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January 2019 to December 2019

December 23, 2019
Jackie Paige To KYS
Jackie Paige gets named midday personality and music director of Radio One's urban contemporary WKYS, 93.9. Starting January 6. She comes from Radio One's like-formatted WCDX in Richmond, where she held the same titles.

December 20, 2019
Fran Lane Follows Fast Jimi Out The Door At WLIF
After 26 years hosting the evening "Love Songs" show at Entercom's adult contemporary WLIF, 101.9, Baltimore, Fran Lane has been the latest recipient of the company wide layoffs. The Baltimore native joined WLIF in 1993 to host what was then known as "Nite Lite" after previously working in rock formats in Portsmouth NH and Boston. The show was one of the few remaining locally-based request and dedication programs in the vein of Delilah. Lane's exit follows that of afternoon host "Fast Jimi" Roberts earlier this month.

December 19, 2019
Entercom Promotes Ivy Savoy-Smith
Entercom names Ivy Savoy-Smith senior vice president and market manager of its DC cluster, which includes WPGC, WJFK, WIAD, and WLZL.

December 9, 2019
Chris Core Retires
After almost five decades as a broadcaster, WTOP's Chris Core (right) did his last "Core Values" commentary on December 20. He is retiring. "I'd rather have people say, 'Oh, I'm so sorry he's leaving,' than to say 'Oh, my God, thank goodness he finally shut up,'" Core told WTOP, speaking from his new home in Florida. Now 71, Core began his time on the DC airwaves in 1974, when he was hired at WMAL as a weekend sports anchor. In 1976, he was partnered with popular afternoon host Bill Trumbull. The "Trumbull & Core" show had a 20-year run. Core continued hosting WMAL's afternoon show with and without varying female co-hosts after Trumbull left. In 2008, WMAL cut Core and he immediately jumped over to WTOP, where he's been doing commentary segments and many "personal testimonial" ads since then.

November 26, 2019
Joshua Johnson Leaves WAMU For MSNBC
After nearly three years with WAMU 88.5’s nationally distributed "1A" late morning political talk program, Joshua Johnson will be stepping down as the show's host, effective December 20, to join MSNBC as an anchor. Johnson served as the inaugural host of "1A" and has been instrumental in its fast success, following in the footsteps of "The Diane Rehm Show." WAMU says it "is working closely with our partners at NPR to identify a new host. WAMU is looking for someone whose personal principles and values align with the ethos of '1A' and public media. The ideal candidate celebrates and seeks out diversity, has a background in producing, excels under the pressure of daily deadlines, and helps foster a culture of collaboration, civility, and inclusivity."

November 26, 2019
WAMU and WWIN Top November Radio Ratings
The local radio ratings, released November 26. Full day, age 6+. Washington: 1) WAMU, 2) WTOP, 3) WMMJ, 4) WMAL, 5) WASH and WHUR, 7) WGTS, 8) WJFK-FM, 9) WBIG, 10) WIAD and WIHT, 12) WETA-FM and WKYS, 14) WPGC and WWDC, 16) WMZQ, 17) WPRS, 18) WLZL, 19) WWEG, 20) WTEM, 21) WDCN, 22) WAFY, 23) WERQ, 24) WDCH and WLVW. Baltimore: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WERQ, 3) WPOC, 4) WIYY and WLIF, 6) WQSR, 7) WWMX, 8) WZBA, 9) WJZ-FM, 10) WYPR, 11) WZFT, 12) WBAL-AM, 13) WCBM, 14) WWDC, 15) WBJC, 16) WBIG and WEAA, 18) WASH and WKYS, 20) WIHT, 21) WAMU and WGTS, 23) WCAO and WLIFHD2, 25) WMZQ and WPRS.

November 25, 2019
Adrienne Mitchell Dies
Adrienne Mitchell died on November 25. She was a former news anchor at WTOP, Associated Press, Potus On XM, and, at the time of her death, a business anchor at Bloomberg News. Her husband, Andrew, is a longtime news producer at WTOP's Federal News Network.

November 25, 2019
Gregg Mace Dies
Gregg Mace, sports director at Harrisburg's WHTM-TV, ABC27, died November 23 at the age of 65. The Baltimore native who never missed an Orioles opener in 54 years, started his career at WHTM in 1979 as the station's first weekend sports anchor. He would soon become the station’s sports director where he remained for the next 40 years. Up until 2016, Mace did sports fill-in work at DC's Channel 7/WJLA, which, at the time, was co-owned by Allbritton.

November 25, 2019
Mike McMearty Leaves WTOP
Mike McMearty, who was director of news and programming since June 2015 for Hubbard's WTOP radio, has announced that he's leaving the top-rated all-newser to devote more time to family, including his mother, who is in assisted living. McMearty began his run at WTOP in 1992 working an an overnight assistant editor. While at WTOP, he's been an editor, producer, reporter, anchor, sports reporter, assistant news director, and news director.

November 11, 2019
Jennifer Gilbert Leaving 45
Channel 45/WBFF's Jennifer Gilbert is retiring from the Sinclair station at the end of November. She has been with Baltimore's Fox 45 since 1993 and recently got married in Florida to a local developer. Her last day will be November 26. No replacement has been announced as of yet, but it's a good bet that it will likely be recently hired Mary Bubala from Channel 13/WJZ, so speculates BaltoMedia.net.

