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WNEW To Air Wizards Playoffs - 4/19 - Due to conflicts with Nationals baseball, Wizards playoff games will be bumped from CBS sports talker WJFK, 106.7 The Fan, to the firm's all-news WNEW, 99.1 FM. Wizards playoff games will also air, as usual, on Hubbard's Federal news talker, WFED 1500 AM.....

DCRTV's April Fundraising Goal: $700 - 4/19 - We need to raise $700 by the end of April. Have you helped support DCRTV this year? If you haven't, please considering making a donation. While advertisers are great, support from individual visitors accounts for about 50% of our annual revenue. DCRTV is an independent site that's been covering local media news, commentary, and gossip for almost 17 years thanks to your help. Please visit our Support page and send some bucks via PayPal or the US mail. By the way, until the end of April, memory-packed DCRTV Plus is just $30 for two years. The regular rate is $29 for one year. This special offer is good for new subscriptions, plus renewals and extentions. Today's DCRTV Plus Flashback is a 1957 memory of WWDC radio (right). Also at Plus, we've just added Photo Gallery 131 with memories of WNBW, WMAL-TV, WFBR, Fred Fiske, Louis Allen, and more.....

CBS Radio Exits Lanham For DC - 4/18 - DCRTV tipped you earlier this year that CBS Radio was looking to move its Washington cluster of stations from Lanham in Prince George's County to DC, near Nationals Park. Now, bizjournals.com confirms the rumor telling us that CBS has signed a deal for leased space at Capitol Riverfront, where it will join the National Labor Relations Board at 1015 Half Street, SE. The broadcaster will occupy 33,042 square feet on the second floor and about 3,000 square feet on the building's ground floor for use as a performance studio. CBS will relocate the studios and offices of all-news WNEW (99.1), sports talk WJFK-FM (106.7 The Fan), rhythmic contemporary WPGC (95.5), hot adult contemporary WIAD (94.7 Fresh FM), Spanish contemporary WLZL (El Zol 107.9), and sports talk WJFK-AM (CBS Sports Radio 1580). DC Mayor Vincent Gray is scheduled to announce the lease with CBS Radio officials during a press conference on Monday, the Washington Business Journal adds. DCRTV hears that CBS will start moving its facilities in the fall and be completely in the new digs by the end of the year.....

Dave McKenna To Deadspin - 4/18 - Gawker Media's Deadspin has hired longtime DC-based sportswriter Dave McKenna. According to capitalnewyork.com, his 26-year tenure at Washington City Paper, which he left in 2011, is best known for a 2010 takedown of Redskins owner Dan Snyder, who sued the alt-weekly after its publication. Snyder later dropped the suit. In 2000, McKenna earned a ban from the Washington Post's sports pages, where he freelanced, after stoking the ire of columnist, and now ESPN personality, Tony Kornheiser. He returned to writing about sports for the Post this year with a magazine cover story on high school baseball, CNY adds.....

New Fox Deal For Wallace - 4/18 - Fox News signs Chris Wallace, the DC-based host of "Fox News Sunday," to a new multi-year deal. More at variety.com.....

Count Gore Visits Arch - 4/17 - DC TV horror movie host Count Gore De Vol (right), aka Dick Dyszel, Filmfest DC head Tony Gittens, and "Saturday Night Live" cast member Dean Edwards. On this weekend's "Arch Campbell Show." On NewsChannel 8 at 8:30 PM Thursday and Friday, and 9 PM Saturday.....

Kiernan To Leave BAL, More - 4/17 - Ed Kiernan to retire from his general manager post at WBAL radio, which carries the Orioles and Ravens. Hip surgery for Orioles radio man Fred Manfra. An award for Channel 13/WJZ's sport director, Mark Viviano. And more in this week's Baltimore sports media column at PressBoxOnline.com.....

SFM To Cover Ripken Series - 4/17 - Baltimore-based SFMSports.net again partners with Ripken Baseball to broadcast the 2014 Cal Ripken World Series. SFMSports will produce and broadcast all 44 games of the Aberdeen MD series in August. The coverage plans will include 41 "pool play" games, as well as the international, US, and world championship games. The network will also provide custom feeds for radio stations in markets that have team representation. In addition to creating broadcast content, SFMSports.Net will also offer live scoring, features, and video content on its new mobile app, Scoreboard Mobile.....

CSN Ramps Up For Wizards Playoffs - 4/17 - Comcast SportsNet kicks off its Wizards playoffs coverage this season with "Wizards: Back To The Playoffs," a special preview show that debuts tonight, April 17, at 6:30 PM. The Bethesda-based sports network's first round live game coverage starts Sunday, April 20, at 7 PM when the Wizards battle Chicago.....

Dave TV: March Radio Ratings Analysis, More - 4/17 - I analyze the monthly March radio ratings for DC, including various dayparts and trends. Also, I preview the new "Alan Partridge" movie that's coming out this weekend - a must for radio freaks. And, what's a "Dave TV" without more complaints about the Washington Post's misguided Style section. And more in today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV.....

