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Confirmed: Diamond To Chicago Classic Hits Outlet - 10/30 - There were rumblings early Thursday that Jack Diamond will be named morning host at Chicago classic hits outlet WLS-FM. As of Thursday afternoon, DCRTV is getting confirmation that Diamond will indeed start at WLS-FM on November 3rd. Jan Jeffries, who is currently program director at WLS-FM, previously worked in DC at WRQX with Diamond. After 24 years, Diamond got bounced from his morning host job at WRQX, then Mix 107.3, in the spring of 2013. Since then, he's done short-lived gigs at radio stations in Miami and San Diego. This past summer, he did a week-long morning show audition for WLS-FM, which didn't lead to an immediate gig. Both WRQX and WLS-FM are owned by Cumulus.....

Please Support DCRTV - 10/30 - Independent DCRTV started covering DC and Baltimore area media news 17 years ago. We've been here all those years because of your support. While advertisers are great, support from individual visitors accounts for about 50% of our annual revenue. If you haven't helped us lately, please consider making a donation. No amount is too small or large. Sent it safely via PayPal or pop a check in the mail. Please visit our Support page. Make your donation $39 or more and get access to DC radio and TV memory-packed DCRTV Plus, which is now updated with "new" stuff almost every day. With the latest additions including a Channel 9, then WDVM news report report on the sale of WHFS from 1983. A 1979 memory of Channel 13/WJZ's news. A video of Washington's first TV station, W3XWT, which soon became Dumont's Channel 5/WTTG. Plus, a Channel 5 news open from 1997 featuring Morris Jones and Tracey Neale. Two 1950s memories of Channel 7, then WMAL-TV. And, a WWDC radio memory from the 1960s featuring "Tiger" Bob Raleigh.....

Greta Kreuz Leaves 7 - 10/29 - She's been with Channel 7/WJLA 26 years. But now reporter and anchor Greta Kreuz (right) says goodbye to Washington's ABC affiliate, which recently got sold by Allbritton to Sinclair. Several years ago, Kreuz featured her battle with lung cancer in a series of reports for the station. We're told that her cancer is in remission. More at wjla.com.....

WNEW Signs Up For WW1 News - 10/29 - CBS all-newser WNEW, 99.1 FM, is one of four of the firm's stations that will subscribe to Westwood One's new full-service radio news network that's powered by CNN. Westwood One News will launch at the end of the year.....

Ed Walker To Celebrate 50 Years Of "Big Broadcast" - 10/29 - DCRTV hears that Washington Post reporter Clinton Yates is working on a piece about DC radio legend Ed Walker, who will soon celebrate the 50th anniversary of his "Big Broadcast" classic radio show, which airs Sunday evenings on WAMU, 88.5 FM. Will Walker soon retire from the show? And if he does, will WAMU continue running it with a new host? Stay tuned.....

JLA To Hold Mid-Term Town Hall - 10/29 - Sinclair's Channel 7/WJLA will hold a town hall meeting about the mid-term elections on Thursday, October 30th at 8:30 PM. "Your Voice, Your Future: Vote 2014" will air live on NewsChannel 8 and stream on WJLA.com. WJLA senior political reporter Scott Thuman will moderate. Guests will include Washington Post political reporters Sean Sullivan and Stephen Dinan, outgoing Northern Virginia representative Jim Moran, a Democrat, and former Northern Virginia representative Tom Davis, a Republican. The program will be streamed live by many Sinclair stations throughout the country.....

3 DC Radio Vets Make GA Hall - 10/29 - Three DC radio veterans got inducted Saturday into the Georgia Radio Hall Of Fame for their overall career achievements. Including Craig Ashwood, who was once program director for WASH and WARW, Rick Mack, one-time exec of WBIG and WWDC, and Scott Woodside, half of the "Elliott And Woodside" morning team on WPGC and WRQX. Sandy Weaver, who did middays at WRQX back when it was Q107, was also a nominee. More at grhof.com.....

WaPo Gears Up For Midterms - 10/29 - Coverage of the 2014 midterms will take over the Washington Post homepage on the evening of November 4. As voting results arrive, users visiting washingtonpost.com will see the new Election Live Stream focused solely on midterm-related content, including updates from around the country, dynamic election maps, interactive graphics, continuous analysis, and in-depth stories and videos. The Post's Election Live Stream will exist on desktop and mobile web. Users will also have an option to switch to the original homepage to access a variety of non-election stories.....

ZBA Named "Best" Classic Rocker - 10/29 - The 10th Annual Classic Rock Roll Of Honor Awards has named Baltimore's classic rock WZBA, 100.7 The Bay, the "Best Radio Station Of The Year." The awards are presented by Classic Rock Magazine, Team Rock, and KMG Networks and will be handed out in Los Angeles on November 4 in a ceremony hosted by Sammy Hagar. Times-Shamrock's WZBA was selected by the online votes of radio listeners from across the USA. Dan Michaels, WZBA's program director, says, "It is so humbling to receive this award, voted on by our listeners.  It shows that being family owned and locally operated has an impact on people and that they enjoy spending time on the Bay".....

