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\/ July 17 Messages \/


The OEM radio in my 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee immediately locked on to WWFD sitting in the parking lot of my office in south Reston, more than 30 miles from the tower site. The sound quality is nothing short of stunning. Definitely fewer compression artifacts than SiriusXM and almost as good as digital FM (I realize that’s very subjective). The processing of the audio wasn’t exactly my taste - somewhat flat and on the thin side - but it’s still very impressive. I think Dave Kolesar might be on to something and more AMs should take notice. (7/17/18)

Dave's response: A number of AM stations tried running digital signals back when HD Radio debuted. The problem isn't with daytime reception, when you have a nice steady signal. It becomes a mess at night when AM signals get bounced around by the ionosphere with lots of fading, and signal levels can change from second to second. The digital signal would come and go and if it wasn't perfectly synched with the analog signal, there'd be delays and an echo effect. Very difficult listening. A number of AMers in the DC market once ran HD Radio, including WMAL and WRC, but they've pretty much abandoned it. WWFD 820 isn't running an analog signal, but I'd imagine the night fading would still be a problem. Does anyone listen to WWFD after dark? Probably not unless you're very close to the Federick area transmitter.....

Do you have a list of the Family Radio Stations that are for sale? They have two stations in Baltimore that are for sale. (7/17/18)

Congratulations once again to newsfraud 1090 for putting the screamer back out on the street Tuesday morning to repeat the same damned story they reported on all Monday afternoon, and even used the same soundbites. And they madeit the lead story all morning long. Their new slogan should be "start your day with the news everybody else reported earlier this week." (7/17/18)

Mike in Kensington, I think you're suffering from the placebo effect. Checked this morning and while 68-1 is now in 720p as you noted, the bitrate remains a constant 4.5 Mbps as it's been since sharing began. It should not have had an impact on WUSA. (7/17/18)

Don't be too hard on poor Larry OConnor. He spent the last two years of his life, under the direction of Bill Hess, telling us this "Trump Rush-er thing" wasn't a thing. I am sure he is deep soul searching mode right now questioning why he even exists. (7/17/18)

Monday, 6 AM. Entercom launches "New 102.7" on WNEW/New York. Monday, 11 PM. If you go to wnew.com or wnew.radio.com, you still get the "CBS DC" splash page. Whoops! (7/17/18)

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\/ July 16 Messages \/

WJAL 68 is now transmitting the SonLife Christian network in HD, forcing WUSA 9 to reduce their bitrates. WUSA picture quality has somewhat reduced during complex motion. Sincerely, Mike in Kensington (7/16/18)

No Pai for you Sinclair: looks like Sinclair Broadcasting Group’s deal with Tribune Media may be “doomed” according to FCC Chairman Pai who has “serious concerns”. Politico reports: www.politico.com (7/16/18)

Amplify.FM member station WWFD 820 AM The Gamut is the 1st AM station in the U.S. to broadcast exclusively in HD Radio format. Congrats and good luck, Dave! (7/16/18)

Dave: I gotta tell you, 106.7 has really stepped it up with coverage and their overall product..it really shows they're trying to bury 980. It good Cooley isn't around but Sheehan, Doc, and Czaban just need to be shown the door and maybe things will change. I don't understand why the new owners don't clean house, including their P-D, and attempt to start over and re-image everything and everyone. It gives none of us an option but to listen to 106.7 I guess. (7/16/18)

So, according to the latest Baltimore market radio ratings, alleged news radio 1090 slips again...to #13, as WCBM jumps ahead again. We can only hope the trend continues. (7/16/18)

WBAL 101.5 FM btw is on the air from the candelabra TV Hill tower and they have filed for a license to cover. Should be a pretty good signal for just 250 watts at 577 feet up that tower. (7/16/18)


Speaking of Family Radio, WBMD AM 750 is no longer listed as one of their radio stations on their website. Only WFSI AM 860 is listed. That could just be because they’re off the air or because they intend to just turn in the license. Both of Family Radio’s stations have technical issues currently, and there doesn’t seem to be any plan to return WBMD 750 back on the air. WBMD still has an FCC filing for FM 103.3 in Baltimore that WRNR 103.1 is fiercely fighting. Hmm. (7/16/18)

Speaking of Gurvir Dhindsa, went to her FB page and she seems to be doing well. She's posted some pics of what I'm assuming is her property and it's absolutely gorgeous. Seems to be a ranch with a barn and pool. (7/16/18)

Hey Dave, Last night, on Sasha Baron Cohen’s new TV Show he had as a guest Larry O’Connor’s friend Philip Van Cleave. Sasha’s character convinced Philip that arming 4-6 year olds in school was a good idea, and Sasha and Philip made a training video for children who want to pack heat in First Grade. Philip appeared on Mornings on the Mall in May of 2016, to promote his arming everyone agenda. Also that day’s Mornings on the Mall., Larry had his then BFF, homewrecker packing a pistol in her size 14 dress, Scottie Nell Hughes. From this gun nut to this fat slut, to grossly wrong historians, to family values preaching cheaters with prostitutes, to a neo Nazi guy calling on “death squads” to go after journalists, to two women who believe in all sincerity Hillary gave Russia the nuclear bomb, for a social “Conservative,” why does Larry have such a hodge podge of idiot guests on his radio shows? (7/16/18)

Looks as if a 35-year-old Robin Williams makes a character appearance in today's (7/16) Mark Trail strip. -MTG. (7/16/18)

Is Gwen Tolbart still at WTTG? Haven't seen her for weeks? Was Matt Ackland's departure voluntary? (7/16/18)

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\/ July 15 Messages \/

Matt Ackland is moving on from Fox5. www.fox5dc.com (7/15/18)

For the person who asked, though Gurvir Dhindsa left WAGA (FOX 5) in Atlanta, she is still in Atlanta as part of the early morning show on WGCL (CBS 46). Roddy Freeman (7/15/18)

Family Radio is selling off their stations. This was Harold Camping Group of stations. They have stations in Baltimore.(7/15/18)

