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January 2016 to December 2016December 30, 2016
Borderstan Shut Down
Local News Now shuts down its Borderstan local news site due to lack of advertiser support. The site covered "hip" areas of DC, including Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights, U Street NW, Logan Circle, Dupont Circle, NoMa, and H Street NE. In July, the site attracted 80,000 unique visitors, setting a traffic record. "Even though we are closing down, it's not a failure of journalism," Arlington-based LNN head Scott Brodbeck says. "We can't stay in a place where we are losing business." Back in July, LNN shut down its HillNow Capitol Hill neighborhood news site. It still operates news sites covering Arlington and Reston.
December 22, 2016
John Sherwood Dies
John Sherwood, 84, a former features writer and columnist for the old Washington Star newspaper and for a variety of sailing and boating magazines, died December 7 at a care center in Millersville. He'd been suffering from colon cancer. In 1994, he wrote "Maryland's Vanishing Lives," which profiled people whose jobs and ways of life were fast headed toward obsolescence. More at washingtonpost.com.....
December 20, 2016
WAMU Substantially Beats WTOP In December Numbers
American University public radio news talker WAMU takes a substantial lead, with an 11.5 share, over Hubbard all-newser WTOP, which posts a 9.7, in the December monthly radio ratings for the DC market. Which features data from mid-October through mid-November. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WAMU, 2) WTOP, 3) WASH, 4) WHUR, 5) WPRS, 6) WIHT, 7) WBIG and WMAL, 9) WMMJ and WPGC, 11) WIAD and WKYS, 13) WMZQ, 14) WGTS and WWDC, 16) WRQX, 17) WLZL and WFMD and WTEM, 20) WJFK-FM and WETA-FM, 22) WERQ, 23) WAVA-FM and WQSR and WDCN, 26) WFLS, 27) WOL and WBQB, 29) WFRE and WIYY and WACA and WDCH, 33) WBQH and WGRQ and WLIF and WAFY and WTNT and WRBS-FM and WPFW, 40) WJYJ and WILC and WKDV and WPOC and WWGB. Next week: The first numbers from the four-week "Holiday" month. The Baltimore radio ratings for the month of December, actually mid-October to mid-November. Full-day, age 6: 1) WERQ, 2) WLIF, 3) WWIN-FM, 4) WPOC, 5) WIYY, 6) WJZ-FM, 7) WQSR and WZFT, 9) WCBM, 10) WBAL-AM, 11) WRBS-FM and WWMX, 13) WZBA, 14) WYBR, 15) WBJC, 16) WCAO, 17) WLIFHD2, 18) WQLL and WWIN-AN, 19) WJZ-AM and WOLB. Only Baltimore market radio stations included in this listing.
December 19, 2016
45 Expands AM News
Sinclair's Channel 45/WBFF in Baltimore will be starting its weekday morning news 30 minutes earlier come January 16. The Fox affiliate's morning local news block will now run from 4:30 AM until 10 AM. No changes in the anchor line-up of Patrice Sanders, Tom Rodgers, and Megan Gilliland. "We've expanded the morning news multiple times in the past several years and each time Baltimore viewers have responded well," says WBFF General Manager William Fanshawe.
December 14, 2016
Jason Pugh Gone From 4
Jason Pugh (right), a reporter and weekend sports anchor for the past four years at NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC, quietly left the station after December 11th's late newscast. His contract was not renewed. The station quickly scrubbed his online bio and Twitter account without explanation. Pugh was hired in December 2012 from WPTV-TV in Palm Beach, Florida, where he had been a sports anchor and features reporter. He landed in DC following the double departure of Lindsay Czarniak and Hakem Dermish to ESPN. WRC's then-primary sports anchor Dan Hellie, now with the Los Angeles-based NFL Network, is also a WPTV alum.
December 13, 2016
Allan Prell Dies
Longtime Baltimore-DC area radio talk host Allan Prell (right) died December 10. He was 79. Prell worked 17 years at Baltimore's WBAL radio, and, back in the 1970s and 1980s, at Columbia/Laurel talker WLMD and Fairfax's WEEL radio, both now-defunct. He'd also worked at radio stations in Seattle, Atlanta, and Denver. Most recently, Prell had been living in Northern Virginia and focusing on his writing. "He was one of radio's most unique characters," WBAL radio newsman Robert Lang says in a post on Prell's Facebook page.
December 12, 2016
MAL's McFarland To NSC
KT McFarland, who has been a foreign policy analyst on DC news talker WMAL and on Fox News, has been selected for a top job at the National Security Council even though she's been out of government for three decades.
December 3, 2016
Tracy Brandys To Head CBS's Balto Radio Cluster
CBS Radio names Tracy Brandys senior vice president/market manager and director of sales for the Baltimore cluster, replacing Bob Philips, who was recently moved to NYC to be chief revenue officer for the company. She'll oversee sports talker WJZ-FM/AM, adult contemporary WLIF, and hot adult contemporary WWMX. Brandy's had been director of sales for the Baltimore cluster. "As the radio industry evolves, it's an exciting moment to take the reins of the Baltimore market and lead our stations and teams to even greater success," Brandys said. "As a longtime employee of CBS Radio I am grateful to the company for giving me this opportunity and look forward to what's new and next."
December 3, 2016
CBS News Radio Makes DC Cuts
CBS Radio News is losing a slew of its most seasoned journalists. Senior correspondents and executives were offered buy-outs in advance of CBS Radio's imminent spin-out of CBS Corporation. Among those departing are Washington correspondent Barry Bagnato, with the network for 30 years, and Washington news bureau manager Howard Arenstein. Insiders are expecting more exits in the coming weeks.
December 2, 2016
Bill Lord Leaving 9, More Management Changes
Bill Lord (right), the news czar for Tegna's Channel 9/WUSA, is retiring at the end of the year. Last year, he left his longtime like gig at Channel 7/WJLA after Allbritton sold the station to Sinclair. In a WUSA staff memo, Lord writes: "If anyone ever found a calling in life I'm the one. I totally enjoyed every day of my forty-plus years working in TV news. I've worked with phenomenal people including all of you. I've covered stories about amazing people. I've worked all over the country and all over the world. Beyond my wildest expectations I have eavesdropped on history every place I've been." Other WUSA news: Michael Valentine will be joining the CBS affiliate as Lord's replacement - as station manager and director of content. He's been a vice president for news with McLean-based Tegna (formerly part of Gannett) for the past three years, having run the newsroom at Belo's WFAA-TV in Dallas before that. As DCRTV previously reported, WUSA is getting a new president and general manager as Richard Dyer joins the station in early January.
November 29, 2016
Jennifer Donelan Joins PG Police
Reporter Jennifer Donelan (right), who parted company with Channel 7/WJLA in June, joins the Prince George's County Police Department as director of its Media Relations Division. A graduate of Robinson High School in Fairfax, she joined then Allbritton-owned WJLA in 2006. But left last summer after the Sinclair-owned station failed to renew her contract. "I am so excited to be working for and with the residents of Prince George's County," Donnelan said of her new job. She made WJLA's news in 2010 when, at age 36, she suffered a heart attack immediately after she finished a live report for the evening news. Before joining WJLA, Donelan worked for CBS NewsPath in Chicago, and at Detroit's WDIV-TV before that.
November 26, 2016
Hagerstown's WNUZ Re-Launches
Verstanding has relaunched contemporary hits "Now 92.1" WNUZ in Hagerstown as "92.1 Hits-FM." With 10,000 songs commercial-free, the new brand is currently running jockless. WNUZ registered a 2.4 share in the spring 2016 radio taings, placing it behind the two Alpha stations it is competing against: adult contemporary "Mix 95.1" WIKZ and rhythmic contemporary "Wild 96.7" WDLD.
November 24, 2016
Victoria Davis To Host Middays On MMJ
WMMJ, Majic 102.3, announces that Victoria Davis (right) will be midday host effective Monday, November 28. "Vic Jagger" from "The Russ Parr Morning Show" will host "VJ In The Midday" from 10 AM to 3 PM. A DC native, Davis began her career in 2003 with Radio One and the Parr show as assistant producer and part-time personality. In 2008, she was promoted to on-air personality. She was also named program and music director for Parr's syndicated weekend countdown "On The Air," and hosted a weekend showon WMMJ sister, WKYS. In 2013, she created TheGabulousLife.com.
November 22, 2016
WMAL & WWIN Top November Radio Ratings
The DC market radio ratings for the month of November. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WAMU, 2) WTOP, 3) WHUR, 4) WIHT, 5) WASH, 6) WPRS and WBIG, 8) WMMJ, 9) WMAL, 10) WPGC, 11) WKYS, 12) WIAD, 13) WMZQ, 14) WJFK-FM and WWDC, 16) WGTS, 17) WTEM, 18) WRQX, 19) WETA-FM, 20) WFMD, 21) WLZL, 22) WAVA-FM and WERQ, 24) WPFW, 25) WDCN and WFLS, 27) WBQB and WFRE and WOL and WQSR, 31) WACA and WAFY and WIYY and WDCH and WBQH, 36) WRBS-FM and WWGB and WGRQ. The Baltimore market radio ratings for the month of November. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WERQ, 3) WLIF, 4) WPOC, 5) WIYY, 6) WJZ-FM, 7) WRBS-FM and WZFT, 9) WWMX, 10) WQSR, 11) WBAL-AM, 12) WCBM, 13) WZVA, 14) WYPR, 15) WBJC, 16) WCAO, 17) WLIFHD2, 18) WQLL and WWIN-AM, 20) WJZ-AM and WOLB. Only Baltimore market stations included in this list.
November 22, 2016
WMAL Replaces Savage With O'Connor
Cumulus news talker WMAL, 105.9/630, is giving Larry O'Connor (right) his own three-hour afternoon drive show, starting January 2. Currently, WMAL carries syndicated talker Michael Savage from 3 PM to 5 PM, with O'Connor hosting an hour-long locally-produced show, "The Drive At 5," until 6 PM. The new "Larry O'Connor Show" will air from 3 PM to 6 PM. O'Connor will leaving his AM co-hosting duties on "Mornings On The Mall" with Brian Wilson. A new partner for Wilson is being sought. In addition to his WMAL work, O'Connor serves as an editor-at-large with HotAir.com. "During this time of unprecedented change and interest in Washington DC, it's an exciting and humbling opportunity to help facilitate an entertaining and provocative conversation on a station as important and influential as WMAL," says O'Connor. "During the four years I've been here in the Nation's Capital, I've been so impressed with this community's engagement in not only our government, but with issues that hit our kitchen tables every day - like pop culture, faith, and parenting." Adds WMAL Program Director and Vice President Bill Hess, "Larry's success, both on our morning and 5 PM shows, has positioned him perfectly to re-open the local afternoon daypart on WMAL. He's smart, entertaining, and an engaging storyteller who will anchor a program built on the stories of the day, with expanded service elements for our busy DC commuters."
November 21, 2016
Laura Evans Leaves 5
Channel 5/WTTG evening news anchor Laura Evans (right) is leaving. "After 18 years at Fox 5 DC, and 26 years as a journalist, I am starting a new chapter in my professional life," she says. "As fulfilling as my work here at WTTG has been, I am very excited to begin this new journey that involves my passions and will make a difference in our community. I am proud to have been part of such an awesome team of creative and motivated journalists." Her last day at the Fox-owned station will be December 2.
November 21, 2016
Dyer Replaces Burdett At WUSA
McLean-based Tegna names Richard Dyer president and general manager of Channel 9/WUSA as of the new year. He replaces Mark Burdett, who will resign effective December 31. Dyer has been president and general manager of Hearst's WLWT-TV in Cincinnati. Before that, he was president and general manager of Hearst's KETV-TV in Omaha. He's also served as corporate vice president of television sales within Tegna Media. And once was WUSA's station manager and vice president. A native of DC, Dyer holds a master's degree in marketing from the University Of Maryland. Burdett joined WUSA in February 2012 from the management team at the Baltimore Ravens.
November 18, 2016
Bloomberg To End Politics Show
With the election now in the rearview mirror, Bloomberg has decided to terminate its daily politics show "With All Due Respect" hosted by the political journalists John Heilemann and Mark Halperin and refocus its Bloomberg Politics team, according to the New York Times. "In the coming weeks, as Washington transitions from the Obama administration to the incoming Trump administration, our Bloomberg Politics team will transition as well - shifting our focus to the impact of politics and policy on the business and financial world," John Micklethwait, the editor in chief of Bloomberg, and Justin Smith, chief executive of Bloomberg Media, said in a staff memo. "Will All Due Respect," which began in October 2014 and was broadcast on Bloomberg TV at 5 PM and MSNBC at 6 PM, will run daily until December 2, after which there will be four hourlong specials setting up the presidency of Donald Trump. The show will end with coverage of Trump's inauguration on January 20.
November 18, 2016
KramerBooks Gets New Owner
Dupont Circle's iconic KramerBooks & Afterwords Cafe has a new owner. It's 33-year-old Steve Salis, co-founder of local chain &pizza. Salis is taking over an 800-square-foot space next door, and creating a childrens book annex that is expected to open next week. He plans to build a new coffee bar, add more events space and beef up the store's line-up of cookbooks, history, and nonfiction.
November 18, 2016
Metro Radio Buys 2 WV Stations
Fairfax-based Metro Radio has purchased two stations in Berkeley Springs WV from Capper Broadcasting - classic hits WDHC, 92.9 FM, and country WCST, 1010 AM. Price: $365,000. Metro Radio owns two Spanish stations in the DC area - Alexandria's WTNT, 730 AM, and WKDV, 1460 AM, in Manassas. WTNT has a 92.9 low-power simulcast in the Fairfax-Chantilly area. Might Bruce Houston-headed Metro be thinking about moving WDHC closer to DC and using it to expand the FM signal for WTNT? Stay tuned.
November 16, 2016
Mike Miller Joins Z104.3
Mike Miller has been named program director and afternoon personality at iHeart's contemporary hit WZFT, Z104.3, in Baltimore. He comes from iHeart's Harrisburg radio cluster, where he's been serving in the same role with WHKF, 99.3 Kiss FM. He's worked at WHKF since 2001.
November 16, 2016
New Programmer For Mix 107.3
Cumulus moves Louie Diaz, the program director of hot adult contemporary WRQX, Mix 107.3, to Atlanta to become that cluster's operations manager and program director of contemporary hit WWWQ. He replaces Rob Roberts, who moves to DC to become program director of WRQX and also assumes the newly-created role of vice president for programming at all of Cumulus's hot adult contemporary stations. Says Cumulus's DC radio market manager Jake McCann, "We are going to miss Louie Diaz who oversaw the triumphant return of 'The Jack Diamond Morning Show' and Mix to Washington DC. Rob Roberts is one of the best PDs in the business and we are excited to work with him as Mix continues its rise." In the latest DC radio ratings, WRQX ranked 18th in the age 12+ full-week demo. Also, Diamond ranked 16th among morning shows in the age 6+ demo.
November 16, 2016
Joshua Johnson To Replace Diane Rehm
American University public radio news talker WAMU, 88.5, announces its replacement for its long-running host, Diane Rehm, who is retiring before the end of 2016. It's Joshua Johnson (right), who, according to a WAMU releease, "brings to the airwaves a smart fresh voice with curiosity and empathy, convening a daily conversation about the most important issues of our time." The new show will be called "1A" and it launches on January 2 from 10 AM to noon. It will be distributed nationally by NPR. Most recently, Johnson has been co-creator and host of the public radio series "Truth Be Told," which explores race in America. He began his career helping to launch a partnership between Miami's NPR station, WLRN, and the Miami Herald. He served for over five years as morning news host for public radio outlet KQED in San Francisco. Rehm, 80, will do her last show on December 23.
