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9/10 - DCRTV hears that WTOP's Laurie Cantillo has been named "Best Program Director In America" by Jerry Del Colliano's Inside Music Media radio trade newsletter. "He's right," her predecessor Jim Farley tells us.....

9/10 - Jamie Costello hosts a new Monday morning sports show on Scripps' Channel 2/WMAR. The half-hour 10 AM program, "The Nest," will feature a personality from CBS sports talker WJZ-FM, 105.7 The Fan. Talk will center on the previous day's Ravens game, as well as the latest happenings with the Orioles and fantasy football.....

9/10 - Former Redskin Chris Cooley joins "Redskins Showtime," which airs Saturday evenings on Channel 4/WRC. That's in addition to his many other DC sports media gigs, including WTEM afternoon drive host, Redskins Radio Network color analyst, and Comcast SportsNet "Monday Morning Redskins Roundup" host.....

9/10 - Cumulus announces that Beth Cohen has been appointed director of ad sales for its DC radio cluster, including news talk WMAL and contemporary hits WRQX, DC's 107.3. She comes from Clear Channel, where she was general ad sales manager for rocker DC101, WWDC, and contemporary hits WIHT, Hot 99.5. Prior to that, Cohen held various positions in the DC media community for 24 years.....

9/7 - Baltimore media veteran Jimmy Mathis launches a television show that Jack Beale will executive produce. It will debut Sunday, September 7, on Channel 24/WUTB at 6:30 AM. "The show will be a continuation of what Jimmy has always championed - self governess, freedom and negative liberty," Beale tells us.....

9/6 - Could WRQX take Jack back? The station's ratings haven't recovered since the DC morning radio veteran got canned in the spring of 2013. From DCRTV's 9/6 Mailbag: "Jack Diamond was BACK at 4440 Jenifer on Friday afternoon. Sales people were hugging him looked thrilled that he was there. WRQX has lost almost all of their Adult demo ratings... is it true that Cumulus is planning to re-unite Jack with WRQX? This makes too much sense!".....

9/5 - Atlanta hot adult contemporary outlet Star 94 is dropping Jimmy Alexander's morning show after 21 months. Alexander, who used to be a sidekick on Jack Diamond's WRQX, then Mix 107.3 morning show, joined the Atlanta station in 2012. His competition in Atlanta was Bert Weiss, another Diamond crew member. Weiss's show was piped-in to DC via WRQX for about a year after Diamond's spring 2013 firing to no ratings traction.....

9/4 - Even though longtime DC TV movie reviewer and entertainment reporter Arch Campbell (right) bid farewell to Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8 last week, he'll still be heard on the local radio dial. WTEM, ESPN 980's Tony Kornheiser has appointed Campbell a "special correspondent" for his 10 AM to noon radio show. "I will be on tomorrow [Friday] about 8:30 and I will show up a few times a month," Campbell tells us. The Washington Post's "Ann Hornaday remains Tony's movie reviewer. I will merely provide bad jokes and observations".....

9/4 - Eastern Shore/Baltimore radio veteran Mike Popovec's "Ravens Rap," which he hosts from the Ravens Room at the Blue Ox in Ocean City, will now also be aired on Salisbury's Channel 47/WMDT Saturday night and Sunday morning. This is in addition to airing on Comcast's Beach TV in the Ocean City area. Former Baltimore Colt Bruce Laird and WBAL radio's Keith Mills will be among the guest panelists again this year.....

9/3 - Cary Pahigian is slowly putting his imprint on Baltimore's ratings-struggling news talker, WBAL, 1090 AM. The new general manager came onboard in July and, apart from a few news personnel shifts, has unveiled a new logo (right) which emphasizes the station's morning and afternoon drive all-news blocks. The Hearst station continues its politically-based talk shows in middays, with sports talk in evenings.....

9/3 - George Washington University law professor John Banzhaf has officially filed a challenge against the license of Redskins owner Dan Snyder's WWXX, the Buckland VA-licensed 94.3 FM simulcast of his ESPN 980, WTEM sports talk signal. According to broadcastingcable.com, Banzhaf filed the license challenge paperwork at the Federal Communications Commission Tuesday. Snyder's Red Zebra Broadcasting owns seven radio stations, including four in the DC area, three of which feature the signal of WTEM and one for fellow sports talker WSPZ. According to Banzhaf, his challenge is based in part on the argument by former FCC officials and others that the term "Redskin" is a racial slur and that "the unnecessary and repeated on-air use of that derogatory racist word is contrary to current federal law and akin to broadcasting obscenity".....

9/2 - Legendary broadcaster Charlie Gibson sat down for an interview on this week's episode of "The Tony Perkins Show" featuring Gary Stein. Gibson worked with Perkins and Stein from 1999 to 2005 on ABC's "Good Morning America," alongside Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts. Perkins, who is now a news anchor at Channel 5/WTTG, and Gibson reminisced about compelling moments they shared at "GMA." The podcast can be heard at TonyPerkinsShow.com or on iTunes.....

9/2 - Is Paul Johnson, the general manager of Fredericksburg's Free-Lance Star's radio group, leaving the building for another gig elsewhere? That's what a source tells us. The cluster includes country powerhouse WFLS, 93.3 FM. The FLS's stations are going through the FCC approval process to transfer them to the new equity company that took over the newspaper and stations in recent bankruptcy proceedings. We're told that everyone expects the radio stations to be placed up for sale after the FCC proceedings are completed.....

9/2 - We take a look at the transforming radio career of Don Geronimo, who launches a new podcast today. And then there's Jack Diamond, who just lost his San Diego radio gig. Plus, a fond farewell to Arch Campbell, as he takes leave from his 40 year DC TV career. Your friendly webmaster Dave chats with Jonathan in the latest edition of his Sadly Lacking Radio podcast at sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

9/1 - After just a few weeks, DC radio veteran Jack Diamond has quit his new job in San Diego to return to DC. He says his decision to give up the morning show host gig at Tijuana, Mexico-based Max 105.7, a classic rocker, was for family reasons as well as the high cost of living in the area. He writes via his Facebook page: "Yes, we're all back together here in Washington, and I am thrilled to be back in my hometown. Our son will be in school on Tuesday and we will make new plans. A new job? Working on it as soon as we all get settled and I properly thank my wife for all she has done. I am truly blessed to have a family that supports and loves me. Even though I work in radio." Diamond got the boot in the spring of 2013 after two decades at DC's WRQX, then hot adult contemporary Mix 107.3. He had a short gig at a Miami adult contemporary station later that year.....

8/29 - From Friday's Tom Taylor Now: Baltimore's 98 Rock WIYY changes strategy with its HD multicast capabilities, dropping the digital-only music channels. The DCRTV.com Mailbag carried the news earlier this week, and Hearst's new Baltimore market manager Cary Pahigian explains it for NOW readers - "We just want to make sure we are focused with laser-like intensity on our primary products: 98 Rock, news/talk WBAL (1090), the Orioles and the Ravens." He says "all four are high-impact, high-demand products." WBAL remains on the HD2 channel of WIYY (97.9). The music channels had carried both indie music and classic rock - and were known to have been listened to in the offices of HD Radio developer iBiquity, in nearby Columbia, Maryland.....

8/29 - DC radio veteran Craig Coleman joins Laurel MD talker WILC, 900 AM, as lead marketing executive for on-air ad sales. Coleman started his career in 1998 working for "The Don And Mike Show" on WJFK. He's also worked for WINX, WARW, and WRNR-FM. For seven years, he hosted an online podcast, "The Craig Coleman Show".....

8/27 - Ryan Tatay, a sales representative at Channel 7/WJLA, put in his resignation yesterday, we're told. He has accepted the vice president position with Keppler Speakers, where he will be working with former presidents like George Bush and Jimmy Carter, as well as CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.....

8/27 - DCRTV hears that Balimore sports radio veteran Drew Forrester, who was part of the massacre at Baltimore area sports talker WNST, 1570 AM, last week, is still alive and kicking. He tells us that he's launched the home version of his daily blog, "Drew's Morning Dish," which can now be found at drewsmorningdish.blogspot.com. It's available Monday through Friday at 6 AM. And, he will feature a special "Game Day Edition" during football season that will be available at 7 AM. "The blog is keeping me connected with my former listeners, readers, and supporters while I take some time off to transition to my next chapter," Forrester tells us. He can also be followed on Twitter at @itsahooded4iron.....

8/27 - From DCRTV's 8/27 Mailbag: "It appears that WIYY has dumped both of their HD music channels. Simulcast of WBAL-AM is now on HD2. The music HD [Radio] channels were quite good. Sorry to see them go. Might have been a budget cut due to new station manager." The 98 Rock digital subchannels featured "indie" and classic rock. In June, Cary Pahigian took over as head of Hearst's Baltimore radio cluster, which also includes news talker WBAL-AM, 1090.....

