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VOA Spends Tax Dollars For Facebook "Likes" - 9/28 - The DC-based Voice Of America admits it uses tens of thousands of dollars of taxpayer money to buy Facebook "likes." More at bbgwatch.com.....

Rant: Those Horrible Long Roofing Ads On WTOP - 9/28 - From Tom Taylor Now: "Washington DC lifts American U's non-com news/talker WAMU past Hubbard’s commercial-news WTOP, for the age 6+ AQH total-week win. Last month they were tied, and this time WAMU's the victor. It's moved from a July-book 8.6 share to an August 9.1, and now a 9.0-share. The WTOP-based regional network’s gone 9.4-9.1-8.7." My take: Blame those horrible and oh so annoyingly frequent Long Roofing ads for WTOP's slump.....

Support DCRTV On Our 19th Anniversary - 9/28 - DCRTV started in 1997 and we're celebrating our 19th anniversary in September. All month, you can now subscribe to DCRTV Plus for just $19 a year - a big savings off our $39 yearly rate. Or, two years for $38 ($19 X 2). This offer is good for new subscriptions, plus extensions and renewals of existing subscriptions, and expires September 30. Please support your favorite independent local media news, commentary, and nostalgia website. We're in the first initial wave of creating a totally revised DCRTV Plus 2.0, the best place to find nostalgic and historical stuff about DC and Baltimore radio and TV. 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.....

DCRTV Job Ads - 9/28 - The latest DCRTV Job Ad: "Sales Positions - Maybe you have worked in Radio in DC and have found yourself part of the consolidation epidemic that has affected so many good people. We are Centennial Broadcasting, a small Virginia company with great radio stations in Fredericksburg and Winchester. WBQB reaches from Richmond to DC and into southern Maryland and we are very active in the region. Our ratings typically have us number one in all the major demos and our station is about 70% female with an average age of about 37. We offer good benefits, a positive environment some expenses paid and more. If you want to work, grow and feel you have some control over your day we might be a good fit. E mail Wendy@wbqb.com all of your information; we will need several references and you need to convince us you can work independently and want to make great money. Centennial Broadcasting LLC2 is an equal opportunity employer".....

Dave TV: Chris Plante Revealed - 9/27 - In today's DC media edition of "Dave TV" I take a look at what makes WMAL talker Chris Plante tick. He seems to be a very different person in public - rather charming, even - as opposed to his radio "persona." Is his conservative radio "bad boy" just an act? At Facebook.....

1st Anniversary For WERA - 9/27 - From insidenova.com: Approaching its one-year anniversary, boosters of Arlington's community radio station say the experiment has been a success on several fronts. Ninety producers have programming on the air or on the way at WERA, a low-power station that signed on last December. "Arlington loves radio and has embraced WERA in a way that exceeds all expectations," says Paul LeValley, executive director of Arlington Independent Media. AIM last year won federal approval to operate the station at 96.7 on the FM band, and since the launch has been grafting the radio operations into existing cable television and online efforts.....

WAMU & WTOP Top DC Radio Ratings For September - 9/27 - The Washington market radio ratings for the month of September. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WAMU and WTOP, 3) WHUR, 4) WMMJ, 5) WIHT, 6) WASH, 7) WBIG, 8) WPGC, 9) WKYS, 10) WIAD and WPRS, 12) WMZQ and WETA-FM and WMAL, 15) WGTS, 16) WJFK-FM, 17) WRQX, 18) WWDC, 19) WTEM, 20) WLZL, 21) WFMD, 22) WBQB, 23) WERQ, 24) WFRE, 25) WPFW and WDCH and WFLS and WAVA-FM and WINC-FM, 30) WOL and WDCN and WIYY and WQSR, 34) WAFY, 35) WGRQ and WACA and WILC and WRBS-FM, 39) WWGB and WTNT and WWEG and WYPR and WLIF and WBQH.....

WWIN-FM Tops Baltimore Radio Ratings For September - 9/27 - The Baltimore radio ratings for September. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WERQ, 3) WLIF, 4) WPOC, 5) WJZ-FM, 6) WIYY, 7) WZFT, 8) WWMX, 9) WQSR, 10) WRBS-FM, 11) WZBA, 12) WCBM, 13) WBAL-AM, 14) WYPR, 15) WBJC and WCAO, 17) WGTS, 18) WLIFHD2, 19) WWIN-AM, 20) WQLL and WRBS-AM. Only Baltimore market stations featured on this listing.....

Another Hour For Rouse On 1370 - 9/27 - Baltimore oldies outlet WQLL, Q1370, adds an hour to the "Rouse And Company" morning show. Extending it to 10 AM, starting October 3. Steve Rouse, Tracy Hart, and Pat O'Neill will now heard be heard from 6 AM to 10 AM Monday through Friday.....

Ockershausen Hosts "Our Town" Podcast - 9/27 - DC media veteran Andy Ockershausen (right), a third-generation Washingtonian who has worked for the Evening Star Broadcast Group, the old WMAL-TV, WMAL radio, Channel 50/WDCW, and, most recently, Comcast/NBC Universal, is starting a podcast, "Our Town," with local personalies. Including media figures, politicans and community leaders, sports heroes, business and charitable influencers, and many more. The September 27 episode features Cary Hatch, CEO and Brand Advocate for MDB Communications. Each half-hour podcast, which is recorded at WMAL, can be heard at ourtowndc.com. Season one will feature more than 25 interviews with the likes of Sonny Jurgensen, Bill Regardie, Frank Herzog, Charlie Brotman, Paul Berry, Frank Harden, Tim Brant, Catherine Meloy, Mark Russell, Andy Pollin, and Harry Jaffe.....