To "Gus" re: Gene Weingarten: He's an "idiot" who has won two more Pulitzer Prizes than you have. Sincerely, Mike in Kensington (7/15/18)

The Gamut is running announcements that 820 AM will become digital Monday 7/16 at noon. (7/15/18)

I just now read where Best Buy ended compact disc sales as of July 1. AND that they are launching a two-year agreement to sell ... vinyl. UFB. I think if i wait long enough, Lafayette Radio will be revived and will sell player piano rolls. At the White Flint Mall. (7/15/18)

“What’s the deal over at 980?” Um, can’t you provide a clue why you’re asking? (7/15/18)

WRBS AM 1230 is not getting rid of its AM 1230 signal even after losing the transmitter site. In fact, they are currently planning triplexing with WOLB 1010/WWIN 1400 at Edison Highway & Monument Street in Baltimore City. The site is close enough that their signal coverage will change very little from the site they lost. — BaltoMedia.net (7/15/18)

WDCA 20’s channel is no more in 3 days. The recent FCC filing says July 18 while website says July 19. So we’re left guessing until Wednesday? Nothing on their website as to where the channels will be exactly. Is this surprise marketing or just poor planning by FOX 5? I sure as hell hope they kept Comcast more notified than their OTA viewers. (7/15/18)

A few weeks ago, WaPo's noted idiot, Gene Weingarten mentioned he had found a new place to bury his bone. Is he sullying Rachel Manteufel's sweater burgers? He's always had a fascination in that direction. Gus in the Gaithersburg (7/15/18)

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W232CL, the translator of WRBS 1230 / WRBS-HD3 is now on the air from Baltimore. Perhaps they're now running under their 100-watt CP versus the original 4-watt authorization. The signal makes it to Odenton quite well. Maybe now WRBS management can pull their AM license given they have lost their tower site and an HD3 feed is sufficient. Sadly, gone is another DX'able open channel out here. The Bowie LPFM proposed for 94.3 was never built, ultimately helping WRBS. TK in Odenton (7/14/18)

DC is not representative of the United States. That’s one thing I learned a long long time ago. Over the air TV probably is less than 10% in the DC area, but certainly not in other large cities or among Blacks and Latinos or even cord cutting millennials. DC doesn’t really have poor cord cutting millennials. It has all the rich millennial kids and kids of government workers, none of which would go without cable TV. (7/14/18)

RE: Clickhole & The Washington Post… There’s no arguing with a Trump Deranged person. He’ll continue to believe the Washington Post story even though they themselves have retracted it for being completely false and a mistake. They were duped Some people simply cannot be helped from themselves. Or was he public school edumacated to not understand what the word satire means. :-) (7/14/18)

What’s the deal at 980? (7/14/18)

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\/ July 13 Messages \/

"Here some facts for the Washington Post basher concerning American Idiot voices.clickhole.com... I believe the guy who wrote the song and not some truth averse maga nut" Um... you do realize you are pointing to the Onion-based article that the Post admitted it was wrong to rely on, right? (Seriously...the fact that the website is called "Clickhole" didn't clue you in??) (7/13/18)

Regarding the death of over the air TV. Every article on the subject I can find indicates that over the air (antenna) television has over the past few years been growing and continues to do so. I am reading articles that say the current percentage of homes viewing OTA is as high as just under 20 percent. There are places in many poor rural areas that will never have high speed cable and would need to pay for expensive satellite delivery to see most TV. That is a lot of folks to just cut off from your audience. OTA goes where other services can not or is not lucrative enough for providers to serve. It may become a very bad political choice for politicians to support eliminating OTA. (7/13/18)

"Oh sweet Jesus, Gus and whoever is arguing with him, will you give it a damn rest." With that post you are that guy. Idiot. Gus in the Gaithersburg (7/13/18)

Dave Hughes, if you think free TV will come to an end by 2025, what do you envision for the “must carry” legal framework? That’s been a HUGE part of the financial confidence for traditional broadcasters. They can’t compete without it. -P of the AW (7/13/18)

RE: "Dave's response: Yeah but the 96% of Baltimore area viewers who watch WUTB on cable will get a landline-fed HD signal. As I predicted, free broadcast TV will come to an end by 2025….." True about the 96%, but free broadcast TV will not end by 2025. However ATSC 3.0 will allow internet services that companies will demand the FCC allow broadcasters to charge for. That is the part of the Sinclair merger that nobody has really mentioned. Sinclair is banking on the ability to sell services to customers through the IP layer of ATSC 3.0. It’s highly unlikely that the ability to watch live TV on your cell phone or other services ATSC 3.0 creates will come free of charge. The other good news about ATSC 3.0 and free TV is that once again, only a small indoor antenna should be necessary for reception, unlike with ATSC 1.0, which is still very sketchy indoors even when close to the transmitter. The ATSC 3.0 signal is supposed to be much more robust. Otherwise, receiving live TV on a cell phone could never be possible. — BaltoMedia (7/13/18)

Is Lisa Baden still doing traffic reports around the area? I haven’t heard her in quite some time. (7/13/18)

Here some facts for the Washington Post basher concerning American Idiot voices.clickhole.com... I believe the guy who wrote the song and not some truth averse maga nut. (7/13/18)

For whatever reason, Gurvir Dhindsa crossed my mind and was wondering where she is now as I understand she's no longer on air in Atlanta. Then I saw that Fox5's Wisdom Martin had retweeted a post by her. Found it interesting as he cohosts each day with Holly Morris, who is Gurvir's husband's ex-wife. But then again, Wisdom seems like,the type who doesn't get involved in drama, looked at Gurvir as a former colleague and liked her Tweet. (7/13/18)

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\/ July 12 Messages \/

Sinclair has changed its sharing agreement with Deerfield Media’s WUTB My24. As part of that agreement, it appears the major change is that WUTB will be allowed only a 480i SD signal on WBFF 45. So no more HD soon for MyNetwork 24 under ATSC 3.0 with this agreement. ATSC 3.0 is specifically mentioned as the reason. (7/12/18)

Dave's response: Yeah but the 96% of Baltimore area viewers who watch WUTB on cable will get a landline-fed HD signal. As I predicted, free broadcast TV will come to an end by 2025.....

