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First 950 AM drops Radio Zindagi, then simulcasts some Korean religious west coaster for several days, then flips to a jockless pop music/standards groove for a couple days, and in between all that including today has been the now legendary silent humming carrier. 950 AM’s really in limbo. How low can they go? KOF (5/2/16)

Somebody said "Also, it looks like someone found the Raise/Lower button on the transmitter at WKCW -- the station is back at full bore and can be clearly heard here..." Did it ever occur to you that maybe the transmitter was broken or awaiting new parts? Try being compassionate instead of being an asshole. It just might improve your life. (5/2/16)

I have a couple of questions: 1) Does Neilsen aggregate OTA ratings from connected TVs? 2) Where do you find the ratings for the various dayparts in the DMV? P.S. Seems like Hulu is set to offer packages of cable channels streaming online. From, Amar (5/2/16)

Oh boy….it’s May. So now we get bombarded (in the Baltimore market) with spots all over the AM and FM dials for “Mike and Molly”, “ Modern Family”, ”Wheel”, “Jeopardy”, “Feud”, and seemingly any other syndicated evening program, plus the local Fox News Programs. Question for mailbag experts. Does Sinclair pay full ad rates for these spots, or is there some type of trade-off involved ? By next week, I’ll be changing stations as soon as any of those annoying ads start. (5/2/16)

Dave's response: Lotsa DC market scary radio spots, too, from Sinclair's WJLA about consumer horrors found by "7 On Your Side".....

I think that the FCC is waiting to take Ch.6 out of the TV spectrum until they see how this repacking work. It is lightly used now but it might be a partial solution to the problem. It is good to see AM broadcasters at least being open about their desire tog et this spectrum though. And repurposing it in that manner is definitely something for the FCC to consider. (5/2/16)

On the ongoing topic of the Joys of AM Radio: Twice in the past 15 days before 7:30 AM, WFIR 960 out of Roanoke was heard in Annandale, with a signal more robust than that offered by 1260 WWRC, just up the road. Also, it looks like someone found the Raise/Lower button on the transmitter at WKCW -- the station is back at full bore and can be clearly heard here. (5/2/16)

How come there is no outcry from the NAB, FCC et al, to build better computers and cellphone power supplies? That's where the noise is coming from. (5/2/16)

AM radio began to be unlistenable once Harden & Weaver, Tom Gauger, Trumbull & Core, Felix Grant and Bill Mayhugh stopped being frequently heard on WMAL AM63. That moment marked the beginning of the end on the AM dial, in DC anyway. (5/2/16)

Dave's response: How about the early 1970s when WPGC became one of the first "top 40" outlets anywhere to get big ratings on FM.....

Is there a Black Man wondering around in the White House? How did he get in? Who let him in? Bad Joke on WMAL! (5/2/16)

There is a lot of discussion on AM Radio on DCRTV. Do you realize that only 4% of all radio listening in DC in now on AM Radio. 96% of all listening is now on FM. That is not the way it is in all markets. Remember when WMAL 630 AM was the number one station in DC. Without their FM Station they would be gone today. There are only a couple of AM Stations that are strong enough to cover the entire market. The interference is so bad now that you cannot listen to AM in your home or apartment. You can still get it on your car radio. Almost all the AM stations in this market must reduce their power at night or have a directional signal where you can only hear it in part of this market. (5/2/16)

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Burt in Rio Rancho said, "Like most of us now i either listen on the computer or a mobible device." No modern-day Evangelical would hit the road without his Mobible! (Darn! I was going to copyright it until I found it's an Android app.) (5/1/16)

When the entire AM band fom 530 to 1710 kHz is awash in buzz, hum and noise, to the point where legitimate radio signals are swamped and completely inaudible, it will then be dead. Not a moment sooner. I agree that AM stations need help, and that current owners are accountable for the technical shortcomings of their properties. But drive 15 miles out of DC and the dial opens up nicely. You cannot apply what happens here as a general indictment against the AM dial everywhere in the US. (5/1/16)

I had to chuckle in agreement with the mildly sarcastic criticism of Rick Fowler made by a commentator on the 30th, who noted that on "Weekend Update" paid 15 minute ads now masquerade as interviews. But I'll be a little more critical: if WMAL continues to ruin "Update" with ads instead of commentary, I'll stop listening. (5/1/16)