Radio One Campaign Supports Museum - 9/27 - Silver Spring-based Radio One is a media sponsor of the Smithsonian's National Museum Of African American History And Culture that opened Saturday. As the largest African American owned multi-media company in the country, Radio One says its "uniquely capable of delivering promotional support and coverage of this week's festivities through its robust urban radio, television, digital media and branded content agency footprint that reaches over 82% of Black Americans." The promotional campaign, "A Peoples' Journey A Nation's Story," is designed for radio, television, digital, and social media. The media plan spans Radio One-owned Reach Media's syndicated shows with Tom Joyner, DL Hughley, Rickey Smiley, Russ Parr, Rev. Al Sharpton, and Erica Campbell. Radio One's CEO Alfred Liggins says, "Radio One couldn't be more proud to support the opening of the NMAAHC. Being able to share this story and have a small part in how history will record this monumental moment in our country's history is our honor and quite honestly our responsibility".....

No Sunday Skins On WTEM's 94.3 - 9/26 - A chunk of the Washington area could not hear the Redskins radio broadcast Sunday via the station's flagship WTEM, ESPN 980, which is owned by team owner Dan Snyder. According to many listener reports, sports talker WTEM's 94.3 FM simulcast from the Warrenton area of Northern Virginia was silent all-day Sunday. The signal was still on the air, but there was no program feed. WTEM can also be heard on 980 AM, from a transmitter in Hyattsville, but that signal can be difficult to hear in the far western suburbs, particularly at night. WTEM can also be heard on 92.7 FM, but that signal comes from Prince Frederick and covers Southern Maryland and parts of the Eastern Shore.....

Rant: Radio One Should Move MMJ To 93.9 - 9/26 - DC's Radio One is swapping frequencies for two of its Philadelphia formats. Gospel Praise 103.9, WPPZ, and classic hip-hop Boom 107.9, WPHI, will exchange locations in an attempt to boost ratings for the struggling stations. OK. That's cool. But how about here in DC? I've always thought that Radio One should put its Majic 102.3, WMMJ, adult urban contemporary format, which would appeal to many older, suburban listeners, on the more powerful 93.9 signal. That would give Russ Parr and Donnie Simpson much better coverage in places like Loudoun, Prince William, and Frederick counties, as well as throughout Baltimore. While urban contemporary/rap WKYS, which appeals to a more inner-city, youthful, smart-phone-connected audience, might be a better "fit" on the lower-powered 102.3. WMMJ already gets pretty good ratings on 102.3, but if it was on the stronger 93.9 it would most certainly become more of a revenue powerhouse, too, reaching more wealthy outer-suburban neighborhoods......

Dwight Douglas To Retire - 9/26 - Radio veteran Dwight Douglas, who was the very first program director in the 1970s when WWDC fliped 101.1 to rocker DC101, is planning to retire from his current gig as vice president of marketing at New York-based broadcast software supplier RCS. Before DC101, Douglas worked at Pittsburgh rocker WDVE. After DC, he moved on to a radio consulting career at firms like Burkhart-Abrams. Also, he's written screenplays, articles, and books and designed on online video website.....

Dave TV: Thoughts About DCRTV's 19th Anniversary - 9/26 - My thoughts about DCRTV on its 19th anniversary. Never did I imagine when I started it in 1997 that it would still be here almost two decades later. If you're a fan of the DC and Baltimore media site, please take 11 minutes to watch this important video about DCRTV's future.....


WBAL, WTOP, WHUR Nab Marconis - 9/23 - Hearst news talker WBAL-AM, 1090, picks up the Marconi statue for "legendary station of the year" in a "large market" at the National Association Of Broadcasters' annual radio confab in Nashville on Thursday. The award for top "news/talk station of the year" went to Hubbard's WTOP, 103.5/103.9/107.7. Howard University's WHUR, 96.3. got the nod for top "urban station of the year." Stations are judged on their community service. More at radioshowweb.com.....

NYT's Rhoden Gets Povich Honor - 9/22 - William Rhoden, who for 33 years graced the sports pages of the New York Times, including the past 26 writing the Sports Of The Times column, is the 2016 winner of the third annual Sam Lacy-Wendell Smith award presented by the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the University Of Maryland's Philip Merrill College Of Journalism. More at povichcenter.org.....

Britt Waters Joins 94.7 Fresh FM - 9/22 - Britt Waters (right) will do the 7 PM to midnight shift on CBS's hot adult contemporary 94.7 Fresh FM, WIAD. She starts October 5. Waters started her career on Radio One-owned WKYS/WMMJ's nationally syndicated "Russ Parr Morning Show," where she served as on-air talent and producer for three years. Waters is also the host of the weekly TV program, "The Sound," which airs Friday nights on DCN.....