WPOC Tops March Radio Ratings For Balto - 4/17 - The March monthly radio ratings for the Baltimore market. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WPOC, 2) WWIN-FM, 3) WERQ, 4) WLIF, 5) WWMX, 6) WJZ-FM, 7) WQSR and WZFT, 9) WIYY, 10) WZBA, 11) WRBS-FM and WCBM, 13) WBAL-AM, 14) WYPR, 15) WTOP and WBJC and WHUR, 18) WWDC and WPGC, 20) WCAO and WKYS, 22) WAMU and WNEW, 24) WIHT and WEAA, 26) WXCY and WBIG, 28) WASH and WMZQ, 30) WRQX, 31) NC1061 and WOLB and HFS975 and WMMJ and WLZL, 36) WJZ-AM, 37) WWIN-AM and WPFW and WTMD and WGTS.....

Brenda Carl To WNEW - 4/17 - Baltimore news broadcaster Brenda Carl is headed to CBS's WNEW, the DC all-newser that's increasing its coverage of the Baltimore area. We're told that you'll hear her on thr air, presumably overnight to start. She has worked in radio and television news at a variety of stations, including WCBM, as well as WBAL-AM, WMAR, and WJZ-TV/FM. She has also filled in for WCBM talk show host Tom Marr.....

Hip Surgery For Fred Manfra - 4/16 - From csnbaltimore.com: Fred Manfra, in his 22nd year of broadcasting Orioles games, will be having hip replacement surgery next Tuesday. He's expected to miss a minimum of three weeks. Jim Hunter, who worked with Manfra for many years in radio, will be substituting for him and working with Joe Angel for most games. When Hunter is scheduled to sub for Gary Thorne on television, former Orioles pitcher Dave Johnson will fill in. Manfra, a Baltimore native, has worked with Hunter, Angel, and Jon Miller since joining the broadcasts in 1993.....

WTOP & WIHT Top March Radio Ratings For DC - 4/16 - The monthly March radio ratings for the Washington market. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WIHT, 3) WAMU, 4) WHUR, 5) WMMJ, 6) WASH, 7) WBIG, 8) WPRS, 9) WMAL, 10) WIAD and WKYS and WPGC, 13) WGTS and WMZQ and WWDC, 16) WETA-FM, 17) WTEM, 18) WRQX and WFRE, 20) WJFK-FM, 21) WLZL, 22) WNEW, 23) WDCN and WAVA-FM, 25) WPFW and WERQ and WTNT, 28) WBQB and WQSR, 30) WKDV and WAFY. Age 25-54: 1) WIHT, 2) WTOP, 3) WHUR, 4) WAMU, 5) WWDC, 6) WBIG, 7) WMMJ and WASH, 9) WIAD, 10) WKYS, 11) WPGC, 12) WGTS, 13) WMZQ and WPRS, 15) WMAL, 16) WJFK-FM and WTEM, 18) WRQX, 19) WLZL, 20) WETA-FM, 21) WDCN, 22) WAVA-FM, 23) WQSR and WERQ, 25) WKDV and WTNT, 27) WFRE, 28) WBQB and WNEW and WIYY.....

North Consults For FX Series - 4/16 - Oliver North is now a consultant for FX's "The Americans," which involves Americanized Soviet spies living in Falls Church in the 1980s. More at nytimes.com. The former Marine Corps lieutenant colonel and National Security Council aide is frequently seen on FX's sister network, Fox News Channel.....

Kathie Lee Gifford Comes To Herndon - 4/16 - Weekday TV diva Kathie Lee Gifford will be the voice of the giant's wife in the musical "Into The Woods" at NextStop Theatre in Herndon. It will run from May 1 to June 1. More at wjla.com.....

5's Lindsay Murphy Ends Interview With Kiss - 4/16 - NewsBlues tells us that Lindsay Murphy, a "blondiful" sports reporter for Channel 5/WTTG, ended her April 14 Camden Yards interview (right) with Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Brandon Guyer with a kiss. And why not? They're married. Monday marked their first formal interview since they met under somewhat similar circumstances in 2007. Murphy was a sports reporter at Channel 29/WVIR in Charlottesville and was assigned to do a story on Guyer, a Herndon High grad who was then a star baseball player at the University Of Virginia. More at washingtonpost.com.....

New GM For Science Channel - 4/16 - Silver Spring-based Discovery Communications has promoted 18-year company veteran Rita Mullin to be general manager of the Science Channel. She's been executive vice president, programming and development, at Discovery's OWN, Oprah Winfrey Network. Before OWN, Mullin worked on Discovery's Fit And Health and TLC channels. At the Science Channel, Mullin replaces Debbie Adler Myers, who'd been there six years.....

"Mom Squad" Show Has DC Connections - 4/16 - CNN anchor Kyra Phillips and two friends have started "The Mom Squad Show," a three-times-a-week podcast which is heard on iTunes. The show is hosted by Phillips in Atlanta, who continues with her CNN duties, and fellow moms Christine Eads in Washington and Chaz Kelly in Connecticut. Kelly's husband "Seton" O'Connor is a sidekick on Dan Patrick's show. Eads co-hosts a show on SiriusXM. "The Mom Squad Show" starting airing on iHeardRadio April 11th and will soon be carried on TuneIn. More at momsquadshow.com.....

