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WAVA is running help wanted ads for at least three people on one of the online broadcast boards/pubs. Seems to me a station wouldn't be staffing up if it was ready to slit its wrists and sell out. But after more than a couple of decades in this fakakta industry, I've seen many other things I wouldn't have reasonably expected. (5/22/19)

Congratulations to Entercom on their WIAD 94.7 FM 80's Format. It sounds good and fills a void in the DC Market. All 80's Hits! (5/22/19)

Cumulus......maybe Russia will buy 100% of the Cumulus stock. The only station they own in DC is WMAL AM/FM. (5/22/19)

99.1 has plenty of signal for sold automobile reception around the DC area. The problem isn't lack of signal. Rather it is the higher interference level caused by the grandfathered short-spaced second adjacent stations on 98.7 and 99.5mhz. The signal level @ Park Heights at the 695 is equal to the signal at Tysons Corner at 495. There is a price to pay for short spacing. (5/22/19)

Oh, well, isn't THIS special?! From the pages of the All Access morning news digest: "The FCC has established a pleading cycle for CUMULUS MEDIA's petition for declaratory ruling asking for permission to be owned up to 100 percent by foreign entities." Hear that, all you great Patriotic American radio hosts holding sway on WMAL? Foreign Ownership. See if you carry any credibility ever again after that goes through. (5/22/19)

Cumulus is asking the FCC to give them permissions to sell 100% of their stock to Foreign Ownership. Under the present FCC Rules, the maximum amount Foreigners can own is 25%. Who will buy Cumulus? (5/22/19)

iHeart is trying to get listed again on NASDAQ. Their Assets are listed at $14 Billion and their Debt is now listed at $26 Billion. The price of their stock is not listed. What will the price of their stock be when they do get listed? (5/22/19)

Lots of talk about the 99.1 signal. We have to keep in mind that this was originally an Annapolis station. Sure, it’s transmitter was moved closer to DC, so it is clear that you are not going to expect city grade coverage of the areas west of DC. Regardless, they do well up here in Aberdeen, as does 107.9. I would often listen to 99.1 from here, around 695 and down 340 then out 66 to 81 south quite a ways. Again, not city grade west of the district. Keep in mind that engineer types like me will put up with noise far more than an average listener to squeeze out every last mile in a signal test! In other matters, Forever Media has taken ownership of all of the Delmarva Broadcasting properties as of today. NO Froggy 103.7.... just business as usual. Tom Conroy (5/22/19)

Mr. Tony wins another Emmy with Mike! OOBBEE (5/22/19)

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In Tuesday's episode The Mike O'Meara PTO Playtime Podcast had a commercial for their bogus bonus (paid) shows. The ad involved a story about fingerbanging the late actress Jill Clayburgh. Classy. Gus in the Gaithersburg, still living rent-free (5/21/19)

Congratulations to Matt Cahill who added the title of Assistant PD at WJFK to being the producer of The Junkies. OOBBEE (5/21/19)

Got a little creeped out on Monday during a drive down Rt 70 well west of Frederick MD. I was listening to an Oldies station that ID'd itself as "Kool 92" (?), and one of the syndicated features they ran was a two-minute celebrity interview thingie hosted by Dick Clark. Now, it should be pointed out that the erstwhile Richard W Clark checked out in April 2012 and we all know that. This particular feature had to be quite old as he sounded as if he was in his 'bloopers-n-jokes' heyday, with a youthful cadence to his voice. It was just wrong on a bunch of levels. Maybe not as bad as stations that still run syndicated Wolfman Jack (d.1995) oldies weekends, but creepy enough. For that matter, anyone know what station was I listening to? (5/21/19)

Salem is not going to sell WAVA-FM 105.1 FM. They paid $20 Million for it in 1992. DC is an important market for them. This is one of the best signals in the market. They just sold WSPZ 1260 AM for $750,000 to help pay down their debt. (5/21/19)

King of All Media Dethroned? Seems that WMAL talker Mark Levin has taken Amazon’s 1st place for best-selling books even though his tome, “Unfreedom of the Press” is only being released Tuesday, May 21st. Levin surpassed passé shock jock Howard Stern’s clever title missive, “Howard Stern Comes Again” and Michelle Obama’s ode to those wanting to transgender, “Becoming Michelle Obama: Get Man Like Shoulders in Thirty Days”. Locally, Levin will be at Barnes & Noble Tysons Corners on June 1st to sell & sign his book. The Wrap wraps it up on the Levin surge: www.thewrap.com (5/21/19)

Re: "Entravision which serves the Latino community is a very volatile stock...They do not own any radio stations in DC." ??? These Mailbag stock reports have always been poorly written, ignorant of basic market, economic and finance workings, but now they don't even have anything to do with DC radio and TV. WTF? Does this website still have a topic, or is it just a clearing house for anything and everything? (5/21/19)

I have an odd question not often asked. Can WJZ 13 or CBS enforce a non-compete clause if they fire an employee like Mary Bubala for what they term “cause”? It doesn’t seem possible for a company to be able to fire someone and stop someone from getting a job does it? Is that even legally possible? Does your non-compete clause stay enforced even when fired without pay? If it’s not illegal, it should be. (5/21/19)

WTTG has finally received FCC approval to move to River Road, so they’ll be leaving the Wisconsin Ave tower soon. That confirms that they’ll be sharing with WPXW ION 66 on River road too. WPXW has to start moving next month, so they’ll be leaving WETA TV in the dust at the WUSA/WJLA tower. It’s unclear what’s going on with WETA and its argument over who’s paying for its repack’s combiner. If WPXW is leaving, and WETA can’t use the current combiner, WHUT TV doesn’t have to do anything. They’re not moving channels. (5/21/19)

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Entravision which serves the Latino community is a very volatile stock. They just brought in Karl Meyer as their Chief Revenue Officer. Their TV side seems to be doing well but their radio side is not. The stock is selling at $3 per share now. It is listed as EVC. Their best radio market is Los Angeles. They do not own any radio stations in DC. (5/20/19)

Dan, in regards to the 99.1/105.1 switch. It's a great idea.But, Radio stations don't relay signals they "simulcast" them. (5/20/19)

Dave's response: Well, it looks like Mix 107.3 will be going away on June 1. It would be cool if Entercom could keep the popular format going as Mix 105.1 from day one of the WRQX format flip. Salem would certainly benefit from the additional Baltimore coverage of 99.1 since it doesn't have a Baltimore FMer of its own. Sounds like a win-win for both Entercom and Salem.....

"What killed WHFS and WNEW deep down at the end of the day? Drop off in the western parts of the area in areas like Leesburg and Warrenton" Yeah, that elusive and lucrative Leesburg and Warrenton market. SMFH. Gus in the Gaithersburg, still living rent free! Now, if you had a stock pick we'd be in business. (5/20/19)

Dave's response: What killed WNEW is that CBS didn't give anyone a reason to switch from the WTOP, the radio news product that they've loved for many years. WNEW should have developed a morning drive news show that was casual and "zooish" in nature to show that they're different from WTOP and to attract younger demos than WTOP. CBS just blew it.....

