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Dave TV: WMAL's Larry O'Connor Is Not A Journalist - 8/24 - Larry O'Connor is a cool radio personality, but he's NO journalist. I detail my Facebook feud with the talented half of WMAL's morning show. Also, a new Eastern Shore gig for area radio vet Dave Hovel. Some kudos to another area radio great. Albie Dee. Plus I look more at the talk radio battle in Lewes DE, between WGMD and WXDE. In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Facebook page.....

Politico Employees Join VandeHei Venture - 8/24 - A batch of Politico employees are joining Jim VandeHei, the former Politico CEO who is launching a media venture with former Politico writer Mike Allen. Kate Gaertner, Claire Kennedy, and Karina Carlson will be working on talent strategy and ad sales.....

DCRTV August Fundraiser - $700 Needed - 8/24 - We're looking to raise $1,000 to reach our end-of-August fundraising goal and are seeking 20 donations of $50. So far, we've received six donations (thanks!) and still need $700. If you send us $50 (or more) you'll get two years of local radio and TV memory-packed DCRTV Plus. This offer is good for new subscriptions, plus extensions and renewals of existing subscriptions. Please support your favorite independent local media news, commentary, and nostalgia website. We're in the first initial wave of creating a totally revised DCRTV Plus 2.0, the best place to find nostalgic and historical stuff about DC and Baltimore radio and TV. DCRTV started covering DC and Baltimore area media news almost 19 years ago. Send your donation via PayPal to our dcrtv@hotmail.com address. Or pop a check in the mail. Make it payable to "Dave Hughes" and send it to Dave Hughes, 1981-B Villaridge Drive, Reston VA 20191. Visit our Support page for more donation options.....

Dave Hovel To iHeart Salisbury - 8/23 - Area radio veteran Dave Hovel gets named senior vice president for programming at iHeart's Salisbury/Ocean City radio cluster. He comes from the Hagerstown area, where he was program director and morning host at West Virginia Radio's country WICL. Before that, Hovel hosted mornings at CBS's New Country 106.1 in Baltimore and did afternoons at iHeart's country WDSD in Dover. Previously, he spent 24 years at Delmarva Broadcasting's country WXCY in Havre de Grace. In his new Salisbury/Ocean City job, Hovel will oversee contemporary hits WKZP, urban adult contemporary WSBY, country WWFG, adult contemporary WQHQ, sports talker WTGM, and talker WJDY. He replaces Jimmy Steele, who moved to a Reading PA radio gig.....

WTOP Tops DC Radio Heap Again - 8/23 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "third week" of August. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WHUR, 4) WMMJ, 5) WASH, 6) WIHT, 7) WPGC, 8) WPRS and WBIG, 10) WIAD and WKYS, 12) WMZQ, 13) WMAL, 14) WWDC and WETA-FM, 16) WJFK-FM, 17) WRQX and WGTS, 19) WLZL and WTEM, 21) WFLS and WERQ and WBQB and WAVA-FM, 25) WPFW, 26) WFRE, 27) WAFY and WIYY and WINC-FM, 30) WACA and WOL and WDCN and WGRQ.....

Bolter Debuts "Bottle Proof" Show - 8/23 - Former Channel 5/WTTG news anchor Brian Bolter (right) unveils the first episode of his new web show, "Bottle Proof," on YouTube. Episode one takes a look at the Lost Ark Distilling Company. Last month, Bolter announced that he's started Bottle Proof TV, what he calls "a freelance video production company connecting viewers to the beverage in their glass." A multiple Emmy and Murrow award winning television news anchor and reporter for 20 years, Bolter is now owner of two Annapolis bars - DRY 85 and the Red Red Wine Bar. More at bottleprooftv.com. Check out the show's opening segment below.....


Lofty Goals From New Owner Of Fauquier Paper - 8/23 - From fauquiernow.com: The Fauquier Times' new publisher has set a high bar for the 111-year-old community newspaper. "We're working very hard on delivering you a print newspaper, on a weekly basis, that is as good as any you've ever read," Bailey Dabney told the Leeds Ruritan Club last week. "We're going to make a really strong run at covering everything that goes on in the county." Piedmont Media, the new local ownership group assembled by Marshall residfent George Thompson, will publish its first edition of the Warrenton-based newspaper on Wednesday, August 24. Also: A redesigned fauquier.com.....

DC Connections In New "Sesame Street" Book - 8/23 - Gary Dreibelbis, a DC native now living in Northern California, has penned a new book - "The Gospel According To Sesame Street: Learning, Life, Love, And Death" - which was launched Saturday on Amazon and will be in bookstores by Labor Day. The DC connection is a chapter on Jim Henson and his early days at Chanel 4/WRC and an interview with DC radio and TV veteran Willard Scott concerning Henson.....

Evan Koslof Joins 9 - 8/22 - Evan Koslof has been hired as a reporter for Channel 9/WUSA. He comes from a like gig at Channel 16/WBOC in Salisbury. Koslof starts at WUSA in September.....