November 15, 2016
CBS Radio's Bob Philips Leaving Baltimore
CBS Radio has promoted Baltimore market manager Bob Philips to the newly-created role of chief revenue officer. He'll be making the move to NYC. Since last year, Philips has also been serving as the company's senior vice president of ad sales. Philips has spent most of his career in Baltimore working for United Broadcasting, Sconnix Broadcasting, and American Radio Systems, which was acquired by CBS. While there, he's held a variety of roles, including general manager of oldies WQSR. Philips was named market manager of the Baltimore cluster in 2000. Currently, CBS's Baltimore radio stations include 105.7 The Fan, Lite 101.9, Mix 106.5, and CBS Sports Radio 1300.
November 14, 2016
Gwen Ifill Dies
Gwen Ifill (right), the longtime PBS news anchor who had served as a co-host of "NewsHour" and as moderator of "Washington Week," has died of cancer. She was 61. Both programs are produced by DC's Channel 26/WETA. "I am very sad to tell you that our dear friend and beloved colleague Gwen Ifill passed away today in hospice care in Washington," WETA president and CEO Sharon Percy Rockefeller wrote in an email to station staff. "I spent an hour with her this morning and she was resting comfortably, surrounded by loving family and friends... Earlier today, I conveyed to Gwen the devoted love and affection of all of us at WETA/'NewsHour.' Let us hold Gwen and her family even closer now in our hearts and prayers." Ifill had been absent from PBS's election coverage last week due to ongoing health issues. She also took a leave of absence from the public broadcaster in May to address those issues. She was set to receive the 2016 John Chancellor Award from Columbia University this week. During her career, Ifill worked at the Boston Herald-American, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and NBC before joining PBS.
November 14, 2016
4's Tisha Thompson To ESPN
Tisha Thompson (right), a reporter for NBC's Channel 4/WRC, jumps to ESPN, where she'll be a reporter for "Outside The Lines" and "SportsCenter." She joins a lengthy list of DC sports anchors who've moved to ESPN, including Lindsay Czarniak, Diana Russini, Hakem Dermish, Britt McHenry, and Sara Walsh. Before joining WRC, where her mother, Lea Thompson, was a consumser affairs reporter, Tisha was a reporter at Fox's Channel 5/WTTG.
November 14, 2016
Bill Plante To Retire
Bill Plante, who has covered every presidential race since 1968 and has reported from all corners of the world, won't be around to cover the Trump White House. The legendary reporter is retiring after 52 years with CBS News.
November 8, 2016
Jenni Chase Returns To WASH
Jenni Chase (right) returns to iHeart's adult contemporary WASH, 97.1, for middays, starting today, November 8. She had served as the station's midday host until making a family move to Dallas in the spring of 2016. Chase has been heard on the DC area's airwaves for 15 years. "I am so excited to return home to Washington," Chase says. "Being back with my radio family is just amazing and especially at the start of the holiday season. I can't wait to reconnect with the listeners, advertisers and the many organizations that I've had the pleasure of working with at WASH-FM over the years." Also, Sabrina Conte, who had been doing middays at WASH, moves to afternoon drive as Jake West leaves.
November 7, 2016
11 Promotes Justina Pollard
Hearst's NBC affiliate in Baltimore, Channel 11/WBAL, names Justina Pollard as director of programming and public affairs. She's a nine year veteran of the station, having worked as production assistant and internship coordinator. "As a Baltimore native, she's tapped into the community and knows what our viewers want to see on-air and online," says WBAL-TV General Manager Dan Joerres. "She's earned this position through her tireless work in helping determine how WBAL-TV can continue to support the citizens of Baltimore City and our surrounding counties through our public affairs efforts."
November 7, 2016
Roz Plater Gone From 7
Another longtime Channel 7/WJLAer has left the Sinclair-owned station. Nighttime reporter Roz Plater is no longer there, we hear. She has been missing from WJLA's airwaves of late. Before joining WJLA, Plater worked for Fox's Channel 5/WTTG. FTVLife reports: "Word is that [WJLA] management told Plater that she would be used less often and she hasn't been seen on the air for sometime." More as we hear it.
November 7, 2016
Hagerstown area active rocker WQCM, 94.3, flipped to classic rock on November 7. The station is licensed to Greencastle, Pennsylvania.
November 3, 2016
Radio One To Drop "Radio" From Name
Silver Spring-based urban radio radio giant Radio One will be dropping "radio" from its name and becoming Urban One next year. Says Radio One CEO Alfred Liggins: "In order to better reflect the diversified media platform that we have built, effective January 2017, we will be renaming the company Urban One, Inc. Each entity will retain their current brands and names, so the radio stations will continue to roll-up under the Radio One brand, and the same applies to TV OneE, Interactive One and Reach Media." Meanwhile, the firm reports a decrease of 4.3% in third quarter 2016 net revenue. Broadcast and internet operating income saw an increase of 2.9% from the same period in 2015. Radio One also posted a 6.4% drop in radio revenue with an anticipated lift from political advertising not materializing. Locally, Radio One owns WKYS, WMMJ, WWIN-FM/AM, WERQ, WOL, WOLB, WPRS, and WYCB.
November 2, 2016
David Smith To Step Down As Sinclair CEO
The Baltimore Business Journal reports that David Smith (right), who built Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group into the largest owner of television stations in the US, will step down as CEO of the company in January after 28 years. Smith, 65, will become executive chairman. Chris Ripley, the broadcaster's CFO since 2014, will become CEO. Lucy Rutishauser, senior vice president of corporate finance and treasurer, will move into the CFO role. Smith helped found Sinclair in 1986 and has seen it grow into a $2.2 billion company through a wave of acquisitions. The new role will allow Smith to focus on Sinclair's local and national news content and the launch of the Next Gen Broadcast Platform, he said in a statement. "The organizational changes provide greater focus and oversight in those critical areas that strengthen our longer term strategies to be multi-platformed, vertically integrated and compete in the broader media ecosystem, ultimately driving value," Smith said. Sinclair owns 173 television stations in 81 US markets, including ownership of Baltimore's Channel 45/WBFF and operations activities at Channel 24/WUTB and Channel 54/WNUV. Among the company's large acquisitions included its purchase of DC-based Allbritton for $985 million two years ago, picking up Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8. Earlier this year, Sinclair acquired the Tennis Channel for $350 million.
October 25, 2016
WAMU & WWIN-FM Top October Radio Ratings
The Washington market radio ratings for the month of October (actually September 8 to October 5). Full-day, age 12+: 1) WAMU, 2) WTOP, 3) WHUR, 4) WIHT, 5) WMMJ, 6) WASH, 7) WMAL and WPRS, 9) WBIG, 10) WPGC and WKYS, 12) WIAD, 13) WETA-FM, 14) WJFK-FM, 15) WMZQ, 16) WGTS and WRQX, 18) WWDC, 19) WTEM, 20) WFMD, 21) WLZL, 22) WAVA-FM, 23) WFRE and WIYY and WERQ and WPFW and WBQB, 28) WDCN and WDCH and WAFY and WOL, 32) WACA and WQSR and WFLS and WINC-FM, 36) WBQH and WGRQ and WWGB and WRBS-FM. The Baltimore market radio ratings for the month of October. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WLIF, 3) WERQ, 4) WPOC, 5) WJZ-FM, 6) WIYY, 7) WRBS-FM, 8) WQSR, 9) WWMX, 10) WZFT, 11) WCBM, 12) WBAL-AM and WZBA, 14) WYPR, 15) WBJC, 16) WCAO, 17) WLIFHD2, 17) WWIN-AM, 18) WJZ-AM and WOLB and WQLL. Only Baltimore market stations are included in this listing.
October 21, 2016
Towers Collapse At WPWC
Two of four towers have collapsed at WPWC-AM, 1480, in Dumfries VA. The station broadcasts Radio Zion, a Spanish Christian outlet. The station is operating on low power due to the loss of the towers. Station owner Al Hammond said a sycamore tree fell onto one of the support wires of one tower can cause it to collapse. That tower then fell onto the lines of a second tower causing it to collapse. The towers' collapse damaged the base of both structures. Hammond said new towers had been ordered at the cost of $70,000 each to replace the fallen structures, according to Potomac Local.
October 17, 2016
"Bolly 102.9" Comes From Shift Of Hubbard's Signals
You can now hear East Asian/Indian tunes on "Bolly 102.9" coming from a tower near Centreville in western Fairfax County. The low-power FMer is being fed by the digital HD2 of Hubbard-owned WTOP's 107.7 signal, which used to carry WFED. We're told that Vienna-based Metro Radio is now leasing the 107.7 HD2 to feed their 102.9 signal which used to carry Metro's Spanish AMer, WTNT, 730, which is also now on 92.9.
October 17, 2016
John Cosgrove Dies
John Cosgrove, who was known to generations of Washington journalists as the grand old man of the National Press Club, died October 15 at his home in DC. He was 98.
October 17, 2016
Rob Kruz To Tampa
Rob Kruz has been named program director at iHeart's contemporary hit WFLZ in Tampa. Previously, he did afternoons at iHeart's contemporary hit WZFT, Z104.3, in Baltimore. Kruz has also worked at iHeart's contemporary hit WIHT, Hot 99.5, in DC, as well as stations in Cleveland and Detroit.
October 13, 2016
Caps & Wizards Lose FM Coverage
The Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards lose their FM outlets for the new season. The professional hockey team will no be heard on CBS's WJFK-FM, 106.7 The Fan, while the professional basketball team will no longer have some games on WDCH, 99.1, a CBS station that's being leased to Bloomberg. Capitals and Wizards games will continue to be heard on Hubbard's AMer WFED, 1500, which has spotty coverage in DC's western suburbs at night. "We wish Monumental well, and look forward to continuing to provide listeners with top-notch coverage and discussion of the Wizards and Capitals," 106.7 The Fan program director Chris Kinard said in a statement. "We are expanding our top-rated sports talk programming into the evening hours, and are creating dedicated segments and regularly scheduled team-specific shows for fans of both teams. We will continue to air play-by-play of the Nationals, Virginia Tech football and basketball, Georgetown basketball and NFL prime-time games." Capitals' radio games can be heard on the Caps Radio 24/7 app. Wizards games can also be heard on the Wizards Mobile App. Both teams will continue to have TV coverage via Comcast SportsNet. On the radio side, John Walton returns for his sixth season as the Capitals' play-by-play announcer. Ken Sabourin starts his 14th season as a Capitals radio analyst, while Ben Raby will host the Capitals' pre- and postgame shows. The Wizards' radio team again features play-by-play man Dave Johnson and analyst Glenn Consor.
October 11, 2016
Monumental & Comcast SportsNet Form Partnership
Monumental Sports And Entertainment and Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic announce a media partnership that extends CSN's rights for the Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards and features an investment by CSNMA owner NBC Sports Group in Monumental. Likewise, Monumental becomes an equity partner in CSNMA. CSNMA, which has served as the teams' regional television partner since its launch in 1984, will continue to present live coverage of all non-nationally exclusive Capitals and Wizards regular-season and playoff games, as well as select preseason games, gameday shows, and original content via television and live streaming. As part of a venture capital investment, NBCSG obtains an equity partnership in the MSE network, as well as representation on its board of directors. MSE will soon launch a subscription direct-to-consumer service offering live-streaming of the Washington Mystics and Washington Valor games, as well as additional live events and games through soon-to-be-announced content partnerships. MSE owns and operates Verizon Center as well as the Wizards, Capitals, Mystics, and Valor. MSE also operates Kettler Capitals Iceplex and EagleBank Arena.
October 10, 2016
Howard To Name Comm School For Hughes
Howard University will name its School Of Communications after Cathy Hughes, the founder of Radio One and, back in the 1970s, the manager of the school's WHUR, 96.3. Hughes left WHUR in 1978 to run WYCB and by 1980 was able to buy WOL, which became the cornerstone of today's Radio One, the largest black-owned media company in the USA. Cathy's son, Radio One CEO Alfred Liggins, is making a $4 million contribution to Howard.
October 5, 2016
Sheena Parveen Joins 4
Sheena Parveen joins NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC as its newest meteorologist. She comes from NBC's Channel 10/WCAU in Philadelphia.
October 5, 2016
Adam May Joins 11
Longtime Baltimore TV reporter Adam May (right) posts on Twitter that he's joining Hearst's Channel 11/WBAL. More: DCRTV hears that May will be a weekday reporter and weekend anchor teaming with Kai Reed to anchor WBAL's 6 PM, 10 PM (WBAL Plus), and 11 PM newscasts on Saturdays and Sundays. And report during the week for the evening newscast at 11 PM. May spent 10 years as a reporter and anchor at CBS's Channel 13/WJZ before leaving in 2013 to join Al Jazeera America as a national correspondent and back-up anchor that network's "America Tonight." Earlier this year, he rejoined CBS as a reporter for CBS Newspath in DC.
September 27, 2016
WAMU, WTOP, WWIN Top September Radio Ratings
The Washington market radio ratings for the month of September. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WAMU and WTOP, 3) WHUR, 4) WMMJ, 5) WIHT, 6) WASH, 7) WBIG, 8) WPGC, 9) WKYS, 10) WIAD and WPRS, 12) WMZQ and WETA-FM and WMAL, 15) WGTS, 16) WJFK-FM, 17) WRQX, 18) WWDC, 19) WTEM, 20) WLZL, 21) WFMD, 22) WBQB, 23) WERQ, 24) WFRE, 25) WPFW and WDCH and WFLS and WAVA-FM and WINC-FM, 30) WOL and WDCN and WIYY and WQSR, 34) WAFY, 35) WGRQ and WACA and WILC and WRBS-FM, 39) WWGB and WTNT and WWEG and WYPR and WLIF and WBQH. The Baltimore radio ratings for September. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WERQ, 3) WLIF, 4) WPOC, 5) WJZ-FM, 6) WIYY, 7) WZFT, 8) WWMX, 9) WQSR, 10) WRBS-FM, 11) WZBA, 12) WCBM, 13) WBAL-AM, 14) WYPR, 15) WBJC and WCAO, 17) WGTS, 18) WLIFHD2, 19) WWIN-AM, 20) WQLL and WRBS-AM. Only Baltimore market stations featured on this listing.
September 22, 2016
Britt Waters Joins 94.7 Fresh FM
Britt Waters (right) will do the 7 PM to midnight shift on CBS's hot adult contemporary 94.7 Fresh FM, WIAD. She starts October 5. Waters started her career on Radio One-owned WKYS/WMMJ's nationally syndicated "Russ Parr Morning Show," where she served as on-air talent and producer for three years. Waters is also the host of the weekly TV program, "The Sound," which airs Friday nights on DCN.
September 22, 2016
11 Hires Andre Hepkins
Channel 11/WBAL has hired Andre Hepkins as 5:30 PM anchor alongside Donna Hamilton. Also, he will co-anchor the 10 PM newscast with Deborah Weiner on WBAL's 11.2 WBAL Plus subchannel and report from the breaking news desk during the WBAL's 6 PM and 11 PM newscasts. Hepkins joins WBAL from KMOV-TV in St. Louis, where he was a morning anchor. He previously reported at WSVN in Miami, WNYW in NYC, and WFSB in Hartford.
September 21, 2016
Michel Wright Gone From WMMJ
Michel Wright (right) is gone from her midday slot at Radio One's adult urban contemporary WMMJ, Majic 102.3. There had been no official word from station management, but listeners have been reporting for about a week that she's no longer being heard and she's been wiped from the station's website. Wright posted on Facebook: "In the radio business we don't get to say goodbye but... there's always a 'hello' on the horizon. I've left Majic 102.3... [September 15] was my last time on air there. We had a great two-winning years together." Wright joined WMMJ in July 2014. She previously worked at WPGC and WHUR, in addition to a number of TV networks, including BET.
