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dcrtv@dcrtv.com - Latest messages listed first - Updated 9/18 @ 2:10 PM
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With Entercom reshaping their Alternative and Country music outlets by streamlining the programming, it’s hitting a station in Baltimore as WMMX HD-2(Known as 104.9 HFS to some) is now having all of their programming thrown in from WNYL(Alt 92.3, formerly WXRK 92.3 K-Rock). I would assume that the airstaff that was at the low power HFS signal has been reassigned or fired at this point. Also a tidbit related to the Entercom reshaping, WRXL in Richmond has become Alt 102.1. They still carry Elliot In The Morning off of DC 101 in morning drive but after that, all of the programming is also relayed from WNYL. As Bob Dylan said: Times, they are a changin! Wondering what this means for the rest of Entercom down the road? Will this idea of reshaping or restructuring go into other formats ala Top 40, Classic Hits etc? Time will tell. Dan

So Steve had to take a HUGE paycut....I hear it was not good and he was pissed! Word from the inside says he now has a "strange schedule"! Also word is Erin Stormed out of the studio on her first day off the anchor desk pissed as well. Everyday this week she's been mad as hell...but her bed buddy boyfriend has been trying to keep her face on the camera as much as possible by giving her anything and everything to read on camera,,,THIS STATION IS A JOKE! The new girl Marrissa is looking like a circus act with the "Wendy Williams" impersonation and the "Madea voiceovers"...in the words of Simon It's A NO FOR ME...and everyone else! She should spend more time covering her edges under her wig and getting better shapewear, because hers is very obvious. Lastly...even from the online videos her voice is ANNOYING!

Fellow Mailbaggers lend me your ears as I come to praise Caesar (DCRTVDJDAVE) not bury him: who knew that Dave’s version of retirement would include living as a Gay Man in the Deep South, driving around some hick Norf Carolina town in his pink Fiat Mini with a “Dump Trump” bumpersticker, taking pot shots at the crackers in their pick up trucks with his sling shot while spitting wads of Pink Double Bubble Gum out the window hollering “Take that you rednecks you!”. Dave conceived and created DCRTV more that two decades ago in his mothers basement according to The Late Don and Mike: it was quoted by The Washington Post, linked to The Drudge Report and Dave was a frequent guest on Chris Matthews “Hardball”. But then Dave’s mother passed just as Gus’ did and life in the basement changed forever. Lunch with Bill Hess wasn’t so fun anymore, Washington radio and television had become one big yawn and his readership was lost to TMZ and The Reliable source. So Dave left for foreign destination like Delaware, Georgia and now North Carolina where radios and televisions have not been invented yet. So back off you Mailbag naysayers: have compassion for a gay , er, ah Guy we all know simply as “Hey Dave”. Gus “Just when they thought I was out they brought me back in again” in the Gaithersburg. “Gus, oh Gus, your Mac & cheese is ready at the top of the stairs” echoes The Ghost of Gus’ Mamma. “Coming mother!” - Nick

RE; "Let's make dcrtv a media issues site...." An increasing number of current attacks on the media have come in places where press freedom was once enshrined - like the USA. Across the world, fundamental freedoms of association, expression, and assembly are under greater threat. Using a wide range of tools to suppress freedom of the press and intimidate journalists, including censorship, restrictive or repressive legislation, harassment, false charges and arrests, physical attacks, and defamation. More striking, having been to MANY countries over my enlisted and current PMC career[s], more Democracies seek to undermine the credibility of journalists and news outlets, while spreading misinformation during press conferences and through social media. Singling out individual journalists during briefings and routinely referring to the media as global “fake news.” This, in turn, has led to calls for violence against the media by some members of the public—particularly during media efforts to cover U.S. protests. Dullard, there is one primary rule in the DCRTV malebag Fight Club - as long as the post has a media tie-in, the post is good to go. [ Media + Sports, Media + Politics, Media + Don 'Get Off My Lawn' Geronimo...] Now, go get me a beer, re-rack the pool table, hug a investigative journalist, and donate $20 to DCRTV Dave. Signed, The Real AHHHH

Clarence M. Mitchell IV—known as “C4” to listeners of Hearst Radio station WBAL NewsRadio 1090/FM 101.5—was recently honored in the 2020 Baltimore Magazine Readers’ poll for “Best Radio Host”. The award follows C4’s recognition earlier this year by the Associated Press Chesapeake Broadcasters Association for “Outstanding Talk Show”. He previously was recognized in the Baltimore Sun for “Baltimore Sun’s Readers’ Choice, Radio Personality” in 2018 and 2019. "The fact that this recognition in 2020 comes from the readers of Baltimore Magazine means so much to me and my production team," said C4 of the honor. “I know I speak for our entire staff as we extend our congratulations to Clarence on this well-deserved recognition,” said President and General Manager, Cary Pahigian. “Throughout his 14 years with WBAL NewsRadio, he has set the standard for excellence, compassion and insight.” C4 can be heard on WBAL NewsRadio 1090/FM 101.5 weekday mornings from 5:30 – 10:00 a.m. as Co-Host of The C4 and Bryan Nehman Show.

96.3 WHUR has long been the dominating radio station on Sundays in the DMV and with a new Sunday program line-up that winning streak is continuing. Sunday mornings are now being turned over to radio veterans Winston Chaney and Jacquie Gales Webb beginning Sunday, September 20th. Chaney, a DMV radio icon, will hit the airwaves with “Wake-Up” from 5am to 8am followed by Gales Webb who will move to 8am to 11am. Chaney and Webb will carry on the legacy of “Gospel Spirit.” Both Chaney and Webb are radio legends with careers spanning decades. WHUR is also excited to welcome to the Sunday mix Stellar Award-Winning Gospel Artist Anthony Brown with “Blessings on Blessings Radio” from 12:15pm to 2pm. Brown has broken Stellar Awards history with 10 wins in one night with his “Group TherAPy.” “These changes round out the WHUR Gospel Experience, which also includes Tracy Morgan heard Monday thru Friday from 5am to 6am. We look forward to building on the foundation laid by our beloved Patrick Ellis,” said WHUR General Manager Sean Plater. Ellis, who reigned on Sundays from 6am to 11am for 40 years, passed away in July following complications from the coronavirus. The award winning Howard University Rankin Chapel broadcast will continue on Sundays from 11am to 12pm followed by “The Journey,” hosted by Howard President Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick. “In thinking of how we could keep the Patrick Ellis mission going and honor his incredible legacy, we assembled a team of all stars able to inspire, entertain, and serve every DMV listener. I can’t wait to hear this stellar combination,” said WHUR Program Director Al Payne.

FROM DCRTV'S NEWS PAGE: The radio ratings for August 2020. Full-day, age 6+. Washington: 1) WTOP, 2) WMAL, 3) WAMU and WHUR, 5) WMMJ, 6) WASH, 7) WETA-FM, 8) WIHT, 9) WBIG, 10) WPGC, 11) WWDC, 12) WIAD, 13) WKYS, 14) WGTS, 15) WMZQ, 16) WJFK, 17) WPRS, 18) WWEG, 19) WLVW, 20) WTEM. Baltimore: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WPOC, 3) WIYY, 4) WLIF, 5) WERQ and WQSR, 7) WBAL-AM and WCBM, 9) WYPR and WZBA, 11) WJZ-FM, 12) WWMX, 13) WZFT, 14) WBJC, 15) WEAA.....

"Why is it when I am watching a local news channel in Baltimore all they do during commercial breaks is promote their stations? " Advertising revenue is down 65% in the Washington/Baltimore market, They're filling the time with station promos because the client ads just aren't there.

Dave's response: That isn't a "problem" here in the swing state of North Carolina (Charlotte market) where about 80% of all local TV ads are political attacks. Biden is ahead by 1 point in the state, plus the Dems could oust an incumbent Republican in the US Senate here. And a governor's race on top of all that.....

What is really going on at FOX5? Losing their talented veterans quickly.