Oh sweet Jesus, Gus and whoever is arguing with him, will you give it a damn rest. Google "Arguing on the Internet is like...", let auto-complete finish the job for you and then take the hint already. (7/12/18)

Ratings analysis from Tom Taylor Now: Washington DC likes the status quo – radio-wise, that is – in the first six slots. WTOP, WAMU, “Majic,” WHUR, WASH and WBIG-FM all keep their positions from the May-book. And we might even say that the top seven slots are the same, since Cumulus hot AC “Mix” WRQX is now tied for seventh (with contemporary Christian WGTS) instead of owning it outright. Here’s the D.C. top-10 countdown - #1 is Hubbard’s WTOP regional news simulcast (9.6-9.7-9.5). It wins or ties for the lead in every daypart except nights (fourth). #2 is American U.’s not-for-profit news/talk WAMU (8.5-8.3-8.3). It’s tied with WTOP for the morning-drive lead (in double digits). Then, Urban One’s urban AC “Majic” WMMJ/WDCJ (5.8-6.6-7.1, and #1 at night). Ratings-watcher says that’s “the largest share in station history,” so last year’s addition of the southeast-suburban 92.7 signal pays off. Next, Howard U.’s commercially-run urban AC WHUR (5.7-5.7-6.3, tied for second at night). iHeart’s AC WASH (4.3-4.8-4.8), and sister classic rock WBIG-FM (4.8-4.7-4.7). Then there’s that tie between WRQX (3.8-4.4-4.0) and WGTS, the not-for-profit contemporary Christian station connected to the Seventh Day Adventist Church (4.2-3.9-4.0). That’s the start of a highly-compressed pack – Entercom’s urban WPGC (4.1-4.0-3.9), iHeart’s top 40 “Hot 99.5” WIHT (3.9-3.8-3.8), Entercom’s #11-ranked sports “Fan” WJFK-FM (3.1-3.4-3.7), Urban One’s urban WKYS (3.8-3.7-3.6) and – tied for thirteenth – Entercom’s hot AC “Fresh” WIAD (3.0-3.3-3.5) and Cumulus talker WMAL-AM/FM (4.9-3.9-3.5). That’s a 2018 low for ’MAL, and this book’s also a 2018 low for iHeart’s country WMZQ (3.0-2.8-2.6). The capital market has three stations drawing more than a million average weekly cume – AC WASH (1,110,100), news WTOP (1,108,100), and CHR “Hot” (1,041,900)...... Baltimore keeps urban AC “Magic” one of the highest-ranking Class A signals in any major market. Urban One’s WWIN-FM stays strong at #1 (10.3-9.4-9.7). The only daypart it doesn’t win is nights, where it’s second behind its sister station, WERQ. Summer in Baltimore often means strong numbers for Urban One’s urban “92Q” (6.2-6.6-7.1). Entercom’s AC WLIF is third this time (6.8-6.5-6.1, and second middays). iHeart’s country WPOC is back (4.9-5.5-6.0), ahead of Entercom’s hot AC “Mix” WWMX (5.4-5.6-5.4). “98 Rock” and “Jack” are tied for sixth. Those are Hearst’s rock WIYY (4.7-4.9-5.2) and iHeart’s variety hits Jack FM WQSR (4.1-4.4-5.2). 98 Rock’s “Justin, Scott & Spiegel” remain second in morning drive, while Jack is third middays, behind Magic and WLIF. Shamrock’s classic rock “Bay” WZBA also likes the Summer (4.0-4.3-4.5 – and tied in fourth place at night). Entercom’s sports “Fan” WJZ-FM has the Baltimore Orioles (5.0-4.5-4.0, and tied in fourth place at night). The consistent cume leader is AC WLIF (641,200). (7/12/18)

RE: "105.7 and other Radio.com stations would be pulled off of Tune In effective August 1st, 2018" 1) When WJZ-FM gets pulled from TuneIn, just add it as a custom stream URL in the TuneIn app. (The URL is streamtheworld.com BTW.) Now, this will only work in the mobile app, but you can easily use VLC to stream the station from the URL. videolan.org 2) Nowadays, stations are making Amazon Echo and Google Home skills, even if they're totally unnecessary. (See WMAL and WTOP.) Perhaps, now that one is necessary, Entercom or even WJZ will make their own apps for those speakers, if they haven't already. From, Amar (7/12/18)

Where's Chris Plante? I haven't been listening to WMAL a whole lot recently, but I don't think he's been in the chair all week. Also, interestingly enough, every time I've heard the Mark Levin Show this week, he too has been out. What's goin' on? From, Amar (7/12/18)

Dave's response: Summer vacations?

Newfraud 1090 was at it again this morning. The screamer was "out on the street" reporting on a family awakened at 2:30 in the morning by a burglar. What he didn't say was it happened 2:30 YESTERDAY. Once again, a day late and a dollar short. A staple of most newsrooms is making police rounds. It's mundane and tedious work, but it pays off. Instead of the newsfraud being there the day the story happened, they end up being a day late yet again. Is there any wonder why they can't crack the top 10? (7/12/18)

"Wow. Looks like I hurt The Gus's iddy-biddy widdle feelings. Sounds like a disgruntled former WAMU employee who was never able to move on with his life. Sad, really." No, I am a consumer. But I have had my physical fingers on every personnel file at American University, including Berendzen's which strangely had nothing about his child molesting fantasies. You're a fag and I listen to the radio. That's the difference. "If he had a spine and said things like this face to his opinion is meaningless." Hard to know what to say about that because it sounds like a retard wrote it. Are you a retard Focker? Gus in the Gaithersburg (7/12/18)

