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Ravens Reveal New Preseason Broadcast Lineup - 7/14 - The Baltimore Sun reports that the Baltimore Ravens' preseason TV broadcasts will feature former coach Brian Billick and CBS Sports sideline reporter Evan Washburn joining Channel 11/WBAL's Gerry Sandusky in calling the games. The new lineup for the four-game preseason TV package starts August 10 with the Ravens playing the Washington Redskins. Billick will be the analyst, with Sandusky on play-by-play, and Washburn on the sidelines. The broadcasts are produced by Ravens Productions and carried in the Baltimore market via WBAL-TV as well as on its Hearst sister radio stations - WBAL-AM 1090 and 98 Rock, WIYY. The pre-season games are also carried in six surounding markets.....

Korny, Weber, Harris Join DC Sports Hall Of Fame - 7/10 - DC Sports Hall Of Fame inductees at a ceremony at Nats Park Sunday included former Washington Post columnist and sports radio legend Tony Kornheiser. Capitals' radio announcer Ron Weber also earned a plaque. Glenn Harris, longtime host of "SportsTalk" on Newschannel 8, became the latest TV personality to join the hall. More at washingtonpost.com.....

94.7's Tommy McFly Ties The Knot - 7/3 - Tommy McFly, the 31-year-old host of 94.7 Fresh FM, WIAD's "The Tommy Show," and beau Chrys Kefalas, a 37-year-old communications executive and political figure, tied the knot Saturday at the Sagamore Pendry Baltimore. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Bob Duckman Celebrates 50 Years In DC Area Radio - 6/13 - The Annapolis Capital Gazette profiles Bob Duckman (right) on the anniversary of his 50th year in DC area radio. In that time, he's never worked west of Rockville, north of Baltimore, south of Waldorf, or east of Easton. Duckman, who has worked at full-service news/talk/music WNAV in Annapolis since 2004, has also been heard on DC's WASH during its full-service adult contemporary Metromedia glory days in the 1970s, plus DC's then-adult contemporary WWDC, Rockville's contemporary hit WINX, and Waldorf/La Plata's oldies XTRA 104, WXTR. "Playing the music, picking the music... I'm an announcer at heart," Duckman says. "I still really love doing it. I'll grow up sometime, I guess".....

Silverberg's Got A New Book Out - 6/5 - Former WTOP news reporter Hank Silverberg has penned a new work of fiction, "The Campaign," featuring a war with Iran, a dying president, and a grueling election campaign. "I wanted to show the vital role journalists play as government watchdogs protecting our freedom and democracy while at the same time entertaining readers” says Silverberg, an award-winning journalist for four decades. A native of New England, he has lived in Virginia for more than 20 years. His first book, "If The Log Rolls Over," was published in 2005. His second, "News Of War," the prequel to "The Campaign," was published in 2007. The book is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.....

Laura Evans Slams Article, Says Reporter Misquoted Her - 6/5 - Former Channel 5/WTTG news anchor and reporter Laura Evans (right) tells us an article that appeared in late May in the Prince William County news site potomaclocal.com claiming she said "morale is at an all time low" in the news department at WTTG, has been taken down. She writes to DCRTV: "You need to know the attention grabbing headline, which claimed I said 'morale is at an all time low' is 100% inaccurate... and the tone of the article was an inaccurate representation of my talk... I followed up with the Potomac Local reporter who wrote the original article, letting him know he misquoted me, and that the tone of his article was highly negative and inaccurately reflected my speech, which had little to do with the station. I asked him to change the headline to make it accurate. He reviewed the video of my speech and not only realized his headline was wrong but that in fact the tone didn't fairly and accurately represent my talk. So he deleted the article in its entirety".....

Brian Bolter Feastured In Ad - 5/30 - Former Channel 5/WTTG news anchor Brian Bolter, who has been running two wine bars in Annapolis since he left DC's Fox 5, is now doing an ad for Northern Virginia electric co-op NOVEC. He plays a NOVEC employee named "Michael".....


