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January 2014 to Present

By Dave Hughes
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    April 7, 2014
    9 Adds Weather Nation
    Gannett's Channel 9/WUSA has put the Weather Nation network on its 9-3 subchannel, replacing the radar-only feature. "Local temps and radar are always at the bottom of the screen and local forecasts from the WUSA9 weather team of Topper Shutt, Howard Bernstein, and Erica Grow air every 10 minutes on the 5s," a WUSA source tells DCRTV. Weather Nation has replaced the Weather Channel on DirecTV and is run by Paul Douglas, a meteorolgist who used to work at Gannett's Minneapolis station, KARE-TV.

    April 5, 2014
    Karen Campbell Joins 11
    Karen Campbell starts as a freelance reporter at Channel 11/WBAL on April 15th. She's leaving Salisbury's Channel 16/WBOC after almost two years as a reporter and weekend anchor. Before that, she was a reporter and weekend anchor for Harrisonburg's Channel 3/WHSV.

    April 4, 2014
    Chris Roth To Salem DC
    Area radio veteran Chris Roth is leaving his gig overseeing Centennial's Winchester radio cluster, including hot adult contemporary WINC-FM, 92.5, to return to the DC area, where he'll be joining Salem, which owns religious talkers WAVA-FM/AM, 105.1/780, and righty political talker WWRC, 1260 AM. More: Roth will be the production director replacing the retired Jeff Baker, formerly of the "Baker And Burd" of WPGC/WASH, and will start on April 14.

    April 4, 2014
    Emily Miller Joins 5
    Emily Miller has been named chief investigative reporter for Channel 5/WTTG. She begins April 28 and will contribute to the Fox-owned station's 5 PM, 6 PM, and 10 PM newscasts. Most recently, Miller was senior editor of the Washington Times Opinion pages. She has previously worked in ABC News Washington bureau as an associate producer for "This Week" and "Good Morning America." In late March, she was a guest host on WMAL's morning show.

    March 31, 2014
    Gillette Rides To RQX's Rescue
    Rick Gillette has been named program director of Cumulus's hot adult contemporary WRQX, All The Hits 107.3. He comes from CBS's contemporary hit WNOW in NYC. Gillette replaces Marco, who remains WRQX's afternoon host. Before his NYC gig, Gillette programmed radio stations in Chicago and Detroit and was vice president of music entertainment for DMX Music, a music services company based in Los Angeles. Gillette joins WRQX after an almost year-long ratings slump following the canning of longtime morning man Jack Diamond in the spring of 2013. Since then, WRQX has been piping in Bert Weiss's morning show from Atlanta.....

    March 30, 2014
    Lisbela Lopez Says Adios To LZL
    Lisbela Lopez is no longer doing middays at CBS's Spanish contemporary El Zol, WLZL, 107.9 FM. After nine years. She's no longer on the station's website.

    March 28, 2014
    MD Judge Sends Stash To Jail
    In February, Stephen Smith, the former longtime 98 Rock, WIYY personality known as Stash, was arrested again in Harford County and slapped with several more drunk driving-related charges. And now, the Baltimore Sun tells us that Smith, who served time in jail after being involved in a 2012 drunk driving accident in Harford County, is back behind bars, accused of violating his probation in that case. A judge said he'll have to stay there. Smith, 50, was denied bail during a hearing in Harford County District Court regarding the probation violation, which stems from that new February charge of driving under the influence, according to the Sun. A Maryland State Police trooper stopped Smith on Route 22 on February 3 and charged him with driving under the influence. A series of other traffic charges were filed the latest incident including speeding and failure to display a vehicle registration when asked for it, the Sun adds.

    March 28, 2014
    Balto's HFS To 104.9
    CBS Baltimore's alt rock HFS reincarnation of DC's legendary WHFS moves from 97.5 FM to 104.9 FM on April 2. One low-power frequency to another. You can continue to listen at hfsradio.com, its radio.com app, and via a digital subchannel of WWMX, 106.5 FM. More: We're hearing that HFS will have a weaker signal via 104.9, which is just 10-watts and on a lower cell tower in White Marsh, as compared with 250-watt 97.5 on a taller TV Hill tower. More: The 97.5 frequency will be replaced with religious programming from the Hope Christian organization that's currently carried on a digital subchannel of WLIF. We're told that Hope "gets carried on a CBS-owned HD channel in direct exchange for CBS getting its programming carried on Hope-owned translators."