Dcrtv sure has a history of interesting characters. Poor ol’ Guss. Likely taking up residence with a recent returning contributor, The Real Ahhhh. I have this gut feeling that both are enjoying some great southern bbq! Great site Dave, never a dull moment! Tom Conroy

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Let's make dcrtv a media issues site. We can get all the political stuff everywhere else.

RIP GUS::U.S.Military Confirms It Sought Information on Using 'Heat Ray' Against D.C. Protesters. Now, Gus is missing. I'm thinking DCRTV Dave must have got his hands on that gun and evaporated his ass. poof! Signed, The Real AHHHH

Why is it when I am watching a local news channel in Baltimore all they do during commercial breaks is promote their stations? My goodness I am watching your channel no need to sell it to me more. Rob in Arnold

Not local, but the Mt. Wilson TV towers are threatened by the LA fires, the mountain that has not only the historic Observatory, but also over $1 billion dollars worth of most of LA’s TV and radio towers. They are safe at least for now, but the fire still burns very close by. www.tvtechnology.com — BaltoMedia.net

So, is DCRTV now "De-Gus-inated"? (like decaffeinated lol) I miss Gus...yeah, some of his posts may not have made much sense, but he was never a boring character that's fer sure! -Stuart

Dave's response: Gus is free to post but he needs to tone down his humor a bit and stick to media issues. But I haven't received anything from him lately.....

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So today on the manure show that fills the morning hours on newsradio 1090, Bryan Nehman went on a rant about all the reporting NOT being done about the COVID pandemic. Well hello pot, meet kettle. Instead of using the "reporters" there to do some real journalism, they insist on moving the shouter from one location to the other to tell us about news that happened the day before. And of course, the morning after every Ravens game he'll be playing sound clips of fans and players like it's some kind of breaking news. And then there's the incessant interviewing of newspaper reporters, network reporters and op ed writers to fill the void of any real information produced by the station's own "reporters." Instead of hiring people with some journalistic ability to do REAL reporting, they fill the airwaves with minor leaguers like Stephanie Johnson and vacuum skull Steve Ray. Have the bosses ever listened to either one of these two? Ray's middle name must be "GODAWFUL." For so many years, WBAL was a real news leader, but 2020 and especially the last six months have shown us that's all a distant and faded piece of history. When John Patti and Bill Vanko move on, Robert Lang will realize he's the last real reporter left standing on TV Hill/Radio Knob.

There's been a lot of talk about Angie Goff, Erin, Maureen, etc. on FOX5, however, what the heck is going on with Steve Chenevey? More and more he's been MIA. Yeah, he's known to love to travel and seems to go whenever he can, but recently, seems like he's been gone more than he's in the studio. Very rarely do we see him for a full week. And when he's in studio, so many times, he's strictly from 6-9 and very rarely on Good Day DC anymore. Truly hope he's not being phased out because if so, then I'm truly gone from watching. As for someone posting that Erin's none too pleased with now having to do traffic again, oh well.No sympathy here. If anyone should be none too pleased, it should be the meteorologist Mike Thomas who's routinely at the traffic map doing Erin's job. Finally, with the addition of Marrisa, are there now four anchors between 4-6 am?

Imperial Air Force of the United States Space Force FCC Application: The general, Hari Seldon, is a fictional character in Isaac Asimov's Foundation series.

"If this is a joke, it's a pretty twisted one." You people crack me up sometimes. Strange applications by mentally unstable crackpots with impossible specs are nothing new and show up every so often. I remember a good one several years ago for a new FM station _in the Pacific Ocean_. (radioinsight.com) They get summarily dismissed the same day without a second look - as of now (4 pm), this one already has been - and everyone moves on....In real application news: WDCN-LP put in a displacement, since its old LD allocation on channel 43 is useless and it claims it can't flash cut on RF 6 without interfering (on paper at least) with WMDE. 3 kW on RF 8 from the WJFK tower with nulls to protect WGAL plus 7 and 9 and WUPV, a difficult catch for anyone. It'll probably go the way of another reasonably popular Spanish FrankenFM, Cleveland's WLFM-LP, which is now doomed to beam Jewelry TV or some junk out to no one in perpetuity...

The channel 51 allocation is clearly a twisted a joke. The applicants names are listed as the Royal Family and lists all the Trump family as prince and Princess and Trump as king. It’s already been dismissed also.

If I read that FCC application correctly, the Imperial Air Force of the United States Space Force wants to put up that antenna approximately 80 feet North of the National Christmas Tree, and pump 100,000 watts (ERP) up it. If this is a joke, it's a pretty twisted one.

Did iHeart and Cumulus come out of Bankruptcy? How much is their debt now? Is it true that Entercom is going into Bankruptcy? They borrowed $2 Billion to buy the CBS Stations.

This is a joke right? An FCC application by the Imperial Space Force for channel 51 in Washington, DC? LOL fcc.gov

Lots of media people in the DC area are also part-time performers and some are actors. If you are among them, I suggest you avoid any media projects backed by Jack Burkman and Jacob Wohl, for reasons outlined in both the Washington Post: www.washingtonpost.com and Salon.Com: www.salon.com... Getting involved in one of their scams will only damage your career. Please be cautious.

Back in the 1960s, I worked with NBC sportscaster Joe Garagiola. He imparted some wisdom on what makes a successful sportscaster. "Passion, he said, is the secret!. Sports fans know when the person reading sports news doesn't really care about what they're reading. And this betrays the messenger. It takes a REAL sports fan to convey the enthusiasm the audience WANTS and NEEDS. Without that on-air passion, the connection with the audience is lost." George Michael set the bar high at NBC4. He had that passion and the audience couldn't get enough. Cole

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NBC4 hasn’t had a full-time sports anchor for a long time. Over the last week, the regular anchors are reading what little sports news there is. Does the ghost of George Michael know about this?

Entercom, a once healthy company heads for bankruptcy. Christmas 2021. If you have any stock, sell now.

LESBIAN ACTION IN FORT MYERS, FLORIDA?:. Mike O'Meara may be fat but he's not dumb. On yesterday's TMOS, Mike revealed that on occasion, his wife Carla, [30 years younger], enjoys "sleep overs" at her girlfriends house. As Nicky Diamond of Pahrump, NV would say, "Light'em Up! Mike O'Meara is back baby!" #MoreCarlaOnTMOS #PittsburghSlimILikeWhenGirlsKissGirls #MikeHappyRobbAndOscarSad

FOX 5 welcomes Marissa Mitchell to morning show, Good Day DC www.fox5dc.com

Before the Mutual Radio Network moved to Crystal City, it was located in the basement at 16th & K Streets in downtown Washington, DC. It was owned by C.Edward Little. It was actually multiple networks serving specific formats and audiences. I was an engineering supervisor there in 1975. It had, arguably, the best technical staff of any radio network at the time. Many of us went to NBC Radio in 1976-77. Cole in Mt. Airy

I live near BWI and was surprised to see physical channel 30 show up after a rescan. Apparently the WMDO/WIAV upgrade has been completed. Still no luck in receiving WQAW channel 20, emitting from the WMPT tower. TK ...

So Entercom's COO Susan Larkin sent out a company-wide memo, slapping each other on the back for all the personnel damage they wreaked on the West Coast as they "realigned" the company's Country and Alternative brands to do exactly what iHeart is already doing. The memo contains such wonderfully drippy corporate-speak as, "...overseeing the strategy and empowering the programming innovation team to develop this transformational plan ... reimagined with enhanced content and listener experiences – connecting our communities...". Sweet sacred shit! Why is is that a broadcast company -- insistent on plain conversational language for its audience -- has to sound like a rejected Dilbert storyline?

