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\/ March 3 Messages \/
I took 'TOP off my presets a while back for a variety of reasons, and while scanning stations in the car today I was reminded of one of them. In the tease for the weather report, they warned (because they always think all weather is dangerous, all the time) that we are going to get "icy precipitation" tonight and "several inches of snow" Wednesday. Ninety seconds later they go to the actual weather report, where I was told today's precipitation is over, temperatures Wednesday are going to rise into the 50s and there "may be a dusting of snow" on Thursday. One of those reports has to be wildly off the mark. There's no way they're both accurate. WAMU is my go-to for news, but even sickly little WNEW doesn't fuck things up as bad as 'TOP. It's the worst place on the dial to go for accurate weather forecasts. They are REALLY good at telling the time, though. (3/3/15)
Jay Philpott just signed on for his Tuesday, 3/3 show from The Bay Beach House. It seems that is rather unusual for a deejay to bid farewell to a radio station, but still be on the air. Usually, once a deejay gives his or her notice, they are not allowed back on the air to avoid any unpleasantness. Thank You. Scott (3/3/14)
Dave's response: He may have given his end date for some time in the future.....
You mentioned this morning that there are 580,000 Spanish Speaking people in Prince William County......Manassas.....WKDV 1460 AM and 106.3 FM do a good job of covering this area. ( You cannot hear WLZL 107.9 at all in this area.) (3/3/15)
Hey Matt ....to quote DCRTVDJDAVE: "ha ha ha ha ha"! Don't wish for things you might actually get. (3/3/15)
I listened to WBAL Radio this morning around 7 and you would have thought the news about Senator Mikulski retiring had just been announced. It boggles my mind why this major story wasn't a big deal for the mid morning talk show host. I guess the producers didn't have enough material to work with, which proves they too should not be in the radio news business. Radio is about immediacy. This station just can't turn it back around and the large staff they brag about on promos can't get out of its own way. Rodricks got it done and it was done well. (3/3/15)
Although Andy Lack left Bloomberg last September, he was only sworn in as Broadcasting Board of Governors CEO last month. That brief tenure qualifies him as US international broadcasting's answer to Jack Diamond. Since NBC is pursuing Lack, he's smart enough to demand (and get) exactly what he wants. He's also astute enough to realize that the issues within the BBG represent too many headaches to make that job worthwhile. Look for the BBG to soon have a "lack of Lack." (3/3/15)
How do you know that most of the 630 AM audience has moved over to their FM at 105.9? Nielsen combines the AM & FM figures for WMAL. We don't know what the split is between AM & FM. Maybe Cumulus could put their Nash Country on 630 AM. (3/3/15)
Would it be worth it to Cumulus to kill 630 AM, turn in the license and go exclusively FM? Make their money on the dirt then move their FM signals to the Merrifield goalposts? How does the FM audience stack up against the AM in all dayparts? -RVR (3/3/15)
Dave's response: There's a lot of talk of some sort of merger between Cumulus and CBS Radio. You know, 630 might be a great place for a western metro relay of WNEW.....
Wow......first bid of over $75 million for the WMAL 75 acre tower site! That sounds like "lakefront property". Has Cumulus announced what they are going to do with 630 AM? They will never find another tower site that close into Washington. It does not exist. Maybe they could use the CBS Site at 1580 AM along with WJFK 1580 AM, WCRW 1190 AM and WZHF 1390 AM. They all have "directional signals". Can you operate 4 directional AM Stations at the same site? (3/3/15)
I take another look at the changes at CBS's WNEW. And propose that the company's Spanish El Zol, WLZL, flip frequencies with sports talker WJFK, 106.7. Plus, a better look at WMAL-AM's up-for-sale transmitter site. My Dan Steinberg immitation. And a Cord Cutter update. And more in today's "Dave TV"..... (3/3/15)
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“… I'd love to see live and local, late night sports talk in this market -- to discuss that day's / evening's local games as well as national sports news. No more of the syndicated, generic crap, that the local stations currently air in those time slots.” There just aren’t that many sports radio hosts willing to work overnights – the stations would end up having to hire entry level people just out of broadcasting school for those slots. Not only that, but DC’s not a 24-hour market like New York or Chicago where listeners calling in on a Yankees or Bears topic can carry a show for hours regardless of time of day. As far as Andy Pollin’s future is concerned, perhaps he joins Kornheiser’s regular rotation of sit-in guests and is named permanent fill-in host for that show (which would give him plenty of air time considering how often the main host is away). I assume that ESPN 980’s Monday morning Redskins recap show is history now that they’re going with local programming from 6-10 AM weekdays – can’t imagine Jason Reid and Chris Paul stepping aside in favor of Pollin and Kevin Sheehan one day each week when they’re perfectly capable of commenting on the games themselves. By the way, when’s the last time 980 had a locally oriented morning show? – I know Imus was carried for a long time and Mike & Mike over the past 15 years or so (with the exception of a brief period when Steve Czaban’s nationally syndicated program aired there). Mike, Fairfax (3/3/15)