    March 26, 2014
    WTOP Top Biller In USA Again
    For the fourth year in a row, Hubbard's all-news WTOP was the top-billing radio station in the nation. According to 2013 figures released by Chantilly VA-based BIA/Kelsey, WTOP took in $63.5 million in 2013, $1.1 million less than 2012, but still enough to beat out the second-highest biller, Clear Channel's contemporary hit KIIS in Los Angeles. WTOP's past revenue numbers were $64.6 million in 2012, $64 million in 2011, $57.2 million in 2010, $51 million in 2009, and $51.7 million in 2008. All of the remaining top 10 billers were radio stations in the much larger markets of NYC, LA, and Chicago. Says BIA/Kelsey Senior Vice President Mark Fratrik: "WTOP is morphing into a digital media company by providing access to its audience in many different ways beyond over-the-air. Their approach is serving them well and their model demonstrates that as the industry continues to adopt a multi-platform approach, it will engage audiences and sustain growth." Adds WTOP Senior Vice President/General Manager Joel Oxley: "It is truly an accomplishment to be in the 8th largest revenue market yet be number one in the country... It takes a real team effort to reach such heights."

    March 25, 2014
    CBS Radio's Bob Fuss To Retire
    CBS Radio News Capitol Hill correspondent Bob Fuss will retire in May. He's covered national political conventions since 1976 and has traveled on presidential campaigns since 1980. Prior to joining CBS News in 1998, Fuss covered Capitol Hill for both Mutual and NBC Radio from 1977 to 1991. Before that, he served as a correspondent and Los Angeles bureau chief for the UPI Radio Network, after having worked for UPI in NYC and Dallas.

    March 23, 2014
    Dick Heller Dies
    Dick Heller, who wrote about Washington's sports teams for more than half a century and who, in the 1970s, was a key figure in a landmark court decision concerning the freedom of the press, died March 20 at a hospital in Silver Spring. He was 76. Heller was a columnist for the Washington Star and later for the Washington Times.

    March 21, 2014
    Aparicio Returns To WNST Mornings
    Nestor Aparicio, who owns Baltimore sports talker WNST, 1570 AM, and wnst.net, is returning to a regular gig on WNST's airwaves - doing 3 PM to 6 PM starting April 1st - after nine years on the sidelines.

    March 21, 2014
    Discovery's Hendricks To Retire
    John Hendricks, founder and chairman of Silver Spring-based Discovery Communications, will retire in May after 32 years at the helm of one of cable TV's pioneering programming companies. Hendricks will formally step down on May 16, at Discovery's annual meeting. Discovery CEO David Zaslav, who succeed Hendricks in the chief exec role in 2004, hailed his legacy in creating a clutch of channels designed to inform and enlighten as much as entertain.

    March 20, 2014
    Mix 106.5's Maria Dennis Battles Cancer
    Maria Dennis (right), who hosts the morning show on CBS's hot adult contemporary Mix 106.5, WWMX in Baltimore, reveals that she's battling cancer. In an announcement posted at mix1065fm.cbslocal.com, she says: "I am in the hospital... I have just been diagnosed with leukemia. It's a mind-blower. It really is a mind-blower. Last week, I went in because I needed to get a routine colonoscopy. My blood work came back all over the ballpark, and they didn't know why. So they did further tests, one thing led to another, and they decided that I have A.L.L., which is leukemia. It was a shock to me. But you know what? I'm going to beat this."

    March 18, 2014
    WTOP & WERQ Top Radio Ratings For February
    The Washington market radio ratings for the month of February. Full-day. Age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WIHT, 3) WAMU, 4) WHUR, 5) WMMJ, 6) WASH, 7) WBIG, 8) WPGC and WMAL, 10) WGTS, 11) WMZQ, 12) WPRS and WKYS, 14) WWDC, 15) WIAD, 16) WETA-FM, 17) WLZL and WRQX, 19) WFRE, 20) WJFK and WTEM, 22) WNEW and WDCN, 24) WAVA-FM, 25) WQSR and WTNT, 27) WERQ and WFLS and WPFW and WBQB. Age 25-54: 1) WIHT, 2) WTOP, 3) WHUR, 4) WBIG, 5) WMMJ, 6) WAMU, 7) WPGC and WASH, 9) WWDC, 10) WIAF and WGTS, 12) WMZQ and WKYS, 14) WLZL, 15) WJFK-FM, 16) WMAL and WPRS, 18) WRQX, 19) WTEM, 20) WETA-FM, 21) WDCN, 22) WAVA-FM, 23) WQSR and WTNT, 25) WFRE and WERQ, 27) WNEW, 28) WKDV and WBQB, 30) WAFY and WIYY. The Baltimore market radio ratings for the month of February. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WERQ, 2) WPOC, 3) WWIN-FM, 4) WLIF, 5) WWMX, 6) WZFT, 7) WJZ-FM, 8) WIYY, 9) WZBA, 10) WBAL-AM, 11) WQSR, 12) WCBM, 13) WRBS-FM, 14) WYPR, 15) WBJC, 16) WTOP, 17) WWDC, 18) WPGC, 19) WKYS, 20) WCAO and WHUR, 22) WAMU and WNEW, 24) WMZQ and WBIG and WIHT, 27) WASH, 28) WEAA, 29) WXCY and WRQX and WOLB.