Wise On Wise - 4/16 - Washington Post sports reporter Mike Wise discusses the reasons why he chose his career at washingtonpost.com.....

CBS's Pelley Wants Raise - 4/16 - CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley is seeking a major salary raise from the network as his contract comes up for renewal, so reports Politico. Pelley, who also serves as a correspondent for CBS's "60 Minutes," currently makes a reported $5 million per year, which is less than half the reported salaries of the nightly news anchors at the rival networks.....

Dave TV: DC & Balto Radio Revenue Analysis For 2013 - 4/15 - I analyze the DC and Baltimore radio revenue numbers for 2013, comparing them with the year before. More great news for Hubbard's WTOP, which saw a slight drop from 2012 like almost everyone else. A huge revenue drop for Cumulus's WRQX, which accompanies its ratings meltdown. Very dismal revenue numbers for new CBS all-newser WNEW two years into its battle with WTOP. Also, I rank the revenue numbers of DC radio's corporate owners, with WTOP owner Hubbard on top. And more in today's "Dave TV" on DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

Ad Rev 2013: WTOP Leads DC & Baltimore Radioers By Huge Margin - 4/15 - DCRTV already told you that DC all-newser WTOP was the top billing ad revenue radio station in the whole nation in 2013. Now, we get to see how the rest of the DC and Baltimore radio stations did last year - with nobody anywhere near WTOP's lofty level. Washington: 1) WTOP $63.5 million, 2) WPGC $18.6 million, 3) WHUR $14 million, 4) WTEM $13.7 million, 5) WKYS $13.5 million, 6) WIHT $12 million, 7) WASH $11.8 million, 8) WRQX $11.5 million, 9) WWDC $11.1 million, 10) WJFK-FM and WMZQ $10.8 million each, 12) WMAL $10.6 million, 13) WMMJ $10.3 million, 14) WLZL $10.2 million, 15) WBIG $9.9 million, 16) WIAD $7.3 million, 17) WAVA-FM $7 million, 18) WPRS $5.4 million, 19) WFED $3.2 million, 20) WCRW and WUST $1.35 million each, 22) WNEW $1.15 million. Baltimore: 1) WLIF $13.55 million, 2) WPOC and WWIN-FM $12.25 million each, 4) WERQ $11.25 million, 5) WIYY $9.375 million, 6) WBAL-AM $9.05 million, 7) WWMX $9 million, 8) WQSR $7.55 million, 9) WZFT $5.25 million, 10) WJZ-FM $4.9 million, 11) WZBA $4.4 million, 12) WCBM $3.35 million, 13) WCAO $2.95 million, 14) WRBS-FM $2.05 million, 15) WJZ-AM $1.25 million, 16) HFS $1.25 million.....

Holliday & Solomon Make DC Sports Hall Of Fame - 4/15 - DC sports radio and TV veteran Johnny Holliday and former Washington Post sports writer George Solomon are among seven new members of the Washington DC Sports Hall Of Fame who will be honored during pre-game festivities prior to the Washington Nationals series finale against the San Diego Padres on Sunday, April 27 at Nationals Park. This year, the renowned sports club will also enshrine former University Of Maryland head basketball coach Charles "Lefty" Driesell, former Washington Capitals goalie Olaf "Olie" Kolzig, managing principal owner of the Washington Nationals Theodore Lerner, Olympic and professional figure skater Michael Weiss, and former University Of Maryland womens' head basketball coach Chris Weller. Each new inductee will receive a plaque commemorating their induction and their names will be added to the large Hall Of Fame display at Nationals Park, located on the side of Garage B facing the field.....

2 Pulitzers For WaPo - 4/14 - The Washington Post picks up two prestigious Pulitzer prizes - one for its coverage of secret surveillance by the National Security Agency and another to Eli Saslow for his reporting on the use of food stamps in post-recession America. Also, the DC-based Center For Public Integrity's Chris Hamby takes a prize for his reports on how some lawyers and doctors rigged a system to deny benefits to coal miners.....

Ernie Fears Joins WRQX - 4/14 - Ernie Fears has been named general sales manager of Cumulus's hot adult contemporary WRQX, All The Hits 107.3. He is a radio veteran with 25 years of experience in the DC market. Fears was previously director of agency sales for CBS Radio-Washington. Over the years he's held other ad sales positions with CBS-DC and with WRQX's sister WMAL, back when it was owned by ABC.....

Atlantic's Kelly Award Goes To Callimachi - 4/14 - Rukmini Callimachi gets awarded Atlantic Media's Michael Kelly Award for her work as the West Africa bureau chief for the Associated Press. It's named for the former editor of the Atlantic and National Journal who was killed while reporting in Iraq in 2003. Callimachi was honored at a Washington dinner on Sunday that was hosted by Atlantic Media CEO David Bradley.....

