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4/1 - DCRTV hears that Red Zebra, which owns sports talker WTEM, ESPN 980, has re-signed Brian Mitchell and Scott Jackson for three more years. They co-host "Inside The Locker Room" withDoc Walker weekdays from 2 PM to 4 PM. Mitchell is also a contributing member of the Washington Redskins Radio Network, offering analysis pre-game, post-game, and during halftime. Jackson also hosts "Redskins Recap," Mondays after Redskins games and is the station's lead NBA analyst.....

4/1 - DC radio veteran Don Geronimo will launch a subscription podcast on the RELM Network today, April 1st, at 3 PM. "The Don Geronimo Show" will be presented live for two hours, Monday through Friday, via dongeronimopodcast.com. A recorded version of the show will be available shortly after each live show ends. The cast includes Don Geronimo, co-host Drew Hoffar, their sidekick, Joe Ardinger, and features regular appearances by longtime pal and newsman Buzz Burbank. The show will be available by subscription - via a monthly ($9.99), a quarterly ($26.99), and an annual package ($99.99) that features a discount for early subscribers ($84.99). With the addition of "The Don Geronimo Show," the RELM Network now features 17 shows, including "Buzz Burbank News And Comment," "The Kirk McEwen Show," and "The Marc And Lowell Show," via relmnetwork.com.....

4/1 - DCRTV April Fools Day joke for 2014:

Jack Diamond To Do Mornings At WASH - 4/1 - Clear Channel's adult contemporary WASH, 97.1, names Jack Diamond (right) host of its morning show - "The New Jack Diamond Show." Starting April 21st. "It'll be great to returning to the Washinton radio market. I can't wait," says Diamond, who'd been heard in mornings on Cumulus's hot adult contemporary WRQX, then Mix 107.3, for almost 20 years before getting canned about a year ago. He did a short radio gig in Miami late last year. Current WASH morning man Loo Katz will leave WASH's mornings with Diamond's arrival and will start a fulltime oldies station, dubbed "The Loo Channel," that will air on a 97.1 digital subchannel, via low-powered 94.3 in the Rockville area, and via the internet, starting in May. There's no word yet about who will be part of Diamond's new on-air crew. A Clear Channel source wouldn't say how much Diamond is being paid, but he did say that his revenue deal is based on the profits from plans to nationally syndicate Diamond's new show.....

3/31 - Vickie Burns, who was once news director at DC's NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC, and who later held news and management positions with NBC's Los Angeles and New York City TV stations, has been bounced from her latest gig, as a consultant to the news director at Tribune's NYC TV station, WPIX.....

3/31 - From DCRTV's 3/31 Mailbag: "It appears that Amanda Meadows is gone from her traffic reporting duties on WJLA's 'Good Morning Washington.' Her last appearance was on March 7th. [WTOP's] Jack Taylor has been seen doing traffic reporting duties on 'GMW' since March 10th." Meadows' Channel 7 nickname was "gridlock godess".....

3/27 - DCRTV hears that former Mix 106.5, WWMX morning man Jojo Girard, who had most recently been working at Howard Community College's HCC Radio, is the new morning personality at classic hits WFGR in Grand Rapids MI.....

3/27 - WNAV, 1430 AM/99.9 FM in Annapolis, will feature live coverage of 40 Bowie Baysox games this season. Additionally, all 142 games will be streamed live online via 1430wnav.com. Adam Pohl, the director of broadcasting for the team, will provide play-by-play announcing and be joined by Wiley Baker, WNAV's sports producer. Each game will feature a 20-minute pregame show, "Baysox On-Deck," hosted by Pohl. The first broadcast game will be April 4 at 6:35 PM versus Harrisburg. The Sajak-owned station also carries the Baltimore Orioles.....

3/27 - DCRTV hears that Channel 7/WJLA snapped up six awards from the National Press Photographer Association for work in the fourth quarter of 2013. Including Richard Chamberlain, Brandon Mowry, and Van Applegate in the "deadline news" catagory. Plus, Dwayne Myers for "general news." In the "in depth" category Jeff Rose. And, in the "news feature" category for Mowry.....

3/25 - Jerry Del Colliano, via his Inside Music Media newsletter, reports that Clear Channel is looking to dump Total Traffic. The corporate radio giant "is now itchy to scrap its national traffic service and save the salaries and expenses involved. Another acquisition gone bad when Clear Channel thought it could turn [formerly named] Metro Traffic into a powerhouse spot carrier. Turns out they were so wrong." In its Silver Spring facility, Total Traffic employs a number of high profile DC area traffic reporters, including Lisa Baden and Julie Wright, and provides traffic reports for a number of area radio stations, including those owned by CBS and Radio One.....