    March 18, 2014
    Natasha Barrett Leaves 7 & 8
    Natasha Barrett (right), a reporter at Channel 7/WJLA, who also hosts a late-morning daily talk show, "Let's Talk Live," at 11 AM on Allbritton sister NewsChannel 8, signed off March 28. She will be the weekend anchor and consumer reporter at ABC-owned KTRK-TV in her hometown of Houston.

    March 13, 2014
    WBAL Apologizes For Erroneous Coverage Of Mall Shooting
    Channel 11/WBAL has apologized online for its erroneous coverage of the Columbia Mall shooting in January that left three people dead. Most of the flawed reporting, which linked the shooter to his two victims, was by John Patti, an anchor and reporter at WBAL radio, whose coverage was repeated on WBAL-TV. WBAL News Director Michelle Butt, in a statement posted on the WBAL radio website, said initial reporting from the scene "was based on sources connected to the case but has proven to be false. We regret the mistake and any additional hardship this may have brought to the families." The apology did not appear on the TV station website. "We said we would address it when the time came, and we have," Butt told the Baltimore Sun, adding that she had said all she was going to say on the subject. "We said we would address it and move on, and we are moving on." When asked if Patti would be disciplined, Butt said the station does not discuss personnel matters.

    March 10, 2014
    Whitney Wild Leaves 7
    Whitney Wild (right), a multimedia reporter for two years at Allbritton's Channel 7/WJLA, starts March 24th as a general assignment reporter at Gannett's KUSA-TV in Denver. She joined WJLA in December 2011 as a general assignment digital reporter. In June 2013, the Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association named her the 2012 winner for "Outstanding TV Multimedia Online Journalism." In August 2012, she was invited to appear as a regular editorial contributor to WJLA sister NewsChannel 8's golf show, "Capital Golf Weekly."

    March 6, 2014
    5's Audrey Barnes To Laurel
    Audrey Barnes (right), who most recently was a news reporter at Channel 5/WTTG, joins the city of Laurel MD to be director of its department of communications. A native of the Prince George's County community, she starts March 26. Barnes joined WTTG in March 2012, after stints at Channel 9/WUSA and Channel 4/WRC.

    March 5, 2014
    7's Britt McHenry Joins ESPN
    Britt McHenry (right) leaves Channel 7/WJLA to join ESPN as Washington-based reporter. She will serve as correspondent for various news-gathering platforms including "SportsCenter," "Outside The Lines," and sport-specific programs like "NFL Live" and "Baseball Tonight." The move is effective March 17. McHenry has been a sports reporter at WJLA since 2010 and for two years before that at its sister station, NewsChannel 8, where she was a community reporter and weekend morning show anchor.

    March 5, 2014
    WMZQ Yanks Boxer For Bones
    Clear Channel will be piping in "The Bobby Bones Show" from Nashville in mornings on country WMZQ, 98.7 FM, beginning March 10. The station's current morning program, "The Boxer Show," will move to middays, while co-host Aly Jacobs will remain on-air in mornings with traffic and weather updates. WMZQ's current midday talent, Jenni Chase, will move to sister adult contemporary WASH, 97.1 FM, to do middays. DCRTV recently reported that Maureen McLain had been removed from the WASH midday slot. "No one is closer to the heartbeat of Nashville than Bobby Bones," said Meg Stevens, program director at WMZQ. "WMZQ listeners will enjoy waking up with the award-winning 'Bobby Bones Show' and his unique and entertaining insight on country music, and so much more."

    March 4, 2014
    Jack Clements Dies
    Jack Clements died February 17th at age 85. The longtime broadcaster, who served as president of Westwood One/NBC Radio before retiring some 20-plus years ago, is also known for his years as an executive at Mutual Broadcasting, during its days on Jefferson Davis Highway in Arlington. He also served as general manager at news talk WCAU-AM (now WPHT) in Philadelphia.

    March 1, 2014
    Geronimo Off WJFK
    Don Geronimo (right) will no longer be heard on CBS sports talker WJFK-FM, 106.7 The Fan. A CBS Radio-DC source confirms that Geronimo's contract expires at the end of March and he won't be appearing on WJFK any longer. Geronimo, who spent two-plus decades partnered with Mike O'Meara as "Don And Mike," was heard on then-"guy talk" WJFK from the early 1990s through 2008, when he left the station. He soon landed a gig at KHTK, a CBS sports talker in Sacramento, which he left late last year, just before starting his WJFK show, which was heard on weekday evenings and during late mornings and middays on weekends. Geronimo remained in Sacramento while doing his latest WJFK show.