HS Player To Announce College Decision On CSN - 4/14 - Paul VI High School and Team Takeover AAU guard Franklin Howard will announce his college decision today, April 14, during the 10 PM edition of "SportsTalk Live" with Brian Mitchell on Comcast SportsNet. Howard will also appear in the 6 PM edition of "SportsNet Central" for an interview, hours prior to his official announcement. Following Howard's announcement, video of his decision will be published on CSNWashington.com.....

WaPo Talks To FCC Honcho - 4/14 - Media reporter Cecilia Kang talks to Tom Wheeler, the new chairman of the largely corrupt Federal Communications Commission. At washingtonpost.com.....

Adam Caskey Leaves 7 & 8 For Texas - 4/13 - After 11 years at Allbritton's Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8, weatherman Adam Caskey is leaving for a new TV gig in Texas, at KSAT-TV in San Antonio. His last day on the DC TV airwaves will be April 18th.....

WaPo's Hornaday Talks Christianity - 4/12 - Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday writes about how her Christian faith does and doesn't impact her reviews. At washingtonpost.com.....

Dave TV: Does WNEW Gets Traffic From WBAL? - 4/12 - Does WNEW listen to and get info from WBAL's traffic reports? I take a gander at former XMer Tory Gates' novel "Parasite Girls." I check out Comcast new faster internet speeds but can't get the firm's speed test site to load. Baltimore media vets Ed Kiernan and Don Scott are heading for retirement. More rants about the still slumping Washington Post. And more in today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV.....

Comcast Ups Internet Speed - 4/12 - Comcast says it has boosted the speed of the internet connections of its DC and Baltimore area subscribers. More at wnew.com.....

DCRTV Advertiser Profile: 99 Plus In Spirit Of HFS - 4/11 - 99 Plus, KFMH, was originally on the air from 1973 to 1994. "It was one of the first progressive rock-freeform radio stations in the country," says owner Steve Bridges. It is very similar to the glory days of the DC area's legendary WHFS. "We play a wide variety of rock, blues, and jazz and most of it isn't being played on the radio. We play classic deep tracks, but also new stuff everyday," says Bridges. KCJJ in Coralville, Iowa, which carries DC radio greats Mike O'Meara and Robb Spewak, signed it back on as a non-profit radio station in March 2013 - 19 years to the hour it signed off the air. "We even have our original deejays," Bridges adds. Tom Maicke does mornings, Jim Albracht middays, Jim Hunter afternoons, and Roberto nights. Mary Of The Heartland and Captain Steve handle weekends. O'Meara is the voice of the station. 99 Plus, KFMH, is available on the TuneIn app, Ustream.tv, Sonos, and at 99pluskfmh.com.....

13's Viviano Wins Horse Racing Coverage Award - 4/11 - Channel 13/WJZ sports director Mark Viviano gets the 2014 Old Hilltop Award for excellence in thoroughbred horse racing coverage. Viviano, who will be working his 17th Preakness next month, will be awarded May 15 at the Alibi Breakfast at Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course. As usual, the race will be seen on NBC this year, via 13's rival, Channel 11/WBAL.....

Ed Kiernan To Retire - 4/11 - DCRTV hears that Ed Kiernan, general manager of Hearst news talker WBAL-AM, 1090, and active rock WIYY, 98 Rock, will be retiring this summer. Ending a 45-year career in broadcasting. "Having closely worked with Ed for all these years, I know firsthand how he has enhanced all aspects of the radio business he has managed with his enthusiasm, good humor and leadership," Hearst Television President Jordan Wertlieb says. "With Ed at the helm, WBAL has been among the nation's most honored radio stations and a major community force through the WBAL Radio Kids Campaign. Throughout his tenure, Ed has built upon 98 Rock's storied 37-year history, including expanding the station's presence on the web and in mobile applications." Kiernan, 65, and his wife plan to move to a home they have in the Hamptons on Long Island. The New York native worked 17 years CBS in NYC before starting his 23-year run at WBAL. "The thing I am most proud of is our news department and the number of awards and accolades it has received," Kiernan tells baltimoresun.com. "I'm proud of what we've been able to create and accomplish at both WBAL and WIYY." Hearst did not announce a successor, but given industry trends of merged newsrooms and consolidation, Dan Joerres, general manager at Hearst's Channel 11/WBAL, would seem to be the likely candidate for the job, the Sun article adds.....

WNEW Makes Inroads In Balto Market - 4/11 - DCRTV told you last month that CBS all-newser WNEW, which has been struggling to get ratings traction in the DC market against top-rated Hubbard DC all-newser WTOP since its launch two years ago, has turned its focus to Baltimore. And, of late, has been hurting Hearst's Baltimore news talker WBAL. We now hear that for the first time WNEW is actually tieing and even beating WBAL in some key drivetime demos throughout the entire Baltimore metro. "What has happened to WBAL is a cautionary tale for anyone who thinks they can just coast on heritage alone," a local radio guru tells DCRTV. WNEW's transmitter is in the Crofton area, which is part of the Baltimore market.....