How does a "pre emptive" bid differ from any other kind of bid for the land beneath the WMAL towers? Sounds like someone trying to dissuade other developers by establishing a price tag? Yeah, that works real well in this market. All it does is establish the floor, not the ceiling. Every real estate agent in MoCo is drooling over the prospect of a big neighborhood there, quarter acre lots if zoning allows, and huge MoCo magnitude price tags on the housing. (3/3/15)
I had to laugh my ass off, then shake my head in disbelief that Deborah Weiner and WBAL-TV would promote an interview with Barbara Mikulski as "exclusive" on a day the senator staged a highly-publicized news conference to announce to the entire world that she was retiring. How "exclusive" could it be, even if she did say something to this alleged reporter that she didn't announce to everyone else? Weiner lived up to her name on this one. Get a grip, sweetie, and don't push your reporter ego on us with a story already full of ego, "Elected Government Official." (3/3/15)
I see that WJZ 13.2 is now running "Countdown to Decades", which is running The Lucy Show episodes at the moment. Their website's countdown timer's display seems to project to an launch time of 11:00 PM on May 24th. I suspect that it will in fact launch at midnight, and that the one hour differential might be the result of their failure to incorporate daylight savings Time into their time base... AVSForums Washington/Baltimore HDTV thread masthead post maintained here: www.avsforum.com (3/3/15)
'So what's up with NBC4 lately? ...[bunch of nonsense about potential candidates to 'run' Metro potentially but not actually being outed]... Then on Sunday's 6 p.m. news, as "Breaking News," they reported that the interim DC fire chief was being fired. The truth is that he is not being selected for the permanent gig. There's a reason the word "interim" was in his title. He's apparently being asked to stay on board in a different role. The way NBC4 reported it, it sounded like he had committed some big crime or something and was being terminated immediately.' - Not sure what was actually said, and not inclined to accept an 'earwitness' account without a transcript, but here's what the NBC4 website says. - 'Interim Chief Eugene Jones — who led the D.C. Fire and EMS Department since embattled former Chief Kenneth Ellerbe resigned — has been let go. He is on administrative leave pending separation from the department. A new interim chief will be in place during the transition over the next two months.' Do YOU know what the word 'interim' means? To be fair, this could be something as simple as retirement in the normal course of events. I would hate to be a 'blow heart' about this. Go GET'em Tiger! - ZW (3/3/15)
Another mailbag contributor mentioned overnight sports talk radio in DC. Although he was doing so to disparage a particular host, I'll pick up on the thought to say I'd love to see live and local, late night sports talk in this market -- to discuss that day's / evening's local games as well as national sports news. No more of the syndicated, generic crap, that the local stations currently air in those time slots. (3/3/15)
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\/ March 2 Messages \/
I doubt if either WMAL or WNEW have much of an audience overnight......The station that has a large audience overnight is WTOP. They can give you the Nielsen numbers for their overnight audience. They are #1 at night! (3/2/15)
RE:WNEW,I too was one of the folks that e-mailed to get overnight all-news back. There thousands of shift workers in Baltimore that use WNEW. There are insomniacs,cabdrivers in Dundalk or wherever that want to traffic and weather with news.A lot of folks don't like WTOP'S "happy talk" format. Good for Rob Sanchez...thank you! (3/2/15)
Even after 3 years I still don't think very many people know WNEW exists. I will sit in traffic or at a light and scan through each station and see what I pick up, see if anything is different, etc. but I doubt most people do that. I haven't seen WNEW advertised anywhere except on WUSA. I would think they would need to pretty much blanket the entire area with billboards, ads on buses and cabs, etc. so people know they exist. You need to get to people while they are in their car and give them a reason to tune in. Pick billboards where traffic jams up every day and put up an ad advertising the station and its traffic coverage. Unless I am completely missing some big ad campaign they had?? (3/2/15)