Laura Evans: Low Morale At 5 - 5/26 - Former Channel 5/WTTG news anchor and reporter Laura Evan (right) says that morale is at an "all-time low" at DC's Fox station. She tells a gathering of business leaders in Prince William County that, while she worked "every possible shift you could imagine," over time it got old. "I started feeling like we're telling the same stories over and over again, feeling restless and feel like I needed change, but I didn't want what that change was," Evans says, according to potomaclocal.com. The addition of a "board of shame," an application that monitored and tallied how many times reporters produced content on social media, and how many likes and shares the content received, helped to spawn bad blood in the newsroom. When she told her bosses that the app pitted co-workers against each other, she said they liked the affect because it spurred competition. However, when she left Channel 5 in December, she wept. "I went home crying, my child said 'why are you crying.' And then I said 'I left my dream job'," says Evans who worked at WTTG 18 years - anchoring from the news desk, working in the field, and producing news segments. She's just started working at a new marketing and public relations firm. "It's great to be speaking not in front of a teleprompter, not on contract, and not wearing false eyelashes," Evans told a group of about 50 people gathered for a "meet the media" event held by the Prince William Chamber Of Commerce.....

Chris Berry To Head News & Talk For iHeart - 5/24 - Chris Berry becomes senior vice president for news, talk, and sports programming at iHeartMedia. Also, he will continue to serve as senior vice president and general manager for NBC News Radio and the 24/7 News Network. Berry brings more than 30 years of spoken word programming experience to his new position, including as the head honcho of DC news talk WMAL, back when it was owned by ABC. He's also been general manager for news for ABC News Radio in New York City.....

30 Years For Jamie Costello At 2 - 5/22 - On May 29, news anchor Jamie Costello (right) will mark his 30th year with Channel 2/WMAR. He joined the now Scripps-owned station on May 29, 1987 after attending the Broadcasting Institute Of Maryland and brief period at Channel 25/WHAG in Hagerstown. "Jamie is our 'Poet Laureate' of Baltimore," says WMAR News Director Kelly Groft. "In almost every situation, especially emotional news moments, he knows the right thing to say, the comment that condenses and encapsulates the moment for the viewer. That is the true mark of a professional who knows his audience extremely well." In addition to anchoring WMAR's 5, 6 and 11 PM newscasts alongside Kelly Swoope, Costello's regular features include "Student Athlete Of The Week" and "2 Good 2 Be True," which focuses on positive stories and people. WMAR will honor Costello and his contributions to Baltimore media on-air and through social media posts at the end of May.....

Salem Connection For WSPZ - 5/22 - Tom Taylor Now has more on the sale, revealed last week, of Redskins owner Dan Snyder's Red Zebra's sports talker WSPZ: "The $2.1 million package for DC's just-sold WSPZ/570 includes 58 acres of land in Montgomery County, including the four towers that carry not only WSPZ, but the diplexed signal of Cumulus WMAL Washington/630. That means the owner of WSPZ cashes the rental checks from Cumulus. And the owner is indeed a new private entity... It's 'AM 570 LLC,' owned by the intertwined families of the founders of Salem, the Atsingers and the Eppersons. Ed Atsinger and Stu Epperson are brothers-in-law, connected by Stu's wife Nancy Atsinger Epperson. So this deal between seller Red Zebra and buyer AM 570 LLC doesn't involve Salem, per se... The facility is 5,000 watts daytime/1,000 watts, and the buyer will keep using the call letters. Studio equipment isn't involved, so presumably WSPZ will be operated as part of the Salem cluster. Salem's current three stations in the Nation's Capital are Christian teaching stations WAVA Arlington/780 and WAVA-FM Arlington/105.1, plus conservative talk '1260 the Answer' WWRC. We'll see if Salem reallocates some formats among these four signals – and perhaps introduces a contemporary 'Fish' format somewhere. No LMA prior to closing. Broker - Greg Guy of Patrick Communications".....

Snyder Takes Big Loss On Sale Of 94.3 To EMF - 5/16 - DCRTV first reported yesterday that Redskins owner Dan Snyder's Red Zebra sold WWXX, 94.3, in Buckland VA, which has been relaying his sports talk WTEM, ESPN 980, to EMF, which plans to flip it to its K-Love Christian contemporary format. Now, Tom Taylor Now analyzes the deal: "Red Zebra continues to unwind a sky-high $33 million purchase it made in 2006. Dan Snyder's next DC-area sale is to 'K-Love' parent EMF, and the price for southwest-suburban WWXX Buckland VA/94.3 is $250,000. It's stunning to realize how much the deal-world has changed. Eleven years ago, Redskins principal owner Dan Snyder bought this station (then-WBPS-FM Warrenton), plus WKDL Alexandria/730 (today's Metro-owned WTNT) and WBZS, Prince Frederick, MD/92.7 (today's WWXT). For those two suburban FMs plus the AM, Red Zebra paid $33 million. The Prince Frederick FM and Red Zebra’s WXGI Richmond/950 recently sold to Radio One for $2 million... And here's the Buckland FM, WWXX, going to not-for-profit Educational Media Foundation for $250,000. (Bruce Houston's Metro bought the Alexandria AM in 2010 for $1.5 million.) 94.3 will become part of the contemporary Christian K-Love network. (Not its sister Air1.) Red Zebra seemingly has one station left to sell, WSPZ Bethesda/570. This NOW Newsletter continues to hear that Red Zebra's keeping Redskins flagship WTEM Washington/980. Broker on the Buckland FM - Greg Guy of Patrick Communications".....