13's Don Scott To Retire - 4/10 - DCRTV hears that longtime Channel 13/WJZ newsman Don Scott is planning to retire this summer after 40 years at Baltimore's CBS station. His retirement date is July 12, so reports baltomedia.net. "My choice, and I'm looking forward to doing some old and new things when I want to," writes Scott via Facebook. "I've enjoyed the ride and having everyone on it along with me." More soon.....

Sheehan & Loverro To Do "Q&A Cafe" - 4/10 - Kevin Sheehan and Thom Loverro, hosts of the midday "Sports Fix" on WTEM, ESPN 980, will be the guests on Carol Joynt's April 18 "Q&A Cafe." Sheehan also appears on Tony Kornheiser's late morning WTEM show and Loverro is also a sports columnist for the Washington Times. The interview takes place at 3 PM (seating starts at 2:30) at the George Town Club, 1530 Wisconsin Avenue, NW DC. The fee is $35. Reservations at 202-333-9330.....

WTOPer Auditions For "The Bachelor" - 4/10 - WTOP staffer Chris Cichon, 25 and "a lean 6-foot-4," will be among the hopefuls at tonight's casting call for the hit ABC show "The Bachelor" at Maryland Live Casino. More at wtop.com.....

ESPN's Reali Leaves DC, More - 4/10 - ESPN's Tony Reali takes his "Around The Horn" from DC to NYC. More rumors about Tony Kornheiser leaving WTEM? More "Table Manners" for WJFK's Junks. Johnny Holliday's grandson beats cancer. Pat Garrett becomes the new voice of WJFK. And more in this week's sports media column at PressBoxDC.com.....

Junks Start Shooting 3rd Season Of CSN's "Table Manners" - 4/10 - We're getting more details about the third season of "Table Manners," the Comcast SportNet interview show shot at a Tysons Corner VA restaurant and hosted by WJFK, 106.7 The Fan's morning "Sports Junkies." The first half the latest season - four episodes - was shot this week at a new venue, the Prime Rib restaurant at Hanover MD's Maryland Live Casino, featuring interviews with Ryan Kerrigan, Randy Edsall, Frank Caliendo, and Doug Williams. The next four episodes will be shot in May, with this season slated to hit CSN's schedule by late summer.....

ESPN DCer Tony Reali Heads To NYC's "GMA" - 4/10 - ESPN's Tony Reali has been named a contributor to ABC's "Good Morning America." The "Around The Horn" host moves his daily ESPN series from DC to New York City, where he will also cover social media for sister network ABC's morning show. With the move, Reali will be giving up his appearances on the DC-based "Pardon The Interruption," where he's served as "stat boy" for hosts Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon since 2001. More at hollywoodreporter.com......

Are Women Avoiding WBAL-AM's Orioles Coverage? More - 4/10 - Why aren't more women listening to WBAL-AM's Orioles coverage? WNAV in Annapolis covers the Bowie Baysox. And a big anniversary for Comcast SportsNet. In this week's sports media column at PressBoxOnline.com.....

WNEW Sees Ratings Uptick In MD - 4/10 - DCRTV hears that CBS all-newser WNEW's new Maryland focus has helped its suburban DC ratings, with increases seen in Montgomery and Prince George's counties, both in Maryland, and no decrease in Virginia. And a really big increase in Maryland's Howard County, which is in the Baltimore market. More soon.....

New CCTV Show, Award For Mike Walter - 4/10 - DC TV news veteran Mike Walter picks up an award for "writer/reporter" from the 2014 International Television And Film Awards for his "Afterwar Photographer" documentary which appeared on China's CCTV-America. More at cctv-america.com. Also, Walter will host a new weekly news show on CCTV-America, "Full Frame," which debuts at 8 PM Saturday, April 12. He once co-anchored Channel 9/WUSA's morning news. Walter received numerous awards for his "Breaking News, Breaking Down" post-9/11 independent documentary.....

Goldston Named ABC News Prez - 4/10 - ABC News President Ben Sherwood has tapped Senior Vice President James Goldston to take over as president of the news division when he takes the helm at the Disney-ABC Television Group next year. Politico has more.....

Update: Johnny Holliday's Grandson Battles Cancer - 4/9 - The Gazette looks at Georgetown Prep freshman golfer Jack Rolle, who was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2009 when he was 10. Now at age 15, "Rolle's remarkable strength, both mental and physical, throughout his cancer treatments has been a common source of inspiration," according to the piece. His grandfather, DC radio and TV great Johnny Holliday, tells DCRTV that it has "been a long run for the past five years, but so far so good. I wish every kid could be a fortunate as Jack in beating cancer".....