September 21, 2016
WMAL Transmitter Building Demolished
Demolition work (right) started September 19 on the 1940-vintage transmitter building of WMAL's 630 AM 75-acre site that Cumulus sold to home developer Toll Brothers. The four towers of WMAL are still standing, but Cumulus is planning to move 630's transmitter to the Germantown site of Red Zebra's WSPZ, 570 AM. According to insidetowers.com, demolition of the original transmitter building is expected to take several days. The brick building was built to look like a colonial-style home to blend in with the surrounding houses. While it contained equipment until recently, it also served as the main studio for WMAL radio from 1960 to 1974, according to retired chief engineer David Sproul. The original 75-year-old four tower array remains standing and is expected to remain in operation for some time, says Sproul. Several weeks ago, a new transmitter was installed in an air-conditioned shipping container placed in the parking lot, according to Sproul, feeding the signal to the towers. Cumulus hopes the deal to sell the Greentree Road site should bring it at least $75 million. In 2012, WMAL started simulcasting on FM 105.9 from Northern Virginia. Photo credit: David Sproul.
September 20, 2016
SB Nation Cancels Czaban
DC radio sports veteran Steve Czaban's web-based show on SB Nation Radio has not been renewed. "I was informed on Monday afternoon that SB Nation was going in a different direction in morning drive, and that my contract would not be renewed. It had run out at the end of August, and we were working on a new one," Czaban writes at czabe.com. "The decision was theirs, and the reasons are their own. I don't claim to know what those reasons are, or particularly care... It's been a long year for me, as I've battled through the remnants of lyme disease, probable related co-infections and resultant auto-immune dysfunction. I am happy to say I have finally turned the corner, and look forward to getting back to full health." Czaban will continue doing his afternoon drive "Sports Reporters" show with Andy Pollin on WTEM, ESPN 980.
September 16, 2016
Bruce Johnson To Anchor 7 PMer On 9
Channel 9/WUSA is launching a new news broadcast, "Off Script, With Bruce Johnson," which will replace the current 7 PM half-hour newscast. WUSA veteran Johnson will continue to co-anchor the 6 PM newscast with Leslie Foster.
September 15, 2016
Johnny Dark Dies
Baltimore and DC radio legend Johnny Dark (right) died September 15 at Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore. A source tells DCRTV that Dark, 82, was hospitalized days earlier for a health emergency involving a pulmonary embolism. He had been suffering from cancer. Dark worked at a variety of "top 40," contemporary hits, and oldies radio stations in the Baltimore and DC area since the 1960s, including WCAO, WEAM, WQSR, WWMX, and, in the 1990s, at WBIG. Most recently, he was heard on Westminster oldies outlet WTTR. In 1964, Dark introduced the Beatles during their concert at the then-Baltimore Civic Center.
September 7, 2016
Michael Hughes Leaves WRNR
Area radio management veteran Michael Hughes is leaving his vice president/general manager post with Annapolis area alt rocker WRNR-FM, 103.1, to open MH Media Strategies, a marketing agency that will work with businesses in the Annapolis area and beyond. Hughes says: "It's the first time in my professional life I haven't been employed by someone else." His last day at WRNR will be September 23rd. "Since his start at RNR in 2009, Michael has made a tremendous contribution in building our business relationships and revenue, and strengthening our community credibility," says WRNR owner Steve Kingston. "We will work closely with Michael on building his new agency, and wish him much success." Before joining WRNR, Hughes was a top program management exec with CBS Radio's Washington cluster, overseeing now-defunct alt rocker WHFS, plus talker WJFK and urban contemporary WPGC, as well as the launch of Spanish contemporary WLZL. Thomas Haynie will replace Hughes at WRNR. He comes from the marketing department at Sun Media Group, which includes the Baltimore Sun and the Annapolis Capital Gazette. Haynie also spent six years with iHeart/Clear Channel in Washington.
September 4, 2016
Leon Harris To Leave 7 In October
Baltimore public radio outlet WYPR, 88.1, makes a few schedule changes. Tom Hall will move to from the 9 AM "Maryland Morning" to the noon "Midday" show, while Sheilah Kast leaves "Midday" for a new to-be-named half-hour daily show after "Morning Edition," which will now until 9:30, instead of ending at 9. Kast's new show will air at 9:30. Though station management refers to Kast's venture as "a new long-format program," they were hesitant to say that "Maryland Morning" had been canceled. According to the Sun, the new show may bear the same brand that's attached to the hourlong public-affairs program Hall has been hosting at 9 AM Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, according to Andy Bienstock, WYPR's vice president and program director. "We haven't decided on the name yet," he said of Kast's new show, noting that it could be titled "Maryland Morning." The changes take effect September 19.
September 2, 2016
Leon Harris To Leave 7 In October
Leon Harris (right) is leaving Sinclair's Channel 7/WJLA in October. He's been a top news anchor at the ABC affiliate 13 years, joining the station when it was owned by Allbritton. "We can't thank Leon enough for his service to our station and our community," says WJLA News Director Mitch Jacob. "He is a journalist of the highest caliber, and has been an asset in our newsroom, and he will be missed." Prior to arriving in Washington, Harris was known nationally for his 20 years at CNN's Atlanta headquarters, where he co-anchored "CNN Live Today" and "Prime News," and also hosted "CNN Presents" and "American Stories." More: It looks like a contract non-renewal. Harris posted on Twitter that it was not his choice to leave the station: "13 great yrs at ABC7 are not enough, but will have to be. Thanks for the support, all! Not my choice, but it's now my challenge. Much love!"
August 31, 2016
Bob Reichblum Dies
Bob Reichblum, a former news director at Channel 7/WJLA and Miami's WPLG-TV, who went on to become the executive producer at ABC's "Good Morning America" and vice-president of programming for CNBC, died August 29, less than a year after being diagnosed with brain cancer. He was 60.
August 30, 2016
WAMU, WTOP, WWIN Top August Radio Ratings
The Washington market radio ratings for the month of August. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WAMU [ME 1st, ATC 2nd] and WTOP [AM drive 2nd, PM drive 1st], 3) WHUR [Harvey 3rd], 4) WMMJ [Parr 4th, Simpson 4th], 5) WIHT [Kane 6th], 6) WASH [Loo 5th], 7) WPGC [Clair 9th], 8) WBIG and WIAD [McFly 8th], 10) WKYS [Fam 17th] and WMZQ [Boxer 15th], 12) WRQX [Diamond 16th, Kidd 9th] and WPRS, 14) WMAL [MOTM 9th, Rush 6th, Savage 15th], 15) WWDC [Elliot 11th] and WGTS, 17) WJFK-FM [Junks 12th, Dukes 18th] and WETA-FM, 19) WLZL [Biagi 19th], 20) WTEM [Cooley 20th, Czaban 17th], 21) WBQB, 22) WFMD, 23) WERQ, 24) WPFW, 25) WAVA-FM, 26) WINC-FM and WFLS and WFRE, 29) WAFY and WQSR and WDCN and WIYY, 34) WOL [Joyner 21st] and WACA, 36) WDCH and WJYJ and WRBS-FM, 39) WLIF and WSMD and WVBX and WILC and WWMX and WYPR and WBQH and WWEG and WWIN-FM and WPOC. The Baltimore market radio ratings for the month of August. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WERQ, 3) WLIF, 4) WPOC, 5) WJZ-FM, 6) WZFT, 7) WIYY and WQSR, 9) WWMX, 10) WCBM, 11) WBAL-AM and WZBA, 13) WRBS-FM, 14) WYPR, 15) WCAO, 16) WBJC, 17) WLIFHD2, 18) WWIN-AM, 19) WOLB and WQLL and WRBS-AM, 22) WJZ-AM. Only Baltimore market stations included in this listing.
August 30, 2016
Former WRC ND Bob Long Dies
Bob Long, who was news director at NBC's Channel 4/WRC up until 2003, has died, DCRTV hears. After WRC, he spent six years as news director at NBC's Los Angeles station, KNBC, where he'd worked as a managing editor before WRC. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Long worked as a news writer for CBS's KNXT (now KCBS) in Los Angeles. He later formed a TV production company that was responsible for "In Search Of" and "Real People." He retired in 2009. No cause of death has been announced. He was believed to be in his 70s.
August 29, 2016
Doug Hill To Join WGTS Morning Team
Channel 7/WJLA chief meteorologist Doug Hill (right) will join Christian contemporary WGTS, 91.9, as the fourth member of the morning show with Jerry and Blanca. Doug, a long-time listener to the radio station, says he's is thrilled to join the team. "He'll bring his unique perspective on Washington DC, share his faith and have fun with listeners, and provide weather updates," according to a WGTS spokesperson. The morning show airs weekdays from 5 AM to 10 AM. Hill will continue his WJLA evening forecasts.
August 22, 2016
Evan Koslof Joins 9
Evan Koslof has been hired as a reporter for Channel 9/WUSA. He comes from a like gig at Channel 16/WBOC in Salisbury. Koslof starts at WUSA in September.
August 22, 2016
Wilbur Garrett Dies
Wilbur "Bill" Garrett, a photographer and picture editor of National Geographic magazine, who was abruptly terminated as the magazine's top editor in a policy disagreement, died of a stroke August 13 at his home in Great Falls. He was 85. Garrett left National Geographic in 1990 after 10 years as editor in a widely publicized dispute with the president and chairman of the National Geographic Society, Gilbert Grosvenor.
August 18, 2016
Alicia Montgomery Joins WAMU
American University public radio news talker WAMU, 88.5, selects Alicia Montgomery as its new editorial director. She joins WAMU from her role as supervising senior producer of "Code Switch," NPR's cross-platform reporting initiative focused on race, ethnicity, and culture. Montgomery led the development of the teamís successful podcast, which launched in June of this year. Previously, she was one of the production leaders of 'Tell Me More," where she edited Michel Martin's Murrow essay series, "Can I Just Tell You." Prior to joining NPR, Montgomery spent two years reporting for Salon.com. A University Of Maryland University grad, she grew up in Columbia, Maryland.
August 16, 2016
John McLaughlin Dies
John McLaughlin (right), the host of the longtime DC-based TV political roundtable "The McLaughlin Group" since its debut in January 1982, died August 16 at age 89. The political commentator's passing comes just days after he missed his first hosting of his eponymous syndicated public affairs program in more than 34 years. McLaughlin had moderated the weekly discussion of political issues since day one, but had actively participated in the conversation less frequently in recent months, sometimes merely introducing the next issue. Also, with the death of McLaughlin, "The McLaughlin Group" is signing off. Chicago public TV outlet WTTW produced the series, which taped in DC and aired on PBS stations across the country.
August 16, 2016
Jack Gravely Dies
Jack Gravely, who served two stints as head of the Virginia State Conference NAACP and was a Richmond radio host, died August 15 of cardiac arrest at the VCU Medical Center. During his career, he worked at National Public Radio as assistant to its president for affirmative action, and as a special assistant to then-national NAACP leader Benjamin Hooks. Also, Gravely was appointed the first director of diversity at the Federal Communications Commission in 1995. Since 2008, Gravely hosted "The Jack Gravely Show" Richmond's WREJ. From 1996 to 2002, he hosted a talk show on that city's WRVA.
August 15, 2016
Ann Thomas Dies
Ann Thomas Matthews, who died in Fayetteville NC on August 13, was radio veteran "Ann Thomas" who worked at Baltimore's WCAO and WKTK in the 1960s and 1970s. She was 63.
August 12, 2016
Karen Whitehair Takes Reins At NCRTV Museum
Karen Whitehair has been named executive director of the National Capital Radio & TV Musaeum in Bowie. She has a Museum Studies Certificate from the George Washington University along with 25 years of experience in the museum field, with particular expertise in the field of collections management. Her most recent position has been at Montpelier Mansion, Montpelier Mansion in Laurel. Also, Whitehair has been a peer reviewer for the American Alliance Of Museums. She replaces Laurie Baty who recently took a news job as director of the Drug Enforcement Administration's museum in Arlington.
August 10, 2016
John Saunders Dies
Longtime ESPN sports anchor John Saunders died August 10. He was 61. Saunders was a sports anchor at Baltimore's Channel 2/WMAR from 1982 to 1986.
August 10, 2016
Larry Collins Leaves 45
Reporter Larry Collins (right) leaves Sinclair-owned Channel 45/WBFF in Baltimore for Dallas-Fort Worth, where he'll work for NBC-owned KXAS-TV. He's been at WBFF since September 2014. Before that, he worked at WCBD-TV in Charleston SC.
August 10, 2016
CSN To Simulcast Junks' WJFK Show
The Sports Junkies on CBS sports talker WJFK-FM, 106.7 The Fan, will now have their morning show simulcasted on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic from 6 AM to 10 AM. Starting September 6. CSN will furnish the Junks' WJFK studio at the CBS-DC complex near Nationals Park with new video and audio equipment. "The Sports Junkies are the most dynamic radio personalities in Washington, with a dedicated fan base of listeners on radio, streaming, and via podcast," said 106.7 The Fan Program Director Chris Kinard. "We're thrilled to work with our partners at CSN on this important brand extension of 106.7 The Fanís original programming." The four Junkies have appeared regularly on CSN since their 2013 debut of "Table Manners," a weekly show on which they discuss sports and lifestyle topics with figures in sports, politics, and entertainment. They have also made frequent guest appearances on CSN providing analysis on DC's teams.
August 8, 2016
Sinclair Keeping 7 & 8 In Rosslyn
Sinclair has signed a new 15-year lease to keep Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8 anchored on Wilson Boulevard in the Rosslyn section of Arlington, just across the Potomac River from DC. ARLnow reports that Monday Properties, which owns the 1000/1100 Wilson Bouldvard "twin towers" in which WJLA is based, announced the 100,000 square foot lease renewal. The renewal helps to maintain Rosslyn as something of a media hub, home to WJLA/NC8, Politico, Washington Business Journal, Graham Holdings, Salem Radio Network News, Washington Free Beacon, and New Media Strategies. Sinclair bought WJLA and NC8 from Allbritton in mid-2014.
August 7, 2016
Helen Delich Bentley Dies
Helen Delich Bentley, who joined Baltimore Sun in 1945 as a reporter and later worked for Channel 2/WMAR, and who went on to serve in Congress and run for Maryland governor, died August 6 after a battle with brain cancer. She was 92.
August 7, 2016
Sandy Rovner Dies
Sandy Rovner, a Washington Post reporter and editor who spent about 15 years as a health columnist, died August 4 at an assisted-living group home in Bethesda. She was 88. The cause was complications from a stroke, said her daughter, Julie Rovner, a longtime health policy correspondent for NPR who now is a reporter at Kaiser Health News.
August 3, 2016
Stash Signs Deal With ZBA
Baltimore rock radio veteran Steve "Stash" Ash has penned a five-year deal with Times Shamrock classic rocker WZBA, 100.7 The Bay, to do afternoon drive. The station's been test-driving the longtime former 98 Rocker throughout the summer.
August 3, 2016
Lou Davis Dies
Lou Davis (right), who covered the Maryland State House for more than 30 years and was considered "the dean" of state government reporters, has died at 79. Davis, who had been battling pancreatic cancer, died August 2 at his Millersville home, with family at his side. He covered Annapolis for 21 years for Channel 2/WMAR and then spent 12 years covering the Maryland State House for Maryland Public Television and its weekly show "State Circle." Before joining WMAR in 1982, Davis spent 25 years in local TV news in Philadelphia, NYC, Cleveland, and Atlanta. From 1970 until 1974, he was a correspondent for NBC News.
August 2, 2016
Craig Chambers Is ZBA's New PD
Craig Chambers gets promoted by Baltimore classic rocker WZBA, 100.7 The Bay, from assistant program director to program director. "When Craig Chambers joined our team last May, we knew that we had landed a special person," said WZBA General Manager Jefferson Ward. "Craig's possesses the professional skills and personal qualities that make him the perfect choice for the PD position at 100.7 The Bay. His strong programming background combined with his natural ability to lead and inspire make Craig the perfect fit for the station." Chambers has held program director, assistant program director, and production director positions at radio stations in Houston, Norfolk/Virginia Beach, Philadelphia, Memphis, and San Antonio before joining WZBA. He replaces Dan Michaels, who left WZBA last week.
