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Towing Company Doesn't Want McHenry Fired - 4/18 - The Arlington towing company whose employee was involved in an encounter with Britt McHenry that led to the ESPN reporter's suspension said it doesn't "have any interest" in seeing her fired because of her conduct. Advanced Towing on Friday released a statement on the incident, saying McHenry "is our neighbor, and, as she said, to paraphrase, made remarks that were out of line... As a small regulated business, we saw no benefit to releasing the video, except to highlight personal attacks employees in jobs like towing, public parking enforcement and others sometimes encounter. The video was not licensed or sold to anyone." More at washingtonpost.com.....

DCRTV's April Fundraiser: 74 More Donations Of $100 - 4/18 - Independent DCRTV started covering DC and Baltimore area media news more than 17 years ago. We've been here all those years because of your support. While advertisers are great, support from individual visitors accounts for about 50% of our revenue. So far in 2015, our traffic (including via Facebook and Twitter) is up substantially but our revenue is down about 20%. So, we've set a goal - 100 donations of $100 - for April. So far, we've received 26 such donations with 74 more needed. Send your $100 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. Make a $100 donation to DCRTV and get three years of access to local radio and TV memory-packed DCRTV Plus, where our latest Flashback is a 1937 memory of WRC and WMAL radio. Just added to Plus: Photo Gallery 135 with memories of WGAY, WDCA, WMAR, WWDC, WMAL-TV, and WGMS.....

Dave TV: McHenry, Pollin, Arrington, More - 4/17 - My take on Britt McHenry's tirade against a towing lot clerk. Is ESPN 980 testing more of an Andy Pollin presence on its new "Man Cave" morning show? Could Lavar Arrington return to 106.7 The Fan's afternoons with Chad Dukes? Plus, the latest March radio ratings trends for DC and Baltimore. And more in today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

Albie Dee Joins OC104 - 4/17 - Adams Radio has named Washington-Baltimore radio veteran Albie Dee as program director and afternoon drive host for rhythmic contemporary WOCQ, OC104. Phil LoCascio, Salisbury-Ocean City market manager for Adams, says: "Albie's perfect for the job. He lives and breathes this format. His major market credentials will make a great station even more dominant. And we get the added bonus of a solid major market jock in afternoon drive." Albie adds, "I'm really pumped to join the Adams radio team at WOCQ. The company really believes in live and local radio and is going to give me the tools I need".....

PBDC: McHenry's ESPN Suspension, More - 4/17 - ESPN's suspension of Britt McHenry, David Meeks gets a sports promotion at USA Today, the latest DC sports radio ratings, Chris Paul goes missing from ESPN 980's "Man Cave," and might Lavar Arrington return to 106.7 The Fan. Plus, Comcast SportsNet gears up for the Caps' playoffs. In this week's DC sports media column at PressBoxDC.com.....

WTMD & BSO To Produce "Pulse" - 4/17 - The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will receive $400,000 from the Wallace Foundation for a classical music/rock music series, dubbed Pulse, a collaboration with Towson University's alternative rock WTMD, 89.7 FM. More at baltimoresun.com.....

CSN To Carry Wizards' Playoffs - 4/17 - Comcast SportsNet gears up for the Washington Wizards' 2015 first-round NBA playoff series against the Toronto Raptors, which will be highlighted by the first six potential games, beginning with the opener at Toronto on Saturday, April 18, at 12:30 PM. CSN will present its signature gameday shows, "Wizards Pregame Live" and "Wizards Postgame Live," surrounding the contests. For the first time, CSN's live playoff games, including pregame and postgame coverage, will also be available to authenticated cable TV service subscribers on CSNwashington.com and NBC Sports Live Extra.....

MPT To Debut Potomac River Doc - 4/17 - Maryland Public Television will air "Potomac By Air: Our Nation's River" during the state public television network's annual Chesapeake Bay Week observance this month. The documentary takes viewers on an aerial trip along the striking curves of the Potomac, covering roughly 400 miles of terrain. After its April 24 premiere at 9 PM, the program will see numerous rebroadcasts on MPT and MPT2.....

Britt McHenry Has Video Meltdown, Gets Suspended - 4/16 - ESPN has suspended DC-based sports reporter Britt McHenry (right) for one week after a video went viral of the former WJLAer arguing with a woman who works for an Arlington towing service. "I'm in the news, sweetheart. I will f*cking sue this place," said McHenry, whose car had been towed, in the security cam video. "I wouldn't work in a scumbag place like this... That's all you care about, taking people's money. With no education, no skill set, just wanted to clarify that. Do you feel good about your job?... I'm in television and you're in a f*cking trailer, honey." She also made comments about the towing service employee’s appearance and weight. McHenry has issued an apology on Twitter: "In an intense and stressful moment, I allowed my emotions to get the best of me and said some insulting and regrettable things. As frustrated as I was, I should always choose to be respectful and take the high road. I am so sorry for my actions and will learn from this mistake." McHenry joined ESPN last year after working at Channel 7/WJLA and its sister NewsChannel 8 as a sports reporter and news anchor. Check out the video at adweek.com.....