Got up extra early this morning to see what the big broo haha was with the new female anchor, Melissa, that Fox has been highly promoting. As for her legs being crossed too high, have you seen the way Angie Goff crosses her legs when sitting in a chair? Talk about giving free peeps!! As for bringing Melissa on board, I agree that Maureen could've stayed on weekday mornings. As for Erin Como, she's proving more and more each day that she's just not ready for a permanent anchor desk spot. So many times when the rest of the anchors as well as when they have others join such as regulars from the local radio stations and others, she just sits there on camera smiling with nothing to contribute to the conversation. She's just not knowledgeable enough on everyday news, trivia, etc. to chime in on conversations. Her promotions have been suspect for awhile since dating the morning producer. Don't know if she still is though. In any case, Melissa is supposed to be on the early broadcast, so guess we'll see if indeed Erin's back to only doing traffic and Melissa takes her anchor spot. Regarding Angie, she's gotten quite comfortable on mornings and one has to wonder if she's going to be permanent. Who else would replace her? Holly?

Sports are back on TV in a major way, but not for me... COMMENTARY... So David Zurawik finally admitted he knows nothing about sports. Hallelujah! www.baltimoresun.com

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A number of international sources and Youtube videos suggest that there has been massive flooding in China with hundreds of thousands or even millions of people evacuated, thousands perhaps even tens of thousands of deaths, and billions of dollars of crop, livestock and other economic losses. Yet I've seen nothing on TV "news"casts or on media websites. Are these reports all fictional, or have our TV "news" people completely abandoned any international reporting other than gossip about celebrities and the occasional attempt to link Trump or Biden to some "bad" foreign leader?

The old Mutual Radio network was at 1755 South Jefferson Davis Hwy (route 1) across the street from the Crystal City Marriot. It was the 11th and 12th floor. Offices on 11, studios on 12. It’s now the Old Dominion Bank Building. It’s been repainted and upgraded. I worked there with Larry King in the newsroom from 1983-88.

So the new girl Marrissa has been here since FEBRUARY....Angie was brought in to take over Allsion's spot but with the backlash they needed another black woman...why not move Maureen in...nooooo the girl from ATL is black let's use her they say. But did they not see "she's no Allison"! Intro this morning her waist trainer was showing, makeup looked like it was caked on and morgue-ish....legs crossed to high...almost giving free peeps...(this is not ATL)...and her voice is ANNOYING! Newsroom folks say they have been told if Angie Goff farts make it smell good...others are asking if she drinks.... Erin Coma is very upset...her "allegiant sleeping" with her "producer boyfriend whom she spoke about on air constantly hasn't saved her from bein demoted back to the weather irl and word around the station is she is HEATED...UPSET.

NFL COVID-19 FAN EXPERIENCE;GIVE US CURSE WORDS. The loud fake crowd noise during NFL empty stadium televised games is to block raw, real,,on-field player and coaches 4-letter words Where is the NFL RAW option? Signed, The Real Raw AHHHH

Dave's response: With digital ATSC 3.0 we the viewer should be able to select background audio for NFL games including: 1) standard crowd noise, 2) silence, 3) birds tweeting, 4) thunder and wind, 5) Hawaiian music, 6) battle noise, 7) constant sirens, 8) a laugh track, 9) a non-stop loop of "Hail To Washington's NFL Franchise," or 10) live home audio of Larry Michael reacting to the game now that he's unemployed.....

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Wild Sunday night on 630 AM, around 8pm. The carrier kept dropping off and returning, and while it was off, Oldies WAIZ in Newton North Carolina was audible. 1kW daytime, 57W at night, and 307 air miles from me. Wacky...

Re: WMDE; A station is required to locate such that it provides a minimum field strength over an entire city of license: 35 dBu for low-VHF, 43 dBu for high-VHF, and 48 dBu for UHF. Dover is well within WMDE's 35 dBu contour, which extends out into the ocean. That's the only requirement from a broadcasting standpoint. It's operating completely within the rules. You see this in a different form in some of the repack moves: WNVT's license was moved from Goldvein to Spotsylvania Courthouse, which is still in the Washington market (inter-market moves were not allowed) but just barely inside WCVE-TV's 48 dBu contour so it would be allowed to "broadcast" from there. You are also wrong in that WMDE was also not one of the stations that used the VHF loophole. The FCC proposed new allocations on channel 5 to Dover and channel 4 to Atlantic City (WACP, formerly co-owned with WMDE) immediately after the digital transition. The VHF loophole stations (WDPN, RF 2, Wilmington, and WJLP, RF 3, Newark) moved in before those stations were built.

WTOP Audio from 9/11 www.youtube.com

Salem stock is selling today at $1.28 per share. Last week it was selling at $0.94 per share. Does Ed Atsinger , the CEO, earn his high salary? Should his salary be tied to performance?

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I appreciate the comments about WMDE TV, but it still doesn’t answer the technical question. How can WMDE be licensed to Dover, DE, but not serve the community of license at all either via its over the air signal (which is largely not receivable) or in programming? How can this be legal to construct such a facility solely for the purpose of infomercials for the larger DC market ignoring its primary city of license? The only reason WMDE got the channel 5 allocation is because of the arcane VHF Rule to give Delaware and NJ TV stations, but this rule has outlived its usefulness and is now being abused in reverse. And the tower is NOT even in Delaware or even close!

Sorry to hear Shawn Yancy and Mike McGrady are leaving the all Entertainment Channel. They were the only talent left worth watching on whatever crap the station passes off as news these days. I popped in to catch a few frames of the morning train wreck with Angie Goff today. It literally took seconds of her talking to get me to change the station. It is a race to the bottom as to who is the most annoying personality on that station. There is little redeeming value left there.

So the exits continue @ Fox5 w/Shawn & McGrady. .One has to wonder if these are by choice or by being forced out. The vibe, especially on the morning broadcast is just not the same. They’ve truly dummied down the morning broadcast with the addition of Angie & the promotion of Erin. Lots of fluff & little substance. Steve, Wisdom, Holly & Tucker just seem to be tolerating the new situation vs embracing it. Today, Angie inserted herself into an interview Wisdom was doing with a guest which I found not only to be rude, but unprofessional. Also, I’ve noticed that Steve is taking more & more time off. Wouldn’t be surprised if he was interviewing w/other networks. He’s my favorite anchor on there, very professional, great interviewer & seems like an all around good guy. He really deserves more than being second fiddle to Angie Goff.

From www.fox5dc.com: Shawn Yancy signs off from FOX 5 for the last time exactly 19 years after her first day... WASHINGTON (FOX 5 DC) - Shawn Yancy is signing off for the last time exactly 19 years after she started at FOX 5. “It was not an easy decision, but a decision that I made alone with my family’s support…to start an exciting new chapter in my life,” she said. Shawn grew up in the Midwest and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Telecommunications from Ball State University. She spent her first year after college anchoring the news for a country radio station before eventually going to anchor and report at television stations in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, before starting at FOX 5. Shawn’s first story assignment at FOX 5 was covering the 9/11 terrorist attacks from the Pentagon. A year later, she covered the D.C. sniper attacks. Other stories she’s covered include Hurricane Isabel, the inauguration of Barack Obama and many D.C. sports championships. She said some of her proudest journalistic moments include earning an Edward R. Murrow Award for an investigative series on asbestos and the National Institutes of Health and earning and Emmy Award for Outstanding News Anchor in D.C. “I want to thank the FOX 5 management team and my wonderful colleagues,” Shawn said. “It’s truly been an honor to work with some of the best journalists and best story tellers in town. I will miss you all.” Everyone at FOX 5 thanks Shawn for her hard work and dedication during her time at the station.

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Speaking of Larry King’s bald spot and Stern’s merciless humor about it, I’ve always wondered why nobody takes Stern himself to task about his “hair”. Surely he’s been wearing a wig for decades? Without it I assume he looks like Larry David. Won’t somebody do my research for me? Max Critic

Which building in Crystal City housed the old Mutual network (Westwood One), and what occupies that space today?

One other change related to the 102.9 W275BO format flip: WWWT now has 1500 on its HD2, the same as the other two stations, while adding a new HD4 to feed the translator. Someone over there dropped the ball as that HD4 is labeled "Bolly 102.9" and has no audio. (To my knowledge there is no requirement that FM fill-in translators must be fed off-air, though, so unlike WGOP's translator it's not operating illegally.)

