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\/ January 21 Messages \/

Nick Smith, you ignorant slut, you've been here long enough that Fauquier is pronounced "Faw-keer" not "Fuck-ear". Please, Fox 5 has much better talent than take his place on the 9 PM newscast. (1/21/19)

WGOP Pocomoke City is audible Monday afternoon via NA5B's online SDR receiver in West Springfield Va. So the station is back on the air, at 500W. Plain old physics says the signal should not travel that far, even at sunset. I wonder if WGOP is playing a bit fast and loose with the rules? Nah-h, Birach would never stoop so low as to run a station at more power than is allowed during the wrong hours....... (1/21/19)

Fire at FOX News, MSNBC, & C-SPAN building in DC on Capitol Street in NW DC. The fire, while not that destructive and with no injuries forced evacuation of the building, the stoppage of live programming on C-SPAN, as well as the moving of FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace and MediaBuzz to the studios of WTTG FOX 5 in DC on very short notice, only about 2 hours, forcing VP Mike Pence and former Speaker Newt Gingrich to WTTG studios also. The fire appears to have broken out on the NBC/MSNBC floor, but no word about how it affected them as they run little live news on the weekends, mostly Dateline re-runs & prison shows. But the funniest line was by Chris Wallace to VP Mike Pence. "So if it looks like we're in the 1950s, we really are here." WTTG has been at 5151 Wisconsin Ave for almost that long (1966) and is in the process of moving its studios and tower to Bethesda, MD. They could not get all of the normal graphics up and running at WTTG apparently that quickly. FOX News and FOX5 have this story up too, but not MSNBC. Hmm But here’s WTOP’s story. wtop.com... —BaltoMedia.net (1/21/19)

Some Radio Stocks are starting to come back. Here is where they stand today......iHeart 47 cents per share OTC, Beasley $4.76, Entercom $7.16, Salem $2.62, Urban One $2.49. They still have a long way to go. (1/21/19)

With the Government shut down and today a declared legal holiday, who is working? DCRTV is working! (1/21/19)

The "50-mile radius" applies only to noncommercial stations seeking must-carry (47 C.F.R. § 73.622(e) is the relevant rule, and even it includes a loophole - a noncommercial TV station can also demand must-carry if its noise-limited signal contour encompasses the cable system's headend location.) There is simply no such rule when it comes to commercial TV. Doesn't matter if a DMA is geographically tiny or as big as, say, Denver or Albuqerque or Salt Lake City. If the headend is in the same DMA as the TV station, must-carry and/or retrans consent apply, so long as the station can deliver a usable signal to the headend. Distance doesn't make any difference. KSL-TV has the same rights to carriage in St. George that it does in Salt Lake itself. And because St. George is in the Salt Lake DMA, the CBS affiliates in Vegas or Phoenix can't offer themselves up as substitutes. (1/21/19)

This sort of went unnoticed, but The Baltimore Sun has un-blocked its Private Browsing PAYWALL Block." As I pointed out months ago some users didn't experience any block. "For months The Baltimore Sun had stopped even its paying subscribers from seeing stories without going through the log-in process." Strange that that sounds like an issue for you. The purpose of logging in would be to demonstrate that you are indeed a paying subscriber. Are you a cheater Focker? Gus in the Gaithersburg (1/21/19)

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\/ January 20 Messages \/

Justice Department has ordered WZHF 1390 AM to register as a Russian Agent. Arthur Liu is the owner and must register or lose his license. He carries the Russian Propaganda Programming Sputnik which is owned by the Russian Government. (1/20/19)

I would be very curious to know who is in charge of the Wash. Times webpage - at least for the sports section. I just looked at it today and aside from a story about football playoffs today, the other main stories were very outdated - Wizards in London and Caps/ Isles on Friday night. Surely they could throw a little Sat CBB up there, yes? I mean locally UVA played Duke. Just don't call me Shirley. (1/20/19)

More on WESH 2 and Brighthouse. The key phrase here is “loophole in the contract.” That means regardless of the DMA situation, it was still legal with the FCC, but wouldn’t be in Washington DC for VERIZON to pick up Baltimore’s WJZ in parts of the market assuming WUSA demands free carriage at some point or WJZ offers free carriage. The result would be a complete disaster for CBS itself and its affiliates as well as result in lawsuits against the network and VERIZON and possibly fines. The FCC doesn’t get involved in business contracts for carriage for a reason. The city of license is still the city of license regardless of DMA. Orlando is far outside the 40-50 mile radius of Daytona Beach and vice versa. This is a moot point since few TV stations will hardly ever give up their signals for free. The Orlando DMA is simply much larger geographically than most DMA’s or the FCC regs and they were previously separate TV markets with 2 NBC TV stations. It’s like putting together DC, Baltimore & Philadelphia in one DMA. Just think how far it is from Ocala to Cocoa Beach, nearly 150 miles. On a smaller scale. WMAR ABC 2 used to be on the Ocean City Maryland cable system, about the same distance, but no more because OC is only around 30 or so miles from Salisbury and all exclusivity can be legally enforced there. But in southern Delaware, all bets are off. The Salisbury stations cannot push the Philadelphia or Baltimore stations off the cable systems because the Delaware towns are outside the mileage range. The contractural business deals however do enforce much of what the Salisbury TV stations want and why WBOC fought in its carriage negotiation. With the decreasing network ratings to increasing competition, It makes one wonder how long the FCC will enforce this soon to be archaic rule in the future, if at all. The FCC enforces WBOC Fox 21’s Must Carry Exclusivity status even though they do not broadcast the FOX network in HD to this day and often local WJZ programs/specials are blacked out accidentally. However, WBAL TV only gets blacked out for syndicated programs as WRDE is an LPTV station with no rights to have anything blacked out. WBOC and WMDT would love to get the FCC to start blacking out Philly stations in Dover, but so far Nielsen will not go along with any market DMA change even though WBOC CBS 16 has a Dover bureau and no Philly station covers the area at all. (1/20/19)

This sort of went unnoticed, but The Baltimore Sun has un-blocked its Private Browsing PAYWALL Block. For months The Baltimore Sun had stopped even its paying subscribers from seeing stories without going through the log-in process. Apparently, this caused a subscriber problem at multiple newspapers. And yes, the CEO and other leaders who approved this are now out of the door. To say that Tribune Publishing is a Titanic would be an understatement. www.nor.org (1/20/19)

Congratulations TMOS! The new 2019 Mike O'Meara Show featuring Mike O'Meara & Robb Spewak....that is all. Just O'Meara & Spewak w/ an engineer. #ThankYouForAdvertisingOnDCRTV (1/20/19)

Somara Theodore is now listed as a weekend meteorologist on the NBC4 website. So looks like that announcement a couple of months ago that she was leaving the station has changed. Hmmm, wonder what happened. (1/20/19)

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\/ January 19 Messages \/

WESH's city of license is a red herring. Cable carriage is determined based on Nielsen-defined DMAs (designated market areas). It doesn't matter whether WESH is licensed to Daytona Beach or Orlando - it's the NBC affiliate in the Orlando DMA and can either invoke must-carry or negotiate for retrans-consent fees with any cable system in the DMA. Brighthouse was able to substitute WBRE on its system in 2012 because there was a loophole (since closed) in the contract between Nexstar and Time Warner Cable (which handled rights negotiations for Brighthouse) that Time Warner exploited to put Nexstar stations on any of its systems with carriage fee disputes. WBRE also showed up in Plattsburgh NY to replace WPTZ, and Nexstar's WROC Rochester showed up in Louisville KY to replace WLKY, Hearst's CBS affiliate there. Again, that loophole has since been closed. In general, if a local network affiliate is blacked out because of a carriage dispute, cable systems cannot just randomly import an out-of-market affiliate as a replacement, regardless of what the local affiliate's COL is. Those DMA lines have gotten tighter and tighter, and there are fewer out-of-market affiliates being carried on cable anywhere. - Fybush (1/19/19)

I notice that on WtTG’s morning broadcasts that the anchors control their teleprompter with a foot pedal device located either under the anchor desk or table (for the Good Day DC segment). And when they’re standing by a screen, you see the pedal with a huge cable coming from it. In this era of technology, does there not exist a wireless device they can use to operate the teleprompter? (1/19/19)

Appreciated hearing and seeing the new WCBS 880 jingle package coming together. Must have cost a lot. Am I the only one, though, who thinks that signature theme is...let’s blurt it out, BORING? Many decades ago when our station could afford such things the PD and Assistant PD traveled to Dallas for the privilege of overseeing production of a new package. When they returned and put it on the air the reaction was so disapproving and toxic it was quietly dumped within a few days. Such things happen! -P of the AW. (1/19/19)

It’s that awkward moment when TMOS Mike O’Meara is discriminated against playing golf, but still hates Trump. God knows a FAKE PITY PARTY is FUN COMEDY! NOT! LMAO (1/19/19)

TMOS; OSCAR SANTANA'S SHIT-SHOW STINKS. So, Santana goes MIA for yesterdays Mike O'Meara Show but his failure to take any responsibility for that oversight - or any other show related problems - makes the ultimate point. It's time for Mike & Robb to cut ties with Santana - immediately as they promote Maddie. Santana's lack of extreme ownership is in direct proportion to his lack of respect for O'Meara & Spewak. Santana's financial contribution is dwarfed by his overvalued self-importance. Santana's loss to TMOS will be easily absorbed. The writing is on the Podcast Village walls - time for Santana to go; better yet, great time for Santana to quit. And Oscar Zeballos, take that useless e-MBA with you. You did get that MBA online? (1/19/19)

"Gus, you ignorant slut, you mis-downloaded" Oh yes, BECAUSE I CLICKED WRONG LIKE A RAPE VICTIM it's MY fault that a 44 minute show was uploaded. They fixed it you ass. I can read numbers you ass. I can hear when a show stops in the middle you ass. If your daughter wants to get back at Daddy have her give me a call you ass. "a person can get a perfectly viable Dell computer for $50 from PC Retro" Hmm. A fifty dollar used computer for a mission-critical function? What could possibly go wrong? That's pretty much industry standard, right? Gus in the Gaithersburg (1/19/19)

In this week's chat WaPo's Gene Weingarten told a heartwarming story about stabbing a live animal in the brain. The Christmas spirit just doesn't end. Great Zucchini, Josh Bell violin, babies left in cars. Gus in the Gaithersburg (1/19/19)

RE: "WRNR TO FURLOUGH ALL NON-ESSENTIAL EMPLOYEES"---About time! Now, the station is worth listening to. (1/19/19)

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\/ January 18 Messages \/

Congratulations to iHeart on your new conservative Talk Format on your 104.7 FM Translator. Now we can listen to more Talk. WTOP. WAMU,WMAL,570 AM and 104.7 FM. With five Talk Stations we should be in good shape! (1/18/19)

Good Lord Agnes! It's not bad enough to be subjected to the endless idiotic rambling of Gus in the Gaithersburg. Now we must endure the return of OOBBEE! Dave, I'm telling you, I'm THIS EFFIN' CLOSE [imagine my thumb and forefinger apart about the width of Trump's micro-penis] I WILL quit visiting DCRTV for good if this madness soon end! I mean it! (1/18/19)

Junks will never leave , just die off gradually one by one..... (1/18/19)

"Computer hardware is cheap. Many software recording tools are also inexpensive. Everything's cheap to the person not buying it". Sorry bruh, I have to agree with the original poster: cheap is cheap. Right now, a person can get a perfectly viable Dell computer for $50 from PC Retro (if they even needed another computer), a four-mic Behringer USB mixer from Guitar Center for $119, and four Audio-Technica M8000 dynamic mics for $130, also from G.C. We've all spent more than that on Super Bowl party food. And the world's most popular software for recording and editing podcasts (true!) is the totally free "Audacity" program that runs on anything. This modest setup can create recordings that equal or exceed what was possible only five to ten years ago in a typical radio recording/production studio, and for a sliver of the cost. (1/18/19)

RE: But the latest news from the TMOS shitshow is they posted a 44 minute show today instead of the usual 79 minutes – Gus, you ignorant slut, you mis-downloaded…… It is a full show if done correctly. (1/18/19)

RE: I assure you that the reason that two Junkies are showing up is because they don't have a contract and if someone didn't at least show up their key cards might not work when they finally decided to show up. As far as them caring about their listeners, they don't. – They just signed a new contract so all the people saying they were doomed were wrong. They have been on 23 years and counting. That has to break D&M’s record. The jealousy factor here is hurting…LOL. And, they are going to be on more stations. I bet they even got more vacation suckers! OOBBEE (1/18/19)

Holly Morris, Cori Coffin & Erin Como together on the same broadcast. Cackling on top of cackling. Just amazes me the people management selects to be on air. What’s the criteria?? (1/18/19)

For Immediate Release... Contact: (410) 626-0103 (Don’t Bother, No One’s Here)... WRNR TO FURLOUGH ALL NON-ESSENTIAL EMPLOYEES... Show of solidarity to thousands of government workers... ANNAPOLIS, MD – JANUARY 18, 1019... Outraged by the dire financial ramifications caused by the shut-down of The United States Government and its effect on the families of thousands of federal workers in its’ listening area, WRNR-FM has announced its intention to relieve its employees of the responsibility of reporting to work. This action “could last months, or even years” according to WRNR Program Director, Bob Waugh. “I’m proud to own this action. We’ll keep the music coming, of course, but we’re going to set it on auto-pilot, until further notice”. Furloughed employees who have been deemed “non-essential” include Waugh, Rob Timm, Carrie Neuman, Phil Harrell, Dave Ziemer, Paula Sangeleer, Mike Ondayko, Patrice McCarron, Pam Davis, Judy Buddensick, Bobby Cardoni, Artie Fufkin, and “Bird” Duckett. (1/18/19)

With WTOP moving to Maryland, they've been sharing a lot of the stuff they've accumulated over the years that's not going with them. Maybe something else that can stay on Idaho Ave. are the current jingles. The voices you hear still sound great, but it's time for a fresh new sound. They can look up I-95 to New York & how WCBS did it. If WTOP can afford a new location, they can afford new music as well. www.youtube.com (1/18/19)

"Computer hardware is cheap. Many software recording tools are also inexpensive. " Everything's cheap to the person not buying it. Remember that Mike O'Meara bought a new computer because there was a problem with his keyboard because according to him someone "hacked" his computer. But the latest news from the TMOS shitshow is they posted a 44 minute show today instead of the usual 79 minutes. It was a no show no call of a show since there was no explanation. And forget about Mike and Fatt Rob doing a show on their own. It was established today that they are unable to dial a phone much less run a board or a show. In today's episode Pony was sent to bang on Oscar's door because Mike and Rob fucked up communication of a schedule change and said he "couldn't remember the name of the street" Oscar lives on. It's "O" as in "Oscar". He can't remember letters of the alphabet. SMFH. O'Meara is the drunk angry captain and the show is the Exxon Valdez. Gus in the Gaithersburg (1/18/19)

RE - TMOS and HELL NO: It may seem simple to produce a podcast to most on this site. Most here have some kind of radio background. That is not the business model of PV. It is not easy for ex generals, athletes, politicians, wonks, etc. They just want to talk and do nothing else. Some people love having a nice lawn and garden that they don't tend to. Some people eat out and don't cook much. It's easy to paint a room but painters are in demand It's easy to fix a running toilet but plumbers do that every day. That is where PV fits in. Ex generals are used to walking into a room and being treated like a king. They don't set up power points, check mikes, get drinks, etc. in real life. They walk in and walk out. These are 90% of the people paying PV to supply these things. And, they are booked solid. It has nothing to do about money to the renters. It's convenience and efficiency. OOBBEE (1/18/19)

WUSA9 annoys me more and more. They have started skipping the upcoming scenes on CBS shows to focus on ads promoting their idiot morning show. The stupid thing is they play the tape "Stay tuned for scenes from our next episode" and then go right into ads and the 11:00 news. Surely they can spare 2 minutes of advertising time. There are at least 3 ads for their idiot morning show per CBS show. Annie Yu has made a big mistake leaving WTTG for WUSA9. I'd give anything if CBS could get a different DC affiliate but I guess that won't happen. (1/18/19)

Fox5’s Cori Coffin, Ann Cutler & Erin Como, the future of tv news readers. Scary. (1/18/19)

TMOS:: How much money has/will Mike O'Meara make from his relationship with Podcast Village? Minimal, at best. Computer hardware is cheap. Many software recording tools are also inexpensive. In an age where anyone with a laptop, a clean pair of underwear, microphone and audio interface can record & edit better quality audio in their bedroom than in decades past, is there still a need for Podcast Village? Will they continue to be relevant in the times to come? HELL NO! (1/18/19)

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The VERIZON WUSA CBS 9 DC situation is not directly comparable to Orlando’s WESH NBC 2 & Brighthouse situation. Here’s a few reasons why. WESH 2, unlike the other Orlando affiliates, is licensed to Daytona Beach, FL, which is actually over 50 miles from Orlando. While they are in the same DMA as far as Nielsen is concerned, Brighthouse probably isn’t as similarly restricted. WESH 2’s studios in Daytona Beach are long since abandoned, but they are still licensed to that city and not Orlando, even still operate a DRT repeater signal near there at their old tower site. Many parts around DC and Baltimore are within 50 miles and therefor can show both CBS affiliates, but not the entire markets due to Must Carry rules. For many years, Comcast-Baltimore County showed then WDVM CBS 9. When the FCC changed the rules, eastern Baltimore County was outside of the mileage limit and then WMAR CBS 2 could have channel 9 removed from half of Baltimore County. When the county cable system was consolidated away from east and west systems to one, all of the DC channels had to go by law since they were only legal in parts. In the WESH situation, Orlando is not the city of license, nor even the exact same cable TV service. I wonder if Brighthouse tried to bring an outside NBC station to the Daytona cable TV system. And as always, Must Carry doesn’t mean Must Pay. It’s the affiliates that are pulling their signals, not the cable system. They are demanding money. The FCC does not guarantee local TV stations money, only that they must be offered if the TV stations want them on cable free and the right to block other duplicative network/syndicated related programming from the market, but just within that mileage range. By the way, Brighthouse chose WBRE as an NBC replacement only because Nexstar offered it for free. It’s unlikely CBS owned WJZ would have given its signal to VERIZON in DC for free. One final difference. Orlando and Daytona Beach were once separate TV markets with two NBC affiliates, so there is historical precedence. At one time the FCC considered making Washington & Baltimore one market, if for no reason technical broadcast channel limitations, but that was complicated by two conflicting things, DC being the nation’s capital and Baltimore being a larger city at the time with greater population. If that decision were made today, hmm, things might be different? (1/17/19)

