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Question regarding 106.3/La Lay: W292EC is a translator station whose primary station is WKDV. Translators cannot originate their own programming, and so if 1460 were to change formats La Ley would have to originate from another station (AM, FM, or HD subchannel). Appropriate paperwork paperwork would have to be filed with the FCC to change the primary station as well (assuming all tech specs are met). What signal would La Ley move to in order to feed the 106.3 translator? (4/23/14)

"Whether you like it or not, Fox is a very credible news organization" Really? Aside from phony Plante you think Ham Hannity lends to its 'credibility'? Or how about Ollie North? We could go down the list but just those three prove the point. Fox is rot candy for the ignorant. Not saying MSNBC is any better, their the same for the left. But when you come on a media blog and say something so preposterous that it defies logic, you will be called on it. Faux News is no more credible than John McCain's war record (gave more than name, rank-serial number as POW) or Obama's trustworthiness (you can keep our insurance). Come to think of it, if you think Fox is "credible" then I've got some land in the Everglades you'll want to buy! This time of the year its dry, errr, you'll want to build on it NOW! And you can take my word for it, I'm "credible"! (4/23/14)

Amazon/HBO deal will bring some of the cable channel's shows, documentaries and original films to Amazon Prime streaming service customers, beginning in May. nytimes.com (4/23/14)

"All this proves is that Fox is not a news organization and does not vet their contributors" Whether you like it or not, Fox is a very credible news organization. To your second point, I'm like you. I have no idea how that buffoon gets on a major network like Fox. Of all the sane, articulate people available, this is the best they can do? One does have to wonder if anyone at Fox has spent a few minutes listening to this guy on the radio. (4/23/14)

Given yesterday's sophisticated questioning by the Supremes in the Aereo case, I stand corrected on my earlier comment here about U.S. copyright law being last updated with the advent of movable type. I'm now thinking stone tablets. As for Chris Plante, what if neither his WMAL persona or his Fox News persona displays his true self? It would be quite reasonable (and honest) for him as an actor to appeal to whichever audience he is performing for at a given time. -Unsigned Corporate Suit (4/23/14)

Regarding “Joe’s” post on Aereo TV, I 100% agree with his position. Corporate broadcasters, media, along with congress and the eff’ed up FCC with the lawyers and lobbyist have screwed just about every individual household in the U.S. that used OTA TV a few miles from the transmission site. Considering that many homeowners associations “don’t like” TV antennas, AEREO TV is the perfect alternative if you have high or medium speed internet. It’s all about greed by the broadcasters, content providers, cable and satellite distributors. I too live in a suburb. What TV I did watch, analog was good enough and displayed well on my OLD 50” projection TV with an outside antenna and rotor. Not so with OTA’s so called digital signal coupled with much lower transmitter power. It is either a “locked signal” or nothing, let alone less OTA choices. Just think, upwards of $2000 or more a year for all the CRAP the cable and satellite providers want to charge. And a good potion of that goes to transmission rights and you STILL get gobs of commercials and stupid (my opinion) program content. The broadcast airways were for the public in general. The public has or is losing that benefit thanks to corporate greed, a corrupt FCC, congress and other forces in media, etc. Even the Supreme Court appears, in early reports, to lean to the established media companies, not the general publics interest. We will see in June. BTW, the cable provider (Comcast) have already increased internet connection fees three times in two years. If AEREO wins in court, watch the internet only fees skyrocket! I could go on, but end rant. DLOLDIES in Eldersburg (4/23/14)

Re: "It is very noticeable that Chris Plante almost does a different persona when he’s on FOX News than on WMAL, as if it’s an act.". All this proves is that Fox is not a news organization and does not vet their contributors. If someone from Fox actually listened to his show, they would find him to be someone who can not go two minutes without name-calling, making baseless accusations, and saying things that just are not true. The question is whether this is what Fox really wants or not. Plante is someone who completely freaks when speaking with someone with a different opinion, or smarter than he is. And he resorts to bully tactics and nonsence to make his point. The show has become unlistenable on WMAL. (4/23/14)