Regarding the origins of paint your bald spot: Larry King had a radio show in Westwood One in Crystal City and a Howard Stern prank caller (I think it was Captain Janks) called Larry just to razz his boney ass and closed the call by asking Larry if he used a hair paint product to cover his bald spot. King denied it once and the caller said “Paint your bald spot?” repeatedly and King finally blurted “What do you care? My hair grows!” The caller ask again and King mumbled “Sick”. Don and Mike would play the Stern tape to no end so they got better known for it but Stern, being the true King of All Media deserves credit and the much lesser “Radio Gods” Don and Mike are also tans: and who is still in the business? Don and Mike get away you losers you (thus Gas in Guserville’s obsession as a fellow loser.

DIVERSITY....what is the FCC doing to get more Minorities into ownership? They can't bring back the Minority Tax Certificate because the courts ruled that was not legal. How about bringing back the Channel 6 LPTV give away for another 10 years? This made some Minorities a lot of money. Remember, the FCC only permitted Minorities to apply for these licenses. Soon they all found the loophole to operate as FM Radio Stations using their audio channel 87.7 FM! None of these licenses are owned by Minorities today. These valuable licenses were sold off for big dollars!

Could WDVM-TV25 may use it’s sister channel WDCW to restart it’s 10pm newscast? I won’t be surprised if they do. WDVM could use WDCW digital subchannel to stimulate broadcast of WDVM newscast. They already merged WDCW and WDVM websites in one thus far . What tribune did to use WTVR newscast did work quite well as for saving cost. I think WDVM/WDCW have new advantage continue to grow thanks to WGN News Nation. I have watched WGN News Nation and reminded me of what Al Jazeera America used to do non-biased reporting. I stopped watching other big network cable news all together.

Seems to me that all the wrong people are leaving WTTG. Dumping professionals like Shawn (already gone from their online staff list) and Allison while pushing Angie and Lokay (who sprouts opinions more than news), and losing Gary while keeping the only part-time "chief" meteorologist in town simply confirms my belief that they are more interested in broadcasting hours and hours of celebrity gossip and idle chit-chat than really focusing on hard news. Diane in PG

Re: WMDE I am about 10 miles south of the WMDE transmitter with a rooftop antenna pointed towards Baltimore, not directly at WMDE but somewhat close, and cannot get WMDE. Occasionally after a storm it will come in but last I checked there was absolutely nothing on it or its sub channels that made it worth the effort to look into picking up.

September 11th 2001 @9:00am: Never forget. Never forgive. Never again.

Hot Bench will air at 2:07 am starting Monday with the brand new season 7. Apparently, a lot of markets are airing Drew Barrymore in place of Hot Bench, the same thing is happening with Judge Judy is some markets. If I had to guess, this has to do with Judy ending her show and deal with CBS which Hot Bench is apart of. It sucks but I’ve set my DVR.

Next Week at Fox 5... So Gary McGrady emailed his co-workers that the 16th is his last day at Fox 5... shawn yancy out tonight...

Fox5's Shawn Yancy just quit. The anchor star announced at the end of Thursday's 10pm newscast it was her last, as tears gushed from both eyes. The queen of DC TV anchors gave no indication about her professional future but her words suggest she has a bright one.

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With the major flooding this afternoon, channels 4 and 7 cut into regular programming with wall-to-wall coverage in the 3:00 hour. Channel 9 did a 3-minute cut-in at start of Dr. Phil at 4:00 with Topper Shutt from his living room and his microphone didn’t even work. Anyone else remember when WUSA was the local news king? The station is a joke now.

Dave's response: Actually, the news/weather operations at Tegna's WXIA in Atlanta, where I was last summer, and this year here in Charlotte, WCNC, are pretty good. WCNC's morning weather man is Larry Sprinkle www.charlottemagazine.com.....

A dear friend of WMAL, Ken Cuccinelli, who went on WMAL one morning (apparently drunk) a few years back, and complained about a DC rat law that did not exist (newspapers in at least 16 countries published stories on his WMAL phone call where he compared immigrants to rats), and went on WMAL in 2018 to claim there was a 15,000 person caravan headed our way (there wasn't), and he was only four points behind Tim Kaine four days before the election (He lost by like 15 points), is at it again. The Cooch now works for Homeland Security, and is now the subject of a whistleblower complaint. Apparently, Cuccinelli was given intelligence reports (meant to be distributed across government agencies), regarding conditions in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador ? three countries from which many undocumented immigrants in the U.S. have originated. The reports are meant to help U.S. asylum officers “render better determinations regarding their legal standards,” according to the complaint. Cuccinelli, an outspoken Trump supporter, requested “changes to the information outlining high levels of corruption, violence, and poor economic conditions in the three respective countries,” to fit President Trump's narrative and agenda, the complaint alleged. As we all know, altering Federal documents for political purposes is illegal. Why are all these friends of WMAL corrupt?

Re: WMDE; Nielsen granted its request to be reassigned to the Washington DMA shortly after sign-on. It was written several years ago in the mailbag that this was for no other reason that its offices are there and it asked - which I would believe, but obviously that correspondence is not public record. (web.archive.org) Cox called bullshit and won a petition for relief in 2015 in which even the FCC called Nielsen's decision "seemingly inexplicable". They still have never carried WMDE. (docs.fcc.gov) However, the must-carry rules set Nielsen's market assignment as the final decision, and they have elected carriage from everyone else in the market.

Dave's response: I remember someone told me that WMDE claimed to have "an office" somewhere in southeast DC or maybe Capitol Heights MD, probably a closet in the back of a gas station or something. And therefore used that as grounds for carriage in the DC market.....

Wide layoffs at Entercom www.allaccess.com

Dave's response: Didn't see any cuts in the DC-Baltimore region.....

If only Gus was an Editorial Cartoonist - too. The again, malebag artistic readers + Dave = a DCRTV Weekly Cartoon. #GiveGusHisOwnPageForCartoonsToo

I’ve always wondered this but do not know why. How can WMDE channel 36 (RF 5), DC’s infomercial station be licensed to Dover, DE, be Must Carry in DC, but not Baltimore, and still not even have a city grade signal in Dover, DE where almost no one can even receive it via antenna? How is this even legally possible to operate not in the Dover or greater Delaware public interest or even have a signal that reaches or serves the licensed community? No one can get WMDE in Dover DE via antenna anymore than anyone in DC can get them via antenna. They are strictly a cable TV station for advertising to the larger Washington, DC market, no other purpose.

The new name for the Pop India Music Format is...... INTENSE 102.9 FM. Try it......

“Paint your balled spot” was from D&M. They would get clips of Larry Kings show from his hated producers and engineers. You can goggle it on You Tube if this link does not work. They is a web page and FB dedicated to D&M under the name “Paint your balled spot”... Lots of good old D&M stuff... Another knee slapping segment on TMOS yesterday. Mike told the story of and ear ache and how a they removed ear wax from his ear. So Funny! Not! Instead of “Paint Your Bald Spot?”, how about, “Clean your ears?”. Mike, “My Ears grow”. If you have seen those lobes, they do!!!!!!!! OOBBEE

Fox5 Morning News has a spanking new anchor starting Monday from 4-6. It's time to spin the Wheel of Misfortune. WHO is out the door Friday? Could it be Holly? Kinda doubt it. Erin? HOPE so. Wisdom? Not a chance. And how is the Angie Goff Experience working out, ratings wise? I saw Wednesday that she and Steve are back in ''the loft''. WUSA9's Annie Yu must have 1 amazing contract. She's there maybe 3 or 4 days and gone for 2 weeks. I check. I like her but damn. Why have her promoted if she's never there? Paul

If Gus is getting his own damn page, he can PAY for his own damn page.