WFSI AM 860 is now also on STA after a power module failure and operating at 75% of daytime power and silent at night as nighttime transmitter has completely failed. This is more bad news for Family Radio in Baltimore. WBMD is silent, lost its longtime transmitter site, which I’m pretty sure pre-dates 105.7 FM being there. I was thinking that WBMD would be diplexed with WFSI 860 at the Essex site, but this will delay that for sure. And then there’s WBMD AM 750’s application for 103.3 FM in Baltimore. I think it’s safe to say that that is DOA. Even if they get approved, it looks like they got more problems on their hands right now to meet that timetable. (7/12/18)

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"TuneIn Radio Users: Entercom is planning to pull its stations off the app. " I was listening to 105.7 the Fan on Tune In from my backyard (I just didn't want to drag out my OTA radio) and heard an announcement that 105.7 and other Radio.com stations would be pulled off of Tune In effective August 1st, 2018. I only hope Radio.com works with my Google Home. I don't see Radio.com listed in Audio services available for Google Home. (7/11/18)

Have to agree with the guy who had the temerity to point out that nobody gives a damn what the Gas in Gaithersburg has to say about WAMU or anything else. Posts like the one below, which is wall-to-wall lies, inaccuracies and childish insults ("...fuck you with your 'no resume to speak of" bullshit. I'm a consumer, I don't need a fuckin resume. Suck me, won't you?") demonstrate why this toothless geek can't find work or friends. If he had a spine and said things like this face to his opinion is meaningless. Nobody cares what he thinks. (7/11/18)

Washington Post had to remove a FAKE NEWS story they ran. The Post that said that the Green Day Song “American Idiot” was about George W. Bush, etc, but guess what? They got duped by a website owned by The Onion so the source was a joke source! HAHA! — Journalism Dies in Darkness (7/11/18)

Wow. Looks like I hurt The Gus's iddy-biddy widdle feelings. Sounds like a disgruntled former WAMU employee who was never able to move on with his life. Sad, really. Don't worry, grandpa, I won't tease you anymore. It's an unfair fight. (7/11/18)

I heard a promo on WBAL Radio this morning that made me chuckle. It talks about how they utilize the resources of WBAL-TV. Then they go to a soundbite of a TV anchor saying "our information comes from the NBC affiliate in..." Therein rests the problem with broadcast media. Seems too few can generate their own information and actually break news. Instead, they rely on reporting what other media outlets are reporting. Sad state of journalism. (7/11/18)

Looks like someone just handed Sinclair a big ass spoon: www.ftvlive.com (7/11/18)

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I did some re-checking on RabbitEars's profile of WBFF. While there's the initial appearance of that station being a 3 HD + 1 SD outlet, look closer at the technical data. Both 45-2 and 24-1 point to the same PMT PID, Video PID, and Audio PID. In other words, they're pointing to the same HD encoded feed. In effect, WBFF is running 2 HD and 1 SD, but it may not appear that way to the casual observer. My guess is that the My 24 feed was duplicated to ensure people with certain OTA tuners wouldn't need to rescan to get My 24, that the previously-scanned 45-2 would work. By extension, if CW 54 moves to WBFF as part of an ATSC 3.0 rollout, I expect it to replace TBD on 45-3, while also appearing as 54-1. I highly doubt that all three channels will air in 720p OTA; for one, it wouldn't look good, but more importantly, the way FOX's splicer works will often force too little leftover bandwidth for anything more than one HD and one SD feed. When WBFF, itself, changes frequencies at their own repack date, and people will absolutely need to rescan, I'd expect the 45-2 and 45-3 "channels" to go away. As for the Sinclair-Tribune merger being required to advance ATSC 3.0, that would definitely help, but it's not exactly a necessity. Sinclair is forming a consortium with Nexstar and Univision to deploy (including via channel sharing across corporate stations) and promote ATSC 3.0. Univision owns WFDC, making a 3.0/1.0 channel share with WJLA a real possibility. That said, if the Sinclair-Tribune merger is completed, I can see Univision moving WFDC to 3.0, so the resulting signal will be easier to receive than it would be over VHF. As a side benefit, WJLA OTA watchers would therefore not need to rescan their tuners to keep getting the 7-1 ATSC 1.0 feed. Also, I can see Univision demanding that the WJLA 1.0 feed carry 14-2, 14-3, and 14-4, especially if there are must-air-in-1.0 contractual obligations that need to be kept with Get TV, Grit, and Bounce. I especially can see this with Bounce TV; I remember reading, somewhere, that 70% of that channel's viewers watch OTA, a very high percentage for a subchannel. One interesting fact about ATSC 3.0 that one person touched upon: In its "progressive mode" (in other words, when the signal is locked to not sending interlaced video), not only can resolutions change on the fly, but frame rates, as well. So, ABC could transmit an episode of some show (or a commercial) at 4K/24fps, and then seamlessly transition to a locally-generated news promo, or a straight-up breaking news event, at 1080p/60fps. These two combos use similar bandwidth, too, so expect one of those two in a lot of programming. The real advantage to ATSC 3.0, however, is the built-in real-time severe weather alerting that, unlike most existing alerting systems, only alerts people actually in the warning area. awarn.org... Sincerely, Mike in Kensington (7/10/18)

I know someone asked which subchannels will be left behind when WDCA and WTTG start channel sharing. Since Fox has been silent on this we will not know for certain until it happens but one indicator is that in Chicago and Charlotte where they faced the same situation ALL of the subchannels made the transition. That would mean lower PQ if viewed OTA but may not affect PQ when viewed on cable. (7/10/18)

Google Maps street level (39.627042, -77.402765) shows a great big "For Sale" sign, proclaiming "5+ acres, Residential Development" just at the foot of the WTHU radio station property. The situation may have changed since the photo was taken in 2012, but - new format or not - seeing the dirt under your tower is for sale does not bode well. (7/10/18)

Note regarding the Ogden Newspapers purchase of the Loudoun Times-Mirror. The Ogden newspapers are owned by the Nutting family. Bob Nutting, the President of the company, also owns the Pittsburgh Pirates the so-called major league team in the Steel City. If they run the papers like they run the team expect expenses to be cut, minimal investment in people and declining news support. If they could the firm would trade away all their stars and many of their best prospects. (A disgruntled Bucco fan.) (7/10/18)