ARLNow Slams WJLA - 8/22 - ARLNow, a website that covers Arlington news, is angry at Channel 7/WJLA reporter Ryan Hughes for doing a story about a serial pooper in a public park without crediting it for reporting it first. According to TVSpy, ARLnow.com editor Scott Brodbeck Tweeted that Hughes and Sinclair-owned WJLA were "really sleazy" in running the story without attribution. "I notice stations providing credit to the Washington Post for scoops fairly often, maybe we don't have the cache of the Post and they’re embarrassed to admit that their assignment desks source us for local news all the time?," says Brodbeck, who launched ARLnow in 2010. More: DCRTV hears from Scott Brodbeck, who wuns ARLNow, who tells us that WJLA has added "first reported" credit to them in their web article.....

Coulson Joins Baltimore Jewish Media Startup - 8/22 - John Coulson, a former CBS advertising executive and current managing partner and vice president of sales and marketing at Baltimore sports news website and newspaper PressBox, has been tapped as managing partner of JMoreLiving.com, a new media platform geared to Baltimore and Howard County's Jewish community. Scott Rifkin, owner of Mid-Atlantic Health Care, has launched Maryland Jewish Media which will publish JMore in the form of a website and as a glossy monthly print magazine. Also onboard: Alan Feiler, an editor and content producer, as editor-in-chief; Jonathan Oleisky, president of Kalix Communications, as a management and editorial consultant; and Lauren Esakoff, a former associate publisher at Mid-Atlantic Media, as vice president of sales.....

Wilbur Garrett Dies - 8/22 - Wilbur "Bill" Garrett, a photographer and picture editor of National Geographic magazine, who was abruptly terminated as the magazine's top editor in a policy disagreement, died of a stroke August 13 at his home in Great Falls. He was 85. Garrett left National Geographic in 1990 after 10 years as editor in a widely publicized dispute with the president and chairman of the National Geographic Society, Gilbert Grosvenor. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Dave TV: WGMD's Walt Palmer Interviewed - 8/20 - My August 18 interview with Walt Palmer, operations manager for Lewes-Rehoboth Beach area news talker WGMD, 92.7, at his offices/studios/transmitter facility in southern Delaware. We talk about his station's format, storm preparedness, his career in DC area radio and at ABC's "Nightline" program, and the radio biz in general.....


"McLaughlin Group" To End - 8/19 - "The McLaughlin Group" is signing off. Days after the death of longtime host John McLaughlin, this Sunday's program will be its last, the Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. McLaughlin died Tuesday at his home in Virginia at the age of 89. His passing came days after he missed his own political public affairs program for the first time in 34 years. Chicago public TV outlet WTTW produced the series, which taped in DC and aired on PBS stations across the country.....

DCRTV Job Ads - 8/19 - The latest DCRTV Job Ad: "This is your opportunity to join an award-winning news operation. Full service radio station in Maryland’s capital city has immediate opening for a part-time News Anchor/Reporter. Along with anchoring newscasts, you must have knowledge of writing for broadcast, audio editing, social media and audio board operation. Applicant must have flexible hours, weekdays and weekends. Knowledge of local area helpful. Email a résumé and a short (2 minutes, max) mp3 to jobs@wnav.com. (No calls please) Or send to: Jane Schlegel, News Director, WNAV Radio, 236 Admiral Drive, Annapolis, MD 21401".....

Dave TV: Bob Steele At WGMD - 8/18 - DCRTV Dave visits Delmarva news talker WGMD, 92.7. And chats with Bob Steele, the DC radio veteran who now does the late morning slot on WGMD. At Facebook. And, the watch as a visit from the fire department interupts our interview. Also at Facebook. More videos from my WGMD visit coming soon.....

Alicia Montgomery Joins WAMU - 8/18 - American University public radio news talker WAMU, 88.5, selects Alicia Montgomery as its new editorial director. She joins WAMU from her role as supervising senior producer of "Code Switch," NPR's cross-platform reporting initiative focused on race, ethnicity, and culture. Montgomery led the development of the team’s successful podcast, which launched in June of this year. Previously, she was one of the production leaders of 'Tell Me More," where she edited Michel Martin's Murrow essay series, "Can I Just Tell You." Prior to joining NPR, Montgomery spent two years reporting for Salon.com. A University Of Maryland University grad, she grew up in Columbia, Maryland.....

Davey Johnson Talks To Thom Loverro - 8/18 - Former Mets, Orioles, and Nationals manager Davey Johnson on hustling Lenny Dykstra, Bryce Harper, and his forced Nats exit on the latest edition of DC sports journalism veteran Thom Loverro's "Cigars & Curveballs" podcast, available on iTunes and Google Play. More at apple.com.....

Johnny Holliday Does "Q&A" - 8/18 - Local sports radio and TV veteran Johnny Holliday is next up on Carol Joynt's "Q&A Cafe" series of interviews with DC media and polical figures. The MASN sportscaster talks to Joynt on Tuesday, August 23. You can join the studio audience during the taping, which will take place at 1 PM at the DC Cable studios at 1899 9th Street NE. More at caroljoynt.com.....

Sponsored: Tommy Griffiths Offers Voice Discounts - 8/18 - Time for a new Demo? Coaching? An Audition Diagnosis? Need to market your Voiceover Biz with a website? This summer, through September 1, Tommy Griffiths Voice Productions is offering a 20 percent discount on all services, and get your voice ready for the Fall and Holiday advertising season, when your voice will be in more demand than any other time of year. Reach Tommy at 757-404-0833 or at TommyGriffiths@verizon.net or check out TommyGriffiths.com. Also, you can hear Tommy's new TV Narration Demo at YouTube.com. Notice how each piece of the montage represents a completely different and contrasting style of delivery. Your demo will be produced and structured in a similar way... for more info on Demo Production check out this webinar video at YouTube.com.....