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Yes Dave! The Goofy Gus page. I love it! I would click on that every now and then while heavily drunk or on psychedelics while watching Pink Floyd’s The Wall and listening to the Beatles backwards. :-)

Hey Dave, hope you don’t mind this submission, but I know there’s a lot of mailbag posters who were listeners of Don and Mike over the years, so I’m helping one of y’all may be able to help me. What’s the origination of “paint your bald spot”? I know my dad used to say it all the time, but I never attributed it to D&M until recently and sadly my father passed a few months ago. I wasn’t allowed to listen to the show as a kid and I’m 30 now, so if anyone can help, I’d appreciate it!

How about you just give Gus his own page then any PC pansy who doesn't want to read his remarks doesn't have to click the link. Censorship averted.

Dave's response: Hmmm. A page just for Gus. Interesting.....

Drew Barrymore - If shes going to be on at 3 on WJLA What happens to Hot Bench courtroom show?On at that time now is it cancelled? Just wondering not that theres a shortage of daytime courtroom programs! But the list of light entertainment type daytime talk shows not topic heavy like DR Phil that have failed over the years is long Harry Conick Jr, Tony Danza , Queen Latifia, Vicki Lawrence Katie Couric I wish Drew Barrymore luck.

Very good tropo opening to the NE over Fairfax and Montgomery counties today over the Legion Bridge and up I-270. NJ 101.5/Trenton came in strong, overpowering both 101.5/Fredericksburg and the WBAL translator on 101.5. Philly’s 98.1/WOGL and 94.1/WIP also came in strong up through Rockville/Gaithersburg

The correct name for the new "Music from India" Format is Bollywood 102.9 FM.

9/09/2020 – ABC7/WJLA-TV today announced the debut “The Drew Barrymore Show” Monday, September 14th at 3pm on ABC7. Known world-wide for her infectious brand of humor and positivity, host Drew Barrymore will share her undeniably relatable point of view on the show while celebrating every part of humanity along the way. Drew’s creating a movement to march in the army of optimism with a multi-topic format. She will elevate, inspire and entertain in every area and in every segment from human interest stories to happy news to lifestyle segments and celebrity guests. “The Drew Barrymore Show” premieres Monday, September 14th with a “Charlie’s Angels” reunion, featuring guests Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu joining Barrymore nearly 20 years after the blockbuster film premiered. Drew also reconnects with longtime friend and co-star Adam Sandler. Guests for the rest of premiere week include Academy Award-winning actresses Reese Witherspoon and Charlize Theron, two-time Oscar winner Jane Fonda, new Dancing With The Stars host Tyra Banks and many more.

Programming notes, tomorrow morning on WMAL, Vince and Mary will interview former Trump handler Michael Cohen about his new book, "Disloyal." Cohen will talk about how Trump turned to "Conservatives" and Evangelicals to grift money from these unsuspecting and misinformed "voters. At the 4 PM hour on WMAL, Larry O'Connor will interview Peter Strzok on Mr. Strzok's 15-year history at the FBI weeding out Russian spies. Mr. Strzok will also talk about his new book claiming he believes Trump may very well still be a Russian asset. After hearing what a "Great American" Mr. Strzok has been, Larry will apologize for all the nasty things he said about Mr. Strzok over the last few years. At 5:00 PM, Larry will interview Joshua Powell, author of the new book "Inside the NRA." Joshua will talk about how the NRA squandered tens of millions of dollars from the membership dues in order to provide private travel, designer clothing, noncompetitive bid awards, debt forgiveness, and deluxe housing for college chicks (But not college dudes) interning at the NRA. He will also describe how the NRA "used" "Conservatives," who had been easily misled, to line the pockets of the NRA executive team. In the 7:00 PM Hour, Mark Levin will discuss his involvement in the disinformation campaign against Joe Biden and Ukraine which ultimately lead to the President's impeachment. Then I will wake up, and realize none of this stuff will be happening. Oh, and before I forget, Larry, nine world leaders went in the rain to visit the cemetery. The Secret Service did not block the President from attending. Stop saying it was the Secret Services' decision for Trump not to attend.

Dave's response: OK, so there's a post that deals with local media AND politics. I hope everyone is not going to have a tizzy fit about it.....

A DIGNIFIED TRANSFER: NO INSULTS REQUIRED.: On two occasions, I had the honor of escorting the remains, personal items and casket flags of two fallen warriors from the battlefield to Dover to burial; one, a SOF best friend from basic two, a young PFC from my hometown. On the second C-17 transport, I was not alone. 1 uniformed escort per causality. At Dover, enlisted casket teams play a vital role in continuing the dignity for our war fatalities as they make the journey to their final resting spot. Today, one Dover casket bearer's powerful story is highlighted in USA Today.. Without the media, without DCRTV, these first-hand accounts don't get told. LINK I was a casket bearer at Dover. I never thought a U.S. president would insult the fallen.

Is Ch.11 reporter Kate Amara having health problems? Her liveshots always seem like they are about to fall apart, like she's not prepared or can't pay attention. At first I thought her eyes were reacting to bad lighting, but when she wears a mask she has some serious nystagmus going on. I'm no doctor, but she sure looks unwell.

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Someone mention Steve Ray doing newscasts on WBAL? There’s only one Steve Ray in the Baltimore-DC radio scene, right? Longtime studio operator at WMAL? I remember he won when we drew straws to choose who would run the board on 105.9 at the moment in the fall of 2011 when the station finally gave up competing with music and switched to simulcasting WMAL AM630. Steve was also inexplicably chosen to oust and replace longtime presidential inaugural review stand announcer Charlie Brotman in January 2017. I’m guessing that if Biden wins, Steve Ray won’t be invited back. P of the AW

"Fire anchor Holly Morris". Sure, let me just set my T.A.R.D.I.S. to eight years ago and sign the petition. Kinda late to the block party, aintcha?

Fire anchor Holly Morris... www.change.org

Saw that the new morning anchor on Fox5 will be doing the 4-6am broadcast. Guess Angie will be the 6-9am anchor now?

Publisher locks Capital Gazette staff out of their building in Annapolis... The journalists had planned to clear out their desks and stage a final rally and farewell to their brick-and-mortar headquarters on Monday. But Tribune Publishing had other plans. www.washingtonpost.com...

NBC Sports Washington (NCBSW) today announced its extensive multiplatform coverage of the Washington Football Team’s 2020 NFL regular season, highlighted by the return of Washington Football Kickoff Live and Washington Football Postgame Live and the new year-round weekday program Washington Football Today with Julie Donaldson, which premieres today, Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 5:30 p.m. NBCSW will continue to deliver comprehensive digital content across NBCSportsWashington.com and the MyTeams app. Live Gameday Coverage - NBCSW’s marquee gameday shows, Washington Football Kickoff Live and Washington Football Postgame Live, return this season to surround every regular-season game with at least two hours of extensive news, features, analysis, commentary and interviews. Both shows will be available to authenticated subscribers on NBCSportsWashington.com and the MyTeams app. The gameday programs will feature new host Jordan Giorgio, who joined NBCSW in 2019. She will be joined weekly by longtime analysts Brian Mitchell and Trevor Matich, along with insider J.P. Finlay. This year, several special guest analysts will make appearances on the shows, including University of Maryland Terrapins head football coach Mike Locksley, two-time Super Bowl champion and former Terps receiver Torrey Smith, and former Washington players Lorenzo Alexander and Jason Campbell. The programs will make their season debuts Sept. 13, when Washington opens its season against the Philadelphia Eagles (1 p.m.) The one-hour Washington Football Kickoff Live will be presented on gamedays this season beginning at 10 a.m., with updated encore presentations at 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. Washington Football Postgame Live will air right after the game for at least an hour. Washington Football Today - NBCSW is partnering with the Washington Football Team on the new weekday program Washington Football Today with Julie Donaldson. Original episodes will debut Monday through Friday at 5:30 p.m., with a nightly encore at 10 p.m., year-round, beginning with today’s premiere. The half-hour show will be hosted by Donaldson, the former longtime NBCSW anchor, reporter and host who was named the team’s SVP of media in July. She’ll be joined regularly by guests and each day will cover a variety of team-focused topics, including the latest news and updates, what’s trending on social media and developments on the team’s name change. Each weekday will also feature recurring segments that will highlight fans, alumni and lifestyle subjects. Digital Coverage - NBC Sports Washington will continue to deliver the most comprehensive written, video and audio content covering Washington football across its robust digital portfolio, highlighted by the newly relaunched NBCSportsWashington.com and the MyTeams app. Exclusive news, analysis, commentary and information will be available daily, provided by NBC Sports Washington’s experts and insiders, highlighted by Finlay and Pete Hailey. Along with Mitch Tischler, Finlay and Hailey will continue to lead the Washington Football Talk podcast throughout the season.