Atlantic Partners With NewsHour - 10/29 - DC's Atlantic magazine and WETA's "PBS NewsHour" in Arlington have launched a partnership that brings Atlantic reporting to the national public TV news program. During the next six months, "NewsHour" will produce segments on the monthly magazine's cover story as well as other features. The partnership launches tonight with the Atlantic's national correspondent, Hanna Rosin, joining "NewsHour" co-anchor Judy Woodruff to explore Rosin's November cover story on teenage sexting.....

Dave TV: October Radio Ratings Analysis, More - 10/29 - I take a look at the October radio ratings for Washington and Baltimore. Could WNEW be making just the slightest impact on longtime all-newser WTOP? And more analysis, including a lack of traction for the new morning show on WRQX. Plus, more memories of Washington Post legend Ben Bradlee. And, what's up with Bill Lord's new gig at WUSA and what he needs to do to turn its news ratings around. In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

Funeral For Ben Bradlee Today - 10/29 - C-SPAN and the Washington Post plan to show live coverage of the National Cathedral funeral service at 11 AM today for legendary Post editor Ben Bradlee, who died last week at age 93. Also today, the Post features a front page Style section appreciation for Bradlee, at washingtonpost.com. More: Politico has coverage of the service.....

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

WPOC Tops October Balto Radio Ratings - 10/28 - The Baltimore market radio ratings for the month of October. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WPOC, 2) WWIN-FM, 3) WERQ, 4) WBAL-AM, 5) WWMX, 6) WJZ-FM, 7) WLIF, 8) WZBA, 9) WIYY, 10) WZFT, 11) WQSR, 12) WRBS-FM, 13) WBJC, 14) WHUR and WYPR, 16) WCAO, 17) WWDC and WPGC, 19) WCBM and WIHT, 21) WASH and WKYS, 23) WNEW and WFRE and WMZQ, 26) WTMD, 27) WTOP and WAMU, 29) WXCY and WBIG. Age 25-54: 1) WPOC, 2) WERQ, 3) WWMX, 4) WIYY, 5) WJZ-FM, 6) WWIN-FM, 7) WZFT and WQSR, 9) WLIF, 10) WBAL-AM, 11) WRBS-FM, 12) WHUR and WZBA, 14) WYPR, 15) WWDC, 16) WPGC, 17) WKYS, 18) WIHT, 19) WTMD, 20) WBIG, 21) WWIN-AM and WCAO and WBJC and WAMU, 25) WMZQ and WASH and WMZQ, 28) WNEW and WMMJU and WLZL and WRQX.....

After WNST, Forrester Expands Web Efforts - 10/28 - Former Baltimore sports radio talk show host Drew Forrester (right) has launched his own website, concentrating on a daily sports blog called "Drew's Morning Dish" and a weekly Tuesday podcast that will focus on the Ravens, Orioles, Terps and other local sports teams. The new site, drewsmorningdish.com, also contains a monthly video blog called "In The Community" that features Forrester visiting a local non-profit organization. He launched a Drew's Morning Dish blog page in late August, with more than 80,000 visits since then. Earlier this month, he announced a sports-information/news text service that already has 475 subscribers. "Ever since I was part of the group of five that got fired on August 22nd, people have asked me nearly every day, 'When are you going back on the air?'," says Forrester, who worked at Baltimore sports talker WNST, 1570 AM, from 2002 until 2014. "Well, I'm back... not 'on the air,' per-se, but back in the sense that my podcast will give people a chance to hear my thoughts and commentary as well as read it every morning at Drew's Morning Dish." Forrester plans to increase his podcasting efforts from weekly to several-times-a-week by the end of December. "There's no other web-site like Drew's Morning Dish in the market," he says. "There's a definite focus on sports but also a strong dedication to bringing together our corporate partners and daily visitors for a truly win-win situation".....

Reporters Selected For CNN-Powered WW1 Radio News Net - 10/28 - Westwood One announces the news team for its new customized radio news product, Westwood One News, which is powered by CNN. CNN correspondent Steve Kastenbaum will be senior correspondent and NYC bureau chief. Bob Costantini of NBC News Radio will become the network's DC correspondent, covering the White House and Capitol Hill. Veteran CNN broadcast journalist Jim Roope joins as the network's West Coast correspondent based in LA. And, Alan Scaia will serve as the Midwest reporter based in Dallas.....

More: WJLA's Former News Lord Moves To WUSA - 10/28 - DCRTV broke the news yesterday. Now, NewsBlues has more about Bill Lord, 67, the former general manager of Allbritton's Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8, having been named station manager and executive news director at Gannett's Channel 9/WUSA. He replaces Fred D'Ambrosi, who unexpectedly "resigned" earlier this month. Lord was moved aside last month by Sinclair after it closed on its $985 million purchase of WJLA and other TV stations owned by Allbritton. "My task is to gather up all the resources and make this place more competitive," Lord told the Washington Post. "The goal is to make all the departments work together." He will have his hands full, NewsBlues adds. The station's local newscasts have generally finished last among the city's four leading stations, and its newsroom has been plagued by management turnover for the past decade. Citing a "lack of consistency," Lord said: "If we can get everyone pulling in the same direction, there's a great opportunity for success. We've got great people here. We just have to get them to march in the same formation." D'Ambrosi is rumored to be headed back to San Diego as news director at Scripps-owned KGTV. D'Ambrosi has labeled as "completely false" any reports that he has been hired at KGTV. But in news-double-speak, "completely false" can mean just about anything, NewsBlues jests. "I'm keeping my options open," he says.....

