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Just 1 More Day: DCRTV Plus $17 Sale - 9/30 - DC radio and TV memory-packed DCRTV Plus is now updated with "new" stuff almost every day. And today's addition includes a video of George Michael saying farewell to Channel 4/WRC in 2007. Independent DCRTV started covering DC and Baltimore area media news in September 1997 - 17 years ago this month. 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 annual revenue. How about making a donation of support to help fund DCRTV into its 18th year! Please visit our Support page and send some bucks via the US mail or PayPal. To celebrate 17 years of DCRTV, all this month DCRTV Plus is just $17 for a full year - that's more than half off our normal $39 rate. Add up to 10 years of savings - two years for just $34 all the way up to $170 for 10 years. This discount rate applies to new subscriptions, renewals, and extensions. This special rate ends at midnight October 1st.....

WTOP & Hot 99.5 Top September Radio Ratings For DC - 9/30 - The September monthly radio ratings for the Washington market. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WHUR, 3) WAMU, 4) WIHT, 5) WMMJ, 6) WPRS, 7) WASH, 8) WMAL and WIAD, 10) WBIG and WPGC, 12) WMZQ and WETA-FM, 14) WWDC and WGTS, 16) WKYS, 17) WJFK-FM, 18) WLZL, 19) WRQX, 20) WTEM, 21) WFRE and WBQB, 23) WAFY and WINC-FM and WNEW, 26) WQSR, 27) WAVA-FM, 28) WPFW and WERQ, 30) WBQH and WWEG and WPOC and WIYY and WDCN. Age 25-54: 1) WIHT, 2) WHUR, 3) WTOP, 4) WWDC, 5) WAMU, 6) WASH, 7) WIAD, 8) WPGC, 9) WMMJ and WGTS, 11) WBIG, 12) WMZQ, 13) WJFK-FM, 14) WKYS, 15) WMAL, 16) WPRS, 17) WLZL, 18) WTEM and WRQX, 20) WETA-FM, 21) WFRE, 22) WINC-FM, 23) WQSR, 24) WAFY and WNEW, 26) WBQB, 27) WBQH and WAVA-FM, 29) WERQ, 30) WRBS-FM and WPOC and WWEG and WDCN.....

WPOC Tops September Radio Ratings For Baltimore - 9/30 - The September monthly radio ratings for the Baltimore market. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WPOC, 2) WERQ, 3) WWIN-FM, 4) WWMX, 5) WBAL-AM, 6) WZFT, 7) WLIF, 8) WZBA, 9) WQSR and WJZ-FM, 11) WIYY, 12) WRBS-FM, 13) WHUR, 14) WYPR, 15) WBJC, 16) WCAO, 17) WCBM, 18) WWDC, 19) WNEW, 20) WKYS and WASH and WPGC, 23) WMZQ and WIHT, 25) WAMU, 26) WFRE and WTMD and WTOP, 29) WBIG and WXCY.....

MASN Posts Ratings Drops For Orioles & Nats - 9/30 - The Orioles ratings in Baltimore dropped 10% this season despite the fact that the team won its first AL East title since 1997, according to sportsbusinessdaily.com. Still, the team's 5.88 rating on MASN is its second highest since that 1997 season, when Orioles games were carried by Home Team Sports. MASN's other team, the NL East division-winning Washington Nationals, also saw a ratings drop this season. The Nationals' 2.29 average rating was down 16%. Washington registered a 74% jump in 2012, the last time it won the NL East. It gained another 8% last year, when the team fell just short of the playoffs.....

Mucho Corrections For WaPo - 9/30 - In addition to six editorial corrections on page A2 today, the Washington Post also admitted a production error when it ran the second page of Tuesday's comics on Monday. Which it re-ran again today on page C7. By the way, today's the final day for publisher Katharine Weymouth. Tommorow, former Allbritton suit Fred Ryan takes over.....

Cord Cutter: Comcast Wants Me Back, More - 9/30 - After cutting my TV service three weeks ago, Comcast wants me back. But there's always a "catch" with those teaser rates and I say no. Also, how will I deal with no sports cable TV access with the Nationals and the Orioles in the playoffs. And more in the latest "Cord Cutter" episode at DCRTV's Cord Cutter page.....

Sandy Johnson To Take Reins Of NPF - 9/29 - Sandy Johnson will replace Bob Meyers as president and chief operating officer of the National Press Foundation. She has been a member of the foundation's board of directors since 2001 and served as its board chairman in 2007 and 2008.....

MASN Covers O's Playoffs, Might CBS Sell 105.7 The Fan? - 9/29 - MASN will provide pre- and post-game coverage of the Orioles in the playoffs. Might CBS sell 105.7 The Fan? In this week's Baltimore sports media column at PressBoxOnline.com.....

Holder Joins Golf Net, More - 9/29 - DC TV sports vet Lou Holder joins the Back9Network golf channel. MASNs ramps up for coverage of the Nationals in the playoffs. Comcast SportsNet coverage the Wizards' training camp and preseason schedule. In this week's DC sports media column at PressBoxDC.com.....

WaPo Vet Ben Bradlee To Hospice - 9/29 - Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee's wife says her husband is in hospice care after his health has declined over the past two months. According to AP, Bradlee's wife, Sally Quinn, said in a television interview broadcast Sunday that the 93-year-old Bradlee has suffered from Alzheimer's disease for several years and that his health has recently deteriorated.....