The Music from India on 102.9 FM is back effective today. If you enjoyed the Bolly Format before, you will enjoy the new format... The Bolly Asian Format can also be heard on WWWT-FM HD2 Channel...... as well as 102.9 FM.....

For the Saturday morning newscasts on WBAL Radio, they have someone named Steve Ray. He sounds like a 70’s FM DJ, with his soft voice. So low that you can’t even understand him over the bed of noise that is used leading into the news. I think I have reached a logical conclusion regarding WBAL. It is secretly produced by Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David. Look, we have “The Low Talker” (Ray), “The Loud Talker” (Wykoff), “The Interrupter” (C4), “The Repeater” (Morgan), and “The Babblers” (Snow, Joseph, and Langer, AKA ‘Mr. ADHD’). It all makes sense to me, since the station has become a true comedy.

Dave, I have been a former reader of DCRTV for many years and appreciate your site on Media Issues. However, when you permitted your pal....Gus to waste my time every day, I stopped reading it. It became a waste of time. I hope that you remember why people read your site. You made a good move by putting your Mailbag on the first page.

From FCC’s Trip in VA on the AVS Forum… "The way I hear it, WTTG's tower is structurally unsound and thus is moving imminently. - Trip"... — BaltoMedia.net

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I actually do laugh at some of the jokes that Gus posts, and some others I don't understand well enough, and then there's a few where it's clearly just a brutal insult. But I wouldn't ban him.

Just wanted to add my voice to the apparently growing list of current and/or former readers who are tired of Gus and his often nasty ramblings. You said on the site that "instead of me having a heavy hand in deleting posts for whatever reason, you simply SCROLL DOWN when you come to a post you don't like." Sorry Dave, but by making that statement, you're abdicating your responsibility as the moderator of the DCRTV site. When I find myself having to scroll down again and again to avoid those annoying and occasionally offensive posts, it gets tiresome, it wastes my time, and it devalues your site as a source for actual media-related discussion. Maybe you see nothing wrong with putting up multiple posts from someone who is, at bare minimum, not appreciated by many of your readers, and whose posts often have little to do with genuine media issues. That would mean you've made a decision to effectively cede control of the primary page that your readers now go to for media-related information. Ultimately, it's your site, you can make whatever rules you want (or don't want) for allowable posts. But if you're choosing to give a fair amount of space to someone who is alienating readers, then be prepared to lose the readers who don't want to wade through those posts to find content that is actually valuable. You said today that "I guess Gus is voted off the island." I can't tell if that was meant in all seriousness, or as a joking aside. If the former, then thank you. If the latter, then you can probably count me as one more former reader.

Dave's response: OK. Gus can still post. But I will double check to make sure that he strictly sticks to local media issues and stays away from his cheap humor. Ditto with purely political rants that have nothing to do with media issues. Again, as I always say, if you think I've made an error by allowing Gus and his strange sense of humor - or anyone else for that matter - to post something offensive, please copy and paste the item in an e-mail to dcrtv@dcrtv.com and tell me why you want me to yank it.....

If you think The Atlantic "will be bankrupt by election day," you obviously have no idea who owns it, or of the magazine's financial history over the past decade. As for their "fictional story," now that it's been confirmed by more than a dozen news organizations, including Fox, it's seeming credible to most people -- no?

I know it won’t change a thing, but add my name to the list of people who thinks you’ve allowed “Gus” to destroy the Mailbag. I used to check it out daily, but since “Gus” and his always-vile, never-about-media posts took over a few years ago, I’m down to once every couple of months. If he’s contributing more $$ than the rest of us, I get it. If he isn’t, I don’t understand why you’d let him ruin all your work and devalue the site. As for the political posts, they’ve always been a part of the mix, and I have no problem with them. See you again in a few months.

Dave's response: I guess Gus has been voted off the island.....

Dave, Can I add my vote against allowing so many politics-only posts? And Gus really needs to be retired from the site. I like to feel at least a little broadcast industry illumination and joy amid the vile when I read in each day, but the ratio has gotten out of whack. Thanks! DS

Dave's response: My policy has always been that posts here need to deal with media issues. But if politics is part of that media content then, yes, I will allow it. Face it, there's lots of politics in media these days from Fox News to Sinclair to the FCC and the VOA. Here's some advice. Instead of me having a heavy hand in deleting posts for whatever reason, you simply SCROLL DOWN when you come to a post you don't like.....

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New Voice of America overseer called foreign journalists a security risk. Now the staff is revolting... washingtonpost.com

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Political Postings Aren't Good For The Site -- At Least In My Opinion

The Black information Network is now on the WMZQ 98.7 HD 2 sub as well as 1120 WUST the HD 2 used to have a Classic Country format but went silent for awhile.And 94.7 The Drive is back with retro disco and dance music from the 70s and 80s on Saturday Nights they were doing it last year then had stopped it but now it was back on last night starting at 9.

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The Atlantic comic book will be bankrupt by election day. They just had to flower for the last time with a fictional story that was once bandied about 2 years ago and rejected. Some idiots never give up. That story couldn’t be any less true if it was written in CRAYON. Even John Bolton wouldn’t bite on it. He said, ”If it were true, I’d have written an entire chapter in my book about it!” Move on people, nothing to see...

Hey Dave what with riots, Trump being POTUS another four years or a 78 year old senile fart or his cackling sidekick, sports gone forever, women with hairy armpits and legs, men who dress like women to be with men, no $1,200 stimulus check coming, NETFLIX sucks with nothing but gay shows about tigers and now a half a million dead in USA by winter AND Gus in the Gaithersburg still eating his Captain Crunch from his dead mothers basement and what not your loyal DCRTV fans want to now more than ever: What's it all about Alfie?

Yes, it would be illegal for WGOP to be off the air while still operating W293DN 106.5 FM, but nobody is home at the FCC, so don’t bother complaining. Your complaint will only go in the trash bin.

A sometimes-absent WebSDR is now located in nearby Berlin MD. The only music I have been hearing lately on 540 is the South Asian kind coming from WBWD in Islip. Other regional WebSDRs also have been used to verify Pocomoke City's AM 540 lack of broadcasts. As a reminder, FCC Laurel is also in the range of WGOP's daytime groundwave signal too... Can you say "NAL"? TK in Odenton

On September 1, the Loudoun Times Mirror moved to a metered paywall for their website requiring subscriptions to read more than 5 articles a month. Earlier this summer they also announced they would be cutting the free delivery of their paper to some neighborhoods, with some communities getting the paper delivered every other week. The Loudoun Now, the only other paper of note in one of the nation’s fastest growing counties, recently began asking for donations to help “support community journalism”. The county has seen diminished local news coverage over the years with papers such as The Loudoun Connection, The Easterner, Leesburg2Day, The Eastern Loudoun Observer, the Loudoun Independent, Channel 3/Loudoun TV, and the Loudoun Tribune shuttering their doors. In 2007, WAGE Radio ended local programming after serving the county since 1958. Local journalism plays a key role for all communities but how will it survive in an ever evolving world of new technology and the current economic setbacks during the pandemic.