[RE: But the problem with AM radio today is that in most major metro areas, ...interference from various computer and phone devices & CFL bulbs... & power lines, makes AM radio virtually unlistenable to the average home anymore...] I have always wondered about this. This might not be the cure all for AM, but it makes sense. AM radio is only good in the care it seems, too much interference otherwise. I have 2 radios in my house and neither do well with AM. Like most of us now i either listen on the computer or a mobible device. Burt in Rio Rancho, NM (5/1/16)

A previous poster has a good solution for the AM problem. There is so much interference now with AM that it is DEAD. Use the Channel 6 Band Slots to relocate the spectrum. For every AM Station that turns in their license, they would receive one of the Channel 6 Band Slots. This would be an advantage over what they have now. (5/1/16)

To the person who thinks a web stream is the answer for AM radio woes: That might help, but IT ISN'T RADIO. It is just another source of web audio among millions. Over the air radio is a local business, at least at the tail end of the corporate conveyor belt, and derives its value from its unique RF footprint. A stream goes almost everywhere in the world (short of geofencing, which has never seemed to catch on). That basic conflict requires different marketing and advertiser massaging. Besides, I've heard very few web streams which match the complexity and (potential) audio quality that broadcast processing can (can!) deliver. My august advice: Give AM stations TV channel 6 band slots which replicate their present coverage, surrender the present AM band back to the government and stop badmouthing analog FM stations, which can sound every bit as good as the PPM-carrying listeners of all ages will like. -P of the AW (5/1/16)

Regarding WMAL and the timeline for its occupation of the 7115 Greentree Road (Bethesda) AM transmitter site: That was the location for all the main daypart music programs from 1960 until the summer of 1973, when operations moved to 4400 Jenifer St. NW in DC. In the Greentree years the newscasts came from a union-operated booth in the Channel 7 "ice palace" at 4461 Connecticut Ave. NW via telco-supplied equalized program lines. WMAL-FM (the "Soft Explosion" format) studios were also with Channel 7 on Connecticut Ave. but their music automation was located out at Greentree so that the FM station could avoid having to pay anyone during overnight shifts. We overnight NABET union engineers at Greentree would take liberties with the FM playlist, sticking our favorite carts in the playback decks. Nobody seemed to mind. That was the summer Stevie Wonder's "Sir Duke" was new, so one of our techs gave it a really, really big rotation. P of the AW (5/1/16)

The Washington Post’s Emily Heil aka “The Reliable Source” reports at the “Institute for Peace” post WHCD event that you gotta fight for your right to party: “Nerdy fight breaks out at WHCD after party between Fox News and Huffington Post reporters”. Heil reports (at 4:44 AM) that “For an event held at the soaring U.S. Institute of Peace building in Foggy Bottom, the swanky after party hosted by MSNBC following the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner sure saw some conflict. In the early-morning hours of Sunday, a scuffle broke out between Fox News correspondent Jesse Watters and Ryan Grim, the Huffington Post’s Washington bureau chief. The fight — unusual among a tuxedo-clad crowd more used to venting their differences with Twitter snarks — briefly caused ripples in the party, where political staffers and journalists were grooving to tunes spun by DJ Biz Markie and noshing on mini servings of chili cheese fries. Here’s how it went down, per several witness: Grim and Watters were among a group located in a heated tent just outside the main party area. The two apparently don’t have a personal relationship, but Grim realized who Watters was and recalled a beef he had with the “O’Reilly Factor” correspondent that dated back to 2009, when Watters, known as an “ambush journalist,” had engineered an on-camera confrontation of writer Amanda Terkel, now a HuffPo colleague of Grim. Terkel’s account of the incident was headlined “I Was Followed, Harassed, And Ambushed By Bill O’Reilly’s Producer.” My favorite quote from Heil’s report: “Punches were definitely thrown,” said one witness.” As Austin Powers might say: “Oh, behave”. More: (5/1/16)

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[RE: But the problem with AM radio today is that in most major metro areas, ...interference from various computer and phone devices & CFL bulbs... & power lines, makes AM radio virtually unlistenable to the average home anymore. I can’t think of any technical way to turn this around.] I can. They're called webstreams. Almost every AM station with programming worth listening to has one. So: use AM radio in the car, on the road away from interference, and webstreams at home with increased fidelity and no interference. Other than the political appeasement of existing AM owners, there's no real need for any AM "Revitalization" program. By using what's available to us, the FCC can reallocate spectrum to serve the devices consumers really want to use, and old-technology fans can still get their fix. Only entrenched broadcasters will have to update. That's called 'the cost of doing business.' (4/30/16)

