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January 2020 to December 2020December 8, 2020
Jackie Bradford To Head NBC Sports Washington
NBC Sports Washington names Jackie Bradford as general manager of the regional sports network. She had been serving as president and general manager of NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC and its sister Telemundo Washington outlet, WZDC.....
December 8, 2020
Shawn Yancy Joins 4
Shawn Yancy, who left Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG in October after 19 years, is joining NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC as an evening news anchor. She starts at NBC4 in January. Before coming to DC, Yancy worked at TV stations in Pittsburgh and Fort Wayne. "I'm super excited to join this team of incredibly talented and diverse journalists who truly care about the community they serve,Ē Yancy said via nbcwashington.com. "I'm grateful and honored to become a member of the NBC4 family."
November 25, 2020
WTOP & WWIN Top November Radio Ratings
Area radio ratings for November 2020. Full-day, age 6+. Washington: 1) WTOP, 2) WAMU, 3) WMAL, 4) WHUR, 5) WASH, 6) WETA-FM, 7) WMMJ, 8) WWDC, 9) WBIG, 10) WIHT, 11) WIAD, 12) WGTS, 13) WMZQ, 14) WKYS, 15) WPGC, 16) WJFK-FM, 17) WLZL, 18) WPRS, 19) WTEM, 20) WPFW. Baltimore: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WIYY, 3) WERQ, 4) WQSR, 5) WPOC, 5) WCBM, 6) WYPR, 7) WBAL-AM, 8) WLIF, 9) WZBA, 10) WJZ-FM, 11) WWMX, 12) WZFT, 13) WBJC, 14) WEAA, 15) WCAO.
November 25, 2020
Jummy Olabanji To Anchor 4's Early Morning News
Jummy Olabanji joins Eun Yang on the Channel 4/WRC "News4 Today" early morning newscast in January. She succeeds Aaron Gilchrist at the anchor desk, with Gilchrist joining streaming network NBC News Now as an anchor and correspondent. Previously with Channel 7/WJLA, Olabanji has been with WRC for 18 months. She grew up in Fairfax and interned at WRC during college.
November 20, 2020
Angie Goff To Anchor 5's Evening Newscasts
Angie Goff will anchor Channel 5/WTTG's evening newscasts. Starting November 30, she will anchor "Fox 5 News" at 10 PM on weekdays with Jim Lokay and the Fox 5 at 6 PM newscast alongside Blake McCoy. Goff is replacing Shawn Yancy, who left the station after 19 years in October. Also, Goff will continue to co-anchor the "5 At 4 PM" show with McCoy and will remain one of the rotating panelists on the station's "Like It Or Not" program at 7 PM.
November 6, 2020
Entercom Picks Up WTEM
Urban One sports talker WTEM, 980, will get transfered to Entercom in a station swap deal that involves a batch of stations in other markets, including Philadelphia and Charlotte. That would give WTEM with the same ownership as like-formatted WJFK, 106.7. No word about how Entercom will handle having two English language sports talkers in the same market. For many years, WTEM was owned by Redskins owner Dan Snyder. In the swap deal, Silver Spring-based Urban One picks up a batch of Entercom stations in Charlotte, including news talker WBT-AM/FM. Entercom picks up an Urban One FM signal in Philadelphia that it will use to simulcast all-news KYW-AM.
October 30, 2020
WTOP & WWIN Top Radio Ratings
October 2020 radio ratings. Full-day, age 6+. Washington: 1) WTOP, 2) WHUR and WMAL, 4) WAMU, 5) WASH, 6) WMMJ, 7) WETA-FM, 8) WWDC, 9) WBIG, 10) WIHT, 11) WKYS, 12) WMZQ, 13) WIAD, 14) WGTS, 15) WPGC, 16) WJFK, 17) WPRS, 18) WLZL, 19) WTEM, 20) WLVW. Baltimore: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WIYY, 3) WCBM, 4) WERQ, 5) WQSR, 6) WPOC, 7) WLIF, 8) WBAL-AM and WYPR, 10) WJZ-FM and WZBA, 12) WWMX, 13) WZFT, 14) WBJC, 15) WEAA.
October 30, 2020
WJFK Fires Chad Dukes
The Washington Post reports that afternoon drive host Chad Dukes has been fired from Entercom sports talker 106.7 The Fan, WJFK. The announcement was mage by station management October 29 in a emailed statement after it learned of "racist and other inappropriate comments" he made in episodes of his personal podcast, the Post adds. "We have zero tolerance for this type of speech from any of our employees, on our platforms or otherwise," Ivy Savoy-Smith, the senior vice president and market manager of Entercom's DC cluster, said in the statement. The Post reports that "it's unclear what specific comments led to Dukesís dismissal, when he made the comments or how his bosses learned of their existence. Entercom said it would have no further comment on the matter." A brief on-air announcement of Duke'ís dismissal was made October 30 morning at the start of "The Sports Junkies," the morning drive-time show on 106.7 The Fan, the Post adds.