I found the USA Today article on AEREO TV very interesting. While they lauded the service for how well it works and how easy it is to use, in the end, they made the snobby conclusion that this service will appeal to practically no one! Really? Seriously, REALLY? There aren’t millions of Americans who could do without Duck Dynasty or Christley Knows Best to cut off the $180/month Comcast umbilical chord? Aereo TV represents a more serious threat to the Media conglomeration we call Comcast/NBC/Universal/Time Warner than USA Today would have you believe, hence the various lawsuits, most of which AEREO has WON! Most interesting about the Aereo TV case headed to the Supreme Court is the lack of media attention it’s gotten or how the media itself treats it as like a guilty pleasure. USA Today liked the service, but it’s as if corporate stepped into the room and wrote the conclusion to the story! AEREO is like “Fight Club.” The 1st rule is you don’t talk about it, but if you do, make sure you tell people they don’t need it. It appeared as if they liked AEREO so much, they couldn’t recommend it for anybody! LOL And what USA Today totally glossed over is the fact that “FREE” OTA DTV via an indoor antenna is not nearly as easy to do as they would have you believe, and certainly not free in a real sense, since all if any of your existing antennas will not work well. Under analog TV for instance, I could get all of the DC and Baltimore TV stations, plus WGAL NBC 8 in Lancaster, albeit with some snow. Under OTA DTV, even with a new antenna, I can barely get all of the Baltimore market stations, let alone any DC or or PA signals. Now I know someone who lives downtown on a hill that can pick up several DC stations, but in low lying areas near the water, forget OTA DTV. No antenna will fix terrain issues. That’s where AEREO TV is ideal. I don’t think I’m the only person in the U.S. who falls into this category, but USA Today corporate says I don’t need AEREO TV. Well, thanks for your opinion Corporate America. I beg to differ. — Joe in Middle River (4/23/14)

REF: [2 Launches "In Focus" At 6 PM] Like a cheap firework, this dud fizzled the day they put it on the "launch" pad. Someone needs to light a fire under Jamie Costello's ass before they fire him. Now, if you'll excuse me a minute, I really need to get back downstairs to watch WMAR-TV news...in the basement. (4/23/14)

Regarding "Layoffs At AlJaz," I have to wonder how many times former WJZ weekend anchor/reporter Adam May has kicked himself in the ass for leaving CBS in Baltimore for this loser bunch. If he is on the layoff list, I hope 'JZ hires him back. (4/23/14)

It is very noticeable that Chris Plante almost does a different persona when he’s on FOX News than on WMAL, as if it’s an act. The only problem is, which is the REAL Chris Plante? (4/23/14)

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[RE DCRTV's Twitter & Facebook pages: Washington Post print Sports section lists WFED as radio place for Wizards playoff game tonight. No mention of WNEW. Hmmm.....] Last Sunday, the Washington Post failed to list both WFED & WNEW and wrongly listed WJFK for the Wizards radio broadcast. (4/22/14)

[RE the Murrow awards:] Bill Hess and Chris Plante snubbed again? Plante broke the story about Obama using crack in the White House and Jerry Connolly being a drunken Irishman. (4/22/14)

USA TODAY: Aereo review: Paying for free TV? - Can this controversial startup convince you to pay for over-the-air television? More than 5 million Americans have already cut the cord on cable, and continued improvements in video streaming tech have made the prospect of permanently ditching an expensive cable subscription more enticing than ever. Many cord-cutters watch live TV via old-fashioned, over-the-air (OTA) broadcasts from local stations—and these days they're even in HD. Aereo wants to bring that OTA content into the streaming fold. Its concept is genius, ridiculous, and/or patently illegal, depending on whom you ask: The company uses huge arrays of tiny digital antennas to record the local broadcasts, then charges a fee to stream that content directly to your PC, iPhone, iPad, Android device (4.1+), or Roku box. usat.ly (4/22/14)