“Until Czabe gets on, TEM is not listenable.” Are you kidding? – he seems more interested in dredging up weird, tawdry, grotesque, disgusting or horrific news stories from the internet and kicking them around with his sidekicks Linn and Solomon than engaging in meaningful sports dialogue with callers and that’s just not the sports talk radio I grew up with (not even close). (1/17/19)

A 03/17 WNAV interview with Terry Allen. (1/17/19)

RE: THE MIKE O'MEARA SHOW: A TECHNICAL & BUSINESS CLUSTER FUCK – So, lazy Mike and Robb will pick up Pony’s and Oscar’s responsibilities? LMAO. Mike and Robb meeting clients? Robb has been asked 100 times to learn the board! Mike wants to just make enough to have two homes, pay life insurance, and raise his single parent daughter and grandson with enough to cover golf. Robb just wants to try to stay married and play with his juke box. Podcast Village is in the black already. They can’t keep up with demand. That is a fact. And, it is not just due to TMOS. (1/17/19)

Congratulations to DCRTV for approaching the Double Deuce----22 years. You have to be impressed. (1/17/19)

While I take a back seat to no one in my criticism of the Mike O'Meara Show and criticism of everything Mike O'Meara is involved with including the raising or not raising of his children, during the government shutdown in this Age of Trump, I've been listening to old Fatt Rob Spewak podcasts. And I found that Zippy the Pinhead, who fancies himself a musicologist, thinks Stevie Nicks founded Fleetwood Mac. mikeomearashow.com... Show #54, timestamp 1:36, references "the first Fleetwod Mac album". Rob, that Santana song "Black Magic Woman"? Fleetwood Mac. "Albatross"? Fleetwood Mac. Although I could say "Albatross, thy name is Spewak." SMFH. Gus in the Gaithersburg (1/17/19)

Dave...I’m said to report the loss of Terry Alley this morning of cancer...Bill Lusby WNAV (1/17/19)

So rudy guiliani just admitted on cnn there was collusion between trump campaign and russia Any bets on fox or wmal even mentioning this? (1/17/19)

THE MIKE O'MEARA SHOW: A TECHNICAL & BUSINESS CLUSTER FUCK. Mike O'Meara. So hey man, tough love suggestions! Under the "technical" direction of Oscar Santana, the show is generated from Podcast Village; allegedly a state-of-the-art broadcast facility. Not so much in quality and not so much in ROI for you. Quality of broadcast and personal life suggestions. 1] drop Oscar Santana & Podcast Village, don't need him as 3rd broadcast wheel, you already have cheap, high quality equipment that works for Marc Maron & others and you don't need him and his overvalued MBA, 2] Fire Pony Boy. So many reasons other than you don't need him either, 2a] no more Interns. 3] Drop the video, 4] You & Robb, both working from home, do and edit a daily audio Podcast/Show. That's all [we] want. 5] Drop Political Persuasions; only way to do a political show is daily. You don't need an MBA to know this business principle, Keep It Simple Stupid [KISS] (1/17/19)

[RE: Anyone know what’s up with Topper Shutt and the very large bandage on his face? I hope he’s well and it was a minor accident. Bob in College Park] He posted online that he was recently diagnosed with melanoma so he had a procedure done last week. (1/17/19)

Big BBC News article on NoVa spy... Includes discussion on WCRW... www.bbc.com... "Kevin Mallory: The churchgoing patriot who spied for China"... (Is not that a photo of the old WAGE radio studios?) TK in Odenton (1/17/19)

Baltimore based Sinclair (owner of Fox 45 & WJLA ABC 7), has launched a streaming service called STIRR. It includes a dozen or so free networks plus local news via each Sinclair market station (in cities where there is one). WBFF FOX 45 runs the Baltimore channel, WJLA ABC 7 in DC, and WHP CBS 21 in southern PA. You can use STIRR on Apple TV, Roku, and other platforms including PCs and Macs at Stirr.com -- BaltoMedia.net (1/17/19)

Re: Annie Yu and Tony Perkins leaving WTTG, who knows the real reasons for their departure. However, I've noticed on the morning broadcast that they're trying to incorporate more gimics which I guess is to draw in more viewers. They're encouraging (and strongly encouraging) viewers to tweet after almost every story they report. This morning they had the mayor and police chief on, asked viewers to tweet questions they wanted asked of them and then showed the questions while the interview was going on. Don't know how many of the questions were actually asked as I had to leave to go to work. In general, I think at one time, they were bragging about being Number One, but haven't heard or seen any promos regarding that lately. Maybe that's why there seems to be a desperation to come up with stuff to get back to number one. (1/17/19)

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Dave, you may already know this, but Frederick's WFMD AM 930 has a show on in the afternoon after Rush "Mid Maryland Live" which seems like what you have wished for WMAL: live, local, and as far as I can tell, liberal leaning. Gus in the Gaithersburg (1/16/19)

It's only January 2019 and mass defections continue at Sinclair/WJLA-TV/ABC7 News. The biggest mistake, among many, that Sinclair's "Masters of the Universe" made in 2018 was to let their News Director, Mitch Jacob, get away. The position remains vacant, as do a number of others, and if those so-called MoU had a collective brain they would bring Mr. Jacob back. He was well respected by all in the Newsroom and morale has cratered since his departure. Their doesn't appear to be an end in sight regarding the pro-Trump agenda implemented by Sinclair, though they still deny any such agenda exists. There also does not appear to be an ending to those looking to find employment elsewhere, many of them being long-time employees. Sad! (1/16/19)

Tony Perkins has left FOX 5! See report from FTVLive: www.ftvlive.com (1/16/19)

Have not heard any right wing radio hosts condemn steve king Did I miss something ? (1/16/19)

So Annie Yu leaves the weekend broadcast and now Tony Perkins is leaving the same broadcast saying it was time for him to go..Is the weekend slot cursed? And who's now going to replace Tony? Whoever it is, hope he/she can put up with Cori Coffin's cackling voice. Maybe that's why he's leaving..But seriously, hope it's just to pursue a better endeavor.. (1/16/19)

I was looking through all the Mailbag entries from January 1, 2019 to tonight (the 15th) and I ran across a response from DCRTV Dave that, I have to disagree with based on something I lived through when I was living in Florida (I live in Wisconsin now). This is what he said as a response to a posting on January 3, 2019 about WUSA being pulled off Verizon FiOS due to a retransmission contract dispute with Tegna: "Dave's response: I don't think a cable company can pipe in a out of market network affiliate if it has blocked the local affiliate due to a retransmission glitch. When Verizon yanked CBS affiliate WBOC for a month or two it didn't bring in WUSA, WJZ, or KYW....." OK, but I believe Verizon could have done that IF they wanted to (but they did not). I base this on what Bright House (now Spectrum Cable) in Orlando, Florida did when Hearst Television pulled WESH 2 (NBC affiliate) and WKCF 18 (CW affiliate) from Bright House from July 9, 2012 to July 19, 2012 due to a retransmission contract dispute with Hearst Television. For those 10 days, they replaced WESH with WBRE 28 (NBC affiliate) from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. WKCF was a blank screen, and the subchannels were blank screens for those 10 days. You can read this in Wikipedia. Search "WBRE" or "WKCF" ~ both articles talk about the dispute. Tracy from Wisconsin (1/16/19)

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Just read on Tony Perkins’ FB page that he’s leaving Fox5. His last broadcasts will be this Friday & Sat mornings. (1/15/19)

I like all the current and forced out ladies who've been mentioned and don't even know if she's working anymore but Melanie Alnwick is the gold standard. Jim "Cocaine and Valium" Vance thought women should not smoke cigarettes in public. Maybe we should revisit a lot of those olde-timey rules, huh, Jim? A rhetorical question of course. Gus in the Gaithersburg (1/15/19)

I agree that Fox 5’s Like it or Not is truly full of egos. Marina Morroco (sp) is constantly yelling & angry, Nick Smith thinks he’s all that, Britt McHenry & the other female seem to compete on who can wear the shortest dress. Bram seems to be the only adult on the show (1/15/19)

iHeart has changed their Ticker Symbol to IHRT:US......Will they be able to come out of bankruptcy? Their stock is selling at 47 cents per share OTC. They have $12 Billion in Assets and $24 BILLION in DEBT! Perhaps Amazon could take over the $24 Billion in Debt! (1/15/19)

iHeart has all their assets pledged as collateral on their $24 Billion in Debt. However, they could sell off the 13 stations they have"parked" in their Aloha Trust. These stations are owned by the "Trust" rather than iHeart. Some of the stations in their "Trust" have been "parked" there for over 10 years. ( Like WFMD and WFRE in Frederick, Maryland). (1/15/19)

What's the worst locally produced TV show in DC history? You'd have to put Fox 5's "Like It or Not" near the top of that list. Egotistical unwatchable bullshit in its purest form. (1/15/19)

WTOP staffers are finding a plethora of odd items as they prepare to move from their DC studio to Bethesda: wtop.com (1/15/19)

WJWL AM 900 in Delaware has indeed downgraded their signal. They were 10kw day, 1kw night. Now they are only 1000 watts day, 145 watts night. However the signal is non-directional now, so daytime protections are still in effect, not as strict, but still to Easton. There is a similar AM 900 in Philadelphia with daytime protections. At night, there is no protection at all as the other AM 900s are Class D. It’s unlikely, anyone owning WCLM AM 900 will be spending any money on any upgrades though as the cost would outweigh the benefit. Speaking of Dover AM radio stations, WRJE AM 1600’s FM translator W286BS on 105.1 FM appears to still be licensed in Milford, DE even though WRJE has long since been deleted. They are listed as silent, but still streaming La Sabrosa radio online. onlineradiobox.com? Are they now a pirate radio station? Hmm. (1/15/19)

Hey, Im all about a MILF newsreader in a miniskirt & thigh high boots...especially if she got a booty like a Cadillac ;-) (1/15/19)

What has happened at WBAL-AM? Have they jettisoned the News format in the afternoon and evening completely? They’re now all right-wing talk? They are sinking like a stone in the ratings (your latest report had them tied with a college classical station (WBJC) and behind their right-wing radio competitor (WCBM). Sad what has happened to a station that used to be the Baltimore companion to the mighty WTOP. Thanks, Rob (1/15/19)

MaxCritic, yeah, I agree that some of the senior on-air talent may indeed want to ease out of their broadcasting career with less hours on-air and embark on hobbies, charitable causes or just do nothing..However, as with any job, I believe that most people want to ease out on their own terms. I could be wrong, but I believe Barbara Harrison and Bruce Johnson actually like what they do and want to be employed at their respective stations for as long as they want to stay there. Look at Jim Vance. He really enjoyed his job, but unfortunately cancer threw a monkey wrench into his tenure..And I also agree with you that having your job as your only source of meaning and happiness tends to bite you in the butt when you do decide to retire or are forced out. (1/15/19)

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All you peeps speculating that the senior on-air talent at the TV stations are getting “dumped” or “pushed aside”? Haven’t you allowed for the possibility that they themselves would really like to ease politely and gradually out of the saddle? Garsh, it seems like Barbara Harrison has been on the air since the ‘50s. Bruce Johnson is a real trouper but he must be yearning for a graceful retirement. I hope they all have hobbies and other interests to keep them centered and happy. Seeing your old employment as the only source of meaning in life is terrifying. -Max Critic (1/14/19)

Seen that new TV commercial yet for Cadillac, the one with Arianna Grande's tune "Bang Bang"? I had a hard time buying into the lyrics, "she got a booty like a Cadillac", which actually seems a bit insulting. How would you feel if someone described YOUR ass as being red, huge, and too expensive to maintain? (1/14/19)

There’s been conversation about the older anchors such as Andrea Roane & Barbara Harrison who have either left on their own (wink wink) or are being given less & less air time. Well, I turned on Fox 5 & see Holly Morris, who is almost 50, in a mini skirt & thigh high boots. Now, don’t get me wrong, older women can be fashionable, but there’s a difference between being fashionable & being desperate. I’ve noticed that ever since Erin has come on board, it appears that Holly’s trying to compete in the wardrobe department with shorter & tighter clothing. A bit insecure?? Guess she may feel a bit threatened w/Erin getting more & more time at the anchor desk, the Good Day couch & contributing in general to the broadcast. Holly, just be yourself, you don’t see Allison & Maureen resorting to their teen years. (1/14/19)

Never found out reason kevin Sheehan was fired from 980 Anyone know? (1/14/19)

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I more than agree "98 Rock"/WIYY is a trainwreck. First off could someone explain the set-up of the "JSS morning show"; their live show bits involving talk-interviews-listeners are only 5-8 minutes long...? do they mandatory-built in commercial breaks? They always cut off everything. I listen to the "Preston&Steve morning show" on "93.3 WMMR" in Philadelphia; and their live show bits with-talks-interviews-listeners go on 10-15+ minutes...they often push off/rearrange commercial breaks live. Could someone explain the difference in 'wacky morning show' formats...? (1/13/19)

One of the last analog-only FM stations in the area has finally launched HD Radio albeit misconfigured somewhat.. WCEI 96.7 HD1 and HD2 are now alive.. mislabeled simply as "HD1" and "HD2".... The HD2 signal repeats 94.3 WINX. Meanwhile 92.3 WERQ dumped the Bolly-style HD2 programming, replacing it with another relay of WOLB which is also on HD3. TK in Odenton (1/13/19)

Listening to one of the brokered Spanish language shows on AM 1540 this afternoon the program concluded with this advisement, roughly translated: "All programming on 1540 will shift to 900 as of 1 February - AM 1540 will become all religious programming. " ( I assume AM 1540 will be something Spanish-language based but nothing mentioned by the announcer.) No word if call sign flip is is in the works. (WACA 1540 / WCLM 900 currently) Apparently WJWL Georgetown "La Raza" AM 900 did not downgrade their transmitter plant and still runs 1000 watts days, 145 watts nights, both non-directional . Thus WCLM's pattern remains nulled to the east, missing Anne Arundel and Baltimore's growing Spanish-speaking population. BTW, for you folks in southern metro DC don't confuse WACA AM 1540 with Sandston's WULT AM 1540 "Ultra 94.1" which carries a Latin hit format, also relayed on AM 1480 in Richmond... AM 1540 will officially be known as "Radio Vida en Abundancia".... a Catholic Spanish-lanugage station. José Carrasco (station owner) and the church radio partner have recorded a brief announcement which repeats on the 1540 airwaves... TK in Odenton... TK in Odenton (1/13/19)

It does seem as if Barbara Harrison has dropped off the face of the earth. After she was removed from the 11am show, it seems like WRC throws a dart at the wall as to who will co-anchor that newscast, not to mention I don’t think she’s done a Wednesday’s Child segment in years, which I always felt was a worthwhile segment. (1/13/19)

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"... apparently, the entire mailbag missed it, but W284CQ changed formats while you were away." Not that the casual listener would know what station W284CQ would be. The talk format is basically a "wonk" format for news junkies and has a really tiny footprint. Besides, if you are to believe another Mailbag poster, "DC's Best Station" is Bolly 102.9. Let the battle of the micro-powers begin! (1/12/19)

Dave, Not sure how you and, apparently, the entire mailbag missed it, but W284CQ changed formats while you were away. I was extremely sad to learn that the best radio station in DC, the previous 104.7 format, has been replaced by yet another tired talk station, as if there aren't enough of those in this market already. CBS wasn't able to take on WTOP on a much better signal; I'm not sure why Clear Channel thinks it will do any better. I know I certainly will not be listening. I can't decide whether I'll be going back to the trainwreck that is WIYY in Baltimore, or the bland, boring sound of DC101, which would be sort of like rewarding bad behavior on Clear Channel's part. Maybe I'll finally look into finding some other way to listen to things in the car; radio keeps trying to push listeners away, maybe I should finally take the hint. - Trip www.rabbitears.info (1/12/19)

WFBR-1590 has been running an R&B oldies format since at least 2006. The late Bill Parris was station manager and designed the format to run during hours that had not been sold to time-brokers and religious broadcasters. Announcements seeking new brokers (now you can have your own radio show) ran ten to twelve years ago among the oldies. WFBR may still be owned by one of those companies specializing in brokering time on small AM's in large markets. (1/12/19)

Anyone know what’s up with Topper Shutt and the very large bandage on his face? I hope he’s well and it was a minor accident. Bob in College Park (1/12/19)

Re: “young” on air talent, it’s just reality, whether they’re talented or not. Case in point, Fox5. They keep bringing in a bunch of young reporters who management obviously find to be fresh & energetic. However for an old foggie like me, I find many of them just irritating. They just try waaay too hard to be noticed. But I’m probably not the audience the station is trying to impress. Fox5 has also increased their use of social media by encouraging the viewing audience to Tweet a comment on just about every story they report & posting those tweets every few minutes..Do the anchors or the viewing audience really care to see opinions posted all during the newscast? (1/12/19)

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Dave… What Happened to the Loo Katz piece you had on your site a few days ago… him going to 94.7 ?? POOF… it is gone !! Enquiring minds want to know… Thanks as always ! Regards, bill (1/11/19)

With the government shutdown, I’ve noticed that the FCC is still approving applications for changes to facilities. But pirates can rejoice as well as stations not up to specs. I think all investigations are on hold. So WGOP and WFSI dodged a bullet for now. (1/11/19)

Comment to the Jan 5 poster about 950 WCTN going Tropo-Mex: They sound like they're back to their Oldies/90s hybrid mix this morning. (1/11/19)