October 8, 2020
K-Love Coming To Winchester's 92.5
Educational Media Foundation is acquiring hot adult contemporary WINC-FM, 92.5, Winchester from Centennial Broadcasting for $1.75 million. According to radioinsight.com, "The deal gives EMF an additional signal in Northern Virginia as WINC-FM covers a wide swath of the Washington DC market. The companyís 'K-Love' Christian AC format is currently heard on 107.3 WLVW Washington DC, 94.3 WLZV Warrenton, and 103.3 WTCF Wardensville WV/Winchester, but Contemporary Worship 'Air 1' is not on any analog signals in the area." Centennial will retain the WINC-FM call letters and employees. DCRTV hears that the company will probably move the hot AC format to 104.9 WZFC Strasburg and 105.5 WXBN Berryville by December, when the purchase deal for WINC-FM will be completed.....
October 7, 2020
Vince Bagli Dies
The so-called dean of Baltimore sports television, Vince Bagli, has died at age 93. He spent more the four decades covering Charm City sports news, 31 of them with Channel 11/WBAL. He was also was a broadcaster of NFL games and the Baltimore Colts. More at baltimoresun.com.
October 5, 2020
Stacey Rusch Joins 7
Stacey Rusch joins Channel 7/WJLA as the morning traffic anchor on "Good Morning Washington" and as host of "Let's Talk Live" which airs at 10 AM on WJLA 24/7 News. She has been a traffic reporter in the DC and Baltimore markets and started her media career as a QVC host.
September 18, 2020
WHUR Announces Gospel Show Changes
Winston Chaney and Jacquie Gales Webb have been named the hosts of the Sunday morning gospel shows on adult urban contemporary WHUR, 96.3. Chaney will hit the airwaves with "Wake-Up" from 5 AM to 8 AM followed by Gales Webb who will move to 8 AM to 11 AM. Chaney and Webb will carry on the legacy of "Gospel Spirit." Also, Artist Anthony Brown will host with "Blessings On Blessings Radio" from 12:15 PM to 2 PM. "These changes round out the WHUR Gospel Experience, which also includes Tracy Morgan heard Monday thru Friday from 5AM to 6 AM. We look forward to building on the foundation laid by our beloved Patrick Ellis," said WHUR General Manager Sean Plater. Ellis, who was heard on Sundays from 6 AM to 11 AM for 40 years, passed away in July following complications from the coronavirus.
September 18, 2020
WTOP Tops DC August Radio Ratings
The radio ratings for August 2020. Full-day, age 6+. Washington: 1) WTOP, 2) WMAL, 3) WAMU and WHUR, 5) WMMJ, 6) WASH, 7) WETA-FM, 8) WIHT, 9) WBIG, 10) WPGC, 11) WWDC, 12) WIAD, 13) WKYS, 14) WGTS, 15) WMZQ, 16) WJFK, 17) WPRS, 18) WWEG, 19) WLVW, 20) WTEM. Baltimore: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WPOC, 3) WIYY, 4) WLIF, 5) WERQ and WQSR, 7) WBAL-AM and WCBM, 9) WYPR and WZBA, 11) WJZ-FM, 12) WWMX, 13) WZFT, 14) WBJC, 15) WEAA.
September 11, 2020
Shawn Yancy Leaves 5
News anchor Shawn Yancy leaves Fox-owned Channel 5/WTTG after 19 years. "It was not an easy decision, but a decision that I made alone with my family's support... to start an exciting new chapter in my life," she said. Yancy grew up in the midwest and earned a bachelor of science degree in telecommunications from Ball State University. She spent her first year after college anchoring the news for a country radio station before eventually going to anchor and report at television stations in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Pittsburgh before starting at DC's Fox 5 in 2001.
September 2, 2020
iHeart Buys WUST
iHeart is buying brokered ethnic talker WUST, 1120, for $1.2 million from Potomac Radio Group for its new Black Information Network. The signal is being relayed on the digital HD2 of iHeart's country WMZQ, 98.7.