MASN Ramps Up For Orioles & Nationals In Playoffs - 9/29 - Baltimore's Mid-Atlantic Sports Network will provide pre- and post-game Orioles programs throughout the playoffs. Mike Bordick and Jim Hunter will be at the stadium, while Rick Dempsey and Tom Davis will be in studio. A one hour special, "O's Xtra: Playoff Preview," will air October 1 at 7 PM on MASN, with multiple replays that night. The American League Divisional Series starts October 2 on TBS, which will also carry the American League Championship Series. MASN will also have playoff coverage of the Nationals. Bob Carpenter and FP Santangelo will be at the stadium, with Johnny Holliday and Ray Knight in the studio for an hour long pre- and postgame coverage. The Nats' playoff preview show airs Thursday at 7 PM with Johnny and Ray, player interviews, analysis, and a breakdown of the opponent the Nats will face. The National League Divisional Series starts October 3 via Fox Sports 1.....

Dave TV: Arch, WNEW, DCRTV @ 17, More - 9/28 - I do another fundraising pitch for DCRTV's 17th anniversary celebration this month. Also, what's WNEW anchor Chas Henry up to? Arch Campbell will now be heard on WNEW. CBS Radio openes up its new perfoance space at its new digs near Nats' park. And a shout-out to Ken Mezger as well as "Nick and Dan" in today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

Vance: Local TV News Needs To Cut The "Bullshit" - 9/28 - Hot off the presses is the October issue of Washingtonian magazine. And we're told that, in it, Channel 4/WRC news dean Jim Vance (right) spills to article author Mark Segraves, a reporter on the same station, why local TV news is in a "sorry state." Vance laments the dependence on consultants. "There's something to be said for journalists being allowed to make judgments based on their training and on their familiarity with the subject matter and their audience - not some dude from Omaha, Nebraska, who takes computer numbers and 20 people in a focus group and from that determines what you need to do." Vance adds: "You can't bullshit people." More on page 47 of the monthly mag. Update: The piece is now available at washingtonian.com.....

WNEW's Chas Henry Researches "Don't Ask" - 9/27 - What has WNEW's Chas Henry been spending his summer doing? The news anchor with a national security background has been working on "Almost Equal: The US Military Three Years After Don't Ask, Don't Tell." An investigative series covering: "What has changed - and what hasn't - in the three years since the US Defense Department repealed the policy that prevented gay and lesbian service members from serving openly?" Check out his reports, which are airing on all-news WNEW, at chashenry.com.....

Jessica Martinez Returns To OC104 - 9/27 - WOCQ, OC104, in Salisbury/Ocean City, announces the return of Jessica Martinez. After a TV stint for about a year, she's teaming back up with Bill Baker for the hit music station's morning show.....

CSN Gears Up For Wizards - 9/27 - Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic will present "Wizards Central: Training Camp," a daily show covering the start of Washington Wizards training camp, September 29 through October 3. Hosted by Chris Miller, the half-hour program will feature Wizards Insider J. Michael and other special guests, including players, coaches and management. A special on Bradley Beal, "The Real Beal," will debut October 6 surrounding live coverage of the team's preseason opener at Chicago.....

"Daily Show" Airs Redskins Name Segment - 9/27 - Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart airs a tense segment pitting Redskins fans against Native Americans over the team's controversial name. At washingtonpost.com.....

Arch Campbell Now Heard On WNEW - 9/26 - Starting today, longtime DC TV movie reviewer and entertainment reporter Arch Campbell (right) can be heard on CBS all-newser WNEW, 99.1 FM. He'll be the station's "critic at large," doing a Q&A segment with Stacy Lin that will air on Friday afternoons. He will also be filing an entertainment report that will air Friday evenings and Saturday mornings. Campbell, who joined Channel 4/WRC in 1974, recently left his latest TV gig at Channel 7/WJLA, taking leave for some personal business in his native Texas.....

CBS Partners With DC Lottery For New Performance Venue - 9/26 - CBS Radio DC and the DC Lottery today announced the grand opening of DC Lottery Live, a state-of-the-art street-level studio and performance space that will serve as an entertainment showcase in the heart of the trendy Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. Gavin DeGraw headlines the facility's first event with a private concert on October 9. Located near Yards Park and two blocks from the Nationals' baseball stadium, the venue is part of CBS Radio's new studios and offices for its six DC market stations - WPGC, WJFK-FM/AM, WIAD, WLZL, and WNEW, DC Mayor Vincent Gray and CBS Radio announced the relocation of the stations from Lanham to DC at a press conference in April. Along with naming rights for the new venue, DC Lottery's daily drawings can be heard on WPGC and WNEW starting October 1.....

FLS Makes Radio Changes In F-burg - 9/26 - Ralph Salierno adds interim general manager duties at Free Lance-Star's Fredericksburg radio group. He continues his director of ad sales duties for the cluster, which includes country WFLS, 93.3 FM. Salierno replaces Paul Johnson, who departed earlier this month. Also, Jeff Beck, program director and morning host at classic rocker WWUZ, 96.9 FM, has moved to WFLS middays and added PD duties for that station.....

Lou Holder Joins Back9Network - 9/25 - DC sports TV veteran Lou Holder (right) joins Back9Network, a "golf lifestyle" channel that is launching on DirecTV this month. He will join Shane Bacon and Erica Bachelor on "The Turn," the network's flagship hour of "golf, pop culture, debate, and entertainment," which will premiere September 29 at noon and 7 PM. Holder has worked in the DC TV market since 2002, most recently with Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic. In addition to his involvement with Back9Network, which is based in Hartford, he will continue his work with the Washington Redskins Broadcasting Network. "This is an amazing opportunity to explore the game of golf as it applies to many other aspects of life," says Holder. "Back9Network will be a game-changer in both sports and entertainment, and I'm excited to be a part of it".....