End or an era: C-SPAN Founder and former CEO Brian Lamb, 77, conducted his final “Q&A” interview with historian David McCullough at 8:00PM, Sunday, May 19th, 2019: there are no plans for Lamb to return to C-SPAN in an on-air capacity and he has, after forty years at the network retired. Lamb, who worked for Richard Nixon as his personal aide during the 1968 presidential election, worked on The Hill and UPI, then edited two trade publications, “The Media Report” and “Cablevision”. Besides the great interview about his book, “Pioneers” with McCullough, Lamb is complimented by the author at the end “Brian, you have done something with television that nobody has ever done...and you deserve far more praise, credit and lasting fame than you realize”. Amen! (5/20/19)

I grew up in east Baltimore, and tried desperately on a cheap radio to get WAVA Rock Radio 105.1 because they played deep cuts, even long progressive rock songs, that DC 101 and WIYY 98 Rock would never play. 105.1 FM is a good signal to Baltimore, but still a struggle where I was. As much as I wish Salem would sell 105.1 FM, I would not hold your breath. They know what they bought and it’s one of the most powerful signals in the nation’s capital and religious. Despite the money potential, I don’t see them doing either a sale or a swap. I mean, I think they’d consider it and have downsized before as religious radio is less English and less American these days, but DC is a prestige market for them. If 105.1 FM were in Baltimore, it would barely be news, but in DC, it would be big news portrayed in a way like a religious broadcaster gave up in today’s atheist media and world. I don’t see Salem even considering doing a 105.1 sale. I think they’d sell a lot of other radio stations before WAVA and they are. (5/20/19)

Thinking about the resurrection of WAVA the way we once knew it. Could it also bring back the hey day of Washington radio? Would it bring back the likes of Mike Source (Don Geronimo) and could Mike O'Meara for a morning reunion or possibly a new show with Don and Jack Diamond? Could we see Sandy Weaver return to the DC airwaves in the 10-2 slot, Chris Leary come back to DC moving away from television for the coveted afternoon drive slot. Would George McFly return to evenings as he has hop scotched all over the country these many years and bring his flare back to DC where radio creativity has been absent in the market for far too long. Somewhere in the blend would be good ol' Ed Munster (Chris Taylor) and make the GM, Young David Edgar who so eloquently closed up shop at WAVA in 1992 with his tribute time capsule of the station. Throw in a few new millennial broadcasters and the All-New-Power 105 will shake the DC radio landscape. I feel it! Bring back the old cast! It will be like bringing back the Karate Kid after 30 years! What's old is new again! (5/20/19)

Dave's response: Those days are gone forever.....

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The only issue with putting a Hot AC format on 99.1 as WRQX besides the lease to Bloomberg is the signal issue. What killed WHFS and WNEW deep down at the end of the day? Drop off in the western parts of the area in areas like Leesburg and Warrenton where you didn’t have a relay to cover those areas. However, when you look at the Christian Talk format of WAVA, there’s very little traction in the ratings at all for it and here comes a idea that changes a few things. Entercom talks to Salem and proposes a signal for signal swap. Entercom gets WAVA on 105.1 and puts a Hot AC format on it thus filling a void that’s coming to the market and Salem gets 99.1. Salem is basically Christian Talk or Conservative Talk in their stations….so you don’t want them running a Hot AC format. They would probably let the lease run out of WDCH then put their Christian Talk format on there. WAVA as a Hot AC ran by Entercom would be a Top 10 powerhouse in the ratings if it were on 105.1 but putting it on 99.1 without a relay in the western parts of the area, it would be ranked between 17-22 monthly in the PPM. Dan (5/19/19)

What is the story after June 1? One of the stations Cumulus sold was 107.3 It is supposedly going "christian contemporary" on June 1 However Cumulus, retained the "intellectual Property" and "Other assets" from Mix 107.3 and also owns several other stations in the market Most people think it's likely that "Mix" format will be moved to one of their other stations. So far nothing has been said on air by ANY of their stations There are a couple of good candidates, I even heard one rumor, and strictly that, a rumor that they might do a major shuffle among their stations. What, if anything can you find out? (5/19/19)

WETA TV 26 filed another FCC report once again claiming that they need money for a shared combiner with WPXW 66 on the WUSA/WJLA tower. This is untrue. WPXW 66 has already gotten approval to move to the River Road tower. WPXW is not filing reports to share a combiner with WETA. Is WETA deliberately lowering their shared costs trying to defraud the Federal government or is there a lawsuit between the two over an agreement that has been broken? Something is going on, because WPXW has no approval to stay on the Fort Reno tower anymore, so what WETA just stated on Friday to the FCC in the Form 399 is false. Someone at the FCC must have noticed this by now right? Or is all of this somehow contingent on WTTG Fox 5’s pending application to move to River Road? The mystery continues, but the clock is ticking. WETA has to move soon. Will they be be moving to a lower power TV operation in Arlington on their backup? They have to get off of channel 27 because that belongs to WMAR TV next year. (5/19/19)

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WBOC is playing around with all these new transmitters, towers and stations, but when the hell will they broadcast the FOX Network in HD on WBOC on FOX 21? Why does FOX put up with this? Does FOX in any other markets? I mean Super Bowls and NFL and MLB games broadcast in low def? WTF?!? Even WRDE on low power was broadcasting in HD for their tiny tower and power. I would think FOX would be a bit mad and not progress on their side. (5/18/19)

Speaking of crackpot FCC filings, take a look at this one. Think this Low Power TV station is going on the air? They filed that they are awaiting an expected waiver from Marquee Broadcasting. Clearly an engineer with a mental disability filed this one. See here. rabbitears.info (5/18/19)

Let history speak for itself. A quick heads up to whoever is calling the shots for the Wizards in the Steve Buckhantz saga. Couple of things to keep in mind in determining whether Steve comes back or gets shoved out the door. When you guys got rid of Phil Chenier as Buck's partner...how did that work out. It was a Disaster. Lets flash back to the Redskins when they broke up Sonny, Sam, and Frank, showing Herzog the highway replacing him with Larry Michael of all people. It went from one of the best NFL broadcast teams to it's present ranking as the worst without Frank Herzog. Boy, do we miss that guy. Then there is the Washington Nationals broadcast on MASN. They got rid of Ray Knight, one of the best Baseball analyst on TV, former MVP of The World series, Manager, bench coach, he did it all...Johnny Holiday decides to walk away. The two of them formed a special bonding and for 12 years opened and closed the Nat's broadcast. Look what we're stuck with now. Dan Kolko and Bo Porter, neither capable of filing the shoes of Knight and Holiday, and lets not forget FP who Bob Carpenter is stuck with. Poor Carpenter. The Wizards must be out of their mind with even the thought of shoving aside Steve Buckhantz. Steve is outstanding, so was Herzog and Knight and Holiday. Hopefully things will turn out well for Buckhantz, He deserves to stay. (5/18/19)

The stock/bankruptcy guy is the wet spot on the DCRTV mattress. Stop the madness. The WABC stream from NY lets you hear the whole John Batchelor show starting at 9 pm without having to wade through an hour of the high school boy that WMAL broadcasts. Gus in the Gaithersburg, still living rent-free in someone's head (5/18/19)

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W257BW is now W232DE(FX) fccinfo.com (5/17/19)

WBOC TV filed for a low power STA on an aux transmitter while tower work is being done for the lots of TV changes coming to Delmarva TV. First off WBOC has to move to channel 32 in the coming months, and Draper wants to move WRDE permanently to the WBOC tower in Laurel, DE, but there’s a conflict there for channel 26, yet to be resolved. But WGMD has been notified that WRDE is leaving the WGMD tower soon. Draper also owns WSJZ TV too, which is on the air from WXDE in Holiday Pines. Rabbitears is completely asleep at the switch on the Eastern Shore TV changes. Draper will soon have channel 19 from Pocomoke City as a 4th stick to broadcast whichever they choose, WRDE & probably Telemundo also as channel 31 & 42. The confusing construction permit to me however is Marquee Broadcasting’s Delaware WMDT translator, WEVD. It has to leave channel 27 when WMAR moves to channel 27 next year, but are they really going to run a 2kw signal on channel 3 from Wilmington’s WSTW tower as currently proposed? That would literally make WMDT 47ABC, CW3, MeTV, & even ION available directly within the Philadelphia market. The signal is licensed to Dover and directional towards Dover, but it’ll still be in Wilmington and spread into PA with a 45 mile contour. It was approved by the FCC, so that’ll be interesting. I assume Disney/ABC owned WPVI is aware of this by now. (5/17/19)