John McLaughlin Dies - 8/16 - John McLaughlin (right), the host of the longtime DC-based TV political roundtable "The McLaughlin Group" since its debut in January 1982, died today at age 89. The political commentator's passing comes just days after he missed his first hosting of his eponymous syndicated public affairs program in more than 34 years. McLaughlin had moderated the weekly discussion of political issues since day one, but had actively participated in the conversation less frequently in recent months, sometimes merely introducing the next issue. For many years, the show was shot at Channel 4/WRC and was syndicated to TV stations around the country. More at tvline.com.....

WAMU Tops Latest DC Radio Ratings - 8/16 - The DC market radio ratings for the "second week" of August. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WAMU, 2) WTOP, 3) WHUR, 4) WMMJ, 5) WIHT, 6) WASH, 7) WMAL, 8) WPGC, 9) WMZQ, 10) WBIG, 11) WETA-FM, 12) WIAD, 13) WRQX and WGTS and WPRS, 16) WKYS, 17) WWDC, 18) WJFK-FM, 19) WTEM, 20) WFMD and WLZL, 22) WBQB, 23) WERQ, 24) WQSR and WPFW, 26) WOL and WAVA-FM and WFLS, 29) WFRE and WDCN.....

Radio One Eyes DC Again - 8/16 - Tom Taylor Now tells us that Radio One has resumed looking for new headquarters space and might return to DC. The African American radio giant, which only recently moved from MD's Lanham to Silver Spring, had been located in DC before 2005. Now, it's looking at space atop the Shaw-Howard University Metro station - where it had been looking a few years ago. But that deal, as well as the associated tax breaks, didn't materialize. The Washington Business Journal now reports that Radio One has started a renewed search for up to 100,000 square feet of corporate space and would need to relocate at the end of 2017. And, of course, it's seeking tax breaks benefits for the relocation. Locally, Radio One owns WKYS, WMMJ, WOL, WPRS, and WYCB.....

New Gig For Ty Bentli - 8/16 - Ty Bentli, who co-hosted the now-defunct, short-lived Sarah Fraser morning show on Cumulus's WRQX, 107.3, will co-host Cumulus's nationally syndicated "America's Morning Show" starting September 6. He replaces Blair Garner, who will now do an overnight show for Cumulus.....

Jack Gravely Dies - 8/16 - Jack Gravely, who served two stints as head of the Virginia State Conference NAACP and was a Richmond radio host, died August 15 of cardiac arrest at the VCU Medical Center. During his career, he worked at National Public Radio as assistant to its president for affirmative action, and as a special assistant to then-national NAACP leader Benjamin Hooks. Also, Gravely was appointed the first director of diversity at the Federal Communications Commission in 1995. Since 2008, Gravely hosted "The Jack Gravely Show" Richmond's WREJ. From 1996 to 2002, he hosted a talk show on that city's WRVA.....

Dave TV: Junks' Show On CSN, No Big Deal - 8/15 - 106.7 The Fan's Sports Junkies will now be simulcast on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic. Is that really the big deal the Washington Post's Dan Steinberg makes it out to be? I think not in today's DC media edition of "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Facebook page. Friend us if you haven't yet done so.....

Ann Thomas Dies - 8/15 - We're getting cofirmation that the Ann Thomas Matthews, who died in Fayetteville NC on August 13, was radio veteran "Ann Thomas" who worked at Baltimore's WCAO and WKTK in the 1960s and 1970s. She was 63. More at jerniganwarren.com. More soon.....

7 Removes Big Screen - 8/15 - From ARLNow: The big TV screen and news ticker at the entrance to the Channel 7/WJLA offices and studios in Rosslyn section of Arlington have been removed. The electronic displays were recently taken down by Monday Properties, which owns WJLA's building. A building spokesperson described the removal as "temporary... The decision to temporarily remove the news ticker from outside of 1100 Wilson Boulevard was solely based on Monday's desire to improve the outdated technology that supported the service." No word yet on when new displays may be installed. Sinclair-owned WJLA just signed a new lease that should keep the television station and its cable sister, NewsChannel 8, at 1100 Wilson Boulevard for at least another 15 years.....

WTTR Adds FMer - 8/15 - Westiminster MD oldies outlet WTTR, 1470 AM, gets a new low-power FM signal on 102.3. More at carrollcountytimes.com.....

Ira Glass Heads For Wolf Trap - 8/14 - Public radio host Ira Glass takes his "This American Life" show to Wolf Trap, featuring the largest audience ever to see him perform live. More at washingtonpost.com.....

New Edition Of "Location" With DCRTV Dave - 8/13 - This week's "Location, Location, Location" real estate show with Tom and Charlie features Tom Geddes, CEO of Plank Industries on a major real estate project in Baltimore known as Port Covington as well as the new Sagamore Distillery. Additionally, they speak to Jessica Waters of the Maryland Department Of Tourism on all the things there are to do in Ocean City. Also, regular guest Alex Piela of Shamrock Realty in Ocean City talks about great places to live. Finally, there's another guest appearance with DCRTV Dave. It airs Saturday nights at 11:07 PM on WCBM, 680. Streamed at wcbm.com. Older shows can be heard at tomandcharlieshow.com.....

