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Kirk Clyatt To Charlottesville - 8/1 - Kirk Clyatt, who once did the weather for Baltimore's Channel 45/WBFF, loses his weather gig at Harrisburg's Channel 21/WHP. But he's found a new weather gig, come mid-August, at Charlottesville's Channel 29/WVIR. More at kirkclyatt.wordpress.com.....

MAL To Drop ABC News For CNN - 8/1 - Will ABC's newscasts soon be off Cumulus news talker WMAL 105.9 FM/630 AM, which was once an ABC-owned station? Probably. Tom Taylor Now tells us that Cumulus has signed-up with CNN for its radio newscasts and will likely bid farewell to ABC News. The ABC News deal that Cumulus inherited with the 2011 swallow-up of Citadel expires at year-end, Taylor says. Cost is the chief issue. Cumulus might be paying CNN something on the order of $5 million a year for the radio news service, in comparison to the rumored $17 million Cumulus pays ABC News. This is a restart for CNN, which unplugged its domestic radio news service in 2012. CNN Senior Vice President Ed Stephen says: "We look forward to helping Cumulus build a world-class radio news service." Expect to hear more about the new probably bartered CNN news product in the weeks ahead, Taylor adds.....

Froggy Again Wins Salisbury Radio Race - 8/1 - Clear Channel's country Froggy 99.9, WWFG, again tops the Salisbury/Ocean City radio ratings. Great Scott's rhythmic contemporary OC 104, WOCQ, takes second place, followed closely by CC's adult contemporary Q105, WQHQ. Sister urban adult contemporary Magic 98.9, WSBY places fourth, followed by Delmarva’s classic hits Wave, WAVD.....

SLR Podcast: Dukes, Fraser, Geronimo, Sinclair, More - 8/1 - Your friendly webmaster, DCRTV Dave, chats with Jonathan, who runs the Sadly Lacking Radio podcast, about lots of DC area radio topics, including Chad Dukes taking his afternoon show solo on 106.7 The Fan, WJFK, Chad's latest controversy, the new Sarah Fraser morning show on DC's 107.3, WRQX, the Sinclair takeover of WJLA/NC8, plus the latest moves from Don Geronimo and Anthony Cumia. And much more. At sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

Johnson & King Join Bloomberg - 8/1 - Tom Johnson joins Bloomberg's politics news service as executive editor. He comes from ABC News, where he served as a senior broadcast producer for "ABC World News." Also, Pat King joins Bloomberg as a senior producer. He comes from Comedy Central's "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" where he was a segment producer.....

DCRTV's Job Ads - 8/1 - 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. Centennial Broadcasting in Fredericksburg VA is looking for an account executive. Those are the latest at DCRTV's Job Ads.....

Support DCRTV During Our August Fundraiser - 8/1 - Did you know that fewer than one percent of DCRTV's visitors ever make a donation to support the site. As August starts, now would be a really great time to considering making a donation to DCRTV. 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 via the US mail. Local radio and TV memory-packed DCRTV Plus is just $39 for a full year. Just added to Plus - Photo Gallery 134 with memories of DC101, WKTK, WINX, WTTG, WTOP, and more.....

80 Big Ones For Johnny Dark - 7/31 - Congrats to Baltimore and DC radio legend Johnny Dark (right) who celebrates its 80th birthday today. Dark, who has worked all over the local radio dial over the year at great oldies stations like WQSR and WBIG and at "top 40" powerhouses like WCAO and WEAM, will throw out the first pitch at tonight's Orioles game.....

Sara Just Leaves ABC For "PBS Newshour" - 7/31 - Sara Just has been named executive producer of "PBS NewsHour" and senior vice president of NewsHour Productions. She's spent the past 25 years at ABC News, where she's currently deputy chief of its Washington bureau. She'd also reported for Ted Koppel's "Nightline." Just will join "PBS NewsHour," which is produced in Arlington at Channel 26/WETA, on September 2. The evening news program airs on more than 300 PBS stations, on public radio in some markets, and on digital content platforms. Just replaces Linda Winslow, who is retiring after more than nine years as executive producer. In July, WETA assumed management and control of "PBS NewsHour," with the formation of NewsHour Productions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of WETA. Following the retirements of Jim Lehrer and Robert MacNeil, the program's original founders, managing editors, and co-anchors.....

2's Owner In Merger Deal - 7/31 - Two storied media firms, Journal Communications of Milwaukee and EW Scripps Co. of Cincinnati, announced Wednesday evening an agreement to merge their broadcast operations while spinning off their newspapers into a separate company. Locally, Scripps owns Channel 2/WMAR, Baltimore's ABC affiliate. More at jsonline.com.....

"Captain Janks" Continues News Pranks - 7/31 - Prank-call legend "Captain Janks," actually Tom Cipriano, 48, is still a nemesis of news outlets. His phoney news calls usually end with an off-color comment mentioning Howard Stern, the radio personality who inspired Cipriano to become a crank caller in the first place. He's profiled at washingtonpost.com.....