8/27 - Former Redskins London Fletcher and Fred Smoot have been named studio analysts for CBS Sports Network's "That Other Pregame Show." Virginia Tech's IMG Sports Network and CBS Radio's WJFK-FM, 106.7 The Fan, have agreed to an extension to carry the Hokies football and men's basketball game broadcasts through the 2018 season. The Washington Post said it will no longer use the term "Redskins" in its official staff editorials. Former Channel 9/WUSA sports reporter Joyce Jackson will become media coordinator for the Prince George's County city of Laurel's Department of Communications. And more in this week's Washington sports media column at PressBoxDC.com.....

8/27 - Emily Kopp, co-host of the morning "Federal Drive" program on Hubbard's Federal News Radio, WFED 1500 AM, will become a reporter and anchor starting September 2. She will contribute to the program she hosted with Tom Temin and the afternoon "In-Depth" show with Francis Rose. Also, Shefali Kapadia leaves her role as morning show digital writer and editor to become a producer for "Federal Drive".....

8/26 - From NewsBlues: Margaret Cordes, who is currently 11 PM executive news producer at Gannett's Channel 9/WUSA, recently filed a lawsuit against her former employer, Fox-owned KRIV-TV in Houston. She worked there as the morning executive producer for three years. Cordes says she was "harassed and abused by her fellow employees and subjected to a hostile work environment," after returning from medical leave for cancer surgery. The stress of her job led to "insomnia, nausea, diarrhea and pressure in her chest," and she was hospitalized, as a result. Eventually, her employment was terminated. Cordes alleges disability discrimination, wrongful interference with employment benefits rights, and retaliation against the defendants. She wants "actual and liquidated damages, plus reinstatement, compensatory and punitive damages, interest, and attorney's fees." More at setexasrecord.com.....

8/26 - The Virginia Tech IMG Sports Network and CBS Radio's WJFK-FM, 106.7 The Fan, have agreed to an extension to carry football and men's basketball game broadcasts through the 2018 season. The sports talker will continue to carry ancillary programs such as the weekly "Tech Talk Live" shows featuring Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer and men's basketball coach Buzz Williams.....

8/26 - Les Kinsolving, 86, announced Monday that he is shifting to Sundays only from 10 PM to 1 AM on Baltimore news talker WCBM, 680 AM. His WCBM weeknight spot will be filled with Mark Levin and Michael Savage extra hours, we're told.....

8/25 - Baltimore sports talker WNST, 1570 AM, promises "a new version" of its format starting after Labor Day - but minus some familiar voices like talents Drew Forrester, Glenn Clark and Ryan Chell, as well as general manager Paul Kopelke. According to Tom Taylor Now, station owner and afternoon host Nestor Aparicio is vague on just what WNST will sound like, starting September 2, though he says "over the next 10 days, you'll be hearing some WNST memories as well as some daily content" related to the baseball Orioles and football Ravens. After that, he promises "a quality conversation with a Baltimore flair, plus sports content, information and analysis." Nestor's wife is being treated for leukemia, and he'll be broadcasting information about bone marrow transplants, to honor her and the medical team who saved her life. And he insists that what he's doing "certainly isn't because WNST is struggling".....

8/22 - Nestor Aparicio, owner of Baltimore area sports talker WNST, wrote this on his station's website: "Today, I announced the departure of several veteran folks - Drew Forrester, Glenn Clark, Ryan Chell, and my office staff of general manager Paul Kopelke, and Ashley Bishoff - in effort to create a basic change in the way we're doing content and our radio format at WNST.net and AM 1570. They came to work every day and they gave everything they had to WNST. They're good, hard-working, honest people and I wish them absolutely nothing but the best in their future." More soon.....

8/19 - Samy K joins the new "Sarah, Ty And Mel" show on Cumulus contemporary hits WRQX, DC's 107.3. He used to work at Clear Channel's like-formatted WIHT, Hot 99.5. Samy K left 99.5's morning "Kane Show" two years ago to tour with his band. He will be the executive producer of WRQX's morning show.....

8/15 - RAMP is reporting that DC radio veteran Jack Diamond has landed a morning show gig at a Tijuana, Mexico station that serves the San Diego market. Starting August 18, he'll do mornings on classic hits XHPRS, 105.7 MAX-FM. Diamond got the boot from Cumulus's WRQX, then Mix 107.3, in the spring of 2013 after doing the morning show for two decades. Later that year, he did a short-lived gig at a Miami adult contemporary station. And, this summer, he was up for a morning gig at a Chicago classic hits station, which, apparently, he didn't get.....

8/14 - DCRTV hears that new owner Sinclair will make its first big change to Channel 7/WJLA come September 15th when it launches a 4 PM newscast with Leon Harris and Alison Starling. To directly compete with NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC's 4 PM newscast. More soon.....

8/14 - DCRTV hears that Matt Jablow, who was a reporter at Channel 9/WUSA from 2011 to 2013, is now hosting and producing a video series for the Baltimore Sun. It's called "The Crime Scene," a weekly webcast about crime-related news and issues in the Baltimore area. Starting with a series on cold cases. Check it out at baltimoresun.com.....

8/13 - Washington's Univision affiliate, Channel 14/WFDC, will launch two new English language digital subchannels this month. The station's current relay of classic movie and TV show channel GetTV moves from 14-3 to 14-2. With the 14-3 subchannel picking up the new Grit network, with shows focusing on the "classic male hero archetype," with stars like John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, and Chuck Norris. The new Escape TV, via 14-4, will feature crime and mystery shows and movies appealing to women.....

8/12 - DCRTV hears more about those new digs for Politico. It's currently housed in the 1100 Wilson Boulevard building in the Rosslyn section of Arlington with former media sisters Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8. But now that Allbritton has sold the TVers to Sinclair, it'll be moving Politico to an adjacent part of the Twin Towers complex at 1000 Wilson Boulevard. The current WJLA/Politico space encompasses the entire 6th floor of both 1100 and 1000 Wilson. Politico is moving to the 8th floor, within the Twin Towers located above the cafeteria. Also, we hear that Politico won't be making the move until the spring of 2015.....

8/11 - Someone threw a pipe into the street-front lobby of Channel 7/WJLA's Rosslyn building Sunday evening, which shattered a glass door. The building also houses NewsChannel 8 and Politico. The word is that a suspect may have been caught but there were no reports of injuries. At right, a photo of the Arlington aftermath via WJLA reporter Kendis Gibson's Facebook page.....

8/11 - A Channel 9/WUSA news crew reporting Saturday on an app that identifies "sketchy" neighborhoods had their van burglarized while they were interviewing individuals who lived in a neighborhood the app identified as "sketchy" in northwest DC. WUSA reporter Mola Lenghi said that he, photographer James Hash, and intern Taylor Bisciotti were in the Petworth area interviewing residents who lived there. Taken from the van: Several laptops, photo gear, backpacks, a purse, and an iPhone. Lenghi says some of the missing items were found in a nearby Dumpster using iPhone's Find Your Phone app.....

8/11 - DCRTV hears from a local radio source that there is a rumor floating around that Cumulus is talking to Redskins owner Dan Snyder's Red Zebra broadcasting arm about buying its two stations - sports talkers ESPN 980, WTEM, and Sportstalk 570. WSPZ. If true, the deal would give Cumulus four more signals in the DC market - WTEM's 980 AM, 92.7 FM, and 94.3 FM, and WSPZ's 570 AM. Cumulus already owns news talker WMAL, 105.9 FM and 630 AM, and contemporary hit WRQX, 107.3 FM. It's no secret that Snyder wants to get out of the radio ownership business. He recently sold his Norfolk area sports talker, and his DC and Richmond area stations have been on the market for at least a year. There's also talk that Cumulus wants to expand its NASH country music format into the DC market and some pairing of Red Zebra's signals, particularly the FM outlets, would lend itself to that. More as we hear it.....

8/9 - Mike Jones moves from evenings to middays on Clear Channel rocker DC101, WWDC. He replaces Tessa Hall, who got cut from middays in mid-July. Before his three years doing evenings, Jones worked on DC101's "Elliot In The Morning" show.....

