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\/ January 27 Messages \/

I've been away, but now I'm back. 1) WDCN-LP is on 87.75 (basically 87.7), not 87.5 as others have written, and my wife's students listen to it all the time; if it's popular and legal, what's the big deal? 2) The wife, with her eagle eye, speculates the following about Amelia Draper: She was pregnant and had a miscarriage a few months back, and is now pregnant again. Let's all wish her well and that she has a healthy baby a few months from now, assuming that she is expecting. Again, this is all speculation, based on the outfits she wears. 3) Is it a coincidence that WTOP has started carrying "CBS News on the Hour" again and the loaded resentful-sounding phrases about real news, live news, or something like that have completely disappeared? It made CBS News sound a little silly when I heard it on WNAV or WCBS. Now it sounds professional again, and now WTOP uses it again. 4) Interesting that WCBS-880 in NYC has been so strong the last few days, that around Columbia, I have gotten it in full HD, sometimes for a whole minute. -- Carl in Olney (1/27/20)

Hi Dave, I must say I'm very impressed that you're able to run DCRTV every bit as efficiently in GA and WNC as you did in NOVA! How do you do it, as you're well out-of-terrestrial-range of the DC area stations? Was living in NOVA too much for you to afford eventually? Just curious. (1/27/20)

Thanks to the internet, I can easily listen to many DC radio stations no matter where I am, including two of my favorites - WTOP and WAMU. I can also watch local TV newscasts via DC and Baltimore stations' websites. And I still have a bunch of cool sources providing me with station info, so it all works great. Basically I left the DC area in 2017 due to the high costs of living and the incredibly horrible traffic. I did return to the DC area for part of 2018 but otherwise I've been in Delaware, Georgia, South Carolina, and now have a cool place in the foothills of North Carolina. I am only two hours from the Virginia state line and just six hours from the DC area via I-81......

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\/ January 26 Messages \/

Re :"Fox 5 sending Angie Golfballs to cover the Super Bowl ensures I won't be watching the Fox 5 local coverage of it", since it appears that management has made her the roving reporter now for the big sports events, guess they'll also send her to Tokyo for the Olympics..It appears that she's truly found her dream job..She seems to have more perks and benefits than any other anchor or reporter at the station.. (1/26/20)

I noticed also CBS has been running repeats Friday night last 3 weeks also first 2 hours on Thursday dont get it middle of Winter.I understand repeats Christmas week but now? Also notice even though I dont care much for the format I have an HD Radio and WMZQ hasnt been running the Classic Country HD2 station probably since New Years no 98.7 HD subchannel operating right now. (1/26/20)

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\/ January 25 Messages \/

Does 87.5 FM WDCN subscribe to Nielsen? They are not listed as a subscriber, yet Nielsen is showing their ratings. Last year Nielsen announced that they would NOT list any station that did not subscribe to their service and pay them. (1/25/20)

OK, if you've been watching the impeachment on TV, you would have heard the name "Pat Cippoloni". The first time I heard it, I though they said, "Patsy Baloney". Wouldn't that be a great name for a Pee Wee Herman character? Billy's younger sister? (1/25/20)

If you would like like to file a comment about LPTV Channel 6 87.5 FM, you can call the FCC and ask them the best way to file your comments. They are suppose to make it easy to file your comments. You can also email FCC.gov and ask them the best way to do it. (1/25/20)

Fox 5 sending Angie Golfballs to cover the Super Bowl ensures I won't be watching the Fox 5 local coverage of it. (1/25/20)

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\/ January 24 Messages \/

The powers that be are definitely making Angie Goff the Golden Child at Fox 5. No one seems to get more attention & perks at that station than she does. I initially felt she was trying way too hard, but she’s actually growing on me. Her enthusiasm & wackiness actually seem genuine vs. one of the early morning anchors w/her constant, fake cackling. (1/24/20)

Does anyone know why CBS is running constant repeats on Friday nights? This seems strange since they made a big deal about starting their spring season and will lose 3-4 Fridays due to March Madness (1/24/20)

People keep saying you can file your comments on the Channel 6 87.5 FM stations at FCC.gov. BUT WHERE? That’s an impossible bureaucratic maze. Got a link????? (1/24/20)

WWSX-LP has moved to a new tower site on Rt. 1 north of Rehoboth Beach, but I can't find an application for the move on the FCC's website. The had applied to move to this site before, but the application was dismissed. (1/24/20)

Major problem on Television Hill in Baltimore says WJZ 13. The CBS O & O claims that the station cannot meet the repack deadline because of a scheduling problem to have a staging area for the Erickson Air Crane to operate and replace the 3 main transmitter stalks atop the candelabra tower. There are only 2 weekends available on the Loyola University sports grounds for use of their land and the first one is a month after Stage 9 of the Repack ends on May 1. WJZ will move to channel 11 on a new auxiliary transmitter which they are installing now. Presumably, from the description, WMAR & WBAL will be filing similar delays as all 3 appear to be using the same air crane. Both WJZ and WBAL TV will have to evacuate the day this happens so there will likely be less local news that Saturday or Sunday. This also means that WJZ and possibly WBAL and WMAR will have poor reception in the month of May. fcc.gov — BaltoMedia.net (1/24/20)

Entravision, a Hispanic Media Company, stock has hit an all time low price of $2.06 per share. They own radio and television stations on the West Coast. They own good stations but don't seem to have good management. This company is ripe for a take over. (1/24/20)

87.5 FM......the FCC reminded us that the window is now open until 2/6/20 to file comments on the LPTV Channel 6 use of this Channel as a FM Radio Station rather than a Television Station as it was intended. There were 28 of these licenses issued at the time so that more Minorities could get into Television Station ownership. Soon after these licenses were granted, the people who received the licenses found that it was more lucrative to use the audio channel 87.5 FM as an FM Radio station. Today, most of these stations have been sold to Non-- Minorities. You can file your comments at the FCC.gov. (1/24/20)

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Hey Dave, It looks like Fox News in more on the beat than those idiots over at WMAL. On October 9, 2019, two con men working for Giuliani, Parnas and Fruman, were arrested at Dulles Airport and charged with, among other things , International money laundering. Now, DiGenova and his wife had been palling around with these two clowns for months,and Parnas even claims Toesing was in on the initial coercing of a foreign official for political gains, for which the President is being impeached. There were no more appearances of DiGenova, or his wife Toesing, on Fox News after that arrest. DiGenova did appear a couple of times on Fox Business in December, but disappeared after he made an anti-semitic remark about George Soros that got Jewish viewers up and arms. Fox News dropped this clown for dishonest and not disclosing business interests, Fox Business dismissed him for anti-semitic remarks, allegedly, so, why is this buffoon still on WMAL every Monday at 7:05 AM? Fire this racist, dishonest, political conniving, cheating, anti-semitic ass, Bill Hess. And then make him come clean with an apologetic press conference, explaining the political dirty trick he was involved in-with the President, on the Capitol steps this Monday, for all the Senators to hear. There is a special place in Hell for guys like Joe DiGenova. Bill, you are in the cesspool with him unless you do the right thing. Jail could be good for Joe. (1/23/20)

The application to sell WXSH in Pocomoke City from Mike Powell to Vinco Media has appeared on the FCC website. (1/23/20)

REF: [TJ Smith] I agree with the earlier post about this dude who would push his mother off a busy sidewalk into rush-hour traffic to get his sorry ass in front of a camera. As has been stated here before, Smith was a self-made “Chief” of information with Baltimore PD, a title suggesting a command-level sworn position, when, in fact, he was nothing more than a civilian PR hack, the department’s puppet, puking up whatever his former commissioner buddy, Kevin Davis (also from AAPD, who got him his job) needed to make him look good. This double-dipper took a leave of absence from AAPD to jack his salary up significantly while joining BPD, which allowed him to remain on AAPD’s payroll to accrue all the benefits of his lieutenant position there while pulling in a salary well into six figures from the city. He and Davis have remained best buddies of alleged/wanna-be news radio 1090, and have been for years where they welcome them with open arms, especially now that Smith is running for Baltimore mayor. I guess the station felt sorry for him after seeing the turnout for his mayoral campaign kickoff was barely enough to fill a British phone booth. Hopefully, listeners will see this for what it is and either stay home or vote for someone else on election day. (1/23/20)

Two radio stocks we have been following are still not doing well. Urban One $2.07 and Salem $1.50. Both companies are trying to reduce their debt. They both need to sell off some assets in order to do this. (1/23/20)

Memo to 94.7 The Drive: Have you played "Elvira" by the Oak Ridge Boys in the last few days? I haven't thought of that corny piece of shit since about 1988, and yet I woke up this morning and it was stuck in my head. I'm sure I heard it somewhere recently; there is no other reason that one alcohol-soaked brain cell retaining that song would have lit up this morning. "Giddyup-Oom-Papa-Mau-Mau".... (1/23/20)

"There WAS a TMOS Bonus Show on 1/17." Yet as of this writing on MLK Wednesday it still hasn't made it to their website. (1/23/20)

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\/ January 22 Messages \/

There WAS a TMOS Bonus Show on 1/17. AND not producing a show on a federal holiday is not an unusual thing for anyone. (1/22/20)

WE CALL TMOS BUMKIS! Mike O'Meara off AGAIN on Tuesday. So, on TMOS, is "migraine" Robb Spewak slange for "hangover?" (1/22/20)

No longer with us: Fred Graham www.legacy.com... (1/22/20)

GLOVELESS FRUITCAKE TREASURE: Now that the holidays are over and the fruitcakes have been devoured, I checked out on their YouTube page, Robb Spewak and the TMOS elves making it all happen. Did you know that Robb Spewak and most elves don't wear clear plastic baking gloves OR beard and hair nets? EWWW! [So in ass-backwards Virginia, commercial kitchen regulations are in par with backwoods Moonshine regs?] (1/22/20)

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Remember all of those nicknames for Baltimore? Charm City, All-American City, The City That Reads, Baltimore’s Best. I have a new one. The Unacceptable City. I have selected that because, you will hear the mayor, council prez, or commish saying that the latest crime surge is “unacceptable”. Will one of the esteemed media members ever ask exactly what that means? They keep saying it, but nothing changes. How about the media, or even a mayoral candidate making one of those Fox News montages, showing these so-called leaders using the word unacceptable time after time. You could even throw in a few ‘will not be tolerated’, whatever that’s supposed to mean. That’s another of their go to phrases. (1/21/20)

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TMOS NO GO! So, The Mike O'Meara Show Podcast produced no PAID "BONUS SHOW" for subscribers last Friday [1/17] and NO LIVE SHOW today, Monday [1/20] Really taking that MLK holiday to the extreme. [Mike, is age 60 too late to develop a work ethic?] (1/20/20)

WDCH 99.1 FM....why would Entercom redact the price of their LMA with Bloomberg? Bloomberg leases the station 24 Hours per day. Why the Secret? (1/20/20)

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\/ January 19 Messages \/

Gene, the WBJC website has posted the following message: "WBJC is currently broadcasting from a backup collection over the air due to equipment failure in the studios. The component that sends the signal from our studio out to the transmitter has failed. We are expecting the replacement tomorrow, and emergency installation will take place over the weekend. What you’re hearing over the air is a back-up collection of classical music we loading up for just such an event. You can still hear what we are ACTUALLY broadcasting live by listening online." It would be nice if every station on the dial had the foresight to install a backup audio device when their main studio-to-transmitter link goes down. (1/19/20)

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\/ January 18 Messages \/

Interesting question. Are these 3 TV stations all on the air at the same time? www.rabbitears.info... (1/18/20)

I know WDVM 25 is on the air. I know Baltimore’s WMJF got permission to move to channel 23 which a severely directional signal, but how could WDDN-LP Daystar still be on the air and not have been displaced? The signal overlap to WDVM specifically is significant. Anybody know? (1/18/20)

The game changing thing about Nextgen TV is that, yeah, you’ll have to have that antenna again, but it might not have to be that big as in home antenna reception is better with ATSC 3.0 and you won’t have to WIRE every TV. That is the game changer. One WIFI router can route the TV signals to other TVs or even laptops or phones without a direct connection just like we do now with our computers and laptops. The other big change with ATSC 3.0 is the adaptability of the signal. It can change resolutions on the fly to keep a constant signal for like in a basement or in a big concrete apartment building where the direct to device signal is difficult. The next big shoe to drop is going to be the cellphone industry. They already have tiny chips that will fit in any cell phone along with small antenna designs for ATSC 3.0. But will any manufacturer bite a piece of the apple under threat from the carriers? Apple’s now running their own streaming service. So are CBS and NBC. NextGen TV has the promise of too much too cheaply, and the cell phone manufacturers and cable companies know where their bread is buttered. I hope the government doesn’t collude with these entrenched companies and near monopolies to try to poison pill this stuff because it could be really exciting. Imagine being able to tune in say, a baseball or football game while on the beach from a laptop or cell phone? And after the 5 year channel sharing period expires for lighthouse signals, every TV station in America will have the capability for 8-12 TV sub-channels, all better resolution than today with at least one 4k signal for big events. — BaltoMedia.net (1/18/20)

