 1/21 - Garnet Stevens, 44, died today after a four-year fight with brain cancer. In the 1990s, he was sports director for Hagerstown's Channel 25/WHAG. He also was midday personality on that area's WIKZ, Mix 95.1. Stevens moved to Los Angeles in 1999 to pursue his dream of stand-up comedy, performing at the Improv and studying with Second City. He also worked for Comedy Central and shows such as "South Park" and "The Man Show." "He was a good man and could always make you laugh," a colleague tells us. His obituary is at bowersoxfuneralhomes.com.....

WASH Tops Holiday Radio Ratings For DC - 1/21 - The DC market radio ratings for the "Holiday" month, mainly early December to early January. Featuring a seasonal surge for WASH, which played holiday tunes for most of the period. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WASH, 2) WAMU, 3) WTOP, 4) WHUR, 5) WIHT, 6) WBIG and WETA-FM, 8) WMMJ, 9) WMAL and WWDC, 11) WPGC and WMZQ, 13) WIAD, 14) WGTS and WPRS, 16) WKYS, 17) WTEM, 18) WJFK-FM and WLZL and WRQX, 21) WNEW, 22) WFRE, 23) WBQB, 24) WAVA-FM and WINC-FM, 26) WDCN, 27) WFLS, 28) WERQ and WPFW and WAFY. Age 25-54: 1) WASH, 2) WHUR, 3) WWDC, 4) WIHT, 5) WTOP, 6) WAMU, 7) WBIG, 8) WPGC, 9) WIAD and WKYS and WMZQ, 12) WMMJ, 13) WGTS, 14) WMAL, 15) WTEM and WPRS, 17) WJFK-FM, 18) WLZL and WRQX, 20) WETA-FM, 21) WNEW, 22) WFRE, 23) WDCN and WINC-FM, 25) WBQB, 26) WAVA-FM, 27) WTNT and WERQ and WAFY, 30) WKDV and WACA and WIYY and WLIF.....

WLIF Tops Holiday Radio Ratings For DC - 1/21 - The Baltimore market radio ratings for the "Holiday" month, mainly early December to early January. Featuring a seasonal surge for WLIF, which played holiday tunes for most of the period. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WLIF, 2) WERQ, 3) WPOC, 4) WWIN-FM, 5) WJZ-FM, 6) WWMX, 7) WZBA, 8) WBAL-AM, 9) WQSR, 10) WZFT, 11) WIYY, 12) WRBS-FM, 13) WBJC, 14) WCAO, 15) WCBM, 16) WPGC, 17) WYPR, 18) WNEW, 19) WTMD, 20) WAMU.....

Frances Segraves Dies - 1/21 - Condolences to DC TV and radio news veteran Mark Segraves, who has been missing from Channel 4/WRC, Channel 50/WDCW, and WNEW. His mom, Frances Segraves, 87, died January 14 at Holy Cross Hospital in Montgomery County. She was a reporter who worked at the Baltimore Sun, the Washington Star, and the Frederick News. Her obituary is at legacy.com.....

Farhi: JLA Uses News Coverage To Promote Ben Carson - 1/21 - Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi wonders if right-leaning Sinclair, the new owner of Channel 7/WJLA, is officially backing Dr. Ben Carson, a oft-mentioned candidate for president. The Republican neurosurgeon is from Baltimore, where the Sinclair is based. On Monday, Carson was a panelist on a televised "town hall" meeting about race relations, which was produced by WJLA. It aired on co-owned NewsChannel 8 and on Sinclair's stations in 78 markets. Carson also appeared on another Sinclair-produced "town hall" in October, regarding the Ebola outbreak. Farhi adds that Sinclair, in November, aired an hour-long autobiographical promotional film about Carson entitled "Ben Carson: A Breath Of Fresh Air, A New Prescription For America." WJLA even ran a commercial announcing Carson's infomercial, in effect airing an ad promoting a program-length ad, according to Farhi at washingtonpost.com.....

Photogs Challenge Fairfax Park Fee - 1/21 - Professional photographers challenge a $100 fee to shoot in Fairfax County parks. At washingtonpost.com.....

White House Slights Fox News - 1/21 - The White House drops "News" from Fox News place cards at the State Of The Union lunch yesterday. More at nationalreview.com.....

NPPA Honors du Cille - 1/21 - The National Press Photographers Association's highest honor, the Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award, will be awarded to the late Michel du Cille of the Washington Post. Du Cille, 58, collapsed and died of a heart attack December 11 in rural Liberia, while on assignment to cover the Ebola epidemic in western Africa. More at nppa.org.....

Dave TV: WNEW Should Hire Jack Diamond - 1/20 - OK, CBS launched all-news WNEW three years ago this month. As the station enters its fourth year, it has yet to crack the "top 20" mark in the DC radio ratings. So, CBS needs to make a big move and hire DC radio legend Jack Diamond and do a morning "news zoo" with a female co-host and have "fun" interplay with WNEW's anchors and reporters, including Lisa Baden. In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

Bill Rehkopf Returns To WNEW - 1/20 - Bill Rehkopf, who was one of the original news anchors on CBS all-newser WNEW, 99.1 FM, when it launched three years ago this month, is returning. He'll be anchoring afternoon drive with Stacy Lyn. Rehhopf left WNEW later in 2012 to return to Pittsburgh to be closer to family and deal with personal matters. While there, he anchored afternoons on CBS news talker KDKA-AM.....

