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WAMU Tops January Radio Ratings For DC - 2/22 - The Washington market radio ratings for the month of January. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WAMU, 2) WTOP, 3) WHUR, 4) WMMJ, 5) WASH and WBIG, 7) WIHT, 8) WMAL, 9) WPRS, 10) WKYS, 11) WIAD, 12) WPGC, 13) WMZQ, 14) WGTS and WRQX, 16) WWDC, 17) WETA-FM, 18) WJFK-FM, 19) WLZL and WFMD, 22) WTEM, 23) WFRE and WAVA-FM, 27) WPFW and WACA, 30) WDCN and WOL, 34) WWXX and WKDV and WDCH and WWXT, 39) WTNT and WAFY and WSPZ and WBQH, 47) WMET and WSMD and WFED. Baltimore, Hagerstown, Winchester, and Fredericksburg stations are not included in this list.....

Klug To Do Ravens Voiceovers - 2/22 - Baltimore rock radio veteran and voice god John Klug tells us that he'll be doing voiceovers for the Baltimore Ravens throughout the 2017 season. Check out Klug and his Klug Productions at klugproductions.com.....

AP Makes DC Cuts - 2/22 - AP Radio cuts 16 of its 28 DC-based positions, affecting night-time and weekend newscasts. According to Tom Taylor Now, staffers have known about the plan since just before Thanksgiving, but couldn't talk about it. Effective March 1, Associated Press will continue to offer top-of-the-hour radio newscasts Monday through Friday, from 5 AM to 10 PM, but will no longer provide newscasts on the weekends, or between the hours of 11 PM to 4 AM. "This change will allow us to refocus our audio resources to the critical Monday-Friday drive times, and will allow us to improve the quality of the newscasts with a better mix of content," according to an AP statement.....

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Mary Walter Joins WMAL Mornings - 2/21 - Mary Walter (right) has been named co-host of Cumulus news talker WMAL's "Mornings On The Mall" show, joining Brian Wilson. Wilson's former co-host, Larry O'Connor, moved to WMAL's afternoon slot at the beginning of 2017. Walter has been a frequent guest host on the station for the past several years and recently concluded an assignment as evening host at WHAS radio Louisville KY. "I really am excited about joining 'Mornings On The Mall," says Walters. The station's program director, Bill Hess, "has built WMAL in to a powerhouse and this is an opportunity I just couldn't pass up," she adds. Walters has served as a regular fill-in host for talk programs on Fox News Radio and on Sirius XM's Patriot Channel. She also served two stints at Trenton NJ talker WKXW. More at wmal.com.....

9's Kristen Berset Again Battles Cancer - 2/20 - Channel 9/WUSA reporter Kristen Berset is again fighting breast cancer - for the second time since her original diagnosis in 2009. Berset, 35, will undergo treatment. "Like the first one, this tumor is Stage 1, and Berset has a great prognosis, but she will probably require six weeks of radiation therapy and possibly chemo, so reports washingtonpost.com.....

Howard Pulls 32 Out Of Spectrum Auction - 2/17 - Howard University has announced that it has withdrawn its public television station, Channel 32/WHUT, from the Federal Communications Commission's auction of broadcast spectrum to increase space for cell phone and other data usage. That means the outlet, one of America's few black-owned public TV stations, will continue to serve the Washington DC and Baltimore markets via cable TV and its over-the-air signals. According to Howard University President Wayne Frederick, the school pulled out of the auction when "it became apparent that the relatively low yield would not justify relinquishing the university's rights to operate WHUT-TV." Frederick says that Howard anticipated that bids for WHUT's spectrum would reach $460 million when the auction began.....

Andy Pollin To WJFK - 2/17 - DC sports radio veteran Andy Pollin, whose contract was not renewed last month by Red Zebra sports talker WTEM, ESPN 980, has jumped to rival CBS sports talker 106.7 The Fan, WJFK. Where he will serve as a show guest and a fill-in host. He made the announcement with WJFK's "Sports Junkies" on Friday morning. According to the Washington Post, Pollin will also team with another ESPN 980 exile, his former "Sports Reporters" guest Thom Loverro, to host a three-hour Saturday morning program on WJFK, starting February 25. "It just gives us more great talent," WJFK Program Director Chris Kinard tells the Post. "You can never have enough good people, and to have someone the caliber of Andy Pollin available is a pretty rare thing. He hasn't been available for 25 years, because he's done such a good job. So to have someone like that available, we'd be crazy not to work something out with him".....