One Media, btw Dave, is owned by Sinclair, so both Washington and Baltimore will be first with ATSC 3.0/Nextgen TV and Sinclair already has a sharing deal with Nexstar, so it’s likely that WJLA ABC 7 and WDCW CW 50 will be sharing ATSC 1.0 and 3.0 signals for the 5 required years. This explains the use of the Ward Circle NBC tower for the ATSC 3.0 tests in Washington. In Baltimore the WBFF/WNUV duopoly allows them to make the switch very quickly and Sinclair has already done lots of tests in the DC/Baltimore market that went unnoticed. Even NBC owned WRC NBC 4 participated in the tests. Comcast hates this, but they also fear it, so they want to be on board for several reasons or at least appear to be on board. #1, it threatens Comcast Xfinity’s business model, #2, if they fight it too hard, it throws into question their anti-trust situation, which so far they’ve been given a pass on. #3 They want to play both sides against the middle to make money either way. Fox and WTTG Fox 5 are on board too, but it’s unclear who they’d pair with, but my feeling is that it’ll be WPXW 66 who’s going to be on the same River Road tower which is undergoing renovations. I have no thoughts on what WUSA 9 will do. Tegna is a member of the ATSC 3.0 alliance, but I’ve seen no tests at any of their stations yet, so I think they’re going to take a wait and see approach. But Sinclair has all their eggs in this basket, so they’ve got to get these Nextgen stations that they own on the air ASAP. They created OneMedia for this purpose and so far are probably making little money. (1/18/20)

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\/ January 17 Messages \/

I think Angie Goff has been on Fox5 for less than a year, but she’s everywhere! She’s been given an anchor seat as well as a co-host seat on their 7pm show. She also routinely promoted her podcast on air. She was sent to the World Series & I see now she’s being sent to the Super Bowl. There are on air personalities who have been there for YEARS who haven’t & STILL haven’t been given such perks. What’s the big deal with Angie??!! (1/17/20)

What's going on at WBJC? - No on air announcer - noticed 10pm last night and all morning too - also, they did not run Music Through the Night program between 1 and 5am. Just an announcement after each selection - WBJC Baltimore etc. GENE in Eldersburg (1/17/20)

Nancy Chen leaves WJLA... Her Instagram post said that today was her last day at ABC 7 - moving to New York (1/17/20)

"Joe Di Genoa" guy and the Stock Market guy, what the heck is wrong with you? I have to step away for a bit to perform chores for my Russian masters related to debt service. I say let the Russians fucking take over. If you're worried about Russia you're siding with Mark Levin. Think about that. Think about U.S. interference with Israeli and Iranian elections. Remember that time the Russians murdered Muammar Ghadaffi? Good times! Remember that time Russia invaded Iraq for no reason? Good times! Keep siding with Mark Levin and opposing Russia. See where that gets you. Gus in the Gaithersburg (1/17/20)

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\/ January 16 Messages \/

The payment from Bloomberg to lease WDCH is redacted from the public copy of the LMA. That's allowed and, to my knowledge, standard practice. Tough shit. Now go rant about stock prices again....That WETA-TV construction permit that P of the AW brought up is not current, it was for a DRT on ch. 31 that was never built and expired in 2017. I guess they either realized it would be a waste of money - I mean, here in Loudoun their signal is perfect - or abandoned the permit once they started trying to move the main signal from 14 to 31. Obviously, they couldn't build it now without murdering that signal....MHz Networks barely registers as local media anymore, but noteworthy is they are shuttering all TV broadcasting for good as WorldView is being discontinued on the first of March. All that's left will be their MHz Choice streaming service with its catalogue of (even by streaming-service standards) very niche foreign-language programs. They're replacing WorldView with a free ad-supported linear stream of those programs called MHz Now: mhznetworks.com (1/16/20)

How much is Bloomberg paying Entercom to lease their WDCH 99.1 FM for their Business Format? The FCC does not have a record of this. Their lease expires in January 2021. We know that the Russians are paying Arthur Liu $35,000 per month to lease WZHF 1390 AM and they are paying John Garziglia $30,000 per month to lease his Translator 105.5 FM. (1/16/20)

The stock market hit another high today. Is Urban One in trouble? Their stock is at an all time low price of $1.94 per share. They have too much debt to service. They need to reduce their debt so that they could turn a profit. (1/16/20)

Last night, Lev Parnas, accused spy, political trickster, and money launderer working for the Trump campaign and Rudy Gullif#ckf@ce, accused Joe Di Genoa of being involved heavily in the plot to oust a sitting US Ambassador, apply monetary pressure on a foreign government for a domestic political outcome, and working with Rudy against he US Department of Justice, using the President, to keep a politically connected oligarch from facing criminal charges in the United States. Why is this traitor to the US, Joe Di Genoa, still on the air at WMAL, using his title of former US Attorney, to provide commentary, and de-legitimize impeachment news and those currently working at the Justice Department? Juxtapose this news with Larry O'Connor and Chris Plante constantly spewing Russian fake news, and we should legitimately ask, " Is WMAL a cog in a Russian machination designed to fell the United States?" Comrade Bill Hess, care to comment? (1/16/20)

Public radio station WSCL 89.5 from Salisbury University had to recently move their antenna and transmitter to a new location- Luckily, there was an available tower about a mile or two away... www.delmarvapublicradio.net (1/16/20)

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\/ January 15 Messages \/

BaltoMedia says WETA-TV is constructing a new building for their repack location? Their construction permit is for the 4010 Chesapeake St NW DC location. Didn’t think there was any room for another building there. Curious to see that they also gave a CP for a translator way out past Darnestown with a highly directional bow tie pattern NW and NE. Who is that for? -P of the AW (1/15/20)

Will alleged newsradio 1090 please stop the incessant cheerleading for "Chief" TJ Smith to be mayor? At a time when the city police department was struggling to recruit new officers, they sent two drug detectives to work in Anne Arundel County in exchange for having "Chief" Smith serve as the mouthpiece for the city police department. The deal had Anne Arundel chipping in $91,000 for Smith's salary and the city putting in another $45,000. Not a bad gig. He wasn't outside the city's culture of corruption, he was part of it. He was brought here to be a master of propaganda to cover up the department's long history of misdeeds and the incompetency of leadership to get a grip on Baltimore's crime issue. (1/15/20)

I wonder if the influx of KHI folks into WXSH-FM is either 1) to create a radio renaissance for that station and that region or 2) just a temporary stop to personally regroup. A Class-A FM that can't even throw a signal across the Bay is one helluva step down for nearly everybody involved. But having said that, a station under local control and close-in ownership can try anything and everything they want to without corporate interference; rapidly becoming local legends and perhaps drawing industry attention. However this works out, I wish them all well. I've taken jobs at stations with night-light power after a "career glitch", so I can appreciate what they are doing. (1/15/20)

Nextgen TV on Delmarva… Salisbury is not included in the 40 or 60+ markets to get Nextgen TV this year or next, but WBOC TV has an advertisement looking for a TV engineer with ATSC 3.0 experience so Draper is clearly planning to get started on it very soon, I guess after they finish the complexities of turning WRDE NBC Coast TV into the equivalent of a full power TV station. I don’t see anything from WMDT just yet about it, but WMDT also owns WGDV-LD and WEVD-LD in Dover, so they both own multiple TV stations to allow a fairly quick transition. — BaltoMedia.net (1/15/20)

Baltimore area based Sinclair put on its biggest ATSC 3.0 Nextgen TV demonstration at the Consumer Electronics show. Nextgen TVs are now available by Sony, Samsung, and co-inventor LG. Sinclair used its own TV station in Las Vegas, KSNV NBC TV to demonstrate 4k TV over the air, some 1080p programming uploaded to 4k by the new TVs or actual original 4k programming that the TVs can receive over the air in full resolution. Baltimore is among the 40 markets it owns TV stations in that plan to convert, most likely with WNUV, which in the test they've already done in Baltimore, WNUV could run both The CW and Fox 45 from WNUV in ATSC 3.0 (and possibly My Network TV) with some 4k programming and all the sub-channels of both TV stations, while WBFF will carry both Fox and The CW in 720p and My 24, with a smaller batch of sub-channels for today's TVs. tvnewscheck.com (1/15/20)

Some FCC notes. WBMD AM 750 is back on the air at full power from the WFSI tower in Essex. And W268BA (WBAL FM 101.5) has finalized its plans and settled on 136 watts from the candelabra tower instead of 250 watts. (1/15/20)

WETA 26 has filed a progress report with the FCC. It appears they have begun construction on their channel 31 repack location. They are constructing a new building on the property and estimate construction to be finished in the 1st half of 2020 so apparently they will be a full power at some point by the beginning of summer. — BaltoMedia.net (1/15/20)

John Vincent (and KHI crew) have landed at Xtra 106.1 in Pocomoke City. Haven't been able to find out if he's bought the station from Mike Powell or if it's an LMA arraignment. The crew includes Chris Roth which you referenced in the departures from WAID-FM..... Draper Communications (WRDE-TV) has its hands full not only with adding sites to improve WRDE's signal but they have also moved part of their radio operations from in town Cambridge to a newly renovated shopping center along Rt. 50 in Cambridge..... Radio Operations Director Joe Edwards has posted a video on his Facebook page of the remnants of the old studios..... The problem with the clunky switching during NBC programming may have something to do with master control being handled from Salisbury. See the link below. www.prnewswire.com (1/15/20)

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Just reading that Tony Perkins is now permanently in that Wake Up DC morning show. Hmmmm, interesting as he made it seem like he was through with tv & wanted to go back to radio. (1/14/20)

Sad, very sad to read of the demise of the local Sentinel newspapers. But once -- just once -- wouldn't you love to see a final edition go to press with this headline? (link: GIRLS WITH SLINGSHOTS) girlswithslingshots.com (1/14/20)

Is Sue Palka still the "chief meteorologist" for WTTG? She seems to be on the air less than anyone else on their weather staff and rarely does all the weather reports in a newscast, often alternating reports with another staffer. (1/14/20)

All Access is reporting enormous changes nationally at iHeartMedia. Right from the company's own press release, they are looking to consolidate even more (if that's possible), concentrating operations covering extremely large regions into compact hubs they call, "'Centers of Excellence' using artificial intelligence and other technology ... that the company claims will provide a better experience for listeners and business partners and a more efficient process for all of its employees." That last part deserves a second mention: "All of its employees", or at least the few that remain. Further into the press release, the company states, "...there will be some employee dislocation -- some by geography and some by function -- which is the unfortunate price we pay to modernize the company. We have had to make some tough decisions, and in the process some employees have been affected." Some very prime office space may soon come available in the pink building on Rockville Pike in 2020, accompanied by the sound of doors smacking an awful lot of people in the ass on the way out. To any iHeart employees reading this posting, why on earth are you still working for these dolts? Get out now and save your careers. (1/14/20)

In Baltimore, we have three HFS like stations: 89.7 WTMD resembles HFS’ early years with a wide variety of singer-songwriter and local music, WRNR resembles HFS’ heyday in the early-mid 90s and HFS on 104.7 (WWMX-HD2 / hfsradio.com) resembles corporate HFS in the late 90s-2000s (minus any DJs, with a crappy signal and lots of technical problems that go on unchecked for months on end). (1/14/20)

I am glad that DCRTV is not a political site. However, it is difficult to avoid it when politics dominate the News in DC. Perhaps you would rather hear about "Gus in Gaithersburg". (1/14/20)

I love the classic alternative music like on Sirus sattelite First Wave but it probably wouldnt get good ratings as a full time format I personally would rather see a 50s 60s feed maybe on HD3 get rid of the in my opinion junk station Q on thier HD2 channel theres already a station for The LGBT community on Hot 99.5 HD2 called Pride Radio fortunately the Gamut plays a bit of just about everything so you will hear Classic alternative ,Oldies, as well as pop and the classic rock acts and deep cuts that WBIG ignores. Im not a fan of the Drive theyve eliminated just about all of the early 70s music was better when they were on HD2 as DCs Classic Hits When Fresh was on the 94.7 main channel .The Drive too repetitive of a playlist do you have to hear Youre the One That I Want from Grease 4 times a day! . . Also DC101 HD2 used to be hard leaning rock it was quite decent then then they became WONK conservative talk too bad. (1/14/20)

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"It wouldn't have taken more than a few clicks to figure it out -- O'Meara publicly posted the exact situation the day after it happened on social media." I guess I'm just not as fascinated or obsessed with Mr. O'Meara as you are. If he posted about the hot shot the day after it happened that pushes Fake Musicologist Rob's "respect his privacy" right out the window doesn't it? I wouldn't know because I don't take the Facebook. It's a salutary reminder that we all should have coverage for our funeral expenses when the time of our homegoing rolls around. And by the way something, everything Mike O'Meara related is obesity related. This week racist Rob will be ditching the sweatshirts and wearing a bra as a top. Gus in the Gaithersburg (1/13/20)

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I actually tried to give the new Fox5 traffic woman a chance, but she’s just not a good fit. Her personality is, well, let me say she doesn’t exude any personality. (1/12/20)

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Sherree Burruss moves on from NBC4 www.washingtonpost.com... (1/11/20)

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As though on cue comes the idea of the resurrection of HFS after the recent firings at 94.7 The Drive. Time for a few catches to this idea. First of all, The Drive’s ratings are close or in the top 10 of late, it would be foolish to ditch a format that’s working. Secondly, there’s already a alternative outlet in DC in the form of DC101 and honestly, you aren’t going to do well with two mainstream alternative stations in the market at all as it would be a battle as to who gets up to around 14th place and the other outlet is in 20th or sometimes slight higher or lower. Third, as was mentioned, you aren’t going to get the 80s HFS or 90s but current day alternative and honestly, compared to the 70s, 80s and early 90s alt music, it’s not as appealing as the old school sound of HFS. The only good thing about a two station alt rock rivalry would be that both 101.1 and 94.7 have really great coverage areas. What I would do is something Entercom won’t do and that’s add in late 70s, 80s and early 90s alternative tracks on 94.7 The Drive. If you’re going to have a classic hits station in DC, a nod to the heyday of HFS wouldn’t hurt either. Make it a heritage outlet and have the playlist reflect what DC was like back in those days. It won’t quell the noise of: WE NEED HFS BACK….but it can add some context to those days. That or on HD3, get rid of WJFK’s simulcast and do a ROQ of the 80s format that has those alt songs the way KROQ out of Pasadena CA does on their HD2 signal. OH and one last thing about the HFS call sign: It’s parked in Tampa on a business station that’s a simulcast of a station out of Bocca Raton. If somehow, Entercom were to want to get WHFS back in DC, they would just try to get them off the Beasley Broadcast Group….so some food for thought there. Dan (1/10/20)