DeFeo To Stay At NC8 - 9/25 - DCRTV broke the news two days ago that Mitch Jacob, who has been news director at Sinclair's TV duopoly in Columbus, Ohio since May 2009, will start October 1 as news director at Sinclair's recently acquired Channel 7/WJLA and and NewsChannel 8 in DC. We now hear from NewsBlues that Joe DeFeo, the Sinclair veteran who has been news director at NC8, will remain and "will report to the newly appointed director of news, Mitch Jacob." It's been widely rumored that Sinclair, which took over operations of WJLA and NC8 from Allbritton on August 1, plans to remake the local cable news channel into a nationally-delivered network.....

Cord Cutter: Nowhere TV On Roku - 9/25 - In today's edition of the "Cord Cutter," I take a look at a cool "private" channel on Roku, Nowhere TV, which features loads of really neat live local news feeds from TV stations around the country. As well as many live news networks from around the world, including throughout Europe and the Mid-East. In the latest "Cord Cutter" episode at DCRTV's Cord Cutter page.....

McCartney: Banzhaf's Campaign Could Hurt Snyder - 9/25 - Local issues columnist Robert McCartney looks at George Washington University law professor John Banzhaf's campaign against the "Redskins" name by filing legal challenges to the licenses of team owner Dan Snyder's radio stations, including ESPN 980, WTEM. He also plans to file legal paperwork at the Federal Communications Commission against TV stations that carry the team's games, claiming that the name is a racial slur. "Banzhaf's effort has lots of potential to create headaches for broadcast stations, which in turn can put pressure on the team and the National Football League," writes McCartney at washingtonpost.com.....

Rush Blasts "Stop Rush" Movement - 9/25 - From Tom Taylor Now: "Rush Limbaugh (right) blasts the Stop-Rush movement – but why did it take so long? Limbaugh's original series of remarks about then-law school student Sandra Fluke occurred in late February 2012 - so long ago that Fluke has now graduated from Georgetown Law School, gotten married and stood for election to the California state Senate. More to the point about the radio business and specifically talk radio, millions and millions of dollars have been pulled out of talk radio and even all-news radio since that episode. Rush says that's the fault of Media Matters For America and a small handful of activists. Yesterday he posted on his site a list of 'the top members of the Stop Rush conspiracy... so that advertisers and others can judge the credibility and motives of the activist bullies anonymously behind Stop Rush.' He does say that "any other use is not endorsed' - though he goes on to post their email addresses. And he adds 'fun facts' like Kent State professor Nancy Padak emailing Rush advertisers 'with harassment from her official Kent State address... [she] gives businesses she has no relationship with 1-star ratings if they advertise on Rush'." Limbaugh is carried locally by DC's WMAL and Baltimore's WCBM.....

Collinson To CNN - 9/25 - Stephen Collinson joins CNN as a DC-based senior enterprise reporter. He'd been AFP's White House correspondent.....

50's Messina Starts SF Gig - 9/24 - This month, Ashley Gold Messina starts her new gig as vice president and general manager of Media General's MyNetworkTV affiliate KRON in San Francisco. She'd been doing a like job at Tribune's Channel 50/WDCW since 2010. Messina had been with WDCW since 2001, when she was a local account exec. She became WDCW's national sales manager in 2007 and general sales manager in 2009. Messina began her broadcast career with WIHT, Hot 99.5.....

Cooley Hosts Redskins Show On 4, More - 9/24 - Former Redskin Chris Cooley adds more to his busy media schedule, adding hosting duties for "Redskins Showtime" on Channel 4/WRC. Some Redskins fans think they were "set up" by Comnedy Central's "The Daily Show," which produced a DC piece with Native Americans about the team's controversial name. Longtime DC journalist Carol Joynt will question Redskins president Bruce Allen. And more in this week's DC sports media column at PressBoxDC.com.....

WaPo Cuts Retirement Benefits - 9/24 - The Washington Post has announced large cuts in retirement benefits. According to Steven Mufson at washingtonpost.com, managerment under new owner Jeff Bezos, who also owns Amazon.com, will eliminate future retirement medical benefits and freeze defined-benefit pensions for nonunion employees. It will also seek to impose the same conditions on employees covered by the union. The changes will hit hardest at employees hired before 2009 who could plan on receiving pension payments based on their income and years of service. Each of those employees could see thousands of dollars less over the course of a retirement, Mufson writes. More recent hires do not have traditional pension plans.....

WH Asks For Pool Report Changes - 9/24 - Paul Farhi reports that that the White House sometimes demands changes to press-pool reports. At washingtonpost.com.....

Lack Lands Top BBG Gig - 9/24 - As widely hinted, Andy Lack has been named the first CEO of the Broadcasting Board Of Governors, which oversees the Voice Of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio and TV Marti, Radio Free Asia, and the Middle East Broadcasting Network. Lack comes from Bloomberg, where he served as chairman of Bloomberg Media. Before that, he was CEO of Sony Music, president and COO of NBC, and president of NBC News.....

Mitch Jacob To Be ND For 7 & 8 - 9/23 - Sinclair has named Mitch Jacob as the new news director for its recently acquired Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8. He starts October 1. He brings more than 30 years of experience, including 15 in news management, according to a memo from Dan Mellon, WJLA and NC8's new general manager. For the past five years, Jacob has led Sinclair's TV operation in Columbus, Ohio. More soon.....