"MTP" Places 1st In DC - 10/28 - Good news for new "Meet The Press" host Chuck Todd. The NBC program was the top-rated Sunday morning political talker in the DC market on October 26. Fox's "Fox News Sunday" placed second, with CBS's "Face The Nation" third, and ABC's "This Week" once again bringing up the rear.....

Bill Lord Joins 9 - 10/27 - Not quite two months after getting bounced by the new Sinclair management at Channel 7/WJLA, Bill Lord jumps to Gannett's Channel 9/WUSA, to be its news director and station manager. Lord spent three years as general manager and eight years before that as vice president of news at then Allbritton-owned WJLA, until the station's new owner said adios to him in early September. Says WUSA President/General Manager Mark Burdett: "We are excited to have someone of Bill's caliber. His dedication to outstanding journalism and extraordinary management success make this a perfect fit for WUSA9." Adds Lord: "My mission here at WUSA9 is very simple. Create a strong ethic of teamwork, improve the content and make the station more competitive.  There is already good momentum we can capture and huge opportunities in the future." Before news management stints in Los Angeles, Seattle, and Nashville, Lord began his career as a reporter and then network correspondent, including as an NBC correspondent in the Mid-East. Lord replaces Fred D'Ambrosi, WUSA's former news director, who announced his resignation two weeks ago. Some speculated that D'Ambrosi was pushed out because of the station's low news ratings.....

Cord Cutter: More Cool Roku Channels, More - 10/27 - Today's "Cord Cutter" takes a look at some cool free Roku channels, including ONF NFB with cool Canadian documentaries, Bizarre TV, with completely strange horror and sci-fi films you've never heard of, and LiveStream, which a load of live events and TV newscasts. Plus, I look at some trends toward cord cutting in the current TV climate. In the latest "Cord Cutter" episode at DCRTV's Cord Cutter page.....

Garrett Named Top Voice Talent - 10/27 - Local radio voiceman Pat Garrett, who is currently the "voice" of CBS Radio's 106.7 The Fan, sports talk WJFK, has been ranked in the top position on the 2014 Benztown 50 Voice Power Index. He and 49 other voice talents will be honored at a reception in April 2015 at the Worldwide Radio Summit in Los Angeles. Before WJFK, Garrett spent many years as the "voice" of Hubbard all-newser WTOP. Also making the "top 50" list are several with local connections, including Joe Cipriano and Cayman Kelly. More at benztown.com.....

Jian Ghomeshi Axed From "Q" - 10/27 - Jian Ghomeshi gets canned by the CBC from his hosting duties on daily pop-culture show "Q," heard throughout Canada and on a number of public radio stations in the USA, including DC's WAMU in evenings. After a social media dispute with a former lover regarding his participation in "rough sex." He says he plans to sue the Canadian broadcaster. More at canada.com.....

Troy Johnson Named NABJ Regional Director - 10/27 - DC and Baltimore radio veteran Troy Johnson has been named Region II (Mid-Atlantic) director of the National Association Of Black Journalists. He's currently a news anchor on WNEW and a news anchor, reporter, and on-air personality at WHUR. He also files weekly reports for Channel 4/WRC's "Talk Around Town." His career includes a past gig as morning host on WERQ.....

Stevie Wonder Visits FCC - 10/27 - Stevie Wonder, the legendary songwriter and recording artist, made the rounds, live and in person, at the Federal Communications Commission recently. More at commlawblog.com.....

Dave TV: DC Getting EDM Station, More - 10/26 - Live from deep in the woods on a beautiful fall day in the DC area, I look at the possibility of a DC area radio station that could run an EDM, electronic dance music, format. Possibly on 97.5 based in Bethesda. But could the new Pulse 97.5 interfere with Martinsburg, West Virginia's full-power adult contemporary WLTF on the same frequency, which is easily heard through Northern Virginia? And more in today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

Tommy Griffiths Launches Home Vox Office - 10/26 - After almost two years after the morning show gig at DC classic rocker WBIG, 100.3 FM, Tommy Griffiths (right) fell victim to the "voice-tracking is cheaper" business model that's good for iHeart Media (formerly Clear Channel) and not so good for those employed in the radio biz. So, the longtime voice-over man has started Home Vox Office, which includes his voice productions, coaching, and demos biz, from his Clarksburg MD home studio. So far, he landed gigs with University Of Maryland productions, Harvard University, the Clinton Foundation, and a Canadian network, as the voice of "Caillou's dad" in an animated TV/internet series. And more. Griffiths also privately coaches more than 200 talents in the DC metro area and nationally, via Skype, including former pro-athletes breaking into broadcasting, including a former Redskin. His VO demos biz is aimed at beginners, kids, and pros. Including demo work for former Channel 13/WJZ news anchor Don Scott. More at homevoxoffice.com.....