“What will happen to the 80's format on WAID 94.7 FM now that Chris Roth and Albie Dee are gone? Entercom should put an Alternative Format, like the old HFS Format. It would do well in both DC and Baltimore.”. 94.7 does still have Jason Kidd, yes he’s worked a lot of top 40 but he did a great job at 102.7 Jack FM before it got traded to iHeart from CBS Radio in 2009. As for Entercom putting an alternative format on one of their frequencies. They have two in DC that could easily be switched which would still be a lot better product than Spanish, or Bloomberg radio. It’s painful that 99.1 & 107.9 are strong Baltimore market frequencies that get completely wasted trying to be DC stations, they’re both geared to DC market which neither signal properly covers per what I’ve read here over the years. Yet they are both are solid up towards the Mason Dixon line especially 99.1. (1/10/20)

Gus, you insipid troll -- We've all come to realize how much of a legend-in-your-own-mind and gutless wonder you are, but you cannot really be as stupid as your last post sounded. O'Meara's extra days off were a serious, death-related matter involving someone extremely close to one of his children -- pretty sure that doesn't qualify as "obesity related". And before you haul off and say "well, how was I supposed to know that?"... It wouldn't have taken more than a few clicks to figure it out -- O'Meara publicly posted the exact situation the day after it happened on social media. No colossal mystery going on. You know that old saying about never assuming stuff because of what it makes you into? Try it sometime, ass. (1/10/20)

Good News......the Stock Market hit an all time high yesterday! Our radio stocks continue to be flat. Wall Street does not like these stocks. Most of these radio companies have too much debt to service. (1/10/20)

"WHFS is not coming back. And, if it did, you wouldn't like it, 2020 "Alternative" isn't the same as 2005 or 1995." And some of us didn't like it in 1995 when it stunk like the decade old corpse it was. I wouldn't have suggested "just play oldies" I would have suggested to "go back to no playlists." But even the people whining about HFS are more fun than The Stock Guy. That guy's a dick. Gus in the Gaithersburg (1/10/20)

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"Entercom should put an Alternative Format, like the old HFS Format." Seriously...? It's been 15 years. WHFS is not coming back. And, if it did, you wouldn't like it, 2020 "Alternative" isn't the same as 2005 or 1995. (1/9/20)

WAMU tower in NW in the process of removing old and installing new main antenna, starting today and running through mid-February. Would you take the job of removing and installing lots of metal pipes and fittings while climbing up and down a yellow steel gin pole on a day when temps are below freezing? Not me, mon ami. -P of the AW (1/9/20)

Re: "...what is the relevance to the DC/Baltimore media scene to bring up Mike O'Meara's Florida real estate holdings?" Because, if a member of the DCRTV family buys his vacation townhouse, Mike O'Meara will personally sign the master bath toilet seat and should provide DCRTV Dave with a 2% commission. #BuyMikesHouse (1/9/20)

Totally agree with the post about Chick and Buck on 980. Love Buck and felt he got shafted by the Wizzard's and Leonsis's kid who pushed him out the door after doing the same thing to Phil Chenier. Chick, well you have to feel sorry for him, not funny at all but thinks he is. 980 is a non factor mainly because of so much inside stuff with their host's. NBC Sports Washington is unwatchable. Never, have we seen such a group of amateurs on one outlet. It seems like the less qualified you are for TV, then that's the place for you . Experience is not a requirement. As for Julie, it is quite obvious all she is selling is herself. Dressing the way she does, speaks for itself. Have you seen the photo's she post of herself. Nuff said. (1/9/20)

What will happen to the 80's format on WAID 94.7 FM now that Chris Roth and Albie Dee are gone? Entercom should put an Alternative Format, like the old HFS Format. It would do well in both DC and Baltimore. (1/9/20)

Other than just sheer viciousness and the absence of having a life of your own, what is the relevance to the DC/Baltimore media scene to bring up Mike O'Meara's Florida real estate holdings? Dude, its a whole new decade - go get that therapy you should have gotten fifteen years ago. (1/9/20)

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So American University authorized the sale of WAMU's Eastern Shore repeater, WRAU 88.3 back in early October... No takers? (1/8/20)

Well this might explain some of the recent weirdness of WKHI 94.9 FM, Newark, MD/Ocean City. Vince lost the transmitter site, and then immediately sold the radio station. It’s just so funny because the station was his most successful I think, but he did the same with all the failed ones too, lost the tower site and whomever owns it apparently doesn’t want to deal with him anymore. It’s just mind boggling. I could say more, but he'd threaten to sue. LOL What's interesting is that the buyer is The Voice Radio, Hitman’s station WJKI, who’s had troubling issues with Vince before, to say the least. Hehe. But here’s the FCC sale. and it makes you wonder, where is Vinco Media going now? fcc.gov (1/8/20)

Whatever obesity-related drama Mike O'Meara is going through what is this "please respect his privacy" bullshit? Is there a mugshot out there? I couldn't violate his privacy if I wanted to. But the heinousness of the week is Rob the Raccist Musicologist Spewak saying that Bobby Darin had the original hit version of Mack the Knife. Leaving Lotte Lenya aside, Louis Armstrong made it a hit 3 years before Darin. And as always the show is better without the marquee name. Just sayin'. Treasure these times. Gus in the Gaithersburg (1/8/20)

Here is why the Facebook page and website for WKHI has disparied. Vince is selling the station to Kevin of The Voice Radio Network for $375K (FCC Date Base). Does this mean that Vince is now out of radio? God would only hope so! (1/8/20)

A routine search suggests that one of the O'meara daughters boyfriend got a "hotshot" over the weekend. I wonder if Mike will refer to the guy as a junkie like he did when Tom Petty passed similarly. Tragic indeed. Lay off the smack kids. It's poisoned by the chinese with fentanyl. (1/8/20)

Dave: I've been out of town the past few weeks and catching up with various posts and things. First, when I was out down in SC I heard a 980 show with Buck and Hernandez and I thought it was quite inappropriate, unprofessional, and simply irresponsible to put those guys on the radio. Wow, are these guys bitter or what? Buck's ego takes up the entire Capital One Arena and friends of mine have told me stories about how spoiled he got on the road with the Wizards. Also, Chick isn't funny and at this point and he's hurting his career by fueling anything that Buck said...it was an awful listen! Meanwhile, isn't there a TV sportscaster in the market who knows player names? Channel 4 seems to be struggling with talent and I don't even know the other people at Channel 7 or 9. But, what's most embarrassing is the talent and look at NBCSNDCCSN-DC and how they allow people like Julie and others to dress on-camera. I know it's cable, however, that channel has no credibility at all! (1/8/20)

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MAJOR PROBLEMS IN MIKE O'MEARA LAND: With his voice trembling, Robb Spewak announced on yesterday's show that "Mike O'Meara is not here, dealing with personal matters... and we ask that you respect his privacy." In better news, O'Meara has been casted w/ Larry King in Part Time Daddy III ? (1/7/20)

From the looks of WRDE NBC Coast TV, it's probably automated. A poorly programmed one at that. Also, Chris Roth and Albie are part of the almost 500 layoffs. iEntercom's nationwide move to voice tracking. Just a wanna be iHeart. (1/7/20)

If it’s technically feasible to allow the 87.7 Franken FMs to continue broadcasting while using the rest of the bandwidth to provide digital TV, it seems like a reasonable concession because the FM band is crowded. Any engineers care to weigh in? What do you think they would be able to offer in terms of streams (HD/SD) with using 87.7 as a FrankenFM and the rest as ATSC? Would this probably work using ASTC 3.0? Should TV stations currently broadcasting in DTV on channel 6, like WPVI in Philadelphia, be allowed to do this as well? It might make the channel 6 TV frequency more popular (it’s underutilized even after the repack) and free up bandwidth on UHF. (1/7/20)

KID, what are your mental health/illness diagnoses as is plural?! Meds, plural?! ... . Excerpt: "dreams of the Commission; Weather talkers Andrea Draper and Lauryn Ricketts on WRC, real channel 48". The dopey weather puppethead at WRCTV, her name is AMELIA DRAPER (formerly Segal) not Andrea! And it's REDSKINS Network not REDSKIN! BTW dopey, I'm local, Fredericksburg, VA...Do you hsve any semblance of a post secondary education? (Uh oh, his head might explode!). Your little site, just the rambling's, layout of a crazy person!! You, wow, just an imbecile! Damn Millennials! Retorts/rebuttal's, bring it/them on!! MAGA, KAG! (1/7/20)

The following was forwarded to DCRTV.....

To our listeners in the Washington, DC area: Bluegrass Country’s host station, WAMU, is replacing the antenna on its broadcast tower in Washington, DC. If you listen to us on 88.5-HD2, you may encounter reception problems during the renovation project, which began today and is expected to be completed by February 3. During the renovation, the station will be broadcasting from an auxiliary tower in Arlington, VA, so listeners in outlying areas particularly in suburban Maryland may not be able to reliably receive Bluegrass Country. If you listen through the website, smart phone app or smart device, you won’t be affected. When the project is completed, the new antenna is expected to provide a stronger and more reliable signal, and expand our reach to a larger listening audience in the greater Washington, DC area. There’s more information in the How To Listen section of bluegrasscountry.org. Please contact us if you have any questions. Thanks for listening to Bluegrass Country. Dan Shipp bluegrasscountry.org (1/7/20)

Looks like Mike O'Meara's Florida starter home townhouse fell out of escrow; back on the market. The bad news it appears that his home is not even listed on his agents office website? [DON'T PAY AN AGENT 6% COMMISSION. JUST HIRE A RE LAWYER BY THE HOUR] Did he lose his new home or on contingency? Worst yet, there are 1 million homes listed for sale in his area. The good news, his HOA approved a new roof. (1/7/20)

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[RE: "Somebody working at Draper’s WRDE is getting canned on Monday. They missed an entire local ad insert segment during the Golden Globes. WBAL TV was running all it’s SOLD local ads and WRDE just had the NBC logo and chime on. Earth to Master Control, are you there? LOL"] This happens ALL the time on weekend today. It's so bad, I flip to WBAL to have something playing. (1/6/20)

Are there any FM Translators For Sale in the DC Area? (1/6/20)

Remember, the deadline for filing comments with the FCC on 87.7 FM is 1/22/20. Should these 28 LPTV Stations be allowed to operate as FM Radio Stations rather than Television Station as they were intended? (1/6/20)

How many new stations were licensed in 2019? According to the FCC, at the end of 2019, there are 4,593 AM Stations, 6,772 FM Stations and 8,182 FM Translators on the air now. In major markets like DC, there are NO FM Frequencies available for new FM Translators now. In other words, if you want a new FM Translator, the only way you can obtain one is to buy it. (1/6/20)

Re: WTOP net switch: RadioInsight was the first to report it at 1:31pm on 31 December -- then I turned it on at 3pm and heard CBS... However, Dave is also right in that all published articles give the 1 January start date. In the grand scheme of things it doesn't really matter... (1/6/20)

BaltoMedia ; It's George Baumann. Google George Baumann WJZ for a nice Balt. Sun. obituary. He was with WJZ from 1960 to 1998. I remember him, but not Jim Smith. THANKS, Nick (1/6/20)

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WBOC-LD is Telemundo in 1080i HD on the Eastern Shore. Telemundo is also on WRDE, but not in HD. The real question that Cord Cutters would like to know is when will WBOC FOX 21 finally broadcast FOX in 720p HD for the Eastern Shore? I can’t believe that FOX is happy with that situation. Draper is spending a small fortune on 4 LPTV stations, WRDE-LD, WRUE-LD, WSJZ-LD and WBOC-LD to blanket the eastern shore with NBC and Telemundo, while WBOC Fox 21 is still in 480i over the air and that is just not good for NFL games or a lot of things. (1/5/20)

A couple of TV observations: WJLA fired or lost Jessob Reisbeck? I saw his tweet on twitter saying his time "came to an end" and he talked about sticking to his morals - so I assume he was let go? Also - over the holidays WJLA had Bobby Laurie doing traffic. Where did he come from? He did a great job keeping the reports up to Julie's standards. He was great at delivering the info but still keeping it conversational. Maybe FOX5 should replace the new traffic woman with him Thursdays and Fridays? (1/5/20)

Salem stock drops to an all time low price of $1.00 per share. They are trying to reduce their debt. They need to sell WAVA-FM to help get them out of debt. It is a good company and I hope they can avoid bankruptcy. (1/5/20)

Hi Dave and Happy New Year to All. I wanted to answer the Weather person question about ch 13 in Baltimore from a poster in the mailbag. I remember Jim Smith for many years on WJZ 60’s-early seventies. Jim Smith even did the weather for Their then network ABC during one of the space shots from the Cape in Florida in the Jules Burgman days! All The Best in 2020! Nick L. (1/5/20)

Somebody working at Draper’s WRDE is getting canned on Monday. They missed an entire local ad insert segment during the Golden Globes. WBAL TV was running all it’s SOLD local ads and WRDE just had the NBC logo and chime on. Earth to Master Control, are you there? LOL (1/5/20)

Just when I thought it got bad, it got worse! WRDE NBC Coast TV CUT OFF THE GOLDEN GLOBES BEFORE BEST ACTRESS/ACTORS AWARDS, and ran, a taped 11 pm news! Clearly this TV station is on autopilot or somebody’s drunk at WBOC! So they cut off the TWO final awards and the ending of the show! HAHA! Somebody’s getting a pink slip tomorrow. LOL (1/5/20)

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Sorry to hear that both Chris Roth and Albie Dee are out at The Drive 94.7 FM. New Management has their own ideas how the station should sound. I liked the 80's Music. The Station needs promotion. It was on the right track! Entercom gave them just thee months to turn it around. (1/4/20)

FYI - In case you didn’t see, it -looks- like WJLA let go of Jessie Reisbeck.. At least according to his Twitter page.. (1/4/20)

It looks like WLIF-HD3, which is running Classic Hits (on HD only), beat WQLL. WLIF-HD3 picked up a 0.8, with WQLL's 0.3...while on a full power AM signal blanketing the market. You know who also beat WQLL in Baltimore? WPRS, WMMJ, WMZQ, WDCH, WGTS, WAMU, WKYS (all DC stations). (1/4/20)

On the front page, you wrote, "CBS News Radio programming to be featured daily on WTOP beginning January 1." I first heard CBS on the hour on WTOP at 1 P.M. on December 31. (IIRC, the switch to ABC was made before the start of the New Year.) As you are the website of record, you might want to make a correction, else everyone will refer to January 1 as the start date. (1/4/20)

Dave's response: That line was straight from CBS's press release.....