"I doubt that anyone at WAMU, which has been in a virtual tie for No. 1 in the market for a couple decades, is much wounded to be called "idiots" for their programming decisions" You have very precisely nutshelled the problem. WAMU is a remotely programmed robot station whose main business is real estate. It is the soft-spoken slime coming out of your radio. Their weekend morning programming is like being in special Paula Poundstone detention. Gives you a glimpse of what her children experienced. Dave has often railed about how WMAL should do more live and local programming and I agree with him but say "WMAL and WAMU". That said, get rid of the middle schooler in the 9 pm hour and play the whole John Batchelor Show, WMAL. And you poster, fuck you with your "no resume to speak of" bullshit. I'm a consumer, I don't need a fuckin resume. Suck me, won't you? There's a lamb. The Gus Who Squats Behind the Man Who Works the Soft Machine in the Gaithersburg. (7/10/18)

Hello Dave, I heard W268BA 101.5 FM for the first time this morning, the new repeater for WBAL 1090. The signal was performing surprisingly well while I was on the road in northern and central Montgomery County. It was very good on the channel until I got to northern Rockville, where WBQB 101.5 Fredericksburg started to take over. Regards, Lw in Mount Airy (7/10/18)

To the person "Living in the mountains of Northern Virginia at over 1200 feet and having lots of aluminum on the roof." Please contact WBOC News Director John Dearing at jdearing@wboc.com. (7/10/18)

Dear Dave, Please let your readers know that WTHU 1450AM has changed to an all music format. We are now COOL1450AM and our music mix is very different from any other station. Please take a listen and tell us what you think...… Thanks! (7/10/18)

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"To reach this height in my career and be in a position to give that same energy while also inspiring and enlightening our listeners as they start their day is the opportunity of a lifetime." We appreciate the sentiment and your enthusiasm, but jeez, that reads like an intern writing the "Objectives" line on their first resume. Why not come right out and say, "You want fun? You want a great morning show? Me too! Let's get together tomorrow at 6!", without all the corporate-speak. Unless the show is REALLY GOING to sound like that. In which case, unh-unh no thanks. (7/9/18)

Always LOL when you see the WNST Mic flag in the Orioles post game interviews and no 105.7 The Fan mic.or flag. Dundalk's Dan. (7/9/18)

[From DCRTV's Job Ads:] Part-Time News Anchor for WAMU 88-5 - WAMU 88-5, the NPR News Station in the Nation’s Capital, is looking for part-time news anchors for weekend hosting. If you are passionate about news, public affairs and public radio storytelling, with the ability to evoke a distinctive sense of place about the Washington, DC area on-air, then we want to hear from you. The ideal candidate will have a conversational, inviting, warm and friendly on-air delivery and style. S/he will sound authentic, curious and engaging. Must be able to move nimbly between difficult and upbeat stories with the appropriate tone or emotion. Ability to use the immediacy of “live” radio to engage in the digital world. Skills & Abilities: Excellent verbal and written communications skills; Professional sounding voice with a sound and style that connects with public radio listeners; Strong work ethic; ability to work under pressure; General knowledge of radio station operation and specifically broadcast board equipment; Must be available to work weekends and holidays on a regular basis; 2+ years on-air hosting experience preferred; Associate’s Degree or more; Associate’s Degree or more. If you are a qualified candidate and want to join a fast moving, growing public media station, apply today at careers.american.edu. Please upload a cover letter and resume along with an audio sample of your hosting experience. (7/9/18)

I doubt that anyone at WAMU, which has been in a virtual tie for No. 1 in the market for a couple decades, is much wounded to be called "idiots" for their programming decisions by "Gus in the Gaithersburg," a nobody with a lot of time on his hands who has never accomplished anything and no resume to speak of. Time to climb in the box, grandpa. (7/9/18)

Noted with interest: WAMU's Lake Nothing Whatsoever to Do With Garrison Keillor's Humping Behavior From Here now has an 8-10 pm timeslot. It's almost like they have a hole in their schedule. Stellar job, WAMU. Idiots. In a world where Diane Rehm was making $50K in 1992, how much could Bob Rumplesberger have been costing them? This listener really dug that old timey music. Gus in the Gaithersburg, Out Where the Buses Don't Run (7/9/18)

“I have enjoyed my Saturday morning coffee and breakfast for years listening to Better Golf With Phil Hawes on 980. He has not been on the last few weeks. Has the show been cancelled? Thanks JB”. As previously mentioned here, Hawes announced a few weeks ago that he was pulling the plug on the show for personal reasons although he may reappear on an occasional basis for big events on the golf calendar such as the Ryder Cup and Masters. On a related note, with most of The Team 980’s weekday hosts away on vacation the station’s been using the likes of Chick Hernandez (recently let go by NBC Sports Washington), ex-Redskin Fred Smoot, veteran broadcaster Al Koken and longtime Terps basketball analyst Chris Knoche to fill timeslots – on-air auditions in anticipation of a possible major shakeup of the daily lineup heading into football season, perhaps? I understand that Phil Wood’s been off the Nationals radio postgame show and MASN programming over the past few weeks while recuperating from heart surgery – it’s a shame that he apparently won’t be able to work the upcoming All Star Game and associated festivities because few if anyone else in local media are capable of covering those events and putting them in the proper historical perspective the way he can. Mike, Fairfax (7/9/18)