8/7 - There's talk that Cumulus might sell the Bethesda real estate that features the transmitter site of news talker WMAL's 630 AM signal. In his Thursday radio biz newsletter, Tom Taylor tells us that Cumulus head Lew Dickey, via an investor conference yesterday, indicates that the sale of various transmitter sites around the country plus a chunk of ground outside of DC together could "bring in as much as $200 million." Taylor says that's the first time he's heard Dickey mention the DC market real estate. WMAL's AM towers, which can be been from the Capital Beltway at the I-270 "split," sit in a pricey residential neighborhood off Greentree Road. No word as to where Cumulus would relocate the facility, but out near Red Zebra's Germantown site for 570 AM, sports talker WSPZ, is a possibility that DCRTV has heard before. WMAL is less reliant on the coverage of the AMer since the launch of its FM signal on Northern Virginia's 105.9 in 2012.....

8/6 - Channel 5/WTTG news anchor Tony Perkins (right) debuted his new podcast today. "The Tony Perkins Show" featuring Gary Stein is the newest addition to the MORE Broadcasting line-up, which is anchored by "The Mike O'Meara Show." Perkins says that he is excited and that the weekly podcast gives him a chance to revisit his roots in both stand-up comedy and radio - he once produced for Donnie Simpson. Stein was Perkins' producer during his years at ABC's "Good Morning America" and the two remain best friends. The first three shows are now available at tonyperkinsshow.com and on iTunes.....

8/6 - DCRTV hears that Mike Nichols has died of cancer. He was a producer at Baltimore news talker WCBM for many years and was also involved in the local music scene, playing with a group called "Truth 'N Tempest." More soon.....

8/5 - DC radio veteran Don Geronimo is moving his podcast from the RELM Network to USTREAM. Current subscribers will be transferred to the new host. "I'm taking over this whole operation myself," Geronimo says. Adds RELM co-owner Marc Ronick, "We're proud to have brought listeners a personality of this historical importance." Geronimo was half of "The Don And Mike Show," which once aired on CBS-owned WJFK.....

8/2 - A source tells us: "June Smith was invited to re-join WBAL [1090 AM] last week and the three-hour 'Weekly Roundup Friday' morning saw a return of life to the station's daily lineup. Sources have it that there may be a regular slot made available for 'Mrs. Reason,' or as she now known 'June 1,' as the station has lagged in ratings all for its weekly Sunday football game and nightly baseball broadcasts with a team that is winning. Management was thrilled with her Friday appearance." She's the widow of Ron Smith, the longtime WBAL radio show host who died of pancreatic cancer at age 69 in 2011. Within the past year or two, June had been doing guest shots and fill-in work on WCBM's arch news talk rival, WCBM, 680 AM.....

8/2 - DCRTV hears that former Channel 9/WUSA News Director Lane Michaelsen has joined Sinclair as "group news director." The word is that he might be "tinkering around" its new acquisition - Channel 7/WJLA. Last week, DCRTV broke the news that WJLA General Manager/Vice President Bill Lord, who has been the station's news czar, will be leaving in September. In mid-July, Michaelsen left his news director gig with Atlanta's WGCL-TV. Over the years, he's served as vice president for news at McLean-based Gannett, which owns WUSA. Michaelsen also worked at TV stations in Little Rock, Tampa, Miami, and Cincinnati. Sinclair took over operations at WJLA and its sister local cable channel, NewsChannel 8, yesterday.....

8/1 - Kirk Clyatt, who once did the weather for Baltimore's Channel 45/WBFF, loses his weather gig at Harrisburg's Channel 21/WHP. But he's found a new weather gig, come mid-August, at Charlottesville's Channel 29/WVIR. More at kirkclyatt.wordpress.com.....

8/1 - Your friendly webmaster, DCRTV Dave, chats with Jonathan, who runs the Sadly Lacking Radio podcast, about lots of DC area radio topics, including Chad Dukes taking his afternoon show solo on 106.7 The Fan, WJFK, Chad's latest controversy, the new Sarah Fraser morning show on DC's 107.3, WRQX, the Sinclair takeover of WJLA/NC8, plus the latest moves from Don Geronimo and Anthony Cumia. And much more. At sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

7/28 - Towson Athletics and CBS sports talker WJZ-AM, 1300, have agreed to a partnership in which the Baltimore station will carry every Tiger football and men's basketball game during the 2014-15 season. Also, Towson football coach Rob Ambrose and basketball coach Pat Skerry will make weekly appearances on CBS sports talker WJZ-FM, 105.7 The Fan, during their seasons.....

7/28 - Suits at CBS Radio and its DC sports talker, WJFK, 106.7 The Fan, are probably running for public relations cover today after a Dave McKenna deadspin.com piece goes viral. He tells us that the station recently played a "best of" tape of now-solo afternoon man Chad Dukes' comedy radio bits - including one that's "full of dated meanness and homophobic slurs." By the way, Grant Paulsen was filling-in for the missing Dukes on Monday.....

7/28 - WAMU's nationally syndicated Diane Rehm is being honored at a White House ceremony tonight, July 28. She'll receive a National Humanities Medal for her "incisive, confident and curious voice" despite her long and public bout with spasmodic dysphonia.....

7/28 - Bob Rivers has announced that he's retiring from oldies outlet KJR-FM in Seattle after 33 years of doing morning radio. He spent 25 of those years in Seattle, following some time at Baltimore's 98 Rock, WIYY. Rivers is known in Baltimore for his almost 11-day continuous stint on the radio that caught international attention during the Orioles' 21 game losing streak to start the 1988 season.....

7/28 - DCRTV hears that Bryan "Flounder" Schlossberg, who used to be part of Elliot Segal's morning crew on Clear Channel rocker DC101, WWDC, is coming back to the DC radio dial. He's joining the new Sarah Fraser-centered morning show at Cumulus contemporary hit outlet WRQX, "DC's 107.3." Where he'll be doing audio and video production work. He posts via Facebook: "I'm really happy about this and can't wait to work with so many talented people. Thank you to all of my family and friends who have been a huge source of support over the years." He says he'll still run his FM Entertainment By DJ Flounder company.....

7/28 - The Washington Times says it has created "a unique partnership... that will make the newspaper a content and marketing partner" of the Redskins. According to an announcement at washingtontimes.com, the two will "collaborate" on content that is "designed to provide Redskins fans with compelling, timely, and unique coverage." Including a weekly "Redskins Weekend Game Guide" and a free digital magazine called "The Redskins Report." Both will launch in August. In addition, Times' sports reporters, including Thom Loverro and Zac Boyer, will provide commentary and analysis on some Redskins-produced radio and TV shows and also appear on the team's online pregame and halftime shows. According to media watchdog Jim Romenesko, the Times insists it will still have "probing coverage" of the team." But, he adds, "Probe too hard, and no doubt that deal will dissolve".....

7/28 - Jack Diamond (right) will be guest co-hosting the morning show on Chicago classic rocker WLS-FM this week. And, Chicago media critic Robert Feder reports at robertfeder.com that insiders say the arrangement could become permanent, with Diamond as host and current host Brant Miller in a reduced role. Jan Jeffries, the program director for WLS-FM who worked with Diamond during his many years at DC's WRQX, then Mix 107.3, would say only that he invited Diamond to sit in through Friday. "Jack worked with me in Washington and Atlanta, and it seemed like it would be fun to put him in with Brant for a week," he said. DCRTV's take: What's interesting is that both WLS-FM and WRQX are owned by Cumulus, and Cumulus fired Diamond in the spring of 2013 from his longtime morning gig at WRQX. Since then, Diamond did a short-lived morning show gig at a Miami adult contemporary station, but has since returned to the DC area.....

7/28 - NewsBlues looks at last week's FCC approval of the sale of DC-based Allbritton's TV stations, including Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8, to Baltimore's Sinclair. Writes NewsBlues editor Mike James: "Buried deep in the FCC document [of approval] was an ominous section concerning Sinclair's 'intent to deceive' the commission [fcc.gov]. 'We believe that the facts show that Sinclair apparently violated the local TV ownership rule with respect to its continued operation of [its leased operations in Charleston SC], and we plan to issue an order addressing this potential violation specifically.' The FCC said it viewed Sinclair's 'misrepresentation and lack of candor' as 'serious breaches of trust.' It said the company was guilty of 'intentional misrepresentation of fact intended to deceive.' However, according to the FCC, Sinclair's violations 'do not involve conduct likely to impact the future operation of other stations and that we have adequate enforcement remedies to address them. Nonetheless, we do note that proceedings raising potential character allegations against Sinclair remain open.' Translation: We've got our eye on you, Sinclair. The company was given 60 days to complete its transfers and transactions".....

7/26 - Mark Foglesong joins Columbia MD-based Maroon PR as its director of news and multimedia. He comes from Bethesda-based Comcast SportsNet, where he served as its bureau chief and senior photographer. Before that, he was a photographer, producer, and director for Baltimore's Channel 2/WMAR.....