Last new company-built computer I bought for myself was in 2002. After that, it became cheaper and more efficient for me to buy parts and construct my own, based on my need -- multimedia computers need a lot of horsepower, home servers can be as feeble as a Pentium 4. And they work on a mix of Windows 7, AVLinux, Ubuntu Server and FreeDOS, depending on task. The DIY route isn't for everyone, and the best you can do is coax maximum performance out of the hardware you already have. But I hope somewhere along the line, everyone gets their stuff running to their satisfaction and the folks at WBOC have been definitively told what platform(s) their page isn't working well with. --- Rolling Valley Radio (4/30/16)

Hey just discovered your website and the story and photos of the inside of the old WMAL transmitter building on Greentree Road..... I'm going to join up... Very interesting site.... and I've looked around and found a fews vids on Frank Harden (still living I believe).... Do you know the last year they used that building (the transmitter building) for Harden and Weavers broadcast? Just loved them... I know Jackson died in 1992... Love to hear from you... Bill.... Thanks Dave. (4/30/16)

WMAL talkers like Rush and Mark Levin have a great knack for seguing into an ad from content: one moment they are trashing liberals the next moment they are hacking blinds, flowers or gold. But we have to hand it to WMAL’s Rick Fowler whose Saturday morning show just out and out “interviews” a client who runs ads on the station: not that there is anything wrong with that. This morning he went from interviewing K.T. McFarland to interviewing a member of regular WMAL sponsor Cascades Dental’s “team.” Well done Rick! (4/30/16)

The Nationals have priority over Capitals regular season games on 106.7 while Capitals playoff games have priority over the Nationals there. Any games subject to preemption off 106.7 are carried via 99.1. Unfortunately, neither 99.1 nor 1500 fully propagate in the Northern Virginia suburbs. 99.1 used to be simulcast via 94.7 HD2 but that was lost when 99.1 flipped formats to Bloomberg. 1500 does have a simulcast via 107.7 HD2 that more distant NoVA residents with HD radios may be able to receive. Everett W. (4/30/16)

Today is Millie's Mellow Moment radio host Millie Ware last day on WPFW 89.3 radio station in DC the only listeners supported station in the area. Info by Mr. LaGrand and Millie Ware time slot was from 5 to 7 am Saturday. (4/30/16)

While driving back from Florida along I-95 through areas with few strong local AM station, I could easily pick up AM 1500 and WBAL 1090 too in Georgia as well as the NYC Class A radio stations as well as Boston & elsewhere too. Had my pick of baseball games. But the problem with AM radio today is that in most major metro areas, the interference that the FCC has allowed from various computer and phone devices & CFL bulbs (thanks to Obama/Bush), along with above ground power lines, makes AM radio virtually unlistenable to the average home anymore. I can’t think of any technical way to turn this around. Without creating Cuban style 100,000 watt blowtorches or a technology interest in Digital AM, the future will not get better even with the FCC AM Revitalization Plan. If anything, it causes more harm than good. The perfect solution would be for the FCC to open up Channel 6 for FM use, but they won’t. They’re too busy auctioning off spectrum for more interference on AM radio for profit I might add! Haha! But don’t laugh, none is going to the deficit. (4/30/16)

Nationals Radio... Glad the games are on 1500am... Station can be heard in Baltimore and at the Beaches. Even better at night. I have listened to the Nats in Florida and Upstate New York at night... No need to had a lot of station when the games are on 50,000 watt 1500 am... Patrick Pesrtree (4/30/16)

RE: “Trump will not get any of the Hispanic vote in Northern Virginia. There are thousands of Hispanics here in Manassas, Herndon, Reston and Fairfax County.” Gee, I dunno: just saw on The Drudge Report the header “Rush to naturalize immigrant voters before election...” so Rush Limbaugh is trying to help “Hispanics” out becoming citizens. And then there’s this header where Trump is trying to register Hispanics as well: “Trump prompts rush to citizenship”. I think conservatives are warming to Hispanics: (4/30/16)