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RE: Mike in Kensington/ATSC 3.0… Not only will Sinclair start with ATSC 3.0 in Baltimore, but most likely in DC at the same time. I read the very long channel sharing agreement between WDCW 50 and Univision’s WFDC 14. Nearly half of the agreement is simply redacted blacked out pages. That means it's likely there’s a plan in place to move WJLA’s 1.0 HD signal to WFDC at some point as Sinclair takes WJLA 7 to ATSC 3.0 before anyone else. This is of course assuming the Sinclair/Tribune merger goes through. One of the things not often mentioned about the merger is that if it fails, it will set ATSC 3.0 back by several years as Sinclair is one of the few station groups with enough duopolies to facilitate an easier faster transition for a lot of stations nationwide. Few if any of the other sharing agreements I’ve read seemed to have finite plans of any kind for how they were going to deal with ATSC 3.0 and several of the networks gave up duopoly channels in the repack for the money instead. In nearby Salisbury, the ATSC 3.0 dilemma seems to solved by LPTV stations. WBOC, WMDT, and WRDE all now own secondary Low Power TV stations. Ultimately, ATSC 3.0 will support nearly double the channel space as 1.0 if not more, so eventually in the end, it will solve the channel crunch problem, at least until 8K video comes along. — BaltoMedia.net (7/8/18)

More about Sinclair’s ATSC 3.0 plans… According to Rabbitears, WBFF is already testing three 720p channels + one 480i channel on WBFF right now because of them not warning about WUTB’s turn off in time. So WUTB is running on 24.1 (46.6) and 45.2 (46.4). This means they could move WNUV CW 54 over to one of these channels without even making MyNetwork 480i. WNUV CW 54 also has an application pending to maximize its signal to non-directional at a near power limit. All of the current channels that WBFF & WNUV are running would fit together on an ATSC 3.0 WNUV. I’m curious which Sinclair will test first in NextGen 4K TV? WNUV CW or WBFF Fox? Interestingly, WNUV’s original owner was NuVision Television. Ultimately, I assume they’d run Fox in 4K and maybe the CW sometimes in 4K as I believe ATSC 3.0 allows for live switching of resolutions on the fly and certainly variable bit rates. I’m not sure how many 480i SD signals they could run. In DC, WFDC would have to do what WBFF is doing, run WFDC, WDCW, & WJLA all in 720p at the same time, but that would only leave one 480i SD channel left, presumably Antenna TV? In return, the ATSC 3.0 WJLA 7 signal Could run all of the channels at different resolutions with presumably ABC TV in 4K video with occasional Univision programs in 4K when any are available. Does anyone have any clue what the other stations are even pondering? In Baltimore, WMAR, WBAL, & WJZ and their sub-channels could all run on one ATSC 3.0 channel from the candelabra tower, and the other 2 channels could still fit all the ATSC 1.0 signals & sub-channels. In DC, it’s much more complicated because NBC, FOX, & CBS are all transmitted from different locations and even more problematic, they’re all involved in sharing agreements unrelated to ATSC 3.0 and have more sub-channels that would all not fit on a single ATSC 3.0 signal. And then there’s WETA and WMPT. MPT might petition the FCC to allow them to run WMPB 67 in ATSC 1.0 and WMPT 22 in ATSC 3.0 or vice versa. Their signals do overlap, but certainly not completely. It’s kind of fun to imagine what’s going to happen, but it might likely be something completely different involving Low Power TV stations too. As I read it now. an ATSC 1.0 full power signal must stay on the air, but ATSC 3.0 can begin on Low power TV if necessary. (7/8/18)

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I have enjoyed my Saturday morning coffee and breakfast for years listening to Better Golf With Phil Hawes on 980. He has not been on the last few weeks. Has the show been cancelled? Thanks JB (7/7/18)

So Ronica Cleary is no longer on Fox5 as well as being a White House correspondent. She's now the communications director for a guy running for the Senate. People do tend to disappear without notice at that station. And looks like they've done away with their Tuesday Talkers (along with Sarah Fraser). Then I see Fox 5 has brought a new guy, Nick Smith on as an anchor / reporter. (7/7/18)

Re: New WNUV repack date. WNUV is de facto owned by Sinclair, and given how aggressive they are with their ATSC 3.0 advocacy, I wonder if they'll start running ATSC 3.0 on WNUV when they switch frequencies. To do this, they'll have to reduce My24 to SD, at least on WBFF's ATSC 1.0 feed, which would air CW 54-1 in HD. My24's HD feed can remain on cable and satellite, as well as over the 3.0 channel. The existing subchannels (Charge!, TBD, Antenna TV, and Comet) would air over the 3.0 feed, and perhaps over cable and satellite, if retransmission agreements allow. Sincerely, Mike in Kensington (7/7/18)

Re: WBAL Radio. I will ask the same question that I have often asked of last place WMAR Channel 2. Is it possible that they make more money where they are than they would make by having to spend money in an attempt to be number 1? (7/7/18)

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"TuneIn Radio Users: Entercom is planning to pull its stations off the app. " That would suck, especially if the Radio.com app doesn't connect to my Google Home. Also, another GD app I have to install and finnd when I need it. (7/6/18)

I posted about this recently, but now it's official. WNUV TV CW 54 Baltimore has been approved by the FCC to leave channel 40 on Sept. 1, 2018 for channel 25. Sinclair hasn't made an official announcement yet, but If you use an antenna to get WNUV, you will have to re-scan your HDTV on that date to continue getting CW 54. T-Mobile intends to start testing cell service on channel 40 in the fall. The rest of the TV Repack channel moves will happen as scheduled unaffected and as usual, those on cable should notice no change, well unless their cable company screws up. —BaltoMedia.net (7/6/18)

Happened to tune in MASN's Nationals postgame show after Sunday's 6-2 loss to the Reds and Johnny Holliday, Ray Knight and F. P. Santangelo were going on and on about how "great" Tanner Roark had pitched from the 2nd inning on. Hello - he gave up five runs in the first inning and that was essentially the ballgame. If you invite someone over for dinner and he spills coffee on your expensive carpeting five minutes after arriving then it doesn't matter if he's the perfect dinner guest from that point on - there's still that darn coffee stain to deal with after all's said and done. A few minutes later, the hosts were gushing about how potent the Nats' offense is to the extent that you almost expected to hear comparisons to the 1927 "Murderer's Row" Yankees at any moment. While I know they've scored a boatload of runs this season, they'd only managed two in the game just completed and I thought postgame shows were supposed to be game recaps - not promos for the team. Switching over to the radio coverage on 106.7 The Fan, I heard Charlie Slowes, Dave Jageler and Phil Wood discussing how Roark's recent poor starts have to be concerning to the team. What a refreshing contrast to the TV side where they seemed to give the pitcher a complete pass for his first inning meltdown (Knight actually suggesting he'd pitched well in that inning but just run into bad luck). Is there some edict from Nats ownership that nobody working the telecasts is allowed to say anything the least bit negative about their play on the field? (7/6/18)