SLR: Arrington Back To JFK? More - 4/16 - Might Lavar Arrington return to WJFK now that his NFL Network show is on hiatus? What could CBS Radio' President Dan Mason's departure mean for the company's DC stations? Plus, the latest about Ken Merson and Laurie Cantillo. DCRTV Dave and DC radio guru Jonathan talk about all this and more in the latest Sadly Lacking Radio podcast at sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

Nat'l Geo Big On Social Media - 4/16 - National Geographic is the surprise darling of the social media set. The 127-year-old DC-based magazine has more than 67 million followers and likes on Facebook and similar sites - nearly 20 million more than number two-ranked sports magazine ESPN, with 40.3 million. So reports nypost.com.....

Turmoil At VOA - 4/16 - The New York Times reports that there's "turmoil" at the DC-based Voice Of America which is "hurting the US's ability to counter propaganda".....

Reporter Knew Of Gyrocopter Stunt - 4/16 - A reporter with the Tampa Bay Times knew in advance that a man was going to fly his gyrocopter illegally to DC's Mall. Should he have informed authorities? So wonders Paul Farhi at washingtonpost.com.....

Arrington's NFL Show On Hiatus - 4/16 - Might former Redskin Lavar Arrington return to his afternoon gig with Chad Dukes on 106.7 The Fan, WJFK, now that the NFL Network morning show he left for last year is being placed on hiatus? More at awfulannouncing.com.....

Politico Rebrands NYC Site - 4/15 - Arlington-based Politico plans to rebrand and relaunch its Capital New York site as Politico New York. Allbritton-owned Politico, which acquired Capital in 2013, plans to launch Politico-branded political news sites for New Jersey and Florida," chief executive Jim VandeHei announced Wednesday. More at capitalnewyork.com.....

Headliners For Federal News Radio, WTOP - 4/15 - Hubbard's Federal News Radio, WFED, picked up two National Headliner Awards. The news talker garnered a first place award for senior correspondent Mike Causey in the online-only writing category. Also, Hubbard sister all-newser WTOP picked up five Headliners, including first place statues for radio newscast, breaking news, and website.....

New Gig For Cantillo - 4/15 - Laurie Cantillo says she led WTOP to record ratings. Now, she's moving on to "bigger things." Wait until you hear about her new job - to be announced Thursday. Cantillo left her program director position at the Hubbard all-newser back in March. Stay tuned.....

WTOP Gets A Crystal - 4/15 - Hubbard all-newser WTOP picked up a Crystal Award from the National Association Of Broadcasters for community service in 2014. The 10 statues were handed out yesterday at the DC-based NAB's annual spring convention in Las Vegas.....

FLS's Frank Harmon Honored - 4/15 - Frank Hammon, news director of Fredericksburg's WFLS and WNTX, has received the AP Robert Gallimore Distinguished Service Award for his nearly 40-year service to the broadcast industry. The award, named after the Associated Press chief of bureau in Richmond between 1967 and 1985, is presented annually to someone who has made significant contributions to the broadcast industry in Virginia.....

DCRTV's Job Ads - 4/15 - WNAV in Annapolis is looking for "news geeks." Baltimore's WCBM is looking for a board op/producer. A Baltimore station is looking for a sales rep. Centennial Broadcasting in Fredericksburg is looking for an account executive. C-SPAN is looking for a fulltime announcer/producer. Those are the latest job ads at DCRTV's Job Ads, where you can reach thousands of local media movers and shakers for just $49.....

UMD's Diamondback To Cut Print Frequency - 4/14 - Laura Blasey, the departing editor of the University Of Maryland's student-produced Diamondback newspaper, says that "readers don't want a hard copy of the news anymore," so the print edition will come out with just one print paper a week beginning this fall - down from four. "We used to print almost 20,000 papers every day, and now we print a fraction of that at 7,000," Blasey says. More at jimromenesko.com.....