7/23 - Jake McCann has been named vice president for ad sales for WRQX and WMAL. He comes from Philadelphia where he was director of ad sales for Greater Media's Philadelphia radio cluster. Also, McCann spent seven years as general ad sales manager for Philadelphia sports talker WPEN, 97.5 The Fanatic.....

7/21 - Angie Goff, an anchor at NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC, has been filling in for her NBC colleagues on vacation on NBC's NYC-based "Early Today" and MSNBC's "First Look".....

7/18 - DCRTV hears that Martin Di Caro will soon start working at Channel 9/WUSA as a freelance transportation reporter. He will continue to cover transportation issues for public radio news talker WAMU, 88.5 FM. But he will be ending his reporting work for commercial news talker WMAL, 105.9 FM/630 AM. And, Di Caro will continue working for AP Radio on a part-time basis.....

7/18 - DCRTV hears that Rehoboth Beach talker WGMD, 92.7 FM, has parted ways after seven years with talk show host and newsman Bill Colley. Colley tells DCRTV that he's available "to host shows, sweep floors, and for passing out trinkets at fairs".....

7/17 - Clear Channel makes some DC cuts. Including assistant program director and afternoon talent Skyy, aka Peter Gasbarrini, at classic hits Big 100.3, WBIG. Also, Tessa Hall is gone from middays at alternative rocker DC101, WWDC.....

7/17 - Senor Romeo appears to be annexing nights at several Clear Channel stations, including Baltimore contemporary hit outlet Z104.3, WZFT, replacing the voicetracked Julian Nieh, who used to work at the firm's DC contemporary hit outlet, Hot 99.5, WIHT.....

7/16 - DCRTV gets confirmation from Comcast SportsNet that Nicole Darin left the Bethesda-based regional sports network in June. She came to CSN Mid-Atlantic from its sister regional sports network, CSN Chicago, in 2012. She'd been on CSN's "Sports Talk Live".....

7/15 - Ebony Steele leaves the syndicated "Rickey Smiley Morning Show" which is heard on Baltimore's 92Q, WERQ. She'll be replaced by model and radio personality Claudia Jordan.....

7/8 - Sinclair-operated Channel 54/WNUV in Baltimore adds nostalgic TV show and movie network Get TV to one of its digital channels. Earlier this year, Get TV was added to a digital subchannel of DC's Univision outlet, Channel 14/WFDC. More at get.tv.....

7/6 - Your friendly webmaster, DCRTV Dave, talks about the SiriusXM firing of Anthony Cumia, his latest Twitter transgression, and what could happen to "The Opie And Anthony Show" in the latest edition of the "Sadly Lacking Radio" podcast at sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

7/4 - Thursday night's big boomers caused a disruption in Channel 2/WMAR's severe weather coverage. A lightning strike at the station forced Baltimore's ABC affiliate to go dark for about 20 seconds. "I felt that through my body. I mean, that was a weird feeling," said WMAR weatherman Mike Masco just seconds after the strike, which knocked out the station's air conditioning system. Check out live video at YouTube.....

7/4 - Anthony Cumia, one half of the SiriusXM's comedy show "The Opie And Anthony Show, said via his Twitter account early Friday that the satellite radio firm has fired him after he took to Twitter to post controversial comments about a women. Cumia claimed to have been assaulted by the woman in NYC's Times Square Tuesday. According to his Twitter feed, he was apparently trying to take photos of the area when the woman was caught in the frame. When she objected to being in the photos, she allegedly starting punching him. Cumia then used Twitter to post "a racist, violent tirade," according to Gawker. Before joining SiriusXM, Cumia worked at DC's then-"guy talk" WJFK, 106.7 FM.....

7/4 - Your friendly webmaster, DCRTV Dave, talks more local radio stuff, including the future career paths of Don Geronimo and Mike O'Meara, plus a look into what the future holds for the media biz in general, including the demise of Aereo. Also, I review the new Steve Coogan "Alan Partridge" movie. In this month's guest shot with DC area native Jonathan from Australia's "Sadly Lacking Radio" podcast at sadlackingradio.podbean.com.....

7/3 - DC radio veteran Don Geronimo is moving his subscription streaming/podcast show for the RELM Network from afternoons to late mornings starting July 8. The show, available to dongeronimopodcast.com, had been airing live at 3 PM and will now start at 9 AM. Geronimo launched his podcast in April after leaving CBS Radio and several months of doing evening and weekend shows for sports talker WJFK, 106.7 The Fan. Before that, he spent several years at Sacramento sports talker KHTK. Geronimo remains based in the California capital. He left WJFK, back when it was a "guy talker" in 2008, after his longtime radio partnership with Mike O'Meara......

7/3 - Five years to the month after becoming co-anchors of TRN's Washington-based "America's Morning News," Melanie Morgan and John McCaslin (right) have reunited at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley CA, to co-host Troopathon7, troopathon.org, which aims to reach its fundraising goal of $350,000 by July 4th. Morgan, long time San Francisco radio host for Cumulus's KGO and KSFO, is now morning anchor of Sonoma's KSRO in Santa Rosa CA. McCaslin, who left TRN last September, is in charge of content for ESPN co-founder Scott Rasmussen's not-yet-announced multi-platform national news operation, set to launch this fall.....

7/3 - Nick Ashooh of ESPN 980, WTEM, announced via his Facebook page that he'll be adding duties at Fox Sports Radio. He will host Saturdays from 6 AM to 9 AM, starting on July 5th. Despite the new national stage, Ashooh says he won't be departing his current position with WTEM, where he does production and hosting work.....

7/2 - Orioles radio broadcaster Fred Manfra returned to the broadcast booth July 1, for the first time since the first week of the season. Manfra, who has worked on the team's radio broadcasts since 1993, expected to only miss a month after undergoing a right hip replacement procedure in early April. But he needed a second surgery that kept him out for a total of 80 games.....

7/1 - From radioinsight.com: The debate over whether the Washington Redskins NFL franchise should change its name is spreading to the radio holdings of Red Zebra Broadcasting. While stating that any use of the name by a broadcaster should be considered indecent, former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt told Indian Country Today Media Network that the commission should should reevaluate whether or not Daniel Snyder is fit to hold station licenses. Snyder, the owner of the Redskins, owns sports talk ESPN 980, WTEM Washington, plus FM simulcast outlets on 92.7 in Prince Frederick VA and on 94.3 in Buckland VA, SportsTalk 570, WSPZ Bethesda, and ESPN 950, WXGI Richmond, plus a leased outlet on 100.5 in Goochland, VA. The stations operate as the flagship for the team's broadcasts. "The FCC should consider whether Mr. Snyder is fit to own radio station licenses given that he uses radio stations to broadcast an ethnic slur," Hundt said. "These licenses are owned by the public and they are given to individuals for the purpose of serving the public interest. The FCC does not give radio station licenses to felons; it doesn't give radio station licenses to people of bad character. Historically, the FCC has been reluctant to give broadcast licenses to people who advocate racially intolerant positions".....

6/30 - DCRTV hears that area voiceman Dude Walker will be shooting an episode of Netflix's Baltimore area-shot "House Of Cards" next week. It's a "small speaking part, probably five lines or so, as a legislator," he tells us. Over on the voiceover side, Dude has done TV spots for Purina Cat Food, Wisconsin Tourism, and Buffalo Wild Wings. On the promo side, he's been on the "TBS NBA Playoffs" and the Golf Channel. In addition to voicing a character in the upcoming "Star Wars" video game, he's also narrating his first audiobook, "The Wisdom Of Andrew Carnegie." More at dudewalker.com. Also, check out Dude's latest demo work via YouTube.....

6/27 - WTOP Program Director Laurie Cantillo tells us: "Mystery man Matt Drudge pays a surprise visit to WTOP this afternoon, agrees to rare interview." At wtop.com. More at politico.com.....

6/26 - DC and Baltimore radio veteran Marc Clarke, who is currently heard Saturday mornings on Howard University's adult urban contemporary WHUR, 96.3 FM, will be heard in NYC on a new adult urban contemporary station, Radio 103.9, being launched by Cumulus on July 4th. Clarke will be doing a night show called "Hanging Downtown".....

6/25 - DC and Baltimore radio veteran Albie Dee can now be heard in Las Vegas. His 9 AM to 2 PM daily voicetracked shift on NYC's Pulse 87 gets the simulcast treatment with yesterday's news that the dance music outlet will also be heard in the Nevada gambling mecca. Albie remains based in Bowie MD.....