"In a day and age where stations ignore their listeners and just go for bottom-line simplicity, how can you rag on a station making a change **for its listeners**?" Seriously? You're that gullible? If so, I have a bridge connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn I've been trying to sell.... Look at this way: If WNEW cared so much about its heroic, early-morning all-news listeners, why did it make this change to begin with? How many listeners do you really think WNEW heard from? Any? Why wouldn't these thousands...um hundreds...um dozens of listeners simply switch over to WTOP if they needed to news/traffic/weather during their air-traffic control and EMT shifts? Bottom line: There are no "listeners." The station barely registers during rush hour, let alone 3 a.m. One of two things happened: Either WNEW started losing advertisers (the kind that buy X spots during the day on a news station, but don't want to chance any commercials running during "controversial" talk programs); or DC CBS heard about it from national. (3/2/15)
The new deadline for the SPJ D.C. Dateline Awards is MARCH 6 (this Friday). All entries must be postmarked by that date. The contest includes categories for daily and weekly newspapers, magazines, TV, radio, newsletters/trade publications, online, photography and design, as well as Washington correspondence. Entry criteria may be found at www.spjdc.org. The entry form may be found at www.spjdc.org. Awards will be presented to winners at the Hall of Fame/Dateline Awards dinner on June 9 at the National Press Club. The contest is open to print and broadcast media outlets throughout the D.C. metropolitan area. This includes the District of Columbia; Alexandria, Fredericksburg, Arlington, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, Stafford and Prince William counties in Virginia; and counties throughout Maryland. Journalists and related professionals from another region will review local entries. Judges also will consider entries worthy of the Robert D.G. Lewis Watchdog Award. That award is presented to an applicant in any award classification whose entry best exemplifies journalism aimed at protecting the public from abuses by those who would betray the public trust. (3/2/15)
"First off, the final candidates for the WMATA General Manager job all withdrew because Adam Tuss supposedly dug up some information on who they are and their current agencies and they didn't want that information out there. So Tuss just wasted the $92,000 it cost WMATA to hire a national firm to conduct that search. Blame him next time they want to raise fares. I'm not sure why he really felt such a need to get that information." Here's a wild guess: because it's what reporters are supposed to do? You know, REPORT? You think just because someone "didn't want that information out there", it shouldn't be out there? WMATA is an agency that likes to prevent information from getting "out there", so the more reporting on it, the better. Good for you, Adam. (3/2/15)
Re WNEW: "how many hundred listeners can they have between 3 and 4AM? Can someone get us the numbers?" Here's a better idea. Ignore the impulse to demand a number and instead consider what kind of audience is up at that hour, either on the road or preparing to be: DC commuters coming in from 50+ miles away to be at their desks on time, airport support staff, hospital shift changes, the behind-the-scenes crew at your favorite TV station, fliers returning on the red-eye, police, fire and EMTs, dads still waiting up on their daughters, newspaper delivery trucks, snowplow drivers, the cab dispatcher who makes sure your 6:15 ride shows up ... get the idea? There is a ready audience there, and if they want their news, then 'NEW made the right move. In a day and age where stations ignore their listeners and just go for bottom-line simplicity, how can you rag on a station making a change **for its listeners**? -RVR (3/2/15)
"So when WNEW claims: "We heard from many early risers who listen to WNEW in the 3 and 4 AM hours who preferred our traditional format"...how many early risers can that possibly be?!?!? I mean, how many hundred listeners can they have between 3 and 4AM? Can someone get us the numbers?" I can't answer your question about how many, but I was one who emailed them and told them I didn't like the shows they have added in off hours. (3/2/15)
So when WNEW claims: "We heard from many early risers who listen to WNEW in the 3 and 4 AM hours who preferred our traditional format"...how many early risers can that possibly be?!?!? I mean, how many hundred listeners can they have between 3 and 4AM? Can someone get us the numbers? (3/2/15)
So what's up with NBC4 lately? First off, the final candidates for the WMATA General Manager job all withdrew because Adam Tuss supposedly dug up some information on who they are and their current agencies and they didn't want that information out there. So Tuss just wasted the $92,000 it cost WMATA to hire a national firm to conduct that search. Blame him next time they want to raise fares. I'm not sure why he really felt such a need to get that information. Then on Sunday's 6 p.m. news, as "Breaking News," they reported that the interim DC fire chief was being fired. The truth is that he is not being selected for the permanent gig. There's a reason the word "interim" was in his title. He's apparently being asked to stay on board in a different role. The way NBC4 reported it, it sounded like he had committed some big crime or something and was being terminated immediately. And finally, sports twit Dianna Russini in the same newscast told viewers that the Capitals would be playing the Toronto Blue Jays later in the evening, despite the fact that the Blue Jays are Toronto's baseball team and the Maple Leafs are the hockey team. Not a great weekend for the folks on Nebraska Avenue... (3/2/15)