WTOP Tops March DC Radio Ratings - 4/14 - The monthly March radio ratings for the Washington market. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WHUR, 4) WIHT, 5) WASH, 6) WBIG, 7) WMAL, 8) WETA-FM, 9) WMMJ and WWDC, 11) WPRS, 12) WMZQ, 13) WKYS, 14) WIAD, 15) WGTS, 16) WPGC, 17) WJFK-FM, 18) WRQX, 19) WNEW and WLZL, 21) WTEM, 22) WDCN and WAVA-FM, 24) WFRE, 25) WBQB, 26) WFLS and WERQ and WAFY, 29) WQSR and WINC-FM, 31) WIYY and WGRQ, 33) WWEG and WKDV and WPFW and WHUR STREAM and WBJC, 38) WILC and WSMD and WSPZ and WACA and WZBA.....

WPOC Tops March Balto Radio Ratings - 4/14 - The monthly March radio ratings for the Baltimore market. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WPOC, 2) WWIN-FM, 3) WERQ, 4) WZFT, 5) WQSR, 6) WWMX, 7) WLIF, 8) WJZ-FM, 9) WZBA, 10) WBAL-AM, 11) WRBS-FM, 12) WIYY, 13) WCAO, 14) WYPR, 15) WNEW and WCBM, 17) WHUR, 18) WTOP, 19) WWDC and WPGC and WMZQ, 22) WIHT and WKYS and WTTR, 25) WBJC, 26) WMMJ and WMAL, 28) WASH, 29) WBIG, 30) WEAA, 31) WGTS and WRQX, 33) WFRE and WRNR-FM and WLZL and WTMD and WXCY, 38) WWIN-AM and NC1061, 40) WSOX and WAVA-FM.....

Ken Merson Joins WLIF - 4/14 - After five years as a weekend, fill-in guy with CBS Radio's hot adult contemporary 94.7 Fresh FM, WIAD, in DC, Ken Merson (right) heads to CBS's adult contemporary Today's 101.9, WLIF, in Baltimore for similar duties. "I'm looking forward to reuniting with my CBS Radio Baltimore colleagues and friends after an eight-year absence," Merson says. "I spent 34 wonderful years entertaining and informing Baltimore radio audiences at WCBM, B104, WWMX, WQSR, and WLIF." Additionally, Merson will be continuing as music brand specialist for Multibrand Media International and providing freelance commercial voice-over and radio voice-tracking services.....

7's "GMW" To Continue On NC8 - 4/14 - Starting Monday, April 20th, "Good Morning Washington" will air from 4:25 AM to 7 AM on Sinclair's Channel 7/WJLA and then continue under the same brand on the company's NewsChannel 8 from 7 AM until 10 AM. The newscast will feature Larry Smith, Autria Godfrey, Jummy Olabanji, Eileen Whelan, Jacqui Jeras, Jamie Sullivan, and Julie Wright. With the change, NC8 morning anchor Kellye Lynn will move to the weekend anchor desk, Melanie Hastings will co-anchor NC8's "Let's Talk Live" with newcomer Julie Wright and continue with NC8 at noon. The "GMW" field reporters will include Sam Sweeney, John Gonzalez, Jeannette Reyesm, and Eileen Whelan. With the new schedule, there are numerous weather anchor changes. Among them, mornings on WJLA will feature Whelan. Jeras joins "GMW" on NC8. And, WJLA noon weather duties will be handled by Doug Hill.....

DC Journos To Jam With Rolling Stone - 4/14 - A batch of DC news personalities will join Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell for a "White House Correspondents' Jam" on April 24. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Confirmed: Dan Mason Leaving CBS Radio - 4/13 - DCRTV tipped you earlier today. Now, we get the official word that Dan Mason has announced his retirement as president of CBS Radio. Mason, who lives in Reston and commutes frequently to CBS's NYC headquarters, is a DC radio veteran, having once worked as a DJ and programmer at WPGC (right). He'll be retiring at the end of April and will be replaced by Andre Fernandez, who has been president and chief operating officer of Journal Communications. Mason served as CBS Radio president from 1995 to 2002 and from 2007 until now. Locally, CBS owns WJFK-FM/AM, WNEW, WPGC, WLZL, and WIAD in the DC market, and WLIF, WWMX, and WJZ-FM/AM in the Baltimore market. More at radioinsight.com.....

Sesno To Host Live MPT Show - 4/13 - Maryland Public Television will focus critical attention on the Chesapeake Bay with a live broadcast exploration of bay health and how restoration efforts could be more effective. Former CNN correspondent Frank Sesno will anchor the 60-minute program, "Chesapeake Bay Summit: Charting a Course," in front of a studio audience on Tuesday, April 21, at 8 PM. More at bayweek.mpt.org.....