6/24 - From NewsBlues: With the clock ticking on what was originally proposed as the $985 million purchase of the eight-station Allbritton Communications television group, including DC's Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8, Baltimore's Sinclair Broadcasting and DC-based Allbritton have knuckled under to the FCC's new ownership guidelines and will sell two stations that have stalled the deal. Media General has agreed to buy Allbritton's WHTM in Harrisburg PA, removing a potential conflict with Sinclair's WHP and Nexstar's WLYH, which Sinclair operates via a local marking agreement. And in Charleston SC, Sinclair's closely-held Cunningham Communications will take control of WTAT, which Sinclair has been operating via a local marketing agreement with co-located WMMP. Left unresolved is Birmingham AL, where Sinclair already owns WTTO and WABM, and is trying to buy Allbritton's WCFT/WJSU. In a letter to the FCC three weeks ago, Sinclair offered to walk away from the broadcast licenses for WCFT/WJSU. For now, the Birmingham situation remains unresolved. Meanwhile, the clock is ticking. Sinclair's purchase of Allbritton was first proposed July 28, 2013. If the deal deal doesn't close by the end of July, either side has the option of walking away.....

6/24 - Pacifica is trying to make things more business-like, according to Tuesday's Tom Taylor Now. At DC's news/talk/jazz WPFW, 89.3 FM, the studios may soon be relocated to 1990 K Street NW, in a money-saving move. Pacifica interim Executive Director Bernard Duncan says WPFW's management is "working through union issues" and also "legal issues related to the previous general manager." Meanwhile, WPFW's May pledge drive raised about $316,000.....

6/23 - Radio Insight has more on that low-power signal that Clear Channel is trying to sneak into the Washington area from the Frederick area. The 94.3 signal, which got moved to the Rockville area, has been relaying Frederick's country WFRE. Now, after the FCC has denied a power hike due to its interference with Red Zebra sports talker WTEM's 94.3 signal from the Warrenton area, Clear Channel wants to move the signal to 104.9, as a relay of Salem's religious talk WAVA-FM, on adjacent 105.1. But there are plans to move the 104.9 signal to either 104.7 or 104.5 with something new, ultimately giving Clear Channel a sixth FMer in the DC market. It already owns rocker DC101, contemporary hits Hot 99.5, adult contemporary WASH, country WMZQ, and classic hits WBIG.....

6/20 - Via Channel 7/WJLA weatherman Steve Rudin's Twitter page today: "Celebrating 30 years forecasting the weather in Washington, DC! Congratulations Doug Hill ABC7." Prior to joining WJLA, Hill (right) served for 16 years as chief meteorologist for Channel 9/WUSA, where he started in 1984. He began his broadcast career in 1978 at Channel 12/WWBT in Richmond. In 1980 he made the move to Detroit where he worked for both WDIV-TV and WXYZ-TV, before returning to the Washington area. A Maryland native, Hill attended Towson State College before he entered the United States Air Force. Most of his four-year tour was spent at Andrews AFB. After his military service, Hill became a Prince George's County Police Officer where served for six years until WUSA's Mike Buchanan and WJLA's John Harter convinced him he could make the switch from cop to broadcaster.....

6/20 - DC radio veteran Mike O'Meara's (right) got a new book out on amazon.com. According to the description for "Open Mike: From Corporate Radio To New Media: The Story Of The Mike O'Meara Show": "Like many other people in the modern recession era, Mike O'Meara found himself out of a job, wondering what he would do with the rest of his life. After a very successful career on the radio, he was facing a new reality. The type of radio he loved was dead or dying. Spontaneous, fun, and original radio had been replaced by sports talk and right-wing ranting. Radio had also fallen into the hands of corporations, resulting in bland programming that reeked of 'sameness.' He knew one thing: having a microphone in front of him and speaking his mind to his listeners on a daily basis was as important to him as breathing. Although it seemed as though Mike and his radio partners had no place to go, at the urging of his friend Oscar Santana (another radio talker kicked to the curb), Mike reluctantly decided to try something different: podcasting. This is a tale of reinvention. It's the story of a few radio guys who had no other choice but to rebuild their careers on their own, like so many other Americans in these challenging economic times. Perhaps you have been fired from a long and successful career, or someone you know has been unapologetically booted out of a job with no thought to the financial and personal crises that would follow. If so, this book will remind you that there is always a way forward, always a new opportunity, and always hope that your next chapter in life can be better than all the chapters before".....

6/19 - Elizabethany is the new midday personality, 10 AM to 3 PM, on Clear Channel contemporary hits outlet Z104.3, WZFT, in Baltimore. Starting Monday, June 23. The Woodbridge VA native has been doing nights on Clear Channel's like-formatted Hot 99.5, WIHT, in DC.....

6/19 - CBS Radio is in negotiations with 106.7 The Fan, WJFK afternoon hosts Lavar Arrington and Chad Dukes regarding contract extensions. So maybe that's why you're seeing some comments on Twitter wondering if something's "up" between the afternoon team, which gets great ratings among male demos. DCRTV's take: Despite the rumblings, it looks likely that both Arrington and Dukes will re-sign their deals for more years of your afternoon drive sports talk listening pleasure.....

6/17 - With Allbritton's announced sale of Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8 to Sinclair last summer (the deal is still awaiting FCC approval), there was speculation-a-plenty that the company's Politico politics news site might move from Arlington's Rosslyn neighborhood, where the TVers also are, to DC. Like maybe closer to Capitol Hill. But now, DCRTV hears that it looks like Politico will be staying in the same building, at 1100 Wilson Boulevard, just moving from the sixth and seventh floors to the eighth and ninth floors. The new space will be about 60,000 square feet and will be available next spring.....

6/16 - Today marks 45 years since news anchor Jim Vance began his journalism journey with Channel 4/WRC. Throughout the week, the NBC station will be celebrating his achievements on air and at nbcwashington.com. And viewers can send their congrats via the Twitter hashtag "#LoveYaVance." Right, Vance at WRC in the 1970s.....

6/16 - DCRTV hears that Clear Channel's plan to upgrade its low-power 94.3 signal in the Rockville area to more than 200-watts with a tower relocation has been shot down by the FCC. It's a translator for Frederick country outlet WFRE, 99.9, which was formerly a Clear Channel station but is now run by the Aloha Trust. Red Zebra, which owns sports talker WTEM, ESPN 980, has opposed the plan, arguing that the Montgomery County 94.3 signal would interfere with its 94.3 WTEM simulcast from Warrenton, technically licensed to Prince William County's Buckland, throughout parts of Northern Virginia.....

6/16 - The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts And Sciences awarded Bethesda-based Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic with nine 2013 Emmy Awards, a network record, at the 56th annual gala on Saturday, June 14, in Silver Spring. CSN, which tied a network record with 12 nominations in 11 categories this year, has won 67 Emmy Awards on 114 nominations since 2001. This year's statues went to its coverage team for the Washington Capitals, the "Redskins Kickoff" program, news story "Boston Marathon: A Family Shaken," sports news feature "You Can't Stop Me - I Won't Give Up," sports program promo "Redskins Postgame Live - Get Ya Game On," the "Shine" promo campaign, as well individual trophies for play-by-play/analyst Joe Beninati, sports anchor Michael Jenkins, and sports editor Jordan Teller. More: Channel 4/WRC picked up 11 awards, Channel 45/WBFF and CSN nine each, Channel 9/WUSA and Maryland Public Television six each, Channel 5/WTTG and Channel 7 WJLA five each, and Channel 26/WETA and MASN three each. The full list of award winners is at capitalemmys.tv.....

6/14 - Channel 7/WJLA news anchor Maureen Bunyan (right) has been knighted by the Netherlands in a Friday ceremony at the DC home of the European nation's ambassador. Bunyan was born in Aruba, which is part of the Dutch kingdom, and she received the honor for mentoring young Arubans over the years. According to wjla.com, "She has helped hundreds of young people start their careers in journalism and pursue other educational endeavors, working in tandem with the Aruban Ministry Of Education, as well as American universities - including Harvard".....

6/13 - Atlanta Journal-Constitution media reporter Rodney Ho wonders if Frank Ski (right) is planning a return to the Atlanta radio market. Ho writes: "Since last September, Ski has been commuting between Atlanta and DC to host an afternoon show on [DC's adult urban contemporary] WHUR. But he is not an employee of the [Howard University] station. Rather, he is running his own show, in hopes to eventually expand his reach beyond DC." Says Ski: "It's tough flying back and forth every week. I wish I was doing this 20 years ago. It would have been a lot more fun. It's work." Ski says the ratings have improved at WHUR since he joined it. And, though he has been off Atlanta airwaves for more than 17 months, Ski stresses that he has not been forgotten after his many years in the Georgia market, Ho writes, as he speculates which Atlanta stations might possibly add Ski's syndicated show.....

6/12 - Washington Post local columnist John Kelly visits the Broadcast Archives at the University Of Maryland's Hornbake Library, which is building a collection of classic TV programs, including DC kiddie show legends Pick Temple and Ranger Hal. At washingtonpost.com.....