Dave TV: WMAL Mornings, Junks On CSN, Goodbye WaPo - 8/12 - Why I can't stand WMAL's Brian Wilson and Larry O'Conner any more. What's up with WJFK's Junks simulcasting on Comcast SportsNet? Will that help or hurt their ratings? And why I cancelled my subscription to the Washington Post. In today's "Dave TV" via Facebook - facebook.com/dcrtv/videos.....

WRQX Surges In DC Radio Ratings - 8/12 - What? WRQX jumps into the "top 10" landing at 9th place? Yup. The Cumulus hot adult contemporary outlet known as Mix 107.3, which has been suffering in the ratings for two years, has seen a mysterious rise in the DC radio numbers for the "first week" of August. Up from 16th a month ago. Why? "RQX has been giving away a lot of money and has made a slight musical shift towards a little more pop/rock, along with more gold," a local radio guru tells us. It's not all good news for Cumulus here in DC. The company's righty talker, WMAL, is still stuck at 15th despite all the presidential election news and talk. The rest of the full-day, age 6+ numbers: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WHUR, 4) WMMJ, 5) WIHT, 6) WASH, 7) WPGC, 8) WIAD, 9) WRQX and WBIG, 11) WKYS, 12) WMZQ, 13) WPRS, 14) WETA-FM, 15) WMAL, 16) WWDC, 17) WJFK-FM, 18) WGTS, 19) WLZL, 20) WTEM.....

Karen Whitehair Takes Reins At NCRTV Museum - 8/12 - Karen Whitehair has been named executive director of the National Capital Radio & TV Musaeum in Bowie. She has a Museum Studies Certificate from the George Washington University along with 25 years of experience in the museum field, with particular expertise in the field of collections management. Her most recent position has been at Montpelier Mansion, Montpelier Mansion in Laurel. Also, Whitehair has been a peer reviewer for the American Alliance Of Museums. She replaces Laurie Baty who recently took a news job as director of the Drug Enforcement Administration's museum in Arlington.....

WaPo's Adam Goldman To NY Times - 8/12 - Washington Post national security reporter Adam Goldman, who will join the Washington bureau of the New York Times. He's been at the Post since 2013. Before that, he'd been a reporter at the Associated Press.....

C-SPAN Promotes Thueringer - 8/12 - Tammy Thueringer has been named a producer at DC-based C-SPAN's morning call-in program, "Washington Journal." She's been a politics producer for the network. Before that, Thueringer was a weekend White House reporter at Bloomberg.....

NatGeo Promotes Nelson - 8/12 - Andrew Nelson has been named editorial projects director for National Geographic Travel, a newly created position within the unit that houses DC-based National Geographic Traveler magazine. He's been a contributing editor for National Geographic Traveler.....

WUSQ Tops Winchester - 8/11 - Country WUSQ takes its place as the traditional top player in the latest batch of Winchester radio ratings. Hot adult contemporary WINC-FM places second, contemporary hit WKSI is third, rocker WRQX fourth, with classic hits WZRV rounding out the top five. The rest: news talker WINC-AM sixth, public radio news talker WAMU seventh, alt rocker WWDC eighth, news talker WMAL-FM ninth, and all-newser WTOP tenth.....

Rizzo Talks To Loverro - 8/11 - Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo talks about his future here in Washington, what's wrong with Bryce Harper, and why they didn't trade for closer Aroldis Chapman on the latest edition of DC sports journalism veteran Thom Loverro's "Cigars & Curveballs" podcast, available on iTunes and Google Play. More at apple.com.....

Emma Winchurch-Beale Joins WaPo - 8/11 - Emma Winchurch-Beale joins the Washington Post as the international sales director based in London. Previously, she served as publisher for Bloomberg Media's Bloomberg Pursuits luxury lifestyle magazine, a publication she helped launch, and client sales director at Bloomberg, where she managed client and regional sales teams across Europe, Middle East, and Asia. Prior to Bloomberg, Winchurch-Beale worked at the Economist where she launched and grew the publication's award-winning lifestyle and culture magazine, Intelligent Life.....

Kane Cleared Of Assault Charge Against Wife - 8/10 - Prosecutors in Montgomery County have dropped a domestic assault charge against Peter Deibler, the radio personality known as Kane on Hot 99.5, WIHT's syndicated morning show. The county says "our front-line prosecutor had reason to believe that the case should not be prosecuted." The Washington Post says authorities made "more than a dozen efforts" to reach Deibler's wife, Natasha, since the charges were filed but were unable to connect with her.....

John Saunders Dies - 8/10 - Longtime ESPN sports anchor John Saunders died August 10. He was 61. Saunders was a sports anchor at Baltimore's Channel 2/WMAR from 1982 to 1986. More at espn.com.....

Larry Collins Leaves 45 - 8/10 - Reporter Larry Collins (right) leaves Sinclair-owned Channel 45/WBFF in Baltimore for Dallas-Fort Worth, where he'll work for NBC-owned KXAS-TV. He's been at WBFF since September 2014. Before that, he worked at WCBD-TV in Charleston SC.....