11 Hires Andre Hepkins - 9/22 - Channel 11/WBAL has hired Andre Hepkins as 5:30 PM anchor alongside Donna Hamilton. Also, he will co-anchor the 10 PM newscast with Deborah Weiner on WBAL's 11.2 WBAL Plus subchannel and report from the breaking news desk during the WBAL's 6 PM and 11 PM newscasts. Hepkins joins WBAL from KMOV-TV in St. Louis, where he was a morning anchor. He previously reported at WSVN in Miami, WNYW in NYC, and WFSB in Hartford.....

Frank Howard Talks To Thom Loverro - 9/21 - Washington baseball icon Frank Howard talks about winning the World Series with Sandy Koufax, being managed on the Senators by Ted Williams and the potential for Bryce Harper. In the latest edition on this week's edition of DC sports journalism veteran Thom Loverro's "Cigars & Curveballs" podcast, available on iTunes and Google Play. At apple.co.....

Michel Wright Gone From WMMJ - 9/21 - UPDATED. DCRTV gets confirmation that Michel Wright (right) is gone from her midday slot at Radio One's adult urban contemporary WMMJ, Majic 102.3. There had been no official word from station management, but listeners have been reporting for about a week that she's no longer being heard and she's been wiped from the station's website. Wright posted on Facebook: "In the radio business we don't get to say goodbye but... there's always a 'hello' on the horizon. I've left Majic 102.3... [September 15] was my last time on air there. We had a great two-winning years together." Wright joined WMMJ in July 2014. She previously worked at WPGC and WHUR, in addition to a number of TV networks, including BET.....

WMAL Transmitter Building Demolished - 9/21 - Demolition work (right) started Monday on the 1940-vintage transmitter building of WMAL's 630 AM 75-acre site that Cumulus sold to home developer Toll Brothers. The four towers of WMAL are still standing, but Cumulus is planning to move 630's transmitter to the Germantown site of Red Zebra's WSPZ, 570 AM. According to insidetowers.com, demolition of the original transmitter building is expected to take several days. The brick building was built to look like a colonial-style home to blend in with the surrounding houses. While it contained equipment until recently, it also served as the main studio for WMAL radio from 1960 to 1974, according to retired chief engineer David Sproul. The original 75-year-old four tower array remains standing and is expected to remain in operation for some time, says Sproul. Several weeks ago, a new transmitter was installed in an air-conditioned shipping container placed in the parking lot, according to Sproul, feeding the signal to the towers. Cumulus hopes the deal to sell the Greentree Road site should bring it at least $75 million. In 2012, WMAL started simulcasting on FM 105.9 from Northern Virginia. Photo credit: David Sproul.....

Bolter Unveils Another "Bottle Proof" Episode - 9/21 - Former Channel 5/WTTG news anchor Brian Bolter (right) is back with another edition of his YouTube video series "Bottle Proof." Description: "Laws, zoning and leases are hard enough. Finding a neighborhood that welcomes your new craft distillery with open arms? Almost unheard of. Except for Lyon Distilling Company. St. Michaels, Maryland has a long history of industrial entrepreneurs. The perfect combination of the past embracing the future." A multiple Emmy and Murrow award winning television news anchor and reporter for 20 years, Bolter is now owner of two Annapolis bars - DRY 85 and the Red Red Wine Bar. More at bottleprooftv.com. Check out the latest episode below.....


WAMU Tops DC Radio Ratings - 9/20 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "third week" of September. Full-week, age 12+: 1) WAMU, 2) WTOP, 3) WHUR, 4) WIHT, 5) WMMJ, 6) WETA-FM, 7) WASH, 8) WBIG, 9) WKYS, 10) WPRS and WPGC, 12) WIAD, 13) WMAL, 14) WJFK-FM, 15) WGTS, 16) WMZQ, 17) WWDC, 18) WRQX, 19) WTEM, 20) WFMD, 21) WLZL, 22) WBQB, 23) WERQ, 24) WDCH and WFRE, 26) WAVA-FM, 27) WINC-FM and WFLS and WDCN and WAFY, 31) WQSR and WIYY and WPFW, 34) WOL and WRBS-FM, 36) WILC and WBQH and WACA and WGRQ and WKDV.....

SB Nation Cancels Czaban - 9/20 - DC radio sports veteran Steve Czaban's web-based show on SB Nation Radio has not been renewed. "I was informed on Monday afternoon that SB Nation was going in a different direction in morning drive, and that my contract would not be renewed. It had run out at the end of August, and we were working on a new one," Czaban writes at czabe.com. "The decision was theirs, and the reasons are their own. I don't claim to know what those reasons are, or particularly care... It's been a long year for me, as I've battled through the remnants of lyme disease, probable related co-infections and resultant auto-immune dysfunction. I am happy to say I have finally turned the corner, and look forward to getting back to full health." Czaban will continue doing his afternoon drive "Sports Reporters" show with Andy Pollin on WTEM, ESPN 980.....

Photog Sues Radio One - 9/20 - Tom Taylor Now tells us that Silver Spring-based urban radio broadcaster Radio One is being sued for using copyrighted photos on its websites. NYC-based professional photographer Eric Johnson charges that Radio One's Interactive One site "provides technological means on its websites by which users can reproduce content displayed thereon... and distribute and publicly display such content on social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter." The suit alleges that Radio One used Johnson's pics of Notorious B.I.G., Faith Evans, and Aaliyah without permission, and encouraged their further distribution, in 240 instances dating back to 2015.....

