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DCRTV Mailbag - October 1, 2011 to October 9, 2011

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Re: "WPXW 66 now broadcasts on Ch 34, not Ch 43 as it did pre-transition." Thanks - fixed the Wiki listing as it was incorrect. (10/9/11)

WRNR stopped being a progressive radio station when they fired John Hall for the way he said "did someone say McDonalds". The station has continued to go downhill since. With WHFS and WTMD both being around they should go back to being the station they were in the 90s. (10/9/11)

[RE the Station List:] WPXW 66 now broadcasts on Ch 34, not Ch 43 as it did pre-transition. (10/9/11)

Annapolis WRNR is running anti- 'occupy' slang. Earlier this week one of their radio hosts disparaged the demonstrators as being worthless placard carriers. . This afternoon they are running a commercial for the Annapolis Boat Show that invites listeners to 'occupy' Annapolis. Most all radio stations harbor conservative efforts (easy to understand because their advertising money comes from local conservative small business). All good - you got the money, you got the horn. But what is interesting about this Annapolis WRNR stance is that they suck down a good deal of their profits while masquerading as a progressive radio station. Just shows that the chamber of commerce always occupies the local center of media gravity. (10/9/11)

Some advice for those folks doing interviews on television, particularly those done on set...it is NOT necessary to verbally acknowledge comments made by the interviewee such as grunts, uh ha, like those you do on the telephone where you can't see the person on the other end. I've noticed this is particularly a problem with folks on channel 11 and on the Sunday program 11 TV Hill. (10/9/11)

Dave: Several months ago I sent you an update for your list regarding WAVD-97.1 (The Wave) Ocean Pines / Ocean City, Md. They play: "Greatest Hits", 60's, 70's, 80's. At the time you had it listed as: WQJZ - Smooth Jazz. The format changed in April 2011. Now, there is no listing at all for that frequency in OC on your list. Thanks for your continued daily info for all of us !! bill (10/9/11)

Dave's response: I've dropped the Ocean City area stations from the list, which is now focused on TV and radio stations within about 50 miles of DC and Baltimore. I may get up a separate list for Salisbury, Ocean City, and Dover area stations in the future. To qualify for the current list, a station must be heard in a significant area of either DC or Baltimore's metro area counties. Stations in places like Charlottesville, Richmond, Harrisonburg, Harrisburg, and Salisbury don't qualify, while places like Winchester, Hagerstown, Fredericksburg, and Easton do. Had to make the "cutoff" somewhere.....

Mike O'Meara to be roasted at the 3rd Annual Halloweeny Roast on October 25th at the Pooks Hill Marriott in Bethesda: Has Don Geronimo's invitation been lost in the mail? My malebag Carrot Top prop humor which is Mike Sorce. Dave's the DCRTV Roastmaster. The Real AHHHH (10/9/11)

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Dave, While it sounds like a great time for a great cause, in spite of what you may have been told, I will not be at the 3rd Annual Halloweeny Roast. Howard Bernstein WUSA (10/8/11)

Dave's response: That's Howard Bomstein.....

[RE station listings:] 60 - WWPX - Ion - Hagerstown MD is actually in Martinsburg, WV. (10/8/11)

[RE station listings:] Dave, Could you add the RF channels to the DTV list? Bob Fairfax (10/8/11)

Dave's response: Gimme the info and I'll slap it in.....

Lots of small donations and and small advertisers help keep you independent. Bob Fairfax (10/8/11)

Re List: What about NewsChanne?l 8? (10/8/11)

Dave's response: NewsChannel 8 is cable-only. The Station List is only for local broadcast outlets.....

[Curious that Sarah Palin chose to make her announcement on Mark Levin’s radio show and not on fellow Fox Employee Sean Hannity’s radio show or on Fox News itself. Recently, Roger Ailes has been publicly disparaging the ex-Governor in the press, and it appears her face time on the network has been curtailed. Has the Conservative media finally tacitly discovered (after three very long and frustrating years) that she is an idiot with nothing more to offer than a smug and awkward soundbite? Does her ill at ease snub of Fox News, her employer, give us a clue that our long national nightmare of Sarah Palin will soon be over? I had no doubt she was an idiot when she said in 2008 on the Chris Plante Show the dumbest thing uttered on a campaign trail in 32 years. Remember, Chris didn’t even dump what she said, and Sarah had to go on national television to “refutiate” her own words. Goodbye Sarah, it was fun while it lasted. You now have more time to spend with your two grandchildren. Perhaps you can emcee the next Hank Williams Jr. concert in Sitka.] Where you have been the last 3 years? Paying so much attention to Palin, that you failed to see Obama all but run this country into the ground? You must have your head stuck in the sand! B in New Mexico. (10/8/11)

This may be filed under "who cares" but I'm vacationing on the Maryland eastern shore checking out the radio scene and noticed Seaford's AM-1280 (WJWK) is no longer simulcasting sister station spanish "Maxima 900" (WJWL). Instead it's running commercial free (English) variety hits as "Sue AM 1280". Anyone know the story why this is? Can't imagine Great Scott is giving 1280's few listeners commercial free music for nothing. Also 95.3 is back to simulcasting "B-101.7", no more "Studio" ? (10/8/11)

It would be ill advised for CBS to even consider a news-information format on the present WFSI. You must have full market coverage and downtown penetration. WFSI has neither. Ditto for 99.1. The questions remain: Does CBS radio want the all news franchise in DC (or part of it)? Second, how committed is Hubbard to an all newser in DC? Hubbard and CBS battle it our right now in the Twin Cities. Both in radio and TV. CBS may float a creditable threat to entice or leverage Hubbard into selling or trading stations. Certainly an all newser on 94.7, regardless of eventual success, would dilute the value of WTOP. Thus the bargaining chip. And a nice chip at that. BD. (10/8/11)

More bargain basement ads shilling for $14? Every time you go fishing for minnow-sized deals you're admitting that you can't adapt your 1997-era business model to 2011. You're admitting that you don't know how to adjust to all the technological and marketing innovations of the last decade and a half. You should be going after thousand-dollar deals, not hoping someone drops a few coins into your tin cup. You could be making tons more money than you are. C'mon, man. Rooting for you. (10/8/11)

Dave's response: Ha ha ha! Hey, DCRTV's been here for 14+ years due largely to those small donations. OK, I'm not rolling in dough, but for a regional media news "niche" website without a parent company to support it I think DCRTV's done pretty well over the years. Heck, on the "news front," this one-man site has repeatedly sent the big Washington Post and the Baltimore Sun running for cover. And, like always, every little bit of support helps. The bigger ad deals are great, but I am always grateful and appreciate the donations of a few bucks from the site's visitors. By the way, make your $14 donation to DCRTV by October 14 and get a full year of access to memory-packed DCRTV Plus. Please visit our Support page. Thanks. By the way, I searched your "Marion Barry" mbarrydc1@yahoo.com e-mail address in the DCRTV mail archive and you're a frequent critic of WTOP so it's probably a good guess that you're somehow aligned with WMAL. Are you Chris Plante? Hmmm.....

The only real radio challenge I see in the DC/ Baltimore market is between WMMJ and WHUR who are constantly neck and neck. Everybody else is just floating out there. I know there is a alot of religious programming out there. But Baltimore's biggest format hole is FM urban gospel. Anytime Praise gets a 2.0 share in Baltimore and you can't get Praise in Baltimore says something. WCAO and Praise combined have a 3.0+ share. An FM gospel station would easly be a top 5 station in Baltimore consistently. I think Clear Channel should flip 102.7 or 104.3 to gospel. Also, Is it just me or anybody else see that for some strange reason Family Stations won't sell stations to anybody except CBS which is kinda of creepy. It's like their old girlfriends or something. I think it would be good to see a major Christian AC powerhouse in Philadelphia on 106.9. I'm sure Salem would like to put their Fish format on there but Family Stations won't give them the time of day. (10/8/11)

Dave's response: If Radio One or Clear Channel could acquire Annapolis's 107.9, I think there's a good chance it could go commercial gospel for the Baltimore market. However, if Radio One got the signal and flipped it, it would face the danger of taking some audience from the DC area's Praise 104.1, since 107.9 WFSI has excellent coverage of 104.1's target coverage area of Prince George's County and DC. On the other hand, if Clear Channel got 107.9, it could put its already established AMer WCAO on the FM signal for better coverage.....

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Mike in Fairfax: Czaban needs to grow a "social conscience"? What the hell does that mean? That he needs to toe the usual media left wing agenda to gain your approval? BS. Czaban is the best local sportstalker on either station because he has a schtick that people like. Which is probably why he also has a national network show. On another point, you are right that Sapienza deserves the credit for the Caps coverage on ESPN 980. It has increased considerably with Alan May as the Capitals Insider and the Caps interviews they have been doing.. They still don't take calls on hockey topics much though. (10/7/11)

Agree with others that LaVar might find a better audience back home in Pittsburgh. Arrington is a tedious radio bore. Age Arrington thirty years and he might fit as a humdrum clone of John Thompson Sr. Both are overrated and cement-brained and possessed of more self esteem than any worthwhile sports judgment. LaVar could have spawned his tiresome millionaire media plantation in Phoenix or Seattle or Charlotte but somehow we lucked out and he landed his bloated boat in Washington. Annoying nastiness appears to be a contagion. As of this afternoon, manhood-challenged, gun toting, mma obsessed Chad wants all Arlington liberals to stop listening. Chad and LaVar offer sometimes harsh opinions on players every day. My opinion is that we need this boring stretch of afternoon radio hours to get gone. (10/7/11)

“In terms of sportstalk personality, Steve Czaban runs circles around the entire Fan lineup, and I can hear him mornings and afternoons!”. While Czaban seems to have toned down his act to some degree lately (he used to say at least two things on each Sports Reporters show that made you want to smash your radio; now it’s down to maybe two or three per week), he still needs to grow a social conscience. But for whatever reason that program has provided more Capitals related interviews during the offseason than perhaps any other program on either ESPN 980 or 106.7 The Fan (even opening the phones to hockey fans yesterday) – a far cry from the days when Czaban and Andy Pollin repeatedly drew the ire of Caps fans for treating the team like a minor, inconsequential part of the DC sports scene. I have to believe the station’s program director Chuck Sapienza deserves most of the credit – there’s no way either Pollin or Czaban would have taken the initiative to upgrade the show’s hockey coverage to that extent. Apparently Caps blogger Mike Vogel (who made weekly appearances on four different WTEM programs last season) has not been renewed, so CSN’s Alan May will be their lone hockey ‘insider’ for 2010-11. But the station’s continuing lack of a fulltime Caps beat reporter remains a mystery, especially in view of the fact that Sky Kerstein’s been filling that role for WJFK since it switched to an all-sports format in 2009. In view of the way John Thompson grilled Doug “Greaseman” Tracht unrelentingly (and justifiably so) during a memorable interview following the infamous on-air incident that torpedoed the latter’s radio career back in 1999, it was disappointing that he almost seemed to give Hank Williams, Jr. a pass for the remarks on Fox that caused ESPN’s Monday Night Football to part company with the country star. Just because you happen to be a fan of his music doesn’t mean you should be an apologist for comments not much less despicable than Tracht’s, and it’s worth recalling that Thompson tried to make a federal case out of a minor slip of the tongue by ESPN Radio's Mike Greenberg (botching Martin Luther King, Jr.'s name in an unfortunate way last year) that I doubt any other talk show host in the country wasted five seconds on. Mike, Fairfax (10/7/11)

Allbritton's NewsChannel 8 celebrates its 20th anniversary today, and we get news that an HD version is in the works and that the channel will soon be carried by Dish Network and DirecTV. In a special October 7 edition of DCRTV's "Dave TV'...... (10/7/11)


Dave…While I can agree with you about your speculation of CBS adding a news station on 107.9/ 99.1, I would disagree with you on the choice of a possible music format. If you look at the lack of success CBS has had with Alt Rock format, 101.9 in New York, or semi Alt Rock 94.1 in Philly, the more logical “safe” choice would be a 60/70/80 hybrid like CBS FM, or WOGL. This is a format missing in both Balt/Wash Market, a format that CBS is having considerable success with, not my choice but when is the last time corporate radio has taken any kind of a chance. You still need to move to Northeast Howard County where we are lucky to have 103.1/89.7 and 90.5 relay of XPN, make it worth owning a radio…. Thanks Great Site !!!!! (10/7/11)

This morning, heading to work on the highway to hell (I-270), I was listening to 102.7 Jack-FM when another station began sputtering in and out. Turned out to be WGNI in Wilmington, NC. Not too shabby. Bout time the FM DX gods woke up; I haven’t heard anything out of market for a looong time. Keep ‘em coming! Mike in Frederick and the Dashboard DX Society (still alive and drivin’), all of whom have reset their 105.9 presets to stations other than ‘MAL-FM. And P.S. – the higher ham bands are smokin’! (10/7/11)