November 3, 2019
Joseph Walsh Dies
Joseph Walsh, 76, of Finksburg MD passed away suddenly on October 28, at the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore. He was a radio news correspondent for most of his career, which sent him to many corners of the world. He started with WSBA radio in York PA and then upon moving to Maryland worked with WBAL radio as a news correspondent later becoming news director. He then worked in the Washington DC area with Mutual Broadcasting/NBC radio and retired from the National Forest Service in their public affairs department.

October 26, 2019
Changes For WCBM, Frank Luber Leaves
Baltimore news talker WCBM announces line-up changes. Bruce Elliott takes over foe Frank Luber as morning co-host with Sean Casey. Derek Hunter takes the late morning slot, returning to the Baltimore airwaves full time after being let go by cross-town news talker WBAL-AM two years ago. Frank had been a staple at the station and host of its the morning show since the late 1980s. Before that, he worked at now defunct Charm City talker WFBR, 1300 AM. And before that he was a reported at Channel 13/WJZ. In the 1960’s he spent eight years on Baltimore's WCAO, 600 AM, first as a DJ, then as a reporter, and news director. His time at WCAO was highlighted by his interview with The Beatles during their 1964 performance at the Baltimore Civic Center. He also interviewed John F. Kennedy when he was running in Maryland’s presidential primary.

October 16, 2019
Rhea Feikin To Retire
Maryland Public Television today announced that Rhea Feikin (right), a fixture on television in Maryland since the 1960s and a mainstay on MPT over the past 40-plus years, will retire at the end of February 2020. At present, Feikin hosts two MPT series, "Artworks" and "Chesapeake Collectibles," and is the network's principal pledge drive spokesperson. Feikin is a Baltimore native who earned her bachelor's degree in speech pathology from the University Of Maryland where she was active in campus theater productions. After a short stint as a speech therapist for the Baltimore City Schools, she began a career at Channel 11/WBAL, first with an educational program and then with a children’s program. She went on to do weather reports and hosted a game show for the Maryland Lottery. Her first job at MPT was on the series "Consumer Survival Kit," an MPT production that aired during the 1970s. She then served as host for a varety of MPT productions.

October 3, 2019
WTOP & WWIN Top Radio Ratings
The local radio ratings for the month of September. Full-day, age 6+. Washington: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU and WMMJ, 4) WGTS, 5) WHUR and WASH, 7) WMAL, 8) WBIG, 9) WPGC, 10) WETA-FM, 11) WJFK-FM, 12) WIHT and WKYS, 14) WPRS and WWDC, 16) WMZQ, 17) WIAD, 18) WLVW, 19) WLZL, 20) WWEG. Baltimore: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WERQ, 3) WPOC and WQSR, 5) WLIF, 6) WIYY, 7) WWMX, 8) WZBA, 9) WJZ-FM, 10) WZFT, 11) WYPR, 12) WBAL-AM, 13) WBJC, 14) WCBM, 15) WLIF-HD2.

October 3, 2019
Tony Perkins To 9
DC radio and TV veteran Tony Perkins (right), who was most-recently a former news anchor at Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG, heads to Tegna-owned Channel 9/WUSA. He will make his debut as morning anchor on Monday, October 21st. Perkins will co-anchor "Get Up DC!" alongside Annie Yu. This will be a reunion between Perkins and Yu, as they are former colleagues at WTTG.

September 30, 2019
Monteverde Named WETA GM
WETA, the flagship public broadcaster in the nation's capital, has announced that digital media executive Miguel Monteverde has been named senior vice president and general manager of WETA Greater Washington, effective October 7. Monteverde will oversee local programming strategy and multi-platform content development and production that will serve the greater Washington D. community, reporting to WETA Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Jason Daisey. Monteverde previously spent nearly two decades at Discovery Communications and AOL, working in digital streaming, programming and operations roles.

September 28, 2019
Chris Roth Goes For A Drive
DC area radio veteran Chris Roth has been named program director at Entercom's classic hits WIAD, 94.7 The Drive.

September 25, 2019
WTEM Adds 95.9
Radio One starts a simulcast of sports talker WTEM, 980 AM, on FM 95.9. That signal, which had been carrying the firm's urban talker WOL, 1450 AM, is a low-power operation that provides coverage primarily inside the Beltway. WTEM, The Team 980, features Kevin Sheehan, Steve Czaban, Doc Walker, Brian Mitchell, Al Galdi, and Scott Linn.

September 25, 2019
Mary Bubala Joins 45
Former Channel 13/WJZ reporter and anchor Mary Bubala jumps to Channel 45/WBFF, where she will report and anchor. Bubala was fired by 13 in May after complaints arose about her comments regarding Baltimore's mayor. That prompted a campaign to get WJZ to change its mind and rehire her, which it did not do.

September 23, 2019
Mark Plotkin Dies
Former WTOP political analyst Mark Plotkin (right) died September 22 at the age of 72. Plotkin was a staple on WTOP for 10 years. He hosted "The Politics Program With Mark Plotkin" on Fridays, through which he delivered his colorful commentaries on air. Plotkin was passionate about DC statehood and voting rights, tennis, and George Washington basketball. He came to WTOP in 2002 and left in 2012. Before that, he was at WAMU with Kojo Nnamdi. During his career, he also did commentary for Channel 5/WTTG and wrote columns for various publications. In the WTOP newsroom, he was often heard on the phone questioning elected officials and dashing into the studio for his live interviews. WTOP's former Vice President Of Programming Jim Farley described Plotkin as "one of the feistiest guys I had ever met... He was a bulldog when he got on a story or on an issue... He was rough on everybody because he wanted to get things done, He was a character. He had some rough edges, but was so memorable."