2 Moves Christian Schaffer - 8/10 - Scripps-owned Channel 2/WMAR in Baltimore has moved weekend anchor Christian Schaffer to weekday mornings. He willl co-anchor with Ashley James from 4:30 AM to 7 AM. Schaffer joined WMAR in 2006.....

CSN To Simulcast Junks' WJFK Show - 8/10 - The Sports Junkies on CBS sports talker WJFK-FM, 106.7 The Fan, will now have their morning show simulcasted on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic from 6 AM to 10 AM. Starting September 6. CSN will furnish the Junks' WJFK studio at the CBS-DC complex near Nationals Park with new video and audio equipment. "The Sports Junkies are the most dynamic radio personalities in Washington, with a dedicated fan base of listeners on radio, streaming, and via podcast," said 106.7 The Fan Program Director Chris Kinard. "We're thrilled to work with our partners at CSN on this important brand extension of 106.7 The Fan’s original programming." The four Junkies have appeared regularly on CSN since their 2013 debut of "Table Manners," a weekly show on which they discuss sports and lifestyle topics with figures in sports, politics, and entertainment. They have also made frequent guest appearances on CSN providing analysis on DC's teams. More at washington.cbslocal.com.....

Sarah Fraser Starts Fox 5 Podcast - 8/9 - Channel 5/WTTG news features contributor Sarah Fraser launches the first-ever Fox 5 podcast - "I Still Have A Keycard." According to the station's website, it'll show "a side of your favorite Fox 5 personalities you've never heard before." First up - reporter and anchor Maureen Umeh. More at fox5dc.com.....

MPT To Produce Post-Flood Ellicott City Documentary - 8/9 - Maryland Public Television will contribute to the re-building effort in Ellicott City, in the aftermath of the July 31 flood. The statewide public TV network will cover all expenses connected with the creation and broadcast of a TV documentary, "Our Town Ellicott City," that will showcase the area for economic, residential, and tourism development. "While MPT can't work on highways, health issues, or heavy construction, we certainly can do television," says MPT President and CEO Larry Unger. "We hope that sharing the stories of Ellicott City’s history, attractions, and quality of life, we'll be giving local businesses and government a useful promotional tool and providing residents with entertainment and education about their nearly 250-year-old town. The recovery from the flood will be just one element of the broader story about what makes Ellicott City special." The documentary will be made available without charge to economic development, tourism, chamber of commerce, and business groups to use as a recruitment, economic development, and promotional tool as the city gets back on its feet. In addition, MPT will telecast the documentary throughout Maryland and make it available to public TV stations in surrounding states. Also, MPT will all Elliott City area residents to extend their MPT memberships by a full year at no cost, upon request.....

Dave Hill To Miami - 8/9 - Dave Hill, who programmed Hearst active rocker WIYY, 98 Rock, from 2002 to 2014, heads to Miami to be program director and night host on iHeart classic rocker WBGG, Big 105.9. For the past two years, he's had a programming gig with iHeart in Portland, Oregon.....

Orioles Score Well In TV Ratings - 8/8 - From DCRTV's Monday Mailbag: "Good TV ratings news for the Baltimore Orioles from the season mid-point. In local regional sports network ratings, the Orioles are #4 in the country and have been bouncing between 3 and 4 all year long. This is better than any other AL East team (no Toronto ratings are available). The Yankees, due to a dispute with Comcast and a poor season, have dropped way down to #23 this season, even below the Tampa Rays! The Washington Nationals aren't much better at #19, up from #21".....

James Robinson Joins iHeart DC - 8/8 - James Robinson gets named vice president of ad sales for iHeart's radio cluster in DC. He is a 17-year media veteran who previously served as the general sales manager for iHeart in St. Louis. He's also had radio sales gigs in New Orleans, Atlanta, Memphis, and Columbus.....

Sinclair Keeping 7 & 8 In Rosslyn - 8/8 - Sinclair has signed a new 15-year lease to keep Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8 anchored on Wilson Boulevard in the Rosslyn section of Arlington, just across the Potomac River from DC. ARLnow reports that Monday Properties, which owns the 1000/1100 Wilson Bouldvard "twin towers" in which WJLA is based, announced the 100,000 square foot lease renewal. The renewal helps to maintain Rosslyn as something of a media hub, home to WJLA/NC8, Politico, Washington Business Journal, Graham Holdings, Salem Radio Network News, Washington Free Beacon, and New Media Strategies. Sinclair bought WJLA and NC8 from Allbritton in mid-2014.....

Helen Delich Bentley Dies - 8/7 - Helen Delich Bentley, who joined Baltimore Sun in 1945 as a reporter and later worked for Channel 2/WMAR, and who went on to serve in Congress and run for Maryland governor, died August 6 after a battle with brain cancer. She was 92. More at wbal.com.....

Sandy Rovner Dies - 8/7 - Sandy Rovner, a Washington Post reporter and editor who spent about 15 years as a health columnist, died August 4 at an assisted-living group home in Bethesda. She was 88. The cause was complications from a stroke, said her daughter, Julie Rovner, a longtime health policy correspondent for NPR who now is a reporter at Kaiser Health News. More at washingtonpost.com.....