August 31, 2020
John Thompson Dies
John Thompson, the Washington native who elevated Georgetown University basketball to national prominence, earned Hall of Fame honors and carved a place in history as the first African American coach to lead his team to the NCAA championship, has died at 78. According to the Washington Post, in his later years, Thompson parlayed his powerful voice and point of view into a career as a sports talk radio host, with "The John Thompson Show" airing on sports talker WTEM, 980. Thompson also provided color commentary for national college basketball games on the Westwood One Sports network.
August 31, 2020
Oldies Gone From Baltimore's 1370
Baltimore news talker WCBM, 680, has leased the signal of its oldies station, WQLL, 1370, to iHeart Media for the new Black Information Network, which is being broadcast on a team of AM stations across the country and will provide news updates to iHeart-owned urban contemporary stations.
August 17, 2020
Julie Wright Joins PG Police Media
Julie Wright joins the Prince George's County Police Department as director of its Media Relations Division. She is a popular Emmy Award winning traffic anchor. Many will recognize her from her 20-plus year broadcasting career in the DC area. She is best known for her time as a member of the Channel 5/WTTG morning show and "The Donnie Simpson Show" on WPGC. During her career, she has also worked at WTOP radio and most recently at Channel 7/WJLA.
August 14, 2020
Torrey Snow To Host Afternoons On BAL
News talk WBAL radio picks Torrey Snow as its new afternoon drive host. He's been a regular fill-in host at the Hearst-owned station. A Maryland resident since 2006, Snow ran for Anne Arundel County Council in 2018 and later that year was named the "Republican Man Of The Year" by Anne Arundel County.
August 9, 2020
Goff Lebhar Dies
Godfrey "Goff" Lebhar, the general manager of rocker DC101 in 1981 when he brought Howard Stern to the morning show, died on August 2 at age 86 in Vero Beach FL. After Stern spent several rocky years at DC101 and met news reporter Robin Quivers, the two moved to NYC to eventually launch Stern's national radio career. Lebhar moved to Washington DC in 1967 where he became sales manager at Channel 20/WDCA. In 1969, he held the same position at WGMS radio. After stints in NYC and Cleveland, Lebhar returned to DC in 1975 to run WJMD (now WIAD) and in 1981 became general manager of DC101, WWDC-FM/AM. He held that position until his retirement in 1998.
August 7, 2020
WAMU GM JJ Yore Resigns
JJ Yore, the general manager of public radio news talker WAMU, 88,5, has resigned following months of internal turmoil and an explosive news story detailing allegations of sexual harassment by one of the station's former reporters. According to the Washingtoin Post, he "stepped down under pressure amid staff complaints about the station's newsroom culture, including the treatment of Black and other minority employees. The underlying tensions mushroomed last week into open calls for Yore to resign following revelations by DCist, a ≠WAMU-owned news site, that included details about Yore's handling of allegations against Martin Di Caro, a former transportation reporter who worked at the station between 2012 and 2018."
August 7, 2020
Allison Seymour Says Goodbye To 5
News anchor Allison Seymour says goodbye to Channel 5/WTTG after 21 years. She started her career in television working behind the scenes at ABC News after graduating from Hampton University. "Since 2007, I have been fortunate enough to serve as a main anchor of the show that I have come to love, the 'Fox 5 Morning Show' and "Good Day DC,'" she says. "This decision was not an easy one, but it was mine entirely," Allison said in her announcement to viewers. "In a business where not many people get to say goodbye, I am grateful to the leadership here at Fox 5 for giving me this moment."
July 30, 2020
Frank Ski To WHUR Afternoons
Legendary radio personality Frank Ski is bringing his radio show Howard University's adult urban contemporary WHUR, 96.3, "The Frank Ski Show With Nina Brown" will air weekdays from 3 PM to 7 PM starting August 3. Ski began his radio career in DC in the early 1990s before moving on to Baltimore and then to Atlanta and back to DC for a stint at WHUR in 2013. Brown has worked in radio and television for nearly two decades and has produced several of Ski's radio shows. "Frank Ski has dominated ratings and has an incredible legacy of community enrichment wherever he is on the air. He is a media icon and adding his name to WHUR once again completes our DMV Dream Team," said WHUR Program Director Al Payne. Ski's arrival replaces Allison Seymour and husband Marc Clarke, who have been hosting WHUR's afternoon slot since early 2019.
July 23, 2020
Autumn Joi & John Monds Get WHUR Shows
Autumn Joi and John Monds join Howard University's adult urban contemporary WHUR, 96.3. Joi takes over middays with her "Live Squad Show." Monds re-joins the station as the new host of the "Original Quiet Storm" in evenings.