    March 1, 2014
    WNEW Aims More At Baltimore
    CBS all-newser WNEW, 99.1 FM, is in the process of repositioning itself to cover more Baltimore area news. WNEW will open a seven-person bureau at the studios of sister Channel 13/WJZ in Baltimore, and will station somebody in the state capital of Annapolis. Started as a DC market station just over two years ago, WNEW has suffered in its home market radio ratings - rarely rising above 25th place - due to a signal that's based in Anne Arundel County, which is within the Baltimore metro area, not to mention going up against Hubbard's top-rated DC all-newser, WTOP.

    February 27, 2014
    Jim Titus Dies
    Longtime Hagerstown area radio personality Jim Titus (right) has died. His radio career spanned more that 50 years, from his start in Michigan as a teenager, to WFRE in Frederick. His final gig was afternoon personality at Hagerstown's nostalgic WJEJ. Titus retired last year from WJEJ. "Jim will be remembered for his knowledge of music and pleasant voice," says an announcement at wjejradio.com.

    February 27, 2014
    Cumulus DC Drops Total Traffic
    Cumulus switches its DC stations from Clear Channel's Total Traffic to an in-house product. News talker WMAL and hot adult contemporary WRQX see the end of a long-term contract that Cumulus inherited from Citadel. Washington is the last major Cumulus market to convert from Total Traffic to Cumulus-owned Right Now Traffic. "We've enjoyed our partnership with Jamee Whitten, Dan Alpher, Ron Balcerek and the entire team at Metro/TTN DC now and over the past several years," WMAL Program Director Bill Hess tells DCRTV. "We wish them the very best, as we embark on an exciting new partnership for WMAL." Several years ago, Hubbard all-newser WTOP cut its ties to Total Traffic (then Metro Traffic) when it started its in-house traffic department. Total Traffic still provides updates for Radio One (WKYS, WMMJ, WPRS) and CBS (WNEW, WJFK, WPGC, WLZL, WIAD), among other area stations.

    February 25, 2014
    Cahill Leaves PD Post At WBIG & WASH
    Bill Cahill leaves his program director post at Clear Channel's classic hits WBIG, 100.3 FM, and adult contemporary WASH, 97.1 FM, to become vice president of programming for Premiere Networks. Effective April 1. Premiere, which is owned by Clear Channel, syndicates Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.

    February 24, 2014
    Dave Ross Joins 120 Sports
    Back in November, sports reporter and producer Dave Ross left Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG after 18 years. He'd said he was heading to Chicago but couldn't divulge any details about his new gig. Now, Ross says he will be joining 120 Sports, a new all-digital sports network. It's a joint venture of Time, publisher of Sports Illustrated, along with Silver Chalice Ventures, plus the NHL, NBA, MLB, NASCAR, and several collegiate conferences. Ross came to DC's Fox 5 in 1995 after working as a sports columnist and newspaper reporter in North Carolina. He grew up in Virginia Beach. While in DC, Ross was a regular guest on WTEM, ESPN 980.

    February 20, 2014
    Sun Buys Balto City Paper
    The Baltimore Sun is buying Baltimore's alternative weekly City Paper for an undisclosed price. The freebie tabloid's sale will complete Scranton PA-based Times-Shamrock's plan to divest its alternative weeklies. Late last year, the company sold four weeklies in other markets. Times-Shamrock has operated City Paper for about 25 of its 37-year history. The Sun's purchase transaction is set to close in March. According to the Sun, City Paper's newsroom and sales team will operate independently of the Baltimore Sun Media Group's other editorial and sales functions. City Paper, which is published each Wednesday and distributed throughout the Baltimore area, has a circulation of just over 50,000 a week. About 200,000 monthly unique visitors use its web and mobile sites. Locally, Times-Shamrock also owns Baltimore classic rocker 100.7 The Bay, WZBA.

    February 20, 2014
    Gregory Kane Dies
    Gregory Kane, a former Baltimore Sun columnist, died of cancer Tuesday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 62. A Baltimore native, Kane became a Sun reporter in 1993 and began writing his local column in 1995. Recalled for his provocative style, he wrote a description of himself in his first column: "a lifelong Baltimore resident, liberal on some issues, conservative on others, a veritable fascist on the topic of crime." After leaving the Sun in 2008, Kane began writing for the old Baltimore Examiner. At his death, he was writing for the Washington Examiner and the Baltimore Times. He also was a visiting professor at the Johns Hopkins University's Writing Seminars and taught in the fall semester.

    February 19, 2014
    Mike Roberts Dies
    Baltimore radio veteran Mike Roberts (right) died February 17 at a local hospice after battling cancer. The Baltimore native began his radio career in 1983 at WCBM, with a stint at WFBR before joining WGHT. That station became WWIN-FM, Magic 95.9. He served as its program director in the early 1990s. After WWIN, he worked at WWMX and programmed channels at XM and Worldspace satellite radio operations. After several years with Comcast, Roberts returned to Radio One Baltimore. Health complications forced him to retire in December 2013.