If I’m not mistaken George Baughman was WJZ’s first actual news anchor for a 15 minute newscast which was #3 in the market at the time Westinghouse bought WJZ. I don’t think there was any weather person, but someone can correct me if I’m wrong. Baughman continued to report for WJZ for a very long time even after Jerry Turner arrived. Please correct me if I’m wrong. I know one thing though. NOBODY will ever createf a promotion that OWNS the market better than this one. I have never run into a single person in my life that has not seen this promo or not heard of it. WJZ simply owned the market after this. And he ACTUALLY DOES sing one line in the song! LMAO It’s just too funny. But this is just brilliant advertising that people in Baltimore remember to this very day. www.youtube.com — BaltoMedia.net (1/4/20)

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Just a quick question that I’m sure one of this site’s readers knows the answer to. Who did weather on WJZ-TV 13 before Bob Turk started? Thanks in advance! (1/3/20)

I thought this might interest you. Barry ZeVan was at WJLA for a year or two in the 1970's. www.startribune.com (1/3/20)

With Hubbard's "Gamut" AM station in Frederick being used as a testbed for Digital AM, my mind retreats to about 15 to 20 or so years ago when Birach Broadcasting was buying up a bunch of AM stations with the intent that "digital is gonna get here someday", and that the company would lead the charge in being a Digital AM pioneer. I think the least they could have done was help fund the R&D process, or donated the use of WDMV Damascus as the testing station. This would have assured their position as a digital leader. Instead, meh. But still, some enterprising visionary in Virginia Beach discovered a non-digital way to improve the sound of a Birach radio station: www.pilotonline.com (1/3/20)

Chris Roth already out at 94.7 The Drive. God knows what the new VP wanted him to do. The station had been among the worst classic hits stations in the country ratings-wise before he came in. Now it sounds better and ratings were up before the recent meaningless December ratings. Look for the Drive to soon stink again... As a follow-up to my Chris Roth note, Albie Dee has been scrubbed from the WIAD website, so it looks like he is gone too. What a disaster Entercom is! (1/3/20)

After listening to 94.9 KHI, I have noticed that they are playing more 80's with a touch on 90's. Back to no DJ's, Sorry Wookie! It also sound like what was playing on KHI has moved to WXSH 106.1 Pocomoke. I think Mike and Vince share a building in Salisbury. Also KHI has an STA on the FCC website about a problem with the former DBC tower in Ocean Pines. Weird that 97.1 is not having any issues. But I guess Vince owes money to the tower company and they are kicking him off. So I guess you could say this is a small format change for the man with a thousand formats! (1/3/20)

WTOP toggled back to CBS news on the hour... upon the New Year, switched back to CBS from ABC (1/3/20)

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RE: " In 2020 Draper Holdings will be moving WBOC-LD Channel 42 to Cambridge to operate on channel 22." Will this broadcast WRDE or something else? Will it be in HD? (1/2/20)

Fox5 now has a Good Day “after show” on Facebook Live. What a waste. It’s about 10 minutes of drivel. Wonder who thought that was a good idea. (1/2/20)

Singer/musician Jack Sheldon died on Dec 27. He's not a local broadcaster or personality, but his connection to DC is undeniable: he was the singer of, "I'm Just a Bill" on the "Schoolhouse Rock" TV series back in the 1970s, as well as at least two parodies of the same clip. fox8.com (1/2/20)

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Now is the best time to invest in radio stocks. Here is your TIP for 2020......Buy Low.....SELL HIGH! The radio stock prices have never been lower. Entercom $4.64, Urban One $1.98 and Salem $1.44. The prices will go up when they reduce their DEBT. (1/2/20)

Hey Dave, in the new movie "Bombshell," there is a scene early on where a Fox News DC Bureau Chief is in a hotel restaurant telling a colleague about her promotion. He then tells her in return for her promotion, he wanted to go up see the inside of her hotel room. What a creep. I think his name was Brian Wilson. Ever heard of this clown? What legitimate news organization would hire such a creep after this creep was fired from Fox News? Who would even consider hiring such a creep? Who would even want to work with this leech? Well it is not like Bill Hess approved a creep like this to talk about his dating on the air, using and promoting "It's Just Lunch." (1/2/20)

To the person asking about 94.9, KHI. It is still on as of this morning. I did see Wookie who entered for middays in October or November has already exited. With the website and facebook down, I would not be surprised to see some transmitter issues coming up. Probably will have them fixed by the beginning of May. Just a hunch. (1/2/20)

A few weeks ago WCBM in Baltimore changed their morning show, releasing Frank Luber and adding Bruce Elliott to the show with Sean Casey. The reason given, or at least what I heard, was that the station was going in a different direction. Now I know that I’m not the brightest bulb on the string of lights, but I don’t see much change in direction. Did I miss something? Not complaining, don’t really care, just curious. By the way Happy New Year. (1/2/20)

FIRST DCRTV BABY OF 2020: Congratulations to Robb & Mike O'Meara on the birth of little Oscar Santana, the first on-air crybaby of the new century. Dad & Dad say they are excited, but tired. (1/2/20)

The Mike O'meara Show has offered a "best of" show to kick off the New Year 2019 or something... Maybe it's the first show of 2019 as a best of to kick off 2020? I'm confused... Remember, it's Robb with TWO Bs. Like obese but with 2.... (1/2/20)

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Looks like the website as well as the Facebook page for classic hits 94.9 WKHI, Newark/Ocean City, MD have both been removed. Can anyone confirm what is on 94.9 now? Is this the yearly format spin? MLB4 (1/1/20)

Just for the record, CBS Radio is owned by CBS News. Correspondents, editors, news writers and other news personel are CBS News employees. It is not part of Entercom. The former CBS O&O radio stations were sold to Entercom and most, especially the big all-newsers are still major CBS News Radio afilliates. Pedro in Fairfax (1/1/20)

CBS Radio News IS still owned by Viacom/CBS, one of the few things that still is. Andrew Fauver (1/1/20)

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Looks like WTOP has dropped ABC Radio News at the top of the hour and went back to CBS Radio News. I wonder if enough people complained to WTOP about ABC and when the contract expired they went back to CBS? Or was WTOP able to negotiate a better deal with CBS? Speaking of which... I know that CBS Radio was sold to Entercom a couple of years ago. Who runs CBS Radio News? Is it the last vestige of radio that CBS still operates? Or does Entercom run it and it's just branded as CBS Radio News? Dave in Fredericksburg (12/31/19)

So I’m watching the news on Fox5 & the field reporter is talking about the hiring of Ron Rivera. So at the end, she says as a side note, “ “Rivera is part Puerto Rican, so we see what Martinez did with the Nats and we’ve got the Redskins’ Ramirez & Fox 5, all good. WHAT???!!! Don’t send this woman out to do sports ever again. What does Rivera being part Puerto Rican have to do with ANYTHING? Being Puerto Rican is a plus for winning? And maybe I just don’t know, but do the Redskins have a player named Ramirez? If so, my bad for not knowing & I apologize. (12/31/19)

WRDE has moved to the WBOC tower site on channel 26. The channel 31 transmitter has been retired. We are also on channel 34 in the beach area, north of Long Neck. Over the air the virtual channels are 31.1 (Laurel) 31.4 (Millsboro-Long Neck area) and 31.3 (Laurel on the channel 42 transmitter). In 2020 Draper Holdings will be moving WBOC-LD Channel 42 to Cambridge to operate on channel 22. (12/31/19)

Joe Sitrick, who was a Media Broker with Blackburn Company, died on Christmas Eve at the age of 98. I was privileged to work with him for many years. Joe was considered one of the best radio brokers in the business. There will be a memorial service celebrating Joe's life on Friday, January 3, 2020 at 10AM at the Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb St NW, Washington, DC. Bruce Houston (12/31/19)

The FCC announced that the FRANKEN FM comments will end on 1/22/20 and the reply period will end on 2/6/20. This applies to the 28 Stations operating on Channel 6 LPTV. Will the FCC continue to permit these FM Stations to use their audio Channel 87.7 FM to operate as FM Radio Stations or require them to operate as Televisions Stations as they were licensed. Remember, these Stations were allocated so that Minorities could get into TELEVISION OWNERSHIP. None of these stations are owned by Minorities now! (12/31/19)

Even though the "Imus In the Morning" show did not originate from DC, a lot of broadcasters here have a favorite Don Imus story. Here's mine: I share a name (Alan Peterson) with a West Coast radio consultant and News-Talk Radio trade columnist. Back in the 1990s, this dude PD'd a station that signed on for the Imus show when syndication became available. Meanwhile on the East Coast, I was at Bailey's Crossroads, working as columnist, Tech Editor and Section Editor for Radio World newspaper. I was writing a piece on a now long-forgotten topic, calling some prominent radio managers and talents for their opinion on the topic. One of those calls was to Don Imus at WFAN(AM) in New York. He came on for only a few seconds, tore me so many new assholes that I could use my butt to drain spaghetti, then hung up. WTF, man? Talk about an overreaction to a simple Q&A request! What the hell was all that? It turns out "The Other Al Peterson" out west had critiqued Imus' show and sent him a list of areas that needed improvement ... something you just don't do when dealing with The I-Man. When Imus heard that "Al Peterson" (me) was on hold, he thought it was the California PD that sent him the critique and just went uptown on my ass. I always assumed throughout the years that he didn't remember the incident, much less think he may have torn up the wrong guy, but I'll never know now. Still a great story though. (12/31/19)

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I sorta turned up my nose a bit at the FCC petition against WETA, claiming discrimination against women composers. My initial thought was, "some folks just have too much time on their hands, and just aren't happy unless they're making someone else's life miserable." But I decided to do a little investigation. I found a page maintained by ClassicFM.com in the UK, devoted to twenty female composers (www.classicfm.com); that is a tiny percentage compared to male composers, but well represented nevertheless. So the petitioner is, to an extent, correct. However, if it becomes a matter of not enough recordings of these composers to make the programming change worthwhile, here is a suggestion: WETA should think about producing a series of classical concerts in DC of all-women composers and soloists, then press it all to CD and offer as paid downloads. End result, good will to the community, a nod to the composers and the petitioner, new material that WETA can share with classical stations around the US and everyone is happy. (12/30/19)

Dear DCRTV mailbag trolls, In the final days of 2019, while everyone is making resolutions, it's not too late for you to turn it around in 2020. Spend time with your kids. Pick up fly fishing. Get really good at making pie - or like Robb Spewak, fruit cake. Start a garden. Join a gym. Learn to knit. You could be happy. AH FUCK IT! In 2020, keep bringing the DCRTV mailbag troll FUNNY. Right, Don Geronimo? lol (12/30/19)

Layoffs at Entercom? I nominate"BlueShorts" at 1067 the Fan. To hear Chad Dukes tell it, Bluesharts took a month of vacation in December. No better way to draw corporate's attention to an employee who costs too much and delivers too little. 20 paid days? Really? (12/30/19)

Local Spanish language play-by-play for Ravens... www.thenewstribune.com... This is a co-op Baltimore Sun / AP piece apparently... very nice. Ran in the Wash Post electronic edition, etc. El Zol FM carries the Redskins along with AM 1580... TK in Odenton (12/30/19)

Scott Jackson and Fred Smoot are the WORST post Skin's game radio show ever!!!! Anything Smoot does on air is terrible. He should stick to stripper boat trips. How could any station put him on the air except for a one minute in and out? Galdi was so much better at the post game. Jackson has no control. Smoot is not worth listening. Look at the ratings????? With the Skins on board, this is the best they can do????? CK is laughing at JFK! Without Czabe, they are empty with just mumble mouth jocks.... Who is their PD???? Does he drink??? OOBBEE (12/30/19)

I just spent several days in DC to see some of the places I hadn’t visited on my many trips there. One of those places was the legendary Ben’s Chili Bowl on U Street, NW. I was reminded that WUST was named after U Street, then the epicenter of black business. It also occurred to me that for many years WUST was located nearby at 815 V Street, NW in a building that looked like its origin was as a movie theater. Around 1969, when WUST increased its power from 250 to 1,000 watts, it erected its new tower atop the building. But WUST has been gone from there since the early 90’s. In any case, I decided to walk the 5 blocks from Ben’s to find out if the building was still standing, or whether it had been torn down for an apartment building in this much-changed area of town. Not only is the building standing, but the tower is still on top of it. The tower looked well maintained but carried no STL dishes, cell antennas or any other type of antenna. The building had no signage, but a couple of notices taped to the glass front door suggested it’s a night club, which it is. An employee saw me looking and brought out a brochure about upcoming talent at the club, which is called 9:30. He was aware of the building’s history, and I asked him why the tower hadn’t been dismantled. He replied it makes the building look cool at night, and they decorated it to make it look like a Christmas tree. Roddy Freeman (12/30/19)

The Post, which in the dim distant past was considered to be "One of the World's Great Newspapers," but now goes by "Democracy Dies in Darkness," has announced that it is contributing to the darkness by killing off the abbreviated newsstand version of the Sunday "TV Week." Considering how the Post has reduced coverage of suburban local political and education news over the past decade, leaving us in the dark about much of the type of incompetence and corruption the Post once covered with suburban bureaus and investigative reporters, and how the Post's "news" pages seem to have become more a reflection of its editorial opinions than an independent, balanced source of political and social news, it seems likely that the Post's management is using its increasing darkness to promote the death of democracy--thus carrying out its new motto. (12/30/19)

Dave's response: Ten years ago, I could not live without the Post. Today, that's all changed. I get much of my news online. And I can get local news (WTOP, WRC, WTTG, WJLA, WUSA, WMAL, WAMU) and political news from many other sites - all of them free. The Post would be dying in the darkness if it wasn't for Mr. Bezos' funding.....