This is to the poster who said (on 4/28/16) "I've recommended PCs for people too and I wouldn't wish a DELL on my worst enemy!" I hate to break the news to you, but did you know that DELL and HP are the best sellers for PCs? You know why? Because both Companies have products of HIGH QUALITY, whether it is Computers, Printers, or Accessories. I'd bet that the Computers that DCRTV Dave has are either DELL or HP. My Computer is a 2013 DELL, Inspiron 3646. Originally, it had Windows 8.1, but I upgraded to Windows 10 when it came out, and I have NO PROBLEMS with it. I'm very satisfied with it, so I'm in DELL HEAVEN. Unsigned Retired NonSuit. (4/30/16)

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\/ April 29 Messages \/

It’s that awkward moment when a bunch of GEEZERS get into an argument about who has the oldest machine that will work with a website! Even the weather gal is out of date, missed Windows 10! Does anybody here do regular updates? The website also works on an Apple PowerMac G5 running Mac OS 10.5 Leopard and Safari 5.0.6 too! YOU GET A COOKIE! The point was it doesn’t work in the LATEST Safari 9.1.1 on the LATEST Apple Macs, me having one of them as do many people. Should I check Mac OS TIGER next? I have Panther and Jaguar too. but what’s the point? Few people are using any of these machines. But yes, is officially assisted living approved as certified by the DCRTV mailbag. :-) (4/29/16)

Trump will not get any of the Hispanic vote in Northern Virginia. There are thousands of Hispanics here in Manassas, Herndon, Reston and Fairfax County. He should do a commercial and tell the Hispanic voters that he is not going to deport all of them. WLZL 107.9 does not cover this area. CBS does not realize this yet. Perhaps Trump should be advertising on WTNT and WKDV both serving Northern Virginia very well. (4/29/16)

To the earlier poster griping about the Nats radio coverage, try 1500 AM. I know most people on this board have no use for AM but there is still a fair amount of sports to be heard all up and down the AM band. While 1500 doesn't have the coverage that it used to have (I recall listening to O's games on 1500 while vacationing in Georgia back in the day) it comes in pretty well on my commute from Howard to Montgomery in the evenings. Tom in Wheaton (4/29/16)

DCRTVDJDAVE’s alma matter James Madison ( is experiencing some controversy over Trump being at the university Saturday: some are also protesting Dave being the Master of Ceremonies. There were so many protestors at Trump’s appearance in Burlingame, California Friday he had to enter via the back door (As Letterman would say, “And we all know how painful that can be!”). Let’s hope Dave is safe and that he is not cut off introducing the Trumpster! More from The Odyssey Online (Dave was a Communications Arts student): (4/29/16)

FCC news I missed (don’t search PA often)… WFSI AM 860 has managed to transfer a translator from the State College area of PA down to Baltimore on 106.9 FM from the AM 860 tower site in Essex, MD This is part of the AM revitalization plan relaxing translator rules to help AM stations. As everyone knows, Family Radio used to own WFSI 107.9 in Annapolis, now WLZL. So now they’ll be on 106.9 FM. The signal though is poor to the west and northwest, so there it will be difficult to receive even as close as Towson, and certainly not Owings Mills. — (4/29/16)

99.1 isn’t even listed by The Washington Nationals themselves as a broadcast affiliate. It amazes how haphazard the Nats radio schedule is. How could anyone keep track of it? It’s worse than NFL TV rules! I realize DC has an NBA and NHL team, but can the Nats really not find a station that will build out a radio network for them and give them exclusivity? I mean Peter Angelos got mad at WBAL simply from the Ravens which are rarely a conflict. If CBS Radio Baltimore were to preempt the Orioles for anything, I think Asbestos Pete would pop a vein in his neck! The Lerners do not appear to be good negotiators. They got screwed my MLB, screwed by Angelos, screwed in their radio deals. You would think they would consider buying radio time in the Baltimore market just for some additional fan base. Danny Snyder has before. It’s no wonder only 19% of Marylanders are Nats fans. They’re on a Virginia radio station that you can barely get in Maryland and that’s only sometimes! Geez. When will the Lerners get their act together? (4/29/16)

DCRTV media market outlets report that Hillary Clinton’s new Trump card is her “Woman’s Card”: But the real card she will need is: (4/29/16)

Just for laughs-Check the year or the OS on your 2006 Mac Pro again. I got rid of my Mid 2007 Mac Pro because the latest OS it would run was Lion 10.7.5. OSX-10.8 Came out in 2012. (4/29/16)