    February 18, 2014
    WTOP & WERQ Top January Radio Ratings
    The DC market radio ratings for the monthly January period. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WIHT and WHUR, 5) WMMJ, 6) WASH, 7) WMAL, 8) WPGC and WBIG, 10) WKYS and WWDC, 12) WLZL and WGTS and WMZQ and WPRS, 16) WTEM, 17) WETA-FM, 18) WIAD and WJFK-FM, 20) WFRE, 21) WRQX, 22) WDCN, 23) WQSR, 24) WERQ and WFLS and WNEW, 27) WAVA-FM and WPFW, 29) WTNT, 30) WBQB. The Baltimore market radio ratings for the monthly January period. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WERQ, 2) WPOC, 3) WJZ-FM, 4) WWIN-FM, 5) WLIF, 6) WWMX, 7) WZBA, 8) WIYY and WBAL-AM and WZFT, 11) WQSR and WCBM, 13) WYPR, 14) WBJC, 15) WRBS-FM, 16) WTOP, 17) WNEW and WWDC and WKYS, 20) WHUR, 21) WPGC, 22) WAMU and WBIG and WCAO, 26) WASH and WIHT, 28) WXCY and WJZ-AM and WEAA.

    February 18, 2014
    Beaven Replaces Pettit At WCBM
    Bob Pettit has retired as general manager of Baltimore news talker WCBM, 680 AM, and M-10 sister oldies outlet WQLL, 1370 AM. Marc Beaven has been promoted from the stations' general sales manager post to be general manager. He's worked at the Baltimore radio outlets for 22 years. Prior to his career in radio, Beaven worked at ad agency Earle Palmer Brown in Bethesda and in Atlanta.

    February 18, 2014
    Elliot Off NYC Station
    DC101's Elliot Segal has been removed from NYC talker WOR. Both stations are owned by Clear Channel. He's been airing on the NYC AM station, which also airs righty talk titans Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, since January. Late last year, plans were announced that Elliot would be moving to NYC and still be heard on alt rocker DC101 - but he's remained at DC101's Rockville studios. More: Tom Taylor, via his Tuesday radio biz newsletter, tells us that WOR's morning ratings "are off, with veteran John Gambling gone, and middays are up with Limbaugh." A listener tells us - "Elliot just announced he and the class are not moving to NYC to be on WOR. They are staying in DC... Clear Channel is OK with the decision."

    February 14, 2014
    Donald Heilemann Dies
    Donald Heilemann (right), 84, died February 7 in a hospice in Brookfield, Wisconsin. In 1966, he joined DC's Channel 9, then WTOP-TV, as a news cameraman. In 1972, he became audio visual director for the National Park Service's National Capital Region, where he remained until his 1991 retirement. Heilemann covered many historical events, including the 1976 national bicentennial celebration, numerous presidential inaugurations, the US visit of Pope John Paul II, and the Washington summit with Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan. Earlier in his career, he worked as a photographer for the Milwaukee Journal and as a news cameraman for Milwaukee's WITI-TV and WXIX-TV. Also, he formed the independent Milwaukee TV News to provide footage to news organizations.

    February 13, 2014
    George Wilson Dies
    George C. Wilson, an author and former Washington Post reporter who covered the military from the perspective of soldiers crawling in the mud and from the offices of decision-makers in Washington, and who played a notable role in the Pentagon Papers case, died February 11 at his home in Arlington. He was 86. The cause was leukemia.

    February 12, 2014
    More Drunk Driving Charges For Stash
    Stephen G. Smith (right), the longtime Baltimore rock radio personality who is known on-air as "Stash," was hit with six traffic-related charges on the afternoon of February 3 in Bel Air MD, according to the District Court for Harford County. Including "driving under the influence of alcohol," an "impaired" driving charge, "failure to display registration card upon demand by police officer," "exceeding maximum speed: 53 MPH in a posted 45 MPH zone," and "negligent driving vehicle in careless and imprudent manner endangering property, life and person." Smith was fired by Hearst rocker 98 Rock, WIYY, in July 2012 after being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and negligent driving offenses in Harford County. In October 2012, Smith pleaded guilty to the drunk driving charges and was sentenced to six months in the Harford County Detention Center.

    February 10, 2014
    WRC Tops January DC TV News Ratings
    More good "news" for NBC4. We get a look at the January "A25-54" demo DC TV news numbers. At 5 AM: Channel 4/WRC 1.8, Channel 9/WUSA 0.9, Channel 7/WJLA 0.8, Channel 5/WTTG 0.7. At 6 AM: WRC 2.5, WTTG 2.0, WJLA 1.3, WUSA 0.9. At 5 PM: WRC 3.0, WJLA 1.2, WTTG 1.0, WUSA 0.7. At 6 PM: WRC 2.7, WJLA 1.8, WTTG 1.3, WUSA 0.8. At 10 PM: WTTG 2.9. At 11 PM: WRC 3.4, WTTG 2.1, WUSA 1.6, WJLA 1.5.

