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January 30, 2018
ZGS Sells WILC To Carrasco
Arlington-based ZGS sells Spanish WILC, 900 AM, in Laurel for $700,000. The buyer is Wheaton-based ACR Media, which is headed by Alejandro Carrasco, the owner of Spanish WACA, 1540 AM, in Wheaton. ZGS has been leasing WILC to Carrasco since January 2016. With the sale of WILC, which was its only radio station, and all of its TV stations, ZGS is now totally out of broadcast ownership, we're told.

January 24, 2018
XMAS Tunes Boost WASH & WLIF
The Washington market radio ratings for the Holiday month, actually December 7 through January 3. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WASH, 2) WTOP, 3) WAMU, 4) WHUR, 5) WMMJ, 6) WBIG, 7) WPGC and WMAL, 9) WIHT, 10) WKYS, 11) WPRS, 12) WRQX and WIAD, 14) WMZQ and WGTS, 16) WWDC, 17) WETA-FM, 18) WJFK-FM, 19) WLZL, 20) WTEM, 21) WPFW and WFRE, 23) WAVA-FM, 24) WFMD, 25) WDCN and WDCH, 27) WOL and WBQH and WAFY and WACA. The Baltimore market radio ratings for the Holiday month, actually December 7 through January 3. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WLIF, 2) WWIN-FM, 3) WERQ, 4) WPOC, 5) WWMX, 6) WJZ-FM, 7) WQSR, 8) WYPR and WZFT, 10) WIYY, 11) WBAL-AM, 12) WZBA, 13) WRBS-FM, 14) WCBM, 15) WBJC, 16) WLIFHD2, 17) WEAA, 18) WCAO and WRBS-AM, 20) WJZ-AM and WOLB, 21) WQLL and WWIN-AM.

January 21, 2018
John Irving Dies
DC news radio great John Irving died of cancer January 9 at Georgetown University Hospital. In the late 1970s, he was a freelance reporter for Associated Press Radio in Washington. In 1978, he became a reporter for then news-talk WRC-AM. From 1982 to 1995, he was the news director for urban contemporary WKYS, where he also anchored the morning news and interfaced with the likes of Donnie Simpson and Tony Perkins. From 1995 to 2006, Irving worked for Metro Networks, first as the Washington news bureau chief and later as northeast regional news bureau chief. He then moved on to national director of news bureau operations for Metro Networks-Westwood One.

January 17, 2018
Lokay To Replace Perkins On 5
Jim Lokay will be taking over as Tony Perkins' replacement on Channel 5/WTTG's evening newscasts. He started at DC's Fox 5 doing sportscasts.

January 9, 2018
Damon Phillips To NBC Sports Washington
Damon Phillips joins NBC Sports Washington, formerly Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, as general manager, replacing Rebecca Schulte, who announced her resignation in September. Phillips spent 10 years at ESPN overseeing streaming services ESPN3 and WatchESPN. Most recently, he was vice president of ESPN's Technical Product Management department.

January 9, 2018
Discovery To Leave Silver Spring For NYC
Discovery Communications, which helped lead the revitalization of downtown Silver Spring, is leaving Montgomery County, selling its headquarters and moving to New York City, according to a memo Discovery President/Chief Executive David Zaslav sent to staff. It's anticipated that Discovery, which owns the TV channels Animal Planet, TLC, Investigation Discovery, and OWN, will leave its One Discovery Place headquarters building in Silver Spring in 2019. It opened its headquarters in Montgomery County in 2003. Discovery Communications, which employs about 1,300 people full-time locally, recently agreed to acquire Knoxville, Tennessee-based Food Network and HGTV owner Scripps Networks Interactive for $12 billion last July, a deal that is expected to close in early 2018.

January 5, 2018
InsideNova.com Sold
Rappahannock Media has bought Northern Virginia local news site InsideNoVa.com, two of its affiliated community newspapers, and the rights to publish two military base newspapers from Northern Virginia Media Services.

January 5, 2018
Arlington Wants To Keep WETA
Public television and radio station WETA, which has been actively looking throughout the DC area for a new location for its studio and headquarters, has signed a letter of intent with Arlington County that would keep WETA in Shirlington in exchange for county incentives. If ultimately executed, the deal would allow the county to buy WETA's current studio location at 3620 27th South Street for as much as $8 million for the future expansion of Jennie Dean Park in Four Mile Run Valley. WETA's current headquarters is at 3939 Campbell Avenue in Shirlington Village. Under the terms, WETA will begin design and construction feasibility studies for relocating the studio next to its current headquarters. The letter of intent does not guarantee WETA will stay in Shirlington. If the WETA board of trustees approves the plan, WETA would move forward with selling the studio location to the county within the next two years. The county would make urban design improvements up to $500,000 in the area near the WETA headquarters and would provide WETA with an Economic Development Incentive performance-based grant of up to $150,000 a year for a predetermined period based on job growth and square footage targets. WETA has been based in Arlington since 1961.

January 5, 2018
New Digs For Sun
After 68 years, The Baltimore Sun is moving from its longtime Calvert Street headquarters that it has been located at since 1950 to Sun Park in Port Covington, the location of its printing plant since the 1990s. Tribune sold the Calvert Street property just before announcing it was selling the company to Sinclair Broadcasting, giving the Sun time to make plans on a move. The newspaper and the property are not owned by the same company. The Sun is owned by a Tribune spinoff of its newspapers called Tronc. The Sun's Port Covington location is owned by Kevin Plank's Sagamore Development and The Sun has a long-term lease for the property. It's unclear what plans the current owner of the Calvert Street property has for it.

January 3, 2018
DJ 5'9 Joins KYS Morning Show
Radio One's urban contemporary WKYS, 93.9, welcomes "DJ 5'9" Davis as the new addition to its "The FAM In The Morning" show. Hailing from Orange NJ, DJ 5'9 began honing his craft while attending Virginia State University. His DJ career advanced when he became the official tour DJ for DC rap artist Wale. Since then, he's become one of the DMV's most sought after DJs, according to WKYS. He's spun for brands like Nike, The Museum, DTLR, Adidas, Under Armor, and BET.

January 3, 2018
WTOP Drops CBS News For ABC
Hubbard all-newser WTOP has dropped CBS News Radio in favor of affiliating with ABC Radio News, effective January 1. The switch ends a decades-long partnership between CBS and the nation's top-billing radio station. Top-of-the-hour newscasts on the influential outlet will now be provided by ABC News Radio. WTOP will also carry updates at the bottom of the hour and will be heavy users of the network’s crisis coverage, along with "ABC Newscall" and correspondent two-ways, according to the network. The station will use the ABC News Digital service for its website. The change stems from a business decision, according to Paul Farhi, who covers the news media for the Washington Post. "ABC took fewer ad slots than CBS, giving WTOP more time to sell its ads," Farhi wrote in a post on Twitter. Inside Radio adds that WTOP isn't the only new affiliate ABC rang in the New Year with. The network also added iHeart's news talk WBZ Boston, Cox's news talk WSB-AM Atlnta, and Entercom news talk WRVA Richmond.

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