Damian Paletta Joins Washington Post - 2/17 - Damian Paletta joins the Washington Post a senior economics correspondent covering White House economic policy. He comes from the Wall Street Journal, where he's been covering White House. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Dan Mason Joins Horse Racing Network - 2/17 - Former CBS Radio chief and DC radio veteran Dan Mason adds to his sportscasting resume, as a new host and analyst for the Horse Racing Radio Network. Mason, a native of Kentucky and current Northern Virginia resident, is a horse-owner himself. He will joining HRRN's broadcast team beginning next month, with coverage of the Fountain Of Youth Stakes and the Florida Derby.....

Danni Starr To KYS Mornings - 2/16 - Danni Starr (right) joins the "Fam In The Morning" crew on Radio One's urban contemporary WKYS, 93.9, as a co-host. Starting February 21. "Radio is my first love and I can't wait to hit the mic on Tuesday and re-engage DC with my brother Quicksilva," she says. Starr left iHeart's contemporary hit Hot 99.5, WIHT's "Kane Show" in March 2016. She's been in the radio business a decade and is the face of "TLCme" on the TLC network. She also currently serves as an ambassador for the Department Of Health And Human Services' Office On Womens' Health.....

Dave TV: My Take On The Redskins' Deal With WMAL - 2/16 - What's up with news talker WMAL starting to carry Redskins' games? Is this a first step for team owner Dan Snyder to exit the radio station business? Will WMAL's owner, Cumulus, soon start running, or possibly or owning, Snyder's sports talker, ESPN 980, WTEM? Will the change ultimately cut the ratings for Snyder's WTEM, which was recently hit with a wave of butget cuts, causing many of its personalities to be pink-slipped? In today's "Dave TV".....


WMAL To Carry Redskins - 2/15 - Cumulus news talker WMAL, 105.9 FM/630 AM, will carry Redskins games starting this fall. Games will continue to be carried on Red Zebra's sports talk ESPN 980, WTEM, which is owned by team owner Dan Snyder. "The broadcasts represent a homecoming of sorts, as the Redskins will return to the same WMAL airwaves on which the team's broadcasts aired as early as 1942," according to a Redskins statement. WMAL carried the team through the early 1990s, when the Redskins moved to WJFK until 2008. "In addition to carrying game broadcasts, WMAL will carry an hour of the Redskins Radio Network pregame show as well as an hour of Redskins Radio Network postgame programming" on game days, the statement adds. WTEM is also heard on 92.7 FM and 94.3 FM, in addition to 980 AM. "We are very excited to be partnering with WMAL to provide Redskins fans enhanced coverage of our games," says Terry Bateman, Redskins chief marketing officer. "WMAL and the Redskins organization have a long history together spanning six decades of the station carrying Redskins games. We have maintained a strong relationship over the years and now look forward to working together again to provide comprehensive coverage of Redskins football for the Washington market." Adds Jake McCann, DC market manager for Cumulus, "We are excited and honored to be working with the Redskins again. The Redskins and WMAL were partners during the team's three glorious Super Bowl winning seasons. We look forward to bringing the combined assets of WMAL to this exciting, renewed partnership".....

Warner Wolf Talks To Thom Loverro - 2/15 - Sportscasting legend Warner Wolf talks about DC broadcasting history, Redskins Hall Of Fame coach George Allen, and working with Don Imus. In the latest "Cigars & Curveballs" podcast with DC sports journalism veteran Thom Loverro. Available for download free on iTunes and Google Play at apple.co.....

Warren Unna Dies - 2/15 - Warren Unna, a Washington Post correspondent in India who later became Washington correspondent for the Statesman, an English-language newspaper based in Kolkata, died February 9 at a retirement community in Mitchellville MD. He was 93. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Gustafson Joins NAB - 2/15 - Nicole Gustafson, who most recently worked for the NFL, joins the DC-based National Association Of Broadcasters as vice president of public policy and government. Before the NFL, she worked on Capitol Hill for a number House and Senate members.....