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Larry O'Connor is sitting in for Mark Levin tonight...maybe it'll lead to his show being syndicated, like when Chris Plante sat in for the Rush Limbaugh Show... (7/5/18)

Once again alleged newsradio 1090 shows it’s incompetence during Thursday afternoon drive time. First, there was the functionality illiterate Tashawna Gaines who repeatedly did not know how to pronounce the word “catastrophic.” If she didn’t know how to say it, that might make you wonder who wrote the story for her. Follow that with “I’m in love with my voice but I don’t really know what I’m saying” Steve Ray who was still reporting on the Wednesday parade in Annapolis. It was the same boring report that ran all Thursday morning. Can anyone have a more distinct monotone? Meanwhile, there were multiple afternoon events to commemorate the one week anniversary of the Gazette shootings and 1090 didn’t cover any of them. Guess they were waiting for TV to do the work for them so we can get it a day later and hear about it on Friday morning. I’m sure it will make it into one of those phony “on the streets covering your neighborhood” promos. Kudos to the Baltimore Sun for a very we’ll done video of the tribute and moment of silence inside the Gazette newsroom. Maybe Steve “the voice” Ray could have just watched that video and made an attempt to give us a report on something timely. Please return the one competent news reporter, Bill Vanko, to his rightful place in afternoons. (7/5/18)

Re: Fox 21 being SD-only over the air. It is possible that at least one local cable and satellite provider paid $$$$ to WBOC to keep the HD feed from airing OTA. Back when WBOC got FOX affiliation, the MPEG-2 encoders of the day couldn't comfortably fit two HD feeds into a single ATSC feed, and given how the FOX HD splicer works, it left little room for even two SD subchannels, let alone the CBS 1080i signal. FOX probably had little choice but to accept SD for its OTA feed, if they wanted to provide the affiliation agreement. WBOC may have thought to get some free money to take advantage of the situation. These days, encoding has improved to the point that it's possible to do 720p+1080i+480i within the splicer system, but any past contractual agreements with cable operators would still apply. I doubt WBOC or WMDT will quickly invest in ATSC 3.0; there aren't many full-power options to channel-share and keep all the existing ATSC 1.0 HD feeds in HD. Also, in that media market, I doubt there would be much initial consumer interest, anyway. Sincerely, Mike in Kensington (7/5/18)

Here’s a question I’ve always wondered. Why does the Fox Network allow WBOC Fox 21 to run the network over the air in 480i standard definition? Even WMDT runs The CW in 720p over the air. And why does WBOC have network exclusivity over WTTG Fox 5 on the shore while not even running the network in HD over the air? Since when can low-def sub-channels have network or syndication exclusivity? Are there really many places left that do not run network programming in HD anymore? Shouldn’t this be an FCC requirement given that the digital switch was mandatory? With ATSC 3.0 Next Gen TV on the horizon, this seems seriously small town, even by Salisbury standards. Even Low Power WRDE Coast TV is running NBC in 1080i. :( (7/5/18)

Hi Dave, Thanks for your post on WGTS’ sale. You always do a good job on your site and I look to you for news on the broadcast industry in our area. In an effort to give you the most accurate information, I’m sending you our press release regarding the station. To clarify, the university retains no control of the station. In essence, the station is buying itself to make it an organization that can focus solely on broadcasting. This is not a transitional move. This is a move to strengthen WGTS as a strong, local broadcaster and to enable it to grow as such. There are no plans to sell to another group. The station will maintain a back-up studio and support services on the campus of Washington Adventist University, but that will simply be a rental agreement with the school. They will have no say over the station. (7/5/18)

TuneIn Radio Users: Entercom is planning to pull its stations off the app. 105.7 is currently running a promo: "the only way you can take The Fan with you anytime anywhere is the Radio.Com app." (7/5/18)

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Poster asks about Linda Sherman. She did have a nice long run at WQSR ... and she also spent some time at WYST (92 Star), WASH (co-hosting the short-lived 'Continental Breakfast' with Arthur Crofton 1985-86) ... and, IIRC, at some point WCAO. (7/4/18)

I think the sale of WGTS from the University to a new non-profit is actually designed to keep EMF from purchasing it and putting the KLOVE format on there, rather than the speculation that it may be a precursor to an EMF purchase. It's a win-win. The University gets the cash from its asset. And the station gets to keep on doing what it is doing (quite successfully) with its existing staff and management, under the new 501c3. Best of all it stays local. (7/4/18)

Shore News: WCTG 96.5 FM, The Variety Station, has been approved to move from Chincoteague to West Pocomoke City, MD, moving it pretty much into the Salisbury market and somewhat out of the Chincoteague, VA market. They are still Class A and have made several attempts to expand their signal, but been turned down. Third time is the charm I guess here. Makes me wonder though, will they try for Class B1 status again from this location? Hmm. -- BaltoMedia.net (7/4/18)

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I found the newscaster I was looking for. It was Linda Sherman. She worked at WQSR. I thought she had also worked at WCAO and WASH but I guess I am wrong. Does anybody know? (7/3/18)

I’m trying to think of a female newscaster who worked at WCAO in the 60’s or the 70’s. She may have worked also at WASH. Can anybody help me? Thanks, Bruce (7/3/18)

