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WHUR Announces Gospel Show Changes - 9/18 - 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....

WTOP Tops DC Radio Ratings - 9/18 - 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.....

Shawn Yancy Leaves 5 - 9/11 - 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.....

iHeart Buys WUST - 9/2 - 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.....

John Thompson Dies - 8/31 - 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 washingtonpost.com, 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.....

Oldies Gone From Baltimore's 1370 - 8/31 - 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.....

Julie Wright Joins PG Police Media - 8/17 - 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.....

Torrey Snow To Host Afternoons On BAL - 8/14 - 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.....

New GM For 25 & 50 - 8/13 - David Bangura becomes vice president and general manager of Nextar's Channel 25/WDVM in Hagerstown and DC's Channel 50/WDCW. He comes from a like gig at WADL-TV in Detroit.....

Goff Lebhar Dies - 8/9 - 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. According to legacy.com, 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.....

WAMU GM JJ Yore Resigns - 8/7 - 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 washingtonpost.com, 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".....

Allison Seymour Says Goodbye To 5 - 8/7 - 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." No word on her plans.....

WMAL Tops DC Radio Ratings - 8/5 - The July 2020 monthly radio ratings, full-day, age 6+. Washington: 1) WMAL, 2) WHUR, 3) WTOP, 4) WMMJ, 5) WAMU, 6) WASH, 7) WETA-FM, 8) WIHT, 9) WBIG and WPGC and WWDC, 12) WIAD, 13) WMZQ, 14) WGTS and WKYS, 16) WJFK, 17) WPRS, 18) WLZL, 19) WTEM, 20) WDCH. Baltimore: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WPOC, 3) WERQ, 4) WIYY, 5) WQSR, 6) WLIF, 7) WYPR, 8) WZBA, 9) WBAL-AM, 10) WCBM, 11) WWMX, 12) WJZ-FM, 13) WZFT, 14) WBJC, 15) WEAA, 16) WCAO.....

Andi McDaniel's Move From WAMU To Chicago In Doubt - 8/4 - From Robert Feder's Chicago media news website www.robbertfeder.com: "In May the parent company of [Chicago's] NPR news/talk WBEZ 91.5-FM announced the appointment of Andi McDaniel as CEO of Chicago Public Media, effective September 28. But now McDaniel’s hiring may be in doubt. A report in DCist.com raised questions about how McDaniel handled complaints of sexual misconduct against a male reporter while McDaniel was chief content officer at WAMU, the NPR station at American University in Washington, DC... Bryan Traubert, chair of Chicago Public Media’s board of directors, told WBEZ staffers Monday that a committee is working 'to ascertain the facts and to inform how we move forward with the CEO role,' adding: 'We understand it is our responsibility to bring in a leader who has trust and credibility, and who will continue to build a culture that is welcoming, diverse and inclusive where all staff can thrive.' Stay tuned".....

Frank Ski To WHUR Afternoons - 7/30 - 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.....

Cayman Kelly Joins ESPN Audio - 7/30 - DC-based voice-over artist and host Cayman Kelly joins ESPN Audio to take on a variety of sound for the network's programming including updates, promotions, and more. In August, listeners will begin hearing Kelly's voice work across ESPN Radio's new weekday lineup to digital podcasts and live event content. Kelly's multi-platform career has included work across ESPN and other TV networks, radio stations of all genres, video games, live concerts and events, and corporate presentations. Kelly started his voice-over career when he became the voice for BET and their digital networks after working on other projects for the network. Since then, he has voiced television promos for TV Land, TV One, Bounce TV, Cartoon Network, and more. He's also be the imaging voice of numerous radio stations across the country, including for Power 105.1 in addition to hosting a national show on SiriusXM. He was a voice on "Grand Theft Auto V".....

Autumn Joi & John Monds Get WHUR Shows - 7/23 - 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.....

Larry Michael Leaves Redskins Radio Broadcasts - 7/15 - From washingtonpost.com: 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 team’s 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.....

BAL Radio Teams Mitchell With Nehman - 7/15 - 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.....

WMAL Tops June Radio Ratings For DC - 7/8 - 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.....

Sinclair To Start National News Channel - 6/17 - Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group announces that it will be launching a headline news service scheduled to premiere in early 2021. "This new program will report on the news as it happens, providing dynamic and timely journalism and insight into the most important stories happening each day," according to an announcement from the company, which owns Baltimore's WBFF and DC's WJLA. In the initial phase, the headline news service will air weekday mornings from 6 AM to 9 AM across Sinclair's CW and My Network affiliates, as well as on STIRR, Sinclair's free, over-the-top streaming platform.....

Dude Walker Now On Fox - 6/16 - DCRTV hears from DC-Baltimore area radio and TV voice legend Dude Walker who tells us that he's the in-show narrator for "Celebrity Watch Party" on Fox Thursday nights. "It's been a ball recording from my home studio on Wednesday, and watching the show the next day," he says.....


WEAA's Tyra Womack Killed In Front Of Baltimore Home - 6/12 - 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".....

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

Bob Bartolomeo Dies - 6/9 - 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.....

Bob Steele Attacked - 6/6 - Former DC and Eastern Shore radio personality Bob Steele gets punched in the face by a Black Lives Matter demonstrator who was blocking I-70 near Frederick on Friday, June 5. Check out his account of this frightening situation in the DCRTV June 6 Mailbag.....

New "Sonic Identity" For WTOP - 6/1 - 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 today’s 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. Audio and package details are available at reelworld.com.....

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