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W257BW 94.3 did re-file to cover its permit last week. There were no changes to the technical specs that I can see, so I'm not sure how it can last. Last time it was ordered off the air for interfering with WOWD-LP -- which WCTN completely left off the interference study! WOWD-LP listeners also alleged W257BW was using an unauthorized antenna, but the FCC didn't investigate at the time.....The experimental STA on RF 7 is junk. The attachment to the app is for an auxiliary signal for WSCR in Chicago. There's a mentally ill crank that files ridiculous applications under different names every so often...here's one from 2016 (under dismissals) radioinsight.com. Occasionally there are companies that broadcast audio and video to handheld devices for conferences/sporting events, and they will file real experimental STAs but on unused low-VHF channels. (5/16/19)

"iHeart......can someone explain to us how iHeart had Eighteen Billion and 250 Million in debt disappear overnight? Their stock went up from $1 per share to $18 per share at the same time. ($18,250,000,000)" Yeah, it's called bankruptcy. The court discharged their debt with the stroke of a pen. (5/16/19)

WCTN 950 AM owned by Dr. Yoon and WLXE 1600 AM owned by Arthur Liu are now simulcasting Spanish programming. The 94.3 FM Translator permit for WCTN was ordered off the air by the FCC. Arthur Liu also owns WZHF 1390 AM which is doing the Russian Propaganda programming. (5/16/19)

HD Radio is dead. Most FM Stations now have invested in HD Channels but the HD 2 and HD 3 Channels are being used to feed Translators or simulcasting AM Stations. What a waste of resources. (5/16/19)

That was fast: WOWD-LP filed a petition against W257BW on Monday, and its status has been updated to "grant rescinded" as of this morning (16th). WOWD-LP goes farther to ask that the translator be deleted, alleging again that W257BW is using an unauthorized antenna and therefore has never made a legal broadcast. fcc.gov (5/16/19)

Salem closed on the sale of WSPZ 1260 AM on 5/15 for $750,000. They paid $3,100,000 for the station in 2008. Salem declared a cash dividend for their shareholders on 5/15/19 even though their stock price is just $2.03 per share. (5/16/19)

Urban One stock continues to drop in value. Now down to $1.84 per share. When are they going to start selling off stations to reduce their debt? (5/16/19)

WRQX 107.3 FM goes away on June 1 when EMF takes over the ownership of the station. They will put their K-Love Format on it. Will another station pick up the WRQX format and Call Letters? Entercom could put it on their 99.1 FM station if they could end the lease with Bloomberg. No one seems to know when the lease expires. (5/16/19)

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WRDE is now available from multiple antenna. 31.1 from Lewes, 31.3 from Long Neck, 31.4 from westo f Laurel (the WBOC tower). Telemundo also available on all three antennas. (5/15/19)

"Steve Czaban, who does afternoon drive at Urban One's WTEM, announced Friday he will also be doing morning drive at iHeart's WRNW-FM in Milwaukee, beginning Monday May 6... ". There's an old expression that you can't serve two masters. How will he handle the game between the Redskins and Green Bay Packers later this year, for example? - celebrate with his Wisconsin chums in the morning and then commiserate with his DC crew in the afternoon (or vice versa)? If I were Urban One, I'd seriously consider trying to bring back that Man Cave show (co-hosted by comedian Chris Paul and sportswriter Jason Reid) which WTEM's previous ownership abruptly (and stupidly in my view) cancelled a few years ago. Perhaps it could replace Czaban's program which I find to be increasingly unlistenable these days due to its flagrant disregard for the sensitivities and wide ranging political views of the listenership. While it's primarily a sports show, I've heard Czaban and his sidekick Steve Solomon ridicule Democratic politicians numerous times yet somehow never Trump who provides by far the most opportunities along those lines - Paul would correct that problem and then some. Al Galdi's okay in morning drive although his show tends to get repetitious at times with far too much Skins yak at a time of year when football's not exactly front and center. (5/15/19)

For your (old) ear enjoyment, a montage of the jingles used on WMAL in the late '60s and early '70s. -P of the AW youtu.be... (5/15/19)

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WYPR is on their back-up transmitter since this past weekend, running lower power and sans RDS and the HD bouquet. (The biggest loss would be of course no BBC World Service on HD-2!) WBJC's HD generator is also down right now - they have had heat build-up problems with that device in the past I understand.) (5/14/19)

Mysterious new experimental low power TV application for channel 7 in DC. Owner is not clearly disclosed at first notice. Since the transmitter location locates to Africa, I’ll assume, this is one of those hush hush apps. Hmm. At first I thought Sinclair was scheming something ATSC 3.0, but it appears to be channel 7 in Chicago by CBS Radio. Odd that it showed up in the DC applications though. Is the new way of hiding applications from competitors? (5/14/19)

Thanks to WPFW Moe for the update on this summer’s work on the WAMU tower combiner. In other area tower news I’ve noticed that substantial rigging lines have been added to the River Road tower. They don’t risk throwing those things up there unless Interesting action is about to commence up high. Get out your binoculars. -Max Critic (5/14/19)

Radio La Auténtica 950 (WCTN) apparently forgot to tell the designers of their autentica950.com webiste that t the license for 94.3 FM (W257BW) is currently in limbo, having been ordered off-air by the FCC some while back. The AM 950 website clearly promotes both frequencies... Perhaps something has changed and 94.3 in Potomac is back on the air? Inquiring minds want to know. TK in Odenton (5/14/19)

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If you invested in Urban One Stock or Salem Stock you must be worried. Both stocks continue to drop in value. Urban One now at $1.97 per share and Salem at $1.98 per share! (5/13/19)

“It’s Academic”, said the be the longest running television quiz show that has been based in Washington since its inception, has had to move from their WRC/NBC Nebraska Avenue studio during renovation: for a time, “It’s Academic” was homeless. Well the show was able to find a studio, but it is not nearby, or even in Washington: it is located in National Harbor, in Prince George’s County, which means the students will likely have to be driven by mom or dad. But once the show is finished taping there’s plenty to do: mom can go shopping and dad can hit the MGM Casino for some quick black jack. More from WTOP: wtop.com... (5/13/19)

We have a Facebook group and possibly a protest for Mary Bubala. Can you post? www.facebook.com (5/13/19)

iHeart......can someone explain to us how iHeart had Eighteen Billion and 250 Million in debt disappear overnight? Their stock went up from $1 per share to $18 per share at the same time. ($18,250,000,000). (5/13/19)

Not that I want to be the Fact Checker (well, maybe I do), but WONK-FM. and for that matter DC-101 are just phrases that stations use, and is completely legal to use. And every hour on the hour, "WONK-FM announces "WWDC-HD2, W284CQ, Washington", so they are following FCC regulations 100%. And the transmitter has been on Brookville Road in Silver Spring for decades (at least the 45 years I have lived nearby). And I can get the HD-2 signal at BWI, so its range seems pretty good to me. But the writer gets Zero Pinocchios because none of it was meant to deceive. While I'm here: How is WCRW-1190, which carries China Radio International, serving the public interest? Same as Radio Sputnik, as far as I can tell. I have no problems with either; if nothing else, we learn what our "rivals" in the world are thinking. But I hear that "Bollywood 102.9" gets better and gains more listeners every day; but not me because I live and work too far from the transmitter to hear it. Maybe next time I cross the river. And here is an extra plug for it; Many people with new cars can hear Bollywood 102.9 on WWWT-FM-107.7-HD2, a subchannel of WTOP's Manassas, VA, relay, which existence allows 102.9 to be a legal translator that gets better every day. -- Carl in Olney (5/13/19)

RE: "One of the reasons that Public Broadcasting is profitable is because they don't pay any taxes!. Remember, they are a Non-Profit Corporation. When will they make their financials available to the Congress?" For the sake of your colleagues, I really hope you don't work for a news station writing nonsense like this. (5/13/19)

Urban One stock drops to an all time low of just $1.99 per share and Salem also drops to a low price of $2.02 per share. Both of these companies have very large debt. Perhaps they should take a lesson from iHeart. Their stock jumped from $1 per share to $18 per share overnight! (5/13/19)