6/9 - The staff of Baltimore public radio outlet WYPR, 88.1 FM, is seeking to join the SAG-AFTRA union. Baltimore's City Paper says the station's staff presented a petition to management on June 3, and today it's filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board seeking an election. More at current.org.....

6/9 - DCRTV hears that Michael Schaffer is the new editor of Washingtonian magazine. He'll be the fourth editor in Washingtonian's 49-year history. The DC native has previously served as editor of Washington City Paper. He's also worked at US News And World Report and the Philadelphia Inquirer. He starts his new gig in July. Schaffer replaces Garrett Graff, who leaves this month after five years in the monthly's top editorial job....

6/9 - Back on May 29th, DCRTV told you that the management of Cumulus news talker WMAL, 105.9 FM/630 AM, pulled the plug for one day on the nationally syndicated Michael Savage in the 3 PM to 5 PM slot with fill-in host Austin Hill. Well, the station did it again today, with late morning man Chris Plante doing double duty in the two hour afternoon slot. As DCRTV has told you, it's no secret that the local management of WMAL would like its entire afternoon drive programming to be live and local. But the Atlanta-based suits at Cumulus have demanded that the station run Savage, who is syndicated by the company, in the 3 PM to 5 PM slot. With just an hour of locally-based news and talk hosted by morning man Larry O'Connor at 5 PM. As we wondered back in May: Is this a test to see how a full three hours of locally-based afternoon drive programming will go down with the station's listeners? Hmmm.....

6/9 - Brunswick MD's WTRI, 1520 AM, has been sold involuntarily through the bankruptcy court, so reports baltomedia.net via FCC records. Walter "Buddy" Rizer, a DC101 and 98 Rock veteran, and Martin Sheehan no longer own the station, which has had a variety of formats over the years, including classic country, Vegas hits, plus brokered Korean and Spanish language. The new owner is Roger Rafson of Baltimore. No clue as to what happens next to the station, which is halfway between Leesburg and Frederick.....

6/9 - Ralph Wimmer says he's hanging up the headphones. The radio vet, who is a 1975 graduate of Harrisonburg's James Madison University, exited Atlanta's WKHX and WYAY in 2009, where he was doing swing work while also doing voice work. "After over 40 years working in and around radio, I have decided the time has come for me to retire," he tells allacess.com. His career stops over the years have included Harrisonburg's WHBG, Norfolk's WGH and WQRK, and Baltimore's WMAR-FM.....

6/9 - DCRTV hears that DC radio veteran Rob Carson just did a week on Atlanta talker WYAY and will soon be heard on San Francisco talker KSFO. He's doing fill-in work from a studio in his DC area home and has also recently been heard on talkers in Denver, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Little Rock, and Indianapolis, in addition to his regular gig with the syndicated "Overnight America" and "America Weekend" shows. Carson used to do the midday and afternoon shows on hot adult contemporary WRQX and frequent guest shots on Cumulus sister talker WMAL.....

6/8 - Your friendly webmaster, DCRTV Dave, talks local radio and the top shows on television - "The Americans" and "Fargo" - with DC radio fan Jonathan in Sydney, Australia via his Sadly Lacking Radio podcast at sadlackingradio.podbean.com.....

6/5 - DCRTV tipped you. And now we get official word that former CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson has become an "investigative contributor" for WMAL and will be heard on the Cumulus-owned news talker's newcasts. Also, she's started working for the conservative Hertiage Foundation and its just-launched news site, the Daily Signal.....

6/2 - Catherine Hawley, a reporter for the two years at WFMZ-TV in Allentown PA, starts today at a multimedia journalist at Channel 2/WMAR.....

5/30 - DCRTV hears that Channel 7/WJLA meteorologist Steve Rudin is in NYC this weekend and will appear on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Saturday and Sunday morning. He normally does the weather on the DC ABC affiliate's weekend newcasts but has been subbing for Doug Hill in evenings for the past three weeks.....

5/30 - After 23-years at Hearst news talker WBAL-AM, 1090, and rocker WIYY, 98 Rock, and a 45-year career in radio, Ed Kiernan officially retired today as vice president and general manager of the two Baltimore radio stations. Check out employees saying goodbye and applauding Ed in this YouTube video. Ed and his wife will be heading to a home they own in the Hamptons, on Long Island.....

5/30 - DCRTV tipped you yesterday. Now, we get NewsBlues' take: "In an apparent last-ditch effort to salvage its proposed $985 million purchase of the eight-station Allbritton Communications group, Sinclair Broadcasting has offered to surrender the broadcast licenses for three of the TV stations that are causing conflicts under the FCC's new ownership guidelines. In a letter to the feds on Thursday, Sinclair offered to walk away from the broadcast licenses for three of the stations it hopes to acquire from Allbritton: WCFT-33-ABC/WJSU-40-ABC in Birmingham (Market #44) and WCIV-4-ABC in Charleston (Market #95). Sinclair would then transfer the ABC affiliation in those markets to WABM-68-MyTV in Birmingham and WMMP-36-MyTV in Charleston. Sinclair also offered to sell WHTM-27-ABC in Harrisburg (Market #43), another of the stations it plans to acquire from Allbritton. In addition, Sinclair says it will discontinue its shared-services agreement with WTAT-24-Fox in Charleston (with Cunningham Broadcasting) and will transfer the rights to provide services to Nexstar's WLYH-15-CW in Harrisburg to the new owner of WHP-21-CBS, which it is selling. Meanwhile, the clock is ticking. Sinclair's purchase of Allbritton was first proposed July 28, 2013. If the Sinclair-Allbritton deal doesn't close by the end of July, either side has the option of walking away. As we first reported two weeks ago, Hearst, Scripps, and Meredith have all resumed interest in the Allbritton group in the apparent belief that the Sinclair deal has officially run aground." Allbritton owns DC's Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8. Sinclair owns or operates Baltimore's Channel 45/WBFF, Channel 54/WNUV, and Channel 24/WUTB.....

5/30 - Mediabistro, the NYC-based collection of media blogs, including FishbowlDC and TVNewser, has been sold to PGM-MB Holdings, a subsidiary of Prometheus Global Media, for $8 million cash. Prometheus owns and operates Adweek, the Hollywood Reporter, and Billboard, as well as the Clio Awards and Film Expo Group. Alan Meckler, who owns Mediabistro, bought it from Laurel Touby for $23 million in 2007.....

5/29 - It's no secret that the local management of Cumulus news talker WMAL, 105.9 FM/630 AM, would like its afternoon drive slot to be all live and local. But the Atlanta-based suits at Cumulus have demanded that the station run Michael Savage, who is syndicated by the company, in the 3 PM to 5 PM slot. With just an hour of locally-based news and talk hosted by morning man Larry O'Connor at 5 PM. Well, today WMAL is running a locally-oriented show hosted by WMAL fill-in veteran Austin Hill in the 3 PM to 5 PM slot. Is this a test to see how a full three hours of locally-based afternoon drive programming will go down with the station's listeners? WMAL Program Director Bill Hess plays down any corporate subversion on his part. He tells DCRTV that Savage is simply on vacation today and Hill is simply filling-in. But DCRTV wonders: Why not just run a Savage "best of"? Hmmm.....

5/25 - In his Sunday Washington Post column, John Kelly takes a look at one of DC's most beautiful and tallest broadcast towers, the Hughes Memorial Tower, which relays Channel 50/WDCW's signal from 6001 Georgia Avenue, NW.....

5/24 - DCRTV hears that Jammer Daniels will be doing some part-time work at CBS's hot adult contemporary WWMX, Mix 106.5. "I'm happy to back in the Baltimore radio market," he tells us. His local radio history includes stints at Magic 95.9, the defunct Jammin' Oldies 99.5, as well as the old V103/B102.7.....

5/23 - Visiting family in Birmingham, Alabama, Channel 9/WUSA weatherman Howard Bernstein suffered a facial dog bite on Sunday, May 18. He writes via his blog at wusa.com: "It happened so quickly. One moment, I was watching TV, sitting next to my 20-year-old nephew, when something fell on the floor. I reached down to get it. Their dog must have felt I was challenging it when my face got too close to his and the next thing I knew, the right side of my face and right ear had been bitten pretty substantially. There were less serious punctures in the right front lower cheek. Over the next three hours, I would go to the ER and get treated for the wound. The good doctors at the University Of Alabama-Birmingham Medical Center took great care of me and I expect to heal well".....