Emily Miller To Guest On "The View" - 7/30 - Emily Miller, who is currently an investigative reporter at Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG and an occasional fill-in host on Cumulus news talker WMAL's morning show, will guest-host on ABC's "The View" tomorrow. And a source tells Mediabistro that she is one of several being considered for the "conservative" spot on the female chat show. More at nydailynews.com.....

WaPo's Eva Rodriguez To Politico - 7/30 - Eva Rodriguez leaves the Washington Post, where she's been an editorial writer, to join Politico Magazine, where she'll be a senior editor. Before joing the Post, she was chief of BusinessWeek's Washington bureau and previously worked for Legal Times.....

Sinclair Deal For 7 & 8 To Close Friday - 7/30 - DCRTV hears from a reliable source that Sinclair's purchase of Allbritton's TV stations, including DC's Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8, will close at 12 AM Friday, August 1st. The deal, which was announced in July 2013, received final approval from the Federal Communications Commission last week. Bill Lord, the stations' vice president and general manager, will stay through September while Sinclair searches for his replacement.....

MLB Rules For Nats In MASN Dispute, More - 7/30 - An MLB arbitration panel rules in favor of the Nats in their TV rights fee dispute with MASN. The Washington Times pens a deal with the Redskins. "Xfinity" to replace "Comcast" on UMD arena. Homophobic controversy hits WJFK's Chad Dukes. And the Redskins pre-season TV sked. In this week's DC sports media column at PressBoxDC.com.....

Dave TV: Albie, Lord, Diamond, More - 7/30 - Albie Dee to program WPGC's Area 955. WRQX launches new morning show for teenage girls. Corrupt FCC, which charges Sinclair with "intent to deceive," gives it WJLA anyway. News czar Bill Lord is forced out with the big changes coming to WJLA. A Chicago gig for Jack Diamond? And more in today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

BAL Up, TOP & NEW Tied In Baltimore - 7/30 - The Baltimore market radio ratings for the "third week" of July. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WPOC, 2) WERQ, 3) WWIN-FM, 4) WWMX, 5) WBAL-AM, 6) WLIF, 7) WZBA, 8) WZFT, 9) WQSR, 10) WRBS-FM, 11) WJZ-FM, 12) WIYY, 13) WBJC, 14) WYPR, 15) WHUR and WPGC, 17) WASH, 18) WFRE, 19) WCBM and WKYS, 21) WCAO, 22) WBIG, 23) WMZQ and WWDC, 25) WNEW and WAMU and WIHT and WTOP, 29) WXCY, 30) WEAA and WRQX and WLZL.....

MLB Panel Rules For Nats In MASN TV Rights Fee Dispute - 7/30 - From washingtonpost.com: Major League Baseball's arbitration panel ruled June 30 in favor of the Washington Nationals in their longstanding, contentious dispute with the Baltimore Orioles over television rights fees from the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. Last week in New York's Supreme Court, the Nationals filed a motion against MASN, which is majority-owned by the Orioles. That case has been sealed. MLB, the Orioles and MASN acknowledged the dispute remains unsettled in official statements issued Tuesday.....

TOP Again Tops DC Radio Heap - 7/29 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "third week" of July. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WIHT, 3) WAMU, 4) WHUR, 5) WASH, 6) WPRS, 7) WMMJ, 8) WPGC, 9) WBIG, 10) WETA-FM, 11) WMZQ, 12) WKYS and WMAL, 14) WWDC, 15) WGTS, 16) WIAD, 17) WJFK-FM, 18) WRQX, 19) WBQB and WLZL, 21) WTEM, 22) WFRE, 23) WAFY and WNEW, 25) WAVA-FM and WQSR, 27) WSPZ and WDCN and WPFW, 30) WRBS-FM and WERQ.....

WFED Foodie Show Joins RELM - 7/29 - "Foodie And The Beast," which has been airing for six years on Hubbard's Federal News Radio WFED, 1500 AM, will now be available on-demand via the RELM Network via relmnetwork.com. The show, co-hosted by David and Nycci Nellis, is an offshoot of Nycci's website "The List" via AreYouOnIt.com, which the Washington Post calls "one of the premier resources for all things food and wine in DC and beyond".....

Towson Football & Hoops To 1300, More - 7/29 - Baltimore's WJZ-AM, 1300, signs a deal to carry Towson University football and men's basketball. Could chances be coming to WBAL-AM, 1090, the Ravens and Orioles flagship? Mark Foglesong leaves Comcast SportsNet. Michael Popovec celebrates 10 years in Baltimore and Eastern Shore spports radio. And more in this week's Baltimore sports media column at PressBoxOnline.com.....

Politico's Smolkin To CNN - 7/29 - Rachel Smolkin is leaving Politico, where she's been managing editor for news, for CNN, where she'll be executive editor of CNN Politics Digital. Prior to Politico, she was an assignment editor at USA Today.....