More well-deserved WBAL bashing. Last night’s “Three things you need to know” counted only two things- one of which was that “police have identified the body of a man found dead.” (Somehow they missed every one of the 5 W’s.) This morning, it is reported that longtime US Senator Barbara Mikulski is retiring. If you thought C4 was taking calls and thoughts about this big news----nope. He’s all about Net Neutrality. (3/2/15)
Andy Pollin wondering on air where his show will end up. How about overnight? It seems pretty clear that Red Zebra really does not think much about his ability to carry a show and I always felt that they were being kind by keeping him on 570. The Man Cave should be interesting...will that be an "urban" sports program? (3/2/15)
Kane just announced that the union has come to their senses and worked it over the weekend. Therefore, he won't be going off the air on Friday. www.hot995.com... (3/2/15)
Re: "If you have a magic way to make sure that every message is actually from the person who signs it......" - Actually, having a registered forum won't even do that. Anyone could sign up under a pseudonym. You could track people down using their IP address, but who wants to take the time to do that? As proof, I got busted several months back sending a nastygram to a former employer using a pseudonym and a gmail account. They found my IP address, used it to track down my real name and physical address, and sent me an unpleasant, legally-inclined letter. Be careful everyone! However, you can still hide.....all you have to do is go to Starbucks, McDonalds, or some other public area and use their wifi to register your accounts and send your emails. It's really a futile effort to try to track people. (3/2/15)
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\/ March 1 Messages \/
For those that still subscribe, which I doubt there are many, the Washington Post's TV Week incorrectly lists WGN on channel 29 on Verizon Fios. It was moved to channel 68 a few months ago. Also, they incorrectly switched the Capitals and Wizards opponents in the area sports section (there's no NBA teams in Buffalo or Columbus). First time I have read TV Week in years, don't know why I still subscribe most people, including me, use the guide on TV, that's wrong sometimes too especially on TV One. On another note, I personally like the fact that 99.1 covers both Washington and Baltimore. I think that if they make some tweaks such as traffic every 9 min to build up more of a tease and let someone listen longer, longer in depth news stories, and getting rid of that annoying background sound effect during the entertainment report that would make it more listenable. Lee in Capitol Heights (3/1/15)
"If you have a magic way to make sure that every message is actually from the person who signs it, then please let me know!". Yeah, Dave. It's called a registered forum and has been suggested numerous times. Why are you so against making mailbag posters register anyhow? Serious question. - Matt Stanton, email@example.com (3/1/15)
Dave's response: Gee wiz. Golly. Shazam. And I'll start with you. I've taken the liberty to sign your post with your real name and your real e-mail. Like it? Ha ha ha.....
Re: WMAL. What a surprise! County Councilman Roger Berliner proposes that MoCo buy the WMAL site, and preserve it as a park. Berliner represents District 1, that includes the Greentree Road property. He's just sucking up to his constituents. Berliner knows MoCo doesn't have a quarter-billion dollars to buy a recreation center for rich people. Of course, the NIMBYs prefer the status quo to 300 single-family homes (not townhomes), especially with the winding two-lane Greentree Road being the only existing thoroughfare in and out of that area. These are the same NIMBYs who raised a stink in the late-1990s when ABC Disney contemplated moving WMAL & WRQX back to the Greentree Road building, effectively killing the idea. Due to the limited access, Cumulus may find themselves with real estate they can't sell. As long as we've gone back to the 1900s, let's recall then-MoCo Executive Doug Duncan's brain-fart idea to have the County buy then-WINX (1600) for $500K, and make it an all-traffic information station. That boondoggle vanished once someone showed the Council the station's sadly-lacking nighttime coverage. (3/1/15)
WASH-FM is advertising for an afternoon DJ: www.allaccess.com... Might Jack Diamond come back for Chicago for mornings on WASH, with Loo Katz moving to afternoons? (3/1/15)
Dave's response: Isn't Jack already gone from Chicago and back in DC?
