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WTOP Wins Murrow Award - 6/20 - Hubbard all-newser WTOP picks up the National Association Of Broadcasting's 2018 National Murrow Award for "overall excellence" in community service in a large market.....

Support DCRTV & Get A Sticker - 6/20 - DCRTV has been here covering DC and Baltimore area radio, TV, and media news for 20 years, since 1997, thanks largely to your support. Please help keep DCRTV running into its third decade! Make at least a $5 donation and we'll send you our 20th anniversary sticker! It's approximately 2 inches by 6 inches and would look great on any car or truck's bumper! Or on your fridge or a backpack. Or maybe at the base of your station's tower. Send your donation via PayPal at paypal.me/dcrtv or send cash or a check made payable to "Dave Hughes" to Dave Hughes, 6200 Rolling Road #2442, Springfield VA 22152.....

Job Ad: Centennial Looking For Traffic Director - 6/18 - From DCRTV's Job Ads: "CENTENNIAL BROADCASTING IN FREDERICSBURG IS SEEKING APPLICATIONS FOR THE POSITION OF TRAFFIC DIRECTOR. THIS PERSON IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL STATION LOGS, INPUTTING ORDERS AND MORE. CENTENNIAL IS AN INDEPENDENT COMPANY THAT OFFERS BENEFITS, ANNUAL PAY RAISES AND A TERRIFIC WORK ENVIRONMENT. SEND YOUR INFO TO Kristie@wbqb.com EOE".....

Frank Harden Dies - 6/16 - DCRTV hears that Frank Harden (right), half of the longtime "Harden & Weaver" show on WMAL, died at his home in Chevy Chase on June 15 at age 95. For 32 years, from the 1960s through the early 1990s, he was paired with Jackson Weaver on the top-rated morning radio show, which, at its height, scored a 28% share of all DC market listeners. Weaver died in 1992. According to wmal.com, Harden was born in Macon, Georgia in 1922, and got his first job in radio in Savannah in 1944, just after he was discharged from the Army. Following radio jobs in Atlanta and Denver, Harden landed at WMAL in 1947, where he worked as a staff announcer and show host for several years, first in radio, and then also at Channel 7, WMAL-TV in the 1950s. It was not until the spring of 1960 that the radio station's new manager, Andy Ockershausen, came up with the idea of teaming Harden and Weaver together on the air. After Weaver’s death, Harden remained as co-host of WMAL's morning show, along with Tim Brant and Andy Parks, through 1997, retiring shortly after his 50th anniversary at WMAL.....

Rob Sanchez Leaves El Zol - 6/14 - Rob Sanchez leaves Entercom's DC cluster to program iHeart news talker WBZ-AM, 1030, in Boston. And he'll also work on the company's other area talkers - WRKO, 680, and WXKS-AM, 1200. In 2011, Sanchez was brought to DC to head Entercom predecessor CBS's now defunct all-newser WNEW, 99.1. When the plug got pulled on that, he took over the reins at Spanish tropical WLZL, El Zol, 107.9. Sanchez began in Miami radio, made it to NYC's where he worked on CBS newsers WINS, 1010, and WCBS-AM, 880, before coming to DC.....

WTOP Tops May Radio Ratings For DC - 6/12 - The Washington market radio ratings for May. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WMMJ, 4) WHUR, 5) WASH, 6) WBIG, 7) WRQX, 8) WPGC, 9) WMAL and WGTS, 11) WIHT, 12) WKYS, 13) WJFK-FM, 14) WIAD, 15) WMZQ, 16) WPRS, 17) WWDC, 18) WETA-FM, 19) WLZV, 20) WTEM and WLZL, 22) WFRE. 23) WWEG and WBQH, 25) WDCN and WAVA-FM, 27) WDCH and WAFY, 29) WTNT and WILC and WACA, 29) WILC and WWRC and WPFW and WKDV and WFED, 36) WWDCHD2 and WOL.....

WWIN Tops May Radio Ratings For Baltimore - 6/12 - The Baltimore market radio ratings for May. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WERQ, 3) WLIF, 4) WWMX, 5) WPOC, 6) WIYY, 7) WJZ-FM, 8) WQSR, 9) WZBA, 10) WZFT, 11) WYPR, 12) WBAL-AM and WCBM and 14) WRBS-FM, 15) WBJC, 16) WLIFHD2, 17) WEAA, 18) WCAO, 19) WINN-AM, 20) WQLL, 21) WJZ-AM and WLIFHD1 and WPOCHD3.....