9 has the largest turnover in sports dept! RIP Glenn...... (10/7/11)

No question now that Haber was let go, what's next, selling Honda's at Ourisman? (10/7/11)

I saw this clip posted elsewhere today as a joke. Is this a young(er) JC Hayward? (10/7/11)


CBS doesn’t need to buy 107.9. They have its twin at 99.1 and they could easily flip it to news and have the “Baltimore advantage” to sell agains tWTOP. In truth, Hubbard needs to buy 107.9 to stay in the game. CBS has too much firepower and too many chips (stations) to play with. El Zol is on the wrong stick. The DC market has a huge Hispanic population (632,000 in 12+)while Baltimore has one-sixth as many (108,000). Put the Spanish stuff on 106.7, shit-can “Fresh”and put JFK on 94.7 and news on 99.1. By the way, WTOP is a terrific station but the idea that CBS could not compete with them in All-News is completely idiotic, as is the idea that either one of them couldn’t serve both Baltimore and Washington perfectly well. Stupid. (10/7/11)

OMG Lavar is the worst. He cannot speak right at all. he actually thinks he is intelligent. He is so damn full of himself it makes me crazy. Pull him off, please! (10/7/11)

More on the continuing rumblings that CBS might start a news talker on the DC FM band. And will there be more news and talk on broadcast radio in the future? Plus, more lapses in journalistic ethics at the Washington Post. This time running a large photo of an ad for a movie the Post writes about. And, Brett Haber says goodbye to Channel 9/WUSA for a new gig at Washingtonian magazine. All this and more in today's "Dave TV"..... (10/7/11)


Re:"Lay off lavar Not since hoedy doody acused buffslo bob of abusing him has a media giant taken so much guff (10/6/11)" Media Giant ???? Hahahahahahha. And Mike Wise is a DC Sports Legend right ? LaVar is a complete joke. I totally agree that he was hired because of who he WAS, not for his potential ability in radio. It was a failed experiment by JFK. They need to own up to it and change it up. And the next time Chad is rude and disrespectful to a caller(pretty much every caller) I wish they would head on down to FFX and call him out. We could find out if his fat ass, has picked up and fighting skills from sitting on his couch and watching MMA.... Jay (10/7/11)

As much as I like WTOP, I remember how much I liked 1010WINS and WCBS88 when I lived in NY and how the competition between the two made them better at what they did. Bring it! (10/7/11)

Curious that Sarah Palin chose to make her announcement on Mark Levin’s radio show and not on fellow Fox Employee Sean Hannity’s radio show or on Fox News itself. Recently, Roger Ailes has been publicly disparaging the ex-Governor in the press, and it appears her face time on the network has been curtailed. Has the Conservative media finally tacitly discovered (after three very long and frustrating years) that she is an idiot with nothing more to offer than a smug and awkward soundbite? Does her ill at ease snub of Fox News, her employer, give us a clue that our long national nightmare of Sarah Palin will soon be over? I had no doubt she was an idiot when she said in 2008 on the Chris Plante Show the dumbest thing uttered on a campaign trail in 32 years. Remember, Chris didn’t even dump what she said, and Sarah had to go on national television to “refutiate” her own words. Goodbye Sarah, it was fun while it lasted. You now have more time to spend with your two grandchildren. Perhaps you can emcee the next Hank Williams Jr. concert in Sitka. (10/7/11)

Steve Swenson also ran WTOP in the mid 1990's before going to WINS. Steve understands the news process, how to feed the news management the resources they need rahter than question the resources they need. Steve is responsible for planting the seeds of the future and what became WTOP-FM. There was a deal in place to purchase 94.3 at the time that Bonneville purchased WGMS & WTOP. Bonneville didn't even realize it had assumed the Letter of Intent on 94.3 with the purchase of WTOP/WGMS. The move to FM got a jump start in the 3-way deal for 107.7 . A bit less than 15 years later, it looks like DC is about to have nearly eight FM talk stations above 92.1 That is almost 25% of the commercial signals in DC will NOT be running music on FM. (10/7/11)

Dave's response: When the internet becomes widely available in cars, everyone can pick his or her individual music stream from literally thousands of choices. That'll pretty much kill off music on broadcast radio - except for a handful of music stations in each market with huge ratings like WPOC and Hot 99.5. And, at least in major markets, locally-oriented news and talk will dominate broadcast radio, which is pretty much now completely moved to the FM band. It's already started. The DC market led the country in the move to the FM band in the 1970s, and we're now ahead of the country in the rapid expansion of news and talk on FM. I wouldn't be surprised to see CBS (94.7, 99.1, buying 107.9) and Clear Channel (100.3) flip an FMer to news and/or talk within the next year, joining Cumulus, Hubbard, AU, and Salem.....

Dave--Just saw your afternoon ratings report. Any idea how Andy Parks' show is doing on WTNT? I think it's a great addition-l?ive and local. Thanks, Scott (10/7/11)

Dave's response: In the September monthly radio ratings, WTNT, 730 AM, ranked 43rd in the overall age 12+ demo. Afternoons, where Parks is, was 29th, which is up from 47th place in June, before he joined the station. By the way, WTOP's internet stream also placed 43rd in September.....

"If" CBS makes gets 107.9 and makes it all news, wouldn't that really upset the applecart at TOP and to a lesser extent WBAL. Both run CBS news and features. I can't imagine the CBS suits wants to mess with the clearance in 2 markets, especially DC, where TOP is king (10/7/11)

Dave's response: I do think that CBS Radio is interested in buying Annapolis's 107.9, but I think it would be smarter for CBS Baltimore to take the signal and put WHFS on it and market it to both the DC and Baltimore markets, like the old WHFS on 99.1. Using 107.9 as an all-newser by CBS Washington would be a mistake, since it's way outside the Beltway and its coverage into Northern Virginia, home to many defense contractors, runs up against adjacent channel 107.7 in Warrenton, which relays WTOP. If CBS Washington is planning to start a news or talk station, it would be better to use Bethesda's 94.7 or Northern PG County's 99.1 in mono. Also. don't forget, all this talk about CBS starting an all-newser in Washington might just be that - talk. Talk to "soften up" Hubbard to sell WTOP. I do think that the main reason Steve Swenson was moved from the big and impressive CBS Radio cluster in NYC to the company's rusting radio hulk in Lanham (er DC) was to get control of the crown jewel of WTOP. Stay tuned.....

[RE Haber:] He is a true renasaince man. (I know I can't spell that word) (10/7/11)

Dave's response: Yeah, Brett used to be the morning man on the old Z104, then he moved on to Channel 9, and now to Washingtonian mag. Radio, TV, now print.....

That's not a coverup of corruption in Maryland politics and government. It is so blantantly corrupt you can't hide it. But the nature of the corruption plays well with the politically correct crowd, and thus the liberal bias of the media makes it ok to NOT cover those stories. (10/7/11)

Memo to Jerry Klein: Cancer can be beaten. Have faith and persevere. Your cure is in my prayers. –Unsigned Corporate Suit (10/7/11)

As you’ve read here on DCRTV, WMAL’s Jerry Klein is in the fight of his life. He has cancer. No one deserves that fate, certainly not my friend Jerry. With the help of a God, for whom healing his body is not even a “heavy lift,” Jerry will beat this. Jerry is stubborn, he is strong and has a heart as big as anyone I know…anyone! In my days at WMAL, some of my fondest memories involve Jerry. We spent endless hours discussing strategy, arguing politics and leaning upon one another when the daily grind took its toll. It is not a coincidence that so many people have reached out to Jerry upon hearing of his illness. Jerry has touched so many…and will continue to do so when he recovers and becomes stronger. Please say a prayer for his complete healing. Thanks – Paul Duckworth (10/7/11)

The person who wanted to know about John Riggins show on masn they are on vacation this week since it is the redskins buy week they will be back Monday at 4pm on MASN. (10/7/11)

I saw this chart in the Political Cartoons section of LiveJournal and I wondered if anyone has ever seen a graphic that charts a similar trend of Radio companies. If there isn't one now, somebody should create one. politicartoons.livejournal.com (10/7/11)

Mark Levin does his show from his home studio. Why is it that when he calls into the WMAL morning show does he use a crappy phone instead of his home studio? (10/7/11)

When will people wake up and see that WMAL is a worthless station. I know that it's going to possibly get better ratings with a relay on 105.9 but it doesn't help the fact that the people on that station are morons. I know the truth hurts the people on here that worship the ground that WMAL walks on but these are the facts from a conservative. Keep drinking the Kool-Aid that WMAL feeds you but it's nothing but crap on that station. Morning, Noon and Night....nothing but crap on the air. I hope that the relay move backfires on Cumulus.....that would be a great thing for the DC Market. It would prove that a station that airs nothing but lies and misleading information can flop on both frequencies. Dan (10/7/11)

in the same press release from Washingtonian that announced Carol Joynt as Editor-at-Large. Garrett Graf announced that outgoing WUSA Sports Director Brett Haber has also been named Editor-at-Large for the magazine. Haber will write for both the print and online publications, in addition to his new play-by-play and hosting duties at Tennis Channel cable network. (10/7/11)

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Dear Dave - confidentially speaking, your wubbsy-tubbsie tummy is cute in a gayish sort of way but as I told my own mother today - INAPPROPRIATE for the viewing public. Men ought to dress like grown-ups and 70 year old women should not hobble around in elastic-waisted dungarees. Andy Taylor let that trouser cuff hang up on his boot and we loved him for it within the context of a nicely pressed uniform. Aunt Bea is an icon and she never wore man clothes. M (10/6/11)

Dave's response: You're absolutely right. It's gonna be polo shirts and baggy Dockers for me from now on. Where's the nearest Stein Mart?

Dear Dave, [RE PLANTE] . . . Another awesome truth-filled performance by Plante (excepting the exchange of Syria for Egypt - You rant for three hours and not get...) The world is under assault by liberals and God-haters and our fallen but eager son is calling them to task - SO ATTACK THE MESSENGER - CENSOR HIM! Because your precious sensitive DCRTV reading wittle heartsy-hearts are all aflutter in offense. And tuck yer damn shirt in [shivers]. M (10/6/11)

Maryland state senator Ulysses Currie is on trial in federal court for corruption. Currie represents part of Prince George's County. His district begins about a mile from the DC-PG line. Want to know what's going on in his trial? Don't expect to find out from the Post, Times, Examiner, Gazette, or DC-area broadcast media. WBAL and the Sun are carrying almost daily reports on the trial, but DC-area "news" outlets apparently either don't think his trial is newsworthy or want to help coverup the corruption in Maryland politics. (10/6/11)

One finds it absolutely laughable that wbal radio's website, wbal.com, has a critter's corner now. This is the latest tackiest change the new news director has made. It is obviously the new news director because the previous one would never have done something so silly for a hard news operation like that. TV stations and community newsletters yes, but I expect better from them. And even worse, the site promotes a Harford County agency, the county where Merrie Street lives. Shocker! Is this group buying ad space? It gets better, the picture of some crazy looking animal is from her best friend/now employee Bill Vanko. There was no other picture out there. Double shocker. One can see all those awards going out the window now. Shame that the reporters who work hard have to lower their standards for a news director who hasn't worked in a newsroom in 20 years. (10/6/11)

Lay off lavar Not since hoedy doody acused buffslo bob of abusing him has a media giant taken so much guff (10/6/11)

Dave, your comment about some of the best radio personalities are "complete assholes", well you can add TV personalities as well. My dad back in the 80's had worked at a radio station whose weather guy was none other than Bill Kamal and yes he was still on channel 9 old "Eyewitness News" at the time. One day Bill asked my dad just before the taping who did he think did the weather best on DC TV. My dad knowing that Bill had wanted him to say "..why you Bill" instead as a joke he had said "BOB RYAN". OMG..Bill went off screaming to him over the phone "FUCK YOU..JUST FUCK YOU..YOU SON OF A BITCH" and then he slams down the phone leaving my dad to say on the air that Bill "..has been taken ill very suddenly". For a very long time my dad refused to watch channel 9 over this. Ah proof that some, even in the biggest markets just can't be told that they suck, even if it is a joke. (10/6/11)

What happen to the John Riggins Show on MASN. Was it cancelled or they on vacation ? (10/6/11)

(Snip) Some of the best radio personalities are complete assholes.....(end snip) No, I'm a spleen! I got promoted! -Al Peterson (10/6/11)