3/25 - "Parasite Girls" is the debut novel for Tory Gates (right). A broadcaster with 30 years of radio experience, Tory has worked nearly every format as a DJ, news anchor, talk show host, traffic reporter, and producer. His experience includes several years as a reporter with the former XM Traffic and Weather, and as a voicetracker for the X-Country music channel. He is currently employed by Tango Traffic, and the Radio Pennsylvania Network. Tory is also a songwriter/musician with the indie folk duo the Dharma Fools, and an actor with experience in stage and independent film. His thoughts and observations can be found on the blog "Words Of A Pre-Curmudgeonly Zen Pagan." Additional writings and demo reels are at behance.net/torygates. A native of Vermont, Tory lives in York, Pennsylvania. Buy "Parasite Girls" at amazon.com. It's also available at barnesandnoble.com and as an e-book through Smashwords.....

3/24 - Howard University's adult urban contemporary WHUR, 96.3 FM, has restored its internet stream after being offline since January. The station said it was making technical improvements and need to cut the flow temporarily. Now, urbanradionation.com reports that the stream is back and "the sound quality is amazing. We are also impressed with the functionality of the player with a host of apps that allow you to search for information." You can find it at whur.com.....

3/24 - The Mid-Atlantic Sports Network names Dan Kolko, currently its MASNsports.com Nationals beat reporter, to serve as the sideline reporter for Nats games this season. Kolko becomes the fourth Nats sideline reporter in four years. Debbi Taylor first served in the job. Kristina Akra took over in April of 2012, and Julie Alexandria followed in April of 2013. Kolko is on his third season covering the Nats. He previously covered the Ravens for MASNsports.com, and has also worked at Comcast SportsNet.....

3/20 - DC and Baltimore radio veteran Jason Kidd (right), who got the boot from his program director gig at CBS's rhythmic contemporary WPGC last year, joins New Generation Radio, a DC-based content development firm that is launching a new radio format, Smash Hits - getsmashhits.com. Kidd becomes president as well as head advisor/brand and content developer. He says, "Smash Hits is the next generation of oldies without saying the word 'oldies.' There are oldies/classic hit stations that target 50 and over but very few focus on the 30-50 year old demographic. Smash Hits is an exciting music format that concentrates on '80s hits with some late '70s and early '90s mixed in." Also, New Generation Radio will work with media companies advising on various formats. In addition to WPGC, Kidd spent 10 years programming for CBS Radio where he also worked at WQSR and WWMX. He's also worked for Clear Channel and SiriusXM.....

3/20 - Former DC United midfielder Santino Quaranta, a Baltimore native, is joining Comcast SportsNet's team telecasts for the 2014 Major League Soccer season. He will join play-by-play announcer Dave Johnson, a WTOP sports anchor who has held the DC United booth position since the team's inaugural season in 1996.....

3/19 - Steve "Smurf" Keene added some new artwork to his custom bike, the "Smurf" bike. And, because of all the good work Ripley and Southern Maryland's 977 The Rocket, rocker WMDM, does for the motorcycle community, the military, and for pet rescue, he added the radio station as well as the radio personality and his wife, "The Boss," to the paint scheme. Check out the pix in DCRTV's 3/19 Mailbag. The "Smurf" bike will be unveiled with the new artwork at the prestigious East Coast Nationals Car And Motorcycle Show in Philadelphia this weekend.....

3/17 - "Cindy the weather dog" was a star on DC radio for six years, because Paul Harris says, "If you're a good broadcaster, you recognize this is something you can play with." Golden-retriever-mix Cindy belonged to listeners Doug and Nancy Griggs, who noticed her uncanny ability to predict rain. Starting in the 1980s, Harris featured Cindy on his morning show at defunct classic rocker WCXR and later on rocker DC101. And her prowess was such that the local TV weathercasters declined to take her on, writes Tom Taylor in his Monday radio biz newsletter. As Doug tells John Kelly at the Washington Post, they "all turned her down. After all, if you beat a dog, so what? But if a dog beats you".....

3/15 - More management changes at financially-strapped Pacifica, which owns DC jazz and lefty talk outlet WPFW. Radio Insight tells us that Summer Reese has been dismissed as executive director of the nonprofit radio group. Last year, John Hughes was removed from his general manager position at WPFW. More at current.org.....

3/15 - WJFK's Sports Junkies will return for a third season of Comcast SportsNet's "Table Manners." And more on the Nationals TV rights dispute with the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. In this week's sports media column at PressBoxDC.com.....

3/14 - Back in 2012, we saw numerous news stories about how a big TV revenue dispute was brewing between the Nationals and MASN, which is owned by Orioles owner Peter Angelos. And then a year's worth of relative silence. Until now. Jonah Keri provides this update at grantland.com: "For now, the MASN status quo remains. The Nationals aren't completely helpless, though. According to a source close to the Washington franchise, Major League Baseball has sent the team an undisclosed sum every year to help bridge the gap, and to prevent the [Nationals owner] Lerners from taking matters to court, until the deal becomes more balanced".....