"Chad Dukes' "show" is endless, mindless, mind-numbingly boring bullshit." That's an interesting take .... Mike. Drinky winky? Pantsless and rampant, Gus in the Gaithersburg

The report of Sept 3 WGOP AM 540 was not accurate WGOP AM 540 was on the air all day and the FM was repeating 540 please make sure your information is accurate

Effective Friday, September 18, 2020, WAMU, Washington, D.C.’s NPR station, will implement a program schedule change, which includes the return of their 37-year legacy program Hot Jazz Saturday Night, a new dedicated special programming segment and The Arts Hour from BBC World News Service. Hot Jazz Saturday Night, produced by WAMU and hosted by Rob Bamberger, will return for a two-year commitment beginning on Saturday, September 19, 2020 from 7-10 p.m. The show will replace Live from Here from American Public Radio, which ceased production in June. With the cancellation of Live from Here, WAMU seized an opportunity to deeply consider listener and member feedback when determining what program would benefit weekend evening audiences. As the nation enters an election period and with the station’s 60th anniversary on the horizon, WAMU thought of no better way to create a Saturday evening respite from the news than to bring back a popular locally-produced program with Hot Jazz Saturday Night. “Hot Jazz Saturday Night and Rob were a cornerstone of WAMU’s weekend programming for nearly four decades,” said Monna Kashfi, chief content officer at WAMU. “I am thrilled that the show will be coming home to WAMU and that our listeners will be able to re-connect with Rob as we get ready to celebrate a milestone anniversary for the station.” WAMU has also added special programming, dubbed “WAMU Presents”, to replace a repeat airing of Fresh Air on Fridays at 1 p.m. Starting on September 18, “WAMU Presents” will feature special programs from WAMU, public radio partners and independent producers. Listeners will hear a rotation of featured content, including in-depth reporting, podcasts, engaging conversations, as well as arts and culture productions. Additionally, the debut of The Arts Hour from BBC World News Service will replace Live Wire on Saturdays from 10-11 p.m. The Arts Hour is a weekly collection of engaging arts-related stories from across the globe and will begin on September 19 following Hot Jazz Saturday Night.

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We already know from musicologist (like mixologist) Rob Spewak that there are no 7-11s in DC. I was watching one of the old people's shows, NCIS this week. It's great fun to catch the errors they make about this area. Apparently there's a very nice diner in Anacostia (there might well be) and just across the street is a jewelry store with a glass display case full of incredibly valuable loose diamonds. The protagonists routinely drive to and from Norfolk in the blink of an eye, but you'd think Norfolk would have their own NCIS people. Blah blah. Pantsless! Picture it! Picture it proudly! You know you want to. Gus in the Gaithersburg

Chad Dukes' "show" is endless, mindless, mind-numbingly boring bullshit.

On my rounds on route 13 today, I noticed that AM540 in Pocomoke is off the air, yet their translator on 106.5 is on the air. I noticed this last week as well. Isn't that illegal for the owner (Birach Broadcasting) to do? Did Birach Broadcasting finally just turn the AM off? Doesn't the AM have to feed the FM? GSBjr

Baltimore's Sinclair owned TV licenses are under a challenge for their renewal. Someone in Columbia has challenged the TV licenses of WBFF 45, WUTB 24, and WNUV 54 stating that they are in violation of FCC rules as Sinclair controls the 3 different licensee companies, Cunningham Broadcasting and Deerfield Media along with Sinclair itself and therefor have a lack of diversity. Cunningham Broadcasting, originally considered the first Black broadcast owner was eventually transferred to the Smith family's mother and wife of WBFF founder Julian Smith and now both are mostly owned by trusts that the Smith family controls. www,baltimoresun.com... —BaltoMedia.net

Tonight Fox 5DC Cameraman and reporter were chased away from the protest at 7th District Police station. The residents told them Fox 5 is racist and they only come to SE to report crime and that they don't watch them anymore because they forced Allison Seymour Out. There was a live stream video on YouTube that caught it. The YouTube name is news2share.....sorry I can't tell you at what point in the video it was but it was before their 10pm news came on and I would say the video stream started around 8-8:30pm. Here are a couple of tweets: Lindsay Watts @LindsayAWatts ... 2h... Really sad to see how my co-worker @EvanLambertTV was treated as he tried to cover this story!! People complain the media doesn’t give enough coverage to police shootings. A self-fulfilling prophesy when an angry group prevents you from going on air..... dcbmorelocalnewswatcher @BlayzBrooks ... 2h... Fox 5 sensationalize DC crime as being black people from SE DC every night . It is well known in DC's black community Allison, a black woman was pushed out after 21 years at fox 5. What did u expect? Your response made it about u n ur collegue not the victim and his family

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"Last night, Mark Levin had some ass from Arkansas filling in. The ass kept saying we don't need to wear masks" as demonstrated by Nancy Pelosi and Tony Mamaluke Fauci (famous as the guy who did *not* discover HIV). If Larry O'Connor is "theatrical" that makes you a bugchaser. Shoe, meet other foot. Homophobic digs that you think are "sly" in an al l male middle school way really aren't. You make yourself look bad. Calm down people! In other news, the "military grade nerve agent" Novichok continues to kill.... no one. Again, calm down. Keep cool my babies! Gus in the Gaithersburg

funny. just saw after i sent you my latest malebag post touting your 23 b-day, you had already done so lol.

[READER POST, NOT DAVE] HAPPY BIRTHDAY!::Since September 1997, DCRTV has been covering DC and Baltimore area media news for 23 years. Hell Dave, that may be longer the Mike O'Meara's first 2 marriages combined? I donated $100. Urge all you loyal followers to donate what you can too during this B-Day month. You can do it safely via PayPal at paypal.me/dcrtv or send some dough to Dave Hughes, 104 N Green St #116, Morganton NC 28655. #TeamDCRTV

September is here and it's DCRTV's 23rd birthday. Yup, this here DC and Baltimore area radio and TV website started posting news items and your mailbag posts in September 1997 and we haven't stopped since. If you'd like to show your appreciation, like maybe $23, you can do it safely via PayPal at paypal.me/dcrtv or send the dough to Dave Hughes, 104 N Green St #116, Morganton NC 28655. Thank you! - Dave

When does the auction for WUST's now-unused broadcast gear start? Unless iHeart plans to add DC-centric programming in larger blocks, 1120 AM is basically a computer and sat receiver plugged into a transmitter with very little in between.

[RE: Recently WMAL dropped CNN News, and it is using Fox News for its hourly newscasts. That will be popular with many of its listeners.] I don't listen to WMAL much but they were carrying Westwood One News which ceased operations on August 30. A lot of Cumulus stations went to ABC News, which WMAL used to carry, but it sounds like WMAL has gone with FOX according to the original poster.

The train wreck that is Newsradio 1090's new morning show continues. Poor Bryan Nehman has to tolerate the great interrupter all morning long. Very little news or sports and most of it sounds pre-recorded. The speed reading lady and shouter continue with their daily carnival act. Outdated weather forecasts from the TV ladies. It's a first class manure show. Miss Yuriptzy continues to sound sleepy, reminding us constantly that she lives in Anne Arundel County and is a mom. Then this new dude Torrey. Minor league all the way. Not much substance. Why do WBAL hosts think quality programming is interviewing other WBAL hosts. So weak and unimaginative. And why do they have to repeat segments over and over and over. As a rock and roll deejay would say "Heading to number 15 with a bullet."

It’s 2020, TMOS has Mr. Skin on the show????? How lame???? Way to book has beens Blobb! Too bad Allene Cunningham and Major Bill Smith are dead! How embarrassing.