Rob Carson To Sub For Geraldo On NYC Talker - 4/9 - DCRTV hears that Rob Carson, who used to be heard on Cumulus's hot adult contemporary WRQX and news talk WMAL, will spend a week filling-in on the company's NYC news talker, WABC-AM. Doing the 10 AM to noon shift from April 14 to 18. Carson will be subbing for Geraldo Rivera, who is filming "The Apprentice." Since leaving WRQX last May, Carson has built a broadcast studio in his DC area home and has landed a syndicated show called "America Weekend" on Envision Networks on Saturdays from noon to 3 PM via more than 150 stations. He has also has been doing fill-in work on talkers like KMOX in St. Louis, WTMJ in Milwaukee, and is soon slated to perform on WPHT in Philadelphia.....

More Morning News On 5 - 4/9 - Channel 5/WTTG makes some morning news expansions. On weekdays, "Good Day DC" will air from 9 AM to 11 AM beginning June 16. On July 12, WTTG will add a Saturday show called "Fox 5 News Morning" from 7 AM to 9 AM. Also, "Fox 5 News Morning" on Sundays will add an hour and also begin airing from 7 AM to 9 AM.....

Dish Yanks Balto's 11 - 4/9 - Hearst's 29 TV stations are off Dish Network today after negotiations between the two companies broke down last night. Among the stations that have "gone missing" is NBC affiliate Channel 11/WBAL to Dish subscribers in the Baltimore market. "It appears that Dish does not have a problem with the rates we are seeking" for continued carriage of the signal, said Dan Joerres, president and general manager of WBAL-TV. "But the Dish negotiating team is seeking other terms that we don't have in our deals with any other cable or satellite distributor or telco, nor do we have them in our current deal with Dish. Frankly, we are scratching our heads as to why Dish would hold their own customers and our viewers hostage for terms that are radically off-market." More at multichannel.com. UPDATE: WBAL-TV is back on Dish as of Wednesday afternoon. Hearst signed a deal with Dish for all its stations.....

Dave TV: WSVA's Dennis Phillips, More - 4/9 - I get a real nice letter from Dennis Phillips at Harrisonburg news talker WSVA, a DC area radio veteran who believes in "live and local" radio. And how his philosophy impacts DC news talker WMAL and Baltimore news talker WBAL. Also, Channel 9/WUSA adds Weather Nation to its 9-3 subchannel. Plus, Britt from Florida gets a cool, autographed Don and Mike t-shirt from 1994. And more in today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

Couric To Address AU Grads - 4/9 - DC media pixie Katie Couric will address American University's School Of Commications commencement on May 10th. More at wnew.com.....

SLR Podcast: All Things Geronimo & More - 4/9 - DCRTV Daves talks looks at DC radio veteran Don Geronimo's move from broadcast radio to a subscription podcast. And all the "politics" involved with that. Plus, will he ever get back together with his old radio partner, Mike O'Meara? Plus a whole lot more, including the latest with Jack Diamond and all the changes at the Washington Post, in this month's Sadly Lacking Radio free podcast, hosted by Jonathan Shachter, a DC radio fan who now lives in Sydney, Australia. At sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

Bobic Leaves TPM For HuffPo - 4/9 - Igor Bobic leaves Talking Points Memo, where he was an assistant editor, to join Huffington Post Politics, where he'll be an associate editor.....

DCRTV's Job Ads - 4/9 - CBS Radio is looking for a local sales manager at WPGC and WIAD (see display ad at right). Also, WJLA is looking for additions to its sales team. Someone's looking for a radio station general manager in a mid-sized East Coast location. 96.5 CTG serving coastal Virginia and Maryland seeks on-air and sales talent. MarketWatch Radio Network is looking for a freelance anchor in its DC newsroom. Signal Outdoor is seeking a media sales professional for ad sales in the DC area. Those are the latest at DCRTV's Job Ads.....

WPOC Tops Balto Radio Heap - 4/8 - The Baltimore market radio ratings for the "third week" of March. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WPOC, 2) WWIN-FM, 3) WERQ, 4) WLIF, 5) WWMX, 6) WJZ-FM, 7) WQSR, 8) WIYY, 9) WZFT and WCBM, 11) WRBS-FM, 12) WZBA, 13) WBAL-AM, 14) WYPR, 15) WTOP, 16) WHUR and WBJC, 18) WWDC, 19) WCAO and WPGC, 21) WKYS, 22) WAMU, 23) WNEW, 24) WEAA, 25) WMZQ and WBIG and WASH and WIHT and WRQX and WXCY.....

WTOP Stays Atop DC Radio Heap - 4/8 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "third week" of March. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WIHT, 3) WAMU, 4) WHUR, 5) WBIG and WMMJ, 7) WMAL and WPRS, 9) WASH and WPGC and WKYS, 12) WWDC and WIAD, 14) WMZQ, 15) WETA-FM, 16) WGTS, 17) WRQX and WTEM, 19) WFRE, 20) WJFK-FM, 21) WLZL, 22) WNEW and WBQB and WDCN, 25) WPFW and WKDV and WERQ and WAVA-FM and WTNT, 30) WQSR.....