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Here is an updated protest page against WJZ 13 in support of Mary Bubala. There are two protest groups now trying to unite. This is getting interesting. www,facebook.com (5/13/19)

WMAR Virtual 2.5 now carries "Court TV" , with a sufficiently low-resolution picture to bother previous viewers of the themed cable/satellite TV channel. Not too many OTA bits are left - hopefully WMAR will drop one of their other diginets.... TK in Odenton (5/12/19)

(sigh) "With the new WPFW transmitter, how many fewer fund drives should we expect on the station? " Look, I’m not the programming guy and I’m not the finance guy. I’m the engineering guy. (Engineers spend money). As any of us would tell you, we’re responsible for providing the most stable platform for our programmers to do their best work. I don’t know a thing about phony health cures (that was some time ago). Yes, I’ve been on the air. Yes, I’ve heard the seemingly interminable pitches. I could complain that we’re nowhere near as well funded as some of our public broadcasting associates. What good would that do? My bottom line is that by providing a reliable signal, and the station providing the programming people want to invest in, we won’t need as many pledge drives to meet our budgets. (5/12/19)

This might not be worth the FCC filing or the engineering study, but just saying, WJFK AM 1580 currently has a huge night time southeast null towards AM 1590 and AM 1600 on Delmarva. Only thing is that they’re both long gone. There is no longer any reason for that southeast null. The null to the northeast has to stay for WFBR AM 1590, but both stations have protection nulls they no longer need towards the coast. Like I said, just saying, maybe not worth any study, but with all the work done diplexing at that facility, I would have thought that some engineer might have noticed this and just said, hey, you know we could do this too while we’re doing all this work here. (5/12/19)

Interesting story about the early days of TV in Baltimore in today’s Baltimore Sun by the great Jacques Kelly. Maybe the first or one of the first TV shops in Baltimore showed Baltimore its first glimpse of television even when there were no TV stations on the air in Baltimore. So what were they watching? Surprisingly they were watching CBS on then WMAL TV 7 as channel 9 didn’t show up for a couple more years and WMAR was just trying to get on the air. WMAR originally was independent since it was unclear if we would be 2 separate markets or not. WRC and WTTG would have been on the air then too, but more difficult to pick up in Baltimore City and with a fuzzier picture. WMAL TV and CBS programming were watched from the TV shop in Baltimore. www.baltimoresun.com (5/12/19)

Off the market... Eastern Shore news/taker, music jock and Baltimore sports talker Mike Bradley Popovec tied the knot in Ocean City over the weekend. His bride, Brooke, is a sports babe. (5/12/19)

A petition drive and boycott of WJZ 13 has been started by someone over the firing of Mary Bubala. www.thepetitionsite.com... A protest was also organized for outside WJZ on TV Hill in support of Mary Bubala but nothing on the news about it, at least yet. Will any TV station have the guts to show it? If I had to bet money, I’d bet WBFF FOX 45 has some video of this at 10pm. www.facebook.com... — BaltoMedia.net (5/12/19)

I noticed that the Orlando Sentinel revamped its website. Will The Baltimore Sun be next? (5/12/19)

The new Balance Sheet for iHeart is a puzzle, One week ago their Balance Sheet showed them with $12 Billion in Assets and $24 Billion in DEBT. Their stock was valued at $1 per share. Now, this week, their Balance sheet shows just $5,750,000,000 in DEBT and their stock is valued at $18 per share. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE OTHER $18,250,000,000 in debt? (5/12/19)

One of the reasons that Public Broadcasting is profitable is because they don't pay any taxes!.. Remember, they are a Non-Profit Corporation. When will they make their financials available to the Congress? Congress just voted to give them more money... (5/12/19)

Hell freezes over: Mark Levin calls Howard Stern, “A brilliant man.”? On The Mark Levin Show Friday night, Mark Levin was discussing how Amazon books assigns discounts: “Michelle Obama’s book, is 57% off, Howard Stern’s book, 40% off, but my book is only 35% off. Why? Why not like Howard Stern, don’t I get 40%? I mean I have nothing against the man. Actually, he a brilliant man.” Maybe Levin and Stern could do a book tour together, can you imagine: Levin: “Get off my stage you big dummy!” Stern: “Get off my stage you big asshole!”. Mark Levin’s “Unfreedom of the Press” comes out May 21st and is already Amazon’s “Best Seller Political Conservativism and Liberalism” and destined to again be a New York Times Best Seller, something Levin has already achieved five times... (5/12/19)

From Siriusxm Bluesville: It is with heavy hearts that we at BB King’s Bluesville inform you of the passing of our friend and colleague Tony Colter. While his time on Earth was too short, it was filled with a deep passion for music and he will be sorely missed by artists and listeners a like. We send our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Tony Colter and hope that his spirit will soar on the wings of the music he loved. We salute his memory here in Bluesville. www.facebook.com (5/12/19)

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When are people going to realize that The Washington Post itself is run by an oligarch named Jeff Bezos? He might not be Russian, but he’s telling YOU what to think and paying no taxes to the government. Think about that when you think about the Trump hate. (5/11/19)

"Oh, and I know it wasn't a cart machine. Save your ink" - - - Hahahaha, I wonder how many readers were about to start typing a know-it-all response after reading just the first two sentences. For that matter, I wonder how many actually DID and now regret it after rereading the entire posting. (5/11/19)

DC Translator W288BS 105.5 FM leases the airtime to Sputnik for $30,000 per month. It is owned by communications attorney John Garziglia. This is the Russian Propaganda programming. Arthur Liu also leases his WZHF 1390 AM to Sputnik and has been ordered to register as a Russian Agent by the Department of Justice. How do these stations serve the Public Interest by carrying this propaganda? (5/11/19)

WONK isn't even a legit callsign. According to Radio-Locator.com, the frequency is assigned to a low-power translator -- W284CQ-FM -- and is essentially rebroadcasting the HD2 signal of DC101 with a whopping 99W. Also according to Radio Locator, IHR is eyeing a relocation of the transmitter from the Brookfield Rd tower site to the WETA-WAVA tower in Arlington, which would probably spray a better signal into metro DC. (5/11/19)

So Mary Bubula got fired for suggesting in the form of a question that black female mayors aren't a good look for Baltimore. Pugh seems more corrupt than The Nightowl and her predecessor famously said "Give them room to riot." Three in a row, B'More. Kurt Schmoke looked good in his day and looks good now. Maybe Baltimore shouldn't have home rule. Or if they insist on a black woman can we send Sharon Pratt Dixon-Kelly and her shovel? Gus in the Gaithersburg (5/11/19)

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RE: "Do you have any idea how many of your TAX Dollars are going to Public Broadcasting?" Why yes, I do! It's $1.35 per person. $5.40 from a family of four. Is that too much of a burden for you? (5/10/19)

It seems to me that if Mary Bubala was secretly fired for money reasons, why her? I mean if WJZ's looking for dead weight costing a lot of money, why not Bob Turk or Marty Bass? Is there any other large market station in the country who’s lead weather people are not meteorologists and just read the Accuweather forecast? I know they remind people of the Jerry and Al days and he keeps the old people watching, but how many people watching today are even old enough to remember them left? And then there’s Denise Koch. WJZ could probably hire 7 people with Bob Turk, Denise Koch, and Marty Bass's salary. Mary Bubala was peanuts. They needed her more than those 3 dead weights. Does Denise Koch show up when there’s breaking news? At least Donna Hamilton knew when it was time to concentrate on her cooking recipes. (5/10/19)