Albie Programs Area 955 - 7/29 - The Albie Dee Radio Network expands. Along with on-air duties at CBS's DC radio stations, voice tracking, and an imaging business, DC radio veteran Albie Dee is now programming the music for DC's dance music channel, Area 955 via a digital subchannel of WPGC, 95.5. FM. You can also listen via an app at radio.com and at wpgc.cbslocal.com.....

Post-Newsweek Renamed - 7/29 - Post-Newsweek Stations, the Chicago-based TV group owned by the former parent company of the Washington Post, has changed its name to Graham Media Group. The five TV stations were among the core assets that remained with the Graham family after selling the Washington Post newspaper to Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeffrey Bezos last fall for $250 million. The stations are in Houston, Detroit, Orlando, San Antonio, and Jacksonville.....

Comcast Renames UMD Arena - 7/29 - The University Of Maryland announces that Comcast, which owns the naming rights for its basketball arena, is renaming it the Xfinity Center. Xfinity is Comcast's brand name. The arena changes are being paid for by Comcast and should be completed by August.....

House Passes VOA Reform Bill - 7/29 - The House Of Representatives has passed a bill that would overhaul US international broadcasting, including the Voice Of America, four other government-financed broadcasters and the Broadcasting Board Of Governors that oversees all of them. Supporters of the bipartisan bill say the USA needs to fight back more effectively in the war of information against countries like Russia and China. But some opponents of the bill say they fear it would undermine VOA's journalistic integrity and its reputation, according to an article at voanews.com.....

Bill Lord To Leave JLA - 7/28 - DCRTV hears from a reliable source that Bill Lord, Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8's vice president and general manager and the person credited most with building up the stations' news department over the years, is leaving the Allbritton stations. Just before Sinclair takes over. In a staff memo late Monday, he wrote: "I have just received word that September 30th will be my last day at WJLA. Sinclair will be posting the GM position in the morning so I wanted to tell all of you first. I will be here over the next two months to operate the station until a replacement is found." He added: "These past twelve years have been far and away the best of my professional life and it’s all because of my association with you. It has been an awesome privilege to come to work with you every day. I know I'm supposed to be the boss but as I look out over the station I see hundreds of mentors always helping me arrive at the right decision. For that and everything else you have done to fill up my life I thank you".....

CBS's 1300 To Carry Towson Football & Hoops - 7/28 - Towson Athletics and CBS sports talker WJZ-AM, 1300, have agreed to a partnership in which the Baltimore station will carry every Tiger football and men's basketball game during the 2014-15 season. Also, Towson football coach Rob Ambrose and basketball coach Pat Skerry will make weekly appearances on CBS sports talker WJZ-FM, 105.7 The Fan, during their seasons.....

Tape Reveals WJFKer Chad Dukes' Homophobic Past - 7/28 - Suits at CBS Radio and its DC sports talker, WJFK, 106.7 The Fan, are probably running for public relations cover today after a Dave McKenna deadspin.com piece goes viral. He tells us that the station recently played a "best of" tape of now-solo afternoon man Chad Dukes' comedy radio bits - including one that's "full of dated meanness and homophobic slurs." By the way, Grant Paulsen was filling-in for the missing Dukes on Monday.....

Fox Wins DC Sunday Show Battle - 7/28 - Sunday's "Fox News Sunday" was the most-watched Sunday affairs program in the DC market in households, total viewers, and with adults 25-54. The program also recorded its highest total viewership since February 2010 with 107,000 viewers. More at tvbythenumbers.com.....

White House Honor For Rehm - 7/28 - WAMU's nationally syndicated Diane Rehm is being honored at a White House ceremony tonight, July 28. She'll receive a National Humanities Medal for her "incisive, confident and curious voice" despite her long and public bout with spasmodic dysphonia.....

Bob Rivers Says Goodbye - 7/28 - Bob Rivers has announced that he's retiring from oldies outlet KJR-FM in Seattle after 33 years of doing morning radio. He spent 25 of those years in Seattle, following some time at Baltimore's 98 Rock, WIYY. Rivers is known in Baltimore for his almost 11-day continuous stint on the radio that caught international attention during the Orioles' 21 game losing streak to start the 1988 season.....

Flounder Joins New 107.3 AM Show - 7/28 - DCRTV hears that Bryan "Flounder" Schlossberg, who used to be part of Elliot Segal's morning crew on Clear Channel rocker DC101, WWDC, is coming back to the DC radio dial. He's joining the new Sarah Fraser-centered morning show at Cumulus contemporary hit outlet WRQX, "DC's 107.3." Where he'll be doing audio and video production work. He posts via Facebook: "I'm really happy about this and can't wait to work with so many talented people. Thank you to all of my family and friends who have been a huge source of support over the years." He says he'll still run his FM Entertainment By DJ Flounder company.....