It's Official: Stash To ZBA - 8/5 - DCRTV's already tipped you that Steve "Stash" Ash has been signed to a deal hosting afternoons at Times Shamrock classic rocker WZBA, 100.7 The Bay. Now, we get the official word from station management. "Stash is a tremendous talent," says WZBA General Manager Jefferson Ward. "Stash has a long record of success in Baltimore radio and after having him on the air for the last two months, we all see why. He attacks his work with intensity, commitment, preparation and pure joy." Adds Stash, who was longtime afternoon host on Hearst active rocker 98 Rock, WIYY, "What an honor to join this family at 100.7 The Bay. I get to be part of an all-star team in my hometown. Baltimore is passionate for the station and I couldn't be happier." Stash has been doing fill-in work on WZBA the past few months.....

Takoma Park's WOWD Joins Wave Of "Community" Radioers - 8/5 - The Washington Post takes a look at the increasing wave of new "community" radio stations across the nation, including Takoma Park's just-launched WOWD, 94.3. "Commercial radio today, and even public radio, is not very local," says Jonathan "Weasel" Gilbert, the alt-rock veteran from the once-radical WHFS who is doing a Sunday gig on WOWD along with local music guru Robbie White. "I think Takoma Radio is trying to get some of that back on a small scale".....

"Soft" Third Quarter For Radio One - 8/5 - Tom Taylor Now reports that core radio revenue was up 1.4% at Silver Spring-based urban radio giant Radio One, though the third quarter was "softer" than it was expected to be. CEO Alfred Liggins says the first two months of the year were sluggish, then it started to improve in March-April-May. "June turned out to be a softer month. July is a very soft month. Right now we're starting to pick back up in August and September," he said. Political ad revenue has been slow to arrive this year. Three months ago, Alfred thought the Trump candidacy might have some appeal to African-American voters, and the company might see some ad money from a non-traditional quarter - a Republican presidential candidate. But like many groups, the company now expects political money to arrive closer to the election - and who knows about pro-Trump money. Markets like DC, Cleveland, Dallas, and Charlotte were good for Radio One in the recent quarter. Columbus, Philadelphia, Houston, and Detroit were soft. Local revenue dropped 2.7% while national jumped 9.1%, Taylor adds.....

Podcast Updates For Jerry & Thom - 8/5 - Ray Rice opens up to Jerry Coleman in the latest edition of Jerry's "B-More Opinionated" podcast, at itunes.apple.com. Also, stories about the great Muhammad Ali, including his relationship with the Kennedy family, in a conversation with the late fighter's close friend and advisor Gene Kilroy. In the latest edition of Thom Loverro's "Cigars & Curveballs" podcast, at itunes.apple.com.....

FCC Hits Sinclair With $9.5M Fine - 8/4 - From TVSpy: The Federal Communications Commission has hit Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group with a $9.495 million settlement to resolve what the commission says are "a number of investigations" including one that found Sinclair wasn’t negotiating its cable retransmission deals in good faith. "The Commission's retransmission consent rules, as mandated by Congress, forbid a broadcaster to negotiate jointly for one of its stations and for another station in the same market that it does not control," said the FCC. "In its investigation, the Media Bureau found that, over the course of seven months, Sinclair negotiated retransmission consent on behalf of dozens of stations that it did not control at the same time that it was negotiating for its own stations in the same markets." In markets where it owns TV stations, Sinclair often operates outlets that are actually owned by closely-held firms.....

Larry Weiss Takes Over Centennial Winchester - 8/4 - Centennial Broadcasting names Larry Weiss as market manager of its Winchester VA radio cluster, which includes hot adult contemporary WINC-FM, 92.5, a regular player in the DC market radio ratings. Weiss comes from Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville NC, where he was market manager for Alpha Media's radio cluster. Before that, he's worked for Connoisseur Media and Renda Broadcasting. In addition to WINC-FM, Centennial owns news talker WINC-AM, 1400, and country B105, WZFC/WXBN, 104.9/105.5.....

Stephanie Ryan Joins MPT - 8/4 - Stephanie Ryan joins Maryland Public Television as coordinator of special events, where she'll manage the Owings Mills-based public TV network's online auctions and raffles, and will provide support for fundraising initiatives. A resident of Silver Spring, Ryan recently spent six years with the city of Rockville, first as a member of its special events team and later as camp and teen program staffer.....

Stash Signs Deal With ZBA - 8/3 - DCRTV hears that Baltimore rock radio veteran Steve "Stash" Ash has just penned a five-year deal with Times Shamrock classic rocker WZBA, 100.7 The Bay, to do afternoon drive. The station's been test-driving the longtime former 98 Rocker throughout the summer.....

Lou Davis Dies - 8/3 - Lou Davis (right), who covered the Maryland State House for more than 30 years and was considered "the dean" of state government reporters, has died at 79. Davis, who had been battling pancreatic cancer, died August 2 at his Millersville home, with family at his side. He covered Annapolis for 21 years for Channel 2/WMAR and then spent 12 years covering the Maryland State House for Maryland Public Television and its weekly show "State Circle." Before joining WMAR in 1982, Davis spent 25 years in local TV news in Philadelphia, NYC, Cleveland, and Atlanta. From 1970 until 1974, he was a correspondent for NBC News. More at wbal.com.....