August 1, 2016
WTOP & WERQ Top July Radio Ratings
The Washington market radio ratings for the month of July. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP [AM drive 1st, PM drive 1st], 2) WAMU [ME 2nd, ATC 2nd], 3) WHUR [Harvey 3rd], 4) WMMJ [Parr 4th, Simpson 5th], 5) WIHT [Kane 5th], 6) WASH [Loo 6th], 7) WPGC [Clair 11th], 8) WBIG and WKYS [Fam 15th] and WIAD [McFly 10th], 11) WETA-FM, 12) WMZQ [Bones 17th], 13) WGTS, 14) WMAL [MOTM 9th, Rush 7th, Savage 17th] and WPRS, 16) WRQX [Diamond 18th], 17) WWDC [Elliot 11th], 18) WJFK-FM [Junks 11th, Dukes 18th], 19) WLZL [Biagi 19th], 20) WTEM [Cooley 20th, Czaban 18th], 21) WBQB, 22) WOL [Joyner 21st], 23) WFMD, 24) WGRQ and WPFW and WERQ, 27) WFLS and WFRE, 29) WDCN and WAVA-FM and WINC-FM and WQSR and WIYY, 34) WRBS-FM and WAFY, 36) WWIN-FM and WJYJ and WACA, 39) WLIF and WYPR and WKIK and WILC and WVBX and WPOC and WDCH and WBQH and WWEG. The Baltimore market radio ratings for the month of July. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WERQ, 2) WWIN-FM, 3) WLIF, 4) WPOC, 5) WJZ-FM, 6) WWMX, 7) WIYY and WZFT, 9) WZBA and WQSR, 11) WCBM, 12) WBAL-AM, 13) WRBS-FM, 14) WYPR, 15) WPGC, 16) WKYS, 17) WHUR and WAMU and WTOP, 20) WCAO, 21) WIHT and WWDC, 23) WBJC, 24) WBIG and WRQX and WMAL and WLZL and WASH, 29) WXCY and WDCH and WRNR-FM, 32) WEAA and WMZQ and WTMD, 35) WFRE and WLIFHD2, 37) WRBS-AM and WQLL and WGTS.
August 1, 2016
WCBM Picks Bruce Elliott As Tom Marr's Replacement
Baltimore news talker WCBM names Bruce Elliott (right) as its new host of the 9 AM to noon slot, replacing Tom Marr, who died July 7. "WCBM received over 100 inquiries and applications from Seattle to Texas, Florida to Maine," says WCBM Program Director Sean Casey, "In the end we believed it was important to choose a talk show personality who could not only inform and entertain but who also know out community and listeners and is part of our community." Elliott's career includes stops at WCBM's top rival, Baltimore news talker WBAL-AM, as well as at Baltimore's Channel 2/WMAR. He's also worked at Channel 7/WJLA in DC and, most recently, at news talker WILM in Wilmington.
July 29, 2016
105.7 Reshuffles Line-Up, Steve Davis Gone
Steve Davis is leaving CBS's Baltimore sports talker, 105.7 The Fan, WJZ-FM. The new line-up, which starts August 1, moves Rob Long into the morning co-host gig with Ed Norris. Bob Haynie moves from evenings to middays, joining Vinny Cerrato. Scott Garceau and Jeremy Conn remain in afternoons. Jerry Coleman will handle evenings, when the station isn't carrying Orioles baseball. No word on Davis's plans. He has been paired in mornings at 105.7 The Fan with Norris, Baltimore's former police commissioner, since July 2010. "I'm really proud of the show. We went from ninth in ratings the month before I started to number one within three months," Davis told a local newspaper. "I want to thank our listeners for making us, for much of the last six years, the top ranked show at the station and in morning drive in Baltimore."
July 29, 2016
Dan Michaels Gone From ZBA
Shamrock's Baltimore classic rocker WZBA, 100.7 The Bay, has eliminated its program director job as an off-air position, which has been held by Dan Michaels. Michaels, who's been at WZBA three years, has programmed rockers and classic rockers in Chicago, Philadelphia, Denver, and Pittsburgh, and at DC's Big 100.3, WBIG.
July 29, 2016
WAMU Sells BGC Signals In Frederick Area
American University's WAMU, 88.5, has sold Bluegrass Country's two low-power FM translators on 93.5 in the Frederick-Hagerstown area to Manning, owners of Hagerstown's classic rock/hits WWEG, 106.9 The Eagle. Manning plans to start a digital subchannel on WWEG and rebroadcast it on both translators. As noted previously, WAMU does not own BGC's other translator, 105.5 in the DC area. WAMU recently announced plans to shut down BGC by the end of the year if a buyer can't be found before then.
July 27, 2016
Steph Lova Joins Joe Clair At PGC
Steph Lova (right) will join Joe Clair's morning show on CBS's urban contemporary WPGC, 95.5, as co-host. She replaces Tati, who left Clair's show back in May to return to a radio gig in San Diego. Lova started her radio career at the old WPGC-AM, back when it was rap outlet Flava 1580. She then moved to nights at Radio One's urban contemporary WKYS, 93.9. Lova then jumped to NYC urban contemporary outlets Hot 97, WQHT, and Power 105, WWPR. She also was seen on BET's "Rap City" and MTV's "MTV News." During her years in the Big Apple, Lova's been a sideline reporter for the Knicks, Giants, and Jets games for PureSportsNY.com, and done numerous voice work gigs for TV shows and commercials. "We are excited to have her back in the WPGC family," says Steve Davis, vice president of programming for CBS's DC radio cluster and program director of WPGC. "Steph is no stranger to DC being a Howard graduate and working in DC for many years." Adds Lova, "I'm more than ecstatic to be back home at WPGC 95.5. I absolutely love the DMV and it feels amazing to be back on air with Joe Clair. I can't wait to get started."
July 26, 2016
CSN Names El-Bashir & Finlay "Insiders"
Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic names Tarik El-Bashir as its "Caps Insider" and JP Finlay as "Redskins Insider." El-Bashir, who has covered the Redskins since joining CSN in 2012, served as the Capitals beat writer for the Washington Post from 2005 to 2010. He continued to provide Capitals commentary and analysis to the Post from 2010 to 2012. Finlay has contributed as a reporter to CSN's Redskins coverage for four years while serving as a digital media manager and producer. Prior to joining CSN, where he most recently held the position of manager of content integration, he covered the Redskins for SB Nation and the Washingtonian.
July 25, 2016
Jerry Ferreira Joins CSN
Comcast Sports Net Mid-Atlantic names Joe Ferreira as vice president of content strategy, a newly-created position. Starting August 1, he will be in charge of studio programming, original content, and digital media, including Bethesda-based CSN's online, mobile, and social assets. Ferreira has more than 28 years of experience in television and digital media with media firms like CBS, NBC, USA Today, and the National Football League. His most recent gig was with collegiate multimedia rights holder Learfield Sports, where he served as chief content officer for four years.
July 24, 2016
WMAL's Wilson Mentioned In Fox News Sex Controversy
Former Fox News Channel reporter and anchor Brian Wilson (right), who now co-hosts mornings on Cumulus news talker WMAL, 105.9/630, gets mentioned in the sexual harassment scandal involving just-fired chairman Roger Ailes. The New York Times reports that former Fox News reporter Rudi Baktiar accused the DC-based Wilson of improper behavior in 2006 and that she thinks she lost her job over reporting it. She claims that, while having coffee in her DC hotel lobby, Wilson told her he wanted to help her get a permanent job and then allegedly said, "I'd like to see the inside of your hotel room." Wilson denied the allegations to the Times and said, "I take strong exception to the facts of the story as you have relayed it to me, period. Beyond that, I will have no further comment." Last week, former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson accused Ailes of harrasment. Reportedly, current host Megyn Kelly also alleged harassment by Ailes as part of the internal investigation.
July 22, 2016
WNAV News Director Arrested
Raychel Harvey-Jones, the recently-hired news director for Annapolis's WNAV, 1430, was arrested at the station Thuursday morning by Baltimore County and Annapolis police. According to eyeonannapolis.net, he has been charged with forgery of a court document in "a bizarre attempt at rekindling a broken personal relationship." In 2015, Harvey-Jones was found guilty of misuse of a computer in a related case and sentenced to probation, adds Eye On Annapolis.
July 20, 2016
Fauquier Times Sold
Fauquier County's weekly newspaper, which was founded in 1905, has been sold to a new, local ownership group. Newly-formed Piedmont Media will publish its first edition of the Fauquier Times on August 24, according to Marshall resident George Thompson, who assembled the investment group and headed purchase negotiations that started more than a year ago. The transaction includes the 9,400-circulation newspaper, along with two free-distribution weeklies, the Gainesville Times and the Prince William Times. The deal also includes the Piedmont Business Journal and the InFauquier and InPrince William magazines. The late Arthur Arundel purchased the newspaper in 1974. After his death in 2011, his eldest son Peter bought the paper.
July 17, 2016
UMD Journalism Benefactor Eleanor Merrill Dies
The Philip Merrill College Of Journalism has lost a longtime friend and benefactor. Eleanor Merrill, like her husband Phillip Merrill, was strongly committed to journalism education and their donation to the University Of Maryland made the modern Philip Merrill College Of Journalism possible. She was longtime publisher of Washingtonian magazine and of the Capital newspaper in Annapolis. Mrs. Merrill's relationship with the college reaches back more than 30 years. In 1983, she joined the first Board Of Visitors on the University Of Maryland campus at what was then known as the College Of Journalism. She became its chair in 1995. In 2001, the Merrill family gave a $10 million gift that resulted in the college being named the Philip Merrill College Of Journalism. Philip Merrill died in June, 2006. Their daughter, Cathy Merrill Williams, currently chairs the college's Board of Visitors.
July 15, 2016
Ravens Extend Deal With BAL Radio & TV, 98 Rock
The Ravens have extended their partnership with Hearst's Baltimore radio and TV cluster. That will keep news talk WBAL-AM, 1090, and active rocker WIYY, 98 Rock, as the radio flagship home of the NFL team from 2017 through the 2022 season. Additionally, under the extended contract, Channel 11/WBAL will continue to serve as an official broadcast partner by televising preseason games and three weekly, in-season programs created by the team's in-house broadcasting group, Ravens Productions. The new deal is an extension of the previous relationship that was agreed upon from 2011 to 2016. It also marks the second contract extension between the Ravens and the broadcast organizations, following an initial agreement that was first established in 2006.
July 14, 2016
Molly Cochran Joins 7 & 8
Molly Cochran joins Sinclair's Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8 as a weekend meterologist. She used to work for AccuWeather, where her weather reports were seen on ABC World Nerws Now, Bloomberg Business, Big Ten Network, and Fox News. She starts August 18.
July 14, 2016
Qwesi McCray Joins 7 & 8
Qwesi McCray joins Sinclair's Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8 as a news anchor and reporter. He comes from WOIO-TV in Cleveland, where he anchored the morning and noon newscasts. Before that, he reported for KABC-TV in Los Angeles. McCray, who was born in DC but raised in Montreal, has also worked for TV stations in Mobile, Miami, and Orlando. He starts July 25.
July 11, 2016
Weinstein Replaces Kornheiser At ESPN 980
DC area native and former WTEMer Bram Weinstein (right) will replace Tony Kornheiser in the midday slot on Redskins owner Dan Snyder's sports talker, ESPN 980. "The Bram Weinstein Show" will debut on July 25, running from 11 AM to 1 PM. "I'm beyond excited," Weinstein tells the Sports Bog at washingtonpost.com. "It was always my first choice to come back here. It was just finding the right thing, and I'm just really fortunate that it's worked out." Last year, there was talk that Weinstein, a Montgomery County native and Springbrook High grad, would land at Channel 7/WJLA, replacing longtime sports anchor Tim Brant, who'd just retired from DC's ABC affiliate. But Weinstein kept his head low and stayed quiet in the past year, as part owner of a local media colunting firm. He started working for WTEM in the late 1990s, handling a number of gig, including Redskins beat reporter. Weinstein left for ESPN in Bristol CT in 2008, where he stayed until the spring of 2015. Longtime WTEM veteran Kornheiser said farewell to the DC sports talker in June. He plans to continue his "PTI" work with ESPN and start a podcast.
July 11, 2016
Laurie Baty Leaves NCRTV Museum
Laurie Baty, who has been executive director of the National Capital Radio And TV Museum in Bowie, has taken a new job. As of July 25, she'll be director of the Drug Enforcement Administration's museum in the Pentagon City section of Arlington. The NCRTV organization has started looking for her replacement. "I thank all of you for your interest in and support of the Museum and hope that my departure will not diminish any of the enthusiasm and support that you have demonstrated over my five-year tenure here," says Baty. "The museum is in a better place because of your support. Thank you."
July 7, 2016
WAMU To Sell Bluegrass Country Or End It
American University news talker WAMU, 88.5, says it will launch a public search for a new owner for its bluegrass music service, Bluegrass Country. And if it doesn't find a buyer, it will shut it down on December 31. "Over the years, support from listeners has allowed WAMU's bluegrass programming to evolve from a single program to a 24/7 service broadcasting at 105.5 FM and 88.5 HD2 in Washington and worldwide at bluegrasscountry.org, and reaching more than 4.4 million views on YouTube," according to a statement from the station. "Demographics over the last 20 years have caused a shift in the regional population. As a result, WAMU recently conducted two independent studies to clarify its position in the Washington DC market and assess the long-term potential of Bluegrass Country. Through this process, WAMU determined that news and information are what the majority of its listeners want and expect from the station. Analysis also showed that shifting demographics in the Washington region meant revenue and audience listening for the bluegrass service would trend downward over the next five years. As such, the station has made the difficult decision to part ways with Bluegrass Country in order to make strategic investments in news and information and better serve its audience." Says WAMU General Manager JJ Yore: "We know that the bluegrass community will be saddened by this decision, just as we are. In the next six months, our focus will be on celebrating this music's role in WAMU's history and working to identify a capable owner who is committed to preserving Bluegrass Country for decades to come." Adds Bluegrass Country managing producer and host Katy Daley: "For 49 years, WAMU has been a strong supporter of bluegrass music, a far longer run than most of us who were here from the early days would have expected. And while saddened by the decision, I understand it and why it was made. Over the next six months while we try and identify a new owner, we'll be as committed as ever to bring our listeners the best in bluegrass."
July 7, 2016
WCBM's Tom Marr Dies
Baltimore radio veteran Tom Marr (right), who hosted the 9 AM to noon slot on news talker WCBM, 680, died on July 7. Just four days earlier, Marr, 73, suffered a stroke after back surgery. According to a statement from his family: "At 10:36 this morning, our family patriarch, Thomas Aquinas Marr, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family. While we all prayed that he would make an eventual recovery, the severity of the stroke was insurmountable. We are thankful that he passed quickly and without suffering. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sharon, five children, and 10 grandchildren." Adds Sean Casey, WCBM's director of programming and operations: "Tom Marr was one of the founding fathers of WCBM. He helped to build this news-talk radio station into the force that it is today. He has had a successful career while, informing and entertaining listeners in Baltimore and worldwide. Tom was one of a kind and I considered myself to be very fortunate and blessed to have known him and worked with him. On behalf of the Mangione family and Station Manager Marc Beaven, our thoughts, prayers and condolences are extended to the Marr Family. Semper Fidelis, Tom." Marr has been a fixture in Baltimore radio since 1967, and has been with WCBM since 1989 when the Mangione family aquired the station. He was a frequent guest host on Mark Levin's nationally syndicated evening show and had often appeared on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and C-SPAN. Prior to coming to WCBM, Marr spent 21 years at now-defunct talker WFBR, 1300, in Baltimore, starting as a newsman. In the 1970s, he also did sports anchoring at Channel 2/WMAR, and, in 1979, joined the Baltimore Orioles' radio play-by-play team.