DC Area's 97.5 To Go EDM? - 10/25 - Radio Insight tells us that Metro Radio's low-power 97.5 signal in Alexandria is prepping to launch its upgraded 250-watt signal from Bethesda, and has registered the Pulse975.com and Pulse975DC.com web addresses with a probable "EDM" electronic dance music format. The DC area's 97.5 signal, W249BE, currently rebroadcasts Spanish adult contemporary "La Capital" WTNT, which airs on 730 AM from Mount Vernon and low-power 102.9 FM from Fairfax. DCRTV adds: DC already has something close to an "EDM" format on the HD2 digital subchannel of CBS's rhythmic contemporary WPGC, 95.5, with Area 955.....

4 PM Newscast Coming To 45 - 10/24 - In September, Sinclair launched a 4 PM newscast on its just-acquired Channel 7/WJLA in Washington, Now, the firm plans to launch a like 4 PM newscast in its home market of Baltimore on Channel 45/WBFF in January. Also, WBFF plans to start a fulltime weather channel in conjunction with WeatherNation that will launch on WBFF's 45.2 subchannel before the end of October, we hear.....

WashTimes Cuts Friday Features - 10/24 - From DCRTV's Mailbag: "The Washington Times print edition usually has a nice pull-out section on Fridays. It has movie reviews, weekend recommendations and other fun, entertainment stories. Today, that was missing and the Life section was reduced to a single page on C7 of the sports section".....

CSN Readies For Marines, Czaban Loses Richmond - 10/24 - Comcast SportsNet gears up for coverage of Sunday's Marine Corps Marathon. And, Steve Czaban loses his Richmond radio station for his national morning show. In this week's sports media column at PressBoxDC.com.....

7 Plans Ebola Special - 10/24 - Sinclair's Channel 7/WJLA will hold a town hall meeting featuring a panel of medical and government experts regarding Ebola. On Monday, October 27, from 7 PM to 8:30 PM. It will air live on NewsChannel 8 and stream on WJLA.com. Leon Harris will moderate and Scott Thuman will handle social media.....

Frank Mankiewicz Dies - 10/24 - Frank Mankiewicz, a writer and Democratic political strategist who was Senator Robert F. Kennedy's press secretary, directed Senator George S. McGovern's losing 1972 presidential campaign and for six years was the president of National Public Radio, died Thursday at a hospital in Washington. He was 90. More at nytimes.com.....

NAB Names White House Liaison - 10/24 - Curtis Legeyt gets named senior vice president for public policy, a newly-created position, at the DC-based National Association Of Broadcasters. He'll be principal liaison to the White House. Legeyt joined NAB three years ago after having been senior counsel to Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Patrick Leahy.....

SLR Podcast: Bradlee & Slumping WaPo, More - 10/24 - The death of Ben Bradlee and what that means for the declining Washington Post. Could country soon be coming to DC's 107.3? Yes, more Don Geronimo. The latest DC radio ratings trends, And much more when DCRTV Dave chats with Jonathan on his latest "Sadly Lacking Radio" podcast. At sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

Rather To Do "Q&A Cafe" - 10/24 - Carol Joynt's "Q&A Cafe" on November 7 will feature longtime TV newsman Dan Rather. Then, on November 18, Joynt's series will feature Redskins President Bruce Allen. For both events, seating begins at noon at the George Town Club at Wisconsin Avenue and Volta. The fee for lunch and the program is $35. For reservations, call the club at 202-333-9330.....

Fraley To Head Entertainment Section Of TOP's Site - 10/23 - DCRTV hears that Jason Fraley will become editor of the entertainment section of WTOP.com. For the past five years, he's been doing on-air reports covering arts, music, TV, and film for the Hubbard all-newser. He starts his new gig on December 1.....

WETA Produces Salute To Troops - 10/23 - "A Salute To The Troops: In Performance At The White House" is a PBS music special from the South Lawn of the White House. The hour-long special is produced by Washington's WETA. It will premiere November 7 at 9 PM on PBS stations nationwide. The program will also be broadcast on November 11, Veterans Day, via the American Forces Network to service men and women and civilians at Department Of Defense locations around the world. There will be live-viewing audience of troops from the USO Warrior And Family Center at Fort Belvoir in Virginia. The program, part of the Emmy Award-nominated series, is the 53rd production in the series' 36 years.....

"MTP" Places 1st On Sunday - 10/23 - NBC's "Meet The Press" was the most-watched Sunday morning political talker in the DC market on October 19th. Fox's "Fox News Sunday" took a distant second place, with CBS's "Face The Nation" in third and ABC's "This Week" fourth.....

Comcast Sees TV Drop, Internet Rise - 10/23 - Area media giant Comcast reported a 12% increase in earnings in the third quarter, propelled by growth in the company's high-speed internet business and NBC network. Comcast lost 81,000 video customers in the quarter after losing 127,000 during the same period last year. Meanwhile, the company scored an increase in internet customers, adding 315,000. More at nytimes.com.....