September 18, 2019
Nexstar Gets Tribune's 50
The Federal Communications Commission approves Nextstar's purchase of Tribune Media, including DC's Channel 50/WDCW. Baltimore area-based Sinclair had originally planned on purchasing the Tribune's stations, but failed to get federal approval. Now Nexstar will own more than 200 TV stations covering 39% of America.

September 16, 2019
Washington Posts Ends Express
The Express, the free tabloid newspaper published weekdays by the Washington Post for Metro riders and other commuters, is being shut down after 16 years of publication. The paper was started as competition for the general local news free version of the Examiner, which has since become a Capitol Hill-only publication. Managers of the Post cited its deteriorating financial condition for the decision to cease publishing. Although they declined to cite specific figures, they said the printed paper had recently begun to lose money.

September 12, 2019
Kornheiser To Do Show For ESPN 630
Three years after leaving local radio to start a podcast, Tony Kornheiser is returning to terrestrial radio. Kornheiser, the co-host of ESPN's "Pardon The Interruption" and a former Washington Post columnist, has joined Washington's new all-sports radio station, ESPN 630, WSBN, "The Sports Capitol," with an hour-long show airing at noon weekdays. Portions of the podcast will be included in the show along with unique content. Kornheiser will also join other ESPN 630 shows occasionally as part of his new relationship with the station, according to the Post.

September 6, 2019
Tobey Schreiner Dies
WAMU veteran Tobey Schreiner died August 29 at his home in Damascus MD. He was 54. After studying broadcasting at Montgomery College in Rockville, Schreiner began his 33 year career in radio. He started off as a DJ for a local radio station, advancing to board operator for WTOP before joining WAMU in 1991 as a broadcast technician. Shreiner was an integral part of "The Big Broadcast" with Ed Walker, serving as his right hand man from his first days at WAMU until the final broadcast in 2015, right before Walker's death. He also worked on "The Diane Rehm Show," working closely with Rehm for decades.

August 29, 2019
Bob Marbourg Says Goodbye To WTOP
Afternoon drive traffic reporter Bob Marbourg (right) retires from the WTOP Traffic Center. After 40 years, "it is time for me to say goodbye," the guru of DC-area traffic wrote in an email to WTOP. Marbourg recalled that he got his start at WTOP thanks to a plane crash. In the 1970s, WTOP reporter Steve Thompson and pilot Bernard Wicker were in a Cessna that ran out of fuel and landed in a tree in Vienna VA. Both survived, but were seriously hurt. Marbourg got the call from WTOP and "reported from my dining room on a wired landline," he said. For the next 10 years, however, he reported on the traffic, undaunted, from another Cessna: "two hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon. That was all there was of rush hour, then!" In his current afternoon drive gig, there have been times when Marbourg has manned his position well into the wee hours of the following morning when the region has been hit with a major storm.

August 29, 2019
13 Moves CBS News To 6:30
Baltimore's Channel 13/WJZ will move the "CBS Evening News" from 7 PM to 6:30 PM, putting it in direct competition with other major network newscasts in the market. Staring September 9. With the half hour of local news moving to the 7 PM slot. "Entertainment Tonight" remains at 7:30 PM.

August 24, 2019
Al Payne To Program WHUR
Al Payne is the new program director at Howard University's urban adult contemporary WHUR, 96.3. He has worked at radio stations in Louisville, Detroit, Richmond, Dallas, and Baltimore. Payne is no stranger to the Washington market. He also worked up the radio dial at urban contemporary WKYS, 93.9, a decade ago. Most recently, Payne was the program director and content creator at urban contemporary KMJK in Kansas City.

August 16, 2019
MPT To Revive "McLaughlin Group"
"The McLaughlin Group," a pioneer among political TV talk shows, returns to public television in September when weekly episodes begin airing on Maryland Public Television. A new episode will air Friday evenings at 11:30 PM and again Sunday mornings at 11 AM on MPT, starting Friday, September 6. Maryland Public Television and "The McLaughlin Group’s" production company, Re-Group Media, have entered into an agreement to produce and distribute the weekly series. The program will be recorded each Friday at a Washington DC studio. As presenting station, MPT will market, promote, and distribute the program nationally through an agreement with American Public Television. "The McLaughlin Group" will begin airing exclusively on public television stations nationwide and digital platforms in January 2020. Tom Rogan, noted political writer and commentator, is back to host the series. Rogan replaced original host John McLaughlin, who died in 2016. He is joined by longtime regular panel members Pat Buchanan, Eleanor Clift, and Clarence Page. Guest panelists will also appear on the program on a regular basis.

August 14, 2019
Peggy Fox Leaving 9
Channel 9/WUSA reporter Peggy Fox has announced on Facebook that she'll be leaving Tegna's DC CBS affiliate after 25 years to take a public relations job with Dominion Energy in Northern Virginia. Fox doesn't say when her last day at WUSA is.