Season 3: Andy Ockershausen Interviews DC Power Players - 6/11 - "Our Town," media veteran Andy Ockershausen's (right) podcast featuring DC area celebrities, including media, sports, community, and political figures. He just completed season three of the podcast, which features interviews with Gordon Peterson, Charles Mann, David Wilmot, Tom McMillen, Doreen Gentzler, Tom Buckley, Burt Cohen, Shawn Springs, Mark Moseley, Larry O'Connor, Bob Levey, Deb Johns, Harry Schnipper, Ann Hand, Arthur Cotton Moore, Paul Scimonelli, Donnie Simpson, Ron Paul, CHarles Allen, Tony Perkins, John Bowis, George Pelecanos, Nancy Taylor Bubes, Rick Hindin, Herbert Miller, Bob Ryan, Joe Hadeed, Carol Schwartz, Bruce Allen, Father Ray Kemp, Richard Dyer, Peter Newsham, and more. To subscribe go to ourtowndc.com......

Job Ad: Centennial Looking For Promotions/Markerting Director - 6/11 - From DCRTV's Job Ads: "Centennial Broadcasting/Digital located in Fredericksburg VA is seeking its next Promotions/Marketing Director. This is a department head position responsible for all aspects of the promotions department for B101.5 and NewsTalk1230, WFVA. Experience is necessary for this fast-paced position. The right candidate should have experience in event planning, social media and website management. Experience with Photoshop and PromoSuite Next is a plus. You will have the independence you want and the tools you need to help maintain the station’s dominant position in Northern VA. To apply send all info to Wendy@wbqb.com no phone calls EOE".....

SFMSports Picks Up Salisbury U Football - 6/10 - Maryland News Network and SFMSports.Net, Maryland's only statewide radio networks with 31 radio station affiliates, announce the addition of Salisbury University Sea Gulls Football to its collegiate properties. This fall, the Baltimore-based networks will produce and broadcast all regular and post-season games online and on-air through the collegiate network, SFMSports.Net. SFMSports.Net will produce and broadcast all regular and post- season games, which will be streamed on the network's web and mobile platforms, and broadcast in Salisbury on affiliate WAMS, which is branded as 94.9 JACK-FM.....

Richmond Radio Great Jeff Beck Dies - 6/8 - Jeff Beck, well-known for the "Jeff & Jeff" show in the 1990s at Richmond rocker WRXL, XL102, died of brain cancer on June 4. He was 66. Before coming to Richmond, Beck worked at several stations in the NYC area, including legendary "New Wave" rocker WLIR. Beck finished his career as operations director with Alpha Media in Fredericksburg. More at richmond.com.....

Jageler Ends Nats Streak - 6/6 - Washington Nationals radio broadcaster Dave Jageler ends his streak at 2,016 straight games to attend his son's high school graduation. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Chick Hernandez Leaves NBC Sports Washington - 6/5 - DCRTV hears that Chick Hernandez (right) announced on his Twitter page today that he will be leaving NBC Sports Washington at the end of the week. He'd been with the network, formerly Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, 17 years. Hernandez says his contract was not renewed. During his local TV career, Hernandez previously spent seven years working at Channel 5/WTTG. More at washingtonpost.com.....

WAMU Cancels "Hot Jazz Saturday Night" - 6/4 - American University public radio news talker WAMU, 88.5, announces a batch of schedule changes coming June 25, including the demise of the long-running "Hot Jazz Saturday Night," which has been hosted by Rob Bamberger. More at wamu.org.....

Ron Weber Returns To Caps' Radio Booth Tonight - 6/4 - Ron Weber, the longtime Capitals’ play-by-play voice, returns to the radio booth tonight for the team's Stanley Cup playoff game. Weber was the Capitals’ original radio voice, calling the first 1,936 games in franchise history from 1974 through 1997. More at wtop.com.....

Corey Calhoun Joins MZQ - 6/2 - Corey Calhoun joins iHeart's country WMZQ, 98.7, as evening show host and music director. He comes from country WAMZ in Louisville, where he co-hosted the morning show.....