Merrill Gets SPJ Honor - 9/20 - The second annual Society Of Professional Journalists MOEy award, "the best of the best in collegiate journalism," goes to the Philip Merrill College Of Journalism's Capital News Service and its "The Brothel Next Door" project about human sex trafficking in Maryland. The award was announced Monday night during the SPJ annual "Mark Of Excellence" awards ceremony in New Orleans. More at merrill.umd.edu.....

WaPo Launches "Historically Black" Podcast - 9/19 - The Washington Post and APM Reports start a podcast today - Historically Black. Based on the Post's Historically Black Tumblr project, a crowd-sourced "people's museum" of objects representing black history, the podcast will showcase interviews, archival radio, and music curated by APM Reports and the Post. With guest hosts comedian Keegan-Michael Key, feminist writer Roxane Gay, creator of "The Misadventures Of Awkward Black Girl" web series Issa Rae, and Another Round podcast hosts Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Rehm To Speak At Book Festival - 9/19 - Diane Rehm, the WAMU-based nationally-syndicated talker who's retiring later this year, has been invited to speak at this year's Library Of Congress National Book Festival. At washingtonpost.com.....

Bruce Johnson To Anchor 7 PMer On 9 - 9/16 - DCRTV hears that Channel 9/WUSA is launching a new news broadcast, "Off Script, With Bruce Johnson," which will replace the current 7 PM half-hour newscast. WUSA veteran Johnson will continue to co-anchor the 6 PM newscast with Leslie Foster. More soon.....

DCRTV Job Ads - 9/16 - The latest DCRTV Job Ad: "*News Anchor* WGMD 92.7 FM "The Talk of Delmarva" - Rehoboth Beach, DE... WGMD 92.7 & WGMD.com is currently accepting resumes for Radio News Anchor. This position is great for someone looking to get back into radio or for someone looking to get in the door and on the air at Delmarva's leading News/Talk station. WGMD News offers a modern approach to news gathering and news presentation. You must be digitally savy and be able to write in both print and broadcast style. We also prefer candidates with some prior news experience, whether it is on-air or behind the scenes. This opening is a great opportunity to flex your strengths and get your foot in the door at one of the nation's most innovative News/Talk stations. Shifts are to be completed at the WGMD studios in beautiful Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. There are opportunities for growth at WGMD and creativity is invited! If you are interested, please send your resume and demo to airjob@wgmd.com. No phone calls please. Required experience: - News: 1 year".....

Anchor Changes At NPR - 9/16 - NPR realigns "Morning Edition" anchor duties for weekdays and Sundays. According to Tom Taylor Now, it was already known that west coast-based Renee Montagne would be entering a new role after working overnights as part of the Monday-Friday newsmagazine. She becomes a special correspondent and available for other hosting work. Succeeding her will be "Weekend Edition Sunday" host Rachel Martin, who will team with Steve Inskeep and David Greene. NPR says Greene will head to NPR West in Culver City to continue his "Morning Edition" hosting duties there. That keeps the west coast facility active in mornings in case of power or other problems back in DC. Taking over the two-hour "Weekend Edition" Sunday will be South American correspondent Lulu Garcia-Navarro, as of January. Scott Simon continues to anchor "Weekend Edition Saturday".....

Johnny Dark Dies - 9/15 - DCRTV hears that Baltimore and DC radio legend Johnny Dark (right) died Thursday morning at Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore. A source tells DCRTV that Dark, 82, was hospitalized earlier this week for a health emergency involving a pulmonary embolism. He had been suffering from cancer. Dark worked at a variety of "top 40," contemporary hits, and oldies radio stations in the Baltimore and DC area since the 1960s, including WCAO, WEAM, WQSR, WWMX, and, in the 1990s, at WBIG. Most recently, he was heard on Westminster oldies outlet WTTR. In 1964, Dark introduced the Beatles during their concert at the then-Baltimore Civic Center. More at abc2news.com.....

WTOP Again Tops Latest Radio Ratings - 9/14 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "second week" of September. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WHUR, 4) WMMJ, 5) WIHT, 6) WASH, 7) WBIG, 8) WKYS, 9) WPGC, 10) WMZQ and WETA-FM, 12) WIAD, 13) WPRS and WMAL, 15) WGTS, 16) WJFK-FM, 17) WRQX, 18) WWDC, 19) WTEM, 20) WLZL, 21) WFMD, 22) WBQB, 23) WERQ, 24) WINC-FM and WPFW and WFLS, 27) WOL and WQSR and WDCN and WDCH and WAVA-FM and WFRE and WIYY.....

WaPo Updates DC Rider App - 9/14 - The Washington Post has rolled out a update to its DC Rider app, including a new home screen where users can set their home and work stations, updates about Metro delays or alerts, and report issues directly to the Post's transportation team. The app also incorporates Metro's Safe Track program. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Some Viewers Angry At 7 For Running Skins In Place Of Dance Show - 9/14 - From TVSpy: Some viewers are angry with Sinclair's Channel 7/WJLA after it chose to air the "Monday Night Football" game between the Redskins and the Steelers and not Ryan Lochte's debut on "Dancing With The Stars" Monday night. "Feel seriously betrayed by WJLA," one viewer wrote on the WJLA Facebook page. "For weeks we’ve been looking forward to the opening night of DWTS! Only to find out it was bumped for the Redskins game. Ok - it's ok they said when we called yesterday - you can watch it at 9 AM Tuesday. Hello! We're at work and school plus you can’t vote at 9 AM. Thanks WJLA".....