CSN Announces Caps' Playoff Sked - 4/13 - Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic announces its plans for the Washington Capitals' first-round playoff series against the New York Islanders, highlighted by live coverage of three of the first four games, beginning with game 1 on Wednesday, April 15, at 7 PM. The Bethesda-based network will also televise game 2 on April 17 at 7 PM and game 4 on April 21 at 7:30 PM. NBC will provide exclusive coverage of game 3 on April 19 at noon. CSN will also carry games 5 and 7, if necessary. CSN's playoff special, "Capitals Pulse," will be presented Monday, April 13, at 6:30 PM and 11:30 PM.....

Dan Mason To Retire - 4/13 - DCRTV hears that CBS Radio President Dan Mason may announce his retirement today. Not totally unexpected. Mason, a DC radio veteran who once worked at WPGC, lives in Northern Virginia. More soon.....

Iran Acuses WaPo Reporter On Espionage - 4/13 - Jason Rezaian, a Washington Post reporter imprisoned in Iran for almost nine months on suspicion of espionage, is accused of passing on sensitive economic and industrial information about Iran, the Fars news agency said Sunday. So reports washingtonpost.com.....

Hill Owner Bids For NYC Rag - 4/13 - Jimmy Finkelstein, who owns DC's the Hill political newspaper and website, is among the bidders for Mort Zuckerman's money-bleeding New York Daily News. More at nypost.com.....

7's Photogs Honored - 4/13 - The National Press Photographer's Association has named Channel 7/WJLA its "2014 east [coast] general station of the year." And it named photographer Tim Mathews "2014 east [coast] general photographer of the year," and named several WJLA photog's winners in various categories, we're told.....

Campbell & Hornaday To Do Talk - 4/13 - Longtime DC TV movie reviewer Arch Campbell, who left Channel 7/WJLA last year after a three-plus decade career there and, before that, at Channel 4/WRC, will join Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday for a talk and Q&A at Filmfest DC 2015. On April 23, 7 PM, at the Landmark E Street Cinema.....

Dickerson Named New "Face The Nation" Host - 4/12 - John Dickerson has been named the next anchor of "Face The Nation," CBS's DC-based Sunday morning political talk show. The news was announced Sunday by the program's longtime host, Bob Schieffer. "My friend CBS News Political Director John Dickerson - who has been on this broadcast 83 times and he sure has the right bloodlines," Schieffer said. "His mother Nancy Dickerson was the first female correspondent in the CBS News Washington bureau." Dickerson has been political director for CBS News since 2011. He began working at CBS News in April 2009 as an on-air political analyst. Dickerson has been a reporter in Washington for almost 20 years, working for Slate and Time.....

5th Season For "Veep" - 4/10 - "Veep," the Maryland-made, DC-set presidential satire that starts is fourth season Sunday, has apparently been renewed for a fifth season. However, Armando Iannucci, the UK satirist who created the series, is leaving the HBO show. More at baltimoresun.com.....

32 To Air "Bayou" Doc - 4/10 - "The Bayou: DC's Killer Joint," the locally-produced documentary about the legendary Georgetown live music venue, gets another public television airing tonight. Tune in to Channel 32/WHUT at 8 PM Friday.....

No Algorithm For Gamut - 4/10 - Leesburg Today takes a listen to the eclectic-formatted Gamut, which is programmed by WTOP engineer Dave Kolesar and available on a variety of area signals, including 820 AM and 104.5 FM in the western DC suburbs. "The Gamut is an old-school radio operation that offers variety (it has 14,000 songs in its catalog) while still being programmed by human beings rather than by a website's algorithm," according to the piece.....

David Laventhol Dies - 4/10 - David Laventhol, a onetime publisher of the Los Angeles Times and Newsday, who had a major role in shaping the development of the Style section as an editor at the Washington Post in the 1960s, died April 8 at his home in New York City. He was 81 and was suffering from complications of Parkinson's disease. So reports washingtonpost.com.....

Who'll Replace Schieffer On "Face"? - 4/10 - The "Face The Nation" shortlist: Who's on tap to replace the retiring Bob Schieffer on the DC-based CBS Sunday morning talker? Major Garrett, Norah O'Donnell, John Dickerson, Jake Tapper, and Jonathan Karl top the list of potential candidates, so reports Politico.....

Radio One To Launch Praise 106.1 In Balto - 4/9 - It looks like the low-power signal of CBS's New Country 106.1 is going away. To be replaced by a new Radio One signal. According to a company memo we've seen: "Starting May 1st. Radio One will have a new FM radio station in Baltimore. Praise 106.1 featuring Yolanda Adams in the morning will be a uplifting spiritual format targeting women [aged] 35-64. We will doing a ton of TV commercials to get the word out that Praise 106.1 is here." DCRTV adds: Looks like a simulcast or offshoot of the company's full-power WPRS, Praise 104.1, in the DC area. Radio One will be leasing the 106.1 signal, technically licensed as W291BA, from the Hope Christian Church of Marlton NJ. More at radioinsight.com.....