To the guy wondering about the possibility of WETA going full power on Channel 14, unless something drastic has changed that’s out of the question. Many years ago it was demonstrated that the channel would interfere with hospital operations out in Fairfax. Maybe that has changed. Love to hear an update from someone in the know. -P of the AW (12/30/19)

I thought the same about the 105.7 the Fan but mainly because they have been doing a lot of 3 host shows now that were did just fine with only 2 hosts. If Entercom wanted to buy a DC station say 105.1, all they would really need to do would be flip 107.9 to the Baltimore cluster where it probably belongs much like 99.1 and dump the El Zol format for something else, worst case Alt Rock HFS to start. (12/30/19)

Here's a gem from the FCC applications: A DC resident contested WETA's August license renewal by alleging that the station in her view does not play enough female composers, and therefore must be deliberately discriminating against female composers and not in service of the public interest. Obviously, bringing this to the FCC is meritless and a waste of everyone's time - WETA correctly contends that there just aren't enough well-known female-composed pieces for a mainstream classical station, as a matter of fact, and the FCC has a longstanding policy of not considering the programming a station broadcasts in determining whether it serves the public interest. It threw out the complaint and granted the license renewal last month: fcc.gov Well, on the 23rd she came back and, in the next very logical step, compared it to Nazi censorship of Jewish composers: fcc.gov. My word, people can be crazy sometimes... (12/30/19)

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Sad when people like “Fast Jimi” and Fran Lane are let go, while those at 105.7 The Fan remain untouched. If they (Entercom) REALLY want to save money, begin there, Start with Jerry Coleman, who brings nothing to the table other than playing the village idiot. How about Vinny Cerrato. His yelling, not talking, for 4 hours is guaranteed headache time. And the constant “when I was with….” They could let Sapienza go too. I still don’t know what the hell he does. The station is stale, stagnant, and unlistenable. What was the last significant talent change…..when they let Steve Davis go ? That was 3+ years ago. Sure they get ratings, but it’s the only game in town (other than Nestor and ‘repeat radio’….is he still around ?). I stopped listening to them when they put Coleman on w/Ed and Rob. It came through rather apparent that Ed wasn’t too thrilled. I tune in from time to time just to see if anything has changed. It hasn’t. Same Old, same old. Nothing significant new or frsh. (12/29/19) Big news (smirk, smirk). Entercom finally activated RDS on 99.1 WDCH.. It now displays "Bloombrg" on my car radio. Gosh, just think if they had to launch HD on that channel? (12/29/19)

I have a prediction for 2020 and beyond. If you are involved in the technical side of the industry, you may have followed the MA3 all digital testing of Hubbards 820 in Frederick. The results have been better than expected in that the range of the signal is greater than it has been when analog. The quality has been described as being as good as the best FM HD out there. Power line noise is not much of an issue nor is lightning when in the local area. I suspect they will be working to further reduce impulse noise. Metadata is displayed, and Imbiquity has found a way to multicast all within the channel spectrum, which is an added plus. (Gone is the sideband noise) I have a feeling that radio groups will look at this as a viable way to generate revenue in the medium wave band, and will begin searching for low preforming AM facilities and make the change gradually assuming the commission allows migration to the new MA3 full digital standard which I am guessing they will, on a voluntary basis. Should this happen, do not be surprised to see the value of AM properties rise. If you have a HD radio, check out the quality of WWFD 820, this is not your fathers AM anymore, and it is no longer amplitude modulation! Compelling programming will be one secret to success. Respectfully, Tom Conroy (12/29/19)

First off, thank you for the kind words as we wrap up 2019. As broadcasters, we have so much in common and some of us are here on DCRTV to offer help and encouragement, and to learn from other professionals in the industry by sharing thoughts and ideas. I will say one thing, time goes VERY quickly, friends come and go with old age. We cannot change that! By way way, might the"Real Aahh" be making a comeback? I ask because I cannot think of a negative word I have ever had for anyone in radio, no burning bridges. That is what will ban you from any job in the market. Part timers, full timers, we were all part of a great family and will always remember each of them. Someone will probably blast me for being so positive, but regardless I am VERY grateful for years in Baltimore radio and beyond (Philadelphia and Chicago). Yes, all part time except for nine years doing afternoons near Roanoke after my Army retirement raising my son away from here. If someone is negative that's ok too, we are all different. Happy New Year to you! A flash from the past, this is current shot of Scott Brenner, formerly of Key Broadcasting, way different and totally out of radio engineering! What a life! Tom Conroy (12/29/19)

Welcome Ivy Savoy-Smith to DC. She becomes the new Entercom Market Manager for DC. She will oversee WPGC, WJFK, WIAD, WLZL, WDCH and WJFK-AM. Entercom should buy WAVA-FM 105.1 and dump WLZL. WLZL is really a Baltimore Station and does a poor job with the Spanish Format. (12/29/19)

I have a question that I’ve been wondering about that’s never been discussed much here, nor have I found the answer online or at the FCC yet. Since WETA TV was allocated channel 14 originally, that makes channel 14 RF an allocation for a DC full power TV station. Yet it’s currently being used by an LPTV, WWTD-LD. But that TV station is unprotected in the repack, and was originally supposed to be bumped or go off the air by 2021. What happens if someone wants to build a full power TV station on channel 14? I assume channel 14 is still in the TV Table of Allocations for full power TV stations allocated to DC right? Is that right or has the allocation been permanently taken away at the end of the repack as it was originally planned? Will WWTD-LD get to keep channel 14 at low power even though there is no channel 14 anywhere near DC or Baltimore anymore? (12/29/19)

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Some of you won’t get this, but us old mailbaggers will. Looks like Tom Conroy has become the “PLB/”Davy Jones” whipping boy at DCRTV. Lighten up. Tom’s a class guy. (12/28/19)

The radio stocks that we have been following are not doing well at the end of this year. However, the stock market is at an all time high! Entercom $4.77, Urban One $2.01 and Salem $1.44. All of these companies have too much debt. (12/28/19)

Hey Dave, Happy New Year to you. You may already know this but longtime News 7 reporter Ed Turney passed away this past Monday. According to Sam Ford of Channel 7, Mr. Turney suffered a stroke this past weekend. What a wonderful reporter he was! Take care and keep up the great work. (12/28/19)

As for the WMAL-AM transmitter site sale helping Cumulus out of bankruptcy...not yet. Sale is in limbo indefinitely. Powerful transmitter site serving no one for years, now. (12/28/19)

Dave, Fair is Fair/equal application of YOUR rules: If you are going to delete someone's post for "disinformation" which I haven't read because you deleted it, then you need to delete this post from yesterday for the same reasons: Tom Conroy is notoriously famous for attempting to hitch his worn-out hay wagon to someone else's classier vehicle...... Here's my post: Calling balls and strikes: Outside the Top 10 major markets, there is not a noticeable difference between 0.1 and 0.4 cume--in the NON major markets these numbers are still considered the basement. 0.4 might be the top of the basement but it is still the basement. These are markets like St. Louis, Portland, Baltimore, Tampa Saint Pete and so on. In Los Angeles a 1.0 is considered much stronger than a 1.0 in a Pittsburgh or a Baltimore. Reading these posts when people viciously attack someone's persona instead of the issue at hand then you know the attacker is feeling threatened by facts. When bullies are logically backed into a corner, they viciously attack the messenger (Tom Conroy in this case) on a vindictive, personal level, and ignore the issues of discussion. This is the nature of bullying among children and adults who don't grow up and/or have anger issues. Moving on, Diane Lyn chose to leave her job, obviously disrupting WLIF's time line, whatever that time line was. Whether she would have been a permanent fixture in their master time line, nobody knows. The only ones with that knowledge would probably be the highest tier of the national Corporate Management office. At least she has a position she wants. With today's budget cuts at companies that own more than one station in a non-major market, many people in different positions (marketing, air talent, production, sales, etc) lose their jobs to unfair budget cuts, with the higher paying positions reserved for major market stations. It is no wonder that some professionals choose to work at independently owned stations. (12/28/19)

Time to go to the tote boards - For December 2019, Q1370 and their Harford County 99.1 translator has a 0.3 rating share and 32,500 cume listeners. WHGM on a low-power AM and 3 translators (2 in Harford County and 1 in Cecil County) has a 0.0 and a non-existent listener cume. Analysis: No share and no cume for WHGM can only mean one thing…“Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today…” (12/28/19)

Salem is trying to reduce their debt. Their stock is at an all time low of $1.44 per share. Perhaps they should sell WAVA - FM. 105.1 FM? (12/28/19)

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RE:..."Tom Conroy is correct about his post. The two responses to Tom Conroy are nasty and uncalled for. You can disagree while showing respect for a different opinion. Tom Conroy must have hit a nerve of truth if you are adding swear words to your post. According to November, 2019 radio ratings WQLL is at 0.1, tied for last place with WLVW , WJZ, WMAL (DC) and WEAA. Even WDCH is beating them. If sales is local as the poster claims then there is no difference about selling a WHGM, WTTR, WQLL and WEAA. (12/26/19) Tom Conroy is notoriously famous for attempting to hitch his worn-out hay wagon to someone else's classier vehicle. If someone he worked with gets a mention, he's there like an uninvited guest crashing the party just to grab some of the spotlight. Search this mailbag for the many examples over the many years. The only nerve hit is the one that's tired of his grandstanding. Last thing, the ratings came out Thursday,12/26/2019. Q1370 improved to a .3. BTW - WEAA-FM had 1.2 in November...not a 0.1. Time for new bifocals, Mrs. Conroy. More to come and you know it will. (12/27/19)

Cumulus sold off two of their best stations in order to pay down their debt......WRQX and WPLJ. They also sold off their WMAL 630 AM Tower site in Bethesda and are now diplexing with another station in Gaithersburg, MD. Their signal is terrible now! This helped bring them out of Bankruptcy. (12/27/19)

The FCC will decide in their January, 2020 Meeting what to do with 87.7 FM. Remember, this is the LPTV Station that was licensed as a Television Station but never operated as a Television Station. They found it was more lucrative to operate as a FM Radio Station using their Audio Channel 87.7 FM. The FCC authorized 26 of these stations to help Minorities get into Television ownership. None of these stations are owned by Minorities now! What does that tell you? (12/27/19)

So, you're saying that with a 50kw signal that blankets the market and an FM translator, QLL only grabs a .3? And someone is picking on WHGM? Someone is bitter. (12/27/19)

BREAKING NEWS: WQLL jumps from 0.1 to 0.3, with a 50kw signal and a "big name" in mornings. Ha, that is a mighty big move there. Maybe those WCBM bonus spots are helping a little. Still doing those buy 1, get 3 free erectile dysfunction spots? (12/27/19)

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Someone made a point to bring up focus groups. Part timers likely do not make a blip on the radar screen, I am one of those part timers and agree. However there are still those who have survived because of being reliable, flexible and willing to continue improve their skillset regardless of focus groups. There really is nothing like being hired because of a good reputation, which also applies to full timers, who ARE reviewed by focus groups. There are still a few veteran part time broadcasters out there but certainly less demand with the advent of new technologies. And incidentally, it is ok to look back occasionally to what it was like. We have all worked with some remarkable talent! Hang in there, us old jocks will retire or die off soon enough... Tom Conroy (12/26/19)