It doesn't take the Russians to make Biden look silly. It probably takes more drugs than JFK and Hitler combined to render him barely functional. It's so cute that you think "malebag" is a typo. He's been saying it that way forever. Reminds me of the time I was arrested in South Africa because I didn't want to play Sun City. When in the course of We the People, c'mon man! You know the thing! There are very fine people on both sides. Of Biden's head. Lemme tell you something about Trump: the economic growth? Bush's policies finally fully kicked in. The current situation? Obama's policies kicked in. The door of the Nike Store. Are we *sure* WMAL switched news providers? Sounds samesame to me. Was it *ever* CNN or is it a partnership with WABC, local Channel 7? I usually pop into WCSP during the news, but apparently WFMD in Frederick uses Fox News. Living rentfree and pantsless in one determined poster's head... Cornpop c'mon man! You know the story! Something about a fence, they're gonna put y'all back in chains! in the Gaithersburg

Veteran Podcaster Brian Griffiths has launched his new show, The Duckpin Podcast. The Duckpin Podcast talks with people from a local, state, and national perspective who are making things happen. Guests include political candidates, political operatives, policy experts, and leading figures and thinkers from sports, entertainment, culture, and more. The Duckpin Podcast is hosted by Brian Griffiths, Founder and CEO of The Duckpin. A fifteen year veteran of online media, Mr. Griffiths was co-host of Red Maryland Radio, Maryland's top political podcast, for nine years. He also created, produced, and hosted The Air Raid for five years. Mr. Griffiths is also a columnist for The Capital in Annapolis, MD. His work has previously appeared at The Baltimore Sun and the Maryland Reporter. He has also been a frequent guest on WBAL and WEAA radio. The podcast is available on YouTube; the audio version is available on Apple Podcast, Stitcher, Anchor, Google Podcast, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Overcast, Radio Public, Breaker, or wherever podcasts are available. In the first episode, Griffiths talks with education expert Andy Smarick about public schools in the time of the Coronavirus. Smarick is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, where his work focuses on education, civil society, and the principles of American conservatism. He was confirmed by the Maryland State Senate in March 2020 for a term on the Maryland Higher Education Commission. He is a former president of the Maryland State Board of Education. To watch the show, visit www.youtube.com.

Last night, Mark Levin had some ass from Arkansas filling in. The ass kept saying we don't need to wear masks, and it is all a conspiracy to control us by the government. OK? Speaking of Asses, Mary Walters doing her five-minute weekly gig on Fox 5 Morning news said she is "always a fan of choice" in this country. They were talking about schools re-opening (not men in Black boarding planes to DC to set fire to the suburbs and the RNC, and not "people in the shadows controlling Biden and stoplights). So, since she used the word "always," can we assume Mary is "Pro Choice?" Take aways from listening to WMAL personalities, don't wear masks because Tiff, Kimberly Guilfoyle and Don Jr. are omnisciently correct-the government wants to control you, and Mary is "Pro Choice." Programming note, this afternoon, Larry O'Connor will have on his show NYT writer Michael S. Schmidt, who will talk with Larry about his new book "United States verses Trump." Michael will address the Tweet Donald sent out about not having a stroke. Just kidding. Larry, though, will discuss all the Russian fake stories planted in Facebook this week about Joe Biden, and in a comedy/theatrical twist, (Larry is so theatrical) ,Larry will pretend these are real stories.

In case it hasn't already been mentioned, Melissa Nord, formerly of WUSA9 in DC, has joined Atlanta sister station WXIA-TV & The Weather Channel. Nord, who had been the weekend evening meteorologist, left WUSA9 earlier this year. Her position has since been filled by Chester Lampkin, who came over from KSDK in St. Louis, another Tegna station, late last year.

Why is the early morning weather guy on Fox5 also doing traffic reports? Isn’t that Erin Como’s job? Or has she now been relieved of those duties to attempt to be an anchor?

So is Angie Goff the permanent 6-11am anchor for Fox5 or what? They took her off the 7pm Like it or Not show to go to mornings from 6-9. Now she’s on air from 6-11am & no longer on the 4pm broadcast.Fox5, just go on and announce what we’ve known has been the case since she was supposed to only be on the a.m. broadcast for the month of April. And also since the new anchor is supposed to be on the 4-6 broadcast as well as the Good Day DC show, So, it really doesn’t take a genius to see that mornings are now The Angie Goff Morning Show..

TMOS bakery is open again this year in SEPTEMBER for holiday delivery. Just $40 for an 8 inch fruitcake….LOL. Losers! How about stop being a social warrior Mike and do the funny so advertisers see climbing listeners rather than failing and flat numbers???? Ask Oscar!

iHeart is buying WUST outright for $1.2 million (fcc.gov) - and also has added a relay on 98.7-HD2. Ponderous why they'd buy an AM with no obvious prospects for a translator. I guess they figure they can go slap CBS Sports or something on it once BIN goes belly-up in a year or so....WDCO and WIAV have been off the air for around 24 hours. While Sinclair doesn't legally own them yet, makes you wonder if ATSC 3.0-related work is underway...

"WQLL should go back to WEBB calls. Now can somebody please settle my estate? Thank You, James Brown."

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The Real AHHH’s Gus-related “always welcomed in the malebag” typo was really a freudian slip. Also, I have it on good authority that during the repack, the Ghost of Marty Bass’s Toupee was encountered by engineers haunting TV HIll. No, it was not COVID that you couldn’t pee in the WJZ bathrooms after all. Joe formerly in Essex :-)

To the person saying the Junkies would be back September 1st to the studio, had you listened, you would have heard that they got an e-mail from corporate saying that remote broadcasts will continue through the end of 2020. EB has said multiple times that if he was allowed back in the studio, he would. A lot of corporations are having as much staff as possible work remotely. Radio is no different.

Recently WMAL dropped CNN News, and it is using Fox News for its hourly newscasts. That will be popular with many of its listeners.

TMOS 2020 HOLIDAY FRUITCAKE SALE OR CASH ADVANCE BUSINESS?. Who can you pay $50-$100 or more to for a fruitcake and not get it delivered for 3 months? Robb Spewak, that's who. So, the TMOS Holiday Fruitcake Classic returns for 2020, packed with the flavor that says “Happy Holidays”. It also says, pay us up front, in full, and let us gain interest off your hard-earned money for 90 days - too.. TMOS has a more ethical reach-around option for this fundraiser. Just like you only pay a contractor 10% down, TMOS should first charge customers a small reserve deposit [enough to cover the expenses based upon the fruitcake options they order] A week before shipping, charge customers the balance. [build in the small secondary processing fee. Customers will accept it in exchange for a more morally principled fundraising model] Sidebar. Did the Bolivian ever take an ethics course in e-business school?

Hey Dave, WJFK's Sports Junkies and others had been saying they would return to their Half Street studios on September 1st but there they were Tuesday morning cry babying about their lives and peddling drivel about teams and sports nobody cares about anymore because athletes only care about money and bitching about what a racist country that made them millionaires is while they sell their slave made sponsored merchandise. All the Junkies need to do for their million dollar contract is to roll out if bed, get to their media feed and whine about what a hard life they have. Maybe they should get a part time job stocking stores or repairing roads so they are used to it when their WJFK gig ends soon. Hell, Gus in the Gaithersburg has a harder life eating Twinkies in his mom's basement without tripping in his pants down on his ankles toddling from his computer. Please report on status of WJFK studios reopening Dave: thanks. Your Pal In Hell

Hey Dave, My eyes are not what they used to be and the "blackout" format on the Mailbag is getting very hard for me to read. Would you please eithe change font style and size or drop the "blackout" format to make it easier to read. Thanks, "Ponky" in Beltsville

Thanks for the note about Gary Blau. From the vantage point of a guy who stayed in the same spot his whole working career, I found Gary to be amazingly mobile and knowledgeable about everything interesting to a broadcast engineer. He worked for WGMS here in DC way back when it was still on 103.5FM and 570AM. Whenever we chatted I had to tiptoe around his Trump-ish politics, though. Hey, he wasn’t alone. P of the AW

I'll bet that the "information "on the "Black Information Network" doesn't include any of the kind of black perspectives we saw at the RNC last week. Tim, Laurel

I remember engineer Martin Secrest's name from many WMAL AM630 programs... www.legacy.com

I looked at my cable box's guide for 09/14/2020 in Baltimore Maryland and it displays Fox 45 Midday News at 11:00 a.m. followed by Bmore Lifestyle at 11:30 a.m.

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