Naked Intruder At NBC DC Bureau Bites Man - 2/15 - From AP: Police say a naked man assaulted another man at the entrance of NBC News' Washington bureau, then ran into the building and bit a man who helped stop him. The man approached the entrance of the Nebraska Avenue NW building that's also home to NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC Saturday night and hit a man in the face, pushed him to the floor, and ran inside. Another man told police he spotted the naked intruder running down the hall with building security in pursuit and helped stop him. Police say the intruder bit the man's arm. The intruder was arrested and taken to a hospital.....

WTOP Tops Latest DC Radio Ratings - 2/14 - The DC market radio ratings for the "third week" of January. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WHUR, 4) WMMJ, 5) WASH, 6) WBIG and WMAL, 8) WIHT, 9) WPRS, 10) WKYS, 11) WPGC and WIAD, 13) WRQX, 14) WMZQ, 15) WGTS, 16) WWDC, 17) WETA-FM and WJFK-FM, 19) WLZL, 20) WTEM, 22) WFRE, 23) WAVA-FM, 26) WPRW and WOL, 30) WACA and WDCH, 33) WKDV and WDCN, 37) WAFY and WBQH, 43) WSPZ and WFED. Baltimore, Hagerstown, Winchester, and Fredericksburg stations are not included in this list.....

Troubled Pacifica Makes Management Changes - 2/14 - Lydia Brazon is out as interim executive director at troubled public radio firm Pacifica, which owns DC talker/jazz WPFW, 89.3. She's been replaced with current Director Bill Crosier. According to Tom Taylor Now, Pacifica owns a big batch of unpaid recent to the Empire State Building landlord for its WBAI tower in NYC. Pacifica also faces an investigation by the California Attorney General over "delinquent financial audits." In addition to DC and NYC, Pacifica owns radio stations in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Houston.....

Ockershausen Talks To Frank Harden - 2/13 - DC media veteran Andy Ockershausen (right), a third-generation Washingtonian who has worked for the Evening Star Broadcast Group, the old WMAL-TV, WMAL radio, Channel 50/WDCW, and, most recently, Comcast/NBC Universal, last fall launched a podcast, "Our Town," with local personalies. Including media figures, politicans and community leaders, sports heroes, business and charitable influencers, and many more. Ockershausen's latest interview is with Frank Harden, the legendary WMAL radio host. Each half-hour podcast, which is recorded at WMAL, can be heard at ourtowndc.com.....

Shay Whiteker Dies, Known as Cougar Michaels - 2/13 - DCRTV hears that Shay Whiteker, whose radio name was "Cougar Michaels," died last week. He worked at a number of radio stations in the region, including Hagerstown's WWEG, Frederick's WFRE, Fredericksburg's WFLS, and Gettysburg's WGTY. "He had a big voice and loved fishing," a former colleague tells us. He is remembered by many listeners on his brother's Facebook page.....

Ron Klain To Write For WaPo - 2/13 - The Washington Post has named Ron Klain a contributing columnist for the Opinion section. Klain, a former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden and Vice President Al Gore, will write regularly about the latest news in Washington through the lens of his extensive political career. More at washingtonpost.com.....

WaPo Expands Onto Snapchat - 2/13 - The Washington Post launches a daily Discover Edition on Snapchat, which will make the company the first editorial partner to provide multiple news updates throughout the day on the platform and seven days a week. The edition will be live in the US, Canada, and the UK. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Roanoke Anchor To Run For VA Seat - 2/13 - Chris Hurst, the Roanoke TV news anchor whose girlfriend and another co-worker were gunned down during a live broadcast in August 2015, has left WDBJ-TV to launch a campaign for the Virginia House Of Delegates. Hurst's final broadcast was February 9 and he resigned the next day. He said he plans to run as a Democrat for the 12th District seat held by Republican Joseph Yost. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Are WFRE & WFMD Up For Sale? - 2/13 - Tom Taylor Now tells us that rumors are floating around that iHeart is now marketing for sale some stations held by the Aloha Station Trust. About 10 years ago, iHeart, then Clear Channel, put a batch of its stations in the trust with the intention to sell them in accordance with Federal Communications Commission market ownership limits. But, a decade later, iHeart is still running the stations, which include Frederick country outlet WFRE, 99.9, and sister news talker WFMD, 930. Taylor speculates that iHeart has "received signals" from the new Ajit Pai-headed FCC that "it should be more aggressive about finding permanent owners." WFRE and WFMD can be heard throughout much of the DC metro, where iHeart also owns five major FMers, including WWDC, WIHT, WASH, WMZQ, and WBIG.....