Sinclair Places Job Ads For 7 & 8 - 9/23 - It looks like Sinclair is placing lots of "help wanted" ads for positions at its new acquisitions - Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8. From DCRTV's 9/23 Mailbag: "I get these job alerts every day, and today's is LOADED with Sinclair gigs! Of the 19 jobs listed, 13 are Sinclair and one internship. Looks like the carnage is pretty widespread." The WJLA/NC8 ads includ the following positions - multimedia journalist, news photographer, studio operation technician, news production assistant, traffic reporter, news producer, news anchor/reporter, news video editor, web editor, sales account executive, and sales account executive.....

WTOP Again Tops DC Radio Heap - 9/23 - The DC market radio ratings for the "third week" (actually around Labor Day) of September. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WHUR, 3) WIHT, 4) WAMU, 5) WMMJ, 6) WBIG, 7) WETA-FM and WPRS, 9) WPGC and WASH, 11) WMZQ, 12) WIAD, 13) WMAL, 14) WGTS and WWDC, 16) WKYS, 17) WJFK-FM and WLZL, 19) WRQX, 20) WTEM, 21) WFRE, 22) WAFY, 23) WBQB and WNEW, 25) WINC-FM, 26) WAVA-FM and WPFW and WQSR, 29) WERQ and WBQH and WTNT.....

NOVA Mag Checks Out Fraser & Crew - 9/23 - She may not be getting the ratings (yet), but there's another write-up about the new WRQX, DC's 107.3 morning team headed by Sarah Fraser. This time in Northern Virginia magazine. It even uses the "DMV" term, so it must be hip.....

Former JLAer Dan Patrick To Phoenix - 9/23 - DCRTV hears that Dan Patrick, the managing news editor at Channel 7/WJLA who was recently jettisoned as part of new owner Sinclair's news purge, is heading to Arizona to work at KPHO, the Meredith-owned CBS affiliate in Phoenix. "It has been a great 17 years in the DC area and I was fortunate to work with a lot of great people on stories that made the history books," he writes in a farewell message to friends and colleagues. "I made a lot of great friends and I am looking forward to seeing my old friends in AZ".....

Iain Williamson To Defense One - 9/23 - Iain Williamson gets named associate publisher of Atlantic Media's Defense One. He comes from Intermarkets, where he was director of sales. He's previously worked for Gannett Government Media, Defense News, and the Military Times.....

WaPo Expanding Beyond Washington - 9/22 - The NY Times looks at new Washington Post publisher Fred Ryan. And takes a gander at the newspaper's current condition: "Unique monthly visitors to its website appear to be up sharply, from 16.8 million in August 2013, according to comScore, to what the Post reports were 40 million unique visitors last month. Since [Amazon founder Jeff] Bezos bought the paper for $250 million in 2013, the Post has also gone on a hiring spree. The formerly shrinking newsroom, which at its height had more than 1,000 employees, has added more than 100 people since January 1, bringing the current number of full-time newsroom employees to 650. The Post is also overhauling its website and aggressively pursuing new readers beyond Washington".....

BBG Offers Top Job To Bloomberg's Lack - 9/22 - The DC-based Broadcasting Board Of Governors has voted to offer the CEO job at the US taxpayer-funded international broadcasting organization, which includes the Voice Of America, to Andrew Lack, chairman of Bloomberg Media Group. Lack worked at CBS News as a producer of "60 Minutes" from 1976 until 1993, when he was named the president of NBC News. More at bbgwatch.com.....

MZQ's Boxer Heads Back To Ohio - 9/22 - Boxer (right), the former morning man at Clear Channel's country WMZQ, 98.7 FM, who got demoted to middays when the station added Nashville-based Bobby Bones to mornings earlier this year, is heading to Columbus, Ohio. Where he'll be heard on Clear Channel country outlet WCOL and will be voicetracked on other country stations across the country. Boxer came from Columbus to work at WMZQ five years ago. His last day on DC radio will be September 26. Boxer's farewell message is at wmzq.com.....

Dana Hahn Leaving 5 - 9/22 - DCRTV hears that Dana Hahn, the news director and vice president at Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG and Channel 20/WDCA, is leaving for Fox's new acquisition, KTVU in the San Francisco market. She joined WTTG/WDCA from Detroit's WJBK in September 2013. More soon.....

Bloomberg Partners With Iowa Rag - 9/22 - DC-based Bloomberg Politics partners with Iowa's Des Moines Register for polling and reporting. As this year's midterm and 2016 presidential elections approach.....

WaPo's Wemple Profiled - 9/22 - Erik Wemple, who used to be a frequent critic of the Washington Post when he worked for the Washington City Paper and Allbritton's ill-fated TBD, pretty much directs his media criticism elsewhere - usually Fox News - now that he's a media blogger who collects his paychecks from the Post. He gets profiled at dailygazette.com.....

Cord Cutter: Roku Explored - 9/21 - DCRTV Dave, who recently cut the Comcast cable TV "cord" and is saving $100 a month by watching free broadcast TV, DVDs, and a variety of internet services, takes a look at the Roku box, which takes a batch of internet TV "channels" and sends them to your TV screen. In the latest "Cord Cutter" episode at DCRTV's Cord Cutter page.....

Dave TV: Mysteries Persist About CBS's WNEW - 9/20 - The mysteries of WNEW continue. More rumblings from "you know who" that big cuts could be coming to the CBS all-newser that's failed to crack the top 20 radio ratings more than two years after its launch in early 2012. And I do more of my "told you so" blather about why the station has generally failed to gain any ratings traction even with a solid staff of personnel. The blame goes to the corporate radio "culture" at CBS Radio which can't handle a station facing extraordinary circumstances. In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

"Daily Show" Sets Up "Redskins" Dispute - 9/20 - Some Redskins fans say that Jon Stewart's "Daily Show" on Comedy Central set them up for a tense dispute at a Dupont Circle show segment taping with a group of Native Americans over the team's controversial name. At washingtonpost.com.....