Ferdman To WaPo's Wonkblog - 4/8 - Roberto Ferdman joins the Washington Post's Wonkblog to write about consumer business, the economics of food, Latin American development, and immigration. Previously, he helped develop a digital strategy and online presence for the Cooking Channel, managed the Food2.com blog, and worked in several production jobs for film and commercials before joining Quartz in early 2013.....

No More MD Tax Money For "Cards" - 4/8 - At very end of the legislative session Monday night, Maryland legislators killed a bill that would have given "House Of Cards" the millions it sought in film tax credits to shoot a third season of the Netflix series in the Baltimore area. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Growing Vox With Ezra Klein - 4/8 - The Washington Post looks at DC-based Vox Media, which is known for SBNation, Eater.com, Curbed, the Verge, and Polygon. And now Vox.com, the brainchild of former Post economics writer Ezra Klein.....

Z Does "Veep" PR - 4/8 - TV "critic" David Zurawik schmoozes all over the third season of the Maryland-shot comedy "Veep," which sees its season three premiere Sunday on HBO. At baltimoresun.com.....

WMAL's A Cumulus Star Performer - 4/7 - From DCRTV's 4/7 Mailbag: "You have to pay to read his authoritative daily radio newsletter, but Jerry del Colliano recently reported that WMAL is the single biggest success story among all the Cumulus major market stations. Hat tip to [Program Director] Bill Hess. MAL stands out even more because almost all their other major market properties including WRQX are tanking big-time".....

9 Adds Weather Nation - 4/7 - Gannett's Channel 9/WUSA has put the Weather Nation network on its 9-3 subchannel (Comcast 203), replacing the radar-only feature. "Local temps and radar are always at the bottom of the screen and local forecasts from the WUSA9 weather team of Topper Shutt, Howard Bernstein, and Erica Grow air every 10 minutes on the 5s," a WUSA source tells DCRTV. Weather Nation has replaced the Weather Channel on DirecTV and is run by Paul Douglas, a meteorolgist who used to work at Gannett's Minneapolis station, KARE-TV.....

Stephy Thinks "GMA" Is Too "Soft" - 4/7 - George Stephanopoulos, who is said to be in early contract negotiations with ABC, is "frustrated with 'Good Morning America' staff changes," according to Page Six. He "is concerned about the softer direction of 'GMA' - and the addition of yet more entertainment personalities." Before joining "GMA," Stephanopoulos hosted ABC's DC-based Sunday talker, "This Week".....

BAL Lags With Orioles' Female Listeners - 4/7 - Tom Taylor Now tells us that baseball can draw big female audiences in certain markets - but not Baltimore. For example, in their opener last week, the Boston Red Sox attracted a decent 15.6% share of the radio audience in the overall age 12+ demo. While the Orioles, via WBAL-AM, 1090, did a 12.8%. Not that far apart. Their men age 25-54 shares were pretty close - 25.8% for the Sox, 21% for the Orioles. But for women age 25-54, Boston's WEEI did a respectable 9.1% share, while WBAL managed just a 1.3%. More on baseball and female listeners is at nielsen.com.....

GWU Hatchet Covers Student Deaths - 4/7 - Cory Weinberg, at George Washington University's Hatchet, explains how his campus newspaper covered the recent deaths of three students. At gwhatchet.com.....

MPT Programs For Chesapeake Bay Week - 4/7 - "Downee Ocean, Hon," an affectionate look at Marylanders' favorite vacation spot, Ocean City, airs April 21 and 26 at 9 PM as part of Maryland Public Television's 10th annual Chesapeake Bay Week. Along with "Spat! Bringing Oysters Back To The Chesapeake Bay" on April 22 at 7:30 PM. And "Another Dawn: Tilghman In Transition," which details the challenges that watermen face making a living from the bay, on April 25 at 9:30 PM. More at bayweek.mpt.org.....

Dave TV: Garrett, Geronimo, WaPo, More - 4/6 - More speculation about Don Geronimo and his subscription podcast. Plus, a cool 1994 t-shirt memory of Don and his old partner, Mike O'Meara. Plus, Buzz, Robb, and more. Interested in the shirt? Make me an offer. Also, a cool award for local voiceman Pat Garrett. And, a new reporter for Channel 11/WBAL. More Washington Post news, including a resign efforts to make it more like the New York Times. In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

All Access Award For Pat Garrett - 4/5 - DCRTV hears that area voiceman Pat Garrett has picked up best-of-the-year voiceover/imaging honors from trade pub All Access. As of April 1st, after 17 years as the voice of Hubbard's all-news WTOP, Garrett became the new voice of CBS Radio's sports talker WJFK, 106.7 The Fan. Garrett is also working with CBS Radio sports talker WJZ-FM, 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore, plus the company's sports talkers in Seattle and Tampa.....

Karen Campbell Joins 11 - 4/5 - DCRTV hears that Karen Campbell starts as a freelance reporter at Channel 11/WBAL on April 15th. She's leaving Salisbury's Channel 16/WBOC after almost two years as a reporter and weekend anchor. Before that, she was a reporter and weekend anchor for Harrisonburg's Channel 3/WHSV.....