Baltimore's 105.7 & 1300 Must Drop WJZ Call - 2/13 - With CBS in the process of selling its radio division to Entercom, Tom Taylor Now tells us that Entercom can continue to use the CBS Sports Radio Network name, but not the CBS "eye" design through December 2020. However, after 12 months following the deal closing, CBS's sports talkers in Baltimore must remove all references to the market's CBS-TV. That means Baltimore's 105.7 The Fan and its sister AM 1300 outlet need to drop the WJZ call they've had since November 2008, which they share with CBS-owned Channel 13/WJZ.....

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Dany Espinosa Talks To Thom Loverro - 2/11 - Former Washington Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa talks about his time in Washington and some of his former teammates - Ryan Zimmerman, Jayson Werth, and controversial closer Jonathan Papelbon. In the latest "Cigars & Curveballs" podcast with DC sports journalism veteran Thom Loverro. Available for download free on iTunes and Google Play at apple.co.....

WCBM & WQLL To Take Over Preakness Balloon Festival - 2/10 - Baltimore news talker WCBM, 680, and its sistser oldies WQLL, 1370, announce today that they will be taking over the Preakness Balloon Festival at the Howard County Fairgrounds, formerly held at Turf Valley Resort. The festival, which has always taken place prior to the commencement of the Preakness, is the only one of its kind on the East Coast and is the largest display of hot air balloons in Maryland. Now in its 41st year, the annual festival will take place at its new location at 2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship from May 18 to 20. Admission is free and early bird parking is $20. Presale parking will be available for sale starting February 17 at preaknessballoonfest.eventbrite.com. In addition to more than 25 hot air balloons launching each day, ticketed tethered balloon rides will be available. Sir Rod "One Sizzlin' Hot Rod Stewart Tribute" show will take the stage on May 19, with WQLL's "Steve Rouse & Company" and WCBM's Sean Casey, Frank Luber, and Bruce Elliott on hand for live radio broadcasts. Plus, there will a selection of Baltimore food vendors and a Beer Garden, plus a variety of events for kids. "We are really excited about the additions of a nighttime musical act and the live radio station broadcasts this year and are looking forward to the festival’s new and larger location at the Howard County Fairgrounds, plus with Howard County Public Schools closed on Friday, May 19th we are expecting a large family turnout," says Marc Beaven, general manager of WCBM and WQLL.....

Sinclair To Earn $313M From Spectrum Auction - 2/10 - From DCRTV's Friday Mailbag: "Baltimore's Sinclair Broadcasting, owner of WBFF Fox 45 and one of the largest local TV station ownership groups in the US is to earn $313 million dollars from the FCC's TV spectrum auction designed to turn over more TV channels to mobile phone companies. Might Sinclair be turning in the TV channels WUTB 24 or WNUV 54? With coming ATSC 3.0 TV standard coming soon, more TV stations will be sharing the same channel space. due to better compression technology".....

Positive Review For DC-Connected "Sesame Street" Book - 2/9 - DC native Gary Dreibelbis received a positive review from Kirkus, one of the tops in the nation for his book "The Gospel According To Sesame Street: Learning, Life, Love, And Death." He includes information about DC native Jim Henson and his involvement with the show. A review excerpt reads, "Dreibelbis quotes in an interview with Sesame Street's creator Joan Ganz Cooney, 'We would not be around if not for the Muppets.' All this makes for a very enjoyable entertainment-industry history." The book includes interview information from Willard Scott and his working with Henson at Channel 4/WRC. More at gospelsesamestreet.com. Order the book at amazon.com or at barnesandnoble.com.....

WINC Edges Out WUSQ In Winchester - 2/9 - The latest Eastlan radio ratings for Winchester show hot adult contemporary WINC-FM with a 14.6 share, just a tad above usual market leader, country WUSQ, at a 14.5. Contemporary hits WKSI takes 3rd, talker WINC-AM is 4th, and rocker WFQX 5th. Rounding out the top 10: classic hits WZRV 6th, DC alt rocker WWDC 7th, DC public news talker WAMU 8th, DC's country WMZQ 9th, and DC all-newser WTOP. One more: classic country WXBN/WZFC at 11th.....