July 6, 2016
WTOP & WWIN Top June Radio Ratings
The Washington market radio ratings for the month of June. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP [AM drive 1st, PM drive 1st], 2) WAMU [ME 2nd, ATC 2nd], 3) WHUR [Harvey 3rd], 4) WMMJ [Parr 4th, Simpson 4th], 5) WIHT [Kane 5th], 6) WASH [Loo 7th], 7) WBIG, 8) WETA-FM and WPGC [Clair 11th], 10) WMZQ [Bones 15th] and WIAD [McFly 11th], 12) WKYS [Fam 17th] and WGTS, 14) WPRS, 15) WMAL [MOTM 9th, Rush 4th, Savage 17th], 16) WWDC [Elliot 14th], 17) WJFK-FM [Junks 11th, Dukes 18th], 18) WRQX [Diamond 18th], 19) WLZL [Biagi 19th], 20) WTEM [Cooley 20th, Czaban 19th], 21) WBQB and WFMD, 23) WFLS, 24) WFRE and WDCN and WERQ, 27) WPFW and WGRQ and WAVA-FM and WWEG and WINC-FM, 32) WAFY and WIYY and WQSR, 35) WBQH and WJYJ, 37) WOL [Joyner 39th], 38) WPOC and WLIF and WILC and WJZ-FM and WWGB and WSMD and WACA and WVBX and WWIN-FM and WRBS-FM and WDCH. The Baltimore market radio ratings for the month of June. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WERQ, 3) WLIF, 4) WPOC, 5) WJZ-FM, 6) WIYY, 7) WZFT, 8) WWMX, 9) WQSR, 10) WZBA, 11) WCBM, 12) WRBS-FM, 13) WBAL-AM, 14) WYPR, 15) WBJC, 16) WCAO, 17) WGTS and WLIFHD2 and WRBS-AM, 20) WQLL, 21) WOLB and WWIN-AM, 23) WJZ-AM. No out of market stations are included in this Baltimore listing.
July 6, 2016
MPT Adds Create
Maryland Public Television is now carrying public TV's Create how-to channel for 20 hours a day on its MPT2 subchannel. MPT2 will continue to air a mix of MPT and PBS programming between 7 PM and 11 PM daily, with Create carried the remainder of the time. Create features a mix of cooking, traveling, home improvement, crafts, and gardening shows.
June 26, 2016
Ed Walker's Wife Dies
Nancy Walker, wife of the late DC radio personality Ed Walker, died June 21 due to complications from surgery. She was 82. Nancy was a teacher in Montgomery County Public Schools for 40 years before retiring in 2004. Nancy was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, who died in October 2015. Ed, who was partnered with Willard Scott as "The Joy Boys" on WRC radio for many years, most recently hosted "The Big Broadcast" nostalgic radio show on WAMU.
June 26, 2016
Paul Harlan Hill Dies
Paul Hill, who for the past 12 years was the producer of Jim Bohannon's DC-based "Coast To Coast" nationally syndicated weeknight radio show and associate producer for the morning radio news magazine "American In The Morning, died June 18 at Inova Alexandria Hospital of congestive heart failure, a complication of his long battle with diabetes. Both Westwood One programs are heard locally on Hubbard talker WFED, 1500 AM.
June 24, 2016
Jenny Glick To WTOP
Jenny Glick (right), one of the top anchors at CBS's now-defunct all-newser WNEW, has joined Hubbard's top-rated all-newser, WTOP, on a part-time basis as anchor. She was heard doing late evenings on Thursday. According to WTOP Director Of News And Programming Mike McMearty, she joins three other former WNEWers who've jumped to WTOP, including Letese' Clark, a full-time editor, John Domen, a full-time editor and reporter, and Margaret Hasken, a full-time digital editor. CBS pulled the plug on WNEW in December 2015 after an almost four-year battle with WTOP and little ratings traction.
June 20, 2016
Hot 99.5's Kane Faces Spousal Abuse Charge
Hot 99.5, WIHT morning man Kane (right), whose real name is Peter Deibler, was arrested in Montgomery County June 17, after his soon-to-be ex-wife accused him of second-degree assault. According to the Washington Post, Montgomery County District Judge William Simmons issued a temporary protective order related to the alleged assault, which took place on May 25, court records say. Deibler, 39, and his wife, Natasha Deibler, 36, have been locked in a nasty divorce, with many of the details getting a public airing via his nationally-syndicated Hot 99.5 show and on her personal blog. According to Natasha Deibler's protective order petition, she said that her husband grabbed her and threw her into a wall in the presence of the couple's daughters, resulting in a sprained knee, head injury, bruises, and a black eye. A warrant was served on Peter Deibler. He posted a $3,500 bond and was released from custody. "It's an accusation that's unfounded," Peter Deibler said of the assault charge when reached by the Post by phone.
June 20, 2016
Adam May Returns To CBS
Adam May, who spent 10 years as a reporter and anchor at CBS-owned Channel 13/WJZ in Baltimore before leaving in 2013 to join Al Jazeera America as a national correspondent and back-up anchor on "America Tonight," is rejoining CBS as a reporter for CBS Newspath in DC.
June 20, 2016
Jennifer Donelan Gone From 7
Reporter Jennifer Donelan (right) has parted company with Sinclair's Channel 7/WJLA. She was escorted out of the station's Arlington building on Friday, June 17, a source tells us. A graduate of Robinson High School in Fairfax, she joined then Allbritton-owned WJLA in 2006. Donelan made WJLA's news in 2010 when, at age 36, she suffered a heart attack immediately after she finished a live report for the evening news. Before joining WJLA, she worked for CBS NewsPath in Chicago, and at Detroit's WDIV-TV before that.
June 20, 2016
Lindsey Mastis To 7
Lindsey Mastis will head from Tampa's WFLA-TV, where she's been a reporter and fill-in anchor, to Channel 7/WJLA, where she'll focus on covering social media and cybersecurity issues. She'll make the move in late August. It's a return to DC for Mastis, who worked at Channel 9/WUSA seven years ago.
June 20, 2016
Ryan Hughes To 7
Ryan Hughes is the newest reporter hired by Sinclair's Channel 7/WJLA. He comes from WFMZ-TV in Allentown PA, where he's worked since 2011. Before that, he was at Salisbury's Channel 47/WMDT.
June 18, 2016
WAMU's Di Caro Adds 5 Gig
WAMU reporter Martin Di Caro, who covers transportation issues, adds reporting duties at Channel 5/WTTG, where he will also cover transportation issues, including the Metro rail system. Starting June 20. In addition to WAMU, Di Caro also works for the Associated Press Radio Network in DC and NYC. Previously, he'd worked for DC's WMAL and Trenton's WKXW.
June 18, 2016
Tegna To Stay At Tysons
Tegna, formerly Gannett's broadcast TV division, is staying at Tysons Corner. It's moving from its current headquarters on Jones Branch Drive to Boro Tower, a new 20-story office building to be built in Tysons. Tegna will lease the top floors of the facility, approximately 60,000 of the structure's 440,000 square feet, starting in early 2019. Tegna owns 46 TV stations, including DC's Channel 9/WUSA, and Cars.com, CareerBuilder, and G/O Digital.
June 13, 2016
Kavitha Cardoza Leaves WAMU
Education reporter Kavitha Cardoza (right) is leaving American University public radio news talker WAMU, 88.5, to be a multimedia reporter at Education Week, which produces reports for "PBS Newshour" and documentaries for PBS. Cardoza joined WAMU in 2008, and, before that, worked at the University Of Illinois' public radio outlet WUIS in Springfield, Illinois. She was also an adjunct faculty member for the university's Department Of Communication. While at WAMU, her five-part series on childhood obesity won a first place award from the Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association.
June 10, 2016
Murray Horwitz To Host WAMU's "Big Broadcast"
Murray Horwitz (right) has been named the new host of WAMU, 88.5's Sunday evening classic radio show staple, "The Big Broadcast." The show's longtime host, DC radio great Ed Walker, died last fall. WAMU veteran Rob Bamberger, host of "Hot Jazz Saturday Night," has been guest host of "The Big Broadcast" since October. Murray will take the mic on Sunday, June 12. He will be joined by co-producer Jill Ahrold Bailey. Murray helped to create several entertainment shows while at NPR, receiving three Peabody awards. He was founding director of the AFI Silver Theater and is creative consultant to the annual Mark Twain Prize ceremonies at the Kennedy Center.
June 9, 2016
5 To Start 6:30 PM Political Newscast
Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG will add a half-hour of local political news at 6:30 PM starting July 18 to cover the presidential election, bumping entertainment gossip show "TMZ." "This election is unlike any we have ever seen," says WTTG News Director Paul McGonagle. "It deserves unconventional and original political reporting." The newscast, "5 @ 6:30," will be "the local, political show to watch in DC," he adds. Shawn Yancy and Jim Lokay will co-anchor, with contributions from political reporters Tom Fitzgerald and Ronica Cleary. The station will also broadcast live from both the Republican Convention in Cleveland and Democratic Convention in Philadelphia. WTTG will use the Old Ebbit Grill as an interview location with local and national political newsmakers. WTTG already airs a 5 PM hour-long evening newscast and a 6 PM half-hour newscast. The new show brings WTTG's total number of local news hours produced each week to 59.
June 8, 2016
WTOP & WERQ Top May Radio Ratings
The Washington market radio ratings for the month of May. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP [AM drive 1st, PM drive 1st], 2) WAMU [ME 2nd, ATC 2nd], 3) WHUR [Harvey 3rd], 4) WMMJ [Parr 4th, Simpson 4th], 5) WIHT [Kane 5th], 6) WASH [Loo 7th], 7) WBIG, 8) WPGC [Clair 10th], 9) WETA-FM, 10) WIAD [McFly 12th], 11) WPRS, 12) WMZQ [Bones 16th] and WMAL [MOTM 7th, Rush 4th, Savage 15th], 14) WKYS [Fam 17th] and WGTS, 16) WJFK-FM [Junks 9th, Dukes 18th], 17) WWDC [Elliot 15th], 18) WRQX [Diamond 19th], 19) WLZL [Biagi 18th], 20 WTEM [AM drive 20th, Czaban 19th], 21) WFMD, 22) WBQB and WAVA-FM, 24) WERQ and WDCN and WGRQ, 27) WPFW and WINC-FM and WFRE, 30) WBQH and WJYJ and WAFY and WIYY and WWEG, 35) WQSR and WFLS, 37) WACA and WRBS-FM and WPOC and WDCH. The Baltimore market radio matings for the month of May. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WERQ, 2) WWIN-FM, 3) WPOC, 4) WLIF, 5) WJZ-FM, 6) WWMX, 7) WIYY, 8) WZFT, 9) WCBM, 10) WZBA and WRBS-FM, 12) WQSR, 13) WBAL-AM, 14) WYPR, 15) WPGC, 16) WKYS and WAMU, 18) WTOP, 19) WHUR, 20) WWDC, 21) WCAO and WMAL and WDCH and WBJC, 25) WASH, 26) WRQX and WEAA and WTMD and WBIG and WXCY, 31) WIHT, 32) WMZQ and WRBS-AM, 34) WLZL and WLIFHD2 and WRNR-FM and WGTS, 38) WQLL and WFRE and WTEM and WAFY.
June 6, 2016
Kidd's Smash Hits Gets MD Outlet
Harford County oldies outlet, 104.7 The Point, which is also heard on 1330 AM, flipped this morning to "Smash Hits WHGM." This morning, the station also debuted a new morning show hosted by Justin Mallow. He comes from contemporary hits WKBE in Glens Falls NY. The Smash Hits 1980s-based oldies hits format is the product of DC and Baltimore radio veteran Jason Kidd's New Generation Media. Kidd does afternoons on DC's hot adult contemporary Mix 107.3, WRQX.
June 6, 2016
Mark Parenteau Dies
Mark Parenteau died June 3 at age 66. He suffered from numerous medical problems, including spinal stenosis. The longtime Boston rock radio personality, who was heard on WCOZ and WBCN in the 1970s and 1980s, worked for DC's XM Satellite Radio in 2004 when he was arrested for having sex with a 14-year-old boy. He pleaded guilty to a count of child abuse and was sentenced to three years in jail. During his career, Parenteau also worked in NYC and Detroit.
June 2, 2016
Tony Kornheiser To Leave ESPN 980
Red Zebra Broadcasting announced today that DC sports radio icon Tony Kornheiser (right) is leaving ESPN 980, WTEM. Beginning in 1992 as part of WTEM's original lineup, "The Tony Kornheiser Show" has entertained the Nation's Capital for more than 20 years. "Tony is a pillar in the Washington DC sports community and we would like to express our sincerest gratitude and thank him for his dedication," said Terry Bateman, chairman of Red Zebra Broadcasting. Kornheiser's final show on ESPN 980 will air in late June. Red Zebra will announce plans for a new midday show shortly. "I have loved every minute on the radio at WTEM," Kornheiser said. "But I felt it was time to pursue a new and appealing challenge. I will be launching a podcast this September.†I am excited that this endeavor will allow me to continue to work with so many of the people who have been a part of my radio show for over the past 20 years. But I will miss all of my friends and colleagues at WTEM."
June 1, 2016
Morris Jones Leaves NewsChannel 8
Morris Jones is leaving his anchor gig with Sinclair's NewsChannel 8. Before joining NC8 and its sister, Channel 7/WJLA, Jones worked for Sinclair in Baltimore, and was an anchor on its ill-fated "NewsCentral" project. Where he was seen on Sinclair station local newscasts across the country. Before that, Jones was a top anchor in DC TV, on Channel 5/WTTG's 10 PM newscast.
May 31, 2016
Veronica Johnson To 7, Replaces Jacqui Jeras
Channel 4/WRC weather personality Veronica Johnson (right) is heading to Channel 7/WJLA. She will be partnering with WJLA meterologist Eileen Whelan on "Good Morning Washington" starting June 6. Johnson had been with NBC-owned WRC since 2000. Prior to moving to Washington, Veronica worked at Baltimore's Channel 2/WMAR and Channel 45/WBFF, as well as at at WABC-TV in NYC and the Weather Channel. Johnson will be replacing morning weather personality Jacqui Jeras, who is heading to Atlanta. Jeras posted on Facebook that her husband "was transferred back there last fall and the kids and I miss him every night he is gone."
May 24, 2016
Jen Chaney To Venture
NYC-based pop culture site Vulture has named Jen Chaney a TV columnist. She spent more than a decade with the Washington Post, serving as a movies and entertainment news editor and reporter. Chaney's also written for Esquire, the New York Times, and Slate.
May 23, 2016
Julie Parker Leaves Gig As PG Police Spokesperson
The Prince George's County Police Department announces that Julie Parker, who leads the Media Relations Division, is leaving for "a position in another industry." We're told that Parker is going to be director of corporate communications for Total Wine And More. Before joining PGPD five years ago, Parker worked for Channel 7/WJLA, NewsChannel 8, and CBS Radio-DC.
May 23, 2016
Tim Barber To 7
Channel 7/WJLA has hired Tim Barber (right) as its newest reporter. He'll handle weekday nights. Barber comes from Orlando's WFTV-TV, where he's worked since 2011. He got his start at KAMC-TV in Lubbock, Texas.
May 23, 2016
Michael Mariotte Dies
Michael Mariotte, a former Washington City Paper editor and punk-rock drummer who later became a nationally known ≠anti-nuclear activist, died May 16 at his home in Kensington. He was 63. The cause was pancreatic cancer. In 1981, Mariotte was the founding editor of an alternative weekly newspaper that evolved into the Washington City Paper. He continued to work at the paper in a variety of positions, including managing editor, until 1985, when he joined the Nuclear Information And Resource Service. He launched the organization's newsletter, Groundswell, now called Nuclear Monitor, which has become a clearinghouse of information on issues related to nuclear power and alternative energy sources. He was executive director of NIRS from 1986 to 2013 and served as president of the organization, based in Takoma Park, until his death.