Dave, You did Pat O'Donnell a disservice publishing that letter purportedly from her but really from someone else. I hope you apologized. She is a giant in the labor world, big=hearted & smart. 30 years working to ensure workers don't get barrel-rolled by mgt. This Kane stunt is total nonsense. Deplorable, even for a DJ. He should never had called out Ms. ODonnell to distract from his own failures. (3/1/15)
Dave's response: Hey, there's often no way to verify that a message is from the person who "signs" it. We were asked to remove it and we did. That's all we can do. If you have a magic way to make sure that every message is actually from the person who signs it, then please let me know! By the way, you didn't sign your post so how can I be sure it's even from you?
WMAL......75 ACRE Tower Site. I am happy to see that Montgomery County is trying to purchase this property for a park or recreation area. It sure would be better than building 300 new Town Homes on this parcel. That would mean 600 more cars on the road in this area. 630 AM will never have the same coverage they have now. If they can move their audience over to 105.9, then they won't need 630 AM anymore. (3/1/15)
''I mean, do you realize who these people are???? Royal Parker, a mega-star in a big screen production by Baltimore-born filmmaker John Waters' called "Diner,"' - Okay, I'll bite. - Zombie Blow Heart (3/1/15)
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\/ February 28 Messages \/
No local shows on 106.7 today ( Saturday ), just repeats of the junkies. Is this a permanent change for Saturday? (2/28/15)
Is Sarah Simmons still working at FOX5? (2/28/15)
I assumed you meant the Greenway Bowling near 105.7 & WBMD 750 on Gunther Hill off Moravia Road. That’s the one that closed. I assumed some radio people those stations might have bowled there. (2/28/15)
Greenway Bowl is alive and well in Odenton. The Greenway in Glen Burnie burned down in 1993 in a 5 alarm fire. Soaked pine went fast the shame is the Glen Burnie Fire station is literally 100 yards across the street. (2/28/15)
Too bad the deadline for offers on the WMAL transmitter site was so weirdly quick. Who in his right mind can responsibly compose an eight or nine digit business deal in just a few weeks? Certainly not a government entity like Montgomery County. A public use of that beautiful site would have been far better than another ocean of cookie-cutter tract houses and traffic congestion. But what do I know? I live in a furniture carton and survive by eating grubs from under bridges. (2/28/15)
"So today's "highlights on Fox's Good Day DC and the one afterwards were 1) llamas on the set, including making them a part of Tucker's weathercast, 2) discussion on pickup lines, 3) debate over something on the internet about the color of a dress 4) Holly in some 70's design stretch workout pants doing a Beyonce workout routine and 4) Kevin doing an interview with Will Smith and showing him his ticket stub from Men in Black..This show has become a complete circus. (2/27/15)" Did you think that is partly the whole point of Good Day DC, to have something laid back instead of a serious news for an hour so people can take their mind off things for an hour? Go to Hawaii sometime, the newscasters don't even dress up for their evening news. It is nice to see something laid back in DC. Oh, if you had watched Kevin earlier in the morning, you would have seen other interviews he had with the cast of "Focus". Ticket stubs are his bit, although it is old. He worked his way from nothing to the next Arch Campbell. (2/28/15)
Joe Madison's marathon broadcast feat is deserving of much more mention and kudos than it has received, both in local media and in industry-wide news. No one is going to applaud a voicetracking computer for going 52 hours without a crash, but Joe's accomplishment is worthy of our respect and admiration, especially those of us grousing about the general state of radio today. I mean, this is a frickin' Guinness Record, folks! Was there even a news crew there to document the final minutes of the record being broken, or was every camera in town focused on whatever mouthpiece was yammering at CPAC? Congrats Joe, from at least one grateful longtime radio hack who admires and celebrates REAL work done by dedicated broadcasters. (2/28/15)
Curious Saturday for the Washington Post obits: today there's a Green, a Gray and a Brown; as well as an East and a West. And for you chronic self-abusers out there, a "Tugwell". (2/28/15)
The amazing hypocrisy of NIMBYs… Generally, everywhere they’re fighting the building of any tower site anywhere near their property. In this case, they’re fighting to keep WMAL’s towers. Go figure. Not to mention they’re also trespassing on the land by using it as a park. So now they’ll fight the development. And then the county will try to fight the development to appease the NIMBYS. Was this the Cumulus plan all along? Get the county to fight the development, pay a huge sum for the land and in exchange let the towers to stay under a long term lease? Ponderous. :-) (2/28/15)