Les Alexander Dies - 2/7 - Les Alexander (right in 1965), 93, a WCAO "top 40" disc jockey of the 1960s and early 1970s, died January 27 at a hospice in Wilmington NC. Alexander Leslie Paternotte, who was known professionally as Les "The Beard" Alexander, began his broadcasting career at a Philadelphia radio station, WIP, and moved to Baltimore in 1950, where he hosted a game show on Channel 13/WAAM, now WJZ. He later joined WITH radio and then began a lengthy association with another AM station, WCAO, in 1957. In the early 1970s, Alexander left WCAO and moved to Charlotte NC to work as a disc jockey for radio station WAYS before moving to television on WSOC. He retired in 1982 as a weatherman at WECT, a television station in Wilmington NC. He then moved to Frederick and later lived in Talbot County on the Eastern Shore. More at baltimoresun.com.....

WTOP Tops DC Radio Ratings - 2/7 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "second week" of January. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WHUR, 4) WMMJ, 5) WASH, 6) WIHT, 7) WBIG, 8) WMAL, 9) WPGC, 10) WKYS, 11) WIAD and WPRS, 13) WRQX, 14) WGTS and WWDC, 16) WMZQ, 17) WETA-FM, 18) WJFK-FM, 19) WTEM, 20) WFMD, 21) WLZL, 23) WFRE and WAVA-FM, 28) WPFW and WOL, 31) WACA, 33) WDCN and WTNT, 35) WILC and WAFY and WSPZ and WDCH, 43) WBQH and WFED and WHUR STREAM. Baltimore, Fredericksburg, Winchester, and Hagerstown stations not included in this listing.....

OC's 1590 Gets Sold - 2/7 - Eastern Shore news. Adams Radio sells Ocean City's WGBG, 1590, to Michael Powell, who has been leasing the signal as a relay for his country WBEY, 97.9. Price $20,000.....

Paul Burton Joins Adams Radio - 2/7 - More Eastern Shore news. Adams Radio Group has named Paul Burton as vice president and general manager for its Salisbury-Ocean City radio cluster. He started his radio career in 1987 in Baltimore with WCBM. Later, he worked for WBAL-AM and Radio One. Most recently, Burton has been working for iHeart where he was vice president of ad sales for its Salisbury radio cluster through October 2016.....

WFLS Tops Fredericksburg - 2/4 - As usual, country WFLS tops the latest batch of radio ratings for Fredericksburg. Hot adult contemporary WBQB takes second place. DC righty talker WMAL, with its Virginia-based 105.9 signal, places third. Fourth is rhythmic contemporary WVBX, with DC all-newser WTOP in fifth. Rounding out the Fredericksburg top 10: WWDC, WPGC, WGRX, WGRQ, and WWUZ.....

WTOP Removes Comments From Website - 2/3 - As of Feburary 1, Hubbard all-newser WTOP has disabled the comments feature on its wtop.com website articles. "Our goal with the comment boards has always been to foster a space for civil dialogue on the many issues we cover daily. WTOP values free speech and our role in protecting the First Amendment. However, over the past year, the discourse on our comment boards has devolved into sometimes hateful and racist dialogue, which is a direct violation of that policy and inconsistent with WTOP's journalistic standards and principles," according to a statement at wtop.com. "Monitoring the comment boards to ensure our policies were respected and followed began taking an increasing amount of time away from our primary mission of reporting the news." WTOP directs those who are interested in commenting on stories to its Facebook and Twitter pages.....

Loverro To Be Heard On WJFK - 2/3 - DC sports media veteran Thom Loverro, who was among the multitude of recent cuts made by Red Zebra sports talker WTEM, ESPN 980, will now contribute to CBS sports talker WJFK, 106.7 The Fan.....

C-SPAN Radio To Air Johnson Tapes - 2/3 - C-SPAN Radio begins a special series of President Johnson's calls from 1967, starting February 4 and airing every Saturday thru July, at 6 PM. You'll hear LBJ's calls from that month 50 years ago, on events including the war in Vietnam, the Six Day War in the Middle East, the appointment of Thurgood Marshall as the first African American to the Supreme Court, meetings with Soviet Premier Kosygin in New Jersey, and racial unrest in Detroit and Newark. You can hear "The LBJ Tapes" on C-SPAN Radio via DC's WCSP, 90.1. Listen with the free C-SPAN Radio app or online at C-SPAN.org.....