August 11, 2019
Steve Davis Leaves Entercom DC
Steve Davis will leave the vice president of programming gig for Entercom's DC radio cluster and his program director duties for classic hits WIAD, 94.7 The Drive and urban contemporary WPGC, 95.5. He will head to Ricmond, where he owns a comic book store.

August 8, 2019
NBCSW Re-Launches "DC Sports Live"
NBC Sports Washington re-launches "DC Sports Live," its 10 PM sports talk and entertainment program, with new hosts Nick Ashooh, Wes Hall, and Alexa Shaw.

August 8, 2019
Jurgensen Says Goodbye To Redskins Broadcasts
Former Redskins quarterback Sonny Jurgensen is retiring from broadcasting, he announced Thursday, August 8. "It's been a great 55 years in Washington," he wrote. Not long after the Burgundy and Gold took the field against the Cleveland Browns Thursday night at FedEx Field, the team issued a statement from the beloved quarterback and broadcaster on its website, according to WTOP. "I want to thank our Redskin fans for being so generous to me and our teams, we owe it all to you. I’ve had so many wonderful memories of thousands of teammates I’ve played with and talked about during my years in radio and television in Washington DC," Jurgensen wrote. "I'll always be a fan of professional football and appreciative of all that it has done for me, my family and our city." According to WTOP, Jurgensen began his broadcasting career not long after his retirement from the game in 1974. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall Of Fame in 1983. He began doing color analysis for Washington's radio coverage, alongside Sam Huff, in the early 1980s. He also helped with TV preseason games for a few years. "I'll leave you with these [words]," Jurgensen said in the statement. "Hail to the Redskins!"

August 8, 2019
Carol Maloney Joins ESPN 630
Veteran sports reporter and anchor Carol Maloney joins ESPN 630, WSBN, Cumulus's new sports talker. She will host of "The Carol Maloney Show" weekdays from 10 AM to noon. Maloney will be joined by another sports talk vet, Andy Pollin, who recently joined the station. Maloney has covered sports in DC since 2001, working for Comcast SportsNet and NBC Sports Washington, as well as Channel 4/WRC and WTEM. She will continue her current gig as a field reporter and show host for MASN on Nationals baseball telecasts.

August 7, 2019
Redskins & NBCSN One Step Closer To TV Sports Betting
The Washington Redskins and NBC Sports Washington have announced a partnership that will provide the National Football League's first interactive, predictive-gaming live television presentation of the team's four preseason games. These pilot telecasts, entitled "Predict The Game" will feature free-to-play contests where fans can win $1,000 cash each quarter as well as other second chance prizes. The move is seen as preparing the two organizations for the eventual legalization of sports betting in the DC metro area. The presentations will be exclusively available on NBC Sports Washington Plus, beginning Thursday, August 8, when the Redskins open the preseason at the Cleveland Browns at 7:30 PM.

August 5, 2019
Bobby Trosset Joins WBAL Radio & 98 Rock Sports Team
Bobby Trosset is the newest addition to the news talk WBAL, 1090/101.5, and 98 Rock, WIYY, sports team. He joins the Balrtimore Hearst stations from NBC Sports Washington where he covered the Washington Nationals along with other area teams and events. In his new role, Trosset will anchor morning sports updates on both WBAL and 98 Rock and will also be a significant part of the stations' coverage of the Baltimore Ravens.

July 30, 2019
Bud Steele Dies
Harold "Bud" Steele, a longtime news fixture on WMAL radio, died on July 26. He worked at WMAL from 1970s, when he was a news anchor on the "Harden And Weaver" morning show, and continued anchoring the station's newscasts until his retirement in 1996. Steele's stints also included stops at DC's WWDC radio, the Voice Of America, and at ABC Radio in NYC.

July 26, 2019
Pollin & Weinstein Join ESPN 630
Veteran DC sports radio personalities Andy Pollin and Bram Weinstein join Cumulus's news sports talker, WSBN, 630, which recently replaced the AM signal of news talker WMAL. Pollin joins the newly-christened ESPN 630 as the sports update anchor in mornings, broadcasting local sports updates within ESPN's "Golic & Wingo Show” weekdays from 6 AM to 10 AM. He will also be as a features correspondent for the station. Weinstein joins ESPN 630 as afternoon host, anchoring the weekday 3 PM to 6 PM slot, as well as the station's "Redskins Today" program, airing weekdays at 6 PM. "The Bram Weinstein Show" will launch Tuesday, July 30th, with a three-day series of broadcasts from Washington Redskins NFL Training Camp in Richmond.

July 16, 2019
Kevin Sheehan To 980 Mornings
Kevin Sheehan is rejoining The Team 980, WTEM, the sports talker now owned by Radio One. Sheehan, a long-time member of the DC area sports media community, returns to weekday mornings on August 5, debuting "The Kevin Sheehan Show" from 7 SAM to 10 AM. Sheehan, a native Washingtonian, first joined WTEM in 2004 and hosted shows in every daypart until the end of his last stint in 2018. Sheehan has been podcasting "The Kevin Sheehan Show" since late 2018 and that will continue with his new radio gig. He previously hosted "The Official Redskins Pre-Game Show" on the Redskins Radio Network for 12 seasons. In addition to Sheehan, WTEM's lineup also includes Steve Czaban, Doc Walker, Brian Mitchell, Al Galdi, and Scott Linn.