WashTimes Partners With Redskins - 7/28 - The Washington Times says it has created "a unique partnership... that will make the newspaper a content and marketing partner" of the Redskins. According to an announcement at washingtontimes.com, the two will "collaborate" on content that is "designed to provide Redskins fans with compelling, timely, and unique coverage." Including a weekly "Redskins Weekend Game Guide" and a free digital magazine called "The Redskins Report." Both will launch in August. In addition, Times' sports reporters, including Thom Loverro and Zac Boyer, will provide commentary and analysis on some Redskins-produced radio and TV shows and also appear on the team's online pregame and halftime shows. According to media watchdog Jim Romenesko, the Times insists it will still have "probing coverage" of the team." But, he adds, "Probe too hard, and no doubt that deal will dissolve".....

Chicago Gig For Diamond? - 7/28 - Jack Diamond (right) will be guest co-hosting the morning show on Chicago classic rocker WLS-FM this week. And, Chicago media critic Robert Feder reports at robertfeder.com that insiders say the arrangement could become permanent, with Diamond as host and current host Brant Miller in a reduced role. Jan Jeffries, the program director for WLS-FM who worked with Diamond during his many years at DC's WRQX, then Mix 107.3, would say only that he invited Diamond to sit in through Friday. "Jack worked with me in Washington and Atlanta, and it seemed like it would be fun to put him in with Brant for a week," he said. DCRTV's take: What's interesting is that both WLS-FM and WRQX are owned by Cumulus, and Cumulus fired Diamond in the spring of 2013 from his longtime morning gig at WRQX. Since then, Diamond did a short-lived morning show gig at a Miami adult contemporary station, but has since returned to the DC area.....

Hill Ups Cusack - 7/28 - Bob Cusack has been named editor in chief at the Hill, where he's been managing editor since 2004. Hill news editor Ian Swanson will replace Cusack as managing editor.....

Zakaris To Write For Atlantic - 7/28 - CNN's Fareed Zakaria will join the DC-based Atlantic and Quartz as a contributing editor, starting in September.....

FCC Charges Sinclair With "Intent To Deceive" - 7/28 - NewsBlues looks at last week's FCC approval of the sale of DC-based Allbritton's TV stations, including Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8, to Baltimore's Sinclair. Writes NewsBlues editor Mike James: "Buried deep in the FCC document [of approval] was an ominous section concerning Sinclair's 'intent to deceive' the commission [fcc.gov]. 'We believe that the facts show that Sinclair apparently violated the local TV ownership rule with respect to its continued operation of [its leased operations in Charleston SC], and we plan to issue an order addressing this potential violation specifically.' The FCC said it viewed Sinclair's 'misrepresentation and lack of candor' as 'serious breaches of trust.' It said the company was guilty of 'intentional misrepresentation of fact intended to deceive.' However, according to the FCC, Sinclair's violations 'do not involve conduct likely to impact the future operation of other stations and that we have adequate enforcement remedies to address them. Nonetheless, we do note that proceedings raising potential character allegations against Sinclair remain open.' Translation: We've got our eye on you, Sinclair. The company was given 60 days to complete its transfers and transactions".....

Zachary's Boston Problem - 7/28 - Phil Zachary used to work for CBS Radio in Washington and oversaw the old WHFS, in its later days in the early 2000s when it was an alt rocker. Now, Zachary heads Entercom's radio cluster in Boston and he's facing a big controversy with sports talker WEEI, causing Fox Sports to yank its ads. At si.com.....

CSN's Foglesong To Maroon PR - 7/26 - Mark Foglesong joins Columbia MD-based Maroon PR as its director of news and multimedia. He comes from Bethesda-based Comcast SportsNet, where he served as its bureau chief and senior photographer. Before that, he was a photographer, producer, and director for Baltimore's Channel 2/WMAR.....

10 Years In Local Radio For Popovec - 7/26 - Mike Popovec (aka Mike Bradley) celebrates his 10th year in Baltimore/Eastern Shore radio. He co-hosts a weekday morning show from on Lewes DE talker WGMD and does weekends on Baltimore sports talker WJZ-FM, 105.7 The Fan. During the fall and winter seasons, he does "Scoreboard" updates for Maryland Terrapins Radio Network football. He also hosts "Maryland's Only High School Football Show" on WINX in Easton, does color commentary for various high school games including the Maryland State Finals for sfmsports.net, and hosts the "Ravens Rap" TV show from Ocean City.....

Michel Wright Joins WMMJ - 7/25 - DC radio veteran Michel Wright (right) is the new midday host on Radio One's adult urban contemporary WMMJ, Majic 102.3. She debuts Tuesday, July 29th, in the 11 AM to 3 PM slot. Wright comes from Howard University's like-formatted WHUR, 96.3, where she hosted weekends and filled-in on the afternoon show. Her radio career started at CBS's urban contemporary WPGC, 95.5, where served as a midday host. Her other voice and radio work has included gigs with the Premiere Radio Networks, Starz on SiriusXM, BET, DC Cable Television, Showtime, and MHZ-TV.....

Changes Coming To BAL? - 7/25 - DCRTV hears from someone who should know at the Baltimore news talker on 1090 AM: "It's a new world order here at the WBAL building." Could big changes be in store soon for the ratings-slumping Hearst station with the recent arrival of Cary Pahigian, the new president and general manager. Stay tuned.....