Alvin Jones Hosts Jazz Show On WERA - 8/3 - DC TV and radio veteran Alvin Jones has added a twice-weekly jazz show to his list of duties at Arlington's new community radio station, WERA, 96.7. "Planet Jazz" airs Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 PM to 6 PM. Jones also co-hosts WERA's weekday morning show, "Too Much Information," from 7 AM to 9 AM. In addition, he is executive producer of NewsChannel 8's "Women's Business Report," a half-hour show highlighting women in business, among his lengthy resume of local DC area radio and TV gigs.....

Sinclair Eyeing Weather Channel - 8/3 - Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group is reportedly considering acquiring the Weather Channel TV's operations for around $100 million. The company has "expressed interest" in acquiring the Weather Channel from private equity firms Bain Capital and Blackstone Group, as well and NBCUniversal. The report, citing unnamed sources, notes talks between Sinclair and the Weather Channel owners have been off and on for about a year and have recently heated up, according to bizjournals.com. Locally, Sinclair owns DC's Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8 and Baltimore's Channel 45/WBFF.....

Craig Chambers Is ZBA's New PD - 8/2 - Craig Chambers gets promoted by Baltimore classic rocker WZBA, 100.7 The Bay, from assistant program director to program director. "When Craig Chambers joined our team last May, we knew that we had landed a special person," said WZBA General Manager Jefferson Ward. "Craig's possesses the professional skills and personal qualities that make him the perfect choice for the PD position at 100.7 The Bay. His strong programming background combined with his natural ability to lead and inspire make Craig the perfect fit for the station." Chambers has held program director, assistant program director, and production director positions at radio stations in Houston, Norfolk/Virginia Beach, Philadelphia, Memphis, and San Antonio before joining WZBA. He replaces Dan Michaels, who left WZBA last week.....

Stalking Incident At CBS Radio DC - 8/2 - DCRTV hears that CBS Radio's DC broadcast complex near Nationals Park has been in "lockdown mode" recently because of threats from a man stalking a female radio personality at Spanish tropical contemporary WLZL, El Zol, 107.9. We're told that CBS management was so concerned that it actually relocated the woman to another city, where she has continued doing her WLZL show. More as we hear it.....

WTOP Tops July Radio Ratings For DC - 8/2 - The Washington market radio ratings for the month of July. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP [AM drive 1st, PM drive 1st], 2) WAMU [ME 2nd, ATC 2nd], 3) WHUR [Harvey 3rd], 4) WMMJ [Parr 4th, Simpson 5th], 5) WIHT [Kane 5th], 6) WASH [Loo 6th], 7) WPGC [Clair 11th], 8) WBIG and WKYS [Fam 15th] and WIAD [McFly 10th], 11) WETA-FM, 12) WMZQ [Bones 17th], 13) WGTS, 14) WMAL [MOTM 9th, Rush 7th, Savage 17th] and WPRS, 16) WRQX [Diamond 18th], 17) WWDC [Elliot 11th], 18) WJFK-FM [Junks 11th, Dukes 18th], 19) WLZL [Biagi 19th], 20) WTEM [Cooley 20th, Czaban 18th], 21) WBQB, 22) WOL [Joyner 21st], 23) WFMD, 24) WGRQ and WPFW and WERQ, 27) WFLS and WFRE, 29) WDCN and WAVA-FM and WINC-FM and WQSR and WIYY, 34) WRBS-FM and WAFY, 36) WWIN-FM and WJYJ and WACA, 39) WLIF and WYPR and WKIK and WILC and WVBX and WPOC and WDCH and WBQH and WWEG.....

WERQ Tops July Radio Ratings For Balto - 8/2 - The Baltimore market radio ratings for the month of July. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WERQ, 2) WWIN-FM, 3) WLIF, 4) WPOC, 5) WJZ-FM, 6) WWMX, 7) WIYY and WZFT, 9) WZBA and WQSR, 11) WCBM, 12) WBAL-AM, 13) WRBS-FM, 14) WYPR, 15) WPGC, 16) WKYS, 17) WHUR and WAMU and WTOP, 20) WCAO, 21) WIHT and WWDC, 23) WBJC, 24) WBIG and WRQX and WMAL and WLZL and WASH, 29) WXCY and WDCH and WRNR-FM, 32) WEAA and WMZQ and WTMD, 35) WFRE and WLIFHD2, 37) WRBS-AM and WQLL and WGTS.....