This is in response to the Youtube letter on retirement. Andrea Roane and J. C. Heyward were forced out. Andrea who is an outstanding anchor, reporter, and community leader was dumped from the morning newscast and put at noon. I don't know if she's still there or not as I don't watch WUSA9 anymore. J. C. Heyward was also unceremoniously dumped. NBC4 has demoted Barbara Harrison from anchor to reporter. They gradually brought her down. First she was kicked off the morning news with Joe Krebs and then she was taken off the 11 am newscast a few years ago. I don't know why the news has to be a young woman's game. They are losing so much talent and experience. I don't think they'll dump Doreen Gentzler. She only does the 6 pm and 11 pm newscasts. Pat Lawson Muse does the 4 and Wendy Reiger does the 5. I wonder if they'll get rid of Wendy. NBC4 doesn't seem as eager to get rid of their older talent as WJLA and WUSA9 are. (1/11/19)

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I wouldn't doubt that we could be seeing a few DC news veterans retiring and/or scaling back their workloads. I've Fox 5 DC chief meteorologist Sue Palka being discussed. Palka's been there since 1985. Doreen Gentzler has been at NBC 4 since 1989, and I could see her at some point stepping down from 11PM, to focus on 4-7PM. Pat Lawson-Muse, another NBC 4 vet has been there since 1982, and Barbara Harrison since 1981. A few years ago, Gordon Peterson and Maureen Bunyan retired from ABC 7. Many would argue the direction Sinclair is going in. JC Hayward ended her 40+ year run at WUSA 9 with little or no fanfare. Last year, Andrea Roane called it quits after 37 years. Bruce Johnson has been at WUSA since 1976, and it'll be interesting to see whether he's considering retirement in 2020 or 2021, assuming he wishes to cover the 2020 elections. Over in Baltimore, I could see WBAL 11 anchor Stan Stovall mulling retirement in the next couple of years. Same for Philly anchor Jim Gardner of WPVI, and NYC anchors Ernie Anastos of WNYW and Chuck Scarborough of WNBC. YouTube vid of legendary Miami TV anchorwoman Ann Bishop, who passed in 1997, where she talked about the weaknesses of TV news, and it being a young people's business. www.youtube.com(1/10/19)

Sinclair unveiled ATSC 3.0 / Next Gen TV at the CES this week, but this video caught my attention. This might be one of the worst technology preview videos I’ve ever seen in my entire life and possibly why Sinclair will screw up Next Generation TV. The video is technical in nature, but it’s of such poor audio and video quality, how could you present Next Generation TV with all its audio and video improvements so POORLY? I gave up after he suggested you’d have an option of watching that Doo-wap concert. REALLY? I actually thought I heard him wrong. If this guy is running Sinclair’s ATSC 3.0 marketing or even the technology, Next Generation TV is in a lot of trouble! I mean, even if this video were only for technical folks, it’s technically terribly produced with only slide technology and very poor audio. Watch it and cringe for yourself if you want. Others on Youtube have already. www.youtube.com (1/10/19)

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Why is Amelia using the bread meter when Topper Shutt has the Bread O' Meter. Couldn't they come up with something a little different like the TP tote board? (1/9/19)

I am usually right on top of what is going on regarding Baltimore radio, this time maybe not. I tried the AM dial now that I finally found a vehicle with a decent AM radio. It turns out that WFBR 1590 Glen Burnie is doing a soulful oldies format with Motown and what sounds like a new old WFBR jingles. It appears to be jock free at this point, and there are no spots. They are streaming on several sites: mytuner-radio.com... Has this been ongoing for awhile, or is it a change for them? Tom Conroy (1/9/19)

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Catching up over the holiday drought, it's so cute the TMOS "musicologist" Rob [sic] Spewak thinks: MJ's Man in the Mirror was from the 90s, The Clash's Should I Stay or Should I Go was from the 70s and that mp3s are sonically superior to cassette tape. Cake & Cookies: The Robb And Katie Show Archives - Page 3 of 14 - The Mike O'Meara Show #85 mikeomearashow.com... Gus in the Gaithersburg, hoping Dave is enjoying his time off. (1/8/19)

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RE: WJFK was #1 in men 25-54 in mornings, middays, and afternoons. However, Chad's show is well behind the Junkies and Paulsen and Rooyay (sp?). Chad had an 8 share, which is first and still really good, but the Junkies and the other guys both had 12 shares of the audience which is huge. I see their ad rates, and they are through the roof compared to where they were a few years ago. So whether they are "inept" and don't know enough about sports or not, they seem to be doing pretty well. -Only Chad has competition from TEM starting at 4:00. I like Al Galdi but he is a bit overwhelmed. Until Czabe gets on, TEM is not listenable. RE: “I assure you that the reason that two Junkies are showing up is because they don't have a contract and if someone didn't at least show up their key cards might not work when they finally decided to show up. As far as them caring about their listeners, they don't. They only care about their silly freebees and teaser picks. They're closing in on their own demo agewise, they're too expensive, and most importantly they are expendable” -In past negotiations, instead of raises, they got more vacation. It has nothing to do with their contract status. And, CK will only let two of them do it at the same time. Would you give up vacation if offered from your employer? They said a contract structure was in place this am. (1/7/19)

Dave is the new morning man Steve Davis? Not the 105.7 The Fan Steve Davis but the one that was with CBS Radio involved in starting WNEW 99.1... He was on this morning and he said this is Steve Davis. Loo Katz said it's not him and that Entercom has filled the position. Have a Happy New Year. Ron in Annapolis. (1/7/19)

DO NOT MISS! Today on FTVlive read about Sinclair's sickening deal w/ Boris Epshteyn entitled: "Exclusive: Internal Sinclair Document Shows What Boris is Costing the Company". Explains why staff is so underpaid & leaving in droves! FTVlive.com (1/7/19)

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someone had asked on WASH's FB page last nite where Maureen was--and Maureen had "liked" that comment, along with someone else. But just a few minutes ago, that post got deleted!! (1/6/19)

Since you are accepting lists for last year, here's mine: BEST: NBC 4's news operation. WTOP for the most part. Fox 5's subchannels. WORST: Donald J Trump. WUSA-9/TEGNA, now the most annoying affiliate in DC (ending WJLA's reign). Cutting off ends of shows to ram the 11pm news early, endless disputes with carriers (hello, you got a nice tax cut, all of you), with banner warnings about losing WUSA over and over, annoying local logos on CBS news shows, the football outage a few Sundays ago and no communication why it was happening anywhere (hello, social media), getting back to CBS shows late, and that disaster at 6am. Shame, there are good people working there. News/news fluff at Fox 5. Can the 6:30, 7 (like it or not), 11 and 11:30 shows (FINALLY). Redundant programming on "The Plus" (aka: Fox 5 clone, formerly known as WDCS): Same syndicated shows, news overkill and other shows delaying the My network schedule by 3 hours, Steve Harvey overload. "The Doctors" still not on here in DC (see overload comments). Endless local overlays shilling local news (everyone), and overlaying graphics on shows. Lack of real variety on local (terrestrial) radio - the same playlists over and over. WJLA randomly pre-empting network and syndicated shows for Infomercials at the last minute on the weekend. (1/6/19)

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re: Ten years of an incompetent sports programming staff has finally come home to roost. The only show with any kind of consistency is CDVTW because Chad still busts his ass and cares but it's got to be frustrating to try in an environment of apathy. 10 years of "inept sports programming" has resulted in WJFK basically putting WTEM out of business under 2 owners and too many lineup changes to count. In the latest weekly that came out today, WJFK was #1 in men 25-54 in mornings, middays, and afternoons. However, Chad's show is well behind the Junkies and Paulsen and Rooyay (sp?). Chad had an 8 share, which is first and still really good, but the Junkies and the other guys both had 12 shares of the audience which is huge. I see their ad rates, and they are through the roof compared to where they were a few years ago. So whether they are "inept" and don't know enough about sports or not, they seem to be doing pretty well. (1/5/19)

I assure you that the reason that two Junkies are showing up is because they don't have a contract and if someone didn't at least show up their key cards might not work when they finally decided to show up. As far as them caring about their listeners, they don't. They only care about their silly freebees and teaser picks. They're closing in on their own demo agewise, they're too expensive, and most importantly they are expendable. With the rights to three of four major sports teams in the market, their salaries are a drag on whatever revenues WJFK gains from those assets. Without a major restructuring of their million dollar plus overhead, they're gone. All Entercom needs to do is decide who's moving up to the spot. Probably Grant and Danny. Move Chris Russell to mids so he can cover the teams in the locker rooms after the games. Chad stays at afternoons until July when his contract is up. Or if Chad is smart he angles for the mornings so he can get at least a new two year deal if not three sooner rather than later. When you look at it from the perspective of cutting the dead weight you can see a more focused sports radio station come into view. More about the teams and less about the personalities. (1/5/19)

According to a suit filed in Los Angeles, [arstechnica.com] the Weather Channel has lied about use of geolocation data in its app for a long time. Location data has been shared with third parties for ultra-targeted commercial and advertising purposes, despite TWC assuring users their data would only be used for pinpointing weather information. I dont know why this surprises anyone anymore - - - a phone app that mines your ass for your life story, your contacts, your pics and everything else is the rule now rather than the exception. If you want the weather without being tracked, buy a goddam radio and tune in WTOP. (1/5/19)

Someone posted, "I doubt giving away $1k twelve times a day will draw many listeners". I agree, and I have an alternative suggestion for WIAD-FM. Way back in the early '90s, a novelty restaurant opened up in Connecticut called "Uncle Frank's". Knowing full well that restaurant grand openings are duller than dishwater, the owner (Frank, *duh!*) planned an event that guaranteed him radio TV and newspaper coverage: he blew a pile of money on a grand opening night, bringing in nostalgic TV and movie stars of the 60s and '70s to party it up and sign autographs for those who came in. Butch Patrick and Al Lewis ("The Munsters") showed up, as did Donna Douglas ("Beverly Hillbillies") and a dozen more. He was in the papers all the way from Hartford down to Greenwich. Naturally, restaurants come and go over the years and Uncle Frank's has long since been shuttered, but if you can imagine ComicCon without the comics, this was it. Memo to the WIAD promotions people: look back at movies, TV shows and bands from the 80s, see who was big then but has been kinda quiet since (like John "Jambi" Paragon from "Pee Wee's Playhouse", Amanda Pays from "Max Headroom", or "ALF's" puppeteer Paul Fusco) and blow some of that "let's-buy-listeners" cash on a real radio event with something seriously lacking in this town ... FUN ! ! (1/5/19)

Re: Best of 2018. Don Geronimo er Mike Sorce as Gus in the Gaithersburg - allegedly. (1/5/19)

Re: TMOS (and anyone else's "best of" for that matter). "Best" does not mean good. Just better than all the rest. (1/5/19)

I agree with the general opinion of 94.7 The Drive being stale but the poster who thinks BIG 100.3 is tweaking their playlist in the direction of Classic Hits no way with a playlist heavy on AC/ DC Pink Floyd Metallica true they've added 90s rock like Green Day,Nirvana Stone Temple Pilots but its a Rock Station Classic Hits would have some R&B and dance music like from Saturday Night Fever or like Donna Summer Earth Wind & Fire and pop tunes as well like George Michael, Kenny Loggins 1420 WKCW Thats Classic Hits. (1/5/19)

pilotonline.com... Dan Snyder's old stations are going all news... The loss of AAA format in Hampton Roads is a tough one... FM 102.1 has a pretty anemic signal , even with the 1490 AM and FM translator in northside Hampton... Thankfully 92.3 remains with the old format for the Williamsburg folks. WCTN has switched to a Mexican - Tropical format... Still just music.. no announcements in Spanish..Perhaps they are prepping for brokered Spanish language programming ... "All tube, all the time." While driving through the north tube of the I895 Baltimore Harbor Tunnel I accidentally had my FM car radio tuned to 107.1... Surprise! An MTA test tape loop appeared that is combined into the leaky cable system... It immediately disappears once you exit the tube... Gosh you think they could relay their own 93.5 LPFM on that channel as filler. TK in Odenton (1/5/19)

Im all about some of these "older" (30s-40s) in local TV news/weather. Here in Philadelphia; on FOX29, meteorologist Kathy Orr is a hot MILF in tight dresses ;-) so is newsreader Lucy Nowland, another MILF...(when Lucy sometimes wears this sexy pantsuit outfit with a low cut jacket...I imagine she has a sexy dominatrix outfit on underneath :-) (1/5/19)

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The problem with TMOS having so many "Best Of" shows is there is not enough content in the regular shows to call "Best". Maybe "Kinda Better"? Or, "We cut out Mike's bitching"? Or, "We cut out Robb's fake laugh at Mike's bad jokes or his own content"? (1/4/19)

I agree with the poster who said aging is not a good thing on tv news, especially for the females. NBC4 just brought meteorologist Clay Anderson back to do the weather and he's obviously up there in age. However, they brought in younger female meteorologists to do the same. Look at FOX5. More and more younger females are being brought on board and it's not rocket science that it's done to attract the male audience, i.e. increase ratings. Look at the females' outfits; mostly short and tight.. (1/4/19)

Best: The news department at WRC, WTOP continues to be the best on radio for news in DC. WETA and WAMU for honestly, the best public radio coverage in the country. Sirius XM still continues to be better than their corporate radio contenders. Donnie Simpson, Buzz Burbank News and Comment, DCRTV, Gus in the Gaithersburg and the rest of the Mailbag peeps for lively discussions, Dan Snyder for finally getting out of the radio business, WJFK, Brian Mitchell for telling it like it is where it comes to the Redskins. Worst: Faux News, MSNBC and CNN for way too much commentary(Hard news is a lot better than people interjecting their opinions while bringing us the news). Corporate radio for giving us honestly, shit choices of formats that quickly go stale. 94.7 The Drive, just more mainstream music but this time in a classic hits format(Would be a LOT better if they would add in a lot of what HFS used to play in the 70s and 80s but Entercom won't let that happen). WMAL, Larry Michael(How about dropping that annoying SKIN-TANGIBLES bullshit, the Redskins are at best a 500 team Larry). (1/4/19)

To the people that keep bashing the Junkies for only having 2 on air during the holidays, every industry has vacation time. The fact that WJFK has 2 of the Junks on says they care about their listeners. If these people would listen long enough, they would realize that most of the year, all 4 Junks are on air. I think a lot of people that post to this mailbag listen one day and think they know it all about the Junks, and that is not the case. (1/4/19)

[What's going on with weather staffing at WTTG? ] Check WDCA Ch.20 (Fox5Plus). They have news/weather at 8pm, 9pm M-F and 7pm on weekends. (1/4/19)

To the person who asked where Sue Palka is on WTTG. I'd bet her hours are reduced because she is getting older. Getting older is a huge no no in TV news. I wouldn't be surprised if Doreen Gentzler were retired or had her broadcasts reduced. She however has had work done to make her look younger. It's a shame that this country has such fixation on youth that news organizations don't realize the wealth of knowledge and experience they are throwing away each time they cut a person because they are older. (1/4/19)

Eastern Shore News: Possible merger or collaboration in the works for Delmarva Public Radio, WSCL 89.5 in Salisbury and WESM 91.3 in Princess Anne. www.delmarvanow.com (1/4/19)

Re: Best/Worst 2018. That Real AHHHH guy. Classic. Hall of Fame mailbagger. (1/4/19)

A 2019 City Paper update from Arlington! The CP box at the corner of Wilson Blvd. and Randolph St. is gone, a victim of road construction and neighborhood improvements associated with the new Ballston Quarter. The box on Stuart St., next to the IHOP, disappeared a while ago, following the disappearance of the CP box on Fairfax Drive, near the intersection with Quincy St. There's still a CP box at the Ballston Metro, but as of Friday at noon - a day after publication date for the week's issue - the box remains empty. (1/4/19)

Doesn’t make sense to you - it’s been the holidays man & the regulars have been off on vacation so that seems like a “no-brainer” to me not MIA. Who are the two new people you have seen because I have only seen one. RE: What's going on with weather staffing at WTTG? Sue Palka, the part-time "chief meteorologist," seems to be working only three or four nights a week.. Gwen Tolbart, who in theory works three nights a week (Friday - Sunday), averages only about half that amount of time. In recent months two new weather people have been introduced on weekends and have disappeared after a couple of weeks. Caitlyn Roth seems to be filling in most of the time when Palka and Tolbart are MIA. Meanwhile, my favorite WTTG weathercaster, Gary McGrady, is wasted on non-news features and only reports on weather weekend mornings. Doesn't make much sense to me. (1/4/19)

Who's in charge at Entercom? After maybe the longest station flip in radio history with the debacle that is 94.7 The Drive, rumors of Loo Katz as morning man draws a collective yawn from the market. "Hey I know, we'll get Sarah Fraser too!" Too late, Big 100 has already tweaked their playlist in the direction of a Classic Hits station and made The Drive irrelevant in just a couple short months. Well played. Now DC just needs a real classic rock station. Meanwhile on 106.7 the mornings are now commandeered by only two Junkies. That's really not a surprise since the Junks have about 8 weeks of vacation each and you rarely get all four on the air at any given time so it's best to get a head start on days off while all the other morning shows return in full force. Last week WJFK aired a college basketball game that no one had any idea was on because JFK's non existent imaging department was in full force. The lack of leadership in the halls at Entercom is nothing less than mind boggling. Maybe the "Junkies" are now Lurch, Cakes, Drab, and Valdeez? Ten years of an incompetent sports programming staff has finally come home to roost. You are essentially the ONLY sports outlet in a major market but how would anyone know? Hey put the "Sports talk from cheap seats" liner on again! It's only ten years old and we blew the Redskins deal anyway. Just put on Rome in between Caps and Wizard games and be done with it. The only show with any kind of consistency is CDVTW because Chad still busts his ass and cares but it's got to be frustrating to try in an environment of apathy. (1/4/19)

There's speculation Loo Katz could become 94-7 The Drive's morning host. I don't picture it. The personality doesn't fit the format. Plus maybe he's got enough money and just doesn't feel like getting up early and all that anymore. More likely but not a prediction, Albie Dee will move to The Drive's mornings and back to DC and quit his PD/afternoon jock job on that popgun R and B AM station in Egypt Lake, FL with a low power FM that doesn't cover most of Tampa. It does seem like it's taking way too long for The Drive to get a morning show and it needs a blockbuster personality and team if Entercom is going to do that right. The 2019 ratings are already underway and I doubt giving away $1k 12 times a day will draw many listeners. (1/4/19)