    February 9, 2014
    Winchester's WXVA Flips To Classic Hits, To Add FMer
    Winchester Radio Broadcasters has relaunched 610 AM, WXVA Winchester, with a classic hits format. The station had been running a broad playlist of music from the 1960s through now, but has now shifted its focus to just the 1960s to 1980s as it prepares to add an FM signal in the market. WXVA operates with 380-watts daytime and 500-watts nighttime, with an application to drop that to 130-watts. Starboard Media Foundation was granted an outlet on 102.9 FM, W275BV, which will operate with 250-watts rebroadcasting WXVA and a coverage area comparable to some full-powered FMers in the area thanks to its tower height.

    February 4, 2014
    VOA's Lee Dravis To Retire
    The Voice Of America announces the retirement of long-time engineer Lee Dravis, effective February 28. Dravis has spent 28 years at VOA as a radio broadcast technician, primarily as the studio engineer of the long-running "Border Crossings" show, where he served for the last 17 years. Dravis has won numerous awards for his work, including a VOA Silver Medal. During his tenure on "Border Crossings," he engineered live broadcast performances with hundreds of artists, including Todd Rundgren, Isaac Hayes, Kenny Rogers, Matchbox 20, Chubby Checker, Natasha Beddingfield, Thomas Dolby, Little Feat, and Crosby, Stills And Nash. Prior to his career at VOA, Dravis spent 12 years as a program director, news director, engineer, and air personality at commercial radio stations in New Jersey, Virginia, and Maryland, beginning his vocation when he was only 17. His retirement plans include writing his third novel and working part-time at a "mom and pop" radio station.

    February 3, 2014
    Liz Crenshaw To Leave 4
    Longtime Channel 4/WRC consumer issues reporter Liz Crenshaw (right) is planning to leave her DC TV gig this summer. She posted on Twitter: "I guess I'm making news today. I've decided after 30+ years at NBC4 it's time for new explorations away from the camera starting this summer." More: WRC announced later Monday that Crenshaw will leave the NBC-owned station at the end of May. She has been with DCs NBC4 since 1980, spending several years as an assignment editor before becoming a producer in station's consumer unit. She transitioned into her role in front of the camera in 1993. "It's been a great privilege and a pleasure to be a part of the NBC4 family for more than 30 years. My commitment to consumer reporting and looking out for the people of DC, Maryland, and Virginia has been - not just a job - but a passion. Now it's time for new explorations and time away from the camera," Crenshaw said. She plans to spend more time with her family and looks "forward with great excitement to what lies ahead."

    January 31, 2014
    WILC To Drop Spanish
    WILC, 900 AM, which is licensed to Laurel MD, will be dropping its Spanish talk and music format on Monday, February 3rd, for English language talk and music. The schedule includes Glenn Beck from 9 AM to noon. And "Dr. K" from noon to 3 PM. "The Capitol Hill Show" with Ken Constantine will air from 3 PM to 6 PM. And from 6 PM to 9 PM it will be Dennis Miller, with other time slots still up in the air, including the morning show. Plus, some old Wolfman Jack shows in the midnight to 6 AM slot. Wallis Communications will be running the station.

    January 30, 2014
    Pamela Hall Dies
    Pamela Hall, a Howard University graduate who once worked as assistant music director at the school's WHUR, died in late January at age 57. Also, she did jazz programming for Worldspace Satellite Radio and, in 2011, started programming Morgan State University's WEAA in Baltimore. She was considered an expert on jazz and was working to start a low-power FM gospel station in Howard County at the time of her death.

    January 29, 2014
    Mary S. Martin Dies
    Mary S. Martin, a broadcast journalist with CBS News for 27 years, died January 14 at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital in Fairfax County. She was 62 and a resident of Rockville. Martin was the daughter of the late Jim Snyder, who founded the all-news format on WTOP radio in 1968 and was news director at Channel 9, then WTOP-TV, from 1969 to 1978. She was also the sister of WRC managing editor Catherine Snyder.

    January 27, 2014
    Balto Ravens To Air On DC's WBIG
    Clear Channel classic hits outlet WBIG, Big 100.3, has been named the official Washington DC broadcast home of the Baltimore Ravens, starting with the 2014 season. Ravens President Dick Cass and wide receiver Torrey Smith joined WBIG afternoon host Skyy today to make the announcement on-air. "This is a terrific partnership for the Ravens," Cass explained. "The power of WBIG's signal, along with its digital platforms, will go a long way in bringing the Ravens' games to DC, many Maryland suburbs and Northern Virginia. We're excited about this relationship."