DCRTV's Job Ads: Yamanair Creative, WTOP - 10/23 - DC's Yamanair Creative is looking for radio producers who can write, voice, produce on Pro-Tools on a MAC platform. The opening is "proof that radio is kicking ass harder than ever," says head of the firm and DC radio veteran Yaman Coskun. "It is all due to due to major expansion of our services nationally as well as the political revenue category exploding in DC with the election year ahead," he says. Also, WTOP is looking for a news writer and a WordPress web developer. Those are the latest job ads at DCRTV's Job Ads, where you can reach many thousands of local media movers and shakers for just $49.....

Nats Continue To Fight For Higher MASN Payments - 10/22 - In their ongoing legal dispute, Major League Baseball and the Nationals have asked the New York Supreme Court to uphold an MLB panel's ruling that awarded the Nationals higher TV rights fees. MLB and the Nationals filed their counter petitions on Monday, along with dozens of documents of evidence and affidavits, to make their arguments against the claims of the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network and the Orioles. So reports washingtonpost.com. Last month, MASN and the Orioles filed petitions asking the New York court to throw out the MLB panel's decision that ruled the Nationals are due nearly $300 million in rights fees during the "reset period" of 2012 to 2016, the Post's James Wagner adds.....

Todd Talks "Balancing Act" - 10/22 - Chuck Todd explains his "balancing act" as the new host of NBC's "Meet The Press." And more when he chats with MediaMatters.....

Sinclair Tries To Calm News Fears At 7 & 8 - 10/22 - From NewsBlues: In the months after Sinclair took control of Allbritton's former Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8, "at least three dozen staffers" have left the newsroom, according to TVNewscheck. Staffers "are frightened," said one source, a new phenomenon in a newsroom known for being "safe and stable" under Allbritton. But Scott Livingston, Sinclair's vice president of news, says reports of newsroom unrest are overblown. He says that while Sinclair has had to make some "tough decisions," newsroom fears are being exaggerated. According to Livingston, only eight station employees have left: General Manager Bill Lord, News Director Doug Culver, and Managing Editor Dan Patrick. Another five staffers, three of whose contracts expired, voluntarily left the stations, Livingston says. Sinclair has named Dan Mellon as general manager and Mitch Jacob is the new news director. Both come from Sinclair's WSYX/WTTE TV duopoly in Columbus, Ohio. The search for a managing editor is underway.....

Groups File Political Ad Complaint Against 7 - 10/22 - The Campaign Legal Center, Common Cause, and the Sunlight Foundation have filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission against Sinclair's Channel 7/WJLA. The groups charge that WJLA refused to disclose the "true identity" of the sponsor of political ads being run on the ABC affiliate by NextGen Climate Action Committee. More at campaignlegalcenter.org.....

Carson Adds Stations - 10/22 - DCRTV gets an update from former WRQX personality Rob Carson, who has been doing fill-in talk show work for radio stations around the country. He's added WLS in Chicago, KSFO and KKSF in San Francisco, KCMO in Kansas City, and soon WPHT in Philadelphia to his repertoire. With more to come.....

Ben Bradlee Dies - 10/21 - Benjamin Bradlee, who presided over the Washington Post newsroom for 26 years, died October 21 at his home in Washington of natural causes. He was 93. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Dave TV: Comcast Wants Cord Cutter Back, More - 10/21 - The latest episode of DCRTV's "Cord Cutter" finds Comcast - yet again - wanting me back with a deal that's loaded with catches. As I wonder why people pay Comcast so they can date mine them. Plus, HBO announces that it will be available without a cable TV subscription come 2015. And, CBS also announces an internet service. At DCRTV's Cord Cutter page.....

Wearable WaPo App - 10/21 - The Washington Post releases a wearable news app for Android Wear. More at washingtonpost.com.....

WHUR Takes Top Spot - 10/21 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "third week" of October. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WHUR and WIHT, 3) WTOP, 4) WAMU, 5) WASH and WWDC, 7) WETA-FM, 8) WMAL and WPRS, 10) WMMJ, 11) WMZQ, 12) WPGC and WIAD, 14) WBIG, 15) WGTS, 16) WKYS, 17) WJFK-FM, 18) WTEM, 19) WRQX and WLZL, 21) WNEW, 22) WFRE, 23) WINC-FM and WAFY, 25) WBQB and WQSR, 27) WPFW and WERQ and WDCN, 30) WAVA-FM and WGRQ.....

Daughter Of Former 11 News Anchor Dies - 10/21 - Claire Marie Wagonhurst, the daughter of Marianne Banister Wagonhurst, a Channel 11/WBAL news anchor from 1995 to 2011, died of melanoma October 16 at her Lutherville home. She was 17 and a Notre Dame Preparatory School senior. More at baltimoresun.com.....

Beast's Lake & Rogin To Bloomberg - 10/21 - Eli Lake and Josh Rogin, two of the Daily Beast's top national security and foreign policy reporters, are leaving. They're likely joining Bloomberg View. More at politico.com.....