Was listening to WAMU for the 4pm Wednesday hourly newscast on NPR, and felt bad for the anchor Laurie London. Apparently her cart machine failed and instead of the sound bite for the story she was talking about, we instead heard some other guy regarding some other story. Flustered, the entire bite had played out when she came back on and said "of course that was (so&so)," which was not an "of course," to the typical listener who has never heard of the guy. But wait, more trauma. The missing sound bite never turned up, two stories have been screwed up, and now she's got to cover a 30 second gap before hitting the clock for the commercial breakaway. She went on and on, very slowly, reading various stock market numbers for the day. I think she was down to the share price of IHeart (one of the favs on DCRTV) before she declared "This is NPR!" Whew! Live radio, folks. Oh, and I know it wasn't a cart machine. Save your ink. (5/10/19)

Annapolis WYRE 810KHz is back on the air, again relaying the FM programming of WRNR Grasonville. There was a week of dead air recently and no sure sign that anyone noticed for the first few days. Yikes. Is that what the AM band has come to? (5/10/19)

Where did the $24 Billion in debt go from the iHeart Balance sheet? Did they sell their debt to someone? Their stock went from $1 per share to $18 per share overnight! (5/10/19)

Both Urban One stock and Salem stock are selling at an all time low price. Salem is now at $2.10 per share and Urban One at $2.12 per share. Both company's have large debt. Each company has good stations in DC. (5/10/19)

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WONK FM talk is also on the DC1O1 HD2 Subchannel which was a hard rock leaning format but has a weaker signal than other HD stations here in Woodbridge near Potomac Mills.More insane is why after 6 months does 94.7 The Drive also run on the 94.7 HD2 sub? It makes no sense put different music on there or don't waste energy and eliminate the HD3 station which runs 106.7 The FAN and move that to HD2. (5/9/19)

REF: [WJZ’s Mary Bubala and the post: “WBAL TV must be having a party right now”] I wouldn’t uncork the champagne just yet. Another burst of social media outrage could be brewing over the Twitter post by WBAL TVs Jayne Miller on the recent special legislative session: “No matter who is selected among contenders for Maryland House Speaker during May 1 Special Session it will be an historic choice. White men have had a lock on the leadership post.” It was posted in the midst of other offensive media coverage, including the comments of a Baltimore delegate who reportedly said she was resigning from the Baltimore Black Caucus, accusing its chairman of seeking to prevent a “white lesbian” from becoming the next speaker. And the hits just keep on coming...stay tuned. (5/9/19)

Nobody listens to WONK. Even on the cheap as it is, I’m surprised it has lasted this long. It is a waste of space in the IHR cluster. However, it doesn’t take from their other formats like the previous Rock Nation. Why listen to DC101 for 10 minute long commercial breaks, when the HD-2 was basically commercial free? And as far as MIX’s end date. You can’t put an end date on something that is not ending. Right? Time will tell. MLB4 (5/9/19)

Dave's response: WTOP makes some extra dough with its Federal News Network programming, even though almost no one listens to 1500 AM. I guess iHeart is thinking that it can get some Federal government-oriented advertisers lined up for "WONK" and make a few extra bucks.....

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(regarding the 5/6 newspage headline: CBS To Move Nightly News To DC) Not to get all picky and stuff, but the correct title of the program is "CBS Evening News." Over at NBC it's "NBC Nightly News." ABC's network news is "World News Tonight." Even PBS uses a definite title "PBS NewsHour." A good bit of time, thought and resources go into the creation and presentation of these news broadcasts. I'm sure that referring to them by their correct title, is greatly appreciated by the networks. (5/8/19)

Okay clamdip, you got your wish: WZHF(AM) has to register as a foreign agent: www.allaccess.com... Now please give it a rest. (5/8/19)

"Entercom continues the brand refresh of its All News radio properties with a new logo and jingle package for 1060 KYW Philadelphia." WTOP could use a new jingle package, too. Theirs sounds awfully tired. The logo is fine, the journalism is great, but the music sounds dated. Maybe Hubbard will allow them to spend of that record revenue on new music, if they didn't spend it all on the new studios. radioinsight.com (5/8/19)

Russian Propaganda.......The Justice Department wins lawsuit demanding that Radio Stations in DC register as Russian Agents. This is according to the Hollywood Reporter. WZHF 1390 AM and Translator 105.5 FM must register. (5/8/19)

Move over Boris & Natasha: there are other Russian agents in Washington to register!!! According to WTOP: “A radio station in D.C. now must register as a Russian foreign agent after a federal judge issued her ruling Tuesday in favor of the Department of Justice. From her West Palm Beach courtroom, U.S. District Court Judge Robin Rosenburg granted the Department of Justice’s motion on pleadings, finding that RM Broadcasting is a foreign principal and must register with the U.S. government.” (5/8/19)

Our Tax Dollars at work. Do you have any idea how many of your TAX Dollars are going to Public Broadcasting? The answer is millions of Dollars! In the beginning they needed help in getting started. It was nice to have "a different viewpoint". Today they are very profitable! Congress just voted to give them more money. Ask your Congress Person how much they are now receiving. You will be surprised! (5/8/19)

Dave, a new friend and I were driving during rush hour last night to an event at the Microsoft Innovation Center in downtown DC when the whole what’s on the radio thing came up: I suggested, naturally, WMAL to listen the Larry O’Connor Show, telling him I was into conservative talk radio, and asked what stations he listened to. He said he switched between WAMU/NPR and a “new” station that took radio feeds from all over the country, mostly news, some talk. The station: WONK (104.7 FM) which came in loud and clear from K Street Northwest. Didn’t get to listen long because we quickly arrived at our destination, but I heard a news report from WFLA (Tampa) along with the same ads heard on WMAL (the Christian health care ad). Upon further research, it seems that WONK is listed at the same address as HOT 99.5 at 1801 Rockville Pike, in Rockville, Maryland: both are listed as iHeart stations, both have very similar web sites. The news stories on the web site are from unknown sources, but look like summary re-writes with stock photos from Getty. Checking their “Contributors” page, there are numerous familiar names (like Stacy Lyn formerly of WNEW) and Daniel Susskind. The station’s motto: “Smart people. News.”. My friend claims WONK is a “new” station that has only been around a few months, but I found archives on the web site going back to 2017. What say you Dave, how did I miss knowing about this fairly interesting station? WONK: washingtonwonkfm.com (5/8/19)

iHeart stock price......I don't understand the new math. the iHeart stock price went from $1 per share to $18 per share overnight. What happened to their $24 Billion in DEBT? Does it just disappear? I think that I missed the "new math class" in school. (5/8/19)

The big mistake that Mary Bubala made was that she should have not mentioned the 3 black passionate and dedicated female mayors in a positive way and just said, “So we’ve have 3 failed mayors in a row, one burning the city down, the other two stealing from the kids and poor! Don’t we need something different?” But you know what? She’d have been fired for that too. This is the reason the media has an 18% approval rating, lower than President, Congress, Supreme Court, even dog catcher. That poll doesn’t get taken very often by the way, because its just too embarrassing for such “professionals” to admit how despised they are. It’s much easier to just scream, “Trump says we’re the enemy of the people! WAAAH” If they took that poll more often, they would need therapy. (5/8/19)

I’m thoroughly convinced that Gus in Gaithersburg is living rent free, not in anyone’s head, but in a VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER! (5/8/19)

RE: WJZ’s Mary Bubala. One person started a Twitter viral attack on her. I figure the CBS suits in New York got nervous and pulled the trigger. But I think the backlash on WJZ will be worse than the outrage since nothing was reported about this when Bubala asked the question. It made no news for a week. This is what I call fake outrage. She called out the last 3 Baltimore mayors as failures and asked, do we need something different? It was about time. She should have gotten an award instead of a pink slip. This will backfire on WJZ. Expect a ratings plunge. Even WBAL radio criticized WJZ and defended Mary Bubala. WBAL TV must be having a party right now. (5/8/19)

Mary Bubala makes too much money. That's why she was fired. That's how CBS does it. (5/8/19)