Rescheduled: Skins Prez To Do "Q&A" - 9/20 - Longtime DC journalist Carol Joynt, who is currently an editor at Washingtonian, has snagged Redskins president Bruce Allen for her "Q&A Cafe" on November 18 (rescheduled from September 23) at the George Town Club. Noon seating, program begins at 12:30 PM. Reservations 202-333-9330. "We'll talk the RGIII and Kirk Cousins, the 'quarterback controversy,' the name change debate, the new stadium, the future for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, and all the NFL issues in the headlines, plus growing up the son of the head coach," Joynt says.....

Adams Picks Up Great Scott Stations - 9/19 - Eastern Shore news. Great Scott Broadcasting has agreed to sell the majority of its radio cluster in the Salisbury area to Adams Radio. The acquisition includes WGBG-FM and WJWK-AM, both licensed to Seaford, WJWL-AM and WZBH-FM, both licensed to Georgetown, WKHI-FM licensed to Fruitland, and WOCQ-FM licensed to Berlin. More at delmarvanow.com.....

CBS Making Cuts At WNEW? - 9/19 - A well-placed DC radio source tells DCRTV: "Former WTOP anchor, now WNEW PM drive anchor Evan Haning is telling colleagues he has been told his contract is not being renewed since he makes too much money and WNEW is cutting back. He's telling people that more cuts will be coming before or around the first of the year." The CBS-owned all-newser, which was launched in January 2012, has yet to place among the top 20 most-listened to stations in the DC market radio ratings. Its all-news rival, Hubbard's WTOP, remains in the top spot in almost every weekly DC radio ratings round-up.....

Dave TV: CBS To Sell Balto Stations? BAL-AM Dumps CBS For ABC, More - 9/19 - I take a look at rumors in the radio biz that CBS is looking to sell some of its mid-size market radio stations, including Baltimore. Maybe Hearst should get busy with an offer. Also, what's up with Baltimore news talker WBAL-AM switching from CBS to ABC newscasts? Yet more rantings about the WaPo's media coverage. And more in today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

Could CBS Sell Baltimore Radioers To Digity? - 9/19 - Tom Taylor Now wonders if what would happen if CBS does a deal with Digity for its medium-size markets? Like Baltimore. Taylor says it was just a rumor wafting out of last week's NAB Radio Show, "but it sure has some plausibility, if you think about it." CBS head Les Moonves has said he could imagine the radio division shrinking from nearly 130 stations to "the high 80s or low 80s," selling outlets in its small and mid-sized markets. There was chatter last week in the hallways around the recent radio show in Indianapolis that Florida-based Digity might be prepping to acquire 40 to nearly 50 stations, according to Taylor. Baltimore, market #21, has one CBS TV station, Channel 13/WJZ, and four radio stations, "but none of the radio properties particularly complements WJZ-TV," Taylor says. The radio group is adult contemporary WLIF, hot adult contemporary WWMX, and all-sports WJZ-FM/AM.....

DC TV Country Singer Dies - 9/19 - George Hamilton IV, a popular country singer of the 1960s and 1970s and a mainstay of the Grand Ole Opry, died September 17 of a heart attack at a hospital in Nashville. He was 77. In the 1950s, he moved to Washington, where he became a student at American University and performed on Channel 7, then WMAL-TV's "Town And Country Time" program and "The Jimmy Dean Show" on Channel 9, then WTOP-TV. More at washingtonpost.com.....

AP Sends Peoples To DC - 9/19 - The Associated Press has tapped Steve Peoples, its Northeast political reporter, to cover the field of Republican presidential hopefuls in 2016. He will move from Boston to Washington. More at politico.com.....

3rd Season Of MPT's "Artworks" - 9/19 - Maryland Public Television's "Artworks," a weekly series featuring the movers and shakers of the Baltimore-DC area art scene, returns for season three on October 2 at 8:30 PM. Hosted by Rhea Feikin, the new season features Aaron Henkin, host and producer of WYPR"s "The Signal" program. Other guest co-hosts include artistic directors and curators from the Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Strathmore, Studio Theatre, and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum.....

MD Teacher Wins $1M On "Wheel" - 9/19 - Math teacher Sarah Manchester, from Silver Spring, has become the third person to win $1 million in the history of "Wheel Of Fortune." More at usatoday.com.....

Best DC Radio Pitchman: Chris Core - 9/19 - The DCRTV polls closed at midnight after three days of balloting and voters have selected Chris Core as the "Best DC Radio Pitchman" in Round One, besting Brian Wilson by a wide margin - 68.4% to 31.6%. Core is the WMAL veteran who also now does commentary pieces for WTOP. Wilson used to be a newsman for Channel 5/WTTG and Fox News Channel. Stay tuned for Round Two.....

BAL Drops CBS For ABC News - 9/18 - Hearst's Baltimore news talker, WBAL-AM, 1090, has dropped CBS in favor of ABC for its national newscasts. Plus, ABC will provide music news for the website of WBAL's sister station, WIYY, 98 Rock. "From reliable top hour newscasts and breaking news for WBAL and prep and digital support for 98 Rock, we are delighted to welcome the powerful resources of ABC to Hearst Radio Baltimore," said Cary Pahigian, who took the reins as general manager for both WBAL and WIYY in June. DCRTV's take: Perhaps WBAL's switch to ABC shows the bad blood that has developed with CBS, which recently re-oriented its DC all-newser, WNEW, FM 99.1, to also cover the Baltimore area, thereby directly challenging WBAL's territory and ratings. More at abcnews.go.com.....