Did Don Geronimo "Twitter-Beg" for more paid Podcast subscribers while vacationing poolside in Maui? #MikeSorceshouldhavebeenapreacher #canihaveapassthecollectionplateAMEN (4/29/16)

FNC/”Outnumbered” Uber hot info babe Andrea Tantaros according to reports is suspended due to “contract” issues, not her support for Trump. Besides being a Foxette, since 2015 she started dating Jane's Addiction and former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Dave Navarro. More at The Examiner: (4/29/16)

Bad thunderstorms passing through Charlottesville wreaked havoc with the local TV stations last night...CBS and ABC affiliates WCAV and WVAW both lost their network feeds right at 6:30. After 10-15 minutes of nothing but a black screen on both stations, WCAV started their 7pm program early (pushing CBS news to 7) while WVAW managed to join the ABC news in progress. Those two are both really bush league operations, even 12 years after going on air - I have seen WCAV lose its network feed in the middle of primetime when the weather is not nearly as bad. NBC affiliate WVIR, the established operation in town, joined the network at 6:30 no problem, plus a full set of backup affiliates (WTVR, WWBT, WRIC, WTTG) are still on the local cable.... Also, another poster asked about Nats on 99.1. Even during the Caps regular season, they take priority on 106.7 and push the Nats to 99.1 and 1500. At least you don't live here, where nominal Nats radio affiliate WCHV (107.5 and 1260) has them on the lowest rung on the ladder - first priority is Westwood One, then Wizards(!!), then Caps. (4/29/16)

The Nationals radio network is looking pretty shabby this season. No Baltimore station, no Maryland eastern shore or Delaware, no southern MD. This cannot possibly help them in the MASN lawsuit in proving greater market share. Sure DC may be a bigger market, but the Orioles are winning over a lot of that market still. See here. Nationals: vs. Orioles: (4/29/16)

Curious quote from the FCC's letter to Birach Broadcasting re WVAB: "It is imperative to the safety of air navigation that any prescribed painting and illumination of the station's tower shall be maintained until removed." Last I looked, the station is dark because it *doesn't have* a tower. (4/29/16)

It is not the MASN Broadcasters with the "There goes the no hitter" line. It's one broadcaster..FP Santegelo! Need I say more! (4/29/16)

It looks like the FCC is finally getting tough on Birach Broadcasting. Sure, they got another STA/Remain Silent Extension, but this time it came with a final warning of license expiration. (4/29/16)

The Daily Beast is reporting that twelve DC-based employees of Glenn Beck's "The Blaze" are being cut, along with layoffs in NYC and Ohio. Anyone speaking out? (4/29/16)

Okay, forget the WBOC webpage, Apple Computers and browsers. Look how the clowns from Microsoft botched on-air weather reporting: (4/29/16)

Are radio stocks a good investment now? For example, Cumulus is at 38 cents per share. You would be betting that it will go up. iHeart is at $1.12 per share now. If they don't go up then they will probably be worth nothing. This is legal gambling. (4/29/16)

What is the story with 99.1 carrying Nationals games? (4/29/16)

To the MASN Nationals team: Stop saying "there goes the no-hitter" when a player gets a hit in the first inning. It's really not relevant until at least the fourth inning. You're a great broadcasting crew (please update the outdated graphics and music) but you sound like amateurs when you mention that. (4/29/16)

Of note from even WJZ’s Chopper shots, the WBFF FOX 45 complex is significantly larger than WJZ 13’s CBS Baltimore facility with more than a dozen satellite dishes on the roofs of various buildings. Even WBAL TV / radio / 98 ROCK doesn’t seem bigger.. (4/29/16)

Today’s TV Hill hostage thing showed some bad things about network and syndication exclusivity. For instance on much of the eastern shore, WJZ 13’s coverage was BLACKED OUT even though it was local, not network or syndicated. Same with WBAL TV because of Ellen, which I assume wasn’t even aired. WBOC has everything blacked out on the eastern shore. WMDT has a more limited blackout, a couple shows. WRDE NBC Coast TV, as a low power TV station has no exclusivity rights under current rules so no NBC programming from WBAL TV can be blacked out on the eastern shore and I assume same with WRC TV. (4/29/16)

I see Julie Wright is back on WJLA. Thank God! The other girl is just not that good! I'm hoping the bosses there saw my comment earlier this week and had her cut her vacation short or something! (4/29/16)