Dave TV: Remember Jim Henson At WRC - 9/13 - Kinda hard to believe but I started DCRTV 19 years ago, September 1997. And it's been here ever since. In today's "Dave TV," where I also take a look at a cool new book "The Gospel According To Sesame Street," which recalls Muppets creator Jim Henson's early days with Willard Scott at DC's Channel 4/WRC. At Facebook.....

Interview John Hall - 8/13 - Rita Rich says John Hall, co-founder of the band Orleans and former member of Congress (D-NY's 19th District) is available for radio interviews. He's promoting his memoir "Still The One: A Rock'n'Roll Journey" from Congress and back. Contact Rita at rita@flatlandsavellc.com or 301-404-9609 if you'd like to set up an interview with John. John was born in Baltimore and, according to Rita, has a lot of great connections between the two Beltways as he and his family lived in Ellicott City. He's known for his environmental activism. In fact, he's been an activist since the No Nukes Concert and Rita says he'll be having a book reading and performing in Takoma Park - a nuclear free zone. His book is available on Amazon and he'll be announcing book signing events in coming days.....

Rant: WMAL's Chris Plante Goes Too Far - 9/12 - Just sent this to WMAL General Manager Bill Hess: "Yeah, it's one thing to disagree with Hillary Clinton and slam her for her positions and beliefs. But Chris Plante this morning is going way to far with his abject hatred for her. Repeated mentions of her as a "sack of potatoes" and comparing her to the "Wizard Of Oz" Wicked Witch Of The West are over the top. If she has a serious illness, yeah it does need to be revealed. But even her political rivals need to give her sympathy and respect if that's the case. If Trump suddenly had a heart attack, even decent rivals would wish him well. Chris is pathetic person. You'd do the right thing by firing/suspending him. There are plenty of better radio righties out there that could fill his shoes. I can't imagine that too many advertisers are flocking to sponsor this kind of venom".....

WJR Celebrates 36th, Remembers Bill Parris - 9/10 - Benjamin Scott Shor, who does Washington Jewish Radio via a Sunday morning released podcast and show that is heard on the KHZ network of regional AMers, is marking the 36th anniversary that the Shor family has been on Washington area airwaves. In honor of this, he, joined by his dad and brother, have put together a video of stories, history, and a look to the WJR's future. "After our dear friend Bill Parris' passing, we made sure to include plenty about him as well," Ben tells us. Check it out on YouTube.....

Kidd's Smash Hits Lands In Georgia - 9/9 - Jason Kidd's New Generation Radio has a new affiliate for its hot adult hits format, Smash Hits - central Georgia's 50,000-watt WQIL. The station will be voiced by Pat Garrett, who is heard locally in the DC-Baltimore area. "We're very excited to add yet another station in the southeast! Like many markets, there was a big hole here for a Gen-X leaning adult hits format," says Kidd (right), who currently is heard doing afternoons on DC's Mix 107.3, WRQX. The WQIL version of Smash Hits will be 1980s and 1990s-centric, along with music from today sprinkled in. Over the years, Kidd's held many on-air and management posts at DC-Baltimore area radio stations, including WPGC, WQSR, and WWMX, in addition to stations in Austin, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse, plus at SiriusXM. More at getsmashhits.com. Also, DC-based New Generation offers its Virtual PD and Virtual MD services, with more info at virtualpdmd.com.....

Holly Morris Relives WTTG Soap Opera - 9/9 - Channel 5/WTTG reporter Holly Morris talks about her marriage to fellow WTTGer weatherman Tom Sater, and how he was cheating on her with another WTTGer, anchor Gurvir Dhindsa. And how that broke up their marriage and the awkwardness of continuing to work with Dhindsa. But it was all for the best as Morris later met the love of her life and how both Sater and Dhindsa went on to TV news gigs in Atlanta. At washingtonpost.com.....

DC Connections In New "Sesame Street" Book - 9/9 - Gary Dreibelbis, a DC native now living in Northern California, has penned a new book - "The Gospel According To Sesame Street: Learning, Life, Love, And Death." The DC connection is a chapter on Jim Henson and his early days at Chanel 4/WRC and an interview with DC radio and TV veteran Willard Scott concerning Henson. More at amazon.com.....

2nd Season For Attkisson's Show - 9/9 - The second season of "Full Measure With Sharyl Attkisson" debuts at 10 AM on Sunday, September 11, on Channel 7/WJLA "with a special episode that takes a hard look at the cost of terror," according to a spokesperson. "'Full Measure' is positioned for even greater success in its upcoming second season," says Scott Livingston, vice president of news for Sinclair, which owns WJLA. "Television viewers across the nation have made clear that they value a news program that is not scared to take on any topic, especially tough ones, and is willing to hold politicians and government officials accountable for their actions." "Full Measure" is produced at WJLA's Rosslyn studios and is shown on many of Sinclair's TV stations around the country.....