Confirmed: Sarah Fraser To 107.3 Mornings - 7/25 - Sarah Fraser (right) made her big announcement at 9:15 AM today. As DCRTV has been hinting, she'll be returning to the DC radio dial to do mornings on Cumulus-owned hot adult contemporary/contemporary hits WRQX, 107.3. She used to work with Kane on his morning show on Clear Channel's contemporary hits Hot 99.5, WIHT. The new WRQX incarnation will be called "The Sarah, Ty & Mel Show." Her new crew will include Ty Bentli from an NYC radio gig and who has worked at Clear Channel's country WMZQ and WPOC, along with Melanie Glazener, who also worked with Kane on Hot 99.5. Most recently, Fraser has been doing features reporting for Channel 5/WTTG's morning newscasts after a short acting-related stint in the Big Apple. Fraser, who mistakenly dropped the station's long ago "Q107" name in her Fox 5 revelation Friday morning, stresses that the station will now be known as "DC's 107.3." WRQX is currently running a music-intensive morning show hosted by Marco. He recently replaced Bert Weiss's show, which was piped-in from Atlanta. Weiss never generated ratings traction since the spring 2013 firing of longtime WRQX, then-Mix 107.3 morning man Jack Diamond, who has yet to resurface on another area station. More on Fraser's new radio gig is at myfoxdc.com.....

Dave TV: Vance & Gentzler, Sinclair's 7, Dukes, More - 7/25 - Jim Vance and Doreen Gentzler celebrate 25 years together on Channel 4/WRC. Plus, memories of George Michael and Bob Ryan. Also, the corrupt FCC approves the Sinclair takeover of Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8 and what will happen to news vets like Gordon Peterson, Maureen Bunyan, and Doug Hill. More: Chad Dukes goes solo on WJFK. And more in today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV.....

WaPo Profiles Jim & Doreen - 7/25 - Sunday's Washington Post Magazine profiles Jim Vance and Doreen Gentzler, the top-rated, longtime Channel 4/WRC news anchor team. With some news: Colleagues say Vance has made clear his intention to retire when his contract expires at the end of 2015, and plans to stop anchoring at 11 PM at mid-year to give WRC time to introduce viewers to his successor.....

Michael Berg Dies - 7/25 - Michael Berg, 67, a communications attorney who worked at the Federal Communications Commission and was senior associate general councel at the National Association Of Broadcasters, died of a heart attack July 23. He also worked at several DC communications law firms and eventually formed his own. In addition, Berg wrote the "Legal Memo" column for TVNewsCheck. More at tvnewscheck.com.....

FCC Approves Sinclair Deal For Allbritton's 7 & NC8 - 7/24 - Reuters is reporting late Thursday afternoon that the Federal Communications Commission has officially approved the $985 million deal between Baltimore-based Sinclair and DC's Allbritton with previously expected divestitures and other conditions. The deal was OKed almost a full year after it had been proposed. The FCC's Media Bureau said Sinclair will divest a TV station in Harrisburg PA and will give up licenses of Allbritton stations in Birmingham AL and Charleston SC, delivering programming there through so-called multi-casting on the signal of the stations Sinclair already owns. The deal includes the Sinclair acquisition of DC's Channel 7/WJLA and its NewsChannel 8 sister.....

WaPo Reporter Detained In Iran - 7/24 - Three American citizens, including Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post's correspondent in Iran, appear to have been detained this week in Tehran, US officials said Thursday. It is unclear who detained them or why, reports washingtonpost.com.....

Chad Dukes Goes Solo, More - 7/24 - Chad Dukes will now do his WJFK afternoon show solo. Nicole Darin leaves Comcast SportsNet. CBS gives announcers freedom to say or not say "Redskins." And more in this week's DC sports media column at PressBoxDC.com.....

12 Caps Games To NBC - 7/24 - In addition to their coveted spot as hosts of the annual Winter Classic on New Years' Day, the Washington Capitals will appear on NBC network affiliates 12 times next season, according to washingtonpost.com.....

Dave TV: O'Brien Sidelined At Cumulus, Fraser To RQX? - 7/24 - I look at all the changes at Cumulus's DC radio cluster, including removing Mark O'Brien from the czar position as market manager. And rumblings that former Hot 99.5er Sarah Fraser may be jumping to Cumulus's WRQX, All The Hits 107.3, which has seen a ratings meltdown under O'Brien's watch. Plus, some memories of George Michael and Gordon Peterson from the 1980s, in today's edition of "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

Buzzfeed's Geidner Gets NLGJA Honor - 7/24 - The National Lesbian And Gay Journalists Association selects Chris Geidner, senior legal and political reporter for BuzzFeed, as its 2014 Journalist Of The Year. More nlgja.org.....

Dana McKay To Do Nights At 94.7 - 7/24 - Dana McKay (right) is the new night personality on CBS's hot adult contemporary WIAD, 94.7 Fresh FM. She comes from a station in Tampa and has previously worked in Hartford and Sacramento. She replaces Taylor Shay, who moved from nights to midday in January. "Steve Davis is an amazing program director and I am beyond excited to work with him and the Fresh FM family," McKay says. She debuts August 4.....