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When I first heard of a hostage situation at FOX 45, my first thought was OMG, that farmer that Sinclair’s David Smith robbed of his livelihood is BACK! I would never wish any harm to anyone, but I’ll say it couldn’t have happened to a better, sleazier TV station. Glad everyone is safe and glad everyone got to see on national TV what a run-down shit hole FOX 45’s studios are! Btw, FOX News used WJZ’s video & coverage because it was better. Hehe. (4/28/16)

The alleged computer experts here are obviously all long since retired and too busy receiving their jello from the nurse, so I’ll be very specific to The website incompatibility is with Safari 9.1.1, the current Apple build in Mac OS X 10.11.4. Build #11601.6.17. Front page either doesn’t finish loading or reloads excessively over and over or both. however does work correctly in the Apple Safari Technology Preview, which is a BETA release. Maybe that will help them. Nothing else here by anyone else was of any help, that’s for sure. (4/28/16)

"I will not re-copy Gus’s entire post, but that says a lot right there that he felt a need to re-copy mine. " It's called "providing context" Shortbus, but I'm certainly not going to repost your ropy strands of Chlorox-smelling long-winded nonsense from today. Suffice it to say, a professional tests the newest version, OS or application, but doesn't use it in a production environment if there's any alternative. A lot of people learned that the hard way with Windows Vista and early versions of OS X which wasn't really ready for the enterprise until 10.4. I'm familiar with your company and running a Five Guys doesn't make you a veterinarian. You sir, are an overly wordy space-hogging windbag and I bid you good day. Gus in Gaithersburg (4/28/16)

Just for laughs I loaded the WBOC site on my 2006 Mac Pro with 10.10.5 safari 9.1 worked fine for me... (4/28/16)

RE: “Earlier in the evening, before the polls closed, Chuck Todd reported that Matthews was one of three leading candidates to replace outgoing Representative Chris Van Halen. Her name was never mentioned again the remainder of the evening. Chris Matthews took the evening off from MSNBC's "Hardball" to be with his wife.” Sounds like Chris MAY (allegedly) have taken the night off not to be with his wife but returned to the bottle: (4/28/16) Sabrosa Radio is still advertising it’s on Dover’s WRJE AM 1600 and 105.1 FM (the other one on Delmarva). I don’t think the stations are on the air, but it seems to suggest they are still fighting to keep the radio stations. Hmm. (4/28/16)

WBOC site works fine with slightly older Firefox browser under Linux. Take that for what its worth. (4/28/16)

The trial for iHeart lenders is on 5/16/16. These lenders hold "Priority Notes" and clam that iHeart is in default on their loans. If the court says that the lenders are correct, then they must pay up on their loans. I hear that iHeart has not paid any principal payments for eight years on their loans. How long can they go on paying just interest on their $21 Billion debt? (4/28/16)

i’ll resist a PC vs. Mac war, but I’ll say most PC users don’t even know whether a website is operating correctly or not they are so dumb! HAHA! Btw, there’s at least one mention in the mailbag from DCRTV Dave who said WBOC’s website was a bit buggy and Dave’s a PC user! So there! Btw, I have complained about problems on various websites including the Baltimore Sun, which at one point was completely unreadable. The pop-up ads literally froze your browser or your computer if you weren’t on the fastest machine. And even then, it was too annoying to even try to read it. Everyone has a tolerance point at which they will just click something off and give up trying. That’s lost business. I’ve reported the rare error on DCRTV as well. Finally, while not in this case, any error in Safari could also affect iPads and iPhones. That’s a lot of people. OH, one last thing, I’ve recommended PCs for people too and I wouldn’t wish a DELL on my worst enemy! :-) (4/28/16)

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To all the people who bitch about the Apple computers and the WBOC website I have a simple solution ~ Dump your Apple and McIntosh computers and go PC instead. I have a Dell desktop with Windows 10 and I have NO PROBLEM at all accessing or using the WBOC website. Unsigned Retired Non Suit. (4/27/16)

With Plante's jokes about a black man being evicted from public housing on January 20, 2017 yesterday, and his joke about about the Secret Service locking down the White House after seeing a black man wandering about; I wanted to share a joke with you. Here goes: A gay guy, a southern idiot, and a racist walk into a radio station. And Bill Hess says "You're Hired!" (4/27/16)