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So today's "highlights on Fox's Good Day DC and the one afterwards were 1) llamas on the set, including making them a part of Tucker's weathercast, 2) discussion on pickup lines, 3) debate over something on the internet about the color of a dress 4) Holly in some 70's design stretch workout pants doing a Beyonce workout routine and 4) Kevin doing an interview with Will Smith and showing him his ticket stub from Men in Black..This show has become a complete circus. (2/27/15)
Wow...so many names from the past on the mailbag this week. Of course, only some old fart like myself would even notice. I mean, do you realize who these people are???? Royal Parker, a mega-star in a big screen production by Baltimore-born filmmaker John Waters' called "Diner," parts of which were shot at the television station where he worked since the days of black and white televisions with rabbit ears. Do you realize he was one of the many hosts - including Ron Riley, Tom Cole and John Bowman - who held the microphone on "Duckpins for Dollars," and the popular kids bowling show, "Pinbusters," featuring those damned duckpins. He is deeply rooted in the history of local productions at that station involving many of his friends, such as Rhea Feiken, the weather lady who still works at MPT, and the late Lary Lewman, who played "Pete the Pirate." He, along with the late Jim English, was the voice we heard at the top of every hour from a stuffy little, dimly-lit, cigarette-smoked soundproof booth on the third floor of the station, where he cupped his ear, and in his baritone voice, kept the FCC happy every hour by identifying the station. We also heard from Don Geary, a former radio newsman who worked in that same building (once the station moved from Charles Street). Don was what most kids in the business today would never guess: street reporter. Imagine that? The station actually had street reporters who travelled all over Baltimore to Towson to Annapolis to cover, or in Don's case, UNcover the news. Of course, he competed with Tom Lattanzi, another street guy from that station who invented more news for the station in a day than it now produces in a month. The dean of street reporters back then was, of course, WCBM's Eddie Fenton, who logged as many miles on shoe leather as any of his competitors did on rubber tires in newscars. Eddie didn't drive. And, finally, another name that surfaced in this mailbag: Pat O'Donnell, heir to the AFTRA-SAG presidential throne of power once occupied by predecessors Don Gaynor, who fashioned his hair side-to-side, like Donald Trump, and the ever-feisty, legendary Evelyn Freyman. Pat brought some calm to the often congtentious union issues in the Baltimore-Washington market. I recall Freyman sitting across the table from C. Edward Little, during his attempt to break the union when he reined over the Mutual Broadcasting System's move from 16th & K in downtown DC to (right-to-work) Virginia. She tried her damndest not to call him a cheap whore, so she took another route, and simply looked him in the eye, leaned forward, and said..."We know what you are...we just don't know how much you charge." LOL...anyway, just a few observations of yesteryear in this crazy broadcast business. I hope others who know more about this era chime in to share a little piece of Baltimore's hometown history. (2/27/15)
I hate to dampen great old memories, but I’m pretty sure the Greenway Bowling Alley is no more. It went down hill after there was a stabbing/murder/robbery in the parking lot. They tried to hire an off-duty police office to stand guard on the parking lot, but unfortunately that bridge to the low income projects led to its undoing. People no longer felt safe and stopped bowling there. (2/27/15)
I’m pretty sure WUSA 9 uses LiveStream too, but I think only live, not rebroadcasts. I don’t know what service WBAL 11 is using, but all their broadcasts are streamed live now too. Neither WJZ 13, WMAR 2 , or FOX 45 stream daily broadcasts. However FOX 45 is streaming its Town Hall broadcasts and for some odd reason is going to be streaming Netanyahu’s speech before Congress live next week as well as broadcasting it on WBFF 45.3 (THIS TV) (2/27/15)
No more Andy Pollin? What Red Zebra really needs on 570 (980 would be even better) is the Steve Czaban show which has no local carriage. (2/27/15)
Bruce Williams was (is) a pompous jackass who treats people like dirt. I worked for a short time with him and in fact, ZW's posts remind me of Williams. Anyone that thinks Bruce Williams is anything but a fat blow heart jerk, has never met or dealt with Bruce Williams. (2/27/15)