We the loyal WMAL listeners (and yes, there are still many of us out there!) wish Jerry Klein all the best in his upcoming surgery and also wish him a speedy recovery. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jerry, his family, and the medical team that will be taking care of him. Many of us remember back to 2006-07, when the Sunday afternoon radio program had Jerry 'solo', followed by two hours with Chris Plante. Plante and Klein together were like oil & water -- such opposites in ideology and in everything else, it's a small miracle that punches didn't fly in that studio more often. More recently, Jerry's been producing the "Saturday Morning Update" with Rick Fowler and has also been heard on Dawn Bennett's "Financial Mythbusting" show on Sundays, both on WMAL. Some of us thought that the Plante-Klein duo was one of the best heard on local news talk radio. Jerry might slow down for a while after his surgery -- but nothing will shut him up, and we need his voice back on the radio soon! Best to you, Jerry! -Silvie in Waldorf- (10/6/11)

While I find it very annoying that Mr. Tony keeps taking off, I have to question whether he is pulling a Geronimo. Does anyone know how much time is left on his contract? I think this all started when the podcasts were first delayed. Mr Tony loves the out of towners. He considers himself bigger than DC. So many of his regular mailbag contributors are podcast listeners. And, since the show is based on current events and sports, who wants to hear opinions and predictions after events take place? Do you think Window Nation orBagel City want to pay Mr. Tony rates for Al Galdi? Thank God I had the BOAD Reloaded in my back pocket this AM. I have never heard a word of Chris Plante. I get the feeling the DCRTV gang does not like? I have heard Wise and he is toxic on the radio. I agree that Thom has a voice for telegraph but I do like him. He is an old time newspaper guy. He has a different slant than most in talk radio. But, the day the Junks attacked him, Cakes’ impersonation had my employees wondering what was making me laugh out loud. Thirty five more minutes of the Sports Chix and it is MOS time. If not for a major family illness, I would be following that bus next week! OOBBEE (10/6/11)

(Snip) Some of the best radio personalities are complete assholes.....(end snip) Why, thank you, Dave. Al McGilvray WRNR-AM 740 (10/6/11)

[RE LaVar:] That may be true but its completely irrelevant to this discussion. He was hired because of his status as a former Redskins player and because his feud with Dan Synder was a great marketing tool during WJFK's initial public debut. He was not hired because of his decades of radio acumen. (10/6/11)

Dukes should be on cable access and LaVar, who played in this town for a day or two, needs to go back to Happy Valley where he was once actually famous and do some local TV commercials. (10/6/11)

LaVar is a good guy and a gentleman. (10/6/11)

Dave's response: But that doesn't mean he'll be good on the radio. Some of the best radio personalities are complete assholes.....

The Washington Post doesn't sell enough ads to have a stand-alone Washington Capitals preseason section. A WGMS refrigerator magnet memory. Some more September radio ratings for DC - the afternoon show "money demo" numbers. Plus, Mark Levin's big Sarah Palin scoop. And more in today's "Dave TV"..... (10/6/11)


"Right...because people who disagree with you HAVE to be insane. Uh-huh. This is what comes of listening to too much Rush, too much Beck, too much self-obsessed, Rightwing claptrap. They can't just listen to a station at some point during the day and realize it's spewing demonizing off-the-wall propaganda...they have to be obsessed with it! They MUST be listening 24 hours a day! There is no other answer! They are crazy people beneath our contempt! Thanks for setting me straight, Herr Goebbels. I veered from the party line." There's nothing like calling out a strawman argument only to be answered by more strawmen, topped off by being referred to as "Goebbels." I look forward to the next post in the Mailbag from the unsigned poster responding to this message. He's quick on the draw! Must be monitoring the Mailbag closely. Let's count down, shall we? Five - Four - Three ... Christian (10/6/11)

Sorry for ranting. I usualy just enjoy Dave Hughes's rants. DCRTV is Must see TV for me. This minor league "push to talk" guy's dissing Jobs truly frosts me. I am proud to hold one patent that changed the way people did one thing. My life is good. My mentor, Bob, holds about 25 patents and I am in awe of his contribution an art. Steve Jobs' name is on over 300 letters patent granted. The gall of Planthead. Has this guy even made 300 creative radio commercials or written for a journal of record once? Shame on this idiot. (10/6/11)

[From the Northeast Radio Watch page on Facebook:] DCRTV.com's hirsute head honcho, Dave Hughes, features the 2012 Tower Site Calendar on his "Dave TV" feature. Thanks, Dave! (And be sure to check out - and support - his site, too!) www.youtube.com... (10/6/11)

Hey Dave. You, DCRTV, Arbitron, PressBox, and 105.7 were all part of the weekly Drew Forrester "Cheap Shots from the Bleachers" segment this morning on WNST. It is supposed to be available on the WNST website in the "audio vault" section if you are interested. (10/6/11)

Dave's response: I am honored.....

ABC News and other respectable news outfits report Steve Jobs' father as Syrian. I tend to believe that reporting over Wiki any day. The article even quotes the father as saying that the father of Steve Jobs mother did not want his daughter marrying a Syrian. Nothing about Eqypt nor Eqyptians is mentioned in any respectable or reputable news outlet. Your poster is wrong, has an agenda and has been outed. (10/6/11)

[RE Wise:] You could've stopped at does DC talk radio get any lamer than those two, period. (10/6/11)

[RE Wise:] it's a bye week for local sports... so they gotta talk about something... (10/6/11)

Wise used to be "OK," now unlistenable. Those guys suck. (10/6/11)

[From DCRTV's Twitter & Facebook pages: Does DC sports talk radio get any lamer than Wise & Holden taking calls on Steve Jobs? Truely hideous radio, that 106.7 The Fan.....] Thom Loverro on any subject might be lamer... that guy has a voice for telegraph... but your point is well taken. (10/6/11)

[From DCRTV's Twitter & Facebook pages: Does DC sports talk radio get any lamer than Wise & Holden taking calls on Steve Jobs? Truely hideous radio, that 106.7 The Fan.....] That's why I have unliked, unfollowed, etc anything related to that station. (10/6/11)

[RE Plante:] THIS is the wonderful commentary that HAD to be on FM? What a waste (10/6/11)

[RE Plante:] What a fucking ASS HOLE... (10/6/11)

[RE Plante:] What a shame that we lost 105.9 to this drivel. (10/6/11)

Turn it off, Dave. Just turn it off. Tuning your radio to WMAL is like slowing down to watch an auto accident. Just keep your eyes on the road and keep moving forward. (10/6/10)

And Plante's mom was obviously impregnated by an idiot. (10/6/11)

Plante is quite ill but anyone listening to his absudity should bear in mind he's very sensitive over not growing up with his birth father (and therefore the need for random attacks on others' parentage) and the fact that he's not married with the need to call the woman he's now with "No. 1" (which sounds more like a bladder function) instead of just saying she's not his wife because he doesn't have one. (10/6/11)

One day after whining about WTEM "hurting" his listeners by delaying availability of his show's podcasts, Grandpa Korny took the day off. Guess he felt it would help his listeners heal if he spent a morning on the links, a two-hour lunch at the Palm and an afternoon trying to figure out how to use a cell phone. Seriously, he either got suspended or is a shameless hypocrite. Based on past performance, I'm guessing it is the latter. (10/6/11)

Congrats to Levin on getting a scoop, but are there really people who thought Palin would run? Seriously? I think she's been clearly gaming the GOP nomination process to sell books and increase her speaking fees since day one. Being president or even being involved in serious discussions about becoming president appear to be the last thing on earth she wants. (10/6/11)

[From DCRTV's Twitter & Facebook pages: WMAL idiot Chris Plante just said that Steve Jobs' mother was "impregnated by a Syrian man." What's the point, Chris? Gawd, Plante is awful!] Plante is extremely TOXIC. He should be fired and have someone in his time slot that actually uses common sense. Which counts out Glenn Beck....he's too much of a nutcase! (10/6/11)

Dave's response: If you check Wikipedia, Jobs' biological father was Egyptian, not Syrian. So, Plante not only mouths emotionally toxic, irrelevantly tasteless crap, he's also wrong with his facts. Sheesh. Do WMAL's advertisers actually realize what bottom-feeding sludge they're sponsoring on 105.9 and 630 from 9 AM to noon? Man.....

Best of luck to Jerry Klein. Completely disagree with him politically, but he's a thoughtful man. Hope he beats it and triumphs. Real talent is in short supply, irrespective of the place it occupies on the political spectrum. Genghis Cohen... (10/6/11)

Dave's response: Isn't Klein WMAL's token liberal?

[...heard a new station on WJZ HD3 today. It is called Hope FM...] This makes sense. CBS Baltimore is leasing/buying the two translators at 97.5 and 106.1 from The Hope Church of Marlton New Jersey. With the feed on WJZ HD3, they can now *legally* feed other translators that they may still own around the area. Probably a good business move for both parties. (10/6/11)

Regarding a CBS purchase of WFSI - fcc.gov - are these rules still in effect? (10/6/11)

It looks like The Washington Times has scored an official 2012 presidential debate. Link: www.washingtontimes.com (10/6/11)

"Sent one slightly critical tweet to DUKES and he got defensive and blocked me the guys not professional" There's always a chance that you're a douche, and/or this wasn't your first "slightly critical tweet". "I don't think the complainers "love" the station. They seem to hate it. But their letters indicate they can't stop listening. That's not a joke; it's a pathology. Christian" I would include the guy who thinks he knows the ratio of content to commercials in Midnight Trucking radio (heard locally from 3 am to 5 am). Being someone who needs to get a life is no way to go through life. "By the way, please set aside the silly argument that people who complain about a station must secretly love it since they listen to it. I think everybody here got over that scrap of juvenalia way back when D&M were still on WAVA." I've heard clips of their show from that time, and I wouldn't have listened to it. If you listen repeatedly to something you claim to hate, you don't hate it. Then another poster writes: "[Glenn Beck's] lunatic fringe act only plays with those of like mind and those who find amusement value in it, and eventually he stops being funny in a Hank Williams, Jr. kind of way." Let me be didactic: if you compare someone to someone who compares someone to Hitler, you've lost the argument. "The extensive quoting of WMAL hosts, the sad revelation that these folks listen to the station constantly so they can complain about it, is just pathetic." Bingo. "[Mary Katherine Hamm] should be working at WJFK, where there are lots of fat, meat-loving dudes." You're just projecting, Dave. - ZombieWoof (10/6/11)

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re: beating this damn Cooley-Romo...Yeah, I switched to 980AM at 4pm, then back at 7pm and it was still going on. Now , pompous Danny R is at it. Bye week and nothing else to say? God forbid, they mention the Caps. After all, the season opens Saturday. (10/5/11)

Dave I heard a new station on WJZ HD3 today. It is called Hope FM and seems to be a relay of a Christian station in PA. Have you ever heard of this station? Ron in Annapolis (10/5/11)

Dave's response: Doesn't Dave Labrozzi, who heads CBS Radio Baltimore, live across the Mason-Dixon line in Pennsylvania? Maybe it's one of his favorite stations.....

Sent one slightly critical tweet to DUKES and he got defensive and blocked me the guys not professional (10/5/11)

Chad and 'Var are beating this damn Cooley-Romo shit into the ground. *sigh* (10/5/11)

105.7 is an decent station with a solid staff, but the overrun of Armchair Coaches & Managers, and owners get's ridiculous to the point it makes you not want to listen to the station especially during Ravens season where callers beat dead horses and rant at stuff they don't know a thing about endlessly, including the NFL in general. However due to that it's rare that I listen to 105.7. As far as a CBS all newser goes, it just makes no sense at all for them to do it unless they were to drive it for the Baltimore market. WTOP has Washington covered endlessly and CBS gets a share of the #1 rating for being WTOP's source for news. A CBS DC News station would have absolutely no impact on WTOP because of just how much WTOP has been built up to be what it is, you can't just come in and take away from a heritage top rated station in a certain city. The only way WTOP falls is if Hubbard chose to destroy it themselves the way that CBS destroyed HFS & WQSR. On the other side of the topic is that Baltimore does not have a full blown all news station, but at the same time CBS wouldn't be able to find the proper staffing to make it work, nor have a good set of call letters like WJZ as 105.7 already uses them, sure guess they could pull those call letters away from 105.7, but how would you associate 107.9 FM with WJZ Channel 13? It has nothing in common. However 107.9 would allow CBS to flip some of it's DC stations around a little, but moving maybe 106.7 the fan to 107.9 then ELZol from 99.1 to 106.7, DC sports has a larger market than what that signal covers while ELZol's signal coverage by far has a much smaller target audience market area than what's needed with it being on 99.1. What's done with 99.1 would be left to the imagination, and possibly to that of CBS Baltimore. (10/5/11)