Ex-DC radio personality Frank Ski made a little news this week as reported in the Atlanta paper at this link... www.ajc.com (1/4/19)

My candidate for Best & Worst of DC is the same entity: 94.7 The Drive. BEST, for bringing back fun music from an era which, while it had its evil moments, still partied like there was no tomorrow. WORST, because it is doing what DC radio always does: recycle DJs and air a bland whitebread sound. Nothing against the lineup they are presenting to us, and I certainly don't want to see any return of the overdone & outdated Zoo format, but would it kill anyone if a new name appeared on the dial one day? And talent had a chance to shine and be creative within the boundaries of the format? Please fellas, stick a crowbar in the rulebook and pry open the pages where it says radio should be entertaining and fluid, not regimented and made of cast concrete. (1/4/19)

It seems like the majority of the commercials during the fox 5 news today programming are promos for Fox shows and not actual ads from paying advertisers. (1/4/19)

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What's going on with weather staffing at WTTG? Sue Palka, the part-time "chief meteorologist," seems to be working only three or four nights a week.. Gwen Tolbart, who in theory works three nights a week (Friday - Sunday), averages only about half that amount of time. In recent months two new weather people have been introduced on weekends and have disappeared after a couple of weeks. Caitlyn Roth seems to be filling in most of the time when Palka and Tolbart are MIA. Meanwhile, my favorite WTTG weathercaster, Gary McGrady, is wasted on non-news features and only reports on weather weekend mornings. Doesn't make much sense to me. (1/3/19)

Per Verizon & WUSA: WUSA News @ 11:00pm (Wednesday) had a spot saying it was sponsored by Fios. (1/3/19)

Absolutely, Verizon should trim all bills for FIOS customers not having TV stations that are removed from the scheduled/promised packages. But somewhere buried deep, down, and under the fine print are words saying something like “channel lineups subject to change.” Gotcha! (1/3/19)

Hi Dave, Salem Radio is replacing Michael Medved's 3:00-6:00 p.m. weekday radio program with Seth Gorka as of January 1st. Medved will continue to broadcast in Seattle and to subscribers. 570 AM in Washington will carry Gorka 10:00 p.m. to 12 midnight, and it will carry Medved's show 12:00 to 1:00 a.m. weeknights. I think that is very bad news. I think that Michael Medved has a more substantial program, while Gorka seems to be blindly pro-Trump. (1/3/19)

What happened to Best and Worst for 2018?? I've looked forward to that feature for years but you seem to have dropped it. Worst would be WUSA9. It's a shame that CBS has to have them as their local affiliate. Their morning "news" show is a joke. When you have a stand up comic as an anchor you know you're in trouble. At night most of the ads are promos of the awful morning show. Best would be NBC Washington. They give you news and not a lot of silly contests, games, field trips and exercise demos. (1/3/19)

RE: Best/Worst 2018. Best: Gus in the Gaithersburg without internet in his mother’s basement but he still has his pants at his ankles. Worst: Gus in the Gaithersburg with internet in his mother’s basement but she’s watching his every click. Best: Verizon dropping WUSA and thus the CBS Evening News with Jeff Glor. Worst: DCRTVDJDAVE becoming despondent because he can’t watch his heartthrob Jeff Glor on the CBS Evening News because his cable is Verizon and they dropped WUSA. Best: DCRTVDJDAVE’s too busy to post “Best/Worst 2018”. Worst: DCRTV’s bw2017 (1/3/19)

Through the magic of television, Caitlin Roth is now a brunette. It looks more natural and frankly more attractive than her previous blonde shade. (1/3/19)

Good news for CBS Evening News’ Jeff Glor fans subscribing to Verizon: according to The Washington Post “Verizon and Tegna resolve dispute, restoring CBS to Washington region. But a slew of blackouts nationwide remain”. Brian Fung reports: “Verizon Fios customers on Thursday regained access to key broadcast channels, including WUSA the CBS station in the nation’s capital, that had been blacked out for days because of a contract dispute with a major media company, Tegna. Verizon and Tegna said in a statement that they had reached “a multiyear carriage agreement” that restores stations including WVEC, a local ABC station in Norfolk, and WGRZ, the NBC station in Buffalo, ending an outage that had affected what analysts estimated was about 1 million Verizon customers nationwide. The resolution comes just days before high-profile sports events this weekend, such as the NFL playoffs, which are broadcast in part on CBS and NBC and are among the most-watched shows of the year. Tegna and Verizon declined to comment on the specifics of the deal.” More Fungus: www.washingtonpost.com (1/3/19)

Verizon has come to an agreement with Tegna, so WUSA9 is back on the air. Wonder how much it’s going to cost Verizon customers. No way do I believe we won’t see an increase in our charges. (1/3/19)

It's too bad Stacey Lynn has parted ways with WBAL radio. She was pretty good. Troy Johnson, too. (1/3/19)

RE: Antietam Cable no longer carrying WDVM (Hagerstown) Tis' pretty bad when you can't get your programming on a local cable outlet right in town. Oh well. But not a word about it today, and it looks like the stories have been plucked from the local paper and DVM. Maybe a last-minute negotiation going on? (1/3/19)

Jared Ruderman is leaving JFK for a gig at TOP. (1/3/19)

Chris Russel just called Reuben Foster an "Animal". (Not for Dom Violence) (1/3/19)

The Mike O'Meara Show STILL not back from Holiday. 'Best of' show AGAIN today. (1/3/19)

Former WBOC Radio and TV Host, "Little Georgie Hack" Dies, 91 www.wboc.com (1/3/19)

Somebody correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m not sure VERIZON could strike a deal with WJZ or WTVR, at least not easily. WUSA 9 is a must carry station around DC. I mean they could, but then that would open up another can of worms and Tegna would file an FCC complaint. And then there’s the problem that CBS owns WJZ and would not want to go against one of its affiliates in a larger market. The only benefit of CBS getting involved would be if they wanted to own a CBS affiliate in DC, but they’ve already had that opportunity. They could have bought WDCW 50 from Tribune. (1/3/19)

Dave's response: I don't think a cable company can pipe in an out of market network affiliate if it has blocked the local affiliate due to a retransmission glitch. When Verizon yanked CBS affiliate WBOC from its Eastern Shore systems last summer for a month or two it didn't bring in WUSA, WJZ, or KYW.....

The only DC-area "station" left playing Christmas music ended its run this week. The Cardinal Forest Plaza *Shell Gas Station* in West Springfield (broadcasting a short-range rooftop signal at 87.9 MHz) took down its synchronized lights-music show the other night, ending another year of entertaining motorists stuck at the intersection of Old Keene Mill Road & Rolling Road. I hope they find another frequency for next year, as the one they used this year was being splashed by LaNueva, the Spanish FrankenFM on 87.7. (1/3/19)

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Only two Junkies this morning? And a veiled reference to a "one year contract"... (1/2/19)

Still no word on a new contract for the Junkies? They were on the air today (2 were) but didn't their contract expire Dec 31? What gives? (1/2/19)

Dave, I don't know who else may be sending you this message, but the local chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE 37) will be having a meeting to chat up the technical details of experimental all-digital WWFD (the Gamut station), just spittin' bits right now on the AM dial. January 15 at WAMU. Details at the SBE website sbe37.org (1/2/19)

Nick, Dave and everybody ... I'm not the guy who asked about HD radios, but I am going to be the guy who says the prices for these receivers are completely unrealistic. When I can buy an MP3 player from Amazon that has an FM receiver, a video screen and up to 128 GB of storage for $26 www.amazon.com why in the name of sanity would I or anyone drop $200 to $300 for a RADIO? Amazon has an HD radio (the HDR-14) for about $77 which, while not a pro rackmount receiver, is a bit more reasonably priced. But HD wont be truly viable until a receiver can be made and sold for less than $40, and even that is lopsided compared to the above-mentioned MP3 player. (1/2/19)

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Now that I'm not getting WUSA-9 for awhile, here is my suggestion for Verizon: Get an agreement with WJZ-13 in Balto, or WTVR-6 in Richmond, or even the CBS channel in Harrisonburg, VA. Then we can see what professional CBS local stations are like (even a small-town one has to be better), and not have those extra promos go right up to that first half-second after a CBS program returns. I vote for Channel 13, but I'll take any of them. --Carl in Olney (1/2/19)

Dave's response: Channel 9's news is pretty horrible. We should be thanking Verizon for improving the DC TV news scene.....

Re: HD Radio component tuner. Try searching for the Sangean HDT-20 (Amazon, for example, has it in stock). It has component and optical SPDIF outputs. I've experienced good results using the Terk AM Advantage Antenna for long-distance reception. Connect the loop antenna to the receiver's terminals for the best results. Dave Kolesar (1/1/19)

Hi Dave and Happy New Year! I wanted to help the person asking about HD radios for the home. Sangean makes a tuner component the SGT 200 HD I believe. It’s on Amazon. They also make a table top HD radio HDT 18 also on Amazon. That unit has a line output like the component version. The Tuner is around $200 and the Sangean table top HD set is $153-$159. There are two portable units as well all on Amazon. I also believe Walmart carries some units. I usually go with on line shopping since becoming totally disabled. It works for my situation. Hope this information helps the gentleman. Take Care, Nick L. (1/1/19)

This may be of interest to the mailbagger who's looking for a high-end AM/FM/HD receiver... www.amazon.com (1/1/19)

To the poster who bought up the fact of scarcity of home HD Radio receivers or tuners Sony and Sanegan make then at least on EBay I saw them but around $200 another suggestion to look in thrift stores here in Woodbridge I see them occasionally like a Boston Acoustics unit and a few months back a Sony unit both like desktop stereos with their own speakers always less than$40 I own an Insignia home tuner bought for $59 about 8 years ago new was cheap because it was missing the remote was about$100 regular retail and an Insignia pocket Walkman type that you use through headphones unfortunately both are discontinued.And also yes the Steve Harvey NYE special in poor taste I changed it to Ryan Seacrest on ABC when I saw the bit with the marshmallows and the diapers Problem is the networks are making these NYE specials longer and need more content to fill it up used to be not that long ago they didn't start till 11:30 now FOX and ABC and I believe NBC start their celebrations at 8 PM. (1/1/19)

Antietam no longer carries WDVM 25 www.localdvm.com (1/1/19)

Best & Worst for 2018... Best: I'd nominate the new WUSA 9 set, which looks very nice. Sinclair-Tribune merger canceled. WJZ set and graphics overhaul. WBAL 11 vet Deborah Wiener getting 5PM, 6PM, and 11PM anchor position following Donna Hamilton's retirement. Hoda Kotb getting 7-9AM co-host role on Today, opposite Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker. Worst: Nexstar-Tribune merger. Local media owners getting bigger and bigger, if you include the Gray-Raycom merger and Scripps-Cordileria merger. 21st century media appears to be a "go big or go home" game. Cox Media Group exploring selling its TV portfolio, and I'm sure many are like "say it isn't so". NBC's $69M mistake in hiring Megyn Kelly, and if Andy Lack would leave NBC. Julie Chen's departure from CBS' The Talk after ouster of husband Les Moonves from CBS. 2019 predictions: CBS rolling out new graphics to its O&O stations sometime in 2019. TEGNA abandoning the soft news/fluff concept, and focus on hard news concept that works. I'd imagine more changes coming to Today with Kathie Lee Gifford leaving in April, and hopefully they can keep studio 6A and 1A. Scripps group rolling out new graphics package to its stations. We'll see what 2019 looks like. (1/1/19)

Just how many people are affected by Verizon dropping WUSA? Just about all of my friends and a number of people on social media are saying they no longer have that channel. One of Verizon's recommendation is to sign up for the CBS app which has a free 7 day trial, but a monthly fee (about $6.00) after the trial period..So Verizon doesn't want to pass on the extra fees to customers which would be associated with accepting Tegna's offer, but, uh, isn't signing up for the CBS app, which has a subscription fee, somewhat the same as adding extra fees for customers? Aren't we already paying to see WUSA in the package for which we're paying each month? Maybe Verizon should decrease our monthly charges during this negotiation period.(1/1/19)

I was looking this holiday season for an AM/FM HD Radio tuner, as in one I could connect to my already high quality Denon AV receiver. I know there are old time AM radios for geezers. I’m looking for something more akin to a rack mount type or home entertainment center product. No mainstream reputable company makes any equipment for HD Radio for the home. Plenty of options for the car, but nothing for home. The latest thing seems to be high end Bluetooth tuners, but none of them do HD-Radio. Until Xperi gets some equipment partners and more content, I cannot see HD Radio going anywhere. I mean, no one throws out their high end AV receiver/amp setup for an HD radio portable with bad speakers when they already have Polk Audio towers! This is the battle that WWFD AM 820 faces going all digital. Outside of the 20% in the car, you’ll never hear it. In an interview, Dave Kolesar said that WWFD would reach as much as 40-60 miles further than an FM translator in a trade publication and I see the signal possibilities since they’re not doing a weak IBOC. But not if there’s no equipment to buy to receive it. Joe (1/1/19)

Tune to the Richmond CBS using the DTV signal on Verizon. Channel 6-1. (1/1/19)

Dave's response: Or Baltimore's Channel 13/WJZ, probably a better antenna catch for those in WUSA's immediate viewing area.....

Watched about 5 minutes of the NYE celebration w/Steve Harvey & it was horrendous. I came in when they were having a ridiculous contest to see how many marshmallows two people could get in their mouths & they’d win a prize..Really? Tell me what that had to do with NYE? (1/1/19)

I'm seeing the mention of WPFW here in the Mailbag and am wondering: do they have a Program Director yet? The station website has had an ad posted since July seeking a PD. If they still need one, I hope they get who they're looking for. If they *have* one, clearly s/he isn't very "detail-oriented", since the ad is still posted. (1/1/19)

The Washington Post’s Brian Fung has more on the WUSA blackout by Verizon: “Verizon FiOS subscribers across the country are suffering a sudden television blackout of key broadcast channels this week after the company’s content negotiations with a major media company, Tegna, fell through. Affected channels include WUSA, the CBS station in the nation’s capital; WVEC, the local ABC station in Norfolk; and WGRZ, Buffalo’s NBC station. As many as 1 million FiOS customers across the country have been affected by the outage, according to an estimate by the American Television Alliance (ATVA), which represents TV distributors and independent programmers.” For football fans this means: “Ensuring uninterrupted television programming for customers is vital to TV providers, in part because of high-profile live sports events that occur in January. For instance, in Washington D.C., customers may miss out on the NFL playoffs, part of which will be broadcast on CBS this weekend. TV viewers can still tune into broadcast signals without their FiOS-provided video subscription, but that typically requires separate equipment such as a digital broadcast antenna, or signing up for new streaming video apps and services.” More from Fung: www.washingtonpost.com (1/1/19)

I'm listening to WPFW on this New Year's Day morning, and I think I heard a promotional spot touting that the station would be playing jazz all day today. I'm not sure I heard that correctly, but PFW has been all-jazz since I turned it on an hour ago or so - the usual slot for "Democracy Now" - and I'm loving it. It's a reminder of why I've supported the station over many years, as erratic and ridiculous as some of the programming can be. When it's good, it's fantastic. And today, at least so far, it's fantastic. I know the station has fallen off the lower part of the ratings map it had been on, so I'm not sure how much longer it can keep going. But I continue to listen. It's been such a force for musical good in my life. I know I'm not alone. I just wish the station would play more jazz, not less. Its pivot away from jazz several years ago, and toward more talk, doesn't seem to have panned out, if the ratings are any indication. (1/1/19)

Happy New Year Dave. Your station list is still missing WQER 96.7 FM Rockville MD. Cool people like me rely on your list. wqer.org (1/1/19)

What no WUSA on Verizon?!?! (1/1/19)

Happy New Year to this crusty community of communicators. I can’t be the only one who is sick and tired of hearing suggestions for what Snyder should do with the Redskins. For years now the painfully obvious priority is to get his hands off the club. He should swap places with one of his minority investors or sell to a new one. Surely he looks at the damning coverage and draws the same conclusion? If not, there’s no hope, plain and simple. WMAL? Wait til this gets settled and improved before taking over as lead in the radio rights or you’ll look just as bad as he does. Unavoidable. You and your audience will enjoy it more once a new dawn arrives. - Max Critic (1/1/19)

Watching the promos for the Fox 5 Morning News and Like it or Not trainwrecks during the Steve Harvey New Year's Eve countodown makes not want to watch those shit shows even less. What were they thinking??!! (1/1/19)

Back in to 1960s my parents several times said they would never accept Pay TV. Something about a Communist plot. The signal was quite snowy and the sound would break up frequently. But four local channels was sufficient. And there was always Baltimore for a change of pace. Top Executives at Tegna and Verizon are playing chicken to see who caves first. Channel 9’s signal is presently what we would formerly call a tape loop explaining to viewers why their rental cable box isn’t delivering Jeff Glor, Jane Pauley, and the other talent in the CBS News Division nor any of the extremely expensive to produce entertainment programs. I predict this debacle will be resolved about the same time POTUS gets his metaphor. – Mark Rockman, volunteer reader of news items to the blind at The Ear and technical resource. (1/1/19)

Hi, Dave. Is this the first year you haven't done a Best/Worst list? In some ways, I'm not surprised you've abandoned it. Local radio and TV has lost much of its impact. Also: Do you have access to the November ratings numbers for local TV? I hear WUSA is working its way out of the basement, at Sinclair's expense. Happy New Year. (1/1/19)

Dave's response: Been real busy with other things this year to handle a BW list for 2018. However, feel free to post your nominations right here in the Mailbag.....