Maureen Bunyan To Be Honored By NCRTV - 8/1 - Channel 7/WJLA news anchor Maureen Bunyan (right) has been named the first recipient of the Ed Walker Lifetime Achievement In Broadcasting Award. The National Capital Radio And Television honor will be presented at the museum's annual fall fundraiser "Turn Your Television On" September 10, at the Comfort Inn Ballroom in Bowie. "I humbly accept the recognition from the museum of this award named in honor of the beloved broadcast icon Ed Walker," says Bunyan. She is known as a leader in the newsroom and an advocate for women and minorities in journalism. She is a founder of the International Women's Media Foundation which serves women in the media in 100 countries. She is also a founder of the National Association Of Black Journalists where she was inducted into the NABJ Hall Of Fame in January 2014. Named for the late Ed Walker, who received the award in 2015, the Lifetime Achievement In Broadcasting Award recognizes the impact local radio and television broadcasters have had on the local citizens. Longtime DC TV personality Arch Campbell will be master of ceremonies for the event with DC and Baltimore radio great Bob Duckman as DJ. "Turn Your Television On" tickets are available at ncrtv.org or by mailing a check to the NCRTV Museum, PO Box 1809, Bowie MD 20717. Individual tickets are $70 per person for NCRTV members and $75 per person non-members. Reserved tables of eight are available for $560 for members and $600 for non-members). Sponsorship and advertising opportunities also are available. More by emailing info@ncrtv.org or by calling 301-390-1020 between 9 AM and 3 PM. Proceeds from the event will assist NCRTV in preserving the history of radio and television. The museum displays, explains, and preserves scores of radios, TVs, phones and other devices and programs from their beginnings to the present. The museum collection contains over 3,000 items, including two rare mechanical televisions from the early 1930s. Its mission is to explore the development and impact of electronic media, particularly in the DC area, on our lives.....

WaPo Profiles O'Meara Podcast - 8/1 - The Sunday Washington Post featured a story on "The Mike O'Meara Show." Best known in the Washington area from his time as half of the "Don And Mike" radio duo on WJFK-FM, 106.7, the 57-year-old O'Meara mostly splits his time between Florida and Maine these days. But he's still the namesake of the officially Georgetown-based O'Meara podcast. His operation also includes five other podcasts, and he plans to launch a 24-hour streaming channel in September. O'Meara's podcast was born in December 2009, just months after O’Meara and fellow hosts Robb Spewak, 45, and Oscar "Santana" Zeballos, 38, lost their gigs at WJFK, when the CBS guy talker flipped to sports talk. Also, DCRTV Dave a few quotes in the piece.....

WCBM Picks Bruce Elliott As Tom Marr's Replacement - 8/1 - Baltimore news talker WCBM names Bruce Elliott (right) as its new host of the 9 AM to noon slot, replacing Tom Marr, who died July 7. "WCBM received over 100 inquiries and applications from Seattle to Texas, Florida to Maine," says WCBM Program Director Sean Casey, "In the end we believed it was important to choose a talk show personality who could not only inform and entertain but who also know out community and listeners and is part of our community." Elliott's career includes stops at WCBM's top rival, Baltimore news talker WBAL-AM, as well as at Baltimore's Channel 2/WMAR. He's also worked at Channel 7/WJLA in DC and, most recently, at news talker WILM in Wilmington. More at wcbm.com.....

105.7 Reshuffles Line-Up, Steve Davis Gone - 7/29 - Steve Davis is leaving CBS's Baltimore sports talker, 105.7 The Fan, WJZ-FM. The new line-up, which starts August 1, moves Rob Long into the morning co-host gig with Ed Norris. Bob Haynie moves from evenings to middays, joining Vinny Cerrato. Scott Garceau and Jeremy Conn remain in afternoons. Jerry Coleman will handle evenings, when the station isn't carrying Orioles baseball. No word on Davis's plans. He has been paired in mornings at 105.7 The Fan with Norris, Baltimore's former police commissioner, since July 2010. "I'm really proud of the show. We went from ninth in ratings the month before I started to number one within three months," Davis told a local newspaper. "I want to thank our listeners for making us, for much of the last six years, the top ranked show at the station and in morning drive in Baltimore".....

Dan Michaels Gone From ZBA - 7/29 - Shamrock's Baltimore classic rocker WZBA, 100.7 The Bay, has eliminated its program director job as an off-air position, which has been held by Dan Michaels. Michaels, who's been at WZBA three years, has programmed rockers and classic rockers in Chicago, Philadelphia, Denver, and Pittsburgh, and at DC's Big 100.3, WBIG.....

More Delays For 630's Site Sale - 7/29 - More possible delays for the Cumulus plan to sell the Bethesda site of WMAL's AM 630 transmitter and towers for $75 million. According to Tom Taylor Now, the Montgomery Country parks department has reviewed the residential development plan submitted by developer Toll Brothers and wants more park space. Toll Brothers plans to devote five acres of the 75-acre site to parkland and open space, but the county says that "falls short of providing some... needed amenities." Depending on how many $1 million-plus units Toll Brothers can sell, Cumulus might ultimately net as much as $90 million. It plans to move 630 from its four-tower array in Bethesda to diplex with Red Zebra's WSPZ, 570, in Germantown.....

WWFG Tops Salisbury - 7/29 - Country WWFG tops the latest batch of radio ratings for Salisbury-Ocean City but it's slipped from a 10.6 share last year to its current 6.6. Urban adult contemporary WSBY ranks second, rocker WZBH is third, rhythmic contemporary WOCQ is fourth, and classic hits WAVD is fifth, tied with adult contemporary WQHQ.....

WAMU Sells BGC Signals In Frederick Area - 7/29 - American University's WAMU, 88.5, has sold Bluegrass Country's two low-power FM translators on 93.5 in the Frederick-Hagerstown area to Manning, owners of Hagerstown's classic rock/hits WWEG, 106.9 The Eagle. Manning plans to start a digital subchannel on WWEG and rebroadcast it on both translators. As noted previously, WAMU does not own BGC's other translator, 105.5 in the DC area. WAMU recently announced plans to shut down BGC by the end of the year if a buyer can't be found before then.....

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