Matt K. Baker Joins Hoss - 5/30 - DC-Baltimore area voice great Matt K. Baker tells us that he's signed with Hoss Management to boost his radio imaging work. Currently, he's been busy doing promos for Discovery's cable TV nets and CuriosityStream, along with commercials for the Rescue Rooter franchises across the USA and aeveral series running on the American Heros Channel. Contact Matt at mattspeaking.com.....

Old 5 Studios To Be Razed - 5/29 - We recent reported that Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG and sister Channel 20/WDCA, which is dubbed at "Fox 5 Plus," sre moving their studio and office facilities to Bethesda. Now, we hear from Donohoe Development about plans to raze the old WTTG facility at 5151 Wisconsin Avenue in northwest DC to construct a building with 280 apartments and 17,000 square feet of commercial space. The new mixed-use development would center around a six-story, 65 foot-tall building with a penthouse. The developer envisions the street-level space as a full-service restaurant with outdoor seating. More at dc.urbanturf.com.....

Bob Fuss Dies - 5/28 - Bob Fuss, the CBS News Radio congressional correspondent from 1998 to 2014, who covered every presidential election from 1980 to 2012, died May 27 at his home in Falls Church. He was 64. The cause was leukemia. Fuss began his professional radio career as a freelance reporter for UPI covering the 1974 Patty Hearst kidnapping case in California. He became the Los Angeles bureau chief of UPI Radio and covered the 1980 presidential campaign of Ronald Reagan. Fuss later moved to Washington and covered Congress for Mutual and NBC Radio. He joined CBS News Radio in 1998. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Weiner & Hinson To Replace Hamilton At 11 - 5/25 - From the Baltimore Sun: Channel 11/WBAL names veteran anchor-reporter Deborah Weiner and newcomer Ashley Hinson as replacements for Donna Hamilton, whose last newscast was May 23 after 23 years at the Hearst-owned station. Weiner will join Stan Stovall as co-anchor of the 6 PM and 11 PM weeknight newscasts, while Hinson, who comes to Baltimore from WPTV-TV in West Palm Beach, will team with Andre Hepkins to anchor the 5 PM weeknight newscasts. Hinson, who will join the station in July, will also team with Hepkins to co-anchor "WBAL-TV 11 News At 10 PM" on the station's 11-2 subchannel, also known as MeTV Baltimore. Weiner, who has been with the station since 2002, will begin her new anchor desk duties immediately. She will continue covering Maryland politics, as well as enterprise and investigative reports. WBAL anchor Donna Hamilton is stepping down after 22 years at the station.....

Zachary Replaces Swenson At Entercom DC - 5/24 - DCRTV hears that Entercom has canned its DC radio market manager, Steve Swenson, and is replacing him with Phil Zachary, who is being brought down from Boston. Zachary used to run alt rocker WHFS, pre-2005, when it was owned by Entercom's predecessor, CBS. Entercom owns WPGC 95.5, 106.7 The Fan WJFK, 94.7 Fresh FM, El Zol 107.9, and WDCH, which it leases to Bloomberg. More soon.....

WTOP Wants To Stop 103.3 In Baltimore - 5/24 - WTOP, 103.5, is warning its listeners in the Baltimore area that a proposed low-power station on 103.3 in Baltimore city could impact their reception of the DC all-newser. And it is asking them to contact the FCC to oppose the new station. More at wtop.com.....

Snyder Sells 980 For $4.2 Million - 5/23 - Tom Taylor Now tells us that Urban One paid Dan Snyder's Red Zebra $4.2 million for sports talker WTEM's 980 AM signal. According to Billboard magazine, Snyder's company bought two FMers, 92.7 and 94.3, along with 730 AM, back in 2005 for $33 million. A few years later, his Red Zebra comany added AMers 980, 570, and 1260 for $24.5 million, an estimated total outlay of nearly $58 million. Broker on the 980 sale was Greg Guy of Baltimore-based Patrick Communications.....

"Dave TV": Snyder Says Adios To Radio Biz - 5/22 - Redskins owner Dan Snyder officially gets out of the radio business with the sale of his sports talker, WTEM, The Team 980, to Urban One. I discuss all aspects of the sale and what the future might hold for the station in my latest "Dave TV".....