July 15, 2020
Larry Michael Leaves Redskins Radio Broadcasts
The Washington Post reports that Larry Michael, the lead play-by-play announcer on radio broadcasts of the Washington Redskins the last 16 seasons, announced his retirement July 15. Michael, who started working on the teamís broadcasts as a pregame and postgame host eventually joined the club's front office, serving as its chief content officer and a senior vice president overseeing its video content and television shows. For nearly two decades, Michael was one of the organization's main public faces, hosting a daily "Redskins Nation" show on NBC Sports Washington and a weekly show with the head coach during the season. He also served as the master of ceremonies for several team events. Michael replaced Frank Herzog, the team's 23-year play-by-play voice, in 2004, joining Hall Of Famers Sonny Jurgensen and Sam Huff on the broadcasts, which often became more of a conversation about football than they were descriptions of the games themselves, the Post adds.
July 15, 2020
BAL Radio Teams Mitchell With Nehman
Baltimore news talker WBAL (1090/101.5) makes morning show changes, teaming Clarence Mitchell IV, known to audiences as C4, with current host Bryan Nehman, with the program extending from 9 AM to 10 AM. Mitchell previously hosted the 9 AM to 1 PM slot. Yuripzy Morgan moves to the 10 AM to 2 PM slot, with a permanent host soon to be announced for the afternoon drive program.
July 8, 2020
WMAL Tops June Radio Ratings For DC
June radio ratings. Full-day, age 6+. Washington: 1) WMAL, 2) WTOP, 3) WMMJ, 4) WHUR, 5) WAMU, 6) WASH, 7) WETA-FM, 8) WIHT, 9) WWDC, 10) WIAD, 11) WPGC, 12) WBIG and WGTS, 14) WMZQ, 15) WKYS, 16) WLZL, 17) WPRS, 18) WJFK-FM, 19) WTEM and WLVW, 21) WDCN. Baltimore: 1) WWIN-FM 2) WERQ and WPOC, 4) WIYY, 5) WQSR, 6) WZBA, 7) WLIF, 8) WBAL-AM, 9) WYPR, 10) WWMX, 11) WCBM, 12) WJZ-FM, 13) WZFT, 14) WBJC, 15) WEAA, 16) WCAO, 17) WQLL, 18) WJZ-AM.
June 12, 2020
WEAA's Tyra Womack Killed In Front Of Baltimore Home
Tyra Womack, 57, a gospel radio show host at Baltimore's WEAA, 88.9, was killed June 10. Baltimore police said Womack was shot just steps away from her Baltimore home after returning from an evening walk with her son. Womack's son wasn't hit, however she was struck multiple times. WBAL-TV reports that police issued a statement: "This was a senseless, tragic murder, as many are, and it appears to have stemmed from a neighbor dispute. Investigators began receiving information almost immediately and have identified a person of interest." Womack was remembered for her decades-long work at WEAA, the voice of Morgan State University's School Of Global Journalism And Communication. She was featured every Sunday on its flagship show, "Gospel Grace Afternoon."
June 9, 2020
Bob Bartolomeo Dies
Bob "Bart" Bartolomeo, 65, died June 7 at his Clairton PA home after a battle with cancer. In 40-year career, he worked in DC as managing director of affiliate relations for United Stations from 1986 to 1989 and from 1984 to 1986 was director of affiliate relations. Additionally, he was on-air for WMZQ from 1984 to 1987. During his radio career, Bartolomeo also worked for Unistar, Westwood One, Premiere, TRN, CNN, Jim Rome, Don Imus, Mancow, FNN, and CNBC.
June 1, 2020
New "Sonic Identity" For WTOP
Hubbard all-newser WTOP rolls out its new "sonic identity" on June 1. Listeners will notice "a bold new imaging package integrated with WTOP's news reports, traffic, weather and more," according to a WTOP news release. "Anchored by a vibrant and memorable sonic logo, the comprehensive suite of musical themes gives a sleek, modern edge to the WTOP brand and sets it firmly in line with todayís radio, media and tech landscape." WTOP collaborated with Seattle-based ReelWorld to develop "the unmistakable new sound" along with ReelWorld's co-founder Erik Huber. The package consists of 10 unique themes, covering all essential station benchmarks from top-of-hour to traffic, business, sports, breaking news, and more.
May 31, 2020
WPGC's Tony Redz Dies
Urban contemporary WPGC, 95.5, personality Tony Redz has died. WPGC morning radio show host Sunni And The City confirmed his passing by way of WPGC host DJ Flexx on Twitter May 28. Tony Redz, who was also known as Mr. 24/7, was a DC native who graduated from Howard University. He was well known in the go-go music community.