May I ask a question if Snyder sells 980 what will likely become of the station?Will another station with hopefully a better signal become an ESPN sports station? Also like many have mentioned The Drive a disappointment way too repetitive.The new Breeze on WASH FM HD3 quite good for soft hits of course no station plays everything a person likes but there's less repetition than most stations .Lots of 80s 90s some 70s mostly later 70s and some 2000s maybe 2 or 3 songs per hour. (1/1/19)

Well, looks like Verizon & Tegna didn’t reach an agreement as I no longer have WUSA9. Just a message that they’re working on coming to an agreement & an option to stream the channel via an app (free 7 day trial) or watch using an antenna. (1/1/19)

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KTLA Anchor Chris Burrous' Death Investigated as Possible Overdose: Glendale Police (12/31/18)

Channel 4 seems to be slowly weeding out older, less attractive people. How much longer will Mark Segraves - winner of the Keith Richards lookalike contest - last? The dude is approaching 60 and looks it. Dresses badly and has more cracks on his face than the Memorial Bridge. Four can save a few bucks by putting this dinosaur out to pasture. (12/31/18)

Last day of the Junkies on JFK??? That would suck. OOBBEE (12/31/18)

DCRTV readers over sixty who frequented Georgetown n the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s might recall the infamous “Balloon Man” (Maurice Johnson) who was an icon of the lively Wisconsin & M Streets. John “The Answer Man” Kelly of the Washington Post asked his readers about their memories of this colorful man and the comments are worth reading: www.washingtonpost.com (12/31/18)

CNN is putting the gay back in News Years Gala with Andy Cohen and Cooper Anderson. The two iconic BBF (Butt Buddies Forever) will host CNN’s coverage of Times Square beginning at 8:00PM New Year’s Eve. Last year, it was Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin, who was dropped by CNN for a ghastly photo of her holding a bloody Trump head. No word if Don Lemon (who was visibly drunk last time he hosted CNN’s News Year’s Eve show) will join them for a ménage a trois... (12/31/18)

Chris, The Rooster, Russell just called Josh Johnson a “Jabroni”. If anyone on JFK is a Jabroni, it is Chris Russell. He fills in when needed. He went from a football insider to a Caps guy last year to keep him busy. Whenever someone breaks a story, he tags on…..saying he contributed. Chris, they name is Jabbroni! JJ has stayed around the NFL for a decade. Not easy. Stick to making bets to walk to Redskin park. (12/31/18)

As iHeart continues to avoid bankruptcy and we enter 2019 the word is that new ownership is in the near future for WFRE and WFMD in Frederick. The new owners will bring in much needed new management but likely keep most air staff. (12/31/18)

Mornings on the Mall! Sundays in the Stadium! The Redskins are here on WMAL! (12/31/18)

Format flip in Southern Maryland as SOMAR flips WMDM 97.7 again to oldies/classic hits: Somar's remote vans have had 'The Bay' logo on them for months.....even clearly visible from Rt 5 or when going to the dentist or buying one's medical marijuana @ the Morgan Building complex in Mechanicsville. (12/31/18)

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Clay Anderson, your audience for your WTOP weather forecasts on the 8s is in your listening area, not viewing area. (12/30/18)

Did Entercom botch a possible deal with the Redskins? For a couple of months it seemed that WJFK was romancing the NFL franchise in an attempt to lock all four major sports teams under one flag. Alas, after team owner Dan Snyder fired his staff in charge of "Getting People to Care" about the team, it seems not to be. The hosts on WJFK have gone back to bashing team owner Dan Snyder and GM George Allen. Prior to that one could tune in and count on glowing game day experience reviews, (from the luxery boxes), by various WJFK personalities and positive reinforcement of the somewhat mediocre product on the field. Could this signal a deal in the future between the Skins and long lost flagship WMAL which carried simulcast coverage of the games this season? It seems painfully obvious that 980 is on the ropes after it's recent sale and the signal has been inadequate since the very beginning. WMAL would offer both it's 630 AM and 105.9 FM signals for a sizable footprint in the DC market and outer suburbs. Perhaps Snyder and Co. were less than impressed with drunken frat boy use-to-bes drinking his booze for free and rubbing elbows with DC's better ad buyers. MAL's target demos mesh much better with the Redskin's brand and the addition of Sunday afternoon programming away from MAL's frenetic political fare would round out the weekly schedule nicely. Every Monday morning Mary Walter could wear a Redskins cheerleader uniform! On a final note, it's time to tighten up the broadcast booth. Let Doc go as he contributes nothing analytically. Replace him with Lindsay Czarniak on the sidelines. The fans would love her, she'd probably boost ticket sales, and her sideline coverage would be excellent. Does any radio broadcasting team in the league even have a female colleague? Tighten the booth to just Larry and Chris Cooley as Chris has improved immensely next to Larry and can offer both offensive and defensive schematic analysis. Put Sonny in the owners box to enjoy the game and hang out, and bring him in for a halftime game status piece. It's no surprise that WJFK couldn't pull it off. It's had the same tired management for a decade with no real experience in sports programming. When a real opportunity landed in their lap, they choked. Being the Gold Standard sports franchise in the market, the Redskins don't NEED anyone, but they deserve a competent programming department and that's what WMAL has. (12/30/18)

Bad news for Ravens fans in PA. Sinclair owned WHP CBS 21 has dumped the Ravens game for the Steelers game. While Harrisburg is a secondary NFL market for the Ravens, because it's a home game in Baltimore, the NFL gives them that option. Only away games are forced to be televised. But how will Sinclair's relationship with the Ravens in DC or up there be affected? Hmm. (12/30/18)

Format flip in Southern Maryland as SOMAR flips WMDM 97.7 again to oldies/classic hits. In the past several years the frequency has been CHR, Classic Rock, Active Rock, Soft A/C, hot a/c and probably something else too. I haven’t listened long enough to tell if its satellite fed or locally programmed. It also appears the only station that has a local jock anymore is WSMD Star 98.3 with the TBone and Heather morning show. The rest of the day is canned Westwood One jocks from their hot a/c local service. Co-owned Country 102.9 and the new 97.7 Bay FM do not have any jocks listed on their websites. Both used to have at least a local morning jock. 1690 WPTX runs America’s Best Music from Westwood One. And, of course 1560 still chugs along simulcasting 102.9 - which is kind of strange in itself. A class D Daytimer that high on the dial is still in existence?!? MLB4 (12/30/18)

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Mike Wise joins WUSA9 as a writer and on-air contributor www.washingtonpost.com (12/29/18)

It’s so sad to hear about Ken Phillips’ passing. I wasn’t in Balto to see him as a weatherman, and never met him, but I did have the pleasure of recording his next-day weather phoners for WLIF while I was board-opping Fran’s pre-recorded Sunday evening show. Ken was a class act and it was always a pleasure talking to him. He would call in when he was ready to record the weather, he would have me record it on our “360” recorder, after which I would cut the recordings into three or four files to use next day. One time, he got through his four casts only to find out something happened to the “360” which hadn’t actually recorded. If he was upset, he sure didn’t show it. he just chuckled and said “OK, let’s make it better this time” or something like that. when he got done with the repeats, I checked to make sure the casts were recorded, then we chuckled about it and agree it must have been meant to happen so we could stay on the phone longer. I wish I had met him, but loved hearing him nonetheless. I would love to have seen him in action on TV, and I do know many of my friends loved watching his weathercasts. I’m sure he will be missed by lots of folks, but for me, all I can say is, thanks for being such a true gentleman, and thanks for making my evening shift a delight. Bill Powers, Las Vegas (12/29/18)

Changes at WCBM: 7 to 10 P.M.- Buck Sexton, 10 P.M. to Midnight- Mark Levin, Midnight to 1 A.M.- Michael Savage (12/29/18)

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Re:Allison Seymour, as per her Instagram account, she’ll still be at Fox5. Looks like WHUR will be a side gig. (12/28/18)

I think the Detroit "branch" of Birach Broadcasting is still run by the old man. WDMV out this way is (or at least was) being run by Junior. The Birach website still announces - in bright red text - that our nearby "Birach Broadcasting" is not legit. And speaking of local Birach operations ... I see where WGOP in Pocomoke City is up for license renewal in ten more months - - or so it says on Radio Locator. Are they even on the air at all? The website [www.easternshoremedia.net/wgop-540am] is a blank page, and I dont hear a peep of their whopping 500W signal anywhere. (12/28/18)

CSN .... The best talent 28.5 can buy... (12/28/18)

Who is the new voice this morning on 94.7 The Drive? (12/28/18)

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To the obvious CSN person responding to a recent post about pre/postgame shows... gee, if people are watching, why aren't your super talent anchoring from an important Redskins game down here in Nashville. I guess you had the weekend crew working in the studio because we couldn't even tell Grant was on-camera due to no lights in your studio. I'm not in the business, however, some people who used to work at CSN have said that they hire the worst people, well, it shows. Also, how can you take seriously their Redskins beat reporter when he's on the field in Nashville wearing sunglasses and looks ridiculous. Hmmmm, and people aren't going to games and instead, staying home and watching TV? (12/27/18)

Is Allison Seymour going to WHUR? And if so I wonder if Angie Goff is her replacement??? If you look at Allison page on Christmas there’s a big clue. (12/27/18)

Scott Jackson and Fred Smoot????? OMG! Are you kidding me? (12/27/18)

Here's a link to a news report on the FCC getting tough on a Birach owned station outside the DC area. www,insideradio.com (12/27/18)

Received an e-mail from Verizon saying Disney is proposing that Verizon pay hundreds of millions of dollars for their programming which may result in customers no longer having Disney & ESPN as of the end of the year. And as always happens, when channels are dropped, our monthly fees will remain the same or possibly increase. (12/27/18)

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I guess I don’t really care but you might. WBAL NewsNow is not news now but news later. One of their talk show guys has been on since 4pm, except for the top and bottom of the hour when they run the standard newscast. I suppose this has something to do with money, because almost everything in radio does. (12/26/18)

Empty words from Sinclair Management as staff continues to leave in droves due to lousy pay, the loss of respected News Director, Mitch Jacob, excessive whining about the budget, not hiring essential staff to fill vacancies, continuing to operate under old union contracts, etc.. Typical big business greed and insincerity is alive and well at Sinclair. This is the latest b.s. from Sinclair Broadcasting to its employees as we head into 2019. "We firmly believe that our employees are our most valuable resource and the contribution of each individual is critically important to our overall success. We are committed to creating and maintaining an environment where employees are able to realize their maximum potential while contributing to the working efficiency and long-term growth of Sinclair." "Our goal is to make an outstanding and on-going contribution to each community we serve so that our stations become leading forces in their markets. This can only be achieved if each and every one of us is entirely dedicated to the highest standards of excellence in all we do. We wish you success in your position and know that you will quickly come to share the pride we have in our stations and the Sinclair team." David Smith, Rob Smith, Fred Smith, Duncan Smith. ("La Famiglia") (YAWN!) (12/26/18)

This article about Youripsi Morgan wasn't difficult to find: www.capitalgazette.com... Also, Happy New Year to everyone, including my college friends, Dave Arlington and Howard Lesser (both from VOA and various DC area radio stations)--Carl in Olney (12/26/18)

The reason a previous mailbagger wasn't able to find her on the web. Was the spelling of her very unique name. Here's a link to her page WBAL.COM... Rob in Whitemarsh www.google.com (12/26/18)

FYI--Derek Hunter, the former WBAL talk show host is hosting some programs on WMAL this week. He filled in for Larry O'Connor on Monday, December 24th. He will fill in for Chris Plante December 26-28. (12/26/18)

Re Sports Radio in DC. Someone wrote to the Mailbag that former pro players are good sports talk radio hosts who draw in listeners. I think some names may draw folks in initially, but most former athletes -- in this market anyway -- are just not that good at hosting sports talk and eventually fail. Riggins, Cooley, Arrington, etc. They are usually rich guys who used to play the game and, let's face it, aren't necessarily that into watching others play and keeping up with the latest in the same way fans do. They often have more interesting stuff to do and the means to do it. So even if they do try sports talk hosting, you can't really expect that they'll follow all of the local sports teams to the degree necessary to have anything interesting to say. The best sports talk hosts are passionate and opinionated observers who are also entertaining communicators, not a bunch of has-been athletes. (12/26/18)

Looks like Holly Morris got some new eyelashes for Christmas. (12/26/18)

Kudos to Steve Chenevey for being the professional that he is & tolerating Cori Coffin as his co-anchor. Yeah, I’m sure she’s excited about now being a permanent weekend anchor & filling in this a.m., but she’s quite annoying & tries way too hard to fit in. Hope she’s not on Good Day DC, but looks like Maureen is off, so unless Erin is filling in (just as bad), Cori may be on. (12/26/18)

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Hear a lot bout radio Stocks What of sirius? (12/25/18)

If I were JFK I'd team up Sheehan snd loverro again replacing dukes (12/25/18)

Famed Washington Post columnist John “The Answer Man” Kelly posts his year end Washington, DCentric quiz that features some eleven truly odd if not difficult questions with answers (like who knew the “Green Forest Club” where Reston now stands was a nudist colony?). This Mailbagger got seven out of eleven correct, mostly by guessing. Best viewed & taken on a lap or desk top computer: washingtonpost.com... (12/25/18)

Sounds like someone really has a problem with the revenue the Junkies generate for WJFK. I don't listen to them because they're on too early but kwitcher bitchin! One wonders if this is also the Stock Guy. Stocks are so yesterday. Gus in the Gaithersburg on the Good Earth (12/25/18)

Dave: Re: Youripsi Morgan taking Brett Hollander’s old timeslot. Who is Youripsi Morgan? Is (s)he male or female? I Googled him/her and the only things that came up were your post on dcrtv.com and a mailbag response to it. Please give us some background on Morgan if you have any. (12/25/18)

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Should've known with today being pretty much a holiday that Fox5 would have “subs” hosting on the Good Day show. And shouldn’t have been surprised that they were Erin & Kevin. Tried to give it a chance, but 10 minutes in, time to change channel. (12/24/18)

"At 1pm WUSA 9 is supposed to be airing a NFL game between Houston and Philadelphia." Directv had a Don't-Call-Us-We-Have-A-Technical-Problem screen up to some point of the 2nd half of the NFL game and the HD feed came back before the std feed. (12/24/18)

The price of the iHeart Stock is 52 cents per share OTC now. Their last report showed they have $12 Billion in Assets and $24 Billion in DEBT! If they sold off all their assets, they still could not pay off their DEBT. (12/24/18)

iHeart continues in Bankruptcy......one delay then another. They could start by selling off the 13 stations they have "parked" in their "Trust". Some have been " parked" their for over 10 years. WFMD and WFRE have been in their "Trust" for over 10 YEARS! iHeart enjoys the cash flow from theses stations. Under the FCC Rules, they agreed to sell them in 2008 to comply with FCC Rules on ownership. The LOOPHOLE in the FCC Rules, is that they don't designate WHEN they must sell the stations. Shame on the FCC for not eliminating these loopholes in their rules. (12/24/18)

Erika is a beautiful woman and very capable. Regards Biff (12/24/18)

Sad to see Angie Goff leave 4, as she was one of the last watchable anchors on what’s become Telemundo Lite. The rolling R’s and enunciation out of Culver and Gonzalez are over the top. They’ve pushed me to JLA, and the sincerely lovable Jessob Reisbeck. (12/24/18)

Is it too late to order on Amazon for XMas Don Geronimo's new book? Wait, never mind! LOL (12/24/18)

Why would or should WJFK hire anyone from 980 am? Because when Entercom gains the rights to broadcast the Redskins, Dan Snyder is going to own that bitch. Having rights to all 4 sports teams in DC will make WJFK very attractive to other sports host personalities as well. Anyone heard from Lindsey Czarniak? You very well may...and soon. She may be pricey but you could staff a shift with her as the lead for a fraction of the Junkies budget. You could fill all the dayparts at JFK on the Junkies budget. Companies don't care about ratings anymore. With TEM gone they'll have ALL the market share. This will make JFK very attractive to media buyers looking to reach sports fans exclusively. Sports fans listen to former and current players. Players draw fans in. Players also already have a lot of money so there isn't any need to pay them enough to have nice houses, drive fancy cars, and send their kids to private schools (generally). Players will do it because they love the sports not because they need the money. Players also like doing appearances, draw better at those appearances, and create more revenue for the sales department through those appearances. One thing WJFK will need to get down is that it's very schizophrenic right now because it doesn't really have a program director with solid extensive sports programming experience. After 6pm you don't know who is on, or what team, or sport, or college for that matter. And weekends are a mess. No focus or cohesion whatsoever. That will be the biggest challenge going forward. Entercom has it's work cut out for for it but if they can pull it off they will have a station that every other market in the country would kill for. (12/24/18)

Correction on my previous Mailbag submission: Final sentence should read 'but a heck of a lot better than 980 AM where it gets better at night with Freddie Coleman and ESPN Radio Sports Center.' Error: but a heck of a lot better than 980 AM where the best comes with Freddie Coleman and Amy Lawrence. Thank you. (12/24/18)

I'm going to miss Tom Taylor's Newsletter. Loved reading it each weekday morning. Hope that someone will come up with a worthy replacement soon. Dave in Fredericksburg (12/24/18)

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Who will replace Tom Taylor's Newsletter? It was always on target and very informative. He did his research to make sure it was accurate. (12/23/18)

I really enjoy Bolly 102.9 FM in Northern Virginia. The unique sound is entertaining and different. (12/23/18)

WTEM at 980 AM was, is, and always will be about the worst sports-talk radio station ever. So why would or should WJFK, 106.7 FM, hire anyone from 980 AM? WJFK may not be nearly as good as those stations in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, etc, but a heck of a lot better than 980 AM where the best comes with Freddie Coleman and Amy Lawrence. (12/23/18)

Turns out Brett Hollander is not leaving WBAL at all. I asked him. He’s moved to 3-6pm. The WBAL website has not yet been updated to show that though. — BaltoMedia.net (12/23/18)

At 1pm WUSA 9 is supposed to be airing a NFL game between Houston and Philadelphia. Instead, some infomercial is on. Are they having problems (a crawl would be nice if so), or is TEGNA reaching a new low? There are no blackout restrictions in place - the Ravens and Redskins played yesterday. CBS has the doubleheader. (12/23/18)

I noticed that it didn’t take long for WRC to remove Angie Goff’s picture off the website. With most who exit, it takes a few days to remove them. She must have burned some bridges. (12/23/18)

Turned on channel 4 & saw Somara Theodore doing weather. Thought she had left the station. (12/23/18)