WTMD Announces Summer Concert Line-Up - 4/4 - Towson University's adult alternative WTMD, 89.7 FM, unveils its First Thursdays concert line-up for the summer season. The "fun, easy-going" events move from Baltimore's Mount Vernon Place to Canton Waterfront Park. Details at baltimoresun.com.....

WaPo's Dana Priest To Teach At UMD - 4/4 - Washington Post investigative reporter and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Dana Priest will become the third John S. and James L. Knight chair in public affairs journalism at the University Of Maryland's Philip Merrill College Of Journalism. She'll focus on national security issues. More at merrill.umd.edu.....

Chris Roth To Salem DC - 4/4 - DCRTV hears that area radio veteran Chris Roth is leaving his gig overseeing Centennial's Winchester radio cluster, including hot adult contemporary WINC-FM, 92.5, to return to the DC area, where he'll be joining Salem, which owns religious talkers WAVA-FM/AM, 105.1/780, and righty political talker WWRC, 1260 AM. More: Roth will be the production director replacing the retired Jeff Baker, formerly of the "Baker And Burd" of WPGC/WASH, and will start on April 14.....

FCC Fines WTRI $5K - 4/4 - The Federal Communcations Commissions hits Brunswick MD's WTRI, 1520 AM, with a $5,000 fine for going off the air for an extended period without formal notification. More at fcc.gov. Halfway between Leesburg and Frederick, WTRI currently airs brokered Spanish language programming.....

WMDT To Add Me-TV - 4/4 - DCRTV hears that Salisbury's Channel 47/WMDT will be adding classic TV show network Me-TV via its 47-3 subchannel come June.....

Emily Miller Joins 5 - 4/4 - Emily Miller has been named chief investigative reporter for Channel 5/WTTG. She begins April 28 and will contribute to the Fox-owned station's 5 PM, 6 PM, and 10 PM newscasts. Most recently, Miller was senior editor of the Washington Times Opinion pages. She has previously worked in ABC News Washington bureau as an associate producer for "This Week" and "Good Morning America." In late March, she was a guest host on WMAL's morning show.....

WTEM Denies Rumors Of Korny's Retirement - 4/4 - It isn't spring without rumors that this will be Tony Kornheiser's last season on WTEM, ESPN 980. And this spring is no different. However, one sources gives this year's rumbling a 60% possibility that it will actually happen. But Chuck Sapienza, who programs the Dan Snyder-owner sports talker, reassures Kornheiser's fans that he'll be back come fall after his usual summer breaks. "Tony will be off at certain points during the summer, like normal, but the plan is for him to return during the first few days of September," he tells DCRTV.....

Russell Isn't Leaving 980 - 4/4 - Redskins insider Chris Russell didn't really quit his gig at WTEM, ESPN 980, yesterday. But the prank went far and wide across the Twitter universe. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Ploger To Be In-Game Nats Host - 4/3 - Mike Ploger joins the Nationals as their in-game host during the 2014 season. He grew up in Woodbridge VA and has been a Nationals fan since the team arrived in 2005. Ploger graduated from West Virginia University with a broadcast news degree. While attending WVU, he was the sports anchor for WVU News and also worked with ESPNU, producing content for "Campus Connection." More at washingtonpost.com.....

WaPo Shutters ServiceAlley - 4/3 - The Washington Business Journal reports that the Washington Post is shutting down ServiceAlley, a review and recommendation tool for local services that launched in 2011. The free service, available on web and via various apps, provided users a platform to find and vet plumbers, handymen, pest exterminators, roofers, electricians, and other professionals. ServiceAlley's website will remain in operation until April 18. Its apps will shut down after this weekend. Asked about the reasons behind the shutdown, Post spokeswoman Kristine Coratti said ServiceAlley was "a great product" but that Post management "decided to focus on the initiatives that had the potential for greater scale".....

Diakopoulos Joins Merrill College - 4/3 - Nicholas Diakopoulos will be the newest assistant professor at the University Of Maryland's Philip Merrill College Of Journalism. He comes from Columbia University, where he is a Tow fellow in the Graduate School Of Journalism. He is also a consultant in New York City, working on research, design, and development of computational media applications.....

VA's Shentel Could Drop Viacom Nets - 4/3 - Customers of Shentel Cable, which serves Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, could lose a batch of channels, including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, VH1, and MTV, due to a 40% price hike being demanded by Viacom, which owns the networks. More at multichannel.com.....

Dave TV: Geronimo's New Podcast, More - 4/3 - I listen to Don Geronimo's new podcast on the RELM Network. DC TV and radio legend Willard Scott gets re-married at age 80. Former Mix 106.5er Jenn Marino heads to LA to join Nikki Sixx's show. RG3's mom starts a weekly radio show on WOL. The Washington Post is now running giant pictures with obituaries. And, I take a look at the latest morning radio show ratings for Baltimore. And more in today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

Older news goes to DCRTV's News Archive. Older gossip and commentary items can be found on DCRTV's Rant page. Copyright Dave Hughes/DCRTV.....




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