July 11, 2019
WTOP & WWIN Top June Radio Ratings
The local radio ratings for the month of June. Full-day, age 6+. Washington: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WMMJ, 4) WHUR, 5) WASH, 6) WIHT, 7) WMAL, 8) WGTS, 9) WMZQ, 10) WBIG and WPGC, 12) WKYS, 13) WETA-FM and WIAD and WJFK, 16) WWDC, 17) WRQX, 18) WPRS, 19) WLZL, 20) WTEM. Baltimore: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WERQ, 3) WLIF, 4) WPOC, 5) WQSR, 6) WZBA, 7) WWMX, 8) WIYY, 9) WJZ-FM, 10) WZFT, 11) WYPR, 12) WBAL-AM/FM, 13) WBJC, 14) WCBM and WLIF HD2, 15) WEAA, 16) WYPR STREAM, 17) WCAO and WQLL, 19) WEAA STREAM and WJZ-AM and WLIF HD3 and WWMX HD2.

July 2, 2019
630 Becomes WSBN
630 AM in Washington had sported the WMAL call letters since 1925. But that came to an end on July 1, when the Cumulus outlet broke away from news talk WMAL-FM, 105.9, and started running ESPN Sports as WSBN.

June 26, 2019
Keith Mills To Retire
Longtime Baltimore radio and TV sportscaster Keith Mills (right), 62, announces his retirement. After 40 years at a variety of local TV gigs at Channel 2/WMAR, Channel 11/WBAL, and at WBAL-AM and sister 98 Rock, WIYY, Mills will cut back his workload. This all after a very public battle a decade ago with an addiction to prescription painkillers, which resulted in several arrests and the lost of several jobs. Mills now says he will continue to help cover Navy football on WBAL radio and continue doing the Ravens' pregame and postgame shows.

June 25, 2019
980 Picks Up Fox Sports
Urban One sports talker WTEM, 980, has picked up Fox Sports Radio now that Cumulus's WMAL-AM, 630, is due to flip to sports talk with ESPN on July 1.

June 13, 2019
Cumulus says it will flip 630, WMAL-AM, to a sports talk format as of July 1. It will be known as ESPN 630. The news talk formet now on 630 will remain on WMAl-FM, 105.9. The new 630 format will feature a batch of ESPN programming, including Mike Golic and Trey Wingo in mornings and Stephen A. Smith in middays. The AMer will continue to carry the Washington Redskins, along with its FM sister. No word on whether Radio One's WTEM, The Team 980, will also be carrying the Redskins this upcoming season. It was sold by team owner Dan Snyder's Red Zebra Broadcasting to Radio One last year. If WTEM sticks with sports, the DC market will now have three English language sports talkers, including format ratings leader 106.7 The Fan, WJFK, which is owned by Entercom.

June 11, 2019
Angie Goff Joins Fox 5
Angie Goff joins Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG. Starting July 8, she will co-anchor the station's new 4 PM newscast newscast with Blake McCoy and serve as a co-host of "Like It Or Not" weeknights at 7 PM. Before joining WTTG, she anchored and reported at Channel 4/WRC and Channel 9/WUSA.

June 1, 2019
107.3 Flips To K-Love As WLVW
With new owner EMF and the debut of the K-Love Christian contemporary format, DC's 107.3 takes the WLVW call letters from K-Love's 105.5 in Salisbury. That station becomes WLSW. Meanwhile, we hear that 107.3 former owner Cumulus has put the WRQX call letters on a country AMer in Salem, Ohio.

June 1, 2019
Fox 5 To Debut 4 PM News In July
Channel 5/WTTG announces that it will debut a 4 PM newscast on July 9.

May 29, 2019
New Morning Show At WKYS
Radio One's urban contemporary WKYS, 93.9, unveils a new morning show, "The Morning Hustle," with Angie Ange, Jordan, and Lore’l. WKYS and Howard University vet Angie Ange joins "On Air" Jordan, formerly known as Shorty da Prince, He hosted the WKYS night show from 2014 to 2017. Lore’l is known for her work on VH1's "Love & Hip Hop: New York" as well as her podcasts "Bully and the Beast" and "Lip Service."

May 28, 2019
Sean Platter Named WHUR GM
Howard University has appointed Sean Plater as general manager of adult urban contemporary WHUR, 96.3, and the Howard University Radio Network. Plater is a Howard alumnus and a veteran of radio industry operations. Since September 2018, Plater has served as interim general manager at WHUR. During this period, he diversified revenue streams, reduced expenses, increased digital content, and expanded the sales footprint of the network. He also worked to enhance Howard student engagement across the six radio stations in the Howard radio portfolio.

May 16, 2019
Current Heads For Bankruptcy
DC's neighborhood Current Newspaper has changed its chapter 11 bankruptcy status to chapter 7. They are going out of business, apparently.

May 10, 2019
Tony "Mad Dog" Colter Dies
Tony "Mad Dog" Colter, who worked in the late-1970s through the mid-1980s at 98 Rock in Baltimore and also at DC101, WJFK, and most recently at Sirius XM's Bluesville and Watercolors, died May 3 due to complications from a stroke. He was 66. We get the news from current 98 Rock afternoon man Kirk McEwen who tells us, "He was a life-long family friend and got my brother Mark and I into broadcasting."