May 31, 2020
CBS Cuts 2 At 13
Reporters Mike Schuh and Pat Warren are out at CBS-owned Channel 13/WJZ. We're told that it's part of a major CBS budget cut.
May 19, 2020
WAMU's Andi McDaniel To Chicago
Andi McDaniel, who, since 2015, has been chief content officer at DC public radio news talker WAMU, 88.5, heads to Chicago to be president and CEO of Chicago Public Media, which runs that city's public radio news talker WBEZ. In her five years at the American University-owned NPR outlet, she is credited with developing the nationally-syndicated late morning news talk show "1A."
May 15, 2020
Barton Eckert Dies
Longtime DC TV and radio news personality Barton Eckert died May 14. He was 75. No details yet. Eckert was a news anchor and reporter at Channel 5/WTTG in the 1970s and 1980s. In the most recent past, he anchored weekends at WTOP radio and did work for Westwood One.
May 13, 2020
WMAL Tops DC Radio Ratings
Full-day, age 6+. Washington: 1) WMAL, 2) WAMU, 3) WTOP, 4) WMMJ, 5) WETA-FM, 6) WHUR, 7) WASH, 8) WGTS, 9) WWDC, 10) WBIG and WPGC, 12) WKYS, 13) WIHT, 14) WIAD, 15) WMZQ, 16) WJFK-FM, 17) WLZL and WPRS, 19) WDCN, 20) WLVW and WTEM. Baltimore: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WERQ, 3) WBAL-AM, 4) WZBA, 5) WYPR, 6) WLIF, 7) WIYY, 8) WQSR, 9) WPOC, 10) WCBM, 11) WJZ-FM, 13) WWMX, 14) WBJC, 15) WEAA, 16) WZFT, 17) WDCH, 18) WCAO, 19) WQLL and WJZ-AM.
May 13, 2020
Tommy McFly & Kelly Collis To Start Syndicated Radio Show
United Stations says it will distribute "The Tommy and Kelly Show" to radio stations nationwide. The weekday program features Tommy McFly and Kelly Collis who were paired for nearly a decade in mornings on Entercom's WIAD, 94.7, back when it was hot adult contemporary Fresh FM. McFly also has worked at the former Mix 107.3, then WRQX. The new syndicated show is called an "evolution" of 94.7's "The Tommy Show." The new program is being marketed for morning and afternoon dayparts on hot adult contemporary, adult contemporary, and country formated stations. United Stations plans to soon announces affiliates for the new show.
May 12, 2020
Colleen Carew Returns To WZBA
Colleen Carew has rejoined Baltimore classic rocker WZBA, 100.7 The Bay, as morning personality, replacing Steven "Stash" Ash. Carew previously worked at WZBA from 2003 to 2017, with the last 11 years as WZBA's midday host.
May 7, 2020
Jenn White To Host WAMU's "1A"
Jenn White has been selected as the new host of WAMU's nationally syndicated NPR talk show "1A." She replaces Joshua Johnson, who left the show in December for a gig at MSNBC. White comes from Chicago public radio talker WBEZ, where she hosts the station's midday talk program "Reset." She also hosted WBEZ's critically acclaimed podcasts "Making Oprah" and "Making Obama." Her first day on "1A" will be July 6. "1A" was created by WAMU in 2017 "to build on the legacy of deep, civil discourse" reflected by the "The Diane Rehm Show."
May 2, 2020
Stash Gone From ZBA
Baltimore rock radio veteran Stash, aka Steven Ash, is no longer at Charm City classic rocker The Bay, 100.7, WZBA. He tells us: "I wanted you to hear it from me. Today (Friday 5/1) was my last day at 100.7 The Bay doing mornings. It's amicable and I wish everyone there nothing but laugh. I am not retired and I will be back on the radio soon somewhere. Probably giving someone a bargain ha ha!"
May 2, 2020
Viral Ad Slump Cuts At WTOP
The advertising slump from all the closings and furloughs caused by the coronavirus scare has caused Hubbard all-newser WTOP to cut at least five full-time positions. Including Lisa Wolfe, editor-in-chief at sister Federal news talker WFED. Other cuts hit WTOP's advertising, web development, and production departments. Four other open positions will not be filled, and independent WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath and WFED "Ask The CIO" host John Thomas Flynn are on the way out. Senior Vice President/General Manager Joel Oxley will oversee WFED with Executive Editor Jason Miller for now.