While everyone is listening to ,and bitching about,stations they hate I'm going to bitch a little about a station I listen to and DON'T hate ...but only a little.... HFS needs to hotwire another crazy round-the-corner relay,like 107.9,or be permanently planted on a main signal FM of its own so it can once again be "W"HFS FM. Obvious little glitches like todays repeat of Virgin doing a lead in for G Crash then queing up Alice in Chains tend to make me wish it wasn't voicetracked but it still rocks out like no other station. Everyone has complaints about radio stations having narrow playlists but HFS manages to make the heavy rotations more bearable with songs in between that you don't hear every day or on any other station. It's clear that despite all the naysayers' expert knowledge and/or prophecies for the past 6 years about HFS being a failed station with a failed format CBS still parked the calls for a reason,they kept HFS around in some form and now have it back on FM as a relayed signal but back nevertheless. "Alternative" was declared dead by execs but the problem with that statement is that it's ridiculous...Alternative covers a broad range of music that defies narrow definitions that fit into execs tidy,musically talentless minds...so Alternative can't really die...and neither should HFS. Donnie (10/5/11)

Re: "I don't think the complainers 'love' the station. They seem to hate it. But their letters indicate they can't stop listening. That's not a joke; it's a pathology." Right...because people who disagree with you HAVE to be insane. Uh-huh. This is what comes of listening to too much Rush, too much Beck, too much self-obsessed, Rightwing claptrap. They can't just listen to a station at some point during the day and realize it's spewing demonizing off-the-wall propaganda...they have to be obsessed with it! They MUST be listening 24 hours a day! There is no other answer! They are crazy people beneath our contempt! Thanks for setting me straight, Herr Goebbels. I veered from the party line. One question...I listened to some WMAL, WTEM, DC101, WTOP and NPR today, in addition to my iPod and a CD while I was in my car. Does that mean I've got a pathological obsession with all of them? Or just with the one you like? (10/5/11)

"Please set aside the silly argument that people who complain about a station must secretly love it since they listen to it." Nice strawman. I never made that argument. I wrote, "The extensive quoting of WMAL hosts, the sad revelation that these folks listen to the station constantly so they can complain about it, is just pathetic." I don't think the complainers "love" the station. They seem to hate it. But their letters indicate they can't stop listening. That's not a joke; it's a pathology. Christian (10/5/11)

Re "Tony Kornheiser again rants against ESPN 980, WTEM's policy to delay the availability of his show's podcasts by 24 hour." Riiiight, Tony is very conscientious about delivering fresh content to listeners. And, I'll look forward to hearing this rant again when this program is re-run in October. And November. (10/5/11)

I've totally given up on 106.7 The Fan for anything other than live Nats and Wizards games. Sounds like I won't be hearing Dave Johnson calling games anytime soon. . .In terms of sportstalk personality, Steve Czaban runs circles around the entire Fan lineup, and I can hear him mornings and afternoons! (10/5/11)

Re: "Dave: It's nice to see the WMAL haters cranking things up here in the ol' Mailbag now that the station is on FM...I shudder to think what the Mailbag will look like if the initial FM ratings for the station show a spike in listenership." Me too, especially since there is no indication anything like a spike is in the works: with the exception of Rush, 'MAL on the AM dial doesn't get particularly good numbers. By the way, please set aside the silly argument that people who complain about a station must secretly love it since they listen to it. I think everybody here got over that scrap of juvenalia way back when D&M were still on WAVA. (10/5/11)

re: "I've always wondered why Glenn Beck never has gained traction in the D.C. market. He has bounced around from 570 AM, 730 AM, and 1260 AM, all minor players on the AM dial." Perhaps it's because Glenn Beck is crazy - and was so outrageous that eventually not even Roger Ailes "fair and balanced" -snork- Fox News could tolerate him. His lunatic fringe act only plays with those of like mind and those who find amusement value in it, and eventually he stops being funny in a Hank Williams, Jr. kind of way. (10/5/11)

Dave: It's nice to see the WMAL haters cranking things up here in the ol' Mailbag now that the station is on FM. It's like a bad comedy routine: They complain about WMAL's stale programming while recycling the same arguments they've leveled in the Mailbag for the past 10 years. The extensive quoting of WMAL hosts, the sad revelation that these folks listen to the station constantly so they can complain about it, is just pathetic. It's a good thing you give them a forum to vent their continued rage at the station. What might they do if there were no outlet for their frustrations? I shudder to think what the Mailbag will look like if the initial FM ratings for the station show a spike in listenership. There will be a complete meltdown. Christian (10/5/11)

Dating advice from Mary Katherine Ham this morning on WMAL! Tune in to the Morning Majority all you 20-something single guys and gals and learn what to do and not to do on a first date from WMAL’s own Mary Katherine! Now on FM! Drop 99.5 FM all you young’ns, and get with the "New Hip 105.9 WMAL." Added bonus, If you listen to the Morning Majority for dating advice, you will also learn topical conversational ideas for your first dates. Conversation pieces you will be up to speed on include “how Hitler created more shovel ready jobs than Obama,” "Occupy Wall Street is a farce, but the Tea Party is grass roots at its finest," "guess what Chuck Woolery is up to these days,” “ Why ESPN was wrong to fire Hank,” "the political mind of Charlie Daniels," and “why having no co-pay for birth control pills is just the government overstepping its boundaries.” Remember all you glamour boys and girls, the all new 105.9 WMAL’s Morning Majority is designed especially for you-check it out, now on 105.9 FM! And yes, I did say “new hip.” (10/5/11)

Sagging TV ratings for the Nationals on MASN in 2011. And, if CBS Radio is going to start a new news talker in DC maybe it should put it on 99.1 and move El Zol to a newly-purchased 107.9. Plus, a new reality TV show for Oscar Santana. And, former Channel 2/WMAR sportscaster Rob Carlin joins Comcast SportsNet. And more in today's "Dave TV" at dcrtv.com..... (10/5/11)


[“…..Lisa Baden singing in the 7:25 AM traffic report......I'm still holding out hope that TOP hires her back as soon as her non-compete is over...”] Her non-compete doesn’t end on a set date. She’d have to be unemployed for a year, or hold a job with somebody other than Metro for a year before it expires. Could change if Clear Channel/Metro Traffic merger causes layoffs. But not everybody wants her back on WTOP. She had both fans and detractors. (10/5/11)

I've always wondered why Glenn Beck never has gained traction in the D.C. market. He has bounced around from 570 AM, 730 AM, and 1260 AM, all minor players on the AM dial. And, while it is true that Chris Plante may have fewer listeners to his streaming broadcast than 20 other broadcasts, it must be noted that he is the only local-only host on that list. (10/5/11)

[From DCRTV's Twitter & Facebook pages: WMAL's Mary Katharine Ham said she would be unimpressed by dating a guy who ordered a salad. She wants him to order meat!] Hot Spinach salad, with a topping of flank steak medium rare. Warm bacon vinagrette dressing. Hmmmm hmmmm. Or the Cobb. Cant beat it and its sharable with your date. Come on MKH. Got to have some green in the diet. Else you become a super fat @$$ and the next contestant on Biggest loser... (10/5/11)

Dave's response: MKH is at the wrong station. She should be working at WJFK, where there are lots of fat, meat-loving dudes. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Ha ha ha.....

I am so glad to read all the complaints about LaVar and Dukes on here. So I am not alone in feeling that the show is horrible ! The show needs to go, its 5 hours of crap radio. The Junks is still great radio. Wise show is tolerable. LaVar needs to hit the bricks, and Chad needs to go back to what he did so well. BOADS. B. Mitch and Danny would be a dream show to replace them. (10/5/11)

Dave's response: Amen.....

Gee, thanks Marcell in Columbia. No, I am not a disgruntled ex-employee. No, I don't listen all day. And if it makes you feel any better, I know the lineup for WNST (of course that's only 3 shows), WBAL, WPOC, and WFAN in NY. Doesn't mean I actually listen to any of them all day. Look, Sports Talk, when done correctly, is a very viable format. It's a shame no one in Balt has ever figured how to do it, and judging from the comments in the mailbag, apparently they haven't figured it out in DC either. Oh, and I know the lineup for JACK-FM too. (10/5/11)

A.C. Nielsen Jr., who built the TV ratings firm, dies at 92. His obituary in the NY Tines notes his appearance on What's My Line, which happened on February 16, 1964. www.nytimes.com (10/5/11)


[From DCRTV's Twitter & Facebook pages: WMAL's Mary Katharine Ham said she would be unimpressed by dating a guy who ordered a salad. She wants him to order meat!] oh those wacky catholic girls! (10/5/11)

[From DCRTV's Twitter & Facebook pages: Lisa Baden singing in the 7:25 AM traffic report! What do all the women at WMAL feel the need to sing on the air? Sheesh......] I'm still holding out hope that TOP hires her back as soon as her non-compete is over... (10/5/11)

WMAL to the FM dial. Worst DC radio move ever? (10/5/11)

Hey Korn-hole. My tribe in the old country has a saying, "Who's bread you eat, his song you sing". They are paying you, they own the product. You are only the talent. You do not have the production expense of the producer and they have to protect their investment to recoup that cost. Lord knows YOU don't work for free. Why should WTEM? You are one of the most demanding little spoiled snits in the business that costs way more to produce than your talent is worth. Your hissy fits over the most meaningless of studio problems are legendary. You don't like the reality, go play someplace else,,,if someone else will pamper and pay you!! Maybe you should ask Howard and Mel for a lifeline. They buy into your hype. Too bad you believe your own hype. (10/5/11)

Politicians talk out of their asses all the time, but did you ever see a rabbit do it? Wednesday's "Mark Trail" in the Washington Post. (10/5/11)

Although Steve Swenson is smart, CBS radio in general is not. For that reason alone, I can see CBS going all-news on 94.7, despite the fact that Swenson “likes” the “fresh” concept. However, if it happens, I can also see Hubbard terminating the WTOP affiliation at warp speed and sending its lawyers after CBS corporate with no intention of ever going back to being an affiliate. The legal battle would be glorious! I always love it when supposedly smart people do something so terminally super-stupid with no possibility of recovery. I can also see the honchos of CBS saying “which way did it go” when they see their downsized revenue without WTOP. Yes, from a micro-economic view, WTOP’s revenue makes a tempting target. And, CBS is the only one who could make a credible go at it. But, from the macro-economic perspective, it would be akin to the IJN attack on Pearl Harbor and other U.S. military facilities in 1941. A masterfully planned surprise attack with deception which caught the U.S. completely off-guard. The magnitude of the tactical victory was without equal for almost sixty years. However, it was also their last major victory of a war which brought ruin to their nation. In this case, would killing the last viable national radio network be worth it? Without the revenue WTOP brings to the network, it would become a financial drag on the corporation. And, quickly euthanized. It also goes without saying that there are those in CBS corporate who feel that the radio network is an anachronism which needs to go away. They see the costs and consider the profit as being “insignificant”. The death of the CBS Radio Network would also drag down the affiliates, raising their costs while cutting revenue. WTOP knows CBS Radio needs it. The question is, in the labyrinth which is CBS bureaucracy, does CBS know it? There is only one viable scenario I see CBS doing all news in D.C. On 103.5, 103.9, 107.7, and...107.9. -Unsigned Corporate Suit (10/5/11)

RE: “Hey Dave - thanks for the great site. Oscar Santana” Oscar Rocks. Wish it was Mike or Robb with him. Tanner is a stain. But, I have to admit it looks great and I wish them well. I have a couple river cabins near there that that they could have made home base. RE:” Arrington simply isn't articulate” Duh! Poor Dukes. Thank God P1’s like me love the podcast and LIVE shows. He is a special talent. RE: “Face it, even if Dukes has flaws he”. I agree. BMitch would be OK. Danny would be home run. A match made in haven for sports radio but shot down by mush mouth Arington’s male numbers withChad’s kneading the dough and sweating out his responses to meatball questions. RE: “ I don't like Dukes. He keeps coming with these stupid hypothetical”. Duh.. Sports radio format???? RE: “I listen to O'Meara's, Geronimo's and BO&D's Podcasts, that's all I need. “ Exactly Baby, without Don who seems bitter! Gold Jerry! MOS and BOAD. (10/5/11)

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Hey Dave - thanks for the great site. Oscar Santana - from TMOS and BOAD podcasts - is now delving into reality TV with Tanner Cooley (brother of Chris) - it's produced by a local production company with producers with many national credits. (OK, yes, I'm one of them!) Pilot is on-line only for now, but it's being considered for national cable pick up. Check it out: www.TheRegulars.TV. Thanks - Michael (10/4/11)

[RE Nationals TV ratings down 4.7% in 2011 season:] I watch EVERY night so I am biased, but I just can't believe this. The 2011 Nats were the first time we had a squad with homegrown talent that was actually building toward a future. (10/4/11)

If Strasburg had played all season... it would have been a 4.7% gain. (10/4/11)

Arrington simply isn't articulate enough to be on the radio (though neither is Rick Perry) and hasn't improved and should be directed elsewhere. (10/4/11)