3/14 - Andrew Langer and John Popp are joining forces on a podcast via the RELM network, relmnetwork.com. Listen to "The Langer-Popp Cast" here. A few months ago, Popp, who used to produce G. Gordon Liddy's radio show and who now produces the "Cam And Company" show on NRANews and Sirius XM, was approached by another local radio veteran, Buzz Buzbank, and Ronick to do a show. The weekly show, which will be available on Mondays, "bridges the gap between political talk and guy talk, taking a step away from the crazy and the strident," says Langer, who once worked at WBAL-AM. "John's a conservative, and I'm a small 'L' libertarian, so we've got some different perspectives on things - but the idea is to make issues and people a heck of a lot more accessible than other conservative or libertarian hosts make them." For now, the podcast is free but there might be some premium content produced later in the week, Langer adds.....

3/12 - Your friendly webmaster, DCRTV Dave, talks to Jonathan Shachter via his "Sadly Lacking Radio" podcast about DC radio veteran Don Geronimo and "why did CBS bring [him] back to DC" only to recently remove him from sports talker WJFK. And how a DC-based podcast is probably in Geronimo's future. At sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

3/12 - Talkers Magazine is out with its annual "Heavy Hundred" list of top radio talkers. And in the 2014 edition, four WMAL-based personalities made the prestigious rankings - morning team Brian Wilson and Larry O'Connor at 56, late morning rager Chris Plante at 73, and weekend financial guru Ric Edelman at 97. Nationally-syndicated Rush Limbaugh, also heard on WMAL, once again leads the list. Other locally-based personalities on the list include Mark Levin 6th, Joe Madison 9th, Laura Ingraham 15th, Michael Smerconish 17th, Jim Bohannon 20th, Bill Bennett 24th, Larry Young 42nd, and Tom Marr 76th.....

3/7 - Washington radio legend Ed Walker, 81, does an interview with NPR and talks about his career, including his days with Willard Scott as "The Joy Boys," and his current show, "The Big Broadcast" on WAMU.....

3/7 - After 17 years as the voice of Hubbard's all-news WTOP, Pat Garrett becomes the new voice of CBS Radio's sports talker WJFK, 106.7 The Fan, beginning April 1st. Garrett is also working with CBS Radio sports talker WJZ-FM, 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore, plus the company's sports talkers in Seattle and Tampa. Also, Garrett adds new clients around the country, including radio stations in Albuquerque, New Orleans, and Florence SC, and a TV station in Monterey-Salinas CA.....

3/7 - Back in January, Howard University's adult urban contemporary WHUR, 96.3 FM, took the "listen live" button off its website, promising to restore if after it upgrades its streaming player. However, the stream is still down as of early March and listeners across the country and around the world are getting impatient about its return, which WHUR promises will be mid-March.....

3/4 - Carl Kasell (right) will retire from his role as official judge and scorekeeper of the NPR comedy-quiz show "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me," which is produced in Chicago. He's a former NPR "Morning Edition" newsreader who turns 80 in April. Kasell joined NPR in 1975 as a newscaster for the weekend edition of "All Things Considered." Before that, he spent a decade as a newscaster and news director at Arlington's all-news WAVA radio. More at chicagotribune.com.....

3/4 - John Fredericks brings his Virginia-based politics show to new Laurel MD talker WILC, 900 AM, starting today. He'll air from 6 AM to 9 AM. Fredericks used to be heard on Northern Virginia's WTNT, 730 AM/102.9 FM, which recently flipped from English talk to Spanish contemporary music. Fredericks continues to be heard during mornings on WHKT, 1650 AM, in the Norfolk area. You can listen online at thejohnfredericksshow.com.....

2/27 - Reggie Marston is a Springfield VA-based licensed home inspector with a radio show. "The House PI" got its start at Fairfax Public Access and then got syndicated with IRN/USA. As of January 4th, the show is distributed by Salem Radio Network at srnradio.com and Marston is looking to get a line-up of stations. He tells DCRTV: "I've had Bruce Irving on, 16 year producer to 'This Old House,' Kimberly Lacy from 'Curb Appeal,' 'The Deck Chef' to talk about barbecuing and barbecue safety, Bruce Lubin, the author of '10,001 Easy Solutions' who appears regularly on Kathy Lee and Hoda." Marston was HGTV's original house detective on "The House Detective." You can contact him at info@thehousepi.com and listen to past shows at thehousepi.com.....

2/27 - WTOP long-time web writer Alicia Lozano has been named editor of a new entertainment section on WTOP.com. She will focus on managing the section and creating original digital content that will also include on-air contributions. The entertainment section is the latest in WTOP's online expansion, following the launch of living and technology sections on the site. WTOP.com has enjoyed continued success with 30% growth in site traffic in 2013 and a nearly 40% increase so far this year.....

2/26 - Has Maureen McLain been jettisoned from the midday slot at Clear Channel's adult contemporary WASH, 97.1 FM? She's gone missing from the station's website.....

2/25 - Is Marco on the way out as WRQX, All The Hits 107.3's afternoon personality? We're hearing some rumblings. Cumulus-DC management is being tight-lipped on any possible changes at the ratings-challenged hot adult contemporary outlet. WRQX's afternoon drive slot ranked 20th in the age 6+ demo for January. But that was still better than the 23rd place ranking for Atlanta-based Bert Weiss in mornings. Meanwhile, management continues to deny rumors that WRQX may flip to a "NASH" country format.....