Orioles Division Clincher Scores For MASN - 9/18 - The TV audience for Tuesday night's division-clinching victory was almost twice as large as normal for an Orioles game on MASN this season. Orioles games have averaged a 5.9 household rating this season. But Tuesday night the percentage of cable TV homes in the Baltimore market tuned to the game was 11.6. That translates to 127,000 homes and 179,000 viewers. The peak came between 10 PM and 10:15 PM at the end of the game when the rating reached an 18.5. So reports baltimoresun.com.....

Ron Minor Makes Kidney Failure Doc - 9/18 - Retired Channel 4/WRC videographer Ron Minor has made a documentary about the risks of kidney failure for African-Americans. Next month, Minor will mark five years since his own kidney transplant, while several of his family members have suffered from kidney failure. Minor, who lives in Annapolis, and his wife, Kathy, have made a 44-minute documentary on the subject. It will he shown on Channel 32/WHUT tonight at 9 PM, with repeats at 2 PM on September 20 and 5 PM on September 28. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Obit For Jerry Phillips - 9/18 - The Washington Post runs its obituary for Jerry Phillips (right), who died of multiple myeloma August 29 at his DC home. He was 75. Phillips was the morning host for WHUR in the 1970s and, in the 1980, hosted "Metro Talk" on WBIG and WTEM for more than a decade. He was also a regular guest on "Reporter's Notebook" on Channel 4/WRC.....

Politico Ups Glasser - 9/18 - Susan Glasser, the editor of Politico Magazine, has been promoted to editor of Politico. She joined Allbritton-owned Politico a year ago from Foreign Policy. The move will allow Politico founders Jim VandeHei and John Harris to turn their attention toward the company's expansion in Europe and other cities in the USA, including Allbritton's recently-acquired Capital New York. Glasser will appoint a new executive editor to replace Rick Berke, who resigned earlier this month. More at politico.com and at washingtonpost.com.....

Z Praises MPT Flag Special - 9/18 - Baltimore Sun TV critic David Zurawik called Maryland Public Television's Saturday production of the "Star-Spangled Spectacular" concert at Baltimore's Pier Six "great, live television".....

WaPo Launches Photography Blog - 9/17 - The Washington Post's new photography blog, In Sight, is live. It currently features posts on "a Jamaican subculture of fashionable gents, the journey of Italian honeybees across the country, the territorial battle between Brazilian Indians and illegal loggers," and more. More at wapo.st.....

CNN's "Crossfire" Disappears - 9/17 - CNN's DC-based "Crossfire" is "on extended hiatus." Staffers are being absorbed into "The Situation Room Tith Wolf Blitzer." So reports dailycaller.com.....

Radio One Promotes McMorris - 9/17 - Ebony McMorris is the new news and community affairs director for Radio One's DC radio cluster, which includes WKYS, WMMJ, WPRS, WOL, and WYCB. In addition, she will also serve as a daily reporter for Tom Joyner's morning show, which is heard on WMMJ. McMorris has worked with Radio One since 2007 as a national reporter for WOL and most recently as host of weekend Radio One public affairs programs for WPRS and WMMJ. When TV One premiered "News One Now" with Roland Martin in 2013, she served as the morning news correspondent. She is also a weekly contributor to "News One Now," the radio show hosted by Roland Martin. In addition, McMorris spent seven years as an assignment and planning editor at NBC's Channel 4/WRC.....

Guy Vidra To New Republic - 9/17 - Guy Vidra gets named CEO of the DC-based New Republic. He'd been general manager of Yahoo News. Before that, he was head of business development at the Washington Post.....

"MTP" Takes 1st In DC - 9/17 - Good news for Chuck Todd, the new host of "Meet The Press." The DC-based NBC show was the top Sunday talker in the DC market on September 14th. CBS's "Face the Nation" placed 2nd and "Fox News Sunday" was 3rd.....

Dave TV: WaPo, Sinclair, RQX, Core, More - 9/17 - The Washington Post covers Sinclair's "right turn" for Channel 7/WJLA. Another ad placement conflict of interest for the increasingly amateurish Washington Post? Should Cumulus be worried about the debut ratings for the new morning show on WRQX, DC's 107.3? Is Chris Core the best DC radio ad pitchman? And, my reflections on DCRTV's 17th anniversary as I beg for donations. In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

Sinclair Moves 7 To Right - 9/17 - Under its new ownership of Baltimore-based Sinclair, DC's ABC affiliate, Channel 7/WJLA, takes a "slight" turn to the right. Including a new news partnership with the Washington Times and the addition of commentaries from Sinclair conservative pundit Mark Hyman. Oh yeah, there's also the canning of many of its news department managers that were hired by former owner Allbritton. So reports washingtonpost.com.....

RQX's "STM" Struggles In Latest Ratings - 9/16 - So, is the new Sarah, Ty, and Mel morning show at WRQX, DC's 107.3, having any impact on its established rivals? Apparently not yet. The "second week" of September DC market radio ratings, actually the third week of August, shows "STM" in 21st place. Hot 99.5, WIHT's Kane show is 3rd and Tommy McFly on 94.7 Fresh FM, WIAD, is 8th. The full-day, age 6+ rankings: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WHUR, 4) WIHT, 5) WMMJ, 6) WPRS, 7) WASH, 8) WIAD and WPGC and WGTS, 11) WMZQ and WMAL, 13) WBIG and WWDC, 15) WETA-FM, 16) WKYS, 17) WJFK-FM and WLZL, 19) WRQX, 20) WTEM, 21) WBQB, 22) WAFY and WNEW and WFRE, 25) WINC-FM, 26) WQSR, 27) WAVA-FM, 28) WPFW and WPOC, 30) WDCN and WERQ.....