While some of the criticisms of newsradio 1090 are unfair and exaggerated, I will say there is the complete lack of attention to detail that used to set this once fine station apart from the others. For instance, on Monday afternoon a news anchor kept talking about the Gazette shooting and saying "when the bullets were flying." The suspect used a shotgun, which technically, doesn't shoot bullets. And there is valid criticism of the station's inability to break news. The day of the shooting, Robert Lang repeatedly gave us the organization structure of tronc. Who cares? Why wasn't he working sources (if he had any) instead of letting himself get scooped by the competition. There is way too much regurgitation of the same story -- a day later after it's been on TV and an afternoon later after it's been on the news all morning. The very basic skill of advancing the story and finding a new angle has fallen by the wayside. (7/3/18)

With WYRE AM 810 gone for a year and/or for good, I wonder if WWFD AM 820 could increase and improve their signal. That is their only impediment to the east. There are very few AM 820s on the air. Two impediments are WNYC AM 820 at 10kw, but that’s a good distance during the daytime and then Richmond’s WNTW AM 820, a bit closer. (7/3/18)

So we know when WDCA 20 moves to Fox 5, but that doesn’t answer the more important question. Where are all the WDCA sub-channels going? WTTG already has Me-TV and BUZZR. It seems unlikely that MOVIES, Heroes & Icons, and Light TV will all fit as well with 2 HD channels? I realize there’s no legal responsibility to disclose this, but I’m sure viewers would like to know. Is there some reason to hide the info? (7/3/18)

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My recent chat with Dave Kolesar & more about WWFD AM 820 going all AM DIGITAL at BaltoMedia.net... "Dave Kolesar The lab and field tests have shown that all-digital AM HD works much better than the hybrid mode, both in terms of audio quality (higher bitrate) and range. The signal should work past the point where a listener would typically tune away from the analog signal because of noise. Track data and even album art are possible, giving AM parity with FM HD, satellite, and internet streaming in the car dash. It also stays within +/- 10 kHz RF bandwidth, unlike the hybrid mode. In other words, it represents a big technical improvement to the AM service, and it's my personal belief that AM broadcasting should head in this direction. I first talked with Xperi about taking WWFD all-digital at CES in 2017, and we're finally at the point where we are ready to try it out. As the PD and engineer of the music station in question, I'd rather take my chances with the ~20% of cars with HD-enabled receivers in the market now than try to convince everyone else to listen to music on analog AM.” Balto Media Correct me Dave if I'm wrong, but my understanding of this is that current car owners with HD-Radio units will still get this signal, but maybe not the entire DTS extra features and stuff? Dave Kolesar Yes, all current HD AM radios have the all-digital mode "baked in" to the firmware and will receive the audio and track data. Not all cars can display album art, as that is a newer feature. The same would apply to any ancillary data services." (7/2/18)

The WVAB/WBVA saga is over: Birach is donating the licenses and what little equipment there is left to Multicultural Media and Telecom Council. Although the stations are allegedly operational since April, the FCC will allow them to go silent for another 12 months per the agreement - it seems like this is part of some sort of settlement with them, although there are no documents. MMTC's purpose is to eventually LMA or sell the station to a minority operator. (fcc.gov) (7/2/18)

REF:[So what's the consensus on the most informative & accurate coverage of the shooting attack in Annapolis] Piss poor. The Baltimore stations, including alleged/wanna-be news radio 1090, spent their entire time reading every one else's tweets instead of working the story themselves. It is pathetic when the major networks and their out-of-town reporters break exclusive leads on the story, including NBC's identification of the alleged shooter. The events have become all about the alleged reporters and not the story. They even interviewed the media-hungry Baltimore police spokesman who had nothing to do with the events in Annapolis. These stations were hell-bent on being first with the information to the point of reporting what turned out to be erroneous information on the suspect alleging that he had "damaged his fingers" to avoid being identified through finger prints and that police had to use "facial recognition technology" to positively identify him. The information was eventually debunked during a police briefing when the deputy police chief with the Anne Arundel County Police Department basically said the information was bullshit. WBAL-TV even interviewed former Baltimore police spokesman Rob Weinhold, now a self-employed "terrorism expert," on the facial recognition technology. What a circus, and what a shame. For the next several days after the shooting, alleged news radio 1090 did what it does every other day: send a wanna-be reporter to the streets to regurgitate the day-old tv news sound bites with day-old newspaper re-writes. And as if all of this were not enough, these clueless, so-called "journalists" gave carte blanche to a boatload of politicians who flocked to the cameras to puke up their political poppycock from gun control to mental illness. It was laughable, but sad, to see just how pitiful Baltimore's news coverage has become. (7/2/18)

Many years ago, digital radio transmission designers iBiquity had their offices in Columbia, MD. One afternoon I drove by their office building parking lot and saw one of their engineers working in a van with the doors open. I pulled in and had a chat with him. At the time, he was tuned to an AM digital test station. I don't know if it was on 1660 KHz (wasn't there a test conducted with 860 KHz?). It was interesting to hear the high fidelity signal but also interesting to hear the static of an approaching thunderstorm. I wonder what other AM ills befall digital? (7/2/18)

Thought it was funny that there is STILL a page on the Washington "CBS Local" website that says you can "Contact The Big Talker 1580"! Imagine, a format on the frequency from AT LEAST four flips ago (subsequent formats are the ill-fated "Gov Biz Radio", followed by CBS Sports Radio, Connecting Vets and the current El Zol Deportes) is still on the server! And it lists Rob Sanchez as a contact - he just left to join iHeartMedia in Boston. And I think Lauren Sapienza is with iHeart, as well. washington.cbslocal.com (7/2/18)

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July 1, 2018.....How are the two largest radio stocks doing now? iHeart stock is selling at 48 cents per share. This is an all time low! CUMULUS MEDIA,INC is selling at 6 cents per share OTC......Potential Buyers are looking at both companies. (7/1/18)

Noticed something odd in the FCC Licensing and Management System… WDVM 25 Hagerstown filed a required Children’s TV Report to the FCC claiming they’re an NBC affiliate and aired the NBC weekend children’s programming schedule in the 2nd quarter of 2018. How is that possible? (7/1/18)

I love, love LOVE Hot 99.5's Party, but for the life of me I can't find any information about it. I really want to know who the DJ is. There's gotta be someone who knows something about the show. From, Amar (7/1/18)

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