Last thoughts to the guy. You've spent a lot of time attempting to make yourself look like some sort of awesome Mac guy with all your stats and comments. The fact remains that you are talking about a non-working web site for you on DCRTV. Nothing against DCRTV but this isn't the place to get attention from WBOC on the supposed problems you are having with their web site. A while back an employee of WBOC invited you to contact them to relay the issues you are having. Have you done that? Or does it seem better to you to continue to talk about the problem in a web forum that you say is "a thing of the past"? Lastly the latest OS is not always your best choice. As you noted my Mac is running OS X 10.9.5. Haven't had an issue with the OS or the computer since I bought it in 2013. Best computer I have ever owned. The features and design introduced in 10.10 and beyond do not appeal to me or are of no use to me. Until Apple stops releasing security updates for Mavericks I'm sticking with it. It works and it works well for me and so does the WBOC web site. Something you are still unable to resolve. And now I change the channel back to DCRTV media discussions. (4/27/16)

Somebody correct if I’m wrong, but didn’t The Sun’s David Zurawik jump from CNN to FOX News last year? And now he’s back at CNN and saying they’re the best again after a year of defending FOX? Zurawik, the master of conflicts of interest did not mention FOX News today on election coverage. Some kind of clause in his contract? And only lavish praise for NBC/MSNBC going after John Kasich. Even Kasich doesn’t care because nobody saw it! HAHA! But Z did go after Sinclair today for airing an election special with former Gov. Bob Ehrlich on WUTB 24 last night at 9pm. He criticized Sinclair for not using the FOX 45 news team, but wouldn’t that be against Sinclair’s many secret deals with the FCC to keep running 3 TV stations in Baltimore which is clearly agains FCC rules? Now we know WNUV 54 is African American owned (wink wink from the grave), but even Sinclair’s deal with the FOX network might be infringed it they aired a FOX 24 News at 9! I guess this is not exactly Zurawik’s range of expertise huh? (4/27/16)

I will not re-copy Gus’s entire post, but that says a lot right there that he felt a need to re-copy mine. I’m sure Gus in Gaithersburg believes he’s right, but he, like some older people, probably hasn’t updated his system in ages. On any Apple Mac running the current OS which is, Mac OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan and Safari 9.1.1, the website constantly reloads its front page and generally most pages you click on. The Baltimore Sun and many website autoupdate their news pages to stay current, but WBOC’s reloads like every 3 seconds, which I’m sure it’s not meant to do. Also, occasionally, the page appears to not fully load at all, but appears complete. The problem is semi-persistent as in I find it every day, but eventually seems to calm down if you reload the page like 10X. If this problem doesn’t affect you, then your system is outdated and it will soon happen when you do software updates. On average, most Mac users stay pretty current on their Apple software, but there’s always the exception like Grumpy Gus. The problem still exists today. I’m not bragging, but I used to run a Mac sales company called and do Mac upgrades and repairs. To the other person. no one is running OS X 10.9.5 anymore. You are 2 OS’s behind. No Apple Mac ships nor has shipped with OS X 10.9 Mavericks in nearly 3 years. Step into 2016. I’m giving WBOC advice for the future, not retirement and death planning advice. And also, the other websites that auto re-load/update their websites do not have this problem, only WBOC. I also have Mac OS X 9.5 too and it’s true, it doesn’t have the same behavior, but it’s doubtful filing a bug report with Apple will solve the problem with current Macs. I’m running a 2009 era Mac Pro, so mine is not the latest, but my software is. Unfortunately, the average DCRTV Mailbag person apparently doesn’t stay up on their computers. After all, billboard style discussion groups in general are a thing of the past. It’s just that there are few websites in existence that have the info found here. Btw, El Capitan is a free upgrade to the 2 people running the outdated slower Mavericks. I did not notice the problem in Apple’s Technology Preview Safari, but that changes every month, but all knowledgeable web designers should be testing their sites on that since it’s where Apple is going with Safari on the Mac, iPhone, iPad. I could not reproduce the problem on an iPhone, but auto reloading might be disabled for speed/internet rate reasons. Feel free to give out my email to anyone at WBOC Dave. (4/27/16)

WCTN is now a mix of current pop music, 80’s, and 70’s Top 40 standards. No announcers. Same lousy piped-in phone quality audio. Just a simple synthesized orchestrated top-of-the-hour ID. Never know what 950 AM’s gonna do next! Gotta love ‘em. **HARUMPHFFT** KOF (4/27/16)