    January 27, 2014
    Lee "Cap'n Tugg" Reynolds Dies
    Lee Reynolds, who played the "Cap'n Tugg" (right) kiddie show character on Channel 5/WTTG in the 1950s and 1960s, died January 27 at an Arlington hospice. He was 87 and had been suffering from lung cancer. After working at WTTG, Reynolds became an announcer, writer, and director for Channel 26/WETA and WETA-FM, 90.9. Reynolds worked in theater, radio, and television before creating "Cap'n Tugg" for WTTG in 1958 as a live-action variation on the popular "Popeye" cartoon. The show ended in 1966 and Reynolds joined WETA two years later.

    January 25, 2014
    Julie Alexandria Leaves MASN
    After just one season, Julie Alexandria (right), the Nationals' sideline reporter for the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, will not be returning to the network next season. She will remain in NYC and continue her other work as a host on "OK! TV," a nationally syndicated talk show for which she began working as soon as the baseball season ended. With Alexandria's departure, MASN will search for its fourth sideline reporter in as many years to join Bob Carpenter and FP Santangelo, who are returning in 2014.....

    January 23, 2014
    Fredericksburg's Free Lance-Star Files For Bankruptcy
    The Free Lance-Star Publishing Company filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition today. The Fredericksburg company filed the petition in Richmond with William Douglas Properties, a related entity that owns a portion of the land upon which the FLS operates parts of its business. The filing signals the end of the Rowe family's 130-year ownership of the local media company, which owns a daily newspaper plus four radio stations - WFLS, WVBX, WWUZ, and WNTX. The new owner could be NYC-based Sandton Capital Partners. Sandton holds a loan originally obtained for acquisition of the company's printing plant.

    January 22, 2014
    Christmas Tunes Boost WASH & WLIF
    Armed with Christmas tunes, WASH topped the Holiday monthly radio ratings for the DC market. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WASH, 2) WTOP, 3) WAMU, 4) WIHT, 5) WMMJ and WHUR, 7) WGTS, 8) WBIG, 9) WKYS and WMAL and WTEM, 12) WPGC, 13) WWDC, 14) WMZQ, 15) WLZL and WJFK-FM and WPRS, 18) WETA-FM and WIAD, 20) WRQX, 21) WFRE, 22) WDCN, 23) WERQ, 24) WNEW, 25) WBQB, 26) WQSR and WAVA-FM and WIYY and WFLS and WINC-FM and WPFW and WLIF. Age 25-54: 1) WASH, 2) WIHT, 3) WTOP, 4) WHUR, 5) WMMJ, 6) WBIG, 7) WWDC, 8) WAMU, 9) WKYS, 10) WGTS, 11) WJFK-FM, 12) WIAD and WLZL and WPGC, 15) WTEM, 16) WMZQ, 17) WPRS, 18) WRQX, 19) WMAL and WDCN, 21) WETA-FM, 22) WERQ, 23) WFRE, 24) WINC-FM, 25) WQSR and WNEW, 27) WIYY and WLIF and WLIF, 30) WRBS-FM and WFLS and WAFY, and WAVA-FM and WKDV. Armed with Christmas tunes, WLIF topped the Holiday monthly radio ratings for the Baltimore market. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WLIF, 2) WERQ, 3) WWIN-FM, 4) WPOC, 5) WJZ-FM, 6) WWMX, 7) WZBA, 8) WZFT, 9) WBAL-AM, 10) WIYY, 11) WQSR, 12) WCBM, 13) WRBS-FM, 14) WBJC, 15) WYPR and WASH, 17) WHUR and WKYS, 19) WTOP, 20) WPGC and WWDC, 22) WNEW, 23) WCAO and WIHT, 25) WAMU and WEAA and WMZQ and WBIG and WJZ-AM, 30) WRQX and WLZL and 975HFS. Age 25-54: 1) WLIF, 2) WERQ. 3) WWIN-FM and WJZ-FM, 5) WIYY, 6) WPOC, 7) WWMX, 8) WQSR, 9) WZFT, 10) WZBA, 11) WRBS-FM, 12) WBAL-AM and WKYS, 14) WASH, 15) WYPR, 16) WWDC and WHUR, 18) WPGC, 19) WTOP and WIHT, 21) WBIG and WNEW, 23) 975HFS and WRQX and WJZ-AM and WBJC, 27) WMZQ, 28) WLZL and WMMJ and WGTS, 31) WCAO and WEAA, 33) WCBM and WTEM and WAMU, 37) WTMD and WIAD and WRNR-FM, 40) WWIN-AM and WAVA-FM and WFRE and WXCY.