Listening to Sean and Hillary talk about an Outkast reunion on WTOP may be the most awkward thing I've ever heard on the radio. (4/22/14)

Dave, the layoffs coming at All Jaz America are old news. IIRC, I tipped-off the Mailbag readers to it a couple of weeks ago! Don't start emulating the immediacy of that other all news station ... whatever their callsign is! -Unsigned Corporate Suit (4/22/14)

From Mediabistro: Katie Couric‘s life in TV news included stops at WRC in Washington and as a Pentagon correspondent for NBC News. Her current transition from daytime talk show host to global news anchor for Yahoo News, is just another turning point for the journalist best known as co-anchor of the “Today” show. Couric tells us timing and luck have been on her side. But she has one man to thank for her First Big Break... (4/22/14)


Dave - If you can do a search through archived mailbag postings from one year ago, you will see where you yourself predicted that Al Jazeera TV would ramp up strong, then lay off hard in about a year's time. It was that prediction that kept me from sending them my resume and now Im glad I didn't. (4/22/14)

Dave's response: Dave the predictor - right again.....

RE: With all the issues facing the upcoming CBS buildout -- permits, construction, electrical/phone/Internet demands, security, who gets which corner office et al -- someone is pinning up their concerns about *parking*? Really? Kinda misplaced priorities there, fella. Don't s'poze you noticed there's a Metro stop a block away, much less a gated parking lot on the same block as their new building?” - Not everyone employed by CBS Washington, DC lives around the corner from a Metro stop. Some already travel 50 – 100+ miles from the Lanham plant at all hours of the day and night because that’s where the work is. (4/22/14)

The best tropospheric ducting I’ve ever had here in DC came about two years ago, when there was a very unusual super-warm front coming across the metro. WINC is on 92.5, but I was getting a different station – “The Wolf” – playing country. It stayed with me about 15 minutes, long enough for the station to go into a spot break. The spots were for Denver! The station I was hearing was KWOF, about 1,500 miles away from DC. Pretty cool… (4/22/14)

Don't know if you've heard, but MPT played the first half hour or so of the premiere off its highly promoted Ocean City special, Downee Ocean, with one of the audio tracks missing last night. You heard the background music and noise, but not the narration or interviews. Firestorm on their twitter forced them to fix it and restart it. (4/22/14)

Dave, what's up with the radio signals? Normal DC stations are static, then this morning Kane was bumped off of my radio for WBJR out of Wilmington. I'm on 32 headed east to 95, normally have a great signal for WTOP and 99.5, not today or last week. Is it my car? Thanks for your input! (4/22/14)

Dave's response: "A weather front is approaching the DC area today. And, when this happens in springtime, we often get what's called FM tropo ducting, which takes stations from other areas and lets them be heard here - or interfere with local stations. Usually happens most in May and June.....

With all the issues facing the upcoming CBS buildout -- permits, construction, electrical/phone/Internet demands, security, who gets which corner office et al -- someone is pinning up their concerns about *parking*? Really? Kinda misplaced priorities there, fella. Don't s'poze you noticed there's a Metro stop a block away, much less a gated parking lot on the same block as their new building? (4/22/14)

Dave, please tell Emily Smith NY Post to correct her story on David Gregory the headline of her NY Post story was psychological testing ordered for David Gregory. I too watch Meet the Press. I also like Fox News Sunday and Chris Wallace. David Gregory is no Tim Russert. (4/22/14)