Thank you, Chris Matthews. You promised me I would get more votes in Maryland if I had people go on your show and then donate money to my campaign. They went on your show, and I then f'ing lose to Raskin even Trone in Montgomery County! You blew it, Chris! You also didn't tell me I was the warm up act to Chris Van Halen, associating me with that Democrat hack. Are you an idiot, Chris? Why do you make true limo liberals like me look like a potty-obsessed, prepubescent girl infatuated with fools, Chris? Did your mother potty train you too early, Chris, and we all now have to suffer from that decision 65 years later? PMSNBC might ignore my loss but you will sleeping on the couch for the next year. You are not helping my cause, Chris. Signed Kathleen Matthews (D-WJLA/Marriott). (4/27/16)

So even if I am a loyal WMAL listener and actually like Chris Plante, even this old conservative finds his comments to be beyond the pale from time to time: this morning with breaking news of a White House lockdown while Obama is within the house, Plante said “That’s because the Secret Service found a black man walking around inside.” Chris, Chris, Chris: don’t feed the bear with accusations of racism with such comments. Sheesh. (4/27/16)

There's an announcement I saw on the web for a part-time call screener and board op "Near 14th and K NW". My two questions are: 1) What station/studio is over there? Radio America used to be at 15th and L but aren't anymore, so who's running the ad? And 2) Why didn't you maggots run the ad here on DCRTV? (4/27/16)

Thank you, Larry O'Connor. You promised me I would get more votes in Maryland if I went on your show yesterday. I went on your show, and I then f'ing lose to Trump John Kasich in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties! You blew it, Larry! You also didn't tell me I was the warm up act to the guy who is spearheading the Target bathroom boycott, associating me with the organization that once praised Josh Duggar as a "Christian man of Principle." Are you an idiot, Larry? Why do you make true Conservatives look like potty-obsessed, prepubescent girl infatuated, fools, Larry? Did your mother potty train you too early, Larry, and we all now have to suffer from that decision 40 years later? You are not helping our cause, Larry. Signed. Senator Ted Cruz (R. Calgary). (4/27/16)

Alvin Jones' triumphant return to DC area radio on WERA 96.7 FM Arlington, VA with sidekick, Ulysses E. Campbell. The pair discuss current events of the day including the nation's very first Energy Lending Library, the death of musical sensation Prince, the debut of the new season of HBO's Game of Thrones and much more! (4/27/16)

I try to keep it short on general principles but sometimes pomposity brings out the UCS in me. I've cut some of the poster's more irrelevant nonsense. Anonymous wrote " simply does not work on Apple Mac computers. Sorry Gus doesn’t even know what that is. Pages just keep reloading over and over until you think your computer is having an epileptic seizure. As a computer tech guy, I know when it’s the computer’s fault and it’s the website." || Ah, whipping out the digital penis for a measure-down. || "My guess is that it’s an errant JAVAscript line that will not quit running in Safari. I have enough Apple Macs at my disposal to prove this point." || Guess, followed by digital penis tip-in. || "And btw, an iPhone or iPad is NOT the SAME Gus in Gaithersburg. It is not the same Apple Mac browser. One is a mobile browser, the other is a desktop browser, but I doubt you would know the difference on that either." || That earns you a 'go eff yourself.' I know the difference between a Mac and an iPhone and an iPad: one is a computer, one is for sending sex pictures, and one is a terrorist drone controller. || "While I know some HTML coding, I’m not trained in web design or Javascript..." || Imagine my surprise. || "Btw, this problem does not seem to occur in Firefox. I’m not the only one who has noticed this. Even Dave Hughes mentioned that the site has some problems as have others. Not everyone uses the same browser anymore whether Mac or PC. As for Safari versions, I”m using Safari 9.1 which is the latest version available. " || Great, the latest version of the slowest commercially available browser. I just tested the site AGAIN on a Mac NOT iPHONE or iPAD using Safari and it worked fine. Because I know the technologies you say you don't know I'm used to testing across browsers, operating systems, and platforms. Sorry for the long post, but I invoke the Responding to a Douchebag Protocol. Now let's get back to Adult Sexy Bathroom Talk. Gus in Gaithersburg (4/27/16)

The helicopter WBOC uses is an R44 Newscopter. The helicopter is very cheap to run compared to the ones used in Baltimore and Washington. (4/27/16)

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