April 21, 2020
Olivia Garvey To 7
Olivia Garvey joins Channel 7/WJLA as a sports anchor and reporter. She comes from KMIR-TV in Palm Springs CA and will join DC's ABC7 in June. Her career includes stints at the NFL Network, the LA Dodgers network, SportsNet LA, and Spectrum Sports.
April 17, 2020
March Radio Ratings
Local radio ratings for the month of March. Full-day, age 6+. Washington: 1) WAMU, 2) WTOP, 3) WMAL, 4) WMMJ, 5) WHUR, 6) WASH, 7) WETA-FM, 8) WIHT, 9) WGTS, 10) WBIG and WIAD, 12) WWDC, 13) WKYS and WPGC, 15) WMZQ, 16) WJFK, 17) WPRS, 18) WLZL, 19) WLVW, 20) WTEM. Baltimore: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WERQ, 3) WLIF, 4) WPOC, 5) WYPR, 6) WQSR and WZBA, 8) WBAL-AM, 9) WIYY, 10) WWMX, 11) WCBM, 12) WJZ-FM, 13) WZFT, 14) WEAA, 15) WBJC.
April 16, 2020
Mike Buchanan Dies
Longtime veteran Channel 9/WUSA news reporter and anchor Mike Buchanan (right) died April 16 of a heart attack at his home in Bethany Beach DE. He was 78. From colleague Bruce Leshan's Twitter feed: "So sorry to learn of the passing of former WUSA 9 anchor and reporter Mike Buchanan. He was the best, funniest, and most connected colleague. Responsible for breaking many of the biggest stories in DC. Love you Mike." Before joining WUSA (then WTOP-TV) in the 1970s, Buchanan worked at WTOP radio. According to wtop.com, it was Buchanan who was the first to report that the motive behind John Hinckley's assassination attempt on then-President Ronald Reagan in 1981 was to impress actress Jodie Foster. He also broke the news of the details surrounding the overdose death of star basketball player Len Bias. Buchanan was best known as a crime reporter who had unique access to police sources. "Just about every police officer in Washington DC, a lot of firefighters and law enforcement throughout the region, all knew Mike. They knew they could trust him," said Dave Statter, who worked with Buchanan at WUSA.
April 13, 2020
Hot 99.5's Kane Canned, Kind Of
Morning man Kane is out at DC's Hot 99.5, WIHT, and iHeart sister contemporary hits outlet in Baltimore, Z104,3, WZFT. He has been erased from the stations' website line-ups and replaced with "Your Morning Show." Also, we're told that Premiere's syndicated "Club Kane" is being hosted by Cruz through the end of the month and then will be discontinued. More: We hear that Kane show co-hosts Riley, Rose, Intern John and Erick will continue to be heard on Hot 99.5 mornings. And: iHeart DC market manager Jeff Kapugi tells trade pub All Access: "Although Kane will still be a part of the iHeart family, he will no longer appear on the Hot 99.5 morning show. We appreciate all he has contributed and built over the last 14 years."
April 11, 2020
WTEM Cuts Steve Solomon
Steve Solomon was one of the layoffs at Urban One's sports talk WTEM, 980, this week. After nearly 20 years at the station, he was most-recently a producer and sidekick with Steve Czaban's show. Solomon is now doing a daily podcast at patreon.com/SteveSolomon. Another change at WTEM: Al Galdi's 6 AM "Morning Blitz" is no more. WTEM's schedule is now bumped up an hour. Galdi will still be paired with "Doc" Walker, now at 9 AM.
April 8, 2020
Layoffs At Urban One
Layoffs at DC-based Urban One, which owns Radio One. In the mix they laid off longtime morning show host Winston Chaney who has had the morning show on DC's WYCB, 1340, for 36 years. As well as DC radio veteran Denise Hill.
April 4, 2020
Jason Kidd's Drive Gig Ends
DC-Baltimore radio veteran Jason Kidd has announced on his Facebook page that he has been cut from the morning show on Entercom classic hits WIAD, 94.7 The Drive.
March 30, 2020
Jack Diamond Back On The Air
DC area radio legend Jack Diamond has been back on the air working the morning shift at Hagerstown's classic hits WWEG, 106.9 The Eagle. He has been filling in for Kevin Kash, the station's regular morning guy.