Nexstar Buying Tegna? - 4/26 - FTVLive reports that McLean-based Tegna, formerly Gannett's TV station group, could get bought by Nexstar. That's the big rumor going around at the National Association Of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas this week. "While Sinclair has been getting the spotlight for their play in gobbling up the Tribune stations, word is that Nexstar and Tegna have quietly begun talking about a deal," FTV tells us. Locally, Tegna owns Channel 9/WUSA.....

Radio One Pays $2M For WWXT - 4/25 - Radio One's paying a $2 million for WWXT, 92.7, and Richmond's WXGI, 950, from Redskins owner Dan Snyder's Red Zebra Broadcasting, according to Tom Taylor Now. As DCRTV first reported last week, Silver Spring-based Radio One plans to simulcast adult urban contemporary WMMJ, 102.3, on the 92.7 signal, which is based in Prince Frederick and serves Southern Maryland. It had been simulcasting Snyder's sports talk WTEM, ESPN 980. WXGI will retain its sports talk format. Broker on the sale of WWXT and WXGI was Greg Guy of Patrick Communications for Red Zebra.....

NBC To Relocate News Bureau Downtown? - 4/21 - DCRTV hear rumors that the NBC's Washington news bureau could be moved downtown or to Capitol Hill as soon as end of year. Sources are telling us that execs at Comcast-owned NBC want a more prestigious location, possibly at the Hall Of States, where Fox News is located. Right now, NBC News is based in upper northwest DC, at 4001 Nebraska Avenue, spacing shared with NBC's WRC-TV. NBC's move downtown would allow NBC-owned Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic to relocate from Bethesda to Nebraska Avenue. More as we hear it.....

Snyder To Sell 4 Signals To Radio One - 4/14 - DCRTV hears that Redskins owner Dan Snyder's Red Zebra radio arm is close to a deal to sell as many as four stations in the DC and Richmond areas to urban radio giant Radio One. A source tells us that the first part of the deal includes Red Zebra selling 92.7 WWXT in Prince Frederick and 950 WXGI in Richmond to Radio One. And Red Zebra is also talking to Silver Spring-based Radio One about selling 570 WSPZ in Bethesda and 94.3 WWXX in Buckland/Warrenton. Our source says that the deal does not yet include DC's 980 WTEM because the price Snyder wants is too high. But talks are continuing. WWXT and WWXX are FM simulcasts of WTEM, ESPN 980's sports talk format. WSPZ has its own ESPN Radio-based sports talk format, while WXGI also has an ESPN sports talk format. Earlier this year, Red Zebra announced a deal with Cumulus news-talker WMAL to carry the Redskins this season on 105.9 and 630. Radio One already owns a batch of stations in DC and Richmond, including WKYS, WMMJ, and WPRS. More as we hear it.....

Dave DeForest Dies - 3/30 - From DCRTV's Thursday Mailbag: "I am very saddened at the sudden news that longtime Washington area broadcaster and a good friend for almost 40 years, Dave DeForest passed away earlier this week. Dave was apparently in good health until being stricken very recently with a devastating illness. Dave and I worked together back in the late 1970s at WEZR radio in Fairfax VA. We were both announcers there. We also worked together at WGAY in the 1980s. And, we were both newscasters at VOA a few years back. Dave had spent close to 20 years at VOA until his tragic death. He was 64. As a quality broadcaster, he will be missed, and as a good friend, I will always miss him. Bob Gotkin".....