May 10, 2019
Rick Colom Dies
Rick Colom, a former DC and Baltimore area radio disc jockey and music collector who championed dance bands and pop vocals of the pre-World War II years, died of cancer May 4 at Howard County General Hospital. The Columbia MD resident was 69. In 1976 he became the producer and disc jockey of a show he named the "Make Believe Ballroom" on WAMU. He had similar shows at Arlington's WEAM. In 1988 he moved the program to Baltimore's WITH and later hosted programs on WWLG and WGAY.

May 8, 2019
Judge Rules On Radio Sputnik
A federal judge has ordered that RM Broadcasting, which leases WZHF, 1390, Capitol Heights from Way Broadcasting and subleases the time to a Russian news agency for English language news and talk Radio Sputnik programming, to register as a foreign agent with the State Department.

May 7, 2019
13 Fires Mary Bubala
- 5/7 - CBS-owned Channel 13/WJZ fires reporter Mary Bubala after social media attacks her for a question she asked about the last three troubled Baltimore mayors. Following Mayor Catherine Pugh's resignation last week, Bubala asked Loyola professor Karsonya Wise Whitehead about the city's future in a question some took as racist. "We have had three African American female mayors in a row," Bubala said. "They were all passionate public servants. Two resigned, though. Isn't it a signal that a different kind of leadership is needed to move Baltimore City forward?" The question was deemed inappropriate in that it questioned the race, gender of the mayors. Bubala had already apologized for the question's wording almost immediately after, but a social media storm ensued.

May 6, 2019
CBS To Move Nightly News To DC
Norah O’Donnell will become anchor and managing editor of the "CBS Evening News" and Gayle King is getting two new morning show co-hosts - Anthony Mason and Tony Dokoupil - as CBS News seeks to boost the programs' ratings. For the nightly newscast, with the removal of top anchor Jeff Glor, it also means relocating the program from New York City to Washington.

May 5, 2019
Sinclair Buys Fox Sports Nets
Baltimore area-based Sinclair has purchased Disney's regional Fox Sports Networks across the country for roughly $10.6 billion. This includes the broadcast rights to 14 Major League Baseball teams, 16 National Basketball Association teams, and 12 National Hockey League teams, but none in the Baltimore/DC area, which has MASN and NBC Sports Network. Justice Department approval is expected as, unlike the failed Tribune purchase, this involves no local TV stations. Locally, Sinclair owns Channel 7/WJLA and Channel 45/WBFF.

May 3, 2019
Jummy Olabanji To 4
Jummy Olabanji returns to DC. The former anchor at Channel 7/WJLA who, in 2017, left for a gig at NYC's WNBC-TV, is heading back to the Nation's Capital to anchor for Channel 4/WRC where she'll be working on the early morning news show.

April 26, 2019
Susan White-Bowden Dies
On April 26, Susan White-Bowden, 79, died at her home in Finksburg, suffering complications from a fall. She was a popular broadcaster at Baltimore's Channel 2/WMAR during the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. She met her husband, Jack Bowden at WMAR, where he worked for years as a news anchor. The couple (right) married in 1979. Jack died in 2016. She may have been best-known for her "Susan's People" segment on WMAR. Susan White-Bowden, who grew up in Pikesville, was also an author. In 1985, her book "Everything To Live For" was published. In it, she detailed the impact of the death of her son from a previous marriage, Jody, who committed suicide at the age of 17.

April 25, 2019
WTOP Again Tops Revenue Numbers Nationwide
Washington DC all-newser WTOP maintained the top spot in national advertising revenue, with $69 million billed in 2018. That's according to data released in April from Chantilly VA-based BIA Advisory Services. WTOP beat five stations in the NYC market, three in LA, and one from Chicago to again take the top spot among the top 10 stations in 2018 ad revenue.

April 21, 2019
Jerry Clark Dies
Jerry Clark, longtime mid-day personality on the old full-service adult contemporary WASH, 97.1, died suddenly on April 19.

April 21, 2019
Brian Lamb To Retire
Brian Lamb, C-SPAN founder and a 40-year veteran of the Capitol Hill-based public affairs network who has "hasn't missed a week since 1989" will retire on May 19th. Commenting on Washington: "Lying is the word that I would use to describe this town," says Lamb, in his usual Midwestern deadpan. "I don't know if it will ever stop. It's gotten worse rather than getting better, and both sides do it. You’ve got to listen very carefully to what they’re saying." And Lamb is getting out while the getting out is good: "It's just time," he says. "I remember, sadly, when David Brinkley was doing the ABC Sunday show near the end, he shouldn't have been. And he waited too long—and people were talking about it."

April 16, 2019
WTOP & WERQ Top March Radio Ratings
The March monthly radio ratings, released on April 16. Full-day, age 6+. Washington market: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WMMJ, 4) WMAL, 5) WHUR, 6) WGTS, 7) WASH, 8) WKYS, 9) WIAD and WRQX, 11) WBIG, 12) WIHT, 13) WJFK-FM and WMZQ and WPGC, 16) WETA-FM, 17) WPRS, 18) WWDC, 19) WLZL, 20) WFRE, 21) WWEG, 22) WDCN and WTEM, 24) WAFY and WDCH and WFMD. Baltimore market: 1) WERQ, 2) WWIN-FM, 3) WLIF, 4) WPOC, 5) WZBA, 6) WWMX, 7) WIYY, 8) WQSR, 9) WZFT, 10) WJZ-FM, 11) WCBM, 12) WYPR, 13) WBAL-AM, 14) WBJC, 15) WLIF HD2, 16) WEAA, 17) WQLL and WYPR STREAM, 18) WCAO, 19) WEAA STREAM and WJZ-AM and WLIF HD3.