Dave TV: My Take On Entercom's CBS Radio Deal - 2/2 - My take on what Entercom's deal for CBS's radio stations means. Is radio becoming less important in the overall media universe? Will there be big shakeups in markets where Entercom and CBS both own. That effect will the merger have in the DC-Baltimore area, when Entercom doesn't own any stations? In today's "Dave TV".....


WaPo Talks To Rehm's Replacement - 2/2 - After Diane Rehm announced she was signing off from the NPR airwaves, WAMU decided to go with a complete unknown - Joshua Johnson (right). Johnson, who is African American, is hoped to bring more diversity to the traditionally white image of public radio. The Washington Post Magazine's David Montgomery spoke with Johnson for a look at how the new host made the big leap to "1A," and what kind of gamble NPR has made on him. At washingtonpost.com.....

Entercom Gets CBS Radio Stations - 2/2 - Entercom and CBS announce that Entercom will take over CBS's radio assets in a "tax free merger," according to radioworld.com. CBS had long been rumored to be looking for a buyer for its radio business. The price was not disclosed in the announcement. Industry observers have been watching for months to learn the fate of the historic CBS radio holdings and brand. Now, according to the announcement, "the combined company will be known as Entercom and will be headquartered in Philadelphia, with a significant ongoing presence in New York." In total, the new company will have 244 stations as well as digital assets and events; it said it will have stations in 23 of the top 25 US markets. In DC, CBS owns WPGC, WJFK-FM/AM, WIAD, WLZL, and WDCH, which it leases to Bloomberg. In Baltimore, the firm owns WWMX, WJZ-FM/AM, and WLIF. Entercom has no radio holdings in the DC-Baltimore area. DCRTV gets reaction from radio veteran Jim Bohannon: "It's a major sign of the media times. I'm not sure how much incurred debt is involved here, but that's always the big bugaboo in current radio deals. At the very least, it's a very good port in a storm for CBS Radio, now that the much ballyhoo-ed IPO has gone nowhere. November 2nd, 2020 will be the centennial of KDKA Radio, Pittsburgh, providing election coverage - considered the birth of commercial radio. What will this industry look like in less than 4 years? And what will it look like when driverless cars become the norm, and people feel free to watch tv on their way to work/shop/whatever? I'd say drive-time's premium ad rates have a limited shelf life".....

Radio One Struggles With Radio Revenue - 2/2 - Tom Taylor Now tells us that it's annual bonus time at Silver Spring-based African American radio giant Radio One and its Reach Media - except for one executive. It's "no bonus" for David Kantor. Last year his role was greatly expanded, giving him oversight of the radio division plus the Reach Media syndication. The company says that "Mr. Kantor did not receive a bonus for the calendar year 2016, as the combined radio and Reach Media segments did not achieve" the expected cash flow. Ironically, according to Taylor, in awarding CEO Alfred Liggins his full "100% bonus," the board cites "Reach Media's favorable performance." So the shortfall for Kantor must've been at the radio station division. Liggins was eligible for a 2016 bonus of up to $1.25 million, and he gets 100% of that. Radio One founder and Chairperson Cathy Hughes also got 100% of her possible bonus, or $500,000. In her case, the board leaned on the company's "overall performance and the founder's contributions to the success of the company." CFO Peter Thompson and Chief Administrative Officer Linda Vilardo both bank $300,000 bonuses, Taylor adds. Locally, Radio One owns WKYS, WMMJ, WERQ, WWIN-FM/AM, WPRS, WOL, WOLB, and WYCB.....

Holliday, Bauer, Brant, Rieger Do "Our Town" - 2/2 - From DCRTV's Tuesday Mailbag: "There can't be anyone in any key demo listening, but Andy O's Our Town podcast has some great conversations of interest to oldsters. This one with Johnny Holiday is GREAT: ourtowndc.com... This one with Ernie Bauer is full of wonderful stories, including some Glenn Brenner and TV9 stories: ourtown.com... There's a good one with Tim Brant: ourtowndc.com... And this from the still lovely and exciting Wendy Rieger: ourtowndc.com... Better listening than Mr. Tony some days . . . Great listening for long time DC media folks".....