Dave TV: Baron, Diamond, Statter, More - 4/9 - Washington Post bigwig Marty Baron surrenders to print decline predictions. Puts his faith in website where you can block all the ads. Jack Diamond's back in Chicago. VerStandig sells Harrisonburg stations. Once again, CBS fails to get any of its five FMers into the "top 10" of the DC radio ratings. DC TV news vet Dave Statter turns 60. WBAL radio changes. And more, including a "Cord Cutter" review of Sling TV's Roku app. In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

David Meeks Joins USA Today Sports - 4/9 - David Meeks has been named managing sports editor of Gannett's McLean-based USA Today. He's been assistant managing editor for enterprise and investigations at USA Today sports for the past three years. Before that, he worked at the Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times, and the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Meeks replaces Mary Byrne, who is joining ESPN.com to be an NFL editor.....

Pat Garrett Adds OC104 - 4/9 - Area voice legend Pat Garrett signs Salisbury-Ocean City rhythmic contemporary outlet WOCQ, OC104, a station he voiced from 1994 to 2010. Also, it was the first station he worked at - he was a DJ there in 1981. Along with a long list of radio clients across the country, Garrett is currently doing voice work for CBS's WNEW and WJFK in the DC area and WJZ-TV, WJZ-FM, and WWMX in Baltimore.....

Ensor To Leave VOA - 4/9 - David Ensor says he'll be resigning as director of the DC-based Voice Of America at the end of May. He joined the VOA in 2011. Ensor, a former reporter for NPR, ABC, and CNN who oversaw numerous budget cuts at the US broadcaster that targets foreign audiences, was the director of communications and public diplomacy at the US embassy in Afghanistan before joining the VOA. More at nytimes.com.....

Schieffer To Retire This Summer - 4/9 - From cnn.com: After nearly 50 years with CBS News, "Face The Nation" anchor Bob Schieffer announces that he will step down from his post this summer. Schieffer, 78, has been with CBS News for 46 years, and has moderated the network's DC-based Sunday morning public affairs talk show for the past 24 years. In addition to his role at "Face The Nation," Schieffer is also the chief Washington correspondent for CBS News.....

WaPo's Baron: Print Revenue "Declining Sharply" - 4/9 - Washington Post Executive Editor Martin Baron: "We can start by discarding the lingering notion that paper will remain for long a big part of what we do. It will not. For a while, yes. But it will not last. The newspaper remains, as of today, a predominant source of revenue for organizations like ours. But the revenue it produces is declining sharply. Advertisers are leaving. Most readers prefer to get their information from digital sources. Those trends are accelerating." Among Baron's comments at the 2015 Hays Press-Enterprise lecture at the University Of California, Riverside on Tuesday. More at washingtonpost.com.....

SLR: Bad Break-Up For O&A - 4/9 - It looks like the divorce of "Opie And Anthony," who used to air on WJFK way back when, has entered a new and nasty phase. Plus, Jack Diamond returns to his new Chicago gig after a health scare. In the latest Sadly Lacking Radio podcast with DCRTV Dave and DC radio guru Jonathan at sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

CBS Vet Bob Fuss Pens Book - 4/8 - Legendary newsman Bob Fuss, who recently retired from CBS News, has published a memoir about his 40 years as a radio correspondent, the last 23 of them covering Congress and national politics here in Washington. It's called "Kidnapped By Nuns - And Other Stories Of A Life On The Radio." Fuss tells DCRTV: "The book traces my life and career from covering the Patty Hearst Kidnapping just after graduating from Stanford University at the age of 19 in 1974 to working for once great but now defunct networks UPI Radio, Mutual Broadcasting, NBC Radio, and then CBS Radio. The book has a lot of politics and inside journalism stories and also contains travelogues from trips I've taken to all 50 states and more than 70 countries." Check out the book, which is out in paperback, e-book, and audio book, at kidnappedbynuns.com. You can order the book at amazon.com.....

Pinkard Named BAL Radio News Director, More Promotions - 4/8 - Malarie Pinkard has been named news director for Baltimore news talker WBAL-AM, 1090. She's worked at the Hearst station for more than 15 years and most recently has been managing editor. Also, Mike Wellbrock has been named assistant program director for WBAL radio. He's been at the station more than 30 years, handling many aspects of the development and production of content. And, Johnny Goldsmith has been promoted to executive producer for WBAL radio. He joined the station in 1987 as an intern and most recently served as game director for WBAL's Ravens Game Day Network.....