May 20, 2016
Baltimore Guide Closes
The Baltimore Guide, a weekly paper serving east and southeast Baltimore, has folded. Iin a brief post on the paper's website Friday, editor Gianna DeCarlo said this week's issue would be its last, at least in print. It ends an 89-year run. No reason was given for the paper's closure. The Canton-based paper was founded in 1927 by brothers Milton and Nelson Lasson, who used excess capacity on the printing press they owned to make a free "shopper," featuring coupons and ads from local establishments. First called the Shoppers Guide, the Lassons controlled the paper until 1989. New owner Richard Sandza wanted the paper to become focused on neighborhood issues. The paper is now owned by Philadelphia's Broad Street Media, which also owns newspapers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey
May 18, 2016
Justin Mallow Joins "The Point"
With Steve Rouse's departure to Baltimore oldies outlet WQLL, 1370, Harve de Grace oldies outlet announces his replacement. "The Point," heard on 104.7 and 1330, will feature "Mallow In The Morning" with Justin Mallow, starting May 31. He comes from hot adult contemporary WKBE in Glens Falls NY, where he has been for the past six years. Says Mallow: "This is not just my show. It will be the community's show as well. Listeners are encouraged to call up and join in on the fun. I want to bring laughter in the mornings. I've heard good things about the community and I'm looking forward to putting on an entertaining show for everyone. Creating a morning show where our multi-media audience will be able to escape their stresses and daily problems, and just tune in for some light hearted inspiration for the day is my quest. I look forward to becoming one big family."
May 18, 2016
John Henry To 9
John Henry (right), a reporter for the past two years at Tegna's KSDK-TV St. Louis, starts in June as a reporter at Tegna's Channel 9/WUSA.
May 17, 2016
Sun Publisher Herman Obermayer Dies
Herman Obermayer, who for a quarter-century owned, edited, and published the Northern Virginia Sun, died of a heart attack May 11 at his home in Arlington. He was 91. Obermayer was editing and publishing the Long Branch Daily Record in New Jersey when he bought the Sun in 1963. The Arlington-based newspaper published six days a week and had a circulation of about 20,000. Obermayer, who was Jewish and as a young American soldier had witnessed the Nuremberg trials of Nazi war criminals, pushed the paper to aggressively cover the Arlington-based American Nazi Party and its founder, George Lincoln Rockwell, until Rockwell's assassination by a disgruntled former party member in 1967.
May 16, 2016
Michael Graham To MediaDC
Former WMAL show host Michael Graham (right) is leaving Atlanta news-talker WYAY and heading back to Washington. He will become creative director of MediaDC, the company that owns the Weekly Standard, the Washington Examiner, and Red Alert Politics. Graham got fired from WMAL in 2005 after the DC-based Council On American-Islamic Relations, CAIR, protested his comments linking Islam with terrorism. Following his WMAL stint, Graham had several more talk radio gigs in New England, including Boston, before heading to Atlanta.
May 16, 2016
Scott Taylor Joins 7
Scott Taylor (right) joins Sinclair's Channel 7/WJLA as an investigative reporter for its consumer-oriented "7 On Your Side" team. He comes from a reporting gig at WOIO-TV in Cleveland, where he covered the case of Ariel Castro kidnapping three young girls and holding them for 10 years. Prior to Cleveland, Taylor worked at WSYX-TV in Columbus OH, WHBQ-TV in Memphis, and WXOW-TV in La Crosse WI.
May 16, 2016
Gigi Barnett Leaves 13
After nearly 13 years as weekend news anchor at CBS's Channel 13/WJZ in Baltimore, Gigi Barnett is leaving for Texas.
May 16, 2016
Jean Battey Lewis Dies
Jean Battey Lewis, an arts journalist who oversaw the Washington Post's dance coverage for nearly 15 years and later worked for the Washington Times as its dance critic, died May 12 at her home in Chevy Chase. She was 91.
May 10, 2016
WTOP Tops April Radio Ratings For DC
The Washington market radio ratings for the month of April. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP [AM drive 1st, PM drive 1st], 2) WAMU [ME 2nd, ATC 2nd], 3) WHUR [Harvey 3rd], 4) WMMJ [Parr 4th, Simpson 4th], 5) WASH [Loo 6th], 6) WIHT [Kane 5th], 7) WKYS [Fam 13th] and WPGC [Clair 16th], 9) WETA-FM and WBIG, 11) WIAD [McFly 13th], 12) WPRS, 13) WGTS, 14) WMAL [MOTM 7th, Rush 4th, Savage 14th], 15) WMZQ [Bones 18th], 16) WWDC [Elliot 13th], 17) WRQX [Diamond 18th], 18) WJFK-FM [Junks 10th, Dukes 19th], 19) WLZL [Biagi 17th], 20) WTEM [M&M 20th, Czaban 20th], 21) WFMD, 22) WPFW and WBQB and WDCN and WERQ and WINC-FM, 27) WAFY and WAVA-FM and WFLS and WFRE and WGRQ and WWEG, 33) WIYY and WBQH, 35) WJYJ and WQSR, 37) WPOC, 38) WDCH and WYPR and WRBS-FM and WKIK and WLIF and WACA and WBJC and WSMD and WVBX. The Baltimore market radio ratings for the month of April. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WERQ, 2) WLIF, 3) WPOC and WWIN-FM, 5) WIYY, 6) WJZ-FM, 7) WWMX and WZFT, 9) WCBM, 10) WRBS-FM, 11) WZBA, 12) WQSR, 13) WBAL-AM, 14) WYPR, 15) WCAO, 16) WBJC, 17) WRBS-AM, 18) WLIFHD2 and WQLL, 20) WWIN-AM, 21) WJZ-AM and WOLB. DC and other out of market stations are not included in this listing.
May 10, 2016
Tati Leaves PGC
Tati (right) came to CBS's urban contemporary WPGC, 95.5, from San Diego in 2013 when Pablo was the new morning man. After Pablo got bounced for low-ish ratings, Joe Clair got hired as new morning host. And Tati stayed. But now, we hear, Tati's heading back to San Diego. "It's been in the discussion for a couple months," a source tells us. "Her contract was up."
May 9, 2016
Ray Lewis To Leave ESPN
Ravens great Ray Lewis are reportedly on the way out of ESPN. according to NFL blog thebiglead.com, which claims that his departure is part of a massive makeover for the channel's NFL coverage. Lewis, Cris Carter, and one-time Lewis teammate Trent Dilfer are reportedly leaving ESPN, while Randy Moss will leave Fox Sports to join ESPN. Lewis joined ESPN following his retirement in 2013.
May 4, 2016
JT Bosch Joins WMZQ
WMZQ, 98.7, names JT Bosch as evening host and assistant program director. He will be heard weekdays from 7 PM to midnight on the iHeart country outlet. Bosch has handled both on-air and programming duties with stations in North Carolina and Pennsylvania. He most recently served as program director for iHeart's country KASE/KVET in Austin, Texas.
May 2, 2016
Ryan Bogash Leaves BAL
Ryan Bogash, a talk show producer for the past two decades at Baltimore's WBAL-AM, 1090, is leaving the news talker to go into business with his wife. Over the years, he's worked with Ron Smith, Alan Walden, Dave Durian, Dan Rodricks, and Mary Beth Marsden, among others.
April 30, 2016
WBFF Intruder Faces Felony Charge
A man shot by police April 28 after he walked into Channel 45/WBFF's Baltimore building wearing what was described as a "panda outfit" and what looked like an explosive vest faces a felony charge of arson and other counts in the incident that left him wounded and hospitalized. Alex Brizzi, 25, of Howard County, was wearing a "hedgehog onesie" and a surgical mask "associated with Japanese anime culture" when he attempted to set his car on fire in the parking lot of Fox 45, then walked into the station's vestibule, according to police. Brizzi was carrying a flash drive with statements he wanted aired by the station when he approached a security guard who was able to discreetly alert police while engaging Brizzi in conversation, police said. The device with wires and a seeming detonator that Brizzi carried later was found to be a contraption fashioned from a life preserver, the motherboard of a smoke detector, and wiring connected to candy bars that had been wrapped in tinfoil, police said. After being mollified by the security guard, Brizzi left the building and was shot by police in the adjacent lot. A police robot was used to remove his clothes, and police determined the device was inert. Brizzi remains in serious but stable condition.
April 29, 2016
InsideNova To Brand VA Print Rags
Prince William Today and the Stafford County Sun will be known as InsideNoVa/Prince William and InsideNoVa/North Stafford "to better reflect joint ownership with the popular regional news website, InsideNoVa.com," according to insidenova.com. At the same time, the front page of the Prince William paper will be redesigned to incorporate a new feature called "InTheKnow," which will "spotlight interesting articles in the paper and on the website."
April 26, 2016
Erica Campbell To Do Mornings On Praise 104.1
Erica Campbell will be the new morning host on Radio One's commercial gospel Praise 104.1, WPRS. Starting May 10. Yolanda Adams had been host of the Radio One-owned Reach Media program that is syndicated to almost 40 like-formatted stations across the country. Campbell is part of the two-woman Mary Mary music act. She's also been on reality TV via a series also named "Mary Mary." Her new radio show is titled "Get Up! Mornings with Erica Campbell," and she'll play music, do interviews, and offer "practical principles" for living.
April 26, 2016
Nielsen Pulls Out Of Columbia
Radio ratings firm Nielsen will close up shop at its four-story building in Columbia, Maryland. In the 2-1/2 years since Nielsen absorbed Arbitron, it's been steadily ferrying jobs and sometimes people out of the multi-building campus it inherited in the Baltimore suburbs. Nielsen almost immediately emptied out a couple of side-buildings, but kept the signature facility at 9705 Patuxent Woods Drive. Most of the work that Arbitron did in Columbia (editing diaries, handling PPMs) has long since relocated to Nielsen's data-factory near Tampa. One source tells Taylor that Patuxent Woods Drive now looks like "a ghost building." It was a handy base for Nielsen, located between Baltimore and Washington, and it hosted many client conferences, consultant fly-ins and diary reviews, Taylor adds. Expect Nielsen to drive away the last trucks from its rented quarters as early as June.
April 25, 2016
Kristie McIntyre Returns To RQX
Kristie McIntyre (right) takes the evening shift on Cumulus hot adult contemporary WRQX, Mix 107.3. She will debut in the 7 PM to midnight slot on May 2. This marks a return to WRQX for McIntyre, who was on-air personality for the station from 2005 to 2010. Most recently, McIntyre was an anchor and reporter for Channel 11/WBAL. Before that, she was midday host for CBS's hot adult contemporary WIAD, 94.7 Fresh FM. During her lengthy area radio career, McIntyre has also worked at WQSR, WXYV, and WERQ in addition to radio stations in New England and Indianapolis.
April 23, 2016
Joanna Campbell Leaves Mix 106.5
Joanna Campbell is no longer with Baltimore adult contemporary WWMX, Mix 106.5, doing afternoons with Priestly. She posted she left CBS Baltimore on April 14. No reason given. A source tells us: "She won't be replaced. Expect CBS Radio as an entity to excise other on/off-air staffers to lower operating costs as it heads toward being spun off, parceled or sold by corporate."
April 23, 2016
Derek Valcourt Leaves 13
Reporter Derek Valcourt has left CBS's Channel 13/WJZ in Baltimore. We're told that he "cleansed his [Facebook] page of WJZ 13 mentions and job information. He's definitely gone... [His] bio has been removed from WJZ 13's page, meaning he's probably leaving the station. No word on Facebook, but no mention of WJZ anymore except the broken link to his page."
April 21, 2016
Paul Donovan Exits WMZQ
Paul Donovan, the night personality on iHeart country WMZQ, 98.7, has exited the station after four years. Chris German is filling in until a replacement has been named.
April 21, 2016
Orioles Radio Engineer Paul Eicholtz Dies
Paul Eicholtz, the engineer for Baltimore Orioles broadcasts for more 36 seasons in his 55 years at WBAL radio, died April 19. "He's probably seen more Orioles games than anyone," said Johnny Goldsmith, who succeeded "Dr. Paul" after his 2000 retirement. Eicholtz's start at WBAL came in the 1950s, predating the station's studios on TV Hill. In his early years at the station, he worked on Orioles games, then the station lost the Orioles contract. When the team came back, it was his main job.
April 15, 2016
Alvin Jones To Host WERA Show
DC TV and radio veteran Alvin Jones will be doing weekdays between 7 AM and 9 AM on Arlington's new community radio station, WERA, 96.7. He'll be co-hosting with Ulysses E. Campbell on the new "TMI - Too Much Information" show. Starting April 25. Jones is also executive producer of NewsChannel 8's "Women's Business Report," a half-hour show highlighting women in business, among his lengthy resume of local DC area radio and TV gigs.
April 12, 2016
WTOP & WLIF Top March Radio Ratings
The Washington market radio ratings for the month of March. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP [AM drive 1st, PM drive 1st], 2) WAMU [ME 2nd, ATC 2nd], 3) WHUR [Harvey 3rd], 4) WASH [Loo 5th], 5) WIHT [Kane 4th], 6) WMMJ [Parr 6th, Simpson 6th] and WETA-FM and WPGC [Clair 12th], 9) WGTS, 10) WBIG, 11) WIAD [McFly 14th], 12) WKYS [Fam 17th] and WMZQ [Bones 10th], 14) WPRS, 15) WMAL [MOTM 11th, Rush 5th, Savage 16th], 16) WRQX [Diamond 18th], 17) WWDC [Elliot 13th], 18) WLZL [Biagi 15th], 19) WTEM [M&M 21st, Czaban 16th], 20) WJFK-FM [Junks 16th, Dukes 20th], 21) WFMD, 22) WGRQ, 23) WAFY and WERQ and WDCN, 26) WFRE and WAVA-FM and WBQB and WINC-FM, 30) WYPR and WQSR and WWEG and WIYY, 34) WFLS and WDCH and WRBS-FM and WBQH, 38) WJYJ and WPOC and WPFW. The Baltimore radio ratings (in-market stations only) for the month of March. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WLIF, 2) WERQ, 3) WPOC, 4) WWIN-FM, 5) WIYY and WZFT, 7) WWMX, 8) WCBM, 9) WRBS-FM and WZBA, 11) WJZ-FM, 12) WBAL-AM, 13) WQSR, 14) WYPR, 15) WCAO, 16) WBJC, 17) WRBS-AM, 18) WLIFHD2 and WQLL, 20) WJZ-AM and WOLB, 22) WWIN-AM.
April 12, 2016
Steve Rouse To Q1370
Starting May 16, Baltimore radio veteran Steve Rouse, along with co-host Tracy Hart, will be doing mornings on Baltimore oldies outlet WQLL, Q1370. In addition to its main 1370 AM signal in Baltimore, WQLL is also heard in Harford County on 99.9 FM. "We're very excited to have Steve and Tracy be part of the Q1370 family. They will be doing 6 AM to 9 AM in the beginning," says Q1370 General Manager Marc Beaven. DCRTV only just reported that Rouse left his morning show gig at Havre de Grace oldies outlet "The Point," WHGM, 1330 AM and 104.7 FM.
April 12, 2016
Lisa Fletcher Joins WJLA
Lisa Fletcher (right) joins Channel 7/WJLA as its "7 On Your Side" consumer affairs investigative reporter. She will also report on WJLA owner Sinclair's nationally syndicated Sunday news magazine, "Full Measure" with Sharyl Attkisson, which is taped at WJLA's Arlington studios. Fletcher has been host of Al Jazeera America's "The Stream," and, before that, was a national correspondent for ABC News.
April 11, 2016
7's Devon Lucie To SLC
Meteroligist Devon Lucie leaves Channel 7/WJLA for a weather forecasting gig at KTVX, Salt Lake City's ABC affiliate. His wife, Surae Chinn, is a reporter with Channel 9/WUSA. She is expected to join him in Utah.
April 8, 2016
New Line-Up At ESPN 980
Red Zebra sports talker ESPN 980, WTEM, will start a new line-up May 2. Al Galdi will take the 5 AM to 7 AM slot. With Kevin Sheehan and Chris Cooley from 7 AM to 11 AM. Tony Kornheiser moves an hour later to the 11 AM to 1 PM slot. Scott Jackson, Brian Mitchell, and Rick "Doc" Walker will air from 1 PM to 4 PM. Steve Czaban will be paired with Andy Pollin from 4 PM to 7 PM. "This was all forced on the station by Chris Cooley, who demanded a move to a new time slot," a source tells us. "He is good friends with [WTEM and Redskins owner] Dan Snyder, and therefore can control the programming decisions on the station."