"With the new WPFW transmitter, how many fewer fund drives should we expect on the station? " The best thing about WPFW is "Dr." Gary Null hawking tainted kale to get contributions. As far as CNN goes, when "Dr. Sanjay Gupta" is your most credible person you have a problem. Not because he's an Indian, because he's an idiot. Gus in the Gaithersburg, still living rent-free in someone's head (5/8/19)

Cumulus has pinned down the last day before the music dies for WPLJ-FM in New York: Fri May 31. Have they picked a date for MIX 1073 here? (5/8/19)

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Another question for Moe: With the new WPFW transmitter, how many fewer fund drives should we expect on the station? (5/7/19)

What is wrong with this picture? WETA filed another FCC report claiming hardship in the repack to move to channel 31 and named WPXW to share a combiner in costs even though WPXW is already approved to move to the River Road tower. I’m not sure what exactly is going on, could be a legal requirement since WPXW has not yet moved, but they’re not going to be sharing at the WUSA/WJLA tower. On first look, this is a fraudulent report of costs to the FCC. So it’s looking like WETA will soon be a low power TV station on their backup tower since the clock is ticking and the FCC has already said they won’t pay the entire bill. Will Maryland Public TV be DC’s predominant PBS station? They’re not resting on their laurels. WMPT on channel 21 soon will be 1000kw, and possibly the most powerful signal in the area from Fredericksburg to PA to the mountains. WMPT was the greatest beneficiary of WETA’s inability to use channel 14 for various reasons. All the adjacent channel stations in the local big switch benefited with free authorized power upgrades outside the rules, well except so far WETA if they can’t build this thing. Doesn’t make sense. I’m kind of surprised no local media has called out rich Sinclair or Tegna, the tower owners, to possibly put some pressure on them for a resolution. This repack happens this summer. If WETA doesn’t meet the deadline, I guess then it will be news? (5/7/19)

WJZ fires Mary Bubala after social media attacks her for a question she asked about the last 3 troubled Baltimore mayors. The question was deemed inappropriate in that it questioned the race, gender of the mayors. Bubala had already apologized for the question’s wording almost immediately after, but a social media storm ensued. I wonder if this was a corporate decision from CBS New York. I can’t imagine that anyone in their right mind could think that Mary Bubala is either racist, or crazier yet, a sexist? — BaltoMedia.net (5/7/19)

Eastern Shore's WGMD mid-morning talker Jake Smith was recognized by the Delaware Press Association for Best Radio Talk Show. Judges sited Smith's passion and ability to ask the hard questions. (5/7/19)

WJZ has fired anchorwoman Mary Bubala for a question asked last thursday about the Baltimore City mayoral situation that was deemed to be racist. (5/7/19)

On the heels of their beef with Antietam Broadband, Nextstar & WDVM are stirring up more shit. From Cablefax: "...[Nexstar] has sued DirecTV in a NY federal court, claiming breach of contract. At issue is an “unlaunched station fee” that it says DirecTV agreed to pay for not being required to immediately launch Nexstar station WHAG (aka WDVM). The Hagerstown, MD, station lost its affiliation with NBC on July 1, 2016. www.cablefax.com (5/7/19)

AOC: dumb as a box of rocks? Perhaps off topic for DCRTV Mailbag, but good for a morning chuckle is the report that Congressdummy Alexandria Occasional Cortex (aka “AOC”), who now lives in a luxury DC apartment, was “terrified” by what her found in her sink and no, it wasn’t a snake: it was a garbage disposal! “Is this”, asks Cortez, “environmentally sound? I don’t know!”. Word is that AOC was also up all night flipping on and off the light switches and flushing the toilet in awe. (5/7/19)

"Well, Fox5’s Like it or Not has definitely jumped the shark as they have Kevin McCarthy as one of the hosts tonight. Sheesh. " Well he wasn't called BDK for no reason. He's got a Don Johnson Coke Can down there and you need to find a hobby to make you feel good about yourself. "The REAL Woke ": Even Black Jesus don't have time to read you longwinded booshit. Gus in the Gaithersburg, still living rent-free in someone's head (5/7/19)

Baltimore native Brian Stelter of UNRELIABLE SOURCES is already spinning the 300 layoffs at CNN, but the Huffington Post already called him out as lying! HAHA! Stelter claims on Twitter that there are NO LAYOFFS at CNN, just voluntary buyouts of 100 people. How the hell does this guy blatantly lie every single weekend on CNN and sleep at night? OMG, the FOX NEWS loud mouths are going to have a field day with this one today. People might get duped by FAKE NEWS when Trump says it’s fake news because that audience doesn’t believe him in the first place, but when the ratings tank as they have for CNN, that means people just figured it out, YOU'RE BUSTED! The ironic part of the layoffs is that the most credible person on CNN got laid off, Dr. Sanje Gupta. Go figure. (5/7/19)

Dear Max: “… I thought the WAMU tower where WPFW's transmitter is located was coming close to the date for a complete reconfiguration of the top end, requiring all tenant stations to relocate for a number of weeks or even months. What is WPFW's plan for coping?” … True enough, big changes are coming to the ‘AMU tower. Yes, we’ll be part of it all, joining the others in what’s known as “The Combiner Project.” The fast fingers at Cavell-Mertz are working the whole redesign. As for us, we will accommodate them this summer when tower workers will be in near-field of our antenna. Now with the new rig, power reductions can happen on schedule for only the time required. They’ll be working safely. We’ll be the last to move over to the combiner. The end result will be another big improvement for every station on the tower, so it’s worth it. (5/7/19)

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CBS News announces anchor changes at 'CBS This Morning' and 'CBS Evening News www.cbs17.com (5/6/19)

I love the constant blind sneering from Washington Post loving collusion truthers who blindly accept false narratives for over 2 years from their favorite source of “news". Denial is not a river in Egypt but today’s leftist media elites could sure make you continue to believe that when they want to. But even the NY Times has finally admitted in a round about way that they had it wrong. Both The Post and Times and TV news media ridiculed Trump as paranoid in believing his campaign was spied on, but now even The Times has admitted it happened. Why isn’t The Washington Post in London grilling Stefan Halper or the real Russian hooker from the CIA that tried to get in Papadopoulos’s bed? When is The elite Washington Post going to retract its dozens of fake stories regarding this topic? It’s pretty clear to me why they cut down on emails to non-subscribers. They only want the faithful anymore. If you’re not a true believer that Democracy is in Darkness, you are not welcome. You’re not our demographic. Go read Breitbart or something. The Post doesn’t need you. Similarly, this leftist ban on free speech has hit Tribune Publishing too. The Baltimore Sun no longer allows any comments on its stories. Believe it or get lost. It’s a scary time in history when The National Enquirer and Breitbart are sometimes more truthful than the “esteemed” Washington Post who’s taking its narratives from Buzzfeed gossip instead. The Mueller Report is out as completely as it legally can be in mostly un-redacted form. Mueller referred no one else for either criminal prosecution or impeachment. The Trump deranged people in Congress haven’t even bothered to walk over to the DOJ to read the classified version. People like Adam Schiff don’t care. They’d rather just continue their constant drivel that it’s being hidden from the American public, a cover-up, and they have proof of collusion and conspiracy and that it’s in the part of the Mueller Report they won’t let you see. We’ve come to a point in history when more people listen to the voices in their head than actual reality. MSNBC should rename themselves to Virtual Reality News. Some millennials I know get all their news from Youtube conspiracy videos. So never forget that the 2016 election was stolen from Hillary Clinton! At least Jeff Bezos wasn’t lying when he said that under his ownership, The Washington Post would bulk up its investigative force with more than 100 new reporters. Indictments are indeed coming, but it won’t be anybody The Washington Post cares to investigate. They’ll be the last to know and the first to attack or deny it. It does not fit the GET TRUMP narrative. As I recently told a Trump deranged relative of mine who was politically hospitalized in Nov. 2016, book your Nov. 2020 hospital rooms early this time because there’s gonna be a long line starting right behind Laurence O’Donnell. — The REAL Woke (5/6/19)