2/21 - A source tells DCRTV that some top execs from CBS's DC market all-newser, WNEW, 99.1 FM, yesterday met with some top execs from CBS's Baltimore radio cluster to discuss "sales, marketing, and content." Even though the two-year-old station has yet to generate significant ratings traction in its home market, it has been gaining audience in the Baltimore market, where it was 17th in the January monthly numbers.....

2/19 - DCRTV broke the news yesterday that DC101 morning man Elliot Segal (right) will no longer be heard on NYC news talker WOR. Now, there's more from Tom Taylor Now: "Onetime Z100 New York morning personality Elliot Segal didn't even get a chance to move from Washington, DC, where he's heard on sister alt-rocker DC101, WWDC. It's all pretty strange - putting Elliot on a talk station along with Rush Limbaugh, and replacing an establishing morning show led by John Gambling. (John retired at year-end, and was probably done with radio, for good.) Clear Channel says that 'Elliot In The Morning' will be going back fulltime on DC101. (He's also cleared on sister modern rock XL102, WRXL in Richmond.) CC says 'after much thought and discussion, it's clear that we'd have to make significant changes to ensure that the show resonates as successfully with the New York audience as it does with Elliot's DC audience.' That a polite way to put it. There's speculation about Scott Shannon announcing a new gig as early as Friday. He just left the 'Scott and Todd' morning show at Cumulus hot adult contemporary WPLJ, and is identified with music formats, not talk. Is he going to WOR? That would be strange. But you couldn't get much stranger than putting Elliot on WOR, in the first place." DCRTV adds: Shannon worked at then-contemporary hit WPGC in the 1970s and 1980s.....

2/19 - LaDawn Black, love and sex relationship expert, author, and host of "The LaDawn Black Show" on Baltimore's urban contemporary 92Q, WERQ, is now also part of the weekend line-up of adult urban contemporary Magic 95.9, WWIN-FM. Black's 92Q show airs Monday through Thursday at 10 PM. And now Saturdays at 10 AM on Magic 95.9. The change comes after Black's eight-week run as a fill-in host on Magic 95.9 during the holiday season. Says Al Payne, operations manager for Radio One Baltimore: "LaDawn will now have a daytime platform to showcase her unique way of interacting with our audience on topics and their personal issues. This will be the perfect complement to the Magic weekend." More at ladawnblack.com.....

2/15 - DCRTV hears that Mike O'Meara plans to move from Manassas to the Ft. Myers, Florida area. He will continue to do his daily podcast, which just celebrated its 1,000th edition. His sidekicks, Oscar Santana and Robb Spewak, will remain in the DC area and continue to be heard on "The Mike O'Meara Show" at mikeomearashow.com via internet connections. For two decades, O'Meara did "The Don And Mike Show" with Don Geronimo at WAVA and WJFK. O'Meara left WJFK in mid-2009 and started his podcast later that year.....

2/12 - Times-Shamrock's classic rocker in Baltimore, 100.7 The Bay, WZBA, has been besting Hearst active rocker, 98 Rock, WIYY, in the Charm City radio ratings for the past half-year or so. Now, the station names afternoon drive personality Jay Philpott to its assistant program director post. He'll assist Dan Michael, who is program director. Philpott joined WZBA in September 2013. His previous experiences include various programming and air-work positions in St. Louis, Milwaukee, Dallas, Minneapolis, Norfolk, and Seattle.....

2/8 - Just launched talker WILC, 900 AM in Laurel, adds "The Artie Lange Show" from Premiere Radio Networks to the 10 PM to 1 AM slot on weekdays. Lange is a comedian who used to be a regular on Howard Stern's radio show. WILC flipped from Spanish music and talk to English talk on February 3rd. The station's line-up also includes Glenn Beck and Dennis Miller.....

2/7 - After many years together with Todd Pettengill hosting "Scott And Todd In The Morning" on Cumulus hot adult contemporary WPLJ in NYC, Shannon announced on the air this morning that he is retiring from WPLJ after 22 years at the station. Pettengill will continue as the host of "The Todd Show" during the same morning drivetime slot. Shannon programmed DC's then-contemporary hit WPGC in the 1980s.....

2/7 - DCRTV hears that Josh Markovitz exits weekends at country WFRE, 99.9 FM, in Frederick. His on-air experience includes now-defunct alt rocker WTGB, the Globe, in DC and Harrisburg area rocker WQXA. We're told that he is open to any on-air positions and formats in the Washington, Baltimore, or Philadelphia vicinity.....

2/6 - A DC radio source tells us: "I hear that Lew Dickey is in town today for major meetings and that the rumors regarding country for WRQX are getting closer to fruition." Dickey is head of Cumulus, which owns WRQX. Several weeks ago, DCRTV reported a rumor that Cumulus may flip WRQX, 107.3 FM, from contemporary hits to its NASH-branded country format which it is rolling out across the country. WRQX's ratings have fallen to about 20th place after morning man Jack Diamond got jettisoned last spring. That NASH rumor has been repeatedly denied by Mark O'Brien, who heads Cumulus's DC radio cluster.....