March 31, 2016
Doug Buchanan Leaves 5 For DC Fire
Doug Buchanan is leaving Channel 5/WTTG, where he's been managing the Fox station's newsroom as senior assignment editor for more than seven years. Come April 11, he'll be chief communications officer for the DC Fire And Emergency Medical Services Department. "I am incredibly excited to go to work for this city that I love and a fire chief I truly respect," says Buchanan. Before joining WTTG, he was a producer at the Pentagon Channel and Fox News Channel. He's also been a reporter at WTTG, Channel 9/WUSA, and at stations in Pennsylvania and New York.
March 31, 2016
Former WaPo Ombud Dies
Bill Green, a journalist and university official who spent one year in the early 1980s as ombudsman of the Washington Post, where he conducted an investigation into a story by reporter Janet Cooke about an 8-year-old heroin addict that won a Pulitzer Prize before it was exposed as a fraud, died March 28 at his home in Durham, NC. He was 91.
March 30, 2016
Hubbard Tops DC & National Radio Revenue For 2015
Hubbard all-newser WTOP is again crowned the top ad revenue billing radio station across the entire USA. It's the only radio station to make the list of top 10 billers that's outside of the top three radio markets. DC is the seventh largest radio market. WTOP has been in that stellar position for five out of the past six years. WTOP's 2015 billing revenue was $65 million, up from $63.5 million in 2014. LA's contemporary hits KIIS, which edged out WTOP for first place in 2014, billed $64.7 million in 2015 for second place. iHeart's NYC contemporary hits WHTZ ranked third at $48.4 million. CBS's NYC sports talker WFAN placed fourth with $47 million with market sister all-newser WCBS-AM fifth at $45 million, according to data from BIA/Kelsey. Broadcast radio advertising revenue in the DC radio market reached $325.7 million in 2015, according to BIA/Kelsey's new Local Competition Report (below).....
Hubbard's radio stations, including WTOP and WFED, were responsible for nearly a quarter of the radio revenue in the market - 24.6%. iHeartMedia's stations, including WIHT, WWDC, WASH, WMZQ, and WBIG, trailed in second place with 19.7%. CBS, with WJFK-FM/AM, WPGC, WLZL, WIAD, and WNEW, was third with 16.4%. Radio One. including WKYS, WMMJ, WPRS, WOL and WYCB, placed fourth with 10.1%. Cumulus, with WMAL and WRQX, was fifth with 5.5%. Red Zebra, including WTEM and WSPZ, was sixth with 4.8%. "This year's list of top 10 highest revenue radio stations in the US for 2015 hasn't been released yet, but I can say that Hubbard's WTOP is once again somewhere in the top 10 despite Washington DC being the 7th ranked market nationwide," writes Suzanne Ackley of the Chantilly-based financial firm.
March 29, 2016
Jennifer Frey Dies
Jennifer Frey, a former Washington Post reporter who wrote for the newspaper's Sports and Style sections for 13 years, died March 26 at a hospital in Washington. She was 47. The cause was multiple organ failure. Frey was hired by the Post in 1995 from the New York Times.
March 25, 2016
Klug Says Goodbye To WZBA
John Klug (right) has announced on Baltimore classic rocker WZBA, 100.7 The Bay, that he is leaving the Times-Shamrock station after "11 years, 7 months, and 12 days" to focus on his voiceover and production company. Beginning March 28, Craig Chambers will move from afternoon drive to the morning show.
March 24, 2016
MTA Station Plays Smooth Jazz
The Maryland Transportation Administration's new low-power FM station in Baltimore, WTTZ, 93.5, is running jockless smooth jazz during non-rush hour periods, when it runs non-stop traffic reports. With the slogan "The Station That Moves You." Baltimore hasn't had an official smooth jazz station since WSMJ, 104.3, dropped the relaxing tunes for rock in 2008. It's now contemporary hits WZFT, Z104.
March 23, 2016
WAMU Reorganizes News To Sound Less Like WTOP
American University public radio news talker WAMU, 88.5, is reorganizing its newsroom "to move away from high-tempo, WTOP-style news coverage and toward stories that would be more resonant, and more shareable." The news department will focus on broad subject areas. Patrick Madden will head the power and influence beat, Armando Trull will be the lead on race and ethnicity, Martin Di Caro will cover transportation, and Kavitha Cardoza will head-up education. Washingtonian adds that WAMU plans to hire seven new positions and it has eliminated "two reporter positions focused on geographic coverage" - Virginia reporter Michael Pope and Maryland reporter Matt Bush.
March 17, 2016
Peggy Girshman Dies
Peggy Girshman, a health-care journalist who co-founded the Washington-based news service Kaiser Health News in 2008, died March 14 at her home in Silver Spring. She was 61. The cause was complications from amyloidosis, a condition of abnormal protein production and deposition in organs. Girshman began her career as a story and program producer for Channel 7/WJLA and Channel 9/WUSA. As a senior producer for PBS, she worked on "Scientific American Frontiers." In the early 1990s, Girshman was a science reporter for NPR, going on to be a senior medical producer at "Dateline NBC." She also was executive editor of Congressional Quarterly's website.
March 15, 2016
WTOP & WPOC Top February Radio Ratings
The Washington market radio ratings for the month of February. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP [AM drive 1st, PM drive 1st], 2) WAMU [ME 2nd, ATC 2nd], 3) WIHT [Kane 3rd] and WASH [Loo 4th], 5) WETA-FM and WHUR [Harvey 4th], 7) WPGC [Clair 7th], 8) WIAD [McFly 12th] and WMMJ [Parr 8th, Simpson 7th], 10) WBIG, 11) WGTS and WPRS and WMZQ [Bones 18th], 14) WKYS [Fam 18th], 15) WMAL [MOTM 10th, Rush 4th, Savage 15th], 16) WRQX [Diamond 15th], 17) WWDC [Elliot 12th], 18) WLZL, 19) WJFK-FM [Junks 15th, Dukes 19th], 20) WFMD, 21) WTEM [M&M 21st, Czaban 20th), 22) WDCN, 23) WAFY, 24) WERQ and WBQB, 26) WWEG and WFRE and WQSR and WAVA-FM, 30) WINC-FM and WRBS-FM and WIYY, 33) WPFW and WFLS and WGRQ and WWMX, 37) WYPR and WPOC and WJYJ and WNEW. The Baltimore market radio ratings for the month of February. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WPOC, 2) WLIF, 3) WERQ, 4) WWIN-FM, 5) WRBS-FM, 6) WCBM, 7) WWMX, 8) WZFT, 9) WIYY, 10) WJZ-FM, 11) WZBA, 12) WBAL-AM, 13) WQSR, 14) WYPR, 15) WAMU, 16) WTOP, 17) WBJC, 18) WPGC, 19) WCAO and WKYS, 21) WASH, 22) WBIG and WHUR and WMAL and WWDC and WNEW, 27) WRQX and WXCY, 29) WLZL and WIHT and WRBS-AM, 32) WEAA and WTMD and WGTS, 35) WMZQ and WLIFHD2, 37) WQLL and WRNR-FM and WTTR and WETA-FM.
March 15, 2016
New Call Letters For 99.1
The WNEW call letters have officially moved from CBS Radio's former DC area all-newser on 99.1, now being leased to Bloomberg for business news, back to NYC. The DC area's 99.1 is now WDCH. Those legendary WNEW call letters graced NYC's 102.7 for decades, mainly as a rocker, before CBS farmed them out to Florida and then to DC. "Of course CBS moved the WNEW-FM calls around to control them, so nobody else could use them in New York," according to Tom Taylor Now. Up until today, NYC's 102.7 had featured the WWFS call letters and the "Fresh" hot adult contemporary format like what CBS runs on DC's WIAD, as "94.7 Fresh FM."
March 13, 2016
Mary Beth Marsden Leaves BAL Radio
Baltimore news personality Mary Beth Marsden has been pink-slipped from Hearst news talker WBAL-AM, 1090 AM. She's been anchoring its afternoon drivetime newscast for five years. Her last day was Friday. Before that, she anchored and reported news for Channel 2/WMAR for two decades.
March 13, 2016
Ben Bagdikian Dies
Ben Bagdikian died March 11 at age 96 in Berkeley, California. He was the national editor of the Washington Post in the early 1970s when he obtained the Pentagon Papers for the paper, physically delivering them to the home of then-editor Benjamin Bradlee. The publication of the papers ultimately resulted in a landmark Supreme Court decision concerning freedom of the press.
March 12, 2016
Will Thomas Leaves 5
News anchor Will Thomas (right) and Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG are parting ways. "After 19 years at Fox 5, I have decided to start the next chapter of my professional life," the news anchor said in a statement. "It's been an exciting ride and a privilege to be on Fox 5 that long. I'm looking forward to new challenges and new experiences." Adds Patrick Paolini, WTTG's vice president and general manager, "Will Thomas has demonstrated outstanding journalism and a terrific connection with the DC audience during his 19 years on-air with Fox 5 News. Will has decided to enter the next chapter of his career, and we wish him the best of luck." Thomas has been missing from his evening anchor duties of late and there have been rumors of a contract dispute or non-renewal between he and his station.
March 7, 2016
50 To Start 10 PM Newscast
DC's CW affiliate, Tribune-owned Channel 50/WDCW, will be starting a 10 PM newscast. The half-hour program will debut on April 18. It will be anchored from the studios of Tribune's Richmond station, CBS affiliate Channel 6/WTVR, with a team of DC area-based reporters, multimedia journalists, sports reporters, photographers, and editors located at WDCW's studios in northwest DC. Candace Burns, who currently co-anchors WTVR's 6 PM and 11 PM newscasts, will solo anchor the WDCW news show. Meteorologist Zach Daniel will handle weather and Lane Casadonte will anchor sports. There will also be weekend newscast at 10 PM on WDCW with a different anchor line-up.
March 7, 2016
Danni Starr Gone From 99.5's Kane Show
Danni Starr (right) is no longer co-hosting with Kane on his Hot 99.5, WIHT morning show. Starr has been off the air for a couple of weeks, occasionally posting messages on her Facebook page hinting at her having left the show, while the Kane show has been in "best of" mode on and off recently setting up its own speculation. Hot 99.5 Program Director Tommy Chuck tells the All Access radio trade pub: "Danni Starr is no longer part of 'The Kane Show' and will be looking at new opportunities within iHeartMedia. We appreciate all of her contributions during her time with 'The Kane Show'."
March 6, 2016
Richard Frank Dies
Richard Frank, who spent two decades as the top editor of the DC-based National Journal, died March 1 at a hospice in Palm Desert, California. He was 84.
March 4, 2016
Russ Ptacek Gone From 9
Investigative reporter Russ Ptacek has left Channel 9/WUSA. He parted ways with the local Tegna-owned CBS affiliate "after negotiations the newsman says ended on Thursday and took a year-and-a-half to complete." Ptacek says he's on his way to Thailand as part of a project for a "national news organization." In a statement, WUSA News Director Bill Lord says: "Russ and the station had a mutual parting of the ways. We appreciate his service over the time he was here and wish him well." Ptacek joined WUSA in 2012 from Kansas City's KSHB-TV
March 4, 2016
Don Richards Dies
DC radio and TV legend Don Richards died March 4 in Northern Virginia. He was 88. In the 1950s, Richards was an announcer at WTOP radio, then 1500 AM. He soon anchored newscasts at the radio station and its sister, WTOP-TV, Channel 9 (right). He also hosted shows for the US Information Agency. Richards graduated from Syracuse University in 1951 with Dick Clark, who went on to host "American Bandstand" in Philadelphia. After his news career, Richards went on to do modeling and acting. He appeared on many magazine covers and in commercials. Recently, Richards was living in Front Royal.
March 3, 2016
Alan Goldstein Dies
Alan "Goldy" Goldstein, a retired Baltimore Sun sports reporter and columnist whose primary beats during his four-decade career were professional boxing and basketball, died February 29 of liver failure at a son's Glen Arm home. He was 82.
March 3, 2016
Emily Miller Gone From 5
Investigative reporter Emily Miller (right) is leaving Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG. Said Miller, "It was truly a rewarding experience to work at Fox 5 DC. Local TV news is unique because it let me directly help people who felt they ha d no one to fight for them. It showed me clearly why the fourth estate is so important in our country." Station Vice President Patrick Paolini added, "Unfortunately, Emily has decided to move on at the end of her two-year contract. Emily brought original reporting, got real results from her investigations and demonstrated exemplary coverage of the Baltimore riots. We wish her the best in the future." No word on her plans. Miller, who did not hide her right-leaning political views, previously worked for the Washington Times and Human Events. Also, she was a spokesperson for former House Majority Leader Tom Delay and former Secretary Of State Colin Powell.
February 29, 2016
NPR's Craig Windham Dies
Craig Windham, a newscaster and reporter for NPR News, died unexpectedly of a pulmonary embolism February 28. He was 66. Windham was visiting his brother in North Carolina and was taken to Wake Forest University Hospital in Winston-Salem, where he died. During his more than two decades at NPR, he delivered newscasts during "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered." Prior to joining NPR in 1995, he worked as a national correspondent for the Unistar/RKO radio networks and was a news director at WASH, 97.1. Also, Windham was an adjunct professor at George Washington University, where he taught classes on counseling and human development.
February 29, 2016
5's Scott Smith Heads To Tampa
Channel 5/WTTG sports anchor Scott Smith (right) is headed to Tampa, to be doing the same thing at WTVT-TV. We reported back in August that the DC-owned Fox station would not be renewing Smith's contract when it expired in late 2015. His position is being eliminated as WTTG News Director Paul McGonagle said he wants to "de-emphasiz(e) traditional sports" with no need for a sports director.
February 28, 2016
Bob Shilling Dies
Longtime Baltimore news broadcaster Bob Shilling died February 28 of lung cancer at the Gilchrest Center Hospice in Towson. He was 75. From 1966 to 1985, Shilling worked at WCBM, 680, as a reporter and news director. From 1990 to 2008, he was a managing editor at Channel 45/WBFF. Most recently, he was a media specialist with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in Emmitsburg. Shilling was a past president of the Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association.
February 26, 2016
Jamie McIntyre To Examiner
Jamie McIntyre joins the Washington Examiner as a senior defense and national security writer. Most recently, he's been a national security correspondent at Al Jazeera America. Before that, McIntyre was a newscaster on NPR's "All Things Considered" and CNN's senior Pentagon correspondent. He starts at the Examiner in April.
February 24, 2016
Sabrina Conte Joins WASH
Sabrina Conte (right) takes the midday slot at iHeart's adult contemporary WASH, 97.1. Starting Monday, February 29. She's a Prince George's County native who got her start as a traffic reporter for Total Traffic Network in Silver Spring, where she's been heard in the Salisbury MD and Wilmington DE markets the past nine years.
February 19, 2016
WHAG To Lose NBC Affiliation
Nexstar's Channel 25/WHAG in Hagerstown is losing its NBC affiliation this summer after four decades. Technically, the station is located within the Washington TV market, which is also served by NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC. NBC, which is owned by Comcast, last year pulled its network affilation from independently-owned Channel 40/WMGM in the Atlantic City area, so as not to compete with nearby Philadelphia's Channel 10/WCAU, which, like WRC, is owned by the network. Beginning July 1, when its NBC affiliation goes away, WHAG says it will boost its coverage to more than 50 hours weekly of locally-produced news, lifestyle, weather, sports, and community programming. The expansion increases local coverage in Maryland and Northern Virginia while bringing West Virginia viewers the only available state-wide local news programming. WHAG said its multimedia journalists will deliver news from its repositioned news bureaus in Winchester and Montgomery County's Germantown, to better reflect the station's expanded coverage area, and expects to open an additional office in the Centerville area of Fairfax County in the first quarter of 2017.
February 18, 2016
George Solis To 13
CBS-owned Channel 13/WJZ has hired George Solis (right) as a reporter. He comes from WBBH-TV, the NBC affiliate in Fort Myers, Florida, where he's worked four years. Before that, he worked at the WNBW-WGFL TV duopoly in Gainesville, Florida. He starts at Baltimore's WJZ March 9.....