RE:..."Comparing WHGM and WTTR's ratings to WQLL (which doesn't have any either, well, if you count a .1), is like comparing tomatoes to an apple. WQLL is a city-grade signal that blankets the population center of Baltimore, while both WTTR and WHGM are fringe signals super-serving the suburban and rural areas. And both WTTR and WHGM should not be overly concerned about ratings since agencies aren't going to buy them anyway. Local is the way to win. Serve the local advertisers. Period. (12/26/19)...Today's Nielsen Ratings 6+ Baltimore monthlies are out. WQLL/Q1370/99.9 FM moves .01 - .03 with a small uptick in cume. As usual, WHGM and their two translators failed to resonate. Must be those "dollar a holler" vape shop/tattoo parlor spots they're running. See you in January. (12/26/19)

I just read that WBOC TV has a job opening for an engineer/consultant to guide them through the switch to ATSC 3.0 Next Gen TV. But I suspect that WBFF Fox 45 will still be the first area station to make the switch, only because they own 2 channels in the market, own Dielectric and an ATSC 3.0 company, and don’t really need any help. — BaltoMedia.net (12/26/19)

Tom Conroy is correct about his post. The two responses to Tom Conroy are nasty and uncalled for. You can disagree while showing respect for a different opinion. Tom Conroy must have hit a nerve of truth if you are adding swear words to your post. According to November, 2019 radio ratings WQLL is at 0.1, tied for last place with WLVW , WJZ, WMAL (DC) and WEAA. Even WDCH is beating them. If sales is local as the poster claims then there is no difference about selling a WHGM, WTTR, WQLL and WEAA. (12/26/19)

Comparing WHGM and WTTR's ratings to WQLL (which doesn't have any either, well, if you count a .1), is like comparing tomatoes to an apple. WQLL is a city-grade signal that blankets the population center of Baltimore, while both WTTR and WHGM are fringe signals super-serving the suburban and rural areas. And both WTTR and WHGM should not be overly concerned about ratings since agencies aren't going to buy them anyway. Local is the way to win. Serve the local advertisers. Period. (12/26/19)

RE:..."Real good to hear that Diane Lyn landed on her feet, Sean is smart bringing in some more well known local names to Q1370. Ultimately lot’s of promotion will be needed to help. Diane, we both go back quite a few years in Baltimore radio! - Tom Conroy." - Tom! Here you are once again on DCRTV babbling about things you have no knowledge of and aren't connected to. Diane Lyn didn't "land on her feet". Her transition was carefully choreographed. And Tom! Stop trying to live vicariously through others. No one knows who you are. A dozen focus groups would underscore that. What does your working 30+ years ago at the same radio station Diane was also employed by (the Key Broadcasting era of WQSR) have to do with the excellent adventure she is about to embark on? Answer: Not an effin' thing. (12/26/19)

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Merry Christmas Dave and fellow mailbaggers. I'm taking a few days away from the studio, but I haven't put aside the mic for the holidays. My wife photographed me talking to a dude in Northern Belgium via amateur radio on Tuesday from a rented beach house in North Carolina. It only took 80 watts to reach this guy, 3,800 miles away. Happy holidays to everyone, and celebrate them any way you want to. -AP In DC (12/25/19)

Real good to hear that Diane Lyn landed on her feet, Sean is smart bringing in some more well known local names to Q1370. Ultimately lot’s of promotion will be needed to help. Diane, we both go back quite a few years in Baltimore radio! Forever Media took us part timers off the air on weekends, now tracked by the full time staff. I was fortunate to have a technical background thanks to the mentoring by engineers like Mike Fast, JR Richardson, and even Scott Brenner. That background allowed me to stay with them on call for air work at WXCY and yet take on some engineering At 103.7 and at our Wilmington facilities, working for our Chief Engineer, Dana Puepolo. Yes, this is a fine way to to eventually wrap up a 48 year career! If you are a young broadcaster, learn as much as you can, including the engineering side. There is a real need to have new engineers to replace the old veteran ones if you are willing to learn both the RF and IT sides. It is challenging and never boring! Join the SBE too, I am sure you would be welcome. More young ladies are realizing this can be an interesting career too! Finally I wish Fran and Jimmy the best too, I remember Fran when she was about 17 at the old WBMD, she never failed to amaze me! Where have all the years gone? Merry Christmas, Tom Conroy (12/25/19)

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Noticed last week on Wednesday when there was impeachment coverage WJLA doesnt schedule Wheel.of Fortune or Jeporady for a later time I emailed programming about that no response.Now I see on Christmas night ABC has NBA games so again no game shows and they are new because FOX 45 in Baltimore airs Wheel and Jeporady just cant recieve it with my antenna here in Woodbridge VA also you cant stream Jeporady for free like you can with the major broadcast networks does anybody here know why WJLA is so ignorant about this surely they can find some time to air those shows lots of people watch them .Maybe put this on my worst list ! (12/24/19)

[RE: Jimi Roberts...it would be cool to hear "Fast Jimi" would land at WHGM. Afterall, it's a more fun listen than WQLL or WTTR....] Can't be that much fun. Checked Nielsen. No ratings...period. (12/24/10)

In response to a recent Mailbag post, I wanted to set the record straight. I was not terminated or "pushed out" of Today's 101.9 WLIF. I am sad for my former coworkers Fran and Jimi, they definitely got blindsided. I left on my own in July. It was my decision to leave. Eight months prior (Oct 2018) to my departure from WLIF, I started talking to my future employer WQLL Q1370. WQLL is rebuilding their station. They gave me an amazing offer by late spring and I accepted! When I resigned, local management at WLIF asked me to stay on Today's 101.9 for revenue purposes in July. I was with WLIF for 20 years. It was a hard decision to make. My show was highly rated #1 or #2, in any given ratings book. CBS was no longer a radio company in 2017. I wanted to make a change. My new show 10a-2p begins January 6th on Q1370 AM or 99.9 FM in Harford County, Online and the app too Q1370. Music from the 60's, 70's and 80's. I can't wait to start working with my dear friend Ken Merson (6a-10a) again! This will be fun, local radio. Thank you Dave for your help! Happy Holidays!!! Diane Lyn (12/24/19)

Dave's response; A per your request, I have deleted that December 22 Mailbag post.....

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FCC News.....A comment period has begun on the future of 87.7 FM Audio Services. Will it be deleted? (12/23/19)

Find it interesting that on more than one occasion, the early morning weather guy on Fox 5, Mike Thomas, is delegated to do both weather & traffic in Erin Como’s absence. Well, Erin’s on the anchor desk this morning & Mike is again doing both weather & traffic. Guess it would be too much trouble for Erin to get up from the anchor desk & do HER job as traffic reporter. Or why can’t she read the traffic report from the anchor desk. I just don’t see her doing traffic too much longer. Yes she’s been promoted to weekend morning anchor, but I predict her being a permanent early morning anchor in the next few months. Either adding to that broadcast or replacing one of the current anchors. (12/23/19)

These are the facts: Longtime Baltimore Radio favorite Diane Lyn chose to exit Today's 101.9/WLIF. She was neither pushed out nor terminated. Diane's new Q1370/99.9 FM Harford County midday show will launch Monday, January 6, 2020 (following another Baltimore great Ken Merson - The Merson Person who helms Q1370's 6am - 10am morning show). WLIF vets Jimi Roberts and Fran Lane were mercilessly relieved of their respective employment. Note to whoever authored the earlier misinformation appearing in today's mailbag: Use your f*cking head before you spread misinformation. Happy Holidays! (12/23/19)

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Just saw a promo for a show on WUSA called “Q&A” weekdays @ 7pm. Guess this should be competition for FOX5’s 7pm show “Like it or Not”. (12/23/19)

Is K-Love going to put their AIR1 Format on 94.3 FM? It seems like a wasted signal to run the K-LOVE Format on both 107.3 FM and 94.3 FM. (12/23/19)

RE: Jimi Roberts...it would be cool to hear "Fast Jimi" would land at WHGM. Afterall, it's a more fun listen than WQLL or WTTR. (12/23/19)

Even though we are in the broadcast area, we lost WETA TV signal after the repack. There have been a couple of posts referring to a progress report with regard to the construction of the new antenna. Would you please post a link to the progress report you refer to? Sandy Rangel, WETA contact, doesn't seem to have any information. (12/22/19)

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105.7 the fan was off the air at 12:00 noon today. No Bruce Cunningham show. They are back on at 12:20 running CBS Sports Radio simulcast with 1300 AM. Anybody know what happened? Ron in Annapolis (12/21/19)

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Re: Hey Dullard, SLOW your TMOS role. This relocation is all Carla O'Meara!....So, you know it was Carla's move? Prove it dumb ass. I was stating facts. I'll make fun of Mike often...like when he says "tinky winky", "drinky Poo", "Lost Wages", or reminds us that he is 60 and has a six year old son every day. Last week we heard about him taking a shit at a store and this week how he is taking Cialis for his peeing problems. And, Robb's constant ass kissing sucks. Talent-less slob who has ridden D&M for his whole career. They spoke sports this week and it was laughable. The like the crew on MNF. Proves JFK was right to can their ass. (12/20/19)

RE: WLIF/CBS - CBS sold their radio stations to Entercom in 2018. CBS had NOTHING to do with Fran Lane’s departure. Will the original poster please take a moment to pull up your pants? You’ve shown us enough of your ass for one day. (12/20/19)

The debt of some of these radio companies is amazing! You can see why investors are NOT interested in investing in them... Spanish Broadcasting System debt is $249.9 Million and Entravision debt is $244 Million. (12/20/19)

Man, when conservatives talk about public radio, they say the dumbest things ("Your Tax Dollars at Work..."). First of all, it wasn't "The Liberals" who agreed to the new funding level, it was both the Dem-led House and the GOP-led Senate who signed off. Second, it was just the first increase in CPR funding in a decade and is projected to add less than a nickel to the average taxpayer bill. As for your idea to spend the money on "new roads and getting homeless people off the streets," that amount would pay for just two or possibly three highway interchanges, and since conservatives regularly kill programs for homeless and the poor....what's your point? (12/20/19)

Fran Lane-Out at 101.9... I know CBS has a storied tradition of canning talent right before Christmas, but canning Fran Lane is the absolute worst! CBS can kiss my ass. Between this and Mary Bubala, I want nothing to do with ANYTHING CBS! (12/20/19)

How much is Bloomberg paying Entercom to lease WDCH 99.1 FM? They are suppose to file that information with the FCC when they do a LMA. It has not been filed with the FCC. Bloomberg is leasing the station 24 Hours per day/7 Days per week. (12/29/19)

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Hey Dave, we were given another dangerous result in the WMAL-Russia Propaganda machination yesterday on Capitol Hill. First, WMAL has been running promos with the voice of the dumbest man on Capitol Hill, Louie Gohmert. (The guy who called Sean Hannity a ”genius” ). The promos were cut from a Gohmert tirade on the house floor, and has Gohmert saying “As Chris Plante says, if it weren’t for double standards, Democrats would have no standards at all.” So we have a real connection here, and Gohmert gets some, if not all, his information from WMAL. Concerning? Yes, but it gets worse. Yesterday, on the House floor, Gohmert gave a speech where he referenced Russian propaganda, saying Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election. This point has been hammered into WMAL listeners by Chris [Russian] Plante and Larry O’Commie, I mean O’Conner, for over a year, even though this piece of fake news came directly from Russia, (like the Seth Rich story, and the DNC server hack by Ukrainians story, both disseminated by Chris[ Russian] Plante and Larry O’Commie). Remember, our intel sources have called the claim of Ukrainian interference “bunk and dangerous.” Why is WMAL, Where Moscow Comes to Talk, promoting itself by using a blurb from a known and proven Russian propagandist? (12/19/19)

DCRTV does not want to become a "Political Site". You can get that information on CNN or MSNBC. All of the DC Stations seem to cover the Trump Hoax very well. It does get boring. (12/19/19)

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"News4 correctly states that the Winter Weather Advisory has been extended until midnight. However, Topper on channel 9 still has a map showing it expires at 7pm." I recommend topical application of lotion, repeated as necessary. (12/18/19)

"Tonight [Dec. 16] is the last night for WRC-TV sportscaster Sherrie Burris according to her Twitter page who is leaving after three years. No word on where she’s headed" - apparently CBS Sports Network in Connecticut. Isn't it about ten years since the legendary Channel 4 sportscaster George Michael passed on? - surely some retrospectives are in order and I'll be disappointed if no DC media outlet provides programming along those lines. Are there any local TV sports anchors left who cast as large a shadow in their respective markets as Michael did in his heyday? - certainly not in the DMV where some of the evening newscasts don't even include sports reports anymore. (12/18/19)

"Gargle and Retch" would be a great name for a Morning Zoo team. A prominent ingredient in the Mike O'Meara Show fruitcakes is a huge jug of corn syrup. As they say on Japanese cooking shows "So healthy!" MBA Oscar Santana thinks the recipient is liable for tax on gifts and Rob "4F XXXXL" Spewak thinks we still have five star generals. To quote the great Larry King, "Sad, right?" Keep those stock reports cumming! Like sperm, every one or five cent change in price is sacred! Dave, you want contributions? Set a goal for 86'ing the Stock Guy and watch the contributions pour in. Gus in the Gaithersburg (12/18/19)

Just inquiring how the 87.7 critic knows what power WDCN is using. Have you visited the transmitter site and consulted the power meters? -P of the AW (12/18/19)

For 22 years DCRTV has been providing you with FREE news about the DC Radio and TV Broadcasting. It would be nice if you sent him a "Thank You" at this time of year. Make your checks out to Dave Hughes. (12/18/19)

Dave's response: Thanks. Dave Hughes, 1720 Epps Bridge Parkway, Suite 108 Box 103, Athens GA 30606. Or PayPal www.paypal.me/dcrtv.....