ABC's "Shark Tank" Heads To DC - 4/8 - From washingtonpost.com: The casting team of ABC's "Shark Tank" will be DC this weekend. It will be holding a casting call Saturday at the Hive 2.0 in southeast Washington. The reality show says up to 50 companies will be chosen to pitch their businesses to the show's casting director. "Shark Tank" is in its sixth season. The show says the "sharks" have invested more than $50 million in various companies.....

Mike Rowe Talks Baltimore - 4/8 - The Baltimore Sun talks to Baltimore native and cable TV star Mike Rowe about his new CNN show, "Somebody's Gotta Do It".....

WTOP Tops DC Radio Heap Again - 4/8 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "third week" of March. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WHUR and WAMU, 4) WIHT, 5) WASH, 6) WBIG, 7) WMAL, 8) WMMJ, 9) WMZQ, 10) WWDC and WETA-FM, 12) WPRS, 13) WKYS, 14) WIAD, 15) WPGC, 16) WGTS, 17) WJFK-FM, 18) WLZL, 19) WRQX, 20) WNEW, 21) WTEM, 22) WDCN, 23) WAVA-FM and WFRE, 25) WAFY, 26) WERQ, 27) WBQB, 28) WPFW and WRBS-FM and WFLS.....

VerStandig Unloads Harrisonburg Cluster - 4/8 - Michigan-based Saga Communications has agreed to purchase Virginia-based VerStandig's Harrisonburg radio cluster of WSVA-AM, WHBG-AM, WQPO-FM, WJDV-FM, and WTGD-FM. Saga already owns a batch of radio stations in nearby Charlottesville. VerStandig continues to own several radio stations in Hagerstown, including WAYZ. More at sagacom.com.....

Youthful Nats Fan Makes Front Page Twice - 4/8 - A photo of Nationals fan Vincenzo Fiorino, 5, made the front page of the Washington Times two years ago routing for his team at Nationals Park. And now at age 7, his face again made the front page, this time the Washington Post. More at jimromenesko.com.....

Nats TV Rights Controversy A Part Of All-Star Game Decision - 4/7 - Peter Schmuck at baltimoresun.com: "Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred announced before the season opener at Nationals Park on Monday that the 2018 All-Star Game will be in the nation's capital, which is sure to be viewed in Baltimore as another cold slap in the face from Major League Baseball. The evidence is circumstantial, but it's hard to believe there's is no connection between the decision to award four straight Midseason Classics to National League cities and the long-running dispute between MLB and the Orioles over the Nationals' annual television rights fee... Clearly, MLB officials and several influential owners are angry with Peter Angelos for holding the Nationals to the television rights agreement that was heavily lopsided in the Orioles' favor because of the projected (and since proven) economic impact on Orioles attendance and revenues of a second franchise in Mid-Atlantic region. There was speculation early on that the All-Star Game might end up being a bargaining chip in the dispute, but the amount of MASN money that hangs in the balance dwarfs any economic benefit to the Orioles from hosting the event".....

Micah Gelman Joins WaPo - 4/7 - Micah Gelman joins the Washington Post as director of editorial video. He comes from Discovery Communications, where he was director of digital video strategy and operations. Before that, Gelman was executive producer for US video at the Associated Press. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Gardening Show Off NC8 - 4/7 - After 25 years, the Merrifield Garden Center's Saturday morning TV show is no longer airing on NewsChannel 8. The contract was up for renewal - the garden center paid the station to air the show - and Merrifield didn't like any of the time slot changes suggested by the station. The last show aired February 28. According to John Kelly at washingtonpost.com.....

Celebrate Statter Turning 60 - 4/7 - From DCRTV's Mailbag: "Former Channel 9 reporter-turned-fire service blogger Dave Statter (right) is turning 60. Annoy Dave by reminding him he's old. Join us for an April 12th birthday bash and fundraiser for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation at Mr. Smith's in Georgetown. Tickets are $30. Come! firehero.org".....

Brotherly Love At Sinclair - 4/7 - From Tom Taylor Now: Another decade of brotherly love at Sinclair, the TV consolidator that recently bought Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8. Four Smith brothers together hold voting control of Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group, and they've just renewed their current pact when it comes to voting for directors. Through 2025, they again agree that "they will take all actions necessary to cause the election of each other as directors of the company." The quartet is David Smith (president/CEO/chairman of the board), Frederick G. Smith (VP), J. Duncan Smith (VP/secretary), and Robert E. Smith.....