From the Express, on Wednesday: February 25 was the anniversary of the first television broadcast of an NHL hcokey game. wikipedia.org: "The first NHL game broadcast on television was between the New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens on February 25, 1940. The game was seen by only 300 people in a small area in the United States. This, though, was not the first ice hockey game broadcast on television, as a broadcast had been made in England in 1938. The CBC's first hockey broadcast was in 1952 between the Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings." ~~ Blair in Alexandria (2/27/15)
If a DJ is stunting, why wouldn't he/she do one that would attract the most attention and the most audience? Carping about AFTRA makes it a very limited stunt --- most common-folk think AFTRA is that insurance company with the duck. (2/27/15)
Royal Parker...I really gave up bowling 11 years ago when I took a real job in DC. I just couldn't get to a league in time and had to drop out of the one I was in at Pikesville. I go by Odenton every day on the Mark Train, but my last time at Greenway was in the late 80s when I won a doubles tournament with the great pro, Mike Steinart. Miss the old days on the hill. Ed Graham (2/27/15)
Mike in Bartonsville - Kane claims the evidence on his Twitter is proof it isn't a stunt, but I am with you on this. It simply doesn't add up. (2/2/7/15)
Gret's place on Duke Of Gloucester Street in Annapolis has been on the market since April 28th of last year. She opened up asking $2.1 million and is now down to $1.825. Here is the link to pictures...she has great taste: slideshow.mris.com (2/27/15)
Strongly suspect that the whole Kane-Union thing is just a Stupid DJ Trick. Anything to inject a little interest into a tired routine; apparently the budget for fake callers got used up early this month. –Mike in Bartonsville (2/27/15)
ZW wrote "Ken Beatrice was/is a good sports broadcaster whose stock in trade was being a know-it-all". His stock value also crashed quicker than Nortel when he had his own Brian Williams moment about his college education. The last time I saw Ken, it was at WTEM and he was wearing burnt sienna corduroy pants with a ripped WMAL t-shirt. He was great on the air, but after his moment - you had to take him with grain or two. I vaguely remember Bruce Williams on WMAL, but that (I'm sure) was after the NBC TalkNet days. I loved being his board op when he was on (W)WRC. He is still active, doing a podcast and answering emails after he's had some medical issues. I don't believe he does terrestrial broadcasts anymore. Bruce was a great talk host, and you can be reminded of his style (somewhat) by listening to the new paid programming on WNEW - Dave Ramsey. Go Get 'Em Tiger, indeed! Finally, I'm not sure who wrote this "You have tinkerbell on in the mornings at 94.7..." "tinkerbell"? My God Stanley Roper! Say hello to Helen for us all. Zeep (2/27/15)
It's my understanding that Ken Beatrice was/is a good sports broadcaster whose stock in trade was being a know-it-all. But if you think Bruce Williams' show was/is 'awful' then you've got anuses where your ears should be and you've probably never ''Go get'em Tiger''ed in your life. - Dave, where is this Chris Core to be found? There's so much talk about him he must be worth checking out. After all, DCRTV turned me on to Chris Plante and his luxuriant mustache. - ZW (2/27/15)
Greetings: I'm at the stage in my life where I'm trying to tie up some loose ends. Am trying to locate an old radio partner that I worked with at WBAL in the 1960s & '70s - Terry Johnston. My last gig was around 1999 at WLG in Baltimore...I was the evening music guy. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Don Geary (2/27/15)
WJFK 1580’s STA has been extended again meaning work on the WJFK site to include both WZHF 1390 and WUST 1120 continues, so your reception might vary from day to day depending what testing is being done. Don’t expect to get AM 1390 at night though after this unless you live east of DC when they’re done. The new night time signal will be seriously lacking. (2/27/15)
For DC area Cord Cutters who can’t get TV over the air, here’s how you can watch streams of the local news. WRC 4 is on Nowhere TV. WTTG 5 and WJLA 7 are on Livestream. Go all the way to the bottom of the page, click on the search box and enter “Washington” Both stations will appear as well as NewsChannel 8, however NewChannel 8’s streams are often unavailable. Other nearby stations are sometimes available on Livestream. Sometimes entering their calls in the Search box will bring them up. Other times they show up at the top of the Livestream page. With some creative searching I've also found WSLS, WRIC, WDBJ, and WAVY. Sorry Baltimore viewers, I haven’t found your stations yet. Note that sometimes the streams are rebroadcasts of an earlier newscasts. – Gary in Purcellville (2/27/15)
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