March 21, 2020
3 Talkers Take Top Of DC Radio Ratings
The local radio ratings for the month of February. Full-day, age 6+. Washington: 1) WAMU and WTOP, 3) WMAL, 4) WMMJ, 5) WASH, 6) WHUR, 7) WGTS, 8) WETA-FM, 9) WIHT, 10) WBIG, 11) WWDC, 12) WIAD, 13) WKYS, 14) WMZQ, 15) WPGC, 16) WPRS, 17) WJFK, 18) WLZL, 19) WDCN, 20) WTEM. Baltimore: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WLIF, 3) WERQ, 4) WIYY, 5) WPOC, 6) WQSR, 7) WYPR, 8) WBAL-AM, 9) WZBA, 10) WWMX, 11) WJZ-FM, 12) WCBM, 13) WZFT, 14) WEAA, 15) WBJC.
March 13, 2020
Matt Davis To WZBA
Matt Davis joins Baltimore class rocker WZBA, 100.7 The Bay for middays. He's worked at cross town rocker WIYY, 98 Rock, in addition to WXRK New York City, WYSP Philadelphia, and Sirius/XM Radio.
March 5, 2020
Wendell Goler Dies
Former Fox News White House correspondent Wendell Goler died Tuesday, March 3, in the Dominican Republic. He was 71.
March 3, 2020
Former 9 Weatherman Gordon Barnes Has Died
Former longtime Channel 9/WUSA weatherman Gordon Barnes (right) died December 17 in Texas. He was 87. Barnes had been forecasting weather on TV for more than 40 years, including a lengthy stint at WUSA in the 1970s and 1980s. A native of Bermuda, he received his weather and flight training with Pan American World Airways. Barnes was the only professional meteorologist to work with Walter Cronkite and was a part of the CBS Apollo Mission Television Team.
March 3, 2020
Chris Matthews Suddenly Resigns From "Hardball"
Longtime MSNBC host Chris Matthews abruptly retired from his DC-based "Hardball" show on March 2, apologizing for making inappropriate comments about women and following a brutal week where he also took heat from supporters of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. His exit came after a weekend of discussions with his bosses, three days after GQ ran a column by a freelance journalist about her "own sexist run-in" with Matthews in the makeup room before appearing on his show. Matthews opened his program with the announcement, talking in his familiar staccato style, that he was ending his run on the political talk show he started in 1997. After a commercial break, he was replaced in the anchor chair by a shaken Steve Kornacki. "This is the last 'Hardball' on MSNBC, and obviously this isn't for lack of interest in politics," Matthews said.
February 22, 2020
Changes Come To 105.7 The Fan
Scott Garceau exits afternoons on Entercom sports talker WJZ-FM, 105.7, to join MASN as one of the play-by-play voices and pre-game and post-game host for the Orioles. He will also contribute Orioles and Ravens coverage on Baltimore's 105.7 The Fan on a weekly basis. Come March 9, Jason La Canfora and Ken Weinman will take the afternoon slot on 105.7. Also, Jeremy Conn moves from afternoons to evenings.
February 21, 2020
WMMJ & WWIN Top January Radio Ratings
The January radio ratings. Full-day, age 6+. Washington: 1) WMMJ, 2) WTOP, 3) WAMU, 4) WGTS, 5) WMAL, 6) WASH, 7) WHUR, 8) WETA, 9) WBIG, 10) WIAD and WWDC, 12) WKYS and WMZQ, 14) WJFK-FM and WPGC, 16) WPRS, 17) WLZL, 18) WTEM, 19) WDCN, 20) WDCH. Baltimore: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WERQ, 3) WLIF, 4) WPOC, 5) WIYY. 6) WJZ-FM, 7) WQSR, 8) WYPR and WZBA, 10) WBAL-AM/FM, 11) WWMX, 12) WCBM, 13) WZFT, 14) WBJC, 15) WEAA.
February 18, 2020
WAMU Sells Eastern Shore's WRAU
American University public radio news talker WAMU, 88.5, has sold WRAU, its 88.3 signal in the Salisbury-Ocean City area to Dover-based fellow NPR member WDDE, 91.1, for $537,000. That will give Delaware Public Media-owned WDDE better coverage into the southern part of Delaware and nearby Maryland. Two years ago, WAMU sold its Fredericksburg area signal, WYAU, 89.5, which is now K-Love Christian contemporary outlet WLJV. "This decision is about serving local audiences with the best possible public service," said JJ Yore, general manager of WAMU. "We at WAMU are deeply committed to strengthening our coverage of the Washington region, not only on 88.5 but also through WAMU.org, DCist, our podcasts and social media. Meanwhile this sale helps our friends at Delaware Public Media serve their audiences better. We both win."
February 3, 2020
HFS Vet "Josh" Brooks Dies
Henry "Josh" Brooks, who hosted the "Spiritus Cheese" progressive rock show on free-form rocker WHFS in the 1970s and early 1980s, back then on 102.3 from Bethesda.