NAB Signs Deal For New DC HQ - 4/6 - The National Association Of Broadcasters announced today that it has entered into an agreement to purchase a new headquarters in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood, with a scheduled move-in by fall of 2018. The broadcast industry lobbying arm's headquarters will be located in a new structure at the corner of South Capitol and M Streets, SE, one mile from the US Capitol and two blocks from the Washington Nationals baseball stadium. The NAB will help finance the new headquarters through the sale of its current building, located near Dupont Circle, NW. Built in 1969, the existing structure houses about 150 NAB employees.....

Tsigrikes To Head Marketing For WaPo - 4/6 - Paul Tsigrikes, formerly of the Wall Street Journal, will join the Washington Post as vice president of marketing. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Honor For Peter Maer - 4/6 - DCRTV hears that recently retired CBS Radio News White House correspondent Peter Maer, who worked for 38 years at Mutual, NBC, and CBS, will be honored with the 2015 Elmo Ellis Spirit Award at the ninth annual Georgia Radio Hall Of Fame induction ceremonies on October 24.....

Diamond Returns To Chicago - 4/6 - Without fanfare, Jack Diamond returned as morning host on Chicago classic hits outlet WLS-FM Monday after nearly four months off on medical leave, according to robertfeder.com. Diamond, 60, was last heard on the Cumulus station in late December when he returned home to Washington for treatment of diverticulitis. He underwent surgery January 20 and has been recuperating since. Diamond got fired from the morning show at Cumulus's WRQX, then Mix 107.3, two years ago. Since then, he's had short-lived radio gigs in Miami and San Diego, before landing the Chicago gig in late 2014.....

Big Bucks For Discovery Czar - 4/6 - From NewsBlues: David Zaslav, the CEO of Silver Spring-based Discovery Communications (Discovery Channel, American Heroes Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, Velocity), received $156.1 million in compensation last year. "And you wonder why your cable bill is so high," jests NewsBlues editor Mike James.....

Rolling Stone UVA Rape Article Discredited - 4/6 - An investigation into a Rolling Stone magazine article about an alleged gang rape at the University Of Virginia has concluded that the story reflected failures at virtually every level, from reporting and editing to fact-checking. A team at Columbia University's Graduate School Of Journalism called the November article "a story of journalistic failure that was avoidable." So reports washingtonpost.com.....

Buddy Belote Dies - 4/5 - DCRTV hears that Washington broadcasting pioneer Buddy Belote died March 20 in Tempe, Arizona. He was 93. In 1945, Belote started doing engineering duties for and spinning records at WINX radio when it was owned by the Washington Post. And he later did engineering work for WTOP-AM and TV, also when they were owned by the Post. He continued with DC's Channel 9 during its post-Post ownership changes as WDVM and WUSA. Belote retired in 1986. He's the father of championship swimmer Melissa Belote, who received numerous medals in the 1972 and 1976 summer Olympics.....

"Cards" Gets 4th Season - 4/5 - Netflix has renewed "House Of Cards" for a fourth season, which will air in 2016. The DC-set political thriller starring Kevin Spacey is subsidized by Maryland taxpayers and is filmed largely in the Baltimore area.....

Dave TV: DCRTV Dave's Car Radio - 4/4 - What's DCRTV Dave listening to on the car radio these days? Everything from WTOP, WJFK, WAMU, and WMAL, to DC101, Big 100.3, the Gamut, and WTMD. In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

WaPo's Baron Slams Iran - 4/3 - Marty Baron, the Washington Post's executive editor, calls Iran's detention of reporter Jason Rezaian under treason charges "state-sponsored injustice." At washingtonpost.com.....

Local TV Video Additions - 4/3 - Memories of Washington's first TV station, W3XWT. A Channel 5/WTTG news open from 1997 featuring Morris Jones and Tracey Neale. From Channel 9/WTOP, anchor Gordon Peterson sits in with the Joy Boys - Ed Walker and Willard Scott. Legendary sportscaster George Michael signs-off Channel 4/WRC in 2007. Those are the latest additions to DCRTV's Local TV Video page.....

New Studios For WPFW - 4/3 - WPFW, 89.3 FM, Washington's Pacifica outlet, has made the move from L Street to K Street this week. "The usual assortment of technical bugs were resolved. The view from the new windowed studio is fantastic! On air programmers seem well pleased with the new digs despite the few technical glitches," we're told. "A larger talk/interview studio, as well as a large recording studio space for 'Live At Five' should make a big difference in the kinds and number of community service programs the station can offer." Also, our source at the station, which airs jazz and lefty talk, adds: "Meanwhile, the glue is holding at the transmitter for more than a year now, running at full power".....