Julie Parker To Fairfax Police - 9/9 - From DCRTV's Friday Mailbag: "Maybe I missed it? while I was out of town?,? ?but what's the story on Julie Parker? Formerly of ABC7, she did a fine? job as? head of media relations? for the Prince George's Police Department, left suddenly in May 'Parker has accepted a position in another industry' (Bethesda's Total Wine and More), but now,? just over three months later, has surfaced as the communications director for the Fairfax County Police. PGPD communications have NOT improved since her departure".....

WaPo Sees Digital Surge - 9/8 - Apart from the occasional leaked company memo that contains positive stats, Amazon founder Jeff Bezo hasn't realeased any clues as to how successful his Washington Post is since he bought it three years ago. Yeah, digital revenue and website traffic is way up - as the latest leaked memo shows, but does that make up for the overall decline in print subscribers and advertisers, which tend to drive most of the revenue at traditional newspapers? More at digiday.com.....

Matt K. Baker Keeps Busy - 9/7 - DC-Baltimore area voiceman Matt K. Baker gives us an update on what he's been up to this past summer, including work for the Discovery Channel and Pandora. At YouTube. More at mattspeaking.com.....

Changes At Tegna - 9/7 - Tysons-based Tegna aill spin off Cars.com and create two independent publicly traded companies, Tegna and Cars.com. After the two companies are created, Gracia Martore will retire as president, CEO, and member of the board of directors. She'll be replaced by Dave Lougee, who will become president and CEO of Tegna. Lougee is currently the president of Tegna Media. Tegna owns or operates 46 TV stations in the US, including DC's Channel 9/WUSA. The company bought cars.com for $1.8 billion in October 2014.....

WAMU Tops 1st September Radio Numbers - 9/7 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "first week" of September. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WAMU, 2) WTOP, 3) WHUR, 4) WIHT, 5) WMMJ, 6) WBIG, 7) WASH, 8) WPGC and WMZQ, 10) WKYS, 11) WMAL, 12) WIAD, 13) WWDC, 14) WRQX, 15) WJFK-FM, 16) WGTS, 17) WPRS, 18) WETA-FM, 19) WLZL, 20) WTEM, 21) WFMD, 22) WBQB, 23) WERQ, 24) WINC-FM, 25) WFLS and WOL and WFRE and WAFY and WPFW, 30) WAVA-FM and WDCN and WIYY and WACA.....

Politico Founders To Launch News Service - 9/7 - The Wall Street Journal reports on Politico co-founder Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen's new media outlet: The soon-to-launch company secured about $10 million in financing. NBC News is also backing the venture and will serve as its media partner. The new company is slated to launch in early 2017 and will focus on areas such as tech, health care and business news, and will also include some political and media coverage. The business model will likely have some similarities to the Politico Pro subscription model. VandeHei said subscription pricing will be premium and can be tailored for customers. He noted that there will be a tier of content available for free. VandeHei has hired 17 staffers and aims to have between 50 and 60 employees by the time of the launch. The company will be based in Arlington and will have offices in New York City. Nicholas Johnston, a former managing editor at Bloomberg who helped create a fast-filed news service there called First Word, will be editor-in-chief.....

Michael Hughes Leaves WRNR - 9/7 - DCRTV hears that area radio management veteran Michael Hughes is leaving his vice president/general manager post with Annapolis area alt rocker WRNR-FM, 103.1, to open MH Media Strategies, a marketing agency that will work with businesses in the Annapolis area and beyond. Hughes says: "It's the first time in my professional life I haven't been employed by someone else." His last day at WRNR will be September 23rd. "Since his start at RNR in 2009, Michael has made a tremendous contribution in building our business relationships and revenue, and strengthening our community credibility," says WRNR owner Steve Kingston. "We will work closely with Michael on building his new agency, and wish him much success." Before joining WRNR, Hughes was a top program management exec with CBS Radio's Washington cluster, overseeing now-defunct alt rocker WHFS, plus talker WJFK and urban contemporary WPGC, as well as the launch of Spanish contemporary WLZL. Thomas Haynie will replace Hughes at WRNR. He comes from the marketing department at Sun Media Group, which includes the Baltimore Sun and the Annapolis Capital Gazette. Haynie also spent six years with iHeart/Clear Channel in Washington.....

Van Susteren Leaves Fox News - 9/6 - DC-based Greta Van Susteren will depart Fox News after 14 years with the network, Fox News announced Tuesday morning. Brit Hume will take over as the new host of "On The Record." Hume previously anchored "Special Report," the network's flagship weekly political news show. He retired as the show's host in 2008 and transitioned to senior political analyst. Van Susteren, who rose to prominence during the OJ Simpson murder trial as a legal analyst on CNN, had been with Fox News since 2002 and was a staple on the network. She worked at Channel 9/WUSA before that. It was not immediately clear why Van Susteren was leaving Fox News. The news came the same day Fox announced it had settled former host Gretchen Carlson's sexual harassment lawsuit against ex-CEO Roger Ailes, involving Carlson received a $20 million payout and an apology. More at businessinsider.com.....