RE: “For the cost of one Junkie, (200k+ and endless vacations), you could pretty much staff a full morning show. Two hosts and a producer. The days of big dj paychecks are over. Companies want lean payrolls and since WTEM will soon shutter there won't be any competition to justify a large budget.” Jelly… $$$ works… They still make money until Podville. (12/23/18)

Brett Hollander out at BAL afternoons... Youripsi Morgan gets the 1-3 slot, it was 1-4. Where did Brett land (12/23/18)

Now if only Erika “annoying enunciation” Gonzalez would follow Angie, I could watch NBC4 news again... (12/23/18)

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Joe Theismann, among others, comments in a very well-written article about the midlife crisis Monday Night Football is in as it approaches the big 5-0. Quoth Joe T., "It never will get back to where it was. When 'Monday Night Football' started there weren't a thousand different options." www.sportingnews.com (12/22/18)

Glenn Beck had a funny bit on what life would be like if he stuck with music radio instead of politics. And while that seems like a good idea some days, he knows he wasn't very good at music radio and would have ended up at one of those all christmas stations. and here's what it would have sounded like www.glennbeck.com (12/22/18)

Here are the end of the year stock prices for radio stocks......iHeart 52 cents OTC, Beasley $3.65, Entercom $5.42, Salem $2.25, and Urban One $2.64. Let's hope these stocks can gain back the value they lost in the new year. (12/22/18)

Credit where credit is due: Friday's Mike O'Meara Show Christmas podcast was pretty darn good except for the endlessly fucked out Kraft Marshmallow bit. Carla O'Meara's father gives Rob [sic] Spewak too long a leash. Because he's lazy. Gus in the Gaithersburg (12/22/18)

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I learned of the passing of Ken Philips on DCRTV’s Front Page. If I am not mistaken, Ken’s son is Bob Philips, Chief Revenue Officer for Entercom. Roddy Freeman (12/21/18)

Year-end comments on local TV newspeople I avoid watching. Angie Goff, with a voice that sounds like a hacksaw on sheet metal. In the same category, Ashley Hinson, the one with a bad eye trying hard to sound tough, a voice that's a cross between Jayne Miller and Doreen Gentzler. Andy Hopkins doesn't seem to get why he's there at all, and Lisa Robinson always seems disinterested and tired. Not much left. I'll get my news from an app, thank you. (12/21/18)

Is it so wrong that I truly hate it when a TV personalty sluts around from station to station? Yeah, it is. You think *they'd* give half a shit if *you* changed jobs? Get angry at things that really matter, not at someone on TV. (12/21/18)

Who gives a rat's ass about pre- or post- game radio and TV shows. The game is yet to be played or OVER! It's all bullshit. Airtime wasted. Run decent programming until the game begins and after it is over. This is why sports broadcast radio and TV is dying. Know-nothings speculating about the game. F the Redskins Report. They suck. Snyder sucks. Check the empty seats in FedEx Field. (12/21/18)

Angie Goff move to Channel 5: So what if a TV news/sports/weather personality jumps to other stations. Are professional sports players any different. Through free agency they jump around from team to team. No loyalty up or down. They also bounce around due to their attitudes, behavior or diminishing skills. They do so to better their situation as they see it. Don't dump on Angie for her move; wish her luck. (12/21/18)

RE: Angie Goff. She may be headed to WTTG but Angie Goff’s Mole is staying at WRC: twitter.com... (12/21/18)

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Is it so wrong that I truly hate it when a TV personalty sluts around from station to station? Goff has been at WUSA WRC and WTTGin less than 6 years. It doesn't bother me when people return home, like Veronica Johnson returned to WJLA. And one move is ok by me; Leon Harris was unemployed so WRC move was great. and underused Annie YU to WUSA is a substantial move up. But the constant moves in such a short period gives me the impression that Goff is too difficult in relation to her talent. Hope she is on with the morning people so I don't watch her. -Lee in Herndon (12/20/18)

"Why do these lenders loan these Radio Companies far more money than they will ever be able to pay back? Do the lenders understand the Radio Business? " A better question would be "Do the lenders understand the lending business?" An even better question would be "Do the nitwits who insist on posting here about stock prices and debt understand the lending business?" Stock Guy and all the rest are fingerpainting in a Rembrandt world. Science, bitches! Gus in the Gaithersburg (12/20/18)

Just heard on WBAL that Yuripzy Morgan will be doing 1 to 3 P.M. and Brett Hollander from 3 to 6 P.M. starting January 2. (12/20/18)

For the cost of one Junkie, (200k+ and endless vacations), you could pretty much staff a full morning show. Two hosts and a producer. The days of big dj paychecks are over. Companies want lean payrolls and since WTEM will soon shutter there won't be any competition to justify a large budget. Entercom didn't buy all those stations to spend even more money. (12/20/18)

Listened to Chad Dukes on the Junkies' show this morning. Dukes did a nice job, lobbing the softest of softball questions in a Christmas-movie quiz to the Junks, forcing them to admit that they'd never seen "It's a Wonderful Life," didn't know it starred Jimmy Stewart and various other forehead-smacking acknowledgements about which the Junks felt no embarrassment. (12/20/18)

If you invested in Radio Stocks you are worried this morning. These stocks are not doing well...... iHeart 42 cents OTC, Beasley $3.89, Entercom $5.94, Salem $2.33 and Urban One $2.40. (12/20/18)

Seen very little discussed that Junkies have not negotiated a new contract with Entercom Do you think WJFK is poised to get WTEM cast offs to take over morning drive? Chad Dukes in the mornings? Contract expires end of 2018... (12/20/18)

I have it on pretty good word that WSMD Star 98.3 will fight DC’s W252DC 98.3 FM from moving closer and interference to its signal. (12/20/18)

Dave's response: Was trying to listen to the Gamut on 98.3 yesterday while driving on the Fairfax Parkway south of Reston and heard Winchester's Kiss 98.3 battling with it.....

RE: HFS@104.9 tower move....they are moving from the old WLIF tower to the new WLIF tower, which is right next to the old one. The WNST tower looks like it is about to fall over and is too short. Entercom would not lease space on that dumpy thing when they can locate the antenna on their own tower. #DUH (12/20/18)

to the person bitching about pre and post game coverage....obviously it is working because people aren't coming out to the games. They are saving the money and turning game watching into events at home. Just because you don't want to watch doesn't mean the other folks don't. So, go back to your rock....and GO SPORTS! (12/20/18)

The calls for K/W DJT are available for AM & FM bands. Wonder why no one has reserved/used them. (12/20/18)

As a former resident of that region this is a real dumb move on VDOT's part. Traffic can easily come to a grinding halt because of bridge/tunnel issues. (At one time VDOT tried to buy AM 1550 to support the project but that fell through..) www.wavy.com... TK in Odenton... (12/20/18)

Former radio's Mike O'Meara came out Tuesday. Came out in favor of The Date Rape Song. Regarding the controversy he employed his signature bellow "I'M TIRED OF IT!" Normally this bellow is only employed to express his need for more gun control. Has there been some problem getting Bonus Shows delivered to paid subscribers? Christmas dessert will be semi-melted vanilla ice-cream with fruitcake chunks rolled into it. What's the over-under on him eating at least one bowl in bed? Sycophant Rob Spewak did his usual banged-up job, uttering "Cool! Cool!" at the slightest provocation, He's like that RCA dog: "His master's voice". What's the latest on radio stocks? Gus in the Gaithersburg (12/20/18)

Entercom Stock is at an all time low! Now selling at $5.95 per share. Too much DEBT to service. The reason iHeart is still in Bankruptcy is the DEBT.....$24 Billion in DEBT! (12/20/18)

Why do these lenders loan these Radio Companies far more money than they will ever be able to pay back? Do the lenders understand the Radio Business? (12/20/18)

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Watching Fox5 & there are times when I feel kinda sorry for Kevin McCarhhy as he is obviously starved for affection. He will say or do anything be noticed & liked. Think I remember him saying he was bullied as a child & it appears he never got over it. Uh, grow up.. (12/19/18)

"Anyone know why the Redskins game at Jacksonville last Sunday was televised by CBS and not FOX" Since the latest TV contracts took effect in 2014, the league reserves the right to move games between CBS and Fox. This is normally for visibility purposes, allowing a high-profile game to be moved from regional coverage at 1 to 4:25 on the other network when the other network has the doubleheader, like Dallas-Washington which aired in week 7 on CBS. In this case it is because Tampa Bay was at Baltimore, which was also on Fox - so both games could be televised all over the southeast instead of one or the other getting minimal coverage. (12/19/18)

Who gives a rat's ass about pre- or post- game radio and TV shows. The game is yet to be played or OVER! It's all bullshit. Airtime wasted. Run decent programming until the game begins and after it is over. This is why sports broadcast radio and TV is dying. Know-nothings speculating about the game. F the Redskins Report. They suck. Snyder sucks. Check the empty seats in FedEx Field. (12/19/18)

Since NFL ratings have declined, CBS and FOX renegotiated the NFL TV contract slightly, demanding more control of some key matchups. The hard and fast rules are not so hard and fast anymore. The changes were largely initiated by CBS who’s AFC has more small market teams. (12/19/18)

Angie Goff to Fox5? Hmmm, I don’t know about that. Yeah, she’s heavy into social media, but can’t believe she’s willing to leave an anchor spot to just do social media posting stuff. If indeed she’s going there, I believe she was probably promised an anchor spot. And if any of the anchors over there have heard rumblings of her coming, I’m sure they’re thinking the same thing & wondering if they’re going to be replaced. If so, wonder WHO she’d replace. And finally, she had a partnership with the NBC network, doing some occasional segments & filling in on the early pre-Today show news broadcasts. So if anything, I could see her going to the network. But hey, we’ll see. (12/19/18)

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WTMD announced Monday that Matt Galler, host of Afternoon Drive and The Saturday Alternative, is leaving after nine years at the station. Amy Freedman will fill in as Afternoon Drive host in the interim. Any idea as to what's his next move? (12/18/18)

Hi Dave and Merry Christmas! To answer the question: I Heart will survive Cumulous and Urban One won’t or will merge with someone else. (12/18/18)

Anyone know why the Redskins game at Jacksonville last Sunday was televised by CBS and not FOX? - I thought it was written into the contractual agreements with the NFL that for an interconference (NFC vs. AFC) game, the network of the road team's conference (FOX in this case) always got to show it. Have to call a foul on both DC sports radio stations (980 and 106.7) for talking more about "big picture" stuff with the Skins than the actual game on their respective pregame shows. There are essentially two functions of a local pregame show: 1) help fans get to the stadium (if it's a home game), and 2) preview the upcoming matchup - nobody's tuning in for speculation about which coach or front office exec might get canned at the end of the season. Caught Andy Pollin and Thom Loverro on WJFK last Saturday and despite having four hours to fill, they somehow couldn't find time for even a passing mention of Ovechkin getting his second consecutive hat trick the previous night. That's the equivalent of John Wall scoring 40 points twice in a row or (soon to be ex-Nat) Bryce Harper hitting three home runs in two straight games and you know darn well that P & L would have talked at length about either of those accomplishments had they occurred. Of course Pollin was a big time wet blanket when it came to hockey discussion and coverage over the course of his lengthy tenure at WTEM and apparently (despite the Caps having ending DC's 26 year title drought in the major pro sports earlier this year) hasn't changed his tune a bit since joining The Fan. (12/18/18)

" ...when will Entercom fire [Larry O'Connor]?" He works for Entercom? (12/18/18)

I don't think he'll be fired by Entercom because I think he works for Cumulus.... (12/18/18)

Re: HFS 104.9 Signal: It is probably related to the tower move, but it doesn’t seem to be on low power because I can get the signal wherever I was able to get it before and it’s pretty consistent. It seems like the frequency has drifted slightly off of 104.9 and it sounds muffled (at least on my car radio). Also, this issue has been going on at least a month. Prior to that, there were other issues with the audio feed cutting out completely for a second every few minutes. It just seems like they don’t care and the station has been completely unlistenable for several months. (12/18/18)

So Larry oconnor agrees with tucker carlson's dirty immigrant comments when will entercom fire this piece of shit? (12/18/18)

I think I might have the answer to the HFS 104.9 signal issues. They are moving from one tower to the other, I’m guessing to the WNST 1590 tower. I saw it in FCC docs and it was right next. I cannot think of any other tower next to WLIF 101.9. Anyway, they might have used a lower power backup during the move or maybe the new tower situation is cheaper but not as good. They claimed no change in service on the move, but maybe they’re not done. (12/18/18)

Re: "Re: What exactly does it mean when a station or network says someone speaks to them “exclusively”? Like “Breaking News” it means nothing." Another word used in "news"casts that means either nothing or the opposite of the commonly accepted meaning is "next," as in we'll have commercials and then several other stories before the story we said was next. (12/18/18)

Stock Market continues to slide......Beasley $3.85, Entercom $6.13, Salem $2.29 and Urban One $2.46. (12/18/18)

Will iHEART come out of Bankruptcy? Their stock is now at 45 cents per share OTC. It does not look good. Will Apple buy iHeart? (12/18/18)

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94.7 has Rod Hendrix for mid-days and Albie Dee for PM drive. Still need a morning team; wonder what Herman and McBean are up to these days? Inquiring minds want to know…Mike from Frederick (long time between posts). (12/17/18)

Dave: Have been down here in South Carolina for the past three weeks among Redskins fans and how about a wild card baby! Anyway, I didn't think there was anything worse that CSN's Redskins pre/postgame coverage but there is... how about their Wizards shows! Last Night, even from this sports bar, I couldn't believe the faces that guy Chris Miller kept making when Jimmy talked! Also, does Chris know he's a TV guy or the CSN people don't care that he doesn't know how to use make-up. What a minor league product they put out! (12/17/18)

“What’s up with HFS @104.9 …?” I’m wondering the same thing, but for a different reason. I’ve attempted listening over the air and my radio can never lock into it, even when I am driving on Cromwell Bridge Rd. (near the tower). I think the frequency has shifted off of 104.9. It’s been like this for months and I made a comment on their website, but didn’t get a response. If they aren’t going to fix the signal, why have it powered up? No one can listen to it. (12/17/18)

Re: What exactly does it mean when a station or network says someone speaks to them “exclusively”? Like “Breaking News” it means nothing. (12/17/18)

The new CEO for Nielsen is Dave Kenny. I hope you will reconsider a decision made by the previous administration about Radio Audience. They decided not to list any Radio Stations that do no subscribe to Nielsen. The advertising agencies are using your ratings to make their advertising buys. Please restructure the price of your service so that small Radio Stations can afford to be listed. (12/17/18)

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I was listening to WBAL this morning and Andrew Langer was filling in for Peter Schmuck. As he was closing the show, he mentioned that he's filling in for Laura Ingraham this coming Friday. I think this is the fourth or fifth time he's done this. And I don't know about that other WBAL fan, but I think Dan Joseph sounds exactly like Brett Hollander, only with even fewer opinions. Plus, unlike Langer, he's an ardent Never Trumper, so lumping them together makes no sense. (12/16/18)

Still hearing the dead-air signal on 101.7 in southern DC. Stronger towards the southeast end of the I-95 Beltway near Joint Based Andrews but it could be anywhere in the general area. I suspect it is a spur generated from within a commercial FM broadcast transmitter then somehow amplied. (I once ran across this on a ham repeater - darn amplifier section dumped out an unmodulated spur that could be heard for 40 miles...). If this is a new translator I would really like to know... TK In Odenton (12/16/18)

These radio stocks....well apparently they still find the money to pay those on the air despite the low prices for their stocks. Take Salem for example. Their Denver station KNUS recently took Steffan Tubbs for afternoons. Tubbs I heard from some of their clients makes 6 figures doing a show for KNUS. How ?? Even Tubbs himself had said that he is paid "real well" and he was the highest paid announcer in Denver radio when he was on KOA according to the Denver Post. To pay Stubbs that kind of money and Salem stock is $2.56 ?? I don't get it !! (12/16/18)

Angie Goff announced this morning that she’s leaving NBC4. No info on what’s next for her. (12/16/18)

What exactly does it mean when a station or network says someone speaks to them “exclusively”? I interpret that as someone speaking ONLY to said station/network. However, on more than one occasion I see the person(s) on a number of networks being interviewed.. (12/16/18)

With Angie Goff leaving channel 4, now the guessing game begins as to who will replace her. I’m thinking it will be an internal promotion of a remote reporter to anchor desk. Maybe Meagan Fitzgerald? (12/16/18)

If you had eight days in the pool of how long it would take for someone to write an anti-1090 Mailbag post after 1090 unveiled their new state-of-the-art studio, you win! - W. Wonka (12/16/18)

What's up with HFS @104.9 on radio.com...? I luv listening online during one of my all nite adderall zen trips (and I also miss trying to hook-up locally with Craigslist during zen trips -LOL)... But I noticed the website is less than what it was... Im getting ads interrupting online, and they dont show album pics of what is playing? (or was that something I imagined during some previous all-nighters listening to HFS online) :-) (12/16/18)

To the WBAL Hater: The Baltimore Ravens are one game out of first place and in line for a Wild Card Playoff spot? Where are the Deadskins again? And M&T Bank Stadium is not much newer than Fedex Field, but doesn’t need to be torn down. To say the Skins play in a dump would be an understatement. It was a dump the first day it opened. (12/16/18)

Poor Weekly Standard. Can someone please find Trump Hating Bill Kristol a country club soup kitchen? (12/16/18)

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Which of these Radio Stocks is the best buy at these low prices? iHeart 42 cents, Beasley at $4.21, Entercom at $6.38, Salem at $2.56 or Urban One at $2.54? (12/15/18)