2/6 - Channel 50/WDCW did a satellite interview with former DC TV newsman and now nationally-syndicated afternoon talk show host Maury Povich about the passing of Lee "Cap'n Tugg" Reynolds and why it's not longer possible to have locally-based kiddie shows like "Romper Room," "Ranger Hal," and "Pic Temple." At dc50tv.com. In the 1960s and early 1970s, Povich hosted the "Panorama" afternoon local talk show at Channel 5/WTTG, where Reynolds also worked. WDCW airs Povich's current show, "Maury," weekdays at 2 PM and 4 PM.....

2/6 - Hubbard all-newser WTOP adds hourly rail transit updates, which will include information on track work and delays for Metro, MARC, VRE, and Amtrak. They will air at four minutes past every hour weekends from 8 AM to 8 PM. This is in addition to breaking transit information offered around the clock on WTOP as part of "traffic every 10 minutes on the 8s." Metro is the second busiest transit system in the USA, averaging more than 700 thousand riders a day, and more than half a million weekend riders, many of whom are tourists. WTOP Program Director Laurie Cantillo says, "Metro riders deserve the same real-time information that DC area commuters have grown to depend on from the WTOP Traffic Center." Rail riders can access minute-by-minute information by listening to 103.5 FM, by signing up for text and email alerts on WTOP.com, and by following @WTOPtraffic on Twitter.....

2/4 - DCRTV hears that Jerry Booth has joined WTOP's traffic team. He had been working for Total Traffic, where he was heard doing midday traffic reports for rival all-newser WNEW.....

2/3 - Sources tell DCRTV that Bob Pettit is out of his general manager job at Baltimore news talker WCBM, 680 AM. More soon.....

2/2 - DCRTV hears that Baltimore-DC radio veteran Ken Merson was among a half-dozen SiriusXM personalities who recently got pink-slipped. We're told that corporate has taken both the 50s-On-5 and 90s-On-9 music channels jockless as a budget-cutting move. Also getting cut were KT Harris and JoJo Morales who were heard on the 1990s channel and Dave Hoeffel, Norm N. Nite, and Jim Kerr who were heard on the 1950s channel, along with Merson.....

2/2 - Univision-affiliate Channel 14/WFDC adds a 14.3 subchannel of getTV, a new English language classic movies and TV shows network which launches Monday. More at get.tv.....

2/1 - Early Saturday morning, Steve Kingston, president of Annapolis area rocker WRNR-FM, 103.1, posted on this his Facebook page: "I will be traveling from NY to Annapolis next week. My hopes are that someone sees the mistake made by Cumulus by not re-signing Jack Diamond and hires him in the 202. Otherwise, WRNR is going to make him an offer. Wake the fuck up DC!" As DCRTV previously told you, WRQX fired morning man Diamond last spring after two decades with the station. He landed a Miami radio gig late last year but has since left that station and said he'd be returning to the DC area. There have been rumors that Diamond might be joining Clear Channel's WASH, but so far no word of another gig for the DC radio veteran.....

1/31 - DCRTV hears that George Solomon, the director of the Shirley Povich Center for sports journalism at the University Of Maryland's Philip Merrill College Of Journalism, is being inducted into the internationally-renowned Washington DC Sports Hall Of Fame for his many contributions and accomplishments as long-time sports editor of the Washington Post. The Hall Of Fame induction ceremony will take place prior to the Washington Nationals-San Diego Padres baseball game, which is scheduled for April 27th.....

1/30 - Washington Post columnist and DC native Clinton Yates (right) joins Hubbard all-newser WTOP as a contributor with a daily commentary piece, "My Take." Starting February 3, the feature will air at 5:35 AM and 8:35 AM Monday through Friday. Yates will cover local and national issues, including sports, politics, and pop culture. "Radio is the original journalism media that I fell in love with as a kid, says Yates. "The opportunity to work with a powerhouse station like WTOP is tremendous".....

1/28 - DCRTV told you last year that there were rumblings that CBS Radio might be leaving its digs in Maryland's Lanham, just off the Beltway in Prince George's County, for new digs in DC. Now, we're told by a source that the DC radio cluster, which includes WNEW, WPGC, WJFK-FM/AM, WIAD, and WLZL, could be moving into new space in southwest DC, near Nationals Park. Possibly as soon as the end of June.....

1/25 - The shootings that left three dead at Columbia MD's Columbia Mall caused Baltimore's Channel 2/WMAR, Channel 11/WBAL, and Channel 13/WJZ to go to wall-to-wall coverage midday Saturday. Some DC stations did, too, including Channel 5/WTTG and Channel 9/WUSA. Area news radio outlets also went fulltime with coverage, including WTOP, WNEW, and WBAL-AM. National news networks, including CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC, plucked coverage from the local TV outlets. One odd aspect was that Fox News used footage from Baltimore's Fox-affiliated Channel 45/WBFF even though the Sinclair-owned station stuck with its scheduled fare of infomercials and syndicated shows. At right, screenshot from WMAR.....