February 17, 2016
WTOP & WPOC Tops January Radio Ratings
The Washington market radio ratings for the month of January. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WTOP [AM drive 1st, PM drive 1st], 2) WAMU [ME 2nd, Rehm 2nd, ATC 2nd], 3) WASH [Loo 3rd], 4) WIHT [Kane 3rd] and WHUR [Harvey 3rd], 6) WPGC [Clair 11th], 7) WKYS [Parr 7th] and WETA-FM, 9) WBIG and WMMJ [Joyner 7th, Simpson 7th], 11) WMAL [Brian & Larry 8th, Rush 3rd, Savage 14th] and WMZQ and WIAD [McFly 12th], 14) WGTS, 15) WPRS, 16) WLZL, 17) WWDC [Elliot 17th], 18) WRQX [Diamond 18th], 19) WJFK-FM [Junks 17th, Dukes 18th], 20) WTEM [Mike & Mike 20th, Czaban 20th], 21) WFMD, 22) WDCN, 23) WWEG and WERQ, 25) WINC-FM and WBQB, 27) WIYY and WYPR and WAVA-FM and WFRE. The Baltimore market radio ratings for the month of January. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WPOC, 2) WLIF, 3) WERQ, 4) WWIN-FM, 5) WRBS-FM, 6) WJZ-FM, 7) WIYY, 8) WZFT and WWMX, 10) WCBM, 11) WBAL-AM, 12) WZBA, 13) WQSR, 14) WYPR, 15) WTOP, 16) WAMU, 17) WBJC, 18) WCAO, 19) WPGC and WWDC, 21) WKYS and WHUR, 23) WNEW and WLIFHD2 and WMAL and WLZL, 27) WIHT and WXCY and WASH, 30) WRQX and WBIG and WMZQ and WGTS and WTTR.
February 17, 2016
CBS-DC Launches Oldies Channel
2/17 - CBS Radio launches and is continually tweaking a rock and pop oldies channel on the digital HD-2 subchannel of WIAD, 94.7 Fresh FM. Dubbed "DC's Greatest Hits" and "Classic 94.7 - The Greatest Hits Of All Time," the non-commercial channel is being programmed by Steve Davis, who is the VP of programming for CBS's DC radio cluster. Included in the Wednesday morning playlist: Billy Joel, Steve Miller, Aerosmith, Journey, and the Bee Gees.....
February 12, 2016
Jason Kidd To RQX
DC and Baltimore radio veteran Jason Kidd will do afternoon drive for Cumulus hot adult contemporary WRQX, Mix 107.3, starting Monday, February 15. He'll continue to run his DC-based New Generation Radio consultancy biz.
February 11, 2016
Chris Johnson Joins ESPN 980 As PD
Chris Johnson re-joins Red Zebra sports talker WTEM, ESPN 980, as program director. Starting February 15. He worked in various posts at WTEM from 1996 to 2008, serving as program director during his last three years. Most recently, Johnson worked as a reporter covering the Nationals for the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. During his career, he's also worked as a producer for Westwood One, helping the network air national game broadcasts for the NFL and NCAA. "We are excited to have someone with Chris's experience and skill to help us build and grow ESPN 980," said Terry Bateman, Red Zebra's chairman. "We have a great line-up of talent, and great content and look forward to putting it all together to give our listeners the best sports talk radio in the Washington market." In his new job, Johnson will also oversee WTEM's game broadcasts, including serving as the flagship station of the Redskins Radio Network.
February 10, 2016
Reggie Reg Dies
Reggie Reg (right), who had worked at Baltimore's 92Q and was a well known disc jockey on the city's club music scene, died of heart failure February 6 at St. Agnes Hospital. He was 50. The Baltimore native joined urban contemporary WERQ, 92.3, in the mid-1990s, where he remained for a decade. "I met Reggie about 1984 when he was an up-and-coming the Baltimore Sun. "He was kinda finding his space, and Reggie hung out with everybody. He hung out at beauty shops and at record stores. Everybody gravitated to him."
February 8, 2016
Hector Hannibal To Be HUR PD
Howard University's adult urban contemporary WHUR, 96.3, announces Hector Hannibal as its new program director. Hannibal led the station from 1993 to 2002, creating the successful "Adult Mix" format, which can still be heard today. He's spent the past 10 years as the vice president of programming for Reach Media, Radio One's national radio syndication arm. "We're thrilled to welcome Hector aboard during this exciting period of growth for the station," says Jim Watkins, WHUR's general manager. "We know he has a proven track record of success and we look forward to him lending his expertise to the WHUR team." Adds Hannibal, "I've been a WHUR listener for many years now and feel an emotional connection to the brand. I look forward to serving my team, station management, and listeners' proficiently and tirelessly."
February 5, 2016
Lonnae O'Neal Leaves WaPo
Washington Post Style section columnist Lonnae O'Neal says goodbye to her paper after 24 years. She's heading to ESPN to be a senior columnist for its Undefeated website.
February 2, 2016
Bill Parris Dies
Bill Parris, 70, a DC-Baltimore radio station owner, died February 2 at a hospital in Westminster, MD. The cause was colon cancer. He worked in programming at Washington area stations before being named national programming director in the mid-1970s of United Broadcasting Company, a Bethesda-based network of radio and television stations. Parris was later promoted to executive vice president of United Broadcasting. In 1986, he founded Radio Broadcast Communications as a side business to operate a broadcasting school in Baltimore. When United Broadcasting began selling its media properties in the early 1990s, Parris left the company and bought Rockville-based "top 40" outlet WINX, 1600, under the Radio Broadcast banner. He later sold the station but at the time of his death owned two stations in eastern Maryland, including Aberdeen's WAMD. He also managed a batch of ethnic stations in the DC area, including 950, 1390, and 1600.
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January 28, 2016
Major Changes At Politico
Big shake-up at Politico. Jim VandeHei, the co-founder and CEO of Politico; Mike Allen, author of the influential Politico Playbook; Kim Kingsley, the chief operating officer; Roy Schwartz, the chief revenue officer; and Danielle Jones, an executive vice president will all leave the company later this year. Susan Glasser, Politico's top editor, will step down after 2016 and take on a strategic role with Politico as director of editorial innovation from Jerusalem. Glasser is moving to be with her husband, a New York Times reporter who is being promoted to Jerusalem bureau chief. John Harris, the editor-in-chief who co-founded Politico with VandeHei in 2006, will take over at Politico's helm for the time being. The shakeup brings an end to a decade in which VandeHei, Harris and others built Politico up from scratch, turned it into one of the most aggressive and robust political news organizations in the country, and then reached beyond with expansion efforts around the USA and in Europe.
January 21, 2016
Jack Bowden Dies
Longtime Channel 2/WMAR anchor and reporter Jack Bowden died of leukemia January 20 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. He was 82 and lived in Finksburg. According to a tribute article at WMAR's abc2news.com website: "Before Google, there was Bowden. He was the news station's human archive; you could go to him and say [former Maryland governor] Marvin Mandel and within seconds he would tell you Mandel's history in Annapolis. As City Hall reporter, politicians would only speak with him. He would break stories in the bee hive. He would tell you what happened on every street corner in Baltimore." Says longtime Baltimore TV reporter Andy Barth, "We all studied Jack. How to interview, how to listen, how to enjoy hearing a good story and making it a great story. He was a role model. We loved his booming voice and his hearty laugh." After two decades at WMAR, Bowden left in 1988 following a contract dispute. The next year he joined WBAL radio and hosted an afternoon news show. Born in Baltimore, Bowden started his career at WFMD radio in Frederick. In 1960, he became an announcer at classical WBAL-FM. He then worked a year at Channel 11/WBAL and joined WMAR in 1967. At right, Bowden and his wife, Susan White-Bowden, also a Baltimore TV anchor and reporter, on the cover of the Baltimore Sun's TV Week in 1980.
January 21, 2016
McCann Upped To Cumulus DC Market Manager
Cumulus promotes Jake McCann from vice president of sales to market manager of its DC radio cluster, which includes news talker WMAL, 105.9/630, and hot adult contemporary WRQX, 107.3. Also, the firm makes Beth Cohen vice president of sales. She had been the cluster's director of sales.
January 20, 2016
XMAS Boosts WASH & WLIF
The Washington radio ratings for the monthly Holiday period. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WASH, 2) WTOP, 3) WAMU,4) WHUR and WIHT, 6) WETA-FM, 7) WPGC, 8) WMMJ, 9) WKYS, 10) WBIG, 11) WIAD and WMAL, 13) WMZQ, 14) WGTS, 15) WRQX, 16) WWDC, 17) WJFK-FM and WLZL, 19) WPRS, 20) WTEM, 21) WFMD, 22) WAVA-FM, 23) WGRQ and WERQ and WDCN, 26) WIYY and WNEW and WBQB, 29) WLIF and WINC-FM and WFRE. The Baltimore radio ratings for the monthly Holiday period. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WLIF, 2) WERQ, 3) WWIN-FM, 4) WPOC, 5) WRBS-FM, 6) WWMX, 7) WIYY, 8) WZFT, 9) WJZ-FM, 10) WCBM, 11) WBAL-AM, 12) WQSR, 13) WZBA, 14) WASH, 15) WCAO, 16) WTOP and WAMU, 18) WAMU and WYPR, 20) WNEW and WPGC and WWDC, 23) WHUR and WKYS, 25) WLZL, 26) WMAL, 27) WMZQ and WRQX and WXCY, 30) WIHT.
January 19, 2016
Zampillo Leaving ESPN 980
Dan Zampillo, the program director at Redskins owner Dan Snyder's sports talker, ESPN 980, WTEM, has announced his resignation. He was hired in April 2015. Just the latest radio exec to leave the Red Zebra station, which is suffering a significant ratings slump and way behind CBS rival 106.7 The Fan, WJFK-FM, in key male demographics. In late 2015, WTEM saw the departure of its chief executive, Rick Carmean, as the Redskins organization attempts to merge team management with its radio division.
January 18, 2016
WHFS & WMUC Engineer Bob Carpenter Dies
DC area radio engineer Bob Carpenter died January 8. In 1948, he was one of the people who put carrier current radio on the air at the University Of Maryland's College Park campus, later to become WMUC. Between 1960 and 1964, he designed and built hardware for WHFS, 102.3, the first FM stereo broadcasting station in the DC area. He was also an Amateur Radio operator, W3OTC.
January 16, 2016
7's Pege Gilgannon To Retire
Pege Gilgannon is retiring after 42 years at Channel 7/WJLA. Her last day at DC's ABC affiliate will be Monday, January 18th. Gilgannon started as a film editor and worked her way up from film to video and then to digital. "She came a long way and will be sorely missed," a colleague tells us.
January 15, 2016
Vernon Kelson To Host Afternoons On WERQ
With "The Fam" with QuickSilva and Lil Mo moving to DC's WKYS, 93.9, come January 19, "Kels In The Afternoon" will replace the duo in afternoon drive on Baltimore's WERQ, 92.3. Both stations are owned by Radio One. Hosted by Vernon Kelson, operations manager for the Radio One's Baltimore radio cluster. He's a Baltimore native who started his broadcasting career at Radio One in 2001 as an intern.
January 14, 2016
WHUT To Participate In FCC's Spectrum Auction
Howard University said that it would join other broadcasters in taking part in a Federal Communications Commission auction that could entail selling the rights to the spectrum on which it broadcasts the nation's only black-owned public television station. Citing confidentiality rules surrounding the auction, Howard did not detail its bidding strategy or intentions. According to FCC rules, the university may choose to completely cede its spectrum rights for a premium payout or to trade them for a less-valuable frequency type and a smaller payment. If it elects to cede its rights, Howard may take its 35-year-old station, Channel 32/WHUT, off the air or try to share spectrum space with another broadcaster.
January 13, 2016
Jim Simpson Dies
Veteran ESPN sportscaster Jim Simpson, 88, died January 13 in Scottsdale, Arizona. A native of the DC area, Simpson (right in 1969) got his start in 1949 at Channel 9, then WTOP-TV. Later, he broadcast Atlantic Coast Conference basketball games in the early 1960s and worked as a sports reporter at Channel 4/WRC. He soon moved to WRC's parent, NBC, where he covered football, basketball, baseball, tennis, and golf for the network. In January 1967, Simpson called Super Bowl I for NBC Radio. In 1979, the fledgling ESPN cable sports network brought Simpson on board. Simpson also called USFL and College World Series games for ESPN, and, in 1988, called the Baltimore Orioles' local telecasts on Channel 2/WMAR. During his career, he also worked at WINX and WWDC radio, as well as at ABC, CBS, and TNT.
January 13, 2016
WTOP & WBJ End Relationship, Claybaugh Moves To All-Newser
A change of sorts in business news coverage for Hubbard all-newser WTOP. Jeff Claybaugh, who has been handling daytime business news updates for WTOP from the Washington Business Journal newsroom, is now an employee of the station and continues to be heard on its airwaves. "Our on-air relationship with the WBJ ended amicably and we continue to have a good working relationship with them," WTOP Program Director Mike McMearty says. "Jeff was released and we were lucky enough to be able to hire him."
January 8, 2016
Royal Parker Dies
Longtime Baltimore TV personality Royal Parker (right) died January 8. He was 86. Parker, who was born Royal Pollokoff, started working in television in the early 1940s. In 1951, he came to Channel 13/WAAM, which later became WJZ-TV, to be its first news anchorman. He later went to Channel 11/WBAL, where he spent four decades as an announcer, played kiddie show character PW Doodle, and hosted "Pinbusters" and "Bowling For Dollars." He retired in 1994 from broadcasting and ran for a seat in the Maryland House Of Delegates, but lost in the primary. Parker lived in Pikesville and Roland Park.
January 5, 2016
WaPo Hikes Print Price
The Washington Post, which has seen its print circulation drop from the 500,000 range to the 300,000 range in the two years since Amazon founder Jeff Bezos bought it, announces yet another print price hike. A newsstand copy on weekdays and Saturdays jumps from $1.50 to $2, with the Sunday edition going from $3 to $3.50. There's also a 50-cent per day increase for home delivery on weekdays and Sundays. "The paper keeps getting thinner as the price goes up," a reader tells us.
January 3, 2016
Amy Morris To Anchor Mornings On Bloomberg's 99.1
Amy Morris, former WNEW morning drive news anchor, will be anchoring local morning news on the station's news incarnation, Bloomberg 99.1. Before joining WNEW, Morris worked at Hubbard's WTOP and WFED. CBS Radio pink-slipped WNEW's news staff in mid-December and leased the station to NYC-based business news organization Bloomberg, which has DC studio facilities.
January 3, 2016
Peter Weaver Dies
Peter Weaver, 89, a journalist who since 1969 had owned and operated Weaver Communications in Bethesda, died November 6 at his home in Texas. He came to Washington in the 1950s as a writer for Businessweek magazine. From 1964 to 1969, he was Washington bureau chief of Forbes magazine. At Weaver Communications, he ran a television production company, wrote a syndicated newspaper column, "Mind Your Money," and magazine stories. From the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s, he was also an on-air reporter for Channel 7/WJLA and for CNN on financial matters.
January 2, 2016
BH Media Buys Free Lance-Star
Billionaire Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary of BH Media Group has purchased the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, adding to its newspaper holdings in Virginia. With the acquisition, Omaha-based BH Media now owns 32 newspapers, with 10 of them in Virginia, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch along with dailies in Charlottesville, Roanoke, and Danville. Sandton Capital Partners had acquired the Fredericksburg newspaper and its affiliates during bankruptcy proceedings in June 2014. Terms of the transaction between Sandton and BH were not disclosed. Sandton sold the Free Lance-Star's radio stations, including country WFLS, 93.3, last January to Alpha Media to comply with a Federal Communications Commission ruling that it divest either its broadcast or newspaper holdings. It also sold the Free Lance-Star's Amelia Street headquarters in November to local developer William Vakos.
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