Clear Channel Changes Name - 9/16 - Radio giant Clear Channel, which owns or operates about a dozen radio stations in the DC-Baltimore area, and many more throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, is changing its name to iHeartMedia. More at clearchannel.com.....

107.3's "STM" Revealed - 9/16 - The Monumental Network's "What's On Tap" profiles the new "STM" Sarah, Ty, and Mel morning show on Cumulus contemporary hits WRQX, DC's 107.3. At ontaponline.com.....

PGC Cuts Peter Parker - 9/15 - From DCRTV's 9/15 Mailbag: CBS urban contemporary outlet "WPGC has not renewed the contract of night jock... Peter Parker. He was third in the [age] 25-54 demo so this is a interesting move. CBS-DC says it was a budget cut, but I doubt that they would leave a major airslot like that jockless but only time will tell".....

CNN Cited For Unfair Labor Practices - 9/15 - The National Labor Relations Board has ordered CNN to rehire 100 workers and compensate 200 others for a labor dispute that originated in 2003. Monday's ruling cites CNN for unfair labor practices and orders reimbursement for technicians in DC and NYC. "We find from the foregoing facts that CNN exercised significant control over the essential terms and conditions of Team Video Services technicians and we agree with the judge that CNN is a joint employer with TVS of the technicians," according to the NLRB ruling at nlrb.gov. "CNN's liability as a joint employer is further supported by the direct role it played in committing the unfair labor practices against the TVS technicians." The NLRB decision comes say day as a buyout decision due for 600 employees of CNN owner Time Warner. The NLRB decision means that many technicians would be due two years severence, instead of the one year, offered under the current buyout terms, we're told. More at variety.com.....

Robert Burton To 7 - 9/15 - Robert Burton (right) has been hired by Channel 7/WJLA to be a sports reporter and anchor. He'd been handling weekend sports anchoring at Little Rock's KATV-TV. Both stations are former Allbritton properties that were recently bought by Sinclair. Burton started his career at WAND-TV in Decatur IL as an editor in 2010.....

HFS Vet Virgin Back To Chicago - 9/15 - Tim Virgin, a veteran of now-defunct DC area alternative rock WHFS back when it was on full-power 99.1 and later via the Baltimore low-power "HFS" incarnation on 97.5 and 104.9, heads back to Chicago to be heard on heritage rocker WLUP. He'd previously been heard on that city's cross-town alt rocker WKQX. More at radio-online.com.....

Sinclair Launches 4 PM News On 7 - 9/15 - New owner Sinclair today launches a 4 PM newscast on its new acquisition of Channel 7/WJLA. Leon Harris and Alison Starling will anchor. The hour-long local newscast directly competes with NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC's 4 PM newscast. WJLA moves Queen Latifah to 3 PM, replacing Katie Couric's defunct chat show.....

Van Cleave Latest To Leave 7 - 9/15 - Updated. We're hearing more about Sinclair's news purge at Channel 7/WJLA. Word on the street today is that Dan Patrick, who was assignment manager and producer, was let go Friday morning. Also, we're told by a WJLA insider that reporter Kris Van Cleave is also leaving WJLA. He's heading to CBS Newspath in NYC. Several WJLA news producers are also leaving for jobs in other markets, we hear. "Anybody at 7 who can get a job elsewhere is leaving," we're told. "The firing of [news director] Doug Culver and of Dan Patrick leaves nobody in charge of the newsroom." More soon.....

Albie Dee Doing Mornings On RNR-FM - 9/15 - DC radio veteran Albie Dee is doing the morning show today on Annapolis's WRNR-FM, 103.1 FM. Fill-in or permanent gig? Replacing longtime morning man Alex Cortright, who recently got the boot. Also: Might talks be in the works to get a DC signal for the Steve Kingston-owned eclectic rocker? Perhaps using Metro Radio's Spanish contemporary WTNT, via 102.9 FM and 730 AM? Stay tuned.....

NPR Expands Live Stage Shows - 9/15 - DC-based NPR, following the lead of other news and radio organizations, is widely expanding its live stage shows, with a slate of nearly two dozen events planned nationwide in the coming months. According to nytimes.com, the most ambitious of three "NPR Presents" series, "Water," will marry news reports, oral histories and conversation about topics such as the drought in the West and mudslides in Seattle with theatrical and musical storytelling. The shows will be customized for each of their eight locales, in partnership with local NPR affiliates.....

New Partner For McEwen - 9/15 - DC and Baltimore radio vet Kirk McEwen gets a new co-host for his morning show on CBS Radio's Tampa sports talker WHFS, 98.7 The Fan. He's Tampa radio vet Jesse Kage. The show can be heard online at 987thefan.com and via the Radio.com app.....

DCRTV Starts Cordcutter Site - 9/14 - DCRTV Dave announces the start of DCRTV's Cord Cutter website, which will be a forum for those exploring the many options of "cutting the cord" from their cable TV provider and exploring the many TV options available, including broadcast and internet options. At www.dcrtv.com/cordcutter.....

Nia-Malika Henderson To WaPo's "Fix" - 9/14 - National politics reporter Nia-Malika Henderson, who joined the Washington Post from Politico in 2010, joins the Post's "The Fix" politics blog. She will continue to contribute to NBC's "Meet The Press".....

Local Media To Host DC Mayoral Clashes - 9/13 - American University news talker WAMU, 88.5 FM, will air a live DC mayoral debate October 2 from NPR's DC headquarters. Also, the Washington Post will host a DC mayoral candidates forum October 15, in conjunction with Channel 4/WRC, which will broadcast it October 19. The event will be streamed live online at washingtonpost.com. Post columnist Colbert King and WRC's Tom Sherwood will moderate the forum.....