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Maureen Bunyan Says Goodbye To 7 - 1/31 - Veteran DC TV news anchor Maureen Bunyan (right) bid farewell to viewers during Channel 7/WJLA's 6 PM newscast tonight, January 31. Station management told Bunyan in early January that it intended to exercise a "window" in her contract that enables either party to end the agreement before its full term. "Maureen has been a trusted voice for progress in our community, and within our ranks," says WJLA News Director Mitch Jacob. "She is a journalist and advocate of the highest order, and we will miss her insight and passion tremendously." Bunyan, 71, has been delivering news on DC TV for almost five decades. In the early 1970s, she started as a reporter and then became an anchor at what was Washington Post-owned Channel 9/WTOP, now WUSA. She was among the first African American women in the nation to anchor a local evening newscast. Bunyan jumped to Allbritton-owned WJLA in 1999. Allbritton sold the station to Baltimore-based Sinclair two years ago. Since then, many of the station's longtime personalities have left, most recently anchor Leon Harris, whose contract was not renewed last fall. He was joined by news anchor Gordon Peterson in late 2014 and sports anchor Tim Brant in early 2016.....

Dave TV: Why Maureen Bunyan's Leaving WJLA - 1/31 - In case you missed it from earlier this month, here are my thoughts on why longtime DC TV news anchor Maureen Bunyan is leaving Sinclair's Channel 7/WJLA. It has a lot to do with the changing TV news business, the amazing amount of debt that Sinclair is servicing, and the lack of news ratings that WJLA has gotten over the years, particularly since Sinclair bought it.....


WAMU Tops DC Radio Heap - 1/31 - WAMU tops DC market radio ratings for the "first week" of January. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WAMU, 2) WTOP, 3) WHUR, 4) WASH, 5) WBIG, 6) WIHT, 7) WMMJ, 8) WKYS, 9) WMAL, 10) WIAD, 11) WPRS, 12) WPGC, 13) WRQX and WWDC and WMZQ, 16) WGTS, 17) WJFK-FM, 18) WETA-FM, 19) WTEM, 20) WFMD and WLZL, 23) WFRE, 24) WAVA-FM, 26) WPFW and WACA and WDCN. Only DC market stations are included in this list. Stations from Baltimore, Hagerstown, Winchester, and Fredericksburg are not included.....

Dave TV: Critter Troubles At WMAL? - 1/31 - Is the "feud" between WMAL's Brian & Larry ramping up? Why did Brian Wilson this morning slam Larry O'Connor for using what Brian claims is his trademarked "Critter News" segment on Larry's afternoon show yesterday? Is this the main reason why Larry moved from his co-hosting morning gig with Brian to solo host an expanded afternoon show? In today's "Dave TV".....


Steve Handlesman Retires - 1/31 - NBC News national correspondent Steve Handelsman retires after 33 years reporting from Washington DC. NBC's Channel 4/WRC takes a look at his extensive career at nbcwashington.com.....

Kyle McCann Joins Entercom - 1/31 - Kyle McCann, who'd been a news producer at Baltimore's Channel 2/WMAR and Channel 11/WBAL, joins Entercom Communications' new Content Innovation Group, where he'll develop digital and social content and syndicate content from local markets nationally. Most recently, McCann has been working for Townsquare Media in New Jersey where he led content development. More at radioinsight.com.....

More: DePuyt Leaving NC8 - 1/30 - The Washington Blade looks at Sinclair's decision not to renew the contract of Bruce DePuyt, who has anchored newscasts at NewsChannel 8 for 14 years.....

Alt-WHCA Dinner Planned - 1/30 - TBS's Samantha Bee will be hosting an alternative banquet April 29, Not The White House Correspondents' Dinner, against the annual roast of the president, and presidential roast of the media, that has usually drawn a huge Hollywood contingent. More at multichannel.com.....

Sponsored: Rob Carson Expands Talk Show Platforms - 1/30 - DC radio veteran Rob Carson (right) updates us on his media activities. He's got a new Facebook page for his new talk show featuring posts and audio/video podcasts at facebook.com/RobCarsonShow. Also, he contributing podcasts to Red Maryland a la redmaryland.com. Plus, Rob tells us that he's working on a new website that features all of his work in one place, to be unveiled next week.....

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