Face it, even if Dukes has flaws he can at least express himself, nothing to be regard as a minimal attribute. Why couldn't Brian Mitchell repalce Arrington? (10/4/11)

[RE Nationals TV ratings down 4.7% in 2011 season:] Wait one year, Dave, mark my words. A great story about to happen in '12. (10/4/11)

It would be a great idea for Steve Swenson to put a all news station on 94.7 and 107.9 and let Washington have two news outlets without the talk shows. If this station gets put on 94.7, you can pick it up as far west as Winchester clearly and northward to the PA-MD border on 81. Great signal for it. If you were to add a relay to it on 107.9 then you could cover most of the DC-Baltimore area and focus on local and national news. No need for it to be a news/talk station....keep it all news. It would give WTOP a nice dose of healthy competition and there is nothing wrong with that when it comes to a all news station. New York City has two great news stations.....it would be good to see DC-Baltimore do the same exact thing. Dan (10/4/11)

[RE DCRTV's Twitter & Facebook pages: I just don't get LaVar & Chad on 106.7. In my humble opinion, Don & Mike were like 400 times better......] The show is ok but they take too many commercial breaks and I don't like Dukes. He keeps coming with these stupid hypothetical topics. Plus I really wonder if he is even a Redskins fan. (10/4/11)

i never like dukes when he was here in bmore (10/4/11)

with stern on sat. radio and don and mike gone theres just not much good talk radio and more (10/4/11)

I've tried to listen to them a number of times but just can't get very far. Chad is articulate and has a reasonable knowledge from an amateur's perspective, but he's far too aggressive a personality for my taste. Arrington seems like a great guy but is stunningly inarticulate and limited as a host. Together they create a very mediocre program. The D&MS was many things but never mediocre. (10/4/11)

[RE DCRTV's Twitter & Facebook pages: I just don't get LaVar & Chad on 106.7. In my humble opinion, Don & Mike were like 400 times better......] The whole lineup is pathetic.....smh (10/4/11)

the thing that saves them is that John Thompson on The Team has extremely limited knowledge of sports other than basketball. And looking at his roster for the 88 Olympics, one could question that. Plus he is even more stunningly inarticulate than LaVar. (10/4/11)

I listen to O'Meara's, Geronimo's and BO&D's Podcasts, that's all I need. Terrestrial radio in DC is dead. Very sad, but true. (10/4/11)

According to talkstreamlive and locally heard on WMAL (but missing for a second day) Chris Plante is number 21 on the list of Top 25 Streaming Talk Radio Shows but will he be replaced by # 3 Glenn Beck??? talkstreamlive.wordpress.com (10/4/11)

Max Cleland lost two legs and an arm in Vietnam, then came home to be a public servant and legislator. He can say anything he wants to about any one. He paid for his right with 3/4th of his body in service to our country. Albert J. McGilvray (10/4/11)

Not sure what the hubbub over Hank Jr is...I mean they're JUST words...as Dave says...:) (10/4/11)

Comparing WTOP to the other radio stations is like comparing HBO to Lifetime Movie Network (10/4/11)

“Did anyone who ever compared Bush to Hitler get reprimanded at least? They got rewarded?! Crazy.” I don’t think so. Remember, Keith Olberman was severely chided when he used a Hitler reference in an editorial on Bush’s invasion Iraq. But it was not a comparison, it was just a reference. Remember the way Max Cleland, Michael Moore, Joe Wilson, and the Dixie Chicks were treated by the Republicans and the right wing media for speaking out against Bush’s upcoming Iraq invasion? They were certainly not rewarded. Hell, right before the invasion there was such a right wing uproar, Phil Donahue ended up loosing his job over questioning Bush's evidence of WMD's. Remember "the Freedom Fries" retailiation against the entire country of France? You were in deep doo-doo if you critisized Bush in his first four years in office. You are always going to find kooks on either side comparing so-and-so to Hitler. But those are kooks-we don't know them. You get into muddy waters when it is a celebrity that displays this type of stupidity, and lowers political discourse to ugly levels on a national stage. (10/4/11)

Some unknown writes: "I would say 105.7 has made some savvy moves". You're kidding, right? Job requirement #1 "Did you ever work at WNST?" That got you Rob Long, Bob Haynie, Ken Weinman, Mike Popovec, Jeremy Conn, Terry Ford (who is now night's 10-12). Then, let's go the out-of-towner route. Viny, Norris, Davis (although he had a long stint at WBAL), and the latest great find Glenn "Useless" Younes, who ranks at the bottom of the humility meter, and puts Nestor in the Mr. Myogi range. He did the 1st Maryland Football Post-Game Show, and was so dreadful, repeating the same 2 topics for a solid hour, never taking calls, that they mercifully brought Gary Stein back. Finally, what happened to JenRoyle? Shortly after she dropped the lawsuit, she seems to have disappeared. Funny thing is that one of the topics the 'NST boys brought up about her last year, was that they actually felt sorry for her getting the Ravens' beat reporter post, since she came from NY, admitted that she didn't know much about football, but mgmnt. gave the gig anyway. So now we have Coleman? Hmmm. Hey Coleman---sorry WVIE didn't;'t let you take the sound bite machine with you. YET-YOU !! ".....Ok, This is now the funniest e mail i have read here in some time, isn't it pretty evident this "anonymous writer" (disgruntled EX employee), LISTENS to 105.7 ALL DAY ? - WHO else would know this much about their lineup cmn from a 6 watt station, & whether "Coleman" has a sound effects machine. Classic hypocrite E-mail , not too crafty though. Marcell in Columbia (10/4/11)

Ahhhh yes, the right wing's rationalization for acting like anti-American propagandists: 'other people did it, so now we can do it.' That's the same logic a three-year-old uses when he's caught peeing in the neighborhood pool. For example: "I am so glad ESPN got rid of Hank Williams. You can't compare the POTUS to Hitler like that, even if was a poor use of an analogy and not a direct comparison. What? You mean that happened almost daily the previous 8 years? And they were directly compared? But, but, Bob Gibbs said he couldn't recall that ever happening. Did anyone who ever compared Bush to Hitler get reprimanded at least? They got rewarded?! Crazy." Not sure what the Gibbs reference was about; he complained about right wingers comparing Obama to Hitler. Was that a bad thing to do? And please refresh my memory, with specific examples: who compared Bush to Hitler and then "got rewarded?!" None of the 'oh, it happened all the time!' stuff....tell me who and when. Or go back to peeing in the pool and leave the discussion to adults. (10/4/11)

I am so glad ESPN got rid of Hank Williams. You can't compare the POTUS to Hitler like that, even if was a poor use of an analogy and not a direct comparison. What? You mean that happened almost daily the previous 8 years? And they were directly compared? But, but, Bob Gibbs said he couldn't recall that ever happening. Did anyone who ever compared Bush to Hitler get reprimanded at least? They got rewarded?! Crazy. (10/4/11)

If John Kane of Office Movers received such a call, Johnwould act on it. John’s relationshipwith the Maryland GOP has had its ups and downs over the past 10 years, andJohn has never been comfortable with the wingnut faction of the group after heworked with them to disseminate the lie that Michael Steele was pelted withOreos by Black college students (a lie Chris Plante to this day claims to betrue). Also, because Office Movers has had a rockyrelationship with the Federal Government over the past few years, I would tendto believe John would make the point clear he doesn’t want his company to beassociated with comparing Obama to Hitler. Good call. Youcan send john an email at sissy12pants@aol.com. www.istockanalyst.com (10/4/11)

Here's that one-minute-plus kinescope clip of Allan Jeffreys, along with Ray Allen (left), Jeanne Dowling (center) and Johnny Salk (on piano) from the February 10, 1954 Broadcast House Dedication show. (10/4/11)


The "money demo" morning show ratings for DC in September. Plus, we get our grubby hands on the 2012 Tower Site Calendar from Scott Fybush. And, more rumblings that CBS Radio may start a news talker in DC. So, which frequency would they put it on? Plus, Jerry Coleman to 105.7 in Baltimore. And more in today's "Dave TV"..... (10/4/11)


I just sent an email and called ESPN thanking them for their decision about Mr. Williams. I said that it was "an adult decision," and "they appeared to be the only adults in the room." Let’s see if I am psychic; I predict Mr. Williams will be on Hammity’s radio show this afternoon to spin this thing and blame the “lame stream media.” Also, there will be no "mia culpa." "Unbelievable, just unbelievable!" and "you are truly a great American," Sean will say. Sean will also paraphrase Meatloaf from the great movie"Roadie," when Meatloaf's character saw HWJr on stage, Meatloaf said, "I loved his father." (10/4/11)

I could not agree more with the comment on 105.7’s “savy” moves. Not sure what they are doing there. I could speak all day about the horrific, Pre-3PM crew but I digress. I have to admit, Conn and Garceau have developed some pretty great chemistry over the last 9-12 months. This on the heels of the Anita Marks disaster, followed by “Grumpy Scott” and Conn which lasted a few months after it commenced. Somehow, forceful or not, these two have clicked. It’s working. Only thing that hurts the show are the massive amounts of phone calls by some Tom in Rosedale who wants to talk about the Raven’s Offensive Line’s gameplan. And guys, please stop plugging in this Younes guy when Scott is using his 12 weeks of annual vacation time. The guy is totally unlistenable. (10/4/11)

Wait... There's more to the WWDC story. The big changes started March 30, 1970 when GM Bill Sanders took the bold step of importing "Murray The K" to DC. Johnny Holliday was moved to AM drive, while Fred Fiske and "Empathy" bumped long-time talker Fred Gale from late evenings. However, by August '71, the 41-year-old Mr. Decay had himself been bumped all the way to Bethesda for an equally uncomfortable stay at 'HFS. (10/4/11)


I guess since the three Wmal amigos were back this morning they are all safe...... for now? Too bad those morons on the midnight truck show can't be fired! While I have never timed it, I bet that during the 2hours their show is aired (3am to 5am), less than 25 minuets is "show time." The remaining time is devoted to commercials, a useless national weather forecast, or the abc network news. For the person who sent in a post critical of Hannity (spot on, he is such a jerk), the hosts of this show actually make Sean look like an articulate thoughtful conservative; that is how bad they are. (10/4/11)

Good call, ABC Sports. Over the last two weeks, The Morning majority and Chris Plante have been making the same comparison. After reading in the mailbag about others contacting WMAL advertisers about their sponsorship of such hate speech, I called two WMAL advertisers to alert them of their brand sponsoring such vile speech on the radio. In each case I called up the main number, and said “hi, I hope you can help me. Who in your company do I talk to about your company’s sponsorship of programs that compare President Obama to Adolph Hitler? Can you please direct me to the right person?” In all both cases, the person answering the phone sent me to the President of the company’s executive assistant (these were somewhat big companies and not carpet cleaners, weight doctors, dentists, or window replacement firms). After nicely explaining to these women (they were both women) why I was calling, I got the feeling they became very uncomfortable with my phone call. To their credit, both were very professional and put me in the President’s voice mail where I left a nice message about their brand being associated with such vile misinformed hate speech coming out of WMAL’s Morning Majority and Chris Plante. Maybe it worked, and we have a reason Chris Plante has been off a couple of days. Has anyone heard an Office Movers commercial this week on WMAL? Just asking.... (10/4/11)

There was a minute of silence on my radio on the Beltway this morning. God speed Derek Oliverio. OOBBEE (10/4/11)

Jeremy Conn is unlistenable to me. I cannot put on105.7 in the afternoon anymore. I thought Anita was bad but this isworse. Most of the hosts on that station are only fair, atbest. I’ll listen on Monday morning to hear the Ravens reportaround 6 AM. After that, it goes off my radio. (10/4/11)

Johnny Holliday took over the afternoon drive show on WWDC in November 1969. Carroll James had been in that slot. It was about 2 years later the station moved Johnny to morning drive, with Fred Fiske moving to night's with his talk show"Empathy". (10/4/11)

"Did I just hear Jim Vance refer to the Governor of Maryland as Marvin Mandel right before the prelude to the 6:00 news on Channel 4? Tell me I'm wrong, please..." No, actually, he said "Millard Tydings". Signed....Headless Body of Agnew. (10/4/11)

"I would say 105.7 has made some savvy moves". You're kidding, right? Job requirement #1 "Did you ever work at WNST?" That got you Rob Long, Bob Haynie, Ken Weinman, Mike Popovec, Jeremy Conn, Terry Ford (who is now night's 10-12). Then, let's go the out-of-towner route. Viny, Norris, Davis (although he had a long stint at WBAL), and the latest great find Glenn "Useless" Younes, who ranks at the bottom of the humility meter, and puts Nestor in the Mr. Myogi range. He did the 1st Maryland Football Post-Game Show, and was so dreadful, repeating the same 2 topics for a solid hour, never taking calls, that they mercifully brought Gary Stein back. Finally, what happened to Jen Royle? Shortly after she dropped the lawsuit, she seems to have disappeared. Funny thing is that one of the topics the 'NST boys brought up about her last year, was that they actually felt sorry for her getting the Ravens' beat reporter post, since she came from NY, admitted that she didn't know much about football, but mgmnt. gave the gig anyway. So now we have Coleman? Hmmm. Hey Coleman---sorry WVIE didn't;'t let you take the sound bite machine with you. YET-YOU !! (10/4/11)

Ever thought you'd live to see the day where the F-BOMB - the biggest, baddest, foulest word one could utter in private or in public - became less objectionable and offensive to the media and the public than the N-Word? Wow. Thanks Mitt, for that lesson in language, civics and American cultural history. (10/4/11)

Dave's response: After having watched many episodes of "The Sopranos" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm," I barely even notice when the "f-word" is mentioned on TV these days. Shit, it's just another word. Sheesh.....