April 5, 2019
Bruce Reese Dies
Bruce Reese, the former CEO of all-newser WTOP's parent company, Hubbard Radio, died on April 4. He was 70. Reese was at the helm of WTOP's former owner, Bonneville International, when the station was purchased by Hubbard Radio in early 2011 in a deal that included 16 other radio stations. Reese took on the same role at Hubbard Radio after the acquisition. Upon hearing the news, Joel Oxley, the senior vice president and general manager of Hubbard DC/WTOP, said, "I find myself overcome with sadness... Bruce will be so missed." Oxley noted that Reese, in his 20 years working with WTOP through his roles with both Hubbard and Bonneville, "had the foresight to invest in our websites in a big way when others weren't. And probably, most impactful, he supported WTOP going to FM back in 2006, which was a move that was way ahead of its time."

April 1, 2019
New Owner For WMET
Huffines Media has sold Gaithersburg area religious outlet WMET, 1160, to La Promesa Foundation for $1.5 million. Included in the sale is a construction permit for FM translator W276DT, proposed on 103.1, from the WJFK-FM tower in Merrifield with a signal directed east, toward DC. La Promesa has already broadcast its Catholic talk "Guadelupe Radio Network" on WMET via time-brokerage since 2010 so there will be no change in programming, we're told.

March 28, 2019
Connoissuer Picks Up WFRE & WFMD
iHeartMedia and Connoissuer Media have announced a station swap as the iHeart-operated Aloha Trust sends two Frederick stations, news talk WFMD, 930, and country WFRE, 99.9, to Connoisseur for its seven radio stations in the Erie, Pennsylvania area.

March 25, 2019
Salem Sells 1260
Salem sells WSPZ, 1260 AM, for $750,000 to Immaculate Heart Media, which will put Catholic Radio religious programming on the Silver Spring-based signal. Salem bought the station in 2008 from Clear Channel (now iHeart) for $3.7 million. Lately, WSPZ has been relaying the Christian talk of Salem's WAVA-FM, 105.1.

March 21, 2019
Johnny Holliday Heads To 4
At 81, DC sports media veteran Johnny Holliday proves there is life after MASN's "Nats Xtra." Channel 4/WRC has hired the veteran sportscaster as a "contributor" who joins the NBC 4 sports team from their Nebraska Avenue, northwest DC studios. Holliday remains "the voice" of Maryland football and basketball since 1979, including coverage for the Terps' NCAA "March Madness" bid.

March 19, 2019
John Harter Dies
John Harter, a journalist for Channel 7/WJLA, who anchored morning and evening news broadcasts, reported from Capitol Hill, and conducted man-on-the-street interviews, died February 17 at his home in Washington. He was 79. The cause was heart ailments.

March 17, 2019
Caps Extend Deals With WJFK & WFED
The Washington Capitals have extended their partnership with Entercom and Hubbard through the 2020-21 NHL season. As part of the extension, Entercom sports talker WJFK-FM, 106.7 The Fan, will continue to serve as the flagship station for the Capitals, carrying all Capitals games plus pre- and postgame shows on one of the region's strongest radio signals. In addition, many games will continue to be heard on Hubbard talker WFED, 1500 AM.

March 15, 2019
Dave Sandler Dies
Former WBAL radio and 98 Rock traffic reporter Dave Sandler, 58, died March 15 after battling a long illness. Sandler, known to listeners as "Detour Dave," started working at news talk WBAL-AM and 98 Rock, WIYY, in 1986. He delivered traffic updates to the Baltimore metro area for 30 years. He was also a professional disc jockey at weddings, Bar-Mitzvahs, and reunions. Sandler had undergone a number of health problems over the years.

February 27, 2019
Mitch Jacob To Nashville
Former Channel 7/WJLA news director, Mitch Jacob, is the new news director at Meredith-owned WSMV-TV in Nashville. This is a return to Meredith for Jacob. Before working at Sinclair's WJLA, he'd worked at Meredith's TV stations in numerous market.

February 19, 2019
Jason Kidd To Mornings At 94.7
Jason Kidd has been named morning personality at Entercom's WIAD. 94.7 The Drive. Starting today, February 19. Kidd comes from Cumulus's hot sdult contemporaty WRQX, Mix 107.3, where his afternoon stint ended at the end of January. WRQX was recently purchased by EMF and will soon flip to Christian contemporary. Kidd is a DC-Baltimore radio vet, having worked at WPGC, WQSR, and WWMX, among other local outlets.

February 13, 2019
WRQX Sold, To Flip To Christian Contemporary
Goodbye hot adult contemporary tunes on Mix 107.3, WRQX. It's owner, Cumulus, has done a big deal with Educational Media Foundation, which runs the Christian contemporaty K-Love format, to sell several major stations around the country, including WRQX, for $103.5 million. EMF will acquire WRQX along with Cumulus stations in NYC, Atlanta, San Jose, Savannah, and Syracuse. The deal will move WRQX into direct competion with longtime DC area Christian contemporary outlet WGTS, 91.9.