From the "Just Because I'm Paranoid Don't Mean They Ain't Out to Get Me" department: " Don't know which poster is the "goon": So you're trolling websites trying to convince people that you can be reasonable now, eh Ollie? My how the mighty have fallen. Just like a stopped clock can be right twice a day, you can bet that anything Ollie North says, writes or promotes is a damn lie. You might paint the leopard but its still got spots. There are still enough people around who remember what you did to George Allen that you won't be fooling anyone for a long time. Except maybe Fox viewers and that's not saying much. Why don't you correct people when they incorrectly call you "Colonel"? Just another lie and deception Ollie." - Trust me, or don't: I ain't Ollie North, although a hard core conservative was happy he lost in 1994 in his run for Senate, find him a bloated idiot, but as I said, even a broken clock can be right twice a day and in the case of his column about "The Americans", he was spot on. Now: Next topic? How about Chris Plante and Sheppard Smith, never seen together, must be same person: bing.net & bing.net (4/22/14)

Hey Dave.... remember when WHSV had WUSA blocked because of "duplicative programming on WSVF"... guess what showed up again on SD Channel 9 in Augusta County.... Yep, WUSA is back on cable for the time being. HD feed is still blacked out, as are Bounce and the Weather feed. It's nice to have an alternative again. (4/22/14)

Will Chris Plante show the same lifestyle tolerance towards Shep Smith that he shows toward Anderson Cooper and Rachel Maddow? Will Larry finally come out now in support of Shep Smith? What about that certain Republican Senator from Wyoming, will he come out of the closet on Shep’s Fox News program? These are all questions that should be addressed by Brian Wilson tomorrow morning. (4/22/14)

Dave's response: The "Chris Plante" you hear in the radio is just a character. It's an act. Shhhhhhh. Don't tell anyone.....

" Don’t know which poster is the “goon”: So you're trolling websites trying to convince people that you can be reasonable now, eh Ollie? My how the mighty have fallen. Just like a stopped clock can be right twice a day, you can bet that anything Ollie North says, writes or promotes is a damn lie. You might paint the leopard but its still got spots. There are still enough people around who remember what you did to George Allen that you won't be fooling anyone for a long time. Except maybe Fox viewers and that's not saying much. Why don't you correct people when they incorrectly call you "Colonel"? Just another lie and deception Ollie. (4/22/14)

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\/ April 21 Messages \/

Not a surprise that "RELM" is now offering free highlights of Don's show. The 100% paid business plan simply won't work. Don appears stuck in the 90's and has no idea how modern people use the internet. Buzz's news podcast is so terribly boring. Kirk Mckewen is not funny or interesting and his podcast is terrible from the 5 minutes I bothered to listen. And no one cares about the other shows on the site. (4/21/14)

I'm sure DC is really, really happy more than 300 CBS people will drive more than 300 vehicles into the nation's Capital. Why? Because so many speed and red light cameras will do triple-time and so much more money will come into the city's corrupt bank account. And by the way, where are all the CBS folks going to park? And how much will that cost them daily, weekly, monthly, annually? Have fun CBSers, you're going to like your new digs. Mayor Gray guarantees it. (4/21/14)

Oy. I was the one who wrote about Dave Johnson's twitter handle being heard on WNEW. First, I am NOT a WTOP employee. Second, you need to calm the eff down. I was merely pointing out something that radio people would chuckle at. Yes, the Wizards have been heard on WJFK all year. But, to have WTOP's calls heard on the "other" all-news station is one of those radio wars things. That said, how can WTOP be afraid of WNEW? Two years in and 99.1 is barely a blip on the radar screen. By your logic it's only a "matter of time" before the roles reverse. Seriously? What's your timeline? WTOP's been at this for decades and seems to be doing enough things right to pretty much kick everyone else's ass. Sorry, pal, but just because you hate WTOP does not mean you are right. If you knew your radio stuff you'd know that no program director would ever want their competition's call letters on their air. And, if WNEW could somehow get their calls on WTOP's air they would do it in a heart beat. It sucks playing on a team that loses all the time. I really feel for the folks at WNEW. They do a very good job and have a fine product. Problem is - no one cares. So when they see the ratings discrepancy month after month after month and then hear their nemesis' calls on their air - it has to piss them off a bit. I'm actually kind of surprised the Wizards allow that handle and don't create a game time account that sells THEIR brand. (4/21/14)