Lots Of Changes At WRNR-FM - 3/30 - DCRTV hears that eclectic rocker WRNR, 103.1, in Annapolis recently made a lot of changes in personnel. In February, they said goodbye to a long time-sales rep who was handling their digital sales as well - who had been been there for more eight years in two stints. Also, John Frenaye, who co-hosted the morning show with Rob Timm for almost two years after five years of doing a Friday morning segment, was shown the door in late February. Also among the changes, Tommy Haynie, who'd worked with Clear Channel and most recently the Baltimore Sun, was brought in back in October to be WRNR's sales manager, to replace former DC radio exec Michael Hughes, who left after many years there as well. We're told that the station is running on a skeleton crew with only three full-time people - Bob Waugh, Carrie Neuman, and Rob Timm, with Mike Ondayko and Dave Ziemer filling-in on weekends.....

Trump Election Boosts WAMU & WYPR - 3/22 - Tom Taylor Now reports that public radio news talk stations keep breaking ratings records - just as federal funding is threatened. New cumes are coming to many not-for-profit stations in Nielsen PPM markets, and those new listeners could come in very handy as the Corporation For Public Broadcasting faces being "zeroed out" of the federal budget. The February ratings brought a yet another crop of strong ratings, probably due to curiosity about President Trump and Washington politics. According to radio ratings historian Chris Huff, "DC's WAMU just set a record for the largest share ever recorded for a not-for-profit outlet in any PPM market." With an 11.5 share for number one in the market. Again beating commercial all-newser WTOP, in second place. Also, Baltimore's WYPR produced its largest share in three years. Record ratings were also posted for non-commercial news talkers in Seattle, San Diego, and Boston.....

Max Country Debuts - 3/20 - The Frederick-Hagerstown area has a new country station, Max Country on low-power 93.5, playing country music hits of the 1980s through early 2000s. The former simulcast of WAMU's Bluegrass County was recently purchased by Manning, which owns four other area area stations, including 106.9 The Eagle and Key 103. More at fredericknewspost.com.....

Kemp Mill Closes Last Store - 3/18 - Kemp Mill, once a major DC area record store chain, still has a lone store still in operation in Temple Hills. And now, that's closing too. More at washingtonpost.com.....

New FMers For WRBS & WHGM - 3/15 - BaltoMedia.net tells us that Baltimore's WRBS, AM 1230, will launch a low-power FM signal on 94.3 from the WRBS-FM tower in southwest Baltimore County. It will duplicate 1230's Christian talk programming. This is after WRBS was turned down by the Federal Communications Commission for trying to get an FM license on 103.1, after complains from alternative rocker WRNR in Annapolis, which is also on 103.1. Also, Harford County's oldies WHGM, 104.7 FM/1330 AM, has its new FM on the air - 107.5 for Bel Air and central Harford County. Along with 100.5 FM on the Eastern Shore, WHGM now has three low-power FMs simulcasting the original AM 1330 signal.....

WAMU Benefited From "Trump Bump" - 3/14 - "WAMU in Washington DC was the 800-pound gorilla," consultant Gabe Hobbs tells Tom Taylor Now. That's "from a pure persons-listening standpoint, with adult 25-54 average quarter hour persons for the January 2016 through December 2016 Nielsen PPM markets." Hobbs concludes that for 2016, "the overwhelming majority of any 'Trump bump' went to non-commercial radio." And American University-owned public news talker WAMU topped his list with 15,800 age 25-54 AQH persons. Second on Hobb's list was commerical news talker KFI in Los Angeles with 13,500. Public radio news talker KQED in San Francisco took third with 12,100. No other DC area stations made the top 10.....

Locals Make "Heavy Hundred" Sports Talkers For 2017 - 3/13 - Talkers magazine/website is out with its "Heavy Hundred" sports talk hosts for 2017. And a batch of DC-Baltimore area locals make the list, including: 106.7 The Fan's Sports Junkies 14th, 105.7 The Fan's Scott Garceau and Jeremy Conn 54th, 105.7 The Fan's Ed Norris and Rob Long 71st, ESPN 980's Kevin Sheehan and Chris Cooley 77th, 106.7 The Fan's Chad Dukes 81st, ESPN 980's Doc Walker, Brian Mitchell, and Scott Jackson 87th, and ESPN 980's Steve Czaban 89th.....

Fred Manfra Eyes Retirement - 3/10 - After 25 years in the radio broadcast booth for Baltimore Orioles games, Fred Manfra reflects on his career and what may be fis final season. This year, Manfra will be doing just a handful of home games via 105.7 The Fan and the other stations on the Orioles Radio Network. More at wbal.com.....