February 9, 2019
Warner Wolf Arrested For Defacing Sign
Sports broadcasting legend Warner Wolf, who worked at DC's Channel 9 in the 1970s, was arrested in Florida after officials say he ripped the word, "Plantation," off a sign at a private community. Wolf lives in a gated community called "Classics Plantation Estates" in Naples but he thinks the word, "plantation," is offensive and wanted it removed. ccording to the police report, Wolf had lobbied the homeowners association to drop it for months - but on November 30, the 81-year-old finally took matters into his own hands. Cops say Warner drove to the main community sign and used a tool to remove the word himself. TMZ adds that officials say they have video showing Wolf defacing the sign - and after a lengthy investigation, he finally surrendered to police on Febrary 7.

February 7, 2019
Dick Rosse Dies
Veteran DC area radio newsman Dick Rosse has died. He worked at Westwood One Radio and, before that, predecessor Mutual Broadcasting System,. He had been in ill health in recent years.

February 6, 2019
Seymour & Clarke To Do HUR Afternoons
Allison Seymour and Marc Clarke are joining Howard University's adult urban contemporary WHUR, 96.3, as the new hosts of afternoons. The husband and wife duo starts February 12 at 3 PM. Seymour is seen weekdays on "Fox 5 Morning News" and Clarke has been a fixture on local radio for more than a decade, including at WHUR. :We know the commute home in the DMV can be hectic between the traffic and just trying to juggle the work life balance. Our goal is to make afternoons a smoother transition for the DMV with a fun, yet real and engaging show, each and everyday," says Seymour, a native Washingtonian. Adds WHUR Interim General Manager Sean Plater, "This new show offers us the opportunity to be live, local, and a voice for the DMV in the afternoon. We look forward to a very successful show and taking over DC afternoons with Allison and Marc."

January 29, 2019
4's Chris Lawrence Heads To Dallas
Chris Lawrence (right), a news anchor and reporter at Channel 4/WRC, will join WFAA-TV in Dallas, where he will anchor evening newscasts. Lawrence has been at WRC since January 2014. He previously spent a decade at CNN, where he covered national security issues as a Pentagon correspondent.

January 29, 2019
Dave Durian Dies
Dave Durian, a former anchor for WBAL radio, died of complications of cancer and a stroke January 28 at his Baldwin home in Baltimore County. He was 72. Durian also did newscasts for Channel 11/WBAL and spent many years at Maryland Public Television.

January 24, 2019
Christmas Tunes Send WASH & WLIF To 1st
The Washington market radio ratings for the "Holiday" period, in between December and January. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WASH, 2) WTOP, 3) WMMJ, 4) WAMU, 5) WHUR, 6) WMAL, 7) WETA-FM, 8) WIHT and WRQX, 10) WPGC and WBIG, 12) WGTS, 13) WKYS, 14) WJFK-FM, 15) WMZQ, 16) WIAD, 17) WWDC, 18) WPRS, 19) WLZL, 20) WTEM and WFRE, 22) WDCN, 23) WDCH. The Baltimore market radio ratings for the "Holiday" period, in between December and January. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WLIF, 2) WWIN-FM, 3) WERQ, 4) WJZ-FM and WZBA, 6) WPOC, 7) WQSR, 8) WWMX, 9) WZFT, 10) WIYY, 11) WASH, 12) WCBM, 13) WYPR, 14) WBAL-AM, 15) WBJC, 16) WLIFHD2, 17) WEAA.

January 24, 2019
Sinclair Hires Amanda Cross For Lefty Show
Sinclair's Channel 7/WJLA hires Ameshia Cross to host and produce "Left Cross with Ameshia Cross." Cross is a liberal and the show is the liberal version of the station's nationally syndicated "Bottom Line With Boris Epshteyn."

January 24, 2019
Carson To Head JLA's News
Cheryl Carson, who was formerly the news director at KING-TV in Seattle, has been named the new news director for Sinclair's Channel 7/WJLA.

January 17, 2019
WNAV's Terry Alley Smith Dies
Terry Alley Smith has died after fighting cancer. She waa a on-air personality at Annapolis's WNAV, 1430/99.9, for more than 20 years. She was a graduate of Queen Annes County High School and began her broadcasting career in 1979 on the Eastern Shore at what was then WAQA radio in Grasonville. During her 40-year broadcasting career, Terry also worked for WYRE and Bay Country 103.

January 16, 2019
Tony Perkins Says Goodbye To 5
DC radio and TV veteran Tony Perkins says goodbye to his news anchoring gig at Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG. After recently landing a radio gig with his old radio WKYS radio partner, Donnie Simpson, at Urban One's WMMJ, Perkins cut back his workload at WTTG, doing the morning newscast just two days a week. When his contract came up for renweal, Perkins said he decided to call it quits at WTTG and focus on his radio job and future projects.

January 3, 2019
WBAL Radio Makes Afternoon Changes
Baltimore news talker WBAL radio (1090/101.5) moves weekend host Yuripzy Morgan to the 1 PM to 3 PM weekday slot. With Brett Hollander moving later, to the 3 PM to 6 PM slot.

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