Ariane de Vogue To CNN - 1/20 - Ariane de Vogue joins CNN Politics Digital to write about the Supreme Court. She comes from ABC News, where she has also been covering the Court.....

5's Will Thomas Talks To WaPo - 1/20 - Channel 5/WTTG news anchor Will Thomas "talks about the hardest stories to do and live screwups." At washingtonpost.com.....

Diana Wilkin Joins Patrick Communications - 1/19 - Diana Wilkin joins Elkridge MD's Patrick Communications as partner. She's a veteran television station and network manager who worked for CBS through 2014, in addition to Clear Channel and Fox. Patrick Communications managing partner Larry Patrick says: ""We are thrilled to have Diana join our firm. She brings great experience, tremendous relationships throughout the industry and a keen understanding of both owners and the television station market." Patrick Communications is a top broker of radio, TV, tower, and telecom properties.....

CBS's Greg Anthony Arrested For Solicitation In DC - 1/18 - CBS Sports commentator Greg Anthony, a former NBA player, was arrested in DC Friday and charged with soliciting a prostitute during an undercover sting operation. Anthony, 47, a father of four, was arrested in a room at the Doubletree Hotel on Rhode Island Avenue NW, not far from the White House, according to washingtonpost.com. He was slated to announce the University Of Maryland-Michigan State game Saturday afternoon in College Park for CBS Sports, where he has worked since 2008. CBS News released a statement saying Anthony has been suspended indefinitely and will not be working for CBS this season.....

Brodbeck Grows Local News Now - 1/18 - Scott Brodbeck talks about his five years of running hyper-local news sites in the DC area via Local News Now, which now serves Arlington, Bethesda, Reston, Prince William, and Capitol Hill. At streetfightmag.com.....

JLA To Hold Town Hall On Race Relations - 1/17 - Channel 7/WJLA will hold a town hall meeting on Monday, January 19, entitled "Your Voice, Your Future: Race Relations: Moving Beyond." It will air live on NewsChannel 8 at 7 PM, stream via wjla.com, and be seen on 78 Sinclair stations nationwide. Jeff Barnd will host and Jummy Olabanji will handle social media. Panelists will include Benjamin Crump, Dr. Ben Carson, Fredrick Wilson, and Patricia Guadalupe.....

PressBox Does Deal With citybizlist - 1/17 - Baltimore-based sports news media organization PressBox and digital media publisher citybizlist have penned a content, sales, and marketing partnership. citybizlist's daily business news email will now feature PressBox content, and it will also publish PressBox content on its website. It has also launched an email weekend edition on Fridays that dedicated to sports. More at citybizlist.com.....

CSN Ups Pahnke & Wargo - 1/17 - Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic has promoted Tom Pahnke from director of operations to senior director of network operations. It has also promoted Mike Wargo from digital media managing editor to director of digital media.....

Earl Kelly Dies - 1/17 - Earl Kelly, a former Annapolis Capital Maryland State House reporter who retired two years ago, has died of an apparent heart attack. He was 64. Kelly had recently been hired to study Maryland politics and ethics by DC's Center For Public Integrity. More at capitalgazette.com.....

Local Sportcasters Honored, More - 1/17 - Joe Beninati, Thom Loverro, Johnny Holliday, and Bob Carpenter get honored by the National Sportscasters And Sportswriters Association. Comcast SportsNet debuts a Capitals video from the local Morrison Brothers Band. The Redskins saw a local TV ratings slump during their 2014 season. The latest DC sports radio ratings. And more in this week's DC sports media column at pressboxdc.com.....

WaPo Remembers du Cille - 1/17 - The Washington Post holds a memorial service for photographer Michel du Cille who, in December, suffered a heart attack in West Africa. He was 58. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Dr. Drew To Stay On WTOP - 1/16 - Laurie Cantillo, WTOP's program director, tells DCRTV that her all-newser will continue featuring Dr. Drew Pinsky even though his one-minute daily health updates are being dropped from national syndication by Westwood One. Apparently, Pinsky is stopping the radio updates due to his busy schedule. But he'll still make time for WTOP, which has aired his reports twice daily in middays. "Dr. Drew loves his association with WTOP and will continue to be a regular guest," Cantillo says.....

SLR Podcast: Is Jack Diamond's Radio Career Over? - 1/16 - The apparent end of Jack Diamond's last radio gig - and his radio career? Doug Hill's decision to stay at WJLA. Why WBAL radio lost the Orioles. Some of my Oscar predictions. And many more local media ramblings, including some chat about RELM and Smash Hits, in this week's pairing of DCRTV Dave and Jonathan in his Sadly Lacking Radio podcast.....

Kim Brown To KC - 1/15 - Kim Brown heads to Kansas City to co-host mornings on urban contemporary KPRS, Hot 103 Jamz. She most recently worked at WRQX. Her media background inchudes stints at Channel 2/WMAR, International TV Services, and WKYS. She will continue to be a guest contributor on News One's DC-based "Roland Martin Show".....

Dave TV: Doug Hill Stays With 7, Orioles Leave BAL, More - 1/15 - I look at Doug Hill signed a deal to stay with Sinclair 7. Plus, what's up with the Orioles leaving WBAL radio for 105.7 The Fan? WMAL's Larry O'Connor does Geraldo Rivera. And, Paul Farhi does what he does best - covering his own Waashington Post. On a "very" snowy day when Fairfax County closed the schools. In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

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