WaPo Unveils Slogan - 2/24 - The Washington Post added a new phrase beneath its online masthead this week - "Democracy Dies In Darkness." It's the newspaper's first official slogan in its 140-year existence and it was chosen from more than 500 options. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Klug To Do Ravens Voiceovers - 2/22 - Baltimore rock radio veteran and voice god John Klug tells us that he'll be doing voiceovers for the Baltimore Ravens throughout the 2017 season. Check out Klug and his Klug Productions at klugproductions.com.....

9's Kristen Berset Again Battles Cancer - 2/20 - Channel 9/WUSA reporter Kristen Berset is again fighting breast cancer - for the second time since her original diagnosis in 2009. Berset, 35, will undergo treatment. "Like the first one, this tumor is Stage 1, and Berset has a great prognosis, but she will probably require six weeks of radiation therapy and possibly chemo, so reports washingtonpost.com.....

Naked Intruder At NBC DC Bureau Bites Man - 2/15 - From AP: Police say a naked man assaulted another man at the entrance of NBC News' Washington bureau, then ran into the building and bit a man who helped stop him. The man approached the entrance of the Nebraska Avenue NW building that's also home to NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC Saturday night and hit a man in the face, pushed him to the floor, and ran inside. Another man told police he spotted the naked intruder running down the hall with building security in pursuit and helped stop him. Police say the intruder bit the man's arm. The intruder was arrested and taken to a hospital.....

Ockershausen Talks To Frank Harden - 2/14 - DC media veteran Andy Ockershausen (right), a third-generation Washingtonian who has worked for the Evening Star Broadcast Group, the old WMAL-TV, WMAL radio, Channel 50/WDCW, and, most recently, Comcast/NBC Universal, last fall launched a podcast, "Our Town," with local personalies. Including media figures, politicans and community leaders, sports heroes, business and charitable influencers, and many more. Ockershausen's latest interview is with Frank Harden, the legendary WMAL radio host. Each half-hour podcast, which is recorded at WMAL, can be heard at ourtowndc.com.....

Are WFRE & WFMD Up For Sale? - 2/13 - Tom Taylor Now tells us that rumors are floating around that iHeart is now marketing for sale some stations held by the Aloha Station Trust. About 10 years ago, iHeart, then Clear Channel, put a batch of its stations in the trust with the intention to sell them in accordance with Federal Communications Commission market ownership limits. But, a decade later, iHeart is still running the stations, which include Frederick country outlet WFRE, 99.9, and sister news talker WFMD, 930. Taylor speculates that iHeart has "received signals" from the new Ajit Pai-headed FCC that "it should be more aggressive about finding permanent owners." WFRE and WFMD can be heard throughout much of the DC metro, where iHeart also owns five major FMers, including WWDC, WIHT, WASH, WMZQ, and WBIG.....

Baltimore's 105.7 & 1300 Must Drop WJZ Call - 2/13 - With CBS in the process of selling its radio division to Entercom, Tom Taylor Now tells us that Entercom can continue to use the CBS Sports Radio Network name, but not the CBS "eye" design through December 2020. However, after 12 months following the deal closing, CBS's sports talkers in Baltimore must remove all references to the market's CBS-TV. That means Baltimore's 105.7 The Fan and its sister AM 1300 outlet need to drop the WJZ call they've had since November 2008, which they share with CBS-owned Channel 13/WJZ.....

WTOP Removes Comments From Website - 2/3 - As of Feburary 1, Hubbard all-newser WTOP has disabled the comments feature on its wtop.com website articles. "Our goal with the comment boards has always been to foster a space for civil dialogue on the many issues we cover daily. WTOP values free speech and our role in protecting the First Amendment. However, over the past year, the discourse on our comment boards has devolved into sometimes hateful and racist dialogue, which is a direct violation of that policy and inconsistent with WTOP's journalistic standards and principles," according to a statement at wtop.com. "Monitoring the comment boards to ensure our policies were respected and followed began taking an increasing amount of time away from our primary mission of reporting the news." WTOP directs those who are interested in commenting on stories to its Facebook and Twitter pages.....

Loverro To Be Heard On WJFK - 2/3 - DC sports media veteran Thom Loverro, who was among the multitude of recent cuts made by Red Zebra sports talker WTEM, ESPN 980, will now contribute to CBS sports talker WJFK, 106.7 The Fan.....