    January 21, 2014
    Sun's Jon Fogg Beaten & Robbed
    Jon Fogg, a sports editor who covers lacrosse for the Baltimore Sun, was attacked, beaten, and robbed as he was leaving work during the early morning hours on January 14th. After stealing his car, Fogg was left with six fractures of his skull, broken bones in both hands, and the loss of eight teeth. He was discharged from the hospital after two days but is currently in a lot of pain. The assailant has not been captured and there have been no leads on the vehicle.

    January 18, 2014
    WTOP Moves Joan Jones To Mornings
    DCRTV tipped you earlier this month. And now we hear more. Starting January 20, Joan Jones (right) joins Mike Moss to co-anchor mornings on Hubbard all-news WTOP. Jones came to WTOP in February 2013 as a full-time anchor after years as a network business anchor for Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal Radio. Moss has been a member of the WTOP family for more than 15 years. The two will be paired with WTOP traffic reporter Jack Taylor and sports director Dave Johnson. TOP anchor Bruce Alan, formerly co-anchor of morning drive, moves to middays, where he joins current anchors Mark Lewis and Debra Feinstein. Alan and Lewis will share anchor duties across the entire week, with Lewis picking up Saturdays and Alan adding Sunday anchor duties. Rounding out the midday team is sports reporter George Wallace and traffic reporter Reada Kessler on weekdays, with traffic reporter Dave Dildine on weekends. Shawn Anderson and Hillary Howard will continue to co-anchor afternoon drive with Bob Marbourg in the WTOP Traffic Center and Dave Preston with sports. Veronica Robinson's role expands to five nights a week, joining Dimitri Sotis at the anchor desk from 7 PM to midnight with Bob Immler reporting on traffic and Jonathan Warner on sports. Anchor Dean Lane will continue to host overnights from midnight to 5 AM.

    January 10, 2014
    Don Brake Named WFRE's PD
    The Aloha Station Trust promotes Don Brake to program director at Frederick country music outlet WFRE, 99.9 FM. He had been assistant program director and music director. "His hard work translated into ratings success with our women numbers up over 90% spring 2012 to spring 2013 and he has taken on a leadership role at the radio station to become someone the staff can count on," says Patrick Shea, Aloha's vice president for programming. Before joining WFRE in June 2011, Brake worked at WHWK in Binghamton NY, WAYZ in Hagerstown, and WCAT in Harrisburg.

    January 9, 2014
    FCC Fines MPT
    The Federal Communications Commission has levied a proposed a $20,000 fine against Maryland Public Television for alleged violations of the agency's equal opportunity employment rules and "false" reporting to the FCC about the alleged infractions. The FCC charges that MPT failed to inform a Columbia-based broadcasting school of job openings and then provided "false" information to the FCC when questioned about it. The Owings Mills-based public broadcaster disputes the charges and wants the FCC to drop the proposed fines, according to the Baltimore Sun.

    January 9, 2014
    2 More Years Of Orioles For BAL
    Baltimore news talker WBAL, 1090 AM, renews the Orioles for another two seasons. With Joe Angel and Fred Manfra, together since 2004, also returning. The team has been on the Hearst-owned station 44 of the past 60 seasons. The previous pact expired last fall. That was the four-year deal that brought the Birds back from CBS sports talker WJZ-FM, 105.7 The Fan. This new two-year deal is a revenue-sharing partnership that includes the broadcast of 16 spring training games.

    January 8, 2014
    Keli Fulton To CSN
    Keli Fulton (right) has joined Bethesda-based Comcast SportsNet as an anchor and reporter. She'll be seen on "SportsNet Central," as well as the sports network's other news, analysis, and entertainment programming. She comes from WPTV-TV and WFLX-TV in West Palm Beach FL, where she served as a news and traffic anchor. Prior to that, she was a sports anchor and reporter for WDSU-TV in New Orleans. She's also worked at TV stations in Little Rock and Jackson TN.

    January 8, 2014
    CNN's Chris Lawrence To 4
    Chris Lawrence (right) joins Channel 4/WRC as a weekend evening news anchor and will contribute to the NBC-owned station's weekday newscasts. He comes from CNN, where he has worked since 2004, most recently as a Pentagon correspondent. During his 10 years at CNN, he also worked in the network's Los Angeles and Chicago bureaus. Before CNN, Lawrence worked at WXYZ-TV in Detroit, WTVH-TV in Syracuse, and WDBB-TV in Tuscaloosa AL. He also served as a correspondent for CBS Newspath, where he covered national and international news for local CBS stations around the country. He attended the University Of Maryland at College Park and lives with his family in Alexandria.

    January 2, 2014
    "Lite" Goes Out At WLIF
    With the new year, CBS's adult contemporary WLIF drops its longtime "Lite" positioner for something new. The Baltimore station will now call itself "Today's 101.9, Your Life/Your Music." No major changes in the station's playlist. WLIF's "Lite" branding was adopted in 1991.

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