Bezos Joins DC Biz Council - 10/21 - Amazon.com founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos has been appointed chairman of the Business Council, a Washington-based organization comprised of some of the country's most prominent executives. It's one of the technology magnate's first significant moves on the Washington business scene since buying the Washington Post from the Graham family in 2013. So reports washingtonpost.com.....

Profit Up At Gannett - 10/21 - McLean-based Gannett reports a rise in third-quarter profit, largely because of an infusion of political advertising at its television stations, which include Channel 9/WUSA. More at nytimes.com.....

CSN To Cover Marine Corps Marathon - 10/20 - Comcast SportsNet will again serve as the exclusive television partner and present extensive multiplatform coverage of the annual Marine Corps Marathon, which will be held Sunday, October 26. The Bethesda-based network's coverage will be highlighted by a live 90-minute Marathon-day show and extensive news and digital media content. Live TV coverage will start at 7 AM and be hosted by Michael Jenkins, with analysis from retired Marine combat journalist Chas Henry, and reporting from Jill Sorenson.....

Russert's Desk Leaves Newseum - 10/20 - From NewsBlues: DC's Newseum, which typically loses about $45 million a year, has finally given up on Tim Russert's desk. It's been handed over to the Buffalo History Museum, where admission is free. The Newseum charged $21.95 to see the NBC desk of the longtime NBC "Meet The Press" host. More at buffalonews.com.....

Czaban Loses Richmond - 10/20 - DC-based Steve Czaban's nationally syndicated morning show is no longer heard on Richmond sports talker WRNL, where locally-based Wes McElroy takes the AM drive slot. More at sportsradio910.com.....

Radio One To Honor Marion Barry - 10/20 - Thursday, October 23rd, is "Marion Barry Day" at Radio One's DC radio cluster. Marking 40 years of public service in Washington for the current Ward 8 councilman and former mayor. Barry will be live in-studio on all five Radio One DC-based stations. From 9 AM to 4:30 PM listeners can call in and ask questions. He'll be on WYCB 1340 AM at 8 AM, WPRS 104.1 FM at 10 AM, WMMJ 102.3 FM at 11 AM, WKYS 93.9 FM at noon, and at 4 PM on WOL 1450 AM. Several surprise guests will join him on air throughout the day. It's all followed with a private reception attended by various political, business, community, and media leaders, along with celebrity guests. Radio One vice president and DC market manager Alan Leinwand says: "We are excited to highlight a lifetime of accomplishments that have been at the forefront of Marion Barry's political career".....

Dan Mason's Days Numbered At CBS Radio? - 10/20 - CBS Radio president Dan Mason's horse "Jitterbug" finished seventh in the Maryland Million Race at the Laurel Race Track on Saturday. The one-time DJ at WPGC, who went on to much bigger stuff, still lives in the DC area, even though his job is based in NYC. Which prompts Tom Taylor, author of radio biz newsletter Tom Taylor Now, to wonder how much longer will Mason stick around at CBS. "When his contract's up, he'll have enough money in the bank from CBS/Infinity/Viacom stock and options, etc. to lay back and enjoy life around the horse barns, if he feels like it," writes Taylor.....

WAMU Show Prompts Lawsuit Against DC Police - 10/20 - An episode of public radio's "This American Life" fuels a $5 million lawsuit against the DC police. According to Current, an investigation on the program may help a woman prove that DC police violated her civil rights when a detective obtained a false confession from her 18 years ago. "This American Life" is heard on WAMU.....

Moody, Jafee, Simon Join CNN - 10/20 - Yahoo's Chris Moody, the Hill's Alexandra Jaffe, and the Washington Post's Jeff Simon jump to CNN's DC-based Politics Digital. For Simon, it's a return to CNN, where he'd worked until 2013 as a video producer.....

WTOP Hosts Ebola Town Hall At Newseum - 10/20 - Hubbard all-newser WTOP stages a one-hour live town hall broadcast today, October 20, 10 AM, at the Knight TV Studio at the Newseum. WTOP midday anchors Bruce Alan and Debra Feinstein will host the forum, with Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute Of Allergy And Infectious Diseases at National Institutes Of Health, and Dr. Jesse Goodman, professor of medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center.....

Orioles DC Playoff Ratings Analysis - 10/19 - In his DC Sports Bog at washingtonpost.com, Dan Steinberg looks at the Orioles' playoff ratings via TBS and finds that "there was more interest in the Orioles in the Washington television market than nationally, but vastly less interest here than in Baltimore".....

Dave TV: Hill, Clyatt, Snyder, WTOP, More - 10/18 - We hear from two local TV weather titans today - Doug Hill and Kirk Clyatt. What's up with them? Plus, why Hubbard all-newser WTOP continues to way out perform all of CBS's radio all-newsers. And, while I think that George Washington University law professor's license challenge against Dan Snyder's radio station is a colossal joke - even if you don't like the team's name. In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV.....

Red Zebra License Challenge Called "Meritless" - 10/17 - Redskins owner Dan Snyder's radio broadcasting arm, Red Zebra, calls "meritless" a petition to block renewal of WWXX, 94.3, the Northern Virginia relay of its sports talker ESPN 980, WTEM, because it frequently airs the allegedly racist "Redskins" name. In a 39-page response, attorneys for Red Zebra rejected those arguments and asked for WWXX's license to be renewed without further debate or hearings. More at washingtonpost.com.....