NPR Techs & Union Reach Agreement - 4/3 - NPR's engineering staff and the NABET-CWA union have reached a tentative agreement. It's a four-year contract that will provide 2.5% raises each year. A mail ballot will be sent to members with votes to be counted on April 15. "Almost all of the company proposals that we objected to were entirely removed from the contract," according to a union announcement. More at nabet31.org.....

Sommer To Contribute To 5's Newscasts - 4/3 - Will Sommer, who writes the "Loose Lips" DC politics blog for the Washington City Paper, will be adding like-topic contributor duties during newscasts at Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG.....

Ken Merson Leaves Fresh - 4/2 - DCRTV hears that DC and Baltimore radio veteran Ken Merson has left CBS's hot adult contemporary WIAD, 94.7 Fresh FM on "extremely friendly terms." He tells us: "I had a great five-plus years at Fresh and will miss being there and those I worked with. After taking a few weeks off, I'll be starting a new gig this later month." We'll have the news when he's ready to announce it.....

Confirmed: Julie Wright To 7 - 4/2 - DCRTV tipped you weeks ago and now we get confirmation that DC area traffic diva Julie Wright will be joining Channel 7/WJLA. She posted the news today on her Facebook page that she'll be doing features reports during "Good Morning Washington." We told you back in March that Wright had left her gig with Total Traffic Network, where she was seen doing morning traffic on Channel 5/WTTG and heard on a variety of area radio stations, including WPGC and WNEW.....

SLR: "Man Cave" Finally Opens, More - 4/2 - The debut of ESPN 980's "Man Cave," Sarah Fleischer's decision to retire from 98 Rock after 38 years, a new "voice" at WNEW, Tim Brant leaving WJLA in May, and more DC area radio and TV news. In this week's Sadly Lacking Radio podcast with DCRTV Dave and local media guru Jonathan.....

Allen West To Write To Town Hall - 4/2 - Allen West, the Republican who used to be a US House representative from Florida, has joined DC-based Townhall media as a contributor.....

Garrett Now Voices WNEW - 4/1 - DCRTV hears that Pat Garrett re-ups with CBS Radio in DC and will continue to be heard as the imaging "voice" of sports talker WJFK, 106.7 The Fan. Also, he's now doing like voice duties for CBS news talker WNEW, 99.1, which is now calling itself "NewsRadio 99-1." Before signing with CBS-DC last year, Garrett was the "voice" of Hubbard all-newser WTOP, 103.5.....

WTOP Drops To 2nd In Nat'l Radio Revenue - 4/1 - After four years, Hubbard all-newser WTOP has been dethroned as America's top radio revenue biller. Los Angeles's contemporary hit KIIS is now in first place, according to figures released by Chantilly-based BIA/Kelsey. KIIS, owned by iHeartMedia, recorded $65.9 million in ad revenue in 2014, compared to WTOP's second place $63.5 million, which was the same as it generated in 2013. WTOP raised $64.6 million in 2012, $64 million in 2011, $57.2 million in 2010, $51 million in 2009, and $51.7 million in 2008. There's no question that WTOP will remain the top 2014 radio revenue biller in the DC market by a large margin when those numbers are released. Rounding out the national "top 10" top radio revenue generators for 2014: 3) iHeart's WHTZ in NYC, 4) CBS's WCBS-AM in NYC, 5) iHeart's KBIG in LA, 6) iHeart's WLTW in NYC, 7) a tie between CBS's WINS and WFAN in NYC, 9) CBS's KROQ in LA, and 10) CBS's WBBM-AM in Chicago.....

Wiley Rein Cuts 9% - 4/1 - Wiley Rein, one of Washington's largest law firms, has cut a combined 48 attorneys and staff, representing about 9% of the firm's overall workforce. Wiley Rein was co-founded by former Federal Communications Commission chairman Richard Wiley and is best known for its telecommunications work. All of the firm's employees work in Washington and McLean. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Newseum Exhibit In Memory Of Simon - 4/1 - CBS will underwrite an exhibit at DC's Newseum, called "Reporting Vietnam," in honor of longtime CBS News correspondent Bob Simon, who recently died. The exhibit will open May 22.....

Dave TV: "Man Cave" Hoax & Resurrection - 4/1 - The latest crazy developments for ESPN 980's new "Man Cave" morning show involve a resurrection after it's being reported the station got punked by someone impersonating ESPN President John Skipper who succeeded, for a while, in getting the proposed show cancelled at the last minute. And how this all plays out in its nutty PR brilliance. In today's "Dave TV" at DCRTV's Dave TV page.....

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