Regarding the 12/7 post from the WBAL Engineers, congratulations on a job (apparently) well done. I am happy to see that there are still people at WBAL that take pride in their work. Looks like you are few and far between. But....and I'm sorry...SO WHAT ! This is the equivalent of the pro sports team that you carry. They are the definition of mediocrity, being 1 or 2 games above .500 since their last Super Bowl appearance. And what have they touted this year ? New Video Boards and Escalators, while the on-field product remains mired in mediocrity. There is no 'buzz' in the region about the engineering upgrades at WBAL. Again. nice job. but the audience doesn't care. Maybe they should have taken that money and upgraded their 'talent' You have , the Black version of Nestor Aparacio in C4. They don't talk, they YELL. I listened to for 30 minutes one day. The longest C4 kept his damned mouth shut was 22 seconds, interrupted one caller 7TIMES !! Quality radio. And now we have what I refer to as the 3 Stooges....Dan Joseph, Andrew Langer, and Chris (I think) Rogers. They are think alike, talk alike and more importantly for radio, sound alike. Kudos to Brett Hollander...at least he's trying, and is interesting. Enjoy your new toys WBAL staff. Merry Christmas, especially John Patti and Jim Russ, who do care. (12/15/18)

RE: “In other DC media news, Bill Kristol and Fred Barnes founded The Weekly Standard is shutting down, with the last publication set for Monday. The Weekly Standard's legacy is advocating for the second Iraq war as soon as 1996, false hit pieces on Deepak Chopra and Micheal Moore, Flooding Congressional offices with copies every Monday to get circulation numbers up, forwarding the swiftboat fabrication, a nude Photoshop of Bill Kristol's on the inside back cover, and a constant barrage of anti Trump pieces. Goodbye, guys. You lasted longer than any Pat Buchanan publication start up, George magazine, the Steven Brill mag, and, I believe, American Spectator.” DCRTV Mailbaggers should know that of the publications mentioned, only the two “liberal” ones have long ceased publication: “George” lasted five years and “Brill's Content” lasted three years. The neo-con Weekly Standard lasted twenty-eight years (never made a profit), the “Pat Buchanan publication” would be The American Conservative published for sixteen years (still available both in print and online & thriving), and The American Spectator has been published for ninety-four years (still available in print and online & thriving): true conservative publications are thriving. As a matter of fact, The Washington Examiner is expanding and publishing a national PRINT weekly magazine: washingtonexaminer.com (12/15/18)

Mika BRRRRZZZZtski is a dimwit with huge boobs. It's that simple. The Nielsen guy is just insane and out of touch with reality. There are three ratings companies in the U.S.A. and here's a clue numbnuts, free products is not a good business model. Gus in the Gaithersburg (12/15/18)

Just a short note that WPOC/93.1 Baltimore has lit up an HD-3 with some one of their soft rock sounds. It’s not bad Nick L. (12/15/18)

From the Department of DUH! ... Remember those TV commercials that ran for months for Direct Furniture's "Going Out Of Business" sale in Falls Church? That fast-talking old dude that told you nothing was being held back etc etc? Do you know what's going in where the store used to be? Furniture Max. J...F...C! (12/15/18)

An interesting hour during the Jim Bohannon Show Thurs. night; interview with Gordon Smith, CEO of the NAB discussed the state of radio today. AM revitalization, use of FM translators to boost AM coverage, and good news, AM radio is alive and well in the Spanish-speaking community. Find the podcast here: www.jimbohannonshow.com (12/15/18)

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Is WSMD 98.3 filing a interferene complaint against John Garziglia's Translator on 98.3 FM since he is moving his antenna to Arlington and will be closer to WSMD? (12/14/18)

Two Radio Stocks that continue to drop in value are Beasley at $4.17 and Urban One at $2.54 per share. iHeart continues in Bankruptcy at 52 cents per share OTC. Now might be a good time to buy these stocks? (12/14/18)

In other DC media news, Bill Kristol and Fred Barnes founded The Weekly Standard is shutting down, with the last publication set for Monday. The Weekly Standard's legacy is advocating for the second Iraq war as soon as 1996, false hit pieces on Deepak Chopra and Micheal Moore, Flooding Congressional offices with copies every Monday to get circulation numbers up, forwarding the swiftboat fabrication, a nude Photoshop of Bill Kristol's on the inside back cover, and a constant barrage of anti Trump pieces. Goodbye, guys. You lasted longer than any Pat Buchanan publication start up, George magazine, the Steven Brill mag, and, I believe, American Spectator. (12/14/18)

Checked out this new station good batch of soft to up tempo but not too hard pop r&b and soft rock songs from 70s 80s 90s even a few from the 2000s heard Roberta Flack,Bill Withers, Gloria Estafan , Bruno Mars, Toto, UB40 The Bee Gees ,Genesis to name a few only issue is on HD radio in general if there is a strong signal on the Primary HD1 the subchannels all should provide a steady signal with no dropouts the Wash HD2 signal Cool Oldies locks in steady yet Ive gotten a few dropouts and audio that several times went from normal volume to lower volume in the same song on the HD3 station this is at home not in my car with an antenna for any audio buffs out there the Magnum Dynalab Silver Ribbon hopefully this is a technical glitch they will fix because the station is commercial free and seems to have a wide playlist. (12/14/18)

Dave, Belated, but I wanted to give kudos to Michel Martin Weekend Host of NPRs All Things Considered for her coverage the next day after George H.W. Bush’s passing. She was kind, gentle, respectful and tried not to be too intrusive in her interviews with Colin Powell and other Bush administration officials; people should go back and give a listen to her podcasts. A first-class presentation, unlike the low-class (or better yet, no-class) WMAL’s Chris Plante and his National “Panhandler” Radio remarks. (12/14/18)

From the Detroit Free Press about former Fox 45 weatherperson Jessica Starr. Very sad. Say a prayer for her family. freep.com - - - - - Larry (formerly) in Luray (12/14/18)

Got a note from the FCC… They are investigating Family Stations’ WFSI AM 860 for possible site violations including lighting and such. (12/14/18)

Tower location on N 22nd Street in Arlington? 22nd Street runs along the southern edge of the property where the old AT&T tower sits, near Lee Highway and George Mason Drive. That's my bet. Probably still a backup site for 780AM and for the wacky TV-station-cheating-as-an-FM. (Don't want to get that guy all fired up again.) -P of the AW (12/14/18)

To our Bolly-loving Mailbag contributor: your enthusiasm is commendable. But at 50W, your station is going to have a tough time hitting DC or anything close to it -- you'd be lucky to get fringe reception just driving through Falls Church. For that matter, by what means is "Bolly 102.9" even on the air? Radio-Locator.Net states that the frequency should be carrying the primary audio of WWWT-FM Manassas (closer to Warrenton), and isn't that a relay of WTOP? (12/14/18)

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So chris plante this morning railing agaist Mikas gay slur i remember he once said he had used the n word before and it was no big deal when defending Imus comments What a phony! (12/13/18)

Sorry DCRTVDJDAVE, no soup for you: the Trump White House has cancelled the annual Christmas party for the media. Unless, that is, you work for Fox News, in which case there are numerous other White House parties they have been invited to according to Fox News (surprise): “While dropping the media party, the White House is in the midst of a full panoply of other parties this holiday season. Selected media people generally favorable to Trump, including a few Fox News hosts, have made those guest lists.” WMAL’s Chris Plante was bragging that he and his “First Girl” were invited to and attended a White House Christmas party Wednesday night... (12/13/18)

Who will replace Tom Taylor when he retires on December 21? His Newsletter will be missed. (12/13/18)

People love the new Bolly 102.9......unique and entertaining. Give it a try, there is nothing else on the dial like it. (12/13/18)

W252DC, the Gamut translator on 98.3, has filed for a new construction permit since its old one for a site in Chevy Chase is expiring in February. New transmitter site is a tower on N 22nd Street in Arlington, I am not sure if there are any other broadcast stations there. There is literally no signal to the south to protect WSMD-FM, but the translator should have decent coverage of Washington and the suburbs inside the western half of the Beltway. This translator is owned by John Garziglia, so hopefully he does not plan to also lease it to the Russians. fccdata.org (12/13/18)

Re [12.4.18]: "98 ROCK really is a horrible excuse for a rock station... What is even on at night? Last time I heard, they were running some syndicated morning show... at night." I had no idea they even started carrying The Greaseman Show. Waddle Doodle! (12/13/18)

I think its ridiculous to run the Drive on 94.7 HD2 I could see maybe a week or 2 into the new format but there's lots of other types of music they could put on after all they had DCs Greatest Hits on the HD2 channel when it was Fresh FM on 94.7.I have an HD radio have to check out the new WASH HD3 channel I don't use the radio as much as I used to tired of the repetition but maybe The Breeze offers something different. (12/13/18)

Now that the box is finally in the ground (or is it?) it bears remembering that George H.W. Bush was the only person of his generation who did not know where he was when JFK was killed. In other news Mike O'Meara claims again that he lost 31 pounds. He loses those 31 pounds over and over but never slims. Gus in the Gaithersburg (12/13/18)

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Johnny takes a Holliday? Seems that MASN’s Johnny Holliday, at the ripe age of 81, like Ray Knight, will no longer be a part of the Nationals game coverage. Holliday offer the time honored “more time with the family” explanation: “With Ray gone, seems like a good time to back off a little,” Holliday wrote in an email. “Now I will have more time with family and I have a very happy wife, as you might imagine.” And apparently the commute was taking its toll on Holliday: “When the Nationals are home, the shows originate from Nationals Park, which was an easy commute from Holliday’s Kensington home. But when the team is on the road, the shows are broadcast from a studio in suburban Baltimore, and the nightly travel began to wear on Holliday.” More from Barry Svrluga’s Washington Post blog: www.washingtonpost.com (12/12/18)

PMSNBC Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski has solved the mystery of who President Trump’s closest cabinet member is and it isn’t pretty: seems she claims Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is Trump’s “butt boy”. From Mediate: “I understand that Donald Trump doesn’t care,” Brzezinski said this morning during a segment on President Donald Trump’s reaction to Saudi Arabia murdering Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. “But why doesn’t Mike Pompeo care right now? Are the pathetic deflections that we just heard when he appeared on Fox & Friends — is that a patriot speaking?” She continued. “Or a wannabe dictator’s butt-boy? I’m dead serious, I’m asking: are these the words of a patriot?” More & video from Mediate: www,mediaite.com (12/12/18)

Re: Where is Lisa Baden...IIRC she replaced Jamee Whitten on WMAL sometime in the not too distant past. - Tom in Wheaton (12/12/18)

Joe Field, Founder of Entercom, is buying stock in Entercom to prop up the price. It is selling at $6.53 per share now. Some of the other bargains on the market are Beasley at $4.66 per share, Salem at $2.62 per share and Urban One at $2.56 per share. (12/12/18)

iHeart will not come out of Bankruptcy in December as predicted. Maybe in January, 2019? The iHeart Stock is selling at 52 cents per share OTC. According to reports, they still have about $12 Billion in Assets and $24 Billion in DEBT. (12/12/18)

Nielsen has a new President now. Let's hope he will reconsider the decision of the last President not to list the Radio Stations that do not subscribe to their service. This is not the best way to force stations to subscribe. We understand that Nielsen wants to make money. Perhaps some good PR would help! (12/12/18)

The Russian Propaganda is still on WZHF 1390 AM owned by Arthur Liu. Did he register as a Russian Agent? It is also on Mr. Garziglia's Translator 105.5 FM. He is a Communications Attorney in DC and should register as a Russian Agent. (12/12/18)

"If you like Spanish Music, try the Top DC Hits Stations" --- or if you live in Alexandria, just chew on some tinfoil. The primary station for those FMs, WTNT(AM) 730, will be detected in your fillings and you wont even need your radio. Your move, WDMV. (12/12/18)

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If you like Spanish Music, try the Top DC Hits Stations....97.5 in DC or 92.9 in Northern Virginia. They play all the HITS. (12/11/18)

WASH has lit up HD3 and is using the ever growing soft a/c “Breeze” format. A good choice for those that aren’t enjoying the 24/7 Christmas tunes. Also, a couple of questions … why is WIAD HD 2 still simulcasting the main channel? And, whatever happened to the news format that iHeart was supposed to run on 104.7/WWDC HD-2? MLB4 (12/11/18)

I am surprised most of these local news traffic reporting "babes" with their pornstar style make-up & hair, in those skin tight dresses ;-) even know how to read... -LOL (12/11/18)

The stock market is down and there are some good opportunities to buy Radio Stocks now at great prices......Beasley $4.78, Urban One $2.48, Salem $2.70, Emmis $3.82 and Entercom $6.69. These stocks will go up! (12/11/18)

Time Magazine’s choice to honor journalists who have lost their lives or the freedom to do their jobs is a powerful reminder of the critical role journalists play and the increasing dangers they face. We applaud Time for using this coveted annual award to highlight their important work. We hope this recognition will prompt our nation’s leaders to stand up for America’s values and hold accountable those who attempt to silence journalists who cover our communities, or in Jamal’s case, an oppressive authoritarian government. – Washington Post Publisher and CEO Fred Ryan (12/11/18)

(RE: Lisa Baden) What station(s) can you hear her on these days? I thought she had retired. (12/11/18)

The Baltimore AM radio station that was for sale for $1.1 million has been pulled off the market, at least publicly. This is the one that has been rumored here to be possibly WJZ AM 1300, mainly due to the price and restrictions on call letters. Have they changed their mind or is some deal in the works? Hmm. The $2 million dollar Baltimore AM station is still for sale btw. www.radiotvdeals.com (12/11/18)

Hey Dave, WMAL part time fill in guy, failed nominee for political office in two states, friend of Russian sympathiser Mark Levin, hater of Black Lives Matter, and liar, Dan Bongino is gone from fake news outlet NRA TV. He's out. Contract not renewed. Budget cuts because of defending libel lawsuits, Federal investigations into money laundering and campaign finance violations, and insurance fraud convictions, have all caused major cutbacks at the NRA. They even cancelled the coffee service over on Waples Mill Road. No free coffee for NRA employees. Some reports claim the NRA is 55 million dollars in the hole this year. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dan and his family. We really can't do anything else but pray for Dan and the other victims of these cutbacks at the NRA. It is our constitutional right to have a well regulated prayer, and if Dan loses anything while we practice it, so be it. For an in-depth analysis of the self inflicted wounds maiming the NRA, including the fraud the NRA advertised on WMAL, tune in to the Larry O'Connor show at 3:00 PM today. Just kidding, Larry will be talking about Uranium One. (12/11/18)

Lisa Baden reads the traffic like a kindergarten teacher reads to her kids...really freakin' annoying. (12/11/18)

The Arlington Emergency Preparedness AM station at 1700 kHz was off the air Tuesday morning, and buried in the background noise was a distant station all the way at the top of the Extended Band. I couldn't tell who it was --- I was driving so I couldn't use my home receiver with the steerable antenna to at least guess-timate their location -- but the DJ spoke English, music was playing, and the time was one hour behind us. Using Radio-Locator.Net, my best guess was that I was hearing Gospel WEUB-AM out of Huntsville AL. That's about 590 air miles from DC. Fun way to start the morning if you're a radio freak. (12/11/18)

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Does anyone know why WTEM ESPN980 was carrying WJZ 105.7 from Baltimore on this past Saturday afternoon from 2:30 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.? Both stations are affiliates of the Maryland Sports Radio Network and would normally carry the men's basketball pre-game show which started at 3:00. It seemed also like the ads that ran during the pre-game were all Baltimore-centric. Was no one running the board locally at Urban One? - Tom in Wheaton (12/10/18)

Nearby news: The FCC actually dispatched an investigator to Norfolk after its FrankenFM, "Streetz 87.7" WMTO-LP, was reported as a pirate. Maybe it was the FrankenFM crusader who incessantly posts here? Obviously it was not a pirate, but the agent did find it was broadcasting with an estimated aural ERP of 12.4 kW, over 18(!) times the licensed value of 0.66 kW. They might have the book thrown at them... fcc.gov (12/10/18)

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Tribune committing to another big local media group, in the form of Nexstar Media Group, following failed merger with Sinclair Broadcast Group. Nexstar-Tribune merger will have at least 13 markets with overlapping conflicts, which includes Connecticut, Scranton-Wilkes Barre, Harrisburg, Richmond, and Norfolk. Hopefully we learn soon which stations Nexstar plans to retain, and which stations they plan to sell, and if we could have groups, like Scripps, Gray, Hearst, TEGNA, Graham, Hubbard, and/or Meredith looking to add stations to their portfolios. (12/9/18)

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s Somara Theodore permanently back as the weekend meteorologist at NBC4? (12/8/18)

With the downturn in the Stock Market this past week, the radio stocks are at an all time low. Now is a good time to buy some of these stocks......here are some of the prices: Beasley $4.78, Emmis $3.90, Entercom $6.46, Salem $2.72 and Urban One $2.22. How long will it take them to recover? (12/8/18)

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From our superb engineering staff led by Drew Pinkey & Bryan Harz: WBAL Radio and Hearst Stations are proud to announce the completion of a brand new studio for WBAL Radio. After many faithful years of service, the old studio was taken apart, walls were removed to make more room, and a new, multi-media facility was built. This new WBAL Studio space is based on Wheatstone Audio-Over-IP technology, using the latest LXE Console from Wheatstone. The console is designed to be fully flexible, with almost all buttons able to be custom programmed for the needs of the station. The ability within the IP domain to leverage any and all audio sources and destinations within the system allow WBAL to connect to over 20 remote locations simultaneously with the right audio mixes to every location. Staff are able to listen to custom mixes as news breaks so they can keep tabs on what is happening from multiple sources. HP Mini PCs power the various needs in the studio for audio editing and internet research. Both old and new are incorporated into the space, with 14 TVs and 28 computer monitors rounding out the new, and an authentic WBAL Radio Tower side-marker light from 1935 being reused as an on-air light bringing up the old. There is also an original “On-Air” light from the previous building facility dating back to the 1960’s that was been revitalized with LED lighting and in use once more. Live cameras follow the active studio parties speaking, and send out a video stream from 9am to 4pm that we call the “WBAL LIVECAM.” Two virtual “windows” in the form of LED TVs using live camera shots from the 101.5 FM Radio tower, and from our downtown camera feed from our sister-station WBAL-TV, allow the WBAL Radio staff to see what is happening outside. The new WBAL Radio studio is ready to power WBAL into the exciting talk, breaking news and fast-paced sports environments of the 21st century and beyond. (12/7/18)

The Stock Market had a big loss this past week. These Radio Stocks should come back. Now seems like a good time to invest ......Here are some of the stocks we have been following: Beasley $4.83, Emmis $3.90, Entercom $6.49, Salem $2.71 and Urban One $2.29. (12/7/18)