WaPo Launches National Weekend Edition - 10/17 - The Washington Post starts a weekly print edition featuring national and international news from the Post. The 24-page, color tabloid publication will include local advertising and Post content printed and distributed by partner newspapers around the country through a separate subscription. It launches this weekend in Dallas, distrubuted by the Dallas Morning News, and will soon be available in other markets.....

WaPo Reporter Disinvited Due To Ebola Fear - 10/17 - From Romenesko: The Washington Post's Michel du Cille was supposed to critique student portfolios at Syracuse's Newhouse School Of Public Communications this week, but the university told him today to stay away. The reason - The photojournalist was in Liberia last month covering the Ebola crisis. "I am pissed off," says du Cille, who returned from Liberia 21 days ago. "I am disappointed in the level of journalism at Syracuse, and I am angry that they missed a great teaching opportunity. Instead they have decided to jump in with the mass hysteria".....

More Snyder Station License Challenges - 10/17 - Three Native American radio professionals working in the Washington DC market have formally asked the Federal Communications Commission to reject the license renewal of a DC-area radio station owned by Redskins owner Dan Snyder, the 94.3 relay of ESPN 980, on the basis that it frequently broadcasts the word "Redskins," which they deem racist. And more in this week's DC sports media column at PressBoxDC.com.....

SLR Podcast: All Things Geronimo - 10/17 - It's pretty much all things Don Geronimo - the latest changes on his podcast and does he have a future in this ever-changing world of radio - when DCRTV Dave chats with Jonathan on his latest "Sadly Lacking Radio" podcast. At sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

Cord Cutter: CBS, HBO, Roku, More - 10/16 - Buying CBS shows on the internet? Subscribing to HBO directly through the web, without having to have a cable TV subscription? Plus, some great sites to head to when you cancel cable TV. Yet more about the wonders of Roku. And more at DCRTV's new Cord Cutter site.....

Matt Graham Joins RLJE's Acorn TV - 10/16 - Silver Spring-based RLJ Entertainment has hired Matt Graham as vice president of Acorn TV. Most recently at PBS Digital, Graham will be overseeing one of the top British TV streaming services in North America and RLJ Entertainment's first proprietary digital channel. He takes over from Jen Linck, who is moving to RLJE's West Coast office in the newly-created position of vice president of marketing strategy. Graham was co-founder and senior director of PBS Digital Studios. Before that, he was co-founder of UMLAUT Films in Northern California.....

Time's Crowley To Politico - 10/16 - Michael Crowley leaves Time to join Politico as a senior foreign affairs correspondent. Before Time, he wrote for the New Republic, New York magazine, GQ, and Slate.....

Examiner's Teague To Time - 10/16 - Ryan Teague leaves the Washington Examiner to join Time's DC bureau as a senior political editor. Before Time, he worked at CQ Roll Call and Raleigh's News And Observer.....

Will: Will FCC Ban "Redskins"? - 10/16 - Columnist George Will wonders if the Federal Communications Commission will actually ban the word "Redskins" from broadcast radio and TV stations. At washingtonpost.com.....

Jane Mago Retires From NAB - 10/16 - Jane Mago, general counsel of the DC-based National Association Of Broadcasters, will retire and head to Florida. She served 26 years at the Federal Communications Commission before joining the NAB in 2004.....

UMD's JCCF To Close - 10/15 - The Journalism Center On Children And Families, located at the University Of Maryland's Philip Merrill College Of Journalism, will be closing at the end of the year. Formerly the Casey Journalism Center, it was founded 20 years ago to recognize "the crucial role of the news media in shining a spotlight on the lives of children and families in the US." According to a post from JCCF director Julie Drizin at journalismcenter.org, "The college has concluded that this center is not sustainable in the current economic climate. Indeed, these are very challenging times in the worlds of journalism and education".....

CNN Kills "Crossfire" - 10/15 - CNN has officially ended the DC-based "Crossfire" political debate program, which was relaunched in September 2013 with Newt Gingrich, Van Jones, Stephanie Cutter, and SE Cupp. The show got yanked in March for coverage of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight. It was restored in May, only to be removed again in July for coverage of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight in the Ukraine.....

Lozada To Pen Non-Fiction Book Reviews For WaPo - 10/15 - Carlos Lozada, Outlook editor for the Washington Post, will do nonfiction book reviews for the paper. Also, the Post will launch a blog to focus on nonfiction book content. Lozada joined the Post in 2005 as an economics and national security editor before being named editor of the Outlook section five years ago.....

Dave TV: Exodus From 9, Snyder License Challenges, More - 10/15 - I do a double "Dave TV" and "Cord Cutter" episode today. Check out the Roku channels I'm currently subscribing to. Plus, the latest with Don Geronimo. More folks leaving low-rated Channel 9/WUSA, including its news director. The misguided license challenges against Redskins owner Dan Snyder's radio station. Still no traction at WRQX and its new morning show. David Sproul leaves WMAL. Does the new Washington Post publisher plan to pounce on Politico? And more in today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV.....