5/22 - DCRTV told you back in February that longtime Channel 4/WRC consumer issues reporter Liz Crenshaw (right) was planning to soon leave her DC TV gig. Back then, she posted on Twitter: "I've decided after 30+ years at NBC4 it's time for new explorations away from the camera starting this summer." Her last "Ask Liz" segment at WRC was Wednesday, May 21st. More at nbcwashington.com. Crenshaw has been with DCs NBC4 since 1980, spending several years as an assignment editor before becoming a producer in station's consumer unit. She transitioned into her role in front of the camera in 1993. "It's been a great privilege and a pleasure to be a part of the NBC4 family for more than 30 years. My commitment to consumer reporting and looking out for the people of DC, Maryland, and Virginia has been - not just a job - but a passion. Now it's time for new explorations and time away from the camera," Crenshaw says. She plans to spend more time with her family and looks "forward with great excitement to what lies ahead".....

5/22 - The current May TV news ratings for DC, Monday thru Friday, DMA households. 4:30 AM: 1) Channel 4/WRC, 2) Channel 5/WTTG, 3) Channel 9/WUSA, 4) Channel 7/WJLA... 5 AM: 1) WRC, 2) WTTG, 3) WJLA, 4) WUSA... 6 AM: 1) WTTG, 2) WRC, 3) WJLA, 4) WUSA... 5 PM: 1) WRC, 2) WJLA, 3) WTTG, 4) WUSA... 6 PM: 1) WRC, 2) WJLA, 3) WTTG, 4) WUSA... 11 PM: 1) WRC, 2) WJLA, 3) WTTG, 4) WUSA.....

5/16 - DCRTV hears that CBS all-newser WNEW, 99.1 FM, will start airing the "CBS Evening News" with Scott Pelley live at 7 PM starting Monday. The station also airs CBS's "60 Minutes" at 7 PM Sundays.....

5/12 - The Washington Business Journal talks to Laurie Cantillo (right), the head of programming for DC's top-rated all-news WTOP. In a Q&A entitled "The Brains Behind The WTOP Nerve Center," she's asked about her biggest current challenge: "Journalism is changing so rapidly and technology is evolving at warp speed. So the challenge is to stay ahead of that, to be progressive, evolve and yet maintain the integrity of the product. Making sure we continue to grow and appeal to younger listeners and expand the brand onto digital and social media while maintaining the quality and integrity of WTOP".....

5/12 - Last week, DCRTV told you that Mike Landess (right), who used to anchor Channel 5/WTTG's newscasts, had announced that he will retire later this summer after 50 years in the news broadcasting business. He's currently the top anchor at Scripps-owned KMGH-TV in Denver, which he joined in 2002 from Fox-owned WTTG. But, this week, he tells DCRTV: "I'm retiring from the KMGH anchor desk, but certainly not retiring from the biz. Baby boomers are sturdy bunch and we don't go away quickly or quietly! My hashtag is #notdeadyet!".....

5/9 - Righty rager Michael Graham (right), who got fired from DC news talker WMAL in 2005, lands a job at Cumulus's co-owned Atlanta news talker WYAY, doing the late morning slot. Randall Bloomquist, who was Graham's boss back then at WMAL, is now based in Atlanta and runs Cumulus's news talk division, which oversees both WYAY and WMAL. Besides DC, Graham has also worked in Boston, Charlotte, and Richmond. He got fired from WMAL following a dispute with the DC-based Council On American-Islamic Relations over comments he made about Muslims. More at ajc.com. DCRTV wonders why didn't Cumulus put WMAL's late morning righty rager, Chris Plante, also on WYAY since he's being syndicated by the company.....

5/9 - Your friendly webmaster, DCRTV Dave, talks many local radio topics on this week's Sadly Lacking Radio podcast, including Don Geronimo's new podcast, Jack Diamond's possible plans, all the changes at WRQX, some memories of Channel 4/WRC's legendary sportscaster George Michael, and much more.....

5/8 - Mike Landess (right), who used to anchor Channel 5/WTTG's newscasts, has announced that he will retire later this summer after 50 years in the news broadcasting business. He's currently the top anchor at Scripps-owned KMGH-TV in Denver, which he joined in 2002 from Fox-owned WTTG. Landess worked at Denver's KUSA before WTTG. He's also worked in Atlanta and Cleveland.....

5/7 - 99 Plus, KFMH, was originally on the air from 1973 to 1994. "It was one of the first progressive rock-freeform radio stations in the country," says owner Steve Bridges. It is very similar to the glory days of the DC area's legendary WHFS. "We play a wide variety of rock, blues, and jazz and most of it isn't being played on the radio. We play classic deep tracks, but also new stuff everyday," says Bridges. KCJJ in Coralville, Iowa, which carries DC radio greats Mike O'Meara and Robb Spewak, signed it back on as a non-profit radio station in March 2013 - 19 years to the hour it signed off the air. "We even have our original deejays," Bridges adds. Tom Maicke does mornings, Jim Albracht middays, Jim Hunter afternoons, and Roberto nights. Mary Of The Heartland and Captain Steve handle weekends. O'Meara is the voice of the station. 99 Plus, KFMH, is available on the TuneIn app, Ustream.tv, Sonos, and at 99pluskfmh.com.....

5/7 - Nationals manager Matt Williams, who does a phone interview with 106.7 The Fan, WJFK's Junkies every Wednesday morning, was involved in a rear-ender car accident during his interview this morning. He was, apparently, not at fault or injured. And he narrated the entire ordeal for the station, while on the air.....

5/6 - A source at 4100 Wisconsin Avenue NW, DC, tells us: "There is a huge [Gannett human resources] investigation at Channel 9 [WUSA] into morale. A new [executive producer] has pissed enough people off to have them file hostile work environment charges against her and the special [executive producers]. Most producers despise the new anchor. They say she spouts right wing crap. Last night's ratings hit a new low. Zero rating in the key demo in a number of time slots".....

5/6 - Adrienne Green, who has worked at Accuweather for the past three years, starts soon as a meteorologist at Channel 2/WMAR.....

5/6 - Radio giant Clear Channel has been making a batch of nationwide cuts. And we hear about some in the DC cluster. Including Beth Cohen and Katy Stermer of DC101 and Hot 99.5's sales departments. And two sales assistants.....

5/5 - From Tom Taylor Now: West of DC and Baltimore, former Radio Asia affiliate WTRI Brunswick MD, 1520 AM, gets a court-ordered receiver, in the requested transfer of WTRI Holding LLC. The receiver is Roger Rafson, who is empowered by the court to sell the station by either private or public sale. Frederick County MD circuit court approves the appointment of a receiver, at the request of current note-holder HSBC Bank USA. It's the successor to Bank Of America and to LaSalle Bank, the original lender that granted the loan for WTRI nearly 10 years ago. And what a different world it was then - this 17,000-watt three-tower directional daytimer last sold for $1.6 million.....

5/3 - DCRTV hears that DC and Baltimore radio veteran Shari Elliker is playing MSNBC anchor "Andrea Tandy," a recurring role on HBO's "Veep" this season. Also, she just finished filming a movie called "Sally Pacholok, we're told.....

5/1 - Jenny Doren, a "one-woman show" who shoots, writes, and edits her own stories at Allbritton's Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8, has been hired as a digital journalist at Gannett's WFAA-TV in Dallas.....

5/1 - Earlier this year, DCRTV told you about rumors that Cumulus might flip its low-rated hot adult contemporary WRQX, 107.3, to its new NASH country music format. Now, Media Confidential tells us that Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey recently told analysts that "we'll be announcing a NASH station in another top 10 market in the next - probably in the next 60 days." Could it be Washington? One scenario has news talk WMAL moving to the inside the Beltway signal of 107.3 with its current 105.9 signal, which is based in Northern Virginia, becoming the NASH outlet. Another possibility: Cumulus could acquire Aloha Trust's for-sale country WFRE, 99.9, in Frederick and put the NASH branding there.....

4/24 - New low-power FM radio outlets have been approved by the FCC for the Washington DC area. WTNT's translator in Alexandria on 97.7 is moving to 97.5 at 250-watts. Also 96.7 has been approved for Bethesda. It's presumed both stations will have ethnic programming, Latino and Chinese, respectively.....

4/24 - From USA Today: "After years of steady shrinkage," the Washington Post's newsroom "is in the midst of making three dozen hires, and more may lie ahead. But don't expect an explosion of traditional newspaper positions like local reporters. The focus is digital, launching new blogs and verticals and reinforcing existing ones, with a heavy emphasis on national and international content. The goal is to attract an ever-increasing audience online, with plenty of attention to making it engaging on mobile devices. That traffic jump won't come from beefing up regional coverage".....

4/24 - Washingtonian editor Garrett Graff is leaving the monthly magazine in June after five years in the top job, so reports huffingtonpost.com.....