Your Tax Dollars At Work....The Federal Government just approved $465 Million Funding for Public Radio. The House will send it over to the Senate for approval now. This is for Corporation of Public Radio. The Liberals say it is just $1.35 per US Citizen. Could this money be better spent on new roads and getting the homeless people off the streets? (12/18/19)

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News4 correctly states that the Winter Weather Advisory has been extended until midnight. However, Topper on channel 9 still has a map showing it expires at 7pm. (12/17/19)

Spanish Broadcasting System is trying to recapitalize their $249.9 Million Debt @12.5% interest. Their stock is selling at 30 cents per share now! What do you think? Will a lender loan them $300 Million? (12/17/19)

WDCN 87.7 FM is still operating at a higher power level than licensed. Remember, this is the LPTV Station on Channel 6 that uses their Audio Channel to operate as an FM Radio Station rather than a Television Station as licensed. Look out at license renewal time, your license is going to be challenged. (12/17/19)

The stock market continues to be at an all time high! Entercom hits $5.02 per share. Congratulations to David Field. Salem hits a all time low of $1.40 per share. Their problem is too much debt and too many AM stations. Wall Street does not like this stock. (12/17/19)

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Tonight is the last night for WRC-TV sportscaster Sherrie Burris according to her Twitter page who is leaving after three years. No word on where she’s headed. (12/16/19)

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I see that 101.9 in Baltimore finally removed Jimi Roberts from their website, but Fran Lane remains and on 106.5, Neci Williams remains on the website. Stay Classy suits. (12/15/19)

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There is a recent, very nice, video/audio podcast with Dave Kolesar and Mike Raide about the all-digital WWFD 820 AM. It is "This Week in Radio Tech" (TWiRT) #470 at www.thisweekinradiotech.com... Hubbard is even experimenting with multiplexing although current consumer receivers lack the firmware to receive the HD2 AM stream.. Much talk was about the waveform formation and different signal acquisition rates. (My own car stereo lacks the "fast acquisition" that apparently begins streaming audio in under 2 secons... mine takes about 11 seconds...) TK in Odenton serving up more unreliable posts,,, (12/14/19)

WHAT MAKES A BETTER XMAS STOCKING STUFFER? A Robb Spewak Holiday Fruit Cake OR Don Geronimo's new book? ANSWER: Spewak's fruit cake because IT'S REAL! HO! HO! HO! (12/14/19)

Cutting Fran Lane from 101.9 during Christmas? Stay classy, suits. (12/14/19)

The Hay is in the Barn hater is also factually wrong, so he’s be a bad Ravens fan too. Gerry Sandusky does not even say that phrase after every touchdown, just when the game is locked up. He must just watch the last 2 minutes of every game. He probably hated "Go to War Miss Agnes” and “Ain’t the beer cold” too. What a maroon! (12/14/19)

DC Radio and TV have lost a quiet giant -- Len Deibert! A friend and mentor to SOOO many Washington and National News people. His memorial service is this Thursday, December 19. www.thebradleyfuneralhome.com (12/14/19)

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In 2017, the late Steve Melfa, 1970s Baltimore radio’s Rock & Roll Doctor (obit link provided by a friend below), made news when he was busted by cops in Tennessee while transporting a couple of hundred pounds of pot through the state, en route from Illinois to Maryland. (His vehicle was searched after he was stopped for driving at night with his headlights switched off, not a good move in any circumstances!) Retired air personalities need to find a way to pay the bills somehow! :) :). Mark O. (12/13/19)

NBC4 announced today on the 6pm broadcast that Sherri Burris will be leaving the station. It was said that she can't say where she's going which usually means she'll be going to a competitor network..Oh well, another one bites the dust in their sports department. (12/13/19)

Salem declares a Dividend for the stockholders even though their stock is at an all time low of $1.45 per share. The two main shareholders control the stock! Stuart Epperson and Ed Atsinger. (12/13/19)

NBC4 bid farewell to sports anchor Sherree Burruss on last night’s broadcast. Burruss said she is leaving for a job in another market but could not say anything more than that. Burruss made history when she became the first black woman to do sports at NBC4. (12/13/19)

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Sinclair Broadcasting will discontinue its 'must-run' political commentaries done by BORIS EPSHTEYN and AMESHIA CROSS. According to this story from NBC News, the company says it's part of a move away from political commentary in favor of investigative journalism. (12/12/19)

I read that (Fast) Jimi Roberts got caught in a budget cut at WLIF. (Entercom is cutting everywhere.) When I lived in New York in the 80’s, WPLJ-FM had slowly segued from AOR to Top 40. When they had finally eliminated the AOR product, I didn’t think their jocks, a combination of the former AOR talents and some new ones, fit the new format or the new Power 95 positioning. When Fast Jimi Roberts arrived several months later, there was no doubt they had hired someone who fit perfectly on a state-of-the-art CHR station. He sounded great from day one and eventually moved from weekends to afternoon drive. He remained the best that station had through my time in New York. I’ve heard him doing several formats in Baltimore, and he was able to tailor his delivery to each. I want to congratulate him on a 45-year career on leading stations, a very difficult accomplishment in today’s radio industry. Roddy Freeman (12/12/19)

The “DC idiot who hates Gerry Sandusky” is actually an avid Baltimore Ravens fan who did not express any hatred toward this well respected broadcaster, but merely stated how annoying his “the hay’s in the barn” references (for whatever reason) are. Now, get back in your stall, pound some straw up your ass and bury yourself in a pile of fresh made meadow muffins, you stupid jackass! (12/12/19)

If you are an Engineer who reads DCRTV, you might be interested in checking out the power levels of WDCN 87.7 FM. They are operating at a higher power level than they are licensed. Does the FCC care? Does the FCC have an enforcement division anymore? (12/12/19)

The 26 Franken FM stations (Channel 6 LPTV Stations) should not be extended. Since they did NOT operate as Television Stations as licensed. They found a way to operate on their audio FM Channel 87.7 FM ….. rather than operate as they were intended. They made representations to the FCC that were never fulfilled. These stations are operating at higher power than licensed by the FCC. How many of these stations are owned by Minorities? The answer is None! Why were they licensed in the first place? (12/12/19)

I'm somehow not going to miss "Need windows or hot water heater or roof etc. Hi This is Chris Core" He hawked everything there was to advertise and it got old Dave please bring best and worst back this year. I really missed it last year (12/12/19)

A commenter on this board recently suggested that full band digital AM was a foolish proposition due to lack of HD receivers. Another pointed out that nearly 80% of new vehicles sold in the DC metro area were such equipped. That supposition is probably correct. (12/12/19)

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Anyone remember a novelty rap song from 1994 called, "Short Dick Man"? The act that released it was called "20 Fingers" and the lead singer was Sandra Gillette. Well, Sandra turned 45 years old in September and is now, no doubt, explaining her way through countless PTA meetings and hemming & hawing to her kids (and to their friends' parents) as to what she was thinking back in the day when she recorded that tune. (12/11/19)

Now that Chris Core is retiring, maybe he can take a picture or two without leaning so far to the right. (12/11/19)

The DC idiot who hates Gerry Sandusky probably also thinks he’s a child molester too as he clearly doesn’t watch the Ravens games very much or he’d know that Gerry only says “The hay’s in the barn!” when the Ravens score a touchdown or play that clinches the game for a win. So that’s one time for every win. Obviously, this moron doesn’t like the Ravens winning so much while watching the Skins wallow in their own feces. I have a dumb dog like that so I get it. LOL GO PLAYOFF BOUND #1 RAVENS! THE HAY IS IN THE BARN! I sure hope I have triggered you. Please find a safe space and have a good Skins cry. HAHA! (12/11/19)

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Who the hell would agree that 6 MHz of spectrum should be wasted on a single radio station in every non-channel 6 TV market? THIS NOTION IS CLEAR MADNESS, especially with the repack and ATSC 3.0 need for more spectrum. If you leave the analog channel 6’s, you MUST open up channel 6 to FM radio and deal with the REAL TV channel 6 implications. Or better yet, make channel 6 be an ATSC 1.0 sunset channel in every market to aid the switch to Next Gen TV. There are so many better ideas for the use of the peoples’ spectrum than eternal Franken FMs wasting valuable public space. They’re basically squatting and daring the FCC to make theme move. (12/10/19)

Feeling thankful this holiday season that the Core values time killers are now dead themselves. Wouldn't shed any tears if they dropped the Clinton Yates time killers as well. Just want to hear the straight news and traffic together on the 8's without the whiny rants. (12/10/19)

Steven Melfa Obituary - Baltimore, MD | Baltimore Sun... Steve was known as the “Rock & Roll Doctor” on WKTK and later WQSR. He also did a show on 91.1 WHFC for awhile later in the years. Steve was a good guy to work with, and will be missed. - Tom Conroy www.legacy.com (12/10/19)

" RE: MIKE O’MEARA BROADCASTING FROM THE POOR HOUSE….The back drop is gone because the house is for sale. Under contract now. New house will have a formal studio" Hey Dullard, SLOW your TMOS role. This relocation is all Carla O'Meara!. Mike was just fine where he was at. With the move around the corner where more old people live, no formal office/studio with french doors for Mike. That extra room goes to Carla for her new self-employed, Stiletto Heels wearing "Esty" business. Yes Dullard, it now means that grown ass hairy, sweaty & horny men - and hot firemen - will be taking off their shirts in Mike's house while he's broadcasting from the garage - or kitchen - or master bedroom. Hey Mike, Carla's 10'oclock is here. Can you get the door? LOL (12/10/19)

The people who got the Channel 6 LPTV licenses agreed to operate the stations as they were intended. (Television Stations.) They made representations to the FCC and NEVER operated them as Television Stations. The FCC does not follow up after the license is awarded to see if the promises were fulfilled. All of these owners found a loophole in the FCC Rules and operated them as FM Radio Stations on their Audio Frequency 87.7 FM. Why should these station now be rewarded for NOT doing what they agreed to do when they got their license. The purpose of licensing these stations in the first place was so that Minorities could have an opportunity to get into TELEVISION OWNERSHIP! How many of these stations are owned by Minorities now? (12/10/19)

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Re: The Franken FMs on 87.7 It looks like the FCC is proposing to allow the 26 Franken FMs to continue broadcasting on 87.7 FM while using the rest of the bandwidth for ATSC. See fcc.gov, III.B.13 on page 8. (12/9/19)

RE: MIKE O’MEARA BROADCASTING FROM THE POOR HOUSE….The back drop is gone because the house is for sale. Under contract now. New house will have a formal studio. (12/9/19)

Congratulations on your pending retirement, Chris Core. While at WMAL, you told then GM Chris Berry I sounded like a network news anchor. This comment stuck with me from then until now. Happy holidays to you and your family! (12/9/19)

The good news.....the stock market continues to rally. The bad news is that the radio stocks continue to tank. No one is interested in investing in these sick stocks. Too much debt! Urban One $2.00 per share and Salem at $1.45 per share. Where is the upside? (12/9/19)

I have filed multiple complaints against BOTH channel 6’s in both DC (WDCN) and on Delmarva (WOWZ) for the annoying over-modulation of volume and sound that is clearly against several FCC policies and never once got a response on even the poor operation as FM stations let alone as TV stations and the fact that they’re clearing operating at a higher power than licensed not matching their initial permitted contours. They just don’t fucking care due to whatever influence peddling has already occurred from K Street. This is one instance where I’d approve of Trump stepping in and saying deport those freaking FAKE TV ILLEGAL ALIENS from the FM Dial! The other LPTV stations not on channel 6 should band together and sue both the FCC and these stations in class action for “LACK OF CANDOR” in the application and usage of FCC regulations. Why should a single FM station be allowed to control 6Mhz of valuable land for just an accidental purpose that serves the few vs. the many? A whole new FM BAND, all DIGITAL could be created from just these SQUATTERS without any legal rights with many new stations and they could also have minority ownership preferences for applications. This FCC DEFECT only serves the rich in a very despicable way. Who’s being paid off here? Someone is in the government. :( (12/9/19)

Goodbye Chris Core. Any regrets? Maybe apologize for that whole Iraq was responsible for 9-11 thing? How about your show questioning “why we have a holiday to honor Martin Luther King, Jr?” Or, all the nasty things you said on the air about a guy who hired day laborers to clean up some trash. You were sued for that one, right? Now that you are getting out of the system, how about coming clean on all the machinations you were given, and by whom, for the lead up to Bush the Lesser’s Iraq War? You were told to lie on the air about missile silos, chemical weapons, yellow cake, etc. Maybe If you come clean on the system you were involved in to dupe the country, your knowledge may shed some light for all of us on the current machination used to defend the current President. It should be your duty as an American to come clean with your knowledge of a a system designed to mis-educate the electorate. Keep your eye on the mailbox, Chris, for a “Happy Retirement” card from Valarie Plame. It’l come, any year now. Still can’t admit you were wrong, can ya? Good bye. The world would have been a better place if you just learned to ask the right questions, and not just follow orders. (12/9/19)

Can someone please tell Baltimore Ravens play-by-play broadcaster Gerry Sandusky (WBAL) to please STOP screaming “THE HAY’S IN THE BARN” every time the team scores a touchdown, or when they win the game. It’s a f’n football game, not a local farm report. (12/9/19)

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For those interested in digital (aka HD) radio, check out
www.hdradio.com for listings of AM and FM HD stations in your area and HD radios on the market. They don't mention a nice Insignia FM-only HD radio sold at Best Buy which make a good introduction to the technology. There are very few AM HD stations out there at this time. If you want to listen to WWFD 820 AM HD (The Gamut) alternative solutions include WTOP 103.5 FM HD3, live.gamut.fm/listen, and the TuneIn app on your smartphone. I have an Insginia FM HD radio which I use for extending the range of stations like WWFD as mentioned above for music, WJFK 106.7 via WIAD 94.7 HD3 and WFED via WTOP 103.5 HD2 for live sports. (12/8/19)