50 Returns To Dish Lineup - 9/6 - Dish Network and Tribune Media said they have ended their months-long retransmission consent dispute, with 42 stations in 33 markets and cable network WGN America returning to Dish customers on September 3. Including Tribune's Channel 50/WDCW, which is DC's CW affiliate. More at multichannel.com.....

WaPo Exec Marburger Is "Rock Star" - 9/6 - Digiday profiles Joey Marburger, 32, "the Washington Post's (punk) rock star... Marburger isn't your typical rumpled newspaper executive. In a town where sartorial choices drift toward the French collar, power tie and cufflinks, Marburger dresses nattily in punk-inspired black and has Star Wars skateboards hanging in his office. He proudly flies his geek flag... It’s hard to come by a digital initiative Marburger hasn’t been involved with since he started at the Post in 2010 as a mobile design director".....

Dave TV: Leon Harris Leaving WJLA, More - 9/5 - Today's DC media edition of "Dave TV" focuses on whether there's something wrong with WJLA (Leon Harris leaving), WTOP (those hideous Long Roofing ads), the Washington Post (rapidly declining print), WMAL (too many old white guys), WAMU (too many cuts), and the 103.1 frequency (too many stations). At Facebook.....

New Shows For WYPR's Hall & Kast - 9/4 - Baltimore public radio outlet WYPR, 88.1, makes a few schedule changes. Tom Hall will move to from the 9 AM "Maryland Morning" to the noon "Midday" show, while Sheilah Kast leaves "Midday" for a new to-be-named half-hour daily show after "Morning Edition," which will now until 9:30, instead of ending at 9. Kast's new show will air at 9:30. According to baltimoresun.com, though station management refers to Kast's venture as "a new long-format program," they were hesitant to say that "Maryland Morning" had been canceled. According to the Sun, the new show may bear the same brand that's attached to the hourlong public-affairs program Hall has been hosting at 9 AM Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, according to Andy Bienstock, WYPR's vice president and program director. "We haven't decided on the name yet," he said of Kast's new show, noting that it could be titled "Maryland Morning." The changes are to take effect September 19.....

Leon Harris To Leave 7 In October - 9/2 - Leon Harris (right) is leaving Sinclair's Channel 7/WJLA in October. He's been a top news anchor at the ABC affiliate 13 years, joining the station when it was owned by Allbritton. "We can't thank Leon enough for his service to our station and our community," says WJLA News Director Mitch Jacob. "He is a journalist of the highest caliber, and has been an asset in our newsroom, and he will be missed." Prior to arriving in Washington, Harris was known nationally for his 20 years at CNN's Atlanta headquarters, where he co-anchored "CNN Live Today" and "Prime News," and also hosted "CNN Presents" and "American Stories." More: Looks like a contract non-renewal. WTOP reports that Harris posted on Twitter that it was not his choice to leave the station: "13 great yrs at ABC7 are not enough, but will have to be. Thanks for the support, all! Not my choice, but it's now my challenge. Much love!".....

WRNR To Fight Baltimore 103.1 Station - 9/2 - Annapolis area alternative rocker WRNR-FM, 103.1, says it will file a challenge with the Federal Communications Commission against plans to start a low-power, 100-watt station on the same frequency in Baltimore, which could interfere with WRNR's 6,000-watt signal in northern Anne Arundel, plus Baltimore, Howard, and Harford counties. "It could affect 30% of our listenership," WRNR owner Steve Kingston tells the Annapolis Capital Gazette "And the thing is we found out about it from a listener." The Baltimore station would be a simulcast of religious WRBS-AM, 1230. WRNR is licensed to Grasonville on the Eastern Shore, where its transmitter is located.....

JLA Renews Starling's Contract - 9/1 - Channel 7/WJLA says it has renewed its contract with anchor Alison Starling (right) through 2019. She's been at WJLA since January 2004. "Alison is one of the most recognized and respected TV journalists in the Washington area," says WJLA News Director Mitch Jacob, "and we are thrilled that she will continue to be an influential leader in the ABC7 newsroom for years to come." Prior to arriving in Washington, Alison spent three years in Seattle, anchoring and reporting for KIRO-TV. The Florida native began her career as an anchor and reporter at WDEF-TV in Chattanooga.....

Esiason Talks To Coleman - 8/31 - CBS analyst and Maryland alum Boomer Esiason spoke exclusively with Jerry Coleman's popular Bmore Opinionated podcast about some topics never before broached. In the latest edition at traffic.libsyn..com, Esiason takes some shots at the Terps program and how he was almost drafted by the Baltimore Colts prior to their departure. More at bmoshow.com.....

MAL's Plante to Sub For Rush Friday - 8/31 - DCRTV hears that WMAL's own Chris Plante, who does the 9 AM to noon slot on the DC righty talker, will be subbing for the vacationing Rush Limbaugh on his national EIB radio show on Friday. Heard from noon to 3 PM EDT. A source tells DCRTV that Plante said it is an honor on the level of hosting "The Tonight Show" for Johnny Carson.....

Bob Reichblum Dies - 8/31 - NewsBlues tells us that Bob Reichblum, a former news director at Channel 7/WJLA and Miami's WPLG-TV, who went on to become the executive producer at ABC's "Good Morning America" and vice-president of programming for CNBC, died August 29, less than a year after being diagnosed with brain cancer. He was 60.....