Dave, I liked the Flashback of a 1970s ad for Channel 7's news at 5:30, but I wonder if the layout had viewers looking for Chris Curle and Paul Berry over on Channel 5! (10/4/11)

Dave's response: When I was doing the DCRTV Plus promo this morning, I actually did type "Channel 5/WJLA" and had to go back and correct it. Ha ha ha. Yeah, you don't put a big "5" in an ad for "7".....

Dave, sorry about sending in that old post re: Vance/Gentzler..Have NO CLUE whatsoever how it was sent..Some ghost must've gotten into my "sent" box and resent it..Spooky!!! (10/4/11)

(regarding a previous post) "later it would be Johnny Holliday, who replaced [Carroll] James on WWDC in November of 1969, that emceed the Beatles last concert which took place at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, August 1966". I thought Carroll James did afternoon drive and Fred Fiske did mornings, when Johnny Holliday arrived at WWDC in 1969. (10/4/11)

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Can you tell me why there has not been ONE word mentioned about Junkies producer Bret Oliverio losing his brother Derek in a fire? Not even a hint on the Junkies and I KNOW you know about it...why no story about it on your site? Thanks - Joe (10/3/11)

Some interesting observations about audio quality here on DCRTV. I have to agree. In the old days we had the RIAA curve, and NAB standards for various recordings be it tape, or records. For the most part, standards were followed. I'm still in the business and have real issues with the "quality" of digital. It's time that the NAB and even SBE come up with a digital standard across the industry. Yes, sampling rates are all over the place, and there is often an edginess to some digital audio that really get's annoying. I call it a digital ripple, and it's not helped by some of today's processers which themselves can contribute if not setup properly. CD recordings from the major record companies are frequently over processed. Look at this on a good monitor. I know of several Country PD's here who have reduced the stations density because of the processing already in much of the music. The record companies are also sending the stations downloads. They are all over the place as far as quality. Ultimately it would be great if the songs released for radio were recorded without heavy compression and EQ. There was a mention of the syndicated shows in earlier posts. Here below Roanoke the 100kw FM's are solid out of Greensboro/Winston Salem. There's Rush Radio 94.5. The digital fuzziness is very obvious on FM, I hear it in a number of their shows, very hard to listen to. The old adage "Garbage in, Garbage out" is so true, especially in the digital world. Unless some standards are established, I will not have any faith in digital. Analog was forgiving to some extent, but had it's faults. Unfortunately a few generations of listeners may not even hear the issues described because they are growing up only in the digital world and have become accustomed to the garbage that some digital had become.. I won't even touch on my thoughts about digital TV and it's digital "burps".. I will take analog TV anytime! Respectfully, Tom Conroy WZBB-FM (10/3/11)

Someone wrote, "...audio quality from syndicated program providers is getting worse...Ray Lucia on 730 AM...is distorting when he speaks loud, and some of his audio elements sound as if they were compressed to the smallest MPEG file possible." The Lucia show problems started a couple of weeks ago on WTNT. One day, there was dead air where the start of the show should have been. After about 20 minutes, the audio came up but it was distorted. It also contained hum, buzz, and what sounds like fan noise, all of which are even more audible when Ray takes a breath and the station's compressor brings up the noise by at least 10 dB. Most of the trouble probably stems from a WTNT fast fix to get the audio back on the air. Also, Lucia uses a TV studio for part of his 3 hour show as he is simulcast on a cable channel, and that studio has room noise. (10/3/11)

Surprised to see both Vance & Gentzler absent from the 6 & 11pm newscasts. Usually at least one or the other is there. Not too crazy about the Craig Melvin/Pat Lawson-Muse match up. Especially since, as usual, Craig wants to monopolize each segment. Why can't he just let whoever's doing the sports or weather do their part? They only have a few minutes to get their report in. (10/3/11)

Just got used to Sarah Simmons on FOX5 morning news & then this morning they have Maureen Umeh. (10/3/11)

"Can anyone explain why you hire people who failed miserably in the same market? Bob Haynie couldn't get a ratings point for 10 years in the market, granted not the greatest signal but still nothing. Rob Long and Jerry Coleman had a solid signal and got zero ratings and were routinely beat in the key demos by espn980(dc market) and espn1300. It doesn't make much sense but maybe it explains why there ratings have slipped. RG " ...wow,"RG" quite obviously you have NEVER worked in radio, Bob, Rob and Jerry ALL worked for stations that failed to promote and market themsleves thus NO ratings , I would say 105.7 has made some savvy moves. When Coleman was at 98 rock and Bal I enjoyed his honesty and passion on KML . Talent and hard work, keeps those guys employed.. (10/3/11)

Re: NBC4 & John Schriffen: A bargain indeed. John anchored sports Saturday night, and then anchored the Sunday morning broadcast. He and Goff seem to have chemistry together and did very well on Sunday morning. Someone will have to explain to me what she does to be such a "self-promoter?" (10/3/11)

Speaking of WDCA…..I remember before 1975, in the station's early days, there must have been something really wrong with the transmitter because every now and then the signal would go bad. The station remained on the air the wholetime, but the picture would be fuzzy and the audio was almost completely covered up with white noise, rendering viewing useless. And not only did that routinely happen at least several times a year, every time it did it would stay like that the whole day and/ornight before being fixed. Used to make me so mad when I couldn't get my late afternoon fix of Gilligan's Island and the rest as the result! Since then I've always wondered just what was malfunctioning inside WDCA's circuitry back then to cause all those repeatedfailures, and exactly when was the problem fixed for good? The answer probably requires someone who was there at the time and experienced the whole thing firsthand. KOF (10/3/11)

Dave's response: What was it called? The klystron tube? They used to fail at UHFers all the time. I remember that Channel 45 in Baltimore spent about one-fourth of its broadcast time on reduced power and was either snowy or blank on the Reston cable system sometimes for weeks on end back in the 1970s and 1980s.....

Did I just hear Jim Vance refer to the Governor of Maryland as Marvin Mandel right before the prelude to the 6:00 news on Channel 4? Tell me I'm wrong, please... (10/3/11)

Speaking of 1057, it has to have the weirdest hiring practices of any station in America. Lets hire people who got the worst ratings in the market for our station. Can anyone explain why you hire people who failed miserably in the same market? Bob Haynie couldn't get a ratings point for 10 years in the market, granted not the greatest signal but still nothing. Rob Long and Jerry Coleman had a solid signal and got zero ratings and were routinely beat in the key demos by espn980(dc market) and espn1300. It doesn't make much sense but maybe it explains why there ratings have slipped. RG (10/3/11)

Did the morning majority make the necessary muffin correction this morning? I read here that Chris Plante was out today, my guess is he will make the muffin correction tomorrow. Chris would never make a statement as fact, condemning an administration in the process, and when that statement is proven false or completely exaggerated, NOT, make the necessary correction. If he just let it slide, then Chris would just be known as a partisan hack, and we know that not to be the case. Speaking of misinformation, Memo to Bill Hess; nobody, and I mean Nobody, is going to take your new signaled station seriously until you get rid of that intellectually lightweight and all around smug slimeball Sean Hannity in the PM drive slot. His plant callers are obvious, his “conservative” agenda is clear and dangerous for both the Democrats and Republicans, his lies and distortions are documented practically daily, his love of our troops is phony, and his grasp of American history borders on sophomoric. “Let Freedom Ring!” Washington, DC is a well educated market, get a better show for PM drive. (10/3/11)

Beyond bad receiver fidelity, noise and indoor reception, here is probably one of the most compelling reason listeners are leaving AM radio in crowds: audio quality from syndicated program providers is getting worse and worse all the time. Today I got to hear a few minutes of Ray Lucia on 730 AM, and it was awful. Ray is in a reflective, echoey room reminiscent of BBC shortwave, he is distorting when he speaks loud, and some of his audio elements sound as if they were compressed to the smallest MPEG file possible. The gargle and metallic edginess is intolerable. IRN/USA Radio news (heard on many stations) is not a lot better, with inconsistent levels between the newscaster and the advertisements. And don't get me started on Saturday morning infomercials that sound as if they arrived at the station on an Eva-Tone flexi-disc record. AM radio is bruised enough, people. Why do program producers have to sound as if they don't care? (10/3/11)

Allow me to be the first to wish everyone a Happy National C.B. Day on Tuesday ... "10/4", of course. (10/3/11)

so many reasons I don't think Pat Collins is a good (or serious) reporter...dressing like grapes is among them...he's a joke, but he's not funny...he should never be assigned to serious stories, which he often is, unfortunately... (10/3/11)

From TV Spy: One of the stories Washington, DC stations have been folllowing recently was the case of Bryan Thompson, a 14-year-old student at Colonial Forge High School who was suspended for running onto the field during a school football game — wearing a banana costume — earlier this month. Thompson was interviewed by WRC reporter Pat Collins this week (watch the video, below). Thompson wore the infamous banana suit, and Collins, not to be outdone, dressed like a grape, in a not-so-subtle attempt to make the point that Thompson was doing nothing wrong. “It starts with a banana,” Collins said in his report. “Then all of a sudden you have an apple, and an orange, and then maybe a grape, and before you know it, you have fruit salad in the schools. We can’t have that.” Students who protested Thompson’s 10-day suspension were given detention. Faced with an onslaught of criticism — from reports like this one, as well as advocacy groups like the ACLU, school principal Karen Spillman resigned on Wednesday. All the suspensions were lifted. (10/3/11)


"Still like the idea of Warrenton's 1250 becoming WMOM, Mike O'Meara Radio." Mike O'Meara and the OIB (Obesity In Broadcasting) Network! It does have a nice ring to it. (10/3/11)

Hi Dave! Enjoyed Dave TV today. If they ask Mary Katherine Ham to sing "Manhattan" she better watch out!! In case you don't get the radio history reference, that was the song Arthur Godfrey asked Julius LaRosa to sing and then fired him on the air!! Terrible mistake by Godfrey. Anyhow, great morning show in the Godfrey tradition. Soon you'll be known as Dave "Buy 'em by the carton" Hughes!! LOL Take care Larry Shor Washington Jewish Radio (10/3/11)

About your Post on Jerry Coleman - You mentioned he was the morning guy, Jerry was actually on 1370 as the afternoon sports guy from 3-6. Rob Long was their morning man. I enjoy your site, keep up the solid work! GB (10/3/11)

Dave's response: Whoops. Will fix.....