Well, Fox5’s Like it or Not has definitely jumped the shark as they have Kevin McCarthy as one of the hosts tonight. Sheesh. (5/6/19)

Some fresh meat for the guy who thinks I stalk The Mike O'Meara Show. Setting aside the brain damage that is the marquee name, today 2nd banana Cliff Claven I mean Rob Spewak announced that he is "happy with" the Tom Sietsema-like suit of suet he walks around in or as he calls it "my current body shape" and he thinks November 15th is the Ides of November. The amount of stuff he didn't learn at Safeway, I mean VCU is staggering. Puts one in the mind of the time he declared "Imagine" to be his favorite Beatles song. Parenthetically, I still miss Hot Jazz Saturday Night. F U, WAMU. Gus in the Gaithersburg, still living rent-free in someone's head (5/6/19)

Dave: I've been down here at the outer banks for a few weeks and have been listening to my DC area stations and gee, I didn't know Czaban was still on the radio...just a non-factor and really bitter. Maybe he should take his home football field and prejudices and permanently move to Milwaukee! I caught some of Pollin on 106.7 and he just needs to be off DC area radio...wow, I've read some of the recent posts and they were exactly right! The tough part was, I think his co-host was pretty good but, in Pollin fashion, he came off as the know it all and you could tell he felt threatened. (5/6/19)

DCRTV Dave will be heartbroken to learn that his favorite network evening news anchor, the amiable Jeff Glor is being replaced by the vacuous Norah O’Donnell on the CBS Evening News. Besides changing anchors, CBS is changing venues as well, moving the show from New York City to Washington, presumably so that Norah can be closer to her husband, celebrity chef Geoff Tracy, who has three restaurants in the DC area. On a personal note, I knew Norah O’Donnell from her days at National Journal’s “The Hotline” and she was an airhead then and she’s an airhead now: she would be better served if she bleached her hair blonde, wore tight red dresses, and joined the Fox News Channel’s “Info Babe Bimbo Brigade”. (5/6/19)

Note to WPFW Moe: Congratulations on the solid state transmitter. Tell me, though, I thought the WAMU tower where WPFW's transmitter is located was coming close to the date for a complete reconfiguration of the top end, requiring all tenant stations to relocate for a number of weeks or even months. What is WPFW's plan for coping? -Max Critic (5/6/19)

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So whatever happened with that rumor that Angie Goff was going to Fox5? Uh, guess it was just that, a rumor.. (5/5/19)

Regarding Jummy Olibangi’s return, I posted that while I was happy that she was returning home, I was concerned about who was leaving. She replied that no one is. When I worked at the WJLA some years back, I would frequently see her on the elevator and in the newsroom and she’d always speak to me. She is such a refreshingly nice person. (5/5/19)

With the Get your ass out of bed morning show on the local Sinclair stations milking piss out of the parallel pregnancies of Adrianna Hopkins and Autria Godfrey for program content, I hope Channel 4 brings Jummy Olabanji to their morning show as it will now be the least bloody of all the local get your ass out of bed morning train wrecks. (5/5/19)

Now that iHeart is out of bankruptcy, their stock is selling at $1 per share. According to their Press Release, they still have $5.75 BILLION in DEBT! What happened to the rest of their debt? (5/5/19)

The lone guy who spends his time humorlessly sneering at the Post and all-things-not-FOX is ever so tiresome and unconvincing. He should save the wear and tear on his fingertips. And, criminy, can’t you come up with at least a nom de plume instead of just launching into free space with no attribution? -Max Critic (5/5/19)

Who is that B***ch working with Andy this Am on JFK??? God, shut her up!!!!!!! OOBBEE (5/5/19)

Dave, do any of your advertisers produce demo reels for narrators? I am looking for something in the DC area (5/5/19)

Steve Czaban, who does afternoon drive at Urban One's WTEM, announced Friday he will also be doing morning drive at iHeart's WRNW-FM in Milwaukee, beginning Monday May 6... 97.3 The Game Mostly from his home studio here, as he done for WTEM for some years. He waxed a little nostalgic Friday, mentioning how after an initial burst, Daniel Snyder's Red Zebra showed less and less interest in the station. Anxiety last year about the future of WTEM when Urban One took over but they have been firmly committed to sports talk on 980 (although they did get rid of a bunch of on and off air personnel shortly after taking over last year). Czabe also said each of Urban One's stations here is profitable. (5/5/19)

The Washington Nationals win MLB arbitration against the Orioles for $100 million dollars in TV rights on MASN. Now that's before some previous profits are deducted since that will make MASN profits much smaller, probably ending up $60-$70 million. That number is much smaller than MLB's original award to the Nats, which the Orioles have been appealing for years. In the recent year, the Orioles have been attempting to settle the dispute finally as their lease on Orioles Park is up in 2021 and Peter Angelos is in poor health. Without a settlement, valuation of the franchise if for sale would be very difficult to guess. However most recently, the Orioles strategy has been to try to get the dispute to independent arbitration. It's not yet known if MASN/Orioles will appeal this decision by MLB. The Orioles had no comment. —BaltoMedia.net (5/5/19)

WRC filed an updated Form 399. It does add WWTD on channel 14 at the Ward Circle tower, so they must have renewed an agreement with the tower owner for use of the tower. They were missing from last month’s report. (5/5/19)

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Report: MASN owes Nationals nearly $100 million in broadcast rights fees... washingtonpost.com (5/4/19)

Well, it's official. Baltimore area based Sinclair (owner of WBFF Fox 45 & WJLA ABC 7) along with the owner of The Weather Channel has purchased Disney's regional Fox Sports Networks across the country for roughly $10.6 billion. This includes the broadcast rights to 14 Major League Baseball teams, 16 National Basketball Association teams, and 12 National Hockey League teams, but none in the Baltimore/DC area, which has MASN and NBC Sports Network. Justice Dept. approval is expected as unlike the failed Tribune purchase, this involves no local TV stations. More details in The Baltimore Sun. https://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bs-bz-sinclair-broadcast-disney-sports-network-analyst-react-20190503-story.html —Baltomedia.net (5/4/19)

Re: Jummy Olabanji returning to DC. Hmmm, interesting. As for her doing the early morning news on NBC4, maybe she’s Angie Goff’s replacement. They only have one anchor, David Culver, on Saturdays & Meghan Fitzgerald joins him on Sundays, but don’t know if she’s permanent in that spot. (5/4/19)

Just when I started to kinda like Fox 5 Like it or Not, they decide to do a revamp. They changed the furniture, changed the moderator from Bram Weinstein to Jim Lokay, have done away with the regular co-hosts, & now have different people (some of the former regulars, other known & unknown) rotating into the other seats each day. Oh, and they leave one chair empty, then announce who will sit there & then have them make an entrance from offstage. They’ve also inserted what they obviously think are some witty segments into the show as well. (5/4/19)

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Phil Wood has cut back his workload a bit, but he still does the radio postgame show a couple times per homestand, in fact he did it on Thursday after the rain-delayed game. He is still on MASN every Saturday morning, and usually once a week on the weekday show. WJFK is rotating the radio postgame show between Phil, Craig Heist and a couple other guys. (5/3/19)

"rightwing" Sinclair buying "leftwing" Disney's regional sports networks sports.yahoo.com. So "rightwing" Sinclair to own lots of sports networks including YES Network (NY Yankees) which "leftwing" Amazon is buying into. Such a tangled web in this darkness of democracy. (5/3/19)

iHeart emerges from Chapter XI Bankruptcy. Their new stock price today is $1.00 per share. They still have a very large debt. (5/3/19)

Leave it to The Washington Post to label Louis Farrakhan a “far right wing” leader, albeit correcting their story: “Correction: Louis Farrakhan is an extremist leader who has espoused anti-Semitic views. An earlier version of this story and headline incorrectly included him in a list of far-right leaders.” Seems Facebook has banned Farrakhan along with the likes of Alex Jones and Milos. No word yet if DCRTV has also been banned, but if so, at least Dave’s with good, or bad, company. More from The Retraction Post: www.washingtonpost.com (5/3/19)