Urban One To Buy WTEM - 5/21 - DCRTV hears that Silver Spring-based Urban One, formerly Radio One, has agreed to purchase Red Zebra sports talker WTEM, 980 AM, for an undisclosed price. Red Zebra, which is owned by Redskins owner Dan Snyder, last year sold its two other DC area stations, 92.7 FM, WWXT, in Prince Frederick MD and 94.3 FM, WWXX, in Buckland VA, both of which had simulcasted WTEM. Urban One says it will keep airing the Redskins on 980 AM. So far, it appears that Urban One will keep the sports talk format on WTEM, but we have no confirmation of that yet. Locally, Urban One owns WKYS, WMMJ, WPRS, WOL, and WYCB. Last year, Urban One bought WWXT from Snyder and is now using it as a simulcast for urban adult contemporary WMMJ, Majic 102.3. More: Redskins games will continue to also be heard on Cumulus news talker WMAL, 105.9 FM and 630 AM.....

DCRTV Job Ad - 5/18 - The latest DCRTV Job Ad: "Harford Community College, WHFC Radio Station Assistant - Harford Community College is located in Bel Air, MD, in the heart of Harford County and convenient to I-95. WHFC takes pride in producing and presenting programs that reflect community tastes and standards, rather than dictate them. The program alternatives presented allow WHFC to serve a broad cross section of listeners in Harford County, plus significant portions of Baltimore, Cecil, Kent and Queen Anne's counties in Maryland, and York and Lancaster counties in Pennsylvania. WHFC is seeking a Radio Station Assistant to assist the WHFC managers in ensuring the station operates within FCC parameters and fulfill the mission of the station. A high school diploma or GED and one or more years of experience at a radio station or similar environment required; some college or trade school preferred. Physical requirements include the ability to climb a ladder and to work under counters in low, cramped spaces. To view job details and apply online go to www.harford.edu/careers. pplication deadline is June 6, 2018. HCC is a smoke/tobacco-free campus. HCC is an AA / EEO / ADA employer committed to diversity in the college community".....

Bruce Johnson Cancer Update - 5/16 - DCRTV told you in late April that longtime Channel 9/WUSA anchor and reporter Bruce Johnson announced that he tested positive for non-Hodgkins lymphoma and would taking time off for chemotherapy treatment. We now hear from Bruce that he's been through first round of chemo at Georgetown University Hospital's Lombardi cancer center. "So far so good," he tells us.....

WTOP Tops DC Radio Ratings For April - 5/15 - The Washington market radio ratings for the month of April. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WMMJ, 4) WHUR, 5) WBIG, 6) WMAL, 7) WASH, 8) WGTS, 9) WPGC, 10) WIHT, 11) WKYS and WRQX, 13) WJFK-FM, 14) WMZQ and WIAD, 16) WWDC and WPRS and WETA-FM, 19) WLZL, 20) WTEM, 21) WLZV and WFRE, 23) WWEG and WDCN, 25) WDCH and WAVA-FM and WAFY, 28) WTNT and WPFW and WILC, 31) WFMD and WBQH and WACA.....

WWIN Tops Baltimore Radio Ratings For April - 5/15 - The Baltimore market radio ratings for the month of April. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WLIF, 3) WERQ, 4) WWMX-FM, 5) WJZ-FM, 6) WPOC, 7) WIYY, 8) WZFT, 9) WQSR, 10) WZBA, 11) WCBM and WYPR, 13) WRBS-FM, 14) WBAL-AM, 15) WBJC, 16) WLIFHD2, 17) WEAA, 18) WCAO, 19) WOLB and WRBS-AM and WWIN-AM, 22) WJZ-AM and WQLL.....

Johnny Holliday Up For Hall Of Fame Spot - 5/15 - Longtime DC radio and TV legend Johnny Holliday (right) has nominated for a "Longstanding Local/Regional" induction award by the Chicago-based National Radio Hall Of Fame. Voting for the inductees begins Monday, May 21. The 24 nominations in six categories were determined by the organization's nominating committee. Inductees will be announced June 25. The induction ceremony will be held November 15, for the first time at New York City landmark Guastavino's, located in midtown Manhattan. More at radioink.com.....