Forget the Redskins in April. If Chad is finally pulling the fun back in and talking Fritos and Nachos then I'm back into afternoon 106.7 radio. (4/21/14)

"Second, it had to kill the folks at WNEW when Dave Johnson repeatedly gave his twitter handle during the Wizards game on Sunday. It just happens to include "WTOP"."--Dave Johnson is the voice of the Wizards, his Twitter handle has been given out on 106.7 The Fan (CBS RADIO WNEW SISTER STATION) time and time and time again. Anyone who wants to listen to the Wizards without scratchy, crappy, AM shitsound, tunes 106.7 The Fan. What is really interesting, Mr. Bitter WTOP employee (who wrote that post) is the fact that a company that isn't swimming in debt, just announced a huge investment and backing of their news property for years to come, right next to Nationals Park :^) -- WNEW I think realizes their not going to knock off WTOP, but if they hang around long enough, and WTOP continues the yuck yuck hour "news" as their parent company continues to take out Clear Channel loans to keep the lights on AND all their talent flees them continuously (like they have been for 2 years now, with no replacements) They'll probably have a good shot down the line. It's so amazing how WTOP is the big king, yet their entire staff posts to this board time and time and time again is bashing WNEW. If you're so high and mighty, and WNEW is such shit....then what are you afraid of? WNEW shouldn't be worth your time. But apparently they are :^) (4/21/14)

When I got the IN FOCUS info from WMAR a couple days ago, I have to admit, I thought it was going to be on their sub channel, WMAR 2.2. I didn’t realize they were dropping late breaking news at 6PM instead. That’s saddening, but I’ll give it a watch and check it out with an open mind.. — BaltoMedia.Net (4/21/14)

Kenny King is a pretty good programmer. He was meticulous programming Mix's music. Jack was the problem at Mix. Jack phoned it in for at least a decade. Just ask Bert. Jack has an attitude problem which will follow him wherever he ends up. WASH is doing quite well with the limited content and lots of music in a.m. drive offered by Lou and Chilli. Plus, Lou and Chilli are very management-friendly with no attitude. The last thing CC DC needs is a high-maintenance, high-dollar talent. By the way, the money will never be there for Jack like it was at WRQX. The industry has changed massively. (4/21/14)

“Nancy Reagan's word is worth a lot more than some anonymous goon (possibly North himself) claiming otherwise.” Don’t know which poster is the “goon” you refer to but looking at the original post about Ollie North which simply said he wrote a surprisingly sensible column for Human Events about The Americans FX show, but nobody was implying North was either a hero or even honorable, just that barbarians like him, like a broken clock, can perhaps be right twice a day. As for Nanny Regan, who somehow now is oh, so acceptable to libs when she was trashed by them for years, she did have her odd side, which included the moronic, Paganistic belief in astrology: time.com (4/21/14)

Two things. First, you may want to check your sources on Kenny King & Jack being "bosom buddies". That's not how those who were in the building on Jenifer Street remember things. Second, it had to kill the folks at WNEW when Dave Johnson repeatedly gave his twitter handle during the Wizards game on Sunday. It just happens to include "WTOP". Oh, and speaking of which - the folks at WNEW need to work on their network closures. They were screwing up the local breaks quite frequently - especially the station ID. (4/21/14)

Oliver North was in fact asked to leave (not retire) from the USMC. He was asked to do so because of an incident at Okinawa in which he was arrested by base MP's in which he was totally naked, screaming obscenities at some unknown demons. He made Lt. Colonel but very soon upon making that rank was asked to leave. Nancy Reagan, her Conservative credentials are beyond reproach said this about Faux News personality North: "lied to my husband and lied about my husband." Anyone thinking or saying that North is a "hero" had better check their integrity at the door and find some other figure to worship. I am not a liberal nor do I lean left. Nancy Reagan's word is worth a lot more than some anonymous goon (possibly North himself) claiming otherwise. (4/21/14)