1/23 - NewsBlues tells us that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has put a hold on station sale applications that include shared services or joint sales agreements, which allow broadcasters to use thinly veiled front companies to control key aspects of multiple TV stations in the same market. The decision could affect Baltimore-based Sinclair's $985 million purchase of DC-based Allbritton's TV stations, including Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8. It had been expected to close in early 2014, but Wheeler's decision could delay things. The deal, first announced in July, has drawn close scrutiny because of Sinclair's aggressive expansion. Petitions opposing the sale deal have been filed regarding three markets in which Sinclair already owns TV stations where it will be buying Allbritton stations. According to the Feds, existing local marketing agreements in those markets would not be grandfathered, and Sinclair's adding the new stations from Allbritton would violate FCC ownership rules. More at TVNewsCheck.....

1/23 - Ted Leonsis (right), who owns the Wizards and Capitals, wants to take back the rights to his teams from Comcast SportsNet. He says he plans to put the teams on his new Monumental Network. During a recent appearance at the University Of Maryland's Phillip Merrill College Of Journalism, via washingtonpost.com, Leonsis detailed his intentions. "We licensed our content, our programming, to a cable partner, Comcast SportsNet... But all Comcast SportsNet does is take our programming and sell it to cable partners. They sell it to Comcast Cable, and Cox Cable, and Verizon FiOS and DirecTV. So they arbitrage; they're a middle man for my content... It's incumbent on us that we should have our own network. So we launched Monumental Network to get in the business... And we'll get ready for when our rights come up. And then once we re-claim our rights, then we would go to Comcast and Verizon and DirecTV, and say there is no Comcast SportsNet, you deal with Monumental Network... We'll be a fully developed regional sports and entertainment [company]. We'll own the building... We'll own the teams... What Comcast and the cable guys pay Comcast SportsNet is a lot more than Comcast SportsNet pays us. And then if we had more revenues, then we contribute half of that to the players, the salary cap would go up, we'd be able to bring in more players. We're dis-intermediating more traditional media, and I've been very open and transparent in what we're doing".....

1/22 - Interesting. We just got this at DCRTV's Mailbag today: "Looks like everyone at 4400 Jennifer is about to get fit for Cowboy hats! WRQX is going NASH! Yeee-Haw! It was a matter of time and Cumu-losers have finally decided to let 94.7 win the battle." WRQX, which got tweaked from hot adult contemporary Mix 107.3 to contemporary hit All The Hits 107.3 late last year, ranked 20th place in the latest DC radio ratings round-up. It hasn't much budged above 20th since Jack Diamond was jettisoned as morning man last spring. And Cumulus is debuting its NASH country brand in many markets across the country. More. When we showed the message to Mark O'Brien, who heads Cumulus's DC radio cluster, he responsed: "No truth at all".....

1/22 - From wbal.com: "Here at WBAL-AM, we like to keep things light under crisis. Derek Hunter interviewed 98 Rock's Dave Hill as he grilled out in the midst of our snowstorm." Hill is program director of Hearst rocker WIYY and news talker WBAL-AM.....

1/22 - DCRTV hears that Hubbard's eclectic music The Gamut now has a Facebook page at facebook.com/thegamut. Still no internet stream, but you can hear The Gamut on the digital HD3 subchannels of WTOP's three FM signals - 103.5 in DC, 103.9 in Frederick, and 107.7 in the Manassas/Fredericksburg area. Plus two analog signals - AM 820 in Frederick and FM 104.3 in Leesburg.....

1/21 - Annie Yu has been named co-anchor of Channel 5/WTTG's Sunday morning newscast. She will anchor with Melanie Alnwick from 8 AM to 9 AM. Also, Yu will continue to do reports for WTTG's weekday morning news. She will also cover "the world of style, fashion and home design" in a new morning show segment called "Style File." Yu started at WTTG in 2004, having worked as segment producer and fill-in feature reporter.....

1/21 - DCRTV is hearing about some changes for Hearst news talker WBAL, 1090 AM's "Maryland's Morning News" show. We're told: Bryan "Nehman is host for full four hours, [Bill] Vanko is just news on top of hour and half hour. CBS news appears to be gone on the hour in mornings. This seems to be the beginning, [Michelle Butt] news director seems to be mixing it up along with the PD," Dave Hill.....

1/21 - Pat Garrett signs on for voice imaging duties at CBS sports talker WJZ-FM, 105.7 The Fan, in Baltimore.....

1/21 - Melanie leaves Kane's morning show at Hot 99.5, where she's been a producer and on-air personality. She says via Instagram: "This wasn't a decision I made lightly and I felt like it was ultimately what was best for me and what I needed to do in order to be happy. You get to a point in many career situations where you have to decide whether you want to accept being treated a certain way, or if you should muster up enough respect for yourself to walk away and pursue other opportunities. I chose the latter." Melanie is based at Kane's affiliate in Tampa.....