Dear Dave - Dave, Dave, Dave...Re DaveTV - Dude! Nehman too nice? Hold on that buffoon Wilson? Nehman is our golden girl, a family man, open-minded, real! Wilson is a fat-headed idiot - ZERO intellectual processing! And while you hate Plante and I love him, still, the guy IS smart and funny despite every zinger hitting you in your liberal gut. Sure he's partisan but he entertains! And - ANDDDDDD - Plante lets his opponents rant as they please - he doesn't cut them off (literally at least - cut's their arguments off at the knees tho). Dave you need some Centering time I think. M (10/3/11)

[From DCRTV's Twitter & Facebook pages: Chris Plante, Mary Katharine Kam, and Bryan Nehman all on "vacation" today? WMAL coincidence? Or something more. Hmmm.......] We Are the Borg. You Will Be Assimilated. Resistance is Futile (10/3/11)

More rantings about the increasingly mediocre Washington Post's silly screw-ups, including running the picture of an alive Supreme Court justice as a dead man in an obit. Lazy weather reporting in the paper. And more hack rewriting by the Post's Reliable Source gals. Plus, rumors about more big changes at news talker WMAL as three of its morning personalities mysteriously went missing on Monday. All this and more in today's "Dave TV"..... (10/3/11)


[From DCRTV's Twitter & Facebook pages: Chris Plante, Mary Katharine Kam, and Bryan Nehman all on "vacation" today? WMAL coincidence? Or something more. Hmmm.......] nah....no coincidence.....lol (10/3/11)

[From DCRTV's Twitter & Facebook pages: Washington Post apologizes for mistakenly running Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's pic on a Sunday obit for a Republic National Committee official. Man, this poor paper just keeps making stupid mistakes!] If there were any real alternative in town, I'd subscribe to it and dump the WaPo in a second. I get the NY Times on Sunday and it's still a real newspaper. What I wouldn't give to come home to an Evening Star after work every day. (10/3/11)

This week brings big things out in Middleburg, Va., where the horse country swells will gather on Saturday night to celebrate the expansion and renovation of The National Sporting Library and Museum. I was given a sneak peak, and it's worth a visit, regardless of whether you've ever been on a horse or hunted dear or birds. Lots of art, lots of sculpture, lots of scholarly books. Also in today's column, another celebration: the end of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." www.nysocialdiary.com (10/3/11)

To the Fox black on screen complainer: Satellite transmission is not perfect. Sometimes storms block the signal going up from the game or down to HQ. Other times encoders or decoders crap out. It's a miracle that all the feeds on Sunday work as well as they do. I remember when I used to work at the CBS bureau in D.C. in the late 70's, there would be a closed circuit broadcast to the local stations every Friday at noon showing the map of how the games were patched. Sometimes one signal had to go through 2 local stations to get backhauled to NY. The diagram looked like a mad scientist had tried to diagram the big bang. This was before satellites were used for the most part and the connections were the old Telco system that hopped from tower to tower every 35 miles across the country. A local station lost it signal because hornets decided to take residence in the feed horn. Charlie / Springfield (10/3/11)

I was too young to remember the original WWDC 1260, but I really enjoyed them doing top 40 in the late 70s. They were the first station I ever heard Van Halen's "You Really Got Me" on. I don't think WPGC ever played it. Too bad top 40 was dying on AM by then and they morphed into an oldies based AC station before eventually simulcasting DC101 when Howard came on board. (Steve Willett) (10/3/11)

Enjoyed reading the post from Unsigned Corporate Suite dealing with the great days of 1260 WWDC. Interesting that Carroll James would emcee the first Beatles concert in the United State here in Washington....later it would be Johnny Holliday, who replaced James on WWDC in November of 1969, that emceed the Beatles last concert which took place at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, August 1966! A little something for you trivia buffs. (10/3/11)

I just read about Bob Pittman's promotion. I kow that he's now John Hogan's boss, but in his previous role was John Hogan his boss or were they equals? Thanks. (10/3/11)

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RE: WaPo obituary error: I noticed that too...And as if that wasn't enough, I counted about 5 or 6 quite noticeable errors in today's paper alone. Leads me to think that the editors over at The Post have been falling asleep on the job... Simply pathetic. (10/2/11)

Hi Dave, Yes Me TV is a great service,and hopefully it will appear on a Baltimore station and a D.C. station. I want it in both places because I can't get anything other than Baltimore stations,so I can't get 4,5,7,9,20,26,50,nothing since the DTV changeover,so ME TV would have to be carried by a Baltimore host.Supposedly Hearst is considering it. Thanks, Nick L..... P.S.All this money they made us spend on all these expensive antennas and they make it real hard to pick up signals,and then all you get are locals----I'm cool with that even, but just give me the programming I want although it would be nice to get the RedSkins games as well as the Ravens! (10/2/11)

I can totally confirm the report about Ch.5 imploding. I've been their over 15 years now. It's a rudderless cesspool, filled with contempt and apathy. Layoffs, automation, no leadership, hostile HR department and more. There are plenty of folks in the newsroom that are actively pursuing "plan B". Past regimes all head their warts, but this current lot of mouth breathing hacks have turned one of the great storytelling newsrooms into a pile of shit. The most disrespectful newsroom I have ever work in BAR NONE! (10/2/11)

While I agree with ACS –up to a point- that while perhaps WWDC-1260 may not have been quite the “Hot 99.5” of its time with teens, it wasn’t for lack for trying under both Straus and Crosley/Avco ownership. Besides being the first station in the U.S. to play “I Want To Hold Your Hand” (Although WMCA was the first in the U.S. to play a Beatles record (“Love Me Do”, which initially went nowhere fast in December 1963…)), WWDC had semi-permanent remote facilities at Glen Echo Amusement Park (in a converted old bus painted silver, in the vicinity of the swimming pool and roller coaster, IIRC), remote facilities in a mobile home-sized trailer (a regular at the D.C. Auto Show when it was at the D.C. Armory), printing a Top-40 survey regularly distributed to record stores and record departments in department stores, having Carroll James’ “Top 10” in the Washington Star’s “Teen” section, doing a regular evening shown from the “Casino Royal” when it was teen-oriented with Earl Robbin and syndicated “drop-ins” from Dick Clark, and bringing-in talent the likes of which D.C. radio had never seen before like Johnny Holliday, Murray the K, and Scott Burton, you can’t say WWDC wasn’t trying to hit the teen audience! And, who emceed the first Beatles concert in the U.S.? WWDC’s Carroll James! WWDC did have some clout. But, between the limitations of an individual owner-operator (despite Ben Strauss’ best efforts) and Crosley/Avco who couldn’t seem to make up its mind what to do with it, WWDC wouldn’t achieve the greatness that was within its reach. Unsigned Corporate Suit (10/2/11)

Why did the Post's obituary today of a Bush fundraiser feature a rather large photo of Justice Scalia? Beyond embarrassing. (10/2/11)

There were, indeed, 2 inch tape cart machines. One was made by Ampex, the other was made by RCA. I know the most about the RCA. It was a cartridge that was about 2 1/2 X 4 X 2 1/2. It held enough tape for a 2 minute spot. The cartridges were on an oval belt. There were two decks so the tapes could be played, back to back. The tapes were loaded sequentially. The belt would move to one end and the tape would load. There was an arm that would move the tape into the machine. Then the belt would move to the other end and the second tape would load. The belt then moved back to the first deck to wait for the played spot. When the tape was pushed into the machine, two arms would enter the cassette and open the upper and lower doors. The tape was pulled up and down and then threaded into the video head. A tone started when there were ten seconds left on the spot. At the end, the next tape would start and the first tape would rewind and be pulled back into the cassette. It would be ejected back onto the belt and the third tape would be pushed in. It took about 15 seconds for the rewind, eject and reload operation. If the next spot was 10 seconds, there would be about 4 seconds of dead air. You can see the guy playing with some flip switches. The number that was dialed up was the number of spots to run, in a row. (10/2/11)



NBC4 is truly getting a bargain on their hiring John Schriffen. He's a field reporter, a weekend morning anchor and occasionally a sports anchor..And speaking of sports anchor, any rumblings on whether the station's actively seeking a replacement for Lyndsay Czarniak? (10/2/11)

I just recently moved to Harrisonburg. With all this talk about how great CBS radio is and learning how bad valley radio is, I have to wonder why CBS had never expressed interest in buying a station say in Harrisonburg or Charlottesville? Imagine what CBS radio can do if they had such stations like WSVA, 3WV or even WSVG? WSVG's Wade & Noyes would sound very very major market under CBS ownership not too mention Mike O'Meara would sound a lot better hearing in the morning than that gawd awful Frank Wilt on WSVA. The valley needs CBS Radio !!!!! (10/2/11)

" ...was there ever a machine that used video cartridges with 2-inch tape?" WRC-TV and WDCA-TV had the RCA-TCR100 2-inch (Quad) Cartridge System. Channel-20 was the guinea pig for the first prototype unit. (10/2/11)


Thanks for the muffin clarification, Washington Post. I am now waiting for the correction from Fox News, Chris Plante, and the Morning Majority. Oh, and since the story is not real, I guess we have Bill O'Reilly's blessing to raise taxes on him since the DOJ has proven to be fiscally responsible. thelastword.msnbc.msn.com (10/2/11)

[RE: OK, I'm all ears. How do I "adapt" the site for the 21st century?] Howdy Dave, Enjoyed your site for years, here is another of what must be dozens of replies to your question :-) In business school we always included the option of "doing nothing" in our solution sets - consider it! Content management systems (CMS) like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and even Blogger (Full disclosure - I use Blogspot) are handy, yes, but each have their own learning curve and set of drawbacks. WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and their ilk have frequent CMS updates, some of which gaak horribly upon release and require nasty clean-ups. One of my client's Drupal sites simply evaporated one night and he still has no idea what happened. Another was using Joomla for an ecommerce site and canned script some hacker downloaded from a malware site destroyed all of her work, too. With online options like blogger, you don't really own the content or the traffic. The other concern is cross platform compatibility in a world of explosive growth in device-choice space: Will your site be viewable on an iPad, Netbook, Kindle Fire, Smart Phone, ????? On the other hand, I've been able to view your plain old FTP'd HTML on just abut any device I've used since I found you in 2001 :-) Hmmm... Are you old enough to remember the old "Kiplinger Washington Letter?" The basic, "ripped from a typewriter" look was part of their branding - "We don't waste time with pretty production - we get you the news you need, NOW!" That's the brand promise I've always taken from your basic, straightforward look - "what you need, when you need it, no bullshit involved!" WARNING - SNEAKING IN ADVICE NOW If I were to offer a suggestion, I would say you are two or three basic HTML tags from perfection. I started playing around with HTML in to Apple Hypercard days and it's still a pretty robust interative programming language. If you were to learn the few tags needed to better manage your advertiser graphics, perhaps use an HTML table as a total content container instead of just having the ad sidebar table, I'd say you'd be golden! My two cents, and you did ask :-) Kevin kevinhoultmba.blogspot.com (10/2/11)

Fox is really starting to piss me off. The Redskin game repeatedly has gone to a black screen. Also, those annoying background tones are still audible. Besides hearing the tones during the Emmy's and football games, the tones were present during Fringe. I can't find ANYWHERE where Fox has explained what the hell these noises are all about. ENOUGH, goddammit! (10/2/11)

Re: Odetics machine video - This is the machine that got me my start in commercial broadcasting, working overnights at WGNT-TV UPN 27 in Portsmouth, Va. I'd insert a commercial on a BETA tape, fast forward and rewind the tape until I found the start and finish of the commercial, and the enter the data into the computer. The BETA tapes were stored on shelves in the machine. A floppy disk with the days program log would have code for the commercial. A scanner on the arm would read the bar code, pull out the tape, insert it into one of five tape machines, and the computer would automatically cue up the commercial. Al McGilvray (10/2/11)

Re "When WaPo & NYT Do Same Stories- 10/2 - Ombudsman finds that it's due to "good news judgment, not plagiarism."" -- don't bet on it. Here's an elephant in the room nobody wants to talk abt: Swapping Scoops: Every Night the 'NY Times' and 'Wash Post' Exchange Front Pages for the Following Day... By Joe Strupp... Published: September 14, 2005 10:30 AM ET updated 4:30 PM NEW YORK When The New York Times on July 16 broke the story of a 2003 State Department memo that had become a key element in the Valerie Plame leak investigation, the paper scored a major exclusive. But when The Washington Post hit newsstands that very same Saturday, it had its own version of the same story. It even credited the Times for the same-day scoop. Welcome to life under the Washington Post-New York Times swap. As part of a secret arrangement formed more than 10 years ago, the Post and Times send each other copies of their next day's front pages every night. The formal sharing began as a courtesy between Post Executive Editor Leonard Downie Jr. and former Times Executive Editor Joseph Lelyveld in the early 1990s and has continued ever since... (10/2/11)

[RE DCRTV's Twitter & Facebook pages: Glenn Beck is off DC's 1260. Might he move to WMAL? Should Chris Plante be worried?] Glenn Beck on FM replacing Chris Plante? The love their lunatics don't they. And Nehman should be worried too. (10/2/11)

Great site. How about a rant about how Dave Zahren continually stands in front of (and blocks) the long-term forecasts in his weekend weather reports on 7? Every other station has the person doing the forecasts (he is NOT a meteorologist) walk away from the chart. But Zahren stands there with his stupid grin. (10/2/11)

From what I can gather, this is an automation system for the airing of commercials. Did any DC TV stations use anything like this? It apparently dates from the 1990s and it appears to be using VHS cassettes (or something similar). Prior to this system, was there ever a machine that used video cartridges with 2-inch tape? (10/2/11)


Heard on WWRC AM 1260 Sun AM re a schedule change: Mike Gallagher moves from 12noon to 9:00AM weekdays; Dennis Prager moves from 10:00PM weekdays to 12 noon weekdays--both shows will now air live via the Salem Radio Network. (Glenn Beck will no longer be on AM 1260.)--Mike in Silver Spring (10/2/11)

Dave's response: Well, I've reported that Cumulus will be making more cuts at its DC cluster, including WMAL. And what a magnificent cut - canning the stupid, idiotic Chris Plante and running the syndicated Glenn Beck in the 9 AM to noon slot. Oh, please, Bill Hess, for God's sake, do it.....