Horwitz, Fraley, Hansard Guest With Arch - 7/24 - An "all-movie special" with Washington Post and "Around Town" critic Jane Horwitz, WTOP film critic Jason Fraley, plus actor Joe Hansard. And a cameo appearance by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. On this week's "Arch Campbell Show." On NewsChannel 8 at 8:30 PM Thursday and Friday, and 9 PM Saturday.....

WAYZ Tops Hagerstown - 7/24 - VerStandig's country WAYZ, 104.7 FM, again tops the radio ratings for Hagerstown - 10 straight victories and 23 out of the last 24 "books." The spring numbers show WAYZ with double the share of Alpha's hot adult contemporary WIKZ, in second place. There's a tie for third between Manning's classic hits WWEG and VerStandig rocker WBHB.....

Chad Dukes Goes Solo On JFK - 7/23 - Since LaVar Arrington announced he would become a full-time analyst for NFL Network in Los Angeles, local sports radio listeners have wondered who would replace him on 106.7 The Fan's afternoon drive show. The answer came Wednesday afternoon: nobody. Chad Dukes, who has co-hosted the "LaVar And Dukes Show" with Arrington for the past five years, will take over the 2 PM to 6 PM slot, with a new program called "Chad Dukes Versus The World." Arrington, as promised, will continue to make hour-long appearances with Dukes on Mondays and Fridays. So reports washingtonpost.com. "I have re-signed with CBS Radio for many years, and I will be hosting afternoon drive here on 106.7 The Fan," Dukes said on Wednesday.....

Sarah Fraser To RQX Mornings? - 7/23 - Former Hot 99.5er Sarah Fraser (right), who used to be on Kane's morning show, hints that she's returning to the DC radio dial. And she does this YouTube video from WRQX's studios, according to someone who knows. Could she be heading to mornings on the ratings-troubled hot adult contemporary outlet at 107.3? Stay tuned.....

Cumulus Yanks Mark O'Brien - 7/23 - A reliable source tells DCRTV that Mark O'Brien, the market manager for Cumulus's DC radio cluster, got removed of its duties yesterday. Why? Maybe because of hot adult contemporary WRQX, 107.3 FM's ratings collapse since the departure of longtime morning man Jack Diamond more than a year ago. Cumulus also owns righty news talker WMAL, 105.9 FM/630 AM. DC radio veteran O'Brien was hired by Cumulus in February 2013. More: We're told that O'Brien is still under contract to Cumulus into next year, but he will no longer be involved the firm's DC radio operations.....

Jake McCann Joins Cumulus DC - 7/23 - More Cumulus DC radio cluster news. Jake McCann has been named vice president for ad sales for WRQX and WMAL. He comes from Philadelphia where he was director of ad sales for Greater Media's Philadelphia radio cluster. Also, McCann spent seven years as general ad sales manager for Philadelphia sports talker WPEN, 97.5 The Fanatic.....

5's Drew Tuma To SF - 7/23 - DCRTV hears that Drew Tuma, a meteorlogist for Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG, is heading to the weather department of ABC's KGO-TV in San Francisco. He recently joined WTTG from Gray-owned WHSV's now-defunct TV 3 in Winchester.....

NY Post: NBC To Replace Gregory On "MTP" - 7/23 - David Gregory's time is nearly up at NBC's DC-based "Meet The Press," so reports the New York Post. And he could be replaced as moderator of the nation's longest-running TV show soon after the November midterm elections. While NBC News President Deborah Turness has publicly supported the embattled Gregory, there are serious concerns about the losing battle to turn around the show's sinking ratings. Viewership is down 43% compared to when Gregory ascended to the moderator's chair in December 2008, after the death of Tim Russert. The show finished in third place behind CBS's "Face The Nation: and ABC's "This Week" in the second quarter of 2014.....

24X7 Buys Baltimore Sports & Life - 7/23 - 24X7 Networks, the parent company for Baltimore sports news websites RussellStreetReport.com, which focuses on the Ravens, and EutawStreetReport.com, which focuses on the Orioles, has acquired Baltimore Sports And Life and its BaltimoreSportsandLife.com site. BSL features analysis and discussion about the Ravens, Orioles, and University Of Maryland sports. More at russellstreetreport.com.....

WJLA Hit With Political Ad Complaint - 7/22 - From benton.org: The Sunlight Foundation, joined by the Campaign Legal Center and Common Cause, has filed complaints at the Federal Communications Commission against two TV stations it said failed to properly identify the sponsors of political ads. The stations targeted are Allbritton's Channel 7/WJLA Washington, which Sinclair is in the process of purchasing, and KGW-TV Portland, Oregon. The groups emphasized that the complaint was against Allbritton, not Sinclair. The complaint against WJLA alleges it aired two ads that failed to identify that they were sponsored by a former hedge fund manager, instead identifying the sole sponsor and funder as super PAC NextGen Climate Action Committee.....