Former GM Sues WEAA - 5/11 - Michele Williams, the former general manager of Baltimore public radio station WEAA, 88.9, has alleged in a lawsuit that the station's licensee, Morgan State University, misreported expenses to the Corporation For Public Broadcasting to increase its funding. In her suit, filed April 26 in Baltimore City Circuit Court, she said that Morgan State fired her in May 2017 when she raised concerns about the misreported costs. She seeks $2 million in a wrongful termination and defamation lawsuit against the university and her former supervisor. More at current.org.....

Maryland News Network Adds Bloomberg - 5/11 - The Maryland News Network produces and provides state and regional news hourly, sports, statewide business news, farming and agriculture news, and political news to affiliates across Maryland. And they just launched signed a deal with Bloomberg News to offer their business news services. Maryland News Network also features traffic services with "Detour" Dave Sandler providing customized reports during AM and PM drive for affiliate stations in all Maryland counties. The Maryland News Network is among 30 state news networks around the USA providing content to stations, helping their affiliates serve their communities with content delivered by major market talent. Stations can become an affiliate at no charge. Terms are 100% barter. Content is delivered seamlessly via your station's automation system. And Maryland News Network offers several feed versions to fit any format. More at mdnewsnetwork.net.....

Emily Sklar To Hot 99.5 - 5/10 - Emily Sklar has been named evening personality for iHeart's contemporary hits WIHT, Hot 99.5. Sklar will broadcast weeknights from 7 PM to midnight, starting May 14. She comes from Detroit, where she was the midday jock on iHeart's like-formatted Channel 955, WKQI.....

Bill Elliott Rolls Out 3DSJ Radio Network - 5/9 - Broadcasting consultant Bill Elliott is rolling out his 3DSJ Radio Network over the summer months. The network features 100% music requested by the audience 24 hours a day. Affiliated stations have many options to carry the network on an all-day basis, segmented day-part or hourly basis and plans range from paid to barter. The network will provide automation equipment to stations desiring local commercial and content insertion. A 24 hour demo is available on the network website 3dsj.com. Bill is a former chief engineer at Red Zebra.....

Elias Lopez To Washington Post - 5/7 - The Washington Post has named Elias Lopez the senior editor for international opinions. In this new role, Lopez will oversee the strategy and operations for the section and lead planning of new international opinion ventures. He joins from the New York Times, where he most recently served as editorial director and founder of the New York Times En Español.....

WMAL To End 630 Transmissions From Bethesda - 5/1 - DCRTV hears that Cumulus news talker WMAL today will officially be pulling the plug on its iconic transmitter site in Bethesda, which is being sold to developers. WMAL veteran Tom Gauger posts on Facebook: "A sad day for the WMAL family. Chief Engineer Dave Sproul throws the switch that turns off the transmitter at the legacy site on Bethesda's Greentree Road. At 2 PM EDT WMAL will begin transmission from another site. I'll be there representing a long line of familiar voices heard on WMAL." Starting today, WMAL's 630 signal will come from a site shared with Salem talker WWRC, 570, in Germantown MD, with poorer coverage, especially at night. Most of WMAL's listeners are now tuned to its 105.9 FM signal from Northern Virginia. Check out DCRTV Dave's exploration of the Bethesda site last summer (below).....


WPFW Cancels Scooter Magruder - 4/29 - From DCRTV's Sunday Mailbag: "Oldies are now gone from DC radio? [Pacifica-owned 89.3] WPFW has cancelled Scooter Magruder's popular Saturday afternoon show 'Baby Boomer Boogie,' as of yesterday. Scooter was one of the few 'professional' sounding DJs at the station, and his show was always a good money-raiser for the non-profit outfit, so the cancellation is somewhat puzzling. He announced that the station wants to 'go in another direction' (down?)".....

9's Bruce Johnson Announces Cancer Diagnosis - 4/27 - From DCRTV's Friday Mailbag: "At the end of this evening's 'Off Script,' [Channel 9/WUSA] host [and longtime news anchor and reporter] Bruce Johnson announced he tested positive for non-Hodgkins lymphoma and will taking time off for chemotherapy treatment. He also said he'd be active on social media to keep the viewers updated." More as we hear it.....

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