Jummy Olabanji, former news anchor at WJLA who defected to WNBC in New York in 2017, announced on her Facebook page this morning that she is returning to DC in July to work the early morning news on NBC4. She did not specify if she was replacing Aaron Gilchrist or Eun Yang on the anchor desk or working as a street reporter – just said she would be joining the early morning team. (5/3/19)

WHGM has filed for another STA, but they said they were looking at diplexing with WAMD or buying land to build a single tower. fcc.gov... Applying to get a new tower built in Havre De Grace where there was not one before would suck. If they go with that option, there will be no end to the resistance to it. They may say they are going down that path just to keep filing for the STA's. The WAMD diplex seems like a nobrainer. WAMD gets cash, WHGM keeps their license. It will probably fall apart over who should have to pay the costs of the filters. (5/3/19)

Jim little passed away over the weekend. He'd been working at ABC 7 for over 50 years when he retired a few years back. Funeral services where held May 2nd in Falls Church Virginia. His former colleagues had nothing but praises for Jim. "He was one of the very, very best people that any of us had the pleasure to work side-by-side with. Jim would drop what he was doing with any photographer were to walk into his office with hey repair issue. He will sorely be missed!" (5/3/19)

OK last night I was talking to some guys in Seattle. They told me about one of their TV weathermen who does a forecast outside the station on his personal website in the NUDE. A cam show more/less. He apparently has been doing this for years. I have no interest in Seattle weather so I have no idea who he is but wasn't there a guy on TV in Virginia who was fired from his TV weather gig because of a nude picture of him popped up on the internet. Makes no sense to me !! Oh they also said the guy in Seattle is pretty inked up too and you could see his tats on TV. Will we ever see a man/woman spotting tattoos on TV news in DC and Baltimore ?? (5/3/19)

Is Phil Wood still on the Disabled List or should I say the "Injured List" as baseball now refers to it? I recall he had some health issues last year. The few times this season that I've caught the Nats' Talk Live post game on WJFK, Craig Heist has been hosting. Tom in Wheaton (5/3/19)

iHeart emerges from Bankruptcy. They announced that they have reduced their debt to $5.75 Billion. Their stock is selling at $1 per share now. Bob Pittman continues as President of the company. (5/3/19)

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Re: "You can call it whatever you want to defend The Democracy Dying in Darkness Washington Post, but they have stopped sending me any email alerts for news stories..." Maybe -- and I know this sounds craaaaAAAAaaazy, but hear me out -- maybe, instead of filling the Mailbag at a website that has absolutely nothing to do with the Washington Post with your crackpot paranoid conspiracy theories, MAYBE YOU COULD CALL THE NEWSPAPER. Y'know -- like a grownup? And before you make up another silly story about them not taking your calls, I just got off the phone to do a vacation stop. They answered on the third ring. (5/2/19)

Just because I’m paranoid don’t mean they ain’t out to get me: “You can call it whatever you want to defend The Democracy Dying in Darkness Washington Post, but they have stopped sending me any email alerts for news stories. I logged in, checked all my email subscriptions. They all appear active. I even changed some to see if it would make any difference. The Washington Post DOES NOT WANT NEW SUBSCRIBERS or they’ve dumped my email for whatever reason. Is it because I’ve told people here how to avoid their Paywall or the subscriptions are only for subscribers now?” Yes, Jeff Bozo has targeted you because you revealed how to “avoid their Paywall” costing him untold pennies in the scheme of things to a billionaire. And yes, you’ve discovered his new business plan to not gain any new subscribers, hoping that all the old codgers who subscribe to the print edition just die off and the digital age ones lose interest so he can declare bankruptcy. Personally, I wish I would have never signed up for e-mail alerts for news stories and was final able to whittle them down to the “Weather Gang” alerts, which are not too bad. Now if I could just figure out a way around DCRTV’s “Paywall”: wait, what do you mean it’s free? Dave’s been charging me $100 a year for 22 years now…..Dave? Dave? DAVE???????? (5/2/19)

Jummy Olabanji is back! Well, almost. The ex-WJLAer is coming back to DC this summer from WNBC-TV as a WRC-TV anchor... www.adweek.com (5/2/19)

Is anything going on with 730 WTNT(AM) out of Alexandria? I'm tuned in at 12:15PM Thursday afternoon using an SDR receiver and hearing nothing. I dont even see a flat carrier. Normally where I am, those bozos blow everyone else off the dial. (5/2/19)

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Eastern shore news. WRDE NBC Coast TV, now under the ownership of Draper's WBOC will soon have nearly the signal of a full power TV station using both a new channel 26 from the WBOC tower and channel 19 from near Pocomoke City. This will be a substantially better signal than the current one near Rehoboth Beach which will be going away. The only downside is that the signal near the beaches, even Rehoboth Beach will suffer. At least that's what it appears from current construction permits and applications. The only undetermined thing is Draper's WSJZ-LD 33 on channel 34. That signal is currently near where WRDE is now from the WXDE tower, but it's unclear if it's staying there or moving too as of yet. WRDE is now on DISH and DirecTV in HD also. This might be bad news for WBAL-TV as there will be increased pressure to drop WBAL from eastern shore cable systems now. The combined signal plots for the new WRDE NBC Coast TV can be found at BaltoMedia.net (5/1/19)

West Virginia Radio Corporation acquires WCST 1010 AM and WXDC 92.9 FM in Berkeley Springs from Metro Radio, Inc. WXDC will program Classic Hits and WCST will program News/Talk. (5/1/19)

We replaced our 18 year old "bottle baby" transmitter! As of this Monday (4/29) afternoon, thanks to the generosity of our listener family, as well as the crucial assistance of the Washington DC broadcast engineering community, WPFW 89.3FM now has a new, solid state, modern transmitter on the air at our fully licensed 50,000 watt power! More than a year in the making, thanks to everyone who have made this 21st century achievement possible, which brings our station to a new and unprecedented level of stability and power, to better serve our members and listeners. -- Moe the Union Guy (5/1/19)

Here's more on the WXDC-WCST sale from local media: www.heraldmailmedia.com... I thought WXDC did an amazing job with nice AM/PM localized programming along with weekend specials; sadly Metro Radio cut their dreams short. I hope Buddy Lou's Broadcasting can find a new home on the dial. TK in Odenton. (5/1/19)

You can call it whatever you want to defend The Democracy Dying in Darkness Washington Post, but they have stopped sending me any email alerts for news stories. I logged in, checked all my email subscriptions. They all appear active. I even changed some to see if it would make any difference. The Washington Post DOES NOT WANT NEW SUBSCRIBERS or they’ve dumped my email for whatever reason. Is it because I’ve told people here how to avoid their Paywall or the subscriptions are only for subscribers now? This is valid news. Why did they stop? I registered another email address and now I get them on that one. Why not my email I’ve had for nearly 10 years? Inquiring minds want to know. Obviously, The Post doesn’t want inquiring minds. They just want their standard mindless Deranged drones. (5/1/19)

Just saw that Michael Morse a huge fan favorite withe the Nationals..just landed the TV analyst job for the Giants pre and post game shows. With Ray Knight being pushed out the door It should have been Michael and Johnny Holliday on Nat's XTRA this season instead of what we've got. Phil Wood and Byron Kerr would have been better than suffering through Dan and Bo. Good luck to the Beast, Michael Morse (5/1/19)

Re: "TOP still has the mindset that the competition must be crushed." Who cares? Their revenues have only grown about 1% a year for a decade. If they're so smart, how come they can't figure out how to make more money? And you say they pay a lot? LOL. One of their executives was profiled in the Post a few years back in a piece about people mid-career who weren't making enough to live decently. The employee didn't want to say where she worked. (5/1/19)

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