WRQX's Marco Is Mystery Tweeter - 7/22 - Marc Orem, who is WRQX personality "Marco," is apparently the mystery man behind an anonymous Twitter account that has been featuring "I Hid The Cash" clues to hidden envelopes of cash around Washington and Baltimore. More at allaccess.com.....

Alan Murray Joins Fortune - 7/22 - Alan Murray gets named editor of Fortune magazine. He's the current president of the Pew Research Center and a former Wall Street Journal Washington bureau chief. Also, he served as CNBC's Washington bureau chief from 2002 to 2005, during which he co-hosted "Capital Report" with Gloria Borger.....

Upswing For Gannett - 7/22 - McLean-based newspaper and broadcast company Gannett reports higher revenue and earnings, benefiting from its acquisition of Belo's TV stations. More at yahoo.com. Locally, Gannett owns USA Today and Channel 9/WUSA.....

DOJ Signs Off On Sinclair Purchase Of Allbritton TVers - 7/22 - The Justice Department signaled Tuesday that it has no antitrust issues with Baltimore-based Sinclair's purchase of DC-based Allbritton TV stations, including Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8, according to broadcastingcable.com. Now it's up to the FCC. The clock is still running on its review of the almost year-old deal, but approval is expected before the July 27 date after which either company could back out of the sale.....

WTOP Tops Latest Batch Of Radio Ratings - 7/22 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "second week" of July. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WIHT, 3) WAMU, 4) WHUR, 5) WMMJ, 6) WASH, 7) WMZQ and WPGC and WPRS, 10) WBIG, 11) WETA-FM, 12) WIAD, 13) WWDC, 14) WGTS and WMAL, 16) WKYS, 17) WJFK-FM, 18) WRQX, 19) WLZL, 20) WTEM, 21) WNEW, 22) WFRE, 23) WAFY and WBQB, 25) WQSR, 26) WINC-FM and WRBS-FM and WAVA-FM and WKDV and WIYY and WPFW.....

11 To Join Defense One - 7/22 - One year after its launch, Atlantic Media's Defense One says it will double the number of staff by adding 11 full-time editorial and business employees.....

WAMU Makes Sked Changes - 7/22 - American University news talker WAMU, 88.5 FM, makes some schedule changes. Including the addition of "BBC Newshour" weekdays at 9 AM, following four hours of NPR's "Morning Edition" and before WAMU's "Diane Rehm Show." Also, "Here And Now" from NPR and Boston's WBUR takes the 3 PM slot on Mondays through Thursdays. With "Q With Jian Ghomeshi" taking the 10 PM slot weeknights. Changes take effect August 4. More at wamu.org.....

CNN-DC Promotes Elise Labbot - 7/22 - Elise Labbot has been named a DC-based global affairs correspondent for CNN, where she's worked for 14 years as a State Department producer and a foreign affairs reporter.....

WaPo Launches "Storyline" - 7/22 - The Washington Post today launches "Storyline," a "new initiative focused on examining how US public policy affects the everyday lives of Americans across the nation," according to a newspaper spokesperson. "Storyline," the brainchild of economics writer Jim Tankersley, will feature "a mix of narrative writing, data analysis, and visual storytelling." More at washingtonpost.com.....

Megan Murphy To FT's DC Bureau - 7/22 - Megan Murphy will be Washington bureau chief of the Financial Times. She leaves the news organizations's London bureau. Prior to FT, she was a legal affairs correspondent at Bloomberg News. Murphy succeeds Richard McGregor, who will transition to long-term projects at FT.....

Sinclair Takeover Of Allbritton Edges Closer - 7/21 - NewsBlues tells us that Suzanne McNay Teagle, the president and general manager for the past 13 years at Allbritton's WCIV-TV in Charleston SC, is out the door just a week before the deadline of Allbritton's proposed sale to Sinclair. "It would seem that Allbritton is clearing the management deck for Sinclair," writes NewsBlues editor Mike James. "Teagle's departure in Charleston appears to indicate that Sinclair Broadcasting's proposed purchase of the remaining Allbritton Communications stations may actually be happening. The deadline for completion of the deal is a week from today, July 28." Locally, Allbritton owns Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8.....

4's Goff Does NBC Duties - 7/21 - Angie Goff, an anchor at NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC, has been filling in for her NBC colleagues on vacation on NBC's NYC-based "Early Today" and MSNBC's "First Look".....

Verizon Outage In DC & Balto Areas - 7/21 - From wnew.com: A widespread Verizon outage in the Washington-Baltimore region has customers wondering when their service will be restored. Verizon customers first started noticing the service outage at about 7 PM Sunday. According to Verizon, the outages stretch from Manassas to Alexandria in Virginia, and from Olney to Bowie in Maryland. Customers are reporting service problems with Verizon Communications internet and TV service, as well as with wireless service. Most of the issues are involving Verizon's internet service. Some customers tell WNEW that Verizon tells them it could take 24 to 48 hours to restore service. Verizon tells WNEW that service should be back on by Monday night.....