Radio One Struggles With Radio Revenue - 2/2 - Tom Taylor Now tells us that it's annual bonus time at Silver Spring-based African American radio giant Radio One and its Reach Media - except for one executive. It's "no bonus" for David Kantor. Last year his role was greatly expanded, giving him oversight of the radio division plus the Reach Media syndication. The company says that "Mr. Kantor did not receive a bonus for the calendar year 2016, as the combined radio and Reach Media segments did not achieve" the expected cash flow. Ironically, according to Taylor, in awarding CEO Alfred Liggins his full "100% bonus," the board cites "Reach Media's favorable performance." So the shortfall for Kantor must've been at the radio station division. Liggins was eligible for a 2016 bonus of up to $1.25 million, and he gets 100% of that. Radio One founder and Chairperson Cathy Hughes also got 100% of her possible bonus, or $500,000. In her case, the board leaned on the company's "overall performance and the founder's contributions to the success of the company." CFO Peter Thompson and Chief Administrative Officer Linda Vilardo both bank $300,000 bonuses, Taylor adds. Locally, Radio One owns WKYS, WMMJ, WERQ, WWIN-FM/AM, WPRS, WOL, WOLB, and WYCB.....

Maureen Bunyan Says Goodbye To 7 - 1/31 - Veteran DC TV news anchor Maureen Bunyan (right) bid farewell to viewers during Channel 7/WJLA's 6 PM newscast tonight, January 31. Station management told Bunyan in early January that it intended to exercise a "window" in her contract that enables either party to end the agreement before its full term. "Maureen has been a trusted voice for progress in our community, and within our ranks," says WJLA News Director Mitch Jacob. "She is a journalist and advocate of the highest order, and we will miss her insight and passion tremendously." Bunyan, 71, has been delivering news on DC TV for almost five decades. In the early 1970s, she started as a reporter and then became an anchor at what was Washington Post-owned Channel 9/WTOP, now WUSA. She was among the first African American women in the nation to anchor a local evening newscast. Bunyan jumped to Allbritton-owned WJLA in 1999. Allbritton sold the station to Baltimore-based Sinclair two years ago. Since then, many of the station's longtime personalities have left, most recently anchor Leon Harris, whose contract was not renewed last fall. He was joined by news anchor Gordon Peterson in late 2014 and sports anchor Tim Brant in early 2016.....

Tom Gavin Dies - 1/23 - DC radio veteran Mike O'Meara posts on his Facebook page: "I'm hearing that our good friend Tom Gavin passed away... If that is true, it is very very sad. I will always miss those requests for Charly, and that cane balancing act at our live shows. RIP Tom, you were a true original, and I will miss you, just like the many other radio folk who were your friends." Gavin was a regular caller on "The Don & Mike Show," which O'Meara co-hosted with Don Geronimo through the 1990s, up until 2008 on WJFK, 106.7.....

Classical WETA-FM Launches App - 1/18 - WETA-FM, 90.9, celebrates the 10th anniversary of its re-launch as an all-classical music station with the unveiling of the new Classical WETA App, available now via iTunes, Google Play, and at classicalweta.org. The app, featuring music, arts, and cultural resources currently found on-air and online, "allows instant availability via mobile devices in just a few simple taps," according to a announment from the station. WETA-FM claims to be "the most listened to classical music radio station in the United States".....

Kirsten Berset Faces Cancer Again - 1/17 - Channel 9/WUSA anchor Kristen Berset is battling a second round of breast cancer, according to wusa9.com. "The prognosis is great, but it will require me to step away from the anchor desk for several weeks as I undergo treatment," she said during yesterday's 6 PM newscast.....

Jon Saraceno To Vegas - 1/4 - Former USA Today sports columnist Jon Saraceno joins the staff at the Las Vegas Review-Journal later this month. Saraceno, who accepted a buyout in 2013 from McLean-based USA Today after three decades at the national newspaper, will cover the NFL and boxing.....

Kornheiser & Povich Buy DC Bar - 1/4 - DC sports media veteran Tony Kornheiser, TV host Maury Povich, and former University Of Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams have purchased Chad's, the longtime Friendship Heights restaurant and bar that's a popular hangout for media types from nearby WTTG, WRC, WUSA, and WMAL. Kornheiser said the group plans to rename the former Chadwick's, soliciting naming suggestions from his podcast listeners, among others. He also said he would like to put a studio in the Wisconsin Avenue hangout, where he could record his podcasts and potentially host other local podcasters. More at washingtonpost.com.....

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