While The Sports Junkies were enjoying their Holiday Party live on WJFK their prodigy Kevin McCarthy was doing a live movie review for WMAL’s “Mourning on the Mall” with Vince: Bill Hess pulled a coup by stealing Kevin from WJFK? Chris Kinard, call your office... (12/7/18)

Nielsen is NOT possessed by evil spirits. They just want to make money for their stockholders! They have no obligation to list Radio Stations that do not subscribe to their service. If Stations want to know their share of audience they can subscribe to Nielsen.The Advertising Agencies get a special "rate" to subscribe to their service. Since the Advertising Agencies use Nielsen numbers to buy advertising time they can avoid stations that do not pay Nielsen. Nielsen is the only National Rating Service. What does it cost for a DC Station to subscribe to Nielsen? (12/7/18)

WHP is Harrisburg, not Philly. (12/7/18)

Glad I did not listen to WMAL this week. Golly! I missed Mike Moss. If I would have heard him I would have thought I was in The Twilight Zone entering the Halloween Zone. I could imaging how he handled all the pomp and sad circumstance in DC this week. But, I won't. Way to scary to imagine. (12/718)

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Thought it was odd that WTTG FOX 5 did not cover the Bush funeral in Texas today. Neither did WBOC FOX 21 on Delmarva. But I know that FOX News offered the feed to all the local stations or so they said on air. (12/6/18)

Memo to Potomac Radio, owners of WCRW(AM) 1190 Leesburg: you may have noticed the buzz being enjoyed right now by 94.7 The Drive. Plain and simple, Oldies work. Please drop that hideous and unnecessary China Radio International and go all-live all-Oldies in 2019. Your three sticks send out an incredible signal and the DC metro population deserves so much better. (12/7/18)

Metro 93.5 FM in Baltimore is a unique station and sounds better every day......give it a listen. Some people say "it is my favorite station". In DC you can hear its Smooth Jazz and info about which Baltimore bus route is stuck in traffic over loudspeakers at the Kensington MARC Station. -- Carl in Olney (12/6/18)

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Bolly 102.9 FM is a unique station and sounds better every day......give it a listen. Some people say "it is my favorite station". (12/5/18)

Metro Radio is going to sell their group of Radio Stations in Berkeley Springs, WV.This is a nice Resort Town just 75 minutes from Dulles Airport. The Stations are WXDC 92.9 FM, a Class A FM with 3,200 Watts with antenna height of 456 ft doing an Oldies Format.......WCST 1010 AM and 93.5 FM....... Included with the group of stations is the Real Estate with five acres of land, Brick studio/Office Building and 456 ft Tower. The price is $365,000 including the Real Estate. If you are interested you can contact Dave Houston at Metro Radio at 703-980-9705 or email at Dave@MetroRadioInc.com (12/5/18)

All Bush no Rush: talker Rush Limbaugh replaced by Ken Matthews of WHP Philadelphia Wednesday presumably to attend President George Herbert Walker Bush’s Washington funeral service. WMAL pre-empted Rush for live audio of funeral with Westwood One’s Mike Moss: full live coverage locally by WJLA, WUSA, WRC, WTTG, WETA, CNN, PMSNBC, CNBC, HLN, C-SPAN FNC and the Home Shopping Network. Everyone on their best behavior except the Clintons, who snubbed President and Melania Trump... (12/5/18)

Today is a good day to invest in Radio Stocks. Many stocks are at an all time low price. Her are some good stocks to invest in today......Beasley $4.99, Entercom $6.35, Urban One $2.43, Emmis $3.75 and iHeart 47 cents. (12/5/18)

When you’re feeling down about yourself and thinking suicide, just always remember that The Don & Mike Show’s Joe Ardinger will still friend you or maybe even your pet on Facebook. :) (12/5/18)

Nielsen is no more a monopoly than McDonald's and surprise, they charge for their service. So in your world everything should be free and taken if necessary or desired. We ended that system in 1865. There are at least three ratings companies in the U.S. Get over it. The posters talking about radio receivers in smartphones are correct except what is the point of a radio receiver "in disaster situations when radio and TV are out of service"? With an AM receiver you could detect which of your neighbors' houses had a security system for looting purposes but that's too big for a smart phone. GHWB is on tour like the ... well he may not be grateful but he is most certainly dead. "We're going downtown to pay our respects to the box." Gus in the Gaithersburg (12/5/18)

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Word has it that Mike Garber, of station KUTV in Salt Lake City, may have been offered the job of News Director at WJLA-TV in Arlington, VA. Recent comments on several websites have employees of KUTV characterizing Mr. Garber as a "tyrant" and sincerely hoping that he is about to be moved to the DMV, while a number of newsroom employees at WJLA are already looking for work elsewhere as the exodus continues. In the event that Sinclair transfers Mr. Garber, or another very conservative, pro-Trump, Sinclair toe-the-line guy to WJLA, a significant number of employees are not planning to wait around and see how much worse things can get. With all the negative publicity Sinclair has deservedly received over the last year, and continues to receive, from issues dealing with Tribune Media, Sebastian Gorka, Boris Epshteyn, etc., one would think that a light would eventually go off over the head of someone in the Corporate Clown office. As if Sinclair does not have enough of a problem at WJLA, a recent flood in the Newsroom has again caused great concern by staff over the serious possibility of mold, etc. affecting the health of staff so much so that rumor has it OSHA has already been contacted. More to follow..... (12/4/18)

Buy low, sell high is sound advice I agree except radio stations don't produce a physical product. They are in the entertainment business, (supposedly), so in order to increase their value they need to increase audience share in order to raise demand for ad buys from media buyers. Currently there is no intention of radio stations in the DC market to do that. In fact, the example of the Cleveland radio station banning "Baby It's Cold Outside" is a perfect example of the backwards mentality of pandering to media buyers who want "safe" programming over any other potential threat of offending their core clients. It is nothing more than a stunt to lure ad dollars without putting any real work into it. It will probably work too because after the Janet Jackson Superbowl fiasco, media buyers moved right in and have since dictated what will be tolerated and what will not. That's why you constantly hear "Hotel California" and "Don't Stop Believin'" all day long. It's safe. As far as whether a station buy by a deep pocket company like Apple would spike the share price? I suppose it might but I'm not a money guy. I can assure you that there will be no change in programming because the infrastructure won't change. Same PDs, same VPs, same recycled jocks. Then the shares come back down to their previous deflated values. So sure, buy a few, (thousand), shares at 40 cents and speculate on a buy out. Then sell after it spikes and before it returns to it's bloated budget reality. Gotta pay Rush's contract, Bobby Bean, and Ryan Seacrest's saleries first. Goes for Howard too. Ultimately to better understand what's on the radio, listen to the commercials not the the music or hosts. They're irrelevant. (12/4/18)

The problem with getting FM on an iPhone is that FM requires an antenna usually provided by the cord of the wired headphones inserted into the headphone jack and newer iPhones don't have headphone jacks. My BlackBerry Mobile KeyONE (bought in 2017) has FM and a headphone jack and I use it all the time. (12/4/18)

[From a WRC press release forwarded to DCRTV:] NBC4 / WRC IS #1 IN ALL NEWSCASTS... (A25-54 unless otherwise noted)... A Clean Sweep - #1 in all newscasts – A25-54 and Households... #1 head-to-head in all newscasts against other newscasts... #1 among Midday newscasts... Double or triple digit growth year-to-year in every morning (4, 4:30, 5, 6 am), evening (4, 5, 6 pm) and late (11 pm) newscast... EARLY MORNING... 4am: #1 with 19% growth year-to-year (only station to grow from 2017) 0.5... 4:30: #1 with 17% growth year-to-year 0.6... 5am: #1 with 22% growth year-to-year (only station to grow from 2017) 1.3... 6am: #1 with 35% growth year-to-year (only station to grow from 2017) 2.2... 11a: #1 against noon newscasts with 3% growth year-to-year 0.5... 4pm: #1 with 105% growth year-to-year (#1 against Judge Judy, too) 1.2 5pm: #1 with 48% growth year-to-year 1.3... 6pm: #1 with 25% growth year-to-year 1.6... 11p: #1 with 25% growth year-to-year 1.7... ALSO, ON THE STRENGTH ON THE STATION … Today Show: #1 morning news show with 19% growth year-to-year 1.9... Only show to grow in the 7am – 9am time period NBC Nightly News: #1 national newscast with 49% growth y-t-y 2.6... Only national evening newscast to grow year-to-year (12/4/18)

98 ROCK really is a horrible excuse for a rock station. Besides the morning show, there is nothing worth listening to. Amelia is horrible...she sounds so stuff and you can tell she is reading and records her breaks. Kirk and Marianne talk way too much and are not funny at all. What is even on at night? Last time I heard, they were running some syndicated morning show...at night. You are right, WMMR is way better than 98 Rock. I would say 98 Rock is a more polished 93.5 The Beach...which is not a compliment. (12/4/18)

There is an old saying in the Stock Market....."Buy Low.....Sell High". Right now you can really buy Radio Stocks at low prices. Many of these stocks are at an all time LOW! Here are some of the current prices......iHeart 47 cents, Spanish Broadcasting 25 cents, Beasley $4.90, Urban One $2.43, and Salem at $2.78. The question is how long will it take these stocks to recover? (12/4/18)

Tim Cook has famously argued over and over that iPhones do not contain FM chips. If Apple were to buy iHeart, expect those FM-less iPhones to magically get a present under the Christmas tree. Anyone who reads the tech pages knows exactly which Qualcomm and Intel modem chips that Apple uses and almost all of them do have FM reception capability within the chip. Apple’s various hardware and mostly software attempts to hide this fact are well known. The FCC has fiercely arguing against disabling these chips for emergency and safety reasons in disaster situations when radio and TV are out of service. (12/4/18)

Ironically, some of the same opposition to the Sinclair/Tribune deal have immediately come out of the woodwork to oppose the Nexstar/Tribune deal, Common Cause and The American Cable Association. Nexstar has conflicts in 15 markets, about as bad a problem as Sinclair had, minus the politics. Will Nexstar keep both WDVM 25 and WDCW 50? They probably could, and it might help the success of WDVM now. (12/4/18)

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RE: WUSA & Dish. Saturday 12/1 morning Dish restored WUSA just in time for the college games that afternoon, the NFL games and 60 Minutes on Sunday: might be time to “Cut the Dish”. Meanwhile, now Dish is having problems with HBO... (12/3/18)

I always found KT McFarland attractive ;-) She is a MILF (12/3/18)

Thank you Nielsen for not listing the radio stations that do not subscribe to your service. Everyone should pay for your service! A MONOPLY like you have can force small stations to pay the same rate as the number one station in the market. What does it cost now to subscribe to your service? WTOP can afford to pay. However, the small stations that have less than $600,000 in revenue per year, cannot afford your service. The last I heard, the cost to subscribe to Nielsen in DC was $110,000 per year. (12/3/18)

Is Apple buying iHeart? At 48 cents per share, is it a good buy at that price. iHeart has $12 Billion in Assets and $24 Billion in Debt. I guess that Apple could just assume the debt? (12/3/18)

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Re: the KT McFarland post. I've read online whispers insinuating that the FBI Form 302's used to charge Michael Flynn were forged after the genuine forms were made. Note that in 2017, prior to the charges being filed against Gen. Flynn, then-FBI-director James Comey allegedly told a closed-door session of Congress that Flynn's interviewers did not believe he was lying during said interview: www.washingtonexaminer.com... One can imagine that McFarland was later told to recant her initial testimony or face the same fate of Mr. Flynn, which given his extensive legal costs, especially if he was framed to begin with, may not have been an appetizing proposition to her. You gotta love politics!! Sincerely, Mike in Kensington (12/2/18)

“Why does WMAL have paid commentators who comfortably lie”? They don’t, genius. If you knew how to read, you would see the word FORMER commentator KT McFarland in your own post. (12/2/18)

What's the future for radio stocks? About as good as GM stock from the 70's. Radio stations are nothing but properties now. To be bought and sold like the beater house down the block. Then the new owner pumps up the debt through borrowing, cuts the executives huge bonus checks, holds the salaries at 28,500 a years and dump the entity on some one else who can then do it over again. All the while the executives hope the new company retains their services, which they do, because they're all in on it. That's what makes Wall Street nervous. Radio stations are Pet Rock factories in an XBox market. See for yourself. Check out any radio station webpage. They don't work, they are poorly designed, and they haven't been updated techwise since 2008. Most classic rock websites still have the "Babe of the Day" post which is some girl from 1996. Serve me up some more "Hotel California"! The freshest hire in the DC market is basically Chad Dukes and he's like 40 now! The Fan website is such a mess you can't find anything on it that the hosts direct you to. Why not just put a Napster link on it, right next to the MySpace link. That's the state of the industry in DC and many other markets. No vision, no new product, no innovation. Who would invest in that? Finally, in the DC market nobody even wants to compete anymore. Know why WTOP is continually number one? Because they WANT to be number one. Number two is unacceptable in that shop. Everyone else in the market is happy to be in the middle because it means one more quarter that they don't have to work tooooo hard. Pick up the check from the advertisers, pay the mortgage and the car note, and don't rock the boat. Be mediocre, middle of the pack, and keep your head down. That gives you two dollar stocks. (12/2/18)

Re: the lack of chemistry between Nick Smith & Shawn Yancey, I wonder if Nick Smith could be paired w/anyone. I’ve not seen him on the news, but in that Like it or Not show and he’s quite into himself. He talks about how he dates often, has said he thinks he’s a good kisser & just seems to think he’s all that. In general, I think FOX5 is trying really hard to recruit a younger audience by adding more younger people to the anchor desk. Case in point; adding Erin Como & Cori (whatever her last name). Erin can sufficiently do the traffic, but struggles w/reading the teleprompter, looking like a deer in headlights. (12/2/18)

The WBMD comment is arguing over nothing because it doesn’t change the outcome, but the FCC CDBS database does show 2 separate applications for 103.1 and 103.3 under 2 different file numbers that are dismissed for WBMD AM 750. The same FCC document is on BaltoMedia.net also. Ultimately, WTOP’s petition for dismissal was rejected. Whether it's a technicality is rather irrelevant. WTOP lost and the FCC clearly stated that WRNR did it correctly by listing actual listeners that would lose their service within the WBMD 103.3 & 103.1 FM’s service contour. I don’t see why WBMD 750 is doomed though as Family Stations still owns WFSI AM 860 and could use 1 of those towers presumably. However the real question is, how financially solvent or willing is Family Stations to spend any money on WBMD? On their Facebook page, they listed WBMD as AM 1750! There is no mention of it since WBMD went off the air, only that WFSI AM 860 is back on air. So it seems as if they don’t even care, but they did still file an extension of the STA, so they have more time. With the way the FCC works, it could take 2 or more years before the FCC takes any action to revoke the license, even though owning nearby towers literally gives them absolutely no excuse for doing nothing. They’ll have to have another excuse in April, 2019 and I assume show some progress. — BaltoMedia.net (12/2/18)

WRC re-aired a great segment featuring the time the late Jim Vance went bass fishing on the Potomac with then Vice President George Bush. Vance claims he caught the first fish ahead of the now late Bush: www,nbcwashington.com (12/2/18)

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WUSA has officially been dropped by Dish and is no longer being carried by that satellite provider: “Attention DISH Subscribers: WUSA is currently not available on DISH. That means DISH is taking away your favorite CBS programming, including the SEC College Football Championship game between Georgia and Alabama, NFL football, entertainment programming such as Survivor, NCIS, Madam Secretary, Seal Team, Criminal Minds, and Big Bang Theory, as well as your local news, weather and sports. Consider switching to a new video provider or tell DISH to bring back WUSA by by calling 1-855-512-7790.” www.wusa9.com/dish (12/1/18)

When did Fred Hickman land at WDVM TV? From CNN to... Hagerstown (with stops in-between)? Seems like he's been moving DOWN the ladder in recent years. (12/1/18)

December starts out in very poor shape for Radio Stocks. iHeart down to just 41 cents per share OTC, Urban One at $2.26 and Salem at $2.83 per share. These are all time low prices for these stocks. Wall Street does not like these stocks. When these stocks are at such low prices it is hard for them to recover. What is the future for Radio Stocks? (12/1/18)

Memo to 94.7 The Drive: "Come On Eileen" is beginning to come up a bit too often. And while it *is* the punch line to my favorite joke of all time ("What's more disgusting than Grease on Olivia Newton-John?"), I think it's time to import a few more core tunes. (12/1/18)

Did anyone else notice this morning's Washington Post a piece that mentioned former WMAL paid commentator KT McFarland? It appears KT, by her own admission, lied to the Senate, the media, and the special council about her then boss Michal Flynn's conversation with the Russian ambassador. She claimed, then, Flynn never mentioned removal of sanctions against Russia on the call. After Flynn was indicted for lying to the FBI on that subject, KT went to the FBI and said she was confused and mistaken about her sanctions denial. So, she recanted before she could be charged? Why does WMAL have paid commentators who comfortably lie? (12/1/18)

Even after all these months, Nick Smith and Shawn yancy on the 9 PM Faux News are like oil and water. Guy the puker would be a better fit with Shawn. Nick Smith would be better on the 8 pm news with the female anchor who is a puker like Guy. It would balance the pukers out. (12/1/18)

Does 98 Rock even have real DJs...? I never hear any live turn over from the 98 Rock morning show to Amelia, why is that? I listen to 93.3 WMMR out of Philly...a REAL radio station, and its a world of difference between the two. 98 Rock sounds like a programmed/automated station...no real on air personalities, no real live & local feel. Meanwhile WMMR is really live & local 24/7 365 :-) (12/1/18)

MacRumors is reporting that Apple is interested in buying into a piece of iHeart. Swell. That's ALL the industry f***ing needs. www.macrumors.com (12/1/18)

FYI - WRBS-FM (95.1) and WRBS (AM 1230) are no longer Neilson subscribers and while still being measured via PPM, ratings information is no longer public per Nielson policy. So, those two stations will no show up in the Baltimore book. (12/1/18)

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