4/22 - DCRTV hears that Priestly's new WWMX, Mix 106.5 afternoon co-host is Joanna Campbell, who left the Baltimore CBS hot adult contemporary outlet a few months ago to do middays at a Pittsburgh station. But now she is back and the show is called "Priestly And Jo." She replaces Jenn Marino, who headed west to co-host "Sixx Sense" with rocker Nikki Sixx.....

4/21 - DCRTV recently posted the top ad revenue billing radio stations for the DC market. But the list didn't include top-rated public radio news talk WAMU, 88.5 FM, which is technically a non-commercial operation. Well, we hear from a source that if you add the American University-owned station's fiscal year 2013 corporate underwriting revenue and listener contributions together you get $18.8 million. That would make WAMU the second highest revenue generating station in the DC market. The $18.8 million does not include money from the Corporation For Public Broadcasting, foundation grants, business and other income such as revenues from Diane Rehm syndication, or $1.17 million in "donated services" from American University. WAMU's total revenue in 2013, including the donated services, was $22.13 million, we're told. The station ran a deficit of $1.19 million. The link to the FY 2013 annual report is at wamu.org. Financials are on page 14.....

4/21 - DCRTV is hearing a rumbling that Kenny King, who used to be operations manager and program director for Citadel-then-Cumulus's WRQX, back when it was Mix 107.3 and had Jack Diamond as morning man, is headed to Clear Channel to oversee WASH, 97.1. Further promoting rumors that Diamond could be heading there.....

4/20 - Cathy Alter at washingtonpost.com flatteringly profiles 94.7 Fresh FM's Tommy McFly (right), who is said to be our local version of Ryan Seacrest. With prose like: "At 27, Tommy is a prince of DC media, with his highly rated morning show, regular appearances on WJLA-7, red-carpet interviews at the Kennedy Center Honors, and perma-host status not just at the White House but also at a stream of Washington charity events." By the way, Alter spent an hour talking to DCRTV webmaster Dave Hughes while doing the article but none of his comments made it into the piece.....

4/16 - From csnbaltimore.com: Fred Manfra, in his 22nd year of broadcasting Orioles games, will be having hip replacement surgery next Tuesday. He's expected to miss a minimum of three weeks. Jim Hunter, who worked with Manfra for many years in radio, will be substituting for him and working with Joe Angel for most games. When Hunter is scheduled to sub for Gary Thorne on television, former Orioles pitcher Dave Johnson will fill in. Manfra, a Baltimore native, has worked with Hunter, Angel, and Jon Miller since joining the broadcasts in 1993.....

4/16 - NewsBlues tells us that Lindsay Murphy, a "blondiful" sports reporter for Channel 5/WTTG, ended her April 14 Camden Yards interview (right) with Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Brandon Guyer with a kiss. And why not? They're married. Monday marked their first formal interview since they met under somewhat similar circumstances in 2007. Murphy was a sports reporter at Channel 29/WVIR in Charlottesville and was assigned to do a story on Guyer, a Herndon High grad who was then a star baseball player at the University Of Virginia. More at washingtonpost.com.....

4/16 - CNN anchor Kyra Phillips and two friends have started "The Mom Squad Show," a three-times-a-week podcast which is heard on iTunes. The show is hosted by Phillips in Atlanta, who continues with her CNN duties, and fellow moms Christine Eads in Washington and Chaz Kelly in Connecticut. Kelly's husband "Seton" O'Connor is a sidekick on Dan Patrick's show. Eads co-hosts a show on SiriusXM. "The Mom Squad Show" starting airing on iHeardRadio April 11th and will soon be carried on TuneIn. More at momsquadshow.com.....

4/11 - DCRTV told you last month that CBS all-newser WNEW, which has been struggling to get ratings traction in the DC market against top-rated Hubbard DC all-newser WTOP since its launch two years ago, has turned its focus to Baltimore. And, of late, has been hurting Hearst's Baltimore news talker WBAL. We now hear that for the first time WNEW is actually tieing and even beating WBAL in some key drivetime demos throughout the entire Baltimore metro. "What has happened to WBAL is a cautionary tale for anyone who thinks they can just coast on heritage alone," a local radio guru tells DCRTV. WNEW's transmitter is in the Crofton area, which is part of the Baltimore market.....

4/10 - DC TV news veteran Mike Walter picks up an award for "writer/reporter" from the 2014 International Television And Film Awards for his "Afterwar Photographer" documentary which appeared on China's CCTV-America. More at cctv-america.com. Also, Walter will host a new weekly news show on CCTV-America, "Full Frame," which debuts at 8 PM Saturday, April 12. He once co-anchored Channel 9/WUSA's morning news. Walter received numerous awards for his "Breaking News, Breaking Down" post-9/11 independent documentary.....

4/9 - DCRTV Daves talks looks at DC radio veteran Don Geronimo's move from broadcast radio to a subscription podcast. And all the "politics" involved with that. Plus, will he ever get back together with his old radio partner, Mike O'Meara? Plus a whole lot more, including the latest with Jack Diamond and all the changes at the Washington Post, in this month's Sadly Lacking Radio free podcast, hosted by Jonathan Shachter, a DC radio fan who now lives in Sydney, Australia. At sadlylackingradio.podbean.com.....

4/7 - Tom Taylor Now tells us that baseball can draw big female audiences in certain markets - but not Baltimore. For example, in their opener last week, the Boston Red Sox attracted a decent 15.6% share of the radio audience in the overall age 12+ demo. While the Orioles, via WBAL-AM, 1090, did a 12.8%. Not that far apart. Their men age 25-54 shares were pretty close - 25.8% for the Sox, 21% for the Orioles. But for women age 25-54, Boston's WEEI did a respectable 9.1% share, while WBAL managed just a 1.3%. More on baseball and female listeners is at nielsen.com.....

4/5 - DCRTV hears that area voiceman Pat Garrett has picked up best-of-the-year voiceover/imaging honors from trade pub All Access. As of April 1st, after 17 years as the voice of Hubbard's all-news WTOP, Garrett became the new voice of CBS Radio's sports talker WJFK, 106.7 The Fan. 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.....

4/4 - The Federal Communcations Commissions hits Brunswick MD's WTRI, 1520 AM, with a $5,000 fine for going off the air for an extended period without formal notification. More at fcc.gov. Halfway between Leesburg and Frederick, WTRI currently airs brokered Spanish language programming.....

4/4 - It isn't spring without rumors that this will be Tony Kornheiser's last season on WTEM, ESPN 980. And this spring is no different. However, one sources gives this year's rumbling a 60% possibility that it will actually happen. But Chuck Sapienza, who programs the Dan Snyder-owner sports talker, reassures Kornheiser's fans that he'll be back come fall after his usual summer breaks. "Tony will be off at certain points during the summer, like normal, but the plan is for him to return during the first few days of September," he tells DCRTV.....

4/3 - Starting April 6th, the Washington Post will combine the Sunday Arts and Style sections combine into "one robust source of arts and culture coverage with even more original Post reporting. And will give the Sunday Washington Post Magazine "a modern look and larger format with space for more stories and new standing features".....

4/3 - Jackie Griffin, the mother of Redskins star quarterback Robert Griffin III, is co-hosting a weekly show with Darnell Lee on DC urban talker WOL, AM 1450. The show is titled "R3 Solutions," which stands for "Real People, Real Experience, Real Results." It airs Tuesdays at 11:30 AM.....

4/3 - David Guas, the chef-owner of Bayou Bakery in Arlington, will host a new cooking competition show on the Travel Channel. "American Grilled" will feature professional and home cooks pitting their creations against one other for a prize. Guas and a panel of guest judges will pick a winner in each episode.....

4/2 - Jenn Marino, former afternoon co-host at Baltimore's hot adult contemporary WWMX, Mix 106.5, moves to Los Angeles to co-host "Sixx Sense" with Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx. She replaces Kerri Kasem who leaves for other opportunities.....

4/2 - Television personality Willard Scott, a former weatherman who has been with NBC's "Today" morning news show for more than 30 years, has wed his longtime girlfriend at the age of 80. Scott and Paris Keena were married in Fort Myers, Florida, on Monday. A former WRC radio disc jockey and Channel 4/WRC weatherman in Washington DC, Scott is known for his happy birthday wishes for centenarians on the "Today" show. His first wife, Mary, died in 2002. Scott and Keena first met in 1977. They had been together for about 11 years before tying the knot.....

4/2 - DC area-based Reliant Broadcasting is doing traffic in the Mile High City. The firm, headed by local traffic reporting veteran Zoom Moonchild, is now providing morning and afternoon traffic reports for Hunt Broadcasting's 93.7 FM, The Rock, in Denver.....

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" with Doc 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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