January 27, 2020
New Anchors For 7's Morning Show
Sinclair's Channel 7/WJLA names Robert Burton and Ashlie Rodriguez as co-anchors of "Good Morning Washington" starting February 3. Burton has been a sports anchor at WJLA for five years. New to WJLA, Rodriguez has worked at TV stations in San Diego, El Paso, and Grant Falls MT. She's also has print experience at the National Journal, San Diego Union-Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times.
January 23, 2020
XMAS Tunes Boost WASH & WLIF
The radio ratings for the "Holiday" month, in between December and January, when both WASH and WLIF are playing popular Christmas tunes. Full-day, age 6+. Washington: 1) WASH, 2) WMMJ, 2) WTOP, 4) WAMU, 5) WGTS, 6) WHUR, 7) WMAL, 8) WETA-FM, 9) WIHT, 10) WBIG, 11) WIAD and WWDC, 13) WKYS and WPGC, 15) WMZQ, 16) WJFK-FM, 17) WPRS, 18) WLZL, 19) WTEM, 20) WDCN. Baltimore: 1) WLIF, 2) WWIN-FM, 3) WERQ, 4) WIYY, 5) WJZ-FM and WPOC, 7) WZBA, 8) WQSR, 9) WBAL-AM/FM, 10) WMMX, 11) WYPR, 12) WCBM, 13) WZFT, 14) WEAA, 15) WBJC.
January 23, 2020
Jim Lehrer Dies
Jim Lehrer, a low-key television newsman who co-founded what is now called the WETA-produced "PBS NewsHour," which he anchored for 36 years and who was dubbed the "dean of moderators" for presiding over 12 presidential debates, died January 23 at his home in Washington, according to the Washington Post. He was 85. PBS announced his death but did not provide further details. He had a heart attack in 1983 and had heart-valve surgery in 2008. Lehrer joined the small news operation of PBS in Washington in 1973 and soon began covering the Watergate hearings with fellow newscaster Robert MacNeil. In 1975, he became the co-anchor of "The MacNeil/Lehrer Report." The name was changed to "The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour" in 1983, when it became televisionís first hour-long nightly news program. After MacNeil retired in 1995, Lehrer became the sole host of "The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer."
January 13, 2020
Sherree Burruss Leaves 4
Sports anchor and reporter Sherree Burruss leaves Channel 4/WRC after three years for a gig in Connecticut at CBS Sports HQ, CBS's 24-hour streaming sports news network.
January 13, 2020
Last Edition For Sentinel Newspapers
The Montgomery County Sentinel and Prince George's Sentinel newspapers are going out of business after 57 and 42 years respectively under current ownership. The Sentinel was founded in 1855. In a letter to employees, publisher Lynn Kapiloff, wrote: "Although we tried our best, the sad reality is that these newspapers have not been profitable over the past year, and we will be publishing our final issue on January 30th. Our family has owned the Montgomery County Sentinel newspapers for 57 years and the Prince George's Sentinel for 42 years and it has been my great honor and privilege to be part of this team."
January 9, 2020
Barry ZeVan Dies
Barry ZeVan, a longtime Minneapolis-St. Paul TV weatherman, who was seen on DC's Channel 7/WJLA for a few years in the 1970s, has died at age 82.
January 6, 2020
Madelyne Woods To WOL Mornings
Madelyne Woods hosts an all-new morning show on Radio One urban talker WOL, 1450. Starting January 6. She takes over the morning drive time slot that was vacated by Tom Joyner when he retired after 25 years of his syndicated show. Woods' entertainment reporting interviews and reports have appeared on TV and radio stations around the nation, such as ABC, NBC, BET, Fox Entertainment, and on Joyner's show.
January 3, 2020
WTOP Again Carries CBS Newscasts
CBS News will once again provide global news coverage to Hubbard Broadcasting's all-news WTOP, re-establishing a relationship between the two companies that dates back many decades. CBS News Radio programming to be featured daily on WTOP beginning January 1. The agreement reunites CBS News Radio and WTOP, which have a history that dates back more than eight decades. WTOP had been carrying ABC's newscast for the past few years.
January 1, 2020
Ed Turney Dies
Longtime DC TV news reporter Ed Turney died December 23 at age 83. He spent many years at Channel 7/WJLA, preeviously known as WMAL-TV. Over his 36-year reporting career, he received many accolades for his work, including 17 local Emmy Awards. Turney touched the lives of many people with one-of-a-kind reporting on his segments Good Neighbors, One Good Turney Deserves Another, Turney's World, and Turney's Journeys.
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