Graff To Politico Mag - 7/21 - Garrett Graff, who left Washingtonian magazine in April after five years as editor-in-chief, has joined Politico Magazine.....

Martin Di Caro To Cover Transportation For 9 - 7/18 - DCRTV hears that Martin Di Caro will soon start working at Channel 9/WUSA as a freelance transportation reporter. He will continue to cover transportation issues for public radio news talker WAMU, 88.5 FM. But he will be ending his reporting work for commercial news talker WMAL, 105.9 FM/630 AM. And, Di Caro will continue working for AP Radio on a part-time basis.....

New Sports Net From Sinclair, More - 7/18 - Sinclair plans to launch a new sports network. A resolution nears regarding the dispute between MASN and the TV rights for the Orioles and Nationals. Baltimore sports radio ratings for June. A Sun columnist compares the Orioles ratings with the Ravens ratings. And more in this week's Baltimore sports media column at PressBoxOnline.com.....

Colley Gone From GMD - 7/18 - DCRTV hears that Rehoboth Beach talker WGMD, 92.7 FM, has parted ways after seven years with talk show host and newsman Bill Colley. Colley tells DCRTV that he's available "to host shows, sweep floors, and for passing out trinkets at fairs".....

Kathy Park Leaves 7 & 8 - 7/18 - DCRTV hears that Kathy Park (right) has left Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8 after six years, where she's been a reporter and weekend morning news anchor. She's heading to Sacramento where she'll work for KCRA-TV. A DC area native who graduated from the University Of Maryland, Park worked for WCYB-TV in southwestern Virginia before joining WJLA/NC8. After college, she interned at "Hardball" with Chris Matthews on MSNBC, the DIY network, and Channel 4/WRC. One of her first opportunities in the newsroom was at the CBS affiliate in Phoenix, where she worked as a Meredith-Cronkite fellow.....

Orioles See Slumping TV Ratings - 7/18 - Despite the team's success on the field, Orioles telecasts are averaging 5.6% of Baltimore market television viewers through the first week of July. That's a 7% drop from the same period in 2013. More at pressboxonline.com.....

CBS Won't Dictate Use Of Redskins - 7/18 - CBS won't dictate to its announcers whether or not to use the nickname of Washington's NFL franchise during televised games this season. CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said Thursday he hasn't told on-air talent such as Jim Nantz and Phil Simms what to say regarding the controversy surround the Redskins' name. More at wtop.com.....

Dave TV: WaPo, WMAL, More - 7/18 - More criticism of the Washington Post and WMAL, including their coverage of the downed Malaysian jetliner. In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

Sinclair To Launch College Sports Network - 7/18 - Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group will launch a collegiate sports service called the American Sports Network. Its programming will air on Sinclair's CW and MyNetworkTV affiliates and has deals with Division I conferences, including Conference USA, Colonial Athletic Association, Big South Conference, Southern Conference, and Patriot League. The service will air live football, basketball, soccer, and other sports. It will most-likely air on Channel 54/WNUV, a Sinclair-operated CW affiliate in Baltimore.....

FLS Tops Fredericksburg - 7/18 - The quarterly summer radio ratings for Fredericksburg show Free Lance-Star's country WFLS, 93.3 FM, in its usual top spot. Centennial's hot adult contemporary B101.5, WBQB, is down a bit, but holds on to second place.....

MLB Seeks Solution To Nats MASN Dispute, More - 7/17 - MLB Commissioner Bud Selig says he's close to solving the Nats TV rights fee dispute with MASN. DC tops US markets for World Cup ratings. Nats TV ratings are down but radio ratings are up. CSN's SportsNuts take MMSL crown. And the Washington Post says goodbye to LaVar Arrington. In this week's DC sports media column at PressBoxDC.com.....

CC Cuts Big's Skyy & DC101's Tessa Hall - 7/17 - Clear Channel makes some DC cuts. Including assistant program director and afternoon talent Skyy, aka Peter Gasbarrini, at classic hits Big 100.3, WBIG. Also, Tessa Hall is gone from middays at alternative rocker DC101, WWDC. That's according to RAMP.....

Senor Romeo To Do Nights At Z104.3 - 7/17 - More from RAMP: Senor Romeo appears to be annexing nights at several Clear Channel stations, including Baltimore contemporary hit outlet Z104.3, WZFT, replacing the voicetracked Julian Nieh, who used to work at the firm's DC contemporary hit outlet, Hot 99.5, WIHT.....

Dave TV: Emily Yahr, Marc Maron, DC Radio Ratings, More - 7/17 - More about the increasingly "stale" Washington Post and how Emily Yahr mysteriously misses the local angle in a radio story. Plus, how Marc Maron did an IFC show on the issue of podcasts and whether that's the future of radio. Also, more analysis of the DC radio ratings and how Praise 104.1 is a solid "top 10" performer. How CBS is such a poor performer despite five FMers in the market - three years after Steve Swenson arrived. And more bitching about Comcast. And praise for YouTube's rock music stuff. In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV.....

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