[Re 2 launches In Focus] I guess the folks at WMAR-TV have not been watching their competition when they say they are filling a much needed void for investigative journalism. Have they not seen the work done by WBAL-TV, and WJZ-TV and WBFF-TV. All three stations have reporters dedicated to investigative journalism, much of which has been honored by many awards. WMAR-TV stands apart from the other stations by having the lowest ratings in the market and have for years. (4/21/14)

Is DC radio management veteran Kenny King heading to Clear Channel's WASH? And if so, could his good buddy Jack Diamond also be headed there? Plus, CBS announces that it's moving its DC area radio stations from Lanham to DC, near Nationals Park. More ranting about the Washington Post. And an update on DCRTV's computer systems and more power outages at the DCRTV World HQ. In today's "Dave TV"..... (4/21/14)


I'm a fan of WNEW, but the folks there continue to show they are geographically challenged. Yesterday I heard a story that talked about EmpHoria, Virginia. Unfortunately, it's Emporia. Same with a commercial I heard that called it Reistertown Road. Again, unfortunately, it's ReisterStown. Cmon folks, don't get lazy with the simple stuff. Some quality control please. (4/21/14)

Dave sez "Pat is now only with CBS-DC, including WJFK and WNEW. He's no longer "the voice" of Hubbard's WTOP....." Then someone ought to tell Madame Cantillo that... because Mr. Garrett is still on 90 percent of the imaging on WTOP. Seems like a Mexican standoff to moi'. CBS putting him on NEW? A coup'! (4/21/14)

Dave's response: Well, I guess if Pat's already recorded stuff for WTOP, they can air his voice......

Dave, I've been a Don and Mike fan since about '96. I have followed both their careers since then. When I heard you were going to be on Sadly Lacking Radio I was pretty excited to be getting a chance to hear both of your opinions on it. I attempted to contact the host of that show so I could send him clips of Don's appearances on other shows talking about how and why he was going the direction he is. Unfortunately I got no response from him and he went into the show completely uninformed(by his own admission on the show). The show ended up sounding like an intentional hit piece. You had more knowledge of what was going on and it showed, but even you were not fully informed on the structure of RELM and Don's relationship to it. I would hope that the next time you are on a show like that you do a small amount of research to be more familiar with the subject. If you ever need available information on either Don or Mike or their networks, I would be more than happy to help you get it. I don't know either man but I follow both closely because of the love I had of the show they did together. I don't know if you are listening to Don's show or not, but if you don't have the subscription I can send you links to clips or even send you some full shows if you want to see how he is doing now. To me he is doing a great show, putting out a lot more content than what was promised and reminding me everyday of what good radio used to be and could have been today if corporations and the FCC would have allowed it. Thanks for taking the time to read this, Bubby (4/21/14)

RE WRQX, a correction and for WMAL, an illumination: Kenny King was never GM of WRQX. He was PD of Smooth Jazz 105.9 and then became PD/Ops manager of that station and WRQX when Steve Kosbau left for Detroit years ago. Lauren Murphy isn't on WMAL anymore because she worked for Metro/Shadow/Total Traffic and went away with them when WMAL switched to a different provider about a month ago. (4/21/14)

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So Ollie LIED TO CONGRESS and used funds that were supposed to go to fighting the Communists, but instead used them for personal gain and you jump on DCRTV to bash anyone who points out the TRUTH? Its not a left vs right issue. Its a right vs wrong and truth vs lies. And you my dimwitted little dolt are on the wrong end. Ollie North was and is a LIAR. Ollie North STOLE money that was supposed to be used to fight Communists to enhance his own home. Not to mention that the Marine Corps asked him to leave. He didn't even make full bird and was ASKED TO LEAVE. You might want to do the same. (4/21/14)

Weird to hear Pat Garrett on BOTH of the all news stations in DC. The TOP suits must hate this! (4/21/14)

Dave's response: Pat is now only with CBS-DC, including WJFK and WNEW. He's no longer "the voice" of Hubbard's WTOP.....

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