1/16 - From wjla.com: "Maureen Bunyan (right) is a trailblazer for women, African Americans, and journalists not only in Washington, but across the country. She will be honored Thursday night by her induction into the National Association of Black Journalists Hall Of Fame. A 44-year veteran of television news, Bunyan is one of the most respected and admired broadcasting journalists in the country." Bunyan began her broadcasting career at Boston's WGBH-TV in 1970. After reporting at WCBS-TV in NYC, she came to Washington in 1973 to work at Channel 9 (WTOP-TV, WDVM, WUSA) for 22 years before joining Channel 7/WJLA in 1999.....

1/15 - DCRTV hears that Mark Bass has left his general manager gig at Free Lance-Star's radio cluster in Fredericksburg (WFLS, WVBX, and WWUZ) to be market manager of Centennial's radio cluster in Fredericksburg (WBQB and WFVA). His career includes a general sales manager gig at CBS Radio in Tampa, market manager for Cumulus in Melbourne FL, and 17 years with Clear Channel, overseeing markets like Tuscaloosa AL, Augusta GA, and Chattanooga TN.....

1/15 - A source tells DCRTV: Just a coincidence? Or good planning? With the Allbritton-Sinclair deal closing imminent, the top three digital managers at Channel 7/WJLA have resigned to take new jobs. Managing editor of WJLA.com David Kihara left in December for the Washington Post. Director of new media Blake Sabatinelli left last week for a job at Scripps in Cincinnati. And, Justin Karp left yesterday for San Francisco as social media manager for Pac 12 Networks. He was the digital operations manager. After Sinclair took over Seattle's Fischer Communications in August, over a dozen web editors were pink-slipped. The Sinclair purchase of Allbritton's TV stations, including WJLA and NewsChannel 8, is expected to be approved in early 2014.....

1/14 - DCRTV hears that the Federal Communications Commissions has granted brokered ethnic 1120 AM, WUST's application for a minor change contruction permit to relocate its transmitter site from Falls Church to the WJFK-AM, 1580 site in Morningside MD. WUST's daytime power will increase from 20,000-watts to 50,000-watts, with power during critical hours remaining at 3,000-watts. The main studio will move from 2131 Crimmins Lane to Emma Lee Drive, also in Falls Church. WUST has 36 months to complete construction. Also, WZHF, 1390 AM, which relays English language Radio Russia, filed its own application for a minor change contruction permit to relocate its transmitter site from Falls Church to Morningside. The application seeks to increase daytime power from 5,000-watts to 9,000-watts. Nighttime power will drop from 5,000-watts to 1,000-watts with a signal directed away from Washington. Since the nighttime signal would no longer cover WZHF's current city of license, Arlington, the application seeks to change the city of license to Capitol Heights MD. The WZHF application did not include any information on a new main studio location. The Crimmins Lane lease in the Fairfax County section of Falls Church for the current WUST/WZHF studio transmitter site expires in early 2014. The landlord plans to redevelop the site with 28 single-family homes.....

1/13 - Channel 5/WTTG insiders tell DCRTV that DC TV news veteran reporter Audrey Barnes (right) is being promoted to anchor of the Fox-owned station's Saturday evening newscast. She's been a general assignment reporter at WTTG since 2010, following similar stints at Channel 9/WUSA and Channel 4/WRC. Also, we hear that Barnes will solo anchor with meteorologist Gwen Tolbart and sports anchor Lindsay Murphy. No changes on Fox 5's Sunday evening newscast, but this may not be in the end of changes in the station's anchor line-up. Stay tuned.....

1/13 - Channel 11/WBAL meteorologist Tony Pann is leaving the morning news for weekend evenings, baltomedia.net tells us. On his Facebook page, Pann claims this is a "good thing," so apparently he likes the change. Meteorologist John Collins has retired from WBAL-TV weekend weather, but still does some fill-in work and the taped gardening segment.....

1/10 - DCRTV tipped you back in late December that DC radio veteran Jack Diamond (right) could be coming back to the DC area. We'd heard that his family did not like the move to Miami and that city's adult contemporary WLYF, Lite 101.5. Now, we hear that he's been removed from WLYF's website. Diamond announced he was joining the morning show at Lincoln Financial's WLYF in September. However, we soon heard that he'd gone missing from the Miami station of late. After two decades, Diamond got bounced from Cumulus-owned WRQX, then hot adult contemporary Mix 107.3, in April. There are rumblings that Diamond could be heard this spring on Clear Channel's adult contemporary WASH, 97.1. More soon.....