Here is an article discussing the FCC request for Comment concerning the continued use of TV channel 6 as a de facto radio station. www.rbr.com.... The FCC is apparently considering allowing this beyond the current deadline to end analog TV broadcasting in 2021. read it yourself and decide where you stand. (12/8/19)

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\/ December 7 Messages \/

Don't forget that the Ravens B ills game will be available locally on WUSA-TV and WDCN La Nueva 87.7 (David Andrade, Gustavo Salazar, Ximena Lugo) (12/7/19)

Things have been quiet on ATSC 3.0 after the 7 low power Next Gen licenses were issued in test or small markets, but the first major market TV stations has now has filed an application to switch KFLA-CD to ATSC 3.0. Not a network station, but I suspect the market motivation is to be a paid transitional Next Generation TV station in a major market to see what happens since as of now, there are no widely available ATSC 3.0 tuners or 4k TVs even available. (12/7/19)

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\/ December 6 Messages \/

Read "Mike O'Meara broadcasting from the poor house". Should have read "Mike O'Meara broadcasting from the POUR house. Chateau Chug-A-Lug (12/6/19)

Rick Ritter still hasn't found his way to the big boys clothing department, and Chipotle is pronounced "chi-pote-le" not "cha-polty". #hesnojerryturner (12/6/19)

Re:Al in Springfield. First of all, thank you for the kind words. I was reading articles about WWFD and if I understood correctly, vehicle and portable HD radios are capable of receiving this all digital signal. Sangean builds a few HD models, as do others. Keep in mind however that portable radios today do not have the receive sensitivity, so you would pretty much need to be in an area where the signal is robust. So your search for HD radio, most will be hd on both bands, just check the specs. There are articles on the web regarding the 820 testing. It appears that the digital signal is fairly impressive compared to that of analog. Impulse noise can still be a problem at times, but not too bad. Good luck, check Best Buys for HD too. Thanks, Tom Conroy (12/6/19)

Two 20 year vets now gone. “Fast Jimmie” afternoons and Fran Burns nights. Voice tracking to save money. (12/6/19)

Urban One stock price hits bottom! $1.98 per share. This is the lowest price in their history. What is wrong with this stock? Not a good investment. Is it poor management or too much debt? (12/6/19)

LPTV Channel 6 has never operated as a Television Station. When the license was granted, they promised the FCC certain TV Programming that was never done! The Station is known as WDCN 87.7 FM. They have always used their audio channel 87.7 FM to operate as an FM Radio Station. Some stations have lied to the FCC and never been challenged...... It is a shame that the FCC does not cancel the license of stations that make promises in order to obtain the license and lie to the FCC! Their audio channel is leased out to a Spanish Broker. (12/6/19)

MIKE O'MEARA BROADCASTING FROM THE POOR HOUSE: For the past few days, Mike O'Meara has been broadcasting from his small Florida home without a backdrop. Boy, makes Oscar Santana's Wash, DC crib look Donald Trump "huge.” Boy, 2 divorces and all O'Meara got was an autographed Joe Theismann jersey hanging on the wall. Boy, Carla O'Meara, Esthetician or Interior Decorator? Boy, O’Meara must keep his golf clubs in the Outhouse. Boy, they make Sleep Number beds that small? Boy, where is Little Michael's room - the closet? Boy, Mike O'Meara's house is so small, when Carla drops a Kleenex, she has wall-to-wall carpeting. Boy, Mike O'Meara's house is so small, his Welcome mat only says "Well", Boy, Mike O'Meara's house is so small, when he orders a large pizza, he and his family need to eat it outside. Boy, Mike O'Meara's Florida home is so small, Carla doesn't have room to change her mind. Boy, Mike O’Meara’s house is so small, a Robb Spewak holiday fruit cake has more square footage... (12/6/19)

Reply to Tom Conroy: Tom, I have always appreciated your rational and factual contributions to the Mailbag, and your Dec 5 posting has a good blend of information and commentary to convey your points. But doing a basic Google / Duckduck / Bing search for "digital AM receivers" brings up a bunch of links not worth ougatz. Most are links to radios with digital tuning or receivers with MicroSD card recorders; nothing for receivers that can actually receive a digital AM signal. Since you've taken the point on this topic, can you suggest or recommend any actual brands and models (car or personal) suitable for proper reception? Or perhaps a way of decoding a digital signal using a common SDR-type computer radio? I don't want to think I have to buy an Si468 silicon chip and build my own digital radio like some Boy Scout project. -- Al in Springfield (12/6/19)

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\/ December 5 Messages \/

The Mueller report clearly stated Paul Manafort signed a contract with Oligarchs tied to the Kremlin to boost Putin’s image in the US media. Right after this contract was signed, Chris Plante and Rush Limbo both started talking about what a real ”leader” Putin is, and how Obama can learn from Putin’s leadership skills. Our friend over at The Hill, and WMAL frequent guest, the traitor Jon Solomon, also penned a similar piece praising Putin’s leadership skills. How much Russian money did WMAL get from this deal to smear the then current president, Bill Hess? On another note, Bill, Seth Rich. Did you know the story disseminated by Chris Plante, Larry O’Connor, Rush, and Mark Levin was fabricated by Russians? Of course you did. Now that we know your team knowingly participates in schemes, aided by Russians, to disrupt the upcoming election, and to obstruct justice, isn’t time the whole truth comes out about WMAL’s long history of planned lying and deceiving of the American people for political gain? Ahem, Herritage………ahem…..cough, cough (12/5/19)

Just enjoyed Tom Conroy’s message about all digital AM. Can’t the NAB play a role in marketing? Maybe even subsidizing (time limited!) a couple of stations in each major market with compelling programming? As many have said, nearly all new car radios can receive it. Excitement could build quickly. -P of the AW (12/5/19)

"Anyone know when Bloomberg’s lease of 99.1 runs out?" LMAs are public record and uploaded to the station's public file. It expires 4 January 2021. Either side may terminate it early with 4 months' notice but that certainly won't happen. fcc.gov (12/5/19)

Dave's response: 99.1 is a mixed up frequency. It is controlled by Entercom's DC cluster but has a better signal in Baltimore, which also has a (rival?) Entercom cluster. (Witness the then-CBS mess that was WNEW.) Renting it out to Bloomberg News, which is actually not a bad news talker, makes a lot of sense.....

I don't regularly listen to WASH except in December. One thing about the station that gripes me is there is almost never any identification of the artist. In the 4+ hours I've had WASH on in my car this month I think I have heard the artist identified a total 3 times. I don't have a fancy radio that displays the artist and title. Someone recently told me that Siri can help on this quest. So I have taken to using her, but that's a bit of a challenge on 95. Is not identifying the artist standard procedure for WASH during the other 11 months of the year? Thanks. Tom in Wheaton (12/5/19)

I hate to disappoint our resident crusader against the use of Channel six for radio but that FCC review seems to be aimed at possibly extending the use of the frequency in this manner. if the FCC did nothing the issue would go away when all LPTV stations go digital but the FCC is responding to comments that want to allow continued analog use. But I am sure we have not seen the last of our Channel6 Crusader. (12/5/19)

Attention Tom Conroy WXCY: I purchased a 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage last year. It has HD radio in it. Trouble is, in my town their are no HD signals to tune in. As far as people talking about it? I hear zilch! The only way that medium is gonna catch on is for the FCC to allow AM broadcasters to keep their AM signals on (if that is technically feasible) and simulcast on the HD channel. Remember when stations use to simulcast AM programming on FM? I remember when one station about 40 miles from me added an FM signal they actually gave away car FM converters just so people could hear them. Some kind of HD radio giveway will be necessary even today "to get the word" out. If not HD just isn't gonna happen. Sorry 'bud! (12/5/19)

RE: WHGM's sale. The sale was to get the assets out of Jeff Davis's company, Imperial Broadcasting. Jeff abandoned the station and left town in March, owing over a half-million dollars in loans. Now, with the new company, the option to buy can move forward with the current LMA. (12/5/19)

WHGM and its two co-owned translators were sold to Andrulonis Media for ten (10) dollars. The buyer owns several country-formatted stations plus a couple of classic hits, largely in NC and SC. Jeff Davis bought the three stations for just over $400k just two years ago... fcc.gov... (12/5/19)

I have been around for awhile and remember broadcasters ways to improve AM quality. There was the Motorola C-Quam stereo system, Kahn tried too. GE and perhaps others developed an AMax certified radio capable of receiving the full spectrum of what was broadcast, much like the older radios already did pre-1970 or so. Later came the hybrid in band HD which has a bad side band artifact. Now the commission has allowed AM broadcasters to go fully digital, which makes current non HD receivers obsolete. That is a bold move, but matched with compelling programming, may stand a better chance of reviving the old medium band over time. The FCC would need to mandate that receivers are in the marketplace, otherwise it is like pissing into the wind. It is a touchy choice for an AM to suddenly turn off their analog signal, hoping the new technology will be in the hands of the consumers. It would require a huge investment by the broadcaster along with having a serious public information program in place, maybe even giveaways of portable full hd radios initially. I have heard 820 in Frederick, comparing it’s quality to satellite radio, which is not perfect, but is a major improvement to the spectrum. It is no longer amplitude modulation which has been around for over one hundred years. Could the commission mandate a complete changeover to full digital, like they did with the ATSC-1 system for television offering incentives to broadcasters? Maybe... That may be the only way to jump start the declining numbers in the medium band we currently know as AM. Your soundoff is welcome! Tom Conroy WXCY (12/5/19)

Dave: You have to love the new Wizards TV guy[replacing Buckhantz] calling Butler, Drew Goodman! Say what? I know it's a slip of the tongue, but, I still think Ted made the right call in making an on-air change. Gotta tell you, NBCSNDCCSN Wash, or whatever they go by, really thinks using very young talent to speak of gambling odds and sports and how team operates, will really get viewers, NOT. Also, it's amazing how much the same Carol Maloney sounds like Sheehan on the radio...um...um...um. I wonder how many friends Pollin has left to keep on the air in DC because 630's talent is just as bad as 980. And, poor Doc, now he's really preaching to the choir because no one's listening to his show and Al just needs to turn his own volume down. (12/5/19)

Anyone know when Bloomberg’s lease of 99.1 runs out? Or when hopefully Entercom take it back from Bloomberg? Absolute waste of a good Maryland FM signal. (12/5/19)

Two Radio stocks seem to have hit bottom and stay flat. Urban One at $2.00 per share and Salem at $1.46 per share. Both companies have very large debt. Why don't they do what iHeart did and just sell their debt? (12/5/19)

The FCC has requested an update on the use of 87.7 LPTV Channel 6 for FM Radio. Remember, when these LPTV stations were granted, it was to provide Minorities an opportunity to get into television ownership. Rather than use the TV channels as they were intended, the new owners of these TV stations found it was much more profitable to operate them as FM stations on their audio channel, 87.7. Most were in major markets and were NEVER operated as TV stations. Soon after these licenses were granted, they were sold at premium prices because of the revenues they generated as FM radio stations on 87.7. (12/5/19)

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Anyone know what happened to Fox5’s reporter Nick Smith? He was a field reporter & then was on that Like it or Not show for a minute. Then just disappeared. Don’t see anything online about him leaving or working somewhere else. Also no hints as to what he’s doing on his Twitter account. But hey, there’s been a number of other reporters who have just disappeared from that station w/o notice. (12/4/19)

Mr Blue State: What does your post have to do with DC radio or TV? (12/4/19)

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How much is Bloomberg paying Entercom to lease WDCH 99.1 FM in DC? We know that the Russians are paying Arthur Liu $35,000 per month to lease WZHF 1390 AM for their Russian propaganda and they are paying John Garziglia $30,000 per month to lease his Translator 105.5 FM. (12/3/19)

The FCC is going to permit AM stations to go all digital. How will this help AM Radio? (12/3/19)

Beasley sells two AM stations in south Florida for $7.1 Million. (Parkland, Florida) WSBR and WHSR. The city bought them for the land. The stations will go silent and their towers will be removed. This is going to happen in many markets. The land is worth more than the AM stations! (12/3/19)

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News channel 8 down/must be time to renew contract with FIOS! (12/2/19)

I saw a noticeable signal level drop in the three TV stations broadcasting from the Fort Reno tower (7, 9, and 32) starting at 9am today, Monday. You'd have to think it's WETA working on their permanent post-repack facility, which is also licensed to that tower. In their latest progress report they estimated the month of December as the completion date. (12/2/19)

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\/ December 1 Messages \/

Is CNN going to move their headquarters to Virginia? (12/2/19)

Virginia is now a "Blue State" with just one political party! The liberal Democrats Rule the Commonwealth! The other party was defeated. Northern Virginia Rules! Virginia is following DC with their voting pattern. This seems to be the RULE OF THE PEOPLE. Is that true? (12/1/19)

It appears as if WMDT 47abc has cancelled the Ravens program Ravens Rap from The Green Turtle in Ocean City with Mike Bradley and produced by Ravens24x7/Russell Street Reports Tony Lombardi. I personally liked the show a lot myself, but WMDT appears to have picked up the Ravens own produced shows Ravens Report and Ravens Unscripted to replace it or its been moved somewhere else? I didn’t see it on Facebook either. Anybody know? (12/1/19)

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