The lad wrote (yes, let's call it that): "Happy...AHHHH". Four words in, he mentioned scrotums. The dirty little secret that the lad doesn't know is that Program Directors these days do precisely jack. It's a meaningless title, but radio stations have them because who wants to say "Uh, we don't have one" when someone asks who your PD is. All the other stations have one (as far as you know). When the lad finally gets his own place (when the Widow Wolowitz passes away) he will learn that a move, especially a cross-country move can take time. Experienced radio on-air professional Joe Ardinger will be there at precisely the right time, with stories to tell. The Dude abides. 'all the DCRTV world’s a stage, and you men merely MY players. ' Get the lad a Blueboy subscription, stat! One thing I like about WMAL being on 105.9 is that now I can listen to Midnight Trucking Radio while watching TV. Have to disagree with Dave about having George Noory on all night. Know what we were treated to last night? Five hours of talk about comic books. Noory has run that show into the ground and he should do the honorable thing. On another WMAL note, I finally listened to the download of the Chris Plante show that someone posted a few days back all the way through, and around the 18th or 19th minute, there's a clip of Morgan Freeman calling the Tea Party racist. Coming out of the clip, the soundbed is the Rolling Stones song "Monkey Man". Just the instrumental intro. Brilliant. I think the Widow Wolowitz and I will make that our song, if it's all right with the lad. If the Craftmatic's a-rockin' don't come-a-knockin'! - ZombieWoof (It's just amazing how much better I am, isn't it?) (10/2/11)

A previous letter asks: "Spitballin' here but did Fox spend too much money on the purchase of channel 20 and has put big strain on the operating budget of both channel 5 and 20, including the "news" department? " Doubtful on that as the explanation. Fox has owned 20 for 10 years now, and they've really never spent much money on it programming-wise. Plus Fox Television Stations Group (even on its own without considering parent News Corp.) is doing well enough. I bet it is largely because Roger Ailes, who now runs FTSG, just doesn't care about the local stations except where the local news can carry the political party line as Fox News does. Beyond that, the local station division (and also MyNetworkTV) may as well not exist to him. (10/2/11)

Dave, what do you think the likeliness is of 94.7 changing to a classic hits/oldies format? I really don't see Fresh lasting much longer... (10/2/11)

Dave's response: My sources say that CBS Radio-DC head Steve Swenson personally likes the Fresh format and there's little chance of it being dropped. But if that were to happen, it would be more likely for CBS to use 94.7 for some sort of news and/or talk format since that's Swenson's forte, having previously worked at WTOP and at two all-newsers in NYC. CBS has major radio news and/or talkers in Boston, NYC, and Philadelphia - but not DC. As I've said, it wouldn't surprise me to see CBS buy all-newser WTOP from Hubbard some day.....

Happy Sunday DCRTV malebaggers - for you Zombie-Spoof, control your lady boner and observe this mornings Don Geronimo muse. For Sorce, opportunity knocked at KHTK 1140, then let itself in, demanded Shake n' Bake dinner, dropped off laundry, tracked mud on the carpet, stole the silverware, and now is sneaking out the back door. Radio moral to that insight is storied KHTK, 'good horse, bad Program Director jockey'. Should rank up there on the pantheon of metaphors with 'good lenses, bad frames'.'all the DCRTV world’s a stage, and you men merely MY players. 'a bikini is like a barbed-wire fence. It protects the property without disturbing the view.''Dave Hughes is the toy department puppet master of all things media life.'Or my favorite, 'sunrise, sunset, sunrise, sunset, sunrise...wow,this Joe Ardinger hitchhiking from DC to Sacramento thing is taking forever.'My 'trick and treat' forum. Dave's platform. The Real AHHHH. (10/2/11)

The Washington Nationals gave their fans plenty of reason to be optimistic for next season. Good young players, terrific manager in Davy Johnson, and a front office that seems to have a plan in place that eventually will spell playoffs for the ball club. MASN has a solid team of broadcasters that make watching the Nat's games so enjoyable. Johnny Holliday and Ray Knight have one of the best pre and post game shows in all of major league baseball. Bob Carpenter is as solid a play by play guy as there is, with Charlie Slowes and Dave Jaegler on radio also solid pro's. It makes listening and watching fun for National's fans. Can't wait for next season!! (10/2/11)

U guys rock and are one of the best web sites on the web (10/2/11)

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YDB: One last Ralph Edwards moment: Who'd you interview in '72? (10/1/11)


Traffic choppers had become much sleeker by Capt. Dan's day, (the early '70s). (10/1/11)


Dave, NHL network HD on verizon in mont. county has been broadcasting in SD for a few days. Any news on this? Thanks, Mike (10/1/11)

Dave I just looked up 107.9s coverage. I stand corrected happily.....GO HFS GO!!! Donnie (10/1/11)

re:99.1/107.9 Good point Dave! But 107.9 is primarily DC coverage right? 97.5 barely reaches east bumfuck Maryland while 99.1 just before the flip,and of course now with El Zol,is a strong signal here. If several relays are what it takes to keep HFS on an FM signal so be it ,I've always managed to pull the signal somehow anyway but it would have been nice to have that lock here. Yes CBS Baltimore is doing a much better job with HFS than the DC cluster did! I'm still dying to hear those calls though...WHFS FM....guess I'm just a radio geek for getting a rush from a station ID LOL. Donnie (10/1/11)

Dave's response: 107.9 has great coverage of the Baltimore market and pretty good coverage of the DC market. Its major weakness is in Northern Virginia, where it gets adjacent channel interference from WTOP's 107.7 relay in Warrenton. Still, I can hear 107.9 just fine here in Reston.....

SELL 99.1?!? If El Zol is doing poorly enough to sell then CBS should put HFS BACK where it belongs instead of thier ass backwards approach to a dual city station ...the solution that avoids admitting they were wrong and thier attempt at coverage as it was with the 99.1 stick. So sell the brand and re-resurrect HFS once again to Annapolis,Baltimore and DC. Donnie (10/1/11)

Dave's response: CBS is rumored to be one of the buyers interested in Annapolis's 107.9. And what if they used the hi-powered signal to relay the new low-powered 97.5 HFS? Almost as good coverage as 99.1. And since CBS Baltimore (not CBS DC) is running the new HFS, it wouldn't be quite as fucked up as 99.1 HFS was in its last days. Hmmm.....

A few days ago, I called to "opt in" to The Post's TV Week publication, and I expected it to arrive today (Saturday) with the other Sunday sections which are now delivered on Saturday, but it didn't come today...does it usually come on Sundays, or should I call the post and request a re-delivery? (10/1/11)

Dave's response: My TV Week always comes with Sunday's paper.....

We take a look at the early days of DC's Channel 4, then WNBW. The birth of the station in the 1940s, the early days of "Meet The Press," the first live TV coverage of Capitol Hill hearings and a presidential inauguration, the launch of the "Today" show, the WRC calls arriving in 1954, and the debut of "The Muppets" on DC TV. Featuring Jim Vance, David Brinkley, Arch Campbell and more. In the October 1 edition of "Dave TV"..... (10/1/11)


Hi Dave! Great job as always! On the topic of 107.9(Annapolis) if the Tiffany network gets it the complication is ch.13,which they had to get a waiver to keep because of 99.1 also in Annapolis.Now the question is would they sell El Zol to cc or someone else to get 107.9?Interesting to ponder.Format wise I think they would move JZ FM to 107.9 and put a music format---classic hits(one could only hope)on short spaced 105.7,who knows?We are talking CBS radio which seems to be wanting to build regional sports fm's. I have to say I do like the TV network and radio news division,great folks and still credible! They are light years ahead of Fox NewsRadio. I like their all news outlets as well! Dan Mason is doing a great job there,I have to compliment him! As for the CBS music formats----the landscape has changed.We have gone full circle really. Look at Baltimore--WLIF(101.9)is basically a gold based a/c,and does very well billing and ratings wise. The market conditions are similar to 1982/1983 with regard to music radio. The only difference is all the sports talk on fm and of course spanish formatted EL Zol. Talk is nothing new on fm either,as WWDB 96.5,now wild 96.5 did it right for years.You may remember the station was live and local,which is what WMAL FM should do.That signal plus the internet would make the format successful. Thanks Dave! I really dig Dave TV! One more question,any word on ME TV coming to Baltimore on 45,11 or 2? Regards, Nick L. (10/1/11)

Dave's response: Check out ME TV's sked at metvnetwork.com and it's very cool. Much better line-up of classic TV than the recently gutted Retro TV. Maybe WJLA should think about replacing RTV with ME.....

I wonder how long Lurch will make it to Lanham without losing his mind. Or, will he work from home? JFK’s recent off site live programming will let us know quickly. Pregame unofficial show sounds like it is in bathroom. It also sounds like there was some carnage there this week. God bless. Feinstein on any show is great. Junks were very good with him this AM. EB doing his homework on his new book worked. I miss him with Mr. Tony. But, Junks are continuing to develop a nice relationship with him. Wise does not. The return of Brandon Lang on Junks is nice. Speaking of Mr. Tony, Carville and Jaws still kill. MOS and BOAD still put out the best stuff in this market. By Far, PERIOD. Mr. Tony is right up there. Andy and Czabe next. Sports chix after them. After that…Bla…Bla… Oh yeah, TOP’s traffic continues to suck. OOBBEE (10/1/11)

AHHHH pounded his scrotum against the keyboard and typed "GERONIMO...AHHHH" and it was up to his usual standard. How he eliminates typos is left as an exercise for the reader. Dave, I took the liberty of rewriting the intro to one of your front page articles: "One of DCRTV's astute Mailbag posters tipped us on 9/27 that Joe Ardinger, a sidekick on WJFK's old "Don And Mike Show," is heading to Sacramento..." It's okay, no credit expected, you're not my Paul Farhi, but you surely are my huckleberry. I worry about this AHHHH fellow though, Dave. He seems driven to link his scrotum and you in every single post. This recent post escalated a bit, talking about your nipples. How confident are you that he doesn't want to wear your skin as a suit? - ZombieWoof (10/1/11)

GERONIMO-SORCE MAKES FIRST MOVE AS PD: Ok, Fantasy Program Director members, we have a player personnel move at Sacramento KHTK. With the majority of his on-air talent quitting since he became PD, Don Geronimo has claimed Joe Ardinger, "The World's Oldest Phone Screener" off the washed-up radio waiver wire. Ardinger will now be a board operator at KHTK. In other PD news,Sorce has hired a tongue-kissing monkey for live remotes & Andy Rooney as new lobby greeter. That compliments Sorce's decision to change toilet paper brands, and require all male employees to wear ties [remember that religious Ocean City radio station owner who made Geronimo wear a tie?]. No word if Sorce will ever hire experienced on-air talent. My malebag PD critique. Dave's nipples poking through his USMC t-shirt. The Real AHHHH (10/1/11)

Spitballin' here but did Fox spend too much money on the purchase of channel 20 and has put big strain on the operating budget of both channel 5 and 20, including the "news" department? (10/1/11)

Steve Kingston isn't dead, but he's been busy killing WRNR-FM for the past few years. Please sell that radio station to someone that has a clue. (10/1/11)

[RE:Well Dave you have done it again! You bitch about all the mistakes that the Washington Post makes and you have made a huge blunder on your bit where you are begging for money on today's page. You show a clip from WRC 4 and in the copy you credit it as " including this news print ad for Channel 7, then WMAL-TV, in the 1960s". If you look closely you will see it is Jim Hartz and Sue Simmons in a print ad for WRC. BTW Hartz was with WRC in the 70's leaving in 1979. What an "expert" you are on local TV and radio...I think not. I know you will come back with some sort of non-sense about how you don't have proof readers but what is wrong with YOU on something this simple? Dumb I think.Steve... Dave's response: Not my mistake. Your browser is caching an old image. Both the WMAL-TV and the WRC Front Page Flashback images have the same file name (flasht.jpg). I uploaded the latest WMAL-TV image this morning, but your browser is still loading yesterday's image. Click the "refresh" or "reload" button on your browser and the correct image should load.....] In de face Steve! In de face! (10/1/11)

Nick DiPaolo and Arite Lange to launch own sports radio show Oct 3 www.deadline.com (10/1/11)

94.3 Fredrick MD- wonder how that is especially since WQCM Greencastle PA/ Hagerstown might be what was trying to be picked up. Although on a trip this week through MD, two parts of West Virginia and Southwestern PA, the radio in those areas was much better than what DC radio has to offer for the most part . (10/1/11)

Here's an early-'60s (1961 or '62) pic of WMAL 63 chopper pilot Lt. Mettee. (10/1/11)


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