CMA Honors POC's DeYoung - 10/15 - Laurie DeYoung, the morning show host on Baltimore country outlet WPOC, 93.1 FM, picks up the Country Music Association award for "major market personality of the year." More at wpoc.com.....

WPFW Staffers Ask FCC To Silence Snyder's Radio Station - 10/14 - Three Native Americans, one who hosts a show at Paficica's WPFW and two producers of that WPFW show, ask the Federal Communications Commission to deny the license renewal of a DC area radio station, the WWXX 94.3 Northern Virginia relay of WTEM, ESPN 980, which is owned by Redskins owner Dan Snyder, on the basis that it frequently uses the allegedly racist term "Redskins." At washingtonpost.com. More: The head of the National Religious Broadcasters says the FCC should not regulate speech and therefore should approve the renewal of WWXX's license. At fcc.gov.....

Mac Gregor Named WBJ Publisher - 10/14 - James MacGregor has been named publisher of the Washington Business Journal. He had been publisher of the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Both are owned by American City Business Journals. MacGregor replaces Alex Orfinger, who was recently promoted to be executive vice president of ACBJ.....

WTOP Tops DC Radio Heap - 10/14 - The DC market radio ratings for the "second week" of October. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WHUR, 3) WAMU, 4) WIHT, 5) WASH and WMMJ, 7) WMAL, 8) WPRS, 9) WETA-FM, 10) WIAD, 11) WMZQ and WPGC, 13) WBIG, 14) WWDC, 15) WKYS and WTEM, 17) WLZL and WJFK-FM, 19) WGTS, 20) WRQX, 21) WFRE, 22) WNEW and WBQB, 24) WAFY, 25) WINC-FM and WAVA-FM, 27) WDCN and WQSR and WERQ, 30) WTNT and WPFW.....

WPOC Tops Balto Radio Heap - 10/14 - The Baltimore market radio ratings for the "second week" of October. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WPOC, 2) WWIN-FM, 3) WERQ, 4) WWMX and WJZ-FM, 6) WBAL-AM, 7) WLIF, 8) WIYY, 9) WZBA, 10) WZFT, 11) WQSR, 12) WRBS-FM, 13) WYPR, 14) WHUR, 15) WBJC, 16) WCAO, 17) WASH, 18) WWDC, 19) WMZQ, 20) WCBM and WFRE, 22) WPGC, 23) WNEW, 24) WAMU and WTMD and WXCY and WKYS and WTOP, 30) WBIG and WPFW.....

Monica Samtani Gone From 9 - 10/14 - It looks like Monica Samtani, the traffic reporter on Channel 9/WUSA's morning news, is no longer on the Gannett station. She's been missing for about a month, we're told. Now, we find that she's posted this on her Facebook page: "My look back as I look forward. I'm starting a new journey in the biz. Love you all. My WUSA 9 family and wonderful viewers. Thank you".....

CBS To Hold Onto WHFS Calls - 10/14 - Tom Taylor Now says that CBS Radio will probably hold on to the legendary WHFS call letters when it trades its Tampa sports talker to Beasley in a deal announced earlier this month. Dating back to the 1970s, WHFS was a DC area progressive rocker, which became an alternative rocker in the 1990s (right), when CBS bought the station. CBS pulled the plug on the rock incarnation of WHFS on 99.1 in 2005. After the calls later graced several other Baltimore and DC area stations, they were eventually moved to a CBS sports talker in Florida, as "Home Field Sports." Writes Taylor: "Surely CBS will want to hang onto [WHFS], and they really don't add anything to the stations' identities in Tampa." Taylor adds that Beasley will probably dump the low-rated sports format in Tampa. Might the WHFS calls someday return to the DC market? Stay tuned.....

New Generation Partners With Colbert For Smash Hits - 10/14 - DC-based New Generation Radio has partnered with Colbert Media Group to offer barter through United Stations for its recently launched music format, Smash Hits. Says Jason Kidd, the DC-Baltimore radio veteran who is president of NGR: "I am really excited to have June heading up affiliate sales for us. Smash Hits has garnered a lot of buzz and curiosity since its debut. Joining forces with the Colbert Media Group and being able to offer barter for Smash Hits puts us in a really nice position for future growth." You can listen to a stream of Smash Hits and get more information at GetSmashHits.com. Contact Jason Kidd at jasonkidd@getsmashhits.com.....

Dave TV: 2 Views Of WaPo, Plus Comcast, Sinclair, More - 10/14 - I look at two views of the Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' Washington Post - the negative take from Politico's Dylan Byers and the rosy view from David Carr of the New York Times. Also, the Post downplays coverage of the losing Redskins. Plus, why I can't stand Comcast after subscribing to the company's services for more than a decade. And, how the FCC needs to turn down Comcast's plan to take over Time Warner's cable systems. Also, a quick look at the Sinclair 7 employee handbook. Plus, CBS Radio says goodbye to the WHFS call letters, with no chance they'll ever return to Washington. And more in today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

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