Sinclair Cuts 7's ND Culver, More - 9/12 - DCRTV hears that Sinclair has given the boot to Doug Culver, the news director at Channel 7/WJLA. He "was fired and told not to return," a station insider tells us. Just last week, WJLA General Manager Bill Lord said goodbye to the station that was acquired by Baltimore-based Sinclair from DC-based Allbritton in early August. That suprised some WJLAers, who thought Lord would be around until the end of September. More: We're hearing that Sinclair has also fired WJLA's managing news editor. "They're dropping like flies at that place," we're told. More as we hear it.....

CBS Pre-Game Affected By Rice Fallout - 9/12 - Media critic David Zurawik praises CBS's pre-game coverage - dropping entertainment acts and adopting a more newsy stance - of Thursday's Ravens game. In light of the NFL's banning of team member Ray Rice for the much-hyped abuse of his then-fiancee. At baltimoresun.com.....

WTOP Adds Health News - 9/12 - Hubbard all-newser WTOP adds an hourly health and fitness feature to it programming lineup. "To Your Health" will be a one to three minute segment airing every hour, 24/7, at 22 minutes past the hour. The feature debuts Monday, September 15th. Dr. Drew Pinsky will join WTOP at 1:20 PM on Monday to inaugurate the new feature with a live interview on prostate cancer detection and prevention. He is a weekday contributor to WTOP, with his "One Minute Clinic" reports airing at 11:22 AM and 1:22 PM daily.....

Dave TV: CBS Radio Selling Stations? More WaPo Mediocrity, More - 9/12 - More rumblings that CBS might sell some of its radio stations? Could WNEW or WJFK be on the block? Also, could a big front page Style section piece in the Washington Post of Bill Maher be connected to a color full-page ad for Maher's HBO show in the very same Post section? A "cut the cord" update, after ditching my Comcast TV service earlier this week. Where's Paul Farhi? Plus, I do a "shout out" to Nick and Dan in today's "Dave TV at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

MLB To Run MPT Flag Tribute, More - 9/12 - In stadiums across the nation this weekend, Major League Baseball will show a "Star-Spangled Banner" tribute montage that's produced by Maryland Public Television. Former WNSTer Drew Forrester launches a new Baltimore sports blog. Jamie Costello starts a new Baltimore sports show on Channel 2/WMAR. And more in this week's Charm City sports media column at PressBoxOnline.com.....

Arch To Q&A "Prairie" Star - 9/12 - Arch Campbell, who recently left his Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8 gigs as film reviewer, entertainment reporter, and show host, is scheduled to appear in person Saturday at 2 PM at the National Archives. Hosting a Q&A with "Little House On The Prairie" star Melissa Gilbert, who is plugging her new "My Prairie Cookbook." The event is free and open to the public. More at archives.gov.....

Hayes Brown To BuzzFeed - 9/12 - Hayes Brown joins BuzzFeed, where he'll be a DC-based foreign news editor. He comes from Think Progress.....

Confirmed: Cortright Gone From RNR-FM - 9/11 - Earlier this week, DCRTV tipped you than longtime morning man Alex Cortright had been fired from Annapolis area eclectic rocker WRNR-FM, 103.1. Now, the Annapolis Capital Gazette confirms the news. "They let me go based on budgetary things," Cortright said. "The station had not done as well as it had last year. They decided to cut costs and started with the morning man." He had been employed by the station for nearly 15 years. He was terminated Monday, immediately after he finished his morning show. "It was rather unceremonious," Cortright said. Station officials, he said, told him his dismissal was "nothing personal." His weekday morning and Sunday midday time slots are being filled temporarily by Rob Timm.....

Bob Callahan Dies - 9/11 - Robert Callahan, a veteran Baltimore broadcaster who was honored in June with a star on Maryland Public Television's Walk Of Fame, died of cancer August 28 at a hospital in Miami. He was 76. He began his broadcasting career while a senior in high school hosting "Teen Turntables," which aired mornings on WNAV in Annapolis. From 1955 to 1957, he attended what is now Towson University and then began his career as a disc jockey at WJDY in Salisbury in 1958. From 1959 to 1960, he worked as a record promoter for Decca Records and was on air at Baltimore's WFBR from 1960 to 1962. In 1965, he joined WBAL radio as the station's overnight man and later became host in 1966 of a disc jockey show that aired from 11 PM to 2 AM. Callahan left WBAL in 1970 and joined WVOB in Bel Air, where its general manager was former WBAL colleague Jim McMahan, and soon the two were on the air hosting "Bob And Jim In The Morning." More at baltimoresun.com.....

DCRTV's Job Ads - 9/11 - RadioWaves seeks two female bilingual English/Spanish voiceover artists. Delmarva Broadcasting Company has an opening for a chief engineer in the Wilmington DE market. The city of Laurel MD has three communications positions open. WCEI and WINX in Easton MD are looking for a jock for fill-ins and part-time on-air work. Those are the latest at DCRTV's Job Ads.....

Dave TV: Cutting The Comcast Cord - 9/11 - Time to "cut the cord" as I say goodbye to my Comcast cable TV service. My promo rate ended this month and Comcast wanted to hit me with a $60 rate hike even though I rarely watch traditional broadcast and cable networks any more. From this point onward, it's internet TV for me, mainly Netflix and YouTube, plus my little Roku gizmo. And, some "free TV" via an antenna. And, of course, my huge DVD collection. Onward to the future of TV. On today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

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