Dave TV: RQX Up In Radio Ratings, More - 8/30 - WRQX jumps in the August radio ratings for the DC market, ending speculation of a format flip. Also, former WTTGer Brian Bolter starts a new wine-oriented video venture, Bottle Proof TV. Tony Kornheiser gets ready to do a daily podcast. Plus, more complaints about media "mush" in the Washington Post. In today's local media edition "Dave TV" on Facebook.....

Kornheiser Joins DGital Media For New Podcast - 8/30 - DGital Media announces an exclusive partnership with Tony Kornheiser (right) to relaunch "The Tony Kornheiser Show," which returns September 6 as a daily podcast available on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and others. DC sports media veteran Kornheiser, who said goodbye to his WTEM, ESPN980 radio show in June, will be joined by longtime show regulars from the world of sports, politics, and news, as well as the wide array of guests. You can listen to the trailer episode and subscribe at itunes.apple.com. "On-demand audio gives me the chance to connect with my audience in a very personal, meaningful way," says Kornheiser. "The relaunch of the show to a platform that gives us more freedom to be the combination of smart and funny that we strive to be as we babble about the sports, politics, news, and absurd stories of the day is a perfect match. I'm excited to partner with DGital Media and IMG as we look for ways to give our fans, new and old, more of what they love about the show".....

WAMU & WTOP Top DC Radio Ratings For August - 8/30 - The Washington market radio ratings for the month of August. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WAMU [ME 1st, ATC 2nd] and WTOP [AM drive 2nd, PM drive 1st], 3) WHUR [Harvey 3rd], 4) WMMJ [Parr 4th, Simpson 4th], 5) WIHT [Kane 6th], 6) WASH [Loo 5th], 7) WPGC [Clair 9th], 8) WBIG and WIAD [McFly 8th], 10) WKYS [Fam 17th] and WMZQ [Boxer 15th], 12) WRQX [Diamond 16th, Kidd 9th] and WPRS, 14) WMAL [MOTM 9th, Rush 6th, Savage 15th], 15) WWDC [Elliot 11th] and WGTS, 17) WJFK-FM [Junks 12th, Dukes 18th] and WETA-FM, 19) WLZL [Biagi 19th], 20) WTEM [Cooley 20th, Czaban 17th], 21) WBQB, 22) WFMD, 23) WERQ, 24) WPFW, 25) WAVA-FM, 26) WINC-FM and WFLS and WFRE, 29) WAFY and WQSR and WDCN and WIYY, 34) WOL [Joyner 21st] and WACA, 36) WDCH and WJYJ and WRBS-FM, 39) WLIF and WSMD and WVBX and WILC and WWMX and WYPR and WBQH and WWEG and WWIN-FM and WPOC.....

WWIN Tops Balto Radio Ratings For August - 8/30 - The Baltimore market radio ratings for the month of August. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WERQ, 3) WLIF, 4) WPOC, 5) WJZ-FM, 6) WZFT, 7) WIYY and WQSR, 9) WWMX, 10) WCBM, 11) WBAL-AM and WZBA, 13) WRBS-FM, 14) WYPR, 15) WCAO, 16) WBJC, 17) WLIFHD2, 18) WWIN-AM, 19) WOLB and WQLL and WRBS-AM, 22) WJZ-AM. Only Baltimore market stations included in this listing.....

Former WRC ND Bob Long Dies - 8/30 - Bob Long, who was news director at NBC's Channel 4/WRC up until 2003, has died, DCRTV hears. After WRC, he spent six years as news director at NBC's Los Angeles station, KNBC, where he'd worked as a managing editor before WRC. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Long worked as a news writer for CBS's KNXT (now KCBS) in Los Angeles. He later formed a TV production company that was responsible for "In Search Of" and "Real People." He retired in 2009. No cause of death has been announced. He was believed to be in his 70s.....

Bill Phipps Dies - 8/30 - Harrisonburg VA radio personality Bill Phipps, better known to Shenandoah Valley radio listeners as "Coach Bill," died August 30 after a long battle with cancer. Since the early 1990s, he's worked at numerous radio stations, including WSVA, WQPO, and WSIG among others. He's been a sports reporter and play-by-play announcer, to DJ and morning show host. "Bill always brought a smile and a positive attitude to work with him and always had a smile for everyone he met," says Frank Wilt, operations and brand manager for WSVA. "Bill enjoyed life, loved music and movies, and was always ready to tell you his review of the latest movies he had seen".....

National: Osgood To Leave CBS Sunday Mornings - 8/29 - Charles Osgood, whose distinct voice and dapper broadcasting style has made the CBS show "Sunday Morning" a weekly ritual for many viewers, will be leaving at the end of September after 22 years as the program's anchor. More at nytimes.com.....

Doug Hill To Join WGTS Morning Team - 8/29 - Channel 7/WJLA chief meteorologist Doug Hill (right) will join Christian contemporary WGTS, 91.9, as the fourth member of the morning show with Jerry and Blanca. Doug, a long-time listener to the radio station, says he's is thrilled to join the team. "He'll bring his unique perspective on Washington DC, share his faith and have fun with listeners, and provide weather updates," according to a WGTS spokesperson. The morning show airs weekdays from 5 AM to 10 AM. Hill will continue his WJLA evening forecasts.....

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