1/9 - Hubbard all-newser WTOP says it demonstrated "significant growth in the digital arena in 2013, with a 30% overall increase in page views to WTOP.com, averaging more than 22 million page views and reaching more than 1.8 million unique users per month." A number of major news stories in the Nation's Capital contributed to the surge, including sequestration, the government shutdown, and the Navy Yard shooting. Human interest stories, like the birth of the baby panda at the National Zoo, also drove traffic, in addition to the introduction of a live blog for breaking news. WTOP says its growth can also be attributed to its strategic use of social media. Traffic to WTOP.com from Facebook and Twitter grew by 150% in 2013, making WTOP one of the top five social media players in the DC market.....

1/8 - DCRTV hears that Christal Blue, most recently heard middays on Fredericksburg's rhythmic contemporary WVBX, 99.3 The Vibe, has bolted across town to country WGRX, Thunder 104.5, to co-host mornings with Denny More.....

1/8 - DCRTV hears that Red Zebra's WTEM, ESPN 980, has filed a complaint with the FCC about interference from a Clear Channel low-power relay on 94.3 in Montgomery County of Frederick's country WFRE. The signal is impacting reception of WTEM's full-power 94.3 signal, WWXX, from the Warrenton area in parts of Northern Virginia, especially eastern Loudoun (home of Redskins Park) and northern Fairfax counties. "We are on it and have been for months," WTEM programming head Chuck Sapienza tells us. "The government shutdown has slowed down the process." The WFRE relay features 99-watts from the Germantown area, where WFRE's 99.9 full-power signal is actually quite strong.....

1/8 - DC area radio veteran Chuck Koblentz, aka Charlie Cole, via his Jukebox Media company has acquired hot adult contemporary WMBZ-FM in Waynesboro TN from Flinn Broadcasting. Pending FCC approval, the deal should close in about 60 days. Jukebox Media already owns oldies WWON-AM in Waynesboro. Koblentz, who tells us that he expects to move to the Waynesboro area by the end of summer, has worked at WAGE, WFMD, WTRI, WINX, and WAVA.....

1/8 - Is Clear Channel having second thoughts about moving DC101 morning man Elliot Segal (right) from DC to NYC? According to a listener, Segal told a caller this morning that the move is still "up in the air." The listener tells us: "Originally they were going to move up to NYC, but right now he isn't sure what's happening. They'll still be premiering on the NYC station next Monday, but they'll be broadcasting from the DC101 studios" in Rockville. In early December, Clear Channel announced that Segal would be moving in mid-January from its DC alt rocker to an AM news talker in NYC it recently bought, WOR, which also features Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. Even though based in NYC, Segal would still be heard via DC101 and on Richmond alt rocker WRXL. Before coming to DC101, Segal was at Clear Channel's contemporary hit Z100 in NYC.....

1/4 - Check all the nominations for the best and worst in local radio, TV, and media at DCRTV's Best/Worst 2013. The polls have closed. Thanks to all who voted. And start making those lists for this year. Happy new year everyone.....

1/1 - DCRTV's local media Out/In list for 2014.....

OUT/IN
Leon Harris/Kai Jackson
Comcast SportsNet/Monumental
Loo Katz/Jack Diamond
Chad Dukes/Don Geronimo
Sean Hannity/Michael Savage
Larry, Brian, Chris/Manny, Moe, Jack
Patch/ArlNow
Xfinity/Aereo
Bill Hess/Bennett Zier
Anne Hornaday/Kevin BDK McCarthy
Bryan Nehman/Dave Durian
98 Rock/100-7 The Bay
Politico/Capital New York
99.1/94.7
Holden Kushner/Grant Paulsen
WMAL/WWRC
Julie Wright/Jamee Whitten
Tommy McFly/Jimmy Alexander
Bert/Ernie
BBC America/WETA UK
Elliot/Klug
Josh/Mickey
Robert Allbritton/David Smith
Gordon Peterson/Morris Jones
Capital Weather Gang/Weather.com
Steve Swenson/Steve Davis
Ed Norris's motorcycle/Ed Norris's minivan
Donald Graham/Jeff Bezos
Drudge/Daily Caller
Betsy Rothstein/Patrick Tutwiler
WPGC/Praise 104.1
JC Hayward/JC Wayward
Big Rig/Cerphe
Brian Bolter/Scott Smith
WPFW/WCSP
WPOC/New Country 106.1
Mike Moss/Buzz Burbank
Classic Hits/Oldies
Doug Kammerer/Doug Hill
1390/1190
Autria Godfrey/Jummy Olabanji
Michael Baisden/Frank Ski
Katie Couric/Wendy Rieger
Sue Palka/Howie Bernstein
Red Zebra/Dead Zebra
WKCW/The Gamut
JP/Lurch
Jim Farley/Laurie Cantillo
FCC/Ringling Brothers Circus
Analog AM/Digital FM
Dianna Russini/Britt McHenry
Lavar Arrington/Chris Cooley
Tony Perkins in evenings/Tony Perkins in mornings
Chris Core/David Burd
Katharine Weymouth/Carol Joynt
Holly Morris/Angie Goff
Parr/Pablo
Mark Plotkin/Michael Steele
Pat Collins/Russ Ptacek
Marty Bass/Ava Marie
Cozi/MundoFox

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